A gift of love this Christmas
By Bejay Browne
Two Paphos women are
appealing to the public to help to fill hundreds of
shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for needy children of the
area. They also require knitters and quilters to help make
baby blankets and jumpers, mostly for children.
The initiative is called ‘A Gift of love’ and is the idea of
two Paphos based women, Jenny Kelly and Emma Yianni, acting
on behalf of Solidarity charity of Paphos. The charity is
currently struggling to feed hundreds families of the
district, who without their support could starve.
Pavlina Patsalou (who heads up the charity with George
Sofokleous) said that baby blankets and jumpers and woolens,
mostly for kids were needed.
“We also need to try and collect shoeboxes for Christmas for
about 300 children so far. There may be more by December,”
‘Any help which the public can give will be really
appreciated,” she added.
The volunteers say they only have one month to collect as
many decorated and filled boxes as possible before the
beginning of December, when they will be handed over to the
The pair says that giving a
gift to these children will help to prevent them from
feeling isolated and ensure they feel loved and cared for.
The idea is to decorate a regular shoe box and lid and fill
it with a selection of toys for children of three different
age categories. Boxes must be clearly marked if they are for
boys or girls and aged between 3-5 years, 6-11 years and
Kelly said: “It’s our aim to try and give each needy child a
shoebox this Christmas to ensure that none of them go
She added: “I know that it’s a lot to ask, but we are hoping
that the community will come together and show these
children that they are special and loved and get involved in
the act of giving to a child.”
The volunteer said: “Although Christmas is a Christian
celebration, we see it as a chance to bring gifts to
children of all faiths who would otherwise go without.”
The shoe box needs to have a separate lid and each part
needs to be decorated. Then, depending on the sex and age of
the child, a few gifts are placed inside. People may
obviously put in any appropriate gifts they want, but Kelly
suggested that a box might contain, a toothbrush and
toothpaste, soap and a flannel, a ball, doll or small game
and a hat and gloves.
She said: “It might seem odd to suggest these basic
toiletries, but for some people living in poverty- they are
luxuries they usually have to share.”
The volunteers will pick up the boxes from the designated
drop off points around Paphos (a full list is available at
their webpage) and check the contents before taking them to
Solidarity charity for distribution.
“We want each box to be of a similar standard so it’s fair
for each child. We can’t give one with a couple of things in
it and others stuffed full of toys.” She continued: “We
would also suggest that only items which will bring joy are
placed inside- no guns or other warfare items.”
The volunteers have set up a webpage which explains about
gift ideas for the children, decoration ideas for a shoebox
and the appropriate downloadable labels for each box.
She said: “People who would like to take part in a gift of
love can also download a copy of our instruction and
As well as filling shoeboxes, people are also needed to knit
blankets and sweaters. Quilters are being invited to join in
She added: “We really believe that together we can make a
Jenny Kelly 9762 9085; Emma
Yianni 9918 2230 agiftoflovecyprus.org
Paphos heart of gold award 2013 - Nominations open
By Bejay Browne
The nomination process for the seventh annual Paphos Hearts
of Gold award 2013 is now open.
Last year saw sixteen adults and seven children being
nominated by members of the public. The winners of the
Paphos Heart of Gold Award 2013 were a dedicated volunteer
and a determined young boy.
Vasia Ioannou and Jason Bruce-Souster were chosen by a panel
of judges, who said that the decision to pick just one
winner in each section was extremely difficult.
Each year all of the nominees are invited to attend the
ceremony, which takes place at Paphos town hall each
December. The awards are presented by the Patron, Paphos
Mayor Savvas Vergas.
The community based award, is now in its seventh year and
aims to recognise those who have shown tremendous courage,
strength and determination, worked tirelessly within the
community or for charities, overcome tragedies with a smile
or simply been a great help and support to neighbours and
friends. The award is open to everyone who is a resident of
Paphos, of all ages and nationalities.
This year’s ceremony will take place at the town hall on
Friday December 13th at midday.
Successful nominees will be
presented with their solid gold handmade heart- created and
donated by Aphrodite Jeweller’s - winner’s certificate and a
bouquet of flowers. There are two categories: the Junior
Heart of Gold award for those under 18, and the Heart of
Gold award for adults. All of the nominees are presented
with a certificate and a flower.
Organisers of the event said they wished to thank the
supporters of the award, especially in the current economic
“Without the tremendous support of Aphrodite Jewellers in
Paphos, who are yet again handcrafting the two solid gold
heart pin awards and donating them to us, Massiva printers
for providing us with all of the certificates and also the
support of the Paphos social welfare committee, who
wholeheartedly support the award, it wouldn’t be possible to
show the community’s thanks to the amazing people of Paphos.”
Nominees are invited along with either members of their
families or friends, to join members of the judging panel at
the ceremony where the mayor will announce the winners.
Nominations can be made by members of the public via the
email below. The award also has a dedicated facebook page.
“If you wish to nominate someone please send us the person’s
details which category they are in – either adult or junior-
and why you are nominating them- in not more than 100 words.
We will also need their contact details along with those of
the person that is nominating them. All of the information
passed onto us is confidential.”
Event organisers say they hope that this year will see even
more nominations being made, especially in the junior
“We really need the community to get involved, if an
individuals name isn’t put forward obviously they can’t be
considered for the award and this is a great way to say
thank you to so many inspirational adults and children in
The annual award is supported by the Paphos municipality
social welfare committee, Aphrodite jewellers, Massiva
printing, the Cyprus Mail, Paphos Post and Rock FM.
Nominations must be received by Friday December 6th and can
be made by emailing: - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Paphos Hearts of gold Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paphos-Hearts-of-Gold-Award/172641502817020?ref=hl
MARCH organises remembrance service
By Bejay Browne
The annual Peyia Remembrance Service will be held in
November in Peyia in Paphos.
Organised by M.A.R.C.H (Military and Retired Cyprus
Holidays) a Paphos based non profit scheme which operates
holidays for injured or traumatized military serving or non
M.A.R.C.H. was set up by Alan Wilson and wife Barbara in
2010 and has already welcomed more than 100 service men and
women and their families and careers to the island. The
Peyia Remembrance Service will be held as usual on the Peyia
car park on Sunday November 10th at 10.30am.
Wilson said: “This year we are honoured to have Marianna
Proietti attending. She will be speaking as a veteran from
Iraq. I understand that she was the first non-commissioned
female medic to serve there and the first female to be
M.A.R.C.H has around forty Paphos properties of all types on
its books which are donated by owners for the use of injured
soldiers and service personnel and their families- in order
to enjoy a holiday in Cyprus. The scheme is totally reliant
on fundraising and donations and is made possible by a team
or about twelve to fifteen volunteers.
The schemes coordinator added: “We would like to thank the
homeowners for giving us their homes free of charge, and all
of the people and organisations who have supported us this
year. Without this type of support we couldn’t carry on
doing our bit for those who were prepared to give their all
for our freedom.”
The scheme is also holding a fund raising evening of music,
song and dance along with a 3 course buffet dinner at the
Pentaras Restaurant in Chlorakas in Paphos on Friday 15th
Wilson said: “We are privileged to have our Patron, Chris
Mercer, singing for us. She is an international country and
western and gospel singer and songwriter and really has a
heart for helping our wounded. We would love to have the
publics’ support at a great evening.”
Tickets for the musical evening and dinner on November 15th
are priced at €25.
Alan / Barbara Wilson 99850355/99818640
Friends hospice reopens
The Friends hospice in Paphos
has reopened and has admitted its first patient after
recently moving to a new location. The facility was licensed
by the ministry of health in October.
“We are pleased to be able to provide hospice care for our
first patient at the new location and we have such wonderful
and dedicated staff, volunteers, fundraisers and
supporters,” Friends hospice spokesman Colm Connolly told
the Paphos Post.
Chris Jones, President of the Hospice, added: “We have been
very aware of the desperate need for palliative care in the
Paphos region, so it’s with a great sense of relief that we
are now functioning again.”
The Friends hospice, currently the only operational hospice
in the district, had until recently been housed in a
dedicated wing of the Evangelismos hospital in Paphos. Since
its foundation in 2006, the hospice has provided palliative
care for people with life limiting illnesses and their
families. They have treated more than 750 patients.
The hospice is now situated in a self-contained, six-bedroom
wing at St. George’s clinic on Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue
in Paphos. The facility’s services are free, which is made
possible by cash donations, donations to the four charity
shops and ongoing fund-raising events.
Fundraisers and volunteers are still urgently required in
order to maintain the vital service.
A team of volunteers run the four charity shops in Chlorakas,
Kato Paphos, Pissouri and Polis and individuals are being
encouraged to hold their own events to help raise much
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‘Green zone’ location reconsidered
By Bejay Browne
Residents of homes found next to a new green zone in
Moutallos in Paphos say they are relieved that the ministry
of the interior has decided to reconsider its location.
Residents of homes close to the new green zone have been up
in arms over the creation of the new dump, saying they knew
nothing about the site until a few weeks ago.
Green zones are an alternative to illegal dumping and
constitute designated areas where the public can take often
bulky rubbish, such as refrigerators, furniture or broken
toilets, which then get collected by local authorities. The
government aims to set up 38 fenced-up green zones across
Cyprus by 2015.
According to residents, more than 1,000 people live in the
area on the west side of Mouttalos. The new green zone is 50
metres away from a high school, 200 metres from the Tombs of
the Kings road- a popular tourist destination and the Tomb
of the Kings – a protected UNESCO site- is also close by. It
is also surrounded by houses.
The authorities have now agreed to consult with residents
about the location of the green zones, but they have to be
completed by 2015 so Cyprus does not lose access to EU
social funds. The environment committee asked Environment
Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou to take on a significant role
in the process of finding new sites.
Local church to open soup
kitchen for needy
By Bejay Browne
A local church will start to operate a soup kitchen out of
their new community centre in Paphos in the next couple of
Before this can happen, the church needs to source a
catering sized gas cooker.
Pastor Allan Hodgson of Paphos Christian Fellowship
International (PCFI) said as soon as a suitable cooker can
be found, the project will be up and running.
“We are appealing to the public to help us find a cooker-it
would be even better if we could get it at a reduced rate,”
The pastor added that the community centre would open on
Sunday September 29th for their first worship: “and then, as
soon as we can – and we have a cooker, we will start the
soup kitchen,” he said.
He said that along with the 50 or so congregation, a
decision was made to trust that only people who were
genuinely in need would come forward for help. “We don’t
want to have to check on people’s circumstances. There may
be those that take advantage, but we must try to do it this
The pastor said he hoped the centre’s new more visible
location would encourage people in need to come forward for
help and will also provide a valuable outlet for selling
produce from the community garden. The new project is housed
in the old Welcome Inn in Kato Paphos.
The garden project, which has been underway in since
February, is called ‘Matthew 25’, in reference to a chapter
in the bible; and is manned by volunteers. They grow
vegetables and work on the land and eat what they grow. They
also give the produce to needy families.
“We need the help of a Cypriot to give us expert advice
about when and how to plant our field. We need to get ready
for growing potatoes now, which will also be used at the new
soup kitchen,” said Hodgson.
Some produce from the project will also be sold at the new
premises, the proceeds of which will be used to help feed
and clothe the poor. The pastor said that a tractor would
have to be hired to plough the field for the winter and a
pick-up truck was also needed to transport the produce.
“People have been very generous with cash donations and we
thank them for that. Six people have also volunteered to
help us with the soup kitchen and others have brought along
donations of food,” he said.
The new community centre will feed the hungry, sell produce
from the community garden, hold sales and other events to
“We hope the new centre will be a place where everyone in
the community is welcome, whether you worship with us or
The pastor added that donations and volunteers would be
For more information, contact Pastor Allan Hodgson on 96
Aegean announces new flights for Paphos
By Bejay Browne
Aegean airlines have announced that it will operate flights
to and from Athens utilising Paphos International airport
for the first time next year.
Head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nassos
Hadjigeorgiou, welcomed the announcement, saying it could
only mean good news for Paphos.
“This move is the outcome of many efforts and also by Aegean
who recognised a business opportunity at Paphos airport.”
According to Hadjigeorgiou, the flights will commence in
“Initially the airline will
operate two flights a week- this number will increase during
the summer season.”
The tourism chief said that
the operation would help to contribute towards new job
opportunities and help to extend the tourist season.
“Aegean’s presence will also help the image of Paphos as
well as the airport,” he said.
The airline is the largest Greek airline and has been a Star
Alliance member since June 2010. Aegeans’ main base is
Athens International Airport in Athens, with secondary hubs
at Thessaloniki International Airport, Heraklion
International Airport, and Larnaca International Airport.
In addition, Hadjigeorgiou said that the new flights in and
out of Athens airport would provide an opportunity for third
countries to use Athens airport as a connection to fly on to
“This will be of particular benefit to travelers from
tourist markets such as Germany and central Europe,” he
The local tourist head said that the announcement comes at a
critical time in the economy of the district.
He said: “We welcome Aegean to Paphos and collective efforts
will ensure they experience a successful presence here. We
also continue to strive to achieve our goals for penetration
into new destinations, increase numbers of arrivals and
further upgrade of Paphos airport- and the aim of
significant year-round activity.”
Hospice founder dies at home
By Bejay Browne
Stephen Willis, the retired chairman of the Friends hospice
foundation Paphos died at home on September 26th after a
short illness, his family was present.
Stephen, 84, was a driving
force behind establishing Paphos’ first operational hospice
which opened in 2006. Until recently it was housed in a
dedicated wing at the Evangelismos hospital. The hospice has
now found a new location at St. George’s hospital and will
take its first patients in a couple of week’s time.
The hospice provides free palliative and respite care for
patients and their families-with life limiting illnessess.
An emotional Dr.Aristos Georghiou, clinical director of the
facility said: “We owe Stephan a lot. Without him there
would be no hospice; nine hundred people and their families
are so grateful to him. He was a great person and a friend
as well- a truly great man and we were very lucky to have
him. We must all pray for his soul now.”
He added: “I saw him last night before he died and as I held
his hand; he told me ‘I have been waiting for you.’
Chris Jones, the current president of the hospice said: “I
am proud to have followed Stephen who was the founder
president of the hospice .I am standing on the shoulders of
Stephen Murrell Willis was born in Hadleigh Suffolk in 1929.
At the age of 8 he was accepted as a choir boy in Christ
Church Cathedral, Oxford.
Here he developed his love of singing and Renaissance music.
He later attended Bloxham school where he excelled at rugby
football as well as Academic studies. After his National
Service when he served in Germany as a cipher operative
during the Berlin ‘airlift’ he studied to become a
solicitor. He married and practised in Suffolk for several
years during which time his three daughters and son were
Stephen sang in the Aldeburgh
Festival Choir as a counter tenor, later forming a choir
from its members. In 1960 he moved to Sussex as a partner in
a successful Solicitor’s firm and began his choir, The
Prodigal Singers- a highly polished small chamber group who
gave concerts in the district, sang at weddings of some
famous people and even performed in the English church in
He also loved sailing and with his second wife, Doris whom
he married in 1975, sailed each summer in the Mediterranean.
In 1975 he was appointed one of the first solicitor Judges,
a Recorder, a part time post, whilst continuing his office
work. In 1985 he was made a full time circuit Judge. The
couple retired to Paphos.
Here Stephen continued his musical activities, organising
concerts in Paphos for the Italian Ambassador. For this he
later was awarded the honour of ‘Cavaliere, Second Class.
As well as singing in the local choirs he organised the
Paphos Music Forum, a network to inform the public of
His family said: “His greatest achievement was to open, with
the support of his strong committee, The Friends’ Hospice,
the first in Paphos.”
Stephen had many other interests including walking, foreign
travel, playing MahJong, collecting fine old drinking
glasses and reading. He loved life, his family and his
He leaves his wife, four children, two step children, 11
grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
At the time of going to press, his funeral was due to take
place at Ayia Kyriaki. St. Paul’s Pillar at 11 am on Tuesday
The family requested no flowers but all donations will go to
the Friends’ Hospice
Peyia water cuts
By Bejay Browne
Water supply to homes and businesses in Peyia which have
outstanding bills are being cut, the municipality said.
According to Peyia councilor, Linda Leblanc, thousands of
euros in unpaid water bills is still owed to the
“The accounts director confirmed last week that week water
supply to those who have not paid their bills, will be cut
off.,” she said.
“Everyone who owed money was sent a letter and given time to
pay. This isn’t the first time that such a move has been
taken; usually when their supply is stopped, people come
into pay their bills.”
Leblanc said even a number of municipality employees were
recently found to have outstanding water bills.
“This is totally unacceptable,” she said.
According to Leblanc, Peyia council recently voted
unanimously to increase water rates by 50 per cent. This
means that residential properties will see the standing cost
increase from 15 to 20 euros every quarter. In addition, the
tariff for 1-30 cubic metres will double from 20 euro cents
to 40 euro cents.
There will also be smaller increases for the other
bands.“Even with these increases- the water supply in Peyia
is still one of the cheapest on the island,” said Leblanc.
But Peyia municipality is also facing an outstanding water
bill of its own, of more than €500,000.
“It’s correct that the municipality owes over half a million
to the water department. As yet, we don’t have a payment
plan but I’m sure one will be on the way soon,” Leblanc
said. “This is the case with most municipalities in Cyprus,
they owe for water supply, and as the water board has to pay
Friends hospice to reopen
The Friends’ Hospice will
reopen in Paphos in the coming months. The hospice has found
a new facility in Paphos to enable it to continue its
palliative care for the entire region, it said.
A self-contained six bedroom wing has been offered by the
Blue Cross Hospital in its St George’s Clinic on Eleftheriou
Venizelou Avenue for the hospice’s free service. The hospice
said that until sufficient numbers of trained nursing staff
are in place to run the entire wing, the facility will
probably initially offer three bed spaces to patients.
Nine nurses are needed to enable the hospice to operate
“We are delighted with the generous contract offered to us
by the Blue Cross company. It will ensure longevity of
tenure, enabling us to remain at the wing for at least five
years,” said Chris Jones, President of The Friends’ Hospice
Foundation. “St George’s will also support us with their own
doctors when necessary and will provide our patients with
ancillary services such as x-rays at a very reasonable
Earlier this year, the hospice vacated its dedicated wing at
the Evangelismos Hospital. Founded in 2006, the hospice has
provided palliative and respite care for hundreds of
patients with life limiting illnesses.
Kings Avenue Mall due to open in October
By Bejay Browne
As the latest jobless figures show that 48,000 people are
now unemployed, Paphos, which has been hardest hit, is
hoping that opening the biggest mall in Cyprus will breathe
new life into the ailing coastal town.
The landmark project – Kings Avenue Mall – costing over €110
million to build is on track to open in by the end of
October, creating hundreds of jobs in the process.
“The new mall will be the largest in Cyprus and it will also
be a complete destination, allowing people to spend the
entire day there, as it will contain absolutely everything,”
business development manager for the project Socrates
The state-of-the art building is being developed by a joint
venture, Athiari Commercial Ltd (Paphos) and is one of the
largest commercial developments ever to be built on the
Georgiades said that the total investment would exceed €110
million and the mall would serve as the ‘ultimate shopping
“Paphos is lacking in infrastructure and shops and outlets
are spread out all over the place. In addition, it’s hard to
find places to park. At the new mall everything will be
under one roof and there will also be enough underground
parking spaces for 1,250 vehicles,” he said.
There will be three full
service restaurants, eight different fast food concepts and
two cafes. There will be both indoor and outdoor seating
areas and a covered verandah,” said Georgiades.
Entertainment will be provided by six state-of-the-art
cinemas, a video arcade and a kids’ play-place (indoor and
“The idea is to try to bring to Paphos the best services and
products available to the Cypriot market, this is something
lacking in Paphos, and what is there now is too spread out.
Tourists will be able to walk from the harbour, for example,
spend the day at the mall before returning to the harbour to
continue their evening.”
The business development manager said that the location for
the project was ideal, as it is only a few hundred metres
from the harbour, and numerous hotels and apartments.
“Approximately 100,000 residents of the region of Paphos and
800.000 tourists annually will have easy access. Also,
especially during summer time, there will be a significant
number of visitors coming from other areas of the island,”
The project is due for completion at the end of October.
In the meantime, some local Paphos businessmen and residents
are voicing concerns that the new project will have an
adverse affect on smaller businesses, forcing them to close
Stores due to open at the Kings Mall include: Zara, Zara
Home, Jumbo, Bershka, Stradivarius, Lacoste, Swarovski, Pull
and Bear, Beauty Line, Public and many more.
Cat Park needs help
By Bejay Browne
Volunteers in Paphos are struggling to take care of close to
two hundred cats and kittens at a dedicated cat park in Tala
in Paphos and say the situation is getting out of hand as
numbers are growing.
They not only feed and water the cats at Ayios Neophytos
monastery Cat Park in Tala, but they also do their best to
ensure all of the felines are in good health. But volunteers
say this is getting harder due to the poor economic climate
and the parks successful reputation.
In the last four months alone, more than one hundred kittens
have been dumped at the park, according to volunteer Dawn
Foote, who along with husband Mark has been involved in
caring for the animals for the past two years.
Volunteers also take the
animals to be spayed or neutered to a vet in Lemba in Paphos
who gives a ‘substantial’ discount .But the park’s ongoing
success has also encouraged more people to dump animals
there, says Foote.
The park has also become popular with visitors from both
Cyprus and abroad with the monastery cats gaining
recognition world wide.
Although volunteers are doing their best to keep numbers
down and to re home the animals, tens of cats and kittens
are being dumped at the cat park on an almost daily basis.
Foote said: “In the last two months we have managed to re-
home about 40 kittens and 10 adult cats. We have some
fantastic volunteers who are helping to foster or re home
the cats as well.”
The cat lover said, however, that volunteers are finding it
hard to keep up with the costs involved with the cat parks
upkeep and ensuring the animals are healthy.
The cats were moved to their current residence a while ago,
which is further down the road from their initial home close
to the car park of Ayios Neophytos monastery in Tala.
As numbers grew, the cats were
moved for health and safety reasons, to an area about 50
meters away. The piece of land was provided by the
The cats are able to roam the
park and have plenty of shade which is provided.
“We are in serious need
volunteers to help us in a number of areas. We need people
to help with fund raising in order to generate funds to
cover medical bills and food costs. We also need help to
provide foster care for the cats and also to help us feed
them,” said Foote.
Bedding, cushions and feeding bowls are always required,
says the cat lover, as they need to be replaced at regular
She noted: “Food and other donations can be left in the hut
on the right hand side of the feeding area. “
The majority of female cats have already been spayed. The
volunteer says she always advise that adopted cats are taken
to a vet for a check- up before introducing them to their
“We don’t charge people to adopt an animal, although people
do usually like to give us donations to help us to continue
what we are doing for the cats. But I urge people to contact
us if they’re interested in giving a home to one of the
monastery cats. Please don’t just take them. We have
procedures which we follow and we worry if cats disappear,
fearing the worst.”
Dawn Foote 99253430
Russian budget airline Transaero has started daily flights
They are expected to bring around 37,000 Russian tourists to
Cyprus in the coming months.
The daily flights, which are now underway, will continue
until October 26 according to the head of the Cyprus Tourism
Organisation (CTO) Alecos Oroundiotis. He said that by
promoting an open skies policy, Cyprus would be able to
further develop winter tourism.
Oroundiotis also noted that the CTO is in constant contact
with travel agents in England, Germany and Russia.
He expressed the hope that by the end of the year tourism
would pick up. “We will be able to reclaim the lost ground
following the events in March and April regarding the
economy,” he said.
Police confirmed that a
69-year-old British man died in Paphos after he was injured
with an electric saw.
According to acting police spokesperson Nicoletta Tirimou,
the man was fatally injured with an electric saw while he
was carrying out gardening work.
The man suffered wounds to his groin area, Tirimou said.
The 69-year-old was taken to Paphos general hospital where
doctors pronounced his death.
Police have warned young
drivers to watch their speed in the wake of the arrest of
two teenage boys aged 17 and 18.
Acting spokeswoman Nicoletta Tirimou said high speed is one
of the main causes of road deaths among the under 25s.
The 18-year-old was arrested at 12.30am when he refused to
stop for police after he was allegedly travelling at 181
km/h instead of 100 km/h on the Paphos to Limassol highway.
He was driving with a learner’s licence and without any
In Limassol a 17-year-old was arrested after failing to stop
at a red light, crashing through a traffic island, and
colliding with another car, Tirimou said.
He was driving without a driving licence, was not covered by
insurance and the car he was driving did not have an MOT
Paphos gets gold
By Bejay Browne
Paphos was formally presented
with a gold quality award, as one of the top 20 European
destinations for sustainable tourism 2013.
The coastal town beat off competition from 1,000 applicants
to be been chosen as one of only 20 winners in the European
competition ‘Quality Coast’.
According to the manager of the Paphos regional board of
tourism, Nassos Hadjigeorgiou, representatives from the
International committee of ‘Quality Coast’ presented the
award to the chairman of the Paphos regional board of
tourism, George Leptos, as well as the other parties
involved in the successful venture at an event held at the
Annabelle hotel in Paphos.
He said: “We are all very proud of this achievement and will
continue to do everything we can to ensure Paphos’ position
as a quality destination.”
Hadjigeorgiou pointed out that the Quality Coast awards
commenced in 2009 and are presented to coastal
municipalities and tourism organisations which share the
same values and implement practices for the management of
coastal areas, improving policies concerning the protection
of the coastal environment, cultural heritage and social
Paphos was marked on the categories of nature, environment
and identity and culture- for which it received the highest
score- host community and safety.
It is now included in the list of quality coastal
destinations of Europe and gets promoted as a destination
which ensures that the environment remains clean. It also
follows practices for the protection and promotion of local
identity and cultural heritage. “Paphos is a quality
destination where visitors can combine a relaxing, but also
safe holiday, complete with tradition and culture, nature
and clean seas,” said Hadjigeorgiou.
Major sponsorship for Archangel
By Bejay Browne
A generous sponsorship pledge will enable the funding of a
wing and a bedroom of the Archangel Michael Hospice in
Paphos, due to open in November, according to the facility’s
At present the only
operational hospice in the district is the Friends hospice
Paphos which is situated at the Evangelismos hospital.
George Sideras, an active member of the steering group for
the last two years, along with wife Bridget, have offered
two years funding of the children’s area. According to the
hospice-they have pledged a substantial sum and the wing
will be named the ‘Sideras Foundation Wing.’
Bridget Sideras unveiled a plaque dedicated to the memory of
her parents, ‘The Phillip and Margaret MacDonald room’,
which will also be sponsored for two years.
Although this donation has been gratefully accepted, the
general manger of the facility, recently appointed Mona
Skordi, said that more fundraising needs to be done before
the hospice can open its doors to patients.
She said: “We are hoping to be open and accepting patients
from November, this is to ensure that everything is
furnished and that we have enough money to operate for a
Skordi added that a number of fundraising events will take
place before that to garner more funds, such as, coffee
mornings, a gala dinner and other dedicated events. She also
noted that a fourth hospice shop will open in Polemi village
in Paphos on July 1st.
The hospice steering group expressed their thanks to the
numerous people who have purchased bricks, paid for doors
and windows, and purchased symbolic keys to open the doors
to the hospice.
A statement said: “These donations will be recognised nearer
the opening time, as will the volunteers who man the hospice
shops, they do tremendous work. We will also recognise all
of the support we have received from the UK. “
According to the group, the hospice building is now
complete. The facility will be fully furnished by late
summer and will see the arrival of the beds which are being
manufactured now. Other furnishings and medical equipment
are currently being sourced and funds are in place for all
of these items.
The statement noted that the hospice, which will open as a
charitable trust, will offer free palliative and respite
care, regardless of beliefs, nationality or type of illness.
It will also house the first dedicated beds on the island
Visitors are welcome at the facility and any individual,
group or company who would like to view the facility or
offer support can contact:
Mona Skordi on 99494140 or email, email@example.com.
Family still living in stricken home
By Bejay Browne
A family of four is still
defying a ban order by living at a stricken development in
Armou in Paphos that is slipping down a hillside.
The luxury development is almost deserted and Simon Phillips
and his family are the only permanent residents living
there, despite a ban order which has been placed on all of
Phillips says he is prepared to be taken to court by the
Paphos district office and would even see court action as
“At least it would be something-there is no viable
alternative open to us at the moment and perhaps we would
get a sympathetic judge.”
Built by JNM developers, all of the houses, which were only
built in 2004, have serious structural problems, from
slanting floors, to the partial collapse of stairs, walls,
swimming pools and patio areas. Outside drains are exposed
in one garden and retaining walls have split.
JNM has never responded to
any requests for a comment on the Armou homes, despite
repeated telephone calls and email to do so.
A report by the president of Paphos’ Architects and Civil
Engineers Association, Chrysostomos Italos was completed in
June 2012 and has been handed over to the legal advisers of
the homeowners. Italos places the blame firmly on the
Eight months ago homes had official notices placed on them
stating the decree shall remain in force until such time as
repair works deemed necessary by the District Officer are
carried out. A day later, owners were informed that
electricity supply to their homes would be cut but it is
The homeowner noted that no alternative accommodation has
been offered and that if the family moves from their home
they would end up on the street. They paid €250,000for their
home outright and don’t have a mortgage.
Phillips says that although he admits that there are dangers
and hazards at his property, he doesn’t believe that the
house has moved at all in the last few months adding that he
has been keeping a close eye on things.
The family bought the house for 250,000 euros and saysthat
if JNM were to return their investment, or provide an
alternative similar property of equal value they would be
He said: “It is very stressful living like this. But as it
has been going on for so long now, we have accepted it as
part of every day life.”
He added that the situation has a massive impact on his
family’s day to day life.
Thousands already sign petition to stop Limni development
By Bejay Browne
A petition to try to stop the luxury development of Limni,
near Polis Chrysochous in Paphos has already garnered close
to three thousand signatures.
The petition was started recently by nature lover
Constantinos Nadiotis, 36, and is being sent to Minister of
the Interior, Socratis Hasikos.
Nadiotis, a Limassol resident said : “ I want my children- I
have a son who is ten and a daughter of four- to be able to
experience the beautiful area which is being destroyed. “
The project includes two 18-hole golf courses, a five star
hotel, luxury villas, a wellness centre, a helipad, a museum
and an information centre on the turtles, as well as cycle
As an experienced free diver Nadiotis says he is always out
and about and enjoys nothing more than diving with the
turtles in the Limni area, the site of the now defunct
“The next generation needs to be able to enjoy the beautiful
nature we have here in Cyprus and have the best experiences
possible. This area is supposed to be a nature reserve- but
it’s all about business and manipulation of the law by the
The huge development is considered by some, including the
local mayor, to be a welcome boost to the economy, but many
nature lovers, environmentalists and locals are up in arms
over the multi million euro development, which they say will
cause harm and endanger the turtle population.
The area from Yialia to Polis is a major nesting site of the
Loggerhead turtles and it has been included in the Natura
2000 network (known as the Polis-Yialia site).
The project is being undertaken by the Shacolas Group, the
biggest private commercial group in Cyprus. It plans to
develope about three million square metres at Limni.
Thousands of turtles come to
breed in the area every year and lay their eggs in nests
which stretch the length of the coastline- a protected area.
Nadiotis noted: “The area includes a 10 km long beach and
the adjacent marine area. However, the terrestrial and
marine areas included in the site have been reduced very
significantly compared to the original proposals (500m), and
the width of the coastal area now is on average about 100m
and in some places less.”
A spokesperson for the Shacolas group said: “We have nothing
to add to previous comments regarding Limni at the moment,
only to say that everything has been carried out according
to the law. We may issue a further statement in the coming
To sign the petition visit:-
Love your neighbour
Rock FM is appealing to listeners to help a local charity to
feed hundreds of needy families of Paphos.
Station manager, Agapios Georgiou, said: “We are inviting
people to come to the radio station on July 5th- to take
part in a live show raising funds and donations for the
The registered charity provides food and clothing for more
than 550 families in need. Rock FM decided to get involved
to try and help the volunteers with the ever growing crisis
The radio stations’ ‘Love your neighbour’ experience will be
broadcast live during the weekday morning show ‘The Bit in
the Middle’ on July 5th-which is broadcast on 98.5/106.7 FM,
He added: “Following the success of the event ‘Coffee with
Love’ which we held in aid of PASYKAF recently- presenters
of the ‘Bit in The Middle’ show wanted to do more to help
the community. So, we decided to host a live broadcast
called ‘Love your neighbour” on Friday July 5th in aid of
this amazing charity.”
Ongoing fundraising events for the charity are raising
money, food and clothes to help the families who are not
officially entitled to assistance as they fall outside
Pavlina Patsalou who heads up the group along with Paphos
councillor George Sofokleous, have been feeding hundreds of
Paphos families for 20 or so months. They started with 20
families, and now numbers are in excess of 550.
Patsalou said: “We have five hundred and fifty or so
families from the Paphos villages coming to us for help, and
the number is still growing on a daily basis. Most arrive at
our doorstep on foot as they have no money for petrol to put
in their cars, some don’t have electricity or telephones.
The situation is terrible.”
She also estimates that by September the number of families
they help will be in excess of 700.
Although the charity says that donations have been coming in
thick and fast, more is still needed.
She said: “How can we raise enough money to feed more and
more mouths? We urgently need everyone to give something,
however small, it will make a real difference to someone’s
life. It could so easily be any of us without food or any
money to pay our bills and cover our day to day needs.”
Georgiou added : “ We really need the public to help and
would urge them to come to Rock FM between 10-11am on Friday
July 5th.Please bring whatever you can spare- dry goods or a
donation- everything will be greatly appreciated.”
Items requested include all dry goods, rice, pasta, pulses,
long life milk, tinned goods, and especially baby items such
as nappies and baby milk, toiletries, toilet paper and adult
If you would like to join the radio presenters, please email
: - firstname.lastname@example.org, 26822073 or just turn up on the
day- ROCK FM, 7, 203,Galateia Court, Galateias Street,
Brits set to lose winter fuel allowance
By Bejay Browne
British pensioners living in Cyprus look set to be stripped
of their winter fuel allowance, after a decision made by the
British ex pats residing in warm climates- such as Cyprus-
are set to lose their £300 winter fuel allowance- under
measures announced by George Osbourne, who vowed he will
crack down on the ‘sunshine benefit’.
The move will affect thousands of ex-pats living in Cyprus,
Greece, Spain, Malta, Portugal, France and Gibraltar, who
now look set be lose their winter fuel benefit. The new
‘temperature test’ as it’s been dubbed- will affect
thousands of Brits residing in Cyprus -not least those in
Paphos, a town which has the largest British ex pat
community on the island.
The news has left Brits up in arms, furious over the UK
government’s decision, which they say is unfair and will
leave them seriously out of pocket.
Chairman of the Paphos branch of the UKCA- the United
Kingdom Citizen’s Association- Steve Kay, 66, moved to
Paphos five years ago and says that we do need the allowance
He said: “I don’t think that the British government realise
that although it’s not as cold here as in the UK, the
temperature does drop considerably and it does get cold.”
According to the Cyprus meteorological service In July and
August the average daytime temperature ranges between 29 C
inland and 22 C on the Troodos mountains during July and
August. In January, the average temperature is 10 C inland
and 3 C in the Troodos Mountains, although it often becomes
Cyprus currently has the highest electricity prices in the
European Union and no direct gas supply to homes.
The UKCA chairman pointed out that, like many others living
in Cyprus, he has to purchase gas canisters for his living
room fire, which are costly.Last winter, Kay says each gas
cannister cost him 82 euros.” So of course this payment
comes in handy. Electricity prices are high in Cyprus and
some people rely on air conditioners for heating as well as
electric fires or blow heaters. It works out as very
Only last winter, Cyprus’ meteorological office confirmed
temperatures of minus 9 degrees celcius in Prodromos, whilst
inland temperatures were around zero. Even lower
temperatures have been recorded in the past.
