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Archives January 17, 2013 posted by

Beaten and robbed

A 67-YEAR OLD man was beaten and robbed in his grocery on Georgiou Fasoulioti Street in Limassol on Tuesday afternoon by two strangers.

According to police, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, two people entered the grocery pretending to be customers and called the owner to be served.

When the 67-year old approached them, one of the strangers pulled out a knife, placed it next to his throat, and pushed him to the ground. The assailants then beat the victim, with the second man taking €1,000 from the owner’s shirt pocket. 

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Archives July 18, 2012 posted by

Airport deal details to be discussed next week

THE HEAD of the Chinese company seeking to invest in the old Larnaca airport over a 50 year period is due back in Cyprus next week to respond to the government’s positions on the potential €600m deal. 

Communications Minister Efthymios Flourentzos said yesterday the government was expecting the head of Far Eastern Phoenix Ltd (FEP) to arrive in Cyprus next week “to bring answers and discuss further with us”. 

He added: “I hope there will be a conclusion. The information we’re getting is positive, but without tangible evidence I cannot speak with absolute certainty.” 

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Archives June 12, 2012 posted by

Moscow Patriarch wraps up Cyprus visit

PATRIARCH of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill Gundyaev met President Demetris Christofias in the presidential palace yesterday prior to his departure later in the day.

Gifts were exchanged during the one-hour meeting at 1.30pm.  The Patriarch presented Christofias with a relief depicting the baptism of Christ and received a silver replica of the crucifixion.

The Patriarch also attended a luncheon hosted in Nicosia in his honour by Archbishop Chrysostomos II prior to the meeting.

The Patriarch also received a grand reception from the Ayia Napa Municipality,  and Mayor Antonis Tsokkos presented him with a souvenir of the picture of Virgin of Ayia Napa.

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Archives June 10, 2012 posted by

Russian Patriarch visits Constantia-Famagusta Metropolis

PATRIARCH of Moscow and all Russia Kirill yesterday visited the Constantia- Famagusta Metropolis.

Patriarch Kirill visited the Cultural Centre in Dherynia, where he looked over the fenced-off ghost town of Varosha. He was welcomed by the mayors and members of Famagusta and Dherynia Municipal Councils.

Famagusta Deputy Mayor Simo Ioannou gave the Patriarch two gifts, an icon of Saint Nicholas and a clay amphora vase. 

Patriarch Kirill also visited Ayios Georgios square in Paralimni. Mayor of Paralimni Theodoros Pirrilis welcomed the Patriarch and asked him to support the Cypriot Greek Orthodox people and the refugees of Famagusta in their struggle to return to their homes and their properties.

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Archives May 30, 2012 posted by

NG to train small group of Libyan officers

THE CYPRUS National Guard (NG) has undertaken to train a small group of officers of the newly formed Libyan army, a defence ministry source confirmed yesterday. 

The source confirmed a report in yesterday’s Politis saying the Libyan representative in Cyprus had made the request in a meeting with the defence ministry to organise basic training for a small group of new Libyan army soldiers. 

The request was taken to cabinet by Defence Minister Demetris Eliades who reportedly said training members of the new Libyan army would not only strengthen ties with the country post-civil war, but also show Cyprus’ EU partners that it contributes to stability in the region, helping establish modern institutions in Libya. 

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Archives May 29, 2012 posted by

Cancer relatives claim vested interests at work

INTEREST groups with direct access to government are behind an apparent decision to freeze the construction of a much-needed radiotherapy unit at Nicosia general hospital, cancer patient activists have alleged.

In a statement yesterday, the Cancer Patients and Relatives Association (ELAZO) said plans for a radiotherapy unit at the capital’s state hospital were put on hold following the appointment of Vassos Shiarly as Finance Minister.

“The Ministry of Health had said that tenders for the radiotherapy building in Nicosia would be announced on April 27 2012. Suddenly, upon the appointment to the Finance Ministry of Mr. Shiarly, who was a senior executive at the Bank of Cyprus, the tenders have been suspended indefinitely or cancelled,” ELAZO said.

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Archives May 27, 2012 posted by

High level of undeclared labour

ALMOST a third of workers in the construction industry are not registered, Labour Minister Sotiroula Charalambous said yesterday.

According to the minister, 29.35 per cent of workers in the sector are not registered. She added that labour inspectors had intensified checks to combat the phenomenon and since April 2009, 4,274 inspections had been carried out on constructions alone – out of a total of 7,554 inspections on all professions.

“Each of us can comprehend the negative dimensions of this phenomenon,” said Charalambous. “Failing to submit social security may initially seem like it is harming the workers and the Social Security Fund, but it isn’t just so. It harms the employers who are legal.”

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Archives May 26, 2012 posted by

Electricity rose by 19 per cent

CYPRUS recorded the second highest increase in electricity price in the EU27 in the second half of 2011, according to data released yesterday by the statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat.

The data shows that Cyprus electricity prices in the second half of 2011 reached €24.10 per 100 kWh, compared to the EU27 average of €18.40 per 100 kWh, and €19.30 per 100 kWh in the eurozone.

Compared to the second half of 2010 Cyprus recorded in the second half of 2011 the second highest increases in household electricity prices at 19 per cent, after Latvia’s 27 per cent. In the EU27, household electricity prices rose by only 6.3 per cent and by 6.2 per cent in the eurozone. 

 

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Archives May 19, 2012 posted by

Barroso and Ban talk Cyprus problem

UN SECRETARY-General Ban Ki-moon plans will try to encourage Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to change his mind on continuing peace talks during Cyprus’ EU Presidency on the sidelines of two summits in the coming week. 

According to Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the UN chief said as much to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso during a discussion on developments in the Cyprus issue.

The two men discussed the Cyprus problem during a luncheon hosted by EU Permanent Representative to the UN Thomas Mayr-Harting at his residence in New York on Thursday.

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Archives April 29, 2012 posted by

Young meet old at the House

THE HOUSE of Representatives was yesterday filled with people spanning all ages for the first joint meeting of the Parliament of the Elderly and the Cyprus’ Children’s Parliament.

The group has adopted as their motto the Greek saying: “Give me your knowledge, I’ll give you my strength”. This was no surprise, said the House’s President, Yiannakis Omirou “as it emphasises the need for better collaboration and solidarity among people, irrespective of age”. 

The meeting was held in the context of the European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational solidarity. 

The aim is to create “a Europe friendly to all ages, where all members of the public can enjoy equal rights irrespective of age, being active in society,” Omirou said.

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