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.

Geroskipou Beer Festival

I came across the announcement for the Geroskipou Beer Festival somewhere in my Facebook stream.  Being a big (literally) fan of beer, I couldn’t not post it.  Even with the heavy heart after all the previous beer festivals I’ve been to in Cyprus.  This one seems to follow the general pattern: 5 EUR entrance buys you one beer.  You’ll pay for the rest, and there are about 40 different ones to taste.

As these festivals usually go, you’d probably overpay for the beers, and the variety won’t really be of 40 different brands.  Judging from previous experiences, small can of Keo, large can of Keo, small bottle of Keo, large bottle of Keo, and a draught Keo – are five different varieties and not one.  Heck, I’m not even sure I can list 40 different brands even if I’ll remember all the beers I ever drank or saw on sale in Cyprus!

Just for the fun of it, I’ll try .  First of all, the local ones, obviously: Keo, Carlsberg, and Leon.  Mythos from Greece.  Then the usual suspects: Hoegaarden, Guinness, Krombacher, Stella Artois, Warsteiner, Veltins, Heineken, Beck’s, Budweiser, Pilsner Urquell.  Then slightly less usual suspects: Kilkenny, Caffreys, Erdinger, Konig Ludwig and Konig Ludwig Dunkel, Weissbier, Franziskaner, Amstel, Grolsch, Fosters and Bavaria.  Then a few Belgian beers: Blanche, Duvel, Kwak, Leffe (blonde, dark, and red), Chimay. A touch of Mexico with Corona and Sol. Ciders, although not technically beers, are almost always present at beer festivals – Magners, Strongbow, Woodbecker and Somersby.

How many are these? 38.  Throw in a couple of non-alcoholic names that I don’t know, a coupe of Asian (Chinese and Japanese names that I cannot remember), and, just to get rid of any doubts, a couple of nice ones from Bavarian Delikatessen shop – those names are tough even for Bavarians.  There you go – 40 or so varieties.  Now, can you imagine all of them in one place?  I can’t.   Not even in supermarkets which offer a great variety these days.

Somehow, the more I think about this festival, the more I think it’ll be like the others.  What do you think?  Is it worth driving all they way over to Geroskipou just to get the same beers you can get in any Limassol pub or supermarket?

Home security exhibition in Cyprus

A lot has been said about the growing crime levels in Cyprus lately. Even though it is still safer than pretty much any other country in the world (no hard data here, just the feeling), Cyprus can’t pretend that nothing is happening. It was only a matter of time until the security business would pick up. And now, obviously, it did. Cyprus Mail reports the first home security exhibition is to take place in Pafos.

FOR THE first time in Cyprus, security companies from all over the island will gather together in Paphos to participate in a security exhibition which will take place this month. Organised by Peyia neighbourhood watch, the event will showcase everything from cameras and alarms to lights and movement sensors.

According to Peyia Neighbourhood Watch, this is the first event of its type and has the full support of the police. The aim of the event is to highlight the various options available on the market for preventing burglaries and thefts.

Instead of having the security arms race, I’d much prefer things went back to “normal”, the way they were 10-15-20 years ago.

Grand Opening of Dark Angels Club, Pafos

Yesterday I went to Pafos with a few friends to attend the Grand Opening of the Dark Angels motor club.

Even though it started a bit earlier than usual – about 3pm – it was still quite a party.  Live hard rock music, plenty of beer, friends, and awesome motorcycles and more.  In fact, there was so much fun that I went into my head banging mode and today almost every muscle of my body hurts – that was quite a workout with System of a down, Rammstein, Pantera, Deep Purple, and others.

My brother took a gadzillion of pictures which are now on Flickr.

Under The Number – It’s Only Right

Most of the music videos that I post in this blog are from well-known bands.  Today we’ll go for something completely different. Under The Number – a local band, based in Pafos.  The video is not even a music video yet, but the song is pretty cool.  Now I’ll just have to catch them playing live somewhere.

If you like this one, there is another song coming out next month.  Subscribe to their YouTube channel, visit the web site, and follow them on Facebook not to miss out.  Tell a friend too.

Tonight : Cold Shot at Ten Richter Tavern, Pafos

A blues rock band Cold Shot will be performing tonight at Ten Richter Tavern, Pafos.  Here is my digitally remastered snapshot of the poster.

Just in case you aren’t very good at reading blurred text from distorted images, here is my take on the content:

Groovejet Media Productions present live music with Cold Shot

a night of blues and classic rock

Saturday 26th February, doors open at 6:30pm, food served from 7:30pm

Ten Richter Tavern on the Emba Tala road

20 EUR includes full hot buffet meal

tickets are availalbe from Ten Richter, Music Gallery, Glam-R-Us

by email – info@groovejetmedia.com

ticket hotlines – 2619562, 99831136, 99115957

Blues and Classic Rock at Krasares Tavern, Pafos

A friend of mine sent me an SMS with the following:

Krasares Bar and Tavern are presenting a Blues and Classic Rock evening on the 8th of January at Krasares Tavern.  Live music by Cold Shot and friends with special guest from UK Davey Woodford.  Only 100 tickets will be available.  Tickets are 25 EUR and include a full buffet. Tickets are available at Krasares Tavern and the Music Gallery.  Or call on 99-115957, 99-457483, 96-510378.

This sounds like a lot of fun.  I’m a fan of blues and classic rock, especially when it’s live music.  I’ve heard Cold Shot perform before and they are really good.  I have no idea about the quality of either sound or food at Krasares Tavern, but that shouldn’t be too bad.

What’s too bad is that I won’t be able to make it due to scheduling conflicts.  However, I’m interest to hear how it went from all of you who are lucky enough to attend to the event.  Please let me know.