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Archives April 17, 2013 posted by

Millions in taxpayers’ money still being wasted

DESPITE the credit crunch, taxpayers are still footing the bill for projects that have yet to get off the ground, or for wasteful public organisations.

The National Health System (NHS) is one such venture that is a project on paper only. But so far €24m has been spent on the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), the vehicle set up with the mission to implement the scheme. The NHS was supposed to be up and running by 2008; the date was later pushed back to 2012 and then again to 2015.

In her report for the year 2011, the Auditor-general notes that the lion’s share of expenses at the HIO consisted of a series of feasibility studies commissioned for the NHS. Other expenditures are for salaries (the HIO employs around 60 persons) and rent for premises.

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Archives September 19, 2012 posted by

Our view: Government now moving fast after rap from EU/IMF

THERE is little doubt that the high-powered from the IMF and Euro Group turned the screw on President Christofias when they called on him last week. They may have said nothing after their respective meetings, but what was said inside the presidential palace appears to have had a big effect on the government, which until then was content to drag its feet over the consultations with the troika and the drafting of the bailout conditions.

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Archives May 16, 2012 posted by

Defence in media trial calls for suspicion to be directed elsewhere

THE defence in the trial for the murder of media owner Andis Hadjicostis yesterday accused authorities of not investigating the possibility of his wife’s ex being involved in the 2010 killing.

Michalakis Kyprianou, defending former television presenter Elena Skordeli, suggested that police had not carried out an in-depth investigation into the relations between Hadjicostis’ wife, Efi Papaioannou with her ex, Thomas Vasilis.

While cross-examining police officer Thomas Efthimiou, Kyprianou told him he had turned a blind eye, under pressure from public opinion formed by the media.

Efthimiou denied the defence’s suggestions.

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Archives April 26, 2012 posted by

Gun ‘found’ by Kitas linked to Paphos murder trial

THE MURDER trial of the 29-year-old hairdresser suspected of killing his 24-year-old pregnant girlfriend and her three-year-old child was postponed yesterday after the prosecution told the court it has located the murder weapon. 

The trial was postponed until May 8 after the prosecution requested more time to investigate the case, following last week’s discovery of the weapon believed to have been used in the double murder that shocked the country last year.

According to state broadcaster CyBC, the prosecution told the court that ballistic tests have proven that the gun, located last Friday in a family gravestone in a cemetery in Athienou, was used in the murder of 24-year-old Julia Oborok. 

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