Bad parking in Limassol

Bad parking in Limassol

Readers photo: While there was ample parking to be found at Dasoudi parking lot in Limassol on Thursday night one car owner left their vehicle across the pavement. How would a person in a wheelchair be able to pass? Or a person with a stroller? Would they need to step into the busy street to get around the parked car?

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

August revenue from tourism down 7.2 per cent y-o-y

August revenue from tourism down 7.2 per cent y-o-y

Revenue from tourism fell 7.2 per cent in August compared with 2013 to €324.3 million even as arrivals rose 5.9 per cent in the same month, the statistical service said.

Between January and August, revenue from tourism rose 2.8 per cent to €1.4 billion compared with the respective period last year, Cystat said in a statement on Friday.

The London-based World Travel and Tourism Council estimates the contribution of tourism to Cyprus’ economy at 25 per cent this year.

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Local News October 31, 2014

Vergas, three others, to be charged for threatening texts

Vergas, three others, to be charged for threatening texts

Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas and three others will be charged in writing in connection with threatening text messages sent to witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving a prominent developer.

The decision was taken on Friday during a meeting at the state legal service.

The four face charges relating to conspiracy to commit felony, issuing threats, and interference in judicial proceedings. The case will be submitted at the district court.

The mayor was arrested earlier in October in connection…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

Number of public workers drops by 2,500 in a year

Number of public workers drops by 2,500 in a year

The number of workers employed directly or indirectly by the government fell by 2,520 to 65,811 in the second quarter of 2014 compared to a year before, the statistical service said on Friday.

The drop was mainly on a reduction of the central government workforce which fell by 1,502 to 54,010, Cystat said in a statement.

The number of workers employed by the local administration fell by 286 to 4,361, while that at state owned companies fell by 732 to…

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Record scorer Rooney set for Manchester derby return

Record scorer Rooney set for Manchester derby return

By Sam Holden

Manchester United are likely to welcome back captain Wayne Rooney from suspension for their visit to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, hoping the striker can add to his record scoring tally in the derby.

Rooney, who missed three matches because of a red card last month, tops the all-time goalscoring list for Manchester derbies having netted 11 in 22 games for United.

The return of the England striker will add a further spring to manager…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

Foreclosures bills unconstitutional: Supreme Court (updated)

Foreclosures bills unconstitutional: Supreme Court (updated)

The island’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled as unconstitutional four bills passed by opposition parties to limit the scope of a law on foreclosures.

The bills, which threatened to derail Cyprus’ bailout adjustment programme, had been referred to the court by President Nicos Anastasiades.

The court’s decision was unanimous

Approval of the bills by parliament prompted the so-called Troika (IMF, EU, ECB) of international lenders to withhold the next tranche of bailout assistance because the bills violated the terms of…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

Building a regional alliance for stability

Building a regional alliance for stability

The co-operation between Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt aims to bring stability in a volatile area and to allow everyone to reap the benefits of the natural wealth, President Nicos Anastasiades said.

The effort “is to create conditions of co-operation between neighbouring countries in an area characterised by instability,” Anastasiades said in an interview with state broadcaster CyBC.

The three countries are working to forge closer ties in various areas, including energy, economy, and tourism.

A summit is scheduled to take…

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International News October 31, 2014

Myanmar’s leaders seek to revive peace talks, maintain reforms

Myanmar’s leaders seek to revive peace talks, maintain reforms

By Aung Hla Tun and Paul Mooney

Myanmar’s political and ethnic leaders agreed on Friday to work together on reforms and peace talks ahead of a 2015 election after US President Barack Obama urged the government to make every effort to end ethnic conflict.

The president and the military chief met opposition parties and ethnic minority groups at a roundtable meeting in the capital Naypyitaw, the first meeting of its kind in the Southeast Asian nation. The gathering also marked…

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International News October 31, 2014

Protesters in Burkina Faso call for Compaore to step down

Protesters in Burkina Faso call for Compaore to step down

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg

Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday demanding that President Blaise Compaore step down, a day after the military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government in the face of violent mass protests.

“We don’t want him. We want him out of power. He is not our president,” demonstrator Ouedrago Yakubo told Reuters. The demonstrators gathered at the main Place de la Nation and in front of the army headquarters.

Compaore,…

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International News October 31, 2014

Australia lifts Fiji sanctions as foreign minister visits

Australia lifts Fiji sanctions as foreign minister visits

By Matt Siegel

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday took a major step towards resetting frayed relations with Fiji, lifting the final sanctions against the country during the most senior visit by an Australian diplomat since a military coup eight years ago.

