The Cyprus News Digest in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail

Mapping Cypriot DNA with the CYBiobank; President Anastasiades made some controversial choices in his cabinet reshuffle

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:17am EST

A campaign is under way to expand the island's bone marrow registry; as part of Italian Cuisine Week, a watercolour exhibition opens on ancient fruits in Italy and Cyprus including gelato tasting.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:12am EST

There are high hopes of increasing cruise traffic to Cyprus; a study is underway to improve facilities for people with traumatic brain injury, and it's pantomime time again.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:58am EST

Doctors from the Shriners hospitals in the USA visit Cyprus - as they have been for 38 years - to assess Cypriot children for orthopaedic treatment; and a new drug offers hope to sufferers of thalassemia

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

We meet keynote speakers from the Economist's 15th Cyprus Summit and discuss the economy, hear about sentiment in the UK after 3 years of Brexit deadlock, stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and the future for hydrocarbons in the region

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:05am EST

If we ever actually get it, what should we do with our natural gas? The University of Cyprus explores new ideas for energy in public buildings, and getting to grips with innovation in business.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:02am EST

Why are the Cypriot authorities apparently unable to curtail large-scale illegal bird trapping? Cyprus continues to score very low on gender equality; and a new book looks at how to create "conscious business".

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10am EST

Cyprus denies many third country nationals working legally in Cyprus access to their social insurance contributions; "What is Magic?" You'll get the chance to find out at the Shoe Factory next week, and 'Weeks of German Language' begin this weekend.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:18am EST

A stark message from a United Nations climate expert; and how yoga can keep you healthy and change your life. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EST

The Pharos Contemporary Music Festival kicks off; finding inner peace: we meet a banker who became a Buddhist nun; last day upset on the Cyprus Rally.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Is Cyprus making the right decisions about hydrocarbons? The global climate strike continues with a march and events in Nicosia today.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:43am EST

Will the European Rally Championship be decided in Cyprus next weekend? 'Melusine's Island' looks at Nicosia from a different angle; Games and Politics is an interctive exhibition at the Goethe Institute, and a play opens that will delight  - and may shock - audiences.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Two former government ministers explain why a Bizonal Bi-communal Federation is the only solution for Cyprus; an invitation to a public discussion on the natural gas issue; Italian Film Days continue this weekend.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:53am EST

The Kypria Festival offers a wealth of culture over the coming weeks, and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra prepares for outreach concerts across Cyprus.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am EST

Citizens are gearing up to tackle climate change by planting 800,000 trees across Cyprus. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:56am EST

We talk to Cypriot film maker Harry Mavromichalis about his very intimate documentary on Olympia Dukakis, and we talk to the award-winning actress

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:28am EST

Cyprus lags behind in competitiveness and suffers from a skills mismatch according to the first report of the Cyprus Economy and Competitiveness Council. We discuss the issues with the council's chairman, former Finance Minister Takis Klerides.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:29am EST

As pilot 5G projects are rolled out in Cyprus, we discuss the pros and cons with the Communications Minister and an expert on children's environment and health

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am EST

What happens to the money you pay retailers for plastic bags? As the collective known as the Agora project prepares to leave its space in the old town, Nicosia's Mayor pledges support to continue the idea, and we hear about the ethos behind the group who have brought life back to the heart of the capital.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am EST

The EU Commission's Director for climate strategy explains the plans to become climate neutral by 2050; two years on from the collapse of talks at Crans Montana, we assess the current situation as regards the island's reunification

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:07am EST

Cyprus streamlines its approach to the EU; the Foreign Ministry outlines the situation in Cyprus' EEZ; a new project helps migrants to access the jobs market, and we need to re-think our approach to energy consumption.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:16am EST

This week it's all about innovation and technology with the E.I.T. in town for an awareness day 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am EST

We discuss proposed amendments to the Dog law in Cyprus, and EU students who start university in England and Scotland in the 2020-21 academic year have been guaranteed the same fees and funding as home students for the whole length of their course – whatever happens with Brexit.

