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October 5 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Nicosia on Tuesday expressed concern over an agreement signed between Turkey and the Government of National Unity in Libya, which is expected to escalate tensions between Ankara and Athens. In other news, police received the conclusions of the latest report into the 2005 death of national guardsman Thanasis Nicolaou. Attorney General George Savvides delivered the circumstances of the 26-year-old conscript’s death, initially attributed to suicide, to the deputy chief of the police. This third inquiry points to murder. Elsewhere, Property sales in the first nine months of 2022 are up by 37.2 per cent, recording the most activity in the real estate market since 2008, land registry data showed. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:47
October 05, 2022
Daily News Briefing October 4
In today’s episode, we hear that Attorney-general George Savvides said his office will be turning over part of the report into the 2005 death of a soldier to the family after they had repeatedly requested the file. Elsewhere, firefighters on either side of the divide were busy on Sunday as numerous fires broke out across the island. There’s also news that a 25-year-old man remained in hospital on Monday after being seriously injured during violence following Sunday night’s football match between Apoel and Ael at Nicosia’s GSP stadium. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:02
October 04, 2022
Daily News Briefing October 3
In today’s episode, we hear that the US Pentagon has announced Cyprus’ membership in the State Partnership programme and the cooperation between the Cyprus National Guard and the United States National Guard. Elsewhere, firefighters on either side of the divide were busy on Sunday as numerous fires broke out across the island. There’s also news that Famagusta police are investigating a case of alleged assault causing actual bodily harm, threat and distress involving an underage student at a primary school as the victim. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.D
06:01
October 03, 2022
Daily News Briefing September 30
In today’s episode, we hear that the UN Special Representative in Cyprus Colin Stewart has warned that the scenario of a mutually agreed solution to the Cyprus problem is fading and will not be available much longer. Elsewhere, a source apprised of the negotiations has told the Cyprus Mail that the government’s withdrawal from talks with airport operators Hermes is but a smokescreen intended to kick the can down the road. There’s also the news Turkey will reinforce its military presence in the north after the United States lifted defence trade restrictions on Cyprus. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:08
September 30, 2022
Daily News Briefing September 29
In today’s episode, we hear that Cyprus’ first crematorium is set to begin operations by 2024, six years after the relevant law was first passed. Elsewhere, Police said they will carry out a risk assessment on security issues to his person, raised by state medical examiner Panicos Stavrianos in connection with the death of national guardsman Thanasis Nicolaou. There’s also the news that eight vultures were released into the wild on Wednesday after being sent to the island from Spain to help boost the population in Cyprus. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:17
September 29, 2022
September 28 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that all signs are pointing towards a return to normality within the tourism industry - according to experts in the sector. Elsewhere, an app has been launched called Fix Cyprus whereby the public can report issues such as broken traffic lights and vandalism directly to public sector authorities. There’s also the update that Andreas Soudjis - imprisoned in the north over the use of walkie talkies and taking photographs of a military area - will be released on October 7. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:09
September 28, 2022
September 27 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that in an apparent jurisdictional spat, a British Bases court has rejected Cypriot authorities' request that they put on trial two suspects arrested in the summer - after Sovereign Base Areas police and officers of Cyprus’ drug squad Ykan seized about 18kg of cocaine hidden in a fruit container. Elsewhere, a fifth Covid vaccine dose could be available by the end of October, while the cabinet just under two weeks ago approved the new bivalent jabs for fourth shots. There’s also condemnation from the Animal Party after what it described as unprovoked attack on two activists, a man and a woman, who were staging a protest against animal cruelty on Ledra Street All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:21
September 27, 2022
September 26 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, around 70 ground staff at Paphos Airport staged a lightning two-hour strike on Saturday night over possible redundancies, affecting a total of eight flights where passengers could not collect their luggage. In other news, the annual Pride Parade kicked off on Sunday with a focus on marriage equality as well as raising awareness on issues the local LGBTI+ community faces; and dozens of Greek Cypriots protested in front of the Iranian embassy in Nicosia in support of the struggle for freedom in Iran and the protests that have been taking place there following the death of Mahsa Amini. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news direct from Cyprus, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
04:31
September 26, 2022
September 23 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, traffic congestion on roads can initially be alleviated through the promotion of mass transit – more bus lanes – and eventually with the construction of a tram system in Nicosia and Limassol, MPs heard on Thursday. In other news, President Nicos Anastasiades' meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was cancelled. The meeting had been planned in advance and was also due to address reports that direct flights from Russia were to begin to Ercan airport in the north. Elsewhere, an increase in the positivity rate of coronavirus infections among students was registered after the start of the new school year, according to epidemiologist and member of the health ministry monitoring unit Valentinos Silvestros. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:10
September 23, 2022
September 22 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, one in two workers is the victim of bullying, MPs heard on Wednesday at the House legal affairs committee as it kicked off a debate into making bullying a specific criminal offence. In other news, a 65-year-old man has been jailed for nine months after being found guilty of 57 counts including bestiality and otherwise harming animals – having repeatedly snuck into a small farm unit and sexually assaulted the livestock. Elsewhere, the leadership in the north appears to be having second thoughts about opening more crossing points, with the possibility of allowing private vehicles to pass through the Ledra Palace checkpoint. The checkpoint can currently only be used by pedestrians and diplomatic vehicles, but the report said authorities in the north are now considering allowing other vehicles to use it to All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
September 22, 2022
September 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, government sources on Tuesday denied there are plans to launch direct flights from Russia to the north, branding reports saying this as “detached from reality”. The Russian embassy in Nicosia followed a similar line, telling the Russian state agency PIA-Novosti it “refutes any negotiations for the opening of a direct air connection”. In other news, Justice Minister Stephie Dracou said there was never a commitment to upgrade pay grades for prison guards, as affected members of Isotita union continued their indefinite strike with a demo outside the finance ministry. Elsewhere, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos on Tuesday welcomed the arrival of the first large cruise ship, the Rhapsody of the Seas, to Ayia Napa Marina. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:37
September 21, 2022
September 20 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the trial of British pensioner, David Hunter, who is facing the charge of premeditated murder of his terminally ill wife, began in Paphos criminal court on Monday, just over nine months after he admitted killing her. They had been married for 56 years. Elsewhere, the energy ministers of Cyprus and Israel are seeking a swift settlement to the dispute over the Aphrodite gas reservoir. There’s also the latest from Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides who said that Cyprus is aligning itself with the West as part of a strategic policy, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:38
September 20, 2022
September 19 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the grace period for selling halloumi that is not PDO registered is over, and from today only that which does can be sold, Agiculture Minister Costas Kadis said. In other news, oil companies operating the Aphrodite gas field have approved a €192 million investment to start drilling, Israeli company NewMed said on Sunday, and Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides has called the total lifting of the US arms embargo against Cyprus a “historic decision." All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news, visit www.cyprus-mail.com 
04:40
September 19, 2022
September 16 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, criminal acts were committed in the case of national guardsman Thanasis Nicolaou who died in 2005, one of the investigators charged with the third inquiry has said. In other news, a probe expected to wrap up by year’s end should give a clearer picture as to how many individuals are practicing medicine without the necessary qualifications, having taken advantage of flaws in the registration and licensing process, and Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou said the ministry would examine a bullying incident at a Limassol gymnasium. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
