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The Larnaca Golf Resort And Country Club The Landscape Is Changing

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venture partnership between the DJK Group of Companies, Hassapis Land Developers and Sakyrco Construction, all of which own and operate established, reputable businesses in Cyprus. This exclusive resort spanning an area of 1,500,000m², master planned by W.A.T.G (Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo), will feature a prestigious international 18 hole golf course, designed by one of the world’s leading golf course architects, European Golf Designers and intends to both challenge and enchant in equal measure. With their expertise and vision they have created a spectacular landscaped course complimented by water features, meandering streams, lakes, bunkers and fairways, challenging every golfer from beginners to professionals. The course will extend over an area

of 580,000m², with the total course measuring 5560metres and will include a practice driving range with 3 and 4 par coaching holes. This exceptional course will challenge everyone and is sure to exceed all expectations. The Larnaca Golf Resort is the only resort in Cyprus to proudly carry the approval of the PGA (Professional Golfers Association), the most reputable and prestigious name in golf. Simultaneously the first PGA National Golf Academy will be established, providing state of the art technologies and class leading instruction and practice facilities to help develop golf and golfers in Cyprus. Both the golf course and the PGA National Golf Academy will be managed by PGA Golf Management Ltd. Moreover the TURN TO PAGE 7

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FROM PAGE 5 Larnaca Golf Resort will be incorporated into their list of European destinations, placing Cyprus on the world golfing map. The picturesque resort also has a unique landscaping project under way, with plans for over 400,000 plants and trees, transforming the area into a lively, new landscape with an abundance of foliage that will enhance the natural setting of the area. This project will involve extensive infrastructure works, the upgrade of road networks and will include green areas, footpaths and widespread cycling tracks, together with substantial public parking. A desalination project is scheduled for development for irrigation purposes as well as serving the community. Featuring a wealth of recreational offerings the resort will also include a Clubhouse and Country Club, with the Clubhouse seated on a natural outcrop with fine views of the course, open to cooling sea breezes and secluded by surrounding hills. The resort’s centre will take the form of a traditional Mediterranean Village containing a lively mix of retail and leisure facilities to create a vibrant hub providing world class amenities for visitors and members alike.

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Cyprus News Local ►The European Commission is urging Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain to comply with EU air quality limit values for airborne particles known as PM10. So far they have failed to effectively tackle excess emissions of PM10. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the Commission has therefore decided to take Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain to Court. Legislation sets limit values for exposure which were to be met by 2005, covering both an annual concentration value (40 μg/m3), and a daily concentration value (50 μg/m3) that must not be exceeded more than 35 times in any calendar year. Member States may apply for exemptions from the PM10 limit values until June 2011, but these exemptions are subject to a number of conditions. The information available to the Commission shows that the limit values for PM10 have not been respected in several zones in Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and while they have applied for time extensions, the Commission considers that the conditions for granting them have not been met. Airborne particles (PM10) are mainly present in pollutant emissions from industry, traffic

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Cyprus Events And What's On 10th December ►The 26th Christmas Song Festival, will take place at Pallas in Nicosia, with the participation of choirs, philharmonics, and string orchestras. The Festival is organised by the Nicosia Music Club, with the support of the Nicosia Municipality. Admission is €5. For more information contact 22797004 11th December ►Larnaca Municipal Theatre is host to the 2nd Dancecyprus Gala – Dance for a Better Life from 8.30pm. The show will be comprised of a variety of works from famous choreographers by professional Cypriot and European dancers. 11th and 12th December ►Between 9.30am and 6.30pm at Nikos Demetriou Square the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends “Christmas Bazaar” charity event will take place. The event will have a host of music and singing from children’s choirs to DJs. 12th December ►From 10am to 4pm Kimonos Square will be hosting the Pancyprian Thalassaemia Association’s 21st Christmas Fair. On show will be a varied cultural

program, plenty of activities for children and, of course, Santa Claus. ►At 12 noon on Athens Avenue, Larnaca will be attempting to enter the Guinnes Book of World Records by performing the largest Greek Hasapiko dance. The attempt will be ogranised by Larnaca Municipality, the Larnaca Regional Tourism Body and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. 13th December ►For the European Cultural Winter in Larnaca the Cultural society Diastasis will be performing a tribute to the Beatles with the inclusion of 80 of their members, comprised of a children’s choir, vocal ensemble and dance group. Tickets are €20 and €10 (children up to 12 years old) 15th December ►Larnaca Municipal Theatre will be hosting Cyprus Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the “Italian Opera Gala”. The night starting at 8.30pm will include a feast of Italian opera music with highlights from operas by G. Verdi, G. Puccini and other Italian composers. Admission is €12 and €7 (pensioners) and free for students and soldiers.

