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Archives October 5, 2012 posted by

Old Limassol marina revamp raises hackles

ORGANISED groups in Limassol are calling for the demolition of buildings erected as part of a revamp for the old Limassol marina, which were not part of the initial plans.

Relaying their concerns, DISY deputy Andreas Kyprianou yesterday told the House Interior Committee that it was clear the original architectural plans had not been followed.

“A historical traditional fishing harbour is being transformed essentially into a commercial centre,” he said.

He said two new buildings had been included, while the initially-planned underground car park had not. The buildings, he added, obstructed the view to the sea and the marina.

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Archives September 28, 2012 posted by

Lovebird officers spent duty shift in a flat

A LIMASSOL policeman and policewoman have been suspended after it emerged that instead of going on duty, they spent their shifts alone together in a flat.

A police spokesman confirmed reports that the two officers – who work at the Limassol traffic department – had been caught neglecting their duties and that Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou had been advised to launch a disciplinary investigation.

The pair were caught after their superiors noticed whenever they were on night patrol together, no fines were written out after midnight.

The force has a special system recording on-the-spot fines, showing every detail.

The two were put under surveillance and it emerged that they were spending their time in the apartment.

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Archives September 26, 2012 posted by

AKEL MP accuses DISY deputy of conflict of interest

DISY deputy Soteris Sampson yesterday denied accusations of a conflict of interest leveled against him by a fellow MP.

The allegations were made by AKEL MP Irini Charalambidou after a session of the House Watchdog Committee that discussed the Auditor-general’s financial report on the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA).

“I am saddened by this personal attack,” Sampson later told the Mail.

He added: “I shall not go down that road. There is absolutely no conflict of interest.”

Charalambidou alleged that Sampson has a conflict of interest because he is the legal advisor of KOA, a semi-governmental organisation.

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Archives August 29, 2012 posted by

'Police must stop filming people'

THE POLICE should immediately cease filming people at public events in anticipation of future crimes, the Commissioner for the protection of personal data Yiannos Danielides said yesterday.

“All monitoring by police cameras must cease,” Danielides said, responding to a police statement that they filmed a protest last week as per standard practice.

“Filming is a form of personal data processing… any processing has to be legal, have a specific purpose and not be excessive,” Danielides said.

He said that people had the right to meet peacefully for any reason and the police could not film them “just in case something happens”.

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Archives July 24, 2012 posted by

Migrants protest lack of integration as EU ministers meet

RECOGNISED refugees, migrants and other foreign workers yesterday held a peaceful demonstration outside the Philoxenia Conference Centre where EU interior ministers were meeting to discuss migration and asylum issues.

They said they wanted to draw attention to the difficulties faced by non-Cypriots seeking to integrate in Cypriot society.

The protestors handed over a letter to the interior ministry’s permanent secretary, Andreas Assiotis, so he could distribute it to the European ministers.

They wished, among other things, to draw attention to a report by the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), which recently ranked Cyprus second from last of all 31 MIPEX countries, saying the island discouraged long-term integration.

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Archives July 22, 2012 posted by

Illegal clubs and bad drivers targeted in Paphos

NEARLY 80 people in Polis Chrysochous, Peyia, Kouklia and Stroumbi were reported for various traffic and nightclub law violations, during a police campaign to prevent crime and road accidents early yesterday morning.

In a coordinated effort by the Paphos villages’ police stations and the district’s crime prevention unit, officers took to the streets to ensure road regulations were followed and nightclubs were abiding by the sound decibel laws.

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Archives July 19, 2012 posted by

A long wait for claimants remains in bankruptcy case


NICOSIA district court issued a bankruptcy order this week on a high profile businessman who owes nearly 3.6 million cyprus pounds to eight people who over a decade ago agreed to sell their stake in an insurance firm.

The Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, Spyros Kokkinos, told the Cyprus Mail that his office will be the receiver of all of Lambros Christofi’s assets.

Christofi will not be able to own anything in his name and any property or asset transfers taken in the future or “several years into the past” will be looked into for potential defrauding of his creditors, Kokkinos said.

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Archives July 17, 2012 posted by

Israeli PM: held suspect planned tourist attack

THE FOREIGN national arrested here on suspicion of planning possible terrorist attacks against Israeli targets had arrived via England, the Cyprus Mail has learned.

Authorities here are declining to give any details about the case, calling it “a delicate political issue”.

But government sources yesterday did offer that the 24-year-old entered the Republic on a flight from London’s Heathrow Airport.

On Sunday, Israel explicitly accused Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas and Iran of plotting to attack its citizens in Cyprus after police took the man into custody.

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Archives July 11, 2012 posted by

Cars belonging to OPAP executive set on fire

TWO vehicles belonging to a senior OPAP executive in charge of the company’s branches in Cyprus were set alight at around 1.40am yesterday while parked outside his house in Nicosia.

The fire department attempted to extinguish the fires but the cars, valued at €100,000 and €11,000, were completely destroyed. Forensic tests showed the fires were set intentionally and the police said they had been started with malicious intent.

The attack appears to be the latest in what has become a string of arsons against OPAP; however police chief Michalis Papageorgiou appeared reluctant to connect the car fires with the attacks against other OPAP betting shops.

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