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Deep rifts mark EU budget talks Discussions begin five hours late as differences emerge between Britain and France over figures By Emmanuel Jarry and Jan Strupczewski

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HIGH-PROFILE summit to negotiate the EU’s next longterm budget was delayed by more than five hours and then got off to a shaky start last night after stark differences emerged between Britain, France and other countries over the headline figures. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, the chair and chief negotiator of the talks, had intended to put a budget plan to EU leaders yesterday evening, but postponed the move after it became clear there was insufficient grounds to strike a deal. It was not clear whether he would delay it until today, as one diplomat indicated was possible. When the summit began at around 9pm, the leaders had no proposal in front of them. The budget, which covers the years 2014-2020, deals with nearly €1 trillion of spending on everything from agricultural subsidies to scientific research, roads and infrastructure, foreign aid and development assistance. While vast as a headline figure, it is relatively small in terms of annual GDP, amounting to around 1.0 per cent of the EU’s total output, or around €150 billion a year. However, that does not prevent negotiations over the package becoming deeply

divided along national and regional lines, particularly between northern European countries that want to keep spending tight, and southern and eastern European states that want to maintain funding for infrastructure and farming. Those differences came to the fore yesterday, with EU officials saying France and Britain were at sharp odds, not just over the numbers but about whether their leaders should meet. British officials said French President Francois Hollande was invited to attend a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister David Cameron and Van Rompuy ahead of the talks, but French officials said that wasn’t the case. But the bigger disagreement is over the numbers. Cameron has said he wants to see “tens of billions” of euros cut from the €972 billion plan Van Rompuy put before the leaders at a summit in November, when it was not possible to reach a deal. But in order to get the figures down to where Cameron would like to see them, it would more than likely mean cutting into programmes such as farming subsidies that France, Italy, Spain, Poland and other countries staunchly defend. The budget must be agreed unanimously, which means every country, from tiny Malta to Germany, carries a veto.

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Whitney Houston voted top of love song poll

A group of passersby yesterday stop to chat over an election billboard in Nicosia featuring candidate Praxoulla Antoniadou, leader of the United Democrats and a former commerce minister in the current government (CNA)

WITH Valentine’s Day just a week away, singer Whitney Houston’s classic ballad ‘I Will Always Love You’ has been voted the most popular love song in a US poll. The signature song of the Grammy-award winning singer, who died suddenly a year ago, scored 38 per cent of the vote among all adults in the Harris Interactive survey, and was the top pick among all divorced, separated or widowed Americans. Houston’s hit from her 1992 movie, The Bodyguard was a cover of a 1974 song written and recorded by country singer Dolly Parton. The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’, Percy Sledge’s ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’, Joe Cocker’s ‘You Are So Beautiful’, and the Bees Gees’ ‘How Deep is Your Love’ rounded out the top five songs. “Romance is about making an emotional appeal to the senses, and to the heart,” Aaron Levine, of Sony Electronics Home Audio, which commissioned the poll, said. “So, turn down the lights and turn up the sound.” More than 2,000 adults who voted in the online poll were asked to pick their favourite love songs from a list of more than 40 tunes spanning several decades. Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ came in sixth, followed by Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’, Foreigner’s ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’, Bryan Adams’ ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ and ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye.


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ON THIS DAY FEBRUARY 8 1924

25 years ago, Thursday February 8, 1988

Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.

The Cyprus government has retracted implied charges against former President Spyros Kyprianou that he had taken away with him documents and archives of the presidential palace of which there are no copies. The spokesman had indicated that the matter was being referred to the legal department for advice. A subsequent statement by the government said that retiring ministers, including the president, are allowed to take their personal archives with them.

1952 Princess Elizabeth proclaims herself Queen at a ceremony in St James’s Palace, London.

1963 Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.

Established 1945. Number 21,449 NICOSIA 24 Vass. Voulgaroctonou, P.O. Box 21144, 1502 Nicosia Tel: 22-818585, Fax: 22-676385 email: mail@cyprus-mail.com LIMASSOL 5A Nicolaou, Pentadromos Centre, Thessaloniki St, Tel: 25-761117, Fax: 25-761141 email: cyprusmail@cytanet.com.cy LARNACA Tel: 24-652243, Fax: 24-659982 PAPHOS 62 Apostolou Pavlou Avenue, Office 2, 8046 Paphos, Tel: 26 911383 Fax : 26 221049 email: paphos@cyprus-mail.com

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1974 Three US astronauts return safely to Earth after a recordbreaking stay in space.

1983 Ariel Sharon is removed from office in the Israeli government following a tribunal into the 1982 killings of hundreds of people in two refugee camps.

35 years ago, Friday February 8, 1978 Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis has agreed to meet Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit next month, it was announced yesterday. In a message sent to Ecevit yesterday and published today, Karamanlis said the precise date and venue would be fixed later.

45 years ago, Saturday February 8, 1968 The Cyprus Journalists Union has strongly denounced the press censorship in force in Greece and the arrest of newspaper editors and publishers. In a resolution released yesterday, the Union protested in particular the arrest of a Cypriot journalist Sofianos Chrysostomides and asked the Cyprus government to demand his immediate release.


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Home Government denies it ‘ordered’ licence for Gaza bank By George Psyllides THE government yesterday denied a report that it had instructed the Central Bank (CB) to license a bank operating in the Gaza Strip, currently under the de facto rule of Hamas, a group considered a terrorist organisation by the European Union. It is understood that such a licence hasn’t been granted. “Neither the government, nor the President of the Republic have the authority to grant such licences,” deputy government spokesman Christos Christophides said. “This is the absolute responsibility of the Central Bank of Cyprus. There is a procedure through which

such applications are evaluated by the Central Bank.” Christophides said the important element of the evaluation was how clean a lender was and whether it followed the internationally accepted principles for the operation of financial institutions. “And the government has no role whatsoever,” the spokesman added. The CB would not comment on licensing issues citing confidentiality. Daily Simerini reported that the Presidential Palace had instructed the CB to grant the licence, without however naming the bank or its sources. The newspaper said Germany was investigating the matter, suggesting that it could complicate Cyprus’ bailout bid. Such institutions are suspected of money laundering while there are concerns they are

used to procure weapons, the daily alleged. Hamas has ruled Gaza since 2007 after driving out the other major Palestinian party, Fatah. Simerini said Cyprus’ foreign ministry had expressed concern about the licence but the Presidential Palace insisted. An official source told the Cyprus Mail that there had been a request and that the foreign ministry was negative when asked by the CB to give its opinion. The Presidential Palace had shown interest, the source said. The concerns are that such a move could disturb Cyprus’ relations in the area and cause more trouble with the EU at a time when the island was trying to shake off its bad reputation as regards money laundering. Germany and other EU nations have expressed concerns that Cyprus, which asked

the eurozone for financial help last June, has been a tax haven for rich Russians. German lawmakers in fact threatened to block the assistance if Cyprus did not improve its transparency. Cyprus has denied the allegations and has even proposed to order an independent report on whether it is fully complying with anti money laundering laws. Eurozone finance ministers will discuss the proposal on Monday. Christophides suggested that political expediency could be behind leaking such an issue especially since it coincided with the visit of Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki. “I want to note that such issues are very sensitive … and we should not hurt the Republic’s foreign policy to serve such expediencies,” Christophides said.

Helios convictions upheld in Greece Buy-out of convictions set at some €76,000 each By George Psyllides A GREEK court of appeals yesterday upheld a 10-year prison sentence for three executives found responsible for a 2005 Cypriot airliner crash, which killed all 121 passengers and crew on board, but gave them the option to buyout their convictions for some €76,000 each. The Athens court acquitted a fourth defendant, a British engineer who had carried out the final checks on the aircraft before the fatal August 14 flight. The three, Helios’ managing director Demetris Pantazis, flight operations manager Giorgos Kikkides, and Bulgarian chief pilot Ianko Stoimenov, were found guilty of negligent manslaughter, a misdemeanour. The court also granted a defence demand for the sentence to be converted into a monetary penalty, something allowed by the Greek justice system for misdemeanours. The price was set at some €21 per day for 10 years. Relatives appeared satisfied with the conviction, saying that the sentence conversion had been expected.

“The essence is that they have been convicted, they have been found guilty,” said Nicolas Yiasoumi, chairman of the relatives’ association. “Naturally we would have wanted a criminal procedure and higher sentences but this is what we have.” However, the decision could complicate legal proceedings in Cyprus where the Supreme Court ordered a retrial after the Nicosia Criminal Court acquitted the defendants, which also included Helios Airways as a legal, entity and executive chairman at the time Andreas Drakos. The British engineer Alan Irwin was not put on trial in Cyprus. The trial in Greece – the site of the crash – began in December 2011, shortly after the Cypriot court’s decision to acquit. Lawyer Yiannakis Ioannou, who represented the relatives in Greece, said yesterday’s decision must be rendered irrevocable to have any gravity in Cyprus. Legal circles have been citing the issue of double jeopardy, which forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges following a legitimate acquittal or conviction. For this to

happen, the three executives must appeal the decision with Greece’s Supreme Court, which will have the final say either way. Or they could opt to drop the case by accepting their sentence. “I believe the defence lawyers may opt to give up, which will result in making the decision irrevocable,” Ioannou said. “In my view, no court will be able to deal with the case (after that).” Ioannou however, suggested that Cyprus could still go after the defunct company’s chairman. That will be the relatives’ demand from now on, if the developments in Greece mean that Cyprus cannot put the three on trial. “Maybe the fourth one should be tried in Cyprus and that is where the issue lies now,” Yiasoumis said. “Our justice system must assume its responsibilities … so that the procedure goes ahead for the fourth defendant.” The crash of flight ZU522 was the deadliest aviation disaster in Greece and Cyprus. The Boeing 737-300 slammed into a hillside at Grammatikos, near Athens, killing all 115 passengers and six crew. In an October 2006 report on

the crash, Greek investigators cited human error as the main cause of the crash, saying the pilots had left cabin pressure controls at an incorrect setting. Passengers and crew were starved of oxygen due to problems in the cabin pressurisation, while the aircraft subsequently crashed into the hill after running out of fuel. The report also cited Boeing for “ineffectiveness of measures”, since the same alarm was used for two different problems, resulting in the pilots misinterpreting the information. A 2006 independent inquiry into the crash found that although the pilots were directly responsible for the crash, the airline as well as civil aviation officers were criminally liable. The full findings of the inquiry, carried out by former judge Panayiotis Kallis, were only made public in December 2011. The 170-page report had been placed under the care of the Cabinet, the body that appointed the panel, and kept from the public eye since. The panel was appointed back in 2006 to investigate both the underlying and immediate causes of the crash.

The day of the crash in Greece on August 14, 2005

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A new deadlock in construction strike as fourth proposal rejected Contractors refuse to go along with fixed agreements for both 2013 and 2014 By Peter Stevenson TALKS between the labour ministry, trade unions and the Building Contractors Association (OSEOK) reached a dead end yesterday when the latter rejected the latest mediation proposal. The Building Contractors rejected a fourth proposal to end the two-week old construction strike, which had been submitted by Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charlambous. Charalambous was hoping to get all sides round the table to discuss possible changes to the proposal but changed her mind after the contractors held a press conference to announce their decision. “We don’t want to give a negative outlook at this point in negotiations,” member of the OSEOK board Petros Evlogimenos said. “We want to exhaust all possibilities to find a solution and we have clearly stated why we have rejected today’s new proposal,” he added. The new proposal suggested that the collective agreements last until the end of 2014. OSEOK wants them to expire at the end of 2013. “No-one can predict what will happen to our economy,” a statement from OSEOK said, suggesting the situation was fluid and saying they did not want to commit to a deal that would not end until December 2014. Couching the reason in niceties, the statement said: “We do not understand why we would accept a reduction in wages for our employees

for 2014 when the economy could recover and the reductions would be unnecessary (by then).” However, the agreement, if extended to the end of 2014 would also stop the contractors from imposing wage cuts in 2014 that might be even bigger than those specified in the agreement. A second point of rejection was the minister’s suggestion for the creation of an institution which will give professionals in the field a ‘green card’ to work in the construction industry in an attempt to squeeze out cheap or unqualified labour.

CRITERIA “How is it possible for a contractor or a trade union representative to examine every European citizen who is interested in working in the industry on matters of language or health and safety?”OSEOK’s statement asked. “We would like to stress that we do not disagree with the introduction of criteria for the hiring of personnel but we can’t accept such proposals without the correct preparation or the creation of the correct institutions,” it concluded. The association stated it was ready to continue talks however. “We have shown flexibility in our stance ...but we have bent-over backwards by meeting with the striking workers during their strike, something that has never happened before,” Evlogimenos said. Charalambous seemed resigned over the deadlock

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yesterday. “We have exhausted all efforts,” she said after OSEOK’s rejection, adding that a reconciling of views appeared to be a long way off. Unions said they would meet today at 1pm to discuss further actions. Meanwhile trouble continued at building sites. Limassol was the scene ite of a new incident between striking workers and strike-breakers yesterday as an angry mob of builders caused havoc at a site. According to Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades, around 40 angry strikers found a site where works were being carried out and accosted a young GreekCypriot man who was taken to Limassol General Hospital. The man suffered light injuries and after receiving first aid was released. Soteriades said no arrests had been made. PEO union announced yesterday that it had set up a special fund in support of the striking builders and called all workers, in whatever field they are employed, to actively support their fellow builders because “their struggle is a struggle that concerns the entire working class”. The fund was set up after many people said they wanted to help, the union said. The details of the account are: PEO – Strike Fund IBAN : CY32 0070 6910 0000 0000 2016 2701 PEO’s trading branch announced its support towards the striking workers. “The working members of PEO’s trading branch have united with the battling workers in the construction industry and once more we express our solidarity and wish them the best of luck in their general strike,” a statement said. The board of the branch contributed €1,500 towards the strike fund.

Striking builders in Paphos posing for the Cyprus Mail yesterday

Paphos builders dig in their heels saying their resolve remains strong By Bejay Browne DAYS after violent scenes outside a building site in Paphos, striking construction workers were still defiant yesterday. Three people were arrested during the incident which took place at a holiday apartment complex under construction on Posidonos Avenue. Union representatives at the site told the Cyprus Mail yesterday that they would remain there as long as necessary. Mayia Pozidou, a union representative for SEK, and PEO representative Andreas Antoniou said none of the strikers had laid a finger on police who had used unnecessary force during the incident. Antoniou said: “You could see the situation for yourself on the television. About 50 workers, tried to enter the site and the police intervened”. Pozidou added: “If the police are given an order from the chief they have to respond. I don’t think they [the owners] will try and send people [strike breakers] to work here again. They have tried that.” Pozidou said the strikers were prepared to stay there for as long as it took. “We won’t move until we get a new collective agree-

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ment signed,” she said. Antoniou stated that all three of the main large projects in Paphos were closed due to the strike. “Who knows how long it will take to resolve, although we hope it will be soon,” he said. He added that those who work outside of union membership are only paid €30 a day. “They work for very little money,” he said. Pozidou said that some are paid even less than that for a day’s work. “They work longer hours than they are supposed too and don’t get paid overtime. Their social insurance is not paid, and they don’t pay tax.” The SEK member pointed out that many of the workers arrive in Cyprus from other EU member states - in particular Romania and Bulgaria and have no idea of their rights or the standard rates of pay. “Maybe this money is good by the standards of their own countries but they are taking a small amount of money, which is very low for living in Cyprus,’ she added. Between 80 and 100 strikers are at the site every day - remaining there from 5am until 5pm. Some have families to support but all seem to agree that they must turn up every day and keep the strike action going. Antoniou said: “These holiday apartments have to be open and operational by March 1, so there needs to be a solution soon.”

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Eurogroup eyes gas receipts FUTURE revenues from natural gas deposits in Cyprus could be taken into account in bailout talks for the indebted island, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said yesterday. But he cautioned that before such revenues could be included in calculations for making the country’s debt sustainable, it was necessary to find out more about how much they could total. “Let’s first wait for some first drillings, and see how much it is, what type of gas it is, what kind of quality before we possibly include it in a programme,” Dijsselbloem

Money from the gas could be used to service Cypriot debt through a special account, said Dijsselbloem told the Dutch Lower House in The Hague. Money from the gas could be used to service Cypriot debt through a special account, he said. “A segregated account is possible, which, for instance, would be used to transfer the gas’ proceeds to,” said Dijsselbloem, making a comparison with Greece where a similar scheme is made for certain

funds. Eurozone officials have said that currently available estimates for the revenues varied between 100 and 300 per cent of Cypriot gross domestic product, which is around €18 billion. And according to a recent report by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the island sits on potentially huge energy wealth in excess of €600 billion.

Cyprus applied for emergency loans from the EU and the IMF last June, after the island’s banks were hammered by a write-down of Greek sovereign debt. Officials estimate the country will need about €17.5 billion, roughly equal to the island’s output. Nicosia is adamant that a preliminary deal struck with prospective international

lenders does not ‘mortgage’ the island’s future proceeds from gas. The agreement provides for the establishment of a resource fund to receive and manage the public revenues of offshore gas exploitation. It goes on to note that the inflows and outflows should be established as part of Cyprus’ budgetary framework, “giving due respect to the

need to develop the hydrocarbon industry, including the necessary infrastructure, the importance of bringing Cyprus’ public debt on a steady downward path and the need to invest for future generations.” Independent presidential candidate George Lillikas said last night that Dijsselbloem’s remarks were yet another sign that Cyprus’ gas proceeds risk being sucked into paying off the national debt. Lillikas said Cyprus should act now to monetize its gas reserves (yet to be proven) in order to disengage them from any future bailout.

Kassinis appointed to KRETYK By Elias Hazou LONG-SERVING energy chief Solon Kassinis has quit the civil service after being offered a top job with the state hydrocarbons company. Kassinis has accepted an offer – sanctioned by the Cabinet earlier this week – to be employed as executive director on the company, known by its Greek acronym KRETYK. His official job title is 2nd vice-chairman of the company. Charalambos Ellinas is the chairman and Stavros Stavrou the 1st vice-chairman. Commenting on this yesterday, commerce minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said Kassinis’ expertise would be invaluable to KRETYK. KRETYK’s brief includes negotiating on behalf of the state commercial deals with gas and oil companies; the company will also decide the details of a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on the island. Though fully state-controlled – the shares are vested in whoever holds the position of commerce minister – the company is governed

AKEL-backed Stavros Malas wants to do more for the environment

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Candidates touch on domestic policy By Poly Pantelides THE MAIN candidates yesterday set some time aside from discussing the economy and hydrocarbons to expound on aspects of domestic policy, including electronic government, the environment and the use of boards to advise ministers. DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades proposed modernising government to create a “more effective and flexible state machine”. “We are prepared to submit a complete draft law in parliament to regulate electronic government on the island,” he said. EDEK-backed Giorgos Lillikas said he would create advisory boards for every ministry comprising of volunteers, experts, scientists, academics, and state or private stakeholders. “In a modern state, policies must derive and result from a vision that is formed alongside scientists and technocrats,” Lillikas said. Lillikas said there were plenty of scientists and intellectuals of whom Cyprus should take advantage. AKEL-backed Stavros Malas presented his proposals on the environment. These included strengthening the institution of the environment commissioner, creating an environment board of Cypriot and foreign experts, and

clarifying local authorities’ role in managing environmental issues. Meanwhile, the latest poll by Sigma TV also places Anastasiades as the favourite to win. A total of 39.8 per cent of those polled said they would vote for Anastasiades, 20 per cent said they would choose Malas, and 19.3 per cent chose Lillikas. Running up against either Lillikas or Malas on a second round to determine a majority winner, Sigma’s poll gave Anastasiades 48.9 per cent vs 26 per cent for Malas, and 42.1 per cent vs 31.8 per cent in a run-of with Lillikas. But asked to choose between Anastasiades and Malas, 16.9 per cent said they would cast a blank or invalid ballot. When the choice was between Anastasiades and Lillikas, protest votes came to 16.5 per cent. Although most DISY voters said they would vote for their party’s leader, more voters from DIKO, which officially supports DISY said they would vote for Lillikas instead. In total 33.4 per cent of DIKO voters said they would vote for Anastasiades and 44.7 per cent of DIKO voters said they would vote for Lillikas. Some 70 per cent of AKEL voters said they would vote for Malas, their party’s choice. A total of 79 per cent of people polled said they did intend to vote but 18.3 per cent were still undecided.

by private law. Kassinis’ transfer yesterday came as a surprise to some, given that only three months ago he quit as non-executive director from KRETYK. At the time Kassinis cited concerns over the company’s role and scope, but it quickly emerged – and by his own admission – that he was bitter about being denied the post of executive director on KRETYK, a position he felt he deserved. Kassinis could not be reached for comment yesterday. But media reports suggested the commerce minister wanted to keep Kassinis on as director of the energy service until the government wrapped up talks with companies interested in prospecting Cyprus’ offshore blocks. It was not possible for Kassinis, a key player in these negotiations, to continue working for the civil service and at the same time be an executive director on KRETYK – a paying job. This week the government granted a concession to French oil giant Total to prospect in Cypriot waters. With the gas concession agreements out of the way,

it seems Kassinis was free to decamp for greener pastures. But opposition DISY yesterday slammed the government’s move in offering Kassinis the job as “arbitrary and wanton.” Responding, alternate government spokesman Christos Christofides said Kassinis’ appointment was the most logical development. That DISY was critical only served to prove that they are seeking to thwart the government’s plans to turn Cyprus into an energy hub, said Christofides. Given that KRETYK cannot be directly financed by the treasury – as there is no provision in the state budget for 2012 – a decision was made late last year for the company to apply for a €900,000 loan from a cooperative bank. The €900,000 loan, underwritten by the government, would be used for the operating expenses of the company plus the remuneration of the three executive directors. It’s understood the executive directors’ pay will be upwards of €100,000 per annum.


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Keeping an eye on the side effects More awareness is needed when it comes to medicines By Poly Pantelides LONG-TERM users of medication may at some point suffer from side effects, big or small, but a little known scheme that has been running for years allows patients and doctors to report side effects that are later disseminated in EU and world bodies, stakeholders said yesterday. Patients or doctors can submit a confidential report online via pharmaceutical services on www.moh.gov.cy/phs (click on the yellow card banner) in either Greek or English to report what medication they take, what reactions they believe the drugs are having, and their medical history and background. Three bodies issued a news

release yesterday to raise awareness: the Thalassaemia international federation, the Cyprus alliance for rare disorders and the Pancyprian thalassaemia association. The pharmaceutical services said the reporting scheme has been set up for years, but the head of the Thalassaemia international federation, Androulla Eleftheriou, said patients and doctors are not necessarily aware of it. “Patients are either misinformed or not aware of their rights and responsibilities to report possible adverse reactions that may be related to the drugs they take,” Eleftheriou said. And because the scheme is not mandatory, not all doctors make use of, or even know about the scheme, she said. But pharmacovigilance or

The side effects of taking pharmaceuticals in the long term can be recorded easily online monitoring medicine safety is a “very important issue for the European Union because it is a way of monitoring chronic reactions that are important on patients who depend on lifelong treatment”, Eleftheriou said. Patient reporting is part of a system in place in the EU to monitor medicine safety, reduce risks and increase benefits by acquiring input across thousands of patients. A reporting template for patients

alone is due this June and will be disseminated across member states, an official from pharmaceutical services said. Direct reporting from patients needs to be sorted by medical specialists and evaluated on a national and international level. An official from the pharmaceutical services looks at a report, decides whether any action needs to be taken on a national level and passes on the information to the Eudravigilance

network, the EU’s mandatory data processing network on adverse drug reactions launched in late 2011. There is a host of classifications for perceived side effects, from definite connections between a drug and its side effects to a looser correlation between drugs and side effects, or factors relating to drug interactions. Treating thalassaemia for example, the blood disorder that requires regular blood trans-

fusion in some cases, may lead to adverse reactions from the drugs taken to regulate iron accumulation. Patients may suffer from allergies, stomach problems, or suffer from liver and other organ ailments. “So it is very important to see what (side effects) are related to drugs,” Eleftheriou said. “From the feedback we are getting we can see that reporting (side effects) is weak,” she said urging patients and doctors to become proactive.

Poker tournament for Paphos By Bejay Browne PAPHOS looks set to host the prestigious 2013 Nations Cup poker tournament in April according to the vice president of the Cyprus Poker Association (CPA). Antonis Theophanides told the Cyprus Mail he was pleasantly surprised at the level of support shown by the mayor. “We (CPA) had a meeting with the mayor, Savvas Vergas, last week and explained the ins and outs of the tournament and after just a few minutes of talking he said he would give us all of the support he could. He also

showed that he understood that it’s a sports event and not a gambling event.” The CPA and its members have faced a number of problems with the Cyprus police. In July last year, police raided two venues in Larnaca and Limassol and arrested 31 CPA members on various charges relating to illegal gambling. Players insisted they were taking part in initial tryouts for the national team and that they weren’t playing for money which is illegal in Cyprus. Theophanides had been concerned about further problems with the police and said that the CPA had already spoken with the

NICOSIA FAMILY COURT Divorce Jurisdiction Appl. No. 59/13 BEFORE: G. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. Chr. Demetriou, J.Fam. Ct. F. Constantinou, J. Fam.Ct. Between: MARIELA ILIEVA, Vasileos Pavlou 5, Parissinos, Nicosia. Applicant And YASSER KUBI, unknown address in Cyprus Respondent Interim Application from Applicant dated 28/1/13 Upon the application of Mr Costas Loizou Counsel for the Applicant, THIS COURT, after having read the application and the affidavit attached there to, dated 28/1/13 and after hearing what was said from the above lawyer, DOTH HEREBY GRANT AN ORDER by which SUBSTITUTED service of the Application outside the jurisdiction of the Court, FURTHER MORE GRANT AN ORDER by which SUBSTITUTED service of the Application and of the present Order by publishing it in a daily English language newspaper. In the publication paper should only be mentioned of the remedy applied for and that the substantial facts which the Applicant invokes for the issue of the remedy applied for, are contained in the Application. The Respondent may file a Defence within 20 days from service on her. In case of failure by the Respondent to file a defence within the above mentioned period of time, any other subsequent notice shall be deemed as well served if same is appended on the Court’s noticeboard for five consecutive days. This application is fixed for service on 26/2/2013 at 9.00 a.m.. The cost of the Application shall be cost in the cause. Given on 29.1.13 Drawn up on 31.1.13 (Sgd) G. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. (Sgd) Chr. Demetriou, J.Fam. Ct. (Sgd) F. Constantinou, J. Fam.Ct. TRUE COPY REGISTRAR PA.59.13.diaz.ektos.dikaiod. REMEDY APPLIED FOR: A. Judgment of the Court and/or Order of the Court, dissolving the civil marriage of the Applicant with the Respondent, which was celebrate on 11.06.2008, at Lysis Municipality, Larnaca, for irretrievable breakdown of their conjugal relationship. The substantial facts which the applicant invokes for the remedy applied for, are mentioned in the application.

ministries of interior and finance to see what permissions, if any, needed to be granted. In the arrests last year police also seized equipment and cash, which the CPA said had been collected for membership fees. The arrests shocked CPA members because they had previously been allowed to hold similar tryouts in Nicosia. Twelve teams of six players will take part in the 2013 Nations Cup. These include the top six teams, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, Poland, Hungary and Bosnia from a recent qualifying event held in Vienna. In addition, six seeded teams potentially from the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark or Spain and Cyprus as the host nation, will also participate. If the budget permits, this may be increased to sixteen participating teams. Theophanides said: “I have been told by both ministries, that as there is no money involved in these games whatsoever- we don’t need a licence. In fact, they said that there isn’t one which they can give us. This is a major sporting event and a great opportunity for Cyprus, as teams from all over the world will be taking part.” The 2013 Nations Cup poker tournament looks set to be held in Paphos at an as yet undisclosed venue from 12-15th April. It will cost around €70,000-€100,000 to host. The CPA has already raised close to €50,000 of that in sponsorship in Cyprus and internationally. If any businesses are interested in sponsorship contact; Antonis Theophanides: 97672392


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Petrol prices on the rise again Consumers group says people are sick and tired of hearing the same old excuses over and over again when prices go up By Poly Pantelides FUEL PRICES have gone up again this week, frustrating the head of the consumers’ union who said people had had enough with the excuses offered whenever prices are hiked. Prices have risen by up to 3 cents a litre this week, bringing the cost of Unleaded 95 to €1.43 per litre in some cases. The vice-head of the petrol stations’ owners association Stathis Spartiatis said that as retailers they receive fuel shipment at whatever price set by the fuel companies. “We are just the recipients,” he told state broadcaster CyBC. Petrol station owners normally make some four or five cents per litre of fuel sold and have justified prices by citing the increase in VAT by one percentage point to 18 per cent in mid-January

as well as other state taxes, and crude oil prices. The head of the consumers’ union, Loucas Aristodemou, said that fuel companies in Cyprus have a guaranteed profit “with no risk”. Whenever prices go up, fuel companies cite a number of factors relating to the international price of fuel, how much they import, what stock they keep and what they paid for fuel, the union’s head Aristodemou said. “Why should we be interested in this? Why should these be the factors setting fuel prices?” Aristodemou added. “These factors are their own responsibility. We are not interested in them,” he said adding that the price of Brent crude oil and the dollar to euro exchange rate should suffice, as “they do abroad”. “The state must stop condoning and supporting a

fuel pricing system favouring only fuel companies at the complete expense of the consumer and the market,” he added. The commerce ministry has noted that fuel prices are often higher than what is justified by crude oil prices but though the ministry has previously talked of setting a price cap, this has not been done. Fuel companies Exxon Mobile, Hellenic Petroleum (EKO), Petrolina and Lukoil were fined almost €43 million by the competition commission in 2009 for “concerted practice,” ie for informally and tacitly coming to an understanding to influence the market. The violations took place between October 2004 and late 2006, but the Supreme Court overthrew the fine decision because the watchdog’s chairman had been appointed illegally, thereby rendering the fine invalid.

People just want to have fun and forget about their financial problems

‘Craziness, not crisis’ carnival organisers in Limassol say By Peter Stevenson ‘THE crisis needs a carnival and some craziness’ is the slogan for this year’s Limassol Carnival celebrations which will begin a month from yesterday and is due to last for ten days. This year’s event will have a record 130 participants. Limassol Municipality’s Kleonas Alexandrou told the Cyprus News Agency yesterday that there has been a significant amount of interest from all districts to participate in the Limassol Carnival. “This shows that people are tired of all the talk of the crisis and pre-election campaigns and want to have fun and let go by taking part in the carnival which the municipality is offering for free,” he said. Alexandrou revealed that after 36 years, the Queen of the Carnival is returning to the celebrations, with Erma Stylianides playing the role of ‘The Queen of the Crisis and Craziness’. She will appear on Thursday, March 7, outside the Limassol District’s Administration office.

There will also be the big float parade half an hour before the big carnival parade on March 17 as well as the chance for the public to decorate the ‘Canvassers Chariot’ on Saturday, March 9 at Studio 8. This year will also see four outdoor dances as part of the celebrations instead of the usual three, Alexandrou said. The first dance will take place on Thursday March 7 at Heroes Square, the second and third dances will take place in the square of the medieval castle, on March 12 and 14 respectively while the farewell dance will take place at the Enaerios parking lot. Alexandrou revealed that as well as a competition for the best fancy dress, there will also be a competition for the best self-made fancy dress too. “Limassol can’t wait to dress-up for carnival season,” Alexandrou said. Paphos is also organising its carnival, which will also commence on March 7. This year King Carnival will be Chinese, in honour of the influx of Chinese residents to the town as homebuyers and business people.

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We won’t scrap GCSEs, says education minister MICHAEL Gove has confirmed he will not press ahead with plans to scrap GCSEs, saying the reforms were “a bridge too far”. The education secretary told the Commons that there was a consensus that the exams system needs to change. But he admitted that flagship plans to axe GCSEs in favour of new English Baccalaureate Certificates in core academic subjects was “one reform too many at this time”. The u-turn comes following widespread opposition and pressure from within the coalition from the Liberal Democrats. Gove told MPs that instead of new qualifications, GCSEs will

be reformed, with exams taken at the end of the course, rather than in modules, extended questions and less internal assessment. He also confirmed that he will not be pressing ahead with plans to hand each of the core EBC subjects to a single exam board a move he had previously argued was essential to prevent boards “dumbing down” standards to attract more schools. “Last September we outlined plans for changes to GCSE qualifications designed to address the grade inflation, dumbing down and loss of rigour in those examinations,” Gove told the Commons.

Gove in exam volte face

“We have consulted on those proposals and there is now a consensus that the system needs to change. But one of the proposals I put forward was a bridge too far. My idea that we end the competition between exam boards to offer GCSEs in core academic qualifications and have just one wholly new - exam in each subject was just one reform too many at this time.” He said that the exam regulator Ofqual was clear that there were significant risks in trying to both strengthen qualifications and end competition in a large part of the exams market. “So, I have decided not to make

the best the enemy of the good. And I will not proceed with plans to have a single exam board offering a new exam in each academic subject,” he said. The govenrment would now concentrate on reforming existing GCSEs along the lines the minister had forward in September.” Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said the announcement was a “humiliating climbdown” for Gove. “The words ‘GCSE’ and ‘fiasco’ seem to be indelibly linked under this Government. This is a humiliating climbdown,” Twigg told the Commons.

Pricier alcohol cuts drink-related deaths New study likely to boost government pricing plans Sex claims are a nightmare, says presenter By Mike Hornby VETERAN BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall (pictured) who is fighting historic sex offence allegations, said yesterday he might have considered taking his own life had it not been for the support of his family. Speaking outside Preston Magistrates’ Court, the 83year-old described the accusations as “spurious” and vowed to clear his name and restore his reputation. Earlier, the former It’s A Knockout presenter made his first appearance in court charged with one count of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault. Addressing reporters, he questioned why the allegations had taken so long to surface. He said: “May I just say these allegations are pernicious, callous, cruel and, above all, spurious. “And may I just say I am not guilty and will be defending these accusations. Hall, of Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century and was last year awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours. His eccentric and erudite football match summaries made him a cult figure on BBC Radio 5 Live. The broadcaster was charged last month with the alleged rape of a 22-yearold woman in 1976 and 14 offences of indecent assault against 10 girls aged between nine and 16, which allegedly took place between 1967 and 1986. During yesterday’s short court hearing, Hall, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

By Kate Kelland INCREASING the minimum price of alcohol by 10 per cent can lead to immediate and significant drops in drinkrelated deaths and may also have long-term beneficial health effects, according to a study published yesterday. Canadian researchers found that deaths caused by alcohol between 2002 and 2009 in the western province of British Columbia dropped when the minimum alcohol price was increased, while alcoholrelated deaths rose when more private alcohol stores were opened. The findings will be keenly scrutinised by alcohol policy makers, particularly in Britain where the government plans to introduce a minimum price on alcohol to try to clamp down on binge drinking and anti-social behaviour. “This study adds to the scientific evidence that, despite popular opinion to the contrary, even the heaviest drinkers reduce their consumption when minimum alcohol prices increase,” said Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, who led the study. John Holmes of the alcohol research group at Britain’s University of Sheffield said Stockwell’s study was a major contribution to evidence about minimum alcohol pricing and gave a “strong indication that the policy has re-

Study shows that a 10 per cent price rise was followed by a 32 per cent death rate drop duced the consumption levels of those drinking at hazardous and harmful levels.” Stockwell’s team, whose research was published in the journal Addiction, looked at three categories of death linked to alcohol - wholly alcohol attributable, acute, and chronic - analysing death rates across the time period against increases in government-set minimum prices of alcohol drinks. Stockwell said the major finding was that increased minimum alcohol prices were

associated with immediate, substantial and significant reductions in wholly alcohol attributable deaths, with a 10 per cent price rise followed by a 32 per cent death rate drop. Significant falls in chronic and total alcohol associated deaths were also detected between two and three years after minimum price increases. At the same time, a 10 per cent increase in the number of private liquor stores was associated with a two per

cent rise in acute, chronic, and total alcohol associated death rates. Stockwell said the reason for the lower death rates were likely to be due to the fact that raising the price of cheaper drinks makes heavy drinkers drink less. Earlier research conducted by the same team and published in January last year found that each 10 per cent increase in the minimum price of alcohol led people to drink 3.4 per cent less alcohol overall.

Police officer to be charged for Sun story link A FORMER police officer is to be charged with misconduct in a public office over claims he passed details of investigations to the Sun newspaper, prosecutors said yesterday. Alan Tierney is accused of receiving 1,750 pounds from the Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business News International, for information relating to two stories in 2009. The first related to a shoplifting case involving the mother and motherin-law of Chelsea captain and former

England player John Terry, while the second to an incident involving Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, media reported. “We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that Alan Tierney, a former police constable with Surrey Police, should be charged with two offences of committing misconduct in public office,” said Alison Levitt from the Crown Prosecution Service. “Both of these incidents were linked to high-profile people.” Tierney will appear at a Westminster

Magistrates’ Court at a date to be determined. He is the latest person to face charges over allegations journalists paid cash to public officials in return for information, an investigation linked to the phone-hacking inquiry centred on the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Earlier this month, senior counterterrorism officer April Casburn was jailed for 15 months for offering to sell details about the phone-hacking probe to the News of the World.

BRITAIN TODAY Leicester winning the bone battle THE battle for the final resting for King Richard III seems already won, with the decision solely in the hands of the university experts. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday confirmed that it was the University of Leicester’s decision to make as they had been granted permission to exhume the monarch’s body. It comes after York Council confirmed it was writing to the Queen and the MoJ to lay claim to the remains of the last Plantagenet king. In a statement the Ministry of Justice said yesterday: “The licence we issued states that the applicant (the University of Leicester) would, no later than August 31, 2014, deposit the remains at Jewry Wall Museum or have them interred at St Martin’s Cathedral or in a burial ground in which interments may legally take place.” The mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby said he could understand York’s challenge but that the decision had already been made.

Drunk assault victims ‘to blame’ AROUND one in 12 people believe sexual assault and rape victims are to blame if they are either drunk, under the influence of drugs or flirtatious with the offender. Some 8 per cent of people think victims are responsible when they are under the influence of drugs, while around 6 per cent believe victims are to blame when they are drunk. And 7 per cent think victims are responsible when they are attacked by someone they have been flirting heavily with beforehand, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The figures were included within a breakdown of violent and sexual crime in England and Wales, which shows violent incidents have halved since 1995.


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Greeks foregoing heating following jump in fuel tax

Russian alcohol crackdown topples giant vodka statue

Families burn firewood, old furniture to stay warm

A RUSSIAN monument to a bottle of vodka has been toppled over fears that it could be seen as an illegal advert for the country’s favourite tipple. The three-metre metal sculpture had become a local landmark in the Urals town of Glazov, 1,000km east of Moscow. But residents woke up one morning last week to discover it had disappeared, leaving only an empty plinth. The bottle’s fall reflects a new, sober spirit of the age in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, a judo blackbelt who rides, flies and dives for the TV cameras but is rarely seen raising a glass - unless to toast a billion-dollar oil deal. Initial reports suggested that local authorities were behind the disappearance of the memorial, erected 13 years ago to mark the centenary of the local Glazovskiy spirits factory. But factory bosses later told local media they had decided to remove the monument from public view over fears that it could fall foul of the strict new advertising laws.

By Karolina Tagaris GREEK cleaner Eleni Daneel’s family spends evenings in their Athens home bundled up in coats after a steep rise in fuel prices made heating their apartment an unaffordable luxury this winter. Daneel is one of a growing number struggling to keep warm after a fuel tax hike aimed at curbing smuggling and boosting revenues for the cash-strapped state sent heating oil prices up 40 per cent. With Greeks already struggling under wage and pension cuts imposed by the foreign lenders that bailed their country out, many have stopped using heating oil altogether, pushing consumption down 70 per cent in the last three months of 2012 from a year earlier. Revenues from the tax rose to €120 million over the period from €73 million previously, but was a long way short of the €277 million government target because of the dramatic drop in consumption. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, however, has refused to row back on the tax hike, saying that aligning heating oil and car fuel taxes eliminates smuggling and that additional revenue for state coffers was secondary. By harmonising the taxes, the government eliminated the motive for suppliers to mix cheap heating oil with car fuel and reap huge illegal profits from consumers. A state fuel subsidy for the poor has gone largely uncollected as apartment building residents who are entitled to the subsidy cannot always convince neighbours who are not entitled to it to

A worker throws wood into a loader at a firewood merchant in the Varkiza suburb of Athens buy heating oil for the whole building. Higher fuel prices have helped spawn a set of unintended consequences - from illegal logging for firewood in the countryside to a woodsmoke smog appearing over Athens. The impact is especially dramatic in the Greek capital, where tenants in both wealthy and poorer neighbourhoods have mostly opted not to turn on their apartment buildings’ central heating system. About 95 per cent of Athens apartment buildings bought no heating fuel this winter, said Yorgos Giortas, who heads an association of Athens building supervisors. Even the office building where he works, an eightstorey block tenanted by law firms and accountants on a busy street in central Athens, switched off the heating this year to avoid the €2,600 monthly oil bill. So dramatic is the surge in the use of wood stoves and poorly functioning fireplaces that a hazy blanket of smog has crept up over the city’s

skyline, and the smell of ash hangs in the evening air. Researchers at the National Observatory of Athens said polluting and harmful particles that can cause respiratory problems have reached almost five times the danger level some nights this year. For a growing number of Greeks, buying firewood is difficult even if it is a quarter of the heating oil bill. That has meant a surge in illegal logging in areas like the rugged forest on Mount Egaleo in western Athens, where environmentalists have started patrols in search for offenders. “Ninety per cent of the time it’s people who are suffering from the economic crisis who need to keep themselves and their families warm,” said Grigoris Gourdomichalis, head of an environmental group run by municipalities. “I can see where they’re coming from. You can’t let your small child, or a sick person, or the elderly, go cold,” he said, flashing his torchlight on the stumps of three pine trees cut down earlier in the day.