16th December ►Larnaca Municipal Theatre will host the Christmas Concert “Oratorio de Noel” with arias and duets from work by G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart, J.S. Bach and others. Tickets are €15 and the evening starts at 8pm. 17th December ►Larnaca Municipal Theatre will be hosting the Awarding Ceremony of Larnaca Sports Clubs and Athletes for the Year 2009, with free admission to all. 18th December ►From 5.30pm until 8.30pm the Charity Christmas Event by Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society, including a bazaar and musical program, will take place at Ermou Square. 19th December ►At 5pm in Larnaca Town Centre, the much anticipated Christmas Parade will take place. There will be an open top bus carrying Santa Claus, his escort and Santa Claus’ wagon. Santa Claus will be escorted by cheerleaders of Phaedra’s School of Classical Ballet & Jazz. The route will start at the Acropolis Square.

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19th - 24th December ►From 4pm until 7pm, Larnaca’s Christmas Program will take place at Ermou and Pallas Square. 20th December ►7.30pm will see the start of the Christmas program at Makarios III Lyceum Larnaca, with music and dances presented by the choir, the music band and the dance group of the Lyceum. Admission is free. 23rd December ►Larnaca Municipal Theatre is host for the European Cultural Winter in Larnaca’s Christmas Show, by young talents Valanto Tryfonos and Stavros Michalakakos, performing a musical journey with Christmas Melodies from all over the world. Tickets are €20 and €10 (children up to 12 years old) 27th December ►Fatman Scoop and Cyprus' most acclaimed Dj S7S will be performing a Christmas special. They will be performing live at the Jingle Ball 2010 in the University of Cyprus Sports Centre. For more information email sports@ucy.ac.cy 28th December ►Larnaca Municipal Theatre will host the Children’s Christmas Performance by the St. Petersburg Theatre Group of “Adventures of Father Frost” (in Russian Language). There will be theatre, music, games, and presents for children. The event is organised by the Russian Newspaper. Admission is €20 (for children incl. a present) and €10 for adults. 31st December ►Larnaca Celebrates New Year’s Eve with a festive program from 11.00pm onwards. The brilliant event will include music, fireworks show, free drinks & nuts, Santa Claus with presents for the children and the traditional Cutting of the New Year’s Cake by the Mayor. 28th - 1st January ►Thanos Petrelis will be in Cyprus over the Christmas season. The much acclaimed Greek singer will be performing live in various venues across Cyprus, including Paphos, Nicosia, Limassol and Ayia Napa. Prices start at €50. Don't miss out on what promises to be a spectacular night. ►Larnaca Writers We are an established, friendly writing group, who welcome new members at all levels of experience. We meet on alternate Saturdays at 11.a.m. at Lithos Sports Bar in Oroklini. For further details contact: Sonia on 99812855 or email:larnacawriters@gmail. com www.larnacanews.com

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3 cups (510g) sultanas. 1 1/2 cups (265g) chopped raisins. 1 cup (155g) currants. 1 cup (150g) chopped dried pitted dates. 1/2 cup (95g) prunes, finely chopped. 100g red glace cherries, finely chopped. 1/2 cup (125g) finely chopped glace figs. 1/4 cup (50g) mixed peel. 3/4 cup (185ml) whiskey. 1 tbs finely grated orange rind. 250g butter, at room temperature . 1 cup (200g) brown sugar 4 eggs . 2 cups (300g) plain flour 2 tsp mixed spice. 2 x 200g pkts prepared almond paste. 1/2 cup (125g) apricot jam 1kg bought colour of your choice fondant icing Ribbon, to decorate. Silver leaf, to decorate.

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1 eggwhite 1 1/2 cups (230g) pure icing sugar, plus extra to dust How 1. Combine the sultanas, raisins, currants, dates, prunes, cherries, figs, mixed peel, whiskey and orange rind in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside, stirring occasionally, for 2 days to macerate. 2. Preheat oven to 150째C. Grease and line the base and sides of six (3/4 cup/185ml capacity) metal dariole moulds with baking paper. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well www.larnacanews.com

Christmas Mini Cakes In Eight Easy Steps between each addition, until just combined. Add to the fruit mixture with the flour and mixed spice and use a wooden spoon to stir until well combined. 3. Spoon fruit mixture evenly among the prepared moulds. Tap the bases of the moulds on a bench to settle mixture to the base. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean. Remove from oven and cover with foil. Turn cake over to sit on foil. Set aside overnight to cool completely. 4. To make the royal icing, combine the eggwhite and icing sugar in a small bowl to form a smooth paste. Cut six 10cm-diameter discs from a silver-covered cardboard cake board. Spread a small dot of icing on each cardboard disc. Top with a small piece of baking paper. Use a small, serrated knife to trim the base of each cake. Place the cake, cutside down, onto each lined board. Fill any holes in cake with pieces of almond paste. 5. Heat the jam in a small saucepan over low heat until jam melts. Strain through a fine sieve. Brush half the warm jam over the top and side of each cake. Roll out almond paste on a work surface dusted with icing sugar. Use a 7cm round pastry cutter to cut six discs and place on the top of each cake. Cut the remaining almond paste into 5cm-wide strips and

place around the side of each cake. Use hands, dusted in icing sugar, to smooth the surface. 6. Knead the fondant icing and divide into six equal portions. Roll an icing portion out to a 3-4mm thick disc. Brush the almond paste with a little of the remaining jam. 7. Drape the fondant over the cake and use hands, dusted in icing sugar, to smooth and shape the fondant around the sides of cake. Use a small, sharp knife to trim the edges. Repeat with remaining jam, fondant and cakes. 8. Decorate with ribbon, royal icing and silver leaf, or any christmas decoration you desire. You can also mix and match the fruits to your preference. Have a scrumptious Christmas Holiday.

