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Archives April 9, 2013 posted by

Arrest in murder case

A 36-YEAR-OLD man from Zakaki was arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Loucas Constantinou, the 35-year-old whose burnt remains were found in a car near Lady’s Mile in Limassol last week.
Constantinou, who worked for Limassol municipality’s department of sanitation, was from Kolossi. He had been reported missing from his home a week ago today.
“SBA Police are investigating the case of murder and for this reason a number of lines of enquiry have been undertaken including the issuing of a warrant of arrest against a person suspected in this case,” acting superintendant of SBA Police, George Kiteos said.

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Archives February 8, 2013 posted by

Eurogroup eyes Cyprus gas receipts

FUTURE revenues from natural gas deposits in Cyprus could be taken into account in bailout talks for the indebted island, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said yesterday.

But he cautioned that before such revenues could be included in calculations for making the country’s debt sustainable, it was necessary to find out more about how much they could total.

“Let’s first wait for some first drillings, and see how much it is, what type of gas it is, what kind of quality before we possibly include it in a programme,” Dijsselbloem told the Dutch Lower House in The Hague.

Money from the gas could be used to service Cypriot debt through a special account, he said.

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Archives November 16, 2012 posted by

Suspected exploitation victim ordered to stay in prison to await theft trial

A LIMASSOL judge yesterday ordered a 25-year-old suspected victim of labour and sexual exploitation to remain in custody to answer charges of theft made by her employer after the domestic worker escaped from her workplace last month.

The 25-year-old domestic worker from Nigeria filed a series of complaints to the Limassol Labour Relations Office on October 4 relating to alleged abuses at her workplace as well as claims that her employer had taken her to a Paphos hotel to have sex with other men at least twice.

According to the complaint, which the Cyprus Mail has seen, the 25-year-old was allegedly made to work from 5.30am until 10pm without a day off and without pay and taken twice to a Paphos hotel to have sex with a man for money.

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Archives November 9, 2012 posted by

‘Without measures downward spiral will continue’

THE coming year will be very difficult for the Cypriot economy, the finance ministry said yesterday, as it stressed the urgent need for measures to reverse the downward spiral.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it expected Cyprus to stay in recession through this year and next with higher unemployment persisting well into 2014.
According to the EU’s autumn forecast, the island will see its €17.9 billion economy contract by 2.3 per cent in 2012 and by another 1.7 per cent in 2013 while the budget deficit will reach 5.3 per cent this year and  5.7 per cent in 2013.
Unemployment was set to reach 12.1 per cent in 2012, 13.1 per cent in 2013 and spike to 13.9 per cent in 2014, the Commission said.

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Archives June 9, 2012 posted by

AG included offending clause in press bill


ATTORNEY-general Petros Clerides yesterday assumed responsibility for the inclusion of a clause in a new press bill, which caused uproar among journalists because “it would turn them into snitches” by forcing them to reveal their sources.

The clause had been added during the bill’s processing by the state legal service, without notifying the interior ministry, which then sent it to parliament without checking.

As the story developed on Thursday, no one knew who had added the provision and for what reason.

Clerides said the provision had been added with his consent as he voiced his displeasure over the language used by the journalists union and the press to criticise the matter.

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Archives April 25, 2012 posted by

State opposes cut in VAT on electricity

THE finance ministry opposes a cut in VAT on electricity unless the lost revenues are recovered by other means, lawmakers heard yesterday.

Senior ministry official Andreas Charalambous told MPs that the economy is going through a very difficult time and the state cannot afford to lose any revenues.

On Monday, Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said fresh measures were on the way to cover a €200 million shortfall in the deficit target, which was set at 2.5 per cent for 2012.

“We do not have the luxury of losing any revenues,” Charalambous said, without covering this loss through other means.

The ministry estimates that slashing VAT on electricity from 17 to 8 per cent would result in a loss of state revenues ranging from €25 million to €30 million.

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Archives November 15, 2011 posted by

Asylum applications way down, says interior minister

THE GOVERNMENT has been paying benefits to fewer political refugees and has sped up the processing rate for asylum applications, Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis told the House finance committee yesterday. 

Sylikiotis said that 1,300 political refugees were now receiving state benefits, a reduction of 300. 

The state is obliged under EU law to provide help to political refugees who have not found employment in the same way they would help their own nationals. 

Sylikiotis said that fewer than 900 political asylum seekers were now waiting to hear on their applications. 

He said that 200 of those were in holding centres whose expenses are mostly funded by EU solidarity funds (85 per cent).

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Archives November 12, 2011 posted by

Aradippou wins 11.11.11 weddings’ race

AROUND 170 civil weddings took place all over Cyprus yesterday marking the date 11.11.11 but Aradippou in Larnaca snagged the most ceremonies, marrying 100 couples.

Aradippou mayor Christakis Liperis said all of the couples came from Israel where there is no civil marriage.  Aradippou municipality has specialised in weddings for Israeli couples for the past 15 years, he said.

Liperis said that other so-called auspicious date s  such as 10.10.10 has also brought more couples to the island and he said he expects an even bigger turn out for 12.12.12. 

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Archives November 6, 2011 posted by

Decoupling politics from energy

IF ENERGY experts or academics with a profound understanding of energy matters were asked who should participate in the process of crafting the national energy policy of a country their answer would definitely entail the strong participation in the decision-making process of people with a deep understanding of the technical aspects of energy. But then again if politicians were asked the same question their response would be more inclined towards people with skills grounded in the geopolitics of energy both at the local and regional level and, probably, in the economics of energy. Given the complexity of energy decisions both of them are right.

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Archives November 4, 2011 posted by

Cyprus-Israel: a joint vision for peace

CYPRUS and Israel have decided to establish a joint committee on their Mediterranean vision for peace and for relations between the EU and all states in the region. 

The decision was announced yesterday by President Demetris Christofias, after his meeting with President Shimon Peres.

“Together with President Peres we have decided to establish a joint committee on our Mediterranean vision for peace and for the relations between the European Union and all states in the region. This was a very creative proposal on behalf of President Peres and we have accepted it,” Christofias said. 

He expressed hope that the vision would be completed before Cyprus assumes the EU Presidency (in the second half of 2012.

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