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Body of missing diver found off Polis coast Update 4

first_imgThe authorities on Wednesday found the body of a diver missing since Saturday in the sea off Polis.Andreas Yiangou, 31, was found around eight nautical miles from the spot search parties had found his speargun and 10 nautical miles from the Pomos harbour.Police had been notified by a fisherman. A patrol boat collected the body, which was later identified by a friend,A postmortem is scheduled for Thursday morning.The Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre (JRCC) said it received a call at around 4.30pm from a fisherman saying that he found body floating in the sea in the Limni area.The coordinated search operation to locate Yiangou wrapped up on Tuesday at nightfall, but volunteer divers decided to continue the search for a fifth day on Wednesday.On Tuesday, search and rescue crews scoured the entire Chrysochous Bay and beyond, from Cape Arnaoutis in Akamas to Pyrgos in the Tylliria region, some 350 square kilometres for missing Yiangou.Operations to locate Yiangou began on Saturday evening after authorities were alerted by his parents that he had not been answering his phone all day. The 31-year-old father of two was from Erimi in the Limassol district.His car was found in the area and rescuers also found his spear gun with a fish on it on the sea bed. Camera footage on Yiangou’s spear gun shows that prior to his disappearance, he had caught a big fish in a rocky area, and then he began swimming to the surface.According to reports, footage shows that something went wrong, as from that point on, his movements seemed erratic. It was believed that he most probably started losing consciousness due to a lack of oxygen.An inflatable buoy and a second spear gun Yiangou had with him were also located in the sea. You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Anastasiades heads for Malta

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades leaves on Wednesday for Valletta, Malta, where he will participate in the Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) and later on in the EU Summit of heads of state or government who come from the EPP that will take place on March 29-30.In the afternoon of 29 March and in the morning of March 30 Anastasiades will participate in the proceedings of the EPP Congress during which he will address delegates.On March 30 Anastasiades will attend a working lunch with the EU heads of state and government of the EU member states that come from the EPP.The president will also hold bilateral meetings with other EU heads of state or government on the sidelines of the EPP congress.He will be accompanied in Malta by the Deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos.Anastsiades will be back in Cyprus to attend a dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Sunday night as part of efforts to restart the Cyprus talks. You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverSeniors In California Overpaying For Their Mortgage Should Read ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Unpaid fines and police overtime problems for justice ministry

first_imgExcessive overtime pay in the police force and unpaid fines were two major operational issues identified by Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides in his 2015 justice ministry report, it emerged on Thursday.According to Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, who was invited to attend the House watchdog committee’s discussion of Michaelides’ report findings, “it seems that the ministry and its departments are heading in the right direction”.“One issue that featured heavily in the auditor-general’s report was unpaid fines, for which both he and committee members have acknowledged the police’s efforts, in collaboration with the ministry, to collect them,” Nicolaou said.“Since 2015, the number of fines collected has been on the rise, with 70 per cent being fines over €300,” he addedA study, Nicolaou added, revealed that large fines tend to be paid in instalments. However, it was also found that policemen had been turned into debt-collectors.“It is not the police’s job to be the state’s debt-collector,” the minister said.“Instead of focusing on law enforcement, we have 69 members of the police running after unpaid fines.”Nicolaou also unveiled that new legislation in the pipeline would enable the courts to take into account a person’s financial situation before handing down a decision on a fine.The bill would enable courts to determine whether a defendant can afford to pay an unpaid fine – for example for a traffic violation – before deciding the final amount.Judges would then impose what they think is a fair amount; or they would impose an alternative penalty, such as community service.The justice ministry is meanwhile preparing another bill which would raise the immediately payable maximum fine from €300 to €350.Currently, the maximum on-the-spot fine that can be imposed is €300.For example, in drink-driving cases, when the blood alcohol content is from 1.2 to 1.6 ppm, the penalty for violation will be 300 euros. And when the threshold exceeds 1.6 ppm, the punishment is determined in court.With regard to overtime pay in the police, which has spiked since 2015, Nicolaou argued that the reason is not only understaffing, but also the discontinuation of the practice of reimbursing police officers for some extra hours worked, with the rest accumulating as additional time off duty.“Since September 2015, extra hours are reimbursed in full, and so the accumulation of time off has stopped,” the minister said.“But, while total reimbursement for overtime pay has spiked, because it’s now being paid in full, total overtime hours worked have fallen.”Asked to comment on questions of public funds being squandered on police guards for politicians, Nicolaou said that, according to a study that has assessed the risk any politician is subject to, having a personal protection detail is not an entitlement for politicians.“Based on this study, the level of protection each requires has been identified, whether it be in policemen dedicated to them or through other measures,” Nicolaou said.“Some individuals have had details removed, others reduced, and, in the case of some ambassadors, protection was either removed or strengthened, depending on the assessed risk,” he added  You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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UN SecretaryGenerals statements on Cyprus – highlights

