By Angelos Anastasiou
Amidst a bidding war with rival carriers over the acquisition of struggling Cyprus Airways, Ireland-based budget airline Ryanair has applied to the Cyprus Department of Civil Aviation (CDA) for a Cyprus Air Operator Certificate (AOC), which would allow it to set up a subsidiary airline on the island.
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said last week that the company had “already applied for a Cypriot AOC.”
The certificate – essentially a license to operate –…
By Angelos Anastasiou
THERE was nothing new in the observations and suggestions made by the experts of the World Bank and British government whom the government asked to carry out a study of the public service. Anyone with a bit of common sense could have told the government why the public service was dysfunctional, inefficient and a big drain on state resources.
The study by outside experts was necessary because the unions would be less likely to question its suggestions and it…
By Filippos Adamou
The International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival begins on Saturday with a screening of silent films accompanied by specially written scores played by the Ergon Ensemble. Alexandros Mouzas is the artistic coordinator and composer of one of the scores
The idea of screening silent films simultaneously with live music is quite common. But what makes this concert special is that contemporary composers were called to respond to these films and create something totally new. How did this idea…Read More
By Bejay Browne
AN EVENT which aims to encourage the public to take part in physical activity and sports will be held in Paphos in October.
The free event is part of a Europe wide programme MOVE Week – and organisers say they hope that as many as possible will join in.
A municipality spokeswoman told the Cyprus Mail that they, along with other municipalities and bodies, have joined the initiative which is also sponsored by the…
The government on Tuesday approved hiring business advisors AlixPartners to help authorities probing the island’s economic collapse.
“The cabinet has authorised the finance minister to find and allocate the necessary funds,” deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said but he did not disclose the amount.
AlixPartners was selected from among seven firms.
“They will be helpful to investigating authorities and the work of the law service,” Papadopoulos said.
The police inquiry covers the banks’ expansion into Greece,…
U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.
U.S. hospitals have…Read More
By Elias Hazou
In a rare display of harmony, the House Foreign and European Affairs Committee has deemed that parliament must retain the power to determine protocol at official functions.
The committee was Tuesday discussing a proposed change to the law on protocol – the order in which officials are addressed and who sits in which row at official functions. The amendment aims to take the power of fixing the list and the order of officials away from parliament…Read More
By Jean Christou
Former President Demetris Christofias was yesterday ‘angered and upset’ that a Russian Federal Council (FC) member had implied that he had blamed Cyprus’ deposits haircut on American interference.
Christofias, through AKEL senior official Stefanos Stefanou, his former government spokesman, was responding to a report carried by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS that the International Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council was going to not only boycott relations with the US, but also stop cooperation with a…Read More
By Andreas Vou
A Gustavo Manduca penalty handed APOEL their first point of in Group F of the Champions League in an enthralling 1-1 draw against Ajax at the GSP Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Cypriot champions had their fair share of chances to grab all three points but so did the Dutch champions and a point a piece was a justified result.
Giorgos Donis surprisingly left Argentine playmaker Tomas De Vincenti out of the starting eleven, instead preferring…
Francesco Totti became the oldest scorer in European club competition history when he netted after 24 minutes to give AS Roma a 1-1 draw at Manchester City in their Champions League Group E match at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Totti, who turned 38 on Saturday, chipped the ball over goalkeeper Joe Hart for his landmark goal which resulted in City failing to win their first home match in the competition for the fourth successive season.
Nemanja Matic’s first-half header was enough for Chelsea to record a first victory of Champions League Group G, but it should have been so much more comfortable than a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon.
The Estadio Jose Alvalade, where Blues boss Jose Mourinho spent 18 months from 1992 as assistant to Sir Bobby Robson, was vibrant on Sporting’s first home clash among Europe’s elite in five years.
In arguably the toughest assignment of the group, Chelsea, who opened with…
Cypriot Commissioner-designate for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides appeared at the European Parliament on Tuesday, in a hearing by the relevant parliamentary committees on his ability to handle the portofolio.
During his three-hour long hearing, Stylianides said it is a privilege to have been proposed for this portfolio, adding that he wants to be “the spokesperson of the most vulnerable, the voice of the voiceless.”
Stylianides made special reference to the ever increasing Ebola epidemic, promising…
By Angelos Anastasiou
A list of “high-risk” individuals within the public and broader public sector will be compiled by the Auditor General’s office and the Taxation Commissioner in the coming days and submitted to the House, the Watchdog committee decided on Tuesday.
The issue was tabled by DISY deputies Andreas Kyprianou and Prodromos Prodromou, and aims at more stringent control over civil servants whose position requires them to handle taxpayer money.
Watchdog committee chairman and EDEK deputy…
Authorities are considering asking for a court order for an asset freeze for all the suspects in an ongoing investigation into zoning violations in Paphos implicating Aristo Developers and municipal employees.
Police are currently poring over the suspects’ bank accounts, and should they consider it necessary will recommend that the financial crimes unit MOKAS request a court order freezing the suspects’ assets.
Five suspects – including prominent land developer Theodoros Aristodemou – are currently in police custody in…
Two men have been remanded in custody for eight days following the theft of a 19th century Edgar Degas painting worth €6 million – along with other valuables worth €157,000 – from the home of a 70-year-old in Limassol.
The two men, 44 and 53, appear to have conspired with a Russian, 55, to steal the painting from the collector’s house in Apaisia village, Limassol district. The Russian has been put on the stop list.
According to a…
Former defence minister Fotis Fotiou was sworn in yesterday as the new Commissioner for Humanitarian and Overseas Affairs, replacing Kate Clerides, who has held the post since the new government was installed last year but who has resigned for family reasons.
At a handing-over ceremony at the presidential palace, President Nicos Anastasiades said the position was particularly important given its mandate included the missing, the enclaved and humanitarian crises, as well as the issues affecting expatriate Cypriots.
An education ministry official is to be investigated following a report by the Auditor General that she bought airplane tickets for official ministry business from her husband’s travel agency.
The report was handed to Education Minister Costas Kadis on Monday.
The official appears to have not notified anyone of her conflict of interests nor did she invite a tender process before deciding where she would buy the tickets.
According to the report, the official was tasked among…
The electricity authority (EAC) has incurred a €10 million loss because of faulty electricity poles imported between 2005 and 2008, parliament heard on Tuesday.
The 33,000 poles did not meet the specifications regarding the quality of the wood and the insulation. The EAC paid €4.0 million for their purchase.
Half have already been deemed faulty and accidents had occurred.
EAC chairman Othonas Theodoulou said the suppliers and company officials who handled the matter could be held accountable…
British Tornado fighter jets have launched their first attacks against Islamic State targets in Iraq since parliament approved combat operations last Friday, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday.
“They identified and attacked a heavy weapons position that was endangering Kurdish forces and they subsequently attacked an (IS) armed pick-up truck in the same area,” he told the BBC.
“Both Tornados have now returned safely to their base and the initial attack assesment is that both attacks were successful,” he…Read More
By Jean Christou
PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades hopes that the current international interest in the Cyprus issue would help create prospects for a solution, he said in his address to the nation to mark the island’s 54th anniversary of independence.
In his speech on Tuesday evening, Anastasiades paid tribute to the EOKA fighters who made independence possible in 1960, and those who later defended the Republic in the wake of the Turkish invasion in 1974.
He said he hoped that the…Read More