Fibre optic dresses

Fibre optic dresses

Dresses made out of fibre optic cables as part of an installation titled 'Dresses of Memory' are on display at the Singapore Night Festival on Thursday. The Singapore Night Festival runs over two weekends from 22 to 30 August. The festival features light installations and projections from a range of local artists alongside international artists from Austria, France, Japan, the USA and Australia. EPA

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Local News August 21, 2014

Increased security at US and Israeli embassies

Increased security at US and Israeli embassies

Cyprus Police are taking additional measures for the protection of the US embassy in Nicosia, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Thursday.

The measures are in place following the US military campaign in Iraq. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama called the Islamic State a “cancer” with a bankrupt ideology. He described Iraqis waging a fight against Islamic state, with US support. Not long after he spoke, the Pentagon said US aircraft conducted 14 air strikes in the vicinity of Iraq’s Mosul Dam, destroying…

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International News August 21, 2014

Russia to check McDonald’s restaurants in Krasnodar region

Russia to check McDonald’s restaurants in Krasnodar region

By Polina Devitt

Russia ramped up its scrutiny of McDonald’s restaurants on Thursday, as the state food safety watchdog began unscheduled checks in several Russian regions, a day after four branches in Moscow were shuttered by the same agency.

The food safety agency cited breaches of sanitary rules by restaurants in the fast food chain, but the action came after Moscow and the West imposed tit-for-tat sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. The agency denied that its actions were politically…

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Local News August 21, 2014

Mother and son arrested with fake IDs

Mother and son arrested with fake IDs

A mother and her son were arrested on Wednesday night at Paphos airport for using fake IDs.
The 50-year-old and her 22-year-old son, both Turkish, were arrested at 10pm on Wenesday when they attempted to board a plane for London.
At passport control the two suspects presented Cypriot ID cards, but the photographs on them bore no likeness to the travellers.
The authorities were alerted and during a search of their baggage two Turkish IDs were found…

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Local News August 21, 2014

WHO: Cyprus needs to cut price of meds

WHO: Cyprus needs to cut price of meds

By Constantinos Psillides

WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) experts have suggested an across-the-board cut of 8-8.5 per cent on drug prices in Cyprus as part of needed sweeping reforms before a National Health Scheme (NHS) can be effectively implemented.

The WHO report, commissioned by the government, was made public yesterday.

It highlights not only the high price of branded drugs but also generic ones, the plethora of private pharmacies and their mark-ups, the lack of mechanisms to monitor and control the…

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Local News Comment August 21, 2014

Our View: Kasoulides correct that IS is a threat to all in the region

Our View: Kasoulides correct that IS is a threat to all in the region

IT WAS very surprising that none of the anti-Western parties, not even the communists of AKEL, expressed any opposition to the news that the Cyprus government would not stand in the way if Britain decided to launch air-strikes from Akrotiri air-base against the Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Iraq. The parties, which usually issue statements about the most trivial issues, avoided all comment about the government’s intentions.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides had told Sky News on Tuesday that although the…

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International News Comment August 21, 2014

Tatooine is probably in but no hope for Vulcan

Tatooine is probably in but no hope for Vulcan

By Gwynne Dyer

“TATOOINE” is, you will surely agree, a pretty stupid name for a planet, but there are so many Star Wars fans that some unfortunate world is bound to end up being called exactly that. Let’s just hope that its inhabitants, if there are any, never find out. On the whole, though, giving more user-friendly names to newly found planets orbiting other stars is a good idea.

There is, for example, a potentially habitable “exoplanet” only sixteen light…

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Football Sport August 21, 2014

AEL host Spurs as Cypriot trio look to make history

AEL host Spurs as Cypriot trio look to make history

By Andreas Vou

THREE Cypriot clubs will be competing in the Europa League play-offs on Thursday for the first time in the nation’s history as Omonia, AEL and Apollon stand two matches away from reaching the group stages.

AEL were handed arguably the toughest draw of the round as they are pitted against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

In their last European home match, the Limassol club pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg, managed by former…

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Local News August 21, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge hits Cyprus

Ice Bucket Challenge hits Cyprus

By Maria Savva

AS I STOOD outside, prepared to complete the Cyprus Mail’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday, I could not believe how quickly, thanks to social media – a national campaign in the US to raise awareness and collect donations for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) had spread globally.

It was officially launched in Cyprus yesterday.

The challenge which has taken the world by storm one bucket at a time, requires people to video…

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Local News August 21, 2014

Hemp farmers invite the public to first harvest

Hemp farmers invite the public to first harvest

By Constantinos Psillides

EVERYONE is invited to help, or even just watch, the island’s first hemp harvest in recent time being reaped on Sunday… except for the island’s politicians, hemp farmers said yesterday.

“No politician is to be photographed, or make a statement near our plantation. No political figure deserves that honour,” said the statement.

“This harvest is a blessing for those patients in need of cannabis oil and to all those who have supported our struggle.”

The hemp…

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Obituary August 21, 2014

Obituary: A man who always spoke his mind

Obituary: A man who always spoke his mind

By George Psyllides

PSYCHIATRIST and television personality Yiangos Mikellides was found dead at his home in Pyrga yesterday. He was 68.

He was found by his partner who notified police at 4am.