first_imgThe reconvening of this conference offers an historic opportunity to reach a comprehensive settlement to the conflict that has divided Cyprus for too many decades. The road back to Switzerland has not been easy but the path to lasting peace never is.To get to this point, the leaders have overcome significant challenges and making unprecedented progress and I salute the determination and common vision, which has led them here. I firmly believe that through determination and political will, it will be possible to clear this final hurdle and reach a comprehensive settlement. All participants have declared that they are here to find a solution. They’ve also demonstrated and awareness of this historic opportunity and responsibility they share for a successful outcome.And I call on the leaders and the other participants in the conference to heed the call for peace of thousands of Cypriots at rallies on the island this week. The voices in support of a solution are indeed getting louder. At the same time, there is no doubt that some sensitive and difficult issues remain to be resolved. The chapter on security and guarantees is of crucial importance to a comprehensive solution. Discussions over the past few days have again shown that there is a commitment to find mutually acceptable solutions on security and guarantees that address the concerns of both communities.But it is clear that the security of one community cannot come at the expense of the other and I urge all parties to continue in this area to engage in these critical negotiations with the same constructive and creative spirit that they have displayed so far, taking the bold decisions that are still needed to find common ground.He said the parties have a responsibility to grasp the opportunity for peace and to bring a comprehensive settlement home to Cyprus.But there is still a lot of work to be done.Indeed, there were some new positions, showing increased flexibility in some aspects. But still, the most important things are to be done. There was important progress on the other chapters in bringing the parties closer on the chapters that are only being discussed by the two communities.It is slow progress and many outstanding issues are still to be resolved.All those participating in this conference have said that they hoped that Cyprus would one day be able to become a fully normal state. Where there are differences is of course in the amount of time needed for that and the conditions for that to take place. This is one of the areas where we still do not have an agreement.The UN is here to support the parties. We want the parties to come to a positive result and we are not impatient. What we want is the result to be positive and sustainable. We don’t want a false agreement that won’t last.So I can guarantee that from our side, we are not impatient and we are not threatening the parties in any way. On the contrary, we are here with humility but with determination to help find a solution, knowing that solution is very, very difficult to find.   And, of course we are not thinking about any proposal to the Security Council in relation to the peace operations.If we would put a deadline (for a solution) we would help create the conditions for the problem not to be solved.  It’s up to the parties. The role of the UN is to support the parties to find a solution.  It’s not to present one to the parties.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Minor earthquake near Limassol

first_imgA 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded on Monday at around 1pm in the villages Phinikaria and Armenohori in Limassol, the island’s geological survey department said.The epicentre of the earthquake was the area of Phinikaria-Armenohori, it said, 12 kilometres north-east of the city of Limassol at a depth of 20 kilometres. The earthquake, that occurred at 12.52pm, was slightly felt in the wider Limassol district, it said.No injuries or damages were reported.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Number of vacancies drops 57 in Q3

first_imgThe number of job vacancies fell 5.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, to 4,703, compared to the respective quarter of 2016, as the unemployment rate drops, the statistical service said.The drop in vacant positions in July to September was mainly on an annual 58 per cent reduction in the number of jobs in the hotel and restaurant sector, to 883, and a 74 per cent slump in the area of professional, scientific and technical activities, to 434, Cystat said in a statement on its website.The rise in vacancies in the third quarter was partly offset by a more than four-fold increase of jobs offered in the area of information and communication, to 359, and a 33 per cent increase in the area of retail and wholesale trade, and vehicle repairs, to 1,079, Cystat said.Compared to the previous quarter, the number of vacancies in July to September rose 1.4 per cent, Cystat said. Most vacancies in the third quarter were in the trade and accommodation sector followed by professional, scientific and technical activities and other services with 438.At the end of the third quarter, the unemployment rate was 10.2 per cent compared to 13 per cent a year before, according to the European Commission’s statistical office Eurostat.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Lillikas says he wouldnt take post of minister for Anastasiades

