Yemen bans motorbikes

Yemen bans motorbikes

A senior Yemeni police officer inspects hundreds of seized motorbikes at a police yard in Sanaa, Yemen on Monday. Reports state that Yemeni authorities resumed enforcing a ban on motorbikes used as taxis in Sanaa to prevent al-Qaeda-linked attacks by motorcyclists on the country’s military and security personnel and members of the Shiite Houthi movement EPA

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Local News October 18, 2014

Russia naval exercise ‘no coincidence’ to Turkish actions

Russia naval exercise ‘no coincidence’ to Turkish actions

By Stefanos Evripidou

RUSSIA’s decision to hold navy exercises in waters east of the island on Monday, the same day Turkey intends to send its seismic research vessel into Cypriot offshore blocks, is no coincidence, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said yesterday.

Speaking to the public broadcaster from Milan, Christodoulides said: “Nothing is by chance in politics.”

He made the comments after President Nicos Anastasiades met Russian President Vladimir Putin late on Thursday on the sidelines of the…

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Local News Comment October 18, 2014

Our View: Pilots have a nerve to criticise CY management

Our View: Pilots have a nerve to criticise CY management

CYPRUS Airways pilots union PASYPI held a news conference on Wednesday to complain that ministers and the airline’s board did not take the necessary steps needed for the company to become viable and thus meet the five requirements set by the European Commission.

They did not explain what these steps should have been, but the pilots have not exactly helped the drive for viability by suing the company on the grounds that the cuts it imposed on their salaries…

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Local News Comment October 18, 2014

Populists polluting the airwaves, thanks a lot Turkey

Populists polluting the airwaves, thanks a lot Turkey

By Johan van den Kerkhof

REMEMBER the fishing trawler that was transporting the Syrian refugees? Here’s a thought: we impound it, haul all the blabbermouth politicos in there and send the vessel forth into the sea to interdict and engage the Turkish gunships. Maybe even hoist a replica ISIS flag; that’ll scare the pants off the Turks.

To the local super-patriots, the past fortnight’s been a wet dream. Yes, the Turks are acting like pirates of the Mediterranean, of that…

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International News Comment October 18, 2014

The importance of implementing the Minsk protocol

The importance of implementing the Minsk protocol

By Borys Humeniuk

ON SEPTEMBER 5, the Trilateral Contact Group of official delegates of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE met representatives of Russia-backed militants from Donetsk and Luhansk in Minsk and signed a protocol on joint steps aimed at implementation of the Peace Plan of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. In a follow-up meeting on September 19, the contact group issued a memorandum to facilitate implementation of the protocol.

As of today, Ukraine has implemented all provisions and has undertaken…

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Local News October 18, 2014

‘Aphrodite’s temple’ defence claims witness was ‘set up’ by police

‘Aphrodite’s temple’ defence claims witness was ‘set up’ by police

By Evie Andreou

A 28-year-old woman from Morocco, arrested at the ‘Aphrodite’s Temple’ high end brothel in Palodia, near Limassol, was set up by the police who placed her there to prevent her from being deported from another unrelated case, the defence lawyer for the establishment’s manager claimed yesterday.

Marios Georgiou, defending the 45-year-old who appeared as the manager of the brothel when it was raided in July, cross examined the woman, who has turned prosecution witness and is currently…

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Local News October 18, 2014

Avalanche of bribery cases reported to NGO

Avalanche of bribery cases reported to NGO

By Evie Andreou

MORE than a hundred cases of corruption and abuse of power in public service have been reported to Transparency International Cyprus in the last 15 days, the non-governmental-organisation (NGO) announced yesterday.

“Until yesterday noon we had received more than 130 reports and of those we consider 102 to be cases of corruption,” Nicolas Nicolaides, executive manager of the NGO said on CyBC radio.

He said that the cases concern abuse of power and bribes in…

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Local News October 18, 2014

Student numbers in north to top 70,000

Student numbers in north to top 70,000

By Stefanos Evripidou

THE number of students enrolled in tertiary education in the occupied areas is expected to top 70,000 this academic year, it was reported yesterday.

Last year’s figures reveal Turkish Cypriots were a minority in the north’s education institutes.

According to Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen, the number of students enrolled in the eight universities operating in the breakaway regime reached 62,726 for the academic year 2013-2014.

The number of newly-registered students in the north…

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Local News Business October 18, 2014

New York Times: Demetriades inflated Laiki needs to keep it afloat

New York Times: Demetriades inflated Laiki needs to keep it afloat

By Angelos Anastasiou

FORMER Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) governor Panicos Demetriades has found himself in hot water again as the New York Times reported yesterday that he had played down concerns raised over the granting of some €9bn in emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to now-defunct Laiki Bank in a series of 2012 sessions of the European Central Bank’s governing council.

ECB rules stated that ELA funding, available to solvent but illiquid commercial banks only against collateral, was the responsibility…

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Local News Business October 18, 2014

Loan restructuring not an end in itself, says Cooperative head

Loan restructuring not an end in itself, says Cooperative head

By Stelios Orphanides

THE Cooperative Central Bank (CCB) is receiving encouraging signs from its restructuring operations, its chairman said a day after the bank posted profits of €85.6m for the first half of the year.

“More emphasis will be placed on the organisation and operations, but restructurings are a critical topic,” Nikolas Hadjiyiannis told state radio CyBC in an interview yesterday.

