The Cyprus News Digest in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail

Medical records are being digitised for a streamlined national health service; the ban on single use plastics comes into force tomorrow; Spanish vultures are released to boost sharply declining numbers in Cyprus

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

8 years after it was promised, we are still waiting for the liberalisation of the electricity market; a disturbing exhibition looks behind the scenes at illegal bird-trapping; Uriah Heep's 50th Anniversary Tour rocks the island and Mick Box admits that touring isn't as easy as it used to be

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:39am EDT

A new study shows that the Eastern Mediterranean is a global warming 'hotspot'; should you have the new bivalent Covid vaccine being rolled out in Cyprus? The Children's Honey Festival: a fun day out to teach the kids about the importance of bees 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:37am EDT

A festival celebrates Cyprus' 'black gold'; children's drawings from WW2 Poland and modern day Ukraine highlight the trauma of war; are vulnerable workers being excluded from the minimum wage because a government Minister's aunt can't afford to pay it?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

Dog shelters in Cyprus are bursting at the seams as owners abandon their pets; special fish traps may help to control the invasive lion fish; credit bureaus hold your financial data - does it make borrowers and lenders more responsible?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:13am EDT

Amid a phone hacking scandal in Greece possibly linked to Cyprus, Cypriot SMEs are urged to beef up their cyber security; could RES-generated electricity in the buffer zone bridge the divide in Cyprus? Startups4peace invites bicommunal applications

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:21am EDT

Half of young voters in Cyprus are not on the electoral list; one presidential candidate is offering incentives for them to sign up. Despite committing to promoting sustainable mobility, new legislation will discourage cycling and e-scooters

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

Will the environment department's recommendations be included in the final Akamas development plan, and are they enough to ensure its integrity? Cyprus' first maritime archaeological park opens in Limassol

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:57am EDT

Should old buildings in Cyprus be inspected and certified as safe before they can be rented out? Photos taken by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope wow an audience in Nicosia. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:34am EDT

The government forges ahead with new roads and infrastructure in the sensitive Akamas peninsula; the Czech Republic assumes the presidency of the European Council; there are opportunities for Cyprus in the EU's new solar energy strategy

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:07am EDT

What should the government do about the rising cost of electricity, and is a price cap on petrol and diesel a realistic solution to soaring fuel prices?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Citizens mobilise to protest against plans for development in the sensitive Akamas Peninsula; a Japanese-inspired kite flying contest will take place across the green line in Nicosia

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

Cyprus' first ever Veterinary School opens in September - and could greatly improve animal welfare on the island; robots will be in action at the upcoming Robotex competition, and lack of care for the environment is again making headlines

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:25am EDT

We look in depth at the state of the Cyprus economy and discuss the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean in light of elections next year both in Cyprus and Turkey - is the annexation of north Cyprus a possibility?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Are we about to destroy Cyprus' last area of outstanding natural beauty? Did a Spanish spy plot to overthrow north African leaders from his base in Cyprus in the 19th century?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:38am EDT

For the first time in 20 years Cypriots can travel to the European mainland by sea; Pianosfest2 showcases 4 talented Cypriot pianists; a bicommunal children's party in the park aims to raise funds for children with cancer

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:44am EDT

The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce calls on the government to tackle food insecurity; high blood pressure, hypertension, is a silent killer that affects over one billion people globally; one of Europe's preeminent chamber music festivals kicks off next week

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

A huge blow to Cyprus' most endangered species as 3 vultures are found dead; do the proposals for a minimum wage need tweaking before becoming law? A local charity is asking for musical instruments you no longer use.

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

Proposed legislation for a minimum wage excludes some of the most vulnerable groups of workers; 5G now covers all of Cyprus; the newly appointed Deputy Minister for Culture outlines his priorities; May 8th is International Thalassemia Day

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

Ypsonas becomes the first Municipality in Cyprus to sign a zero waste pledge; the Cities & Communities Programme Coordinator at  Zero Waste Europe explains how we can reduce our negative impact on the planet.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Long awaited local government reform may be scuppered (and with it a tranche of EU funding) by the President's refusal to sign off the relevant Bill; choking Saharan dust has plagued the island this week, with high levels of particulate matter threatening public health

 
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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:38am EDT

The law banning single use plastics in Cyprus has been put back yet again - until September; dead animals from Limassol zoo are found dumped in a landfill; a new campaign for gender equality invites public participation

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:54am EDT

If Vladimir Putin succeeds in toppling the Ukrainian government, the road ahead will be fraught with difficulties; how and when will the abuses in Cyprus' national health service be fixed?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:42am EDT

Women, peace-building and climate change in a divided Cyprus;  are new synergies needed for success? Women bear the brunt of conflict: the basics are ignored; Cyprus marks World Oral Health Day with free checkups.

