For the Editor
We are all now
painfully aware of the disastrous consequences of the EU as
its web entraps even more people into its chaotic, ill
conceived and corruption ridden organisation. It has no
feeling nor concept of its ridiculous waste and often
Some 50 years ago an
organisation still in being today, namely EFTA, was a very
simple but effective way of organising Free Trade Agreements
between various European countries who were members. Later
the "Kennedy Round" saw even more agreements on trade and a
very efficient Free Trade Area was set up. It was further
enhanced by cultural exchanges and various other cooperation
agreements which were accepted by most but did not involve
the hair brain idea of a single currency.
The EU touches the
lives of every individual on a daily basis due to busybodies
in Brussels who seem to think they are there to think up new
laws or amend others also on a daily basis. They are really
not very clever people with exceptional talents rather a
bunch of individuals who all have their own little
contribution to the ruination of the lives of people who
have the misfortune to live in a Country that is a member.
They do have a brain
but unfortunately they all have to share it. Legislation is
to them like breakfast, something they have each day. They
use our money like water and as if it is their own. Those
countries who have adopted the Euro must wish they could all
have a referendum to decide on it continuance. It has been
fatally flawed since its introduction. It was a huge mistake
to expect 20 plus countries to have a currency that had the
same monetry value after its introduction. Do these people
realise as a result of their ludicrous actions the poorer
people are being walked over by those who are well able to
afford life’s luxuries. What gives these people that right?
They are now so many
people in need of help in the EU. Beggars on the streets,
people stealing to survive, pay electricity, rent, buy food
and so on. Who actually cares save the teams of volunteers
who try their hardest to help.
The EU was promoted
as an organisation bringing huge benefits to member
countries who would thrive with the injection of funds and
other benefits from the more prosperous members. What a load
of tosh. They give not a jot for those availing themselves
to the panacea that was the EU. They moved from one state to
another merely in search of a better life and how devastated
they must feel when they find only poverty and fear whilst
others from non member countries both rich and poor alike
come to the shores of the EU to take the benefits many
members are denied.
The latest fiasco
here in Cyprus is not a remedy to a problem created by
Cypriots but as a direct result of the Brussels who seem to
think that a "monetary policy" is an insurance cover for
If only we could
turn the clock back and reverse the immense damage the EU
has created for individuals who saw bright new horizons
clouded by people running the EU unable to balance its books
for 10 years due largely to corruption
Cyprus has just lost
its inherited right to decide its own destiny...
Under the present
situation brought about by the inability to govern the
nation wisely by all previous governments, banking greed,
corruption, kommatokratia (politicocracy) union
intransigence and the absence of the Rule of Law, they have
all played a part to bring about the present situation.
Troika is now here to devour the soul of all Cypriots,
bit-by-bit like a cheese in a trap and nibbled.
The hidden agenda of
the EU has finally been revealed: Cyprus was specifically
used as a test case and the bailout was simply a pretext for
what's to come next! EU- Troika now has the green light to
apply identical conditions on other member-states who face
similar financial difficulties...Who is this Troika that now
uses loans facilities as "weaponry" to take over entire
nations? That question needs to be kept in mind at all
As for Cyprus its
doesn't stop here! There is more hardship on the way. Our
Natural Gas has now become the ultimate trophy for the EU
If we fail to take
serious precautions and put a stop to them, Troika will make
sure to get its hands on those gas fields and a large share
of the revenues - just like Turkey wants to do!
Their long-term plan
is to enforce a debtocracy upon the nation through austerity
measures and additional loans, loans Cyprus will never be
able to repay - just like Greece. This trap is called
Colonial Capitalism. It is a geopolitical game of control
and will not stop until our EU-Troika "friends" ensure we
will never escape their economic and social subjugation.
Getting out of the
Euro and Cyprus returning back to its own currency is a good
start and a way to stop EU-Troika laying their hands on the
Natural Gas. It is imperative for Cyprus to get out of the
Euro and the sooner the better. If it wants to survive as a
nation and not remain an EU province, it needs to make
drastic political and economic changes; getting out of the
Euro is a good start!
