July 28 2014Concrete of the new top step of the E

first_imgJuly 28, 2014Concrete of the new top step of the East Housing staircase has cured and the form has been removed.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Construction and Landscaping chief Ron Chandler is smoothing out the gravel on the roof.Ron is teaching the crew of construction volunteers and workshop participants how to install a smooth layer of pavers.last_img

Paphos gears up for Cyprus marathon

first_imgIn less than two weeks thousands of runners will line up in Paphos to participate in what promises to be the largest Cyprus marathon event to date.Now in its 19th year, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon will be held on Sunday March 5, and will see around 2,000 runners take part in the four events: the Logicom Cyprus marathon, the half marathon, the 10km road race and the 5km fun run.The event traditionally attracts amateur runners from all over the world, including club and occasional runners.“We have already exceeded the 1,800 runners that took part last year, entry to the marathon is now closed but there are still a few places left in the other races,” race director Stavros Kakourides said.Three hundred runners will take part in this year’s marathon compared to 200 last year including British marathon runner Richard Waldron, 29, who has vowed to beat the course record.Waldron, from Southampton, is currently training hard to beat his personal best and to become the first English runner to win the title, Kakourides said.The 29-year-old currently runs with the Southampton Athletic Club and one of his achievements last year was winning the Palma de Mallorca marathon in 2 hours 38 minutes and 31 seconds.The Cyprus marathon record was set in 2005 by Salameh Al Aqra from Jordan who ran the course in 2 hours 33 minutes and 3 seconds.“Waldron’s target is 2 hours 25 minutes, his personal best is 2 hours 27 minutes, we wish him luck,” Kakourides said.The marathon will be run over an almost flat course starting from Petra tou Romiou at 7.30am and finishing along the Paphos seafront to the castle square.The Cyprus half marathon, 10km race and 5km fun run will be out and back starting and finishing at Paphos castle square.This year’s marathon is again dedicated to the memory of legendary Paphos born marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides, and the overall winners will be presented with gilded olive wreaths by his son, Dimitris.The marathon is being officially recognised for the first time this year as it has been certified by an AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) official, who accurately measured the course.“The correct distance for a marathon course is 42,195 metres, which our course is. As members of AIMS, we are now promoted worldwide and race times are officially recognised. Step by step we are improving,” Kakourides said.He added that the AIMS recognition and Paphos being named as European cultural capital this year had helped boost interest.www. logicomcyprusmarathon.comYou May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo 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

Teenager in intensive care after accident

first_imgA 19-year-old man from Nicosia is being treated in the intensive care unit of the Nicosia general hospital following a road accident on Wednesday afternoon, police said.According to the police statement, the accident took place shortly before 3pm in Nicosia when a car driven by a 60-year-old woman in under as-yet unidentified circumstances crashed into the 19-year-old’s motorbike.The collision caused the motorcyclist injuries to his liver, kidney and spleen, as well as fractures in his arms and legs.He underwent surgery and transferred to the intensive care unit.Nicosia traffic police continue to investigate the causes of the accident.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo 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

Man dies in fall from scaffolding

first_imgA 47-year-old man fell to his death on Thursday while carrying out maintenance work on a building in Limassol.Mohammad Ali, a Cypriot of Syrian extraction, fell from the scaffolding at a height of seven metres.He leaves behind a wife and two children.Labour Inspection department officials arriving at the scene established that the scaffolding was unsafe, there were no railings and the planks were not of a sufficient width.Ali had been working as a subcontractor at the site.In the wake of the tragic accident, officials again urged employers to take all safety measures provided by law.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo 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

Number of government workers up 53 in September

first_imgThe number of government-employed workers rose in September rose 5.3 per cent to 50,451 compared to the respective month of 2016, the statistical service said.The increase was mainly on an increase in new hires of professional soldiers at the army whose number more than doubled to 4,711 last month compared to a year before, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday. The overall number of persons employed in security forces rose 24 per cent to 12,009.As a result, the total number of casual workers rose in September an annual 28 per cent to 14,626 while that of permanent staff dropped 1.8 per cent to 36,825, Cystat said.The number of workers in the civil service declined an annual 0.6 per cent to 17,082, broken down to 11,632 permanent and 5,450 casual staffers, Cystat said. The number of staffers employed in public education rose 3.7 per cent to 12,664 mainly on a 30 per cent increase in casual workers to 2,589.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo 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