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

Can an independent candidate for next year's presidential election buck voting trends in Cyprus? The Auditor General releases a damning report on developments in the Akamas peninsula

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:20am EDT

Will sanctions on Russia have the desired effect - or will the West's energy needs come first, and what are the alternatives? Demonstrators gather in Nicosia to protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:21am EDT

Systematic gender discrimination in the Cyprus national guard is under the spotlight; a lizard is added to the island's rich list of endemic species; efforts continue to promote sustainable tourism and the reduction of plastic

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

A catalogue of delays, failures and incompetence in the energy sector is costing Cypriot taxpayers millions of Euros.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:54am EDT

Are plans to make bicycle helmets compulsory detracting from the lack of proper road safety infrastructure in Cyprus? Disabled people who use assistance dogs are facing discrimination, which is illegal under EU law.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:49am EDT

Are both sides in Cyprus are using the issue of Varosha for their own political ends? After a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court will the Ayia Napa rape case now be fully and properly investigated and those accused face justice? Buses in Nicosia and Larnaca now offer 5G connectivity.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

Cyprus drops down the corruption rankings; a new law aims to protect whistleblowers, but will it work? The cold snap will continue for the next few days but milder conditions are expected in February. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

Dead flamingo indicates that Cyprus' wetlands are poisoned with lead pellets; government policies are exacerbating tension between refugees and host communities, as well as infringing human rights

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:39am EDT

Although still critically endangered, the Mediterranean monk seal is breeding off the Cyprus coast and its numbers are slowly increasing; after recovering from injury, a Cypriot in the USA joins the 500-mile AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

How serious is Cyprus about the European Green Deal and sustainable mobility solutions? If citizens understood the true cost of car ownership (almost 400 euros per month) they might look for more cost effective alternatives, but are these available?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:35am EDT

Cyprus will participate for the first time in the World Poetry Slam Championship; the Italian ambassador leaves with fond memories of Cyprus; the EU Commission Representation in Cyprus hosts an online discussion about migration and integration

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Despite Covid restrictions, the Christmas mountain villages will go ahead; Italy honours Rita Severis for her contribution to bilateral cultural relations, and before leaving the island, the UN special advisor tells Cypriots not to give up hope for a Cyprus solution

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

Could the Omicron Covid variant bring herd immunity? The EU Commission Vice President lambasts some MEPs about migration; Cypriots take to the streets to save the Akamas peninsula from unbridled development; it's been Italian cuisine week

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:47am EDT

Birds flown in from Spain give a welcome boost to Cyprus' endangered Griffon Vulture population; will funding for the revamp of central Nicosia be withdrawn if cars are allowed to circulate? As Native Americans mark Thanksgiving we discuss the impact of their culture on US society

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

New research is studying antibodies in relation to Covid19; the outgoing head of UNFICYP addresses the 17th Annual Cyprus Summit; we talk to the leader of a project studying the epidemiology of dementia in Cyprus.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

The Parliamentary Ethics Committee discusses ways to ensure transparency in MP's declarations of assets; the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage receives the Europa Nostra Award; Cyprus was an important stop-off for 15th century travellers to the Middle East

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:11am EDT

Gender equality isn't just about women: Sweden's Coordinator of Feminist Foreign Policy gives us the bigger picture; should Ecocide be added to the remit of the International Criminal Court? Larnaca goes digital with a virtual reality tour

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

Parliament ponders changes to maternity leave; dry stone walls can protect areas ravaged by wildfires and courses are being run to teach this ancient technique; young and old are invited to take part in the Nicosia City Run 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

300,000 trees in Nicosia is getting back to work after lockdown; can you meet Birdlife Cyprus' latest challenge? A new exhibition examines Cypriot identity.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

Scientists from 20 countries meet in Cyprus next week with plans to address climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean region; after 2 years, the Cyprus Robotics competition returns; Let's Do It Cyprus prepares for a national clean-up campaign

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:19am EDT

Cyprus' Deputy Minister for research and Innovation says the island's digital transformation is on track; everything students need to know can be found at the British Council's Study UK event; the Cyprus Forum aims to inform policy makers 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:12am EDT

We meet a Palestinian refugee whose life is the subject of a book about gender, identity and worth; and are you up for the Cyprus Space Apps challenge?