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Creative Writing Monthly Winner Caribbean Christmas Creative Writing Competition!! For all you writing enthusiasts out there, now is your chance to have your writing published in the Larnaca News. The word limit for submissions is 8001000 words. Each month one piece of creative writing will be selected by our panel of judges (the Publishing Editor, Editor, and Sales Manager) and will be included as a snippet of 400500 words. At the end of the competition our favourite piece shall be produced in a full double page spread, designed and brought to life by our very talented team. The winner will also receive some goodies to help them continue their writing with great aplomb. We are looking forward to receiveing your creative writing, please send all submissions to editor@larnacanews.com. All genres are accepted, but please bear in mind that all age groups read the Larnaca News and therefore should be targeted towards this audience accordingly. Get writing and get published in the Larnaca News! Congratulations this month to our competition winner Jill Sherwood with Caribbean Christmas. Runners up spots go to Maria Carolina Plugaru for her heartfelt poem and Bob Jenkins for his Santa Claus story. All submissions will roll over into next month's picks so competition is getting hot. Enter our Creative Writing competition now! Re-entrants more than welcome.

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“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”, we all caroled in our squeaky pre-teen voices, standing in serried ranks, smallest in the front, tallest at the back; a microcosm of the United Nations balancing precariously on wobbly benches. Not one of us out of all the pupils at the local primary school, had the faintest notion of what a “white Christmas” looked like, felt like or even was, but we were all being educated in precisely the same fashion as small English children were, in all their primary schools all over Britain. In the airy estate house with its wide, fern-hung verandahs, the tree had been hauled in by the long suffering Bruce, the sugar estate factotum, sweating through his khaki shirt, and giggling as he always did, “But dis is one fine-fine tree, nuh, man! T’ink of what you gwine get, Miss Jilly!” And thinking we were, my brother and I, as we danced in hysterical glee about him. This was no fir tree, no Norwegian spruce, or blue pine; this was two or three branches of the casuarina tree, which had the appearance of fir, and whose tangy scent still imbues all my memories of tropical childhood Christmases. After the branches had been arranged and balanced to her final satisfaction, my mother would then produce (with strict injunctions on her part “not to touch”, and on our part, to frissons of anticipation and delight) the glass baubles which she had carefully stored from the previous year. Crowding together in the kitchen door, the house servants gathered and gaped with joy and wonder akin to ours, as each glistening, shiny bauble was lovingly lifted from its cotton wool cocoon. Later that night, when the adult party was winding to its close, and we two children crouched in the upstairs corridor, our heads poking through the banisters to glimpse the fun, my father,

as was his wont, launched into song. He led the guests in rousing chorus through most of the carols, finishing finally with his favorite, the old spiritual, “Poor ol’ Joe”. As he got to the line “I hear the angel voices calling”, my beloved nurse, swathed in an old garden jacket, her head covered, not as it normally was in gleaming white cap, but in an ancient brown one belonging to the gardener, leaning heavily on the broom, came tottering through the door. “Ise a-coming , Ise a-coming , tho’ mah is bendin’ low”, she sang in a glorious rich contralto, to cheers of delight from the other servants, clustered in the doorway, appreciative acclamation from the guests, and peals of high pitched glee from us, her two charges. I don’t think my love for her that night could have been more intense, as I hugged myself with pleasure and pride. And so that one Christmas ended, not in flurries of snow, or with the crisp crunch of icy footsteps across a frozen landscape, but in the early hours of a humid tropical dawn, with a soft murmur and susurration of tropical insects, and the tang of jasmine and sugar cane wafting faintly through the shutters. Somewhere, in some happy heaven, I imagine that beloved nurse still singing in her lovely voice and its faint whisper still thrills my listening heart. - By Jill Sherwood, Oroklini, Larnaca All entries will be featured on our website www.larnacanews.com

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Celebrating 17 Years of Indian Cuisine Happy Birthday Masalas This month Masalas Indian Restaurant celebrates 17 years of business and would like to say a big thank you to all its regular customers and welcome any new customers. The owner Nick from Stratford Upon Avon, Warickshire has brought a wealth of experience to Larnaca and has been responsible for putting Indian Cuisine firmly on the Cyprus map. He trully believes that Masalas is way up there at the top and claims to be the best Indian Restaurant in Cyprus and one of the Finest in Europe. Come and dine at Masalas and tell us if he’s right.

