Victoriana inspired body painters

Victoriana inspired body painters

A man kisses a model showcasing a creation during the Bodyspectra body painting event in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday. In its 15th year, Bodyspectra is Africa's premier body painting event and is this year themed 'living pictures' based on an art form made popular in Victorian times where theatrically lit actors or artists'€™ models posed silently and motionless according to a prescribed theme (EPA)

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Local News October 25, 2014

Traffic campaign bags drunk drivers

Traffic campaign bags drunk drivers

A campaign to prevent traffic accidents was carried out on Friday night all over Cyprus, resulting in 46 alcohol-related write-ups and 128 traffic-related tickets, a police report said on Saturday.
Specifically, in Nicosia 113 vehicles were checked, producing 23 traffic offences, while 107 drivers were alcohol-tested and 11 were found to be over the legal limit.
In Limassol, 140 alcohol-level tests were performed, with 22 drivers written up for driving while intoxicated.
Famagusta traffic police found a…

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Sport October 25, 2014

Williams beats Wozniacki in three-set thriller

Williams beats Wozniacki in three-set thriller

By Julian Linden

Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.

The best of friends off the court, the pair slugged it out like two prizefighters for almost two and a quarter hours until Williams delivered the killer blow to end a contest filled with…

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Local News Business October 25, 2014

Reforms bringing results, Cyprus says after ratings upgrade

Reforms bringing results, Cyprus says after ratings upgrade

Economic reforms in Cyprus are starting to yield results, the government said on Saturday after one credit-rating agency upgraded its rating and a second its outlook for the bailed-out country.

Standard and Poor’s on Friday raised Cyprus’s credit rating a notch to B+, reflecting what it said was the island’s strong commitment to a reform programme and a budgetary performance exceeding its expectations. Fitch, which rates Cyprus B-, revised its outlook to positive. The other major agency, Moody’s, rates it…

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International News October 25, 2014

Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

By Ellen Wulfhorst

A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America’s biggest urban center.

She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during…

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International News October 25, 2014

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere

A student shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, apparently after a fight with fellow students, officials said.

The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, took his own life as his classmates scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school.

A school district official, who declined to be…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Air crash investigators find task difficult

Air crash investigators find task difficult

By Evie Andreou

THE absence of a black box and a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the aircraft that crashed into the sea between Cyprus and Lebanon on Wednesday killing both people on board, makes the investigation into the accident more difficult, the senior investigator into the case said yesterday.

Yiannakis Loizou, head of the Air Accident Incident Investigation Board (AAIIB) said his team is searching the causes of the crash of the twin-prop Diamond DA42 on Wednesday night en…

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Local News Comment October 25, 2014

Our View: Attorney-General in a tight spot over ethical dilemma

Our View: Attorney-General in a tight spot over ethical dilemma

DEPUTIES felt snubbed by the Attorney-General, Kostas Clerides, after he decided not to attend a meeting of the House ethics committee that was discussing an issue of conflict of interest, involving the Governor of the Central Bank, Chrystalla Georghadji. Clerides had sent the committee a letter in which he said that the issue “does not fall within the remit of the attorney-general nor did it necessitate the attorney-general to express an opinion or intervene in any way.”

It is difficult…

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Local News Business October 25, 2014

CTO must adapt and become more modern

CTO must adapt and become more modern

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) must change its structures and processes in order to meet modern standards and requirements, according to a KPMG report on restructuring and reorganising the organisation presented to staff yesterday.

Speaking after the event, CTO head Marios Hannides said the organisation needs to modernise its decision-making processes and their implementation, as well as improve efficiency in terms of public service.

Hannides said the Auditor General’s recommendations concerning the organisation have been considered and…

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Local News Business October 25, 2014

First drafts of insolvency package ready

First drafts of insolvency package ready

By George Psyllides

THE finance ministry yesterday handed parties the drafts of three bills concerning the insolvency framework, seen as providing an extra ‘safety net’ to debtors who have fallen on hard times.

The framework will be made up of six bills.

The ministry has asked party experts to a meeting on October 31 to discuss the drafts, just as the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a verdict on the validity of the foreclosures bill demanded by the…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Petrol prices going down

Petrol prices going down

By Evie Andreou

FUEL companies have announced the second price reduction in a month, following a furore last week over high prices.

The companies announced this week that they were able to further cut prices at the pump as they had received new shipments bought at lower prices.

The retail price of 95-octane was lowered by 2.4 cents a litre dropping to €1.36, 98-octane by 2 cents to €1.39 and heating fuel was reduced by 3.2 cents a litre…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Surgeons succeed in heart valve procedure

Surgeons succeed in heart valve procedure

By Evie Andreou

A NEW non-surgical method, which is considered to be the only effective treatment for mitral regurgitation, a condition where the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward in the heart, has been successfully applied for the first time in Cyprus, by a group of cardiac surgeons of the American Medical Centre/American Heart Institute.

