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Archives March 23, 2013 posted by

Phone lines will not be cut off

THE COUNTRY’S telecommunications authority, CyTA, has postponed cutting-off the phone-lines of customers who have not paid their bills due to the current situation on the island. In a statement, CyTA announced they will continue to monitor the situation and will act accordingly until the normalisation of the current economic situation.

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Archives March 2, 2013 posted by

Sausages withdrawn

LESS than a week after halting sales of their meatballs, furniture giant IKEA, has withdrawn packaged sausages from their uncooked food department.
Acting director for public health services, Christos Christou, said the move was purely precautionary. “Many companies have withdrawn products recently in light of the horsemeat scandal,” he said. “This is purely for precautionary reasons, until checks are carried out by the relevant companies that import the goods,” he said. Christou revealed the food which was under the spotlight was pre-cooked, ready-made meals with beef which had arrived from Ireland, England and France.

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Archives March 1, 2013 posted by

Toddler’s aunt remanded for another five days

THE 35-YEAR-OLD aunt of 18-month-year-old Stavros Styllis, the toddler who she is accused of abducting two weeks ago in Limassol, is still not co-operating with the police and has been remanded for a further five days by Limassol District Court, police said yesterday.
Speaking in court, the chief prosecutor said 61 statements had been taken while another 33 remained. Also results from CCTV footage from the area of the kidnapping  have yet to be fully studied. The defendant’s lawyer did not object to the  request for a further five-day remand.

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Archives February 23, 2013 posted by

‘Civil partnerships will erode society’


INTRODUCING civil partnerships will create social problems and encourage the breakdown of marriages, the Association for Confronting Social Problems (SAKOP) has said, criticising the Cabinet’s recent draft bill which they say was not the result of social dialogue. 

The Cabinet recently passed a draft bill to enable couples to have a legally recognised relationship outside of marriage.  A civil partnership allows a couple, living together but not married, to register their relationship with authorities so they can have the same obligations and rights as married couples.

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Archives February 16, 2013 posted by

Arsenal knocked out of FA Cup by Blackburn

Arsenal were booed off the field after suffering a second humiliation in two months against lower league opponents when Blackburn Rovers beat them 1-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Manager Arsene Wenger’s gamble to leave out a batch of first-team regulars against Championship (second tier) Rovers backfired as Colin Kazim-Richards struck a 72nd minute winner to send Rovers into the quarter-finals.

Tomas Rosicky came closest to scoring for Arsenal with a thumping shot against the crossbar and Rovers had to survive some furious pressure as the hosts belatedly showed some urgency, but it was too little too late.

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Archives December 1, 2012 posted by

Computer virus scam doing the rounds

A COMPUTER virus scam blocks internet users’ machines and tries to get people to pay €100 to get use of their computer back, authorities said yesterday.

While browsing the internet, members of the public told the police they got a screen message with the emblems of the Cyprus Republic, the police and the picture of a police car. The message tells people they have broken the law and links information on how they can pay €100 within 72 hours to get use of the computer back, police said. The computer then becomes inoperable. 

A police spokesman said they had no indications the scam was widespread but they recommend using anti-virus software and never responding to messages of this kind. 

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Archives November 25, 2012 posted by

Cyprus alone in spending all of EU funds

CYPRUS alone among all qualifying countries has managed to spend all the money paid by the EU cohesion funds, using about €54 million to fund big projects, the planning bureau said this week.
The planning bureau, a governmental body responsible for promoting and coordinating economic growth, said that Cyprus was the “most effective” country in absorbing the cohesion funds available to it in 2011 as part of works approved in the 2000-2006 period.
Cyprus used its €54 million plus to complete two projects: the Koshi waste management plant and major road works in the junctions of Ayios Athanasios and Yermasoyia in Limassol.

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Archives August 25, 2012 posted by

Three dogs poisoned at Paphos home

THREE DOGS were poisoned in the courtyard of a house in Chlorakas on Thursday night, adding to three other cases of dog poisoning currently being investigated in Paphos.

According to Cyprus News Agency (CNA), meat laced with poison was thrown into the yard of dog owner Michalis Stavrou on Thursday night, resulting in the agonising death of two dogs and serious injury of a third. 

Stavrou told CNA that two of his dogs- a pit bull and Alsation- died before his eyes while his third is battling to stay alive. 

“The veterinary examination indicated that the dogs died of poisoning that perpetrators slyly put into pieces of meat and threw into the yard of my house,” said Stavrou.  

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Archives April 12, 2012 posted by

Private dentists feeling recession bite

THE Pancyprian Dentists Association yesterday expressed its disappointment that the state dental services were allowed to hire additional staff instead of buying services from the private sector.

The Association said it was told in a November meeting that state services did not need to avail of private sector dentists as there were no dental waiting lists at hospitals.

“But in the end, needs are not being covered by existing personnel, and the state is asking to hire extra staff,” said a statement from the association.

But the head of the state dental services Christina Yiannaki said: “This is misinformation from the association”.

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