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Archives February 15, 2012 posted by

Building permits decrease by 14.5 per cent

Building permits fell 14.5 per cent in 2011 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, according to data issued by the Statistical Services

A total of 7,506 building permits were issued between January and December 2011.

At the same time, the total value of these permits decreased by 21.8 per cent and the total area by 22.8 per cent. Τhe number of dwelling units recorded a decrease of 38.2 per cent.

The number of building permits authorised by the municipal authorities and the district administration offices during December 2011 stood at 560. The total value of these permits reached €189.3 million euros and the total area 213.900 square meters. These building permits provide for the construction of 573 dwelling units.

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Archives February 10, 2012 posted by

Crystal meth the new drugs menace

A 37-YEAR-OLD Iranian man was remanded for eight days by Limassol District Court yesterday in connection with possession of a drug believed to be crystal meth.

His 25-year-old Cypriot partner, who was also arrested, was released pending test results on the drug.

Drugs squad YKAN arrested the pair on Wednesday after stopping a car driven by the Iranian in Limassol. A search revealed 30 grammes of crystal powder and then another two grammes were found in his home.

“YKAN officers stopped the Iranian as he was driving and following a search on his car found 30 grammes of a crystal powder believed to be crystal meth, and a weighing scales,” said YKAN officer, Stelios Sergides, also coordinator of prevention, EU and international cooperation issues.

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Archives February 7, 2012 posted by

iPad2 prize up for grabs from amongst first 500 SamKnows volunteers

SamKnows has partnered with the European Commission to supply Cypriot consumers with a standalone device called Whitebox (enabled routers) to measure broadband performance across Cyprus. SamKnows is now looking for 1,000 volunteers in Cyprus to join the research, which is part of a pan-European project spread across all EU Member States and three other countries, namely Croatia, Iceland and Norway.

As a token of gratitude, SamKnows is offering the first 500 volunteers that register to take part in this pan-European research, the chance to win an iPad2. Volunteers can sign up through an online registration form found at http://www.samknows.eu/el/ipad

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Archives February 6, 2012 posted by

Giants' defence comes up big in Super Bowl win

 

Eli Manning may have been voted most valuable player of the Super Bowl but it was a relentless New York Giants defense that earned much of the credit for a heart-stopping 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL championship game on Sunday.

Facing one of the National Football League’s all-time quarterbacking greats in Tom Brady, New York’s defense held strong in denying him a fourth Super Bowl title and a place in the gridiron record books.

“Our defense has played so well,” praised Giants coach Tom Coughlin. “Coming from the (New York) Jets game on, it’s given everybody confidence.”

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Archives February 3, 2012 posted by

Russia energy minister visit

RUSSIA’S Deputy Minister of Energy Yury Sentyurin will be visiting Cyprus next week for the Russia-Cyprus Business and Investment Forum to take place on February 10 in Limassol. Sentyurin will be moderating a panel discussion entitled “Business Opportunities”.

Phidias Pilides, President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) which is co-organising the event, noted the importance of Sentyurin’s visit, adding that “energy issues as well as other matters are of high interest for the Russians”.

Cyprus is preparing to launch a second licensing round for hydrocarbons exploration and Russian companies are reportedly interested in participating.

 

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Archives January 29, 2012 posted by

Does a free market exist or is the world economy rigged?

 

With Central Banks and politicians still at the forefront of the recovery as the IMF predicts Europe is entering recession, the role of the free markets have come into question. Here, Clem Chambers, CEO of stocks and shares information site ADVFN.com and author of 101 Ways to Pick Stock Market Winners asks whether a free market actually exists or is the world economy rigged? 

Anyone brave enough to have bought equities in the pit of euro crisis anxiety is looking pretty clever.

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Archives January 27, 2012 posted by

UEFA recommends action plan to develop young talent in Cyprus

An action plan to develop young talent in football in Cyprus needs about ten years to bear fruit, UEFA envoys said on Thursday, speaking to the press, in Nicosia.

Howard Wilkinson and Robin Russell, who arrived in Cyprus last Monday, completed yesterday a series of contacts with stakeholders, with a view to develop a “National Football Development Plan” for the Cyprus Football Association.

As Wilkinson said, there are no shortcuts in making the results of such an investment visible, aiming to tackle the lack of young talent available to play quality football.

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Archives January 26, 2012 posted by

Explosion at Larnaca betting shop

AN IMPROVISED high-intensity explosion device exploded outside a betting shop on Faneromeni Street in Larnaca yesterday, during the early hours.

The explosion destroyed much of the betting shop’s façade and left hand side, while the damage caused inside the shop is still being calculated.

Larnaca police spokesman, Inspector Christos Andreou said that police had already collected evidence from the blast and were conducting scientific tests.

The betting shop’s owners said they did not suspect anyone in particular.

The incident is the first reported case of this sort of attack in 2012, while 52 cases of property destruction due to explosive devices were reported in 2011, with the police only being able to solve one; a success rate of 1.9 per cent.

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Archives January 26, 2012 posted by

Storm follows Mari indictments

THE CHARGES against two former ministers in connection to last July’s explosion at the Mari naval base yesterday caused a storm.

“That two former ministers are facing charges before court… makes me wonder for the nth time what the President’s responsibility is?” the vice-chief of main opposition DISY Ionas Nicolaou said.

Former foreign minister Marcos Kyprianou, ex-Defence Minister Costas Papacostas with six army and fire service officers were charged on Tuesday with manslaughter and causing death through a negligent act for their respective roles leading up to the blast at the Evangelos Florakis naval base on July 11.

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Archives January 26, 2012 posted by

Downer called ‘the great subverter’

AS BAN Ki-moon was making statements in New York, in Nicosia Greek Cypriot politicians were busy slamming UN envoy Alexander Downer for supposedly referring to the ‘Greek Cypriot’ EU presidency’ rather than using either the ‘Cyprus’ presidency or the Republic of Cyprus’ presidency’.

House President and leader of socialists EDEK Yiannakis Omirou denounced the comment saying it was unacceptable, and flagrantly violated all the resolutions of the UN Security Council on Cyprus, the UN Charter, international law rules and the principles and values of the EU.

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