Akel joins opposition to golf course licences

first_imgMain opposition Akel joined environmentalists on Wednesday in criticising the government over its intention of granting more licences allowing the construction of golf courses.On Tuesday, the cabinet approved a deadline for proposed developments to secure the necessary permits instead of reviewing previous decisions after a series of environmental violations in recent years.“Let us remind people that the government was committed to the creation of a golf course inside a Natura 2000 area at Cavo Greco and had approved the leasing of 59 hectares of state land in the Ayia Napa forest,” Akel said in a statement.The party expressed its strong displeasure and disagreement with the decision, arguing that such areas were protected due to their biodiversity.“With these actions the government flouts the European acquis communitaire and should be prepared to face the consequences,” Akel said.There was also the matter of the drought, the party added, with each golf course needing one million tonnes of water annually.“This alone is a huge problem especially when farmers are having their water cut.”Akel said protection of biodiversity and national forests, and proper management of water reserves should not be set above financial interests.  You May LikeFittorsIn 20 Hairdos, See Why Women Over 60 Should Try It ShortFittorsUndoyourselectednews.comIs it time for watermelon already?yourselectednews.comUndo90MINMouseville – One Man’s Answer To Finding Mice In Backyard90MINUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police crackdown on laughing gas sales

first_imgBy Christophe HadjigeorgiouPolice arrested five people in the Famagusta district on Thursday night in connection with the sale of laughing gas.The five individuals, aged 17, 23, 28, 29, and 50, were found with a total of four metal bottles, 22 used and 271 unused ampoules, 123 balloons, and €406.70 in cash. All the items were seized as evidence.Authorities have been working on an organised crack-down on the laughing gas market. The Crime Prevention Units of Larnaca and Famagusta have joined forces to cover both Ayia Napa and Protaras.The individuals were charged and are expected to appear before the court, while Ayia Napa and Paralimni police continue investigations.  You May LikehomeremediesEat 3 Dates Daily For 1 Week And This Is What Happens To Your BodyhomeremediesUndoBrainFunHome Remedies for Getting Rid of a Stuffy NoseBrainFunUndoStuff AnsweredNeed A Laptop? Here Are The Top 5 Of 2018Stuff AnsweredUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Paphos municipality reports Coop for deposit grab

first_imgPaphos municipality has reported to authorities what it calls the unlawful seizure of its deposits at the Cyprus Cooperative Bank, calling for a criminal investigation into the matter.The municipality, headed by mayor Phedonas Phedonos, has written to the auditor-general and the finance ministry, and will be reporting the issue to the police over the coming days.According to a statement, on August 28 this year the Cyprus Cooperative Bank confiscated €120,670 from the municipality’s bank account.The deposits were seized because back in 2012 the municipality had guaranteed a €328,000 loan granted to the football club FC Paphos.But the law governing municipalities explicitly forbids a municipality from guaranteeing the loan of a third party.As such, the municipal council’s decision at the time was extra-legal and invalid, the statement adds.The municipal council, chaired by then-mayor Savvas Vergas, had decided by a majority vote to guarantee the football club’s loan.The particular proposal – for the municipality to act as guarantor – was tabled by Vergas himself, sources told the Cyprus Mail.Phedonos, who was a municipal councillor at the time, had disagreed with the proposal and walked out.Moreover, the statement points out, the bank itself ought to have been aware that this was an unlawful act and it should not have agreed to take on the municipality as guarantor for the loan.The municipality will now seek to recover the money from the bank. It will also be filing a complaint to the police asking it to “investigate the possible commission of criminal offences in relation to the case by persons involved.”It is understood that at the time in question Vergas took an active interest in the town’s football club. His brother was an employee of FC Paphos.When Phedonos took over, he tried to put a stop to this arrangement, informing the bank in July 2017 that the municipality did not consent to its deposits being tapped for this purpose. The bank went ahead anyway.Under Vergas’ watch, the municipality as guarantor already paid two instalments toward covering the football club’s loan. The €120,670 seized recently was the third and final tranche.Vergas was elected mayor in December 2006. He stepped down in October 2014 after he was charged with corruption.He is currently serving a six-year jail sentence, having been convicted in February 2015. He was found guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, corruption and bribery, in connection with the Paphos Sewerage Board (Sapa) scandal.You May LikecollegebuzzoTop 19 Universities In The WorldcollegebuzzoUndobuzzmer10 Healthy Reasons to Drink Hot WaterbuzzmerUndoHealth & Human Research7 Early Warning Signs Of Cancer Growing In Your BodyHealth & Human ResearchUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Central Bank says SP upgrade allows participation in ECB purchase programme

