Yemen bans motorbikes

Yemen bans motorbikes

A senior Yemeni police officer inspects hundreds of seized motorbikes at a police yard in Sanaa, Yemen on Monday. Reports state that Yemeni authorities resumed enforcing a ban on motorbikes used as taxis in Sanaa to prevent al-Qaeda-linked attacks by motorcyclists on the country’s military and security personnel and members of the Shiite Houthi movement EPA

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Main October 20, 2014

Demetriades had final say on ELA collateral evaluation

Demetriades had final say on ELA collateral evaluation

By Stelios Orphanides

THE FINAL decision on the value at which the Central Bank of Cyprus evaluated collateral it offered to the European Central Bank (ECB) to tap emergency liquidity assistance for Cyprus Popular Bank was taken by the then governor, Panicos Demetriades, a central bank official has said.

New York Times reported on Friday that requests for emergency liquidity for Laiki were met with scepticism at the ECB governing council meetings two years ago by Jens Weidman, head of…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Samaras to visit Cyprus

Samaras to visit Cyprus

GREEK PRIME Minister Antonis Samaras will be in Cyprus on November 7 ahead of the tripartite meeting in Cairo on November 8 between Cyprus Greece and Egypt.

The meeting in Cairo is taking place to discuss ways of further boosting cooperation and relations among the three Mediterranean nations, and, from Nicosia’s perspective, as a bulwark against Turkish provocations inside Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Ahead of the leaders’ summit, the foreign ministers of the three nations are scheduled to hold…

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Main October 20, 2014

Free help for children with orthopaedic problems

Free help for children with orthopaedic problems

AROUND 500 children with severe orthopaedic conditions are being examined for free by a group of specialist doctors from the US.

The examinations, which are taking place at the Nicosia General Hospital, started on Monday and will continue until Thursday.

Orthopaedic doctors from the Shriners Hospital for Children of Springfield, Massachusetts visit the island every October as part of the agreement signed in 1995 between the hospital and the George and Thelma Paraskevaides Foundation.

Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said all…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Thousands of new applicants for state aid

Thousands of new applicants for state aid

By Constantinos Psillides

AROUND 67,000 applications regarding the Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) have been filed up to now, of which 17,000 come from people who had never previously qualified for state aid, the Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said on Monday.

Following a visit by MPs from the House labour committee, Emilianidou stressed that the government works toward social reform through the GMI, aiming at reducing poverty.

GMI was introduced this year, replacing the previous system of public assistance allowance.

Emilianidou…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Turkish survey vessel off south-east coast (Update 3)

Turkish survey vessel off south-east coast (Update 3)

By Elias Hazou

The Turkish research vessel Barbaros was sailing off the island’s south-eastern coast on Monday as Ankara appeared to make good on its threat to carry out surveys within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Barbaros is being accompanied by support vessels M/V Bravo and M/V Deep Supporter as well as the Turkish warship TCG Gelibolu. It entered the island’s EEZ around 6.30am, then plotted a southwesterly direction. By 11am it had entered Block 3, sailed south deeper…

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Local News October 20, 2014

National Council condemns Turkey’s actions (Updated)

National Council condemns Turkey’s actions (Updated)

By Jean Christou

The National Council met for five and a half hours on Monday to discuss what steps “political, legal and diplomatic” Cyprus could take to counter Turkey’s violation of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Political party leaders were briefed by President Nicos Anastasiades on his trip to Milan where he had raised the issue with a number of counterparts, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said after Monday’s meeting the council had unanimously condemned…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Health services boosted by diagnostic machine

Health services boosted by diagnostic machine

AN ANGIOGRAPHY machine worth €550,000 has been donated to the Nicosia General Hospital by betting firm OPAP.

According to Health Minister Philippos Patsalis, who was at the hospital to officially receive the machine, said it will drastically decrease risks to patients’ health and minimise future health complications.

Angiography or arteriography is a medical imaging technique used to visualise the inside of blood vessels and organs of the body, with particular focus in the arteries, veins and the heart chambers.

Patsalis…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Those implicated in economic collapse will pay, says AG

Those implicated in economic collapse will pay, says AG

By George Psyllides

ANYONE IMPLICATED in a criminal offence will be prosecuted irrespective of social status, Attorney-general Costas Clerides said on Monday.

He was commenting on the ongoing investigation into the collapse of the economy last year, which saw the closure of one bank while another was forced to seize depositor cash to recapitalise.

Clerides was asked about reports that former Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) governor Panicos Demetriades had played down the now-defunct Laiki Bank’s problems in a bid…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Paphos mayor and two others arrested again (Updated)

Paphos mayor and two others arrested again (Updated)

By George Psyllides

PAPHOS MAYOR Savvas Vergas was arrested on Monday in connection with irregularities over a music concert held in Paphos in August, police said.

Vergas had already been in custody for the past four days in relation with threatening texts sent to witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving prominent developer Theodoros Aristodemou.

