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Bailout deal made public Full details of cuts, taxes and changes Cyprus must make By George Psyllides

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HE government yesterday released the full text of the bailout terms agreed with international lenders, which provides for spending cuts of over €1.2 billion between 2012 and 2016 and widespread reform of the banking and public sectors. “All issues in the memorandum have been agreed apart from the amount needed for bank recapitalisation,” Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said. The document had been given to parties after receiving the permission of the lenders, collectively known as the troika, and it was not long before it was leaked to the media. It includes cuts in civil service salaries, allowances and pensions and increases in VAT, tobacco, alcohol and fuel taxes, taxes on lottery winnings, property, and higher health care costs over the next three years. Civil service work hours are also expected to change in a move to cut down on overtime. Cyprus and international lenders last week struck a preliminary agreement on the terms of a bailout pro-

gramme but can only be finalised once the interim results of the due-diligence into the banks’ loan portfolios are known. The preliminary due diligence results are expected in early December. It would then have to be approved by the Eurogroup and by individual member-states. The Eurogroup is expected to discuss Cyprus on December 3, but a more in-depth discussion is set to take place 10 days later, after the due diligence results become known. Shiarly said the government will submit to parliament 20 bills related with the memorandum, with the aim of having them approved by December 13. The bailout, speculated to be around €17 billion, will enable the island to recapitalise its Greece-exposed banking sector and ensure financing for the government at an affordable rate. But it comes with conditions that will usher in widespread reforms. The aim of the programme is to restore the soundness of the banking sector “by thoroughly restructuring, resolving and downsizing financial institutions, TURN TO PAGE 2

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Napoleon letter vowing to blow up Kremlin is up for auction in Paris A RARE, greying letter from Napoleon Bonaparte vowing to “blow up the Kremlin” goes up for auction in Paris this weekend, providing an insight into the French Emperor’s ill-fated Russian campaign. Written in code and dated October 20, 1812, the spidery missive reads as a series of figures, signed hastily from “Nap”. The original transcript also goes

on sale, with its first fateful sentence: “I’m going to blow up the Kremlin on October 22, at 3 o’clock in the morning.” The letter is part of a collection of over 400 Napoleonic artefacts to be sold off by auction house Osenat tomorrow where it is expected to fetch between €10,000 and €15,000 ($13,000-$19,500). “It’s magical, we’ve actually got

a piece of history in our hands... I wouldn’t miss this for an Empire,” said Jean-Pierre Osenat, head of the auction house. The letter was written at a difficult time for Napoleon, towards the end of his 1812 Russian campaign in which more than 300,000 French soldiers died. The battle outside Moscow in September is considered among

the bloodiest dayS of action in the Napoleonic Wars, with at least 70,000 casualties. When Napoleon finally entered Moscow, he found the Russian Tsar had already evacuated and the city was in tatters. It was then he began the disastrous Great Retreat from Moscow, ordering the Duke of Treviso to destroy the Kremlin as he went.


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(continued from front page) strengthening of supervision, addressing expected capital shortfall and improving liquidity management,” while correcting excessive government deficit and implementing structural reforms to support competitiveness and sustainable and balanced growth. The programme calls for fiscal measures totalling 7.25 per cent of GDP or around €1.2 billion between 2012 and 2016. It comes with a warning that in the event the goals are not met, the “government should stand ready to take additional measures to preserve the programme objectives, including by reducing discretionary spending.” “Over the programme period, cash revenues above programme projections, including any windfall gains, will be used to reduce debt. If instead over-performance materialises to the extent that it is deemed permanent, this can reduce the need for additional measures in the outer years.” For 2012, the government must achieve a deficit of no more than 5.8 per cent of GDP or around €1.1 billion, according to the memorandum. To achieve this, the government must immediately implement additional permanent measures of at least €42 million. Among the immediate measures is the scaled reduction in the salaries of pub-

Troika members during their most recent visit lic and broader public sector pensioners and employees: EUR 0-1000: 0 per cent; EUR 1001-1500: 6.5 per cent; EUR 1501-2000: 8.5 per cent; EUR 2001-3000: 9.5 per cent; EUR 3001-4000: 11.5 per cent; above EUR 4001: 12.5 per cent. The measures include extending a freeze of cost of living allowance payments until the end of 2015 – the duration of the programme, extending the freeze of increments and general wage increases in the public and broader public sector and temporary contribution in the public, broader

public and private sectors on gross earnings and pensions by three additional years until 31 December 2016. Among the revenue measures, the programme provides for updating the 1980’s prices by applying the CPI index over 1980 to 2012; and amend tax rates for the value bands. The new rates, which will apply to the updated values, are as follows: For values of EUR 0- 150,000 coefficient of 0‰ EUR 150,001- 500,000 -- 6 EUR 500,001- 1,000,000 -8‰ and EUR 1,000,001 plus --10‰.

THE UNION movement across Cyprus is planning to hold a work stoppage and mass rally outside Parliament and the Finance Ministry to protest against cost-cutting measures included in the loan agreement with the troika, in transpired yesterday. Unions met yesterday for three hours in Nicosia to discuss their response to the cuts in spending on the public payroll promised by the state to international lenders. Speaking after the meeting, SEK union boss Nicos Moyseos said all unions found the measures affecting workers and burdening the public with more taxes to be “tough”. Union representatives agreed to propose a mass rally attended by the entire union movement to their respective organisations. Moyseos said once they got the go-ahead, a date would be set very shortly. According to sources of the Cyprus News Agency, the proposal involves a work stoppage, during which public servants will march towards the Parliament and Finance Ministry where they will hold a mass rally protesting against the measures. Apart from their pay and pension cuts, public sector working hours are to be changed to cut down on overtime costs. The troika memo said in addition to these changes, authorities must commission an independent external review of possible further reforms. It said an appropriate system of remuneration and working conditions / conditions of employment in the public sector (e.g. annual vacation leave, sick leave, maternity leave, working time), should more in line with the private sector and with other EU countries, and based on best practices. It also provides for the introduction of a new performance based appraisal system in the public sector linking performance with remuneration.

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- Extend the application of the temporary contribution on gross earnings and pensions of public and private sector employees up to 31 December 2016 as follows: EUR 0 – 1,500: 0%; EUR 1,501 – 2,500: 2.5%; EUR 2,501 – 3,500: 3.0%; and > EUR 3,501 - : 3.5%. - Increase the standard VAT rate from 18% in 2013 to 19% in 2014. - Increase the reduced VAT rate from 8% to 9%. - Increase excise duties on oil products, by increasing the tax rate on motor fuels (petrol and gasoil) by EUR 0.05. -- Increase the contributions, as of 1.1.2014, of salaried employees and employers to the GSIS by an additional 1 p.p. on pensionable earnings, i.e. 0.5 p.p. from employees and 0.5 p.p. from employers and 1 p.p in the case of selfemployed persons. - Increase excise duties on tobacco, in particular on finecut smoking tobacco, from EUR 60/kg to EUR 150/kg. Increase excise duties on cigarettes by EUR 0.20/per packet of 20 cigarettes. - Increase excise duties on beer by 25% from EUR 4.78 per hl to EUR 6.00 - Increase the standard VAT rate from 17% to 18% in 2013. - Introduce a tax of 20% on gains distributed to winners of betting by the Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics S.A. (OPAP) and the National Lottery for winnings of EUR 5,000 or more. - Undertake a reform of the tax system for motor vehicles, based on environmentally-friendly principles, with a view to raising additional revenues, through the annual road tax, the registration fee and excise duties, including motor fuel duties,. The reform will take into account the related study of the University of Cyprus. - Increase fees for public services by at least 17% of the current values. - Abolish all exceptions currently in place for paying the annual company levy of EUR 350.

- Ensure a reduction in total outlays for social transfers by at least EUR 113 million through: (a) the abolition of a number of redundant and overlapping schemes such as the mothers allowance, other family allowances and educational allowances; (b) the abolition of supplementary allowances under public assistance, the abolition of the special grant and the streamlining of the Easter allowance for pensioners; (c) reducing the costs for various housing schemes by at least EUR 35 million by consolidating and streamlining the schemes for the displaced and the Comprehensive Housing Scheme, discontinuing the special grant for acquiring a first residence and ceasing the provision of loans and loan guarantees related to house construction and acquisition under all government-administered housing schemes. (see 3.12). - Ensure a reduction of at least EUR 29 million in the total outlays of allowances for employees in the public and broader public sector by taxing pensionable allowances provided to senior government officials and employees (secretarial services, representation, and hospitality allowances) in the public and broader public sector, reducing the allowances provided to broader public sector employees and reducing all other allowances of broader public sector employees, government officials and hourly paid employees by 15%; and reducing the daily overseas subsistence allowance for business trips by 15%. - Reduce certain benefits and privileges for state officials and senior government officials, in particular by suspending the right to travel first/business class by state officials, senior government officials and employees with the exception of transatlantic travel. The right to business class travel shall be maintained for the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the President of the House. - Abolishing the right to duty free vehicles for employed and retired senior public sector officials.


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Home IN BRIEF Cost of Living - A lower frequency of adjustment, for calculating CoLA being lengthened from the current six months to 12 months. Indexation would take place on 1st January each year; - A move from full to partial indexation, with the rate of wage indexation being set at 50% of the underlying price index over the previous year. - Suspension of wage indexation in the wider public sector to remain in place until the end of the programme (2015) and based on current economic outlook, wage and salary indexation is foreseen not to be applied in the private sector until 2014.

Semi-state - Establish an inventory of assets, including real estate, owned by central government, municipalities and regional administrations, in view of possible divestments or restructurings. - Reduce the operational costs of SOEs by at least 15% on average compared with 2010, including via companyspecific cuts that are consistent with a realistic economic and financial assessment. - Prepare a plan to strengthen the governance of SOEs in accordance with international best practices and assess prospects and scope for privatisation.

Inland revenue - Strengthen powers of tax authorities. - Harmonise legislation so that not paying tax is a criminal offence. - Require all citizens over the age of 18 to secure a taxpayer ID number. - Remove the Director’s prerogative to act in relation to the application of the law’s provisions, including the decision on the withdrawal of lawsuit for unpaid taxes.

Banks might need €10b Preliminary amount, which could be subject to change By George Psyllides CYPRUS could require up to €10 billion to recapitalise its banks according to a draft deal with international lenders that was released yesterday. “A bank support facility of up to €10 billion is foreseen under the programme, which will also cover potential future capital needs,” the memorandum said. The amount is preliminary and could be subject to change as suggested by the brackets surrounding the figure. The exact amount per bank would be determined in a due diligence exercise. Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades told journalists earlier yesterday: “Nobody actually knows for sure.” Battered by their heavy exposure to debt-stricken Greece, the island’s biggest banks sought state assistance to replenish their capital. Unable to come up with the cash itself, the government sought a bailout from its EU partners and the IMF. The bank assistance comes with a series of conditions whose implementation will change the island’s banking sector dramatically. The changes will also affect Cyprus’ cooperative lenders. “Many of the problems for the sector are home-grown and relate to overexpansion in the property market as consequence of banks’ poor risk management practices,” the memorandum said. “Furthermore, the financial sector is

vulnerable because of its size relative to that of the domestic economy.” The administrative hurdles and the legislative framework currently constraining the seizure and sale of loan collateral will be amended such that the property pledged as collateral can be seized within a maximum time-span of 1.5 years from the initiation of legal or administrative proceedings. In the case of primary residences, this time-span could be extended to two years. The Central Bank’s guidance on the classification of loans as non-performing will be amended to include all loans past due by more than 90 days. The conditions also provide for the creation of accredit register listing all borrowers and beneficial owners, from both commercial banks and cooperative credit institutions, to enable these institutions to identify the borrowers who are or were in arrears. Authorities will also have to align the regulation and supervision of cooperative credit institutions to that of commercial banks. The supervision of cooperatives will be detached from the Commerce Ministry and integrated into the Central Bank. In consultation with the EU and the IMF, the Central Bank will ascertain the viability of cooperative credit institutions individually and design a strategy for restructuring viable and resolving non-viable institutions. Past reports said this would entail cutting down the number of cooperatives from around 95 to 35, mainly

The Central Bank Governor yesterday through mergers. The memorandum also calls for creating an asset management company (AMC) to resolve bad assets effectively and reduce the financial sector’s exposure to non-performing and non-core

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assets. An AMC or other vehicles will be able to acquire loans and other claims, including foreign exposure from credit institutions in Cyprus that have received or will receive state aid.

The housing market and property regulation • Provide for mandatory registration of sales contracts for immovable property by [Q2 2013]. By [Q4-2014], eliminate the title deed issuance backlog to less than 2,000 cases of immovable property sales contracts with title deed issuance pending for more than one year. • Publish quarterly progress reviews of the issuance of building and planning permits, certificates, and title deeds, as well as title deed transfers and related mortgage operations throughout the duration of the programme. • Introduce legislation on amending the procedure on the forced sale of mortgaged property to allow for private auctions as under the rules for immovable property recovery under bankruptcy regulations. • Better target the rules of court to improve the pace of court

case handling. The authorities shall assess the need for additional measures – including if necessary legislative reforms - to eliminate court backlogs. • Provide for specialised judges akin to the rules for criminal case handling in order to expedite the handling of cases under commercial and immovable property laws [Q2-2013]. • Implement a property price index that establishes the average property market valuation in 2013 by square metre of habitable surface and land plot. • Implement the recurrent immovable property tax based on imputed market valuations of land plots according to a unit tax base established by this property index [Q3 2014]. For co-owned land plots, the tax individual owners shall be taxed according to ownership proportions as provided in the cadastre.

Health care expenditure in the spotlight • Assess and publish before parliamentary discussion the potential risks and benefits of the planned introduction of the National Health System. • Abolish the category of beneficiaries class “B” and all exemptions for access to free public health care based on all non-income related categories except for persons suffering from certain chronic diseases depending on illness severity, while leaving the current threshold for beneficiaries class “A” unchanged. • Increase fees for medical services for non-beneficiaries by 30% to reflect the associated costs of medical services and create a co-payment formula with zero or low admission fees for visiting general practitioners, and increasing fees for using higher levels of care for all patients irrespective of age. • Set-up a system of family doctors acting as gate-keepers for access to further levels of care, including effective financial disincentives for bypassing family doctors and for using emergency care services in non-urgent situations. • Conduct an assessment of the basket of the top 10 publicly reimbursable healthcare products in terms of annual spending to increase cost-effectiveness of the basket of publicly reimbursed products and prepare the implementation of 10 new clinical guidelines focusing on high annual volume and high cost diseases. • Adopt a restructuring plan for public hospitals improving quality and optimising costs and redesigning the organisational structure of the hospital management. • Change working hours in line with new public service hours.

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Home UN in ‘standoff’ with Turkish military over fence in buffer zone By Poly Pantelides THE UNITED Nations yesterday had a ‘standoff’ with the Turkish army in the buffer zone near the village of Avlona after the latter reinstalled a fence the UN had just removed. At 9am yesterday, the UN took down a wire fence which the Turkish military had erected in the buffer zone in mid-November without authorisation, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force (UNFICYP) Michel Bonnardeaux said. The UN removed a fence of barbed wire about 60 metres long and placed it just north of the buffer zone in

Woman arrested after her husband stabbed to death A MAN was killed last night in Limassol after being stabbed in the neck in what police believe to be a case of domestic violence. According to Limassol CID head Ioannis Sotiriades, police were called to a house in Kapsalou in the Limassol district where they found a 34year-old Romanian man lying dead in a pool of blood. His 39-year-old Greek Cypriot wife was found at the scene in a state of shock. Based on preliminary investigations, Sotiriades said it appeared the couple got into a quarrel after the wife asked her husband to stop drinking alcohol. The dispute turned violent and the 34-year-old ended up with a fatal stab wound to the throat. A police spokesman told the Cyprus Mail last night that the 39-year-old woman alleged she was hit by her husband before attacking him with the knife. State pathologist Eleni Antoniou arrived at the house to examine the scene of the crime. The 39-year-old was arrested and taken to Limassol hospital to be examined by psychiatrists. She is due in Limassol district court today for a remand hearing.

the occupied areas. But at around 9.30am, approximately 70 armed Turkish force soldiers arrived and “started to reinstall the fence,” which the UN had already removed, Bonnardeaux said. By 10am there were 100 Turkish soldiers, in what Bonnardeaux described as “a show of force”. On site were already in total about 30 UN soldiers and officers, including engineers and a mobile force reserve. Contrary to news reports, there was no fighting, the UN said. “You could describe it as a standoff,” Bonnardeaux said. What was left of the morning was then spent with soldiers looking at each other as their commanding officers discussed the situation. UN Force Commander Major

General Chao Liu from China arrived at the scene to speak with Turkish officers in an effort to diffuse the mini-crisis in the buffer zone. By early afternoon, “an agreement was struck,” Bonnardeaux said with the UN agreeing to place eight concrete-filled barrels where the fence was to block off access to vehicles. As of 6pm yesterday, the fence and the Turkish soldiers remained on site. Both were expected to leave the area after nightfall. The UNFICYP’s top brass were in meetings yesterday evening to discuss their response should the Turkish army not stick to its side of the agreement, bearing in mind past experience. According to Bonnardeaux, the authori-

ties in the breakaway regime said they put the fence up in the first place to block a dirt road used by smugglers. However, from the moment the UN noticed the fence on November 12, the peacekeepers had been asking for its removal in person and in writing. UNFICYP is tasked with maintaining the status quo on the buffer zone and does not allow any constructions without permission. Because no action had been taken despite written and verbal requests and meetings, UNFICYP notified authorities they would remove the fence themselves, Bonnardeaux said. Avlona is about 22 kilometres west of Nicosia centre and about 11km south of occupied Morphou.

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Cyprus, which is going through its worst recession in around four decades, was behind Greece, and ahead of Spain and Portugal

A COMPUTER virus scam blocks internet users’ machines and tries to get people to pay €100 to get use of their computer back, authorities said yesterday. While browsing the internet, members of the public told the police they got a screen message with the emblems of the Cyprus Republic, the police and the picture of a police car. The message tells people they have broken the law and links information on how they can pay €100 within 72 hours to get use of the computer back, police said. The computer then becomes inoperable. A police spokesman said they had no indications the scam was widespread but they recommend using antivirus software and never responding to messages of this kind. Call the police on 22607250, 22808200, or the citizens’ line at 1460 with any information.

EUROzone joblessness has reached a new high and the poor state of the economy is reducing inflation to near two-year lows, raising the prospect of further interest cuts by the European Central Bank. In Cyprus the unemployment rate hit 12.9 per cent in October compared to 9.2 per cent in October 2011, and 12.2 per cent in September this year. In the eurozone area the jobless rate rose to a record average of 11.7 per cent. Cyprus, which is going through its worst recession in around four decades, was behind Greece, and ahead of Spain and Portugal. And it is set to get worse in the next two years. According to government figures contained in the state budget, unemployment is expected to reach 13.8 per cent next year and peak at 14.2 per cent in 2014 before dropping a year later. Eurostat said unemployment across the EU and the eurozone have shown

In Cyprus the unemployment rate reached 12.9 per cent a marked increase compared with October last year. The eurozone (EA17) seasonallyadjusted unemployment rate was 11.7 per cent in October 2012, up from 11.6 per cent the previous month. The EU unemployment rate was 10.7 per cent compared with 10.6 per cent in September. The jobless rate in the two zones – EA17 and EU – in October 2011 was 10.4 per cent and 9.9 per cent respectively. Eurostat estimates that 25.9 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 18.7 million in the eurozone, were unemployed in October 2012. Compared with September 2012, the number of jobless rose by 204,000 in the EU and by 173,000 in the eurozone. Year-on-year, unemployment rose by around 2.160 million in the EU27 and by 2.174 million in the eurozone. The lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4.3 per cent), Luxembourg (5.1 per cent), Germany (5.4 per cent) and the Netherlands

(5.5 per cent), and the highest in Spain (26.2 per cent) and Greece (25.4 per cent in August 2012). The figures show that joblessness has been pushed to the highest level since the euro was introduced in 1999, illustrating the human impact of a public debt and banking crisis that has reverberated across the world. “The outlook is still bleak,” Thomas Costerg, an economist at Standard Chartered in London told Reuters. “We think that ECB President Mario Draghi will leave the door open for more stimulus in the coming months,” he said. The cost of borrowing for banks and households in the eurozone is already at a record low of 0.75 per cent and economists question whether further rate cuts will do much good, because of a lack of confidence among banks to lend. The central bank may decide to postpone a rate cut until after its next meeting on

December 6 as it tries to keep markets focused on the benefits of its recently-announced plan to buy the bonds of governments in distress and keep their borrowing costs down. Many economists blame the spending cuts implemented by almost all governments in the past three years to try to bring down their deficits that ballooned over the past decade. But in a shift in tone, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission say now that they may have been too aggressive in pushing for government cutbacks. The Commission is now advocating “growthfriendly fiscal consolidation”. Draghi, speaking on French radio yesterday tried to sound cautiously upbeat and has avoided the word “recession” in his public comments in recent weeks. “The recovery for most of the euro zone will certainly begin in the second half of 2013,” he told Europe 1 radio.

Deputies briefed on social cuts SOCIAL allowances worth around €30 million will be cut as part of the government’s austerity drive to meet the terms of a bailout, MPs heard yesterday. The €30 million concern cuts from the labour ministry’s budget, discussed by the House Finance committee. In all, the state is expected to cut some €113 million in social transfers. Labour ministry permanent secretary Giorgos Papageorgiou told MPs that certain allowances given to recipients of state assistance will be cut but the basic aid remains untouched. “After a lot of effort during the negotiations, we succeeded in keeping the state help for basic needs unaffected,” Papageorgiou said. The measures will see the Easter allowance scrapped, saving €3 million, and the Christmas bonus cut by 20 per cent. This will save the state €1.6 million a year. The government is also looking to save some €600,000 by scrapping the lump sum for single elderly people while €3 million will be spared by abolishing the heating allowance. Close to €3 million will also be saved by cutting the socalled nutrition allowance – with some exceptions – and €1.1 million from reducing temporary aid. Also gone is the special aid given – without any income criteria – to retirees who received a pension of up to €854. Papageorgiou said an amount earmarked to cover this would be transferred to the finance ministry and paid to recipients using income criteria. Those eligible would have to apply to the finance ministry. Other measures include scrapping the marriage allowance and a 30 per cent cut in the funeral allowance. The cuts also include reductions in the allowance given to people with disabilities to buy a car. People with disabilities will also see a 50 per cent reduction in summer holiday assistance – to save €150,000 while officials are discussing a 9 per cent cut in allowances given to blind people and others with heavy disabilities. The government is also planning to scrap some civil servant allowances and reduce others by 15 per cent.


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Limassol public transport grinds to halt in strike Drivers begin indefinite strike over wages By Alexandra Anastassiades LIMASSOL PUBLIC transport was paralysed yesterday, as the drivers of bus company EMEL began their indefinite strike over the company’s failure to pay their wages in full. The protesters gathered yesterday morning at the transfer station at Limassol’s old hospital to express their frustration at what appears to be a recurring scenario. This is the fourth time this year that EMEL has been unable to pay the drivers’ wages. “All we’re asking is to get paid, and then we’ll go back to work. We’re not asking for anything more,” bus driver Andreas Georgiou told the Cyprus Mail. EMEL’s proposal to pay 50 per cent of salaries to people employed on a weekly basis, and 60 per cent to those employed on a monthly basis has been rejected by the unions. “The strike may have appeared sudden for many, but for us it was a natural consequence of the current situation we’re in,”

said PEO union’s Limassol district secretary Christos Christofi. He apologised to passengers for the inconvenience, warning however that a solution to the problem does not appear in sight. “The company left us no choice but to resort to a strike. “The current situation in Cyprus has left the future of both workers and urban transport at risk,” he added. SEK’s Limassol unionist Yiannis Tsouris said the company was warned last September when the same issue on payment arose that drivers would go on indefinite strike if it occurred again. The drivers had then called off a 24-hour strike at the last minute when EMEL agreed to pay salaries owed to 110 drivers. “Even at this late stage, we call on all relevant parties to finally take responsibility and support the public transport system,” Tsouris said. Drivers in Nicosia are facing similar problems and have also called an indefinite strike that will begin on Monday December 3, in protest over their November wages not being paid in full.

Limassol bus drivers sit around while on strike yesterday

THE CYPRUS Red Cross and the education ministry are appealing to people to donate food staples throughout next week to help Nicosia families have a “dignified” Christmas meal. “It is – by now – understood that many children and families cannot afford a Christmas spread in the same way that the rest of us can,” the Cyprus Red Cross said in an announcement. “The Cyprus Red Cross has decided to offer ‘packages of love’ to 500 poor children/families so they can enjoy, like everyone, the Christmas holidays with a dignified, warm meal,” the announcement said. The campaign is geared to high school students who will be able to pick up a turkey and food items between December 17 and 21. People are asked to deliver packages next week, from Monday to Saturday, at the Red Cross offices between 8am and 6pm. The offices are behind the Prodromos post office. Chocolates, sweets, rice, pasta, pulses, dairy products and canned food products, are among the items that people can offer. “Help us help others!” said the Red Cross.


