Saying it with flowers

Saying it with flowers

A model presents a creation by Dutch fashion designer Bas Kosters during the show 'A Floral Affair' in Amsterdam, on Tuesday. Kosters designed creations using 15 new flowers for the autumn season (EPA)

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Local News October 22, 2014

EP mini session to discuss Turkey’s EEZ violations

EP mini session to discuss Turkey’s EEZ violations

The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament in Strasbourg has decided  to discuss the illegal actions of Turkey in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone during the mini session of the European Parliament to be held in Brussels, November 12-13.

According to CNA sources, the issue will be included in the agenda of the mini session plenary, which is no different from the monthly plenary held in Strasbourg, under the title “Turkish actions creating tensions in the exclusive economic zone of the…

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Local News October 22, 2014

Foreign Office explains non support of EU demarche to the UN

Foreign Office explains non support of EU demarche to the UN

The Foreign Office has attributed the UK`s reluctance to support an EU demarche at the UN regarding Turkey`s incursion into the Republic of Cyprus`s Exclusive Economic Zone to its desire to avoid further tension.

In a statement to the Cyprus News Agency, a Foreign Office spokesperson said: “The UK did not support the EU demarche at the UN because this was an unusual procedure that risked raising tensions and frustrating the UN`s facilitation of the settlement talks. We want to…

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Local News October 22, 2014

Russian embargo cost Cyprus economy 13 million euro, Minister says

Russian embargo cost Cyprus economy 13 million euro, Minister says

Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Nicos Kouyialis has said that the Russian embargo on EU products has cost the Cyprus economy so far 13 million euro.

In statements on Tuesday, the Minister said the embargo has had an impact on the economy, regarding mainly citrus fruits.

“We will of course be compensated by the European Commission but it takes a lot of work to succeed in absorbing the higher possible amount from Brussels”, he pointed out.

The…

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International News October 22, 2014

Barroso says eurozone has won the battle for stability

Barroso says eurozone has won the battle for stability

We have won the battle for stability, the outgoing president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso told the members of the European Parliament, warning that growth is still timid and threats remain for the eurozone.

Barroso who assumed the leadership of the Commission in 2004 delivered a speech in the Plenary on Tuesday, on the work done by the Commission during his second term.

“If we think where we were ten years ago and where we are now we…

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Local News October 22, 2014

No policy to help troubled teens

No policy to help troubled teens

By Evie Andreou

TROUBLED teenagers from dysfunctional families are being let down by a lack of government policy which leads to increasing numbers of them turning to drugs and crime, Children’s Rights Commissioner Leda Koursoumba said yesterday.

Koursoumba said a closed facility needs to be established where these children can be educated, rehabilitated and taken off drugs. Better training and co-ordination between government departments is also needed, she said, to prevent them falling through the cracks.

To highlight the severity…

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Local News Comment October 22, 2014

Our View: A reminder of how the powers-that-be always choose the easy way out

Our View: A reminder of how the powers-that-be always choose the easy way out

EVERY few months, the issue of the €9 billion ELA (emergency liquidity assistance) drawn by Laiki Bank and passed on to the Bank of Cyprus, slips into the news. Politicians will make a little fuss, radio shows will invite a couple of guests to give their views and there will be a few articles in the press. Once this ritual is completed, the matter is forgotten until the next time something is said to remind us of it.

The latest…

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Local News October 22, 2014

Belgian court stops woman’s extradition to Cyprus

Belgian court stops woman’s extradition to Cyprus

By Constantinos Psillides

A Belgian court put a stop to the extradition of a Cameroonian woman back to Cyprus, arguing that she might fall victim to inhumane and humiliating practices, ombudswoman Eliza Savvidou said on Tuesday.

Savvidou was referring to a recent ruling made by a Belgian court examining the petition of an undocumented Cameroonian woman not to be sent back to the island. According to Savvidou, the woman filed an asylum application in Belgium in December 2013 but Belgian…

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Local News Business October 22, 2014

Lack of competition leads to high fuel prices says minister

Lack of competition leads to high fuel prices says minister

Fuel prices on the island are controlled by the lack of healthy competition both in wholesale and retail markets, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday after a House Commerce committee meeting.

The minister, who was called by the committee to discuss the price of fuel, said the market in Cyprus is not regulated and the only tool the minister has at his disposal to intervene is setting a price ceiling, which is a very serious decision to make.

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Local News October 22, 2014

‘Don’t take word of foreign press’

‘Don’t take word of foreign press’

By George Psyllides

Central Bank (CBC) Governor Chrystalla Georghadji told MPs not to adopt foreign media reports regarding the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) amassed by Laiki Bank before it collapsed last year.

“We should not flagellate ourselves,” she said at the House Ethics committee on Tuesday, without elaborating further.

The New York Times reported last week that former CBC governor Panicos Demetriades had played down concerns raised over the granting of some €9.0 billion in ELA to now-defunct Laiki Bank…

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Local News October 22, 2014

German speaking markets priority for 2015

German speaking markets priority for 2015

By Bejay Browne

GERMAN speaking markets are being targeted by tourism stakeholders as a priority with the aim of boosting arrivals to Paphos, regional tourism board officials said yesterday.