People are searching
for that illusive justice and if a referendum was put to
them today...Cyprus will choose not to be part of the EU.
Andreas C Chrysafis
Author - Painter
I would like let the
lady know who wrote about the non-delivery of her parcels
from the UK (Paphos Post March).
I too have
experienced a similar situation. Our daughter sent my
Mother's Day card and present in plenty of time to be here
in Cyprus from the UK for last Sunday the 10th March. It
did not arrive and still hasn't (14th March).
A parcel (which was
nothing to do with Mother's Day) from our daughter-in-law
posted from the UK on 13th February 2013 arrived on the 9th
This package was
correctly addressed and had been weighed by Royal Mail so
the postage was correct too. I have no reason to suspect
my daughter's package was anything other than addressed
properly as well.
I believe this
postage situation is nothing to do with the Royal Mail in
England but lies squarely with the Cyprus Mail authorities.
I just wanted to let
the woman, Diana, know that my letters from Canada were
mailed to me in late November and have yet to arrive. Having
spoken to literally dozens of other people from all over the
world who reside here, it is widespread. What a travesty
that the postal representatives tell us to simply give up,
indicating their awareness that the parcels and letters have
been taken, opened and kept by employees of the post office
in search of valuables of any sort. Open corruption it is
A message from
“I am extremely
thankful to anyone who has given blood of any type, as I was
a nurse in the NHS for many years, and many patients I had
benefitted from this. It has never been necessary for me to
have received blood before, and I am humbled by the response
to this request.”
I dont normally like to
complain but the recent recycling scheme is driving me nuts.
I read a letter from a Mesogi resident recently who claimed
that the only way he would use the recycling bins was if
they were immediately outside his house,. well he can have
the ones that are outside mine as soon as he likes!
I think the idea of recycling is brilliant & am happy to
take the few seconds extra to sort my rubbish & dispose of
it sensibly. I am willing to look out of my window every day
& see the bins starring back at me & can cope with the extra
noise from traffic as people drop off their own rubbish at
all hours night & day. What I cant deal with is the night
Since starting the scheme I have been woken up 4 mornings a
week with the noise & lights from the lorry as it parks
outside facing straight towards my windows at anytime from
12.30am-5am. We have had to replace our windows with new
double glazed units to try to cut down the noise but that
means we also have to have the aircondition running
overnight as it gets too hot with the windows shut tight. It
seems we may now have to buy a new front door as well as the
existing one has glass panels & with the headlights blasting
straight at it the light guarantees to wake us up even if
the noise doesn't.
Unfortunately the Muhktar was unavailable when I tried to
speak with him so I wrote a polite letter requesting the
removal of the bins to a less densely populated area or
rearranging the collection times. To date nothing has been
done & my letter has gone unanswered.
The logical solution to me would be for the bins to be sited
in the car parks of all the big supermarkets across town as
every one of us has to visit these on a regular basis.
I am writing to you on behalf of my father who wants to send
you the following after my brother and his friend were
attacked last week in Bar Street in Paphos. He recently read
an article in a British newspaper of another family who have
also been through the same trauma.
'We returned from Paphos very upset and disappointed after
our son and his friend were beaten in robbed in Bar Street,
Paphos by 15-20 men. This has become all too common for
gangs to attack British tourists and Cypriot Police turn a
blind eye and show no interest at all.
We had a phone call at 3am from my son's friend on 22nd June
to say that they had been attacked. We found him, covered in
blood from head to toe having walked the length of Bar
Street with no Police or anyone to help him. We searched for
a further 2 hours before finding our son laying unconscious
in hospital on a trolley in a corridor. It was not until we
told the nurses that he obviously had been attacked that he
received any treatment. He is lucky to be alive.
We have owned a villa in Paphos for 5 years and have seen a
deterioration year on year of the attitude of the local
people to the tourists and crime is rife. We have been
broken into twice since we have owned our property and once
again, the Police showed no interest.