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As World Refugee Day approaches, we talk the UNHCR representative in Cyprus; we also hear about the opening of a new centre where refugees can meet and interact; from next week all newborn babies in Cyprus will be offered free hearing tests

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am EST

We look in depth at what the recent EU elections tell us about Cyprus; you can air your views on climate change at a 'cafe scientifique'; President Anastasiades hails close Cyprus-UK relations at the Queen's birthday party.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:01am EST

Prime Minister Trudeau's special envoy discusses federalism with the communities in Cyprus; Australian and Cypriot experts sign an MOU on road safety; an Italian professor brings his scientific knowledge to bear in the art world

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Climate experts from the City-Zen project share ideas that could help Nicosia go carbon zero; Diplomats support Accept-LGBTI Cyprus in the run up to the annual Pride parade

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am EST

The EU Humanitarian Commissioner addresses the lack of education in emergencies and launches #School4All; a refugee teacher talks about education in refugee camps and, as Cyprus misses environmental targets we discuss the circular economy 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EST

We join the vigil for the murdered foreign women and find out what life is like for domestic workers in Cyprus; it's Cyprus Breakfast and Brunch Week; one of the island's premier music festivals starts this week and the annual cactus and succulent exhibition takes place on Sunday.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:14am EST

Have you registered for the National Health Service? The head of the HIO explains how to do it and where to go if you need help. We discuss the circular economy and particularities pertaining to islands.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:43am EST

Local wines shine at the 12th Cyprus Wine Competition and the Minister of Agriculture pledges support for the industry; plans are afoot to solve the traffic congestion in our towns.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:41am EST

Cyprus' Health Minister talks frankly about the implementation of the National Health scheme; author and journalist Thomas de Waal discusses Europe's de facto states and breakaway territories.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:57am EST

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is financing the green economy; innovative greenhouse technology can save fuel and water; Cyprus' Health Minister encourages private investment in the health sector, and the centenary of Bauhaus is celebrated at the Goethe Institute.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:09am EST

The Interior Minister is determined to restructure the CyBC; the Transport Minister outlines her plans for sustainable mobility; an Australian uses comedy to tackle racism and a Dutch professor talks about sustainable energy systems.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

Groundbreaking new research revealed at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics; and how can a holistic approach to sustainability be applied in Cyprus?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:47am EST

Artists' copyright: a Nicosia lawyer says many visual artists are not aware that they and their heirs are entitled to a percentage of a work's resale value; Turkish Cypriots opposed to the occupation in the north of Cyprus are standing in the EU Parliamentary elections.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:57am EST

Gender equality takes centre stage this week with countless events marking International Women's Day, but it's not just about women: men - and society as a whole - can also benefit, says Cyprus' Foreign Minister.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:56am EST

The Irish embassy is expanding its programme for St Patrick's Day, and the Senior Police Adviser at UNFICYP discusses the challenges and opportunities for women in policing.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:01am EST

Who owns your data when you die? In her book about women in Cyprus in the 20th century, former First Lady Androulla Vassiliou catalogues the challenges they faced as they fought for emancipation.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am EST

Are Cypriots finally ready to vote for reunification? The DISY chief says the President is committed to a bi-zonal bi-communal federation but Akel's leader is not so sure; GRECO assesses the island's compliance with anti-corruption measures and this weekend you can "Run for Seeds”.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:49am EST

Too many old diesel cars on #Cyprus roads are impacting air quality; EU Commissioner @GabrielMariya says EU states must work together for the digital single market; Cyprus Finance Minister @Georgiades_H urges a "digital transformation" to positively impact the Cy economy

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

Thousands of children in the north of Cyprus are denied a Cypriot passport and remain stateless; the European Commission's Vice-President for jobs and growth says we must promote a circular economy; Cypriot aristocrats flourished under Venetian rule.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:26am EST

