Fifth phase of India general elections

Fifth phase of India general elections

A villager cast his vote inside a polling station during the fifth phase of the Indian General elections in Bhopal, India on April 17, 2014. Indians across 12 states were voting in the biggest phase of general elections spread over five weeks .Balloting was being held in 121 seats including in the politically crucial states of Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA

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Local News April 17, 2014

Spectator ban at Tsirion partially lifted

Spectator ban at Tsirion partially lifted

By George Psyllides 

The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) has partially lifted a spectator ban from games held at Limassol’s Tsirion stadium after receiving assurances from experts that its stands were structurally sound.

The CFA said it has received a letter from the stadium’s engineer saying it was structurally sound and that the problems that appeared in the east stand were of secondary importance and were being tackled by the authorities.

The association said it has decided to allow spectators on…

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International News April 17, 2014

Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear

Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear

Pascal Fletcher

Authorities in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state denied on Thursday a statement by the armed forces which had said most of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels had been freed in a military rescue operation.

“As I am talking to you now, only 14 of the students have returned,” an aide to Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima told Reuters, asking not to be named.

The assertion directly contradicted a statement issued late on Wednesday by national armed forces spokesman…

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International News April 17, 2014

India votes on biggest polling day

India votes on biggest polling day

By Ashutosh Pandey and Swetha Gopinath

Narendra Modi, the prime-ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been wooing voters with promises to rescue India from its slowest economic growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population.

In the latest large opinion poll, the BJP and its allies were forecast to win a narrow majority in the 543-seat lower house of parliament, compared to previous surveys predicting that they would fall short.

Yet a decision by the Election…

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International News April 17, 2014

Weather blights S Korea ferry search

Weather blights S Korea ferry search

By Narae Kim

Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized 36 hours ago.

Coastguard, navy and private divers scoured the site of the accident, about 20 km off the country’s southwestern coast.

Earlier, rescue teams hammered on the hull of the upturned, mostly submerged vessel, hoping for a response from anyone trapped inside, but they heard…

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Entertainment April 17, 2014

Film review: Her ****

Film review: Her ****

By Preston Wilder

Play a melancholy song, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) tells his computer. We’re in the future – albeit the near future – so he doesn’t have to click any links or push any buttons; he just stands there talking in a crowded lift, and voice recognition software carries out his commands. No-one around him bats an eye; they’re all busy talking to their own computers. Play a melancholy song, he instructs – and Her is also a…

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Life & Style April 17, 2014

A minute with Despina Ioannou Axiotakis Executive Director of the Cyprus US Chamber of Commerce and General Secretary of the Cyprus Federation of America

A minute with  Despina Ioannou Axiotakis Executive Director of the Cyprus US Chamber of Commerce and General Secretary of the Cyprus Federation of America

Where do you live?
In New Jersey with my son (I am a widow)

Best childhood memory?
August 1956, coming to America on the boat Saturnia and arriving in New York City early in the morning and seeing the Statue of Liberty with the sun shining just above it. I will never forget it.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
I do not frequent many restaurants but when I do… Trattoria La Sorrentina for Polipo Al…

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Local News Business April 17, 2014

Publishing money transfer list will hurt Cyprus, banks say

Publishing money transfer list will hurt Cyprus, banks say

Publishing the names of individuals and companies who transferred money abroad in the run up to a deposit seizure violates their constitutional right to privacy and would also hurt the island’s credibility as a financial centre, banks said on Thursday, a day after parliament decided to o publish some 11,000 names as part of their probe into the collapse of the economy.

The bank association said the confidential information had been provided to the House Ethics Committee as part of…

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International News April 17, 2014

Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of “abyss” (updated)

Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of “abyss” (updated)

Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Geneva, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine, while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on…

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Local News Business April 17, 2014

House Ethics to release list of money movers

House Ethics to release list of money movers

By George Psyllides

As part of a probe into the collapse of the island’s economy, the House Ethics Committee decided yesterday to publish all the names of individuals and companies that either took money out of Cyprus in the run up to a deposit seizure last March or received favourable treatment when borrowing from banks.

Main opposition party AKEL suggested having a separate entry about politically exposed persons (PEPs) and other cases — like that of a businessman who was…

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Local News Comment April 17, 2014

Our View: Voter apathy looms for European Parliament elections

Our View: Voter apathy looms for European Parliament elections

THE CAMPAIGN for the European parliamentary elections officially begins today, even though the parties in Cyprus have already begun angling for votes, presenting their candidates and their election promises. Admittedly, there is nothing of substance for the parties to promise the voters as there are just six Cyprus MEPs in a 766-member parliament.

They are unlikely to make the slightest difference in the European Parliament and, understandably, nobody expects big things from them. Cypriot MEPs who have served in the…

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Local News Comment April 17, 2014

Galatariotis Group has made genuine efforts within a hostile macro environment to fulfil its obligations

Galatariotis Group has made genuine efforts within a hostile macro environment to fulfil its obligations

By Tasos Anastasiou

The article by Hermes Solomon published in your newspaper on 13/4/2014 under the title “Murder most foul of the Cyprus Economy” has been a great disappointment to us.

Firstly, an exception to the rule, (as per the author “Galatariotis’ financial woes might seem insignificant by comparison to many other “leading business establishments “…..”) is used as the only example to make a point with regard to the cause of problems of the Cyprus Economy. We genuinely fail…

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Local News Comment April 17, 2014

More hands-on approach needed for historical and cultural tourism

More hands-on approach needed for historical and cultural tourism

By Demetrios Tsouris

Regarding the article on the environment by Antonis Loizou, (March 30.) linked together with a further article “Why is Cyprus Tourism Failing”, (March 2.) by Dr Leontiades, may I offer suggestions for the possible invigoration of the Cyprus tourism industry, which has a huge potential to benefit the economy.

