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Archives August 18, 2011 posted by

French businessman pays Belgian face veil fines

A FRENCH businessman paid fines yesterday for two women in Belgium who wore full-face veils in public and said he would take Belgium and France to court over laws banning Muslim niqabs and burqas.

Property dealer Rachid Nekkaz has set up a 1 million euro fund to cover fines and paid the first 50-euro penalties imposed in Belgium on two women in Brussels.

“France and Belgium have decided to forbid the possibility and the liberty of women to wear what they want,” he told reporters outside a municipal office in Brussels.

The two fined women, both wearing niqabs, were also present.

“I consider that … it’s not acceptable that European governments vote in laws that don’t respect individual rights.”

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Archives August 17, 2011 posted by

‘The Indignant’ on the way from Larnaca

MEMBERS of the ‘Indignant’, a group of citizens outraged over the Mari blast, yesterday continued their 300km march in memory of the 13 victims killed in the July 11 naval base explosion.

The march, which began on Thursday in Paphos, yesterday morning predominantly covered the Famagusta district including Paralimni, Dherynia, Frenaros and Avgorou.

At noon the peaceful group took a break in Xylotymbou village in the Larnaca district. They spent the night in Aradippou.

During the course of the day the protestors met with House President Yiannakis Omirou and handed over a memorandum.

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Archives August 17, 2011 posted by

Our View: Turkey’s arguments against oil and gas drilling are both childish and unconvincing

WITH THE September 21 drilling date getting closer by the day, Turkey has stepped up the rhetoric on Cyprus’s oil and gas exploration.

After threats last week from Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that Ankara would “take appropriate measures” if Greek Cypriots went ahead, Turkey has now asked Washington to aid in postponing the drilling, which is being carried out by an American company.

Turkey says the drilling is “unlawful and in violation of international law” and will negatively affect Cyprus settlement talks because it would “sap Greek Cypriot desire for a solution”, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official told mainland newspaper Hurriyet on Sunday.

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Archives August 12, 2011 posted by

EAC changes outdated leaflets

IN THE chaos following the July 11 blast the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) continued to append to bills a non-valid information leaflet which they finally updated this week.

The EAC’s leaflet, dating back to February this year, explained the company’s stance on expensive energy bills citing “objective difficulties such as the lack of economies of scale, a power supply system that is not linked to other countries and, mainly, a limited choice of fuel.”

It went to talk of Vassilikos Power Stations’ Units 4 and 5, the latter “due to operate in 2011.”

The units were knocked out by the July 11 blast and the EAC is currently working towards fixing them by the summer of 2012.

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Archives August 10, 2011 posted by

Firecracker disposal panics Palodhia

POLICE yesterday were forced to apologise for causing distress to residents of Palodhia and Ayia Fyla in Limassol by destroying firecrackers early in the morning without any notice.

Spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said the force had destroyed a number of firecrackers seized during Easter by controlled detonation in the Ayia Fila firing range. The detonation work started around 6.45am.

“Unfortunately the explosion was heard in the areas of Palodhia and Ayia Fyla, which neighbour the firing range, causing unnecessary distress and inconvenience to the public who had not been notified,” Katsounotos said.

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Archives August 9, 2011 posted by

Arrested for attempted burglary

A 21-YEAR-OLD and a 27-year-old were arrested on Sunday evening, after attempting to burgle a 65-year-old man’s house in Nicosia.

According to the police, the 65-year-old, who was at that moment sitting on the veranda of his house, noticed a stranger climbing the gate and entering into his garden.

He immediately contacted the police, who arrived, and identified a 21-year-old who was at the time still attempting to enter the house through a window.

The police arrested the 21-year-old. They said they found a pliers in his possession. They also found the second suspect inside the house. He was hiding in the dining room, they said.

The two suspects are currently in custody to facilitate investigations.

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Archives August 9, 2011 posted by

British siblings injured in jet ski crash

A BRITISH brother and sister were injured in a jet ski accident yesterday in the Paphos area.

A 21-year-old man and his 19-year-old sister were riding on the jet ski in the sea area near Riu Cypria Bay. Also on a jet ski in the same area was a 43-year-old man from Britain, who reportedly knew the siblings.

According to Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsappis, at around 11am, the jet ski used by the 43-year-old got dangerously close to the siblings’ jet ski, resulting in the brother and sister jumping into the water to avoid a collision.

Despite avoiding a collision, both brother and sister suffered serious injuries as a result of contact with their own jet ski. The 43-year-old was not injured.

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Archives July 22, 2011 posted by

‘Turkey mulling nuclear plant in the north’

TURKEY IS considering building a Russian model nuclear plant in the occupied north to meet the electricity needs of the entire island, reported Hurriyet Daily News.

According to the paper, Turkey’s Chamber of Mechanical Engineers said Turkey aims to supply electricity for the whole of Cyprus using one of two plans, either building a nuclear plant on the island or laying underwater cables from Turkey.

Haluk Direskeneli, a board member of the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers and head of its Energy Committee, told Hurriyet: “Russia’s barge-mounted nuclear power plant might be built in northern Cyprus.”

He added that such a facility would generate electricity “not only for the Turkish part, but also the Greek part”.

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Archives July 20, 2011 posted by

Kyprianou latest in line of those who are irredeemable

Midday last Friday I was ‘on the beach’ which adjoins Evangelos Florakis Naval Base.It was almost deserted. I spotted lugs of shrapnel, charred splinters of window/door frames, and what looked like spent shotgun pellets, thousands of them littering the shoreline beyond the reach of the incoming tide; many more must have dissolved in the sea.

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Archives July 14, 2011 posted by

Organ theft scare mere ‘science fiction’

POLICE yesterday rubbished scaremongering emails regarding organised abductions and murders of motorists to harvest their organs and said their content was nothing more than pure “science fiction”.

Police spokesman Michalis Katsountos urged the public to ignore such emails or text messages and said the rumours in circulation were “unfounded” and “misinformation”.

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