The authenticity of the restaurant is due not only to the scent and flavours of the fine spices, cardoman and cumin, the array of colours and to the gentle ripples of the water fountain but to the tunes of Asia softly playing in the background, all of which add to the ambience of the whole experience. The decor was in keeping with the Indian theme and the clever use of coloured lighting made for a relaxing atmosphere. It is no wonder that even in these times of recession if you’re arriving at the weekend it’s best to book your favourite seat in or out. If you don’t know what to order no matter just leave it to Margaritta and her staff and in true cypriot style they will order a meze of dishes to tickle your pallette. Masalas is now pleased to be able to offer its customers old and new a 20% discount off the menu for December between Monday and Thursday when dining at the restaurant. Everyone at Masalas would like to take this opportunity to wish all its customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. www.larnacanews.com

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ince he opened his restaurant and cookery workshop in Limassol, Roddy Damalis has certainly earned a great reputation for both his tasty food and for making cooking fun! Certainly his workshops are always full, with both men and women of all ages, eager to learn some of the ‘tricks of the trade’ as they cook alongside Roddy before sitting down to share the meal they have cooked with a glass of wine or two – what a winning formula. Roddy has a weekly cookery programme on TV so the natural progression was for him to write a cookery book and Ta Piatakia Mou – My Little Plates has just been published. The ethos behind the cookery book is the preservation of Cyprus cuisine. Roddy loves all the traditional dishes that his grandmother used to make but realises how time consuming they can be, so they are not practical for today’s busy living. Roddy has carefully taken the recipes apart and recreated them. He adapts with modern methods and short cuts and occasionally carefully altering the taste subtley to broaden appeal. He hopes that by encouraging everyone to cook these dishes that the livelihoods of the people who make many of the traditional ingredients will be

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LARNACANEWSREVIEWS This beautiful volume has been written by Jane Stylianou who works for the organisation BirdLife Cyprus. She has purposefully made the book easy to follow for all ages and she has packed in plenty of interesting information and attempted to answer many of the frequently asked questions. Birds of Cyprus literally does start at the beginning in its introduction, explaining the evolution of birds and how they fly before describing migration and how there are two groups of migratory birds visiting Cyprus - the passage migrants who pass through Cyprus on their migratory journey and those that will remain in Cyprus to breed.

safeguarded too. The cookery book takes its title from Roddy’s restaurant Ta Piatakia meaning Little Plates and this handsome volume contains 100 favourite recipes from the restaurant. Each recipe has been beautifully illustrated and the recipe has been clearly written with time saving tips and plenty of good advice so that each one is a success. If you are looking for a special Christmas gift, this could be the one or why not book your nearest and dearest on one of the new series of cookery workshops which begin in the New Year? Ta Piatakia Mou- My Little Plates by Roddy Damalis is available in hardback priced €37.50. The book can be bought online and places reserved for the cookery workshops via the website www.tapiatakia.com or by telephone 25582515. The cook book can also be ordered by mail order from Moufflon Books in Nicosia 22-665155 - By Chrissie Flint

The third chapter is an important one as it introduces the two endangered birds of Cyprus the Griffon Vulture and Raven and the subsequent chapters contain information about resident species as well as summer and winter visitors and the endemic species that can be seen. The photographs used for each species are beautiful and certainly help with recognition. Through all the pages there are interesting snippets of information to encourage readers to take an interest in the birds and importantly to recognise the importance of protecting them and the role of Birdlife Cyprus in this - both locally and on an international scale. Birds of Cyprus is a great read, and not just under the Christmas tree. * Birds of Cyprus by Jane Stylianou (BirdLife Cyprus) is published in softback by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and is priced €20.00. The book is available by mail order from Moufflon Books in Nicosia Tel: 22665155 or e-mail bookshop@ moufflon.com ►There is also a great opportunity this Christmas to get your hands, or eyes in this case, on a piece of work by Larnaca's own up and coming local author, Sonia Kilvington. Her E-book, Main Line Murders, is available at www.ebookmall.com priced $4.99.

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Dear Tess, I have created a mess for myself and I don't know what to do for the best. One night on holiday I got extremely drunk when we were all out at a bar and my friend's husband took me back to the hotel room. We ended up having sex, which i think I instigated. I feel so terribly guilty and ashamed. My friend's husband constantly texts me or phones me begging me not to say anything. Despite what happened I consider myself to be an honest and decent person. The weight of this secret - keeping it from my partner - whom I love - is crushing me. I just don't know what to do. Please help me. -Anon Dear Reader, Whatever you decide to do needs to be weighed between what your conscience says to you, and the consequences of revealing what happened that night. You might feel better 'getting the guilt and shame out of your system' but what of the repurcussions for your partner and your friend? They are innocent in this. What will it do to them? What will the effect be upon your friend's relationship with her husband? Have you considered the impact upon your

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relationship with your partner, and your relationship with your friend? Your friend and your partner are likely to be devastated by this. The implications for you all having trusting relationships with eachother for the forseeable future is highly questionable. You are likely to lose the friendship you have with your friend and her husband forever. Your friend's husband also has a say in what happens too - doesn't he? If you decide not to say anything you will have to come to terms with what happened, and at some point forgive yourself. It might help to talk to a counsellor to support you through this. Resolve to be more careful when you drink alcohol

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Tess

Whether you take my advice or not, it is my opinion on what I would do in similar circumstances. Neither I, nor the Magazine will be held responsible for any repercussions from you taking my advice or not. The final decision has to be yours. Remember, every choice you make has consequences, which can be good or bad - so think very carefully before you act.

