The Cyprus News Digest in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail

Presidential frontrunners are avoiding discussion of the Cyprus problem despite the publication of a detailed solution plan drawn up by a bicommunal committee; parents are urged to keep an eye out for Streptococcus A infections following the death of several children in the UK

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:14am EST

Media freedom comes under the spotlight: data indicates that there's no transparency about media ownership in Cyprus; an upcoming hackathon will use Artificial Intelligence for the common good.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:17am EST

Childhood cancers in Cyprus are among the highest in the world, and the island is one of the worst countries in the world for the misuse of antibiotics and high rates of antimicrobial resistance

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:38am EST

Can Cyprus even come close to meeting the new EU emissions targets - and on what does the government spend the money it gets back from EU emissions purchases? A Guinness World Record attempt this weekend at the Mushroom Festival.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:05am EST

The dividing line in Cyprus facilitates human trafficking; underprivileged and refugee children give a concert for Universal Children's Rights Day; Cyprus has become an export hub for the surveillance industry

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:53am EST

A proposed new law will allow the government to override environmental concerns when approving big development projects; care of the elderly in Cyprus has many shortcomings; young people can become Youth champions for the environment and peace

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:08am EST

Could a truth commission pave the way for peace and reconciliation in Cyprus? "Fleeing to Safety": we meet a world-famous humanitarian photographer; the Environment Minister talks about the need for sustainability

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 10:21am EST

Two presidential hopefuls explain their strategies for solving the Cyprus problem; the Weeks of German Language kick off on Sunday; Ukraine's former deputy Prime Minister on the geopolitical implications of the ongoing war in his country.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:31am EST

One presidential candidate explains how he will implement the policies in his manifesto; delays at the planning department are thwarting efforts to get a hospice up and running in Paphos; the Apple Festival kicks off in Kyperounda

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:07am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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