We may soon have to "pay as you throw" as Cyprus struggles with efficient waste management; big prizes are up for grabs at Famelab; Indian classical music comes to Nicosia.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

Are Cypriot women giving up on hopes for the island's reunification? We discuss the issue with the UN's Special Representative in Cyprus, and former first lady Androulla Vassiliou; we find out how to make sure you are cyber-secure in 2019.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:23am EST

Despite recent heavy rainfall we still need to conserve water; Women Walk and Talk as vanguards of the Cyprus peace process; three iconic Britons are showcased in British Film Days this weekend.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:31am EST

We talk to experts in Brussels about security in the bloc and the EU Commission's support for research to improve security in the fields of defence, terrorism, infrastructure, digital security and natural disasters.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:35am EST

We all need water to survive, but some governments want to weaken EU law: you can have your say in a public consultation; we hear about a traditional German Christmas fayre in Nicosia, and a bi-communal fun day in eastern Cyprus.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:15am EST

How does Cyprus treat migrants? What are their rights and do we need policy changes? Upcycling plastic bottles to make shelters for the homeless 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:44am EST

We speak to the Brexit editor of The Economist; Nicosia's Mayor is trying to clean up the old city; public inclusion is vital for successful peace negotiations.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:51am EST

Our guests this week were all panellists at the recent Economist 'Cyprus Summit' on hydrocarbons, regional stability and financial policy: the US Ambassador to Nicosia, Cyprus' Foreign Minister, the Energy Minister, a high ranking official from ExxonMobil and Cyprus' Finance Minister.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:09am EST

Strovolos Municipality extends its free parking and charging scheme for hybrid and electric cars; a documentary delves into the history of the Cyprus railway; the UN Secretary General's Special Representative says the door is still open for a Cyprus solution

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

The hall of Nicosia Municipality's multi-purpose centre is re-named in memory of the city's former First Lady, Olga Demetriades; as winter kicks in, asylum seekers in Cyprus are being forced to sleep in parks because they can't afford to rent accommodation

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:57am EST

The NASA Space Apps challenge takes place in Nicosia this weekend; film makers acknowledge the island's appeal as a location; tonight there's a bi-communal conference on Promoting Ethical Journalism Across Cyprus

 
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Category:general -- posted at: 9:19am EST

Michael Jansen's latest book was inspired by her experiences at the 2011 Egyptian revolution; a new app aims to improve your driving; will financial incentives lure film-makers to the island? St Paul's gets a new window to mark its 125th anniversary

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:34am EST

Should medical cannabis be legalised in Cyprus, and what conditions can it treat? Empowering women to take a more active role in the peace process in Cyprus.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:56am EST

Is the government's Estia scheme to protect vulnerable defaulters fair, and fit for purpose? Apparently not. Women from Northern Ireland share their experience of peace building with women on both sides of the Cyprus divide; St Paul's Anglican cathedral celebrates its 125th anniversary

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:59am EST

The EU Trade Commissioner outlines proposals to reform the World Trade Organisation; Italian film days, lectures and a photo exhibition are coming up, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs sets out the EU's vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

Road tax may rise after a public consultation on new measures that take environmental factors into account; we talk to the author of a science fiction novella launched on the island this week.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EST

Cyprus must be for all Cypriots and no-one else, says Cyprus' High Commissioner to London, Euripides Evriviades, who discusses the Cyprus problem and Brexit at length.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Asylum seekers are being forced to camp in public parks because they can't afford to rent accommodation - is government policy aimed at making their lives as difficult as possible? World-class acts headline at this year's Kypria Festival. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:11am EST

Nicosia this week hosted the prize-giving of the Commonwealth Short Story competition: we talk to the organisers, the winner and the chair of the judging panel; Cypriot Tio Ellinas heads to Snetterton for the next round of the Porsche Carrera Cup. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:58am EST

Women's groups are demanding that they be included in the Cyprus peace process; there are more than 150 forest fires on the island every year, and we can all take measures to prevent them; as technology advances, continuous training is needed to keep cyber crime at bay