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe Central Bank of Cyprus said that following the upgrade of Cyprus’ sovereign credit rating to BBB- by Standard and Poor’s, Cypriot government securities have become again admissible for financial transactions in the Eurosystem.“They are at the same time, again eligible in the context of the public sector purchasing programme (PSPP) of the Eurosystem,” i.e. the European Central Bank (ECB) and the national banks of euro area member states, the central bank said in a statement on its website on Monday.“The country’s return to investment grade rating will strengthen confidence in the Cypriot economy and, in particular, the domestic banking sector,” it said. “At the same time, the use of Cypriot government securities in the Eurosystem’s credit operations and their inclusion in the PSPP is expected to help contain the Republic of Cyprus’ borrowing cost and expand the banking system’s capacity to tap liquidity at low rates via the Eurosystem’s credit operations”.The PSPP is part of the ECB’s expand asset purchasing programme, also known as quantitative easing, which came into life in early 2015 aiming at shielding the euro area’s anaemic growth from deflation. The ECB has said it would terminate net asset purchases by the end of 2018.Cyprus participated for a brief period in the ECB’s asset purchase programme before it completed its adjustment programme in early 2016. The ECB’s cumulative purchases of Cypriot government securities are €214m and accounts for 0.1 per cent of the total public sector securities bought by the ECB over the past 3.5 years.You May LikeMilitary BudRetire In Style For Less In These 20+ CountriesMilitary BudUndoSmall Business Loans | Search AdsSmall Business Loan Programs You Might Not Believe ExistSmall Business Loans | Search AdsUndoHistory Daily60 Remarkable Photos That Shine A New Light On HistoryHistory DailyUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Extra escorts hired for children with special needs

first_imgThe cabinet on Wednesday approved 54 new posts for school escorts to help children with special needs following the request by the education ministry.These posts are in addition to the 60 new escorts recently hired. In total, 974 people are employed as school escorts for the current school year.The education ministry last week denied claims by parents that several children with special needs have yet to go to school this year due to lack of escorts.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. 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

Doctors call for Limassol neonatal unit upgrade

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouTHE Cyprus medical association advocates the upgrade of the neonatal care unit at Limassol general hospital, a change that is also being mooted by the Health ministry.The upgrade to level II-B is to ensure that the unit has the capacity to provide mechanical ventilation and facilitate interim hospitalisation, the association said in an announcement.The proposed move is based on a 2012 study which recommends that the number of beds should be increased from 10 to 15 and that five intensive care beds with respirators need to be in place.At the moment, Makarios hospital in Nicosia is the only hospital which has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), while Limassol has a small care unit with ten beds and no ventilator. Currently, infants receive oxygen via an air bag in Limassol.Level I, or basic neonatal care, is the minimum requirement for any facility that provides in-patient maternity care. The institution must have the personnel and equipment to perform neonatal resuscitation, evaluate healthy newborn infants and provide postnatal care.Level II, or specialty care nurseries, in addition to providing basic care, can provide care to infants who are moderately ill with problems that are expected to resolve rapidly. This level is subdivided into two stages. Hospitals which are classified under level II-B have the capability to provide mechanical ventilation, whereas those under level II-A don’t have this capability.Level III, or subspecialty NICUs, can care for newborn infants with extreme prematurity or who are critically ill or require surgical intervention.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Game over if state relents

