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UK-based Cypriot’s ‘pee-power’ boosts charity’s hopes for use in refugee camps

UK-based Cypriot’s ‘pee-power’ boosts charity’s hopes for use in refugee camps

A UK-based Geek Cypriot professor has launched a prototype toilet that generates electricity from urine near a students’ union bar in Bristol.

The boffins behind the “pee-power” toilet hope it can be used by aid agencies in disaster zones to supply much-needed “urine-tricity” to refugee camps.

The urinal is the result of a partnership between researchers at the University of the West of England in Bristol and international charity Oxfam.

It is located near the students’ union at the university’s Frenchay campus and researchers…

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Local News Business March 6, 2015

Famagusta bus drivers call off strike

Famagusta bus drivers call off strike

Famagusta bus drivers have called off a strike scheduled for Friday after receiving assurances that they will be paid.

The drivers, employed by the Famagusta public transport company OSEA, said they called off the strike as a show of good will after company gave assurances that it will pay the salaries.

The strike was announced on Thursday because drivers had not received their pay for February.

The statement cited a previous decision taken by the unions, according to which OSEA employees…

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Local News March 6, 2015

Police seek man in beating of his partner

Police seek man in beating of his partner

Police on Friday were seeking a 38-year-old Larnaca man suspected of beating his partner.

The arrest warrant was issued after the 28-year-old woman from Frenaros showed up injured at a shop near the flat where they lived together in the Livadhia area.

The woman asked for help and the owners called the police who arrived on the scene and took her to hospital.

Doctors determined the woman had sustained rib fractures and bruises to her face and body.

She told…

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Local News Sport March 6, 2015

Fan banned from sports events

Fan banned from sports events

The Larnaca District Court has banned an abusive football fan from attending any games pending his trial on May 13.

The 30-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and is facing charges relating to resisting arrest and swearing at police officers.

He had tried to enter Larnaca’s Antonis Papadopoulos stadium, home of Anorthosis football club, without a ticket, to watch Wednesday’s cup fixture versus APOEL.

When he was denied, he left and returned with a valid ticket.

But after he was…

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Local News Sport March 6, 2015

Futsal game abandoned

Futsal game abandoned

A futsal game between Nicosia sides Omonia and APOEL was abandoned on Thursday night after fans hurled objects onto the playing court.

Police said the game was abandoned a minute before the final whistle when Omonia fans threw objects. It had been interrupted three times before that for the same reason.

The final interruption followed a red card shown to the goalkeeper of Omonia who had another player sent off a minute earlier.

APOEL was ahead at the time 2-1.

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Local News March 6, 2015

Man injured by burglars

Man injured by burglars

A 50-year-old man has been hospitalised after he was beaten by thieves who broke into his flat in Nicosia on Thursday, police said.

The man was treated for head injuries and kept for observation. His condition was stable, police said.

He had been beaten by two burglars he found in his flat at 11.45am on Thursday.

The man had walked in on the pair who hit him in the head with a sharp object before fleeing the scene without taking…

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Local News Business March 6, 2015

Bailed-out Cyprus eyes return to normal borrowing this year

Bailed-out Cyprus eyes return to normal borrowing this year

By Michele Kambas and John O’Donnell

Cyprus hopes to borrow on financial markets this year, its finance minister told Reuters on Thursday, saying the island’s economy had more in common with bailout turnaround Ireland than Greece.

Harris Georgiades said Ireland, which reformed after near bankruptcy, was a role model as Cyprus climbs out of recession and prepares to borrow on markets ahead of the end of its reform-for-aid programme in the middle of next year.

“I’m … referring to the…

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Local News March 6, 2015

Duped depositors want control of ‘legacy Laiki’

Duped depositors want control of ‘legacy Laiki’

By Elias Hazou

HOUSE Speaker Yiannakis Omirou yesterday called on the President, as head of state, to personally weigh in on the controversy surrounding the administration of legacy Laiki Bank.

His comments came after meeting the association of former Laiki depositors, known as SYKALA, who are demanding that they be put in charge of legacy Laiki.
“It is a fair demand,” Omirou later told reporters.

The depositors say that, two years after Laiki was wound down, the Resolution Authority…

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Local News Comment March 6, 2015

Our View: Legacy Laiki bungle getting worse by the day

Our View: Legacy Laiki bungle getting worse by the day

THE RESIGNATION of the administrator of legacy Laiki, Andri Antoniadou has sparked a major public row, involving politicians, the Central Bank Governor, the resolution authority, Limassol law offices and interest groups. All that the angry exchanges seem to have produced is confusion and the suspicion that nobody really knows what he or she is doing.

Antoniadou resigned last Monday because the Resolution Authority, made up of the board of the Central Bank, decided to appoint a new law office to…

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Local News March 6, 2015

Cyprus consumers pay highest costs in EU

Cyprus consumers pay highest costs in EU

CYPRIOT consumers pay the highest interest rates, electricity and fuel and drink the most expensive milk in Europe, trade union SEK said in an announcement.

The union said that profiteering on basic products burdens unfairly and unjustifiably consumers.

“It seems that competition in our country is from non-existent to limited and this leads to the creation of cartels and groups of various interests that take advantage of their dominant position in the market,” the announcement said.

The union has…

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