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MPs: austerity or bankruptcy House passes 23 ‘bailout bills’ as protesters clash with riot squad By George Psyllides


ITH its back to the wall, Cyprus yesterday passed a raft of austerity measures included in a provisional bailout agreement, in a bid to convince lenders it would stick to its side of the bargain ahead of a Eurogroup meeting today. Faced with the dilemma of austerity or bankruptcy, parliament rushed through some 23 bills that included social spending and wage cuts, a freeze in benefits, and a slew of fresh taxes. Earlier, and during part of the session, scores of people protested outside parliament against the cuts in social spending that would affect large families, members of which threw stones and eggs at the House and clashed with police. Vote on a controversial bill hiking immovable property tax was postponed after the government withdrew the draft pending further study. Most of the bills were unanimously approved, apart from provisions concerning cuts in child, student allowances, and a benefit given to mothers with three or more children. MPs highlighted the gravity of the situation, and despite stressing it was not a fair deal, they agreed that it was necessary or else the country would go bankrupt. Main opposition DISY deputy chairman Averof Neophytou said it was an unfair memorandum but the alternative was bankruptcy. “For us, our

country’s bankruptcy was never and will never be an option,” he said. Neophytou said it was perhaps the most difficult session parliament had to hold in the history of the Republic as he commended parties for closing ranks for the good of the country. “We are a proud and stubborn people. We do not accept losing the battle or being humiliated,” Neophytou said, in a rather conciliatory speech. Ruling AKEL said it disagreed with many of the terms in the bailout agreement but it would nevertheless vote for the bills. MP Yiannos Lamaris added that his party will fight for the measures to be reversed as soon as conditions would allow. “We know our country will Protesters attempting to drag away a police barrier at the House yesterday (CNA) FULL STORY PAGE 6 go through great difficulty but we must show responsibility,” MP Yiannos Lamaris said. The AKEL lawmaker sought to fend off criticism of governcar restoration, already have one son, Sure, it might be just another set of ment inaction in the face of AN Essex couple are celebrating an extra special birth after their son was three-year-old Jack. numbers for some. But unlike the the crisis. The couple, from High Ongar, Espast 11 years, this was the last such He quoted various officials born at 12.12pm yesterday. sex, returned home with Oliver, who triple date for almost a century - until who had said, back in 2008, The timing means Oliver Talmage’s weighed 7lb, later in the day. January 1, 2101. that the economy and its full date and time of birth will read 12.12pm on 12/12/12. MacLennan added: “It’s great to have For professional numerologists, banks were robust. a brother for Jack. I always wanted 12/12/12 isn’t just a cool repetition of Before that, DIKO vice His mother, Hannah MacLennan, who two children. digits or a lucky day for lovers. chairman Nicolas Papadopou- went into labour at the Princess AlexIt’s a fantastic day to start a new los suggested that President andra Hospital in Harlow shortly after “We’ve told the rest of the family the business venture or make a significant Demetris Christofias and his 6am, said: “As soon as he was born the news and everybody is really happy.” Talmage said: “We’re just delighted to purchase, Indian numerologist Swetta government bore most of the midwife came in and pointed out the have a healthy baby - anything else is Jumaani said. responsibility for the sorry timing. We were already celebrating just a nice extra.” According to numerology, 12 is constate of the economy. Papa- and this makes it all the more special. Many people consider 12/12/12 to be a sidered a ‘three’ number because the dopoulos said they were late “He was due on the 18th so it’s come lucky day and registry offices across digits add up to three. in realising the crisis was com- as a bit of a surprise. It’s a great little And three is a very good number being, late in taking measures, story which we will be telling for years Britain have reported a surge in wedding bookings. cause it corresponds with the largest late in seeking assistance and to come and it will give him his 15 Across the world, from India to Las planet, Jupiter, in addition to wealth. late in negotiating the bail- minutes of fame.” MacLennan, 34, an admin worker at Vegas, superstitious lovebirds and (In case you’re wondering, Jumaani out. an investment bank, and her husband, numbers geeks were revelling in the says the No.1 ‘planet’ is the sun, and once-in-a-lifetime date. No.2 is the moon.) TURN TO PAGE 7 Andrew Talmage, 39, who works in

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25 years ago, Sunday December 13, 1987

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Shi’ite Muslim religious leader of Iran, is born on this day. Exiled from Iran in 1963, he returned in 1979 following the overthrow of the Shah of Iran and declared the country an Islamic Republic.

Helicopters braved flames, heat and smoke to rescue 40 seamen from a Cypriot super tanker set ablaze by shells fired by an Iranian frigate in the southern Gulf yesterday. The frigate, blasted the 232,164 tone pivot with four or five shells after questioning its captain about his voyage, shipping sources said.

1903 French painter Paul Gauguin, former stockbroker painted many of his finest works in Tahiti. He died on this day in poverty and despair in the South Seas.

1967 Constantine II of Greece attempts an unsuccessful counter-coup against the Regime of the Colonels.

2003 The Iraq War: the United States capture Saddam Hussein.

2001 12 people are killed as an attack is launched against the Indian parliament in New Delhi.

35 years ago, Tuesday December 13, 1977 The Greek Cypriot negotiator Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday repeated the assurance that the Greek Cypriot side is not raising the question of missing persons for political reasons. “We are not seeking propaganda games. We are not after vengeance. We are not asking for the punishment of the guilty. We are only seeking the truth…” he told a press conference yesterday.

45 years ago, Wednesday December 13, 1967 British Foreign Secretary George Brown attended the NATO Ministerial Council meeting and immediately arranged private talks on the Cyprus problem. He was seeing, in quick succession, the Turkish and Greek Foreign Ministers, British officials said. Diplomatic observers expected Brown to discuss questions arising from the recent Greek-Turkish crisis over Cyprus.

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Home Order of Merit for scientists

Packs of wild dogs roaming Nicosia’s old town at night THE ECONOMIC crisis and the start of hunting season have seen Nicosia’s streets over-run with packs of stray dogs. Hit by the financial downturn many people have set their dogs loose as they cannot afford to feed them. During hunting season there is also an increase in stray dogs as they often run away or get abandoned by their owners. Scavenging for food on the streets, the dogs often prey on smaller animals. “I was woken in the middle of the night by growling noises coming from outside my bedroom window,” said 50-year-old Rachael Gillett who lives in the old town. “I looked out of the window to see four dogs pulling at something that I assumed was a cat, initially I feared it was my cat,” she said.

Gillett was relieved to find out later that her cat was not the victim. “It’s a terrible thing for any cat to lose its life but what worries me is these dogs could attack a small child or toddler that inadvertently approaches them,” she added. Michael Lagos, a health inspector for the municipality, told the Cyprus Mail that efforts were being co-ordinated between the United Nations and Nicosia Municipality to catch stray dogs that have been spotted in the old town. “We know that certain packs of dogs live in the buffer zone and enter the old town from time to time,” Lagos said. “That’s why we are speaking with the UN in an attempt to put cages in certain key areas in order to catch these dogs,” he added.

NRG-MTV still available MUSIC channel NRG-MTV stopped transmitting on digital terrestrial broadcasting network Velister as of Tuesday, according to the network’s website. Cyprus Radio and Television Broadcasting Authority director general, Neophytos Epaminontas, yesterday confirmed to the Cyprus Mail that NRG-MTV has only stopped transmitting as a free channel but was still available on subscription TV. According to Epaminontas, authority chairman Andreas Petrides predicted the exodus of channels from the digital network, given the cost of access to Velister and the prevailing downturn in the economy. Petrides at the time had called for meetings to prevent the withdrawal of any channel from the network. Although neither Velister nor NRG-MTV have publicly stated the reasons behind the termination of transmitting through Velister, Epaminon-

tas supposes an explanation lies in the fact that the cost of being a part of Velister’s network is very high. The more channels leave the digital network, the greater the risk of an exodus since the total cost of access to the network is shared by the participating channels and whenever a channel leaves the network, the cost is subsequently divided among those remaining, thereby increasing the cost. According to a statement by the Office of the Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation any change in the price of access to the Velister network can only be made after a thorough study by the Commissioner’s Office, which will take place in March 2013. The electronic communications regulator also appeared to criticise Velister’s policy of continually dividing total annual costs among the remaining channels on its platform.

Pensioner dies after being run over AN 84-YEAR-OLD man died yesterday in Limassol general hospital where he had spent the night after being run over by a car earlier in the day, police said. The man was standing on a street crossing when a car driven by a woman, 27, ran him over on Tuesday afternoon, under circumstances still being investigated by the police. The 84-year-old was in the intensive care unit at Limassol hospital and died at 12.40pm. A post-mortem has been scheduled for today.

President Demetris Christofias with Edouard Brezin (right) at the ceremoney

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday awarded two professors with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Cyprus, for their contribution to science, technology and education in Cyprus and the region. Theoretical physicist Edouard Brezin and physics professor Herwig Schopper have been promoting research in Cyprus via collaboration with the Cyprus Institute, which was launched in 2007 to promote research and education. Both men are members of the Cyprus Institute’s scientific advisory council, currently chaired by Schopper. During his career Shopper has served as director general of CERN, a leading particle physics research laboratory while Brezin has served as head of the French national centre for scientific research. Both men thanked the president and hailed the work done at the Cyprus Institute.

No longer ‘traitors’ to the EOKA cause Cabinet restores good name of 19 murdered in the fifties By Poly Pantelides IN A landmark decision yesterday, the cabinet restored the reputations of 19 people wrongfully labelled ‘traitors’ who were murdered between 1956 and 1958 during the EOKA insurgency against British rule. “Making a reality an electoral promise... the cabinet decided today to restore the good name of those wrongfully murdered between 1956 and 1958,” spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said. Seventeen men and two women were murdered on the pretext of being traitors to EOKA, most of them guilty only of being politically aligned with left-wing AKEL. “The history of Cyprus over the last decades is marred by

tragic events, often bloody, that critically hurt this island and its people,” the cabinet said. Most of the murders took place in 1958, “when it was clear that the English were leaving so there was a scramble for power,” sociologist Gregoris Ioannou told the Cyprus Mail. “The murders were done in the context of a conflict between the left and the right,” he said. “There were efforts to terrorise those belonging to AKEL, although those members were not necessarily in leadership positions,” Ioannou added. An association for the relatives of victims between 1955 and 1959 hailed the decision and thanked Christofias for fulfilling their long-standing demand. But the relatives’ association added that they did not nec-

essarily interpret the cabinet decision as placing the blame on EOKA or the people who fought in its ranks. “On the contrary, we honour all those who fought and even more so those who gave their lives during that time,” they said in a statement. Citing peaceful coexistence and the need for unity, Stefanou said that there was no intention of prosecuting anyone who was involved in the 19 murders, only to restore the good name of those killed.  The nineteen are: Neophytos Cleanthous from Mesogi, killed October 13, 1956; Andreas Michaelides from Kato Pyrgos, October 18, 1956; Michalis Mikrasiatis from Frenaros, December 10, 1956; Christodoulos Ornitharis from Frenaros, December 10,

1956; Costas Sfiggos from Xylotympou, November 11, 1956; Panayiotis Tsaros from Ashia, November 26, 1957; Georgios Polytechnis from Lefkoniko, 1957 (no exact date); Michalis Petrou from Lysi, January 21, 1958; Elias Ttofaris from Koma tou Gialou, January 21, 1958; Kyriacos Patatas from Pigi, May 6, 1958; Savvas Menikos from Goufes, May 23, 1958; Andreas Sakkas from Pera Orinis, May 25, 1958; Demetris Matsoukos from Gypsou, May 23, 1958; Panayiotis Stylianou from Acheritou, May 29, 1958; Nicodemos Ioannou from Ayios Theodoros Agrou, June 18, 1958; Savvas Thouppos from Tympou, August 9, 1958; Maria Charitou from Milia Famagusta, August 26, 1958; Despoula Katsouri from Milia Famagusta, August 26, 1958 and Pieris Pistolas from Lefkoniko, December 1958.

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Home Green light for second fuel storage depot THE CABINET yesterday selected as its strategic partner/investor in the creation of a state fuel storage terminal in Vassilikos, Dutch company VOPAK Oil EMEA. “After evaluating the results of the tenders’ requests, [VOPAK] was selected as a strategic partner for the fuel terminal and storage facility in Vassilikos,” government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said after the meeting. When negotiations with the company are completed, the commerce ministry will table the matter to the cabinet so that a final decision is taken, Stefanou said, without giving a timeframe, safe to say it was important that “the issue proceeds as quickly as possible”. “This work is very important for the country’s economy and will promote our island as a commercial transit centre,” Stefanou said. The cabinet has appointed a negotiating team comprising one official each from the energy department, the state’s legal services, the treasury, the Cyprus organisation for storage and management of oil stocks, the electricity authority, and the Cyprus petroleum storage company. The decision to create an energy centre dates back to 2004, with the basic plan completed about two years later. Meanwhile, a private company, VTT, is also constructing a fuel terminal at Vassilikos, expected to be completed in 2014. VOPAK operates 21 terminals for bulk liquids in Europe, Middle East and Africa with a total storage capacity of some 9.0 million cubic metres, VOPAK says on its website. The company is also active in Asia, Australia, North America and Latin America and operats 84 terminals in total with a total capacity of over 29 million cubic metres across 31 countries.

Good prospects for energy cooperation with Russia By Stefanos Evripidou THE DISCOVERY of hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) has created “good prospects” for enhanced cooperation in the energy sector, said Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak yesterday. Speaking through an interpreter after meeting with Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis in Nicosia, Novak said bilateral cooperation was developing between the two countries, noting the good prospects that existed for further cooperation linked to the possibilities of exploiting Cyprus’ natural gas deposits. The government recently decided to launch negotiations with a view to awarding a gas exploration licence

for Block 9 in its EEZ to a consortium comprising three energy companies: Total, Novatec and GPB Global Resources BV (a Gazprombank subsidiary). Block 9 is considered to be the ‘prime cut’ of the 12 remaining prospects in Cyprus’ EEZ, having received eight bids in total, after US-based Noble Energy won the first Cypriot offshore concession in the form of Block 12. The government’s decision to award Block 9 to the French/Russian consortium raised eyebrows after it emerged that the government altered the order of ranking of the bids for Block 9, eventually picking the Total-Novatec consortium despite its bid being graded fourth or fifth. The government has denied anything untoward in changing the or-

der of ranking for Block 9, arguing that its final decision took into account additional parameters, such as matters of national security. Novak was in Cyprus yesterday for the EU-Russia Energy Council. Speaking after the meeting, Sylikiotis said the two ministers had the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations with emphasis on energy issues. He noted that the joint working group set up in 2010 for cooperation in the field of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency would be meeting in early 2013 in Cyprus, providing an opportunity to further enhance relations in these sectors. The commerce minister said the two discussed European energy policy, noting that Russia is the biggest single supplier of energy to the EU, covering around 29 per cent of all the

Union’s needs in oil and gas. Regarding hydrocarbon exploration in Cyprus’ EEZ, Sylikiotis said a new field for cooperation between Cyprus and Russia was emerging: “Through this procedure, a new field of cooperation is developing between the two countries in the field of energy. Russia is an important partner and friend of Cyprus in all sectors – political, economic and commercial – but today I believe a new road opens for developing significant cooperation in the field of energy too.” For his part, Novak expressed hope that the working group on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency would function on a permanent basis and lay the foundations for the further development of bilateral cooperation in the field of energy.

Mudslinging underway on election trail Candidate Lillikas locks horns with DIKO By Stefanos Evripidou PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER Giorgos Lillikas and the party he backed in the last elections, DIKO, have locked horns this week, trading barbs over allegations of corruption, mudslinging, libel threats and press leaks. A press report last week suggested DIKO leader Marios Garoyian engaged in nepotism. Daily Phileleftheros published copies of faxes sent from Garoyian’s office, when he was House President, with the personal details of people and the service the party allegedly did for them. The lists were sent to DIKO MPs ahead of the May 2011 general elections and their task was to secure the vote of the people named on the list. The party’s response was to argue that helping citizens to satisfy a “just request” or resolve a distressing problem does not constitute nepotism “when

it is done on the basis of the principles of equality”. DIKO’s Limassol deputy Athina Kyriakidou has since hinted that the leaked faxes came from Lillikas’ camp. She went a step further, questioning the commercial transactions that took place when Lillikas was commerce minister under the previous government of the late DIKO leader Tassos Papadopoulos. Speaking on the left-wing radio station Astra on Tuesday, Lillikas accused Kyriakidou of mudslinging and announced that he has filed a libel suit against the DIKO MP. He rejected any notion of wrongdoing and called on anyone with information on any politician regarding possible corruption or abuse of power to report them to the attorney-general. In response, Kyriakidou said she was simply exercising her right to carry out parliamentary oversight on political figures. Undeterred, the DIKO deputy called on Lillikas to

answer the questions posed. Specifically, she asked him to inform parliament on all contracts and the total worth of contracts signed between the wider public sector and his wife’s advertising company Marketway, and/or companies with links to him or his wife during his time in cabinet. She also challenged the presidential candidate to inform parliament on the total cost of the deal signed under Lillikas’ watch in 2004 between the Cyprus International Institute for the Environment and Public Health and Harvard University. Kyriakidou asked Lillikas to provide information on the cost per student and on his relationship, if any, to the institute’s former director as well as the latter’s salary. The deal between Cyprus and Harvard was later renegotiated in 2008 by the present government, and approved by parliament two years later, with House Watchdog Commitee chairman Giorgos Georgiou saying “a more serious base”

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Giorgos Lillikas under fire ahead of February elections had been set for cooperation. EDEK-backed Lilikas had hoped for the support of DIKO in his quest to become president, having filled two cabinet positions in Papadopoulos’ government. However, Garoyian steered the party towards support for presidential candidate, DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades, leaving son of the

late president, Nicolas Papadopoulos, isolated in his support for Lillikas. The rift had threatened to split the centrist party, though Garoyian appears to be having an easier time cracking the whip of late, given his party’s solid chances of participating in government for a third consecutive term come next February’s elections.

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CyTA workers to go on strike Decision to loan millions to state ‘illegal and irregular’ By Stefanos Evripidou HALF THE staff of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) are going on indeďŹ nite strike today in protest at the board’s decision to loan the cash-strapped government â‚Ź100m from the workers’ pension fund. Three of the ďŹ ve unions representing CyTA workers held a meeting at the authority’s main ofďŹ ces in Nicosia yesterday where they agreed to go on an indeďŹ nite strike until the telecoms company revokes its decision to lend the government money and the board members who voted in favour of the loan resign. They also agreed to hand in their electoral booklets. Members of the three unions - PASE, ASET and SEP - will gather this morning outside parliament to protest during a session of the House Finance Committee. The three represent around 50 per cent of total staff, while unions SEK and PEO the rest. SEK, which enjoys the biggest number of CyTA members, will convene today to decide whether to participate in the indeďŹ nite strike. AKELfriendly PEO has distanced itself from the decision. Head of PASE Alecos Tryfonides said the decision to take â‚Ź100m from the pension fund was “completely illegal and irregularâ€?. Another unionist Costas Miltiadous said: “We have nothing written in our hands saying the money is secure.â€? He noted that unions were given the same oral assurances the last time the government borrowed â‚Ź101m from the semi-state organisation, which it has yet to see returned. Head of the technical staff union SEP, Haris PaďŹ tis, told the Cyprus Mail that the telecom company by law was obliged to provide essential services, meaning if the ma-

jority of workers go on indeďŹ nite strike, a skeleton staff will remain to provide services, though many branches will likely close. CyTA CEO Aristos Riris spoke to the unions yesterday, saying the pension fund was fully secured with guarantees, noting: “Whatever happens the money will be returned to the fund.â€? CyTA chairman Stathis Kittis said the board thought long and hard about the government’s request for a â‚Ź120m loan, ďŹ nally deciding on a reduced loan of â‚Ź100m to the state under certain conditions. Through consultations with Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly, the board “secured ďŹ rm commitments and safeguards covering in absolute terms the rights and interests of the beneďŹ ciaries of the pension fundâ€?. He argued that the loan will be given in the form of treasury bills, one of the safest forms of investment in the Cypriot economy, adding that the fund will get a rate of 5.5 per cent interest, better than what it gets now through its deposits in banks. Shiarly also assured CyTA that once the ďŹ rst tranche of bailout money comes from the troika, the state will disburse funds to repay all maturing debt. The authority has a third guarantee from a bank that if the treasury bills are not repaid in 91 days, the bank will put the money into the pension fund. “So, there is no way the sum will not be returned to the pension fund,â€? said Kittis. He further argued that if CyTA should lose money from the transaction, it will get that money back by simply not paying a dividend to the state. He accused unions of “overreactingâ€? and called on staff to be cool, calm and collected. The chairman suggested that any destabilisation of labour relations would open the door to privatisation, some-

CyTA workers gathered in Nicosia yesterday to protest against the loan to the state

(Christos Theodorides)

thing the board was ďŹ ghting hard against. Asked to comment on the news of strikes, government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said everyone needs to show responsibility at a time when the state is cash-strapped and in the process of signing a “painfulâ€? memorandum. “We’re not talking about money that the state will take from a public organisation just like that. The organisations will get their money back in a short time and I think it is everyone’s responsibility to help the state continue to meet its funding needs.â€? Meanwhile, the Port Authority yesterday announced a loan of â‚Ź38m to the state. According to board chairman Chrysis Prentzas, the Port Authority is prepared to give an additional â‚Ź12m if needed.