More flights for Paphos
By Bejay Browne
Ryanair announces seven new destinations to their upcoming
winter flight programme, a move which has been welcomed by
local tourist officials.
The cost carrier’s new winter schedule means Paphos will see
twenty four incoming flights a week from eleven different
Nassos Hadjigeorgiou, manager of the Paphos regional board
of tourism said: “This is great news for Paphos and we are
very happy to have Ryanair with a more enriched winter
schedule for Paphos.”
According to Hadjigeorgiou, the winter timetable will
operate from the end of October until the end of March 2014.
He said: “We are especially pleased with flight connections
between Paphos - Norway, Sweden, Brussels, Germany and the
UK; these were a top priority for us.”
The development will help to extend the Paphos tourist
season and supports the initiatives to try to attract
holidaymakers to other businesses such as restaurants and
shops, said Hajigeorghiou.
The Ryanair winter flight schedule for Paphos 2013/2014
commences in October and includes the following routes:
Norway Oslo-Rygge, Sweden-Skavsta Stockholm,
Germany-Dusseldorf and Lithuania Kaunas- which will all have
Italys-Bergamo Milan will have two flights a week, along
with Ciampino Rome, Belgium-Charleroi and Manchester. Chania
is scheduled to have three flights a week and the new flight
programme includes four flights a week from Stansted, and
Thessaloniki in Greece will benefit form five flights a
The budget airline has two aircraft based in Paphos
Book flights and check destinations at
Artificial reefs on way for
By Bejay Browne
The creation of an artificial reef is due to get underway in
Paphos. The project will see sunken ships being used to
enrich both marine life and the underwater environment. It
will also aid in managing fishing resources, as well as
attracting locals and visitors to dive or snorkel.
The first artificial reef in Cyprus was completed in 2009
and officials say the ongoing project will create reefs in
the sea off the coast of Famagusta, Limassol and Paphos.
These constructions are placed 35 to 40 metres out from
shore to protect sea life, and in areas which don’t usually
experience strong waves.
According to officials, technical studies have already been
undertaken to see where the reefs are best placed and how
the ships should be cleaned and utilised. The completed
project aims to enhance the ecosystem and marine research
will be able to be conducted. “As well as the public being
made more aware of protecting marine life, divers will be
also attracted to the reefs,” said authorities.
As with Cyprus’ first reef project, a large chunk of the
cash needed for the funding of the installation will come
from the EU fisheries programme. The Cyprus Tourism
Organisation (CTO) and the Cyprus association of divers will
The budget set for the Paphos reef is €214,500 and €294,500
for Limassol. In addition, the other reefs consist of two
separate constructions in Ayia Napa and Paralimni. Each
project has a budget of around €214,500.
The projects are expected to be completed by the end of
2013- or the start of 2014.
The most famous diving wreck in Cyprus is the Zenobia. The
12,000 tonne passenger roll-on roll-off ferry capsized off
the coast of Larnaca 33 years ago. It is still widely
regarded as one of the world's best wreck dives.
Thousands of dogs are being put to sleep in Cyprus every
By Bejay Browne
Thousands of healthy dogs are being put to sleep in Cyprus
as charities struggle to cope with the increasing numbers of
abandoned and stray animals being picked up on the streets,
according to a number of organisations and volunteers.
They say that many of the islands animal charities are now
desperate as pounds are overflowing and many dogs have to be
Niki Proctor, 35, is a British ex pat living in Oroklini.
The businesswoman and animal charity volunteer says she aims
to highlight the situation, which she says is becoming ‘out
She said: “Hundreds of dogs are being abandoned and then
from overflowing pounds they are sent on to be euthanized. I
have personally witnessed this and visited the pounds to try
to help to re-home these animals, it’s tragic.”
Proctor noted that more needs to be done by the authorities
to educate people as well as starting a spaying and
Proctor is a volunteer with Pets2Adopt, an island wide
Christiana Mandriotou of the charity said: “There has been a
big increase in the number of animals being abandoned all
over Cyprus recently. I think the economic crisis is being
used as an excuse by some. If you have a family, surely
there are left over’s for the dog to eat?”
Mandriotou also put the increasing numbers down to people
going on holiday and abandoning their dogs and the recent
tragedy that saw a five-year-old boy die after he was bitten
in the throat by an ‘Akita’, a large breed of dog
originating in Japan.
She said: “Abandoned large dogs recently have included pure
breeds such as Labradors as well as the smaller breeds. The
dogs which are picked up will go to the pounds, and if after
two weeks they do not find homes or aren’t collected by
their owners they are put to sleep.”
Volunteers from Pets2Adopt regularly go around the pounds
and take pictures of the dogs and post them on their website
and Facebook page, to try to reunite them with their owners
or to find them new homes.
According to Mandriotou, unwanted family pets, hunting dogs
and litters of puppies are being left abandoned in the
street, at the pound or tied up somewhere.
She said: “Last month alone, we found more than 50 puppies
abandoned in boxes and refuse bins. We have managed to
re-home or reunite more than 150 dogs from the beginning of
the year until now. It may not seem like a large number in
comparison to those being euthanized but at least these dogs
have a second chance at life.”
She says another 20,000 dogs are getting poisoned, killed,
or abused each year. Last year the charity found new homes
for 275 dogs and urgent foster homes are always needed.
There are numerous heartbreaking stories of abandoned pets
according to the Pets2 Adopt charity.
Mary Anastasi, president of the Voice of the Animals
organisation, recently told the House Environment Committee
that around 170,000 dogs are abandoned in Cyprus every year.
She said: “Animal shelters cannot cope with this huge
burden, which has unfortunately worsened with the economic
Anastasti said her organisation recommends a control,
protection and public animal health service to be created in
order to improve animal welfare.
Mandriotou added: “The authorities need to educate people
and make the laws work. They have to fine people walking
their dogs without leads- these often end up as lost dogs,
they need to prosecute dog abuse and abandonment cases, as
well as owners who fail to micro chip and register their
dogs. This will set an example and stop people from behaving
TOP MARKS FOR CYPRUS SWIMMING SITES
Cyprus’ 112 beaches have been
found to enjoy excellent water quality, meaning that the
island is at the top of the EU for bathing. Water off the
beaches was tested for as part of a European initiative.
Whilst ninety-four per cent of bathing areas in the EU meet
minimum standards for water quality, the European
Environment Agency (EEA) found that Cyprus and Luxembourg
have the highest quality bathing sites.
Both scored top marks in the report, with all 112 coastal
bathing sites found to have “excellent” water quality. The
EU average stands at 78 per cent, showing a two per cent
increase on last year.
Water samples are taken at the start and end of the bathing
season for each bathing water site and tested. The national
authorities also prepare annual reports on occurrences of
pollution, and events which have an impacting on bathing
This year's report also showed that around two per cent of
bathing sites at beaches, lakes and rivers have poor water
CHINESE UNDERTAKE MULTI MILLION EURO INVESTMENT IN PAPHOS
A massive Paphos based
project has seen investors from Hong Kong stump up €290
million to purchase the Venus Rock Golf Resort in the Paphos
An announcement by Dolphin Capital Investors, a company
associated with the Aristo development company, said that
the project will include two golf courses, a five-star
hotel, two large sport centres, a shopping mall and
residential areas, such as luxury villas. They will be sold
to Hong Kong based international organisations.
Managing Partner of Dolphin Capital Partners Limited, Miltos
“In line with our strategic objectives for 2013, we are
pleased to execute this landmark transaction, which has
enormous benefits not only for Dolphin but also for the
Cypriot economy in general.”
Holiday at home this year urge tourism officials
By Bejay Browne
Tourism professionals are encouraging locals to holiday in
Cyprus this year.
The head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nassos
Hadjigeorgiou told the Paphos Post: “This year is a good
opportunity for people to explore the island and stay in
Cyprus and spend their money here.”
The tourism chief pointed out that Paphos has so many areas
of outstanding natural beauty, blue flagged beaches and so
many other things to do and see.
He said: “There are a large number of hotels in Paphos which
are offering special rates for domestic tourism and the
brochure of many of these offers is available to download
from our site.”
One of the hotels offering special rates in the Paphos
region is the Five- Star InterContinental Aphrodite Hills in
Maria Demosthemous the marketing and communications manager
of the luxury hotel said: “We are fully supporting locals
holidaying in Cyprus and we have a number of special offers
for the local market to retain tourism on the island.”
Meanwhile, agrotourism officials are hoping that the
financial crisis may encourage more locals to holiday at
home. With a choice of more than ninety proprieties
available online in fifty one villages all over Cyprus, the
prices for a holiday in traditional Cypriot surroundings are
very good, says Evie Panayioutou.
She said: “We need to garner more interest from the Cypriot
The Cyprus Agrotourism Company deals exclusively with
holidays in the Cyprus countryside. These breaks are at
traditional accommodation of historical value all over
Even smaller family run hotels are dropping prices to
encourage more locals to visit during the summer season.
The Paradisos Hills Hotel in Lysos in Paphos is a quiet
traditional hotel set in a stunning location overlooking a
forest with views down to the sea. A popular destination
with both locals and overseas visitors; it is the winner of
the winner of the Travelers Choice Trip Advisor Award 2013
Phillip Michael of the family owned and run hotel said:
“It’s a difficult time for many people and we wanted to try
and give the best prices that we can.”
Michael said that the months of June and July, the hotel is
offering a double room with breakfast for just 75 euros.(Per
The fifteen room hotel is within walking distance of the
traditional mountain village of Lysos, and just a short
drive away from the beaches of Polis Chrysochous and the
Coral bay beach in best condition for a decade
Coral bay beach in Paphos is
in the best condition it’s been for the last decade
according to local officials.
Peyia councillor and head of the beaches committee, Nikos
Konikkos said that the popular beach is in an ‘excellent’
“The beach is the best we’ve seen for at least a decade and
there is plenty of sand this year. In fact, I believe that
in the coming months we will see that the beach is ever
bigger than usual, due to the sand which is being brought
back onto the area by the tide.”
The blue-flagged beach often loses thousands of metres of
sand a year to the sea, and the winter of 2011 took its toll
with some 10,000 cubic metres deposited in the water some
150 metres off shore.
Urgent intervention was needed with SEMESKO Ltd undertaking
the project to reclaim the sand lost from Coral Bay at a
cost of around €58,000.
Often described as the ‘jewel’ of Peyia municipality, Coral
Bay, is a popular destination with both tourists and locals,
who flock to the area to enjoy the blue-flagged sandy beach
and sparkling waters.
But last years summer season was nearly a wash out with the
beach only seeing sand replacement being completed by the
end of July. Almost all of the sand had gone from the beach
during particularly bad storms, causing devastation.
The damage to the beach was so severe that the once
naturally sandy stretch was left mostly rock.
Annual flower festival
celebrates tenth year
By Bejay Browne
THE annual flower festival at Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa
church in Paphos is celebrating its tenth year in May with a
focus on biblical proverbs.
Ayia Kyriaki - known locally as St. Paul’s pillar church -
is a beautiful setting for the festival and is a church
which is steeped in history and tradition.
“This year we have decided to use the Book of Proverbs as
our theme and we will create about 20 arrangements each
depicting individual proverbs,” said festival organiser
The experienced flower arranger noted that the event is a
joint effort between the Anglican church the local Catholic
church, the Paphos flower club and friends.
The church of Ayia Kyriaki will be awash with colour and
perfume of thousands of flowers for the three day festival
in May, which attracts hundreds of visitors every year.
“I have been involved with this event for several years now
and none of us are professional florists.”
Nevertheless arrangements by participants displayed at the
popular event are magnificent and of a high calibre.
Flowers used in the displays are all fresh and are mostly
“It is important to remember that the festival takes place
in a beautiful Greek Orthodox Church, so we always try to
have something with a biblical connection. The furthest we
have strayed from these ideas was a theme of favourite
hymns,” she said.
Entry to the festival is free, but the public is able to
leave a donation.
Funds collected at the event will be divided between the two
churches and donated to local Cyprus charities; the
Archangel Michael’s Hospice, the Kidney Association and the
‘Evenings of Music’ will be held daily from 6.00 pm for the
duration of the festival. Performances will include a local
choir, a recital by the Anglican Church resident organist
and an evening of choral music and readings from the
combined choirs of the Anglican and Latin churches.
There will also be refreshments, such as light lunches and
afternoon teas available all day at a restaurant next to the
Anglican Church hall which is situated just up from Ayia
This year’s Flower Festival at Ayia Kyriaki Church, Kato
Paphos will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May
15, 16 and 17 from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Admission is free.
For further information contact: Margaret Keeble-26 422 380
or 99 533 704
CHANGES TO BRITISH PASSPORT
From April 15, the British
government has changed the passport service for British
nationals living overseas. The application process is now
centralised and British nationals in Cyprus should submit
their passport application to Identity and Passport Service
(IPS) in the UK.
Before April 15, British nationals living in Cyprus
submitted passport applications to a regional processing hub
in Madrid, Spain. From 15 April, information on the UK
Government website will advise British nationals on the new
passport application process.
All the information required to make an application will be
Applicants will be required to send their applications to
the Passport Customer Service Centre in Belfast. There will
be no change to processing times.
Fees charged to British nationals applying overseas are
based on the current costs of providing the service.
Writers group open to new members
By Bejay Browne
Every Thursday morning in Paphos people of all ages and from
different backgrounds gather at the Paphos Writers Group
meeting. A total of 17 authors from the Paphos Writers Group
have had their work published, some even making it on to the
Amazon best sellers list, and all credit the group with
providing support, knowledge and the will to continue.
“I wasn’t a writer when I went to them for help and
guidance. The feedback from them was very positive and
constructive; they were fantastic and supportive,” says
Nicola Simpson, whose recent book Abigail’s Rainbow
detailing her feelings – from agony to forgiveness -
following the death of her teenage daughter has been well
Other successes include Cyprus - A Taste of Yesterday by
Eleni Protopapa - which takes a look at life in Cyprus more
than seven decades ago - and Appointment in Zambia by Sara
Dunn, a fascinating trans-African adventure.
However, all those attending the group are not hoping to be
published. For some it’s a hobby, while genres include
travel, short stories and poetry.
Holloway is a well-known Paphos-based artist and
photographer who says he joined the writers group “as he
“I was experiencing a lull in my painting and I wanted to do
something else which was creative so I joined the group
about five years ago,” he said. And although he has
completed two novels, an autobiography and two children’s
books, he will not be following Nicola’s path as he says he
has no desire to see them in print.
“I wrote these books as more of a challenge to myself, to
see if I could write something more substantial than a
couple of thousand words.”
The ethos behind the group is to “share experiences and help
to develop writing skills,” says its chairman John Goodwin.
The initial idea to set it up was conceived in 1999 and six
members held their first meeting in May 2000. A few years
later, the members produced a compendium of short stories,
articles and poems called Whispers from a Veranda, all
proceeds from the sale of which were donated to local
The meetings – which usually number between 20 and 30 people
- are chaired by Goodwin who has recently published his
first novel The Last Olympiad, a gripping tale of a
disaffected British-born Muslim.
The group will also go through each other’s work, proof
reading it and correcting grammar.
Participants undertake writing exercises, such as speed
writing. Goodwin says it keeps the ideas flowing.
Those who take part come from all walks of life but tend to
be English or Cypriot although anyone is welcome as long as
they have a good grasp of the English language.
For further information contact John Goodwin 99 203102,
PAPHOS BANKS RE OPENED AMIDST AIR OF CALM
By Bejay Browne
Following their closure, banks in Cyprus re opened their
doors to customers, after a preliminary accord between the
government and the EU and IMF
Branches of Laiki and Bank of Cyprus in Paphos saw queues
forming about an hour before opening, but for most other
banks including Hellenic and Societe Generale, it was
business as usual.
The anticipated angry scenes and violent outbursts were not
forthcoming. Instead people were calm. “The atmosphere was
generally one of resignation,” said one Piraeus bank
employee adding: “I’m very relieved as I have to admit I had
been feeling anxious.”
According to Paphos police, there were no reported problems
A spokesman for Societe General Bank who wished to remain
unnamed said: “We have been preparing for reopening so
everything went smoothly. And as we are not subject to a
‘haircut’ our position is clear-the bank is solid and the
capital base excellent.”
He added: “We have no crisis for the time being but we will
all have to wait and see what the future will bring. The
psychology of the people is not good, as the situation is
recent and is on people's minds. Everybody will feel the
change though - we need to return to normal as quickly as
possible this way we will determine the actual damage. It’s
not just about numbers but also market sentiment and
British ex pat Matt Kendall said the queue at the main Laiki
Bank was quite long and they didn’t open until 12.30pm. But
apart from a tense atmosphere, there wasn’t any trouble.
Some people hadn’t been able to get any cash out as they
didn’t have debit cards. “All of the staff had a good
attitude and were helpful. It was calm and orderly,” Kendall
Maria Stavrou, a Bank of Cyprus customer had queued outside
one Paphos branch since 11am. “We showed everyone today that
we are a dignified nation and that we can remain calm even
in these difficult times,” she said.
“The world’s media seem to want us to riot and behave like
animals and although we are shocked and we face difficult
times ahead, Cyprus is strong and we will rebuild our
Paphos businesswoman Mandy Greenhall says she was now unsure
of who to trust. “I don’t know what to do. I don’t think
that I will pay any more money into my account than I have
too, also suppliers are now being asked to be paid in cash,
and so I will have to hold it back to pay them anyway. I
will wait and see what happens in the coming days before I
decide what to do.”
Bank customers said that some Paphos banks only allowed a
few customers in at a time despite queues outside, adding
that these queues which had formed prior to opening petered
out pretty quickly.
FRIENDS HOSPICE FORCED TO SCALE
By Bejay Browne
The Friends Hospice in Paphos has been forced to scale down
its operation due to the deepening economic crisis.
The hospice is currently the only operational hospice in
Paphos and is situated in a dedicated wing of the
Evangelismos hospital. Since opening in 2006, the facility
has expanded and now consists of a seven-bed unit which is
solely run by donations, money raised by the shops and
According to a hospice spokesman, running a multi-bed
facility is no longer an option. He said: “We can’t continue
as we are as we just can’t bring in the €500,000 which is
needed to operate the hospice every year.”
“Sadly, the special wing in the hospice will be
‘mothballed’- but we will operate two beds providing hospice
and palliative care in the main part of the Evangelismos
hospital. To run an entire wing with electricity and so on
is something we can’t afford to do at the moment.”
Although nursing levels have been reduced, five of the six
nurses have been kept on. The clinical manager and five
carers were also let go.
Chris Jones, the President of the Friends Hospice foundation
said: “We will continue to offer palliative care to patients
in the area. Many solutions to the economic situation were
considered; however, in the current difficult financial
climate, this was the only practical response we could take
in order to continue providing hospice care.”
The hospice is run solely on donations, money raised by its
charity shops, and through fundraising events. Around 500
people have been cared for at the hospice. Figures show an
average occupancy of 70 per cent with most patients being
The two-bed facility will be able to take admissions
immediately and there are hopes that if the economic climate
changes, the hospice will be able to return to its own
“The time had come to be realistic; we were hanging on by
our fingernails. At least this way we can continue to help
those in need of this specialist care,” said Jones.
Many of the paid staff members who have had to be let go
have said they would continue to work for the hospice on a
The Friends Hospice has charity shops situated in Kato
Paphos, Chlorokas, Polis and Pissouri. To volunteer at a
shop or to donate goods contact the Friends Hospice support
group chairwoman, Julia on 99 177 479.
PAPHOS ROCKS FOR CHARITY
Paphos municipality staged a successful event to help feed
the hundreds of needy families in Paphos.
Around 30 different acts from Cyprus and Greece entertained
crowds and entrance to the event, which organisers say
attracted hundreds was free.
People were asked to bring non perishable goods with them
which were then passed out to those in need in Paphos, said
a spokesman for the event.
Staple food and items required included: rice, pasta, sugar,
flour, pulses, tinned food, shampoo, soap, washing and
cleaning liquids, oil, cereal, baby food, nappies, juices,
long life milk, toiletries and sweets and chocolate.
A spokesman from the social welfare department in Paphos
municipality said they were receiving 10-15 new applications
for help every day. “We just can’t keep up with the demand.
We have more than 500 families who are receiving food
support and we are doing all that we can to help.”
Volunteers manned the food stations at the charity concert
which took place at the Paphos Town Hall Square.
MAIN POINTS OF EU/ IMF bailout
agreement with Cyprus
1. Laiki bank will be resolved immediately - with full
contribution of equity shareholders, bond holders and
uninsured depositors - based on a decision by the Central
Bank of Cyprus, using the newly adopted Bank Resolution
2. Laiki will be split into a good bank and a bad bank. The
bad bank will be run down over time.
3. The good bank will be folded into Bank of Cyprus (BoC),
using the Bank Resolution Framework, after having heard the
Boards of Directors of BoC and Laiki. It will take 9 billion
Euros of ELA with it. Only uninsured deposits in BoC will
remain frozen until recapitalization has been effected, and
may subsequently be subject to appropriate conditions.
4. The Governing Council of the ECB will provide liquidity
to the BoC in line with applicable rules.
5. BoC will be recapitalized through a deposit/equity
conversion of uninsured deposits with full contribution of
equity shareholders and bond holders.
6. The conversion will be such that a capital ratio of 9 %
is secured by the end of the program.
7. All insured depositors in all banks will be fully
protected in accordance with the relevant EU legislation.
8. The program money (up to 10 billion Euros) will not be
used to recapitalize Laiki and Bank of Cyprus.
Donate supermarket points to help the needy
By Bejay Browne
Paphos business-woman Pavlina Patsalou who heads up a group
of volunteers which she started with Paphos councillor
George Sofokleous to help what has now grown to over 400
needy families, said the news of bail out conditions has
come as a terrible shock, and will jeopardize efforts to
help those in need.
The immediate future for all Cyprus would be difficult in
the coming weeks, Pataslou said.
“We are particularly concerned as to what will happen next;
it will be a tough time for everyone. I’m fearful that we
could end up with a lot more people without food and
although we are trying very hard to help everyone I think it
may be difficult for us to cope,” she said.
Patsalou said more people are seeking help every day, and
are now even being referred to the volunteer group,
‘Solidarity Paphos’ by the welfare department.
‘Solidarity’ is reliant on donations from the public, local
businesses and fund raising events.
To help alleviate the burden of making cash donations from
the public in such an uncertain time, a system has now been
put in place where the public can donate their supermarket
bonus points through an account set up at Papantonios
Alison Fudge joined the volunteers before Christmas with the
aim of raising awareness of the problem to the
She has since set up a Facebook page, ‘ Aphrodite’s Angels
Paphos- Solidarity ‘ which lists goods most needed at any
given time. The page also contains information on all of the
fund-raising events which are taking place.
Fudge said: “We have now set up a Solidarity bonus card at
Papantonios supermarkets. We realise that times are hard for
everyone- but if people would like to donate points to us,
which are accrued during a shopping trip they can now do
She added: “The points will add up quickly and the charity
will cash them in for vouchers to buy items for the Paphos
needy families. Together we can really make a difference.”
Other than the new points’ system, Solidarity still needs
other forms of donations, specifically food and clothing.
They also need more volunteers to help sort out the
donations they have received.
Solidarity is asking for food donations, which include dried
goods, such as rice, pasta, pulses and tinned goods. They
also need blankets, nappies, baby food and powdered milk.
Shoppers at Papantonios supermarkets wishing to donate
points should supply the telephone number -96337984- when t
hey get to the till.
Contact Patsalou at 99-22-01-52 or Sofokleous at 99-54-23-43
for further information, Drop off points and directions can
be found at :
NO to new road
By Bejay Browne
Business owners and residents in Paphos are protesting
against a 26-year-old plan to build a four-lane road and say
the idea is outdated and has not taken account of changes to
the surrounding infrastructure.
Michalis Michael, chairman of the Union of Tourist
Businesses for the Tombs of the Kings Road said: “This dual
carriageway was initially designed in 1987. The surrounding
area was nothing like it is now - there were hardly any
buildings then. You can’t put a four-lane dual carriageway
with double yellow lines each side and a four-metre wide
central reservation here, it will kill the area.”
Local businesses say they are fed up with their complaints
falling on deaf ears and will demonstrate indefinitely
against the planned new road by closing it at 11am every
Saturday for half an hour.
Michael, who has operated a car-hire shop in the area for
the past 15 years said the businesses want wide pavements
created on both sides of the road if the plan is to go
ahead. They also want room for pedestrians to walk and sit.
Despite the protests, the government, contractors and Paphos
municipality recently signed the agreements for the project
to go ahead.
“Who will want to sit outside a restaurant and eat next to a
busy four lane road? We also don’t want a division in the
centre of the road, we need parking and lighting and to
upgrade the area,” said Michael.
The Tombs of the Kings road is a prime spot - situated close
to the Paphos coast and home to many of the town's hotels
and tourist complexes; in its heyday the area was buzzing
with life. These days, pockets of well kept frontages are
still proving popular with locals and visitors but a growing
number of properties lie empty and unkempt.
Michael said the road would effectively carve up the area
with some businesses and residents being situated between
the new road and the sea, and the less fortunate would be
‘trapped’ between the four-lane road and Paphos town causing
their property prices to depreciate.
EXTRA MEASURES FOR HOME SECURITY
By Bejay Browne
Home owners in Peyia in Paphos are being encouraged to
install added security measures to try to curb burglaries in
The warning comes in the wake of a spate of burglaries in
the area despite Peyia having a neighbourhood watch scheme.
A police spokesman urged homeowners to take precautionary
measures to protect themselves and their properties. He said
doors and windows should be fitted with strong locks, and a
light should be left on when the property is empty. Security
lights fitted to the building exterior would also be a good
idea and if possible a security system. He also suggested
leaving the TV on when not at home.
Thousands of euros worth of jewellery, laptops and other
electrical equipment have been taken from properties in
Keith Allen, chairman of the Peyia NHW (Neighbourhood Watch)
management team explained would-be burglars break into homes
fitted with regular door locks using a procedure called
‘snapping’. But according the Peyia NHW chairman, there are
new locks available on the market which are ‘snap proof’.
They are more expensive than normal locks but offer better
protection. “I have now had these fitted to my property,” he
Peyia’s neighbourhood watch scheme was formally launched in
September 2010, with close to 300 households participating.
This number has now grown to more than 600. Peyia has a
large number of British expat residents and second-home
owners, which means numerous properties are often left
A Peyia police officer confirmed that regular police patrols
had been increased in the area some time ago.
He said: “We have police patrols in Peyia 24 hours a day -
the number was increased a while ago, People should be
careful not to leave valuable items in their vehicles,
ensure all car doors and windows are locked and also be
extra vigilant with home security.”
NEW PRESIDENT- NEW CABINET
Nicos Anastasiades was
elected as the seventh president of Cyprus is a run off vote
in February. His party is the Democratic Rally-DISY.
Anastasiades was first elected to the House of
Representatives in 1981 and has been leader of his party
since 8 June 1997. He married Andri Moustakoudi in 1971 and
had 2 daughters
The newly-elected President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos
Anastasiades, was born in Pera Pedi village, in Limassol
District on 27 September 1946.
He has studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens and his postgraduate studies are in
Shipping Law at the University College London of the
University of London.
His new cabinet includes no women:-
Foreign Minister: Ioannis Kasoulides (DISY)
Born August 10, 1948, Kasoulides served as Foreign Minister
in the Clerides government from 1997 until 2003. He was most
recently an MEP
Finance Minister: Michalis Sarris
Born April 14, 1946, Sarris served as Finance Minister under
late President Tassos Papadopoulos from 2005 until 2008. He
also served as a member of the board of the Popular Bank.
Interior Minister: Socratis Hasikos (DISY)
Born in Nicosia April 12, 1956 he served as Defence Minister
from 1999 until 2003 in the Glafcos Clerides administration.
Hasikos took the post from EDEK’s
Yiannakis Omirou in 1998 after the S-300 missiles scandal.
Defence Minister: Fotis Fotiou (DIKO)
Born in 1960 in Larnaca, he served as Agriculture Minister
during the Papadopoulos administration between 2006 and
2008. He was serving as DIKO spokesman before his
Education Minister: Kyriacos Kenevezos (DIKO)
Born in Limassol in 1972, Kenevezos is the General Secretary
of DIKO. He currently runs his own lawyer’s office in
Communications Minister: Tasos Mitsopoulos (DISY)
Born May 30, 1965, was serving as DISY party spokesman until
his appointment to the cabinet. He served as a special
advisor to the Greek Minister of Foreign affairs between
1989 and 1993.
Commerce Minister: Giorgos Lakkotrypis (DIKO)
Born May 30, 1970 Lakkotrypis was a public sector director
and worked at Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe.
Agriculture Minister: Nicos Kouyialis (EVROKO)
Born in 1967 in Deftera, He worked as an electrical engineer
for the EAC.
Labour Minister: Haris Georgiades (DISY)
Born in Nicosia on April 9, 1972 was a DISY party
representative and was an MP for DISY in Nicosia, since May
Justice Minister: Ionas Nicolaou (DISY)
Born on January 21, 1963, Nicolaou has been vice-head of
DISY and an MP since 2001.
Health Minister: Petros Petrides (DIKO)
Served as medical director of Nicosia General Hospital prior
to his appointment.
Government Spokesman: Christos Stylianides (DISY)
Born in Nicosia June 26, 1958, he has been an MP for DISY
since 2006 and served as government spokesman during the
Clerides presidency from 1998 until 1999.
Also appointed: Undersecretary to the President:
Presidential Commissioner: Katy Clerides
Environment Commissioner: Ioanna Panayiotou
Commissioner for Civil Service Reform: Emanuella Moushioutta
Director of the President’s Office: Panayiotis Antoniou
New Paphos hospice close to opening
By Bejay Browne
Archangel Michael Hospice has been an ongoing project for
close to a decade. Once open, the hospice will offer free
palliative care to people with any form of life-limiting
illness such as cancer, motor neuron disease, heart failure,
end stage respiratory disease and kidney disease.
The hospice in Mesa Chorio in Paphos is all but completed
and will open its doors soon. Currently, the only
functioning hospice in the coastal town is the Paphos
Friends Hospice, which is situated in a dedicated wing of
the Evangelismos hospital.
Spokesman of the new hospice, Cameron McDonald said: “We are
a new island wide charitable trust and we are relying on the
support of the community to open the hospice this year and
keep our services open for patients and their families.”
So far, supporters have raised €2.1 million. Initially, only
the top floor of the facility consisting of nine double
bedrooms will be in use.
It will cost close to €700,000 a year to run the hospice,
which does not currently receive any state funding. The
Archangel Michael Hospice will also house the only wing in
Cyprus specifically for children.
McDonald added: “We also want to find funding for individual
beds in the children’s’ wing, this would be an immense
For further information visit
Passengers furious over use of outdoor ‘holding gates’
By Bejay Browne
Furious passengers have dubbed as ‘holding pens’ the outdoor
areas at Paphos airport where they complain they have been
left in all weathers, sometimes for more than an hour,
before boarding their flights.
“It is disgraceful that in 2013 human beings are being
treated worse than animals,” said one passenger.
According to airport operator Hermes, many airlines have
used these pre-boarding gates at Paphos airport, which
frustrated customers refer to as ‘holding pens’ or ‘cattle
“The pre-boarding gates at Paphos airport are similar to
many used at other international airports,” said Adamos
Aspris, Hermes spokesman. “Pre-boarding gates were created
at Paphos to cater for the increasing demand by airlines for
speedier boarding in view of the limited turnaround times of
Low cost carrier, easyJet, is one of a number of airlines
currently using this boarding facility. They have also been
used by Ryanair and British Airways, according to Hermes.
But numerous complaints referring to the pre-boarding gates
have been made through easyJet’s Facebook page in
On the Facebook page, passenger John Cook complains of
waiting at the pre-boarding gates for over an hour.
“On our flight back to Manchester in November, the EJ flight
was the last flight out of Paphos airport. Before the
incoming flight had even landed, we were called to the gate,
and herded outside to the sheds, where we waited over an
hour to board the plane,” he said.
He said that in January the same thing happened, except it
was for a shorter time, around 30 minutes. “However, it was
a bitterly cold and windy night. Please, can this stop, and
can you (easyJet) reinstate the buses to take us to the
plane. It is already stopping people from flying with you.”
The claims have been denied by airlines.
Polina Digaletos - easyJet’s public relations office for
Greece and Cyprus - disputed allegations that passengers
were left standing prior to boarding for any longer than 17
minutes at a time.
“With our 40 minutes scheduled turn time, it is obvious that
none of our passengers will ‘stand’ in the holding gate for
more than 15 to 17 minutes,” she said. “The stated timings
are also confirmed by our ‘on-time performance’ at Paphos,
which is close to 100 per cent.”
She confirmed that the use of these boarding gates was part
of the ‘quick turnaround’ process used by a number of
airlines - including easyJet - in order to reduce turnaround
times and costs. She also pointed out that Hermes airports
designed this facility.
Aspris though stressed that the decision on whether to use
the pre-boarding gate lay with the respective airline. He
said that generally passengers were not required to wait for
a period longer than 30 minutes in the pre-boarding areas.
According to easyJet, their aircraft arrive at the
designated stand at Paphos airport and depart from the stand
all within 40 minutes. As soon as the aircraft arrives at
the stand, departing passengers moved to the pre boarding
The spokeswoman said: “Between 15 to 17 minutes after
arrival at the stand, the crew will release the cabin for
boarding and the flow of departing passengers to the
aircraft, will commence.”
According to Aspris, pedestrian operations were first
introduced at Paphos airport in 2011.They have since been
used by many airlines.
“These airlines inspected the
mentioned facilities and found them satisfactory. Over half
a million passengers have used the facilities so far,” he
Digaletos said: “EasyJet do appreciate that the holding
gates need certain improvements, and we have already
highlighted these to Hermes Airports for further action.”
Paphos family living in limbo
By Bejay Browne
A family of four living at a stricken development in Armou
in Paphos remain in limbo, unsure of their future, after
their homes were declared unfit for habitation in November
All of the houses, which were only built in 2004, have
serious structural problems, from slanting floors, to the
partial collapse of stairs, walls, swimming pools and patio
areas. Outside drains are exposed in one garden and
retaining walls have split.
In November, homes had official notices placed on them
stating the decree shall remain in force until such time as
repair works deemed necessary by the District Officer are
A day later, owners were informed that electricity supply to
their homes would be cut but it is still connected.
Simon Phillips, his wife Jen and their two children are the
only family still living at the development. They say they
are unable to move due to financial restrictions and the
prospect of homelessness hangs over them.
Phillips said: “We don’t earn enough to take out a mortgage
or to rent another property. I would only be able to afford
a tiny apartment.”
He said he was also fearful of the possibility of looting if
his home were left empty.
“Chucking a family of four out on the street surely can’t be
a solution. I want to be compensated with a property of
equal value and similar to mine. We paid for it outright and
don’t have a mortgage. It cost us €250,000,” said Phillips.
He said that although several people had kindly offered
temporary use of their holiday homes or empty properties
that was no way to live. “It’s impractical and impossible.
We all need some peace and relief from this terrible
But he said if the electricity was cut off, as threatened,
the family would be forced to move.
A report by the president of Paphos’ architects and civil
engineers association, Chrysostomos Italos was completed in
June 2012 and has been handed over to the legal advisers of
Paphos community rallies to
support local needy
By Bejay Browne
Members of the Paphos community have come out in a show of
support for hundreds of needy local families. Over 400
plates of hot food donated by local restaurants were handed
out to families in Paphos for the first time.
