Five more flu cases confirmed

New diagnoses bring island-wide tally to 25

THE HEALTH Ministry yesterday announced that lab results have confirmed five more Cypriots as having the H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total number of cases to 25.

Bryza positive after Lmnitis decision

THE US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza yesterday reassured Cypriots across the divide that his country has no intention to impose anything on Cyprus.

New eco bus design goes on display

THE NICOSIA Municipality yesterday called on the public to give their opinions on the various designs to go on display for the new eco-friendly city bus for the capital.

The eco bus is supported by Nicosia Municipality, CYTA and the Demades Design Ltd which is responsible for its design.

New record for bounced cheques

6-month figure already 95 per cent of 2008 annual total

THE total value of cheques bounced so far this year has already reached €5.34 million, double the €2.67 million recorded for the first six months last year, the Central Information Registry (CIR) said yesterday.

Warning after 72 fires in two days

THE Fire Service yesterday warned the public to be vigilant against fires both in the countryside and in offices and homes, after having to battle with 72 fires over the weekend.

Shortages in neonatal unit

THE UNIT dealing with newborns at Makarios Hospital in Nicosia is desperately overcrowded and understaffed due to an increase in the number of premature babies, said head of the hospital’s paediatric unit, Dr Andreas Hadjidemetriou yesterday.

Seven Indians remanded over opium poppy haul

SIX INDIAN men and a woman were yesterday remanded in custody for eight days after police found over 30 opium poppy plants growing in their garden.

The seven were arrested on Thursday after Morphou district Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) officers in co-operation with Morphou district police raided their residence in Katidata village.

Three-line letter halts PrimeTel’s landing station progress

THE YEROSKIPOU municipality has finally refused a building permit for telecom provider PrimeTel’s submarine cable landing station after a six-month wait.

Outside plant network manager for PrimeTel, Theodoros Loucaides, told the Cyprus Mail the company received a letter saying the local council rejected building permission approval for plot number 50 in Yeroskipou,

TEPAK won’t change admissions policy next year

THE INFORMAL Rector’s Council of the Technological University (TEPAK) decided yesterday not to accept students with international accreditations for the academic year 2009-2010.

The decision was reached at the university’s board meeting on June 17, it said.

Papageorgiou named as new Police Chief

ACTING Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou was yesterday officially appointed to the top position, taking over from his predecessor Iacovos Papacostas.

The announcement was made by government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou during his midday media briefing.