State-of-the-art vehicle for the disabled

State-of-the-art vehicle for the disabled

Frantisek Trunda, 67, who lost his legs in 2006, moves himself into his Elbee vehicle while seated on a wheelchair in Brno in the Czech Republic. The Elbee is a vehicle designed specifically for wheelchair-bound people, and allows them to drive the vehicle without needing to get off their wheelchair or receive assistance from another person. The vehicle stretches 248 centimetres long and 133 centimetres wide, allowing it to be parked vertically on a pedestrian zone for easier boarding and exit from buildings. Factory production of the first batch of Elbee vehicles started this year after completing initial road tests and homologation from local authorities received in 2010 (Reuters)

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Football Sport August 21, 2014

APOEL earn crucial away draw, despite being second best

APOEL earn crucial away draw, despite being second best

By Andreas Vou

DESPITE being second best for most of the game, APOEL scored a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw against Aalborg in the first leg of the Champions League play-off on Wednesday night, giving them a slight advantage going into next week’s return game in Nicosia.

The Danish outfit can feel aggrieved for not coming away with a comfortable win having made many more chances than the Cypriot champions but failure to bury their opportunities cost them…

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International News August 21, 2014

Obama calls IS ‘a cancer’ after journalist beheaded

Obama calls IS ‘a cancer’ after journalist beheaded

By Alexander Dziadosz and Steve Holland

U.S. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew.

Not long after Obama called Islamic State a “cancer” with a bankrupt ideology, the Pentagon said U.S. aircraft conducted 14 air strikes in the vicinity of Iraq’s Mosul Dam, destroying or damaging militants’ Humvees, trucks and explosives.

Islamic State posted a video on Tuesday that purported to show the beheading of…

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International News August 20, 2014

Russian watchdog shuts four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow

Russian watchdog shuts four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow

RUSSIA ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening US-Russian ties over Ukraine.

The four restaurants ordered to suspend operations by the state food safety watchdog included the first ever McDonald’s in Russia, which opened in the last days of the Soviet Union, and which the company says is its most frequented in the world.

On Wednesday evening, the lights were off inside the restaurant –…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Cabinet approves additional measures to protect borrowers

Cabinet approves additional measures to protect borrowers

By George Psyllides

The cabinet on Wednesday approved additional measures to protect borrowers and primary residences as the government seeks to allay party concerns over a foreclosures bill that must be approved for the island’s next bailout tranche to be released.

“We are talking about three bills, the insolvency framework, and two schemes for additional protection of primary residencies,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said after the meeting, held in the presidential residence in Troodos.

The measures include abolition of bank…

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Local News August 20, 2014

No record of pool licence application from Napa complex

No record of pool licence application from Napa complex

By George Psyllides

AN Ayia Napa apartment complex where a teenager drowned earlier this week had never applied for a swimming pool licence in the past three years, the state’s electromechanical services said on Wednesday, responding to criticism they were late in inspecting the place as part of a permit application.

British Cypriot Savvakis Alexandrou was found at the bottom of the pool on Monday morning. A post mortem showed that he had drowned.

It later transpired that the establishment…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Mother and son remanded after shooting (Updated with third arrest)

Mother and son remanded after shooting (Updated with third arrest)

By Evie Andreou

A MOTHER and son, aged 45 and 23 respectively, were remanded on Wednesday in connection with shooting an 18-year-old on Tuesday night in Limassol.

The 22-year-old brother of the male suspect who it was believed fired the shots, was arrested later on Wednesday hiding out in the port area of Limassol after police received a tip off.

The 18-year-old victim from Limassol is in hospital, after being shot with a hunting rifle during an argument with the…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Civil Aviation upgrade will meet current challenges

Civil Aviation upgrade will meet current challenges

The current challenges Civil Aviation is facing will successfully be met only through the upgrading of the Department, a decision which has already been announced, the President’s Adviser on Civil Aviation matters and Executive Director of the Mediterranean Institute of Flight Safety Christos Petrou has told CNA in an interview.

Petrou said that in order for all challenges to be met on both a national and international level, there must be a great level of cooperation between all competent services…

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Football Sport August 20, 2014

Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected-FIFA

Barca appeal against transfer ban rejected-FIFA

By Brian Homewood

Barcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer’s world governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer of under-18 players, will be banned from registering players during the next transfer window in January as well as the 2015 summer window, FIFA said.