04:33
September 16, 2022
September 15 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that cabinet approved the health ministry’s recommendation to proceed with the new ‘bivalent’ Covid vaccines as booster doses for those aged 12 and above. There’s also warm wishes between the UK and Cyprus as they expressed their commitment to deepening relations. Elsewhere, the government spun the new minimum wage in a positive light, saying that in terms of purchasing power, the €940 a month, seen by unions as inadequate, was in fact worth €1,036 in terms of purchasing power standards (PPS). And don’t miss the latest on Damianos and Kostis - two adult green sea turtles who were released back into the wild. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:16
September 15, 2022
September 14 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the source of a bad smell that has been troubling Nicosia residents in the areas of Aglandjia, Pallouriotissa and Kaimakli for the last two weeks has been located In other news, President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday said that Cyprus Tomorrow, the government’s recovery and resilience plan constitutes his legacy – as he reaches the end of his ten-year term. Elsewhere, two new Covid vaccines are to arrive in Cyprus by next week. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:12
September 14, 2022
September 13 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, four key players allegedly involved in the ‘golden passport’ scandal – two of whom leading protagonists in Al Jazeera’s undercover report – would stand trial in the criminal court on October 26, the Nicosia district court decided on Monday. The defendants are former House president Demetris Syllouris, former Akel MP and developer Christakis Giovanis, senior lawyer for the Giovanis Group Antonis Antoniou and lawyer Andreas Pittadjis. In other news, the outdated and inefficient system under which public hospitals operate will be replaced in two years with the introduction of the €46m digital healthcare system. This is the biggest amount ever spent on digitalisation. Elsewhere, President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday said he hoped the close relations between Cyprus and the UK would continue, after signing the book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth II, at the British High Commission. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:20
September 13, 2022
September 12 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the EU has recognised the instrumentalisation, or weaponisation, of migration by Turkey through Cyprus' Green Line, the interior ministry has announced. The development offers new possibilities to deal with illegal immigration. Elsewhere, primary schools, kindergartens and special schools reopen this morning. For the 2022-2023 school year, 50,038 children will be in primary schools classes, 12,803 in public kindergartens and 537 in special schools. In other news, in a letter to King Charles, the president of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK Christos Karaolis, expressed "deep sorrow" for the loss of Queen Elizabeth. Karaolis noted that Queen Elizabeth had welcomed all of presidents of the Republic throughout her 70-year reign from President Makarios down to President Nicos Anastasiades. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:14
September 12, 2022
September 9 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, the nation's figurehead, and a towering presence on the world stage for seven decades, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96. In Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades joined the international community in offering condolences for the passing of The Queen. In other news, the government said Thursday it wants to mandate airbags for professional motorcyclists, especially for food delivery drivers, after a spate of serious road accidents, and construction of the 11km-long four-lane highway between Astromeritis and Evrychou is to begin as soon as possible, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos has announced. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news updates, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
04:42
September 09, 2022
September 8 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the Royal Bank of Scotland has given the Turkish Cypriot ‘finance ministry’ until September 15 to return its property in Kyrenia which includes the well-known Jasmine Court Hotel. Elsewhere, a Paphos company engaged in limestone extraction has been fined €23,000 for failing to implement safety and health regulations leading to the death of an employee. There’s also the latest procedures to decrease the number of stray dogs - in a bill aiming to revise the national dogs law, eight days after a stray dog attack against a boy in Limassol. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:49
September 08, 2022
September 7 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the petrol station owners have threatened to report the Republic to the European Commission over its alleged inaction as the public buys petrol from the north. Elsewhere, the Green Party has demanded the closure of all zoos operating in Cyprus, both private and government-run. There’s also the latest on the passport scandal, with Larnaca criminal court expected to deliver its judgment in the first trial on November 4. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:15
September 07, 2022
Daily News Briefing September 6
In today’s episode, we hear that a temporary ban has been placed on all off-duty Unficyp military personnel going to the north, following a row on a beach in Famagusta last week. We also hear that the Audit Office said it was carrying out audits of private donations to political parties for the years between 2016 to 2021. Elsewhere, a delegation of a European Parliament committee looking into the use of spyware may visit the island, apparently to investigate any link between Cyprus and the eavesdropping affair in Greece. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:36
September 06, 2022
Daily News Briefing September 5
In today’s episode, we hear that European Parliament President Roberta Metsola will be in Cyprus on Friday, in order to discuss the latest gas find in the island's EEZ with President Nicos Anastasiades, among other issues. We also hear that the positions of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership make it difficult to try to restart Cyprus talks, as stated by Greek Cypriot negotiator Menelaos Menelou. Elsewhere, twelve irregular migrants who arrived in Cyprus' waters on a speedboat have been taken to the Pournara reception centre, authorities said on Sunday. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:04
September 05, 2022
Daily News Briefing September 2
In today’s episode, we hear that Main opposition Akel is seeking to turn up the heat on the government, revealing that several beneficiaries of the ‘golden passports’ scheme made significant donations to the ruling party. We also hear that a man his wife had a case registered against them at the Limassol court yesterday, after being arrested in connection with an attack on a foreign woman who was renting from them, which was captured on video. Elsewhere, a 64-year-old suspected of murdering a 55-year-old woman has been remanded for eight days by the Nicosia District Court. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:51
September 02, 2022
September 1 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the monthly minimum wage has been set at €940 and will be implemented at the start of the new year - although not everyone is satisfied. There’s also the announcement that facemasks are no longer mandatory and children will return to school without having to undergo Covid tests. Elsewhere, police arrested a 64-year-old man in connection with the death of a woman - meanwhile police are also on alert after a clip went viral which shows a middle-aged man beating a female asylum seeker. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:26
September 01, 2022
Daily News Briefing August 31
In today’s episode, we hear that a murder case is being investigated by the Police, after the body of a dead foreign woman was found in Nicosia’s Strovolos yesterday afternoon. There’s also the Bar Association’s investigation into 20 to 25 large legal firms; €70,000 in fines have been paid after they were named in various reports into the citizenship by investment scheme. In other news, the Foreign Ministry has started proceedings with the United Nations after an incident in the buffer zone in Denia on Monday. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:18
August 31, 2022
August 30 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that from next month halloumi from all cheese factories in Cyprus will be made based on the PDO specifications. There’s also the warning that irregular immigration is becoming “Cyprus’ second national problem”, a planned protest by parents and students against the likely upcoming Covid measures in schools, and the trouble between Turkey and Cyprus over the island’s EEZ. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:48
August 30, 2022
Daily News Briefing August 29
In today’s episode, we hear about the welcome development of the discovery of a new gas field offshore Cyprus, although it is estimated that it will not make much of an impact in regional or global markets. There’s also the latest on the discussions to be held with the EU in order to include Cyprus in plans for the bloc’s energy independence following the invasion of Ukraine Elsewhere, a video is doing the rounds on social media which shows someone driving on the highway at 256km/hr when the limit is 100. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:24
August 29, 2022