first_imgPresidential candidate Giorgos Lillikas on Tuesday said he would not accept a ministerial post or an EU Commission appointment from the administration of incumbent president Nicos Anastasiades, who is widely expected to win a second term.Speaking to Sigma, Lillikas ruled out accepting a sinecure in return for lending his support to one of the candidates – he was asked about Anastasiades specifically – during the second round of elections.Lillikas, head of the Citizens Alliance party, is projected to garner anywhere from 1 to 2 per cent of the popular vote. Depending on circumstances, this could be enough to tip the scales in favour of either of the two candidates making it to the runoff.The dark horse accused the team of Nicholas Papadopoulos of engaging in a mudslinging campaign against him, particularly on social media.Without going into details, he claimed that a woman connected to the Papadopoulos camp was posting ‘obscenities’ about his wife.This, he complained, got little traction in the media, as opposed to the coverage given to Anastasiades’ earlier remarks about Papadopoulos’ mother.Lillikas described the televised elections debate – scheduled to be broadcast on January 22 – as a ‘parody’ as its format will not afford the candidates the chance to lock horns but merely say their piece.The debate will feature the five main candidates: Anastasiades, Papadopoulos, Akel-backed Stavros Malas, Elam’s Christos Christou and Lillikas.Also on Tuesday Akel leader Andros Kyprianou upped the ante, calling Diko’s Papadopoulos a “dangerous politician” and urging Cypriots to vote for the best candidate for Cyprus – Malas.Kyprianou said Papadopoulos held “dangerous ideas” about the Cyprus problem, and lambasted the Diko leader for being complicit in the series of austerity measures passed in the wake of the 2013 financial meltdown.“Privatisations, home repossessions, insolvency, bank profits and much more. There is not a single anti-people bill which he [Papadopoulos] did not back.”The presidential elections will be held on January 28.The president of Cyprus is elected using a two-round system. If no candidate gets a majority in the first round of voting, a runoff will be held between the top two candidates.Polls consistently show Anastasiades well in the lead with 30 to 32 per cent of the popular vote, with Malas and Papadopoulos battling for second.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Exxons second vessel arrives

first_imgExxon Mobil’s research vessel Med Surveyor sailed into Limassol Port on Thursday morning, following the arrival of the Ocean Investigator, which arrived the previous day.Med Surveyor and Ocean Investigator will refuel and load the necessary equipment for environmental research in a field inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, according to Port Master Panayiotis Agathocleous.The two vessels are expected to leave next week and will be using the general cargo terminal of DP World Limassol for services while carrying out their work.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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UN official touches base with parties over Cyprus talks

