Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Members of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)India take part in a candle light vigil during an awareness campaign on the occasion of World Earth Hour in Bhopal on Saturday. They were forming a 60+ sign to stress their opinion that Earth Hour should be observed for more than 60 minutes. Earth Hour is a global environmental campaign that is observed on the last Saturday of March every year and aims at drawing the people's attention to the need to save energy in order to reduce global warming gases and to protect nature. A similar event was due to take place in Nicosia at the presidential palace and in all districts islandwide at 8.30pm local time (EPA)

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Local News March 27, 2015

Focus slush funds raise fresh political storm

Focus slush funds raise fresh political storm

By Constantinos Psillides

DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos stated yesterday that Focus Maritime Corporation – owned by Greek shipowner Michalis Zolotas, a close associate to former Laiki strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos – apparently donated money in 2008 to political parties AKEL and DISY so that then-presidential candidate Tassos Papadopoulos would not be elected.

In 2008, the late former president was up for re-election and facing AKEL candidate Demetris Christofias and DISY candidate Ioannis Kasoulides.

Daily Politis reported in April 2014 that €1.5m…

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Local News Comment March 27, 2015

Our View: Bondholders need straight talk, not pandering to

Our View: Bondholders need straight talk, not pandering to

SPEAKING on a radio show, the day after Monday’s violent demonstration outside the Bank of Cyprus headquarters, a representative of the bondholders claimed the government and the bank had been misleading the people who had lost the money they had invested in what were technically known as convertible enhanced capital securities.

These had been issued by cash-strapped Laiki and Bank of Cyprus before the recession fully took hold paying annual interest of between six and seven per cent, significantly…

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Crimea: Anniversary of peace and tranquility

Crimea: Anniversary of peace and tranquility

Stanislav V. Osadchiy

A YEAR has passed since Crimea reunited with the Russian Federation. What has happened during this year? The peninsula has been receiving significant financial aid from the Russian Federation, different productions have been restored and are now developing, different cultural and recreational infrastructure is being renewed, and national minorities have been granted various privileges. However, the most important question is, what has not happened in Crimea?

There has been no bloodshed, no Nazi-fascist attacks against the…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Gene therapy study on rare ‘Crusaders’ disease

Gene therapy study on rare ‘Crusaders’ disease

By Nikolaos Prakas

A NEW gene therapy for people suffering with Familial Amyloid Neuropathy type 1 (FAP 1), a rare genetic disease dated to the times of the Crusaders, will be offered as part of a clinical study at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), it announced yesterday.

The therapy will use an intravenous infusion of DNA that inhibits the expression of the transthyretin gene. The infusions will be done every three weeks as part of the study,…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Teachers upset over reduced hours

Teachers upset over reduced hours

By Evie Andreou

SOON after unions had expressed their overall satisfaction earlier in the week with the proposed reforms announced by Education minister Costas Kadis, the reshuffling of teaching timetables has ignited spats between teacher associations of different subjects.

The first to object were computer science teachers who disagree with the proposed reduction of the weekly teaching hours of their subject by one period.

“The computer science branch has been wronged as teaching hours will be reduced,” Petros Gais,…

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Local News March 27, 2015

ENI needs time out after second dud

ENI needs time out after second dud

By Elias Hazou

ENI’s failure to locate commercially exploitable natural gas reserves in the Amathusa prospect was always the more probable scenario, but regardless, the latest setback should not discourage Cyprus from pressing ahead with its offshore exploration plans, experts tell the Cyprus Mail.

At the same time, ENI, following its two back-to-back duds needs a time-out and the government should oblige, energy analyst Charles Ellinas said.

The government yesterday declined to comment on reports that ENI requested an extension…

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Local News Business March 27, 2015

Burned Laiki depositors protest

Burned Laiki depositors protest

MEMBERS of the association of former Laiki depositors (SYKALA) and other bank debtors briefly tussled with police outside parliament yesterday, before marching onto the Presidential Palace to continue their protest.

A crowd of around 400 gathered outside parliament, cordoned off by police. The demonstrators briefly tried to push through the barricade, but were repelled by security.

Joining the SYKALA protesters in solidarity were members of the Movement Against Foreclosures and the Borrowers Association ‘Evnomia’.

Once tensions defused, a delegation of…

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Local News March 27, 2015

Minister not sure why Larnaca port workers are striking this time

Minister not sure why Larnaca port workers are striking this time

By Evie Andreou

COMMUNICATIONS and Works minister Marios Demetriades yesterday said he had no idea why the Larnaca and Limassol port workers went on yet another strike.

The minister, who was at the House Transport Committee’s discussion on the agreement concerning the privatisation of services at Larnaca port, said that it was unthinkable for strikes to be announced without a specific reason.

After the committee meeting, the Cyprus Port Authority (CPA) workers’ union announced they were going on strike…

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Local News March 26, 2015

MPs aim to vote on insolvency bills by April 2

MPs aim to vote on insolvency bills by April 2

By Elias Hazou

LAWMAKERS hope to wrap up discussion of the fifth and last bill comprising the insolvency framework by Monday or Tuesday, so that the set of laws can go to a vote to the plenum by April 2.

MPs on Thursday went over – article by article – the fifth insolvency bill, which deals with the protection of primary homes, business premises and guarantors’ obligations to the principal debtor.

