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Archives April 14, 2013 posted by

A look back on the nightmare

 

FOR THOSE of you on holiday the last four weeks, let me give you a brief recap.

Cypriot, EU and IMF officials worked, mostly nights, towards delivering a ‘rescue package’ for Cyprus. The initial package put a bomb under the notion of European-guaranteed deposits of under €100,000. The painters were also invited and Cyprus’ red lines were given a fresh coat of cobalt blue and bright yellow.

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Archives March 25, 2013 posted by

Murder suspect remanded

LIMASSOL district court issued an eight-day remand yesterday for a 34-year-old man suspected of killing a man and injuring four others after two separate shooting incidents in Larnaca’s Kofinou on Saturday.
Police are guarding the suspect in Limassol hospital after he crashed his car on Saturday afternoon after the shootings in the Aradippou-Avdellerou road where he was arrested in connection with the shootings.
The 34-year-old is suspected of attacking and killing a 54-year-old man and injuring his 27-year-old son, Giorgos, on Saturday morning at a Turkish Cypriot house in Kofinou that the father and son were working on at the time of the attack.

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Archives March 14, 2013 posted by

Data watchdog accuses deputies of ‘hypocritical populism’

INSTEAD of hiding behind hypocritical excuses politicians, state servants and prominent individuals should go ahead and publish their financial data but more than that, there should be a system in place to publish the financial dealings of those suspected of foul-play, the personal data commissioner said yesterday.
Commissioner for the Protection of Personal Data Yiannos Danielides released a written statement to the Cyprus News Agency in the light of continuing, but inconclusive, discussion in parliament’s institutions committee on the issue.
Danielides said that “a classic example of hypocritical populism” was the position some had taken “that they will publish their financial statement under the condition that others do”.

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Archives March 7, 2013 posted by

Greece and Cyprus stand together on foreign policy and economy

FOREIGN Minister Ioannis Kasoulides met his Greek counterpart Demetris Avramopoulos yesterday in Athens, with the Cyprus problem, the economy and Cyprus’ application for membership to NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) the main talking points. 

Kasoulides was also in the Greek capital yesterday to prepare the ground for President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit on Monday.

Avramopoulos thanked Kasoulides for his first trip to Athens since being named foreign minister, labelling the visit a symbolic gesture. The Greek minister stressed that the Cyprus problem is the foundation of Greek foreign policy and that Greece fully supports Cyprus’ application for membership to the PfP. 

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Archives February 15, 2013 posted by

Turkey-Israel gas pipeline deal would cut through Cyprus’ EEZ

TURKISH companies and western multinationals operating there are expressing an interest in purchasing gas from Israel’s Leviathan gas field, media outlets in both countries are reporting.

“The Turks are interested in buying Israeli gas, they refuse to buy Cypriot gas, but any pipeline from Israel to Turkey would run through Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone,” Israel’s Haaretz reported.

An Israeli-Turkish undersea pipeline would be 600km long and cost an estimated $2 billion, the paper said. 

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Archives February 7, 2013 posted by

Industrial unrest in construction spreads

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias has ordered a full investigation into the violent scuffles on Tuesday at a Paphos building site between striking builders and police, Justice Minister Loucas Louca said yesterday.

Trouble erupted in Paphos on Tuesday when police confronted striking builders who tried to stop strike-breakers who were brought in to take over the work at a hotel construction site.

Three people were arrested during the trouble on Posidonos Avenue. Police intervened in a bid to restore order, arresting two striking workers and a female union official in the process as both police and builders pushed and shoved each other. 

Unions accused police of using excessive force, and Christofias later criticised the police for their actions.

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Archives February 6, 2013 posted by

Menoyia centre finally up and running

A COMMITTEE appointed by the cabinet yesterday will oversee the Menoyia detention centre, which became operational only last week.

The committee, falling under the auspices of the justice ministry, will visit the centre at least eight times a year to check on safety and security, as well as documentation and electronic data, said government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou after the cabinet session.

There are now two centres in the Larnaca district, one in Menoyia and another nearby in Kofinou, and the state rents two hotels in Larnaca and Paphos to accommodate migrants, including asylum seekers who are waiting for their application to be reviewed, Stefanou said. 

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Archives January 25, 2013 posted by

Hospital wrongly told woman she had miscarried

THE health minister has ordered an investigation into a complaint that doctors at a state hospital had wrongly diagnosed a woman as having had a miscarriage, it emerged yesterday.

Health Minister Androulla Agrotou said there would be disciplinary action if it was determined beyond any doubt that offences had been committed in this and two other unrelated cases currently under investigation.

Twenty-six-year-old Maria Stylianou, in her eighth week of pregnancy, lodged a complaint after she was told by doctors at the Makarios hospital on Tuesday

that she had had a miscarriage.

“She (the doctor) was absolute about what she was saying,” Stylianou told Sigma television. “She announced it was a miscarriage.”

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Archives January 17, 2013 posted by

EAC ordered to suspend new hike

THE CYPRUS Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) yesterday decided to cancel the price increase imposed on energy bills by the electricity authority (EAC) on January 1 based on a recalculation of the fuel cost formula. 

CERA released an announcement saying it has instructed the EAC to suspend the fuel adjustment imposed after a rise in fuel costs last November was passed on to the consumer. 

The decision will come as good news to consumers who feared yet another hike in electricity prices, which are already some of the highest in Europe.  

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Archives January 11, 2013 posted by

Orphanides said he had permission to take laptops

FORMER Central Bank governor Athanasios Orphanides revealed yesterday that a pair of laptop hard drives he has been accused of not returning to the regulator, were in fact removed with the agreement of the bank’s IT officials.
The current Central Bank administration has been trying to retrieve the hard drives while ruling AKEL has accused the former governor of withholding data and documents belonging to the regulator.
Orphanides had always said that he had no documents in his possession belonging to the Central Bank and that the controversial drives contained his personal correspondence, which could not be deleted.
He said yesterday that they had been removed with the agreement of the officials of the regulator’s IT department.

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