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INSANITY NEVER ENDS AT THE PALAZZO DE POPOLO INSIDE Cyprus Massive failings in child safety 4

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Budget stays under wraps Cabinet give its approval but says it must go to troika By Jacqueline Agathocleous

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ISCUSSIONS on the 2013 budget wrapped up yesterday, and includes cutting public service jobs by 1,000 but the details must still be put to prospective international lenders, officials said. Cabinet ministers meeting yesterday concluded the draft budget, but officials said figures could change pending discussions with the troika - lenders from the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission. It is unclear when negotiations would start, though officials have said they anticipate talks in October. Some EU officials have estimated Cyprus’s needs at €10 billion, more than 50 per cent of the country’s €17 billion GDP. The island, a euro zone member since 2008, was forced to seek an international bailout in June to support its banks battered by exposure to debt-crippled Greece. Speaking after yesterday’s cabinet meeting, government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou – accompanied by Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly – said the approved budget was different to others, as it was prepared with an eye on the bailout negotiations. “It continues to be a tight budget, to correct the structural problems and distortions which have existed in the Cypriot econ-

omy for many years,” said Stefanou. Having in mind the current economic circumstances and the imminent negotiations with the troika, Stefanou said the budget’s basic aims were to further restrict public expenditures and to support growth. “The 2013 budget provides a further reduction of public servants by one thousand, by continuing the policy of one employment in every four retirements in the public service, as well as the cancellation of 987 permanent positions and rationalisation of the benefits given,” said Stefanou. To support growth, the government has prioritised the projects, he said. “Town-planning, road, water and sewerage works are being promoted as are works in the health sector such as the expansion of Larnaca hospital,” said Stefanou. The government said recently that all non-essential public projects were being put on hold. Stefanou added that depending on negotiations with the troika – and the government’s own counterproposals, which he said would first be agreed with the parties and social partners – “the government will arrange with the House of Representatives when the budget will be tabled and voted on”. Therefore, said Stefanou, “no more information will



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Stefanou says the state and parliament must cooperate (continued from front page) be given about the budget that was discussed at today’s cabinet meeting”. “These are delicate times. Government and parliament need to find the best possible way to do this, in a way that will help Cyprus negotiate with the troika,” said Stefanou. Asked when the budget was expected to be submitted to the House – considering the Constitution provides an October 1 deadline – Stefanou said this was why consultations were demanded with the House. “We will see”, he added. The troika has already presented the government with its proposals, calling for pay cuts in the public sector, privatisations and pension reforms, which the government opposes, prompting

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CYPRUS TODAY No malware, sites safe, CyTA says A GLITCH emerged on a number of Cypriot websites yesterday, when users received a warning that the sites were unsafe and there was serious risk of downloading malware. CyTA said any computers receiving the message should clear their caches and cookies as the phenomenon was being caused by a virus, which was affecting connections. It said the sites were clean and did not contain malware. “It is a false message caused by a virus,” a CyTA technician said. The problem surfaced on many local news sites, including the Cyprus Mail, Politis, Phileleftheors, Sigmalive, CyBC and Stockwatch among others, particularly when the sites were accessed through Google Chrome. It was possible to access some of the sites, but not all, using Internet Explorer instead of Chrome. One of the affected sites,, claimed what happened was a glitch and that it was safe to bypass the warning and proceed to the sites as they did not contain malware. Either that or users could just type the site’s URL into the address bar. Other Cypriot sites such as the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Cyprus Airways, CyTA and the government’s web portal did not display the malware messages when accessed.

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Mother and children safely home THE PREGNANT Cypriot woman and her two children, who were trapped in Syria since mid August, have safely returned to the island, a foreign ministry source told the Cyprus News Agency yesterday. “It was a difficult exit, but we finally managed to get them out of Syria,” said the source. The woman, who is in advanced stages of pregnancy, and her children were first taken to Amman in Jordan, where they received medical treatment, before being flown to Cyprus. This was the third time local authorities had to help repatriate Cypriots trapped in the Syrian warzone. On August 24, a mother and her three underage children were brought over from Damascus, via Jordan, and on August 29, another Cypriot who was trapped in Aleppo – this time through Cairo. The ministry source said there were still a number of Cypriots living permanently in Syria, who however have not requested assistance to leave the country.


Fodder for the parties Opposition have a field day with AKEL chief’s comment on ‘euro exit’ By Jacqueline Agathocleous DESPITE the government’s insistence that there is no question of Cyprus leaving the eurozone, opposition parties said yesterday the damage from the AKEL leader’s statement that it might, had already been done. Andros Kyprianou told news website on Friday that if the measures proposed by the troika were too severe, exiting the eurozone was “certainly” an option. The party later said his comments were distorted though it didn’t deny yesterday that it would consider “alternative options” if it wasn’t happy with the troika measures. Party spokesman Giorgos Loucaides said Kyprianou, “who is being demonised”, had made it clear in the interview that priority should be given to achieving the best possible results for Cyprus, during negotiations with the troika. “He stated that in the event that troika insisted on excruciating, catastrophic measures for the economy and the workers, AKEL would consider all the alternative options very seriously,” said Loucaides, adding that this would be done based on scientific analyses and surveys AKEL would carry out. He said it wasn’t a coincidence that other European countries, like the Czech Republic, were refusing to join the eurozone at this point in time. Main opposition DISY deputy leader, Averof Neophytou, said yesterday that after

reading Kyprianou’s interview in full, it was clear Kyprianou’s statements had not been distorted. “With Cyprus presiding over the European Council, excluded from the markets since May 2011, having an application pending for assistance from the European support mechanism, and the finance minister of the Republic of Cyprus stating that we only have money for one more month, the moment in time that AKEL chose to raise the matter of our country’s possible exit from the euro is catastrophic for the economy and divisive for our society,” he said. Apart from creating even greater insecurity and uncertainty on the domestic front, Neophytou said Kyprianou’s statement was “dangerous” for local and foreign investors’ trust. “Instead of preparing for the most appropriate and reliable negotiation with the troika, AKEL is threatening the Europeans that it will take Cyprus out of the eurozone,” said Neophytou. “Who is really in danger from this threat? The eurozone or Cyprus?” Fotis Fotiou, spokesman for DIKO, which will vote on Thursday whether to back DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades in February’s presidential elections, said Kyprianou’s statement was “wrong, misplaced and unfortunate”. “Populism and demagogy on the one hand, diffidence and indecisiveness on the other, this is the worst possible recipe for our country to exit the

DIKO’s Fotiou (left) and DISY’s Neophytou (right) were particularly scathing (Christos Theodorides) crisis,” he said. Smaller opposition party EDEK’s spokesman, Demetris Papadakis, described Kyprianou’s statements as “misplaced and even dangerous”. He said it was time “certain people” stopped acting like big revolutionaries and troika adversaries, and take a long hard look at what the government and banking system has done to lead Cyprus into such dire circumstances. EVROKO deputy leader Rikkos Erotokritou went a step further, saying “the government and AKEL had be-

come dangerous to the state”. He said they had already attempted to divide and confuse the public by leaking details of the troika’s bailout proposals to the press. Green Party MP George Perdikis also said the statement was “unfortunate and untimely”, spreading panic and confusion. Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said the state’s position was clear. “For the government and President of the Republic, there is no question of exiting the eurozone and the EU,” said Stefanou.

CyBC given €1.2 million towards digitising archives STATE broadcaster CyBC has been given some €1.2 million towards digitising its archives, as part of an EU programme for Greece and Cyprus. Earlier this week it signed an agreement on a project called Digital Herodotus. The project is worth €1.7 million in total, of which CyBC has been allocated €1,184,000 and organisations in the Greek island of Mytilene, including a public library and a university, have been allocated the rest, CyBC said in an announce-

ment. CyBC has been given funds to set up a system to store and manage digital data and to obtain the technology needed to convert analogue video content from 1990 onwards to digital format. The state broadcaster will also use part of the money to maintain and digitise film from 1974 through to 1978, considered historically important because it covers events before, during and after the coup and the Turkish invasion. An online Digital Herodotus portal will

also be set up to allow the public access to the archives. Members of the public currently need to make a special request to examine archived material. Digital Herodotus is due to be completed end of 2014. Its details will be presented in November when the endeavour starts. CyBC inaugurated in June a €4.9 million building to host its archives. The EU’s regional development fund will contribute 80 per cent of CyBC’s €1.2 million.

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Massive failings in children’s safety Child commissioner: there’s nothing to stop sex offenders from working with children By Jacqueline Agathocleous


ONVICTED paedophiles are offered no pre- or post-prison therapy, and there is absolutely no system in place to monitor their movements after their release, resulting in them being able to work among children. According to Child Commissioner Leda Koursoumba, there are currently no regulations banning convicted paedophiles from working around children, in areas such as gyms and parks. “This needs to be banned by law. They shouldn’t be able to work with children,” Koursoumba told the Sunday Mail last week. She said there is nothing in the form of therapy within the prison, no assessment to ensure the convict is capable of mixing in society

again and no post-release supervision. The child commissioners’ comments are part of her on-going campaign to highlight the failings in the supervision of convicted paedophiles which came to the forefront after a 10-year-old Palestinian boy was lured to a secluded area in Larnaca in July and brutally raped by a man already facing charges of sexual abuse of minors. The case revealed the complete lack of an organised approach towards sex offenders and led Attorneygeneral Petros Clerides to propose chemical castration for paedophiles who repeatedly offend. Even though the education ministry places restrictions on people employed in schools - such as a clean criminal record requirement - released child sex abusers can otherwise work wherever they please.

“He goes to jail, serves his time and with good behaviour, he may even be released sooner - then there is nothing,” said Koursoumba. “Nothing in the prison to see if he is ready to go back into society, nor anything in the form of therapy once he is out.” She added, “He could even go back to the family, if it was his own child he abused. There are no provisions, like in other countries, resulting in these people working in gyms, play areas and so on. Abroad, if someone is convicted of such crimes, they are not allowed to work around children.” According to the education ministry’s permanent secretary, Olympia Stylianou, there are specific regulations banning the employment of teachers or civil servants, who have previous convictions of any kind, in schools. But outside of schools, legis-


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lation is non-existent. Furthermore, support for the abused children is scarce. Koursoumba, whose role is to spot violations of children’s rights and push the state for changes, underlined the lack of a support system for abused children, though she is pleased that more victims are speaking out, compared to a few years ago when the matter was considered taboo. “I can’t say there has been an increase in cases, but more children and families are speaking out,” she explained. Koursoumba has been pushing for a change in legislation, which currently demands that the child proves it was sexually assaulted. “The child shouldn’t have to prove it was abused; the accused should prove that they didn’t do it.” She said first of all Cyprus needed prevention programmes, warning children of the dangers. “That poor Palestinian child didn’t realise he was being waylaid sexually. We need to teach our children to say no. And we need programmes for parents to know how to deal with this.” The gaps in legislation and support services are due to be discussed by police, welfare services, legal services, doctors and the child commission soon. While Clerides’ suggestion for chemical castration - the administration of medication to kill libido and sexual activity - has not been rejected by the relevant authorities, concerns have been voiced over the possible infringement of paedophiles’ human rights. The Cyprus Medical Association (CMA) said that while it was ready to offer expert advice, the law and its ethics code prevented it from forcing medical intervention. The Attorney-general has called on either the justice ministry or parliament to

Schools require staff to have a clean criminal record draw up a law regulating voluntary chemical castration, as well as other measures, such as starting up a sex offenders’ register. A spokesman for Clerides last week told the Sunday Mail these were “simply thoughts that need to be examined”. He added, “If it concludes anywhere, it should be prepared into a law proposal by the House. If not, the procedure will be followed to turn it into a bill.” Justice Minister Loucas Louca said his ministry was focusing on the matter, following the young Palestinian’s ordeal. “At the moment nothing is offered,” the minister admitted. “Nothing for therapy or treatment after the offender has served time.”

Action is only taken after a convicted child sex abusers’ release from prison, if the court set it as a condition during sentencing. “We may have to look at changing this and implement conditions for release as they need therapy,” said Louca. Regarding the AG’s suggestion on chemical castration, Louca said: “If it complies with human rights laws, it could be a good way to treat someone; because this is a psychosis, an ailment.” But he added, “Is this the only way to deal with such a thing? We need to look at all the parameters, this is my view. I am not against it. I am not saying this shouldn’t happen, I am just saying I have reservations.”

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A new life for historic venue After years of standing empty, old Nicosia’s famous Theatre Royal has re-opened its doors By Zoe Christodoulides A HISTORIC theatre in the heart of old Nicosia has just reopened its doors for the first time in nearly 40 years in an attempt to revisit its former days of glory. While you’d be forgiven for barely noticing that the place exists, sandwiched as it is between old houses and buildings near the OHI roundabout, the well known Theatre Royal was once the in place to be, attracting the likes of Greek celebrities Aliki Vouyouglaki and Sophia Vembo. Dating back to the 1940s, it was one of Nicosia’s first theatres and cinemas and became a favourite high society haunt until the invasion of 1974. Although there is little official documentation and reference to this historic venue, countless performers reputedly paraded through the doors of the Royal while locals grabbed the chance to watch the latest hit on the big screen. The Royal’s fortunes waned rapidly after the invasion as the unstable political backdrop and change

of ownership led to its eventual closure. For a time, the theatre was even used as a factory for Lord jeans before it eventually fell empty and derelict. Then, in 2007, the listed building was bought by Ledra Properties which decided to transform the abandoned location into an alternative venue. “It is a very special building,” says Michelle Kari, group property manager of the SFS group to which Ledra Properties belongs. “It is such great architecture, boasting beautiful stone built walls with exceptionally high ceilings of 10 metres. The main room called the Grand Hall Costanza has a balcony all around the top level supported by columns. I don’t think there’s a theatre like it in Nicosia.” With a particular emphasis given to the reconstruction of the original theatre space, it now houses state of the art technology, sound and lighting equipment. Although it has undergone a major revamp and modernisation, the original elements of the building structure have been kept intact. The wooden stage floor,

Theatre Royal has re-opened for performances and parties

Famous visitor: Aliki Vouyouglaki

theatre balcony and stone walls have remained unchanged. “We know as a fact that there was no other place like it when it first opened up. People would go to the theatre to watch movies and see stars perform,” says Kari. “Written documentation and archival material about the place was very hard to come by, but we have had a few neighbours tell us tales about the days when it attracted well dressed crowds from the 1940s all the way up until the war. For one short period it even became a bouzouki venue before going back to a theatre/cin-

ema.” Aiming to combine vintage glamour and ambience with its contemporary industrial upgraded look, the venue is now catering for all sorts of events ranging from theatre performances, concerts and film screenings, to wedding receptions, conferences and private parties. Apart from the main theatre hall, two smaller rooms are suitable for corporate events and smaller gatherings. Although there is no garden area, the building boasts a terrace bar area that can also be rented out for events.

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A UK education UCLan hopes for a winning combination in times of By Natalie Hami HE promise of a quality British university education at cut price fees and just a few kilometres from home should be a winning combination for Cypriot students and their parents as they struggle to survive the recession. Certainly, the island’s first British university - an overseas offshoot of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in northern England - aims to provide just that. Set to welcome its first students to its modern, new campus in Pyla, Larnaca on October 2, UCLan Cyprus has managed to complete much of the first phase of the construction within six months, attract well-qualified teaching staff and send out offers to 600 interested students. With just two weeks to go before the university opens, rector Dr Lee Chatfield, is hugely busy and fully aware of what still needs to be done. He is also confident that the university’s future is assured. “In five years’ time we see


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ourselves as a strong international university with a research focus,” Chatfield said. “I want this to be a happy place. I want students to be happy; challenged, but rewarded.” In the meantime, he admits that the next two weeks will be packed with “finishing touches”. “It’s on schedule. The landscaping at the back still needs to be completed. And the lecture theatre, I think they’re just fitting the seating,” he said. Other sections that still need to be fully completed include the canteen, which needs to be “fitted out” and certain areas that have been put aside for students to relax and study have yet to be kitted out with tables and chairs. This is part of Phase one, which was started a mere six months ago. Phase two will begin in November and aims to be completed by the next academic year and involves more teaching accommodation and administrative offices. The very modern building is situated just outside the centre of the bicommunal village of Pyla, surrounded by rolling hills, lines of bamboo, sea views and a friendly donkey called Jenny.

The availability of land made Pyla an ideal choice for the campus, plus its proximity to Larnaca and the airport. UCLan offers four-year undergraduate degrees along with post-graduate masters in a variety of subjects - taught in English with UK accreditation - including accounting and finance, business administration, tourism management, law, mathematics and computing. The law degree - which has been recognised by the English and Welsh regulatory boards for solicitors and barristers - has proved the most popular so far. The law course in particular has also lured away teaching staff from private universities elsewhere in Cyprus. Asked whether they had deliberately poached staff, Chatfield laughed. “All we did was advertise the job openings,” he said coyly. “A lot of them wanted to work for a UK university.” Most of the teaching staff at UCLan are Cypriot PhDholders with experience teaching in either the UK or US university systems. On the face of it, opening a brand new university during a time of deep recession

seems particularly challenging. “We’re going through an economic crisis and we have to be realistic (but) what will students need to pick up that economy?” said Chatfield. He explained how during the recession in the UK in 1980s, a lot of universities began shutting down departments. In contrast UCLan expanded and bought into the market. “That’s really what we’re doing here,” he added. The new university fee structure in England and Wales also means that in many ways a British university campus in Cyprus makes sense especially during these difficult times. Students and their parents now have to fork out around 9,000 pounds sterling a year in fees to go to an English university. Accommodation and living expenses add much more to the bill. By attending university here, where many students can live at home, living expenses can be slashed. UCLan Cyprus has sweetened the education fund pot further by announcing they are slashing their fees from €9,950 to €7,000 for all

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at home recession students who register this year. The deal is also valid for students registering now for the next academic year, along with those who wish to transfer to UCLan. The offer has led to a rush of applications from countries such as Russia and Ukraine as well as Cyprus. The university has now made more than 600 entrance offers. “Applications did go up and fees had an effect on this, but by then the university was becoming real,” said Chatfield. In January 2013 they will accept a new stream of transfer students from the UCLan campus in the UK. “We’re aiming to have about 40 per cent from Cyprus, 40 per cent from the UK and 20 per cent from other countries,” he said. Apart from reduced fees UCLan offers a UK education system married to that of a Cypriot one, according to Chatfield. “There are many students who want to go to the UK, we offer them a choice, they can start here and then transfer,” he said. Chatfield said that UCLan also plans to open up universities in Bangkok and Sri Lanka,

giving students even more of a choice. The sections of the campus so far completed offer impressive, modern facilities. The classrooms are decked out with projectors controlled by a touch screen, which also controls the air conditioning and the lights. There are also a number of computer labs, a library, lecture theatre, cafeteria and Wi-Fi throughout. The campus will also in-

clude a bar area for students to have a drink after hours. However Chatfield said that he wants to wait until the students have arrived to get their input for a student’s union The university also provides accommodation about half a mile away from the campus for 200 students. The complex consists of one and two bedroom apartments with prices starting from €300 per month. Each

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the village, as well as looking into transport from the halls of residence to the university. Chatfield said that they have also employed a community welfare officer as they realise the effect the university will have on the community of Pyla.

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There is no respect anymore A few weeks ago an 88-year-old Nicosia man was robbed in broad daylight in his own home. The experience has badly shaken a cheerful, gentle man By Alexia Saoulli


AKE no mistake, at 88, Nicholas Paphitis is no ‘old man’. Equipped with a razor sharp memory and a generous chuckle, he can keep you entertained for hours on end with stories of old: life in Kyrenia as a barman, British colonial rule, EOKA’s fight for Enosis, the 1974 invasion and beyond. But at 8.50am on Tuesday, September 11, Paphitis was made to feel powerless and vulnerable in his own home on Ayiou Andreou Street in Pallouriotissa, Nicosia, just a stone’s throw away from the imposing Evangelistria Church.

Paphitis said he had just been filling out the social insurance forms of his Sri Lankan housemaid-cum-carer, Amita, when the robbery occurred. He had the necessary €150 in cash but was short €15, as well as €3 bus money for Amita to make the trip to the social insurance district office. “She literally walked four doors down to the pharmacy to get change from a €50 note,” he said. “I didn’t even notice him. If he had been a cat I would have noticed. He just appeared out of nowhere. How? How? Did he come in barefoot?” he asked, still clearly shaken by the incident. “Then suddenly I felt two punches. One here and here,” he said, indicating either side of his bony chest. The 88-year-old said the blows

Nicholas Paphitis always left his door open to greet passersby. He no longer does so had stunned him and that he barely had any time to react before his assailant made a dash for the door, with Paphitis’ precious cash in his hands. “He had dark hair, a white face, dark glasses and was wearing a white cap. He was average height and medium build… I’m not sure [on the details of his physical appearance], I didn’t have time… It happened so quickly,” he said. Paphitis said the man looked about 31 or 32, and could have been foreign or Cypriot. “He called out ‘Pappou’ (Greek for grandfather) to me as he left and I shouted after him, ‘What have you done to me?’” But his cries fell on deaf ears and no one came to his aid. Amita said she had heard raised voices from the pharmacy but hadn’t recognised her employer’s voice. It was only as she returned to the modest, one-bedroom property that she detected Paphitis’ cries. “I started running when I realised it was him,” she said. “When I found out what happened to him I started crying. Who is this donkey? People are no longer human beings, they are animals. Cyprus has changed. Who does that to an elderly man? Was it necessary to hit him?” she added. Paphitis said he too wept, though part of his tears certainly sprang from sheer relief that he had not befallen a worse fate or was even rendered immobile. “Thank God I didn’t end up on the floor,” he said. The 88-year-old suffers from severe leg pain and no longer gets around the way he used to, which is why a knock to the ground would have been much worse. In fact he spends most of his days sitting in a chair by his desk in a white vest and trousers watching the world go by outside. Now and again he makes a phone call from his mobile, as walking to his landline is difficult and often painful on his hips and knees. Other times he calls out greetings to passersby who poke their heads in his front door to say hello. He was clearly easy pickings for the as-yet unfound assailant. When Paphitis called the police, three plainclothes officers promptly arrived to investigate. The 88-year-old’s statement was taken and that of his neighbours. No one had seen anything. It was still too early in the morning, in the ordinarily busy street. As for the surveillance camera at the pharmacy, it was out of operation, said Paphitis. “The police told us to contact them if we hear anything again. What can they do? They tried to help, but he grabbed the money and vanished into thin air and I didn’t get a good enough look at him,” he said. The assault and theft occurred exactly two months shy of Paphitis’ 89th birthday.

“All my life nothing like this has happened,” he said. Only once, many years ago, a young man was passing by his old home and asked him for £10 for petrol money, he recalled. “He told me his uncle was a vendor at the OCHI market on Wednesday and that he would repay me if I went and asked him for the money. The youth said he needed the cash to get home to Pedhoulas.” But Wednesday came and no such uncle existed, said Paphitis. So he rang the Pedhoulas police station and spoke to the duty officer and retold him the story of the boy and his £10. “Don’t worry sir, the boy will be at your home tomorrow morning with your money.” The next day the boy shamefacedly appeared at his door, £10 in hand. “He wanted to know why I’d had to call the police and that the affair had caused much upset for his mother. I told him that I’d helped him out and that in turn he’d lied to me and told me a tall story about some nonexistent uncle at the market.” But how did Paphitis know who to report if the boy had not given him his name? “Well from his number plate of course! If only things were as easily solved nowadays,” he added. As an avid listener of the news, Paphitis said homes were continually broken into and nothing could be done about it. “Times have really changed. Foreigners have flooded the country and some Cypriots are no better than them. Drugs. Unemployment. Poverty. Things are only going to get worse… There used to be a time when you could sleep with your front door open. My father-in-law used to sleep on the porch and no one said anything to him. No one bothered him. No one touched him. Now it’s not like that. There is no respect anymore,” he said. The 88-year-old said that since the incident, he is sometimes enveloped with a feeling of overwhelming sadness. He now no longer sits with the door open and watches the world go by. Instead he sits inside with the door locked and bolted and the key in his trousers’ pocket. You can still call to him through a barred window, which he continues to leave open, but gone is the trusting smile when a stranger calls at his door. “Soon please God I’ll be moving to my daughter’s new house,” he said. He said she had returned to Cyprus after living in Australia for many years and that she was renovating their old home where provisions had been made for both him and his carer. There, hopefully, he will feel safe again, his familiar chuckle will return, and his suspicions subside.

‘Who does that to an elderly man? Was it necessary to hit him?’

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Protesters rout Benghazi militia Eleven killed in dramatic sign of Libya’s fragility By Peter Graff and Suleiman Al-Khalidi AN Islamist militia was driven out of the city of Benghazi yesterday in a surge of protest against the armed groups that control large parts of Libya more than a year after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. A spokesman for Ansar alSharia said the group had evacuated its bases in Benghazi “to preserve security in the city”. In a dramatic sign of Libya’s fragility, after sweeping through the base the crowd went on to attack a pro-government militia, believing them to be Islamists, triggering an armed response in which at least 11 people were killed and more than 60 wounded. Ansar al-Sharia has been linked to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last week in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died,

although the group denied involvement. The invasion of its compound, which met little resistance, appeared to be part of a coordinated sweep of militia bases by police, government troops and activists following a mass public demonstration against militia units in Benghazi on Friday. Demonstrators pulled down militia flags and set a vehicle on fire inside what was once the base of Gaddafi’s security forces who tried to put down the first protests that sparked last year’s uprising. Hundreds of men waving swords and even a meat cleaver chanting “Libya, Libya”, “No more al Qaeda!” and “The blood we shed for freedom shall not go in vain!” “After what happened at the American consulate, the people of Benghazi had enough of the extremists,” demonstrator Hassan Ahmed said. “They did not give allegiance to the army. So the people broke in and

they fled. “This place is like the Bastille. This is where Gaddafi controlled Libya from, and then Ansar al-Sharia took it over. This is a turning point for the people of Benghazi.” Adusalam al-Tarhouni, a government worker who arrived with the first wave of protesters, said several pickup trucks with Ansar fighters had initially confronted the protesters and opened fire. Two protesters were shot in the leg, he said. “After that they got into their trucks and drove away,” he said. Protesters had freed four prisoners found inside, he said. Libya’s government had promised Washington it would find the perpetrators of what appeared to be a well planned attack on the US consulate, which coincided with protests against an anti-Islam video and the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The consulate attack and the outrage directed at the

‘Meteors’ sighted in UK skies PEOPLE from across the UK have reported seeing bright objects in the night sky, thought to be meteors or ‘space junk.’ Coastguards in Northern Ireland took calls from people who saw the objects from Coleraine on the north coast, to Strangford Lough in the south east. The lights were seen as far north as Caithness in Scotland as well as in Wales and Norfolk in East Anglia. Experts said the sightings could be satellite debris, burning up on entry to the atmosphere. The lights have also been reported in the Midlands, parts of north-east England and in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Brian Guthrie in Grangemouth near Edinburgh, who watched the objects pass through the sky, said it appeared to be something “pretty large breaking up in the atmosphere”. “I’ve seen shooting stars and meteor showers before, but this was much larger and much more colourful.” Coastguards in the Shetland Islands received what they believe is Scotland’s most northerly sighting of a meteor. They were called by a member of the public who had seen a bright white light in the sky over the Stacks of Duncansby in Caithness. One person who contacted the BBC said it was “kind of a mass of light, gold light. Everything moving in unison”. “It wasn’t diverging... I thought it was a plane at first. It was quite low on the horizon and moving

Meteors - fragments of rock - tend to flash across the sky in an instant. An incoming satellite can take longer to blaze overhead, giving more people the chance to notice it much slower than I’d expect to see a shooting star, but it was amazing.” Another said the sight was “like Independence Day” - a reference to the film about an alien invasion of Earth. Dr Tim O’Brien, associate director of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, told the BBC it was difficult to know the cause of the phenomenon.

