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Archives April 18, 2013 posted by

‘Hair grows back, your life savings won’t’ [WITH VIDEO]


AS THE air of discontent grows on the island more and more disgruntled Cypriots are taking to social media to voice their objections over the way the country is being governed.

A Facebook group has been created called ‘EU Citizens Haircut Protest – You’re next!’ that expresses its contempt for the decision to ‘haircut’ deposits.

On Tuesday April 9, a Cypriot businessman attended an event at the European Parliament entitled ‘European Year of Citizens 2013 and the Importance of Participative Democracy’ and gave a short speech which expressed the thoughts and views of many of his peers and then calmly shaved the side of his head to make a point about the Cypriot haircut (see video below). 

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Archives March 16, 2013 posted by

Protest to have second factory relocated

RESIDENTS of Pera-Chorio Nisou yesterday protested outside one of the two chemical factories in their village, which are said to be a health hazard to locals, while about 100 police officers barricaded off the plant.

Previous protests have succeeded in having one of plants relocated within the next six months. The residents peacefully requested yesterday that the second chemical plant also be moved. 

During the protest the community leader urged the residents to “remain united until the second plant is also moved.”

A cancer patient stated that within an area of about 500 meters from the plant, 37 people are suffering from the disease. 

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Archives February 5, 2013 posted by

‘Lack of communication’ led to miscarriage confusion

A SERIES of misunderstandings was responsible for a pregnant woman being told by hospital staff that she had suffered a miscarriage when she hadn’t, Health Minister Androulla Agrotou said yesterday.

Maria Stylianou, 26, who was in her eighth week of pregnancy, lodged a complaint recently after she believed she was told by doctors at the Makarios Hospital that she had had a miscarriage.

“She (the doctor) was absolute about what she was saying,” Stylianou told Sigma television at the time. “She announced it was a miscarriage.”

Stylianou said she left the hospital distraught but was later convinced to visit a private gynaecologist who ascertained there was nothing wrong with the embryo.

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Archives January 23, 2013 posted by

Urgent appeal to help Paphos needy

AN urgent appeal for donations to help needy families living in Paphos villages has been made by a group of volunteers.
More than 250 families living outside the boundaries of Paphos municipality are in desperate need of help, as without it they will go hungry. Paphos has been hardest hit by the wave of unemployment.
The municipality,  in conjunction with a social welfare committee programme, are doing all they can to help those in need, but they are unable to help those living in the outlaying villages, as they are outside municipal boundaries. Instead, they are passing on details of those who need assistance to a group of volunteers who are doing their best to provide desperate families with food and clothing.

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Archives December 30, 2012 posted by

Decades of mismanagement have come to haunt us all


THE ECONOMY is undoubtedly the biggest story of the year and will probably remain so for years to come. 

There is no point delving into the causes of our economic collapse. They have been reported ad nauseam and are quite clear to the objective observer who opted not to pay attention to the bitter blame-game, the recriminations and the political cacophony the public has had to endure this past year.

Beyond the state profligacy, the woeful (mis) management of the economy, and bankers’ greed, there is one underlying cause for the mess.

It is best summed up by a couple of excerpts in a letter written by a Greek national to the Economist. It was published in February and it was in response to the journal’s coverage of Greece’s economic woes.

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Archives December 28, 2012 posted by

Famagusta petrol stations threaten strike

PETROL stations in Famagusta are to go on strike for 48 hours on January 2 the Petrol Station Owners’ Association said yesterday. 

The construction of yet another new petrol station on the main Paralimni–Ayia Napa road prompted the strike. The association said there are too many stations, yet licences are still being issued. 

“In the last four years we have contacted the ministries of interior, commerce, the departments of planning and of public works, the police and others, concerning the construction of new petrol stations,” said the association. 

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Archives December 22, 2012 posted by

Celebrating the third age in digital form

THE Cyprus Third Age Association (C3A) was one of the winners of the 2012 DigiMe digital photo and video competition, sponsored by the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and taking as its theme the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
C3A received an honourable mention – and a €100 voucher for electronic gadgets – for a series of photographs showing the group’s educational activities which, as the judges said, illustrated vividly Active Ageing in Action.

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Archives December 20, 2012 posted by

Budget approved with 27 changes

PARLIAMENT LAST night voted through the 2013 budget incorporating the terms agreed between Cyprus and its international lenders after marathon speeches made over two days by MPs criticising government policy. 

With 51 votes in favour and two against, the plenum passed the austerity-geared annual budget that will see the state spend some €9.5 billion (without factoring in loans) and earn €7.6 billion. Despite voicing their reluctance, the main parties voted in favour, with only the Greens’ Giorgos Perdikis and EVROKO’s Nicos Koutsou voting against. 

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Archives November 21, 2012 posted by

What do Cyprus and Iceland have in common?

IT SOUNDS like the beginning of a joke: what do Cyprus and Iceland have in common? But the question was discussed in all seriousness yesterday during an EU enlargement discussion at the House of Europe.
In a session entitled ‘Iceland and Cyprus: Lessons learnt in the field of energy and renewable energy sources’, Cyprus’ potential in harnessing renewable energy was placed in the context of EU candidate member state, Iceland.
Iceland’s electricity and heating needs are met almost entirely (99 per cent) through renewable energy sources, said Joost Korte, deputy director general responsible for the EU’s enlargement process.
On the other hand, the EU has set Cyprus a target of powering 13 per cent of its energy consumption via renewable energy sources by 2020.

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Archives October 24, 2012 posted by

Port fees freeze

THE CYPRUS Port Authority has decided not to increase port charges in 2013 in an effort to contribute to efforts to get Cyprus out of the economic crisis.
According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE), the Port Authority decided, on KEVE’s initiative, to delay increasing its charge for a year.
KEVE welcomed the move, thanking the authority for the positive response to its request.

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