Shoddy planning led to flood damage

SOME OF the worst flood damage caused over the last two days was due to a lack of proper town planning, with building permits given for houses to be built on dried-up river courses, it emerged yesterday.

Crossings up to four million in 2008

CROSSINGS between the two communities increased in 2008 with around €27.3 million changing hands across the divide, an economic survey revealed yesterday.

According to the statistics published by the Peace Economics Consortium, there were four million crossings between the two communities in 2008 compared to 3.5 million the previous year.

Boutros-Ghali in Cyprus

FORMER UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali last night said Cyprus could play a role in promoting peace in the region.

Hunting season begins

HUNTERS are being warned to register the trailers they use to transport dogs during hunting trips as a new provision in the law makes them illegal if not registered.

Uniting Old Nicosia

CHILDREN, teenagers, parents and teachers from both communities will be navigating through Old Nicosia tomorrow as part of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) effort to encourage bi-communal understanding and cooperation.

An initial address by Nicosia Mayor Eleni Mavrou at the Ledra Street checkpoint will start tthe event at 10:30am.

Tornado compensation on its way to the needy

COMPENSATION will soon start being handed out to those most affected by the September tornado, which destroyed a number of homes and businesses in the Nicosia suburb of Latsia.

German elections – the next month

THE ELECTIONS in Germany late last month gave a clear-cut mandate to the chancellor Angela Merkel to govern again the country in coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats.

Where women do the pulling…

WHILE GREECE and Cyprus have been dealing with torrents of rain, southern England has been basking in an Indian summer. At the small village of Selborne, confused squirrels were bounding about the lawns of Gilbert White’s house, the famous 18th century naturalist, as if it were spring.