Anastasiades visits UAE’s Grand Mosque

Anastasiades visits UAE’s Grand Mosque

President Nicos Anastasiades, headed for Dubai on Wednesday to continue his official visit to the United Arab Emirates.
On his way to Dubai, the President, accompanied by the Cypriot delegation, paid a tribute to the Tomb of the Founder of the Nation Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, at the Grand Mosque. In Dubai he addressed a Business Forum organised by the Chambers of Commerce of Dubai and Cyprus (PIO)

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Local News April 15, 2014

Around 280 co-op employees to take early retirement

Around 280 co-op employees to take early retirement

By George Psyllides

SOME 280 employees in the co-operative sector have opted to take an early retirement scheme, a figure that is close to the target set initially, it emerged on Tuesday.

Citing unnamed sources, the Cyprus News Agency said some 280 co-op workers had decided to take a voluntary retirement scheme offered by the management as part of the sector’s restructuring.

The deadline for acceptance of the scheme expired on Tuesday.

The plan was to cut the sector’s 3,000…

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Local News April 15, 2014

Bases police find cocaine at illegal casino

Bases police find cocaine at illegal casino

By George Psyllides

THE British bases (SBA) said on Tuesday that a large amount of a substance believed to be cocaine was seized during a raid on an illegal casino in Trachoni village on Monday morning.

“The substance, which if confirmed to be cocaine could have a street value of approximately €30,000, was seized alongside €5,500 cash which was found in a hidden safe during the raid,” an SBA statement said.

Some 120 SBA officers raided the establishment on Monday,…

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Local News April 15, 2014

Port workers call off strike

Port workers call off strike

By Constantinos Psillides

Limassol port has reopened for business after port workers decided to suspend their strike following the intervention of Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou.

SEK union spokesman Titos Timotheou told the Cyprus Mail the workers would be meeting with the minister on Tuesday afternoon and would then decide on the next step. “We will try and negotiate but things are very difficult,” he said.

Port workers are protesting against salary cuts and reduction in working hours. The workers are…

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Local News April 15, 2014

Former energy boss to advise Greek Premier

Former energy boss to advise Greek Premier

Former energy director Solon Kassinis has been appointed energy advisor to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Speaking on private Sigma television channel, Kassinis confirmed the appointment, saying it was clinched after personally meeting the Greek premier.

Rumours that the Greek government was interested in hiring him had been doing the rounds for months, as Greece prepares to put up for auction several offshore hydrocarbon blocks.

Kassinis, with more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, was…

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Life & Style April 15, 2014

The Orthodox way

The Orthodox way

By George Kassianos

If you are planning an Easter table there are some wines to perfectly match traditional food stuffs

Easter Sunday is a time to reflect and celebrate the Lord’s resurrection, and a time to gather with family and friends to share a special meal together.

The Easter Sunday table is prepared as the festivities continue following the midnight mass on Saturday! The Easter meal is truly a feast. Salads of beans, greens and seafood, vegetable dishes that are…

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Entertainment April 15, 2014

Restaurant Review: Pinakothiki, Nicosia

Restaurant Review: Pinakothiki, Nicosia

By Alexander McCowan

My daughter suggested we try the restaurant at the new Leventis Art Gallery in central Nicosia, on what is essentially the continuation of Makarios Avenue. It is housed in a great glowing glassy leviathan of a building that is such a contrast to the decaying dross surrounding it. Is this the first example of the new Nicosia Phoenix rising? I hope so. The style is northern Italian: steel, glass, stone, and white, white, white: everywhere. The furniture…

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Local News April 15, 2014

AG rejects claims of delay in economy probe

AG rejects claims of delay in economy probe

Attorney-general Costas Clerides on Tuesday rejected claims by MPs that authorities were dragging their feet in investigating the circumstances leading up to last year’s collapse of the financial sector.

In a terse statement, Clerides hit back at certain MPs who a day earlier accused the Attorney-general of taking too long to prosecute.
He was referring to members of the House ethics committee, which is putting together its own inquiry into the financial meltdown of 2013.

“Attempts by some to…

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Local News April 15, 2014

Authorities step up inspections ahead of Easter

Authorities step up inspections ahead of Easter

Health authorities have carried out 600 inspections across the island since the beginning of the month, finding 17 cases of unsuitable products, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Deputy health services director Christos Christou said the objective was to inspect all places that produced traditional Easter foods at the beginning of the month.

“The checks this week focus on retailers such as supermarkets, confectioneries, and bakeries, where the products are sold,” he told the Cyprus News Agency.

Christou said the…

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International News April 15, 2014

Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya

Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya

By Feras Bosalum

The driver survived the attack and was in hospital, spokesman Said Laswad said. A Jordanian foreign ministry source said they believed that the incident occurred as their ambassador, Fawaz al-Itan, was leaving his house.

Kidnappings have become commonplace in Libya and abductors frequently target foreign officials. Since the start of the year, five Egyptian diplomats, a Tunisian official and a South Korean trade official have been abducted.

Random acts of violence are also on the rise. In December, an American teacher was shot…

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International News April 15, 2014

Obama presses Putin over Ukraine

Obama presses Putin over Ukraine

By Jeff Mason and Arshad Mohammed

US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putinin a tense phone call on Monday that Moscow would face further costs for its actions in Ukraine and should use its influence to get separatists in the country to stand down.

Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine earlier in the day, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

In a call that the White House said Moscow requested, Obama told Putin that those forces were threatening to undermine and destabilize the government in…

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International News April 15, 2014

NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize

NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize

By Ellen Wulfhorst

The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying.

