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Occupied Famagusta > Occupied Ammochostos April 20, 2007

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Related Links > http://www.ammochostos.org.cy/default.asp

Paphos > Anthestiria Festival in bloom April 20, 2007

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Heralding the arrival of spring in all its glory, the Anthestiria Flower Festival held in Paphos is set to be another colourful celebration of nature this year.

Taking its name from the Greek word for flower, the festival, which is held on May 6th, has its roots in ancient Athenian traditions of honouring the gods.

Boasting floral parades and food and drink stalls lining the streets, the festival attracts a large number of visitors. Fresh flowers also line the streets and lead the way into the town’s picturesque Old Harbour. According to Visit Cyprus, the country’s summer begins in May, offering visitors “high temperatures, cloudless skies and cooling breezes from the sea”.

Paphos is also home to the island’s St Paul’s Feast on June 28th and 29th, which marks the apostle’s journey after leaving Jerusalem.

Paphos: Cypriot town of beauty > Paphos is regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Cyprus, with the Western Troodos Mountains adding a stunning backdrop to the coastal town. The area’s outstanding natural environment is perhaps fitting as it is believed to be the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

And with a population of just 28,000, Paphos remains mostly unspoilt by development, with its old harbour and historic ruins proving a popular draw for holidaymakers. Plus, dozens of quaint villages nestle in the mountains surrounding the town, with life relaxed and seemingly unchanged for decades.

This gives tourists the opportunity to experience a slice of the real Cyprus, untarnished by commercialism and the growing holiday market, while also ensuring that the area delivers for more than just sun, sea and sand.

However, Paphos offers all three of those in abundance with the island of Cyprus offering long, hot summers and mild winters. And with local beaches such as Coral Bay offering luxurious white sand and clear waters, it is the perfect place to relax, top up the tan and enjoy swimming in the ocean without a care in the world.

For info > Paphos Municipality, Telephone 26 932116

Related Links > http://www.cyprustourism.org

Munich connection to Europe via Larnaca April 20, 2007

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Lufthansa German Airlines have introduced a new flight from Larnaca to Munich, which will operate during August, four days a week to the Bavarian capital.

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday the Lufthansa Airbus A320 will leave Larnaca Airport at 4.20pm, arriving in Munich at 6.55pm.

“This flight will offer our travellers from Cyprus additional connections, mainly to European destinations”, Kathrin Pfeiler, General Manager for Cyprus stated. “Furthermore the flight offers excellent connections from the United States”, she added.

“We are very happy that we can offer this additional flight to our customers, as it is a perfect supplement to our existing flight schedule with three weekly, early morning flights and two afternoon weekend flights to Frankfurt”, Pfeiler explained.

Lufthansa operates from and to Munich Airport Terminal 2, a terminal used exclusively by Lufthansa and their Star Alliance partners. This allows short distances between transfer flights and a minimum connecting time from only 35 minutes.

Redesigning Nicosia’s Eleftheria Square April 20, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Cyprus.
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A Nicosia lobby group who have launched a campaign to stop the planned transformation of Eleftheria Square have set up a website, urging people to log on and register their protests.

Calling themselves, ‘Nicosia Citizens Against the Transformation of Eleftheria Square’, the group is led by archaeologist and art historian Anna Marangou and journalist Alex Efthyvoulou. Marangou, who narrowly failed in her bid to be elected to the position of Nicosia Mayor in December, yesterday said that the aim of the website is to “inform people of our objections”.

“People living within the walls of Nicosia need to know how their daily lives are going to be greatly inconvenienced.” She added that she has nothing against the plans per se, as design is subjective, “but it is simply not suitable to be placed within the historical topography of Nicosia.”

In May 2005, Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid and her associates Christos Passas and Saffet Bekiroglu won the competition to redesign the capital’s square. Marangou says she feels “awkward that Hadid herself has never visited Cyprus to get a feel of the place”.

In the plans, the moat becomes a green belt, which will surround and unify the whole of the Venetian walls and become Nicosia’s main park. One of the aims is to enhance the quality of life for residents and offer a range of recreational facilities. Bicycle routes and walkways are clearly marked on the plans.

