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Cyprus Mail: News Articles in English, 02-03-24

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Sunday, March 24, 2002


  • [01] Gunman arrested in Limassol Hospital
  • [02] Europa Nostra award for Nicosia building
  • [03] Woman 'to be sentenced for abduction and freed'
  • [04] In the market for art
  • [05] Family cars targeted in arson attack
  • [06] Who will be top dog?
  • [07] Dud cheques remand

  • [01] Gunman arrested in Limassol Hospital

    By Melina Demetriou

    AN ARMED man burst into the Limassol Hospital psychiatric unit yesterday morning and demanded to be admitted to a rehabilitation programme.

    The police said Andreas Savva, 35, from Kivides in the Limassol District, entered into the department at around 9am, armed with a shotgun and a belt of cartridges.

    He said he wanted to take part in an alcohol detoxification programme as he would soon be a father. He was planning to marry his pregnant girlfriend in the summer, he said.

    Savva complained that he had asked to be admitted to the department's programme several times in the past but had been ignored.

    Hospital employees contacted a high-ranking official who gave the green light for Savva's admission to the department.

    The news calmed him down and he handed over the gun and ammunition to police at the scene. He was placed under arrest.

    Savva was given medication and asked to show up at the department on Tuesday for treatment.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [02] Europa Nostra award for Nicosia building

    THE home of the Lions Care for Youth Foundation in Nicosia yesterday won a Europa Nostra Heritage medal for the rehabilitation of an historic building through the joint efforts of conservation professionals and the public.

    The house in Lefkonos Street, which dates back to 1888, was one of six winners in this year's awards ceremony in Copenhagen.

    It was bought by its current owners as a ruin for 32,000 in 1996 and renovated at a cost of 250,000 - paid for by private donors, with assistance from the Departments of Town Planning and Antiquities.

    Restoration architect Christos Mitsingas described the prize as great honour for Cyprus, the owners of the building, and for himself and his team of designers.

    The building is now a hostel and rehabilitation centre for underprivileged and abandoned children, and also provides temporary accommodation for young people over 18.

    In addition it functions as a tourist information centre for old Nicosia, and hosts social events and fund-raising activities.

    Set up in 1975, Europa Nostra honours projects that make a distinguished contribution to the conservation and enhancement of Europe's architectural and natural heritage.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [03] Woman 'to be sentenced for abduction and freed'

    A CYPRIOT woman imprisoned in Morocco for allegedly trying to abduct her five-year-old son is expected to be released tomorrow.Lia Nicolaides, 32, a friend and two private detectives were arrested in Morocco 14 days ago and charged with attempting to abduct her young son, who has Moroccan nationality.The two detectives were allegedly employed by Nicolaides, a Limassol dentist, in an effort to smuggle the boy out of his father's home. According to television reports yesterday the four suspects will be sentenced on Monday and given an immediate pardon.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [04] In the market for art

    By Jennie Matthew

    A GROUP of experimental Cypriot artists brought their work to the great outdoors yesterday, setting up exhibits in the Municipal Market Place in old Nicosia.

    Named 'Noise of Convenience', the six members collaborated for a month to put together the impromptu show.

    They hoped to attract passers-by with music blaring out of a parked car, free coffee for visitors in the neighbouring EKATE building, and home-made figurine cookies.

    The group worked for a month on the project, visiting the market place every Saturday to get ideas and decide best how to exploit the space.

    Spectators were invited to walk inside a giant tube constructed out of bin liners, supposed to symbolise a nursery, and made by Katerina Attalides.

    'The Lifeguard', a tower constructed by Panicos Tembriotis got the most wows, while shoppers could watch sculptor Kyriakos Kallis in action, knocking up his work on the outside wall of the EKATE building.

    Attalides told the Sunday Mail that it was an inspiration to work together with the others, in order to develop as an artist and have fun with her work, away from the solitude of the easel.

    Other members of the group include Demetris Neocleous, Stephanos Karababas and Sophia Kakoullis.

    They took their name from a similar group of Yugoslav and Danish artists. Their next combined experimental project will feature in a disused Larnaca warehouse.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [05] Family cars targeted in arson attack

    A MOTHER and daughter had their cars burnt to a shell on Friday night in a suspected arson attack that caused an estimated 20,000 in damage.

    The Volkswagen Golf and Ford Escort were parked side by side in the garage of the family home in Andreas Karkavitsas Street in Limassol.

    The cars were owned by Maria Demetriadou, 63, and her 35-year-old daughter Niki.

    The blaze was reported at around 12.40am yesterday.

    Limassol CID and the Crime Prevention Squad are treating the case as arson.

    Samples from the scene were dispatched to the State Laboratory for analysis, but neither woman claims to know anyone who might wish to cause them harm.

    In Nicosia, meanwhile, a bomb caused minor damage to a car parked outside its owner's home yesterday morning.

    The vehicle, owned by Pavlos Pavlou Indianou, 37, a carpet cleaner, was parked on Cassandra Street in Pallouriotissa when a device detonated underneath it at 4.20am.

    Police said they have arrested a man in connection with the blast.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [06] Who will be top dog?

    SEVEN hundred and fifty dogs from Cyprus and abroad are taking part in this year's International Dog Show at the International State Fair grounds in Nicosia.

    Sixty different breeds are included in the two-day show that finishes today.

    Some of the contestants are Cyprus and international prize-winners.

    The event has been organised for the fifth year by the Cyprus Kennel Society in co-operation with the International Kennel Club, which has sent approved judges to determine the finest canines of the show.

    All 750 dogs were yesterday classed into 10 large groups depending on their size and breed. Each breed was then classed into six smaller categories according to age, and the judges declared each category winner.

    The grand finale will be today's competition to determine which of the group winners is the overall winner of the dog show. The event is open to the public, and starts at 8am.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [07] Dud cheques remand

    A NICOSIA man was remanded for eight days in custody yesterday, charged with forging and circulating bank cheques worth 888.

    According to police, between January and March this year, Aristes Aresti, 43, stole two chequebooks from a car sales office in Aglanjia.

    Remanded by Nicosia District Court yesterday, he is accused of writing four cheques and using them in four separate Nicosia shops.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

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