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In today's episode, Pope Francis began his visit by praising Cyprus as being geographically small, but historically great. The latest Covid measures were also announced, while police are investigating attacks at primary schools across the island. There's also the latest on the death of a 77-year-old in Polis and the announcement that police have issued a public plea for information to help locate a 23-year-old man, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of two Russian women in mid-November.  

Dec 3

5 min 20 sec

In today's episode, we bring you the latest on the Covid-19 restrictive measures which are to be discussed during the council of ministers meeting - such as a work-from-home order for up to 20 per cent of a business' workforce.  Disgruntled parents are also continuing their protests over the measures imposed at schools, such as the mask mandate.  There's also an investigation into possible medical negligence after a pensioner died in Paphos, the Pope's visit to Cyprus, the first snowfall in Troodos and potential Disy candidates in the 2023 election. 

Dec 2

4 min 55 sec

In today's episode, Cyprus continues to reel under the pressure of increasing migrant arrivals, as the interior ministry said yesterday the figures are 70 per cent higher than the previous year. In other news, teachers’ and parents’ associations have condemned threats against educators as some parents continued to protest against Covid measures for schoolchildren. Elsewhere, a shot went off from a soldier’s gun inside Larnaca airport yesterday morning, prompting an immediate police investigation into the incident. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Dec 1

4 min 4 sec

In today's episode, stricter measures at airports and the crossing points with the north are likely, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said yesterday. EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said stopping flights from southern Africa was a necessary step in trying to deal with the new Omicron variant. In other news, investigations are continuing into the disappearance of two women from Russia, who were reported as missing since November 17 from their residence in Larnaca. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 30

4 min 45 sec

In today’s news, the health ministry has announced that non-urgent operations are to be postponed as the state healthcare services organisation OKYPY is preparing for a possible increase in hospitalisations following the emergence of the new Coronavirus variant. Elsewehere, the association of recreation centres Osika has called on the state to support the businesses that have remained open and reassess the new Covid measures announced last week. Meanwhile, the education ministry announced that schools will operate normally this week, following reports about the decision of parents to keep their children from school for one period on Monday to protest the new Covid measures. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 29

4 min 5 sec

In today’s episode, Covid-19 once again dominates the news cycle as it was announced that children from the age of five will be eligible for the vaccine. There’s also the fallout following the announcement of new restrictions, as parents plan to protest. On a positive note, there’s the latest on Cyprus’ push for electric car use.

Nov 26

3 min 46 sec

In today's episode, the government has announced new measures to fight the Covid surge, including mask mandates for children aged six and above and a SafePass for those between six and 11. In other news, police are cracking down on immigrants residing in Cyprus without the proper permits and, in the north, Turkish Cypriot newspapers have described the continued freefall of the Turkish lira as a total nightmare. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 25

4 min 15 sec

In today's episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has said the aim of the new Covid-19 measures to be announced on Wednesday is to save the Christmas holidays. In other news, some six million kilos of Halloumi remain unsold mainly because of the pandemic and Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos accused his town’s police of turning a blind eye to the activities of a well-known drug dealer and a trafficker in migrants. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 24

4 min 27 sec

In today’s episode, the European Commission will be drafting proposals to harmonise the duration of the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination certificate, while Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas has discussed new measures with his scientific advisory team as infections continue to spiral. In other Covid-related news, the first antiviral pill for the virus is expected to be made available in Cyprus mid-December.  In other news, the European Commission’s VAT committee has approved the government’s proposal to cut VAT on household electricity bills. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 23

4 min 40 sec

In today's news, a subsidy scheme for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles is set for approval next month, however there are some concerns with certain aspects of its feasibility. In other news, an apparent tweak to the UK’s Covid travel rules could dampen plans for those Cypriot residents hoping to visit the UK for Christmas, and Cyprus' health minister is meeting the virus scientific advisory committee today to discuss new restrictive measures in the wake of the spiralling number of positive cases. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 22

4 min 49 sec

In today's episode, we hear that further cuts to electricity bills are on the way to help households tackle the rise in prices. There are also positive developments on the offshore natural gas projects. Another arrest has been made in the bizarre alleged plot to murder the chairman of the Limassol school commission Dinos Ellinas. And from Monday, vaccinated people crossing to and from the north must present a seven-day negative Covid-19 test.

Nov 19

3 min 40 sec

In today's episode, the remains of a woman initially reported to have been removed from her grave have been finally located inside it. Elsewhere, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis watched yesterday as the first batch of halloumi made according to protected designation of origin specifications was produced and 25 Griffon vultures are set to arrive in Cyprus from Spain tomorrow in an effort to strengthen their diminished population. All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 18

4 min 34 sec

In today's episode, a new neonatal ICU is to be created to facilitate the work of medical professionals and to allow parents to spend more time with their premature babies. Staying with health, coronavirus boosters will be available for all those aged 40 and above as of today. Elsewhere, a music video for a pop song shot in Varosha has caused offence among Greek Cypriots. All this and more in today's briefing.

