Beach rip-offs are ‘suicide’ for tourism

A CYPRUS Tourism Organisation (CTO) official yesterday described the ripping off of tourists as “suicide” following reports that someone had been charged £25 to rent a sunbed and umbrella on a beach in Limassol.

Protecting the rights of domestic help employers: are they serious?

Are we supposed to feel sorry for the employers of foreign domestic workers, driven to set up an association for the protection of their rights from abuse by their employees?

My eyes almost popped out when I read the story in yesterday’s Cyprus Mail. What? Domestic workers abusing their employers?

A clear message to Turkey on Cyprus

EU ENLARGEMENT Commissioner Olli Rehn yesterday sent clear messages to Turkey with regard to Cyprus, stressing not only that it has to sign the protocol extending its customs union to all member states, but that it must normalise relations with Nicosia and open its ports and airports.

Asbestos nightmare in refugee housing

TWO million pounds would be needed to remove the asbestos roofs from over 1,000 homes and other structures, the House Refugee Committee heard yesterday.

Its chairman Aristofanis Georgiou said the problem of asbestos roofs in refugee estates and Turkish Cypriot residences was far greater than initially thought.

CY needs to look at every option

CYPRUS Airways (CY) chairman Lazaros Savvides laid his cards on the table to shareholders last night, stressing there was an obligation to look at all options to save the national carrier, including the viability of running two separate airlines.

Ferry services to Greece resume this summer

LOUIS Cruise Lines and Greek company ANEK lines are launching a resumption of ferry services between Greece and Cyprus as a pilot scheme this summer, reports said yesterday.

Looking for ways to cushion impact of fuel prices

PROSPECTS for motorists remain bleak, with government official helpless in the face of the increasing international oil prices.

Finance Minister Makis Keravnos said yesterday the government, as well as the European Union, was bracing itself for the inevitable increase in fuel prices.

Airport taxis to strike today

LARNACA airport taxi drivers will today stage a 24-hour warning strike outside the airport in a dispute over insurance and diesel prices.

The strike follows similar action last week.

Will more aid save Africa?

TWENTY years after Live Aid, the millionaire pop stars will once again sing for Africa this Saturday. The new charity drive, headed by Bono and Bob Geldof, will reach its climax with a big concert – Live 8 – in London’s Hyde Park. This time though, Geldof’s crusade has also struck a chord with the politicians of the world’s richest countries who have decided to increase aid to Africa.

US consultants say economy in north will flourish despite restrictions

LEADING US-based global investment banking firm Bear Sterns, which recently sent a delegation to the north, has warned that the Cyprus
government’s strategy to wear down the Turkish side may ultimately fail as the Turkish Cypriot economy continues to flourish despite restrictions.