HARD TO SAY “It’s hard to say exactly, whether it was a chunk of rock coming in from outer space, burning up in the atmosphere or a bit of space debris, we call it, space junk, which is basically man-made stuff from a spacecraft that’s burning up in the atmosphere. “The object was probably 80 miles up or so, high up,

moving very fast, actually, 18,000 miles an hour, probably, at least.” Colin Johnston, from Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland, said the lights were unlikely to be part of a meteor shower. “There are actually several small, faint, meteor showers scheduled across September but they’re so unspectacular, not many people actually bother looking for them. “I think that actually this spectacle might not be associated with that.” “I think it’s something just by chance has happened to come in, some piece of actual space junk floating around the universe for billions of years has just picked to fall in across our skies, or a satellite that’s been up for some years has decided to burn up,” he said.

United States over the video across the Muslim world have raised questions about President Barack Obama’s handling of the so-called Arab Spring. The latest events in the cradle of Libya’s revolution appeared at least in part to vindicate his faith in Libya’s nascent democracy. “The killing of the ambassador, and a preceding set of serious security incidents, are a wake-up call to the new government to actually start to improve security,” said Oliver Miles, former British ambassador to Libya. “And now they’ve got backing from the street in Benghazi to do just that.” But the lack of central control remains a recipe for chaos. Benghazi, 1,000 km from Tripoli across largely empty desert, is controlled by various armed groups, including some comprised of Islamists who openly proclaim their hostility to democratic government and the West.

A protester holds his daughter as they attend a march in Benghazi in support of democracy and against the Islamist militias

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Australian Catholic Church admits child sex abuse since 1930s THE Roman Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria has confirmed that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by its priests since the 1930s. The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, described the figures as “horrific and shameful”. They were released in a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into the handling of abuse cases. Campaigners say the true number of abuse victims could be up to 10,000. In its submission, the church said the 620 cases went back 80 years with the majority taking place between the 1960s and the 1980s. It says it is still investigating a further 45 cases. In a statement, Archbishop Hart said it was important to be open “about the horrific abuse that has occurred in Victoria and elsewhere”. “We look to this inquiry to assist the healing of those who have been abused, to examine the broad context of the church’s response,

especially over the last 16 years, and to make recommendations to enhance the care for victims and preventative measures that are now in place,” the statement said. Campaign groups say that many cases of abuse have gone unreported, and they believe the true number of victims is closer to 10,000 in Victoria alone. Abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests has been a major issue in Australia recent years. During a visit to Australia in July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI met some of the victims and made a public apology for the abuse.

Figures are horrific and shameful, says Archbishop

Pope Benedict met victims and made an apology during a visit to Australia four years ago

Republicans are questioning whether their candidate is losing a race that had seemed winnable only weeks ago

Romney’s brutal week Polls show Obama leading in battleground states By Andy Sullivan MITT Romney tried to silence questions about his taxes as the Republican presidential candidate limped to the end of a brutal week, while his running mate faced boos and jeering at a campaign stop. Slipping poll numbers, fundraising woes and a secretly recorded video that shows Romney writing off half the electorate as “victims” have prompted many Republicans to question whether their candidate is losing a race that had seemed winnable only weeks ago. Romney’s wife Ann asked Republican critics to cut her husband some slack and unite to defeat President Barack Obama on November 6. “This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” Romney’s wife, Ann, said on an Iowa radio station. Romney aims to make the election a referendum on Obama’s handling of the

sluggish economy, but he has been knocked off message by a string of missteps over the past week and a half. New figures show Romney also trailing Obama in fundraising, an area that was expected to be a strong point of his campaign. Romney said he was within striking distance of Obama and his campaign did not need a major reversal of fortunes. “It doesn’t need a turnaround. We’ve got a campaign which is tied with an incumbent president,” Romney told CBS’s 60 Minutes. With early voting already underway in three states, most opinion polls have been moving in Obama’s direction. A Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll showed Obama stretching his lead over Romney to 6 percentage points. The Democrat now leads Romney 48 percent to 42 per cent, up 1 point from the day before. Other polls show Obama

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ecutive as a job-killing corporate raider who has little sympathy for the concerns of average voters. Seeking to lay to rest Democratic charges that he paid no taxes in the past, Romney released a letter from his accountants saying that the lowest annual effective rate he paid was 13.6 per cent between 1988 and 2009. Over that period, his average federal tax rate was 20.2 per cent, the accountants said. That did not satisfy the Obama campaign, which questioned why he still refuses to release the actual tax returns for those years. Romney’s vice presidential running mate, meanwhile, was booed and heckled by members of the retiree group AARP as he laid out the Republican ticket’s case for repealing Obama’s healthcare law and partially privatising the Medicare health plan for retirees. “I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions,” Paul Ryan said.

Teenager’s party turns into a riot A PARTY invitation which went viral on Facebook ended in rioting and injury after thousands of revellers descended on a small town in the Netherlands. Haren had been braced for trouble all week after what should have been an invite to a small-scale celebration was passed on to 30,000 people. The girl whose 16th birthday was being celebrated had not set her Facebook event to ‘private’. Riot police broke up crowds of revellers who flocked to the town. The girl who issued the invitation fled her home in Haren, a town of just under 19,000 near the city of Groningen. The party had been cancelled and police had issued an appeal to would-be revellers not to come to Haren but at least 3,000 turned up anyway. “She posted the invitation on Facebook and sent it to friends, who then sent it to other friends and soon it spread like wildfire across the internet,” Groningen police spokeswoman Melanie Zwama told AFP news agency. Hundreds of riot police were deployed to control the crowds, keeping them away from the street where the girl lives. When trouble began, officers found themselves being pelted with bottles and stones, as well as flower pots and even bicycles, the Dutch news agency ANP reports. At least six people were hurt and 20 arrests were made as rioters vandalised and looted shops, damaging cars, street signs and lamp-posts, according to Reuters news agency. Some revellers accused the police of over-reacting. Revellers could be seen wearing T-shirts marked ‘Project X Haren’ after Project X - a film released earlier this year about a party which grows out of control.

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Tintin’s troubled past in the Congo Congo questions Belgian famous export ahead of French-speaking summit By Jonny Hogg


NY Tintin fan would feel at home in the small wooden shed in a back street of Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, where the shelves are crammed with brightly painted statues from the famous Belgian cartoon character’s adventures. Friendly faces are everywhere - the tufted-haired Tintin, the bearded Captain Haddock and the bumbling policemen Thomson & Thompson - lovingly carved from wood and carefully painted in bold colours. But with Kinshasa preparing to receive a flood of visitors for an international summit of Frenchspeaking countries next month, some are questioning whether Congo should turn its back on the boy journalist, whose fictional adventures in the then-Belgian colony depicts Africans as dull-witted and childish. Tintin’s relationship with Congo dates back to 1930 when his creator Georges Remi - better-known by his pen name Herge - first wrote Tintin in the Congo, in which the intrepid reporter and his little white dog Snowy tackle wild animals, hunters, diamond smugglers and warlike local chieftains. Tintin statues - which can sell for anything from $15 to $1500 - are part of Congo’s roaring trade in the comic’s memorabilia, business that could receive a boost next month as delegates from 56 countries across the French-speaking world gather in Kinshasa for the Francophonie summit. Tourists can find stalls and street vendors across the riverside capi-

tal selling the figures, and can even buy personalised paintings of the book’s front cover, with their names expertly added by the artist. But it is Herge’s heavily stereotyped depiction of Africans as fat-lipped, childlike savages that makes Tintin a controversial cultural figure for a country trying to turn its back on a brutal colonial past followed by decades of dictatorship and conflict, according to professor Joseph Ibongo Gilungule, the director of Congo’s national museum. “Tintin is an image created by westerners, and it proves the ignorance of these people, a lack of understanding for our values,” Ibongo told Reuters. Ibongo wants more people to celebrate the rich cultures of the country’s estimated 250 ethnic groups. His museum is a celebration of the masks, headdresses and clothing that have played an integral part in Congo’s traditional values, but few of the country’s 70 million inhabitants come to visit the museum. Ibongo is not against preserving relics of Congo’s colonial past - he is trying to find money to rehabilitate the statue of controversial British colonial explorer Henry Morton Stanley, which lies forlornly toppled behind a shed at the museum. Nonetheless, with so many people due to visit the country for the Francophonie summit in October, he believes Congo should find a better poster boy than Tintin. “There are other strong images which speak positively of this country, its peoples... It would be more respectful to Congo and the

a if we sp whole of Africa spoke of images that value the Congo, and not bongo added. Tintin,” Ibongo Earlier this year a Congolese ying in Belgium tried and man studying failed to have the book banned on ds of racism. Some stores the grounds in Britain have banished it to the top shelves, where ts can see it. only adults ntin’s creator Even Tintin’s er re-wrote Herge later parts of the story, own the toning down exmore rtreme stereotypes which sprang f r o m B e l ologium’s coloof nisation Congo, which al even was brutal by the standards of the day. Auguy Kakese, an artisan who s in Tintin statuettes, specialises dges that it was Europeacknowledges ans who first suggested he carve es and most of his clients the figures remain westerners. But he sees no harm in it. “It’s humour, it’s not racist... for those who say it’s racist I say that in the comic strip, you never see images which show him trying to kill the Congolese,” Kakese said in his workshop, which employs 10 people and produces thousands of Tintin statues. Although most of the statues Kakese sells are of the comic’s European characters, he does not shy away from depicting the Africans as well, despite them seeming uncomfortably stereotyped for modern tastes.

“We were a Belgian colony, if we work with Tintin now it’s to say that the Belgians are still our brothers,” he added. A recent showing in Kinshasa of the Steven Spielbergdirected Tintin movie attracted a small but varied audience, everyone from Congolese to Koreans. Although the audience were aware of the cartoon’s sometimes complex relations with Congo, none saw it as a huge problem. “I really don’t think it is racist, it was just the whites wanting to interpret what they saw in Congo at the time,” Congolese Tito Biteketa said. Christiana Finotti, an Italian expatriate, said she had bought a Tintin picture for her friend but acknowledged that not all her Congolese colleagues were comfortable with the association. “Tintin in the Congo is still a little

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Opinion There’s no choice but to accept the proposals of the troika THE COUNCIL of Ministers discussed the 2013 budget, yesterday, with a view to finalising it. As if there was not enough absurdity in public life we also had to hear this. Which provisions of the budget could the president and his ministers have finalised, with the economy in freefall, a bailout agreement pending and its terms not having yet been agreed? Is the government pulling our leg, or trying to make us think that life continues as normal, because traditionally the state budget is ready by the end of September? The finance ministry has prepared a budget of sorts that aimed to gradually cut state spending – the target are cuts of between 800 and 900 million euro over the next five years - and thus restrict the public debt for next year to 91 per cent of GDP, but this is very much a provisional budget, as it has not been cleared with the troika. After all, in the last couple of days, the finance ministry was working non-stop in order to complete the counter-proposals

it planned to send the troika. After being approved by President Christofias the proposals would be discussed with the party leaders, on the president’s return from his trip to New York, on Thursday. He would also discuss the proposed measures, next week, with the social partners, whose consent is always needed by the government. What if the social partners do not approve of the government’s proposals, claiming that they are one-sided and unfair? Would the government then engage in negotiations with Hadjipetrou, Moiseos and Kyritsis in order to secure their consent? What if one or two of the party leaders decide to play the populist card and oppose the measures as well? As things are, the government announcement that negotiations with the troika technocrats would start in the first 10 days of October and be completed by the end of the month, seemed excessively optimistic. This expectation is based on the assumption

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that the troika would consider the government’s counter-proposals realistic and adequate, which they are not. The finance ministry got its economic forecasts wrong so consistently, over the last few years, it is unlikely to persuade the troika that its measures would have the desired results. The idea that the €900m cuts could be made over five instead of three years, as the troika proposed, is unlikely to be accepted by the IMF. For this year the government had forecasted a budget deficit of 2.5 per cent of GDP, but it now concedes it would be 4.5 per cent. Since July Cyprus has been placed in the excessive deficit procedure by the EU, with the risk of being fined and not being able to draw any funds from the EU cohesion fund. This possibility, which has been highlighted in a finance ministry report to the Council of Ministers, exposes the

government’s lack of trustworthiness. It had made a commitment to its EU partners to meet the 2.5 per cent deficit target, but even when it became apparent that it would not it chose to do nothing. In fact Christofias showed his disregard for this commitment by arrogantly stating that he did not care if the deficit was three instead of the 2.5 per cent of GDP his government had committed to. Add to this the government’s stalling tactics, the leaking of the troika proposals to the media and its nasty public campaign against the neo-liberal measures and it is unlikely Cyprus would be given much leeway in the negotiation of the measures. In fact, the government has done everything in its power to destroy any credibility it may have had and to lose the trust of our prospective lenders. Now it is in a very weak negotiating position and is unlikely to win many of its arguments with the troika. The government now

has no choice but to accept the proposals of the troika, regarding the state sector pay and pension cuts, and focus its negotiating efforts on persuading the technocrats to modify the way they would calculate banks’ capital requirements. The bigger the banks’ capital needs the bigger the spending cuts would have to be in order for the loan to be repaid. If the funding we need takes the public debt to over 120 per cent of GDP, it would be regarded unserviceable, and then what? The troika does not want an unserviceable public debt, which is why it has proposed significant state spending cuts. And this is why we must forget the populist grandstanding, accept the troika proposals as they are and move on. Highly-experienced IMF and ECB technocrats, not looking for votes, are much better-qualified to advise us on how to save our economy from collapse than Christofias, Hadjipetrou and the rest of the clueless, self-serving populists.

Letters to the Editor Power to the people but not at these prices While the EU’s energy ministers gathered in Nicosia to discuss the future of energy, protestors gathered in a virtual protest on Facebook via two large groups; https:// endeacmonopoly/ and https:// oncevoiceagainsteac/?ref=ts The issue is the monopolistic situation in the electricity market, and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus which has imposed the highest prices in the EU on consumers and businesses, driving many into financial difficulties. ‘How will the Cyprus people survive,’ asked one protestor during the Facebook protest. Another said: ‘Why are you raking in so much profit while at the same time you are destroying families, individuals and small businesses? Last winter we were so cold I felt we had been sent to hell. This summer we have been so hot I felt we had been sent to the other side of hell. We could not afford heating, nor cooling.’ Other comments include: ‘Cyprus must end dear electricity bills, it is not a luxury it’s an necessity, stop ripping us off’, and ‘Power to the Peo-

ple, but not at these prices’, Electricity prices soared by 40 per cent at the beginning of 2012, putting them outside many peoples’ budgets. According to the EAC, this is because of the price of fuel and due to the explosion at Vassilikos power station. But to the protestors, the root cause is the lack of choice of electricity suppliers and the lack of forward, environmentally-friendly planning on the part of the EAC and the government. End the unfair monopoly, bring competition into the market and offer society its basic need at reasonable prices, with transparency, and a drive towards environmentally-friendly energy sources like solar power. On behalf of Cyprus consumers, https://www.facebook. com/groups/endeacmonopoly/ h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e oncevoiceagainsteac/?ref=ts Please visit our petition here, it has 4,470 signatures and growing: effective_monopoly Ade Berry, via email

High electricity bills? Cut down Everyone has an electricity meter: read it. It isn’t ‘economical with the truth’, unlike many people who claim not to use much electricity. If you think it’s telling lies, ask the EAC to check it out. If it’s correct, cut down. My goodness, bills for €521 and €776. My monthly bill (single parent with electricity-guzzzling teen for holidays) averages €40. While I agree that rates are high by EU standards, the EAC has had an incredibly difficult year since the Mari blast and I think it’s up to us all to continue restricting our use of electricity, rather than moaning about high charges. Penny Douglas, Limassol

Why must we pay for the lack of common sense? It never ceases to amaze me at the lack of common sense within the powers that be in Cyprus. We are currently subject to the most serious economic problem that Cyprus has ever had to face, yet all the government and opposing politicians do is sit and discuss, sit and discuss, talk and talk continuously without any real common sense. We are faced with constant pictures on the television channels of these so called intelligent representatives of the people meeting day after day, drinking their coffees and juices, discussing the same what cost to the people? Who is paying for these endless meetings? Aren’t we facing a crisis? Let’s talk; but let’s talk to resolve and not meet to exchange chit chat at the expense of the people who are losing jobs, incomes, homes and their health by the day; due to the current situation. The problem can never be resolved without a degree of hardship. But, the hardship needs to be equally distributed and not just forced on the lowly average person, who works or wants to work to earn a living for themselves and their families. It is blatantly obvious that all the politicians in Cyprus haven’t a clue as to what steps to take to resolve the mess

that they and the banks have created. They thrive on the ‘we don’t want to upset our friends, koumpari and relations’ theory; and with elections due... well, we cannot upset civil servants, who are overpaid and under worked. Why should they suffer, when we can get the people to pay in order that they maintain their cushy jobs other enterprises they own and run on the side’. Countless companies are going bust by the day, as they are unable to continue. No loans available from banks,who are broke. No payments coming in from debtors who are all in the same situation and unable to pay. The banks are crucifying them with increased charges to cover their own inefficiencies. The government is increasing charges indirectly, through increased costs that they should cover i.e. Mari and VAT. The government has sat there waiting for someone to come along and sort it out for them. Then when they do – the troika - they sit like clueless simpletons wondering why they are being asked to undertake certain actions in order to resolve the matter. What have they been doing all these months... nothing? Had they used common sense from the start, they would have undertaken all and more of the troika suggestions

months ago. Most companies have and did, from Day One...not after being advised by the EU, when it’s far too late. We have far more civil servants than is required. Make the necessary cuts as did most bosses in the private sector. Reduce salaries to acceptable levels across the board and do away with the CoLA and the 13th Salary. Joe Public has had to accept these actions and most have still lost their jobs due to the fact that the government has failed to undertake similar action that may have helped to ease some of the problem, either because it lacks the knowledge; or doesn’t want to upset its elite employees. Why should they not contribute to their pensions and not pay hospital charges. Why don’t we give them free electricity, fuel and food; then they can enjoy life even more, as the average person toils to cover their lifestyles. They have for too long enjoyed being pampered at the expense of the people. Let them face reality and start to understand what crisis Cyprus faces. If they are public servants, they, more than anybody should want to help protect their country from a fate similar to Greece. But, greed is more appealing and let the rest pay for you. George Georgiou, Oroklini

Too many Greek flags spoil the independence Doublespeak Is anyone else as concerned and upset as I am at the proliferation of enormous Greek flags. Are the people of Cyprus trying to effect “enosis” by the back door after such a monumental struggle to establish The Republic of Cyprus as an international entity? Where is the pride in the national flag of Cyprus for which so many people died? Just this week much ire and angst was provided by a misprint in a leaflet welcoming people to Limassol, Turkey. After the event the deputy mayor of Limassol, Mr Savvas Stoup-

pas was quoted as saying that, “it’s incomprehensible what has happened because we are an EU Member country and our sovereignty is not negotiable.” This is obviously not the case to many citizens who are constantly looking to the past and a “Golden Age” that never really existed. Come on Cyprus, cut the apron strings at last and stand tall as a truly independent country. Michael F Roberts, Peyia

Re bad movies and cartoons. Why is it ‘free speech’ when offensive material is directed at Muslims and Islam, but ‘hate speech’ when it’s directed at Jews and Israel? Name and address withheld

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13 SUNDAY MAIL • September 23, 2012


Big countries, small wars History teaches that massive force, targeted rendition or attempts to win hearts and minds can at best secure only temporary victories Comment Robert Skidelsky


S PRESIDENT Barack Obama has vowed to avenge the murder of J Christopher Stevens, America’s former ambassador to Libya. How he proposes to do this is unclear - historical precedent is of little use. In 1864, the Emperor of Abyssinia took hostage the British consul, together with some missionaries, in the country’s then-capital, Magdala. Three years later, with Emperor Tewodros still refusing to release them, the British dispatched an expeditionary force of 13,000 troops, 26,000 camp followers, and 44 elephants. In his book The Blue Nile, Alan Moorehead described the expedition thus: “It proceeds first to last with the decorum and heavy inevitability of a Victorian state banquet, complete with ponderous speeches.” Yet it was a fearsome undertaking. After a three-month journey through the mountains, the British reached Magdala, released the hostages, and burned the capital to the ground. Emperor Tewodros committed suicide, the British withdrew, and their commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Napier, was made Baron Napier of Magdala. Today’s great powers have relied on similar methods, also heavy with rhetoric, against puny opponents, but with far less convincing results. The United States put 500,000 troops into Vietnam in the 1960s, but withdrew before North Vietnam overran the South in 1975. The Russians began pulling their 100,000 troops from Afghanistan in 1987, after nine years of fighting had failed to subdue the country. Now, 25 years and $500 billion later,

roughly 100,000 NATO troops, mainly American, are about to leave Afghanistan, with the Taliban still controlling much of it. Meanwhile, the US has withdrawn 150,000 troops from Iraq, after nine years of frustration. The evidence is clear: big countries can lose small wars. So, if massive use of force fails, how is a big country, believing that its interests or moral duty compel it to intervene in the affairs of a small one, to do so successfully? Gillo Pontecorvo’s brilliant 1966 film The Battle of Algiers spelled out the dilemma for the occupying colonial power. The FLN (National Liberation Front) uprising against French rule in Algeria started in 1954 with assassinations of policemen. The French at first responded with orthodox measures - more police, curfews, martial law, etc - but the insurgency spread amid growing atrocities by both sides. In 1957, the French sent in paratroopers. Their commander in the film, Colonel Mathieu (based on General Jacques Massu), explained the logic of the situation from the French point of view. The way to crack the insurgency was not to antagonise the people with oppressive, but “useless” measures; it was to take out the FLN’s command structure. Eliminate that and the result would be a leaderless mass. This required the use of torture to identify and locate the leaders, followed by their capture or assassination. Torture was illegal, but, as the colonel explained, “If you want France to stay, you must accept the consequences.” Colonel Mathieu is the unsung hero of current counter-insurgency orthodoxy, which requires a minimum military presence in the target country, mainly of intelligence agencies like the CIA and “special forces”. Through “rendition”, a captured suspect can be handed over to a friendly government to be tor-

The 1966 film The Battle of Algiers spelled out the dilemmas for occupying colonial powers tured, and, on the basis of the information thus gathered, “kill lists” can be compiled. The killing of Osama bin Laden last year required an actual hit squad to verify its success, but normally assassinations can be left to drones - unmanned aircraft, mainly used for surveillance, but which can be armed with computer-guided missiles. Not surprisingly, the US is the leading developer and user of drones, with a fleet of 7,500. An estimated 3,000 drone killings have taken place, mostly in Pakistan, but also in Yemen and Somalia. The other half of the counter-insurgency strategy is to win the “hearts and minds” of populations that are susceptible to terrorist propaganda. The Americans did this in Vietnam by pouring in consumer goods and building up infrastructure. They are doing the same in Iraq and Afghanistan. The civilian side of “nation building”, it is reckoned, will be made easier by the absence of a heavy-handed foreign military presence. Trying to win hearts and minds is certainly an improvement over bombing or shooting up the local population. But the new way of conducting “asymmetrical warfare” does raise uncomfortable ethical and legal issues. The United Nations Convention on Torture explicitly for-

‘The international

community misconceives the nature of the “war” that it is fighting’ bids “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment”, so their use must be denied. Also, assassination by drones inevitably leads to the killing of innocent civilians - the very crime that defines terrorism. Even putting aside moral and legal questions - which one should never do - it is doubtful whether the strategy of torture and assassination can achieve its pacifying purpose. It repeats the mistake made in 1957 by Massu, who assumed that he faced a cohesive organisation with a single command structure. Relative calm was restored to Algiers for a couple of years after his arrival, but then

the insurgency broke out again with redoubled strength, and the French had to leave the country in 1962. Today, the international community similarly misconceives the nature of the “war” that it is fighting. There is no single worldwide terrorist organisation with a single head. Insofar as Al Qaeda still exists at all, it is a Hydra that sprouts new heads as fast as the old ones are cut off. Trying to win “hearts and minds” with Western goods simply corrupts, and thus discredits, the governments established by those intervening. It happened in Vietnam, and it is happening now in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are being driven slowly but ineluctably to the realisation that the people whom we are fighting will, to a significant extent, inherit the shattered countries that we leave behind. They are fighting, after all, for their peoples’ right to (mis)manage their affairs in their own way. Blame the French Revolution for having bequeathed to us the idea that selfgovernment is always better than good government.  Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords, is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University © Project Syndicate, 2012

Chronicle of a death foretold haunts us all Comment Loucas Charalambous IN HIS NOVELLA, Cronica de Una Muerte Anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) the Colombian, Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote about an incredible story that takes place in a small coastal village of his country.

Santiago Nasar is to be killed within a few hours, by two brothers - Pedro and Pablo Vikario - for taking their sister’s virginity. The sister, Angela, who married a rich aristocrat the previous day, was found not to be a virgin by the groom on their first night together and is sent back to her mother. The news circulates immediately and in no time the whole

village hears what happened in the conjugal bedroom and that Angela’s brothers, armed with machetes used for slaughtering pigs, are looking for the man who has brought dishonour to their family. Despite the entire village knowing that the murder is imminent, nobody does anything to stop it. Judging by their behaviour, the two brothers themselves appear reluctant to commit the murder, as they tell everyone in advance what they intend to do. Perhaps they were hoping that someone would tip off their prospective victim so he could flee the village and they could have an excuse for not being able to exact the necessary revenge their honour code dictated. In the end, however, Santiago is killed outside the front door of his

house. This story has a similarity to what is happening these days in Cyprus. Just as everyone in Marquez’s village knew with certainty that the murder would be committed but nobody tried to prevent it, almost everyone in Cyprus knows of the coming disaster but is doing nothing to prevent it. While we see the economic catastrophe moving closer day by day, while we know the total collapse of the economy is imminent, none of those who could act to stop the free-fall and avert social and economic disaster is doing anything. Our politicians, who are responsible for this tragic situation, are not only doing nothing to avert the meltdown. On the contrary, with their criminal behaviour, they are speed-

ing up our deadly journey towards chaos. For two months now, the government has been in possession of the troika proposals for the bailout agreement that would provide the economy with the oxygen that will keep it alive, but instead of immediately seizing this opportunity it has been engaging in defiant rhetoric about its resistance to our lenders/ saviours. The AKEL general secretary has announced his party’s plan to resist the troika measures and has drawn ‘red lines’. Presidential candidate Yiorgos Lillikas has accused his rival Nicos Anastasiades of being “ready to accept the troika’s measures” in what must be the apogee of demagoguery, in its most obscene form. Even Anastasiades, in

an attempt to defend himself, is being carried away by the escalating and shameless demagoguery. The country is falling apart and our politicians are engaging in demagoguery in order to win votes for the coming elections. Is it remotely possible, in this political atmosphere to sign a bailout agreement and secure the desperately needed loan? I do not think so. Our politicians, intoxicated by their infatuation with the presidential chair, do not seem to understand that when election time arrives the elections will be the last thing on the voters’ minds. The death foretold will happen, just as it did in that faraway Colombian village. Everyone can see it coming, and they are just waiting for it to happen.