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Home Teachers say the process was all so one-sided

Members of large families were the ones to show their anger the most at yesterday’s demonstrations

(Photos: Christos Theodorides)

Protesters throw eggs and stones Members of large families group scuffle with police as anger mounts over cuts By Peter Stevenson IN A second day of protests against austerity, demonstrators yesterday threw stones and eggs at the parliament building but an increased police presence prevented people from storming the House. Inside deputies voted through 23 new laws under the bailout deal providing for cuts in social spending and a slew of fresh taxes. While protests by teachers and the disabled were peaceful yesterday, members of large families became violent, clashing with police and anti-riot squad MMAD officers. Unable to enter the parliament building, some of the protesters went around the back through the municipal park but were unable to gain access. There were no injuries during the fracas, but one woman fainted in front of the entrance. After some water was splashed on her face, she regained consciousness. The large families protested against the proposed 50 per cent cut in benefits the decision to stop children and student allowances. A three-man committee from the protesters was allowed entrance to speak with House President, Yiannakis Omirou in an attempt to stop the proposed bill, but they were told that nothing could be done about it. Their response was both vocal and physical with chants of: ‘We’ll remember you at the elections’ and ‘We are mothers, not terrorists’ before anger got the better of some and they attempted to storm the entrance. They were cut short by police and members of the riot

Disabled: peaceful demo squad (MMAD). After being stopped from entering the building, and despite pleas from some of the other protesters, eggs and stones were thrown at the glass door. The general feeling was one of injustice and disbelief that the government was going through with the cuts on a section of society already struggling to get by. “There are eleven thousand unemployed members of large families,” claimed one protester. “They are murderers of our society, how can we possibly survive now with all of these cuts?” asked disgruntled 46year-old, father-of-five, Yiannakis Ioannou. Poppy, a mother of four, told the Cyprus Mail that she had to bring back her daughter who was studying in England

as she would no longer be able to afford it. Argyris Argyrou from the Pancyprian Organisation of Large Families (POP) said that help was being handed out in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca to large families in need. “Members of large families must go to their local POP representative and apply for help and if they are deemed to be in need, they will receive help,” he said. “But I don’t believe it’s the troika’s fault, if you ask me it’s the people inside the finance ministry who decided that these benefits could be reduced,” he added. A 76-year-old mother of 14, and grandmother of 46, Alexandra Tsiambarta was one of those at the front line. Her husband Antonios Tsiambarta, who has passed away, was one of the founding members of POP and together they sent eight sons to the army. “I sent my children to serve this country, which is now coming and taking away the measly €70 I was getting,” she said. “Aradippou currently houses 850 large families, the most of any town or municipality,” her son Minas told the Cyprus Mail. “I am also a father of five and all I ask for is justice and equality for all, not just the members of large families,” he added. The large families were followed closely by people with disabilities who received a round of applause on their arrival in front of the House. They also sent in a committee to speak with the House President to tell him of their disagreement at the proposed 9.0 per cent cut to their disability allowance. Omirou was unable to see them himself, as he was presid-

A COUPLE of hundred teachers protested outside the finance ministry and parliament yesterday over the austerity measures voted through as part of the bailout conditions agreed with Cyprus’ international lenders. Chanting ‘hands off education’ and carrying banners saying ‘no to unemployment’ primary and secondary school teachers as well as pensioners protested the “one-sided way” the measures have been decided. The education ministry budget has been reduced for 2013 by 7.5 per cent or €78 million to €969.9 million. Teachers will also start contributing part of their earnings to be entitled to state healthcare, and will also receive wage cuts and pension cuts. “I can give the €200 I will lose from my monthly pension. I’ll even give €400. But I want free healthcare,” said Sotiris Pavlou, a 70-year-old pensioner who heads a pensioners’ association.


One woman faints during the melee ing over the ongoing plenum and so sent a representative to listen, but they only wanted to speak to him. Many of those outside the House expressed their disbelief that the government was cutting money from a group of people whose benefits are already paltry. “When the state is stooping to the level of cutting money from people with disabilities then it truly has become the banana republic,” 48-year-old Andreas Potamitis said. “Disability benefit, which is a pitiful €337 [per month] is being reduced to €330, so of course this will affect us because we can’t work to make a living and we depend on benefits,” he added. Fifty-two-year-old Ioannis Mavros who was injured while volunteering at a church and is now in a wheelchair also

expressed his anger. “These cuts are truly unfair, I’ve written letters to the Archbishop to help me out, I have three children and I’ve been in this wheelchair for the last 24 years and instead of receiving help all we get are cuts to benefits,” he said. “Those in charge only want to help themselves,” he added. Yesterday’s protest went a lot smoother than Tuesday’s but it was clear police were more prepared. Last month disgruntled casual public workers stormed the house, and on Tuesday angry investors who claim they were duped into buying high-yield bank bonds disrupted a committee meeting. Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said yesterday: “More and more protests are going to happen so a plan has been put in place.”

In a peaceful protest outside parliament – some of the demonstrators bringing their children along – the teachers stood close to parliament that was already shut, blocked with wire fences and in the presence of dozens of police officers. The teacher unions’ joint statement was read out loud by a representative and handed over to the head of security at parliament. “We strongly protest and question every one-sided measure taken to tackle the financial crisis in violation of workers’ rights, the terms and work conditions of our members,” the statement said. Imposing measures should be done in a transparent and fair way, and should tackle tax evasion, the unions said. They added that touching pensions was also very unfair. Increasing staff ’s teaching hours by one period (40 minutes) will drive contract staff to unemployment, at a time when the jobless rate edges close to 13 per cent and takes away from the ability of education to be a driver of growth, the unions added. A 35-year-old physics’ teacher, Theodoros Aslanides, said that preparing for the extra teaching hour would take away from other preparation and out-ofhours work. And it will mean that hundreds of people will be out of a job “even though they are not to blame”.

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Cyprus will be getting second-largest bailout ever says CB governor Cypriot lenders engaged in ‘casino banking’ says Demetriades BY George Psyllides

Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades

AS A proportion of GDP, Cyprus’ bank bailout would be the largest ever, second only to the bailout of Indonesia, Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades said yesterday. “The Cypriot taxpayer is now facing a bank bailout package that could be as high as €10 billion, which is equivalent to over 50 per cent of Cyprus’ GDP,” Demetriades said. “As a proportion of GDP it is one of the largest bank bailouts ever, second only to the 1997 bank bailout in Indonesia.” Cyprus has struck a preliminary bailout deal with international lenders but the exact amount needed for bank recapitalisation has not been determined yet. Cyprus and international lenders have already earmarked up to €10 billion as aid for the island’s banks, but this was subject to outside verification. It is officially estimated that the total bill, including the cost of rescheduling state debt and plunging government deficits, could reach €17.5 billion, equivalent to virtually the entire output of Cyprus. Pimco, an investment company best known as

Austerity or CoLA freeze, fuel hikes, bankruptcy and tax on lottery wins (continued from front page) As a result, Cyprus ended up with a tough deal. “The memorandum is not fair, it is not even bearable,” he said. It is necessary however because the alternative would be bankruptcy. Papadopoulos warned however that Cyprus still faced a difficult task in Brussels. “The climate is negative because we have unfortunately lost our credibility. We are trying to convince them that we are doing now what we have not done in the past five years,” the DIKO MP said. The government had made several appeals for the bills to be approved as a matter of urgency, hoping that financial aid would be more forthcoming if the island showed a concerted effort to trim spending and introduce long-overdue economic reforms. Papadopoulos said the cut in social transfers was the “most unpleasant side-effect of the past years’ mismanagement.” He added: “If we do not approve these measures today, tomorrow we will get measures that are three times as bad.”

APART from cuts in social transfers, the batch of austerity bills approved by parliament yesterday include a freeze in cost of living allowance payments (CoLA), hikes in fuel taxes and contributions of private sector workers. Petrol and motoring diesel will go up by 7 cents per litre from January 1 next year and five more cents in 2014. Private sector employees and pensioners and the self-employed will continue in 2013 to pay a staggered contribution between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent on their monthly wage with the threshold being €2,501. The contribution was extended to 2016 with the threshold going down to €1,501 in 2014. The same goes for the public sector. Incremental wage increases in the state and broader state sector were frozen through to 2016 while CoLA payments will remain frozen until 2014. Parliament also introduced a 20 per cent tax on any state lottery winnings over €5,000

and games of chance offered by Greek company OPAP. From next year, all companies, without exception, will have to pay a €350 levy. The levy was introduced in 2011 with some exceptions as regards entities that were deemed inactive – those without revenues or assets. The new law abolishes all exemptions. Public sector work hours will also change to bring them more in line with the private sector and cut the cost of overtime. Civil servants will start work 30 minutes later at 8pm and work until 3.30pm, or 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. To date, civil servants worked between 7.30am to 2.30pm with the exception of Wednesday, 3pm to 6pm. The bill provides for a transitional period from January 1 until the end of August 2013 during which government workers can start work at 7.30am or 8.30am and leave at 3pm or 4pm.

the world’s biggest bond trader, carried out an asset review of five Cyprus-based banks and a stress test to determine capital needs for each bank. It also covered a representative sample of co-operative credit institutions. The review was submitted to a steering committee comprising potential lenders and Cypriot authorities. Demetriades said the troika acknowledges that the Cypriot banking sector has been severely affected by the broader European economic and sovereign crisis, in particular through its exposure to Greece. However, it says many of its problems are home grown and relate to overexpansion in the property market as a consequence of banks’ poor risk manage-

ment practices and gaps in the supervisory framework that have led to significant under-provisioning. He said it was important to note that banks could and should have done more to limit their exposure to Greece and their overseas expansion that is unrelated to core business. “They should also have done a lot more to manage domestic loan portfolios. In particular, they should have done more to contain their exposure to the local property market,” Demetriades said. He added that when one invested over 100 per cent of one’s capital in a single financial instrument – even if that instrument was considered low risk – it was indicative of poor risk management. “When, however, markets consider

that product highly risky, the same practice is usually considered risk loving, in other words gambling,” he said. “When bankers do the same with investors’ money – because their bonuses are linked to short-term income while the losses are underwritten by the taxpayer – the same behaviour is more than just poor risk management – it is ‘casino banking’.” “Boards that fail to contain such behaviour by bank executives are boards that fail to exercise proper oversight. “The Greek PSI alone cost Cypriot banks nearly 25 per cent of the country’s GDP, because of excessive concentration of Greek debt in the balance sheets of the two largest Cypriot banks.”

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Europe EUROPE TODAY Putin: population and Russian values are the key to our future RUSSIA must increase its population and develop its patriotic and spiritual values or lose its soul and face collapse, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday. In his first state of the nation address since he started a six-year third term in May, Putin mixed discussion of the need to fight corruption and improve state services such as schools with lofty talk of the Russian identity and soul. He issued a familiar warning to the West and his own political foes, saying that foreign meddling in Russian politics was unacceptable and that politicians must not accept financial support from abroad. On the world stage, he said Russia was counteracting those who sow chaos, an apparent reference to US military action abroad and Western support for government opponents in nations such as Libya and Syria. But the focus in the speech to lawmakers in an ornate Kremlin reception room, was mostly domestic - and Putin suggested the biggest threat to Russia was from a population that has fallen by millions since the 1991 Soviet collapse. Russia’s population fell to 141.9 last year from 148.7 in 1992, according to the World Bank. “If the nation is not capable of preserving itself and reproducing, if it loses it vital bearings and ideals, then it doesn’t need foreign enemies - it will fall apart on its own,” Putin said. “For Russia to be sovereign and strong, we must be more and we must be better,” he said in comments televised nationwide.

‘Depardieu Belgium move pathetic’ ACTOR Gerard Depardieu’s decision to establish residency in Belgium, which does not have a wealth tax, by buying a house just over the border with France is “pathetic” and unpatriotic, French Prime Minister JeanMarc Ayrault said yesterday. Depardieu has become the latest wealthy Frenchman after luxury magnate Bernard Arnault to look for shelter outside his native country following a series of tax hikes by Socialist President Francois Hollande. “Going just over the border, I find that fairly pathetic,” Ayrault said on France 2 television. The Cyrano de Bergerac star bought a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near the border with France where 27 per cent of the population is composed of French nationals, local mayor Daniel Senesael told French media on Sunday. Depardieu also enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency. Belgian residents do not pay wealth tax, which in France is now slapped on individuals with assets over 1.3 million euros starting at a rate of 0.25 per cent, nor do they pay capital gains tax on share sales. France has also imposed a 75-per cent tax on incomes exceeding 1 million euros.

Bosnian Serb general gets life THE Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal sentenced Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir to life in prison yesterday for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two. UN judges said Tolimir, 64, a former intelligence chief and close aide to Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, planned and oversaw the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the days after the town of Srebenica was overrun. The massacre was part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out by nationalist Serbs determined to carve out a Serb state in Bosnia by removing all of the multiethnic province’s Muslims and Croats. The 1992-95 war killed 100,000 people.


Pope Benedict XVI is shown his first Twitter message during his weekly general audience yesterday at the Vatican

Pope needs help to send out first tweet By Philip Pullella AFTER weeks of anticipation bordering on media frenzy, Pope Benedict solemnly put his finger to a computer tablet device yesterday and tried to send his first tweet but something went wrong. Images on Vatican television appeared to show the first try didn’t work. The pope, who still writes his speeches by hand, seems to have pressed too hard and the tweet was not sent right away. So, he needed a little help from his friends. Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli of the Vatican’s communications department showed the pontiff how to do it, but the pope hesitated. Celli touched the screen lightly himself and off went the papal tweet. “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you

Multi-language tweets to reach a million followers through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” he said in his introduction to the brave new world of Twitter. The tweet was sent at the end of weekly general audience in the Vatican before thousands of people. The pope actually has eight linked Twitter accounts. @ Pontifex, the main account, is in English. The other seven have a suffix at the end for the different language versions. For example, the German version is @Pontifex_de, and the Arabic version is @ Pontifex_ar. The tweets will be going out in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish,



Arabic and French. Other languages will be added in the future. The pope already had just over a million followers in all of the languages combined minutes before he sent his first tweet and the number was growing. Later yesterday, after the audience was over and the television cameras turned off, the pontiff answered the first of three questions sent to him at #askpontifex. The first question answered by the pope was: “How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?” His answer: “By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for

him in those in need.” The pope, who, as leader of the Roman Catholic Church already has 1.2 billion followers in the standard sense of the word, won’t be following anyone else, the Vatican has said. After his first splash into the brave new world of Twitter yesterday, the contents of future tweets will come primarily from the contents of his weekly general audience, Sunday blessings and homilies on major Church holidays. They are also expected to include reaction to major world events, such as natural disasters. The Vatican says papal tweets will be little “pearls of wisdom”, which is understandable since his thoughts will have to be condensed to 140 characters, while papal documents often top 140 pages.

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Britain BRITAIN TODAY Submariner gets 8 years A ROYAL Navy submariner caught in a sting operation trying to pass military secrets to men he thought were Russian agents was jailed for eight years yesterday at London’s Central Criminal Court. Petty officer Edward Devenney, 30, from Northern Ireland, offered to hand over encryption codes and sailing dates of British nuclear submarines. In reality, the agents he met were undercover MI5 officers from Britain’s secret service, the court had heard. Devenny, in the Navy for 11 years, appeared to be seeking revenge over dashed career prospects rather than financial gain. He was secretly recorded complaining that a course he had been due to take had been “binned” and that he wanted to “hurt the Navy”. He had been in custody since his arrest in March this year in the southwestern English port of Plymouth, admitting at an earlier court hearing to breaking Britain’s Official Secrets Act.

Peer-to-peer lending boost BRITAIN is to lend 55 million pounds ($88.6 million) to small businesses through alternative financiers such as peer-topeer lenders, in its latest attempt to channel cash to hard-pressed firms. The government, which has said a lack of bank lending is partly responsible for Britain’s slow recovery from the 2008-09 financial crisis, has unveiled a raft of schemes over the last two years aimed at boosting funding for small and medium-sized companies, but so far they have had muted impact. The latest 55 million pounds initiative is part of the 1.2 billion pound Business Finance Partnership, announced in May, to help to improve the flow of credit to businesses. The government said at the time it planned to pump 100 million pounds through non-traditional channels. It expects to announce early next year where it will put the remaining 45 million.

‘Shocking’ levels of state collusion in Belfast murder But no broader conspiracy, report finds By David Young and Michael McHugh STATE employees actively furthered and facilitated the loyalist murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane but there was no over-arching conspiracy, a government-commissioned report has found. Sir Desmond de Silva’s review of the 1989 murder of the Catholic father of three found that collusion by the state went beyond a failure to prevent the crime. Sir Desmond examined the role of two British agents in the murder and found that another man involved was later also recruited as an agent even though he was suspected in the UDA murder of Finucane. While the QC accused successive UK governments of a “wilful and abject failure” to

implement an appropriate legal framework for running agents within paramilitary groups, he said no minister was aware of the plot to kill the solicitor. Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons the murder was “an appalling crime” and said the degree of collusion exposed was “unacceptable”.

PM ‘SORRY’ And he said, in a message to the family: “I am deeply sorry.” Cameron told MPs the de Silva report highlights “shocking” levels of state collusion. The Army and Special Branch had advance notice of a series of planned UDA assassinations, but nothing was done, he said. Cameron said de Silva found employees of the state

Pat Finucane widow dismisses Silva report THE widow of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane yesterday dismissed the report into his death by Sir Desmond de Silva as “a sham... a whitewash... a confidence trick”, telling a London press conference: “This report is not the truth.” Renewing her call for a full public inquiry into her husband’s 1989 death, Geraldine Finucane said that the British government had suppressed the truth and attempted to throw all blame on dead individuals and disbanded organisations while exonerating ministers, serving officers and existing security agencies. Finucane said: “Yet another British government has engineered a suppression of the truth behind the murder of my husband, Pat Finucane. “At every turn it is clear that this report has done exactly what was required - to give the benefit of the doubt to the state, its Cabinet and ministers, to the Army, to the intelligence services and to itself. “At every turn, dead witnesses have been blamed and

Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered in 1989 defunct agencies found wanting. Serving personnel and active state departments appear to have been excused. “The dirt has been swept under the carpet without any serious attempt to lift the lid on what really happened to Pat and so many others. “This report is a sham, this report is a whitewash, this report is a confidence trick dressed up as independent scrutiny and given invisible clothes of reliability. But most of all, most hurtful and insulting of all, this report is not the truth.”

‘Most Britons support gay marriage’ MOST British people support same-sex marriage but fewer than half of Conservatives do, according to a survey yesterday, as governments in Scotland, England and Wales propose allowing gay marriage by 2014. Fifty-five per cent of Britons were in favour of gay marriage in a poll of more than 1,700 adults carried out by YouGov. But only 46 per cent of Conservative voters approved while 48 per cent were against. The government’s plans - supported by Prime Minister David Cameron but opposed by the Church of England - have divided Conservative MPs and voters. Gay marriage supporters say that while

civil partnerships for same-sex couples give the same legal rights as marriage, the distinction implies that they are inferior. Some religious institutions fear the plans would force them to conduct same-marriages but Culture Secretary Maria Miller insisted on Tuesday that this would not happen. The Church of England and Church in Wales will be exempt from performing samesex wedding ceremonies while other religious institutions will be able to “opt-in” to holding same-sex weddings. The survey showed support for protecting the rights of churches to decide for themselves.

and state agents played “key roles” in the Finucane murder, adding: “It cannot be argued that these were rogue agents.” The review found that the Army must take a degree of responsibility for targeting activities carried out by the UDA’s Brian Nelson, said Cameron. There was a “relentless” effort to defeat the ends of justice after the killing and Army officials provided the MoD with highly misleading and inaccurate information, Cameron said. But the review found no evidence that any government was informed in advance of Finucane’s murder or knew about the subsequent coverup, he said. Cameron said the Finucane family suffered “the most grievous wrongs” and he respected their view that the

Pat Finucane’s widow Geraldine arrives with her daughter Katherine at London’s Houses of Parliament yesterday de Silva review was not the right response. But he said he disagreed with them, and said a public inquiry might not have uncovered so much informa-

tion about the killing. In his report Sir Desmond said he was in no doubt that state employees were involved in collusion with terrorist killers.

