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In today's episode, Cyprus is hoping to attract over two million foreign visitors this year, according to Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios, who admitted the loss of around 800,000 potential visitors from the Russian and the Ukrainian markets represents a significant blow for the island. Elsewhere, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou remains i…
 
In today's episode, exploratory gas drilling is underway in Cyprus’ block 6 by Total-ENI. Work at the site, dubbed 'Cronos-1', was initially scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020, but put on hold because of the Covid-19 situation. Elsewhere, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is planning a trip to Cyprus as part of an international tour…
 
In today's episode, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidis hopes that by the summer there will be some movement on the package of confidence-building measures between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides. Elsewhere, Disy leader and presidential candidate Averof Neophytou called for subsidies to the hardest hit producers as part of the suppo…
 
In today's episode, a further section of the Varosha beachfront is being opened with sunbeds and umbrellas being placed along a roughly 600-metre stretch of the golden sands. Elsewhere, Cyprus does not meet the terms and conditions to apply for Nato membership and will not apply for the moment, Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides said. In other n…
 
In today's episode, fiery scenes erupted outside the presidential palace yesterday as sheep and goat farmers held boisterous, disruptive demonstrations. They lit fires, dumped gallons of milk and blocked roads as they protested the low prices they are receiving for their milk and the handling of halloumi cheese. Elsewhere, the Cyprus population is …
 
In today's episode, a total of 74 bathing areas and two marinas have been awarded a Blue Flag, a significant achievement that bestows added value to Cyprus tourism. Elsewhere, an ambulance driver has reportedly admitted to drug use while on duty, as police confirmed a positive cocaine and cannabis reading from the subsequent narcotest. In other new…
 
In today's episode, we hear that Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou is in critical condition at an Athens hospital after lengthy surgery to treat a cerebral aneurysm. There's also an EU economic forecast warning Cyprus to brace for higher employment and inflation, the health ministry emphasising that the mask mandate remains in force, and an apparent…
 
In today's episode, the new relaxations of the restrictive measures against Covid-19 came into force as of yesterday. Under the new rules, it will no longer be necessary to show a SafePass in public areas except for visits to nursing homes, closed areas, hospital outpatient clinics, medical and diagnostic centres. Elsewhere, Labour Minister Zeta Em…
 
In today’s episode, the National Guard has launched an internal investigation into the death of a 27-year-old female corporal who died on Thursday following an accident at an army camp in Kornos. In other news, former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has announced his candidacy for the February 2023 presidential elections, and an online platf…
 
In today’s episode, business leaders have called on President Nicos Anastasiades to urgently boost the island’s self-sufficiency in terms of the food supply, warning that based on current data, higher prices, and shortages “will intensify in the near future.” In other news, the interior and justice ministries are requesting that contract police off…
 
In today's episode, Safe Passes will not be required at entertainment centres, nightclubs and events such as weddings and christenings as of Sunday, the Cabinet decided. Elsewhere, three out of five people in Cyprus said Cypriots are “ready to accept” a female president, while more than half believe eligible voters abstain from elections due to a l…
 
In today's episode, the British bases, comprising three per cent of the island’s territory, will allow for the construction of houses, shops, restaurants and light industrial facilities while third-country nationals will also be able to live and establish businesses in non-military areas of the bases. Elsewhere, Akel general secretary Stefanos Stef…
 
In today’s episode, we hear that a key unit of main opposition party Akel voted in favour of Andreas Mavroyiannis as their candidate for the 2023 presidential elections. There’s also the historic deal that boosts development in the British Bases which comes into effect from today and a key meeting between the foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Is…
 
In today's episode, a 25-year-old Briton has been remanded for six days following a hit and run accident in Ayia Napa in which a 46-year-old woman from Sweden died, police said. Elsewhere, the fire service is on high alert for the upcoming summer season and is relying on the public’s cooperation and new drones to see it through a difficult period. …
 
In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas expressed his full support to the family of the young man who suffered burns to 45 per cent of his body during violent incidents involving football fans over the weekend in Larnaca. Elsewhere, the House education committee began discussions on longer school days and future plans for all-day…
 
In today's episode, the electricity authority has announced that energy bills will climb by 6.8 per cent by the end of the month. Elsewhere, a school shooting at Kokkinotrimithia lower secondary school was prevented in November, MPs heard on Tuesday. In other news, political parties, the church, and commercial interests have significant influence o…
 
In today's episode, the foreign ministry is in negotiations with Brussels in the hopes of securing an exemption from EU sanctions against Russia in case Cyprus is unsuccessful in obtaining the necessary aerial support equipment needed for firefighting. Elsewhere, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides has pledged support for vulnerable groups in th…
 
