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Archives February 16, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Viewers can complain about election coverage

THE Radio and Television Broadcasting Authority of Cyprus yesterday announced that its offices would remain open during this Sunday’s presidential election to provide information or receive complaints from members of the public. 

The offices will be open on Sunday from 9am until polling stations close at 6pm. Members of the public may contact the Authority by calling 22512468.  

The announcement reminded the public that people may call a separate number- 80004444- on a 24-hour basis where they may leave an answering message either passing on views or suggestions or complaints to the Authority of possible legal violations by radio or television broadcasters.   

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Archives February 16, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Three arrests in Limassol after street fight


THREE PEOPLE were arrested on suspicion of damaging cars and restaurants on Navarino Street in Limassol last night after a gang of thugs tried to engage in a street fight with Kurds holding a peaceful demonstration in the coastal town. 

According to a police spokesman, at around 7pm, a group of around 200 Kurds held a peaceful march through the city to protest against the continued imprisonment of their leader Abdullah Ocalan in Turkey. 

During last night’s march, two Greek Cypriots in a car allegedly swore at the Kurdish demonstrators as they passed by. Police quickly intervened to prevent any altercation, said the spokesman. 

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Two in hospital after being run over

THE 62-YEAR-OLD woman who had her leg amputated after being struck by a car in Limassol on Thursday night was still in critical condition yesterday as she recovered in Limassol General Hospital. 

According to a police spokesman a car being driven by a 42-year-old woman at around 6.10pm, collided with another car being driven by a 33-year-old man which changed course and hit the 62-year-old pedestrian. 

She was taken to Limassol General Hospital where doctors amputated her leg. She remained yesterday in critical condition.

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New cars torched

A FIRE caused extensive damage to two cars parked at a dealership in Limassol at around 12.40am yesterday, police said. 

According to a police spokesman the unregistered cars were parked next to each other in a fenced-off area. The fire was extinguished by the fire service but not before causing severe damage to both cars. The cars are valued at around €35,000 and €40,000 each. From investigations carried out at the scene police concluded it was an arson attack.

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Archives February 16, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Paradigm shift required within the EU


THE CYPRIOT economy is undoubtedly facing serious structural problems.  ?he key to overcoming the crisis lies in fiscal rationalisation, bank recapitalisation, reform of the financial sector and the further diversification of the economy with the development of new engines for growth.  

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Russia prepared to contribute to helping Cyprus

RUSSIA has assured Cyprus that it is prepared to contribute towards resolving the island’s economic problems as part of an agreed support package, it emerged yesterday.

The assurances were given during a meeting between Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades and his deputy Spyros Stavrinakis in Moscow.

“It was a very constructive and positive meeting … the finance minister assured that Russia is ready to contribute,” Central Bank spokeswoman Aliki Stylianou told state radio.

The one-hour meeting was held on the sidelines of a high-level seminar held by the Eurosystem – European Central Bank and 17 member-states – and the Bank of Russia.

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Menoyia centre ‘will set the standard in Europe’

THE NEW Menoyia detention centre was officially opened yesterday by Justice and Public Order Minister Loucas Louca who said the increase in illegal immigration called for the creation of such a facility.

“By creating places like the one we are inaugurating today we aim at the short-term stay of immigrants who are being deported,” he said. “The first phase of construction of this modern establishment was co-funded by the EU foreign border fund which contributed more than €2 million to the total cost of €9.58 million,” he added. 

Louca said the new centre could hold 256 people and met all the necessary EU standard of living specifications. 

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Toddler back with parents after abduction


POLICE ARE on the hunt for those responsible for kidnapping an 18-month-old child from his grandmother’s verandah  in Limassol yesterday, triggering a massive search for the missing toddler until he was found abandoned near a cemetery almost eight hours later. 

At around 8am, the 18-month-old Stavros Styllis went missing from his grandmother’s balcony on Karaoli Street in Ypsonas in the Limassol district. 

According to reports, his mother, a teacher, dropped both Stavros and his twin sister off at their grandmother’s in the morning before going to work. While his grandmother was changing the nappy of his sister in another room, Stavros was playing outside on the verandah. 

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Our View: PV systems clearly threaten the EAC’s power monopoly

WE WOULD have thought that the authorities of a country that boasts the highest electricity rates in Europe would not have been averse to exploring the possibilities provided by renewable energy sources. More so in a country which has long hours of sunlight 12 months a year and is ideally suited for photovoltaic (PV) systems which turn sunlight into power in a clean and environmentally-friendly way.

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Christofias: blameless to the ‘bitter’ end

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias gave his last televised address to the nation last night, expressing sorrow over the Mari tragedy and absence of a Cyprus solution while seemingly absolving himself of blame for both.  

In a recorded address on the achievements of his five years in government, Christofias said he felt bitter and sad over the many problems faced during his term in office. 

“The greatest sorrow is associated with the tragic accident at Mari, which caused me and my family distress, anguish, and deep sadness for the loss of lives. I would like once again to express my sympathy and support to the families of the victims,” he said.

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