Pussy Riot appeal to Europe court THREE members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights over their jail sentences for a protest against President Vladimir Putin’s links to the Russian Orthodox Church. Convicted for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are almost halfway through two-year terms. Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on appeal with a suspended sentence. Lawyer Pavel Chikov said Russia had violated their right to freedom of speech, a fair trial and liberty. They were also treated in an inhumane way in custody by being deprived of sleep and enough food on days when they attended court, he added. Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer”, which came at the height of the largest wave of protests

yet against Putin’s 13-year rule over Russia, was a political one and it was wrongly qualified as being aimed at inciting religious strife, Chikov said. “I think they will be released from prison before the tribunal ruling,” Chikov said yesterday, the day after the appeal was sent to Strasbourg. “But the European Court is not the key mechanism to seek their prompt release. It is important to bring in justice, declare them not guilty and, eventually, acquit them.” Their sentences expire in March 2014 and it is unclear whether the tribunal will announce its ruling before then. Last February, the three stormed the altar of Russia’s main Orthodox cathedral in Moscow to perform a noisy protest song calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin.


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Rubber chickens, diapers suggested for China’s holiday travel A LUGGAGE trolley that converts into a seat and a pole with pads that props up sleepy passengers are just a couple of the gadgets intrepid Chinese have devised to help make their annual New Year train trips home a little more comfortable. About 200 million people in China are expected to take trains home for the New Year’s holiday at the weekend in what has been

described as the world’s largest annual migration. Some opt for standing-only tickets on packed trains to save money on trips that can last three days. This year, Chinese microblogs have been abuzz with gadgets and inventions that could help make gruelling journeys a little easier. One of the most talked-about is the ‘Hard Seat Treasure’, a metal pole with pads attached that is

meant to prop up a sleepy traveller and ensure he or she does not fall out of their seat when they nod off. But not everyone is a fan. “It’s a burden to carry,” said Li Kang, a migrant worker from the southwest province of Guizhou who tried it out. “When I lean on it, my body feels suspended.” Former physics teacher and avid amateur inventor Zhou agreed. He invented the ‘Grass Roots

Travel Treasure’ - a trolley with what looks like a metal mop handle sticking out of it that converts into a seat. It also features holders for bottles that Zhou insists can be filled with sodium percarbonate powder and water to make oxygen - a breath of fresh air for anyone suffering in a stuffy, smokey train carriage. There are lots of other ideas out

there. One user of the Sina Weibo microblog site suggested taking along a squawking rubber chicken to make other passengers get out of the way in crowded aisles. Another recommended adult diapers. But the most popular accessory remains a simple plastic bucket, that can be turned over and used as a seat, or for other purposes.

Islamic summit urges dialogue on Syria Statement blames Syrian state for most of bloodshed By Yasmine Saleh LEADERS of Muslim nations yesterday called for a “serious dialogue” between Syria’s government and an opposition coalition on a political transition to end nearly two years of civil war, but pinned most of the blame for the bloodshed on the state. A two-day summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation backed an initiative by Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia to broker negotiations to stop the fighting in which at least 60,000 people have died. “We all agreed on the necessity to intensify work to put an end to the tragedies which the sisterly Syrian people are living through,” Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi told the closing ceremony. The final communique, issued hours after the summit ended because of last-minute wrangling over the wording, said President Bashar al-Assad’s government was most to blame. “We stress that the primary responsibility is on the Syrian government for the continuation of violence and destruction of property, and we express our deep concern at the deterioration of conditions and the spread of killings that led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and the Syrian authorities’ commission of massacres in cities and villages,” it said. The statement made no mention of Assad but called for talks between the opposition Syrian National Coalition and “representatives of the Syrian government who are committed to the political transformation of Syria and those who have not been involved directly in any form

of oppression”. It also urged all other opposition groups to join the SNC. SNC leader Moaz Alkhatib made a surprise offer last weekend of talks with Assad’s ceremonial deputy, Farouq al-Shara, on a transition that would guarantee Assad safe passage into exile. The presidents of Egypt, Turkey and Iran met on the margins of the summit to discuss ways to support this initiative. Mursi said more details of their plan would be announced within days. The secretary-general of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said the initiative “focuses on the unity of the Syrian lands, comprehensive dialogue between the Syrian factions and responding to any country that wants to join in this dialogue”. Syria was not represented at the summit after it was suspended from the OIC last August, nor was the Syrian opposition present. Iran is one of Assad’s last allies and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian leader since 1979, revelled in the opportunity to play mediator. The Iranians registered reservations about the communique, OIC officials said. It is unclear how much influence Alkhatib and his Cairobased Syrian National Coalition, some members of which were surprised and angered by his offer, have on the rebels fighting inside Syria. The rebels battled army units for control of districts of Damascus for a second day yesterday, part of a rebel offensive which aims to shake Assad’s hold on the capital, a rebel captain and opposition activists said.

South Korean and US Marines hurl snow during a joint winter drill in Pyeongchang, some 180 kilometres east of Seoul. Marines from South Korea and the United States took part in military winter drills, which began on February 4 and run through February 22, to test their limits in extreme conditions (AFP)

Dinosaur extinction Iran’s Khamenei date ‘earlier’ than rebuffs Joe Biden’s previously thought offer of direct talks By John von Radowitz DINOSAURS vanished earlier than previously thought and “within a gnat’s eyebrow” of the cataclysmic meteor impact blamed for their extinction, say scientists. Corrected dates for both events suggest they occurred almost at the same time, around 66 million years ago. Previous studies have indicated that the impact predated the death of the dinosaurs by as much as 300,000 years. The disaster was probably the “final straw” for the dinosaurs but may not have been the only reason why the reptiles which ruled the world for more than 150 million years died out, scientists believe. A 110-mile crater in the Caribbean off the coast of Mexico marks the spot where a six-mile-wide object, either an asteroid or comet, smashed into the Earth. Clues to the event remain

in the form of iridium-enriched dust, glassy spheres and shocked quartz that was spread around the planet. Scientists used new radioactive dating techniques to determine both the date of the impact and that of the dinosaurs’ extinction. The research, published in the journal Science, shows they occurred within 33,000 years of each other. Lead scientist Professor Paul Renne, from the University of California at Berkeley, US, said: “The impact was clearly the final straw that pushed Earth past the tipping point. “We have shown that these events are synchronous to within a gnat’s eyebrow, and therefore the impact clearly played a major role in extinctions, but it probably wasn’t just the impact.” Dramatic climate fluctuations over the previous million years, including long cold snaps, may have brought many creatures to the brink of extinction before the meteor struck, he said.

By Marcus George IRAN’S highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, yesterday slapped down an offer of direct talks made by US Vice President Joe Biden this week, saying they would not solve the problem between them. “Some naive people like the idea of negotiating with America, however, negotiations will not solve the problem,” Khamenei said in a speech to officials and members of Iran’s air force carried on his official website. “If some people want American rule to be established again in Iran, the nation will rise up to face them,” he said. “American policy in the Middle East has been destroyed and Americans now need to play a new card. That card is dragging Iran into negotiations.” Khamenei made his comments just days after Joe Biden said the United States was prepared to meet bilaterally with the

Iranian leadership. “That offer stands but it must be real and tangible,” Biden said in a speech in Munich. With traditional fiery rhetoric, Khamenei lambasted Biden’s offer, saying that since the 1979 revolution the United States had gravely insulted Iran and continued to do so with its threat of military action. “You take up arms against the nation of Iran and say: ‘negotiate or we fire’. But you should know that pressure and negotiations are not compatible and our nation will not be intimidated by these actions,” he added. Relations between Iran and the United States were severed in 1979 after the overthrow of Iran’s prowestern monarchy and diplomatic meetings between officials have since been very rare. Currently U.S.-Iran contact is limited to talks between Tehran and a so-called P5+1 group of powers on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme which are to resume on February 26 in Kazakhstan.


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Tunisia in crisis as unrest continues

WORLD TODAY Girl, 9, gives birth in Mexico A NINE-year-old girl has given birth in western Mexico and police say they are looking for the alleged father, a 17-year-old. Jalisco state police spokesman Lino Gonzalez says the baby girl was born last week at a hospital in the city of Guadalajara. He says the girl and her baby are doing well. Gonzalez said the girl’s family alerted authorities after she gave birth and the alleged father has not been seen since in the neighbourhood they both live in. He says that if the teenager’s paternity is proved he could face child sex abuse charges.

Fighter jets RUSSIA denied its fighter jets had entered Japanese air space yesterday after Tokyo scrambled combat fighters and lodged a protest over what it said was an intrusion near the northern island of Hokkaido. Russia has been holding military manoeuvres around the disputed Kurile islands this week. “Flights of military aircraft are ... carried out in strict accordance with the international rules governing air space and do not violate the border of other states,” a Defence Ministry spokesman, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said.

Dangerous skateboard ONE of South Africa’s top skateboarders is facing arrest over a video posted on YouTube of him careering down a Cape Town street at a professed 110km/h to set off a speed camera, city officials said yesterday. The ‘Spoofing the Traffic Camera’ video, which has notched up more than 200,000 YouTube hits, shows skater Decio Lourenco hurtling down the mountain road. Towards the bottom he throws his hands up in jubilation after a GPS system strapped to his foot showed he had clocked up 110 km/h.

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Treeing Walker Coonhound dogs prepare for the Westminster Kennel Club 137th Annual Dog Show, where they will be one of two new breeds allowed to compete (AFP)

Move over Yorkie, NY pet wear goes to dogs Not just fashionistas showing designs in Big Apple this week By Barbara Goldberg IGNORED for years by the pet fashion industry and left to dwell in the shadows of tiny dogs in tutus and tiaras, large dogs are finally loping onto the high couture catwalk. What are they wearing? The chunky prints and large patterned fabrics that would overwhelm smaller dogs, as well as camouflage fleece hoodies, jean jackets and, yes, even ostrich feathers. Bigger, bulkier dogs are growing more popular, especially in trend-setting New York City, where the Labrador and bulldog gained ground on the list of favourite canines last year, according to the American Kennel Club. Muscled out of the top spot was the Yorkshire terrier and pushed back even farther was the miniature poodle, small dogs that have long strutted in Ralph Lauren and Roberto Cavalli designs and labels from Barneys, Henri Bendel and other high-end stores. For big dogs, the naked truth has been that plus-size canine couture was almost nowhere to be found. Now, the Fashion Institute of Technology, which offers a professional certificate programme in pet product design and marketing, is stocking classrooms with dog dressmaker forms from tiny to

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huge, said Joan Volpe, managing coordinator of the school whose graduates include Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali and Michael Kors. As bigger dogs grew in popularity, the industry responded. “Every dog today needs boots. Every dog needs a raincoat. Every dog needs a sweater,” she said. Pet fashion is the nexus of “Ruff!” and cuff, and nowhere is that better illustrated than in New York City in February, when the world famous Westminster Dog Show and equally renowned Fashion Week occur simultaneously.

PLUS-SIZE More than 78 million dogs live as pets in the United States, up from 53 million two decades ago, according to American Pet Products. Lavishing love on their furriest family member, 15 per cent of pet owners have been buying duds for their dogs in recent years, and canine apparel sales remained steady even through the recent economic downturn, the APP’s latest survey showed. For plus-sized pooches and designers who cater to them, PawVogue.com is a website devoted to canine couture that urges online visitors to share names of designers for large dogs.

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“Every human is not a size 6, and every dog is not 5lbs (2 kg),” said the website. Consider French Fry and Tater Tot, two Wheaten terriers weighing 22kg and 13kg whose owner, Sandy Thompson of Buford, Georgia, wants her “babies” to wear couture. Her dogs have 40 outfits from canine designers as far away as Spain. “Even big dogs like to look pretty,” said Thompson. French Fry and Tater Tot appear at pet fashion shows to benefit women’s shelters and animal rescue centres. Smaller price tags for big dog fashions are offered by www.PJNYdogwear. com, launched by FIT student designer Karen Varley, who donates 10 per cent of her proceeds to animal shelters like the one where she found her pitbull mix, Polly Jean. The dog sits still as Varley, unable to find a canine mannequin big enough, drapes her with pinned fabric pieces to create new fashions such as a faux fleece-lined jean jacket, her most popular item, which sells for $43. “I just felt there was an emptiness in my life,” said Varley, 44, a flight attendant who decided against having children. “Polly Jean has brought so much happiness. Gosh, I can’t even put into words how wonderful she has made my life.”

TUNISIA’S governing Islamists yesterday rebuffed a plan by their party chief and prime minister to replace the government after unrest erupted over the killing of an opposition leader, deepening the worst crisis since the country’s 2011 revolution. Turmoil in the North African state that spawned the Arab Spring uprisings flared anew, with protesters setting ablaze the local headquarters of the main Islamist Ennahda party and a police station in the provincial town of Kelibia. Police fired teargas to scatter protesters near the interior ministry in Tunis and stone-throwing youths in the southern mining town of Gafsa, where at least seven were injured. Crowds ransacked electronics shops in Sfax. Further disturbances loomed today when labour unions planned a general strike in protest at the assassination of secular politician Chokri Belaid, and his politically charged funeral expected to be held as well. An aide to Hussein Abassi, leader of the UGTT union, Tunisia’s biggest, said he had received a death threat after announcing the country’s first general strike in 34 years. Wary of further violence, many shops in Tunis closed at 2pm while France, the old colonial power in Tunisia, said it would shut its schools in Tunis today and tomorrow. Prime Minister Hamdi Jebali of Ennahda announced late on Wednesday he would dismiss the government led by his moderate Islamist party in favour of a non-partisan cabinet until elections could be held soon. But the idea met swift resistance. A senior Ennahda official said Jebali had not sought approval from his party, suggesting the Islamist group was split over the move to supplant the governing coalition. Ennahda’s two secular coalition partners as well as the main opposition parties also rejected any move to a government of technocrats, demanding as well that they be consulted before any new cabinet is formed.


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Deep rifts mark EU budget talks Summit could now run into tomorrow after delay (continued from front page) British officials indicated they had “like-minded” countries such as Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands on their side, while France’s position has widespread backing from countries in the south and east of Europe. Germany stands in the middle and is likely to be the lynchpin of any deal. “We are still not moving beyond the British problem,” said one diplomat. Arriving for the talks, Hollande said there was a limit to how far he was prepared to go in the negotiations. “If there are some who are not reasonable, then I will try to reason with them, but (only) up to a certain point,” he said. The summit, scheduled to last two days, could now run into tomorrow, some officials said. If it is not possible to reach an agreement, the concern is that it may not be possible to return to negotiations until late 2014 or early 2015. Even if a deal can be struck on the seven-year framework, around 40 per cent of the spending is still going to be dedicated to farming and regional development, something that frustrates many northern European states, which want a more dynamic budget. In recent weeks, Van

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Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the EU council headquarters Rompuy has been in touch with every EU leader to assess where the contours of an agreement may lie. He had said that he would only call a summit if he saw sufficient “convergence” among the countries to make a deal possible. In November, he began the talks by reducing the European Commission’s original budget proposal by €80 billion, bringing the headline figure down to €972 billion. Yesterday’s talks were supposed to resume from that

figure, although it was never going to be a simple question of just cutting the total, since the budget also involves delicate negotiations over rebates - amounts countries get reimbursed after they have made contributions. There is also a difference in how countries interpret the budget figures, with some focusing on commitments - the maximum amount that could be spent on projects or programmes - and others concentrating on payments - the sums actually spent.

Payments are always less than commitments, and any deal may ultimately rest in the gap between the two. If there is to be a deal, the expectation among diplomats is that it will require a reduction in commitments in the region of €15-20 billions, pulling Van Rompuy’s headline figure down to around €950 billion. But in terms of payments, the figure could end up closer to €900 billion, an amount that negotiators hope will satisfy Cameron and others adamant about belt-tightening.

ECB says will monitor impact of euro strength By Eva Kuehnen THE EUROPEAN Central Bank will monitor the impact of a strengthening euro on the currency bloc’s economy but said it was not a policy target and showed growing confidence in the region. After the ECB left its main interest rate at 0.75 per cent yesterday, ECB chief Mario Draghi said the exchange rate was near to its long-term average but went further than many analysts had expected. “The appreciation is, in a sense, a sign of return of confidence in the euro,” Draghi told a news conference. “The exchange rate is not a policy target, but it is important for growth and price stability and we certainly want to see whether the appreciation is sustained and will alter our risk assessment as far as price stability is concerned.” The euro hit a 15-month peak of $1.3711 on Feb. 1. It traded below that level on Thursday. French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the eurozone must develop an exchange rate policy to protect the currency from “irrational movements”. Germany has been cooler to any thoughts of exchange rate action. “Since the last policy meeting the euro exchange rate has gone up as have shortterm money market rates, which the ECB cannot ignore completely,” said Citi economist Juergen Michels. Even if it wanted to, the ECB’s statutes mean it is illequipped to join a currency “race to the bottom”. Furthermore, the world’s top central banks are expanding their balance sheets by printing money, or at least not reversing course, while the ECB’s balance sheet is tightening, partly due to banks paying back early cheap money the central bank doled out last year. A by-product of that could be to drive the euro yet higher. Although it took no monetary policy action, sources said the

Mario Draghi ECB and Ireland reached a compromise on a long-standing dispute over the cost of servicing money borrowed for a failed bank. Dublin rushed through emergency legislation early on Thursday to liquidate failed Anglo Irish Bank as part of a compromise to avoid paying 3.1 billion euros a year until 2023 on money it took for the stricken lender during a meltdown of the main Irish banks in 2008. Draghi merely said that the ECB “took note of the Irish operation” but a source close to the negotiations said that was tantamount to approval given the constraints of what he could say. That could go a long way to allowing Ireland to quit its bailout programme this year. Draghi gave a similar view on the state of the eurozone economy to the one he gave in January. Economic weakness was “expected to prevail in the early part of 2013” but later in the year, activity should gradually recover. He said the move by banks this month to pay back early about 140 billion euros of cheap three-year money the ECB gave them last year was a positive sign.

Carney sets high bar to change at Bank of England By William Schomberg and David Milliken MARK Carney, the next governor of the Bank of England, cooled expectations that he would push for big changes in British monetary policy but showed he may bring ideas from Canada with him when he takes over later this year. In his first detailed comments on the British economy, Carney said yesterday that making a commitment to keeping monetary stimulus unchanged for a set period of time could be needed to help restore damaged confidence of firms and households. That is something that Carney introduced at the Bank of Canada, an unusual step at the time but one which was subsequently adopted in the United States, adding to his reputation as one of the world’s best

central bankers. But Carney, who will be the first foreigner to run the Bank of England in its 318-year history, used his testimony before British lawmakers to play down speculation that he would rapidly press for bigger changes at the bank. He was also quick to praise its policy of focusing on inflation. “In my view, flexible inflation targeting - as practiced in both Canada and the UK - has proven itself to be the most effective monetary policy framework implemented thus far,” the Canadian central bank chief said. “As a result, the bar for alteration is very high,” the 47-year-old former Goldman Sachs banker said in written answers to questions from a parliamentary committee. Carney is due to take over at the Bank of England in July, when the British economy is likely to be grinding its way out of two years

of almost zero growth. He said the weak state of the economy would merit monetary stimulus for a period of time but added the Bank of England’s current policies might be sufficient. Carney gave no clear signal that he would push for more government bond-buying by the Bank of England, stressing the risks posed by quantitative easing and research by the Bank of Canada that showed its effectiveness diminished with time. Sterling rose as investors took Carney’s comments to show little sign of looser monetary policy ahead. The pound rose 0.4 per cent to $1.5720. But British government debt prices fell as he kept the door open for a more pro-growth approach in future and said he would consider buying assets other than gilts if required, anathema to the Bank of England’s current leadership.

“Some of Carney’s comments suggest that he favours some changes in the BoE’s policy framework. Nevertheless, we rule out that changes will be abrupt as he sounds very keen on maintaining confidence in the institution’s credibility,” said Annalisa Piazza, an economist at Newedge Strategy. Carney was taking part in a question-and-answer session with lawmakers that ran for more than three hours and he made it clear he wanted an early debate on the Bank of England’s remit which has not been seriously reviewed since it gained operational independence in 1997. “Although the bar for change ... should be very high, it seems to me important that the framework for monetary policy -rightly set by governments and not by central banks - is reviewed and debated periodically,” Carney said.


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State needs to cut more from the fat cats to help the poor EVERYONE who saw the unemployed man sobbing in front of the cameras, desperately asking “what can we do, what can we do?” would have been moved. He was taking part in a demonstration outside the finance ministry by labourers, whose seasonal work contracts with the government had been terminated as part of the spending cuts. “When your child wakes up asking you for a glass of milk and you have none to give, what do you do?” he asked in front of the cameras. “We ask for a plate of food to eat nothing more,” he shouted with his hands raised in the air. The man is a father of five, who apart from losing his seasonal job with the forestry department, also had the big-family monthly benefit he was receiving cut. The sad truth is that there are many more like him, even though they are not out on the streets protesting. Every week more needy families are turning to charities for food supplies so they could put food on the table. This abject poverty, unknown to Cyprus until a couple of years ago, is set to increase with unemployment on an upward path and the job market shrinking. Long-term unemployment which was never experienced in the past has become a feature of the economy, but unemployment benefit is still only paid for six months. Even if the government wanted to give benefits for a longer period the funds do not exist. In fact, it is a wonder the state can cover the everincreasing bill for unemployment benefit. The problem is that the way state funds are allocated, we cannot have a welfare system that supports people in genuine need. This government wasted a lot of state funds on welfare payments, but this was mindless squandering of money rather than an attempt to put a support system in place for the poor. Admittedly conditions are very different from the time Christofias was mindlessly increasing pension payments and upping student grants. Now there are no funds for the state to support the poorest members of society and they are depending on private charity, which cannot be taken for granted. The only solution is for the state to cut another five per cent from the princely salaries and pensions of all public employees and use the money exclusively to support poor families. It is the only option available and would also be a step towards the fairer society that Christofias wanted. The taxpayer’s money cannot all be spent on big salaries and pensions for pampered public employees while hundreds if not thousands of parents cannot feed their children.

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History repeats itself only the clothes differ Comment Gwynne Dyer

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OU CAN hear them shouting it in the horrible mobile-phone footage of the mob killing the wounded, befuddled Muammar Gaddafi: “Not the face, don’t touch the face.” They weren’t feeling sorry for the dying dictator of Libya. They just wanted to make sure that his corpse was recognisable. A lot of people would not feel safe, and some other people would not give up fighting for him, until they were sure he was really dead. They probably yelled the same thing while they were killing King Richard III on a battlefield near Leicester in 1485. He had only been on the English throne for two years when Henry Tudor came back from exile and overthrew him in the Battle of Bosworth, but it was essential that many witnesses saw and recognised his corpse. Otherwise there would be endless rebels claiming to be Richard and trying to overthrow the new king. In fact, we can be pretty certain that the men who killed Richard III were indeed ordered to spare his face, because they have now found Richard’s remains under a car-park in the centre of Leicester. His face is pretty much intact, even though the rest of his skull is a mess. You have to be sure that the old dictator is dead before you give your allegiance to the new dictator. They initially suspected it was Richard III because they were digging up the car-park to examine the foundations of the medieval Church of the Greyfriars, which is where he was buried. They were further persuaded because the skeleton’s spine was twisted by scoliosis in a way that would have made him look hunchbacked, as every account says that the last of the Plantagenet kings did. Then they did a computer reconstruction of what the skull would have looked like with flesh on it, and used 3D printing to built up a plastic model that closely resembles near-contemporary portraits of the king. And finally they matched up his mitochondrial DNA with that of Canadian Michael Ibsen, who is descended from Richard’s sister, Anne of York. Yup, it’s Richard III – and here’s how he died. There is a fist-sized chunk gone from the base of the skull where a heavy, sharpbladed weapon, most likely a halberd (basically, an axe at the end of a pike) had sliced right through the bone and into the brain. Just below it is a smaller

The killing of Gaddafi: violence still works the same way it always did hole, probably made by a sword that penetrated the bone and entered the brain. Either wound would have killed him in less than a minute. There are about a dozen other wounds, most probably inflicted after he died, but only two small ones

‘We don’t know whether Richard III was really as bad as Shakespeare painted him, but he was undoubtedly pretty bad... Gaddafi was also a monster and a killer, and he died in about the same way (except for the horse)’

on his face. A mob of footsoldiers – the people who killed him were using infantry weapons – enthusiastically took part in the slaughter, but they left him recognisable. It all fits with the accounts that he was unhorsed in a cavalry melee and then surrounded and killed by Tudor infantry. “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” William Shakespeare has him cry as they close in, and that has the ring of truth. So Henry Tudor became Henry VII, to be succeeded by Henry VIII, the closest that English history has ever come to a Stalin figure, and then by “Bloody Mary”, and then Queen Elizabeth I (“Good Queen Bess”), while Richard III became Shakespeare’s most monstrous villain, plotting and murdering his way across three of the Bard’s best-known plays. It was all pro-Tudor propaganda: Shakespeare, who wrote his plays during Elizabeth’s reign, was not fool enough to question the legitimacy of the Tudor dynasty, or to praise its enemies. We don’t know whether Richard III was really as bad as Shakespeare painted him, but he was undoubtedly pretty bad, because they all were: medieval politics was ruthless and bloody. The temptation is to say that nothing much has changed. Gaddafi was also a monster and a killer, and he died in about the same way

(except for the horse). History just repeats itself in different clothing, and things are as bad as they ever were. The temptation should be resisted. Violence still works the same way it always did, but there is far less of it around. Even allowing for the great wars of the last century, the proportion of the population that dies violently now is ten times lower than it was in medieval times. Tyrants still get overthrown violently, but more of them are removed by non-violent means, and there are fewer of them around anyway. Nor are they just succeeded by other tyrants. After Gaddafi’s death, Libya held free elections, and it now has a normal civilian government. One that has a lot of work to do to restore order in the country after 42 years of Gaddafi’s tyranny and incompetence, to be sure, but it is making progress. There’s that dirty word again: “progress”. We’re not supposed to believe in that any more. What about terrorism? What about the “structural violence” of capitalism? “Progress” smacks of cultural imperialism, and even worse, it’s naive. Okay. You go and live in the 15th century. I’ll just stay here and hold your horse.  Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries


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Bieber becomes the youngest artist with five No.1 albums Believe Acoustic features stripped down versions of previous hits

Daniel DayLewis seen winning best actor Oscar By Belinda Goldsmith

By Piya Sinha-Roy CANADIAN pop star Justin Bieber became the youngest artist to land five chart-topping albums in the United States this week when his latest record, Believe Acoustic, debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Believe Acoustic, which features stripped down versions of Bieber’s songs from his fourth No.1 album, Believe, released last June, as well as three new songs, sold 211,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The album also topped iTunes downloads charts in 63 countries, and became a hot topic on social media platforms as the singer’s 34 million-strong followers on Twitter raced to purchase the record as soon as it was released. Bieber was previously tied with former Disney star Miley Cyrus (below, right) with four chart-topping albums before turning 19, and he is only one of nine artists in Billboard history to have a No.1 album for four consecutive years. Bieber’s 19th birthday is March 1. The singer, who failed to pick up a Grammy nomination this year despite having a top-selling album and sold-out world tour in 2012, will be hosting and performing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this week, the night before the Grammy awards. Four new albums debuted in the top five of the Billboard 200 chart this week, led by Believe Acoustic. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s 14th studio album,

Can you hear me? Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber doesn’t turn 19 until March 1 Passione, landed at No.2 with sales of 93,000, while Canadian sister duo Tegan & Sara notched No.3 with their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, selling 49,000 copies. R&B singer Charlie Wilson came in at No.4 with his latest record, Love, Charlie, selling 44,000 copies in its

first week. Singer Beyonce saw a boost in sales following her widely praised performance at the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday, which was watched by more than 108 million people. For the week ending Sunday, February 2, digital sales of Beyonce’s songs Halo,

Crazy In Love and Single Ladies saw the biggest bumps. There were 19,000 digital copies of Halo sold, a 338 percent increase from the previous week. The new Destiny’s Child compilation album, Love Songs, didn’t see as big a bump, selling under 6,000 copies last week.

Rihanna attends Brown’s Becks reveals favourite tattoos community service hearing A Los Angeles judge has ordered a new report on singer Chris Brown’s community service after prosecutors said he cut corners while fulfilling work requirements imposed after his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna. Rihanna accompanied Brown, 23, to court in a show of support for the man who pleaded guilty to punching and beating her four years ago. The couple have recently rekindled their romance. Brown is serving five years probation and last year was deemed to have completed 180 days of community service and domestic violence counselling. During Wednesday’s brief hearing, Brown sat expressionless with his hands folded in a dark sport coat. Rihanna sat behind him dressed in a white top and black pants. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin ordered Brown to meet with his probation officer to address claims by prosecutors that his community service records contain “significant discrepancies, indicating, at best, sloppy documentation and, at worst, fraudulent reporting.” The singer was ordered back to court on April 5 at which time Brandlin will set a date for another hearing on whether to revoke his probation. Brown’s community service involved tasks like cutting grass, picking up trash and removing graffiti. This week Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray accused Virginia authorities of poor management of the singer’s service and records and said his community service case should be transferred to Los Angeles. Outside court, Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, accused the District Attorney’s office of persecuting Brown. “I’ve never, ever had a client that has been tortured by a DA’s office on probation like Chris Brown has,” he said.

Lots of ink: David Beckham shows off his body art

DAVID Beckham’s favourite tattoos are the ones in tribute to his children. The 37-year-old superstar has over 20 different pieces of body, with his most recent inking being the word ‘love’ etched on his left hand, but the ones that mean the most to him are the ones that relate to his four kids. Taking part in a Twitter Q&A session with fans on the H&M account, he was asked if he had “any more tattoos planned? And which is your favourite?” He replied: “My favourites are the ones about my children, no new ones planned yet, have to find some space.” David - who is married to Victoria Beckham - has the name of his 19-month-old daughter Harper etched in script along his left collarbone and a design of Jesus being carried by three cherubs, which is dedicated to his three boys, Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, and sevenyear-old Cruz.

DANIEL Day-Lewis is expected to make Hollywood history by winning his third Best Actor Oscar on February 24 but the public is split over who deserves the Best Supporting Actor prize, a Reuters poll showed this week. Day-Lewis, 55, has already picked up almost every major award this season for playing US President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Civil War-era drama Lincoln and he is front-runner for the top British BAFTA award on February 10. A Reuters Ipsos poll of 909 Americans found 21 per cent thought British-born Day-Lewis, 55, should win and 26 per cent said he was most likely to win Best Actor at the Oscars for Lincoln, a role he assumed both off and on set during filming. He is up against Hugh Jackman, who came second in the Reuters poll for musical Les Miserables, Bradley Cooper in the quirky romance Silver Linings Playbook, Joaquin Phoenix in cult drama The Master and Denzel Washington as an alcoholic pilot in Flight. If Day-Lewis does win, he will be the first man to take home the Best Actor statue three times, having won the award in 1990 for playing severely disabled Irish artist Christy Brown in My Left Foot and in 2008 for his role as oil prospector Daniel Plainview in There Will be Blood. But Day-Lewis, who chooses his roles carefully and has only appeared in ten films in the past 20 years, was not taking a win for granted. It took Spielberg three attempts to persuade him to sign up for the lead role in Lincoln. “Members of the Academy love surprises, so about the worst thing that can happen to you is if you’ve built up an expectation,” the actor told reporters after winning the Screen Actors Guild trophy in Los Angeles last week. Bookmakers, however, were not expecting any surprises, with Day-Lewis the clear favourite to win the Best Actor award. But the public was less certain on who would bag the award for Best Supporting Actor from the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The field of five includes Alan Arkin from Iran hostage drama Argo, Robert De Niro as the father in Silver Linings Playbook, Philip Seymour Hoffman from The Master, Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, and Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained. The results at awards ceremonies so far this year have been mixed.


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Sun may cut arthritis risk SOAKING up the sun may reduce a woman’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a study has shown. Over-exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the skin and trigger skin cancer. But new research involving more than 200,000 women suggests sunshine can also cut the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by more than a fifth. The findings are based on data from the Nurses’ Health Study, a major US investigation looking at lifestyle li ifestyle factors affecting women’s health. Scientists Sc cientists looked at conditions where the women lived to work out their likely exposure to UV-B rays. Those with the highest levels of exposure were 21 per cent less likely to develop the disease

than those with the lowest.

Insulin-requiring diabetes up in young children THE number of cases of insulin-requiring type 1 diabetes rose sharply in children under the age of five in Philadelphia over a two decade span, paralleling increases seen across the United States and in Europe, according to a US study. Researchers whose work appeared in the journal Diabetes Care found that the number of children under five diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased 70 per cent in 2005 from 1985, when a registry of such patients was begun. The number of diagnosed cases among all children up to age 14 rose by 29 per cent. “Why are we seeing this large increase in type 1 diabetes in very young children? Unfortunately, the answer is we don’t know,” said lead author Terri Lipman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Brain stimulation, with meds, may help depression USING weak electrical currents passed into the brain through a headband may help relieve depression symptoms for some patients when combined with an antidepressant, according to a US and Brazilian study. Researchers writing in JAMA Psychiatry found that after six weeks of treatment with a combination of brain stimulation - known as transcranial direct current stimulation or tDCS - and sertraline, marketed as Zoloft, nearly two-thirds of depressed participants got significantly better. “In major depressive disorder, the combination of transcranial direct current stimulation and sertraline increases the efficacy of each treatment,” wrote lead researcher Harvard Medical School. Felipe Fregni from the Harva For the study, Fregni and Braz Brazilian colleagues assigned 120 people in Brazil with moderate to severe depression to one stimulation and sertraline, brain of four treatments: brain stimu drug, sham stimulation and serstimulation and a placebo dru traline, or sham stimulation stimulatio and a placebo.

Rise in multiple birth defects rate

Study shows they do smoke less though

By John von Radowitz

Despite having a reputation for not sitting still, those born after the war do no more excercise than in past generations

Baby boomers’ health worse than previous generations IN spite of medical advances, members of the baby boomer generation are in worse health than their parents were at the same stage of life, with obesity and lack of exercise taking a toll, according to a US study. About 13 per cent of baby boomers - the generation born in the two decades after World War Two - reported being in “excellent” health in middle age, compared to 32 per cent of the previous generation who said the same thing at the same stage of life, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. “The baby boomer generation has a reputation of being active and putting off retirement... That did not seem to jibe with what we’re seeing in our medical offices,” said Dana King, the study’s lead author, from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. “We decided to compare

them to the previous generation, who were the same exact age at the time.” King and his colleagues used data from an ongoing national health and nutrition survey to compare the answers of people who were 46 to 64 years old between 1988 and 1994, and the baby boomers who

were in the same age range between 2007 and 2010. Overall, about 39 per cent of boomers were obese, compared to about 29 per cent of the previous generation. Baby boomers were also less likely to get regular exercise. About 16 per cent of baby boomers had diabetes, compared to 12 per cent

of the previous generation. And baby boomers were more likely to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. King and his colleagues also found that more than twice as many baby boomers walk with a cane or walker, compared to the previous generation. “I was surprised by the

ALZHEIMER’S TO TRIPLE BY 2050 AS BABY BOOMERS AGE THE number of US residents aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to nearly triple to 13.8 million by 2050 as ageing baby boomers swell the ranks of those living with the brain-wasting disease, US researchers have said. The new estimates, published in the journal Neurology, confirm prior estimates and make clear the need for new and better treatments for Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia that now affects some 5 million Americans and 38 million people worldwide. The latest US estimates paint a grim picture as more and more of the nation’s baby boom generation pass the age of 65, putting them

at higher risk for Alzheimer’s, an age-related disorder that slowly robs its victims of the ability to think and care for themselves. “Our study draws attention to an urgent need for more research, treatments and preventive strategies to reduce this epidemic,” said study co-author Jennifer Weuve, an assistant professor of medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The National Institute on Ageing and others say Alzheimer’s represents a looming health epidemic as the population ages. Current drugs treat symptoms, but no treatments can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s despite millions of dollars being spent on research.

magnitude of the change. I suspected the current baby boomers would be not much healthier or maybe the same, but I didn’t expect them to have such a big change in disability and obesity,” King said. But the news wasn’t all bad. King and his colleagues found that boomers don’t smoke as much as the previous generation, and are less likely to have the lung disease emphysema. They were also less likely to have a heart attack. King said previous research has shown that baby boomers are known to live longer than earlier generations, but that may be a mixed blessing. “From somewhat of a public health standpoint we’ve actually had a bad scenario. You live longer, but those extra years you bought - you’re sick,” he said. “That’s not a good public health outcome.”

RATES of birth defects linked to twins and triplets have almost doubled since the 1980s, research has shown. The trend may partly be explained by the growth of IVF treatment, which can lead to multiple births. Scientists studied data on 5.4 million births in Europe from 1984 to 2007, of which three per cent involved multiple deliveries. During this time, the prevalence of congenital abnormalities arising from multiple births increased from 5.9 per 10,000 births to 10.7. On average, the risk of birth defects was 27 per cent higher for multiple than for singleton births. This risk increased over time. Study co-leader Professor Helen Dolk, from the University of Ulster, said: “The co-occurrence of multiple birth and congenital anomaly among live borns places particular demands on parents and health services. This may be even more relevant for the one in nine affected twin pairs where both babies have a congenital anomaly. “The increase in multiple birth rates may be explained by changes in maternal age and increased use of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). It is clear that more research needs to be done to determine the contribution of ART to the risk of congenital anomalies in multiple births.” The research is published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. John Thorp, deputy editorin-chief of BJOG, said: “This increase in babies who are both from a multiple pregnancy and affected by a congenital anomaly has implications for pre and post natal service provision.


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This Is 40

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Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are the married couple seen in ‘Knocked Up’ – but, a few years after the events of that movie, their lives are anything but tranquil. They face challenges of parenting, loss of romance and financial woes, not to mention dysfunctional families. These stresses are exacerbated as they both approach their 40th birthday. Also starring Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel and Megan Fox. Directed by Judd

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son Nemo. One day, stung by his father’s observation that he’s not a strong swimmer, Nemo sets out for a boat on a dare and is captured by a diver, who relocates him to his office aquarium – so Marlin sets off to look for him, getting into various adventures including a run-in with some sharks, an encounter with a school of jellyfish and a ride on a sea turtle, not to mention being swallowed by a whale. Directed by Andrew Stanton in 2003. In 3D. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Kids’ cartoon, 104 mins.)

Our rating: ***

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Les Miserables

Apatow. (Comedy, 134 mins.)

Flight Seasoned airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly everyone on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero – but, as more information comes to light, there are more and more questions as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane? Also starring Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. (Drama, 138 mins.)

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Gambit Harry Deane (Colin Firth) is an expert in fine art, though he’s equally accomplished at taking abuse from his insolent boss. That’s about to change. The plan is to trick the avid art collector into buying a fake Monet painting – and, to assist in the heist, Deane hires a rowdy Texas cowgirl (Cameron Diaz) to help him fool the richest man in England. As the plan begins to unravel, however, Deane finds he’s falling in love with the rodeo queen, ensuring further complications. Also starring Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Tom Courtenay. Directed by Michael Hoffman. (Crime comedy, 89 mins.)

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Sammy’s Great Escape Sammy and Ray, a pair of leatherback turtles, are captured by a poacher and shipped off to a spectacular aquarium show in Dubai. The kingpin of the place, Big D the seahorse, enlists them in his plans for a great escape – but, with their new friends Jimbo the bug-eyed blob fish and Lulu the snippy lobster, Annabel the sweet octopus and a whole family of penguins, Sammy and Ray hatch breakout plans of their own. That is when little Ricky and Ella arrive, determined to break in to rescue them. Directed by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Kids’ cartoon, 92 mins.)

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Django Unchained Texas, 1858. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist turned bounty hunter, buys a slave called Django (Jamie Foxx) in a rather unorthodox manner – but, since Schultz doesn’t believe in slavery, he soon frees Django and the two become partners in Schultz’s business. After a profitable winter, they head to Mississippi where their goal is to locate Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). When they succeed, they find an excuse to be invited to the plantation where she is being held. There, they are guests of the mansion’s master, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where their act bamboozles everyone except Candie’s personal slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), who smells a rat the moment he sets eyes on Django. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. (Period action with comedy elements, 165 mins.)