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Home Stricken family will remain at home

End to ‘Movember’ with big shave fest in Paphos

HOMEOWNERS at a stricken development in Armou in Paphos will stay in their homes for the weekend despite the fact that electricity supplies are due to be switched off. Resident Jen Phillips told the Cyprus Mail that the family had nowhere to go and are hoping that the electricity won’t be cut before Christmas. The desperate mum of two is referring to the authorities who have deemed all six houses on the Armou development unfit for human habitation. Earlier this week, official notices were placed on the substandard homes stating that they were unfit to live in. The notice states the decree shall remain in force until such time as repair works deemed necessary by the District Officer are carried out. Louise Zambartas, lawyer for the Phillips, told the Cyprus Mail that the Paphos District office had confirmed the EAC would be cutting off the power supply to all of the homes, making it impossible for the families to remain there. Phillips and his wife Jen are permanent residents and bought their house outright. They don’t have the money to move. With Christmas looming, the family now faces the prospect of homelessness. The Phillips do not currently pay a mortgage or rent and so these expenses are not factored into their earnings. Jen Phillips added: “We still haven’t received a letter from the district office which we were told would give us further information about our situation. It would be impossible for us to pay for somewhere to live but we will have to try to sort something out.” All of the houses, which were only built in 2004, have serious structural problems, from slanting floors, to the partial collapse of stairs, walls, swimming pools and patio areas. Outside drains are exposed in one garden and retaining walls have split.

Big moustaches have to go after a month of growing By Bejay Browne THE MONTH of the big moustache has come to an end and men in Paphos who have grown moustaches for the duration of the month had them shaved off at a charity event held yesterday. The aim of the worldwide initiative is to help raise funds, and increase awareness of men’s health issues as part of the worldwide ‘Movember’ campaign. This year funds are being raised in support of the Paphos Friends hospice, and ‘Movember’ was organised by St George’s Football Club. Men taking part in the event gathered sponsorship to grow their moustaches for the month and then shave them off. Organisers of the shave off event are not yet sure of the total amount raised; a collection at the event yesterday brought in €600 alone. They say they are hoping to raise at least €2,000. Peyia resident, Nicolas Eggers, sported a splendid moustache, raising €150 for the hospice. He and a group of friends wore T-shirts with the slogan “If you like my tash- then donate some cash.” He and the other ‘Movember’ men had their moustaches shaved off by Pete Jenkinson, a barber from Peyia. Jenkins brought along his barber chair and hair-cutting equipment to

the Frog and Toad bar in Coral Bay, where the men were all ‘shorn.’ Paul Clarke aka ‘Cycling Cyprus’ is well known for his charity fundraising – usually accomplished by cycling round the island or by cycling for hours on a static bike. As well as growing a moustache for charity – he also had his entire head shaved – raising €200. There was also a chance to have a haircut at the bar, raising more funds. During the month, the ‘Movember’ men act as a walking advertisement highlighting the necessity of regular medical checkups for prostate and testicular cancers. The event also included entertainment and a live radio broadcast by Rock FM – presenter Jason Collins had also grown a moustache for the month. He said: “I’ll be glad to have it all shaved off as it’s quite itchy now- but it’s all for a good cause and the Friends hospice do such an amazing job.” The Friends hospice is currently the only operational hospice in Paphos and is situated in a special wing of the Evangelismos hospital. Since opening in 2006, the facility has grown and now consists of a seven-bed unit which is solely run by donations, money raised by the shops and fundraising events. Around 500 people have

Barber Pete Jenkinson looks eager to shave off Nicolas Eggers handlebar moustache been cared for at the hospice which provides palliative care for people suffering with life limiting illness and support for them and their families. Chris Jones the president of the Paphos Friends hos-

pice foundation attended the event and said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people taking part and showing their support for the facility. We can’t thank them enough.” ‘Movember’ moustaches

were first grown in Australia in 2003. Since then the ‘Movember’ campaign has gathered momentum and is now a global event, taking place in numerous countries across the world.

Skordelli denies conspiring to buy shares Cars torched By Poly Pantelides FORMER television presenter Elena Skordelli yesterday denied conspiring to buy Sigma TV shares to take over the station. Skordelli faces charges along with her brother Tasos Krasopoulis, alleged shooter Gregoris Xenofontos and alleged fixer Andreas Gregoriou in the assassination of Sigma boss

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Andis Hadjicostis in 2010. The siblings – Skordelli and Krasopoulis – are the alleged masterminds. By 2009, the brother and sister team had acquired 21.7 per cent of Sigma’s share capital from various people, the Nicosia criminal court previously heard. “The shares came to us in an unusual way and completely by accident. I never put my mind to it,” Skordelli said. She said that a man called Giorgos Kallis wanted to sell various shares to pay off “two or three million [euro] he owed the bank”. He asked her if she was interested, and Skordelli said she mentioned the

proposition to her brother who handled the family finances. Since the media business was flourishing, the family thought the shares were “a very good investment,” Skordelli said. Skordelli said she discussed the matter of shares belonging to Rea and Yiannos Andronikou, who had their assets frozen in 2007 when Yiannos Andronikou was jailed for stealing millions from a pension fund belonging to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. Skordelli said yesterday that Rea Andronikou “was unhappy with the Hadjicostis family, especially Costas [Hadjicostis’ father] who

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had many connections and could help her husband but didn’t. That was a big complaint for them because they were friends… but didn’t help them. They didn’t even visit her husband in jail.” Skordelli said that Rea Andronikou informed her and her brother during subsequent meetings about who wanted to sell shares. But she said that she never kept her relationship a secret and had even discussed Yiannos Andronikou’s case with high-profile people including First Lady Elsi Christofias. “I conveyed the bitterness of another mother, Rea, who insisted that the President of the Republic could pardon her husband if he wanted,” Skordelli said. She added that the first lady said she would speak to her husband. Skordelli also said yesterday that she was a devout Christian, follows the fasting calendar and once even had a breast tumour miraculously disappear. She said that she only knew about the two defendants, the alleged fixer and alleged shooter, through the newspapers.

A CAR was torched yesterday at 1am as it was parked at a block of flats in Larnaca, police said. “The car belonging to a 52-year-old woman was parked near two other cars that were also damaged by the blaze. The fire service extinguished the fire which also caused damage to a flat that was directly above the parking lot,” Larnaca police spokesman, Christos Andreou said. Police investigations are focusing on the 52-year-old woman’s past, according to Andreou. A second vehicle, a company car was also set on fire as it was parked in a field in Ayios Dometios in Nicosia around 2.15am, according to police. The car, which belongs to a construction company, was completely destroyed before fire services could extinguish the blaze. Nicosia CID is looking into the case. Meanwhile a black Suzuki GSXR motorbike, licence plate number HAX 891 was stolen on Thursday afternoon Paralimni police said, as it was parked in the owner’s garage. Police are calling on drivers of motorbikes to be extremely careful and take measures to prevent their bikes from being stolen as they are often the target of theft.


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Plans to sell Moore statue hit legal snag

The cash-strapped London borough of Tower Hamlets had proposed the sale of “Draped Seated Woman”

PLANS by a cash-strapped London borough to sell a Henry Moore sculpture worth up to £20 million ($32 million) to help pay the bills has hit a snag, after the Art Fund charity launched a legal challenge over who owns “Draped Seated Woman”. Tower Hamlets in the east of the capital, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, is struggling to make austerity savings of £100 million pounds over the next two years, and proposed the sale of the Moore as a partial solution. That decision caused an uproar in the art world, with senior figures including

Tate gallery director Nicholas Serota and Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle opposing what they saw as a short-term fix that could set a dangerous precedent. The Art Fund has now questioned the ownership of the sculpture, known affectionately as “Old Flo”, which Moore sold in the 1960s at below market prices on the understanding it should be put on public display for Londoners to enjoy. When Greater London Council was dissolved in 1986 it was assumed the sculpture was transferred to Tower Hamlets, but Art Fund lawyers say works of public art may have been handled separately from land and buildings.

“Ownership must be established beyond reasonable doubt before a work of art can be sold,” the Art Fund said. “No-one has previously queried who owns ‘Old Flo’, as no-one has previously wanted to sell it.” The mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman, who has expressed regret at having to sell the Moore, dismissed the Art Fund’s move as a “desperate PR stunt”. He received a letter from the Art Fund’s solicitors on November 26, and the council’s lawyers are preparing to respond within the “standard” sevenday timeframe.

Press laud PM’s stance in wake of Leveson report

UK blocks Rwanda aid over Congo rebel claims

Decision to reject press law earns praise By Kate Holton and Michael Holden PRIME Minister David Cameron woke yesterday to find usually hostile newspapers gushing about his statesmanlike qualities after he signalled his opposition to a new law governing the press. After his party suffered a night of humiliation in three parliamentary elections, instead of facing questions over his leadership, he was cheered for rejecting the main plank of proposals from a public inquiry he set up in the wake of outrage at the excesses of tabloid newspapers. Under a headline over two pages lauding “Cameron’s Stand for Freedom”, the right-wing Daily Mail said a “Defiant PM” had refused to accept the call for laws to control the press. “To his enormous credit, however, David Cameron sees this report for what it is - a mortal threat to the British people’s historic right to know,” it said in its editorial. “If he prevails in protecting

that right, with the help of like-minded freedom lovers in the Commons and Lords, he will earn a place of honour in our history.” The Daily Telegraph, another right-leaning newspaper that has been far from fulsome in its support for Cameron, said the unexpected decision had revealed his leadership and acceptance that press freedom was “a constitutional necessity”.

‘STATESMANSHIP’ “His decision tells us also something about Mr Cameron’s capacity for statesmanship,” the paper said in a commentary piece on its front page. “He appreciates the need for decisions that are unfashionable or unpopular. Cameron’s clear sign he would reject the main recommendation of the report from Lord Justice Brian Leveson followed a year-long inquiry that heard in unflinching detail from celebrities, victims of crime and others who said the notoriously aggressive

press had ruined their lives. It also followed weeks of frantic lobbying by the newspapers within Westminster, who argued any involvement of the law in press regulation would amount to state control and an attack on free speech, putting Britain on a par with Zimbabwe. Critically, Cameron’s stance also puts him on the same side as the majority of his senior Conservative ministers who had openly opposed legislation, and in alliance with Boris Johnson, a former journalist and London mayor who is cheered by the press and seen as a possible challenger to Cameron in the future. While it will bolster his position in the eyes of press barons ahead of a 2015 election, it is not without risk. It puts him in clear opposition to Nick Clegg, leader of the junior Liberal Democrat party in the coalition, and vulnerable to defeat in parliament if the opposition force a vote. It also earned him the condemnation of those who spoke out against the press,

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Lord Justice Leveson’s image is seen on a stack of evening newspapers on Thursday including the families of murder victims, who accused the prime minister of betrayal. Both the politicians who oppose Cameron and the press victims plan to keep up the pressure as lawmakers try to find a consensus. Malcolm Rifkind, a Conservative party grandee and former foreign secretary described the lavish praise from the country’s press as a “mixed blessing” that should prompt caution in the party.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun tabloid, which has been particularly tough on Cameron’s government and would typically oppose any apparent attack on the press, joined his Times paper in being conciliatory towards Leveson and less exuberant about Cameron. The only major newspaper to question Cameron’s decision was the left-leaning Guardian, which led much of the coverage of the phonehacking scandal last year.

THE government is withholding £21 million ($34 million) of aid to Rwanda because of “credible” reports the government in Kigali is supporting rebels in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Britain, Rwanda’s largest bilateral donor, is the latest Western ally to freeze aid after a United Nations report said Rwanda was behind an eight-month-old rebellion responsible for the worst fighting in eastern Congo for years. The Kigali government said it was disappointed with the move. Blaming Rwanda for the latest bout of violence in the region might suit short term political gains but would not end the conflict, it said. “This action harms Rwanda and does nothing to help the DRC,” Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said in a statement. The UN report accused Rwanda of coordinating the creation of the rebel movement as well as military operations - charges Rwanda has denied.


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World

Israel plans glut of new homes for settlers

Protests erupt after vote by Egypt assembly

ISRAEL plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said yesterday, defying a UN vote that implicitly recognised Palestinian statehood there. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government had authorised the construction of 3,000 housing units and ordered “preliminary zoning and planning work for thousands” more. The official would not elaborate. But Israeli media said the government sought to hammer home its rejection of Thursday’s upgrade, by the UN General Assembly, of the Palestinians to “non-member observer state” from “entity”. Israel and the United States had opposed the resolution, which shored up the Palestinians’ claim on all of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, saying territorial demarcation should be addressed in direct peace negotiations. The Israelis were further incensed by what they deemed an inflammatory speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the world forum, and said the upgrade resolution neglected the Jewish state’s security and need for its own sovereignty to be recognised. Peace talks have been stalled for two years amid Palestinian anger at continued Israeli settlement. The Israelis insist they would keep West Bank settlement blocs under any final accord as well as all of Jerusalem as their capital. That status for the holy city has never been accepted abroad, where most powers consider the settlements illegal for taking in land captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

TENS of thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi yesterday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader’s newly expanded powers. “The people want to bring down the regime,” they chanted in Tahrir Square, echoing the chants that rang out in the same place less than two years ago and brought down Hosni Mubarak. Mursi said a decree halting court challenges to his decisions, which sparked eight days of protests and violence by Egyptians calling him a new dictator, was “for an exceptional stage” and aimed to speed up the democratic transition. “It will end as soon as the people vote on a constitution,” he told state television while the constituent assembly was still voting on a draft, which the Islamists say reflects Egypt’s new freedoms. “There is no place for dictatorship.” But the opposition cried foul. Liberals, leftists, Christians, more moderate Muslims and others had withdrawn from the assembly, saying their voices were not being heard. Even in the mosque where Mursi said Friday prayers some opponents chanted “Mursi: void” before sympathisers surrounded him shouting in support, journalists and a security source said. Tens of thousands gathered across the country, filling Tahrir Square and hitting the streets in Alexandria and cities on the Suez Canal, in the Nile Delta and south of Cairo, responding to opposition calls for a big turnout. An opposition leaflet distributed in Tahrir urged protesters to stay overnight before today’s rallies by Islamists; the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies said they would avoid the square during their demonstrations backing Mursi. The disparate opposition, which has struggled to compete with well-organised Islamists, has been drawn together and reinvigorated by the crisis. Tens of thousands had also protested on Tuesday, showing the breadth of public anger.

Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah after the UN General Assembly vote

UN approves status upgrade of Palestine By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols THE 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue “birth certificate”. The UN victory for the Palestinians was a diplomatic setback for the United States and Israel, which were joined by only a handful of countries in voting against the move to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s observer status at the United Nations to “non-member state” from “entity,” like the Vatican. Britain called on the United States to use its influence to help break the long impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Washington

Israel worried Palestinians might seek ICC membership also called for a revival of direct negotiations. There were 138 votes in favour, nine against and 41 abstentions. Three countries did not take part in the vote, held on the 65th anniversary of the adoption of UN resolution 181 that partitioned Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. Thousands of flag-waving Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip set off fireworks and danced in the streets to celebrate the historic vote. The assembly approved the upgrade despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinians by withholding funds for the West Bank government. UN envoys said Israel might not retaliate harshly against the

Palestinians over the vote as long as they do not seek to join the International Criminal Court. If the Palestinians were to join the ICC, they could file complaints with the court accusing Israel of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious crimes. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the vote “unfortunate and counterproductive,” while the Vatican praised the move and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem, something bound to irritate Israel. The much-anticipated vote came after Abbas denounced Israel from the UN podium for its “aggressive policies and the perpetration of war crimes”, remarks that elic-

ited a furious response from the Jewish state. “Sixty-five years ago on this day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of historic Palestine into two states and became the birth certificate for Israel,” Abbas told the assembly after receiving a standing ovation. “The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine,” he said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded quickly, condemning Abbas’ critique of Israel as “hostile and poisonous,” and full of “false propaganda”. “These are not the words of a man who wants peace,” Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office. He reiterated Israeli calls for direct talks with the Palestinians, dismissing Thursday’s resolution as “meaningless”.

Global hacking network declares internet war on Syria sites GLOBAL hacking network Anonymous said it will shut down Syrian government websites around the world in response to a statewide Internet blackout believed aimed at silencing opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. Syria was plunged into communication darkness on Thursday when Internet connectivity stopped at midday.

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Land lines and mobile phone networks were also seriously disrupted. The Syrian government said “terrorists” had attacked Internet lines, but the opposition and human rights groups suspect it to be the work of the authorities. Opposition activists have used the Internet extensively to further their

cause by publishing footage of aerial strikes and graphic images of civilian casualties. In the absence of a free press, they have used social media to disseminate information during the uprising. Anonymous, a loose affiliation of hacking groups opposed to Internet censorship, said it will remove all on-

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line web assets belonging to Assad’s government outside Syria. By 1000 GMT yesterday, the website for Syria’s embassy in Belgium was down but the embassy in China - which Anonymous said it would target first - was operating. Most government ministry websites were down, although this could be due to the blackout.


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World

German approval for Greek bailout

Greece told to act fast to tame HIV outbreak

Vote a test of Merkel authority over allies

A SPIRALLING outbreak of HIV in debt-stricken Greece could run out of control unless urgent action is taken, European health officials said yesterday. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said infections with the AIDS-causing virus among drug users and other high-risk groups were rising fast, and that a failure to act would mean far higher costs in future. ECDC director Marc Sprenger was in Athens on Friday visiting hospitals and needle exchanges. He said he would tell officials that free syringes and methadone programmes must be stepped up, and testing and treatment for the human immunodeficiency virus made available to all. “Immediate concerted action is needed in order to curb and eventually stop the current outbreak,” he told Reuters as the ECDC published a report on Greece’s HIV problem. Since 2009, recession in Greece has reduced economic output by a fifth and sent unemployment to a record high.

By Gareth Jones and Stephen Brown

Merkel (C) did not manage to draw an absolute majority from her own ranks after 23 of her lawmakers rebelled

GERMAN lawmakers approved the latest bailout for Greece yesterday by a large majority despite growing unease about the cost to taxpayers less than a year before federal elections. The outcome of the vote in the lower house was never in doubt but it was a test of Angela Merkel’s authority over her centre-right coalition. She did not manage to draw an absolute majority from her own ranks after 23 of her lawmakers rebelled. But with the main opposition Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens voting in favour with most of Merkel’s bloc, the revolt had only symbolic value. Of 584 deputies present in the chamber, 473 voted for the bailout and 100 voted against. The parliamentary floor leader of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Michael GrosseBroemer, said he was happy with the result of the vote, adding: “Greece must now continue its efforts to reduce

Strauss-Kahn in preliminary case deal FORMER IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn has reached a preliminary agreement with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year to settle a civil lawsuit she brought against him, sources familiar with the case said. While a source in New York cautioned that the agreement could still fall apart, influential French daily Le Monde reported, citing people close to Strauss-Kahn, that the parties had agreed on a payment of $6 million to settle the case - an element dimissed by Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers as “fanciful”. Le Monde said 63-year-old Strauss-Kahn and the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, would meet a judge in New York on December 7 to sign the deal and close an affair that ended the Frenchman’s International Monetary Fund career and wrecked his presidential ambitions. “The discussions have been going on for weeks, months. The agreement should be confirmed at the start of next week,” Michele Saban, a friend of Strauss-Kahn

who saw him recently, said. “We are moving towards the end of a tragedy,” she said, adding Diallo had always been open to negotiating a settlement despite reticence from her lawyers. Le Monde reported that Strauss-Kahn planned to take out a bank loan for $3 million and would be lent the other $3 million by his wife Anne Sinclair, despite the fact the couple separated in the summer and now live on different sides of Paris. Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and Diallo based in Paris would not confirm whether a deal had been agreed and lawyers in New York did not immediately respond to requests made on Thursday evening. “Neither Dominique Strauss-Kahn nor his lawyers will comment on proceedings in the United States. That said, however, they strenuously deny the erroneous and fanciful information relayed by Le Monde,” said a statement from Strauss-Kahn’s Paris legal defence team.

its debts and carry out structural reforms.” The package, which aims to cut Greece’s debt load to 124 per cent of national output by 2020, coincides with increased talk among German lawmakers and media that eurozone governments will eventually have to write off much of their Greek debt.

‘FALSE SPECULATION’ Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in the Bundestag debate that such speculation could undermine the Greek government’s reform drive. “If we say the debts will be written off (Greece’s) willingness to make savings is correspondingly weakened. Such false speculation does not solve the problems,” he said. The government acknowledged for the first time this week that the bailout will mean lost federal revenues. All week, German newspapers have reverberated with predictions, including from some coalition lawmakers, that Germany and other eu-

rozone countries will eventually have to write off some of their Greek debt holdings. Schaeuble said Germany was insisting on strict monitoring of Greece’s reforms to ensure it met its fiscal targets, adding that the country’s competitiveness was finally improving as a result of the austerity programme. Criticism of the Greek bailouts within Merkel’s coalition has softened in recent months after she decided the cost of expelling Greece from the eurozone would be far greater. The SPD has accused the government of deceiving German voters by insisting that no further writedowns of Greek debt will be necessary, but it is difficult for the strongly pro-euro centre-left party to make political capital out of this issue. Merkel’s policy of talking tough on austerity in Greece and other heavily indebted eurozone countries while making the necessary concessions to avert a messy default commands broad support in Germany, where the chancellor is as popular as ever.

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US soldier in Wikileaks case says that he was held in a cage A U.S. Army private facing court-martial on suspicion of leaking secret documents to the WikiLeaks website testified on Thursday he was confined to a “cage” in the early days after his arrest in 2010, and thought he would die there. Bradley Manning, in his first public comments since his arrest in Iraq, said his isolation quickly led to a breakdown, and his military captors eventually put him on suicide watch. “My nights were my days and my days were my nights,” Manning said. “It all blended together after a couple of days.” The low-ranking soldier, Manning, faces up to life in prison if convicted of charges he played a role in the massive leaking of secrets by WikiLeaks, which stunned governments around the world by publishing intelligence documents and diplomatic cables, mostly in 2010. Manning’s lawyers were working on a plea deal involving less serious charges that would result in a prison term of at least 16 years, one of his attorneys said. His captors initially gave Manning little or no information about the charges against him as he was taken

Manning said his isolation led to a breakdown and being put on suicide watch from Iraq to a US detention facility in Kuwait, he said. Manning said he was confined to a structure he called a “cage” of eight feet (2.43 metres) square inside a tent. He suffered a breakdown about a month after his May 2010 arrest, and guards later found a noose in the cage. Manning had made the

noose but failed to recall he had done so because he was so disoriented, he said. “I remember thinking I’m going to die stuck here in this cage,” Manning said. “That’s what I saw - an animal cage.” Upon being transferred to Quantico, Virginia, in July of 2010, Manning was placed in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day, on suicide watch with a guard checking on him every few minutes. He was often noticed playing peek-a-boo in the mirror. “The most entertaining thing in there was the mirror. I spent quite a lot of time with the mirror,” Manning said. When asked why, he said, “Just sheer, complete, out-of-my-mind boredom.” The private’s testimony, which was set to continue yesterday when he would be cross-examined, came on the third day of a hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, to determine whether his case should proceed to a full court-martial. In the absence of a plea deal, Manning’s case could go to trial, where he faces possible life imprisonment if he is convicted of all the security breach charges against him.

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers listen to a press conference at the end of a two-day joint military exercise with the US Army, Pacific (USARPAC) in Chengdu yesterday. Chinese and American sol-

diers finished a week-long disaster rescue exercise on Friday, furthering military ties between the two countries, even as military tensions rise between China and US military allies in the Pacific region

Chinese activist’s nephew is jailed Case likely to refocus attention on rights By Michael Martina and Ben Blanchard A COURT in eastern China sentenced the nephew of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng to three years and three months in jail yesterday for intentional infliction of injury, in a case likely to refocus attention on China’s human rights and legal system. Chen Kegui had been held incommunicado by police for over six months and was denied access to his choice of lawyers. Both his family and human rights advocates have called the case illegitimate. Chen Kegui was initially charged with “intentional homicide” for using knives to fend off local officials who burst into his home on April 27, the day after they dis-

covered his blind uncle had escaped from 19 months of harsh house arrest in eastern Shandong province and fled to the US embassy in Beijing. Police had downgraded the charge because they had no evidence to build a case of “intentional homicide” against him, Chen Guangcheng has said. Chen Guangfu, Chen Kegui’s father, said the verdict meant China has no rule of law. “This verdict is absolutely unjust. His behaviour was completely reasonable self defence. When it came out (the verdict), I lost hope in the law,” Chen Guangfu told Reuters by telephone Chen said he was told his son would not appeal but he did not know why because he was not allowed in to witness the trial. Court officials did not an-

swer telephone calls seeking comment. “It’s worse than we had expected,” veteran activist and family friend Hu Jia told Reuters. “The court suddenly decided to hold the case with only a few hours notice. This is so there would not be time for supporters or media to go down there and gather at the court house.” The Chen Kegui sentence underscores the pressure still being applied to his family months after his blind uncle sparked a diplomatic rift when he fled to the US embassy and later left to study at New York University. Chen Guangcheng’s escape from house arrest in April and subsequent refuge in the US embassy was deeply embarrassing for China, and led to a serious diplomatic tussle between the two superpowers.

