Land Day anniversary protest

Land Day anniversary protest

Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas towards Palestinian protesters from the West Bank village of Wadi Fukin, as they mark the anniversary of 'Land Day' near the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit on Monday. Land Day commemorates the killing of six Arabs by Israeli security forces during 1976 protests against the Israeli government's expropriation of land in the Galilee in northern Israel (EPA)

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Local News March 31, 2015

Agreement on criminalising denial of Armenian genocide

Agreement on criminalising denial of Armenian genocide

By Elias Hazou

LAWMAKERS on Monday agreed to amend current legislation criminalising the denial of genocide if the genocide in question has been recognised by the House.

The matter is fundamentally about the Armenian genocide, and resurfaced last week due to the upcoming visit to Cyprus of the speaker of the Armenian National Assembly to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

As it stands, the law states that denial of crimes against humanity and genocide is a criminal…

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Local News Comment March 31, 2015

President sets worrying new condition

President sets worrying new condition

PRESIDENT Anastasiades may repeatedly declare his unflagging commitment to finding a Cyprus settlement but he does not seem prepared to make the extra effort required to achieve this. If anything, he has been reluctant to give substance to this theoretical commitment, finding pretexts not to fully engage in negotiations.

Before the business of the Barbaros had surfaced last autumn, he had refused to accept the Christofias-Talat convergences, seeking instead to start the talks from scratch. Apart from unnecessarily delaying…

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Local News March 31, 2015

Vgenepoulos claims vindication in Greek libel case

Vgenepoulos claims vindication in Greek libel case

By Angelos Anastasiou

GREEK financier Andreas Vgenopoulos has said the Greek journalist Costas Vaxevanis’ suspended jail sentence for libel against the former Laiki Bank strongman has important ramifications for Cyprus.

“The court’s verdict is one of the largest delivered in Greece for similar offences, as it was fully accepted that Vaxevanis’ claims were false and slanderous,” Vgenopoulos said in a statement issued on Monday.

Considered by many as one of the villains in the collapse of Cyprus’ then second-largest bank…

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Local News Business March 31, 2015

Betting companies call for end to OPAP monopoly

Betting companies call for end to OPAP monopoly

By Constantinos Psillides

BETTING companies have united their voices to demand that the state ends betting giant’s OPAP monopoly on lottery number games – such as Lotto and Joker – claiming that the current system hurts competition and goes against EU fair trade practices.

Representatives from betting companies Bet on Alfa, Fair Champions Meridien, Cy Bet and Megabet Plus held a press conference on Monday to announce the forming of the Cyprus Betting Companies Association (CBCA), with the OPAP issue…

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Local News March 31, 2015

Judge in trouble after contested ruling

Judge in trouble after contested ruling

By Angelos Anastasiou

A DISTRICT court ruling in a civil suit concerning inheritance rights was overruled on appeal because the presiding judge improperly admitted testimony after closing arguments had been heard and without informing the litigants, the Supreme Court ruled last week.

The case was first brought to court shortly after Archimedes Paraskevaides’ death in 1990, when his partner unsuccessfully sued to be listed as one of his inheritors, along with the two children she had had with the deceased.

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Local News March 31, 2015

Targeted marketing to replace generic bid for tourists

Targeted marketing to replace generic bid for tourists

By Andria Kades

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is restructuring itself from within and targeting specific market niches in a bid to enhance tourism, CTO president Angelos Loizou told a press conference on Monday.

He said the changes were part of a series of new strategies making the CTO more resourceful and modernised.

“We have stopped generic attempts to market the industry and now have specific goals,” Loizou said. These included reducing bureaucracy, having an internal audit committee and improving…

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Local News March 31, 2015

Police uncover illegal ring of third-country carers for pensioners

Police uncover illegal ring of third-country carers for pensioners

By Constantinos Psillides

POLICE ARE in the late stages of an investigation to bust a trafficking ring bringing workers from India under false pretences, according to police spokesman Andreas Angelides.

Angelides told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the ring registered the workers as help for elderly people who had no idea that their names were being used.

“After some investigation we found that many elderly people were registered as employers for these workers without ever consenting to that. We…

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Local News March 30, 2015

MPs end talk on fifth insolvency bill

MPs end talk on fifth insolvency bill

MPs on Monday wrapped up discussion of the fifth bill comprising the insolvency framework – a set of laws governing personal and corporate bankruptcy – hoping to put the whole package to a vote this Thursday.
The fifth bill deals with the protection of primary homes, business premises and guarantors’ obligations to the principal debtor.
The House aims to table the insolvency framework to the plenary for a vote by April 2, the last plenum before the Easter…

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Local News Business March 30, 2015

Co-op in profit despite bad loans

Co-op in profit despite bad loans

CO-OP BANKS on Monday announced a €41.2 million net profit for 2014 despite the rise in provisions for bad debts. Total provisions reached €2.97 billion.
Loans which have not been serviced for over 90 days reached €6.7 billion or 51.1 per cent of the of the loan portfolio.
Net income rose to €392.3 million compared with €377.8 million in 2013, the Cooperative Central Bank (CCB) said.
Net interest rate revenue was €378.4 million compared with €411.7 million…

