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Archives September 15, 2012 posted by

‘No time to lose in troika talks’ Juncker warns


CYPRUS was told yesterday in no uncertain terms that it must speed up negotiations with its international lenders to resolve its “very serious” economic problems, a clear sign that its EU partners think the island is dragging its feet.

“Cyprus and the troika will have to speed up the process, there is no time to lose and I am very confident that an answer to the problems of this country, and they are very serious, will be found in the next coming weeks,” said Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker, after meeting President Demetris Christofias yesterday afternoon. 

Earlier, Juncker had asked Cyprus to clarify its intentions concerning the bailout it sought in June.

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Archives April 6, 2012 posted by

Priest nabbed at the airport with three kilos of cannabis

A GREEK priest has been remanded for eight days after being caught arriving at Larnaca Airport with three kilos of cannabis in his bags.

The 37-year-old was arrested at Larnaca Airport on Wednesday night, after arriving from Athens.

Drugs Squad, YKAN deputy commander Panicos Stavrou said the priest was caught with three kilos of marijuana in his luggage, confirming a tip-off the drug squad had.

The priest, who preaches in a small church in Nicosia’s Ayios Dhometios, reportedly made little effort to hide the drugs, merely placing them in three plastic bags.

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Archives February 11, 2012 posted by

Building sector to strike over cheap labour

BUILDERS and concrete makers yesterday announced a 24-hour warning strike next Tuesday over the hiring of EU workers instead of Cypriots.

“The uncontrollable admission of EU workers as cheap labour aggravates serious problems instead of containing them,” said a joint announcement from the two major workers’ unions SEK and PEO. 

SEK and PEO said that workers who “enjoyed wages and benefits as part of collective agreements are being massively sacked and are being replaced by a cheap labour force from overseas (the EU)”.

“For all these reasons, the executive councils of the builders’ unions will go ahead with a 24-hour warning strike on February 14,” the unions said. 

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Archives February 8, 2012 posted by

Court hears taped evidence in Hadjicostis trial

NICOSIA Criminal Court yesterday heard alleged shooter Gregoris Xenofontos say that neither he nor any of the others arrested were involved in the murder of Sigma boss Andis Hadjicostis.

A taped conversation  between Xenofontos and Sigma reporter Alexis Papageorgiou was played during yesterday’s hearing.

The conversation was recorded just a few days after the murder of Hadjicostis in January 2010 and was broadcast during a Sigma news bulletin, after Xenofontos fled to Moldova.

During the 15-minute recording Xenofontos was heard telling the court that others were involved, but neither he nor any of those arrested for the murder including former Sigma presenter Elena Skordelli, her brother Tasos Krasopoulis and Andreas Gregoriou, the alleged fixer.

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Archives February 8, 2012 posted by

Parties given talks positions

PRESIDENT DEMETRIS Christofias yesterday distributed among National Council members a document containing all the positions of the Greek Cypriot side in the peace talks, said government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou. 

The document, which Stefanou called a “general framework” is the same document given to the UN that was referred to in the past as a general solution outline, containing positions tabled by the Greek Cypriot negotiating team to date.

The outline has not been given to the Turkish Cypriot negotiating team, nor was it discussed in New York last month, said the spokesman. 

Speaking to reporters, Stefanou rejected accusations by parties of being kept in the dark as “arbitrary and groundless”. 

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Archives February 5, 2012 posted by

Malev’s demise a blow to passenger numbers


LARNACA airport is feeling the financial strain after Hungarian airline Malev stopped its weekly routes to and from Cyprus after it went belly-up earlier in the week.

According to Hermes Airports’ spokesman Adamos Aspris yesterday, the airline used to carry out three weekly flights to and from Budapest over the winter, while in the summer, there used to be up to eight flights a week.

“Certainly, the cancellation of operations by an airline that flies to and from Cyprus is a blow, which is accompanied by financial losses on various levels,” said Aspris. “And the continuation of the economic crisis is evidently creating unfavourable prospects for other airlines too, which are facing financial difficulties.”

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Archives January 30, 2012 posted by

Emirates adds Vietnam to its expanding global network

Cypriots now have another unusual destination to visit thanks to the continued expansion of Emirates in South East Asia. Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines, will be adding Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to its global network from 4th June 2012.   

Emirates will use an Airbus A330-200 in a two class configuration on the route to Ho Chi Minh City, which is set to become the airline’s 124th destination.   

Operating as EK 390 the daily non-stop flight, with 27 Business Class seats and 251 Economy Class seats, will depart Dubai International Airport at 0925hrs arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 1920hrs. The return flight EK 391 will depart at 2050hrs arriving in Dubai at 0045hrs the following day.   

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Archives January 11, 2012 posted by

Two jailed for rape

TWO MEN from Romania were yesterday convicted to 13 years in prison each, after being found guilty of kidnapping and raping two Vietnamese women in 2010.

Nicosia Criminal Court imposed the hefty sentences on the two men, who were accused by the two women – sisters aged 37 and 40 – of locking them in a flat and raping them, along with two other men who were never identified.

The women said they had visited a house in the Nicosia suburb of Lakatamia in June 2010, looking to rent a room.

They said they were then trapped in a room, assaulted and raped by four men. Their ordeal ended when they both escaped, the 40-year-old through a window and the 37-year-old from a patio door.

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Archives December 20, 2011 posted by

Turkish police detain 38, most of them journalists


Police detained at least 38 people, most of them journalists, in dawn raids across Turkey today as part of an investigation into alleged links between Kurdish activists and armed separatist militants, security officials and media said.

Turkey already has some 70 reporters in jail, one of the highest numbers in the world, but says they are in prison for other crimes, not there for their work.

Jailing more journalists could fuel accusations that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government is intolerant of dissent and is trying to tame the media. But while the economy continues to grow rapidly, widespread public discontent is unlikely.

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Archives December 17, 2011 posted by

Suspects in north military case to face civilian court

LAWYERS defending the family of a Turkish conscript of Kurdish descent allegedly “tortured to death” while being held in a military prison in the north, yesterday succeeded in having the three fellow conscripts accused of his death referred to a civilian court. 

Twenty-one-year-old Ugur Kantar died on October 12 after having been in a coma for two and-a-half months. According to his lawyer and testimonies from fellow conscripts, Kantar had been severely beaten, deprived of water and left for long periods handcuffed to a chair.

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