|Sunday, 5 July 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-06-19
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESPolice have asked for Interpol's help in tracking down two suspects wanted in connection with the murder of a Belorussian man,
Pambos Anastasiades has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in the work permit scandal,
President Clerides will undergo a routine medical checkup a year after surgery to remove a polyp from his large intestine,
Development bank employees continue with their strike for a second day running,
The communications minister said the island's two airports will be in the hands of strategic investors by the end of the year,
And a Chilean boy was found by police 11 years after being raised by a pack of wild dogs.
 RUSSIANPolice have asked for Interpol's help in locating and arresting two foreigners - possibly Russians - wanted in connection with the murder of Valeri Popov, the man found bound and gagged Sunday on a remote Akamas beach.
According to CyBC's sources, police know the names of the two foreigners who Popov's son said would be meeting the victim in Limassol for business reasons.
Popov owned a tourist agency and an offshore company in Larnaca where he lived.
 PAMBOSIn a majority decision, Limassol Assize Court sentenced Pambos Anastasiades to 18 months in prison for his role in the work permit scandal.
Court found the Pambos Antastasiades guilty on seven counts of forgery with intent to commit fraud.
In mitigation, Court took into account the man's clean police record, his family situation and the damage wrought on his professional and personal reputation throughout the year-long trial.
Dissenting Judge Akis Vladimirou said the accused is not guilty and as such, cannot take part in passing sentense.
Pambos Anastasiades was taken to Central Prisons where he will serve his sentence.
 CLERIDESPresident Clerides will be admitted later today to the Evangelistria clinic for routine tests a year after undergoing surgery to remove a polyp from his large intestine.
Earlier, the president chaired a meeting of the National Council which began at around 9:00 am.
President Clerides will be released from the clinic on Thursday.
 STRIKEDevelopment Bank employees entered the second day of their strike, while Bank employees union president Loizos Hadjicostis left the possibility open that other banks would join their colleagues.
Development bank employees are demanding that an agreement struck with the Bank of Pireaus is made public and that they are given the five percent in shares they say is due them.
Hadjicostis claimed that powerful local interests are behind the agreement which do not want details to be released.
 OLYMPICCyprus Airways is among four companies which submitted binding tenders for a majority stake in Olympic Airways.
The other three companies are the Greek-owned Restis Group, Axon airlines and Australian, Integrated Airline solutions.
The four companies submitted their tenders in London to a legal team with power of attorney to handle the process on behalf of the Greek state.
 HOUSEThe House Finance and Communications committees will meet jointly this Monday to debate the controversial bill on a scheme to self-finance the island's two airports.
Communications Committee President Nicos Pitokopitis said the bill gives the government the right to start negotiations with foreign companies interested to expand and manage the airports.
Mr. Pitokopitis noted that his party Diko is in favour of the bill which needs to be discussed so that the rights of workers and civil servants are protected.
He added that the House has already earmarked 800,000 pounds for a study into the self-financing scheme.
 AVEROFMeanwhile, Communications Minister Averof Neophytou said the airports will be in the hands of strategic investors by the end of the year.
Speaking during a meeting with the House Communications committee, Mr. Neophytou added that the newly revamped Paphos airport will be ready by 2003 and the new Larnaca airport will be up and running by 2004.
The minister said modernisation is society's demand and will press ahead despite the rancour.
 TALATRauf Denktash and Republican Turkish party leader Mehmet Ali Talat are trading accusations over allegations that Turkish Cypriot politicians are on foreign bankrolls.
Denktash said he expects Talat to hand over a list of the names of all those who are being paid off by foreigners.
Snapping back, Talat criticised the occcupation regime leader and urged him to take a good look in the mirror.
 DENKTASHRauf Denktash yet again repeated that the island's accession to the European Union can become reality only on the basis of two states and after a settlement is reached.
Referring to President Clerides' remark that no conditions can impede with the island's EU accession, Denktash said that he would never accept Turkish Cypriots being dragged into the bloc as a minority.
He added that Turkish Cypriots have neither a place or future in a Europe without Turkey.
Meanwhile, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Lologlu said negative consequences would befall the region's stability if Cyprus accedes prior to a settlement.
 SYNODThe Holy Synod will convene today and tomorrow for its annual conference to discuss mainly financial matters.
But sources told CyBC that the Synod will also concern itself with a petition by Archimandrites Constantinides and Argyrides to lift their suspension imposed after being found guilty of ethical misconduct.
The Holy fathers will also take up the Limassol Bishop's request for higher wages and benefits.
The Synod are also expected to render a decision on a request to form a Karpass Diocese.
 MIDEASTIsrael tightened army blockades around some Palestinian cities today as pressure mounted on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to abandon a ceasefire after the killings of two Jewish settlers.
The army dug at least three trenches around Tulkarm, close to the administrative border with Israel, and strengthened blockades on Nablus and Jenin in the northern West Bank.
The army said it had eased its blockades of the cities under the U.S.-brokered ceasefire which began almost a week ago but had tightened them again because the shots that killed the settlers yesterday came from these areas.
Tensions remained high between Israel and the Palestinians, and there was no sign of progress at security talks last night.
Leaders on both sides doubt the truce will hold and staunch more than eight months of bloodshed in which nearly 600 people have been killed.
 BOYAnd from the strange but true file, a boy in Chile who was abandoned by his parents as an infant managed to survive thanks to the care of a pack of wild dogs.
The boy, who is now 11 years of age, was suckled by a bitch and scavenged for food from rubbish dumbs.
The malnurished boy was located on Saturday by police and is now in the custody of the country's social services department.
 WEATHERThis afternoon will be fine with moderate to fresh, southwesterly to westerly winds, 4 to 5 beaufort.
Seas will be slight to moderate.
More fine conditions tonight with the possibility of light fog in some areas.
Winds will be northwesterly to westerly light, 3 beaufort, wiht slight seas.
The temperature will drop to 21 degrees inland, the southern and eastern coasts, 18 on the western coast and 16 in the highest mountains.
The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.