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Archives April 8, 2013 posted by

Cyprus remain in Davis Cup Group II despite Baghdatis absence


Cyprus secured Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II participation in 2014, after Petros Chrysochos defeated Magloire Yakpa 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, to help his side claim a 3-2 victory over Benin on Sunday, at the National Tennis Centre in Nicosia.

“I felt much more pressure than I did on Friday, but fortunately everything went well and we won,” said Chrysochos who turned 17 yesterday.

After winning the doubles on Saturday alongside Rares Cuzdriorean, Baghdatis was advised to pull out of Sunday’s reverse singles as a precaution, having recently been sidelined with a right shoulder injury.

Had he played, Baghdatis would have had the chance to equal Bjorn Borg’s record of 33 successive Davis Cup singles victories. 

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Archives February 12, 2013 posted by

‘Wasteful’ tax tribunal to be abolished

THIRTEEN years after it was set up, the government decided yesterday to abolish the tax tribunal, which proved to be ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money.

“The tax tribunal’s operation all these years has not been convincing,” government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said. “The government has decided to submit a bill to parliament for its abolition, which will save substantial funds.”

The tribunal is an independent administrative body authorised to examine appeals against the decisions of the inland revenue department director.

It was made up of six members, including its chairman who collected €67,707 plus €3,000 in allowances plus cost of living allowance.

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Archives January 16, 2013 posted by

Christofias feels the heat in Strasbourg

DEMETRIS Christofias was forced to go on the defensive yesterday at the European Parliament when several MEPs took pot shots at Cyprus over money laundering allegations, and at the Cypriot president’s own communist background.
Christofias was in Strasbourg for a review of the Cyprus EU presidency where he told European lawmakers he believed austerity was the wrong approach to the financial crisis.
“It‘s my firm conviction that unilateral policies of austerity are a guaranteed recipe for failure, only succeeding in making the rich richer and the poor poorer,” Christofias said.

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Archives November 1, 2012 posted by

Tax hike might prompt developers to sell their plots

THE GOVERNMENT’S proposed changes to immovable property taxation may provide an incentive for property developers to sell rather than sit on land, said a lead consultant yesterday.
A bill submitted to parliament aims to reform immovable property taxation and bring in an additional €29 million for the government.
The bill proposes lowering the tax free threshold from €120,000 to €40,000 and raising the taxation rate itself on a tier basis which will range from 3.0 per thousand to 12 per thousand.

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Archives September 16, 2012 posted by

Athalassa park and the forestry Gestapo

In March of last year the Sunday Mail published an article by Jacqueline 

Agathocleous entitled ‘Blanket Dog Ban is Illegal’. The basis of the article 

is contained in the following quote from the first paragraph: ‘.Dog owners 

will be pleased to know that – despite signs suggesting otherwise – it is 

against the law to ban dogs from any public space except for beaches and 

children’s playgrounds…’.

The article went on to quote Eleni Mavrou, the mayor (no longer alas) of 

Nicosia, suggesting dog owners could walk their pets in, among other areas 

of the city, Athalassa park, the English School grounds or the Famagusta Gate 

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Archives July 31, 2012 posted by

Committee appointed to look into fuel hikes


THE COMMERCE ministry yesterday appointed a committee to investigate fuel prices after two hikes in eight days.

“A team of technocrats was put together to start a survey tomorrow beginning with the petrol companies importing fuel,” said the head of the Commerce Ministry’s Competition and Consumer Protection Service, Froso Hadjilouca.

The team will be looking at the four companies active in Cyprus – EKO Hellenic Petroleum, Petrolina, Lukoil and Exxon Mobil – to obtain data contradicting or confirming claims available to the commerce ministry. 

In 2009, the four companies were slapped with a collective fine of almost €43 million by the Protection of Competition Commission for price fixing and cartel-like behaviour between October 2004 and late 2006.

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Archives June 19, 2012 posted by

Russian woman is still missing

A 34-YEAR-OLD Russian woman has been reported missing from a hotel in Limassol since Thursday June 14.

According to the police, the woman is slim, between 1.65–1.70m tall, with brown, shoulder length hair.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is advised to contact Limassol police, their nearest police station or the Citizen Communication Line on 1460.

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Archives January 15, 2012 posted by

Captain of stranded ship still on board

ONE MONTH on, the large commercial ship which ran aground in Paphos during bad weather on December 8 is still stranded on the rocks, and the captain is still on board.

According to Peyia police the vessel – which was on its way to Rhodes from Limassol when it was grounded – is still stuck on the rocks, and they have no idea if or when it will be removed.

A Peyia police spokesman told the Sunday Mail: ”As far as we are aware it hasn’t yet been decided if the ship will be moved or not, the owners of the vessel are currently discussing the matter with the navy’s commercial department.”

The ship is stranded 15 metres from shore in Paphos’ Sea Caves area, and concern over the precarious position of the vessel is mounting.

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Archives January 14, 2012 posted by

The Paphian who founded the ‘TRNC’

RAUF Raif  Denktash began life in Paphos in 1924 as the son of Raif Mehmet and Emine. When his mother died during his infancy, his father, a district court judge, sent Rauf to study at boarding school in Istanbul. As a teenager he returned to Cyprus to study at the prestigious English School in Nicosia. After graduating, he worked briefly as a translator, court clerk and as a teacher at the English School. Then, as the Second World War drew to a close, he travelled to London to study law at Lincoln’s Inn, from where he qualified as a barrister in law in 1947 and returned to Cyprus. 

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