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ESM grants stability support to Cyprus

CYPRUS IS on track to get €3 billion by the end of June after the Board of Governors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) yesterday decided to show “solidarity” and grant, in principle, financial assistance to the troubled island. 

Following the Eurogroup’s decisions taken on March 25, 2013, Cyprus will receive assistance of up to €10 billion over the next three years. 

Repayment of the loan will begin in ten years time and have a maximum maturity of 20 years and an average of 15 years while the interest paid will be calculated based on the funding costs of the ESM, likely to be between 2 and 3 per cent. 

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Man burns to death in truck fire

 

A 66-YEAR-old man burnt to death yesterday while his son, 44, was in critical condition after the truck they were in was engulfed in flames on a rural road in Nicosia.

Gavril Yerolemou died at around 1.30pm when the truck driven by his son, Yerolemos, was engulfed in flames while on the Nicosia to Palehori road near the Ergates industrial estate.

It is believed the fire started in the engine and spread quickly to the bales of hay the pair were carrying in the truck.

Yerolemos managed to get out of the vehicle while his father was trapped inside.

Eyewitnesses spoke of the injured son’s desperate effort to save his burning father.

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Former leukaemia sufferer pleads for help for Paphos boy

THE DEFENCE ministry is calling on people to step up their efforts to give blood so that a viable bone marrow donor can be found for five-year-old leukaemia sufferer George Philippides from Paphos.

Vassos Vassiliou, whose son Andreas, also suffered from leukaemia in 2000 but was cured after a donor was found, took the initiative along with the defence ministry to have his son speak to the press yesterday in calling for more volunteers to give blood. 

“It is our chance to show that despite the current financial crisis we can stand on our feet and help little George,” Andreas Vassiliou said. “When I heard about the case I was moved to make a plea to the public because I know what he is going through,” he added.

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Turkish Cypriot teen left alone after Turkish father kicked out

A 17-year-old school pupil has been left to fend for himself after his father was deported from Cyprus following nine years living in the country. 

Turkish national Sabahattin Sakizci, 45, was arrested and deported two weeks ago on the grounds that he was illegally resident on the island, despite living here since 2004. 

He came to Cyprus in 2004 with his Turkish Cypriot wife, Meryem Sakizci, 43 and their son.

Taking advantage of the government’s decision to fund Turkish Cypriots’ education so long as they live in the government-controlled areas, the family moved to Nicosia and enrolled their son at a private primary school in the capital for three years.  

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Push to boost tourism from Holland

OFFICIALs from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) met with the heads of the Dutch Association of Travel Agents along with journalists from the country’s three biggest newspapers yesterday in an attempt to attract tourists from Holland.

Speaking after the meeting, head of the CTO Alecos Oroundiotis said that the meeting took place as the organisation is making attempts to reverse the negative image the island is suffering from in light of recent  economic developments. 

He added that both sides took part in a very constructive meeting regarding the arrival of Dutch tourists and promoting Cyprus in the Dutch tourist market.

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Nicolaou sworn in to inquiry panel

FORMER Ombudswoman Iliana Nicolaou was sworn in yesterday at the Presidential Palace, before President Nicos Anastasiades, replacing Panayiotis Kallis on the committee of inquiry into the economy, after he resigned on Tuesday.

Speaking to Nicolaou, Anastasiades said, “I would like to thank you for your willingness to participate in the committee of inquiry which has been set up to investigate the acts or omissions of persons who were authorised to manage Cyprus’ economy or its banking system”. 

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Organic vegetable gardens for 100 schools

ORGANIC vegetable gardens are to be grown in 100 schools islandwide to get students involved in the process of nurturing crops and to teach them to be more environmentally friendly. 

Premier Shukuroglou Cyprus Ltd, a company that offers products and services in the fields of crop protection, animal health, public health and industrial chemicals, will donate the compost and instructions on how the organic plants should be grown. Solomou Nurseries Ltd, a garden centre and landscaping service, will donate the plants. 

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New radio station aims to be the voice of diversity

CYPRUS’ first multilingual community radio station, MYCYradio was launched yesterday to provide a platform for cultural and linguistic diversity on the island.

The radio station has been established by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) and is supported by the European Commission Representation in Cyprus. The station’s studio is located in the buffer zone in Nicosia, in the CCMC building where individuals who are interested in participating will receive training and broadcasting time.

Radio is still the most dynamic medium within the community media sector, with over 2,000 community radio stations across Europe. It is for this reason that radio has been chosen to represent the different communities in Cyprus. 

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Downer continues his contacts

UN SPECIAL Adviser Alexander Downer yesterday called on all sides to take into account the huge economic difficulties facing the Greek Cypriots at this point. 

Speaking after meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu yesterday, Downer said everyone wants to get peace talks started again but that one cannot ignore the very difficult times facing Cyprus as a result of the Eurogroup decision last month. 

He noted the increase in unemployment and deteriorating living conditions, adding that the UN would not be acting humanely if it did not express its sympathy and concern to the Greek Cypriots at this point. 

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Annual flower festival celebrates tenth year

THE annual flower festival at Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa church in Paphos is celebrating its tenth year in May with a focus on biblical proverbs.

Ayia Kyriaki – known locally as St. Paul’s pillar church – is a beautiful setting for the festival and is a church which is steeped in history and tradition.

“This year we have decided to use the Book of Proverbs as our theme and we will create about 20 arrangements each depicting individual proverbs,” festival organiser Margaret Keeble told the Cyprus Mail.

The experienced flower arranger noted that the event is a joint effort between the Anglican church the local Catholic church, the Paphos flower club and friends.

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