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:56am EST

As this year's Duke of Edinburgh gold awards are presented, we hear about the importance of extra-curricular activities for a rounded education, and discuss the implications of the Co-Op sell-off for depositors, mortgagees and the Cypriot taxpayer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Volunteers are needed to catch stray cats for an island-wide neutering programme; defining freedom of expression - what is legal and what is not? Gourmet food in Macau

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

A study reveals how many girls in Cyprus are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM); cybercrime trends and the vulnerability of the internet of things; youngsters from Nicosia's children's home get to know nature in Paphos. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:49am EST

The British High Commissioner outlines what expats need to do about their status after Brexit; we talk to the author of The Seamstress of Ourfa which is being launched in Nicosia next week, and meet the Human Rights Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Is commerce more important than our natural heritage? Environmentalists fear for the future of the island's most important wetland; the Cyprus computer society is looking for young hackers; an expert from the Council of Europe outlines measure to combat cybercrime

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

The former head of the World Trade Organisation says adjustments must be made if we are to harness globalisation; the head of UNFICYP emphasises the importance of including women in the peace process; we hear about a public event on rheumatic diseases and a photographic exhibition opens next week in Tala. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:45am EST

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation generates 99 billion dollars annually; the EU launches infringement procedures against Cyprus for  failing to comply with Directives for the protection of nature; the annual Pride march takes place on Sunday.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

An international climate change conference addresses issues in the eastern Mediterranean; the Pharos International Chamber Music Festival gets under way next week; we find out about the philosophy of the consortium preparing to build the casino in Limassol.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:57am EST

With a new cd just released, Cypriot musician and poet Haji Mike talks at length about his career, and shares his thoughts on music and politics.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EST

We visit an award-winning organic winery; hear about cacti, succulents and the 'smart garden' and the first accordion festival is taking place in Cyprus this weekend

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am EST

Farmers are advised not to plant new crops due to a water shortage; the choreography of cross-cultural negotiations - we discuss the Israeli-Palestinian example; the women's Euro Arabian expedition reaches the North Pole.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EST

We hear about the thrills and perils facing an all-female expedition to the North Pole; Cyprus Film Days is up and running; Tio Ellinas starts the Porsche Carrera Cup season with podiums at Brands Hatch. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:46am EST

Demonstrators will gather this weekend to protest against uncontrolled developments near Natura 2000 sites; a judgement by the European Court of Human Rights has implications for owners of property in the occupied areas; UK Cypriots lobby British MPs about Turkish provocations in Cyprus' EEZ; a turtle hotline will enable the authorities to rescue injured turtles faster.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:36am EST

Following the launch of the second volume of his autobiography, detailing his tenure as President of #Cyprus, George Vassiliou talks frankly about his successes, his mistakes and the Cyprus problem

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

The biggest 'cleantech' bootcamp in the region will take place in May, but are Cypriots interested? The European Commission is funding free wifi hotspots in public places; a tribute in Nicosia to Eric Clapton and the 3rd Medieval Nicosia Festival starts tomorrow.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:13am EST

A German couple recount their first-hand experience of the persecution of Palestinians in Hebron; the gender gap is everywhere - including Wikipedia; 1 Billion Rising in Nicosia; a new law on abortions in Cyprus is being drafted.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:11am EST

We discuss the appalling conditions at the Kofinou Reception Centre with the Chair of the House Human Rights Committee; and is it time to scrap the current citizenship for investment scheme?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:34am EST

Demonstrators gather at Parliament to protest against illegal building in protected areas and their call for action is echoed by the Scientific and Technical Chamber. Former EU Commissioner Janez Potočnik discusses the importance of a Circular Economy. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:55am EST

Author Julie Bindel talks about the Pimping of Prostitution; the EU Humanitarian Commissioner discusses the problems facing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the Artos Foundation Kids University will occupy children during the Easter break.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:06am EST