Tracey Stratton, more commonly known as Tess is a youth and couple relationship counselor in Cyprus. She also specialises in family therapy. For more information about her services or to send in your questions, e-mail her directly at tracey.stratton@hotmail.co.uk or phone 96500274 www.larnacanews.com

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Expert Advice Land Registry Queries I am often asked by clients who are owners of properties in apartment blocks or on complexes, Stelios where do we register our management committee? This question often perplexes me. My answer is invariably, who told you that you have to 'register' the management committee? Before my clients can answer I preempt them as I know what the answer will be and it is usually their developer's advice. And it is wrong. So, let me set the record straight for you. According to our land Law (Tenure, Registration, Valuation) Cap 224 Part II A, which concerns commonly owned properties there is NO obligation or in fact mechanism for registering a 'management committee' at the Land Registry or anywhere else for that matter. This section of the law is badly drafted, has holes in it and is, to say the least, ambiguous, but the legislature was clear when the law was drafted. Go to any land registry in Cyprus and ask to register your management committee, and the Director should point you in the direction of the exit as the Land Registry is not bound to hold any record, list or register of management committees as this is not what the law intended and if it did then this would be a logistical nightmare. Let us take some simple logical examples of why there is no requirement to register a management committee.

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but the establishment of the rules and regulations according to which each person's rights and duties in a commonly held property (complex or apartment) are set down, and the processes by which a management committee is voted in and voted out. Article 38 A - 38ΛΒ of the above law are relevant. Article 38K of the law cheer and happiness and, above states simply that a true copy of the rules and regulations enacted all, free of any legal problems. or voted on at a general meeting Kind Regards, of the owners of the units in the commonly held property may be Stelios A. Stylianou (Partner) sent to the director of the land registry in the district in which NICOLAIDES STYLIANOU LLC the property exists. Then the Lawyers Director makes a note of it in the register concerning the commonly Tel: +357 22 445 800 Fax: +357 22 445 802 held property. If this has not happened then don't worry as the fol- E-mail: s.stylianou@ns-lawyers.com lowing article, Article 38KA clearly website: www.ns-lawyers.com states that if the management committee does not file any rules or regulations with the Director of the Land registry then the standard rules and regulations of the Law set out in the appendix shall be regarded as registered in relation to the building. Thus clearly if the owners of Firstly what do you register? The the units of the name? The names of the persons commonly held on the committee? building were If so then one would have to to adopt the ■ No compulsory annuity purchase re-register or inform the Land Reg- standard rules ■ Tax free cash istry every time any such changes then there is no ■ Tax free income are made. need to register ■ Improved death benefits them with the ■ Choice of currency What if the management comLand Registry let ■ Consolidation mittee is reduced by 3 members? alone register ■ Personal Investment management Do you have to re-register, send a the committee. ■ Security letter to the Land Registry? Sending a letter to your great I hope that has uncle Bert in Swansea would have cleared up any greater effect I'm afraid. No you misconcepdo not register a management tions and I wish committee. What is important is you all a Merry not the management committee Christmas full of 30 Larnaca News

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A Lawyers Happy Christmas Message by Mark Tilden Another year gone – I cannot believe it. I am sure that the days get faster and faster the older you get. For those of you that have read my articles over the last twelve months, thank you – I am glad that someone reads them! For those of you that have not – where have you been and what have you been doing ?! All I wish to do in the article this month is to stress once again that if you have assets here in Cyprus and you do not have a Cypriot Will to cover those assets then you are potentially leaving open a great deal of stress and worry and perhaps even unforeseen consequences for your next of kin if you do not make one. However, as this is the season of good will, I would like to say to all my readers the following, in the best traditions of lawyer humour :

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Please accept without obligation, express or implied, these best wishes for an environmentally safe, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, and gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday as practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice (but with respect for the religious or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or for their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all) and further for a personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated onset of the generally accepted calendar year (including, but not limited to, the Christian calendar, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures). The preceding wishes are extended without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical

ability, religious faith or sexual preference. (!) I shall be available over the Xmas period to deal with any questions or queries you may have as regards Wills both under Cypriot and British jurisdictions. The cost of making a valid British or Cypriot Will is €195.00 for a single Will and €325.00 for a mirror (husband and wife type) Will. In both cases Stamp Duty needs to be paid of €17.09 per Will. If you require any further information or you wish me to visit you to discuss then please do not hesitate to call me on Tel: 96549826 or email: mark11cyprus@hotmail.com Finally, I would like to wish all readers a very Happy Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. ▄

