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Cyprus Mail: News Articles in English, 02-06-02

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Sunday, June 2, 2002


  • [01] Fair enough or not enough?
  • [02] Troodos fire 'was started deliberately'
  • [03] Car torched in Limassol
  • [04] Car damaged by home-made bomb

  • [01] Fair enough or not enough?

    By Stefanos Evripidou

    THE International State Fair in Nicosia ends today, with some exhibitors saying there has been a definite downturn in visitors to an annual event that used to attract thousands every night.

    While the State Fair is still the island's largest fair, it also competes with itself in that it also puts on several specialised exhibitions -- for example on technology, furniture and the office -- throughout the rest of the year.

    According to the Chairman of the State Fairs Authority, Iakovos Demetriou, visitor numbers this year would appear to be on a par with 2001, and although over the past 20 years there may have been fluctuations in visitors he sees no obvious trend of a reduction in public interest.

    But one exhibitor in the American pavilion said the number of visitors this year has been the lowest ever, and put this down to a general slump in the world economy. He also said fewer people seemed to come every year, and the quality of goods on offer was not as high as it used to be.

    Another said he thought the number of visitors was much the same as last year, but they had less money to spend.

    However, both exhibitors indicated that they would be back again in 2003, as well as taking part in specialised exhibitions staged by the State Fairs Authority.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [02] Troodos fire 'was started deliberately'

    ARSONISTS are thought to have been responsible for a brush fire that broke out in the Linos-Orkonda area in Troodos yesterday, according to Forestry Department director Aristides Ioannou.

    Ioannou told the Sunday Mail that the fire had started in a gorge far away from any public roads, ruling out the possibility of it being started by an inconsiderate driver's discarded cigarette butt.

    Ioannou said that a strong fire-fighting force was sent to the area within minutes of the outbreak, and was able to contain the fire before it spread.

    The fire was extinguished, but Ioannou said that fire-fighters would remain in the area in case it re-ignites.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [03] Car torched in Limassol

    POLICE believe personal differences are behind an arson attack yesterday on a car in Limassol.

    The fire broke out in the early morning hours while the car was parked outside a nightclub on Makarios Avenue.

    Police say they believe the incident was linked to another arson attack on a vehicle in the town several days ago.

    The driver's window was smashed yesterday morning and flammable material poured inside and set alight. Damage to the car was estimated at 6,000.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [04] Car damaged by home-made bomb

    POLICE say a home-made bomb caused extensive damage to a car in Limassol early yesterday. The target of the 4am attack was a Toyota Land Cruiser parked outside a house in Evgeniou Voulgareos Street.

    It was the second time in a month that a vehicle owned by the same family has been attacked. On May 19, another car was damaged by arson. Police believe the latest attack may be related to a stock market dispute.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

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