Be careful of the sharks that swim on the land and feed on the crisis, which includes our own Government

There are always winners and losers in every recession, in addition to the unscrupulous people that feed of the vulnerable during hard times.

For example 4 men and woman were recently arrested in Larnaca for loan sharking. The suspects in question (all in their 30's and 40's), were detained by Police, after a local businessman aged 34 filed a complaint.

In essence the businessman borrowed the sum of €23,000 at a 30% interest rate (we thought the bank of Cyprus was expensive, but they don't give loans anyway now) from 3 different suspects. The businessman claims he already paid back €30,000 to date but the suspects allegedly demanded another €70,000, which accounts to considerably more than the 30% interest involved.

The businessman was forced to borrow the money due to a financial issue, which is commonplace at present in Cyprus.

The suspects were held in connection with extortion, usury and profiteering. The trouble is our own Government in collusion with the Troika is actually guilty of similar charges over the whole population in the past year of so. In essence the Government and banks caused the economic crisis and then penalized the population for the problems they generated, by resorting to the tactics of common criminals by taking money from peoples bank accounts and then increasing all taxes to cover for their mistakes. The difference being that we can catch the loan sharks by appropriate use of the law, but when it comes to the Government and Banks, they are a law unto themselves!

Never smille at a Crocodile, especially 1000 of them! That's the verdict of the Larnaca Community

 Lankawi Crocodile Farm

The communities of Larnaca refused outright to even consider the possibility of a Crocodile park near the village of Psematismenos. That's the verdict of a meeting held last week held by the Governing Council of the Union of Communities of Larnaca, under the Chairmanship of Christodoulos Papachristou. The decision was unanimous and the Council went onto state that they would write to the Interior Ministry and Agriculture Ministry to confirm their refusal of the proposal.

The Croc Saga started with an application, which was submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture by a Cypriot-Israeli joint venture. The idea was to import approx. 1,000 Nile Crocodiles to create a kind of theme park in Psematismenos. The Crocodiles were supposed to be transported from an Israeli farm which was closed down in 2011 after 70 of the Crocodiles escaped, causing mass panic in the area!

The question is; why did the Ministry of Agriculture even consider such an application or let it get to the press, especially so as it would need to be in the vicinity of residential areas.

Here are the bullet point facts of the Crocodile proposal for the record:
  • 1,002 Nile crocodiles
  • To be imported for the theme park
  • Each would need a space from 120 square metres to 150 square metres 
  • This is reality means half of Cyprus would  be required to safely keep 1,002 crocodiles
  • We can assume 27-80 eggs a year
  • In 10 years' time, there would likely be the same number of Crocodiles as the Island's Human population
 Crocodiles are not the most gracious of creatures and they commonly escape from captivity.  In Florida for example where some Crocodile farms exist many escape to the Lakes and in the past a number of small children playing by Lakeside houses were lost to Crocodiles, which only goes to demonstrate the dangers here,

Let's tryst we can put this Croc Saga to bed now!

Can't find a job in Larnaca or Cyprus? Then try this radical move!

Finding a job in Larnaca or anywhere in Cyprus in the current economic climate is something of a challenge, and the Government's failure to manage the economy, invest in private sector employment and to support small and foreign businesses is certainly not helping.

Subsequently, in hard times and you may want to consider a trip to the UK, as the employment situation there is a great deal better (one of the best in Europe) and there are no language issues for most Cypriots. Moreover, as the UK is in the European Community, there are no VISA or employment restrictions either.

Naturally, we recommend that you at least secure a number of interviews before you attempt to buy a flight and take the plunge to the UK.
To help the Cyprus Jobs Network has teamed up with Careers and Jobs UK as they offer jobseekers access to literally thousands of fresh UK Job Vacancies. Recruiters and Employers are given the opportunity to advertise their vacancies to a growing audience of Jobseekers that desire to work in the UK.

The careers and jobs UK team includes past members of other leading jobsites, recruitment agencies, and a group of programmers who have previously developed a number of very successful online recruitment related websites.

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The true origins of the Halloween holiday

Halloween is a holiday that takes place on the night of October the 31st. The actual word Halloween is a shortening of "All Hallows" Evening, which has also been referred to as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.

The night of Halloween seems to be steadily rising in popularity across the world in the last 10 years. Traditional activities associated with Halloween are:
  • Trick-or-treats
  • Bonfires
  • Costume parties
  • Visiting "haunted houses"
  • Carving jack-o-lanterns
Irish and Scottish immigrants carried their own versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th Century. Western countries fully embraced the holiday in the late 20th Century including UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus and many other former British colonies.

Halloween takes its origins from the ancient Celtic festival called "Samhain". In essence, the festival of Samhain celebrates the climax of the harvest season according to Gaelic culture. Samhain was traditionally a time used by the ancient pagans to organize supply stocks and prepare for the harsh winter ahead. The ancient Gaels visioned that on the 31st of October, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead somehow overlapped. They also believed that the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The Samhain festival often involved bonfires and it's believed that the light of the fire generated great insect activity, which in turn attracted Bats! Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or even to appease them.

Trick-or-treating today, is the is most common activity for children associated with Halloween. This fun game-like activity, typically takes place before or on Halloween night. Here, children move from house to house in scarey costumes, asking for treats such as sweets or chocolate, as they pop the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. It has become socially expected in most of the countries indicated above, that if one lives in a neighborhood with children, is necessary to purchase treats in preparation for the trick-or-treaters.

The successes and failures of the new Piale Pasha Boulevard

2014 was the first summer that the residents of Larnaca could enjoy the new Piale Pasha Boulevard and enjoy the new walkway of Larnaca  they did. Every weekend the split level Boulevard is literally packed with walkers, families, couples, cyclists, skateboarders, scooters and people from Larnaca taking advantage of this wonderful new space that brings the city to the sea.

All of this despite the fact the Boulevard has had its share of challenges, which are detailed here below in bullet form:
  • The project was delayed from May to July 2014 (not bad for Cyprus though!).
  • It's not the most attractive walkway with lots of concrete!
  • The Restaurants are not happy, as they cannot utilize the space on the pavement of the upper level. 
  • The width of the road is just wide enough to allow a line of cars to park and it seems that there is no stopping them. 
  • The Boulevard is not yet finished, see the picture below.
Overall the Piale Pasha Boulevard should be seen as a positive initiative and judging by the number of walkers it's brought a new dimension to the city of Larnaca, so let's be collectively grateful and kindly ask the Municipality to learn from the mistakes outlined above. 

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