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Archives August 28, 2012 posted by

Revenue from tourism up in June

REVENUE from tourism increased by 15.7 per cent in June this year compared to the corresponding month of 2011, on the basis of the results of the passenger survey, published yesterday by the Statistical Service.

According to the figures revenue from tourism reached €254.5m in June compared with €220m in the same month last year, a 15.7 per cent increase.

In June this year, tourist arrivals reached 329,977 an increase of  9.7 per cent, compared to the 300,817 arrivals in June 2011.

Some 127,747 tourists arrived from the UK, 80,145 from Russia, 19,404 from Sweden, 13,530 from Greece, 11,050 from Norway and 10,693 from Germany.

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Archives May 11, 2012 posted by

Hairdresser’s brother charged in double murder


THE 32-year-old brother of the hairdresser accused of slaying his pregnant girlfriend and her three-year-old daughter is to stand trial on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

Paphos District Court yesterday accepted a request by the state prosecution that the hairdresser’s brother be referred to a criminal court. The brother was recently arrested in connection with the illegal possession and transportation of a gun, destruction of evidence, conspiracy to murder, and abetting a felony. He is to remain in custody until May 17, when the trial begins.

The 29-year-old hairdresser is the prime suspect in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, 24-year-old Julia Oborok, and her three-year-old daughter Victoria, in December last year. 

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Archives March 14, 2012 posted by

Schools need more counsellors

THE HEAD of secondary education teachers’ union OELMEK yesterday confirmed a 17-year-old pupil had been transferred to another school after being caught in possession of drugs.

Responding to media reports, OELMEK’s Demetris Taliadoros said claims over the creation of delinquent mini gangs in the island’s secondary schools weren’t wide off the mark.

He stressed the need for more counsellors and child psychologists to help children who are having difficulties integrating into school life.

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Archives March 13, 2012 posted by

End to crippling red tape to ease investment

THE GOVERNMENT plans to turn the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) into a “one-stop-shop”, with the aim of bypassing bureaucracy and making it easier for foreigners to invest in the island.

President Demetris Christofias yesterday promised the agency’s board of directors that he would promote their proposal to the cabinet within the next couple of weeks.

The meeting was held to see how crippling red tape can be overcome so as to attract more foreign investments to Cyprus.

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Archives March 13, 2012 posted by

Israeli company seeks gas bid

A NEW Israeli company is setting up shop in Cyprus to bid in the second round of licensing for the remaining 12 blocks in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 

According to Israeli business website Globes, controlling partners from the limited partnership company Israel Opportunity Energy Resources have announced plans to expand their activity beyond oil and gas exploration in and around Israel, setting up a subsidiary company in Cyprus. 

The local subsidiary called Cyprus Opportunity will be fully responsible for acquiring deepwater offshore licences in Cyprus’ second round of licensing.  

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Archives March 6, 2012 posted by

Protest over changes at Kofinou abattoir

BUTCHERS and drovers yesterday cut off access to the Kofinou abattoir to protest against the management’s decision to lay off 28 employees and alter procedures.

The work stoppage began at 9am for two hours, with strikers refusing to allow anyone entry to the abattoir, to either transport animals for slaughter or to take meat.

“The central Kofinou abattoir has decided to make 28 people redundant,” farmer Andreas Zachariou said. “Following this development, the Abattoir’s management has prepared a new slaughter programme and new prices for the different slaughtered animals, which isn’t convenient, neither for the drovers, the butchers nor the distributors.”

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Archives March 5, 2012 posted by

Cyprus-Israel underwater power cable study underway

Cyprus and Israel yesterday began a feasibility study for the construction of an underwater electric cable between the two countries that would ensure their energy security and offer Israel a channel to export energy to Europe.

The Israel-Cyrpus leg, with an estimated cost of half a billion euros ($660 million), would eventually be part of a much longer cable continuing to Greece and from there to the pan-European electricity grid.

If approved, the EuroAsia Interconnector will stretch 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) in total at a maximum depth of 2,000 meters, making it the most ambitious project ever of its kind, said Nasos Ktorides, chairman of DEH Quantum Energy.

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Archives February 12, 2012 posted by

New clinic promises cheaper animal care

THE FIRST animal clinic onsite at a shelter will be ready by September to serve the Argos Sanctuary in Larnaca as well as anyone in the area with pets, at a much lower cost than a typical vet’s surgery.

“The base of the ‘Argos Medical Centre’ is ready and the next step is to get quotations for the skeleton of the structure,” said Stella  Stylianou, head of the organisation.

According to Stylianou, the Argos Medical Centre, which will be adjoined to the sanctuary will cost around €25,000 in total. 

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Archives February 10, 2012 posted by

Crystal meth the new drugs menace

A 37-YEAR-OLD Iranian man was remanded for eight days by Limassol District Court yesterday in connection with possession of a drug believed to be crystal meth.

His 25-year-old Cypriot partner, who was also arrested, was released pending test results on the drug.

Drugs squad YKAN arrested the pair on Wednesday after stopping a car driven by the Iranian in Limassol. A search revealed 30 grammes of crystal powder and then another two grammes were found in his home.

“YKAN officers stopped the Iranian as he was driving and following a search on his car found 30 grammes of a crystal powder believed to be crystal meth, and a weighing scales,” said YKAN officer, Stelios Sergides, also coordinator of prevention, EU and international cooperation issues.

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Archives February 9, 2012 posted by

Migration a key challenge for EU

A CONSULTANCY firm and a non-profit organisation have teamed together to form a network spreading over Mediterranean countries to figure out the dizzying array of issues involving migration.

With increased mobility within the European Union and a horde of issues relating to migration from outside the EU, migration has become “one of the key challenges that the EU faces,” a news release said from the Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology (CARDET)

CARDET along with consultancy firm INNOVADE are hoping they can learn from other countries in the Mediterranean and the EU on how to forge “policies and practices that will facilitate migrant integration”.

To that end, they have created the Mediterranean Migration Network (MMN).

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