Friday, October 19, 2018

WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL - Various 20 Nov-17 Dec


PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE CONCERTS ARE SHOWN INDIVIDUALLY ON THE BLOG AND ON THE 'WHAT'S ON' MONTHLY SUMMARY.   THEY ARE SHOWN AS A GROUP HERE SO THAT READERS CAN SEE THE PROGRAMME OF THE WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL.



WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL I 20 Nov – 17 Dec I PAPHOS


Paphos Music Lovers presents five classical music concerts



VIOLIN/VIOLA & VIOLIN DUO CONCERT Sorin Alexandru Horlea (violin, viola), Savvas Lagou (violin)
Tuesday 13 November 8pm
Technopolis 20 Paphos
Tickets: €12 with proceeds to the Paphos Music Lovers Association fund to support local arts projects.
Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only)
Works include: Mozart, Bartok, Wieniawski, Ysaye, plus some special arrangements by the duo, of Cypriot and Romanian traditional melodies. 

ORGAN RECITAL – Paul Timmins
Tuesday 20 November 6pm
Agia Kyriaki Church (St Paul’s Pillar) Paphos
Free entrance: donations are welcome for the Paphos Music Lovers Association fund to support local arts projects.
Information: Tel: 95191177, Email: andrew.hogbin@btinternet.com

FIFTY SHADES OF RUSSIAN MUSIC Natalia Lezedova (piano) & Anastasia Maximova Gonsales Moreau (mezzo soprano)
Thursday 29 November 8pm
School of Music Arts Paphos
Tickets: €10 with proceeds to the Paphos Music Lovers Association fund to support local arts projects.
Box Office: Tel: 99078018, Email: derekincyprus@gmail.com
Works include: Russian music - Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, romances, arias from operas and piano solo music

MUSIC FOR TRIO Tefkros Xydas (viola), George Georgiou (clarinet) & Mariola Charitidou (piano)
Thursday 13 December 8pm
Technopolis 20 Paphos
Tickets: €12 with proceeds to the Paphos Music Lovers Association fund to support local arts projects.
Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only)
Works include: Mozart, Ernest Bloch, JS Bach, Eduard Doussa and Max Bruch.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Ivelina Ruseva (piano) & Tina Chester (soprano)
Monday 17 December 3pm
Technopolis 20 Paphos
Tickets: €14 including refreshments
Box Office: Tel: 70002420 (calls only)



Thursday, October 18, 2018

PASSENGERS STRANDED AS COBALT FLIGHTS GROUNDED


Cyprus Mail - article by Peter Michael 17 October 2018


Cobalt airlines, the largest Cyprus-based airline, grounded all its flights as of midnight on Wednesday, after reports said that the company failed to reach a deal with a potential European investor.
All flights were cancelled after the last one which arrived at Larnaca airport from Heathrow at 12.20 on Thursday morning.
The Cobalt website instructed passengers who have unused tickets not to go to Larnaca airport or any departure airport on Thursday as no Cobalt flights would be operating and no Cobalt staff would be present.
The transport ministry said in a statement that passengers expecting to fly with Cobalt on Thursday should secure one-way tickets in economy class from another airline, and keep their receipt for their reimbursement.
Passengers expecting to travel with the airline for the seven days following Thursday will be informed promptly about travel procedures, the ministry said.
It was not immediately clear how many passengers would be affected, but nine flights had been scheduled to arrive and further nine to depart at Larnaca airport on Thursday. In all, the airline flew to 23 destinations.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TINY STOWAWAYS FROM CYPRUS MAKE UK HEADLINES



