The Cyprus News Digest

Following three bus fires in the last few months the Transport Ministry removes school buses from circulation, leaving thousands of pupils stranded; a Peace March in Nicosia sees a huge turnout calling for a ceasefire in Gaza; there‚Äôs been a sizeable increase in domestic violence in Cyprus  

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

Maritime and Space organisations in Cyprus sign an MOU; who's pulling whose leg as regards infringements of the Akamas Plan? The forest department wants you to buy a Christmas tree in a pot so that you can use it again in the coming years.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:04pm MSK

The authorities say they will crack down on crime organised in our prison; Tree Week starts on Sunday; Systema Cyprus invite you to enjoy A Crescendo of Dreams, and November 29th is International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People.

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

A new group "United for Palestine" takes action in Nicosia; a survey into bullying in our schools finds that non Greek Cypriots are more likely to be victims, and 12.7% of Cyprus' population is diabetic.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:58am MSK

How do Palestinians in Cyprus keep abreast of the well-being of their loved ones in Gaza? We talk to the Embassy of Palestine about the difficulties it faces as the slaughter continues; an art competition is launched to mark International Day of Human Rights; Birdlife Cyprus celebrates its 20th birthday

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:46pm MSK

Another huge rally in Nicosia called for a ceasefire in Gaza; roads being built in Akamas breach the legally binding conditions of the Akamas Plan; the Confederation of Organisations for the Disabled demand that the Radiomarathon be scrapped.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 4:46pm MSK

Keynote speakers from a conference on tourism and sustainability talk about how climate change will affect the tourist industry.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:11am MSK

About 40 per cent of privately owned properties are affected by the division of Cyprus; there's a public discussion next week about the property issue in the Cyprus problem; a new NGO aims to bring young people from all communities on the island together, through sport.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:24am MSK

An invasive poisonous fish has been seen in Cyprus' coastal waters; more Griffon vultures have been released to boost the dwindling population on the island; the Study UK Awards are open for applications

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:05am MSK

Is Cyprus' treatment of refugees pushing them into the arms of traffickers and criminal gangs? With corruption on the rise across the world, investigative journalists hold their global conference in Sweden; a photographic archive goes on display in Nicosia next week.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:01am MSK

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:02am MSK

We join the thousands who demonstrated against fascism in Nicosia last weekend; single use plastic straws were banned a year ago - but are the paper ones any better? The government wants to make Cyprus a tertiary education centre but supporting infrastructure is lacking.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:05am MSK

In the wake of vicious attacks on immigrants in Paphos and Limassol last week, we discuss the rise of fascism in Cyprus, and the apparent tolerance of it by the government and police.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:45am MSK

A new park-and-ride scheme comes into force next week that aims to cut traffic congestion and air pollution in Nicosia; the Committee for Missing Persons can become a Truth Commission to bring closure for grieving relatives - but how will it work?

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:02am MSK

The hunting season starts on Sunday; Cyprus is allowed to bag 15,000 turtle doves but the hunting federation says its members work to conserve the rapidly declining species

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:06am MSK

Government subsidies are being rolled out to increase the uptake of photovoltaics: the Energy Minister wants PVs on every roof in Cyprus; there's a beach party with a purpose in Larnaca this weekend

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:43am MSK

It's the wildfire season in Cyprus - there are heavy penalties for those starting fires, and there is a serious lack of lifeguards on our beaches

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

Cyprus will almost certainly fail to meet new EU energy savings obligations; University of Cyprus research shows how citizens can reduce their bills by harnessing solar energy

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:43pm MSK

The Minister of Transport outlines his plans to improve public transport; the House legal affairs committee prepares a bill to cover gaps in legislation for revenge porn

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:48am MSK

As Cypriots struggle with the cost of living, the government introduces tax breaks for high-earning foreigners; an upcoming interactive history book teaches kids compassion and how to overcome stress; hundreds of citizens demonstrate against corruption

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:35am MSK

As Brussels prepares to vote on a bill for the Restoration of Nature, Cypriot farmers block the streets of Nicosia protesting the plans to reduce pesticide use; the House Ethics Committee debates requiring capital statements from senior civil servants

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:06pm MSK

New plans have been announced for our energy sector - but are they feasible and will they work? A lot of questions remain unanswered. An event tonight will be 'Building Bridges' in the buffer zone

