17.11.2017

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Compromise sees EAC strike averted

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An impending strike by the state power company EAC was averted on Tuesday after a compromise was hammered out during a meeting between the facility’s unions and President Nicos Anastasiades. Following a two-hour meeting at the presidential palace, energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis emerged with conciliatory remarks. “A constructive and, at times, lively discussion was held, and we managed to come to an arrangement where we shall work in common with the unions and the EAC’s board to improve

Cyprus Mail

Government pledges more support for enclaved

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The government pledged on Tuesday to do more to help the enclaved, following a recent decision by Turkish Cypriot authorities to start charging customs duties on goods carried to Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the north. Speaking in parliament, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues Fotis Fotiou said the government is considering measures to assist elderly people living in the north. By the end of the month, Fotiou said, the cabinet is expected to decide on a home repair a

Cyprus Mail

Britain agrees to set EU ‘Exit Day’ in law

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Britain’s government said on Thursday it would use legislation to fix the time and date of the country’s European Union exit, addressing concerns ofBrexiteers who fear slow negotiations and opposition to the divorce could cause delays. The government said it was proposing a change to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill currently making its way through parliament to set the exit for 2300 GMT on March 29, 2019. “We’ve listened to members of the public and Parliament and have made this change to remove an

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Our View: Football tax debt write-off is just a cynical vote-seeking move

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President Anastasiades’ announcement, while attending an event to mark the 91st anniversary of Apoel on Wednesday night, that the Council of Ministers had approved writing off tax debts of football clubs, amounting to €19.5 million, came as no surprise. Coming up with different ways of squandering the taxpayer’s money is an integral part of his re-election campaign. The next day finance minister Harris Georgiades announced that the government would be making €25 million available for the “parti

Cyprus Mail

Our View: Exam leak been blown out of proportion

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The political fuss sparked by the posting of the teaching exam questions on the education ministry website some 45 minutes before the exam was due to start was out of all proportion. Perhaps it is because we are in an election campaign and candidates’ teams are always on the lookout for an excuse to go on the offensive, especially as the incumbent seeking re-election is far ahead in opinion polls. Making the exam questions public a little before the exams were due to start was an embarrassing

Cyprus Mail

Our View: Government must not give in to EAC union demands

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THE presidential palace has urged EAC (Electricity Authority of Cyprus) unions to call off their planned industrial action to allow for consultations free from the threat of a strike. The authority’s four unions plan a two-hour strike on Thursday and a 24-hour strike a week later because they want the Transmission System Operator (TSO) that controls the power grid to remain part of EAC; the government wants it to become an independent entity, as it would be dealing with other power producers.

Cyprus Mail

Iraq court rules no region can secede after Kurdish independence bid

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Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that no region or province can secede, strengthening the government’s hand as it seeks to prevent a repeat of September’s Kurdish independence vote. The ruling was a response to a request from the central government in Baghdad to put an end to any “wrong misinterpretation” of the constitution and assert the unity of Iraq, a court spokesman said. Soon after, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi urged the northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region to abide by the

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