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Egypt opposition to seek ‘no’ vote, not a plebiscite boycott EGYPT’S liberal and secular opposition said yesterday it would back a “no” vote in a referendum on a divisive new constitution promoted by Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, calling off a boycott as long as safeguards are in place for a fair vote. The army called off “unity” talks involving rival factions, dealing a blow to efforts to resolve a worsening political crisis over the referendum and rein in street protests that have turned violent. The latest convulsion in Egypt’s transition to democracy was brought on by a decree last month from Mursi in which he awarded himself sweeping powers to push through the new constitution, a necessary prelude to parliamentary elections early next year. Mursi’s move caused huge controversy, dividing the Arab world’s most populous state and bringing thousands of pro- and anti-government protesters onto the streets in the worst upheaval since the fall of Hosni Mubarak almost two years ago. The unrest has so far claimed seven lives in clashes between

the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the opposition. The army has yet to use force to keep protesters away from the presidential palace, now ringed with tanks, barbed wire and concrete barricades. Egyptians abroad began voting at embassies in the referendum on the new basic law that Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly. The start of the voting process was a setback for the opposition, which had hoped to delay the plebiscite. The absence of a boycott could help ease confrontation on the streets and give the charter more legitimacy if it passes. The main opposition coalition says the draft constitution does not reflect the aspirations of all of Egypt’s 83 million people because of provisions which could give Muslim clerics a role in shaping laws. It wants a new charter with more safeguards for minority rights, including for the 10 per cent of Egyptians who are Christian. Mursi’s supporters say the constitution is needed to continue the transition to democracy.

An Egyptian woman residing in Jordan votes on the divisive draft constitution at the Egyptian embassy in Amman ΟΙΚΟΓΕΝΕΙΑΚΟ ΔΙΚΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΛΕΥΚΩΣΙΑΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΔΟΣΙΑ ΔΙΑΖΥΓΙΩΝ Αρ. Αίτησης: 533/12 ΕΝΩΠΙΟΝ:Γ. Α. Σεργίδη, Πρ Οικ. Δικ. Χρ. Δημητρίου, Δ. Οικ. Δικ. Φ. Κωνσταντίνου, Δ. Οικ. Δικ. Μεταξύ: ΛΕΩΝΙΔΑ ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΥ, Ναυπάκτου 30, Λακατάμια, Λευκωσία, Αιτητή, - κ α ιOLGA BAGIROVΑ, από την Ρωσία, Καθ’ης η Αίτηση. Μονομερής Αίτηση από τον Αιτητή ημερομηνίας 4.10.12 Ύστερα από αίτηση των κ.κ. Δημήτρη Α. Παυλίδη και Συνεργατών ΔΕΠΕ, δικηγόρων διά τον αιτητή, ΤΟ ΔΙΚΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΑΥΤΟ αφού μελέτησε την αίτηση και τις ένορκες δηλώσεις που τη συνοδεύουν με ημερομηνίες 4/10/12 και 22/10/12 και αφού άκουσε οτιδήποτε λέχθηκε από την κα Χριστοφόρου, ΜΕ ΤΟ ΠΑΡΟΝ ΕΚΔΙΔΕΙ ΔΙΑΤΑΓΜΑ με το οποίο ΕΠΙΤΡΕΠΕΤΑΙ η επίδοση της αίτησης και του παρόντος διατάγματος με δημοσίευση σε μια ημερήσια αγγλόφωνη κυπριακή εφημερία. Στη δημοσίευση να αναφέρεται μόνο η αιτούμενη θεραπεία και ότι τα ουσιώδη γεγονότα, τα οποία επικαλείται ο αιτητής για την έκδοση της αιτούμενης θεραπείας, περιέχονται στην αίτηση. Η καθ’ ης η αίτηση δύναται να καταχωρήσει υπεράσπιση μέσα σε 20 ημέρες από την ημέρα της επίδοση της αίτησης για λύση του γάμου ως ανωτέρω. Σε περίπτωση μη καταχώρησης υπεράσπιση από την καθη’ ης αίτηση εντός της πιο πάνω προθεσμίας, οποιαδήποτε μεταγενέστερη ειδοποίηση θα θεωρείται ως καλώς επιδοθείσα αν αναρτηθεί στον Πίνακα του Δικαστηρίου για πέντε συνεχείς ημέρες. Τα έξοδα της αίτησης θα είναι έξοδα στο αποτέλεσμα. Η κυρίως αίτηση ορίζεται για επίδοση στις 14.1.13 Δόθηκε στις 19.11.12 Συντάχθηκε στις 22.11.12


ΣΤΟ ΟΙΚΟΓΕΝΕΙΑΚΟ ΔΙΚΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΛΕΥΚΩΣΙΑΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΔΟΣΙΑ ΔΙΑΖΥΓΙΩΝ Αρ. Αίτησης: 533/2012 ΜΕΤΑΞΥ: Λεωνίδας Θεοδώρου, Ναυπάκτου 30, Λακατάμια, Λευκωσία. Αιτητής και OLGA BAGIROVA, από την Ρωσσία. Καθ’ης η Αίτηση ΑΙΤΟΥΜΕΝΗ ΘΕΡΑΠΕΙΑ: α) Απόφαση του Σεβαστού Δικαστηρίου με την οποία να λύεται ο Γάμος των Διαδίκων ο οποίος τελέστηκε στις 18.9.2006 στο Δημαρχείο Λύσης, λόγω ισχυρού κλονισμού της έγγαμης σχέσης λόγω συνεχούς διάστασης των διαδίκων για περίοδο πέραν των τεσσάρων ετών. β) Οποιαδήποτε παραπέρα θεραπεία την οποία το Σεβαστό Δικαστήριο ήθελε κρίνει εύλογη και/ή δίκαιη υπό τις περιστάσεις. γ) Τα έξοδα της Αίτησης αυτής, πλέον 17% ΦΠΑ. ΓΕΓΟΝΟΤΑ 1) Οι Διάδικοι ετέλεσαν Πολιτικό Γάμο στις 18.9.2006 στο Δημαρχείο Λύσης. 2) Οι Διάδικοι είναι Χριστιανοί Ορθόδοξοι, ο μεν Αιτητής είναι Κύπριος Υπήκοος, η δε Καθ’ ης η Αίτηση είναι από την Ρωσσία, Χριστιανή Ορθόδοξη. 3)Μετα τον γαμο τους κατοικησαν στην Λευκωσια. 4) Από το γάμο τους δεν απόκτησαν τέκνα. 10) Ο Αιτητής επαναλαμβάνει τους πιο πάνω ισχυρισμούς του και αιτείται από το Δικαστήριο την έκδοση απόφασης όπως αναφέρεται στην Αιτούμενη Θεραπεία. (Υπογρ.) ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΣ Α.ΠΑΥΛΙΔΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΣΥΝΕΡΓΑΤΕΣ Δ.Ε.Π.Ε. ΔΙΚΗΓΟΡΟΙ ΑΙΤΗΤΗ Kαταxωρήθηκε την 9/8/2012. Ορίστηκε για καθορισμό επίδικων θεμάτων Την14/1/2013


‘Friends of Syria’ recognise opposition West reluctant to supply weapons By Samia Nakhoul and Khaled Yacoub Oweis WESTERN and Arab nations sympathetic to Syria’s uprising against President Bashar al-Assad gave full political recognition yesterday to the opposition, reflecting a hardening consensus that the 20month-old uprising might be nearing a tipping point. Meeting in the Moroccan city of Marrakech as rebels battled Assad’s troops on the outskirts of his Damascus power base - and shortly before the capital was rocked by a huge explosion - the “Friends of Syria” group called on Assad to step aside. But tensions between the United States and the Syrian opposition coalition surfaced at the same meeting when its leader criticised Washington’s designation of the Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra rebel brigade as a terrorist organisation. Hours earlier, US President Barack Obama announced Washington would recognise the coalition of opposition groups, led by Sunni Muslim cleric Mouaz Alkhatib, as Syria’s legitimate representative, joining France, Britain, Turkey and Gulf states. “Participants acknowledge the National Coalition as the legitimate representative of

A damaged car at the scene of two bomb blasts in Damascus’ Qanawat district yesterday the Syrian people and the umbrella organisation under which the Syrian opposition are gathering,” said the Marrakech declaration after a meeting attended by 130 ministers and officials. The gathering brought together Western and Arab nations opposed to Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for 42 years. But it excluded Russia, China and Iran, which have backed Assad or blocked efforts to tighten international pressure on him. “Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy and should stand

aside to allow a sustainable political transition,” said the text. Qatar reinforced that message after the meeting, urging Assad to take the “brave decision” to step down, while Britain called on him to end a war it said he could not win. Referring to Western reports suggesting Assad might use chemical and biological weapons, the text said “any use of chemical weapons in Syria would be abhorrent and that this would draw a serious response from the internation-

al community”. Participants announced the creation of a relief fund “to support the Syrian people”, calling on states and organisations to make contributions to the fund. The resolution called on the UN Security Council, which has been paralysed by major powers’ splits over Syria, to come up with “a meaningful and robust response” to the crisis and urged nations that support Assad to reconsider their positions. Although the text made no explicit commitment to arm the rebels, a diplomat following the talks said participants agreed on “the legitimate need of the Syrian people to defend itself against the violent and brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad”. Another diplomat said Western powers did not rule out supplying arms to rebel units in the future, but would want assurances about where the weapons would flow pointing to several atrocities committed by rebel fighters and the presence of radical Islamists in their ranks. “No option is ruled out. But there are big issues about the legality of intervening in a civil war. Any support to any group depends on the command control and the discipline on the ground,” a Western diplomat at the Marrakech meeting said. France said at the talks it was not ready to supply arms. “For now we have decided not to move on this,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in Morocco. “We shall see in the coming months.” Western officials are due to meet commanders of a newly formed rebel military command in Turkey next week.

Israel to withhold Palestinian funds until March at least ISRAEL will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel’s foreign minister said. Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank - money badly needed to pay public sector salaries. “The Palestinians can forget about get-

ting even one cent in the coming four months, and in four months’ time we will decide how to proceed,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a speech on Tuesday night. Israel says Abbas violated previous peace accords by sidestepping stalled negotiations and securing a Palestinian status upgrade in the UN last month. Israel has already withheld the December transfer, saying the money would be used to start paying off $200 million

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the Palestinians owe the Israel Electric Corporation. Lieberman, a hardliner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative coalition government, said the Palestinians also had another debt with the Israeli water authority that would have to be paid off. “Israel is not prepared to accept unilateral steps by the Palestinian side, and anyone who thinks they will achieve concessions and gains this way is wrong,” he said.

IAEA ‘ready’ to go to Iran nuke site U.N. nuclear inspectors travelling to Iran would be prepared to go to its disputed Parchin military complex if the Islamic state were to allow a visit during talks in Tehran this week, the head of their delegation said yesterday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes Iran has conducted explosives tests with possible nuclear applications at Parchin, a sprawling facility southeast of the Iranian capital, and has repeatedly asked for access. Western diplomats say Iran has carried out extensive work at Parchin over the past year - including demolition of buildings and removal of soil - to cleanse it of any traces of illicit activity. But the IAEA says a visit would still be “useful”. Iran denies Western accusations of a covert bid to develop the means and technologies needed to build nuclear arms. It says Parchin is a conventional military site and has dismissed allegations of “sanitisation” there. Today’s talks in Tehran - the first such meeting between the IAEA and Iran since August - could indicate whether Iran is more willing to address international concerns over its nuclear programme after US President Barack Obama’s re-election.

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A man watches a TV screen broadcasting news on North Korea’s rocket launch at a railway station in Seoul yesterday (AFP)

N. Korea launches rocket Launch boosts credentials of new leader, steps up threat posed by state By Jack Kim and Mayumi Negishi NORTH Korea successfully launched a rocket yesterday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labelled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States. “The satellite has entered the planned orbit,” a North Korean television news reader clad in traditional Korean garb announced, after which the station played patriotic songs

with the lyrics “Chosun (Korea) does what it says”. The rocket was launched just before 10am (0100 GMT), according to defence officials in South Korea and Japan, and was more successful than a rocket launched in April that flew for less than two minutes. The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) said that it “deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit”, the first time an independent body has verified North Korean claims. North Korea followed what it said was a similar successful launch in 2009 with a nuclear test that prompted the UN Security Council to stiffen sanctions that it originally imposed in 2006 after the North’s first nuclear test. North Korea is banned from devel-

oping nuclear and missile-related technology under UN resolutions, although Kim Jong-un, the youthful head of state who took power a year ago, is believed to have continued the state’s “military first” programmes put in place by his late father, Kim Jong-il. North Korea hailed the launch as celebrating the prowess of all three members of the Kim family to rule since it was founded in 1948. “At a time when great yearnings and reverence for Kim Jong-il pervade the whole country, its scientists and technicians brilliantly carried out his behests to launch a scientific and technological satellite in 2012, the year marking the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung,” its KCNA news agency said. Kim Il Sung, the current leader’s grandfather, was

Mandela doctors ‘satisfied’ with his recovery FORMER South African President Nelson Mandela is recovering from a lung infection that has kept the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in hospital for the last five days, the government said yesterday. “Doctors attending to former President Mandela have reported that he has made progress during the past 24 hours and they are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said a statement. South Africa’s first black president, who came to power in historic all-race elections in 1994, remains a hero to many of its 52 million people.

A 2003 file photograph of South Africa’s Mandela

Mandela, known locally by his clan name of ‘Madiba’, was admitted to Pretoria’s ‘1 Military’ Hospital on Saturday after being flown from his home village of Qunu in a remote, rural part of the Eastern Cape province. The government only gave the first concrete details about his condition on Tuesday, saying he had suffered a recurrence of a lung infection. When he was admitted, officials stressed there was no cause for concern, although domestic media reports suggested senior members of the government and people close to him had been caught unawares.

‘Chavez recovering after successful cancer operation’ VENEZUELAN president Hugo Chavez is recovering after a successful cancer operation in Cuba, his vice president said. Nicolas Maduro said the surgery was “complex” but successful. He made the announcement on Venezuelan television, flanked by other Chavez aides and military commanders. It was the fourth cancer-related operation Chavez has had since June last year. Three days before the surgery, he announced he needed surgery again after

tests showed “some malignant cells” had reappeared in the same area of his pelvic region where tumours were previously removed. During the surgery, Chavez ally Tareck El Aissami said on television: “Everything is going well.” On the streets of Caracas, Venezuelans on both sides of the country’s deep political divide voiced concerns about Chavez’s condition and what might happen if he ultimately does not survive his illness.

North Korea’s first leader. The United States condemned the launch as “provocative” and a breach of UN rules, while Japan’s UN envoy called for a Security Council meeting. However, diplomats say further tough sanctions are unlikely from the Security Council as China, the North’s only major ally, will oppose them. “The international community must work in a concerted fashion to send North Korea a clear message that its violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions have consequences,” the White House said in a statement. US intelligence has linked North Korea with missile shipments to Iran. Newspapers in Japan and South Korea have reported that Iranian observers were in the North for the launch, something Iran has denied.

U.S. and Philippine officials agreed yesterday on an increase in the number of U.S. military ships, aircraft and troops rotating through the Philippines, Filipino officials said, as tension simmers with China over its maritime claims. Though he made no direct reference to the territorial disputes, new Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping urged his military to prepare for a struggle. He made the comments during his visit to a South China Sea fleet ship in southern Guangdong province, but did not name any potential aggressor. Senior US and Philippine officials met yesterday in Manila to discuss strengthening security and economic ties at a time of growing tension over China’s aggressive sovereignty claims over vast stretches of the disputed South China Sea. Philippine defence and diplomatic officials said they expected to see more US ships, aircraft and troops for training exercises and disaster and relief operations. “What we are discussing right now is increasing the rotational presence of US forces,” Carlos Sorreta, the foreign ministry’s Assistant Secretary for American Affairs, told reporters. A fiveyear joint US-Philippine military exercise plan would be approved this week, he added. The size of the increase in the US military assets in the Philippines, a former US colony, was unclear.

OREGON MALL SHOOTING VICTIM IN SERIOUS STATE A TEENAGE girl wounded in a shooting spree at an Oregon shopping mall that left three dead, including the suspected gunman, is in serious condition, a hospital official said yesterday. Kristina Shevchenko was one of at least three people shot when a man wearing what appeared to be a hockey mask opened fire with a rifle at the crowded Clackamas Town Centre in the Portland suburb of Happy Valley. Police were set to release the names of the victims and the shooter at a news press conference at 10am PST (1800 GMT) yesterday, Clackamas County Undersheriff

Matt Ellington said on CNN. Shevchenko’s name was released by the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital on authorisation of her family. “The family is doing OK,” Shevchenko’s brother, Yevgeniy, said. He said his sister was 15 years old and declined further comment. In a Facebook posting Tuesday night, Yevgeniy Shevchenko said: “As of now she is stable and sleeping. The bullet went through bruising her lung; it missed any vital organs and it missed her ribs. She will need two more operations. We appreciate any and all support including your prayers! thank you.”

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Business US Fed makes new rate pledge

Europe nears deal to make ECB chief bank watchdog

THE Federal Reserve yesterday took the unprecedented step of saying it would keep interest rates near zero until the jobless rate falls to 6.5 per cent, well below its current level, and it promised to pump more money into the economy. The central bank said its commitment to hold rates steady until its new unemployment threshold was reached would hold as long as inflation was projected to be no more than 2.5 per cent one or two years ahead and inflation expectations were contained. The decision, accompanied by an announcement to replace a more-modest and expiring stimulus programme with a fresh round of Treasury debt purchases, came as a surprise. Most economists had not expected the central bank to adopt thresholds for policy until sometime next year. “The committee remains concerned that, without sufficient policy accommodation, economic growth might not be strong enough to generate sustained improvement in labour market conditions,” the Fed’s policy-setting panel said in a statement. Fed officials committed to monthly purchases of $45 billion in Treasuries on top of the $40 billion per month in mortgage-backed bonds they started buying in September, as financial markets had expected. Under the “Operation Twist” program that will expire at the end of the month, the Fed was buying $45 billion in longer-term Treasuries with proceeds from the sale of short-term debt. The new round of government bondbuying it announced yesterday will be funded by essentially creating new money, further expanding the Fed’s $2.8 trillion balance sheet.

Schaeuble wants deal by Christmas EUROPEAN governments neared a deal yesterday to give the European Central Bank new powers to supervise banks across the bloc after Germany signalled a readiness to compromise on the scope of the ambitious financial reform. Last week German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had clashed openly with his French counterpart Pierre Moscovici over key elements of the plan, but with time running out to meet a year-end deadline, they narrowed their differences, raising hopes of a breakthrough. Agreement on a common bank supervisor is a crucial first step towards a broader ‘banking union’, or common eurozone approach to dealing with failing banks that in recent years have dragged down countries like Ireland and Spain. “We think that we have a good chance to reach a deal today,” Schaeuble told journalists ahead of a meeting in Brussels with his European Union peers. “My intention is that we find a solution to the banking union on time before Christmas.” Moscovici told his colleagues in the meeting that “all the parameters” for an agreement were in place. Even if the bloc is able to settle most of its differences on

Cypriot Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly (L), Spanish Finance Minister Luis De Guindos (C) and Portuguese Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar (R) talk prior to an ECOFIN Council yesterday at the EU Headquarters in Brussels (AFP) Wednesday, other difficult issues remain. At a summit in June, EU leaders pledged that once a common bank supervisor was in place, the bloc’s rescue mechanism would have the power to directly recapitalise struggling institutions. Countries like France, Italy and Spain are keen for those powers to be in place as soon as possible. But Germany, worried it could be forced to foot the bill for struggling banks across the bloc, is not in a rush. In introductory remarks at the meeting, Schaeuble tried to kill any discussion about bank recapitalisations and

said it could take more than a year for the new supervisor to be fully up and running. In the longer-term, there is disagreement over how the burden of winding down failed banks should be shared. A compromise document put forward by rotating EU President Cyprus on Tuesday, won broad backing at the meeting from the ECB and member states. In recent weeks, Germany had argued against giving the ECB supervisory responsibility for all 6,000 European banks, concerned the new system could become unmanageable. The new proposal recom-

mends that banks with assets of 30 billion euros, or larger than one fifth of their country’s economic output, be supervised directly by the ECB rather than national supervisors. Critically, it also gives the ECB authority to widen its remit to smaller banks if problems arise. Berlin remains worried about a potential conflict of interest between the ECB’s roles as supervisor and as guardian of monetary policy. Such a conflict could arise if, for example, the ECB were to keep interest rates low to prop up banks. But the tone of yesterday’s gathering was a far cry from a

meeting last week intended to finalise the plan when Schaeuble clashed with Moscovici. France wanted a broad ECB remit, while Germany had reservations. Schaeuble had objected to the ECB’s Governing Council having the final say over monitoring banks, but said at the meeting yesterday that he thought a compromise could be found. Reaching a deal, which EU leaders hope to sign off at a summit today and tomorrow, will also require the backing of others with vested interests such as Britain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and the Netherlands.

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GREECE’S foreign lenders hailed a bond buyback as a success even though it narrowly fell short of a target to cut the country’s debt, paving the way for Athens to get long-delayed aid to avoid bankruptcy. The scheme was intended to put Greece’s debt mountain on a more sustainable footing but is now expected to cut it by less than initially hoped because of higher-than-expected prices to buy back the bonds. To make up the shortfall, Athens asked its foreign lenders for an extra 1.29 billion euros over the 10 billion euros initially allotted to buy back all the 31.9

of further financial help for Greece have been met”. Earlier, IMF director Christine Lagarde said that she too was satisfied with the outcome. “I can only welcome the results that have been produced by the debt buyback,” she said late on Tuesday after Greece confidentially revealed the results to lenders. The programme accounts for about half of a broader debt relief package that lenders agreed for Athens last month, and its success had been seen as essential to keeping the IMF committed to a rescue plan mounted jointly with the EU.