A smooth downhill continuation of the square will lead to the moat, where pedestrians can descend to the garden level and actively use the area. Coffee shops, snack bars and newsagents will be at hand too. There will also be a gallery, which will house information on the history of the Venetian walls and the city within the walls. Underground parking facilities and traffic redirection will apparently alleviate today’s congestion problems and a significant aspect is that the designs took into account the future reunification of Nicosia.

Marangou has for a long time been against the plans, previously labelling the project as “illegal” because the Aarhus Convention, which has been ratified by the Cyprus government, states that any major work such as this must first be presented to the people for their approval, which has not been done.

She added that the average European has the notion of a square as a place without motor vehicles, but that the road will remain in this case, with traffic actually increasing. There will also be no shade, as trees will be cut down, turning the area into what she described as an imposing concrete monstrosity. There are also worries over the cost, with the lobby group claiming the project will far exceed its initial budget of around £4 million.

The group has proposed the plan be presented to residents to inform them and then for it to be put to a municipal referendum, something they claim was in Mayor Eleni Mavrou’s electoral manifesto.

Despite their protests, Mavrou has remained defiant, saying that construction works for the restructuring of the area would begin early next year. She added that she was not surprised there was opposition to the scheme, as it could not please everyone.

The Architectural Council of Cyprus yesterday called on the Municipality to move forward with the plans, in spite of the opposition. This evening, several members of Hadid’s team will be in the capital to unveil further details.

The website can be seen at www.platiaeleftherias.com

CYTA’s on-line yellow pages goes live April 20, 2007

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Integrated Internet Yellow Pages goes live in Cyprus using net-linx technologies

net-linx announced that the on-line yellow pages and search site of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA), went live with net-linx’ nxAdCommerce Search & Presentation system.

After successfully passing a thorough internal acceptance phase, the net-linx solution was declared “rock solid” and has now replaced CYTA’s previous online system. This fast solution serves up nearly 1 Million ads to the world. Visitors can view the website in multiple languages.

The nxAdCommerce Search & Presentation system is seamlessly integrated with net-linx’ backend directory management system, which was successfully brought live at CYTA Yellow Pages a year ago. The tight integration provides significant benefits such as: real-time publishing of internet ads, full access to ad performance metrics and the ability to launch new online products quickly.

CYTA Directories Unit’s strategic goal is to become the number one choice of print and electronic advertisement for professionals by offering them the greatest possible communication effectiveness with their clientele.

To achieve this goal, the decision was made to modernize activities such as Media and Product Management, Directory Entry Maintenance, Graphics Production, Sales Management, Contract Entry Management, Billing and Receivables and Pagination, thus increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the entire operation. net-linx was chosen as a technology partner.

The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) is the largest Telecommunication Service Provider in the Republic of Cyprus (approx. 720,000 population), employing around 2,500 personnel. The services that CYTA provides cover the whole spectrum of telecommunications and include Fixed Telephony, Subscriber and Prepaid Mobile Telephony, ISDN, Internet Service Provision, Frame Relay and Asynchronous Transfer Mode Network facilities, cardphone and payphone services, and last but not least the Telephone Directories. CYTA also serves as an important telecommunications hub in the area of the Middle East, with satellite connections and participation in strategic submarine fibre-optic cables.

CYTA may be visited on the web at: www.cytayellowpages.com.cy

To learn more about nxAdCommerce, see http://nxadcommerce.net-linx.com

Socrates’ triple filter test April 20, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Culture History Mythology.
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In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple Filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the Triple Filter Test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said. “Actually I just heard about it and…….”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“No, on the contrary ……..”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

Ancient graves with jewellery, weapons found in Greece April 20, 2007

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Archaeologists in northeastern Greece have unearthed eight tombs containing the remains of men and women who lived over 2,000 years ago, along with an assortment of jewellery, weapons and agricultural tools, the Greek Culture Ministry said on Friday.

The tombs dating from the fifth to third centuries BC were dug into rock, were likely covered with stone slabs and probably lay alongside an ancient road, the Ministry said in a statement. They were discovered near a highway between the cities of Thessaloniki and Edessa during road construction.

Prior excavation in the same area has already unearthed three farms dating from Roman to Hellenistic times, and a fourth from the Early Christian era.

The seat of the Macedonian Empire that stretched from the Balkans to Egypt and India at its peak in the fourth century BC under Alexander the Great, northern Greece is extremely rich in antiquities. But many such sites are often found to have been looted, with the contents frequently ending up on the antiquity smuggling trade.