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Archives March 29, 2013 posted by

Hezbollah man jailed for four years

A MEMBER of Lebanese militant group and political party Hezbollah, was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison for participating in a plot to attack Israeli citizens in Cyprus.

Hossam Taleb Yaccoub, 24, a dual Lebanese-Swedish national, had been found guilty a week ago on five charges including participation in a criminal organisation and participation in committing a crime.

“There is no doubt they are serious offenses since committing them potentially endangers the safety of Israeli nationals and targets within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus,” the Limassol Criminal Court said.

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Archives March 28, 2013 posted by

World’s first bitcoin ATM in Cyprus?


AN ENTREPRENEUR has announced he is keen to introduce in Cyprus the world’s first ATM for virtual currency, bitcoin, which is not regulated by a central bank but has instead been growing via its online peer-to-peer community. 

Jeff Berwick, founder of and CEO of TDV Media said on his blog on that he plans to set up the world’s first Bitcoin ATM in Cyprus to enable people to deposit flat currency into it and get bitcoins in their account, as well as put bitcoins in their account and get flat currency back. 

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Archives March 25, 2013 posted by

Murder suspect remanded

LIMASSOL district court issued an eight-day remand yesterday for a 34-year-old man suspected of killing a man and injuring four others after two separate shooting incidents in Larnaca’s Kofinou on Saturday.
Police are guarding the suspect in Limassol hospital after he crashed his car on Saturday afternoon after the shootings in the Aradippou-Avdellerou road where he was arrested in connection with the shootings.
The 34-year-old is suspected of attacking and killing a 54-year-old man and injuring his 27-year-old son, Giorgos, on Saturday morning at a Turkish Cypriot house in Kofinou that the father and son were working on at the time of the attack.

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Archives March 16, 2013 posted by

Protest to have second factory relocated

RESIDENTS of Pera-Chorio Nisou yesterday protested outside one of the two chemical factories in their village, which are said to be a health hazard to locals, while about 100 police officers barricaded off the plant.

Previous protests have succeeded in having one of plants relocated within the next six months. The residents peacefully requested yesterday that the second chemical plant also be moved. 

During the protest the community leader urged the residents to “remain united until the second plant is also moved.”

A cancer patient stated that within an area of about 500 meters from the plant, 37 people are suffering from the disease. 

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Archives February 28, 2013 posted by

Downer to visit

THE UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Alexander Downer will be in Cyprus on March 11, for exploratory talks with the two leaders, the Cyprus News Agency reported yesterday.

The Australian former Foreign Minister will be received by newly elected President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to explore their intentions with regard to a resumption of the Cyprus talks.

After the completion of his contacts in Nicosia, Downer is expected to travel to New York to consult with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and inform the Security Council.

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Archives February 26, 2013 posted by

British experts to investigate crane accident

AN INVESTIGATION into the 44-metre tall tower crane which fell onto Phinikoudes promenade in stormy weather over four months ago, killing one and injuring three others, will finally begin next month, it transpired yesterday.

Head of the Labour Inspection Department Leandros Nicolaides told the Cyprus Mail that after the department carried out a preliminary investigation into the freak accident, it decided to bring in foreign experts for a closer examination of the reasons for the deadly fall of the 200-tonne tower crane. 

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Archives February 15, 2013 posted by

Lillikas’ pre-selling notion is a gas say rival camps

THE CAMPAIGN HQs of presidential candidates Nicos Anastasiades and Stavros Malas wasted no time yesterday trashing the notion of pre-selling Cyprus’ natural gas reserves, as advocated by Giorgos Lillikas.

The two camps sprang on comments made by Charalambos Ellinas, the head of the state hydrocarbons company, who described as “non-serious” recent inquiries made by Dubai’s Royal Investment Bank Ltd for a possible advance purchase of gas.

The Lillikas team said the interest from Dubai proved their proposal was feasible and realistic.

But DISY had a completely different take:

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Archives January 29, 2013 posted by

Parents of blind baby raise funds for treatment in China

FRIENDS and family of a baby boy from Paphos who has been blind since birth are appealing to the public to help raise funds to go towards his treatment in China.

Iordanis Demetrof (Dani) was born to his Bulgarian mother on March 1,t 2011. He has since been diagnosed with severe optic disc hypoplasia by a specialist doctor at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Family friend, Nadia Frangeskou, is helping to raise awareness of the baby’s plight and said that numerous fund raising events had already been held in Paphos to raise cash for Dani’s treatment.

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Archives January 17, 2013 posted by

Beaten and robbed

A 67-YEAR OLD man was beaten and robbed in his grocery on Georgiou Fasoulioti Street in Limassol on Tuesday afternoon by two strangers.

According to police, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, two people entered the grocery pretending to be customers and called the owner to be served.

When the 67-year old approached them, one of the strangers pulled out a knife, placed it next to his throat, and pushed him to the ground. The assailants then beat the victim, with the second man taking €1,000 from the owner’s shirt pocket. 

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Archives January 1, 2013 posted by

A growing need for someone to talk to


CYPRUS Samaritans are urging anyone who feels lonely or depressed at this time of year to call them, and say they have expanded their services to cope with the growing number of people needing someone to talk to.

The Paphos-based volunteer organisation is now offering a free helpline number, which can be accessed from all over the island, has opened a new listening centre in Limassol and has expanded into email and social media in order to reach more people.

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