In what is being considered as good news for the population in Cyprus, the island country has seen a record rise in birth rates. According to the Statistical Service of Cyprus (CYSTAT), as of 2016, the total fertility rate in the island country stood at 1.37 children per woman in 2016.

Publishing its “Demographic Report 2016”, CYSTAT has stated that the birthrate in 2016 was 9.455, a welcome increase from 9.170 in 2015. Further information in the report revealed that the number of deaths in 2016 was 5.471 while the crude death rate remained at 6.4 deaths per thousand population.

All of this makes the expectancy rate as 84.7 years for females and 80.3 years for males.

Other information reveals the increase of marriages from 13.006 in 2015 to 13.558 in 2016. Cyprus residents’ marriages totaled 6.375 in 2016, from which of which 2.449 were civil and 3.926 were ecclesiastical. Also increased in 2016 were the number of divorces – going up from 1.807 in 2015 to 1.948 in 2016.




Russian biker Sergey Severin has completed a bike-ride all around Cyprus in only 3.5 days, setting a record in his area.

Covering a total distance of 600 kilometers, Sergey Severin started his Limassol at 6 am, and rode all along the island’s perimeter till he came back to his starting point.

The athlete he spent a total of 53 hours in the saddle and only took small breaks for sleeping and eating. Mr. Severin crossed the Green Line twice.

Mr. Severin had great things to say about the island nation, emphasizing how Cyprus remains a beautiful country even in the winter season, and that there are always a healthy amount of landscapes and opportunities for outdoor activities available all year.

He also added that while it was more of a timed challenge for him, one should take a week if they truly want to enjoy the scenery.

Mr Severin heads the Russian extreme PLAN X Adventure Team, and in 2015, had used his bicycle to cross the frozen Lake Baikal from its northern to southern tip.




In what can be considered a truly moving event for veterans and their families, hundreds of British Forces Cyprus personnel commemorated Bases Remembrance Day services by personally paying their respects to troops which have fought in conflicts in different parts of the world.

In a very moving gesture, hundreds of civilians, sailors, soldiers, and airmen attended services in Ayios Nikolaos, Episkopi, Akrotiri, and Dhekelia – laying wreaths and bowing their heads to commemorate the sacrifice made by military personnel in the name of their country.

Attending the services in Dhekelia, Major General James Illingworth, Commander British Forces Cyprus, gave the crowd a moral impetus, emphasizing how everyone was there to honor the courage and sacrifice made by generations of men and women in the British service who have their lives to protect the very freedoms that is being enjoyed at this date.

Also present at the event were spouses and children of military personnel. Many children paraded in their guides and scouts uniforms. Scores of ex-service personnel organizations also showed up at the event.




In a disappointing piece of news for both Cyprus and Cyprus-Fiji relations, two Cyprus nationals have been jointly charged with 293 counts of money laundering as well as attempting to garner property by deceiving people in the island country of Fiji.

FijiVillage, a local newspaper, has reported that Loizos Petridis and Cleanthis Petridis have been arrested due on grounds of their alleged involvement in multiple suspicious ATM transactions. The two will be further remanded in custody till further investigations.

According to the report, while the two men were originally jointly charged with 6 counts of money laundering worth $3,060, the police actually found and seized money worth $150,000.

The two will be tried before court on the 16th of next month.




In what may turn out to be great news for both national and international law enforcement and the justice system in general, a man has been arrested by Cyprus police, who suspect that he is in fact a wanted trafficker in human organs.

Moshe Harel, an Israeli national has been arrested and is currently facing extradition to Kosovo, where he has been accused of illegally luring kidney donors from the ex-Soviet Union and Turkey over 10 years ago.

Baki Kelani, a spokesman for Kosovo police, recently told Reuters that the suspect “M.H.” has been arrested in the island country on the basis of an international arrest warrant. The man has been on their most wanted person since 2010.

According to the policer’s report, Harel lured donors by promising them up to $14,500 in payment, sold the extracted organs being sold to Israelis for prices that went as high as $120,000. Additionally, Harel reportedly did not pay some of the donors at all.

International arrest warrants for Harel were issued by both Russia and the Interpol. The Kosovan authorities are currently requesting his extradition.

Kosovo is a Serbian province which despite having declared independence in 2008, continued to be unrecognized as a separate entity, both by the UN and by Cyprus.




Saipem 12000, the star drillship of energy giant ENI has left for Morocco, after being anchored off Limassol for refueling and equipment loading and unloading for over two days.

After failing to reach Cuttlefish target in Cyprus’ offshore plot 3 to drill an exploratory gas well for the second time, the Saipem 12000 began to prepare for its next destination and to that end, docked about 17 nautical miles off of Limassol. The three support vessels of the ship (namely Vos Prime, Vos Purpose and Vos Prudence) started to load and unload equipment at the Limassol port and began to arrange for refueling.

The Cyprus News Agency has announced that the Saipem left for Morocco at around midnight Monday.

Both the first and the second attempts of the vessel were thwarted by Turkish navy vessels over three weeks ago, with the latter having intercepted the former. After realizing that any attempts that would be made were futile, the Saipem finally docked off Limassol.

A spokesperson for ENI added that while they are disappointed about the cuttlefish incident, they intend to proceed with the rest of the plan as it were, and the drillship will therefore depart to its next destination as planned.




Cyprus has had a fantastic year as regards tourism arrival figures, and if Tourism Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis’ words are anything to go by, this should be the third year for the island country in maintaining the coveted record.

According to Lakkotrypis, after last year’s record 3.6 million tourists, it definitely looks like Cyprus’ tourism sector will see another good year. He added that this was in part because of an increase in available airline seats to Cyprus and agreements made with foreign travel organizers.

Last year saw the island country having a 15% increase in tourism arrivals, with the proceeds reaching €2.6 billion by November 2017.

Lakkotrypis also added that while ‘sea and sun’ are very much an important part of Cyprus, the island destination does have more to it, which should be showcased in the best way possible. He mentioned that the government will be implementing its own national tourism-growth strategy, which is due to be launched soon. A revised bill to create a tourism secretariat is currently in the process of being sent to parliament.




Disorderliness has no exception, and the latest incident has proved that the country of Cyprus intends to make that very clear to all – citizens or not.

A drunk Swedish tourist was recently fined and asked to pay €400 by the Famagusta district court for being in possession of a collapsible baton, a sledgehammer and two knives. Said weapons were found by the Police in the man’s car once they stopped him for reckless driving in Protaras right before midnight.

According to the arresting and standby officers, the car was seen coming from the opposite direction of Protaras avenue. Not only did it have its headlights on, it was being driven at a dangerously greater speed, was overtaking other vehicles without any regard of the rules, drove right through a red traffic light.

After chasing and halting the car, the police found the 28-year-old tourist in the driver’s seat, smelling strongly of alcohol. The police arrested him, and after taking the breathalyzer test, found that the reading showed 60µg (as opposed to the permitted 22µg).

After being charged €300 by the Police for driving under the influence of alcohol and being arrested, the tourist was charged a fine of €400 by the district court and was only released after said fines were paid in full.




In a shocking news for the Ayia Napa community, a deadly fire completely gutted a local styling salon, and caused extensive damage to five shops adjacent to it. The fire has been ruled as an accidental fire, not caused by any deliberate action they can identify or tie to any individual(s).

Starting at the beauty salon on Nissi Ave. around 4 in the morning; the fire spread rapidly to the clothes shop, a souvenir shop and an ice cream parlor.

The fire was brought under control by the fire department at around 6.30am – about two and a half hours after it started.

According to Andreas Constantinou, a spokesman for the Famagusta police, all stores were covered by an insurance policy, with the hair salon being the only exception.

According to the authorities, the cause of the blaze was an electrical fault. Any intentional act of arson has been ruled out.




Marios Demetriades, the Transport Minister of Cyprus has announced that two of the bids for the development of the port and marina in Larnaca from Israel and China will be submitted latest by the end of April.

This announcement came after a meeting between Demetriades and Mayor Andreas Vyras, with the latter expressing his wish to see the end of the development process of the port and marina before the end of his term. He did express his happiness at seeing the process be near its completion, before saying how he firmly believed the project could very well be implemented with the right amount of patience and persistence.

Demetriades added that the aim here is not to have the state earn from said deals and developments but to create a better infrastructure project which will be of great benefit to the city.

About the tender process itself, he said that the respective interested companies have each asked for their deadline to be extended from the original March 16.

Mayor Vyras too had nothing but good words to say about the project, calling it an essentially important one, which is directly related to the city’s economic growth and is instrumental in sending for new investments.”




The people of Cyprus are very conscious of their political atmosphere, and the turnout at the latest elections only serves to prove that as true. A huge turnout at the Turkish Cypriot ‘elections’ have shown how invested its people are in who will run the country and how.

Although the elections are being contested by 8 different parties, only five are expected to actually win any seats in what will be a “parliament of 50.”

While the opinion polls are looked at with a hint of skepticism (being famous for their inaccuracies), it is believed that the winner will be either left-wing solution-supportive party or a center-right one which will stand against reuniting Cyprus.

According to analysts, the Cyprus issue has been increasing in intensity, being only second to issues such as jobs, economy, and Cyprus-Turkey relations.




In what is being considered as a surprising piece of news for many within the legislature and the executive, President Nicos Anastasiades has decided to release a total of sixty-six convicts through presidential pardon on the occasion of his re-confirmation as president.

Out of the total sixty-six convicts who are due to be released, thirty-eight are Cyprus nationals while and the rest are foreign nationals.

That is not the entire extent of the reprieve, however. In addition to the convicts being released, the jail sentences of 342 inmates will be reduced by a quarter. This figure, however, does not include criminals who have been convicted of sexual crimes and/or abuse of minors – these are ineligible for any kind of pardon whatsoever under any and all circumstances.




Nicosia is trying very hard to boost its reputation as a hub of tourism and culture, and its latest campaign only serves to affirm that fact. the Nicosia Tourist Development and Promotion Company recently launched a campaign called “Meet Nicosia. Meet Culture,” which will serve to promote Nicosia as a suitable destination for tourism and culture.

The campaign will raise the awareness of the public as regards Nicosia’s art galleries, museums, and archaeological with the help of ads, media, and other promotionals, which in turn will attract tourists.

According to Elena Tanou, President of Nicosia Tourist Development and Promotion Company, Nicosia currently attracts only a small percentage of the total number of tourists who visits Cyprus – which is unfortunate as Nicosia has a rich culture which can and should be enjoyed by the people.




In a news that has people enthralled, an unidentified “glow” that appeared over the Nicosia sky and over the Limassol motorway has scores of people wondering what its reason may be.

Filmed first at 5:50 SM, the “glow” appeared as a triangular-shaped beam of light and has since been the object of several theories from experts and laymen alike.

Surprisingly, both the Fire Department and the Police claim that they were not contacted by anyone, and that they have neither knowledge nor information of the incident.

According to Chrysanthos Fakas, an astrophysicist who spoke with Sigma (a local channel), the “glow” is not a meteorite, and in fact looks similar to a gas cone, which is often left behind by rockets.

Parallel to this, the western Russian city of Lipetsk saw a similar-looking a ball of light in its night sky, which was later seen exploding in mid-air.




In a news that causes nothing but worry and concern among locals and law enforcement alike, over €364,000 worth of valuables and cash have been stolen from a villa in Kouklia. Paphos Police is currently investigating the burglary, which took place early on Saturday.

The occupant of the villa is a Russian businessman, 44, who was also the one to report the break-in to the Paphos police. According to the investigators’ preliminary findings, the perpetrator (or perpetrators) gained access to the villa by breaching the wooden kitchen door.

It was also confirmed that none of the stolen valuables were insured.

This has not been the first time such an incident has occurred in recent times. In fact, on the very same day (Saturday), a holiday home in Kissonerga had been burgled, with items worth €6,500 having been stolen. In this case too, the incident was reported by the owner, who further added among the stolen items were his stamp, a coin, two hunting weapons, sword collection and several types of paper currency. Several electrical appliances were also missing.

According to investigators, the perpetrator (or perpetrators) in this case had entered through closed (but not locked) aluminium balcony door in the bedroom.

While the house did have an alarm, it was not operational at the time. Furthermore, none of the items were insured. The police said that even the security camera system was destroyed.

Yet another incident at Coral Bay had a hotel resident reporting that that the safe in his room was stolen, along with his credit cards, ID, wallet, two car keys, and €30 worth cash.




Honesty is indeed the best policy – and the latest incident proves that this is anything but false. Costas Tanos, the honest and brave bus driver who promptly returned an elderly man’s €10,000 after the latter has left the money in his vehicle was recently honoured by House President Demetris Syllouris.

House President Syllouris awarded the driver with a plaque and a certificate and went on to express how Tanos’ action reverberates a resounding positivity throughout a society which is riddled with people facing financial problems. His actions prove that humanity truly exists, in spite of all troubles.

Ever the modest man, Tanos claims that the did nothing more than what he thought was obvious. He extended his thanks to officials all the same.

Mr. Tanos, bus driver of age 54 living in Lakatamia, Nicosia, found the bag filled with money neat the driver’s seat after completing route two hundred from the local bus station to the hospital and stadium.

He soon remembered that an older gentleman who had earlier come on board with a very similar bag. Remembering that the man got down at the hospital, he too did the same, found the owner, and promptly returned the bag to him.

The elderly man, who was clearly very grateful, offered Tanos a reward, but the latter refused, saying that what he did was his duty, and nothing out of the ordinary.




A high-ranking court in Cyprus has ordered two asylum-seekers to be detained on suspicion that they were responsible for instigating an uprising at an immigrant reception center, which involved perpetrators setting trash bins and furniture on fire and causing massive damage to the office at large.

According to members of the Cyprus police force, the incidence of violence which took place on Friday night has over 25 people expressing their aggression at the Kofinou reception center. They added that they have arrested a third man who they suspect is also responsible.

Kypros Kyprianou, a senior official from the Cypriot Interior Ministry, was recently quoted by the government-run Cyprus News Agency. Kyprianou said on Saturday that those who were detained were among the forty Eritreans who arrived to Cyprus from Italy as part of an EU-sponsored transfer program.

According to Kyprianou, it is highly suspected that the detained carried out the actions they were accused because they were angered at having their allowances deducted after they failed to work in accordance with regulations.




In what is being considered a rather depressing news for all living in Cyprus, the meteorology department has reported that the island nation will be facing another week of unsettled cold weather, which will keep the coastal areas blustery.

The met department said that chances of showers are high, and all districts, especially the coastal ones may experience a powerful storm.

It is predicted that the weather will be chilly, with temperature highs during the daytime reaching an average of 18C and 19C in Paphos and Larnaca respectively.

Nicosia will be hit most by the harsh and cold weather, with temperatures set to drop down to less than 14C in daytime midweek, and till 6C in the night. Occasional showers can also be expected.




The Cyprus situation is a problem for all concerned, including Russia, if the words of its ambassador to the Russia are anything to go by.

Leonidas Markides, ambassador of Cyprus in Russia, who recently Mr. Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to discuss the Cyprus situation, recently expressed the latter’s concerns on the matter.

After being briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus situation, the Patriarch called the apparent non-solution an “open wound”, which affects not just Cypriots, but all the people who belong to the Orthodox world.

According to a press release that was issued by the Cyprus PIO, the discussion that took place between Mr. Kirill and Ambassador Markides included the destruction of religious and cultural heritage in the island nation, as well as the various efforts that both the Church and Government of Cyprus are making to curb the illegal export and trade of religious heirlooms on international markets.




In what is being a considered a breath of fresh air in the Iran-Cyprus diplomatic scene, Petros T. Nacouzis, Cyprus’ new ambassador to Iran has submitted his Credentials to President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.

Forwarded warm greetings from the island country’s President Anastasiades, Ambassador Nacouzis extended his best wishes for prosperity and progress of the Iranian people, and also briefed the latter on the Cyprus issue’s latest developments.

In the post-ceremony meeting, the two exchanged their views on Iran-Cyprus bilateral relations, and after much discussion, mutually arrived at the conclusion that they must strive to further improve their relations.

During recent years, both Cyprus and Iran have placed considerable stress on expanding their bilateral relations across several fields. Both sides say that this should not be too difficult a task, given that the two countries already share a great bilateral relationship, especially in the parliament division.




Marios Demetriades, the Transport Minister of Cyprus has resigned from his post as on Monday. He made this news public on his Facebook page.

Announcing the development on his social media account, Demetriades expressed his desire to make a return to the private sector but thanked President Nicos Anastasiades for the generous offer of staying on in his new cabinet.

He added that while he had a great run as the Transport Minister, his term has come full circle and he feels that it is best for him to end things while the going is good. He went to express great gratitude to President Anastasiades for the faith he had in him when taking care of things during a time when Cyprus was going through a difficult time.

Demetriades’ resignation isn’t something entirely new, though. In fact, his is the official secondary resignation, following Ioannis Kassoulides (Foreign Minister) who recently announced that he did not want to stay on after his term.

February 28 will be the final date for the present minister’s council. Members of the new cabinet will be sworn in the next day on March 1.

The recent resignations, however, have churned a lot of speculation as to who will take up the mantle of various ministers. With 11 different ministerial posts, many things are expected and many anticipated. Many experts are of the opinion that Kassoulides may be replaced by government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, or even by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, who has previously expressed interest in taking the job.


Archbishop Demetrios Receives the Medal of St. Barnabas on Cyprus visit


Invited by His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos, Primate of Church of Cyprus, American Archbishop Demetrios made a visit to the island nation, where he received one of the most prestigious medals of the Order.

On the 11th of February, His Eminence officiated the Liturgy with His Beautitude as well as hierarchs from the Church of Cyprus. This was done in a suburb in Strovolos at the church of God’s Wisdom in Saint Sophia.

The Archbishop was accompanied by Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos and from Pittsburgh His Eminence Metropolitan Savas and Kyriacos Papastylianou, President of the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations.

His Eminence was awarded the Gold Medal of Saint Barnabas by the Church of Cyprus. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus the First Lady Andri Anastasiades and several leaders from politics and academia were also present during the ceremony.