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Staying on the Moon borrowed by the state, thus raising the debt to GDP ratio by an additional 35-40 per cent. This extra burden may render the viability of the state questionable. Great efforts must be exerted by the state to dispose of its stake in the banks to the private sector. State-owned banks cannot lead to a healthy economy. There is one caveat, however: the supervisory and regulatory rights of the central bank must be increased to the highest possible degree. History must not be repeated. Other tough challenges include: defence, tourism, unemployment, the municipalities and Cyprus Airways. As long as Greece and Cyprus operate under the “support mechanism” and the expenditure on defence is dramatically reduced, the new president of Cyprus will hold in his hands an “unfortified state”. When I was minister of commerce, industry and tourism from 1998-2003, we lifted tourism and tourist revenues to the highest point ever, at a pace much faster than that of international tourism. Today, 12 years on, international tourism is up by 50 per cent, whilst our tourism and tourist revenues have plummeted by 10 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. Meanwhile, almost 40,000 people are looking for a job (11 per cent of the workforce). Municipalities are close to default or bankruptcy and Cyprus Airways, which has been flying for 60 years, has now taken a dive and a ‘crash’ is possible (like Eurocypria).

Comment Nicos A. Rolandis


HEN astronaut Neil Armstrong died recently, I sat back and I kept watching the moon. I mused on the colossal world which surrounds us, the one trillion galaxies which are out there in the endless space, each one of them loaded with 100 billion suns. One of them is our sun, lost in the universe, the earth is there, Cyprus as well, Christofias, Anastasiades and the rest of us. Next year we have to make a step forward and elect our new president. This step of Cyprus will not be “the giant leap for mankind” as Armstrong described it, when he set his foot on the moon. It will be the “small step for man”, because our country is small and insignificant. The new president will be the seventh in a row. Number seven in the ancient world had its own magic attraction. In ancient Greece we had the seven wise men. We had the seven miracles of the world. Also, according to the disciples of Pythagoras, number “seven” was the symbol of perfection. Likewise, the seventh president of the republic will need wisdom, perfection and a ‘miracle’ after the dramatic course of 53 years (1960-2013).

GLOOMY INHERITANCE The inheritance of the new president is almost overwhelmingly gloomy. The Cyprus problem is very close to absolute disaster. Neither the Greek Cypriots nor the Turkish Cypriots ever had the political courage to admit their mistakes and sins during the first 14 years of the republic. Our country has never been the common homeland of all its people, as provided in the 1960 agreements and the constitution adopted by Archbishop Makarios and the overwhelming majority of the people who voted for him. For many Greek Cypriots the ‘bright star’ was Greece and her ideals. For the Turkish Cypriots the pursuit was ‘Great mother Turkey’. In line with the above, the Greek Cypriot leadership endeavoured in 1963 to amend the constitution, thus overturning the constitutional order. Furthermore the House of Representatives voted unanimously in 1967, in contravention of the constitution, that “it will not give up the struggle, until the target of union of the whole of Cyprus with the motherland (Greece) is achieved”. In parallel, the Turkish Cypriots, in massive defiance of the constitution, were striving for the partition of Cyprus. The coup and the Turkish invasion of 1974 were the coup de grace. In the years which followed, we had a number of lost, good opportunities for the reunification of the country. Today, we have ended up with a tragic reality, which most Greek Cypriot politicians do not perceive or do not want to perceive. The two communities have been living separately for almost half a century, each one in its own world, without any real contact, without common objectives and with the talks in never-neverland. How will this situation be reversed, if it is


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It promises to be a rocky road ahead for Cyprus’ unlucky seventh president

Candidate Nicos Anastasiades: victory may prove bitter not too late? The new president will need a lot of wisdom and courage. The situation may appear superficially peaceful and quiet. The truth, however, is that it may at any time explode. Unfortunately, in a very few years, the settlers from Turkey will constitute the largest ethnic community in Cyprus. The hot potato of public sector finance will also be handed over

to the new president. I shall not go into details, but simply repeat what I have proposed time and again in the past. We need a healthier government machine, with the correct structure and remunerations to be determined by experts, and a smaller number of civil servants (to be achieved through attrition). We also need to improve, to the extent that is feasible, tax col-

lection mechanisms. Otherwise a troika will always be waiting for us around the corner. Whether we get a loan from Russia or China or the EFSF (or the ESM) the problem will be there and will grow larger. Loans are simply painkillers; we need a radical cure. And something else: development is a must, but who will provide the money? And what are the possible viable investments in the public and private sectors? It’s all quite a headache for the new president. In a previous article of mine I compared the “confrontation” with the troika to the Trojan war. The troika, in a way, has entered our homes to take away beautiful Helen (our welfare) and we are fighting for her. The truth is that there is already a lot of pain and suffering which transcend the tolerable limits. In the last quarter of this year and beyond that, things will grow worse. The new president must alleviate the pain and find solutions. It’s a colossal, almost insurmountable task. The banks represent an uphill road for the new president. They are on their knees and their shares have lost more than 95 per cent of their value. The state will soon become the main shareholder, after investing the necessary capital which may be in the region of €6-€7 billion. This amount will have to be

In terms of business and the marketplace, the picture is extremely grim. Thousands of shops are up ‘for rent’. Many industrial, commercial and other enterprises are on the brink of collapse and there are hundreds of unsold and semifinished apartments all over Cyprus. Investment credibility has gone down the drain in the wake of the fiascos with Qatar, the Chinese, Triple Five and US magnate Sheldon Adelson. And if the bank bond issue is not resolved, 20,000 people will risk the savings of a lifetime. Running aside all of this, crime is at its peak while the credibility of politicians, political parties, the government, the House of Representatives, the church, social justice are all open to question. The only bright spark in all of this is natural gas. When I started the process 14 years ago, I was the object of sarcasm and ridicule. Today, it will be the only ray of hope for the new president. He will have to address this issue with care, wisdom and professionalism. It will take years until we exploit this huge wealth commercially and most probably the new president will not be there when it happens. I have already put forward my proposals, which provide for the use of hydrocarbons as a catalyst for the solution of the Cyprus problem. The seventh president will take over in extremely cloudy and difficult circumstances, 53 years after the republic was established. The only ‘smile’ is natural gas. If the candidate for the presidency were Hamlet, he would ask himself: “To be or not to be?” If he were Neil Armstrong, he might decide to stay on the moon.  Nicos Rolandis is a former foreign minister, commerce minister, MP and leader of the Liberal Party

15 SUNDAY MAIL • September 23, 2012

Opinion Modern-day lessons from Chirokitia and early civilisation

uotes of the week

Comment Hermes Solomon


ROFESSOR Alain Le Brun, archaeologist at the CNRS (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique) France, has been digging all summer at the Neolithic site of Chirokitia in conjunction with the Cyprus department of antiquities. Shortly after sunrise, and in the company of his charming lady wife, he partakes of the crystal clear waters at Governor’s Kalymnos Beach but a 15 minute drive away. Hand in hand (the couple are in the mid-seventies) they walk in the water for several hundred metres before swimming out to a line of safety limit buoys beyond which they might head butt jet skis, small fishing craft or speedboats. There they float sleepily on their backs in the second most salty seawater in the world - the saltiest being where those invaluable Dead Sea scrolls were found, though not by the professor! The holiday chaos of August on the beach has given way to uncluttered September, for me, the sweetest month of the year were it not for the cacophonous engine exhausts of the two fish farm trawlers feeding granules to the several, evenly spaced battery fish farms across the horizon. Recently, an estimated 140,000 sea bream (tsipora) were ‘released’ from captivity to the delight of the locals who, no sooner was the word out, collected like frenzied fighting cocks, littering five clicks of coastline for several days and nights with seven to eight metre rods and parked up double cabins. Blue plastic barrels overflowed with fish as one young buck told me he’d hooked over one hundred that night. Another had set sail in his small craft and netted over 600 kilos in less than two hours - biblical! The noise of the trawlers is embellished by two patrol boats, moored at the Evangelos Florakis naval base from where they rumble tentatively out onto the high seas to exercise their full throttle diesel engines daily - clearly audible from three clicks out. But by far the worst racket of all is that of an overhead navy helicopter, which flies endlessly back and forth performing sea rescue of sailors jumping off an outboard motored inflatable anchored just the other side of safety limit buoys facing Vassiliko power station. Perhaps our minister of defence, Demetris Iliades is unaware that Governor’s Beach is a hugely popular fishing and tourist resort and that the naval base is sited next door to Vassiliko, where we intend to build a gas liquefying plant along with one hundred new oil storage tanks? Given last year’s Mari/Vassiliko disas-

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Our fishing habits and civilisation ter, you’d have thought the minister would have moved the naval base elsewhere by now. Anyway, back to the professor, into whom I floated last week, interrogating him as to why he was motionless upon our wonderful waters. He told me that he had dug up yet more ancient relics in Chirokitia and was about to prepare ‘une redaction’ of his finds, which would illustrate conclusively that civilisation as we know it today was first established 11,000 years ago at Gobekli Tepe in south eastern Turkey. Gobekli was superseded in the fifth millennium BC by the Mari civilisation - not the arms dump village but a grid planned circular town situated in those super fertile valleys between the Euphrates and Tigris. Mari in its turn gave way to the magnificent and highly sophisticated city of Babylon, not far south of Baghdad, and from where Alexander the Great, on yet another of his many ‘fishing expeditions’, gleaned much of what we claim today as Greek in the sciences, arts, philosophy, astronomy, poetry, Gilgamesh and all that. It is clear, said the professor while kicking water beside me, that the first settlers in Cyprus arrived at a time when small craft would only set sail in sight of land, and the Five Finger range of mountains in northern Cyprus was clearly visible to

“I had my face lifted. Never do that in the middle of a love affair because it’s disconcerting to your partner. And forget about having sex. That’s the best way to pop your stitches” Hollywood star Shirley MacLaine, 78, (below) who is appearing in Downton Abbey

“There is a very small, elite group who make up the worst presidents America has ever had, and Obama is right in there” US tycoon Donald Trump “I am not certain, but I think we have passed the darkest moment” Sir John Major (above) on the recession “I was too good looking to be a baddie. I had to be a hero because I looked like one. But I am actually a coward and nothing like Bond” Former 007 actor Sir Roger Moore, 84 “For the over-80s, funerals are like cocktail parties” Actor Rupert Everett

“It is really the last big expedition left in these days when everybody’s grandmother goes up Everest at weekends” Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who is planning to cross the Antarctic on foot during the southern winter

The civilised town of Mari, Syria, 5th millennium BC (top) The Neolithic site of Chirokitia (above) the human eye from parts of southern Turkey. To the Chirokitians, Cyprus offered security, a haven from ravaging continental hordes, who always wanted to steal their fish without having to fish ‘em out for themselves! Then how civilised were the Chirokitians I asked? They grew wheat, said the professor, their own fruit and veg, kept sheep and goats for milk and halloumi and oxen for tilling the soil. They lived communally in small hilltop village-like stone fortresses operating a muhktar type hierarchy, and they buried their dead in a ceremonial, if not pagan, manner. This is civilisation, he said. Anti-noise and anti-battery

fish farming advocates will be pleased to hear that the two fish farm feed trawlers remained in Zygi harbour after the 140,000 sea bream were ‘released’. But those of us who decry litter louts will be appalled by the amount of rubbish tossed into the sea and strewn upon the beaches after the five thousand frenzied fishermen finally departed. (NB It is illegal to fish from a public beach and use nets inshore or from a small craft without a licence to do so! Nevertheless, for those interested, shoals of those recently ‘released’ sea bream were spotted off the Larnaca coast last week!)

“We have CCTV cameras in school toilets, but parents aren’t allowed to film their own children at sports days” A letter to the Daily Mail

“Ringo Starr once asked me to design and make a piece of furniture with dragons and butterflies on it in exchange for one of his drum kits. For some reason I didn’t. What on earth was I thinking?” Viscount Linley “Every time the Gaffometer chalks up another one, the credibility of the candidate falls” Alastair Campbell, who was Tony Blair’s spokesman, on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign blunders “In Downton Abbey, foreplay is basically hanging your clothes up properly” Allen Leech, star of the hit TV drama

“The correct response would be to say it is garbage and unimportant. To react with this kind of violence is ludicrously inappropriate” Writer Salman Rushdie, (above) who was himself subject to a fatwa, describes the US film which has led to Arab attacks on Western diplomatic missions

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News Review

House Finance Committe president Nicholas Papadopoulos waiting for a meeting to begin (Christos Theodorides)

Building, municipalities in crisis Anastasiades top PRESIDENTIAL candidates should prepare for a two-round battle in February, according to a poll this week. According to the RAI Consultants poll, main opposition DISY’s leader – candidate Nicos Anastasiades – is favourite to come out tops in both rounds, in all possible scenarios. The majority of the 1,008 people asked islandwide said they would vote for Anastasiades (37.2 per cent). Lagging behind was ruling AKEL’s candidate Stavros Malas with 21.9 per cent and then EDEK-backed candidate George Lillikas with 14.2 per cent. Just 1.5 per cent said they would vote for independent candidate Andri Makaria Stylianou.

Municipal crisis IN A bid to get the government to pay attention to their financial plight, cashstrapped municipalities said on Monday they were mulling legal action against the Republic. Following an extraordinary general assembly of the Union of Municipalities, Famagusta mayor and the union’s current chairman Alexis Galanos said they are considering suing the government for reneging on an agreement dating back to 2002. In that year the professional tax which municipalities once collected was scrapped, with the state pledging that the government would reimburse municipalities for the loss of that revenue. The state, itself in dire financial straits, has stopped reimbursing the municipalities. That amount stands at about €6 million for this year, plus a 6 per cent interest per year accrued since 2002.

Tourism up TOURIST arrivals were up in August this year compared to last year, according to data the statistical services published on Monday. A total of 363,573 people visited this August, an increase of over 26,000 or 7.9 per cent from last August when 337,013 came. The biggest arrivals’ increase came from the Russians with 79,291 holiday makers versus 50,989 visiting last August, an increase of 55.5 per cent.

Power woes ELECTRICITY Authority of Cyprus (EAC) chairman Harris Thrassou said on Tuesday consumers could end up paying for the €24.5 million the state has failed to cough up for the generators rented after the island’s main power station was destroyed last year. Thrassou contradicted a recent statement by the head of the finance ministry’s budgetary department, who said

The head of the association of private hospitals called on state hospitals to base their treatment charges on real costs because the survival of private clinics was at stake

the funds were available to the EAC “whenever it needs it”. The funds, which were approved in the 2012 supplementary budget, were supposed to help towards renting temporary power-generating units, after the EAC’s main power station in Vasilikos was almost completely destroyed in the Evangelos Florakis naval base blast in Mari last year, which also killed 13 people.

Troika talks THE leader of ruling AKEL on Tuesday suggested there was room for negotiation with the island’s lenders in a bid to avoid unwanted measures like scrapping 13th salaries. Andros Kyprianou said the government has asked for financial assistance from the EU and the IMF but it did not mean Cyprus must accept anything they proposed without objection. Especially when the measures proposed have been enforced in other countries and have not yielded any positive results, Kyprianou said. The troika proposals include scrapping the 13th salary for public servants as well as abolishing wage indexation, better known as CoLA.

Cruise blunder A MISPRINT on a cruise ship leaflet welcoming tourists, the media and representatives of the local municipality to ‘Limassol, Turkey’ caused an uproar at an event on Tuesday marking the start of new routes to Limassol port. Municipal councillors, accompanied by

Limassol’s deputy mayor Savvas Stouppas, were so furious they refused to board the ship even after the captain repeatedly apologised.

Murder weapon THE handgun used to murder five men in Ayia Napa in June was found on three men suspected of being contract killers who were arrested earlier this month, police said on Tuesday. Ballistics tests on the weapon confirmed that it was the one used to gun down five men on June 23. The gun had been found in the possession of two Greeks and an Albanian suspected of being contract killers. They were arrested in Ayia Napa on September 9 with police finding two loaded pistols in their car.

Top cop robbed A BURGLARY at the Nicosia home of assistant police chief Lambros Themistocleous was foiled in the early hours of Tuesday after the police boss woke up to catch the thief in his living room. Themistocleous saw a thief at about 1.50am in his apartment making a move for his TV, police said. As Themistocleous tried to stop the thief his daughter called the police. The burglar threw several household objects at Themistocleous, who was taken to hospital with non-serious injuries. But the thief did not get away as the police rapid response unit MMAD arrested him on the steps of the apartment building. He is a 33-year-old Greek national.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK “We understand the government is short on cash, but you can’t put a monetary value on some of the social services that municipalities provide. The government needs to look at the big picture” Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos

“State support is not the solution to the viability problems private clinics are facing. If we are all reasonable in terms of what we charge, then I’m sure we can implement an NHS” Health Minister Stavros Malas

“There is a need to improve the legal framework but primarily there is a need to improve social conscience, including MPs and all those who participate in decision-making or who manage public monies” AKEL MP Aristos Damianou

“Let’s abolish the highly paid beneficiaries whoever they may be” Medical association chief Andreas Demetriou on highly paid civil servantsentitled to free healthcare

“We don’t give it to them; they steal it from the lines that pass by Pyla and Pergamos. If we cut off, it would mean cutting it off it of from Greek Cypriots in the area But if the state wants us as well. w cut it off we will” to c EAC chairman Harris Thrassou on electricity provided to Turkish Cypriots living in Pyla and Pergamos Per

“Activity in the construction industry remained close to its lowest levels during the period April to August 2012, while chronic trends do not in the least point to recovery, on the contrary, activity is expected to continue dropping” Federation of Associations of Building Contractors

“De guest welcome to Turkey “Dear wishing you a most enjoyable stay wish our forthcoming call at Limassol” on o Leaflet given to guests on Le board the luxury cruise ship b Costa Atlantica, owned by Italian company Costa Crociere

“Anakyklos offers our old clothes a second chance, which despite being useful to our fellow human beings in need, mostly end up in landfills with negative effects on the environment” Head of cloth recycling NGO Doros Michael

Health prices HEALTH Minister Stavros Malas told pharmacies and private clinics on Wednesday they only had themselves and their high prices to blame if they were going out of business. Both private health sectors have been complaining all week of their dire situation as 80 per cent of people are now using state services for treatment and medicines. Marcos Agathangelou the head of the association of private hospitals called on state hospitals to base their treatment charges on real costs because the survival of private clinics was at stake because of competition from the state. The head of the Pharmaceutical Association, Nicos Nouris, said the increase in the number of people seeking treatment from public hospitals and pharmacies was causing a large number of private chemists to close down and called on the government to speed up the creation of the NHS.

Jobless rate THE government expects already record-high unemployment to rise to 11.5 per cent in 2013 and the economy to contract by up to 1.0 per cent, a report said on Wednesday, citing the 2013 budget draft. Until now, the government had expected the economy to grow by 0.5 per cent in 2013. But according to daily Politis, which cited a memo that accompanied the budget, the economy is expected to contract between 0.5 per cent and 1.0 per cent next year as the structural problems remained “and did not allow a reversal of the negative course.”

Bank cuts BANK employee union ETYK on Wednesday warned that it was not prepared to accept “unrealistic” proposals amid rumours that troubled lender Popular was looking to cut 600 jobs in Cyprus as part of its effort to restructure. Calls for the dismissal of 600 employees in Cyprus “are wrong and frivolous and of course they will not be accepted for one reason alone,” ETYK said. “Such an action would lead the so-far profitable course of Popular Bank Cyprus into decline and losses.”

Building slows CURRENT construction projects will run out in seven months with nothing lined up past that time, a survey released on Thursday showed. The construction business is in free fall and the outlook appears extremely bleak, according to research by the Federation of Associations of Building Contractors (OSEOK).

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Insanity at the palazzo de popolo INDESCRIBABLY boring AKEL chief Andros Kyprianou came up with a genuinely interesting view on Friday when he informed the interviewers of a news web-site that if the troika insisted on measures that were too painful Kyproulla should consider the possibility of exiting the euro zone and possibly the EU. Of course this would not be done impulsively once we have failed to improve the troika’s measures, but after careful study of the pros and cons of such a move by experts, said the dull and dim comrade. Andros needs experts to tell him what a monumentally stupid idea this was because his brain cannot analyse such a complex issue. He reminded that the 18th AKEL conference of 1995, had agreed to EU entry, on the grounds that this would help the search of a Cyprob solution and protect the interests of the workers. These conditions had not been satisfied, he said, implying that AKEL had every right to suggest that we sent our EU membership card back to Brussels and demand a refund, preferably in Swiss francs. The government quickly distanced itself from Andros’ idiotic idea, the spokesman saying “there is no such issue for the government,” but nobody believes anything Stef-Stef says these days because he has been re-inventing reality so frequently that his propaganda technique no longer works. THERE IS no way Andros, comrade Tof’s faithful poodle, would have raised the issue of leaving the euro, without first clearing it with the man who made him AKEL chief. Things just do not work like that at the monolithic communist party, the members of which face expulsion when they air ideas not approved by the omniscient tyrant. In fact, it is very doubtful it was Andros’ idea, in the first place – the guy is too dull to have such outlandish thoughts. The idea is so insane it could only have come from the palazzo de popolo, but it could not have been publicly aired by the president of the country in charge of the EU presidency so he ordered his obedient servant to bring it up. The reason – I can only guess that he believes our threat to leave the euro and the EU would force the troika to soften its stance and make its measures less painful. He thinks that the European Commission would be begging us to stay in the euro zone and the Union and, in order to persuade us, would force the IMF to come up with painless bailout terms. If this brilliant plan does not work, we could carry out our threat, and the comrade could order the obedient, independent state official at the Central Bank to engage in quantitative easing like the US did. We can print billions of Cyprus pounds, bail out the banks, cover the budget deficit, pay 13th salaries to public parasites while at weekends the comrade could personally distribute sacks of Cy pounds to pensioners, the poor, single mothers and asylum seekers. There is no reason to wait for the study by AKEL’s experts to tell us that leaving the euro would be the best thing that happened to this country, since it elected Tof as president. MORE and more of our customers have been expressing serious concerns about the mental state of our comrade leader. His behaviour has become so bizarre they are wondering whether the cocktail of pharmaceuticals he has to take every day, for years, for his many ailments, are beginning to take

their toll, psychologically. Long-term use of medication could unhinge the best of minds, a skettosdrinking doctor informed us, explaining that the dangers are even greater when the patient never had the best of minds in the first place. Such a person would be unfit to run a country at a time of deep economic recession and state bankruptcy, when the pressure and stress of the job become unbearable. There have been many signs that the comrade has completely lost touch with reality: “our economy is doing well,” he said a few days before he applied to the support mechanism, “exclusively because of the banks”, even though the state needed two to three billions as well; stalling and messing around the troika, knowing that the state would run out of money in a couple of months; instigating a public campaign against our lenders/saviours and considering rejection of the bailout terms a viable option. Only the Attorney General has the constitutional right to instigate an investigation over the fitness of a president to govern and Petros Clerides is too timid and weak to take such action, despite the mounting evidence to justify it. ADDITIONAL evidence has been provided by the ongoing hostile manoeuvres between the comrade and his finance minister Vassos Shiarly, who is now resorting to devious scheming in his desperate efforts to get his boss to agree to his cost-cutting measures that would be submitted to troika. A few weeks ago, finance ministry officials went to him with the package of counter-proposals they had prepared and he threw them out without even looking at the documents. Now, the scheming Shiarly has decided to force decisions on his boss by going public and using the media. When their exchanges were confined to the presidential office the comrade would shout at him and reject all his suggestions, something that he cannot do when everything is in the public domain. Apart from his many public appearances, the crafty Shiarly has also been leaking ministry documents, submitted to the Council of Ministers, to the press, so everyone would be aware of the disastrous consequences of Tof’s unwavering indecision. SHIARLY has had mixed results with his new tactic. For days now, the finance ministry had been telling the press that the government’s counter-proposals to the troika would be finalised at a meeting at the palazzo on Saturday (yesterday). On Friday it was announced that the palazzo meeting would not take place, presumably vetoed by the comrade, getting his own back on Shiarly. The counter proposals, on which finance ministry technocrats were “working intensively” to complete by Friday, according to ministry announcements made earlier in the week, were not ready, as their costing was an ongoing process.

Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly: Mr President I can’t listen to your drivel any longer Party leaders and unions bosses were not given the counter-proposals yesterday, as had been initially planned, so they could be in a position to discuss them with comrade Tof at their scheduled meeting on Thursday. The new plan is that Tof would tell them about the counterproposals (by not giving them in advance he can change or scrap them) when he met them on Thursday. Round two of the Shiarly-Tof contest was won by the comrade. But rather than engage in this war of attrition with his finance minister why doesn’t he sack him and appoint someone who will obey him? This would probably be too rational for the comrade and it would require him making decision. ON A HAPPIER note, a price was finally agreed on Friday for DIKO’s support of the presidential candidacy of the DISY Fuhrer although the figure was not disclosed. But it is certain man of high principles Marios Garoyian would not have sold himself or his party cheaply. The idealistic Marios is known to drive a hard bargain and is totally uncompromising when the principles for the solution of the Cyprob are at stake. In exchange for his backing, he persuaded the Fuhrer to renounce his support for a loose federation and to sign a document declaring his commitment to a fair, just and workable solution. It was not clear on Friday whether Marios’s other principle – all ‘productive ministries’ being given to DIKO people - was locked. Nor was it clear what he meant by ‘productive ministries’, when it is no secret that all ministries are unproductive. WE RESEARCHED the term and found that by DIKO thinking productive ministries were those of commerce, communications, defence, health and interior and they were known thus because they have the biggest budgets, undertaking expensive state projects and making purchases worth tens

of millions of euro. DIKO always had a particularly soft spot for the commerce ministry, which it was given by comrade Tof when it backed his candidacy in 2008. The commerce minister will be responsible for hydrocarbons, arranging multi-million euro deals and big infrastructure projects. With one of his people in charge Marios would ensure there were no backhanders or bribery when these deals were made. It is puzzling why a party, for which the Cyprob is the mega priority, the life and death issue, never asks for the unproductive foreign ministry when it is haggling with a candidate. The foreign minister might not sign multi-million deals but he or she would be able to enlighten the world about the Cyprob and fight for a fair and just solution. OUR NEO-LIBERAL establishment developed quite a liking for Ethnarch Junior in the last few years as he was one of the very few politicians, Averof being another, with sensible views on the economy. This was why we were very disappointed with Junior’s opposition to the DIKO-DISY alliance. Nicolas refused to take part in the election alliance haggling of the two parties, because he wanted the party to back the candidacy of Yiorkos Lillikas, has late father’s disciple. He said that DIKO’s positions on the Cyprob were closer to Lillikas’ than the Fuhrer’s, which was correct, but with the Fuhrer, DIKO would have a much better chance of getting the productive ministries that Marios has set his heart on. I hate to say this but Junior’s judgment in backing presidential candidates sucks big time. In 2008 he and his father vetoed the DIKO deal to back the DISY candidate and campaigned for Comrade Tof. Junior has spent the last four-and-half-years doing nothing else but attacking the incompetence, indecision, weakness and ineptitude of the president he helped elect.

