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Cyprus Warns Foreign Companies to Refrain from Land Deals in North

INTERIOR Minister Neoκlis Silikiotis said that companies which engage in illegal sale or purchase of Greek Cypriot properties in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus will not be allowed to operate in the Republic of Cyprus. The Minister made the comment after a meeting with US Ambassador to Cyprus Ronald Schlicher during which they discussed […]

Golf Courses Told to Get Their Own Water

Permits for golf courses will only be handed out to entrepreneurs who will get their water from desalination plants or recycled water. Given the recent drought, the Water Development Department (WDD) has recently rejected applications for new golf courses as well as upgrades for existing ones, on the grounds that they would not be using […]

Crackdown on timeshare touts

Authorities appear determined to crack down on Cyprus property timeshare touts, in a bid to stamp out the soliciting of customers, which is believed to have an adverse impact on tourism. On Sunday alone, 16 touts were reported in Paphos, as part of a police campaign to discourage the practice. A number of plain-clothes and […]

Cyprus Building Permits Reach 14% of GDP

The value of building permits authorised in Cyprus rose by 8.3% year on year in January to October, to reach CYP 1.18 bln, or 14% of likely GDP in 2006, according to our calculations.In the same period the number of building permits rose by 8.3% and the area of permits rose by 3.8%. By far […]

Enforce the Law or Take the Blame

A PARLIAMENTARY committee heard this week it was “pure luck” that more people hadn’t been killed in the devastating storms that struck the Paphos area last month, when flash floods swept a married couple to their deaths. The committee heard that the specific drainage system for the Kissonerga river, which broke its banks leading to […]

Pure Luck More People Weren’t Killed by Storms

A HOUSE committee yesterday heard it was “pure luck” that there weren’t more victims in last months flash floods in which two people died. The drainage system of the Kissonerga river in Paphos, which overflowed during recent hailstorms and resulted in the tragic death of a married couple, was built over 25 years ago and […]

Accidents and Deaths ‘Waiting to Happen’ – Who’s to Blame?

THIS week’s recriminations involving the state, local authorities and building contractors over who is to blame for the death of a couple whose car was swept off what appears to be a badly-constructed bridge, have drawn attention yet again to the prevailing situation on the island where nobody is ever held responsible, or made to […]

Paying the Price for Rampant Development

DEPUTIES yesterday blamed over development for the catastrophic consequences of recent thunderstorms in Paphos, which killed two people and wrecked buildings and crops. “Nature may be slow, but it is punishing,” said DISY Deputy Costas Constantinou during yesterday’s meeting of the House Interior Committee, which met to discuss the possible responsibilities of local authorities and […]

We Cannot Mess with the Environment with Impunity

THE TORRENTIAL rain that has hit the Paphos district several times over the past few weeks has caused a host of problems ranging from mudslides to flash floods, which on Monday resulted in human tragedy. There had been warning signs just over a couple of weeks ago, when tourists holidaying at Coral Bay were lucky […]

Paphos Tragedy: Who’s to Blame?

RECRIMINATIONS flew yesterday over Monday’s mudslide in the Paphos area, which killed one woman, with her husband still missing. Politicians blamed rampant development and disregard of drainage management on authorities and greedy developers; developers pointed the finger at the authorities; and local administration washed their hands of responsibility, arguing that Town Planning never consults with […]

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