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Texas Chainsaw 3D The killer family of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ are presumed dead, angry townspeople having burned their farmhouse to the ground. 20 years later, a young woman named Heather (Alexandra Daddario) learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from her grandmother, and decides to bring her friends along on a road trip to investigate her inheritance. On arrival she finds she has inherited a mansion – but knows nothing of the terrors that lurk in the basement. Turns out Leatherface survived the fire. Also starring Trey Songz and Dan Yeager. Directed by John Luessenhop. In 3D. (Horror, 92 mins.)

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Finding Nemo 3D Marlin, a clownfish, is devastated when his wife and 399 or so of their children are wiped out by a barracuda, and becomes overprotective of his sole surviving

In early 19th-century France, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is at the end of his 19 years in a brutal Toulon prison after stealing a loaf of bread. On his release under the stern eye of Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), the desperate Valjean is destitute and hungry; he is given food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne, who also covers for him when Valjean steals the silver and is caught by Javert, an act of forgiveness that changes the course of Valjean’s life. Some years later, he’s the respected mayor of the poor town of Vigau, as well as a benevolent, generous factory owner. Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is one of his employees, fired by the manager when he discovers the unmarried Fantine has a child. Fantine falls ill, and Valjean promises to take care of her little daughter Cosette. Still hunted by Javert for breaking his parole, Valjean makes a new life for himself and the now teenage Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), who falls in love with Marius (Eddie Redmayne), a young Parisian revolutionary. Directed by Tom Hooper. (Musical drama, 157 mins.)

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Jack Reacher When five pedestrians are shot by a lone sniper, the evidence points to an ex-soldier named James Barr; Barr is quickly arrested – but, before signing a confession, he demands that DA Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins) “get Jack Reacher”. Although noone knows how to do that, Reacher (Tom Cruise) turns up anyway. He’s a former military investigator, he’s seen the news, and he has history with Barr from the Afghan war zone. He surprises Barr’s lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the DA’s daughter, with his unique technique and detective work – and the surprises continue as a possible conspiracy unfolds. Also starring Werner Herzog. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. (Action thriller, 130 mins.)

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An… [What If…] On a night in 2009, in the Plaka neighbourhood of Athens, Demetris (Christoforos Papakaliatis) has a choice. He can either take his dog for a walk – in which case he’ll meet Christina (Marina Kalogerou) – or stay home, in which case he’ll fall victim to a robbery. In the first scenario he’ll get a chance to alleviate his loneliness, experience a powerful love affair, fatherhood, but also unemployment and infidelity. In the second he’ll keep living alone, facing the consequences of the Greek recession. A simple ‘what if’ will decide his destiny and happiness. Also starring Giorgos Constantinou. Directed by

Papakaliatis. In Greek. (Drama, 111 mins.)

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Life of Pi Growing up in Pondicherry, India during the 1970s, Piscine, known to all as Pi (played as a teenager by Suraj Sharma, as an adult by Irrfan Khan), has a rich life. His father owns a zoo, and Pi spends his days among tigers, zebras, hippos, and other creatures. But after Pi attempts to befriend a Bengal tiger, named Richard Parker, the young boy learns a harsh lesson from his father about the relationship between human and beast. As circumstances worsen for them, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a Japanese cargo ship – but Pi soon finds himself in the company of a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and Richard Parker after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Directed by Ang Lee. In 3D. (Drama, 127 mins.)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey A hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Also starring Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis. Directed by Peter Jackson. In English, with occasional dialogue in made-up languages with Greek subtitles. In 3D. (Adventure fantasy, 169 mins.)

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Hotel Transylvania Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. It’s a special weekend and Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family and many more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For good old Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem;

but everything could change for the over-protective dad when one ordinary human guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. In 3D. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Cartoon comedy, 91 mins.)

Laura (Nina Hoss), his Turkish boss’s young and attractive wife. A classic love triangle is born. Directed by Christian Petzold in 2008. In German, with English subtitles. (Drama, 93 mins.)

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Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost (voice of Chris Pine) is chosen to join an elite group of superheroes – the so-called ‘Guardians’, namely Santa Claus (voice of Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (voice of Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (voice of Isla Fisher) and the Sandman, whose job is to protect children everywhere. Jack is an unwilling hero; he’d prefer to roam the world on his own, freezing ponds and causing snow days – but the world’s children are threatened by Pitch (voice of Jude Law), a.k.a. The Boogie Man, who wants to turn dreams into nightmares and banish belief in Santa, Bunny, and Tooth. Jack reluctantly agrees to help and, in the process, discovers the true hero within. Directed by Peter Ramsey. In 3D. (Cartoon adventure, 97 mins.)

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Barbara Barbara (Ninaa Hoss) is a doctor in 1980s East Germany, banished to tal as punishment for a rural hospital applying for an exit visa. As her he West carefully lover from the cape, Barbara plots her escape, tly and avoids waits patiently friendships with her colleagues – except for Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld) thee hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her. Even as she finds herself falling for him, rbara still can’t be however, Barbara dre is not a spy. As sure that Andre her defensivee wall slowly starts to crumble, shee is eventually forced to ound decision about her make a profound ted by Christian Petzold. future. Directed In German, with Greek subtitles. (Drama, 1055 mins.)

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Jerichow w Thomas (Benno nno Furmann), a ly dishonourably discharged Afghanistan veteran, returns to hiss home villagee of Jerichow. Ali (Hilmi cal Sozer), a local man Turkish-German n, businessman, nack-bar owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. That’s when Thomas meets

Faust A version of the German legend in which a man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge – except that in this version Faust (Johannes Zeiler) is a poor doctor who struggles even to pay for bread, and finds himself resorting to the town’s evil moneylender (Anton Adasinsky). The latter leads Faust on a dreamlike tour through the city – though, instead of a greed for knowledge, this Faust has much simpler desires which don’t become clear until later. Directed by Alexander Sokurov. In German, with Greek subtitles. (Fantasy drama, 140 mins.)

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NEW FILMS Argo Directed by: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman US 2012, 120 mins. Showing from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT As the 1979 Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, six of the American embassy staff escape the mob attacking the compound and find shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador in Tehran. Another 52 Americans are taken hostage. CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) concocts a risky plan to free the six living in daily danger of discovery. He plans to fly in posing as the producer of a Hollywood sci-fi movie, ‘Argo’, and – with the six consular staff posing as his location scouting team, using false papers – lead them out on a flight to safety and freedom. It’s a crazy plan; but will it work? Based on a true story.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: “Simply put, Argo is why we go to movies. “It’s entertaining. It’s smart. It’s well-acted. It’s fast-paced

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and exciting, thrilling at times. It’s about something, based on a true story, no less, of getting Americans trapped in Iran in 1979 out of the country. It takes you out of the present and puts you in a different time, a time meticulously re-created, which helps, of course. But more important than period haircuts and goofy leisure suits, it re-creates the mood of an era, a nation’s frustration and anger, all while rollicking along with a crackling adventure… “One could possibly argue that the film is too entertaining, that it breezily tackles one of the darkest hours in our history. You will not find that argument here. Affleck’s sure hand never wavers; while much of the movie is indeed funny and all of it enjoyable, we never forget what is at stake: six people’s lives and, if the plan goes south, a whole lot more. This is a movie with a lot of parts, and Affleck fits them all together masterfully. Argo is a gem.” Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic (US)

The Impossible Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland Spain 2012, 114 mins. Showing from today at the KCineplex and K- C i n e p l e x (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and KCineplex in Limassol, the KCineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT

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A family of five is caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the chaos and mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of o our time, the Thailand tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. Maria (Naomi Watts) i s swept away and struggles to survive with her eldest son, teenage Lucas (Tom Holland). Somewhere in the chaos o – or perhaps already dead – are her husband h r he Henry (Ewan McGregor) and and her two an s m a l l e r

sons, Simon and Thomas. Based on a true story.

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WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: “Although Clint Eastwood’s regrettable Hereafter touched on the subject, it’s surprising that it’s taken eight years for a major feature film to centre on the events of December 26, 2004, when a series of giant tidal waves killed over 200,000 people across multiple South Asian territories. Perhaps producers previously thought it was too soon, or perhaps no filmmaker had the technical acumen and wherewithal to realise a natural disaster unimaginable to anyone who wasn’t there. “Enter gifted Spanish upstart Juan Antonio Bayona, who made an auspicious debut with his 2007 ghost story The Orphanage. It was a stylish effort, but couldn’t prepare us for the astonishing sensory assault of this very different breed of horror film, which evokes the crashing, crushing impact of the tsunami in a ten-minute sequence of unparalleled effects work and bone-rattling sound design… “The human drama within this riveting reconstruction is similarly jolting but somewhat less sure-footed, beginning with the questionable approach to matters of ethnicity. The screenplay is based on the true story of the Spanish Belon family, flung far apart when the wave hits their Thai beach resort. But for all the highlighting of the word ‘true’ in an opening title card, they’ve mutated here into a blondly British clan. It’s a needless change that plays uncomfortably into Hollywood’s cultural homogeneity, as does the narrative’s emphasis on holidaying Westerners at the expense of Asian victims. “At least the change was made to accommodate actors as committed and sympathetic as Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Ditto 16 year-old Tom Holland, a remarkable discovery as the stroppy eldest son tasked with tracking down his dad and brothers as his critically injured mother languishes in hospital. All three leads find an appropriately high emotional key to match the brute force of Bayona’s technical wizardry, resulting in a blockbuster that should have your heart pounding and breaking at once.” Guy Lodge, Empire (UK)

Anna Karenina Directed by: Joe Wright Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-

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Johnson Johnso UK 2012, 201 129 mins. Showing Showin from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex K-Cinep (Mall of o Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Limass Larnaca Larnac and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PL PLOT In late-19th-century late St. Petersburg, the vivacious Anna tersbur wife of re(Keira Knightley), K spected politician Karenin embarks on a (Jude Law), L affair with a handsome torrid a Russian cavalry officer, Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-JohnHer husband is initially son). H understanding, asking only underst end the affair – that Anna An Anna is unable to stop, but An her mad ma love sending her on a path to t self-destruction.

WHAT THE T CRITICS SAID Mixed Mixed: “There’s no deadlier sort “Ther movie than a stodgy literof movi adaptation. Thankfully, ary ad seems incapable Joe Wright Wr making one. When, at the of maki far end of a long run of Jane

Austen adaptations, another take on Pride & Prejudice seemed like the last movie anyone needed, Wright delivered a kinetic, moving take on the novel. With Atonement, he found cinematic equivalents of the modernistic prose and post-modern literary devices of Ian McEwan’s books without losing the emotional centre. “That sort of track record earns him the right to crack Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina open and see what he can do with its parts. Working from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, he does precisely that with a new adaptation that streamlines the backpackbreaking novel, and most audaciously, stages its action as a stage production that doesn’t attempt to hide its own theatricality… “If only the emotions of the performances, the themes of the story, and Wright’s cinematic virtuosity synced up more often. A lopsided abridgement that speeds through the plot doesn’t help. Tolstoy’s novel dedicates

nearly as much time to Levin (played by Domhnall Gleeson), a privileged, Tolstoyesque landowner questioning his station in life, whose search for love and meaning parallels Anna’s ultimately less successful search for the same. Though Wright’s film hardly ignores Levin, Gleeson gets much less screen time than Knightley. While in some respects, it isn’t hard to see why – it’s easier to make adultery cinematically compelling than conversations about agrarian reform and the regional court system of 19th-century Russia – it doesn’t always compensate for the unevenness created by his reduced role. “Wright’s Anna Karenina often plays more like a pageant presentation of the novel for those who already know it rather than an independent work … As such, the moments that work aren’t soon forgotten, but it’s one for the eyes more than the heart.” Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club (US)


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

TELEPHONE NUMBERS: K-CINEPLEX: 77778383 RIO LIMASSOL: 25871410 RIO PAPHOS: 26207000

NICOSIA Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 10.15pm The Impossible (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3.10pm

This is 40 (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7.40pm. Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 3pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 11am, 1pm and 3pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 10.15pm

Anna Karenina (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian); K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian)

Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.25 and 7.45pm, weekends also at 3pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3pm

Flight (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm

Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.20pm

Gambit (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 8 and 10.10pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.15pm and 3.20pm.

Barbara (in German, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight 9pm, Sunday at 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491, www.ofk.org.cy Jerichow (in German, with English subtitles) Cine Studio, Monday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491, www.ofk.org.cy

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

LIMASSOL

Texas Chainsaw 3D (18) Rio 2 at 7.45pm

Argo (12) Rio 4 at 7.50 and 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.15pm The Impossible (12) Rio 5 at 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.10pm Anna Karenina (K) Rio 1 (in English) at 7.35pm, weekends also at 2.30 and 5pm; Rio 3 (dubbed into Russian) at 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian). Flight (18) Rio 1 at 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm Gambit (K) Rio 6 at 8pm, weekends also at 3pm0; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 8 and 10.10pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek), weekends only at 2.30, 4.15 and 6pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm This is 40 (18) Rio 3 at 7.40pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40pm

Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 2 (in Greek), weekends only at 3 and 5pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 3pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 6 at 10pm, weekends also at 5pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 5, weekends only at 2.30 and 5pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 2.30, 4.15 and 6pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm Barbara (in German, with Greek subtitles) Rio 5, Monday at 8.30pm, presented by the Limassol Cine Club. www.cinelesxi.org

LARNACA Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.15pm The Impossible (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.10pm

Django Unchained (15) Rio 2 at 10pm

Anna Karenina (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian). Flight (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm Gambit (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm This is 40 (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 3pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 10.15pm Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.25 and 7.45pm, weekends also at 3pm Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm

PAPHOS Argo (12) Rio 7 at 5pm (weekdays only), 7.30 and 9.45pm

The Impossible (12) Rio 3 at 7.30 and 9.45pm Anna Karenina (K) Rio 1 (in English) at 5, 7.30 and 10pm; Rio 5 (dubbed into Russian) at 5 and 7.30pm Flight (18) Rio 6 at 5pm (weekdays only), 7.30 and 10pm Gambit (K) Rio 4 at 7.30pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm This is 40 (18) Rio 2 at 10.30pm Django Unchained (15) Rio 4 at 9.45pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 7 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30 and 5.30pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 2 at 7.30pm, weekends at 4pm Jack Reacher (15) Rio 5 at 10pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 3, weekends only at 3 and 5.20pm The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) Rio 6, weekends only at 4.30pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 6 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 3pm

listings Today Exhibition To Fashion with Love Fashion Illustrations by Eka. February 8, 7pm. ArtHouse 59, Kitiou Kyprianou St., (near Katholiki church), Limassol. Tel: 99-785024. E-mail: paparazzi82@gmail.com www.paparazziart.com

Music Flute & Piano Recital The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a recital with one of Australia’s most talented young flutists, Ana de la Vega, who will be joined by Romanian pianist Irina Botan. February 8. The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Street, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €20/15. Tel. 22-663871/ 70-00-9304. info@ pharosartsfoundation.org www.pharosartsfoundation.org

Theatre Fevgousa Kori A rare performance, drawn from the tradition, honoured in Greek and foreign festivals. February 8. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 77-777745

One Day More An original musical production featuring scenes and songs from some of the popular musicals Organised by Premiere Group and PATH (Performing Arts at The Heritage). February 8-10. Pano Polemidia Cultural Centre. Friday at 8pm. Saturday 3.30pm & 8pm. Sunday 3.30pm. €12/8 (children under 12 years old). Tel: 70007175. www.onedaymore.net

Stories in Screen A series of video work presentations. February 8 until March 15. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery Solonos 10, Paphos Monday- Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1.30pm. Tel: 99-311225

Tomorrow

Other Events

Exhibition

German Film Days Screenings of current German scene. February 8-28. Cine Studio cinema of the University of Nicosia (Intercollege). 9pm, except on Sundays, when they start at 8pm. Barbara and Faust have Greek subtitles, all other films are with English subtitles. Tel: 96420491/22-674607. www.ofk.org.cy

Breeze from Cyprus Handicrafts exhibition. Opens February 9, 2pm until February 15. Lefkoşa Ayluga Kilisesi (Ayluga Church). 10am4pm

Cyprus Critical History Archive Launch Public presentation of digital archive on inter-communal relations and conflict-related violence during the 1955-1964. February 8. Home for Cooperation. 7pm. 22-445740 /+90 5488345740 www.home4cooperation.info and www.ahdr.info

8.30pm. In Greek. €10. Tel: 25877827 Isadora Duncan Satiriko Theatro presents play by Thanasis Theologis based on the life of the famous dancer. February 9 until February 24. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. €15/10. Tel: 22-312940 How to Rob a Bank Skala Theatre presents a three act comedy by Samy Fayad. February 9 until March 31. Skala Theatre, 15 Kyriakou Matsi Street, Larnaca. Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-490102

Dance Music Orfeas Peridis Live performance by singer accompanied by two young musicians. February 9. Ravens, Saripolou & Sokratous Limassol. 10.30pm. €20. Tel: 99-588055

In Wonder(?) Land A physical theatre performance, about Cyprus as a country, a society. February 9-12. Old Vinegar, 34 Genethliou Mitella, Limassol . 8.30pm. Tel: 99669476/99-491246

Theatre

Other Events

Haroula The Central Stage of ETHAL presents the Cypriot play by Christos Zanos, directed by Adonis Florides. February 9-10 & 12. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol.

Film Reviewing for Beginners Within the framework of Knowledge Sharing, which aims to give the public the opportunity to be introduced or enlightened in artistic and cultural subjects. February 9. Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Megaron Hadjisavva, 2, Evagorou Street,

Nicosia. 5pm. Tel: 22-662053 Poetry and Crisis Poetry readings with Cypriot and Greek poets Within the framework of the international art programme Terra Mediterranea – In Crisis. February 9. Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 Palias Ilektikis. 11.30am. Tel: 22-797400

Ongoing Theatre The Elephant Man Theatro Ena presents a play by Bernard Pomerance, translated and directed by Andreas Christodoulides. February 6-8. B Municipal Market (Theatro Ena). 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203 Spring Awakening THOC presents work by Frank Wedekind, about sexual and spiritual awakening of teenagers. Until February 8-9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. 8.30pm. With Greek and English surtitles. €12/6. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300 Kali-Kantzar & Co A musical directed by Lea Maleni with music by Dimitris Zavros. Until February 9-10. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 6pm. With Greek

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

and English surtitles. Tel: 22-864300 Misery Stephen King’s psychological thriller staged by Satiriko Theatre. Every Friday and Saturday. Until February 13. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Wednesday and Friday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 Antigone THOC presents Sophoclean tragedy directed by Despina Gatziou. Until February 23. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Wednesday through Saturday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-864300 Nursing Home the Cherubim Theatre Anemona celebrates its tenth anniversary with comedy by Nearchos Ioannou. Until March 17. Anemona Theatre, 7 Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-573031 Shear Madness Popular Cypriot actor and director Loris Loizides returns with an adaptation of the musical. Until March 17. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm. €20. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910


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Ja, das ist ein Deutsche film fest Barbara

WINTER time means movie time, and once again the Goethe-Institut Cyprus and the Friends of Cinema Society are presenting film lovers in Nicosia with a selection of recent German films. From tonight a total of six films will be screened over a period of three weeks. Films are screened at the Cine Studio cinema of the University of Nicosia (Intercollege), with screenings starting at 9pm, except on Sundays, when they start at 8pm. Some films will be screened four times, while others will be screened just the once, so it’s important to take note of the schedule and plan accordingly in order to avoid disappointment. The topics of this year’s festival entries have a wide range, kicking off with Christian Petzold’s Barbara, last year’s German contender for the Oscars. Set in East Germany in the early 1980s, Barbara is a suspenseful chamber piece about an accomplished Berlin physician banished to a rural hospital as punishment who is torn between the promise of escape across the border and her growing love for a fellow colleague — who may be planning to betray her to the secret police. Fans of noir films should enjoy Jeri-

Review Theatre Within the ‘glass’ confines NEW theatre company, Theatro Krama’s attempt at Tenessee Williams’ The Glass Menangerie offers a commendable portrayal of the semi-autobiographical text despite its relatively ‘safe’ staging. While elements of Spyros Antonellos’ direction do cautiously venture into the shallows of a more modern interpretation, the production elects instead to remain within the “glass” confines of the classic text, bringing it to life with vigour and intensity.

chow, Petzold’s second offering in the festival line-up. Reminiscent of The Postman Always Rings Twice, the lives of three people quickly become intertwined with a strong yet simple story. Jerichow explores themes of risky endeavors, class distinction and the untimely passionate chemistry that make two people crazy for each other. Next up is Aleksandr Sokurov’s Faust, winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Deriving inspiration from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s eponymous dramatic poem, Faust is an interesting and artistic new take on the classic tale. The story centres on a doctor/magician who sells his soul to the devil and pays a harsh price. The film also completes Sokurov’s monumental tetralogy on powerful men. Sokurov has directed Moloch, Taurus and The Sun, about Hitler, Lenin and Emperor Hirohito respectively. For something a little more lighthearted, don’t miss director Leander Haußmann’s black comedy, Hotel Lux, which pokes fun at both the Nazi regime and Stalin’s reign of terror. Set in 1930s Berlin, cabaret star Hans Zeisig cracks his audiences up with his

The play’s action is drawn from the memories of Tom Wingfield (Andreas Koutsoumbas), a shoe warehouse worker who dreams of another life, finding escape in movies and his own writing. After his father abandons them, he must now provide for his mother (Eleana Charalambous) and sister, Laura (Nayia Anastasiadou). Laura is pathologically shy and lost in her own world of glass ornaments, much to the aggravation of her mother, who regrets her own life choices with a vicious determination not to allow her daughter to repeat them. When a potential suitor makes his way into their home, the possibility of escape becomes all too promising for the three of them, but as the glass comes shattering down they are

Faust

Hotel Lux

Stalin-Hitler-show, but with the political atmosphere changing, he is forced to flee. He sets out for Hollywood, but makes it to Moscow’s Hotel Lux instead. In Wintertochter, 12-year-old Kattaka is celebrating Christmas with her parents when an unexpected phone call turns her world upside down. This is a story about friendship between two generations and the courage to face up to life. Last but not least in Sturm, in which a prosecutor at The Tribunal in The Hague manages to convince a young Bosnian woman to testify against an alleged war criminal. Amid the inconsistency of political interests and threats coming from Bosnian Serb nationalists, she realises that her opponents not only sit on the dock across from her, but are also found in her own ranks. This year’s festival provides all cinephiles with a full panorama of Germany and its current film scene. Tickets can be bought at the door and bear in mind that Barbara and Faust have Greek subtitles, while all other films are with English subtitles.

forced to once again face their bitter realities. The set, covered in cellophane, gave an original artistic take to the aesthetics, but the use of plastic gave a soft sensation where glass should feel cold, sharp and harsh. Taking into consideration however that the set design, costumes and music were all covered by the show’s director, this approach allowed all of the elements to marry well into each other, and this ‘soft’ reflection also fed into the director’s choice to interpret the play simply, without judging any of the characters too harshly; something which the play allows room for. Koutsoumbas takes on the main role with great energy and flair, and an excellent on-stage

By Ledha Socratous

German Film Days Screenings of current German films. February 8-28. Cine Studio cinema of the University of Nicosia (Intercollege). 9pm, except on Sundays, when they start at 8pm. Barbara and Faust have Greek subtitles, all other films are with English subtitles. Tel: 96-420491/22-674607. www.ofk.org.cy

German Film Days Programme February 8 ,10, 12 &14: Barbara February 11: Jerichow February 15, 17 & 21-22: Faust February 18: Wintertochter February 24, 26 & 28: Hotel Lux February 25: Storm

presence. He has a tendency to ‘bounce’ on the stage with a lightness that is present even in his angry moments, and while this trademark might make him recognisable in any part, it also renders him very watchable. In this case, his ‘quirk’ fit the part, which he interpreted immaculately. Eleana Charalambous is surprisingly convincing in the role of the mother, a challenging take for a young actress. While at times she could have toned down her portrayal, it was not an easy role, and she bore it well. Nayia Anastasiadou also impressed in an equally challenging role, playing it modestly but allowing the ‘madness’ to creep out of her, just enough and at just the right times. Konstantinos Gabriel, in the role of ‘Jim’,

does not taint the performance level established by the other three, effectively representing the ‘outsider/potential saviour’. For a new theatre company, the ensemble has certainly set some standards, so for those looking for a two-hour well-acted, wellstaged show, it’s on for two more performances this Sunday and Monday at Thoc’s New Stage (The old building, opp. Home Centre). The Glass Menagerie The new theatre group Krama presents play by Tennessee Williams. Until February 11. THOC New Stage, Kampou 29, Strovolos, Nicosia. Every Sunday and Monday at 8.30pm. €10/8. In Greek. Tel: 22-480300

By Eleni Cosma

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


Friday, February 8, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL

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Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

Proti Enimerosi Kali Sas Mera Local variety show, with entertainment options, cookery tips and more.

11.00 11.30

Kaftis Piperies (rpt) Istories Tou Horkou (rpt)

CYBC 2 07.00 08.00 16.30

Apo Mera Se Mera Current affairs show.

15.30

Entehnos Local cultural show.

16.00 18.00 18.15

Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies

17.00

18.00 18.50 19.00 19.10

Paizoume Kypriaka

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

20.00 21.15

22.00

20.10 21.00

News Patates 8 Local satirical show, using comedy sketches and embarrassing TV clips to skewer local politicians.

22.30

Kati Psinetai (rpt)

09.30 10.25 11.15 12.10 13.00 13.20 14.00

Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Doctor Who (rpt)

Giorgos Lilikas Gathering FILM: The Edge Of The Garden

Top Gear Fifteenth season. A helping of four-wheel features, test-drives, races, challenges and antics with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig.

Tete A Tete

Local Sketch (rpt) News Repeats

08.40

A lonely businessman forms a friendship with the spirit of a woman. Romantic drama, starring Rob Estes and Sarah Manninen. 2011.

Tasos Tryfonos interviews Greek celebrities from the world of showbiz.

23.00 23.30 23.45

07.50

Fifth season. ‘The Big Bang’. The Daleks, Cybermen and others have imprisoned in the Pandorica the most dangerous creature in the universe - the Doctor, who they say will in the future destroy the universe.

Local game show, asking questions having to do with Cypriot dialect.

19.20

06.20 06.50 07.00

Amateur chefs each stage a dinner party to find who will be crowned the winning host.

Live cookery show.

18.45

NRG Zone Kids’ TV Euromaxx DW-TV’s magazine show, bringing you the latest on lifestyle and entertainment in Europe.

Local comedy series, which happens to be the longest-running show on TV.

12.00

ANTENNA

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Repeats

14.50 15.45 16.40 17.15

Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Idiatera Yia Klamata (rpt) Akros Oikogeneiakon (rpt) Lyke, Lyke Eisai Edo (rpt) Einai Stigmes (rpt) Panselinos (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) To Kafe Tis Haras (rpt) Deligianneio Parthenagogeio (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) With News at 18.00.

18.50 19.30 20.15 21.30

Tin Patisa (rpt) Niose Me News Dancing With The Stars Celebrities and pro dancers train and compete in a ballroom dancing competition.

22.15 00.00 00.05 00.15 02.30 03.20 04.40

Laifkes Paraskeves News Sports News Dancing With The Stars (rpt) Erotes Kleftis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

MEGA 06.00 06.30 07.00 10.00

Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Emeis Ki Emeis (rpt) Nea Mera Proino Mou Lifestyle programme features entertainment, music and more. Hosted by real-life couple Giorgos Liagas & Fay Skorda.

12.45 14.00 15.00

Enimerosi Tora Irthe Ki Edese Eheis Meson Current affairs show.

16.00

Yia Sena

18.00 18.20

News Master Chef

Local talk-show.

Greek reality competition show where amateur chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges.

19.20 20.15 21.15

Greek Series TBA News Klemmena Oneira

22.10

Presidential Elections 2013

SIGMA 07.00 08.20 10.00 11.10 12.00 14.20 15.00 16.00 18.15 18.20 19.00 19.30 20.20 21.15 22.20 23.20

First season. ‘The Strange Life of Bob’. Nessa falls for a new employee at the casino. Meanwhile, Danny hunts for a peeping Tom who photographs unsuspecting women through their windows, and Sam enters an eating contest.

Greek drama series. Nine days to go! no details supplied but presumably a studio debate or discussion.

00.00 00.10 01.00 03.00 04.20

News Fae Ti Sokolata Sou Yia Sena (rpt) Enimerosi Tora (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

Protoselido Eleni Vasiliki (rpt) Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Siga Min To’ Xeres (rpt) Efialtis Stin Kouzina (rpt) Magazino News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Siga Min To’ Xeres Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites News Aspra Balonia Oikogeneiakes Istories Las Vegas

00.10 00.15 01.20 02.10

News Istories Tou Astinomou Beka (rpt) Alithinoi Erotes (rpt) More Repeats

PLUS TV 06.45 07.20 08.35 09.05 10.15 11.45

Classic Cartoons Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of Mila (rpt) Nistikoi Praktores (rpt) Cooking show, with helpful tips on eating well and nutrition.

12.30 13.00 15.30 17.00

Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kid’s TV To Kleidi Greek comedy series.

17.50 19.40 21.15 22.00

Fotis Maria Live Mila Exelixeis Stin Showbiz FILM: Mad City

CAPITAL 08.20 08.50 09.25 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.20 15.10 16.05 16.40 17.30 18.15

With News at 18.30.

19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

A disgruntled security guard takes a group of innocent museumgoers hostage in a bid to gain attention from his employer. Compelling drama, starring John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman. 1997.

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FILM: Echelon 8

LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

News Sports Time O Anthropos Tis Thalassas FILM: I Could Never Be Your Woman A divorced mother finds romance in the arms of a younger man, while her daughter tries to figure out if she has fallen in love for the first time. Romantic comedy, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. 2007.

22.45

FILM: Justice A lawyer and her partner run from the Colombian Mafia and the corrupt US marshals and attorneys assigned to protect them. Thriller, starring Charles Durning. 1999.

A new government agency with the right to domestic charter is reformed to prevent another terrorist attack in the United States. Action, starring Lepodgy Battle. 2009.

01.35 02.20 03.20

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

00.40

FILM: Sniper 2 Thriller, starring Tom Berenger and Dan Butler. 2002.

Dream House (Novacinema2, 20.20)

01:05 The Weakest Link 01:50 EastEnders 02:20 Doctors 02:50 Keeping Up Appearances 03:20 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 04:10 Doctor Who Confidential 04:20 Gavin & Stacey 04:50 Friday Night Dinner 05:15 Blackadder Goes Forth 05:45 Keeping Up Appearances 06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 Little Prairie Dogs 07:10 Nina and the Neurons 07:25 Gigglebiz 07:40 Forget Me Not Farm 07:55 Me Too! 08:15 Little Prairie Dogs 08:25 Nina and the Neurons 08:40 Gigglebiz 08:55 Forget Me Not Farm 09:10 Me Too! 09:30 Keeping Up Appearances 10:00 Mastermind 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 13:05 Last Man Standing 13:55 Gavin & Stacey 14:25 Mastermind 14:55 The Weakest Link 15:40 EastEnders 16:10 Doctors 16:40 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 17:30 Gavin & Stacey 18:00 Keeping Up Appearances 18:30 The Weakest Link 19:15 EastEnders 19:45 Doctors 20:15 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 21:00 The Old Guys 21:30 Friday Night Dinner 22:00 Last Man Standing 22:50 After You’ve Gone 23:20 2 Point 4 Children 23:50 Whitechapel 00:40 Live At The Apollo

07:00 How It’s Made 07:25 Wheeler Dealers 08:15 American Chopper 09:10 Dirty Jobs 10:05 Deadliest Catch

10:55 Ultimate Survival 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 How It’s Made 12:40 Extreme Engineering 13:35 Fifth Gear 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made 21:00 World’s Toughest Jobs 22:00 Stan Lee’s Superhumans 23:00 Superhuman Showdown 00:00 True Csi 01:55 World’s Toughest Jobs 02:50 Stan Lee’s Superhumans 03:50 Superhuman Showdown 04:50 True Csi 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10

Overhaulin’

09:30 Luge: World Championship 10:30 Winter Sports: Ski Pass 10:45

Alpine Skiing: World Championship Austria 11:45 Biathlon: World Championship Czech Republic 13:15 Alpine Skiing: World Championship Austria 15:45 Cycling: Tour Of Qatar 16:45 Luge: World Cup Usa 18:45 Winter Sports: Ski Pass 19:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup Germany 20:00 Athletics: Indoor Meeting Germany 22:00 Boxing: Bigger’s Better Heavy Weight Contest 00:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup Germany 01:00 Motorsports: Gta Race To Dubai 01:15 Athletics: Indoor Meeting Germany

05:40 Desperate Housewives 06:25 Bones 07:10 Modern Family 07:35

Last Man Standing 08:00 The Listener 08:50 Who Do You Think You Are 09:40 Desperate Housewives 10:25 Bones 11:10 Modern Family 11:35 Last Man Standing 12:00 Happy Endings 12:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 12:50 Glee 13:40 The Listener 14:30 Who Do You Think You Are 15:20 Desperate Housewives 16:05 Bones 16:50 Modern Family 17:15 Last Man Standing 17:40 The Listener 18:30 Who Do You Think You Are 19:20 Desperate Housewives 20:10 Bones 21:00 Happy Endings 21:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 21:50 Glee 22:40 Modern Family 23:05 Last Man Standing 23:30 Happy Endings 23:55 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 00:20 Glee 01:10 Bones 02:00 Desperate Housewives 02:45 Modern Family 03:10 Last Man Standing 03:35 Friends With Benefits 04:00 The Listener 04:50 Who Do You Think You Are

07:30 Double Jeopardy 09:30 Grind House: Death Proof 11:30 Kings Of Mykonos, The 13:30 True Crime 15:45 Hollywood Buzz 16:30 Elder Son, The 18:00 Yogi Bear 19:30 Hollywood Buzz 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 Roommate, The 23:00 How Do You Know 01:15 Hustler Tv 03:00 Circle Of Eight 04:45 Sympathy For Delicious 06:30 Ltv Sports News

07:00 Kids TV 16:35 Young Justice

One 15:45 The Conspirator 17:50 Action Zone 18:25 The River Wild 20:20 Dream House 22:00 Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life 00:05 The Resident 01:40 Underworld: Awakening 03:10 Cine News 04:10 The Beaver

17:00 Dropped 17:30 Planet Speed 18:00 Barclays Premier League World 18:30 Nba Action 19:00 La Liga World 19:30 Barclays Premier League 201213 23:30 Barclays Premier League Preview 00:00 La Liga Show 2012-13 00:30 Best Premier League Games 01:00 Barclays Premier League Review 02:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 03:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-

08:00 Triage 09:45 All The King’s Men 12:00 Rite, The 14:00 Family Man, The 16:15 Shattered Silence 17:45 Killing Fields, The 20:15 Weakness 22:00 Peggy Sue Got Married 00:05 Daring! Tv 04:00 Underbelly Files - The Man Who Got Away 05:45 Tinker Tailor

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07:15 Two And A Half Men 08:00 Friends 08:30 Closer, The 09:20 Harry’s Law 10:05 Chuck 10:50 2 Broke Girls 11:15 Bones 12:00 Bones 12:50 Supernatural 13:35 Two And A Half Men 14:25 Closer, The 15:15 Harry’s Law 16:05 Big Bang Theory The 16:30 According To Jim 17:15 Mentalist The 18:10 Underbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green Cloud 19:00 Supernatural 19:45 Gossip Girl 20:30 Friends 21:00 Fringe 22:30 Five Days 2 23:35 Top Boy 00:30 Midnight In Paris 02:15 Am Slave 03:45 Big Bang Theory The 04:10 According To Jim 04:55 Mentalist The 05:40 Un-

06:05 Death Race 2 07:45 Shanghai 09:30 Cine News 09:50 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost 11:25 Mad On Novacinema 12:00 Marley & Me: The Puppy Years 13:30 Glee: The 3d Concert Movie 15:00 The Story Of Us 16:40 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 18:55 Hollywood Buzz 19:30 The Sitter 21:00 Ncis 22:00 O Elias Tou 16ou 23:45 The Lincoln Lawyer 01:50 Young Adult 03:25 Manuale D’am3re

derbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green Cloud 06:30 Supernatural

06:50 What’s Your Number? 08:40 He Got Game 10:55 Cine News 11:45 Oranges And Sunshine 13:35 Air Force

18:50 The Caine Mutiny 21:00 Route Irish 23:00 Hostel 00:45 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone 03:10 House Of The Rising Sun 04:40 Trespass

18:55 Water For Elephants 21:00 Win Win 22:55 Jude 01:05 Cold Mountain 03:40 Operation Petticoat

pionship 2012-13: Apollon Vs E.N.P 20:45 Post Game 21:30 Stigmiotipa Kypriakou Podosferou 21:45 Nhl:

Washington Capitals At Pittsburgh Penguins 24:00 Big Ten Wrestling Iowa At Illinois

06:00 Only Hits 08:00 MTV Disaster Date 09:00 MTV When I was 17 10:00 Only Hits 11:00 Pure Local 12:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 12:30 MTV VHI Pop up Video 13:00 MTV Made 14:00 MTV Big Time Rush 14:30 MTV Victorious 15:00 MTV Daria 106:00 MTV Pranked 17:00 MTV Pimp My Ride 108:00 Only

Hits 109:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 20:00 MTV Wake Brothers 21:00 MTV Hitlist Hellas 22:00 MTV World Stage 23:00 MTV Savage U 0:00 MTV Jersey

02:00 Nhl: Washington Capitals At Pittsburgh Penguins 04:30 European Tour Joburg Open D. 1 07:00 Feherty - Annika Sorenstam 08:00 Playing Lessons - Aaron Rodgers 08:30

Academy: Greg Norman - Full Swing 09:00 Golf Central International Sdd 09:30 Golf Fitness - Ben Crane 10:00 Nfl Game Day 10:30 Nhl: Washington Capitals At Pittsburgh Penguins 13:00

Ip To The Tip 2011 Sea To Shining Sea 13:30 The Moto: Inside The Outdoors Thunder Valley National 14:00 Car Warriors 2 Challenger 15:00 Nfl Game Day 15:30 Ringside Boxing Ik Yang V Mario Padilla 17:30 Courtside Jones 18:00 Pre Game 18:45 Cham-

Shore 1:00 MTV Geordie Shore 2:00 Only Hits 5:00 Pure Local

07:00 Meet Me In St: Louis 08:50 The

Philadelphia Story10:40 The Gazebo 12:20 The Public Enemy 13:40 Hot Millions 15:25 Bachelor In Paradise 17:10 San Quentin 18:20 Cimarron 20:45 Village Of The Damned 22:00 Shaft 23:45 Edge of the City 01:10 The Girl And The General 02:55 Crisis 04:30 The Biggest Bundle Of Them All 06:15 TCM Presents Under the Influ-

ence: Richard Gere

By Preston Wilder

The River Wild (Novacinema2, 18.25) Next time somebody asserts that Meryl Streep ‘can play anything’, point to The River Wild and insist that they qualify their praise with ‘except an action heroine’. Not that Streep is bad - how could she be? - but it’s not clear why she even signed up for such a role, except perhaps to prove that she can indeed play anything (also of course she had young kids at the time, and may have wanted something she could watch with them instead of her usual tragic heroines). Meryl, hubby David Strathairn and son Joseph Mazzello go on a white-water-rafting holiday, hoping to bond and heal as a family - but instead they’re

confronted by armed robber Kevin Bacon, who first ingratiates himself with Meryl & Co. then reveals his true nature, forcing them to transport himself and his accomplice down the river. The result is mildly tense, good to look at (lots of fresh air and mountain landscapes) and mostly predictable, though of course Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe nomination; they have to nominate her, it’s the law. Made in 1994.

Win Win (Novacinema4, 21.00) Maybe it’s because critics have to wade through so many films about comic-book superheroes that they tend to go overboard when a film comes out with characters who are ordinary people - even if that film

is as forgettable as this strangely acclaimed comedydrama. Paul Giamatti is our hero, a lawyer (and highschool wrestling coach) trying to support his young family; he does a mildly shady deal - getting a court to appoint him as the guardian to a senile old man and reaps unintended consequences when he has to look after the old man’s troubled teenage grandson, but the kid turns out to be a brilliant wrestler and the film veers from character drama into sports movie. Amy Ryan is Paul’s wife, Bobby Cannavale his best friend - whose sub-plot looks for a while like it might be about his wife having divorced him because he likes young boys but in fact it’s just light relief, as you might expect from a film so harmless. Made in 2011.

