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Archives October 21, 2012 posted by

Fascinating glimpse into how travellers viewed Cyprus

SCIENTISTS from nine different countries arrived in Athens on Thursday to study a collection of over 2,000 books and more than 600 atlases and maps depicting Cyprus from the 15th century until the present. 

The collected works were presented by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, which plans to hold biannual conferences for scientists to come and examine valuable collections of geographical history, and assist research in various topics.

To mark Cyprus taking over presidency of the EU Council, its inaugural conference – “Cyprus on the Crossroads of Travellers and Map-makers from the 15th to 20th Century” – which wrapped up yesterday was dedicated to Cyprus and Sylvia Ioannou’s precious collection. 

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Archives July 3, 2012 posted by

Weekend bookings top one thousand


TRAFFIC police headquarters recorded 1,011 traffic violations throughout Cyprus over the weekend. The violations include, 351 booked for speeding, 55 for not wearing a seatbelt, 51 for not wearing a helmet, and 25 for having non-free hands while driving. Additionally 697 alcohol test were conducted resulting in 36 drivers being charged with drink driving. In addition, 35 unroadworthy vehicles were also seized by Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca police.




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Archives March 7, 2012 posted by

Stricter fines suggested for drunk driving and speeding

STRICTER fines for speeding and drunk driving were suggested at the House Communications and House Legal Affairs Committees yesterday.

“We’ll be looking to fine people, depending on the seriousness of the offence,” said House Legal Affairs Committee head Ionas Nicolaou, who added the proposals are currently being discussed with the police.

According to Nicolaou, the aim of the new regulations are to cut down on the number of cases being sent to court.

“For example, when a driver’s been breathalysed and has 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath then they will be fined €100,” said Nicolaou. The limit is 22 microgrammes to every 100 millilitres of breath.

This is equal to three glasses of wine, he said.

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Archives February 21, 2012 posted by

Our view: Closer Israeli ties are about gas, not defence

SUNDAY’S papers were full of analyses about last week’s visit by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The interpretations of the meaning of the first-ever visit by an Israeli head of government varied significantly, with one analyst arguing it signalled a “momentous geo-political change in the eastern Mediterranean” and another claiming it “clearly upped the political complexity in the region”. 

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Archives February 11, 2012 posted by

Planning ahead for a casino

THE FOUR biggest municipalities in the Famagusta district are building their appetite for the construction of a multi-million luxurious casino complex in the district, in an effort to diversify their touristic character.

At a news conference yesterday, the municipalities of Paralimni, Ayia Napa, Sotira and Deryneia, in association with the Famagusta Chamber of Commerce (EVEA), presented their joint plan for a modern multi-purpose complex that would include among others a luxurious casino.

The plan, with initial estimated costs of over €100 million, is currently up for grabs as it has yet to find an investor. 

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Archives January 18, 2012 posted by

Planned port strike postponed for now

WORKERS at Limassol port yesterday decided to postpone the strike they planned for tomorrow, saying they would await the outcome of a meeting between unions and employers.

The workers’ unions – OMEBEGE SEK and SEGDAMELIN – PEO – had announced their decision to strike to protest their employers’ decision to freeze their collective agreements due to the economic crisis, meaning they would not have any pay rises or other benefits in the foreseeable future.

The head of the Limassol Licensed Porters Association, Stavros Stavrou, yesterday called on the unions to comprehend the difficulties and take on some of the burdens of the crisis, “so that we can avoid redundancies, which the association doesn’t want either”.

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Archives January 10, 2012 posted by

Paphos unemployment is the highest in Cyprus

UNEMPLOYMENT in Paphos has reached 12 per cent – the highest among the island’s biggest towns, it emerged yesterday.

Neophytos Xenophontos, district secretary of SEK trade union, said Paphos’ jobless rate is 4.0 per cent higher than other towns with youths suffering the most.

“Beyond professionals and the owners of tourist and development businesses, youths are also victims of the economic crisis,” Xenophontos told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA). 

He said the hardest hit are people aged between 24 and 30, as many graduates return to Paphos, but there are no jobs for them.

Many go on the dole “while others move to other towns or even abroad where they face a high cost of living,” Xenophontos said.

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Archives December 22, 2011 posted by

Prime murder suspect detained for a further eight days

THE PRIME suspect being held in connection with the brutal murders of his pregnant girlfriend and her three-year-old daughter was detained for a further eight days by Paphos district court yesterday.

The court heard that the charges under investigation now also include the attempted abortion of Julia Oborok’s and his unborn child. 

Police now believe they have forensic evidence linking the 29-year-old suspect to the murder of the 24-year-old Moldovan woman, the unborn child and her three-year-old daughter Victoria Pozidou, which took place in Paphos last week.

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Archives December 20, 2011 posted by

Treasury bills auction

THE MINISTRY of finance will be offering by auction on a bid-price basis of up to €250 million 30-day treasury bills with date of issue January 4, 2012 and maturity on February 3, 2012. An announcement regarding the auction will be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.

Bids will be accepted from 8.30am until 10.00am this Thursday. The announcement on the auction procedures can be obtained on the public debt management website (ministry of finance) 

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Archives December 9, 2011 posted by

Why Britain needs to enter the eurozone

“Europe speaks German,” announced a proud Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of the German conservatives during their last party congress and a well-known and usually highly critical comedy series on German TV showed Angela Merkel in the sun-king outfit of Louis XIV, constantly repeating the sentence: “L’Europe, c’est moi. L’Europe, c’est moi.” The Germans are filled with national pride: “Finally we are the Number One in Europe.”

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