August 26 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the citizenship by investment scheme sparked a blazing row on Thursday at the House watchdog committee amid a series of claims and counterclaims. There’s also the latest on the Cyprus-Greece ferry service which the government has said is set for further improvements. Elsewhere, there’s the latest on the immigration data to Cyprus as well as a work stoppage at Limassol general hospital A&E. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:54
August 26, 2022
August 25 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the row at the English School is rumbling on as protests continue over the dismissal of three unionised teachers. There’s also the publication of a part of a ‘top secret’ plan on how the north of the island was to be settled in the wake of the 1974 Turkish invasion. Elsewhere, Disy leader and presidential candidate Averof Neophytou has returned from his trip to the DRC where he discussed the migration issue which Cyprus is facing. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:17
August 25, 2022
August 24 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the state will stand by filmmaker Panicos Chrysanthou so his work can be reborn from the ashes, deputy culture minister Yiannis Toumazis said in the aftermath of a large fire that destroyed the former’s home in Pelathousa. Elsewhere, the government was widely slammed on Tuesday over the findings of the audit service report on the citizenship by investment scheme released a day earlier as government spokesman Marios Pelekanos said its conclusions would be looked into. In other news, Energy Minister Natasa Pilides on Tuesday called the discovery of a natural gas field in the Cronos-1 well in Block 6 “a very positive development for the country. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:34
August 24, 2022
August 23 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Italian gas giant Eni announced that it has made a significant gas discovery in the Cronos-1 well, located about 160 kilometres off the coast of Cyprus in Block 6. In other news, the audit office’s report into the golden passports found that the public lost millions in lost VAT and unfulfilled investment contracts; and, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said on Monday that the first of two phases in the government’s development of the Akamas state forest area has already begun. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news updates, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
05:24
August 23, 2022
August 22 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, there was a strong police presence in Lara in the Akamas peninsula on Sunday in efforts to prevent the residents of Ineia from digging turtle nests on Lara beach. In other news, “the status quo in Cyprus and Turkish activity in Varosha are unacceptable and contrary to the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” the president of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez said. And a 46-year-old man diagnosed earlier this month with monkeypox was discharged on Sunday afternoon and will continue to be confined at home. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news updates, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
04:52
August 22, 2022
August 19 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, a Turkish ‘spy plane’ on Thursday flew over a section of the island’s offshore Block 6 where a drillship is currently prospecting for natural gas. In other news, the statistical office (CYSTAT) revealed over 17 per cent of the population in Cyprus, or 154,000 people, was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2021, and a draft road map for how Covid-19 will be dealt with in the coming months will be discussed by the Health Minister and the scientific advisory team this morning. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news updates, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
05:36
August 18, 2022
August 18 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis warned that Ineia landowners were entitled to stage protests but not to engage in extreme behaviour or cause damage after the mukhtar threatened to dig up nests at the protected Lara turtle beach next Sunday. In other news, six more companies have been fined between €6,000 and €10,000 for various workplace lapses that resulted in injury to employees, and the Electricity Authority has admitted that many consumers say they were overcharged on their bills. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news direct from Cyprus, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
04:38
August 18, 2022
August 17 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, vocational training is being given a boost with new facilities underway in Limassol, Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou has said. Construction on a brand new, properly equipped building at which the courses would be provided will be completed in the autumn. Elsewhere, the health ministry has prepared a draft plan which details how the state will handle Covid-19 in the months ahead, such as the protocol at schools. The plan is expected to be published by the end of the month and prior to the beginning of the school year. In other news, the three-year-old girl found unconscious on Sunday in a hotel swimming pool in Paphos was on Tuesday confirmed to have died through drowning, according to two state pathologists. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:18
August 17, 2022
August 16 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, police are investigating the death of a three-year-old girl who was found floating unconscious in a hotel swimming pool in Kato Paphos on Sunday. A post mortem on the little girl is to be carried out today. Elsewhere, residents of the Akamas village of Ineia have vowed to step up measures to fight against the Akamas local plan to protect the environment, which they say has left them with zero options as regards use of their land. In other news, Panagia Angeloktisti, a Byzantine church located in the village of Kiti, has submitted an application to become an Unesco monument of cultural heritage. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:47
August 16, 2022
August 12 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, almost all the presidential candidates piled on Nikos Christodoulides on Thursday, slamming him for what they called his apparent attempt to dodge the televised debates scheduled for next month. In other news, amid heightened concern among the public over costly energy, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus has issued advice to consumers on what to do regarding possible discrepancies between their meter reading and their electricity bills, and the two rivals in Britain’s leadership race to replace Boris Johnson, have both pledged support for Cyprus in separate letters to the UK-based Conservative Friends of Cyprus organisation. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
05:14
August 12, 2022
August 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Deputy Attorney-general Savvas Angelides has denied accusations of an alleged cover-up in the 2019 “black van” spyware scandal which returned to the news after the spyware affair in Greece. In other news, Cyprus issued a total of 22,190 new residence permits in 2021, the largest number of which went to Russians, according to Eurostat figures, and the Water Development Department is urging consumers to conserve water as there is increased pressure on the system in some areas and it may cause problems. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:58
August 11, 2022
August 10 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Turkey resumed its hydrocarbon drilling operations in the eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday after a two-year hiatus. The Abdulhamid Han, Turkey's fourth drill ship, will operate 55 kilometres off the Gazipasa region in the southern coastal province of Antalya. Elsewhere, President Nicos Anastasiades congratulated Cyprus’ athletes after clinching 16th place among 72 countries in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning 11 medals, two gold, three silver and six bronze. In other news, Cypriot authorities managed to return a total of 3,500 irregular immigrants in the first half of 2022, placing Cyprus as the top EU country in immigrant returns relative to its population. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:42
August 10, 2022
August 9 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, main opposition Akel hectored the government for its silence over the eavesdropping scandal raging in Greece, and claimed a possible link to the earlier 'spy van' affair in Cyprus. In Athens, two officials have resigned in the wake of reveals that the country's intelligence service tapped the phones of an opposition politician and a journalist - allegedly using spyware known as Pegasus. Elsewhere, by early next year the government will determine whether RES producers generated 'windfall profits' and – should that be the finding – tax those earnings, an official said yesterday. In other news, one of the two tourists who were injured in a buggy accident in Cape Greco on Monday was transported in critical condition to the Nicosia general hospital. The 31-year-old man suffered a brain bleed among other injuries and had to be intubated and transported from the Famagusta general hospital to the capital’s state hospital. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:41
August 09, 2022
August 8 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, seven people, contacts, of Cyprus' first monkeypox case, were vaccinated on Sunday, a day after a quantity of the jabs arrived on the island. Cyprus detected two more cases of monkeypox over the weekend and just as 1,260 vaccines arrived on the island on Saturday. Elsewhere, landowners from the Akamas community of Ineia say they will block the roads in and out of the Lara area next Sunday as part of measures they've planned to oppose the government's local plan for the environmentally sensitive region. In other news, Turkey's resolve in the eastern Mediterranean should not be tested, the leader of Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) said on Sunday. Referring to the new mission of Turkey's latest drillship Abdulhamid Han, Omer Celik said Ankara would not "give anyone a pebble, a drop of water, or a breath of air" of thier country. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:47
