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Archives April 27, 2013 posted by

Our View: Being seen to be doing something to help small businesses

WHEN IT comes to grand, but ultimately meaningless, initiatives nobody can compete with the political parties. Nothing illustrates this practice better than AKEL’s proposal for the 25 per cent reduction of rents on premises, housing small to medium enterprises (SMEs), for the next 12 months. The proposal has the support, in principle, of all the parties none which would want to be seen to oppose the lowering of rents.

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Archives April 25, 2013 posted by

Organic vegetable gardens for 100 schools

ORGANIC vegetable gardens are to be grown in 100 schools islandwide to get students involved in the process of nurturing crops and to teach them to be more environmentally friendly. 

Premier Shukuroglou Cyprus Ltd, a company that offers products and services in the fields of crop protection, animal health, public health and industrial chemicals, will donate the compost and instructions on how the organic plants should be grown. Solomou Nurseries Ltd, a garden centre and landscaping service, will donate the plants. 

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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by

Land Registry officials accused of corruption and bribery

A NUMBER of “corrupt” public officials at the Land Registry Department have been dipping their hands into the honey jar, Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos said yesterday, adding that the ministry will not hesitate to pursue criminal investigations wherever necessary.

According to Hasikos, seven land registry officials are under criminal or disciplinary investigation in relation to allegations of corruption, bribery, embroilment, violation of personal data laws and depriving the state of revenue.

“It appears there is corruption, without wishing to taint all land registry employees. On the other hand, there are these exceptions where civil servants appear to have been frequently putting their hands in the honey jar,” he said.

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Archives April 16, 2013 posted by

EAC to get tough on bill-paying

THE ELECTRICITY Authority of Cyprus (EAC) said yesterday it planned to resume supply cuts to customers with outstanding payments because the authority was facing severe liquidity problems.

“In cases of non-payment of bills, the EAC will have no choice but to shortly re-start cutting off electricity supply,” it said in a statement yesterday.

It said it was facing liquidity problems because of a series of price cuts to customers and a reduction in its overdraft limits.

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Archives April 10, 2013 posted by

AG confirms suspending prosecution on son’s driving violations


ATTORNEY-general (AG) Petros Clerides used his position to suspend prosecution for his son, Christodoulos Clerides, who was caught driving over the alcohol limit in a car that had not passed an MOT and for which he did not have up-to-date road tax.

But the AG has said he has done nothing wrong by helping out his son who was 32 at the time, because he would have done the same for someone else’s child.

Police filed a case against Christodoulos Clerides – a lawyer and the AG’s son – on June 11, 2011 and the AG informed Nicosia District Court in November 2011 that the Republic was suspending prosecution, Greek newspaper To Ethnos reported on Sunday. 

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Archives April 9, 2013 posted by

Dust at dangerous levels

THE AMOUNT of dust in the atmosphere blowing in from the Sahara was at an extremely dangerous level yesterday, threatening the health of vulnerable sections of the population.
“Unfortunately the situation is getting worse by the hour but we are confident that by tomorrow the atmosphere will be free of dust,” said Savvas Kleanthous, an official at the Labour Inspection Department.

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Archives April 3, 2013 posted by

President’s in-laws say lost €15m in write-down

A COMPANY linked with President Nicos Anastasiades, which the opposition claims transferred millions out of Cyprus after a tip off, said yesterday it would bring back the money under certain conditions.
Both Anastasiades and the company have rejected the allegations, published by Haravghi, the mouthpiece of former ruling party AKEL.
The company, belonging to Anastasiades’ daughter’s parents-in-law, A. Loutsios and Sons Ltd, had never denied transferring €10.5 million to Barclays PLC in London, from its bank accounts in Laiki just days before the Eurogroup decided to raid people’s deposits on March 16.

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