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Doctors argued over who would operate on patient

A MALE and female doctor had an argument in an operating theatre in the Limassol General Hospital on Tuesday about who was going to perform a gallbladder operation, it emerged yesterday. 

The two doctors had a heated argument in front of the patient who had yet to be put under anesthesia, and other hospital staff. They both claimed that they had been assigned to perform the operation. 

“The female patient went to both doctors individually and asked them to perform her operation when she was told that she had to have it done. Both doctors agreed and that is why they were confused when they saw each other in the operating theatre and started arguing about who was responsible for the patient,” Limassol hospital director Chrysostomos Andronikou said.

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Archives March 9, 2013 posted by

CY board told to prepare for the worse

THE Cyprus Airways board will prepare a comprehensive proposal that will include a worst-case scenario and submit it to a ministerial committee and the unions for discussion, it was reported yesterday.

The national carrier, currently going through what is perhaps the most critical period since its creation, will also have to deal with a European Commission investigation into whether millions in state aid complied with EU rules.

The airline has one week to prepare the proposal, reports said.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, the commission’s request for clarifications regarding the increase of share capital has caused concern.

The commission also appears to have received complaints from competitors, CNA said.

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Archives January 31, 2013 posted by

Limassol marina welcomes first residents


LIMASSOL Marina has welcomed its first residents. The delivery of the 94 luxury apartments and penthouses at Nereids Residences marks the beginning of the project’s first operational year, it said yesterday. 

Takis Palekythritis, General Manager of Limassol Marina Ltd said:  “We have delivered on time and we feel very proud to be among the best-selling developments in Europe, having achieved sales in excess of €86 million. We are very pleased to have attracted a good balance of high-calibre local and international buyers and we are confident of the positive impact this will have on local businesses and the Cyprus economy as a whole.”

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Archives September 14, 2012 posted by

CY given approval to hire consultants

LAWMAKERS yesterday gave the thumbs-up to Cyprus Airways’ (CY) choice of consultants charged with drafting a restructuring plan whose objective is to turn the ailing company into a competitive carrier.

A viable plan was a condition set by parliament before it releases the second tranche of a €31 million share capital increase and would have to be approved by lawmakers before it can be implemented.

With the approval of the House Finance Committee, the airline can go ahead and award the contract to AirFrance-KLM Consulting.

The company was selected from a list of six that included Lufthansa Consulting, KPMG, ICF SH&E, Feuerherd Aviation and Lowdexx Aviation.

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Archives August 29, 2012 posted by

Drowning ruling

STATE pathologist Sophoclis Sophocleous yesterday confirmed drowning as the cause of death of an 18-year-old Slovakian man found dead, floating in the sea off Cavo Greco in the Famagusta district on Monday.

“His death is due to drowning,” Sophocleous said after carrying out a post mortem, “….some samples have also been taken from the body for toxicological tests,” he added, ruling out foul play.

After the body was found, Ayia Napa lifeguards helped remove it at lunchtime on Monday from an area known as the Caves, which is popular among tourists and locals who jump off the cliff into the sea.

He was wearing trainers and track-suit bottoms but no top although the police found a t-shirt on top of a cliff they think belonged to him. 

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Archives July 19, 2012 posted by

Easy riders

Nothing beats the freedom of cruising in style on a Vespa scooter, the scooter’s Limassol club tell NAOMI LEACH

What do Jamie Oliver, the classic film Roman Holiday and the 1960s subculture Mods all have in common? In short, it is their shared appreciation of the effortlessly stylish Vespa scooter. The iconic Italian brand, manufactured by Piaggio since 1946, wasn’t designed exclusively for urbanite Italians nipping around the cobbled streets of Rome. Instead, whether renovated, restored or newly produced, these affordable scooters have continued to capture the imagination of each generation’s youth. Despite having first graced Hollywood screens and city streets over half a century ago, the Vespa is now growing increasingly popular in Cyprus.

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Archives June 13, 2012 posted by

Singles benefits

SINGLE parents should now apply for child benefits at the Finance Ministry’s Grants and Benefits Service, they announced yesterday.

Up until May 31, the benefit was allocated by the Social Welfare Services.

Those entitled are single parents who already receive child benefits and those who are Cypriot citizens or EU citizens, and have been permanent residents of the island for at least three years.

Those who have already applied for child benefits for 2012 need not apply again.

More information can be found at the Finance Ministry’s customer service desk, the Citizen’s Bureau in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta, Paphos, Polis Chrysohous and Pelendri, as well as the Ministry’s website 

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Archives June 12, 2012 posted by

'Decisive' weeks ahead for energy Sylikiotis says

COMMERCE Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis returns to Cyprus today after a two-day visit to Israel for talks on energy collaboration with the neighbouring nation.

Yesterday Sylikiotis held separate meetings with Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour Shalom Simhon, Tourism minister Stas Misezhnikov, Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

On Sunday, he met with representatives of Gigawatt Global, a company specialising in renewable energy solutions, and with a delegation of Israel’s Oil and Natural Gas Research Industries Association.

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