August 08, 2022
August 5 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, hoteliers hope to meet their revised targets for 2022 but are bracing for a difficult 2023 as the cost-of-living crisis eats into the purchasing power of potential visitors and a labour shortage take its toll, Cyprus Hotel Association Director, Philokypros Roussounides has said. In other news, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday it may tax RES producers found to have earned windfall profits as a result of the high tariffs paid to them, and the European Commission has been promoting the idea of creating a bi-communal solar power plant that would “contribute to meeting the energy needs of both Cypriot communities." All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news updates, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
05:53
August 05, 2022
August 4 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the chairman of the health insurance organisation Thomas Antoniou told the president yesterday that he wishes to resign – citing constant and unprovoked attacks on Gesy. Elsewhere, protesters from local communities near Mitsero have successfully halted the work on the new asphalt factory, after the excavator left the site. In other news, this summer’s Perseids meteor shower is set to be a feast for stargazers as it coincides with a full moon, according to astrophysicist Chrysanthos Fakas. He said that the peak viewing period will be on August 12, with the ideal time being after 11pm. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
August 04, 2022
August 3 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the House of Representatives rejected the referral of three bills by President Nicos Anastasiades in a session of the plenum on Tuesday. Two of the bills aimed at scrapping double taxation on fuel and ending the charging of VAT on emission costs in electricity bills, while the third looked to suspend the foreclosures law for three month. Elsewhere, the first case of monkeypox was detected in Cyprus on Tuesday, said the health ministry. The person infected is a 40-year-old man, who tested positive following a molecular laboratory test carried out at the Nicosia General Hospital. In other news, the embattled traffic camera system is to finally move up a gear and exit its extended pilot phase, with another 20 stationary cameras set to be installed within six months. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:59
August 03, 2022
August 2 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the president has sent back to parliament three bills passed by the house - two on VAT and electricity, the other on extending a freeze on property foreclosures. There’s also the Nicosia prison debacle, which shows no signs of abating after the police on Monday confirmed that they are now investigating the director and her assistant for leaking classified information. Elsewhere, the health ministry said that updates are expected from the police investigations into the Larnaca-based clinic suspected of carrying out illegal treatments using embryonic stem cells before any actions are taken. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:35
August 02, 2022
August 1 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, despite the ongoing pandemic and the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Cypriot tourism is recording significant gains during the 2022 tourist season, according to new reports. In other news, the three villages that were badly affected by the Arakapas fire last summer, said that money donated privately to buy them each a small fire truck was misspent, leaving them with no protection, and within the next few days the work required by the agriculture ministry for the controversial Akamas local plan is expected to be completed. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news updates, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
04:54
August 01, 2022
July 29 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the Finance Minister announced on Thursday that the state would absorb a sizeable chunk of cost increases in energy to buffer anticipated rises of up to 25 per cent in bills for households and businesses to the tune of €50 million in the autumn. In other news, Greece and Cyprus accused rival Turkey of stoking tensions as Ankara prepared to dispatch a drill ship to the Mediterranean next month in a search for natural gas, and Cyprus ranks 20th among 27 EU member states in the 2022 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news updates, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
05:18
July 29, 2022
July 28 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that one of the longest prison sentences imposed by the Cyprus courts was handed down yesterday - as Mamalikopoulos received another 40 years in jail. Elsewhere, the target of the man facing charges for racist and violent behaviour confronted him in court, forcing police to intervene and escort her outside. There’s also the latest on the Agathangelou row, as the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce withdrew its proposal for his appointment to the HIO. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:18
July 28, 2022
July 27 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Turkish Cypriot ‘Prime Minister’ Unal Ustel on Tuesday told the media that two people have been fired over the use of the wrong photo on lottery tickets. In other news, four people are set to appear in court in September in the ‘golden passports’ case, and have been handed the charge sheets, the police said. And travellers are in for a treat, as efforts are underway so that the Larnaca and Paphos airports will become showcases of the island’s culture. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. For more news direct from Cyprus, visit www.cyprus-mail.com
04:22
July 27, 2022
July 26 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the Audit Office said it has wrapped up its report on the 'golden passports' and will be releasing it next month. Audit Office spokesman Marios Petrides said the report's findings will "surprise, but not pleasantly". Elsewhere, Cyprus is prepared for the “new pandemic”, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela said after a wide-range meeting on monkeypox yesterday, as cases in European Union recorded a 30 per cent increase in the past week. In other news, a photo printed on lottery tickets in the north has landed officials in hot water and started a political media war after it was revealed that depicted fighters holding a Turkish flag were actually Greek Cypriot Eoka fighters rejoicing after capturing a Turkish Cypriot stronghold in 1964. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:10
July 26, 2022
July 25 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a meeting to evaluate the new data emerging, as well as how prepared Cyprus is to deal with monkey pox, has been organised for today at Nicosia General Hospital by Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela. Elsewhere, scorching temperatures will continue through Monday, according to a new yellow weather warning from the met office. The maximum temperature is expected to rise to around 40 degrees Celsius again inland. In other news, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said there is no room for optimism regarding the prospects for the resumption of a meaningful and credible negotiation process on the Cyprus problem due to unacceptable Turkish claims. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:47
July 25, 2022
July 22 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, oil major Chevron and the Cyprus government have said they are committed to speeding up development of the offshore Aphrodite gas field, with a new well to be drilled in the first quarter of 2023. In other news, health authorities will prepare a road map for autumn, relating to testing and the date when schools will open depending on the state of play with Covid-19, officials announced on Thursday; and the number of visitors to Paphos is “satisfactory,” head of the Paphos regional board of tourism Nasos Hadjigeorgiou said, adding that the goal of approaching the numbers seen in 2019 is still on track. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:27
July 22, 2022
July 21 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Cyprus marked 48 years since the Turkish invasion yesterday with a memorial service held at the Saint Barnabas cathedral while a tribute was paid at the Tomb of Makedonitissa commemorating those who fell during the Turkish invasion. In other news, Cyprus was upgraded to tier one status in the US’ annual human trafficking report, noting that “the government made key achievements” towards the elimination of such criminal activities; and close to €7 million have been secured in state coffers from the execution of 45,283 fines over the past seven months, recent police data showed, while 1,039 jail terms have been issued. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:26
July 21, 2022
July 20 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the proposed Akamas development plan widely misses the mark of its declared intent as key provisions continue to threaten the integrity of the Natura 2000 network, the environment department’s environmental impact assessment concluded. Elsewhere, presidential candidates Nikos Christodoulides and Andreas Mavroyiannis have so far declined an offer to receive police protection until the elections in February. In other news, three men in their 20s received prison sentences on Tuesday for physically assaulting police officers who spotted them playing football against regulations during the first lockdown in April 2020. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:21
July 20, 2022
