Please walk in the cell-phone lane

Please walk in the cell-phone lane

A man rides his bicycle as people walk on the "first mobile phone sidewalk in China", which was recently installed at a tourism area in Chongqing municipality. The mobile phone sidewalk in Chongqing was divided into two sides -- one was written with "Cellphones walk in this lane at your own risk" while the other with "No cellphones", as an attempt to reduce pedestrian incidents, local media reported (Reuters)

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Local News September 16, 2014

Murder charges dropped against pensioner (Updated)

Murder charges dropped against pensioner (Updated)

Constantinos Psillides
ALL murder charges against Georgia Christoforou, 77, who was to stand on trial on Tuesday for the murder of her sister, Aliki Christoforou, on July 23 in Kritou Terra have been dropped.
Legal services agreed to drop the charges in exchange for Georgia testifying as the main prosecution witness against her brother in law Evripides Christou, 83, who is also on trial for the murder.
Aliki was found dead in her yard, covered with a…

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Local News Business September 16, 2014

Moody’s: outlook stays negative for Cypriot banking system

Moody’s: outlook stays negative for Cypriot banking system

The outlook on the Cypriot banking system remains negative, primarily reflecting the expectation of a continued rise in problem loans over the next 12-18 months that will exacerbate losses and erode banks’ capital, Moody’s said on Tuesday.

The outlook also captures the vulnerability of the banks’ funding bases, owing to fragile depositor confidence after the resolution of the two largest banks in March 2013, leading to depositor losses and continued controls on cross-border transfers.

Moody’s expects lower corporate earnings, reduced…

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International News September 16, 2014

Ukraine parliament ratifies landmark agreement with EU

Ukraine parliament ratifies landmark agreement with EU

Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday ratified a landmark agreement on political association and trade with the European Union, the rejection of which last November by then President Viktor Yanukovich led to his downfall.

The agreement, whose ratification was synchronised with that of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, won unanimous support from the 355 deputies who took part in the vote.

Referring to the deaths of anti-government protesters who came out against Yanukovich’s rejection of the pact with the EU and of soldiers killed in fighting separatists since, President Petro…

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Local News September 16, 2014

Bomb hoax at English School

Bomb hoax at English School

Officers from the Police bomb-squad along with bomb-sniffing dogs search the area in and around the English School in Nicosia on Tuesday following an anonymous call to daily Politis saying that a bomb would go off at 1pm The school was evacuated and searched but no bomb was found

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International News September 16, 2014

Air France cancels 60 pct of flights as strike continues

Air France cancels 60 pct of flights as strike continues

A pilots strike at Air France entered its second day on Tuesday, with the two sides apparently no closer to resolving a dispute over cost cuts that has forced the French carrier to cancel 60 percent of flights.

The airline said it expected to operate “at least 40 percent of its flights” on Wednesday, based on three fifths of pilots walking out, as management prepared to hold further talks with unions later on Tuesday.

The pilots are carrying out a week-long strike…

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Local News September 16, 2014

Davutoglu in the north ahead of talks

Davutoglu in the north ahead of talks

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was due in the north on Tuesday ahead of a dinner between the two Cypriot leaders in the evening, and on the eve of the resumption of talks under the UN’s new Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide.

Prior to his departure from Ankara on Tuesday, Davutoglu gave a news conference and said his visit to the north had a “high symbolic importance” and was an expression of support to the independence of the ‘TRNC’.

Noting…

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International News September 16, 2014

Ukraine agrees to grant ‘special status’ to rebellious east

Ukraine agrees to grant ‘special status’ to rebellious east

Ukraine’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday that will give “special status” to the separatist-minded eastern regions including a degree of self-governance for a three-year period, parliamentary deputies, who attended the closed session, said.

A second law that was passed would grant an amnesty to separatists who were involved in recent fighting with government forces, the deputies told Reuters.

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Local News September 16, 2014

Tourism up 6.0 per cent between January and August

Tourism up 6.0 per cent between January and August

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus have reached 373.086 in August 2014 compared to 352.215 in August 2013, recording an increase of 5.9%, according to data released by the Statistical Service.

Based on the results of the Passengers Survey there was an increase of 6.5% tourist arrivals from the UK (from 127.118 in August 2013 to 135.424 in August 2014), an 11.6% increase from Russia (from 99.215 to 110.725) and a whopping 61.7% increase from Israel (from 8.164 to 13.201 this year).

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International News September 16, 2014

Police boss at centre of British child sex scandal quits

Police boss at centre of British child sex scandal quits

The elected official in charge of policing in the northern English town of Rotherham quit yesterday after weeks of resisting political pressure to stand down over a scandal involving the sexual exploitation of as many as 1,400 children.

Shaun Wright was in charge of children’s services for the local authority during the time some of the abuse was occurring. An independent report last month revealed the crimes had been going on for 16 years.