first_imgBy Angelos Anastasiou and Stelios OrphanidesON the eve of Cyprus’ bailout exit, an unprecedented strike wave engulfing the country, driven some say, by approaching elections, threatens to derail the fragile recovery the island has achieved, according to economists.The government must not back down and give in to the unions or it will be “game over”, said Professor Michael Michael, an academic economist at the University of Cyprus.There was no way the government could afford “under any circumstances” to give in to the demands of striking public sector workers, ruling DISY spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, also an economist, told the Sunday Mail.Two weeks ago, nurses at state hospitals staged an ongoing indefinite strike, demanding to be paid on par with their degree-holding peers in the public sector.For most of this week, the Limassol port was shut down due to a strike staged by port workers, until an eleventh-hour cabinet decision broke the impasse on Thursday but it’s entirely not over yet.And, employee unions at the state-run Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) have announced they will be going on all-out strike as of April 6, hinting at leverage through power outages, in a bid to reverse a government decision to break up the company into two smaller ones – one of which can then be privatised.The timing of these decisions is no coincidence, some say. They came mere days after the clearest line in the sand of the last few years had been crossed – the infamous ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the Troika, a basic cash-for-reforms programme closely monitored by delegates of the lenders, expired.Due to unfortunate happenstance, this came precisely at the start of the campaign for the upcoming legislative elections on the island in May, and the combination proved explosive. Despite the economic losses, and the risk to human lives nurses have created, the government has thus far held its ground, refusing to give in to their demands.“In 2016, the government should give no pay rises as the government has to safeguard the soundness of public finances,” Michael told the Sunday Mail.“In 2017, if any pay rises are given, they should not be given as a result of a strike but as part of a decision concerning workers in the general public sector, including hospitals, civil service or ports. If we start give in to (the demands of) groups, then game over”.The principle is a no-brainer – giving in to one interest group’s demands after a strike will only lead to more strikes – but there are practical implications here. Not giving in will further damage the economy and destabilise the fragile course to recovery the government has managed to carve out – ironically, with substantial help from the unions, who portrayed exemplary restraint and responsibility during the MoU days.“There is no way the government can give in, under any circumstances,” Prodromou – an economist himself – said.“Spreads are on the rise,” he added, referring to the cost Cyprus would have to pay if it were to borrow from international markets, “but it’s nothing dramatic so far, and there are no immediate financing needs for 2016.”So, the government is prepared to wait the storm out, and – importantly – can afford to do so. And there is another significant line in the sand that could shape developments drastically.“We’ll have the elections, and we’ll see where we land,” Prodromou said, hinting at a new political landscape that could furnish the government with substantial leverage.According to Michael, strikes ahead of elections are not an uncommon phenomenon in southern European countries, and the possibility that they might be not only supported, but actively incited, by political parties in opposition cannot be ruled out. This echoed DISY leader’s mid-week statement that some political parties “believe that they will conduct their election campaign through strikes”.On Saturday, the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a statement lambasting both the strikes and the politicians backing them.“Two months before the parliamentary elections, and before we have had a chance to exit the MoU, an unprecedented series of strikes started, by which each group tries to improve its own ‘kingdom’,” the chamber said.“The strikers are among the most privileged employees in the public sector, and for decades they have benefited from a rotten system that led us to the financial crisis. Most tragically, a handful of deputies, vying for votes and public praise, encourage or tolerate the strikers, ignoring both the economic and social fallout.”Particularly strikes in the health sector that inconvenience hundreds, if not thousands, of citizens, and place human lives at risk, are the worst kind of extortion, irrespective of whether the demands are justified or not, the chamber added.“Well, it’s no coincidence,” Prodromou said, but fell short of claiming opposition parties instigated the strikes.“Even if they didn’t actively encourage the strikes directly, they did so indirectly. Unions saw what happened with CyTA, and they thought they could follow the same path. They bear responsibility, even indirectly. This is all part of their electoral plan.”“What happened with CyTA” was that, while the government wanted discussion of a bill facilitating the state-run telecoms company’s privatisation down the line to be carried over to the next parliament, DIKO put it to a vote in next week’s plenum, so that it can be rejected.“It’s hardly surprising – efforts to reform will not be without obstruction and noise,” Prodromou said.“What can you do?”Main opposition AKEL, which has been suspected of being directly behind the strike at the ports, vehemently denies any involvement, and points instead to the “long-standing, justified demands” of workers.“There is no electoral expediency,” AKEL MP Stavros Evagorou told the Sunday Mail.“The union movement has proven its intentions throughout the economic-adjustment programme – it proved it is serious and responsible.”But, while the party stands firmly behind protests against the government’s privatisation agenda, their position on the nurses’ strike seems iffy.“We have proposed that both sides enter a dialogue,” Evagorou said.The proposal fails to factor in the fact that nurses have repeatedly rejected the government’s pleas to end their strike and come to the table, arguing they will not sit for discussion but only to hear proposed solutions.AKEL’s stance on the strikes with regard to the damage done to the economy also seems disingenuous.“But is that what drives the cost of borrowing up?” Evagorou replied when asked whether the strikes can hurt Cyprus ability to borrow from international markets.“Or is it the confidence investors show in an economy? We don’t believe there is any connection between strikes and spiking interest rates.” You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government clueless about halloumi business says UK company