The Police and locals suppress reports of violence so as not
to affect tourism. They would not even give us copies of the
police reports generated after the attack on my son and his
friend. The 'reports' that I mention are poor and they don't
have crime reference numbers. One can only contact the
Police person dealing with the case by calling a designated
telephone number that goes to straight to answer phone.
I feel strongly that people travelling to Paphos need to be
aware of the current gang culture there. Cyprus will only
wake up to these issues when people stop going there'.
I am a busy mother of 2. I have Harry who is 2 and a half
and Joseph who is 17 months, so my hands are a little full.
Anyway I read an article last issue regarding the recycling
units!! Well FIRSTLY can I say HOOOORAY!!!! At last we have
a chance to do something to try and help our fast dying
environment, we have our energy saving bulbs and that was as
far as you could take it, collectively as a country.
When I read your article, at first I could not believe that
I had not heard about this before or from any other source,
I was stunned that there was no advertising campaign to push
the importance of recycling all that we can. Then as I read
on I was even more astonished to hear someone complaining
about not having it on their doorstep!! I have to admit this
annoyed me enough to put the paper down. As busy as I am, I
would find time and start my recycling bags!!
My husband came home and quizzed me over the said bags
placed strategically over the kitchen table chair arms! I
explained that at last we can recycle, he puffed at the idea
and moaned about the kitchen being full of rubbish! So I
Darling are you aware of how rapidly the forests around the
world are being destroyed and how natural landfill sites can
not naturally break up plastics and the like and how all
this waste that we create by just living each day is
effecting our planet. If it wasn't for us doing our bit as
little as it may seem or insignificant, there would be
little or no hope for our 2 boys future families. If we do
not try and undo a little of the damage that has already
been done by our forefathers. So no matter how little we can
offer to help it is our duty to do so!
He then distastefully shrugged and ate his dinner.
The following day I put all the bags in my car and headed to
Pafos. I live in Polemi, I headed straight to the
municipality dumped my bags in the correctly labelled bins
and went off to do my shopping at the mall, on my way home I
went through Anavargos to find that they had bins there
too!! To my dismay as the good I tried to do for our
precious environment was tarnished via the extra unnecessary
miles travelled to get into Pafos. Anyway that is by the by
and All I want to say is Step up everyone!!!! Those bins are
empty!!!!!!!!! Apart from my 6 bagfuls!!
Tired helpless but forever hopeful.
As an ex-pat living permanently
in Cyprus, I would like to make a comment on a frequently
mentioned subject, namely the falling arrival rate of
British tourists to the island. Without doubt the strong
value of the Euro and poor exchange rates, combined with an
economic downturn in the U.K. is making U.K. holidaymakers
look at other cheaper European destinations, but I would
like to add another as yet unmentioned factor into the
equation. As the owner of the 'Petrino Bar' in Kato Paphos,
I like many other bar owners am constantly being visited by
the Police, who rigidly enforce what can only be described
as antiquated licensing laws. Even in the high season (May
to October) all music played in bars must cease at 2am,
although you may remain open without any music until 3.30am!
Many tourists actually want to
listen to music later than this, as they can in many other
European holiday resorts, whose bars continue with music
until 3 or even 4am. After all who wants to sit in a bar
until 3.30am without music? Of course, not everybody wants
to stay out this late, but there are many who do, but cannot
here in Cyprus, as they are basically being told that at 2am
you should go to bed! People come on holiday to have a fun
time and for many that means enjoying the nightlife.
I personally cannot understand
how Paphos Police are able to allocate so many Police
Officers to the task of licensing enforcement, now referred
to by the local bar owners as the "Music Police". Many of my
customers are extremely disappointed when in the middle of a
good night out, the police come and tell you to turn off the
music! Many actually say that next time they will go to
Spain or Tenerife. All music licences issued by the
Municipality clearly state that music should only be audible
inside the premises, and should not be heard outside, so I
really don't see the benefit to anyone of finishing music at
2am, if it's not causing a nuisance.
