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Archives April 9, 2013 posted by

Man’s death from Hepatitis B being investigated

PAPHOS General Hospital has been scrambling to find a blood donor who might have been infected with Hepatitis B after a patient who underwent surgery at the hospital died on Sunday.
The 57-year-old man was hospitalised on March 26 after being admitted with abdominal pains. He had recently undergone surgery at the hospital, and had been bed-ridden since.
 Hepatitis B is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis B virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.

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Archives September 7, 2012 posted by

Former CB governor threatens legal action

FORMER Central Bank chief Athanasios Orphanides has rubbished allegations that he is withholding data and documents that are the property of the regulator.

In a written statement yesterday, released by his lawyers here – Orphanides is currently in the United States – the former CB governor sought to “set the record straight”, also threatening legal action against the bank.

Hitting back, Orphanides accused the CB administration of locking him out of his personal workplace email, which he continued using after having left the CB, and warned of “possible judicial action unless corrective action is taken.”

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Archives September 5, 2012 posted by

Christofias meets European Court of Justice delegation

GREEK CYPRIOTS depend on the European Court of Justice to ensure the country’s sovereignty in peace talks for the island’s reunification, said President Demetris Christofias yesterday. 

He made the comment during a meeting with a delegation of the EU Court of Justice, headed by Court President Vassillios Skouris, at the Presidential Palace.    

Christofias said during peace talks, Greek Cypriots depend a lot on the Court’s case law, satisfied that both the EU Court and European Commission are of the legal opinion that the state should be one, with single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality. 

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Archives August 11, 2012 posted by

‘TRNC athletes deserve recognition’


WITH a banner reading ‘respect, equality, recognition’ the Association of Turkish Cypriots Abroad (ATCA) yesterday marched to the UN-controlled Ledra Palace to demand that athletes in the north be allowed to compete under the ‘TRNC’ identity.

“Turkish Cypriots are demanding the right to be in the Olympic Games and to be able to compete abroad under their own identity,” ATCA co-ordinator Hatice Herimgil said. 

The group also gathered at the Ledra Street crossing with around 20 athletes, including young Taekwondo, Judo and Akido students.

The group included the former ‘TRNC foreign minister’ Vedat Celik who said that denying youth participation in sports events was “unacceptable and should be condemned”.

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Archives May 9, 2012 posted by

Probe into how convict had access to court documents


PRISON authorities are investigating how a convict managed to obtain a series of court documents and other internet downloads, while serving an 18-year prison sentence.

Responding to reports yesterday, deputy prison governor Giorgos Tryfonides, said the convict in question – a 62-year-old Greek Cypriot – regularly filed cases and appeals to the Supreme Court, which was most likely how he got hold of the documents. 

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Archives April 22, 2012 posted by

Waging a war on plastic bags


THE EUROPEAN Union may soon impose a directive making it obligatory for member states to place restrictions on the number of plastic bags offered by shops, because of the environmental damage they cause. 

Whilst the move can’t come too soon for local environmentalists, it might prove a tough sell for kiosks, bakeries and supermarkets whose staff regularly hand out plastic bags for the smallest of items.

“We want businesses to promote reusable bags, this is very important,” said Environment Commissioner Charalambos Theopemptou, adding that plastic bags are cause for great concern among environmentalists.

“I did the rounds and spoke to all the supermarket chains about this and a few have already done this.”

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Archives February 10, 2012 posted by

Evra, Suarez to fan derby flames


The focus will be on Patrice Evra of Manchester United and Luis Suarez of Liverpool when the arch-rivals clash in the Premier League at Old Trafford tomorrow/

It will be the pair’s first meeting since Suarez racially abused Evra at Anfield in October, earning an eight-match suspension from which he returned to the Liverpool side as a substitute in Monday’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

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Archives February 7, 2012 posted by

Greentree and the good offices mission of the UNSG

The recent statement of the UN Secretary-general (SG) Ban Ki-moon at the end of the Greentree talks on January 25, 2012 was commented on differently by the Government and the political parties, some projecting the pros and some of the cons for our side. The main elements of this statement are the following. 

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Archives January 4, 2012 posted by

Second licensing round moves closer


THE GOVERNMENT will be ready to send its call for interest in a second round of licencing for oil and gas to Brussels next Monday, said Commerce Minister Praxoulla Antoniadou yesterday. 

Speaking after a ministerial committee meeting on hydrocarbons, the minister said the necessary documents will be completed in the coming days “and on Monday the document will be sent to the European Commission for translation into the EU’s official languages to be then published in the EU’s official gazette”. 

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Archives December 10, 2011 posted by

Nine-car pileup

YESTERDAY morning’s heavy rainfall in Nicosia resulted in a nine-car-pileup on the Nicosia-Limassol highway by the new GSP football stadium around midday. 

Four people were slightly injured and were taken to the Nicosia General hospital where they were treated.

According to the traffic police head Demetris Demetriou, who visited the scene shortly after the incident, the first accident included seven cars, while two other cars subsequently hit the pileup.

The highway was briefly blocked and police officers directed traffic towards the old highway and nearby streets. 

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