Japan PM postpones Russia trip over Putin ill-health JAPANESE Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has postponed a visit to Russia planned for next month citing President Vladimir Putin’s health problems, Japanese media reported yesterday. Kyodo and Jiji news agencies reported that Noda talked about the delay while meeting municipal officials during his trip to the northern island of Hokkaido. “It’s about (President Putin’s) health problem. This is not something that can easily be made public,” Jiji cited one of the officials as saying, quoting Noda. The question of Putin’s condition has been a subject of media speculation since he was

seen limping at an Asia-Pacific summit in the Russian port of Vladivostok in September. Three Russian government sources told Reuters late in October that Putin, who began a six-year term in May and turned 60 last month, was suffering from back trouble, but the Kremlin has dismissed talk that he had a serious back problem. Putin’s health troubles stem from a recent bout of judo, according to Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. “He loves judo. He lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine,” Lukashenko said this week.


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Business

‘Leave fairy world behind,’ Draghi advises eurozone ECB chief forecasts recovery in H2 2013 By Daniel Flynn and Leigh Thomas THE eurozone’s crisis is far from over and its members must tighten budgets and forge a banking union to leave behind the “fairy world” that allowed problems to grow, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said yesterday. Draghi’s call for reform was echoed by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, who said implementing a banking union with powers to supervise all banks in the eurozone should be the currency bloc’s top priority. Speaking in Paris, where the government is trying to dispel concerns raised by the IMF that France could be left behind as Italy and Spain reform at a faster pace, Draghi said the eurozone’s debt troubles were likely to stretch deep into next year. Another 173,000 people joined record jobless queues in the currency bloc in October while German retail sales and French consumer spending both fell more than expected, signs of the scale of the task still ahead for policymakers. “We have not yet emerged from the crisis,” Draghi told Europe 1 radio. “The recovery for most of the eurozone will certainly begin in the second half of 2013.” “The crisis has shown that

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (centre) arrives to deliver a speech during the “Treasury Talks” at the French Economy and Finances Ministry yesterday in Paris (AFP) we were living in a fairy world,” the ECB chief later added at a conference with top financial officials, pointing to the unsustainable debts, weak banks and poor policy coordination that gave birth to the crisis three years ago. ECB policymakers hold their regular monthly policy meeting next week and are widely expected to leave interest rates on hold at a record low of 0.75 per cent. Economists are divided on whether the central bank will cut next year and Draghi has said it is now up to governments to act to end the crisis. He stressed that the ECB’s

designing of a new bond-purchase programme, dubbed Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), had helped lead to much more benign market conditions in the 17country eurozone. Under the programme, the ECB is ready to buy potentially unlimited amounts of sovereign debt but until Spain - the prime candidate for help - applies for aid, it cannot use the tool. Simply announcing the plan, however, has eased the pressure on Spain and Italy, cutting around 2 percentage points since July off the interest that they pay bond market investors

to borrow over 10 years. Data yesterday showed Spain registered a capital inflow of 31 billion euros in September, the first time international investors had put more money in to the country than they took out in 14 months. “The confidence effect of the OMT announcement has been significant, and rightly so,” Draghi said, before urging governments to push ahead with reforms in a speech entitled ‘Competitiveness: the key to balanced growth in monetary union’. Resisting fresh ECB action, Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann said on Thursday central bankers had done more

than enough to fight the crisis and it was now up to governments to act by reforming their economies and making the banking sector solid. Draghi urged eurozone governments to push ahead quickly with implementing a banking union which he said must apply to all banks to avoid fragmenting the sector. His position puts the ECB, which would take on the role of pan-European banking supervisor, at odds with Germany. Berlin has said that unified banking supervision under the aegis of the ECB should apply only to the bloc’s largest banks.

Boeing union likely to back talks THE union that represents Boeing Co engineers is likely to agree to mediated talks in a bid to resolve the standoff with the planemaker, the executive director of the union said yesterday. On Thursday, Boeing asked for US mediators to help resolve talks with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union, which represents its 23,000 engineers, saying the sides were far apart on pay and benefits. That move halted labour discussions around midday on Thursday in Seattle, and no further meetings were scheduled, the two sides said. Union contracts with Boeing expired on Sunday. “We will almost certainly agree to some type of mediation, but we find the company’s position confusing,” Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director, said in an email to Reuters. Goforth said Chicago-based Boeing had not responded to many union proposals and that a lot work was left to do. “We view this action on their part as a stunt to distract people from the proposed pay and benefit cuts,” Goforth added. The union has balked at a Boeing contract that it says would cut the growth rate of compensation of professional and technical employees. Boeing says its latest offer is much improved over its initial proposal and reflects a tough competitive environment. The breakdown in talks comes as Boeing looks to speed up jet production from 52 a month to about 60 a month by the end of next year. A walkout by the union could stop production. Peter Arment, an analyst with Sterne, Agee & Leach, expressed hope that the dispute would be resolved with mediation. The last strike by SPEEA occurred in 2000.

BoE to keep policy on hold as inflation looks sticky Rates THE Bank of England looks almost certain to leave policy unchanged next week, a month after pausing its £375-billion programme of bond purchases, as sticky inflation outweighs concerns about a sluggish economy. The BoE voted 8-1 against a further expansion to its programme of quantitative easing last month, and none of the 62 economists polled by Reuters this week see a policy change after the Monetary Policy Committee’s monthly meeting ends on December 6. Interest rates are also expected to remain at their record low 0.5 per cent for the foreseeable future. “They seem drawn to the view that the economy can’t grow that quickly without generating inflation,” said Simon Hayes, chief UK economist at Barclays. “Continually inflation has been stronger than expected, and that’s making them reluctant to do more QE at the moment.” Finance minister George Osborne’s fiscal statement on December 5 is not seen as a big factor for the MPC’s decision, as it is unlikely to alter the thrust of the government’s austerity plans, even if there is further slippage in the timetable for deficit reduction. Inflation jumped by its biggest margin in more than a year in October to hit a five-month high of 2.7 per cent, breaking an otherwise fairly steady decline towards its 2 per cent target from the threeyear high of 5.2 per cent hit in September 2011. Since the MPC met at the start of October, economic growth in the third quarter of 2012 has been confirmed at a robust 1.0 per cent. But this largely

The Bank of England had voted against a further expansion to its quantitative easing scheme represents a technical rebound after three quarters of recession, and BoE Governor Mervyn King has since warned of the risk of another dip in the fourth quarter. Economic news so far has been mixed, with tepid lending figures but better than expected GfK con-

sumer confidence and CBI retail numbers. The picture will become clearer next week, with the release of November purchasing managers’ surveys and the first data on the success of the BoE’s Funding for Lending Scheme, which aims to improve borrowing conditions for households and businesses. “A further decline in the services PMI on Wednesday ... could bring about a collective jolt of nerves over the economic outlook and a decision to resume asset purchases. But failing this, the more likely outturn is another no change,” said Investec economist Philip Shaw. Economists are more evenly split on whether the BoE will restart asset purchases next year, with about 40 per cent thinking this likely. King and his deputy governor Charlie Bean have both left the door open to future asset purchases in statements this week, while one MPC member, Paul Fisher, told a parliament committee that the economy might well need more stimulus early next year. Analysts were also surprised when Ben Broadbent - whom most place at the more hawkish end of the MPC - said he had mulled further stimulus in November. But he was put off by October’s inflation, and a government decision to take back some £35 billion of gilt coupons paid to the BoE. In the longer term, however, the future of the BoE’s asset purchases will lie in the hands of King’s successor, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney. King retires at the end of June.

These Bank of Cyprus rates for telegraphic transfer transactions (spot deals) apply to yesterday, but provide a good guide to today’s value against the euro. Buying Selling Pound St

0.8144 0.8062

US Dollar

1.3065 1.2935

Australian $

1.2619 1.2307

Canadian Dol.

1.3070 1.2748

Swiss Fr

1.2116 1.1972

Denmark Kr

7.5535 7.3669

Japan Yen

107.8030 106.5170

Norwegian Kr

7.4745 7.2899

Polish Zloty

4.1411

4.0389

Romanian Leu 4.6045 4.4239 Russian Ruble 40.5982 39.5958 Swedish Kr

8.7636 8.5472


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Opinion

The world has spoken Hiring more judges not the answer to system’s woes SERIOUS concerns were expressed by the President of the Supreme Court Petros Artemis about the backlog of cases facing the courts. In a report, released earlier this week he said that the justice system was in danger of collapsing if measures were not taken to reduce the time it took to process civil, criminal and administrative cases. The report, endorsed by the Supreme Court was prepared by three judges who found that the “the increase in time delays has recently started to take on alarming proportions.” Efforts to speed up cases had proved ineffective said the report, referring to the maxim that delaying justice constitutes denying justice. Measures had to be taken immediately in order to turn the situation round the report concluded. Needless to say, the solution proposed by the Supreme Court envisaged the appointment of at least 20 new judges, with a corresponding increase in courtrooms, court offices and court staff. There was also a need for the computerisation of all court services. But why is the solution always to hire more staff? This might decongest the court system for a few years but it would not be long before the backlog built up again. Why do the judges not consider other ways of making the dispensation of justice faster? For instance, access to the courts should be restricted. At present everyone who has a €100 dispute with a business associate or a trivial row with a neighbour over the garden wall takes their grievance to the court, helping clog up the system. Perhaps if an individual going to the court had to put down a significant deposit – that he would relinquish if he lost his case – for wasting the court’s time, people would think twice or three times before taking legal action. Eliminating the time-wasters and trivial cases from the system would be a more effective way to eventually make the workload of the courts manageable than appointing more judges. This would be a long-term solution rather than a stop-gap measure to temporarily deal with the backlog, which after a few years would build up again. The report also recommended the establishment of an administrative court of first instance so that the Supreme Court did not have to waste its time ruling on inconsequential administrative cases. If a money deposit had to be paid, for appeals to the Supreme Court, we would not have every civil servant or semi-governmental employee who missed out on promotion appealing against the decision. These appeals are usually filed so that the aggrieved public employee can prove a moral point; the executive’s decision is rarely reversed. Should the Supreme Court have to deal with such inconsequential matters? We are certain there are many more practical steps that could be taken to help decongest the courts. Hiring more judges is not the answer as it will not tackle the real problem – people’s insistence on using the courts for the most trivial of disputes.

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HE UN General Assembly has now voted, by 138 votes to 9, with 41 abstentions and 5 no-shows, to recognize the existence as a state “of the State of Palestine on the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967”. The “no” votes were cast by Israel, the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama. The Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau, all former components of the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, are “freely associated states” of the United States, with US zip/ postal codes and “Compacts of Free Association” which require them to be guided by the United States in their foreign relations. They more closely resemble territories of the United States than genuine sovereign states – rather like the Cook Islands and Niue, “freely associated states” of New Zealand which make no claim to sovereign statehood and are not UN member states. They snuck into the UN in the flood of new members consequent upon the dissolutions of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, when the previous standards for admission were effectively ignored. Nauru, a tiny island of 10,000 people in the central Pacific, has, since the exhaustion of the phosphate deposits which briefly made it the country with the world’s highest per capital income, had virtually no sources of income other than marketing its UN votes (reli-

Comment John V Whitbeck ably joining the United States in voting against Palestine) and diplomatic recognitions (joining Russia, Nicaragua and Venezuela in recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia) and housing in tents aspiring illegal immigrants who had been hoping to reach Australia. It is a sad place, an island with no beaches, the world’s highest obesity rate and no real alternative to diplomatic prostitution. Accordingly, only three “real” states joined Israel and the United States in voting against Palestine and the two-state solution: Canada, the Czech Republic and Panama. They must make their own excuses. In population terms, the opponents of Palestine represent approximately 5% of the world’s population, 370 million out of over 7 billion, and, of those, the United States accounts for 314 million. It follows that countries with less than one per cent of the world’s population supported the United States in this vote. It is worth noting (and a bit puzzling) that 15 of 41 abstaining states (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Congo (DRC), Hungary, Malawi, Mongolia, Montenegro, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Togo and Vanuatu) have extended diplomatic recognition to the State

of Palestine, although most of the formerly communist states of eastern Europe did so when they had communist governments. They have been more than balanced out by the 27 states which have not yet recognized the State of Palestine but which voted in favour of Palestine: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Eritrea, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago and Tuvalu. Five states did not vote: Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar and Ukraine. Kiribati is no surprise. For economic reasons, it is the only UN member state which does not maintain a permanent mission in New York. Why the other four, all of which have extended diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine, failed to push any of the three buttons is a mystery. The European Union vote was 14 “yes”, 1 “no” and 12 abstentions. Aside from Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, all of the old “Western” members voted for Palestine. All ten of the new “Eastern” members (the three Baltic states, formerly part of the USSR, the six former members of the Warsaw Pact and Slovenia) abstained or, in one case, voted against Palestine. These “Eastern” states have passed from domination by

one empire to domination by another empire without ever daring to fully assert their independence. That said, all except the Czech Republic did at least dare to abstain. It may take some time for the results of this vote to be fully digested. In the best of all possible worlds, one might hope that the United States would finally recognise that, on the issue of Palestine, it is totally divorced and isolated from the moral and ethical conscience of mankind and must now stop blocking progress toward peace with some measure of justice, step aside and permit other states with a genuine interest in actually achieving peace with some measure of justice to take the lead in helping Israelis and Palestinians to achieve it. Since we do not live in the best of all possible worlds, and since Americans persist in believing that they are the “indispensable” nation, other states will need to make clear to the United States that its vote on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People has definitively disqualified it not only from its prior monopoly control over the “Middle East peace process” but even from any further role in it and that its further involvement in the preeminent moral issue facing the international community is no longer needed or wanted.  John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in talks with Israel

The Rolling Stones – will it really be the last time? THREE songs into the gig and Mick sang out, ‘Well this could be the last time...’ It felt poignant, as the pipe cleaner thin pied piper, pranced and pirouetted, appealing across the stage to us, his faithful followers, from across the world. He was right, that was why we were there, why we’d dug deep into recession hit pockets to buy the extortionately priced tickets. Ordinary people: aging Dutch bikers in their leathers, a young doctor and her Dad from Belfast, a beer-gutted Yorkshire man discussing the cricket with his son, but one guessed we all shared lovingly looked after Sticky Fingers albums in our attics. I’d been worried that seats high on Level 4, in the circus tent roof of the O2, would make the band remote, the sound faint, the experience diluted,

IDLE IDL LE CCHATTER HATT Lauren O’Hara beeplauren@yahoo.ie but I was wrong. The sound was perfect, the view great, the band wrinkled like old loggerheads played for two and a half hours, joined by Clapton, Wyman, Mick Taylor and Florence of Florence and the Machine, but the biggest cheer of the night was for ‘Keef’. The old chemistry still there between extrovert, Peter Pan Jagger, pouting and posing, and bashful Keith biting his bottom lip in concentration. They played all the old numbers, Brown Sugar, Gimme Shelter, Sympathy for the Devil,

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Honky Tonk Woman, the music kept on coming until the encore climax of Satisfaction. Background films paid tribute to their influences, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters. Mick joked with Keith about their East London roots, asking him if he’s still got the Bo Diddley album he’d lent him on Dartford station. But this was a concert essentially without gimmicks. This was about 50 years of a band not just counting, but still playing great music and playing it well, still connecting with the twenty thousand on their feet. Of music that has been a soundtrack to so much of our lives. The band has said once they’ve got this gang rolling and rocking again, maybe they’ll add more gigs, maybe they’ll play Glastonbury, ‘maybe, who knows’. All I know, is it was very hard to

believe Mick will be 70 in July and Keith can still stand up. But, perhaps, it explains after the tumultuous applause, after Keith encouraged us all to ‘just get happy’, after Ronnie was teased about wedding bells, the curious nostalgic mood that fell on the crowd. Quietly, we left back down the escalators, past all the glitzy food chain restaurants, back into the cold night air of London, towards the tube, disrupted earlier, as the cold blooded announcer had told us by ‘another one under’. An understanding, perhaps, that for many this might indeed be the last time we would see the greatest living rock ‘n roll band: that one day we’ll ‘all be gone a long, long time’, but hey, for this night only, not only did we get what we want - ‘it was a gas, gas.....gas’.

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25 years ago Thursday December 1, 1987

In England, the Locarno Treaty, which laid out post-war territorial settlements, is formally signed in London.

Oscar Camillion, the new UN Special representative for Cyprus had his first contact with Foreign Minister George Iacovou and was due to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. Camillion is accompanied by the Director of the Undersecretaries General office Gustave Feissel.

1942 The Beveridge report is published in Britain, which lays the foundations for the modern welfare system in the country.

1955 In America, Rosa Parks is arrested by the police in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give her seat up on a bus to a white person.

1973 Israel’s flags fly at half-mast after former Israeli statesmen David Ben-Gurion dies.

1990 Britain and France are joined for the first time in thousands of years as the last wall of rock separating two halves of the Channel Tunnel is removed.

35 years ago Saturday December 1, 1977 There was another meeting of Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials concerning the Nicosia sewage works. The meeting took place on neutral ground at the Ledra Palace under the chairmanship of Brigadier Tillotson. Present were the chairman of the sewage board Lellos Demetriades with service experts and their Turkish Cypriot compatriots.

45 years ago Sunday December 1, 1967 Greek Foreign Minister Panayiotis Pipinelis announced an agreement had been reached with Turkey over Cyprus. Pipinelis said Greece and Turkey had agreed that all Greek and Turkish forces should be withdrawn from the island in stages. In Nicosia a veil of secrecy prevailed over the talks at the Presidential Palace and both the government and US embassy officials maintained a rigid silence.


CYPRUS MAIL Saturday, December 1, 2012

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Tech

UK engine company claims major engine breakthrough The giant Kuratas robot seen at a Tokyo exhibition

Boyhood dreams give birth to a giant robot LIKE many Japanese, Kogoro Kurata grew up watching futuristic robots in movies and animation, wishing he could bring them to life and pilot one himself. Unlike most other Japanese, he has actually done it. His 4-tonne, 4-metre (13 feet) tall Kuratas robot is a grey behemoth with a builtin pilot’s seat and hand-held controller that allows an operator to flex its massive arms, move it up and down and drive it at a speed of up to 10 kph (6 mph). “The robots we saw in our generation were always big and always had people riding them, and I don’t think they have much meaning in the real world,” said Kurata, a 39year-old artist. “But it really was my dream to ride in one of them, and I also think it’s one kind of Japanese culture.” His prototype robot comes equipped with an operating system that also allows remote control from an iPhone as well as optional “guns” that shoot plastic bottles or BB pellets and are powered by a lock-and-load system fired by the pilot’s smile. The robot, which took two years to pull together from concept to construction, also comes with a range of customised options from paint scheme to cup holders. It isn’t cheap. The sticker price for the most basic model alone is around 110 million yen ($1.3 million). Kurata said that while he has received thousands of inquiries about buying a robot, he’s also received a large number of cancellations and declined to specify how many people have actually bought one. “I hope it’ll sort of be the trailblazer for people who can do more than myself to make different things,” he said. “They might be able to make a society that uses robots in a way I can’t even imagine. I expect more from the implications of building it than from the robot itself.”

Hybrid engine could send a plane into space By Chris Wickham A SMALL British company with a dream of building a re-usable space plane has won an important endorsement from the European Space Agency (ESA) after completing key tests on its novel engine technology. Reaction Engines Ltd believes its Sabre engine, which would operate like a jet engine in the atmosphere and a rocket in space, could displace rockets for space access and transform air travel by bringing any destination on Earth to no more than four hours away. That ambition was given a boost on Wednesday by ESA, which has acted as an independent auditor on the Sabre test programme. “ESA are satisfied that the tests demonstrate the technology required for the Sabre engine development,” the agency’s head of propulsion engineering Mark Ford said. “One of the major obstacles to a re-usable vehicle has been removed ... The gateway is now open to move beyond the jet age.” The space plane, dubbed Skylon, only exists on paper. What the company has right now is a remarkable heat exchanger that is able to cool

The Sabre engine could take a plane to five times the speed of sound and an altitude of 25 km - about 20 per cent of the speed and altitude needed to reach orbit. For space access, the engines would then switch to rocket mode to do the remaining 80 per cent air sucked into the engine at high speed from 1,000 degrees Celsius to minus 150 degrees in 100th of a second. This core piece of technology solves one of the constraints that limit jet engines to a top speed of about 2.5 times the speed of sound, which Reaction Engines believes it could double. With the Sabre engine in jet mode, the air has to be

compressed before being injected into the engine’s combustion chambers. Without pre-cooling, the heat generated by compression would make the air hot enough to melt the engine. The challenge for the engineers was to find a way to cool the air quickly without frost forming on the heat exchanger, which would clog it up and stop it working.

‘Windows 8 makes lukewarm debut’ CONSUMER sales of Windows-powered personal computers fell 21 per cent overall last month, figures released by a leading retail research firm showed on Thursday, indicating a lacklustre debut for Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 operating system. Many in the industry said Windows 8 might revive slack PC sales, but a report by NPD Group, which tracks computer sales weekly using data supplied by retailers, dampened those hopes. On the same day, Microsoft announced pricing for its latest device designed to break Apple Inc’s stranglehold on the tablet and lightweight laptop market. It is offering the Surface tablet running the full version of Windows 8 from $899, pitching it somewhere between Apple’s latest iPad and MacBook Air laptop. Since the launch of Windows 8 on October 26, Windows laptop sales are down 24 per cent, while desktop sales are down 9 per cent compared

Figures indicated a lacklustre debut for Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 with the same period last year, making an overall 21 per cent dip, NPD Group said. Usually, a Microsoft release boosts PC sales because many consumers hold off purchases for several months so they can obtain the latest software immediately. If the NPD’s sales trends are borne out over the rest of the holiday shopping season, it would be a huge dis-

appointment for Microsoft and PC makers such as Dell Inc, HP and Lenovo. “After just four weeks on the market, it’s still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market,” said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for.” NPD’s data neither includes Microsoft’s first Surface tablet, which is only available in its own stores, nor takes account of sales of PCs to businesses, which has recently been a much stronger market. Microsoft’s first Surface tablet runs a version of Windows called RT, created to work on the low-power chips designed by ARM Holdings, which dominate smartphones and tablets but are incompatible with old Windows applications.

Using a nest of fine pipes that resemble a large wire coil, the engineers have managed to get round this fatal problem that would normally follow from such rapid cooling of the moisture in atmospheric air. “We are not going to tell you how this works,” said the company’s chief designer Richard Varvill, who started his career at the military en-

gine division of Rolls-Royce. “It is our most closely guarded secret.” The company has deliberately avoided filing patents on its heat exchanger technology to avoid details of how it works - particularly the method for preventing the build-up of frost - becoming public. The Sabre engine could take a plane to five times the speed of sound and an altitude of 25 km, about 20 per cent of the speed and altitude needed to reach orbit. For space access, the engines would then switch to rocket mode to do the remaining 80 per cent. Reaction Engines believes Sabre is the only engine of its kind in development and the company now needs to raise about £250 million ($400 million) to fund the next threeyear development phase in which it plans to build a small-scale version of the complete engine. Chief executive Tim Hayter believes the company could have an operational engine ready for sale within 10 years if it can raise the development funding. The company reckons the engine technology could win a healthy chunk of four key markets together worth $112 billion a year, including space access, hypersonic air travel, and modified jet engines that use the heat exchanger to save fuel. The fourth market is unrelated to aerospace. Reaction Engines believes the technology could also be used to raise the efficiency of so-called multistage flash desalination plants by 15 per cent. These plants, largely in the Middle East, use heat exchangers to distil water by flash heating sea water into steam in multiple stages.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

Fagg of Britain (left) meets Cozette of France in 1990

Channel tunnel meeting In 1990, British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel between their countries finally met in the service tunnel after knocking out a passage large enough to walk through and shake hands, 22.3 km from the UK and 15.6 km from France. When British construction worker Graham Fagg and his French counterpart, Philippe Cozette, drilled through the final piece of rock, the United Kingdom and France were now linked for the first time in 8,000 years.