His Eminence will meet and speak with the President Nicos Anastasiades later on, and also plans to deliver a lecture at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus on – “Modern Theological Challenges and Opportunities.”




The Mayor of Pahpos has announced that the famous Paphos carnival parade which was set to take place on Saturday has now been to Sunday.

Making the announcement on social media, Mayor Phedonas Phedonos said that the parade will be held on Sunday afternoon (instead of Saturday afternoon), due to unprecedented bad weather. The news was duly confirmed by a spokesman for the municipality.

The Paphos carnival will be held along Poseidonos Avenue in Kato Paphos on Sunday.

The Paphos environment is currently undergoing a lot of turbulence, with less-than-desirable weather conditions and pollutant levels as high as a ‘3’.

With a high volume of small-sized particles floating around the atmosphere, authorities are advising vulnerable groups like elderly, children, and pregnant women and patients to avoid going out into open spaces, especially when the pollutant levels are high.

According to the spokesman, the dust, which has originated from Africa, will remain till Friday evening and will only move away once the rain comes in.




According to several political experts in both Egypt and Nicosia, the increasing closeness and cooperation between Cyprus and Egypt as well as the maritime demarcation deal between them will raise severe concerns in Turkey, whose capital has strained relations with both Nicosia and Cairo.

As a repercussion to the ongoing cooperation, Turkey declared that it would reject a maritime border demarcation agreement from 2013 involving Cyprus and Egypt which was set to allow exploration for natural fuel sources.

Cairo responded to the rejection as Turkey’s deliberate attempt to prevent Egypt’s from entering the Eastern Mediterranean’s E.E.Z., which is in fact its maritime right.

According to Mevlut Cavusoglu, foreign minister of Turkey, their country sees the maritime border demarcation agreement as violating the continental shelf of Turkey and therefore declares it as non-active. He added that no other vessel, company or foreign country has any right to conduct any unauthorized scientific and/or hydrocarbon research activity on said continental shelf.

According to Tarek Fahmy, political science professor at Cairo University, both Cyprus and country of Turkey disagree in matters of territory, and Ankara’s pass on the Egypt-Cyprus demarcation issue shows that the country plans to make gas explorations of its own.




In a new development for the Cypriot economy, the island country is trying to win the coveted the Youth Capital Title.

The Youth Capital is a respected title which is awarded to a European city for a year-long period. During this period the city gets a chance to form a multi-faceted programme and show its social, cultural, political and economic activities that are centered around development of the youth.

Nicosia recently entered the race to win the title, which is being supervised by Cyprus’ foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who has recently pledged the support of his ministry

to the cause.

The EYC is a unique initiative which aims to encourage cities to both continue as well as expand the implementation of novel ideas and creative that help involve the active participation of the society’s youth.

The current incumbent of the title is Cascais, a municipality in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal.




There is optimism and positivity in the air with the new year in Cyprus. However, the weather for the island country has not quite followed suit. The nation continues to face blustery weather, thanks to grey skies and showers being visible in various parts of the country.

The people don’t seem to have been taken aback by this, however, and plan to go through with their New Year’s Eve parties, many of which are set to be held at outdoor venues. The most anticipated party here will be in Ayia Napa, which is famous for its annual end-of-year party. As part of the celebration, the resort will be hosting several programmes, having various musical groups, entertainers and dancers set to perform on the stage.

This free and highly anticipated by thousands every year. Visitors include Scandinavian long-stayers, expats and locals, all of whom join for a night of various festivities.




Crime in Cyprus has been rising, and recent events prove that this problem is not reducing soon. In a very concerning news, Paphos police have been very busy after being alerted to three different burglaries in the Paphos district on Sunday. Two of these were done in Peyia while one was done in Tsada.

Reported by a A-year-old Peyia homeowner, the incident has unknown people entering her home in her absence (between 6.15pm and 7.30pm). They got away with €220 and with jewelry whose value has not yet been determined.

The perpetrators did not stop at this, having gone on to rob another residence that was located opposite to the former. This residence belongs to a British couple who were abroad at the time. Stolen items for this property are as of yet unknown.

It was later found the thieves also managed to break into a Tsada residence between 4.15pm and 6.30pm. They took valuables worth €4,800 and €200 in cash.

The thieves were identified by their method which in all three cases was forcing open the doors with the help of sharp objects.




The number of crimes have increased significantly in Cyprus, and recent events only prove that the situation is indeed getting worse by the day. The latest news in this regard being the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old man outside a nightclub in Nicosia.

The victim, whose name has not been released due to security reasons, is currently in critical condition at the Nicosia general hospital where he has been recuperating after being stabbed by two men outside a night club in the early hours of Sunday.

Occurring at around 1.30am, the incident involved the man’s hands grabbed by one of the assailants, while the other was said to have stabbed him on multiple areas of his body. The police said that the two assailants fled thereafter.

The 27-year-old man was found by his friends, who transferred him to the hospital. He underwent surgery, but has been in critical condition since.




In what is being regarded as great news for Turkish Cypriots and for The European Commission, the E.C.   announced that it would offer EU Scholarships as part of the Turkish Community Program for the Cypriot Academic Years of 2018 and 2019, which will be funded under the Aid Programme.

The EU Scholarships Programme plans to grant scholarships to around 140 Turkish Cypriot graduates, professionals and students, in addition to the 1,050 individuals who have received the EU Scholarship since its inception in 2007.

This year’s edition of the Turkish Cypriot community programme will be held to fund undergraduate and postgraduate studies, language courses, short-term programmes and various internships held in countries that are members of the EU. The 2018/19 edition mentions a list of high-priority areas, which will receive extra preference during the evaluation process.

Funded entirely by the EU, the EU Scholarships Programme will be implemented by the British Council. Those applicants who are interested and eligible can apply online via the official website of EU Scholarships Programme ( Applications must be sent latest by March 15, 2018, 23:59 (Cyprus time).

For more information and/or to make enquiries, please contact the relevant authorities at




In a bid to improve the level of marine security and improve the military relations between Italy and Cyprus, the island nation’s EMERGENCY services have started a new joint exercising program along with crew from the Italian Navy.

Supervised by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Larnaca, the exercise was conducted near the Cyprus coast and had helicopters simulating a situation of emergency.

The Ministry of Defense in Nicosia says that the joint exercise was held as a part of the ongoing actions to promote cooperation development, and aims to improve upon response of Search and Rescue incidents and other emergency situations which may arise in the course of operations within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as well as the Cyprus’ Search and Rescue Region.

This exercise comes right after the all-important announcement in November which declared that the trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Egypt and Greece and Egypt will expand a quadrilateral one after the inclusion of Italy – a move that has been initiated by President Anastasiades.

Cyprus has indeed been keen on furthering its foreign relations. Last month the island country had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (also known as a M.O.U.) with Israel, Greece, and Italy to help in the construction of EastMed, which is a gas pipeline that will run under the sea to Europe from the Eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea.




Strikes always have a devastating effect wherever they take place, and Cyprus and its aviation system is no exception.

In what is being considered as a major hiccup for Cyprus’ aviation industry, around eight flights going to and coming from Cyprus will be rescheduled courtesy a strike in Greece. Said strike was enforced by Greek air traffic controllers on Monday for three hours – from 12 noon till 3pm.

According to Adamos Aspris, an airport operator for Hermes, the flights which have been affected from the three-hour-strike include four arrivals from Athens, Heraklion and Thessaloniki, and four departures to Athens and Heraklion.

The airport operator further added that the flights have been rescheduled and will take off or land on the same day, albeit at different times. He also said that further information about flight schedule changes can be obtained from travel agents and airlines.




In a bid to improve upon bilateral relations between Cyprus and Australia, the island country’s High Commissioner in Australia, Martha Mavrommati, visited the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne on Wednesday, the 3rd of January. Marina Theodorou, a representative of the Cypriot Community of Apostolos Andreas, accompanied her on the trip.

As a part of her visit to the Greek center, the High Commissioner also met with the top officials of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GCMV), which included Bill Papastergiadis (the president), Theo Markos (the Vice President), Kostas Markos (the General Secretary) and Dimitris Bosinakis – an esteemed board member.

Mavrommati discussed several pertinent issues with the GCMV leaders, which included (but were not limited to) the progress of the Cypriot reunification issue and the pending elections for the next president in Cyprus, which will be held on the 28th of January and have a second round that will probably be held on the 4th of February.

The meeting consisted of the GCMV’s board member in conjunction with the president offering a detailed account of the activities of the organization. They further affirmed that the Greek Centre will always remain open and would love to host events that have been organized by the Cypriot Community Associations and the High Commission.




The traffic police chief of Cyprus Spyros Spyrou has announced that the narcotest will become active from January 25 this year.

Speaking at a press conference, the law enforcement officer announced that this measure is being taken to reduce the high number of accidents and deaths on the road. He also showed a demonstration of the test, and said that the police have already been trained to carry the tests out and that the device has been distributed to every city.

The device will give a negative result if the one being tested is not under influence, and positive if it finds traces of cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, methamphetamines or cannabis.

Should the device give a positive result, the officer at the scene will take a saliva sample and send the same to the state laboratory. The state laboratory will then take at most 15 days to find out the drug the driver was under the influence of, after which the case will go to court.

Drivers caught up in such cases face punishment according to their crime, from up to €3,500 in fines, up to a three-years of imprisonment and/or losing their driving licenses till 3 years at most.

Those who refuse to give the saliva tests after they have been tested positive will also be subjected to the same fines.

According to Chief Spyrou, these tests have been introduced to prevent accidents from happening, and not to punish the people without reason. That being said, punishment will be inevitable for those driving while under the influence.

Legislation for the Narcotest first began in March 2016.




In what is being considered a rather surprising news, both for Cypriots and for people across Europe, people from the island country are prone to taking sick leaves than others.

According to a study conducted by Eurostat, Cyprus had the most number of paid sick leaves across the EU in 2015.

The figures say that Cypriots received a total of 8.5 per cent of all total social benefits spent on paid sick leave, which is more than twice of that of the average in the European Union.

While these developments are not new, they are worrisome for employers as well as the economy at large.

Second on Eurostat’s list were the Netherlands and Germany, both of which paid a total social benefit of 6.1 per cent for paid sick leave. Lowest on the list was Greece at 0.7 per cent, followed by Italy, Portugal and Romania at 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6 per cent, respectively.




According to a news release from the municipality in Paphos, five urban regeneration projects in the city that have been in planning will finally be inaugurated by President Nicos Anastasiades.

A spokesman for the President revealed that the island nation’s leader will be visiting Paphos on Sunday to preside over the celebrations which will be held at Kennedy Square. He added that these projects, which have been meticulously planned and thoroughly well-kept, have already changed Paphos and will give its image a much-needed makeover that will change the lives of people for decades to come.

The projects include a number of tasks, from improving sections of Evagoras Pallikaridis Avenue and Andreas Tselelepou and Zenonos Kitionos Streets, remodeling sites in Mouttallos,  and upgrading the Governor’s Square and its nearby buildings, to upgrading Kennedy Square and the traditional center.

The upcoming inauguration event will have greetings from Phedonas Phe-donos (the mayor of Paphos), a speech by the director of European and investment funds of European programmes, a short film portraying the upcoming projects, a musical programme presented by the Paphos music school and the Philharmonic orchestra of the municipality of Paphos, and of course, a speech by the Cypriot president.

The spokesman further added that the President would be taking a tour of the works before the event which is set of be an open reception. President Anastasiades will be revealing a commemorative plaque as well.

In addition to the municipality’s issuance, the news of the inauguration ceremony was also announced by Phedonos on social media using his famous slogan: “Paphos is changing and celebrating!”




According to Nicos Christodoulides, a spokesman for the government of Cyprus, the island nation is hopeful of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Greece yielding positive results for the never-ending process of the island’s reunification.

Briefing reporters after a meeting that was presided over by Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades and US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Jonathan Cohen, Christodoulides revealed that the two were supposed to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci later that day. He added that the meeting went exceedingly well and discussed much about security, defense, bilateral relations, energy, and of course, the Cyprus issue.

The spokesman also said that this meeting has put a lot of attention on the upcoming meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Erdogan – specifically on the discussion security and Cyprus reunification-related issues.

Speaking more on the Cyprus problem, Christodoulides said there was no fresh news from the US in this regard. The only hope here is for the upcoming meeting between the Greek prime minister and the Turkish president to yield results that are tangible and beneficial for the situation. In fact, as of now, this meeting is the only priority, especially considering the constantly-failing round of constant negotiations.

Notably, the most recent round of reunification talks, which took place at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana between June 28 and July 6 disintegrated due to disagreements on guarantees security and guarantees, with either side blaming the other for the collapse.




Cyprus has seen its fair share of refugee arrivals. And from the looks of it, the island country will also be impacted by the migrant crisis.

In a shocking new reveal, a group of 38 refugees (reportedly Syrians) were found to have unexpectedly arrived on the island country’s northwestern shores on Tuesday – being the 7th such group to have arrived by sea in 2017.

According to the police, the small boat, which was seen approaching the island a few kilometers off the coast carried 33 men, 1 woman and 4 children. The police sent a patrol once the boat carrying the refugees reached 2 nautical miles off the shore. The former then directed the man at the wheel to follow them.

According to some sources, the man, who was probably petrified ignored the directions of the police and did his best to evade them. It was then that that the commander of the local marine police made his message clear by firing two warning shots.

According to the police’s statement, however, said the boat was towed and brought to a small port at the fishing and agricultural community of Kato Pyrgos with very little hassle. The statement made no mention of any warning shots being fired.

The refugees, who were reported to have been at sea for 2 days, were offered food and water by the local authorities and the Social Services department. Then were then transferred to a refugee reception center near Nicosia for due processing.

With the arrival of these refugees, their number in the island country has raised to almost 700 this year. Most of these are Syrians, who arrived on the island after having sailed from Turkey.




In what is being considered an eye-opening news for institutions and the common public alike, a study has found out that e-payment is yet to catch on in Cyprus as people prefer to make their transactions in cash.

According to a study conducted by the European Central Bank (ECB), Cypriots are likely to pay for their services or goods in cash as compared to their counterparts in other countries in the Eurozone. In fact, the island country ranks just below Malta, whose citizens have been identified as most likely to make their transactions in cash.

The study, which was conducted throughout the first half of 2016 among more than 65,000 people found that bloc itself more prone to using cash to pay bills, though the extent of this varies greatly across the states. Malta ranks first in this regard, with over 92% of transactions being made in coins or notes. Close behind are Greece and Cyprus at 88 percent. The lowest rate of cash transactions was found to be done in the Netherlands at only 45%.

The study revealed that the Maltese made an average of 1.6 cash transactions during the survey period, as opposed to 0.1 per day cashless and traceable transaction. It was also found that while 15% used cash to pay their rent, more than 60% used it to pay their medical bills, and just above 20% percent said used cash to pay for their electricity and water bills.

The tendency to use cash (or not) also varied significantly by gender and age. While men were found to carry an average of 12 euros (i.e. 14.27 USD) more than women, older people had an average of 43 euros more cash than their younger counterparts.




2017 has been a year of improving foreign relations for Cyprus, and judging by the latest developments, this will only serve to make all-round improvements for the island country.

Making a move to further educational cooperation between Cyprus and Oman, the former country recently hosted a meeting where strategies and plans in this regard were discussed. Presided over by the House President of Cyprus Demetris Syllouris and Higher Education Minister of Oman Rawiyah bint Saud Al Busaidiyah on Wednesday morning, the meeting concluded with several plans to increase educational relations, including (but not limited to) special study programmes and student and academic exchange schemes. A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the two countries.

Demetris Syllouris, who is currently in Oman on an official, added that they have plans to introduce a student exchange plan similar to Erasmus, which will help the educational sector of both countries. He also said that students from Oman who would attend Cyprus universities will have the added advantage of obtaining a European degree.

Syllouris, who seemed to be in high spirits also explained that Brexit might inspire universities in the UK to cooperate with their Cypriot counterparts. He cited Bristol university’s latest developments as a prime example in this regard, explaining that similar kind of cooperation from countries like Oman (and others in the Middle East) and also from European universities will help the island country become a bridge of cooperation between the two otherwise alienated regions (as far as education is concerned).

Oman’s higher education minister Rawiyah bint Saud Al Busaidiyah affirmed the good words of her Cypriot counterpart, expressing both hers and the country’s openness to such partnerships, and adding Memorandum of Understanding in these areas would be signed in the near future.




Cyprus’ education sector is completing one milestone after the other, and the Open University’s recent celebrations have only served to affirm this.

In what is being considered a grand celebration in Cypriot’s higher education sector, the Open University of Cyprus (OUC) celebrated its 10th graduation ceremony on November 17. The auspicious ceremony, which was held to honor students graduating in the academic year 2016-2017, had over 1120 graduates from over 26 different undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes. An additional twelve graduates received their doctorate – the highest-ranking academic title.

The event, which was held at the Tassos Papadopoulos Eleftheria stadium in Nicosia was presided over by President Nicos Anastasiades and key officials of the Cypriot government. President Anastasiades extended his heartiest congratulations to the new graduates on working hard and achieving their diplomas which are recognized in Cyprus and elsewhere over the world.

President Anastasiades also spoke very highly of the OUC, hailing the institution as Cyprus’ sole higher education institution which completely functions on distance education, and has been successful in its endeavor to bring forth new perspectives on university studies and lifelong learning. In its 10 years of successful operation, the OUC has made a considerable contribution in improving and develop a wide range of skills which are required after having obtained a – or even a higher degree. The President added a positive note on the development of the university itself, emphasizing on how the institution has made a name for itself and gained a place among internationally recognized higher education institutions by keeping its dynamism alive and making diverse partnerships with universities, research houses, associations, and other institutions, both in Europe and in other parts of the world.