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed hearing Lillikas accusing DISY of distorting his views. When he was the Ethnarch’s spokesman and campaign manager, the only thing he did was to distort DISY’s views, so, hard as one may try it is difficult to feel any sympathy for him. Lillikas is selling himself as “an alternative proposal of government”, which is turning into the election campaign’s biggest joke. Even his demagoguery is not alternative. What is alternative about telling refugee mothers that he will recognise their right to pass on their refugee status to their kids? As regards the recession, he proposed that people who could not repay their housing loans because of the recession would be helped out by the state which would pay off the loans and arrange much lower repayments by the owners to the state over a much longer period. We are talking here about a bankrupt state. Where would Lillikas find the money for his genius plan, considering his rhetoric is more anti-bailout than the government’s? Is he going to reject the bailout, leave the euro and start printing Cyprus pounds if he is elected? Now that would be an alternative proposal. LAST WEEKEND Phil published an opinion poll about the presidential elections and the economy. One question respondents were asked immediately grabbed my attention. “The most serious problem facing Cyprus after the national issue is? A) the economy; B) Unemployment.” Eighty-three per cent said it was the economy but why did the paper make the assumption that the national issue was the most serious problem. The most serious problem has not been solved for 38 years and can wait another 38 for a solution that would be satisfactory to DIKO, Lillikas and Phil. Could a problem that does not need an immediate solution be that serious?

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World in pictures

Designs by Tata Naka at London Fashion Week


Models display creations as part of Gucci Spring-Summer 2013 fashion show during Milan Fashion Week


Dancers from the Australian Ballet perform a new traditional production of Swan Lake in Melbourne


PETA actvists wearing monkey masks stage a protest in front of US TV network NBC protesting the network’s use of wild-animal ‘actors’ in their Animal Practice (AFP)

Nepalese Hindu women recite prayers on the banks of Bagmati River during the Rishi Panchami festival in Kathmandu

Syrian rebel fighters in a deserted market in the old city of Aleppo (AFP)

A woman stands a a bus station with a lottery advert in Athens (AFP)

Britain’s Prince William speaks to students as he visits the Nauti Primary School in Tuvalu (AFP)

A billboard advertising cosmetic products is set in front of an office building in Times Square, New York (AFP)

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Ten years after leaving the British Army James Blunt is going into battle again, he tells Joshi Herrmann

On the warpath: Blunt decries the lack of care and support for injured British soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

Bluntly speaking J

AMES Blunt is alive. “Dead” might be the first search result that you get if you type James Hillier Blount’s stage name into Google, but that’s because every once in a while an online rumour of his demise flickers across the internet, probably on the back of a mixture of concern and wish fulfilment. “I’m pretty sure I’m not dead at the moment,” he jokes, sounding slightly sheepish that any confirmation should be required. He’s speaking from a secluded villa in Ibiza where he has spent most of his time since his hit-making magic faded half a decade ago. When the celebrity media are having a slow day, we occasionally get glimpses of Blunt’s life there: scuba diving with his aristocratic girlfriend Sofia Wellesley or driving friends around nearby island Formentera on his boat. What’s his Ibiza life all about, I ask him, hopeful that he’ll regale me with the sex, drugs and rock’n’roll everyone suspects he gets up to. “How old are you?” he asks in reply. Twentythree, I tell him. “Yeah, I’m a fraction older,” Blunt says optimistically (he’s 38), “but I do the same lifestyle in Ibiza as you would if you were here.” Yes, perhaps - if I had the dosh and babemagnet cachet of having made the best-selling album of the noughties. Another thing that Blunt doesn’t want to say too much about is music. After his third album, Some Kind of Trouble, failed to make an impression – selling less than a tenth of what his

first one did - he’s taking “a bit of time out to go and have fun”. He says he hasn’t thought about making another album, and that his lucrative tours have grown as much as his record sales have shrunk. He is speaking to me because Blunt was a patron of this week’s Fashion For the Brave event at London’s Dorchester, which is raising money for two causes close to his heart, the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund (HCOCF) and the British Forces Foundation (BFF), and he wants people to pay more attention to them.

REMARKABLE It was 10 years ago that Blunt ended his six years’ service in the Household Cavalry and left the Army to pursue a music career. He says he feels “mixed” looking back at that decision, and that he had “a most amazing time” in the forces, including a deployment as an armoured reconnaissance officer in Kosovo. “When you’re in it you’re doing a remarkable job that is very much to do with life and death, the realities of the world. So to leave that and go into an industry where you’re out on your own a little bit more, but where the people are a bit more selfish, was a moment of sadness.” He still has “masses” of friends in the forces, and their plight as a result of funding cuts and equipment shortages is one of the few issues that seems to animate him in his island paradise. Earlier this year, he wrote a letter to the

Gold: Heather Stanning (right) with her Olympic medal. From right: Patrick Hennessey, Charlie Mayfield, Nick Beighton and Hugh Robertson

Daily Telegraph, complaining how three attempts he made to fly out to Afghanistan and play for the troops had been thwarted by faulty planes and equipment. He lamented that “someone, somewhere has constructed an expensive system that doesn’t deliver”. Now, when he returns to the subject, he isn’t so diplomatic. Referring to the HCOCF, Blunt is true to his name: “It’s come out of necessity,” he says. “What’s remarkable is that we send soldiers off to war, where many have lost their lives, where many come back with horrible injuries, and it comes down to individuals within regiments having to say ‘Hang on, this isn’t good enough, our soldiers are not being looked after properly, we must do it ourselves’.” He’s talking about stories like that of a trooper seriously injured in February 2010 while on patrol on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, to whom the HCOCF gave £9,500 to provide wheelchair access to his driveway and garden. Or the £1,400 it gave to a mother to compensate for the loss of earnings she suffered while caring for her injured son. “Why is that happening in the first place?” says Blunt, with genuine anger. “It’s a remarkable fact that we send people off to die and when they come back injured we rely on those soldiers - or people like Help for Heroes and the BFF.” Blunt clearly still feels connected with the forces, even a decade after leaving. “The Army is tiny,” he says.

“So the moment you hear of anyone being injured or killed, everyone I know starts looking at the television for a name, for what regiment they’re in. Generally, of the people who have been killed recently, if

I didn’t know them personally, then I know someone who did.” Is that a message to politicians, I ask? “I think if you’re sending people off to war and they’re losing limbs or dying, you’d ex-


James Blunt is not the only British soldier to swap a life in khaki for something completely different. Here are five of the best forces success stories. Nick Beighton, 30 A captain in the Royal Engineers, Beighton was serving in Helmand Province when both his legs were blown off in an explosion. Less than three years later he has competed in the Paralympics, rowing in the mixed sculls and narrowly missing a bronze medal. Hugh Robertson, 50 Britain’s current minister for sport was an army man for 13 years. He rose to the rank of major in the Life Guards, part of the Household Cavalry, before becoming a banker, then MP for Faversham and Mid Kent. Heather Stanning, 27 Olympic rower Stanning earned

Britain its first Olympic gold when she raced to victory with her teammate Helen Glover. Stanning has been a captain in the Royal Artillery since 2008. Patrick Hennessey, 30 A company operations officer in the Grenadier Guards, Hennessey served in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving to become a barrister and novelist. His second book, Kandak, has been highly praised for its depiction of Army life. Charlie Mayfield, 46 The chairman of the John Lewis Partnership spent five years in the Scots Guards and was promoted to captain before he laid down his arms. “The Army gives you a lot of responsibility very early on,” he has said. He credits the institution for teaching him about relationships and leadership.

pect them and their loved ones to be looked after, yes. But you and I both voted in those politicians who sent them to war, and therefore you and I have to bear as much responsibility to our soldiers.”



WHAT MAKES A TREN If you’re wondering why this season the shops are all full of Grandma’s favourite shade, Richard Godwin has the answer N THE early 19th century, the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi imagined a dialogue between Fashion and Death. In it, Fashion tries to convince Death that they are sisters: “Do you not remember we are both born of Decay?” she says. “We both equally profit by the incessant change and destruction of things here below.” Posterity has not recorded what was going on in the A/W 1829 collections to prompt this meditation (Napoleonic out, Gothic in?). However, while fads have come and gone, and corsetry has much improved, fashion remains in an endless cycle of rebirth. It needs a continuous supply of trends in order to survive. But who comes up with these trends to feed into fashion’s hungry maw? Who decided that ‘here below’, in autumn 2012, purple would be the colour? Violet is part of the electromagnetic spectrum whether Miuccia Prada likes it or not, but there was surely a reason she decided


to drape her models in it this season. And she wasn’t the only one. Christopher Kane unfurled a lavender catwalk stalked by lilac models, while Frida Giannini opted for luxuriant plum at Gucci. Elsewhere it was all aubergine and amethyst, mulberry (at Mulberry) and mauve. What makes one colour suddenly seem ‘it’? One of the simplest reasons is that the textiles industry decided it would be so about three years ago. In the real world it is autumn 2012, but the current round of fashion shows all look forward to S/S 2013. And as soon as they are over, the designers will go to their own shows: fabric exhibitions, such as the hugely influential Première Vision in Paris, where they will buy their fabrics for A/W 2013. Then the weavers and printers who exhibit there will go out to the plantations to buy the threads that they will turn into the fabrics for the following collection: S/S 2014. Designers are often reluc-

Mauve over (from left): a/w 2012 designs from Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent and Prada

tant to go into this, but one reason everyone’s pushing purple is that they all shop in the same place, so to speak. To maximise future sales, textiles manufacturers, printers, dyers, stylists and designers meet twice a year to decide on a unified colour palette for the seasons ahead. “It doesn’t just fall from

Christopher Kane


the sky,” says Gill Gledhill, a spokeswoman for Première Vision. “It’s not just one particular company saying it thinks purple is great, it’s the whole industry - from fibre producers to trends companies to the exhibitors themselves - coming together to decide.” Changes in lifestyle, sociology, economics and culture also all factor in the decision of a season’s colour palette. Purple could just as easily have come from what was fresh three years ago, when the Twilight vampire craze was at its peak and Bat For Lashes was singing crepuscular rock music. “The market is constantly moving forward and is influenced by everything around us from technological advancements in textile and clothing production to economic factors,” says Gledhill. Still, while this partly explains why purple garments are now lined up in the shops, it doesn’t quite explain why it might seem a good idea to buy them. And nor does it explain the plethora of floral prints in winter, peplums (again), Edwardian cuts and hats, and voluminous 1970s sleeves. Why are all the cool kids queuing up for bling junk food and drinking Campari spritzes? Why is the Ford Fiesta the best selling car in the UK? Why are you in a strangely restless and poetical mood? To understand all this, we must turn to trend forecasters, the soothsayers of the 21st century. Forecasting - the art of predicting, anticipating and explaining trends, and then charging your clients handsomely - is a global business worth £36 billion annually. With the turnover in trends

now faster than ever (we are end in the middle of a macro trend owfor micro trends), it is a growing industry, too. 90s, As recently as the 1990s, ould the fashion industry would decide trends from the top down - a handful of influential designers would meett in cide the Ritz in Paris to decide what the themes for the next season would be. There is still room for an individual desion signer to unleash their vision low and make everyone follow iuc- a Phoebe Philo or a Miuccia Prada, say - however, in a rld, global and connected world, petthere are now many competreet ing influences. High street cept chains frequently intercept hain the fabric show supply chain and far quicker than the grand hat design houses, meaning that Zara and H&M could be reière flecting what’s at Première Vision now, by Christmas. h as Meanwhile, a film such ake Drive can suddenly make eem a satin driving jacket seem like a good idea; period dramas such as Downton Abtain bey and Mad Men can retain ion; holds on the imagination; Florence Welch can raid her g-up grandmother’s dressing-up box for a stage outfit and start a trend for lace and neon; street style, as connto veyed by bloggers, feeds into cker high street stores far quicker lecthan it does into the collechat tions (I’m fairly sure that end the current menswear trend ers, for smart trousers, blazers, d pocket handkerchiefs and loafers derives mainly from the dapper Italian gentlemen documented on The Sartorialist and Tommy Ton blogs). Some factors are inscrutable: the weather; the transit of Venus. Other factors are more prosaic: why is everyone channelling the 1920s of F Scott Fitzgerald? The

copyright on The Great Gatsby has just expired. It takes a strange combination of mysticism and science to sift through all of that. In fashion, consultancies such as Peclers, NellyRodiLab and Stylesight, and individuals such as the celebrated Dutch forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, regularly brief fashion businesses, from high street to designer labels, about where the market will be heading in two or three years’ time. Traditionally, these consultancies publish incredibly expensive books rounding up future developments (Peclers’ recent edition, Futur(s), retails at €5,500), but recently they have moved online. The London-based WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) has 38,000 clients, including Armani and Walt whose h b i ti mart, subscriptions start from £16,500 a year. The company made £40 million in 2010. Martin Raymond is the cofounder of The Future Laboratory, a consultancy based in London that operates an online networking service and a regular series of briefings and seminars. His clients range

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from fashion brands such as Burberry and Asos to financial companies such as HSBC and American Express. “Traditionally, trends were associated with fashion. Now, the interest is coming from pretty much every industry. People are realising it isn’t just about clothing - it’s also about behaviour,” he says. It is the job of his team of consultants to tell their clients how consumers are thi ki th t they th can rethinking so that spond - or, more accurately, anticipate - accordingly. The Future Laboratory’s media arm, LS:NGlobal, has correspondents in 16 key cities, including São Paulo, Austin, Marseille, Munich, Naples and Tokyo, who report to the London head office. “The kinds of trends we’re focus-

Purple reign: Mary Katrantzou a/w 2012 on the catwalk. Left: a model backstage at the Roberto Cavalli show

s ing on tend to start off in cities where you have a large, demog under-30 demographic; cities where you have a high uptake of tech, with a high creative inde rather than or lifestyle index comme simply commercial and corw porate; cities with large coll borative aspects.” la asp laborative Trends trac are then tracked on a “difcurve” at first, you fusion curve”: th innovators have only the cruci early adopand the crucial v ters (often very active on social media), medi then the curve becom becomes steeper as the trend re reaches critical mass. Final Finally, you have “laggar the “laggards” and the “Luddites”, who actively refuse to adopt. I attended a briefing recently at The Future Labofu ratory HQ, a futuristic little house in London full of plants p and artisanal produce. I disR covered that Raymond’s incom in the form sights often come neo of ungainly neologisms, such (th merging of as ‘bleisure’ (the business and lei leisure - think of Bl the way the BlackBerry has eroded those boundaries), but even if the language can cring it generally make you cringe, inter points in interesting directions. ‘Masstige ‘Masstige’, for examl - mass market k plus presple tige - describes one way that companies have responded to the economic downturn. Many educated and discerning consumers, the ‘squeezed middle’ in political terms, are finding they can no longer afford the kind of products that they used to: they can’t go to Whole Foods any more,

Purple could just as easily have come from what was fresh three years ago, when the Twilight vampire craze was at its peak but nor do they feel quite comfortable with discount supermarkets such as Lidl. Waitrose’ Essentials range is an example of the way the market has filled the gap, with something that is both upmarket and utilitarian. The beauty industry is full of masstige products. In London, they’re mostly ahead of the curve, especially in fashion. “If you go to Shoreditch, pretty much every young guy you meet will be wearing tight jeans, showing his ankles, a pair of coloured socks and brogues,” points out Raymond. “Yesterday, I was in Brighton, where the look is hardly noticeable.

In Seaford, further along the coast, only one guy was wearing it and everyone was staring at him. But I bet you, in six months’ time, a lot of people there will be dressing like that one guy.” One of the trends identified by forecasters as important in the coming months is a desire for fantasy and enchantment as a reaction to austerity and utility, irony and cynicism - which we’ve all had a bit much of recently. When you paint fashion against such a backdrop, it suddenly makes sense that we are drawn to purple clothing and mindboggling optical prints right now. They evoke mystery and witchcraft, nobility and luxury, nightmares and dusk, after all. According to Première Vision, A/W 2013 will be “an opulent and sexy season marked by substance”. It will be sensual, “elevate the role of feelings” and offer “fashion stories... that carry away... that spellbind”. That means “quality velvets... dark multicolours... cutting and pasting different periods together... ornaments... mysterious garment washes... syrupy silkiness... narrative shadows, floral or plant silhouettes... veiled, smoky, colourful, uneven dyes”. Oh, and camping, a curveball micro trend. Look out for outdoorsy things, “camouflaging... sporty wools... multicoloured blurry tweeds and woollens”. Why? Sometimes it is simply because fashion says so.

Versus by Versace

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The law surrounding non EU nationals buying property for visas is not clear

Landlord’s liability in the event of fire THE risk of damages to the demised premises caused by fire is an issue concerning mainly the tenant, who should care to safeguard his rights and keep the landlord responsible to rebuild or repair the premises. The fact that the landlord has insured the premises and received the insurance money does not impose an obligation upon him to repair them, unless such an obligation is explicitly expressed in the tenancy agreement. Furthermore, the tenant continues to be liable for payment of the rent when he remains in possession of the premises despite not being able to use them. Even where the tenant’s covenant to repair contains an expressed exception of damage by fire, whereby he is exonerated from rebuilding, this exception casts no obligation upon the landlord to rebuild or repair in the event of such damage.

STATUTORY The tenant cannot rely on his status being statutory to make the landlord responsible. In statutory tenancy, the terms of the tenancy agreement which has expired still apply and if it does not impose an obligation upon the landlord to repair the premises, the tenant must either leave or arrange the issue with the landlord. In a recent case, the Rent Control Court of Limassol resolved the dispute which arose for the tenancy of a shop when it was extensively damaged by fire. The statutory tenant remained in possession of the premises and blamed the landlord, claiming that the latter was bound by the tenancy agreement to provide him with a shop suitable for its agreed use. Furthermore, he claimed that he suffered damages since the landlord omitted intentionally to repair the shop, despite the fact that he had collected the insurance money. On the other hand, the landlord claimed eviction of the tenant and repossession of the shop, because the tenant did not pay the rent; he also claimed a judgment

of the Court for rents in arrear and means profit until delivery of the possession of the premises to him. The Court raised the following questions in order to resolve the dispute:- (a) Is the landlord liable to repair the premises? (b) Is the tenant released from his obligation to pay the rent? The tenancy agreement did not clarify whether the landlord was obliged to repair the shop and the Court examined the issue based on the principles governing it. It referred to Halsbury’s, stating that except to the extent that the landlord has assumed obligation to rebuild (for example by covenanting to repair), he need not rebuild the premises if they are destroyed by fire during a term, and a covenant on his part for quiet enjoyment does not require him to reinstate the premises. The fact that the tenant has covenanted to repair with an exception for damage by fire does not itself imply an obligation on the landlord’s part to rebuild. Moreover, the fact that the landlord has insured and has received the insurance moneys does not impose an obligation on him to rebuild. Consequently, the tenant’s claim that the landlord was obliged to repair the damages caused to the shop by fire was unfounded and rejected by the Court. Since the tenant remained in possession of the premises, even without using them, it was held that his claim for the existence of obstacles preventing him from using the shop did not release him from his obligation to pay the rents. The tenant was burdened by the obligation to repair the premises, excluding wear and tear or damages caused by acts of God and the Court issued an order for the eviction of the tenant and a judgment for the rents in arrear.  George Coucounis is a lawyer specialising in the Immovable Property Law, based in Larnaca, Tel: 24 818288, cy,


Reasons to be annoyed By Antonis Loizou FRICS

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We have been battling on this subject on the clarity issue for eight months. Based on local press reports this month we understand that the following have been decided: The immigration laws regarding permanent residency visa are becoming easier and easier as time passes. In a nutshell:  A foreign person (non EU national) to secure a permanent residency visa must buy a home (house/apartment) or any other building for not less than €300,000.  He can live here together with his dependents (children under 18 years old and wife) provided he can prove that he has an annual income of at least €30,000 (coming from abroad and/or from deposits accounts in Cyprus, which came from abroad) for himself, plus €5,000 pa for each and every dependent.  He must deposit €30,000 with a local bank for a period of three years (bearing interest) approximately 4%-4½% pa.  He can borrow in Cyprus for the purchase, but €200,000 of the purchase price must come from abroad. Lending in Cyprus now is difficult and it is better for a purchaser to have all the money.  He must provide a clean criminal record from the police of his country.  The applicant must visit Cyprus at least once every two years (no duration limit).  Permanent residents under this

THE policy of allowing single housing development within agricultural areas changed overnight three months ago. There was no prior announcement, no deliberations between interested parties and local authorities and by word of mouth and through some press reports we found out that permission in such cases will be granted only based on “planning and social parameters”. These parameters (we repeat, by word of mouth) mean that for an application to be successful, the applicant must live in the parish where the plot is, he must have no other house/property there, the distance of the plot from the village must not exceed 1.5km, the plot must have an access or a right of way etc. Other than the last two requirements which are understandable, the “social and planning” parameters are unknown. The matter is due for discussion in the House. The situation is very serious we are afraid, since plot values will become personal ones (if one is or is not allowed to build), the value of personal assets will be reduced at least to one third and the Banks/Co-Ops securities will be reduced drastically in terms of security value. We regret that a decision is taken without clarity and publicity and without an exchange of views.


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category cannot work in Cyprus other than through an offshore company status.  Applications can be submitted directly to the Ministry of the Interior or through a local representative.  Replies will be given within 1-2 months (more like 2-4 months to be on the safe side) from the date of the application. There is another procedure where one can claim a local Cypriot/EU passport, but in addition to the house purchase the applicant needs to have an investment here (in real estate, bank deposits etc) in total of €10m. What is interesting is that based on the press reports, permanent residency visa holders can travel in any EU country. We found this to be odd and having discussed that with people in the Ministry of the Interior, we were told that this is correct, but doing the same with the Ministry of Exterior the officials there were not sure, adding that it is not up to Cyprus to issue visas for other countries. We will wait for answers on these issues but not forever. We are getting all sorts of enquiries on the subject, especially now that Spain, Malta and Canada have put a hold on this (visa) procedure and Cyprus is becoming a favourite place (yet, we cannot give clear and reliable information).  Antonis Loizou & Associates Ltd – Real Estate Valuers & Estate Agents,, al-HQ@aloizou.

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US net-zero lab: all comforts of home except the people Structure, populated by virtual family, with all amenities to produce as much energy as it needs By Deborah Zabarenko


ERCHED on a hilltop outside Washington, the US government’s net-zero energy laboratory looks a lot like the luxury houses nearby, with two significant differences: it will make as much energy as it uses, and only sensors, not people, live in it. Designed to fit in a typical residential neighbourhood, the 372 square metre netzero lab on the suburban campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is so energy-efficient that over the course of a year it is expected to produce as much energy as it needs. Its total energy consumption should be ‘net zero’. To measure energy use, researchers at NIST have created a virtual family of four - two imaginary working parents, a 14-year-old and an 8-year-old - and scripted their every meal, move and shower. The energy use of this typical family will be monitored.

Sensors and computer programs will simulate virtual people entering the living area or moving from room to room, taking a bath, cooking a meal, turning on a computer, a television or a toaster. The appliances and plumbing do exist and are controlled from a command centre of sorts located in the detached garage. Small devices will simulate the heat and humidity that actual humans produce in the two-storey, four-bedroom structure.

WATER USE “This family is very cooperative, they do exactly what we want them to do, every minute of the day,” Hunter Fanney, chief of NIST’s Building Environment Lab, said at the project’s official launch last week. To gauge water use, the master bedroom’s shower is fitted with a scale. Step into the shower stall and onto the scale, and a weight read-out appears outside. When the lab is in use, the

system will figure out by weight whether the virtual parents or children are taking a shower, and how much h hot water they use. The simulations assume that the 14-year-old will take ke the longest showers, Fanney said. Solar panels on the roof generate electricity and heat at water. There are no roof guttters, partly as an aesthetic statement, but also because e the lab-house is surrounded d by a deep layer of gravel through which rainwater can an percolate. The garage is built across a breezeway from the main house so all the heat from the monitoring equipment doesn’t add to the lab’s enerrgy load. There’s an electrical al outlet for an electric car and d a wheelchair lift that allowss no-stair access to the main floor of the building. This is not the only net-zero ro house in the United States, but it is the first created to look and feel like an amenity-filled suburban home, according to NIST. Most net-zero homes make it to net-zero by cutting down on n size and amenities.

A house similar to the lab was built in Concord, Massachusetts, for about $600,000, exclusive of the cost of the land, said Betsy Pettit of Building Science Corporation. A lower-cost not-quitenet-zero home was built for

Virtual home: the lab in Washington. Above: a cut away of the property

Habitat for Humanity for about $150,000, Pettit said, butt th thatt one id b was about 111 square metres, less than one-third the size of the NIST lab. NIST’s lab cost $2.5 million, because it will do more than monitor energy use, and the monitoring equipment is costly; after the first year, it

will be a test bed for new technology. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which made environmentally friendly construction a priority, almost every componentt off th the structure was t t made in the United States. The one exception was an air exchanger made in Canada. The project got a waiver to buy it when this item could not be found in the United States, a NIST spokeswoman said.

Uni aims to cut energy use THE UNI of Sunderland has launched it’s ‘Big Turn Off Campaign’ to cut energy use through simple measures. Young people are some of the biggest energy users so The Big Turn Off Campaign has been launched to target specifically young people at the Uni as well as staff. Its top ten tips to save energy are: 1. Turn off your computer, or monitor after use. 2. Switch off the light when you leave a room. 3. Turn the heating down by one degree. 4. Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth. 5. Don’t put all the lights on in a room, just the one you need. 6. Take your phone charger out of the plug when the phone is fully charged. 7. Put a full wash in the washing machine each time. 8. Fill the sink to wash up, don’t just run the tap. 9. Don’t leave TV’s or iPod Dock’s on standby. 10. If you’re cooking, why not cook together as a flat, save on electricity.

UK housing market has long wait to recovery BRITISH house prices, at least those outside London, won’t rise for at least another year as unemployment stays high and bank lending conditions remain restrictive, a poll forecast this week. Average home prices, which fell a fifth in just two years from their peak in 2007, will slip a little over one per cent this year and stagnate in 2013, according to the consensus from a regular survey of 25 market watchers. However prices in the capital, one of the world’s busiest financial centres where demand nearly always tends to outstrip supply, are expected to rise 3.0 per cent this year and 2.0 per cent next, medians from a smaller sample suggested. “Everything will hold prices back,” said Michael Saunders at Citi. “It’s unemployment, credit availability, affordability - everything.”