first_imgUN Special Representative and head of Unficyp, Elizabeth Spehar is carrying out a round of contacts with political parties on the island to “touch base”, she said on Wednesday.Spehar was speaking after meeting Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos in Nicosia. She said she was meeting with the parties to “see how they see the current situation and touch base, and I hope to be doing that in the coming period”.Commenting on possible moves on the Cyprus talks following the elections in Turkey on Sunday, Spehar said: “The SG [Antonio Guterres] announced in his last report that he will be conducting consultations with all the parties and for the UN that will be the next step,” she said.Asked what that might be, the UN official added: “I would say in this coming period, soon.”According to the advance copy of the secretary-general report on Cyprus, Guterres said he believed there was still scope for the sides to act responsibly and decisively in order to chart a common way forward for the island.Guterres also said that in the coming period, he intended to send a senior UN official to conduct in-depth consultations with the parties.“The consultations will provide a more formal, structured, and detailed channel for the parties to convey to the United Nations the outcomes of their reflection since Crans-Montana and to help determine whether conditions have or have not matured at this stage for a meaningful process. I encourage the parties to recognise the importance of this exercise and to seize the opportunity accordingly,” he said in his report last week.On Tuesday night, speaking at an event, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said if the two sides could agree on the six points in Guterres’ framework, which the UN chief tabled at Crans-Montana before the talks collapsed last summer, the negotiations would arrive at a point where the possibility of a solution of the Cyprus problem would reach a point of no return. Christodoulides welcomed the UNSG’s recent report and his intention to send a senior official.Commenting on the possibility of a new Conference on Cyprus, the minister said the government was hoping an initiative would be launched as soon as possible and that a new conference would lead to a positive outcome or in the words of the UNSG, a “strategic agreement”, which would be the point of no return.He said Guterres believes that if there is an agreement on the six points, the remaining issues, would not be big enough to derail an overall agreement.“If an agreement is reached on the six points of the UN Secretary-General, we think that, yes, we will arrive at a point where the possibility of a solution of the Cyprus problem cannot be overturned,” he said.He declined to comment on the Turkish elections saying only that he hoped Ankara would be able to see the numerous benefits from reaching a Cyprus solution, including EU, energy and cooperating with neighbouring countries.You May LikeAirBoltWhy This Innovative Smart Travel Lock is Amazing?AirBoltUndoLuxury SUV2019 Crossover SUVs Worth Waiting ForLuxury SUVUndoSUV | Search AdsHere Are The New SUVs That Everybody Is Talking AboutSUV | Search AdsUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Government considering its gas options

first_imgThe government is said to be mulling its options after the consortium holding the license for the Aphrodite gas field proposed amending the revenue-sharing agreement with the Cypriot state.Under the proposal recently floated by the consortium of Noble, Shell and Delek, the overall long-term revenues to the state would decline by €2.3 billion – according to daily newspaper Politis – or by up to 20 per cent compared with the current contract, daily Phileleftheros reported.On Monday, energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis gave a behind-closed-doors briefing to MPs on the overall state of play in the hydrocarbons sector, with emphasis on Aphrodite gas.According to information that has leaked, Lakkotrypis told lawmakers the government rejects the consortium’s specific proposal.But for the time being the government wants to continue talks with the companies, so that the two sides can bridge the gap.This is seen as preferable to the other alternative – the government dismissing outright the companies’ proposal to amend the production-sharing contract (PSC). Such a course of action would delay development of Aphrodite by eight to 10 years, thereby excluding the possibility of exporting the gas to Egypt, which is fast becoming energy self-sufficient.The other option would be for the government to unilaterally withdraw from the PSC, which would result in drawn-out arbitration and litigation with doubtful prospects of success for the state.Neither of these two options are desirable, Politis said.Lakkotrypis is said to have told MPs that a preliminary agreement signed between the companies and a liquefaction terminal in Egypt was made possible due to rising oil and gas prices.However, the companies reportedly claim that this deal still does not secure them a satisfactory return on investment.They have therefore proposed that the PSC for Aphrodite be amended so that certain provisions are aligned to the PSCs that the state concluded in the second and third hydrocarbon licensing rounds.The PSC for Aphrodite was signed during the first licensing round.According to Phileleftheros, the amendments sought by the consortium would see the companies receiving a bigger share of revenues when oil prices are lower, and the government receiving a larger share when prices are higher.Actual sales of gas from Aphrodite are expected to last from 15 to 20 years.It is understood that, in either case, the revenues to the Cypriot state will grow over time as the companies recoup their investments for drilling and developing the gas prospect.Lakkotrypis presented MPs with different revenue scenarios, based on oil prices, and laid out the government’s ‘line in the sand’.Phileleftheros said that under present conditions and based on the current PSC, the state is estimated to earn some €19 billionn over a 20-year period.Under changes to the PSC which the government is willing to consider – its ‘red line’ – these revenues would drop by 10 per cent.By comparison, the companies’ proposal would see the state’s revenues decrease by 20 per cent, based on oil at around $60 a barrel.Lakkotrypis agreed to begin a round of meetings with political parties to discuss the issue and get feedback. The meetings will reportedly be taking place in August.Later, in September, the minister will reportedly be summoning representatives of the Aphrodite consortium for new talks, aimed at hammering out a revised deal.Low oil prices and disagreements over revenue-sharing are not the only issues holding back development of the gas field, discovered in December 2011.In addition, Israel is said to be demanding 5 per cent of more of the production from the distribution of natural gas from Aphrodite.Since the gas in the Yishai gas prospect on the Israeli side of the reservoir is part of a single geological reservoir, its production depends on agreements between the two countries.Israel and Cyprus signed a delineation agreement in 2010 but haven’t agreed to date on how to develop gas reservoirs straddling both economic zones.Without a distribution agreement, Israel is refusing to allow Cyprus to develop Aphrodite, because pumping gas from it will also cause gas to be pumped from the Yishai prospect.You May LikeManGoWildRise and Shine: 10 Stretches You Should Do Each MorningManGoWildUndoYes InsuredCalifornia Drivers With No DUI’s Are In For A Big SurpriseYes InsuredUndoJobs in USA | Search AdsGetting a Job in USA for Indian Might be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in USA | Search AdsUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoRomanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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State pledges to shelter evicted Nicosia tenants many refugees