The President’s good words were reaffirmed by Costas Christos, chairman of the OUC administrative committee, who expressed his deep satisfaction with the state offering practical and continuous efforts that have helped the OUC to expand its multi-level social, educational, and research work. He further added that in addition to making an important milestone for the OUC, the date also marked 15 since the founding of the institution.




In a welcoming piece of news that will serve to strengthen the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Lebanon and increase the quality of maritime security in the east Mediterranean, the Defense Ministry of the island country has announced that it will help Lebanon build a search-and-rescue center which will respond to emergencies occurring in and around the Mediterranean Sea coastline.

The statement from the Defense Ministry added that officials from Cyprus will offer their Lebanese counterparts the financial and technical training and know-how required to build and maintain the rescue center. The rescue center itself will serve to encourage cooperation between the two countries in matters of maritime security in the east Mediterranean.

This announcement was made after a meeting that was held between Cypriot Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides and Lebanese Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf in the Cyprus’ capital city of Nicosia. The two ministers have further agreed to hold a three-way meeting with their Greek counterpart Panos Kammenos, which is due to be held in the first quarter of 2018.

Cyprus currently supplies the armed forces of Lebanon with small arms and ammunition.




In what is being considered a welcoming news for the real estate industry in Cyprus, property purchases in the island country has risen by leaps and bounds, and going by the latest figures, shows very little signs of slowing down.

Figures from the Dept. of Lands & Surveys, property sales in the island country as of November 2017 has increased by an impressive 39 per cent since November 2016 – an impressive feat given the blows taken by the economy and real estate industries in the past years. This rise comes after an 18% increase in the month of October, an 8% increase in September, and a 27% increase in August.

In the month of November itself, 906 contracts were signed (for the purpose of selling land as well as commercial and residential and properties) and deposited at Land Registry offices all over Cyprus, as opposed to only 651 that were deposited in November 2016.

All districts in the country saw a rise in sales. In terms of percentage, Famagusta saw the biggest rise in sales (174%), followed by the country’s capital Nicosia (98%). Sales in Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos rose by 32%, 29% and 16% respectively.

Meanwhile, the number of property sale contracts deposited at Land Registry offices were 7,197, rising by 21% since November 2016.

Recent government schemes and measures have played a major role in the rise of property transactions. Specifically, the abolition of Immovable Property Tax and reduction in Property Transfer Fees have given property sales a much-needed boost. The country has also seen a rise of property being sold to Non-EU citizens who are looking for citizenship or residency and are using two different government schemes to their advantage.




The bitcoin revolution is taking the world by storm – and Cyprus is certainly no exception to this rule.

Hello Group, a Fintech company based in the island country announced the launch of the country’s first ever Bitcoin ATM in Limassol. Installed with the sole aim of helping people make their bitcoin transactions in a way that is most safe and secure, the ATM will be directly in contact with the top cryptocurrency exchange agencies to provide the highest rates available.

Set to be installed under Hello Group’s Limassol office in the Pitta & More café-restaurant, the ATM will allow customers to directly download bitcoin wallets by making a QR scan with their smartphone. To buy bitcoins using the machine, the buyer will simply need to scan their own wallet’s QR code.

The company made further statements to supplement its announcement, saying that the introduction of a Bitcoin ATM in the island country will spread awareness about the rapidly-growing bitcoin industry and give the relatively new blockchain and cryptocurrency currency industry a much-welcome boost.

Coincidentally, this news comes at around the same time as the announcement of rise of Bitcoin’s value to more than $10,000. Needless to say, the announcement of news such as this will serve to affirm the strength of what is indeed the most valuable cryptocurrency in the world.

The ATM will be located at Pitta & More — 56 Griva Digeni, Limassol, Cyprus




Cyprus Airways has spent the larger part of this year in strengthening its system, and recent developments show that it is not slowing down anytime soon.

In what is being considered a very good news for both the aviation and travel industries, Cyprus Airways has announced its plans to increase the frequency of flights on Larnaca-Saint Petersburg route for the upcoming summer 2018. Cyprus Airways Chief Commercial Officer Natalia Popova elaborated that they plan to increase the number of weekly flights from the current two to at least seven. She added that this improvement will include other perks, all aimed at offering our passengers more flexibility and capacity in their travel arrangements.

Not only will this change strengthen Cyprus Airways, it will also strengthen the ties by Russia and Cyprus and give a boost to the tourism and aviation industries.

Currently Cyprus Airways flights are available in two fare categories, namely Basic and Flex. Each of these have their specific features and variations, and include add-on features and services like changes, seat selection, baggage allowance and the like.

Single direction ticket prices from Cyprus to Saint Petersburg start from EUR 110 (w/ tax & charges). Flights can be booked via a travel agent, Cyprus Airways Call Center (National toll free 8000 8111 or international on +357 24000053) or directly through

Those who wish to see the entire schedule of all the destinations of Cyprus Airways can visit the company’s website at


Turkish Cypriots should get the clear picture in New Cyprus, says top official


In what is being considered a very divisive statement that will give a new turn to the Cypriot political scene, a senior Turkish Cypriot official has said that Cyrpus reunification talks should only resume only if there is any intention to address the political needs and status of the Turkish Cypriots.

According to Ozdil Nami, chief negotiator of the Turkish Cypriots, the Turkish Cypriots also have their rights, which should be duly addressed by the Greek Cypriots. Furthermore, the former group should get the assurance that their political status would be spelled out even if the talks broke down.

Speaking to Reuters in an interview earlier last week, Nami, who was “speaking for the Turkish Cypriot side” insisted that regardless of what the new process would turn out to be, it should be something that brings stability and transparency to the political status and rights of the Turkish Cypriots. Specifically, the talks should specifically spell out what the political status would be if the Greek Cypriots decide to go back on anything they have – or will – promise. Pressed further on whether he meant Turkish Cypriots should be given some kind of permanent recognition that would protect them should the new initiative sink due to the Greek Cypriots backing out, he said: “Exactly”.

This comes in response to the collapse of talks to unite Cyprus in July, which effectively ended what was considered the most promising round of negotiations. A deal that would have the island reunited and brought under the rule of a two-zone federal system simply collapsed into a two-sided “blame game,” with each pointing fingers at the other.

Nami echoed the voice of the Turkish Cypriots, saying that the lack of unity has led to an atmosphere of political ambiguity, and it is high time that this should end. He added that the need of the hour is to change the status quo in a way that is mutually agreed upon.


Alleged Gülenist officer and fugitive who once sought asylum in Greek Cyprus leaves the country


A former naval officer who has allegedly been linked to the Gülen network and accused of leading the failed coup attempt in Turkey last year has finally left Greek Cyprus after having sought political asylum on the island country, according to an official source.

Kadir Karaman, Former Naval Captain along with his Kazakhstani-origin wife Nina Pozhidaeva, who arrived on the Larnaca marina from the southern province of Mersin on October 1 in their luxury yacht named “Sanchez,” had previously requested asylum on the basis of the fact that they were being persecuted in their home country of Turkey. The couple, who had been staying on the yacht under police surveillance ever since, have now left the island.

The Greek Cypriot government, which attempted to handle the matter in a hush manner, failed to do so when Karaman’s identity was revealed after having an alleged public phone conversation with one of the most sought-after “secret imams,” while working as a part of İzmir-based operation into the Gülen network.

This led to the issuance of a detention warrant, followed by the Police conducting raids in his residence. By that time, however, Karaman had already left the Mersin port with his wife aboard the 10.5 meter luxury yacht. Arriving at Larnaca around a day later, Karaman and his wife requested to gain political asylum on the island, explaining to the Greek Cypriot police that the authorities wanted to falsely detain him over links to the Gülen network.

Karaman’s case is being considered as the first time ever when a Turkish Armed Forces member has requested asylum in Greek Cyprus.


Water in reservoirs fall further in 2017


In what is being considered alarming news as regards availability of natural resources in Cyprus, water reserves in reservoirs in the country have been found to stand at 14.6% of its total capacity, plummeting down further from last year’s 20%.

The finding sparked several discussions at the House agriculture committee, with the chairman Akel MP Andreas Kakalias concluding that such a situation has arisen primarily due to the fact that the water management system of the island country is riddled with problems. He also added that the island country currently lacks a holistic approach which will properly solve the issue.

In response to the situation, the House agriculture committee raised the issue of implementing a uniform pricing policy for water charges, emphasizing that special tariffs should be there in place to cater to livestock and farming needs, which do not exist at the current moment. With livestock areas being billed the way households are, farmers are facing immense difficulties in coping with high charges. Kakalias responded to the issue by having the agriculture committee request relevant ministries to take a look at the issue and subsequently formulate a farm-specific tariff.

Another issue that was addressed at the committee was that of the Limassol water board’s debts. Kakalias assured the people that he will have the relevant authorities look into the matter and solve the problem as soon as possible.




In what is being considered great news for innovation in Cyprus, a team from Cyprus is now going to compete in the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC).

One of Europe’s biggest competitions, the ECSC, which is organized and hosted by the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute INCIBE, has the support of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), will take place between 31 October to 3 November in Malaga, Spain.

The much-awaited event, which will bring together the best and the brightest young cyber-security experts from Europe, is set to feature over 150 participants from across 15 countries who will participate in a variety of challenges including (but not limited to) tasks such as gaining access to a protected system, deciphering encrypted documents and finding out security vulnerabilities in web applications.

According to Professor Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of ENISA, this exercise is important both for the participants and for the countries to which they will take back the international experience they will gain by taking part. He further added in the three years in which ENISA supported the event, he has seen a positive growth in terms of number of participants as well as the number of participating countries.

This year’s edition of the ECSC will include participants from the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Romania, Italy, Switzerland, Austria,  Estonia, Denmark, Greece, Germany, Liechtenstein, Ireland, Norway, Spain, and of course, Cyprus.

Aside the titular main hacking contest, the ECSC will be hosting a job fair and certain specialized conferences. The fair will feature industry-leading organizations who will discuss career opportunities with participants.


Cypriot President Urges Cyprus to “not lag behind” other European Countries in Terms of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms


According to President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus, the idea of any European state lagging behind other European states terms of human rights and fundamental freedoms is nothing short of appalling, and that Cyprus should make sure that it can never fall into this dreaded situation.

Speaking at the national memorial service of 1955-1959 EOKA heroes of Neo Chorio Pafos community, the Cypriot President stressed upon the importance of fundamental freedoms and human rights, saying that it is unacceptable for military intervention to stay in the country forever, given its adverse effects on the sense of security of Greek Cypriots. He even added that the country can never accept to serve the interests of another third country or become a protectorate.

While the President does understand certain compromises need to be made to return the island to the peaceful state it was in once, he also conveyed the fact that he knows the extent of said compromises, and can never allow the State to accept anything that tramples upon the rights of the Greek Cypriots and make them feel small and ignored in front of their Turkish counterparts.

Emphasizing on the need for a peaceful and stable country, especially for the upcoming generations, President Anastasiades stated that peace can only prevail when basic human rights are accepted, and when there are conditions that will inculcate good conscience. He concluded his speech by saying that the need of the hour is to create a European state that is stable, durable, does not discriminate on any grounds whatsoever and protect its citizens against any and all forms and manifestations of injustice.

Cyprus has notably been a divided country since 1974, when the Turks invaded and took over the island country’s northern third. It has since been a constant strife and series of negotiations, with the latest round of UN-sponsored negotiations having ended inconclusively in July 2017 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.


Attacks against security forces in Egypt “strongly condemned” by Cyprus


In what is being considered ground-breaking move by a country that is not known for passing statements on the international stage, Cyprus recently announced how appalled it was to have seen the violent attacks against security forces in Egypt.

More specifically, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the small island country stated in a public statement how it “strongly condemns” the ruthlessly violent terrorist attack made on security forces on the 20 October 2017 in Al-Wahat, Egypt.

Speaking at a press release, the Ministry added that both the Government and the people of Cyprus took this matter to heart and needless to say, extend their sincerest condolences – both to the Egyptian Government and to the families, friends and relatives of the unfortunate victims of the incident. It also wished a sound and speedy recovery to those who survived but were injured.”

The Ministry also pledged that it would do all it can to help the both Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the people of Egypt in fighting against terrorism. Extending both its support and its solidarity to them, the Cyrpiot Ministry reaffirmed its own commitment and determination to pursue every emthod that would help in curbing terrorism, “in all of its forms and manifestations.”


13 Arrested as Casinos get raided by Bases police


In what is being considered a new move against crime in Cyprus, an illegal casino in Trachoni, Limassol was raided by the British bases (SBA) police on Tuesday, arresting 13 people and seizing several merchandise including gambling tables, computers, and cash.

Conducted by SBA police at 8pm on Tuesday morning, the authorities found the illegal establishment, which was already the subject of a closure order, occupied by 10 people who playing the gambling tables. Upon searching the building further, they found a woman and three men – all of whom were trying to hide from the police.

Led by Chief Inspector Panicos Panayi, the raid team consisted of 10 Bases police officers in total.

Chief Inspector Panayi stated how peaceful the raid actually was, along with the fact that the people found didn’t even make an effort to put any resistance. The top cop added that this was perhaps due to the fact that the people inside the illegal establishment knew that there simply was no chance to escape.

The 13 people who were found were arrested and taken to the Akrotiri police station. Other materials that were seized from the casino included 36 gambling computers, 11 blackjack tables, two roulette tables, and €1000 in cash. Also found was a sophisticated security camera system that was used in the establishment, whose data will soon be analyzed by the authorities.

Sean Tully spokesman for the Bases, spoke on the matter, stating that illegal gambling is absolutely intolerable and if found, will be dealt with the strictest hand. He further added that this raid should act as a warning for other who think that they can get away with breaking the law run such kind of establishments.


Cyprus Needs to Unite to Successfully Counter Turkish intransigence, says President


In what is being considered very reassuring news for peace in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades recently made a statement emphasizing upon the need for having a united front to counter Turkish intransigence and overturn the current situation in the island country.

Speaking in Nicosia after a religious ceremony which commemorated the anniversary of 28th October, 1940, President Anastasiades said that history can only be written when everyone stays united. He further explained his rather cryptic statement, saying that in order to truly honor the commemorated anniversary, Cyprus must join forces and subsequently confront Turkish intransigence and its effects and finally overturn the sad and painful circumstances that currently exist in Cyprus thanks to Turkish interference.

President Anastasiades was asked regarding the effects of the developments in Spain on Cyprus, to which he confidently replied that the Spanish problem should and does not have any bearing on the situation in Cyprus, especially after the kind of reactions it has received from both Europe and other parts of the world.

Cyprus has been a divided country since 1974, when the Turks invaded and took over the island country’s northern third. It has since been a constant strife and series of negotiations, with the latest round of UN-sponsored negotiations having ended inconclusively in July 2017 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

The anniversary of 28th October, 1940 serves to commemorate the rejection of an ultimatum by Benito Mussolini to Greece’s then Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas. The event marks the start of the Greco-Italian war as well as the subsequent conquering of Greece by the Axis Powers.


Cyprus Start-Up Wins Top Award at ClimateLaunchpad 2017 Grand Final


In what is being considered a refreshing news for Cyprus and the start-up and innovation community in general, “GrowGreen“ a Cyrpiot team, has bagged the first place in the thematic category of Sustainable Land Use at the Grand Final of ClimateLaunchpad 2017 held at Limassol, Cyprus. Climate Launchpad is well-known as the world’s largest competition that fosters green business ideas.
In addition to the winner’s spot in the thematic category, the Cypriot start-up also received standing ovation, critical acclaim, and a monetary prize of €5.000. GrowGreen received said accolades on account of for their groundbreaking idea of using coffee grounds to produce biodegradable fertilizing flower pots.

Other teams which represented Cyprus were ‘Be Right Bag’, which manufactured biodegradable and plantable bags which were made from seed-infused recycled paper and ‘Echofixer’ which made acoustic panels made of paper pulp to improve sound clarity.

ClimateLaunchpad 2017 had 964 start-ups from 35 countries submitting their green business ideas, and 105 of them being selected to pitch their idea in the Grand Final. The Grand Final was hosted and organized by Chrysalis LEAP, and co-organized by the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA).

Held over the course of two days, the event, which ended on Wednesday, featured over 550 different people from a variety of fields including investment, academics and business from all over the world. Not only did it feature an entire upcoming generation of successful start-ups, it revealed several new trends and offered valuable insight into a better and more sustainable future.

ClimateLaunchpad is sponsored by Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership.


Renowned Cypriot Economics Professor Dies


In what is being considered shocking news for the academic community in Cyprus and beyond, Panos Pashardes, the former head of the University of Cyprus’s Economic Research Centre (ERC), passed away at the age of 68 last Sunday.

The late professor, who joined the University of Cyprus in 1994, previously received his economics degree in 1973 at the University of Athens in Greece, and master’s as well as his PhD at the Birkbeck College of the University of London in 1975 and 1979 respectively.

Professor Pashardes has a broad range of knowledge as regards economics, but made his specializations in in public and welfare economics, consumer behavior, Cypriot economy and applied econometrics. Throughout his academic career, he has published dozens of academic journals, many of which stand as staple texts for reference.

Pashardes’ views on economic policies were largely liberal in nature, despite the fact that he was himself a member of the socialist party Edek. He even publicly advocated privatization of state-owned enterprises including (but not limited to) telecoms company Cyta, and supported overhaul of human resource management in the public sector.

The loss of the ace academic comes as a big shock and massive loss for the academic community – both in Cyprus and other European countries.


Cyprus And Russia Sign New Important Agreement

In what is being considered an interesting new development in European political relations at large, Cyprus and Russia have signed a new protocol, which outlines prospects and possibilities to expand the level of cooperation of cooperation between the two countries, including (but not limited to) telecoms and information technology, transport, industrial cooperation, innovation, and medical services.

Delegations were made on relevant issues between the two countries at the 10th summit of the Cyprus-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation held at Nicosia, which was headed by Harris Georgiades, Cypriot Finance Minister and Alexey Gruzdev, Russian Deputy Minister of Economic.

