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Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

Students and community members attend a vigil at the Grove Church following the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere

A student shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, apparently after a fight with fellow students, officials said.

The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, took his own life as his classmates scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school.

A school district official, who declined to be...

Air crash investigators find task difficult

Air crash debris being taken away for examination

By Evie Andreou

THE absence of a black box and a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the aircraft that crashed into the sea between Cyprus and Lebanon on Wednesday killing both people on board, makes the investigation into the accident more difficult, the senior investigator into the case said yesterday.

Yiannakis Loizou, head of the Air Accident Incident Investigation Board (AAIIB) said his team is searching the causes of the crash of the twin-prop Diamond DA42 on Wednesday night en...

Our View: Attorney-General in a tight spot over ethical dilemma

Attorney-General Kostas Clerides

DEPUTIES felt snubbed by the Attorney-General, Kostas Clerides, after he decided not to attend a meeting of the House ethics committee that was discussing an issue of conflict of interest, involving the Governor of the Central Bank, Chrystalla Georghadji. Clerides had sent the committee a letter in which he said that the issue “does not fall within the remit of the attorney-general nor did it necessitate the attorney-general to express an opinion or intervene in any way.”

It is difficult...

CTO must adapt and become more modern

AG Odysseas Michaelides recently revealed irregularities in the operation of the CTO

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) must change its structures and processes in order to meet modern standards and requirements, according to a KPMG report on restructuring and reorganising the organisation presented to staff yesterday.

Speaking after the event, CTO head Marios Hannides said the organisation needs to modernise its decision-making processes and their implementation, as well as improve efficiency in terms of public service.

Hannides said the Auditor General’s recommendations concerning the organisation have been considered and...

First drafts of insolvency package ready

The parties were handed the drafts of three bills concerning the insolvency framework by the Finance Ministry

By George Psyllides

THE finance ministry yesterday handed parties the drafts of three bills concerning the insolvency framework, seen as providing an extra ‘safety net’ to debtors who have fallen on hard times.

The framework will be made up of six bills.

The ministry has asked party experts to a meeting on October 31 to discuss the drafts, just as the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a verdict on the validity of the foreclosures bill demanded by the...

Petrol prices going down

The Consumers and Quality of Life Union (CQLU) believes that petrol prices should be reduced even further

By Evie Andreou

FUEL companies have announced the second price reduction in a month, following a furore last week over high prices.

The companies announced this week that they were able to further cut prices at the pump as they had received new shipments bought at lower prices.

The retail price of 95-octane was lowered by 2.4 cents a litre dropping to €1.36, 98-octane by 2 cents to €1.39 and heating fuel was reduced by 3.2 cents a litre...

Surgeons succeed in heart valve procedure

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By Evie Andreou

A NEW non-surgical method, which is considered to be the only effective treatment for mitral regurgitation, a condition where the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward in the heart, has been successfully applied for the first time in Cyprus, by a group of cardiac surgeons of the American Medical Centre/American Heart Institute.

The MitraClip Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair procedure brings good news to high risk patients who can now avoid open...

Big brother helps cut crime levels – 33,000 in neighbourhood watches

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou

By George Psyllides

CYPRUS boasts 33,000 neighbourhood watchers, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said yesterday, which contributed in curbing crime by up to 40 per cent.

Speaking before an assembly of representatives of Limassol’s 108 communities, Nicolaou emphasised the government’s determination to invest in community policing as a means of bolstering the sense of security of all people without exception.

“Today we have around 33,000 neighbourhood watchers and we cover areas inhabited by 630,000 people,” the minister said, adding that the...

Vasiliko oil terminal ‘almost ready’, first shipments ‘soon’

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By Staff Reporter

THE ambitious oil storage terminal project at Vasiliko should be completed very soon, with the first shipments expected soon after, company officials told a visiting delegation of the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, headed by its president Averof Neophytou yesterday.

The party leader said the oil storage terminal facilities of VTT Vasiliko Ltd (VTTV) “is one of the largest investment in Cyprus today and a good solution for the transfer of oil stocks currently stored in Larnaca.”

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Dashin donation boost for autistics in Paphos

Julia & Andrey Dashin

By Bejay Browne

THE CYPRUS autism association has received a boost following the delivery of a new mini bus made possible by a substantial donation from the Limassol-based Dashin foundation.

Andrey and Julia Dashin’s Foundation granted a cheque for €15,000, which meant the association could purchase a new 8-seater Nissan NV200. After recently taking delivery, the association was then able to relocate their old, smaller bus to the autistic centre in Paphos, which had been without transport for more than...

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