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billion in bonds tendered in the scheme. Greece’s major lenders - EU paymaster Germany and the International Monetary Fund - both endorsed the result, signalling Athens was on its way to getting over 34 billion euros in aid this month to recapitalise its struggling banks. In a letter to lawmakers obtained by Reuters, Germany’s finance ministry recommended paying out the next tranche of aid to Athens, saying the bond scheme had ensured Greek debt was sustainable. “Overall the buyback can be called a success,” said the letter, adding that “the other conditions for the payment

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A NEW rivalry at the top of the OPEC oil producer group has emerged, pitting up-andcoming Iraq against undisputed cartel heavyweight Saudi Arabia. Having overtaken Iran as OPEC’s second biggest producer, a rejuvenated Iraq is beginning to worry Riyadh. At yesterday’s meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries the

opening salvos were fired in the struggle over who takes responsibility for cutting output if oil prices, now at a comfortable $109 a barrel, start falling. OPEC agreed to retain its 30million barrel-a-day output target and meet next on May 31, but many market observers think supply restrictions will be needed sooner rather than later if producers want

to prevent slow global growth and swelling inventories sending prices tumbling. After 20 years of war, sanctions and civil strife, Iraq is in no mood to consider curtailing output. “Iraq will never cut production,” said Iraq’s OPEC Governor Falah Alamri. “Some countries that have increased their production in the last two years - they should do so.

This is a sovereign issue, not an OPEC issue.” That was a clear reference to Saudi Arabia, which this summer lifted output to a 30-year high above 10 million barrels a day to prevent oil prices ballooning after Western sanctions on Iran halved its production. The view from Riyadh is that Iraq should contribute to the next round of OPEC supply curbs.

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Protesters at the House should spare a thought for those who are worse off THE ENTITLEMENT culture, which has become a key feature of our society, was on display outside the legislature in the last two days, as deputies were discussing the 20-plus memorandum bills that had to be approved urgently. People from an assortment of interest groups gathered outside the building to protest against the injustice of the austerity measures, directed against their respective groups. On Tuesday, policemen protesting against the scrapping of allowances and cuts in overtime pay were joined by a rowdy group of investors who demanded a refund of their investment in the high-risk, high-yield bank bonds. Angry investors pushed past policemen guarding the House and entered the atrium while some entered the room at which the institutions committee was discussing the banking crisis. Things took a turn for the worse yesterday when representatives of large families showed up and decided to put across their case by hurling bricks at the building and fighting with policemen. At least for once, the police were not accused of using excessive force as they tried to restore order. What a contrast, with the organisations of disabled who behaved impeccably, even though they had as much reason to protest about the measures. This is the crux of the problem – all protesters at the legislature believe they have been hard done by and that the benefits/allowances they enjoyed were set in stone. The general attitude was that ‘others should make sacrifices, not us.’ We have heard this from far too many interest groups, including judges, civil servants, students, teachers who were protesting yesterday afternoon, residents of mountain villages etc. It did not help that populist deputies were inviting representatives of the interest groups, to give their views, while bailout bills were being discussed. This created the impression that provisions could be changed which was untrue. Nothing can be changed, as the finance minister made clear last week, when he submitted the bailout bills to the legislature, but this is unlikely to end the protest measures. This is why it is important for one of our political leaders to stand up and tell these self-interested groups that there are much less fortunate people than them – 40,000 unemployed many of whom get nothing from the state. Unemployment benefit is not paid after six months. But these people have not been at the legislature, throwing bricks, fighting with policemen and demanding that the state carries on paying them. We think our politicians need to point this out to all the protesters who cannot see anything beyond their self-interest.

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How the United Nations could ruin the Internet T

HE INTERNET has sustained some pretty intense assaults in the past couple of years. There was the heavy-handed attempt to stamp out content piracy with SOPA/ PIPA, the Federal Communications Commission’s Net neutrality ruling, which many saw as splitting the baby, and that whack job who claimed to own a patent on the World Wide Web. It is again open season on the Internet in Dubai, where the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency whose mandate includes global communications is weighing proposals from many of its 193 member nations. Some of these proposals such as decentralising the assignment of website names and eliminating Internet anonymity would make enormous changes to the organisation and management of the Internet. The ITU meeting, which began on Monday, runs through Dec until Friday. Its agenda, and even the fact the proceedings are taking place at all, set off alarms among the Internet’s guardian angels. Among the most vocal critics are a founder of the Internet, Vint Cerf, and of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee. Theirs is not some misplaced paternal instinct or senior graybeard moment or cry for attention. These guys are worried. And if they are worried, we all should be. Still not sure this is serious business? The US House of Representatives, which cannot agree on anything, voted unanimously to ban ITU regulation of the Internet before it even happens. The European Union did that last month, before the ITU even met. Whether or not any policy directive emerges (or is abided by anyone) is not the point. The danger is in allowing any country to entertain the notion that Internet protocols can be put up

Comment John C Abell for a vote. It’s not as if the ITU is inherently evil. The UN agency’s previous convention, in 1988, focused on voice communications at a time when most phone companies were state-regulated monopolies. It took a global body to break up the cartels and ensure that phone service in every corner of the world adhered to global standards. This ensured that the system could work on the international level. But the ITU has no inherent power to regulate the Internet. Nothing that makes the Internet work, nothing that has made the Internet great, has been the work of the ITU, which is inserting itself into this debate for the first time. Today’s scenario is the exact opposite of the phone system dynamic. The Internet has flourished exactly because it has always been a global standard, and some now want to regulate it at the state level. There is an element of EastWest, First-Third World envy in the proceedings. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is a USbased organisation that controls the distribution of every Web address in the world. Russia thinks ICANN’s system can be improved upon. It wants countries to “have equal rights to manage their Internet including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of Internet numbering, naming addressing and identification resources.” That is a recipe for the chaos ICANN prevents. Other proposals have a similarly power-hungry bent. One is a call to individually identify all Internet users — ideal for an autocrat’s retribution streak and surely on the wish list of every

The ITU has no inherent power to regulate the Internet regime that sees the Internet as a metaphysical threat. Politics aside, the most insidious proposal is one that nations can try on their own, and yet the countries are still seeking a U.N. imprimatur. It’s a proposal, championed by some African countries and India, that introduces a new revenue stream by imposing what amounts to a tax on Web publishers. That scheme would have a chilling effect. As it stands, I pay for broadband — the door-todoor Internet pipe that gets, say, a Netflix video to my screen. Under the proposed scheme, Netflix would be subject to a new fee if the amount of data it streams (because I ask for it) exceeds some carrier-set bandwidth limit. That would be like sending Netflix the bill when you go over your smartphone Internet plan. It would definitely cause Netflix to rethink a few things. Video consumes much more bandwidth than e-mail, for example, but the core concept of “Net neutrality” holds that all Internet traffic is created equal

— and for good reason. If carriers can put up roadblocks, they can keep you from gaining access to Web services, or at least make it extremely painful in the pocketbook. They can force customers to use worse alternatives. They can extort … let’s call them “access fees” … from content creators. It would end the Internet as we know it and slow the development of new services. The power to tax is not the power to destroy, unless it is. If we had taxed elevators higher marginal rates for the highest floors there would be no skyscrapers. But I am a hopeless optimist. The concerted pushback outside the ITU meeting’s closed doors to anything that might be going on inside will probably be enough to stop anything crazy. And something good may come of all this. The first ITU conference in a quarter century is probably the biggest shot that this kind of UN-sanctioned, state-sponsored, anti-Internet villainy will have for another quarter century.

What do we know about China’s new leadership? AS CHINA obsessives know, it is tough to read tea leaves when the water is as opaque as that surrounding China’s Politburo. In the wake of the Chinese leadership transition, we’re left to sift through the news in search of answers. There is plenty we do not know about the process or what its outcome will bring, but when it comes to underlying themes we can understand, it is possible to make some predictions. Start with solidarity. In the most telling example of Chinese political unity, the Politburo, the elite political body that makes all of China’s major decisions, went from nine people to seven to consolidate control of the political process. The Communist Party is now more unified than before and is less likely to tolerate dissent from within. The stability of the Communist Party is paramount. All else will fall in line. Note what happens to those who don’t. If the Bo Xilai incident demonstrated anything, it’s that, in China, nails that stick up will be hammered down. There

Comment Ian Bremmer is no room for leaders who stray from the party platform. Need more evidence that power is being consolidated? Hu Jintao recently surrendered his military position sooner than expected so Xi Jinping, the incoming president, could have more control. Li Keqiang, Xi’s incoming deputy, got the nod to run the economy rather than Wang Qishan the most senior and noted market reformer of the lot. Three of five of the remaining standing committee members seem to be protégés of former President Jiang Zemin, a sign that the leadership is looking to past success as much as to the future. Again, it’s about consolidation—the easiest way to prevent another Bo is to limit the number of possible Bos. This new regime will govern a China that is increasingly two different countries. On

the coast, the country is developed, with the amenities of a post-industrialised society. In the countryside, China is still a developing country, with hundreds of millions of people living in poverty. In 2010,according to Bloomberg Businessweek, there was a nearly threefold difference in per capita incomes between coastal China and inland China. Likewise, China now has more income inequality than the United States, making China 27th in the world overall. Those Chinas want different things from their leaders. People making $20,000 a year in prosperous cities don’t need 8 per cent growth. They need product safety, government accountability, transparency, clean air and water. Good government, in other words, without all the lies and the secret wealth. People in the interior, on the other hand, need growth and goods. Government transparency means less to those who live hand to mouth. This is what the 21st century economy has wrought, but

China clings to its 20th century political system. Ten years the expected stint of the current Politburo members (though there will be room for halftime adjustments) is a long time to live with so fundamental a contradiction. Pressures will mount from within and without for China to modernise its political approach to match the economic reforms it must undertake. But those hoping for political reform are sure to be disappointed, no matter how much they pine for them on Weibo or in the halls of the United Nations. The leadership change, remember, was all about solidarity, both for the Communist Party and with the party’s past efforts. Citizens on both ends of the spectrum may grumble, but the Chinese leadership will continue its slow and cautious approach and its focus, first and foremost, will be on consolidating power and eliminating threats to the party’s hold on power. On the Politburo’s list of priorities, political innovations will run a distant second.

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Spice Girls take stage at musical world premiere By Mike Collett-White THE Spice Girls took to the stage this week after the world premiere of a new musical loosely based on their meteoric rise to fame in the 1990s, earning huge cheers from an audience that only really got going at the encore. Viva Forever! was the brainchild of producer Judy Craymer, whose Mamma Mia! musical based on the hits of ABBA has earned nearly $2 billion worldwide and spawned a hit movie starring Meryl Streep. She teamed up with British comedian Jennifer Saunders to create a story about the central character Viva, a sprightly teenager who, along with her friends, gets into the final stages of a TV singing contest closely resembling The X Factor. To boost flagging audience figures - a nod to The X Factor’s real-life ratings woes in Britain this season - their ‘mentor’ springs a surprise and throws out three members of the band to leave Viva on her own. What follows is part morality tale examining what is more important - friends, family or fame - and part satire on reality television, including a callous, Simon Cowell-like producer. “We love you Judy!” said Geri Halliwell at the end of the show, which closed with a romp through some of the Spice Girls’ biggest hits including Spice Up Your Life. “Thank you for making the Spice Girls’ dream come true,” Halliwell added. Halliwell was joined on stage by Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm, who together stormed the charts in the 1990s and put ‘girl power’ on the map. Beckham, who arrived at the London premiere after her ex-bandmates, sat with her football star husband David and three sons, who clapped along to the music during the final medley. Now all young mothers in their late 30s and early 40s, The Spice Girls are still affectionately known by the

nicknames they adopted in the band - Posh (Beckham), Scary (Brown), Baby (Bunton), Sporty (Chisholm) and Ginger (Halliwell). They were hailed as modernday feminists by some and dismissed as vacuous pop princesses by others, but their success is beyond doubt. They sold 55 million records, had nine British No.1 singles and three backto-back Christmas No.1s. The band broke up around 12 years ago, and internal bickering among the members was long the delight of Britain’s celebrity-obsessed tabloids. Perhaps surprisingly, given the bust-ups and hissy fits, the group has been united in its backing of the new musical, and underlining the Spice Girls’ lasting popularity they played a major part in the closing ceremony at the London Olympics. Paul Taylor, writing in the Independent newspaper, gave the musical two stars out of five in his review. “The Spice Girls’ songs, with their clever hooks and catchy rhythms, are better at projecting an attitude than fleshing out a dramatic situation,” he wrote, describing Saunders’ story as “charmless”, “messy” and “lacklustre”. “Not only does her script rarely give you that necessary gleeful sense of expectancy about where the songs are going to be shoe-horned in, but it’s embarrassingly derivative of Mamma Mia! and looks way past its sell-by date in its utterly surprisefree satiric swipe at X Factor.” Saunders said before the show that she considered herself the “sixth” Spice Girl. “We used to travel around everywhere to see them and they were so great with my kids,” said the 54-year-old, best known for playing a self-absorbed, eccentric mother in the popular British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. “The thought of a Spice Girls musical written by somebody else was not acceptable,” she told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “Because I was so close to them, I couldn’t let it slip through my fingers.”

Melanie Brown (L-R), Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm arrive for the premiere of Viva Forever!


Shankar is a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock. One of his two surviving daughters is Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones

Legendary musician Ravi Shankar dies By Jill Serjeant and Alex Dobuzinskis SITARIST and composer Ravi Shankar, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92. Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement. “Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives,” the family said. “He will live forever in our hearts and in his music.” In India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office posted a Twitter message calling Shankar a “national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage.” “An era has passed away with ... Ravi Shankar. The nation joins me to pay tributes to his unsurpassable genius, his art and his humility,” the Indian premier added. Shankar had suffered from upper respiratory and heart issues over the past year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last week at a hospital in San Diego, south of Los Angeles.

PM Manmohan Singh calls Shankar ‘a national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage’ The surgery was successful but he was unable to recover. “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away,” his wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka said. Shankar lived in both India and the United States. He is also survived by his daughter, Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Shankar performed his last concert with his daughter Anoushka on November 4 in Long Beach, California, the statement said. The night before he underwent surgery, he was nominated for a Grammy for his latest album The Living Room Sessions, Part 1. His family said that memorial plans will be announced at a later date and request-

ed that donations be made to the Ravi Shankar Foundation. Shankar is credited with popularising Indian music through his work with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and The Beatles in the late 1960s, inspiring George Harrison to learn the sitar and the British band to record songs like Norwegian Wood (1965) and Within You, Without You (1967). His friendship with Harrison led him to appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock pop festivals in the late 1960s, and the 1972 Concert for Bangladesh, becoming one of the first Indian musicians to become a household name in the West. His influence in classical music, including on composer Philip Glass, was just as large. His work with Menuhin on their West Meets East albums in the 1960s and 1970s earned them a Grammy, and he wrote concertos

for sitar and orchestra for both the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Shankar served as a member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India, from 1986 to 1992, after being nominated by then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. A man of many talents, he also wrote the Oscar-nominated score for 1982 film Gandhi, several books, and mounted theatrical productions. He also built an ashramstyle home and music centre in India where students could live and learn, and later the Ravi Shankar Centre in Delhi in 2001, which hosts an annual music festival. Yet his first brush with the arts was through dance. Born Robindra Shankar in 1920 in India’s holiest city, Varanasi, he spent his first few years in relative poverty before his eldest brother took the family to Paris. For about eight years, Shankar danced in his brother’s Indian classical and folk dance troupe, which toured the world. But by the late 1930s he had turned his back on show business to learn the sitar and other classical Indian instruments. Shankar earned multiple honours in his long career, including an Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for services to music, the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, and the French Legion d’Honneur.


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Marks and Spencer social media launch Jewish holiday marked in Cyprus THE beginning of the eightday Jewish holiday Chanukah was marked on December 9, with a splendour Cyprus has never seen before. Hundreds attended the official ceremony which took place at the Municipal theatre in Larnaca. Representatives from the Cypriot government, ambassadors, members of the EU and Israeli parliament, members of Cypriot municipalities and chiefs of the police were among the guests in attendance. Mayor of Larnaca Andreas Louroutziatis addressed the crowd, congratulating the community and wished for them to further flourish and grow. Chief Rabbi of Cyprus Rabbi Arie Zeev Raskin was privileged with the kindling of the traditional Chanukah Menorah - the traditional eightbranch candelabrum. “As you know, Cyprus is a multi-communal society, and that’s why we strongly share with you the gift of light, the ideas and the spirit of Chanukah,” he said. Subsequent to the ceremony, participants had the opportunity to taste traditional Chanukah cuisine, composed of Latkes (fried potato balls) and sweet doughnuts, as well as a unique kosher wine produced in Cyprus. Chanukah - the Jewish festival of light - began all across the world with the lighting of the first menorah candle on December 8. The word Chanukah means "dedication" or "induction", and, according to tradition, an additional candle of the menorah is lit every successive night, until the final and eighth eve of the ritual.

Energy solutions for needy families NEON ENERGY CYPRUS LTD recently participated in ELIH MED’s strategic initiative “Energy Efficiency in Low Income Housing in the Mediterranean”, by offering free photovoltaic systems to needy households. In so doing, the company has made a significant contribution to the first pilot PV installations that utilise Net Metering in Cyprus. In Cyprus, within the realms of this initiative, a planned 25 installations will be completed at low-income households and 25 smart meters (NET METERS) will be installed. After an Expression of Interest process, the 25 eligible households were selected in May 2012.

MARKS & Spencer Cyprus has launched its official page on Facebook. This means enthusiasts of social media and friends of M&S now have a new meeting point - online. Updates regarding new product arrivals, special offers and interesting topics about style and fashion will be featured on the Marks & Spencer page. The timing of the Facebook page could not be more perfect since Christmas and the festive period are directly related to M&S - and there is plenty on offer to make all customers' Christmas and holiday Season bright and just that extra bit glamorous. On display is fashion for all the family, home and beauty products and a delicious food range that will surely draw Christmas cheers and open-spirited discussions

on the M&S fan page. Marks & Spencer have also launched an interactive and creative Christmas game to celebrate and spread the holiday spirit in the countdown to the holiday celebrating peace and goodwill. From December 10 to January 6, online visitors can play the “Lucky Xmas Star” application game on the Marks & Spencer Cyprus Facebook page and 'discover' the lucky star. The top scorers will enter a lucky draw that will choose two winners who will be given €500 each to do their shopping at M&S. So, this holiday season, celebrate Christmas and a brand new way of interact ing... with Marks & Spencer.  Like M&S on Facebook

Alpha Bank Cyprus has chosen to support the annual Red Cross Christmas fetes for yet another year

AS part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd has chosen for yet another year to support the annual Red Cross Christmas fetes. The fetes will take place on Sunday December 16 at the Mall of Cyprus and Eleftheria Square in Nicosia and also in Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos and Paralimni. All money raised will be given to the Red Cross for the support of families in financial need. The Cyprus Red Cross is a humanitarian organisation which was founded in 1950 with the aim to offer voluntary help to those in need. Beyond their permanent charitable duties, the Red Cross’ other philanthropic body of work is dictated to sudden emergencies (www.

Best sommelier of Cyprus contest toasts new winner Winner Alissa Gorchinskaya to represent Cyprus in 2013 contest "THE 6th Contest of the Best Sommelier of Cyprus", organised by the Cyprus Sommelier Association and Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and supported by the Wine Products Council - was recently held at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel. The winners of the contest were as follows: First: Alissa Gorchinskaya, Pafos Amathus- Pafos Second: Georgios Loukakis, Columbia Plazza Limassol Third: Haris Stylianides, O Vrakas Tavern - Pissouri Thirteen sommeliers from all over Cyprus participated in the semifinal of the contest, sponsored by Othon Ghalanos. The first part of the contest included a written test, a blind tasting and description of two wines and recog-

The contest's three finalists faced seven practical tests and a surprise question nition of two spirits. The semifinal was completed with a decanting of a red wine. Taking into account the points collected by each candidate, Gorchinskaya,

Loukakis and Stylianides were selected for the final. The trio, before an audience of about 160 people, then faced seven practical tests and a surprise question.

Test 1: To serve champagne promptly to four guests. Test 2: To decant and serve a bottle of red wine to the same guests. Test 2: A set menu was

given out for the trio to recommend beverages and to match food with wine. Test 4: A wine-list with errors was given out by one of the guests. The candidates had to point out the errors and correct them. The finalists also had to answer a surprise question. Test 5: Blind-tasting of a white and a red wine. Test 6: Identification of five spirits, specifying the type and the brand. Test 7: To pour a magnum of Ruinart Champagne equally, without going back for a refill, to 24 glasses. The finalists were also judged on their attitude, their commercial and organisational sense and their ability to communicate in a foreign language. Gorchinskaya, the ultimate winner and mother of one said: “This is only my first goal, but I will aim at a top 10 spot at the European contest in San Remo/Monaco 2013. "I also aim to be more knowledgeable in order to pass the written test and to perform service just like a true champion.” Gorchinskaya is therefore fully entitled to represent Cyprus in San Remo/Monaco next October in 2013 for the title of the Best Sommelier of Europe.

