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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by

Dog days for Cyprob negotiations in Nicosia

THE United Nations (UN) is very sympathetic towards the struggle the Cypriot people now face, UN Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer said yesterday after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace.

Downer said he hopes to announce a dinner between President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu after his meeting with the latter today. Downer will head to Greece on Thursday to meet Greek Foreign Minister Demetris Avramopoulos before travelling to Turkey on Monday to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “I will go into those meetings well armed,” Downer said. 

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Archives January 6, 2013 posted by

Efforts to reduce polling expenses in forthcoming Presidential elections

A TOTAL of 1,100 polling stations will operate across Cyprus for the upcoming Presidential elections, scheduled for February 17, Chief Returning Officer Andreas Assiotis said yesterday.
Assiotis also said that efforts are underway to reduce expenses, in light of the financial crisis. “Everything is proceeding smoothly,” concerning preparations for the election day, the Chief Returning Officer said. According to Assiotis, savings will incur from the full employment of embassy personnel in the polling procedure, to reduce spending from the dispatch of personnel to polling stations abroad.

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Archives December 4, 2012 posted by

More moneylaundering allegations surface

POLITICIANS across Europe are urging their governments to demand a crackdown on alleged Russian money-laundering in Cyprus as a condition of any bailout, The Telegraph said yesterday.

The paper said MPs in the UK, Finland and the Netherlands have questions for the banks before a deal is signed. The paper said German politicians were looking at making similar demands.

The moves follow allegations that the Cypriot authorities refused to investigate claims that criminals linked to a $230m alleged Russian tax fraud laundered $30m through the island’s banks, said the Telegraph.

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Archives November 24, 2012 posted by

Asylum seekers not included in electricity bills – yet

THE ELECTRICITY authority (EAC) yesterday sent an announcement clarifying who are the recipients of a special tariff for vulnerable groups, following mistaken reports that asylum seekers would be included.
The special tariff group includes poor families on welfare, people on disability allowance or large families with at least three dependent children who earn up to €51,528. Families with more than four dependents are permitted an additional income of €5,126 per child.
Beneficiaries pay cheaper electricity bills, covered by the public benefits obligations levy which the EAC gets from the rest of its consumers as of 2010.

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Archives July 12, 2012 posted by

Ports authority pitch in €50 million to government pot

THE ports authority yesterday became the third semi-government organisation to lend money to the cash-strapped state when it announced it would provide €50 million through the purchase of three-month treasury bills.

It follows the decision of telecommunications company CyTA to pitch in €101 million and the human resources development authority’s (HRDA) contribution of €24 million.

The state, shut out of international capital markets for more than a year, has used short-term domestic borrowing to refinance its debt.

This has become harder after its sovereign rating was cut to junk by all three major ratings agencies, making it impossible for banks – which have problems of their own – to purchase government debt.

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Archives May 1, 2012 posted by

Media responsibility urged over suicide cases

CHILD Commissioner Leda Koursoumba urged the media yesterday to be careful when publicising suicide cases as research shows that the way a suicide is presented could contribute to an increased risk of more suicides.

Koursoumba was referring to the suicide of a 15-year-old teenager in Limassol last week that hit the headlines in daily Alithia. The teen apparently locked himself in the bathroom, turned up his music and shot himself.

The teen’s father claimed that he was being hounded for money over the sale of firecrackers by a gang, who would regularly visit schools in Limassol selling drugs too.

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Archives November 18, 2010 posted by

Facebook video a violation of child’s rights

COMMISSIONER for Children’s Rights, Leda Koursoumba yesterday branded the video of a child waving a toy gun around and parroting his grandfather’s call to shoot Turks and communists, as a flagrant violation of the four-year-old boy’s rights.

“Any training or guidance should prepare the child for a responsible life in a free society in the spirit of understanding,” said Koursoumba.

The video was posted two weeks ago on Facebook by the boy’s grandfather, a senior official in the public service. However within minutes of the story being broadcast on CyBC on Tuesday night, the video was removed from the sight of the general public.

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Archives October 1, 2010 posted by

A decade after Milosevic, Serbia only inching towards EU

AN AUSTRIAN bank advertisement longer than a soccer pitch wraps tightly around the former interior ministry in Belgrade, giving it a flashy facade masking a darker past still haunting Serbia.

A decade after strongman President Slobodan Milosevic fell in a popular uprising on October 5, 2000, the old ministry remains a ruin of the 1999 NATO bombing, evoking both the promise of a better European future and the wounded core of Serbia itself.  Since the overthrow of Milosevic, who supported warring Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia as communist federal Yugoslavia tore apart, the formerly pariah Balkan country of 7.3 million people has been at peace and embraced a market-style democracy.

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Archives October 1, 2010 posted by

Our View: Our pride in the Republic comes 50 years too late

THE REPUBLIC of Cyprus officially celebrates its 50th anniversary today, even though it reached this milestone a month and a half ago, on August 16. With most people being away on holiday in August it was decided that it would be better to celebrate Independence Day on October 1. Not that there were any celebrations to start with – it was only in 1979 that the legislature declared October 1 a public holiday while the military parade was introduced, to mark the occasion, three years later.

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