Larnaca beach cleaning

Larnaca beach cleaning

A beach cleaning event near Larnaca airport was organised by Hermes Airports on Saturday with volunteers scooping up an estimated 30 kilos of rubbish.
The volunteers removed plastic bags, bottles, tins, cigarette butts as well as a lot of paper litter from the beach. A lot of the waste collected was sent by Hermes for recycling.
The event was held to mark the International Coastal Clean-up Day marked on September 20 each year

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Sport September 20, 2014

Cyprus Rally leaders neck and neck

Cyprus Rally leaders neck and neck

By Rosie Ogden

POLAND’S Kajetan Kajetanowicz heads the leaderboard of the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally after a hard-fought day’s racing to the south of Nicosia on Saturday which saw the crews battling for every precious second over a loop of four special stages run once in the morning, and again in the afternoon.

Kajetanowicz showed determination to move from 25th after Friday’s opening stage to third on the leaderboard by Saturday lunchtime. In the afternoon, he piled the pressure on…

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English Premier League Sport September 20, 2014

Ozil inspires, Welbeck scores in Arsenal easy win at Villa

Ozil inspires, Welbeck scores in Arsenal easy win at Villa

By Martyn Herman

Arsenal responded to midweek criticism with a 3-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday inspired by record signing Mesut Ozil.

Ozil scored one and created another for Danny Welbeck as the visitors struck three goals in four minutes before halftime to end the hosts’ unbeaten start in emphatic fashion.

The Germany midfielder produced a cool finish after 32 minutes from Welbeck’s pass, then returned the compliment as Welbeck opened his Gunners account.

An own goal by Villa’s Aly Cissokho ended the…

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Local News September 20, 2014

Ministry denies stalling in Michaelides case

Ministry denies stalling in Michaelides case

By George Psyllides
THE JUSTICE ministry denied on Saturday it was dragging its feet in investigating a Syrian businessman with links to former minister Dinos Michaelides, currently on trial in Greece on corruption charges.
The ministry was responding to a report by Greece’s Athens News Agency on Friday, which said Cypriot authorities had remained silent about Fouad al-Zayat, who is also being tried – in absentia – in Greece.
“The investigations concerning the Greek authorities’ request about…

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Local News September 20, 2014

Police defend their role in rally traffic chaos

Police defend their role in rally traffic chaos

By George Psyllides

THE POLICE denied on Saturday they were to blame for the traffic chaos in Nicosia, caused when roads were closed to accommodate a special stage of the Cyprus Rally on Friday.

Seeking to set the record straight, the force said it had not been asked and its recommendations had been ignored.

The stage run through downtown Nicosia, stretching into the Turkish occupied northern part.

“The decision to hold the specific special stage inside Nicosia was not taken…

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International News September 20, 2014

Yemen TV building on fire as clashes continue with Shiites

Yemen TV building on fire as clashes continue with Shiites

Yemen’s state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shi’ite rebels who are protesting against the government, residents and a TV employee said on Saturday,

After weeks of protests and clashes, the conflict intensified on Thursday when the Shi’ite Houthi rebels clashed with the army on the outskirts of Sanaa.

The fighting expanded mainly between the Houthis and tribesmen allied with the al-Ahmar clan. Prominent figures from the mainly Sunni Muslim clan, one of the most powerful tribes in Yemen, hold…

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International News September 20, 2014

Britain must honour pledge to grant Scotland powers, says Gordon Brown

Britain must honour pledge to grant Scotland powers, says Gordon Brown

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told British leaders on Saturday that they must honour their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after voters backed staying in the United Kingdom in an independence referendum.

Just days before the September 18 vote, Brown appeared to be making British policy by announcing that laws granting further devolution to the Scottish parliament would be drafted by the time Scots celebrate the birthday of their most revered poet, Robert Burns, on January 25.

“The eyes of the world have been…

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Local News September 20, 2014

Aristodemou, three others, remanded in custody (Updated)

Aristodemou, three others, remanded in custody (Updated)

By George Psyllides
PROMINENT land developer Theodoros Aristodemou, his wife, and two other suspects, were remanded in custody for eights days on Saturday in connection with zoning violations in Paphos.
The court said the police request to detain them pending the investigation of the case was justified, rejecting defence claims about the existence of ulterior motives.
Aristodemou, who had been admitted in hospital with high blood pressure the day before, was still receiving treatment in the intensive…

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International News September 20, 2014

Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing Islamic State advance

Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing Islamic State advance

By Seyhmus Cakan

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday.

Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the Syrian border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish.

“Around 45,000 Syrian Kurds have…

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International News September 20, 2014

Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq

Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq

By Seyhmus Cakan

Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.

The hostages, including Turkey’s consul-general, diplomats’ children and special forces soldiers, were brought to the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa in the early hours of the morning. Police formed a cordon outside the airport as they arrived in buses with…

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International News Comment September 20, 2014

Who owns your DNA?

Who owns your DNA?

By Luigi Palombi

The DNA double helix is naturally occurring. Every one of us has millions of them, and they are all unique to us. Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the DNA double helix in 1953. They didn’t patent it. They did, however, win the Nobel Prize for their amazing discovery. In those days, a discovery was not considered an “invention.” But over the years, that has changed.