PrimeTel offers subscribers access to Disney films DISNEY’S high quality movie content is now available on demand to PrimeTel’s TV platform subscribers, providing great family entertainment for all ages. Under the terms of the deal, subscribers with access to PrimeTel’s IPTV platform and the Video On Demand service Movie Club will be able to watch the latest blockbusters and great library titles such as: Marvel's The Avengers, Bolt, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and Wall•E. Subscribers will be able to rent a movie anytime they wish and watch it within

48 hours as many times as they like with complete control to pause, rewind or fast forward. In fact, PrimeTel’s subscribers have already had access to this new and exciting content since November 2012. The deal makes PrimeTel the first IPTV platform in Cyprus to include all major Hollywood studios in its video on demand service offering.  For further details regarding the MovieClub Service, visit




Washington sta pot smoke kers to o Test case Frank Scharr in his bar, where members are allowed to use pot

As state is first to allow personal us cannabis, the police limit enforcem action to warnings for now

Reason to celebrate: the demonstration at Needle Point Seattle


HANKS to a successful ballot initiative last month, Washington state residents can legally smoke marijuana in the privacy of their living rooms as of one week ago. When that gets old, bar owner Frank Schnarr suggests area stoners have another option: grab a booth at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia and toke up there. Schnarr, 62, says he is not acting out of a love of cannabis - he says he hasn’t smoked the stuff since he was a soldier stationed in Southeast Asia in the 1970s. Rather, he’s looking for new sources of income. “I stay up at night,” he said. “I’m about to lose my business. So I’ve got to figure out some way to get people in here.” Schnarr, who waged an ultimately successful battle with local and state officials over Washington’s 2006 smoking ban, appears to be the first restaurant or bar owner in the state to test the recently expanded limits on recrea-

tional marijuana use. So, is he breaking the law? Federal, state and local officials appear unsure. Or if they are, they’re not saying. “Marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office in Seattle. “I can’t tell you whether what he’s doing is legal or not.” Says Tom Morrill, Olympia’s city attorney: “We’re looking into it. There are a lot of changes in state law right now. That’s all I can say.” Mikhail Carpenter, spokesman for the state’s Liquor Control Board, newly empowered to make rules for and oversee the state’s planned regime for the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana, is similarly noncommittal. “The board is weighing its options with regard to Frankie’s,” he said. “It’s not perfectly crystal clear as to who this falls to.” Carpenter said he knows of no other bar or restaurant in the state that allows marijua-

na smoking. The legal grey area that Schnarr is exploiting exists in part thanks to his earlier fight over the smoking ban. In order to flout it, Schnarr renamed his establishment’s smoking-friendly second floor as “Friends of Frankie’s,” a private room limited to those who pay a $10 annual membership fee. A full range of alcoholic beverages are for sale and the room is staffed by comely bartenders and cocktail waitresses. They are volunteers entitled to reimbursement for travel expenses and childcare but otherwise making their living off tips. “Frank’s ahead of the curve on (allowing marijuana use),” says Shawn Newman, Schnarr’s attorney. “A lot of other taverns, bars and restaurants would like to do this, but they didn’t have enough chutzpah to fight the smoking ban so they’re locked into non-smoking operations.” Schnarr says “Friends of Frankie’s” has over 10,000 members, with upwards of 40

joining in the two days since he announced that marijuana would be welcome. To help appeal to his new target market, Schnarr has introduced a $4.20 appetizer menu - included are breaded

shrimp, breaded cheese sticks and breaded mushrooms and he is toying with the possibility of opening a medical marijuana dispensary on a nearby property. But he isn’t looking to at-

tract Olympia’s sizable transient crowd, or stoned college students. “I’ll have security in here, and if I see a bunch of guys just trying to get ripped, they’re gone,” he said.

Medical marijuana patient Robert Badillo smokes marijuana oil inside Frankie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia

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Early last Friday evening, a few dozen customers played pool, drank beer, smoked cigarettes and loosened up for an impending shuffleboard tournament. Only a small group at the back of the bar appeared to be smoking pot, a glass jar of the stuff sitting on the table between them. Chris Sapp, 28, a long-haired diesel mechanic and longtime Frankie’s member, said being able to smoke pot at the bar makes him feel like he’s in Amsterdam. “If I wasn’t a friend of Frankie’s already I’d be one now because you can come here and smoke and feel free,” he said after taking a pull from a small pipe. “That’s how it should be. We shouldn’t have to hide weed.” Across the room, another patron commended Schnarr for welcoming pot use but begged off giving his name. As a volunteer firefighter, he said, he wasn’t supposed to be in contact with marijuana smoke. “I cannot be in this room,”

he lamented. “It’s not like I’m sitting here smoking a joint or anything. My problem is that I’d love to, but I can’t.” Last week hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts huddled near Seattle’s famed Space Needle tower with pipes, bongs and hand-rolled joints to celebrate Washington’s new status as the first state in the nation to legalise pot for adult recreational use. The public gathering at the downtown Seattle Centre, like a smaller turnout at a nearby spot hours earlier, defied a key provision of the state’s landmark marijuana law, which allows possession of small amounts of cannabis but forbids users from lighting up outside the privacy of their homes. Police kept their distance from both gatherings, underscoring mixed law enforcement messages about the new statute, known by its ballot designation as Initiative 502. Seattle’s city attorney issued a stern warning that

public pot puffing would not be tolerated and that violators faced citations with $100 fines. But the Seattle Police Department said its officers had been directed to limit any enforcement actions related to Initiative 502 to verbal warnings only, at least for now. The new law, passed by voters last month in a move that could set the state up for a showdown with the federal government, removes criminal sanctions for anyone 21 or older possessing 1 ounce (28.5 grams) or less of pot for personal use. Washington is also among 18 that have already removed criminal sanctions for medical use of marijuana. The Washington law also legalises possession of up to 16 ounces (0.45 kg) of solid cannabis-infused goods such as brownies - and up to 72 ounces (2.4 kg) of weed in liquid form. But driving under the influence of cannabis or imbibing in public places where the consumption of alcohol is already banned remain illegal. The new law ultimately will permit cannabis to be legally sold and taxed at state-licensed stores in a system to be modelled after those in many states for alcohol sales. The state Liquor Control Board, along with agriculture and public health officials, have until next December to set up such a system. For now, it remains a crime to sell, cultivate or even share one’s own stash, even though the law allows individuals to purchase a limited amount for personal possession. Ironically, the first known court challenge of the law came from a medical marijuana patient in Olympia, who filed suit last week seeking to block enforcement of a new standard for marijuana impairment while driving, similar to the blood-alcohol

The new US laws allow people to have six cannabis plants in their homes

Marijuana and tobacco next to a drink at Frankie’s

standard for drunken driving. The plaintiff, Arthur West, says the new legal limit - 5 nanograms per millilitre of blood of THC, pot’s active ingredient - would unfairly subject him to prosecution for a THC level at which he routinely drives without impairment. Carrying a sign, “marijuana is safer than alcohol,” Jared

Allaway, 30, at the Needle Point event described the night as “iconic.” “Seattle’s always been friendly to cannabis,” Allaway said. “Hopefully this will spread to eastern Washington. You get outside of Seattle, it’s a different world.” Seated in a wheelchair that sported a “Goddess” sticker,

medical marijuana patient Penny Simons, 52, said she travelled with friends from Renton, Washington, south of Seattle, to attend the smokein. “It’s history,” she said. “I’ve been thinking about the people across the country who are jailed for this. It’s nice to see things change.”

Marijuana smokers get nod to light up in Colorado as pot legalised By Dan Whitcomb POT smokers formally gained the right to light up in Colorado on Monday as Governor John Hickenlooper signed into effect a controversial ballot measure legalising marijuana for adult recreational use in what proponents hailed as a “historic day.” Hickenlooper’s signature, largely a formality, made Colorado the second US state after Washington to legalise recreational pot use, and put it on a possible collision course with the federal government - which calls marijuana an illegal drug. “Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Hickenlooper said in a statement released by his office. “We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64.” The ballot measure, approved by a margin of 55 per cent to 45 per cent, amends Colorado’s constitution to legalise the personal use and possession of up to an ounce of pot by adults 21 and over. It also allows users to grow up to six plants at home. Hickenlooper, a Democrat who had opposed the amendment but said he would respect the will of voters, had been required by law to issue the executive order, or “official declaration of the vote,” within 30 days of certification by Colorado’s secretary of state on December 6. The moves by the two Western states came in defiance of federal law, and experts have

said that the victories by promarijuana d activists could d if be short-lived ht they are fought partby the US Departce. ment of Justice. For now, it remains illegal to buy or sell marijuana in any quantity in Colorado. But the governor ordered creation of a task force to recommend details of a sales-andtaxation plan for the state legislature to pass in the near future. “This is a truly historic day. From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana,” Amendment 64 spokesman Mason Tvert said. “We look forward to working with the governor’s office and many other stakeholders on the implementation of Amendment 64. We are certain that this will be a successful endeavour and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow,” he said. John Walsh, US Attorney for Colorado, said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Justice was reviewing the Colorado and Washington measures, and that its “responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act” had not changed. “Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that went into effect on December 10th in Colorado, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” Walsh said.

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

NICOSIA Shadow Dancer (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Lawless (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) 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 7.50pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Frankenweenie (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1), weekends only at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1), weekends only at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383

CINEMA WEBSITES: K-Cineplex:, Friends of the Cinema Society:

Troubled Winds (in Greek) Eirini Hall (Peace Room) at 7.30pm. Tel: 99-434923 Turkish Delight (in Dutch, call for details of subtitles) Eirini Hall (Peace Room) at 9pm. Tel: 99-434923


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.35, 7.45 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5.35, 7.45 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Shadow Dancer (12) Rio 6 at 5.30pm (weekends only) and 7.45pm. Rio 5, weekdays at 10pm, weekends at 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Taken 2 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 2 (in Greek, in 3D), weekdays at 6 and 7.45pm, weekends at 3, 4.45, 6.30 and 8.15pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. 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 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Un Cuento Chino (in Spanish, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight at 9pm. Tel: 96-420491,

Lawless (15) Rio 6, weekdays at 10pm, weekends at 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.35, 7.50 and 10.20pm, weekends also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Killing Them Softly (18) Rio 3 at 10.35pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.50pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 4 (in English, in 2D), weekdays 7.45 and 10pm, weekends 3, 4.50, 6.35, 8.20 and 10.10pm; Rio 1 (in English, in 2D), weekdays only 6pm; Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekdays 6pm, weekends 2.50, 4.40 and 6.25pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (in Greek, in 3D) 5.30pm, weekends also 3.25pm; K-Cineplex (in English, in 2D) 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Frankenweenie (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1), weekends only at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 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, 7.45 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Taken 2 (12) Rio 5 at 5.30pm (weekends only) and 7.45pm. Tel: 25-871410 Skyfall (12) Rio 3, weekdays at 7.50pm, weekends at 8.10pm; Rio 2 at 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.20pm. Tel: 7777-8383

LARNACA Shadow Dancer (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at

10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Lawless (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) 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 1), weekends only 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. Tel: 77778383 Taken 2 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Skyfall (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.20pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 A Serious Man Larnaca Municipal Theatre, tonight only at 8.30pm, presented by the Larnaca Film Society. Tel: 99-658831,

PAPHOS Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 1 (in Greek, in 3D), weekdays at 6, 7.45 and 9.30pm, weekends at 3, 4.45, 6.30, 8.15 and 10pm; Rio 3 (in Greek, in 2D), weekends only at 4 and 5.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 Frankenweenie (12) Rio 6, weekdays at 6pm, weekends at 4 and 5.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) Rio 5 at 5.30, 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 26-207000 Taken 2 (12) Rio 3 at 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 Skyfall (12) Rio 6, weekdays at 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends at 7.30 and 10pm. Tel: 26-207000

listings Today Other Events Christmas Coffee Morning With carols, mince pies and Christmas gifts on sale. Children from the Special School and Evangelismos School will be attending and bringing their choir. All are welcome. December 13. St. Paul’s Cathedral Hall, Byron Avenue, Nicosia. 9.30am. Tel: 99-924363

Tomorrow Music Christmas Elegy Classical music concert with the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra. The programme includes works by Puccini, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Delibes. December 14. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-463144/77-777745.

Dance From Classroom to Stage Annual climax of the Dancecyprus Junior Company’s education programme, with dancers aged from 12 to 17, demonstrating how they make the transition from dance training to stage performance. December 14. Markideion Municipal Theatre, Paphos. 7pm. Tel: 26-932571/99-920264 Thirty Eight Thousand Dragons Chorotheatro Omada Pente presents its 23rd production, a co-production with the Theatre Development Company of Limassol (ETHAL), choreographed by Chloe Melidou. December 14-15. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin, Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol. 8.30pm. €8/5. Tel: 99-349265

Other Events


Moving Silence Two-day event on contemporary silent moving image and experimental sound within the framework of the Fourth X-Dream Festival. December 14-15. ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation, 64 Ayion Omoloyiton Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €5. Tel: 22-445455. info@artosfoundation. org.

Social Security THOC presents a play by Andrew Bergman. December 14 until January 27. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Friday through Sunday. Friday & Sunday at 8.30pm, Saturday at 6pm and 8.30pm. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300

Christmas Art Event A small show, offering drinks and snacks and selling small and large paintings, postcards, hand painted glasses etc. December 14 & 15. Centre of Cultural Heritage, 10 Alexander the Great Street, old Nicosia. 9am-2pm. Tel: 96-578996

Faneromeni 2-Day Xmas Fest Christmas time with DJ’s and wine, carols, treats & games to play and more. December 14-15. Faneromeni Square, old Nicosia. 9pm. December 15. 11am-6pm First International Christmas Fair Includes a wide range of events and concerts for families and children. December 14-Janaury 1. Christmas Fair, Sea Road, Between McDonalds and Pascucci Café, Yermasoyia. All day event. Tel: 97-745594 Micro Scooters at The Mall of Cyprus Children and Adults come and test ride for free the safest, the most reliable and most trendy scooters in the world. December 14. The Mall of Cyprus, Entrance 2, Nicosia. 9am9pm. Tel: 99-621820/96-563820.

Ongoing Other Events Small Volunteers Campaign collection of new Christmas gifts for needy families. Until December 16. Nicosia Presse Café Cross Ledra and St. Anthony, as well as in stores Costas Theodorou and Original Marines (102 Pericles Street, Strovolos, 28th Oct Street, 12 Makedonitissa), Limassol (Zavos Shopping Centre, 25 Street Kolonaki, 25 Street), Larnaca (80 Zenon Kitios) and Paphos (92 Makarios Avenue). Tel: 22-818884

Theatre 4 one-act plays Plays seamlessly tied together with live music, in a natural scenic space in a beautiful restored mansion at Lympia. Until December 19. Shilas Mansion, 4 Dimokratias Street, Lympia, Nicosia. Every Wednesday at 8pm. €5 with free drinks. Tel: 99-787090 Death and the Maiden Satiriko Theatro presents play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. Until December 21. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros, Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Thursday and Friday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 11:16 Anemona Theatre presents a mystery by C. G. Wilson. Until December 23. Anemona Theatre, 7 Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. €10. Tel: 22-573031 The Magic Flute The Children’s Stage of Satiriko Theatre presents play adapted and directed by Thanasis Theologis. Until December 23. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Sunday at 10.30am. €10. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 Shakespeare in an Hour Pirasmos Productions presents the theatrical comedy. Until December 23. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29

Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Thursday through Sunday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910 Misery Stephen King’s psychological thriller staged by Satiriko Theatre. Every Friday and Saturday. Until December 29. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia. Every Friday at 8.30pm and Saturday at 11pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609. email: Just Broken Up Act Theatre presents play by Vassilis Myrianthopoulos & Vangelis Hatzinikolaou. Cyprus Dialect Adaptation by Christiana Artemiou. Until January 6. Latsia Municipal Theatre, 57 Yiannos Kranidiotis Avenue, Nicosia. On specific days at 8.30pm and 6pm on Sundays. €20. Tel: 77-777181 The Elephant Man Theatro Ena presents a play by Bernard Pomerance, translated and directed by Andreas Christodoulides. Until January 27. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Friday through Sunday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203

Exhibition ANTI-DORA Pegasus Art Foundation organises a big Charity fair and silent Auction where small pieces of Art will be exhibited with the occasion of the Festive season. Until December

For a full guide to the week’s events and regular meetings, make sure you get a copy of the Sunday Mail

13. Pegasus Art Foundation – 55 Art Studio. 23, Andreas Drousiotis Street , Plateia Heroon, Limassol. Part of the money will go towards, funding a new school in Ethiopia. Tel: 25-340739 or E-mail: cymakart@ ID Euro-Signs and Icons Project focuses on semiology and semiotics of contemporary art. Until December 13. Artspace Art Studio 55, (Next to Rialto Theatre), Limassol. Daily: 5.30pm-8.30pm. Tel: 25-340739/99-603316 Beyond Boundaries A photographic journey through Cyprus by Rachael Atherton-Charvat. Until December 14. Kaimakli Cultural Centre ‘The Mills’ 4 Constantinoupleos Street, Nicosia. 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm Merry Christmas Cyprus 34th Annual Cyprus College of Art Christmas Art Show includes paintings and sculptures by students, staff and visiting artists of the Cyprus College of Art. Until December 15. 23 Mehmet Ali Street, Larnaca, (near St Lazarus Cathedral). Open daily: 10am-5pm. Tel: 24-25 4042. Feeling Solo painting Exhibition by Anastasios Motitis. Until December 15. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm-8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983

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Coming Up Other Events Playing for peace PeacePlayers–Cyprus PPI-CY is organising a Winter Basketball Tournament this Saturday at the Poliproponitirio Basketball Courts behind Makarios Stadium in Nicosia. The tournament hosts Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot kids from across Cyprus in three-onthree street basketball mixed teams competition, followed by live music, food and activities, all aimed at celebrating peace between the two communities. The aim of this event is to bring children from different communities together to play basketball in an inclusive and fun-filled environment, implementing the idea that sport can be used as an educational tool to help break down divides and develop young community leaders. PPI-CY is a locally led, independently-registered charity in Cyprus that uses the game of basketball to allow 11- to 15 year-old Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth to play together, learn

together and build positive relationships that overcome generations of mistrust and physical barriers to interaction. Currently the organisation is the only year-round bi-communal youth sports organisation on the island. By facilitating regular, frequent and structured interaction, it helps reverse prejudices built over years in segregated communities and fosters the long-term trust necessary for true friendship. The Winter Day Basketball Tournament is supported by the European Commission in Cyprus. All are welcome to enjoy the tournament and show their support for the organisation. Look out for similar PeacePlayers-Cyprus events throughout the year. Winter Day Basketball Tournament Bi-communal youth sports initiative with 3-on-3 street basketball mixed teams. December 15. Poliproponitirio Basketball Courts behind Makario Stadium, Nicosia. 9.30am1.30pm. Tel: 96-403773/05428581307. e-mail:,

NIGHTLIFE Have a swinging Xmas party Gentlemen don your dapper suits, ladies dust off your best cocktail dresses as a smooth and swinging themed tribute Christmas Party is about to get under way this Saturday at the Paliomonastiro Taverna, in Peyia. As you arrive with your guests you’ll have time to relax and get a drink before enjoying a Christmas Carvery with the finest international buffet, featuring a superb four course meal. This is a night for all you sophisticates out there as Andrea Morrelli and Karen Kendall (as featured in the upcoming feature film Rat Packing in Cyprus) serenade you with the swooning sounds of the Rat Pack. This show premiere puts the ring-a-ding-ding in Christmas as the duo brings the unmistakable Vegas style to your holiday favourites. Morrelli holds the honour of being the UK’s most celebrated Dean Martin Tribute Artist. Just this September he had sell-out shows across Cyprus with his

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Rat Pack tour. As a renowned, award-winning act with almost two decades of experience in the music industry on both sides of the Atlantic it’s easy to see why Morrelli’s ultimate Dean Martin and Rat Pack tribute has met with such universal praise from critics and audiences alike. Once the entertainment has finished, you can toe tap your way to the dance floor where you can bop till you drop with hits from the ’50s until the present day. And let’s not forget there will also be a Friend Hospice Christmas Charity Raffle, whereby one can win a whole host of goodies from a €50 voucher from Papantoniou, a Sunday lunch for four at Akamas Spa or six bottles of red wine, to name a few. Smooth and Swinging Christmas Party Christmas carvery, after-dinner live entertainment, including Christmas favourites by Andrea Morrelli and Karen Kendall. December 15. Paliomonastiro Taverna, Peyia. 7pm. €25 per person includes four course meal. Tel: 96-818066

Andrea Morrelli (far right), celebrated Dean Martin tribute artist, performs alongside the rest of the ‘Rat Pack’ gang

