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Archives April 25, 2013 posted by

Nicolaou sworn in to inquiry panel

FORMER Ombudswoman Iliana Nicolaou was sworn in yesterday at the Presidential Palace, before President Nicos Anastasiades, replacing Panayiotis Kallis on the committee of inquiry into the economy, after he resigned on Tuesday.

Speaking to Nicolaou, Anastasiades said, “I would like to thank you for your willingness to participate in the committee of inquiry which has been set up to investigate the acts or omissions of persons who were authorised to manage Cyprus’ economy or its banking system”. 

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Archives April 20, 2013 posted by

Milk price cap renewed until June

THE commerce ministry announced the renewal of the cap on milk prices yesterday, keeping it at a maximum of €1.41 a litre for retail and €1.32 a litre for wholesale, including VAT.

The renewed decree will be put into effect on April 21 and will last for 45 days, making it due to expire on June 4. The price of milk was last renewed on March 6. 

The maximum price for 1.5 litres is €2.06 for retail and €1.93 for wholesale. The maximum price for 2 litres is €2.69 for retail and €2.52 for wholesale. All figures include VAT.

In a statement the commerce ministry asked that “all parties involved show restraint, especially during these economic conditions, in order to protect consumers and domestic producers of fresh milk.”

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Archives March 20, 2013 posted by

No cash? You can now donate your shopping points to help the poor

THE recent developments in the bailout crisis, and the ensuing uncertainty regarding the levy on bank deposits, has further jeopardised efforts to help poor families, volunteers said yesterday.

Paphos business-woman Pavlina Patsalou who heads up the group of volunteers which she started with Paphos councillor George Sofokleous to help what has now grown to over 400 families, said the news of bail-in of depositors has come as a terrible shock.

Whatever would be ultimately decided, the immediate future for all Cyprus would be difficult in the coming weeks, Pataslou said.

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Archives February 26, 2013 posted by

Baghdatis blows it as Del Potro wins in Dubai

MARCOS Baghdatis failed to capitalise on three match points as he lost to fourth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) in the opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Del Potro arrived in Dubai in a rich vein of form, reaching the Open 13 quarter-finals in Marseille last week, having previously won the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam two weeks ago.

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Archives February 14, 2013 posted by

Hi-ho, hi-ho, builders go back to work happier

CONSTRUCTION workers returned to their jobs yesterday when unions PEO, SEK and DEOK all voted in favour of signing a renewal of the collective agreements. 

This came after a new proposal from Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous’, which ended almost three weeks of strikes.

The initial agreement was signed on Tuesday evening, but unions held a general meeting at PEO’s headquarters to ratify that decision. The duration of the deal was the final sticking point, with building contractors demanding it last until the end of 2013 and unions wanting it to last until the end of 2014. Finally they met halfway with the end date for the new collective agreements being June 30, 2014.

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Archives January 30, 2013 posted by

Athlete banned for doping

A 24-year-old weightlifting athlete has been banned for two years after testing positive for anabolic agents, the Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority (CyADA) announced.

Demetris Minasides’ ban started on April 26 last year and will be in place until April 25, 2014, CyADA said.

He had been tested in March last year, with results coming back positive a month later. 

In the meantime, however, Minasides had competed in the European weightlifting games in Turkey, where he took second place and qualified for the London Olympics.

He was subsequently stripped of his medal and did not take part in the Olympics.

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Archives December 15, 2012 posted by

Officer injured by teen biker

A POLICEMAN was seriously injured after being hit by a speeding motorcycle  driven by a 16-year-old on Thursday night in a supermarket parking area close to the Polemidia roundabout in Limassol.

At around 8.25pm on Thursday, three policemen drove a patrol car to the area to conduct a check after receiving complaints about young bikers making a commotion.  The two teens tried to avoid the checks and flee. One of the officers  stepped out of his vehicle and clearly signalled for them to halt but they didn’t, and he was hit. 

The 16-year-old bike driver, who police said has had previous offences was nto wearing a helmet and had no licence plate. He was arrested on the spot.

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Archives December 5, 2012 posted by

Vehicle checks

POLICE CARRIED out a campaign against noisy and old vehicles yesterday morning, conducting checks on 90 cars by the Kokkinotrimithias roundabout. 

Members of the traffic police worked with the Road Transport Department to undertake mechanical checks of the vehicles near the Peristerona road. In total, 32 charges were made for a series of violations including cars not having road tax or an MOT certificate, motorists and passengers not wearing seatbelts, no break lights on the car, and worn tyres.

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Archives October 20, 2012 posted by

Paphos aims to be the first for direct flights

PAPHOS is hoping to establish a direct flight connecting the coastal town with China.

Efforts have been intensified in the hope of attracting Chinese investment, Chinese buyers of residential properties and tourists.

According to George Leptos, the head of EVE, the Paphos chamber of commerce and industry, a number of unsuccessful efforts to initiate Chinese tourism have been made by various Cyprus governments in the past.

He said: “The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has recently contacted Chinese tour operators and airlines with the aim of developing tourism from China and establishing direct air connection between our two countries.  According to my information there is interest in this direction, however we will need to wait for the outcome of the efforts.”

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Archives September 19, 2012 posted by

Minister says not very much leeway to help municipalities


THE STATE’S ability to respond to the needs of cash-strapped municipalities is limited, interior minister Eleni Mavrou said yesterday. 

“There is currently not much wiggle room to help,” Mavrou, herself a former mayor of Nicosia, said referring to the reduction in funding to municipalities.

The union of municipalities said on Monday it was considering suing the government for reneging on an agreement. It said the government was not entitled to withhold over €6 million expected as part of an agreement made a decade ago, for the state to reimburse municipalities for losing revenue from the scrapping of the professional tax.

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