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18 07, 2017

Cyprus begins drilling as energy search gets underway

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CYPRUS has started drilling in a search for natural gas in its exclusive economic zone, despite objections by Turkey which has sent ships to monitor the action.

Government officials said – on condition of anonymity – that a drill aboard the specialized ship “West Capella” touched the sea bottom at a depth of over 1,200 meters.

The ship is operated by the French Total energy company, in association with Italy’s ENI.

“The natural gas exploration program is proceeding according to plan,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said, without going into details.

The drilling, some 175 kilometers off Cyprus’s southwestern shores, is being monitored by a small armada of foreign navy ships sailing in the volatile region of the eastern Mediterranean.

17 07, 2017

Jordan’s Queen Rania in Paphos for family holiday

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LOCAL MEDIA report that Jordan’s Queen Rania is currently in Paphos for a short holiday.

The Queen arrived at Paphos airport on Saturday and was driven to an unknown location with her entourage. There was tight security for her arrival.

Other members of the Jordanian royal family are with the Queen, but it remains unknown if King Abdullah II is also here.

Since marrying the now King of Jordan, Rania has become known for her advocacy work related to education, health, community empowerment, youth, cross-cultural dialogue, and micro-finance.

17 07, 2017

Tourism revenue shoots up, new figures show

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TOURISM is proving to be a big earner this year, with figures showing revenues shot up by 37.5 percent in April 2017, compared to the year before.

Earnings from tourism reached €189.6 million in April, reports the Cyprus News Agency.

The expenditure per person for April reached €662.06 compared to €611.37 in the corresponding month of the previous year, according to the Cyprus Statistical Service.

The Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) said the impressive jump in revenue from tourism is a result of both the increase in tourists arrivals and the increase in the expenditure per tourist.

15 07, 2017

Turkey sends frigate to monitor drilling off Cyprus

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Turkey sent a frigate on Thursday to monitor the Greek Cypriot ship which is drilling for oil and gas off the island, Turkish military said.

The Greek Cypriot “West Capella” ship has been evaluated as being capable of drilling activities, the military said in a statement.

The “West Capella” drilling vessel, contracted by France’s Total and Italy’s ENI, moved into position to start exploring for gas off Greek Cyprus on Wednesday, Greek Cyprus’s Energy Ministry said in a statement.

The “Onesiphoros West 1” well is estimated to be completed within 75 days, it added.
The move came days after the peace talks failed between the two sides of the divided island.

Greek Cyprus issued a Navtex advisory last month to inform shipping in the area that drilling work would run from July 10 until early October.

Cyprus was divided into a Turkish-Cypriot state in the north and a Greek-Cypriot administration in the south after an 1974 military coup.

The status of the island remains unresolved despite a series of talks that resumed in May 2015.

15 07, 2017

Warm and sunny weekend in Paphos, highs of 33C

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EXPECT another warm and pleasant weekend across the Paphos district, with sunshine and highs of 33C.

The weather will remain unchanged throughout the week, but will see a slight spike in temperatures on Friday, when the mercury is expected to hit 35C.

The warm, light evenings continue with highs of 20C – 22C.

Sunset is at 8.04pm on Saturday. Early risers can catch sunrise at 05.48 am Sunday.

13 07, 2017

World-renowned singers to perform in Paphos

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TWO world-renowned singers, Luz Casal and Mísia are set to perform in Paphos in two very special concerts at the Ancient Odeon and the Castle Square.

Luz Casal, one of the most famous stars of the Spanish music scene, is a true star of the music world.

The renowned singer has been successfully representing her musical tradition all around the world, winning awards and distinctions such as the famous “Goya Award”.

She has collaborated with various top artists, while she constantly experiments with new genres.

Her songs mainly celebrate life and love and are accompanied by an orchestra of great soloists, promising a magical night at the Pafos Castle Square on Saturday, July 29th 2017.

On August 19th, the Ancient Odeon welcomes the famous fado performer, Mísia.

She has been hailed as the successor of Amália Rodrigues and a diva of Portugal, however she impresses the crowds with her simplicity and openness.

13 07, 2017

Cyprus champions APOEL make successful start in European Champions League qualifying round

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Cyprus’ league champions APOEL made a successful kickoff in the European Champions League qualifying round by securing a narrow 1-0 home win over Luxembourg’s F91 Dedelange champions in Nicosia on Wednesday.

The game was the first leg of the second qualifying round.

The only goal of the game was scored in the 71st minute by Facundo Bertolio.
Despite the win, APOEL’s players were booed by their fans, as they were lucky to escape a humiliating defeat.

APOEL lacked their usual luster as the team are still under construction with several freshly acquired star players yet to be fit enough to play

12 07, 2017

Spar heading to Cyprus next year

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INTERNATIONAL retailer SPAR has announced that it will open supermarkets in Cyprus from 2018.

The company announced that it is partnering with Cypriot retailer Ermes Group to introduce the Spar brand across Cyprus next year.

Spar Cyprus will focus on opening company owned food retail outlets, but it is also seeking to partner with independent retailers.

The first Spar stores to open in Cyprus are planned for the start of 2018, with a target of opening more than 20 supermarkets over the next five years.

Speaking about the announcement, Managing Director of SPAR International Tobias Wasmuht said “The introduction of SPAR to Cyprus provides the leading independent retailers of Cyprus the possibility to respond to growing market concentration in Cyprus of national and international chains, whilst meeting the needs of both local and international tourist shoppers. Unifying together as SPAR Cyprus permits the progressive independent retailers of Cyprus to maintain their independence, whilst seizing the benefits of a strong international food retail brand with the scale benefits of a buying group operating on both a national and international level. We are delighted to partner with the Ermes Group to bring SPAR to Cyprus and are confident in the future success of our partnership”.

 

12 07, 2017

Fires under control, emergency services remain on alert

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THE fire which broke out this afternoon in the Stavrokonos district, east of Paphos, is now mostly under control.

Teams from the fire brigade and the Department of Forests had been fighting the blaze since lunchtime.

Six-aircraft, five fire engines and 30-men battled the firee throughout the afternoon.

Even though the blaze is now under control, teams will remain in the area in case the blaze rekindles.

 

(Photo courtesy Pafospress)

12 07, 2017

Fire fighters battle large blaze east of Paphos

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FIRE FIGHTERS are battling wildfire in Stavrokonou, east of Paphos.

The fire broke out at about 1:50 pm, and the Fires Service say the blaze is large and fierce. Four helicopters and two planes are dropping water, with fire engines also on the scene.

Police and Civil Defence are keeping a close eye on the situation and may have to evacuate a nearby village.

Fire officials are warning the public in Cyprus to be on alert for wildfires, as temperatures remain high across the island.

Andreas Kettis, a spokesman for the Fire Service, said 56 fires had been reported over the weekend.

Most of the blazes are in rural countryside areas, but emergency services are also keeping a close watch on forested areas.

Huge wildfires in Cyprus’ central mountainous region last year were finally extinguished with the help of planes from France and Italy, which joined 14 other aircraft from Greece, Israel, British bases and Cyprus.