10 more bodies found at Japanese volcano

10 more bodies found at Japanese volcano

A handout picture taken on 28 September 2014 and released on 01 October 2014 by the Tokyo Fire Department shows firefighters and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members rescuing a climber on Mount Ontake, between Gifu and Nagano prefectures, in central Japan. According to media reports on 01 October, ten more bodies were found near the peak of the volcano. The latest find could bring the death toll to 46, the highest from a single eruption in the country since detailed records began after World War II. EPA

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International News October 1, 2014

Shells hit school playground and nearby street in Ukraine city, 4 killed

Shells hit school playground and nearby street in Ukraine city, 4 killed

REUTERS WITNESSES SEE SIX MORE BODIES OF ADULTS IN BURNT OUT MINI-VAN AND ON STREET NEAR DONETSK SCHOOL HIT BY SHELLING

Shells hit a school playground and a nearby street in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, killing four people including a teacher and a parent, witnesses said.

A Reuters correspondent at the scene saw a blast hole in the playground of school number 57 in Donetsk’s Kiev district and another crater in a nearby street. No…

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International News October 1, 2014

Coalition jets strike Islamic State near Turkish border – Kurdish sources

Coalition jets strike Islamic State near Turkish border – Kurdish sources

By Ayla Jean Yackley

U.S.-led forces launched air strikes on Islamic State fighters who are besieging a Kurdish town near the Syrian border with Turkey on Wednesday, Kurdish sources in the town and a monitoring group said, a rare daylight coalition attack.

A Reuters correspondent on the Turkish side of the border could hear jets overhead and saw a column of black smoke rising into the sky from the southeast of the town.

“Today, American jets hit a village that…

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International News October 1, 2014

Some financial firms moving to back-up sites amid Hong Kong protest fears

Some financial firms moving to back-up sites amid Hong Kong protest fears

By Michelle Price and Stephen Aldred

Some banks and other financial firms have begun moving staff to back-up premises on the outskirts of Hong Kong to prevent growing unrest in the financial hub from disrupting trading and other critical functions, two business services firms said.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have blocked parts of the Central financial district since Friday in protest against Beijing’s decision to limit voters’ choice in elections due in 2017.

The protests, that have been largely peaceful,…

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Greek yields plunge on talk Draghi pushing for ECB junk loan buys

Greek yields plunge on talk Draghi pushing for ECB junk loan buys

Greek 10-year bond yields fell sharply on Wednesday on a report saying Mario Draghi was set to push the European Central Bank to buy junk-rated Greek and Cypriot bank loans.

The central bank’s executive board will propose that current requirements on the quality of assets accepted by the bank be relaxed to allow the ECB to buy repackaged debt, or safer slices of Greek and Cypriot asset-backed securities, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Greek 10-year…

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International News October 1, 2014

Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven

Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven

Two Taliban suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on Afghan army vehicles in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan signed security deals with NATO and the United States.

The agreements will allow foreign troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

“An Afghan army bus and another car carrying Afghan army personnel were…

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Greek banks win restructuring plan reprieve in ECB tests – sources

Greek banks win restructuring plan reprieve in ECB tests – sources

By Laura Noonan, Lefteris Papadimas and Eva Taylor

Greece has won an important concession from the European Central Bank (ECB) that could help its top four lenders pass a landmark review of the euro zone’s banking sector, three sources familiar with the process told Reuters.

The sources said Greece had convinced the ECB to take into account the banks’ restructuring plans in reaching its verdict on their finances, part of pan-European efforts to ensure banks are adequately structured in case…

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Local News October 1, 2014

Ryanair seeks to boost standing in Cyprus

Ryanair seeks to boost standing in Cyprus

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 –…

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Comment October 1, 2014

Our View: ‘Social dialogue’ an obstacle to public service reform

Our View: ‘Social dialogue’ an obstacle to public service reform

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…

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Local News October 1, 2014

Lively new screening of silent films

Lively new screening of silent films

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…

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Local News October 1, 2014

Get moving in Paphos

Get moving in Paphos

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…

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Local News October 1, 2014

Company appointed to help economy probe

Company appointed to help economy probe

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,…

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International News October 1, 2014

CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States

CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States

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…

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Local News October 1, 2014

Parliament to keep calling the shots on protocol

Parliament to keep calling the shots on protocol

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…

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Local News October 1, 2014

Christofias ‘angered and upset’ by Russian move

Christofias ‘angered and upset’ by Russian move

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…

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Football Sport October 1, 2014

Manduca penalty hands APOEL a point in enthralling draw

Manduca penalty hands APOEL a point in enthralling draw

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…

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Football Sport October 1, 2014

Veteran Totti secures Roma deserved draw at Man City

Veteran Totti secures Roma deserved draw at Man City

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.
City went…

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Football Sport September 30, 2014

Chelsea win ends Sporting’s unbeaten European home run

Chelsea win ends Sporting’s unbeaten European home run

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…

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Local News September 30, 2014

‘The voice of the voiceless’

‘The voice of the voiceless’

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…

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Local News September 30, 2014

Those who have abused government positions ‘will be identified’

Those who have abused government positions ‘will be identified’

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…

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Local News September 30, 2014

Asset freeze being considered in Aristo case

Asset freeze being considered in Aristo case

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…

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