During a 10-year boom to 2007, average house prices in Britain tripled. But that bubble has partially burst, knocking what has long been a bedrock of consumer wealth. After hitting a trough in early 2009 during the worst of the financial crisis, average house prices rebounded. But they are now back in a mild downdraft, leaving them down a little more than 10 per cent from the top. A comfortable majority in the poll, 14 of 23 participants, said British house prices have further to fall, with the most pessimistic respondent predicting a 40 per cent plunge from here. In August, the average price of a home was £164,729, according to mortgage lender Nationwide, around six times last year’s average British salary of £26,200 and out of reach of many buyers. Mortgage approvals, used as a guide

to future housing market activity, are only seen creeping up from current levels of around 47,000 per month. The poll showed them at 50,000 in six months’ time and 55,000 in a year. Housebuilder Persimmon, which has focused on building where house prices have stayed strong, posted a 65 per cent rise in first-half profit last month. Overseas investment in top-end London real estate has traditionally come from Middle Eastern oil wealth and US bankers. But over 100 nationalities are now parking money in top London property, according to agent Savills. For those with money to burn Britain’s most expensive home, located between Harrods department store and the Royal Albert Hall, recently went on the market with a reported sale price of £300 million - enough to buy 1,821 average UK properties.

THE real estate department of the Neapolis University in Paphos recently organised a two-day international seminar on Mass Appraisals. The seminar, held under the auspices of the International Federation of Surveyors was attended by experts from the USA, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Tanzania, Greece and Cyprus

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Business & Jobs Benetton’s newest ads are seeking out the ‘unemployees’

Designers take risk on runway Industry cagey on how much is spent on catwalk shows By Li-mei Hoang THERE can be no greater tension in the fashion world than the brief moment just before the music starts, the lights blaze and the models hit the catwalk. The collection is ready, top editors, buyers and journalists wait by the runway with baited breath, models get last minute attention and designers pray that months of effort and expense will be rewarded with critical and commercial success. For designers, the prospect of spending an extraordinary sum on glamorous venues, booking the best models, set production costs and marketing, is a risk many are willing to take to be exposed to the international press and the top buyers who flock to London for its groundbreaking designs and fresh new talent. “I think the idea of doing a catwalk show at London Fashion Week is a huge investment for a designer and obviously not one that we would really encourage them to do unless they’re really ready,” British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush told Reuters. “But the images that come

from that, and the marketing material and the collateral, last a good six months, so if you amortise that over the six months in terms of the coverage that you can achieve and the audience that reaches, if you can do it, it is a really great investment.” The fashion industry remains notoriously cagey about the exact figures spent on catwalk shows. Not surprising given the lavish displays on show in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Chanel Designer Karl Lagerfeld is famous for extravagance, having once erected a huge iceberg in the middle of the glass-domed Grand Palais in Paris, just to accentuate a chilly theme. “We know that some of our designers do their shows for 30,000 pounds but we also know that the brands spend an awful lot more than that in terms of the staging, the setting, the build, creating that whole brand environment,” Rush added. With such a hefty price tag, it is not surprising that coming up with the funds can be a struggle for new designers and particularly in European and North American markets wrestling with weak economies and a Euro zone crisis

Catwalk shows are seen as an investment alongside shrinking corporate and household budgets. “Right now, the economic crisis really makes the young, new labels hard to survive. If you don’t have the mentors, industry experts, financial support, it’s really hard to continue,” designer Haizhen Wang told Reuters. Designer Emilia Wickstead, who chose to hold a salon show, said she wanted to bring back a sense of intimacy. “Sometimes in the fash-

ion industry, we all get carried away doing these crazy things but it’s as important to me for a garment to be beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside, and I love keeping the intimacy.” Presentations don’t work for every brand however, as designer Alice Temperley found. “For us, it didn’t work because the clothes needed a kind of romance, and being brought to life,” Temperley told Reuters.

ALESSANDRO Benetton is on a mission to find a cure for the ailing global economy and he’s asking 100 million or so jobless young people to chip in with ideas. The 48-year-old chairman of Benetton Group launched the family business’s latest “UNHATE” advertising campaign on Tuesday, highlighting the plight of unemployed people under 30 who are striving to find meaningful work every day. Benetton believes the generation appearing in a marketplace where the old economic models are not providing them with the kinds of opportunities that kept their fathers in work for decades need to be tapped for ideas. “In the history of the world ... the great inventions, great leadership, the great differences were always made by people under 30 years old,” the slender scion of one of Italy’s best known family retail brands told Reuters. “Now I don’t think we can look into this unknown future unless we talk to these people.” The ads and video which show determined young people at protests, in work attire waiting for interviews or at the unemployment office are bound to be less controversial than Benetton’s last campaign.

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN That resulted in the company agreeing in May to make a donation to a Catholic charity to end a legal dispute with the Vatican over an advertisement that showed Pope Benedict kissing an imam on the lips. The latest global campaign will consist of posters, tshirts, a film and a contest to choose 100 “unemployees of the year” who will each receive 5,000 euros ($6,600) for their pet projects. Contestants must be between 18 and 30 years old and unemployed. They must submit their story and project idea to and will be chosen by an online poll of their peers on the same site. The contest lasts until October 14. Benetton said he believes the post World War Two economic model of growth based on a relentless rise in Gross National Product (GNP) to deliver prosperity has been rendered obsolete by the rapid-fire changes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries with the explosion in computer power and the Internet. “What we need to do is think,” he said in an interview at Benetton’s flagship UK store in the swanky central London district of Knightsbridge. “We need to accept that GNP is not the only unit that we shall use.” That means that the children of the baby boomers who brought us free love in the 1960s, disco in the 1970s, “greed is good” in the 80s and the boom and bust of the Internet bubble in the 90s, will have to forge a very different path for themselves.

Alessandro Benetton Benetton said the campaign was inspired both by a team of 50 Benetton experts who presented him statistics showing that more than 100 million people between the ages of 15 and 29 were unemployed around the world and also a recent trip to Japan. He said it dawned on him in a Tokyo restaurant that a workable example of the economic future could be Japan, which survived a massive crisis in the late 1990s and an economy that has shrunk over the last 20 years. “At the same time they were able to make it a cleaner economy,” Benetton said. “You go to Tokyo and you see that you have low noise, electric cars and no pollution or at least less pollution.” As a father of three children under the age of 13, Benetton is not surprisingly interested in the future his offspring will inherit from this jobless generation, and as a son who has inherited the top job in the global family empire from his own father he knows that it may be time to try new things.

FLEXIBLE RIVALS “It is a little bit like the company I have inherited which needs to be re-focused,” Benetton said. Half a century after the knitwear group was founded by his father Luciano, the heir to the Benetton empire was officially entrusted in April with reviving a brand that has fallen out of fashion from its 1980s heyday. Benetton, one of Italy’s best known brands with more than 6,500 stores in 120 countries and a reputation for bold colors and controversial advertising, has suffered from the emergence of more flexible rivals like Inditex’s Zara and Sweden’s H&M. A graduate of Boston University, with an MBA from Harvard, Alessandro, who was described in a recent Elle magazine article as “almost impossibly good-looking”, also regularly updates his Facebook fanpage and a blog in English with reflections on contemporary art, sports and philosophy.

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Business & Jobs

The Super Mario and his bazooka ECB boss Draghi says he will do ‘whatever it takes to save euro’ IN JULY, the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, promised to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. On 6th September he took action, announcing a new programme which could see the central bank spending billions of euros to support troubled eurozone countries. The European Central Bank (ECB) will launch a new, open-ended and potentially unlimited bond buying programme. Named Outright Monetary Transactions (OMTs), the Bank will be able to openly buy sovereign bonds in the secondary markets, with the aim of reducing the cost of borrowing for countries like Spain, Italy and Portugal. Draghi explained that this would address the severe distortions in the government bond markets, which originate from investors’ “unfounded fears” about the survival of the single currency. “The euro is irreversible,” he added. The decisive move was welcomed by most European leaders and the markets. It has been described by various analysts as a “game changer”. Speaking to the Financial Times, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) José Angel Gurría said: “This is your bazooka. This is the muscle and the fire power which is quite awesome because effectively, theoretically, it’s unlimited.” What is different this time? There are a number of new elements compared to previous interventions. Bond-buying will be restricted to short-term debt of up to three years. The ECB will forego its status as senior creditor, so the Bank will take equal ranking with other creditors

in the event of default. The bond buying will be “sterilised” to counter inflationary risk. Collateral standards have been lowered, making it easier for banks to borrow capital. There are very strict terms attached to receiving this assistance. The ECB will only help countries which agree to implement strict policy conditions. They will have to request official help from the appropriate EU stability mechanism – to apply for a direct bailout – and put strong plans in place to get their finances back on track. Much of the response was positive. Andrew Cox, G10 strategist at CitiFX in New York, said the details “add to the credibility of the safety net taking shape in the eurozone and should support demand for eurozone assets”. There are however concerns that this programme could impose more austerity on countries which really need to grow their economies, and that the underlying causes still need to be addressed. The ECB is fully aware its action alone cannot fix the eurozone. The bank made explicit political demands on eurozone government leaders. There needs to be more integration between countries, even if this means pooling sovereignty and surrendering national powers in fiscal and budgetary policy. Nonetheless, the ECB’s bond buying programme does buy the troubled countries more time to right their fiscal imbalances and increase economic competiveness and productivity. Implications While British expatriates living in the eurozone may be encouraged by the asser-

Investment Bill Blevins Bill Blevins is Financial Correspondent at Blevins Franks International.

tion that the Euro is here to stay, it is of limited value. The continuing macroeconomic background of financial pressures besetting eurozone governments have led to them recognising the need to raise tax revenues. This aspect is likely to continue and with capital and wealth taxes increasingly coming into focus, this puts property owning expatriates firmly in the firing line. To explore how this impacts you and what options are available, you need to sit down with a firm which understands what local tax implications the Euro crisis has for British expatriates, and also considers the long arm of the UK tax office. From an investment point of view, although markets reacted well to the news at the time, this does not mean the end of volatility in the short-term and it is important to have a welldiversified portfolio. Seek professional advice on the most advantageous way to position your portfolio for current and future market conditions. A firm like Blevins Franks specialises in providing personalised tax and investment advice to expatriates living here in Cyprus, and can help you review and plan your wealth management in the current economic climate.  To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website

Draghi (above) believes his plan would address severe distortions in the market

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Private banks are working wonders to lure super-rich ‘There is more to wealth than managing one’s assets’ By Anjuli Davies and Sinead Cruise HAT DO you get the client who has everything? An evening at a sleep school to get tips on how to beat insomnia? A chance to play cricket with former England star Andrew Flintoff? Advice on finding the right school? These are just some of the services offered by Barclays in its “Little Book of Wonders,” underscoring the lengths to which the bank is prepared to go to win the custom of the super-wealthy at a time when its traditional businesses are struggling with weak economies and tougher regulators. “There is more to wealth than managing one’s assets ...this is a complement to the financial advice we give cli-


ents and a recognition of the world in which our clients exist,” David Hughes, Head of Affinity Partnerships at Barclays, which oversees the Little Book of Wonders. Attracting the business of wealthy clients, worth an estimated $42 trillion globally, is critical for banks not only seeking to maintain their margins, but also diversify their funding base and reduce their reliance on capital markets. “Private banking, given the relatively lower capital requirements and the fee based nature of revenue is an area of growth and competition which is expected to increase,” Jill Zucker, a partner at McKinsey’s told Reuters. Private clients pay on average 1 per cent of assets under management in fees to their wealth managers, estimates specialist wealth management consultant Scorpio

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A group of students sit in the historic boardroom at Coutts bank in London. Coutts is the ‘Queen’s banker’ far important than a luxury freebie,” he said. But in innovating the breadth and depth of services offered, private banks will have to make sure the extra spend is worth their while as profit margins in wealth management buckle under the increasing cost of regulation, compliance and technology. The global wealth management industry is now paying $8 to generate every $10 of income, calculates Scorpio Partnership in its closely watched annual health check of the global private banking sector in July. “The question of how you can continue to cater for clients that might be less profitable for you in the future is a difficult one,”Coutts’ Ewart said. In the case of Little Book of Wonders, Barclays declined to disclose the cost of building and maintaining the online portal, saying it was part of its overall investment in its wealth management platform. In an attempt to mitigate the costs of the service the bank has offered the luxury brands the opportunity to advertise, for a fee, on its Lit-


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tle Book of Wonders portal. Banks will also pitch services such as Futurescope or Little Book of Wonders to a select set of clients depending on their wealth and how they’ve made their money rather than blanket invites, to preserve the exclusivity of the offers. But as clients question the fees they pay, especially in an environment where investments assets are delivering lacklustre returns due to ongoing economic uncertainty, additional services not seen as essential to business needs might raise eyebrows. “If there are fancy chandeliers and teacups, some clients might assume they are paying too much in fees,” said Zucker. Such services are often tailored to the ultra high net worth individuals, with assets greater than $25 million, who are not only costing the banks more but are also not necessarily the most profitable. So-called ‘Core Millionaires’, with assets of between $1 million and $10 million, generate investment revenue margins, on

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average two to three times higher than their wealthier counterparts, making greater use of more profitable banking and lending products, a survey by McKinsey estimates. These Core Millionaires are also projected to generate 60 per cent of asset growth amongst all households with more than $1 million in assets by 2015. “They’re a bit of a lost set of clients,” said Zucker. “Banks need to tailor their offering so there is growth in different market segments.” So, where does this leave the ‘Little Book of Wonders’? A junior member of one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurial families, whose mother recently switched private banking allegiance, was sceptical that affluent individuals would be tempted to change banks based on free offers. “Would clients be impressed by that? No way,” the source said. “They just want to make sure that their banking is done. That their transfers happen, that they can speak to someone when they need to,” he said.

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MISCELLANEOUS ***************************** WE BUY GOLD FOR CASH – BEST PRICES ON THE MARKET, in any condition, any carats. Call us for a quote tel: 99758048 ***************************** Friday October 5th. 09.30 – 12.30 C3A LIMASSOL: LEARNING THROUGHOUT LIFE If you have an interest in joining educational and recreational daytime groups, pop in to our exhibition: see what we have to offer and meet our group leaders. Annual membership €5 entitles you to join as many groups as you wish. Venue: Bank of Cyprus Cultural Centre, 117 Arch. Makarios Ave, Limassol (Near Debenhams Apollon) C3A Website: PO Box 51922, 3509 Limassol. ***************************** WHOEVER HAS UNWANTED CD/DVD, books, decorative items and homeware in good condition can donate it to the Hiv Cyprus Foundation so we can re-sell them at the Gynaikopazaro in Nicosia every first Sat-

urday of the month in support of these families. We can even collect them from your house or if you dont live in Nicosia you can send them via Akis/Travel Express and we can pay the fare. For further info please contact 99 55 95 94. Thank you! ***************************** CASTLE AUCTIONS – Next Sale Sat 29th SEPT @ 11am. Auction includes: Double Cab 4x4, trailer, new & quality used furniture, appliances, household goods, art, collectables, tools and much more. Tel: 7000 78 89, find us on Facebook or ***************************** TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE GREEK ORTHODOX: The European Union Parliament is pressuring the Turkish Government to restore Saint Sophia Cathedral from a museum into a Greek Orthodox Church. However the Parliament has set a requirement of 1,000,000 signatures on a petition before it makes this conversation a prerequisite for Turkey’s admission into the European Union. You are requested to cast your vote by logging on to a link at www. This is an opportunity for each of you to have an impact on world events. Get as many Greek Orthodox, other Orthodox and Christian friends of yours to sign the petition and make history. ***************************** ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS CYPRUS Is drink costing you more than just money? AA could be the answer. Meeting at the following locations/days. Call to speak to an AA member. Ayia Napa Monday 97798043 Larnaca Tuesday (Polish spk) 96616589 Thursday 24645523 / 99259264 Limassol Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday 25368265 / 99559322 Nicosia Wednesday/Sunday 99013596 Paphos Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday 99916331 / 99399240 Details of meetings are available on ***************************** DOES SOMEONE ELSE’S DRINKING CAUSE YOU A PROBLEM? Al - Anon is for family and friends of those with a drinking problem. Call Nicosia 99 877205 for more information and details of meetings. *****************************

Nicosia - tel: 22 818583 fax: 22 676385

HEALTH & FITNESS ***************************** PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSAL & karouna Reiki masseur, offering healing hands massage. Excellent result with patients who had consequences after heart attack, stroke, people who have been through an accident, suffering from stress. Balancing of all body energies. Call for your personal date. 99743032. ***************************** BALANCE YOUR BODY and mind ! Aromatherapy, massage against stress, back pains, headache! Nicosia more info on 97 69 67 95 ***************************** CLINICAL PILATES. Personalised Clinical Pilates by Physiotherapists in Nicosia. Individual assessment and supervision of exercises. “Clinical pilates” is a modified form of therapeutic exercise used by physiotherapists to assist in the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injury especially lower back pain, sacro-iliac pain and neck pain. More info on 22446988. *****************************

and very friendly. He needs permanent or temporary foster home. He is looking for a forever home! At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact Elena on 99520511 mon-frid 10-2pm. ***************************** FOR SALE 2 BLACK ENGLISH COCKER girls almost 4 months old, with an excellent pedigree, fully vaccinated, microchip with registration number, lovely natured, DNA tested parents. Living with a family with kids, other dogs and a cat (350-500 euros). Also for sale a 6 months old golden boy, purebred without pedigree great for a family pet for 250 euro. For information look at or call 99884578/22383983 Anna (Nicosia) ****************************


SOPHIE IS A FEMALE part terrier, around 1 years old. She will be a small sized dog. She is a bit shy around strangers at first, exceptionally clever and very playful once she gets used to her surroundings. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact Elena on 99520511 mon-frid 10-2pm. ****************************

SUGAR IS A FEMALE mini pinscher cross, around 3.5 months. He is sweet natured

Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049

****************************** ENGLISH LESSONS with qualified teacher, €17 per lesson in student’s home. Nicosia. Contact Katerina 99710226 ****************************** GREEK AND TURKISH LESSONS: If you are tired of grammar-based classes and would like to learn one of these fascinating languages in a stimulating, friendly and interactive environment in Nicosia, contact us at ****************************** SPANISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN AND GERMAN LESSONS: If you would like to learn one of these fascinating languages in a stimulating, friendly and interactive environment in Nicosia, contact us at ****************************** FOUNDATION IN ART ARCHITECTURE CONSTRUCTION& DESIGN. Drawing& Painting, beginners& improvers. (BTEC Visual Recording portfolio) Thursday 17.00–19.00 Art Architecture History; Time Line Journal Tuesday 17.00–19.00 IDC@ Herodotous Institute, 7Afroditis, 4620, Episkopi, Limassol 99409829 ****************************



PERSONAL ENGLISH MAN 58 years old looking for chat special lady. Call 96476653 Paphos. ***************************** AUSTRIAN INGENEUR, 50 years, searching for a nice women. Mobile:00491726293462

Limassol - tel: 25 761117 fax: 25 761141

TASHA A FEMALE TERRIER mix, around 1,5 years old. She is extremely friendly dog and she is very very sweet and clever. She is looking for a forever home! At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact Elena on 99520511 mon-frid 10-2pm. ****************************

LESSONS ***************************** 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. ***************************** LEARN GREEK with the best at the Papantoniou Institute! Lessons starting in October! Small groups, competitive prices! Call now on 99821634. ***************************** PRIVATE TUITION Experienced, UK-qualified teacher and tutor offers full or part-time private home tuition in Maths, English, the Sciences, Geography, History, Business Studies and Economics to iGCSE, AS and A2 levels. Tel 99318796.

***************************** EXPERIENCED PAINTER at very reasonable prices! Decorative coatings, house painting, sprits and graphiato, varnishing, damp proofing and protection from humidity for walls and ceilings. Free estimates! Call Harry on 97768020 ***************************** PERFECT SMILE! Change your appearance in ONLY 2448 hours in clinic in Bulgaria. We provide a big range of dental services such as teeth replacement, implants and so on. phone: +447532191661 phone: +35795122333 e-mail: **************************** COMPUTER\LAPTOP repairs, upgrades, maintenance, performance issues, Basic Training. In-Home service. Paphos-PolisPeyia areas. Call Norbert Tel 976 49715 **************************** UPHOLSTERY, Rug, Blinds + Curtain Cleaning Rugs from 20€ - Carpets from 38€ - Fabric Suites from 85€ - Leather Suites from 95€ - Mattresses from 25€. Curtains, Roman blinds, Vertical Blinds need to be surveyed. Collection Service available. For a free quotation call Mark on 70006766 All areas ***************************** DO YOU WANT A SHINY LOOKING FLOOR? Full repair & restoration of chipped, scratched, dull and stained, Marble, Terrazzo, Stone & Ceramic tiled floors and surfaces. Professional cleaning, repair & sealing of internal/external ceramic tiles & grout lines. For a free profes-

Larnaca - tel: 24 652243 fax: 24 659982

classified contents Employment Opportunities pg 27 Employment Miscellaneous 27 Pets 27 Lessons 27 Health & Fitness 27 Personal 27 Services 27 For Sale Miscellaneous 28 For Sale Land/ Property Business 28 For Sale Motor vehicles 28 Wanted 28 To Let Nicosia 28 To Let Limassol 31 To Let Larnaca 31 To Let Paphos 32 To Let Protaras, Ayia Napa, Paralimni -To Let Athens -Land For Sale Bulgaria -For Sale Nicosia 33 For Sale Limassol 33 For Sale Larnaca 33 For Sale Paphos 33 For Sale Ayia Napa -For Sale Famagusta Protaras 33 For Sale Athens -Property& Home Services display ads 34

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

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

Please note tel nos. that begin with: 22 = Nicosia 23 = Paralimni/Protaras 24 = Larnaca 25 = Limassol 26 = Paphos

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Advertiser SERVICES sional consultation & demonstration contact Mark at Premier on 70006766 or 96333961 All areas ***************************** PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING, also carpets, rugs and mattresses. Special offers now available. For a quote call Rickys Cleaning Services on 99131044 (all areas) **************************** KEEP YOUR HOME COOLER THIS SUMMER by having Windowfilm professionally fitted. Stops up to 86% of heat from entering your home! Windowfilm increases privacy, blocks harmful uv-rays which cause fading, reduces glare and saves energy costs on air-con. Also keeps your home warmer in winter. Call Ian on 99979671 **************************** HOME/ OFFICE professional security systems at affordable prices catered for your needs, call now on 99841265 to arrange a free quotation in the Paphos area **************************** K.D.FLYSCREENS LTD We manufacture top quality sliding screens, opening doors and roller systems. We also do repairs. For a FREE QUOTE please contact Phone: 99119582 Website: **************************** WE UNDERTAKE REFURBISHING of houses or holiday homes, construction of pergolas, undertaking of plumbing, house painting, garden work. For information call JIMMYS: 96587137, MELIS: 96547879 *****************************





wall fittings (clothes rails.) Selling at very low prices for clearance. Tel: 99-168943 *****************************

Paramytha: 550 sq. m.-760 sq. m. Green valley and Mountain views. . From €250,000= Foinikaria: 700 sq. m.- 1300 sq. m. Forest and Yermasoyia lake views. From €170,000= Theomaria e-mail: theomaria@ Tel:25372917, 99681422, 99624272, www. **************************** FOR SALE OR RENT - Kato Paphos – full moon bar, fully furnished and equipped, large flat screen TV’s + projector, fits 120 people comfortably, incredible opportunity for ready business! Please call: 99493579

MOVING SALE: Iron, Ironing Board, Sleeper Sofa, Multifunction Printer, 80cm Flat screen TV, Satellite Dish with 2LNB and Receiver, Computer Desk, Shelves, TV Table, UV-Lamp for Gel-Nails, Wi-Fi Range Extender, Siemens Vacuum Cleaner 1400, 3 Scratch Trees for Cats big and small, Speaker System for PC/ TV, old Laptop without Windows, Ford Escort 1.8 Diesel 1997, Sun bed, Sony Wireless Headphone, Bosch Drill Machine, Bosch Jigsaw, Plates, Drink Glasses, Clothing, Women’s Shoes, size 26 mountain bike, Tuxedo and many small Items. Call Jessica or Christine 96433602 or 96598041 or 26270674. ARJO MAXIMOVE hoist for movement of disabled person. V.G.C with 1 sling and Charger. Can lift from floor. E500. Bargain. Tel 99076727 QUICK SALE: two Italian sofas, beige, removable covers, dark wooden feet, 180 cm and 200 cm. €250. Nicosia. Contact Katerina: 99710226. FURNITURE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Childs cot / mattress €50 play table and stools €50 Bunk Bed set with ladder/ mattress €100 child’s bike €40 Child’s easy chairs €30 Easel €20 gas BBQ 80 vacuum cleaner Miele €80 Abstract canvasses from €10 ENGOMI 22355790 CLOTHES STOCKS AND SHOP FITTINGS FOR SALE. Excellent women’s brands for sale including Italian, Spanish and French clothes and shoes. Also women’s dummies and modern

FOR SALE BUSINESS/ PROPERTY/LAND ***************************** LAND FOR SALE Paphos Area Marathounta: 300-8.000 m2 From: €45.000 Armou: 300-4.000 m2 From: €300.000 Lysos: 2.50030.000 m2 From: €50.000 Pegeia : 2.000-26.000 m2 From: €300.000 Tsada: 6.000 m From: €200.000 More properties available starting €10.000 99632096 cylandia@ WWW.CYLANDIA.EU **************************** PLOTS FOR SALE: Ayios Tychonas: 1000 sq.m. -1300 sq,m. .Walking distance to sea. Unobstructed sea view. From €350,000= Asgata: 560 sq. m.-900 sq. m. Beautiful place. From: €150,000=

CHILDCARE From a Cypriot - with 20 years experience in a kindergarten - looking after infants and children at her house in Nicosia

For information call 99781943

WANTED TO RENT FLAT OR HOUSE TO RENT, 2-3 bedrooms, veranda/terrace or garden, prefer furnished, SW of Nicosia (in approx area Lakadamia to Kapedes and Kalo Chorio) cy, 22455072, 99089083.