first_imgTensions rose on Wednesday morning in a rundown apartment building near Ohi roundabout in Nicosia when a group of tenants – mostly people from Balkan and African countries, and among them a woman with a month-old baby – tried desperately to convince the landlord not to evict them.Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said none of the people who had been left high and dry after being asked on short notice to leave the flats where they had been left without running water or electricity the past three days, would be left without shelter.The tenants argue that the owners had no right to kick them out since their rental agreements do not expire until next year. The directors of the company, J.E. Investwise Ltd, maintain that they were forced to take the decision to evict for financial reasons as many tenants failed to pay common expenses and utility bills for long periods, and because some of the persons living there were causing public unrest in the area.The issue came to the fore after news reports that some 100 people living in the building were being given only eight days to find another place to stay causing despair to several tenants who could not afford accommodation elsewhere or who said they were not given enough time to find a new place to live.The owners of the 24-apartment building, who declined to be named, told the Cyprus Mail that most of the tenants – around 80 per cent – have been reimbursed and handed over their keys. Some of the tenants who had been consistent with payments have been given accommodation in other buildings owned by the company. This, they said, concerned eight cases.Another three to four tenants, one of the directors said, were told they could remain at their current apartment until they were able to find another place to stay. “There are also two cases where there is a complaint,” he said.The two company directors said that they had informed the tenants seven to eight months ago that the building had to be vacated and renovated.They also said that some of those who refuse to leave are people who used to stay in flats that were rented by other people.“There were cases where a person who had the lease contract handed over the keys and left but there would still be another seven to eight people there [when they’d gone],” they said. Due to such practices, the owners said, the 24-apartment building was housing as many as 200 to 250 people.The directors said they cut the water and power supply to those who failed to pay their utility bills, paid directly to the owners, and that they had no problem restoring supply as long as all the dues were being paid in full.“Any legal tenant who has their rent and utilities paid will be allowed to remain in the building [for now],” they said. They added that unpaid utilities and the common expenses of some tenants had reached thousands of euros.The company directors also said that they did not force themselves into anyone’s apartments and throw their belongings outside, as per reports, but that the furniture and other items that had been thrown into a pile outside were items left behind by tenants who have already moved out and will be collected and be disposed of.But the tenants who remain at the building claim that they owe no money to the company.Many of them say they cannot afford to go elsewhere as the meagre allowance they receive as Minimum Guaranteed Income (GMI) beneficiaries, or their low salaries make it impossible to pay rent deposit or even higher rents.  Rents have also risen in Nicosia of late.Some said the fact that they were African was another obstacle.Angela, an asylum seeker from Nigeria who has been in Cyprus for the past six months, lives with her partner and one-month-old baby boy in one of the apartments.“It’s been three days we have not had any electricity or water,” she said. “Had I known this two months ago, it would have been easier to find other accommodation.”She said that she had to rent as there was no place at the Kofinou reception centre for asylum seekers and it wasn’t easy for African people and asylum seekers to find accommodation in Cyprus.To bathe and feed her baby, they have to heat water they bring in buckets from other buildings on a gas stove.  “He’s cold,” she said. “I’m confused, I need somebody to help me.”Hawa Ahmed from Somalia who has been living there for five years with her three children, two of them underage, said the same.“It is a problem finding another house, they don’t rent to black people,” she said. But even if she did find another place, the low GMI allowance she receives is not enough to cover a higher rent, utilities and food, she said.Other tenants said they felt they had been treated like animals.“With no running water, I did not shower the past three days,” said a woman from Bulgaria who has been living in the building the past four years. She said that this was a problem as she still had to go to work and was afraid she would be reprimanded for poor personal hygiene.Senior official of the social welfare services, Maria Kyratzi, told state broadcaster CyBC they had responded as soon as they were informed of the situation and that, when social workers arrived at the building on Tuesday evening along with police officers, there was no one there who wished to seek assistance.Two social workers went back to the building on Wednesday noon.Emilianidou said that the social welfare services were recording the needs of all the people still living in the apartments in cooperation with other state services as well as with the police.“The aim is to ensure all the basic needs of these individuals, particularly those in vulnerable and sensitive situations,” she said.She added that no one would be left without shelter and would be transferred to other accommodation according to their needs and situation.On site were also members of the Akel affiliated Pancyprian Federation of Women’s Organisations (POGO) who spoke with tenants and heard of their problems. They also made calls to mobilise authorities.The building, according to the owners, after being evacuated, will remain vacant until they decide how to utilise it.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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CY aircraft grounded over €4m debt updated

