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Archives February 27, 2013 posted by

Customs workers suspected of involvement in drugs ring


THE DRUG squad believe they have broken up a drug-ring after a customs official and customs agent, aged 58 and 53 respectively, were arrested on Monday afternoon, police said yesterday. The arrests came after German authorities were tipped off by Dutch authorities and found more than 12 kilos of cannabis at a courier’s in Frankfurt, on February 2, destined for Cyprus.  The drugs would have a street value going on €400,000 on the island. 

According to drug squad spokesman, Stelios Sergides, INTERPOL and EUROPOL both contacted the drug squad in their attempts to locate the responsible parties. 

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Archives January 31, 2013 posted by

Dispute over cigarette price labels


CONVENIENCE stores have complained to the European Commission over a law that makes it compulsory for the maximum retail price to be displayed on cigarette packets, which they say will hold them hostage to the pricing policies of tobacco companies.

“Our fears were confirmed even before the law came into effect,” said Andreas Theodoulou, chairman of the convenience store association (SYKADE). “The rolling tobacco traders’ decision to reduce our commission to 4.0 per cent in a bid to restrain the retail price of their products makes our businesses unsustainable.”

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Archives December 14, 2012 posted by

Semi-government bodies under pressure to aid broke state

UNIONS OF the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) yesterday agreed to call off an indefinite strike until parliament had a chance to examine the government’s request for a €100m loan from the pension fund of the semi-government organisation (SGO). 

Three of the five unions representing around 50 per cent of CyTA workers announced on Wednesday they would go on an indefinite strike after the authority’s board decided to lend the state €100m from the workers’ pension fund. 

The unions argued the decision was “illegal and irregular”, warning they would continue to strike until the board revokes its decision and its members resign. 

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Archives September 21, 2012 posted by

Shots fired as driver speeds through crossing

POLICE were yesterday looking for an asylum seeker involved in an early morning shooting incident at a crossing point in Nicosia that links the government-controlled areas with the breakaway north.

The man was inside a car coming from the north, which had been fired on at the Turkish Cypriot checkpoint at the Ayios Dhometios crossing.

“Three shots were heard coming from the occupied areas – near the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint – and then a vehicle appeared,” Nicosia CID chief Giorgos Hininos said. “Officers tried to intercept the car, which came to a halt and the driver fled.”

Officers later found that the car had been hit by bullets but there was no blood or other obvious signs that showed anyone had been injured.

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Archives September 20, 2012 posted by

Our View: It’s no bad thing if some pharmacies have to close

THIRTY-FIVE per cent of pharmacies would be forced to close next year as a result of their dramatic reduction in customers, according to a survey carried out for the Association of Pharmacists. Private pharmacies now serve only 20 per cent of the population, with more and more people using the state pharmacies at which they pay next to nothing for medicine. Only recently, the health ministry took a decision making another 18,000 people eligible to free healthcare, which also meant free drugs.

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Archives September 4, 2012 posted by

Sweeping changes to health fees

THE BILL laying out the new income criteria for those entitled to state subsidised health care, which also provides for an increase in hospital charges of 30 per cent, plus a €10 fee for an A&E visit, has been submitted to the House.

It aims to bring in €13 million and discourage abuse or unnecessary use of the overworked system, a health official said.

The proposal includes simplifying the categories of health beneficiaries, increasing hospital treatment costs and introducing small fees for medicines’ subscriptions and visitations.

“We’re trying to limit abuse and prevent needless use [of the system] and unnecessary expenses,” health official Soteris Stratis said yesterday.

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Archives April 19, 2012 posted by

Christodoula March to raise cancer funding

THE CYPRUS Anticancer Society will launch its 37th annual Christodoula march on April 29 to raise money for its fight against cancer, it announced yesterday.

The march will take place islandwide starting with fundraising events from April 26, through 55 kiosks open from 6.30am to 6.30pm. These will be made available in all major towns along main roads.

Last year around €865,000 was raised.

The Christodoula March constitutes the society’s main source of income for providing medical care at various centres including ‘Arodafnousa’ in Nicosia and ‘Evagorio’ in Limassol. The funds raised also go towards psychological treatment as well as physiotherapy and patient transport to oncology centres.

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Archives March 4, 2012 posted by

Editor’s choice: Reader’s letter

THREE years ago my fully restored listed house in Pallouriotissa, Nicosia was partially destroyed by the negligent action of the Nicosia municipality contractors, Messrs Cyteco Ltd, that were employed – under the Nicosia Master Plan – to carry out improvements to the road network. It occurred whilst we were eating lunch and the shock of witnessing the total collapse of the western side of the dwelling and the destruction of our possessions is difficult to convey. I had returned home the previous day after undergoing major surgery, while my mother, who lived with us, was a very infirm 99-year-old. The emergency services attended and declared the house a dangerous structure and ordered our evacuation.

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Archives March 4, 2012 posted by

Political insults of the past

WE ARE often forced to witness a level of political discourse unbecoming to politicians of an EU member-state, but a new publication has revealed that insults and mud-slinging were far cruder and more cruel a few decades ago.

Perhaps one of the most outspoken – and rude – was respected doctor Themistocles Dervis, who also served as mayor of Nicosia between 1929 and 1946.

Dervis, a fierce opponent of Archbishop Makarios, did not pull any punches in his criticism of Cyprus’ first president.

“Dervis was unrestrained in his use of adjectives against the archbishop and his government,” writes veteran journalist Panayiotis Papademetris in the first edition of the magazine To Parelthon Simera (the past today). 

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Archives March 3, 2012 posted by

Teacher waiting list at breaking point

THE WAITING list for candidate teachers in the public sector has reached breaking point, with almost 40,000 now on the list, making appointments almost impossible for many and the need for reform “imperative”. 

Statistics released by the Educational Service Commission (ESC) reveal that the number of candidate teachers waiting for a job in the public sector has risen by over ten per cent in the last year to 39,518 compared to 35,644 in February 2011. 

From this figure, a whopping 22.2 per cent are Greek nationals, adding considerable competition for local teachers searching for a job in public education. 

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