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Archives February 21, 2013 posted by

Transport ministry rolls out new changes for bikers

THE ROAD transport department has started rolling out a number of changes on driving licences, but yesterday claimed ignorance over possible EU sanctions for being two years late in implementing the relevant EU directive. 

The legislation should have been implemented by January 19, 2011 to ensure that driving licences within the EU are mutually recognised, as well as to maintain safety standards across the bloc.

But asked how Cyprus stood in relation to the ongoing legal proceedings against it, the head of road transport department Soteris Kolettas said he was not aware of any action taken against Cyprus. 

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Archives November 4, 2012 posted by

Real-life CSI…without the personal drama


WHAT DO you discuss with a man who has shed light onto gruesome cases of torture and abuse, with hundreds of publications and dozens of positions and qualifications to his name?

You discuss his work of course because it is Jason Payne-James’ work as a doctor, a forensic physician and as an expert witness in court that brought him to Cyprus.

But you will discuss the horrible things people do to one another. It is inevitable. 

“Most of my work is in things like torture, deaths in custody, child abuse…,” he says.

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Archives September 14, 2012 posted by

Armenian visit


ARMENIA’S Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eduard Nalbandyan, has arrived on an official two-day visit to the island.

The Armenian diplomat was yesterday received by President Demetris Christofias at the Presidential Palace.

Today Nalbandyan will attend a reception hosted by the Armenian ambassador to Nicosia on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of Armenian independence. He is also scheduled to meet his Cypriot counterpart Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis and House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou.


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Archives July 31, 2012 posted by

Slight drop in electricity charges

THE Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) yesterday announced a reduction in the surcharge imposed after the Mari naval base blast last year, which killed 13 people and blew up the island’s main power station in Vassilikos.

As of yesterday, the surcharge dropped from 6.96 to 5.75 per cent for monthly EAC customers, while it will start counting from August 1 for twice-monthly consumers. This is the first reduction since it was imposed. 

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Archives July 5, 2012 posted by

Thalassaemia drugs in short supply

THALASSAEMIA patients are forced to pick up drugs for their treatment on a daily basis because the state pharmacies are in short supply, said the Pancyprian Thalassaemia Association (PTA) yesterday. 

The association called on the state to take immediate steps to ensure thalassaemia patients receive the necessary treatment, noting that the current situation was causing “unprecedented disruption” to their lives while putting their health at risk.  

According to the association, the state has been unable to meet patients’ needs due to depleted stocks of Exjade (deferasirox), a once-daily treatment for chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions. 

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Archives June 12, 2012 posted by

Motorcyclist killed by drunk driver in head-on collision

A MOTORCYCLIST was killed on Sunday in a head-on collision with a car driven by a drunken 27-year-old man in Nicosia.

The breathalyser showed that the 27-year-old Cypriot man had 64 microgrammes of alcohol, almost three times over the limit.

The crash which involved three cars as well as the motorbike, happened on Grivas Digenis Avenue at around 11.30am, when the 27-year-old driver, carrying a female passenger, 23, collided with the 55-year-old motorcyclist. 

The motorcyclist subsequently collided with another vehicle driven by a 25-year-old and after that, hit a car driven by a 72-year-old man.  The 23-year old passenger was taken to Nicosia General Hospital where her condition is said not to be life threatening. Police arrested the 27-year-old.

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Archives December 28, 2011 posted by

Thousands of companies still to pay new levy

ONLY 27,000 registered companies have paid the new levy out of a whopping 250,000 firms on the books. The deadline for payment is Saturday.

“A little over 250,000 are registered and from these 27,700 have paid,” said Registrar  of Companies Spyros Kokkinos yesterday.

The newly-introduced annual fee of €350 was voted by the House on August 27 as part of the first package of economic measures. By law all companies must pay the fee by December 31.

According to Kokkinos, some companies paid by visiting their offices while others paid online.

“From this we know that these companies are active, however what nobody knows and I can say this with certainty, is which of the 250,000 or so companies are inactive,” said Kokkinos.

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Archives November 29, 2011 posted by

‘UCY medical school will save on healthcare costs’

A NUMBER of renowned doctors from abroad have shown an interest in teaching at the University of Cyprus’ (UCY) Medical School, which will be up an running in the 2013 academic year.

According to Health Minister Stavros Malas, a number of Cypriot and Greek doctors working mainly in the UK and US have expressed their interest in teaching at the new school, which is expected to bring some revolutionary changes to the island’s healthcare and medical services.

“It will upgrade the quality of medical care offered in Cyprus, because on the one hand we will have some top doctors coming to Cyprus to do the training and on the other, we will save a lot of money by no longer having to employ doctors from abroad or send patients abroad for treatment,” Malas told the Cyprus Mail.

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Archives October 27, 2011 posted by

Rainbow Festival goes back to its roots

THIS YEAR’S multicultural Rainbow Festival will be held only in the capital this Sunday due to the dire economic difficulties faced by the organisers.  

The festival provides the largest anti-racist multicultural programme on the island and is organised by migrant support group KISA in cooperation with migrant and refugee groups, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot bicommunal groups, human rights organisations and cultural groups. 

According to a KISA press release, due to “serious economic problems” faced by the NGO, the festival, now in its 14th year, will be held only in Nicosia at the Municipal Park (CYTA) this Sunday from 11am to 5pm. 

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Archives October 4, 2011 posted by

Maritime Cyprus opens its doors

LEADING shipping industry players from around the world flocked to Limassol yesterday, to attend the three-day Maritime Cyprus Conference.

The opening ceremony was attended by President Demetris Christofias and Minister of communication and works Efthymios Flourentzos among others. 

Christofias expressed his pride at Cyprus’ global standing in the shipping world and emphasised the government’s support for the shipping industry.

 “Cyprus is now a global maritime power and a vital shipping centre and my presence here highlights the great emphasis the government places on the shipping sector” said Christofias. 

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