The meeting acted as a preparation of sorts for the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’ forthcoming visit to the Russian capital.
Speaking to the press after signing the protocol, Mr. Georgiades explained how the new protocol will be instrument in expanding relations based on good faith and practice between the two countries. He even went on to call Russia an “extremely important partner” for Cyprus, explaining how Cypriot exports worth over €1.3 billion go to the country. He also elaborated on Russia being an important political ally for Cyprus.

Mr. Gruzdev too, had nothing but good words. Not only did he describe the meeting as “very fruitful,” he also proceeded to explain the relationship of Russia and Cyprus are strategic partners in various spheres of politics, business and commerce.

Status Of Cypriots Working In British Bases Up For Negotiation

In what is being considered breakthrough news after a long period of inactivity, Ioannis Kasoulides, Cyprus’ Foreign Minister has announced that the Cypriot government will negotiate with their British counterparts the status of Cypriots who have been working and/or living in British military bases. The discussions will be made keeping Brexit in view.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Mr. Kasoulides told reporters that the negotiations between the governments of the UK and the Republic of Cyprus and will concern rights of Cypriots who are living and working on British bases, and attempt to keep the same attached to the treaty of Great Britain’s secession from the EU.

Mr. Kasoulides added that the upcoming negotiations between Cyprus and Britain as regards what to what happens to Cypriots working on British bases after will start on Oct. 11th, something that automatically dismissed calls from deputies to put their own closure on the matter. The minister also confirmed the European Commission’s agreement to not take any steps unless the Republic of Cyprus explicitly agrees and allows the country to enter bilateral negotiations.

According to Mr. Kasoulides, the main factor they want maintained post-Brexit is for the rights of Cypriot nationals working on British bases to remain the same as they are under the currently installed regime. Under this (pre-Brexit) regime, the acquis was able to be applied successfully in the British Bases – according to Protocol 3 of the Accession Treaty of Cyprus to the EU.

Cyprus Sees Its First Acfe Chapter

Cyprus has now made itself an active part of the world’s largest anti-fraud community with Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization, announcing its inaugural assembly in the island country.

Speaking at a press conference, ACFE Cyprus explained that its aim is to play a constructive role in observing, identifying and eliminating fraud-related happenings in Cyprus. It added the Cyprus chapter intends to act as a force of meaningful change, and help in reducing, if not fully preventing instances of fraud and corruption in Cyprus, and well as helping to promote training in the field and impart both skills and knowledge to members.

Also present at the assembly, was Georgos Zornas, Internal Audit Director at the Bank of Cyprus Group, the main supporter of the new initiative. The director spoke at the occasion, describing the ACFE’s role at length and analyzing the goals it plans to achieve in Cyprus, adding that they while they have made a step in the right direction, they still “have a long way to go,” before they can safely speak to have established an effective governance mechanism in public as well as organizations.

In his speech, Mr. Zornas mentioned the PwC’s annual report, according to which, around 24 percent of participating Cypriot organizations were seen to have no proper ethics training program in place, whereas 42 percent were seen to have not performed any fraud risk assessment.

He also listed numerous fraud and corruption-related incidents which involved well-regarded politicians and senior state officials.

More Young People Should Get Into Politics, Says Russian Party

Young people make better talent and mean more progress, and Cypriot politics is no exception to the rule.
I, the Citizen, Cyprus’ youngest party made this point very clear just as it announced the start of its operations via a well-executed press release.

At the party’s inaugural press release, members stressed on the importance of having more young people get into politics. Many of the backers and founders of the popularly-called “Russian Party” also went on to highlight its key goals, which includes eliminating corruption and fostering a hi-tech culture which would integrate religious freedom, multiculturalism, and multi-ethnicity. They further added that these goals can only be truly and properly realized if and when the younger demographic takes an active part in the matters.

The press release reflected this view of the party and its members, saying that it is of utmost importance for the able, young, and educated to get and stay actively involved in the political scenario of the country.

The party, which aims to integrate all Cypriots and EU citizens at large, is being led by Mr. Alexey Voloboev, a Russian-born Cypriot businessman and citizen who has been based out of the island country for over 15 years.

Over 2,000 In Cyprus Die From Heart Diseases Every Year

In what is being regarded as a shocking news, The Cyprus Society of Cardiology announced on World Heart Day that over 2,000 people in Cyprus die every year due to heart disease, while over 40,000 other undergo serious treatment for some or the other heart-related problem.
According to the results of several epidemiological studies that were recently conducted in Cyprus by the Society, 27.8 percent of all adults were obese and 36.1 percent were overweight. Children under too had a less-than-desirable percentage of overweightedness and obesity, with 8.1 percent of children in the former and 20.1 percent in the latter category.

Dr Georgos Georgiou, Chairman of The Cyprus Society of Cardiology spoke on the issue at a news conference which marked World Heart Day, under the slogan ‘Give your Heart Strength’. Announcing a brand new enlightenment campaign that will be organized by the society in all towns on Friday, Dr. Georgiou explained how the campaign aims to make the public more aware about cardiovascular diseases, which have been an increasing cause for concern in several developed countries all over the world.

The campaign will be presided over by Cardiologists, who will make it point to inform the public about the functioning and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and provide informative brochures. They will also take people’s blood pressure at no charge.

The campaigns will be held at Ermou square in Larnaca, My Mall in Limassol, the Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia, and Kings Avenue Mall in Paphos.

Government To Provide Special Care To Those With Special Needs

In what is being regarded as a welcoming new development in taking care of the disabled, Zeta Emilianidou, Labor minister of Cyprus has announced that the government will now offer specialized support systems and services to autistic children and their families.
The announcement has come after the cabinet has given the centre the green light to assess and evaluate children suffering from autism, and subsequently create independent homes suited to them.

Speaking after a cabinet session, Ms. Emilianidou explained that said the operation of the evaluation centre for autistic children will offer specialized services to both the children as well as to the families who need to take care of them. This facility will become part of the Christos Stelios Ioannou Foundation, alongside a child care center for children with autism which will soon be created. The centre is estimated to run with an expense of around €700,000 a year.

Ms. Emilianidou further announced the creation of over ten communal houses which would cater to individuals with disabilities, adding that the aim of the scheme is to integrate into society the people who live with serious disabilities. By helping these people into assisted-living programmes, the centre wants to help adults with special needs be more comfortable in their lives.

Both schemes will be co-financed by the European Social fund.

Larnaca Saves Energy As Part Of A New European Drive

In what is being considered as a great move for innovators and environments alike, the Larnaca has announced that the city has saved over 59,000 kWh and has managed to lessen the emissions of carbon monoxide by at least 51 tons as part of the 3 year program which ended on September 30.

Issuing a statement, the municipality added that the results are indicative of the willingness of participating families to adopt style of living that is more sustainable in the short and long run.

Family Intelligent Energy Targeted Action is a special European initiative, which includes 19 different partnering institutions from as much as 5 different European countries in the south – Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus, who are all committed to helping families reduce their energy consumption. Spanning three years, the program reduced CO2 emission by 896 tons.

As part of the project, residents were visited at home and their energy consumption was recorded and analyzed. After that, every received a personalized report along with advice on how they can reduce their consumption. Special attention was paid to vulnerable consumers, those who lived on low incomes.

According to Fiesta’s website, households were responsible for a large share of energy consumption in Europe, and therefore program made them the main target of reducing energy consumption. The website says that over 29 percent of total energy consumption actually takes place in households.

The Fiesta program is co-funded by the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme package, and Area Science Park Trieste acts as the project coordinator.

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Cyprus To Celebrate Researchers’ Night

In what is being considered fantastic news for the researchers and innovators in the world of tech, the island country will be celebrating its own `Researchers’ Night`, along with 300 cities all across Europe.

Organized by The Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation for the 11th consecutive year, the event, which is receiving support from the European Commission, will attract the interest of thousands of people who want to take part or be informed about research and innovation in science and technology, and how said innovations will contribute to everyday living in the modern society.

The event, which will be held the premises of the State Fair in Nicosia will be free to attend, and will be inaugurated by President Nicos Anastasiades. Several notable personalities, such as Dr Vassilis Tsakalos, Director General of the Research Promotion Foundation, will also be present. As already mentioned, the event will aim to bring together people of all ages, attributes and perspectives, who are interested in innovation, and showcase innovation and research projects that have been implemented by Cypriot enterprises, universities, and research centers.

The evening will include experiments, discussions, games, competitions, as well as musical and theatrical events, along with a ceremony that will be held in honor of and Nobel Prize winning Economist and Professor Christoforos Pissarides.

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Brand New Live Art Experience A Hit With Visitors And Critics

In what is being considered a breakthrough development in live art, a brand new live art experience has been launched in Paphos, which has proved to be a hit among both fans and critics.

Launched as a part of the Pafos2017 program, “Remote Paphos,” sees groups of people put on their headphones to get in for an immersive and collective, yet individual experience that is bound to make a lasting impression. The project has been created under the guidance of Rimini Protokoll, a one-of-a-kind theatre group that has established itself as one of Europe’s the most important and influential performers and artistes.

Executed in a simple, yet clever concept, the live experience involves fifty mostly-strangers, participating as actors, and being guided through a pre-planned route through instructions that will be relayed via high quality Sennheiser headphones, which will remain attached to mini-player that will stay clipped to a pocket or belt. The experience is set to continue for an hour and 40 minutes.

A truly one-of-a-kind system, ‘Remote Paphos’ intends to take a look at the systems which govern us and our lives and studies the way we respond to them, socially, physically and mentally. Aside from being memorable and enjoyable, it also manages to bring out the thinkers in people by questioning their individuality, judgment and tendency to (or not to) confirm.

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Barebone Releases Another New Hit

The Cypriot band Barebone, known for delivering hit-after-hit, have now released a brand new song which has already won the Best Rock song prize for the September 2017 Academia Music Awards at Los Angeles.

Called Edge of the Blade, the song, which has proved to be equally popular between fans and critics alike, has now been released by the band on their official YouTube channel. The song will also be a part of Barebone’s upcoming album.

Formed in 2014, Barebone has proved to be extremely popular throughout the world, and has been touring all over the world and participating in various events, including The Masters of Rock, the biggest festival in the Czech Republic.
The Barebone Band, which comprises four members – George Solonos, Constantinos Pavlides, Takis Foitos and Constantinos Constantinou, say they aim to have their material and their live appearances give an experience of upbeat Rock that is “focused on groove and pure hard dirty sound.”

The pop band has so far performed at every venue in Cyprus and has also taken part in major events and festivals like the Cyprus International Tattoo Convention and the Legion Run, among others.
Their first video, Early Years of My Dementia was released in 2015, just before their maiden Slovakian/Czech Rep. tour in May 2015.
More information on the band can be found at @Facebook/bareboneband

University Rector May Shake Up The Presidential Race, Says Survey

According to the findings of a survey, the rather predictable presidential race of Cyprus could get completely shaken-up by the possible candidacy of Constantinos Christofides, the rector of the University of Cyprus.

Commissioned by Stockwatch, an online business portal, the survey asked voters to choose and state their preference among all the candidates for the presidential election in 2018, in addition to asking them regarding their opinions on the expected run-off between the two candidates that will prevail in the first round. Quite unsurprisingly, for every tested scenarios tested, the incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades won against both Akel-backed former Health Minister Stavros Malas, and Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos.

For the first round, Anastasiades won 27 percent votes, followed by Papadopoulos (16 percent), Malas (13 percent), and Yiorgos Lillikas (3 percent). Interestingly, 1 in 5 remained undecided, while 14 per cent of the population stated that they do not intend to vote.

With Christofides in the first-round mix, however, the dynamics changed completely, with both Papadopoulos and Anastasiades seeing their shares drop in favor of the latest candidate, despite having maintained their position otherwise. According to the voters’ preferences in this scenario, Anastasiades ended up with 23 percent votes, followed by Papadopoulos (14 percent), Malas (12 percent), Christofides (with an impressive 9 percent) and Lillikas (2 percent). The undecided population, however, remained as 1 in 5.

The poll results clearly shows that Christofides drew most his votes from Anastasiades and Papadopoulos’ pool, and from the pool of voters who had previously said that they did not intend to vote.

As of now, Christofides is yet to announce his candidacy for the Presidential elections in 2018.

The survey in questions was commissioned by Stockwatch from Cymar Market Research Ltd, and was conducted during a 7-day-period (from September 21 to 27). The survey comprised 1,006 telephone interviews that were conducted with voting-age individuals.

Emirates Hold Its First Ever Media Breakfast In Cyprus

In what is being considered a bold new move that will bring in more business in Cyprus, Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, organized its first-ever informative media breakfast in Nicosia, Cyprus on Wednesday, the 27th of September. The meeting was presided over by Ms. Asma Al Rahma, Emirates’ Country Manager in Cyprus, and attended by a wide variety of media and communications professionals.

As a part of the event, Ms. Al Rahma and her team met with several top journalists, marketing officials and communication professionals, and informed them on a wide variety of topics including (but not limited to), the level of commitment Emirates has to Cyprus, the range of global destinations, the exclusive advantages that Emirates offers, the world-class fleet, and how Emirates helps in the progress of tourism and trade in the region.
As the world largest international airline, Emirates is known for its quality service and high-grade infrastructure, its world-class fleet comprising Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, very high comfort levels, and the world’s most privileged Economy Class with over 2,500 entertainments channels, and excellent staff service.
Armed with a wide range of options, Emirates plans to give Cypriots the opportunity to fulfill their desire to travel comfortably to top destinations such as Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Johannesburg, and also to closer ones such as Dubai and Malta, which are increasingly becoming popular with the Cypriots who wish to travel in style.

Stressing upon the strong relations between Emirates and the island country of Cyprus, Ms. Al Rahma explained how said relation has been growing among the two sides for several years. She expressed her happiness at Emirates’ increased involvement in Cyprus, and further added that the relationship between the two will only serve to grow in the future. Al Rahma also said that she was proud to see a growing number of Cypriot employees at Emirates itself, and would love to see the numbers grow faster.

Cyprus Sees An Increase In British Visitors

In what is being considered great news for Cyprus’s tourism industry and for Cypriot-British relations, the island country has witnessed a much larger influx of tourists from UK rising in the months of July and August, making 2017 a record-breaking year for UK-to-Cyprus tourism.

UK-to-Cyprus travel grew by an impressive 6% year-on-year in July to 176,880 visitors and by an even more impressive 7.9% in August to 185,831 visitors. Travel in the first eight months of the year (i.e. from January to August) collectively went up by 8.6% and had over 874,055 visitors, while the total visitor arrivals reached 2.5 million, as opposed to 2.2 million the year before.

Orestis Rossides, UK Director of the Cyprus Tourism Organization, was nothing short of delighted over the matter. Stressing on how tourism is one of Cyprus’s most important sectors, Rossides stated that he was proud to announce that 2017 would go on to be yet another record-breaking year for them. He further added that the Cyprus Tourism Organizations plans to reach 6 million global tourist arrivals by 2030, and to that end intend to provide the best amenities and necessary infrastructure.

Passengers Left Disgruntled As Ryanair Cancels Paphos Flights

The Ryanair crisis is affecting Europe very badly, and now Cyprus is no longer an exception.
In what is being seen as devastating news for flyers and travelers alike, Ryanair has announced that it will be cancelling flights for Paphos, despite having previously given the assurance that no such thing would happen.
The cancellation of Paphos flights comes two weeks after the low cost Irish carrier service announced that it will be cancelling over 2,100 flights going till the end of October, and only a few days after it added several other flights to the list which were originally scheduled for November 2017 to March 2018.

The latest series of cancellations include the very popular route that connects Paphos in Cyprus to Chania in Greece, which has ruined the plans of least hundreds of passengers and left them disgruntled.
Ryanair has suspended a total of 34 routes on account of what it claims as a “staff holiday rostering problem.” The low-cost airline further added that it will be removing 25 of its 400 planes from operations and reduce its passenger load by two million to avoid having to make further cancellations. It even went forward to claim that as Europe’s largest airline, it had made a grievous blunder by introducing the “pilot’s annual leave” scheme, which left Ryanair with a much lesser number of pilots than were needed to operate the flights in the following weeks.
The worst part is that the news of cancellation comes after David O’Brien, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer assured that Cyprus would not be affected by any of the cancellations at a press conference at a prominent hotel in Paphos.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has taken heed of the entire matter, and has reported that Ryanair may end up facing legal action for “persistently misleading” passengers whose flights have been cancelled due to lack of pilots to operate planes. The regulatory body claims that the airline has indeed breached several norms – legal and otherwise – by failing to inform the passengers regarding their full rights covered by the EU Flight Delay Law repeatedly.

According to the EU Flight Delay Law, any airline which cancels a flight with a notice of more than two weeks need not pay compensation, but should offer the best-possible alternative flight with another carrier for the passenger. Additionally, the cancelling airline also has to bear the cost of transfers to or from the alternative airports, as and when necessary.

Ryanair spoke on this issue, stating that it had already emailed all of the affected passengers, and gave them a minimum of five weeks’ (and a maximum of five months’) notice regarding and all changes and cancellations. It further added that the cancellations have cost Ryanair over 25 million Euros till date.

Language Learning Is A Highlight Of Cyprus Education, Says Survey

In what is being considered an interesting new development for Cyprus, it has been observed that almost all pupils in the island country are learning a foreign language.

According the findings of a survey conducted by Eurostat, the Directorate-General of the European Commission, all the primary school pupils and 98 percent gymnasium pupils in Cyprus are learning at least one foreign language in the classroom, in addition to learning their native language.

The survey, which was conducted in 2015, further found that among the primary school pupils, 91.2 percent were learning one foreign language, while the remaining 8.2 percent were learning two or more.
Among the foreign languages learnt, English was the most popular (with 99.8 percent of the pupils learning them), followed by French (which is being learnt by 2.3 percent of the students)
Eurostat conducted the survey throughout Europe, and the findings showed some significant and interesting developments in terms of language learning.