July 19 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, President Nicos Anastasiades has tested positive for coronavirus, government spokesman Marios Pelekanos said on Tuesday. He said that the President had tested positive during routine tests but reassured the public that his symptoms are mild. Elsewhere, improvements that will reduce the burden on the Lakatamia welfare office that assists asylum seekers are under way, the deputy minister of social welfare Anastasia Anthousi said during an on-the-spot visit. In other news, More than 120.000 Cyprus residents travelled abroad in June, which was a 242.6 per cent increase on the same month last year. Based on the data of the Statistical Service, the travels abroad in June totalled 121.146 compared to 35.361 in June 2021. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:04
July 19, 2022
July 18 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that more measures against Covid will be taken if they are deemed necessary. Elsewhere, the health minister said hospitals are ready to deal with an increased number of cases that might stem from the rise of the Centaurus variant which is already spreading through parts of Europe. There’s also optimism from the deputy tourism ministry as it said that arrivals have reached 75 per cent of the levels seen in 2019. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:06
July 18, 2022
July 15 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, a Greek Cypriot man was arrested on Thursday after he was caught on video kicking a Congolese woman holding her baby, an incident that was universally condemned. In other news, Parliament voted through a legislative proposal that empowers the government to order a price cap on petroleum products, and also passed bills cutting to zero the VAT charged on fuel and on electricity bills; and four people will face a criminal trial over their role in apparently giving naturalisations to foreign investors, the Attorney-general’s office said on Thursday. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:25
July 15, 2022
July 14 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, 94 per cent believe corruption in Cyprus is widespread, with political parties and the health care system seen as particularly vulnerable to abusing their power, according to a Eurobarometer survey published yesterday. Elsewhere, the health minister and epidemiologists decided not to impose tighter measures despite the increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations. In other news, temperatures will hit 40C inland today, the met office said as it issued a yellow alert – the second in as many days – for extreme hot weather. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:17
July 14, 2022
July 13 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, main opposition party Akel has said a bill allowing for a cap on prices of fuel at the pump would head to the House plenum later this week. Elsewhere, Australian fugitive and underworld boss Mark Buddle is set to be extradited to his native country after he was arrested in the north on and taken to Turkey, Turkish Cypriot media has reported. In other news, Omonia is the most popular team in Cyprus, followed by Apoel and Anorthosis, according to a poll conducted by the University of Nicosia. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:21
July 13, 2022
July 12 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, electricity bills that will be sent out, will be about 24 per cent more expensive than the last one, an EAC spokesperson has confirmed. In other news, a post-mortem – with inconclusive results – was carried out on Monday on the body of a 44-year-old man who died suddenly late last week, almost exactly a year after he was allegedly shot in the head by the police with a teargas canister gun, and the supreme court upheld one of the biggest sentences imposed for transporting cannabis, as an appellant who received just over ten years imprisonment was unsuccessful in his bid to have it reduced. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. 
04:21
July 12, 2022
July 11 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that the Paphos mayor has hit back at the interior ministry as the row deepens over dangerous and overcrowded buildings. Elsewhere, the health ministry has issued renewed Covid-19 travel advice as it warned that new measures may be enforced. There’s also the repatriation of a 16th century church icon which was looted in 1974 from the Antifonitis church in the village of Kalograia in the Kyrenia district. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:27
July 11, 2022
July 8 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the House of Representatives has finally passed legislation clearing the way for broad reform of the justice system that is hoped will shorten the time of litigation. In other news, Nicosia will work through diplomatic channels to attempt to ameliorate certain references in the recent reports on Cyprus issued by the UN Secretary-General, President Nicos Anastasiades has said, and parliament has passed a law making femicide a distinct crime punishable by an up-to lifetime jail sentence. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
06:43
July 08, 2022
July 7 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, face masks will become mandatory as of tomorrow, following a decision on Wednesday by the cabinet. It was also reiterated that the fine for violating the mask mandate is €300. In other news, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar to encourage more direct contact and cooperation between the two communities, expressing his concern about the likelihood that the already difficult climate between the parties could worsen, and a murder investigation has become a double murder investigation after a 73-year-old woman died on Wednesday a month after she was seriously burned in a house arson in the village of Pyrgos in Limassol. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:49
July 07, 2022
July 6 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that stakeholders failed to agree on a national minimum wage during a meeting with the president. Elsewhere, the attorney-general announced that he will appeal the 12-month sentence imposed on the British tourist found guilty of the fatal Ayia Napa crash which killed a Swedish mother. There’s also the finance minister’s warning of even higher fuel and electricity prices - mainly due to the EU’s push to transition towards green energy. And don’t miss our feathered friend: the African Desert Warbler, whose first confirmed sighting in Cyprus was captured in Akrotiri. Finally, a protest demanding improved abortion laws is set to take place on Friday outside the US embassy. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:20
July 06, 2022
July 5 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a travel company executive in Cyprus said he expected the airport and airline chaos gripping Europe to subside in the coming weeks as thousands of flights have already been cancelled and more people were finally rejoining the workforce. Elsewhere, the government has received a request to transfer electricity to the north because one of its two power stations stopped working. In other news, experts urged the elderly and vulnerable to take their fourth Covid vaccine dose, expressing concern about the increase in infections. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:02
July 05, 2022
July 4 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the percentage of flights to and from Cyprus affected by Europe's travel chaos is much smaller than in other countries, deputy minister for tourism Savvas Perdios said while still urging people to travel outside July and August. Elsewhere, the government is intensifying its efforts to curb illegal crossings through the buffer zone, according to Interior Minister Nicos Nouris. In other news, the health ministry on Sunday reminded the public that as of today, the maximum price of individual self-tests is set at €1.70. The price cap was set after some sellers were selling individual tests from a box of five for €2 apiece. The box of five costs €6. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:24
July 04, 2022
July 1 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the state health services organisation (OKYPY) on Thursday suggested that the June 2024 target for public hospitals to attain financial autonomy may have to be pushed back, but critics countered that OKYPY’s failure to balance its budget was due to waste and mismanagement. In other news, the Defence Ministry has pledged that if anyone were found responsible for the National Guard accident that led to the fatal injury of a 27-year-old commando, they would be held accountable, and Larnaca hoteliers are ‘relatively satisfied’ with occupancy rates in June, especially in view of the loss of tourists from two of their main markets, Russia and Ukraine, the Larnaca Tourism Board has said, citing the results of a survey. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:08
July 01, 2022
June 30 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, around 80 percent of businesses in Cyprus used social media in 2021 to get their message across, a steep rise on 2015 when the figure was just under 60 per cent. Elsewhere, the education ministry launched an investigation and admitted racism is an issue in schools after a Larnaca secondary school graduation ceremony was marred by a racist episode involving a 15-year-old Syrian student. In other news, some nine per cent of young people aged 14 to 18 use cannabis, and one in five of these do so daily, the House legal affairs committee heard on Wednesday. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:22
June 30, 2022
June 29 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, face masks will become compulsory in pharmacies and laboratories as of tomorrow, less than a month after their use became optional, the health ministry has announced. In other news, Cyprus is at the forefront of a shifting pattern of illegal border crossings on the Eastern Mediterranean route, an EU agency for Asylum report said on Tuesday, and the Paphos criminal court on Tuesday handed six-year concurrent sentences to a 23-year-old man over the rape and sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl from the United Kingdom.  All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. 
