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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by

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Gay pride on hold

THE first Cyprus Pride event has been postponed until further notice due to the crisis.

“Taking into consideration the difficulties that emerge as a result of the current reality, the granted support of the Mayor of Nicosia and our aim for the best possible outcome as with regards to the first Cyprus Pride, the Board of accept – LGBT Cyprus, with full gravity, has unanimously decided to move the date of the first Cyprus Pride that was initially announced for May 25, to a date that will be commonly decided on following several organised movements,” an announcement said.

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Archives April 21, 2013 posted by

Are we at war with our enemies or ourselves?


The crisis our country and our people are experiencing is primarily economic, but along with that all the sins of our political system and social structure, which we diligently swept under the carpet for many years, have been brought to the forefront. Weaknesses, obsessions and mentalities that led us to today’s tragic situation have been highlighted. And what is most worrying and dangerous is that the public cannot see any intention of change and no indication of collective action and unity among the state’s political powers so we can deal with the difficulties. 

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Archives March 28, 2013 posted by

World’s first bitcoin ATM in Cyprus?


AN ENTREPRENEUR has announced he is keen to introduce in Cyprus the world’s first ATM for virtual currency, bitcoin, which is not regulated by a central bank but has instead been growing via its online peer-to-peer community. 

Jeff Berwick, founder of and CEO of TDV Media said on his blog on that he plans to set up the world’s first Bitcoin ATM in Cyprus to enable people to deposit flat currency into it and get bitcoins in their account, as well as put bitcoins in their account and get flat currency back. 

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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

Child Commissioner slams state over Outopos

CHILD Commissioner Leda Koursoumba has slammed the state for not preventing Costas Kyriacou, aka Outopos, from running in last months presidential elections because he had advocated under-age sex.
“After recent statements and presentations by a potential presidential candidate which encouraged under-age sex the child commissioner feels it is her obligation to publicly condemn these actions,” a statement from the commissioner’s office said.

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Archives February 15, 2013 posted by

Lillikas’ pre-selling notion is a gas say rival camps

THE CAMPAIGN HQs of presidential candidates Nicos Anastasiades and Stavros Malas wasted no time yesterday trashing the notion of pre-selling Cyprus’ natural gas reserves, as advocated by Giorgos Lillikas.

The two camps sprang on comments made by Charalambos Ellinas, the head of the state hydrocarbons company, who described as “non-serious” recent inquiries made by Dubai’s Royal Investment Bank Ltd for a possible advance purchase of gas.

The Lillikas team said the interest from Dubai proved their proposal was feasible and realistic.

But DISY had a completely different take:

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Archives February 15, 2013 posted by

‘One billion rising’

MEMBERS of the Creativity Dance Studio organised a ‘Flash Mob’ yesterday at the Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia with men and women volunteers from the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) participating in an event aimed at ending violence against women. 

The event was part of the global campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ and marked the 15th anniversary of the V-Day movement where men and women unite their voices demanding an end to violence against women. According to MIGS one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Events are being planned in 186 countries across the globe.

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Archives December 30, 2012 posted by

Memorable profiles with only a few duds


MUSICIANS make good profiles. Politicians make terrible profiles. Undertakers, it turns out, make superb profiles. Artistic types in general – theatre actors, avant-garde filmmakers, visiting choreographers – are a safe bet, but almost too articulate for their own good; you always feel they’ve said it all before, in previous interviews. Chinese people tend to fall back on bland generalities while in profile mode, based on my limited experience of Chinese subjects. Rwandans will chuckle good-naturedly even when recounting the most awful stories, based on my equally limited experience of Rwandans.

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Archives December 21, 2012 posted by

Asprokremmos dam overflows

CYPRUS’ second largest dam at Asprokremmos overflowed as expected in the early hours of yesterday.
The Asprokremmos dam, which can hold 52.4 million cubic metres has had a water inflow of 5.0 million cubic metres so far this month, the water development department’s Fedros Roussis said.
The dams at Evretou and Kanaviou, which hold 24 million cubic metres and 17.2 million cubic metres respectively, are also expected to overflow in the next few days while the biggest, the Kouris dam, which can hold 115 million cubic metres, may overflow by early January, Roussis said.

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Archives November 9, 2012 posted by

Cyprus and Ukraine sign eight bilateral agreements

CYPRUS and Ukraine yesterday signed eight cooperation agreements during an official visit here by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The agreements are the culmination of extended talks between the two nations begun in Kiev last year.
Top of the agenda was the agreement for the avoidance of double taxation concluded by the countries’ finance ministries.
In addition, the two governments signed seven memorandums of understanding for cooperation on maritime merchant shipping, public health, civil aviation, agriculture and foodstuffs, sports, investment promotion, and education.
Speaking after the signing ceremony in Nicosia, President Christofias expressed satisfaction over the completion of bilateral talks, highlighting the double-taxation agreement.

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