Nov 17

4 min 15 sec

In this episode, we outline the rollout of booster shots for all adults in Cyprus, which was approved by the cabinet on Monday. No additional restrictive measures will be introduced for the time being. Elswehere, student demonstrations marked the 38th anniversary of the Turkish Cypriots unilateral declaration of independence and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the options paper on possible EU responses to Turkey’s actions in opening up part of Varosha will be presented at the next EU Foreign Affairs Council in December. All this and more in today's briefing.

Nov 16

4 min 23 sec

In today's episode, DNA tests are set to confirm the identity of the driver of a car killed in a crash early Sunday morning. In other news, a blue Black Friday looms as a chip shortage bites, leaving shoppers in Cyprus with fewer products to choose from, and a crucial government plan to improve treatment for dementia sufferers is still being assessed. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 15

4 min 29 sec

In today's episode we discuss Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas' upcoming meeting with the coronavirus advisory team in an apparent bid to hash out differences of opinion. We also look at the migration issue in the island, as Interior Minister Nicos Nouris on Thursday said there was no magic solution to tackling the problem. Meanwhile, authorities were forced to mobilise on Thursday to re-apprehend 61 irregular migrants who tried to abscond on the same boat which police had intercepted a day earlier. All this and more in today's episode.

Nov 12

5 min 2 sec

In today's episode, the government will seek the European Commission's permission to suspend asylum applications from irregular migrants entering the country via the buffer zone. We also discuss the Covid-19 situation in Cyprus and the strong winds in Nicosia on Wednesday. This and more in today's briefing.

Nov 11

4 min 34 sec

In today’s episode, we hear that a price rise for fresh milk has been avoided but there is continued speculation that increases for other goods are expected. Police are also investigating the case of a 26-year-old who claims that she was given a fake Covid-19 vaccine certificate, while the suspect claims that she was in on it. There’s also the latest on the gender pay gap in Cyprus, the impact of the pandemic of the youth’s mental health and promises of cleaner energy use on the horizon.

Nov 10

3 min 36 sec

In today's episode, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris has told MPs that Cyprus is in a state of emergency as regards irregular migration, mainly coming through the buffer zone via the north. In other news, the government has given the nod to almost 400 passports for foreign nationals applying under the now-defunct citizenship-by-investment scheme, and new signs warning motorists of the presence of traffic cameras and speed limits will be installed across the island. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 9

4 min 59 sec

In today's episode, we hear how the island's reservoirs are only at just over 50 per cent capacity due to the dearth of rainfall for this time of the year. In other news, opposition AKEL has called for a meeting of the National Council to discuss a six-page document for a decentralised federation that was drawn up by the Greek Cypriot side, and a 38-year-old man was remanded by the court on Sunday after an alleged attempt to kill another man aged 47. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 8

4 min 56 sec

In today’s episode, we hear that the WHO is gravely concerned over rising Covid-19 infections in Europe, as Cyprus is also undergoing a noticeable increase. The government has announced new measures such as the mandatory implementation of the CovScan application and the over 50s now being eligible for boosters. There’s also the deal signed with Israel for the installation of a high-tech surveillance system to monitor the buffer zone. All this and much more.

Nov 5

4 min 26 sec

In today’s episode, we hear that Cyprus has topped 125,000 reported Covid-19 cases. Still on the virus, a father has lost a case to vaccinate his two teenage children despite their mother’s objection. There’s also shenanigans involving civil servants, a debate on femicide, and the need for Cyprus to reduce its emissions - or risk paying even higher electricity bills.

Nov 4

3 min 55 sec

In today’s episode, President Nicos Anastasiades has told the 26th UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow that more than €500 million will be allocated by the Cyprus government by 2026 for policies to tackle climate change. In covid-related news, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said the stepping up of measures against the coronavirus is not on the cards right now, though concerns have been voiced over the recent uptick in infections and a possible link to the Delta plus variant. In other news, “Halloumi is not the means to achieve political goals,” a state official said yesterday after reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar tried to get the European Commission to appoint a competent authority in the north for the certification of Turkish Cypriot producers. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 3

4 min 58 sec

In today’s episode, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said the government had planned to further relax Covid-19 measures, but this was scuppered by the emergence of the Delta Plus sub-variant. In other news, Limassol district court has found a doctor guilty of medical negligence and ordered to pay compensation to a patient of more than €230,000, and officials have expressed alarm at the current rates of violations being recorded by the newly installed traffic cameras. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 2

4 min 52 sec

In today's episode, importers and manufacturers are warning that while some price increases have so far been kept from the consumer, they cannot remain so, and the full impact will be felt in the new year. In other news, Paphos district court has remanded two people for five days in connection with a stabbing incident over the weekend; the remains believed to belong to a seven-year-old boy killed by British troops during a protest against the former colonial rulers in 1956, have been found. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Nov 1

5 min 16 sec

In today’s episode, we hear that Russians are booking hotels in Cyprus to avoid a harsh lockdown back home. There’s also a Eurostat report which shows that 19 per cent of Cypriot children are at risk of poverty, a supreme court case on phone data which has upset the police, and Ochi day celebrations.