04:51
June 29, 2022
June 28 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that Diko has backed presidential candidate Nikos Christodoulides. Elsewhere, the interior minister has called on both sides in the Akamas debate to acknowledge that the truth of the matter likely lies somewhere in the middle. There’s also the president’s call for Cyprus to emerge as a regional firefighting hub, while on social media a filthy intercity bus went viral, and a small earthquake was recorded over the weekend. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:25
June 28, 2022
June 27 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, centre-right Diko's central committee unanimously decided to support the candidacy of former foreign minister and independent, Nikos Christodoulides on Sunday. Elsewhere, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris has urged both sides in the acrimonious Akamas debate to lower the tone, saying the truth of the new plan for the environmentally-sensitive area was somewhere in the middle between conservationists and landowners. In other news, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos has ordered an investigation after photos and video of a broken-down and filthy Intercity bus went viral on social media. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:22
June 27, 2022
June 24 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, flare-ups in at least two locations late on Thursday night dashed hopes that a massive fire raging since Tuesday in the north’s Kantaras area was being brought under control. In other news, DIKO's executive bureau has decided to propose to the central committee that the party back independent presidential candidate Nikos Christodoulides in the February elections, and the House of Representatives has passed legislation that allows the police to hire 300 special constables who will be deployed to help stem migrant flows. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:05
June 24, 2022
June 23 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the two firefighting planes sent by the Cyprus government on Wednesday to help fight the big fire in the northern part of the island were back in action at dawn today. In other news, DISY leader and presidential candidate Averof Neophytou visited Varosha on Wednesday and warned that if the city, of derelict, collapsing buildings was lost, then Cyprus, too, would be lost; and Cyprus exports up to 5,000 stray dogs and cats every year, deputies heard at the house environment committee on Wednesday. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:44
June 23, 2022
June 22 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, MPs on Tuesday discussed the possibility of a law to cap fuel prices, a drastic move as petrol at the pump continued rising and prices are fast approaching €2 a litre. Elsewhere, Diko and presidential candidate Nikos Christodoulides moved a step closer to solidifying their cooperation for the February vote, with the junior opposition party expected to announce its final decision on Sunday. In other news, President Nicos Anastasiades and his wife Andri welcomed the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie to the Presidential Palace on Tuesday after the royal couple landed on the island on Monday. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:04
June 22, 2022
June 21 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos has expressed his ministry’s concern with the high number of road fatalities this year after they have consistently fallen over the last ten years. Elsewhere, former government spokesman Kyriacos Koushos has been named as the new labour minister, a position vacated after the death of Zeta Emilianidou earlier this month. In other news, the first ferry trip between Cyprus and Greece in 21 years docked in Piraeus port on Monday evening was hailed as “very positive” by deputy shipping minister Vassilis Demetriades. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:29
June 21, 2022
June 20 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, President Nicos Anastasiades lauded the resumption of the Cyprus-Greece ferry link after more than 20 years as “historic”, as he addressed the launch of the maiden voyage of the ferry from Limassol port on Sunday. Elsewhere, prisons director Anna Aristotelous is expected to file a written complaint with the attorney-general today after she alleged that she was the victim of an alleged sting by a senior police officer who was trying to secure compromising information on her. In other news, Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar is "disappointed" at being excluded from the visit to Cyprus of the Earl and the Countess of Wessex, which begins today. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:05
June 20, 2022
June 17 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due in Cyprus today on an official visit. The Greek leader arrives here at a time of increasingly belligerent Turkish government rhetoric against both Greece and Cyprus. In other news, feverish preparations are underway for the much-awaited resumption of the ferry link between Cyprus and Greece, which is set to depart from Limassol on Sunday, and The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie will visit Cyprus and the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia between Monday June 20 and Wednesday June 22, the British High Commission announced. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:03
June 17, 2022
June 16 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the company operating the traffic cameras system is to receive a warning from the government in the wake of a series of failures that are holding up the full implementation of the system. Elsewhere, state doctors suspended a scheduled three-hour strike over the weekend operation of clinics after the health insurance organisation agreed to put off the implementation of the extended hours until July. In other news, police and the foreign ministry carried out over 2,300 deportations or returns of third-country nationals so far this year. Most recently, some 16 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo who were in detention were deported. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:57
June 16, 2022
June 15 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the situation for residents of the Kokkinotrimithia area worsened by the day because of the growing presence of asylum seekers from the nearby Pournara reception centre, according to the village community leader Christakis Meleties. Elsewhere, the legal team of the British woman who claimed she was gang raped in Ayia Napa in 2019 is taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights. In other news, former chief negotiator, Andreas Mavroyiannis on Tuesday officially announced his candidacy for the presidential elections. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:17
June 15, 2022
June 14 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that the government has pledged to continue its efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement without bending to any threats or challenges. Elsewhere, police arrested a 36-year-old man suspected of causing a deadly traffic collision in Paphos over the weekend.  There's also the latest on the protests near the Vasiliko plant after an old tyre dump caught fire during the weekend And don't miss the yellow alert for storms issued by the met office. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:49
June 14, 2022
June 10 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the Akamas development plan is gearing up to take centre stage amid allegations of backroom deals, electioneering and illegal procedures, while no one can agree anything: not even when the plan will be ready. In other news, a bitter fallout following a divorce appears to be the central cause of the murder-suicide arson attack that unfolded in Pyrgos, Limassol, in a chilling case which shocked the island, and by unanimous vote, the House on Thursday passed legislation aiming to fast-track the return of at least part of the moneys that ex-Laiki’s depositors lost when the bank went into administration in 2013. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
06:46
June 10, 2022
June 9 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, police are investigating a case of premeditated murder and attempted murder after two people were found dead and two others were injured in a house fire in the village of Pyrgos in Limassol. In other news, tests carried out on a man who was admitted to Paphos general hospital on Tuesday night did not indicate monkeypox, and the travel chaos currently being seen at British airports has also impacted Cyprus with just over 1,000 flights to and from the island delayed in May. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:09
June 09, 2022
June 8 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the passing of political stalwart Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou was marked around the island on Tuesday with the president announcing that flags on government buildings will fly at half-mast. Elsewhere, controversial lawyer Andreas Pittadjis, whose famous line ‘this is Cyprus’ became a phrase used to laugh at scandals, was fined €4,000 by the Cyprus Bar Association for demeaning the profession. In other news, the Limassol pensioner who admitted to killing his 82-year-old wife carried out the murder for “futile reasons”, the Limassol district court heard during a remand hearing. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:09
June 08, 2022
June 7 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Zeta Emilianidou, the Minister of Labour and Social Insurance, died on Monday at the age of 67. She had suffered a cerebral aneurysm three weeks ago and had been transported by ambulance airlift to a hospital in Greece where she underwent lengthy surgery. Elsewhere, a Limassol pensioner was arrested on Monday morning after going to a police station and informing officers he had killed his 82-year-old wife. The police found her body in the garden of the couple’s house in Ayios Ioannis, in the Limassol district. In other news, three young British women were detained in connection with an alleged assault on a nurse at the A&E department of Paphos general hospital in the early hours of Sunday. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:00
June 07, 2022
