Friday, August 17, 2018

ANIMAL PARTY SAYS DOGS POISONED AHEAD OF HUNT



Cyprus Mail - article 17 August 2018


By Annette Chrysostomou and Kristian Chrysostomou

The Animal Party on Friday strongly condemned the poisoning of hunting dogs around Peyia in recent days and has called on the interior ministry and the game fund to help and identify controls to stop “such barbaric acts against defenceless and innocent animals”.
Before the start of the hunting season, the party said, it has received many complaints about the poisoning of dogs, something that local hunters reportedly do to prevent other hunters from hunting in what they consider ‘their area’.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

OLYMPIC CUSTOMERS TOLD TO FIND NEW INSURER BY FRIDAY [17 August]



Cyprus Mail - 14 August 2018


By Lizzy Ioannidou
Customers of Olympic Insurance, whose licence was suspended in May this year, have been informed that their contracts will be terminated on Friday August 17, leaving them with just days to get new insurance.
Liquidation of the company will begin on Friday after the appointment of a provisional liquidator who is responsible for the protection of the company’s interests until a liquidator is appointed by the court next month.

Customers must in the meantime secure alternative insurance but reimbursement of their funds from Olympic will not happen until after the official liquidator is appointed.
Olympic Insurance told customers only last Sunday that their insurance contracts would be terminated this Friday, when the provisional liquidator begins work.
The company informed customers of this development by text message and provided a contact number. However according to one Cyprus Mail reader affected by the liquidation, the number is unreachable.
Customers have been left worried about reimbursement and are unable to acquire necessary documents from Olympic Insurance, such as proofs of no-claims bonuses.
Cyprus Mail managed to reach Mazars Ltd on Tuesday, the company undertaking the provisional liquidation of Olympic Insurance until a liquidator is appointed by the court in September.
The provisional liquidator Pavlos Nakouzi said that “Olympic customers will be reimbursed, but not right away. When the court-appointed liquidator is in place, then customers can file a claim for the reimbursement of funds.”
Nakouzi added that “should any customer require insurance assistance until August 17, they should carry out the procedure set out by Olympic Insurance as normal.”
Until then, the Insurance Association of Cyprus has urged all affected customers to secure new insurance by the end of the week.

Olympic Insurance is being liquidated after being under a special regime of suspended licence since May due to insolvency issues.

Monday, August 13, 2018

DANGEROUS TOYS, CLOTHES ON THE MARKET



Cyprus Mail - article by Kristian Chrysostomou 13 August 2018



Authorities warned on Monday that there were 55 non-food related products on the European market that could endanger health and safety, especially children’s.
The statement was issued by the Competition and Consumer Protection Service (CCPSN) of the ministry of commerce – the competent authority for the operation and administration of the EU Rapid Alert System (Gras/Rapex).
Most of the products are for children such as toys and children’s clothing. Some examples include:
– A soft toy squirrel (left) by company ‘Intratuin Nederland’ that is dangerous due to the potential for the toy’s eyes being ingested and therefore cause potential choking to a child.
– Toy guns by company ‘Kai Li Toys’ made in China whose arrows contain suction cups that could be ingested.
– A children’s sweater by company ‘Wii Bery’ made in Turkey that has decorative material that could be ingested.
A full list of the products that are likely to be in the Cypriot market can be viewed at: http://www.cna.org.cy/pdf/ant/ana.pdf
The 55 products were found in different EU state members and were immediately documented in the GRAS/RAPEX system.
For more information on the products or to report one or more of the products, consumers or otherwise can visit the website ‘www.consumer.gov.cy’ or dial the following numbers:
Cyprus Consumer Helpline: 1429
Nicosia’s Central Offices: 22200930, 22200923 and 22200925
Limassol District Office: 25819150
Paphos District Office: 26804613
Larnaca/Famagusta District Office: 24816160


POLICE TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN AGAINST DRINK DRIVING MONDAY [13 August]




Cyprus Mail - article by Katy Turner 12 August 2018




The sixth campaign of the year against drink driving will be launched by the police on Monday, lasting until Sunday, August 19.
A police statement said that in the EU around 25 per cent of traffic deaths are caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

Driving after drinking, even if only a small amount, increases the chances of being involved in a traffic crash, largely due to the reduction in the driver’s reaction time.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

STOP CRIME IN CYPRUS - MEETING TO BE HELD ON 19 SEPTEMBER



Stop Crime in Cyprus - a meeting is to be held with the Paphos Chief of Police, and the Mayor of Paphos at the Central Police Station near to Kennedy Square.   Requests for attending the meeting and/or submitting of questions has been opened up to all residents of the Paphos area, from Sea Caves, Peyia across to Secret Valley.

It is likely that the number of attendees will be limited so if you wish to attend could you please email info@cyp-rus.org

If you have specific questions that you would like raising with the Police, could you please submit them to  info@cyp-rus.org by 5 September - the questions need to be listed to avoid duplications.  Please note that all the questions [which remain outstanding still despite reminders!] raised at the meeting in Kamares earlier this year will be on the list, as is the requirement for statistical information regarding burglaries in the Tala and Kamares area in the last 5 years.

Questions should be strictly regarding security and safety which fall within the responsibility of the Police.

It is thought that the meeting will consist of two parts.
1  General questions, common for each area
2  Questions from particular areas, ie Peyia, Tala, Kissonerga, Sea Caves, etc which it is likely will be answered by the Police responsible for those areas.





Saturday, August 11, 2018

NEW ROAD SAFETY MEASURES INTRODUCED FOR CHILDREN [in taxis and buses]



Cyprus Mail - article by Christophe Hadjigeorgiou 11 August 2018


Police announced this week that new traffic safety provisions have come into effect regarding child seats and seat belts, introducing rules in the use of measures for children travelling in taxis and buses.
Vehicles with a maximum of eight seats and vehicles carrying loads not exceeding 12 tonnes, which have seat belts for every seat, can place a child of at least 135cm in height in any back seat as long as they are wearing a seatbelt.
A child of a minimum of 150cm in height can sit in any seat in these vehicles, but must wear a seat belt if sitting in the front passenger seat.

Heavy load vehicles, which do not have any form of security or safety measures can only carry a child of a minimum 150cm.

POLICE TO STEP UP PATROLS OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD



Cyprus Mail - article by Kristian Chrysostomou 11 August 2018


Police have launched an island-wide campaign to warn the public about the possibility of increased burglaries over the August holiday, as well as issuing advice on road safety in the coming week when a lot of movement is expected.

Burglaries and theft are much more likely to occur during the summer months, as many residents choose to travel abroad or to various locations around the island. Police say they have increased patrols in urban and rural areas, as well as busy shopping streets in all cities, as a means to circumvent any illegal activity.