Catch up with the headlines on the Cyprus latest news January 09
The HOTTEST Cyprus latest news Jan09
At last some real rain!
Until last week, Cyprus had only seen 11% of the average January rainfall, traditionally the wettest month of the year. But the last few days has seen a deluge of heavy rain accompanied by thunder, lightening and strong winds.
Over a million cubic metres of water has flowed into the dams over the last two days pushing the rainfall average up to 60%. With the wet weather forecast to continue for a couple of days, we may get close to the January average.
Note: the island needs around 80 million cubic metres of water per annum to supply all households, businesses and agricultural needs. Last year saw only 18.8 million cubic metres fall and the previous two years were less than half the average requirement which is why we have a water crisis.
Despite the good news about recent rainfall, however, Cyprus remains in a critical low water state with total flow into the dams so far being only 8.8 per cent versus last year at 9.9 per cent. We hope that meteorologists forecasts for a wet February and March will prove to be right.
Planned golf courses to get quicker licences
The government has pledged to speed up the issue of licences for golf courses amidst uproar from conservationists and Green Party MP's.
The world credit crunch has impacted heavily on the construction industry which has been laying off casual workers and rate of growth in new builds has decreased sharply. There are simply far fewer customers to buy right now. So the government, under pressure to boost both the ailing construction and tourist industries, wants to issue licences for the 14 new golf courses planned as soon as possible.
Previously, the state had offered big incentives and relaxed planning restrictions to developers willing to constuct gold courses alongside new residential developments.
The concern in the current market is that developers will simply rush to build their new developments and then abandon the golf courses. Not to mention the negative impact on both the environment and the concern over lack of water.
Whilst the gold course owners must buy their water from desalination plants, the previous requirement was for this water to be produced using renewable resources. The state has now relaxed this so they can simply buy from desalination plants fuelled by normal electricity supplies.
Two new courses are planned in the Polis area. Work has already commenced at Limni and we'll keep you informed.
Easyjet to fly to Larnaca from March
Cheap flights to Larnaca can now be booked via Easyjet. Prices start from only £39.99 one way although baggage costs extra unless you simply travel with hand baggage. Flights will operate four days a week on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The introduction of the Easyjet route has prompted Cyprus Airways to announce cheaper flights into Larnaca from £179 return. Whilst this sounds far more expensive, this price includes all taxes and offers increased leg room and an in-flight meal which you don't get when flying with a "no thrills" airline. You can find out more information here.
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That's all from our Cyprus Latest News Jan09. See you next month