Cyprus Tax, Facts & Figures 2016

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) published their annual Cyprus tax, facts and figures brochure for the year 2016. It is a handy document to send to friends abroad who are interested in moving to Cyprus or starting a business here.

One thing that I found ironic in this document was the example they used for personal taxation (page 7-8 in the English PDF).  The example is for someone with a monthly salary of 5,885 EUR and additional income from rent, etc – a total income of 75,620 EUR per annum.  Looking at the average salary in European Union, Cyprus shows 1,833 EUR per month in 2014 and 1,574 EUR per month in 2015.

I hope PwC predicts a huge spike in average salaries in 2016.  That would be nice …

Netflix now available worldwide, Cyprus too

These are super exciting news – Netflix now available worldwide, Cyprus too!  For those who don’t know this service, Netflix is basically the Google of the TV series and movies.  Until recently it was only available in US, UK, and very few other locations, but now they’ve expanded to 130 countries more.

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For 8 EUR a month you get an unlimited access to all their movies and TV shows.  You can stream content to your TV, laptop, tablet, or phone, and for a couple of extra euros you can even watch stuff on more than one screen simultaneously!

The Insider Guide to Cyprus’ Leading Microbreweries

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The Insider Guide to Cyprus’ Leading Microbreweries tells the story of the local microbreweries (those that don’t include monster factories like Keo and Carlsberg).  To my surprise there are more of them than I knew.  I was only familiar with Prime Microbrewery and Aphrodite’s Rock.  There’s also Hula Hops Brewing and Pivo Microbrewery.

There’s also Draught Microbrewery, which is not in the article, but worth a visit.

Conference : Freedom and Technology

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There is going to be a Free Software / Open Source conference “Freedom and Technology” this Saturday, October 3rd (18:00-21:00) in Cyprus University of Technology, in Limassol, Cyprus.  Organizers are the same people you know from the Ubuntu CY community.  I’m going to do a talk titled “The practical guide to Open Source participation”.  Slides will be linked here after the talk.

See you there.

Cyprus has lowest crime rate in EU

In Cyprus runs the story covering some criminal statistics of European Union in general, and Cyprus in particular.  There are some analysis to the numbers and some breakdown by type of crime and so on.

If you are visiting Cyprus on holiday, you can be reassured that Cyprus is the safest country in the EU – based on analysis of data from the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat.

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From the site, you can find out that there were 2.3 million crimes recorded in Spain in 2012 (the latest data), 4.4 million in the UK and just 8,000 crimes recorded in Cyprus in the same year.

The bit that caught my eye was the term “recorded crimes”.  As if decreasing the number of recordings is one of the ways to minimize crime rate…

TePee no more …

This weekend I got my first bar ban.  I was asked to leave TePee Strictly Rock bar and to never ever come back.  Which I did and which I won’t.

(This post is here mostly for those people who were there on Saturday and who keep asking me what happened.)

What happened was an escalation of misunderstanding, mostly of what is rock music, what is a rock bar, what is a live gig, and what are the behavioral boundaries.  I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but I do have an opinion, with which a few people agree.  Too bad, the band on stage and the owner of the establishment didn’t.

It turns out I was too loud in the crowd.  It turns out I was making the band uncomfortable by screaming requests for something heavier (AC/DC, Rammstein, Metallica, etc) than Bon Jovi and Aerosmith.  Too bad I wasn’t familiar with the band’s repertoire – my bad.  And, it turns out that asking for a refund will get you kicked out.  No problem.  Maybe the band repertoire was a wrong reason to ask a refund for.  Maybe I should have mentioned the horrible sound engineering instead.  It’s too late now anyway.

On the other hand, it looks like some people enjoyed the gig (there are YouTube videos).  So maybe I was inappropriate.  To each his own I guess.  TePee is not a rock bar in my book anymore.  And I’m not a wanted customer in TePee.  Fair enough.

hack{cyprus} hackathon 2015

If you’ve missed it, this year’s hack{cyprus} hackathon tickets are up for grabs.  And yes, they are exactly 0 (zero!) EUR.  Free for both participants and visitors, thanks to sponsors.  So go get yours and don’t forget to attend either!

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Paphos court orders Facebook to remove offensive comments

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Cyprus News reports that :

The Paphos District Court has issued an injunction against social media giant Facebook, ordering the company to remove a number of offensive comments posted on a local business profile, aimed at a local man.

The comments, posted on February 4, accuse the man of criminal activities. The original post was still on Facebook on Wednesday morning.  It has over 1,000 shares.

Charalambos Savvides of the Ch. P. Savvides & Associates LLC law firm, which handled the case, told the Cyprus Mail that Facebook was not only required to remove the comments but also take steps to ensure that future related comments were taken down immediately.

In-Cyprus has a few more details:

The case concerns comments on Facebook made against a bar owner from Paphos who became the target of a hate campaign which attracted thousands of users who shared and liked the page. The man in question was, according to those who had got the ball rolling on popular social media site, committing various crimes around the town and especially against competing bars.

He was also accused of being a police informant that was getting special protection in the town despite his ‘known illegal activities’.

The man has denied all the allegations against him.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.