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CINEMA WEBSITES: K-Cineplex: http://kcineplex.com, Friends of the Cinema Society: http://www.ofk.org.cy

What’s on

films

(K) All Audiences (12/15/18) No admittance to Under-12s/ 15s/ 18s (N/A) Not Available

Times are subject to change, so check first with cinemas before you head out

NICOSIA Lawless (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.35, 7.50 and 10.20pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.35, 7.50 and 10.20pm, weekends also at 11am, 1.15pm and 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Rise of the Guardians (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Killing Them Softly (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.50 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7.50 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Frankenweenie (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; KCineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen

3) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.35, 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5.35, 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11am, 1.20pm and 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Taken 2 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 8 and 10.20pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Skyfall (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.20pm. Tel: 7777-8383

7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383

LIMASSOL Lawless (15) Rio 6 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 5.30pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.35, 7.50 and 10.20pm, weekends also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 4 (in English, in 2D), weekdays at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends at 3, 4.50, 6.35, 8.20 and 10.10pm; Rio 1 (in English, in 2D), weekdays only at 6pm; Rio 2 (in Greek, in 3D), weekdays at 6 and 7.50pm, weekends at 3, 4.50, 6.35 and 8.20pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Killing Them Softly (18) Rio 3 at 10.30pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.50 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Adikos Kosmos (in Greek) Cine Studio, Sunday at 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491, www.ofk.org.cy

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) Rio 1, weekdays at 7.55 and 10.10pm, weekends at 3, 5.15, 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.35,

Frankenweenie (12) Rio 3, weekdays at 6.10pm, weekends at 3, 4.35 and 6.15pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 3) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Taken 2 (12) Rio 5 at 7.45pm (weekends at 8.15pm) and 10pm. Tel: 25871410 Skyfall (12) Rio 3 at 7.45pm; Rio 2 at 10pm (weekends at 10.10pm). Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.20pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (K) Rio 5 (in Greek), weekends only at 3, 4.45 and 6.30pm. Tel: 25-871410 Adikos Kosmos (in Greek) Rio 5, Monday at 8.30pm, presented by the Limassol Cine Club. www.cinelesxi.org

LARNACA Lawless (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.35, 7.50 and 10.20pm, weekends

also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Rise of the Guardians (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Killing Them Softly (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.50 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Frankenweenie (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.35, 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383

English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383

PAPHOS Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 4 (in English, in 2D) and Rio 1 (in Greek, in 3D) at 4pm (weekends only), 6, 8 and 10pm. Tel: 26-207000 Lawless (15) Rio 2 at 5pm (weekends only), 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 Killing Them Softly (18) Rio 5 at 5pm (weekends only), 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 Frankenweenie (12) Rio 6, weekdays at 6pm, weekends at 4 and 5.45pm. Tel: 26-207000

Taken 2 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 8 and 10.20pm. Tel: 7777-8383

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) Rio 7 at 5.30, 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 26-207000

Skyfall (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.20pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Taken 2 (12) Rio 3 at 5pm (weekends only), 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in

Skyfall (12) Rio 6, weekdays at 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends at 7.30 and 10pm. Tel: 26-207000

listings Exhibition

Mama’s Marijuana is the Best Play combining elements of realism, exaggeration and comedy. December 1-2. PEO, 29 Archermou Street, Nicosia. 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22866400/99-592869

Collector’s Room Solo drawing and sculpture exhibition by Japanese artist Chiaki Kamikawa. Opens December 1, 8pm until December 22. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art, Solonos 10, Paphos. TuesdayFriday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 99-311225

Sole and Mouth A hilarious comedy that satirizes the contemporary social, political and economic realities of our country. December 1-2. Antonaki’s Music Hall, 17 Vasileiou Voulgaroktonou Street, Nicosia. €15. In Greek. Tel: 22-664697/77-777040

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AAH-OOOH-GAH a Hornlike Sound Signifying the End of the World Solo art exhibition by Nayia Savva. Opens December 1, 8pm until December 12. the Container space, 6 Australia, Limassol

Music Yiannis Georgiou A solo piano recital by renowned Cypriot pianist. December 1. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10/7. Tel: 77-777745 Charity Concert The evening will take the form of a four part concert, opera, popular, musicals and Christmas and there will be a mixture of both English and Greek music. Organised to support a recently orphaned 11-year-old British girl in Cyprus. December 1. Markideio Theatre, Paphos. 7pm. €15. Tel: 26-932571/99-719163

Theatre Cinderella Annual production of pantomime staged by ACT. December 1-2. Russian Cultural Centre, Nicosia. December 1. 3pm & 7.30pm. €12 /6. Tickets available at the Russian Cultural Centre Monday-Friday between 4-6pm. Tel: 99-924363

Other Events Doggy Style & OLA DJ: Street Party Charity event and electronic bazaar in aid of the Argos Animal Sanctuary, contribute animal/pet supplies, trade electronics. December 1. Katsoni St, Ag Omologites, Nicosia. 11am-5pm. Tel: 99-762490 Europeana 1914-1918 World War One Family History Roadshow Bring your WWI letters, photos, diaries, or other material to the show. Historians and experts will be on hand to talk about the significance of finds, while staff from the Cyprus Library will professionally digitise the objects and upload them to Europeana website. December 1-2.The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, 27 Ifigeneias, Strovolos, Nicosia. 10am-5.30pm. Tel: 22-410064/22-809800 Sexperience 2 With a variety of events taking place in the capital focusing on sexual rights and ideas surrounding sexuality. Your ideas regarding sexuality and what is considered ‘sexy’ can be emailed to sexperience.eu @ gmail.com or posted on the facebook page at: www.facebook. com/sexperience.eu. Alternatively: twitter.com/Sexperience_eu. Sexy in the City: December 1-10. What

is sexy? An original installation shaped by your own opinion. P.X. Ippokratous 44, old Nicosia. Sexy, Sexier, Sexperience! December 1. Workshops on art therapy and performance writing, age 17 and over. Veramand Studio, 16 Aetolians, Ayios Andreas, Nicosia. 9.30am-1.30pm. €15. Prebooking essential. Tel: 22-751093 The Nobel Prize for Peace to the European Union Panel discussion dedicated to the memory of Yiannos Kranidiotis. With guest speakers. December 1. EU House, 30 Vyronos Avenue. 11am. Greek and English interpretation will be provided. Tel: 22-870500. Email: EPnicosia@europarl.europa.eu Christmas Fiesta Enjoy a day of fun, with games, painting, building with recycled materials, making Christmas ornaments, Face painting and clay decoration. Taste delicious delicacies and dishes and buy homemade cakes. December 1. E.A.C Headquarters, 11, Amfipoleos Street, Strovolos, Nicosia. 11am-7pm. All proceeds will be given to the Cancer Association of Cyprus. Tel: 22-446222 Christmas Fair Exhibitors from all over Cyprus in a festive extravaganza of quality and craftsmanship. December 1-2. The Warehouse, Oroklini, Troulo Road. 9am-4pm. Free. www.events100.com Blue Christmas Women’s and men’s accessories, jewellery, original gifts, food and blues and soul music. December 1-2. Art Gallery Events, 53 Archbishop Kyprianou, Strovolos (opposite the tavern of Eirinia). 10am-10pm. Tel: 96-510238. www.e-limoncello. blogspot.com Falcon Christmas Fun Day Fun day for all ages with: pony rides, bouncing castle, monkeynastics, zoumba, little kickers, football, face

painting, stalls of local artists and exstudents with lots of food to choose from. December 1. 11am to 2pm. Falcon School. Free. Tel: 22-424781

Cultural Centre, Nicosia. 3pm. €12 /6. Tickets available at the Russian Cultural Centre Monday-Friday between 4-6pm. Tel : 99-924363

Artists’ Bazaar Meet new artists’ and select unique and qualitative Christmas gifts. December 1. Leventis Municipal Museum, 15-17 Hippocrates Str., Laiki Yitonia, Nicosia. 10am-5.30pm. Part of the proceeds will be used to enrich the museum’s collections. Tel: 22-661475

Other Events

A Christmas to Remember Cancer Patients Support Group Christmas Dinner Dance. December 1. Mayfair Hotel Pari Street, Kato Paphos. 7 for 7.30pm. €27.50 per ticket includes buffet, local drinks and entertainment. Tel: 99-797533 Vikomedy Comedy Show Funny and educational standup comedy show. December 1. University of Nicosia UNESCO Hall. 4pm-5.15 pm. 18 years old and above. €6. Tel: 99-673508. Email: vikengineering@yahoo.com Drought Project Center of performing Arts MITOS is celebrating five years of creative activity and presents this as part of the cultural events of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of Europe. Theatre performance, art exhibition, book edition, based on the myth of Ariadne. December 1-2 & 5-9. Palio Xydadiko, Limassol. 8.30pm. Art exhibition: opens December 1 until December 9. Open daily: 4pm-10pm. Tel: 99- 864970

Tomorrow Theatre Cinderella Annual production of pantomime staged by ACT. December 2. Russian

Zivania Festival A celebration of the traditional alcoholic beverage made in Cyprus, with free Zivania tastings, delicacies, demonstrations and Zivania production and promotional activities. December 2. Pelendri Village Culture Centre. Tel: 25421020/99-352547. Nicosia: Busses will depart at 10am from the Cypriot Art Graft Centre and return at 4pm. For reservations: Tel 22-674264. Limassol: Busses will depart at 9.30am from the CTO Information Office in Germasogeia and return at 5.30pm. For reservations: Tel 25-323211 Christmas Craft Fair Over 40 stands with high quality crafts in a fantastic setting. December 2. Elea Golf Club. 10am-5pm. Ideal for Christmas presents Spotlight Dance Studio will perform at 2pm. Father Christmas at 3pm. Refreshments available – free entry. Tel:99-387311or e-mail: mail@in-any-event.biz One Dream One Wish Christmas Fair Come and let’s help children’s wishes come true with puppet show, cup cake making, a choir, face painting, drawing, delicacies to buy, writers of children’s books, art competitions, storytelling and more. December 2. Rivergate Bookstore Café, 4 Paphou Street, Latsia. 10am-5pm Tel: 22572722/22-573370 Creart Handcrafts & Arts exhibition Hand-made art and crafts including jewellery, ornaments, house decorations, aromatic candles, and more. December 2. Every first Sunday of each month. Navarria Hotel, Ayios Tychonas, Limassol. 10am-7.30pm. Tel: 25-320855/99-492793

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Monday Exhibition Feeling Solo painting Exhibition by Anastasios Motitis. Opens December 3, until December 15. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22424983 Oh, So Chic! Jewellery exhibition. Opens December 3, 4pm until December 9. Be the Change - Ho(o)ropios, 62 Ay. Omoloyites Ave, Nicosia. Open daily: 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-445455/96-626980

Music The Xmas Gala Apollonia Opera presents music by Franz Gruber, Adolphe Adam, César Franck, Gounod, Caccini and Händel. December 3. Castelliotissa Hall, old Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10 Lyrical Night An evening of music dedicated to Manos Hadjidakis. December 3. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. 10. Proceeds will towards helping Alzheimer’s patients. Tel: 99-483160/99-427540 Charity Music Concert A music tribute to Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis with Maria Loukaidou- Schroeder (piano), Marios Pavlou (violin), Kate Economidou (vocals) and Neophytos Neophytou and Olga Pieridou (narration). December 3. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €10. All proceeds will be donated to support Alzheimer’s patients. Tel: 99-483160/24-627104


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The King of Pop is back!? On The Scene Other Events Staring at the artist Brave New Culture, organisers of Lemesos International Documentary Festival - the main platform for viewing contemporary, creative documentaries in Cyprus - returns with Doc Nights. In the programme creative documentaries will be screened at regular intervals, covering a wide spectrum of topics and reflecting the stylistic range of modern documentaries. The aim of the project is to give viewers the opportunity of coming into frequent contact with current trends in creative documentary and watching films which offer different viewpoints, depict unknown and misunderstood aspects of the world and are attuned to history, society and the development of civilisation. Doc Nights opens with a screening of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present; a film that every cinephile, artist or art lover shouldn’t miss. The screening will take place on Monday at the Cine Studio in Nicosia. Director Matthew Akers’ featurelength documentary takes us inside the world of Marina Abramovic, one of the most compelling artists of our time. For nearly 40 years, Abramovic has been revolutionising performance art by testing her mental and physical limits with shocking, evocative and sometimes dangerous performances. The film is an intimate portrait of the radical performance artist as she prepares for a career-defining retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2010. As part of the exhibition, Abramovic presented the longest performance of her career, in which the 66-yearold sat in a wooden chair for three months and stared at the visitors sitting across from her. Roughly 750,000 people visited the show, which became an art world and pop culture phenomenon, as people lined up for hours for a chance to sit with Abramovic – the “grandmother of performance art”. Based on interviews with Abramovic, her collaborators and a variety of art commentators, friends and fans, the documentary weaves archival footage of Abramovic’s early works with images of her personal and professional life in the momentous year leading up to her MoMA exhibition. After generating considerable buzz at Sundance and winning the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present is an unforgettable encounter with a charming yet provocative individual who relentlessly blurs the lines between life and art. Doc Nights Brave New Culture presents screening of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. December 3. Cine Studio, Nicosia. 9pm. €5/3. In English with Greek subtitles. Tel: 77-772552

Above: Crowds gather to see Michael Jackson impersonator Navi as he promotes the launch of the new King of Pop Album on August 28, 2008 in London. Hundreds of fans gathered to get a glimpse of the look-alike, many thinking he was the real thing. Below: Navi with Michael Jackson in New York; Jackson often used the impersonator as a decoy and fill-in during his concert tours.

A day of celebration for all Michael Jackson fans: anyone who’s still upset that they never got to see the King of Pop perform This Is It in 2009 will be pleased to hear that he’s back! Well, not actually him of course, but the next best thing. The world’s best Michael Jackson impersonator is moonwalking into town next week. Navi, who is regarded as the ultimate Jackson tribute act, will perform at Pavilion in Nicosia on Thursday night followed by two shows on Friday night at Club Basement in Limassol. Jackson will be forever remembered for his contributions to the music industry. Since his untimely death there have been several impersonators, who are trying to continue his legacy. Among the most prominent of his impersonators is a man by the name of Navi. But this is no ordinary tribute act. While many tributes around the world make the claim of being the “best in the world”, none have ever come close to reaching the standard that Navi has set. Considered a favourite amongst the hardcore Jackson fans, he is one of the longest running tribute acts in the business, with a career spanning over two decades and who still continues to captivate audiences. Navi worked for Michael Jackson on several occasions over a period of 17 years, and has performed in over 250 shows in 57 countries to date - and counting. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Navi’s adulation for the gloved one was cemented when he attended the momentous Bad tour in 1988, where he was mesmerised by the singer’s live routine. The ambitious teenager then signed up with a talent agency as a Michael Jackson impersonator and was soon receiving a flood of glamorous bookings.

When performer Navi looks at the man in the mirror, the face looking back at him is the King of Pop. He has gone to extremes to make sure that he gives the most accurate representation possible of the King of Pop by having gone under the knife multiple times to make his features look as close to his idol as possible. As a result, Navi bears an uncanny resemblance to the real Michael Jackson and was even formerly employed to act as his decoy to protect the real McCoy from his hoards of fans, along with providing promotional stand-ins. His work has also led him to be employed by companies such as MTV, Sony Music, Coca Cola, Vodafone, and Virgin Mega-stores and he has made adverts, appeared in films and done stints in pop videos. But in Navi’s list of achievements nothing ranks higher than working for Michael Jackson himself, most notably as the opening act at Jackson’s birthday party in L.A. in 2003, when his performance was applauded by Jacko himself. Their relationship even extended to Navi visiting Michael’s home Neverland Ranch. And of course Navi also supported Jackson through the lows – having stood outside the court room where he was being tried, holding a ‘smooth but not criminal’ placard. It’s easy to see why Navi has created such a lucrative business out of imitating one of pop’s most legendary icons: as well as looking remarkably like his hero, his vocal abilities combined with his choreography are near perfect, achieving an impressive resemblance to the real thing. As expected, the shows coming up in Cyprus will cover all the mega hits during the evening for fans to look forward to, with favourites such as “Smooth Criminal”, “Black or White”, “Beat It”, “Billie

Jean”, “Thriller”, “Man In The Mirror”, “You Are Not Alone”, “The Way You Make Me Feel” and many more, bringing the unique energy and charisma of the man himself, and guaranteed to have audiences on their feet. The Michael Jackson Show - The Navi Experience Navi, the World’s No.1 Michael Jackson impersonator live in Cyprus. www.soldout-tickets. com.cy December 6: Pavilion Hall, Nicosia. 7pm. €10/20/30. Tel: 22-322222 December 7: Club Basement, 91 Georgiou A’ Street, Potamos Germasogias, Limassol. Family show at 7pm & Adult Show at 12am. €10/20. Tel: 25-325752 By Ledha Socratous

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‘It was always We were pa Family affair: Tamasin, aged 14, with Daniel, aged 11, and their parents poet laureate Cecil Day Lewis and the actress Jill Bacon in 1968

Daniel Day Lewis and Tamasin in 1993

Early reports say Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in Lincoln is set to be his finest yet. But his brilliance is born of a troubled childhood with a distant father and domineering mother. His only companion was his sister Tamasin, who writes of their lifelong bond, saving him from schoolboy admirers, teaching him to steal and learning how to be free

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OUR brother’s arrived.” It was six in the evening and I was sitting in my French class at Bedales in Hampshire when Matron made the shocking announcement. I was 14 and Dan, 11, was at Sevenoaks, a prep school in Kent. I had been forbidden to write to him by our mother as my school tales were pure joy and he was suffering pure hell. The edict could never have worked: as fellow conspirators it was always us against them after we’d had a fight and one of us was about to be punished; a human shield of solidar-

In Lincoln, 2012

ity erected instantaneously, the innocent party begging for the guilty one not to be beaten, the source of the conflict denied and erased at a stroke. This was different. This was bigtime. Dan had run away with two friends and fled across country with his pocket money and a packet of untipped Woodbines. By the time I had to face his headmaster, I had the story. Dan was fed up with boys jumping into his bed at night and had taken his trunk into a field to sleep in. Enough was enough. I told his headmaster this in all innocence,

after all it was the truth. He slammed his fist down and told me that that sort of thing didn’t happen in his school. Dan was allowed to take the tests for Bedales at the end of that term and came to join me that September. We were inseparable. At Bedales it was enlightened, liberal-minded, the relationship with teachers more equal; we called them by their Christian names, they listened to our points of view, and not all discipline was a pointless exercise more designed to make you rebel than conform. Though we both did rebel most of the time. Drinking, smoking, stealing, organising a hunger strike, escaping late at night to the opposite sex’s dorms, we led by bad example. The strict Victorian upbringing we went home to meant I specialised in breaking rules where there was no fear of emotional cruelty. I egged Dan on and, he has told me since, was an evil influence! He insists I made him steal for me. My defence: it was his choice. We were partners in crime. “What would we have done without Bedales?” Dan asked me during our mother’s final days when we were keeping watch at the Petersfield Hospital minutes away from school and the village to which she had moved after our father’s death. In truth, without Tim, a house master who saved Dan from expulsion more than once and saw the good in the bad, as, similarly, did my tutor Gonda who “despaired” of me

but said it with a twinkle, we would both have been written off before we’d begun. But by then ours were exceptional circumstances, with the ill health of our father in his early sixties descending like a smog over the house before we reached our teens and our parenting - unlike Dan’s and my children’s experience now - remarkable mainly for its absence, its detachment, its being discipline-led rather than involvement-based. We were mostly left alone. And Papa was older than most of our contemporaries’ fathers as we were his second family. He was perhaps more distant than many of his generation because of the nature of being a poet and writer. He was, however, ruthlessly fair, gentle until driven to fever pitch, with a childlike sense of humour and natural grace. He hated domestic conflict. We didn’t holiday with our parents until we were nine and six. We were sent instead to our grandparents on our mother’s side in Sussex, or to the Black Mill House Hotel at Bognor Regis with Nanny. What was normal for us we didn’t question, until we realised that other children didn’t seem to live like us, and had families that did things together. When we finally went to County Mayo in the

west of Ireland for the first of many summers until the year Papa died, Dan and I experienced a different way of life that had a profound influence over our lives. In showing us the heritage we came from, our father, without imposing it, allowed it to bed down and settle like sediment, layer after layer, year after year. We were lucky that it formed its early bones in us and meant we couldn’t get spoilt by the sort of artifice that surrounds the upper echelons of our professions. We were also brought up knowing the pitfalls of fame. When we left Kensington for Greenwich in our early childhood, we found ourselves living a sort of above-stairs life up in the eaves of the nursery and attic floors, completely removed from our parents four floors below. We didn’t come down for dinner, we had tea in the nursery with Nanny, and were thrown together into a solitary world but for each other, which led us straight to the landscape of the imagination. We drew and wrote and invented plays, which we’d put on, appearing from behind the mustard curtains of the window seats in the nursery, wearing mouldy, fustysmelling velvet Victorian clothes that we bought from the local junk shop. I remember Dan deciding he was Yuri Gagarin, the Russian


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s us against them. artners in crime’ me’ ‘What was normal for us we didn’t question, until we realised that other children didn’t seem to live like us, and had families that did things together’

spaceman. We invented our own secret language and songs, characters who made us collapse with mirth just at the mention of their names. Even now we write cards to each other in our secret-speak, texting obscenities about people and situations to defuse despair, annoyance, impossible situations, political correctness. It is a kind of childishness that we refuse to grow out of. In Ireland we had summer romances, one year, brother and sister with brother and sister. We were always tough on the opposition. Anyone who entered our mutually exclusive world had to contend with a sort of closeness born of necessity, by the death of our father, that isolated us and cauterised our childhood. Our frankness about each other’s partners hasn’t always been easy, though the strength of our blood tie ultimately wins. If we can’t be honest with each other, who can we be honest with? Dan’s position in terms of who he can and can’t trust since he became well-known makes honesty all the more important. As a young documentary-maker, his was always the criticism I wanted and believed and still is. I know how much my reaction to his work is what he needs

and values, too. As Dan waited painfully for the verdict, away from the crush of the after-party at Claridge’s at the premiere of Nine, he texted me: ‘Please feel free to lie’, which we both knew was his way of asking me for my opinion. Dan found our mother’s unstinting praise of him as hard as I have its opposite, another thing we discussed days before she died when I was determined that he would see how different each of our experiences of our parents had been. Having to judge for yourself is the hardest of lessons. We both learned from opposite perspectives. The self-doubt that accompanies any artist is best not spoken about to outsiders. Yet we don’t even speak about process and how we work to each other. Dan is constantly asked or written about in terms of his ‘method’, his perceived ‘total immersion’, when really everyone’s creative process is simply what they feel they need to do for themselves and cannot be demystified. When people imagine that Dan’s doubt as an artist must have vanished by now, they couldn’t be more wrong. It all gets more difficult. The stakes get higher. In the worst crises of our lives we have always been there for each other. When Dan walked off stage at the National Theatre while playing Hamlet and arrived on the milk train to Somerset he lived with me and my family for a few months. The press, wide of the mark, surmised that Dan had seen the ghost of our father. It is not right that I go into detail, but it was a period when Dan had to recover away from intrusive pressure and even Mum was kept in the dark. I felt that just being there was the only way. You can sense things with those closest to you that others can’t. Despite the difficulties, we drew close again in a way that others often remarked on as so close that it is almost impenetrable from the outside. When my 18-year-old son Harry was badly injured skiing ten years ago and spent a spell in intensive care, and it was touch and go as to whether he would die, Dan was a whisper away and in constant contact. He was, particularly when my

three were little, the perfectt ‘Wicked Uncle Daniel’, climbing trees and telling stories and being generally subversive. When he was making The Age of Innocence with Martin Scorsese in New York, I asked Dan to ask Marty if I could come out and watch them at work. Within a day I was being measured up for a costume over the telephone. I spent a few days as an extra in the ballroom scene with ‘May’ (Winona Ryder) and hanging out in Dan’s trailer. I don’t have a favourite film of Dan’s, but there are things in The Age of Innocence that I think come as close by stealth, reticence and subtlety to the more obvious great acting of his character parts. The pain Newland Archer suffers as he makes the decision to marry based on class and appearances rather than on true love is excruciating and visceral, something that no one does as well as Dan. Yes, the physical parts like The Last of the Mohicans and My Left Foot show his extraordinary physical prowess, but the internal is so tricky to pull off on screen. This summer Dan and his wife Rebecca brought his three boys over to Mayo when I was there with my younger daughter Charissa, who has just started out as an actress. Dan has done much to play devil’s advocate with Charissa as her ambition has grown from child to young woman. He has seen her rehearse Juliet for a drama school audition, which he believed she would get in with (she didn’t), and as a director friend pointed out, if you can perform for him, nothing else could come as close in the fear department. But if she makes it, she will make it on her own terms with no help from him. He has tested the purity of her intention and she is finding what works for her in the same way he did all those years ago. We didn’t discuss work, we were more intent on having what we call ‘a good nosebag’, a glass of champagne, being with the children, watching Katie Taylor bring home boxing gold for Ireland, though the subject of getting his boots made right for him to play Lincoln came up: we are both fiends for our feet and Dan seems to work from the feet up with his characters. And we discussed the short shooting schedule - Dan doesn’t like to rehearse, luckily - which meant that he was truly unaware of how the character was building, whether it was working, unable to determine whether he had pulled it off. We walked the headland together and hurled ourselves into the Atlantic breakers for the first time since our teenage years. We swam and swam, remembering the summers when our father, after floating out to sea on his back, washed up on shore with a flask of Jameson and a packet of Ginger Nuts. The sea sparkled across to the fjord and the Twelve Bens, the lavender mountains beyond. We felt buoyed up by that sense of continuum, freedom, aloneness, togetherness, by this place of childhood roots and its reconnecting us to each other and to the childhood selves we were back then.

