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Archives June 19, 2012 posted by

Businesses seek exemption from EAC's Mari surcharge

A GROUP of companies have banded together to demand that the electricity authority forego the 7 per cent surcharge imposed on industrial consumers in the wake of the Mari disaster of last July.

Otherwise, they warn, many local businesses will be driven into the ground.

In an announcement in the press, the businesses said the electricity surcharge has increased the cost of products and services, rendering them uncompetitive compared to imported products and products coming in from the occupied areas in the north.

“The EAC will lead the Cypriot economy to bankruptcy,” the announcement says.

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Archives March 24, 2012 posted by

French gunman's brother whisked to Paris intelligence HQ

The brother of an al Qaeda-inspired gunman who murdered seven people was whisked to Paris on Saturday for further questioning and a police source disclosed he had said he was “proud” of his late sibling’s killing spree.

President Nicolas Sarkozy summoned ministers and police chiefs to a meeting on Saturday to discuss the consequences of Mohamed Merah’s massacre, which has raised troubling national security questions four weeks ahead of a presidential election.

Sarkozy is facing an uphill re-election battle and his chief intelligence adviser sought to head off media questions about the handling of the affair in the southwest city of Toulouse.

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Archives March 23, 2012 posted by

Suburban tensions fester as France debates shooting


In the aftermath of a killing spree that shocked the nation, France’s Paris-based politicians and national media are deep in debate about its impact on the upcoming presidential election and the need for tighter security.

In the drab Toulouse suburbs where gunman Mohamed Merah killed seven people before being cut down by police commandos, the talk is more of bubbling tensions between ethnic and religious communities and how solutions are nowhere in sight.

The gap is not just between the capital to the north and Toulouse in the southwest. In the gritty outskirts of Paris, within sight of the Eiffel Tower, an “us and them” mentality still haunts the streets rocked by immigrant riots in 2005.

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Archives March 21, 2012 posted by

Britain cuts income tax, austerity drive undimmed

British finance minister George Osborne cut the top rate of income tax while imposing new levies on the wealthy, in a political high wire act designed to rejig the burden of austerity without wavering on plans to erase a huge budget deficit.

Britain should avoid a renewed recession and while the recovery was set to remain modest this year, growth should pick up thereafter, Osborne told parliament in his annual budget statement on Wednesday.

A sometimes uneasy coalition government of centre-right Conservatives and more left-wing Liberal Democrats has made erasing a huge budget deficit – which topped 11 percent of GDP before it took office – within the next five years its core objective, and the latest forecasts showed it remained on track.

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Archives March 19, 2012 posted by

Four shot dead at French Jewish school

A gunman on a motorbike shot dead at least four people, including three children, at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday, just days after three soldiers were killed in similar shootings in the same area of southwest France.

“I saw two people dead in front of the school, an adult and a child … Inside, it was a vision of horror, the bodies of two small children,” one father, searching for his son at the Ozar Hatorah school among crowds of distraught parents and children, told RTL radio.

The gunman killed a 30-year old Hebrew teacher, his two children aged three and six, and another child, Toulouse prosecutor Michel Valet said. A 17-year-old was wounded.

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Archives March 18, 2012 posted by

You’ve got it all wrong on Syria


Your editorial in the Cyprus Mail on March 8 was wrong. Mr Christofias is one of the free honest politicians that has expressed an honest an principled  opinion on Syria.

It is true that these countries could be taken over by fundamentalists. Do people really believe that the ‘Arab Spring’ is motivated by people who want democracy? How naïve.

It is motivated by people that have their own agenda. Surely Assad is only doing what any government would do when faced with a ‘mini coup’. In this respect Russia and China have been the only countries that have addressed the situation with principles. The others seem to have their own

CA, Cyprus 


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Archives March 17, 2012 posted by

'CB chief must be reappointed'


THE departure of Finance Minister Kikis Kazamias from the Cabinet has opened a new front between the government and opposition over the reappointment or not of Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides.

DISY number two Averof Neophytou yesterday went so far as to say that if Orphanides was not reappointed when his term finishes at the end of next month, it could prove disastrous for the country.

Speaking to the state broadcaster, Neophytou argued that Cyprus and the banking system needed Orphanides now more than ever. Putting a new guy in the top seat of the supervising authority when the incumbent’s term ends on April 30 could prove “catastrophic” for the country, he warned. 

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Archives March 16, 2012 posted by

French presidential battle lines drawn on austerity

France’s main presidential candidates have drawn clear battle lines over austerity, Europe and Germany as opinion polls show the gap between them narrowing five weeks before the first round of voting.

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, whose wide poll lead over conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy has shrunk in the last week, raised the stakes in a television appearance on Thursday after winning public support from German and Spanish opposition leaders for his stance.

Hollande said that if elected he would not submit a German-inspired European treaty enforcing strict budget discipline for ratification unless it were “completed” by a growth component.

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Archives March 15, 2012 posted by

Swiss couple escape from Pakistan


A Swiss couple kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban last July have escaped and will return home soon, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Thursday after the two reached a military checkpoint near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan

Olivier David Och, 31, and Daniela Widmer, 29, were kidnapped in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan and had been held by the Taliban in the North Waziristan region.

“A few minutes ago I was able to speak to Daniela and David and yes, they are free. They are in a safe place,” Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter told a news conference. “Daniela and David said they managed to escape this morning.”

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Archives March 12, 2012 posted by

Afghan civilian deaths spark calls for US exit

The massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier has triggered angry calls for an immediate American exit from Afghanistan as Washington tries to negotiate a long-term presence to keep the country from sliding into chaos again.

Just days before Sunday’s attack, Kabul and Washington had made significant progress in negotiations on a Strategic Partnership Agreement that would allow American advisers and special forces to stay in Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014.

But securing a full deal may be far more difficult now after the shooting spree in villages in the southern province of Kandahar, the Taliban heartland, which killed mostly women and children.

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