Turkish Cypriots announce restrictions on Unficyp

A SERIES of restrictive measures imposed by the Turkish Cypriot side against Unficyp in retaliation over the rewording of the force’s mandate will come in to force today.

UN spokeswoman Sarah Russell told the Cyprus Mail that the UN had received official notification from the north yesterday detailing the measures.

Anastassiades: Time for new faces in the Cabinet

GOVERNING Disy yesterday cranked up the pressure on President Glafcos Clerides to reshuffle his cabinet.

Before yesterday, the party had not taken sides in an ongoing debate between Disy members who want new faces in the Cabinet, and the government, which does not.

Hotel fury on eve of new tourist tax

HOTELIERS yesterday expressed their anger at the reintroduction of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) levy set to take effect tomorrow, saying it would add considerably to their expenses for the current summer season.

Dangerous dogs remain a threat despite import ban

CYPRUS does not have the means to crack down on banned breeds of fighting dogs, despite legislation that forbids their import.

The issue has come to the fore in Europe this week after a gruesome pitbull attack that killed a boy of six in Germany on Monday.

Shares down again on new BoC Athens rumours

SHARES continued a slippery slope yesterday, weighed down by weak banking stocks as the saga on Bank of Cyprus’s listing in Athens rumbled on.

A sour mood from a liquidity crunch and rumours putting a dampener on scenarios for an early BoC listing in Athens knocked seven points off the all-share CSE index yesterday, pulling it down to 485.03.

Local call rates set to spiral by October

THE CYPRUS Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) is optimistic that the House of Representatives will approve its plans to overhaul the way it charges for calls, which could come into affect by the end of October this year.

Police insist rear seat belts will save lives

HARSHER penalties for traffic violations are set to be passed by the House of Representatives next week, with police insisting they will help save lives on the island’s roads.