If opera lovers in the far corners of the earth can’t go to the Met, then bring the Met to them. For those who complain about the lack of cultural events in town, the New York Metropolitan Opera is bringing their award-winning opera to Limassol’s Rialto stage through The Met: Live in HD. The concept was first created in 2006 by The Met’s general manager Peter Gelb and uses 14 different cameras to capture all the details and angles of the performances in high definition, which is then broadcast live to theatres worldwide. Since its launch, each season’s programme has grown and, today, it counts more than 9.6 million tickets sold. During the current season alone, approximately three million tickets are expected to be sold, showing that this centuriesold, often mimicked genre was overdue for its HD close-up. Last year the programme was introduced in Cyprus in a collaboration made possible with the te a Group G oup and a d the t e Rialto a to Theatre, eat e which Antenna exceeded all expectations. Live in HD was so popular with local crowds that it’s back bac for a second year this weekend. The Met’s new HD theatre season is already al under way and opened on October 13 with a performance of Donizetti’s popular L’Elisir d’Amore. On S Saturday, the 2012-2013 edition of The Met: Live in HD continue continues with Giuseppe Verdi’s ma masterpiece Aida and promises to be another winner fo for opera fans unable to ma make that long and expens expensive trip to the Big Apple to take in a live performance performance. The Met’s unforg unforgettable production of Verdi’s Ve ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Mo Monastyrska as the enslaved Et Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the h heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the p proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi L

conducts his first Met performances of the opera. Sonja Frisell’s spectacular staging uses the full theatrical capabilities of the Met stage to immerse the audience in the grandeur of ancient Egypt. The underlying question of the Live in HD series is: is it pleasurable to watch opera on the big screen? The public has answered with a resounding ‘yes’. On the one hand, the experience is not the same as being at the opera house. Unlike sitting in the actual opera house where you get to hear the performance within the space’s own acoustics and place your attention on the entire stage, a Live in HD broadcast essentially chooses these aspects for you. You’ll see what the director wants you to see, but the camera work is intelligent and artful, with stunning close-ups and sensible renderings of choral and dancing ensembles. At the opera house, members of the audience barely see the orchestra. As a bonus, the HD audience is privy to live interviews with the performers, producers, and technicians prior to the start of the show, throughout the intermission, and post performance. During these intermissions cameras reveal the technical and physical efforts necessary for a change of scenery. It’s important to note that the venues for these live opera simulcasts are usually local movie theatres (in Cyprus’ case the Rialto Theatre) and the price for tickets, while generally higher than your average run-of-the-mill film, is still astoundingly cheap by live opera standards. In a typical performance, the audience get more than their money’s worth, as each opera dazzles with a line-up of the world’s top opera stars along with production budgets most opera companies only dream about. Furthermore, the performances bring a new way of appreciating opera to the not-so-typical opera fan. Aida - The Met: Live in HD A screening of a live, New York Metropolitan Opera performance transmitted in high-definition video via satellite. December 15. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 7.55pm. €20/15. With Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 77-777745. Online ticket: By Ledha Socratous

For a full listing of the day’s events, see facing page

Thursday, December 13, 2012 CYPRUS MAIL


Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

Proti Enimerosi Kali Sas Mera

CYBC 2 07.00 08.00

Local variety show, with entertainment options, cookery tips and more.

11.00 11.30 12.00

Kaftes Piperies (rpt) Istories Tou Horkou (rpt) Apo Mera Se Mera


Entehnos Local cultrual programme.


Mazi Sto CyBC Local talk-show.

18.00 18.15

News Kaftes Piperies Live cookery show.


Paizoume Kypriaka

14.35 16.00

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


20.00 21.15


News Patates 8

23.00 00.00 00.30 00.45

17.00 18.00 19.00

Local satirical show, using comedy sketches and embarrassing TV clips to skewer local politicians.

21.00 21.10 21.20


22.50 23.20 00.15

Topical local programme.

Local Sketch (rpt) News Entehnos More repeats

06.50 07.00

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

08.30 09.05

FIFA Club World Cup 2012

Kids’ TV UEFA EURO 50 Classic Matches (rpt)

09.40 10.20 11.15 12.10 13.00 13.20 14.00 14.50 16.10 17.00

A chance to relive some of the greatest moments the tournament has produced in it’s fifty years.

Moiraia Fengaria New local drama series inspired by Maro Kranidioti’s book ‘Otan i Moira Apofasizei’.

NRG Zone Kids’ TV

A FIFA-organised tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations as well as the league winner from the host nation. Live from Japan featuring Chelsea in today’s match.

Current affairs programme.



Kati Psinetai (rpt) Biz/Emeis World Swimming Championships News In English News In Turkish FIFA Club World Cup 2012 Motor Sports Kati Psinetai (rpt) Repeats

17.50 19.20 20.20 21.10 22.15 23.15 00.10 00.15 00.30 01.40 02.30 03.20 04.40


Me Agapi Deliyianneio Parthenagogeio (rpt) Englimata (rpt) Lyke, Lyke Eisai Edo (rpt) FTHIS Panselinos (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Vals Me 12 Theous (rpt) I Zoi Einai Oraia (rpt) Tha Vreis To Daskalo Sou (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt)


With News at 18.00.

20.20 21.15

Niose Me News Vals Me 12 Theous Ekeino To Kalokairi Eilikrina News Sports News Ola Bahalo Fetos Synora Agapis I Agapi Irthe Apo Makria (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

06.40 07.00 08.00 10.00 12.45 14.00 15.00

Emeis Ki Emeis (rpt) Diktiotheite Kai Exelihtheite Koinonia Ora Mega Nea Mera Proino Mou Enimerosi Tora Klemmena Oneira (rpt) Eheis Meson Local investigative show.


Yia Sena

SIGMA 06.10 07.00 08.20 10.00 11.10 12.00 14.20 15.20 18.00 18.05 18.30

Latin American telenovela.

Local talk-show.

18.00 18.20

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


Eftyhismenoi Mazi (rpt) News Klemmena Oneira

19.30 20.20 21.15 22.20

Porta Kleidomeni


FILM: Love Lies Bleeding

Local drama series. A couple make off with a bag of money from a drug deal gone wrong. But a crazed cop is determined to get his hands on the cash. Crime thriller, starring Christian Slater. 2008.

00.00 00.10 01.00 03.00 04.30 05.40

News I Apli Methodos Ton Trion Yia Sena (rpt) Charlie’s Angels Proino Mou (rpt) I Dipsa (rpt)

7 Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites News Aspra Balonia (rpt) Pame Paketo Talk-show that deals with human interest stories such as reuniting people, fulfilling dreams and connecting individuals who want to correct past mistakes in their lives.

Greek drama series.


The Del Monte Heirs (rpt) Protoselido Eleni Vasiliki (rpt) 7 Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Aspra Balonia (rpt) Magazino News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama The Del Monte Heirs

00.00 00.05

News CSI: Crime Scene Investigation An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

01.00 02.00 03.00 04.40 05.30

Dekati Entoli (rpt) Epistrofi (rpt) Mila Mou (rpt) Otan Megaloso (rpt) Eleni (rpt)

PLUS TV 06.45 07.20 07.50 09.00 09.30 10.55

Star News Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mila (rpt) Nistikoi Praktores (rpt) Cookery show, with helpful tips on eating well and nutrition. Hosted by Dina Nikolaou.

11.50 12.30 13.00

Kids’ TV Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Showbiz news and gossip show hosted by Eleonora Meleti.

15.30 17.15 17.50 19.40

Kids’ TV Exelixeis Stin Showbiz Fotis Maria Live Mila

CAPITAL 06.45 08.25 08.45 09.20 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.25 14.50 15.45 16.35 17.30 18.15

With News at 18.30.

19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00


Exelixeis Stin Showbiz FILM: 10,000 BC


LTV Sports News Kostakis Ki Yioi Star News Repeats

FILM: Behind Enemy Lines II US Navy Seals become stranded in enemy territory after their mission is abruptly called off. Action thriller sequel, starring Nicholas Gonzalez. 2006.

Fantasy adventure, starring Steven Strait and Camilla Belle. 2008. See Pick Of The Day.

23.40 00.30 01.10 03.00

News Sports Time Rubi FILM: Purgatory Flats A doctor escaping his troubled past flees to a small town, where a seductive woman leads him into danger. Thriller, starring Vincent Ventresca. 2002.

Discussions about various issues based on a woman’s life (men, relationships, sex, kids etc.) with showbiz guests.


Kids’ TV Magikos Kosmos S’Agapo (rpt) Akti Oneiron Ston Asterismo Tis Imeras Kouzina Me Apopsi Epi Topou (rpt) Milagros Kids’ TV Top Models S’Agapo Sabrina, To Koritsi Tis Agapis Akti Oneiron Pacific Blue


FILM: Inferno Action, starring JeanClaude Van Damme. 1999.

John Carter (Novacinema1, 19.40)

02:05 Casualty 02:55 The Weakest Link 03:40 EastEnders 04:10 Doctors 04:40 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 05:25 Single Father 06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 Tellytales 07:10 Boogie Beebies 07:25 Teletubbies 07:50 Balamory 08:10 Tellytales 08:20 Boogie Beebies 08:35 Teletubbies 09:00 Balamory 09:20 Charlie And Lola 09:30 Buzz & Tell 09:35 My Family 10:05 One Foot In The Grave 10:35 The Weakest Link 11:20 EastEnders 11:50 Doctors 12:20 Casualty 13:10 Born And Bred 14:00 The Royle Family 14:30 My Family 15:00 The Weakest Link 15:45 EastEnders 16:15 Doctors 16:45 Casualty 17:35 Born And Bred 18:25 The Weakest Link 19:10 EastEnders 19:40 Doctors 20:10 Hustle 21:00 Keeping Up Appearances 21:30 The Royle Family 22:00 Waking The Dead 22:50 Blackadder The Third 23:20 Gavin & Stacey 23:50 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 24:20 Tribal Wives

07:00 How It’s Made ; 07:25 Wheeler Dealers 08:15 American Chopper 09:10 Dirty Jobs 10:05 Deadliest Catch 10:55 Ultimate Survival 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 How It’s Made ; 12:40

Extreme Engineering 13:35 Rides 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made ; 21:00 Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 22:00 River Monsters 23:00 Hillbilly Handfishin’ 00:00 Surviving Disaster 01:00 Surviving The Cut 01:55 Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 02:50 River Monsters 03:50 Hillbilly Handfishin’ 04:50 Surviving Disaster 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’

09:30 Swimming: World Short Course Championships Turkey 11:30 Fia World Touring Car Championship 12:30 Curling: European Championship Sweden 14:00 Biathlon: World Cup Austria 15:15 Biathlon: World Cup Slovenia – 16:30 Ski Jumping: World Cup Russia 18:00 Swimming: World Short Course Championships Turkey 20:00 Cross Country Skiing: World Cup Canada 20:30 Biathlon: World Cup Slovenia 21:30 Cross Country Skiing: World Cup Canada 22:15 Win-

ter Sports: Ski Pass 22:30 Fight Sport: Fight Club 00:00 Poker: European Poker Tour 01:00 Motorsports: Gta Road To Dubai 01:15 Biathlon: World Cup Slovenia 02:15 All Sports: Watts

05:40 Off The Map 06:25 Castle 07:10 Modern Family 07:35 Happy Endings 08:00 The Gates 08:50 Masterchef 09:40 Off The Map 10:25 Castle 11:10 Modern Family 11:35 Happy Endings 12:00 Scandal 12:50 The Listener 13:40 The Gates 14:30 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 15:20 Off The Map 16:05 Castle 16:50 Modern Family 17:15 Happy Endings 17:40 The Gates 18:30 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 19:20 Off The Map 20:10 Castle 21:00 Scandal 21:50 Castle 22:40 Modern Family 23:05 Happy Endings 23:30 Scandal 00:20 Castle 02:00 Off The Map 02:45 Modern Family 03:10 Happy Endings 03:35 Rita Rocks 04:00 The Gates 04:50 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

07:00 Pawn Stars 07:30 Stor-

age Wars 08:00 American Pickers 09:00 American Restoration 09:30 Storage Wars 10:00 Pawn Stars 10:30 Storage Wars 11:00 Ancient Aliens 12:00 Swamp People 13:00 Storage Wars 14:00 American Pickers 15:00 American Restoration 15:30 Storage Wars 16:00 Swamp People 17:00 Storage Wars 18:00 American Pickers 19:00 American Restoration 19:30 Storage Wars 20:00 Pawn Stars 20:30 Storage Wars 21:00 Ancient Aliens 22:00 Ice Road Truckers 23:00 Ax Men 00:00 Pawn Stars 00:30 Storage Wars 01:00 Ancient Aliens 02:00 Ice Road Truckers 03:00 Ax Men 04:00 American Pickers 05:00 American Restoration 05:30 Storage Wars 06:00 Ancient Aliens 07:30 Videofashion 08:00 Love In The Time Of Cholera 10:20 A Fork In The Road 12:10 Bullitt 14:05 Road 16:00 Brighton Rock 18:00 Fair Game 20:00 LTV Sports News 21:00 Miss Congeniality 23:00 Sunset Limited 00:40 Hustler TV 02:15 Action Zone 02:45 Dummy 04:30 Kiss The Girls 06:30 LTV Sports News

07:00 Chowder 07:25 The Marvelous Misadventures Of

Flapjack 07:50 The Tom & Jerry Show 08:15 Shaggy & ScoobyDoo Get A Clue! 08:40 Loonatics Unleashed 09:05 Superman: The Animated Series 09:55 The Looney Tunes Show 10:20 Tak & The Power Of Juju 10:45 Fanboy & Chum Chum 11:10 The X’s 11:35 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan 12:00 Dora The Explorer 12:25 Spongebob Squarepants 12:50 Spongebob Squarepants 13:15 The Mighty B! 13:40 My Life As A Teenage Robot 14:05 Hey Arnold! 14:30 Icarly 15:20 Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! 15:45 Justice League Unlimited 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 A’ Division Cyprus Soccer Championship 2012-13 19:00 Barclays Premier League Review 20:00 Makeover: Hunt Dog Edition 20:30 La Liga World 21:00 Barclays Premier League World 21:30 La Liga Show 2012-13 22:00 2011 World’s Strongest Man 23:00 Copa Del Rey 201213 01:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 03:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 05:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13

07:15 According To Jim 08:00 How To Make T N America 08:30 Pan Am 10:15 Gossip Girl 11:05 Ncis: Los Angeles 12:50 Strike

Back 13:40 According To Jim 14:30 Pan Am 16:05 2 Broke Girls 16:30 Chuck 17:15 Supernatural 18:55 Strike Back 19:45 Two And A Half Men 20:30 Eastbound & Down 21:00 The Closer 22:00 Harry’s Law 22:45 True Blood 23:45 Tell Me You Love Me 00:35 High Life 02:00 The Gumball Rally 03:45 2 Broke Girls 04:10 Chuck 04:55 Supernatural 06:25 Strike Back

07:30 Sins Of The Mother 09:00 Atl 11:00 Botched 12:45 Welcome To The Rileys 14:45 Without A Paddle: Nature’s Calling 16:45 Due Date 18:30 One Million Years Bc 20:15 Love Don’t Cost A Thing 22:00 Veronica Guerin 00:05 Daring! Tv 03:15 Change Of Plans 05:00 Runaway Train 06:50 Risky Business

05:05 Tt3d: Closer To The Edge 06:50 Glory 10:35 Cine News 11:30 The Last Flight 15:00 «Love Stories» Against All Odds 17:05 Cine News 17:50 Love Crime 19:40 John Carter 22:00 The Stone Angel 00:05 Seeking Justice 01:50 The Siege 03:45 Manolete

06:10 Wings Of The Dove 07:55 Cine News 08:55 There’s Something About Mary 10:55 Loufa Kai Parallagi: Sirines Sti Steria 12:50 Cine News 13:50 Fierce Creatures 15:25 Hollywood 1 On 1 16:00 Take Shelter 18:05 Jane Eyre 20:10 Limitless 23:45 My Father The Hero 01:20 Casino Jack 03:10 Cine News 04:10 Battle: Los Angeles

19:10 Anger Management 21:00 Rounders 23:05 Magic City 00:10 C.S.I. 01:00 Adult Zone

19:00 The Dilemma 21:00 The Hours 23:00 Love And Other Impossible Pursuits 00:50 Soul Surfer

07:00 Tortilla Flat 08:50 Penelope 10:30 Hotel Paradiso 12:10 Young Bess 14:05 Viva Las Vegas 15:35 Ten Thousand Bedrooms 17:35 Comedians, The 20:05 Clash Of The Titans 22:00 All Fall Down 23:50 Hot Millions 01:35 Two Weeks In Another Town 03:20 Mrs: Soffel 05:10 Dark Passage

By Preston Wilder

10,000 BC (Plus TV, 22.00) And the Great Warrior Tic’Tic came down from the Mountain of the Gods, walking tall through the Valley Without Sun, and spoke of the Legend of the Child With the Blue Eyes. “Fire still lives in these stones!” said Tic’Tic - he who carried the White Spear, and blew the Whistle for the hunt - and hurried on to further adventures. And the time was ... 10,000 BC! Easy to mock, but some of the visuals are impressive in this cheesy (but fun) prehistoric adventure, especially the climactic set with mammoths stampeding down a giant ramp while Erich Von Daniken-type aliens organise a Pyramid scheme; Cliff Curtis is our hero, the aforementioned Tic’Tic, taking a journey through uncharted

10,000 BC

territory to secure the future of his tribe - and not only is the territory uncharted, it’s also geographically suspect (a few days’ hike taking Tic’Tic and his comrades from snowy peaks to scorching Sahara) but you can’t expect coherence in this kind of movie. Made in 2008.

The Stone Angel (Novacinema1, 22.00) “Every journey has a beginning ... and every heart holds a secret,” intones Mr. Trailer Man, making this drama sound like a Harlequin romance - but in fact it’s something else altogether, a Canadian version of a much-loved 60s novel. Ellen Burstyn is our heroine, feisty 90-year-old Hagar who runs away from her

son and sister-in-law - who plan to put her in a nursing home - and thinks back over her long life in rural Manitoba. The pivotal event is her decision to get married against the wishes of her rich, doting father, who promptly disowns her - but the marriage turns out to be a turbulent one, and history repeats itself when Hagar’s own son takes up with a wild girl (Ellen Page) of whom she disapproves. The whole thing has a touch of TV movie, but it’s sensitively done and quite well acted by the two Ellens plus Christine Horne as young Hagar; “It’s not a funny feel-good movie,” warns Sharon from Canada at the Internet Movie Database, “it’s more along the lines of a feel and think movie”. I suppose a little thinking won’t kill us. Made in 2008.

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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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1 Sailor by the said entrance finds the bird (7) 5 Her husband is late (5) 8 Greatly honoured but always in debt (7) 9 Fine and settled, ready with the bazaar (3,4) 10 Dantean composition that’s moderately slow (7) 11 Malcolm shortly grips Rita – it’s to do with marriage (7) 14 Vain conservationist’s plea (7) 16 Strike on the leg-side in cricket, an infringement in rugby (5-2) 18 Imp does mischief, having taken advantage of another (7) 19 Missile I’d found in the river (7) 20 Had not liked what Edward had included (5) 21 The song in the act was performed later (7)

1 It’s thrown from ships and aircraft in the morning (6) 2 An entertaining twister (13) 3 Heard lady was leading unpleasant line of rulers (7) 4 Discordant wail going round luxury car on the peninsula (6) 5 Moved backwards and forwards undulating (5) 6 It is dreadful and we cannot do without it (4,9) 7 Large number had slice of cake first jammed (6) 12 Plunder new-fangled idol especially on the inside (7) 13 Thumbnail drawing? (6) 14 Sheffield perhaps made one (6) 15 Sidney took the lead but moved sideways (6) 17 Massage naked members (5)

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Answers to crossword 2260


CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Promised; 6 Mike; 8 Gutter; 9 Fetish; 10 Denominator; 11 At rest; 14 Thrill; 16 Fun and games; 20Versus; 21 Manana; 22 Mama; 23 Agar-agar. Down – 2 Round; 3 Matinée; 4 Serum; 5 Defunct; 6 Motet; 7 Kestrel; 12 Taffeta; 13 Tunisia; 15 Rumania; 17 Nesta; 18 Gamma; 19 Santa.

QUICK: Across – 1 Scaffold; 6 Lick; 8 Lancet; 9 Vagary; 10 Maliciously; 11 Stay up; 14 Saline; 16 Paracetamol; 20 Scampi; 21 Trough; 22 Alms; 23 Humanity. Down – 2 Charm; 3 Faculty; 4 Optic; 5 Devious; 6 Lagos; 7 Carry on; 12 Typical; 13 Peckish; 15 Lampoon; 17 Remus; 18 Totem; 19 Light.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

The call of faraway places may be strong. The desire to explore new options, to travel, and to take on new challenges may be pulling you in some fresh and excitingly different directions. It’s an excellent time to start a course or class or upgrade your skill-set. By adopting an efficient manner, it can help to impress the right people.