The initiative was organised by a local priest Father
Stylianos Sofokleous, who is also trying to establish a soup
kitchen for the district, in conjunction with a group of
local volunteers who have now officially registered as a
charity with the name ‘Solidarity’.
Pavlina Patsalou who heads up the group along with Paphos
councillor George Sofokleous, have been feeding hundreds of
Paphos families for the last 18 months. They started with 20
families, which grew to 250 and now numbers are in excess of
Patsalou said the priest approached the group with the offer
‘Solidartity’ has now moved their operation to a three
bedroom house close to Pavlinas’ shop, which has been
donated by her landlord. She said:” We are offering the food
support out of these premises and, for the first time Father
Stylianou offered 400 plates of hot food.”
The volunteers are asking for food donations, which include
dried goods, such as rice, pasta, pulses and tinned goods.
They also need clothes and blankets. Patsalou said some
families asking for help had young children or babies to
“We urgently need all things associated with young children
such as nappies, baby food, powdered milk, blankets and
clothes,” she said.
Ongoing fundraising events are raising money, food and
clothes to help the families who are not officially entitled
to assistance as they fall outside municipal boundaries.
The appeal has also brought forward a medical doctor, Dr
Dorel Dimcea, who is now offering his services free to the
A coffee morning held at Tommy Tuckers restaurant in Paphos
raised €424 as well as clothes, food and blankets.
Local website designer Phillipa Demitriades has offered her
services free and is now in the process of setting up an
official dedicated website.
In addition, Justin Devonshire and Jason Smith of Bodyshape
Fitness hosted a charity fitness workout to raise funds and
Paul Clarke aka Cycling Cyprus, has already organised two
events where he rode a static bike outside supermarkets
Paphos to encourage shoppers to donate food. A third is
planned for this month.
Volunteer Ali Fudge- also organised an event called
‘Together we can' at DT’s bar in Paphos.
Patsalou said: “There just isn’t enough money to go around
from the government services, so people are turning to us in
To find out what items are urgently needed or for directions
to the charity food bank-contact Pavlina Patsalou at
99-22-01-52 or George Sofokleous at 99-54-23-43
Information and events listed at Aphrodites Angels Paphos-
facebook page or Ali Fudge 99377321.
Dr Dorel Dimcea:
Charity fitness workout
email@example.com or at 966 588 13
Father Stylianos Sofokleous -
(Greek speakers only) at 96671440. English speakers should
call Socrates at 99371183
Passengers complain about pre boarding gates at Paphos
By Bejay Browne
Passengers using Paphos
airport are complaining about the use of outdoor pre-
boarding gates- saying they have been left standing exposed
to the elements for up to an hour prior to embarking the
aircraft. This claim is denied by airlines using the
According to airport operator Hermes, many airlines have
used these pre boarding gates at Paphos airport, which
frustrated customers refer to as ‘holding pens’ or ‘cattle
Adamos Aspris, spokesman of Hermes airports said: “The pre-
boarding gates at Paphos airport are similar to many used at
other international airports. Pre-boarding gates were
created at Paphos to cater for the increasing demand by
airlines for speedier boarding in view of the limited
turnaround times of their aircraft.”
Low cost carrier, Easyjet, is one of a number of airlines
currently using this boarding facility. They have also been
used by Ryan air and British airways, according to Hermes.
Polina Digaletos- EasyJet’s public relations office for
Greece and Cyprus- disputes claims that passengers are being
left standing prior to boarding-for any longer than 17
minutes at a time.
She said: “With our 40 minutes scheduled turn time; it is
obvious that no passengers will ‘stand’ in the holding gate
for more than 15 to 17 minutes. The stated timings are also
confirmed by our ‘ontime performance’ at Paphos, which is
close to 100%.”
She confirmed that the use of these boarding gates is part
of the ‘quick turnaround’ process used by a number of
airlines- including EasyJet- in order to reduce turnaround
times and costs. She also pointed out that Hermes airports
designed this facility.
Aspris stressed that the decision of whether an airline uses
these pre-boarding gates or not, lies with the respective
airline. He said that generally passengers are not required
to wait for a period longer than 30 minutes in these
“Ground handling formalities of passengers lie under the
responsibility of the appointed local ground handling
company,” he said.
According to Aspris, pedestrian operations were first
introduced at Paphos airport in 2011.They have since been
used by many airlines.
Digaletos said: “EasyJet do appreciate that the holding
gates need certain improvements, and we have already
highlighted these to Hermes Airports for the further
POKER IN PAPHOS
By Bejay Browne
Paphos is due to host the prestigious 2013 Nations Cup poker
tournament in April according to the vice president of the
Cyprus Poker Association (CPA).
Antonis Theophanides also said he was pleasantly surprised
at the level of support shown by the mayor, Savvas Vergas.
The CPA and its members have faced a number of problems with
the Cyprus police. In July last year, police raided two
venues in Larnaca and Limassol and arrested 31 CPA members
on various charges relating to illegal gambling. Players
insisted they were taking part in initial tryouts for the
national team and that they weren’t playing for money which
is illegal in Cyprus.
In the arrests last year police also seized equipment and
cash, which the CPA said had been collected for membership
fees. The arrests shocked CPA members because they had
previously been allowed to hold similar tryouts in Nicosia.
Twelve teams of six players will take part in the 2013
Nations Cup. These include the top six teams, Estonia,
Lithuania, Serbia, Poland, Hungary and Bosnia from a recent
qualifying event held in Vienna.
In addition, six seeded teams potentially from the UK,
Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark or Spain and
Cyprus as the host nation, will also participate. If the
budget permits, this may be increased to sixteen
For further information:-Antonis Theophanides: 97672392
Paphos author pens first book
By Bejay Browne
Village bread, olive oil and a grandmother’s blessings is a
unique book written by first time author Elena Demetriou.
The book is entertaining and draws the reader into life in a
large Cypriot family, by combining honest memoirs, Cypriot
traditions, stunning photos and a final chapter full of easy
to make favourite family recipes. This allows the reader to
create the tastes and smells of traditional Cyprus in their
home, wherever that may be.
The book has a catchy title is easy to read and surprisingly
well written. Personal family events, honest observations
and a wealth of Cyprus tradition draw the reader in.
Elena was born in Lysos, a small Paphos village, and
immigrated to South Africa with her parents at the age of
six. She adapted to life in a new country, which involved a
traditional Greek Cypriot upbringing. She qualified as a
dental surgeon in South Africa and moved back to Paphos
where she now runs a well known practice in Kato Paphos.
Now married and in her thirties, Elena is proud of her
Greek-Cypriot heritage.She says that there are three things
that you should find in every Greek-Cypriot home; fresh
village bread, virgin olive oil, and at least one faithful
yiayia, a grandmother, who constantly prays and gives
everyone her blessings. She says that she wishes every child
in this world could grow up with these things.
She admits: “Some parts of this book are quite personal. I
tried not to write anything too negative in the book but it
is a memoir so you have to be truthful to yourself. She
added: “It’s realistic, I try and be positive and write all
of the good memories, as well as being honest and positive.
Life is full of good times and some bad times, its how you
deal with them that matters and what you keep in your mind.”
Available at Herne’s book store in Coral Bay Paphos,
Moufflon bookshop in Nicosia, Steni museum in Polis and as a
Kindle download at amazon.co.uk
Paphos heart of gold award 2012
By Bejay Browne
The winners of this year’s Paphos Heart of Gold Award 2012
are a dedicated female volunteer and a determined young boy
with cerebral palsy.
Vasia Ioannou and Jason Bruce-Souster were chosen by a panel
of judges, who said that the decision to pick just one
winner in each section was extremely difficult.
Ioannou volunteers at the old people’s home in Chlorakas,
with the PASYKAF cancer support association, the Kivotos
centre for children with special needs, child welfare, and
also organises collections of old toys and clothes which are
distributed among various other charities in need. She also
cares for her own disabled son.
Jason Bruce-Souster was this year’s winner of the junior
section. Jason is 13 and has cerebral palsy. He started
playing football last year and is described by his coaches
as an inspiration and a truly brave boy.
The two winners were presented with a solid gold handcrafted
pin, created and donated every year by Aphrodite jewellers,
by the patron of the award, Paphos Mayor, Savvas Vergas. The
presentation took place at Paphos town hall.
Vergas said: “I want to pass on my congratulations to all of
you for everything that you are doing in your day to day
lives here in Paphos. So many of you are undertaking
volunteering and fundraising which is of such a great help
to the community. And well done to all of you who are coping
with difficulties in your lives with a positive attitude.”
Nominees, their families and friends, members of the judging
panel, and representatives of some of the schools of Paphos
were all present at the packed ceremony.
Both of the winners were delighted to be chosen out of 16
adult and seven younger nominees.
The community based award is now in its sixth year and aims
to recognise those who have shown tremendous courage,
strength and determination, worked tirelessly within the
community or for charities, overcome tragedies with a smile
or simply been a great help and support to neighbours and
All the nominees were presented with a certificate and a
flower by Maria Zavrou, the president of the municipality
social welfare committee, which also provided refreshments,
and Christina Smith from the British High Commission.
The annual award is supported by the Paphos municipality
social welfare committee, Aphrodite jewellers, Massiva
printing, the Cyprus Mail, Paphos Post, Rock FM and
Information and photographs of the ceremony are available at
the Paphos Heart of Gold Award Facebook page.
Paphos helps those in need
By Bejay Browne
Paphos authorities, businesses and members of the public
joined forces to ensure needy families in the district
weren’t left hungry.
A Paphos municipality social welfare committee programme to
help needy families started in April with 150 families
receiving some sort of food support. That number has now
grown to more than 500.
President of the Paphos municipality social welfare
committee Maria Zavrou said the response from individuals,
businesses, supermarkets and associations wanting to help,
In December, thye handed out special Christmas food parcels
to about five hundred and fifty needy families in Paphos.
According to the social welfare fund, the size of the family
and the numbers of children denoted whether food parcels
were double or even triple the size of the regular boxes, as
there were no further grocery boxes given again until
She said: “The Christmas parcels included all the usual
staple products such as cooking oil, pasta sugar, flour,
long life milk, rice, pulses and coffee, as well as extra
groceries such as fruit and chickens which were donated by
the Paphos municipality.”
In addition, the families in need will be given coupons for
meat which they were able to redeem at local supermarkets.
Zavrou said she had been touched by the generosity of the
general public: “Only this morning a Norwegian man and his
wife, both residents of Paphos, bought in a cash donation of
two thousand five hundred euros which will be put towards
buying groceries for the families in need.”
“We can only thank everyone for pulling together to help
each other through these difficult times.”
The mayor of Yeroskipou said that for the first time
families in his municipality were in need of food
Michael Pavlides said: “We have now implemented an
assistance programme called ‘food with love’- and have
handed out money, food, clothing and toys to seventy needy
families in Yeroskipou.”
Pavlides added that the municipality is aiming to continue
the programme on a regular basis and offer support to the
families which are facing huge financial difficulties.
Meanwhile Peyia Municipality collected donations of food at
the municipality as part of a programme. The donations went
to help twenty needy families in Peyia.
Donations included pasta, beans, rice, children’s food,
sugar, biscuits, oil, flour, nuts, cereal, canned goods,
milk and conserves.
Mayor of Polis Chrysochous, Angelos Georghiou said that
close to fifty families were in need of food assistance in
Georghiou said that if possible, the municipality would try
to continue to offer food assistance to the needy after the
Big shave off raises thousands for Paphos Friends hospice
By Bejay Browne
November or ‘Movember’ as it’s now known- is the ‘month of
the big moustache’.
The aim of the worldwide initiative is to help raise funds,
and increase awareness of men’s health issues as part of the
worldwide ‘Movember’ campaign.
This year funds were being raised in support of the Paphos
Friends hospice, and ‘Movember’ was organised by St George’s
Men taking part in the event gathered sponsorship to grow
their moustaches for the month and then shave them off.
In December, during a live radio broadcast on Rock FM,
chairman of the Friends’ Hospice, Chris Jones was presented
with a cheque for over three thousand euros, by Pete
Jenkins, a Peyia barber, who along with St.Georges’ football
club, organised the fundraising event.
The big shave off took place at the Frog and Toad pub at the
end of November and money for the hospice was also pledged
by listeners during a live broadcast of the ‘Bit in the
middle’ show on Rock FM.
Chris Jones said he was astonished at the amount raise and
the support given by the radio station, the football club
and the Frog & Toad pub in Coral Bay.
“I am especially grateful to the people of the Peyia and
Paphos who donated so much for the Movember event,” he said.
During the month, the Movember men act as a walking
advertisement highlighting the necessity of regular medical
checkups for prostate and testicular cancers.
The Friends hospice is currently the only operational
hospice in Paphos and is situated in a special wing of the
Around 500 people have been cared for at the hospice which
provides palliative care for people suffering with life
limiting illness and support for them and their families.
Paphos district court issued
an eight-day remand for the 56-year-old woman who was
arrested for the alleged attempted murder of her
brother-in-law, 75, from Paphos.
The suspect denies that she had
meant to kill her brother-in- law. According to police she
attacked him with two kitchen knives after ‘she took his
teasing the wrong way’.
The victim was taken to
Paphos general hospital where he underwent surgery for
injuries to his abdomen and arms.
Cyprus’ second largest dam at
Asprokremmos overflowed in December.
The dam can hold 52.4 million cubic metres, according to the
water development department’s Fedros Roussis. The dams of
Argaka Pomos and Arminou also overflowed.
The dams at Evretou and Kanaviou, which hold 24 million
cubic metres and 17.2 million cubic metres respectively, are
also expected to overflow while the biggest, the Kouris dam,
which can hold 115 million cubic metres, may overflow by
early January, Roussis said.
In the meantime, Paphos police urged people not to try and
visit overflowing dams in the district as it was dangerous
as long as the rains continued.
“There are too many vehicles being driven to the area by
curious motorists. I would ask the public not to go to this
and other dams at the moment as it could be dangerous,” said
police spokesman Nicos Tsappis
Torrential rain in Paphos closed roads and caused severe
damage in some areas, particularly in Latchi.
Tsappis added that a landslide also caused the Paphos to
Polis road to be closed for a short time on, a bridge and a
house were badly damaged in Polis Chrysochous and the small
dam in Argaka also overflowed, flooding a nearby house.
A torrent of water poured over the Coral Bay road flooding a
professional gym on the ground floor of a house and causing
thousands of euros worth of damage.
Ian and Patricia Dobson who live on a boat at the Latchi
marina said: “Residents of the marina have no vehicle access
whatsoever, and if you are unlucky enough to be berthed on
the harbour exit wall (as we are) - getting out of the
marina by foot looks impossible as well.”
They said the municipality have
had repeated complaints from residents and businesses since
last year, “but decided it wasn't a high enough priority”
Buy a Christmas star for
By Bejay Browne
People who wish to support
the Paphos Friends Hospice can buy star space on a Christmas
A large fir tree, called the ‘Tree of Love’, will be placed
in the reception area of the Evangelismos hospital in Paphos,
where the hospice operates out of a dedicated wing. People
will be able to buy stars and write the names of their loved
ones on them and fix the stars on the tree. All the money
will go towards the hospice.
“As far as I know this is the first time such an idea has
been undertaken in Paphos. Of course people may want to
purchase a star for a loved one who is no longer here, but
the idea behind it is a celebration of life,” hospice
spokesman Colm Connolly said:
“We are particularly hoping that the names of new born
babies are added. We are aiming to sell hundreds of stars
and this is a lovely way to make a donation to the hospice.”
The Friends Hospice is currently the only operational
hospice in Paphos and since opening in 2006, the facility
has grown and now consists of a seven bed unit which is
solely run by donations, money raised by the shops and
"All money raised from the sale of the stars, which will
cost 5 euros each, will be donated to the hospice," he
The inauguration of the ‘Tree of Love’ will take place at
the Evangelismos hospital on December 7 at 10am.It will be a
festive event with mince pies and coffee being served.Stars
will be on sale between 10-11am.
In addition, musicians Harry Hawkins and Mark Thompson will
add to the atmosphere with Christmas songs and melodies.
Around 500 people have been cared for at the hospice which
provides palliative care for people suffering with life
limiting illness and support for them and their families.
The hospice figures show an average occupancy of 70 per cent
with most patients being Cypriot. It costs around half a
million euros to operate the facility each year.
Help for hungry Paphos children
By Bejay Browne
Hundreds of Paphos school children which are no longer able
to purchase school breakfasts are being offered assistance
by local authorities to ensure they don’t go hungry.
President of the Paphos municipality social welfare
committee Maria Zavrou said: “I am currently visiting a high
school of Paphos and the head teacher has informed me that
there are twenty five children at the school from families
who are no longer in a position to give them money for
The head of the social welfare fund assured that there is a
programme in place to help any affected families for as long
as is necessary. She pointed out that –obviously- the crisis
is affecting children of all nationalities and not just
She said: “We are going into schools to try and help
children whose families are struggling due to the
ramifications of the economic crisis. Because of the
economic climate, many parents have lost their jobs. This
means very little money to make ends meet and they don’t
have the funds to give their children to purchase sandwiches
from the school shops or canteens.”
According to Zavrou, students are at school from 7.30am
until 1.40pm on weekdays, and usually have a sandwich for
breakfast break time at 10.45am.
“Children can’t go without, this is a long time to go
without food,” she said.
The education ministry, the local education authority and
the heads of schools recognised that there was a problem in
Paphos, with many families needing help due to the
increasing unemployment rate and the economic crisis.
Stavrou said: “The parents
association at this high school, as is the case with other
schools, is trying to take measures to help these children.
Some are making sandwiches for free and others are paying
money to the school shops for these snacks.”
She added that families finding themselves in this position
can contact the head of the school to try and see what help
She noted: “There is help for everyone, no children will go
Zavrou said that the crisis had brought out a caring side in
many of the children.
“I know that on a daily basis, some of the children are
breaking their sandwiches into half and sharing it with the
other children,” she said.
Charity supporters strip off
By Bejay Browne
Two separate Paphos based organisations decided to shed
their clothes to raise funds for different charities this
A group of Peyia women formed the ‘CalenDare Girls’ and have
taken off their clothes in aid of the Cancer Patients
Support Group-CPSG. They have produced a calendar, similar
to that of the original UK Calendar Girls and all proceeds
from the sales will be donated to the charity.
In the meantime, Paphos based amateur dramatics group Stage
One are shedding their clothes for a global charity drive by
performing the renowned play ‘Calendar Girls’ and have also
posed for an accompanying calendar, in support of the
charity Leukemia Research.
The Cancer patients support group was set up in 1995 with
the aim of helping the Association of Cancer Patients and
Friends (PASYKAF) the support group established a homecare
nursing service in Paphos. This provides help and support to
all cancer patients and their families regardless of race or
The charity calendar was photographed by female wedding
photographer Nicky Kirby. “All of the women taking part have
had their lives touched by cancer in some way, either by
friends or family members being diagnosed with the disease,”
The charity calendar is on sale for €10 and is available
from many outlets across Paphos. Kirby said: “We really need
the public’s help to reach our target of selling 1,000
calendars by the end of the year.”
For information: Nicky Kirby 99681735
Power cuts hit ninety in one
The Electricity Authority of
Cyprus (EAC) has promised to look into ways of informing
customers of major power supply faults after residents of a
number of Paphos villages experienced around 90 power cuts
in a month.
Simou resident Nick Newton and his wife Anne reached
desperation point after they were subjected to 89 power cuts
between October 9 and November 11.
“This has been a nightmare for my friends and I as well as
my neighbours, both in our village and surrounding villages.
We have proof of the number of cuts which have been taking
place as some of us have burglar alarms that send text
messages when power is lost to the house,” Newton said.
Acting EAC spokesman Yiannis Tsouloftas confirmed the number
of cuts and put them down to technical problem that had been
very difficult to detect, “connected with the overhead line
which supplies these villages”.
“The problem became apparent every time there was bad
weather,” he said, adding that staff had tried to solve the
problem as soon as they became aware of it but the “tricky
technical fault was well hidden”.
According to Newton some of the cuts were of a short
duration but others were for as long as eleven hours.
“It is not only the disruptions and inconvenience that these
interruptions cause but also the damage caused to computers,
internet radios, central heating control units, hard disc
drives, food in freezers and so on. Can you imagine
resetting the electronic clocks in the house 90 times in one
Tsouloftas said on November 11, the area was hit by a power
cut again, “so we visited the area to thoroughly inspect the
overhead line. Each and every insulator and piece of
equipment was checked, we had to interrupt the supply for
safety reasons.” Since then, he said, there has been no
further cut to supply.
Paphos councillor looks to cut wages
A Paphos councilor has
suggested municipality staff in Paphos have overtime and
bonuses reduced, in order to save €200,000 a year.
“In 2011, we paid far too much in overtime and bonuses - it
was close to €400,000,” Nikos Konnikos said.
He stressed it was important for the municipality to cut
these costs, which last year reached €370,000.
“I am suggesting on the issue of overtime 50 per cent would
be given to staff as a day off and fifty per cent would be
with pay. This is on top of the twenty five percent cut in
overtime across the board, which we have decided to
The councilor has also proposed the notion of outsourcing
some jobs, which he says will help to give more people
employment, such as parking stewards for events at the
harbour who are usually municipality staff. “Anyone can do
this job,” he said and most of those doing so at the moment
are paid overtime for it.
He said there are other “bad practices” which need to be
A vote on the proposals will be taken at the next meeting of
the personnel committee of the municipality of Paphos in the
Paphos Heart of Gold Award 2012
The nomination process for
the annual Paphos Heart of Gold Awards is now open.
The community based award will be presented by the Patron,
the mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas, at an event to be held at
the town hall on Friday December 7th.
There are two awards to be handed out, the Junior Heart of
Gold which is for those under eighteen and the Heart of Gold
Award for adults.
The award is open to all residents of the Paphos district of
all ages and nationalities and aims to recognise those
individuals who are extra special in some way.
In the past, nominees have shown tremendous courage and
determination in the face of adversity, worked tirelessly
within the community or for charities, overcome tragedies
with a smile or simply been a great help and support to
neighbours and friends.
Successful nominees will be presented with their solid gold
handmade heart and certificate by Savvas Vergas, at an event
to be held at the Town Hall.
Members of the public are able to nominate deserving
individuals in Paphos and a limited number of places will be
available to the public for the ceremony in December.
Along with the unique hand-crafted solid gold heart, winners
also receive a certificate in recognition of their efforts,
and a bouquet of flowers. All of the nominees are presented
with a certificate.
If you would like to nominate someone in Paphos, please send
a short description of the person you’re nominating and the
reasons for their nomination, along with your name and
contact details to the address below.
The panel of judges, whose decision is final, will choose
the recipients. The mayor will present the 2012 awards at a
ceremony in December.
New Hospice shop open in Paphos
By Bejay Browne
The mayor of Paphos officially opened the forth Paphos
Friends hospice shop in the area.
Savvas Vergas inaugurated the outlet and said: “By being
part of this team, you are contributing to a really
worthwhile cause which makes a difference to the lives of
people of many nationalities in the city, when and where
they need it the most.”
Cutting the ribbon at the premises in Ikarou Street, Kato
Paphos- the Mayor promised a donation of 500 Euros to the
charity. The Municipality supports the hospice with an
annual grant from the social fund.
“This charity shop raises money for a noble cause but it
also encourages all of us to give,” he said. “I believe we
owe special thanks to those who have made this possible -
the volunteers and all of those who have donated goods.”
The Friends hospice is currently the only operational
hospice in Paphos and is situated in a dedicated wing of the
Since opening in 2006, the facility has grown and now
consists of a seven bed unit which is solely run by
donations, money raised by the shops and fundraising events.
Around five hundred people have been cared for at the
hospice which provides palliative care for people suffering
with life limiting illness and support for them and their
Julia Search, the chairperson of the Friends Hospice Support
Group, said :“We are still looking to receive donations of
goods and also for volunteers to enable us to extend our
The shop will initially be open Monday to Friday from 10am-
Goods such as clothing for men, women and children, as well
as bric a brac, books and furniture DVD’s, CD’s and
jewellery items are urgently needed. And as the new shop has
adequate storage facilities on site, they are able to take
substantial amounts of donations.
The Friends hospice also has shops situated in the Paphos
district in Chlorokas, Polis and Pissouri. The new shop will
be the first which has opened in Paphos itself.
The hospice figures show an average of 70 % occupancy, with
most patients being Cypriot. The remainder are British and
“A substantial amount of the funding for the hospice is
generated by the shops and this year the operation of the
hospice will cost close to half a million euros,” she added.
To volunteer or to donate goods contact the Friends Hospice
support group chairwoman -Julia search on 99 177 479.
Mosquitoes blight Paphos
An emergency meeting was held in Paphos to address the
problem of mosquitoes which are causing problems for
residents in large area of the town.
According to Filaktis Constantinides, the president of the
health and cleaning department of Paphos municipality, the
meeting will also examine the future role of the health
services department concerned.
Constantinides said that although a number of complaints had
been received about troublesome mosquitoes in Paphos, an
area in the town centre which stretches from the new
government buildings down towards Debenhams roundabout-
seems to be worst affected.
He said: “Although this is my first year on the council, I
can see that most of the complaints from residents of Paphos
seem to be from this specific area.”
In addition, improvements also look set to be made to the
department possible for pest control, which has faced a
number of problems and criticisms in the past.
Ahead of the meeting, Constantinides stressed that various
options would be discussed as how to make the services
offered by the department better and more effective.
He said: “We will have to examine how we can do this. There
are currently a number of inspectors and four workers in
this department. They deal with pest control amongst other
Constantinides noted: “We are not happy with the way things
are currently being done. I have spoken openly about it and
I can assure you that we will find ways which will better
organise this department.”
The president of the health and cleaning department noted
that solutions may involve using more people or buying in
services from the public sector.
Constantinides said that a couple of areas in central Paphos
which were found to be holding stagnant water had already
been identified and sprayed.
He noted: “The problem areas need to be sprayed regularly
and this is something that we will sort out. I can assure
you that it won’t be left as it is.”
Bugler wanted for annual
Remembrance Day service
A bugler is needed to play The Last Post/Reveille at a
Remembrance Day service being held to remember the war
fallen in Peyia in November.
Coordinated by Alan Wilson, who is also involved with MARCH
-Military and Retired Cyprus Holidays for Heroes – the
service will be held on Sunday November 11 in the Peyia
Municipal Car Park.
Wilson said: “We are hoping to find a bugler for the
service; one has yet to confirm but even if we have two that
would be great.”
The ‘Peyia Remembrance Service’ is now in its fifth year and
attracted around six hundred people last year, despite rainy
Wilson said:” What makes the whole thing so special is the
three hundred or so ex serviceman and women who turn out in
their berets and medals. We are hoping that even more people
will attend this year.”
The service is held in Peyia car park, which is situated
just below the church. Poppies will be on sale and Wilson
has also distributed many to fourteen outlets across Paphos.
The event takes the form of a traditional Remembrance Day
Wilson, an ex serviceman who served for twelve years in the
British army has lived in Cyprus for the past twenty one
years, said: “This year we are being helped by the New
Testament Community Church, although the service is open to
all nationalities and religions who wish to pay their
respects to people who have died in conflicts and
The Remembrance Day service will be held on Sunday November
11 in the Peyia Municipal Car Park at 10.30am
For further information call Alan Wilson on – 99850355
Award winning theatre group
call for new members
AN ageing award winning theatre group based in Paphos is on
the look out for new members.
Stage one theatre groups’ production manger Caroline Harman-
Smith said: “We are getting on a bit as a group and urgently
need an infusion of younger people- 30’s and 40’s- to enable
us to broaden the scope of our productions.”
According to Harman- Smith, members have been leaving Cyprus
at a steady trickle for the past few years and few young
people have joined.
The group consists of mostly British ex pats- many who have
decided to leave Cyprus to return home or to live in other
Harman- Smith said: “Reasons for leaving include
deteriorating health, economics and missing family members.
We have also had a number of deaths.”
Stage One, which was established in 1985 by Freda Worsnop,
put on their first performance in a back garden. They moved
to Emba theatre in 1987. Since then it has grown to include
well over two hundred members and they now present regular
performances at the 240 seat venue.
The amateur dramatic group’s production manager stressed:
“We desperately need to inject some younger blood into our
group. We want to continually improve the quality of our
productions and having younger members will enable us to
expand our repertoire. Obviously, because most of our actors
are from the older generation, this limits the kind of plays
which we can put on.”
She added: “The audience wants to see different faces as
well and it would be great if we could find people with
singing and dancing skills.”
A large part of Stage One is the social side with regular
club nights being held at the theatre every month.
“We have in house entertainment and we also go on regular
trips , there is also a book and DVD swap and a monthly
The next auditions are to be held in November for the
production, ’The Love of Four Colonels’ by Peter Ustinov.
For further information contact Caroline 26911641 or Andy on
Myth of Plato’s cave filmed in
A renowned Cypriot film maker
has shot his latest offering in Paphos, inspired by the myth
of Plato’s cave.
The short film titled, ‘Adventure of the soul,’ recently
‘wrapped’ in Paphos.
The short movie is directed and written by Stavros
Papageorghiou of Tetraktys Films, which is based in Nicosia
and was established in 1994.
Plato’s Cave is an allegorical story centering on a group of
people who have lived their entire lives chained up and
facing a wall. They are unable to turn their heads and their
reality is the shadows on the wall in front of them, which
are created by people passing by a huge fire behind them.
Papageorghiou said: “We will
now be in post production for about two months and the film
should be ready by the end of September.”
Telling the myth of Plato’s cave, the short film has been
shot without dialogue, making it more accessible to
International audiences, including school children around
“I promised myself that I would make a film about the myth
one day and I believe although the story is an old one, the
message is still relevant today” said Papageorghiou.
He continued, “It’s about the pursuit of truth and is
relevant to the values of the media these days.”
The entire movie has been shot in the district of Paphos,
locations included the Tomb of the Kings, a well know cave
in Kato Paphos, areas of the Akamas and a location close to
When completed, the film will run for about 8-10 minutes and
will play at film festivals around the world.
The leading characters of ‘Adventure of the soul’ are played
by professional actors Nicos Nicandros Savvides and his co
star Lea Maleni.
Tetraktys said: “The supporting cast is made up of actors
from the Paphos area, one is a professional actress and some
others are dancers.”
The film was made in cooperation with the Paphos regional
board of tourism and Paphos municipality.
Body of missing British woman found
The body of missing Briton
Nancy Johnson was found in the Tsada area of Paphos on
Sunday 29th July, almost six weeks after she left home in
the village for the last time.
Johnson, 73, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, went missing on
June 19 while her husband was taking a nap.
Despite days of intensive searches by the police, and weeks
of further searching by her family, friends and neighbours,
she was found by someone passing by a ravine in a secluded
area of the village at around 6.20am on July 29th.
Her concerned family had even set up a website dedicated to
finding her but there had been no firm sightings of her
confirmed since the day of her disappearance.
Nancys’ husband George- known to his friends as John- and
her family wish to pass on their thanks to the people of
Paphos for their help and continuing support.
Paphos benefits from domestic tourism
During the month of August
occupancy of Paphos hotels reached 95 per cent, boosted by
Cypriots and Russian tourists, according to tourism
The chairman of the Paphos hoteliers’ association, Themis
Philipides said: “The arrival of Russian tourists continues
and is quite satisfactory.”
Arrivals from Russia increased by 40.7 per cent in July-
compared with the same period last year. This helped to
cover the 9.1 per cent fall in the islands main tourist
market, which is traditionally from the UK.
Paphos also seems to have benefited from locals’ decision
not to travel abroad this year because of the economic
“A lot of Cypriots who used to holiday abroad have limited
their travel plans, due to the economic crisis, opting to
come to our town,” Philipides said. “I can say that domestic
tourism is at a peak. It is the first year we have so many
people from other districts.”
Philipides also noted that hotels have not raised their
prices, despite the increase in overheads.
But the rise in tourist arrivals in the coastal town has
also caused an increase in the number of cases at Paphos
general hospital emergency department, placing a strain on
According to the hospital director, in only one week, 1,692
people received treatment for a variety of problems,
including accidents, gastroenteritis and heart attacks.
“The large number of local and foreign visitors to Paphos
for the summer holidays also resulted in an increase of
emergency room incidents,” he confirmed.
Pilot scheme to produce power imminent
A pilot scheme by the energy
Regulatory Authority (CERA) will soon get underway in
Cyprus. The net metering scheme will see the installation of
small photovoltaic systems on homes to produce power.
According to CERA vice chairman Constantinos Iliopoulos, the
scheme will be tested on 125 volunteer homes for a year. It
will then be apparent if its implementation in all
households would be sustainable. If so, the aim is to
install the systems on all interested homes in Cyprus from
The cost of the installation will be paid for by consumers.
It will cost around €6,000 for a 3KW system - but from there
on, their electricity supply will be virtually free.
But Iliopoulos said that CERA first needed to ensure the
electricity supply network – the Electricity Authority (EAC)
– would not be adversely affected financially.
“The system will be implemented in homes for a year on a
pilot basis, to see the consequences it will have on the
entire system and the aim is to implement it more generally
later,” Iliopoulos said during a radio interview.
According to the CERA official, the system is being tested
as a pilot programme in only two other EU countries to date-
Denmark and Italy.
An EAC spokesman said the authority was not against such
schemes, as long as it was compensated for the subsidiary
services it provides.
Also, he argued, solar power was unreliable. “If for two or
three days a year there are clouds and no solar production,
we can’t say we didn’t make any provisions as we thought
there would be sun. We can’t depend on the sun, so we have
to have the system ready in case it is needed.”
Tala monastery cats to be relocated again
By Bejay Browne
A group of feral cats living in Tala in Paphos- being cared
for by a team of volunteers- will have to find a new home
after the local council say they have received numerous
complaints from nearby residents.
Cathi Delaney, a member of the Tala community board said:
“Primarily the cats will have to be moved for their own
safety and well being. Many are being knocked down on the
nearby road, and others are straying from their current home
and venturing further down the hillside into people’s
Delaney said that some residents had complained, adding that
the village council was concerned for the cats safety.
“Personally I love cats, but some people are not fond of
them. If they are perceived to be a nuisance then we could
have spate of poisoning on our hands and no one wants that.
It’s in the best interests of the cats that they are moved
to a more suitable home.”
Only about a year ago, the cats were moved to their current
residence which is further down the road from their initial
home, close to the car park of Ayios Neofytos monastery in
As numbers grew, the cats were moved for health and safety
reasons, to an area about 50 meters further down the road.
The piece of land was provided by the monastery.
The animals are fed and cared for by a group of local
volunteers who are now desperate to find a suitable and
cheap piece of land in the area, to which the cats will be
The team of volunteers
purchase food for the animals with their own money and also
uses the assistance of local animal charities, PARC and
Paphiakos when required.
A recent statement by the group said: “After recent meetings
with those in authority locally, we can now confirm that we
have no option but to relocate all of our beautiful feral
cats if we wish to continue caring for and feeding them.”
They added: “We desperately need to find a suitable plot of
land to rent –cheaply- on a long term basis.”
The volunteers say that the land needs to have running
water- and an existing electricity supply, although not
essential would be preferable.
The volunteers’ stress that people should not dump unwanted
cats at the monastery. Instead they should contact Paphiakos
which specialises in finding animals new and loving homes.
They say: “Not only is it dangerous to bring new cats into
the pack as they can bring with them disease, but they may
also be attacked by the other animals.”