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Local News March 30, 2015

British foreign minister calls off Cyprus visit

British foreign minister calls off Cyprus visit

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will not make it to Cyprus on Tuesday due to the ongoing nuclear talks in Switzerland between Iran and the major powers.
No new visit has been planned, a spokesman at the British High Commission said on Monday.
“The Foreign Secretary had planned to travel to Nicosia but ongoing talks on Iran in Switzerland means his plans have had to change,” the spokesman told the Cyprus Mail.
No new visit has been…

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International News March 30, 2015

One dead, one hurt as men try to ram U.S. spy agency gates

One dead, one hurt as men try to ram U.S. spy agency gates

Guards shot one man dead and seriously wounded a second when they tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate at the Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters of the National Security Agency on Monday, news reports said.

Federal law enforcement officials told Reuters that two people in a car tried to ram the spy agency’s gate and initial indications are that at least one was seriously injured. The motive was unknown but the incident was not related to terrorism, the…

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Local News March 30, 2015

University rector arrested over promotions procedure (Updated)

University rector arrested over promotions procedure (Updated)

By George Psyllides

Police on Monday arrested the rector of the Limassol-based technical university TEPAK on suspicion of interfering with promotions procedures.

Elpida Keravnou was detained in connection with claims that she had interfered with the committee assessing lecturers between September and October 2014.
Authorities are looking into potential offences relating to abuse of authority, forgery and conspiracy to commit felony.

The decision to arrest the rector was taken during a meeting at the state law office on Monday…

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Local News March 30, 2015

Eide to seize ‘window of opportunity’

Eide to seize ‘window of opportunity’

By Jean Christou
UN SPECIAL Adviser Espen Barth Eide will be in Cyprus from April 6-8, the Secretary-General’s Good Offices mission said on Monday only hours after the Turkish Cypriot side announced the withdrawal of its seismic vessel Barbaros “within the day”.
Eide’s visit also comes on the day Turkey’s second navigational telex (NAVETX) expires. This, combined with the departure of the ENI-KOGAS drilling vessel Sapiem1000 from the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), has paved the way for…

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International News March 30, 2015

Obama Vs. Bush: Public protection and perception

Obama Vs. Bush: Public protection and perception

By John Deutch,

Public opinion in the United States is divided about the performance of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) and the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) during the Bush and Obama presidencies.

The revelation of intelligence “failures” such as lack of warning of the 9/11 attacks, the incorrect assessment of Iraqi nuclear weapons activity prior to the 2003 invasion, and leaks to the media about operations against Iran contribute to a negative judgment.

The December 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee…

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Local News March 30, 2015

Minister seeks power to deal with low income special cases

Minister seeks power to deal with low income special cases

By George Psyllides
THE LABOUR ministry plans to submit a bill amending the law on guaranteed minimum income (GMI) to allow the minister to handle cases where people may face serious problems but do not meet all the eligibility criteria, lawmakers heard on Monday.
Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said changes made by parliament to the original legislation, which allowed the minister to issue decrees whenever necessary, have created problems.
Removing the provision took away the minister’s power…

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Local News March 30, 2015

Barbaros set to leave Famagusta

Barbaros set to leave Famagusta

THE TURKISH seismic vessel Barbaros is due to leave Famagusta port on Monday, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Ozdil Nami said.
Speaking on Turkish Cypriot radio, BRT, Nami said Turkey did not want to give the Greek Cypriot side any excuse not to return to the negotiating table.
The Barbaros has been anchored off Famagusta since December 30 when the first navigational telex (NAVETX), issued in October, expired, and the vessel had carried out seismic explorations in the island’s…

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Business March 30, 2015

Capital Intelligence cuts rating of five Greek lenders to B from B+ (Update 1)

Capital Intelligence cuts rating of five Greek lenders to B from B+ (Update 1)

By Stelios Orphanides

Capital Intelligence, the Limassol-based rating company said it lowered today the long-term foreign currency rating a notch to B and the short-term foreign currency rating for four Greek lenders to C from B.

The ratings, which curry a negative outlook, apply to Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias S.A., National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank S.A. The rating company also lowered the financial strength rating of the four banks to B from B+ and placed it on negative…

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International News March 30, 2015

Searchers build roadway to remote France air crash site

Searchers build roadway to remote France air crash site

French investigators hope to speed up identification of the 150 people killed in last week’s Germanwings plane crash by digging a roadtrack that will allow direct access to the disaster zone high on a remote Alpine mountainside.

Earthmovers are ploughing a track to the remote crash area that should be completed by Tuesday or Wednesday, said Xavier Vialenc, spokesman for 350 military police involved in the search for bodies and parts of the pulverised Airbus A320.

“We’ll gain some time…

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