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Archives March 20, 2013 posted by

No cash? You can now donate your shopping points to help the poor

THE recent developments in the bailout crisis, and the ensuing uncertainty regarding the levy on bank deposits, has further jeopardised efforts to help poor families, volunteers said yesterday.

Paphos business-woman Pavlina Patsalou who heads up the group of volunteers which she started with Paphos councillor George Sofokleous to help what has now grown to over 400 families, said the news of bail-in of depositors has come as a terrible shock.

Whatever would be ultimately decided, the immediate future for all Cyprus would be difficult in the coming weeks, Pataslou said.

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Archives January 6, 2013 posted by

Chasing the Red Devils dream


FOR SOME, the dream of playing for Manchester United is a distant unreachable dream but for 17-year-old Nicholas Ioannou the dream is close to becoming a reality. 

Ioannou was born in Limassol, son to a former professional footballer who is now coach of Aris Limassol, and travelled to Manchester at the tender age of 12 to try out for his boyhood heroes. Since then Ioannou has had sights firmly focused on becoming a first team regular for the Red Devils although his father, Demetris Ioannou, is doing his best to keep his feet on the ground.

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Archives November 8, 2012 posted by

Want to work at CERN?

WOULD YOU like to help find something called a God particle? Perhaps find the missing link between elementary particles and matter? Even better, shoot beams of protons at each other from either end of a 27km-long particle accelerator known as the Large Hadron Collider?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above then you need to get yourself down to the Pefkios Georgiades theatre at the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) at 4.30pm today to hear all about the training and job opportunities for graduates or students at CERN, the largest research centre of its kind.

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Archives September 14, 2012 posted by

Early diagnosis needed to prevent sepsis death

UP TO half of patients suffering from sepsis may die if they are not diagnosed early enough and treated, according to the Cyprus Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Based on the Society’s calculations there are around 800 cases of sepsis on the island a year, and 30–50 per cent may die if they do not get a quick enough diagnosis and treatment. “If in the US there are an estimated 75,000 (cases) a year, the equivalent for Cyprus is 800 patients,” said Dr Lakis Palazis, head of the society.

Palazis was speaking at a news conference yesterday marking World Sepsis Day.

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Archives September 5, 2012 posted by

Our View: Priority now should be to investigate the loan portfolios of the two banks

OPPOSITION parties have made a big fuss over the Central Bank’s instructions to staff to surrender their PCs and mobile phones in order to assist an independent investigation about problems facing the two biggest banks. They accused the Central Bank leadership of resorting to totalitarian practices and violating its employees’ right to privacy, which was safeguarded by the constitution and the law on personal data.

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Archives August 24, 2012 posted by

Man remanded in rape case

LIMASSOL District Court yesterday remanded a 47-year-old Greek Cypriot man for six days in connection with the alleged rape of a 32-year-old Russian tourist.

According to the head of Limassol CID, Yiannis Georgiou, the 32-year-old told police on Wednesday that she had met the suspect the previous night in a nightclub in Yermasoyia’s tourist area.

She said that the 47-year-old transported her to a forest area in Gerasa against her will and repeatedly raped her.

“Immediately after the complaint, the 32-year-old was examined by a state pathologist, who confirmed she had injuries all over her body,” said Georgiou.

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Archives August 23, 2012 posted by

We have a good chance, says AEL boss

AEL manager Pambos Christodoulou says his side can qualify for the group stage of the Champions League following their 2-1 first leg win over Belgian champions Anderlecht in their playoff in Nicosia on Wednesday night

“If we play on Tuesday the same way as we did in the first leg then we have a good chance of reaching the group stage,” said Christodoulou whose side are aiming to emulate last season’s surprise package APOEL, who reached the quarter-finals in a fairytale run.

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Archives June 23, 2012 posted by

Large families being left without benefits

THE opposition has threatened to suspend a law that introduced income criteria for child benefits as lengthy application processing delays have left some families without the needed assistance.

The scope was to better target allowances and save money.

Main opposition DISY MP Efthimios Diplaros called on the government to pay the allowances immediately to the families who are faced with huge problems.

“If this does not happen in the immediate future, DISY’s intention is to suspend the law for at least six months so that officials … will be in a position to examine all these applications in time,” Diplaros said. 

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Archives June 22, 2012 posted by

Driving licences: over a year late on directive

THE EUROPEAN Commission decided yesterday to refer Cyprus to the European Court of Justice over its failure to transpose a directive on driving licences, it was announced yesterday.

 “Failure to implement the directive may affect road safety and makes it difficult for the Cypriots to exchange the relevant driving licences in other parts of the EU,” the EC said. “This directive is essential as it guarantees the mutual recognition of driving licences within the EU, including the new driving licence categories.”

The directive should have been fully transposed by January 19, 2011. 

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Archives June 19, 2012 posted by

Finance minister's plea for MPs to approve Cyprus Airways funds

FINANCE Minister Vassos Shiarly yesterday urged lawmakers to approve a much-needed €5.3 million cash injection for ailing national carrier Cyprus Airways (CY), which comes in the form of assistance for losses incurred due to the Turkish airspace ban on Cypriot aircraft.

Speaking before the House Finance Committee, Shiarly asked MPs to approve the funds swiftly because the company “needs this specific support”.

The fund was approved by cabinet last week and it represents the extra fuel cost to circumvent Turkish airspace.

Last year, CY received €20 million for the same reason, covering the period between 2004 and 2010.

CY chairman Giorgos Mavrocostas said the airline did not have the cash to continue to resolve its problems.

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