Fiji, a tropical archipelago about 3,200 km east of Australia, has suffered four coups since 1987, the latest in 2006 led by former army chief Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama, whose Fiji First Party holds a wide majority in…

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International News October 31, 2014

Muslim men over 50 return to Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque, tension high

Muslim men over 50 return to Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque, tension high

By Luke Baker

Muslim worshippers over the age of 50 returned to pray at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, a day after Israeli authorities shut down all access to the sacred compound following violence in East Jerusalem.

The Muslim quarter of the Old City was calm early in the day, the Muslim holy day, and police said pre-dawn prayers had passed off without incident. However, security was tight ahead of midday prayers, when more people were…

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International News Comment October 31, 2014

A hostile climate

A hostile climate

By Sherri Goodman

On October 13, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered a major address on climate security at the Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas in Lima, Peru. During his speech, he announced the release of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) most comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap to date.

If there was any doubt before, it is now clear that the United States recognizes the growing national security risks associated with climate change. While…

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Sport October 31, 2014

Moufflons confident of extending world record win streak

Moufflons confident of extending world record win streak

By Alexander McCowan

THE usual air of confidence that floats through the Cyprus changing room before a rugby international is slightly tempered now by the knowledge that some things have changed.

The Moufflons have accomplished so much over the last five years, gliding effortlessly from the bottom division in Europe to being promoted into division 2B.

On Saturday, they play Andorra at the Paphiakos Stadium with the kick-off at 2pm.
Although a small country like the hosts, the…

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Local News October 31, 2014

UN SG’s Special Adviser in Athens on November 5

UN SG’s Special Adviser in Athens on November 5

UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will be meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Evangelos Venizelos, in Athens, on November 5.

A UN press release says that Eide has completed his one day visit to Ankara where he met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Undersecretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Feridun Sinirlioğlu and is scheduled to be in…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

‘No more money for ailing airline’

‘No more money for ailing airline’

By Constantinos Psillides

THE government is doing everything in its power to save Cyprus Airways (CY) but it won’t give the ailing carrier any more money, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said yesterday.

Speaking at a news conference, the minister was responding to accusations by CY employees who have blamed the government for driving the company to the ground.

“We will not spend more money in supporting Cyprus Airways. The era of thoughtlessly throwing money at the carrier has passed,” said…

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Local News Comment October 31, 2014

Our View: Forging of energy alliances will not erase need for a Cyprus solution

Our View: Forging of energy alliances will not erase need for a Cyprus solution

THE CYPRUS-Greece-Egypt co-operation agreement which will be formalised at a meeting of the heads of the three governments in Cairo in eight days time is good news. Although its scope is limited to trade and tourism to start with, Cyprus government sources said it could create the prospects for co-operation in sectors such as security and hydrocarbons.

Egypt has reportedly expressed an interest in purchasing natural gas from Cyprus even though this is not likely to happen any time…

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Local News Comment October 31, 2014

Barbaros, rights, resolutions and sheer reality

Barbaros, rights, resolutions and sheer reality

By Nicos Rolandis

IN MY long career I have been taught that, in difficult moments, those who are small and weak remain and suffer alone, unless some major interests are involved. Irrespective of laws, principles and justice nobody will give a hug to the weak. A hug which will save him, not simply offer consolation.

Greek Cypriots should have been well conversant with this moral. It is part of our life, of our recent history. However it appears that…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

Government drafting ‘master plan’ for economic growth

Government drafting ‘master plan’ for economic growth

By Stelios Orphanides

WHILE the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of four bills accompanying the foreclosure legislation is expected today and may determine the future implementation of Cyprus’s agreement with international lenders, the government is already working on a ‘day after’ plan for the economy in an attempt to boost growth.

“We need a growth strategy and we are already in consultations with stakeholders,” undersecretary to the President, Constantinos Petrides said in a telephone interview yesterday. “It is going…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

Connecting Cyprus and Israel electrically

Connecting Cyprus and Israel electrically

ELECTRICITY connection between Hadera of Israel and Vasilikos in Cyprus is one of the projects to be funded by the EU, in the framework of the programme Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). According to a press release issued by the European Commission, EU member states agreed to allocate €647m to support key priority infrastructure projects.

The amount earmarked for the Hadera Israel-Vasilikos Cyprus connection is up to €1.325m.

The whole project concerns an undersea cable for the connection of the electricity…

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Local News October 31, 2014

IPT payment deadline extended

IPT payment deadline extended

THE HOUSE plenum last night unanimously passed a law extending the deadline for payment of immovable property tax (IPT) by a month, as well as extending by one month the 15 per cent discount.

The legislative proposal, tabled by EDEK MP Nicos Nicolaides, provides that the latest payment date for IPT will be December 31, instead of the end of November as had been announced. Homeowners will receive a 15 per cent discount if they settle their account by November…

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