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Archives April 10, 2013 posted by

Kofinou shooting-spree suspect referred for trial

A MAN suspected of killing another and injuring four other people in two separate shooting incidents in Kofinou on March 23, has been referred for trial on May 21.

Prodromos Hadjipanayis, aka Yiannis, 33, is alleged to have shot and killed 54-year-old Panicos Stavrou and injured his son Giorgos Georgiou. Subsequently he went to the local market where he allegedly shot and injured owners Adamos and Panayiotis Lambrou, and 37-year-old Katy Charalambous.  

Father and son, Stavrou and Georgiou,were working on a Turkish-Cypriot house at the time, which appeared to have been at the centre of the dispute.

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Archives February 2, 2013 posted by

State gives in on road tax extension

 AFTER saying they probably would not, the transport ministry has in the end extended the deadline for the payment of road tax until February 25, Minister Efthymios Flourentzos announced yesterday. 

“Considering the fact that a large number of privately owned vehicles have not yet renewed their road tax certificates we thought it necessary to extend the deadline,” he said.

According to Flourentzos the ministry had been inundated with requests to extend the deadline by members of the public and private businesses so they could meet this ‘financial necessity’ as he put it. 

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Archives February 1, 2013 posted by

Push for late opening in old city

THE NICOSIA Municipality has proposed letting shops within the Venetian Walls of old Nicosia stay open till 10pm every night except Sunday. 

In a meeting held early January between the Nicosia District Officer and various stakeholders to discuss the opening hours of shops in the old town, the municipality proposed adopting a ‘tourist timetable’ for the old town 12 months of the year.  

This would give shops in the old town the choice of staying open until 10pm from Monday to Saturday and until 9pm on Sunday, excluding designated holidays. 

Last year, a tourist timetable was put in place for commerce within the old town from mid-April to the end of November. 

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Archives February 1, 2013 posted by

Small island, big problem: how Cyprus troubles the euro zone

JUST WHEN European leaders thought they were getting to grips with three years of economic turmoil, along came Cyprus, a seemingly small problem but one that cannot be ignored.

While the Cypriot economy may be worth only €18 billion, making it the third smallest in the eurozone, the problems it poses are among the most complex Europe has faced, combining elements of Greece, Spain and Ireland.

The latest estimates from analysts are that the country needs €17.5 billion to get back on its feet, including €10 billion for its fractured banking sector and up to €7.5 billion for general government operations and debt servicing.

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Archives November 11, 2012 posted by

Pasta for the people

 

OPEN your kitchen cupboard and the chances are you will find inside a bag of Mitsides flour, a pack of Mitsides pasta or a jar of Mitsides pasta sauce. 

Yet one of Cyprus’ best known companies, which celebrated its 80th birthday this week, very nearly didn’t even get started.  

Established in 1932 by brothers Chrysostomos and Kostas Mitsides, the company has battled its way back from a devastating fire in 1970 to claim the lion share of the pasta and flour market in Cyprus. 

The company now also plays an active part in grain trading, the sale of pasta sauces, processed tomato products, frozen pasta and meals and other foodstuffs, as well as the sale of raw materials for the bakery and confectionary industries.

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Archives November 11, 2012 posted by

A monastery where time has been ruthless

 

THE ROAD leading to the Apostolos Andreas monastery is the same as it was in 1974. In the middle of the road flocks of sheep force the car to stop and let them pass – an image you really see elsewhere anymore. 

As we reach the monastery tame donkeys move towards the cars on the street and stop them. They are used to accepting food from travellers.

Getting to the monastery means a bumpy ride and the passage of time shows in the surroundings. Little houses where pilgrims would come from afar are now deserted, and the donkeys are now the monastery’s main attraction with plenty in the courtyard eager for the offers of friendship from tourists. The tourists caress them, feed them, and take pictures together.

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Archives October 20, 2012 posted by

When diplomatic service meets great finger food

THE BRITISH High Commission in Nicosia yesterday celebrated the launch of ‘Diplomatic Service’, a cookbook featuring signature finger food recipes by the BHC’s long-serving Chef, Christina Afxentiou.

The guests enjoyed a dash of class, a mιlange of aromas and an assortment of canapιs at a wine reception held in association with the Cyprus Red Cross Society.

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Archives October 3, 2012 posted by

Millions lost to red tape

BUSINESSES lose around €700 million a year due to red tape, according to a survey by KPMG which was presented to the House commerce committee yesterday.

“It was recorded today that the cost alone for businesses due to bureaucracy in the public service is around €700 million a year,” said committee chairman, DISY’s Lefteris Christoforou, after the meeting, “If this cost was saved – or even part of it – we would certainly have a healthier economy, healthier small and medium-sized enterprises and a smaller public sector, with higher efficiency.”

Christoforou said it was time to abolish red tape, especially while the country is negotiating with EU lenders the troika for a state bailout.

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Archives September 13, 2012 posted by

US focusing on energy sector

AMERICA WILL strive to promote increased trade and investment in Cyprus’ energy sector, said new US Ambassador to Cyprus John Koenig yesterday.

Speaking during a ceremony to welcome the new ambassador at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Koenig said: “The United States remains committed to achieving diversity and stability in global energy markets.”  

He added: “We hope that the discovery of hydrocarbons will benefit all citizens of Cyprus, which underscores the need for a comprehensive settlement that ends the long-standing division of the island.” 

Referring to peace talks, Koenig said the progress achieved so far “must be preserved and built upon”. 

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Archives March 17, 2012 posted by

EAC workers postpone strike

MEMBERS of the Electricity Authority Cyprus’ (EAC) union SEP-AHK decided yesterday to abstain from the strike action and work-to-rule measures they had initially planned to go ahead with next week.

According to SEP-AHK head Sotos Savva, they were invited to take part in a dialogue on Monday (with the EAC) under the auspices of the Labour Ministry, after an appeal to do so by the Ministry’s Labour Relations head Andreas Mylonas.

SEP-AHK, who carried out work-to-rule measures previously in January, represents 85 per cent of the EAC’s technical staff.

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