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Med school go-ahead
THE University of Cyprus’ medical school will open its doors as planned after ruling party DISY withdrew its bill to postpone the opening.
The medical school will begin operating as planned from September, when the first students are due to arrive. The cost of the project to the government has been reduced to €5 million a year until 2016 as the University will fund the school itself with up to €3 million of its own resources.
DISY MP Andreas Themistocleous had originally submitted a bill to parliament to postpone plans to set up the medical school after he claimed figures initially indicated the school would cost €100 million a year to operate.

Priest killed
A 56-year-old priest, the father of ten, died in the early hours yesterday after being crushed by a water tank on Monday night.
Father Michail Kallonas died at 5.50am yesterday after the incident at a rosewater factory in Lythrodontas in the Nicosia district.
He will be buried tomorrow at the Ayia Varvara church.
According to police the accident happened when Kallonas attempted to raise the tank of rosewater with a hoisting machine and the base fell out, causing the tank to fall and trap the man.
He was taken to the Nicosia General Hospital after members of the fire department managed to release him.
Kallonas was the priest at the Ayia Varvara church for the last 30 years.

Copper stolen
COPPER conductors were stolen on May 26 from a substation of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) in Larnaca to be sold to metal traders.
The EAC said yesterday such thefts pose risks to the thieves and the general public because in some cases the copper conductors have been removed from underground.
Anyone who sees something suspicious is asked to call the police on 1800.

Kurds march
A GROUP of Kurdish women will march on the French embassy in Nicosia today at 11am demanding information about French police investigations into the murders of three Kurdish women militants in Paris on January 9 this year.
The three women – Sakine Tzansis, Fintan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez – were murdered while they were at a political office that shares information about the Kurdish movement.
Tzansis belonged to the first group of fighters who founded the Kurdish Workers’ Party in 1978 and was a member of the leadership of the Kurdish movement. Dogan was the representative of the Kurdistan National Congress in France and was in charge of international relations. Soylemez was active in organising the Kurdish youth.

Earth shake mystery
THE geological survey department said yesterday no earthquake had been recorded by its equipment, as residents of the Famagusta area reported they felt the earth shake.
Residents reported a loud bang and feeling a tremor at around 5pm but authorities could not find the origin.
The geological survey department said it had not recorded any earthquakes while police patrols were unable to find anything.
Tractor death
AN 82-year-old man was killed yesterday when he was crushed by his tractor while working in his orchard in Alaminos.
Loukas Kyriacou was found trapped under the overturned vehicle at around 8pm by his daughter and son-in-law who went looking for him because he was late home.
Police are investigating the incident.

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