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Traffic campaign bags drunk drivers

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A campaign to prevent traffic accidents was carried out on Friday night all over Cyprus, resulting in 46 alcohol-related write-ups and 128 traffic-related tickets, a police report said on Saturday.
Specifically, in Nicosia 113 vehicles were checked, producing 23 traffic offences, while 107 drivers were alcohol-tested and 11 were found to be over the legal limit.
In Limassol, 140 alcohol-level tests were performed, with 22 drivers written up for driving while intoxicated.
Famagusta traffic police found a...

Williams beats Wozniacki in three-set thriller

Serena Williams of the U.S. chases after a ball during her WTA Finals singles semi-final tennis match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Singapore Indoor Stadium

By Julian Linden

Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.

The best of friends off the court, the pair slugged it out like two prizefighters for almost two and a quarter hours until Williams delivered the killer blow to end a contest filled with...

Reforms bringing results, Cyprus says after ratings upgrade

Standard and Poor's on  raised Cyprus's credit rating a notch to B+

Economic reforms in Cyprus are starting to yield results, the government said on Saturday after one credit-rating agency upgraded its rating and a second its outlook for the bailed-out country.

Standard and Poor’s on Friday raised Cyprus’s credit rating a notch to B+, reflecting what it said was the island’s strong commitment to a reform programme and a budgetary performance exceeding its expectations. Fitch, which rates Cyprus B-, revised its outlook to positive. The other major agency, Moody’s, rates it...

Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

Members of a cleaning crew with "Bio Recovery Corporation" wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) push a barrel to be loaded in a truck of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after cleaning the apartment where Dr. Craig Spencer lives in New York October 24,

By Ellen Wulfhorst

A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America’s biggest urban center.

She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during...

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...

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