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

Cyprus falls to Tier 2 in the Trafficking in Persons report, and victims aren't getting the support they should; a new tourist route offers hands-on experiences of the real Cyprus; an upcoming theatre production of 'Love, Loss and what I Wore'.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:25am EDT

As electricity prices rise, lobby groups are holding back reforms in the energy sector; booster jabs are on the cards for the over 65s but are they needed? Live music will be popping up in streets all over Cyprus next week

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:35am EDT

The Cyprus Medical Association cannot sanction doctors being investigated for unethical behaviour or criminal offences until the lengthy judicial process is complete - until then, they can keep practising; a new App can take you on tours of Nicosia's monuments.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Will rescinding some Turkish Cypriot passports take Cyprus closer to partition? A new book looks at identity, belonging and sexuality in the Arab world; and two months of culture are upcoming with the Kypria Festival

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:39am EDT

A new website maps holy sites for all faiths in Cyprus as a tool for reconciliation; come Christmas, mountain villages will turn into a winter wonderland; a free water station is installed at the island's first plastic-free beach

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:46am EDT

Fewer Covid tests means fewer recorded cases: will that move Cyprus up to the green category? The tourism sector is having to rely on 'staycations'; all work under direct sunlight should cease during the heatwave.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

President Erdogan announces the opening of part of Varosha in occupied Famagusta; a mob trashes the Sigma media headquarters; the Swedish embassy issues a 7-day sustainability challenge 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Cyprus gets a rap over the knuckles from the European Court of Human Rights; volunteers are needed at Zero Food Waste Cyprus and we look at other stories making the headlines this week

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:44am EDT

After the devastating wildfires, the authorities are called on to investigate the conditions under which agricultural workers are employed; many small businesses don't have the wherewithal or knowledge to implement health and safety rules; despite a spike in covid cases, hoteliers remain optimistic

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Time is running out for Greek Cypriots to lay claim to their properties in the occupied areas of Cyprus; the healing power of lavender: free workshops kick off in Platres this weekend.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:32am EDT

There's been a spike in cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, and young Cypriots are shunning the chance to get vaccinated; Cyprus' first 'sustainable park' is planned for Nicosia; we meet a musician who has emerged from lockdown with a new album that reflects on society and who we are.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:13am EDT

Serious lead pollution has been found near Larnaca Salt Lake; the Chamber of Commerce explains its call for a deferment of the implementation of the single-use plastics directive; and you're invited to "re-discover your food" on Sunday

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

It's been on the cards for several years, but Cyprus businesses are asking for more time to implement the ban on single use plastic; the Health Ministry backtracks on which vaccinations are available to non-GESY patients

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:40am EDT

16 months after closing, the crossings between north and south Cyprus open today; we discuss voting trends in the wake of the parliamentary elections; and fewer women MPs is a blow for gender equality.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Great news on the bird front: ravens return to Akamas; we hear about a project to rescue unsold food for the needy, and - ahead of Sunday's election - we look at Cyprus' political system. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

There are good incentives for Cypriots to 'staycation' and support the local hotel industry, the Pharos Chamber Music Festival makes a comeback, and St Paul's Cathedral welcomes the lifting of restrictions with a mini market.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:53am EDT

Will voter apathy impact the upcoming elections? Mobile polling stations will enable those in isolation to cast their ballot; and we need more midwives in Cyprus. 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:40am EDT

The government continues with illogical measures against covid; climate experts release a report on the Mediterranean for policy-makers, and where are the women in the team that will negotiate on the Cyprus problem?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:31am EDT

Pregnant Covid positive women were forced to have a C-section in Cyprus; we ask why parliament delays passing legislation ahead of elections; students compete in the Scyence fair at the Cyprus Institute

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Leading citizens have launched an online petition urging President Anastasiades to do 'whatever is necessary' at the Geneva conference to secure a successful outcome; our schools should base their emphasis on learning rather than teaching.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Could the tourism industry lose another year's business if Britain extends its ban on foreign holidays? Today is World Autism Awareness Day: we discuss the challenges facing those on the autism spectrum.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:21am EDT

Overruling its environmental advisors, the government forges ahead with plans to build a highway through a protected area; the Cyprus Employers Federation says we must cut down the appalling waste of food in our hotels and restaurants

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:55am EDT

Shoddy journalism in Cyprus is ignoring fact-checking and giving public figures free rein to peddle inaccuracies; your digital footprint has a massive impact on the environment - now is the time to clean it up; entries are invited for the Cyprus cyber security challenge

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

No quarantine or prior negative covid tests needed for tourists to Cyprus who've been vaccinated; companies domiciled in Cyprus have 6 months to give details of their shareholders and owners to a new Ultimate Beneficial Owner register

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:56am EDT

Cyprus Greens slam the government for allowing development on turtle hatching beaches; Rotary's pollinator project aims to bring benefits to insects; FOE accuses the EU Commission of breaking its own rules to roll back safety measures for GMOs.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:28am EDT

Following the demolition of protected, listed buildings by the Archbishopric, and the authorities' neglect in enforcing the law, MPs discuss changes to existing legislation; and we hear the shocking facts about food waste and its impact on climate change

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:32am EDT

Citizens are still reeling from the police violence at last week's protest against government corruption; a freedom of information act comes into force, and could the social welfare service have prevented the tragic murders in Tseri?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