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Motoring Madness Travel to the Future by Sean Dunne Porsche Cayenne scoops awards in Europe and USA. The world's largest international reader jury has awarded the new Porsche Cayenne the “Golden Steering Wheel 2010". Almost 250,000 readers from 23 different countries voted on participating vehicles in SpringerVerlag’s pan-European reader poll, with the Cayenne emerging triumphant in the SUV category. The latest version of the successful sporty off-road vehicle particularly impressed readers with its attractive design and high practicality, alongside maximum efficiency and the typical driving pleasure of a Porsche. For the “Golden Steering Wheel” awards 40 million readers of “AUTO BILD”, “BILD am Sonntag” and 26 other European car magazines were invited to vote for their favourites. Porsche had previously won the coveted award in 2000 with the 911 Turbo, in 2005 with the Carrera GT and in 2009 with the Panamera. This announcement virtually coincided with the coronation of the new Cayenne as “Sport/ Utility of the Year” by the renowned US trade publication “Motor Trend”, in the home country of the SUV. The editorial panel of experts assessed a total of 15 new models in this category according to the six objective criteria: design,

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14 APOP KINYRAS PEYIAS Introduction To Larnaca Football Clubs December League Results by George Kasparis I hope you are all enjoying the great game in Cyprus and another interesting month with only three games to report on. AEK seem to be going from strength to strength collecting maximum points from three games. On the other hand Anorthorsis are going from bad to worse (we hear they have a few problems internally). Ermis have made some ground and have climbed up the table, whilst Alki…well…I don't know what's going on there ; they have sacked their coach, so dare I say the new guy will get better results. The Larnaca News team went to the local derby between AEK and Anorthosis last week; by far the biggest crowd of the season with around 10,000 fans turning up. It was a very vocal and colourful game and there was a terrific atmosphere. Both teams were evenly matched until Anorthosis were reduced to 10 men having their goalkeeper sent off. The rest is history. The Cyprus Cup also kicked off last week with all three divisions taking part. All the Larnaca boys managed to qualify for the next round quite comfortably, apart from AEK who had a nail biter scoring the decisive goal in the last minute of extra time. I quite like the set up as all matches are played on a home and away basis and stretches out the season, making it much more exciting. Something I do have to mention and you have probably noticed, is that we don't have our last Larnaca team, Anorthosis, in our Spotlight section this month. Unfortunately they declined the opportunity to gain a little bit more support for their club. It’s bit of a shame because they are by far the most successful club in Cyprus over the last decade, almost reaching the final 16 in the group stages of the Champions League. Finally I would like to thank you all for taking part in the Spotlight on Larnaca Football. I hope you enjoyed it and are much more informed. As I have now completed our 4 clubs in Larnaca, in the next issue I will be giving you a roundup of the month’s action and of course, the league tables. I wish you all an enjoyable Christmas and happy New Year. Position

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of courage and friendship, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom takes players on a majestic adventure as Tepeu, a cunning individual who must rely on his agility to triumph over increasing obstacles. What he lacks in might, his towering companion makes up for with his colossal size and brawn. As players progress through the game's lush environments, the Majin will continue to acquire additional abilities that will provide access to previously obstructed areas. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom redefines co-op AI gameplay

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nyone in the world can now access over 14 million digitised books, maps, photographs, paintings, film and music clips from cultural institutions across Europe through Europe's digital library Europeana. Launched in 2008 with two million objects, Europeana has already passed the initial target for 2010 of 10 million objects. Europeana is a multimedia library, museum and archive gateway with Web 2.0 features. It offers direct access to digitised books, audio and film material, photos, paintings, maps, manuscripts, newspapers and archival documents that are part of Europe’s cultural heritage. Visitors to www.europeana.eu can search and explore different collections in Europe’s cultural institutions in their own language, without having to visit multiple sites or countries. Europeana was launched by the European Commission and the EU's culture ministers in Brussels on 20 November 2008. Who is Europeana for? Europeana offers anyone interested in literature, history, art or cinema a direct route to access European cultural resources. It offers a simple way to find cultural material from across Europe in digitised format. Europeana is also expected to attract students and researchers with its vast virtual collection of material from all disciplines. That said, it is just as easy for school children to use it, for homework or for fun. How does Europeana work? Europeana is a multimedia internet portal with content from different sources. The digital

objects that users can find on Europeana are not stored on a central computer, but remain with the cultural institution where the objects are in reality, and are hosted on their network. Europeana collects contextual information about the items, including pictures where appropriate. Users can search this contextual information, and a simple click provides them with access to the full content – inviting them to read a book, play a video or listen to an audio recording that is stored on the servers of the respective content contributing institutions. Cultural institutions collaborating with Europeana organise their digitised content so as to make this search possible, while maintaining control over their content. How does a cultural digital object (book, video, etc.) end up in Europeana? First, the cultural object has to be digitised. Digitisation is the transformation into digital format of text and photos from paper, films from reels, music from vinyl or videos from tape, so it can be accessed from a computer. For text and photos this involves scanning. Then the cultural institution that has digitised the object has to make it available for search and retrieval through Europeana. To make it searchable from a single entry point, the institution has to add the right contextual information to the digital object, such as the name

of the author/creator, the place and date of creation, etc. The selection of content to be digitised and brought into Europeana is determined by EU countries and their cultural institutions in line with their cultural and/or information policies. How many digital objects are available through Europeana and where do they come from? Europeana gives direct access to over 14 million digitised items from museums, libraries, audiovisual and other archives across Europe. Over 1,500 cultural organisations from the 27 EU countries have provided material to Europeana. Are 14 million objects enough? 14 million objects is a very respectable number. It shows good progress compared to 2 million items in 2008 and is well above the Commission's initial target of 10 million works for 2010. To attract more users and to ensure that users come back to the site, the amount of objects searchable through Europeana should grow over the coming years. The speed of this growth TURN TO PAGE 42

