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Local News April 13, 2014

Varosha: the big push

By Jean Christou

WHILE ORDINARY Cypriots from both sides have managed to pull off an historic confidence-building event for a Good Friday church service in Famagusta, politicians and diplomats have been slugging it out all week over the return of Varosha.

The historic event – the first Easter service at the Ayios Georgios Eksorinos church in 57 years – is a testament to what can be achieved in Cyprus away from zero-sum games such as the tug-of-war over Varosha.

Famagusta…

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Varosha: the big push
Comment April 4, 2014

Our View: Financial aspect of Varosha return must be given serious thought

CONFIDENCE-BUILDING measures, it was reported, were discussed during the Eroglu-Anastasiades meeting but little else was revealed. The Anastasiades government continues to campaign for the return of the fenced part of Famagusta, as the measure that would give big momentum to the talks, but it seems that little thought has been given to the practicalities of such a major move.

Working out of the practicalities with the Turkish Cypriot side would require negotiations which, given the pace at which these…

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Our View: Financial aspect of Varosha return must be given serious thought
Local News April 1, 2014

Historic Good Friday service in Famagusta

By Constantinos Psillides

A GOOD Friday service will be held at the Saint George Eksorinos church in the walled city of Famagusta, the first one since 1957, according to Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos.

Galanos announced the historic service after meeting with Turkish Cypriot ‘mayor’ of the town Oktay Kayalp. According to Galanos, invitations will be sent to ambassadors and officials from both communities, including archbishop Chrysostomos and Turkish Cypriot Mufti Dr Talip Atalay.

“This is a great moment for us…

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Historic Good Friday service in Famagusta
Business Local News March 18, 2014

House and flat prices plunge in fourth quarter of 2013

By Staff Reporter

Residential prices for both houses and flats fell by 1.6 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2013, the latest RICS Cyprus’ Property Price Index, published on Tuesday showed.

The biggest drops were in Larnaca (1.4 per cent for houses) and Nicosia (6.8 per cent for flats). Values of retail properties fell by an average of 3.2 per cent, whilst those of offices and warehouses fell by 1.4 per cent and…

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House and flat prices plunge in fourth quarter of 2013
Local News March 6, 2014

Prosecutors drop charges against activists, poacher pays €7,000 in compensation

State prosecutors have dropped all charges against four environmental activists of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), as a bird trapper paid them €7,000 in compensation for causing them bodily harm, it emerged on Thursday.

The Famagusta court also fined the trapper €500 for the use of illegal traps — 60 limesticks.

Police had charged the activists of trespassing into private property and damaging plantations  based on a statement given by the poacher.

“We are happy that eventually the charges…

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Prosecutors drop charges against activists, poacher pays €7,000 in compensation
News in Brief February 27, 2014

Famagusta hospital blood appeal

Famagusta General Hospital is calling on the public to donate blood as reserves are currently running low.

“Due to the low number of people coming in to donate blood and a number of recent incidents where blood was needed, we have some shortages and would like to encourage the public to come and give blood,” she said.

If shortages become critical, she explained, the hospital could bring in more blood from other hospitals in other districts.

“We require blood for…

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Famagusta hospital blood appeal
Local News February 24, 2014

Hoteliers in Famgusta district concerned over Ukraine prospects

Hotels in the Famagusta district are concerned that the political situation in Ukraine will negatively affect expected tourism arrivals from there for the coming summer season.

Director of the area’s Tourism Development and Promotion Company Lakis Avraamides told Larnaca Press on Monday they had been expecting as many as 60,000 arrivals from Ukraine this summer.

In 2012 around 20.000 Ukrainians visited Cyprus. Last year this had risen to over 30,000. Now with 18 weekly flights from various airlines in Ukraine…

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Hoteliers in Famgusta district concerned over Ukraine prospects
Local News January 19, 2014

Ecocity project full steam ahead

By Constantinos Psillides

THE INDEPENDENT initiative, aiming at producing design proposals to turn Famagusta into a model reunited ecocity, is entering its fourth day today, with project members evaluating ideas ahead of a public presentation tomorrow.

The public presentation and discussion will take place at 2pm at the building of St. Peter & Paul (Bugday Cami).

Vasia Markides, who spearheads the project said she has been trying to address the reservations expressed by some Famagustians who asked that the city…

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Ecocity project full steam ahead
Local News January 17, 2014

Dreams of a Varosha reborn

By Nathan Morley

IN THE midst of acres of Varosha’s abandoned hotels, holiday apartments and houses a new initiative to regenerate the resort into a thriving cultural, economic and environmental hub has been launched.

Over one-hundred participants gathered yesterday for the start of the Famagusta Ecocity Project in Derynia – a location from where the full scope of the calamity in Varosha is clearly visible.

The project, set up by a group of private citizens and academics are discussing large-scale…

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Dreams of a Varosha reborn
Local News January 14, 2014

Nearly 100 participants to launch the Famagusta Ecocity Project

CLOSE to 100 participants will take part in the five-day Famagusta Ecocity Project Design Studio launching on Thursday to draft a range of design proposals for turning the ghost town of Varosha and the wider Famagusta area into a model reunited ecocity, fit for the 21st century.

The design studio, led by MIT professor and ecocity specialist Jan Wampler, will work with 16 architecture graduate students from the University of South Florida, 11 Cypriot students, both Greek Cypriot and Turkish…

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Nearly 100 participants to launch the Famagusta Ecocity Project

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