PROPERTY TO LET NICOSIA 2 BEDROOM fully furnished flat for rent between Hilton & Debenams off Makarios Avenue near Cyprus University. Covered parking, A/C throughout, all white goods. C/H, internet, very nice furniture. 3rd floor small block in quiet residential road. Lykavitos area. Tel 99625761. FOR RENT FLAT - Wonderful flat near Central Hilton, 3 bdrm flat with extra independent help’s room & shower, 3 toilets, large veranda, living room and kitchen. Must be seen. Stavros 99626223. FOR RENT - OFFICE - Small office 54sq.m., on Stasinou Avenue, 3rd floor with wonderful view over Nicosia. €450 per month. Stavros 99626223. FOR RENT NEW OFFICE & flat in the canter of Nicosia (very close to Cleopatra Hotel). Call

TO LET NICOSIA 99763804 FOR RENT OR SELL: 2 bed-room flat in Nikis Avn in Nicosia, 80 m. Completely renovated, with electric supplies. Excellent for office or flat. 3 bed-room flat with electric supplies and some furnitures in Nicosia near Central Bank, 140 m. Completely renovated like new. Mob : 99 460 860 VILLA LATSIA 900 sq.m. build in 6 donum inside pool lrg garden, Strovolos villa pool 330 sq.m. underfloor heating patio €2500 Latsia 5 bedr.pool f/f €2500, Acropolis modern flat 180 sq.m. €1100, 3 bedr., Mak/ssa modern flat wooden floors €1200 Upper house Archangelos f/f modern €1000 Costas Markides 22378898 / 99 464764, Reg. No. 487, E16 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. ***************************** FOR RENT STUDIO Nikis av. €430, Ag. Andreas €295, 1 bdrm Platy €480 furnished, Kennedy

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av. furnished €440, 2 bdrm Ag. Omologites €500 furnished, Lykavito furnished €600 Engomi near universities €540, Ag. Dometios ground floor with garden €600, 3 bdrm Strovolos €600, Acropolis €800, 4 bdrm Acropolis ground floor €800, Dasoupolis new independent house €1,200. POSPORIDES ESTATES REG. 338 99474839 99646822 **************************** FOR RENT 3-bedroom luxury apartment over 200 sq.m. Very spacious living area extending to a large veranda overlooking the green of the river area. Bathrooms all marble (one en-suite), modern kitchen. Fully air-conditioned, with underfloor heating, garage for 2 cars and large store. Situated in the exclusive gated development of J&P Glastonos, one of the oldest classy residential areas of Nicosia. Call 99630320 ***************************** ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT, in small quiet building, new, very spacious, fully furnished and air conditioned. Very good location between Strovolos and Engomi, close to The European University (Cyprus College) and all amenities. Covered parking. Rent €495/m. Please call 99695382 ***************************** LUXURY HOUSES: 1. 5 bedrs detached house, 550sq.m, built in 2 big plots of land, big garden with grass, big swimming pool with extra fence for children and big covered patio with bbq area, big reception areas with marble floor, fire place and bar, big kitchen with all electrical appliances and sitting room with fire place, maid’s

room, floor heating, full a/c, blinds on the windows, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower, big bathroom for the other 3 bedrooms and extra shower in the 5th bedroom Strovolos €2500 (H5ST10001-R), (photos in the website). 2. 3 bedr + office space luxury ground floor house with central heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, big sitting and dining room, separate kitchen fully equipped with family room, big covered veranda, garden with grass, FULLY FURNISHED AND EQUIPPED, covered parking in a quiet area opposite Apoel training field. Available also if needed 1 bedr apartment in the basement with higher rent - ARCHANGELOS €1200 (H4AR0015-R), (photos in the website). 3. 3 bedr luxury fully renovated house+ separate maid’s room with shower and wc, ,sitting room/office space upstairs, parquet floor in bedrooms and marble downstairs, big kitchen with cooker and oven and breakfast area, big patio & on the back with tiles & covered parking in a quiet area close to Akropoli park and CYTA offices. Available in November - DASOUPOLIS €1300 (H4DAS0009-R), (photos in the website). 4. 3 bedr ground floor semi detached house, 170sq.m, central heating, 3 a/c, 2wc, big kitchen with cooker, oven, big front veranda, small yard, in a very quiet neighbourhood near Areteion hospital and Alpha Mega supermaket. Available end of September - Dasoupoli €650 (H3DAS0007-R), (photos in the website). 5. 4 bedr new luxury detached house, separate maid’s room,

central heating, full Ac, 260sq.m, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances, blinds on all the windows, 4wc, 2 showers, 1 bathroom, 2 covered parking, big garden with grass in a quiet neighbourhood in a dead end near French Ambassador house Strovolos €1400 (H4ST10045-R), (photos in the website). 6. 3 bedr + big attic room which can be used as a bedroom/office, detached house, central heating, full a/c,3wc, 2 bathrooms, big sitting and dining room, separate kitchen with all the electrical appliances, small garden and patio with bbq area, covered parking, near Apollonion hospital. – Makedonitissa €1200 (H4MAK0016-R), (photos in the website) 7. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, 330sq.m, central heating, full ac, 2 covered parking’s, big kitchen with sitting room and all expensive electrical appliances, blinds on the windows, lighting fixtures, 2 bedrs with en suite shower and wc, main bathroom with jacuzzi,3rd bedroom with only shower ,swimming pool with wooden deck around, covered patio with nice covered bbq area, opposite a green area in a very quiet area – Strovolos €2600 (H4ST10040-R), (photos in the website). 8. 4 bedr luxury detached house + big separate maid’s room, central heating, full a/c, big sitting and dining area, big separate family room with fire place, big kitchen with breakfast area, 4wc, parquet floor all the house, mature garden on the front and back of the house, 3 covered parking, in a quiet area - PARISSINOS €2300 (H4PA20006-R), (photos in the website).

9. 3 bedr upstairs and 2 separate bedroom in the basement luxury detached house(all the bedrooms with en suite bathrooms/ shower), also separate kitchen and sitting room in the basement which has also separate entrance from the house, central heating, full a/c, solid parquet floor all the house, big sitting and dining room with fire place, big fully equipped kitchen with breakfast area and family room, big overfloor, swimming pool with covered patio area with fully equipped bar(bbq, fridge, freezer, cooker),mature garden around the house,2 parking places, alarm system near the Cyprus Conference Centre- PLATY AGLANTZIAS €3500 (H5PAG0002-R), (photos in the website). 10. 4 bedr new luxury finished top quality detached house, 290sq.m, central heating, full a/c, master bedroom with ensuite shower/jacuzzi, guest bedroom with shower, main bathroom with jacuzzi, 4wc, fully expensive furnished with 3 LCD televisions, kitchen with very expensive electrical appliances and family room, garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area,2 covered parking’s, alarm system, pressure system, Strovolos €2700 (H4STI0039-R), (Photos on the website). 11. 4 bedr luxury semi detached house with good size garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area, central heating, a/c units, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered parking, FULLY FURNISHED AND EQUIPPED, in a quiet area in a dead end close to all amenities and schools. ANTHOUPOLIS €1300 (H4ANT0002-R), (photos in the website).

12. 5 bedr new luxury finished detached house with separate maid’s room, one of the bedrooms with shower and wc and can be used as guest room,4 wc, solid parquet floor all the house, separate family room with fire place, big sitting room, separate dining room, big kitchen with breakfast area, big outside patio with tiles and bbq area,2 covered parking, electrical appliances in the kitchen, in a very quiet neighbourhood close to CYBC station. Can be rented furnished or not. – Platy Aglantzias €3000 (H5PAG0001-R), (Photos on the website). 13. 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,1 shower,2wc, 2 covered parking, big verandas surrounded by trees and bushes off 28th October street - Makedonitissa €1300 (H4STI0043-R), (photos in the website). 14. 3 bedr luxury house, nicely modern furnished with big sitting and dining areas with bar, central heating, full a/c, big fitted kitchen with TV room, office space, patio area with bbq, covered parking, 3wc, solid parquet floor in bedrooms and granite in the sitting areas, near the MEGA TV station – Archangelos €1300 (H3AR0002-R), (photos in the website). 15. 4 bedr luxury detached house with big basement with maid’s room with kitchen and big playroom area and 4 covered parkings. Big sitting and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, 4wc, central heating, full a/c, swimming pool, garden with grass,

patio with bbq, in a quiet area near the GSP stadium- LATSIA €2500 (H4LAT0009-R), (photos in the website). 16. 5 huge bedrooms luxury detached house(2 bedrooms downstairs+3 upstairs) all of them en suite with bathrooms, separate maid’s room, big sitting areas and big separate dining room, big kitchen, central heating, full a/c, extra sitting room upstairs, big swimming pool with cover, big covered patio around the pool and bbq area, covered parking, in a very quiet area near Alpha Mega supermarket. Price negotiable - ENGOMI €4000 (H5ENG0002-R), (photos in the website). 17. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, all the bedrooms very big and all with big bathroom/ shower, sitting room upstairs, attic room with shower and wc, office space/maid’ s room with shower and wc, central heating, full AC,450sq.m, big sitting and dining areas, big kitchen with sitting area and fitted cooker and oven,6 wc, 2 covered parking’s, big yard with tiles and garden with grass, bbq area in a very quiet neighbourhood near the CYBC ( RIK) station and near a neighbourhood park – Aglantzia €2000(H4AGZ0005-R), (photos in the website). 18. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, small yard, bbq area, FULLY FURNISHED, off Costantinoupoleos street near French Ambassador residence – Strovolos €900 (H4STI0043-R), (photos in the website). 19. 4 bedr + 2 separate rooms with showers and wc (120sq.m) detached house with big sitting

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and dining areas, big kitchen with dining area and family room with fire place, very big swimming pool with bbq area, covered patio, garden with grass, central heating in 4 zones, full a/c, 6wc, 5 covered parking’s, pressure system, opposite Apoel training field. Can be rented furnished or not. AVAILABLE END OF AUGUST – Archangellos €4000 (H4AR0007-R), (photos in the website). 20. 4 bedr luxury detached house, separate maid’s room, 600 sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 6 wc, 4 bathrooms, big sitting and dining areas opening on to the garden, big kitchen with electrical appliances, built in 2 big plots of land with huge garden with grass, swimming pool, 2 covered parking, in a quiet neighbourhood close to Alpha Mega supermarket Engomi €3700 (H4PA20005-R), (photos on the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225/96-422225/96422226, ***************************** LUXURY FLATS: 1. 3 bedr furnished apartment, 140sq.m, near Cyprus Hilton, kitchen, bathroom and extra guests toilet, large sitting room, opposite a small park, recently renovated independent oil central heating, air conditions, solar heater, covered parking – Acropolis €630 (A3ACS0040-R), (photos in the website). 2. 2 bedr luxury apartment, 3 a/c for hot and cold, covered veranda, NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking on a small building

200 METRES from Akropolis Park. Price includes common expenses – Dasoupolis €650 (A2DAS0027-R), (photos in the website). 3. 2 bedrs luxury big apartment in a small building with 4 apartments only, very big bedrooms with parquet floor, 125sq.m, central heating independent, 3ac,Fully nicely furnished separate kitchen, big sitting and dining area,2wc,covered parking behind Hilton hotel off Kennedy and Makarios close to the centre.– NICOSIA CENTRE €600 (A2NIC0026-R), (photos in the website). 4. 3 bedr luxury PENTHOUSE apartment with storage heaters, full a/c, office space, very big veranda 100sq.m with nice view and bbq area with bar, NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, 2 bathrooms, 2 storage rooms, covered parking, in a small building near Hilton park and Ippokration hospital – Engomi €1000 (A3ENG0023-R), (photos in the website). 6. 2 bedr Brand new luxury finished apartment on a small modern building with storage heaters, full Daikin air conditions, electrical appliances in the kitchen, top quality double glazed windows with electrical shutters, 1 showers, 1 bathroom, 2 wc, big sitting and dining room, Very big covered veranda, pressure system, covered parking, big storage room, near Acropolis park – Dasoupolis €670 (A2DAS0028-R), (photos in the website). 7. 3 bedr luxury penthouse apartment with solid parquet floor, 160sq.m+ big verandas, central heating independent, full a/c, false ceiling with spot lights, FULLY NICELY MODERN EX-

PENSIVE FURNISHED, covered parking, storage room, off Prodromou street. – STROVOLOS €1300 (A3ST10034-R), (photos in the website). 8. 1 bedr, fully furnished and equipped apartment, 50sq.m, 2 a/c for hot and cold, covered verandah, covered parking, ice view off Makarios Avenue between Hilton and DEBENHAMS shop – Nicosia Centre €460 (A1NIC0006-R), (photos in the website). 9. 3 Bdr apartment for rent, on the second floor -off Kallipoleos . Spacious living & dining room. Independent C/H, A/C, electrical appliances (Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Fridge, Cooker, Oven and 29” TV) store room, 2 balconies (4 reclining chairs, table), covered parking, 2 bathrooms - 1 en-suite. Very close to city center –LYKAVITOS- €680 (Price includes common expenses) (A3LYK0011-R), (photos in the website). 10. 3 bedr + office space renovated floor apartment with a/c for hot and cold, big sitting and dining room, separate big kitchen, FURNISHED with nice furniture, covered veranda with nice view, 2 covered parking, in a quiet neighbourhood near Acropolis park – DASOUPOLI€700 (A3DAS0020-R), (photos in the website). 11. 2 bedr spacious luxury finished apartment in a small modern building with electrical floor heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, big bedrooms, big sitting and dining room, FULLY NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, big covered veranda, covered parking and storage room, off Kennedy avenue in a quiet area – ACROPOLIS €800 (A2ACS0030-R),

(photos in the website). 12. 2 bedrs big luxury flat, 110sq. m+big covered veranda, CH ind, 3 a/c, cooker, oven in the kitchen, roller blinds, 2 bathrooms, 2 wc, parquet and granite floor, big bedrooms, big sitting and dining room, covered parking, intercom, on a small building with 6 flats only near Coca Cola factory 2 km from McDonalds in Egomi – Agios Dometios €550 (A2ADO0013-R), (photos in the website). 13. New luxury 2 bedr apartment with nice view, 100sq.m, big sit-

ting & dining area, big separate kitchen with cooker and oven, big covered verandah, 2 wc, storage heaters, 2 a/c, electric shutters in the bedrooms, covered parking and storage room on the 11th floor of a small building with 6 flats only 200 meters for Akropolis park and opposite a small neighbourhood park – Dasoupolis €550 (A2DAS0001-R), (photos in the website). 14. New 2 bedr luxury apartment, 90sq.m, storage heaters, 3 a/c, cooker and oven, covered veran-

dah, 2 wc, NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking and storage room of Kyriakou Matsi street near the centre – Agioi Omologites €650 (A2AOM0008-R), (photos in the website). 15. 3 bedr spacious apartment, 150sq.m, central heating independent, 3a/c, big sitting room,2 bathrooms,2wc,covered veranda, in a small building with 2 flats only, covered parking, near Hilton Park hotel- ENGOMI - €750 (A3ENG0022-R), (photos in the website). 16. 2 bedr luxury modern pent-

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house apartment 125sq.m +40sq.m veranda with very nice view and bbq area, solid parquet floor all the flat, fully modern furnished and equipped central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, big sitting and dining areas, covered parking in a very quiet neighborhood in a dead end, off Athalassa Avenue near English School behind Stephanis Electronics – Strovolos €770 (A2ST10010-R), (photos in the website). 17. 3 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, electrical appliances in the kitchen, off Makarios avenue near the centre – NICOSIA Centre €820 (A3NIC0025-R), (photos in the website). 18. 3 bedr luxury spacious floor apartment on the 4th floor of award winning building,200sq. m+big covered veranda, central heating independent, full built in air conditions, lighting fixtures, curtains and blinds on all windows, big spacious living room with fire place, big kitchen with double cooker, oven and microwave and breakfast area, double glazed windows, all the bedrooms with en suite shower/ bath, big satellite dish with sky decoder,2 covered parking and storage room, close to American embassy and other amenities – ENGOMI €1600 (A3ENG0025-R),

(photos in the website). 19. 3 bedr ground floor apartment, 200 sq. m, 2wc, big sitting room with fire place, solid parquet floor, a/c for hot and cold in all the rooms, covered parking, near Eleon swimming pool - ENGOMI - €800 (A3ENG0020-R), (photos in the website). 20. 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 neighborhood in a dead end street, off Athalasas Avenue behind Stephanis near English School €800 (A3ST10030-R), (photos in the website). 21. 3 bedr, 3 years old luxury penthouse apartment with very nice unobstructed view, 150sq.m, all the bedrooms with en suite shower/bathroom, nicely modern fully furnished, air condition for hot and cold in all the rooms, covered parking near Coca cola factory – AGIOS DOMETIOS €900 (A3ADO0001-R), (photos in the website). 22. 4 bedr new luxury finished apartment, 160sq.m+35sq.m covered veranda, big sitting and dining room, NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, Daikin air-

conditions for hot and cold in all the rooms, 2 bedrs with en suite shower/wc, 4wc, 2 covered parking, in a small modern building off Makarios Avenue in a quiet neighbourhood – Nicosia Centre €1400 (A4NIC0001-R), (photos in the website). 23. 3 bedr new luxury finished penthouse floor apartment,240sq.m, big sitting and dining area(can fit 2 sitting rooms and dining table), big separate kitchen with cooker, oven, microwave, laundry room and breakfast area, big bedrooms, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, storage heaters, full a/c, blinds on all windows, pressure system, covered parking, big covered veranda, off Ifigenias street near Ministry of Education in a small building with 7 flats only. 1st OCTOBER AVAILABLE – ACROPOLIS - €1200 (A3ACS0019-R), (photos in the website). 24. New luxury 2 bedr apartment, open plan kitchen, 3 a/c for hot and cold, blinds on all the windows, nicely expensive full furnished with real leather sofas, double bed, big dining table, LCD 32”, satellite dish with receiver, internet, very big bedrooms with big and many wardrobes, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet area near BMH – Aglantzia €590 (A2AGZ0001-R), (photos in the website). 25. 3 bedr luxury spacious 2 storey Penthouse apartment 220sq.m+ big covered veranda, SEPARATE MULTI USE ROOM 60SQ.M WITH BATHROOM on the top of the flat with 80sq.m veranda, central heating independent, full a/c, 4wc,big bathroom with Jacuzzi, big sitting and dining areas with solid parquet floor, separate kitchen with new silver, electrical appliances, 2 covered

parking, big storage room, off Makrios avenue near Hilton and Debenhams – NICOSIA - €1500 (A3NIC0010-R), (photos in the website). 26. 3 bedr luxury spacious fully renovated apartment with separate central heating, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 3 wc, parquet floor all the flat, big sitting and dining areas with fire place, big covered veranda, covered parking, blinds, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking, on a small 2 storey building, walking distance to the centre – Lykavitos €1000 (A3LYK0009-R), (photos in the website). 27. 2 bedr new luxury nicely modern furnished apartment ,central heating, 2 a/c, big covered veranda and covered parking in a quiet area behind the Municipal building – AGIOS DOMETIOS €680 (A2ADO0004-R), (photos in the website). 28. 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 + Hellenik bank headquarters and French school. CAN BE RENTED ALSO expensive furnished for higher rent – Dasoupolis €1200 (A3DAS0019-R), (photos in the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225 / 96-422225 / 96422226

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

inated parke floor, and big wardrobes in the 3 bedrooms. Rent €590.00 Tel 99497576 99886775 ***************************** OFFICE FOR RENT opposite sea with amazing sea views. 120sqm, 2 bathrooms, kitchen. Security system, cabling and server room ready. Price € 1400/month negotiable tel. 99 330 908 www.cyprusre. com/listing-LIM-0103

Friends for Life Limassol Hospice Care Appeal requires new Friends and Volunteers to help operate their Charity Shops in both Limassol and Larnaca. This is to help our large volunteer group to expand in the near future. Our aim is to open a Third Shop in the Limassol area due to popular demand. Please do not forget when clearing your wardrobes and cupboards to remember us. Shop hours Mon-Sat. 9.30 -12.30 Contact Anne 25632446 99269016

TO LET ON THE BEACH STUDIO FLAT WITH SUPERB SEA VIEW Newly renovated, fully air-conditioned one bedroom flat, comprising open-plan living room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and veranda with direct sea view on the beach next to the Larnaca fishing harbour. Covered parking in gated garage. Long-term rental, furnished €650 or unfurnished €575/month.

Call 99441499, 99431873


HOSPITALS ........ 1400

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

Drug Law Enforcement Unit ......................................... 1498 (Confidential Information) Rescue Co-ordination Centre ............................. 1441 (Immediate Response Service for Aeronautical or Maritime Accident & Incidents) Game Fund Service: (Wildlife and hunting) Central offices (Nicosia): 22867786, 22-867897 Nicosia: 22-664606, 99-445697 Limassol: 25-343800, 99-445728, Larnaca/Famagusta: 24-805128, 99-634325 Paphos: 26-306211, 99-445679 Forest Fires ..................... 1407

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

LIMASSOL APARTMENT FOR RENT – LIMASSOL For rent, deluxe 2 bedroom fully-furnished, 100 sq.m., brand new, 3rd floor, beach front Apartment at EDEN BEACH APARTMENTS, 28th October Street, Limassol, near Municipal Garden, with parking, store-room, swimming-pool, gym and unobstructed sea view. Tel. 99 639714. GROUND FLOOR 3 bedroom house, fully furnished, 2 bathrooms, renovated, electrical equipment, fitted kitchen, laundry small room, a/c, rolex windows, big veranda, good price, Apostolos Andreas-Haraki, 99497576, 99-886775, 99-924444. GROUND FLOOR HOUSE – 3 bed with central heating, air conditioning units, pressurized water, white appliances large veranda, small garden and garage in quiet location. Limassol Petrou & Pavlou area €750. For information tel: 99581313. ***************************** FOR SALE/RENT 2 years old corner house in Episkopi, 4 bedrooms, fire-place, full A/C, granite, fly screens, utility room, decorated stone wall in house, garden 182sqm. Sale €310.000 negotiable-€1.000 rent negotiable. Call 99580356 ***************************** GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, furnished renovated this year. Lam-

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ACT’s summer production of The Rivals will now be performed on 26/28/29 September in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral, Byron Avenue, Nicosia. Performances start at 7.30pm prompt. Tickets are €15 - pls book early as seats are limited. Tel: 96 504284 or 99 924363 for ticket reservations. Don’t forget your coolbox for your picnic under the stars Or why not take advantage of the Get Fresh sandwiches and wraps which will be on sale during the interval along with wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee.

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LARNACA 2 BED APT FOR RENT - off Dhekelia road , close to Palm beach hotel. Fully furnished with all amenities, heating and A/C. Very quiet and good area, must be seen €350.p/m. Tel 99593119 ***************************** SPACIOUS two bedroom apartment (one en-suite) on Euro Lodge building Drousia Larnaca. It has a/c and c/h (under floor). Separate kitchen with oven and hob. Covered parking and storage room. Call Despina 99310015 ***************************** LARNACA FLATS TO LET Fully furnished, spacious 2 bedrooms in central Larnaca. Near Saint Lazaros Church, 4 minutes walk to Phinicoudes sea front. Small block 2 years old (6 apts) From €400 - to €500. Tel. 99388901 ***************************** 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 ***************************** PROTEA APTS LARNACA Residential and holiday apts for rent monthly or weekly Larnaca – Dhekelia road, close to Golden Bay Hotel 1 & 2 bedroom apts, furnished and with low rent with swimming pool, 2 minutes walking distance from the beach, with a new pedestrian crossing in front of the building. Contact us on 99672466, 99404522, and 99078590 ***************************** LARNACA FLAT FOR RENT: Fully-furnished spacious 2-bedroom first floor flat in central location near Metro supermarket, A/C, private parking, intercom system, en-suite bathroom, small block. Phone: 99354789 ***************************** FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom flat near Larco hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543 ***************************** 1. K.S.L LETTINGS – APARTMENT FOR RENT Fully Furnished ground floor 2 bedroom apartment, overlooking pool. Beautifully furnished throughout. 350 Euros per calendar month. Larnaca District. Quote TLL884. Tel. (00357) 24815104 2. K.S.L LETTINGS – Properties Required for waiting Long Term Tenants. We desperately require

OFFICE/WAREHOUSE FOR RENT 735m² of office space and 1200m² warehousing available for long term rent on Yianni Kranidioti Avenue very close to Carlsberg Brewery. Easy access to Nicosia-Limassol highway (only 200 metres). Loading bays for warehouses and parking space for more than 40 cars. Hidden fuel tank plus car mechanics station. For more information please call 99218866

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2/3 & 4 bedroom villa’s with private swimming pools for waiting tenants in the Larnaca District. Please call us for a free valuation. Tel.(00357) 24815104 3. K.S.L LETTINGS – largest range of properties. Over 200 rental properties in the Larnaca district at the most competitive rates! Flexible contracts available. Tel. (00357) 24815104 4. – Villa For Rent Fully furnished 3 bedroom Villa with a good-sized rear garden & Communal pool, located in the village of Oroklini. Call for further information quoting Ref. TLL1189. Tel. (00357) 24815104 CALL 24 815 104 TO ENQUIRE OR ARRANGE A VIEWING – NO OBLIGATION OR FEES. View our full range of over 200 properties by visiting www. updated daily. LANDLORDS ADVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY FOR FREE AND GET WORLD WIDE ADVERTISING – NO TENANT NO FEE ! *****************************

furnished apartment with communal pool, large veranda with great sea views, quiet location Ref: 1147 Price €375 2 Konia: 3 bedroom unfurnished town house with communal pool in nice residential area, near to all local amenities: Ref: 1027 Price €600 3 Yeroskipou: 2 bed furnished apartment on nice quiet complex with communal pool, sea views, pets welcome: Ref: 1164 Price €375 4 Mesogi: 3 bed very large unfurnished apartment situated in a nice clean environment, with communal gardens, near amenities: Ref: 818 Price €450 5 Secret Valley: Large villa fully furnished in modern style, lovely large gardens, Private pool, quiet residential area, near golf area: Ref: 1170 Price €1000 6 Peyia: Very large 5 bedroom luxury villa offered fully furnished, Large astro turf garden ,with Private pool, Jacuzzi, central heating,nice views. Ref: 1167 Price €2500 7 Tala: 3 bedroom villa offered unfurnished with private pool, stunning sea views, great area near to all local amenities and the International school: Ref: 1165 Price €750 8 Tala: Luxury 4 Bed Modern furnished large villa with private pool, lawn, large gardens, closed garage, residential area: Ref: 1166 Price €1200 OFFICE: 120 MARKARIOS AVENUE, PAPHOS. OFFICE: 26600450 MOBILE: 97614070 many properties available on WEB: Email *****************************

LONG TERM RENTALS 1.CHLORAKAS 1 bed ground floor furnished apartment with central heating, communal pool and parking, sky TV. €350 pcm including all bills 2. KISSONERGA 2 bed town house, small garden, off street parking, close to bus and shops. NO POOL €350 pcm 3. TOMB OF THE KINGS Large 2 bed apartment, fully furnished, parking. a/c, comm. pool, on site facilities. €350 pcm 4. PEYIA Two lovely 2 bed town houses, fully furnished, communal pools, parking, from €425 pcm Call 96 545 174 for more info and to arrange a viewing. THIS IS JUST A SMALL SELECTION OF PROPERTIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE AND MANY MORE PLEASE CALL EITHER 96 545 174 OR E-MAIL ON LANDLORDS; WE NEED YOUR PROPERTIES NOW. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT ***************************** FOR RENT IN PAPHOS 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom house , large kitchen, living room , central heating , a/cs , verandas, garden , covered parking. Phone 99412936 ***************************** TOMB OF THE KINGS - Studio Apt, F/F, A/C, Balcony, Communal pool, Parking, Quiet location, Modern building - 250 Euros TREMITHOUSA - Spacious 2 bed Corner Townhouse + office

U/F, large private rear garden with fruit trees, BBQ, Parking 350 Euros TREMITHOUSA - 2 bed Ground Floor Apt, newly decorated, quiet location, patio, garden, parking - 250 Euros TSADA - Secluded large 3 bed Detached House, U/F, A/C, master en-suite, large terrace and mountain views - 550 Euros For more information call Katherine: 99862922 ***************************** FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