According to the findings, 84 percent primary school pupils all over the European Union Member States were being taught at least one foreign language, while 5 percent taught two or more foreign languages.
Unsurprisingly, English has proved to be the most popular language in the EU, being studied by 83.5 percent of all primary school pupils across all member states. French, once again follows (with 4.8 per cent students learning the language). Close on its heels is German (3.9 per cent), Spanish (0.6 per cent), Russian (0.3 per cent) and Italian (0.2 per cent).

Cyprus was not the only country to gain a perfect score as far as the percentage of primary school pupils learning a foreign language is concerned. Austria, Luxembourg, and Malta too boasted the same score. Croatia, Spain and France stays close to this score at 99.9, 99.4 and 99.2 per cent respectively.
Eurostat’s survey also found that learning foreign languages is quite commonplace at the lower secondary level. In fact, more than 98.6 percent of secondary school pupils have been found to study at least one foreign language, while 58.8 per cent were seen to study two or more foreign languages.
As of 2015, 98% of the 27,100 lower secondary level pupils in Cyprus have studied and successfully learnt at least one foreign language.

Kpmg Welcomes Its New Employees In Cyprus

KPMG has been going from strength-to-strength in the last few years, and its latest move in Cyprus only shows that it is not slowing down anytime soon.

The Big Four auditor organized a Welcoming Event for its new members in the country on the 22nd of September, and needless to say, was more than successful in its endeavor.

The Event was presided over by Mr. Andreas Christofides, KPMG’s Managing Director in Cyprus, who addressed the event by extending a warm welcome to all the attendees. He stressed on how it is the people who work for KPMG that have truly made it what it is today. He further added that KPMG will always stay by their side, from the beginning of their journey to professional success, and beyond.

Mr. Christos Vasiliou, KPMG’s Deputy Managing Director and Head of Advisory in Cyprus was also at the event. Mr. Vasiliou expressed his delight on being surrounded by a large number of enthusiastic youngsters with an appetite for working hard, who will only serve to strengthen their efforts to offer the customers more comprehensive solutions, and make an overall positive contribution to the Cypriot society.
Apart from the staff and Board Members, another 100 people who had been hired by the company in the past year were present at the event.

First Ever “Russian Party” To Form In Cyprus

In what is being a considered a groundbreaking move that will go on to redefine the political structure of Cyprus, the country’s interior ministry has approved its first ever “Russian party” comprising Russians who have gained Cypriot citizenship.

The newly-formed party that the interior ministry has approved is formally called ‘I the Citizen’ (EOP) will be unveiled officially in the upcoming week, according to the Cyprus Mail.
Widely known as the “Russian Party” in Greek-Cypriot media, the EOP is reportedly being headed by Alexei Voloboev, a Russian-Cypriot who owns a restaurant in Limassol and was granted Cypriot citizenship later in life.
The EOP filed an application to register as a new party with the interior ministry in May, and after much discussion and deliberation, was approved by the Cypriot regulatory body. Kypros Kyprianou, the permanent secretary of the interior ministry himself confirmed the approval, stating that the party had followed every rule and regulation and fulfilled every requirement.

While the party is indeed back by Russian businessmen who are based in Cyprus, Demetris Michalokakos, spokesperson for the party has told Phileleftheros, the local daily newspaper that the party is very popular and been welcomed by several Cypriots with open arms. He also added that the party was open to all Cypriots and Europeans citizens to join and be involved in.

The newly-minted party aims to bring about large improvement in the business side of public life, which includes (but is not limited to) developing new technology, advancing the e-government system, propelling the economy towards growth, and most importantly, cutting through red tape.

The party has a decent social media presence, which will only serve to expand in the near future. Currently, the party has accounts on Twitter (@EOP_CYPRUS), Instagram (@eop.cyprus) and Facebook (@EOP.Cyprus).
The party lists its mission statement on its social media accounts as “the unification of citizens of Cyprus with modern views into a single political party”. It also has some posts on social media which contain links to press stories about the party’s founding and logo.

While the details are unclear, it is known that the EOP plans to contest in the European parliament elections in 2019. It is unlikely, however, for the party to back any of its existing candidates in said elections.

New Scheme Grants Monthly Allowance To Lawyers-In-Training

In what is being considered a great move to cover the needs of the country’s youth, Labor Minister Zeta Emilianidou has announced that the state will hand out a €650 monthly stipend to all law-school graduates who are unemployed and are yet to be fully and formally trained.

Emilianidou further elaborated that the scheme was specifically aimed at helping unemployed, young law graduates under the age of 29 complete their mandatory training. She also stated that similar schemes will be launched for civil engineers and other professions which legally require practitioners to complete a certain period in training.
Co-funded by the European Social fund, the scheme includes employer’s insurance and social insurance contributions, in addition to the monthly €650 stipend.

Over 450 individuals graduate from law school in Cyprus every year. The scheme will help a large percentage of these secure the financial support that they need as long as they are completing their post-study training.
Intended to run till 2020, the scheme will be operated by the Cyprus Bar Association, along with law graduates who had begun their one-year training period on September 1.

Cyprus Is The World’s 64th Most Competitive Economy, Says Davos Forum

As of 2017, Cyprus is the 64th most competitive country in the world, according to the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum.

Popularly known as the Davos Forum in Cyprus, the international institution announced that the island country climbed 19 places and to gain its current rank as 64th among 137 countries all over the world in the comparative table of economies, and the 25th among European Union member states. For a country that has suffered much throughout its history, that surely does signify a considerable amount of progress.

The study was of course, conducted by the World Economic Forum, with the Bank of Cyprus and the European University of Cyprus acting as its partners within the country.

According to a press release that was issued by the European University of Cyprus, the island country ranks 64th as regards the extent of competitiveness of its economy.

The top ten players in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, however, remains exactly as they were last time, with one minor difference. Switzerland was once again at the top of the list and the USA took second place, overtaking Singapore which slipped down one place. Close on its heels are The Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, and Sweden, followed by Britain, Japan, and Finland – all of which make up the top ten.

The ranking was decided on the basis of every country’s statistical financial data, along with in-depth and insightful interviews that were conducted with organizations and with representatives of various businesses.
The rank awarded to Cyprus’ was based on the following “twelve pillars”: Goods market efficiency (25th), Infrastructure (30th), Technological readiness (32nd), Health and primary education (39th), Labor market efficiency (39th), Higher education and training (46th), Institutions (51st), Innovation (53rd), Businesses sophistication (55th), Macroeconomic environment (97th), Financial market development (108th), Market size (109th).

Cyprus And China Strengthen Ties Over Talks And Wishes

The wise man always said to keep your friends close (and your enemies closer too – but that’s another matter), and Cyprus and China’s recent exchanges have only served to affirm the adage. Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the island country of Cyprus had nothing but good words to say for China and the relationship between the two nations.

Speaking on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China at the Chinese Embassy in Cyprus, President Anastasiades emphasized how the relationship between the two nations is based on mutual friendship and true friendship, which is bound to increase over time. He further elaborated how bilateral relations amidst the two countries had grown in a wide variety of fields such as commerce, energy, and investment, and of course, technology and tourism, and added how these relations will only serve to strengthen with the passage of time.

The President also extended his gratitude to the Chinese government for providing much-needed support to the Cypriot government, following a meeting between President Anastasiades and Wang Yi, the Foreign Minister of China, which was held on the sidelines of the UN Assembly. Huan Xingyuan, the ambassador of China in Nicosia, wished the Cypriot President a happy birthday, which was coincidentally on the same day, and emphasized on the importance of China to further the already very close bilateral relations between the two nations. The relationship between the two countries has warmed-up considerably in the last few years, with President Anastasiades visiting China in 2015 to establish firm business relations to allow for better trade and commercial activities, and with Chinese entrepreneurships and companies being given the green signal to invest in and increase their involvement in Cyprus, and avail some added opportunities and advantages.

Cyprus No Longer A Safe Haven For Uk Fugitives, Rule Judges

In what is being regarded as a landmark decision that will have a great impact on the criminal justice system throughout Europe, High Court Judges in Cyprus have ruled that the country will no longer act as a safe haven for UK national fugitives to avoid punishment for their crimes.

The island country’s breakaway Turkish part, which has long since been used as a haven by fugitives from the UK, ceased to act as one after the High Court Judges ruled that extradition from the country is very much on the charts. The judges explained there was “absolutely nothing” that should prevent the British police from co-operating with Cypriot law-enforcement agencies to catch and extradite criminals from their country who are currently hiding in the island country. They added that this also implies that fugitives who would refuse to return to the UK for their trial can and will be prosecuted in Northern Cyprus.

The case in question that led to the landmark change was that of Hasan Akarcay, a 60-year-old businessman who is a prime suspect in a serious crime involving narcotics. After the discovery of a consignment of 12.5kg of heroin in Bradford, Mr. Akarcay had left the UK and made Northern Cyprus his home in 2006. The West Yorkshire Police has stated that fingerprint evidence has been found on the drugs, which successfully links Mr. Akarcay to the crime. The drugs have been estimated to be worth £600,000.

Mr. Akarcay will now be prosecuted in Northern Cyprus after the UK authorities have proved his involvement in the crime, and passed on evidence of the same onto Turkish Cyprus. A part of said evidence was given to Northern Cypriot officers on official visit in the UK, while the rest was handed over to Cypriot authorities directly by an official of the National Crime Agency.

Mr. Akarcay, however, wouldn’t give up without a fight, with his legal team taking the case to High Court, claiming that it was illegal for the UK to offer any kind of assistance, let alone pass over evidence to authorities in Turkish Cyprus. His lawyers stated that by co-operating, the UK and Northern Cyprus engaged in an “act of recognition” – an act that is illegal since it breaches the UN Security Council resolutions’ terms.

Their claims were soon rebuffed by Lord Justice Burnett, who declared that UK is not obliged to follow any law which prevents their government from recognizing Northern Cyprus, further adding that the UN itself works closely with enforcement agencies in the latter country in order to maintain law and order and maintain an optimum level of co-operation between the island’s two parts.

The judge, who considered the case with Mrs. Justice Thirlwall, further added that the co-operation was made due to the fact that the issue in question was that of public interest. Akarcay was a prime suspect in a drug conspiracy, and would certainly have been prosecuted if he had stayed in the UK.

How Do You "Transfer" Your Business Into NC From Another Location?


As a business law attorney service, among the most regular concerns I am asked is some variation of “How do I move my out-of-state business to NC?” I’ll attend to the most typical situations and the sensible choices readily available. I’m utilizing Florida as the other state simply for example functions (my firm also practices in FL), however the exact same basic procedure holds true no matter which state your business is currently located.


Situation A: “I reside in Florida, where my business was formed, however I’m transferring to Charlotte, NC and moving forward I will be working from Charlotte, NC rather of Southern Florida. How would I accomplish this successfully?”


Choice 1: transform your Florida business into a North Carolina business. The business would require to follow the law of the state it is coming from as far as winding down any business and otherwise covering up affairs in that state, and would generally require to have actually passed a resolution or comparable authorizing the conversion to a NC business.

Choice 2: shut your Florida business down and begin a brand-new one in North Carolina. While the timing of the actions in North Carolina might differ to some degree, you ‘d go ahead and develop a North Carolina LLC.

Choice 3: keep your Florida business open and register it with the State of North Carolina as a foreign business licensed to negotiate in North Carolina. Presuming you are authorized by NC, you’re now excellent to go to perform business in both states, or either state, and you can have your primary location of business in either state.


In particular circumstances, you might keep your Florida LLC open, and rather of registering it with North Carolina, you’d choose to develop and register a different however associated business entity in North Carolina. You will likely be needed to pay yearly charges to each state and file taxes in each state, which are crucial elements to think about.

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The Problems of Standing Water in Crawlspaces


Many residences could have a higher potential to hold water and collect moisture in the lowest part of their home: the basement. If your area receives a large amount of rain, has a constant high humidity or water holding in the soil then this may be you. Thankfully there are a number of ways to address these kinds of issues and various actions you can take before anything gets out of hand. We spoke to the top team at Carolina Crawlspace Pros,, to learn more!

Check out the outside of your home to see where the water may flow around your home and property; check around the base of the hoe looking for downward angles and slopes. Try to update your landscaping so that these slopes move water away from your home because if it settles there it could eventually seep all the way through the walls and exterior and make its way into your home… effectively threatening the very foundations.

Make sure to check all water sources going both to and from your home to be sure that all connections are tight and secure. Any kind of leak at any point in the process of taking water into and out from your home could lead to serious cause for concern, especially over time. Standing water could develop in your home and you may not even be aware of it until it is too late. Ultimately, encapsulating your crawlspace is the best and most complete solution for these issues.

Also, after heavy rainfall and extensive moist weather you should make sure to check everything once again as any kind of excessive moisture could lead to a potential issue or even worse: mold spores. If your power is inactive from a storm your sump pump is rendered ineffective and could cause massive water buildups across your home. Make sure you have a drying fan installed as well as an extra measure and if you really want to forget about your troubles you can opt for a full basement waterproofing charlotte nc service.

Windows and surrounding fortitudes are often used to help manage air flow and safely contain your home’s basement or crawl space. Often times these solutions while also preventing water from coming in can effectively keep moisture buildups from getting out too. Make sure to air out your basement regularly.

The experienced professionals at Carolina Crawlspace Pros have all the knowledge necessary to tackle any small or major issue you might be having with the moisture in your home. We cater our advanced solutions to each and every home we inspect and endeavor to provide to best possible services at the best possible prices for every job.

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Aspects To Think About In The Course Of A Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen-RemodelBudget plan

Prices could vary anywhere from a few thousand bucks all the way as high as the $40,000 range. There are superb alternatives for all cost ranges, so setting a particular budget plan is a great beginning point. When it comes time to begin the selection experience, that way you will know specifically what to search for.


When most people think of cooking area redesign, illumination is not the very first aspect that comes to mind. There is also the alternative of choosing illuminations underneath cabinets, which offer plenty of brightness to counter tops where the majority of the work in the cooking area is done.

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Granite is a prominent option among counter tops, despite the fact that it is not the only selection. Granite could be pricey, but there are lots of other cost effective choices which still give a top-quality effect. Limestone is one well-known option and there are also striking counter tops of the wood, glass, and concrete variety that look fantastic in any cooking area.

Identical Brand names

While it may look like a more cost effective possibility to go with the less expensive end refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers, there is worth in buying the same manufacturer of each appliance. Some manufacturers offer discount rates on complete cooking area appliance sets. When purchasing appliances of the same company, there will be no problems with attempting to match colors.


Take into consideration the traffic habits when considering re-positioning your cooking area appliances. Not everyone uses their cooking area the same way, therefore it is vital to place the fridge, range and sink where it works most effectively for you.

Kitchen Remodeling in Charlotte NC is now a budget-friendly alternative for all property owners, despite the fact that there are some vital choices to make before beginning the procedure. When it comes to your cooking area redesign, here’s a look into some regions to think about.

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Business Taxes: Are they an Employee or Freelance Contractor?

Staff member or Free-lance Contractor?

In order for a company owner to understand the best ways to deal with payments made to employees for work, she or he needs to initially understand business relationship that exists in between the individual and the service carrying out the works. An employee’s status identifies exactly what taxes are paid and who is accountable for reporting and paying those taxes. An employee carrying out works for a company is usually a staff member or a free-lance specialist. The Internal Revenue Service might evaluate charges on the company for nonpayment of particular taxes if an employee is categorized improperly. Make sure to check with a professional CPA to know for sure.

Charges and Interest

Quite a few things will happen if the Internal Revenue Service identifies that a wage earning staff member is in fact an employee instead of a free-lance specialist. For one, the company undergoes charges for failure to remit and keep earnings, FICA (Social Security and Medicare) and FUTA (federal joblessness tax) taxes, interest on the underpaid quantities, and charges for failure to submit details returns. The state will likewise look to gather employees’ settlement and joblessness payment premiums for unreported salaries.

Free-lance Contractor

A free-lance specialist is self-employed and is normally accountable for paying his/her own taxes through approximated tax payments. An organization problems Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, to any one free-lance specialist, subcontractor, freelancer, and so on, to whom business made $600 or more in payments during the tax year. Business is not normally accountable for keeping earnings tax or FICA.

Staff Member

An employee dealt with as a staff member will be provided Form W-2 for salaries paid. Business working with the employee is accountable for keeping earnings tax and FICA. The company is likewise accountable for FUTA and numerous state work taxes. The worker might be qualified for specific fringe advantages used by the company, such as health care.

Elements to Determine Worker Status

The basic guidelines in tax preparation for categorizing employees as free-lance specialists or common-law workers center on who can manage the information of how works are to be carried out. The elements can be organized into 3 classifications.

1) Behavioral control. A few things that may suggest a company hold the authority to direct a staff member’s actions include this.

– Instructions that business offers to the employee. Companies typically manage when and where work is to be done, what tools or devices to utilize, what employees to employ or to help with the work, where to acquire works and products, what work needs to be carried out by a defined person, and exactly what order or series to follow.
– Training that business offers to the employee. Staff members might be trained to carry out a work in a specific way. Free-lance professionals normally utilize their own approaches.

2) Financial control. Aspects that show a company deserves to manage business elements of an employee’s task consist of the following.

– Extent of the employee’s unreimbursed overhead. Free-lance professionals are most likely to sustain costs that are not repaid, such as repaired overhead expenses that the employee sustains despite whether work is presently being carried out.
– Extent of the employee’s financial investment. Free-lance specialists frequently have substantial financial investment in centers utilized to carry out works for somebody else, such as keeping a different workplace or other organization place.
– Extent to which the employee makes his/her works readily available to the general public. Free-lance professionals are typically complimentary to use their works to other companies or customers. They typically promote and preserve a noticeable service area.
– Method of payment for works carried out. Workers or “employees” normally receive a set pay rate per hour and a regularly reoccurring set time of payment. Freelance professionals are typically paid a flat cost for a particular task. Exceptions use to some occupations, such as attorneys and accounting professionals who charge per hour costs for their works.
– Extent to which the employee can earn a profit. Free-lance professionals can make a loss or a revenue.