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:50pm MSK

A wine exhibition and tasting takes place tonight in Pissouri; the Association for Social Reform awards a leading investigative journalist; an orchestra comprised of youngsters from around the world will perform next week in Nicosia

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

The Interior Minister explains his plans and new legislation for ensuring our housing stock is up to scratch; prostate cancer tests are to be rolled out across the island; the Cyprus planetarium has opened

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:59am MSK

Why has there been such an increase in hooliganism and delinquency in Cyprus - and what (if anything) are the authorities doing about it? We can expect more frequent and intense extreme weather phenomena in the Eastern Mediterranean

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:02pm MSK

A renowned neuroscientist will give a lecture in Nicosia next week and ask whether our brains are the right size to ensure that humans avoid extinction; there are big gaps in the regulation and oversight of medical practitioners in Cyprus

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:15pm MSK

The lack of a proper regulatory framework for government appointments in Cyprus encourages nepotism and the granting of jobs to ill-qualified candidates; the first conference on Primary Care in the health sector will be held this weekend

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:48am MSK

As complaints mount about the treatment of elderly patients in public hospitals, experts says caregivers should be employed to assist; this weekend sees an event to raise awareness about antibiotic misuse and cacti and succulents will be on display

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:32am MSK

After almost 50 years, are Greek Cypriots who own property in the occupied areas giving up on a Cyprus solution and selling their assets? There's fun for all the family next weekend at the Akrotiri Spring Festival

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 5:25pm MSK

A new App will soon help you to compare supermarket prices; the Presidential Palace plans to implement a zero waste to landfill strategy; fun at the theatre: ACT presents The Mating Game this weekend

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

A new book looks at how reggae icon Bob Marley was sidelined by the mainstream media; an upcoming workshop invites you to 'move with the emotion' to access - and heal - your inner self.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:24pm MSK

Harassment and even murder have become tools to silence journalists and threaten democracy: we hear about the Council of Europe's "Journalists Matter" campaign and discuss the issues with a Maltese journalist and playwright and the son of assassinated blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:00pm MSK

Influenced by skewed media reporting, many Cypriots see refugees and asylum seekers as a threat rather than an opportunity; Transformative Scenarios show what COULD happen with regard to the Cyprus problem

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:51pm MSK

Legislation will soon be in place to regulate the safe disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals; Cyprus still has a long way to go in ensuring safety in the workplace and properly punishing those who endanger their employees

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 9:54pm MSK

Italian Design Day is celebrated in Cyprus; Kate Clerides' new book 'Building Bridges in a Polarised World and Divided Cyprus' will launch next week.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 8:56am MSK

A recent report says more housing could reduce soaring rental prices and over 10,000 new apartments could be built on areas already zoned for residential use in Nicosia, greatly reducing urban sprawl.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 12:31pm MSK

As calls are made to expand quarrying in the sensitive Paphos area, the Akamas Plan is delayed yet again; a new ban on plastic bags is not being properly enforced

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:50pm MSK

Does Cyprus' housing stock meet ant-seismic standards? Cuvier beaked whales wash up on the island's coastline; hunters say they will obey the ban on lead shot near wetlands.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:58pm MSK

We quiz presidential candidate Andreas Mavroyiannis about the policies he will implement if elected, and a political analyst discusses the implications of the first round results, and what we might expect in Sunday's 2nd round 

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:05pm MSK

Will the last TV debate before the presidential election flout the law and block participation of all but 3 candidates? The WHO is opening a country office in Cyprus; despite countless promises, our energy sector is still plagued by problems.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 6:54pm MSK

For the first time in Cyprus, a wildlife poisoner has been handed a huge fine; a comet that passes Earth every 50,000 years will be visible next week; the island comes to a standstill with a general strike

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:34am MSK

A damning CBS report shines the light on Cyprus' "opaque banking" and says the island is a haven for shell companies hiding sanctioned Russian assets; hikers in the Paphos forest can now stay overnight in refurbished shelters

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 3:37pm MSK

Bucking the mainstream media trend of only giving airtime to candidates backed by the main political parties, 2 of the independent candidates for the presidential elections explain why they are standing and outline their priorities if they are elected.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 11:10am MSK

The unequal treatment of presidential candidates by the media falls foul of the law; one candidate promises that if he is elected he and his cabinet will take a 10% pay cut to help people struggling with the cost of living crisis.

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Category:News and politics -- posted at: 2:39pm MSK