Wright said he was stepping down as…

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Local News September 16, 2014

Cabinet scrambles to avoid public service strike

Cabinet scrambles to avoid public service strike

The Cabinet was scrambling on Tuesday to avoid an all-out strike by public servants, authorising Finance Minister Harris Georgiades to engage them in dialogue.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that  further discussion was possible on the issue of the retirement bonus. Public servants called a 24-hour warning strike for Friday after the government said their retirement bonuses could be taxed.

Christodoulides said the Cabinet considered the call to strike “hasty” and called on the unions to respond to the invitation…

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Sport September 16, 2014

APOEL face mammoth task in Champions League opener against Barcelona

APOEL face mammoth task in Champions League opener against Barcelona

By Andreas Vou

APOEL are gearing up for another famous Champions League night as they prepare to take on the mighty FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in what will be one of the biggest tests in the club’s history.

The Cypriot champions are back in Europe’s elite competition for the third time in six years and after a two year absence following their famous 2011-12 campaign where they reached the last eight of the competition against all odds.

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Local News September 16, 2014

Supreme Court to deliberate again on October 20 on foreclosures legislation

Supreme Court to deliberate again on October 20 on foreclosures legislation

The full bench of the Supreme Court will convene on October 20 to deliberate on whether the four repossessions-related bills referred to it by the President are in violation of the constitution or not.

The timeline was set on Tuesday during the course of the first hearing at the top court. The court decided that the appeals of the lawyers representing the House of Representatives, as well as the closing arguments, be made in writing.

The lawyers representing the House…

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International News September 16, 2014

Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

By Dan Whitcomb

Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest.

Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

This year’s wildfire season,…

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International News September 16, 2014

Britain pledges state funding to Scotland ahead of independence vote

Britain pledges state funding to Scotland ahead of independence vote

Britain promised to guarantee Scotland’s high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday’s vote on independence.

With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare spending and the future of Britain’s revered National Health System have formed a central part of nationalist Alex Salmond’s case for secession.

In a deal brokered by former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leaders…

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International News Comment September 16, 2014

Central African Republic: Should the world pay attention?

Central African Republic: Should the world pay attention?

By Steve McDonald

As the world focuses on the atrocities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a far more brutal scenario has been unfolding some 2,500 miles directly south of Damascus. Situated in the sub-Sahel region of Africa, the poverty-stricken former French colony of the Central African Republic (CAR), torn throughout its post-colonial history by coups and rebellions, has had its latest coup deteriorate into an orgy of intercommunal violence, which has increasingly taken on interreligious connotations…

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International News September 16, 2014

Erdogan warns Moody’s and Fitch over assessments – reports

Erdogan warns Moody’s and Fitch over assessments – reports

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused rating agencies Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings of political motives in their assessments of the Turkish economy, and warnedAnkara could cut its ties with them, local media reported on Tuesday.

Both Moody’s and Fitch have in recent weeks warned of the potential impact of continued political uncertainty following former prime minister Erdogan’s victory on Aug. 10 in the country’s first direct presidential election.

Local media quoted Erdogan as telling reporters on his plane back…

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Local News September 16, 2014

First phase of Apostolos Andreas restoration underway

First phase of Apostolos Andreas restoration underway

The first phase of the restoration work at the Apostolos Andreas monastery in the north is underway Greek Cypriot head of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage Takis Hadjidemetriou has said.

During a meeting of the committee, it was decided that when the substantial work of the project is underway, a visit will take place where the contractors will explain to the media how the project is progressing.
He said the icons had been moved from the church this…

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International News September 16, 2014

Philippines evacuates thousands as volcano glows red

Philippines evacuates thousands as volcano glows red

The Philippines has evacuated more than 12,000 people from around the foot of its most active volcano as the crater glows red and authorities warn of a possible eruption.

Mount Mayon, known for its near-perfect cone shape in the coconut-growing central Bicol region, has recorded a series of recent quakes and rockfalls, indicating a possible eruption within weeks.

“We are now raising the alert status of Mayon Volcano from alert level 2 to 3,” Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine…

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Life & Style September 16, 2014

Yoga in the time of crisis

Yoga in the time of crisis

By Alix Norman

Overnight, we seemed to go from a fairly stable economy, a prosperous up-and-coming little island, to the stress capital of the world. Our collective anxiety levels soared as we were assured on a daily basis that it would only get worse: jobs would beslashed, salaries would plummet, relationshipswould crash and burn. And, unfortunately, a great deal of it has, indeed, happened. Accordingly, we’re seeing a whole new side to life, with mental and physical problems as a…

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Entertainment September 16, 2014

Film review: Deliver Us From Evil *

Film review: Deliver Us From Evil *

By Preston Wilder

Trust a critic to discuss trashy flicks based on who directed them. I liked Into the Storm [see opposite page] more than expected – and it was directed by Steven Quale who (I only realised later) also made Final Destination 5, which I also liked more than expected. Clearly, Mr. Quale’s approach to genre thrills matches my own. Scott Derrickson is a trickier case. He made The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which was religious propaganda, and the…

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