Irate Oroklini man in pub and nightclub rampage

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Police have arrested a 35-year-old man after setting a pub in Oroklini on fire before then ploughing his car into a nightclub and then allegedly stabbing three people.

The events began to unfold at 3am when police were first alerted to the nightclub after reports that three people had been stabbed. Two Cypriots, aged 25 and 43, as well as a Palestinian man, were taken to Larnaca General Hospital to be treated for their injuries and were later released.

The saga began when the man was first thrown out of the pub in Oroklini. He later returned to set it alight and he wasn’t finished yet.

He then got back into his car and drove to the Paparazzi nightclub when he rammed his vehicle through the main entrance. He then got out and reportedly stabbed three people.

The suspect later arrived on foot at Larnaca CID where he allegedly confessed to the arson attack and the ramming of his car into the nightclub later in the morning. He denied, however, the allegations that he stabbed the victims.

The 35-year-old is facing charges relating to malicious damage, arson, carrying a knife and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Investigations are continuing.

Source: In Cyprus

Larnaca hosts world under 19s beach volley championships

Larnaca hosts world under 19s beach volley championships

Larnaca will host the world under 19-year-old beach volley championship this week with 97 teams playing at the Phinikoudes beach. The Cyprus Volleyball Federation and the Larnaca municipality will co-host this top level event between July 27 and 31.

This is not the first time. “Larnaca is experienced at this now,” press officer for the event Antonis Loizou said on Monday. “They have hosted this event in 2012, the under 21-year-old world championship in 2015 and the European championship in August 2015.”

This year 48 countries take part. Each country will participate with one women’s and one men’s team, except Cyprus which as host is allowed two teams.

Four groups from Cyprus will tackle the qualifying matches which start on Wednesday at 8am. The four woman athletes are twins Katerina Zakcheou and Vassiliki Hadjikonstanta and sisters Natassa and Katerina Yiasoumi. The men are Alex Anastasiades, Sotiris Siapanis, Marios Strougharevits and Kyriakos Parlas.

Those who make it will be playing matches from Thursday and until Sunday on four courts. Matches are scheduled for mornings and afternoons, and on the centre court which has floodlights also in the evenings.

The semi-finals and finals are programmed for Sunday followed by the awards ceremony.

According to the press officer, another main attraction is part of this year’s event as champion Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa from Brazil is expected to be a guest. She won the gold in the under 19-year-old world beach volley championship in 2013 and 2014 and was the world champion of under 21-year-olds in 2015.

Most of the athletes are likely to arrive late on Monday as there is a draw and a preliminary meeting on Tuesday. Those Larnaca hotels which were not already full before are expected to be filled with athletes and guests for this week.

Source: Cyprus Mail

Cobalt scheduled flights to Odessa from September

Cobalt has now been allocated traffic rights to operate scheduled services on the route Larnaca-Odessa-Larnaca, a press release from the low-cost carrier said on Tuesday.

The plan is to operate three services a week on the route from September onwards.

“Cobalt is fulfilling its pledge to build a strong network based in Larnaca and reestablish our country’s air connectivity, through scheduled flights to a wide range of destinations in Europe,” it said.

“Cobalt has now been allocated traffic rights to operate scheduled services on the route Larnaca-Odessa-Larnaca. The Department of Civil Aviation of Cyprus confirmed the designation of Cobalt as a scheduled carrier on this route on July 18, 2016.”

Cobalt CEO Andrew Pyne said that whilst the airline had experienced serious operational problems during its first few days of operations due to late delivery of aircraft, the airline’s operational performance was now good.

He also said that the airline intended to receive more aircraft during August bringing the total fleet to five airframes.

“Designation on the Odessa route is a very significant step forward for the airline. This will represent our first non EU route and we are very excited about the potential for developing Ukraine/Cyprus tourist traffic,” Pyne also said.

Cobalt is also seeking designation from the Government on a range of other non-EU routes including Lebanon, Egypt and Iran, he added.

Apart from putting Cyprus on the global aviation map, in terms of product, Cobalt aims at offering the best value in the skies with very reasonable prices.

Source: In Cyprus

Cypriot woman dies in Alps climbing accident

A 28-year-old Cypriot woman tragically died in a climbing accident in the French Alps on Monday afternoon, announced the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

Sources say that the accident occurred at Chamonix (Haute-Savoie) at a height of 400m while the 28-year-old was attempting to climb Twin Brevent.

According to Omiros Mavromatis, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Management Department , the 28-year-old was holidaying in the French Alps with a friend of hers.

While the exact circumstances that resulted in her fall have as yet not been determined, efforts are being made to repatriate her body, said Mavromatis.

In accordance with the woman’s family’s wishes, her identity has not been revealed.

Source: In Cyprus
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