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LARNACANEWSNEWS FROM PAGE 41 depends largely on the pace of digitisation in EU member states. This can happen if more Member States make their digitised heritage available to redress the present imbalance between the contributions, and if content providers increase the diversity of the types of content, especially audio and video content. What kind of interesting cultural objects can I find on Europeana? Here is just a selection: ►Austria: handwritten travel notes by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1769); several back-volumes of 'Dillingers Reise- und FremdenZeitung' from the end of the 19th century; ►Belgium: the images of a series of art nouveau buildings in Brussels (also featuring in Europeana's art nouveau exhibition), the works of the 19th century poet Guido Gezelle; ►Bulgaria: a parchment manuscript dated 1221, among the most important witnesses to the history of Bulgarian language; a series of postcards from before WWI showing the city of Varna; ►Cyprus: 'E Asthenes Lyra' (1882), the first poetry collection of the national poet of Cyprus, Vasiles Michaelides; a large scale panoramic view of Nicosia; ►Czech Republic: the 'Chronicon Universale', a codex of the second half of the 12th century; footage of the 1968 Prague spring;

►Denmark: 1907 footage of festivities for the Danish Constitution Day in Haslev; 'Præsten i Vejlbye', an 1829 Danish crime story by Steen Steensen Blicher. ►Estonia: a 1926 History of Estonian Folk Costumes; a luxurious bookbinding in the Art Nouveau style made for the collection of poems (Tartu; 1904) of the Estonian poet Ado Reinvald; ►Finland: a range of 19th century newspapers, an 1849 copy of the 'Kalevala', the Finnish national epic'. ►France: the complete works of Marcel Proust, and his handwritten notes; ‘Le penseur’ sculpted by Auguste Rodin; ►Germany: the complete works of Goethe and Schiller; handwritten music scores by Ludwig von Beethoven; ►Greece: images of ancient warships from the Hellenic maritime museum exemplifying Greece's seafaring past; a 1588 copy in ancient Greek and in Latin of Aristotle's Technē rētorikēs; ►Ireland: ‘The Tower’ by W.B. Yeats, a series of pre-WWI photographs of the Glendalough monastry; ►Italy: a series of videos illustrating how Galileo Galilei did his experiments; ►Lithuania: a 100 year old recording of the song ‘Aspadainnosiu; Oj turiau, dariau’; ►Luxemburg: several back-

volumes of the magazine “A-Z Luxemburger illustrierte Wochenschrift” from the period just before WW II; documentary material on the signature of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 ►Malta: the front page of the first newspaper published in Malta in 1798; Netherlands: paintings by the 17th century Dutch painter Jan Steen; ►Poland: the ‘Holy Cross Sermons’ the oldest record in the Polish language in the collections of the Polish National Library; ►Portugal: a 1325 charter from King Alphonse IV to the city of Lisbon confirming its privileges; ►Romania: a collection of Dacian coins from the pre-Roman period; ►Slovakia: a series of images of Bratislava Castle; an amazing collection of ancient Arab, Turkish and Persian manuscripts from the university library in Bratislava; ►Spain: a wonderfully illuminated codex from 1047 with comments on the Apocalypse made by the monk Beatus, written for King Ferdinand I and Queen Sancha of Castile and León; ►Sweden: the 'Rök runestone' from around 800 AD, which can be seen as the start of Swedish literature; ►UK: the 1476 Caxton edition of the Canterbury Tales, the first substantial book to be printed in England; several editions of the 'Origin of species' by Charles Darwin. ▄

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he Star of Bethlehem. For two thousand years, Biblical scholars have debated the nature of the Christmas Star. Now astronomers and other scientists are weighing in‌

