Cyprus Latest News Oct08

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All Systems Go for the Paphos-Polis Highway

After years of procrastination, the government announced last week that the Paphos-Polis highway would begin construction by mid 2009. It had previously been hoped that construction would begin at the end of this year after a PPC (public and private consortium) deal was made with relevant parties earlier in the year.

But the severe drought currently being suffered on the island together with the high cost of supplementing existing water reserves with water imported from Greece put paid to expenditure on the new motorway this year.

The new motorway will take four years to complete as it has several sections requiring major engineering work including several tunnels that need to be built to bypass existing villages.

It still remains to be seen whether the new highway will have more than 2 lanes each way beyond the village of Stroumpi as the plan is still flexible at this stage with the first phase only allowing for a better but single lane route from Stroumpi to Polis.

We'll keep you posted on developments.






Military Exercise called off to boost peace talks

As the two presidents of Cyprus met again in October to continue discussion on solving the Cyprus problem, Christofias made something of a peace offering by cancelling the annual military exercise called Nikiforos.

The exercise usually involves the call up of some 50,000 "troops" who have already completed their military service with the aim to refresh their training using live ammunition in a controlled environment.

Such was the late decision in calling off the war games exercise that the troops still had to turn up to collect their release papers and go home. Most breathed a sigh of relief as the thought of spending 2 nights in a tent away from home cooked food was not a pleaseant one!






New Museum opens in Steni Village

A fantastic new musem has opened its doors in the local area. The new Culture Centre in Steni village, situated on the main road from Polis to Lysos houses the 100m2 museum which is beautifully laid out and shows all types of historical implements together with examples of weaving, bread making and actual rooms as they would have looked in a typical village house many years ago.

Masterminded by the hardworking Muktar (Mayor) of the village, Elias Lambrides, the museum took several months to complete with lots of hard work and long hours from Elias himself whose family has contributed all of the items in the museum.

Do pay a visit to this wonderful addition to the area. You can see pictures of what you will find on our new museums page.






New Online Taxi Booking Service

We are pleased to be able to offer a new online taxi booking service. Taxis can be booked from either the airport or Limassol port or from your hotel/villa if only required one way.

A great way to confirm your taxi price in advance, guarantee your taxi booking and not be fleeced by some of the unscrupulous taxi drivers that do exist in Cyprus.

Just click the link below for a quick, easy and great value service.

Book Cyprus taxis online

That's all from our Cyprus Latest News Oct08.

See you next month.






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