3) Type of relationship in between the celebrations. Aspects that show the kind of relationship consist of the following.
– Written agreements that explain the relationship and intent in between the service and the employee working with the employee.
– Employee-type advantages offered to employee. Companies typically offer additional benefit to staff members, such as medical insurance, pensions, and getaway pay.
– Permanency of the relationship. Employer-employee relationships normally continue forever.
– Extent works carried out by the employee are an essential element of business employing the employee. An employee who is crucial to the success of an organization is most likely to be managed by the service, which suggests worker status. An accounting company employs an accounting professional to supply accounting works for customers. It is most likely that the accounting company will provide the accounting professional’s work as its own and would deserve to direct that work or manage.

Inaccurate Treatment of Employees as Free-lance Contractors

An employee who gets a 1099-MISC rather of a W-2 has 2 choices.

1) Agree with the method business has actually categorized the employee, file Schedules C and SE, and pay self-employment tax on the profits, or

2) File Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding. The Internal Revenue Service will then choose if the employee must have been dealt with as a worker, based on earnings and FICA tax withholding. The company will be responsible for work taxes if the Internal Revenue Service concurs that the employee truly is a worker. If the Internal Revenue Service identifies that the employee is truly a free-lance professional, the employee will be accountable for paying SE tax.

An example: Harold owns and operates a dining establishment Jim, a garden enthusiast, to cut the yard cut hedges and maintain the others aspects of the landscaping one time every week. The agreement mentions that Jim will get to the dining establishment on Monday early mornings, cut the yard, pull weeds, and have the tendency to the landscaping. In exchange, Harold accepts pay Jim $50 for this work weekly. Jim utilizes all of his own equipment for the job including a lawnmower, weed eater, and a Bush Wacker 3000xtz. Jim chooses what time he shows up and for how long the task will take him. Harold does not monitor Jim in his jobs or determine to him how they are to be done. Jim is a freelance professional.

An example: Jeffrey owns Jeffrey’s Gardening Work and utilizes 3 garden enthusiasts to carry out works for his company. Jeffrey pays his garden enthusiasts a set wage and keeps taxes, FICA, and different advantages and remits those withholdings to the suitable federal government companies. In addition, Jeffrey supplies his staff members with the tools and devices they have to perform their work, advises his staff members which tasks to go to, and monitors these people when they’re performing their labor. Jeffrey’s workforce are staff members.

Get in touch with a Lancaster SC CPA

There are lots of occasions that happen throughout the year that can impact your tax circumstance. Preparation of your income tax return includes summing up deals and occasions that happened throughout the previous year. In the majority of circumstances, treatment is strongly developed at the time the deal takes place. Unfavorable tax impacts can be prevented by appropriate preparation. Please call us ahead of time if you have concerns about the tax impacts of a deal or occasion, consisting of the following: Pension or IRA circulations; Significant modification in earnings or reductions; Job modification; Marriage; Attainment of age 59 1/2 or 70 1/2; Sale or purchase of a company; Sale or purchase of a home or other realty; Retirement; Notice from Internal Revenue Service or other profits department; Divorce or separation; Self-employment; Charitable contributions of home in excess of $5,000.

This sales brochure consists of basic details for taxpayers and need to not be trusted as the only source of authority. Taxpayers need to look for expert tax guidance for additional details. Learn more by visiting

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The Implication of Wi-Fi Presentation Systems

For business to make the most of any conference they should utilize audio visual solutions for education & presentation, digital conferencing and display units. Presentation spaces that are geared up with more audio and video services can significantly improve a total discussion and improve key message delivery. There is no reason for today’s discussions to be of 1-D nature. Instead, they can include everybody within a space for true collaboration and full participation.

Transcend and outmatching what is now best known as the conventional style meeting, this technology is definitely more interactive. Interactive business technology motivates partnership and can digitally link lots of individuals at the same time. Here is a look at a few of the benefits of utilizing a cordless discussion unit.


A cordless discussion unit enables everybody to BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. This permits everybody included to link, despite exactly what type of tablet, laptop computer or gadget they are utilizing. It not just cultivates cooperation. It can likewise adjust to technological modifications. The audio visual sector now has numerous alternatives as far as gadgets, makings it essential to guarantee compatibility for everybody.

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Board Rooms could be Limitless

Wi-Fi discussions means any space can end up being a conference room. A display monitor can rapidly turn a common workplace into a vibrant video conferencing room. Business workplaces with these abilities provides a sufficient amount of versatility to customers and workers by being able to hold numerous discussions at one time. More standard conference room are generally provided with innovation that is not efficient in adjusting to alterations.

Expense Efficacy

A Wi-Fi discussion unit is exceptionally cost reliable because it does not need any modifications done by an Information Technology expert. Likewise, there is no need to make any private changes to fulfill the particular requirements of each discussion.

Create Space for New Stuff

Unattractive cable televisions, large desktops and connection packs can all be a distant memory in your brand-new meeting room. Wi-Fi discussion services are likewise area savers. Individuals can utilize their own individual gadgets, which can appear on a big screen with an easy single click. This benefit both makes a distinction in the method meeting room are provided and established. Standard setups can likewise be a distant memory with Wi-Fi discussion units.

Smarter Systems,, will make your outdated meeting room into a contemporary area geared up with cutting-edge audio and video equipment and services. The future is today as our group will set up a Wi-Fi discussion unit that has an unlimited quantity of possibilities. For the very best business services in Charlotte NC, call Smarter Systems today.

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Why the Popular Option Amongst Homeowners is Vinyl Siding

Why the Popular Option Amongst Homeowners is Vinyl Siding

With all the options available nowadays, some wonder why so many house owners constantly select vinyl for their siding. In this article we spoke with the professionals at Palmetto Outdoor Roofing,, and they help us explore why vinyl siding remains to be an attractive option in all sort of areas of the country.

For businesses and homeowners throughout the United States, vinyl siding has been a great addition. A big reason for this is since it requires virtually little to no upkeep. When vinyl siding need cleaning, there are no unique or expense products to buy. All it takes is some water. Hose down your vinyl siding a couple of times a year and the degree of the upkeep is done. Columbia SC Roofing and Siding Expert Palmetto Outdoor Solutions agrees.

Contributing to the benefit of vinyl siding is lifetime warranties guaranteed by many manufacturers and suppliers. That means their products is very likely to last well over the years and if siding repairs are needed there is little to fuss over.

house with vinyl sidingWhen some individuals think about vinyl siding, their imaginations create pictures of common looks. That should not be the circumstance at hand. There is even some vinyl siding installation service in Rock Hill SC that appears similar to cedar shake. In comparison to cedar, one of the best aspect to consider is vinyl’s lower costs. Property owners can acquire vinyl siding that appears like cedar shake for simply a portion of the expense.

A number of property owners might wish to alter the appearance of their house and a professional roofing contractor rock hill SC may help this as well. Vinyl siding lets them do that with no significant remodeling, nor will it likely require the burden of a bank loan. Vinyl siding likewise lasts for great spans of time. Painting a house makes the outside vulnerable to the elements as it is not unusual for paint to chip. These leaves the under layers exposed, plus equals for time and expense from you.

Vinyl siding is likewise long lasting and can hold up against high winds and rainfall. It is likewise a choice for property owners that may sell the home in coming years. As part of the siding setup procedure, the inclusion of insulation assists energy effectiveness while home wrap serves the exact same function.

When it comes to vinyl siding, the choices truly are extensive. There is a comprehensive quantity of color schemes to pick from. When choosing the ideal coloring for their house, vinyl enables house owners to be extremely selective. They can match an abundance and blend of samples till they discover the best coloring.

Palmetto Outdoor Solutions provides siding, gutters and roofing services in Rock Hill SC and the neighboring locations. These services include seamless gutters, siding, and roofing. Our group of knowledgeable service technicians can likewise look after all your property siding in Charlotte NC and its nearby neighborhoods. Palmetto Outdoor Solutions is the leading company for all your siding, roof, and rain gutters needs.

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Help Keep Your Toyota Looking Good

Are you among the happy Toyota owners of the world? Do you desire to preserve it in good shape throughout the season? Well, we spoke to and here are a number of helpful ideas that will guarantee that your vehicle looks terrific and also carries out according to the expectation.
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Regular Wash

A vehicle typically takes a trip up and down rough terrain with an accumulation of either dust or mud, depending on the weather condition conditions. With regular cleaning, your vehicle will be spotlessly clean from the outside which will make it rather attractive. Regular cleanings assists you to stumble upon overlooked concerns that you had actually not been considered to be a concern prior. You will have the ability to keep your automobile in terrific condition while also maintaining the paint leaving it tidy and glossy.


Thorough Inner Clean-up

Within the vehicle can also gain from having an extensive cleansing. This will get rid of all the dirt and dust areas stuck onto seats and other locations. Using a cleaning reagent for this function can enhance the work.  Removing dust also makes it even easier for you to breathe without risk of an allergy attack while you are driving.

The interior of the car requires to be cleaned up out completely, among other Toyota Parts and Services, to ensure that it is both clean from the outside in addition to the within. In case of difficult spots, using a cloth soaked in the reagent can assist remove the dust patches on the interior of your vehicle.


Odor Elimination

Another equally crucial aspect of keeping your Toyota fresh, great and clean looking this season is the elimination of bad odors. This can be done by hanging an absorbent material inside of the automobile which guarantees that it is always smelling fresh. No matter the length of time you might be taking a trip for, at least the car smells pleasant.

Using spray can likewise be another option towards the elimination of bad odors. This requires to be done in a controlled way without getting the concentration method above convenience levels.


Putting a Rubbish Container within Reach

Lastly, a clean vehicle has to have a way of maintaining this cleanliness. This implies preventing rubbish and crumbles from dropping between and under the seats. It might get stuck there resulting in even more work to get the vehicle’s interior cleaned up out. With an easily available garbage container, you will be able to ensure that your automobile is tidy at all times. Likewise this offers a practical methods of waste disposal without pulling over and/or getting out.

How you treat your Toyota car or truck truly determines for how long it is going to be serving you. Also, preserving the state of your Toyota by using the essential ideas offered above can go a long way towards a clean, trendy vehicle zooming down the road as you go on tour to difference places. As a car owner, after searching through all Toyota Models for sale, you are entirely responsible for the upkeep of your vehicle. How you clean it identifies how other will take a look at you when you drive through a place. With a clean, vibrant and fresh looking Toyota, there is little reason to not feel confident in your ride.

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The 4 Safest Honda Automobiles Manufactured for Your Families

family, vehicle, consumer, informationIf the moment evolves to acquiring a new vehicle, nothing needs to be more crucial than the safety of your household. Thanks to the excellent safety scores of Honda’s variety of cars, nevertheless, that ought to not be a problem. With these four Honda vans and sedans that have the 2016 Top Safety Pick Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), you can easily pick an appropriate automobile to utilize as your family transportation.


2016 Honda Odyssey

Named as one of the 16 Best Family Vehicles of 2016 by Kelly Blue Book, the smooth minivan is an absolute family vehicle. It has a big amount of freight space, seating area for 8 and a built-in vacuum that makes it possible for simple cleansing. The Odyssey also has some never-seen-before advanced safety functions. Safety items such as LaneWatch video cameras that improve the visual field, Lane Departure Alert that spots lane departures that have been left un-indicated, and a Forward Collision Warning. Forward Collision Warning will notify you when you’re at threat to have a mishap. In addition to all this, the vehicle has 5 safety seat anchors. These help to keep the little ones (and in many cases, animals) in check in addition to head curtain air bags for all three rows of seats.


2016 Honda Pilot

The Pilot is ideal for those who want the convenience of household seating with a stylish silhouette. It is consider by some to be best choice family vehicle. In addition to seating space for 8 and state-of-the-art security package, the Pilot likewise uses the advanced Honda Sensing system. Make sure to visit Scott Clarks Honda if you are ever in need of Honda Parts and Service.


2016 Honda CR-V

The 2016 Honda CR-V is just the right choice of Honda Vehicle Models for you if your need for seating space isn’t all that high. The CR-V is perfect for smaller sized families considering it’s seating capacity. However, it still has sufficient cargo area to accommodate the active way of life of you and your family. The motor vehicle comes with the Multi-Angle Rear-view Camera and the Car Stability Assist (available as basic on all models). Also, the Honda Sensing features on the Touring model.


2016 Honda Accord

As Honda’s patent family sedan, the Accord is one design that always works. Honda’s Sensing package is also offered for all 2016 Accord designs.
All-in-all, the 2016 Honda line guarantees that you ride both in safety and in style, despite your way of life and household size. Visit a local Honda Dealer at to learn more.

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Question to Help Narrow Down Your Vehicle Options

Considering purchasing a car? Prior to settling on that car, truck or SUV being offered, one ought to ask themselves the right questions. Then discover the ideal responses to those concerns. The following concerns ought to assist one to make the ideal choice on the type of vehicle to acquire.

1. Exactly what is the Purpose of the Vehicle?

Having a concept of the main role of the vehicle helps narrow the options. It might just be a family car meant for taking kids to school or after-school activities and shopping. Also, consider any terrain you need to travel through regularly.

2. What Type of Transmission is Wanted?

With the altering world of cars and trucks, manual transmissions do not rule supreme any longer. Automatic transmissions cars have more options unlike a few decades ago. There are still manual transmissions in some car and truck Nissan models, the alternatives are restricted. Over the last couple of years, automatics have actually enhanced to the extent of supplying gas mileage equivalent to those of manuals. However, it all depends on the owning abilities of the motorist and what type of Nissan parts and service they have performed in the past.

3. How Much Seating Is Desired?

Seating considerations suggests the space one requires within the car, SUV or truck. With an expanding household, a car with an extra carrying and seat space is required to accommodate all the member of the family. For an individual who travels long distances with the trunk packed full of travel luggage or carries things from work regularly, a big freight space is essential. In contrast, a pickup would do best for for shipment work or entertainment functions. A vehicle ought to be chosen depending upon one’s lifestyle.

4. Does the Automobile Need to Transport a Family Pet Often?

Animals are very important to the families that own them. They form part of the family. Having said that, the car, truck or SUV to buy should enable for comfy and simple transport of the pet together with the household. An SUV or a hatchback with an open freight location would be better compared to a four-door sedan. Before committing to buy the car or truck, it is essential to think about the requirements of the family pet.

5. Does the Vehicle Provide any Upgrades that Benefit You?

Most vehicles consist of the extras in the model one selects to purchase. If thinking about leather seats, acquiring a classy car, truck or SUV design without leather seats instead of a lower model with leather seats would be sensible.

6. Exactly what is the Ideal Color?

Not all colors will be readily available at the time of purchase. Selecting a car with the color that fits one’s taste and desire is essential. A dark color absorbs heat. On the other hand, a light color gets filthy fast. It is worth noting, nevertheless, that the interior of an automobile is closely linked to the outside. For an excellent exterior color, the interior will need to be surrendered. Before buying the automobile, a previous color choice is essential.

Ideally, visit and after considering the choices and getting the responses right to above concerns, the car buying experience will not be as scary.

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Why your production should have an expert studio master


Is your recording not standing out or ready to measure up to your favorite artists? Are you having difficulty reaching a competitive volume without losing your initial sound style? Fed up with going from one engineer to the next?

We comprehend your aggravation and our expert audio mastering services can assist. You have actually worked very hard on every second of your recording. Provide yourself a break, take the concern and stress out of the remainder of the procedure. Likewise generating a fresh set of knowledgeable ears to assist that you get every subtle expression provided precisely and with a high quality and competitive general balance.

Mastering is the procedure of taking a finished audio mix and processing it so that it attains the total balance and volume of similar business recordings and publications in the particular category or specific niche. There various tools that are utilized to finish this last service prior to publication and the history of exactly what is called “the witchcraft” of mastering has actually given from numerous fascinating starts to become exactly what it is today.

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We’re tired of seeing high ticket studios putting out lack-luster product and charging difficult working, independent artists far more than they can manage. Cb Media has years of experience dealing with and producing in all kinds of popular categories, especially in the electronic music domains. We pride ourselves in our capability to pay attention to our customers and by offering our clients precisely what they wish to hear. Contact Cb Media Online Music Studio Solutions today and benefit from our present promo to secure your rates for life.


How to locate the correct Luxury Import Repair Center

Purchasing a foreign automobile means you’ll have to seek out a vehicle mechanic’s shop that offers services for your car model. To help keep your vehicle’s performance at its best, you have to make sure that it receives the right kind of repair. Listed below are some practical ways that may help you identify the top foreign car repair and service center for your car.

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Look for a Shop before You Need Repairs

If you own a BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volvo or Land Rover, not all auto repair centers are specialized in the repair of those foreign cars. If your vehicle experiences a breakdown, there’s a greater chance of being pushed into a last-minute repair shop that can generate a below par services, or you might also need to check out a dealership that’s very costly. In the event you own a car, repairs are certain, therefore be prepared before the next breakdown.

Specialized Service

A large majority of the shops mainly are experts in the repair of specific types of vehicles, foreign and/or domestic. This means that not every foreign car repair shops, and certainly not any old mechanic, will be capable of providing you with the best service for the luxury import you own. Make certain that you do not settle for shops who specializes in the maintenance and repair of one particular form of car. As an example, if you own a Mercedes Benz, don’t just presume that all foreign car repair shops will deliver a great job. Ensure the shop you decide on specializes in the repair and maintenance of Mercedes Benz.

Factory Diagnostics

The repair of foreign cars requires specific diagnostic tools. Without this equipment, a car mechanic shop is not going to provide the best service. You can find specialized diagnostic tools that are used for the repair of electrical systems, fuel injection, anti-lock brakes as well as other problems in foreign cars. Before selecting a repair center, make certain that it provides you with a practical system to provide the job.

Recommended Maintenance

The repair of your foreign car can very costly for those who have to get parts. Note it is not actual repair that may be costly. Therefore, the top option is to attenuate repairs by identifying minor problems before they progress into major problems. When your auto mechanic recommends that you consider regular maintenance, it’s not just about upselling which you service. Regular maintenance is reliable method of preventing major repairs which can be costly and is generally recommended by reputable auto repair shops.