Love is in the air, as well as fun, pleasure and creativity. You may well be in your element and ready to grapple with and enjoy life. If you like sports or other engaging hobbies, put aside time and pick your pleasure. On the home front, you may decide to tackle decorating or DIY projects. A romantic involvement may also be set to blossom.

Today’s New Moon may well prove to be the best of the year for you, as it falls in your sign. Positive change in any area you choose is only a step away. Set your priorities and make a start. You’re in an upbeat mood, and ready for some fun. If a friend sends an invite, why not take it up. Yet the desire to splash out can also be high, so steel yourself!

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

It’s time to aim high and ponder goals for the future. In between the festive preparations, an idea may be calling to you. Make a few minutes a day to attend to it, and before long you may have set the groundwork for future success. Business plans may be subject to change. Today’s New Moon encourages a fresh start in a new direction.

You may host a party, or prepare a get-together or meal with friends. People seem to be drawn to spending time at your place. Expect to extend your close friendships. Folk can soon be trooping to your door to enjoy your hospitality. Single? Romance looks up. A meeting may encourage you to want to know more. Career wise, you’re determined.

You seem determined and eager to get your best laid plans off the ground. You may also be in a charitable mood, and ready to reach out to anyone who needs help. Today brings an opportunity to take up meditation, tai-chi or any other spiritual discipline which appeals. Good deeds done in the past may now bring a reward in the present.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Your partner may have big plans for you both, so you may be swept away in a flood of excitement. There’s a great opportunity to set yourselves a few challenges that encourage your spirit of adventure. It can also be a good day for business partnerships and for signing important documents. A hunch of yours could prove to be remarkably spot on.

You may be in the mood to envision some long range goals for yourself that could include further education, publishing or travel. If you ever wanted to write a book, today’s New Moon boosts your communication and might encourage you to make a start. At home, one project may be more difficult than you had thought, but stay determined.

Hard work may bring success. Your determination seems to be paying off. You radiate charisma and charm which endears others to you very rapidly. Socially, you can really sparkle as an animated side of your nature shines through. The stars encourage you to broaden your horizons with a chance to make friends with people from other countries or cultures.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

The New Moon places a happy accent on work and health issues. You seem to have a lot to talk about, making your day spicier and more interesting. It’s an excellent time to start a new health and diet regime. You’ll have more chance of sticking with it, if you can resist initial seasonal fayre. The social butterfly in you can also be good for business.

You could go out with the intention of buying gifts for friends and family, but you may end up buying something amazing for yourself instead. Why? Well, you may come across a bargain that’s simply too good to resist. There’s a chance of a bonus linked with your job too. You seem to be in the money. A romantic liaison needs careful nurturing.

Opportunity may knock on your door and bring a career matter sharply into focus. You may be busy replying to job advertisements or arranging interviews. The cosmos could bring a golden opportunity your way today. You may only need to be in the right place at the right time for something truly amazing to happen. Why not relax tonight with good friends?


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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 on 99839307. *****************************





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PROPERTY TO LET NICOSIA 2-BEDROOM FLAT with balcony in leafy side-street, Ayioi Omoloyites, near Hilton, walking distance to central Nicosia. Fully furnished including 2 double beds, fitted wardrobes, TV, fridge, oven, dining table & chairs. Recently refurbished with new kitchen. Private landlord. €550 pcm. ***************************** NEW LUXURY residence for rent, located in a prestigious area in Strovolos. It offers

***************************** FOR RENT OR SELL: 2 bedroom flat in Nikis Ave 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. ***************************** FLATS / HOUSES FOR RENT: studio Aglantzia €350, 1bdrm Ag. Andreas furnished €425, Hilton €400, Strovolos €350, Acropolis €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 *****************************

***************************** 2 ROOMS €125 each, near McDonald’s Engomi only Philippine girls. Call 99663927. ***************************** FOR RENT 3 B/R apartment fully furnished close to Central Bank. 3 W.C., fully airconditioned 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 car, recently painted. Rent €650pm. (furnished if required). Tel: 97773358. ***************************** LUXURY HOUSES:

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rooms, 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. 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 supermarket - Strovolos - €1200 – H4ST10007-R (photos in website). 15. 3 bedr detached house with extra room for office, 250sq.m, central heating independent, 4a/c, big renovated kitchen with cooker and oven, big sitting and dining room with parquet floor and fire place, 1bathroom, 2 shower, 3wc, 2 covered parking, double glazed windows and shutters in bedrooms, big verandas surrounded by trees and bushes off 28th October street in the central part of Makedo-

nitissa - Makedonitissa - €1100 – H3MAK0004-R (photos in website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22-422225/96422225/96422226,

bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, storage heaters, full a/c, shutters and blinds on the windows, covered parking in a quiet neighborhood off Prodromou close Ministry od Defence – Engomi- € 700 – A3ENG0026-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. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment on a small modern building with central heating independent(with petrol), full a/c, solid parquet floor, big bedrooms, big sitting room with open plan kitchen, big covered veranda, FULLY MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Makarios avenue in a quiet area near the centre – Nicosia Centre- € 800 – A2NIC0030-R (photos in 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, 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 €700 (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. 3 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor, big sitting and dining area, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, blinds, shutters in the bedrooms, big kitchen with all expensive electrical appliances, off Makarios avenue near the centre – Nicosia Centre- € 800 – A3NIC0025-R (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 machine, 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 ***************************** 2 BDRM flat in the centre of Nicosia. Rent €450. For information call 99453663, 99663927.

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1. 3 bedr luxury finished spacious floor apartment with very big sitting and dining areas with family room with fire place, solid parquet floor all throught, central heating independent, full a/c, all the bedrooms with en suite shower/bathroom, 4wc, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances, blinds on all windows, big covered veranda, covered parking, big storage room, on a small 3 storey building in a quiet neighborhood – Agios Andreas- € 1300 – A3AAD0005-R (photos 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. 3 bedr new luxury big apartment 150sq.m+big 25sq.m veranda with very nice view, big sitting and dining areas, big separate kitchen with all the electrical appliances, big



BEDROOM HOUSE IN EPISKOPI Split level 4-yearold 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 en-suite 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 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

LARNACA 1 BEDROOM two-storey maisonette for rent 200m from the sea on Larnaca-Dhekelia Road. No communal expenses fully furnished, heating and a/c, 1 bathroom - 270 euro a month . Call 99449556 ***************************** 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 *****************************

PAPHOS € 290 /mnth Acropolis Heights (a), Chlorakas (b) € 380 / mnth Universal area and Both are 2-bed houses, beautiful locations, in Cul-de-sacs, 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.


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1. TSADA €380 charming 2 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. Pets allowed at owners discretion. Website reference number: RTL_644 2. UNIVERSAL AREA €450 luxury modern 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment. Available fully furnished with modern furniture including plasma tv & satellite, fully equipped modern kitchen with top brand appliances. Situated on top floor with lift. Complex with communal pools & indoor gym. Great central location walking distance to bus routes & shops. Website reference number: RTL_395 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. 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 5. PEYIA €850 luxury spacious 3 bedroom 3 bathroom villa with automated garage, situated in a private residential area offering breathtaking sea views. This desirable villa offers central heating & real fireplace for those winter months. Manicured garden & private pool. Hot tub & bbq area. Modern fitted kitchen, separate utility room & games room. Website reference number: RTL_ 270 6. SECRET VALLEY €850 modern 3 bedroom bungalow, master with ensuite. Spacious modern kitchen, fully furnished with modern furniture. Landscaped garden with private pool offering stunning views. Situated in a quiet residential area. Website reference number: RTL_651 7. ANAVARGOS €895 we are delighted to offer this unique 5 bedroom 3 bathroom rustic country home offering spacious living accomodation with large gardens, private pool & stone built bbq & enter-

tainment area. Fully furnished with log burner for those winter months. A real character home worth viewing. Pets allowed. Website reference number: RTL_635 offers considered. 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 Email: info@ ***************************** 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, 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.

TO LET PAPHOS PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT. ***************************** 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.

TO LET PAPHOS 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. PLEASE CALL 96203009


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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

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 unfurnished 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 - LANDLORDS IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT, PLEASE CALL US!!!!!! Your Vision is our Mission

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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 en-sute, 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 en-suite, in culde-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 ***************************** A DELIGHTFUL AND SPACIOUS 1 bedroom apartment, F/F, top floor, new, located at a peaceful location 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 *****************************


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

***************************** 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

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1. MESA CHORIO – 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished ground floor apartment set on an elevated position in this prestigious development. Open plan living area. Good sized kitchen. 2 double, bedrooms, master with en-suite 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. €425.00 a month. 2 bed apartment same complex €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. €500.00 a month. Suit nondrivers! 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. €350.00 per month 4. TALA - 3 bed 3 bath quality furnished villa. Set in enclosed gardens the villa consists of open plan living area with dining space. Fully fitted kitchen with all appliances, door to rear garden. Storage room. Ground floor bedroom with adjacent shower. Stairs to two double bedrooms both en-

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.

TO LET PAPHOS suite, one with Jacuzzi tub. Small seating area with adjacent balcony. Pool and off street parking. Landscaped gardens €750.00 per month or close offers only 5. SEA CAVES – 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished large townhouse set in quiet location. Open plan living area. Fully fitted kitchen. 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom. Garden area and parking. Realistically priced. Suit retired people or those wanting a quiet area. €400.00 per month 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 per month. 7. LOWER PEYIA - 3 bed, 2.5 bath part furnished villa situated in quiet cul du sac. Open plan living and dining area with doors out to pool and garden. Very large breakfast fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 3 double bedrooms. Master bedroom very large with en-suite shower. Family bathroom. Private pool, gardens, shutters. €550.00 per month or close offers only. 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. Master with en-suite bathroom. Family bathroom. Enclosed gardens, pool and off street parking. Realistically priced €550.00 per month. OVNO FOR FULL LISTINGS OF APARTMENTS/TOWNHOUSES 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:- ***************************** REFURBISHED stone-built village house located in Kili


KATO PAPHOS UNIVERSAL, large 2 bedroom apartment, ground floor, 1 bathroom, kitchen, large veranda, private parking, A/C, satellite TV. Near bus route, shops, banks, quiet apartment. Full furniture. Communal pool. 92 sq.m covered area. Full TITLE DEEDS. REDUCED €92,000 ***************************** PAPHOS 1 bedroom apartment, fantastic central location, lounge/kitchen, bathroom, veranda, covered parking, communal pool, Furnished. Near all amenities. TITLE DEEDS NOW REDUCED €45,000. ***************************** 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT, TOMBS OF KINGS AREA, close to the sea, large private roof terrace with electric and water, covered parking, veranda, furnished, swimming pool. Full TITLE DEEDS, was €95,000 reduced to €65,000. ***************************** Chlorakas, 2 bedroom townhouse. Exceptional sea views. New kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom. Private parking, On mains sewage system. Communal pool. A/C, quality fixtures. Fully furnished. Security barrier. FULL TITLE DEEDS Now €92,000 Call 99716390. 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 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.

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

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

Rescue Co-ordination Centre ............................. 1441 (Immediate Response Service for Aeronautical or Maritime Accident & Incidents)



HOSPITALS ........ 1400





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


Paphos. Consists of 3 large rooms 1 small. Traditional wood burnt fireplace, fully tiled secluded yard and garage. Tel: 99210610.





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

Narcotics Helpline ......... 1410 (Outside hours.............. 22304160) 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)

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Sport IN BRIEF End of the road for Cypriot In-form basketball teams in Europe Clippers beat Bulls

Keravnos, ETHA and Apollon all lose again By Nemanja Bjedov VLADIMIR Tica poured in 30 points to help CSU Asesoft Ploiesti extinguish Keravnos Strovolos’ slim hopes of qualifying for the Last 16 of the FIBA EuroChallenge with a narrow 90-87 victory in their final Group B game on Tuesday night in Romania. “This was a very intense game in which both teams wanted to win. Unfortunately neither of us had a realistic chance of advancing, but we still tried to get the job done and return to Cyprus with another victory,” said Keravnos head coach Panayiotis Yiannaras. Although Finnish side Joensuun Kataja lost to Krasnye Krylia in Russia 66-58, the Cypriots needed a convincing victory in order to qualify, but they never came close as Ploiesti got back in the fourth quarter to record their only win of the campaign. Keravnos looked like at least finishing with a win as they held a 48-37 lead at half-time and then went 5643 up on Julian Vaughn’s dunk early in the third period. However, the hosts finished the period on a 12-4 run that saw them close the

Keravnos Strovolos needed a big win to qualify but went down to a narrow 90-87 defeat in Romania gap to just two points at 6664 on Catalin Burlacu’s three pointer. Tica then tied it to start the final quarter and Ivars Timermanis’ three-pointer gave the Romanians the lead which set up a tense fourth period as Keravnos held on to Ploiesti’s coat-tails to prevent a breakaway. The teams were tied at 7979 with 3:38 remaining before another Burlacu long range effort highlighted a 7-0 Ploiesti spurt. Antonio Crocker responded with a three-

pointer to make it 86-82 with 23 seconds to go, but Burlacu and Robert Nyakundi hit key free throws down the stretch and Lawrence Kinnard missed a desperate late heave for Keravnos as the home team were jubilant. Burlacu ended the game with 25 points for CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, while Adrian Tudor chipped in with 11. Crocker led Keravnos Strovolos with 19 points, while Bobby Maze added 18. Vaughn and Panayiotis Trisokkas had 13 and 10

points respectively. “We played well in the first half as we managed to control the pace of the game and hit quite a few shots from behind the arc, but in the second half their defence was much better and it forced us to turn the ball over many times,” assessed Keravnos guard Maze. Elsewhere on the night in Group A, Cypriot champions ETHA suffered another humiliating defeat, this time 105-61 to Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkey, while Limassol out-

fit Apollon were thrashed 88-64 by French team BCM Gravelines in Group G. “We played against a really strong team tonight who I believe will go through to the final stages of this competition. They were very aggressive from the beginning of the game and we could not deal with that approach from the second quarter onwards. After ending our European journey we can now fully focus on the domestic league,” ETHA’ head coach Kyriakos Adamou said.

Priestland ‘will cope well with injury’ as Welsh dealt blow By Andrew Baldock

Get well soon: Rhys Priestland ruptured an Achilles tendon and will miss Wales’ defence of their Six Nations crown

WALES star Rhys Priestland has been backed to cope with the mental and physical agony of an injury that means he will miss this season’s entire RBS 6 Nations Championship. The Scarlets fly-half’s hopes of touring Australia with the British and Irish Lions next summer also appear to be over after he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The 25-year-old, who was hurt in last weekend’s Heineken Cup game against Exeter, underwent surgery on Tuesday and faces six months out of action. It has left Wales nursing another major injury headache less than two months before they launch their Six Na-

tions title defence. The casualty count greeting interim head coach Rob Howley currently runs into double figures. Howley, in charge for the Six Nations while Warren Gatland prepares full-time to head up the Lions tour, faces being without Priestland, prop Aaron Jarvis, lock Alun-Wyn Jones and flanker Dan Lydiate when Wales tackle opening opponents Ireland and France. Full-back Leigh Halfpenny, centre Jamie Roberts and lock Ian Evans, meanwhile, are unlikely to make their playing returns until shortly before the tournament starts, while the likes of George North, Richard Hibbard and Adam Jones have also had injury issues. In the meantime, all thoughts are with Priestland

as he begins a long recovery process. “It’s a big blow for Rhys and for our region to lose a player of his quality and influence in our team,” Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby said. “He was coming through well in the last couple of games of the autumn, put in a strong performance against Australia and was making a real impact on our game against Exeter, so it’s very difficult for him to take. “But he will get plenty of support from here throughout the injury period. “I am sure that a player of his experience, intelligence and ability will deal with this very well, and after a couple of weeks away to recover from the surgery he will be back and can be a very positive influence in our environment.”

CHRIS Paul stood tall in the final minute to protect the Clippers’ lead and help Los Angeles to a 94-89 win over the Chicago Bulls, their seventh straight victory. With Los Angeles leading by just two points in the last minute, Paul twice pushed the Clippers’ edge back to four with a jumper and two free throws and finished with his team’s final five points to seal the road victory. It was the seventh successive win for the Clippers (15-6), their longest stretch since taking eight straight in the 1991-92 campaign. “Our team is amazing because it’s a team effort every night,” Paul told reporters. “We don’t have a guy who’s going to score 30 or 40.” Paul finished with 18 points, Blake Griffin added 22 and 10 rebounds and Los Angeles also got 34 points from their bench. Carlos Boozer led the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who fought back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to make the Clippers sweat. Chicago (11-9), still playing without Derrick Rose as well as Richard Hamilton, had a three-game win streak snapped. Trailing early, the Bulls surged ahead in the third where an 18-6 run gave them a 60-57 advantage. The Clippers turned the tables late in the third quarter as their reserves made an impact.

UCI in World Series talks A NEW cycling World Series featuring 10 grand prix races could be in place as soon as 2014. Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has confirmed it is in talks with Omega Pharma-QuickStep owner Zdenek Bakala, who would finance the project. World Series Cycling claims eight teams are contracted to the series, which would run alongside the three Grand Tours - of Italy, France and Spain. Team Sky are yet to agree to take part in the series of four-day events. The series is not certain to get off the ground with the UCI holding the key to further developments, but London-based sports promoters Gifted Group, who are backing the project, remain confident it will take place.

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Sport Australia open post Ponting era against Sri Lanka

Confident England desperate to seal series triumph

By Nick Mulvenney

‘It’s going to be one hell of a battle out there’ By David Clough ALASTAIR Cook’s England will try to clear their final hurdle in India with depleted resources but a collective strength of purpose. Stuart Broad is already out of contention for the final Test with a bruised heel and fellow seamer Steven Finn’s participation is in grave doubt after scans revealed the source of pain in his lower back as a disc strain. Cook is nonetheless convinced that what England may lack in fit bodies will be countered by their will to finish what they have started. One more victory, or even a draw, in Nagpur will turn an unassailable 2-1 lead into series victory, the like of which England have not known since 27-year-old Cook was a babe in arms. It will be a remarkable achievement, all the more so if it comes to pass without the help of Finn in particular when the final Test gets under way at the VCA Stadium today. Cook is confident he still has the right men on his side to help make his first tour as permanent captain one to remember. “We always desperately wanted to win this series and we’ve got an opportunity to try to do that,” he said.

“We know how hard we’ve worked over these last couple of games and we’ve got to do it again.” Successive victories, by 10 wickets and seven in Mumbai and Kolkata respectively, have brought England this far, all after a chastening opening defeat in Ahmedabad. “I don’t think they’ll say it’s been easy,” Cook said of his team. “There is a lot of skill and hard work that’s gone into it. “I’ve got to ask the guys from one to 11 in the lucky XI who get to play on Thursday to produce that same kind of guts and determination we’ve shown in the last two games again.

A CHANCE “We’re here to do a job and that job is still on. We said at the beginning of the series we wanted to win it and we’ve put ourselves in a situation where we’ve got a chance to do that, and we’re desperately keen not to let that chance go.” Cook must set aside the magnitude of what is almost within England’s grasp to ensure they raise their game one last time. “Always on the eve of any Test match, you’re nervous,” he added. “It’s an incredible situation we find ourselves in and we’ve played some really good cricket to get there.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the character we’ve shown. I think I said after Ahmedabad that if we could play close to our potential we have a chance of winning. “That last game was a real team effort from everyone. You can’t really fault any of the guys, the way we contributed, and we’re going to need more of that here.” While England grapple with the injury troubles so often the bane of touring teams, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hosts are fire fighting themselves as critics seek answers as to why India are in danger of a first home series defeat since 2004. However, Cook unsurprisingly made it clear England will waste no energy contemplating the plight of their opponents. “It’s not for us to worry about, what’s happening in the other camp,” he added. “They’re going to be desperately keen not to let their home record be broken, just as keen as we are to try to break it. “So it’s going to be a hell of a battle out there.” If England win the series, in the same city where Cook marked his Test debut six years ago with a maiden century, the cricketers will at last have some of the limelight after being overshadowed for much of 2012 by the sporting excellence of so many other Britons.