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1 Simple catch for her (5) 2 Australian cricketer has the edge (6) 3 £1 only (4) 4 Herbal tea is neat when brewed (6) 5 Thin sheets for wrapping can frustrate (7) 6 Twelve exercises done every morning (5,5) 9 Below which it is unsafe reeling and twisting (6-4) 11 More modern one we’re including (5) 12 Spring edition (5) 15 The definite item (7) 17 Back down? On the contrary raise one’s back (4,2) 18 Farm worker at the helm (6) 21 Fast-moving ships (5) 22 Came out top (4)

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1 In the discussion, one learner with sexappeal will weaken (10) 7 Spilt oil near wingflap (7) 8 Daisy no doubt included the council (5) 10 Amateur singers? (6) 12 It is natural for fluttering robin to go north (6) 13 Some more useful things to recycle (5) 14 Play without a drink (4) 16 Most of the 21 down escape (4) 17 Repel the wild brute (5) 19 Instrument from the Ritz he played (6) 20 Tour de Paris? (6) 23 Resort before midafternoon is more pleasant (5) 24 Paddy’s girl (7) 25 Mystery of the sea? (4,6)

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CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Abraded; 7 Rhythm; 8 Rebecca; 10 Harem; 11 Relished; 13 Oar; 14 Sand; 15 Suit; 16 Phi; 18 Confront; 20 Needy; 22 Cardiac; 23 Sconce; 24 Donegal. Down – 1 Airdropping; 2 Rebel; 3 & 4 Ducks and drakes; 5 Myth; 6 Cheroot; 9 Impractical; 12 & 14 Suffer in silence; 17 Forced; 19 Owing; 21 Yank.

QUICK: Across – 1 Warbler; 7 Exhale; 8 Travail; 10 Meter; 11 Dominate; 13 Nun; 14 Zany; 15 Fret; 16 Woe; 18 Perverse; 20 Nylon; 22 Auditor; 23 Pulpit; 24 Ordered. Down – 1 Withdrawing; 2 Realm; 3 Learning; 4 Relate; 5 Chum; 6 Blatant; 9 Transferred; 12 Provided; 14 Zealous; 17 Legato; 19 Rotor; 21 Nape.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Mercury begins to move away from Neptune, but now joins Mars. You may find that it is harder than usual to keep a lid on your emotions. Things you normally shrug off can affect your mood. You might find yourself blurting something out that actually is a bit random. Fortunately, a more forgiving Venus/Jupiter link can help to soften the day’s vibe.

Sometimes making snap decisions can pay off really well. And after a confusing couple of days, you may be in the mood to take decisive action, especially around a shared financial matter, property or buying a big ticket item. However, you’d be much better advised to bide your time, however exasperated you feel. A friend can be really protective.

Today can turn out to be very pleasant, or you can find yourself feeling quite grumpy. Why the contradiction? Well it’s because two very contrasting planetary angles or energies are competing with one another. What you can do, is determine that you will not take anything personally today, even if it seems someone means it that way. Rise above life’s fray.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

You might find yourself being more direct and to the point today, and especially about your goals. If you hang out in a group of friends, here too you can find yourself more inclined to say it how it is, even if it does create a few waves. Any impatience you’re feeling with elements of life can seem more pronounced. Yet, a business link can prosper.

A nice tie up between Venus and Jupiter may see you attract good possibilities work wise through a friend or a social connection. However, you do need to be aware of the Mercury/Mars conjunction. This could make you more demanding, and more demanding of attention from those closest to you. Try not to put them off by being a diva.

Your mind can be nimble, and you can succinctly say what you need to. The downside is that someone may perceive you as being sharp, a bit acerbic or impatient, even if this is not how you mean to be. If you can, think carefully before giving an opinion about anything important. Slowing down like this can give you room to deal with situations better.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

A fantastic link between Jupiter in your sign and Venus in Aquarius, could lead to some really super developments socially, perhaps even romantically. Work can be more challenging however. A boss can be blunt, make sudden demands, or seem more pushy than usual. If your own professional situation is up in the air, here too you can come under pressure.

There is a real paradox in the heavens today. Your ruler Venus in its link with Jupiter urges you to chill out, have fun and spend time kicking back. Mercury and Mars however ask you to do anything but. To clear up essential tasks, to be organised and to look after the details. It may be best to attend to necessities first, then have fun.

If you encounter an organisation that offers poor service, or you feel you buy something that turns out not to be value for money, you are unlikely to be impressed. Perhaps usually you might not worry about stuff like this, but today you can be more assertive. However, a delicious Venus/Jupiter link could see your popularity reach a new bright high.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

However much we like to be a free spirit, life’s constraints don’t always allow it. However, today you can find yourself feeling especially restless. Petty rules and red tape could irritate you. You’ll find yourself much more inclined towards philosophy, history and debating things you feel passionate about. But being hemmed in could be frustrating.

If you have things you want to do, you probably won’t appreciate being delayed or blocked. This is a day when you need to express yourself, and now. If anyone stops you from doing so, you mightn’t like it. You are in a hurry, and if you can harness this energy correctly, there is a fantastic amount you can get done. Yet others might not be so enamoured.

You might find yourself feeling more highly strung today. Sitting still may prove to be harder, as you can have more nervous and physical energy all bound together, and finding something satisfactory to use this upon, is going to be the challenge. Yet if you are very focused in what you want to get done, very little will stop you getting there.


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TO LET NICOSIA tos in the website). 4. 3 bedr luxury semi-detached house with character, 200sq.m, central heating, full ac, sitting and dining room with fireplace, big kitchen with cooker and oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, nice mature garden with flowers, trees and small garden with grass, covered parking, 3wc, 2 bathrooms in a quiet neighbourhood. Available middle of January. Agios Andreas - €1200 - H3AAD0001-R (photos on website). 5. 3 bedr luxury detached house, 200sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 3wc, blinds and curtains, open plan kitchen with cooker, oven and dishwasher, veranda with bbq, good size garden, covered parking, storage room, alarm system, in a quiet area – Archangellos €1100 (photos in the website). 6. 4 bedrs and sitting room upstairs luxury detached house,380sq.m, central heating, full a/c, marble and parquet floor, big sitting and dining areas, office space, BIG bedrooms (2 en suite) big verandas around the house, 2 covered parking,3 bathrooms,4 wc in a quiet area off Eleonon street,

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TO LET NICOSIA near Pizza Hut – Strovolos €1500 (H4ST10041-R), (photos in the website) 7. 3 bedr detached ground floor house with separate maid’s room, with very big garden with grass(200sq.m) and covered patio with bbq and bar, central heating, full a/c, 180sq.m, FULLY FURNISHED or NOT, 2 covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighborhood opposite Acropolis park - Acropolis - €1000 - H3ACS0004-R (photos on website). 8. 4 bedr very big luxury semi detached house 350sq.m, with big separate basement 80sq.m with 2 rooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Consists of big sitting and dining areas upstairs, big kitchen with big family room and breakfast area, big bedrooms, 3 showers, 1 bathroom, central heating, full a/c, black out blinds on all windows, cooker and oven

TO LET NICOSIA in the kitchen, covered parking and patio with bbq in a very quiet neighbourhood close to Makarios foorball stadium. Available END of February - Makedonitissa €1500. 9. 4 bedr new luxury detached house build in a big plot of land, central heating, full a/c, 2 bedrs with en suite shower, 4 wc, bathroom with jacuzzi, big open space sitting and dining areas, 330sq.m, big swimming pool 5x10, big garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area, roller blinds and curtains on all the windows, electrical appliances in kitchen, covered parking, in a quiet neighbourhood off Tseriou avenue. AVAILABLE end of February –Strovolos €1800 (photos in the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area, off Kostantinoupoleos


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA street near French ambassador residence.- STROVOLOS €700 (H4ST10043-R), (photos in the website). 11. 4 bedr new luxury finished detached house with central heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, big kitchen with cooker oven, dishwasher and big family room, aluminum shutters in all the house, separate big sitting and dining room with parquet floor, 2 covered parking, alarm system, big covered patio, SWIMMING POOL, in a newly built area near Falcon school – Strovolos €2000 (photos in the website). 12. 3 bedr +office space luxury detached house, built on a big plot, 350sq.m, big swimming pool with cover, garden with grass, big sitting and dining room, separate family room, central heating, a/c, curtains on all the windows, cooker, dishwasher and dryer, parquet floor all the house, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered parking in a quiet area on the borders of Strovolos and Lakatamia – €1600 (H4LAK0002-R) (photos in the website)

TO LET NICOSIA 13. 3 bedr ground floor house with big separate 80sq,m room with shower and wc for multi use, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, 2 shower,1 bathroom, fully furnished, small garden, bbq area, parking, on a small building in a very quiet area near Agios Vasilios church. Strovolos - €900 - H4ST10028-R (photos on website). 14. 3 bedr +office space +attic room +separate big maid’s/ playroom in the basement semi detached house, recently renovated with big sitting and dining areas with marble floor, big kitchen with cooker and oven and family room, central heating, 3 bathrooms, 4 wc, 6 a/c units, covered parking, behind Hilton Park near the park – Engomi €1700 (H4ENG0003-R), (photos in the website) 15. 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

TO LET NICOSIA oven, 6wc, 2 covered parking, yard with tiles and SWIMMING POOL, bbq area in a very quiet neighbourhood near CYBC ( RIK) station and near a neighborhood park – Platy Aglantzias €2500 (H4AGZ0005-R),(photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates.com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225/96-422225/96422226, www.landtouristestates.com

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2. 1 bedr spacious fully luxury renovated apartment,60sq.m, big sitting and dining room, big bedroom, fully newly modern furnished with LCD TV 32’, covered veranda, covered parking, storage heaters, full a/c, near Cyta, Laiki and Hellenic Bank headquarters – Dasoupolis €550 (photos in the website).

5. 2 bedr new modern luxury finished apartment with parquet floor, central heating independent, 2 a/c, modern kitchen with all fitted expensive electrical appliances, blinds on the windows, big covered veranda, FULLY NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking in a quiet neighborhood off Kallipoleos street – Lykavitos €650 (photos in the website).

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2 bedr penthouse apartment,100sq.m + 80sq.m veranda with flowers and bbq, big sitting and dining room with big 60” TV, storage heaters, full a/v, 2 wc, en suite bathroom/ jacuzzi, roman blinds, cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine and refrigerator in the kitchen, covered parking, near Metro supermarket – Aglantzia €600 (photos in the website).

4. 2 bedr spacious apartments with separate kitchen, a/c for hot and cold, NICELY FURNISHED, hot water all day, common swimming pool, in a quiet area off Nikis Avenue near the centre. PRICE INCLUDES COMMON EXPENSES, swimming pool and hot water.– Agioi Omologites €450 (A2AOM0010-R) (photos in the website)

TO LET NICOSIA TO LET 3 bedroom house situated on a dead end street next to a small quiet park near Falcon School. Has an En-suite master room, large study room, central heating, a/c and fire place in the living room.

For enquiries tel 99660758

6. 2 bedr new luxury apartment, modern nicely furnished, storage heaters, 2 a/c, 100sq.m, big covered verandah with nice view, covered parking off Digenis Akritas street near Debenhams shop, walking distance to the centre. PRICE INCLUDES COMMON EXPENSES. – Lykavitos €450 (A1LYK0020-R) (photos in the website) 7.

1 bedr cozy luxury apartment,60sq.m,parquet floor, nicely furnished ,all fitted electrical appliances(cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge),roman blinds, provisions for home cinema, big covered verandah, storage heaters, 2 a/c ,covered parking in Dasoupolis near Alpha Mega supermarket and

TO LET NICOSIA Areteion hospital. – Dasoupoli €500 (A1DAS0009-R) (photos in the website) 8. 2 bedr spacious renovated apartment 100sq.m with separate big kitchen, air condition for hot and cold in all the rooms, covered veranda, nicely newly fully furnished , off Kyriakou Matsi street very close to the centre on foot– Agioi Omologites €550 (A2AOM0003-R) (photos in the website) 9. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neibourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE middle of February – Acropolis €800 A2ACS0002-R (photos in the website) . 10. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment, 85sq.m, big sitting room, big fully equipped kitchen, nicely modern furnished, stor-

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA age heaters, full a/c, big bedrooms, covered veranda with nice view,covered parking, off Prodromou streeet. – Engomi €600 (A2ENG0017-R)(photos in the website) 11. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment on a small modern building with central heating independent(with petrol), full a/c, solid parquet floor, big bedrooms, big sitting room with open plan kitchen, big covered veranda, FULLY MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Makarios Avenue in a quiet area near the centre - Nicosia €800 (A2NIC0030-R) (photos in the website) 12. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neighbourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE middle of February.– Acropolis €800 (A2ACS0002-R) (photos in the website) 13. 3 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor, big sitting and dining area, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, blinds, shutters in the bedrooms, big kitchen with all expensive electrical appliances, off Makarios avenue near the centre – Nicosia Centre- € 800 – A3NIC0025-R (photos on website). 14. 3 bedr spacious luxury finished apartment 150sq.m+30sq.m covered veranda, central heating independent with petrol,full

TO LET NICOSIA wall a/c units, solid parquet floor, expensive electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3wc, curtains and blinds on windows, 3 COVERED PARKING,storage room, near Pizza Hut in Strovolos €1100 (photos in the website). 15. 3 bedrs luxury penthouse,165sq.m+80sq.m verandah with bbq, central heating ind, full AC, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, solid parquet floor all the flat, big kitchen with dining area, fully MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Athalassa Avenue near Stephanis Electrinics and English school – Stovolos €800 (A3ST10013-R) (photos in the website) 16. 3 bedr new luxury ground floor apartment, with separate big TV room or guest room, 225sq.m, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances and breakfast area, 4 bathrooms, 4 wc, 2 bedrs with en suite bathroom, floor heating independent, full a/c, blinds on all the windows, marble and parquet floor, big veranda with bbq, small garden, closed 2 covered parking with remote control, in a very quiet area very close to Junior school and 50 metres from the park. FULLY NICELY FURNISHED – Agioi Omologites €1200 (photos in the website).

TO LET LIMASSOL LIMASSOL ****************************** FOR RENT new big furnished studio, in Katraki building, 100 metres from the sea and Debenhams Olympia, in Neapoli area. Price €400 (including common expenses). Tel. 99406415 Andreas, Fax: 25-582963. ****************************** FOR RENT big 3 bdrm furnished or unfurnished house, with big balcony, big garden, 3 wc, airconditioning, in Pareklisia area, 1000 metres from the sea and beach hotels. Price €800. Tel. 99406415 Andreas. ****************************** TRADITIONAL VILLAGE STONE HOUSE IN APESHIA. Very quiet village, 20mins from Limassol. Road to heritage school/Troodos. 2 bedrooms, office available top floor with veranda great view of mountains. Small courtyard with trees. Electric solar water. A/Ctoilet in main bedroom. Semi/ full furnished. Fitted kitchen with electrical appliances, fireplace. Toilet/shower. €550pm negotiable. Tel 96891800.

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

LARNACA ***************************** 1. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. Town centre, fully furnished one bedroom apartment available for immediate occupation. Ref. TLL341. Tel 24815926 2. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. Stunning two bedroom fully furnished apartment in Oroklini. Ref. TLL1574 Please call to arrange a viewing Tel. 24815926 3. www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com – LARGE RANGE OF RENTAL PROPERTIES. From studio apartments to 5 bedroom villas for rent, all properties have detailed descriptions, professional photographs. Interactive Virtual/Video Tours. Please visit our website. www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com

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www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com. License No. 419. LANDLORDS AVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY WITH US FOR FREE. Tel. 24815926 Email. info@superiorrealestatelarnaca.com ***************************** FLAT IN CENTRAL LARNACA, Stasinou St, f/f, a/c, one bedroom, Off street car parking. Foinikoudes, Zenonos Kiteos shops 200 metres. Rent €350 p/m. Tel: 24 815104/9939 5954 ****************************** FOR RENT 2 bed, 2 bath, new built apartment, in a quiet scenic location In Alethriko, Larnaca 5 min. to Larnaka, 5 min. to the beach Fully furnished, A/C, communal pool, under covered parking, Long term rent, €350.00 per month For more info pls call 99639378 FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom flat near Larco hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543

PAPHOS LOW COST, long term 3 bedroom bungalow, Polis area, Gialia vil-

TO LET PAPHOS lage, on 3 acres of property, large variety of fruit trees, extremely private with panoramic mountain and sea views, unfurnished, swimming pool, a/c and fireplace, fence around the property €550 per month ono – available from 1st of April For more info call : 99 442485 UNIVERSAL: 1bed ground floor apartment fully furnished, airconditioning, fridge, beds common swimming pool , leather sofas, €260 p/m. For more information phone 99400697 €380 /MONTH UNIVERSAL AREA a 2-bed house, beautiful location, in cul-de-sac, 10 years old, 90 sq. mts, furnished, open-plan lounge/kitchen, front carport, garden, 2-floors, 2 w.cs/bath and part air-conditioned. Call 99-632388.’ PEYIA, luxury villa, 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully or part furnished, private pool, quiet location, paved garden area, sea and mountain views. Sky satellite, euro 650 ono, please call: 99771532 – no agents FOR LONG TERM RENT: 2 bedroom modern apartment, recently renovated-fully furnished, Chloraka- Melanos, quiet neighbour-

WE HEREBY ANNOUNCE THE ENGAGEMENT OF NEOFYTOS KYRIAKOU ID NO 1026391, TO LIZA IAKOVOU, ID NO 942621, AND THE MARRIAGE WILL BE ON THE 31ST OF AUGUST 2013.

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

FOR PAPHIAKOS ANIMAL WELFARE SOS HELPLINE, 24 HOUR MEDICAL EMERGENCY SERVICE CALL 99655581

PROPERTIES FOR RENT IN NICOSIA

CONTACT DETAILS FOR PAPHIAKOS.

Whole floor of approx. 400m2 available for rent on corner building in prominent position (Limassol Avenue & Costa Anaxagorou, Nicosia) Rent €3.500 pm/ono depending on size of organization & duration of contract

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

TO LET LARNACA

300m2 inside area & outside balcony 200m2 (approx) on 2nd floor available for rent in Galaxias Building, centre of Nicosia Luxurious renovations Suitable for office or café/bar Rent €3.000 pm/ono Centrally located shop, off Makarios Avenue (Aphrodite Street), total area 100 sqm Rent €1.200 pm/ono CLARION BUSINESS CENTRE – off Makarios Avenue (Aphrodite Street, Nicosia) Fully serviced offices with luxurious renovations Suitable for foreign companies which require a Cyprus base Reasonable charges depending on size of offices and services required 3 bedroom fully furnished (140m2) apartment. Hilton area (opposite BOC Head Office) with air condition. Rent €750 pm/ono For further information please contact 22361313/22761660/22479302


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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS hood, communal pool, 2 covered parking space, security burglar bars throughout, 2 balcony. Sea view, central to shops. Communal fees included. 380.00eur/month. Call Maria 99 371 874 ****************************** PAPHOS RENTALS SECTION TALA - modern 2 and 3 bedroom apartments U/F, P/F and F/F, some with communal pool , A/C, separate storage and own parking €325 TREMITHOUSA - traditional spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, and large mature enclosed garden, open fireplace, beautiful fitted kitchen, a/d, wonderful family home €400 EMPA - immaculate, spacious 2 bedroom, u/f, corner house, large kitchen, patio, quiet location, must be seen €300 TALA - Luxurious 3/4 bedroom villas, f/f to a very high standard, 2 bathrooms, 2 en-suites, own swimming pools, landscaped gardens with spectacular sea views, €700. URGENTLY WANTED – Bungalows 2/3 Bedrooms MORE PROPETIES AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 99862922 ****************************** 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. UNIVERSAL AREA €450 spacious 2 bedroom townhouse situated in great central location, not on a complex, with enclosed garden & Jacuzzi hot tub. Fully furnished with good furniture. Private drive for off street parking.

TO LET PAPHOS Also available 1, 2 & 3 bedroom modern apartments please see our website for further information. 2. PEYIA €450 brand new modern 2 bedroom townhouse situated on a quiet complex. Master with ensuite, family bathroom & downstairs guest wc. Fully furnished with modern furniture including fly screens & plasma TV. Enclosed rear garden. Private undercover parking & storage space. Pets allowed at owners discretion. website reference number: RTL_658 3. MESOGI €700 modern detached 4 bedroom villa, master with ensuite. One bedroom on ground floor. Plus separate office or play room. Available unfurnished with gas central heating. Enclosed garden with private pool. Covered veranda with garden furniture. Pets allowed at owners discretion. website reference number: RTL_618 4. TALA €725 modern 3 bedroom detached villa located in a peaceful residential area between Tala & Kamaras offering sea & mountain views. Separate kitchen with top brand appliances inc dishwasher. Includes central heating, flyscreens & sky satellite. Private pool & enclosed garden with storage. Available unfurnished or furnished. website reference number: RTL_566 5. PEYIA €750 modern detached 3 bedroom villa situated on private road. Available unfurnished though includes central heating throughout, pressurised water & security alarm system. Modern fitted kitchen & bathrooms. Roof terrace with sea views & private pool. website reference number: RTL_572 6. CHLORAKA €750 modern detached 4 bedroom 3 bathroom villa with ground floor bedroom & bathroom. Beautifully furnished

TO LET PAPHOS with good quality modern furniture includes sky satellite, fly screens & feature fireplace with modern gas fire. Private pool offering views of the sea. Off street parking. Situated within walking distance of bus routes & shops. website reference number: RTL_611 7. MESOGI €1250 luxury detached 4 bedroom 5 bathroom villas. One bedroom & ensuite on ground floor. Spacious kitchen with separate utility room. Available unfurnished though includes gas central heating plus real fireplace in living area. Enclosed garden & private pool offering stunning views. Gated entrance with undercover parking. Situated on a private road. website reference number: RTL_628 8. CHLORAKA €2,200 substantial luxury 4 bedroom villa, spacious (350 sq meters), beautifully designed with unique detail. Conservatory with views of landscaped gardens. Large modern fitted kitchen, living room with working fireplace. Circular dining room with vaulted dome ceiling. Stunning private pool area. Available unfurnished. website reference number: RTL_579 Tel: 97790883 office: 26271858 visit our website for many more properties www.mrrent-paphos. net email: info@mrrent-paphos. net

****************************** LONG TERM RENTALS 1. GEROSKIPOU a large 2 bed apartment with large balcony facing the sea, covered parking, a/c, communal pool. €330 pcm 2. TALA 2 bed fully furnished apartment. Stunning sea views, large balcony, well kept gardens, communal pool, and quiet area. €340 pcm 3. CHLORAKAS first floor 2 bed

TO LET PAPHOS apartment, new kitchen and bathroom, very well furnished, two parking spaces, a/c, quiet area, easy access to town centre and a communal pool. €370 pcm 4. EMBA un-furnished 3 bed 2 bathroom villa, private gated parking, a/c, large kitchen with white goods, cul-de-sac. NO POOL. €445 pcm THIS IS JUST A SMALL SELCTION OF PROPERTIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE AND MANY MORE PLEASE CALL EITHER 96 545 174 OR E-MAIL ON info@unique-consultancy.eu LANDLORDS; WE NEED YOUR PROPERTIES NOW. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT. ****************************** KILI – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom villa, with swimming pool and garden, unfurnished, gas central heating, large verandas, lovely mountain views, very quiet and tranquil area, €500 per month o.n.o. Call: 99479006 PAPHOS / PEYIA VILLA, villa for rent in Peyia, 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, large sitting-dining area, fully airconditioned and heated, unfurnished, panoramic views, large parking, low rent contact: 99490953, 26815534 FOR RENT A selection of 1 to 5 bedroom houses & apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi, Chlorakas & Kato Paphos Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at are website www.cyprussands.com Fully Registered Company in Cyprus

****************************** FLOWRON PROPERTY RENTALS: Offering a full range of property services, the company you can TRUST. Armou 2 bed Townhouse on a small complex of Townhouses in a lovely quiet and peaceful location, with small back garden, great views, communal pool, 2 bedrooms with en suites + guest

TO LET PAPHOS WC. Pets welcome. Offered unfurnished Ref: 1204 €370 AYIA MARINOUDA a 3 bedroom villa with an additional loft room conversion with en suite. Property has a downstairs bedroom, sitting/dining area, separate utility area with granite work tops, 2 bedrooms on the top level master en suite. Central heating, AC, fly screens, private pool, enclosed and fenced garden. Ref: 1199 €900 Mesogi 4 bedroom villa with private pool, nice quality fixtures, granite work tops, separate utility room, downstairs bedroom with en suite, fireplace, ac, 3 upstairs bedroom master en suite, separate bath, nice views, pets welcome, offered unfurnished Ref 783 €700 CHLORAKA 4 bedroom large villa with quality fittings , furnished to a very high standard, downstairs bedroom, 3 upstairs, en suites, bathroom, private pool, decking, fantastic sea views, near Tombs of the Kings Ref: 806 €850 SECRET VALLEY 2 bed villas furnished or unfurnished with private pool, downstairs bedroom, kitchen , sitting/dining area, guest wc, upstairs large master bedroom with en suite bath, large veranda. Nice location with sea views and off street parking: Ref: 1198 €450 PEGEIA 4 bed villa unfurnished, 2 downstairs bedrooms, large sitting/dining area, Italian kitchen with white goods, 2 bedrooms upstairs with outside large veranda. Property is of a high standard with central heating, full AC, off street parking, private pool, stunning views, quiet location. Ref: 765 €900 Mesogi Large 3 bedroom apartment with full AC, bathroom, kitchen, separate utility room, clean and tidy building with without communal area, walking distance to all local amenities. Offered unfurnished Ref: 818 €400 Sea Caves 2 bedroom town house, furnished with central heating, fire place, nice sea views, walking distance to Paphos the sea Ref 819 €300

TO LET PAPHOS Please call for a free viewing on Office 26600450 Mobile: 97614070 many more properties on our website at www. flowron.com - Your Vision is our Mission LANDLORDS IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT, PLEASE CALL US!!!!!! ****************************** 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

****************************** RENTAL POINT - PAPHOS 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. €425.00 or near offer 2 EMBA 3 bed 2 bath unfurnished villa in handy location close to the shopping areas. Property also has separate 1 bed apartment on the lower level. Large open plan living area and dining area. Fully fitted dining/kitchen with appliances. Guest WC. 3 double bedrooms one with en-suite. Family bathroom. Separate 1 bed apartment on lower level. Perfect for dual living. Small garden & and parking. €550.00 a month.

British High Commission announces the sale of a duty free diplomatic vehicle FOR SALE AT A RESERVED PRICE OF €5100 Toyota Hilux Double Cabin Pickup Truck. Registered - November 2006. Reg No - KPB 040 Cubic Capacity - 2494cc. Miles/Kms 83470 Manual Gearbox. Colour - Silver This is a tax free vehicle! Unless you are tax exempt, duty will be required to be paid before taking delivery. The vehicle can be viewed by appointment by calling the following Tel No: 99221449 Closed bids (double sealed) including contact details, delivered to the address below, by 1230pm on the 20th February 2013. Bids will be opened and the successful purchaser informed on the 21st February 2013. Transport Manager (PSM), British High Commission, PO Box 21978, Nicosia 1587, Cyprus

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3. GIOLOU – 5 bed unfurnished villa consisting of 3 bed, 2 bath main house (bungalow) with self contained 2 bed apartment with own entrance. Main house, open plan living area, beamed ceilings with feature fireplace. Dining space and kitchen. 3 bedrooms, master with en-suite and family bathroom. Covered balcony with sea and rural views, swimming pool and garden areas. Lower level apartment reached via the main house or separate entrance. Large open plan living area, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. €850.00 per month

7. LOWER PEYIA – 3 bed, 2.5 bath part furnished villa situated in quiet cul du sac. Open plan living and dining area with doors out the to pool and garden.. Very large breakfast fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 3 double bedrooms. Master bedroom very large with en-suite shower. Family bathroom. Private pool, gardens, shutters. €550.00 per month or close offers only.

4. TALA – 3 bed 3 bath quality furnished villa. Set in enclosed gardens the villa consists of open plan living area with dining space. Fully fitted kitchen with all appliances, door to rear garden. Storage room. Ground floor bed room with adjacent shower. Stairs to two double bedrooms both en-suite, one with Jacuzzi tub. Small seating area with adjacent balcony. Pool and off street parking. Lnadscaped gardens €750.00 per month or close offers only 5. TRIMITHOUSA – 4 bed, 3.5 bath unfurnished villa set in quiet location. Open plan living area. Fully fitted kitchen. Ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower. Guest WC. Stairs to 3 more bedrooms, one with en-suite and family bathroom. Garden areas, large terraces and feature BBQ area and pergola. Private pool, garage. Never been occupied. Available 1 Feb. €725.00 per month OVNO. 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. €375.00 a month or offers. 1 & 2 bed apartments available on Universal starting at

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8. STROUMBI – 3 bed 2.5 bath large unfurnished villa in quiet village area. Spacious open plan living area with feature fireplace and dining space Good sized fitted kitchen and breakfast area. Guest WC with storage area.3 double bedrooms. Master with en-suite bathroom. Family bathroom. Enclosed gardens, pool and off street parking. Realistically priced €550.00 per month. OVNO FOR FULL LISTINGS OF APARTMENTS/TOWNHOUSES AND VILLA PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL LANDLORDS/OWNERS

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

PROPERTY FOR SALE PAPHOS ***************************** KATO PAPHOS UNIVERSAL, LARGE 2 bedroom apartment. Ground floor, 1 bathroom kitchen, large veranda, private parking, A/C, Satellite TV. Near bus route, shops, banks, quiet apartment. Full furniture. Communal pool. 92m covered area. Full TITLE DEEDS. Was €159,000 REDUCED €90,000 PAPHOS UNIVERSAL 2 BED-

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***************************** FLAT FOR SALE 1 bdrm at Peyia village with title deeds, fully furnished. €65.000. For information call 99526562. **************************** UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY IN LOFOS/ TALA, 2 three bedroom detached villas on large plot. House 1 with studio flat & pool. Both open plan with A/C, provision for C/H, BBQ, pergolas, gardens, private drives, sea/ mountain views, SEPARATE DEEDS. Available together or separately.

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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Sport Nadal overcomes slow start in Chile By Javier Leira RAFA Nadal overcame a slow start to beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-2 and advance to the third round of the Chilean Open with his first singles victory in seven months in the early hours of yesterday morning. Nadal lost his serve in the first game but quickly hit back, taking command of the match and winning the first set in 50 minutes at the Pacific resort city of Vina

del Mar. The French Open champion seemed surprised when Delbonis took a 2-0 lead, but with some fierce shots he put things in their place. The former world number one began to vary his game and showed greater mobility in a one-sided second set which he wrapped up in 38 minutes. “I feel happy to be playing singles again. It’s been an important day for me,” Nadal told local television after the match. “Thanks for supporting

me. I’d never dreamed of a comeback like this,” he added in front of an ecstatic crowd. “It was a tough start. Federico played really well and forced me to run a lot”. Nadal took advantage of four of his eleven chances to break Delbonis’s serve. The Spanish left-hander had been out with a knee injury since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June. “I’m happy the knee responded well,” Nadal add-

ed. In the quarter finals, Nadal will play against the winner of yesterday’s match between Spaniards Albert Montanes and Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The 26-year-old Nadal, whose plan to resume at the end of 2012 was delayed due to illness, will continue playing on his favourite clay surface at two other Latin American events this month, the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo next week and the Mexico Open in Acapulco from February 25.

The Spaniard is playing again after seven months out injured

Wales ready for French exchange Halfpenny urges under fire side to play like champions

By Nemanja Bjedov

By Andrew Baldock

IN BRIEF

LEIGH Halfpenny has urged Wales to play like champions in Paris tomorrow after their grip on the RBS 6 Nations title was loosened after their defeat to Ireland in last weekend’s tournament opener. Form and history is stacked against Wales, given they have claimed only three away wins at France’s expense since 1975 and have not beaten another Test-playing country for 11 months. The current run of eight successive defeats is Wales’ worst results sequence in 10 years, and their latest French assignment immediately follows Les Bleus’ shock defeat to Italy. “We still believe in ourselves, we still believe in our ability and the work we put in throughout the week,” Wales full-back Halfpenny said. “We are not in crisis. There is one game down and the tournament is still wide

Baghdatis blows it in Zagreb

Leigh Halfpenny (centre) knows that form and history is stacked against Wales, given they have claimed only three away wins at France’s expense since 1975 and have not beaten another Test-playing country for 11 months open. “At the end of the day, we are the defending champions, and that means something. We have to go out and play like we are champions. “We have to make sure we are putting the work in throughout the week and believe that every time we take to that pitch we are going to win. That is the attitude we

have to have on Saturday.” Wales’ 43-minute no show against Ireland saw them outplayed, outthought and horribly outscored as their Millennium Stadium visitors racked up 30 points. Although Wales subsequently rallied with three tries of their own, too much damage had already been caused by Brian O’Driscoll, Simon Zebo, Jonathan Sex-

ton and company. Interim head coach Rob Howley will announce his team for the France clash today, with changes expected up-front following Ireland’s 30-22 success. Wales, now ranked 10th in the world below the likes of Argentina, Samoa and Italy, need a response this weekend or face hurtling towards possible Six Nations wooden

spoon territory. “I thought we reacted well in the second-half against Ireland, but it is not acceptable to be 30 points down before you react. We need to react from the start,” Halfpenny added. “We did talk things through and about where we could create opportunities, but the execution wasn’t there and there is no excuse for that.”

MARCOS Baghdatis failed to serve out the match in the second set and eventually fell to Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-7(2), 4-6 in the second round of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors yesterday afternoon. The match started well for the Cypriot, who after serving first, broke the Slovenian’s serve to take an early 2-0 lead. However, Kavcic responded in the same fashion by breaking the Cypriot and then holding his serve to get back on level terms. There were no more breaks of serve until the eighth game, when Baghdatis broke his opponent again to take a 5-3 lead and then calmly served the set out, sealing it with his fourth ace of the match. The 27-year-old then broke Kavcic’s serve in the ninth game of the second set to take a 5-4 lead, but the Slovenian bounced back and broke Baghdatis straight back before taking the set after a tie-break to force a decider. A single break of serve early on proved to be more than enough for Kavcic to secure victory and advance to the quarter-finals of the event after two hours and ten minutes.

Garnett leads Rondo-less Celtics to fifth straight win

Maiden super-G win gives American Ligety world title

London event drops taxes to lure Bolt for July meet

KEVIN Garnett recorded a season-high 27 points as the Boston Celtics continued to prosper in the absence of Rajon Rondo by holding off the Toronto Raptors 9995 to secure a fifth successive win. The Celtics, who were expected to fade from the postseason picture when Rondo went down with a seasonending knee injury, have instead gone on a storming run, with all five of their victories coming since the All-Star guard was hurt. Garnett has been the subject of persistent trade rumours as the February 21 deadline approaches but it appears increasingly unlikely that he will be leaving.

AMERICAN skier Ted Ligety picked the right occasion to win the first super-G of his career, becoming the discipline’s world champion. Ligety, the best giant slalom specialist on the Alpine ski circuit and ready to defend his world crown in the shorter discipline next week, made the best of a course suiting his technical skills to win in one minute 23.96 seconds. It was the American’s third major title after the combined Olympic gold in Sestriere in 2006 and the giant slalom world gold in Garmisch-Partenkirchen two years ago. “It’s wonderful. I can’t believe it. It was a tough race, slippery with tough turns but I kept fighting,” he said.

OLYMPIC sprint champion Usain Bolt and other overseas athletes will be able to compete tax-free in this year’s London Diamond League event at the Olympic Stadium after the British finance minister agreed to a “one-off” exemption. Jamaican Bolt, who won three golds at last year’s London Games, had not previously raced in the United Kingdom since 2009 because of tax rules which would have left him out of pocket. The London meeting switched from its traditional Crystal Palace home to the Olympic Stadium to mark the first anniversary of the Games on July 27.


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Sport Australia report says drug use ‘widespread’

Lefty commands the spotlight at Pebble Beach

By James Grubel

Mickelson expects big things this season By Mark Lamport-Stokes CELEBRITIES such as actor Bill Murray and singer Huey Lewis have established a high profile at the Pebble Beach National ProAm but no one will command a greater share of the spotlight this week than defending champion Phil Mickelson. Fresh from a scintillating display of dominant golf at the Phoenix Open where he clinched his 41st PGA Tour victory by four shots on Sunday, Mickelson returns to the picturesque surrounds of Pebble Beach Golf Links close to the best form of his career. The American left-hander has long been renowned for his magical short game and exciting shot-making but he is especially excited by his much improved accuracy since acquiring a new driver which he put into play for the first time last week. “It just changed my whole deal,” a beaming Mickelson told reporters after closing with a four-under-par 67 on the Stadium Course at the TPC Scottsdale. “The fact that this club is so easy to hit now, I think it’s going to change the rest of the year for me. I really do.

“My iron play has always been the strength of my game ... but to drive it as easily as I did in play and to have the misses be so much less is going to set up for a very good year, I believe.” Armed with his new Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver, four-time major champion Mickelson pounded the ball long and straight for most of the week at Scottsdale, and came within a whisker of shooting a 59 in the opening round. “To be able to make a driver that spins this low with this much loft for me has never been done,” said the 42-year-old, who had previously used a less-lofted model while adopting a more upward swing plane. “Now I’m able to make the same golf swing as my irons. It really could be a revolutionary club for me.” Twelve months ago, Mickelson charged to victory by two shots at Pebble Beach after firing a flawless eightunder-par 64, and he is delighted to be back on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula as he bids to win the pro-am celebrity event for a fourth time. “It’s one of my favourite places to play golf,” said the world number 10. “It’s just a special week.” The $6.5 million event will

be played on three courses: the hosting Pebble Beach Golf Links and its sister venues Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Shore. “I’m a big fan of the addition of the Monterey Peninsula,” Mickelson said. “It’s one of my favourite golf courses anywhere in the world now and what a great addition it’s been to go along with Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. “We play three of the most amazing golf courses on tour and all combined in one week.” Mickelson faces a strong Pebble Beach field which includes two other members of the world’s top 10 - sixth-ranked American Brandt Snedeker and Englishman Lee Westwood (eighth), who will make his first PGA Tour appearance of the year. Also competing are triple major champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland and long-hitting American Dustin Johnson, tournament champion in 2009 and 2010. An impressive list of celebrities for this week includes actors Ray Romano, Andy Garcia and Chris O’Donnell, musician Kenny G, National Hockey League great Wayne Gretzky and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Confident: Phil Mickelson says he now has the driving ability to match his brilliant short play

USADA extends deadline for Armstrong to cooperate By Mark Lamport-Stokes

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong finally confessed to cheating in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month

THE US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has given disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong two more weeks to cooperate fully in an investigation into cycling’s darkest episode in return for a possible reduction of his life ban. Armstrong had initially been set a February 6 deadline by USADA to answer questions under oath, but that was extended on Wednesday after the athlete’s attorney Timothy Herman said the timing for an interview could not be accommodated. “We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling,” chief executive Travis Tygart said. “We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to

happen.” After years of denials, Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month that he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles with systematic use of banned, performance - enhancing drugs. Last year he was stripped of his titles after being labeled a “serial cheat” by the USADA.

CLEAN COMEBACK Tygart then told the CBS 60 Minutes programme on January 27 that his agency had requested an interview with Armstrong while disputing the cyclist’s claims of a clean comeback in 2009. “His blood tests in 2009, 2010 ... one to a million chance that it was due to something other than doping,” Tygart said. In a letter to USADA on January 25, Herman said his client was willing to cooperate with the agency but that pre-existing obligations made the February 6 dead-

line impossible. In that letter, Herman raised questions about the role of the USADA in ridding cycling of performanceenhancing drugs. He noted that “professional cycling is and has been largely a European sport”. Herman applauded the International Cycling Union’s announcement that it would work with the World AntiDoping Agency in a broad probe into the use of drugs and rely on a “truth and reconciliation” process. “As such, we would like to make sure we coordinate with the truth and reconciliation process to examine the culture of doping in cycling in the past and to clear the air so that cycling can move forward,” Herman wrote. Armstrong, 41, said in his interview with Winfrey on her cable network OWN that the lifetime ban against him was like a “death penalty”. He added that he had no ambitions to return to professional cycling but would like to compete in sanctioned athletic events.

THE use of performance enhancing drugs is “widespread” among professional and amateur athletes in Australia, a government report which rocked the sports-mad country said yesterday. Australia is proud of its reputation as a nation that plays fair and the report’s findings were explosive with one former head of the national anti-doping agency describing it as the “blackest day” in the country’s sporting history. The report was the result of a one-year probe by Australia’s leading criminal intelligence organisation into the use of drugs, both performance enhancing and recreational, as well as the association of organised crime with the trade. “The findings are shocking and they will disgust Australian sports fans,” Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said at a news conference. “It has found the use of substances, including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs, is widespread amongst professional athletes. “We are talking about multiple athletes across a number of codes. We’re talking about a number of teams. “The findings indicate the drugs are being facilitated by sports scientists, coaches, support staff as well as doctors and pharmacists. “In some cases, sports scientists and others are orchestrating the doping of entire teams. In some cases, players are being administered substances which have not yet been approved for human use.” The report said that organised crime was involved in the distribution of the drugs, which exposes players to the possibility of being co-opted into matchfixing, Clare added. One such case had been identified and was being investigated, he said, without indicating which code was involved. The government said it would do all in its power to crack down on the scourge. “If you want to dope and cheat, we will catch you, if you want to fix a match, we will catch you,” Sports Minister Kate Lundy told reporters. Lundy said evidence of breaches of the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) code would be passed on to the Australian Sports AntiDoping Authority (ASADA) for further investigation, while the agency’s authority would be reinforced by legislation. Lundy said the major sports codes would establish “integrity units” to counter doping and match-fixing, would cooperate with police and ASADA on investigations and encourage players breaching rules to own up.


