Larnaca swimming marathon

Larnaca swimming marathon

The Cyprus Swimming Federation and Larnaca municipality announced on Monday that the 10th International Open Water Swimming Marathon will take place on October 25 and 26, starting near Larnaca’s the mediaeval castle (CNA)

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Local News October 20, 2014

Paphos mayor arrested again

Paphos mayor arrested again

Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas was arrested on Monday in connection with a music concert held in Paphos in August, police said.

Vergas had been in custody for the past four days in relation with threatening texts sent to witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving prominent developer Theodoros Aristodemou.

A police source said arrest warrants have been issued for two more people, Vergas’ close associate Maria Solomonidou, who had also been detained for the text messages, and her husband…

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Local News October 20, 2014

National Council condemns Turkey’s actions

National Council condemns Turkey’s actions

The National Council was on Monday briefed by President Nicos Anastasiades on Turkey’s movements within the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, speaking after the meeting, said the council had unanimously condemned the Turkish actions.

He said there had been suggestions by all participants in the meeting on what steps to take, as a follow on from their meeting on October 7.

Christodoulides said the exchange of views would continue on Tuesday, after which further measures would…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Turkish survey vessel off south-east coast (Updated)

Turkish survey vessel off south-east coast (Updated)

The Turkish research vessel Barbaros was sailing off the island’s south-eastern coast on Monday as Ankara appeared to make good on its threat to carry out surveys in the area of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Barbaros is reportedly accompanied by supporting vessels M / V Bravo and M / V Deep Supporter, and a Turkish navy vessel. It entered the island’s EEZ around 6.30am. By 11am had entered Block 3 and was still heading south deeper into the…

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Entertainment October 20, 2014

Film review: Sin City: A Dame to Die For ***

Film review: Sin City: A Dame to Die For ***

By Alexia Evripidou

Dark, sexual and violent, Sin City: A Dame to Die For sizzles with stomach-churning intensity but without the same shock factor as its groundbreaking 2005 prequel Sin City. Can a film be as innovative as its pioneering prequel? Maybe, and although A Dame to Die For won’t go down in history as a revolutionary cinematic breakthrough it is more of the same phenomenal graphics, badass characters and dark, contorted plots – everything its fans loved about the…

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Champions League Sport October 20, 2014

APOEL look to exploit injury-hit PSG in Champions League clash

APOEL look to exploit injury-hit PSG in Champions League clash

By Andreas Vou

APOEL face a huge challenge on Tuesday when they host Paris Saint-Germain at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia (9.45pm), but will be boosted by the fact that a number of the French side’s star men are sidelined, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Cyprus champions are aware that, realistically, only a win will be enough if they are to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

Amazingly, despite being the only team in France yet to…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Tourist arrivals fall 12 per cent in September on UK and Russian slump

Tourist arrivals fall 12 per cent in September on UK and Russian slump

Tourist arrivals fell in September 12 per cent compared to the same month last year to 316,602 as arrivals from the United Kingdom and Russia, Cyprus’ major tourist markets,  slumped, the statistical service said on Monday.

Arrivals from the UK fell 17 per cent while those from Russia fell 16 per cent to 109,951 and 90,866 respectively, compared to September last year, Cystat said.  Arrivals from Sweden fell 12 per cent compared to a year ago to 16,947.

Those arrivals from Switzerland…

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Entertainment October 20, 2014

The coolest show in town

The coolest show in town

By Alix Norman

You know the film, you’ve heard the songs (endlessly, if you’re in regular contact with girls between the ages of three and ten), and now it’s time for the best Disney animation in years to hit the stage… Frozen the Musical. The breakout Disney hit of 2013 is coming to the Coral Beach Hotel in Paphos, which – despite the relatively warm temperature of a Mediterranean October – is about to be transformed into a winter wonderland…

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Local News Business October 20, 2014

Decision on contentious foreclosures bills expected on October 31.

Decision on contentious foreclosures bills expected on October 31.

The Supreme Court decision concerning four foreclosures-related bills referred by the president will be issued at the end of the month, it was announced on Monday.

The four bills were passed by opposition parties in September to limit the scope of the foreclosures law.

President Nicos Anastasiades said they were in conflict with the constitution and referred them to the Supreme Court for a ruling.

The contentious bills, tabled and voted by opposition parties supposedly as a “safety net” to…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Working to eradicate sexual harassment

Working to eradicate sexual harassment

By Staff Reporter

Nine out of ten women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace have not spoken out for fear of losing their jobs, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said on Monday.

The minister’s address was read out by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations Andreas Mylonas, at an event at the Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), which has adopted a code of conduct in line with the policies of the Gender Equality Commission.

