APOEL in training

APOEL in training

APOEL players training on Tuesday for their UEFA Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain. The match will take place at Nicosia GSP stadium at 9.45pm tonight (CNA)

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Local News October 21, 2014

Patsalis going to Moscow to promote medical tourism

Patsalis going to Moscow to promote medical tourism

Health Minister Philippos Patsalis is travelling to Moscow on Wednesday, heading a delegation to promote medical tourism in Cyprus.

The delegation will attend the “Cyprus-Russian Health and Wellness Forum”.

The mission is taking place at the initiative of the Committee for the Promotion of Health Services in Cyprus, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Tourism and Energy and the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The minister is going to address the forum with presentation titled: ‘Cyprus –…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Programme being launched to curb smoking in National Guard

Programme being launched to curb smoking in National Guard

The health and defence ministries are to launch smoking cessation programmes in all National Guard camps, they said on Tuesday.

The purpose of the programmes is “the early cessation of smoking in young people in order to avoid adverse health effects by changing the culture of young soldiers with regard to smoking, to raise awareness regarding the laws on smoking, and information on the effects of passive smoking”.

The health ministry is training 100 soldiers from various camps all this…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Some 50,000 cruise passengers will have visited Larnaca this year

Some 50,000 cruise passengers will have visited Larnaca this year

Two luxury cruise ships the MS Deutschland and the MV Deutschland are due to dock in Larnaca on Saturday, which will help put the town on the cruise map, the mayor said.

Larnaca municipality said one of the two ships would stay overnight. In an announcement, it said the arrival of the two ships with around 500 passengers was a very important event for the town.

“The arrival of cruise ships encourages other companies to include Larnaca in their programmes,”…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Lakkotrypis: business as usual

Lakkotrypis: business as usual

The best answer to Turkish provocations in the island’s EEZ is ‘business as usual’, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday.

Answering reporter’s questions at the House, Lakkotrypis said despite the challenges to Cyprus, ENI-KAOGAS was continuing its drilling work in Block 9 with the Sapiem 10000 and was on schedule.

He said the government was in daily contact with the company.

“We are monitoring the drilling,” he said, adding that officials from his ministry were also at the platform.

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Local News October 21, 2014

Paphos court receives defence objections in Laiki case

Paphos court receives defence objections in Laiki case

By Constantinos Psillides

The Paphos District Court said on Tuesday it would issue a ruling on the pre-trial objections of now-defunct Laiki bank strongmen Andreas Vgenopoulos and Efthimios Bouloutas on October 30.

The two former Laiki bosses have been sued by a Paphos investor who accused the bank’s brass of mis-selling bonds.

The court denied a request to postpone the trial for a period of two months, arguing that the public interest was not served by a delay.

Lawyers for…

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International News October 21, 2014

Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing

Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing

A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria.

Pistorius wiped his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable…

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International News October 21, 2014

Canada police kill ‘radicalised’ driver after he rams two soldiers

Canada police kill ‘radicalised’ driver after he rams two soldiers

By David Ljunggren and Allison Lampert

A Canadian man who was killed by police on Monday after trying to run over two soldiers in Quebec “had become radicalised,” the government said after the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

The Canadian government did not specify what it meant by radicalized but in the past has used the term to refer to Canadians who become supporters of militant Islamic groups.

Canadian media,…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Twenty seven arrested in gambling raid

Twenty seven arrested in gambling raid

TWENTY seven people were arrested on Monday night during a police raid in an establishment that was operating as a casino in the Yermasoyia area in Limassol.

Among those arrested were the owner of the establishment and a man that attacked a police officer. They were charged in writing and released.

Police said that the establishment’s security guard was not licensed and there were also four people with outstanding arrest warrants for debts.

Gambling equipment was confiscated, such as poker…

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International News Comment October 21, 2014

Controlling Brazil’s Amazonian deforestation

Controlling Brazil’s Amazonian deforestation

By Philip Fearnside

Brazil’s Amazonian deforestation declined dramatically from 2004 to 2012, and many have been quick to claim credit for the improvement. The Brazilian government has repeatedly claimed that the change is thanks to inspections and fines for illegal clearing, and soy multinationals claim their supply chains are now “green” thanks to self-governance.

A mantra is omnipresent in Brasília that deforestation is “under control.” The corollary of this theory, of course, is that the government need not fear that…

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International News October 21, 2014

Home care kits highlight gaps in West Africa’s Ebola response

Home care kits highlight gaps in West Africa’s Ebola response

By David Lewis and James Harding Giahyue

With the number of Ebola cases spiralling in West Africa and weeks remaining until treatment units promised by Western governments are built, health workers fighting one of the world’s deadliest diseases are being forced to improvise.

