Circus arts celebrated in Cairo

Circus arts celebrated in Cairo

A member of 'Close-Act' putting on make-up prior to his performance as part of Cairo International Circus Festival (CirCairo) in Giza Park, Cairo on Saturday. 'Close-Act' is a street theatre group from the Netherlands incorporating various performance art disciplines in a mix of aerial acrobatics, dance and theatre (EPA)

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International News Business October 26, 2014

ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review

ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review

By Laura Noonan and Eva Taylor

After putting the euro zone’s top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday – will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region’s lenders are safe?

The ECB will announce the names of 25 banks that held too little capital at the end of last year, along with details of around 10 banks that have not yet made up the shortfall….

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Local News October 26, 2014

Gas stand-off strangling peace talks hopes

Gas stand-off strangling peace talks hopes

By Stefanos Evripidou
AS THE stand-off between Turkey and Cyprus over hydrocarbon exploration continues, efforts are underway to find a ‘face-saving formula’ that would allow the resumption of peace talks between the two.
According to various sources, if the Barbaros, Turkey’s seismic research vessel currently doing the rounds of Cypriot offshore blocks, leaves Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) soon, the omens are good for a swift return to the negotiating table, even with Turkey’s navigational telex (NAVTEX) still…

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Local News October 26, 2014

Chance lost in waste-to-energy project

Chance lost in waste-to-energy project

By Angelos Anastasiou

A COUPLE of months ago, the government finalised awarding a 10-year, €70-million contract to a private consortium for the construction and operation of a waste-management facility in Pentakomo to cover the needs of the Limassol district, despite having been presented with an alternative that would have eliminated all cost to the taxpayer.

Because of non-conformity with European waste-management and minimum recycling standards that warranted a fine for Cyprus from the European Commission, as well as tight deadlines…

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Comment October 26, 2014

Our View: We need to embrace foreign investment not put obstacles in its path

Our View: We need to embrace foreign investment not put obstacles in its path

EVERYONE seems to agree that the only way to put the economy on the road to recovery is by attracting investment from abroad. The state has no money to invest in big development projects – a synonym for road-building of which there is no real need – and the banks are more concerned with recovering their loans than giving out new ones.

Some money is being secured from EU structural funds, but most of this goes to public projects that…

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Comment October 26, 2014

Tales from the coffeeshop: Fat bum and a moderate lifestyle? You could be suitable to run AKEL

Tales from the coffeeshop: Fat bum and a moderate lifestyle? You could be suitable to run AKEL

COMRADE Tof, who heroically refuses to stay out of the limelight for too long, has made a few public appearances this month, in Kyproulla and Mother Russia, reminding us how boring and uninspiring political life has been without him around.

A couple of weeks ago he was a guest speaker at the Second International Forum of the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow at which he made a long speech lavishly praising the Soviet Union for its big contribution…

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Local News October 26, 2014

Why is our petrol so pricey?

Why is our petrol so pricey?

By Elias Hazou

A consumer advocacy group caused a stir recently when it accused the state and fuel companies of complicity in keeping fuel pump prices high, which ostensibly enables the government to collect more in taxes and greedy corporations to rake in the profits.

Loukas Aristodemou, head of the Consumers and Quality of Life Union (CQLU) pointed to the perennially high prices in Cyprus despite a sharp decline in crude prices over the last months. The insinuation was clear:…

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Local News Comment October 26, 2014

Mosquitoes trying to act like lions

Mosquitoes trying to act like lions

By Loucas Charalambous

THERE is one big truth which our political wizards pretend not to see. It was written in this column a few months ago. If we do not find a way to solve the Cyprus problem – in other words if we do not reach some deal with Turkey – Turkey will never back off with regard to the hydrocarbons.

And I doubt we would be able to extract even a pot of natural gas or oil from…

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Local News Comment October 26, 2014

Cyprus: Time to think again

Cyprus: Time to think again

By Gustave Feissel

WITH THE appointment of a new special advisor of the UN secretary-general on Cyprus and the recent fiftieth anniversary of the presence of the United Nations in Cyprus it would be timely to consider how best to move the negotiating process forward in a manner most likely to succeed.

Over the past 50 years, spanning six secretaries-general, some 20 United Nations representatives, 17 force commanders, enumerable attempts to work out an agreement, and countless optimistic joint statements,…

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Local News Comment October 26, 2014

The smart suit and neck tie brigade

The smart suit and neck tie brigade

By Hermes Solomon

WHEN SAVVAS Vergas, mayor of Paphos was arrested ten days ago, he arrived at the police station in an unmarked, mid-range saloon car, loosely accompanied by two plain clothes officers and no handcuffs.

He was wearing a cream coloured pair of slacks – tight about the crotch and down the inside leg – belted around a full tummy topped by an open neck shirt.

