Farmers block roads in warning strike

FARMERS staged a one-hour mass demonstration across the island yesterday causing traffic chaos after they blocked key routes with their combine harvesters and tractors.

New power supply record as temperatures hit 43

THE ELECTRICITY Authority (EAC) announced yesterday that electricity supply reached a new record high yesterday with 775MW. The last month saw the record high broken four times, with the last high of 773MW recorded on July 18. The EAC attributed the rise in supply to the escalating use of air conditioning units.

Israeli FA faces $300,000 security bill for Cyprus game

SAFETY issues seemed to have taken priority over tactics in the build-up to tonight’s Champions League second round qualifying match at the GSP stadium in Nicosia between Israel’s Maccabi Haifa and Belshina Bobrisk of Belarus.

New Paphos airport operational by end of 2004

THE NEW Paphos airport will start operating at the end of 2004, while Larnaca’s new airport should be up and running at the beginning of 2005, Communications Minister Averoff Neophytou said yesterday.

US to crack down on illegal imports of Cyprus antiquities

THE UNITED States has introduced import restrictions on Cypriot antiquities after a bilateral agreement between the two countries, making Cyprus only the second country in Europe after Italy to sign such an agreement, the Head of the Antiquities Department, Sofoclis Hadjisavvas, said yesterday.

Mud slinging again mars election debate

THE PRESIDENTIAL election race degenerated further yesterday, with the two biggest parties, AKEL and DISY, shying away from policy statements to engage in a bitter exchange concerning allegations of phone tapping and secret agents.

Fires break out in Nicosia and Paphos

A FIRE broke out in Ayios Epifanios yesterday morning, threatening the ‘Adelfi’ state forest in the Nicosia district, the forestry department said. The blaze erupted at around 11am and took fire-fighters 45 minutes to bring under control.

Woman found dead on roof

A 50-year-old woman has been found dead on the roof of an apartment block in Limassol. Antastasia Soupidou was found at around 11am yesterday where she had been painting a water tank. She was rushed to Limassol hospital but was dead on arrival.