Hope ahead for Land of the Kings By Bejay Browne As upgrading work gets underway along the Tomb of the Kings road in Paphos, a busy tourist hub, questions are being raised about the future of a complex, which comprises apartments and 11 shops.
Officials and residents say that the Land of the Kings projects a shabby image for the area, made worse because it is situated directly opposite the entrance to the Tomb of the Kings, a protected UNESCO site. This was once a thriving, bustling and successful holiday complex, used by a number of different holiday companies. Thomson and other tour operators used to promote the venue, and it was used as a destination for holidaymakers between Since its heyday, it has become run down.
Many apartments and shops have lain empty, the swimming pool has been abandoned and there are piles of rubbish and unsightly graffiti. A spokesman for Paphos municipality said that the Land of the Kings was built in the early s and was a remarkable project for its time.
According to Tasos Coucounis, a lawyer representing a number of buyers of the apartments, the flats are no longer being rented out as holiday apartments, but a number are now being rented out as residential flats.
Coucounis said that buyers bought their flats in the s and after 30 years of fighting for their title deeds, they had only been issued lately. Coucounis said problems arose when the registered owner of the land, who had also retained some of the apartments, did not want to continue using the management company and wanted his flats back. Title deeds are a huge problem in Cyprus. A local resident, who wishes to remain unnamed, contacted the media in desperation to try and prevent the track from obtaining a licence.
The race track is in the Turkish Cypriot village of Meladeia, an area of stunning countryside in Polis, close to the villages of Peristerona and Lysos. She added that after investigation, it was apparent that workmen were flattening the land in order to create a motorcycle racetrack, and even had a number of motorcyclists test it out. The resident said that she is not alone in her concerns and many other horrified residents are appalled and have appealed to local authorities to step in and prevent a noisy eyesore from being established.
She stressed that the main concern of villagers is the negative impact and enormous disruption which this type of development would have on their normally peaceful lives.
Andreas Kaponides, community leader of Peristerona where the land is found, said that as far as he is aware, permission for the racing track has not been granted.
A spokesman for Paphos district office said that the matter would be investigated. Jasmitha Marharajasingh was taken to Paphos general hospital with breathing problems and later transferred to Makarios Hospital in Nicosia. However, despite the best efforts of the doctors — some of whom had known Jasmitha for years and who had spent time with her when she was being treated in Israel — her condition deteriorated and she died on Monday September 21st.
She later underwent a heart operation because of the effect of the radiation on the tissue, causing the heartbeat to slow down and an excess of fluid to build up. Jasmitha attended the International School of Paphos, and was awarded a full scholarship, which would have lasted for the duration of her education at the school. She was a popular student and was determined not to let her health issues slow her down.
Aged 8, she was awarded the Paphos Heart of Gold award for her courage, strength and inspirational attitude and has been nominated for the award every year since then. The teenager had much to contend with in her short life, her father was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago and died shortly afterwards.
Her huge dark eyes and chatty, caring and friendly nature, ensured that she captured the hearts of all who met her. Teachers and friends, who are heartbroken by her death, described Jasmitha as a very special girl, bright and intelligent, with an infectious giggle and an aura of inner strength and understanding.
Second night market to help feed needy a success By Bejay Browne A second night market to help feed needy families in Paphos was held in September and followed on from the success of the first. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the market which was floodlit and organised by the Paphos Post team.
Matthew 25 also had a stall selling bric-a-brac and all proceeds went towards feeding the hungry. The night market was buzzing and took place in the large car park adjacent to the main coastal road which runs from Paphos to Coral Bay and in front of Revival fashion store and the Paphos Post office. A number of local businesses were also present and teas and coffees were served. Tables and chairs provided an area for people to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The Matthew 25 project has around 50 families registered with the programme and provides staple foods, dried goods and necessities such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals and tinned foods, as well as nappies and toiletries every week.
Akamas consultations underway in Nicosia By Bejay Browne A series of meetings with the agriculture minister concerning plans for the Akamas region got underway in Nicosia.
The purpose of the meetings is a bid to weigh up all opinions before submitting the final management plan for the area, according to minister Nicos Kouyialis. The Akamas was named a protected natural habitat by Natura , a network of protected areas within the EU, a move which displeased many of the residents who own land within its limits.
In the last 25 years, various governments have repeatedly presented the land owners with expropriation proposals but have been rejected every time. Land owners and residents have argued that it is unfair not to allow them to develop what is now classed as prime real estate. Conservationists oppose any development within the natural reserve. According to the Kouyialis, a ministerial meeting scheduled for November 14 will discuss the management plan. This year she supported Engelbert Humperdinck on his UK tour and she has recently appeared as a guest presenter on the popular daytime TV show Loose Women.
She performed at the St. On her arrival she said: To be back and given the chance of performing in my own show in a beautiful amphitheatre is like a dream come true. Demetriades said that the construction of the marina, which has been plagued by litigation, is imperative for the economy and tourist product of the coastal town and will create many new jobs.