first_imgThe British-based food importers and distributors who had filed applications to invalidate or revoke the Cypriot state’s trademark on halloumi, and won in a recent UK court ruling, said on Monday that the Cypriot government is clueless about the halloumi business.In a press release,John & Pascalis Ltd  said they were responding to various allegations aired in the Cypriot media but also by government officials in the wake of the decision by which Cyprus lost the halloumi trademark in the UK.The company noted that, in addition to its successful move to revoke the halloumi trademark, it was applying to revoke the EU collective mark on halloumi, and also challenging the cheese’s registration as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product.It said that, far from damaging Cyprus’ export market as claimed by some, it was actually helping boost the sale of halloumi overseas.By contrast, it said, the ministry of commerce is stuck in outdated arguments about how halloumi should be manufactured, demonstrating that officials in Cyprus do not understand the cheese market.The government, it added, in a belated attempt to challenge the company’s applications on the halloumi trademark, had contradicted itself in filings to the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).For instance, in the documents sent to the IPO, the government had tried to argue that John & Pascalis Ltd are selling counterfeit halloumi products.The government also stated that cheesemakers are subject to continuous checks relating to halloumi trademark standards.But the same documents also showed that a slew of products being produced in Cyprus do not meet the ministry’s own specifications, and yet these same products are regulated by the commerce ministry and are not considered knock-offs.Some of these products not adhering to the specifications include chilli-flavoured halloumi and halloumi light, the company said.In the statement, the company also shot down claims made by “various experts” that the halloumi trademark could not be challenged as it is a protected product.One thing that these “experts” are getting wrong, it said, is that they are confusing PDO products with Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) products.Unlike PDO, TSG does not certify that the protected food product has a link to a specific geographical area.The company cited Article 3 of EU Regulation 1151/12, which states that to qualify for a TSG, a food must be “of specific character” and either its raw materials, production method or processing must be “traditional.”“Traditional” is defined as “proven usage on the domestic market for a period that allows transmission between generations; this period is to be at least 30 years.”Moving on, the company said the Cypriot government’s insistence on what constitutes ‘real’ halloumi, based on a specific milk composition, was plainly wrong.“There exist dairy products, which have been patented and contain all three types of milk (goat, sheep and cow) with no reference to the respective milk percentages.“In this way, all types of halloumi can be produced, and consumers are free to choose what to buy, while at the same time securing Cypriot exports.”The company added:“Unfortunately, the state’s obsessions with untrue statements will most likely lead to halloumi acquiring a generic designation. Our company is making every effort to ensure that halloumi remains a Cypriot product.“However…the government leaves us no choice but to pursue litigation so that we may rebut allegations that we are selling counterfeit products, and thus avoid being sued by major UK supermarkets whom we supply with halloumi. As always, it is the Cypriot taxpayer who will be called on to bear the consequences of these obsessions.”Cyprus lost the halloumi trademark, having failed to respond in time to the application filed by John & Pascalis Ltd.In its decision, the UK court stated that “evidence simply demonstrates that the [commerce] ministry was the author of its own misfortune.” You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 GameUndo 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

