Author Archives: Stefanos Evripidou

Archives March 5, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Port fraud probe at an ‘advanced stage’

AN ONGOING probe into suspected massive fraud at the port of Limassol could soon yield arrest warrants, police have said.

Launched three weeks ago, the criminal investigation relates to suspected over-invoicing for equipment purchased by the Limassol Licensed Porters Association (LLPA), as well as to totally bogus invoices.

The total over-invoicing amount could run in the millions.

Police said yesterday their investigations are at an “advanced stage”, with several people being called in for statements, among them the LLPA auditors as well as a number of suppliers and customers of the association.

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Archives February 17, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Letter from London: Job hunting really takes the biscuit


I’VE recently taken up baking. Unfortunately my boyfriend’s expanding waistline and my expanding backside also indicate that I’ve taken up eating.

Gone are the days when I had an office full of hungry wolves to go to where I could dispose of said baking.  Now I simply bake and eat. I have become my very own guinea pig and although the bathroom scales are begging me to stop, I simply can’t. I find it relaxing. I also find it is a very good way of procrastinating. Some people do housework. Others watch the Jeremy Kyle show (England’s very own version of Jerry Springer). I bake. It helps me switch off and avoid the bigger question looming: when am I going to get a job? 

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Archives February 17, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Nicos, it’s gonna’ be a ball


WHAT NOW my love? Or if you prefer the Gilbert Becau 1962 original, ‘Et maintenant, que vais-je faire?’ whichever, it’s your move. 

Most of you will vote today for the man who conducted his party’s campaign with rousing rhetoric redolent of the Nuremburg Rallies; same haircut, same hand gestures, facial contortions and head jerking; his patriotic cry calling all to his pseudo-Greek banner. 

Unlike 80 years ago, Nicos injected the odd joke and inimical smile, which carried the hearts of middle class, tax avoidance supporters to new heights of hero worship, supporters who will soon realise that you set a thief to catch a thief.

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Archives February 17, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Waiting for the barbarians


I REMEMBER, at the beginning of November 2012, when we all anticipated that at the Eurogroup meeting of November 13, the loan to Cyprus would be preliminarily approved.  It was a “must” to secure the green light for the loan, so as to avert the bankruptcy of the state and of its banks.  However our petition did not go through at that time.  We had been dragging our heels for a long time, so the Europeans were not ready to say “yes”.

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Archives February 17, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Don’t waste your vote on Dumb and Dumber


TODAY’S presidential elections have been described by many as the most crucial in the political history of Cyprus. I do not like the tendency we have in this country to resort to exaggeration.

There are countless examples of this sick mentality, especially in the case of presidential elections, during which references to the ‘critical times’ has become the tradition. For example the Cyprus problem, for 40 years now, according to our politicians, goes through its ‘most critical phase’ every time we have elections. 

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Archives February 17, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Trying to please all the people, all the time


A RECENT comment on the Cyprus Mail website described an incident where a couple of British women were being ignored by serving staff in a hotel or restaurant. When one of them asked the waitress why, she was told the boss had instructed the staff to ‘make a fuss’ of the Russian customers because “the Brits were finished in Cyprus”.

This has always been the attitude of some in the tourist industry: ‘tourists are a passing trade and there are always more where they came from’. Not so much these days and especially not Britons. 

At the annual conference of the Cyprus Hotels Association PASYXE on Wednesday the focus was on the decline of the British market and the rise of the Russian market in Cyprus.

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Archives February 17, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Cracking the Chinese market


CHINESE investors in Paphos are paving the way for holidaymakers from the vast and as yet untapped Chinese market.

During the last year or so, many of the homes sold in Paphos have been to Chinese clients.

Nassos Hadjigeourghiou, head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, said Paphos was not focusing on tourists from China per se but believes they are an achievable goal.

“We haven’t actively done anything to attract them but I know that steps have been taken to open up new opportunities,” he said.

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Archives February 16, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Regulating collective agreements would be a ‘time bomb'

LEGAL regulation of collective agreements would be a time bomb, employers warned yesterday, registering their strong objection to a government bill that authorises the labour minister to extend agreements to all employers in a given sector.

The chamber of commerce and industry (KEVE) said attempting to change the system would create huge upheaval and deal a blow to labour peace.

“Free negotiations and the industrial relations code will be undermined,” KEVE said. “Such an action will be a time-bomb to the successful three-way cooperation based on free collective negotiations between social partners.”

The bill, approved by cabinet on Thursday, was submitted to parliament yesterday.

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