In the “hot zones” of Liberia, where Ebola patients are being turned away from overflowing clinics, aid agencies are distributing tens of thousands of protection kits, made up of buckets, chlorine, soap, gloves, a gown and instructions…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Anastasiades’ letter to Ban circulated at Security Council

Anastasiades’ letter to Ban circulated at Security Council

By Jean Christou

A letter sent by President Nicos Anastasiades to UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon on October 6 concerning Turkish encroachment of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and its effects on the Cyprus talks, was circulated as an official document to the Security Council on Monday.

The letter was released early on Tuesday.

In it, Anastasiades, who pulled out the talks earlier this month, said the Turkish actions were not compatible with the smooth continuation of the negotiations on…

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International News October 21, 2014

Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plough

Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plough

By Vladimir Soldatkin

The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Monday night.

De Margerie’s death leaves a void at the top of one of the world’s biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory.

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Champions League Sport October 21, 2014

Liverpool expect fans to raise roof for Real visit

Liverpool expect fans to raise roof for Real visit

By Michael Hann

Liverpool will expect their noisy fans to recreate the special Anfield atmosphere that has helped them become kings of Europe five times when they take on Champions League winners Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Brendan Rodgers’ team, third in Group B with three points from two matches, have not yet shown the swagger that swept them to second place in the Premier League last season and they laboured to a 3-2 win at bottom club Queens Park…

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International News October 21, 2014

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

By Mary Milliken and Curtis Skinner

Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age of 82.

An individual taking calls at the designer’s residence in Connecticut on Monday night confirmed his death, first reported by ABC News. The New York Times said de la Renta died of complications from cancer.

De la Renta was born…

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Champions League Sport October 21, 2014

Arsenal injuries give Anderlecht hope

Arsenal injuries give Anderlecht hope

By Martyn Herman

IF Anderlecht are to have any realistic chance of prolonging their involvement in the Champions League beyond the group stage, a home win over Arsenal on Wednesday night is paramount.

The Belgium side are joint bottom of Group D with one point from their opening two games, two points behind Arsenal and five behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal are not firing on all cylinders, however, and Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Hull City left Arsene Wenger’s side…

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Local News October 21, 2014

IMF’s Velculescu likens Cyprus to Icarus

IMF’s Velculescu likens Cyprus to Icarus

The Governing Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday examined the report of the troika’s latest visit to Cyprus in July.

A statement was due to be issued later on Tuesday and the full report on Wednesday.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, three texts would be released. The first is expected to cover

basics and the conclusions of the visit. The second is said to focus on technical issues, and the third, the position of the representative…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Turkey trespasses for fourth time since hydrocarbons discovered

Turkey trespasses for fourth time since hydrocarbons discovered

By Staff Reporter

THIS IS the fourth time in recent years that Turkey has trespassed into Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with the seismic survey vessel Barbaros involved in three of these encroachments.

In September 2011 the seismic research ship Piri Reis entered well into Block 12, coming within approximately 40 nautical miles from the Aphrodite gas field where Noble Energy was conducting exploratory drilling.

At the time the Piri Reis cut a path through parts of blocks 10, 11…

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Local News Comment October 21, 2014

Our View: Presidential democracy at the heart of the foreclosures legal debate

Our View: Presidential democracy at the heart of the foreclosures legal debate

THE TWO sides – government and House of Representatives – yesterday presented their respective cases, with regard to the four bills the president had decided to refer to the Supreme Court, the full bench of which is expected to issue a decision on October 31.

It is an extremely important decision, with the Supreme Court judges having the power to derail the adjustment programme, shatter the fragile confidence in the banking sector and revive the prospect of state bankruptcy….

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Local News Business October 21, 2014

Talks with Egypt over possible gas exports

Talks with Egypt over possible gas exports

By a Staff Reporter

THE CYPRUS Hydrocarbons Company (CHC) on Monday held talks with BG Egypt to discuss possible export of Cyprus’ natural gas to the company`s infrastructure in Egypt.

Speaking after the meeting with the British-Egyptian company lasting more than two hours, CHC head Toula Onoufriou stressed its importance for the future exploitation of Cyprus’ hydrocarbons.

“This meeting is a milestone, marking the beginning of a series of initiatives by the CHC aiming at creating better conditions for the…

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Local News October 21, 2014

Public buildings off limits to those in wheelchairs

Public buildings off limits to those in wheelchairs

By Constantinos Psillides

THE disabled in Cyprus face far greater hurdles than those in many other countries, the chairman of the Paraplegics Association (OPAK) told the House human rights committee on Monday.

Demetris Lambrianides was highly critical of the lack of state initiatives to make life easier for the disabled, explaining that his organisation receives dozens of complaints on a daily basis regarding accessibility to public buildings, public transportation and hospitals.

“We have an abundance of fundraisers for the disabled…

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