Oct 29

4 min 3 sec

In today's episode, Larnaca district court has found three teenagers guilty in the bullying death of a 16-year-old who died from alcohol poisoning in April 2019. In other news, Cypriot citizenship will be granted to two children with a Greek Cypriot mother and Turkish Cypriot father on humanitarian grounds, and the Bar Association is investigating two Cypriot law firms included in the so-called Pandora Papers, which exposed the offshore financial dealings of many leaders worldwide. All these stories and more brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Oct 28

5 min 1 sec

In today’s episode, we take a look at the spiralling costs for energy, raw materials and basic goods which were discussed in a House commerce committee meeting. We also take a look at the naturalisation of two children of a bicommunal couple who have so far been refused Cypriot citizenship as well as Pope Francis’ up coming visit to the island. All these stories and more in your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Oct 27

4 min 44 sec

In today’s episode, the health ministry has announced that the Delta Plus sub-variant has now officially arrived in Cyprus. In other news, the pilot operation of eight traffic cameras started on Monday morning with the aim of reducing road accidents, and an inquest into the death of a 29-year-old man from Greece is set for November. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Oct 26

4 min 48 sec

In today's episode, a 30-year old man suspected of people smuggling has been arrested after a boat with irregular migrants arrived in Paralimni in the early hours of Sunday. In other news, police have issued over 1,000 fines over the weekend after conducting intense traffic checks in all districts. All these stories and more on your daily news briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Oct 25

4 min 39 sec

In today’s episode, we hear that parliament has passed legislation regulating the use of traffic cameras on roads. There’s also the latest from the diplomatic efforts between Cyprus and Russia, a move by the health minister to update the 1932 law on infectious diseases and a revision of the ‘pay-as-you-throw’ programme. All this and much more.

Oct 22

4 min 32 sec

In today's episode, the transport ministry has delayed the rollout of fines after newly installed traffic cameras recorded about 500 violations in just two hours at a junction in Nicosia. Elsewhere, Turkish Cypriot "prime minister" Ersan Saner resigned after a compromising video went viral on social media and MPs in Cyprus started discussing the introduction of electronic tags to alleviate the overcrowding of the central prison. All this and more in today's episode. 

Oct 21

4 min 27 sec

In today's episode, we take a look at the cost that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had on the island's health service. Elsewhere, a sex education programme is about to be implemented in primary schools starting next November and a new tenders procedure inviting bids for a Cyprus-Greece ferry link should be rolled out soon. All this and more in today's briefing.

Oct 20

4 min 17 sec

In today’s episode, the government has announced that it will investigate the possibility of price caps on essential goods, in a bid to deal with spiralling price increases. In other news, the defence minister has called for Cyprus to boost defence spending, in light of what he described as Turkey’s inflexible and increasingly hostile attitude. In covid-related news, people aged 60 and over will be able to get a booster shot against Covid-19 as of today.

Oct 19

4 min 52 sec

In today's episode, the issues surrounding the opening up of the fenced-off area of Varosha in the north of the island, is on the agenda of the Council of Foreign Affairs of the European Union in Luxembourg later today. In other news, Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar has said, "There are no grounds for the start of new Cyprus talks." All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Oct 18

4 min 30 sec

In today's episode, there's the latest on the coronavirus as booster shots for those aged 60 and above are expected. There's also the latest on worrying reports of surging costs, while the foreign minister has discussed the Varosha developments. Finally, the independent police watchdog has recommended the launch of criminal and disciplinary procedures against police officers in connection with a violent crackdown on a protest last February.

Oct 15

4 min 16 sec

In today's episode, we discuss the temporary suspension of government support to the farmers hit by the massive increase in the price of animal feed. Elsewhere, the Turkish Cypriot side began a new phase of the opening up of Varosha and MPs are considering banning fireworks in the island altogether. All this and more in today's briefing

Oct 14

4 min 18 sec

In today's episode, President Nicos Anastasiades said he is determined to solve all problems in the island's public hospitals. Elsewhere, Covid-19 booster shots are now available to the over 65s and controversial MP Andreas Themistocleous said he will not give up his parliamentary seat after his expulsion from Elam. All this and more in today's briefing

Oct 13

4 min 14 sec

In today's episode, the state health services organisation has said “effective planning” proved decisive in ensuring the country’s low coronavirus mortality rate. In other news, police in Cyprus have arrested a so-called high value suspect as part of a European operation against an organised crime group involved in binary fraud; the state Audit Office has taken the Olympic Committee to task in a new report, and a version of Samuel Beckett’s iconic play 'Waiting for Godot', adapted into both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot dialects, has won two major awards at a theatre festival in Istanbul.