first_imgAirport operator Hermes has secured an interim order preventing a Cyprus Airways (CY) plane from leaving Larnaca International Airport, citing €4.0 million it is owed by the troubled airline.Bailiffs handed over the order to both Cyprus Airways and the department of Civil Aviation to prevent the Airbus 319 departing from Larnaca on Tuesday.The plane was due to be returned to International Lease Finance Cooperation (ILFC) headquarters as its six-year lease had ended with Cyprus Airways.The news was confirmed by head of the civil aviation department Iacovos Demetriou who said that his department’s obligation was to prevent the flight from taking off.“Our role in the case is to prevent the flight from leaving, the rest is down to Hermes and Cyprus Airways to come to an agreement about any debts,” he said.In a press conference later Wednesday, CY chairman Antonis Antoniou told reporters that the interim order secured by Hermes demanded that a fee of €425,000 be paid.“We have paid off the amount and the plane which was due to return to the ILFC today before being grounded has been returned,” he said.He added that the amount of €4m was not accurate and questioned why Hermes decided to leak that amount to the press.Hermes did not comment on the issue.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Georgiades recession seems to have run its course

first_imgThe finance minister said on Tuesday the downturn on the island appeared to have bottomed out, after the economy showed an improvement over the past four quarters.“The long recession seems to have run its course,” Harris Georgiades told the Economist Conference in Nicosia.Quarterly data for the past four quarters showed the depth of recession was losing steam, Georgiades said. “There has been stronger than expected resilience of main productive sectors of the economy and confidence has been re-established,” he said.Georgiades said Cyprus expected to achieve a marginal primary fiscal surplus and would exit an excessive deficit procedure two years earlier than scheduled.But the island needed to rely on international lenders’ confirmation that it was on the right course to reform and consolidate its economy and “rectify mistakes of the past,” Georgiades said.“We do need the Troika institutions for a little while longer,” Georgiades said. “For me, what’s even more important than the cheap financing, that also of course, but what is even more valuable, is the seal of approval of the International Monetary Fund and the European institutions which comprise the Troika”.Georgiades added that while having third parties interfere in Cyprus’s domestic political process “is never pleasant,” the island needed their confirmation that it was doing things right when it came to restoring confidence in the economy, which will help lay the “foundation of a more viable economic model,” attract investment and create jobs and opportunities.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus remains in recession pace of decline levels Update

first_imgCyprus’  economy remained stuck in recession in the third quarter of the year, flash data showed on Friday, with the pace of decline flattening out because of a mild yearly increase in tourism revenue.Output on the bailed-out island nation contracted by 0.4 percent in the third quarter from the second, revised to a fall of 0.4 percent from an earlier reported 0.3 percent.On a yearly basis, GDP fell 2.0 percent compared with 2.2 percent in the second quarter.Cyprus  has been recording negative rates of growth since the third quarter of 2011, and was the recipient of a 10 billion euro aid package from the EU and the IMF in early 2013.Authorities expect the recession to be narrower than 3.0 percent for the whole of 2013, and a return to growth of about 0.5 percent next year.While tourism and trade were performing well in the third quarter, the rate of growth in annual tourism revenue tapered off in August – the last available data – to 2.8 percent compared to more than 6 percent in July.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Coops merge service systems