June 6 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, former Cyprus problem negotiator and career diplomat Andreas Mavroyiannis won a resounding 90 per cent of the votes during Akel's extraordinary conference on Sunday, which was called to approve his candidacy for the 2023 presidential elections. Elsewhere, Cyprus' involvement in the Agapinor-2022 joint military exercise with Israel has sparked heated reaction from Turkey, which accused the government of destabilising the region. In other news, a suspected case of monkeypox that came to the health authority's attention on June 1, turned out to be a case of chickenpox. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
03:33
June 06, 2022
June 3 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, a Syrian man – one of 44 irregular migrants aboard two inflatable boats that had set off from Turkey – drowned trying to make it to shore near Lara, Paphos. In other news, the House health committee is piling pressure on the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) to address patients’ concerns over pharmaceuticals offered through the general health scheme (GESY), and fifteen police officers are facing disciplinary procedures over their alleged failings in investigating the reports of missing women who were later discovered to have been murdered by serial killer Nicos Metaxas. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
06:19
June 03, 2022
June 2 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has stated that the number of people that have used the national health system, GESY, is indicative of its success. In other news, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis has said that any cheese that does not meet the specifications set by the protected designation of origin (PDO) cannot be called halloumi, and a total of 12 people were convicted for human trafficking offences in the past year, while a further 33 cases are currently before the courts. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:06
June 02, 2022
June 1 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, some 11,000 traffic violations recorded by traffic cameras were deemed invalid, with the company operating them asking that they be rescinded. Elsewhere, the proportion of tourists holidaying in Cyprus on package deals has decreased, with officials at the tourism ministry encouraged that the benefits from foreign visitors are now being distributed across the wider economy. In other news, 37-year-old Charalambos Aristotelous became the tenth man to announce he would stand in the 2023 presidential elections. He will be standing as an independent candidate. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:02
June 01, 2022
May 31 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the Pedieos linear park is getting a facelift with a budget of over €26 million, the municipalities of Nicosia, Lakatamia and Strovolos announced on Monday. Elsewhere, demonstrators gathered outside Larnaca district court on Monday where former Bishop of Kition Chrysostomos was on trial for assaulting a woman, aged 16 at the time, in 1981. In other news, the island welcomed more than half a million visitors in the first four months of 2022 – nearly ten times the number registered in the same period last year. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:17
May 31, 2022
May 30 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a total of €370 million are to be invested by the government in projects to revitalise the mountain areas, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said, stressing it was the aim of the Anastasiades government to give new life to them. Elsewhere, the Cypriot crew member on one of the two Greek-flagged tankers seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces in the Gulf is in good health, the foreign ministry said on Sunday. In other news, criticising the “parties in power” and the “worn-out political system”, the former rector of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christofides officially announced his candidacy for the presidential elections, while far right party Elam unanimously backed their leader Christos Christou to also stand in the race. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:13
May 30, 2022
May 27 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, MPs have pressed the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) to ensure private hospitals, that operate within the general health scheme (GESY) also incorporate their A&E department. In other news, the union for bank workers, ETYK, agreed to suspend – but not entirely call off – strike action at Hellenic Bank, provided management agree to revoke its decision to fire 350 employees, and a 69-year-old man was arrested late on Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder, after he told police he had shot his son with a shotgun. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
06:24
May 27, 2022
May 26 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, there are increasing signs that the tourism industry is getting back on its feet, as hotels in the Famagusta region are expecting to see occupancy rates of 80 percent over the Kataklysmos weekend with a surge of local interest. In other news, a secondary school student has filed a complaint that she was sexually harassed and abused in a classroom during school hours, and a retired military doctor has been arrested in connection with a ring offering families a way to pay their son’s way out of the army, it came to light on Wednesday. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:33
May 26, 2022
May 25 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Cyprus is hoping to attract over two million foreign visitors this year, according to Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios, who admitted the loss of around 800,000 potential visitors from the Russian and the Ukrainian markets represents a significant blow for the island. Elsewhere, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou remains in a medically induced coma as she receives treatment in Athens after suffering cerebral aneurism, with President Nicos Anastasiades set to visit her today. In other news, six out of ten of Cypriots aged 25 to 34 hold a degree, the third highest rate in the EU and well above the bloc’s target of 45 per cent by 2030. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:17
May 25, 2022
May 24 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, exploratory gas drilling is underway in Cyprus’ block 6 by Total-ENI. Work at the site, dubbed 'Cronos-1', was initially scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020, but put on hold because of the Covid-19 situation. Elsewhere, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is planning a trip to Cyprus as part of an international tour to the region. In other news, discussions are underway to potentially scrap the indoor mask mandate. Members of the scientific team are expected in the next few days to submit recommendations regarding indoor masking to the health ministry. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:41
May 24, 2022
May 23 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidis hopes that by the summer there will be some movement on the package of confidence-building measures between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides. Elsewhere, Disy leader and presidential candidate Averof Neophytou called for subsidies to the hardest hit producers as part of the support package being formulated by the government in the coming week. In other news, an online concert 'Stand with Ukraine - The Cyprus Edition' to raise donations for the Red Cross will be broadcast on Friday and will be addressed by President Nicos Anastasiades. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:31
May 23, 2022
May 20 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a further section of the Varosha beachfront is being opened with sunbeds and umbrellas being placed along a roughly 600-metre stretch of the golden sands. Elsewhere, Cyprus does not meet the terms and conditions to apply for Nato membership and will not apply for the moment, Defence Minister Charalambos Petrides said. In other news, the island is in the crosshairs of the European Commission for failing to cut down on pollution. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:31
May 20, 2022
May 19 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, fiery scenes erupted outside the presidential palace yesterday as sheep and goat farmers held boisterous, disruptive demonstrations. They lit fires, dumped gallons of milk and blocked roads as they protested the low prices they are receiving for their milk and the handling of halloumi cheese. Elsewhere, the Cyprus population is up 9.2 per cent in the last decade to now reach 918,100. Foreign nationals numbered 193,300, accounting for 21 per cent of the population. In other news, the Russian foreign minister said that its stance on the Cyprus problem has not changed. Moscow says that it continues to advocate for a solution based on UN security council resolutions. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:23
May 19, 2022
May 18 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a total of 74 bathing areas and two marinas have been awarded a Blue Flag, a significant achievement that bestows added value to Cyprus tourism. Elsewhere, an ambulance driver has reportedly admitted to drug use while on duty, as police confirmed a positive cocaine and cannabis reading from the subsequent narcotest. In other news, as the debate around introducing euthanasia goes on, the bioethics commission said it should be available on the island but only under the strictest of conditions. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:27
May 18, 2022
May 17 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou is in critical condition at an Athens hospital after lengthy surgery to treat a cerebral aneurysm. There's also an EU economic forecast warning Cyprus to brace for higher employment and inflation, the health ministry emphasising that the mask mandate remains in force, and an apparent early blunder by the Nikos Christodoulides campaign team.  All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:51
May 17, 2022