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All in a day’s work (from top): Gangs of New York, 2002; Last of the Mohicans, 1992; The Age of Innocence, 1993; In The Name of the Father, 1993 and My Left Foot, 1989

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PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING, also carpets, rugs and mattresses. Special offers now available. For a quote call Rickys Cleaning Services on 99131044 (all areas) rickyscleaningservices@ gmail.com

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AUSTRIAN INGENEUR, 50 years, searching for a nice women. Mobile: 004917365562 or 00491726293462 *****************************

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‘’SEBASTIAN”, German Pointer cross, around 6 years old. He is very big and strong, he is gentle with humans and adores children. Come and meet him! At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact Elena on 99520511 mon-frid.

MOLLY is sweet and polite and very gentle. Aged around 2 yrs, she is a Pinscher cross, small sized and will do best in a quiet home. She is good with other dogs. A bit scared/shy around children and prefers peace, quiet and cuddles. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact Elena on 99520511 mon-frid. *****************************

URGENTLY LOOKING FOR HOMES together or separately. Two female ginger cats, good natured and neutered. Call: 99 682327. *****************************

LESSONS

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GREEK LESSONS taught in small and friendly groups or individually. Tel 99274971

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ACUPUNCTURE, cupping, skin honing, massage. For the alleviation of aches, pains, stress and rehabilitation from illness or injury. Qualified Chinese practitioner. Pafos [Konia] 9922 1851.

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CLINICAL PILATES. Personalised Clinical Pilates by Physiotherapists in Nicosia. Individual assessment and supervision of exercises. “Clinical pilates” is a modified form of therapeutic exercise used by physiotherapists to assist in the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injury especially lower

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - CYPRUS Is drink costing you more than just money? AA could be the answer. Meeting at the following locations/days. Call to speak to an AA member. Ayia Napa Monday 97798043 Larnaca Tuesday (Polish spk) 96616589 Thursday 24645523 / 99259264 Limassol Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday 25368265 / 99559322 Nicosia Wednesday/Sunday 99013596 Paphos Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday 99916331 / 99399240 Details of meetings are available on www.aa-europe.net

Limassol - tel: 25 761117 fax: 25 761141

SNOW is a female lab x hound cross around 10 months old. Snow is energetic and sweet. Best suited to a home with lots of space and older children she can play with. She will do great in a home with other dog/s. At the Ni-

PRIVATE TUITION Experienced, UK-qualified teacher offers full/part-time private home tuition in Maths, English, the Sciences, Geography, History, Business Studies and Economics, from KS3 to iGCSE, AS and A2 levels. 9 years experience in Cyprus; references available. Telephone 99318796 *****************************

TIME FOR A CAREER CHANGE? Learn how to teach English! The London Teacher Training College is offering TEFL Certificate courses in Cyprus. For more information call now

DO YOU NEED A WEBSITE BUT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COST? Web design & hosting at exceptionally low prices, experienced designer & programmer , your dream web-site is only a phone call away. Don’t delay!!! Call Andros for a free quote or consultation on 99335078, info@ akalou.com, - islandwide *****************************

CHIMNEY SWEEP, when did you last have your chimney swept or log burner cleaned? Build-up of soot can cause respiratory problems and fires. All areas, call Dave, a professional sweep, now on 99819137. Also available for weddings. www.paphosluckychimneysweep.com

Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049

FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS CLOTHES STOCKS AND SHOP FITTINGS FOR SALE. Excellent women’s brands for sale including Italian, Spanish and French clothes and shoes. Also women’s dummies and modern wall fittings (clothes rails.) Selling at very low prices for clearance. Tel: 99168943

FOR SALE BUSINESS/ PROPERTY/LAND TIMI, PLOTS, a few selected available, seaview, near the 2 golf courses, Venus Rock and airport 60% building factor, €99.000. Half registration fees til the 31.12.12. Tel. 99621914 *****************************

LARNACA, ALETHRIKO, plots for sale, 525 sqm, 90% building factor, near highway Limassol-Larnaca, 5 min from airport, quiet residential area €109.000. Half registration fees till the 31.12.12. Tel. 99621914 *****************************

DO YOU WANT A SHINY LOOKING FLOOR? Full repair & restoration of chipped, scratched, dull and stained, Marble, Terrazzo, Stone & Ceramic tiled floors and surfaces. Professional cleaning, repair & sealing of internal/external ceramic tiles & grout lines. For a free professional consultation & demonstration contact Mark at Premier on 70006766 or 96333961 All areas

PRIME LAND IS AVAILABLE FOR LONG LEASE IN LIMASSOL. 40, 000 sq.m., zoning Ka7 (80% -45% - 3 stories). Regular amphitheatrical shape overlooking Ladies Mile. Close to New Limassol Hospital with direct access to Limassol – Paphos Highway. Water supply, electricity and telephones are readily available. Suitable for immediate development. Ideal for various health facilities and resorts, holiday centres, commercial and shopping centres, entertainment enterprises etc. Information: Tel. 22 674338, 99621554

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FOR SALE LAND in Anthoupoli (half plot) 288 sq.metres. for information 99621554.

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WE UNDERTAKE REFURBISHING of houses or holiday homes, construction of pergolas, undertaking of plumbing, house painting, garden work. For information call JIMMYS: 96587137, MELIS: 96547879 *****************************

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FLAT OR HOUSE TO RENT, 2-3 bedrooms, veranda/ terrace or garden, prefer furnished, SW of Nicosia (in approx area Lakada-

Larnaca - tel: 24 652243 fax: 24 659982

classified contents Employment Opportunities pg 18 Employment Miscellaneous 18 Pets 18 Lessons 18 Health & Fitness 18 Personal 18 Services 18 For Sale Miscellaneous 18 For Sale Land/ Property Business 18 For Sale Motor vehicles 19 Wanted 19 To Let Nicosia 20 To Let Limassol 21 To Let Larnaca 22 To Let Paphos 22 To Let Protaras, Ayia Napa, Paralimni -To Let Athens -Land For Sale Bulgaria -For Sale Nicosia 24 For Sale Limassol 24 For Sale Larnaca -For Sale Paphos 24 For Sale Ayia Napa -For Sale Famagusta Protaras -For Sale Athens -Property& Home Services display ads 25

abbreviations bdrm c/h a/c s/pool f/f apt pm pw sw nw st rd p/s c/l swb r/cass e/w

bedroom central heating air conditioning swimming pool fully furnished apartment per month per week south west north west street road power steering central locking short wheel base radio cassette electric windows

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Advertiser WANTED TO RENT mia to Kapedes and Kalo Chorio) alan.tye@birdlifecyprus.org.cy, 22455072, 99089083. *****************************

FOR SALE MOTOR VEHICLES MINI COOPER (2005) 1600cc, 52.000 miles, British racing green/Blk roof, full mini spec., bluetooth fitted, MOT 15/07/14, €6.500 ono. Contact 35799531267 Pyla. *****************************

FORD FOCUS GHIA (2006) diesel, 1600cc, 98000km, blue, automatic - tiptronic. dual zone climate control, power steering, electric windows, 6 airbags, central locking, cruise control, computer board, alloy wheels, and many extras. €7500. Contact: 99022779 - Nicosia *****************************

PROPERTY TO LET NICOSIA LUXURY FLAT 1-bedroom,fully furnished,58sq.m/entrance camera with Jacuzzi , ital-

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TO LET NICOSIA €380, Kennedy furnished €400, 2bdrm Ag. Dometios €400, Lykavitos €550, Kennedy €400, Acropolis rear house €300, 3bdrm m/ ssa with garden €500, Str/ los €400, Acropolis €550, 4 bdrm new house Dasoupolis €1,200, Acropolis g/f €800. 21 PROPERTY FINDER A.M. 627 A.A.108 / E 99474839, 99646822

ian equipment, Central autonomous heating, ALL electrical appliances for the kitchen (ceramic boards etc). Autonomous double covered parking with entrance camera, 3.6 sq.m storage room. close to the University of Nicosia/Makedonitissa-Egkomi, Nicosia. Tel +35796440161 *****************************

FOR RENT OR SELL: 2 bedroom flat in Nikis Avn in Nicosia, 80 m. Completely renovated, with electric supplies. Excellent for office or flat. 3 bed-room flat and some furnitures in Nicosia near Central Bank, 140 m. Completely renovated like new. Mob : 99 460 860 *****************************

LUXURIOUS APARTMENT FOR RENT A luxurious one floor apartment situated in central Nicosia in an area of exceptional Beauty at 3 Museum Street, is available to let. It has been recently renovated and consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, big dining and sitting rooms, kitchen and a huge veranda. Approximate covered area 250 sqm. Monthly rent €1400.00 o.n.o. Tel: 99622370. www.parcon. com.cy *****************************

FLATS / HOUSES FOR RENT: studio Aglantzia €350, 1bdrm Ag. Andreas furnished €425, Hilton €400, Strovolos €350, Acropolis

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MODERN 2 BDRM, first floor flat in attractive building in Anthoupolis, very quiet area between the Grammar School and the European University, also very convenient for Pascal and Highgate Schools and the University of Nicosia. Large front veranda, all appliances, modern fittings, light and bright. Furnished or unfurnished €550p.m. Call 99900177. *****************************

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ROOMS €125 each, near McDonald’s Engomi only Philippine girls. Call 99663927.

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FOR RENT 3 B/R apartment fully furnished close to Central Bank. 3 W.C., fully air-conditioned extra storeroom, owned covered parking. Excellent condition. Information: Tel. 99621554 *****************************

3 BEDROOMS flat on second floor in a block of six flats, in a nice position at Strovolos area, fully a/c, c/h, covered parking place for one

TO LET NICOSIA car, recently painted. Rent €650pm. (furnished if required). Tel: 97773358. *****************************

LUXURY HOUSES: 1. 5 bedrs detached house, 550sq.m, built in 2 big plots of land, big garden with grass, big swimming pool with extra fence for children and big covered patio with bbq area, big reception areas with marble floor, fire place and bar, big kitchen with all electrical appliances and sitting room with fire place, maid’s room, floor heating, full a/c, blinds on the windows, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower, big bathroom for the other 3 bedrooms and extra shower in the 5th bedroom - Strovolos €2500 (H5ST10001-R), (photos in the website). 2. H3AR0004-R, 3 bedr luxury detached house with central heating, full a/c, 3wc, 2

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bathrooms, parquet floor throughout the house, big sitting and dining area, big kitchen with family room opening onto the swimming pool which has big covered area with wooden deck, bbq area, covered parking, in a very quiet area behind Apoel football training ground - Archagelos - €1700 (photos in website). 3. 2 bedr fully renovated semi detached house 120 sq. m, a/c for hot and cold, small yard, FULLY FURNSIHED or not, double glazed windows with aluminum shutters, in a quiet area off Nikis behind Burger King - ACROPOLIS €650 (H2ACS0001-R), (photos in the website). 4. 3 bedr luxury semi-detached house with character, 200sq.m, central heating, full ac, sitting and dining room with fire place, big kitchen with cooker and oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, nice mature garden

with flowers, trees and small garden with grass, covered parking, 3wc, 2 bathrooms in a quiet neighborhood. Available middle of January. Agios Andreas - €1200 - H3AAD0001-R (photos in website). 5. 4 bedr new luxury detached house, separate maid’s room, central heating, full Ac, 260sq.m, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances, blinds on all the windows, 4wc, 2 showers, 1 bathroom, 2 covered parking, big garden with grass in a quiet neighbourhood in a dead end near French Ambassador house - Strovolos €1400 (H4ST10045-R), (photos in the website). 6. 3 bedr+big attic room with shower and wc luxury new house, 210sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 4wc, blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, small garden, covered parking near Alpha Mega supermar-

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ket - STROVOLOS €1200 (H4ST10007-R), (photos in the website). 7. 3 bedr detached ground floor house with big garden with grass and covered patio with bbq and bar, central heating, a/c, 230sq.m, FULLY FURNISHED or partially, covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighborhood opposite Acropolis park. Acropolis - €1500 - H3ACS0004-R (photos in website). 8. H4LAK0002-R, 3 bedr + office space luxury detached house, built on a big plot, 350sq. m, big swimming pool with cover, garden with grass, big sitting and dining room, separate family room, central heating, a/c, curtains on all the windows, cooker, dishwasher and dryer, parquet floor throughout the house,3wc, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered parking in a quiet area on the borders of Strovolos with Lakatamia Lakatamia- €1600 (photos in website). 9. 3 bedr upstairs and 2 separate bedroom in the basement luxury detached house(all the bedrooms with en suite bathrooms/ shower), also separate kitchen and sitting room in the basement which has also separate entrance from the house, central heating, full a/c, solid parquet floor all the house, big sitting

and dining room with fire place, big fully equipped kitchen with breakfast area and family room, big overfloor, swimming pool with covered patio area with fully equipped bar(bbq, fridge, freezer, cooker), mature garden around the house, 2 parking places, alarm system near the Cyprus Conference CentrePLATY AGLANTZIAS €3500 (H5PAG0002-R), (photos in the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area, off Kostantinoupoleos street near French ambassador residence.STROVOLOS €700 (H4ST10043-R), (photos in the website). 11. 4 bedr luxury semi detached house with good size garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area, central heating, a/c units, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered parking, FULLY FURNISHED AND EQUIPPED, in a quiet area in a dead end close to all amenities and schools. - ANTHOUPOLIS €1300 (H4ANT0002-R), (photos in the website). 12. H4AGZ0010-R, 3 bedr RENOVATED GROUND FLOOR HOUSE with big separate 1 bedroom flat with multi room, big sitting and dining room , separate tv

room, big kitchen with family room and fitted cooker and oven, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, very big 5 X 6 bedrooms with solid parquet floor, central heating with petrol independent, a/c units, double glazed windows with shutters, big verandas around the house, in a very quiet neighbourhood 200metres from FRENCH school and near Athalassas park - Aglantzia - €1300 (photos in website). 13. 3 bedr ground floor house with big separate 80sq,m room with shower and wc for multi use, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, 2 shower,1 bathroom, fully furnished, small garden, bbq area, parking, on a small building in a very quiet area near Agios Vasilios church. Strovolos - €900 - H4ST10028-R (photos in website). 14. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, all the bedrooms very big and all with big bathroom/shower, sitting room upstairs, attic room with shower and wc, office space/maid’ s room with shower and wc, central heating, full AC, 450sq.m, big sitting and dining areas, big kitchen with sitting area and fitted cooker and oven, 6 wc, 2 covered parking’s, big yard with tiles and garden with grass, bbq area in a very quiet neighbour-

hood near the CYBC ( RIK) station and near a neighbourhood park – Aglantzia €2000(H4AGZ0005-R), (photos in the website). 15. 4 bedr luxury detached house, separate maid’s room, 600 sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 6 wc, 4 bathrooms, big sitting and dining areas opening on to the garden, big kitchen with electrical appliances, built in 2 big plots of land with huge garden with grass, swimming pool, 2 covered parking, in a quiet neighbourhood close to Alpha Mega supermarket Engomi - €3000 (H4PA20005-R), (photos on the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates.com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22-422225/96422225/96422226, www.landtouristestates. com

tos in website). 2. AINIC0006- R, 1 bedr., fully furnished and equipped apartment, 50sq.m, 2AC for hot and cold, covered verandah, covered parking, nice view, off Makarios avenue between Hilton and DEBENHAMS shop. Nicosia centre, € 450 (photos in website). 3. 1 bedr spacious apartment with separate kitchen, 2a/c for hot and cold, big bedroom, covered veranda, NICELY FURNISHED, in the centre behind Cleopatra hotel – Nicosia Centre - € 550 - A1NIC0020-R (photos in website). 4. A1DAS0010-R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with big sitting and dining room, big bathroom, big bedroom with shutters, covered veranda, storage heaters, 2a/c, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking in a quiet area in a small modern building near Acropolis Park. Dasoupolis €400 (photos in website). 5. 2 bedr new luxury modern furnished apartment , central heating ind, 2 a/c, big covered veranda and covered parking in a quiet area behind the Municipal building – Agios Dometios € 660 - A2ADO0004-R (photos in website). 6. 1 bedr new modern luxury apartment, 50sq.m, 2 a/c for

hot and cold, nicely modern furnished, 3rd floor, covered parking, 6 year old in a quiet neighbourhood off Kantaras street. - STROVOLOS €370 (A1ST10009-R), (photos in the website). 7. 4 bedr luxury floor apartment,250sq.m, office, maid’s room, central heating ind, full hidden wall unit a/c,2 showers, 1 bathroom, 3wc, parquet floor, big kitchen with cooker and oven, bbq on the veranda in the kitchen, big sitting area, roller blinds on all the windows, alarm system, big veranda on a small building off Athalasas avenue near Alpha Mega supermarket and Areteion hospital – Dasoupolis - € 1100 - A4DAS0002-R (photos in website). 8. A1ACS0007- R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with 2 a/c for hot and cold, electrical appliances in the kitchen, big bedroom, covered veranda, blinds, covered parking, in a quiet area near Acropolis park. NICELY FURNISHED. Acropolis €450 (photos in website). 9. 3 bedr new luxury finished PENTHOUSE apartment 150sq.m internal areas+120sq. verandas, solid parquet floor all the flat, big bedrooms, big sitting and dining room, big semi separate kitchen with electrical appliances, home cine ma with big screen,

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LUXURY FLATS: 1. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment, with central heating independent, 3a/c, big sitting and dining room, cooker and oven in the kitchen, blinds, 2 bathrooms(on en suite), big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, near Ippokration private hospital. Available end of November – Engomi - € 550 - A2ENG0012-R (pho-


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LCD tv, covered parking in a quiet neighborhood near CYTA, Laiki + Hellenic bank headquarters and French school. CAN BE RENTED ALSO expensive MODERN furnished – Dasoupolis - € 1200 - A3DAS0019-R (photos in website). 10. A2AOM0009-R 2 bedr luxury finished apartment in a small building with 4 flats only, central heating with petrol independent, full a/c, 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom/shower, separate guest wc, NICE MODERN EXPENSIVE FURNITURE, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighbourhood very close to Junior school and the park - Agioi Omologites - € 800 (photos in website). 11. 3 bedr luxury spacious ground floor apartment with separate entrance, big verandas and garden, big sitting and dining room, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, very big master bedroom, electrical appliances in the kitchen, aluminum shutters on windows, parquet laminate floor all the flat, covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighbourhood in a dead end street, off Athalasas Avenue behind Stephanis near English School €720 (A3ST10030-R), (photos in the website).

12. A2LYK0006-R, 2 bedr penthouse apartment with big veranda 60sq.m, storage heaters, full a/c, 2 bathrooms (one en suite), big sitting room, big separate kitchen with cooker and oven, blinds, covered parking near Agios Antonios market CLOSE TO THE UNIVERSITY. Lykavitos €510 (photos in website). 13. A2ST10028- R, 2 bedr new luxury apartment on the 1st floor of a 2 storey building, with a/c for hot and cold, fully nicely modern furnished, big covered veranda, parking, in a quiet neighbourhood. (no common expenses). Strovolos €600 (photos in website). 14. 4 bedr new spacious luxury finished floor apartment with floor heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, electrical appliances in the kitchen, blinds on all windows, very big 50sq.m covered veranda, fire place, covered parking and big overfloor heated covered swimming pool on the ground floor, on a small 3 storey building in a quiet neighborhood near a playground and near Ippokration private hospital Engomi - €2000 - A4ENG0003-R (photos in website). 15. 2 bedrs new luxury apartment, sitting room open plan with kitchen which includes cooker, oven, refrigerator and washing ma-

chine, 2 wc, central heating, full AC, blinds on the windows, very big covered verandas, covered parking and storage room in a dead end off Athalassas avenue near Laiki popular bank and Hellenic bank headquarters. - DASOUPOLI €550 (A2DAS0006-R), (photos in the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates. com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22-422225 / 96-422225 / 96422226 www.landtouristestates. com

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old house detached with central heating, a/c all over the house, lounge dinning room, separate kitchen, utility room, en-suite master bedroom, parking, three wcs. Price 800 euros (negotiable) 25337400 *****************************

3 BEDROOM HOUSE IN YPSONAS 3-year-old two storey detached house situated in a private area of Ypsonas with separate

kitchen, lounge dinning room,garden, parking ensuite master bedroom a/c all over house. 25 337400 Price 700 euros *****************************

2 BEDROOM COTTAGE FOR RENT IN LANIA VILLAGE in a quiet and peaceful area, fully furnished, storage heaters, a/c, rent €300 per month. Minimum contract 1 year. Info mob 99548855 FOR RENT new ground floor

TO LET LIMASSOL terrace studios for rent in Kouka village (20 minutes from Limassol) in a quiet and peaceful area fully furnished €180 per month minimum contract 1 year. For info mob 99548855 *****************************

GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, furnished renovated this year. Laminated parke floor, and big wardrobes in the 3 bedrooms. Rent €590.00 Tel 99497576 99886775

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2 BDRM flat in the centre of Nicosia. Rent €450. For information call 99453663, 99663927. *****************************

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FOR RENT luxury 2 bedroom flat near Alasia hotel very close to Debenhams (Makarios avenue), with kitchen, office room, dining room, big siting room, two wc, a/c, verandas. For further information please call 99465365 *****************************

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FOR RENT spacious 3 bedroom apartment with balcony situated in centre of town, semi furnished. Please call 99311152 *****************************

FOR RENT 2 bed, 2 bath, new built apartment, in a quiet scenic location In Alethriko, Larnaca 5 min. to Larnaka, 5 min. to the beach Fully furnished, A/C, communal pool, under covered parking, Long term rent, €350.00 per month For more info pls call 99639378 *****************************

FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom flat near Larco hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543 *****************************

1. K.S.L LETTINGS – APARTMENT FOR RENT Fully Furnished 1st floor 2 bedroom apartment. High quality furnishings throughout. 400 Euros per calendar month. Pyla. Quote TLL1088. Tel. (00357) 24815104 2. K.S.L LETTINGS – Properties Required for waiting Long Term Tenants. We desperately require 2/3 & 4 bedroom villa’s with private swimming pools for waiting tenants in the Larnaca District. Please call us for a free valuation. Tel.(00357) 24815104 3. K.S.L LETTINGS – LARGEST RANGE OF PROPERTIES. OVER 200 RENTAL PROPERTIES IN THE LARNACA DISTRICT AT THE MOST COMPETITIVE RATES! FLEXIBLE CONTRACTS AVAILABLE. Tel. (00357) 24815104 4. www.KSLlettings.com – Villa For Rent Simply Stunning! Fully furnished 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom Villa with a good sized rear garden & private pool, located in the

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village of Oroklini. Call for further information quoting Ref. TLL1415. Tel. (00357) 24815104 CALL 24 815 104 TO ENQUIRE OR ARRANGE A VIEWING – NO OBLIGATION OR FEES. View our full range of over 200 properties by visiting www.KSLlettings.com updated daily. LANDLORDS ADVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY FOR FREE AND GET WORLD WIDE ADVERTISING – NO TENANT NO FEE!

and parking. Unfurnished. Very nice well worth seeing. €800 pcm reduced 4. Peyia Unfurnished 2 bed 2 bathroom house, a/c, ceiling fans, fly screens, storage, satellite TV, private parking, swimming pool, From €350 pcm REDUCED THIS IS JUST A SMALL SELCTION OF PROPERTIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE AND MANY MORE PLEASE CALL EITHER 96 545 174 OR E-MAIL ON info@ unique-consultancy.eu LANDLORDS; WE NEED YOUR PROPERTIES NOW. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT.

