Author Archives: Stefanos Evripidou

Archives February 16, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Cypriots love white cars and having babies in September

CYPRIOTS love white cars and having babies in September according to Statistical Services, which yesterday released a host of interesting stats on its website as part the International Year of Statistics. “Our goal is to make people aware of the wide-ranging possibilities that statistics can offer all areas of society,” a statement from the service said.

There are more women currently living in Cyprus than men, with 51.4 per cent of the population being female, which goes towards proving the age-old statistic that women live longer than men, as the life expectancy of men is 79 and women 83.

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Archives February 16, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

All set for tomorrow’s election

POLLING stations are ready for tomorrow’s presidential elections, Chief Returning Officer Andreas Ashiotis announced yesterday. 

A total number of 1,139 different polling stations will operate, both on the island, and also abroad.  Some 545,491 registered voters will have the right to cast their vote tomorrow in all five districts and at polling stations abroad.

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Archives February 16, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

Last pledges from candidates

 

PRESIDENTIAL candidates issued their final messages to voters as campaigning drew to a close at midnight yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s poll.

Frontrunner DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades pledged to form a national salvation government to lead the country out of the crisis.

He urged Cypriots to choose the path of bold changes, responsibility and credibility, and not that of populism, irresponsibility and refusal to change.

“Sunday’s elections are the most critical in our modern history (and) their result will define how we face the economic crisis,” he said. “A weak economy undermines our international standing. We ought to restore our credibility in Europe.”

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Archives January 20, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

The Syrian crisis and the Middle East

We start with a supposition which has the guarantee of becoming reality, namely that President Assad and his Baath regime will be overthrown. The only question is when. Today, we are facing an impasse, after 21 months of conflict which has left 60 thousand dead, thousands of refugees and a country in ruins. 

President Assad, in a speech delivered on January 6, offered no concessions and vowed never to talk to foes he branded terrorists and Western puppets, while the UN-Arab League mediator, Lakhtar Brahimi ruled out a role for President Assad in a transitional government, stressing that “In Syria… what people are saying is that a family ruling for 40 years is a little bit too long”.

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Archives January 20, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

The French will learn that Mali is no Libya

“Those days are over,” said Frances President Francois Hollande last month, when asked if French forces would intervene in the war between Islamist insurgents who have seized the northern half of Mali and the government in Bamako. But the days in question weren’t over for very long. Last Friday France sent a squadron of fighter-bombers to the West African country to stop the Islamist fighters from taking the capital.

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Archives January 20, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

A letter from London: From a pond to the ocean

 

Things in Cyprus are bad. Really bad. Everyone says so. 

“Now is the time to go and get your CV out there. Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, they’ve all made the jump. We’re next on the list. Better to get out first before a flood of Cypriot CVs hit the European market and yours is lost in the masses,” says my younger sister, a 32-year-old media professional who keeps her eye on the ball.

But where does one go? What does one do? And will what you find be any better than the situation you’re already in?

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Archives January 20, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

A mixed bag of candidates

 

Kostas Kyriacou, known as ‘Outopos’, is a farmer, who studied philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is divorced with three children. He hopes to create four city-states in Cyprus: three for Greek Cypriots and one for Turkish Cypriots. Weddings would be forbidden and free love abound. He calls for “an Earth without mountains, an endless valley which could feed and nourish 57 billion”. His goal is for a single world government; a unique language and culture. In contrast to the three main candidates, he seems committed to his beliefs, as crazy as they seem. 

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Archives January 20, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

It’s time to set up a political psychiatric ward

 

I WOULD like to make a suggestion that I believe would contribute to the raising of the quality of our political life. We should set up a political psychiatric ward. This would operate along the same lines as a psychiatric hospital in which people with psychological problems are treated. 

The political psychiatric hospital would offer treatment (in the form of reality checks and political training) to our politicians who are suffering from job-related ailments. The legislature could pass regulations and procedures so that any politician who engages in demagoguery or makes grossly stupid suggestions would be taken there.

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Archives January 20, 2013 posted by Stefanos Evripidou

A poker honour fraught with potential embarrassment

 

That Cyprus has been chosen to host the prestigious 2013 Nations Cup poker tournament this March would ordinarily be considered an honour.

So why is Antonis Theophanides, vice president of the Cyprus Poker Association (CPA), viewing the event with more than a little trepidation?

To put it simply, he’s scared of the police. In July last year, police raided two venues in Larnaca and Limassol and arrested 31 CPA members on various charges relating to illegal gambling. Players insisted they were taking part in initial tryouts for the national team and that they weren’t playing for money which is illegal in Cyprus.

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