Water cuts back as price rises loom

WATER CUTS resumed yesterday in all designated areas after the relief provided over the Easter holidays.

Water was supplied through the main network to all water supply authorities over the long weekend, without the cuts imposed to tackle the shortage due to the protracted drought.

Limassol landmark comes back to life

THE OLD water tower on Gladstone Street in Limassol, one of the city’s most characteristic landmarks from where water used to be supplied to the whole town, is to be developed into an attraction for locals and visitors.

Relatives’ anger at new delays in Helios probe

FURTHER delays have been noted in the police investigation concerning the crash of Helios flight 522, increasing the frustration felt by the relatives of the 121 victims of the August 2007 tragedy.

Investigations were supposed to be completed by the spring of 2008, but now it appears that they will not be concluded before the summer.

Several injured by Easter firecrackers

A NUMBER of innocent bystanders were injured by illegal firecrackers over the Easter weekend.

On the night of the Resurrection, in the church of Ayios Antonios in Limassol, a 15-year-old tried to pick up a fire cracker that had been thrown but did not explode. The fire cracker exploded in the boy’s hand, severing his right thumb.

Heroin seized at Ledra Palace checkpoint

TWO women, a man and a 10-year-old child were taken into custody after a body search uncovered almost a kilo of heroin on one of the women, police said yesterday.

The foursome was arrested by the Drug Squad at around lunchtime near the Ledra Palace checkpoint in Nicosia. They had not long crossed over from the occupied areas where they had been visiting since the morning.

Receptionist arrested over hotel robbery claim

POLICE have arrested a hotel receptionist on suspicion of fraud after he claimed to have been robbed at knifepoint.

The 34-year-old stated that he was forced to hand over €1,500 in the early hours of yesterday morning from the reception of the hotel, located in Yeroskipou. Following an investigation, police believe the man took the money himself.

Vassiliou: substantial work already covered in talks

THE WORKING groups and technical committees met for the third time yesterday, but substantial work has already been done since last week, former President George Vassiliou said.

Vassiliou, who is heading the working group on European affairs, said there had been a review of the issues which the groups wanted to cover and that the work would continue today.

Cyprus mourns Marios Tokas

MUCH loved Greek Cypriot composer Marios Tokas, who died on Sunday, will be laid to rest in Athens today.

The 54-year-old died during the early hours of Easter Sunday after losing a nine-month battle with cancer.

Turkish Cypriots ‘have lost $112,000 each’ in the last 30 years

EVERY Turkish Cypriot has lost $112,000 within the past 30 years, according to a study by Professor Omer Gokcekus of Seton Hall University in the US.

Gokcekus, a Turkish Cypriot by origin, identifies international isolation and embargoes as the root causes of the loss suffered by the Turkish Cypriots, He estimates the total loss accumulates to no less than $25 billion.

Tormented by history

GREEK author Spyros A. Sofos and Turkish author Umut Ozkirimli joined together to launch their new book Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey at the Ledra Palace in Nicosia last night.