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€290 /mnth Acropolis Heights (a) ,Chlorakas (b) € 380 /mnth Universal area and Both are 2-bed houses, beautiful locations, in Cul-desacs, 10 years old, 90 sq. mts, Furnished, Open-Plan Lounge/ Kitchen, Front Car-port, Garden, (a) is Ground floor, 1 W.C/ bath. (b) is 2-Floors, 2 W.CS/ Bath and part air-conditioned. Call 99-632388.’ *****************************

BARGAIN PROPERTY FOR RENT - Moutallos, 3 bedroom first floor apartment, fully furnished, 2 bathrooms, 1 en-suite, balcony, very close to all amenities, euro 350 per month o.n.o tel: 99127195 *****************************

Long Term Rentals 1. Chlorakas 1 bed ground floor furnished apartment with central heating, communal pool and parking, sky TV. €335 pcm including all bills 2. Tala 2 bed quality furnished apartment. Stunning sea views, large balcony, well kept gardens, communal pool, quiet area. €375 pcm 3. Chlorakas Large 4 bed detached villa, secluded position, large private pool, a/c,

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GREAT VALUE STUDIO FLAT FOR RENT, just off Tomb of the Kings, very convenient position, easy walk to harbour, town centre or Kato Paphos. Fully furnished (washing machine etc.) Only Euro 200/month inc. communal charges. Phone 99-493862 *****************************

1. UNIVERSAL – superb 2 bed furnished apartment for rent. Lovely quiet complex with pool, private parking, entry phone system & storage room. €350 per month. 2. UNIVERSAL – one bed furnished apartment on 2nd floor, small quiet well maintained complex with sea views. €300 per month. 3. UNIVERSAL – 2 two bed, 2 bath apartments on superb quiet complex, with 3 pools, gym, sauna, jaccuzi & bowling green. 1 apt furnished, 1 unfurnished from €400 per month. 4. TALA – 2 two bed, 2 bath villa style apts on stunning quiet complex with 4 pools, with off road and underground parking. 1 apt furnished 1 U/F from €360 per month.

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FOR RENT A selection of 1 to 5 bedroom houses & apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi, Chlorakas & Kato Paphos Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at are website www. cyprussands.com Fully Registered Company in Cyprus *****************************

1. MANDRIA, 2 bedroom apartment, fully furnished with modern furniture, separate kitchen, communal swimming pool, air conditioning throught, 2 balconies euro 375 p/m o.N.O 2. SEA CAVES, 3 bedroom bungalow, specially fitted for people with disabilities , stunning sea views, free wi-fi, fully furnished with modern furniture, swimming pool, all bedrooms with ensute, utility room, air conditioning throughout, shutters, very green and secluded area euro 1100 p/m o.N.O 3. EMBA, 2 bedroom apartment, 2 bathroom, modern furnished, air conditioned throughout, communal swimming pool, covered parking, close to all amenities, euro 330 p/m 4. CHLORAKA, 3 bedroom furnished villa with pool, amazing views, master ensuite, in cul-de-sac, fully airconditioned with fireplace, euro 700 p/m PLEASE CALL : 99 387842 *****************************

CHLORAKAS, 2 bedroom apartment, fully furnished, large veranda, very quiet location, communal pool, Euro 280 – o.n.o Please call: 99699019 /26910140

TO LET PAPHOS electrical appliances provided, beautiful sea and mountain views. €400 per month. Call: 99 553741 *****************************

DT PROPERTY LETTINGS PRESENTS : Chloraka 4 bed Villa fully furnished, 3 bathrooms, 2 lounges, air conditioning throughout, private garage, large garden only €700.00 per month Universal 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom ground floor apartment fully furnished, air conditioning, communal pool and private parking special rate €320.00 Tsada 5 bedroom villa with 4 bathrooms, fully furnished, double garage, very spacious with private swimming pool, fantastic views only €1.600.00 per month neg. Peyia 3 bedroom villa with two bathrooms fully furnished, air conditioning throughout, communal swimming pool and parking. Nice location close to all amenities €500.00 per month Now available at DT property lettings Many other properties available. Please call: Tel 2683543 or 97675123 *****************************

PEYIA, available now for rent in a most sought after location next to the municipal park, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments with magnificent sea and mountain views, furnished or unfurnished, off street parking, quiet area, for viewing, ring: 99 887251 / 99 025173 *****************************

A DELIGHTFUL AND SPACIOUS 1 bedroom apartment, F/F, top floor, new, located at a peaceful location

TO LET PAPHOS just 500 from St. George hotel in Chloraka. A+ quality apt. Within walking distance to amenities, part of a beautiful building with swimming pool, list and other amenities. Only €250p/m Other apts also available near Carrefour in the Centre of Paphos. Call 99403261, 26934650 *****************************

PAPHOS RENTALS SECTION TREMITHOUSA Very sought after location, Modern 2 Bedroom, F/F, Town House, Lovely Communal Pool, Sea views, Early viewing highly recommended, 400 Euros PAPHOS - Very large 3 Bedroom Apt , Fully Furnished to a very high standard ,Would suit 3 Professionals sharing, Within close proximity to Hospital and Court, Central Heating, 2 Bathrooms, Laundry, 350 Euros. TALA - Luxurious 4 Bedroom, F/F to a very high standard, 2 bathrooms, 2 en-suite, Swimming Pool, Landscaped Garden and Spectacular Views, 700 Euros. EMPA - Immaculate, Spacious 2 Bedroom, U/F, House, Large kitchen, Patio, Quiet location, Must be seen, 300 Euros WANTED - 2 bedroom furnished properties MORE PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 99862922 *****************************

FLOWRON PROPERTY RENTALS, YOUR NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES. LOOKING FOR A RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPA-

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NY, CALL THE EXPERTS TODAY!! TIMI 3 bed modern villa with wood burner, Ac, offered fully furnished. Spacious living areas with 2 sitting areas, big kitchen,3 upstairs bedrooms, master on suite shower, family bathroom, Small private pool, off street parking. Quite location not far from the village amenities. Paphos Town. Ref: 722 price €600 KISSONERGRA A bed luxury villa on its own private grounds, with fantastic views of the sea, private pool, Modem Furnishings, quality appliances, downstairs bedroom, large kitchen, upstairs bedroom with en suite, family bathroom. Ref 0000 Price €950 ANARITA A 3 bed villa offered furnished , with private pool, in nice quiet cul-de-sac, off street parking, AC. quality kitchen, 3 bedrooms upstairs. Ref 855 price €600 PEGEIA A superb character 4 bedroom villa, with beams, fire place, central heating. Italian kitchen, sitting and dining areas, 3 good size bedroom, with downstairs bedroom with en suite. Outside mature gardens, private pool, fantastic views, peaceful location. Ref: 765 Price €900 Mandria A modern unfur-

nished 4 bed Villa with private pool. Downstairs bedroom with shower, sitting room with log burner, 3 bedrooms upstairs, master bed with en suite shower room. Property has private fence and pets are welcome. Ref 1174 price €700 YEROSKIPOU 2 bed furnished apartment with communal pool, gym, under cover parking on modern new complex Apartment is furnished, with bathroom, modern kitchen and blinds + AC Ref: 1164 price €350 ARMOU A 3 bedroom fully furnished bungalow with private pool. Nice clean modern property with log burner, 3 good size bedrooms, master en suite, large family bathroom, garage, fantastic views of the sea. Ref 854 Price €750 MANDRIA Modern 2 bedroom apartment, offered furnished. Property is modern and has a large outside veranda, great views, large communal pool. Not far from all local amenities. Ref: 882 Price €400 Please call for a free viewing on Office 26600450 Mobile: 97614070 many more properties on our website at www.flowron. com - www.paphospropertycyprus.com LANDLORDS IF YOU HAVE

A PROPERTY FOR RENT, PLEASE CALL US!!!!!! Your Vision is our Mission

bedroom 2 bathroom bungalow with gas central heating throughout, log burner in living area and real fireplace in bedroom, perfect for those winter months. A fully enclosed pretty courtyard offers stunning views. Available furnished or part furnished. Pets allowed at owners discretion. Website reference number: rtl_644 3. KISSONERGA €550 modern detached 3 bedroom villa situated in a quiet residential area. Master bedroom with ensuite, separate kitchen, downstairs guest wc. Enclosed garden offering private pool & off street parking. Available unfurnished though can include kitchen appliances. Pets allowed at owners discretion. Website reference number: rtl_501 4. PEYIA €700 price includes pool cleaning. If you are looking for a villa with breathtaking views & privacy than this property is for you. This modern detached 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa is furnished with modern furniture, including satellite tv & electric radiators throughout. One bedroom & bathroom on ground floor. A spacious enclosed garden with private pool offering stunning sea views. Off street parking. Website reference number: rtl_401

5. MANDRIA €750 modern detached 4 bedroom villa, master with ensuite. Fully enclosed low maintenance garden offering private pool. Available unfurnished to include white goods, blackout blinds, curtains, ceiling fans & log burner for those winter months. Immaculate condition. Pets allowed at owners discretion. Website reference number: rtl_633 offers considered. 6. CHLORAKA €750 modern detached 4 bedroom 3 bathroom villa with ground floor bedroom & bathroom. Beautifully furnished with good quality modern furniture includes sky satellite, fly screens & feature fireplace with modern gas fire. Private pool offering views of the sea. Off street parking. Situated within walking distance of bus routes & shops. Website reference number: rtl_611 7. KATO PAPHOS €800 large 4 bedroom detached villa situated in the sought after residential area of limnaria. Walking distance to the beach and the many amenities of kato paphos. Spacious living accomodation offering an enclosed garden with storage & communal pool. Fully furnished with modern furniture & solar panels. Website reference number: rtl_442

8. TALA €900 a charming detached 4 bedroom villa with character, situated on a corner plot in a quiet residental area with breathtaking sea views. Spacious living rooms with central heating & real fireplace. Separate kitchen & dining room. Good sized garden offering private pool and stone built barbeque area. Undercover parking. Available fully furnished. Website reference number rtl_638 TEL: 97790883 OFFICE: 26271858 VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MANY MORE PROPERTIES www. mrrent-paphos.net Email: info@mrrent-paphos.net

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PEYIA – 3 bedroom villa with modern quality furniture and finishes. Central heating, sky, alarm, infinity pool and stunnning sea and mountain views €700 per month, call: 99389426 *****************************

BRAND NEW APT, opposite Poseidonio Gym, near Carrefour, F/F, a/c, great quality, 1 bdrm, from €340p.m.Tel 99403261 *****************************

MR RENT PAPHOS, THE LEADING PROPERTY RENTAL AGENCY IN PAPHOS OFFICE: 26271858 (00357) IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY TO RENT WE ARE THE RENTAL AGENCY TO CONTACT OFFERING FULL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENT COLLECTION SERVICE 1. ANARITA €375 modern 2 bedroom 2.5 Bathroom townhouse situated on a quiet peaceful complex with manicured gardens, communal infinity pools & a large indoor gym. Fully furnished with modern furniture & sateliite. Garden with country & sea views. Website reference number: rtl_647 2. TSADA €380 charming 2

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PROPERTIES AVAILABLE TO RENT IN THE PAPHOS DISTRICT. JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF AVAILABLE PROPERTIES. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL. CALL 97648440 FOR MORE INFORMATION. LANDLORDS CALL IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT.!!! 1. MESA CHORIO – 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished ground floor apartment set on an elevated position on this prestigious development. Open plan living area. Good sized kitchen. 2 double,


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bedrooms, master with ensuite shower room. Family bathroom. Large patio areas with enclosed gardens and lovely sea views. Covered parking and security gates.. Comm swimming pool, and landscaped gardens. Euros 425.00 a month. 2 bed apartment same complex Euros 400.00 a month. 2 MESOGI 3 bed 3 bath furnished apartment in handy location close to the shopping areas. Large open plan living area and dining area.. Fully fitted dining/kitchen with appliances . Guest WC. Utilty room. 3 double bedrooms one with en-suite. Family bathroom. Balcony & and parking. Euros 500.00 a month. Suit non-drivers! 3. TOMB OF THE KINGS – 3 bed fully furnished apartment in established block.

Own entrance via stairway. Open plan living area. Dining kitchen. 3 bedrooms and family bathroom. A/C, sat TV. Internet available. Large balcony area. Parking. Euros 350.00 per month 4. KISSONEGA - 3 bed 2 bath unfurnished villa. Set in enclosed gardens the villa consists of open plan living area. Full itted kitchen. Small utility area. Conservatory room. Ground floor bed room with en-suite. Stairs to two double bedrooms and family bathroom. Pool and off street parking. Euros 600.00 per month 5. STROUMBI – 2 bed fully furnished stone bungalow set in quiet location. Open plan living area with working fireplace. Spacious dining kitchen. 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom with corner

bath. Landscaped gardens, swimming pool and covered parking. Realistically priced Euros 500.00 per month or close offers only 6. UNIVERSAL AREA. 2 bed fully furnished apartment. Living area, fitted kitchen. 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom. A/C, Enclosed garden area, comm. Pool and parking. Euros 375.00 a month or offers. 1 & 2 bed apartments available on Universal starting at 250 euros per month. 7. CORAL BAY - 3 bed, 3.5 bath furnished/unfurnished villa situated very near to the centre and within easy walking of beaches and restaurants. Open plan living area with fully fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Ground floor bedroom with ensuite. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 2 double bedroom both with en-suite and balcony areas. Private pool, gardens, BBQ area and covered verandahs. Central location.Euros 650.00 per month or close offers. 8. STROUMBI– 3 bed 2.5 bath large unfurnished villa in quiet village area. Spacious open plan living area with feature fireplace and dining space Good sized fitted kitchen and breakfast area. Guest WC with storage area.3 double bedrooms. Mas-

ter with en-suite bathroom. Family bathroom. Enclosed gardens, pool and off street parking. Realistically priced Euros 550.00 per month. OVNO FOR FULL LISTINGS OF A PA R T M E N T S / T O W N HOUSES AND VILLA PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL LANDLORDS/ OWNERS PLEASE CALL PLEASE CALL 97648440 or email:inforentals@aol. com

- Two Traditional stone village houses, large common courtyard in picturesque village of Lysos, Paphos. 10min from Latchi. - 5017m2 Land with 10% building rights, in Lysos village on main road to Stavro Tis Psokas. - 8362m2 Land with 10% building rights in Lysos village on boarder of housing zone which is to be extended. QUICK SALE FOR SERIOUS OFFERS EURO 800,000 Tel : 99452241/99848757

FOR SALE Well kept detached bungalow on the edge of Pano Kivides. Quiet location with open view. Kitchen/diner 5.55m x 3.75 Separate lounge of similar size. Two bedrooms, with A/C, fitted wardrobes. Good size bathroom. Mains drainage. Entrance hall, used as an office. Gas CH. All new double glazed windows. Conservatory 7.26m x 2.46m. Outside, plot in excess of 700 sq. m.. Large covered area including brick built workshop 5.3m x 4.8m . Hot tub. Car port, TITLE DEEDS. Euros 198000. Private sale. No agents. No VAT. Why pay for a building site with no services when you could move into a comfortable home, with no hassle, but lots of potential, for less? Tel. 99995906 or 99995992.

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REFURBISHED stone-built village house located in Kili Paphos. Consists of 3 large rooms 1 small. Traditional wood burnt fireplace, fully tiled secluded yard and garage. Tel: 99210610. ******************************

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UNIVERSAL AREA, 3 bedroom detached villa, covered area 122 sqm, master bedroom en-suite, air conditioned throughout, all white goods, solar panels, garden irrigation, plot size 273 sqm, communal pool, euro 165.000 o.v.n.o. – title deeds available Call : 99682644- no agents ******************************

PROPERTY FOR SALE

1. PAPHOS, FLATS FOR SALE OR RENT: Kisson-

NICOSIA

FOR SALE PAPHOS erga, 3 bdrm flat with title deeds, in a block of 4 flats only, fully renovated, 2 baths, 146 sq.m closed area, c/h, a/c, covered parking, excelent view of sea and mountains, half registration fees titll 31.12.12 reduced to €135.000 or rent €450 per month. Tel. 99621914. ******************************

FOR SALE special offer, €79, 000 first floor apartment in Protaras, fully furnished with 2 bedrooms and a swimming pool. Walking distance to the beach of Ayia Triada and all amenities. Tel: 97 608941. ******************************

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1.AYIA NAPA, Studio for sale, 38 sqm, furnished and fully renovated,. with title deed, in licensed complex, 5030m from Nissi Beach €49.000. Tel. 99621914. LARNACA

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NICOSIA, FLAT FOR SALE: 2 bdrm flat with title deeds, 110 sq.m., fully renovated, best central area, 800m from the European University, excellent view, €99.000. Tel. 99621914.

Nicosia ........................22 802 020 Limassol ......................25 805 050 Larnaca .......................24 804 040 Paphos ........................26 806 060 Famagusta ..................23 803 030

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Drug Law Enforcement Unit ......................................... 1498 (Confidential Information)

Nicosia General .............22-801400 Nicosia Makarios ...........22-405000 Limassol Old ................25-305333 Limassol New ................25-801100 Larnaca Old...................24-630312 Larnaca New .................24-630300 Paphos ..........................26-821800 Famagusta ....................23-821211

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FOR SALE PENTHOUSE between Armenias Str and Hilton Hotel. 3 bedroom, main bedroom with shower, c/h, fireplace, large verandas. For more information please call: 99467596.

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PROPERTY SALE BLOCK BUY INVESTMENT - House (detached) 3-Bed, 2 Bath, on ½ plot, Koloni, Paphos in cul-de-sac. Near amenities, highway and airport. 5 min from sea.

Rescue Co-ordination Centre ............................. 1441 (Immediate Response Service for Aeronautical or Maritime Accident & Incidents) Game Fund Service: (Wildlife and hunting) Central offices (Nicosia): 22867786, 22-867897 Nicosia: 22-664606, 99-445697 Limassol: 25-343800, 99-445728, Larnaca/Famagusta: 24-805128, 99-634325 Paphos: 26-306211, 99-445679 Forest Fires ..................... 1407

Narcotics Helpline ......... 1410 (Outside hours.............. 22-304160) AIDS Advisory Bureau ................................ 22-302826 Domestic Violence Centre .......................................... 1440 (Emergency Centre for Victims) Drug Info & Poison Control ............... 1401 Cyprus Samaritans ... 77777267 Police Duty Officer ......... 1499 (Confidential Information) Airports Larnaca ..........................77778833 Paphos ...........................77778833

Friends for Life Limassol Hospice Care Appeal Reg no 2423

Annual Christmas Fair 8th & 9th December 2012 at The Atlantica Miramare Beach Hotel Potamos Yermasoyia Limassol Buy all your Christmas Gifts under one roof with 700sq metres of Exhibitions: Dolls Houses and accessories to suit all from 3 years to the young at heart- Exquisite Beadwork- Mosaics- Aromatherapy –Soaps - Beautiful Candles - Fun with Encaustic Art-Jewellery - Denise with Hair Clips and an exciting new product -Patchwork –Woodcraft - Felted items – Knitwear – Cards –Books - Hand Painted Glassware - Chutneys and Jams - Helen’s Indian Treasures -Handmade accessories Numerous other gift ideas. Kiddies Korner with Santa Lucky Dip / Magic / Face Painting / Friends for Life / Cake Stall / Bric Brac / Books / Art Exhibition Limassol Theatre Arts School will be performing on Saturday 8th December at 11:45 a.m. "Limassol Theatre Arts School (LTAS) is a dynamic Stage School which nurtures and inspires young performers. Under the expert guidance of a team of experienced professionals and ex West End performer, LTAS provides high quality training in Musical Theatre, Dance, Singing and Drama/Acting. LTAS prepares its students to be the stars of the future!"

Tombola – Grand Draw Excellent Car parking with Wheelchair & Pushchair access Open 11am – 7pm Entry Adults €2, including Free Tombola Ticket - Children Free Entrance Door Prize kindly donated by the Atlantica Miramare Hotel Further details contact Anne on 99269016 or 25632446 All Proceeds to the Limassol Hospice Care Appeal


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Advertiser FOR PAPHIAKOS ANIMAL WELFARE SOS HELPLINE, 24 HOUR MEDICAL EMERGENCY SERVICE - CALL 99655581 CONTACT DETAILS FOR PAPHIAKOS. Paphiakos & C.C.P. Animal Welfare Education/Information Centre, No. 12 Dedalos Building, 8049 Kato Paphos PO Box 61272 8132 Kato Paphos Web. www.cyprusanimalwelfare.com www.facebook/paphiakos Email info@cyprusanimalwelfare.com Larnaca Emergency Service - The contact point for animal emergencies in Larnaca is Maria at the Paphiakos Animal Welfare Charity Shop, telephone 24623494 or 99325897 STOP, SHOP AND GIVE TO THE ANIMALS! ALL DONATIONS ARE WELCOME AT OUR CHARITY SHOPS! PAPHIAKOS & C.C.P. ANIMAL WELFARE Registered Charity No 1529 Contact our shops and we can take your clutter The Charity Shops are located at: Shop No.1 Agapinoros Street, Kato Paphos Tel 26910325 Shop No.2 Ap Pavlou Avenue, Kato Paphos Tel 26942894 Shop No.3 Gr. Afxentiou Avensia Court 3 Larnaca 24623494 Shop No.4 9 Ayiou Ioanni Street 3061 Limassol 25561695 Peyia Information Centre & Shop & T Rooms 26622828 Polis Information Centre & Shop & T Rooms 99223572 Book Exchange Shop Trimithousa 99771763 Our shops are always happy to receive your unwanted goods! NOW YOU CAN HELP BY COLLECTING YOUR ALUMINIUM CANS AND HANDING THEM IN AT ANY PAPHIAKOS CHARITY SHOP OR THE CLINIC. SAVE AN ANIMAL AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT!! PAPHIAKOS CAR BOOT SALE EVERY SATURDAY at the Ambassador Restaurant and outside in the grounds at Paphiakos. Free parking. Sellers from 7am, buyers from 8am. For information & bookings please call MIKE on 96702600. FORTHCOMING EVENTS FOR PAPHIAKOS CHARITY NO. 1529 WORLD ANIMAL DAY. On Thursday October 4th Paphiakos will be micro chipping pets for only €20 including all the paperwork. For further information telephone 26953496. To celebrate World Animal Day on Thursday October 4th Paphiakos will be offering free spaying/neutering for all feral and unwanted animals as they do throughout the year. Contact 26953496 for further details. PAPHIAKOS SHELTER OPEN DAY The Open Day will be held on Sunday October 7th between 10am and 3pm. It will be a Family Fun Day out with a lot of different activities. There is car parking, toilets and refreshments on site so enjoy and join in the celebration of animals and what they bring to our lives. Entrance is €2 CHARITY HAIR CUT. On Thursday 4th October 09.30-17.30 without an appointment Andri at Atlantic Bay Hotel (2nd Floor) will be charging €5 for a haircut with all proceeds going to Paphiakos. Telephone Suzanne on 99151996 or Andri on 99604783. PAPHIAKOS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. Saturday November 24th 9am – 3pm at the Crazy Spoon Restaurant. For further details contact 99151996. Stalls, Santa’s Grotto, Donkey Rides, Pirate Pat and many more.

AYIA NAPA and DHERYNIA (Anglican Church in S.E Cyprus) Sunday Worship 9.30am Morning Prayer every Sunday morning at St Constantinos & Eleni Chapel, Dherynia (near Hospital in Dherynia) 11am at Scandinavian Church, off Nissi Avenue (opp Tassia Maris Hotel), Ayia Napa nd 6pm at St Constantinos & Eleni (2 week) Chaplain : Revd Simon Holloway M.A. Tel: 97 839349 www.angsecyp.org Visitors especially welcome


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Television CYBC 1 07.30

Oikogeneia Solomou (rpt) Local series with events unfolding in a Cypriot village before and after the Turkish invasion of 1974.

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Moiraia Fengaria (rpt) Local drama series inspired by Maro Kranidioti’s book.

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Edoxe Ti Vouli Kai To Dimo News Me Kali Parea

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Vimmata Stin Ammo (rpt) Two episodes of local period drama, based on true events.

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News Tete A Tete Tasos Tryfonos interviews Greek celebrities from the world of showbiz.

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News Repeats

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FILM: Christmas Eve

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An eccentric spinster’s three foster sons must reunite to save her estate from a scheming nephew. Comedy, starring George Raft. 1947.

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News In English New In Turkish NRG Zone Weekend Lost

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FILM: The Evening Star An eccentric woman gets entangled in the lives and loves of her three adult grandchildren. Drama sequel to Terms of Endearment, starring Shirley MacLaine, Bill Paxton and Juliette Lewis. 1996.

Local Sketch News Savvato Ki Apovrado Variety show, with wellknown guests pretending to have a good time for the benefit of You At Home.

NRG Zone Kids’ TV

Sixth season. ‘Recon’. Locke sends Sawyer on a recon mission to the other island, where he runs into Charles Widmore and his submarine crew. In Los Angeles, Sawyer works as a police officer obsessed with finding the conman who destroyed his family.

Vivian Kanari hosts new show featuring a mix of news, information and live music.

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Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Pippi Longstocking, etc. Shown till 12.30, then repeated till midafternoon.

Paizoume Kypriaka New season of local game show, asking questions having to do with Cypriot dialect.

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News In English & News In Turkish Repeats

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Tango Yia Treis (rpt) Cheek To Cheek (rpt) Oi Men kai Oi Den (rpt) Vodka Portokali (rpt) Deixe Mou To Filo Sou (rpt) 40 Kymata (rpt) Ta Koritsia Tou Baba (rpt) Oikonomahies (rpt) Kypriako Barometro (rpt) Dancing With The Stars (rpt) Celebrities and pro dancers train and compete in a ballroom dancing competition.

