Cabinet probe over ‘bogus tourism figures’

TOURISM Minister Nicos Rolandis yesterday launched an investigation into how misleading tourism figures were given to the Cabinet last week, prompting ministers to postpone a new aid package for the industry.

Irish flight ban a ‘welcome precedent’

THE DECISION by the Irish government to ban flights from Dublin ending up in occupied northern Cyprus sends a positive political message, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minster Nicos Rolandis said yesterday.

DISY seeks assistance for market victims

DISY has drafted a proposal to support investors who borrowed money and lost it on the stock market.

DISY deputy Prodromos Prodromou said after a meeting of the Finance Committee yesterday that his party wanted to involve the government as well as banks in efforts to help the borrowers in question pay off their debts.

Stocks plunge to new low

STOCKS slumped to a second successive four-year low yesterday, with market heavyweight Bank of Cyprus falling as its share price was adjusted after a dividend to shareholders.

Matsakis joins campaign against drugs clinic

DIKO Deputy Marios Matsakis yesterday joined residents in their protest against government plans to set up a drug rehabilitation centre in Kornos.

The issue came to light when a local paper recently published Health Ministry plans to rent a villa in the affluent Larnaca district that would act as a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts.

Muslim inmates ‘complain of pork menu’

EIGHT illegal immigrants being held at Nicosia’s Central Prison have complained that the authorities do not respect their religious beliefs, it was reported yesterday.

The Pakistanis appeared before a Nicosia court on Sunday to have their remand renewed, when they lodged the complaint that they were being served pork in custody, a fact that went against their religion.

Archbishop ‘stable’ after fall

DOCTORS at the Nicosia General Hospital said yesterday that Archbishop Chrysostomos’ condition was “stable, but that he had suffered myoclonia” after he was was taken to hospital after falling heavily at the entrance of the Archbishopric on Saturday.

‘Time to crack down on hooligans’

FOOTBALL authorities and the government yesterday joined to express their disgust at the serious injuries sustained by a football fan set upon by hooligans before the weekend clash between AEL and APOEL.

APOEL fan Akis Sophocleos, 25, suffered severe head injuries after being hit with a rock and then set upon by an unidentified group before the game at Limassol’s Tsirio Stadium. The attack left him on a respirator in the Neurology department at Nicosia General hospital.

Sophocleos’ father Demetris spoke to reporters yesterday after his son had been taken off the respirator and confirmed that he had been able to speak with his son, but that his condition was still “very serious”.

Import tax shocks, but ‘fruit and veg prices will fall’

CONSUMERS in Cyprus hit by high fruit and veg prices should see costs fall once the island is fully harmonised with the European Union.

That was the good news yesterday from Petros Markou, President of the Consumers Association, following press reports about high import taxes on agricultural products imported from EU countries.