Reuters won in international reporting for its coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar who in efforts to flee often fall into the hands of brutal human-trafficking networks.

The celebrated prizes, awarded by Columbia University, are the most respected in US journalism and can…

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Sport April 15, 2014

Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

By Steve Keating

MICHAEL Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, USA Swimming said in a statemenT.

Phelps’s return to the pool touched…

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International News April 15, 2014

First sub search for plane cut short

First sub search for plane cut short

By Lincoln Feast and Byron Kaye

A US Navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean had its first mission cut short after exceeding its 4.5 km depth limit, Australian search authorities said on Tuesday.

The launch of the Blue-fin 21 autonomous underwater vehicle on Monday marked a new phase in the six week search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 which disappeared on March 8 and is presumed to have crashed thousands of kilometres off course with the loss of all…

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Local News Business April 15, 2014

Is LNG plant a dead duck?

Is LNG plant a dead duck?

By Elias Hazou

THROUGH deliberate delay or wavering, Cyprus may be letting plans slip for an onshore LNG plant, a gas expert has warned.

Charles Ellinas, former head of the national oil and gas corporation Kretyk, told the Cyprus Mail that a confluence of developments leads one to conclude the liquid natural gas project is becoming increasingly unlikely.

He was commenting, among others, on a report by Reuters yesterday claiming that Israel may have put on the backburner earlier plans…

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Local News Comment April 15, 2014

Our View: President’s appalling pandering to public servants

Our View: President’s appalling pandering to public servants

IT WAS extremely infuriating hearing President Anastasiades praising the alleged sacrifices made by public employees as well as their super-efforts to restrict state expenditure. Speaking at PASYDY’s 51st annual conference last Friday, the president, referring to the last 12 months, said “we all paid a very high price but more than anyone, you, the workers of the public sector.”

Apart from showing incredible insensitivity to the tens of thousands of people who have lost their jobs, his remark was…

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Seymour Hersh strikes again

Seymour Hersh strikes again

By Gwynne Dyer

WHY would anyone believe Seymour Hersh? True, he’s the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who broke the story of the massacre committed by US Army troops at My Lai in 1968 during the Vietnam War, and revealed the torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by US military police at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004. But he’s getting old (77), and he’s a freelancer, and he won’t even disclose the name of his key informant.

Whereas the US…

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Local News April 15, 2014

Casino school recruits croupiers from among unemployed

Casino school recruits croupiers from among unemployed

By Constantinos Psillides

A COMPANY that specialises in the training of casino dealers or ‘croupiers’ is advertising its courses in Cyprus, even though the government has not yet legalised gambling or issued the first casino licence.

Cerus Casino Academy (CCA) Cyprus, a member of the Cerus group based in Manchester, England, is advertising its training courses via Facebook sponsored ads.

The company urges interested parties to attend a 10-week seminar in Manchester on casino dealing, noting in the ad that…

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Local News April 15, 2014

CyTA trial takes a twist as defence challenges witness

CyTA trial takes a twist as defence challenges witness

By George Psyllides

THE defence in the trial concerning a suspicious land deal involving the pension fund of state telecoms company CyTA sought to hurt the credibility of the main prosecution witness by suggesting he had been involved in tax evasion.

Giorgos Papaioannou, defending former CyTA chairman Stathis Kittis, claimed that ALKI, a Larnaca football club headed by businessman Nicos Lillis, had drawn double contracts for its players.

One copy was submitted to the Cyprus football association and the…

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Local News April 15, 2014

All ready for Famagusta service on Good Friday

All ready for Famagusta service on Good Friday

By Staff Reporter

MORE than 3,000 people are expected to attend the Good Friday service at the Ayios Giorgios Exorinos church in Famagusta, the first such mass since 1957.

Famagusta Bishop Vassilis, who will perform the historic ceremony, in statements to the Cyprus News Agency yesterday, called it a miracle.

“At the moment there would seem to be problems and we hope that all will go well,” he said, adding that more than 3,000 people were expected to attend…

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Local News April 15, 2014

Negotiators to study S. Africa’s ‘truth and reconciliation’

Negotiators to study S. Africa’s ‘truth and reconciliation’

By Staff Reporter

THE Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiators are to travel to South Africa at the initiative of the US at the end of this month to learn about how reconciliation was accomplished there.

According to reports yesterday, the visit to South Africa by Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay will take place from April 25 to 29.

The negotiators will reportedly listen to the experiences and the views of Roelof Petrus Meyer, who participated in the negotiating…

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The Week in Pictures , April 7th – April 11th

A holiday reminder on departure
Elections in Afghanistan
Philpa Spring Rally
Royals visit New Zealand
Let's go clean
Annunciation holiday in Moscow
Taxi drivers protest
Missing Imperial Faberge eggs in London
EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule with President Anastasiades
Divers scan the water for debris of the missing Flight MH370
Hungarian ‘Popeye’ world record breaking attempt
The new Nicosia bi-communal waste-water treatment plant at Mia Milia
The biggest photovoltaic park in Cyprus
Thai elephant battle water with tourists to celebrate Songkran festival
Cabinet goes tech
Ivory destruction in Belgium
Third phase of the Indian general elections
Thunderstorms in Nicosia
Children collect signatures for the Arctic
Paul Exhibition in Basel
Robot Open in Tehran
Earthquake in Nicaragua
Stocktaking at animal park Hagenbeck
Protests against German Chancellor Merkel visit to Greece

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