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Archives September 19, 2012 posted by

AKEL: still room to negotiate good deal with troika

THE leader of ruling AKEL yesterday suggested there was room for negotiation with the island’s lenders in a bid to avoid unwanted measures like scrapping 13th salaries.

Andros Kyprianou said the government has asked for financial assistance from the EU and the IMF but it did not mean Cyprus must accept anything they proposed without objection.

Especially when the measures proposed have been enforced in other countries and have not yielded any positive results, Kyprianou said.

“Why not negotiate with the troika, voice our arguments, submit our views and try to put together a package that will again lead to economic recovery but will have different contents,” Kyprianou said.

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Archives March 6, 2012 posted by

Cyprus-France joint rescue exercise focuses on piracy

CYPRUS and France joined forces yesterday for a joint exercise south of the island, in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and flight information region (FIR).

“This is the first time an exercise of this breadth takes place and indeed with a Cypriot helicopter landing on a French war vessel,” Defence Minister Demetris Eliades said.

The search and rescue exercise took place between 8am and 12pm, coordinated by the Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) 

The scenario involved a piracy incident supposedly taking place within Cyprus’ EEZ with injured people being transported to Larnaca General Hospital by helicopter. 

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Archives February 23, 2012 posted by

‘Research cannot be measured in salaries’

A RESEARCH facility such as the Cyprus Institute (CyI) cannot be run like a public sector body, it said yesterday, fending off criticism over how much it costs for little return.

The institute’s board members – including former President of the Republic George Vassiliou, former MP Andreas Mouskos and the institute’s director, Costas Papanicolas, who was slammed for enjoying a double salary worth over €150,000 – yesterday pleaded with politicians and media alike to tone it down and let the institute progress.

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Archives January 15, 2012 posted by

Dismay over Open University entrance ‘lottery’

THE DECISION of the Open University to introduce a new system by which applicants for three of its courses will be chosen by lot has been met with dismay and disapproval by some of those interested in applying.

The new system will see applicants being chosen at random after they have fulfilled certain basic criteria for the university’s only undergraduate course and two post-graduate courses.

The previous system in place was based on a calculation of credits, with each application securing more weight according to the criteria it fulfilled.

The credit-based system is widely used in all public universities in Cyprus and Greece, the civil service and the National Guard.

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Archives December 18, 2011 posted by

All I want for Christmas is … an iPad 2

CHRISTMAS is just a week away which means – if you haven’t done so already – you can no longer avoid the crowds of shoppers on the high street. 

Wherever you choose to shop, you are sure to encounter this year’s must have gadget: the tablet computer.

Coming in a range of shapes and sizes, from a little larger than a pocketbook to almost A4 size, these nifty slate-like devices have a bewildering array of tricks up their sleeves, from games and web browsing to communications, e-books and films. 

And whether you love them or hate them – Apple are clearly the market leaders in Cyprus with the second edition of their iconic iPad.

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Archives November 27, 2011 posted by

UNDP spending €28m on projects

THE UN Development Programme – UNDP – is spending just under €28 million on current projects in Cyprus, the organisation said this week.

The funds are used for the promotion of reconciliation between the two communities and the protection of the island’s cultural heritage.

Around €9 million is being used for the building of urban infrastructure in the Turkish Cypriot community, €4 million on the waste-water treatment plant at Mia Milia, €2 million for works at the Limnitis crossing point, €1.9 million for the exhumation of missing persons and €1.5 million for projects involved in the protection of cultural heritage.

The remainder of the funds are for 17 projects aimed at reconciling the two communities.

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Archives November 22, 2011 posted by

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Archives November 18, 2011 posted by

Public servants: if Cyprus needs a bailout, it won’t be our fault

DEFIANT civil servants said yesterday that the economy’s problems were not their fault, as the finance minister warned that if the conditions were not reversed, Cyprus could soon be seeking a bailout to cover its needs for financing.

However, the government workers union PASYDY suggested they were not to blame for the situation and that eradicating tax evasion would solve the economy’s problems.

Union boss Glafkos Hadjipetrou said government workers have already made several concessions.

“This cannot go on indefinitely,” he told state broadcaster CyBC.

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Archives October 23, 2011 posted by

Christofias’ National Council briefing fails to convince parties

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias’ briefing of the National Council earlier this week failed to convince the majority of parties who yesterday accused him of making the institution “obsolete” and of going to New York “unprepared”.  

The president came under widespread criticism from all parties bar ruling AKEL, following his three-hour briefing on Friday night on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. 

House Speaker and EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirou yesterday said the failure to keep the National Council properly updated has made the institution virtually “obsolete”. 

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Archives October 1, 2011 posted by

‘Don’t give up on the buses’

 

THE PUBLIC bus system has taken off in leaps and bounds in just over a year and the government must not give up on it, former communications and works minister Nicos Nicolaides said yesterday. 

The bus companies that comprise the public transport network told parliament on Thursday that they would not be able to meet running costs on a €46 million 2012 budget which would be mostly spent on covering fuel costs, they said. 

“Of course there is a financial crisis … but we have to have a long term view of this issue and not a short sighted one,” EDEK MP Nicos Nicolaides told the Cyprus Mail. 

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