In her…

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International News October 20, 2014

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

German airline Lufthansa cancelled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travellers’ misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers’ stoppage.

Lufthansa said late on Sunday more than 200,000 passengers and two thirds of its scheduled flights – short and mid-length services, mostly within Europe – would be affected by the strike.

Both the pilots’ and train drivers’ strikes hit at the start of a week-long, half-term holidays…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Police officer remanded in child porn case (Update)

Police officer remanded in child porn case  (Update)

A 30-year-old police officer was remanded for six days on Monday on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The officer, a member of the rapid response unit MMAD, was arrested in Nicosia on Sunday.

He was arrested after a complaint was made to police by a 17-year-old girl who had encountered him on a social networking site. Posing as a female, the suspect had allegedly asked her to send nude photos of herself, which she had done. When the fake persona…

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International News October 20, 2014

U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

By Arshad Mohammed

The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday in what appeared to be the Pentagon’s first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels.

The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian rebels who for weeks have sought to stave off an onslaught by Islamic State fighters that have overrun swathes of Syria and Iraq this…

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International News Business October 20, 2014

Credibility meets compromise in Europe’s bank stress test

Credibility meets compromise in Europe’s bank stress test

By Laura Noonan

When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a “comprehensive assessment” of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

In practice, a spirit of comprehensive compromise has been just as important.

A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank’s financial inspection of the euro zone’s biggest banks shows that in the seven months since it began, the ECB has…

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Two own goals give Liverpool stunning 3-2 win at QPR

Two own goals give Liverpool stunning 3-2 win at QPR

Liverpool scored a stunning 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers with four of the five goals coming in the last seven minutes of their Premier League match at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Liverpool needed the help of two own goals for the win that lifted them to fifth in the table and left QPR bottom after a mesmerising finale with Liverpool’s winning goal coming in the fifth minute of added time after Steven Caulker scored an own goal with virtually…

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International News October 19, 2014

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

By Humeyra Pamuk

The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State attacked Kurdish militants with mortars and car bombs.

Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the town on Saturday, some of which fell inside Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said four more were fired on…

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International News October 19, 2014

Sweden steps up hunt for “foreign underwater activity”

Sweden steps up hunt for “foreign underwater activity”

By Niklas Pollard

Sweden beefed up its military presence in the Stockholm archipelago on Saturday to scour its waters for “foreign underwater activity”, a mobilisation of Swedish ships, troops and helicopters unseen since the Cold War.

The search in the Baltic Sea less than 30 miles (50 km) from Stockholm began on Friday and reawakened memories of the final years of the Cold War when Sweden repeatedly hunted suspected Soviet submarines along its coast with depth charges.

There is now…

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International News October 19, 2014

Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

By James Pomfret and Elzio Barreto

Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early on Sunday for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police.

The worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed the free-wheeling capitalist city back to China in 1997 entered its fourth week with no sign of a resolution despite talks scheduled for two hours on Tuesday between the government and…

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Local News October 19, 2014

Dream holiday turns to ordeal for disabled woman

Dream holiday turns to ordeal for disabled woman

By Bejay Browne

A DREAM holiday in Paphos turned into a nightmare for a British man and his wheelchair-bound, disabled girlfriend after access issues left her vowing never to return.

Ill equipped public transport, uneven pavements, a lack of dropped kerbs and vehicles parked on pavements were just a few of the problems the couple encountered.

John Hughes, 29, spent eight years living in Paphos before moving back to the UK in October last year. He started a relationship with…

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Local News Comment October 19, 2014

Our View: Spur-of-the-moment fast becoming president’s trademark

Our View: Spur-of-the-moment fast becoming president’s trademark

CYPRUS’ politicians have never showed the slightest inclination for long-term planning and strategic thinking. They are much happier improvising policy and taking spur of the moment decisions if and when the need arises, avoiding thinking anything through or properly studying the consequences of their decisions. Most of the country’s woes are a direct result of this slapdash approach which never looks more than a few days, or perhaps a week, ahead and is motivated by shameless populism.

The Christofias government…

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Local News Comment October 19, 2014

Tales from the Coffeeshop: Vlad-Nik thriller wins hearts and minds

Tales from the Coffeeshop: Vlad-Nik thriller wins hearts and minds

By Patroclos

THE BIG news from Milan that everyone in Kyproulla was anxiously waiting for was announced on Friday morning by government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides – Prez Nik finally had his eagerly-sought meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

For a whole week, Nicosia had been begging the Russian government for Putin to grant Nik an audience on the sidelines of the Asian Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, which both would be attending, but without any success. The initial request for a…

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