Animal Party calls for better gun control after dogs shot Updated

first_imgThe Animal Party on Sunday called for authorities to re-examine the “irrational and illegal use of guns by irresponsible and dangerous citizens” after two dogs were shot by a man in Kouklia village on Saturday after they killed three of his rabbits.A 62-year-old was arrested for shooting dead a neighbour’s dog and injuring another after he said the dogs killed three of his rabbits. The Animal Party said the second dog subsequently died.around 5.30pm on Saturday, a 53-year-old resident of the village found one of his dogs, a female, injured near his home and reported it to police. Officers from the local police station went to the scene and found the second dog dead in a neighbour’s yard, around 150 metres away from the owner’s home.The 62-year-old owner of the house where the dead dog, a male, was found, allegedly claimed that the two dogs entered his yard and killed his rabbits. He said he had tried to get them to leave by throwing water on them but they became aggressive and fearing they would attack him, shot them with his hunting gun.The first dead dog and three dead rabbits were taken by the veterinary services. A necropsy on the dead animal found it had been killed by shotgun pellets.The three rabbits were found to have dog bites.The Animal Party condemned the incident and said the authorities must address the consequences of allowing people to have guns in their homes to “shoot as they please”.“The complaints that have lately come to the party about innocent animals being shot are rising,” it said in a statement.“Some people even use them in densely populated areas to kill cats, dogs, or other creatures they are unnecessarily annoyed with and want to kill.”The party said that on a number of occasions it had called on the justice minister and chief of police to be proactive on the use of firearms and to keep tighter controls on those who own them “rather than always running after tragic events to criminalise and punish”.“Again we condemn such atrocities and unreasonable behaviours against animals. We call upon animal owners to assume their responsibilities and comply with the law on the protection and care of their animals. Animals are simply victims of human irresponsibility and they must be treated as such, and not as perpetrators.”  You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Trial of doctors charged over death of boy delayed to May

first_imgThe trial in Larnaca of two doctors charged in the death of a 10-year-old boy in May last year was adjourned on Tuesday because the results of the tissue tests were not yet ready.Prosecutors requested the adjournment because the results were necessary for the autopsy report to be completed, a vital component in the case.State prosecutor Antigoni Michail said it would take another one or two months for the results to be ready and the court set May 10 as the date for the start of the trial.The two doctors, 37, and 65, face two charges of causing death through a reckless or dangerous act and reckless and negligent actions.According to the charges, the doctors failed to spot a skull fracture on an x-ray and did not ask the opinion of a radiologist.Instead of keeping the boy under observation they discharged him, prosecutors said.The doctors were arrested following the death of Stavros Giorgallis from Alethriko.Giorgallis had hit his head while playing basketball at school.He was rushed to Larnaca general hospital by his mother where doctors at the A&E department ran tests and took an x-ray.The doctors found nothing wrong at the time and the boy was sent home. He was rushed back two hours later in critical condition.Following a CT scan in Larnaca, Giorgallis was rushed to Nicosia general for surgery after the scan showed a haematoma. The boy died on the operating table.A radiologist later found that the x-ray showed a skull fracture, according to police.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

Turkey insists on its offshore gas boundaries

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouTURKEY and the Turkish Cypriots have defended a decision to register an agreement between them at the UN, delineating the continental shelf between Turkey and the occupied north of the island, while the government questions the timing of the move.Turkey argues the Turkish Cypriots, as “co-owners” of the island, have “equal” rights to its natural resources.On April 10, Turkey sent a note verbale to the UN Secretary-General concerning the submission of the geographical coordinates of what Turkey considers to be its own continental shelf and that of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot regime, recognised only by Ankara.The delineation agreement was signed in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 21, 2011, two days after exploratory drilling had begun in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. It was ratified by Turkey’s national assembly on June 29, 2012.The Cyprus government responded earlier this week to the note verbale, condemning the action as “unacceptable”.It described the move as a “negative” development considering peace negotiations were underway.According to sources close to the government, the presidential palace was “very surprised” and “concerned” by Turkey’s decision to send the continental shelf agreement to the UN last month.While the agreement is considered to have no legal weight, the timing has raised questions in Nicosia of ‘why now’, two years after the agreement was signed.Dr James Ker-Lindsay, South East Europe expert at the London School Economics said “in reality, the move by Ankara is just for show” as the UN Security Council, in Resolution 541, explicitly called on states not to recognise the breakaway regime in the north.Regarding the timing, Ker-Lindsay argues, “it seems designed to reinforce the message that if the Greek Cypriots continue to press ahead with their energy plans without reaching a solution with the Turkish Cypriots, Turkey will carry out its threats to mirror such activities in the north”.Also, Ankara wants to make clear, just because peace talks are underway, it does not mean that its support for the breakaway state is on hold.“The overall message is: do a deal or deal with the consequences,” said Ker-Lindsay.The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the delimitation agreement takes into account “the legitimate, equal and inherent rights of the Turkish Cypriots like those of the Greek Cypriots over the whole continental shelf of the island.”The ministry said it remained resolute in its stance towards the transformation of the eastern Mediterranean into an area of peace, stability and cooperation through a speedy peace settlement.Meanwhile, the Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign ministry’ also issued a statement saying the natural resources of Cyprus belong to the two “peoples” as “equal owners” of the island.The Turkish Cypriots argued that they showed good faith by submitting proposals to the UN Secretary-General on ways to share the island’s natural resources, but these were ignored.President Nicos Anastasiades has invested a lot on the latest round of peace talks, as have the United States whose ambassador in Cyprus was actively involved in negotiations to reach a joint declaration last February. Both the government and the U.S. are working on the shared belief that Turkey “means business” when it says it’s ready for a solution.One concern is that the Turkish Cypriots are making moves to prepare the way for the hydrocarbons issue to be submitted for discussion at the negotiating table, despite the fact previous negotiations have already decided this would come under the competences of a future federal state.Until a solution is reached, Anastasiades has frequently stressed Cyprus’ sovereign right to its natural resources, which belong to all its citizens.The president has suggested that after a solution, in parallel with the targeted construction of a liquefaction plant near Limassol, Turkey could be supplied with Cypriot and Israeli natural gas either via a pipeline cutting through Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone or over the island.A number of Turkish companies have already visited Cyprus and held contacts with the foreign ministry and energy ministry to explore these options.Speaking at the Brookings Institution on Thursday, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright highlighted Turkey’s unique geopolitical position, which could be used to create an alternative to dominant Russian energy sources.She noted the advantages of transporting Cyprus and Israel’s energy sources via Turkey, adding that relations appeared to be improving between Turkey and the two Mediterranean countries.You May LikeSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoLocksmith of HeartsPhil Collins’s Daughter Is Probably The Most Pretty Woman Ever Existed.Locksmith of HeartsUndoTherapy JokerHow Rich Is Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian?Therapy JokerUndo 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