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Niose Me (rpt)

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Local investigative show.

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Vals Me 12 Theous (rpt) News Me To Dexi (rpt) Radio Arvila Best Of News Sports News Vradi Me Ton Petro Kostopoulo FILM: Sorority Boys Three male students accused of theft and kicked out of their frat house disguise themselves as women so they can stay on campus and prove their innocence. Comedy, starring Michael Rosenbaum. 2002.

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Yia Sena News Eisai To Tairi Mou (rpt) Greek comedy series.

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Eftyhismenoi Mazi (rpt)

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New season of Greek drama series.

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Porta Kleidomeni

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Singles (rpt) News Charlie’s Angels Three women with questionable pasts solve cases for an elusive boss.

01.00 03.00 04.30

Yia Sena (rpt) Enimerosi Tora (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (rpt) News The 4400 (rpt)

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FBI agents are assigned to investigate the sudden reappearance of 4,400 people who mysteriously vanished at some point during the previous 50 years.

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Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of Mila (rpt) FILM: Clara’s Heart A friendship develops between a child and his new nanny, who helps him escape the heartache caused by his parents’ impending divorce. Drama, starring Whoopi Goldberg. 1988.

Mes Stin Kali Hara (rpt) Magazino (rpt) 21.00 22.30 23.15 23.45 00.40

CAPITAL 07.00 10.50 11.20 13.35 15.25 15.40 15.45

Diplopenies Exelixeis Stin Showbiz Kostakis Ki Yioi LTV Sports News Repeats

Kids’ TV Kouzina Me Apopsi (rpt) Telemarketing Greek FILM: Anastenazoun Oi Penies Mila Mou Prasina News FILM: Joe And Max Story about the unlikely friendship between AfricanAmerican boxer Joe Louis and German fighter Max Schmeling in the 1930s. Factbased drama, starring Til Schweiger. 2002.

One Tree Hill (rpt) Second season. ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’. Dan lets Andy’s classmates know about his clandestine relationship with Karen, and Deb’s dependence on pills gets worse.

News Al Tsantiri News (rpt)

Dancing On Ice Real Housewives Of Athens (rpt)

Star News (rpt) Kids’ TV LTV Sports News (rpt) Star News Gossip Girl (rpt) Second season. ‘Carnal Knowledge’. Blair hatches a plan to bring down her teacher, Rachel, while Chuck wakes up in a hotel room with only a minor recollection of what happened the previous evening and who he spent it with.

A highly successful live satirical comedy show that features Lakis Lazopoulos giving ‘his version’ of the news.

News Klemmena Oneira

Local drama series.

06.45 07.50 12.05

Efialtis Stin Kouzina (rpt) Pame Paketo (rpt) Popular talk-show that deals with human interest stories such as reuniting people, fulfilling dreams.

Greek comedy series.

20.20 21.15

Oi Takkoi (rpt) Zoi Podilato (rpt) Kids’ TV Mes Stin Kala Hara Oikogeneiakes Istories (rpt) Aspra Balonia (rpt) 7 Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites (rpt)

PLUS TV

With News at 18.00.

18.05

Local talk-show.

With News at 18.00.

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I Dipsa (rpt) Emeis Ki Emeis (rpt) Koinonia Ora Mega Nea Mera Proino Mou Enimerosi Tora Kelmmena Oneira (rpt) Eheis Meson

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News Remington Steele News Acapulco HEAT News Rubi FILM: Avenging Angelo The daughter of a Mob boss vows to exact revenge on his killers much to the consternation of her bodyguard. Romantic comedy, starring Sylvester Stallone. 2002.

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FILM: Red Serpent A businessman unwittingly gets entangled in a gangster’s drug trafficking. Action, starring Michael Paré. 2002.

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FILM: Retrogade Sci-fi adventure, starring Dolph Lundgren and Silvia De Santis. 2004.

Battle: Los Angeles (Novacinema1, 19.00)

01:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 02:20 The Weakest Link 03:05 Doctors 03:35 Live At The Apollo 04:20 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 04:50 Waking The Dead 05:40 Last Man Standing 06:30 My Family: Xmas Special 2005 07:00 Tellytales 07:10 Nina and the Neurons 07:25 Teletubbies 07:50 Balamory 08:10 Tellytales 08:20 Nina and the Neurons 08:35 Teletubbies 09:00 Balamory 09:20 Robin Hood 11:05 Strictly Come Dancing 11:25 Last Of The Summer Wine 11:55 New Tricks 12:45 Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen 13:40 As Time Goes By 14:10 Big Top 14:40 2 Point 4 Children 15:10 Casualty 16:00 EastEnders 17:55 New Tricks 18:45 The Weakest Link 19:30 Robin Hood 20:15 Doctor Who 21:00 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 21:45 Live At The Apollo 22:30 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 23:15 The Impressions Show With Culshaw & Stephenson 23:45 Little Britain 24:10 Tribal Wives

07:00 How It’s Made; 07:25 Rides 08:15 Fifth Gear 09:10

Mega Builders 10:05 Mighty Ships 10:55 Curiosity 14:30 Extreme Engineering 15:25 Man Made Marvels Asia 16:20 Mega Builders 17:15 How It’s Made ; 18:10 James May’s Man Lab 19:05 Mythbusters 20:00 How It’s Made ; 21:00 Auction Hunters 22:00 Auction Kings 23:00 Dealers 00:00 Dynamo: Magician Impossible 01:00 Bear Grylls: Day In The Life Of An Englishman 01:55 Auction Kings 02:50 Dealers 03:50 Dynamo: Magician Impossible 04:50 How It’s Made ; 05:15 Auction Hunters 06:05 Mega Builders

09:30 Nordic Combined Skiing: World Cup Finland 10:30 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 10:45 Cross Country Skiing: World Cup Finland 13:30 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 14:15 Biathlon: World Cup Sweden 15:45 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 17:00 Nordic Combined Skiing: World Cup Finland 17:30 Biathlon: World Cup Sweden 19:45 Alpine Skiing: World Cup Usa 21:30 Alpine Skiing: World Cup Canada 23:00 Winter Sports: Ski Pass 23:15 Equestrian: European

22:00 Red (2010) 00:05 Daring! Tv 03:35 Action Zone (E) 04:05 Strictly Sexual 05:50 Hall Pass

Masters Paris 00:45 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 01:45 Biathlon: World Cup Sweden

05:40 Work Of Art: The Next Great Artist 06:30 Private Practice 10:20 Modern Family 11:10 Happy Endings 12:00 New Girl 12:50 Masterchef 14:30 Once Upon A Time 18:30 Samantha Brown Presents 20:10 Jamie’s Fish Supper 21:00 Jane By Design 21:50 Desperate Housewives 22:40 Raising Hope 23:05 Melissa & Joey 23:30 Glee 00:20 Castle 04:25 Happy Endings

07:00 UFO Files 08:00 Soviet Storm: WWII In The East 16:00 WWII: Lost Films 18:00 UFO Files 19:00 Storage Wars 20:00 Pawn Stars 20:30 Cajun Pawn Stars 21:00 American Pickers 22:00 Storage Wars 23:00 Pawn Stars 23:30 Cajun Pawn Stars 00:00 American Pickers 01:00 Storage Wars 02:00 Pawn Stars 02:30 Cajun Pawn Stars 03:00 American Pickers 04:00 WWII: Lost Films 06:00 Soviet Storm: WWII In The East

07:30 Hollywood Buzz 08:00 The Horse Whisperer 10:50 Indecent Proposal 12:50 Evita 15:10 The Expendables 17:00 Pre-Game 18:00 A’ Division Cyprus Soccer Championship 2012-13 20:00 LTV Sports News 21:00 Philadelphia 23:15 Einstein And Eddington 01:00 Hustler TV 02:30 Hollywood Buzz 03:00 I Love You, Beth Cooper 04:45 Eye For An Eye 06:30 LTV Sports News

07:50 Wonder Pets 08:20 Dora The Explorer 08:50 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan 09:20 Spongebob Squarepants 09:45 Tak & The Power Of Juju 10:10 Fanboy & Chum Chum 10:35 The X’s 11:00 The Mighty B! 11:30 My Life As A Teenage Robot 12:00 Hey Arnold! 12:30 Icarly 13:30 Max Adventures 14:05 Barclays Premier League Preview 14:45 Barclays Premier League 2012-

13 19:00 NBA 2012-13 21:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 23:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 01:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 03:00 Barclays Premier League 201213

07:20 Gossip Girl 08:05 Entourage 08:35 The Big Bang Theory 09:00 According To Jim 09:55 Aliens N America 10:45 Supernatural 11:30 The Mentalist 12:30 Pan Am 13:15 The Closer 14:15 Ncis: Los Angeles 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Boardwalk Empire 00:05 Machete 01:50 Before Sunrise 03:30 Hawaii Five

07:30 Man Of The Year 09:30 Cemetery Club, The 11:20 Chain Of Fools 13:00 Yogi Bear 14:30 Revolutionary Road 16:30 Jonah Hex 18:00 Twilight Saga: New Moon 20:15 Bachelor, The

05:45 Essential Killing 07:10 The Vow 08:55 Cine News 09:20 Amador 11:15 Five Minarets In New York 15:00 Ncis 15:50 The Newsroom The Blackout - Part 2: Mock Debate 16:50 Xxx: O Apolytos Praktoras 19:00 Battle: Los Angeles 22:10 O Annivas Pro Ton Pylon 00:10 Underworld: Awakening 01:45 Cine News 02:15 Shark Night 03:45 Monsters

06:00 Loufa Kai Parallagi: Sirines Sti Steria 07:55 Cine News 08:45 Alfie 1966 10:40 Take Shelter 12:40 Cine News 13:35 Anonymous 15:45 The Muppets 17:30 Mad On Novacinema 18:10 Manhattan Murder Mystery 20:10 Melinda And Melinda 22:00 Haevnen 03:55 Cine News 04:25 The Roommate

06:40 Cine News 07:40 The Eagle 09:35 The Company Men 11:20 Cine News 13:30 Anger

Management 15:15 The Man Who Wasn’t There 17:15 Phone Booth 18:40 Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 21:00 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost 22:35 Cine News 23:00 Trespass 00:55 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone 03:10 Super 04:50 Bad Teacher

06:10 The Tree Of Life 09:55 Cine News 10:40 Never Been Kissed 12:30 Cine News 12:55 I Ipografi 15:10 Good Will Hunting 17:20 Soul Surfer 19:10 Larry Crowne 21:00 Marley & Me: The Puppy Years 22:35 Made In Dagenham 00:35 Another Earth 02:15 The Beaver

07:00 Angel Wore Red, The 08:35 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The 10:20 Come Fly With Me 12:05 Flipper’s New Adventure 13:40 How the West Was Won 16:10 Show Boat 17:55 Hill, The 20:05 Meet Me In St: Louis 22:00 Night Of The Iguana, The 00:00 Outfit, The 01:40 Appointment, The 03:30 Twenty-Fifth Hour, The 05:25 Carbine Williams

By Preston Wilder

‘Happy Birthday’ Woody Allen (Novacinema2, from 18.10) I’m glad to see Woody Allen (who turns 77 today) getting the ‘happy birthday’ treatment on Nova, an honour previously reserved for the likes of Julia Roberts, but I do wish they’d chosen better films with which to celebrate - especially since Woody offers so much to choose from, having been churning out the hits for 40 years now. Melinda and Melinda at 20.10 is especially weak, a good idea indifferently executed: Melinda is a long-lost friend who appears out of nowhere, interrupting a dinner party - a premise that plays out twice, once as tragedy, the other time as comedy, but in fact the tone stays much the same throughout,

Melinda and Melinda

Woody’s scripts having grown lazy in the 21st century. Fortunately there’s also Manhattan Murder Mystery at 18.10, still a bit lazy but delightfully manic with Woody himself and Diane Keaton as a couple doing a spot of amateur sleuthing after a possible murder. Are these films an adequate way of honouring Woody Allen? To quote the man himself: “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying!”. Made in 2004 and 1994, respectively.

Philadelphia (LTV, 21.00) Woody Allen is forever, but some things change radically - like gay rights, for instance, and the shift in attitudes over the past two decades (at least in the West)

has been phenomenal. Last month’s elections saw gay marriage becoming legal in the US state of Maine, the first time it’s ever been legalised as the result of a popular vote - yet Tom Hanks won an Oscar 20 years ago as a gay lawyer who’s fired by his firm for contracting AIDS in this well-meaning, rather lame drama. Tom decides to fight back and hires fellow lawyer Denzel Washington to represent him, a good decision since Denzel is an excellent attorney; trouble is, he’s also a homophobe. Everyone bonds and becomes a Better Person, and it’s all a bit glib - not to mention that Tom gets a scene where he listens to opera, perpetuating a cliché of gay men as fey and ‘sensitive’. It’s so hard to be politically correct these days. Made in 1993.


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Original Batmobile up for auction By Eric Kelsey WANT to own your very own Batmobile? The original car from the Batman television series is going up for auction and is expected to fetch a seven-figure sum, auctioneers Barrett-Jackson said on Thursday. The two-seater car was featured in the live-action Batman show starring Adam West that aired from 1966 to 1968. “The Batmobile is true Americana and it’s hard to put a dollar figure on something like that,” Craig Jackson,

chairman and CEO of automobile auction house Barrett-Jackson, said in a statement. “We expect plenty of enthusiasts and fans to come out and wouldn’t be surprised if the car sold for multiple millions.” The 1955 Lincoln Futura, of which only one was made, was a hand-built concept car developed by the Ford Motor Co. featuring a bubble top. It was bought in 1965 for $1 (62 pence) by owner George Barris, who customised the 19-foot (5.8-metre) car for the television series. The one-off Futura symbolised space-

age design of the 1950s with a pushbutton transmission and exterior microphones that piped in the sounds of traffic to its occupants. The car will be auctioned on January 19 in Scottsdale, Arizona, along with Clark Gable’s personal 1955 MercedesBenz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sports car. It is not uncommon for notable cars in entertainment history to be sold for large sums at auction. The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond films Goldfinger in 1964 and the following year’s Thunderball, fetched $4.6 million at auction in 2010.

The two-seater car was featured in the live-action Batman show starring Adam West that aired from 1966 to 1968

Mickey Mouse poster from 1928 sells for more than $100,000 By Piya Sinha-Roy

Lindsay Lohan was charged after being taken to the 10th precinct in New York following an alleged assault on a woman at club Avenue NYC. She was also charged in California with reckless driving and lying to police over a June car crash

Lindsay Lohan risks returning to prison after double trouble Actress arrested in NY, charged in California By Colleen Jenkins and Jill Serjeant LINDSAY Lohan on Thursday faced the possibility of being sent back to jail after a tumultuous 24 hours in which she was arrested in New York for assault, and charged in California with reckless driving and lying to police over a June car crash. Lohan, 26, who has been to rehab, jail and court multiple times since a 2007 arrest for drunk driving and cocaine possession, is still on unsupervised probation in Los Angeles for a 2011 jewellery theft. But prosecutors in Santa Monica, California, said in a statement on Thursday that the Mean Girls actress lied to police when she told them she was not at the wheel of her Porsche when it smashed into a truck on a busy highway in the summer. They charged Lohan with three misdemeanour counts stemming from that colli-

sion, hours after the troubled starlet was arrested on suspicion of punching a woman in the face at a Manhattan nightclub. Lohan’s New York attorney Mark Heller said the actress was “a victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame.” “From my initial investigation, I am completely confident that this case will be concluded favourably and that Lindsay will be completely exonerated,” Heller said in a statement on the nightclub incident. Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, which handled the 2011 jewellery case, said prosecutors were still awaiting paperwork from New York and Santa Monica to determine if they will pursue a probation violation case against Lohan. A Los Angeles judge told Lohan in March that she must obey all rules until 2014, and advised her to stop night-clubbing and focus on

her work. The two incidents came during a rough week for the former Parent Trap child star, who was once considered one of the most promising young actresses in Hollywood. Her comeback performance on Sunday as screen legend Elizabeth Taylor in the TV movie Liz & Dick, was panned by critics and watched by a disappointingly small US TV audience of 3.5 million. In New York, Lohan was briefly arrested shortly after 4 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Thursday on a third-degree misdemeanour assault charge against a 28-year-old woman, police said. The victim suffered minor injuries, New York Police Sergeant John Buthorn said. Celebrity website TMZ. com said Lohan had been drinking heavily and lashed out in a stand-off over one of the members of British boy band The Wanted, who were also at the club after playing

a concert in New York. Lohan’s recent visits to New York have featured run-ins with police and public spats over the last three months. In October, police were called to the Long Island home of Lohan’s mother, Dina, after a loud argument, though no arrests were made. In September, Lohan was arrested in Manhattan after a pedestrian told police her car had struck him in an alley, but charges were not filed.

‘A victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame’

ONE of the earliest surviving posters of Mickey Mouse sold for more than $100,000 on Thursday, Heritage Auctions said. The 1928 movie poster of the iconic cartoon mouse belonged to the family of a deceased collector in Northern California, the auction house said. Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney, and the colour poster shows a smiling Mickey waving his gloved hand, advertising the ‘Mickey Mouse sound cartoon,’ with a slogan calling the animated mouse ‘The World’s Funniest Cartoon Character.’ The poster was auctioned in Dallas, Texas and sold for $101,575. The name of the winning bidder was not disclosed. Grey Smith, director of movie poster auctions at Heritage Auctions, in a statement called the poster “an important piece of pop culture treasure,” and said it was likely to be the

only Mickey Mouse poster created until 1930, when Columbia Pictures started distributing Disney cartoons. Mickey Mouse has become one of the most recognised animated characters in popular culture, symbolising the Walt Disney Company and spawning a global merchandising franchise.

Mickey has become one of the most recognised characters in popular culture

Dr. Dre ranks as Forbes’ highest-paid musician YOU may be singing ’Call Me Maybe’ or dancing ‘Gangnam Style’ to this year’s music, but it was veteran hip-hop artist Dr. Dre who topped Forbes’ list of the 25 highest-paid musicians in 2012, released on Thursday. California native Dre, 47, became one of the leading names in hip-hop and rap in the early 1990s and has worked with artists including Eminem and Snoop Dogg. Along with his extensive back catalogue, Dre’s lucrative headphones business, Beats by Dre, helped him gross $100 million in pre-tax earnings according to Forbes. The list’s top 10 was dominated by veteran musicians, with Pink Floyd’s bassist and singer Roger Waters coming in at No.2 with earnings of $88 million from his lucrative The Wall Live tour, and British singer Elton John at No.3 with $80 million. Last year’s highest-paid musicians U2 landed at No.4 this year with combined earnings of $78 million from their three-year 360 tour. 1990s British boy band Take That, who reformed in 2005, rounded out the top five with $69 million, earned from an eight-date tour at London’s Wembley Stadium, which became the highestgrossing single stadium tour to date. Forbes compiles its annual highest-paid musicians list by estimating artists’ earnings from music sales, live shows, endorsements and merchandising. Earlier this year, Dutch DJ Tiesto was named the highest-paid DJ in the fast-growing electronic dance music industry.


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HOW TO PLAY: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved, you solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic. With the ‘X’ sudoku, the shaded X must also contain the numbers 1-9.

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12 Bitterness of Tracey wandering round half of the bins (8) 14 Having a dishonest bent? (7)

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17 Dad goes up to see doctor with selfpossession (6) 19 Rose has a point (5) 21 Key to US university (4)

CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Streaker; 6 Cock; 8 Sparse; 9 Naming; 10 Distemper; 13 Fido; 14 Teg; 15 Lush; 16 Etiquette; 19 Angela; 20 Hand in; 21 Left; 22 Kippered. Down – 2 Type; 3 Earl; 4 Keep in the dark; 5 Run a tight ship; 6 Camomile; 7 Condense; 11 Distance; 12 Conquest; 17 Anne; 18 Vine. QUICK: Across – 1 Shopping; 6 Sump; 8 Obtain; 9 Ashore; 10 Greyhound; 13 Veto; 14 Ecu; 15 Eddy; 16 Slide-rule; 19 Behead; 20 Active; 21 Alas; 22 Shepherd. Down – 2 Hobo; 3 Play; 4 Inner Hebrides; 5 Go-as-you-please; 6 Schooled; 7 Marinade; 11 Well well; 12 Goodness; 17 Utah; 18 Aver.

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1 How shipbuilders profited handsomely? (4,1,6) 2 Step inside (5) 3 Apt having article replacing nothing on the other side (8) 4 Cheap, inferior vessels (6) 5 Use a spoon in prison (4) 6 Suggest I’d crept round (7) 9 A group at one will present it (6,5)

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1 Out of place in the role of a fisherman? (7) 7 Go in leading one after another (2,4) 8 Late Greek god was emotionless (7) 10 Sculptor put the stick in (5) 11 So a bairn injured has a graze (8) 13 Some domesticated animal (3) 14 Quote from some dramatic items (4) 15 The last one sees of the rabbit (4) 16 Vehicle caused endless anxiety (3) 18 Appetising drink (8) 20 Changed by one wood (5) 22 River Womble (7) 23 U n f o r t u n a t e l y blamed for the uproar (6) 24 Stabbing instrument fitted to a light bulb! (7)

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11 Midday meal (8) 13 Commercials (3) 14 Sharp flavour (4) 15 Layer (4) 16 Rocky hill (3) 18 Practicable (8) 20 Explode (5) 22 Theatre (anag.)

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(7) 23 Not acid (6) 24 Draw level (5,2)

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2 Continue (3,2) 3 Shading (8) 4 Male servant (6) 5 Plant disease (4) 6 Sharp-cornered (7) 9 Rapid, superficial visit (7-4)

12 Wasted (8) 14 Difficulty (7) 17 Written in verse (6)

19 Deciduous tree (5)

21 Shallow vessel (4) ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Too much ambition and a desire for power may affect you at work. If you want to advance badly enough, realise that it can be a matter of timing. Try to marshal your need for instant success and realise others have hopes too. Home projects can be pursued today with success, mind. You may enjoy entertaining at home tonight with some friends.

You love good food and good company, so this may be the perfect day for a get-together with family or friends. Hosting is one of your great talents, so why not get on the phone and find out who’s free? Afterwards, relax with a good movie. It may be that you need your fantasy fix today. Mars in your health zone also encourages some full on exercise.

Give free rein to your Sagittarian enthusiasm, optimism and taste for adventure. Go on a trip or do something more active. You may want to start reading that novel you recently bought, or spend time with friendly, fun loving people. The planets also encourage musical, artistic and dramatic expression. Show the world your unique approach.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Today, it’s all about communication - what you say and how you say it can have an impact. Whilst this may often be true, being in the right place at the right time may help you to take advantage of a fabulous opportunity. An idea may spark a fruitful conversation which ends up benefiting you. Neither shy away from making a radical decision.

Take your time if any decisions need to be made. If personal worries popped up during last night or early today, try not to let them rob you of your peace of mind. It might be a good idea to talk them over with a trusted adviser or a good friend. Researching your options and being better informed can help you to formulate a plan that is workable.

Settled? You and your sweetheart may have trouble seeing eye-to-eye. Your judgment may be out of kilter, making it hard to gauge what is the right thing to do. It would be best to avoid offering advice or making promises that you are not sure you can keep. If you can, try to catch up on some personal tasks and give yourself some thinking time.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Involved? Your partner may need attention, but you may not be in the mood to give it to them. Don’t focus on the minor aggravations that might occur today, it’s not personal though you may feel that it is. If you get out tonight for a good time, you may find that the concerns of the day melt away as you begin to relax and enjoy yourself.

Stressful career changes or relationship difficulties are best put in their proper perspective - but this may be easier said than done. It may be better not to put in extra effort to please others today, as you need to make sure your own needs are met first of all. A short trip or walk in a peaceful location, may prove perfect for lifting your spirits.

Embracing a new work assignment or hobby can be fulfilling, as what initially seems like an unwelcome break from routine may turn out to be rewarding. Being open to learning a new skill could have unexpected advantages too. The Moon in your health zone encourages you to think about what you eat. True, challenging at this time of year, but grist for the mill, all the same.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

If you’re feeling introspective, it may be down to the Moon in your sign encouraging you to take some time out for yourself. A day of peaceful pursuits may be all you need to recharge your batteries. There may be a piece of news that appears unwelcome - but don’t assume this, because after some careful reflection, something good may come from it.

You have a lot going for you from the creative standpoint, whether through working on a hobby or devising fun entertainment. You and your family may enjoy a movie or museum visit. Today is very much about self-expression. Positive communication may help all sorts of strands. Just be mindful that not everyone can deal with your very direct views.

A restless energy may dominate your day. It’s best to keep commitments open and flexible, so you can take advantage of anything unexpected that comes your way. There may be some surprises in store for you, especially if you are set to go out socially with friends. This may see you coming face to face with someone really quite intriguing.


