Poll gives AKEL strong lead

LEFT-WING opposition party AKEL are set to win the May parliamentary elections hands-down, according to an opinion poll commissioned by state broadcaster CyBC.

Parties fight over student vote plan

THE 10,000 Cypriots who study abroad were the focus of the latest electioneering wrangles as the political parties yesterday scrapped over whether or not to set up election booths in foreign countries.

Police seek Athinis extradition from Poland

CYPRUS police have asked for the extradition of Cabaret owner Sotiris Athinis, who was arrested in Poland on Thursday by the local Interpol bureau.

The 47-year-old from the village of Kilani has been wanted by Cyprus police since last February in connection with an attempt to destroy property, illegal possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Amendments water down road camera plan

DRIVERS around Nicosia yesterday questioned the effectiveness of a new law allowing cameras to photograph drivers committing traffic offences, after deputies ruled police would have to put up signs warning of the cameras’ presence.

Government seeks ways to cut road deaths among young people

ONE IN every two people killed on the roads is under the age of 40, eight out of ten of them were not wearing seat belts and half of all fatal accidents are caused by speed.

These stark statistics are spurring the government to redouble its efforts in targeting schools and army camps in an education campaign aimed at cutting down on the carnage.

Parents and officials discuss school security

A MEETING was held yesterday between parents associations, police officials and the Minister of Education to discuss the recent spate of explosions at high-school premises in Limassol and Nicosia.

AKEL fury at being described as Stalinist

POLITICAL parties flew into a rage yesterday over a document circulated at a conference of European right-wing parties in Nicosia, and blamed ruling DISY for the insulting comments directed against them.

The School of Hard Knocks

LAST week, I related the response of a group of pupils from a high school in Larnaca to their parents’ alarm at the possibility of a drugs therapy unit opening a kilometre away from their school.