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New Cyprus law to allow Big Brother to listen in

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou has submitted legislation opening the way for law enforcement agencies to listen in on phone calls in Cyprus.

A granny fight sees one in hospital and the other on the run

 

A fight between two grannies in Tala, Paphos saw one end up in hospital and the other wanted by police after a disappearing act.

The senior citizens row centred over the right to use water to irrigate a field – after strong words were exchanged it then turned physical.

MPs warn against tourism complacency

Lawmakers on Tuesday expressed satisfaction at yet another bumper year for tourism, but warned against complacency, highlighting the need to constantly improve the island’s tourist product.

Regulations freeze after tourists turned away

Regulations denying entry to tourists from outside the EU who have bookings to stay at Greek Cypriot owned properties in the north have been suspended after 50 people were turned away after landing at Larnaca airport on Monday night, the Cyprus Mail has learned.

Ryanair invests $100 million in Paphos with additional aircraft & routes

 

Ryanair on Tuesday launched its biggest ever Paphos summer schedule for 2018 with an additional based aircraft ($100 million investment) and seven new routes to Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Dublin, Riga, Sofia and Tallinn.

Ryanair flights to and from Cyprus not cancelled

Ryanair has not cancelled any flights to and from Cyprus airports even though the budget airline is cancelling between 40 and 50 flights per day until the end of October.

Over half-a-million tourists visited Cyprus in August

Cyprus saw a record number of tourists visit the island during the bumper month of August.

Official data on Monday showed the arrival of tourists reached 523,651 in August compared to 458,645 in the same month last year, recording an increase of 14.2%.

Cypriot drivers ‘addicted to their mobile phones’

A recent study by the Cyprus Institute of Statisticians has found that 59% of drivers admit to using their mobile phones while at the wheel and that most people breaking the law in this way are female and texting.

Expansion of e-gates at Paphos Airport to reduce queuing time

In a move to reduce queues and waiting times at Paphos Airport operator Hermes Airports announced Thursday the installation and operation of four automatic electronic entry gates (e-gates).

GC holidaymakers spending big in the north

Greek Cypriots appear happy to spend money in the north of Cyprus according to their credit card spending figures this summer.

Paphos water bills to rise

Paphos municipality said on Monday that water prices will increase for the next quarter, bills for which will reach consumers by the end of October.

Island’s anti-colonial struggle inspires new history tour

Shades from the island’s past under British colonial rule will be resurrected for history buffs next year, as a former war reporter, author and MP heads a tour retracing his steps as a young conscript in the Cyprus of the Fifties.

Police release photo of Paphos burglary suspect (PICTURE)

The police on Friday released the photo of a man suspected of being behind a string of burglaries and thefts in the Paphos district between July 7 and August 28.

According to the police, the suspect is 35-year-old Constantinos Balabanides, a Russian national.

Paphos lifeguards speak out to protect tourism

Paphos lifeguards are fraught with worry over the safety of swimmers and are demanding that the government step in to satisfy their demands and do more to protect tourism in the district.

State of the art bus stops for Paphos

Paphos could soon be boasting state-of-the-art bus stops, some complete with Wi-fi.

The new facilities will be replacing the 173 stops currently scattered throughout the area under the jurisdiction of Paphos Municipality.

Quad bikers destroy Polis turtle nests (PICTURES)

Nineteen cages used to protect turtles’ nests from being disturbed on a Polis Chrysochous beach have been purposely and cruelly destroyed by people driving quad bikes.

Tourists injured in quad bike accident

Two tourists are in serious condition after being injured when their squad bike overturned on the road from Kathikas to Peyia road on Monday afternoon.

Men caught breaking into car by cop

Two men have been arrested after being caught in the act by a police officer breaking into a car in Paphos.

Illegal hunter slapped with €2,000 fine

A hunter was fined €2,000 for hunting in a prohibited area in Paphos on Sunday morning.

Games wardens discovered a 42-year-old Limassol resident hunting in a restricted area in the Paphos district at around 10:00 on Sunday morning.

 

Cable car and observatory earmarked for Troodos development

A cable car and space observatory are just two of the projects in the pipeline for the general Troodos area, it was revealed on Sunday by President Nicos Anastasiades.

Apartheid rules in the north

Access to a beach near the fenced-off town of Varosha is open only to Turkish nationals and Turkish Cypriots showing identification.

Turkish-Cypriot newspaper Yeni Duzen reported that Greek Cypriots and foreign nationals are not allowed access to Dherynia beach.

Latest Blog Articles

Sinti Monastery

It's time for another guest blog, and this time Max has taken a break from his minerals to show us somewhere a bit more spiritual. Over to you Max... Sinti Monastery is a very important ancient monument and not far away from Paphos, in the beautiful Xeros River Valley. I thought I would take a round trip. In order that people can visit the place all year round (even after a good Winter's rain) in a normal car I took the longer route over the hills where the roads nowadays are all properly surfaced. On the way back you can either take the same road (Winter) or use the short cut along the Xeros river bed which is only 8 km until the next village Nata.

Kouklia Memorial

We recently blogged about a little shrine by the motorway. It turns out that it was placed there in memory of two soldiers who lost their lives in a helicopter accident. I was confused myself, because I knew there was a helicopter crash memorial, but it was a little further away from Paphos, near Kouklia. An internet search revealed that there had been two crashes. So in the interest of fairness, I thought we should take a look at the other shrine. It isn't visible from the motorway, but if you take the trouble to find it, you will not be disappointed, as it is a lovely memorial...

Roudia Bridge

Now that we have covered the route from Vretsia to Kelefos, let's return to the subject of Venetian Bridges. This time, we will feature Roudia Bridge. For years this eluded us, as we drove past it without realising it was there. With the help of the previous blog, you should now be able to locate it and know where to park the car. So let's take a look at the bridge itself...

Abandoned Villages - Istinjo

Istinjo is an abandoned little village, with an active farm, just east of Filousa. You won't find it on Google or Bing Maps, unless you opt for satellite view and locate it manually. We have driven past it on numerous times ourselves before we realised it was actually an old village; from the main road it looked more like a slightly ramshackle farm. We only found out it's name when we did our Polis route the other other day. However, on that occasion we decided to stop and have a bit of an explore. Given that we had been following roadsigns to Istinjo since Sarama, it only seemed fair. This is what we found...

Latest News Articles

New Cyprus law to allow Big Brother to listen in

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou has submitted legislation opening the way for law enforcement agencies to listen in on phone calls in Cyprus.

A granny fight sees one in hospital and the other on the run

 

A fight between two grannies in Tala, Paphos saw one end up in hospital and the other wanted by police after a disappearing act.

The senior citizens row centred over the right to use water to irrigate a field – after strong words were exchanged it then turned physical.

MPs warn against tourism complacency

Lawmakers on Tuesday expressed satisfaction at yet another bumper year for tourism, but warned against complacency, highlighting the need to constantly improve the island’s tourist product.

Regulations freeze after tourists turned away

Regulations denying entry to tourists from outside the EU who have bookings to stay at Greek Cypriot owned properties in the north have been suspended after 50 people were turned away after landing at Larnaca airport on Monday night, the Cyprus Mail has learned.