Water cuts in parts of Limassol on Wednesday

first_imgThe Water Board of Limassol has announced that on Wednesday, June 12, there would be a cut to supply from 7am to 1pm in Omonia and Ayios Spyridonas, due to improvement works.Homes west of Omonoia Avenue, south of Paphos Street, east of Miltonos Street and north of Franklin Roosevelt Avenue will be affected, the water board said.It added that every effort would be made to carry out the works as quickly as possible.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 AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New 22floor highrise for Nicosia

first_imgA new 90-metre high building going up in the centre of Nicosia owned by Israeli-Cypriot billionaire Teddy Sagi will be completed in 2020, it was reported on Monday.Labs Tower will be located between Photis Pitta street and Mykonon street in the heart of the capital.Sagi chose a Cypriot architect for the project, Eraclis Papachristou, whose office has recently completed student accommodation ‘Six Towers’ next to the University of Nicosia, and local construction company Zemco.The luxurious building will have 22 floors, three underground floors for parking, and a total area of 13,350 metres and is expected to house the Sagi Group’s offices in Cyprus as well as providing accommodation for employees.In addition, it boasts restaurants, cafes, a fitness centre and conference rooms, as well as an executive floor with a swimming pool on the top floors.Upon its completion it will be the second tallest building in the city, topped only by 360 Nicosia, currently under construction in Makarios avenue, which will be 135 metres tall.Media reports say the construction of the project will cost around €25 million, while the total cost including equipment is expected to amount to €50 million.Israeli-born businessman Teddy Sagi is the sixth richest Israeli according to Forbes Rich List, with his property amounting to $ 3.8 billion.In 1999, he founded gambling software company Playtech and in 2014 bought London’s Camden Market.In 2009 Sagi obtained Cypriot citizenship as part of Cyprus’ golden visa scheme. Since then, he has been based partly in Cyprus and partly in London.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 AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cavusoglu threatens Cyprus with a response like in the past Updated

