‘We feel disgraced and ashamed’

Police officers speak out over colleagues’ acquittal for beating caught on tape

MEMBERS OF the police force have finally spoken out against the court decision to acquit ten policemen caught on camera beating two students.

A number of officers yesterday said they felt disgraced and ashamed, and called on the Police Chief to dismiss all ten policemen.

‘We’re doing our best for Cypriot drugs suspects in Syria’

ACCUSATIONS that the state is not doing enough to help two Cypriots arrested in Syria last year on drugs charges are “unfair”, said a Foreign Ministry official yesterday.

The Cyprus Embassy in Damascus is monitoring the situation closely and even taking food to the two inmates while their parents have yet to visit them, said ministry official Phedon Anastasiou.

Yeroskipou council faces million-euro legal action

PrimeTel set to sue municipality over substation permit refusal

TELECOMS provider PrimeTel are planning to sue the municipality of Yeroskipou village for acting in bad faith by refusing to grant a permit for a fibre-optics landing station.

Restaurants left out of tourism industry VAT break

THE PLENUM is expected to approve a law on Thursday that will reduce VAT from 8.0 per cent to 5.0 per cent for all tourist packages.

The government yesterday returned with a new bill proposing VAT reductions for hotels, this time including tourist packages as well as hotel stays.

Annual anti-cancer fundraising campaign in April

THE 34th annual Christodoula march of the Anti-Cancer Society kicks off in April across Cyprus to raise money for the charity.

The national fundraising campaign will take place on April 9, with a total of 54 kiosks set up at key spots of all cities and big communities, which will remain open until 7pm

‘We can overcome autism’s obstacles’

AUTISM AWARENESS Week (March 30 – April 4 2009) has been organised for a second year by the Ministry of Education under the auspices of First Lady Elsi Christofia to promote greater understanding about autism.

State to bypass tender process for LNG

THE GOVERNMENT is pushing ahead with its attempts to source liquefied natural gas (LNG) without a full public tender process, Solon Kasinis, the head of the Commerce Ministry’s Energy Department, told the Cyprus Mail yesterday.

Woman elected as Green Party leader

Panayiotou’s appointment represents first female leader of political party)

IOANNA Panayiotou has been elected as the new General Secretary of the Cyprus Green Party, replacing George Perdikis who held the post for the past six years.

The party elections took place on Sunday and also determined changes in the party’s political committee.

‘China e-spies hacked into global computers’

A VAST cyber-spy network run mostly from servers in China has been able to hack into 1,295 computers in 103 countries around the world, including Cyprus government offices in Germany and Belgium and the Indian High Commission in Nicosia, according to researchers.

Blue Air begins flights from Paphos to Bucharest

LOW COST Romanian airline Blue Air inaugurated its new routes to and from Paphos airport on Sunday.

According to a press release issued by Hermes Airports, Blue Air’s new service offers the traveling community the opportunity for new scheduled flights to Bucharest, via a single stop in Thessaloniki, every Thursday and Sunday.