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Local News October 20, 2014

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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Local News October 20, 2014

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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Thousands of new applicants for state aid
Local News October 20, 2014

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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Turkish survey vessel off south-east coast (Update 3)
Local News October 20, 2014

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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National Council condemns Turkey’s actions (Updated)
Local News October 20, 2014

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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Health services boosted by diagnostic machine
Local News October 20, 2014

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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Those implicated in economic collapse will pay, says AG
Local News October 20, 2014

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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Paphos mayor and two others arrested again (Updated)
Local News October 20, 2014

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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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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Decision on contentious foreclosures bills expected on October 31 (Updated)
Local News October 20, 2014

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.

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