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Do you know where your donations are actually going?


I refer to the various articles about helping the poor and disadvantaged.

I am a shopkeeper of over 20 years and one of my customers is a poor, unemployed and is now virtually blind from diabetes  probably mainly because of his gross overweight. I have known him for over 20 years as he has never worked during that time.

He seems an honest and simple person and he has relied on welfare benefits all of his life.  

During this period of severe economic crisis the community is encouraged to help such people even more so. The welfare services, local councils, the Church, radio stations, various charities, and individuals are collecting money, food or food coupons for these disadvantaged people. 

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Piraeus Bank sponsors free parking for Easter


PIRAEUS Bank will cover parking costs for municipality parking in Nicosia and Limassol over the holy week in an effort to revive the market.

Executive Board Director and General Manager of Piraeus bank Cyprus Ltd George Appios said the slogan would be: ‘Now we will all go to the city centre’.

“We are convinced this will help the market and give shops a significant boost in both cities,” he said.

Nicosia mayor, Constantinos Yiorkadjis: “This contribution will support shops in the city centres, attract people to the cities where they can shop, attend church and have family outings. It will also help boost the commercial market.”

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A new IPT law by June? Fat chance


Your letter column dated 25 April ‘Interim IPT bill to satisfy troika’.  It never ceases to amaze me why those in authority seem to think that we, I mean, those of us lucky not to be in the Club, need this daily fix of utter garbage, unless of course they actually believe in what they are conveying to us ‘illiterate fools’ Let’s look at it another way, they must be assuming that we are all uneducated because otherwise they would not say, think, or even publish information that is so unrealistic, but no, they just have to do it because it’s in their blood and part of their makeup.

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Luxury liner boost for Paphos visits


THE LUXURY cruise ship the MS Europa anchored off Kato Paphos yesterday at 8am, the fourth stop on its itinerary, after setting off from Dubai and passing through Abu Dhabi and Egypt’s Sharm El Sheik. 

The ship was due to leave Paphos at 4pm yesterday, destined for the Greek islands of Rhodes and Symi before weighing anchor at its final destination of Valetta in Malta. The Europa’s 337 passengers had the opportunity to visit the harbour and other sites in the area. Paphos Mayor, Savvas Vergas said he would offer all possible assistance and services to visitors, so such visits might take place in the future, adding that the Europa was one of the largest cruise ships around.

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Letter from London: Packing Cyprus into a suitcase


When I was a lot younger, I couldn’t understand Cypriot students who flew to the UK loaded down with Cypriot foodstuffs. I mean there was so much better stuff available in the UK. Kettle crisps, MacDonald’s, and soft, white sliced bread that stuck to the roof of your mouth when you bit into it. Even chocolates in the UK tasted better. So why would you want to take boring food from home with you, I’d ask them? 

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DISY vote marred by protest over bird activists


TROUBLE struck during party elections for ruling DISY in Paralimni yesterday when angry members and other locals moved the voting boxes and threw ballot papers into the street to protest against campaigns to stop illegal poaching of songbirds, or ambelopoulia.

The voting was taking place islandwide to elect three vice-presidents to the party, after new DISY leader, Averof Neophytou, and new deputy head Lefteris Christoforou were unchallenged for their new positions within the party.

Neophytou and Christoforou headed for Paralimini after the trouble broke out.

They attempted to ease tensions but were verbally abused by locals and DISY members.

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Tourism, north and south, has developed very differently


THOUGH Cyprus is a small island it is remarkable how different the development of tourism north and south of the Green Line has been. Details are shown in the table below which covers the period from 2000 to 2012, and shows that though the number of tourists visiting northern Cyprus has increased in proportion to those in the south from 16 per cent in 2000, to 43 per cent in 2010, revenues were still much lower in 2011 at 17 per cent in northern Cyprus. This brings out the fundamental difference in the structure of the tourist markets.

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‘Dirty money’ claims were just an excuse for bail-in


THE EUROPEAN Union, led by Germany, has made Cyprus pay dearly for its alleged money laundering transgressions but one leading anti-money laundering expert questions how the EU will ever repay Cyprus if those charges are proved wrong. 

Andreas Frank is an independent adviser to the German Bundestag and Council of Europe, who has already initiated two infringement proceedings against Germany for violations of the EU’s anti-money laundering (AML) directive. 

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