In today’s episode, as Labour Day was marked around the world on Sunday to celebrate the progress made by workers, in Cyprus it descended into a spat between the government and main opposition party AKEL. In other news, Nicosia CID is investigating a case of attempted murder after a man was stabbed with a knife in the centre of town Sunday lunchtim…
 
In today’s episode, two children in Cyprus have contracted hepatitis of unknown origin in recent months, the health ministry said on Thursday, adding that it will continue to monitor the situation amid an uptick of similar cases in Europe, the UK and the US. In other news, an 11-year-old boy was treated on Thursday after he underwent surgery follow…
 
In today’s episode, the one-year jail sentence imposed on Turkish Cypriot newspaper publisher Sener Levent by a court in Turkey for offending Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been commuted to a fine of 9,000 Turkish lira, which is the equivalent of 570 euro. In other news, plans to keep state hospitals open in the afternoons suffered a setback …
 
In today's episode, although no cases have so far been reported in Cyprus of the children’s hepatitis, which has required some to have liver transplants, a local expert has said that infections are expected. In other news, Paphos residents reported they felt an earthquake in the region and other parts of the island on Tuesday night, and graffiti mu…
 
In today's episode, we hear that a fourth Covid-19 vaccine is available to the over 60s and some select groups, that Cypriots are getting better at recycling and of the firecracker mayhem caused over the weekend. There's also the latest on the government's push towards greater digital transition and Akel's efforts to secure a candidate for the 2023…
 
In today's episode, Hellenic Bank will submit a restructuring plan to the Labour Ministry that will include up to 350 compulsory redundancies this year, its CEO Oliver Gatzke has said, a move likely to set it on a collision course with employees’ union ETYK. In other news, Nefeli, a Griffon vulture rescued as a juvenile from a beach in Episkopi in …
 
In today's episode, we hear of the latest loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, a further four Cyprus passports being revoked, and yet another scam involving luxury cars. There's also the lucky escape of a Greek paratrooper who was left dangling for minutes at 5,000 feet during a military exercise in Cyprus. All these and more in your Daily News Brie…
 
In today's episode, we hear that Covid-19 restrictions are to be further loosened, the government is to enforce new measures to reduce irregular migration and that progress is being made to introduce a national minimum wage. There's also a strong denial by Cyprus authorities that there is any involvement in the alleged hacking of British government…
 
In today’s episode, the trial of a British pensioner who killed his terminally ill wife, and afterwards tried to commit suicide, has been postponed to June 16. In other news, the SafePass rules have been eased, the Flight Pass has been scrapped, and more relaxations are possible, and a €40 million boost aimed at revamping Nicosia’s walled city was …
 
In today’s episode, long-time chief negotiator for the Cyprus problem, Andreas Mavroyiannis, has resigned from his post. In other news, Cyprus and Israel are kick-starting intergovernmental meetings aimed at resolving the longstanding dispute over the Aphrodite/Yishai gas fields, and a man from Russia has been remanded for four days on suspicion of…
 
In today’s episode, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides has pledged to hold fast amid mounting calls for an increase in government handouts, warning that otherwise the public debt may spiral out of control. In other news, members of the House Transport Committee are calling on the government to work on regulating the use of personal mobility veh…
 
In today's episode, we hear that the presidential palace is set for a makeover, that the two communities met to promote the role of women in Cyprus peace talks, and that the justice system faces collapse unless MPs pass reform bills. There's also the bizarre news that a Cyprus based company will offer masturbation pods to employees while at work. A…
 
In today’s episode, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides has predicted long-term inflation, calling it the “most dangerous parameter” of the current economic crisis. The minister also voiced doubts about the planned transition to ‘green energy’. In other news, UN experts have said that the Cyprus Missing Persons issue must be depoliticised, and a…
 
In today's episode, a man accused of consistently supplying four girls with crystal meth and heroin was remanded for seven days by the Limassol court yesterday. Elsewhere, President Nicos Anastasiades said he is not considering a reshuffle of the national health system Gesy, after repeated calls for a clean sweep. In other news, almost all hotels i…
 
In today's episode, as of Monday a raft of relaxations from Covid-19 restrictions come into force following a Cabinet decision last Thursday. Elsewhere, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos on Sunday estimated that Cyprus will see 50 percent more passenger traffic this year compared to 2021. In other news, Nicosia's longest-running Mayor, Lellos Dem…
 
In today’s episode, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Cyprus to close its ports to all Russian ships and to deny “privileges” to Russian nationals, as part of an effort to turn the squeeze on Moscow over its invasion of his country. In other news, the health ministry has announced a slew of changes to the Covid-19 restrictions, a…
 