In fact making all bars close
their music at 2am means that in the "bar street" area there
is a massive amount of people all leaving premises at the
same time, surely this is going to create a much greater
problem for the police. If bars could stay open with music
later, people would leave more gradually. I don't think
there is any other European holiday destination that
operates these kind of licensing laws. Many bar owners
employ "look-outs" who watch for the Police after 2am,
turning off the music when they pass, only to turn it back
on again after they leave.
This results in a ridiculous
"keystone cops" situation with police hiding round corners
trying to catch the bar owners! The Police now use plan
clothes officers and unmarked cars to combat the issue. I
appreciate that the Police are only doing their job, very
often the Police officers who visit me say that they believe
that the music should be permitted until 3am on Fridays and
Saturdays during the high season, but the law says 2am, and
that's what they must enforce. The Central Tourist
Organization who issue licenses to bars and restaurants are
constantly saying that they are greatly concerned by the
steady drop in tourists visiting Cyprus, perhaps they should
get together with government and take a look at the subject
of music licensing.
It would create greater
prosperity for the island if the tourists spent more money
and save money on unnecessary prosecutions against bar
owners. Come on Cyprus, the islands economy depends on
tourism, and yet shops are still closed on Wednesday and
Saturday afternoons and on Sundays, making it impossible for
the tourists to spend their money, and we send them home to
bed at 2am. Remember, it's all about supply and demand, and
at the moments we cant supply!
Those of us actively engaged in
running the Friends' Hospice of Paphos were somewhat bemused
by the advertisement in May's edition of Paphos Post
concerning a Summer Bazaar for the Paphos Hospice of St.
Michael. At no point in this advertisement did it mention
that this is a hospice under construction. It read as though
there was an existing hospice called St. Michael. This seems
like deliberate deception to mislead the public into parting
with their money.
A UK civil engineer estimated
that it will be another five years before completion, and
currently there has been no progress for some long time. We
see from the said advert that Matron Ann Wailes will be on
hand to answer questions about St Michaels' hospice and its
functions. It would go interesting to know what functions
this building site has. This suggests it already exists. It
does not. The only working hospice in Paphos, offering
palliative care and respite for life limiting diseases and
receiving constant praise for the work done there, is the
Friends' Hospice which occupies a wing in, but exclusive
from, the Evangelismos Hospital.
Of course the public may make
contributions wherever they wish but they need correct and
not misleading information.
The Friends' welcome donations
as well as support for their events. Call 26911641 to learn
Caroline Harman Smith
I am a resident in Paphos and I
would like to make a complaint to The Municipality through
The roadwork in Kato Paphos
took a very long time to be completed and although at last,
the area which is for pedestrians is very nice, some areas
are really not safe and certainly not inviting for tourists
to walk along.
I am talking about Paphos
Aphrodites. I was walking along this road with my family
pushing my elderly mother in a wheel-chair intending to sit
and have some lunch at the hospice shop cafe, but it was
extremely dangerous to walk and very unpleasant to sit
anywhere due to all the traffic going past. My grand
daughter was almost knocked down by a speeding car. Also
quad bikes which make such a deafening noise go roaring
past, making the road extremely unpleasant.
After going to the expense of
laying nice pavement tiles, surely this area should now be
for pedestrians to be able to walk along in safety.
No one wants to risk their
lives dodging speeding traffic on a narrow road that has no
The job should have been
finished properly and bollards should be placed at the
entrance to Paphos Aphrodites as they have in other
I do hope the department in
charge will resolve this situation now that the tourist
season has started.
It does NOT encourage tourism.
This island needs tourists to spread the word that Cyprus is
a pleasant, safe place to spend their holiday and their
money, which has turned Paphos from a fishing village to a
popular holiday resort.
I hope someone is not injured
or killed before action is taken about this problem. Maybe
your newspaper can help influence 'the powers that be.'