Showing posts from April, 2017

It's a miracle: Boy George returns 300-year-old stolen picture of Christ after bishop spots it on star's wall while watching TV

It's a miracle: Boy George returns 300-year-old stolen picture of Christ after bishop spots it on star's wall while watching TV For more than 25 years it formed part of Boy George’s art collection. But after being told that the icon of Christ had been stolen from the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, the pop singer has handed it back. Incredibly, the church bishop had seen the battered painting hanging from the wall of the singer's home while watching a documentary on him on Dutch TV. George, who of course has famously sung about miracles and churches with 'poisoned minds', had bought the 300-year-old piece in 1985 without knowing it had been snatched from a church during the 1974 Turkish invasion. But Bishop Porfyrios, the Cyprus Orthodox Church’s representative in Brussels, made contact with him after spotting it above his fireplace at the gothic mansion in Hampstead, north London Today, the 49-year-old singer handed it over to the cleric at

Visit Cyprus

MKS Travel and tours is inviting you to join us here in Cyprus to enjoy the beauty and services the island can offer. Even if you have been here before, there is always more for you to discover and enjoy. We have the experience and expertise to tailor make your trip to Cyprus into the experience of a lifetime.

Strong winds to continue into Monday

Strong winds reaching 6 Beaufort – 25-30 miles per hour – which affected much of the island on Sunday are set to continue into Monday, the met office said. By Sunday afternoon the fire service in Nicosia had received five calls reporting felled trees and two cases of tin roofs being blown from buildings. Two calls were received by the fire service in Paphos, also related to downed trees. No one was injured. Police on Sunday cautioned motorists to drive with care. The strong winds will prevail into Monday but will drop to 3-4 Beaufort as the day progresses.Temperatures are due to rise gradually to 30C by Thursday and remain at that level over the coming weekend.

One third of citizenships in 2015 granted to Russians

Cyprus granted citizenship to 3,322 people in 2015, of which 34.3 per cent were of Russian origin, 8.8 per cent were from the UK and 8.0 per cent were from Greece, according to data released on Friday by Eurostat. When compared with the total resident population of each member state, the highest numbers of citizenship granted per 1,000 resident population were recorded in Luxembourg (5.6),  Sweden (5.0), and Cyprus (3.9).  The average at EU level was 1.7 citizenships granted per 1,000 inhabitants. In 2015, some 840,000 people acquired EU citizenship, compared with 890,000 in 2014 and 980,000 in 2013. Since 2010, more than five million people received the nationality of an EU Member State. Of the total number of people who acquired the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2015, some 87 per cent were citizens from outside the EU. According to Eurostat, the largest group acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State in 2015 were citizens of Morocco (86,100 persons, of whom 8