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Archives December 22, 2012 posted by

Celebrating the third age in digital form

THE Cyprus Third Age Association (C3A) was one of the winners of the 2012 DigiMe digital photo and video competition, sponsored by the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and taking as its theme the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
C3A received an honourable mention – and a €100 voucher for electronic gadgets – for a series of photographs showing the group’s educational activities which, as the judges said, illustrated vividly Active Ageing in Action.

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Archives February 20, 2012 posted by

Samaras: Cyprus problem a top priority for the Greek government

The Cyprus problem remains a top priority for the Greek government – despite its financial woes – Greek New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras said today.

Speaking after a meeting with President Demetris Christofias, Samaras said: “Cyprus and Greece are two independent states, however the two countries belong to the same nation.”

He underlined the need for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will be viable and just and will end the island’s Turkish occupation.

Samaras also said that during the meeting with President Christofias, they discussed the latest developments regarding hydrocarbon exploration in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and that the natural wealth in both Cyprus and Greece can lead to a joint strategy in economic matters.

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Archives January 30, 2012 posted by

Putin puts state capitalism first for Russia

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, seeking to renew his hold on power after unprecedented street protests, set out an economic agenda on Monday that puts state capitalism at the heart of a bid to boost Russia’s global competitiveness.

In a 5,000-word newspaper article, the third in a series he has written ahead of a March 4 presidential election, Putin defended his record while acknowledging Russia needed to adapt in a period of “cardinal change” in the global economy.

“We are seeing how countries, whose position seemed invulnerable only yesterday, are yielding to those that not long ago were regarded with haughty disdain,” he wrote in the Vedomosti financial daily.

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Archives November 4, 2011 posted by

Papandreou’s masterstroke

IS GEORGE Papandreou simply a man at the end of his tether, blundering from one political disaster to the next? Or is it possible that his move on Monday in announcing a referendum was a political masterstroke, calling everybody’s bluff? 

When Greek PM George Papandreou announced a referendum, his political opponents, several of his colleagues in the Socialist PASOK party, European leaders, the pundits and the media were unanimous in their condemnation. Just days after negotiating a further tranche of bail-out money with the European Union, which included the so-called haircut that effectively halved Greek’s debt, he had thrown a spanner in the financial works.  

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Archives November 3, 2011 posted by

State red tape costs firms over €700m a year

BUREAUCRACY and red-tape costs companies in Cyprus over €700 million a year, and takes up 70 per cent of the €1 billion it costs to run the state machinery annually.

The findings are contained in a costing report compiled by the auditing firm KPMG on behalf of the Finance Ministry. 

It said it should be possible to run the state machinery – minus wages and salaries – for around €300 million.  

Speaking at the ceremony for the presentation of the findings, Finance Minister, Kikis Kazamias reiterated the government’s vow to reduce the  70 per cent administrative burden by 20 per cent by the end of 2012.

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Archives November 2, 2011 posted by

Peres due to arrive for state visit in Cyprus tonight


ISRAELI President Shimon Peres is due to arrive in Cyprus tonight on a state visit, which will include signing a number of bilateral agreements.

The official welcoming ceremony will take place at the presidential palace on Thursday morning.

It will be followed with talks between the two sides and signing bilateral agreements on research and development, archaeology and renewable energy sources.

During his stay on the island, Peres will also meet with Archbishop Chrysostomos, House President Yiannakis Omirou and main opposition DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades.

Police have taken strict security measures for the visit, mounting an operation spearheaded by the special anti-terrorist squad.

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Archives May 26, 2011 posted by

Rauf Denktash out of danger

Rauf Denktash, the former Turkish Cypriot leader, is out of danger and recovering after suffering from a stroke on Tuesday.

According to his doctor, Ercan Kaptanoglou, X-rays taken yesterday show that there was no bleeding or swelling of the brain. Also, the part of the brain that was affected due to a lack of oxygen can be restored to some extent. This is significant as it means he will not have to have surgery.

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Archives May 17, 2011 posted by

Papers in breach of the publishing deadline for polls

Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides has reported to the Attorney-general three local newspapers for breaking the law by publishing opinion polls after the set deadline.

It is now up to the AG to decide whether to prosecute.

The papers printed a CyBC-commissioned poll on Sunday. The deadline designated by the Attorney-general for this coming Sunday’s (May 22) parliamentary elections was midnight of last Saturday.

By law, the deadline for publishing opinion polls is defined as seven days prior to election day. It applies to all media: print, television, radio and electronic.

CyBC had initially planned to air the poll on Sunday, but pushed it forward to Saturday after consulting with the Attorney-general’s office.

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Archives September 14, 2010 posted by

Probe into drug sting farce allegations

THE CHIEF of Police has launched an investigation into allegations that the Cyprus Drug Squad YKAN seriously bungled a major drug sting operation last week and managed to lose seven kilos of cannabis in another operation back in July.

Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said that the chief of police Michalis Papageorgiou received a preliminary report into the most recent allegations yesterday and that the incident was “probably a failed sting operation”.

According to reports, the drug enforcement agency used the help of a Syrian ex-convict to bring in 12 kilos of cannabis into the country under the protection of YKAN. The drugs were paid for by YKAN and the Syrian, who had purchased the drugs in Holland, was instructed to find a Cypriot buyer.

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