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Archives April 21, 2013 posted by

Openings and closure

IN THE 1990s I used to stand on top of a Venetian rampart in a rubbish-strewn park at Arabahmet and forlornly watch the seemingly carefree traffic whizzing through Paphos Gate. A voyeur in the true sense of the word, I could watch but in no way interact with the scene, unless of course I wanted to attract the attention of either or both of two armies amassed either side of a cease-fire line in one of the most militarised places in the world.

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Archives March 8, 2013 posted by

Injury-hit Baghdatis beaten in Indian Wells

HAMPERED by a shoulder injury, Marcos Baghdatis was beaten by German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-0, 7-6(3) in the opening round of the prestigious Indian Wells Masters tournament in the early hours of Friday morning.

“My shoulder has been bothering me for two days. I cannot serve very well and I could not serve today. I could not hit the ball right, push my opponent off. As I said it is an injury that has been bothering me for two days, but today it felt much worse,” said the Cypriot world number 34 who received treatment from the ATP trainer at the end of the first set.

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Archives November 24, 2012 posted by

Mayor calls for speeding up of port upgrade

THE subject of upgrading the ports of Kato Paphos and Latsi, due to be tabled for discussion at the House communications committee by the four Paphos deputies, has been welcomed by the mayor of Polis Chrysochous.
Angelos Georgiou said that that the matter of ownership of Latsi port has been a point of concern to the local authority since 2007, when the cabinet ceded both of the ports to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).
But since then, he said that controversy over the ownership of the ports had continued without any conclusion being reached.

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Archives September 12, 2012 posted by

Fuel leak petrol station reopens

THE petrol station responsible for a fuel leak in central Larnaca last week opened shop again yesterday.

Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiadis managed to get a court order to suspend the station’s operations last week but it expired on Monday and the station started operating again yesterday.

The Mayor last night said there was nothing he could do about it, even though an investigation into the matter has proved beyond doubt that the station is responsible for the leak spotted on Thursday before last near the town centre.

“We are sending a serious plea to the government and environment commission to get actively involved in this matter,” Louroudjiadis told the Cyprus Mail. “Larnaca Municipality is at a legal dead-end due to a loophole in the law.”

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Archives September 4, 2012 posted by

Sophocleous takes up MEP role

EDEK member and former vice-president Sophocles Sophocleous yesterday replaced Kyriacos Mavronicolas as Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

Sophocleous said that his priorities were seeking a just solution to the Cyprus problem and curbing the debt crisis, “focusing on people and not numbers, and putting an end to one-sided austerity and waste.”

Mavronicolas announced in April that he was stepping down as MEP to run as deputy head of the EDEK party, a post that EDEK MP Marinos Sizopoulos secured instead. 

The interior ministry’s permanent secretary, Andreas Assiotis, officially declared Sophocleous an MEP in the presence of EDEK head and House president Yiannakis Omirou.

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Archives August 17, 2012 posted by

Missing man

PANAYIOTIS Ioannou, 37 years old from Ormidhia village, has been missing from his home since July 27, 2012. Ioannou is of strong build and is 1.70 cm tall with short curly hair. If you have any information that could help in locating Ioannou, please contact CID Dhekelia on 2414 4353, or British bases police in Dhekelia on 2474 1453 / 4333, or your nearest police station. 

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Archives February 1, 2012 posted by

Noble may build natural gas terminal in Cyprus


NOBLE Energy is considering building a natural gas terminal for the domestic market and for exports from Cyprus, Noble’s vice president Terry Gerhart said today.

After this morning’s meeting with the President Demetris Christofias, Gerhart said: “We updated him on our progress with the well… As everyone is aware we drilled a successful well and made an announcement at the end of the year.”

He added: “Somewhere between 5 and 8 trillion cubic feet of gas were found and we look forward to progressing it and bringing it to reality for the Cypriot market. it is going to take quite a bit of time to analyze all of the data that we have. We are in the process of doing that now.”

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Archives November 18, 2011 posted by

Law on transfer fees amended

PARLIAMENT yesterday amended a law passed earlier this month that suspended for six months the payment of transfer fees on properties subject to VAT and cutting by 50 per cent fees on properties where no VAT is paid upon registration of the title deed in a bid to boost the sluggish real estate market.

The legislation was amended after President Christofias refused to sign it into law and sent it back to parliament.

Under the amendment, bills of sale which had been submitted before the passage of the law and which were withdrawn after the date on which the law came into effect, are not exempt from the requirement of paying a transfer fee.

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Archives November 10, 2011 posted by

Injured on Noble Energy platform

AN EMPLOYEE working on Noble Energy’s ‘Homer Ferrington’ oil platform was injured on Tuesday last night and had to be airlifted to shore.

The Dutch national was taken to Larnaca General Hospital, an announcement from the Defence Ministry said. He was treated at first aid and then signed himself out rather than stay in for observation, although it was not announced what his actual injuries were.

Coordination Centre for Research and Rescue was informed at around 8.20pm on Tuesday that there had been an accident on the platform. The operation to airlift the injured man was completed just after midnight.

After he was seen by orthopaedic physician, the Dutch man discharged himself, saying he would wait to receive further treatment back home in the Netherlands.

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Archives October 20, 2011 posted by

Budget slammed as unions threaten

THE 2012 budget contained excessive and unnecessary spending, the chairman of the House Finance Committee said yesterday, warning that parties could reject it as a whole come voting time in December.

Speaking after a closed-doors session of the committee, which scrutinised part of the budget, DIKO MP Nicolas Papadopoulos said there was mismanagement and shortcomings in oversight.

“These shortcomings translate into excessive and unnecessary spending in the 2012 budget,” Papadopoulos said. 

He said there was room for further savings, adding that recommendations could be made to cut funds.

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