The Education Minister, Athena Michaelidou, addressed the pressing issue of youth unemployment at a notable employment conference, stressing the importance of strategies such as integrating careerfocused lectures in school curricula, emphasizing skill acquisition and professional rehabilitation, providing vocational training, adapting education to changing economic and technological landscapes, and offering vocational guidance throughout the educational and career establishment process. The minister highlighted the significance of these initiatives in fostering social stability, bridging the gap between education and the labor market, and preparing the youth to thrive in the evolving job market, ultimately contributing to the nation’s economic progress.
The ebasket digital price comparison platform, which aims to empower consumers with realtime price comparisons for 350 consumer items across supermarkets, is nearing its final vote after intense debates and pivotal amendments. With features like barcode search, safeguards for pricing discrepancies, and plans for a future mobile app, this platform promises to revolutionize the shopping experience and provide transparency for consumers.
Cyprus made its mark at SLUSH 2023 by showcasing seven innovative startups at the Cypriot pavilion, signaling the country’s potential in research, technology, and investment. The event also served as a platform for networking, collaboration, and diplomatic talks to foster international relationships and partnerships.
Cyprus’s fishing industry is facing challenges with Ports Authority cooperation, economic distress caused by bureaucratic hurdles, and mismanagement of funds. Urgent reforms are needed to modernize the industry and ensure fishermen have unrestricted access to their vessels. The completion of the Larnaca port dredging is seen as crucial for boosting efficiency and prosperity in the future.
Cyprus is upgrading its electricity grid to reduce energy costs by increasing renewable energy, integrating natural gas and energy storage technologies, and adopting Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology. The country aims to establish electrical interconnections to become an energy hub, enhancing energy security and fostering a green economy.
The recent deviations from the sustainable management plan in Akamas park have raised concerns among environmentalists and officials. Investigations have revealed discrepancies in ecological evaluations and approved actions, leading to unphased groundwork and potential environmental risks. Minister Xenophontos has responded by stating that the findings will aid in restoring the environment and completing the project in a deliberate, phased manner, emphasizing the government’s dedication to preserving the natural charm of Akamas while complying with conservation principles. These findings have prompted a call for a revaluation of the project’s adherence to environmental protocols, highlighting the delicate balance between conservation and development.
The upcoming trial for the Isias hotel collapse in Turkey will hold 11 individuals accountable for the death of 24 Turkish Cypriot children. The accused face charges of causing death through negligence, with potential sentences ranging from 32 months to over 22 years, reflecting the public’s demand for justice and the profound impact on the community.
The UK defence ministry has initiated surveillance flights over the Eastern Mediterranean to collect intelligence on the whereabouts of hostages. These noncombat aircraft operate from the UK’s sovereign base area in Akrotiri, although official details regarding these missions remain undisclosed. The primary goal is to assist in hostage rescue operations.