The volunteer group has more than 315 supporters on their
For further information, or if you can help to find the
animals a new home: firstname.lastname@example.org or message
the volunteers via their Facebook page, ‘Tala Monastery
Two Paphos women still missing
At the time of going to
print, local police confirmed they are investigating a
number leads into the disappearance of two women in the
Paphos district, but new evidence has yet to be confirmed.
Briton Nancy Johnson, 73, has been missing since June 19th
and Thekla Christou, 68, was reported missing on June 21st.
Police say they do not believe the two cases are connected.
Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsapis confirmed that
information provided by the general public regarding the two
cases was being thoroughly investigated.
He said, “These are both ongoing cases and we have had a
number of alleged reported sightings of the women from the
public and we are investigating each one. But we have no
news as yet.”
Nancy was last seen in Tsada where she lives with her
husband George, 76, and Thekla, a well known face in Paphos,
was reported missing by her family in Chlorokas.
The Cypriot woman’s family filed a missing persons report
and said that she often goes for walks to collect used tin
cans and containers. A police search of the surrounding
areas in Chlorokas proved fruitless.
Nancy was reported missing by her husband George, 76, on
Tuesday June 19th after saying she was going for a walk at
around 2pm. She suffers from Alzheimer’s. There were two
sightings of the missing woman within two hours of leaving
her house on Tuesday, one at 3pm and another at 4pm. Since
then, police have been unable to find any trace of her.
Her son Richard, 42, arrived on the island from the UK to
help with the search.
He said: “My father and I along with friends and relatives
have blanketed Paphos and the surrounding villages with
posters in Greek and English of my mother in the hope that
it will give us some leads as to her whereabouts.”
He added, “I know that the police is continuing to search
for her but I believe the operation has been scaled down.”
Nancy Johnson is approximately 1.5m tall, weighing around
50kg, and has short grey wavy hair. She speaks English only.
Nancy Johnson’s facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/MISSING-PERSON-Nancy-Johnson-Tsada-Cyprus/122046024603045.
According to police, Thekla Christou, is about 1.6m in
height of a slight build and has grey curly collar length
hair. She was wearing a black dress.
Police are urging anyone with any information relating to
either of the missing women to contact the nearest police
station or the citizen’s line on 1460, where information can
be given anonymously.
Contributors sought for fund raising book
Contributors are being sought
for a fund raising poetry book which will form part of the
Paphos bid to gain the title of the European Capital of
Paphos has already succeeded in going forward to the second
part of the process along with a joint Larnaca/Nicosia bid
and the judging will take place in September 2012.
As this project is designed to appeal to and involve all
sections of the Paphos community, the Friends’ Hospice has
been invited to participate. The hospice provides palliative
care for patients and support for families of people
suffering from life limiting illness such as cancer.
The hospice cares for people of all nationalities and
religions from all over Cyprus.
As part of the collaboration, a book is being compiled
titled, “The Little Book of Love”.
The book aims to offer a collection of poems and short prose
written by people with life limiting illness- their friends
and family and those connected with caring for people in
these circumstances. The book will also contain
illustrations by contributors. It will help to raise funds
and awareness of life limiting illnesses and highlight how
people cope with living with disease.
As well as providing a cathartic experience for the
contributors- the book will also leave a positive feeling
with the reader and show that love gives strength and hope,
and that through love, we are all connected as one.
Compilers of the book said, “We can all feel someone’s joy
and pain, no matter what our nationality or personal
beliefs. Love has no boundaries and sadly neither does
disease. The Little Book of Love will unite and encourage
people to identify with one another through the poems.”
It is hoped that as many people as possible will contribute
to this project as the experiences of serious illness, loss
and love touch everyone’s lives in one way or another.
If you have written poetry or a short piece of prose under
such circumstances and have found it a positive way of
coping, or have drawn or painted as a way of expressing
feelings, organisers say they would be delighted to hear
You can send your contribution to email@example.com
For further information about the Paphos bid: -
New flights for Paphos
Charter flights connecting
Paphos and Lebanon are due to commence this month.
According to the Paphos regional board of tourism, this is
the first time that charter flights will connect the two
The inaugural flight will be on July 13 and ahead of the
event, a television crew from MTV Lebanon will film
extensively in the Paphos district. The documentary style
film will highlight the most appealing aspects of the
coastal town, its advantages and what’s offer to visitors
A Paphos regional tourist board spokesman said, “Along with
the local board, Paphos hoteliers, Lebanese tour agents, the
CTO, Hermes airports and tourist organisation AEOLOS,
recently completed the necessary procedures to enable the
flights to commence and the new schedule will begin on July
13 and continue until mid-September.”
There will be two flights a week on Mondays and Fridays.
The spokesman said, “This development is very positive for
Paphos and we will make every effort to ensure the success
of this program. There will be opportunities for further
action in the Lebanese market and we are taking specific
actions to achieve this in the near future. in particular,
we are aiming to expand schedules and develope the market.”
As well as Lebanese travel agents, Paphos has also hosted a
group of more than 25 tour operators from Italy. The
industry professional were show audiovisual presentations
and given promotional material concerning Paphos.
Justice for Ivan
Friends and colleagues of
murder victim Ivan Krastev Yovkov have joined forces with
the Bulgarian community, vowing to campaign until his killer
is brought to justice.
Yovkov’s supporters recently organised a peaceful protest in
the harbour in Paphos and have already collected more than
Yovkov, a Bulgarian national, was shot in the chest on his
doorstep in Tala village in Paphos at around 7.30am on
Neophytos Constantinou, a retired policeman in his
mid-sixties, was the only suspect for the premeditated
murder of Yovkov, the fiancé of Tasoula Constantinou, his
Constantinou was exonerated by Paphos Criminal Court last
month on May 23, a decision which Attorney General Petros
Clerides is now appealing.
The protest letter states that,’ the Bulgarian community of
Cyprus together with relatives and friends of the murdered
victim would like to exercise our right as EU citizens in an
EU member state by expressing our unanimous disapproval of
this unjust decision, and insist on conducting an immediate
and fair judicial process.’
A successful appeal would allow the prosecution - in this
case the state - to put Constantinou back on trial, but does
not in any way bear on his guilt or innocence.
Yovkov is described in the protest letter as a decent and
upstanding member of society who was murdered in the ‘prime
of his youth.’
If you would like to add your signature to the Protest
letter, which is available in Greek, Bulgarian and English
please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New lifesaving equipment for Paphos
Paphos beaches look set to be
even safer this year according to the Paphos regional board
New lifesaving equipment has been supplied to Paphos
lifeguards, which the manager of the local regional board of
tourism says will ensure high levels of safety.
Nassos Hadjigeorgiou said, “We have purchased a wide range
of new equipment ranging from rescue boats and lines, to
first aid kits, diving masks, binoculars, whistles, water
proof wireless communication systems ( walkie talkies) and a
He added, “The Paphos lifeguards are now all fully equipped
.There are new recruits and the lifeguards have all been
retrained this year and will be able to provide a superior
level of safety.”
Paphos district currently has thirty two life guard stations
and equipment for thirty five has been purchased, leaving
According to Hadjigeorgiou, the local tourism board and the
Paphos lifeguards association- ‘KINYRAS’- requested funding
from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation- CTO- last year. The
action was approved in November 2011 and the equipment was
bought in time for the current summer season.
The tourism chief noted that on duty life guards are
currently working between the hours of 11am- 5.30pm, from
the months of May until September.
He said, “If we are fortunate, some beaches are covered
until October, but we are requesting on duty guards from the
beginning of April until late November.”
In addition, the regional board of tourism and KINYRAS is
requesting an extension to working hours.
“There needs to be two shifts of lifeguards in order to fill
the gaps. For example, the second shift would provide cover
on Paphos beaches from 8am until 11am and then from 5.30pm
Power failure sorted in Stroumpi
Residents of Pano Stroumpi in
Paphos say they have complained of ongoing power cuts for
more than a decade, with one resident experiencing forty one
in just one day.
According to a British ex pat resident who moved to Cyprus
ten years ago with his wife, and wishes to remain unnamed,
the problem reached a critical stage in May, with more than
one hundred households being regularly affected.
Although he says some of the interruptions to the supply
were only for a matter of seconds, others were for far
George Pistentis, the Vice Chairman of the EAC- Electricity
Authority of Cyprus- assured that the problem had now been
He said, “On May 2nd, I can confirm that there was a big
problem in the area of Pano Stroumpi, which lasted for most
of the day. According to our technicians, it was a jumper
fault (which connects one electricity supply to another)
which has now been mended.”
The Vice Chairman explained that this fault is a tricky one
to find but underlined that the problem had been attended
This will be welcome news for the frustrated resident who
says until now, that no one from the EAC has been able to
give him a straight answer.
The Vice Chairman of the EAC said, “There shouldn’t be any
more problems with the supply here and in addition, a large
substation is being built in Stroumpi which will mean a much
higher level of efficiency. It will be operational by the
end of the year,” he said.
Coral bay targeted for noise pollution
In just one night, fourteen venues in Coral Bay in Paphos
were handed out noise violations by police.
Coral Bay is the latest area in Paphos district targeted by
police in an attempt to curb problems with sound pollution.
A recent police campaign to reduce noise levels in Ayiou
Antoniou Street in Kato Paphos ended up in a huge fracas
which left three police officers injured, and the same
number of men in custody.
The non use of decibel meters in Cyprus has long been the
subject of debate, with music venues pushing for changes to
the law. They say this would help both venue owners and
police to keep music at an acceptable level. Currently,
police in Cyprus are not furnished with meters, although
many owners do use them to keep track of levels.
Demitris Koutroukides, an Environmental Officer of the
Department of the environment said.
“I’m on a committee, along with the Ministry of the
Interior, who are responsible for this issue. The 2007 law
concerning the use of decibel meters is currently being
updated. The initial law was very basic and is taking some
time to update.”
Koutroukides noted, “It’s very easy to draft a law but the
difficulties occur over implementation. We need all parties
to cooperate; the police and the local authorities and also
the venue owners.”
The Environmental Officer said the committee is currently
determining the methods of measuring with a decibel meter
and how to categorize the different sorts of venues, such as
open or enclosed venues.
The committee member said the intention is not to
economically impact the economy but added that a foremost
priority is the health, well being and quality of life of
He said, “Specific measures are being discussed, such as how
to use the meter, how high to hold it, how long to record
for and so on. This all has to be laid down in a detailed
law. I expect the earliest it could be completed would be by
the end of this year.”
Solution discussed for Coral
A proposal to solve the dire
problem of a lack of sand at Coral Bay Beach in Paphos was
discussed by officials, in the wake of a raft of complaints
by visitors to the area.
Peyia councillor Linda Leblanc said, “We have already
received complaints from tourists about the lack of sand on
Coral Bay Beach. About 80 per cent of the sand has now gone;
but it’s still in the area, about 100 meters out to sea.”
The once naturally sandy beach of Coral Bay in Peyia Paphos
is the ‘jewel’ of Peyia municipality. Coral Bay is a popular
destination with both tourists and locals, who flock to the
area to enjoy the blue-flagged sandy beach and sparkling
But, Leblanc explained that heavy storms and unusual waves
during the winter period have apparently contributed to the
She added, “As well as the terrible weather over the winter,
we are now paying the price of bulldozing the cliffs and
doing other works in the area. We have disrespected the
environment for decades and now we see the consequences.”
According to the councillor a study is currently underway to
see what action should be taken to address the problem which
is now critical.
“We need to make sure that any work we do will be right, we
don’t want to make the problem worse.”
One possible solution which was due to be examined at last
nights council meeting is a proposal from a company to pump
the sand which has been washed away back onto the beach.
“This will cost around 100,000 euros, which is a lot of
money and the municipality is strapped for cash at the
moment,” she said.
“But we need to do something and it has to be the correct
course of action,” she underlined.
Tourism industry determined to see increase in Paphos
Despite the current decrease
in the numbers of tourist arrivals to Paphos, industry
professionals believe they can turn figures around and are
making concerted efforts, even though the summer season is
Manager of the Paphos regional board of tourism Nassos
Hadjigeorgiou said industry professionals were determined to
turn figures around, boosting them to show at least a slight
increase on last years arrival numbers for the same summer
He said, “Even now at this late stage we are trying to do
everything possible to help the market and generate traffic
He added, “There is positive interest in Paphos from the
Norwegian market and next summer we hope that the airline
will start flights to Paphos.”
The tourist board manager said that officials were being
‘pro active’ so that if the flight commenced, some awareness
would have already been created.
Also, according to Hadjigeorgiou, two TV crews from Lebanon
will film in Paphos for a travel programme; this will
support a Beirut- Paphos flight which will hopefully
commence in July.
Following this there will be a shoot for the new Ryanair
calendar for 2013.
Hadjigeorgiou noted, “Ryanair has a charity calendar and the
2013 edition will be shot in Paphos.” In mid June
photographers and models will arrive in the seaside town,
“It all helps with promotion,” said Hadjigeorgiou.
He added, “Hoteliers, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation-CTO-
and the Paphos regional board are doing a lot. We are all
doing anything and everything we can to have a positive
outcome and increase the tourist flow to Paphos.”
The tourist professional added that they are aiming to
increase numbers by the end of the season, compared with the
same time last year, even if the increase is only a slight
He admitted, “There is a decrease in the markets of UK,
Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.”
He said that reservations and bookings made for the same
period last year from the UK are showing a 15 % drop.
However, the Russian market in Cyprus is doing well and
Paphos gets a considerable number of these visitors.
As well as indications of growth from Russia there is also
growth in markets furnished by Ryanair, such as Italy, the
Nordic countries and others.
He said, “The occupancies have seen a shift of clients
between hotels and from one region to another. Overall, to
date this year there has been a decrease but I think that
next month there will be a turnaround.”
Police attacked in Paphos
Three men have been arrested
after attacking police officers, as they attempted to
confiscate a sound system from a venue in Paphos.
According to Paphos police spokesman, Nicos Tsapis, three
members of the police were taken to Paphos general hospital
where they received treatment for light injuries sustained
during the fracas.
He said, “The members of Paphos police were hurt during an
incident which took place in Ayiou Antoniou Street in Kato
Paphos soon after midnight . They were not seriously
Two of the arrested men are the owners of a popular bar on
Paphos’ nightlife street where the incident took place. The
third is believed to be a customer, who attempted to help
the proprietors prevent police from removing the sound
Tsapis said, “Following complaints about the high levels of
sound being emitted from a Paphos bar on Saturday night, we
organised a police operation which consisted of ten
officers, both uniform and plain clothes who visited the
Tsapis said the team visited the venue at around 12pm, and
gave the bar owners a written warning that the sound levels
were too high, and told them to turn it down. They then left
but returned around 15 minutes later.
“The music was still too loud and so the officers attempted
to confiscate the sound equipment.”
According to police, the bar owners took umbrage at the
police removing the loud speakers and sound system and tried
to prevent it.
Tsapis said, “The bar owners and customers reacted to police
and attacked them causing injury. The owners and a third man
The police spokesman also said that the venue did not
currently hold a liquor or music license.
He noted, “We are entering the summer season and as is
usually the case, we will continue operations to ensure
venues aren’t playing their music too loud. We often get
complaints about sound levels at this time of year.”
The non use of decibel meters in Cyprus has long been the
subject of debate, with music venues pushing for changes to
the law to ensure that the meters will be legally used by
police and other officials. They say this would help both
venue owners and police to keep music at an acceptable
level. Currently, police in Cyprus are not furnished with
meters, although many owners do use them to keep track of
Asked to comment on how police currently measure sound
levels, Tsapis said, “If music can be heard in a public
place outside a venue, it’s illegal.”
Taxi inspections update
Inspections of all taxis at
Paphos airport are underway following a raft of complaints
related to overcharging, the head of the road transport
Soteris Kolettas said: “We are currently making inspections
of all taxis at Paphos airport and these checks are being
intensified. This will be an ongoing process.”
He added, “I am unable to comment if any violations by taxi
drivers have been discovered so far, as I have yet to
receive a report. I expect to have it soon.”
In addition, Kolettas said that information leaflets mainly
aimed at visitors to Cyprus are currently being prepared.
He noted, “These will be handed out to visitors and they
will contain information and instructions including,
checking the taxi meter is operating and so on. Also, it
will explain what to do if they have a complaint.”
Recent complaints include an increase in the numbers of
alleged overcharging by taxis at the airport and the failure
to use the taxi fare meters.
Kolettas pointed out that these checks by inspectors are
usually undertaken at Paphos airport, but that they have
been stepped up in recent days due to the number of
complaints. The campaign is being run in cooperation with
the traffic police.
The inspection will include checking that all vehicles have
operational meters, which are in regular use and in
compliance with the law.
According to the transport chief, inspectors are also
present at destinations, such as hotels. Their duties
include checking that the taxi meter is on and operating
correctly and that the passenger is charged the correct
amount for their journey.
Clarification needed over
Confusion as to what
documents are required by non Cypriots residing in Cyprus is
Last April the government scrapped all ID cards for
non-Cypriots, because they were against EU directives on
Relevant sections of the Civil Registry and Migration
Department’s website concerning the subject are still out of
date and incomplete.
According to Anny Shakalli, the head of the migration
department, the correct document, ( apart from a passport) -
for non-Cypriots to use on a day to day basis, is the
alien’s registration certificate, also known as an Alien
Card. EU citizens still need to register in Cyprus though,
according to an official from the migration department.
EU nationals intending to live in Cyprus for longer than
three months are required to register with immigration. They
will fill in form MEU1A –also known as a yellow slip and
provide all of the relevant documents. Application fees cost
€8.54. Failure to register carries a fine of €2,563.
EU citizens now only need to register once – (it used to be
every five years) to bring Cyprus in line with EU
The British High Commission website, however, says British
nationals residing in Cyprus should go to the nearest
immigration office and register unless they hold a brown
card and/or a yellow slip without an expiry date.
The British High Commission has asked for clarification from
the Cyprus government as the situation is very confusing.
“We are urgently seeking written clarification on residency
rules,” a British High Commission announcement stated last
To get a yellow slip you can download the form from:
Houses continue to slip in
The promise of help from the
Paphos District office has been welcomed by residents of a
stricken development in Armou, but it has come too late for
one couple who have already decided to move back to the UK.
Six houses which make up a recently built development in the
picturesque village in Paphos have continued to move down
the hillside, despite the warmer weather.
The estate is in imminent danger of collapse after it was
constructed on land locals had long been warned was unsafe.
In just one week on, one of the access roads to the estate
has dropped a further 7cm.
Two of the access roads to the development are currently
impassable with giant gaps in both, the third is barely
useable, and may also be out of action at any time.
A number of the homeowners have issued court proceedings
against the developer.
Geoff Higgs, one of the homeowners said, “We don’t feel safe
here anymore and my wife Maggie is now too frightened to
stay. We are worried that we could wake up one morning half
way down the ravine.”
In just over a week, cracks have appeared in the interior
walls of the couples dream home, the front retaining wall is
cracked from top to bottom and the rear retaining wall which
backs onto a steep ravine has split apart with a gap of
about 1 foot.
The pool pump house is above the retaining wall and
according to Higgs, there is a possibility that the wall
will give way taking the pump house and the pool- which
weighs about 50 tonnes-down the ravine with it.
The president of Paphos’ architects and civil engineers
association, Chrysostomos Italos was contacted by a number
of the home owners to prepare a report, which he is
It appears as if the area where their houses were built,
just below the church in the picturesque village, was
well-known among locals as being unsafe.
According to Italos the area where the houses have been
constructed is at the bottom of the village of Armou and it
is of soft clay.
Founder of the Margarita
Liasidou foundation dies
By Bejay Browne
Tributes have been pouring in for Ismini Liasidou Saul, the
much loved founder of the Margartia Liasidou Foundation for
disabled children and adults, who died peacefully in her
sleep at the Iasis clinic in Paphos on March 15th.
At the grand old age of 92, Ismini was a well-known figure
not just in Paphos but all over the island for her tireless
work to help those ‘less fortunate than herself.’
Ismini set up the non governmental organisation in memory of
her disabled daughter Margarita, who she described as
Ismini said she wanted to keep her daughters memory alive by
establishing the school, which will now remain under the
guidance of a committee, Ismini had been the president.
Ismini often spoke of the difficulties she encountered and
described the setting up of the school as ‘an uphill
struggle’ but she was a fiercely determined woman who said
she gained strength from god and a massive amount of support
from her second husband Mervyn Saul, a Welshman.
The Margarita Liasidou Foundation is now a well established
facility, which provides help and care for children and
adults with disabilities.
The foundation stone for the project was laid on the 24th
October 1990 by the Minister of Labour in Koloni village in
Paphos. The land was donated by the church.
Ismini started the project with fifty thousand Cyprus pounds
of her own money, and with help from the government of
Cyprus, the church, numerous organistions, clubs and private
donations, she was able to realise her dream.
The Margarita Liasidou School opened on the 15th September
1992 and since then has helped tens of children and adults.
An accomplished concert pianist, Ismini regularly played in
public to help to raise funds for the foundation.
The manager of the school Maria Argyrou was Ismini’s right
hand and she has been greatly saddened by her death.
She said, “I saw her just a couple of hours before she died,
but she didn’t open her eyes and she was breathing heavily.
Nurses spoke to her shortly before she died and she said she
just wanted to sleep.”
Ismini experienced a fall in August 2011 which left her bed
bound. She was admitted into the clinic a week before her
Savvas Vergas, the mayor of Paphos, paid tribute to the
schools founder when he presented her with the Paphos heart
of gold award in 2007.Descibing her as an ‘incredible woman,
with boundless energy,’ he said that she was ‘greatly
admired by many and that he was proud and honoured’ to
present her with the award.
Argyrou added, “Ismini was an amazing women and so dynamic,
I feel lonely without her. She was adamant that her work
must continue after her death, and as the foundation relies
on donations and fund raising, her biggest fear was that the
school wouldn’t carry on.”
She noted, “She loved all of the children at the school and
its only through her persistence and vitality that the
school was founded at all.
Ismini’s funeral was held at Ayios Theodoros cathedral in
the centre of Paphos.
Volunteers needed to help
By Bejay Browne
A meeting was held in Tala in Paphos, to try to come up with
a plan to raise funds to help to feed a group of close to
one hundred stray ‘monastery’ cats which have recently been
moved to a new site.
Volunteer Carol Harvey said, “There are a group of ladies,
of which I am one, who all pay to feed this group of cats
from our own pockets. But times are tough and although we
all love the cats, we need to find a way forward to be able
to feed them all.”
Until recently, the cats were living in the grounds of Ayios
Neophytos monastery in Tala, but when the café at the site
changed hands over a year ago, the decision was taken to
“The cats were bothering customers of the café and some were
feeding them, it was becoming a problem,” said Harvey.
According to the monks of Ayios Neophytos kindly donated a
piece of land further down the road, which the cats have
been moved too and concreted sections of it. There are now
also three separate sheds, all of which have been donated
and provide shelter for the animals.
“The problem is that even though we are trying to get as
many of the female cats spayed as we can, people keep
leaving unwanted cats and kittens at the site and we have to
stop them from doing this.”
Harvey stressed that the area is not an animal shelter, nor
is it a charity, but that it was set up solely to provide a
home and food for the cats from the local monastery.
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Eight people, including one
woman, were arrested by police in a drugs bust which took
place in Paphos.
Paphos polices spokesman Nicos Tsappis said, “Police
arrested seven men and one woman at a café in Moutallos in
Paphos, acting on information given to officers.”
He added, “The suspects are being charged with illegal
possession of drugs with intent to supply, illegal drug use,
conspiracy to commit a felony, and allowing the premises to
be used as a place to deal drugs.”
According to the police spokesman, officers found 27 grammes
of cannabis which had been sorted out into 23 separate bags,
at the premises.
The 47 year old female café owner was arrested along with
six Cypriot men and one Bulgarian, all aged between 33- 34
years of age.
The eight appeared before Paphos district court. All of the
male suspects were placed on a five day remand order. The
female café owner was given a two day remand order.
Police have launched their annual Easter campaign to prevent
and combat the use of firecrackers and the control of
The campaign, will inform young people about the dangers,
prior to Easter on April 15. According to the police, they
are stressing that the materials used to make a fire could
cause the loss of sight or a limb or even death.
Police will also increase patrols during Holy Week,
especially outside churches, they said.
Random electricity cuts in
By Bejay Browne
Rolling power cuts are still underway across Cyprus in the
wake of the explosion at the Evangelos Florakis naval base
in Limassol, which all but destroyed one of the main power
stations on the island and claimed twelve lives, a
thirteenth victim later succumbing to his injuries.
Most areas of Paphos are having supply cut for only a two
hour period at any one time, with power later being resumed.
But an announcement that cuts would be limited to once a day
in Paphos seems not to be the case, with power to some areas
of the district still being cut up to three times a day.
A member of staff of the Cyprus Telecommunications
Authority, CYTA, confirmed that the ongoing loss of supply
was causing a headache to technical teams.
Local Paphos businesses are also facing difficulties in
their day to day operations caused by the sporadic
electricity supply, not least banks and hairdressers along
with many others.
An employee of the EAC said that at present it was
‘impossible to follow the timetable of cuts’ which is posted
daily to the company’s web page. He also confirmed that the
situation is expected to continue until at least the end of
Frustration is mounting among Paphos residents who, whilst
aware of the tragic situation behind the cuts, are
experiencing many problems.
Most are appealing to the authorities to try to work out a
system where they inform users when and how long cuts will
last for, and to keep to the timetable. A number of areas of
the district have also had a constant power supply since the
day after the fatal blast, which has left those experiencing
daily cuts feeling disgruntled.
More cuts to Paphos flights.
Paphos has been dealt yet
another blow as Cyprus Airways confirmed the suspension of
the Paphos to Heathrow flight from October 29th , just days
after announcing the cancellation of their long standing
Paphos to Thessaloniki flight as from September 5th.
In addition they will cut their twice weekly Paphos to
Amsterdam flight down to just one.
A Cyprus Airways spokesman said, “We fly from Paphos to
Heathrow every Tuesday but we will suspend this route as of
October 29th.We may reinstate in again for the next summer
In addition, the airline spokesman said that either the
Tuesday or Friday flights from Paphos to Amsterdam will be
canceled as of October 29th, but no decision had yet been
made as to which one.
The motive behind these cuts was given as financial reasons.
The move comes after the national carrier announced the
cancellation of flights from Paphos to Brussels and Gatwick
and now Paphos officials fear the airline may abandon the
use of Paphos International airport altogether.
In addition, local officials are still waiting for a study
by the carrier into the viability of using Paphos
International airport as a base.
The CY spokesman also said that the viability study into
using Paphos International airport as a base for the airline
‘is not in our priorities at the moment.”
Alethea Ayres passes away
By Bejay Browne
Tributes continue to pour in
for a brave Paphos mum, who recently died and who had
touched the hearts of many across the island with the
tremendous courage she showed in her battle against nine
brain tumours, the result of a malignant melanoma.
Alethea Ayres, 35, had been the inspiration for many, as she
documented her journey since being diagnosed with cancer
with complete honesty, on her personal blog and on the
social network site facebook.
The young woman also brought together the whole community of
Paphos who joined forces to raise money for her to send her
for what was hoped to be life saving treatment in Germany.
Just weeks ago after undergoing radiation treatment in
Germany, Alethea returned to Paphos and expressed her
heartfelt thanks to the people of Paphos, who came together
and in a matter of days managed to raise the thousands of
euros needed for her treatment.
Despite living with a terrible disease which was ravaging
her body, Alethea had a positive approach to her predicament
and a determination which enabled her to remain dignified
during her course of grueling treatment, and which made her
the inspiration for many other people coping with similar
Alethea was also helped by the strong love and support of
her family and friends and her determination to be back in
Cyprus after treatment, for her son Christians second
birthday was an aspiration which came true.
She said it was ‘wonderful to hold him in her arms once
After the intensive radiotherapy, Alethea returned home to
continue chemotherapy and rehabilitation treatment as her
mobility had been affected by the treatment and the tumours
putting pressure on her brain.
She retained her positive attitude and sense of humour
throughout, despite bravely admitting she found it hard
coping with the changes in her body and appearance caused by
Her mother Hilda, explained that her daughter’s health had
deteriorated quite quickly.
“The tumours appeared to have shrunk and doctors were
reducing Aletheas cortisone intake, we thought she was doing
But she then began to suffer with stomach pains.
Aletheas cancer had spread to her stomach and just two weeks
ago she was admitted to the Paphos friend’s hospice where
she later died.
Hilda once again expressed the thanks of all of Alethea’s
family for the help and support shown to them by the people
of Paphos and Alethea’s funeral was held at the main church
in Mesoyi in Paphos.
Two white lion cubs arrive in Paphos
By Bejay Browne
Two seven month old lion cubs
arrived at Paphos animal and Bird Park after a sixteen hour
flight from South Africa and according to the parks founder,
have settled into their new home straight away.
Dias and Hera now reside in a specially constructed 800
square metre enclosure, which includes trees, rocks, wood
and a water feature. They also have a specially constructed
room in which to feed and sleep, complete with a ceramic
tiled floor, to ensure it’s easy for their keepers to clean.
Park owner Christos Christoforou said, “They are very
beautiful creatures and we now have our first cats at the
park,” he said adding, “We will get some more lions from a
zoo in Denmark, they will be arriving in the middle of
The parks founder said that he believed the climate of
Cyprus is excellent for the lions as it is so similar to
that of Africa. They will be fed beef, goat and chicken
daily, as well as cow’s liver with added vitamins and
Christoforou admits that although all of the birds and
animals at the park are ‘like his children,’ his first love
is his extensive collection of birds which is the third
largest in Europe.
Construction of a large elephant house and enclosure is
currently underway, in which two new female Indian elephants
will soon be living.
In addition, the pair of zebras which reside at the park
have just produced a male and he has been named him Apollo.
New craze comes to Paphos
The newest craze to sweep the
streets of London has just arrived in Cyprus. The multi
‘party’ bike is being hailed as the latest fun and eco
friendly way to get about.
With no emissions and an electric system powered by special
solar panels, the ‘party bike’ is a great fun way to enjoy a
novelty experience with your friends.
The open structure is sturdily built, and seats eight. A
platform at the back provides room for two more passengers.
The fully trained driver stands at the front, in charge of
the steering and braking systems.
The first party bike to hit the island has taken to the
streets of Paphos and is already proving popular with both
tourists and locals alike.
Billed in Paphos as the ‘Party pedaler,’ the party bike was
brought to Paphos just two weeks ago by British ex pat
resident Eamonn Deller, who has the exclusive rights for
The 57 year old has lived in Peyia in Paphos for the last
seven years and on a recent trip to Germany, a similar
version of the party bike caught his eye.
The structure which is best described as a type of multi
person cycle has already transported dozens of happy
passengers on numerous trips.
The multicycle layout is similar to that of a dinner party,
as the two rows of four chairs are facing each other. The
driver is provided and soft drinks are available on board.
Sixth annual International Beach volley again in Paphos
The women’s International CEV
beach volley tournament got underway again in Paphos.
Fifty eight women from eighteen different countries competed
in the sixth tournament to be held at Yeroskipou municipal
Organisers said it had been an amazing event which gets
better every year.
They also said the Paphos tournament had ‘become an
important event on the International beach volley calendar
and that twenty nine teams would be competing for a place in
the finals and cash prizes.’
This year, well known Greek TV presenter Nikki
Hadjivassiliou, who presents the poplar Greek TV show ‘Pame
Paketo’ which is shown on channel Alpha, also took part in
one of the Greek teams.
The mayor of Yerioskipou Tassos Kousopos,said that he was
pleased that the International event was once again taking
place at Yeroskipou beach in the municipality which had an
excellent reputation for hosting mayor sporting events.
Kousopos added that the beach volley court was of a high
standard as is the quality of participants at this year’s
Teams from countries such as Greece, Bulgaria, the Czech
Republic, Italy, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland
and Sweden all took part.
Appeal for young amputee
A Paphos based non profit
making holiday scheme for injured or traumatised military
personnel is appealing to the public for accommodation for a
Founder and coordinator, Alan Wilson told the Paphos Post,
“we have a young soldier coming to Paphos in June and we are
hoping that someone has a 3 or 4 bedroom ground floor
apartment or villa they would be willing to donate for two
Wilson says the young soldier lost both his legs above the
knee and sustained other injuries in Afghanistan.
He will be a guest of the scheme which is run by M.A.R.C.H.
- Military and Retired Cyprus Holidays for heroes-in Paphos
for the last two weeks of June.
The scheme was founded in 2010 by Paphos residents Alan
Wilson, an ex military man himself, and his wife Barbara
The scheme coordinator said that if nobody donates a
property free of charge, supporters are able to make a
donation via the MARCH website-www.march-cy.org- so that a
property could be rented for the wounded soldier, his family
Call for young cheerleaders
The Paphos Warriors, an
Arsenal affiliated soccer school, has put a call out for
would be cheerleaders to attend try outs for a new squad.
Warrior’s spokesperson and cheerleading coach Cathy
Alexandrou said, “We are looking for girls with a great
personality, enthusiasm and commitment.”
Also working as a professional dancer, Alexandrou and two
more professional dancers will hold the try outs which will
start with a warm up and then light routines.
According to Alexandrou, it’s not necessary to be a great
dancer to be a cheerleader, and unlike dance, size and
experience doesn’t matter.
Alexandrou stressed, “The personality of the girl is the
most important thing, as well as a huge amount of
The practice sessions will commence in September and girls
are being invited to come along and discover what being a
The age range for the squad is 10-20 years old and a junior
and senior group will be formed.
“The girls will support the players at away games as well as
home games,” she said.
For further information contact Cathy Alexandrou on 97773804
FIABCI Congress held in Paphos
The Cyprus International Real
Estate Federation- FIABCI Cyprus – hosted a five day
property conference in Paphos.
The conference, which took place in English, saw thousands
of FIABCI representatives from more than sixty different
countries come together, to exchange ideas and information.
The event was held at the Coral Beach Hotel in Paphos.
The FIABCI Cyprus Honorary President, Nicolas Lemonaris, of
Lemonaris developers explained that the conference presentd
an opportunity for professionals in the property market in
Cyprus, to meet up with their counterparts from all over the
Cyprus was up against Russia and Italy to hold this year’s
event, but according to Lemonaris,. Italy withdrew its
intention and Russia eventually supported the Cyprus
The International Real Estate Federation FIABCI is a
business club of real estate professionals in 60 countries;
and a Federation of 100 national real estate associations.
It has a special consultant with NGO status to the Economic
and Social Council of the United Nations Organisation -ECOSOC.
The federation was founded in 1945, in France as a business
club for real estate professionals and now has a membership
of over 1.5 million.
The event in Paphos was the 62nd annual world congress of
the International Real Estate Federation.
Successful play due to be filmed
Award winning Scottish born
actress and playwright Kathleen Ruddy who penned the smash
hit ‘Sex, Chips and Ouzo,’ which is due to be turned into a
movie, has moved back to Paphos .
The movie offer comes in the wake of the successes at the
Edinburgh festival of her previous plays, ‘Glasgow Hard
Tickets’ and ‘Check Your Coupon’. Ruddys’ company Rubber Ear
Productions will also stage the popular play at venues
across the island from September.
The playwright and actress has just moved back to Paphos
with her husband and two children and said she was thrilled
at the prospect that Sex, chips and Ouzo will hit the big
Ruddy was approached by Soundsmove Films-Director/producer
David Goodall. He currently has two films being presented at
International film festivals. His movies, ‘Crush’ and
‘Changed days’, have already been screened at Sundance, the
New York Film Festival, the Swansea Film Festival and
Fast paced comedy, Sex, chips and Ouzo centers around four
characters and is set in 1978 in post war Cyprus.
