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Archives January 13, 2011 posted by

State agrees to inject €20m into CY

THE government has agreed to inject around €20 million into ailing national carrier Cyprus Airways (CY) in the form of compensation for damages incurred due to the Turkish ban on the airline using its airspace.

The airline said this time last year that Turkey’s ban, which violates the Ankara protocol with the EU by shutting out Greek Cypriot air and sea traffic, was costing CY some €3 million a year.

The prohibition of CY flights over Turkish airspace means longer more expensive flights and a reduction in competitiveness, especially on flights to Russia, a huge market for Cyprus.

CY has been calling for compensation from the government the past 12 months and the state has now agreed, on condition the company restructures itself in order to become profitable.

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Archives January 12, 2011 posted by

Our View: Slapdash state aid is of no help

THE LABOUR and finance ministers were unable, after a two-hour meeting yesterday, to decide the offset measures the government would take in order to help low-income families cope with the five per cent VAT imposed on food prices. They would be meeting again next week in the hope of finalising the measures, because the government wanted the introduction of the measures as soon as possible.

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Archives January 11, 2011 posted by

‘Consumers will start buying only what’s necessary’

THE CYPRUS Green took to the streets of Nicosia and Limassol yesterday to protest the introduction of a five per cent VAT on food and prescriptions by offering cheaper bread.

To highlight to increased cost, several of the party members set up stalls selling bread at the pre-VAT hike prices while calling for a one-day boycott of major supermarkets.

Green Party political officer Kyriacos Kyriacou said: “All of the bread was gone in half an hour – we sold 200 loaves in Nicosia, and so as far as I am concerned it went very well.”

Asked about the success of the supermarket food boycott, Kyriacou said that several people participated, but he considered number of people who heard the message to be more important.

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Archives November 18, 2010 posted by

CyTA switches off ‘money grubbing’ spam filter

INTERNET service provider (ISP) CyTA yesterday switched off a spam-email filtering services after legitimate users reported that it had blocked their emails and wanted money to release them.

CyTA was using a service called SORBS, which blocks emails coming from IP addresses that are known sources of spam.

However, in recent days SORBS appears to have added several legitimate IP addresses to its black-list, and were refusing to remove these users unless they paid a USD $55 ‘fine’ which is regarded in several internet forums as extortion.

Paphos resident Colin Pearson was one such user who discovered he was wrongly added to SORBS’ blacklist when he tried to send an email from Yorkshire in the UK to his solicitor in Cyprus.

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Archives October 6, 2010 posted by

Greek military plane makes emergency landing in Larnaca

A FUEL leak yesterday forced a Greek C130 aircraft to make an emergency landing at Larnaca Airport.

The military plane – which was coming from Elefsina in Greece – had been transporting officers and conscripts of the Greek army (ELDYK), who arrived in Cyprus on a rotation.

The incident occurred at a little before noon, when the C130 informed Larnaca’s

control tower that it had a fuel leak, just 15 minutes before it was due to land.

The airport’s authorities and operations centre went immediately on alert and launched emergency procedures. The airport’s runway was lined with fire engines, ambulances and members of other implicated services.

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Archives October 6, 2010 posted by

Baghdatis crashes out of China Open

MARCOS Baghdatis was yesterday sent packing from the China Open in Beijing, going down 6-4, 6-4 to Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round

The Cypriot hit only 30 per cent of his first serves in the opening set, in addition to four double faults, which proved costly as Dolgopolov managed to break his opponent’s serve three times to claim the opener.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian also struggled with his serve, but Baghdatis could only convert two of five break point opportunities, which ultimately was not enough.

Early in the second set, Baghdatis saved three break points to level the scores at 1-1 and then forced the Ukrainian to do the same.

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