“We are about 50 per cent through it,” DIKO…

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International News March 26, 2015

Argentina court throws out appeal of decision clearing Fernandez

Argentina court throws out appeal of decision clearing Fernandez

By Hugh Bronstein

Last month’s court decision that cleared Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez of charges that she tried to derail the investigation into a deadly 1994 bombing was upheld by an appeals court on Thursday.

The late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman had accused Fernandez of trying to cover up Iran’s alleged involvement in the truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community center in Buenos Aires. He alleged that she attempted to whitewash the attack in order to clinch a grains-for-oil…

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International News March 26, 2015

Building collapses, burns in New York’s East Village

Building collapses, burns in New York’s East Village

A large residential apartment building collapsed and was engulfed in flames on Thursday in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, critically injuring at least one person, authorities said.

There was no immediate information on the number of possible injuries, but local television footage showed people being carried on stretchers from the brick structure.

Local television also reported a large explosion at the scene and an adjacent building also on fire.

One person was injured critically and other injuries were possible,…

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Local News March 26, 2015

EAC unions call off strike

EAC unions call off strike

By Andria Kades

UNIONS representing workers at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) on Thursday called off their planned strike action, after the government agreed to delay the first stage in a process seen as culminating in the power utility’s privatisation.

The strikes that had been announced for Friday, and then from Monday daily, will now not be taking place.

The development follows an intervention by the House commerce committee, which arranged to hold an extraordinary session with all stakeholders…

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International News March 26, 2015

Rouhani speaks with French, British, Russian leaders as nuclear talks resume

Rouhani speaks with French, British, Russian leaders as nuclear talks resume

By John Irish and Louis Charbonneau

Iran’s president spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia on Thursday in an apparent effort to break an impasse holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers.

He also raised the Saudi-led military operation against Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, a divisive issue. US Secretary of State John Kerry also brought Yemen up ahead of nuclear negotiations in Switzerland with Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The United…

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Sport March 26, 2015

Baghdatis beaten in Miami

Baghdatis beaten in Miami

Marcos Baghdatis has crashed out of the Miami Open in the first round.

The Cypriot, who has started the year in improved form, was well below his best as he was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Italy’s Simone Bolelli and sent packing from the prestigious tournament.

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Local News March 26, 2015

Rikkos called in to testify in central bank probe

Rikkos called in to testify in central bank probe

By Angelos Anastasiou

DEPUTY Attorney-general Rikkos Erotokritou was the last from a 23-person list of witnesses called in to testify before criminal investigator Panayiotis Kallis on Thursday, in connection with his alleged bribery by the Andreas Neocleous & Co law firm over a law suit he filed against Legacy Laiki, formerly represented by the legal house.

The bribery claims against Erotokritou were made in parliament by former Central Bank executive board member Stelios Kiliaris earlier this month. Kiliaris claimed the…

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Local News March 26, 2015

Cypriot artist’s ‘coffee portrait’ of Hugh Laurie goes viral

Cypriot artist’s ‘coffee portrait’ of Hugh Laurie goes viral

By Nikolaos Prakas

Fantastic pop-art paintings of characters from beloved films, portraits of well-known public figure, and famous paintings, all done with nothing more than your morning cup of coffee.

The artist behind this is Maria A. Aristidou, a Cypriot industrial artist, who is taking the internet by storm with her amazing creations after actor Hugh Laurie, who played famous TV doctor ‘House’ took a shine to a portrait of him done in coffee.

Laurie posted Aristidou’s portrait of him…

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Local News March 26, 2015

Hammond visit not ‘firmed up’

Hammond visit not ‘firmed up’

By Jean Christou

Political parties were all riled up on Thursday over reports that British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond would be in Cyprus on March 31 and would visit Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on April 1, the 60th anniversary of the EOKA uprising against colonial rule.

The Greens, Citizens Alliance and socialist EDEK were most the most vociferous saying such a thing could not be tolerated by Greek Cypriots, and on that particular date.

The British High Commission said…

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Local News Sport March 26, 2015

Two remanded in connection with referee attacks (Updated)

Two remanded in connection with referee attacks (Updated)

By Constantinos Psillides

Two men from Nicosia, 22 and 24, were remanded on Thursday, each for four days in connection with two bomb attacks against referees.

They were arrested in their respective homes during early morning simultaneous raids.

According to police spokesman Andreas Angelides, the two suspects are believed to be part of the organisation ‘Thyraeniotes’, a reference to Thyra 9, or Gate 9 in English – the main fan group of Nicosia side Omonia – or armed urban guerrillas.

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Football Sport March 26, 2015

Real deal Kane ready to start for England

Real deal Kane ready to start for England

By Michael Hann

England new boy Harry Kane is a “real handful” with all the attributes a top striker needs and will have no problem making the step up to international level, defender Gary Cahill said.

The 21-year-old Tottenham Hotspur striker has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season, bagging 29 goals in all competitions, including 19 in the Premier League, and his fine form has been rewarded with a first senior England call-up.

Kane celebrated being included in Roy Hodgson’s…

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Local News March 26, 2015

New movement launched to ‘bring back the stolen money’

New movement launched to ‘bring back the stolen money’

By Angelos Anastasiou

The creation of a new movement under the name “Bring back the stolen money” was announced on Thursday by lawyer Eleni Vrahimi, which will aim at recovering ill-gotten gains by bankers and politicians for the benefit of depositors and taxpayers.

Speaking at a news conference, in which she argued that the state of the Cypriot justice system was unacceptable, Vrahimi said that respect for the system and institutions cannot be demanded when the “representatives of the institutions…

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