Cyprus Mail - article by Bejay Browne - 17 October 2018

Neptune, Sinbad & Galene

Three tiny stowaway kittens from Cyprus have hit the headlines in the UK after they were discovered trapped inside a car and apparently survived a week-long journey without food or water.
Neptune, Sinbad and Galene, as they have been named, were found inside a vehicle on board ‘Eddystone’, a military vessel, a week into a ten-day, 2,000-mile journey from Limassol to Southampton in the UK, according to a Just Giving page that has been set up by the UK Cats Protection charity to raise money for the trio.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and they help around 200,000 cats and kittens every year.
The lucky felines were discovered by the ship’s crew who looked after them for the remainder of the journey and gave them their names.
The kittens were given a clean bill of health and have now begun a three-month stay in quarantine, being paid for by Cats Protection after which the charity will find them new homes.
The ship’s agent, Patrick Fortnum told Metro UK on Wednesday how surprised the crew were to see three kittens sitting on the car’s dashboard staring out at them.
“They were about three or four weeks old and were in remarkably good condition considering they’d had no food or water for a week. Their survival is miraculous,” he told the paper.
He added that the vessel’s crew quarantined them in an empty cabin for four days and kept them fed and warm. He said that the kittens were very friendly and not at all timid or shy.
“We don’t know how they got into the car and they must have kept very quiet when the car was driven onto the boat because the driver didn’t hear or see anything odd.”
He added that the car was locked at the port of Limassol so it’s possible the kittens’ mother had exited the car and is still in Cyprus.
Cats Protection said they would be grateful for any donations towards the cost of their care, as quarantine and finding them a new home is likely to reach in excess of £2,000.
Any funds raised in excess of the appeal will be used to help other cats and kittens in the charity’s care.


www.cats.org.uk

BURNS NIGHT - Phoenix Social Club - 26 January



BURNS NIGHT
Phoenix Social Club
26 January 2019 - 1900 to 2300

There will be a Burns Night at the Phoenix Social Club in Paphos on 26 January.

Entertainment by Abzorba.

Tickets €13 [€15 for non-members]

To book please contact the club on 26 273076 or Phil on 99 908241.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

POLICE WARN OF NEW RANSOMWARE SCAM


Cyprus Mail - article byLizzy Ioannidou 16 October 2018




A new virus called Dharma is infecting computers and servers by encrypting and locking files, which can be unlocked only through a Bitcoin payment, authorities warned on Tuesday.
The police cybercrime unit is warning users to take necessary precautions and to not pay should their computers be infiltrated.
Dharma, a new version of high-risk ransomware/cryptoware, is targeting the computers and servers of companies, offices, and other users through emails with misleading titles and through insecure websites.
Once the virus has infiltrated a computer or server, Dharma encrypts stored files through asymmetric cryptography, locking the computer’s or server’s contents.
A text document is placed in every folder containing compromised files, requesting that a Bitcoin payment is paid as ransom for the unlocking of the files.
As of yet there is no effective method or software for the restoration of infected files, the cybercrime department said.
As such, they have requested that the public takes the necessary precautions.
First, the cybercrime unit suggests that files be backed up regularly. Users are also urged to refrain from opening links and downloading attachments sent from unknown sources, especially when the sender appears to be a service or company they are not aware of.
Users should also type URLs into their browsers themselves, instead of clicking on available links. Furthermore, users should make sure that their computer and other mobile devices are protected with up-to-date anti-virus programs, and that they are using an up-to-date version of their operating system.

In the event that a computer or server becomes infiltrated by Dharma, the cyber-crime department stresses that the ransom money should not paid out so as to discourage such illegal practices and to prevent the further spread of the phenomenon.

Monday, October 15, 2018

CYPRUS AIRWAYS BECOMES IATA MEMBER



Cyprus Mail - article by Staff Reporter 15 October 2018


Cyprus Airways on Monday announced it had become a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that represents more than 280 airlines around the world.
In July 2018, Cyprus Airways completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration, a pre-requisite for an IATA membership, after a rigorous audit programme that certified the company´s compliance with internationally approved aviation safety standards, it said.
“We are extremely proud to join the international community of IATA in just 16 months of operations. The membership will enable Cyprus Airways to collaborate with other international member airlines for codeshare and interline agreements, and provide a seamless travel experience through an extended global network to travellers to and from Cyprus,” said Natalia Popova, Chief Commercial Officer of Cyprus Airways.
Cyprus Airways launched flights in June 2017 and connects Cyprus with 10 destinations in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. In July 2016, Charlie Airlines Ltd, a Cyprus registered company, won a tender competition for the right to use the trademark Cyprus Airways for a decade.

cyprusairways.com.

MASSIVE UNDERGROUND BINS FOR OLD NICOSIA


Cyprus Mail - article by Lizzy Ioannidou 15 October 2018


The Nicosia municipality began the installation of underground bins in the older part of town on Monday in an attempt to modernise waste systems and reduce long-term costs.
Three underground refuse collectors, of a massive five cubic metre capacity each, are being installed in four locations in Nicosia’s old city.
The four locations are on Palaion Patron Germanos street, at the end of Vasiliou Voulgaroktonou street, near the Phaneromeni parking and on Ermou street.