Massive interested in Man. United game

INTEREST in the Champions league match between Maccabi Haifa and Manchester United, being staged at Nicosia’s GSP on October 18, has been “massive” according to Ronis Soteriades President of the Manchester United Supporters Club in Cyprus and sources in Israel.

Deadlock over Palm Beach redundancies

THE plight of employees at the Palm Beach Hotel in Larnaca appeared no closer to clarification yesterday after deadlock at a meeting between union representatives and hotel management aimed at establishing a redundancy package.

The meeting was called following announcement of the decision to close the hotel on November 15.

Watch how much you pay, shoppers warned

VIGILANCE was the message a senior Commerce Ministry official sent out to all consumers yesterday, despite government efforts to protect them from being mislead or taken advantage of.

‘£55,000 ecstasy haul biggest ever in Cyprus’

POLICE said yesterday they had seized their biggest ever haul of ecstasy pills with a street value of around £55,000, following the arrest of a 34-year-old Nicosia man currently living in Limassol.

“It was the largest ecstasy haul ever,” drug squad Chief George Papageorgiou told the Cyprus Mail. “It’s one of the biggest cases in Cyprus concerning local consumption.”

Stall owners slammed over live animal prizes

THE Founding member of Animal Responsibility of Cyprus (ARC) said yesterday it was unacceptable and completely illegal for betting stalls to sell live wild birds in cages at the Limassol Wine Festival.

Why was CyTA fine so long in the coming?

THE Pancyprian Association of Retail Telecom Companies (PARTC) yesterday welcomed the massive fine imposed on local telecoms monopoly CyTA this week, but wondered why action had been so long in the coming.

1,300 litres of diesel leak into water supply

Inhabitants in the village of Psimolofou had their water supply cut yesterday after the smell of diesel was detected in their drinking water.

The problem was brought to the attention of the Mukhtar when residents reported a strong smell of diesel in their piped water.

Hannay flies in to support UN efforts to break deadlock

PRESIDENT Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash met yesterday to discuss the issue of citizenship as part of their ongoing peace talks that began in mid-January.

The meeting was held in the presence of UN special envoy Alvaro de Soto.

Man U to play in Cyprus

MANCHESTER United, Greek champions Olympiakos and last year’s Champions League runners up Bayer Leverkusen will all be coming to Cyprus in the coming months to play Maccabi Haifa, forced to play their Champions League ‘home’ ties at Nicosia’s GSP stadium.

Union positive on bank mediation proposal

THE BANK employees’ union ETYK yesterday accepted the Labour Minister’s proposal aimed at resolving the month-old dispute over the renewal of their collective agreements.

During a meeting yesterday morning, the union decided unanimously to propose the approval of the proposal to the general assembly.