Government confirms Christofias will go to Kyrenia to visit Talat

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias will visit Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat at his residence in Kyrenia, the government confirmed yesterday.

Christofias has been invited to the wedding of Talat’s daughter, and although he will not be attending the event today, he plans to cross to the north soon to give his congratulations.

Disbelief at lawyer’s pardon


I read with utter disbelief that a supposed pillar of our society has not only broken the law but has been given a pardon from our new President!

Family seek urgent assistance

THE DEMETRIOU family of Pentalia village in Paphos is requesting urgent help from the government of Cyprus.

Pentalia village is all but abandoned, due to severe landslips and subsidence, and villagers are being moved to another area close by.

There are only a few people left in what has become a ghost village, and the Demetriou family are appealing to be moved.

Ships to break Gaza blockade

A GROUP of 40 international human rights activists will attempt to sail directly from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip next week in an effort to break Israel’s long-standing blockade of the besieged area.

Koulias: Airport situation unacceptable

THE chairman of the parliament’s transport committee urged the government yesterday to act immediately to rectify the protracted problems experienced at the island’s two airports after ground handling services were handed over to private companies.

Makarios statue to be moved in August

THE ENORMOUS statue of Archbishop Makarios currently standing at the grounds of the Archbishopric in Nicosia will be moved in August, the island’s top cleric said yesterday.

Work to replace the 10-metre statue that has stood in the heart of the capital for the past 15 years has already started.

Second tanker unloaded, but little respite for Limassol

THE SECOND tanker carrying Greek water has now been successfully unloaded, while the lab results for the water aboard the third tanker, the Xifias, are expected before its unloading begins.

Nevertheless, Limassol Water Board yesterday clarified that water cuts would continue for the time being.

Relief for Nicosia as extra cuts averted

NICOSIA will not after all be facing additional water cuts, after supply was increased to the capital after having been cut back last week.

A spokesman at the Nicosia Water Board said the danger was averted as the Water Development Department will now provide the Nicosia Board with additional quantities of water.

Police hunt beach pervert

SOVEREIGN Base Area Police are on the hunt for a man witnessed carrying out indecent acts of a sexual nature in a public place.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, July 16, at 9am on Lady’s Mile Beach between KAOA and the Bishop restaurant.

Restaurant takings ‘down by 40 per cent’ in Paphos

RESTAURANT takings are down 40 per cent on 2007, Paphos restaurateurs warned yesterday.

The stark figures were given by the local president of the Federation of the Paphos Association of Restaurants, Fitos Thrassivoulou.

“We are experiencing more problems in Cyprus every year,” he told the Cyprus Mail. “As time goes by, it’s harder for restaurants to survive.”