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Kazamias called to account

FORMER finance minister Kikis Kazamias yesterday denied downplaying or misrepresenting the severity of the economic outlook during his brief stint in the previous administration.
He highlighted also the poor interpersonal relations between former President Demetris Christofias and ex-central banker Athanasios Orphanides, adding that the feelings were “mutual.”
Kazamias was testifying before the committee of inquiry probing the circumstances that led the economy to the brink of bankruptcy and to the ‘haircut’ decision of March this year. The panel is currently focusing on fiscal/governmental policies and decisions, most of which fall within the term of the previous administration.

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Busy weekend

THE FIRE Services were called to extinguish a total of 221 fires over the weekend. The number is considered to be very high and in a statement yesterday the services called on the public to be especially careful. The sharp increase in temperatures over the weekend and the reduced humidity in the atmosphere combined with strong winds were conducive for fires to start and spread.
The Fire Service reminded the public that starting a fire, throwing cigarette butts away or any other actions which could start a fire are prohibited.

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Lillikas rallies anti-bailout supporters

A NEW political movement calling itself the ‘Citizens’ Alliance’ has vowed to fight a financial rescue deal between Cyprus and international lenders and to seek alternatives for placing the stricken economy on a path to recovery.
Unveiled this weekend in Nicosia, the movement is led provisionally by Giorgos Lillikas, who in the recent presidential elections garnered an impressive 26 per cent of the popular vote, nearly making it to the runoff vote.
His movement’s founding convention was held Sunday on the grounds of the State Fairs, where hundreds flocked to register. Elections to nominate the leadership are scheduled for later this year.

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Tractor injuries

OVER THE weekend two men were treated for injuries caused in two separate tractor accidents in Paphos.
George Stylianou, 50, was seriously injured on Saturday afternoon in a rural area of Kathika when his tractor overturned.
Stylianou is in the intensive care unit of Paphos general hospital. According to doctors his condition is serious but he has shown signs of improvement.
Socratis Vasiliadi, 60, received slight injuries to his legs when his tractor overturned on Sunday afternoon on the rural road between Ayia Marina Kelokedaron and Kelokedara.
According to police the tractor , which was towing a wagon carrying a water tank, overturned on a turning.
In both cases the tractors did not have protective covers.

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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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