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Archives May 26, 2012 posted by

'We'll have a candidate by the end of the month'

THE FOUR minority parties ‘of the in-between space’ yesterday discussed possible presidential candidates, with the plan being to announce their final decision at the end of the month.

The parties – DIKO, EDEK, EVROKO and the Green Party – didn’t announce any names yesterday, but certain political personalities keep cropping up in the media.

DISY MEP Eleni Theocharous, EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirou and Hellenic Bank CEO Makis Keravnos are all rumoured to be part of the list, as is independent candidate George Lillikas.

It has even been reported that DIKO plans to propose its vice president, Nicolas Papadopoulos, and that EVROKO is in favour of the candidacy.

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Archives February 20, 2012 posted by

Second Greek bailout in reach despite funding gaps

Eurozone finance ministers inched towards approving a second bailout for debt-laden Greece on Monday that will resolve Athens’ immediate repayment needs but seems unlikely to remedy the dire state of the nation’s shattered economy.

Agreement on a 130-billion-euro rescue package on draconian conditions would draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, averting imminent bankrupcty, although work remained to make the numbers add up.

But diplomats and economists say it may only delay a deeper default by a few months. A turnaround could take a decade or more, a bleak prospect that brought thousands of Greeks onto the streets to protest against austerity measures on Sunday.

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Archives February 2, 2012 posted by

Court for man who called the president an idiot

A 35-YEAR-OLD man appeared at the Nicosia District Court yesterday to face ‘public nuisance’ charges after calling President Demetris Christofias an ‘idiot.’

According to police, the 35-year-old was driving his car on August 3 last year when he saw the presidential limo, poked his head out of his window and allegedly shouted: “Idiot President, quit”.

He was charged with being a public nuisance “by committing an act not authorised by law…which as a consequence disturbed the practice of the public’s rights,” the prosecution said. 

The 35-year-old pleaded not guilty and will appear in Court on June 5.  

There was an increased police presence in court yesterday morning to prevent any episodes, they said. 

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Archives January 17, 2012 posted by

Banned 'legal highs' in prison


SYNTHETIC narcotic substances banned last year appear to have been found in the Central Prison, the prison’s deputy director said yesterday.

According to George Tryfonides, the drugs have been taken for lab tests, but are believed to be part of a number of substances that were considered “legal highs”, under the name of Dream.

“On Saturday, a convict offered to hand over to members of staff a specific amount of drug substances, as he called it,” said Tryfonides. 

He said Nicosia’s Drug Squad (YKAN) Nicosia was immediately summoned to the prison.

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Archives December 3, 2011 posted by

Not enough being done to save turtles

ALL TALK but no action characterises the attitude of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR) towards the protection of Cyprus’ marine environment, according to the non-governmental organisation, Nireas Marine Research Org (NMR).

The NMR’s members found a dead turtle on a beach in Limassol on November 13 and notified the department via email; complaining that the ministry had no hotline for citizens to report any similar incidents.

Pictures taken at the scene revealed that the turtle was caught in a discarded fishing net and was washed up on the shore; unable to swim back in.

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Archives December 2, 2011 posted by

Tigers beat Crusaders in big Cyprus rugby match

12:40 ON a cold winter’s night, it was strange to be watching a rugby match in Cyprus, with conditions more English than Cypriot as the top two teams on the island kicked off for a league match for the first time under floodlights on Thursday.

There was no score in a closely fought contest for the first half hour before the Limassol Crusaders gave away a penalty in front of the posts and Paphos Tigers fly-half Jack Bilton duly scored.

The Crusaders fought back and their scrum-half, Demitris Maratheftis, kicked a speculative ball into midfield which bounced kindly for him and he was able to re-gather and, with a fine burst of speed, broke two tackles to score the first try of the match.

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Archives December 1, 2011 posted by

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Archives November 30, 2011 posted by

Potato packers strike over plans for cheap labour

APPROXIMATELY 100 Greek-Cypriot potato packers in Vrysoulles went on strike yesterday against their employer’s intention to sack them and replacing them with EU community workers from Eastern Europe.

The strike was organised by workers’ unions SEK and PEO, representing the interests of the potato packers working at the local co-operative company for agricultural products (SEDIGEP).

According to the unions, the private company currently managing the co-operative is looking to fire most of the potato packers in order to hire cheaper new personnel from Eastern Europe whowill not be members of unions.

“The replacement and hiring of personnel who will not have any rights is something that we do not accept” said Kyriacos Kyriacou of the local SEK committee.

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Archives November 25, 2011 posted by

France and Germany mull EU treaty changes


FRANCE and Germany will propose amendments to EU treaties in coming days to improve economic governance of the eurozone, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Strasbourg yesterday.

The initiative underscored the failure of the bloc to stem the eurozone crisis.

“France and Germany, in the coming days will propose changes to EU treaties to improve the governance in the eurozone and to aid more integration and convergence of our economic policies,” said Sarkozy.

Sarkozy said Paris and Berlin would circulate joint proposals before a December 9 EU summit for treaty amendments to entrench tougher budget discipline in the 17-nation euro area.

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