“As a board we made available all resources needed, such as human resources or computer systems. We monitor this…

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Local News October 18, 2014

Baby Zoe’s father still behind bars, three weeks on

Baby Zoe’s father still behind bars, three weeks on

By Bejay Browne

THE father of a baby girl, who was treated in Israel in a life saving operation after the minister of health stepped in, is still behind bars since his arrest during an immigration swoop 20 days ago.

John (Sanjeev) Dhull, 32, from India, was arrested in Paphos when he was volunteering for the cancer patients’ charity PASYKAF and is still being held at Paphos police station.

Distraught wife Virginia Taguinay, 33, from the Philippines, is appealing to…

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Local News October 18, 2014

Consumers unsure if fuel price cuts are enough

Consumers unsure if fuel price cuts are enough

By Evie Andreou

THE consumers’ association said it is not sure if the drop in fuel prices is justified or if these should be even lower.

Even though the association said yesterday that it was satisfied that prices were reduced by 2.2 cents a litre for petrol and 2.7 cents for diesel, it was still concerned that until yesterday Energy ministry officials insisted that more reductions were not justified.

“It’s about time the secrecy stopped around the price monitoring behind…

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Local News Business October 18, 2014

Omega-3 may help treat vision loss, Cypriot scientists say

Omega-3 may help treat vision loss, Cypriot scientists say

By Marie Kambas

CYPRIOT scientists have discovered a new treatment for wet macular degeneration which involves taking high doses of omega-3 fatty acids which improve visual acuity and visual field three months after the beginning of treatment, ophthalmologist Tasos Georgiou said.

“We have achieved a new treatment here at the institute; this new treatment, not only protects the eyes from vision loss, but also improves the patient’s vision,” Georgiou, who is chief ophthalmologist at the Nicosia-based Institute of Research and…

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Local News October 18, 2014

‘2015 will be the year of recovery,’ Georgiades tells MPs; 2014 recession narrower

‘2015 will be the year of recovery,’ Georgiades tells MPs; 2014 recession narrower

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE fiscal deficit is projected to be lower this year than the 3 per cent threshold set by the European Union and closer to 2.5 per cent, with a small primary surplus of 0.5 per cent, as public debt is estimated to peak at 105 per cent of gross domestic product, Finance minister Harris Georgiades told MPs on Friday.

Addressing the House Finance committee, which held a kick-off session for the 2015 budget discussion, Georgiades said the…

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Local News Business October 18, 2014

More bonds to be sold by year-end to exit bailout terms

More bonds to be sold by year-end to exit bailout terms

By Angelos Anastasiou

DESPITE the ongoing dip in Greek bonds, President Nicos Anastasiades told business news site Bloomberg that Cyprus plans to issue sovereign debt before the year-end as part of a strategy to exit the economic adjustment programme ahead of schedule.

Anastasiades gave the interview in Milan, on the sidelines of a summit between European Union and Asian leaders.

He said that once the country has tightened foreclosure legislation in a bid to help banks tackle mounting distressed loans,…

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Local News October 18, 2014

Degas theft suspects to appear in court next month

Degas theft suspects to appear in court next month

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE three men – aged 53, 47 and 48 – held in connection with the theft of an Edgar Degas painting, reportedly worth €6m, as well as a safe containing valuables worth €162,000 from a 70-year-old pensioner’s home in Apeshia, near Limassol, will be brought before the Criminal Court on November 27, it was announced on Friday.

A fourth suspect, a 55-year-old Russian, also held in connection with the case, was released after no evidence was found…

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Local News October 18, 2014

Remand for electronics robbery

Remand for electronics robbery

A 26-year-old man from Egypt was remanded for four days on Friday for the possession of electronic equipment believed to be stolen.

He was arrested when during a search at the house he lives in Paphos, police found two iPads, six laptops, 20 mobile phones, a camera, antennas and €1,150 in cash.

The Paphos crime prevention team is investigating the case.

 

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International News October 17, 2014

Russia and Ukraine reach tentative gas deal in tough Milan talks

Russia and Ukraine reach tentative gas deal in tough Milan talks

By Andreas Rinke and Alexei Anishchuk

RUSSIA and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The mooted deal aimed at re-opening Russian gas supplies to Ukraine ahead of the cold winter months came as something of a surprise following an initial round of talks in Milan that the Kremlin said was “full of misunderstandings and disagreements”.

However, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a subsequent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the…

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International News October 17, 2014

Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison – prosecutor

Pistorius should serve at least 10 years in prison – prosecutor

By Lynette Ndabambi

PROSECUTORS called on Friday for South African Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius to be jailed for at least 10 years for killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year, and sentencing in his sensational trial was set for Tuesday.

Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby and who was long admired as an inspiration for disabled people, was convicted of culpable homicide last month for the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, at…

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Football Sport October 17, 2014

Full publication of Garcia report impossible – FIFA judge

Full publication of Garcia report impossible – FIFA judge

By Brian Homewood

The report into the turbulent bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups cannot be made fully public for legal reasons, though excerpts of it may be, FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Friday.

Eckert is still studying the report produced by his counterpart Michael Garcia into whether there was corruption in the process which led to the 2018 tournament being awarded to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, and expects…

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Ryanair sees plenty more growth within Europe

Ryanair sees plenty more growth within Europe

By Conor Humphries

Ryanair’s bid to become one of the world’s biggest airlines will focus on higher-frequency routes and more domestic flights in core European markets rather than venturing further afield, its chief commercial officer said in an interview with Reuters.

Already Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, selling over 80 million tickets last year, Ryanair is targeting 50 percent growth in passengers by 2019 and has placed orders for 380 new Boeing planes.

Most growth will come from increasing capacity in core…

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