With friends like these…

The last time Greece tried to oust a Cypriot President was the coup against Makarios in 1974. A few days later the Turks invaded. With friends like that who need enemies?
Dr Michael Paraskos,

Cyprus College of Art, Paphos

Watchdog puts a stop to LTV-CyTA deal

THE COMPETITION Commission (CC) yesterday decided not to allow the mammoth and lucrative deal between the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and Cypriot pay-television channel LTV to take place.

The commission ruled that the deal ran counter to competition safety legislation.

Families repeat frustration over Helios probe delay

HELIOS AIRWAYS, in cooperation with the civil aviation department, is purposefully using legal avenues to delay the investigation into last August’s crash and cloud over the exact events, the victims’ relatives said yesterday.

Committee proposes Child Health Institute

THE HOUSE Health Committee yesterday discussed the need for the creation of a Child Health Institute, which would encompass both children’s physical and mental issues, and improve research as well as advance health policies and systems that promote the health and wellbeing of children.

BoC calls meeting over share issue

THE BANK of Cyprus (BoC) has called an extraordinary shareholders meeting for July 28 to seek approval for an issue of shares as part its offer to Greece’s Emporiki Bank.

Minister pledges to revitalise healthcare

HEALTH MINISTER Charis Charalambous yesterday met with the House Health Committee for the first time, leaving its deputies hopeful that they could work well with the new minister who appeared to recognise the need for improvement in public healthcare and came across as open to positive change.

Kiosk press boycott averted

NEWSPAPER distributors and kiosks yesterday reached an agreement to enter a dialogue on Monday in a spat over the calculation of commission that threatened to disrupt availability today.

A statement from the shopkeepers union POVEK, which is representing around 100 kiosk owners who threatened not to provide papers today, said the measures had been suspended.

Limassol ‘the second cheapest city in Europe’

LIMASSOL has been named as Europe’s second-cheapest city for the third year running, according to the latest Cost of Living Survey from Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

Placed 118th out of 144 cities worldwide on the list, Limassol scored 68.7. At 100, New York is the benchmark of expense for the survey. Last year, Limassol was ranked 100th and in 2004 it was in 95th place.

Plane in 4-tyre blow out at Paphos airport

A GERMAN LTU flight carrying 187 passengers and crew from Dusseldorf to Paphos yesterday suffered a four-tyre blow out upon landing on the runway of Paphos Airport.

The incident occurred at 6.30pm, with airport officials taking two-and-a-half hours to clear all the debris from the runway.

No injuries were reported and all passengers were safely taken off the plane.