FIFA also rejected Barcelona’s appeal against a…

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International News August 20, 2014

France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State -Le Monde

France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State -Le Monde

French President Francois Hollande called on Wednesday for an international conference to discuss ways of tackling Islamic State insurgents who have seized control of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Hollande did not say when such a meeting could be held or who would be invited but said a global strategy was needed to combat the insurgents, according to remarks published in Le Monde newspaper.

“We can no longer keep to the traditional debate of intervention or non-intervention,” Hollande told Le…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Kouyialis optimistic over products affected by Russian ban

Kouyialis optimistic over products affected by Russian ban

Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis expressed optimism on Wednesday that some products affected by the Russian embargo on the EU would be sold to other markets.

Traders from the United Arab Emirates interested in importing agricultural products were expected on the island next week and they will be put in touch with Cypriot exporters, the minister told the Cyprus News Agency.

Kouyialis said the aim was to establish a broader co-operation, beyond the products affected by the Russian embargo.

The quantities…

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Local News Business August 20, 2014

BoC agrees to sell hotel in Romania

BoC agrees to sell hotel in Romania

Bank of Cyprus (BoC) announced on Wednesday it has signed an agreement to sell its assets related to Societatea Companiilor Hoteliere Grand (GHES), a company incorporated in Romania and owner of the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to Austrias STRABAG SE.

The sale consideration is €95 million, subject to adjustments to be made upon completion of the agreement, expected by the end of September and in any case no later than the end of October 2014.

The sale is subject…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Foreign Minister concerned over Islamic State threat for the wider region

Foreign Minister concerned over Islamic State threat for the wider region

The Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides has told British TV network Sky News that Britain would have to consult with him ahead of any airstrike in Iraq through the RAF base in Akrotiri, on Cyprus` southern coast.

The Minister appeared certain that Nicosia would “not object to the use of the British Bases for any military operation against a terrorist organisation like this one which is the worst kind that we have ever met.”

Elaborating on how he sees the…

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International News August 20, 2014

Landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, killing at least 27

Landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, killing at least 27

By Toru Hanai

At least 27 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll was likely to rise, police said.

Ten people were missing after a month’s worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks.

“There was rain and thunder all night, beating down so hard I was scared to…

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International News August 20, 2014

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan

Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza.

Charging that Israel had “opened a gateway to hell”, Hamas’s armed wing vowed to target Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport with rocket fire, possibly to retaliate for what Hamas was quoted by Israeli media as saying was an Israeli…

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International News August 20, 2014

Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

By Eric Beech and Victoria Cavaliere

The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

“He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person,” Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family.

James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Binding resolution sought for insolvency

Binding resolution sought for insolvency

By Elias Hazou

The Cabinet will this week likely ask parliament to issue a binding resolution stating that an insolvency framework will be passed and take effect as of January 1.

The resolution will be binding on both the government and the legislature, sources said.

Opposition parties want, in writing, additional and concurrent safeguards for homeowners who have trouble servicing their mortgage, otherwise threatening to vote down the government’s foreclosures bill.

That ‘safety net’ is an updated insolvency law, which…

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Local News Comment August 20, 2014

Our View: New face for job that has become synonymous with failure

Our View: New face for job that has become synonymous with failure

A NEW Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General is set to be announced in the next few days. The man tipped to replace Alexander Downer, who resigned earlier this year, is former foreign minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide. A member of the Norwegian Labour Party, Eide also served as defence minister. He had previously worked for the UN and was managing director of the World Economic Forum.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that Nicosia had signalled its consent to…

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International News August 20, 2014

Ukraine celebrates 23rd anniversary of its independence

Ukraine celebrates 23rd anniversary of its independence

TAKING this opportunity, I would like to congratulate all Ukrainian citizens and all our supporters in Cyprus on the occasion of the 23rd Anniversary of the Independence Day of Ukraine.

On this date the Ukrainian nation is meeting under unprecedented difficult conditions. We are experiencing brutal military intervention into our home affairs from the Kremlin. But to be really free we are ready to pay any price. Since now Ukrainians will never be again a part of the ex-Soviet empire.

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Local News August 20, 2014

‘Drowning complex’ was in process of getting pool licence

‘Drowning complex’ was in process of getting pool licence

By George Psyllides

STATE services were later this week due to inspect the Ayia Napa establishment where an 18-year-old holiday maker drowned on Monday to issue it a swimming pool license.

A post mortem carried out on Tuesday showed that British Cypriot Savvakis Alexandrou had drowned in the swimming pool of the apartment complex, which, as it later transpired, had no operating license from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).

Nor did it have a swimming pool license from the…

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