1. KATHIKAS AREA €450 a modern 2 bedroom, stone walled villa with sea views, large swimming pool and 650 sq metres garden. On a quiet cul de sac, available unfurnished or furnished. Solar panels and pressurised water system. A great villa in a fabulous village. Will accept pets. 2. TREMITHOUSA €275 situated in a quiet cul de sac, this furnished modern 3 bedroom detached house with small garden is available, a/c throughout and satellite broadband. Offer-

ing fantastic views of the sea. 3. TREMITHOUSA €250 luxury 2 bedroom maisonette. Fully furnished with modern furniture and satellite broadband. Modern furniture with new appliances. & A/c throughout. Good sea views. Located in a fabulous village. A must to see! 4. CENTRAL PAPHOS €250 modern 1 bedroom top floor apartment, opposite bowling, master with walk-in wardrobe. Fully furnished with all appliances. Lift to all floors. This complex offers a lovely com-


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munal pool area and security barrier entrance. Close to amenities, a great central location. Call Val on 99166563 ****************************** PROPERTY TO RENT Peyia: 2 bed F/F town house, A/C, Nilesat, Communal Pool, €375 p/m REF: JAP2T221 Tombs Of The Kings: ground floor f/f apartment, 1 bedroom, A/C, BBQ area, centrally located €280 per month REF: JAP1A220 Anavargos: 3 Bed F/F Townhouse, comm pool, undercover parking. Close to hospital, schools, post office. Ideal for Limassol commuter. €500 per month REF: JAP3T133 Emba: 3 Bedroom U/F house, A/C, white goods, communal pool €450 per month REF: JAP3V053 Peyia: 1 Bed traditional stonehouse, furnished, ideal for single person, village location close to shops and amenities €250 p/m Ref:JAP1H214 Tomb of the kings: 2 Bedroom f/f 1nd floor apartment, A/C, large communal pool. €500 per month. Close to all pubs, restaurants Macdonalds. On Royal Seacrest sought after position. REF:JAPHR009 Kissonerga: 2 Bed 1st floor apartment, f/f, a/c, large kitchen, comm pool, undercover parking, €350, Ref: JAP2A217 Peyia: 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom, ground floor apartment, f/f, com pool, under cover parking, gym, shutters, a/c €350 per month. REF: JAP2A126 We urgently require properties in all areas for waiting clients. Property management only €25 per month. John Alice Properties TEL: 00357 99984681 WEB: ****************************** PAPHOS RENTAL ANARITA – 3 and 4 bed brand new spacious villas – u/f, a/c, swimming pool, small garden, quiet location with views – from €600. CHLORAKA – 3 bed bungalow – u/f, a/c, separate large kitchen, large storage space, fire, quiet cul-de-sac – €380 CHLORAKA – 2 bed townhouse – new property, u/f, a/c, small garden, close to all amenities – €350 MESOYI - 3 bed detached house – u/f, spacious family home, gar-

den, storage, quiet location, well worth viewing – €450 FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL - 9977 4314 OR 9962 1875 ****************************** BRAND NEW APARTMENT block in the centre of Paphos (near Papantoniou supermarket) with fantastic views offers to rent, 2 bedroom apartment spanning the entire 3rd floor, unfurnished with a/con, and office for rent spanning the entire first floor, 130 sqm, both are offered at very reasonable rents, please call: Vasilis 99553624 ***************************** PROPERTY RENTALS From 250 Euros per month. Villas and apartments available. Also wanted for waiting clients. www. Tel: 00357 99984681 ****************************** FOR RENT A selection of 1 to 5 bedroom houses & apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi & Kato Paphos Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at are website Fully Registered Company in Cyprus ***************************** ONE BEDROOM fully furnished apartment for rent in Kissonerga. Near Cynthiana Beach hotel and close proximity to Coral Bay. Overlooking the sea and 100 metres from beach. AC in bedroom. Tel: 99-492521/ 99- 673276 ***************************** PEYIA – 3 bedroom villa with modern quality furniture and finishes. Central heating, sky, alarm, infinity pool and stunnning sea and mountain views €700 per month, call : 99389426 ***************************** BRAND NEW APT, opposite Poseidonio Gym, near Carrefour, F/F, a/c, great quality, 1 bdrm, from €340p.m.Tel 99403261 ****************************** MR RENT PAPHOS, THE LEADING PROPERTY RENTAL AGENCY IN PAPHOS OFFICE: 26271858 (00357) IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY TO RENT WE ARE THE RENTAL AGENCY TO CONTACT OFFERING FULL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENT COLLECTION SERVICE 1. KAMARES €625 we are delighted to offer this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom bungalow offering

magnificent sea views. Lovely enclosed garden & private pool. Available unfurnished though includes central heating throughout plus modern gas fire for those winter months. Outdoor storage facilities, shaded patio area, fly screens & shutters. 2. TALA €650 modern 3 bedroom detached villa with garage. Situated in a small quiet cul de sac. Includes underfloor heating plus real fire. Master with ensuite. Separate utility room. Shutters & flyscreens. Covered veranda, garden with mature plants & private pool offering stunning sea views. Available unfurnished. 3.PEYIA €750 price includes pool cleaning. If you are looking for a villa with breathtaking views & privacy than this property is for you. This modern detached 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villas is furnished with modern furniture, including satellite TV. One bedroom & bathroom on ground floor. a spacious enclosed garden with private pool offering stunning views. Off street parking. 4.KONIA €750 spacious 3 bedroom 2 bathroom bungalow (168 sq m) on plot size of 707 sq m. Situated in a quiet residential area offering enclosed easy maintenance garden with no pool. Separate kitchen, utility room, and master with ensuite. Off street parking for a number of cars. Available fully furnished or part/unfurnished. 5.MESOGI €800 fantastic modern 4 bedroom 3 bathroom detached villa. One bedroom & bathroom on ground floor. Storage room. Beautifully finished to a high standard. Quality modern kitchen with granite worktops & modern bathrooms. Gas central heating & real fireplace. Beautiful landscaped garden with private pool. Undercover parking on drive. Available unfurnished. Wonderful property. 6.PEYIA €850 spacious detached 4 bedroom luxury villa, offering stunning sea views. Private pool enclosed garden, garage, basement for storage & separate utility room. Modern fitted kitchen with Miele kitchen appliances & granite work tops. Private drive. Available unfurnished or part furnished. Fantastic property! 7.TALA €900 a charming detached 4 bedroom villa with character situated on a corner plot in a quiet residential area with stunning sea views. Spacious living rooms with central heating. Separate kitchen & dining room. Good-sized garden offering private pool and stone built barbeque area. Undercover parking. 8.SEA CAVES €1500 a substantial 4 bedroom villa set in landscaped grounds of 1111 sq meters. Separate ground floor annex. Private drive to garage with automatic door. Outdoor area consists of large private pool, undercover stone built bar area and dining area. a must to see! Tel: 97790883 office: 26271858 visit our website for many more properties email: **************************** RENTAL POINT - PAPHO

PROPERTIES AVAILABLE TO RENT IN THE PAPHOS DISTRICT. JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF AVAILABLE PROPERTIES. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL. CALL 97648440 FOR MORE INFORMATION. LANDLORDS CALL IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT.!!! 1. MESA CHORIO – 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished ground floor apartment set on an elevated position on this prestigious development. Open plan living area. Good sized kitchen. 2 double 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. Euros 450.00 a month. 2 bed apartment same complex Euros 425.00 a month. 2. GEROSKIPOU 2 bed 1.5 bath furnished duplex apartment in quiet location with outstanding sea views. Open plan living area and dining area. Fully fitted kitchen with appliances . Guest WC. 2 double bedrooms. Family bathroom. Balcony & covered parking. Comm pool. Rent includes free internet.Euros 430.00 a month. 3. SEA CAVES – 5/6 bed fully furnished luxury villa with no immediate neighbours. Open plan formal living area with dining area for 12. Separate family room. Outstanding fitted kitchen with breakfast area. Separate utility /2nd kitchen. Ground floor office/bedroom 6. Shower-room with sauna. 4 double bedrooms, master with en-suite and large dressing room with safes. Family bathroom. Garage, parking & gardens. Separate 1 bed suite plus maids quarters. Swimming pool with massive outside BBQ/ kitchen. A/C, C/H and fireplace in family room. An outstanding luxury home with many internal features. Very quiet area. Euros 4000.00 a month 4. LOWER PEYIA – 3 bed 3bath unfurnished villa. Quiet location. Open plan living area,dining space. Fully fitted kitchen inc D/W. Utility room. Ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower. Stairs to 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite. Balconies and roof garden. Private pool and gardens. Off street parking. Euros 650.00 a month OVNO 5. LOWER PEYIA – Spacious 2 bed 1.5 bath furnished townhouse. Open plan living area. Fitted kitchen. Guest WC. Stairs to 2 double bedrooms with family bathroom. Communal pool and parking. Pretty complex and sensibly priced. Euros 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 euros per month. 7. CORAL BAY - 3 bed, 3.5 bath unfurnished villa situated very near to the centre and within

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION On September 10th, 2012 in accordance with Section 14.81.1 C of the Liberian Business Corporation Act Hinchinbrook Shipping Company (“Company”) with registration number C-113093 doing business at 9 Marikas Kotopouli Street, 3030 Limassol the shareholders have agreed to dissolve the Company. 1. All claims against the assets of the Company must be made in writing and include the claim amount, basis and origination date. 2. The deadline for submitting claims is 11th April 2013 3. Any claims that are not received by the company prior to the date set forth above will not be recognized. 5. All claims and payments must be sent to P. O Box 53766, 3317 Limassol, Cyprus Dated: September 10th, 2012 Camilla Strømstad Liquidation board.

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION On May 21st, 2012 in accordance with Section 14.81.1 C of the Liberian Business Corporation ActDogonLtd (“Company”) with registration number C-37274 doing business at 9 Marikas Kotopouli Street, 3030 Limassol the shareholders have agreed to dissolve the Company. 1. All claims against the assets of the Company must be made in writing and include the claim amount, basis and origination date. 2. The deadline for submitting claims is 23rd November 2012 3. Any claims that are not received by the company prior to the date set forth above will not be recognized. 5. All claims and payments must be sent to P. O Box 53766, 3317 Limassol, Cyprus Dated: March 22nd, 2012. Camilla Strømstad Liquidation board

TO LET PAPHOS easy walking of beaches and restaurants. Open plan living area with fully fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Ground floor bedroom with ensuite. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 2 double bedroom both with en-suite and balcony areas. Private pool, gardens, BBQ area and covered verandas. Central location.Euros 750.00 per month or close offers. 8. POLEMI – 4 bed 2.5 bath massive unfurnished apartment with own entrance in large landscaped gardens. Spacious open plan living area with feature fireplace and dining space. Huge fitted kitchen and breakfast area. Guest WC with storage area.4 double bedrooms. Master with en-suite bathroom. Family bathroom. Pretty landscaped gardens, shared pool and off street parking. Quiet rural property.. Euros 550.00 per month. OVNO FOR FULL LISTINGS OF APARTMENTS/TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL LANDLORDS/OWNERS PLEASE CALL 97648440 or email:- inforentals@aol. com **************************** REFURBISHED stone-built village house located in Kili Paphos. Consists of 3 large rooms 1 small. Traditional wood burnt fireplace, fully tiled secluded yard and garage. Tel: 99210610.


FOR SALE LIMASSOL Theomaria e-mail: theomaria@ Tel:25372917, 99681422, 99624272, www. ****************************

SALE LIMASSOL 2 bed flat on beach road; light, airy with balcony. New flooring, a/c units, lift 2nd floor, windows 3 sides, own car space. TITLE DEEDS. €115,000. Tel 99178141 (Les Bois) ****************************

LARNACA ARADIPPOU, Larnaca Magnificient Villa fully furnished reduced by thousands to €280,000. 3 - 4 bedrooms, lounge (marble floors), dining/sitting, utility, kitchen, ensuite, bathroom. Many extras. Walk in condition e-mail: cy or phone 97851329 PERVOLIA 4 Bed house for sale with Full Title Deeds. 160m covered on a 285m plot. Private swimming pool, aircon, flyscreens, carport. Built 2007, 5 min walk to Pervolia square, 3 min drive to Faros beach. €220,000, 99051706



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

KISSONERGA – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale in quiet edge of village, near all facilities shops etc, 2 bath, a/c, fly screens, fans, 6 mins from the beach, title deeds, €115.000 o.n.o tel: 26 950923/ 99987694 STUDIO FOR SALE / long term rental, Tomb of the Kings area, close to Phuket restaurant , fully furnished, a/c, communal pool, 5 minutes walk to the beach & title deeds, €40.000 / 200 per month, tel : 96492502.

LIMASSOL ***************************** FOR SALE Phinikaria: 8’ to L/ssol: a) 3 bedroomed house with swimming pool. Corner plot 500 sq.m. €250,000= Monagroulli: 6’ to L/ssol beach hotels. New 5 bedroom two storey villa. Plot 1000 sq. m. €350,000= Eptagonia: 18’ to L/ssol . a) 4 bedroom new bungalow. Plot 873 sq. m. €350,000= b) Cosy renovated stone built 3 bedroom village house. €180,000=

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

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Advertiser FOR PAPHIAKOS ANIMAL WELFARE SOS HELPLINE, 24 HOUR MEDICAL EMERGENCY SERVICE - CALL 99655581 CONTACT DETAILS FOR PAPHIAKOS. Paphiakos & C.C.P. Animal Welfare Education/Information Centre, No. 12 Dedalos Building, 8049 Kato Paphos PO Box 61272 8132 Kato Paphos Web. www.facebook/paphiakos Email Larnaca Emergency Service - The contact point for animal emergencies in Larnaca is Maria at the Paphiakos Animal Welfare Charity Shop, telephone 24623494 or 99325897 STOP, SHOP AND GIVE TO THE ANIMALS! ALL DONATIONS ARE WELCOME AT OUR CHARITY SHOPS! PAPHIAKOS & C.C.P. ANIMAL WELFARE Registered Charity No 1529 Contact our shops and we can take your clutter The Charity Shops are located at: Shop No.1 Agapinoros Street, Kato Paphos Tel 26910325 Shop No.2 Ap Pavlou Avenue, Kato Paphos Tel 26942894 Shop No.3 Gr. Afxentiou Avensia Court 3 Larnaca 24623494 Shop No.4 9 Ayiou Ioanni Street 3061 Limassol 25561695 Peyia Information Centre & Shop & T Rooms 26622828 Polis Information Centre & Shop & T Rooms 99223572 Book Exchange Shop Trimithousa 99771763 Our shops are always happy to receive your unwanted goods! NOW YOU CAN HELP BY COLLECTING YOUR ALUMINIUM CANS AND HANDING THEM IN AT ANY PAPHIAKOS CHARITY SHOP OR THE CLINIC. SAVE AN ANIMAL AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT!! PAPHIAKOS CAR BOOT SALE EVERY SATURDAY at the Ambassador Restaurant and outside in the grounds at Paphiakos. Free parking. Sellers from 7am, buyers from 8am. For information & bookings please call MIKE on 96702600. PAPHIAKOS & C.C.P. ANIMAL WELFARE URGENTLY NEEDS PASTA TO HELP FEED THE DOGS AND SOFT FOOD FOR ALL THE CATS. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE CLINIC. PLEASE SPONSOR AN ANIMAL OR BECOME A MEMBER TO ENSURE PAPHIAKOS CAN CONTINUE WITH THEIR NECESSARY WORK. Telephone Jan 26946461 ex 114 or 97614008 THE DONKEYS AT PAPHIAKOS WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO HELP YOU GET RID OF YOUR UNWANTED CAROBS. PLEASE DELIVER TO THE CLINIC AND GIVE THE DONKEYS A SPECIAL TREAT! FORTHCOMING EVENTS FOR PAPHIAKOS CHARITY NO. 1529 September 15th Paphiakos Stall at Episkopi Fete. September 15th Sights & Sounds of the 60s & 70s Live Music & Dancing Trimithousa Community Hall at 8pm €5 tickets from Ollies Bar Trimithousa Pre Show Suppers at Ollies ring 96354182 September 27th Legends of Rock Pissouri Ampitheatre €10 tickets from Pissouri Pools, Markos Internet Café & all Paphiakos Charity Shops Tel 99905624/99955431 for further details. PAPHIAKOS SHELTER OPEN DAY The Open Day will be held on Sunday October 7th between 10am and 3pm. It will be a Family Fun Day out with a lot of different activities. There is car parking, toilets and refreshments on site so enjoy and join in the celebration of animals and what they bring to our lives. Entrance is €2

CHEMISTS NICOSIA SUNDAY 23/09/2012 G. Hadjigregoriou, 27A Omirou Ave. Tel: 22673594, 22510112 (H) A. Ttooulas, 22D Kennedy Ave. Tel: 22763805, 22377349(H) A. Panayi, 15B Androcleous St. Tel: 22763575, 22317370 (H) E. Fesia, 173C Tseriou Ave. Tel: 22321499, 22325995 (H) N. Spanos, 1D Thessaloniki St, Anglanja. Tel: 22337761, 22444437 LIMASSOL P. Michaelides, 117 Gr. Digheni Ave., Tel: 25587780, 25386449 (H) N. Nikolaou, 112 Gladstonos Tel: 25364359, 25323532(H) M. Filippidou-Fourla, 7A Nikou Pattihi. Tel: 25334403, 25770275 LARNACA C. Smirillis, 12 N. Mylona St. Tel: 24650777, 24821580 (H) A. Clerides, 6 Patron St. Tel: 24622754, 24667765 (H) PAPHOS A.I. Pistenty, 24 Tombs of the Kings Rd, Kato Paphos. Tel: 26950073, 26950778 (H) PARALIMNI S. Stylianou, 7A Sotiras Street, Sotira. Tel: 23812040, 70000440

NICOSIA MONDAY 24/09/2012 Th. Nioulikos, 22 Them. Severis Ave. Tel: 22669664, 22661852(H) A. Nicolaou, 12 Ay. Andreou St, Pallouriotissa. Tel. 22430032, 22424078 (H) E. Hadjigeorgiou, 132C Kirinias Ave. Tel: 22338002, 22330761 E. Daskalakis, 24A, Elia Papakyriakou Egkomi, Tel: 22355955, 22357220 G. Konstantinou, Giannitson 8, Tel: 22107447, 22380736 LIMASSOL E. Zachariadou (S.E.K.), Zinonos St. Tel: 25364864, 25384141 (H) M. Potamitou 29B Vasileos Konstantinou A’ Tel: 25364000, 25382333 (H) A. Christoforou 75C Omonia square Tel: 25661101, 25560395 LARNACA S. K. Eleni, 15. 17 Kilkis St. Tel: 24651035, 24621522 (H) M. Economidou, 15 Raphael Santi, Tel: 24102524, 22511250 PAPHOS C.P. Panayiotou,83 Ellados Ave. Tel: 26931339, 26653684 (H) PARALIMNI P. Loizou, 150 Gr. Dighenis Ave. Tel: 23821368, 23823608 (H)

DOCTORS ON DUTY NICOSIA Pathologist: Doros Polidorou, Tel: 99727817 Urologist: Achilleas Corellis, Tel: 70007773, 99562642 Gynaeocologist: Pieris Pieri, Tel: 22339169, 22665777, 99665855 Paediatric Surgeon: Eliana Eliadou, Tel: 99384324 LIMASSOL Pathologist: Marios Simeonides, Tel.: 25581212, 99687510 Surgeon: Yiangos Papadopoulos, Tel.: 25383443, 99620502 Neuro-Surgeon Michalakis Spirou, Tel: 99624939 Paediatric: Niki ChampizRotsa, Tel.: 25561890, 25564051, 99420630 Paediatric Surgeon: Koualis Yiannakis, Tel.: 25731673, 25732256 Doctor: Michalakis Charalambous, Tel: 99616436

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Compiled by Rosie Ogden



The new, small option for environmentally conscious motorists: the Yaris Hybrid will save you money too

New Yaris Hybrid arrives HYBRID cars are becoming much more visible on Cyprus’ roads, as motorists realise the savings they can make on fuel bills when electric propulsion complements traditional petrol mobility. Sadly, due to a total lack of forethought by the authorities - who have made no attempt to promote the use of hybrids, some of them are priced well beyond the reach of the average motorist. A case in point is the new Toyota Prius Plug-In, which is taxed, as are all cars here, on engine output rather than (as in many European countries) on CO2 emissions. This means that if you want to help cut Cyprus’ CO2 emissions (and by extension the fines we pay to the EU for exceeding them) you can expect a hefty payment for your “green” vehicle (some €39,000 for the new Plug-In Prius, and although the older Prius is somewhat cheaper, it’s still over €32,000). Now, there is a more affordable choice: the Yaris Hybrid, which was launched here last week and comes in 2 variants, priced at €18,200 and €19,300. Toyota says that the exceptional efficiency of the Yaris Hybrid’s downsized hybrid powertrain is “set to start a revolution in the BSegment”. At only 79g/km, it delivers the lowest emissions of any car with a conventionally-fuelled combustion engine. Full hybrid technology is unique in being able to achieve these results whilst delivering 100 DIN hp and without compromising on

‘As petrol prices continue to rise, it seems Cypriot motorists are looking for alternatives to save their pockets, and already there’s been a lot of interest in the new hybrid’ The uncluttered interior means the car feels bigger than it is comfort features such as airconditioning and automatic transmission, which come as standard with Yaris Hybrid. It also helps Yaris Hybrid to deliver ‘significant levels’ of zero-emissions operation. The powertrain is optimised to operate in the most efficient mode, eliminating the need for the petrol engine as often as possible. Taking data from a variety of journey types, Toyota says that the cumulative effect of the full hybrid powertrain leads to ‘high proportions of zero-emissions operation’: sample data shows an average of 66% of the time and 58% of the distance in the case of 3 journeys undertaken. Certainly, on my test drive, I noticed that the car was running on electricity only for much of the time – except when I floored the pedal to test handling and heavy braking and so on. There’s

a display on the dash that keeps you informed about what mode the car is in (I used the standard ECO mode, which meant the electric motor kicked in when the revs were low enough, and if you are driving around town that’s most of the time). The battery was half charged when I took the car, and after about half an hour it was up to three-quarters full with the regenerative braking. I also noticed that the effect on my driving was to make me more aware of how I could smooth the handling to make maximum use of the “free” electric power. As a result I was less ‘heavyfooted’ - and much more relaxed! The one thing you do have to remember, though, is that when the car is running only on the electric motor (and you can select EV only if you want – it will last for about 2 kilometres before the ECO mode comes into

play to recharge the battery) the car is silent, so you really need to have your wits about you around pedestrians, who might step out in front of you because they didn’t hear you coming. The interior is pleasantly uncluttered, with all the information you need in the dashboard read-outs and on the 6.1-inch touch screen at the centre of the fascia. Toyota aims for pricing across European markets that will be in line with, or below, its competitors’ diesel-engined products, making full hybrid technology available to its largest customer base yet. The Yaris is Toyota’s bestselling core model, with the largest ‘Unit in Operation’ fleet on European roads. Following the launch of the Auris Hybrid back in 2010, the Yaris Hybrid is Toyota’s second core model to feature Full Hybrid technology,

and “brings this remarkable powertrain to the biggest volume segment in Europe”. The new flagship of the Yaris model range, the Hybrid features an aerodynamically efficient exterior design, and it is the first downsizing of Toyota’s HSD powertrain. Combining a new, 1.5 litre petrol engine with a lighter, more compact electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack; the new system is 20% lighter than that of the Auris Hybrid. In the past, battery size has sometimes meant compromises had to made in interior space, but thanks to the reduction in size of every key HSD component and with both the fuel tank and battery installed under the rear seat, the Yaris Hybrid boasts an identical occupant space and the same 286 litre luggage capacity to that of the conventional

models. “The highly efficient, 74 kW/100 DIN hp powertrain will offer a leading balance of performance and CO2 emissions in the B-segment” says the Japanese car giant, whilst also allowing customers to frequently drive in modes that emit zero NOx, PM and CO2 emissions. With air conditioning and automatic transmission installed as standard, this high level of efficiency does not mean that motorists have to compromise on comfort to achieve class-leading emissions. The most advanced Yaris yet offers everything you expect of a city run-around, and it handles well in more demanding situations too, with a full range of safety equipment as standard: ABS with EBD and Brake Assist; Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control; front, side, curtain and knee airbags – and even a rear-view camera display on the touch screen to help you squeeze into tiny parking spaces. As petrol prices continue to rise, it seems Cypriot motorists are looking for alternatives to save their pockets, and already there’s been a lot of interest in the new hybrid – which is not surprising really, with consumption figures of 3.5 litres/100km in the combined cycle and just 3.1 litres/100km in town. That’s got to be good for the environment. And perhaps, sooner rather than later, the government will take a fresh look at vehicle taxation and take CO2 emissions into consideration – the right incentives could revolutionise our roads.

36 September 23, 2012 • SUNDAY MAIL


Rugby World Cup hoping to include Olympic Stadium Organisers bid to attract record audiences By Mitch Phillips


ORGANISERS of the 2015 rugby World Cup are hoping to stage matches at London’s Olympic Stadium as part of their bid to attract record audiences and generate 100 million pounds in profits. This week, which marked the ‘three years to go’ landmark, saw organisers say they were looking at east London as well as at major football grounds in the north. The tournament kicks off on September 18 with the final scheduled for Twickenham on October 31. The future of the Olympic Stadium is still unclear but officials said the likely outcome would involve Premier League football club West Ham United moving in . Cardiff ’s Millennium Stadium will also host some matches, although how many Wales play there is still to be decided, and it could turn out that no club rugby venues are used at all. Only Gloucester and Leicester have expressed an interest in hosting and their limited capacities could rule them out as organisers seek to reach a target of 2.9 million ticket sales as part of their bid to make at least a 100 million pound profit. “There is some doubt about who will be the landlords of the stadium but we have engaged with the Olympic Park legacy company and are talking about the venue for the tournament. You would be mad not to include it as part of your thinking,” Ross Young, the tournament’s chief operating officer told reporters.

Organisers hope London’s Olympic Stadium, whose future is still unclear, will stage matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup “Our ticketing strategy means we will also need to use football grounds and there are some great venues out there, from the big 60,000, 70,000s capacities to the 35,000-40,000 capacity ones and it’s picking them in conjunction with the match schedule and getting a strategy that enable us to sell the 2.9 million tickets we are looking to move” The organisers have also brought in Debbie Jevans, one of the key people behind the organisation of the 2012 Olympics, to replace Paul Vaughan as the tournament’s CEO. “The board felt that Debbie, with her exposure and being one of the architects of the Olympics, with unparalleled exposure to what that took and what was involved, brought us a new dimension,” said RWC 2015 chairman Andy Cosslett. “We want this event to touch more people outside the immediate rugby world and family. The legacy benefit of the rugby World Cup is our ability to increase

Fearsome: the mighty All Blacks will be defending their title participation and just get people who don’t follow the game to rethink what they think about the game of rugby. To do that, you can’t think down traditional lines.” The International Rugby Board’s new CEO Brett Gosper was also keen for his sport to cash in on Britain’s sporting feel good factor.