The chamber head noted that following the announcement of the tender for the project in , it was awarded to a consortium headed up by the Leptos Group in However, the other two consortiums who had bid for the project challenged the award, at various stages, and it has since been in limbo.
According to Demetriades, the Supreme Court had, after an appeal, revoked a decision of the Tenders Review Authority and ratified an initial tender decision.
That Supreme Court decision was then appealed and is pending. If the marina is finally built, it will have a capacity of 1, berths for boats and would be located in the bay of Potima in Kissonerga in an area , square metres. The project will take approximately three years to be completed. He said there were new markets for Cyprus to explore, like France, Poland, Israel and other Arabic countries.
Tourist arrivals rose 11 per cent in April compared to a year before to , mainly from the UK and Greece, the statistical service said. Spotted at the Sea Caves area in Paphos, the pop star, in a first for the UK, filmed three different endings to her video and will let fans choose which one is used, by voting on the First Choice website from May.
The single is the singers first offering since , and the website quotes her as saying: Created in association with Spotify, the generator uses a bespoke formula to pick tracks for every stage of the holiday. Luke Gaskins, Head of Music in First Choice resorts is quoted as saying that the campaign is designed to remind people that with a First Choice holiday the food, drinks, activities and now the music, are all included.
She met with rapturous applause. The single is due to be released on June 21st. New park in Anavargos inaugurated By Bejay Browne Paphos municipality invited local residents to attend the inauguration of a park and playground which held in Anavargos village in Paphos.
The park was officially named after Aristides Tziamalis, lauded as a hero, who originated from the occupied community of Massari near Morphou but spent his final years in the Paphos village where he died in Many of his descendants still live there. Eleftherios Antoniou, the president of the council of Massari said that the village is proud that Anavargos is naming their park after such a great man.
We have a common history through Tziamalis. These included the Macedonian Struggle , the Balkan Wars and the First World War , where he was wounded twice.
The equipment meets European safety standards and is suitable for use by infants aged years and children up to 12 years. Paphos deputy mayor refuses to sit with SAPA suspect By Bejay Browne A recent council meeting in Paphos was disrupted after the deputy mayor refused to sit in session due to the presence of a councillor facing corruption charges.
Makis Roussis exercised his right to leave the meeting in protest at the presence of AKEL municipal councillor Giorgos Shailis, who is currently in court facing charges of corruption in the Paphos sewerage board scandal SAPA , according to Andreas Chrysanthou, also a councillor. The court adjourned until June 5 to give time to three of the defendants — including former mayor Fidias Sarikas — to respond to the charges.
The defendants face 58 charges in total including bribery, money laundering, and abuse of authority. They will appear before court on September So far disgraced ex Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas and the head of the sewerage board, Eftychios Malekides have been convicted in the case and are currently serving prison terms. The Paphos municipal council is set to file another case against former mayor Savvas Vergas, relating to the demarcation of plots in the Kato Pervolia area of Paphos.
Roussis has said he will not be present whenever Shailis is and he will walk out. This has been his position from the beginning. Chrysanthou said that the council had already examined the law and regulations pertaining to this situation to see how it is pertinent in this case. Shailis is also on a number of committees, including town planning. If a councillor is implicated in a corruption case, he should step down until his name is cleared.
He said that the complaints fall on deaf ears, as the government wants to reduce its losses for empty busses which are running. People are really happy with our routes and they understand that the station at the harbour is a hub for all of our routes. Every line is connected here and people can get connecting busses to wherever they want. As it stands every line is connected to another through the Kato Paphos station.
The current system works. We are encouraging residents to spend the summer holidays in Paphos this year. We are also trying to attract visitors not just for August, when most locals take their break, but also to highlight Paphos as an excellent short-break destination. We have twelve blue flagged beaches, a quality coast award and accommodation to suit any budget. We will have a better idea in May as to relevant figures.
He noted that there are a number of special hotel packages for local residents now available. Maltese band Red Electrick perform live on Sunshine Radio By Bejay Browne The popular Maltese rock band Red Electrick took time off from their busy schedule to drop in for a chat and perform their latest hit single: The aim of the videos is to encourage people from Malta to holiday in Cyprus.
We are taking a slower approach to finalise our new album. They are a band with a genuine love of music and are influenced by both s rock and a more contemporary rhythm, encompassing the Mediterranean sunshine that reflects in the upbeat feeling of their music projects. Their aim is to make the water safer and avoid any more deaths, as summer approaches. The deadly stretch runs for about three kilometres from Chlorokas to Kissonerga in Paphos in a popular tourist area where numerous hotels, hotels complexes and holiday units are found.
It is known for its rip currents and high waves. The most dangerous area to swim is the Venus Beach which is not an official public beach and therefore has no lifeguard stationed there. The deadly stretch claimed its 15th victim last year and there have also been hundreds of reported near-drownings. Most of the victims were guests staying at hotels and tourist apartments in the area.