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Archives September 16, 2012 posted by

Learn about creatures of the night

PEOPLE of all ages will soon have the opportunity to learn about the island’s bats as Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC) begin touring schools and communities to teach them about these fascinating nocturnal creatures.

The move comes after the organisation was recently called out to Pissouri as bat numbers there have dramatically dropped, from around 1,000 to 40.

The organisation also recently had a successful event at Athalassa’s environmental centre in Nicosia to celebrate European Bat Day and included a number of presentations to educate the public on them, dispelling myths such as bats getting tangled in hair, with the highlight of the evening coming at about 7.30pm when everyone was led outside to see them fly into the night.

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Archives November 9, 2011 posted by

French and Germans explore idea of core eurozone

GERMAN and French officials have discussed plans for a radical overhaul of the European Union that would involve establishing a more integrated and potentially smaller eurozone, EU sources say.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave some flavour of his thinking during an address to students in the eastern French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, when he said a two-speed Europe – the euro zone moving ahead more rapidly than all 27 countries in the EU – was the only model for the future.

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Archives November 1, 2011 posted by

Block 10 hunger strike continues

TWO of the men taking part in a hunger strike by illegal immigrants and failed asylum seeker detainees in Central Prison’s Block 10 that began last week had to be hospitalised on Sunday.

According to police sources, around 40 have been on hunger strike in protest over what they claim to be ‘unjustifiable detention’. From the around 60 held there, only 20 are eating.

They confirmed that one of the men, a 41-year-old failed Iranian asylum seeker, Majid Eazadi, was put on a drip while the other, an Algerian man, refused. The men were then taken back to the holding cells. 

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Archives April 19, 2011 posted by

Helios trial bogged down in legal minutiae

NOW IN its 18th month, the Helios trial has been hamstrung by more legal sparring.

The Nicosia Criminal Court yesterday adjourned to May 2 at the defence’s request after they asked the court for time to consider filing an application to reserve a question of law.

Lead defence lawyer George Papaioannou explained that applications of this type are filed in exceptional cases, and they concern questions of pure law.

In this case, the question of law relates to the court’s interim ruling of April 5, by which the court accepted the prosecution’s request to make admissible the live testimony via videolink of two USA-based Boeing experts.

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