Musician, composer and author Gilad Atzmon talks about Israel, Judaism and Zionism - and his latest book 'Being In Time'.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:59am EST

Young refugees from Africa share their hopes and experiences; the problem of plastic waste - and how Cyprus mismanages its waste strategies.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:11am EST

With the run-off in the 2018 Presidential elections due on Sunday, we discuss the issues - and the fall-out after the first round.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:39am EST

Does the new EU plastics strategy go far enough? Cases of measles in Cyprus prompt calls for parents to vaccinate their children; as a rare monk seal is spotted in Paphos we discuss the threats to biodiversity in our seas; Bulgaria's ambassador outlines his country's priorities for its EU presidency. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:08am EST

The Interior Minister outlines plans to regulate, encourage and fund social entrepreneurship; the relationship between olive trees and funghi; Presidential hopeful Stavros Malas outlines his priorities and policies. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:59am EST

Presidential candidate Stavros Malas promises that, if elected, his cabinet and the boards of SGOs will comprise "over 50% women".

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:17am EST

Calls to a domestic violence helpline soared by 50% last year; freshwater anglers organise a clean-up of Yermasoyia dam; a new app enables us to report illegal hunting and bird-trapping.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:37am EST

Telecare can replace regular visits to the doctor and allow you to be treated at home; the Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship explains the opportunities created by Europe's space programme; we explore the new law governing Cypriot NGOs, and hear about the Magic Table for dementia sufferers. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am EST

We discuss regional politics with two of the speakers at a recent conference on "National, international and human security in the eastern Mediterranean", and hear how Cypriots have warmed to the traditional British pantomime.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:46am EST

Are you taking the right medicine, and who is checking? Making the impossible possible is easier than you think; a project to build dementia-friendly villages in our cities, and why has a bell appeared in the Nicosia buffer zone?

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:17am EST

It's European Space Week and we meet the movers and shakers in the European Space Programme to find out how space impacts our daily lives and can solve some of Earth's problems, as well as offering business opportunities and environmental solutions.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

The GERI briefcase is set to revolutionise health care for the elderly; 'Yoga Light and Shadows' is a new coffee table book with eye-catching photographs of Cyprus and philosophical text and we meet a Cypriot poet who has published his work in a bilingual book.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am EST

United Nations Day is celebrated in the buffer zone; we join the Hindu festival of Diwali; Telehealth can prevent unnecessary hospital visits; incentives are introduced to encourage filmmakers to Cyprus; multi-morbitity in an ageing population calls for integrated care solutions

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

The EU Commissioner for the Environment visits Cyprus; the Education Minister inaugurates a unique exhibition; we talk about health: anti microbial resistance and childhood obesity, and find out why the Ambassador of Georgia is supporting rugby in Cyprus.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:35am EST

We talk at length to Health Minister George Pamboridis about the state of play of the National Health system (GESY); the Interior Minister outlines plans to attract investment in audiovisual productions; Akel denies that it is against allowing pupils from private schools to enter the University of Cyprus.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:27am EST

Speakers at a high level conference on energy suggest that it's not all plain sailing for Cyprus' energy aspirations; we hear about the Cyprus collection at the British Museum, and a Cypriot racing driver wraps up an impressive season at Brands Hatch.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Opposition leader Andros Kyprianou (pictured) rues the missed opportunity at Crans Montana and discusses the upcoming elections; the Nicosia Barbarians are looking for rugby coaches; banned books are on sale in Nicosia.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:18am EST

After 2 deaths in recent weeks, cyclists call for drivers to take more care; disabled children deserve better facilities in mainstream schools; a Nicosia conference bringing archaeology to citizens; Cypriot racing driver Tio Ellinas started karting aged seven. 

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_22nd_September_2017.mp3
Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:43am EST

The Slovak Ambassador looks back on her time in Cyprus and her role in the meetings of political party leaders from both sides of the divide; the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) receives Europe's Grand Prix for cultural heritage.

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_15th_September_2017.mp3
Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:46am EST