She recently wrapped filming for a new Chanel four film
titled, “Football Macbeth, “ and a film she acted in last
year called, ‘ A spanking in paradise” has just signed a
distribution deal with one of the biggest distributers in
New York and will be out in cinemas soon.
Sex, chips and Ouzo premiered at the Edinburgh film festival
and went onto win the BT comedy award. The play then
successfully toured the UK for a year and a half to rave
reviews, before being presented in Cyprus.
Two successful runs of the show across the island in 2003
and 2004 surprised the playwright.
Ruddy is currently writing another play, “The Devil wears
Primark,” which will premier in Paphos following the run of
Sex, chips and Ouzo.
Groundbreaking care for the elderly
A new groundbreaking project
in Paphos will see a four star hotel turned into an assisted
The Laura Beach hotel in Paphos will close in November and
undergo a number of essential changes to turn the site into
a residence tailor made to meet the requirements of the
older generation. The project is being undertaken by Hestia
Living an Anglo-Cypriot group with over 30 years experience
in hospitality and healthcare.
Sales and marketing director Duncan Wills said, “this is a
big project and the idea was formed after it was identified
that there is a lack of continuing care and age care
facilities in Cyprus.”The Laura Beach Residence in Paphos
will be the first Hestia Living Community. The company
identified the 307 roomed 4 star hotel as the perfect site
for the venture and an ideal property to be refitted.
Hestia living will open the refurbished hotel in May 2012
after it has been carefully designed with the seniors in
Road closed in protest
Activists against a proposed
dual carriageway in Paphos closed a road in protest.
The move came after a meeting between the Union of tourist
businesses for the Tombs of the Kings road and the mayor of
Paphos Savvas Vergas, where plans to start construction on
the road were put back until November 1st, but this move
didn’t go far enough to appease protesters according to one
local bar owner.
Ben Hinton of Ben’s bar, which is set on the busy tourist
road, is a member of the union and said that building a four
lane dual carriageway will wreak havoc for local trade and
is an unnecessary expense.
He said that construction of the road- to form part of the
ring road being built around the town- will be a disaster
for already ailing businesses which line the busy tourist
Work in the area will take at least 18 months to complete
and Hinton says he fears this will mean many businesses will
be forced to shut up shop.
Local shop owners say they have been informed no
compensation will be offered to them and they believe the
project will be the final blow to trade.
Hinton stressed that owner’s want the area to be upgraded
and tidied up, but that building four lanes was senseless.
Paphos Youth Theatre scoops two prizes
The Paphos Youth Theater
scooped two prizes at the 25th annual ‘Rosebowl’ Cyprus
Although the main prize, the ‘Rosebowl,’ an engraved crystal
bowl, was awarded to Stage one youth group, the Paphos youth
theatre walked away with the ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Best Performer’.
Youth theatre founder and director Michelle Tross Nonyelu
said she was thrilled with the result.
“This is the third year that we have entered a play into
this competition and it’s the first time our efforts have
been recognised in this way, it’s a real achievement for the
kids and we are all over the moon.”
The Rosebowl drama festival 2011 is celebrating a quarter of
a century in existence and took place in Episkopi.
In the last 25 years, 136 plays have been staged with more
than eight hundred actors taking part.
As well as the Rosebud prize, the award for best performer.
Nonyelu will be running a theatre summer school during the
school holidays from Monday June 27th-July 29th.and places
are still available.
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The neighbourhood watch
initiative which has been operating in Peyia in Paphos since
last September is being hailed as a success.
The scheme which sees friends and neighbours reporting any
suspicious instances or people in the area to coordinators,
who then pass on the information to police, is a pilot
scheme and the first of its kind on the island.
“I think it would be good for other communities and areas to
implement similar schemes in their area, “said Press Officer
Colm Connolly, “It is working very well for us.”
According to Connolly, Peyia is enjoying a period of
relative calm where previously house burglaries and thefts
had been sharply increasing.
“We have just been given the go ahead by the local council
to place warning signs at the three main roads which are the
entrances to Peyia,” he said.
They will be of a similar size to ‘stop’ signs and will
read, ‘Beware, neighbourhood watch” in both Greek and
There are fifteen coordinators who are each responsible for
a slice of the Peyia municipality.
Three new telephone hotline numbers which may be used to
report instances of touting and other offences which affect
the main tourist hub of Paphos have been announced by the
Nassos Hadjigeorgiou, the tourist manager of the Paphos
regional board of tourism promised a couple of months ago
that he would ‘fight to clear our streets,’ and true to his
word, his efforts have now come to fruition.
Callers will be able to report any of these types of
incidents and according to Hadjigeorgiou, the police will
respond immediately and send officers to investigate.
He said, “The whole idea is to ensure that Paphos keeps its
reputation as a low crime and high security level area. I
know of so many complaints by visitors to Paphos, who have
been hassled by touts trying to sell them timeshare and
other packages. This is terrible for the image of Paphos and
some of these people will never come back again.”
The tourist board manager said that his department had
joined forces with the municipality of Paphos and other
concerned bodies and approached the police for help.
“Their response was positive and they have now given us
these three numbers 199, 26806060 and 26806049.”
Hadjigeorgiou said that callers should request to speak with
the officer on duty to lodge their complaint and that it
would be dealt with swiftly.
Development in Peyia in Paphos has been described by one
local councilor as comparable the ‘wild west’ where everyone
does what they want without adhering to the law.
Linda Leblanc, a Canadian born naturialised Cypriot, is a
Green party member and was elected onto Peyia council as a
representative of the coalition of independents.
Following a recent intrusion into the coastal area of Peyia,
which is part of a sizeable multi million euro property
devolvement, Leblanc has been fighting for her right to be
given copies of the building permits which have been issued.
Authorities are insisting that the development is all above
board and that all permits have been issued according to the
law. But so far, Leblanc has been unable to get hold of
copies of the permits for her perusal.
Green Party MP George Perdikis recently visited the area and
confirmed that the cliff side work appeared to be a
violation of the coastal protection zone, also pointing out
that Leblanc had a right to a photocopy of planning permits.
Perdikis has written to the Minister of the Interior and the
Ombudswomen requesting an investigation into Pegeia
Council’s refusal to give copies of the planning permits the
Three year old Marialena
Georgiou was rushed to intensive care at the Nicosia General
Hospital after she ran out from behind a parked car on
hearing an ice cream truck in Paphos.
The little girl was knocked down by a 19-year-old national
guardsman. Police say she managed to break away from her
parents and ran to cross the road to get to an ice-cream.
She was transferred from Paphos General Hospital to Nicosia
General due to the critical nature of her head injuries.
A British man, Stephen David Carbine, aged 34, was killed in
a road accident in Latsi after when his motorcycle collided
with a car driven by a 28-year-old man.
He was rushed to Polis Chrysochous hospital where he was
pronounced dead on arrival.
The 28-year-old driver of the other vehicle involved in the
crash was arrested after failing two alcohol tests.
A 600KG shark was caught by a fisherman Michalakis Ioannou
off the coast of Latsi in Paphos. The shark was snared 300m
from shore in shallow waters of 10m, which is a rare
occurance.He was then towed back to the harbour at Latsi.
Polis campsite opening unsure
It is still unclear whether
the popular campsite in Polis Chrysochous will open this
According to Takis Tsintides, the Chief Forestry
Conservationist, the person who has been managing the site
until last year finally handed it back on April 20th.
“We are waiting for the signing of the new contract between
ourselves and the municipality of Polis Chrysochous,” he
According to Tsintides, the new agreement will be valid for
a term of 15 years with the option to continue for two
further 15 year periods.
“I’m not yet sure if the municipality will open the site at
all this year, but we must let the people know what the
decision is as soon as possible.”
Tsintindes said that the site was officially handed back to
the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) just over a couple of
The state forest was leased CTO, which in turn leased the
site to the private individual who had fought all efforts to
remove him form the campsite, despite the fact that his
contract was terminated last year.
The forestry department terminated the contract with the CTO
in February 2010; to enable it to be rented to the
municipality of Polis. They have plans to keep it as a
campsite, but also to upgrade it.
Mayor of Polis Chrysochous added,” I am waiting for a new
contract to be signed between the municipality and the
forestry department, and I am trying to find ways in which
the site will remain open for this summer. Some small works
need to be undertaken but no major upgrading will take place
in time for the summer.”
London Welsh voice choir to
perform in Cyprus
Following the success of her
recent appearance with the Morlais male choir during their
trip to Cyprus, a Paphos businesswomen has been invited to
sing with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir when they
perform on the island in May.
Judith Evans- Davies said, “I will be singing two or three
songs with the choir and I’m absolutely thrilled. I feel
quite overwhelmed and really excited.”
Evans- Davies performed in March with the Morlais male
voice; and is now gaining an International reputation. She
was recently approached by Mike Charlesworth of the male
choir after a recommendation following her recent
“It will be a fantastic opportunity to sing with so many
voices,” said Evans- Davies.
Originally from Wales, the Paphos resident is a classically
trained singer and has performed in Cyprus on previous
occasions, after making her debut performance in the Welsh
National Opera "Madame Butterfly"
The choir, who have twice appeared at the Royal Variety
Command Performance and at the Prince of Wales fiftieth
Birthday celebrations, arrive on the island on May 28th.
During their visit to Paphos, the choir will perform three
concerts in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund and the Friends
Hospice of Paphos.Evans-Davies has been invited to sing at
all three venues.
On Monday 30 May –the first performance will take place at
the Akamas theatre at the Coral Beach Hotel in aid of the
hospice. This will be followed by a performance at Pissouri
Amphitheatre on Wednesday June 1 for the Army Benevolent
fund, and a final performance at the castle in Paphos
harbour on Friday June 3rd.
Royal wedding comes to Paphos
The much anticipated royal wedding of Prince William and
Kate Middleton on April 29, saw many British ex pats living
in Paphos celebrate the event in style.
Paphos has the biggest population of resident Brits on the
island and prior to the event most were getting into the
spirit of the occasion by organising street parties and
gatherings with family and friends.
Sue Keats along with her husband and children organised a
traditional British style street party in their cul-de-sac
in Peyia village in Paphos, and invited neighbours and
friends to join them to celebrate the wedding.
Prior to the event Sue said, “We are all dressing up in red,
white and blue and we are expecting lots of people to come.”
Family, friends and neighbours have all clubbed together to
supply a dish of food each and donated nine euros per head
“I’m really excited; this kind of event makes you proud to
be British. I know the country has gone downhill a bit, but
this wedding is the kind of thing that brings everyone
together,” she said.
Sue and husband Darren, along with the help of friends, are
arranging tables and chairs, traditional red, white and blue
bunting, balloons and flags to line the street outside their
home. They will all also watching the event live on a
projector screen, supplied by another friend.
“It’s such a lovely occasion,” she said.
The Paphos branch of the UKCA also held a street party on
the day of the royal wedding, but chose to host it indoors.
One of the organisers Steve Kay said. “We will watch the
event on three TV screens and we have traditional British
street party food like, sausages, sandwiches, and cheese and
pineapple on sticks.”
Be careful of snakes
As the weather warms up snakes in Cyprus are emerging from
hibernation and this period is the when most snake bites can
David Roach, a Paphos resident, has worked closely with
Snake George- Hans-Jorg Wiedl- a Cyprus snake and reptile
specialist-who is currently in Austria.
He says spring is the most common time to see snakes as they
are waking up.
“Snakes are coming out of hibernation now and as the
temperature isn’t very high they are docile and lethargic,
as they get energy from the sun and it warms up their
This means the creatures aren’t moving as swiftly as they
will during the warmer months.
He advised, “If you are gardening there are some basic
things to bear in mind. Snakes like to shelter under rocks
and in long grass and you may even find one which has been
hibernating in a garden shed.”
He continued, “If you are turning over rocks do so carefully
tilting the rock slowly towards you, giving a chance for a
snake to go away.”
According to research carried out by Snake George there are
six types of snakes in the Republic of Cyprus, three of
these are poisonous. The blunt-nosed viper is the most
venomous. The other two are the Cat snake and the
Montpellier snake. Roach said, “If you are bitten by any
snake you must get medical help straight away. Even if the
bite is not venomous you must have a tetanus jab.”
The Cyprus Hoteliers Association (PASYXE) has hit back at
SEK trade union claims that hotels in Paphos were
implementing a policy of firing Cypriot employees in favour
of using cheaper EU labour, saying the matter had been blown
up out of proportion.
Neophytos Xenofontos, the Paphos district secretary for SEK
claimed 10 hotels in the town had sent redundancy letters to
dozens of their Cypriot employees just ahead of the start of
the summer season. He also claimed that procedures were
underway to employ EU workers in their place.
But Evripides Louzides, a spokesman for the Cyprus Hoteliers
Association (PASYXE) refuted this.
Louzides confirmed that three hotels in Paphos had been
contemplating cutting staff to ensure survival, but that no
decisions had yet been made.
Two of the three Paphos hotels which are contemplating staff
cuts are not members of PASYXE.
Paphos has been worst hit by the global financial crisis of
all the towns in Cyprus as its economy is reliant on tourism
and construction as the main sources of income.
A decision by the Ministry of the Interior means that
foreign nationals are no longer being issued Cyprus ID
cards. The move came without warning or notification.
EU nationals are not permitted to use Cypriot ID cards for
travel, the same as a Cypriot national living in another EU
member state with an ID issued in that country could not use
the card for travel. Only EU nationals with ID cards issued
in their country of origin are able to use them for
travelling within the EU. According to airport officials,
the ID card travel issue was a problem. But, as many Cyprus
ID cards are valid for ten years, the issue could continue
to be a problem, especially as the authorities appear not to
have taken any steps to inform the public that the cards
will no longer be issued as they are not valid for travel.
Apparently, the interior ministry is examining the
possibility of introducing a new type of card replacement.
It will be called a residence card and will appear similar
to that of an ID card. In addition, the new residence
permits with biometric data should be in place by the end of
President Demetris Christofias officially inaugurated the
citizens’ service centre (SSC) in Paphos.
Speaking at the ceremony to celebrate the centre’s opening a
year ago, Christofias said the centre demonstrated the
government’s twin objectives of responding to the demands of
society and building a relationship between the state and
Christofias said: “Any modern state has an obligation to
provide high quality, prompt and effective services.
Citizens are entitled to receive prompt service and reliable
information, even if they live away from the capital and the
headquarters of the Ministries, Departments and Services.”
He added that the creation of SSCs was part of a wider
government strategy to offer decentralised and better
services to the public, which is set to include an advice
call centre, a code of conduct for civil servants and a
‘Common Assessment Framework’ to identify administrative
weaknesses.The SSC offer 64 services from six different
government departments, including road transport, social
insurance, civil registry and migration, the health ministry
and the land and surveys department.
Opposition to plans for a dual
Businesses on the busy
tourist road of the Tomb of the Kings in Paphos have formed
a union opposed to plans to turn it into a dual carriageway.
They have also sent a letter to the mayor appealing to him
to reconsider the move.
They have gone so far as to threaten to close for good if
construction work on the dual carriageway goes ahead, saying
it will ruin their trade.
Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas has said construction of the road
- to form part of the ring road being built around the town
- would commence this June or July this year, taking 18
months to complete.
Ben Hinton of Ben’s bar said: “A lot of businesses on the
strip have already closed down due to the recession and a
lack of tourism; this road could be a final blow”.
Hinton added that business owners had asked Vergas what sort
of compensation would be offered to those adversely affected
by the disruption caused by construction.
“We were told there would be none at all,” he said, pointing
out that businesses were given no idea as to the
construction’s schedule or how long any disruption to each
area would last.
“We all agree the Tomb of the Kings road needs tidying up,
but we are against the construction of a dual carriageway.
The road will be widened to two lanes each way, a bicycle
lane and the continuation of the central reservation, which
at present is only in place at the entrance to the strip.”
He also questioned the sense behind placing a dual
carriageway through the middle of a busy tourist area.
“It will be difficult for traffic to stop, even though the
plans show that a number of car parks would be built… Here
we have masses of accommodation and I wonder how tourists
will be expected to cross a dual carriageway.”
Hinton said that the design could be changed so that the
road remained as one lane each way, complete with a bicycle
lane. He continued that locals had no problem with the
central reservation being built and new lighting and plants
would also help to smarten up the street.
The bar owner along with eight other Cypriot business people
opposing the construction recently formed a union - the
Union of Tourist Business of the Tomb of the Kings road,
which will attempt to prevent the planned construction.
It’s carnival time!
This year’s carnival parade in Paphos looked on track to
break all records and be the biggest the town has ever seen,
said mayor Savvas Vergas.
More than 50 groups had signed up to participate in the
procession prior to the event.
The theme for this year’s King of the Carnival is Dionysius,
who represents wine and entertainment – which is what this
year’s celebrations are all about, according to the mayor.
“We have many events planned in the city” he said.
The carnival’s main event, as usual, is the parade through
the centre of Paphos.
“After this there is a free concert to which everyone is
invited,” he said. Nickole and Greek band Melisses will
He said that while the economic crisis had taken its toll on
Paphos, everyone should take advantage of this 10-day period
to try to enjoy themselves, leave their homes and attend the
municipal events. Vergas pointed out that the carnival
period will help improve Paphians’ morale, bringing some
enjoyment their way.
Grand carnival parade: Saturday March 5, 3pm, Grivas Digenis
Avenue; 5pm concert by Nickole and Melisses
Youth carnival fiesta: Sunday March 6, 10pm, Otto Dieci bar,
DJ and costume contest
Green Monday: Monday March 7, 12pm, Faros beach. Traditional
dances, food, games and kite contest.
Ailing airline could close in
The minister of finance has said that national carrier
Cyprus Airways-CY- could be closed before April, if the
government does not give the nod to the €20 million
compensation the airline say they desperately need. This
payout is for compensation over Turkeys ban to use its
Charilaos Stavrakis added that even if the funding went
ahead, this gave no guarantees that the ailing state airline
could be kept afloat. He cited many ‘outside factors’ and
said that the government must try to keep the airline going,
as its closure would deal a devastating blow to the Cyprus
It’s as yet unclear if the EU will allow for the payout to
go ahead, even if it’s approved. Under European Union law,
member states are not permitted to shore up public or
private companies, unless they have the specific permission
of the EU.
The government has yet to officially apply for permission, a
fact which has brought much criticism from MP’s. The
minister of finance said if funds were to be approved; the
cash injection would be passed onto the airline immediately.
He added that Turkeys position of banning the airline from
using its airspace was ‘unjust’ and had adversely affected
the state carrier’s ability to compete in the market.
Stavrakis said, “If we don’t give this money, the airline
will close by April, the latest. For now, the aim is to save
the company, which is in immediate danger of collapse.”
Up to now, only ruling political party AKEL has voted in
favour of handing over the payment to the airline.
Storms wreak havoc at Paphos seafront
Yet again storms and bad weather have lashed the recently
upgraded area of Poseidonos avenue in Kato Paphos, throwing
up rocks and debris onto the road, rendering it impassable.
According to locals the road had to be closed to enable
municipality workers to clear the rubbish away.
This occurrence is an ongoing problem every winter and the
mayor and the local council are pushing the government to
erect ‘much needed’ wave breakers, which would not be
visible, in the sea.
A small wall which had been in place for years was not
replaced during the multi million euro upgrade of the
street, but according the local council and shop owners this
offered little or no protection.
Paphos councilor Vassos Demetriou said that the government
must do the necessary works in the sea to prevent this from
He said, “We have spent a lot of money on upgrading
Poseidonos avenue and we are still experiencing problems
with the sea and the waves.”
Demetriou said that architects responsible for drawing up
the plans of the upgrading work had not taken into
consideration the effects which storms and bad weather would
“But even if the small wall which had been there was
replaced this would not solve the problem,” he said. “The
main problem is that the government should do the necessary
works into the sea to protect the seashore otherwise we will
have this problem every year.”
Following huge delays in the
process to revamp the public swimming pool in Paphos,
tenders for the project have finally been declared.Work on
the site is expected to commence soon and will be completed
by next summer.Panicos Charalambos, the president of the
Paphos municipality youth and social welfare committee, said
that he hoped that KOA, the Cyprus athletics association,
would provide further athletic instalations to enable the
municipality to offer a better sports service.
A meeting between the muktah of Konia, Kyriakos Kyrikou, and
the special co ordinating committee which are examining
places for the new C and D waste disposal site has taken
place.The study followed EU regulations and guidelines , so
as not to be disputed by any of the parties involved. The
descision to create the tip in the space to the north of
HYTA has already been taken. All local representatives and
authorities will be informed of the study,given explanations
as to the decisions taken and why the particular spot has
The ice rink which had been set up by the municipality of
Paphos in the town hall gardens as part of the Christmas
village melted due to the unseasonably high
temperatures.Whilst holiday makers enjoyed beach weather in
December, many locals, children and adults alike were
disappointed by the fact that the ice was melting which made
it unsafe to skate on.The ice is kept cool by a generator
but the temperture needed to be at 12 degrees in order for
the ice to freeze completely.The ice had been covered with
water which obviously meant that no-one could skate
there.Colder weather though, did help and skaters finally
took to the ice for the first time in Paphos.
Hundreds of restaurants in Paphos closed for 24 hours to
highlight problems they say they are facing. Fitos
Thrassivoulou the President of the restaurateurs association
said that all-inclusive holiday are killing the trade. In
addition, he said it lowed the quality of tourism and added
that overheads and taxes facing these businesses such as VAT
are very high. A meeting also took place between tourism
officials and the restaurateurs association to discuss the
problems and to attempt to find solutions to ease the
Yiorgos Michaelides, a member of the management committee of
the Paphos Aphrodite festival announced that at a meeting
the proposal from the opera of Prague to undertake next
years performance had been accepted. He pointed out that
although the initial figure put forward by the company had
been €355,000 the final price came out at €480,000.
Michaelides said that the opera was of a very high quality
adding that the standards would be raised and that the
committee was sure that it would attract thousands of
visitors in 2011.
Tenders for upgrading work to be carried put at the
Aphrodite sports centre in Paphos will be offered in
January.Work to revamp the sports ground will get underway
in Februaury.KOA and local councillors are supporting the
plans which will enable the cenre to host the renowned Pan
European under 21 Tae Kwondo games, which are due to take
place in November next year.
The mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas has announced that
President Chrystofias presented an award to the municipality
of Paphos. The award has been granted for work carried out
on the walkway, which has been constructed from the area of
Faros beach along to the harbour in Kato Paphos. Vergas said
that the project used simple natural materials to ensure
that it fitted in with the surrounding landscapes and didn’t
become an eyesore. The mayor said that the promenade is
unique and will create enthusiasm and appreciation with
everyone that uses it.
British High Commissioner in Paphos
The British High Commissioner, Matthew Kidd, visited Paphos
town hall and met with the mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas.
Vergas said that he wanted the British High Commission and
the ex pat community to support Paphos’ attempt to gain the
nomination for the title of the ‘2017 cultural capital of
Europe.’ The mayor, local officials and other interested
parties are determined to secure the prestigious title for
the historic town, believing that it will provide a
much-needed boost to the flagging local economy.
The mayor added that, “the local authorities have close ties
and contact with the British ex pat community, as well as
the various organisations of Paphos.”
In the meantime, the High Commissioner said that due to a
recent decision to move all British passport applications
and renewals from Nicosia to the high commission in Madrid
in Spain, his office would now have more time to dedicate to
The Commissioner said that of next spring a programme of
‘road shows’ would get underway to highlight specific
problems and give helpful advice to British ex-pats.
Subjects, which will be covered, include the latest
information on pensions, which is of particular concern to a
number of British residents in Paphos, as they are retirees.
Raw sewerage in Yeroskipou
Raw sewerage is being pumped out onto open areas of
Yeroskipou village in Paphos and is creating a dangerous
health hazard. Residents of the area say that the problem
has been ongoing for the past five years and enough is
Andreas Seymenis, a 72-year-old retired policeman said that
he just wants the problem solved as soon as possible.
According to Seymenis the problem lies with his neighbours
properties and the stench from the sewerage is disgusting.”
They have a very big building and a small septic tank and
every day when the materials inside reach a certain level,
an automatic system pumps the waste out.”
According to Doxoulla Panayioutou, the vice district
secretary of the Paphos Green party the resident’s dilemma
is acute.” I went to the area to see if I could help these
people and the smell being emitted from the waste is
disgusting,” she said.
Panayioutou said that the Greens had written to the mayor of
Yeroskipou Tassos Kousapos to explain the problem and point
out that they need to be connected to the main line sewerage
She said that there are a further seven buildings in
Yeroskipou which are facing similar problems and that all of
them desperately need to be connected to the mainline
sewerage. As yet, there has been no answer forthcoming from
Small claims court needed
A Paphos man fed up with the Cyprus justice system is hoping
to start an online petition to initiate an extra judicial
small claims court.
Paphos businessman and Konia community board member Andy
Georgiou said that after a couple of nasty personal
experiences he had realised there is a real need to
establish a small claims court in Cyprus.
Georgiou says that if he receives support from other
residents in favour of his proposal he will start on line
petition and lobby the government to implement a direct,
fast track system for cases involving claims of up to
Georgiou says that the first case he became unwittingly
involved in was adjourned by the Paphos court fifteen times
before it was heard before a judge, costing him up to €300
every time in fees due to his solicitor.
Georgiou says that eventually, after the case dragging on
for three years, the Paphos court found him innocent, but
not until he had made fifteen court appearances and forked
out more than €2,500 in solicitors fees.
To show your support for Andy Georgious’ petition, he may be
contacted at email@example.com.
Twenty three shop owners in Cyprus are facing prosecution
after refusing to comply with a law banning out-of-season
sales, after six weeks of police crackdowns.Officers
investigated 788 shops between September 1 and October 15,
iand uncovered 362 violations. Most repremanded stores ended
their sales; but twenty three refused; they will now go to
court. Nicosia came out worse with 178 violations of which
four were reported. Limassol had 117, of which five were
reported. Larnaca had 20 violations with 12 reported and
Paphos had 47 violations with two reported.
Following testing on water samples from areas of
Cyprus,including Paphos,traces of medicine have been
discovered in some water reserves in Cyprus. Reasearch was
carried out by the Technological University-TEPAK-on
underground water reserves, dam water, potable water and
re-cycled water.The traces uncovered included anti-biotics,
analgesics, anti-depressents and hormones.Most were found in
re-cycled water and a small ammount in drinking water.The
district water engineer of Paphos,Vassos Socratous assured
that the main source of these traces were from farms and
other other places which used antibiotics and pesticides.He
added that measures were being taken to stop the
contamination of underground water.
He stressed that water in Paphos is safe to drink, adding
that water from the Aspro Kremmnos dam in Paphos and the de-salination
unit at Kouklia was also safe to drink.Socratous said that
water from the de-salination plant was tested every four
Residents from Emba village in Paphos are embroiled in a
disagreement with the community leader over the proposed
site of the new cemetery to serve the village.
A number of angry residents of the area aired their views a
live local radio show, stating that they didn’t understand
the insistence of the Muktah, Antonakis Nikiforou to create
the cemetery on a particular green area, which borders the
communities of Tala and Tremithousa.
The residents pointed out that despite the negative views of
all of the government bodies on the subject, who also
consider the area unsuitable for the creation of a cemetery,
that the Muktah is still standing firm.
They say the main reason for the government’s view that the
land is not suitable, is based on the fact that the ground
in the area is made up of rock, which would make it
difficult to dig the plots required for burial.
Answering his critics the Muktah said that people shouldn’t
be so concerned by the matter as ‘ we will all end up there
anyway’- referring to the cemetery. He also said that the
cemetery would still be a ‘green and peaceful area without
Nikiforou said that he had the signatures of two and a half
thousand people who are in favour of placing the new
cemetery at his preferred site, whereas opposition to the
plans had only managed to collect the support of two hundred
Paphos and Yeroskipou municipalities have both announced
expansions to their re-cycling efforts. Mayor of Paphos
Savvas Vergas said that a programme to recycle clothes is
being applied by the municipality. He advised that lilac
coloured bins will be placed next to the Green dot bins,
which currently collect glass, paper and plastic, and the
public will be able to deposit any unwanted items of
In the meantime mayor of Peyia, Neofitos Akourshiotis said
that two large bins are being placed in the centre of Peyia
at the primary school and the public park. These will be
collection points for shoes, bags and items of clothes.
Angelos Odysseous the mayor of Polis Chrysochous has
announced that tenders are to be offered for the upgrading
project of Latsi harbour.Odysseous added that work would
begin on the project next March.
The mayor said the work would enhance the whole area and
encourage tourist flow.He pointed out that he had worked
hard to achieve this end, visiting Nicosia on a regular
basis,sometimes twice a week.
He stressed that the project would be financed through a
loan which had already been approved. Also included in this
amount is the cost of the proposed West circular ring road
The mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas has announced that a new
cooperation between the municipality and the Paphos
transport company will see the creation of 120 new roofs for
bus stops around the town.This move brings to an end the
association with another company which Vergas says was not
financially viable and did not ‘serve the financial
interests of the municipality’.The mayor pointed out that
the new bus stop roofs would contribute towards the
improvement of the general picture of the town.
Mayor of Yeroskipou Tassos Kousoupos has said that he will
be reviewing upgrading work carried out so far in the
municipality by the sewerage board of SAPPA.
The mayor added that he had received assurances from the
contractor that they will commence placing pre- mix on roads
where nesseccary, in an effort to solve the current problems
with the road surfaces.
Kousopos pointed out that in some areas contractors are
working ahead of schedule whilst in others they are lagging
He said that work being carried out underground had
encountered some unforseen difficulties, which have
justified the delays to completion of work in these areas.
Turkish soldiers manning an enclave near Pyrgos fired shots
at two fishermen.No one was injured during the incident.The
two fishermen, 62-year-old Stathis Karsoumas and his son
Michalis, 40, were fishing 800 metres off the Kokkina
enclave at 5pm, when around 10 shots were fired from a
Turkish guard post.Police said the shots were at a distance
and no one was hit.
A 28- year- old and a 32- year- old, both from Romania were
placed on an 8 day remand order suspected of theft.The 28-
yea-r old man attempted to break into a 63- year- old
Cypriot mans house in Yeroskipou - but cut his hand during
the attempt.The home owner heard the intruder, who then fled
the scene.Acting on a tip off police searched the suspects
home, which he shared with his 32- year -old flatmate.Police
discovered huge quantities of jewellery, shoes, clothes and
old Cypriot pounds, all of which they believe to be
stolen.The 28- year- old admitted to police that he had
attempted to break and enter the Yeroskipou house.
According to a report in a British daily paper,a cat was
thrown off a second floor balcony and a 64-year-old British
woman was allegedly glassed in the face by British soldiers
in an incident at a Paphos hotel.According to the paper,
soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster Regiment were partying
at a hotel in Paphos when one of them threw a cat off a
second floor balcony. A group of tourists confronted the men
and a woman was attacked with a glass.Spokesman for the
British bases, Captain James Mansell said,“We are
investigating an alleged incident which occurred in Paphos.
We are taking this incident very seriously, however I cannot
release any further information as we are still
A 35- year- old Georgian man has been arrested on suspicion
of setting a fire in a car belongong to a 47- year- old
compatriot.The fire caused extensive damage to the vehicle
which was outside close to the area of Dipla Kaja at
night.The fire was spotted and the fire brigade were
contacted.Firemen manage to extinguish the blaze before the
car was completely burnt out.Members of the police crime
squad found a small tank inside the vehicle which officers
believed to have been full of petrol and used to start the
fire.A police spokeman said they had been given information
that the 35- year- old had argued with the owner of the
vehicle earlier in the day, over financial differences.
The Paphos fire services were called to blaze at 4am at a
flat in Adamandios Korais street in Kato Paphos.Police
examinig the scene, discovered that the fire had broken out
simultaneously in four different places.Police said that the
two English Cypriots who are renting the appartment were not
present at the property at the time of the incident.The fire
brigade extinguished the blaze while thecost of the damage
has not yet been estimated.
A special constable serving at the Paphos road transport
department was arrested on suspicion of obtaining money
under false pretences. The 34-year-old handed himself in
after police said that he was wanted for taking down
payments for cars on auction at the Limassol port.He
allegedly promised people he would buy the cars on their
behalf but vanished after being given the money, then failed
to answer their phone calls.In one case, the suspect
allegedly received €5,500 from hopeful buyers.Limassol
police said he had been suspened previously for his alleged
involvement in similar cases in Nicosia and Paphos. Those
cases are due in court.
Victory for Paphos villager
A one-woman crusader is
victorious after preventing a seemingly illegal rock
grinding facility from operating after a ‘year of hell.’
Moyra Blackie, a Paphos residents of Tremithusa village,
said the plant, which is thought to have been operating on
private land without permission or a licence for the last
year, is now quiet.
The 60 year old, who had hip replacement surgery in March
last year said,’ there is an area close to my house, where
continual rock grinding has been taking place from 8am until
8pm for the last year, and its been driving me mad.’ Blackie
who has been living in Cyprus for the past twelve years had
been enjoying the peace and quiet of the surroundings of her
village home, until three huge caterpillar machines and an
array of trucks, lorries and grinding equipment set up in a
The determined woman wrote to the Paphos District officer
and spoke to the Muktah of the village and other officials,
who all promised that they would help, but nothing was done.
‘I even blocked the road by myself to protest what was going
on next to me and stopped all the traffic, this was just
after my hip replacement.’
Blackie and a neighbour had been having breathing problems,
which they believes have been caused by the fine dust
particles in the air.’ It had got to the state where we
couldn’t even hang our washing outside as there was just too
She decided to then telephone the Nicosia office of the
Director of the Department of Labour inspection, Leandros
Nicolaides, and continued until he returned her call.
She stressed, ‘I have to pass on my huge thanks to him as he
listened to me for hours and was very sympathetic. He said
he was coming to Paphos and promised to do something about
After that the noise and activity at the plant ceased.
In addition, the three large caterpillar machines have been
removed, and all that now remains of the facility are three
larges piles of different types of fine ground material.
‘I feel like a new person and it’s all down to Mr.
Nicolaides, so a big thank you to him from all of us.’
Cyprus Airways has buckled under pressure from Paphos
officials and local MP’s and backed down on cutting the
twice weekly Paphos to Heathrow flight for the time being.
Although, the matter is to be discussed further.This move
came after the airline cancelled another Paphos-UK flight,
suspending the weekly Paphos–Birmingham route.Local MP
Costas Costantinou said there was “continued provocation” by
CY towards Paphos, and if they want to improve their
economic situation, the airline should start from another
point and not by cutting flights to and from Paphos
Meanwhile,hundreds of air passengers out of Paphos airport
were affected when 12 flights were halted over a
ground-handlers’ dispute that briefly spread to Larnaca
airport.The strike began in Paphos when the two ground
services’ companies made 33 employees redundant. The
companies later revoked the 33 redundancy letters after the
strike had spread to Larnaca airport. The employees had
refused to accept a change in their employment terms.All 33
had formerly been government employed when airport
operations were privatised in 2006 but had stayed on under
the new management.
A big boost for Paphos looks set to get underway with the
state giving green light on a number of construction
projects. Mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas said he had left the
meeting with the ministers of the interior and transport and
works very satisfied.
Vergas confirmed that two projects, the creation of a new
roundabout in the area of Viofos and a road connecting the
airport with the tourist area of Kato Paphos would go to
tender on October 30th.In addition, on November 5th, the
declaration of tenders for the building of a bridge
connecting the North circular road with the industrial are
would be announced. Along side this tenders for the
re-construction of the tourist Avenue, the Tombs of the
Kings would also be offered. Vergas said that he had also
received assurances that the construction of the West
circular road, the revamping of the traditional trade centre
of Paphos, which will occur in Phases, and the
reconstruction of the central avenue Griva Digeni, would
also go ahead.