The World Bank publishes a study by the Cyprus Institute analysing the benefits of integrating green policies in the Covid-19 economic recovery; could the power-sharing model of Northern Ireland work in Cyprus to solve the Cyprus problem?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:22am EDT

There was outrage this week after the Church of Cyprus demolished 4 listed buildings in old Nicosia which it had promised to restore as part of a project to build a new cathedral. We talk to the Technical Chamber, the Mayor and a leading lawyer about the illegalities - and possible solutions.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:20am EDT

If you haven't activated your National Health registration you won't be able to book a Covid vaccine or access your medical records; freedom of the press is under threat on both sides of the island

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:05am EDT

Irrational, politically motivated lockdown restrictions give exemptions to some groups while banning everyone else from enjoying the countryside; Nicosia's central square finally reopens after years of renovations

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:19am EDT

Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers died this week, we reprise a chat we had a few years ago about his life and career; the Ministry of Health is rolling out Covid vaccinations across the island.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:53am EDT

Cyprus' Parliament reduces the penalties for poaching and illegal bird trapping, and efforts continue to cull the invasive lion fish which is now rampant in the Eastern Mediterranean.  

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

Asylum seekers have been sleeping on pavements outside the Immigration offices after being denied the opportunity to register their claims; Cyprus' Parliament passes new animal welfare legislation.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

A founding member of Jewish Voice for Labour discusses the conflict in Palestine and the Israel lobby in the UK; the Cyprus Refugee Council calls for donations of warm clothing for asylum seekers housed in tents.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

The Swedish Embassy throws a lifeline to the Home For Cooperation; we hear from international panellists at the Economist's 16th Cyprus Summit.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:25am EDT

Is annexation on the cards for northern Cyprus? Emotions are running high after Tayip Erdogan's visit; the University of Cyprus is looking for volunteers for a new study into Covid-19 antibodies.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:32am EDT

As Tayip Erdogan makes plans to picnic on the beach in fenced-off Varosha, we discuss the legal implications of infringing the buffer zone in Cyprus, and activists from the End Corruption platform vow to continue their protests demanding concrete action from the government.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

The EU Commission calls on Cyprus to fully implement the EU rules on the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at the trial in criminal proceedings; new Covid-19 protocols and restrictions come into force.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

We meet the journalist who exposed the Cyprus Papers and hear from the Minister of Education about the challenges facing our schools

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:36am EDT

A tumultuous week in Cyprus has seen angry demonstrations against corruption, and the resignation of the President of the House of Representatives. We ask: what comes next?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:52am EDT

The University of Cyprus is mapping changes in the Arctic Ocean; and we ask how can you tell when someone is being less than honest? We discuss the art of deception and how to spot it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:38am EDT

Traffic cameras should be up and running early next year. The Transport Minister discusses road safety, public transport and his ministry's priorities.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:03am EDT

The British Council celebrates its 80th anniversary in Cyprus; we take Nicosia's Mayor to task about the untimely pollarding of trees; the EU Commission President delivers her State of the Union address, and the Cyprus Forum next weekend aims to influence policy makers on reform

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am EDT

A leading human rights lawyer says the policy of pushing refugee boats back to Lebanon breaks both Cypriot and international law; we visit a centre offering support to people with dementia.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:35am EDT

A new 'creative non-fiction' book takes its inspiration from volunteer work with refugees in Greece and Cyprus; Nicosia Municipality offers support schemes for the children of third country nationals

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EDT

Some of Cyprus' most endangered species are falling foul of our renewable energy sources; a month of culture starts tomorrow with the Kypria Festival.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:47am EDT

Is there more than meets the eye behind the plans to shut down slum dwellings in Nicosia's old city, and - with no coordinated housing policy in place - what will happen to the people evicted ?

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Improving air quality, public transport and animal welfare, and protecting the coast of Cyprus are just some of the priorities of the new leader of the Green Party.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:50am EDT

We discuss the appalling treatment of some migrant workers in Cyprus and find out how the environment could be a catalyst for peace-building on the island.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

We look in-depth at the challenges facing one of Cyprus' most important sectors: shipping, and, as she heads back to the Netherlands after 4 years on the island, the Dutch Ambassador looks back over her time in Cyprus

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:10am EDT

The Deputy Minister for Digital Policy outlines his ministry's ambitious plans to transform our government and society; a citizens' initiative, Gardens of the Future, could reshape our cities. 

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

As one area of the capital's new infrastructure is completed, Nicosia's Mayor prepares for the revamp of its central avenue: expect some traffic disruption for 18 months; the head of the Forest Department discusses tree felling and the law.

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_10th_July_2020.mp3
Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

More dithering in the House of Representatives about Politically Exposed Persons and non-performing loans as a new committee is formed to tackle the issue - but will they? Mature trees in Cyprus are being felled indiscriminately to make way for new developments and roads

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_3rd_July_2020.mp3
Category:News and politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT