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Bank of Cyprus: Leading Banking and Financial Services in Cyprus

The Bank of Cyprus is leading the way in banking and financial services in Cyprus in 2024. With a focus on technology and digitization, sustainable investing, digital financial services, innovation in finance, and a customercentric strategy, the bank is committed to resilience and inclusivity. Operating through 64 branches and with total assets of €26.4 billion, the Bank of Cyprus is at the forefront of the island’s financial landscape.

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Tatar Requests Help from Greek Cypriots in Finding Woman’s Killers

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar urgently appeals to Greek Cypriot authorities for help in capturing the suspects of Ayca Alav’s horrific murder in northern Nicosia. Alav was found tied and gagged, and died from neck compression and asphyxia. The suspected killers are believed to have fled to the south, highlighting the need for crossborder cooperation in the pursuit of justice.

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Cypriot Solidarity in the Wake of Prague Tragedy

In response to the Prague mass shooting, Cypriot Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos expressed deep sorrow and solidarity with the Czech Republic. Through an official statement, he conveyed condolences to the victims’ families, wished a speedy recovery to the injured, and highlighted the shared grief of the Cypriot people. The tragedy in Prague has sparked international outrage and a renewed call for discussions on public safety, gun control, and the underlying social issues that lead to such catastrophic events. Neighboring countries, including Cyprus, have shown their readiness to stand in solidarity with the Czech Republic during this difficult time.

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Labour Market Disconnect: A Critical Analysis

The labour market disconnect in Cyprus postCOVID19 highlights the gap between business needs and government policies. Due to EU workers leaving during the pandemic and not returning, Cyprus faces labour shortages. Government efforts to allow hiring from third countries have been slow, creating challenges, especially in tourism and hospitality industries, which have seen increased demand. A more responsive policy is needed to align with business requirements and economic growth.

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Yuletide Festivities in Nicosia: A Blend of Tradition and Community Spirit

The Makarios Christmas Market on Nicosia’s Makarios Avenue is a festive haven filled with charming wooden huts selling holiday sweets, handmade gifts, and local produce. Open until December 31, this community effort supports charity foundations and is open on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, a special concert featuring renowned Greek musician Pantelis Thalassinos will take place on December 22 at 6 p.m. with free admission, adding to the merriment of the season.

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Contaminated Dried Figs Withdrawn for Public Safety

Contaminated Dried Figs Withdrawn for Public Safety Snackin’ Good Serano dried figs have been recalled due to the presence of a carcinogenic toxin, Aflatoxin B1, exceeding legal limits in batch number 231023 with a bar code of 5290097015871 and a consumption date before 23/12/2024. Consumers should return the product to the point of purchase to avoid potential health risks.

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Paraplegics’ Organisation Wins 2023 Stella Soulioti Award

The Paraplegics’ Organisation has won the prestigious 2023 Stella Soulioti human rights award, receiving €10,000 in recognition of their commitment to advocating for the rights and social integration of individuals with disabilities in Cyprus. The award ceremony will take place at the foreign ministry on December 28, celebrating the organization’s exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights in Cyprus and honoring the legacy of Stella Soulioti, the only female attorneygeneral in Cyprus’ history.

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Increase in Refugees from Syria, Big Drop in Numbers from Africa

Recent data from the interior ministry shows a surge in Syrian refugee applications, increasing from 318 to 1,125 yearoveryear, while applications from African countries like Nigeria, DRC, and Cameroon have significantly dropped. Overall, new applications have halved from 17,065 to 9,091, indicating stricter migration measures and a change in the countries of origin.

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