Breaks for servicemen and women
A British ex-serviceman living in Paphos has set up a
holiday scheme for serving military personnel and is looking
for properties to be donated for one or two weeks of the
year.Alan Wilson is looking for apartments of villas and
already have seven properties which have been donated.Wilson
said that the purpose of the scheme is to provide a break
for serving personal or those who have been medically
discharged, and their families.
Wilson is co operating with a number of other schemes and
said he is also hoping to work alongside the SBA here in
Wilson, who is now 60 years old, spent 12 years in the army
serving in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kenya and Canada..He
said ,’These breaks are so important as they give the
service personnel time away from their bases to recouperate
and recharge their batteries.
Wilson has also been responsible for organising the annual
Remembrance Day service in Peyia, which he started two years
‘Its along the lines of the service which is held at the
cenotaph in London every year,’ he said. ‘This year there
will also be a bugler from the bases playing the last post.’
Last year the services collection was split equally between
the Cyprus Veterans, and Help for Heroes.Wilson said, ‘
everyone is welcome to attend the service on November 14th
which will be held in Peyia car park at 10.30am.’For further
information or to donate a property call Alan Wilson on 99
Opera records losses
Despite reported losses of €25,000 the Paphos Aphrodite
opera committee have said they are satisfied with the
outcome of this years performance.According to local Paphos
councillor, Akis Chrysomilos, who said the difficult
economic climate must be considered and taken into account;
the overall outcome was, ‘satisfactory.’He said, ‘Even
though the opera made a loss of €25,000 the production was
well received and had a great response from both local and
foreign audiences.’The annual operatic events draws an
audience of thousands for all over the world and has now
established itself as a prestigious event not only for
Paphos, but also for Cyprus
said, ‘As far as preparations for the 2011 performance is
concerned, instructions have already been given to a
specialist team, which will act as an advisory body to help
the Aphrodite committee to chose the next opera
company.’This team has already made contact with two
different companies who are said to be favourites to stage
the operatic performance next year.The local councillor
said, ’Initial contact has already been made with the
selected companies by the opera team. They are the National
Opera of Prague and the Opera Picolo of Milan.
He confirmed that by the start of November the choice as to
who would be staging next year’s opera would be made.As for
2012, he said this had to be something ‘extra special’ as
Cyprus would be hosting its turn at the rotating EU
Drugs awareness events at Paphos School
Parents, students and teachers were educated about the
harmful effects of drugs in at a drugs awareness week held
at the International School of Paphos.
The progamme included presentations from UK based Elizabeth
Burton Phillips the founder of drugFAM, a UK based support
service set up to help families suffering through drug
Tragically, Phillips own son Nick, a twin, died as a result
of drug abuse in February 2004, and since making the story
of her family public, she has become well known and now
provides advice and support for other families in similar
situations to hers.
Phillips visit to the International school was perpetuated
by one of the Mum’s, Lydia Carseras, whose twin boys are
year eight pupils.
Carseras a Paphos based mother read Phillips book, ‘Mum can
you lend me twenty quid, ‘which graphically depicts the
effects drugs had on her family.
‘I was fascinated,’ she said. ‘The trouble is that families
believe that drug abuse can’t happen to them, but drugs can
knock on anyone’s door.
Phillips admitted that she had found out from Cypriot
children that families are very close knit and that it’s
quite a stigma to speak about the problem of drug abuse.
Phillipis is joined on her trip to the island by Gail Pitts
whose son died after taking of a cocktail of drink and drugs
at a party three years ago.
The devastated Mum joined drugFAM and says the process has
helped her to come to terms with her sons’ death.
Pitts added, ‘We don’t want people to see us as two tragic
mums or pity us, but we are about getting the message out
there that we represent ordinary families and this situation
can happen to anybody.’
The duo brought with them advice and guidance sheets for
parents which include the tell tale signs to look out for in
your child’s demeanor, appearance and behavior and what to
do if you think your child may be taking drugs.
The mayor of Yeroskipou,
Tassos Kousapos has announced that the 2011 budget will
allow for the construction of a medical centre for the
municipality. The mayor added that along with the aid of the
ministry of health, they will acquire a piece of land and go
ahead with construction and operational plans immediately.
The minister of agriculture, Demitris Iliades, attended an
event in Polis Chrysochous, to promote a healthy eating
campaign for children and which marked the end of the school
year. The campaign, which has been implemented in primary
schools in Polis, saw kids being given free fruit and veg
for their lunch breaks twice a week. The project has been
successfully implemented at 16,000 schools in Larnaca and
Paphos. The project will be extended to other areas of
Cyprus during the next school year, and the minister pointed
out that the aim of the scheme is to educate children from a
young age about healthy eating and to reduce the number of
kids suffering from obesity.
The municipality of Yeroskipou has implemented a water
saving campaign in co-operation with the Water Development
Department. An information stand has been erected in
Yeroskipou Square with available literature to inform local
residents about ways in which water can be saved and used
Savvas Vergas, the mayor of Paphos, visited St. Petersburg
in Russia to try to drum up tourism interest and cultural
issues. Vergas said that there should be more direct flights
between Paphos and Russia as there is currently only a once
a week flight operated by EuroCypria. The mayor stressed
that Russian visitors must be encouraged to come to Paphos
and stronger ties built. In addition, Vergas met with the
Marinski theatre to discuss them performing at next years
Aphrodite festival in August. He underlined that next years
opera must be something very special as at that time a
meeting of all of the EU foreign Ministers will be taking
place in Cyprus, and they should be provided with some grand
Yeroskipou Municipality is planning to attract more sport
tourism to the area. They are proposing to expand the
athletics grounds to include six tennis courts, basketball
courts and more spaces. The site is close to the sea front
and at present is home to the Olympic-sized swimming pool,
football pitches and beach-volley courts. The municipality
will use EU funding, sports grants and loans to complete the
project, which is expected to get underway next year.
A team of local Paphos councillors handling matters
concerning the upgrading proposals for Kato Paphos harbour
have said that both plans put forward by the Cyprus tourism
organisation-the CTO- and the Port Authority are not in line
with instructions given by the municipality. The councillors
went onto say that they have urged the state to clarify who
is actually responsible for the area and who has the right
to the final say for plans for the area. The team believe
that even if the municipality are not recognised as the
financial beneficiaries of the area that they should at
least have the right to overrule measures affecting the
harbour, which they do not agree with. The councillors
stressed that they are determined to keep a traditional
picture for the harbour and added that they will announce
their findings from both proposals in the next few days.
Sun worshippers may have an extra luxury on offer at beaches
this summer as Paphos municipality is considering backing a
massage service. A massage parlour in Nicosia has put
forward a proposal to set up a kiosk on one of the municipal
beaches, offering a relaxing massage. "If the municipality's
governing council decides in favour of the proposal then we
might give them a spot on one of the beaches this year to
start with," said Mayor of Paphos, Savvas Vergas. The
massage service is set to open its doors for business on
June 1, and prices will be closely monitored by the local
municipality, as they do with the rental of sun loungers and
The mayor of Yeroskipou, Tassos Kousopos, presented evidence
to answer questions on financial matters leveled at the
management of funds, put forward by councilor Andreas
Michael. The Yeroskipou councilor had said that the local
authority would be unable to pay staff wages in the coming
months. The mayor of Yeroskipou Tassos Kousapos hotly denied
these claims .Michael said the local authority as well as
being committed to huge bank loans, also recorded a loss at
the end of the 2008 financial year, €600,000- but this had
been covered by various overdraft facilities. Kousapos
replied that the municipality of Yeroskipou always paid
staff and met its obligations, as well as payments on loans.
The Muktah of Konia, Kyriacos Kyriacou announced that
demonstrators would line the Paphos to Limassol highway
close to the Konia roundabout, in protest about the lack of
action by the government over their complaints. These
include problems concerning the large pig farm and the
rubbish dump both situated in the area. According to
Kyriacou, residents of Konia and nearby village of Armou,
Marathounda, and Yeroskipou decided to hold the
demonstration, as they have now lost patience with the lack
of action. According to the Muktah, the purpose of the demo
was to put pressure on all of the relevant authorities, and
he called on the ministry of the interior to start
negotiating with the pig farm owner to arrange for its
removal from the area. The committee spokesman for the farms
relocation, Yeroskipou councillor Nicos Palios, called on
all the people affected by these two matters to take part in
the demonstration, so as to send a clear strong message to
the authorities. He underlined that the sticking point of
negotiations between the pig farm owner and the government
seems to be the amount of compensation which would be paid
A 64-year-old woman was seriously injured in a road traffic
accident in the early hours of the morning. Gouli
Zelibartidou, a Paphos resident originally from Georgia was
knocked down whilst crossing Ayios Agapinoros street at 5.40
am. A car being driven by a 23-year-old motorist hit her.
The woman was rushed to Paphos general hospital where
doctors discovered she had suffered severe head injuries.
The victim was transferred to Nicosia general hospital where
she remains in a critical condition on a life support
machine in intensive care.
A 44-year-old woman and a fireman attending the scene were
injured in a blaze in Paphos. Andri Yianokkou, suffered
first and second degree burns, and a fire sergeant suffered
respiratory problems. The blaze is thought to have been
caused by an exploding gas cylinder. The fireman was
attending the fire when a second explosion occurred and
resulted in him being injured. He was taken to Paphos
general hospital with breathing difficulties but is out of
danger. Meanwhile, Yianokkou was rushed to Paphos general
hospital but due to the seriousness of her injuries she was
transferred to Nicosia general hospital.
Two 25 year old Jordanian Paphos residents were remanded in
custody after they were caught with 500g of cannabis and
almost $10,000 of counterfeit money.The duo were arrested
after a tip-off that they were transporting a kilo of
cannabis and $20,000 in fake bills to Nicosia.
Rumours have been flying around Paphos concerning the
possible closure of the new multi million-euro airport
during the winter months and at night time.
The situation was highlighted after comments made by Hermes
Chairman Nicolas Shacolas and Communications, transport and
works minister Erato Kozakou- Marcoullis , were reported as
suggesting major changes at the airport.
But the Minister underlined that she had not specified if
and when any such move would be made.
In addition, the Hermes Chairman said that the subject of
changes at Paphos airport, including the operating hours of
the airport, would be examined in the autumn and if any
changes were to be made they would only be to make the
operation more economically sound.
Hermes airport spokesman Adam Aspris said ‘no such decision
has been taken up until now as regards changes at Paphos
airport, but all of the companies are looking to increase
profit and should be open to new suggestion.’
Hermes, recently invested €130 million euros for
constructing the modern terminal.
Swimming pools must comply
Concerns that Paphos municipality are about to serve writs
on shared swimming pool owners if they do not comply with a
long ignored law passed in 1992, are at present
unfounded.But, according to the head of Paphos planning
department,Savvas Savva, who is responsible for handing out
one of the required licenses for these pools, it could
happen in the near future.The law states all shared swimming
pools as subject to the same regulations as public
pools.There is confusion over what is a public pool. Shared
pools are for the use of resident owners and their guests
and are not open to the general public.According to the
Ministry of the Interior, a pool owned by more than two
familes is considered a communal or public pool.But in the
laws and regulations, a public pool must measure more than
In addition, shared pools must comply with specific
regulations such as providing a lifeguard, separate male and
female toilets, showers and footbaths. Without an operating
licence, a housing complex will not be issued a completion
certificate and thus no title deeds.A report in 2008 listed
267 in Paphos of which only 54 are licensed.
Paphos aquarium closed for good
By Bejay Browne
One of Paphos’ well known and established attractions has
closed its doors to visitors for the last time.
Paphos Aquarium Chairman Takis Tsiolis said that the
business was no longer viable.
‘We have been losing money hand over fist for the last two
years and we can no longer sustain these kinds of losses.
It’s a very sad situation.’
Fourteen years after it opened in Paphos at an initial cost
of half a million Cyprus pounds, the aquarium closed on
The aquarium was privately owned and had proved popular with
visitors since it opened in 1996.Tsolis underlined that a
large amount of money had been invested in creating a
natural environment for fish and marine life from oceans,
seas and rivers, which lived in the specially designed and
Along with a crocodile tank, seventy-two other tanks held
many types of creatures.
Tsiolis said, ‘Most of the aquariums in other places are
supported by the municipalities or the authorities, but we
are a private family run company. We have asked for help
from the mayor and the municipality and other bodies, but no
one came forward to help us.’
The Paphos businessman said he presented a tender for the En
Plo gallery, which is situated in the harbour area of Kato
Paphos two years ago.
‘That would have been a perfect solution for us,’ he
commented. ‘The port authority gave us the tender but the
municipality refused to grant the licence, they didn’t give
us a reason,’ he said.
According to Tsiolis, this blow along with a decline in
holiday makers to Paphos, which is reliant on tourism, along
with continuous construction projects have meant that
visitor numbers have dwindled.
‘Poor access to the aquarium finished us off,’ said Tsiolis.
As well as a huge collection of fish and other sea
creatures, the aquarium was also home to a number of sharks
and crocodiles. More than eighty per cent of the animals
have already been sold to private buyers and a number will
now be on show at the Ocean Aquarium in Ayia Napa.
Petrol crisis latest
Paphos residents suffered in the recent face-off between the
Commerce Minister and petrol station owners, who shut up
shop over a freeze in petrol prices.Many motorists were down
to the last drops of fuel in their tanks, with no way of
filling up.Not a single petrol station was open in Paphos,
with locals resorting to carpooling and skipping work
altogether, rather than running out of petrol.Paphos seemed
to be forgotten, with at least two stations open in the rest
of the island’s major towns. At a meeting of petrol station
owners in Paphos during the crisis, regional president
Andreas Kommados said he felt sorry for the people of Paphos
as it’s the only town where all stations are closed.“There
is nothing we can do about it,” he said. “I’m upset that
there are many stations open in other towns such as Nicosia,
Larnaca and Limassol, breaking the embargo.”He added that
petrol station owners in Paphos fully supported the stance
of their president Stefanos Stefanou, who ordered the strike
and had demanded that the eight-day price cap on fuel be
lifted before any sort of negotiation could take place. An
agreement between the parties came none too soon for Paphos
residents, and the matter at least for the time being, has
been resolved, with stations now fully operational. In the
meantime, local petrol stations increased their prices in
line with rises in the price of crude oil. EKO and Exxon
Mobil were the first to implement the price hike , followed
by Lukoil and Petrolina .
EKOs’ 98 petrol went up by 3.3 cents, 95 by 2.7 cents and
diesel by 2.1 cents. Exxon Mobil-behind the islands’ Esso
petrol stations put 98 petrol up by 2.2 cents, 95 by 2.7
cents,and diesel by 2.2 cents.
Pope Benedict 16TH will visit Cyprus on June 4th arriving on
the island at Paphos airport. The 82-year-old pontiff will
be welcomed by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demitris
Christofias, Archbishop Chrysostomos and other dignitaries.
Pope Benedict will visit Ayia Kyriaki church-also known as
St. Pauls’ pillar church- where he will conduct a church
service. This will be followed by a visit to the UNESCO
sites in Paphos harbour. The Pope will then leave for
Nicosia. He will leave Cyprus on June 6th.
Local Paphos councillor Vassos Demitriou has accused SABBA
engineers of not looking after the sewerage works project
underway in Paphos properly, and in the interests of the
organisation. His serious accusations are being added to the
growing list of complaints expressed by other members of the
council and the general public against the second phase of
the sewerage works taking place in the town. A multitude of
complaints have been levelled at engineers and contractors,
who are facing a list of gripes ranging from not filling in
holes and trenches properly to inadequate safety measures
and signage and slow progress. In addition to Demetriou,
local councillor and SABBA committee member, Polis Polydorou
has urged the speeding up of the red tape procedures for
employing a manager for the project, a decision that was
taken months ago. Polydorou said, ‘if it takes much longer
it will be silly if we employ a manager at a later stage,
when the contrast will be nearing completion.’
New flights for Paphos airport.
Easyjet and Jet2 airlines are both starting new flights to
Paphos for the coming summer season. As of April 14, easyJet
will begin flights from Bristol to Paphos four times a week
and Edinburgh to Paphos twice a week. The budget airline
already flies to and from Cyprus, from Paphos to Gatwick,
and Stansted and Manchester.Jet2’s new twice weekly flights
will commence the beginning of May from Paphos to East
Midlands and Newscastle until October 31.According to the
airline, they will carry 82,400 passengers to Cyprus this
year compared to 37,000 in 2009, while Easyjet will
transport 225,000 passengers compared to 155,000 in 2009. In
addition, German budget airline, Condor, is operating
flights between Paphos and Munich and Frankfurt from April
until the end of October. Eurocypria will also commence
flights from Moscow. The state-owned airline also plans to
launch flights between Paphos and Siberian airports this
summer.Recent statistics for 2009 showed an 11 per cent fall
in arrivals, and a 17 per cent decrease in revenue.
A memorial and blood donation was held at the cathedral of
Ayios Theodoros in Paphos. The ceremony was in memorial of
jornalists from Paphos and those who supported Cyprus free
radio, the first of its kind on the island.The radio was the
idea of Nicos Nicolaides and it is still on the airwaves in
a more modern day form of Radio Pafos. Cyprus free radio
broadcast the now infamous speech of Archbishop Makarios who
spoke from Paphos, informing the people that he had survived
the military coup and to take up arms and fight during the
1974 invasion of Cyprus byTurkish troops.The memorial was
attended by ministers, politicians, media members and other
dignitaries as well as the families of those being
remembered.They were Nicos Nicolaides,Andreas Omirou,Fedros
Galadopoulos,Stephanos AyiFotities,Andros Polynikis,Sotiris
and Maria Milthiadou,Yiannis Tsakkies,Savvakis
Giorkatsos,Andreas Klitou,Nicolas Iliades,Christos Mais and
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Marios Garoyan,
opened an educational exhibition in Paphos. The event took
place at the Youth centre of Paphos, where higher education
representatives from Cyprus, the UK, Hungary and Malta are
Following recent heavy rains in the district of Paphos,
Kannaviou dam overflowed -the first time since the structure
was built.The dam is able to hold 17.1m cubic metres of
water and is full to capacity.Other dams in the area also
benefitted from heavy rain showers. Asprokremos dam has 35.3
million cubic meters of water, Evretou dam contains 17.8m,
and Kouris Dam contains a total of 17million cubic meters.
Nicos Similides the president of the Paphos beaches
committee has said it’s his aim to retain all of the blue
flags awarded to coastal areas last season. He underlined
the importance of attention to detail at beaches and coastal
areas, especially during the current economic crisis where
visitors are ‘precious.’ Similides said that an effort to
advertise coastal areas at an International level has been
supported by Paphos municipality, CYMEPA, and the CTO. He
added that although district offices permit beaches to be
licensed and open in May, the municipality has already
submitted an application to open three beaches from the
beginning of April in an effort to please visitors and
locals. He also pointed out that both the beaches committee
and the municipality would like the central bathing area of
‘Ta Bania’ in Kato Paphos to be open all year round.
The mayor of Polis Chrysochous Angelos Odysseus has said
that he is very satisfied with his meeting with Minister of
justice, the manger of the fire services, Andreas Nicolaou,
and the chief of Paphos police Demitris Tsokkas, regarding
staffing of the new police and fire station, which will come
into operation in the district in the summer. He also noted
that the building of the municipality police needs
upgrading. According to the minister, this request will be
discussed at a later date.
Mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas inspected the works projects
currently underway in Paphos following numerous complaints
from residents. In particular SABBA sewerage work has been
causing mayhem on the roads, as trenches, diversions and
potholes litter the streets. Vergas pointed out that the bad
weather has now passed and contractors do not have any
excuse to delay finishing work. He has given instructions
for strict inspections of the sites, and underlined the need
to keep to timetables and ordered quality checks of all the
work being carried out .In addition to SABBA works, there is
also an ambitious plan underway for the second part of the
north circular ring road, which he admitted was experiencing
number of problems. Although Vergas did say he believed that
within the next two months, part of the road would be open
to two way traffic and in operation. He also visited the
main seafront road in Kato Paphos, Poseidonos Avenue where
upgrading work has also been taking place, and inspected new
zebra crossings, street lighting and a new cycle lane.
Church and municipality continue row over Town hall
By Bejay Browne
The row between the municipality of Paphos and the Bishopric
has taken yet another new twist.
Following a cleaning team from the municipality entering the
gardens, the Bishopric announced their ‘displeasure’ and
went onto say, ‘we protest the action of the Paphos
Municipality to enter the property of the Holy Metropolis of
Paphos without consent’.
In reply, the Mayor of Paphos, Savvas Vergas said, ‘The Park
belongs to the people and it is the municipality’s job to
look after it.
The gardens of the town hall have been left to deteriorate
with trees, shrubs and plants on their last legs. Bizarrely,
it now seems both parties are insisting they want to clean
The disagreement began after the public gardens were
returned to the owners, the Church, when the long-term
agreement expired. The church had rented it to the
municipality on a long lease and instead of continuing the
agreement, as the municipality had hoped, Bishop of Paphos
Giorgios, expressed is desire to build a cathedral in the
The matter is now being assessed by the committee for
granting derogations, which prepares a final report for the
According to the Bishop of Paphos, whilst cleaners sent by
the church were attending to the garden,’ there was an
invasion of thirty municipality employees, who insisted they
should take over cleaning the garden.’
The Bishop said that despite a warning by his cleaners not
to intervene, the secretary of Paphos municipality, Themis
Philipides, insisted that the work be carried out by
municipality employees, as they were ‘following
He added that the church would resolve the matter legally
and that they are protected on many points by the Cyprus
In the meantime, the mayor of Paphos said that he had
already requested permission from the Bishop to clean up the
area, in a letter regarding the matter.
Vergas said,’ instead of a response to the letter, the
answer we got was the Bishop asking the police to intervene
so that our cleaning teams would be unable to do their
The mayor continued,’ we could see the trees dying, and this
is why its’ necessary to send the workers in to do something
‘I can’t win,’ he said,’ I would’ve also been critisised if
the trees had died.’
Ex-Presidents body found
The remains of former president Tassos Papadopoulos were
found and re-buried, after police received a tip off. The
body of Papadopoulos was discovered at Strovolos cemetery in
Nicosia. A police Spokesman confirmed that DNA testing had
established that the body was that of the former president.
Papadopoulos’ body was dug up and stolen from his grave at
the Deftera cemetery on December 11, 2009 on the eve of the
first anniversary of his death.The corpse was removed in
torrential rain, leaving the coffin behind.
Paphos Heart of Gold 2009 award
The Mayor of Paphos, Savvas
Vergas, who is the Patron of the scheme presented the 2009
Heart of Gold award to two well deserving recipients at the
town hall in January.
The winners were an outstanding teenager and an animal
welfare charity founder.
Edie-May Turner Barling aged 17 years and Christine
Panayiotou were presented their solid gold heart shaped pins
and award certificates.
The nominees were also presented certificates in recognition
of their courage, determination or community work from the
Chairman of the municipality sports, youth and social
welfare committee Panicos Charlambous, and Paphos
councillors, Polys Polydorou, Chrysanthous Savvides,
Katerina Charalambidou and Maria Zavrou.
Edie –May helped raise funds to send Jasmitha Marharajasingh,
who was 6 years old at the time, for life saving treatment
in Israel and looked after her Grandmother before she died.
She was described as having an outstanding kind and caring
nature and as a young girl who ‘always puts others before
Christine Panayiotou has dedicated the last 25 years of her
life to saving animals and helping to change attitudes to
animal care in Cyprus. She dedicated her award to all of her
fellow animal lovers at Pafiakos and CCP animal welfare.
It was an emotional event, not least when one of the
nominees for the junior hearts of gold award Andreas
Chrystafides, who is suffering from a rare disease called
Angel man syndrome, walked down the aisle to collect his
His mother said that after years of physiotherapy, the young
boy had just learnt how to take his first steps.
Marcus Theodosiou who is also four, looked well and happy
despite undergoing treatment for Leukaemia. The brave little
boy was accompanied by his parents and his nominator.
Young Jasmitha Marharajasingh, the recipient of last years
junior heart of gold award was presented by a bouquet of
flowers by the mayor, who was eager to meet the ‘angle of
Cyprus’ as she is known by doctors in Israel. The 9 year old
girl was unable to collect her award last year as she had
been receiving treatment for a brain tumour and was
undergoing gruelling procedures including a heart operation
at the time of last years award.
The nominees included, Ben Hinton who overpowered a bank
robber and saved the life of the manageress of the Tomb of
the Kings Branch of the Hellenic Bank, Christine Jackson,
herself a cancer patient, has raised over €40,000 for the
Friends Hospice of Paphos, and Gina Ghillyer and Lousie Van
Roijj have done much to raise the awareness of breast
cancer, and started a pioneering SMS service called the
No-Smoking Laws introduced
Some clubs, bars and
restaurants in Paphos are complaining that the newly applied
anti- smoking laws are having a negative impact on their
businesses. It’s now illegal to smoke in a public covered
area and some clubs are saying the law will finish then off
in an already difficult economic climate. Fitos
Thrassivoulou the head of the restaurant owners’ federation
of Paphos explained that this is the reason behind recent
calls to close all nightlife venues as a measure of their
reaction. He concluded that many businessmen want changes to
the current law which holds the venue primarily responsible
for the smoker, imposing hefty fines or up to
€2,000.Thrassivouliu said that the smoker should be
responsible and held accountable for his actions in the
first instance, and then the venue owner.
Paphos traffic is backing up
during peak times and holidays but according to the chief of
traffic police,Zinnon Psathities,along with the help of
local authorities they are tackling the problem.Psathities
agreed that the problem occurs mostly during the morning and
lunchtime ruch hour,but that the situation has been somewhat
eased through the re-adjustment of traffic lights.He also
underlined that Paphos drivers must be held partially to
blame as the attitude of local road users can be haphazard
The mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas commented that the
completion of the second and third phases of the ring road
around the town would go a long way towards easing the
traffic flow problem,as would the construction of a
roundabout in the area of Petrida.The mayor stressed that
this would solve the problem for drivers using the ‘viofos’
junction,which is of particular concern to residents of
Mesoyi,Emba and Tala communities.This junction is often
backed up with traffic and is a slow moving exit onto the
main mesoyi road which connects central Paphos with Polis
Paphos airport voted number one.
Paphos International airport
has come out top of the major European airports. Hermes
Airports spokesman Adam Aspris told the Paphos Post that in
a poll held by Thomson Airways, their passengers ranked
Pafos International Airport as the first major airport of
Europe. The poll concerned all airports used in the Thomson
Airways network during the 2009 summer period. More than one
quarter of passengers who use the airport are customers of
Thomson. Paphos Airport received the highest percentage of
votes and was chosen as the airport, which leaves the most
favourable impression on travellers and at the same time
offers exceptional service to the travelling public. “This
is the first time that an airport of the Cyprus Republic has
occupied such an honoured position and has been awarded
“Best Resort Airport in Europe” by the travelling public”,
said Aspris. The multi million-euro airport has been opened
for just over a year and deals with thousands of passengers
on a daily basis.
Cyprus coin wins first prize.
The Central Bank of Cyprus
announced that the Cyprus 2 euro coin has won first prize,
of “Best Trade Coin 2009” at a competition organised by
Krause Publications, the publisher of “World Coin News”. The
winning coin is the usual 2-euro coin, which is in
circulation. It depicts a cross shaped idol dating back to
3000 BC. It is an example of Cyprus’ prehistoric art and
civilisation. The award will be presented on 30 January at a
ceremony at the World Money Fair in Berlin.
Thousands treated at Paphos hospital
More than 182,000 sick people
were treated as out patients at Paphos general hospital
during 2009,according to the manager Filaktis Constantinides.
The emergency department dealt with over 72,000 of these
Constantinides said that the aim of the hospital management
and staff is to, ‘continue services offered’, and to
‘improve the way in which they are provided.’ The manager
added that improvements to the ophthalmic and ENT clinics
would get underway, with the employment of a second doctor
as well as another orthopaedic doctor and the extension of
the hospital building.
Constantinides pointed out that a lot was achieved by the
hospital in the past year, including the expansion of the
gynaecological clinic-it now operates three surgery’s-the
expansion and revamping of the emergency department, the
creation of a cardiology unit, the expansion of the
orthopaedic clinic, and the acquisition of another life
Constantinides also said that the installation of early fire
detection equipment is also nearing completion. New x-ray
equipment is also in use at the hospital and radiologists
have also been employed for its operation.2009 also saw a
new car parking area being created.
Constantinides concluded that the next step is to improve
the hospital kitchens, which will commence after tenders for
the job have been examined.
Taxi drivers angry.
Taxi drivers in Paphos are
threatening to take dynamic action,if what they refer to as
illegal drivers,are not dealt with.They say that overseas
permanent residents of the town are using their private
vehicles to transport tourists to and from Paphos airport
and this is resulting in them losing business.They are
saying their income has dropped steeply due to this
factor.The drivers are also angry that collegues based in
other towns such as Limassol and Nicosia are collecting
people from Paphos airport, and so taking away the local
Meanwhile,a police spokesman said that Paphos officers have
charged foreign resident drivers who are providing a service
to and from the airport for money,and the matter is being
Following the death of a
young motorcyclist who was involved in a head-on collision
with an elderly drunk driver in Paphos, Zinnon Psathites the
head of the local traffic police-has reported that numerous
citizens have complained about pensioners bad driving.
According to Psathities, Paphos drivers have voiced their
concerns about terrible driving standards of some of the
elderly behind the wheel. The head of traffic assured that
he would inform police head-quaters in Nicosia of the issue
and apply to the ministry of transport to find a way to
re-examine the allocation of driving licenses of this group
Paphos drivers have requested that pensioners displaying
poor driving skills should have their license taken away.
The president of the parliamentary committee for transport,
Antonis Antoniou, said that the committee had already dealt
with the matter and a decision was taken for the medical
examination of any driver over the age of 70 years. He added
that these exams would be carried out every two to three
years. Antoniou added that as the matter had again arisen,
it will once more be discussed and any additional
adjustments applied as required.
Psathities expressed his satisfaction that motorists have
shown the initiative to visit the traffic police to shown
their concern over the issue.
President in Paphos
The President of the
Republic, Demitris Chrystofias officially inaugurated the
multi youth centre in Paphos. Despite being beset with
problems the centre is successfully up and running. It
provides programmes for the youth of Paphos covering the
areas of computers, music and fitness. It also has a large
space, which youngsters can use for exhibitions. According
to Chrysanthos Savvides, the president of the youth council,
the centre aims to provide facilities for kids to help them
stay out of trouble and focus their minds.
President Chystofias assured that projects for Paphos would
get underway soon,during his second visit to Paphos in a
couple of weeks.The President stressed that he is aware of
the problems facing the coastal town which have been created
by the economic crisis.Chrystofias said that in areas where
the government is involved,projects would be pushed to start
immediately. However,he warned that in cases where the
government has ‘no say’ and procedures must be followed,
this may cause a small delay.It is believed that the subject
of Paphos projects may be discussed at a special meeting of
the Council of Ministers to discuss the ecomomic crisis and
its affect on Cyprus
Rivers will flow freely
Construction of building in
riverbeds and streams, which causes flooding during winter,
is to be outlawed.
The parliamentary environmental committee discussed the
problem of building in riverbeds and related problems caused
by preventing the usual flow of water, at a meeting in
The president of the committee, Andres Facontis, underlined
that the problem is prevalent in the district of Paphos.
The main cause of concern is the improper registration of
river tributaries and streams, many of which do not show up
at all on government plans. This means that in many cases,
permission has been granted for construction and development
to go ahead on ravines and in riverbeds. This has caused
major problems during the winter when rainfall is at a
maximum. The committee will now attempt to register all of
the waterways in Paphos however small, in an attempt to
prevent further problems.
Building in these conditions has created untold problem and
caused misery for many homeowners who end up with severe
flooding of their properties during the winter months.
Paphos dam to re-open
Renovation work to take place in an old Paphos dam has been
given the go ahead. The minister of the interior, Neoclis
Silikiotis, has announced that renovations of the dam, which
operated for three decades, will commence next year. The dam
is situated north of the village of Ayia Marinouthda and
work on the project will be completed by 2012.
Silikiotis confirmed that he signed an agreement for the
works on May 5TH 2009 along with all the necessary documents
to ensure engineers overseeing the work would also provide
after care of the ambitious project.
The contract duration is for a 32-month period, in which
time an 8-month study will be taken, prior to upgrading work
getting underway. The project is being realised by the
allocation of funds from the European Union.
Peyia to get mainline sewerage
SABBA-Paphos sewerage board- has finally given the approval
for Peyia to be included in the Paphos sewerage system, and
the ministry of the interior has now approved the move.
Peyia councillor Linda Leblanc said, ‘The council of Peyia
fully support this move, although It does mean that a
sewerage tax will be implemented in Peyia, and figures as to
cost are not yet available.
The first phase will be the coastal area and pipes will be
laid in September 2010. Then upper Peyia will follow and
eventually the system will stretch further out. The EU
states that by 2012 all coastal areas of 1000 residents and
over must have a coastal sewerage treatment facility.
Residents have expressed their concerns about the cost of
the project. 5,000 permanent residents in Peyia are using
septic tanks, and as the soil is chalky, clay or bedrock,
there is no proper seepage for the sewerage.
Friedreich’s ataxia disease under spotlight
The government implemented a programme concerned with the
prevention of Friedreich’s ataxia, a debilitating nervous
system disease, for which there is no cure. There is a
concentration of carriers in Paphos. Friedreich’s ataxia is
inherited and causes damage to the nervous system, muscle
weakness, speech problems and heart disease. There are an
estimated one hundred carriers in Paphos and fifteen
sufferers. The ministry of health and the institute of
neurology will run the scheme, which will see Paphos couples
receiving blood tests before they marry.
Pig farm looks set to stay-for now
The pig farm in Marathounda village in Paphos looks set to
continue operating despite a court order and pleas by locals
to close it down. Local Paphos deputy Antonis Antoniou said,
‘it stays until it goes.’
His comments came following a meeting in Nicosia between the
parliamentary committee for the environment, the owners of
the pig farm and representatives of the affected Paphos
Residents have long complained about the foul stench being
emitted from the farm, which they say is at times
But, confusingly the farm is operating with a proper
building permit and planning permission has already been
granted for the creation of a biological unit, which would
limit the pollution of the area.
The pig farmers are asking for compensation of €3 million to
move the farm,
George Perdikis said the Greens believe the continued
operation of the farm,’ is an injustice towards the
communities,’ and ‘we demand the immediate removal of the
pig farm to another area.’
Roads in Paphos causing misery
Numerous main roads in Paphos are either closed to traffic,
full of potholes or the site of major road works and
diversions, much to the annoyance of motorists and local
officials. The problems have been made worse by torrential
rain and storms. Many of the road works are a result of
major upgrades to the town’s sewerage system. Local
councilor Polis Polydorou, who is also a member of SABBA,
the sewerage board committee responsible for the works, said
“I have personally raised the issue of the problems with the
roads at the last meeting of the committee, and stressed
that there is a serious problem with finishing the road
after works,” he said. A large part of the problem, said
Polydorou, is that contractors are not filling the holes in
the roads properly. “Or if they do, they are leaving them
open for excessive amounts of time first.” There are four
different major contractors undertaking phase two of the
extensive sewerage project, and they in turn have employed
numerous sub contractors. The work will cost an estimated
Supporters strip off for charity.