However in the last decade, and not just because of the recent financial crisis, I fear the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), has lost its way, its drive and…

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Local News Business April 17, 2014

Lillis was ‘forced’ to resort to shady deal in Dromolaxia scandal

Lillis was ‘forced’ to resort to shady deal in Dromolaxia scandal

By Constantinos Psillides

TRIAL hearing into the controversial CyTA land acquisition deal in Dromolaxia continued yesterday, with defence lawyers resuming their cross examination of the main prosecution witness, entrepreneur Nicos Lillis.

Responding to the questions put forth by lawyers CyTA employee Yiannis Souroullas and his brother Gregoris, an employee of the land registry department, Lillis said that the case started back in 2007 when he first tried to buy the land off the Turkish Cypriot owner, Mustafa Mehmet Mustafa.

Lillis…

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Local News Business April 17, 2014

Opportunities exist, president tells Dubai chamber

Opportunities exist, president tells Dubai chamber

OPPORTUNITIES for growth exist in the majority of economic sectors of Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades told a Business Forum in Dubai yesterday on the last day of his four-day visit to the United Arab Emirates.

The forum was attended by members of the UAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency and the Cyprus-GCC Business Association.

“Especially today, the discovery of natural gas reserves within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone creates…

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Local News April 17, 2014

Easter meat prices double in areas

Easter meat prices double in areas

By Jean Christou

AS AGRICULTURE Minister Nicos Kouyialis yesterday visited supermarkets and the municipal market in Nicosia to check the Easter fare on sale, the commerce ministry published a survey showing that fresh meat prices in some areas were approaching double that of others.

The price of a kilo of Cypriot lamb for instance varied between €5.99 at Debenhams outlets to €8.99 at a small butcher’s in Nicosia. The price of pork with bone for souvla per kilo ranged from…

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Local News April 17, 2014

Famagusta Good Friday service ‘a grand event’, despite changes to route

Famagusta Good Friday service ‘a grand event’, despite changes to route

By Staff Reporter

THE Good Friday service at the Ayios Giorgos Exoronis church in Famagusta, the first since 1957, should be seen as a message of reconciliation, Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos said yesterday.

Around 3,000 people, including foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the service tomorrow.

“It is indeed a grand event, much bigger than us,” Galanos told a news conference.

“It is not just the emotional side of the issue and the fact that it has been embraced by…

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Local News April 17, 2014

Police chief replaces economy investigator

Police chief replaces economy investigator

By Staff reporter

THE chief of police yesterday replaced the head investigator into the collapse of the economy after resigning the previous day.

Chief inspector Themistos Arnaoutis resigned on Tuesday and was replaced by Christos Mavris, who holds the same rank.

The reasons for Arnaoutis’ resignation were not made public.

A police announcement said that the chief also decided to reinforce the investigating team.

Authorities are investigating the causes for the collapse of the economy covering the period from 2006…

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Local News Business April 17, 2014

‘Show me the money’ KOA tells sports bodies

‘Show me the money’ KOA tells sports bodies

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE head of the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) Klea Papaelliina has decided to forward a file containing mismanagement of funds by sports organisations within its remit to the Attorney General’s office, as urged by outgoing Auditor General Chrystalla Georghadji before she took the helm at the Central Bank of Cyprus.

Some 50 sports organisations under KOA’s administration received state funding of €6m in 2012 and are required to account for expenditure following clearly laid-out rules. Such rules…

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Local News April 17, 2014

New study for Larnaca port

New study for Larnaca port

By Staff reporter

A PRELIMINARY agreement has been reached for a detailed study into the role of the Larnaca port, the town’s mayor said yesterday after a meeting with the communications minister.

Larnaca residents oppose government plans to allow energy companies to set up operations at the town’s port.

After the meeting, Minister Marios Demetriades said he expected to meet again with the town’s local authorities to discuss the studies they considered carrying out and “together, find solutions to the…

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Local News April 17, 2014

Eco Bros to take on ‘tough mudder’ challenge for charity

Eco Bros to take on ‘tough mudder’ challenge for charity

By Alexia Evripidou

TWO brothers from Limassol will take on a mud, fire and eel-shaped ‘assault course’ in the UK next weekend to help raise funds for a children’s charity.

On April 26, ‘Eco Bros’ Alexis and Andreas Economidou will take part in the physically and mentally challenging ‘Tough Mudder’ event in London to raise money for the Child Development Centre ‘To Alma’, a project of the Theotokos Foundation. The target is to raise €4300 to buy a MOTOmed ergometer…

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The Week in Pictures , April 7th – April 11th

A holiday reminder on departure
Elections in Afghanistan
Philpa Spring Rally
Royals visit New Zealand
Let's go clean
Annunciation holiday in Moscow
Taxi drivers protest
Missing Imperial Faberge eggs in London
EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule with President Anastasiades
Divers scan the water for debris of the missing Flight MH370
Hungarian ‘Popeye’ world record breaking attempt
The new Nicosia bi-communal waste-water treatment plant at Mia Milia
The biggest photovoltaic park in Cyprus
Thai elephant battle water with tourists to celebrate Songkran festival
Cabinet goes tech
Ivory destruction in Belgium
Third phase of the Indian general elections
Thunderstorms in Nicosia
Children collect signatures for the Arctic
Paul Exhibition in Basel
Robot Open in Tehran
Earthquake in Nicaragua
Stocktaking at animal park Hagenbeck
Protests against German Chancellor Merkel visit to Greece

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