In today's episode, we take an in-depth look to the visit of US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland to Cyprus. Elsewhere, in Covid-19 news, the face mask mandate in outdoor spaces is expected to be lifted this week as discussions are underway for further relaxations of coronavirus measures. In other news, the European Com…
 
In today’s episode, traffic cameras appear to be stuck in the ‘pilot’ phase with 50,000 violations recorded since the start of the year but only 2,000 fines handed out. In other news, Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides said on Tuesday that Cyprus will not provide weapons to Ukraine as doing so would create gaps in the Republic’s deterrence capab…
 
In today’s episode, we hear that the Ukrainian president will address Cyprus’ parliament while a request has been made by the US for the National Guard to hand over its Russian-made weapons systems to Ukraine. There’s also new speed cameras which have been fitted in police patrol cars, a further rise in electricity bills and confirmation that March…
 
In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has called on the public to be patient until Thursday when announcements are expected to be made over the relaxation of coronavirus measures. Elsewhere, as the war rages on in Ukraine, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said that almost 15,000 Ukrainians are currently being hosted in Cyprus, a …
 
In today’s episode, Cyprus faces a serious problem coping with the number of migrants arriving here daily, while the current Ukraine refugee crisis means less attention and resources diverted to people coming in from other countries, the interior minister has said. Meanwhile, another 50 unaccompanied minors have been transferred from Pournara recep…
 
In today's episode, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, said that while Cyprus would inevitably be affected by rising inflation and deteriorating growth, its economy was better equipped to handle the crisis than it was previously. In other news, the cabinet has approved a bill giving trade and energy minister, Natasa Pilides, the pow…
 
In today's episode, a senior government official said that three individuals subject to the EU sanctions in relation to Russia's invasion of Ukraine hold a Cyprus passport, adding that checks are ongoing. Elsewhere, the British High Commission has apologised for a UK defence ministry video which displayed a truncated map of Cyprus that did not incl…
 
In today's episode, Cyprus will have to examine all citizenships and residency permits given to Russian or Belarusian nationals "significantly supporting the war in Ukraine" under orders from Brussels. Elsewhere, a new record of 6,494 Covid-19 infections were detected on Monday from 115,930 tests, a positivity rate of 5.6 per cent. In other news, l…
 
In today's episode, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris will discuss the increased migration flow from Turkey with EU officials in Brussels on Monday. Elsewhere, ahead of visit her visit to Cyprus tomorrow, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said she was optimistic Cyprus can weather the current economic storm brought about by the war in …
 
In today’s episode, Cyprus supermarkets are not expected to experience stock shortages due to the war in Ukraine, executive secretary of the Supermarkets Association (PASYPE) Andreas Hadjiadamou has said. In other news, the highest number of first-time asylum applicants relative to the population in the EU in 2021 was recorded in Cyprus, with 14,79…
 
In today's episode, nine young Somali migrants camped outside the Hope for Children shelter in old Nicosia say they will not leave until their situation is resolved. The boys have been in the Pournara reception centre for between five and seven months. Elsewhere, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the administration of a Covid booster jab to children …
 
In today's episode, ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum - consortium partners in Block 10 of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone - have found "high-quality natural gas" in the ‘Glaucus-2’ appraisal well, the energy ministry said yesterday, but there appear concerns over quantity. In other news, bus drivers in Nicosia and Larnaca yesterday decided to continu…
 
In today's episode, Disy leader Averof Neophytou was unanimously ratified as the party’s presidential candidate for the upcoming elections, during Disy’s Supreme Council session on Sunday. His candidacy was ratified unanimously by a show of hands. Elsewhere, The Test-to-Stay measure went into effect on Monday morning at kindergartens, pre-primary a…
 
In today's episode, procedures have been set in motion to help some 8,000 Ukrainians who have come to Cyprus as refugees or are stranded here because of Russia’s invasion of their country. In other news, a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose has been deemed “inevitable” amongst the general population and not just for the elderly or vulnerable groups, whil…
 
In today's episode, Energy Minister Natasa Pilides has expressed caution over prospects for reviving EastMed pipeline as she said that, even if the pipeline project kicked off immediately, it would not provide a solution to the energy crisis that Europe is experiencing as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Elsewhere, House president Annita D…
 
In today's episode, the finance ministry has revised its forecast for inflation this year from an initial 1.5 per cent to 4 per cent, as petrol prices surge in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Elsewhere, annual vaccinations against Covid-19 are on the cards for the elderly, vulnerable and immunosuppressed as part of a return to normality, …
 
In today's episode, we hear how the government has vowed to resolve the seemingly chronic challenge of overcrowding at the Pournara reception centre. President Anastasiades visited Pournara yesterday after criticism from other officials. The government subsequently announced changes to the procedures at the centre. Elsewhere, the NGO Hope for Child…
 
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