Cambridge University, argues that it was a comet. And Humphreys is convinced that this tailed wonder was the Star of Bethlehem. The Chinese records show that the celestial visitor was visible for Was Venus the 70 days - long enough to guide Star of Bethlehem? the Magi to Bethlehem. In this Almost certainly not case, Jesus was born in the - Venus makes such spring of 5 BC. regular appearances But other scholars believe that as the "Morning Star" a comet doesn't fit the bill. and the "Evening The Magi were not kings, but Star" that people Babylonian astrologers. They observing the heavdidn't spend their time lookens even thousands ing at the sky, and logging of years ago would unexpected events such as have been familiar comets. Like the astrologers with it. The Christmas of today, they were calcuStar must have been a lating the positions of the celestial event that was Sun, Moon and planets, truly out-of-the-ordinary. and their relations to each To track down the real other. This enabled them Star of Bethlehem, we to "predict" events months need to know roughly or even years in advance. the date of Jesus' birth. Before people knew what To confuse matters, the stars and planets acJesus wasn't born in the tually were, they put their Year Zero (which doesn't faith in the movements exist), or even in Year One. of heavenly bodies. The Thanks to a miscalculation "wise men" who could in the calendar by a sixthpredict those movecentury monk delighting ments became incredht lig f o r ta S , uty in the name of Dionysius ibly powerful, because Star of bea as this bright, Exiguus, Jesus was actually human destiny lay in - but if it w ve known about it ha ld born several years BC. We their hands. u o w d ro e H know also that Herod was alive So, the Christmas Star may have at the time of the birth, and been something much more subtle - so arcane that that he died soon after an eclipse of the Moon - alit may not have been evident to those without the most certainly in 4 BC. So what astronomical portents astrological knowledge... were occurring at around that time? In recent years, various scientists have tried to reinWe can rule out a really brilliant exploding star terpret the evidence, while entering into the mindset (supernova). Everyone in the Middle East would have of the astronomer-astrologers of 2000 years ago, to been astounded by such a sight. Yet, according to St find out what heavenly apparitions would have been Matthew's gospel, neither King Herod nor his advisers important for them. David Hughes, of Sheffield Unihad seen the star. versity, cites a "triple conjunction" between the giant In addition, Chinese astronomers were logging their planets Jupiter and Saturn that took place in 7 BC. In own observations of the sky at the time, and reported May, September and December of that year, the two no brilliant supernovae. They did, however, record two planets drew close together in the sky. bright comets. The first was Halley's Comet, which swings close by the Sun roughly every 76 years. But Astrologically, the conjunctions were laden with the ancient Chinese saw Halley swinging by in 12 BC meaning. Jupiter was the king of the gods; Saturn too early for the birth of Jesus. represented both Palestine and the principle of justice, while Pisces was the zodiacal sign of the Jewish The Chinese reported another celestial visitor early in people. The Magi - looking at their astrological charts 5 BC – a "broom star" on the borders of the constel- would have interpreted the conjunctions as a sign lations Aquarius and Capricornus. Though some that a Jewish Messiah would soon be born. Hughes astronomers think this was a nova - an explosion on a dwarf star - Colin Humphreys, a scientist at TURN TO PAGE 45

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Astrology December Horoscope ARIES: March 21 – April 19 This is a good month for surprises Aries...not for you, but a close friend or relative perhaps. A small gift will be much appreciated.

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AQUARIUS: Jan 20 – Feb 18 “Love and Romance” for you this month Aquarius. If you’re not in a relationship, this is YOUR month. If you are, it will get even better. How do you achieve this...? Just let your eyes and smile do the talking. PISCES: Feb 19 – Mar 20 Pisces, time for a rest....slow down. This month is a month for keeping everything as simple as possible. Keep away from complicated situations. If there is an EASY way out, take it.

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LARNACANEWSASTRONOMY by a portent in the sky - "there shall come a Star out of Jacob" (Book of Numbers) - and so it may have been natural to ensure that his account included a magnificent Star of Bethlehem. CREDITS: • http://www.firstscience.com/home/articles/bigtheories/what-was-the-star-of-bethlehem_1212.html • http://www.astronomynotes.com/history/bethlehem-star.html • http://web.archive.org/web/20050101030512/ sciastro.net/portia/articles/thestar.htm • http://sciastro.net/members/portia. php/2009/01/30/the-star-of-bethlehem • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3077385/ns/technology_and_science-science • http://www.theturning.org/folder/christmasstar. html • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_Bethlehem • http://www.eclipse.net/~molnar/

the a comet seen in It may have beeng of 5 BC rin sp concludes that Jesus was born in the autumn of 7 BC. American astronomical historian Michael Molnar has come up with even more spectacular astrological perspective. Molnar has checked out the astrological charts for the last decade BC, looking for strange configurations that would have excited the Magi. On 17 April 6 BC, Jupiter, the king of the planets, was rising just before the Sun. This significant event was known to ancient astrologers as "rising in the east" - just as we read in the Bible. And simultaneously, the moon moved right in front of Jupiter. Such occultations are very rare, and astrologically extremely important. So this date marked the birth chart of someone extremely important - not just a king, but the Messiah. In the chart, the sign of Aries was picked out by the Sun and Venus, the planet of love and hope. And to astrologers, Aries represented the kingdom of Judaea. According to Molnar, that's why the Magi were inspired to trek across the desert to the capital of Judaea, Jerusalem, to enquire after the birth of the Messiah. Once there, they heard prophecies of the Messiah's birth in Bethlehem. On this reckoning, Jesus was born in the spring of 6 BC. So - was the Nativity in the autumn of 7 BC, in the aftermath of a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn; in the spring of 6 BC, presaged by an occultation of Jupiter by the Moon; or in the spring of 5 BC, heralded by a comet? Or was the whole event perhaps just an embellishment to the story of Jesus. The star is, in fact, mentioned in only one of the four Gospels. St Matthew must have been aware of an Old Testament prediction that the birth of the Messiah would be accompanied

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