“We are conscious that there has been an amazing event that has happened in London in the Olympics and it’s putting the right kind of pressure on us,” added the Australian former advertising executive who was given rugby’s most powerful position in July. “It really did capture the hearts and minds of this

country and across the world. We as an organising committee are a little bit in awe of that but that is good pressure and our goal is to deliver something that everyone in this country will be proud of. “This is obviously going to be a great World Cup for England, but England is also going to be good for the World Cup.” The next major step for the World Cup is December’s pool draw, after which there should be rapid progress in deciding the venues, ticketing strategy and the thorny issue of the match schedule. Organisers say they are committed to a fairer deal for the tier two and three nations following successive tournaments where many of them have been forced into playing many of their games with three or four day turnarounds. The big guns have routinely had a week to recover, primarily because of TV company demands for the major nations’ games to be staged at weekends.

Ryder Cup pressure ‘greater than a major’ IAN Poulter believes the pressure of representing Europe against the United States in the Ryder Cup far outweighs that of playing in a major. The Englishman will play in the event for the fourth time when the sides meet at Medinah in Illinois next weekend. He told BBC Radio 5 live: “You are 1,000 times more nervous in the Ryder Cup than you would ever be in a major. “To be there in a major you want to do it for yourself but you want to do it for so many more reasons in Ryder Cup.” The 36-year-old made his debut in the biennial clash in 2004 and was named as a captain’s pick by Jose Maria Olazabal after failing to qualify automatically. He has a terrific record in the competition, having collected eight points out of a possible 11 and is unbeaten in the singles. He added: “There’s no comparison between the pressure and nerves and excitement that you get in the Ryder Cup compared to any situation you play individually. It just means that much. “You’ve got 11 other guys, captains and vice-captains; you’ve got Europe all watching you and wanting you to do well. That just adds a lot of extra pressure.” However, Poulter believes having Olazabal as team captain will be hugely beneficial for the team. “Olly is going to be an incredible captain, someone who is inspirational,” he stated. “He said the right things at the right time as a vice-captain (in 2008 and 2010) and he’s going to do an incredible job and say the right thing at the right time this time around. “Jose has such an incredible Ryder Cup record with (fellow Spaniard) Seve Ballesteros and obviously Seve’s not going to be there so it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster for him, but I think the players will rally up and do the best they can.”

Spain keeps four MotoGP races for 2013 calendar

Lions tour throws spanner in Super Rugby scheduling

Cavendish faces tough test to defend world title

SPAIN will again host four rounds of an expanded MotoGP world championship next year despite the economic crisis gripping the country. Motorcycling’s governing body published a provisional 19race calendar, one more than last year, with races pencilled in for the Jerez, Barcelona, Valencia and Motorland Aragon circuits. Jerez’s race is subject to contract, however. Portugal, which held a grand prix in Estoril in May, did not feature on the calendar which has two slots in April yet to be confirmed after the opening night race under floodlights in Qatar on March 31.

THE 2013 Super Rugby season will kick off with more of a whimper than a bang, with only Australian sides contesting the competition’s opening round due to a clash with the British and Irish Lions’ tour Down Under. The Lions’ nine-match tour in June and July includes matches against all five of the Australian Super Rugby sides along with three fixtures against the Wallabies, meaning staggered rest periods throughout the southern hemisphere provincial tournament, which runs from February to August. The Australian teams all take a break from mid-June to allow for the Wallabies’ matches against the Lions.

GB cycling boss Dave Brailsford has played down Britain’s chances of defending the men’s world road race title today. In 2011 Mark Cavendish, 27, became the first Briton to win the race in 46 years, with victory in Copenhagen. But this year’s hilly 261km Netherlands course will not favour the sprinter. The course requires competitors to tackle a 1,200m climb up the Cauberg hill ten times. The repeated ascents will make it tough for any team to control the race, as Britain did on a flatter course in Denmark last year to set up Cavendish’s win.

37 SUNDAY MAIL • September 23, 2012


Broad’s men are playing for pride By David Clough

Pedal to the metal: Lewis Hamilton will hope to close the 37-point gap to championship leader Fernando Alonso - who could only qualify fifth

Hamilton takes Singapore pole By Ian Parkes LEWIS Hamilton grabbed his third pole in four races to further fire up his Formula One world championship chances. After winning from pole in Hungary and Italy of late, Hamilton will start today’s Singapore Grand Prix at the front of the grid in his McLaren alongside gatecrasher Pastor Maldonado in his Williams. It is the first time since 1999 McLaren have claimed four successive pole positions, with Hamilton now in prime spot for his fourth win this year as he aims to close the 37-point gap to championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Alonso will start fifth, with

reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull and McLaren’s Jenson Button also ahead of him on the grid. Vettel won this race from pole last year and had been quickest in all three practice sessions, but had no answer to Hamilton’s lap of one minute 46.362 seconds, the Briton finishing half a second up on Maldonado. Force India’s Paul Di Resta conjured a superb sixth, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber seventh but under investigation and facing a five-place penalty for impeding Marussia’s Timo Glock in Q1, whilst Lotus’ Romain Grosjean starts eighth. On the fifth row will be Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, neither driver setting a time after using up all three sets

of their supersoft tyres in the first two sessions. Nico Hulkenberg found himself ousted from Q2 at the death by the last man on track in Schumacher, leaving the younger German to start 11th in his Force India. Another title contender Kimi Raikkonen, third in the standings and 38 points behind Alonso, could only manage 12th in his Lotus, claiming he had no grip from his tyres. For the ninth time in 14 qualifying sessions this season Felipe Massa failed to make it into the top 10, lining up 13th for Ferrari. Sauber’s Sergio Perez, second just a fortnight ago in Italy, starts 14th ahead of Toro Rosso pair Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Williams’ Bruno Senna will start 17th after he smacked a

wall with his right-rear wheel, breaking the suspension and taking no further action in the session. Just two races after starting on the front row in Belgium, Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi was the big-name scalp who failed to make it out of Q1, blaming a lack of confidence with an over-steering car in which he will line up 18th. After claiming the 24th pole of his career, Hamilton said: “The guys have done a fantastic job all weekend. “Coming here with some small things added from the last race and on a high-downforce track we were not sure how it would work out. “But the session was great, although I’m not sure what happened with Sebastian who had been fastest all the way through before that.

“As for the race it is tough with high tyre degradation, so everyone is going to struggle. “I’ll have to get away cleanly. We’ll stick to the strategy we have planned and be prepared if it doesn’t work.” For Maldonado and another amazing lap he said: “We’ve been working very hard because we were a bit lost at the beginning with set-up. “But we found very good balance in Q2 and Q3, and now I’m looking forward to the race.” Vettel admitted to being “a little disappointed” with his lap, adding: “I’m not sure why we couldn’t make the step. “But third is still a good place. It’s a long race, the pace is there, but if you don’t make the last step then it’s a shame.”

Robson loses dramatic final to extend Britain’s drought

Teenager Laura Robson has had a fantastic summer and has now climbed into the world’s top 70

LAURA Robson was thwarted in her bid to become Britain’s first WTA Tour singles champion for 24 years in a dramatic clash with Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-wei in the final of the Guangzhou International Open yesterday. The 18-year-old looked set to lose in straight sets but saved five match points and then went 3-0 up in the decider only for world number 53 Hsieh to fight back and win 6-3 5-7 6-4 in hot and humid conditions in China. Robson was not even born the last time Britain had a singles finalist - Jo Durie in 1990 - but Sara Gomer’s reign as the last British winner in 1988 remains. It has nevertheless been a brilliant week for Robson, who has built on her superb run to the fourth round of the US Open and will climb into the world’s top 70 for the first time tomorrow. The British number one beat three top-50 players on her way to the final, and she

made the perfect start with a break of serve in the third game, Hsieh struggling to deal with the teenager’s power. But the player from Chinese Taipei is a wily opponent and, with Robson struggling for consistency on her serve and forehand, Hsieh reeled off four games in a row and quickly wrapped up the set. Robson was given some words of advice and encouragement from new coach Zeljko Krajan and responded by winning the first two games of the second set only for Hsieh to hit back with another run of four straight games. Hsieh was reading her opponent’s game extremely well now, offering the teenager very little pace and never the same ball twice, but Robson dug very deep to save five match points on her serve at 3-5. That still left her opponent serving for the match

but the teenager had a new confidence about her and she turned the tables to win three games in a row and level the match. It was a crushing blow for Hsieh and another example of what makes Robson so exciting, and it got better for the Londoner as she made it seven straight games to move 3-0 up in the decider. Hsieh was not finished, though, and for the third time in the match she put together a run of four straight games, and then added a fifth. Robson again forced her to serve it out, but this time there was no twist, Hsieh clinching victory on her sixth match point when her opponent drilled a backhand wide after two hours and 47 minutes. There was better news, though, in Tokyo, where British number two Heather Watson beat higher-ranked Czech Andrea Hlavackova to qualify for the main draw.

STUART Broad’s defending champions will be playing for the pride of England, rather than any tangible ICC World Twenty20 reward, when they meet India today. The structure of this short tournament dictates that once the routine business of beating a group minnow Afghanistan in England and India’s case - is safely out of the way, the two heavyweights can lock horns without direct consequence. The Super Eight venues and oppositions for both teams will not change, irrespective of the outcome under the Premadasa Stadium lights. So it is that today’s final Group A match will surely be billed in a broader context by many, and the significance or otherwise of the Indian Premier League will doubtless be inferred from the result. Hundreds of IPL matches on one side’s CV contrasts with barely a handful, courtesy of Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright, on the other. Captain Broad, of course, will diplomatically let others do the talking on that topic. But he does have to make sure his team can make the mental leap required to convince themselves that, if not the reputation of the IPL, then something certainly is at stake. Asked what that might be, the England captain surprisingly avoided that great abstract notion of all cricket tournaments and series - ‘momentum’. National pride, instead, will be his motivation - and, by natural consequence, his team’s too. “I think it’s hard to call any game meaningless when you’re putting on the Three Lions of England and you’re taking the field as an international,” said Broad. “Whether it is a must-win for us or whether we don’t have to win to go through, it won’t change the way our approach to the game. “Any game against India is huge. It will have massive viewing appeal, and we know how passionate the Indian fans are about their cricket so we want to put on a fantastic show. “It certainly won’t dampen the mood that we’re already through - it will be a fantastic game of cricket.” Broad is heartened that, quite apart from Friday night’s ruthless 116-run dismissal of Afghanistan on the back of a brilliant 99 not out from Luke Wright, England have been toughened up for this assignment by some pedigree opposition. A drawn home series against South Africa was followed by hard-fought warm-up wins here against Australia and then Pakistan.

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No fallout with Balotelli, insists City boss Mancini Aguero ready to return for champions for Arsenal clash By Simon Stone MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini insists he has not fallen out with Mario Balotelli. Mancini has a tempestuous relationship with the fiery Italy forward. Frequently the City manager has spoken out about Balotelli’s behaviour and general lifestyle, at one point declaring the former Inter Milan man had no future at the Etihad Stadium. When Balotelli was left out of Mancini’s squad altogether for the midweek Champions League tie with Real Madrid, it suggested another major bust-up. Stories appeared to that effect in the aftermath of City’s 3-2 defeat in the Bernabeu, although sources close to the player insisted he behaved normally on the flight back to England. And whilst Mancini could

hardly claim Balotelli was overjoyed at missing such a high-profile game, the Italian insisted there was no deep-rooted issue. “I don’t have any problem with him,” said Mancini. “There has been no argument. Absolutely not. “This story is totally false. “Mario went to the stand because we decided to play only with Carlos Tevez and I can’t put three strikers on the bench. Balotelli is expected to be involved this afternoon, when City host in-form Arsenal, especially as former Gunner Samir Nasri is unlikely to be fit after limping out of the Madrid defeat with a hamstring injury. Argentine striker Sergio Aguero should be involved though, which is positive news for the champions who have not started the campaign with any degree of fluency. In the Premier League

they remain undefeated. However, they have conceded in every match so far, have been forced to come from behind in three of their opening four games and are yet to register a clean sheet. It is hardly the best backdrop to a visit from an Arsenal side who, like City, have collected eight points so far, but most recently secured an excellent win at Liverpool before belting six goals past Southampton, one of the teams Mancini’s men have struggled against. “This is not going to be an easy game,” said Mancini. “We have started the season with some problems and other injuries. “But it is important we produce a good performance.” Arsenal’s form has been surprising because they went into the new campaign with such low expectations. Yet again, key players left the Emirates, including

Robin van Persie, a confirmed City target who ended up joining Manchester United instead. In recent years though, City has been a regular choice for wantaway Gunners. Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and finally Nasri all chose life at the Etihad over remaining in north London. However, despite other notable departures, including Cesc Fabregas, somehow Arsene Wenger has still managed to find a team capable of reaching the Champions League. While most pundits expect the Premier League title to be won by either of the two Manchester clubs or Champions League winners Chelsea, Mancini is not writing Arsenal off recapturing the crown for the first time since 2004. “Arsenal can compete for the title this year,” said Mancini.

Roberto Mancini has a tempestuous relationship with fiery Italy forward Mario Balotelli

Lloris ready for Spurs shake-up HUGO Lloris is sure he will get more games at Tottenham and has vowed to “shake things up” at White Hart Lane following his debut against Lazio. Lloris signed from Lyon on deadline day but the France skipper had to wait three weeks to make his debut thanks to the international break and Andre VillasBoas’ reluctance to drop number one Brad Friedel. The Portuguese gave the American the night off on Thursday, allowing Lloris a chance to impress and the 25-year-old performed well, keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 Europa League stalemate against Lazio. Spurs boss Villas-Boas is now in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to drop Lloris back to the bench or cut Friedel’s run of u308 consecuys tive Barclays ue Premier League ort matches short ith by sticking with the France stopper. ed his Lloris enjoyed imed afdebut and claimed terwards that he is sure he is set for a bright longterm future at the north London club, regardless of rts today’s where he starts home game against QPR. ce “The choice lies ch but with the coach hake I’m here to shake things up a bit,” ld Lloris told L’Equipe. r“I’m not worried, if Tot-e tenham came

looking for me at Lyon, then surely I will play a part in the future of the club. “I just hope that I get the chance to play. “To get a bit of playing time against Lazio while I’m still settling in, getting to know the club and my new team-mates, that can only be a good thing.” Spurs are also set give striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, a fitness test to see if he can play any part in the game while Villas-Boas expects Kyle Naughton to be fit despite the defender injuring his right foot against Lazio. Scott Parker (Achilles), Heurelho Gomes (ankle), Jake Livermore (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are all, however, out. Villas-Boas will hope for an sid improvement in his side’s followi home league form following disappointi consecutive disappointing a 1-1 draws with Norwich and previo West Brom in their previous gam two Premier League games in front of their own fans. R y a n Nelsen meanwhile is ready to se put sentiment o to one a side and kic help kickQPR start QPR’s season. N The New Zealander re-

turns to his former club for the first time since quitting White Hart Lane in the summer to reunite with old Blackburn boss Mark Hughes at Loftus Road. However, the 34-year-old insists he’s got no regrets over his switch to W12 and revealed he snubbed the chance to remain in north London. “I could’ve probably stayed at Tottenham,” he said. “Mark came in pretty early on and Tottenham were changing managers. “They pretty much said they would like me to stay but they didn’t have a manager at the time. I couldn’t wait for that so when Mark came in it was a no-brainer. “I loved my time at Spurs. It’s a classy club from the chairman to the kit man. I enjoyed every minute of it and it was a great experience. “But I’ve got no regrets the way things turned out. I couldn’t be happier at QPR. “I’m looking forward to going back and hopefully getting a good result against them. “You always want them to do well apart from when you play them, but we want to win every game, and Tottenham will be no different.” Hughes has revealed that defenders Anton Ferdinand, Fabio and Armand Traore are all set to miss out, while midfielder Adel Taraabt is also a doubt. “We’ve got a number of injuries at the back,” he said.

France captain Hugo Lloris made his Tottenham debut on Thursday in Europe

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Sport Saints off the mark after Lambert double Southampton 4 Aston Villa 1 By Simon Peach A RICKIE Lambert-inspired Southampton produced a superb comeback to collect their first victory back in the top flight against Aston Villa yesterday. Saints came into the match rooted to the bottom of the standings after four successive defeats but secured three points on the south coast as their 30-year-old talisman netted twice and set up another. Their miserable start to life back in the Premier League had looked set to continue after sloppy defending allowed Darren Bent to break the deadlock in the first half. It was the 15th goal conceded by Nigel Adkins’ side in just five top-flight matches but, for once, their inability to defend did not cost them. Lambert drew the hosts level in the second half after firing home under pressure and the match turned on its head five minutes later. Nathaniel Clyne slotted home from close range after latching on to a superb through ball from new boy Gaston Ramirez, before Jason Puncheon rattled home after collecting a pass from Lambert, who netted his sec-

ond of the day from the spot in stoppage time. The big talk pre-match was about Adkins’ gutsy decision to drop club captain Kelvin Davis in favour of Premier League debutant Paulo Gazzaniga. The Argentinian goalkeeper joined the south coast club from Gillingham in the summer and was one of three changes made after the 6-1 hiding at Arsenal last weekend. In the second half, 30-yearold Lambert would not be stopped for long as he expertly controlled a driven Adam Lallana cross from the right and lashed home under pressure from four Villa defenders. The 58th-minute leveller seemed to lift a weight off the Southampton players’ shoulders as Clyne then snuck in to put Saints ahead. The defender burst into the box and collected an exquisite Ramirez ball to slot home from close range in the 63rd minute. Puncheon soon had the goal his performance deserved, showing good control before rifling home. Emmanuel Mayuka saw a shot saved as the clock wound down before he was brought down by Brad Guzan in stoppage time. Lambert slotted home the spot-kick to give Saints their first Premier League victory since defeating Norwich 4-3 in April 2005.

Unlikely hero: left back Ashley Cole spared the blushes of Chelsea’s £130 million strike force when he chipped in

Cole rides to the rescue Leaders Chelsea leave it late to see off battling Stoke Chelsea 1 Stoke 0 By Ben Rumsby

Rickie Lambert led a brilliant Southampton fightback

ASHLEY Cole spared the blushes of Chelsea’s £130 million attack yesterday as the European champions spluttered to victory against Stoke to go three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Roman Abramovich looked on as the Blues unleashed the £80m trio of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata for the first time behind £50m man Fernando Torres.

Pardew praises Hughton’s contribution By Damian Spellman NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew will welcome Chris Hughton back to Tyneside confident he has built upon his predecessor’s good work. The former Republic of Ireland international will return to St James’ Park with his Norwich side today for the first time since he was shown the exit in December 2010. In the eyes of many, that represented a harsh judgement on a man who dragged them back from the brink of disaster following his arrival two summers earlier with the club in turmoil on and off the field following relegation. Hughton won promotion at the first attempt and in the process, forged a dressing room spirit which remains intact today, and which was a key factor in the club’s fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season. Pardew, initially an unpopular choice as Hughton’s replacement, made the most of his opportunity and said this week: “Both of us could probably look each other in the eye and say we have done a decent job at Newcastle so far on my part. “On his part now, he has a different agenda,

a different project, and a tough one because Norwich second year in have not really had too much investment in the team - it’s tough. “But they have got some good players and had some great results last season. “It’s a game that for us would probably put us in the top eight if we won, and that’s obviously where we want to be.” Hughton is certain to receive a warm welcome from fans who will be forever grateful for the job he did during one of the darkest periods of the club’s turbulent recent history. Pardew will be delighted if that proves to be the case, although asked if he would prefer his counterpart’s return to end on a slightly less pleasant note in terms of the result, he replied with a smile: “Yes, unhappy on a professional level, that’s all. “He deserves a good reception. I don’t think there will be one fan who would begrudge singing his name. “Certainly on my side, I said when I won my award at the end of the year that I found in here a winning spirit and a good organisation. “Obviously, I wasn’t party to why he was taken away from the job, I just did what I do when I arrived.”

But the quartet were nowhere near being the ‘Barcelona in blue shirts’ the club’s billionaire owner craves until the 85th minute, when Cole finished a brilliant move to snatch a barely-deserved win. It could easily have been a fourth straight match without a victory for Chelsea as Torres flopped once again and Jonathan Walters hit the crossbar for Stoke, who arguably had the better of the chances. That would have cranked up the pressure on Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo, who shrugged off Thursday’s visit of Abramovich to the club’s training ground the morning after the club’s opening Champions League

game against Juventus. After his gamble at picking Oscar in that 2-2 draw paid off spectacularly, Di Matteo was emboldened enough to leave out both John Terry and Frank Lampard yesterday. But despite Chelsea enjoying more of the ball, Torres, Hazard, Oscar and Mata played like the strangers they were for most of the afternoon. Torres did nod a Mata corner over the top but, otherwise, the Champions League winners were guilty of taking too many touches, making one pass too many and allowing Stoke to smother. John Obi Mikel departed for Lampard for the final nine minutes and, four min-

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utes later, Chelsea finally had the breakthrough. It was the first piece of Barcelona-esque football of the entire afternoon as some lovely build-up ended when Mata’s delightful back-heel found Cole, who lifted the ball beyond Asmir Begovic. A brilliant last-ditch Matthew Etherington tackle then prevented Victor Moses having a chance to make it 2-0 on the break. Terry came on for Mata and a late David Luiz tackle on Walters ensured the game ended with some bad blood between the sides, with Etherington also involved in a minor altercation with Branislav Ivanovic before the final whistle.

Results Swansea Everton

0 3

Chelsea Stoke

1 0

Southampton Aston Villa

4 1

West Brom Reading

1 0

West Ham Sunderland

1 1

Wigan Fulham

1 2

Playing Today Liverpool v Man United, 3.30pm Newcastle v Norwich, 5pm Man City v Arsenal, 6pm Tottenham v QPR, 6pm

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Hamilton storms to Singapore pole 37

Cole rides to the rescue as Chelsea leave 39 it late

Sweet day for Toffees as Swans sunk Impressive Everton climb into second place Swansea 0 Everton 3 By Andrew Gwilym

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is well known for having an explosive personality, but he has urged his side to keep their discipline against Liverpool

Fergie: we must keep our cool at emotional Anfield MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his players they must keep their cool at Anfield this afternoon when his side take on Liverpool. Clashes between the two fierce rivals are usually heated affairs with six red cards in the last 11 meetings. “We’ve had a lot of players sent off at Anfield. But I don’t think the games have ever got out of hand,” he was quoted by the BBC as saying. “It’s going to be meaty, competitive, and we expect that. But I just hope our disciplinary record is good.” There is also the added spice this time as Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra are likely to go up against each other again following last season’s fall-out between the pair. The Uruguayan failed to shake the French defender’s hand before United’s 2-1 win over their rivals. The incident came following Suarez’s eight-game ban for racially abusing the United player. Liverpool and United clashes have been famed for their atmospheres, which can lead to players getting carried away on the pitch. Nemanja Vidic has been United’s biggest culprit with three red cards against ears Liverpool in the last four years including two at Anfield. sFerguson praised the atmosarned phere at Anfield but has warned ble his players they must be able to keep their focus on the pitch despite what may be happening in the stands. “There’s a great atmosphere, fantastic, and the kind of atmosphere you want to be involved in. “It does get emotional, but you just have to handle that,” he said. The United manager will want his side to keep eleven men on the pitch

as they go in search for their first win at Anfield since 2007, when they beat Liverpool 1-0. Liverpool go into the match without a league win this term although they beat Swiss side Young Boys 5-3 in Berne in the Europa League on Thursday. Ferguson has also written to United fans attending the match, urging them not to let the rivalry between the clubs turn into “personal hatred”. The match is the first between the two clubs since the publication last week of an independent report into the Hillsborough stadium disaster which exonerated Liverpool fans of any blame in the 1989 tragedy that claimed 96 lives. Players and staff have urged fans all week to show each other respect. In Ferguson’s letter, which will be handed to away fans entering Anfield, he says United “stands with our great neighbours Liverpool”. “Our rivalry with Liverpool is based on a determination to come out on top - a wish to see us crowned the best against a team that held that honour for so long,” he adds. “It cannot and should never be based on personal hatred. Just ten days ago we heard the terrible, damning truth about tthe deaths of 96 fans who went to t watch their team try and reach the FA n and never came back,” said Cup final Fergus Ferguson. “W “What happened to them should w wake the conscience of everyone connected with the game.” An anti-Liverpool chant of ‘it’s never your fault, always the victims’ was heard from some quarters at Old Trafford last weekend in United’s 4-0 victory o over Wigan Athletic.

The match is Liverpool’s first home game since the publication of the Hillsborough report


VERTON’S fine start to the season continued as they eased to a comfortable victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium yesterday to climb to second in the table. The Toffees dominated from the off and Victor Anichebe fired home from close range after 21 minutes before Kevin Mirallas finished off a superb flowing move just before halftime. Swansea went close through Angel Rangel and Ki Sungyueng but their hopes of a comeback were dashed early in the second half when substitute Nathan Dyer was sent off, before Everton’s Marouane Fellaini administered the final blow. Such was Everton’s dominance during the first half, it was a surprise it took them so long to open the scoring. The opener arrived in the 21st minute. Ashley Williams’ poor recent run continued as he misjudged a high ball to allow Fellaini to control and tee up Anichebe to fire home from close range, although replays suggested the Belgian had used an arm. Swansea were guilty of standing off in defence and Anichebe almost punished the struggling Alan Tate when he was given acres of space to turn but fired over. Home manager Michael Laudrup had been the epitome of frustration during the opening half-hour, but Swansea finally managed to find a spark. Record signing Pablo Hernandez burst away down the right and his chip was headed off the line by Phil Jagielka after linking with Michu. Phil Neville then blocked Danny Graham’s strike after Weyne Routledge seized the loose ball. But Everton re-asserted their authority with a wonderful goal. Neville beat Michu to a long ball near his own right corner, and the former England player’s coolness helped start a move that saw Fellaini and Steven Pienaar combine su-

Easy: man mountain Marouane Fellaini (right) was too hot to handle perbly to tee up Mirallas. Michel Vorm did brilliantly to palm the initial strike onto the bar, but the Belgian was back on his feet quickly to convert the rebound for his first Premier League goal.

GILT-EDGED CHANCES Swansea should have trailed by just one goal at the break but Rangel wasted two giltedged chances. Tim Howard saved the Spaniard’s low shot from Ki’s lovely pass, before Rangel inexplicably volleyed away from goal from Routledge’s cross. Laudrup withdrew Hernandez and put on Dyer at the break and the home side increased the pressure as Ki was frustrated by a superb Howard save and the American also denied Michu, while Mirallas struck the bar at the other end. But Swansea’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a terminal blow when Dyer saw red just 12 minutes into the second half. The winger had already been booked for dissent when a clumsy tackle on

Leighton Baines earned him a second yellow. Dyer’s dismissal sapped the life from what had been an entertaining contest, although Fellaini should have scored only to sky over from Anichebe’s ball across the six-yard box. But the midfielder wrapped the scoring up with eight minutes remaining as he headed home from Baines’ cross with the aid of a deflection off Williams. “We could have scored probably six or seven goals,” David Moyes told Sky Sports 2 afterwards. “But they had probably three or four good opportunities. Our goalkeeper thankfully made a couple of really good saves as well. “Overall the performance was fabulous, it really was.”

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