Contrasting fortunes: England captain Alastair Cook (top) has racked up the runs in the series so far, while Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar has really struggled

US to name Ryder Cup captain By Larry Fine

Media have speculated that Tom Watson (above) and Larry Nelson were among the leading candidates for the job

THE United States will announce their new Ryder Cup captain today, breaking with tradition by revealing his identity on breakfast television. The PGA of America said the captain would be introduced on NBC’s Today Show before attending a formal news conference near the top of New York City’s Empire State Building. The new captain will take charge of the 12-man American team for the next Ryder Cup against Europe, at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2014, replacing Davis Love III. The U.S. lost the most recent Ryder Cup, held on the outskirts of Chicago in September, after blowing a four-point lead heading into the final day. Europe equalled the biggest comeback ever with their surge in the Sunday singles matches to win 14-

1/2 to 13-1/2 for their seventh Ryder Cup victory in the last nine editions of the biennial match play event. “I’m going to tell you, we’re tired of losing,” PGA of America president Ted Bishop told reporters this week, while praising the efforts of Love. “That’s the bottom line.” The PGA has kept a close guard on the name of the new captain, although local media have speculated that Tom Watson and Larry Nelson were among the leading candidates for the job. Watson, a winner of five British Open titles, captained the U.S. team to their last victory on European soil, a 15-13 win at The Belfry. Nelson, who took up golf at the advanced age of 21 after returning from serving in U.S. Army in Vietnam, won the PGA Championship (1981 and 1987) and U.S. Open (1983). The United States has not had a repeat captain since

Jack Nicklaus in 1987, the year Europe won for the first time on U.S. soil. PGA chief Bishop hinted that Thursday’s announcement could bring a surprise. “I’m looking forward to Thursday because I think we’ve done something a little bit different,” he said. Asked about Watson, who recently expressed an interest in taking another turn as Ryder Cup captain, Bishop said the PGA was only interested in setting the team up for success. “The role of the PGA of America in naming a Ryder Cup captain should not be to name somebody to reward them for their previous playing experiences. We need to look for captains that are going to put our team in the best position to win it,” said Bishop. “We’re tired of losing. And whether it’s him or its somebody else, that’s what our mission is.”

AUSTRALIA open the post-Ricky Ponting era with three Tests against Sri Lanka over the next four weeks, desperate to build on the positives from a thrilling series against South Africa and hoping to emerge with the opposite outcome. The men in baggy green caps went blow-for-blow with the Proteas for much of their three-Test series before falling to a 309-run defeat when the world’s top-ranked Test side finally hit their stride in Perth last week. The hosts will be confident of coming out on top in tests in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, even if the bowling unit is still counting the cost of injuries and Ponting’s retirement means more than just a new look to the Australian batting line-up. “Ricky’s departure leaves a massive hole in the dressing room, not just in terms of his batting, but the aura he brings to the dressing room and his intensity around training and his cricket nous,” coach Mickey Arthur said after the Perth defeat. “We’ve got to find a way to fill that. I’ve had a chat to a couple of other players, we need someone to stand up and fill that void.” Sri Lanka have never won a single Test, never mind a Test series, in Australia and while they boast a strong batting line-up, their own bowling unit looks a little thin on experience. What Sri Lanka lack in experience in the pace bowling unit, they have made up for in quantity with Chanaka Welegedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep all included in the 16-man squad. There is no shortage of experience among the batsmen and in Kumar Sangakkara, skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan, they have a core of quality batsmen in their mid-30s keen to bring an end to their Australia win drought. “When you do get older, you do look for achievements where you haven’t really tasted victory so here and in India we have Test matches still to win,” Sangakarra said in Hobart this week. With South Africa and Australia enjoying summer at the same time of year, the five-Test series between them so many cricket fans wanted to see was never likely. Instead, Sri Lanka have been honoured with Melbourne’s Boxing Day Test and the New Year Test in Sydney and they will be determined to ensure the series is not an anti-climax.


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Sport All World Cup venues will be ready, says Brazil By Mike Collett

Corinthians, the first team since 1978 to win South America’s premier club competition without losing a game, survived a second-half onslaught from Egypt’s Al-Ahly to advance to the showpiece final

Corinthians reach Club final Corinthians 1 Al-Ahly 0 By Alastair Himmer CORINTHIANS beat African champions Al-Ahly 1-0 yesterday to reach the final of the Club World Cup but the Brazilian side failed to impress as they set up a potential showdown with Chelsea. Peru striker Paolo Guerrero twisted superbly to head the winner for the Libertadores Cup holders on the half-hour mark to the de-

Africans Al-Ahly go down fighting as South American champions through light of the Corinthians fans in Toyota. “We were expecting a difficult match,” Corinthians coach Tite told reporters. “We had huge responsibility on us to win and mentally we were under a lot of pressure.” Corinthians, the first team since 1978 to win South America’s premier club competition without losing

a game, survived a secondhalf onslaught from Egypt’s Al-Ahly to advance. Chelsea, whose defence of their Champions League title ended in the group stage last week, face Mexico’s Monterrey in the other semi-final in Yokohama today (12.30pm). The Chelsea players, stopping to watch the second half of the game in Yokoha-

ma’s mixed zone after training, will have seen precious little to worry them from the Brazilians. Ramy Rabia and Elsayed Hamdi missed gilt-edged chances for Al-Ahly, whose players are still scarred by a stadium riot in which more than 70 fans died earlier this year. Al-Ahly coach Hossam El Badry could hardly mask

his disappointment after his side failed to take their chances after dominating the second half. “I’m frustrated that we lost because it was a really good performance,” he told reporters. “We made a mistake and got punished but we deserved to win the game.” European sides have won the last five editions of the Club World Cup, Barcelona lifting the trophy in 2009 and 2011. Many fans have made the long trip from Brazil to cheer on Corinthians, the first winners of the FIFA competition in 2000.

Ibrahimovic hat-trick helps PSG thrash Valenciennes By Julien Pretot

The Swedish superstar netted his maiden Ligue 1 treble

ZLATAN Ibrahimovic continued his devastating run of scoring form when he netted his maiden Ligue 1 hat-trick to inspire Paris St Germain to a clinical 4-0 win at Valenciennes on Tuesday night. Ibrahimovic, who has now netted 17 goals in 14 league appearances, helped secondplaced Paris St Germain cut Olympique Lyon’s lead to two points before the seventime French champions travelled to basement side Nancy last night. PSG have 32 points from 17 games and lead third-placed Olympique Marseille, who played at Bastia last night, by three points. Valenciennes, who were unbeaten at home, remain fifth on 26 points after the beating they suffered in the Stade du Hainaut. “Our confidence has been growing,” PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi told Canal Plus. “We beat a team who were unbeaten at home, and

in style.” PSG, who had suffered a run of three defeats in five league games, have now won their last three matches in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and conceding one. They next face Lyon in a top-of-the-table clash at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. “We’re confident. It is surely going to be a spectacular match,” said Matuidi. Valenciennes had the first chance after nine minutes when Matthieu Dossevi’s sweet low shot went just wide. PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu then did well to punch away Nicolas Isimat-Mirin’s header as the visitors struggled to contain Valenciennes. However, PSG went ahead against the run of play after 29 minutes through Ibrahimovic and never looked back. Pastore found Jeremy Menez with a clever back heel and the France forward’s shot was deflected into the path of Ezequiel Lavezzi, whose attempt was steered past goal-

keeper Nicolas Penneteau by PSG’s Sweden striker. The visitors’ Dutch centre back Alex was replaced by Mamadou Sakho on the stroke of halftime after picking up an injury. Ibrahimovic doubled his tally five minutes into the second half when he poked the ball home after Penneteau parried Pastore’s volley into his path. Ibrahimovic, who had already scored five doubles in the league this season, completed his treble four minutes later, tapping in Menez’s cross from the left. Lavezzi, who has been approaching the form that made him a fans’ favourite at Napoli, rounded off the victory in the 83rd at the end of a solo run after being nicely set up by Marco Verratti’s through ball. Nice beat nine-man Stade Rennes 1-0 thanks to a 66thminute Dario Cvitanitch penalty after Jean-Armel KanaBiyikand Yassine Jebbour were sent off in the 52nd and 64th minutes respectively.

MANAUS, one of the 12 cities due to stage World Cup matches in Brazil in 18 months, will be ready on time, despite fears expressed by FIFA, Brazil’s deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes said yesterday. “There is no threat whatsoever to any of the 12 host cities not being ready in time,” Fernandes told international journalists. “We are confident that all the host cities are confirmed and there are no threats to any of them.” Last month, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke expressed concern that Manaus would not be ready in time. “For us, the Brazilian government and our partners at municipal and state level the World Cup is an historic opportunity to ferment national development and that involves establishing regional development throughout the country,” Fernandes added. “Manaus is in the heart of the Amazon jungle and that has added to the complexity of organising the World Cup there. It is not an area that has easy access as other cities do so it demands special attention because of the specific nature of the city. “But we are in continuous discussions with the state government in terms of guaranteeing that all essential investment in terms of having the World Cup there is in place. “I don’t think it is correct to say it is behind schedule with respect to what is essential for the World Cup to be there but there are a number of special challenges. Boats have to get there because they are going to be used as accommodation during the World Cup. We have to discuss whether people will stay there for the games or stay in other regions and fly in for games. There is no obstacle in place that will threaten Manaus hosting matches in 2014.” Fernandes said the government were well aware that operations and management of Brazil’s airports needed to be improved before both the World Cup and next year’s Confederations Cup tournament which is taking place in six of the 12 World Cup venues. “What you are seeing today at the airports will not be the same as you will see for the tournaments. We have plans in place for match days, and match days minus one and plus one. We are confident the operations in the airports will be vastly improved.” While there is work still to be done at all the stadiums, the first to be finished, the 65,000-seater Arena Castelao in Forteleza will be inaugurated on Sunday with president Dilma Rousseff attending a concert by a local band. The first match will be played there on January 27.

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Lambert enjoys the Cup that cheers after Aston Villa rout

Colback calls for more Sunderland victories

Young guns through to League Cup last four

By Damian Spellman

By John Curtis MANAGER Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa’s Capital One Cup run is helping to make amends to supporters who have endured “two years of heartache.” Villa reached the 2010 final of the competition, losing 2-1 in controversial fashion to Manchester United, but since then their fortunes have nosedived. Manager Martin O’Neill quit five days before the start of the following season after guiding Villa to three successive top-six finishes in the Barclays Premier League. Villa then flirted with relegation under Gerard Houllier and former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish, who failed to win over the fans and was ordered to slash the wage bill. Lambert has since put the accent on youth - the average age of the squad is less than 24 - after spending £22 million in the summer and Villa are facing a battle to preserve their top-flight status. But there have been signs of improvement and a fourgame unbeaten league run was followed up with Tuesday’s 4-1 win at Norwich to secure a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals. Lambert said: “I think we are an easy target for people saying we are a young side and all that, but the reality is we’ve been playing very well despite a tough run of fixtures. “We’ve come through a really hard run with the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal in successive matches.

That’s really, really demanding with a young team. “They need a bit of help but if you can give them time, and keep that collective spirit with the crowd we’ve got, they’ll drive us on. “We have done well going back to the last round of the cup at Swindon and then the win at Sunderland. I think in the last eight or nine games the only two defeats have been against the Manchester clubs. “The cup win is a huge win for us and to have a semifinal, with full houses home and away, will be brilliant for the club.” Former Canaries boss Lambert added: “The club has had a lot of heartache for the past two years or so and fans haven’t had a lot to shout about. “But the semi-final really gives supporters something to look forward to in the New Year and is brilliant for the club. “We have had the youngest team in Aston Villa’s history, which is an incredible achievement and hopefully shows in the future, given time, that we can build on it and have a good side. “We are slowly but surely getting there. We’re doing really fine. It’s another building block.” Villa were yesterday assessing the extent of the hamstring injury suffered by striker Darren Bent which meant his first start for nearly two months lasted barely half an hour at Carrow Road. Lambert said: “It was a shame because I thought he looked pretty sharp for his

first game in a while. Hopefully it’s not too bad.” But there was again evidence of Lambert having other firepower to call upon via two-goal substitute Andreas Weimann and Belgian international Christian Benteke, who netted the final goal. Lambert said: “One thing about Andy Weimann is that he is a natural finisher. “Whether he was getting X amount of money or whatever, you will get the same out of him in every game, which is testament to himself. “I left him out just to give him a rest, because he had run himself into the ground in the two Manchester games and against Arsenal, but he is a natural goalscorer. “He knows the game pretty decent for someone so young and certainly knows where the goal is, that is for sure.” As for £7million summer signing Benteke, Lambert said: “You run out of things to say about the guy with the way he has been performing and how young he is. “I thought the football club needed somebody like him and I knew the Belgian manager because I had played against him and I spoke to Marc (Wilmots) just to find a bit out about his character. “We kept on persevering and managed to get him. The guy has been an absolute dream to work with, fantastic. “I have watched him in the Belgian national team and he is more than holding his own in that company. He just seems to bring that form here and has been absolutely fantastic for us.”

That’s the way to do it: two-goal substitute Andreas Weimann was Villa’s main man against Norwich at Carrow Road

Toure: bright future for Balotelli

Mario Balotelli was hauled off by Roberto Mancini against Manchester United after an ineffective display

MANCHESTER City midfielder Yaya Toure is confident his team-mate Mario Balotelli is destined to be one of the top strikers in English football, despite the Italy international’s ineffective showing at the weekend. Balotelli endured a frustrating time of it after being named in City’s starting XI for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League derby clash with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, struggling to make an impact and being taken off early in the second half of the contest, which the visitors eventually won 3-2. The 22-year-old has had plenty of ups and downs since joining City in 2010 and looked a dejected figure at the end of this latest chapter in his Blues career, reacting to being substituted by heading straight down the tunnel. And Toure is convinced that, despite all Balotelli’s stormy moments, it will be a bright future. “Mario is an unbelievable

player, but sometimes he can be angry with himself,” said Toure, quoted on the Manchester Evening News website. “All players need to improve, and I talk all the time with Mario. “This year especially he has been working hard in training, and improving well, but sometimes in the game you can get so disappointed when you lose small things. “But he has fantastic character, and I know he will be one of the top strikers in the Premier League.” On Tuesday, City manager Roberto Mancini insisted Balotelli is not for sale. After Sunday’s derby Mancini said: “When you have a player that has Mario’s quality, you cannot understand why he continues to throw it out of the window.” Those remarks in turn fed speculation over Balotelli’s future at the Etihad Stadium, with reports the former Inter Milan frontman could return to the San Siro in a loan move to AC Milan.

But Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Balotelli has enormous quality, he is not for sale. “He is a player of 22 years old who has the quality to change a game at any time. I hope this moment will come soon.” Mancini also played down suggestions City could move for a host of Serie A players in January. The Italian has no intention of resurrecting his summer approach for Roma’s Daniele de Rossi and also denied any interest in Wesley Sneijder, who is out of favour at Inter Milan amid a contract dispute. AC Milan’s Stephane El Shaarawy, Serie A’s top scorer, was another name mentioned but Mancini said: “I do not think we can take him, Milan have found a great champion for the future. “We tried to take De Rossi in the summer, the deal is not going anywhere and the story is over. I think De Rossi remains at Rome, I do not think he will leave.”

SUNDERLAND midfielder Jack Colback has warned his team-mates their recovery mission has only just started. The Black Cats hauled themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and into the relative comfort of 15th place as a result of their 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Reading on Tuesday night night. However, with trips to Manchester United and Southampton, as well visits to the Stadium of Light by Manchester City and Tottenham, to come before the turn of the year, adding significantly to their 16-point tally could prove difficult. Colback said: “We certainly feel more comfortable than when we were 18th, that’s for sure. “We knew how important this game was and we have won it. There’s a lot of relief. “We knew coming into it how big a game it was. We have not performed how we would have liked this season and we have not really had the rub of the green very much so far. “But we knew coming into it that it was a must-win game and we produced on the night. “But that’s not even half the job done. We know we are down there where we don’t want to be and where we shouldn’t be, and we need to start winning more games, especially here, and giving the fans something to cheer about.” The win was just Sunderland’s third in 24 league fixtures dating back to last season, and their first against a side finishing with 11 men since March. However, club sources were at pains to point out privately beforehand that manager Martin O’Neill was under no pressure despite speculation to the contrary in some quarters and that was a message hammered home in person by owner and chairman Ellis Short in an impromptu and for-information-only briefing in the press room at the Stadium of Light before kick-off. Nevertheless, O’Neill’s players produced a performance which proved too powerful for hapless Reading, who fell behind with less than three minutes on the clock and never looked like recovering. It was Republic of Ireland international James McClean who did the early damage, latching on to keeper Adam Federici’s weak punch and drilling a low left-foot shot home to mark the first anniversary of his senior debut in style. Striker Steven Fletcher deftly back-heeled Danny Rose’s 28th-minute cross home to extend the lead. Although the Black Cats had to wait for injury time at the end of the game to wrap up the victory with Stephane Sessegnon’s strike, the points had in reality been safe for some time.

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Club World Cup means so much, says star Mata Chelsea ready for semi with Monterrey By Simon Johnson


Not good enough: the under-fire Gunners lost a penalty shootout to lowly Bradford City in the fourth round of the League Cup

Pressure mounting as Wenger in denial By John Mehaffey ARSENE Wenger appeared a man in denial after his hapless Arsenal side were knocked out of the League Cup by a fourth tier English club who avoided relegation to non-league football by only six points last season. Before an Arsenal side close to full strength had been humiliatingly defeated on penalties by Bradford City on Tuesday night, Wenger complained that the dressing room facilities were not what his team were accustomed to. Arsenal then played like a team who did not fancy any aspect of a freezing midweek night in the north of England against committed opponents who fully deserved their victory after the sides were locked at 1-1 following extra time. Asked afterwards if he was embarrassed on an evening when his team, who with the exception of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere created pretty patterns but failed to generate any real urgency or penetration, Wenger apparently saw no fault with his players. “You feel embarrassed when you don’t give everything. I feel the team did fight and will be more disappointed and frustrated,” he told Sky Sports. “I cannot fault the effort. We have put the effort in and have given absolutely everything until the last minute. It was a typical English Cup game and Bradford got on top of us in the end. We missed three penalties - that’s a lot to take.” English bookmakers reacted with a far less charitable verdict, giving odds of 4/1 that Wenger will be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. William Hill quoted odds of 4/6 that Arsenal, who have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, will not win another under Wenger. Wenger, who a decade ago used the League

Cup as a proving ground for his seemingly unlimited pool of youthful talent, took advantage of playing their next league game on Monday to play eight of the team who beat West Bromwich Albion last Saturday. They still could not defeat a Yorkshire side who have tumbled down the divisions and his team’s glaring deficiencies will add to the fans’ frustrations and a growing belief that the Wenger model has finally broken. Wenger, in charge of the north London club for the past 16 years, possesses admirable but ultimately incompatible obsessions. A commitment to attacking football at all costs has made Arsenal irresistible at their best and always consistently entertaining. But flawed defence, particularly in the air, persist and the appointment of former defender Steve Bouldas Wenger’s assistant appears to have made no difference. Wenger also has a commendable commitment to balancing the books, spending less on buying players than the club makes on sales. However, the result has been a steady exodus of the club’s best performers, including Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, with Theo Walcott set to become the sixth first team regular to leave in less than two years. Wenger still guided Arsenal to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 13th successive time this season but that is likely to be the summit of their ambitions in Europe. They lie seventh in the Premier League. Swansea recently defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates in the Premier League, a result which enraged sections of the Arsenal faithful. After Tuesday’s loss, not only the fans will be questioning the future of the man who has brought three Premier League titles to the club accompanied by a revolution in style.

UAN MATA insists Chelsea are taking the FIFA World Club Cup seriously because winning the trophy will provide the lift they need to challenge Manchester United for the Premier League. Chelsea play Mexican side Monterrey in Yokohama, Japan, today for a place in Sunday’s final. There have been suggestions that the tournament is an inconvenience to Chelsea and that it means more to the other clubs, including Monterrey and Brazilian club Corinthians, to come out on top. But with Chelsea earning their place courtesy of winning the Champions League in May, Mata believes it’s crucial they play with pride and end the year on a high. The team have struggled recently and are already 10 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United. By the time Chelsea play their next League game, against Aston Villa on December 23, they could be 16 points off top spot. But Mata believes winning the FIFA Club World Cup will provide a massive boost for them to start mounting a fightback on their return. “It will be perfect,” he said. “We know that December is a crucial month for English teams. “We are playing a lot of games in the Premier League and are now in Japan but if we win this trophy it will be a big step forward for the rest of the season. “Once we are back from Asia we have to keep winning games in the Premier League. And let’s not forget that we are alive in the rest of the competitions too - FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Europa League. The club have never won this one and we will try to add it to our trophy cabinet. “The FIFA Club World Cup is huge for Corinthians and for the Mexican team. It’s amazing for them but for us as well. We are playing in this tournament because we won the Champions League, which was one of the best moments in our lives and now we want to be world champions. “It will make it an amazing year for Chelsea and for all

Football on the brain: Chelsea’s Spanish stars Juan Mata (top) and Fernando Torres in training this week ahead of their FIFA Club World Cup clash with Mexico’s Monterrey the supporters. “There are a lot of great players who have never had the chance to play in this tournament and we don’t want to miss it. You never know when you will be playing this again.

FOCUSED “We have got into a routine on the training pitch in Japan and are focused on what the manager wants us to do. It’s not easy because everything has changed, the ball, the pitch, even the clothes, but we are trying to train properly and be focused on the first game.” Chelsea are perceived to be at a disadvantage because they arrived so late into Japan, which is nine hours ahead of London, having flown straight there after

their League victory at Sunderland on Saturday. Manager Rafa Benitez has not had much time to prepare his players but Victor Moses insists they will be ready to face Monterrey. He added: “The first days were a little bit tiring because everyone had jet-lag and it was all about getting used to the time difference but we are used to it now and we are enjoying every minute of it.” BRAZIL’S CORINTHIANS REACH FINAL PAGE 30


English daily newspaper 13/12/2012


English daily newspaper 13/12/2012