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Germany rediscover winning mentality in rare France win

Beaten Cyprus rue Serbian ‘gifts’

Loew’s side win in France for first time since 1935

By Nemanja Bjedov

By Karolos Grohmann GERMANY hailed the 2-1 friendly victory over France in Paris on Wednesday as a welcome return of a winning mentality for Joachim Loew’s side, who ended a 26-year barren run against their neighbours. The Germans may claim to have little interest in statistics, having beaten France in World Cup semifinals in 1982 and again four years later, but a first win on French soil since 1935 did not go unnoticed. With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil looming large on the horizon, the visitors were well aware of the importance that a victory would bring as they look to build momentum towards ending a trophy drought stretching back to 1996 “We played really well, we won and we now seem to have our winning mentality back,” said winger Thomas Mueller, who cancelled out France’s first half lead with a fine finish in the 51st minute. Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira then snatched a 73rd-minute winner to secure Germany’s first success over France in any match

The long wait is over: Thomas Mueller (left) and Sami Khedira (No.6) were both on target for Germany, who beat France for the first time in any match since 1987 since 1987. The Germans were unaffected by a string of late withdrawals due to injury, including the absence of midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Goetze and Marco Reus, and looked sharp throughout much of the game. “This game showed that even friendlies can be real tests,” said Loew, whose team played much of the second half without a recognised striker when Mario Gomez was replaced by Toni Kroos in the 58th minute. “My players put in the effort and ran a lot. There

were some good things happening on the pitch and we were clearly the better team.” The Germans, top of their World Cup qualifying Group C on 10 points from four matches, were in dire need of a good result following two below-par performances in recent matches. An uninspiring scoreless stalemate against the Netherlands in a friendly followed a remarkable 4-4 home draw against Sweden late last year, ending Germany’s 100 per cent record in Group C after the Swedes battled back from a four-

goal deficit. Critics had started to question whether Loew’s team could match their abundance of talent with a killer instinct that prevailed in successful German squads of the past. Defeats against Spain in the Euro 2008 final and a 2010 World Cup semi-final, as well as a shock Euro 2012 semi-final exit against an unfancied Italy have heaped pressure on Loew’s squad to finally deliver. Even French reporters compared the current German crop to France’s ‘magnificent losers’, the glorious-

ly talented team of the 1980s that fell agonisingly short in those two World Cup semifinals. Loew did not respond to a question comparing the sides in a pre-match news conference but Wednesday’s victory has instantly raised hopes among successstarved German fans, desperate to see the three-time World and European champions lift another trophy. Germany should strengthen their position at the top of Group C with routine victories in back-to-back qualifiers against Kazakhstan next month.

Ecuador beat Portugal in thriller By Daniel Alvarenga

Ecuador remain unbeaten in seven games as they enjoy a best-ever 12th place in the FIFA rankings

STRIKER Felipe Caicedo grabbed a stunning winner as Ecuador beat Portugal 3-2 on Wednesday in a thrilling international friendly that featured an embarrassing own goal and a Cristiano Ronaldo moment of magic. Wingers Ronaldo and Ecuador’s Antonio Valencia scored one each in the first half of a match that treated fans at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes to a feast of attacking play and chances. Ronaldo’s goal, which levelled the score in the 23rd minute, came after he chased a backheel from Fabio Coentrao and unleashed a delightful volley. Portugal pulled ahead in the second half through a Helder Postiga tap-in but just when the hosts looked on top Joao Pereira gifted Ecuador an own goal when he misjudged a back pass. Caicedo compounded Portugal’s woes by firing in to put Ecuador in front with 20 minutes to go. The defeat means Portugal have failed to win their last four matches while Ecuador remain unbeaten in seven games as they enjoy a best-ever 12th place in the FIFA rankings, six places above 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil.

“We dominated for most of the match but lost a bit of fluidity at some point,” Portugal coach Paulo Bento told Portuguese television. “We were unlucky not to keep our advantage. I think we had a good match despite the mistakes.” Portugal, who are third in World Cup qualifying Group F, will hope to have learnt from their errors by the time they play their next qualifiers in March. “Regardless of the result we were always going to be under pressure when we play the qualifiers against Israel and Azerbaijan next month,” added Bento, whose team are level on seven points from four games with secondplaced Israel and five adrift of group leaders Russia. Manchester United winger Valencia punished some lax defending from Portugal early on with a header but Ronaldo, who turned 28 on Tuesday, equalised with a sweet volley after a series of first-time touches from his team mates. Postiga put Portugal ahead in the second half, but moments later Pereira horribly misjudged a back pass to goalkeeper Eduardo. With Portugal’s back four shaken, Caicedo grabbed a memorable winner from outside the box, connecting with a first-time shot from a Christian Benitez chested ball.

DUSAN Tadic scored twice either side of halftime to cap a great performance, before Dusan Basta tapped in Serbia’s third in a 3-1 victory over Cyprus on Wednesday night at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. The hosts broke the deadlock with 19 minutes played when Constantinos Makrides beat Vladimir Stojkovic from inside the area after a perfect first-time pass by APOEL’s Constantinos Charalambides but that was as good as it got. “We played a difficult match against a very good side and we showed two faces. In the first half we were very good as we played well together, while in the second half everything went down the drain,” said Cyprus coach Nikos Nioplias. “We gifted two goals to our opponents and at this level gifts are simply not allowed,” he added. “In the first half our players were excellent and I would like to praise Pieros Soteriou’s performance. Although he was making his debut, he played as if he already had 50 caps for the national team. Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic handed debuts to Nikola Durdjic and Branislav Trajkovic and he was pleased with his side’s performance, despite the empty stands of the biggest stadium on the island. “The overall impression is a positive one. Unfortunately the atmosphere at the stadium was not very inspiring. I remember some other matches played under similar conditions and I know that it is very difficult to find motivation,” he said. “However, my players played very well and this is what I wanted to see. “Most of them are not in top shape and that is why they looked a bit tired. Anyhow, I am satisfied with the performance of all of them. I believe that now I have a better picture of what they can all do. They followed the game plan to play with a lot of pressure on the ball high up the pitch and we also tried to play with a lot of short passes. “It is good that we created chances, but only a few of them were really clear-cut scoring opportunities,” added Mihajlovic whose side now return to Zagreb in March where they will face Croatia in a vital World Cup 2014 qualification clash. Cyprus meanwhile are rock bottom of qualifying Group E and their next stop will be in Switzerland, also in late March.


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Brilliant: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale (right) celebrates his man of the match performance after terrorising Austria in a 2-1 win

Bale show delights Coleman By Andrew Gwilym GARETH Bale again stole the headlines and underlined his importance to Wales with a man of the match display in their 2-1 win over Austria at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tottenham winger scored his 10th goal for his country with a smart finish as he made full use of Joe Allen’s lovely lofted pass to open the scoring in the 21st minute. He then turned provider seven minutes after the break - his pin-point cross allowing substitute Sam Vokes to head in the second - before being withdrawn on the hour. Marc Janko pulled a goal

‘There are not many players who can do what he does,’ claims Wales manager back for Austria, but Bale’s contribution ensured it was Wales who claimed a muchneeded win, just the second of Chris Coleman’s tenure, ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Scotland and Croatia next month. Bale now has seven goals in his last nine internationals and prior to Vokes’ header the 23-year-old had been the only player to score for Wales during Coleman’s time in charge.

Having seen his star man continue a sparkling run of form which is reportedly attracting the attentions of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Coleman was effusive in his praise. He said: “There are not many players that can do what he does. “The cross for the second goal was great, he is such a threat and we know when we have him in the team we can afford to go without the

ball for periods because he is such a danger when we get it to him. “He changes the feel of a game and he is a big plus for us when he is playing on that form. He did two things tonight that not many players can do.” While Coleman was able to start Bale and Craig Bellamy together for the first time during his reign, he had to do without Aaron Ramsey after the Arsenal midfielder pulled

out with a calf problem. Coleman does not believe the injury is too serious, although he is unsure if Ramsey will be fit for the Gunners’ clash with Sunderland tomorrow. “I don’t know if he will be ready for the weekend, it’s a tough one but maybe if his calf settles down,” said Coleman. “We maybe could have played him, but if something happens and we send him back injured it is not ideal. We are trying to build relationships with clubs. “When the doctor looked at it and red-flagged it, we could not take that risk. He may have a chance for the weekend but I don’t know.”

Del Bosque successfully blooding new generation By Mark Elkington

Spain’s defensive kingpin Carles Puyol won his 100th international cap against Uruguay. Coach Del Bosque is looking to the future, as he gave debuts to three players

VICENTE del Bosque had his eyes fixed on battles to come in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup and this summer’s Confederations Cup when he gave three players their debuts in Spain’s 3-1 friendly victory over Uruguay. Chelsea right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 23, Malaga playmaker Isco, 20, and Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez, 25, all stepped up in Doha and showed the slow transition to a new generation of players was progressing smoothly. “They are players who will improve our squad and who have adapted normally to the group without any problems,” Spain coach Del Bosque told a news conference. “They did what they had to do. They were faithful to the characteristics that prompted us to call them up.” The world and European champions shrugged off inju-

ries to first-choice stalwarts such as goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas, and midfielders Xavi and Xabi Alonso to triumph. Casillas will not be back after surgery on a finger in time for Spain’s World Cup qualifier at home to Finland on March 22, or for the trip to play France four days later. Barcelona’s Victor Valdes was a reliable substitute in goal, however, and is likely to be in the number one jersey when Spain take on the Group I joint-leaders in a clash of huge significance in Paris next month. While the debutants may not feature against Finland or France, it is highly likely some of them will be taken to Brazil for the Confederations Cup in June. “It’s two-and-a-half months since we were all together to play a game,” added the avuncular Del Bosque, who always places a high premium on dressing room harmony. “It was important for us to

get together ahead of these games. The most important aspect of it is the contact between the players. “We should remember what awaits us in March. We start from now preparing for two extremely difficult encounters. If the spirit between us all is healthy and positive we will be closer to succeeding.” Spain are unbeaten in World Cup qualifying but conceded a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 in Madrid, when they took on their closest rivals for the top spot in the Group, France, last October. “We have had routines established for a long time now, and we have a fairly stable squad,” former Real Madrid boss Del Bosque added. “The important thing is to incorporate new players and not to lose the competitive spirit, whether we are playing a friendly or not. We have to know how to compete. Time with the national team is important, and the players know that.”

GORDON Strachan vowed to play to Scotland’s attacking strengths after starting his career as an international manager with a forwardheavy formation against Estonia. Strachan deployed a 4-2-3-1 starting system with Steven Naismith, Shaun Maloney and Chris Burke playing behind centre-forward Steven Fletcher as Scotland won 1-0 at Pittodrie thanks to Charlie Mulgrew’s first-half strike. Robert Snodgrass and Kris Commons were given second-half appearances and Strachan will encourage such players to run at opponents when Scotland face Wales and Serbia in World Cup qualifiers on March 22 and 26 respectively. Strachan said: “If that’s the players we have got... I look at the bench and see we have got a lot of them. “We are a bit thin on the ground defender-wise but we have got players who I want to express themselves, beat players, make things happen. “And they tried it. There is a certain point where we need to move it if we can’t get through, but I thought the players who I asked to beat players did that well.” Burke was particularly impressive on the right flank, beating his man on numerous occasions, running beyond him, linking well with full-back Alan Hutton and delivering several dangerous crosses. Strachan was stunned to hear the 29-year-old had not played for Scotland since 2006, when he made his only two previous appearances in the successful Kirin Cup campaign. “It shows you what I am like, if they look good, I am not fussed,” he said. “He has been playing well at Birmingham. My assistant at Celtic, and everywhere I have been (Garry Pendrey), goes to every Birmingham game and he says he is the best player Birmingham have got along with Curtis Davies. While Strachan has resurrected Burke’s international prospects, the goal came courtesy of a player who has rejuvenated his own career after failing to earn a regular place at Celtic under the Scotland boss. Strachan sold Mulgrew to Wolves but the versatile player, who lined up at left-back on Wednesday night, has made himself a key player at Parkhead after returning to the club following a spell at Aberdeen. Strachan said: “Charlie just seems more at ease with himself and more outgoing than he was as a young man. “He takes more responsibility on. He has taken a few knocks and worked his way back to this position.”


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Wilshere evokes memories of Gazza for excited England Lampard: ‘He is going to be a massive player in the world’ By Mark Meadows

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NGLISH football held its breath twice this week because of Paul Gascoigne, firstly when he was admitted to an alcohol treatment centre and secondly after Jack Wilshere showed England may finally have found his heir apparent. ‘Gazza’ became a national hero with his performances and tears as England reached the 1990 World Cup semi-finals but since drinking curtailed his career, England have been crying out for a ball carrier who can beat men and pick a perfect pass. Steven Gerrard was perhaps the closest England had come but the 32-yearold captain was happy to sit back in Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly win over Brazil and let a man 11 years his junior light up Wembley. Not many players give away

Great expectations: Jack Wilshere gave a man of the match display in England’s 2-1 win over Brazil. The Arsenal midfielder is seen as the heir apparent to Paul Gascoigne (right), who is currently staying at an alcohol treatment centre in the US early penalties against the might of Brazil and end up being man of the match but Wilshere fully justified Gerrard’s pre-match comments about the “scary” Arsenal man having the potential to become one of the best in the world. Coach Roy Hodgson agreed after Wilshere’s defencesplitting pass helped set up

Wayne Rooney for England’s opener after Ronaldinho spared his blushes after a debatable handball by having his penalty expertly saved by Joe Hart. “As long as he is comfortable with the expectations, why should I worry?,” Hodgson told reporters. “To be frank, if Jack Wilshere keeps up that level

of performance he will soon justify all the expectations. He was very, very good as was Theo Walcott, who terrorised the left side of their defence.” Walcott was indeed impressive and gave Brazil left back Adriano a torrid time but he has yet to boast the assuredness and maturity beyond his years of Wilshere, who

overran the ball a couple of times but was otherwise in a different class. Unlike troubled Gascoigne, who even as a player occasionally lost his head, Wilshere seems grounded yet fierce in the tackle. His ability to ghost past defenders with his spindly legs is almost reminiscent of Lionel Messi while at the very

least England can say he is their answer to Spain’s Andres Iniesta. It might have been very different for a midfielder who only came back from 15 months out with an ankle problem in October amid Arsenal and England fears that he may never play again. Wilshere, only picking up his seventh cap, outplayed Brazil’s much hyped Neymar, who despite his garish hair colour failed to shine and missed a sitter in the first half. Fortunately for the Santos striker, who has surprisingly stayed in Brazil rather than heading for the European leagues, substitute Fred brought the visitors level after the break in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first game back as coach. His goal owed much to a dreadful error from Gary Cahill in a reminder to Hodgson with March World Cup qualifiers in San Marino and Montenegro on the horizon, that all is not well in central defence after the exits of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. Another old stager Frank Lampard wrapped up England’s first win over Brazil in 23 years with a fine finish on the hour and later praised the man who may have taken his first-team place. “Jack Wilshere is a fantastic player, his technical ability, his quality on the ball. He is going to be a massive player for England and in the world,” Lampard said.

‘Hugging hooligan’ gives Messi shock embrace

Sealed with a kiss: the Swedish man embraces the World Player of the Year before planting a smacker on his head

ARGENTINA and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi found himself in the arms of a Swedish man with a history of criminal activity who stormed the pitch when Argentina met Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday night. Despite Argentina dominating the Swedes at the Friends Arena, one Swedish man in the crowd didn’t go home sour. With Argentina leading 3-1 with only minutes left in the game, a member of the crowd stormed the pitch and headed directly for Messi. The fan, wearing jeans and a Messi Barcelona jersey, embraced the footballing phenomenon and ruffled his hair, before being carted off by the security guards who were in hot pursuit. While Messi seemed somewhat unfazed by the cuddly attack, the fan was left beaming. “Getting to meet Messi makes it worth the fine,” the

spectator told the Aftonbladet newspaper after the game. “It was a dream come true. Messi has had success in Barcelona, so this was just my way of showing my love to him. I gave him a kiss on the forehead. He is my idol, the best of all time. Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) is not even close to Messi.” The incident wasn’t the first time the man made headlines by storming the pitch to cuddle with an interna-

‘Getting to meet Messi was worth the fine. It was a dream come true’

tional football star. During Brazil’s visit to Sweden in 2006, the same man ran onto the field at Stockholm’s Rasunda arena to hug Ronaldinho. As recently as November last year, the man was fined 2,000 kronor ($315) for storming a match in Sweden’s professional league, wrote Aftonbladet. The man claims, however, that he is not a criminal and that police officers have just been making “mountains out of molehills”. Messi failed to score but his team outplayed Sweden to seal a 3-2 win. Argentina took the lead in the third minute when Mikael Lustig steered Gonzalo Higuain’s shot into his own net and the Swedes found it hard to get a grip on the game as their opponents retained possession with ease. Sweden equalised when Jonas Olsson headed home Kim Kallstrom’s corner after 17 minutes, but Sergio

Aguero restored Argentina’s lead almost immediately with a deft chip. The South Americans went 3-1 up in the 23rd minute when Higuain fired home after Andreas Isaksson could only parry Messi’s powerful shot. Rasmus Elm claimed a late consolation in added time for the Swedes as they fell to their first defeat at the Friends Arena, firing a thunderous free kick into the top corner with almost the last kick of the game. “We scored the goals quickly and that gave us calm to get good control of the ball. The important thing was to try to play well and win,” Aguero told reporters.


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HIGH-PROFILE summit to negotiate the EU’s next longterm budget was delayed by more than five hours and then got off to a shaky start last night after stark differences emerged between Britain, France and other countries over the headline figures. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, the chair and chief negotiator of the talks, had intended to put a budget plan to EU leaders yesterday evening, but postponed the move after it became clear there was insufficient grounds to strike a deal. It was not clear whether he would delay it until today, as one diplomat indicated was possible. When the summit began at around 9pm, the leaders had no proposal in front of them. The budget, which covers the years 2014-2020, deals with nearly €1 trillion of spending on everything from agricultural subsidies to scientific research, roads and infrastructure, foreign aid and development assistance. While vast as a headline figure, it is relatively small in terms of annual GDP, amounting to around 1.0 per cent of the EU’s total output, or around €150 billion a year. However, that does not prevent negotiations over the package becoming deeply

divided along national and regional lines, particularly between northern European countries that want to keep spending tight, and southern and eastern European states that want to maintain funding for infrastructure and farming. Those differences came to the fore yesterday, with EU officials saying France and Britain were at sharp odds, not just over the numbers but about whether their leaders should meet. British officials said French President Francois Hollande was invited to attend a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister David Cameron and Van Rompuy ahead of the talks, but French officials said that wasn’t the case. But the bigger disagreement is over the numbers. Cameron has said he wants to see “tens of billions” of euros cut from the €972 billion plan Van Rompuy put before the leaders at a summit in November, when it was not possible to reach a deal. But in order to get the figures down to where Cameron would like to see them, it would more than likely mean cutting into programmes such as farming subsidies that France, Italy, Spain, Poland and other countries staunchly defend. The budget must be agreed unanimously, which means every country, from tiny Malta to Germany, carries a veto.

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Whitney Houston voted top of love song poll

A group of passersby yesterday stop to chat over an election billboard in Nicosia featuring candidate Praxoulla Antoniadou, leader of the United Democrats and a former commerce minister in the current government (CNA)

WITH Valentine’s Day just a week away, singer Whitney Houston’s classic ballad ‘I Will Always Love You’ has been voted the most popular love song in a US poll. The signature song of the Grammy-award winning singer, who died suddenly a year ago, scored 38 per cent of the vote among all adults in the Harris Interactive survey, and was the top pick among all divorced, separated or widowed Americans. Houston’s hit from her 1992 movie, The Bodyguard was a cover of a 1974 song written and recorded by country singer Dolly Parton. The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’, Percy Sledge’s ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’, Joe Cocker’s ‘You Are So Beautiful’, and the Bees Gees’ ‘How Deep is Your Love’ rounded out the top five songs. “Romance is about making an emotional appeal to the senses, and to the heart,” Aaron Levine, of Sony Electronics Home Audio, which commissioned the poll, said. “So, turn down the lights and turn up the sound.” More than 2,000 adults who voted in the online poll were asked to pick their favourite love songs from a list of more than 40 tunes spanning several decades. Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ came in sixth, followed by Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’, Foreigner’s ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’, Bryan Adams’ ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ and ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye.


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25 years ago, Thursday February 8, 1988

Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.

The Cyprus government has retracted implied charges against former President Spyros Kyprianou that he had taken away with him documents and archives of the presidential palace of which there are no copies. The spokesman had indicated that the matter was being referred to the legal department for advice. A subsequent statement by the government said that retiring ministers, including the president, are allowed to take their personal archives with them.

1952 Princess Elizabeth proclaims herself Queen at a ceremony in St James’s Palace, London.

1963 Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.

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1974 Three US astronauts return safely to Earth after a recordbreaking stay in space.

1983 Ariel Sharon is removed from office in the Israeli government following a tribunal into the 1982 killings of hundreds of people in two refugee camps.

35 years ago, Friday February 8, 1978 Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis has agreed to meet Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit next month, it was announced yesterday. In a message sent to Ecevit yesterday and published today, Karamanlis said the precise date and venue would be fixed later.

45 years ago, Saturday February 8, 1968 The Cyprus Journalists Union has strongly denounced the press censorship in force in Greece and the arrest of newspaper editors and publishers. In a resolution released yesterday, the Union protested in particular the arrest of a Cypriot journalist Sofianos Chrysostomides and asked the Cyprus government to demand his immediate release.


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Home Government denies it ‘ordered’ licence for Gaza bank By George Psyllides THE government yesterday denied a report that it had instructed the Central Bank (CB) to license a bank operating in the Gaza Strip, currently under the de facto rule of Hamas, a group considered a terrorist organisation by the European Union. It is understood that such a licence hasn’t been granted. “Neither the government, nor the President of the Republic have the authority to grant such licences,” deputy government spokesman Christos Christophides said. “This is the absolute responsibility of the Central Bank of Cyprus. There is a procedure through which

such applications are evaluated by the Central Bank.” Christophides said the important element of the evaluation was how clean a lender was and whether it followed the internationally accepted principles for the operation of financial institutions. “And the government has no role whatsoever,” the spokesman added. The CB would not comment on licensing issues citing confidentiality. Daily Simerini reported that the Presidential Palace had instructed the CB to grant the licence, without however naming the bank or its sources. The newspaper said Germany was investigating the matter, suggesting that it could complicate Cyprus’ bailout bid. Such institutions are suspected of money laundering while there are concerns they are

used to procure weapons, the daily alleged. Hamas has ruled Gaza since 2007 after driving out the other major Palestinian party, Fatah. Simerini said Cyprus’ foreign ministry had expressed concern about the licence but the Presidential Palace insisted. An official source told the Cyprus Mail that there had been a request and that the foreign ministry was negative when asked by the CB to give its opinion. The Presidential Palace had shown interest, the source said. The concerns are that such a move could disturb Cyprus’ relations in the area and cause more trouble with the EU at a time when the island was trying to shake off its bad reputation as regards money laundering. Germany and other EU nations have expressed concerns that Cyprus, which asked

the eurozone for financial help last June, has been a tax haven for rich Russians. German lawmakers in fact threatened to block the assistance if Cyprus did not improve its transparency. Cyprus has denied the allegations and has even proposed to order an independent report on whether it is fully complying with anti money laundering laws. Eurozone finance ministers will discuss the proposal on Monday. Christophides suggested that political expediency could be behind leaking such an issue especially since it coincided with the visit of Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki. “I want to note that such issues are very sensitive … and we should not hurt the Republic’s foreign policy to serve such expediencies,” Christophides said.

Helios convictions upheld in Greece Buy-out of convictions set at some €76,000 each By George Psyllides A GREEK court of appeals yesterday upheld a 10-year prison sentence for three executives found responsible for a 2005 Cypriot airliner crash, which killed all 121 passengers and crew on board, but gave them the option to buyout their convictions for some €76,000 each. The Athens court acquitted a fourth defendant, a British engineer who had carried out the final checks on the aircraft before the fatal August 14 flight. The three, Helios’ managing director Demetris Pantazis, flight operations manager Giorgos Kikkides, and Bulgarian chief pilot Ianko Stoimenov, were found guilty of negligent manslaughter, a misdemeanour. The court also granted a defence demand for the sentence to be converted into a monetary penalty, something allowed by the Greek justice system for misdemeanours. The price was set at some €21 per day for 10 years. Relatives appeared satisfied with the conviction, saying that the sentence conversion had been expected.

“The essence is that they have been convicted, they have been found guilty,” said Nicolas Yiasoumi, chairman of the relatives’ association. “Naturally we would have wanted a criminal procedure and higher sentences but this is what we have.” However, the decision could complicate legal proceedings in Cyprus where the Supreme Court ordered a retrial after the Nicosia Criminal Court acquitted the defendants, which also included Helios Airways as a legal, entity and executive chairman at the time Andreas Drakos. The British engineer Alan Irwin was not put on trial in Cyprus. The trial in Greece – the site of the crash – began in December 2011, shortly after the Cypriot court’s decision to acquit. Lawyer Yiannakis Ioannou, who represented the relatives in Greece, said yesterday’s decision must be rendered irrevocable to have any gravity in Cyprus. Legal circles have been citing the issue of double jeopardy, which forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges following a legitimate acquittal or conviction. For this to

happen, the three executives must appeal the decision with Greece’s Supreme Court, which will have the final say either way. Or they could opt to drop the case by accepting their sentence. “I believe the defence lawyers may opt to give up, which will result in making the decision irrevocable,” Ioannou said. “In my view, no court will be able to deal with the case (after that).” Ioannou however, suggested that Cyprus could still go after the defunct company’s chairman. That will be the relatives’ demand from now on, if the developments in Greece mean that Cyprus cannot put the three on trial. “Maybe the fourth one should be tried in Cyprus and that is where the issue lies now,” Yiasoumis said. “Our justice system must assume its responsibilities … so that the procedure goes ahead for the fourth defendant.” The crash of flight ZU522 was the deadliest aviation disaster in Greece and Cyprus. The Boeing 737-300 slammed into a hillside at Grammatikos, near Athens, killing all 115 passengers and six crew. In an October 2006 report on

the crash, Greek investigators cited human error as the main cause of the crash, saying the pilots had left cabin pressure controls at an incorrect setting. Passengers and crew were starved of oxygen due to problems in the cabin pressurisation, while the aircraft subsequently crashed into the hill after running out of fuel. The report also cited Boeing for “ineffectiveness of measures”, since the same alarm was used for two different problems, resulting in the pilots misinterpreting the information. A 2006 independent inquiry into the crash found that although the pilots were directly responsible for the crash, the airline as well as civil aviation officers were criminally liable. The full findings of the inquiry, carried out by former judge Panayiotis Kallis, were only made public in December 2011. The 170-page report had been placed under the care of the Cabinet, the body that appointed the panel, and kept from the public eye since. The panel was appointed back in 2006 to investigate both the underlying and immediate causes of the crash.

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A new deadlock in construction strike as fourth proposal rejected Contractors refuse to go along with fixed agreements for both 2013 and 2014 By Peter Stevenson TALKS between the labour ministry, trade unions and the Building Contractors Association (OSEOK) reached a dead end yesterday when the latter rejected the latest mediation proposal. The Building Contractors rejected a fourth proposal to end the two-week old construction strike, which had been submitted by Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charlambous. Charalambous was hoping to get all sides round the table to discuss possible changes to the proposal but changed her mind after the contractors held a press conference to announce their decision. “We don’t want to give a negative outlook at this point in negotiations,” member of the OSEOK board Petros Evlogimenos said. “We want to exhaust all possibilities to find a solution and we have clearly stated why we have rejected today’s new proposal,” he added. The new proposal suggested that the collective agreements last until the end of 2014. OSEOK wants them to expire at the end of 2013. “No-one can predict what will happen to our economy,” a statement from OSEOK said, suggesting the situation was fluid and saying they did not want to commit to a deal that would not end until December 2014. Couching the reason in niceties, the statement said: “We do not understand why we would accept a reduction in wages for our employees

for 2014 when the economy could recover and the reductions would be unnecessary (by then).” However, the agreement, if extended to the end of 2014 would also stop the contractors from imposing wage cuts in 2014 that might be even bigger than those specified in the agreement. A second point of rejection was the minister’s suggestion for the creation of an institution which will give professionals in the field a ‘green card’ to work in the construction industry in an attempt to squeeze out cheap or unqualified labour.

CRITERIA “How is it possible for a contractor or a trade union representative to examine every European citizen who is interested in working in the industry on matters of language or health and safety?”OSEOK’s statement asked. “We would like to stress that we do not disagree with the introduction of criteria for the hiring of personnel but we can’t accept such proposals without the correct preparation or the creation of the correct institutions,” it concluded. The association stated it was ready to continue talks however. “We have shown flexibility in our stance ...but we have bent-over backwards by meeting with the striking workers during their strike, something that has never happened before,” Evlogimenos said. Charalambous seemed resigned over the deadlock

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yesterday. “We have exhausted all efforts,” she said after OSEOK’s rejection, adding that a reconciling of views appeared to be a long way off. Unions said they would meet today at 1pm to discuss further actions. Meanwhile trouble continued at building sites. Limassol was the scene ite of a new incident between striking workers and strike-breakers yesterday as an angry mob of builders caused havoc at a site. According to Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades, around 40 angry strikers found a site where works were being carried out and accosted a young GreekCypriot man who was taken to Limassol General Hospital. The man suffered light injuries and after receiving first aid was released. Soteriades said no arrests had been made. PEO union announced yesterday that it had set up a special fund in support of the striking builders and called all workers, in whatever field they are employed, to actively support their fellow builders because “their struggle is a struggle that concerns the entire working class”. The fund was set up after many people said they wanted to help, the union said. The details of the account are: PEO – Strike Fund IBAN : CY32 0070 6910 0000 0000 2016 2701 PEO’s trading branch announced its support towards the striking workers. “The working members of PEO’s trading branch have united with the battling workers in the construction industry and once more we express our solidarity and wish them the best of luck in their general strike,” a statement said. The board of the branch contributed €1,500 towards the strike fund.

Striking builders in Paphos posing for the Cyprus Mail yesterday

Paphos builders dig in their heels saying their resolve remains strong By Bejay Browne DAYS after violent scenes outside a building site in Paphos, striking construction workers were still defiant yesterday. Three people were arrested during the incident which took place at a holiday apartment complex under construction on Posidonos Avenue. Union representatives at the site told the Cyprus Mail yesterday that they would remain there as long as necessary. Mayia Pozidou, a union representative for SEK, and PEO representative Andreas Antoniou said none of the strikers had laid a finger on police who had used unnecessary force during the incident. Antoniou said: “You could see the situation for yourself on the television. About 50 workers, tried to enter the site and the police intervened”. Pozidou added: “If the police are given an order from the chief they have to respond. I don’t think they [the owners] will try and send people [strike breakers] to work here again. They have tried that.” Pozidou said the strikers were prepared to stay there for as long as it took. “We won’t move until we get a new collective agree-

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ment signed,” she said. Antoniou stated that all three of the main large projects in Paphos were closed due to the strike. “Who knows how long it will take to resolve, although we hope it will be soon,” he said. He added that those who work outside of union membership are only paid €30 a day. “They work for very little money,” he said. Pozidou said that some are paid even less than that for a day’s work. “They work longer hours than they are supposed too and don’t get paid overtime. Their social insurance is not paid, and they don’t pay tax.” The SEK member pointed out that many of the workers arrive in Cyprus from other EU member states - in particular Romania and Bulgaria and have no idea of their rights or the standard rates of pay. “Maybe this money is good by the standards of their own countries but they are taking a small amount of money, which is very low for living in Cyprus,’ she added. Between 80 and 100 strikers are at the site every day - remaining there from 5am until 5pm. Some have families to support but all seem to agree that they must turn up every day and keep the strike action going. Antoniou said: “These holiday apartments have to be open and operational by March 1, so there needs to be a solution soon.”

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Eurogroup eyes gas receipts FUTURE revenues from natural gas deposits in Cyprus could be taken into account in bailout talks for the indebted island, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said yesterday. But he cautioned that before such revenues could be included in calculations for making the country’s debt sustainable, it was necessary to find out more about how much they could total. “Let’s first wait for some first drillings, and see how much it is, what type of gas it is, what kind of quality before we possibly include it in a programme,” Dijsselbloem

Money from the gas could be used to service Cypriot debt through a special account, said Dijsselbloem told the Dutch Lower House in The Hague. Money from the gas could be used to service Cypriot debt through a special account, he said. “A segregated account is possible, which, for instance, would be used to transfer the gas’ proceeds to,” said Dijsselbloem, making a comparison with Greece where a similar scheme is made for certain

funds. Eurozone officials have said that currently available estimates for the revenues varied between 100 and 300 per cent of Cypriot gross domestic product, which is around €18 billion. And according to a recent report by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the island sits on potentially huge energy wealth in excess of €600 billion.

Cyprus applied for emergency loans from the EU and the IMF last June, after the island’s banks were hammered by a write-down of Greek sovereign debt. Officials estimate the country will need about €17.5 billion, roughly equal to the island’s output. Nicosia is adamant that a preliminary deal struck with prospective international

lenders does not ‘mortgage’ the island’s future proceeds from gas. The agreement provides for the establishment of a resource fund to receive and manage the public revenues of offshore gas exploitation. It goes on to note that the inflows and outflows should be established as part of Cyprus’ budgetary framework, “giving due respect to the

need to develop the hydrocarbon industry, including the necessary infrastructure, the importance of bringing Cyprus’ public debt on a steady downward path and the need to invest for future generations.” Independent presidential candidate George Lillikas said last night that Dijsselbloem’s remarks were yet another sign that Cyprus’ gas proceeds risk being sucked into paying off the national debt. Lillikas said Cyprus should act now to monetize its gas reserves (yet to be proven) in order to disengage them from any future bailout.

Kassinis appointed to KRETYK By Elias Hazou LONG-SERVING energy chief Solon Kassinis has quit the civil service after being offered a top job with the state hydrocarbons company. Kassinis has accepted an offer – sanctioned by the Cabinet earlier this week – to be employed as executive director on the company, known by its Greek acronym KRETYK. His official job title is 2nd vice-chairman of the company. Charalambos Ellinas is the chairman and Stavros Stavrou the 1st vice-chairman. Commenting on this yesterday, commerce minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said Kassinis’ expertise would be invaluable to KRETYK. KRETYK’s brief includes negotiating on behalf of the state commercial deals with gas and oil companies; the company will also decide the details of a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on the island. Though fully state-controlled – the shares are vested in whoever holds the position of commerce minister – the company is governed

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Candidates touch on domestic policy By Poly Pantelides THE MAIN candidates yesterday set some time aside from discussing the economy and hydrocarbons to expound on aspects of domestic policy, including electronic government, the environment and the use of boards to advise ministers. DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades proposed modernising government to create a “more effective and flexible state machine”. “We are prepared to submit a complete draft law in parliament to regulate electronic government on the island,” he said. EDEK-backed Giorgos Lillikas said he would create advisory boards for every ministry comprising of volunteers, experts, scientists, academics, and state or private stakeholders. “In a modern state, policies must derive and result from a vision that is formed alongside scientists and technocrats,” Lillikas said. Lillikas said there were plenty of scientists and intellectuals of whom Cyprus should take advantage. AKEL-backed Stavros Malas presented his proposals on the environment. These included strengthening the institution of the environment commissioner, creating an environment board of Cypriot and foreign experts, and

clarifying local authorities’ role in managing environmental issues. Meanwhile, the latest poll by Sigma TV also places Anastasiades as the favourite to win. A total of 39.8 per cent of those polled said they would vote for Anastasiades, 20 per cent said they would choose Malas, and 19.3 per cent chose Lillikas. Running up against either Lillikas or Malas on a second round to determine a majority winner, Sigma’s poll gave Anastasiades 48.9 per cent vs 26 per cent for Malas, and 42.1 per cent vs 31.8 per cent in a run-of with Lillikas. But asked to choose between Anastasiades and Malas, 16.9 per cent said they would cast a blank or invalid ballot. When the choice was between Anastasiades and Lillikas, protest votes came to 16.5 per cent. Although most DISY voters said they would vote for their party’s leader, more voters from DIKO, which officially supports DISY said they would vote for Lillikas instead. In total 33.4 per cent of DIKO voters said they would vote for Anastasiades and 44.7 per cent of DIKO voters said they would vote for Lillikas. Some 70 per cent of AKEL voters said they would vote for Malas, their party’s choice. A total of 79 per cent of people polled said they did intend to vote but 18.3 per cent were still undecided.

by private law. Kassinis’ transfer yesterday came as a surprise to some, given that only three months ago he quit as non-executive director from KRETYK. At the time Kassinis cited concerns over the company’s role and scope, but it quickly emerged – and by his own admission – that he was bitter about being denied the post of executive director on KRETYK, a position he felt he deserved. Kassinis could not be reached for comment yesterday. But media reports suggested the commerce minister wanted to keep Kassinis on as director of the energy service until the government wrapped up talks with companies interested in prospecting Cyprus’ offshore blocks. It was not possible for Kassinis, a key player in these negotiations, to continue working for the civil service and at the same time be an executive director on KRETYK – a paying job. This week the government granted a concession to French oil giant Total to prospect in Cypriot waters. With the gas concession agreements out of the way,

it seems Kassinis was free to decamp for greener pastures. But opposition DISY yesterday slammed the government’s move in offering Kassinis the job as “arbitrary and wanton.” Responding, alternate government spokesman Christos Christofides said Kassinis’ appointment was the most logical development. That DISY was critical only served to prove that they are seeking to thwart the government’s plans to turn Cyprus into an energy hub, said Christofides. Given that KRETYK cannot be directly financed by the treasury – as there is no provision in the state budget for 2012 – a decision was made late last year for the company to apply for a €900,000 loan from a cooperative bank. The €900,000 loan, underwritten by the government, would be used for the operating expenses of the company plus the remuneration of the three executive directors. It’s understood the executive directors’ pay will be upwards of €100,000 per annum.


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Keeping an eye on the side effects More awareness is needed when it comes to medicines By Poly Pantelides LONG-TERM users of medication may at some point suffer from side effects, big or small, but a little known scheme that has been running for years allows patients and doctors to report side effects that are later disseminated in EU and world bodies, stakeholders said yesterday. Patients or doctors can submit a confidential report online via pharmaceutical services on www.moh.gov.cy/phs (click on the yellow card banner) in either Greek or English to report what medication they take, what reactions they believe the drugs are having, and their medical history and background. Three bodies issued a news

release yesterday to raise awareness: the Thalassaemia international federation, the Cyprus alliance for rare disorders and the Pancyprian thalassaemia association. The pharmaceutical services said the reporting scheme has been set up for years, but the head of the Thalassaemia international federation, Androulla Eleftheriou, said patients and doctors are not necessarily aware of it. “Patients are either misinformed or not aware of their rights and responsibilities to report possible adverse reactions that may be related to the drugs they take,” Eleftheriou said. And because the scheme is not mandatory, not all doctors make use of, or even know about the scheme, she said. But pharmacovigilance or

The side effects of taking pharmaceuticals in the long term can be recorded easily online monitoring medicine safety is a “very important issue for the European Union because it is a way of monitoring chronic reactions that are important on patients who depend on lifelong treatment”, Eleftheriou said. Patient reporting is part of a system in place in the EU to monitor medicine safety, reduce risks and increase benefits by acquiring input across thousands of patients. A reporting template for patients

alone is due this June and will be disseminated across member states, an official from pharmaceutical services said. Direct reporting from patients needs to be sorted by medical specialists and evaluated on a national and international level. An official from the pharmaceutical services looks at a report, decides whether any action needs to be taken on a national level and passes on the information to the Eudravigilance

network, the EU’s mandatory data processing network on adverse drug reactions launched in late 2011. There is a host of classifications for perceived side effects, from definite connections between a drug and its side effects to a looser correlation between drugs and side effects, or factors relating to drug interactions. Treating thalassaemia for example, the blood disorder that requires regular blood trans-

fusion in some cases, may lead to adverse reactions from the drugs taken to regulate iron accumulation. Patients may suffer from allergies, stomach problems, or suffer from liver and other organ ailments. “So it is very important to see what (side effects) are related to drugs,” Eleftheriou said. “From the feedback we are getting we can see that reporting (side effects) is weak,” she said urging patients and doctors to become proactive.

