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Archives March 10, 2013 posted by

Ancient olives, the latest trendy trees


OUTLIVING generations of people and growing to an almost mythical age, old olive trees have now become a must-have, architectural statement for those who can afford a price tag that can top 11,000 euros. 

At least 200 years old, two stately olive trees now stand at the entrance of Jean Nouvel Tower 25, a high profile building on Nicosia’s Stasinou Avenue named after the award-winning French architect. 

Even more impressive is the monumental, gnarled ancient olive tree that was transplanted on the roundabout just outside the presidential palace nearly two years ago.

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Archives October 9, 2012 posted by

Heavy fines for bosses who don't pay salaries

THE LABOUR Ministry is preparing new legislation to deal with the “large increase” recorded in the number of employees filing complaints about the non- payment of salaries, Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous said yesterday. 

The minister chaired a meeting of the Labour Advisory Board yesterday to discuss a ministry proposal to amend the law on the delayed payment of salaries and other debts.  

The aim of the proposed legal amendments is to protect workers’ salaries by increasing the penalties courts can impose for non-payment. The changes will also give the courts the chance to examine and decide on cases of delayed payments, whether those concern salaries or other debts. 

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Archives July 14, 2012 posted by

Easier swimming for the disabled in Yeroskipou

YEROSKIPOU municipality in Paphos has improved facilities for the disabled at the municipal beach allowing them to go for a swim with relative ease.

Christia Tistenti, a civil engineer at Yeroskipou municipality said yesterday that a series of measures had been implemented including a special type of wheelchair, a path of plastic netting for the chair to move along and improved toilet facilities.

Tistenti said the chair enables users to get to the sea and into the water with help, but is in fact a temporary measure until a fully automatic chair on a moveable track, similar to the one at Polis Chrysochous’ municipal beach is installed.

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Archives July 10, 2012 posted by

Nicosia fire

A FIRE broke out on Sunday morning at a Nicosia beauty salon belonging to a 33-year-old woman, the police said.

The fire broke out at 11am in Nicosia and damaged the interior and exterior of the building. The financial damage has not yet been assessed.

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Archives April 20, 2012 posted by

Kalavasos dam overflows

Kalavasos dam in Larnaca has overflowed for the first time since 1998. It has a capacity of 17m cubic metres. According to Kalavasos community leader, Lefteris Fokas, this means there will be plenty of water for irrigation for the next five years.The overflowing was celebrated with a blessing along the reservoir’s banks yesterday. 

Following a winter of torrential rainfall, this is the island’s 14th dam to overflow over the last few months.

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Archives March 3, 2012 posted by

Something Nordic

WHAT SPRINGS to mind when you think of Scandinavian countries? Vikings, herring, IKEA and ABBA? Think again as this weekend the Amathus Beach Hotel in Limassol is hosting a Nordic Trade Fair that will deepen your insight and expand your horizons of all things Nordic.

The event is open to everybody interested in Cyprus and the island’s connection to the Nordic countries. Nordic craftsmen and entrepreneurs will have stands, as well as Cypriot companies with a Nordic connection. 

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Archives February 28, 2012 posted by

US murders at heart of Afghan ministry raise questions

The two high-ranking US officers were sitting at the nerve centre of one of the most heavily-guarded buildings in Afghanistan when their killer walked into their shared office and shot them both in the head.

The audacity of the attack stunned both NATO and the Afghan government – the gunman had managed to get his weapon through crowded offices and past door after door secured with electronic locks into the heart of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior.

The killing of Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John D. Loftis, 44, from Kentucky, and another unnamed major, on Saturday also raised awkward questions about the alliance’s future strategy in the battle-scarred country.

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Archives February 22, 2012 posted by

Bill to sideline the executive on gas going to a vote


A CONTENTIOUS bill stripping the Commerce Minister of the power to negotiate with companies interested in offshore gas prospecting has managed to survive the minefield of the legislative process and will be tabled for voting at the plenum tomorrow.

The bill has been drafted by DISY deputies Averof Neophytou, Lefteris Christoforou, Georgios Georgiou, European Party MP Demetris Syllouris and independent MP Zacharias Koulias. It’s geared at boosting the powers of the permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry and of the head of the Energy Service Solon Kassinis.

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Archives February 14, 2012 posted by

German economy pulls away from European pack

German analyst and investor sentiment leapt to its highest level in 10 months in February, reinforcing signs that Europe’s largest economy is returning to growth as the rest of the eurozone faces a mild recession.

The ZEW think tank’s monthly poll of economic sentiment jumped for the third month in a row, to its highest level since April 2011, smashing expectations and sending the euro to a session high against the dollar.

This contrasted starkly with other European data showing output at factories in the eurozone tumbled in December and Portugal’s recession deepened in the last quarter of 2011.

A Reuters poll showed the eurozone economy shrinking 0.4 per cent in 2012, returning to growth in 2013 with a 1.0 per cent expansion.

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Archives January 31, 2012 posted by

Syria forces retake Damascus suburbs; showdown at UN

Syrian government forces reasserted control of Damascus suburbs on Tuesday after beating back rebels at the capital’s gates as diplomatic pressure mounted on President Bashar al-Assad at the United Nations.

Western and Arab diplomats pushed for a U.N. Security Council resolution which would call for Assad to step down to defuse a 10-month-old uprising against his family’s dynastic rule.

They will make the case for a resolution adopting a plan by the Arab League for Assad to quit, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and Britain’s William Hague presenting a united western front.

The resolution’s fate depends on whether the Arabs and their Western backers can persuade Russia not to veto it.

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