Oct 12

5 min 9 sec

In today's episode, state hospitals are facing serious issues, as patients say they are suffering the consequences of tensions between health professionals and the organisation in charge of running them. In other news, President Nicos Anastasiades said that despite pressure, the Turkish demand to recognise the occupied areas so talks on solving the Cyprus problem can resume cannot be met. Education minister, Prodromos Prodomoou said zero tolerance will be shown for sexual offences in schools, and specialised tests are expected to show a cause of death for the one month old baby that died last week at the Makarios hospital.

Oct 11

4 min 40 sec

In today’s episode, we discuss the latest on the coronavirus measures as some restrictions are expected to be tweaked. There’s also the ongoing coronavirus booster shot campaign, the continued fallout for former Elam MP Andreas Themistocleous and the reopening of the case linked to the death of a 26-year-old soldier in 2005, which appears to have been the result of foul play.

Oct 8

4 min 18 sec

In today's episode, passports take centre stage, as the Cambodian government has rejected reports that Prime Minister Hun Sen has Cypriot nationality and passports from the island ranked 15th globally in terms of ease to travel to other countries. Meanwhile, President Nicos Anastasiades denied any wrongdoing connected to the Pandora Papers and a couple is being accused of sexually abusing and exploiting three children. All this and more in today's briefing.

Oct 7

4 min 15 sec

In today's episode, we take a look at the upcoming discussion on euthanasia in Cyprus. Moreover, 17 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in the island following a Europol investigation into labour exploitation and three men were remanded for allegedly hunting mouflons, a protected species. All this and more in the briefing.

Oct 6

4 min 15 sec

In today’s episode, the Cyprus presidency has said that there is nothing objectionable attributed to Anastasiades in the Pandora Papers. In other news, hundreds of people attended the funeral of prominent lawyer, businessman and owner of the Cyprus Mail, Andreas Neocleous, on Monday; Israel has accused Iran of orchestrating an attempted attack against Israelis in Cyprus, and a secondary school teacher has been remanded in custody as police investigate a complaint he sexually abused an underage female pupil.

Oct 5

6 min 26 sec

In today's episode, prominent lawyer, former Eoka fighter and owner of the Cyprus Mail, Andreas Neocleous, who died on Friday, will be buried in Limassol this afternoon. In other news, Nicosia has given its consent to the appointment of Canadian Colin Stewart as the new UNSG special representative in Cyprus; despite the so-called ‘opening up’ of the electricity market, the jury’s still out on whether consumers will pay less, and Astro-tourism is the new travel trend, whereby tourists can hike by day and stargaze by night. 

Oct 4

5 min 20 sec

In today’s episode, we take a look at prominent lawyer Achilleas Demetriades’ announcement to launch consultations with political parties and civil society groups to assess their views on the problems facing Cyprus before he decides whether to run for president in 2023. We also discuss the protest of the suspension of the English School’s union chair and the release of music by Cypriot artists which will be featured on a popular Netflix series. All this and much more in today’s new briefing.

Oct 1

4 min 52 sec

In today’s episode, we take a look at Elam MP Andreas Themistocleous’ accusation of disrupting a House committee meeting. We also discuss state doctors’ three-hour stoppage yesterday morning, threatening to step up measures if their demands are not met as well as the new operation of a specialised clinic for post-Covid patients. All this and more in today’s briefing.

Sep 30

4 min 51 sec

In today's episode, we take a look at the visit that European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson paid to Cyprus. We also discuss the strike called by government hospital doctors and the island's ongoing struggle to reuse recycled materials in the economy. All this and more in the briefing.

Sep 29

4 min 24 sec

In today's news, President Nicos Anastasiades said his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar and UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was creative, and that the differences were recorded. In other news, the health insurance organisation said it is receiving calls daily  from people complaining about GESY doctors or service providers; the 11-month-old Turkish Cypriot infant, Asya Polatli, was admitted to the Makarios hospital for children yesterday to undergo gene treatment for rare, life-shortening spinal muscular atrophy. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing, brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Sep 28

5 min 9 sec

In today’s news, we hear about a Simou resident's brave efforts in saving the lives of the dogs she was looking after while their owners were on holiday, when the fire broke out between Simou and Yiolou villages last week. In other news, readers have reported to the Cyprus Mail that hunters are firing far too close to their homes since the beginning of the current hunting season; in covid-related news, the rollout of the third jab for those over 83 starts today. All these stories and more on your Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

Sep 27

4 min 26 sec