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High dust levels in Paphos and Limassol, rain expected later (updated)

By Bejay Browne and Annette Chrysostomou

Levels of dust in the atmosphere in both Paphos and Limassol are high and are expected to last the duration of the day, according to the Met service

State’s plans for the Akamas ‘still a big mess’ MPs hear

Government plans for the Akamas are still a big mess MPs said on Wednesday, citing lack of political will, delays and inconsistencies after Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis presented the master plan for region to the House environment committee.

Clampdown coming on cash payments of €10,000 and over

By Evie Andreou

The House legal affairs committee on Wednesday launched discussions on setting a €10,000-ceiling for the cash purchase of vehicles, precious stones and metals, works of art and antiques.

Paphos readies for spectacular charity art exhibition

A month long touring art show in aid of charity Pasykaf will be launched in Paphos on Sunday.

Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos will inaugurate the Space Art National Exhibition at the Almyra Hotel on Saturday at 7pm.

Diplomatic steps taken to avoid escalation over drillship

Cyprus was taking all necessary diplomatic steps to resolve peacefully the harassment of ENI’s drillship Saipem 12000 by Turkish warships and avoid an escalation, President Nicos Anastasiades  said on Sunday.

Fined for hunting illegally

A 52-year-old was slapped with a E2,000 fine on Sunday after he was caught hunting in game reserve area in Akourdalia in Paphos.

He was caught by members of the Game and Fauna service.

Fire fighters say number of blazes fell last year

A decrease of more than 10 per cent in the number of fires in Cyprus was recorded from 2016 to 2017, the fire services announced on Friday.

The decline was due to their aggressive firefighting, the services said at a press conference.

Owners of shot pet plead for end to hunting in residential areas

The owners of Gandhi, a three-year-old cat that returned home in Pervolia in Larnaca this week covered in blood and with his body peppered with shotgun pellets, on Thursday made a desperate plea for hunting to stop in residential areas.

Dust to remain in atmosphere until Monday

The dust affecting Cyprus will persist until Monday, officials said, as they urged vulnerable groups to take all necessary precautions.

Flu season takes hold late in Cyprus, numbers on the up this week

Around 65 people per day are visiting the accident and emergency department at the Nicosia general hospital with viral infections, and the number is set to increase due to flu season, officials said on Wednesday.

Police searching for two men as argument develops into arson

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Polis Chrysochou after a scuffle broke out with two other men, 27 and 30, over car trouble, police said.

The argument between the three occurred when the 35-year-old claimed the others had not repaired his vehicle.

Community leader urges decision on Paphos marina

The community leader of Kissonerga village in Paphos is urging the government to proceed as quickly as possible to reach a decision over the long-awaited new marina due to be built in the area.

Hints of encouraging gas finds, but experts urge caution

ENI and Total may have made a substantial gas discovery at their Calypso prospect in Cyprus’ offshore block 6, according to reports in the foreign press.

British High Commission to hold open meeting in Paphos

THE British High Commissioner, Matthew Kidd, will hold an open meeting for British residents in Paphos later this month.

Lost students rescued from Avakas gorge

A large group of foreign students had to be rescued from the Avakas gorge in the Akamas on Saturday night after getting lost.

Live: Malas concedes defeat, congratulates Anastasiades

Akel backed independent Stavros Malas has called President Nicos Anastasiades to congratulate him for winning second term in office after garnering majority of votes

Rare baby monk seal reunited with mother

A rare baby monk seal spotted alone in Paphos harbour last week was recently seen swimming alongside its mother, the fisheries department said in a statement.

“The adventure of the baby Mediterranean monk seal ended well,” the statement said.

Devoted elderly couple die within hours of each other

In a sad but romantic twist of fate, an inseparable elderly couple from Larnaca passed away together last Wednesday after 60 years of marriage.

EU auditors to examine desertification risk in Cyprus

More than half of Cyprus’ territory is at risk of desertification, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said on Wednesday.

Consumer protection service launches carnival costumes campaign

The government’s Consumer Protection Service has started a campaign into the safety of carnival costumes with the aim of protecting the public, especially children, from any dangers.

It will last until February 16.

Carnival on its way to Paphos, Wednesday deadline for participants

PREPARATIONS for Paphos carnival are underway and there are only a couple of days for participants to sign up to participate, an event spokesman for the Paphos municipality cultural department told the Cyprus Mail.

Result seen as a sign of support for a Cyprus solution

Votes for incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades and Akel-backed Stavros Malas, and the rejection of Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos, are being widely seen as majority Greek Cypriot support for a Cyprus settlement following the first round of voting in the presidential elections.

Anastasiades-Malas in second round, horse-trading to begin

Incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday comfortably made it through to the second round of the presidential elections slated for February 4, garnering 35.5 per cent of the vote amid an election marred by voter abstention of 28.6 per cent.

Teen driver dies in Paphos accident

A 16-year-old boy from Geroskipou was killed in a road accident on Sunday evening on a country road near Achelia in Paphos.

According to police, the pick-up truck being driven by the teen and with his cousin aged 13 as a passenger went off the road and crashed.

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High dust levels in Paphos and Limassol, rain expected later (updated)

By Bejay Browne and Annette Chrysostomou

Levels of dust in the atmosphere in both Paphos and Limassol are high and are expected to last the duration of the day, according to the Met service

State’s plans for the Akamas ‘still a big mess’ MPs hear

Government plans for the Akamas are still a big mess MPs said on Wednesday, citing lack of political will, delays and inconsistencies after Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis presented the master plan for region to the House environment committee.

Clampdown coming on cash payments of €10,000 and over

By Evie Andreou

The House legal affairs committee on Wednesday launched discussions on setting a €10,000-ceiling for the cash purchase of vehicles, precious stones and metals, works of art and antiques.

Paphos readies for spectacular charity art exhibition

A month long touring art show in aid of charity Pasykaf will be launched in Paphos on Sunday.

Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos will inaugurate the Space Art National Exhibition at the Almyra Hotel on Saturday at 7pm.