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Almost €2 billion euros owed in overdue taxes

The audit office has called on the tax department to do all it can to collect overdue taxes – to the tune of almost €2 billion – that are increasing alarmingly, but accepted that collecting a large proportion of it is unlikely.

Paphos wins Gold Prize for its coasts

The entire coastline of Paphos has been recognised for the third consecutive year as attractive for visitors interested in combining holidays and nature in a destination with enchanting scenery that cares for and preserves the quality of the environment and strives to protect and enhance local identity and cultural heritage.

Defendant denies premeditated murder in Peyia hit and run

A 35-year-old man pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder on Wednesday in the death of a British tourist who had been hit by a car in Peyia in June, in what authorities believe was a deliberate assault following an altercation.

The teaching profession is being derailed

I CAME to realise that teaching is being derailed when I asked a 40-year old teacher, I have a lot of respect for, why the teachers were striking. Her response was disarmingly honest. She said: “I do not know”.

Two men in custody for Paphos break-in

Two men, a 20 year-old and a 26 year-old, have been remanded in custody from Paphos Disctrict Court for a break-in and burglary case.

According to the police, the incident took place at night, between 16-17/9/18, when two men broke-in a flat in Paphos and stole 355 British pounds and a mobile phone, valued at 500 British pounds.

Man hospitalised after assault

A 49-year-old man is in hospital after allegedly being physically assaulted by a 42-year-old in Paphos.

According to the victim, at around 2am on Tuesday, the younger man assaulted him, injuring him on various parts of his body.

Fire in Letymbou under partial control, fire in Episkopi under full control

The Fire Departments is responding to two fires that broke out this morning in Paphos.

The first fire started at 08:20 am between the villages of Choulou and Letymbou and has been put under partial control. It burned two hectares of dry grass.

The second fire which has been put under full control, started at 09:55 near Episkopi and burned an acre of reeds.

Dam levels extremely low despite recent rainfall

Sceneries of drought even in mountain areas are forming all over Cyprus due to the extended summer, Phileleftheros reports.

According to the Water Development Department, dam fullness levels in Cyprus are at 14,8%.

Despite the early September rainfall, fullness levels in Cypriot dams are lower than last year’s 18,5%.

Summer temperatures to remain this week

There are no signs that the end of summer is any closer with temperatures this week higher than average for this time of the year.

On Monday they will rise to 36C inland, 30 to 32C along the coast and 25C in the higher mountains, and during the coming days they will slightly increase, remaining above average over the weekend.

Fire breaks out in Pegeia forest

A fire broke out in Pikni forest, in Pegeia, Paphos district.

Assisting the fire department were the forestry department, the game service, as well as local residents, who have been further assisted by two Kamov 32 helicopters.

Excursionists who were in the wider forest area informed the authorities, which were immediately mobilised.

S&P upgrades Cyprus to BBB-, back to investment grade

Standard & Poor’s upgraded Cyprus’ sovereign rating back to investment grade on Friday after rating it junk for more than six years.

Assigning it a BBB- rating, S&P also placed the outlook on stable as risks from high private and public debt offset “strong growth prospects”, it said.

MP voices concern over illegal camping in Akamas

EDEK MP Elias Myrianthous says authorities are letting illegal campers set up caravans and shacks near the Aphrodite Baths area in the Akamas.

In a question submitted to the Interior Ministry, he said that this not only creates environmental problems but poses a fire risk.

CySEC disagrees with supreme court over Eliades, BoC decision

After the attorney-general, the island’s securities and exchange commission (CySEC) also expressed its disagreement over a Supreme Court decision that acquitted a top banker on appeal, after he was jailed for two and half years for market manipulation.

Two women arrested for bringing duty-free tobacco from occupied north

Two women, a Greek Cypriot and a Greek, were arrested at Ayios Dhometios checkpoint yesterday after they were caught attempting to bring 3.55 kilos of tobacco from the Turkish-occupied north.

The tobacco was confiscated as was the car. The total duty and tax for the tobacco was €740.

Teachers preparing for strikes following government rejection

Teachers were gearing for strike action on Wednesday following the government’s rejection of a counter proposal the previous day in a dispute that has been going on since early July.

Teacher unions will be convening later on Wednesday to decide but from their rhetoric, it appeared that strike action was inevitable bar any last-minute developments.

Tourist in critical condition, circumstances unknown

Paphos police said on Wednesday they were investigating circumstances of the injuries to a 28-year-old tourist who was found on the street unconscious and with face injuries early in the morning.

The man, who is in critical condition at the Nicosia general hospital, was located lying unconscious on Kolpos Korallion street at around 1.30 am. He also appeared to be drunk.

Life expectancy in Cyprus has risen by three years in a decade

Cypriots are among the EU nationals with the longest life expectancy, according to the latest Eurostat data.

Between 2007 and 2016, the life expectancy of Cypriots has increased, on average, by around three years, according to Eurostat.

Vandalism, teachers’ dispute mark new school year (Update 2)

Extensive vandalism, gangs throwing flares, upsets over the state of buildings and the ongoing dispute with teachers’ unions marked the beginning of the school year on Monday.

Referendum to rename Paphos’ Kennedy Square stalled

The issue of renaming Kennedy square in Paphos has been put on hold, Phileleftheros reports.

The decision to hold a referendum was taken by the Municipal Council in an attempt to symbolically express the rejuvenation of the city after the scandals of the past years.

Two fires in Paphos, one not yet under control

The Polis Chrysochous fire station was on red alert on Saturday morning as two fires broke out one hour apart in the Paphos villages of Steni and Pelathousa, with the Pelathousa fire still only under partial control.

The fire in Steni broke out at 8.56am and was contained by firefighters using a tanker truck.

Customs reissues regulations for shopping in north

Increased numbers of Greek Cypriots buying cheap

Though people have bought medicine and other items for years for their own use, often without being checked as they cross back over, there are regulations on how much can be bought into the Republic.

Rain on the way?

There could be showers in the next few days as a low-pressure system is affecting the area, and it will bring lower temperatures, clouds and some rain.

More hotels open for winter tourism in Paphos

Ten per cent more hotel beds will be available in Paphos for the upcoming winter season compared to last year’s figures, officials said on Tuesday.

Remands after thieves go through car park

Two men who were arrested in connection with damaging cars and stealing from them in Paphos were remanded for six days on Tuesday to facilitate further investigations.

The suspects were spotted moving around suspiciously in a parking place in the Coral Bay area by an off-duty police officer.

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Latest News Articles

Almost €2 billion euros owed in overdue taxes

The audit office has called on the tax department to do all it can to collect overdue taxes – to the tune of almost €2 billion – that are increasing alarmingly, but accepted that collecting a large proportion of it is unlikely.

Paphos wins Gold Prize for its coasts

The entire coastline of Paphos has been recognised for the third consecutive year as attractive for visitors interested in combining holidays and nature in a destination with enchanting scenery that cares for and preserves the quality of the environment and strives to protect and enhance local identity and cultural heritage.

Defendant denies premeditated murder in Peyia hit and run

A 35-year-old man pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder on Wednesday in the death of a British tourist who had been hit by a car in Peyia in June, in what authorities believe was a deliberate assault following an altercation.

The teaching profession is being derailed

I CAME to realise that teaching is being derailed when I asked a 40-year old teacher, I have a lot of respect for, why the teachers were striking. Her response was disarmingly honest. She said: “I do not know”.