Lately seen unshaven with periorbital dark circles under his eyes, I cannot confirm…

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Football Sport October 26, 2014

Bitter sweet return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

Bitter sweet return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

By Iain Rogers

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he was delighted to be back playing competitively after a four-month ban for biting but that Saturday’s La Liga defeat at Real Madrid had left him with “bittersweet” emotions.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in the close season, was included in the starting lineup for the ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu and although he looked sharp and hungry he failed to open his account for the Catalan club as they…

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Local News October 25, 2014

EU declaration welcomed but parties say more needs to be done

EU declaration welcomed but parties say more needs to be done

Political parties on Saturday deemed Friday’s European Council conclusions urging Turkey to show restraint and respect Cyprus’ sovereignty a good start to build on, calling for more dynamic measures that would discourage acts of aggression.
Turkey’s move to dispatch a research vessel into Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone to collect seismic data prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to pull out of Cyprus problem talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
Escalating tensions led the Council to urge Turkey to “show…

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Saints climb to second as Hammers beat champions City

Saints climb to second as Hammers beat champions City

Southampton beat Stoke City 1-0 and moved into second place while champions Manchester City slipped back to third after losing 2-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Chelsea, who play at Manchester United on Sunday, lead the title chase with 22 points from their eight matches, while Saints, who beat Stoke with Sadio Mane’s eighth goal of the season, are second on 19 from nine games.

City are third on 17 after losing at West Ham…

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Football Sport October 25, 2014

Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez

Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez

By Sam Holden

Biting opponents may be appalling but it is harmless and should not be punished as severely as a bad tackle, says controversial Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan marksmen is set to make his long-awaited Barca debut in El Clasico at Real Madrid later on Saturday after completing a four-month ban for sinking his teeth into Italy defender Georgi Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

It was the third time that Suarez bit an opponent,…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Commandos who took part in coup given funeral

Commandos who took part in coup given funeral

Twelve National Guard commandos, killed in action during the assault on the Presidential Palace on July 15, 1974, whose bones were found in a mass grave at the Constantinou and Eleni cemetery and identified via DNA testing, were buried on Saturday.
In his eulogy at the God’s Wisdom church in Strovolos, Interior minister Sokratis Hasikos said the soldiers fell victim to circumstances created by others, specifically referring to the Greek junta-inspired coup that overthrew Archbishop Makarios’ government.
“They…

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Local News October 25, 2014

President returns to island in ‘very good’ health

President returns to island in ‘very good’ health

President Nicos Anastasiades returned to Cyprus on Saturday afternoon and is in “very good” health, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said.
In a written statement, Christodoulides says that “the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades returned to Cyprus from Brussels, today at 5pm”.
The President, he added, “is in very good health”.
“The doctors have recommended that the President rests for the next 48 hours,” the spokesman added.
Anastasiades had travelled to Brussels to take…

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International News October 25, 2014

Protesters march against Renzi labour reforms in Rome

Protesters march against Renzi labour reforms in Rome

By Isla Binnie

Demonstrators from across Italy filled the streets of Rome on Saturday to protest against labour market reforms which the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has made a cornerstone of its policy.

Red flags bearing the logo of Italy’s largest union, the CGIL, waved over town squares as thousands of people rallied behind the group’s call for job creation and job security.

The CIGL estimated that 1 million people had turned out by the early afternoon. Members…

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International News October 25, 2014

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

By Mehrdad Balali

A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday in Tehran’s Evin prison after failing to secure a reprieve from the murder victim’s relatives within the 10-day deadline set by sharia law in force since the 1979 Islamic…

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International News October 25, 2014

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads – WHO

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.

The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia.

Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest cocoa producer. The Ebola outbreak has hurt the economic growth that has been…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Remand in connection with fatal traffic accident

Remand in connection with fatal traffic accident

A 27-year-old man was remanded in police custody on Saturday in connection with a road accident that cost the life of an Arab field worker in Psimolofou, Nicosia on Friday.
At the time of the crash, the deceased was riding in the back of a pick-up truck, along with two other workers, on their way to work.
Sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency said the individual arrested was the car’s driver, also a foreign field-worker, who had…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Traffic campaign bags drunk drivers

Traffic campaign bags drunk drivers

A campaign to prevent traffic accidents was carried out on Friday night all over Cyprus, resulting in 46 alcohol-related write-ups and 128 traffic-related tickets, a police report said on Saturday.
Specifically, in Nicosia 113 vehicles were checked, producing 23 traffic offences, while 107 drivers were alcohol-tested and 11 were found to be over the legal limit.
In Limassol, 140 alcohol-level tests were performed, with 22 drivers written up for driving while intoxicated.
Famagusta traffic police found a…

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