Food products made from insects

Food products made from insects

Crunchy honeycomb moth larvae in a store of Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo in Groningen, The Netherlands, October 31, 2014. From January 2015 onwards, products made of insects will be sold in all Jumbo stores throughout The Netherlands. EPA/REMKO DE WAAL

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Sport October 31, 2014

Moufflons confident of extending world record win streak

Moufflons confident of extending world record win streak

By Alexander McCowan

THE usual air of confidence that floats through the Cyprus changing room before a rugby international is slightly tempered now by the knowledge that some things have changed.

The Moufflons have accomplished so much over the last five years, gliding effortlessly from the bottom division in Europe to being promoted into division 2B.

On Saturday, they play Andorra at the Paphiakos Stadium with the kick-off at 2pm.
Although a small country like the hosts, the…

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Local News October 31, 2014

UN SG’s Special Adviser in Athens on November 5

UN SG’s Special Adviser in Athens on November 5

UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will be meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Evangelos Venizelos, in Athens, on November 5.

A UN press release says that Eide has completed his one day visit to Ankara where he met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Undersecretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Feridun Sinirlioğlu and is scheduled to be in…

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Football Sport October 31, 2014

Omonia look to make it three in a row, APOEL visit favourite hunting ground

Omonia look to make it three in a row, APOEL visit favourite hunting ground

By Iacovos Constantinou

LEAGUE leaders APOEL take on Ethnikos Achnas in the Cyprus championship this weekend, while second-placed Apollonas face a tricky away tie at Doxa Katokopias.

Omonia entertain first division newcomers Agia Napa while AEL and Ermis clash in a game that can go either way.
APOEL travel to Achna on Saturday in what is one of their favourite hunting grounds as they have not conceded a goal at the ‘Dasaki tis Achnas’ stadium since September 2008.

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

‘No more money for ailing airline’

‘No more money for ailing airline’

By Constantinos Psillides

THE government is doing everything in its power to save Cyprus Airways (CY) but it won’t give the ailing carrier any more money, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said yesterday.

Speaking at a news conference, the minister was responding to accusations by CY employees who have blamed the government for driving the company to the ground.

“We will not spend more money in supporting Cyprus Airways. The era of thoughtlessly throwing money at the carrier has passed,” said…

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Local News Comment October 31, 2014

Our View: Forging of energy alliances will not erase need for a Cyprus solution

Our View: Forging of energy alliances will not erase need for a Cyprus solution

THE CYPRUS-Greece-Egypt co-operation agreement which will be formalised at a meeting of the heads of the three governments in Cairo in eight days time is good news. Although its scope is limited to trade and tourism to start with, Cyprus government sources said it could create the prospects for co-operation in sectors such as security and hydrocarbons.

Egypt has reportedly expressed an interest in purchasing natural gas from Cyprus even though this is not likely to happen any time…

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Local News Comment October 31, 2014

Barbaros, rights, resolutions and sheer reality

Barbaros, rights, resolutions and sheer reality

By Nicos Rolandis

IN MY long career I have been taught that, in difficult moments, those who are small and weak remain and suffer alone, unless some major interests are involved. Irrespective of laws, principles and justice nobody will give a hug to the weak. A hug which will save him, not simply offer consolation.

Greek Cypriots should have been well conversant with this moral. It is part of our life, of our recent history. However it appears that…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

Government drafting ‘master plan’ for economic growth

Government drafting ‘master plan’ for economic growth

By Stelios Orphanides

WHILE the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of four bills accompanying the foreclosure legislation is expected today and may determine the future implementation of Cyprus’s agreement with international lenders, the government is already working on a ‘day after’ plan for the economy in an attempt to boost growth.

“We need a growth strategy and we are already in consultations with stakeholders,” undersecretary to the President, Constantinos Petrides said in a telephone interview yesterday. “It is going…

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Local News Business October 31, 2014

Connecting Cyprus and Israel electrically

Connecting Cyprus and Israel electrically

ELECTRICITY connection between Hadera of Israel and Vasilikos in Cyprus is one of the projects to be funded by the EU, in the framework of the programme Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). According to a press release issued by the European Commission, EU member states agreed to allocate €647m to support key priority infrastructure projects.

The amount earmarked for the Hadera Israel-Vasilikos Cyprus connection is up to €1.325m.

The whole project concerns an undersea cable for the connection of the electricity…

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Local News October 31, 2014

IPT payment deadline extended

IPT payment deadline extended

THE HOUSE plenum last night unanimously passed a law extending the deadline for payment of immovable property tax (IPT) by a month, as well as extending by one month the 15 per cent discount.