The MitraClip Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair procedure brings good news to high risk patients who can now avoid open…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Big brother helps cut crime levels – 33,000 in neighbourhood watches

Big brother helps cut crime levels – 33,000 in neighbourhood watches

By George Psyllides

CYPRUS boasts 33,000 neighbourhood watchers, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said yesterday, which contributed in curbing crime by up to 40 per cent.

Speaking before an assembly of representatives of Limassol’s 108 communities, Nicolaou emphasised the government’s determination to invest in community policing as a means of bolstering the sense of security of all people without exception.

“Today we have around 33,000 neighbourhood watchers and we cover areas inhabited by 630,000 people,” the minister said, adding that the…

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Local News Business October 25, 2014

Vasiliko oil terminal ‘almost ready’, first shipments ‘soon’

Vasiliko oil terminal ‘almost ready’, first shipments ‘soon’

By Staff Reporter

THE ambitious oil storage terminal project at Vasiliko should be completed very soon, with the first shipments expected soon after, company officials told a visiting delegation of the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, headed by its president Averof Neophytou yesterday.

The party leader said the oil storage terminal facilities of VTT Vasiliko Ltd (VTTV) “is one of the largest investment in Cyprus today and a good solution for the transfer of oil stocks currently stored in Larnaca.”

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Local News October 25, 2014

Dashin donation boost for autistics in Paphos

Dashin donation boost for autistics in Paphos

By Bejay Browne

THE CYPRUS autism association has received a boost following the delivery of a new mini bus made possible by a substantial donation from the Limassol-based Dashin foundation.

Andrey and Julia Dashin’s Foundation granted a cheque for €15,000, which meant the association could purchase a new 8-seater Nissan NV200. After recently taking delivery, the association was then able to relocate their old, smaller bus to the autistic centre in Paphos, which had been without transport for more than…

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Local News October 25, 2014

Paphos stinker scandals continue to loom

Paphos stinker scandals continue to loom

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE head of the Paphos sewerage board (SBP) was suspended for two months on Friday pending an investigation into its affairs that followed claims of irregularities.

Eugenios Malikkides was suspended for two months during which he will be receiving half his pay.

He was also asked to hand over the keys of the service car provided to him by the board.

His suspension followed a letter sent to the board by Interior Minister Sokratis Hasikos asking them…

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International News October 24, 2014

Attacks in Egypt’s Sinai kill at least 28 security personnel

Attacks in Egypt’s Sinai kill at least 28 security personnel

By Yusri Mohamed

Two attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killed at least 28 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst violence against the state since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

More than 25 people died in the first attack in the al-Kharouba area northwest of al-Arish, near the border with the Gaza Strip, the sources said. Medical sources said they expected the number toll to increase because some of the wounded were…

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International News October 24, 2014

Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

By Humeyra Pamuk and Sylvia Westall

A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey’s president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents.

The Free Syrian Army is a term used to describe dozens of armed groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad but with little or no central command. They have been widely outgunned by Islamist insurgents…

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Local News Business October 24, 2014

S&P upgrades Cyprus on strong budgetary performance

S&P upgrades Cyprus on strong budgetary performance

Standard & Poor’s ratings agency on Friday raised its long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Cyprus to ‘B+’ from ‘B’ on strong budgetary performance.

At the same time, S&P affirmed the short-term foreign and local currency ratings at ‘B’. The outlook is stable.

“The upgrade reflects our view that Cyprus’ economic and budgetary performance has been more positive than we expected over the past six months,” S&P said. “The government’s commitment to significant fiscal, financial sector, and…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Worker dies in road accident

Worker dies in road accident

A foreign worker was killed on Friday morning after the pick-up truck he was travelling in overturned in Psimolofou, Nicosia, police said.

Traffic police chief Haris Evripidou told the Cyprus Mail that the 6am accident took place as five individuals – all foreigners – rode a pick-up truck, that could only accommodate two passengers, to work.

The victim and two other workers were riding in the truck’s cargo area.

Evripidou said that the vehicle veered to the right of the…

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Local News October 24, 2014

Anastasiades well, returning to Cyprus on Saturday

Anastasiades well, returning to Cyprus on Saturday

President Nicos Anastasiades is well and will be returning to Cyprus from Brussels on Saturday, the government spokesman said, but he will be spending Friday night in hospital after suffering prolonged nosebleeds.

Nicos Christodoulides said the president will go straight to the airport from the hospital in Brussels he had checked himself into on Thursday.

Anastasiades, 68, had travelled to Brussels to take part in the European Council meeting, but was forced to pull out of the EU summit after…

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