A coordinated action plan to promote Paphos in German and Austrian cities is currently being created.

Seven new flights a week operated by airline Germania were recently announced that will connect Paphos with five German airports from March next year. These are: Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen and Erfurt.

In addition, low…

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Local News October 22, 2014

‘Problems can’t be solved through foreclosures alone’

‘Problems can’t be solved through foreclosures alone’

By Angelos Anastasiou

Lowering taxes, imposing heavier penalties for tax evasion and renegotiating the terms of Cyprus’ economic adjustment programme were some of the measures proposed by a University of Nicosia study on tackling the issue of non-performing loans.

UNic professors Andreas Theophanous, Christoforos Christoforou and Kyriacos Georgiou presented their proposal on Tuesday.

It included a comprehensive redesigning of fiscal, growth and social policies, with a focus on lower taxes and tougher penalties for tax evasion.

“The belief that the…

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Local News October 22, 2014

Not in my remit says AG and declines to appear at House

Not in my remit says AG and declines to appear at House

By Sinead Kelly,

Attorney-general Costas Clerides irked MPs on Tuesday when he said a possible conflict of interests over the Central Bank governor and a law office representing an individual being sued over the banking collapse was not his responsibility and declined to appear before the House Ethics Committee.

In a letter to the committee, Clerides said the issue “does not fall within the remit of the attorney-general nor did it necessitate the attorney-general to voice an opinion or intervene…

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Champions League Sport October 22, 2014

Late Cavani goal inflicts defeat on luckless APOEL

Late Cavani goal inflicts defeat on luckless APOEL

By Andreas Vou

Despite another excellent display against one of the continent’s strongest sides, APOEL were left bitterly disappointed as they went down to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain following a late Edinson Cavani goal on Tuesday night.

APOEL more than held their own against the riches of talent that their opponents possessed and had the clearer chances of the two sides to win the match but Cavani’s clever finish on 87 minutes inflicted a cruel…

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Champions League Sport October 21, 2014

Chelsea sail on with impressive win over Maribor

Chelsea sail on with impressive win over Maribor

By Mike Collett
Chelsea crushed Maribor 6-0 in a predictably one-sided Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday that saw Jose Mourinho’s side stretch their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 12 matches.
Veterans Didier Drogba, 36, who scored a penalty, and skipper John Terry, 33, were both on the scoresheet along with Loic Remy, Eden Hazard – who scored twice, once from the spot – and an own goal.
Remy…

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Champions League Sport October 21, 2014

Man City stumble again as late penalty earns CSKA 2-2 draw

Man City stumble again as late penalty earns CSKA 2-2 draw

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy
CSKA Moscow staged a stirring fightback to come from 2-0 down and earn a 2-2 draw against Manchester City in a Champions League clash played behind closed doors on Tuesday.
First-half goals from Sergio Aguero and James Milner put the visitors in command, but the Russian side fought back after the break, with Seydou Doumbia’s strike giving them a lifeline and Bebras Natcho’s 86th-minute penalty earning them a share of the points.
The result…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Aradippou approves construction to support EEZ

Aradippou approves construction to support EEZ

The municipal council of Aradippou, Larnaca, decided in a close vote – seven in favour and six opposed – on Tuesday to approve the building of two factories in the village’s industrial area, which will store, maintain and fix machinery to be used by various gas and oil-drilling companies in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
Aradippou mayor Evangelos Evangelides told the Cyprus News Agency that “the majority of the council voted in favour of issuing the permits, but on conditions.” Read More

Local News October 21, 2014

Court frees Vergas, two others

Court frees Vergas, two others

The Paphos district court on Tuesday rejected a police request to detain the town’s mayor, Savvas Vergas, and two others for eight days in connection with alleged irregularities over a music concert held in August.
Vergas, close associate Maria Solomonidou, and her husband Constantinos Sifantos, were arrested on Monday following claims that an events company belonging to Sifantos got a tax break on condition of donating part of the proceeds from a Sakis Rouvas concert to charity.
No…

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International News October 21, 2014

US to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through 5 airports

US to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through 5 airports

By Jeffrey Dastin

Travellers to the United States from Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must fly into one of five airports that have enhanced screening in place for the virus, the US government said on Tuesday.

The restrictions, to take effect on Wednesday, will subject affected travelers to temperature tests among other protocols at New York’s JFK, New Jersey’s Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago’s O’Hare international airports. These airports account for about 94 per cent of the passengers…

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International News October 21, 2014

Turkish PM unveils tighter security steps after deadly protests

Turkish PM unveils tighter security steps after deadly protests

By Jonny Hogg and Gulsen Solaker

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled a tightening of security legislation on Tuesday following deadly protests this month, amid growing fears that the government is using the unrest to tighten its grip on power.

Around 40 people were killed in violence that swept southeast Turkey after Kurdish protesters took to the streets to express their fury over the fate of the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani, besieged by Islamic State militants for a…

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International News October 21, 2014

White House confirms US citizen released from North Korea

White House confirms US citizen released from North Korea

By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason

The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move but pressed North Korea to release two other US citizens as well.

“While this is a positive decision … we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and…

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