The cause of death was not announced, though Mikellides had been suffering from health problems in recent years. He had spent a long time in hospital recently in serious condition.

Born in Nicosia in 1946, Mikellides studied medicine in Thessaloniki, Greece. He specialised in psychiatry in…

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Local News August 21, 2014

Talks with Egypt on potential natural gas sale after ENI-KOGAS drilling results

Talks with Egypt on potential natural gas sale after ENI-KOGAS drilling results

NICOSIA will enter into concrete talks with Cairo over a possible natural gas sale to Egypt after the first results of the exploration activity by ENI-KOGAS in Cypriot offshore blocks 2,3 and 9, Cyprus Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis has said.

In statements following a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Lakkotrypis made clear that the construction of a natural gas liquefaction terminal remained a priority for Nicosia, adding however that in the long-term Cyprus should diversify its export options.

Lakkotrypis’…

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Local News August 21, 2014

Nicosia looking at network of small buses for old town

Nicosia looking at network of small buses for old town

By Evie Andreou

NICOSIA Municipality is looking to buy 13 small buses to serve the old town, within the walls, with the ultimate objective of making the historic part of the town a car-free-zone.

The new public buses that have been on the roads for three years or so are too large to enter the narrow roads in the old city and come only as far as Solomou Square just inside the walls.

The purchase of the new…

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Local News August 21, 2014

Excavations start to locate grave of long-missing EOKA fighter

Excavations start to locate grave of long-missing EOKA fighter

ATTEMPTS to find the remains of EOKA fighter Costas Matheou from Livadia, missing for 58 years, began yesterday morning in the buffer zone between Troulloi and Kellia.

The last time his family saw the then 30-year-old Matheou, was on October 18 1958, when an unknown man went to their home and urged him to go somewhere together on his motorcycle. He has been missing since.

Reportedly, a man has indicated to the police where Matheou is buried and excavations…

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Football Sport August 21, 2014

APOEL earn crucial away draw, despite being second best

APOEL earn crucial away draw, despite being second best

By Andreas Vou

DESPITE being second best for most of the game, APOEL scored a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw against Aalborg in the first leg of the Champions League play-off on Wednesday night, giving them a slight advantage going into next week’s return game in Nicosia.

The Danish outfit can feel aggrieved for not coming away with a comfortable win having made many more chances than the Cypriot champions but failure to bury their opportunities cost them…

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International News August 21, 2014

Obama calls IS ‘a cancer’ after journalist beheaded

Obama calls IS ‘a cancer’ after journalist beheaded

By Alexander Dziadosz and Steve Holland

U.S. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew.

Not long after Obama called Islamic State a “cancer” with a bankrupt ideology, the Pentagon said U.S. aircraft conducted 14 air strikes in the vicinity of Iraq’s Mosul Dam, destroying or damaging militants’ Humvees, trucks and explosives.

Islamic State posted a video on Tuesday that purported to show the beheading of…

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International News August 20, 2014

Russian watchdog shuts four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow

Russian watchdog shuts four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow

RUSSIA ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening US-Russian ties over Ukraine.

The four restaurants ordered to suspend operations by the state food safety watchdog included the first ever McDonald’s in Russia, which opened in the last days of the Soviet Union, and which the company says is its most frequented in the world.

On Wednesday evening, the lights were off inside the restaurant –…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Cabinet approves additional measures to protect borrowers

Cabinet approves additional measures to protect borrowers

By George Psyllides

The cabinet on Wednesday approved additional measures to protect borrowers and primary residences as the government seeks to allay party concerns over a foreclosures bill that must be approved for the island’s next bailout tranche to be released.

“We are talking about three bills, the insolvency framework, and two schemes for additional protection of primary residencies,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said after the meeting, held in the presidential residence in Troodos.

The measures include abolition of bank…

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Local News August 20, 2014

No record of pool licence application from Napa complex

No record of pool licence application from Napa complex

By George Psyllides

AN Ayia Napa apartment complex where a teenager drowned earlier this week had never applied for a swimming pool licence in the past three years, the state’s electromechanical services said on Wednesday, responding to criticism they were late in inspecting the place as part of a permit application.

British Cypriot Savvakis Alexandrou was found at the bottom of the pool on Monday morning. A post mortem showed that he had drowned.

It later transpired that the establishment…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Mother and son remanded after shooting (Updated with third arrest)

Mother and son remanded after shooting (Updated with third arrest)

By Evie Andreou

A MOTHER and son, aged 45 and 23 respectively, were remanded on Wednesday in connection with shooting an 18-year-old on Tuesday night in Limassol.

The 22-year-old brother of the male suspect who it was believed fired the shots, was arrested later on Wednesday hiding out in the port area of Limassol after police received a tip off.

The 18-year-old victim from Limassol is in hospital, after being shot with a hunting rifle during an argument with the…

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Local News August 20, 2014

Civil Aviation upgrade will meet current challenges

Civil Aviation upgrade will meet current challenges

The current challenges Civil Aviation is facing will successfully be met only through the upgrading of the Department, a decision which has already been announced, the President’s Adviser on Civil Aviation matters and Executive Director of the Mediterranean Institute of Flight Safety Christos Petrou has told CNA in an interview.

Petrou said that in order for all challenges to be met on both a national and international level, there must be a great level of cooperation between all competent services…

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