MBV European Ltd. is really a specialist from the repair and repair off all models of Mercedes Benz, BMW, Land Rover, and Volvo vehicles. Our auto center comes with the newest diagnostic technology and skilled, certified technicians. We are experts offering the most effective service for vehicles created by these 4 high end foreign brands. At MBV European Ltd.,,  top-quality Charlotte foreign car auto repair awaits you!

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Tips For Purchasing New Garage Doors

Buying residential garage doors in charlotte nc is dependent on several factors that must be considered particularly if you only want to go shopping once, or twice at most. Here are some of the important things to look for in a garage door if you want it to serve you for a long time:


It’s imperative that you ponder the best material for a garage doors since this comes with a influence on how much it costs, just how long it’s going to last and how easy/difficult it is to use. Wood, steel, aluminum and composite wood are a handful of popular garage door materials with wood being most high-priced but undeniably beautiful. Steel doors truly are more durable and most common especially as a commercial garage door but, scratches or dents can be harder to remove.


Some garage doors need more care than others mainly due to the materials used as well as intricate designs that decision for careful handling. Wood and steel doors, especially for commercial garage doors in charlotte NC, don’t need much maintenance to provide you longer use. A professional garage door provider can offer you the best insight for your particular selection.


Garage doors need springs to complete the function of opening and closing as it rises and drops. Torsion springs are routine in two-car garage doors while one-car garages usually have doors with extension springs. Torsion springs come strongly recommended for safety and increased balance.


Business and homeowners must decide whether need doors with insulation or otherwise. Insulation most likely are not necessary especially for detached garages but it is important for those looking to conserve energy. Insulated garage doors will not let the escape of warm air in the property thereby conserving heating costs.

The Garage Door Opener

The 1st time shopper that expects both a door and opener with their purchase that is not always the case. Garage door openers are sold separately and therefore this separate cost should be a part of your overall budget. Openers are important and come with exciting accessories like Wi-Fi capabilities along with features to further improve security.

Online Visualization

It might be difficult to see a garage door in a catalog or website and truly get a sense of what it may look like paired with your home or business. Color, texture, and lighting all unique to your home can great vary the expected look of a garage door. Nowadays you have several online tools for your use to present a practical impression of the way some choices may be like. Such online visualization tools also enable you to personalize the style.

The tips above should allow you to select the best choice however, if it still seems like a tremendous challenge, Neighborhood Garage Doors can help you out. We will direct you, show you many different items and even provide garage doors installation services in Charlotte, NC. Go ahead and contact the Neighborhood Garage Door professionals for help with any matter concerning garage doors at their website

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Preparing Your Home to Sell Best Tips

Selling your house in Charlotte NC surpasses an experience of simply opening the doors and welcoming prospective buyers. On this page you will find some extremely important tips gathered with the help of PURE Real Estate of Charlotte to make it that much easier to sell that home and in good time.

Fresh Walls Speak Volumes

There’s no doubt your walls have undergone some reasonable level of wear and tear over time. Minor scratches, nail holes and nicks will certainly abound. These can be handled with a bit of plaster occasionally. Nail and screw holes needs to be completed and painted over. Also look closely at protruding corners and bends. Whenever the blemishes are minor, a coat of paint should cover them nicely however if you simply are able it, painting the whole wall will instantly provide your house a neater and engaging look.

Get Creative with Lighting

Ever noticed the way you approach a brightly lit room and it looks large? That’s the effectiveness of extra lighting. There’s usually little to no need to invest in additional lighting and fixtures. Sun light can do this for you personally and on top of that it’s free. A simple way to do this look is always to just open up your curtains and shades. Moving a mirror into a room with less natural light can help to intensify the effect. Heavy and thick curtains in particular can create rooms that look cramped and unwelcoming especially to a stranger.

Empty out Clutter

In case you are like many people, a fast look round your house will disclose a great deal of items that have not been employed in years. This really is most evident in the storage area. Before people start to inspect your house, make sure you have gotten rid of all the clutter or as much as you possibly can. This makes the rooms look larger, neater and more airy immediately. Plus, it is less to hassle with during the packing and moving process.

Have Top Quality Photographs Taken

Photograph quality is especially important in case you are listing your charlotte home for sale in a magazine or online. The competition may be fierce! What’s going to attract prospective buyers to invest even a few seconds looking at it will be interesting, clear and sharp photos. Make sure to mind the exposure, angle and frame when using the photos yourself. On the other hand, it’s advisable you employ a professional property photographer to do this in your case.

Have a Floor Plan or Layout Diagram Ready

Including the house plans gives you a good edge over other sellers right away. A floor-plan can be a diagram showing the various rooms and parts of the property in a clear and understandable presentation. It also includes the measurements of every area of the house. Such a layout helps it be much easier for buyers to be aware of design of the home and may largely reduce the amount of questions you will need to answer later.

Remain Ready for Inspections

Once listed, people will certainly be inquiring for various different times to plan a showing. Don’t make mistake of losing focus after a couple of showings and letting things fall into disorder. Your property ought to be kept neat and well-organized constantly.

Large Spaces Are Welcoming

You may make rooms look bigger without pulling busting down walls. Just placing few wall mirrors at strategic points or moving small furniture to more spacey rooms will offer the look of more size. Keeping the home neat and access ways free of items will also help it become look bigger.

PURE Real Estate are really the estate professionals that can take most of the load of advertising your own home away you. They will show you over the process which enable it to help you to get a home ready for viewing and sold faster. Should you be searching for the best realtor services in Charlotte, NC take a look at PURE Real Estate.

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Protecting an Automobile Front Glass

All vehicles have car window and windshield auto glass and the high value of the windshield can’t be overlooked. While there are numerous threats that pose a risk to some vehicle’s windshield, additionally there are a good amount of measures that can be taken to ensure the windshield remains intact and undamaged. If you really want to make sure that the windshield of your vehicle lasts and stays functional for a long time, then you should consider implementing these helpful suggestions.

If the winter season arrives and temperatures begins to get bleak, ice can take shape through to your windshield, which is something you could have experienced before. Even if it is freezing outside through the winter months, avoid using hot water to melt the ice. In fact, do not make use of lukewarm water either. Expose your windshield to sudden change in temperature creates the possibility that the glass will crack from the stress and may even need to be replaced.

Even during the summertime, there is no harm in wanting to be prepared beforehand for that winter season. Simply visit your local auto store and pick up a bottle of some sort of Frost and Ice Shield product, it’ll keep the vehicle’s windshield glass resistant to the buildup of ice and you will probably not need to bother about melting it away. The product works the moment it is sprayed on. You may even use a blanket or old towels on our vehicle’s windshield before winter frost rolls in. This method will make ice and frost removal as easy as pulling the sheets off. This is great for early mornings in the freezing cold.

Plastic grocery bag can be reused for shielding our side mirrors keeping them safe while your vehicle remains unattended for a long period of your time. The grocery bags might be torn off easily whenever you may take the car out for the ride. You will end up surprised to get that your side mirrors won’t have ice buildup and undamaged.

A windshield that is dirty can be equally problematic. If dirt has accumulated in your vehicle’s windshield replacement in charlotte NC and you also turn on the wipers, the glass surface will more than likely get scratched. Moreover, if the windshield is dirty, you will probably incapable easily discern any cracks or rock chips. Obviously, in case you clean your windshield regularly, you do not encounter such problems.

Along with all of the above, it’s also wise to pay attention to your wiper blades. The rubber outside the blades can eventually wear out, exposing the metallic interior in the blades. Again, if the exposed metal rubs against the glass surface, your windshield is sure to get scratched and may also crack on account of which you’ll need to have it repaired.

Windshields also often get fogged and they may be defogged easily. All you’ll have to do is allow some cold air to get in inside your car by checking the windows. Since the fog is caused by the moisture from breathing inside the vehicle, so that moisture will be substituted with the cold, dry hair. Moreover, make sure there won’t be any drink containers or water bottles within your vehicle while you are the process because the liquid may cause more frost to build up over the interior the surface of your windshield.

Unfortunately, there are certain things you cannot maintain your windshield safe from, specifically random pebbles and stones that thrown about by other vehicles just like speeding projectiles. If your windshield ends up getting damaged despite taking the suggestions above precautions, you’ll ultimately need to get it repaired.

So, the most important is call over one of the professionals from Charlotte Auto Glass Repair service. Their team is made up of qualified and trained technicians who replace or repair your vehicle’s windshield in no time, while charge a really nominal and reasonable fee.

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Tips to Get A Rapid and Fair Settlement Following A Tragedy Insurance Claim

The one and only reason why homeowners pay insurance fees is they want to be sufficiently covered when an all-natural disaster or calamity strikes. Disasters can strike of any type, which range from wild fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, thunderstorms and so forth. This will probably can damage property and acquisition of general, thereby causing a hefty financial loss on the victim and his awesome family.

Fortunately, during such times, policyholders admire their respective insurance companies for help. They often want their problems addresses as soon as possible so they can recover from the loss. But apparently, this can be never the case. Many insurance providers will engage the policyholder in the battle because it’s within their wellbeing to attenuate how much money spent in settling claims. Because of this, the policyholder will see himself suffering the trauma of dealing with the loss or a difficult insurer that doesn’t desire to corporate.

Therefore, in order to increase your odds of quickly getting an insurance claim settled, you need to read the subsequent 3 things:

Proper documentation

Most of the people are so excited to obtain property and take into consideration getting that property destroyed because of some natural disaster. Nevertheless the sad simple truth is, if you would like to contemplate it, facing danger is something you’ll need to cope with especially if you reside in a bad risk area. This means maintaining your records for exactly what demands the property as well as your insurer. Proper documentation may also mean having pre and post-disaster inventory to accompany photos from the damaged areas. With these tools with your arsenal, your insurer won’t offer an excuse to deny your case. If something, they’ll have an overabundance of than plenty of resources to conduct assessment.

Understand your policy

Before anything else, you need to ensure you already know every term and clause appearing in your policy. That’s where insurance providers use industry jargon to confuse you to definitely their advantage when it comes to compensating you. Loopholes may exist, and you will never find out about them until you’re denied an insurance claim. Therefore, it’s beneficial for you to understand your policy details and coverage also. Finally, on top of your correspondence with all the company in question can help you track back issues and gauge how efficient they’re your case.

Get expert help

Few people has the expertise of filing an insurance coverage claim. Like we said, loopholes will always appear in your policy. It really is tough to spot them unless you’re the best expert. Now, the first thing to usually do is to chat with a public adjuster. A experienced and professional charlotte nc public adjuster is competent in mediating the method, establishing the whole worth of the damage, and determining if your insurer is unfairly denying you of the claim. A good public adjuster will fight for your needs instead of that relating to your insurer. Unless they work with your insurer, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll push for fast and fair settlement of your respective case.

The Baldwin Company

When you need to use a small group of experienced and reputable public adjusters, Baldwin Company has damaged whipped cream your complaint. With more than 40 years of experience, there’s no stone that is to be left unturned available for you to favor you. Baldwin Company public adjuster insurance experts will analyze your coverage and file the insurance policy claim with the motive of helping clients obtain the most reimbursement possible out of the claim.

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Post Claim Tips

When it comes to disasters, you’ll never be too sure after they strike. While you could be too occupied along with other things as soon after the disaster, consider first contacting an expertly trained public adjuster. They are not only designed to help you go in the best direction but equally qualified to work with you make the most of this unfavorable situation.

Moreover, a public adjuster SC has got the necessary knowledge to provide you whatever you’re eligible for simply because they can understand your insurance plan at length. Instead of wallowing in worry, here are a few things you could do to help with making this procedure quick.

Call your insurance company

The quicker you speak to your insurance company, the more wholesome because this may cause the claims process begin sooner. It’s important that you tell your insurance provider what harm has come to your property. Fortunately, insurance agencies will almost always be available twenty-four hours a day ready that will help you when you call to report the damages. If you are ever unsure of how to proceed, contact your local nc public adjuster .

hurricane-74031_1920Secure the damaged property

This doesn’t mean that you need to repair damages. As opposed to fixing any holes, cover them up. Or perhaps if you have any broken windows, make sure to board them up. The insurance coverage adjuster may take a moment inspecting damages so just secure them. All things considered, you desire the organization to obtain a clear view of the damage, right? Worth noting however is, any damage that will occur after reporting the claim would not be landed.

Write it down

Document everything down and make sure you’re as detailed as you can without having to leave anything out. The number of items were damaged? What age was your premises? Do you know its current cash value? If you do, note it down. If you possibly could, please take a few photos or videos to add for your document. Additionally, you might list approximately just how much it would cost replacing every item. Thing may differ depending on your area, we offer public adjuster FL offices for your convenience as well.

Get a place to stay temporarily

Often, many times a natural disaster has unfortunately caused severe damage to your residence, so you couldn’t get comfortable let alone sleep there. If it is the case, find another accommodations temporarily. Your insurance carrier could cover these living expenses depending on the insurance policies taken provided it is related to your currently damaged residence.

Final thought

A good company will surely assist you in case this kind of disaster strikes leaving your home or business damaged especially when you need to handle an insurance company trying to purchase from you less. AmeriClaims will be here for you personally, make sure to e-mail us and let all of us of trained and experienced public adjusters make things easier.

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The Main Advantages of Custom Homes And Upgrades

A custom home upgrade is your ticket for the very best in home luxuries. You are able to decide each piece which will be added to your home, understanding that your house will be unique and your style. Gone are the days of purchasing a pre-owned home, and welcome the periods of unlimited options, customization and upgrades galore! By hiring a custom home building contractor you can achieve your ultimate dream home experience.

Backsplash Tiles And Quartz Countertop Samples

The Greatest Master Suite

Your master bathroom should complement you and those close to you. It must provide the basics in comfort that offers relaxation and full amenities. Choosing to upgrade the master bathroom at your residence usually takes you from a boring, colorless environment, to an area that gives visitors peace and solidarity. A large tub, his and hers sinks, and custom storage solutions can make a huge difference.

The Best Flooring

The flooring in your home can be an instant eye sore if done improperly. Carolina Construction & Investments help with selection and conduct a full install of new prime quality flooring that the home deserves. When individuals enter your property, the flooring is one area they naturally have a look at. Should you invest time to look at samples, or bring your own, you can completely customize the interior look and feel of any room.

Cabinetry Made Functional and Fun

The cabinetry in your house may make a big difference in your daily lifestyle. Your main goal should be to have beautiful custom made cabinets that are useful. The aesthetics are highly important but in addition we want to ensure that you get the most use out of your custom home upgrade or home remodeling. What are you finding to be useful about cabinetry? What are your day-to-day needs? They’re all thoughts which should go into the planning way to build the cabinetry of your dreams. The cabinetry has to be considered throughout your entire home. Your bathrooms and kitchen need versatile options to be sure of the comfort of your family.

Money Savers

A custom home can equal custom money saving options. You will get many new editions that can be power efficient, which will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over the years. Every piece in your home is at your discretion, so why don’t you save money as well?

Updating Fixtures

A great approach to update your home is to improve out your fixtures. You can create a much more modern as well as energy efficient space by looking into making this small, but attractive change.

Carolina Construction & Investments proudly serves NC and SC. These are skillfully and experienced charlotte nc general contractors, but nonetheless care about small town folks. They know the benefits of major updates, along with the smallest upgrades to totally transform your home. They’ve got a keen focus on detail and will always make sure your satisfaction. If you opt to get some new home you’ll be able to instantly move from plain and inefficient to spectacular and efficient. You may increase your home’s worth, and have custom experts there to help car process. If you’d like more information on custom homes and the advantages of upgrades, please contact Carolina Construction & Investments at!

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Construction Accident Information

Typically, construction accidents occur because of carelessness and never following safety practices. Therefore, they may be easily avoided. Injuries sustained through construction accidents could force victims unemployed, bring about huge medical expenses and earn them endure pain and suffering for most months. Sometimes, they could even sustain permanent, debilitating injuries. Every time a construction accident has become caused because of the carelessness from the contractor, subcontractor or their employees, the contractor or subcontractor are liable to pay a good compensation towards the victim.

Injuries sustained in constructions accidents can vary greatly according to attorneys charlotte. However, the dilemmas are identical typically. They include slips and falls, collapse of trenches or scaffolding and electrical injuries. Workers also sustain injuries when hit by objects that are falling.   No matter what source of the development accident, it is necessary that you gather as numerous witnesses since you can. If it is possible, get other workers’ statements on paper. Organizing pictures would also help a whole lot. Therefore, organize as much pictures since you can. However, you need to take a lot of aspects into account when capturing pictures, mainly the safety guidelines to be followed. Sometimes, time may be a crucial factor that could work in your favor. In such cases, capture pictures on your mobile phone or digital after a while stamp.

weldingScaffoldings really should have guardrails and they must be at least 10 feet from your regional power line as being a provision. Further, an increased platform or floor must have toeboards around them. Another aspect being cared for is fall protection.
Systems to prevent falls should be executed in order to prevent occurrence of injuries. If your scaffolding is a lot more than 6 feet over the walk-out, from the company should be sure that the floors during this height are free from holes and dry.

Construction corporations are bond by law to provide protective gear to workers without charge and be sure they use them at the job site. Further, training needs to be provided to all workers as regards the possible hazards associated with specific jobs. Additionally, the knowledge needs to be effectively communicated to workers who lack fluency in English language. No matter what happens we suggest you look into Hefferon and Hefferon, top charlotte personal injury lawyer nc accident attorney

If construction companies don’t follow the above mentioned guidelines, personnel are at liberty to report the violations. Same is the case having a trench collapse. The slope requirements are specified on the basis of the type of soil in the job site. An infringement from the slope guideline can put workers’ lives vulnerable and make construction companies responsible for providing compensation if a trench collapse occurs. The walls of your trench may also be required to possess a certain slope in order to ensure the safety of workers.

A fair quantity of accidents at construction sites are also a result of heavy equipment. Sometimes, accidents occur because such machines are operated by workers who are not certified to work them. Heavy equipment used at construction sites includes forklifts, cranes, etc. When it comes to accidents due to heavy equipment, make an effort to validate the credentials in the operator in the equipment. For the reason that the two operator and also the company are at risk of provide compensation.

