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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by

Universities decrease their fees

THERE will be a 10 per cent decrease in tuition fees at private and state-run universities for the 2013-2014 academic year, Minister of Education Kyriacos Kenevezos announced yesterday. 

Kenevezos said the decision was made after the ministry’s plea to the rectors and boards of private universities in light of the crisis to reduce their tuition fees for the next academic year.

“The reduction in fees is happening despite the fact that universities have not increased their tuition fees since 2010 and there had been talk there could have been an increase,” he said.

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Archives April 17, 2013 posted by

Millions in taxpayers’ money still being wasted

DESPITE the credit crunch, taxpayers are still footing the bill for projects that have yet to get off the ground, or for wasteful public organisations.

The National Health System (NHS) is one such venture that is a project on paper only. But so far €24m has been spent on the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), the vehicle set up with the mission to implement the scheme. The NHS was supposed to be up and running by 2008; the date was later pushed back to 2012 and then again to 2015.

In her report for the year 2011, the Auditor-general notes that the lion’s share of expenses at the HIO consisted of a series of feasibility studies commissioned for the NHS. Other expenditures are for salaries (the HIO employs around 60 persons) and rent for premises.

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Archives December 12, 2012 posted by

Man dies after water tanker hits private jet

A 63-YEAR-OLD man from Larnaca died during the early hours yesterday after the water tanker he was driving collided with a parked private jet at the old Larnaca airport amid confusion between Hermes Airport and the police. 

Giorgos Nicolaou was trapped inside the tanker’s cabin before being freed by members of the Fire Service and taken to Larnaca General Hospital. According to a nurse at the hospital, Nicolaou had suffered severe damage to his neck but was in a lucid state when he arrived at the hospital. Doctors made the decision to operate, but he succumbed to his injuries. A post mortem will be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

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Archives November 27, 2012 posted by

Archaeological digs reveal evolution of Paphos theatre

FRAGMENTS of marble sculptures from a monument consecrated to the nymphs of ancient Greek and Roman mythology have been uncovered during on-going excavations at Paphos’ ancient theatre, the archaeological team in charge of the dig have announced.

The 15th season of excavations into one of Cyprus’ largest ancient theatres unearthed a number of significant finds, including fragments of carved marble adornments from the stage and from a monument to the nymphs or nymphaeum.

Paphos was the capital of Cyprus in Greek and Roman times and its ancient archaeological remains are on the World Heritage List.

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Archives November 27, 2012 posted by

State’s accountant lists ways of hunting down payments

ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL, Rea Georgiou, has advocated a state-wide policy to prevent the kind of system abuse that has allowed the accumulation of €135 million in unpaid fines and other outstanding payments.

Well in advance of last week’s parliamentary discussion on the spiralling levels of outstanding fines and other payments – many belonging to politicians, lawyers, and prominent individuals who have refused to pay sometimes for decades – Georgiou had sent a circular suggesting concrete ways different government departments can collect outstanding payments.

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Archives September 12, 2012 posted by

Central Bank probe is questioned by Omirou

SOCIALIST EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirou yesterday voiced reservations about the effectiveness of a Central Bank probe into why the island’s two big banks sought state assistance.

Omirou, speaking after a meeting with Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades, said he would have liked to see the Attorney-general more involved in the affair as he was the only one with the power to carry out a criminal investigation.

The EDEK leader said he still had reservations even after the governor told him the Attorney-general’s assistance would be sought if any signs of criminal offences were detected.

He said some individuals who are not in the banking system at the moment have no obligation to give a statement or testify.

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Archives April 4, 2012 posted by

MEP steps down

CYPRIOT MEMBER of the European Parliament (MEP) Kyriacos Mavronicolas yesterday announced his decision to step down as MEP in order to seek re-election as deputy head of the EDEK party. 

In his reasoning for leaving Brussels, Mavronicolas cited the “increased responsibilities” of the deputy head and the party’s aim to play a key role in the presidential elections next February. 

He will be replaced in the European Parliament by EDEK vice-president Sophocles Sophocleous.  

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Archives April 4, 2012 posted by

Our View: Highly unlikely new finance minister will be given free rein


THE NEW finance minister Vasos Shiarly made all the right noises when he appeared before the House Finance Committee on Monday. He repeatedly underlined his commitment to meeting the budget deficit target set by the government for this year, admitting that additional measures might be required.

He did not specify what measures would be taken, but did not rule out the possibility of more taxation although he expressed the view that taxation did not solve problems. This diplomatic response, underlined the restrictions the new minister would have to work under as a member of the Christofias government. 

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Archives September 18, 2011 posted by

Poverty amid revolution

VIRGINIA ERSKINE says the disturbing reality for the orphans of Cairo is that their existence since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak earlier this year has not changed one iota. For the millions of children that sleep rough and spend their waking hours on the streets, the revolution may as well have happened on another planet.

Frightened young girls continue to deliver babies on their own in filthy conditions with no medical aid – most of the unfortunate babies are then tossed aside to die on rubbish dumps, in doorways or down drains. 

The lucky ones end up in an orphanage, such as those Virginia works at, but most children arrive with dire health problems which are often severe, ranging from cholera to tuberculosis and anaemia. 

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