CNA News – CNA – Kyriaki Christodoulou – Nicosia 25/01/2019 14:03

President of Israel to pay official visit to Cyprus on February 12

President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, will pay a one-day official visit to Cyprus on February 12.

According to CNA information, during his visit, by which he reciprocates an official visit which Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, had paid to Israel, Revlin will have consultations with his Cypriot counterpart

FM says Cyprus must align her interests with those of countries in the region

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides on Thursday said that it is important for Cyprus to align her interests with those of countries in the region and more powerful states, pointing out that there’s no such thing as being romantic in politics. ”There are no permanent friends or supporters, there are only interests and the effort of the Cyprus Republic is to align her interests with those of her neighboring countries but also of bigger countries” , the Minister said in an audience of high school students who asked questions and exchanged views.

Moodys upgrades Bank of Cyprus and Hellenic Bank

Moodys Investors Service upgraded Thursday Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limiteds and Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltds long-term deposit ratings to B3 from Caa1, and their long-term Counterparty Risk Ratings (CRRs) to B1 from B2. At the same time, Hellenic Banks baseline credit assessment (BCA) and adjusted BCA were upgraded to caa1 from caa2, and its long-term Counterparty Risk Assessment (CRA) to B1(cr) from B2(cr). The outlook on both banks long-term deposit ratings is positive.

EU announces Euros 22mln support for Turkish Cypriot community

The European Commission announced its support for Turkish Cypriot civil society organizations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, farmers in rural areas, schools, life-long learning organizations, and local communities with grants and funding worth more than Euros 22 mln.

EC: Construction of Pedieos linear park extending across Cyprus’ divided capital to start soon

The Pedieos River Rehabilitation Project, the extension of the Morphou and Famagusta wastewater treatment plants and the establishment of green waste composting facility in Nicosia are among the projects that are ready for implementation, starting early 2019, the European Commission announced.

Government sets up home for abused women

A home for abused women where they can file a complain and get support will soon be set up following a decision taken by the Cabinet. Details were given on Thursday during a press conference by Ministers of Labor Zeta Emilianidou and Justice and Public Order Ionas Nikolaou.

Emilianidou said that the home will have specialized staff namely clinical psychologists, social workers, trained Police officers and other who will provide assistance to women, victims of domestic violence and to their families.

Cabinet approves National Plan for Energy and Climate 2021-2030

The Cabinet approved Wednesday the draft of the Cyprus National Plan for Energy and Climate for the period 2021-2030, which includes various policies and measures to combat climate change and improve energy supply. The plan sets a goal for a 24% reduction in greenhouse emissions in Cyprus by 2030, compared to 2005 levels (excluding emissions from electricity, cement and pottery / brickworks), when the EU target is 40% by 2030.

Fragments of looted frescoes repatriated in Nicosia

Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Vassiliki Anastasiadou handed over on Friday to Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos four fragments of frescoes which she repatriated from the Hague earlier this week. Two of the fragments have been identified as belonging to the church of Panagia Apsinthiotissa, a Greek Orthodox monastery situated in the Turkish occupied part of the island. The third one belongs to the Church of the Virgin Mary in the occupied village of Assia, in the Famagusta District. Despite confirming the fourth fresco is Cypriot, its precise provenance is still unknown.

Stella Kyriakides elected President of PACE Subcommittee on Children

Cypriot MP Stella Kyriakides, who is also the Head of the Cypriot delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), was unanimously elected on Thursday President of the Assembly’s Subcommittee on Children. An announcement by the Cyprus House of Representatives says the Subcommittee deals with children’s’ protection and welfare in the member states of the Council of Europe, submits recommendations and organizes awareness raising seminars and campaigns, among others.

Vulnerable groups advised to be cautious due to high levels of dust in the atmosphere

Dust levels are high on Thursday in the Cyprus atmosphere and the vulnerable groups are advised to be cautious and abstain from outdoor activities. In particular the Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance announced that on Thursday at 7:00 a.m local time, the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 243 g/m3 and minimum value of 93 g/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).

Source: Cyprus News Agency