Poker tournament for Paphos By Bejay Browne PAPHOS looks set to host the prestigious 2013 Nations Cup poker tournament in April according to the vice president of the Cyprus Poker Association (CPA). Antonis Theophanides told the Cyprus Mail he was pleasantly surprised at the level of support shown by the mayor. “We (CPA) had a meeting with the mayor, Savvas Vergas, last week and explained the ins and outs of the tournament and after just a few minutes of talking he said he would give us all of the support he could. He also

showed that he understood that it’s a sports event and not a gambling event.” The CPA and its members have faced a number of problems with the Cyprus police. In July last year, police raided two venues in Larnaca and Limassol and arrested 31 CPA members on various charges relating to illegal gambling. Players insisted they were taking part in initial tryouts for the national team and that they weren’t playing for money which is illegal in Cyprus. Theophanides had been concerned about further problems with the police and said that the CPA had already spoken with the

NICOSIA FAMILY COURT Divorce Jurisdiction Appl. No. 59/13 BEFORE: G. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. Chr. Demetriou, J.Fam. Ct. F. Constantinou, J. Fam.Ct. Between: MARIELA ILIEVA, Vasileos Pavlou 5, Parissinos, Nicosia. Applicant And YASSER KUBI, unknown address in Cyprus Respondent Interim Application from Applicant dated 28/1/13 Upon the application of Mr Costas Loizou Counsel for the Applicant, THIS COURT, after having read the application and the affidavit attached there to, dated 28/1/13 and after hearing what was said from the above lawyer, DOTH HEREBY GRANT AN ORDER by which SUBSTITUTED service of the Application outside the jurisdiction of the Court, FURTHER MORE GRANT AN ORDER by which SUBSTITUTED service of the Application and of the present Order by publishing it in a daily English language newspaper. In the publication paper should only be mentioned of the remedy applied for and that the substantial facts which the Applicant invokes for the issue of the remedy applied for, are contained in the Application. The Respondent may file a Defence within 20 days from service on her. In case of failure by the Respondent to file a defence within the above mentioned period of time, any other subsequent notice shall be deemed as well served if same is appended on the Court’s noticeboard for five consecutive days. This application is fixed for service on 26/2/2013 at 9.00 a.m.. The cost of the Application shall be cost in the cause. Given on 29.1.13 Drawn up on 31.1.13 (Sgd) G. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. (Sgd) Chr. Demetriou, J.Fam. Ct. (Sgd) F. Constantinou, J. Fam.Ct. TRUE COPY REGISTRAR PA.59.13.diaz.ektos.dikaiod. REMEDY APPLIED FOR: A. Judgment of the Court and/or Order of the Court, dissolving the civil marriage of the Applicant with the Respondent, which was celebrate on 11.06.2008, at Lysis Municipality, Larnaca, for irretrievable breakdown of their conjugal relationship. The substantial facts which the applicant invokes for the remedy applied for, are mentioned in the application.

ministries of interior and finance to see what permissions, if any, needed to be granted. In the arrests last year police also seized equipment and cash, which the CPA said had been collected for membership fees. The arrests shocked CPA members because they had previously been allowed to hold similar tryouts in Nicosia. Twelve teams of six players will take part in the 2013 Nations Cup. These include the top six teams, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, Poland, Hungary and Bosnia from a recent qualifying event held in Vienna. In addition, six seeded teams potentially from the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark or Spain and Cyprus as the host nation, will also participate. If the budget permits, this may be increased to sixteen participating teams. Theophanides said: “I have been told by both ministries, that as there is no money involved in these games whatsoever- we don’t need a licence. In fact, they said that there isn’t one which they can give us. This is a major sporting event and a great opportunity for Cyprus, as teams from all over the world will be taking part.” The 2013 Nations Cup poker tournament looks set to be held in Paphos at an as yet undisclosed venue from 12-15th April. It will cost around €70,000-€100,000 to host. The CPA has already raised close to €50,000 of that in sponsorship in Cyprus and internationally. If any businesses are interested in sponsorship contact; Antonis Theophanides: 97672392


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Petrol prices on the rise again Consumers group says people are sick and tired of hearing the same old excuses over and over again when prices go up By Poly Pantelides FUEL PRICES have gone up again this week, frustrating the head of the consumers’ union who said people had had enough with the excuses offered whenever prices are hiked. Prices have risen by up to 3 cents a litre this week, bringing the cost of Unleaded 95 to €1.43 per litre in some cases. The vice-head of the petrol stations’ owners association Stathis Spartiatis said that as retailers they receive fuel shipment at whatever price set by the fuel companies. “We are just the recipients,” he told state broadcaster CyBC. Petrol station owners normally make some four or five cents per litre of fuel sold and have justified prices by citing the increase in VAT by one percentage point to 18 per cent in mid-January

as well as other state taxes, and crude oil prices. The head of the consumers’ union, Loucas Aristodemou, said that fuel companies in Cyprus have a guaranteed profit “with no risk”. Whenever prices go up, fuel companies cite a number of factors relating to the international price of fuel, how much they import, what stock they keep and what they paid for fuel, the union’s head Aristodemou said. “Why should we be interested in this? Why should these be the factors setting fuel prices?” Aristodemou added. “These factors are their own responsibility. We are not interested in them,” he said adding that the price of Brent crude oil and the dollar to euro exchange rate should suffice, as “they do abroad”. “The state must stop condoning and supporting a

fuel pricing system favouring only fuel companies at the complete expense of the consumer and the market,” he added. The commerce ministry has noted that fuel prices are often higher than what is justified by crude oil prices but though the ministry has previously talked of setting a price cap, this has not been done. Fuel companies Exxon Mobile, Hellenic Petroleum (EKO), Petrolina and Lukoil were fined almost €43 million by the competition commission in 2009 for “concerted practice,” ie for informally and tacitly coming to an understanding to influence the market. The violations took place between October 2004 and late 2006, but the Supreme Court overthrew the fine decision because the watchdog’s chairman had been appointed illegally, thereby rendering the fine invalid.

People just want to have fun and forget about their financial problems

‘Craziness, not crisis’ carnival organisers in Limassol say By Peter Stevenson ‘THE crisis needs a carnival and some craziness’ is the slogan for this year’s Limassol Carnival celebrations which will begin a month from yesterday and is due to last for ten days. This year’s event will have a record 130 participants. Limassol Municipality’s Kleonas Alexandrou told the Cyprus News Agency yesterday that there has been a significant amount of interest from all districts to participate in the Limassol Carnival. “This shows that people are tired of all the talk of the crisis and pre-election campaigns and want to have fun and let go by taking part in the carnival which the municipality is offering for free,” he said. Alexandrou revealed that after 36 years, the Queen of the Carnival is returning to the celebrations, with Erma Stylianides playing the role of ‘The Queen of the Crisis and Craziness’. She will appear on Thursday, March 7, outside the Limassol District’s Administration office.

There will also be the big float parade half an hour before the big carnival parade on March 17 as well as the chance for the public to decorate the ‘Canvassers Chariot’ on Saturday, March 9 at Studio 8. This year will also see four outdoor dances as part of the celebrations instead of the usual three, Alexandrou said. The first dance will take place on Thursday March 7 at Heroes Square, the second and third dances will take place in the square of the medieval castle, on March 12 and 14 respectively while the farewell dance will take place at the Enaerios parking lot. Alexandrou revealed that as well as a competition for the best fancy dress, there will also be a competition for the best self-made fancy dress too. “Limassol can’t wait to dress-up for carnival season,” Alexandrou said. Paphos is also organising its carnival, which will also commence on March 7. This year King Carnival will be Chinese, in honour of the influx of Chinese residents to the town as homebuyers and business people.

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We won’t scrap GCSEs, says education minister MICHAEL Gove has confirmed he will not press ahead with plans to scrap GCSEs, saying the reforms were “a bridge too far”. The education secretary told the Commons that there was a consensus that the exams system needs to change. But he admitted that flagship plans to axe GCSEs in favour of new English Baccalaureate Certificates in core academic subjects was “one reform too many at this time”. The u-turn comes following widespread opposition and pressure from within the coalition from the Liberal Democrats. Gove told MPs that instead of new qualifications, GCSEs will

be reformed, with exams taken at the end of the course, rather than in modules, extended questions and less internal assessment. He also confirmed that he will not be pressing ahead with plans to hand each of the core EBC subjects to a single exam board a move he had previously argued was essential to prevent boards “dumbing down” standards to attract more schools. “Last September we outlined plans for changes to GCSE qualifications designed to address the grade inflation, dumbing down and loss of rigour in those examinations,” Gove told the Commons.

Gove in exam volte face

“We have consulted on those proposals and there is now a consensus that the system needs to change. But one of the proposals I put forward was a bridge too far. My idea that we end the competition between exam boards to offer GCSEs in core academic qualifications and have just one wholly new - exam in each subject was just one reform too many at this time.” He said that the exam regulator Ofqual was clear that there were significant risks in trying to both strengthen qualifications and end competition in a large part of the exams market. “So, I have decided not to make

the best the enemy of the good. And I will not proceed with plans to have a single exam board offering a new exam in each academic subject,” he said. The govenrment would now concentrate on reforming existing GCSEs along the lines the minister had forward in September.” Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said the announcement was a “humiliating climbdown” for Gove. “The words ‘GCSE’ and ‘fiasco’ seem to be indelibly linked under this Government. This is a humiliating climbdown,” Twigg told the Commons.

Pricier alcohol cuts drink-related deaths New study likely to boost government pricing plans Sex claims are a nightmare, says presenter By Mike Hornby VETERAN BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall (pictured) who is fighting historic sex offence allegations, said yesterday he might have considered taking his own life had it not been for the support of his family. Speaking outside Preston Magistrates’ Court, the 83year-old described the accusations as “spurious” and vowed to clear his name and restore his reputation. Earlier, the former It’s A Knockout presenter made his first appearance in court charged with one count of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault. Addressing reporters, he questioned why the allegations had taken so long to surface. He said: “May I just say these allegations are pernicious, callous, cruel and, above all, spurious. “And may I just say I am not guilty and will be defending these accusations. Hall, of Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century and was last year awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours. His eccentric and erudite football match summaries made him a cult figure on BBC Radio 5 Live. The broadcaster was charged last month with the alleged rape of a 22-yearold woman in 1976 and 14 offences of indecent assault against 10 girls aged between nine and 16, which allegedly took place between 1967 and 1986. During yesterday’s short court hearing, Hall, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

By Kate Kelland INCREASING the minimum price of alcohol by 10 per cent can lead to immediate and significant drops in drinkrelated deaths and may also have long-term beneficial health effects, according to a study published yesterday. Canadian researchers found that deaths caused by alcohol between 2002 and 2009 in the western province of British Columbia dropped when the minimum alcohol price was increased, while alcoholrelated deaths rose when more private alcohol stores were opened. The findings will be keenly scrutinised by alcohol policy makers, particularly in Britain where the government plans to introduce a minimum price on alcohol to try to clamp down on binge drinking and anti-social behaviour. “This study adds to the scientific evidence that, despite popular opinion to the contrary, even the heaviest drinkers reduce their consumption when minimum alcohol prices increase,” said Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, who led the study. John Holmes of the alcohol research group at Britain’s University of Sheffield said Stockwell’s study was a major contribution to evidence about minimum alcohol pricing and gave a “strong indication that the policy has re-

Study shows that a 10 per cent price rise was followed by a 32 per cent death rate drop duced the consumption levels of those drinking at hazardous and harmful levels.” Stockwell’s team, whose research was published in the journal Addiction, looked at three categories of death linked to alcohol - wholly alcohol attributable, acute, and chronic - analysing death rates across the time period against increases in government-set minimum prices of alcohol drinks. Stockwell said the major finding was that increased minimum alcohol prices were

associated with immediate, substantial and significant reductions in wholly alcohol attributable deaths, with a 10 per cent price rise followed by a 32 per cent death rate drop. Significant falls in chronic and total alcohol associated deaths were also detected between two and three years after minimum price increases. At the same time, a 10 per cent increase in the number of private liquor stores was associated with a two per

cent rise in acute, chronic, and total alcohol associated death rates. Stockwell said the reason for the lower death rates were likely to be due to the fact that raising the price of cheaper drinks makes heavy drinkers drink less. Earlier research conducted by the same team and published in January last year found that each 10 per cent increase in the minimum price of alcohol led people to drink 3.4 per cent less alcohol overall.

Police officer to be charged for Sun story link A FORMER police officer is to be charged with misconduct in a public office over claims he passed details of investigations to the Sun newspaper, prosecutors said yesterday. Alan Tierney is accused of receiving 1,750 pounds from the Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business News International, for information relating to two stories in 2009. The first related to a shoplifting case involving the mother and motherin-law of Chelsea captain and former

England player John Terry, while the second to an incident involving Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, media reported. “We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that Alan Tierney, a former police constable with Surrey Police, should be charged with two offences of committing misconduct in public office,” said Alison Levitt from the Crown Prosecution Service. “Both of these incidents were linked to high-profile people.” Tierney will appear at a Westminster

Magistrates’ Court at a date to be determined. He is the latest person to face charges over allegations journalists paid cash to public officials in return for information, an investigation linked to the phone-hacking inquiry centred on the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Earlier this month, senior counterterrorism officer April Casburn was jailed for 15 months for offering to sell details about the phone-hacking probe to the News of the World.

BRITAIN TODAY Leicester winning the bone battle THE battle for the final resting for King Richard III seems already won, with the decision solely in the hands of the university experts. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday confirmed that it was the University of Leicester’s decision to make as they had been granted permission to exhume the monarch’s body. It comes after York Council confirmed it was writing to the Queen and the MoJ to lay claim to the remains of the last Plantagenet king. In a statement the Ministry of Justice said yesterday: “The licence we issued states that the applicant (the University of Leicester) would, no later than August 31, 2014, deposit the remains at Jewry Wall Museum or have them interred at St Martin’s Cathedral or in a burial ground in which interments may legally take place.” The mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby said he could understand York’s challenge but that the decision had already been made.

Drunk assault victims ‘to blame’ AROUND one in 12 people believe sexual assault and rape victims are to blame if they are either drunk, under the influence of drugs or flirtatious with the offender. Some 8 per cent of people think victims are responsible when they are under the influence of drugs, while around 6 per cent believe victims are to blame when they are drunk. And 7 per cent think victims are responsible when they are attacked by someone they have been flirting heavily with beforehand, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The figures were included within a breakdown of violent and sexual crime in England and Wales, which shows violent incidents have halved since 1995.


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Greeks foregoing heating following jump in fuel tax

Russian alcohol crackdown topples giant vodka statue

Families burn firewood, old furniture to stay warm

A RUSSIAN monument to a bottle of vodka has been toppled over fears that it could be seen as an illegal advert for the country’s favourite tipple. The three-metre metal sculpture had become a local landmark in the Urals town of Glazov, 1,000km east of Moscow. But residents woke up one morning last week to discover it had disappeared, leaving only an empty plinth. The bottle’s fall reflects a new, sober spirit of the age in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, a judo blackbelt who rides, flies and dives for the TV cameras but is rarely seen raising a glass - unless to toast a billion-dollar oil deal. Initial reports suggested that local authorities were behind the disappearance of the memorial, erected 13 years ago to mark the centenary of the local Glazovskiy spirits factory. But factory bosses later told local media they had decided to remove the monument from public view over fears that it could fall foul of the strict new advertising laws.

By Karolina Tagaris GREEK cleaner Eleni Daneel’s family spends evenings in their Athens home bundled up in coats after a steep rise in fuel prices made heating their apartment an unaffordable luxury this winter. Daneel is one of a growing number struggling to keep warm after a fuel tax hike aimed at curbing smuggling and boosting revenues for the cash-strapped state sent heating oil prices up 40 per cent. With Greeks already struggling under wage and pension cuts imposed by the foreign lenders that bailed their country out, many have stopped using heating oil altogether, pushing consumption down 70 per cent in the last three months of 2012 from a year earlier. Revenues from the tax rose to €120 million over the period from €73 million previously, but was a long way short of the €277 million government target because of the dramatic drop in consumption. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, however, has refused to row back on the tax hike, saying that aligning heating oil and car fuel taxes eliminates smuggling and that additional revenue for state coffers was secondary. By harmonising the taxes, the government eliminated the motive for suppliers to mix cheap heating oil with car fuel and reap huge illegal profits from consumers. A state fuel subsidy for the poor has gone largely uncollected as apartment building residents who are entitled to the subsidy cannot always convince neighbours who are not entitled to it to

A worker throws wood into a loader at a firewood merchant in the Varkiza suburb of Athens buy heating oil for the whole building. Higher fuel prices have helped spawn a set of unintended consequences - from illegal logging for firewood in the countryside to a woodsmoke smog appearing over Athens. The impact is especially dramatic in the Greek capital, where tenants in both wealthy and poorer neighbourhoods have mostly opted not to turn on their apartment buildings’ central heating system. About 95 per cent of Athens apartment buildings bought no heating fuel this winter, said Yorgos Giortas, who heads an association of Athens building supervisors. Even the office building where he works, an eightstorey block tenanted by law firms and accountants on a busy street in central Athens, switched off the heating this year to avoid the €2,600 monthly oil bill. So dramatic is the surge in the use of wood stoves and poorly functioning fireplaces that a hazy blanket of smog has crept up over the city’s

skyline, and the smell of ash hangs in the evening air. Researchers at the National Observatory of Athens said polluting and harmful particles that can cause respiratory problems have reached almost five times the danger level some nights this year. For a growing number of Greeks, buying firewood is difficult even if it is a quarter of the heating oil bill. That has meant a surge in illegal logging in areas like the rugged forest on Mount Egaleo in western Athens, where environmentalists have started patrols in search for offenders. “Ninety per cent of the time it’s people who are suffering from the economic crisis who need to keep themselves and their families warm,” said Grigoris Gourdomichalis, head of an environmental group run by municipalities. “I can see where they’re coming from. You can’t let your small child, or a sick person, or the elderly, go cold,” he said, flashing his torchlight on the stumps of three pine trees cut down earlier in the day.

Pussy Riot appeal to Europe court THREE members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights over their jail sentences for a protest against President Vladimir Putin’s links to the Russian Orthodox Church. Convicted for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are almost halfway through two-year terms. Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on appeal with a suspended sentence. Lawyer Pavel Chikov said Russia had violated their right to freedom of speech, a fair trial and liberty. They were also treated in an inhumane way in custody by being deprived of sleep and enough food on days when they attended court, he added. Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer”, which came at the height of the largest wave of protests

yet against Putin’s 13-year rule over Russia, was a political one and it was wrongly qualified as being aimed at inciting religious strife, Chikov said. “I think they will be released from prison before the tribunal ruling,” Chikov said yesterday, the day after the appeal was sent to Strasbourg. “But the European Court is not the key mechanism to seek their prompt release. It is important to bring in justice, declare them not guilty and, eventually, acquit them.” Their sentences expire in March 2014 and it is unclear whether the tribunal will announce its ruling before then. Last February, the three stormed the altar of Russia’s main Orthodox cathedral in Moscow to perform a noisy protest song calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin.


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Rubber chickens, diapers suggested for China’s holiday travel A LUGGAGE trolley that converts into a seat and a pole with pads that props up sleepy passengers are just a couple of the gadgets intrepid Chinese have devised to help make their annual New Year train trips home a little more comfortable. About 200 million people in China are expected to take trains home for the New Year’s holiday at the weekend in what has been

described as the world’s largest annual migration. Some opt for standing-only tickets on packed trains to save money on trips that can last three days. This year, Chinese microblogs have been abuzz with gadgets and inventions that could help make gruelling journeys a little easier. One of the most talked-about is the ‘Hard Seat Treasure’, a metal pole with pads attached that is

meant to prop up a sleepy traveller and ensure he or she does not fall out of their seat when they nod off. But not everyone is a fan. “It’s a burden to carry,” said Li Kang, a migrant worker from the southwest province of Guizhou who tried it out. “When I lean on it, my body feels suspended.” Former physics teacher and avid amateur inventor Zhou agreed. He invented the ‘Grass Roots

Travel Treasure’ - a trolley with what looks like a metal mop handle sticking out of it that converts into a seat. It also features holders for bottles that Zhou insists can be filled with sodium percarbonate powder and water to make oxygen - a breath of fresh air for anyone suffering in a stuffy, smokey train carriage. There are lots of other ideas out

there. One user of the Sina Weibo microblog site suggested taking along a squawking rubber chicken to make other passengers get out of the way in crowded aisles. Another recommended adult diapers. But the most popular accessory remains a simple plastic bucket, that can be turned over and used as a seat, or for other purposes.

Islamic summit urges dialogue on Syria Statement blames Syrian state for most of bloodshed By Yasmine Saleh LEADERS of Muslim nations yesterday called for a “serious dialogue” between Syria’s government and an opposition coalition on a political transition to end nearly two years of civil war, but pinned most of the blame for the bloodshed on the state. A two-day summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation backed an initiative by Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia to broker negotiations to stop the fighting in which at least 60,000 people have died. “We all agreed on the necessity to intensify work to put an end to the tragedies which the sisterly Syrian people are living through,” Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi told the closing ceremony. The final communique, issued hours after the summit ended because of last-minute wrangling over the wording, said President Bashar al-Assad’s government was most to blame. “We stress that the primary responsibility is on the Syrian government for the continuation of violence and destruction of property, and we express our deep concern at the deterioration of conditions and the spread of killings that led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and the Syrian authorities’ commission of massacres in cities and villages,” it said. The statement made no mention of Assad but called for talks between the opposition Syrian National Coalition and “representatives of the Syrian government who are committed to the political transformation of Syria and those who have not been involved directly in any form

of oppression”. It also urged all other opposition groups to join the SNC. SNC leader Moaz Alkhatib made a surprise offer last weekend of talks with Assad’s ceremonial deputy, Farouq al-Shara, on a transition that would guarantee Assad safe passage into exile. The presidents of Egypt, Turkey and Iran met on the margins of the summit to discuss ways to support this initiative. Mursi said more details of their plan would be announced within days. The secretary-general of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said the initiative “focuses on the unity of the Syrian lands, comprehensive dialogue between the Syrian factions and responding to any country that wants to join in this dialogue”. Syria was not represented at the summit after it was suspended from the OIC last August, nor was the Syrian opposition present. Iran is one of Assad’s last allies and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian leader since 1979, revelled in the opportunity to play mediator. The Iranians registered reservations about the communique, OIC officials said. It is unclear how much influence Alkhatib and his Cairobased Syrian National Coalition, some members of which were surprised and angered by his offer, have on the rebels fighting inside Syria. The rebels battled army units for control of districts of Damascus for a second day yesterday, part of a rebel offensive which aims to shake Assad’s hold on the capital, a rebel captain and opposition activists said.

South Korean and US Marines hurl snow during a joint winter drill in Pyeongchang, some 180 kilometres east of Seoul. Marines from South Korea and the United States took part in military winter drills, which began on February 4 and run through February 22, to test their limits in extreme conditions (AFP)

Dinosaur extinction Iran’s Khamenei date ‘earlier’ than rebuffs Joe Biden’s previously thought offer of direct talks By John von Radowitz DINOSAURS vanished earlier than previously thought and “within a gnat’s eyebrow” of the cataclysmic meteor impact blamed for their extinction, say scientists. Corrected dates for both events suggest they occurred almost at the same time, around 66 million years ago. Previous studies have indicated that the impact predated the death of the dinosaurs by as much as 300,000 years. The disaster was probably the “final straw” for the dinosaurs but may not have been the only reason why the reptiles which ruled the world for more than 150 million years died out, scientists believe. A 110-mile crater in the Caribbean off the coast of Mexico marks the spot where a six-mile-wide object, either an asteroid or comet, smashed into the Earth. Clues to the event remain

in the form of iridium-enriched dust, glassy spheres and shocked quartz that was spread around the planet. Scientists used new radioactive dating techniques to determine both the date of the impact and that of the dinosaurs’ extinction. The research, published in the journal Science, shows they occurred within 33,000 years of each other. Lead scientist Professor Paul Renne, from the University of California at Berkeley, US, said: “The impact was clearly the final straw that pushed Earth past the tipping point. “We have shown that these events are synchronous to within a gnat’s eyebrow, and therefore the impact clearly played a major role in extinctions, but it probably wasn’t just the impact.” Dramatic climate fluctuations over the previous million years, including long cold snaps, may have brought many creatures to the brink of extinction before the meteor struck, he said.

By Marcus George IRAN’S highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, yesterday slapped down an offer of direct talks made by US Vice President Joe Biden this week, saying they would not solve the problem between them. “Some naive people like the idea of negotiating with America, however, negotiations will not solve the problem,” Khamenei said in a speech to officials and members of Iran’s air force carried on his official website. “If some people want American rule to be established again in Iran, the nation will rise up to face them,” he said. “American policy in the Middle East has been destroyed and Americans now need to play a new card. That card is dragging Iran into negotiations.” Khamenei made his comments just days after Joe Biden said the United States was prepared to meet bilaterally with the

Iranian leadership. “That offer stands but it must be real and tangible,” Biden said in a speech in Munich. With traditional fiery rhetoric, Khamenei lambasted Biden’s offer, saying that since the 1979 revolution the United States had gravely insulted Iran and continued to do so with its threat of military action. “You take up arms against the nation of Iran and say: ‘negotiate or we fire’. But you should know that pressure and negotiations are not compatible and our nation will not be intimidated by these actions,” he added. Relations between Iran and the United States were severed in 1979 after the overthrow of Iran’s prowestern monarchy and diplomatic meetings between officials have since been very rare. Currently U.S.-Iran contact is limited to talks between Tehran and a so-called P5+1 group of powers on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme which are to resume on February 26 in Kazakhstan.


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WORLD TODAY Girl, 9, gives birth in Mexico A NINE-year-old girl has given birth in western Mexico and police say they are looking for the alleged father, a 17-year-old. Jalisco state police spokesman Lino Gonzalez says the baby girl was born last week at a hospital in the city of Guadalajara. He says the girl and her baby are doing well. Gonzalez said the girl’s family alerted authorities after she gave birth and the alleged father has not been seen since in the neighbourhood they both live in. He says that if the teenager’s paternity is proved he could face child sex abuse charges.

Fighter jets RUSSIA denied its fighter jets had entered Japanese air space yesterday after Tokyo scrambled combat fighters and lodged a protest over what it said was an intrusion near the northern island of Hokkaido. Russia has been holding military manoeuvres around the disputed Kurile islands this week. “Flights of military aircraft are ... carried out in strict accordance with the international rules governing air space and do not violate the border of other states,” a Defence Ministry spokesman, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said.

Dangerous skateboard ONE of South Africa’s top skateboarders is facing arrest over a video posted on YouTube of him careering down a Cape Town street at a professed 110km/h to set off a speed camera, city officials said yesterday. The ‘Spoofing the Traffic Camera’ video, which has notched up more than 200,000 YouTube hits, shows skater Decio Lourenco hurtling down the mountain road. Towards the bottom he throws his hands up in jubilation after a GPS system strapped to his foot showed he had clocked up 110 km/h.

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Treeing Walker Coonhound dogs prepare for the Westminster Kennel Club 137th Annual Dog Show, where they will be one of two new breeds allowed to compete (AFP)

Move over Yorkie, NY pet wear goes to dogs Not just fashionistas showing designs in Big Apple this week By Barbara Goldberg IGNORED for years by the pet fashion industry and left to dwell in the shadows of tiny dogs in tutus and tiaras, large dogs are finally loping onto the high couture catwalk. What are they wearing? The chunky prints and large patterned fabrics that would overwhelm smaller dogs, as well as camouflage fleece hoodies, jean jackets and, yes, even ostrich feathers. Bigger, bulkier dogs are growing more popular, especially in trend-setting New York City, where the Labrador and bulldog gained ground on the list of favourite canines last year, according to the American Kennel Club. Muscled out of the top spot was the Yorkshire terrier and pushed back even farther was the miniature poodle, small dogs that have long strutted in Ralph Lauren and Roberto Cavalli designs and labels from Barneys, Henri Bendel and other high-end stores. For big dogs, the naked truth has been that plus-size canine couture was almost nowhere to be found. Now, the Fashion Institute of Technology, which offers a professional certificate programme in pet product design and marketing, is stocking classrooms with dog dressmaker forms from tiny to

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huge, said Joan Volpe, managing coordinator of the school whose graduates include Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali and Michael Kors. As bigger dogs grew in popularity, the industry responded. “Every dog today needs boots. Every dog needs a raincoat. Every dog needs a sweater,” she said. Pet fashion is the nexus of “Ruff!” and cuff, and nowhere is that better illustrated than in New York City in February, when the world famous Westminster Dog Show and equally renowned Fashion Week occur simultaneously.

PLUS-SIZE More than 78 million dogs live as pets in the United States, up from 53 million two decades ago, according to American Pet Products. Lavishing love on their furriest family member, 15 per cent of pet owners have been buying duds for their dogs in recent years, and canine apparel sales remained steady even through the recent economic downturn, the APP’s latest survey showed. For plus-sized pooches and designers who cater to them, PawVogue.com is a website devoted to canine couture that urges online visitors to share names of designers for large dogs.

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“Every human is not a size 6, and every dog is not 5lbs (2 kg),” said the website. Consider French Fry and Tater Tot, two Wheaten terriers weighing 22kg and 13kg whose owner, Sandy Thompson of Buford, Georgia, wants her “babies” to wear couture. Her dogs have 40 outfits from canine designers as far away as Spain. “Even big dogs like to look pretty,” said Thompson. French Fry and Tater Tot appear at pet fashion shows to benefit women’s shelters and animal rescue centres. Smaller price tags for big dog fashions are offered by www.PJNYdogwear. com, launched by FIT student designer Karen Varley, who donates 10 per cent of her proceeds to animal shelters like the one where she found her pitbull mix, Polly Jean. The dog sits still as Varley, unable to find a canine mannequin big enough, drapes her with pinned fabric pieces to create new fashions such as a faux fleece-lined jean jacket, her most popular item, which sells for $43. “I just felt there was an emptiness in my life,” said Varley, 44, a flight attendant who decided against having children. “Polly Jean has brought so much happiness. Gosh, I can’t even put into words how wonderful she has made my life.”

TUNISIA’S governing Islamists yesterday rebuffed a plan by their party chief and prime minister to replace the government after unrest erupted over the killing of an opposition leader, deepening the worst crisis since the country’s 2011 revolution. Turmoil in the North African state that spawned the Arab Spring uprisings flared anew, with protesters setting ablaze the local headquarters of the main Islamist Ennahda party and a police station in the provincial town of Kelibia. Police fired teargas to scatter protesters near the interior ministry in Tunis and stone-throwing youths in the southern mining town of Gafsa, where at least seven were injured. Crowds ransacked electronics shops in Sfax. Further disturbances loomed today when labour unions planned a general strike in protest at the assassination of secular politician Chokri Belaid, and his politically charged funeral expected to be held as well. An aide to Hussein Abassi, leader of the UGTT union, Tunisia’s biggest, said he had received a death threat after announcing the country’s first general strike in 34 years. Wary of further violence, many shops in Tunis closed at 2pm while France, the old colonial power in Tunisia, said it would shut its schools in Tunis today and tomorrow. Prime Minister Hamdi Jebali of Ennahda announced late on Wednesday he would dismiss the government led by his moderate Islamist party in favour of a non-partisan cabinet until elections could be held soon. But the idea met swift resistance. A senior Ennahda official said Jebali had not sought approval from his party, suggesting the Islamist group was split over the move to supplant the governing coalition. Ennahda’s two secular coalition partners as well as the main opposition parties also rejected any move to a government of technocrats, demanding as well that they be consulted before any new cabinet is formed.


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Deep rifts mark EU budget talks Summit could now run into tomorrow after delay (continued from front page) British officials indicated they had “like-minded” countries such as Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands on their side, while France’s position has widespread backing from countries in the south and east of Europe. Germany stands in the middle and is likely to be the lynchpin of any deal. “We are still not moving beyond the British problem,” said one diplomat. Arriving for the talks, Hollande said there was a limit to how far he was prepared to go in the negotiations. “If there are some who are not reasonable, then I will try to reason with them, but (only) up to a certain point,” he said. The summit, scheduled to last two days, could now run into tomorrow, some officials said. If it is not possible to reach an agreement, the concern is that it may not be possible to return to negotiations until late 2014 or early 2015. Even if a deal can be struck on the seven-year framework, around 40 per cent of the spending is still going to be dedicated to farming and regional development, something that frustrates many northern European states, which want a more dynamic budget. In recent weeks, Van

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Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the EU council headquarters Rompuy has been in touch with every EU leader to assess where the contours of an agreement may lie. He had said that he would only call a summit if he saw sufficient “convergence” among the countries to make a deal possible. In November, he began the talks by reducing the European Commission’s original budget proposal by €80 billion, bringing the headline figure down to €972 billion. Yesterday’s talks were supposed to resume from that

figure, although it was never going to be a simple question of just cutting the total, since the budget also involves delicate negotiations over rebates - amounts countries get reimbursed after they have made contributions. There is also a difference in how countries interpret the budget figures, with some focusing on commitments - the maximum amount that could be spent on projects or programmes - and others concentrating on payments - the sums actually spent.

Payments are always less than commitments, and any deal may ultimately rest in the gap between the two. If there is to be a deal, the expectation among diplomats is that it will require a reduction in commitments in the region of €15-20 billions, pulling Van Rompuy’s headline figure down to around €950 billion. But in terms of payments, the figure could end up closer to €900 billion, an amount that negotiators hope will satisfy Cameron and others adamant about belt-tightening.

ECB says will monitor impact of euro strength By Eva Kuehnen THE EUROPEAN Central Bank will monitor the impact of a strengthening euro on the currency bloc’s economy but said it was not a policy target and showed growing confidence in the region. After the ECB left its main interest rate at 0.75 per cent yesterday, ECB chief Mario Draghi said the exchange rate was near to its long-term average but went further than many analysts had expected. “The appreciation is, in a sense, a sign of return of confidence in the euro,” Draghi told a news conference. “The exchange rate is not a policy target, but it is important for growth and price stability and we certainly want to see whether the appreciation is sustained and will alter our risk assessment as far as price stability is concerned.” The euro hit a 15-month peak of $1.3711 on Feb. 1. It traded below that level on Thursday. French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the eurozone must develop an exchange rate policy to protect the currency from “irrational movements”. Germany has been cooler to any thoughts of exchange rate action. “Since the last policy meeting the euro exchange rate has gone up as have shortterm money market rates, which the ECB cannot ignore completely,” said Citi economist Juergen Michels. Even if it wanted to, the ECB’s statutes mean it is illequipped to join a currency “race to the bottom”. Furthermore, the world’s top central banks are expanding their balance sheets by printing money, or at least not reversing course, while the ECB’s balance sheet is tightening, partly due to banks paying back early cheap money the central bank doled out last year. A by-product of that could be to drive the euro yet higher. Although it took no monetary policy action, sources said the

Mario Draghi ECB and Ireland reached a compromise on a long-standing dispute over the cost of servicing money borrowed for a failed bank. Dublin rushed through emergency legislation early on Thursday to liquidate failed Anglo Irish Bank as part of a compromise to avoid paying 3.1 billion euros a year until 2023 on money it took for the stricken lender during a meltdown of the main Irish banks in 2008. Draghi merely said that the ECB “took note of the Irish operation” but a source close to the negotiations said that was tantamount to approval given the constraints of what he could say. That could go a long way to allowing Ireland to quit its bailout programme this year. Draghi gave a similar view on the state of the eurozone economy to the one he gave in January. Economic weakness was “expected to prevail in the early part of 2013” but later in the year, activity should gradually recover. He said the move by banks this month to pay back early about 140 billion euros of cheap three-year money the ECB gave them last year was a positive sign.

Carney sets high bar to change at Bank of England By William Schomberg and David Milliken MARK Carney, the next governor of the Bank of England, cooled expectations that he would push for big changes in British monetary policy but showed he may bring ideas from Canada with him when he takes over later this year. In his first detailed comments on the British economy, Carney said yesterday that making a commitment to keeping monetary stimulus unchanged for a set period of time could be needed to help restore damaged confidence of firms and households. That is something that Carney introduced at the Bank of Canada, an unusual step at the time but one which was subsequently adopted in the United States, adding to his reputation as one of the world’s best

central bankers. But Carney, who will be the first foreigner to run the Bank of England in its 318-year history, used his testimony before British lawmakers to play down speculation that he would rapidly press for bigger changes at the bank. He was also quick to praise its policy of focusing on inflation. “In my view, flexible inflation targeting - as practiced in both Canada and the UK - has proven itself to be the most effective monetary policy framework implemented thus far,” the Canadian central bank chief said. “As a result, the bar for alteration is very high,” the 47-year-old former Goldman Sachs banker said in written answers to questions from a parliamentary committee. Carney is due to take over at the Bank of England in July, when the British economy is likely to be grinding its way out of two years

of almost zero growth. He said the weak state of the economy would merit monetary stimulus for a period of time but added the Bank of England’s current policies might be sufficient. Carney gave no clear signal that he would push for more government bond-buying by the Bank of England, stressing the risks posed by quantitative easing and research by the Bank of Canada that showed its effectiveness diminished with time. Sterling rose as investors took Carney’s comments to show little sign of looser monetary policy ahead. The pound rose 0.4 per cent to $1.5720. But British government debt prices fell as he kept the door open for a more pro-growth approach in future and said he would consider buying assets other than gilts if required, anathema to the Bank of England’s current leadership.

“Some of Carney’s comments suggest that he favours some changes in the BoE’s policy framework. Nevertheless, we rule out that changes will be abrupt as he sounds very keen on maintaining confidence in the institution’s credibility,” said Annalisa Piazza, an economist at Newedge Strategy. Carney was taking part in a question-and-answer session with lawmakers that ran for more than three hours and he made it clear he wanted an early debate on the Bank of England’s remit which has not been seriously reviewed since it gained operational independence in 1997. “Although the bar for change ... should be very high, it seems to me important that the framework for monetary policy -rightly set by governments and not by central banks - is reviewed and debated periodically,” Carney said.


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State needs to cut more from the fat cats to help the poor EVERYONE who saw the unemployed man sobbing in front of the cameras, desperately asking “what can we do, what can we do?” would have been moved. He was taking part in a demonstration outside the finance ministry by labourers, whose seasonal work contracts with the government had been terminated as part of the spending cuts. “When your child wakes up asking you for a glass of milk and you have none to give, what do you do?” he asked in front of the cameras. “We ask for a plate of food to eat nothing more,” he shouted with his hands raised in the air. The man is a father of five, who apart from losing his seasonal job with the forestry department, also had the big-family monthly benefit he was receiving cut. The sad truth is that there are many more like him, even though they are not out on the streets protesting. Every week more needy families are turning to charities for food supplies so they could put food on the table. This abject poverty, unknown to Cyprus until a couple of years ago, is set to increase with unemployment on an upward path and the job market shrinking. Long-term unemployment which was never experienced in the past has become a feature of the economy, but unemployment benefit is still only paid for six months. Even if the government wanted to give benefits for a longer period the funds do not exist. In fact, it is a wonder the state can cover the everincreasing bill for unemployment benefit. The problem is that the way state funds are allocated, we cannot have a welfare system that supports people in genuine need. This government wasted a lot of state funds on welfare payments, but this was mindless squandering of money rather than an attempt to put a support system in place for the poor. Admittedly conditions are very different from the time Christofias was mindlessly increasing pension payments and upping student grants. Now there are no funds for the state to support the poorest members of society and they are depending on private charity, which cannot be taken for granted. The only solution is for the state to cut another five per cent from the princely salaries and pensions of all public employees and use the money exclusively to support poor families. It is the only option available and would also be a step towards the fairer society that Christofias wanted. The taxpayer’s money cannot all be spent on big salaries and pensions for pampered public employees while hundreds if not thousands of parents cannot feed their children.