The legislative proposal, tabled by EDEK MP Nicos Nicolaides, provides that the latest payment date for IPT will be December 31, instead of the end of November as had been announced. Homeowners will receive a 15 per cent discount if they settle their account by November…

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Local News October 31, 2014

Another woman at prison helm

Another woman at prison helm

ANOTHER woman has been appointed as acting director of the Central Prisons, reports said yesterday.

The new boss at the Central Prisons is police officer Anna Aristotelous, up until now an aide to justice minister Ionas Nicolaou.

Aristotelous replaces Eleni Vatiliotou, who back in January was assigned to the correctional facility on a temporary basis following a spate of inmate suicides.

Aristotelous has a LLB (Hons) from the University of Leicester, a Master of Laws in International and European Law…

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International News October 30, 2014

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

By Ranga Sirilal

Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in Sri Lanka ran out on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to over 100 from 300 the previous night.

“I don’t think there could be any survivors,” Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told Reuters after visiting the disaster site in the tea-plantation village of Haldummulla, 190 km from the capital, Colombo.

“It is about 100 people who have been buried…

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International News October 30, 2014

Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

By Raheem Salman

Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe’s opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said.

Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of the 300 members of the Sunni Muslim Albu Nimr tribe that Islamic State had seized this week. The captives, men aged between 18 and 55, had been shot at close range, witnesses said.

The bodies of more than 70 Albu…

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International News October 30, 2014

US nurse defies Maine’s Ebola quarantine, takes bike ride

US nurse defies Maine’s Ebola quarantine, takes bike ride

By Joseph Ax and Jeff Mason

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride on Thursday, defying a quarantine order and setting up a legal collision with state authorities.

Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce a 21-day quarantine – matching the virus’s maximum incubation period – but remained…

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International News October 30, 2014

Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

By Simon Johnson

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs other European Union states would follow its lead.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters her government hoped it would bring a new dynamic to efforts to end decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Our decision comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements on occupied Palestinian…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Papadopoulos: government pulling the strings at BoC

Papadopoulos: government pulling the strings at BoC

THE government yesterday waved off claims by DIKO leader Nicholas Papadopoulos, who insisted chicanery was afoot in the coming shakeup at the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) board.

Papadopoulos asked why the only two persons slated to keep their post on the bank’s board are – as he claimed – clients of the President Anastasiades’ law firm.

Though not naming names, he was understood to be alluding to Vladimir Strzhalkovskiy, current vice chairman of the BoC board, who along with Ioannis…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Case against Vgenopoulos and Bouloutas  cannot proceed, court rules

Case against Vgenopoulos and Bouloutas  cannot proceed, court rules

In a pre-trial ruling, the Paphos district court on Thursday cleared of all charges two former prominent financiers of now-defunct Laiki Bank.

Andreas Vgenopoulos and Efthimios Bouloutas were facing charges related to mis-selling Laiki bonds in a private criminal case brought against them by a Paphos investor.

In its judgment, the court said the case as filed could not proceed due to multiplicity – more than one offence is now being alleged for all three charges on which the defendants…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Clampdown on burner phones could be in the works

Clampdown on burner phones could be in the works

By George Psyllides

Legislation making it compulsory for users of prepaid phone cards to provide identification as a means of reducing crime, is expected to be put to the vote in two weeks after several years’ delay, it emerged on Thursday.

The bill, tabled by DIKO, requires users to provide their identity when the cards are activated. The move aims at curbing crime by eliminating anonymity. Current users of prepaid cards will be given time to register. Not doing so…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Putin invites Anastasiades to Moscow (Updated)

Putin invites Anastasiades to Moscow (Updated)

By Angelos Anastasiou

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Nicos Anastasiades to Moscow, it emerged on Thursday.

Speaking after a meeting at the presidential palace, Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy said that although the visit has been agreed, no date has been set yet.

“We spoke in general about the possibility of visiting as soon as possible,” the ambassador said.

Osadchiy said they also discussed various other matters with Anastasiades, including developments in the region and bilateral relations.

The Cypriot…

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Local News October 30, 2014

Policeman being investigated for allegedly falsifying overtime logs

Policeman being investigated for allegedly falsifying overtime logs

A police officer in Paphos is under investigation for allegedly defrauding the state, following reports that he filed overtime pay applications without actually working, police said.

According to police spokesman Andreas Angelides, the officer pocketed hundreds of euros in overtime pay over the last year.

The officer was said to have falsified log reports to make it appear that he was working on Sundays and holidays, without actually ever reporting for duty. The false logs were filed from January 1,…

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