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Georgiades tells deputies: stop complaining

FINANCE Minister Haris Georgiades has urged parliament to ratify a bailout deal, despite the hardship it will bring, warning that the alternative would be economic collapse.
“Instead of seeking non-existent alternative choices and dei ex machina, maybe we must decide to take control and our fate in our own hands,” Georgiades said during a joint meeting of the House Finance and Foreign Affairs Committees. “Instead of complaining, maybe we should recognise our own mistakes and start working to cover lost ground.”
The committees discussed the island’s bailout ahead of a vote to ratify the €10 billion deal today.

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Young athlete loses battle with cancer

CYPRUS’ sport was yesterday left mourning the death of 23-year-old athlete Marianna Zachariades who lost her battle with lymphoma after falling into a coma recently in Greece.
The Cypriot long-jumper had been suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since 2011 and was being nursed at the Attikon Hospital in Greece after recently falling into a coma. She had claimed a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the Mediterranean Games in Pescara in 2009, where she had set a Pancyprian record jump of 4.45m.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer originating from white blood Cells called lymphocytes. It was named after Thomas Hodgkin, who first described abnormalities in the lymph system in 1832.

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How Anastasiades plans to change things

Regulation of state officials
– Amending constitution to clarify for what offences the President of the Republic may be prosecuted.
– Lifting members of parliament’s immunity for all offences, but preserving their freedom of speech during the exercise of their duty.
– Legally regulating ministers’ and independent officials’ civil and criminal responsibilities for actions and omissions committed while on duty.
– More state officials will be obliged to file income statements at fixed intervals. This includes commissioners, judges, and the heads of parties that are not in parliament. A committee of auditors will be set up to investigate claims and publicly report any false claims.

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Police and scouts join forces to raise road awareness

THE TRAFFIC police and the Cyprus Scouts Association were yesterday offering an amnesty for the day to drivers who committed specific traffic violations.
The aim was to raise awareness among the boy scouts who passed warnings to the offending motorists. Separate events took place in Paphos and Paralimni.
Offences included speaking on a mobile while driving, not wearing a seatbelt,  not following road signs and illegal parking, all of which are punishable with on-the-spot fines.
Nicos Sofokleous, head of the Paphos police said the campaign sent a message to the public to become more law-abiding on the roads.
Nicos Mitsides, the Cyprus Scouts Association district superintendent in Paphos thanked the police for joining the awareness campaign.

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Our View: Let’s hope political parties show a sense of responsibility

TODAY the legislature will vote on the deeply unpopular memorandum of understanding which, in theory, should be passed with DIKO and DISY votes. We say in theory because nobody knows whether all deputies of these two parties would show up and, if they do, that they would vote in favour of the memorandum’s ratification.
Without the legislature’s approval there would be no financial assistance from the EU and IMF, the state would default on its debt repayments and would have no money to meet its financial obligations, such as paying public sector salaries. In short, there is no alternative despite the stupid insistence of the demagogues that we should disengage from the memorandum.

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‘Green’ buildings would help create more jobs

CYPRUS needs to face the challenges ahead and take advantage of the correct opportunities to create the conditions for a speedy recovery from the crisis, creating jobs in the process according to Labour Minister, Zeta Emilianidou.
Speaking at the Build-Up Skills workshop, the minister said the conference’s aim was to improve workforce skills in relation to saving and developing renewable energy sources in the fields of construction, maintenance and renovation of buildings.
“Our goal is the preparation of meeting EU member states’ energy targets ahead of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy,” she said, adding that Cyprus’ energy targets included a 13 per cent contribution of renewable energy sources towards its total energy usage.

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Anastasiades: this country is not up to scratch

STATE officials, including the President, will no longer be immune from prosecution, nor will they be able to stay in office indefinitely, President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday in an gesture aimed at restoring the public’s trust in government following the banking fiasco.
Recommended actions include forcing state officials to give regular income statements, publishing and justifying public tenders, implementing and monitoring the auditor-general’s reports, and defining state officials’ criminal and civil responsibilities.

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Study to determine overlap between DEFA and KRETYK

A STUDY is underway to assess the respective roles of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) and the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company(KRETYK) and ensure there is no overlap, the energy and trade minister said yesterday.
Giorgos Lakkotrypis was speaking to newsmen shortly after meeting with the President. The minister confirmed they discussed the “future” of the two entities.
Quizzed on whether the government was thinking about merging the two entities – as widely rumoured in the local media – Lakkotrypis said the Attorney-general’s office, assisted by Norwegian legal consultants, has initiated a study into “the institutional framework and jurisdictions of each organisation, which ought to be distinct.”

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Land registry scandal grows

THE INTERIOR minister yesterday ordered the suspension of a land registry official who joins a growing number of his colleagues under disciplinary and/or criminal investigation in relation to corruption.
“One more employee was suspended, who was working as a real estate agent while being a land registry official,” Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos told reporters yesterday.
A court had already ordered the official to stop working in real estate if he were to continue working for the state’s land registry, he said. “He was working as a real estate agent while having available at his disposal the land registry’s entire infrastructure.”
 “One has to wonder at such gall?” Hasikos said.

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