Come home Aphrodite, all is forgiven

CYPRUS may be the island of Aphrodite, but sexual awareness among the island’s teenagers is woefully poor, the House Education Committee heard yesterday.

The overwhelming majority of Cypriots know very little about their reproductive systems, Medical Association Chairman Antonis Vassiliou told deputies.

Tsiakourmas taken to hospital as health deteriorates

A TURKISH Cypriot ‘court’ yesterday held Greek Cypriot contractor Panicos Tsiakourmas over for another nine days on allegations of drug possession.

Tsiakourmas’ wife Niki crossed to the north to attend the 45-minute hearing in occupied Nicosia.

Ballistic tests match G-3 to nightclub shooting

A MAN held in connection with the attempted murder of two Russian women in Nicosia was yesterday re-remanded in custody for eight days by the district court.

Thirty-four-year-old Petros Patsalides was detained after a 3.30am shooting incident last Sunday week.

Security guards sue Britain over redundancy

TEN former security guards are suing the British government for £3 million for unfair dismissal from the British East Mediterranean Relay Station at Zygi four years ago.

Prosecution lawyer Neophytou Pirillides claims it will be the first case lodged against a foreign state in a Cyprus court.

Popping pills in the battle against baldness

OVER 500 men in Cyprus are taking the anti-baldness pill Propecia, which has taken the world by storm with over a million devotees around the globe.

“More than 500 men are taking it in Cyprus and over a million worldwide,” the medical representative of Propecia in Cyprus, Irini Papademetriou, said yesterday.

Stricken tanker on its way to Cyprus

THE STRICKEN Cypriot-flagged tanker Castor, still carrying four fifths of its 29,500 tonnes of unleaded petrol, is on its way to the island, the Merchant Shipping Department said yesterday.

CSE index ends on a downward spiral

TRADING in hotel stock dominated the market yesterday but the index still ended on a downward spiral, losing another 0.58 per cent to 226 points.

Opening slightly under Monday’s closing level the all-share index rose within minutes to an intraday high of 227 points before sliding back equally fast and remaining static for the rest of the session.

Foundry tests agreed at last

THE GOVERNMENT has signed a £135,000 deal to carry out health tests on 1,000 residents in Omonia and Zakaki to determine whether there is a link between ill health and pollution from the nearby Nemitsas foundry.

The contract was signed on Friday between officials at the Health Ministry and a London-group of scientists, headed by Andis Leonidou.