Two others, Vergas’ close associate Maria Solomonidou, who had also been earlier detained for the text messages, and her husband Constantinos Sifantos were arrested…

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Entertainment October 20, 2014

Film review: Sin City: A Dame to Die For ***

Film review: Sin City: A Dame to Die For ***

By Alexia Evripidou

Dark, sexual and violent, Sin City: A Dame to Die For sizzles with stomach-churning intensity but without the same shock factor as its groundbreaking 2005 prequel Sin City. Can a film be as innovative as its pioneering prequel? Maybe, and although A Dame to Die For won’t go down in history as a revolutionary cinematic breakthrough it is more of the same phenomenal graphics, badass characters and dark, contorted plots – everything its fans loved about the…

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Champions League Sport October 20, 2014

APOEL look to exploit injury-hit PSG in Champions League clash

APOEL look to exploit injury-hit PSG in Champions League clash

By Andreas Vou

APOEL face a huge challenge on Tuesday when they host Paris Saint-Germain at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia (9.45pm), but will be boosted by the fact that a number of the French side’s star men are sidelined, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Cyprus champions are aware that, realistically, only a win will be enough if they are to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

Amazingly, despite being the only team in France yet to…

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Blind rescues a point for lacklustre United

Blind rescues a point for lacklustre United

By Michael Hann

Daley Blind’s late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Monday.

United, who have now gone six games without an away win in the Premier League, their worst run for 18 years, looked sloppy in the opening stages and Stephane Sessegnon’s well-executed finish put the home side ahead at half-time.

Substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised for United with a thunderous shot…

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Champions League Sport October 20, 2014

Costa ruled out of Maribor clash as injuries hit Chelsea

Costa ruled out of Maribor clash as injuries hit Chelsea

By Martyn Herman

Chelsea will be without striker Diego Costa for their Champions League clash at home to Maribor on Wednesday.

“He hasn’t trained because he’s not in condition to do so,” manager Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Monday.
“It’s the same problem that he is having, it’s simple. Let’s see what happens for the next weekend.”

Costa, who has made a stunning start to his Chelsea career with nine Premier League goals since joining from Atletico…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Tourist arrivals fall 12 per cent in September on UK and Russian slump

Tourist arrivals fall 12 per cent in September on UK and Russian slump

Tourist arrivals fell in September 12 per cent compared to the same month last year to 316,602 as arrivals from the United Kingdom and Russia, Cyprus’ major tourist markets,  slumped, the statistical service said on Monday.

Arrivals from the UK fell 17 per cent while those from Russia fell 16 per cent to 109,951 and 90,866 respectively, compared to September last year, Cystat said.  Arrivals from Sweden fell 12 per cent compared to a year ago to 16,947.

Those arrivals from Switzerland…

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Champions League Sport October 20, 2014

Barca need to avoid Clasico obsession, focus on Ajax

Barca need to avoid Clasico obsession, focus on Ajax

By Tim Hanlon

Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday.

All eyes in Spain are on leaders Barca’s visit to Real Madrid next Saturday which could see the possible debut of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after his four-month ban for biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

With so much interest, there is a real risk that the visit of four-time European…

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Entertainment October 20, 2014

The coolest show in town

The coolest show in town

By Alix Norman

You know the film, you’ve heard the songs (endlessly, if you’re in regular contact with girls between the ages of three and ten), and now it’s time for the best Disney animation in years to hit the stage… Frozen the Musical. The breakout Disney hit of 2013 is coming to the Coral Beach Hotel in Paphos, which – despite the relatively warm temperature of a Mediterranean October – is about to be transformed into a winter wonderland…

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Local News Business October 20, 2014

Decision on contentious foreclosures bills expected on October 31 (Updated)

Decision on contentious foreclosures bills expected on October 31 (Updated)

By George Psyllides

THE SUPREME Court decision concerning four foreclosures-related bills referred by the president will be issued at the end of the month, it was announced on Monday.

The four bills were passed by opposition parties in September to limit the scope of the foreclosures law.

President Nicos Anastasiades said the bills were in conflict with the constitution and referred them to the Supreme Court for a ruling. The court will announce its decision on October 31, at 12pm.

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Local News October 20, 2014

Working to eradicate sexual harassment

Working to eradicate sexual harassment

By Staff Reporter

Nine out of ten women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace have not spoken out for fear of losing their jobs, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said on Monday.

The minister’s address was read out by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations Andreas Mylonas, at an event at the Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), which has adopted a code of conduct in line with the policies of the Gender Equality Commission.

In her…

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International News October 20, 2014

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

German airline Lufthansa cancelled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travellers’ misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers’ stoppage.

Lufthansa said late on Sunday more than 200,000 passengers and two thirds of its scheduled flights – short and mid-length services, mostly within Europe – would be affected by the strike.

Both the pilots’ and train drivers’ strikes hit at the start of a week-long, half-term holidays…

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Local News October 20, 2014

Police officer remanded in child porn case (Update)

Police officer remanded in child porn case  (Update)

A 30-year-old police officer was remanded for six days on Monday on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The officer, a member of the rapid response unit MMAD, was arrested in Nicosia on Sunday.

He was arrested after a complaint was made to police by a 17-year-old girl who had encountered him on a social networking site. Posing as a female, the suspect had allegedly asked her to send nude photos of herself, which she had done. When the fake persona…

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