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Sport South Africa strike back against Australia By Nicki Mulvenney AUSTRALIA dismissed South Africa for 225 despite another dogged rearguard action from Faf du Plessis before moving shakily to 33-2 at the close of play on a thrilling first day of the third Test at the WACA in Perth yesterday. The overhauled Australian pace bowling unit had reduced the tourists to 6-75 with five quick wickets around the lunch break but du Plessis once again proved unmovable until he ran out of tailend partners when unbeaten on 78. Dale Steyn gave the tourists a quick boost in the late afternoon light when he had opener Ed Cowan caught for

a golden duck with his third ball before Vernon Philander removed Shane Watson lbw for 10 after an appeal to the TV umpire. Opener David Warner, who was unbeaten on 12, and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, who had made seven, will resume on day two of a Test which will decide which of the countries will be number one in the test rankings. Australia’s selectors had earlier been vindicated in their decision to rest Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle after the pacemen had run themselves into the ground in Adelaide in the wake of a series-ending injury to James Pattinson. Recalled seamers Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and debutant John Hastings all got among the wickets

to leaveSouth Africa perhaps ruing the decision to bat first on a bouncy WACA track. All rounder Watson, who missed the two drawn Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide with a calf injury, made the first breakthrough with 38 runs on the board when he had Graeme Smith caught in the slips by Michael Clarke for 16. The South Africans were looking like they might just survive until lunch, albeit with a modest total, before the intervention of left-arm quick Starc. Two full, late-swinging deliveries in six balls fooled first opener Alviro Petersen (30) and then all rounder Jacques Kallis (2) and ripped through the gate to make a mess of the stumps.

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis again proved unmovable until he ran out of tailend partners when unbeaten on 78

Ferrari complaint slammed ‘A complete joke’, says Ecclestone

IN BRIEF

FORMULA One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has been left unimpressed by Ferrari’s complaints over the outcome of Sunday’s final race of the season in Brazil. The Italian marque wrote a letter to the FIA on Wednesday questioning whether Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel had made an illegal lap-four pass at Interlagos on JeanEric Vergne’s Toro Rosso where yellow caution lights were being shown. The sport’s governing body yesterday confirmed Vettel does not have a case to answer regarding the disputed manoeuvre, yet the last 24 hours have left a bitter taste in Ecclestone’s mouth. “It’s a shame because everything had gone so well,” the 82-year-old told the Daily Telegraph. “It was a super race, a super championship. Now everyone is talking about this. The problem is that no one knows what is going on. “It’s a complete joke. What Ferrari are saying in that letter is wrong. I don’t think there needs to be any action taken. It’s completely and utterly wrong.”

Ferrari studied video footage from Sebastian Vettel’s on-board camera which appeared to show him passing Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne in a yellow ‘caution’ zone on lap four of last Sunday’s race Vettel finished sixth in Brazil, which was enough to see him clinch his third world title as he pipped Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by just three points. Yet, had the Scuderia’s complaint been upheld then the FIA could have applied a retrospective 20-second drive-through penalty to Vettel’s time, which would have demoted the German from

sixth to eighth on the race classification, and with it losing his third consecutive title by a point to Alonso. The footage in question shows Vettel passing two points on the circuit where yellow flashing lights are clearly visible - indicating that drivers must not overtake. However, the grainy footage also seems to suggest that

200 metres into the straight the 25-year-old passes a marshal’s post where a green flag was being waved, allowing him to make a move. Ecclestone contends Ferrari’s argument is completely flawed and believes nothing will come of it. “In the rules and regs normally you have to protest. Ferrari missed that time. Then there is the fact that a

Warriors take down Falcons avenge loss, dent Nuggets in wild NBA finish Saints’ playoff chances THE Golden State Warriors had to survive a video review after the final buzzer on Thursday but prevailed 106-105 in a thriller against the Denver Nuggets in Oakland. Denver forward Andre Iguodala’s three-point shot at the end hit nothing but net, but upon review the ball failed to leave his hand before the buzzer and the basket was waved off, leaving the Warriors with the win. The Warriors improved to 9-6 on the year, moving back into a tie for the Pacific division lead, thanks mainly to David Lee’s game high 31 points and nine rebounds. “It was an unbelievable victory and everyone played their part,” Lee told reporters.

THE Atlanta Falcons avenged their only defeat of the season by downing fierce division rivals New Orleans 23-13, leaving the Saints’ playoff hopes hanging by a thread. Having lost to the Saints in New Orleans three weeks ago, the Falcons turned the tables on home turf to improve to 11-1 on the season, all but wrapping up the NFC South. Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed was left to rue five interceptions, the most of his career for a single game, as his team dropped to 5-7 with just four games remaining. It was the first time since week four 2009 Brees failed to throw for a touchdown, leaving his NFL record of consecutive games with a touchdown throw at 54.

green flag was shown, which nobody seems to dispute,” added Ecclestone. “Personally I think it’s not really like Ferrari to do this. I think they badly wanted to win. “But nothing will happen. What can they do? Take civil action? Maybe. But the case is flawed before it starts. Nothing is going to happen.”

Wales ring changes in their pack WALES have recalled experienced prop Gethin Jenkins in one of four changes to their pack for today’s test against Australia in Cardiff. Jenkins, who has 93 international caps, replaces Paul James, who has been made unavailable by his club Bath, and Scott Andrews comes in for prop Aaron Jarvis who was injured in last week’s 33-10 defeat by New Zealand. Ian Evans was named at lock for Bradley Davies, who has concussion, and flanker Aaron Shingler was preferred to Ryan Jones. “We need to pick up again where we left off in the second half last week,” Wales coach Warren Gatland said in a Welsh Rugby Football Union statement. “We managed to retain 73 per cent possession after the break against the All Blacks and win the territory battle, and we need to put Australia under similar pressure from the outset. “We have played them regularly over the last couple of years and have come close to winning on a number of occasions, but have not quite been able to get ourselves over the chalk of the finish line.” Wales have suffered a disappointing run of results, losing to Argentina, Samoa and the All Blacks in the last three weeks.

Serena Williams named WTA Player of the Year AMERICAN Serena Williams has been named WTA Player of the Year after one of the most successful seasons in her career. The 31-year-old won Wimbledon and the US Open to take her grand-slam haul in singles to 15 while she also won Olympic gold in singles and doubles in London. After a relatively slow start, Williams was virtually unstoppable from April to October when she won 48 of her 50 matches, culminating in the title at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Williams ended the year No.3 in the rankings.


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High-flying Atletico seeking Real scalp in Madrid derby

Lyon’s Gomis shows PSG the way By Julien Pretot

Goal machine Messi chasing Mueller record By Iain Rogers IF coach Diego Simeone was not already a hero to Atletico Madrid fans, victory in today’s La Liga clash at bitter city rivals Real for the first time in more than a decade might just tip the balance. The combative Argentine, who helped Atletico to the league and King’s Cup double as a player in 1996, has transformed the Spanish capital’s second club since taking over from Gregorio Manzano in December 2011. The Europa League champions are three points behind leaders Barcelona after 13 matches and, unbelievably for many of their longsuffering supporters, eight ahead of stuttering Real, who slipped to a third defeat of the campaign at Real Betis last weekend that left their title defence in serious peril. Simeone, a tough-tackling midfielder sometimes described as “playing with a knife between his teeth”, has given his players added steel and in Colombia striker Radamel Falcao they have a genuine goal scorer who has attracted the attention of the sport’s big spenders. Turkey playmaker Arda Turan is also having an impressive season, linking well

with Falcao and scoring goals of his own, while the defensive line has a solidity that has been sorely lacking in recent years. “I think bringing in Simeone has been a success for Atletico,” Real captain Iker Casillas said on Wednesday. “He has given them a new spirit and no one has gifted him anything,” added the Spain goalkeeper. “Falcao is a great player. He was a very successful signing and is a very complete, natural finisher.” Claudio Ranieri was the last Atletico coach to savour victory over Real, when former Netherlands striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored twice in a 3-1 away triumph in 1999. A win or even a draw on Saturday could spell the end of Real’s hopes of a second straight La Liga title and Casillas is well aware of what is at stake. “It is a different match from previous seasons,” he said. “They are coming to the Santiago Bernabeu with a very strong team and after a win in a very tough match against Sevilla, who beat us. “We hoped that there would be less of distance between us, but hopefully at the end of the match that advantage will be cut to five

points. Any aim other than winning is no good for us.” Real’s Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho was whistled by some sections of the Bernabeu crowd during Tuesday’s Cup victory and their reaction on Saturday will be closely watched. The team’s erratic form has prompted speculation the former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager will not last the season, with almost 70 percent of voters in an internet survey conducted by As sports daily saying they believed he would be gone by May. Unbeaten Barca, meanwhile, will seek a 13th win in 14 games and look to increase the pressure on Atletico and Real when struggling Athletic Bilbao visit the Camp Nou a couple of hours before the Madrid derby. Barca’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has another chance to get closer to, or even overhaul, the record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year of 85 set by Germany and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Mueller 40 years ago. The Argentine forward is on 82 after his double at Levante last weekend and should be well rested after sitting out Wednesday’s King’s Cup match at home to third-tier Alaves.

Atletico’s highly-rated striker Radamel Falcao will try to make sure his side beat Real for the first time since 1999

Dortmund eye comeback coup at leaders Bayern By Karolos Grohmann

Borussia Dortmund have won all four derbies with Bayern in their past two Bundesliga-winning seasons while also crushing them again in the German Cup final in May

CHAMPIONS Borussia Dortmund are determined to jerk their title defence back on track with a victory at runaway leaders Bayern Munich in today’s Bundesliga derby. Bayern are brimming with confidence, having carved out a 10-point lead over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and 11 on Dortmund, in third. The champions, who have yet to find the consistency this season that gave them back-to-back league titles, have already dropped two points this week with a 1-1 draw against promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf as Bayern won 2-0 at Freiburg. A win for Dortmund on Saturday would see them remain in contention for the title but defeat would leave them 14 points adrift with Bayern showing no signs of slowing similar to last year’s implosion at the same stage.

“After such unsuccessful games like against Fortuna we always come back with a show of defiance,” said Dortmund defender Neven Subotic. “That is our trademark.” Dortmund, with playmakers Mario Goetze and Ilkay Guendogan as well as defender Mats Hummels back in the squad for the Munich trip, have every reason to be confident. They have won all four derbies with Bayern in their past two Bundesligawinning seasons while also crushing them again in the German Cup final in May. Apart from winning titles, they have also matched Bayern in Europe this season, joining them in the Champions League round of 16 as they challenge the Munich club’s dominance. “We should not make a crisis out of it,” said Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl after Tuesday’s draw. “We will be in different form on Saturday. We will try everything to win. The season is far from over but

even us inDortmund can see Bayern have opened up a big lead by playing very consistently.” The Bavarians, who have gone two seasons without a title, are indeed in impressive form, having scored a stunning 40 goals and conceded just five as they raced to 12 wins in their 14 league games so far. They have set a Bundesliga record for the best start and for ensuring they will stay top after the winter break earlier than any other team. With forward Mario Gomez fully fit and making his first start this season against Freiburg and left back David Alaba looking in scintillating form following an injury break, coach Jupp Heynckes has a full team to pick from. “We are currently in very good shape,” said Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos. “We have not been successful against Dortmund in the last few matches but this is something we want to change on Saturday.”

BAFETIMBI Gomis may not have the reputation of Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic yet the in-form Olympique Lyon striker has led the way as his team show PSG they cannot take anything for granted in Ligue 1. Gomis scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win at Olympique Marseille in midweek to fire Lyon to the top of the table before they host champions Montpellier and PSG travel to improving Nice today. Lyon have 28 points from 14 games and lead PSG by two points with Marseille third behind the capital side on goal difference. “Both clubs (Lyon and Marseille) are in the title race to compete with Paris,” Gomis told reporters. PSG spent around 150 million euros on transfers in the off-season, including the signing of Swede Ibrahimovic, while Marseille and Lyon spent just over 10 million between them. PSG’s football has been far from impressive this season and they have been heavily relying on Ibrahimovic, who has scored 12 goals in 11 league appearances. “On paper, Ancelotti has the best team, the best squad. But it does not fall into place in the twinkling of an eye,” France coach Didier Deschamps, told BeIN Sport TV last week. Lyon’s game, instead, is more collective. “Our strength is to make our opponents run by playing one-touch football,” said midfielder Maxime Gonalons. However, Lyon know they will not have everything their own way after being beaten 3-0 at Toulouse last Sunday. “Everything goes fast. We host Montpellier and if we are not careful, the Toulouse accident can happen again,” said Gomis. Fourth-placed St Etienne, who eliminated PSG on penalties in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, had the chance to take the Ligue 1 lead when they played Ajaccio last night. Coach Christophe Galtier is hopeful his players will have recuperated after playing 120 minutes against PSG. “We’re struggling physically, but when you win, you recuperate faster,” he told reporters. Whatever happens, second from bottom Troyes, who host Stade Rennes tomorrow, and basement side Nancy, who travel to Evian Thonon Gaillard, will stay in the relegation zone. They trail 17th-placed Evian by seven and eight points respectively.


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Fergie wouldn’t be surprised by a two-horse race for title Manchester duo spark fears of a runaway

By Nemanja Bjedov

By Simon Stone SIR Alex Ferguson is refusing to accept that the title race is a two-horse race already - but the Manchester United boss would not be surprised if that is how it ends up. With United maintaining their position at the top of the Premier League by beating West Ham on Wednesday, neighbours City remaining unbeaten and neither West Brom nor Chelsea able to win in midweek, a gap has suddenly opened up between the Manchester duo and the rest. A point in front of City, the Red Devils are now seven ahead of third-placed Chelsea, sparking fears of a runaway, as was the case last season when Arsenal were an incredible 19 points behind the pair who were split by the tightest of goal difference margins. “You can’t be certain of saying it’s going to be a twohorse race at this stage,” said Ferguson. “But over the years we’ve said that the top five or six are all capable of winning the league and eventually it does end up being a two-horse race. Year after year it’s been like that. “There was space between the two teams and others last year. “The important thing to

AEL looking to end Anorthosis’ nine-match win streak

Robin van Persie’s goals have fired the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League despite the team leaking an unusually high number of goals do is just look at yourselves - we want to be up there all the time. We need to stay up there and this is not an easy league to do it in.” If United beat relegationthreatened Reading at the Madejski Stadium this evening, it will mean they head to the Etihad Stadium in top spot next weekend, just as they did last April when Kompany did so much damage to their hopes of a record 20th championship.

Since then, Ferguson has seemed almost obsessed by the need to improve United’s scoring record. Yet he now concedes it is the strength of his side’s defence that could be the major factor. “Good defenders win you leagues,” he said. “There is no question about that.” To that end, news of Nemanja Vidic’s imminent return from knee surgery is a major plus.

There is still a feeling that Vidic’s partnership with Rio Ferdinand is the best United have open to them, even if the latter man’s appearances are having to be restricted these days as well. “I gave Rio a rest the other night with tomorrow’s game in mind,” said Ferguson. “With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones back it definitely gives me the right type of problem.” Ferguson accepted the irony

of a situation that just as he is starting to see some easing in the defensive nightmare he has endured since the season began, now his wide players should start falling by the wayside. Nani and Antonio Valencia have been ruled out of the Reading trip with hamstring and hip injuries respectively, whilst Ashley Young’s form has not been the same since he returned from a knee problem.

Southampton trio set to face their boyhood heroes at Anfield

Saints manager Nigel Adkins was born on Merseyside and was a youth player at Anfield

THERE will be three Liverpool fans at Anfield for the match against Southampton today who will be desperately hoping the Merseyside club lose. Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and striker Rickie Lambert are happy to admit they grew up supporting the club they will be battling to upset at the weekend. Adkins, who was born on Merseyside and was a youth player at Anfield, is excited about returning to his old stomping ground while for ‘scouser’ Lambert, Saturday’s clash is one he has had marked on the calendar for some time. Southampton have had a difficult start to life in the Premier League and are third from bottom after 14 games, but they face a Liverpool team struggling to convert possession into points. “It will be good to go there,” Adkins told reporters. “I was a schoolboy at Liverpool. I had the option to stay there before I decided to go to Tranmere Rovers. “Obviously they’re going through a transition at this moment in time, but it is a game that we’ll look forward to as we do every single game.”

Schneiderlin, who grew up in northern France, is looking forward to testing himself against his midfield idol Steven Gerrard, whose dynamic displays for the Reds convinced him to buck the trend and support Liverpool rather than Manchester United. “When you watch football on TV in France, you had to choose between Liverpool and Manchester United,” he said on the club website (www.saintsfc.co.uk). “Six or seven years ago, everyone chose Manchester United but I chose Liverpool because I loved Steven Gerrard as a player. “I will treat him like any other player on Saturday. I just want to confront him and see what I can do against him. He’s one of the best players in the world, and that’s who I want to play against in every game. It’s my job to keep the other midfield as quiet as possible.” Southampton’s top scorer Lambert has a tattoo of a Liver bird, a symbol of the city which is on the club’s crest, on his shoulder. “I’ve tried my best not to put any attention on it, but it has been at the back of my head,” Lambert said. “It has come round now so I’m really looking forward to it.”

LEAGUE leaders Anorthosis host defending champions AEL in what should be a mouthwatering match this afternoon at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca with the kick-off scheduled for 2.30pm. Ronny Levy’s men are currently on a nine-match winning streak and deservedly find themselves three points clear at the top of the standings, with APOEL in second place and AEK in third, trailing by six points. “We have analysed AEL’s long ball style of play. They are a very strong team and it will be a difficult match for us because of their height advantage. However, we are playing at home and with our fans by our side I believe that we can go and get all three points,” said Anorthosis midfielder Toni Calvo who scored the winner for his side in a 3-2 win over AEK last weekend. AEL coach Jorge Costa meanwhile has a lot of problems with his team selection as he will definitely be without Rui Miguel and Gilberto who are both out injured for at least the next couple of weeks, while Maykon and Georgios Eleftheriou are following a special individual training schedule and will probably miss out.

FITNESS TESTS Vouho and Edwin Ouon have both returned to full training and will be given late fitness tests ahead of the game. “The match against Anorthosis is very important for us. We face an in-form team, which is rightfully top of the table. However, we are well prepared and we definitely do not expect an easy outing,” assessed Costa. “As I said after the match with APOEL, nothing will be resolved after the game either and regardless of the final result we will continue to work hard and do what we are supposed to in order to achieve our goals. I am one hundred per cent sure that we have a good period ahead of us,” he added. Elsewhere this afternoon at 6pm Apollon host Nea Salamina at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol, while AEK visit Paralimni where they will take on Enosis. Doxa Katokopia open tomorrow’s programme against Ethnikos Achnas at the Ammochostos Stadium in Larnaca at 5pm, while an hour later AEP await APOEL and Alki host Ayia Napa. In the final match of Round 12, Omonia face Olympiakos at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Monday evening at 7pm.


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Sport We’re not scared of All Blacks, says England’s Farrell By Alex Lowe ENGLAND fly-half Owen Farrell insists he is scared of nobody as he prepares to line up against Dan Carter and world champions New Zealand. Farrell’s no-fear mentality is what marks him out as a special player in the eyes of head coach Stuart Lancaster and it represents England’s attitude ahead of today’s Twickenham showdown. “New Zealand are a worldclass team. They are unbeaten in 20 matches - that is the challenge to look forward to, there is no point being scared of it,” Farrell said. “Rugby is a game that I love. It’s not a game that I’m scared of. “It may be a game against the best team in the world but it is still another game of rugby. “I know we’ve been on the wrong side of two results (against Australia and South Africa) but we’ve got better and better and we’ve pushed teams right to the end. “Hopefully it’s time to win one this weekend.” Farrell’s inclusion on the International Rugby Board’s player of the year shortlist alongside Carter, Richie McCaw and Frederic Michalak shocked him as much as anyone else. The 21-year-old was nominated on the back of his Six Nations performances, when he took over as a rookie international fly-half and guided England to wins against France and Ireland. Lancaster was immediately impressed with Farrell’s temperament and his “warrior spirit”, even when his form appeared to dip on the summer tour. Farrell lost his place after the first Test defeat to South Africa but played a key role off the bench when England rounded off the series with a 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth. “He has huge qualities,” Lancaster said. “I don’t think the nomination has made any difference

to Owen. It hasn’t made him any more apprehensive or more confident in his own ability. “He is a pretty grounded lad. I don’t think he will be getting carried away. “One thing Owen has got above a lot of players, he has big game temperament. It is a quality that is very important in international rugby.” The All Blacks are on a 20Test unbeaten run and they will arrive at Twickenham with an air of invincibility that can leave some teams beaten before kick-off. The last time New Zealand lost an autumn Test to a northern hemisphere side was to England in November 2002. But Lancaster insisted his young England side had enough self-belief not to be “hypnotised” by the All Black aura - and enough ability to cause a shock result. England are determined to avenge the narrow defeats to Australia (20-14) and South Africa (16-15) over the last fortnight. “We have a ‘no fear’ mentality and we want to make sure that we front up,” Lancaster said. “In the last 12-18 months when sides have gone at them they can struggle like any side. They are a very, very good side but, as Australia showed recently, they can be pressurised. “The time’s coming where we have to start winning these games. “New Zealand have an unparalleled record. We have to start changing that because we don’t want to go another ten years.” Drawing on the wisdom derived from 92 Tests for the All Blacks meanwhile, Sean Fitzpatrick’s praise for the 2012 team carried a special authority yesterday. “This year they have shown they are one of the great sides,” the former New Zealand captain told television viewers. “They are trying to play the perfect game. They want to take it to a new level.”

Owen Farrell (centre) has been included the International Rugby Board’s player of the year shortlist

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Bring it on: interim manager Rafa Benitez has remained defiant in the face of hostility from fans at Stamford Bridge and is revelling in the managerial spotlight again

Under-fire Benitez seeks away comfort By Martyn Herman

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FTER two stultifying 0-0 draws at Stamford Bridge and a frosty ‘welcome’ from home fans Rafael Benitez may be relieved to venture across London today when his Chelsea side face West Ham United at Upton Park (2.45pm). The Spaniard was probably not expecting a ticker-tape welcome when the club’s owner Roman Abramovich hired him as an interim manager after Roberto Di Matteo’s harsh sacking last week, but the depth of ill feeling directed towards the former Liverpool manager has been unprecedented. His first match in charge, against champions Manchester City last Sunday, was greeted with boos, unflattering chants and ‘Rafa Out’ signs. Wednesday’s dismal draw with local rivals Fulham was played out in almost complete silence as a pall of gloom appeared to descend on the club that just a few weeks earlier was top of the Premier League and playing sparkling, attacking football. Quiet it most certainly will not be at Upton Park, where the home fans will give Benitez their own East End wel-

come for the opening game of a weekend of top flight action. Chelsea were top of the table with 22 points a month ago when their unbeaten start was ended by Manchester United. They have managed just four points since, have been embroiled in racism allegations against referee Mark Clattenburg, of which they have since back-tracked, are on the verge of a Champions League exit and sacked the manager that took the club to Europe’s top club trophy. West Ham will be licking their lips, even if the Hammers have slipped down to mid-table after consecutive defeats by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Benitez will take some comfort from two clean sheets but after slipping seven points behind leaders United they need to start scoring again if their title challenge is not to be over before Christmas. “Two clean sheets is something positive but still I want to score goals and be more offensive,” Benitez said after the draw against Fulham which extended Chelsea’s dismal run without a league win to six. “We have some confidence because we don’t concede

and if we can build from there I will be happy.” Captain John Terry, midfielder Frank Lampard and striker Daniel Sturridge are all unlikely to be fit to face West Ham with Sturridge’s absence meaning misfiring Fernando Torres will again be shouldering his side’s attacking options. Midweek victories for Manchester United and Manchester City underlined the growing feeling of a twohorse title race. Despite neither side firing on all cylinders this season they are churning out victories. United should overwhelm Reading in today’s evening kickoff (7.30pm), although they will be wary after their previous away league game ended in a 1-0 defeat at Norwich City. Rivals City, who are a point behind and still unbeaten, have a tougher looking test at home to Everton whose early-season form has cooled somewhat after a run of draws. Fourth-placed West Bromwich Albion will look to get back on track after a midweek defeat at Swansea City with a home match against Stoke City (5pm) while Tottenham have crept back up to fifth following Wednesday’s Gareth Bale-inspired

win over Liverpool. They are away at Fulham (5pm). “City are still on our tails so it’s going to be a long season,” United manager Alex Ferguson, whose side go to City next week, said on the club’s website. Arsenal find themselves down in seventh position in the table, already 12 points off the pace, and today’s visitors Swansea City (5pm) will be no pushover after an impressive burst of form has left them just a point behind the Gunners. While manager Arsene Wenger, unlike Benitez, still has the support of the majority of home fans, the rumblings of discontent will grow louder should his side fall further behind. “At the moment, in the Premier League, we have played 14 games, eight away. We have played at both Liverpool clubs and the two Manchester clubs away from home,” Wenger said. “If we play well at home, we have a chance to come back.”

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