first_imgSERVICES OFFERED by the Co-Op bank will be consolidated island-wide from Monday, after the network merged its logistics systems.Clients of the 18 co-op credit banks will be able to carry out their transactions from any branch. The Co-Op Bank said it would render the lender the biggest islandwide, with the largest automated teller machine network.The move was a ‘significant’ technological upgrade for the bank, Co-Op Chairman Nicolas Hadjiyiannis was quoted as saying.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Unsettled weather later Sunday possibly snow v

first_imgCloud is expected to build up around the island on Sunday afternoon with isolated rains and storms and even the possibility of snow falling in the mountains, the Met office announced.Strong winds will continue to affect the island, especially on the coasts, while the temperature is set to reach 18C inland and 10C on the mountains.On Monday the weather will be mainly fine while on Tuesday clouods will develop although the temperature is set to rise towards the average for the time of year.However on Wednesday the bad weather is set to return with clouds, rain and isolated storms forecast.Video Playerhttps://cyprus-mail.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/video-1543926416.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video from Paphos (Bejay Browne)You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Push to bring more German tourists cabinet approves upping promotions Updated

first_imgThe cabinet on Wednesday approved the upping of promotions and incentives to attract more German tourists as the industry hopes to maintain or increase somewhat on last year’s record of almost four million visitors given new challenges.Speaking after the cabinet meeting, Deputy Minister of Tourism. Savvas Perdios said that indications from the Berlin Tourism Fair were that there were challenges this year from the German market.“The German market is dominated by general insecurity, with perhaps fewer visitor arrivals numbers,” he said, adding that this was brought about mainly by the recent collapse of Germania Airlines, Cypriot airline Cobalt, and Air Berlin. The problem globally caused by the Boeing crisis and a shortage of aircraft was also having an impact, the minister said.“Today the cabinet decided to approve increased promotions for this summer to the German market in order to mitigate these issues as much as possible,” Perdios said but declined to give details of what the measures were exactly.“I see no reason to go into details. What is important that everyone, especially the private sector knows is that the government it taking measures,” Perdios added.“We believe these will help to mitigate the missing seats,” he said. Perdios said the Ukrainian market looked promising for this year and could make up for the shortage from Germany.His ministry was also setting out on visits to countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel to try and boost numbers this summer.Asked how big the decline was in the German market, Perdios said it was around 50,000 seats just from the loss of Germania, “but we hope our promotions now cover about 30,000 of those”. “With ongoing efforts to use further charter flights, we believe we can fully cover the number and if not, as I said, we have new markets such as Ukraine, Lebanon. Israel is constantly growing, perhaps Jordan.”The figures for inbound tourism so far, according to the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents (Acta) show that arrivals remain close to last year’s levels with a slight increase, creating the optimism that this year tourism would, at the least come in at last year’s levels, despite the challenges.Acta president Vassilis Stamataris told the Cyprus News Agency on Wednesday that the upcoming Easter period from mid to end of April, could give the industry a boost both in terms of inbound arrivals and domestic consumers.Arrivals broke yet another record in February this year as did the first two months of 2019, exceeding the number of tourists that visited the island during the same period in previous years.An increase of 4 per cent was recorded for February 2019, which was the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.For the period of January – February 2019 arrivals totalled 187,541 compared with 177,348 in the corresponding period of 2018, an increase of 5.7 per cent and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first two months of the year.Arrivals from the UK increased by 3.9 per cent in February 2019 compared with February 2018, while tourist arrivals from Greece remained unchanged. Arrivals from Russia recorded a decrease of 22.7 per cent and arrivals from Israel and Germany declined by 13.4 per cent and 10.5 per cent respectively.“We have passed January and February with the conditions that we will have for the rest of the year, showing that there is some resistance since the numbers remained close to last year’s levels, covering a little more than last year, but we still have the big season in front of us,” said Stamataris.“We have received the messages that there will be difficulties from both Great Britain and Russia with the rouble, and a number of other developments,” he added.He said the biggest problem was, and continues to be, the availability of flight connections to the outside world.Hermes Airports and the deputy ministry of tourism, he added, had already taken measures with private-sector contributions, including Acta, hoteliers and tour operators, and efforts were being made to keep up the high levels at a rapid pace in order to be able to compensate for potential fluctuations from major markets. The UK and Russia remain the main source of tourism.  Stamataris said Easter was looking good for bookings in general.He also said the creation of the deputy ministry for tourism had been a positive development and was creating a new dynamic.He expressed the belief that challenges would always arise as tourism is an industry that is affected by many different factors such as the weather, foreign exchange, and political situations especially in the region.What was needed, Stamataris said, was proper planning, timely forecasts, and to grow the market share outside of the two main sources of arrivals.“This should also be the axis of action in which the deputy minister of tourism is working,” he added.”  You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. 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Targets to counter the changing nature of work

