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Local News September 23, 2014

Anastasiades pays tribute to Cyprus-Israel relations

By Staff Reporter

President Nicos Anastasiades paid tribute to Cyprus-Israel relations during the opening of an exhibition in New York titled ‘Jewish refugees in Cyprus en route to Israel’, which was held at the Sam and Esther Minskoff Cultural Centre in Manhattan.

“Today, relations between our two countries have entered into their brightest stage, not under conditions of need or duress, but of free will and choice,” said Anastasiades.

He said that during extensive meetings with officials from the Israeli…

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Anastasiades pays tribute to Cyprus-Israel relations
Local News September 23, 2014

Ban prepared to get involved if progress made

By Staff Reporter

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is ready to become personally involved in the Cyprus negotiations if progress is achieved with his Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, President Nicos Anastasiades was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Anastasiades met Ban late Monday Cyprus time where they discussed progress made in the negotiations following the adoption of the Joint Declaration by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on February 11.

The Secretary-General and the President also discussed climate change, global…

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Ban prepared to get involved if progress made
Local News Business September 23, 2014

Fears grow that banks are moving to re-possess

By Angelos Anastasiou

BANKS have started sending out letters reminding borrowers and guarantors of payments in arrears and informing them of the consequences of non-payment, much to the dismay of borrower-protection groups who fear this might be a precursor to more drastic action despite earlier assurances of sensitivity towards those hit by the crisis.

Speaking on state radio, Stavros Papadouris, head of the Association for the Protection of the Primary Residence, cited the case of one family with three…

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Fears grow that banks are moving to re-possess
Local News Comment September 23, 2014

Our View: Washington’s new interest in Cyprus more than a passing fad

PRESIDENT Anastasiades, on his arrival in New York on Sunday met Secretary of State John Kerry, with whom he discussed Cyprus talks. It is not often the Cyprus president, who makes an annual pilgrimage to New York every September for the UN General Assembly, is granted an audience with the US Secretary of State.

Like Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit to the island earlier in the year, this was another practical illustration of the increased US interest in Cyprus, which…

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Our View: Washington’s new interest in Cyprus more than a passing fad
Local News September 23, 2014

Time runs out for negligent dog owners

By Evie Andreou

The Cabinet on Monday approved a bill amending the law on dogs, which provides for heavy fines and speedier enforcement when it comes to owners who do not abide by the law.

The amendment, which is to be tabled to the House shortly, was deemed necessary in order to give more powers to law enforcement.

“The aim of this bill is better enforcement of the law on dogs by local authorities, the state’s veterinary services and the…

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Time runs out for negligent dog owners
Local News September 23, 2014

Fate of limos law still in the air

LEGISLATORS are to start working on amendments to the accompanying regulations to the limos law tabled by the government, House finance committee chairman Nicholas Papadopoulos said on Monday.

The development drags out the fate of legislation governing which public officials are entitled to the perk.

“The regulations brought by the government still contain several vague points,” Papadopoulos said.

During discussion at the House, the finance minister told MPs the government had no objection to incorporating any changes they come up…

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Fate of limos law still in the air
Local News September 23, 2014

Traffic movement drops in Nicosia

By Maria Savva

THE economic crisis and resulting unemployment has led to a significant drop in traffic around Nicosia city centre, officials said on Monday.

The capital has seen a 6-12 per cent decline overall, with an average 2-3 per cent drop during the morning commute.

According to Alexis Avgoustis, an executive engineer and transport planner from the Division of Traffic Research at the Department of Public Works, traffic movement in 2013 and 2014 had been recently analysed.

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Traffic movement drops in Nicosia
Local News September 23, 2014

‘Heart disease can be controlled’

By Evie Andreou

IN-HOSPITAL mortality of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in the island is among the lowest in Europe at 3.5 per cent, chairman of the Cyprus Society of Cardiology Dr Loizos Antoniades said yesterday.

The low rate of death in hospitals in Cyprus was likely down to the short distances that allow patients to reach hospitals fast.

According to the latest data on ACS in Cyprus, around 1,300 patients with ACS are admitted annually to the island’s…

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‘Heart disease can be controlled’
Local News September 23, 2014

Three men from same drugs ring sentenced in Larnaca

THE Larnaca Criminal Court yesterday sentenced two men, George and Christodoulos Christodoulou from Limassol, aged 28 and 38 respectively, to 15 years in prison in connection with drug possession and drug trafficking, according to police.

A third man, Pavlos Pavlou, 45, from Aradippou, was sentenced to five years, in connection with the same case.

According to police this was the first case in which people were sentenced despite the fact that the drugs in question weren’t found on their person…

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Three men from same drugs ring sentenced in Larnaca
Local News Sport September 23, 2014

Cyprus beats Greece in first for junior golf

By Bejay Browne

CYPRUS beat Greece in the first international junior golf match held in Paphos at the weekend.

The best six young Cyprus players – as well as managers’ choices – were picked the previous Sunday at the second Junior Charity Golf Tournament ‘Our Children Matter’, at Minthis Hills.
They played a junior team from Greece – members of The Hellenic Golf Federation.

The junior competition took place on Saturday and Sunday at Secret Valley and Elea Estate.

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Cyprus beats Greece in first for junior golf

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