The Cyprus News Digest in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail

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

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_27th_August_2021.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_28th_May_2021.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_14th_May_2021.mp3
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.

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_9th_April_2021.mp3
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

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_26th_March_2021.mp3
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?

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_12th_February_2021.mp3
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

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_15th_January_2021.mp3
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.

Direct download: Cyprus_News_Digest_8th_January_2021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53am EDT

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