first_imgHow the future of work will be impacted by digital and robotic technology was the focus of a workshop organised on Wednesday by the labour ministry and the University of Nicosia to mark 100 years since the International Labour Organisation (ILO) was founded in 1919.Addressing the workshop, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianides referred to the ILO’s report on the Future of Work, according to which more than 50 per cent of existing jobs will be affected.She highlighted three of the report’s targets: first, investment in people; second, investment in work structures, and third, investment in decent and sustainable work.In a video message, director-general of the ILO Guy Ryder stressed that a viable project for the future of work needs to be built, noting that “rapid changes in our world are putting pressure on already challenged labour markets in many countries”.“Societies are experiencing fundamental transformation driven not only by technological advances but also by demographic employment change and globalisation,” he said. “Polarisation and widening inequality is already evident in the labour market of a number of countries and that includes Cyprus that was hit hard by the impact of the financial crisis some years ago.”Ryder said that Cyprus and the ILO have an excellent cooperation that has been strengthened since 2013 especially on social dialogue, youth employment, labour inspection and noted that the organisation is now assisting Cyprus in its efforts to establish a national minimum wage.The report of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work proposes a human centred agenda that places people and the work that they do at the centre of economic and social policy and business practices. This agenda has three priorities for action. First, increasing investment in peoples’ capabilities so that they can take advantage fully of the real opportunities that the future of work offers by supporting them through the multiple transitions that they will increasingly face over the course of their working lives. The second priority is to increase investment in the institutions of work and third is to increase investment in decent and sustainable work, the jobs of the future.“The challenge facing us all today is to reinvigorate the social contract that first took shape in 1919 with the foundation of the ILO,” Ryder said, adding that Cyprus was well placed to meet that challenge, as it had a strong tradition of social partnership.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus to resort to UN Security Council if Turkey drills in EEZ

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has not ruled out resorting to the UN Security Council if Turkey tries to drill for gas inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.Should this happen, the president told Greek state television ERT, the government will exhaust all diplomatic and political means at its disposal.In an interview with ERT, Anastasiades pointed out that a solution, but not just any solution, to the long-standing Cyprus problem, is the answer to the problems.Anastasiades said reunification talks cannot resume because of Turkish claims regarding the island’s natural gas.He also said that the Turkish Cypriot leadership is under the complete control of Turkey, adding that the deadlock in last July’s negotiations is due to Ankara’s unacceptable positions.Furthermore, he noted, there were also some “unfortunate and rushed decisions” on the part of the UN.Anastasiades said the island’s energy programme will continue despite Turkish threats.Turkey’s behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean indicates that Ankara wishes to become “an energy hub and be the only source of supplying energy to the West.”“Energy planning and methods of transporting natural gas cannot be the result of one country’s choices but the outcome of collective decisions,” he said.The president ruled out joint exploitation or joint management of Cyprus’ natural resources with the Turkish Cypriots prior to a political settlement.The government has repeatedly said that the benefits from the exploitation of the republic`s natural resources belong to both the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.“The answer to problems is the solution of the Cyprus issue, but not just any solution,” he told ERT.In February, Turkish vessels prevented a drill ship commissioned by Italian oil giant ENI to approach a target for exploratory drilling.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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