Assisted suicide

Mr Sewell (‘A friend to aid one’s end is a friend indeed’, August 20) refers to ‘theologians’ who “preach and prate… not to play God and determine their own end” as if they alone were responsible for determining current legislation.

The truth is rather different.

Opponents of euthanasia and assisted suicide include:

Turkey’s F1 miscalculation

MR of Nicosia must be bursting with pride with the clever, original yet subtle stab he has managed to stick into our government (‘Talat’s F1 stunt’, Letters, August 30). I suppose they should have done nothing and just let this pathetic and desperate attempt at recognition to slide?

Civil Aviation in the dock in Helios probe

FRESH allegations were brought up yesterday against Civil Aviation before the committee of inquiry that is looking into responsibility for last August’s Helios air disaster.

Former CA official Charalambos Hadjigeorgiou picked up right where he left off on Tuesday, painting a picture of a corrupt department interested only in keeping up appearances.

EU bans 22 chemicals from hair dyes

TWENTY-TWO chemicals used in permanent hair dyes are set to be banned from import to Cyprus starting December 1 after a ministerial decision to implement a July 20 European Union directive.

The chemical products are being withdrawn over fears that long-term use of hair dyes that include these substances may contribute towards the development of bladder cancer.

Stock market creeping back up in first six months

THE vast majority of companies listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange showed gains in the first six months of the year, slightly up from 2005, a report from the bourse revealed yesterday.

Out of 143 companies, 48 showed losses ranging from one per cent to 63 per cent. In 2005, around 52 companies sustained losses in their share prices.

Missing girls friends return home

IT was with a heavy heart that missing Janka Kovacova’s three friends flew out of Larnaca airport to return to Slovakia during the early hours of this morning.

Petra, Maria and Kristina, left the Grecian Bay hotel where they had been employed since June at 10pm to catch their 1am flight home.

However this was not how it was supposed to happen.

Papadopoulos resignation stuns DIKO

RULING DIKO yesterday tried to stay poker-faced in the wake of Tassos Papadopoulos’ resignation as party chief.

Papadopoulos dropped the bombshell on Tuesday during a session of the party’s Executive Bureau convened to discuss strategy ahead of December’s municipal elections.

Shopping spree with stolen credit card

TWO MEN have been remand in custody suspected of going on a four-day shopping spree, running up just over £5,500 on a stolen credit card.

According to Nicosia CID, the theft came to light when a woman from Paphos reported her credit card stolen from her mailbox.

Why can’t I bring my wife to join me?

A 43-YEAR-old man is unable to understand why as a Cypriot citizen his Egyptian wife’s visa requests are repeatedly being denied by Cypriot Embassy officials in Cairo.

Nashat Moner said the Embassy claimed the problem lay with the Interior Ministry’s civil registry and migration department because it had failed to give his wife’s visa application the green light.