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History repeats itself only the clothes differ Comment Gwynne Dyer

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OU CAN hear them shouting it in the horrible mobile-phone footage of the mob killing the wounded, befuddled Muammar Gaddafi: “Not the face, don’t touch the face.” They weren’t feeling sorry for the dying dictator of Libya. They just wanted to make sure that his corpse was recognisable. A lot of people would not feel safe, and some other people would not give up fighting for him, until they were sure he was really dead. They probably yelled the same thing while they were killing King Richard III on a battlefield near Leicester in 1485. He had only been on the English throne for two years when Henry Tudor came back from exile and overthrew him in the Battle of Bosworth, but it was essential that many witnesses saw and recognised his corpse. Otherwise there would be endless rebels claiming to be Richard and trying to overthrow the new king. In fact, we can be pretty certain that the men who killed Richard III were indeed ordered to spare his face, because they have now found Richard’s remains under a car-park in the centre of Leicester. His face is pretty much intact, even though the rest of his skull is a mess. You have to be sure that the old dictator is dead before you give your allegiance to the new dictator. They initially suspected it was Richard III because they were digging up the car-park to examine the foundations of the medieval Church of the Greyfriars, which is where he was buried. They were further persuaded because the skeleton’s spine was twisted by scoliosis in a way that would have made him look hunchbacked, as every account says that the last of the Plantagenet kings did. Then they did a computer reconstruction of what the skull would have looked like with flesh on it, and used 3D printing to built up a plastic model that closely resembles near-contemporary portraits of the king. And finally they matched up his mitochondrial DNA with that of Canadian Michael Ibsen, who is descended from Richard’s sister, Anne of York. Yup, it’s Richard III – and here’s how he died. There is a fist-sized chunk gone from the base of the skull where a heavy, sharpbladed weapon, most likely a halberd (basically, an axe at the end of a pike) had sliced right through the bone and into the brain. Just below it is a smaller

The killing of Gaddafi: violence still works the same way it always did hole, probably made by a sword that penetrated the bone and entered the brain. Either wound would have killed him in less than a minute. There are about a dozen other wounds, most probably inflicted after he died, but only two small ones

‘We don’t know whether Richard III was really as bad as Shakespeare painted him, but he was undoubtedly pretty bad... Gaddafi was also a monster and a killer, and he died in about the same way (except for the horse)’

on his face. A mob of footsoldiers – the people who killed him were using infantry weapons – enthusiastically took part in the slaughter, but they left him recognisable. It all fits with the accounts that he was unhorsed in a cavalry melee and then surrounded and killed by Tudor infantry. “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” William Shakespeare has him cry as they close in, and that has the ring of truth. So Henry Tudor became Henry VII, to be succeeded by Henry VIII, the closest that English history has ever come to a Stalin figure, and then by “Bloody Mary”, and then Queen Elizabeth I (“Good Queen Bess”), while Richard III became Shakespeare’s most monstrous villain, plotting and murdering his way across three of the Bard’s best-known plays. It was all pro-Tudor propaganda: Shakespeare, who wrote his plays during Elizabeth’s reign, was not fool enough to question the legitimacy of the Tudor dynasty, or to praise its enemies. We don’t know whether Richard III was really as bad as Shakespeare painted him, but he was undoubtedly pretty bad, because they all were: medieval politics was ruthless and bloody. The temptation is to say that nothing much has changed. Gaddafi was also a monster and a killer, and he died in about the same way

(except for the horse). History just repeats itself in different clothing, and things are as bad as they ever were. The temptation should be resisted. Violence still works the same way it always did, but there is far less of it around. Even allowing for the great wars of the last century, the proportion of the population that dies violently now is ten times lower than it was in medieval times. Tyrants still get overthrown violently, but more of them are removed by non-violent means, and there are fewer of them around anyway. Nor are they just succeeded by other tyrants. After Gaddafi’s death, Libya held free elections, and it now has a normal civilian government. One that has a lot of work to do to restore order in the country after 42 years of Gaddafi’s tyranny and incompetence, to be sure, but it is making progress. There’s that dirty word again: “progress”. We’re not supposed to believe in that any more. What about terrorism? What about the “structural violence” of capitalism? “Progress” smacks of cultural imperialism, and even worse, it’s naive. Okay. You go and live in the 15th century. I’ll just stay here and hold your horse.  Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries


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Bieber becomes the youngest artist with five No.1 albums Believe Acoustic features stripped down versions of previous hits

Daniel DayLewis seen winning best actor Oscar By Belinda Goldsmith

By Piya Sinha-Roy CANADIAN pop star Justin Bieber became the youngest artist to land five chart-topping albums in the United States this week when his latest record, Believe Acoustic, debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Believe Acoustic, which features stripped down versions of Bieber’s songs from his fourth No.1 album, Believe, released last June, as well as three new songs, sold 211,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The album also topped iTunes downloads charts in 63 countries, and became a hot topic on social media platforms as the singer’s 34 million-strong followers on Twitter raced to purchase the record as soon as it was released. Bieber was previously tied with former Disney star Miley Cyrus (below, right) with four chart-topping albums before turning 19, and he is only one of nine artists in Billboard history to have a No.1 album for four consecutive years. Bieber’s 19th birthday is March 1. The singer, who failed to pick up a Grammy nomination this year despite having a top-selling album and sold-out world tour in 2012, will be hosting and performing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this week, the night before the Grammy awards. Four new albums debuted in the top five of the Billboard 200 chart this week, led by Believe Acoustic. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s 14th studio album,

Can you hear me? Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber doesn’t turn 19 until March 1 Passione, landed at No.2 with sales of 93,000, while Canadian sister duo Tegan & Sara notched No.3 with their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, selling 49,000 copies. R&B singer Charlie Wilson came in at No.4 with his latest record, Love, Charlie, selling 44,000 copies in its

first week. Singer Beyonce saw a boost in sales following her widely praised performance at the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday, which was watched by more than 108 million people. For the week ending Sunday, February 2, digital sales of Beyonce’s songs Halo,

Crazy In Love and Single Ladies saw the biggest bumps. There were 19,000 digital copies of Halo sold, a 338 percent increase from the previous week. The new Destiny’s Child compilation album, Love Songs, didn’t see as big a bump, selling under 6,000 copies last week.

Rihanna attends Brown’s Becks reveals favourite tattoos community service hearing A Los Angeles judge has ordered a new report on singer Chris Brown’s community service after prosecutors said he cut corners while fulfilling work requirements imposed after his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna. Rihanna accompanied Brown, 23, to court in a show of support for the man who pleaded guilty to punching and beating her four years ago. The couple have recently rekindled their romance. Brown is serving five years probation and last year was deemed to have completed 180 days of community service and domestic violence counselling. During Wednesday’s brief hearing, Brown sat expressionless with his hands folded in a dark sport coat. Rihanna sat behind him dressed in a white top and black pants. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin ordered Brown to meet with his probation officer to address claims by prosecutors that his community service records contain “significant discrepancies, indicating, at best, sloppy documentation and, at worst, fraudulent reporting.” The singer was ordered back to court on April 5 at which time Brandlin will set a date for another hearing on whether to revoke his probation. Brown’s community service involved tasks like cutting grass, picking up trash and removing graffiti. This week Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray accused Virginia authorities of poor management of the singer’s service and records and said his community service case should be transferred to Los Angeles. Outside court, Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, accused the District Attorney’s office of persecuting Brown. “I’ve never, ever had a client that has been tortured by a DA’s office on probation like Chris Brown has,” he said.

Lots of ink: David Beckham shows off his body art

DAVID Beckham’s favourite tattoos are the ones in tribute to his children. The 37-year-old superstar has over 20 different pieces of body, with his most recent inking being the word ‘love’ etched on his left hand, but the ones that mean the most to him are the ones that relate to his four kids. Taking part in a Twitter Q&A session with fans on the H&M account, he was asked if he had “any more tattoos planned? And which is your favourite?” He replied: “My favourites are the ones about my children, no new ones planned yet, have to find some space.” David - who is married to Victoria Beckham - has the name of his 19-month-old daughter Harper etched in script along his left collarbone and a design of Jesus being carried by three cherubs, which is dedicated to his three boys, Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, and sevenyear-old Cruz.

DANIEL Day-Lewis is expected to make Hollywood history by winning his third Best Actor Oscar on February 24 but the public is split over who deserves the Best Supporting Actor prize, a Reuters poll showed this week. Day-Lewis, 55, has already picked up almost every major award this season for playing US President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Civil War-era drama Lincoln and he is front-runner for the top British BAFTA award on February 10. A Reuters Ipsos poll of 909 Americans found 21 per cent thought British-born Day-Lewis, 55, should win and 26 per cent said he was most likely to win Best Actor at the Oscars for Lincoln, a role he assumed both off and on set during filming. He is up against Hugh Jackman, who came second in the Reuters poll for musical Les Miserables, Bradley Cooper in the quirky romance Silver Linings Playbook, Joaquin Phoenix in cult drama The Master and Denzel Washington as an alcoholic pilot in Flight. If Day-Lewis does win, he will be the first man to take home the Best Actor statue three times, having won the award in 1990 for playing severely disabled Irish artist Christy Brown in My Left Foot and in 2008 for his role as oil prospector Daniel Plainview in There Will be Blood. But Day-Lewis, who chooses his roles carefully and has only appeared in ten films in the past 20 years, was not taking a win for granted. It took Spielberg three attempts to persuade him to sign up for the lead role in Lincoln. “Members of the Academy love surprises, so about the worst thing that can happen to you is if you’ve built up an expectation,” the actor told reporters after winning the Screen Actors Guild trophy in Los Angeles last week. Bookmakers, however, were not expecting any surprises, with Day-Lewis the clear favourite to win the Best Actor award. But the public was less certain on who would bag the award for Best Supporting Actor from the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The field of five includes Alan Arkin from Iran hostage drama Argo, Robert De Niro as the father in Silver Linings Playbook, Philip Seymour Hoffman from The Master, Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, and Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained. The results at awards ceremonies so far this year have been mixed.


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Sun may cut arthritis risk SOAKING up the sun may reduce a woman’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a study has shown. Over-exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the skin and trigger skin cancer. But new research involving more than 200,000 women suggests sunshine can also cut the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by more than a fifth. The findings are based on data from the Nurses’ Health Study, a major US investigation looking at lifestyle li ifestyle factors affecting women’s health. Scientists Sc cientists looked at conditions where the women lived to work out their likely exposure to UV-B rays. Those with the highest levels of exposure were 21 per cent less likely to develop the disease

than those with the lowest.

Insulin-requiring diabetes up in young children THE number of cases of insulin-requiring type 1 diabetes rose sharply in children under the age of five in Philadelphia over a two decade span, paralleling increases seen across the United States and in Europe, according to a US study. Researchers whose work appeared in the journal Diabetes Care found that the number of children under five diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased 70 per cent in 2005 from 1985, when a registry of such patients was begun. The number of diagnosed cases among all children up to age 14 rose by 29 per cent. “Why are we seeing this large increase in type 1 diabetes in very young children? Unfortunately, the answer is we don’t know,” said lead author Terri Lipman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Brain stimulation, with meds, may help depression USING weak electrical currents passed into the brain through a headband may help relieve depression symptoms for some patients when combined with an antidepressant, according to a US and Brazilian study. Researchers writing in JAMA Psychiatry found that after six weeks of treatment with a combination of brain stimulation - known as transcranial direct current stimulation or tDCS - and sertraline, marketed as Zoloft, nearly two-thirds of depressed participants got significantly better. “In major depressive disorder, the combination of transcranial direct current stimulation and sertraline increases the efficacy of each treatment,” wrote lead researcher Harvard Medical School. Felipe Fregni from the Harva For the study, Fregni and Braz Brazilian colleagues assigned 120 people in Brazil with moderate to severe depression to one stimulation and sertraline, brain of four treatments: brain stimu drug, sham stimulation and serstimulation and a placebo dru traline, or sham stimulation stimulatio and a placebo.

Rise in multiple birth defects rate

Study shows they do smoke less though

By John von Radowitz

Despite having a reputation for not sitting still, those born after the war do no more excercise than in past generations

Baby boomers’ health worse than previous generations IN spite of medical advances, members of the baby boomer generation are in worse health than their parents were at the same stage of life, with obesity and lack of exercise taking a toll, according to a US study. About 13 per cent of baby boomers - the generation born in the two decades after World War Two - reported being in “excellent” health in middle age, compared to 32 per cent of the previous generation who said the same thing at the same stage of life, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. “The baby boomer generation has a reputation of being active and putting off retirement... That did not seem to jibe with what we’re seeing in our medical offices,” said Dana King, the study’s lead author, from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. “We decided to compare

them to the previous generation, who were the same exact age at the time.” King and his colleagues used data from an ongoing national health and nutrition survey to compare the answers of people who were 46 to 64 years old between 1988 and 1994, and the baby boomers who

were in the same age range between 2007 and 2010. Overall, about 39 per cent of boomers were obese, compared to about 29 per cent of the previous generation. Baby boomers were also less likely to get regular exercise. About 16 per cent of baby boomers had diabetes, compared to 12 per cent

of the previous generation. And baby boomers were more likely to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. King and his colleagues also found that more than twice as many baby boomers walk with a cane or walker, compared to the previous generation. “I was surprised by the

ALZHEIMER’S TO TRIPLE BY 2050 AS BABY BOOMERS AGE THE number of US residents aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to nearly triple to 13.8 million by 2050 as ageing baby boomers swell the ranks of those living with the brain-wasting disease, US researchers have said. The new estimates, published in the journal Neurology, confirm prior estimates and make clear the need for new and better treatments for Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia that now affects some 5 million Americans and 38 million people worldwide. The latest US estimates paint a grim picture as more and more of the nation’s baby boom generation pass the age of 65, putting them

at higher risk for Alzheimer’s, an age-related disorder that slowly robs its victims of the ability to think and care for themselves. “Our study draws attention to an urgent need for more research, treatments and preventive strategies to reduce this epidemic,” said study co-author Jennifer Weuve, an assistant professor of medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The National Institute on Ageing and others say Alzheimer’s represents a looming health epidemic as the population ages. Current drugs treat symptoms, but no treatments can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s despite millions of dollars being spent on research.

magnitude of the change. I suspected the current baby boomers would be not much healthier or maybe the same, but I didn’t expect them to have such a big change in disability and obesity,” King said. But the news wasn’t all bad. King and his colleagues found that boomers don’t smoke as much as the previous generation, and are less likely to have the lung disease emphysema. They were also less likely to have a heart attack. King said previous research has shown that baby boomers are known to live longer than earlier generations, but that may be a mixed blessing. “From somewhat of a public health standpoint we’ve actually had a bad scenario. You live longer, but those extra years you bought - you’re sick,” he said. “That’s not a good public health outcome.”

RATES of birth defects linked to twins and triplets have almost doubled since the 1980s, research has shown. The trend may partly be explained by the growth of IVF treatment, which can lead to multiple births. Scientists studied data on 5.4 million births in Europe from 1984 to 2007, of which three per cent involved multiple deliveries. During this time, the prevalence of congenital abnormalities arising from multiple births increased from 5.9 per 10,000 births to 10.7. On average, the risk of birth defects was 27 per cent higher for multiple than for singleton births. This risk increased over time. Study co-leader Professor Helen Dolk, from the University of Ulster, said: “The co-occurrence of multiple birth and congenital anomaly among live borns places particular demands on parents and health services. This may be even more relevant for the one in nine affected twin pairs where both babies have a congenital anomaly. “The increase in multiple birth rates may be explained by changes in maternal age and increased use of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). It is clear that more research needs to be done to determine the contribution of ART to the risk of congenital anomalies in multiple births.” The research is published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. John Thorp, deputy editorin-chief of BJOG, said: “This increase in babies who are both from a multiple pregnancy and affected by a congenital anomaly has implications for pre and post natal service provision.


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Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are the married couple seen in ‘Knocked Up’ – but, a few years after the events of that movie, their lives are anything but tranquil. They face challenges of parenting, loss of romance and financial woes, not to mention dysfunctional families. These stresses are exacerbated as they both approach their 40th birthday. Also starring Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel and Megan Fox. Directed by Judd

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son Nemo. One day, stung by his father’s observation that he’s not a strong swimmer, Nemo sets out for a boat on a dare and is captured by a diver, who relocates him to his office aquarium – so Marlin sets off to look for him, getting into various adventures including a run-in with some sharks, an encounter with a school of jellyfish and a ride on a sea turtle, not to mention being swallowed by a whale. Directed by Andrew Stanton in 2003. In 3D. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Kids’ cartoon, 104 mins.)

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Les Miserables

Apatow. (Comedy, 134 mins.)

Flight Seasoned airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly everyone on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero – but, as more information comes to light, there are more and more questions as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane? Also starring Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. (Drama, 138 mins.)

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Gambit Harry Deane (Colin Firth) is an expert in fine art, though he’s equally accomplished at taking abuse from his insolent boss. That’s about to change. The plan is to trick the avid art collector into buying a fake Monet painting – and, to assist in the heist, Deane hires a rowdy Texas cowgirl (Cameron Diaz) to help him fool the richest man in England. As the plan begins to unravel, however, Deane finds he’s falling in love with the rodeo queen, ensuring further complications. Also starring Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Tom Courtenay. Directed by Michael Hoffman. (Crime comedy, 89 mins.)

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Sammy’s Great Escape Sammy and Ray, a pair of leatherback turtles, are captured by a poacher and shipped off to a spectacular aquarium show in Dubai. The kingpin of the place, Big D the seahorse, enlists them in his plans for a great escape – but, with their new friends Jimbo the bug-eyed blob fish and Lulu the snippy lobster, Annabel the sweet octopus and a whole family of penguins, Sammy and Ray hatch breakout plans of their own. That is when little Ricky and Ella arrive, determined to break in to rescue them. Directed by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Kids’ cartoon, 92 mins.)

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Django Unchained Texas, 1858. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist turned bounty hunter, buys a slave called Django (Jamie Foxx) in a rather unorthodox manner – but, since Schultz doesn’t believe in slavery, he soon frees Django and the two become partners in Schultz’s business. After a profitable winter, they head to Mississippi where their goal is to locate Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). When they succeed, they find an excuse to be invited to the plantation where she is being held. There, they are guests of the mansion’s master, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where their act bamboozles everyone except Candie’s personal slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), who smells a rat the moment he sets eyes on Django. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. (Period action with comedy elements, 165 mins.)

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Texas Chainsaw 3D The killer family of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ are presumed dead, angry townspeople having burned their farmhouse to the ground. 20 years later, a young woman named Heather (Alexandra Daddario) learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from her grandmother, and decides to bring her friends along on a road trip to investigate her inheritance. On arrival she finds she has inherited a mansion – but knows nothing of the terrors that lurk in the basement. Turns out Leatherface survived the fire. Also starring Trey Songz and Dan Yeager. Directed by John Luessenhop. In 3D. (Horror, 92 mins.)

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Finding Nemo 3D Marlin, a clownfish, is devastated when his wife and 399 or so of their children are wiped out by a barracuda, and becomes overprotective of his sole surviving

In early 19th-century France, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is at the end of his 19 years in a brutal Toulon prison after stealing a loaf of bread. On his release under the stern eye of Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), the desperate Valjean is destitute and hungry; he is given food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne, who also covers for him when Valjean steals the silver and is caught by Javert, an act of forgiveness that changes the course of Valjean’s life. Some years later, he’s the respected mayor of the poor town of Vigau, as well as a benevolent, generous factory owner. Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is one of his employees, fired by the manager when he discovers the unmarried Fantine has a child. Fantine falls ill, and Valjean promises to take care of her little daughter Cosette. Still hunted by Javert for breaking his parole, Valjean makes a new life for himself and the now teenage Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), who falls in love with Marius (Eddie Redmayne), a young Parisian revolutionary. Directed by Tom Hooper. (Musical drama, 157 mins.)

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Jack Reacher When five pedestrians are shot by a lone sniper, the evidence points to an ex-soldier named James Barr; Barr is quickly arrested – but, before signing a confession, he demands that DA Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins) “get Jack Reacher”. Although noone knows how to do that, Reacher (Tom Cruise) turns up anyway. He’s a former military investigator, he’s seen the news, and he has history with Barr from the Afghan war zone. He surprises Barr’s lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the DA’s daughter, with his unique technique and detective work – and the surprises continue as a possible conspiracy unfolds. Also starring Werner Herzog. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. (Action thriller, 130 mins.)

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An… [What If…] On a night in 2009, in the Plaka neighbourhood of Athens, Demetris (Christoforos Papakaliatis) has a choice. He can either take his dog for a walk – in which case he’ll meet Christina (Marina Kalogerou) – or stay home, in which case he’ll fall victim to a robbery. In the first scenario he’ll get a chance to alleviate his loneliness, experience a powerful love affair, fatherhood, but also unemployment and infidelity. In the second he’ll keep living alone, facing the consequences of the Greek recession. A simple ‘what if’ will decide his destiny and happiness. Also starring Giorgos Constantinou. Directed by

Papakaliatis. In Greek. (Drama, 111 mins.)

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Life of Pi Growing up in Pondicherry, India during the 1970s, Piscine, known to all as Pi (played as a teenager by Suraj Sharma, as an adult by Irrfan Khan), has a rich life. His father owns a zoo, and Pi spends his days among tigers, zebras, hippos, and other creatures. But after Pi attempts to befriend a Bengal tiger, named Richard Parker, the young boy learns a harsh lesson from his father about the relationship between human and beast. As circumstances worsen for them, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a Japanese cargo ship – but Pi soon finds himself in the company of a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and Richard Parker after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Directed by Ang Lee. In 3D. (Drama, 127 mins.)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey A hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Also starring Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis. Directed by Peter Jackson. In English, with occasional dialogue in made-up languages with Greek subtitles. In 3D. (Adventure fantasy, 169 mins.)

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Hotel Transylvania Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. It’s a special weekend and Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family and many more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For good old Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem;

but everything could change for the over-protective dad when one ordinary human guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. In 3D. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Cartoon comedy, 91 mins.)

Laura (Nina Hoss), his Turkish boss’s young and attractive wife. A classic love triangle is born. Directed by Christian Petzold in 2008. In German, with English subtitles. (Drama, 93 mins.)

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Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost (voice of Chris Pine) is chosen to join an elite group of superheroes – the so-called ‘Guardians’, namely Santa Claus (voice of Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (voice of Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (voice of Isla Fisher) and the Sandman, whose job is to protect children everywhere. Jack is an unwilling hero; he’d prefer to roam the world on his own, freezing ponds and causing snow days – but the world’s children are threatened by Pitch (voice of Jude Law), a.k.a. The Boogie Man, who wants to turn dreams into nightmares and banish belief in Santa, Bunny, and Tooth. Jack reluctantly agrees to help and, in the process, discovers the true hero within. Directed by Peter Ramsey. In 3D. (Cartoon adventure, 97 mins.)

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Barbara Barbara (Ninaa Hoss) is a doctor in 1980s East Germany, banished to tal as punishment for a rural hospital applying for an exit visa. As her he West carefully lover from the cape, Barbara plots her escape, tly and avoids waits patiently friendships with her colleagues – except for Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld) thee hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her. Even as she finds herself falling for him, rbara still can’t be however, Barbara dre is not a spy. As sure that Andre her defensivee wall slowly starts to crumble, shee is eventually forced to ound decision about her make a profound ted by Christian Petzold. future. Directed In German, with Greek subtitles. (Drama, 1055 mins.)

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Jerichow w Thomas (Benno nno Furmann), a ly dishonourably discharged Afghanistan veteran, returns to hiss home villagee of Jerichow. Ali (Hilmi cal Sozer), a local man Turkish-German n, businessman, nack-bar owner of a snack-bar chain, hires him as a driver. That’s when Thomas meets

Faust A version of the German legend in which a man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge – except that in this version Faust (Johannes Zeiler) is a poor doctor who struggles even to pay for bread, and finds himself resorting to the town’s evil moneylender (Anton Adasinsky). The latter leads Faust on a dreamlike tour through the city – though, instead of a greed for knowledge, this Faust has much simpler desires which don’t become clear until later. Directed by Alexander Sokurov. In German, with Greek subtitles. (Fantasy drama, 140 mins.)

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NEW FILMS Argo Directed by: Ben Affleck Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman US 2012, 120 mins. Showing from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT As the 1979 Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, six of the American embassy staff escape the mob attacking the compound and find shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador in Tehran. Another 52 Americans are taken hostage. CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) concocts a risky plan to free the six living in daily danger of discovery. He plans to fly in posing as the producer of a Hollywood sci-fi movie, ‘Argo’, and – with the six consular staff posing as his location scouting team, using false papers – lead them out on a flight to safety and freedom. It’s a crazy plan; but will it work? Based on a true story.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: “Simply put, Argo is why we go to movies. “It’s entertaining. It’s smart. It’s well-acted. It’s fast-paced

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and exciting, thrilling at times. It’s about something, based on a true story, no less, of getting Americans trapped in Iran in 1979 out of the country. It takes you out of the present and puts you in a different time, a time meticulously re-created, which helps, of course. But more important than period haircuts and goofy leisure suits, it re-creates the mood of an era, a nation’s frustration and anger, all while rollicking along with a crackling adventure… “One could possibly argue that the film is too entertaining, that it breezily tackles one of the darkest hours in our history. You will not find that argument here. Affleck’s sure hand never wavers; while much of the movie is indeed funny and all of it enjoyable, we never forget what is at stake: six people’s lives and, if the plan goes south, a whole lot more. This is a movie with a lot of parts, and Affleck fits them all together masterfully. Argo is a gem.” Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic (US)

The Impossible Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland Spain 2012, 114 mins. Showing from today at the KCineplex and K- C i n e p l e x (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and KCineplex in Limassol, the KCineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT

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A family of five is caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the chaos and mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of o our time, the Thailand tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. Maria (Naomi Watts) i s swept away and struggles to survive with her eldest son, teenage Lucas (Tom Holland). Somewhere in the chaos o – or perhaps already dead – are her husband h r he Henry (Ewan McGregor) and and her two an s m a l l e r

sons, Simon and Thomas. Based on a true story.

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WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: “Although Clint Eastwood’s regrettable Hereafter touched on the subject, it’s surprising that it’s taken eight years for a major feature film to centre on the events of December 26, 2004, when a series of giant tidal waves killed over 200,000 people across multiple South Asian territories. Perhaps producers previously thought it was too soon, or perhaps no filmmaker had the technical acumen and wherewithal to realise a natural disaster unimaginable to anyone who wasn’t there. “Enter gifted Spanish upstart Juan Antonio Bayona, who made an auspicious debut with his 2007 ghost story The Orphanage. It was a stylish effort, but couldn’t prepare us for the astonishing sensory assault of this very different breed of horror film, which evokes the crashing, crushing impact of the tsunami in a ten-minute sequence of unparalleled effects work and bone-rattling sound design… “The human drama within this riveting reconstruction is similarly jolting but somewhat less sure-footed, beginning with the questionable approach to matters of ethnicity. The screenplay is based on the true story of the Spanish Belon family, flung far apart when the wave hits their Thai beach resort. But for all the highlighting of the word ‘true’ in an opening title card, they’ve mutated here into a blondly British clan. It’s a needless change that plays uncomfortably into Hollywood’s cultural homogeneity, as does the narrative’s emphasis on holidaying Westerners at the expense of Asian victims. “At least the change was made to accommodate actors as committed and sympathetic as Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Ditto 16 year-old Tom Holland, a remarkable discovery as the stroppy eldest son tasked with tracking down his dad and brothers as his critically injured mother languishes in hospital. All three leads find an appropriately high emotional key to match the brute force of Bayona’s technical wizardry, resulting in a blockbuster that should have your heart pounding and breaking at once.” Guy Lodge, Empire (UK)

Anna Karenina Directed by: Joe Wright Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-

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Johnson Johnso UK 2012, 201 129 mins. Showing Showin from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex K-Cinep (Mall of o Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Limass Larnaca Larnac and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PL PLOT In late-19th-century late St. Petersburg, the vivacious Anna tersbur wife of re(Keira Knightley), K spected politician Karenin embarks on a (Jude Law), L affair with a handsome torrid a Russian cavalry officer, Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-JohnHer husband is initially son). H understanding, asking only underst end the affair – that Anna An Anna is unable to stop, but An her mad ma love sending her on a path to t self-destruction.

WHAT THE T CRITICS SAID Mixed Mixed: “There’s no deadlier sort “Ther movie than a stodgy literof movi adaptation. Thankfully, ary ad seems incapable Joe Wright Wr making one. When, at the of maki far end of a long run of Jane

Austen adaptations, another take on Pride & Prejudice seemed like the last movie anyone needed, Wright delivered a kinetic, moving take on the novel. With Atonement, he found cinematic equivalents of the modernistic prose and post-modern literary devices of Ian McEwan’s books without losing the emotional centre. “That sort of track record earns him the right to crack Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina open and see what he can do with its parts. Working from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, he does precisely that with a new adaptation that streamlines the backpackbreaking novel, and most audaciously, stages its action as a stage production that doesn’t attempt to hide its own theatricality… “If only the emotions of the performances, the themes of the story, and Wright’s cinematic virtuosity synced up more often. A lopsided abridgement that speeds through the plot doesn’t help. Tolstoy’s novel dedicates

nearly as much time to Levin (played by Domhnall Gleeson), a privileged, Tolstoyesque landowner questioning his station in life, whose search for love and meaning parallels Anna’s ultimately less successful search for the same. Though Wright’s film hardly ignores Levin, Gleeson gets much less screen time than Knightley. While in some respects, it isn’t hard to see why – it’s easier to make adultery cinematically compelling than conversations about agrarian reform and the regional court system of 19th-century Russia – it doesn’t always compensate for the unevenness created by his reduced role. “Wright’s Anna Karenina often plays more like a pageant presentation of the novel for those who already know it rather than an independent work … As such, the moments that work aren’t soon forgotten, but it’s one for the eyes more than the heart.” Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club (US)


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TELEPHONE NUMBERS: K-CINEPLEX: 77778383 RIO LIMASSOL: 25871410 RIO PAPHOS: 26207000

NICOSIA Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 10.15pm The Impossible (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3.10pm

This is 40 (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7.40pm. Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 3pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 11am, 1pm and 3pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 10.15pm

Anna Karenina (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian); K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian)

Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.25 and 7.45pm, weekends also at 3pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3pm

Flight (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm

Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.20pm

Gambit (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 8 and 10.10pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.15pm and 3.20pm.

Barbara (in German, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight 9pm, Sunday at 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491, www.ofk.org.cy Jerichow (in German, with English subtitles) Cine Studio, Monday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491, www.ofk.org.cy

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

LIMASSOL

Texas Chainsaw 3D (18) Rio 2 at 7.45pm

Argo (12) Rio 4 at 7.50 and 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.15pm The Impossible (12) Rio 5 at 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.10pm Anna Karenina (K) Rio 1 (in English) at 7.35pm, weekends also at 2.30 and 5pm; Rio 3 (dubbed into Russian) at 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian). Flight (18) Rio 1 at 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm Gambit (K) Rio 6 at 8pm, weekends also at 3pm0; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 8 and 10.10pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek), weekends only at 2.30, 4.15 and 6pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm This is 40 (18) Rio 3 at 7.40pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40pm

Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 2 (in Greek), weekends only at 3 and 5pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 3pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 6 at 10pm, weekends also at 5pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 5, weekends only at 2.30 and 5pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 2.30, 4.15 and 6pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm Barbara (in German, with Greek subtitles) Rio 5, Monday at 8.30pm, presented by the Limassol Cine Club. www.cinelesxi.org

LARNACA Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.15pm The Impossible (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.10pm

Django Unchained (15) Rio 2 at 10pm

Anna Karenina (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5 and 7.30pm (in English) and 10.10pm (dubbed into Russian). Flight (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.30 and 10.15pm Gambit (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm This is 40 (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek), weekends only at 3pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 10.15pm Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.25 and 7.45pm, weekends also at 3pm Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm

PAPHOS Argo (12) Rio 7 at 5pm (weekdays only), 7.30 and 9.45pm

The Impossible (12) Rio 3 at 7.30 and 9.45pm Anna Karenina (K) Rio 1 (in English) at 5, 7.30 and 10pm; Rio 5 (dubbed into Russian) at 5 and 7.30pm Flight (18) Rio 6 at 5pm (weekdays only), 7.30 and 10pm Gambit (K) Rio 4 at 7.30pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm This is 40 (18) Rio 2 at 10.30pm Django Unchained (15) Rio 4 at 9.45pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 7 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30 and 5.30pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 2 at 7.30pm, weekends at 4pm Jack Reacher (15) Rio 5 at 10pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 3, weekends only at 3 and 5.20pm The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) Rio 6, weekends only at 4.30pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 6 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 3pm

listings Today Exhibition To Fashion with Love Fashion Illustrations by Eka. February 8, 7pm. ArtHouse 59, Kitiou Kyprianou St., (near Katholiki church), Limassol. Tel: 99-785024. E-mail: paparazzi82@gmail.com www.paparazziart.com

Music Flute & Piano Recital The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a recital with one of Australia’s most talented young flutists, Ana de la Vega, who will be joined by Romanian pianist Irina Botan. February 8. The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Street, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €20/15. Tel. 22-663871/ 70-00-9304. info@ pharosartsfoundation.org www.pharosartsfoundation.org

Theatre Fevgousa Kori A rare performance, drawn from the tradition, honoured in Greek and foreign festivals. February 8. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 77-777745

One Day More An original musical production featuring scenes and songs from some of the popular musicals Organised by Premiere Group and PATH (Performing Arts at The Heritage). February 8-10. Pano Polemidia Cultural Centre. Friday at 8pm. Saturday 3.30pm & 8pm. Sunday 3.30pm. €12/8 (children under 12 years old). Tel: 70007175. www.onedaymore.net

Stories in Screen A series of video work presentations. February 8 until March 15. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery Solonos 10, Paphos Monday- Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1.30pm. Tel: 99-311225

Tomorrow

Other Events

Exhibition

German Film Days Screenings of current German scene. February 8-28. Cine Studio cinema of the University of Nicosia (Intercollege). 9pm, except on Sundays, when they start at 8pm. Barbara and Faust have Greek subtitles, all other films are with English subtitles. Tel: 96420491/22-674607. www.ofk.org.cy

Breeze from Cyprus Handicrafts exhibition. Opens February 9, 2pm until February 15. Lefkoşa Ayluga Kilisesi (Ayluga Church). 10am4pm

Cyprus Critical History Archive Launch Public presentation of digital archive on inter-communal relations and conflict-related violence during the 1955-1964. February 8. Home for Cooperation. 7pm. 22-445740 /+90 5488345740 www.home4cooperation.info and www.ahdr.info

8.30pm. In Greek. €10. Tel: 25877827 Isadora Duncan Satiriko Theatro presents play by Thanasis Theologis based on the life of the famous dancer. February 9 until February 24. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. €15/10. Tel: 22-312940 How to Rob a Bank Skala Theatre presents a three act comedy by Samy Fayad. February 9 until March 31. Skala Theatre, 15 Kyriakou Matsi Street, Larnaca. Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-490102

Dance Music Orfeas Peridis Live performance by singer accompanied by two young musicians. February 9. Ravens, Saripolou & Sokratous Limassol. 10.30pm. €20. Tel: 99-588055

In Wonder(?) Land A physical theatre performance, about Cyprus as a country, a society. February 9-12. Old Vinegar, 34 Genethliou Mitella, Limassol . 8.30pm. Tel: 99669476/99-491246

Theatre

Other Events

Haroula The Central Stage of ETHAL presents the Cypriot play by Christos Zanos, directed by Adonis Florides. February 9-10 & 12. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol.

Film Reviewing for Beginners Within the framework of Knowledge Sharing, which aims to give the public the opportunity to be introduced or enlightened in artistic and cultural subjects. February 9. Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Megaron Hadjisavva, 2, Evagorou Street,

Nicosia. 5pm. Tel: 22-662053 Poetry and Crisis Poetry readings with Cypriot and Greek poets Within the framework of the international art programme Terra Mediterranea – In Crisis. February 9. Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 Palias Ilektikis. 11.30am. Tel: 22-797400

Ongoing Theatre The Elephant Man Theatro Ena presents a play by Bernard Pomerance, translated and directed by Andreas Christodoulides. February 6-8. B Municipal Market (Theatro Ena). 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203 Spring Awakening THOC presents work by Frank Wedekind, about sexual and spiritual awakening of teenagers. Until February 8-9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. 8.30pm. With Greek and English surtitles. €12/6. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300 Kali-Kantzar & Co A musical directed by Lea Maleni with music by Dimitris Zavros. Until February 9-10. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 6pm. With Greek

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

and English surtitles. Tel: 22-864300 Misery Stephen King’s psychological thriller staged by Satiriko Theatre. Every Friday and Saturday. Until February 13. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Wednesday and Friday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 Antigone THOC presents Sophoclean tragedy directed by Despina Gatziou. Until February 23. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Wednesday through Saturday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-864300 Nursing Home the Cherubim Theatre Anemona celebrates its tenth anniversary with comedy by Nearchos Ioannou. Until March 17. Anemona Theatre, 7 Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-573031 Shear Madness Popular Cypriot actor and director Loris Loizides returns with an adaptation of the musical. Until March 17. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm. €20. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910


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Ja, das ist ein Deutsche film fest Barbara

WINTER time means movie time, and once again the Goethe-Institut Cyprus and the Friends of Cinema Society are presenting film lovers in Nicosia with a selection of recent German films. From tonight a total of six films will be screened over a period of three weeks. Films are screened at the Cine Studio cinema of the University of Nicosia (Intercollege), with screenings starting at 9pm, except on Sundays, when they start at 8pm. Some films will be screened four times, while others will be screened just the once, so it’s important to take note of the schedule and plan accordingly in order to avoid disappointment. The topics of this year’s festival entries have a wide range, kicking off with Christian Petzold’s Barbara, last year’s German contender for the Oscars. Set in East Germany in the early 1980s, Barbara is a suspenseful chamber piece about an accomplished Berlin physician banished to a rural hospital as punishment who is torn between the promise of escape across the border and her growing love for a fellow colleague — who may be planning to betray her to the secret police. Fans of noir films should enjoy Jeri-

Review Theatre Within the ‘glass’ confines NEW theatre company, Theatro Krama’s attempt at Tenessee Williams’ The Glass Menangerie offers a commendable portrayal of the semi-autobiographical text despite its relatively ‘safe’ staging. While elements of Spyros Antonellos’ direction do cautiously venture into the shallows of a more modern interpretation, the production elects instead to remain within the “glass” confines of the classic text, bringing it to life with vigour and intensity.

chow, Petzold’s second offering in the festival line-up. Reminiscent of The Postman Always Rings Twice, the lives of three people quickly become intertwined with a strong yet simple story. Jerichow explores themes of risky endeavors, class distinction and the untimely passionate chemistry that make two people crazy for each other. Next up is Aleksandr Sokurov’s Faust, winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Deriving inspiration from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s eponymous dramatic poem, Faust is an interesting and artistic new take on the classic tale. The story centres on a doctor/magician who sells his soul to the devil and pays a harsh price. The film also completes Sokurov’s monumental tetralogy on powerful men. Sokurov has directed Moloch, Taurus and The Sun, about Hitler, Lenin and Emperor Hirohito respectively. For something a little more lighthearted, don’t miss director Leander Haußmann’s black comedy, Hotel Lux, which pokes fun at both the Nazi regime and Stalin’s reign of terror. Set in 1930s Berlin, cabaret star Hans Zeisig cracks his audiences up with his

The play’s action is drawn from the memories of Tom Wingfield (Andreas Koutsoumbas), a shoe warehouse worker who dreams of another life, finding escape in movies and his own writing. After his father abandons them, he must now provide for his mother (Eleana Charalambous) and sister, Laura (Nayia Anastasiadou). Laura is pathologically shy and lost in her own world of glass ornaments, much to the aggravation of her mother, who regrets her own life choices with a vicious determination not to allow her daughter to repeat them. When a potential suitor makes his way into their home, the possibility of escape becomes all too promising for the three of them, but as the glass comes shattering down they are

Faust

Hotel Lux

Stalin-Hitler-show, but with the political atmosphere changing, he is forced to flee. He sets out for Hollywood, but makes it to Moscow’s Hotel Lux instead. In Wintertochter, 12-year-old Kattaka is celebrating Christmas with her parents when an unexpected phone call turns her world upside down. This is a story about friendship between two generations and the courage to face up to life. Last but not least in Sturm, in which a prosecutor at The Tribunal in The Hague manages to convince a young Bosnian woman to testify against an alleged war criminal. Amid the inconsistency of political interests and threats coming from Bosnian Serb nationalists, she realises that her opponents not only sit on the dock across from her, but are also found in her own ranks. This year’s festival provides all cinephiles with a full panorama of Germany and its current film scene. Tickets can be bought at the door and bear in mind that Barbara and Faust have Greek subtitles, while all other films are with English subtitles.

forced to once again face their bitter realities. The set, covered in cellophane, gave an original artistic take to the aesthetics, but the use of plastic gave a soft sensation where glass should feel cold, sharp and harsh. Taking into consideration however that the set design, costumes and music were all covered by the show’s director, this approach allowed all of the elements to marry well into each other, and this ‘soft’ reflection also fed into the director’s choice to interpret the play simply, without judging any of the characters too harshly; something which the play allows room for. Koutsoumbas takes on the main role with great energy and flair, and an excellent on-stage

By Ledha Socratous

German Film Days Screenings of current German films. February 8-28. Cine Studio cinema of the University of Nicosia (Intercollege). 9pm, except on Sundays, when they start at 8pm. Barbara and Faust have Greek subtitles, all other films are with English subtitles. Tel: 96-420491/22-674607. www.ofk.org.cy

German Film Days Programme February 8 ,10, 12 &14: Barbara February 11: Jerichow February 15, 17 & 21-22: Faust February 18: Wintertochter February 24, 26 & 28: Hotel Lux February 25: Storm

presence. He has a tendency to ‘bounce’ on the stage with a lightness that is present even in his angry moments, and while this trademark might make him recognisable in any part, it also renders him very watchable. In this case, his ‘quirk’ fit the part, which he interpreted immaculately. Eleana Charalambous is surprisingly convincing in the role of the mother, a challenging take for a young actress. While at times she could have toned down her portrayal, it was not an easy role, and she bore it well. Nayia Anastasiadou also impressed in an equally challenging role, playing it modestly but allowing the ‘madness’ to creep out of her, just enough and at just the right times. Konstantinos Gabriel, in the role of ‘Jim’,

does not taint the performance level established by the other three, effectively representing the ‘outsider/potential saviour’. For a new theatre company, the ensemble has certainly set some standards, so for those looking for a two-hour well-acted, wellstaged show, it’s on for two more performances this Sunday and Monday at Thoc’s New Stage (The old building, opp. Home Centre). The Glass Menagerie The new theatre group Krama presents play by Tennessee Williams. Until February 11. THOC New Stage, Kampou 29, Strovolos, Nicosia. Every Sunday and Monday at 8.30pm. €10/8. In Greek. Tel: 22-480300

By Eleni Cosma

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


Friday, February 8, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL

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Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

Proti Enimerosi Kali Sas Mera Local variety show, with entertainment options, cookery tips and more.

