Former Disy MP loses drivers licence fined €3000 Updated

first_imgFormer Disy MP Andreas Themistocleous had his driver’s licence revoked for six months on Friday and fined €3,000 for traffic violations committed while in parliament.The MP was found guilty on two counts of speeding and one count of failure to comply with a traffic signal.Last year, the supreme court lifted his parliamentary immunity so that he could be tried for speeding offences which took place on April 4, 2015 when he was caught driving his car at a speed of 172 km/h – 72km over the legal limit.On February 12, 2015 he was caught doing 170km/h, 141km/h on October 14, 2014, and 91km/h in a 50km/h zone on July 10, 2014 where he also faced charges for violating a traffic signal – the white continuous line in the middle of the road.In its ruling, the court noted that the offences Themistocleous was found guilty for are “unquestionably serious”, particularly those relating to exceeding the maximum speed limit in the motorway.“The seriousness of the offences committed emanates not only from the penalties stipulated in the law but, as repeatedly stressed in case law, this kind of behaviour, and particularly the exceptionally high violation of the speed limit, neither is nor should be acceptable,” the court said.“It must not elude us that driving at excessive speed has led to the death of many people and that the public interest, with respect to human life and physical integrity, takes precedent over any personal factors, or even reasons, that may have led to offences of such nature.”This is significant, the judge said, because “the defendant’s capacity as a parliamentarian during the time the offences were committed was raised as an excuse on his part”.The court also noted that Themistocleous’ behaviour when he was stopped by police in one of the incidents he was convicted for “suggests his attitude toward road safety regulations”.“That is, that the safety of other drivers and users of the road may be ignored if he believes that, under the circumstances, there is a pressing need to in his opinion,” the judge said.In that case, Themistocleous had been caught speeding at 190 km/h in the Nicosia to Limassol motorway – 90 over the speed limit – and told the traffic policeman, who pointed out that such speed jeopardises the safety of others on the road and policemen themselves, that “what he was on his way to do is much more important than your safety”.He then sped off before the policeman had a chance to inform him that he would be issuing a speeding ticket.“This attitude is unacceptable and condemnable,” the judge charged, adding that “this is precisely this kind of behavior the courts are called on to punish with strict and deterring penalties”.Themistocleous was handed a €200 fine for the instance when he was caught driving his car on the continuous white line.For the February 2015 incident, when he was caught speeding at 170 km/h in the motorway near Zygi, he was handed a €1,300 fine and three penalty points on his driver’s licence.The court also slapped a €1,500 fine and five penalty points for the October 2014 incident.As a result, the court decided that Themistocleous be stripped of his right to his driver’s licence for a period of five months over the February 2015 incident and six months over the October 2014 incident, to run concurrently.It also stressed to him that the total of eight penalty points bring his tally to a total 10, which means that two more may justify stripping him again of his right to his driver’s licence.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Hellenic Bank ranked Safest Bank in Cyprus in 2014

first_imgHellenic Bank was ranked the Safest Bank in Cyprus for 2014 in a survey by ‘Global Finance Magazine’ carried out in more than 100 countries. The announcement was made in New York during the 23rd annual ranking assessment of the safest banks in the world.The rankings were based on the long-term credit ratings of the three ratings agencies Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s, and the total assets of the 1,000 largest banks in the world. The full survey is to be published in the magazine’s November  issue.The top ten safest banks in Western Europe were all in Switzerland, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.“Geopolitical risk is rising in some markets and new regulations are causing corporates to re-evaluate their banking relationships worldwide. It is essential for companies to have a clear view on the strength and stability of their banking partners.” said Global Finance publisher and editorial director Joseph D.  Giarraputo in a news release.In addition to the Safest Banks By Country, the report includes the following rankings: World’s 50 Safest Banks, World’s Safest Banks By Region, World’s Top 50 Safest Commercial Bank, Top 50 Safest Banks In Emerging Markets, Safest Emerging Markets Banks by Region, Safest Islamic Financial Institutions In The GCC, World’s 50 Biggest Banks and the Biggest Emerging Markets Banks.Hellenic Bank said in an announcement that its online banking service had also been pronounced by Global Finance magazine as the best online banking service in Cyprus in 2014 in the category of Consumer and Corporate/Institutions and received the two awards; ‘Best Consumer Internet Bank’ and ‘Best Corporate/ Institutional Internet Bank.    You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more