May 16 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the new relaxations of the restrictive measures against Covid-19 came into force as of yesterday. Under the new rules, it will no longer be necessary to show a SafePass in public areas except for visits to nursing homes, closed areas, hospital outpatient clinics, medical and diagnostic centres. Elsewhere, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou suffered a cerebral aneurysm on Sunday night and has been transported to a hospital in Athens, the government announced. In other news, the latest bout of dust in the atmosphere was due to have dissipated by this morning after light rainfall in many areas over the weekend. According to the met office, April had seen unprecedented amounts of dust at higher-than-permissible pollution levels. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:12
May 16, 2022
May 13 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the National Guard has launched an internal investigation into the death of a 27-year-old female corporal who died on Thursday following an accident at an army camp in Kornos. In other news, former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has announced his candidacy for the February 2023 presidential elections, and an online platform for Cypriots of the diaspora is being created to bring them closer to their roots, the office of the commissioner for the presidency has announced. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:49
May 13, 2022
May 12 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, business leaders have called on President Nicos Anastasiades to urgently boost the island’s self-sufficiency in terms of the food supply, warning that based on current data, higher prices, and shortages “will intensify in the near future.” In other news, the interior and justice ministries are requesting that contract police officers be hired as the state steps up its efforts to tackle irregular migration across the Green Line, and the discovery last week of three dead vultures in Paphos is “a huge blow” to the species’ population in Cyprus, the game and fauna service and BirdLife Cyprus said yesterday. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:54
May 12, 2022
May 11 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Safe Passes will not be required at entertainment centres, nightclubs and events such as weddings and christenings as of Sunday, the Cabinet decided. Elsewhere, three out of five people in Cyprus said Cypriots are “ready to accept” a female president, while more than half believe eligible voters abstain from elections due to a lack of trust in politicians. In other news, the scheduled launch of a ferry service to Greece seems to have been well received by the public with over 2,000 tickets already booked. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:25
May 11, 2022
May 10 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the British bases, comprising three per cent of the island’s territory, will allow for the construction of houses, shops, restaurants and light industrial facilities while third-country nationals will also be able to live and establish businesses in non-military areas of the bases. Elsewhere, Akel general secretary Stefanos Stefanou rebutted claims that their candidate for president Andreas Mavroyiannis was a lackey of the Anastasiades government. In other news, diseases of the circulatory system remained the top cause of death in 2020, while Covid-19 accounted for two per cent of all recorded fatalities, according to data released by the health ministry. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:08
May 10, 2022
May 9 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, we hear that a key unit of main opposition party Akel voted in favour of Andreas Mavroyiannis as their candidate for the 2023 presidential elections. There’s also the historic deal that boosts development in the British Bases which comes into effect from today and a key meeting between the foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the US. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:14
May 09, 2022
May 6 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, a 25-year-old Briton has been remanded for six days following a hit and run accident in Ayia Napa in which a 46-year-old woman from Sweden died, police said. Elsewhere, the fire service is on high alert for the upcoming summer season and is relying on the public’s cooperation and new drones to see it through a difficult period. In other news, main opposition Akel narrowed down their options for who will go on their ticket for the 2023 presidential elections to attorney Achilleas Demetriades and former chief Cyprus negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:14
May 06, 2022
May 5 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas expressed his full support to the family of the young man who suffered burns to 45 per cent of his body during violent incidents involving football fans over the weekend in Larnaca. Elsewhere, the House education committee began discussions on longer school days and future plans for all-day schools. In other news, Presidential candidate Giorgos Kolokasides said that Cyprus still suffers from the remnants of English colonial rule and plans for Queen Elizabeth's jubilee must be cancelled. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:32
May 05, 2022
May 4 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the electricity authority has announced that energy bills will climb by 6.8 per cent by the end of the month. Elsewhere, a school shooting at Kokkinotrimithia lower secondary school was prevented in November, MPs heard on Tuesday. In other news, political parties, the church, and commercial interests have significant influence over the media in the country, according to a Reporters Without Borders study which ranked Cyprus at 65 globally. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:28
May 04, 2022
May 3 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, the foreign ministry is in negotiations with Brussels in the hopes of securing an exemption from EU sanctions against Russia in case Cyprus is unsuccessful in obtaining the necessary aerial support equipment needed for firefighting. Elsewhere, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides has pledged support for vulnerable groups in the face of growing inflation and rising costs. In other news, Cyprus has become the first EU member-state to achieve 100 per cent 5G population coverage, even in its most remote areas. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:02
May 03, 2022
May 2 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, as Labour Day was marked around the world on Sunday to celebrate the progress made by workers, in Cyprus it descended into a spat between the government and main opposition party AKEL. In other news, Nicosia CID is investigating a case of attempted murder after a man was stabbed with a knife in the centre of town Sunday lunchtime, and this summer is looking to be a busy one for Paphos Airport, with 59 destinations in 21 countries connected through flights by 15 airlines that will gradually exceed 250 per week. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:42
May 02, 2022
April 29 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, two children in Cyprus have contracted hepatitis of unknown origin in recent months, the health ministry said on Thursday, adding that it will continue to monitor the situation amid an uptick of similar cases in Europe, the UK and the US. In other news, an 11-year-old boy was treated on Thursday after he underwent surgery following a firecracker injury which led to the amputation of three of his fingers, and twenty five migrants whose inflatable boat was intercepted off the Akamas peninsula on Thursday morning were later in the day transferred to the Kokkinotrimithia Reception Centre for asylum seekers, while police arrested one of the persons on board as the suspected trafficker. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:08
April 29, 2022
April 28 Daily News Briefing
In today’s episode, the one-year jail sentence imposed on Turkish Cypriot newspaper publisher Sener Levent by a court in Turkey for offending Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been commuted to a fine of 9,000 Turkish lira, which is the equivalent of 570 euro. In other news, plans to keep state hospitals open in the afternoons suffered a setback after nursing unions turned down the additional pay offered by state health services, and some 8,200 people received the fourth Covid vaccine, with more than 900 vaccinations carried out after its rollout for people over 60 on Tuesday. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
04:59
April 27, 2022
April 27 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, although no cases have so far been reported in Cyprus of the children’s hepatitis, which has required some to have liver transplants, a local expert has said that infections are expected. In other news, Paphos residents reported they felt an earthquake in the region and other parts of the island on Tuesday night, and graffiti murals will add a splash of colour to six locations in Polis Chrysochous as part of the 7th Fish Festival taking place on Saturday, 30 April. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:13
April 27, 2022
April 26 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, we hear that a fourth Covid-19 vaccine is available to the over 60s and some select groups, that Cypriots are getting better at recycling and of the firecracker mayhem caused over the weekend. There's also the latest on the government's push towards greater digital transition and Akel's efforts to secure a candidate for the 2023 presidential elections. All these and more in your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail. 
04:18
April 26, 2022
April 22 Daily News Briefing
In today's episode, Hellenic Bank will submit a restructuring plan to the Labour Ministry that will include up to 350 compulsory redundancies this year, its CEO Oliver Gatzke has said, a move likely to set it on a collision course with employees’ union ETYK. In other news, Nefeli, a Griffon vulture rescued as a juvenile from a beach in Episkopi in 2019, has been found dead after colliding into power lines, highlighting the risks facing the island’s endangered vulture population, and the case of former Volunteerism Commissioner Yiannis Yiannaki who faces 18 charges relating to the alleged forgery of his high school and university diplomas will be referred to the legal service next month.  All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.
05:59
April 22, 2022