Flamingos arrive

Flamingos arrive

Flamingos have begun to arrive at the Larnaca Salt Lake on their annual migration to the island’s wetlands (Christos Theodorides)

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Football Sport December 22, 2014

Ermis throw title race wide open with APOEL victory

Ermis throw title race wide open with APOEL victory

By Iacovos Constantinou

Ermis Aradippou threw the championship race wide open as they inflicted APOEL’s first league defeat of the season over the weekend, allowing Apollon, who defeated Agia Napa, to go top on ‘most goals scored’ and the chasing pack to move within five points of the leaders.

APOEL got off to a great start taking the lead in the eighth minute through Soteriou and controlling the game with relative ease. They missed a number of chances to increase…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Ruling expected in Dromolaxia land scandal

Ruling expected in Dromolaxia land scandal

Larnaca criminal court is expected to rule later Monday on the Dromolaxia land deal scandal, the first of many scandals that emerged over the last two years.
The deal in question involved the purchase by CyTA’s pension fund of office space in Dromolaxia, near Larnaca airport, at a price reportedly several times the going market value.
The land was initially sold to Wadnic Trading, which upgraded the coefficients, built on it and sold it on to the CyTA…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Consumers Association urges buyers not to stockpile petrol

Consumers Association urges buyers not to stockpile petrol

Consumers should not panic and rush to petrol stations, the consumers association said in an announcement on Monday.
Following last week’s announcement by petrol station owners that they did not rule out the possibility of turning off fuel supply, the consumers association urges the public to buy only as much fuel they need, spending the least possible amount.
“It looks like prices are constantly been reduced,” an announcement said.
The petrol station owners have grievances with the…

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Local News December 22, 2014

President to make announcements on Tuesday

President to make announcements on Tuesday

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades announced that he will make announcements on various issues tomorrow Tuesday.

The President was speaking after returning home on Sunday night from New York, following open heart surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital earlier this month.

Speaking to reporters at his residence in Limassol, the President said that he will chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

“I believe that now that I have more strength, there are more prospects and we can all make…

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Business December 22, 2014

It’s naïve to expect our politicians to get us out of this mess

It’s naïve to expect our politicians to get us out of this mess

By Stelios Oprhanides

Cypriot politicians have apparently lost their moral compass – a large number of them at least. With their vote on Thursday, they proved they are not serving the national interest, even as they pay lip service to it.

Their decision to pass a law “in order to protect citizens from foreclosures” suspending another one they passed in September that was a precondition for Cyprus getting another tranche of bailout money, which it desperately needs – let’s not…

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Local News December 22, 2014

Lets work together to protect halloumi cheese from foreign imitators, says Spokesman

Lets work together to protect halloumi cheese from foreign imitators, says Spokesman

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday that the aim is for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to work together in order to protect the national cheese “halloumi” or “hellim” from foreign imitators.

Christodoulides, who was commenting on publications which appeared in the Cypriot press on the matter, assured that “the government is monitoring the matter very closely, in cooperation with Brussels and the relevant departments here in Cyprus”.

He said the government is aware that UN Special Adviser on…

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Business December 22, 2014

NPLs to limit Cyprus’s economic growth to 0.3% next year, E&Y says

NPLs to limit Cyprus’s economic growth to 0.3% next year, E&Y says

By Stelios Orphanides

Cyprus’s economy will grow a marginal 0.3 per cent next year driven by a 1.8 per cent increase in fixed investment even as recovery continues to suffer from credit constraints caused by a non-performing loans ratio exceeding 50 per cent, Ernst and Young said.

It will be the first time the Cypriot economy grows since 2011, after it contracted 5.4 per cent last year and contract a further 2.9 per cent this year, the company said in…

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Entertainment What's On December 22, 2014

The bundles we carry

The bundles we carry

By Maria Gregoriou

This Sunday the art scene takes a poignant turn as Lenia Georgiou presents a collection of art work produced by asylum seekers from the Kofinou Reception and Accommodation Centre in Larnaca, as part of her post graduate thesis in art therapy.

Georgiou, who was born in South Africa to Cypriot parents, has studied Fine Art at Kingston University in London and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy.

Poxias is the result…

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English Premier League Sport December 21, 2014

Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

By Martyn Herman

A stoppage time goal by a heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Inferior for most of the match, Arsenal had led with goals from French duo Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud after Philippe Coutinho had put the hosts deservedly ahead.

However, Skrtel, who required six minutes of treatment on a head wound, thundered in a late header from Steven Gerrard’s corner…

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Local News December 21, 2014

Spokesman does not rule out changes at Presidential Palace

Spokesman does not rule out changes at Presidential Palace

Government Spokesman Nicos Christoulides has not ruled out the possibility that the President of the Republic will proceed with changes as regards his aides at the Presidential Palace.