Staff and volunteers of PAWS dog shelter in Paphos have
‘bared all’ for a charity fund raising calendar. All the
proceeds from the calendar will go towards the upkeep of the
one hundred and sixty canine residents. One such animal is
‘Bambi’, a display of whom is being used to highlight the
plight of many animals who arrive at the shelter in dire
need of medical attention, food and water, and love and
care. The calendars are priced at €6 and all of the proceeds
will go towards to the shelter. PAWS moved to the new site
in Achaelia in Paphos, on December 5th 2007.
Evgenios Neofitou, the general secretary of Man and the
Environment, has accused private vessels of dumping their
rubbish in the sea and called on the government to take
action. He suggested that the council of Ministers should
appoint a ministerial committee to solve the problem. He
pointed out that they would be able to prevent vessels from
dumping rubbish in ports, marinas and mooring areas.
A 53-year-old Cypriot man, who died suddenly in Paphos,
whilst a spectator at a football match was buried in
Episkopi village. Andreas Klytou was watching the match
between Paphos and Doxa at the Pafiakos stadium when he was
taken ill during the second half. He became unconscious and
was rushed to Paphos general hospital where doctors
pronounced him dead. They believe Klytou suffered a ruptured
aorta. The victim was a respected employee of Paphos
municipality, and had also worked in local media. Mayor of
Paphos Savvas Vergas expressed his sorrow and condolences
for Klytous’ family. He also underlined the need for medical
equipment to be in place at the stadium.
The general secretary of the farmers union, Andreas
Miltiadous, has warned that grape production could be
severely affected unless wineries offer better deals to
grape growers. Miltiadous added that the situation is so bad
that’s its not worth producers while to cultivate and
deliver grapes to wine factories, as prices given are so
He stressed that he has pointed out to wineries many times
in the past, that if they wish to have large quantities of
grapes, then they must discuss prices, which would encourage
growers to grow and deliver their product. He added that
even though grapes have been successfully grown, despite an
outbreak of Peronosperos disease and other economic factors,
that there’s a real danger many of the grapes will not be
cut and delivered, as prices are so low.
George Michalides, the president of Paphos municipalities’
committee for foreign relations and tourism, has been
speaking of the strong ties being formed between Paphos
municipality and the municipality of Hania in Crete. The
mayors of the two towns came together, and Michalides said
that previous meetings between them had helped forge a bond
over the last few years. He pointed out that this had been
facilitated by talks with the Greek foreign minister Dora
Bakoyianis who is also from Hania.
The first part of the towns’ twinning will take place on
December 1st,a date that is symbolic, as it’s connected with
the liberation of Crete and its union with Greece. In June
next year, the second part of the official twinning will
include a special ceremony, underlining the common issues
between the new partners.
The mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas, the mayor of Yeroskipou
Tassos Kousapos, and the president of the Institute of
Cyprus visited the old colonial district governors’ house in
Paphos, to inspect work underway there. The house will be
used as a department for EKETA, the research centre for
science and technology in archaeology. The house will be
preserved, but upgrading work such as the creation of a
basement lecture hall will take place. One of the lecturers
of the Institute of Cyprus, Lucas Kalispries, mentioned that
work on the project is in the second phase and will move
quickly. This stage of the project will involve repairing
the interior and exterior walls of the building, whilst
preserving the house as a whole. He assured that whatever
work would be carried out would satisfy the needs of EKETA.
Seminars, public information forums and summer educational
lessons are all planned for the upgraded venue.
As delays to the commencement of work on the new Paphos to
Polis highway continue, member of parliament, Antonis
Facontis, has again assured that it is an aim of the current
government to begin construction of the road as soon as
possible, but without being hit by excessively high costs.
Facontis pointed out that whatever delays have been observed
so far, are due to economic differences with the Kiniras
consortium that had been chosen as the company to build the
highway. They have been demanding an extra €200 million
euros citing the economic crisis and rising prices as the
reasons behind the additional costs.
Yiangos Andreaou the secretary of the Paphos taxi drivers
association has admitted that they have been hard hit by the
economic crisis in the last few months. He added that
drivers believe a further two taxi ranks should be created
in central Paphos, which would encourage business and make
drivers more visible to the public.
Michalis Efthimiou, the Muktah of Killi village in Paphos,
has been elected as President of the pancyprian association
of community leaders. Efthimiou said that at this is the
first time that a Paphos Muktah has held the position, and
that it would help to push forward solution to various
problems being faced by local communities. He said he aims
to modernise the laws relating to local communities, as well
as obtaining funds to help villages become self sufficient
in areas such as, designing and executing various
construction projects, thus avoiding unnecessary delays. He
concluded by thanking the members of the community
association for their support.
Peyia councilor, Stelios Konnikos, has expressed his
concerns over two accident hotspots in the municipality,
underlining that more must be done to ensure the road
network is safe. The councilor pointed out that the Coral
Bay to Saint Georges road, and Michalaki Kyprianou Avenue
are both still posing a danger to drivers. Konnikos said
that although the Saint George’s road has recently had two
small roundabouts and wide raised road bumps installed, that
the situation is only temporary. These measure have been put
in place until the restructuring of the road network of the
area will commence. He added that work on widening Michalaki
Kyprianou Avenue had ground to a halt, after local
landowners raised objections, and made a formal complaint.
Konnikos said that this has now left wide open ditches at
the side of the road, which pose a threat to passing
A lavish wedding took place in Paphos at the Almyra hotel.
The identity of the couple remained shrouded in mystery, but
its believed they were a Swedish Duchess and the son of the
H and M clothing line mogul. The Annabelle and the Almyra
hotels, owned by the Thanos Hotels Group, catered for about
300 guests who arrived from across the world. A private
security company closely guarded both hotels and kept the
throngs of Paparazzi photographers at bay. Eighteen
containers of wedding supplies arrived on the island on
Tuesday. Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas conducted the ceremony.
The partying went on for three days.
Paphos will hold the 2011 Atlantic World Bowls Championship,
securing the town as one of the top bowls destinations in
“We were approached by the world bowls association who had
been very impressed with our greens and the facilities in
Paphos,” said Norris Forster PR executive officer for Bowls
Cyprus. The seventh European Bowling Union team
championships, which takes place every two years were
recently held in Paphos. Union officials were in the coastal
town during this period, and Forster said they were very
impressed by the venue and the commendable views of the
The event will be in 2011, as the governing body, work on
schedules two years in advance. Bowlers in Cyprus are also
determined to take the national team further, by competing
in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India
Counterfeit money was again discovered in Paphos and police
are warning consumers and business owners to check notes are
not forgeries. A 56 year old British tourist and his 21 year
old daughter were caught passing a €50 note to a small
supermarket owner on the Tombs of the Kings road. The goods
purchased amounted to €32.80 and the duo paid using a fake
note, which was detected by a verification machine.
Members of Paphos CID also found another forgery in the
mans’ possession. The duo, when questioned, claimed that the
money belonged to a third foreign national, who had recently
visited Turkey and Barcelona, and that the notes were change
from payments made previously in two shops with larger value
notes. Meanwhile, a hotel receptionist reported that a
forged €50 note had been used in a Paphos hotel. Police are
also investigating this incident.
A car belonging to a British permanent resident of Paphos
was purposefully set alight in the early hours of the
morning. The BMW belonging to the man was parked outside his
home in the Universal area of Paphos. The car was valued at
€19,000 and has been destroyed. According to the police, the
vehicle was sprayed with petrol and then set alight. The
fire services swiftly attended the scene an extinguished the
A resident of Paphos village has reported that two of his
hunting dogs with a total value of €15,000 have been stolen
from their metal cage at home. The incident took place
overnight and the dogs are both pointers. Anyone with
information relating to the incident should contact Peyia
police station immediately.
A shoplifter was arrested in a Paphos supermarket, after a
security guard spotted the 41-year-old Paphos man removing
toiletries from their boxes, and stuffing them up his shirt.
The guard stopped the man as he attempted to leave the
premises, and the police were called. The culprit screamed
and shouted, but police were able to arrest him. A search of
the mans’ home revealed a further 147 items, which the
suspect could not account for.
Dumping in central Paphos blocks riverbed
The dry riverbed of Limnaria, which runs from Konia
roundabout down to the Debenhams store, is almost completely
backed up with rubbish. Local councillor Vassos Demitriou
has stressed that court action should be taken against the
irresponsible people who are illegally dumping and fly
tipping here. He said the general picture of the surrounding
area is a ‘disaster’.
In the dry riverbed construction and demolition waste as
well as various other rubbish has drastically reduced the
width of the river. The once deep river runs down from Konia
at 80meter across, but is only 5 meters in width in some
areas due to the amount of rubbish.
Demetriou pointed out that this area should be a place where
people could enjoy walks as well as an area for children to
play in, but he added that it is now an ecological disaster.
He underlined that he hoped measures would be taken to
correct the illegal actions so as to allow the free running
of water in the river.
Tyre re-cycling initiative
A long-awaited tyre-recycling programme is yet to gain
finance, but Environment Commissioner Charalambous
Theopemtou remains determined to see it implemented. "The
first thing I did as commissioner was to ensure that vehicle
tyres are collected separately and the second was to
implement a system for them to be recycled,” he told the
Paphos Post. There is a huge problem in Cyprus with people
throwing tyres down ravines, into fields and leaving them at
waste dumps. Thousands of tyres blight the landscape, and
some people have been known to set fires to piles of them,
which then give off thick plumes of toxic smoke. Many
landfill sites, such as the dump in Marathounda in Paphos,
are part of a scheme financed by the Interior Ministry and
now they need to transport tyres to the recycling factory or
the cement factory where they can be recycled. A regular
collection and transportation scheme now needs to take
place. Theopemptou and the authorities are considering
levying a €0.80 surcharge on tyres, which are being imported
into Cyprus. “These fees would help generate an income,
which could in turn be used for the recycling programme,” he
Unwanted used tyres in Cyprus have been creating problems
for many years. There are about 500,000 tyres thrown around
the countryside every year.
New zoning and opening hours on the cards for Kato
Christos Athinodourou, a member of the board of the port
authority in Paphos, has underlined the need to specify if
the harbour area in Kato Paphos is designated as a tourist
area or not. He pointed out that shop owners in the area are
paying high rents and added that the ministry of commerce
should solve the problem, and not leave it up to the
businessmen of the area. He outlined that the position of
the port authority, in the area as the leading authority
should be cleared up. Meanwhile, mayor of Paphos Savvas
Vergas said that the local authority is in favour of
implementing a universal tourist timetable of opening hours.
He stressed that this would not only cover the harbour area,
but the wider tourist area of Kato Paphos. Vergas said that
this area receives visitors throughout the day, and
therefore its necessary to have a specific schedule of
closing hours to offer the best possible service for local
and overseas visitors, as well as supporting the shop
owners. The mayor concluded that the local authority and the
port authority would take the same stance to excerpt
pressure on the relevant ministry to ensure the necessary
changes take place.
Bar street needs a facelift
Visitors to Ayiou Antoniou Street-Bar Street- in Kato Paphos
have been lamenting on what a dump the street has become.
Bar and club owners of the area are aware of the dire
situation and have been concerned to know how to move
forward. Following a summer season fraught with problems,
Costas Arsinas, the President of the Bar and club owners of
the street said that they had taken matters into their own
hands. “We decided to take action, as we need the backing of
the authorities to solve the problems we’re facing. We are
inviting the mayor of Paphos, the police, the Cyprus tourism
organisation, the district office and the tourism department
of the chamber of commerce to meet with us, and listen to
our suggestions. We have many ideas on how to improve
matters," he said. Arsinas believes that constant negative
publicity has had a severely adverse effect on his business.
But that the situation can still be turned around and the
street can be as it was before, popular, vibrant and alive.
Paphos’ bar street runs parallel to the newly upgraded
seafront road, which has just undergone a multi million-euro
Polis road to go ahead
The ministry of transport
has confirmed they will push through final plans for the
Paphos to Polis Chrysochous road, after the proposed project
has been hampered by a series of delays. The announcement
was made following a meeting between the Minister of
transport and works, Nicos Nicolaides, and SEKO, the
association of political parties. The Paphos president of
SEKO is local mayor Savvas Vergas, who had strongly
critisised the lengthy wait for the contractor, prior to the
meeting, threatening the possibility of direct action if
further delays, or a halt to the project, went ahead. SEKO
had made an appeal to the ministry to push for the project
to begin. Nicolaides assured that the road would go ahead,
as it would be "of a great benefit not only to Paphos but
also for the whole of Cyprus."
The proposed contractor increasing the original price for
the completed project has hampered the plan. The minister
noted that either the first contractor or a second company,
who would be asked to give a price for the job, would
undertake the project. Nicolaides underlined that if an
economic solution cannot be found, then the government would
find ways in which to obtain funds to enable the project to
Explosions destroy area of
Rocks being blasted out of a Turkish Cypriot village in
Paphos are being used to form wave breakers in Latsi,
according to Androlikou campaigner Yiannis Taliotis. He
confirmed that he had been given the information by one of
the owners of the mining company responsible for the
blasts.“ One of the owners of the quarry company called me
and confirmed that rocks are being blasted apart to form the
wave barriers, which are being erected in the sea off the
Latsi coastline. I told him it’s not right to destroy a
natural beauty spot and then throw these rocks in the sea,”
The campaigner was told by the miner that “there is no
alternative and development must go on”. The Cyprus Mining
Authorities have recently given extension of mining rights
to four companies in the proposed Akamas National Park in
the village of Androlikou. The government last month had
suspended this quarrying and Taliotis has expressed his
dismay at the resumption of blasting. This area is well
inside the Natura 2000 project and is listed as “an area of
outstanding natural beauty”.
This village is unique, as it is the only place in the
republic where the majority of the local council is Turkish
Cypriot. Taliotis believes the daily explosions and heavy
excavations to be illegal as the village is Turkish Cypriot
owned. Taliotis is now asking people to sign a petition to
stop this action. If you would like to add your support call
Dumping in Peyia
Angry and frustrated residents of Peyia voiced their
concerns over continued dumping of building waste down a
ravine, which has a riverbed at the bottom. Francoise
Debieuvre, is a 73-year-old permanent resident who had a
traditional stone house built in Peyia, a number of years
He said, "they are dumping here daily now and I have
identified three different trucks. I think all the large
developers and private building companies from the
surrounding areas are using this site."
Debieuvre has written to the mayor or Peyia, Neofitos
Akourshiotis to complain, but has yet to receive a response.
According to the Frenchman the tipping has been steadily
Residents are concerned with the legality of the dumping, as
it may hinder the flow of water in the area, especially with
dry riverbeds. These may become blocked with waste creating
a problem during winter months. A couple of years ago two
people died in Paphos when their car was swept away by a
torrent of water, which had built up due to rubbish in the
river beds and waterways.
The environmental Commissioner for Cyprus, Charalambous
Theopemtou said, "in order to have a legal site, a permit
from Paphos district office would be required. I find this
peculiar as the site is obviously so close to residents. I
can’t see how the district officer would give his permission
in this instance."
The Paphos district office confirmed they would look into
the case to see what permits, if any had been granted.
Yeroskipou refuse Primetel
Yeroskipou municipality has finally refused to grant a
building permit to communications provider Primetel after a
six-month wait. Telecoms and communications provider
PrimeTel in co-operation with Reliance Globalcom, had
already proceeded with the landing of the submarine ‘Hawk’
fibre optics cable system. The ‘HAWK’ cable system is part
of the world’s biggest submarine fibre optics cable system
network around the globe.
Theodoros Loucaides, the outside plant network manager of
PrimeTel, said," we have received communication stating that
the local council has rejected approval for building
permission for plot number 50 in Yeroskipou," they don’t try
and justify this decision, and do not give any reasons."
The mayor of Yeroskipou said in a brief press statement that
the municipality had decided to reject the application,
following an outcry from local residents concerned over
health fears, and the adverse affect a landing station may
have on the price of land.
There are only 3 areas designated suitable for landing
stations by the government of Cyprus for the installation of
sea cables in Cyprus. The one for the Paphos region is in
Loucaides said,” the technical department of the
municipality has informed the local council that there is no
base for this rejection, and advice from two legal sources,
the municipality lawyer and an independent lawyer, were
favourable to us, and yet they are still rejecting the
Primetel stressed that although they understood the concerns
of the locals, numerous environmental studies undertaken all
over the world have concluded this type of landing station
is not dangerous to human health. According to PrimeTel the
system is fibre optic and transmits light through glass,
which is not harmful. The project is part of a wider global
April 2009 Articles:
Take More Care of Your Dogs -
DOG OWNERS have been called
on by the Police to abide by the Law and take better care of
their dogs as there has been a worrying increase in the
number of stray dogs.
The police have released a statement reminding dog owners of
the provisions in the law on dogs, which state that it is
against the law for an owner to abandon their do and that
they are obliged to take adequate measure to prevent their
dog(s) from escaping.
It is also against the law for a dog-owner or carer to allow
the dog to walk freely in a public place without a lead.
Owners are also obliged to register their dogs, obtain and
update their medical treatment and get their dog’s
The police have also warned owners that non-compliance with
he laws on dogs can mean penalties can mean heavy fins or
Is anyone out there listening?
TOURISM HAS once again become a focus of attention for the
Cyprus government. They have been criticised at a conference
of tourist specialists for not listening top what the
industry is saying.
is some effort and attention and action by the government
but it is not co-ordinated action. The point is that the
effort should be efficient. Are the resources such as
advertising being invested in the right areas to make any
difference to industry operators."? This was the question
posed by Ioannis Pantelides, who is Senior Lecturer in
Tourism and Hospitality Management at London Metropolitan
University at the conference.
A warning also came from Savvas Adamides, Director of the
College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Cyprus.
"The global crisis may be a wake-up call but it doesn’t mean
that we have to accept defeat. His is the time the golden
opportunities and do really well," he added.
am sure we will not succeed in maintaining the number of
tourists that come to Cyprus for a number of reasons but
mainly because the government is not talking the right
action at the right time."
Take more old cars off the road say DISY
THE WITHDRAWAL Scheme for old cars should be expanded. That
is the view of opposition party DISY, who called on the
government to expand the state's old car withdrawal scheme
and also repeated its call to totally scrap road tax.
Lefteris Christoforou, who is Chairman of the House Commerce
Committee, said he was expecting that the response from the
Communications Ministry on DISY's proposals would include a
policy to deal with the crisis that was affecting the
The Committee had met to discus the significance of
withdrawing old cars from the islands' roads both from
environmental and financial viewpoints. The system ends this
feel that this measure should continue and indeed be
reinforced further, especially taking the European Union’s
proposal at a recent summit, which called for members to
speed up the process of withdrawing cars with offered
incentives. This would benefit the state’s economy and car
owners," said Christoforou.
Do we ever learn?
SO WHAT have we learned in two millennia? Evidently not a
lot if this quote is anything to go by.
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be
refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of
officialdom should be tempered and controlled and the
assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest (the
nation) becomes bankrupt. People must again learn to work,
instead of living on public assistance."
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in March 2009? NO...Cicero,
Rome 55 BC.
Bank Governor Says 'Be Prepared'
THE GOVERNOR of the Central Bank and ECB Member, Athanasios
Orpanides, could be forgiven for stating the obvious when he
warned that Cyprus should be prepared for any eventuality in
the current financial crisis.
Speaking at a discussion organised by the Cyprus University
of Technology and the Association of Social Reform, he said:
"In our country the consequences of the crisis seem
relatively limited and our banking system remains sound. The
uncertainty, however, is too great and we cannot rule out a
further significant deterioration in domestic economic
it would be wise to be prepared for any eventuality."
Now talk about hedging your bets!
Some Goods Should Be Cheaper - Not Dearer, Says
"THERE IS no excuse for rip-off prices. Not only should
products not be expensive – they should be cheaper." That
was the message from Commerce Minister, Antonis Paschalides,
in a speech to mark World Consumer Rights Day last month.
He also stated that in some cases consumers were being
charged prices that were as much as 10% over what they
should be. He promised that his ministry would take firm
action to combat profiteering by retailers, although
pointing out that this was difficult in a free market.
only legal provisions currently available for controlling
prices relate to fuel and gas. However, we are seriously
examining the issue and have asked for the law to be amended
so that the ministry can issue ordinances for basic goods,"
He said he was not happy with the fact that milk on Cyprus
was the dearest in Europe and promised that the government
would - "show its teeth" - on this issue, first of all by
framing an amendment to the law to raise the levels of
statuary fines as a deterrent.
He said that the current level of complaints against
retailers showed that consumers in Cyprus were learning to
insist more on their rights, something that the European
Commission took very seriously.
All Doom & Gloom for Property and Car Sales
BOTH CAR and property sales plunged in the first two months
of this year.
Property sales slumped despite the government's economic
stimulation package. Figures from the Land Registry Office
indicated that the construction and real estate sector is in
stagnation despite the banks offer of cheaper loans.
According to title deeds submitted by the Land Registry
Department property sales in February plunged 65%, which
follows huge drops in the previous three months.
The total registration of new motor vehicles declined by
nearly 24% in the first two months of this year.
January 2009 Articles:
Is Cyprus safe from the crisis?
It seems that everyone is affected by the ‘Credit Crunch’
By Chris Mills
IT’S BEEN dubbed the Credit Crunch and the alarm bells are
ringing out all over the world as recession looms in every
corner. The ordinary individual is baffled as the financial
experts fight over soaring interest rates and bail-out
proposals that run into billions but the reality is that we
are all having to tighten our belts.
Cyprus a Safe Haven?
AT FIRST the message was that Cyprus was something of a safe
haven and could weather the storm that raged around it. But
this proved to be a mixture of government hype and media
speculation with the reality being that no one is safe from
this global recession and the credit crunch will inevitably
affect the island’s economy in some ways - maybe not as bad
The government has had to bailout banking with a €1.4
billion booster in treasury notes for the banking sector's
liquidity problem that may not benefit the consumer at all.
It has benefits in that the government will be able to
service its debt at a lower rate of interest, as it would be
more expensive to borrow from abroad, and the commercial
banks will get their money back taking out a loan from the
European Central Bank (ECB) at 2.5% interest rate, using the
notes as collateral with the ECB.
At last the Finance Minister, Chariaos Stavrakis, has
finally agreed that Cyprus will be affected by the current
global crisis but as most people had realised this, it came
as no great secret.
The global crisis has had a big effect on the island's
ex-pat communities, especially in the Paphos District, where
the largest majority of ex-pats live.
Those that I have talked to have all made the same
complaint. It's not just a case of protecting investments it
is when you come to exchange the money made from those
investments (interest) or from pensions that the crunch
"It really begins to bite then," said a couple from Mandria.
"When you have no other source of income you have to make
what little you have stretch even farther. The way things
are going it’s almost certain that we will have to return to
the UK next year out of sheer necessity"
Another couple I spoke to said that, while their investments
were safe, having secured them on a fixed rate of interest
for five years, it was again when they came to withdraw
money that they realised just how much the amount had been
cut back by the sterling-Euro crisis.
This message is repeated by many other ex-pats who are just
not getting the same returns for their money that they did
two months ago even.
And a friend of mine from Coral Bay told me then when he
went back to the UK for a short visit in December, he
noticed just how much better food prices were in his local
ASDA than in his local supermarket here.
"Food prices are better in the UK than Cyprus," he added.
UK Pound nosedives against the Euro
The pound is still heading downwards. It has already dropped
over 13% against the €uro as the Bank of England cut
interest rates as a bid to stave off a deep and prolonged
It means that the €uro is becoming favourite in the money
markets, which causes hardship for those holidaymakers
wishing to come here
The pound (sterling) has tumbled to new lows against the
€uro, even in some instances falling below parity levels to
The financial experts are advising expats to keep their
savings in sterling for now; buy goods and services in
sterling and use Internet shopping to buy in sterling - as
three ways to beat the currency crunch.
At least if you still have a home in the UK, you always have
something to go back to.
It is also predicted that retail prices will fall in Cyprus,
although it may take some time. The advice here is to choose
a retailer with the ability to offer value for money. Other
than that, spend cautiously and look for bargains...prices
are bound to fall!
Slowdown in construction and tourism
Already representatives of the island's two main industries
- construction and tourism - have complained about soaring
bank rates, a loan freeze and the fact that many ex-pats are
selling their properties and quitting the country.
The banks have stopped lending and many ex-Pats, who bought
their second homes here, are selling up in order to stave
off their financial problems in their own country, which
means that demand for new housing has been drastically
reduced. It also means that the number of available
properties has increased and it is likely that many of the
new properties will remain empty for some time to come.
These facts all goes to prove just how worried real estate
professionals have become, although it is even more worrying
for developers, who reaped something of a golden harvest for
the last few years.
Developers are not planning new projects for the next few
years as they have enough problems selling properties on
their current projects.
Some would say that they will be a monument to developers'
There are some who believe that the current situation can
have benefits in the long run. The sky high prices will
stabilise and give some control over development. The better
professionals will survive and be able to continue and make
the market a better place for those to come.
If the alarm bells were ringing out for the construction
industry they were positively clanging for the tourism
There has been nothing but doom and gloom predicted for this
year's influx of tourists with predictions that the numbers
could be slashed by over 20% from last year.
Said one hotelier: "The only change on the horizon is an
even bleaker outlook for 2009."
It is simply a case that tour operators will decide which
destinations to go for in the summer of this year and the
key will be cost, which means that Cyprus tourism would face
a bleak future. The problem again lies with the British
market, which has slumped dramatically due to the collapse
of sterling; this makes anyone in the eurozone a very
But then the number of tourists to the island has been
steadily dropping since 2001 so it's not entirely
Ever the eternal optimist I find that it’s best to remember
that the sun shines for 320 days at least in Cyprus and the
UK has just experienced its coldest December for decades!
Halved road safety budget
THE GOVERNMENT has been called on to explain why it has
almost halved its road safety budget for 2009 when it is
nowhere near meeting the EU goal of reducing road deaths of
the island by 50% for 2010.
Members of the House Communications Committee were said to
be appalled when they heard that the funds had been reduced.
an area where the state should be paying special emphasis,
it is economising," said Committee chairman, Zacharias
Finance Ministry spokeswoman, Anna Aristotelous, stated that
the Communications Ministry had applied for over €8m for
road safety of which €6.5m has been approved.
According to statistics the worst year on the roads was 2004
when there were 121 fatal accidents hat resulted in the
deaths of 133 people. In 2007 there were 89 deaths from 88
accidents, while up to the end of November 2008 there were
72 fatal accidents resulting in 75 deaths.
The Health Ministry has announced plans to upgrade the Cyrus
ambulance service with 10 new vehicles in a bid to help
achieve the EU's vision of a 50% decrease in road fatalities
by the end of 2010.
from policing and precautionary measures we need to improve
our system, especially with regard to patients' care and
their quick transportation to hospital, said Health
Minister, Christos Patsalides.
November 2008 Articles:
'Tales of the Unexpected' -
Aircraft crash delays start of first trial at the new Paphos
I WAS once told that you
should always expect the unexpected but I'm sure that Hermes
did not imagine in their planning of the trial runs at the
new Paphos International Airport that a light aircraft would
crash on the runway seconds before takeoff and just a few
minutes before the start of the first new airport trial.
The aftermath of the crash of the Cessna 150 luckily saw the
two people aboard only suffer broken bones but there was an
hours delay before the other 99 people plus myself were
allowed to continue on our 'journeys'.
There were 100 people for the first trial run and I was
interested journalistically to see how it would all run.
Having picked up our baggage (two per person) from in front
of the airport we were ready to begin when the announcements
were made regarding the crash and apologies made for our
wait. As we were all free agents with nothing much else to
do the banter was light-hearted and nobody quite seemed to
mind the delay.
What would have happened if this was after the airport
opened, might have been a different matter.
There were three different destinations chosen with tickets
from one of them in the pack handed out at the beginning. I
was to fly to London (Gatwick) - the other two destinations
being Amman and Glasgow.
We march into the departure hall to find our checking points
- mine happened to be at the very end - and we queued as
normal with our baggage.
Obviously, it was a bit slow at the start but it warmed up
very quickly and I was soon at the front dropping my bags on
the belt weigher prior to the bags disappearing for loading
on the imaginary plane.
I should imagine, although I didn't time it precisely, that
we were an hour before facing the ordeal of the security
check. This was a normal thorough operation with the usual
unsmiling operators quickly examining your hand-baggage etc;
(I made the mistake once of jesting with a security officer
at Gatwick when flying over to Cyprus and was punished by
having to go through it all again. So now I don't smile
Then it was on to the departure lounge past the unfinished
shops, which hopefully will add a little warmth and colour
to the rather dull vast buildings. The departure lounge was
full of the usual uncomfortable metal-seats, although
ergonomically designed for your body, here we were given a
sandwich pack, which contained two sandwiches, and apple, a
bag of crisps and a bottle of water.
PA System problems
The PA System reminded me of the average British Rail
station with the announcers sounding like they had blocked
noses or adenoids problems. Barely distinguishable but was
thankfully in English.
Then it was onto a bus, quick circuit of part of the runway
and into arrivals, passports in hand. This seemed a simple
operation and I was looked on by the young Cypriot with no
real suspicion that I might not be who I was.
Then the usual push and shove to get a pole position of the
baggage reclaim before picking up two cases somewhat similar
(they might even have been the same) and through Customs to
the outside world again.
I have often wondered why I feel so furtive faced with the
'Nothing to Declare' sign even when I do genuinely have
nothing to declare.
I had no real complaints - except for an improvement in the
PA System, which seem endemic with establishments of travel
and the new airport is certainly a big improvement on the
old one - now looking slightly decadent.
The exercises that concluded on Monday October 27 with the
return of all those who had taken part in the three previous
trials as part of staff training programmes, which Hermes
Airports hope will ensure smooth travel experiences for
passengers using the new airport when it opens November.
All those taking part in one trial and on the final day are
being offered EUR50's worth of shopping coupons from
Debenhams and Super Home Centre and in addition each
participant will also be entered for a draw for EUR5,000,
held on the final rehearsal day.
Whatever the outcome, I will always be able to repeat the
immortal words of the Welsh comedian, Max Boyce, - "I was
Smoking Ban Law in Cyprus needs
better implementation - says EU
THE EUROPEAN Union's ban on smoking is being flouted
regularly in Cyprus and the EU's Health Commissioner has
order the government’s Health Minster to tighten the law up.
The EU’s Health Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou has
expressed her disapproval regarding the failure of Cyprus to
implement the ban properly.
The government’s Health Minister, Christos Patsalides
examined the current law’s shortcomings and sent a letter to
the Justice Minister, Kypros Chrysostomides asking for a
stricter implementation of the law for no smoking in public
The current fines for breaking the ban are €34 fine in
nightclubs and €85 on public vehicles, which Patsalides says
are inadequate and do not act as a deterrent.
The 2002-2004 Protection of Health (smoking) unified Laws
prohibit smoking in all public places, including nightclubs,
cafes and restaurants, in all government buildings, public
transport and in private cars carrying passengers under the
age of 16.
Each individual bar, nightclub or restaurant has the right
to designate a well-ventilated smoking area.
Of the nearly 21,400 checks carry out by the police on
nightclubs since the beginning of the year, 1,066 were
reported for not implementing the law’s provisions.
Leftover money to fund
MONEY LEFT over from projects that were budgeted for but
didn't go ahead last year will be used to help fund the
construction of the Paphos to Polis Chrysochous highway,
which will start in mid-2009.
This was revealed when the Communications Minister, Nikos
Nikolaides, presented his ministry's 2009 budget to the
House Finance Committee. He told deputies that he planned to
use EUR40m to fund expropriations next year.
His procedure, he said, would be complete by the middle of
next year, when the road’s long awaited construction will
Said Nikolaides: "The favoured investor has been chosen and
from September 9 this year, negotiations began to achieve
and sign an agreement by the beginning of 2009. He added
that the whole construction would cost an estimated 275
The main highway will be 30.5 kilometres long and will
include byroads for Polis Chrysochous to Pomos and Latchi as
well as a connection to Mesogi around eight metres long.
The Communications budget also provides for - an upgrade of
the construction of connecting roads between a number of
communities including Ayios Nicolaos and Mandria.
Accident Death Toll Close to Last Year's Total
WITH THE deaths of two men taking the total toll on the
island this year to 66 since the beginning of the year, the
number is now dangerously close to last year’s total at the
There had been a slight fall in the number of fatalities but
the latest figures again highlight how badly Cyprus compares
with other EU countries.
The main problem is, as the latest accidents indicate, that
speeding, dangerous driving and not wearing seatbelts cause
the majority of accidents. It seems that despite yearly
awareness campaigns and increased police clampdowns on
speeding and drinking drivers, nothing seems to make any
great impact on road deaths.
unfortunately, is very much deprived of the proper road
safety standards of other European countries," says
Communications Minister, Nikos Nicolaides.
(Editor's note: Many would also argue that it is due to a
poor standard of driving, particularly among the younger
drivers, and also a lack of concentrated police presence. To
enforce the Law requires Law Enforcement.)
October 2008 Articles:
Handed Over - On Time - and not
a day over!
A proud boast - but will
it all work on the day?
The construction of the new Pafos International Airport and
all its installations and systems has been completed - on
time and on budget - and was handed over to Hermes at the
beginning of September and the launch day set for November
17. By then it should be working like clockwork. The big
question is - WILL IT?
What you don’t expect to go wrong - often does!
TRUE - there are still a few teething problems to iron out
but with equipment and construction at around 126 million
Euros you might expect that a few hitches will occur before
the day despite every effort to ensure that it all goes
right on the day.
All the systems have been checked and verified by the
constructing company Bouygues Batiment International of
France, its associates and all the various sub-contractors
working on the project, and a lot of time will be spent from
handing over day to when it opens training all the personnel
who will work the new installations and sophisticated
The new building, which has an area of 18,500 sq.m, has 24
check-in counters, systems that supply information to the
travelling public, three conveyor belts, four security
arcades, a VIP room, specially equipped room for businessmen
and closed circuit television and 800 parking spaces
It will employ around 1,800 people and should service some
2.7 million people annually.
The underlying architectural theme of the airport that makes
it pleasing to the eye is the well-known Cyprus goddess,
Aphrodite, with wall mosaics giving it an artistic touch.
want passengers to feel that they are in Cyprus by promoting
the heritage of the country which is so rich," said Michel
Hochet, managing director of the Cyprus branch of Bouygues
Batiment International, the French company responsible for
from beginning to end, from the first design to the build
was to reflect our concept," added the art curator, Yiannis
the colours we have used to the materials, we wanted to
reflect Cyprus and its history."
The whole area from check-in counters, the stone floor and
the local pebble mosaics, provide a pleasing appearance and
contrast to the present terminal. The sculpture of the
goddess Aphrodite at the entrance and the space that
portrays the history of Cyprus all add a certain ambience to
keep passengers in the right mood.
You get the feeling that every effort has been made to
provide comfort while being functional and it certainly has
a Cypriot feel about it.
I toured a Paphos beach and talked to some of the
holidaymakers here about what they hoped from the new
just want to be able to get through and away as quickly as
possible when I go home with the minimum of delay. If there
is a delay I like to have somewhere comfortable to sit and
wait," a holidaymaker from Essex told me.
about what’s going on is very important," said a Manchester
lady. "If there are delays and something is going wrong you
need to be told, so that you can prepare and relax. Nothing
is worse than not knowing what’s going on."
just want to see a few smiling faces. Pretty girls always
make me feel happier," said one teenage boy from Bristol.
At least when Paphos has been tried and tested the
information gathered can be passed on to official of the
building at Larnaca Airport, which is scheduled to open on
time in November 2009.
Dummy runs for the new Paphos Airport first scheduled for
last month will take place this month. Passengers will be
used to give a real test of the airport’s readiness to begin
operation for business.