If you are in need of legal representation for your workplace accident know that you can trust the experts at Hefferon & Hefferon, Attorneys at Law to get you fair results.

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What to Anticipate In an Injury Lawsuit Process

Most auto accidents lead to injuries that should be compensated says Charlotte NC injury lawyer William Harding. Compensation happens in 2 ways. The victim may accept an out-of-court settlement, or opt to pursue a civil lawsuit to be able to collect damages incurred.

The whole process could be lengthy and vigorous, especially when a legal professional is just not involved. For this reason, it will always be a good idea to find out knowledge on what such cases are conducted and solved, whether in the court or beyond court.

Knowing the Settlement Process

When an insurer or defendant is really a settlement offer towards the injured victim, it would lead to an out-of-court settlement.

This settlement might be offered quickly before a possible lawsuit can arise. It’s also made every time a case has reached trial but no final judgment may be passed. Finally, other settlements tend to occur along the way when a jury is deliberating and both sides are anxious on the jury group and judge are going to decide. In such cases, the parties involved may decide to settle the situation away from court.

Recognizing the Full Value of Your Case

headlampPersonal injury damages are classified under ‘’compensatory’’. For the reason that they are meant to compensate the injured plaintiff when they were involved in an accident and suffered damages. This kind of compensation is made to make the injured plaintiff whole again after they’ve suffered damages. This implies they need to somehow be capable of restore their original lifestyle, at the very least through the financial standpoint of things. This too means wanting to assign $ 1 figure on all losses incurred because of the accident. Nevertheless, it needs to be noted that some compensatory damages usually are relatively simple to figure out.

Accident lawyer William Harding tell us that this consists of determining the total amount that will probably be paid in reimbursement of medical bills or damage to property. However, it’s much harder to try putting a dollar value on suffering and pain due to lingering injuries that have been suffered with the accident. The inability to be involved in a hobby the injured person once took part in is merely at damages that could influence the payout amount.

Medical – If the case is moved in court, the injured plaintiff will be able to recover the complete, estimated tariff of damages to deal with their medical-related bills presently and in the future.

Income – This compensation was created to replace money a victim has lost currently in addition that they can might have made later on. In the event the injury leads to loss of income, this compensation is distributed under decrease of earning capacity.

Property loss – Property loss is going to influence the quantity of payout a target recovers. The plaintiff in question could be entitled for reimbursement of repairs or compensation around the fair monetary amount with the damaged item.

Pain & suffering – The pain and suffering that the victim experiences a direct consequence of the accident will even influence just how much the injured plaintiff shall receive. Other forms of compensation that could emerge due to the damage include lack of enjoyment, emotional distress and lack of consortium.

Other Points Worth Noting

After a settlement has been agreed on, the injured plaintiff won’t receive so much money because an integral part of it really is considered taxable income. Medical bills are not taxable, although settlement which provides coverage for pain and suffering falls under punitive damages, for it to be taxed. Also, a sufferer may end up dealing directly with the individual that caused them damage as an alternative to their insurers. This follow-up process is rarely easy. Lastly, an accident claim is only going to bring about full compensation when the person in charge of the damage has enough assets to do this.

Due to the tough challenges accessible when filing an injury lawsuit, it’s often in your best interest to talk with the Law Office of William H. Harding. You’ll increase your chances of an excellent outcome:

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Being Better Off With Paintless Dent Removal

Inside the course or driving your motor vehicle around or even when parked, there’s always the opportunity that the vehicle will receive a dent. A dent is a slight disfiguring of your respective vehicle body that will be either localized to a single area or spread to several parts your body in the car. A dent or dimple lowers the selling point of your car. Repairing dents then become a priority. There’s 2 main solutions to repair a dent or dimple on your car conventional auto body repair or paintless dent repair. Paintless dent repair is clearly the higher of two options and for very practical and cost effective reasons. Let’s do a comparative analysis of the types of in-shop dent repair and mobile dent repair services.

Conventional dent repair generally takes several days or weeks with respect to the severity of the damage and the accessibility to the best manufacture’s paint. This will add inconvenienced with no method of transport or force you to incur the extra cost of finding a temporary vehicle. Again, conventional dent repair services involves several processes which can be time-consuming and tedious.

auto body work - Audi at car showThis method begins with sanding the dented area and filling it down with filler or panel beating to a near perfect symmetry with the area nearby the dent. Panel beating will most likely leave the dent area structurally weak especially when it is near some pot. The next thing is to match the cars paint that is the very, very hard move to make. Every car was created uniquely with its paint color a defining point about this uniqueness. Drying the paint is really a hard action to take mindful about can’t ever be a conducive environment to dry the paint correctly. Many auto repair centers would rather bake the paint afterward. The aim of conventional dent repair work would be to repair the dent to as nearby the factory finish as is possible. Which can be rarely achieved.

Paintless dent repair, alternatively, retains the factory finish intact nevertheless there is no painting or repainting involved in any respect. This dent fixes cuts off many of the processes involved with repairing a gap on your own car. When the mechanic is striving to keep the factory finish and smooth look, paintless dent repair services leaves your automobile looking smooth with apparently no evidence of any repair work done. Paintless dent repair is just not practically feasible for dents which can be deep or wide. Paintless dent repair has become an established type of vehicle dent repair which is recognized and accepted by a great deal of insurance agencies which include hail damage dent repair and dent repair caused by other natural calamities.

We are the premier paintless dent repairs providers. We offer mobile dent repair services to customers. Going a long way in dramatically reducing the inconvenience caused by having to drive your car or truck to the local mechanic for auto dent repair work, waiting and picking it up later. With Dent Pro of the Carolinas Paintless dent repair is fast, economical and safe. Speak to us now to enjoy the main advantages of our experienced and trained group of dent repair technicians.

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Why a Prenuptial Agreement is a Great Option For Your Marriage

It can be natural for couples to expect their union will last forever and be rather skeptical about signing a prenuptial agreement. However, prenuptial agreements will probably protect a wedding more than destroy it. Prenuptial agreement may be compared to a car seat belt when you are traveling, you lather onto your seatbelt not because you are likely to enter a car accident but as a protection measure. Further, the safety belt takes the responsibility of bothering with road safety thus you are free to enjoy your journey which is just what a prenuptial agreement does for marriage.

According to the top family law attorney in charlotte NC, signing a prenuptial agreement will be the first manifestation of commitment to each other. The ability to make huge decisions regarding the future together is the first step towards a successful marriage. Research by an American firm about the premiere factors behind divorce revealed that being unable to make prenuptial agreement decision together as one of the major reasons. Marriages last because couples are committed together, certainly not since they’re in love thus signing a prenuptial agreement is an indication of commitment.

Finance is amongst the sensitive topics that many couples battle to discuss. However, ignoring a challenge doesn’t help it become disappear. Any charlotte divorce attorney will confirm that finance is an additional leading reason for divorce, specifically in a time where lots of girls have been known as gold diggers. Couples have different ways to finances inside a marriage one could be a spendthrift whilst the other is often a saver. Extremely common to own constant conflicts in this particular union which can eventually result in divorce. By signing a prenuptial agreement, couples be able to open up with regards to their financial situation, that they handle finances, spending habits and attitude towards saving so that you can address the differences in advance. Being open about finances builds trust, clears doubts and builds a stronger foundation for any marriage by bring the lovebirds closer together.

Money management is the one other huge portion of any marriage. Couples have to decide buying their house, a motor vehicle, educate children, purchase businesses, take mortgages, plastic card debts and the like. This is part of planning in the future and all couples whether they stay married for years must make such decisions. A prenuptial agreement is the document that breathes life to such long-term plans mainly because it helps make the decisions between couples legally binding and enforceable in a courtroom. Thus, in addition to helping couples manage money, prenuptial agreement enforces the choices that couples take. The vast majority of very important to older couples since they helped them for a time and also have accumulated some assets.

The decisions on how to cope with property taxes or outstanding mortgages payments for each and every partner is a conversation that cannot be ignored. Younger couples however use a different financial circumstances as most are yet to make big investments. Contrary, most young couples continue to be residing in debt with some still repaying their student education loans. Such couples are in all likelihood to create huge investments together like buying their first home. Thus, you will need to discuss how you can finance the mortgage and signing a prenuptial agreement can accomplish this. Most of couples wish to begin a family and have children thus making decision concerning how to secure their future is important. Deciding how to finance their education, finance their upkeep and invest because of their future mustn’t be a distressing conversation for any couple which is another reason for signing a prenuptial agreement.

Therefore, before couples exchange their vows, they should try to sign a prenuptial agreement. Everyone should seek the services of children law attorney and still have them present throughout the negotiation and signing. Developing a family lawyer is also crucial as they will facilitate communication involving the couples and make certain they create concrete decisions about finances, future plans, securing children’s future and all aspects of marriage.

Southpark Family Law NC focuses primarily on all matters regarding marriage and possesses the top attorneys with years of experience from the matter. The attorneys are equipped for everything from prenuptial agreement drafting and signing, divorce, child support and custody and the like. Thus, contact Southpark Family Law and allow them go ahead and take burden of fretting about the long run off your shoulder to enable you to pay attention to enjoying your marriage.

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Boating Basic Care

The luxury of a boat is heavily hinged upon how it’s maintained and the standard of its upkeep. All year long, taking proper care of your boat is important. Discussed below are some techniques to do this:

Leave the drain unplugged

When leaving your boat out with the landing you will need to make certain you pull the drain plug and leave it removed. This will be relevant since when it rains, water will not collect and accumulate within the bilge. This can be dangerous as it could ruin the boats mechanical parts including the starter the chance is compounded by the fact that the bilge pump only works for a short period and it might not be as attractive clearing accumulated water.

Outboard motor care

An outboard motor, a typical feature in fishing boats for sale, limits one from leaving it unattended for lengthy spans of energy. It is because if your fuel-oil mixture remains to take a seat from the carburetor, the fuel evaporates and instead gives off the oil to clog the carburetor causing unwanted and expensive damage. To avoid this, it’s advised any particular one should add stabilizer to the fuel and run the engine for around ten minutes, waters unmanned . the carburetor fit and prevents an overhaul.

Inspect the boat for leaks over the tube

A leak over the conduit is not as lethal as you below but that doesn’t mean it’s not problematic. To detect these you must inspect the deck hardware, the windows and portals for just about any leaks or possible cracks. Tighten the bolts and screws or simply tighten them anew just to make sure.

Use recommended spare parts

It is inevitable for boats to age in addition to being they are doing certain parts will degrade and need replacement. When creating boat sales especially, you need to replace broken down parts. Use manufacturer approved boating parts and get away from using cheaper substitutes.

Regular maintenance

You must alter your oil every now and then, wash the boat after and flush out the engine after every use. With a nice windy day, open the windows and air the boat to avoid accumulated moisture and corrosion. New Hope Marine in Charlotte NC is who to turn to for your boating needs, boating parts or boating sales. Not simply equipped using a huge surplus of cruising supplies but also a powerful friendly staff New Hope Marine happens when to boat, in Charlotte and beyond.

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Its Not Easy Being a Caregiver

Being chosen or volunteering to be a caregiver for an elderly or sick loved one seems like best if you save money on costs and in addition send to family. However, this role soon takes a toll for the senior and elderly caregiver. Many caregivers often develop health conditions while performing their duties.

Several studies have found that a large percentage of the number of individuals who work as home caregivers for elderly members of themselves are likely to develop certain medical conditions. These conditions may not be deadly. However, they negatively affect total well being and will eventually bring about several other serious conditions. Common health concerns that people who manage elderly family members are prone to develop include stress and depression, anxiety as well as other psychological conditions.

One good reason why caregivers experience these conditions could be the natural bond that develops relating to the caregiver along with the person being covered. Humans will first designed to react emotionally to a particular states occurring in other business owners. If your condition affecting anyone being covered worsens or creates anguish, the caregiver will instinctively feel it. Frequent contact with such conditions can result in physical and psychological strain. In the rising instances of caregivers being informed they have health issues directly related to caregiving, this role has been identified as an open health concern.

The health effects are not just seen by the caregivers but also nursing service and 24 hour care professionals. It’ll reflect on the person being covered. This then starts a cycle that spreads gradually from the family. Eventually everyone will be affected. So while selecting a member of family as being a caregiver might seem very inexpensive, it may turn expensive if your entire family’s health lies at risk.

Researchers and medical experts offer an easy method in order to avoid this with the homecare profession. Professional elderly care practitioners undergo training that allows them in order to cope with the strains that include the part. Their role helps you to provide relief to both family as well as the elderly person being cared for. They are trained to work well while avoiding the Caregiver Stress Syndrome. This disorder usually affects home caregivers who give an excessive amount of in making certain a senior person lives comfortably which they neglect their own well being.

For families which can be facing the process of taking good care of their elderly, getting the aid of home care professionals is recommended. Many families often shy away from employing the service since they feel that it shows neglect on their own part. This is far from the truth. Homecare services have evolved in the last decade in order that senior members being covered live comfortably in an environment where believe that loved and appreciated. Furthermore, these types of services have helped entire families cope with having to deal with their family.

If your family is seeking professional home care services, Helping Hands Home Nursing Care Services to put you. The institution hosts professional nursing services who love utilizing older people. Call us today and be sure that your senior family members are well looked after.

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6 strategies for winterizing your residential roof

The cold months of winter appear to be growing harsher and harsher with each and every year which isn’t an excellent sign for homeowners since it is their roofs which must take about the brunt of Mother Nature’s fury. It’s not at all practical for us to avoid these harsh cold months of winter, however it’s possible for homeowners to look at necessary steps and precautions to extend living of these roofs following these residential charlotte nc roofing repair tips.

1. Look at the gutters

It’s not just a clog within the gutters which affects its working, even small holes and cracks inside them can lead on bigger problems. It merely requires some patchwork of all these holes and cracks to save you big money and stress when winter begins.

2. Clean your chimney

It is great of maintaining a routine of giving your chimney a cleaning, especially right before it grows cold. For the reason that the roof’s protection levels depend a whole lot about the efficiency from the chimney area, flashing and ice shield.

3. Get rid of debris

Your roof might have some accumulated debris, which should be removed. This clutter includes all the branches, tree leaves and then any other clutter which might accumulate on the roof and gutters. This is very important as though debris accumulates on top, it results in full gutters which experts claim includes a negative affect your drainage system. Even an amount of ice as a consequence of excessive debris can lead to expensive roof repairs. It’s however important that you wear gloves when you remove debris and also have the necessary precautions set up to prevent any possible falls. Consult A Top Local Roofing Company for more information.

4. Trim trees

The strong and fierce winter winds can cause tree limbs just sailing from the air to consequently cause lots of injury to your roof while on an impact. That is why you ought to hire a professional charlotte nc roofing contractor to take out any dangerous tree limbs you will find near or in your roof. Remember, all it takes is an individual limb to do a lot of harm to result in a costly and uncomfortable winter to suit your needs!

5. Examine all interior vents

You naturally depend on your heating systems to hold your household warm during the frigid cold months of winter. So any obstructed vents can bring about a buildup of moisture in the attic which contributes to a great deal of extensive roof damages. However by checking, and installing more vents, you are able to steer clear of the damming of ice.

6. Do away with pests

Do check to determine if you will find any signs and symptoms of infestations or pests like mice or squirrels on the top area. As pests are able to do a great deal of damage, it’s needed that your homes roof and attic area aren’t homes about bat roosting rodents!

A professional roofing company can look after all your roofing problems throughout the season. It doesn’t matter should you be looking for assist with residential roof repair or roof replacement, professional roofing company may be the solution using team of the best roofing companies Charlotte, NC.

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How to Personalize your Golf Cart

You might think that once you’ve obtained a golf cart, it’s going to stay the same forever. But, the reality is there are several features you can add to be able to possess a custom golf car. Have a look at a few of these add-on features that produce your new or used golf car turn some heads and appear wonderful.

Maybe you have regarded with your golf cart for hunting? Well, you’ll be able to accomplish that by incorporating camouflage. As opposed to walking miles throughout the forest, just bring your golf cart and explore those places you thought you may not reach walking. Tires, the steering wheel, the seat, plus much more, may be enclosed in camouflage for the better hunting experience.

golf cart accessories and upgradesIf you are not a huge fan of hunting, or for that matter, camouflage, you may get your utility vehicle a different sort of paint job. Black and white can get boring so that you can choose whatever color or design you desire to have. Also, you can include alloy wheels to be out more within the crowd.

Safety comes first. Should your golf cart still doesn’t always have headlights, taillights, or turn signals, there is a chance to take action. Aside from giving the cart a fancier look, lights are required to avoid accidents. Since these are smaller compared to other cars, they are often unnoticed by other drivers which, in turn, might cause a collision. Also, these are important to get a better vision in fog, on cloudy days, at dawn, plus much more. Make sure if something happens to contact your local dealer to arrange golf carts repair service.

Furthermore, with regards to safety, windshields are necessary too. Some random flying baseballs may come directly to your golf car and windshields can lower the outcome of the ball. Also, windshields are perfect to have a peaceful course during days with cool weather, if the wind brings bad consequences to you. If visibility is an issue, these windshields have a horizontal latch that you could regulate for top level vision possible.

Just because it is a utility vehicle does not imply you must travel in silent. With an better still experience, you can contribute your overhead sound system, which may permit you to play your favorite songs. You are able to tune in to them through radio, a CD player, or iPod.

Dozens of features are great for the exterior and interior of the golf car however, it’s also wise to take into account the motor. Being a safety standard, golf carts come with a speed regulator making them slow but, should you drive your golf car anywhere else aside a golf field, a better motor is especially important. Outside the the game, you might want to move quicker and have more torque which is often achieved by changing the motor in accordance with the specifications you want or need.

If you wish to increase your street legal golf cart and have the golf buggy available, we may help you. The car parts and accessories are around for bring that custom touch you’ve got always wanted.

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