Replying to questions, Christodoulides said that in the framework of a possible re-organization, there may be new people while possibly some will have to leave.

“This decision depends on the President”, he pointed out.

The Spokesman said that the President, who returns to Cyprus from New York today Sunday, will return to…

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Local News December 21, 2014

Fresh arrest in Paphos sewerage scandal (updated)

Fresh arrest in Paphos sewerage scandal (updated)

Paphos police on Saturday arrested a former AKEL municipal councillor, 60, and questioned two contractors on suspicion of corruption in connection with the construction of the coastal town’s sewerage system.

Police arrested Vasos Vasiliou and questioned Iacovos Iacovou, 46, of Iacovou Bros. construction company, and Tony Toumazis, 62, of Atlas Pantou.

The two contractors were released after being questioned by the CID.

They were named by sewerage board director Eftihios Malekkides, currently in custody with former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas…

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International News December 21, 2014

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst

A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor…

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Local News December 21, 2014

A climate of mistrust

A climate of mistrust

By Bejay Browne

PAPHOS LOCALS have expressed a mixture of shock, betrayal and world weary cynicism over the alleged level of official corruption that has been exposed in recent weeks.
The atmosphere is one of uncertainty and dismay as revelations implicate officials from all major parties, with the squandering of public funds reportedly running into millions of euros.
Whatever their response, residents are united that all those found guilty should serve prison time and public money repaid.

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Our View: Parties’ brazen dishonesty shames the state

Our View: Parties’ brazen dishonesty shames the state

EVERY time the political parties decide to supposedly protect the people we do not know whether to laugh or cry. Neither reaction would be out of place because foolishness is often entertainingly funny, but it could also have long-lasting, harmful consequences.

Last Thursday in the House was one of those days, the majority of our deputies deciding that they should pretend to protect primary residences from “mass” repossessions by approving a bill that would suspend the implementation of the…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Tales from the Coffeeshop: All possibilities of exploitation being considered

Tales from the Coffeeshop: All possibilities of exploitation being considered

By Patroclos

COMMERCE minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis lost his swagger on Friday when it was officially announced that the drilling by ENI-KOGAS in bloc 9 found no hydrocarbons and all his plans for the future had to be changed.

But to his credit he kept a brave face, speaking to the cameras on Friday afternoon and later sitting at the glass coffee table in the CyBC’s cocktail-bar-style news studio sharing his thoughts with the delectable news presenter Vivienne Kanari. You half…

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Local News December 21, 2014

The referee brave enough to take on the establishment

The referee brave enough to take on the establishment

By Constantinos Psillides

Marios Panayi, 34, has blown a lot of whistles since he became a referee back in 1999 but none like the one he blew this week about match fixing on the island. On Wednesday the international referee gave a press conference, announcing to the world that he would go to police with evidence to shock the football world to its core.

While declining to go into specifics, Panayi did point the finger at Cyprus Football Association (CFA)…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Peddling the same dangerous nonsense for 51 years

Peddling the same dangerous nonsense for 51 years

By Loucas Charalambous

IT IS 51 years today since December 21, 1963. Half a century ago, just three years after its establishment, our state was dissolved and partitioned. It was then that it entered an insane period, starting in a frenzy of political recklessness which continues to this day without any prospect of ending.

Because, 51 years later, we have still not been taught anything from its painful consequences, we have still not admitted our unforgivable mistakes and have still…

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International News Comment December 21, 2014

Pro-Palestine parliaments – hopes and dangers

Pro-Palestine parliaments – hopes and dangers

By John V Whitbeck

THE EUROPEAN Parliament, after a late compromise in pursuit of consensus, passed on December 17, by a vote of 498 to 88 with 111 abstentions, a resolution stating that it “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

This compromise language bypasses the fundamental question of when the State of Palestine should be recognised, using…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Orchestrated chaos on its way

Orchestrated chaos on its way

By Hermes Solomon

TODAY IS the shortest day of the year – sunrise at around 7 am and sunset around 4.30 pm. That’s a total of nine and a half sunshine hours – more than adequate to supply central heating and hot water to the average household via the latest solar panel technology.

Last Sunday Mail’s article (The power of a battery operated Cyprus) by Austrian ambassador to Cyprus, Dr Karl Mueller, read like a pipe dream.
Interestingly, comments…

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Comment December 21, 2014

Russian crisis an opportunity for Cyprus

Russian crisis an opportunity for Cyprus

By Ajay Goyal

The Russian rouble has plunged over 52 per cent this year yet the Russian economic crisis might represent a unique opportunity for Cyprus to secure a major trade relationship with Russia without stepping outside the sanctions regime.

The Russian government and central bank might impose capital controls to stem the flight of hard currency. Some leading members of the Russian state duma have proposed limits on the foreign exchange withdrawals by outbound Russian tourists.

The collapse of…

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Cyprus News Digest Podcast

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Archives

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