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Archives May 25, 2012 posted by

Making the best use of the sun

AN ENERGY group, Easy Power, yesterday presented their plans for the construction of a photovoltaic (PV) park and a solar thermal station, which could more than quadruple Cyprus’ current installed solar energy capacity.

As of last year, there was a total of 10.5MW of installed PV comprising hundreds of smaller units of various sizes. 

What Easy Power wants to do “is the biggest work of its kind ever submitted for approval in Cyprus,” said its general manager Pavlos Liasidis. 

However, Easy Power is not asking for state funding and wants to bypass the usual procedures necessary for projects which get subsidised by the tax payer.

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Archives May 23, 2012 posted by

New candidate

THE PRO-citizen’s platform LASOK yesterday announced plans to field their own president Lakis Ioannou as a third candidate in next February’s presidential elections. 

Ioannou said the central committee of the Citizen’s Rights Bureau of the Popular Socialist Movement LASOK decided to field their own candidate on May 20, after concluding that no political party represents the citizen who is witnessing the adverse situation beholding the country.

“The government, opposition and parliament are responsible, while LASOK is asking for the citizen’s permission through their vote to assert their rights,” said Ioannou.  

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Archives May 19, 2012 posted by

Swiss President on official visit

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday met the President of the Swiss Confederation who is on a two-day official visit to Cyprus. 

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is the first Swiss President to visit the island.

Widmer-Schlumpf was welcomed by Christofias at the Presidential Palace, with whom she had a brief meeting before talks between the two countries’ delegates.

The Swiss President then signed the visitor’s book.

Speaking after the meeting, Christofias said views had been exchanged on the “excellent bilateral relations” between Cyprus and Switzerland, dating back to the Republic’s establishment in 1960.

Christofias said he briefed his counterpart on Cyprus’ priorities for the EU Presidency.

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Archives May 18, 2012 posted by

Garoyian says he has no plans to run as presidential candidate

CRACKS IN the minority opposition camp are showing and growing as Wednesday’s meeting between DIKO and ruling AKEL on next year’s presidential elections proved too much for the nascent alliance.
The Greens repeated its call yesterday for all four minority parties – DIKO, EDEK, EVROKO and the Greens – to present a “united front” and hold meetings with other parties together regarding next February’s elections.
The party went so far as to liken the current approach of holding bilateral meetings with AKEL to the “theatre of the absurd”.

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Archives May 9, 2012 posted by

EU project to preserve the island's cultural heritage

THE EUROPEAN Commission has launched a two million euro project to preserve the cultural heritage in Cyprus. The project is part of the European Commission’s aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.

Commenting on the start of the project, EU Commissioner Stefan Füle said: ”I believe this new project will help preserve the island’s cultural heritage and will foster trust and reconciliation in Cyprus. Cooperation and joint efforts by all communities will be necessary to make this pilot project a success.”

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Archives May 3, 2012 posted by

Women too need be aware of heart disease

ONE IN two deaths in Cyprus can be attributed to heart disease, according to the Cardiology Institute of Cyprus (KIK) at the launch of the first campaign targetting heart disease in women.

“It’s truly sad that in this country that has achieved such a high level in diagnosis and effective therapy of heart disease to have failed in the area of prevention,” said KIK director Marios Hannides, speaking at a news conference yesterday on the campaign.

According to Hannides, they aim first and foremost to create awareness among women regarding prevention of heart diseases.

The campaign, supported by Lanitis Bros, also aims to support a health programme for women concerning the heart, that will be exclusively developed by KIK in the prevention of heart disease.

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Archives May 3, 2012 posted by

'Inbetweeners' hit a wall on presidentials


POTENTIAL COLLABORATION between the four minority opposition parties in next February’s presidential elections has hit a wall before getting out of the blocks.

The leaders of EVROKO, DIKO, EDEK and the Greens failed to reach agreement yesterday on the draft common declaration which would set the foundations for an election programme over the wording of a Cyprus problem solution. 

EVROKO leader Demetris Syllouris said the minority opposition parties hit a “sticking point” regarding the inclusion of the words bizonal, bicommunal federation in the declaration. He said the discussion would continue tomorrow, adding that the leaders did not discuss potential candidates during yesterday’s meeting.

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Archives May 1, 2012 posted by

Election alliance treads carefully over Cyprus problem

A DRAFT report on common positions for a common election programme of the four minority opposition parties was distributed yesterday with the glaring absence of any reference to a bizonal, bicommunal federation. 

DIKO deputy Nicolas Papadopoulos put together the draft framework as a starting point for further discussion on fielding a common candidate in next February’s presidential elections among DIKO, EDEK, EVROKO and the Greens.  

Papadopoulos distributed the draft report to all four parties yesterday morning while the committee formed to prepare a common election programme was due to meet in the evening to discuss it. 

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Archives April 29, 2012 posted by

What it means to take citizens’ rights seriously

IF YOU ask any person who resides in Cyprus to list any grievance they may have against the government, it is very likely that their treatment by public services will figure close to the top. It is a recurring complaint that contact with public services is bureaucratic, uninformative and in general rather unpleasant. Yet, at least on paper, Cyprus has many laws that aim to confer rights to citizens. The problem is not just that laws are not applied properly. They are structurally defective.

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Archives April 25, 2012 posted by

State opposes cut in VAT on electricity

THE finance ministry opposes a cut in VAT on electricity unless the lost revenues are recovered by other means, lawmakers heard yesterday.

Senior ministry official Andreas Charalambous told MPs that the economy is going through a very difficult time and the state cannot afford to lose any revenues.

On Monday, Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said fresh measures were on the way to cover a €200 million shortfall in the deficit target, which was set at 2.5 per cent for 2012.

“We do not have the luxury of losing any revenues,” Charalambous said, without covering this loss through other means.

The ministry estimates that slashing VAT on electricity from 17 to 8 per cent would result in a loss of state revenues ranging from €25 million to €30 million.

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