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Local News March 30, 2015

University rector arrested

University rector arrested

Police on Monday arrested the rector of the Limassol-based technical university TEPAK on suspicion of interfering with promotions procedures.
Elpida Keravnou is being questioned in connection with claims that she had interfered with the committee assessing lecturers between September and October 2014.
Authorities are looking into potential offences relating to abuse of authority, forgery and conspiracy to commit felony.

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Local News March 30, 2015

Eide to seize ‘window of opportunity’

Eide to seize ‘window of opportunity’

By Jean Christou
UN SPECIAL Adviser Espen Barth Eide will be in Cyprus from April 6-8, the Secretary-General’s Good Offices mission said on Monday only hours after the Turkish Cypriot side announced the withdrawal of its seismic vessel Barbaros “within the day”.
Eide’s visit also comes on the day Turkey’s second navigational telex (NAVETX) expires. This, combined with the departure of the ENI-KOGAS drilling vessel Sapiem1000 from the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), has paved the way for…

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Local News March 30, 2015

Minister seeks power to deal with low income special cases

Minister seeks power to deal with low income special cases

By George Psyllides
THE LABOUR ministry plans to submit a bill amending the law on guaranteed minimum income (GMI) to allow the minister to handle cases where people may face serious problems but do not meet all the eligibility criteria, lawmakers heard on Monday.
Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said changes made by parliament to the original legislation, which allowed the minister to issue decrees whenever necessary, have created problems.
Removing the provision took away the minister’s power…

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Local News March 30, 2015

Barbaros set to leave Famagusta

Barbaros set to leave Famagusta

THE TURKISH seismic vessel Barbaros is due to leave Famagusta port on Monday, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Ozdil Nami said.
Speaking on Turkish Cypriot radio, BRT, Nami said Turkey did not want to give the Greek Cypriot side any excuse not to return to the negotiating table.
The Barbaros has been anchored off Famagusta since December 30 when the first navigational telex (NAVETX), issued in October, expired, and the vessel had carried out seismic explorations in the island’s…

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Local News Business March 30, 2015

Hotel industry may have to expand capacity, CTO chairman says

Hotel industry may have to expand capacity, CTO chairman says

By Stelios Orphanides

The chairman of Cyprus’s tourism board said that the local tourist industry may have to seek to tap funds from the European investment initiative to expand bed capacity in the hotel industry, and upgrade existing ones.

“The need is there,” Angelos Loizou who chairs the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said in an interview while responding to a question on comments made by European Commissioner jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen.

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Local News Sport March 30, 2015

Turkish Cypriot football officials determined to unify despite protest (Update 4)

Turkish Cypriot football officials determined to unify despite protest (Update 4)

By Angelos Anastasiou
The Turkish Cypriot Football Association (TCFA) has applied to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Federation (CFA) after a 45-day ultimatum it had issued to resolve Turkish Cypriot footballers’ transfer fees expired, chairman Hasan Sertoglu announced on Monday.
In a letter to FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, copied to CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis, Sertoglu informed football’s governing body of the TCFA’s intention to harmonise its charter so that it can apply for CFA membership. Read More

Local News March 30, 2015

Greece and Cyprus reaffirm ‘strong bonds’

Greece and Cyprus reaffirm ‘strong bonds’

The more difficulties Cyprus and Greece face, the stronger relations become, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Monday.

Pavlopoulos was speaking after meeting President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia at the start of a two-day official meeting, his first since taking office.

Pavlopoulos said he felt at home in Cyprus and said the more difficulties the two countries face, the more their relations become stronger.
Anastasiades wished him well in his new duties, adding that he looked forward to strengthening…

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Omirou condemns threats made against AKEL MP

Omirou condemns threats made against AKEL MP

House President Yiannakis Omirou on Monday condemned threats against AKEL deputy Irini Charalambidou, calling on police to find the perpetrator or perpetrators as soon as possible.

“I condemn in the strongest manner the bullying made ​​threats… such despicable actions are beyond criminality their nature and undermine democratic institutions such as the House of Representatives,” he said in a statement.

On Sunday it was reported that Charalambidou had received death threats by phone.

Police said they were taking the matter seriously and…

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