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Archives February 18, 2012 posted by

Tourism college staff latest to protest over wage cuts

STAFF at the College of Tourism are in dispute with their employers over the failure to pay 13th salaries, and a decision to impose pay cuts.

The staff, members of union PASEY-PEO, said the college’s administration had decided unilaterally to slash their January wages by 30 per cent.

They are also protesting their employers’ failure to turn up to a meeting with the Labour Ministry to discuss payment of the overdue amounts.

The college’s director, Savvas Adamides, yesterday told the Cyprus Mail that the measures were only temporary and the company planned to pay out all overdue money – when possible.

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Archives January 18, 2012 posted by

Paphos businesses on the brink

DOZENS businesses have shut up shop in Paphos in recent months and many more are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

Haridimos Papadopoulos, the secretary of the Paphos branch of POVEK-the Cyprus Federation of Professional Craftsmen and Shopkeepers – yesterday spoke of his concerns for the future of the once vibrant town.

He told the Cyprus Mail: “Paphos has been badly hit by the economic crisis and we are very worried about the current situation and also for the future.”

As the number of shops closing down rises, some areas of the town see empty shops available to rent or buy, sitting side by side.

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Archives December 17, 2011 posted by

Chinese cyclist killed in Larnaca

A CHINESE national, 48, died yesterday in Larnaca after a double cabin pickup driver smashed into her bike, which had not been fitted with lights. 

The Chinese woman had been cycling on a dark street at around 5:15pm, being virtually invisible to the pickup’s driver. 

She was taken to Larnaca General Hospital where her death was established by the doctor on duty. 

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Archives November 15, 2011 posted by

No plans to move rig ahead of schedule

THE government yesterday denied reports that a rig currently carrying out natural gas exploration drilling offshore Cyprus would interrupt the process and move to Israel, following pressure from the neighbouring country.

Reports suggested that Noble Energy, the company that has the concession known as block 12, would be moving its rig, the Homer Ferrington, to an Israeli concession in accordance with a contract it has with Israel.

Daily Phileleftheros said procedures to move the platform will start at the end of the week. 

Homer Ferrington will return to Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone in February, the daily said. 

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Archives November 4, 2011 posted by

Our View: Abuse borne by Commerce Minister totally beyond bounds

POLITICIANS and newspapers have every right to question, criticise and challenge decisions taken by members of the executive. They also have the right to censure bad policies and cases of poor judgement. This right has never been in any doubt, even though President Christofias occasionally complains that rampant criticism of his decisions undermined the institution of the presidency.

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Archives November 3, 2011 posted by

Who will finance the Cyprus Cultural Centre?

THE HOUSE Watchdog committee has raised doubts over the funding of the Cyprus Cultural Centre saying that it might end up being a burden on public finances. 

“Tremendous questions are borne over whether it will be financially possible for the Centre to function autonomously,” head of the Watchdog Committee, Giorgos Georgiou said. 

Georgiou said that EU funding had not yet been confirmed and it was not clear whether the Cultural Centre could function without any assistance from the state. 

 “We have not yet received confirmation from the European Commission for a time-pressured project and it is doubtful… that its construction and operation will be made possible,” Georgiou said. 

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Archives November 2, 2011 posted by

Mari debate postponed again


PARLIAMENT yesterday postponed for Friday discussion of the findings of an inquiry into the July 11 blast that killed 13 men and incapacitated the island’s main power station.

The discussion was moved due to the Israeli president’s visit. Shimon Peres arrived on the island last night.

Lawmakers had initially decided to discuss the findings, which laid most of the blame for the blast on President Demetris Christofias, on October 13.

But after concerns over the length of the session — set to start in the afternoon and go on for around seven hours — MPs decided re-schedule for this month and break the debate in two – yesterday and today.

The debate will start tomorrow morning and is expected to last six hours.  


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Archives August 25, 2011 posted by

Tussle over breast feeding on CY flight

THE COMMISSIONER for the rights of the child is investigating Cyprus Airways’ breastfeeding policy after the airline reportedly tried to remove the mother of an infant from a flight to Athens on Tuesday.

According to the daily Politis, two allegedly “angry” airline attendants denied the mother’s request for a seat that would allow her privacy to breastfeed her five month old baby, insisting she remain in her allocated seat.

The indignant mother reportedly refused, then proceeded to upgrade herself to the more private business class.

In response, the captain allegedly called for her removal from the plane, which was averted after a fellow economy passenger agreed to swap seats.

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Archives January 22, 2011 posted by

Man found dead from suspected drugs overdose in Paphos

A 34-YEAR-OLD Bulgarian from Paphos died yesterday of a suspected drug overdose. Police believe the man was using heroin.

The victim was found unconscious in his bedroom by his mother on her return from work in the afternoon. His death was confirmed when he was taken to Paphos General Hospital.

According to police spokesman for Paphos Nicos Tsappis, a used syringe and remnants of a white powder, suspected to be heroin, were found next to the 34-year-old.

The victim was unemployed and being supported by his mother who is a doctor at a private clinic in Paphos. Neighbours claimed that he often argued with his mother and was seen on quite a few evenings, “with suspicious looking characters” in a nearby park.

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Archives January 18, 2011 posted by

Cypriot is World Junior Chef of the Year

YOUNG chef Savvas Savva has won the title of World Junior Chef of the Year at the 8th International Istanbul Gastronomy Festival, among competitors from 35 countries.

Although he has won many culinary competitions abroad and in Cyprus, such as the Silver Award for the Gastronomic Culinary College Competition of Cyprus 2010, this is the highest distinction of Savva’s career so far.

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