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Local News November 26, 2014

Flight disruption due to Greek strike

Flight disruption due to Greek strike

Twenty-four flights to and from Larnaca and Paphos airports are expected to be affected by the Greek air controllers’ 24-hour strike starting at midnight Wednesday.

The strike will affect nine arrivals and nine departures at Larnaca airport and three inbound and three outbound flights at Paphos.

“All flights in both airports are either cancelled or rescheduled. This would either mean a delay or bringing the time forward,” airport operator Hermes spokesman Adamos Aspris said.

Aspris urged travellers to be in…

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Local News Business November 26, 2014

Economic sentiment returns to late 2008 levels

Economic sentiment returns to late 2008 levels

By Stelios Orphanides

Business and consumer confidence rose in November 3.11 points compared to the month before and reached its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2008, the University of Cyprus said.
Business confidence rose in all sectors except manufacturing, the Economic Research Centre of the university said in an emailed statement today.

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Local News November 26, 2014

Paintball-gun robber jailed for more than five years

Paintball-gun robber jailed for more than five years

A 25-year-old Bulgarian man was sentenced to five and a half years in jail on Wednesday after he was found guilty of robbing a bank with a paintball gun.

Ivan Mitev had admitted robbing the Kontea co-op in Dromolaxia on August 22. It was just before 1pm when he entered the bank wearing a hood, a black long-sleeved t-shirt and blue shorts with white stripes.

Wielding the paintball gun, Mitev demanded the money in broken English. He was handed €22,000…

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Local News Business November 26, 2014

Cyprus could start selling gas to Egypt by 2018, Lakkotrypis says

Cyprus could start selling gas to Egypt by 2018, Lakkotrypis says

By Stelios Orphanides

Cyprus may start selling natural gas to Egypt by as early as in 2018 if the two countries reach a final agreement to link Cyprus’s first natural gas finding in Aphrodite field operated by US Noble Energy Inc. to one of Egypt’s liquefactions plants in Idku or Damietta, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said.

The two countries agreed yesterday to speed up talks to export Cypriot gas to Egypt via underwater pipeline. The gas could then be both…

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Local News November 26, 2014

Cabinet reshuffles CY board (updated)

Cabinet reshuffles CY board (updated)

By George Psyllides

The government on Wednesday reshuffled the board of the island’s ailing national carrier, appointing three civil servants in an effort to make it more functional.

The move followed the departure of chairman Makis Constantinides who resigned because board members failed to show up to discuss a plan he had drafted in a bid to rescue Cyprus Airways (CY).

Deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said the “radical restructure of the board” was deemed necessary “because of the serious…

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Local News November 26, 2014

Arrests imminent in Paphos sewage board case

Arrests imminent in Paphos sewage board case

Arrests are imminent in the Paphos Sewage Board case, a police source told the Cyprus Mail on Wednesday.

Following a meeting at the Attorney General’s office, police were authorised to proceed with arrests in connection with possible squandering of public money on contracts.

“First a few more people have to be questioned on the case and then we will proceed with arrests. It will happen today or at the very least early tomorrow,” said the source, adding that three or…

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Local News November 26, 2014

UN spokesman in Cyprus dies suddenly (Updated)

UN spokesman in Cyprus dies suddenly (Updated)

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenheim​ on Wednesday announced that UNFICYP spokesman Michel Bonnardeaux had died suddenly. He was 48.

“It is with great sadness that the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus announces the sudden passing of our colleague and friend, Michel Bonnardeaux,” she said in a written statement.

“For over three years Michel served with distinction as Spokesperson and Chief of the Public Information Office in UNFICYP and the Good Offices Mission in Cyprus. With…

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Local News November 26, 2014

Cyprus tells UN Turkish NAVTEX is illegal

Cyprus tells UN Turkish NAVTEX is illegal

A note verbale sent by Cyprus to the UN on Turkey’s EEZ violations was circulated on Tuesday as an official UN document.

The note was sent on November 14 to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his capacity as the “depositary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982”.

It said the NAVTEX (navigational telex) issued by Turkey for exploration in the island’s EEZ from October 20 to December 30 was not broadcast through the National Navigational…

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Local News November 26, 2014

Anastasiades, not taxpayer, will bear cost of surgery and New York stay

Anastasiades, not taxpayer, will bear cost of surgery and New York stay

The presidential palace on Wednesday sought to end speculation on the cost of surgery and a hospital stay at New York’s prestigious Mount Sinai for President Nicos Anastasiades.

In a written statement, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the President wished to make it clear that the cost of the surgery, hospital fees and accommodation in New York would be borne by him personally and not by the taxpayer. The costs of his own medical team, who will accompany the President,…

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Local News November 26, 2014

Lidington: hydrocarbons must be used for benefit of all Cypriots

Lidington: hydrocarbons must be used for benefit of all Cypriots

By Jean Christou

Britain recognises the rights of Cyprus to exploit its hydrocarbons reserves within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), British Minister for Europe David Lidington said on Wednesday repeating the UK’s position that they must be used for the benefit of all Cypriots.

Speaking after a meeting at the presidential palace with President Nicos Anastasiades, Lidington said: “The policy of the British government is very clear that we recognise the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus and the right…

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