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Archives April 4, 2013 posted by

Volunteers working to sort donations

AMONG the as-yet uncounted boxes carrying food and essential items donated in lieu of a ticket by attendees of Monday’s CyprusAid concert in Nicosia – organised and supported by unpaid volunteers – was an unsigned card.

“With boundless love. We are not scared of anyone. We will turn our country into paradise again,” said the message, read out to reporters in a busy distribution and collection point at the market in Nicosia’s old town yesterday.

Two full days after the CyprusAid concert on Monday, volunteers were still busy sorting out items donated by the 20,000 attendees. At the market yesterday, brown carton boxes written on with permanent markers described their contents: milk, pasta, diapers, pulses and water, among other items.

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Archives April 2, 2013 posted by

Baseball bat beating

A 22-year-old man was arrested early yesterday in Limassol after allegedly spraying harmful gases in a petrol station and beating a 41-year-old customer with a baseball bat.
The 22-year-old and two other individuals entered the petrol station office area where the 41-year-old owner, his wife and customers were and started spraying harmful gas and shouting. The 22-year-old then got a baseball bat from his car and hit the 41-year-old customer on the arm and his side.
The 41-year-old customer was taken to the Limassol General Hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured arm.

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Archives November 15, 2012 posted by

Promoting investment is ‘imperative’

WITH Cyprus due to receive a bailout by international lenders, encouraging investment must be a priority, top mandarins told the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency’s (CIPA) annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday.
“It is imperative we strengthen efforts to encourage and convince foreign businesses and investors to include Cyprus as a possible implementation point in their strategic plans when expanding,” Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said.

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Archives November 15, 2012 posted by

Women’s role lacking in Cyprus

IN CYPRUS there are no national measures to improve gender balance on boards, a European Commission press release said yesterday.
Women currently represent 4.4 per cent of the board members of the largest publicly listed companies in Cyprus (FTSE/CySE20 index).
This proportion is one of the lowest in the EU and significantly below the EU average (13.7 per cent). The proportions of women board chairs (5.3 per cent) and CEOs (5.6 per cent), on the other hand, are slightly above the EU averages which are 3.2 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively.
Women account for 3.3 per cent of non-executive directors in the largest publicly listed companies in Cyprus, a significantly lower figure than the EU average of 15 per cent.

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Archives June 26, 2012 posted by

State says it needs to fill 350 positions


THE FINANCE ministry has again asked lawmakers for exemptions to a hiring freeze in the public sector, citing concerns that key positions in public administration may remain vacant.

The government says it needs to hire some 350 people in permanent positions that are deemed crucial for the smooth running of the civil service machine.

The austerity-driven budget for 2012 placed a hiring freeze on new appointments, in a bid to contain the constantly growing size of the public sector and rein in the public-sector payroll.

But opposition lawmakers, who had pushed through these cost-cutting measures, have since been hearing that essential departments run the risk of understaffing.

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Archives May 16, 2012 posted by

Woman still missing

MARIA Kakoyianni, 39, from Limassol who went missing from her home during Holy Week is yet to be located by either police or her family, who are appealing for anyone who finds her to not let her out of their sight.

“If someone sees her they need to keep her close to them even if they’re not sure if it’s her,” said her mother, Evangelia Kakoyianni, who described her daughter’s disappearance as a “mystery”.

According to police sources, she went missing during Holy Week and the only trace of her found by police was her car on Lady’s Mile beach in the Limassol area, with the doors locked.

Maria Kakoyianni, who left behind her baby, also left a note to her husband and family saying that she did not feel well (psychologically) and also felt depressed.

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Archives May 3, 2012 posted by

Minister: bird trapping is a disgrace

ILLEGAL BIRD trapping is a disgrace for the island but will be difficult to uproot from the Cypriot mentality, according to Agriculture Minister Sophocles Aletraris.

“This activity is a disgrace for our country but it’s been rooted in the mentality of Cypriots for many years so it will be difficult to uproot,” he said, speaking at a news conference of an EU parliament delegation who are visiting the island to discuss environmental topics.

MEP Cristina Guttierrez-Cortines agreed saying that it is ‘difficult to change old habits especially with the birds, which we’re very worried about.’

The law provides for a maximum sentence of three years in jail and or a fine of €17,000 for illegal trapping.

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Archives April 18, 2012 posted by

Economy to contract by 1.2%

CYPRUS’ economy will contract by 1.2 per cent this year and record feeble growth in 2013, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday.

The contraction is higher than what is expected by the government, which set the figure for 2012 at -0.5 per cent.

The government’s projected growth rate for 2013 is 0.5 per cent.

The IMF expects unemployment in Cyprus to reach 9.5 per cent this year and record a slight increase in 2013 – 9.6 per cent.

Inflation, according to the IMF, will fall to 2.8 per cent in 2012 from 3.5 per cent in 2011.

For 2013 inflation is expected to be 2.2 per cent, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook.

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Archives March 25, 2012 posted by

Search continues for motorbike hooligans

POLICE yesterday continued their search for a group of bikers who set alight the car of two Omonia fans after the end of a football match between APOEL and Omonia at the GSP stadium in Nicosia on Friday evening.

“We have taken testimonies but have not yet discovered the culprits,” the police said.

A group of APOEL fans left the stadium on their motorbikes and at the Nicosia-Limassol roundabout intercepted a car with two Omonia supporters, a 25-year-old driver and his passenger, 22.

The bikers “attacked with bats, crowbars and knives, breaking the vehicle’s windows and then throwing a flare at the back of the car,” the police said.

Other APOEL supporters helped the two Omonia fans out of the burning car.

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