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Archives February 17, 2012 posted by

Our View: Mounting problems of healthcare need more than piecemeal measures

THE RECESSION might at last force the government and the political parties to take a decision on the introduction of a National Health Scheme which has been pending for more than 10 years now. The demand for state healthcare has been rising sharply in the last few years, because of the recession and the arrival of tens of thousands of EU nationals – such that state hospitals are unable to cope with crowds that turn up every day. Meanwhile waiting times for operations may exceed a year.

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Archives February 17, 2012 posted by

Pissarides: eurozone crisis is pulling us apart

IT WAS a day of foreboding and finger-pointing yesterday as economists, business leaders and politicians gathered in Nicosia to discuss the future of the eurozone.

Amid the gloomy predictions of sustained economic woe – and a possibly imminent Greek ‘divorce’ from the eurozone according to one speaker – one voice of hope and optimism rang out. 

In his opening address to the Economist’s conference Cypriot Nobel prize winning economist Christophoros Pissarides praised Greek leaders’ adoption of the vital austerity package last week, which he said showed a core commitment to recovery by political forces and which keeps alive chances of retaining their membership: 

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Archives February 16, 2012 posted by

A wider view

THE ANNUAL International Education Fair kicks off tomorrow with over 100 universities to peruse as well as private colleges and educational institutes.

“Through this significant activity of our ministry, visitors will have the chance to collate information on Cypriot, Greek and other universities outside of Cyprus,” said Education Minister Giorgos Demosthenous.

Head of the Cyprus State Fairs Authority, Loizos Constantinou, reassured that visitors will have the chance to be fully informed on what a vast number of countries globally have to offer.

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Archives February 16, 2012 posted by

Our View: Christofias cannot be all things to all people

 

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due on the island this morning, only three months after a visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Cyprus-Israeli relations are moving so fast it’s hard to keep up with them. Aside from the big issue of energy, the two countries are pushing relations in business, tourism, health, defence, and even in religious aspects. Clearly the government believes our future is tied with Israel.

So why did ruling AKEL late on Tuesday issue a brief statement, two days before Netanyahu’s visit, condemning the continued detention without charge of Palestinians in Israeli prisons?

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Archives February 16, 2012 posted by

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Archives February 15, 2012 posted by

Pensioner drives 8km into oncoming highway traffic

A 78-YEAR-OLD Limassol man drove on the wrong lane of the highway for some eight kilometres before he was intercepted by police, authorities said yesterday.

The man, who had his 77-year-old wife with him in the car was stopped by officers near the Ayia Fyla roundabout before causing a serious accident — apart from light damage to the side-mirror of another vehicle.

The pensioner said he lost his way while trying to return home from the town’s hospital.

He said he did a u-turn and inadvertently entered the wrong lane.

The man has been charged with reckless driving and causing a traffic accident.

Limassol traffic police chief Michalis Katsounotos said he will ask for the 78-year-old’s license to be revoked immediately.

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Archives February 14, 2012 posted by

Grain price fall of little benefit to consumers

THE PRICE of grain for animal feed will drop as of today, though consumers aren’t expected to feel the benefits any time soon.

The Cyprus Grain Commission yesterday announced it would be dropping its prices, saying it expected animal feed mills “to reduce the prices they charge farmers, so that eventually the price of farming products is reduced for consumers”.

“Taking into account the problems faced by the various farming sectors, which arose from the economic crisis, the Cyprus Grain Commission decided to significantly reduce the retail price of animal feed grain for its clients,” the commission said.

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Archives February 14, 2012 posted by

E-government system for local authorities gets the go ahead

 

THE CREATION of a common e-government system for local authorities was given the go ahead during a meeting today between Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis and a representation of the Municipalities Union.

During the meeting, it was decided to proceed with a preliminary study at an estimated cost of €80,000.

According to Sylikiotis, efforts will be made for the e-government system at an estimated total cost of €2 million, to be co-funded with the EU.

“Our goal is to enter a modern era, to take quick steps and through the use of e-government as a tool, to work more effectively as regards local administration,” he said.

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Archives February 13, 2012 posted by

Second round of gas licensing opens

Cyprus has today opened up the second round of licensing for gas exploration in the 12 remaining offshore blocks of its Exclusive Economic zone.

The licensing round follows the first natural gas discovery in December, when U.S. based Noble Energy discovered from five to eight trillion cubic feet in a block south of the island. The block lies close to where neighbouring Israel has reported significant discoveries.

According to a government announcement on Saturday, applications could be submitted within 90 days of the date of the notice.

A decision on the applications was expected to be made by the cabinet within six months from the date of their submission, the notice said.

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Archives February 11, 2012 posted by

UK police arrest five at Murdoch's Sun newspaper

British police on Saturday arrested five people at The Sun newspaper, its parent company News Corporation said, as part of an investigation into illegal news gathering that forced the closure of another of the firm’s British tabloids.

Media sources said a police officer and defence ministry employee were among eight people arrested in total on Saturday, in a branch of the inquiry named Operation Elveden which is investigating bribes to police in return for story tip-offs.

“Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers from Operation Elveden today arrested five employees of The Sun newspaper. Searches have taken place at the homes and offices of those arrested,” News Corporation said in a statement.

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