In 1975, Herbert Boyer from the University of California, San Francisco…

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Local News September 20, 2014

Aristo boss spends night in hospital instead of behind bars

Aristo boss spends night in hospital instead of behind bars

By Stefanos Evripidou

THE PAPHOS District Court yesterday reserved judgement until today on the request for an eight-day remand of four suspects, including prominent businessman Theodoros Aristodimou, who spent the night in hospital with high blood pressure.

The four suspects, Aristodemou, his wife Sotiroulla, a former Paphos municipal engineer, and a municipal employee working in technical services were arrested on Thursday night in a case involving suspected fraudulent zoning in Paphos.

After nearly eight hours in session yesterday,…

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Local News Comment September 20, 2014

Our View: Will anyone even take notice of new geostrategic and energy councils?

Our View: Will anyone even take notice of new geostrategic and energy councils?

THE ESTABLISHMENT of two new councils that would supposedly advise the government on issues of policy was announced this week. One is the Council for Geostrategic Studies, the creation of which was decided at a recent meeting of the National Council and the other is the Council for Energy Policy. Both these bodies consist almost exclusively of academics, most of them proposed to the president by the political parties, which are the top judges of academic excellence and expertise in…

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International News Comment September 20, 2014

What’s next for Scotland?

What’s next for Scotland?

By Gwynne Dyer

A WEEK AGO, the “Kurdistan Times” warned that “the British are exercising the old colonialist tongue to control the minds and dampen the aspirations of Scottish people who want to vote Yes (to independence).” And lo! It came to pass just as the Kurdistan Times predicted. The silver-tongued colonialists lured the Scots into voting No, and by a fairly healthy margin, too: 55 percent No, 45 percent Yes.

It is, indeed, a much wider margin for the…

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Local News Business September 20, 2014

‘Where is the money going?’

‘Where is the money going?’

By Staff Reporter

EUROPEAN bankers chided Cypriot banks yesterday for failing to pass on millions to small and medium sized businesses, which they called the “engines for growth and jobs”.

The president and vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) were in Nicosia yesterday to sign a loan deal with Cypriot banks worth €85 million to be used to finance small and medium businesses.

But the banks were told the EIB wanted to see the money filter down where…

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Local News Business September 20, 2014

EIB discusses energy investment

EIB discusses energy investment

By Stefanos Evripidou

EUROPEAN Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer yesterday met with President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia where the main focus of discussion was reportedly energy investments.

According to public broadcaster CyBC, the two met for 45 minutes at the Presidential Palace after which no statements were made.

Sources told the broadcaster that the biggest part of the discussion focused on energy issues and, in particular, on the potential financing of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal…

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Local News Business September 20, 2014

NPLs continued upward trend in July

NPLs continued upward trend in July

By Stefanos Evripidou

NON-PERFORMING loans (NPLs), the bane of the Cypriot banking system, continued to rise in July, recording an increase of approximately €130 million by the end of the month, compared with the previous month of June, according to data released yesterday by the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC).

The data release marked the first time the CBC published a single aggregation for banks and co-operative credit institutions.

According to the data, despite a reduction in the…

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Local News September 20, 2014

Anastasiades heads for New York

Anastasiades heads for New York

By Stefanos Evripidou

PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades departed yesterday for New York to attend the 69th UN General Assembly, with a short stopover planned in London.

Accompanied by First Lady Andri Anastasiades, the president will attend an event in the British capital on Saturday, organised by the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, where he will be declared Patron of the Brotherhood.

On Sunday, Anastasiades and his delegation will depart for New York where he will address the UN General Assembly…

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Local News September 20, 2014

Real issues for growing number of Alzheimer’s patients

Real issues for growing number of Alzheimer’s patients

By Bejay Browne

CYPRUS, along with the rest of the world will mark Alzheimer’s day tomorrow, and according to research, someone develops the disease every 68 seconds, and numbers are steadily increasing, causing devastating effects on patients and their carers.

Paphos has the largest concentration of British ex pats on the island, many of them elderly or advancing in years. Current or future health care and support are real issues which are affecting hundreds of families living in the area.

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Local News Sport September 19, 2014

Rally fever and rally fallout

Rally fever and rally fallout

By Rosie Ogden

THOUSANDS of motor sport fans lined the streets of central Nicosia on Friday afternoon to watch the Cyprus Rally’s opening ‘superspecial’ stage – which for the first time took crews through both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot areas of the capital.

As a counter for both the European Rally Championship (ERC) and the Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), Cyprus’ premier international sporting event promised plenty of thrills for fans on both sides of the Green Line…

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Local News September 19, 2014

Newest tests find water unfit to drink again

Newest tests find water unfit to drink again

A day after announcing that the water in Kalo Chorio was now fit to drink, the health ministry on Friday changed its mind and said supply to the village, and to Ayia Varvara, and Pera Chorio Nisou were again unfit for consumption.

Ayia Varvara and Pera Chorio Nisou were cleared two weeks ago, and Kalo Chorio on Thursday. However the ministry on Friday issued a new announcement saying fresh samples had been taken from all three villages and all came…

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