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Local News September 2, 2014

Misconduct investigation looks set to end in court

By Angelos Anastasiou
Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides’ investigation into alleged misconduct by former Health minister Petros Petrides seems likely to end up in court regardless of its conclusion as Michaelides on Tuesday rejected claims by Petrides’ lawyers that he has violated their clients’ constitutional rights.
Michaelides had identified three counts of personal intervention by Petrides during his time as Health minister – March 2013 to March 2014 – to approve the reimbursement by the government of surgeries performed…

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Misconduct investigation looks set to end in court
Local News September 2, 2014

Aristo boss seeks to counter accusations against company

By Angelos Anastasiou
Boss of Aristo Developers Theodoros Aristodemou on Tuesday sought to counter accusations against his company, saying that after two months of rumours and investigations no one has asked the company for its views.
“No official state organ, neither the Attorney General’s office, nor the police have asked Aristo to offer its positions,” he said. “This fact upsets us greatly, and we can only hope that those who have been asked to provide evidence have been…

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Aristo boss seeks to counter accusations against company
Local News September 2, 2014

Hope for common ground on foreclosures

By George Psyllides
President Nicos Anastasiades expressed hope on Tuesday that common ground would be found over the controversial foreclosures bill “to avoid any adventures.”
Parties are trying to agree on amendments, which would have to be approved by the Troika for Cyprus to be eligible for the next tranche of bailout cash.
The bill, as well as accompanying legislation that makes up the broader framework, will be discussed in parliament on Wednesday. It is scheduled to…

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Hope for common ground on foreclosures
Local News September 2, 2014

Patience needed over development in the Bases

The government will proceed with its plan of property development within the non-military areas of the Sovereign Base Areas (SBA), Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said on Tuesday, asking the public to be patient.
The minister was responding to reports saying that the government is pulling out of the project, since Hasikos had promised in February that by June the process would be well on its way.
Hasikos had stated that the whole process would be divided into eight…

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Patience needed over development in the Bases
Local News September 2, 2014

Erdogan ‘disappointed those who invested in him’

By Elias Hazou
PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday he hoped Ankara would change track in the peace drive, denouncing Turkish calls for two states in Cyprus.
The President was responding to remarks by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who, while on a visit to the breakaway regime on Monday, spoke of a settlement involving two founding states and political equality.
On Monday the government condemned the visit and said the comments the Turkish president made were not…

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Erdogan ‘disappointed those who invested in him’
Local News September 2, 2014

State tax revenues dip

By Elias Hazou

THE state’s tax revenues during the first seven months of the year recorded a slight dip compared to the corresponding period of 2013, according to official statistics released on Tuesday.

Revenues overall came to €973.2m, a three per cent drop on the equivalent period of 2013 (€1.002b). There was a significant decline in income tax paid by employees of the broader public sector and by private-sector employees, but this was offset by a considerable increase in immovable…

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State tax revenues dip
Local News Business September 2, 2014

Arrests over economy collapse by the end of the year

By George Psyllides

Cyprus could see arrests in connection with the collapse of the economy by the end of the year, it emerged on Tuesday, as President Nicos Anastasiades pledged that his government will show zero tolerance to cover-ups.

Speaking after a briefing on the progress of the police probe into the collapse of the economy, Anastasiades attributed the apparent delays in the investigation to the island’s legal system.

Asked whether he expected arrests by the end of the year,…

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Arrests over economy collapse by the end of the year
Local News September 2, 2014

Education minister optimistic ahead of new school year

By Evie Andreou

WITH TEN schools still without head teachers and many teachers still waiting to find out at which school they will be based, teachers returned to work on Monday after their long summer break.

Despite the shortage of head teachers, Education Minister Costas Kadis said that this year the situation had much improved.

“We are satisfied,” the minister said on Monday. “At the ministry we have worked systematically for many months now to be prepared for the new…

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Education minister optimistic ahead of new school year
Local News Comment September 2, 2014

Our View: Education ministry should not interfere in private schools’ fees policy

FOR SOME time there has been a dispute between the education ministry and a private Nicosia-based school that wants to raise its tuition fees for the new school year which was scheduled to commence on Monday. The school has argued that its fees had remained the same for the last four years because of ministry directives, adding that this had caused it financial problems. It added that that if it did not raise its fees it would be unable to…

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Our View: Education ministry should not interfere in private schools’ fees policy
Local News September 2, 2014

Premier League game goes dark as CyTA pulls the plug too early

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE DECISION to suspend broadcasting of Cytavision’s – CyTA’s TV arm – Sports Plus package hours ahead of the announced cut off point for the month of free viewing left viewers infuriated in the middle of Sunday’s Tottenham-Liverpool Premier League fixture.

Sports Plus is a recent addition to Cytavision’s TV package, following a deal struck with Lumiere TV (LTV), and comprises three additional sports channels with content previously broadcast by LTV – including the English Premier League,…

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Premier League game goes dark as CyTA pulls the plug too early

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