Tales from the Coffeeshop

ALL ROADS led to the Hilton Park on Friday night as Antenna TV threw a glitzy party bash to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The queues of cars on Grivas Dighenis Avenue stretched right back to the Kykkos Monastery junction as all the great and the good of the plantation turned up to pay tribute to and congratulate the station=s proprietor Loukis Papahilippou, who was glowing with pride.

Insurance companies blast soaring healthcare charges

LAST September, insurance companies controlling up to 85 per cent of the Cyprus health insurance market were fined a total of £200,000 and forced to terminate their contracts with clinics after the Competition Commission ruled they had formed a cartel, abusing their dominant decision and violating two laws.

Investor bailout is economic lunacy

AT THE HEIGHT of the presidential election campaign, the candidates, as well as all the parties supporting them, had promised measures aimed at helping people who had lost money on the Cyprus Stock Exchange. This was dismissed at the time as just another empty election promise that would be forgotten as soon as the polling booths closed.

Cabaret owners arrested for allowing in minors

THE OWNERS of two cabarets and a nightclub have been detained on suspicion of allowing minors into their Nicosia establishments, police said yesterday. All three were charged and released. The three were arrested between 11.30pm on Friday and 3am yesterday following police raids on 21 cabarets and two nightclubs.

Robles: most prisoners should not be in prison

COUNCIL of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Alvaro Gil Robles said yesterday that overcrowding at the Nicosia Central Prisons would be solved if prisoners who shouldn’t be there in the first place were released. Speaking at a news conference, Robles said his two main concerns were human trafficking and the number of illegal immigrants and debtors imprisoned on the island.

Reunited with memory

LAST Sunday afternoon, a friend of the Iacovides family called them unexpectedly from London where they had just arrived from Larnaca on Cyprus Airways. He told them to go and pick up a copy of the Sunday Mail. “Why?” asked Jason, a 59-year-old shipping maintenance manager. “Just go and buy it and we’ll talk later,” his friend said.

Opposition groups unite to challenge Denktash

TURKISH Cypriots established a new force yesterday, the Peace and Democracy Movement under the leadership of Mustafa Akinci, to challenge Rauf Denktash’s obstinacy on the Cyprus problem and turn the upcoming ‘parliamentary’ elections into “the referendum which has been denied to them”.

British grammar school for Paphos?

A NEW British school could open in Paphos within the next two years, international commerce and legal solutions company KRK said yesterday. In a press release, the Limassol-based company announced it had been commissioned by an international businessman to prepare a feasibility study for the opening of a British Preparatory and Grammar School in the Paphos area.

Rights commissioner singles out prison overcrowding

COUNCIL of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Alvaro Gil-Robles yesterday singled out overcrowding as one of the major flaws at the Nicosia Central Prisons. Speaking after an hour-long meeting with President Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday Gil-Robles described the talk as “very useful”.