first_imgTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday Cyprus could do nothing to stop Turkey from drilling for natural gas, and if it tried it would get a response like in the past.Ankara’s top diplomat also said that their drilling activity inside the island’s exclusive economic zone was in response to the Republic’s failure to guarantee the rights of Turkish Cypriots.“To us, these kinds of threats from the Greek Cypriot administration are meaningless,” the Turkish foreign minister told state TRT Haber television. “They know they cannot take a step against us, and if they dare to do so they will get their response like in the past.”He said the Republic protested to the EU in a bid to secure decisions against Turkey but it failed “because we made the necessary briefings.”Stressing that Turkey notified the UN and the EU over its activities in the eastern Mediterranean, Cavusoglu said all steps taken by Turkey are in compliance with international law.He also highlighted that Turkey, as the country with the longest continental coastline, has legitimate rights and vital interests in the eastern Mediterranean and that it has been fully exercising its sovereign rights over its continental shelf in accordance with international law.Turkish-flagged drillship Fatih launched offshore drilling operations on May 3 this year in an area located 75 kilometres off the western coast of the island.The Republic has protested the Turkish actions, saying the drilling was within the island’s exclusive economic zone.Ankara has consistently contested Cyprus’ natural gas activities in the eastern Mediterranean, claiming that Turkish Cypriots also had rights to the resources in the area.Cavusoglu said even President Nicos Anastasiades had conceded that Turkish Cypriots had rights but he also told him he could not guarantee them right now but rather once the sale of the gas started.“Nicos, I told him, if you cannot guarantee them now, then what is the guarantee that you will do so when you start selling?” Cavusoglu said, to which he got no response.“We are saying it clearly, either you guarantee it or we start drilling with our drillships,” he added.In a similar vein, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appeared to issue a threat to Cyprus or any other parties attempting to deny his country access to natural gas resources in the eastern Med.“We are taking all legitimate steps and shall continue doing so. But should some quarters, who do not recognize [international] law, stand in our way, then we too can speak the language they understand,” the Turkish leader told reporters after concluding a tour in China.Erdogan went on to blast the European Union for “acting insincerely,” and accused Cyprus of using its membership of the bloc to squeeze Turkish Cypriots out.Responding later in the day, Nicosia said it would not track Turkey in its “rhetoric of tension and confrontation.”In a written statement, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou recalled the conclusions of the European Council summit of June 20 which stated that the sovereign rights of Cyprus must be respected.On Cavugoglu’s claims regarding his private conversation with Anastasiades, the spokesman neither denied nor confirmed such an exchange took place.“The President of the Republic has never said, and does not say now, that the proportion [of hydrocarbons revenues] due to Turkish Cypriots is not secured.”At any rate, Prodromou recalled, the two sides had reached “a convergence” at the talks in Crans-Montana in 2017 that the management of natural resources would be the purview of the central government in a reunified state.After the talks collapsed, the Cypriot parliament adopted a law which provides that under any circumstances more than 50 per cent of hydrocarbons revenues will be retained in a national investment fund – meaning that the Turkish Cypriots’ share of this wealth is guaranteed.This alone invalidates Cavusoglu’s claim that Turkish Cypriots will be left in the lurch.The spokesman reiterated that Turkish Cypriots will get a say in the management of the resources as part of a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem.Main opposition Akel said Cavusoglu’s threats were unacceptable and offensive.“Essentially, the Turkish foreign minister threatened with a new invasion of Cyprus because the Republic exercises its sovereign rights inside its EEZ,” the party said in a written statement.“Such statements escalate the tension that has already been created by Turkey’s illegal drill inside the EEZ.”The party said Ankara appeared to have a peculiar understanding of international law, which in such cases recommends negotiations to delineate and joint recourse to an international court if that failed. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Tedder asks local high school students to submit ideas for repealing

first_img11Mar Rep. Tedder asks local high school students to submit ideas for repealing outdated state laws State Rep. Jim Tedder is holding a contest for area high school students to submit their ideas for outdated criminal laws that should be repealed. The winners will be able to spend the day at the state Capitol with Rep. Tedder.Michigan still has many outdated laws on the books and the legislature is dedicated to repealing these unnecessary regulations. A workgroup has been formed and representatives are looking for input from Michigan residents.“This workgroup is a great opportunity to get high school students involved in their state government,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “The young minds in our state are some of the best and the brightest. They are the future leaders of Michigan. Their input is valuable and I am excited about the prospect of sparking some interest in our state’s government.”The competition is open to high school students in Clarkston, Independence Township, Lake Angelus and Waterford Township. Students who wish to enter can submit the law they think should be repealed and a short explanation as to why. Submissions should be sent with the subject line “ought to not be a law” to Rep. Tedder’s email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov, they should also be submitted to the workgroup itself at http://gophouse.org/clr/.Submissions are due by April 6. One winner from Clarkston and one from Waterford will be chosen by Rep. Tedder and his staff.“I look forward to seeing the ideas that are submitted,” Rep. Tedder said. “There are some odd rules on the books and I know the students will have some great ideas.” Categories: Tedder Newslast_img read more