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Archives April 8, 2013 posted by

Cyprus remain in Davis Cup Group II despite Baghdatis absence


Cyprus secured Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II participation in 2014, after Petros Chrysochos defeated Magloire Yakpa 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, to help his side claim a 3-2 victory over Benin on Sunday, at the National Tennis Centre in Nicosia.

“I felt much more pressure than I did on Friday, but fortunately everything went well and we won,” said Chrysochos who turned 17 yesterday.

After winning the doubles on Saturday alongside Rares Cuzdriorean, Baghdatis was advised to pull out of Sunday’s reverse singles as a precaution, having recently been sidelined with a right shoulder injury.

Had he played, Baghdatis would have had the chance to equal Bjorn Borg’s record of 33 successive Davis Cup singles victories. 

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Archives March 25, 2013 posted by

Most Dutch voters think Cyprus should leave eurozone

MOST DUTCH think Cyprus should leave the eurozone even though the cost of a bail-out for the country would be tiny compared to the rescue for Greece, a poll published yesterday said.
More than half those surveyed, or 56 per cent, thought Cyprus should leave, according to a survey by pollster Maurice de Hond.
The results of the poll were published as Dutch finance minister and chair of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem prepared to meet other eurozone finance ministers to discuss a bail-out in Brussels.
The poll also showed that a majority of supporters of Dijsselbloem’s social democratic Labour party think Cyprus should be helped to avoid going bankrupt.

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Archives January 25, 2013 posted by

A €150m boost for the economy


THE GOVERNMENT sealed a deal yesterday granting an Italian-Korean joint venture a concession to drill for hydrocarbons in three offshore blocks.

Three separate agreements, one for each of the prospects, were signed on behalf of the government by commerce minister Neoclis Sylikiotis and finance minister Vassos Shiarly.

The three blocks (2, 3 and 9) licensed to the ENI-KOGAS consortium lie north of a gas field that holds an estimated 5 to 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

“The discovery of hydrocarbons…creates new realities and prospects for transforming Cyprus into a regional energy hub,” Sylikiotis said at the signing ceremony.

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Archives September 8, 2012 posted by

Church wants in on gas

ARCHBISHOP Chrysostomos II yesterday announced plans to mortgage church assets in order to have a hand in exploitation of natural gas reserves that were found in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Speaking to the state broadcaster, he said the church was determined to become involved in all aspects of the matter – from the drilling to the liquefaction.

In fact, the Archbishop revealed that the church was in the process of securing a share in one of the companies currently bidding for the EEZ’s blocks.

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Archives July 29, 2012 posted by

Paradise found, paradise lost

IT’S OFTEN said there’s no place like home. But what really makes somewhere your own? And all too often one person’s dream location can be another’s nightmare.  

A Slight Risk is a new play by the Fresh Target Theatre Ensemble which attempts to dig deep into the psyche of a seemingly trouble free British couple who’ve set up base under the Cyprus sun. The only problem is their dream home is located in the north, on Greek Cypriot-owned land. 

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Archives July 28, 2012 posted by

Troika measures will be ‘painful’


THE TROIKA delegation representing the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund ended its second round of meetings in Cyprus yesterday, leaving members of the House Finance Committee feeling the future was particularly bleak. 

House Finance Committee Chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said the troika briefed MPs on the results of diagnostic tests on Cyprus’ banking system and public finances.  

“Unfortunately, the messages so far are not pleasant. The problems appear to be much greater than they themselves initially estimated,” he said.

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Archives July 28, 2012 posted by

Yesterday, the Olympics and ringing a bell..

IT’S THURSDAY. Tomorrow at 8.12 am exactly I am going to stand in a street in the Tory heartlands of UK and ring a bell. It’s the idea of Martin Creed, winner of the Turner prize, ‘ for his Work No.1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes’ .

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Archives July 22, 2012 posted by

A Trojan war against the troika

I HAVE been actively involved in Cyprus’ public affairs since 1976, but I have been following developments in Cyprus since 1960 when I was a young businessman.

It was quite obvious to any observer that what was happening in Cyprus before the Turkish invasion would inevitably lead to trouble. The Greek Cypriot leadership however did not get the message that Turkey might prove to be a dangerous neighbour. On the contrary, they had the illusion that they would manage to suppress the Turkish Cypriots and “let them boil in their own juice”.

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Archives July 20, 2012 posted by

Minister warns of price ceiling on petrol

COMMERCE Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis yesterday said he wouldn’t hesitate to place a ceiling on fuel prices after the recent barrage of hikes prompted him to launch an investigation into the matter.

He said regardless of any reactions, the ministry couldn’t sit back and observe efforts to dupe consumers.

Petrol prices have been on an upward spiral since the end of last year, with 95 octane unleaded fuel peaking at around €1.40 per litre just a couple of months ago. Only recently was there some respite with prices dropping to between €1.23 and €1.25.

But at the start of the week, prices suddenly rose as much as €0.05 per litre.

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Archives July 19, 2012 posted by

Ideal escape from the heat of summer

An ideal escape from the sweltering heat of the summer is visit to the mountainous village of Platres in Troodos.

On the southern slopes of the Troodos mountains and 1,200 metres above sea level, Platres offers a cooler climate during the blistering summer months. During the summer, the temperature averages at about 28 degrees with little or no humidity and a cooling breeze. The temperature drops during the evening so you might even need a warm piece of clothing.

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