* ONE difference that has already emerged between the two
airports is the shuttle service that has been operated so
successfully at Larnaca airport. There now seems little
chance that this will be operated at Paphos. The explanation
would appear to be that Paphos Airport is so close to the
town itself that the service it is deemed unnecessary. The
most likely reason is the vehement protest by the airport’s
taxi-drivers, who were angry over the perceived competition
for their services.
Collapsed airline – The mess
that gets left behind
THE COLLAPSE of an
airline company is nothing new - it seems to happen at
regular intervals. The collapse of an airline catches the
headlines but it the mess that it leaves behind that causes
Although a pretty comprehensive rescue package was mounted
from the UK to all points that the XL airline reached, the
collapse left stranded passengers in many locations. The
after-effects were that it would also have an impact on the
island’s already beleaguered hotel industry.
XL was the UK’s third-largest package holiday group and XL
Airways operated eight flights per week to both Larnaca and
Paphos airports from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow.
In all, they were bringing around 2,000 passengers to Cyprus
Around 80,000 passengers were stranded in various locations
abroad and aviation authorities faced a daunting task in
flying them back home with around 450 flights needed to
complete the task.
Many thousands, not covered by protected packages, had to
find their own way home.
The backlash was the fact that some €200,000 would be lost
to Cyprus hotels in lost bookings.
Paphos polluters must clear up or be fined
"OH! WHAT a circus. Oh! What a MESS!" Seems to be the cry
from Paphos residents as they survey the once very pretty
Sure, there have been improvements in recent times but
renovations, road works and the continuing construction of
the concrete jungle haven’t improved its overall appearance.
However, the main problem that remains is the continuing
indiscriminate tipping and littering.
A Paphos councillor said: "It's a general problem here in
Paphos but there is a law which we, as councillors, voted
in. This allows for people fly tipping or littering to be
to date this hasn’t been exercised properly by local
authority employees," he added.
Many would agree that Paphos is a cleaner place but it still
needs to be improved and one way to do that would be to
enforce more penalties for dumping rubbish. And, they cannot
keep relying on volunteers to clear up the rubbish, as
The main problem is the dumping of old cars, tyres and
household goods, which isn't helped by the fact that Paphos,
and indeed Cyprus in general, has no proper recycling
The other problem is the many building sites that abound in
the area. There is a huge amount of building work in
progress at the moment and many of the sites are left with
rubbish that needs to be cleared away and dumped on a
Questions must be asked when the various councils of the
district meet and action must be taken.
August 2008 Articles:
Is Cyprus still the island
paradise to be living on or are ex-Pats better off going
back to the UK?
DESPITE ALL the brochure talk
of Cyprus still being one of Europe's top property spots and
places to live is it really still continuing to grow in
popularity for overseas buyers or are we seeing a backlash
to the dramatic price rises in just about every commodity
here since the advent of the Euro?
Yet all as most ex-Pats know, it's not so much the Euro but
the dramatic drop in the value of sterling that is affecting
An Island Paradise where the sun and the Mediterranean meet
SOME OF the ex-Pats that thought Cyprus was the place where
they wanted to 'end their days' are considering whether or
not to pack up and return to the UK. Some have already done
just that even after being here for several years!
But is it the lure of wanting to be 'back home' or just that
Cyprus has now become expensive?
There is no doubt that prices have risen over he last decade
and those rises have accelerated sharply in the last year.
Recent surveys have revealed that prices of 'essential'
goods have increased by nearly eight percent in the last 12
Let's be clear about one thing - in many ways Cyprus is no
longer a cheap place to live. However, it could be argued
that it is still cheaper than the UK and what ex-Pats are
suffering from now is the oncoming of a recession in the UK.
Their investments have lost value due to the drop in
sterling (one man told he had lost £20,000 on his
investments in the last six months) and their pensions have
a lower value due to the exchange rate of sterling again the
The advice I received when I came to Cyrus four years ago
was to make sure that my financial position was secure not
just then, but for the future. If you have the cash
resources to offset any future price rises, you should be
OK, my financial adviser told me.
The move into the Eurozone at the beginning of the year has
been largely welcomed by all except those with money still
invested in the UK. The big drop in value of Sterling has
meant that the conversion rate from the English pound to the
Cyprus Euro has dramatically dropped.
Is a return to the UK a good move?
So for those who want to return - what are they returning
A very unpopular government, which seems to be lumbering
from one crisis to another, and an opposition that has no
real ideas but is riding high on the government's
unpopularity. Those returning will face higher domestic fuel
bills and petrol charges. If you think that petrol is
getting dear over here (and the good news is that the two
biggest petrol companies on the island EKO and Petrolina
have both announced cuts in both diesel and unleaded) than
try buying the commodity in the UK.
Most importantly, can they afford the ubiquitous Council Tax
Another couple I met told me that they were giving Cyprus a
12-month trial and then they would decide whether or not to
stay or go home.
"It's very much a case that our money back home is worth
less but prices here keep increasing. We are very much
caught in a trap," they told me.
One lady told me that she was only returning because she
missed her family and particularly hr grandchildren.
"They can't afford to come here because the air-fares are so
pricey so I am, in some ways, reluctantly returning to the
UK, although my husband is not so sure that we are doing the
right thing," she said.
Crime rate here is still low compared to UK
Cyprus has always boasted a low crime rate and when I first
came here 16 years ago it was almost unheard of but, while
there is an increase - particularly in the worrying area of
juvenile crime, it is nothing compared to what goes on in
True, we make joke about Cypriot drivers with their constant
breaking of traffic laws - speeding, shooting lights at red,
not using seat-belts, using mobile-phones while driving, and
motor-cyclists without safety-helmets but at least he
motorway roads are clear and you can drive from Paphos to
Ayia Napa –- a distance of around 170 kilometres - in under
I have always said that to enforce the law, you need law
enforcement – and Cyprus just doesn’t seem to have a big
enough police force. The problem is that booking a few
speeding motorists will not change the attitudes of most
The motoring laws only apply to other people.
There is no doubt that there is more freedom here than in
the UK. The 'big brother' state has yet to make an impact
over here. Life is so much easier and more relaxed.
We all know about the beauty of the island. The forests of
the Troodos, the lovely beaches at Ayia Napa, the wild life
and flowers and the fruit trees. And there is a lot more
that makes this island the paradise it is.
In Cyprus you have an excellent variety of fresh food - good
fish and meat, good vegetables and a wide variety of fruit.
If you stick to a healthy diet, which includes olive oil and
lemon juice dressing, according to many, you will live
I have had four very happy years here and hopefully will
enjoy many more on this island where the sun shines most of
the time. I personally, have no desire to return to the
cold, wet land of my birth. There is nothing there that I
can’t get here and I feel that there is much more here than
I can get there.
Don’t become what the Aussies love to call us - 'whinging
poms- - believe you me this beautiful island is still the
place to be - you are far better off here!
Police to get tough on teenage
crime and the reasons for crime
A RECENT spate of incidents involving youth crime has
sparked off a debate on how to deal with the problem of the
rise in juvenile offenders.
In the last two years the number of juvenile offenders has
risen dramatically and, although figures dropped last year
from 2006, they are still well above what they were three
It has also been noted that in the past two years there has
been a steady increase in the number of girls involved in
Among the more serious offences were; grievous bodily harm,
burglary, arson and malicious damage, firearms and drugs,
while minor offences included disturbing the peace, property
damage and conspiracies to commit crimes.
A group of seven academics have submitted a report to the
Education Ministry suggesting ways to combat the rise in
crime amongst young people in the short and long term but
even they admit that it is a complex issue.
a complex social problem has to be tackled on many fronts at
the same time," said Professor Andreas Kapardis, who was
commissioned to write the report. Kapardis pointed out that
one of the main issues was the lack of respect displayed by
young people to those in authority.
no longer see a priest, teacher or police-officer and even
parents to some extent, as role models," he added.
The recent spate of teenage vandalism has seen thefts, abuse
and beatings causing in some cases a lot of damage. Three
teenagers were arrested in Paphos for a series of break-ins
and arsonists set fire to the town's new youth centre just
weeks before it was due to be opened.
Nearly 60 extra police officers are to be deployed in the
Paphos district to try and stem this rising tide of crime.
Police Chief Iacovos Papacostas, who visited the area in
July, said that 47 special police will be sent to Paphos to
reinforce security at Paphos Airport and the General
Hospital, while 30 officers would be sent to the town
station after they had finished their training at the Police
It has also been announced that Kato Paphos is to get a new
police station to meet the needs and problems of the area.
It is hoped that the police will then be able to deal more
effectively with such things as timeshare and holiday club
touting, thefts from hotels and apartments and bag snatching
in the streets.
Motorists watch out - those dreaded speed cameras may
soon be back!
IF MOTORISTS in Cyprus thought that they had seen and heard
the last of traffic cameras then they must think again.
A new traffic camera system is expected to be in operation
within the first six months of 2009 after the green light
was given for tenders to be submitted. The government intend
to install 440 cameras (400 fixed and 40 mobile) in three
stages over the next five years.
The Director of the Police Traffic Unit, Theodoros
Achilleos, said that fixed cameras will be put at junctions
where it is proven that accidents take place, while mobile
ones will be used at areas classed as 'high risks'.
During the 10 months that the traffic-cameras were in action
under the previous system, accidents were reduced by 70%.
The old system was deactivated last September due to a
dispute with the supplier over technical problems.
British tourism on the slide and next year it could
be a lot worse!
TOURIST ARRIVALS from the UK have always amounted to over
half of the total visitors to the island and this market has
for a long time been the mainstay of the Cyprus Tourist
The British market may have reached saturation point now and
has dipped considerably over the last five years but it
still managed to account for 55% of tourists last year. To a
degree it has held it's own this year because many people
will have booked their holidays before global prices began
to spiral out of control.
But the future for next year looks bleak as the credit
crunch hits the UK with as much as £250 being added to the
price of some package holidays.
The British market, which has seen a downturn of 3.7% this
year, is unlikely to recover for next year as both flights
and hotel prices increase.
Only Ayia Napa seems to have escaped the downturn with
Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos down and Polis occupancy
numbers falling to a third of the average - its worst year
in living memory.
The entry of Cyprus into the eurozone has done little to
lure British holidaymakers as the exchange rate between the
Euro and sterling is very unfavourable for UK holidaymakers.
There are some in the industry who believe that Cyprus
should wean itself off the UK market and look more to other
areas such as Russia and Scandinavia.
The roadworks outside several Paphos hotels have not
improved matters with hoteliers complaining that it has lost
them business. They say that works in the harbour areas may
have cost them up to 10% of arrivals.
Paphos Mayor, Savvas Vergas, has said that the work is on
target and the seafront will open again on September 15.
Water farce as Kourris Dam nears empty
WHAT A FARCE the pumping of water from Greece seems to be
turning out to be.
At first it was expected that the Greek water would be
flowing before the weekend of July 19 but by the following
Wednesday it still hadn’t begun to flow and Limassol Water
Board called a crisis meeting with the Agriculture Minister.
the Greek water doesn’t begin to flow by the beginning of
August, the Kourris Dam will not be able to supply the urban
area of Limassol as the dam's resources will have run out,"
said Socrates Metaxas, Director of the Limassol Water Board.
There are 50,000 tons of the precious liquid in a tanker
anchored off Limassol and only 2m tons left in the Kourris
Dam. Kourris is the island’s biggest dam with a capacity of
Yet the island has a long history of water shortages and
this isn’t the worst drought that it has had to survive.
Based on historical evidence around 306 AD the island was
almost deserted through lack of water. Islanders have had to
find various means to deal with water shortages over the
years, mainly from drilling wells, and when there was
British rule in 1878 the Royal Corps of Engineers repaired
many irrigation works.
However, the British policy of drilling boreholes led to a
serious depletion of water supplies in the main
water-bearing areas of Famagusta, Morphou and Akrotiri.
The impact of climate change also means that snow in summer
on the Troodos is a thing of the past, yet another factor in
the troubled history of water supplies on the island.
So it appears that water cuts could be here to stay unless
new giant drills can go deep enough to find more supplies.
And, as if to compound the problem, temperatures in June
were two degrees above the normal with a high of 41 degrees
C - seven percent above the summer average.
July 2008 Articles:
CTO Chief urges all Cypriots to
SMILE…to save tourism!
…And he wants more action
from the Government
By Chris Mills
"Light up your face with gladness; Hide every trace of
sadness - Smile, what’s the use of crying; You'll find that
life is still worthwhile...If you just smile."
THOSE WORDS from the song 'Smile', which had actor/comedian
Charlie Chaplin as one of its three lyric writers, appears
to have inspired Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) chairman
Panos Englezos to wax lyrical.
He told delegates at the Cyprus Hotel Association's AGM that
all Cypriots should be nice to visitors because the island
was in danger of losing its traditional hospitality.
as a people have to go back to our genuineness. We must show
more respect to our visitors. We are all responsible through
profiteering, a lack of consciousness and awareness and a
The fact that the majority of hotels workers are no longer
Cypriots but lower-paid workers from Eastern Europe wasn’t
mentioned nor were many of the other causes of the decline
in tourism from its near 25% contribution to GPD to the
Tourism globally rose by six percent last year. In Cyprus it
was below one percent. The biggest loss came from the
British market that declined 15%.
The plain truth is that Cyprus has lost its edge
competitively. It has become an expensive destination with
high airfares, higher hotel-bills and higher restaurant
charges. In fact, higher prices all round.
Hotel Association chairman, Haris Loizides, has told the
President Demetris Christofias, that they are looking
forward to a new chapter from his government.
will be making proposals - not demands. But we have lost
time and now it is the time for decisions. We have lost a
lot of time discussing what should be done. The government
now needs to simplify procedures and find ways out of all
the bureaucratic traps.
has dropped to 42 percent in the winter leading to many
hotels suspending their operations, although indications for
2008 look more positive."
The fact that many private villas were being rented out
illegally doesn’t help, he added.
Although there are more hotels being built in Paphos its
position as the number one holiday destination on the island
has dropped behind Ayia Napa and Protaras.
One senior hotelier has said that the poor road
infrastructure, dirty open spaces, messy building sites and
work in the harbour have all contributed to the decline.
Numbers are also very low in Polis prompting calls for the
proposed road from Paphos to Polis to be constructed
The news that the government has set aside a budget of €12m
over the next three years to promote winter tourism has been
welcomed by the CTO and the Institute of Travel & Tourism
(ITT) has placed itself fully behind the efforts to bring
Cyprus back as an up-market destination.
However, fuel price hikes have added to the ticket prices
for Cyprus Airways with fuel cost now the airlines largest
expense ahead of labour costs.
the beginning of this year we have paid out an extra €25m on
fuel costs,” said CY spokesman Kyriacos Kyriacou. "We have
had no alternative but to pass these costs on to passengers.
And the fuel costs keep on going up."
New Marina for Paphos - Is
about to happen?
A LEAKED email from a UK financial services consultants to
its clients suggesting that buying property in the Peyia
area will pay dividends now that the contract to build the
new Paphos 1000 yacht marina has been awarded, is causing
In fact, owners of land surrounding the site for the new
marina have seen its value triple since the decision to
build the new marina was taken.
The EUR70million+ contract has been awarded to a consortium
headed by the Leptos Group and includes - Cybarco, JNP Avax,
Francoudi and Stephano, Athena and KAT - and the winning
group will have to pay the government an annual rent of €4
for the next 19 years.
The announcement of the award was made by government
Commerce Minister Antonis Patsalides for the project in
Competition for the project was said to be 'stiff' with four
consortiums concerned and work will start immediately and
must be completed in three years.
The Marina will have moorings for 1000 boats, slipways and a
boatyard. There will also be further leisure facilities,
including a restaurant, bar and parking.
Water from Greece will ease pressure on island supplies
By Chris Mills
PRESSURE on the very depleted water stocks on the island may
soon be eased with the final preparations for bringing water
from Greece being close to completion after some complex
Construction workers have been working round the clock to
lay pipes along the dry Yermasoyia riverbed to be eventually
connected to the Yermasoyia Dam - part of the Limassol Water
The water will arrive at Yermasoyia in tankers that have
sailed from Elefsina in Greece. The six tankers being used
had previously carried foodstuff and agricultural products
but have now been specially adapted to carry water.
The EUR35 million contract was signed on April 21 between
the Water Development Board and Ocean Tankers Holding Public
Company Ltd. It provides for six tankers carrying 50,000
sq.mtrs of water every day.
The estimated total of water transported over a period of
six months is said to be eight million sq.mtrs. The current
shortage of water on the island is said to be 16 million
The project has involved the co-ordinated efforts of the
Ministry of Agriculture; Athens Pireas Water Company (who
will check the water quality before it leaves Greece), the
State Lab, Port Authority and Ocean Tankers.
Besides the imported water from Greece, the island’s two
desalination plants will be upgraded to increase production
capacity and new desalination projects, including a portable
one, are also being implemented.
Water cuts have been introduced in all areas but there are
fears that more leaks can occur when water is switched back
on, especially during hot weather.
The cuts imposed by the government haven’t pleased the Mayor
of Paphos, Savvas Vergas. He had resisted turning ff
supplies in the firm belief that Paphos could get by on its
own underground water supplies and three dams in the area.
Said Vergas: "We cut supplies from our dams but continued
with uninterrupted supplies from the underground sources."
Others were worried about the effect that a cut in supplies
would have on the already diminished tourist trade.
Overseas Promotions Campaign
Increased by CTO
IN A BID to encourage
tourists to the island, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation
(CTO) has increased its promotion and advertising campaign
budget abroad with more focused strategies.
Said the CTO's director general, Phoebe Katsouri: "For this
year we have an increased budget which is being allocated in
a more focussed way in the hope of bringing tangible
She explained that they were organising nationwide campaigns
in 14 countries and using such international media as
Euronews and CNN. The CTO is also the only sponsor of BBC
World’s prestigious tourism programme - 'Fast Track' , which
gives Cyprus extensive cover internationally.
hope that with our expertise we have achieved better
cooperation agreements and campaigns that are being staged
now, which will be repeated in the autumn, will be in time
for the winter tourism," she added.
The CTO had also, she stated, achieved effective cooperation
agreements with tour operators and travel agents abroad.
*AIR TRAFFIC in and out Cyprus increased by 12% in 2007 and
is expected to rise by roughly the same amount during 2008.
This is according to forecasts by Eurocontrol, the EU's
organisation for the safety of air navigation. They also
predict that after a period of stagnation, growth of air
traffic in Cyprus would average five per cent over the next
Are Improvements in Harbour
Going to prove counter-productive?
Is summer the right time
to upset tourists?
IT WAS ALWAYS a source of great amusement to some and
annoyance to others in the UK when, three weeks after a road
had been dug up for new telephone cables and had carefully
been tarmaced over again afterwards, along came the workers
from the local sewerage to dig it all up again and make a
further mess, writes Chris Mills.
Crazy - you would say - why didn’t they do it all at once!
But it was yet another example of town hall departments
simply not working together.
For any town in England - cue Cyprus and Paphos. The old
harbour of Paphos - one of its great tourist attractions
with its medieval fort and many restaurants – has been in a
mess for some time now but you would have thought that come
the tourist season work would be suspended for a while -
especially in view of the diminishing number of tourists and
the need to impress those that are here.
But work on phase two of the seafront project began on May
19 and will continue for the next six months.
Hotel owners in the area - such as the Almyra, Annabel and
Alexander the Great - are naturally up in arms because they
say it is ruining their summer business.
Paphos Municipality's consultant civil engineer, Diofantos
Hadjimitsis, said: "It is a problem as the work follows the
coastline and will affect the hotels in the area. Apart from
creating a new look for the coastline in front of these
hotels, this phase includes an extra construction of three
vertical walkways and we admit it will cause some disruption
to some hotels."
"Disruption could cause end of Paphos Tourist industry"
This area has seen a great deal of upgrading work in the
last few months which Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas thinks was
necessary and will be completed by April 2009.
work will only cause disruption for two winters and one
summer," he commented.
Although the hotel owners agree that the work is necessary,
they find it difficult to believe that they’re had to be one
in June and will not be finished until next year.
With tourist arrivals for May three percent down,
particularly British numbers that have dropped sharply, it
seems foolish to put visitors off even more by turning the
area into a building site.
Said Natasha Michaelides, the communications manager of the
Thanos group of hotels who own both the prestigious Almyra
and Annabel hotels:
tour operators are already fed up with Paphos because of the
previous work and if they have to start paying compensation
to disgruntled customers, they will soon drop the venue.
People want, among other things, good quality pavements and
beaches. Once the word gets round about the present state,
they will not come.
"I think carry on this construction work during the summer
will cause far more damage than having to pay out more
money. It could be the end of the tourist industry for
Spend, spend, spend - it seems
the only way to be in Cyprus!
By Chris Mills
LET'S FACE IT - Cyrus isn’t a cheap place anymore. Cheaper
than the UK in many respects still, yet prices for many
things keep rising - and now we are told that higher prices
are here to stay.
So I suppose we better get used to it.
Prices have been creeping upwards for the past few years but
have certainly accelerated this year - dearer petrol, dearer
food, dearer utility costs and it can’t be blamed on the
change to the Euro.
OK! Many will point to world prices - especially that of
crude oil that has reached nearly $1.50 per barrel - this
pushes up the cost of everything - and wheat prices that
push up the cost of that most essential of foods - bread.
There will be profiteers who will take advantage of this but
in the main, the extra prices can be justified if not
Many older folk, like myself will remember, sunny Jim
Callaghan when British prime minister in the mid-70s saying
during a currency crisis - "Crisis, what crisis?" - and it
appears that this is also the Cypriot view of the current
They have now got used to a certain 'well-off' style of life
and intend to keep it up. Cypriot households are €17 billion
in debt, which is the highest figure ever, while at the same
time inflation stands at nearly five percent.
You would think that now was the time for cutbacks.
But no, petrol sales are five percent up, holiday sales are
five percent up, while food prices have risen six percent,
electricity 13 percent, petrol 16 percent and even the cost
of having a meal in a restaurant is nearly eight percent
It appears that the locals may watch what is happening in
the rest of Europe - demonstrations against higher prices
and belt-tightening all round - but with little overall
interest and all that just seems to be accepted.
As long as the banks are lading out money, just get deeper
into debt and don’t worry. It is when the banks start to
call in the loans that the worry will start. And there are
always the good old pieces of plastic – the credit card.
Between January and May this year nearly €760 million was
spent on Cypriot credit cards – a rise of 25% over the same
period last year.
Perhaps my old Granny was right - 'Neither borrower or
Louis Tourist Agency step in to aid Road Safety
THERE HAVE been 36 deaths of the roads of Cyprus this year
and now a leading tourism organisation – the Louis Group –
has announced a road safety plan to try and reduce the
number of death
They have decided to name 2008 as the 'Year for Road Safety
Awareness' as part of its corporate social responsibility
policy. The action plan will be part of the EU’s European
Road Safety Charter, which Louis has signed.
Louis will print leaflets to be handed out to all passengers
checking in for their return flights home along with their
boarding-passes. (Louis Tourist Agency deals with more than
30 airlines in both Larnaca and Paphos airports.)
* THE BIGGEST tragedy is the number of motorcyclists killed
- most not wearing crash helmets. Yet daily on the roads you
will see motor-cyclist riding along with no helmets, many
off them over the handlebars or strapped to the back of the
bike – not on their heads where they should be and the
police seemingly do nothing about it.
Protect the Grass Snake or face
action says EU
LET'S FACE it - snakes - have never had a particularly good
Often portrayed as deadly, dangerous, slimy and crafty
creatures they have never had the love and affection that
other animals get. And now Cyprus is in trouble with the
European Commission (EU) for not giving one of its eight
species - the grass snake - adequate protection.
The EU has now given the island two months to take action on
protecting the snake - the most endangered of the eight
species to be found here or face court action.
The Commission had warned Cyprus that it had not followed
European directives regarding the protection of Natrix
natrix cypriaca, which is classed as an endemic species, on
this matter when told and must now act or face the
The main interest centres around Paralimni Lakes, which is
the most important habitat of the snake and is a designated
Protected Habitat area. The north side of the lake has
undergone lot of development in recent times.
Latest figures estimate that the remaining number of the
species may only be around 50 and this may have been reduced
still further in the last four years. The species was first
recognised in Cyprus in 1787.
Call for Smoking Ban to be implemented properly!
Two top judges have made a CALL for the full implementation
of the current Anti-Smoking Law and a total ban on smoking
in public areas.
In an open letter, Supreme Court judges, Takis Eliades and
Demetris Hadjihambis, have said that the law banning smoking
in public places was passed by the House in June 2002 but
was not being implemented.
to the provisions of the law, smoking is banned in areas
that include restaurants, cinemas, theatres, hospitals,
private clinics, doctor's offices, dentists, concert halls,
galleries, government or semi-government offices, banks,
factories and other places where foodstuff is prepared or
sold, common areas of government buildings, closed sports
centres, airports, ports, vehicles of private use and cars
of public use in which there are passengers under 16," the
judges have said.
The law also states that in areas where smoking is banned,
smoking can only be allowed in designated areas that have
been specifically set aside and which have adequate
Also at the workplace, employers can only allow smoking in
According to the two judges, for smoking in recreation
centres such as restaurants, cafeterias, bars, coffee shops,
disco and dance centres, there must be a specially regulated
area for smokers and nobody should smoke in no-smoking
They added by saying that owners of recreational centres
have flouted the law by putting up signs saying - 'Smoking
Permitted' - claiming that they were obeying the law! Also,
no police action was being taken to 'warn or arrest
The judge's conclusion was that a total ban on smoking
should be implemented in all public areas.
Other countries in the EU such as France, Italy and the UK,
where there were many keen smokers, had implemented such
laws with quite severe penalties for non-compliance.
The judges were also concerned that not enough was being
done to warn smokers of the dangers of smoking. Official
statistics for Cyprus show that 650 people die every year as
a result of smoking, compared with around 90 in road
accidents and 17 from drug related causes.
There were also the dangers of passive smoking to be taken
into consideration because non-smokers inhale double the
amount of nicotine that smokers do.
* GO INTO any taverna or bar in Paphos and you will find
many smokers just puffing away merrily ignoring signs with
little attempt by managements to point out the non-smoking
ban. Among the worst are some ex-Pats who, along with fellow
Cypriots, seem to think that the law doesn’t apply to them!
Progress on target for the new Paphos air terminal
PAPHOS International Airport at present handles over 1.5
million passengers per year but in November this year when
it opens its new terminal and runway extension it will
eventually be able to handle 2.7 million per year.
The plans to expand both Paphos and Larnaca airports were
first put forward in 1988 and the upgraded project master
plan prepared in 1993. The new terminal and runway
extension, which is based on those original plans, will be
able to handle two million passengers in the first phase and
a further 0.7 million after the second and be able to handle
even the largest aircraft like the Airbus A321.
Passenger growth is expected to be around 3.5-4%.
The concession for the new airport has been given to Hermes
Airports for a period of 25 years.
Work is approaching completion with construction scheduled
to be finished by the end of June when the testing phase
will begin. The Paphos Airport will have 20,000 sq.m of
floor space, 24 check-in desks (currently 16), six
security-screening positions, three baggage reclaim
carousels and an 800-space (currently 150) car park.
The airport runway is being extended from its current 2,700m
to 3,100m allowing it to handle even the largest aircraft.
Outside a four-lane highway is to be constructed to link the
airport to the town of Paphos 10 kilometres away.
Cost for work at both Paphos and Larnaca is estimated at
Action on Animal Cruelty
CRUELTY TO animals is something that most people don’t want
to tolerate and this island has in the past come in for its
fair share of criticism on the way it treats its animals.
its dogs, cats, horses or donkeys, we repeatedly see
examples of mistreatment," says Stella Stylianou, who is
secretary of Cyprus Voice for Animals (CVA).
It appears that the biggest problem, according to the CVA’s
President Mary Anastasi is 'ignorance'.
lot of people don’t know how to treat animals or how they
should be kept. They don't necessarly mean to harm the
animal but it gets harmed because they don’t know any
better," she added.
But the organisation has now had a meeting with government
officials, representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture,
Interior & Justice, the Police and others, which was chaired
by the Agriculture Ministries Permanent Secretary, Panicos
The two women said afterwards that the outcome had been
"It looks very promising. For the first time everyone
involved showed a will to try and solve the problems" said
One of the first suggestions is the setting up of dog pounds
for stray dogs. Animal welfare organisations have also been
asking for the construction of more sanctuaries and
Law is strict but nobody seems to be enforcing it," added
Rise in Car Registrations
CAR REGISTRATIONS in the first quarter of the year increased
by 4.3% over the same period last year. The total
registration of motor vehicles from January to March this
year increased to 17,024 from 16,325 in 2007.
Ironically, the sales of used cars outnumbered the sales of
new cars. Private saloon car sales rose 3% from 12,262 in
January 2007 to 12,625 this January. Out of the total of
private saloon cars over 53% were second-hand, while nearly
47% were new.
Vehicles for commercial use increased by 5.3%, light good
vehicles by 2.2% and heavy goods vehicles by 16%.
Registration was also up for motorbikes and mopeds. They
increased by nearly 5% compared with registration up to
Don’t they know there's a water shortage?
THE CONTROVERSY over the watering and the setting-up of
private desalination plants for golf courses runs on. And,
getting the blame for setting this up is the Cabinet of the
former President - Tassos Papadopoulos.
It appears that his cabinet bypassed a ruling by the
Building Relaxations Council and went ahead with the moves.
This was in violation of a decision of the Council and
effectively stripped it of its powers provided by
town-planning laws for the approval of private desalination
units for watering golf courses.
And it couldn’t have happened at a worse time with the
island going through a severe shortage of water, as well as
the financial burden of increasing oil prices, electricity
prices and the delay in importing natural gas.
Because desalinisation plants are Category B industrial
developments, applicants can only get permission to build
through town planning and an exemption from the Relaxations
Council (an independent body made up of people in the
development business which approves exceptions to local
development plans under a strict criteria).
The Relaxation opposed applications in 2007 but at the same
time the Cabinet approved a proposal by the Agriculture
Ministry to exempt businessmen who wished to build
desalination plants for golf course from having to go
through the Council.
This was at a time when the Government was offering generous
incentives for the creation of golf courses as a means to
June 2008 Articles:
Could cremation happen in Cyprus?
to allow for the building of a crematorium in place soon?
COMES to us all in the finish - besides birth it's one of
the only certainties of life! Today, while it is still a
sombre occasion, a funeral is more often the celebration of
a life than of the death itself.
Here in Cyprus there is only
one form of dealing with a body and that is a burial. There
are no facilities for what is more popular in some other EU
countries - cremation. But that could be all about to change
as Government officials have said that there is a
possibility of offering this service within a year.
is quite sure why the legislation to build the island's
first crematorium has dragged on so long as it was first
drafted and presented to parliament eight years ago by the
current MEP Marios Matsakis.
the legislation is still not yet in place, government
officials are predicting that a crematorium could be up and
running by next summer.
Ministry's permanent secretary, Lazaros Savides, is quoted
as saying that Law Commissioner, Leda Koursoumba, was
gathering the information and canvassing different
ministries for their views. He said that his ministry and
the Church had answered in favour of the proposal
"I cannot give a
timeline due to several unknown parameters but my best
estimate would be that we may see a crematorium built on the
island in a year's time."
A recent petition
with over 4,000 signatures asking for the building of a
crematorium - many of the signatures from young Cypriots -
is still on the table. As the island only allows for burial,
those wishing to be cremated have to be embalmed and sent to
a country that allows for cremation.
This applies to
Expats, many of whom are used to this type of burial, which
is commonplace in the UK, and have probably stated their
desire for cremation in their wills.
12-month timeline too ambitious?
But many feel
that the 12-month timeline is far too ambitious and are
fearful that opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church and
from the government can still slow down the process. Also
the cost of building a crematorium is fairly high,
considered to be near four million for land, building and
all the equipment, even if a license was granted.
Keith McCready is the
businessman who wants to build the first crematorium in the
Paphos District near to the Paphos International Airport and
he has said that it could be 'up and running' in 18 months
time if the government gave the green light by issuing the
He also reckoned that
a full cremation service with ashes in a memorial garden
could be done for under CYP500. To embalm a body, put it in
a lead container and ship it to another country, for
instance the UK, is around CYP2,500, with the costs of
storage, removal and final service to be added on. If the
ashes are then sent back to Cyprus, that's an additional
Cremation has been
commonplace in many countries for centuries. The funeral
pyre was actually most popular in ancient Greece and has
always been practised in India. They have even found burial
vessels associated with cremation from the 11th
century BC at Kourion on the island.
of many people here is that the Republic of Cyprus should
allow people to have their bodies disposed of in the way
that they choose and that steps must be taken now to amend
the law so that permission is granted for cremations to take
Record-breaker dies in tragic crash
A PAPHOS man who flew in a
micro-light aircraft from St. Albans in the UK to Cyprus in
record time in 2006 to raise money for children's charities
was tragically killed when the power-glider he was piloting
crashed in the Ayios Efrem area, near to Lemonas village.
David Armstrong (71),
who lived in Tala, had taken off from Paphos International
Airport at around 9.45am in the morning but 10 minutes later
contacted the control-tower to report severe turbulence.
reported shortly afterwards that he had engine trouble but
the control-tower then lost contact and he came down around
According to witnesses he had tried to land the micro-light
glider in a field but it came down erratically, first
striking a tree and then plummeting down an embankment.
Residents nearby arrived quickly at the scene and an
ambulance and fire engine were also dispatched but he was
already dead as a result of massive injuries.
funeral was held at the Ayia Kyriaki Church with burial at
Armstrong hit the headlines in 2006 when, along with
co-pilot Jason Madhavani, they finished an eight-day,
2,700km journey from St. Albans to Paphos in 42 flying
hours, which was believed to be a world record.
Cyprus Air Accidents Committee is investigating the
circumstances of the crash and has reported that the
micro-light-s engine was new and the pilot experienced.
Heart Attacks and drinking warm
IT HAS BEEN found advisable to drink warm water after meals
to help prevent heart attacks. This makes sense as the
Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals so maybe
it is time to adopt their drinking habits whilst eating!!!
It is also applicable to those who like to drink cold water.
While it is nice to have a cold drink after a meal, cold
water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just
consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this
'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be
absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It
will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats
and lead to cancer so it is best to drink hot soup or warm
water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks:
You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going
to be where the left arm is hurting also be aware of intense
pain in the jaw. You may never have the first chest pain
during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense
sweating are also common symptoms.
It is a fact that 60% of people who have a heart attack
while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can
wake you from a sound sleep. So it pays to be careful and be
aware. The more you know, the better chance that you could
Tigers need new sponsor
PAPHOS TIGERS - the town's rugby club - are looking for a
Last year's sponsor - Chillingtons - has decided to withdraw
leaving the Tigers the summer to find both a sponsor and
settle on a ground.
At the first meeting of the new committee, hopes were
expressed that the Tigers could win back the league title
and with the Colts now providing a strong backing the new
season could be faced with some enthusiasm.
If you would like to be next season's sponsor for the Tigers
contact secretary Ron James on - firstname.lastname@example.org - he
will be delighted to hear from you.
Square Pub takes to the round board
THE SQUARE PUB in Timi has taken to Darts.
They have now put in a board and oche for regular sessions
on Tuesday nights. This has already attracted a group of
local Brits, who hope to put out a team in the second
division of the Paphos Darts League for the next winter
The Pub played its first friendly fixture against Seahorse
and, while they were completely overwhelmed by a much more
experienced team, it gave all a chance to get together.