11.00 11.30

Kaftis Piperies (rpt) Istories Tou Horkou (rpt)

CYBC 2 07.00 08.00 16.30

Apo Mera Se Mera Current affairs show.

15.30

Entehnos Local cultural show.

16.00 18.00 18.15

Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies

17.00

18.00 18.50 19.00 19.10

Paizoume Kypriaka

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

20.00 21.15

22.00

20.10 21.00

News Patates 8 Local satirical show, using comedy sketches and embarrassing TV clips to skewer local politicians.

22.30

Kati Psinetai (rpt)

09.30 10.25 11.15 12.10 13.00 13.20 14.00

Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Doctor Who (rpt)

Giorgos Lilikas Gathering FILM: The Edge Of The Garden

Top Gear Fifteenth season. A helping of four-wheel features, test-drives, races, challenges and antics with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig.

Tete A Tete

Local Sketch (rpt) News Repeats

08.40

A lonely businessman forms a friendship with the spirit of a woman. Romantic drama, starring Rob Estes and Sarah Manninen. 2011.

Tasos Tryfonos interviews Greek celebrities from the world of showbiz.

23.00 23.30 23.45

07.50

Fifth season. ‘The Big Bang’. The Daleks, Cybermen and others have imprisoned in the Pandorica the most dangerous creature in the universe - the Doctor, who they say will in the future destroy the universe.

Local game show, asking questions having to do with Cypriot dialect.

19.20

06.20 06.50 07.00

Amateur chefs each stage a dinner party to find who will be crowned the winning host.

Live cookery show.

18.45

NRG Zone Kids’ TV Euromaxx DW-TV’s magazine show, bringing you the latest on lifestyle and entertainment in Europe.

Local comedy series, which happens to be the longest-running show on TV.

12.00

ANTENNA

23.30

Repeats

14.50 15.45 16.40 17.15

Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Idiatera Yia Klamata (rpt) Akros Oikogeneiakon (rpt) Lyke, Lyke Eisai Edo (rpt) Einai Stigmes (rpt) Panselinos (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) To Kafe Tis Haras (rpt) Deligianneio Parthenagogeio (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) With News at 18.00.

18.50 19.30 20.15 21.30

Tin Patisa (rpt) Niose Me News Dancing With The Stars Celebrities and pro dancers train and compete in a ballroom dancing competition.

22.15 00.00 00.05 00.15 02.30 03.20 04.40

Laifkes Paraskeves News Sports News Dancing With The Stars (rpt) Erotes Kleftis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

MEGA 06.00 06.30 07.00 10.00

Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Emeis Ki Emeis (rpt) Nea Mera Proino Mou Lifestyle programme features entertainment, music and more. Hosted by real-life couple Giorgos Liagas & Fay Skorda.

12.45 14.00 15.00

Enimerosi Tora Irthe Ki Edese Eheis Meson Current affairs show.

16.00

Yia Sena

18.00 18.20

News Master Chef

Local talk-show.

Greek reality competition show where amateur chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges.

19.20 20.15 21.15

Greek Series TBA News Klemmena Oneira

22.10

Presidential Elections 2013

SIGMA 07.00 08.20 10.00 11.10 12.00 14.20 15.00 16.00 18.15 18.20 19.00 19.30 20.20 21.15 22.20 23.20

First season. ‘The Strange Life of Bob’. Nessa falls for a new employee at the casino. Meanwhile, Danny hunts for a peeping Tom who photographs unsuspecting women through their windows, and Sam enters an eating contest.

Greek drama series. Nine days to go! no details supplied but presumably a studio debate or discussion.

00.00 00.10 01.00 03.00 04.20

News Fae Ti Sokolata Sou Yia Sena (rpt) Enimerosi Tora (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

Protoselido Eleni Vasiliki (rpt) Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Siga Min To’ Xeres (rpt) Efialtis Stin Kouzina (rpt) Magazino News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Siga Min To’ Xeres Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites News Aspra Balonia Oikogeneiakes Istories Las Vegas

00.10 00.15 01.20 02.10

News Istories Tou Astinomou Beka (rpt) Alithinoi Erotes (rpt) More Repeats

PLUS TV 06.45 07.20 08.35 09.05 10.15 11.45

Classic Cartoons Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of Mila (rpt) Nistikoi Praktores (rpt) Cooking show, with helpful tips on eating well and nutrition.

12.30 13.00 15.30 17.00

Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kid’s TV To Kleidi Greek comedy series.

17.50 19.40 21.15 22.00

Fotis Maria Live Mila Exelixeis Stin Showbiz FILM: Mad City

CAPITAL 08.20 08.50 09.25 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.20 15.10 16.05 16.40 17.30 18.15

With News at 18.30.

19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

A disgruntled security guard takes a group of innocent museumgoers hostage in a bid to gain attention from his employer. Compelling drama, starring John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman. 1997.

23.50

FILM: Echelon 8

LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

News Sports Time O Anthropos Tis Thalassas FILM: I Could Never Be Your Woman A divorced mother finds romance in the arms of a younger man, while her daughter tries to figure out if she has fallen in love for the first time. Romantic comedy, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. 2007.

22.45

FILM: Justice A lawyer and her partner run from the Colombian Mafia and the corrupt US marshals and attorneys assigned to protect them. Thriller, starring Charles Durning. 1999.

A new government agency with the right to domestic charter is reformed to prevent another terrorist attack in the United States. Action, starring Lepodgy Battle. 2009.

01.35 02.20 03.20

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

00.40

FILM: Sniper 2 Thriller, starring Tom Berenger and Dan Butler. 2002.

Dream House (Novacinema2, 20.20)

01:05 The Weakest Link 01:50 EastEnders 02:20 Doctors 02:50 Keeping Up Appearances 03:20 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 04:10 Doctor Who Confidential 04:20 Gavin & Stacey 04:50 Friday Night Dinner 05:15 Blackadder Goes Forth 05:45 Keeping Up Appearances 06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 Little Prairie Dogs 07:10 Nina and the Neurons 07:25 Gigglebiz 07:40 Forget Me Not Farm 07:55 Me Too! 08:15 Little Prairie Dogs 08:25 Nina and the Neurons 08:40 Gigglebiz 08:55 Forget Me Not Farm 09:10 Me Too! 09:30 Keeping Up Appearances 10:00 Mastermind 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 13:05 Last Man Standing 13:55 Gavin & Stacey 14:25 Mastermind 14:55 The Weakest Link 15:40 EastEnders 16:10 Doctors 16:40 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 17:30 Gavin & Stacey 18:00 Keeping Up Appearances 18:30 The Weakest Link 19:15 EastEnders 19:45 Doctors 20:15 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 21:00 The Old Guys 21:30 Friday Night Dinner 22:00 Last Man Standing 22:50 After You’ve Gone 23:20 2 Point 4 Children 23:50 Whitechapel 00:40 Live At The Apollo

07:00 How It’s Made 07:25 Wheeler Dealers 08:15 American Chopper 09:10 Dirty Jobs 10:05 Deadliest Catch

10:55 Ultimate Survival 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 How It’s Made 12:40 Extreme Engineering 13:35 Fifth Gear 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made 21:00 World’s Toughest Jobs 22:00 Stan Lee’s Superhumans 23:00 Superhuman Showdown 00:00 True Csi 01:55 World’s Toughest Jobs 02:50 Stan Lee’s Superhumans 03:50 Superhuman Showdown 04:50 True Csi 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10

Overhaulin’

09:30 Luge: World Championship 10:30 Winter Sports: Ski Pass 10:45

Alpine Skiing: World Championship Austria 11:45 Biathlon: World Championship Czech Republic 13:15 Alpine Skiing: World Championship Austria 15:45 Cycling: Tour Of Qatar 16:45 Luge: World Cup Usa 18:45 Winter Sports: Ski Pass 19:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup Germany 20:00 Athletics: Indoor Meeting Germany 22:00 Boxing: Bigger’s Better Heavy Weight Contest 00:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup Germany 01:00 Motorsports: Gta Race To Dubai 01:15 Athletics: Indoor Meeting Germany

05:40 Desperate Housewives 06:25 Bones 07:10 Modern Family 07:35

Last Man Standing 08:00 The Listener 08:50 Who Do You Think You Are 09:40 Desperate Housewives 10:25 Bones 11:10 Modern Family 11:35 Last Man Standing 12:00 Happy Endings 12:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 12:50 Glee 13:40 The Listener 14:30 Who Do You Think You Are 15:20 Desperate Housewives 16:05 Bones 16:50 Modern Family 17:15 Last Man Standing 17:40 The Listener 18:30 Who Do You Think You Are 19:20 Desperate Housewives 20:10 Bones 21:00 Happy Endings 21:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 21:50 Glee 22:40 Modern Family 23:05 Last Man Standing 23:30 Happy Endings 23:55 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 00:20 Glee 01:10 Bones 02:00 Desperate Housewives 02:45 Modern Family 03:10 Last Man Standing 03:35 Friends With Benefits 04:00 The Listener 04:50 Who Do You Think You Are

07:30 Double Jeopardy 09:30 Grind House: Death Proof 11:30 Kings Of Mykonos, The 13:30 True Crime 15:45 Hollywood Buzz 16:30 Elder Son, The 18:00 Yogi Bear 19:30 Hollywood Buzz 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 Roommate, The 23:00 How Do You Know 01:15 Hustler Tv 03:00 Circle Of Eight 04:45 Sympathy For Delicious 06:30 Ltv Sports News

07:00 Kids TV 16:35 Young Justice

One 15:45 The Conspirator 17:50 Action Zone 18:25 The River Wild 20:20 Dream House 22:00 Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life 00:05 The Resident 01:40 Underworld: Awakening 03:10 Cine News 04:10 The Beaver

17:00 Dropped 17:30 Planet Speed 18:00 Barclays Premier League World 18:30 Nba Action 19:00 La Liga World 19:30 Barclays Premier League 201213 23:30 Barclays Premier League Preview 00:00 La Liga Show 2012-13 00:30 Best Premier League Games 01:00 Barclays Premier League Review 02:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 03:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-

08:00 Triage 09:45 All The King’s Men 12:00 Rite, The 14:00 Family Man, The 16:15 Shattered Silence 17:45 Killing Fields, The 20:15 Weakness 22:00 Peggy Sue Got Married 00:05 Daring! Tv 04:00 Underbelly Files - The Man Who Got Away 05:45 Tinker Tailor

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07:15 Two And A Half Men 08:00 Friends 08:30 Closer, The 09:20 Harry’s Law 10:05 Chuck 10:50 2 Broke Girls 11:15 Bones 12:00 Bones 12:50 Supernatural 13:35 Two And A Half Men 14:25 Closer, The 15:15 Harry’s Law 16:05 Big Bang Theory The 16:30 According To Jim 17:15 Mentalist The 18:10 Underbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green Cloud 19:00 Supernatural 19:45 Gossip Girl 20:30 Friends 21:00 Fringe 22:30 Five Days 2 23:35 Top Boy 00:30 Midnight In Paris 02:15 Am Slave 03:45 Big Bang Theory The 04:10 According To Jim 04:55 Mentalist The 05:40 Un-

06:05 Death Race 2 07:45 Shanghai 09:30 Cine News 09:50 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost 11:25 Mad On Novacinema 12:00 Marley & Me: The Puppy Years 13:30 Glee: The 3d Concert Movie 15:00 The Story Of Us 16:40 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 18:55 Hollywood Buzz 19:30 The Sitter 21:00 Ncis 22:00 O Elias Tou 16ou 23:45 The Lincoln Lawyer 01:50 Young Adult 03:25 Manuale D’am3re

derbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green Cloud 06:30 Supernatural

06:50 What’s Your Number? 08:40 He Got Game 10:55 Cine News 11:45 Oranges And Sunshine 13:35 Air Force

18:50 The Caine Mutiny 21:00 Route Irish 23:00 Hostel 00:45 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone 03:10 House Of The Rising Sun 04:40 Trespass

18:55 Water For Elephants 21:00 Win Win 22:55 Jude 01:05 Cold Mountain 03:40 Operation Petticoat

pionship 2012-13: Apollon Vs E.N.P 20:45 Post Game 21:30 Stigmiotipa Kypriakou Podosferou 21:45 Nhl:

Washington Capitals At Pittsburgh Penguins 24:00 Big Ten Wrestling Iowa At Illinois

06:00 Only Hits 08:00 MTV Disaster Date 09:00 MTV When I was 17 10:00 Only Hits 11:00 Pure Local 12:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 12:30 MTV VHI Pop up Video 13:00 MTV Made 14:00 MTV Big Time Rush 14:30 MTV Victorious 15:00 MTV Daria 106:00 MTV Pranked 17:00 MTV Pimp My Ride 108:00 Only

Hits 109:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 20:00 MTV Wake Brothers 21:00 MTV Hitlist Hellas 22:00 MTV World Stage 23:00 MTV Savage U 0:00 MTV Jersey

02:00 Nhl: Washington Capitals At Pittsburgh Penguins 04:30 European Tour Joburg Open D. 1 07:00 Feherty - Annika Sorenstam 08:00 Playing Lessons - Aaron Rodgers 08:30

Academy: Greg Norman - Full Swing 09:00 Golf Central International Sdd 09:30 Golf Fitness - Ben Crane 10:00 Nfl Game Day 10:30 Nhl: Washington Capitals At Pittsburgh Penguins 13:00

Ip To The Tip 2011 Sea To Shining Sea 13:30 The Moto: Inside The Outdoors Thunder Valley National 14:00 Car Warriors 2 Challenger 15:00 Nfl Game Day 15:30 Ringside Boxing Ik Yang V Mario Padilla 17:30 Courtside Jones 18:00 Pre Game 18:45 Cham-

Shore 1:00 MTV Geordie Shore 2:00 Only Hits 5:00 Pure Local

07:00 Meet Me In St: Louis 08:50 The

Philadelphia Story10:40 The Gazebo 12:20 The Public Enemy 13:40 Hot Millions 15:25 Bachelor In Paradise 17:10 San Quentin 18:20 Cimarron 20:45 Village Of The Damned 22:00 Shaft 23:45 Edge of the City 01:10 The Girl And The General 02:55 Crisis 04:30 The Biggest Bundle Of Them All 06:15 TCM Presents Under the Influ-

ence: Richard Gere

By Preston Wilder

The River Wild (Novacinema2, 18.25) Next time somebody asserts that Meryl Streep ‘can play anything’, point to The River Wild and insist that they qualify their praise with ‘except an action heroine’. Not that Streep is bad - how could she be? - but it’s not clear why she even signed up for such a role, except perhaps to prove that she can indeed play anything (also of course she had young kids at the time, and may have wanted something she could watch with them instead of her usual tragic heroines). Meryl, hubby David Strathairn and son Joseph Mazzello go on a white-water-rafting holiday, hoping to bond and heal as a family - but instead they’re

confronted by armed robber Kevin Bacon, who first ingratiates himself with Meryl & Co. then reveals his true nature, forcing them to transport himself and his accomplice down the river. The result is mildly tense, good to look at (lots of fresh air and mountain landscapes) and mostly predictable, though of course Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe nomination; they have to nominate her, it’s the law. Made in 1994.

Win Win (Novacinema4, 21.00) Maybe it’s because critics have to wade through so many films about comic-book superheroes that they tend to go overboard when a film comes out with characters who are ordinary people - even if that film

is as forgettable as this strangely acclaimed comedydrama. Paul Giamatti is our hero, a lawyer (and highschool wrestling coach) trying to support his young family; he does a mildly shady deal - getting a court to appoint him as the guardian to a senile old man and reaps unintended consequences when he has to look after the old man’s troubled teenage grandson, but the kid turns out to be a brilliant wrestler and the film veers from character drama into sports movie. Amy Ryan is Paul’s wife, Bobby Cannavale his best friend - whose sub-plot looks for a while like it might be about his wife having divorced him because he likes young boys but in fact it’s just light relief, as you might expect from a film so harmless. Made in 2011.

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1 Simple catch for her (5) 2 Australian cricketer has the edge (6) 3 £1 only (4) 4 Herbal tea is neat when brewed (6) 5 Thin sheets for wrapping can frustrate (7) 6 Twelve exercises done every morning (5,5) 9 Below which it is unsafe reeling and twisting (6-4) 11 More modern one we’re including (5) 12 Spring edition (5) 15 The definite item (7) 17 Back down? On the contrary raise one’s back (4,2) 18 Farm worker at the helm (6) 21 Fast-moving ships (5) 22 Came out top (4)

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CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Abraded; 7 Rhythm; 8 Rebecca; 10 Harem; 11 Relished; 13 Oar; 14 Sand; 15 Suit; 16 Phi; 18 Confront; 20 Needy; 22 Cardiac; 23 Sconce; 24 Donegal. Down – 1 Airdropping; 2 Rebel; 3 & 4 Ducks and drakes; 5 Myth; 6 Cheroot; 9 Impractical; 12 & 14 Suffer in silence; 17 Forced; 19 Owing; 21 Yank.

QUICK: Across – 1 Warbler; 7 Exhale; 8 Travail; 10 Meter; 11 Dominate; 13 Nun; 14 Zany; 15 Fret; 16 Woe; 18 Perverse; 20 Nylon; 22 Auditor; 23 Pulpit; 24 Ordered. Down – 1 Withdrawing; 2 Realm; 3 Learning; 4 Relate; 5 Chum; 6 Blatant; 9 Transferred; 12 Provided; 14 Zealous; 17 Legato; 19 Rotor; 21 Nape.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Mercury begins to move away from Neptune, but now joins Mars. You may find that it is harder than usual to keep a lid on your emotions. Things you normally shrug off can affect your mood. You might find yourself blurting something out that actually is a bit random. Fortunately, a more forgiving Venus/Jupiter link can help to soften the day’s vibe.

Sometimes making snap decisions can pay off really well. And after a confusing couple of days, you may be in the mood to take decisive action, especially around a shared financial matter, property or buying a big ticket item. However, you’d be much better advised to bide your time, however exasperated you feel. A friend can be really protective.

Today can turn out to be very pleasant, or you can find yourself feeling quite grumpy. Why the contradiction? Well it’s because two very contrasting planetary angles or energies are competing with one another. What you can do, is determine that you will not take anything personally today, even if it seems someone means it that way. Rise above life’s fray.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

You might find yourself being more direct and to the point today, and especially about your goals. If you hang out in a group of friends, here too you can find yourself more inclined to say it how it is, even if it does create a few waves. Any impatience you’re feeling with elements of life can seem more pronounced. Yet, a business link can prosper.

A nice tie up between Venus and Jupiter may see you attract good possibilities work wise through a friend or a social connection. However, you do need to be aware of the Mercury/Mars conjunction. This could make you more demanding, and more demanding of attention from those closest to you. Try not to put them off by being a diva.

Your mind can be nimble, and you can succinctly say what you need to. The downside is that someone may perceive you as being sharp, a bit acerbic or impatient, even if this is not how you mean to be. If you can, think carefully before giving an opinion about anything important. Slowing down like this can give you room to deal with situations better.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

A fantastic link between Jupiter in your sign and Venus in Aquarius, could lead to some really super developments socially, perhaps even romantically. Work can be more challenging however. A boss can be blunt, make sudden demands, or seem more pushy than usual. If your own professional situation is up in the air, here too you can come under pressure.

There is a real paradox in the heavens today. Your ruler Venus in its link with Jupiter urges you to chill out, have fun and spend time kicking back. Mercury and Mars however ask you to do anything but. To clear up essential tasks, to be organised and to look after the details. It may be best to attend to necessities first, then have fun.

If you encounter an organisation that offers poor service, or you feel you buy something that turns out not to be value for money, you are unlikely to be impressed. Perhaps usually you might not worry about stuff like this, but today you can be more assertive. However, a delicious Venus/Jupiter link could see your popularity reach a new bright high.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

However much we like to be a free spirit, life’s constraints don’t always allow it. However, today you can find yourself feeling especially restless. Petty rules and red tape could irritate you. You’ll find yourself much more inclined towards philosophy, history and debating things you feel passionate about. But being hemmed in could be frustrating.

If you have things you want to do, you probably won’t appreciate being delayed or blocked. This is a day when you need to express yourself, and now. If anyone stops you from doing so, you mightn’t like it. You are in a hurry, and if you can harness this energy correctly, there is a fantastic amount you can get done. Yet others might not be so enamoured.

You might find yourself feeling more highly strung today. Sitting still may prove to be harder, as you can have more nervous and physical energy all bound together, and finding something satisfactory to use this upon, is going to be the challenge. Yet if you are very focused in what you want to get done, very little will stop you getting there.


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TO LET NICOSIA in the kitchen, covered parking and patio with bbq in a very quiet neighbourhood close to Makarios foorball stadium. Available END of February - Makedonitissa €1500. 9. 4 bedr new luxury detached house build in a big plot of land, central heating, full a/c, 2 bedrs with en suite shower, 4 wc, bathroom with jacuzzi, big open space sitting and dining areas, 330sq.m, big swimming pool 5x10, big garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area, roller blinds and curtains on all the windows, electrical appliances in kitchen, covered parking, in a quiet neighbourhood off Tseriou avenue. AVAILABLE end of February –Strovolos €1800 (photos in the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area, off Kostantinoupoleos


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA street near French ambassador residence.- STROVOLOS €700 (H4ST10043-R), (photos in the website). 11. 4 bedr new luxury finished detached house with central heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, big kitchen with cooker oven, dishwasher and big family room, aluminum shutters in all the house, separate big sitting and dining room with parquet floor, 2 covered parking, alarm system, big covered patio, SWIMMING POOL, in a newly built area near Falcon school – Strovolos €2000 (photos in the website). 12. 3 bedr +office space luxury detached house, built on a big plot, 350sq.m, big swimming pool with cover, garden with grass, big sitting and dining room, separate family room, central heating, a/c, curtains on all the windows, cooker, dishwasher and dryer, parquet floor all the house, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered parking in a quiet area on the borders of Strovolos and Lakatamia – €1600 (H4LAK0002-R) (photos in the website)

TO LET NICOSIA 13. 3 bedr ground floor house with big separate 80sq,m room with shower and wc for multi use, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, 2 shower,1 bathroom, fully furnished, small garden, bbq area, parking, on a small building in a very quiet area near Agios Vasilios church. Strovolos - €900 - H4ST10028-R (photos on website). 14. 3 bedr +office space +attic room +separate big maid’s/ playroom in the basement semi detached house, recently renovated with big sitting and dining areas with marble floor, big kitchen with cooker and oven and family room, central heating, 3 bathrooms, 4 wc, 6 a/c units, covered parking, behind Hilton Park near the park – Engomi €1700 (H4ENG0003-R), (photos in the website) 15. 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

TO LET NICOSIA oven, 6wc, 2 covered parking, yard with tiles and SWIMMING POOL, bbq area in a very quiet neighbourhood near CYBC ( RIK) station and near a neighborhood park – Platy Aglantzias €2500 (H4AGZ0005-R),(photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates.com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225/96-422225/96422226, www.landtouristestates.com

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

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2. 1 bedr spacious fully luxury renovated apartment,60sq.m, big sitting and dining room, big bedroom, fully newly modern furnished with LCD TV 32’, covered veranda, covered parking, storage heaters, full a/c, near Cyta, Laiki and Hellenic Bank headquarters – Dasoupolis €550 (photos in the website).

5. 2 bedr new modern luxury finished apartment with parquet floor, central heating independent, 2 a/c, modern kitchen with all fitted expensive electrical appliances, blinds on the windows, big covered veranda, FULLY NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking in a quiet neighborhood off Kallipoleos street – Lykavitos €650 (photos in the website).

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2 bedr penthouse apartment,100sq.m + 80sq.m veranda with flowers and bbq, big sitting and dining room with big 60” TV, storage heaters, full a/v, 2 wc, en suite bathroom/ jacuzzi, roman blinds, cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine and refrigerator in the kitchen, covered parking, near Metro supermarket – Aglantzia €600 (photos in the website).

4. 2 bedr spacious apartments with separate kitchen, a/c for hot and cold, NICELY FURNISHED, hot water all day, common swimming pool, in a quiet area off Nikis Avenue near the centre. PRICE INCLUDES COMMON EXPENSES, swimming pool and hot water.– Agioi Omologites €450 (A2AOM0010-R) (photos in the website)

TO LET NICOSIA TO LET 3 bedroom house situated on a dead end street next to a small quiet park near Falcon School. Has an En-suite master room, large study room, central heating, a/c and fire place in the living room.

For enquiries tel 99660758

6. 2 bedr new luxury apartment, modern nicely furnished, storage heaters, 2 a/c, 100sq.m, big covered verandah with nice view, covered parking off Digenis Akritas street near Debenhams shop, walking distance to the centre. PRICE INCLUDES COMMON EXPENSES. – Lykavitos €450 (A1LYK0020-R) (photos in the website) 7.

1 bedr cozy luxury apartment,60sq.m,parquet floor, nicely furnished ,all fitted electrical appliances(cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge),roman blinds, provisions for home cinema, big covered verandah, storage heaters, 2 a/c ,covered parking in Dasoupolis near Alpha Mega supermarket and

TO LET NICOSIA Areteion hospital. – Dasoupoli €500 (A1DAS0009-R) (photos in the website) 8. 2 bedr spacious renovated apartment 100sq.m with separate big kitchen, air condition for hot and cold in all the rooms, covered veranda, nicely newly fully furnished , off Kyriakou Matsi street very close to the centre on foot– Agioi Omologites €550 (A2AOM0003-R) (photos in the website) 9. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neibourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE middle of February – Acropolis €800 A2ACS0002-R (photos in the website) . 10. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment, 85sq.m, big sitting room, big fully equipped kitchen, nicely modern furnished, stor-

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA age heaters, full a/c, big bedrooms, covered veranda with nice view,covered parking, off Prodromou streeet. – Engomi €600 (A2ENG0017-R)(photos in the website) 11. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment on a small modern building with central heating independent(with petrol), full a/c, solid parquet floor, big bedrooms, big sitting room with open plan kitchen, big covered veranda, FULLY MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Makarios Avenue in a quiet area near the centre - Nicosia €800 (A2NIC0030-R) (photos in the website) 12. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neighbourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE middle of February.– Acropolis €800 (A2ACS0002-R) (photos in the website) 13. 3 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor, big sitting and dining area, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, blinds, shutters in the bedrooms, big kitchen with all expensive electrical appliances, off Makarios avenue near the centre – Nicosia Centre- € 800 – A3NIC0025-R (photos on website). 14. 3 bedr spacious luxury finished apartment 150sq.m+30sq.m covered veranda, central heating independent with petrol,full

TO LET NICOSIA wall a/c units, solid parquet floor, expensive electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3wc, curtains and blinds on windows, 3 COVERED PARKING,storage room, near Pizza Hut in Strovolos €1100 (photos in the website). 15. 3 bedrs luxury penthouse,165sq.m+80sq.m verandah with bbq, central heating ind, full AC, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, solid parquet floor all the flat, big kitchen with dining area, fully MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Athalassa Avenue near Stephanis Electrinics and English school – Stovolos €800 (A3ST10013-R) (photos in the website) 16. 3 bedr new luxury ground floor apartment, with separate big TV room or guest room, 225sq.m, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances and breakfast area, 4 bathrooms, 4 wc, 2 bedrs with en suite bathroom, floor heating independent, full a/c, blinds on all the windows, marble and parquet floor, big veranda with bbq, small garden, closed 2 covered parking with remote control, in a very quiet area very close to Junior school and 50 metres from the park. FULLY NICELY FURNISHED – Agioi Omologites €1200 (photos in the website).

TO LET LIMASSOL LIMASSOL ****************************** FOR RENT new big furnished studio, in Katraki building, 100 metres from the sea and Debenhams Olympia, in Neapoli area. Price €400 (including common expenses). Tel. 99406415 Andreas, Fax: 25-582963. ****************************** FOR RENT big 3 bdrm furnished or unfurnished house, with big balcony, big garden, 3 wc, airconditioning, in Pareklisia area, 1000 metres from the sea and beach hotels. Price €800. Tel. 99406415 Andreas. ****************************** TRADITIONAL VILLAGE STONE HOUSE IN APESHIA. Very quiet village, 20mins from Limassol. Road to heritage school/Troodos. 2 bedrooms, office available top floor with veranda great view of mountains. Small courtyard with trees. Electric solar water. A/Ctoilet in main bedroom. Semi/ full furnished. Fitted kitchen with electrical appliances, fireplace. Toilet/shower. €550pm negotiable. Tel 96891800.

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

LARNACA ***************************** 1. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. Town centre, fully furnished one bedroom apartment available for immediate occupation. Ref. TLL341. Tel 24815926 2. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. Stunning two bedroom fully furnished apartment in Oroklini. Ref. TLL1574 Please call to arrange a viewing Tel. 24815926 3. www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com – LARGE RANGE OF RENTAL PROPERTIES. From studio apartments to 5 bedroom villas for rent, all properties have detailed descriptions, professional photographs. Interactive Virtual/Video Tours. Please visit our website. www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com

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www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com. License No. 419. LANDLORDS AVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY WITH US FOR FREE. Tel. 24815926 Email. info@superiorrealestatelarnaca.com ***************************** FLAT IN CENTRAL LARNACA, Stasinou St, f/f, a/c, one bedroom, Off street car parking. Foinikoudes, Zenonos Kiteos shops 200 metres. Rent €350 p/m. Tel: 24 815104/9939 5954 ****************************** FOR RENT 2 bed, 2 bath, new built apartment, in a quiet scenic location In Alethriko, Larnaca 5 min. to Larnaka, 5 min. to the beach Fully furnished, A/C, communal pool, under covered parking, Long term rent, €350.00 per month For more info pls call 99639378 FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom flat near Larco hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543

PAPHOS LOW COST, long term 3 bedroom bungalow, Polis area, Gialia vil-

TO LET PAPHOS lage, on 3 acres of property, large variety of fruit trees, extremely private with panoramic mountain and sea views, unfurnished, swimming pool, a/c and fireplace, fence around the property €550 per month ono – available from 1st of April For more info call : 99 442485 UNIVERSAL: 1bed ground floor apartment fully furnished, airconditioning, fridge, beds common swimming pool , leather sofas, €260 p/m. For more information phone 99400697 €380 /MONTH UNIVERSAL AREA a 2-bed house, beautiful location, in cul-de-sac, 10 years old, 90 sq. mts, furnished, open-plan lounge/kitchen, front carport, garden, 2-floors, 2 w.cs/bath and part air-conditioned. Call 99-632388.’ PEYIA, luxury villa, 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully or part furnished, private pool, quiet location, paved garden area, sea and mountain views. Sky satellite, euro 650 ono, please call: 99771532 – no agents FOR LONG TERM RENT: 2 bedroom modern apartment, recently renovated-fully furnished, Chloraka- Melanos, quiet neighbour-

WE HEREBY ANNOUNCE THE ENGAGEMENT OF NEOFYTOS KYRIAKOU ID NO 1026391, TO LIZA IAKOVOU, ID NO 942621, AND THE MARRIAGE WILL BE ON THE 31ST OF AUGUST 2013.

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

FOR PAPHIAKOS ANIMAL WELFARE SOS HELPLINE, 24 HOUR MEDICAL EMERGENCY SERVICE CALL 99655581

PROPERTIES FOR RENT IN NICOSIA

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Whole floor of approx. 400m2 available for rent on corner building in prominent position (Limassol Avenue & Costa Anaxagorou, Nicosia) Rent €3.500 pm/ono depending on size of organization & duration of contract

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

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300m2 inside area & outside balcony 200m2 (approx) on 2nd floor available for rent in Galaxias Building, centre of Nicosia Luxurious renovations Suitable for office or café/bar Rent €3.000 pm/ono Centrally located shop, off Makarios Avenue (Aphrodite Street), total area 100 sqm Rent €1.200 pm/ono CLARION BUSINESS CENTRE – off Makarios Avenue (Aphrodite Street, Nicosia) Fully serviced offices with luxurious renovations Suitable for foreign companies which require a Cyprus base Reasonable charges depending on size of offices and services required 3 bedroom fully furnished (140m2) apartment. Hilton area (opposite BOC Head Office) with air condition. Rent €750 pm/ono For further information please contact 22361313/22761660/22479302


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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS hood, communal pool, 2 covered parking space, security burglar bars throughout, 2 balcony. Sea view, central to shops. Communal fees included. 380.00eur/month. Call Maria 99 371 874 ****************************** PAPHOS RENTALS SECTION TALA - modern 2 and 3 bedroom apartments U/F, P/F and F/F, some with communal pool , A/C, separate storage and own parking €325 TREMITHOUSA - traditional spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, and large mature enclosed garden, open fireplace, beautiful fitted kitchen, a/d, wonderful family home €400 EMPA - immaculate, spacious 2 bedroom, u/f, corner house, large kitchen, patio, quiet location, must be seen €300 TALA - Luxurious 3/4 bedroom villas, f/f to a very high standard, 2 bathrooms, 2 en-suites, own swimming pools, landscaped gardens with spectacular sea views, €700. URGENTLY WANTED – Bungalows 2/3 Bedrooms MORE PROPETIES AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 99862922 ****************************** 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. UNIVERSAL AREA €450 spacious 2 bedroom townhouse situated in great central location, not on a complex, with enclosed garden & Jacuzzi hot tub. Fully furnished with good furniture. Private drive for off street parking.

TO LET PAPHOS Also available 1, 2 & 3 bedroom modern apartments please see our website for further information. 2. PEYIA €450 brand new modern 2 bedroom townhouse situated on a quiet complex. Master with ensuite, family bathroom & downstairs guest wc. Fully furnished with modern furniture including fly screens & plasma TV. Enclosed rear garden. Private undercover parking & storage space. Pets allowed at owners discretion. website reference number: RTL_658 3. MESOGI €700 modern detached 4 bedroom villa, master with ensuite. One bedroom on ground floor. Plus separate office or play room. Available unfurnished with gas central heating. Enclosed garden with private pool. Covered veranda with garden furniture. Pets allowed at owners discretion. website reference number: RTL_618 4. TALA €725 modern 3 bedroom detached villa located in a peaceful residential area between Tala & Kamaras offering sea & mountain views. Separate kitchen with top brand appliances inc dishwasher. Includes central heating, flyscreens & sky satellite. Private pool & enclosed garden with storage. Available unfurnished or furnished. website reference number: RTL_566 5. PEYIA €750 modern detached 3 bedroom villa situated on private road. Available unfurnished though includes central heating throughout, pressurised water & security alarm system. Modern fitted kitchen & bathrooms. Roof terrace with sea views & private pool. website reference number: RTL_572 6. CHLORAKA €750 modern detached 4 bedroom 3 bathroom villa with ground floor bedroom & bathroom. Beautifully furnished

TO LET PAPHOS with good quality modern furniture includes sky satellite, fly screens & feature fireplace with modern gas fire. Private pool offering views of the sea. Off street parking. Situated within walking distance of bus routes & shops. website reference number: RTL_611 7. MESOGI €1250 luxury detached 4 bedroom 5 bathroom villas. One bedroom & ensuite on ground floor. Spacious kitchen with separate utility room. Available unfurnished though includes gas central heating plus real fireplace in living area. Enclosed garden & private pool offering stunning views. Gated entrance with undercover parking. Situated on a private road. website reference number: RTL_628 8. CHLORAKA €2,200 substantial luxury 4 bedroom villa, spacious (350 sq meters), beautifully designed with unique detail. Conservatory with views of landscaped gardens. Large modern fitted kitchen, living room with working fireplace. Circular dining room with vaulted dome ceiling. Stunning private pool area. Available unfurnished. website reference number: RTL_579 Tel: 97790883 office: 26271858 visit our website for many more properties www.mrrent-paphos. net email: info@mrrent-paphos. net

****************************** LONG TERM RENTALS 1. GEROSKIPOU a large 2 bed apartment with large balcony facing the sea, covered parking, a/c, communal pool. €330 pcm 2. TALA 2 bed fully furnished apartment. Stunning sea views, large balcony, well kept gardens, communal pool, and quiet area. €340 pcm 3. CHLORAKAS first floor 2 bed

TO LET PAPHOS apartment, new kitchen and bathroom, very well furnished, two parking spaces, a/c, quiet area, easy access to town centre and a communal pool. €370 pcm 4. EMBA un-furnished 3 bed 2 bathroom villa, private gated parking, a/c, large kitchen with white goods, cul-de-sac. NO POOL. €445 pcm THIS IS JUST A SMALL SELCTION OF PROPERTIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE AND MANY MORE PLEASE CALL EITHER 96 545 174 OR E-MAIL ON info@unique-consultancy.eu LANDLORDS; WE NEED YOUR PROPERTIES NOW. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT. ****************************** KILI – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom villa, with swimming pool and garden, unfurnished, gas central heating, large verandas, lovely mountain views, very quiet and tranquil area, €500 per month o.n.o. Call: 99479006 PAPHOS / PEYIA VILLA, villa for rent in Peyia, 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, large sitting-dining area, fully airconditioned and heated, unfurnished, panoramic views, large parking, low rent contact: 99490953, 26815534 FOR RENT A selection of 1 to 5 bedroom houses & apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi, Chlorakas & Kato Paphos Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at are website www.cyprussands.com Fully Registered Company in Cyprus

****************************** FLOWRON PROPERTY RENTALS: Offering a full range of property services, the company you can TRUST. Armou 2 bed Townhouse on a small complex of Townhouses in a lovely quiet and peaceful location, with small back garden, great views, communal pool, 2 bedrooms with en suites + guest

TO LET PAPHOS WC. Pets welcome. Offered unfurnished Ref: 1204 €370 AYIA MARINOUDA a 3 bedroom villa with an additional loft room conversion with en suite. Property has a downstairs bedroom, sitting/dining area, separate utility area with granite work tops, 2 bedrooms on the top level master en suite. Central heating, AC, fly screens, private pool, enclosed and fenced garden. Ref: 1199 €900 Mesogi 4 bedroom villa with private pool, nice quality fixtures, granite work tops, separate utility room, downstairs bedroom with en suite, fireplace, ac, 3 upstairs bedroom master en suite, separate bath, nice views, pets welcome, offered unfurnished Ref 783 €700 CHLORAKA 4 bedroom large villa with quality fittings , furnished to a very high standard, downstairs bedroom, 3 upstairs, en suites, bathroom, private pool, decking, fantastic sea views, near Tombs of the Kings Ref: 806 €850 SECRET VALLEY 2 bed villas furnished or unfurnished with private pool, downstairs bedroom, kitchen , sitting/dining area, guest wc, upstairs large master bedroom with en suite bath, large veranda. Nice location with sea views and off street parking: Ref: 1198 €450 PEGEIA 4 bed villa unfurnished, 2 downstairs bedrooms, large sitting/dining area, Italian kitchen with white goods, 2 bedrooms upstairs with outside large veranda. Property is of a high standard with central heating, full AC, off street parking, private pool, stunning views, quiet location. Ref: 765 €900 Mesogi Large 3 bedroom apartment with full AC, bathroom, kitchen, separate utility room, clean and tidy building with without communal area, walking distance to all local amenities. Offered unfurnished Ref: 818 €400 Sea Caves 2 bedroom town house, furnished with central heating, fire place, nice sea views, walking distance to Paphos the sea Ref 819 €300

TO LET PAPHOS Please call for a free viewing on Office 26600450 Mobile: 97614070 many more properties on our website at www. flowron.com - Your Vision is our Mission LANDLORDS IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT, PLEASE CALL US!!!!!! ****************************** 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

****************************** RENTAL POINT - PAPHOS 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. €425.00 or near offer 2 EMBA 3 bed 2 bath unfurnished villa in handy location close to the shopping areas. Property also has separate 1 bed apartment on the lower level. Large open plan living area and dining area. Fully fitted dining/kitchen with appliances. Guest WC. 3 double bedrooms one with en-suite. Family bathroom. Separate 1 bed apartment on lower level. Perfect for dual living. Small garden & and parking. €550.00 a month.

British High Commission announces the sale of a duty free diplomatic vehicle FOR SALE AT A RESERVED PRICE OF €5100 Toyota Hilux Double Cabin Pickup Truck. Registered - November 2006. Reg No - KPB 040 Cubic Capacity - 2494cc. Miles/Kms 83470 Manual Gearbox. Colour - Silver This is a tax free vehicle! Unless you are tax exempt, duty will be required to be paid before taking delivery. The vehicle can be viewed by appointment by calling the following Tel No: 99221449 Closed bids (double sealed) including contact details, delivered to the address below, by 1230pm on the 20th February 2013. Bids will be opened and the successful purchaser informed on the 21st February 2013. Transport Manager (PSM), British High Commission, PO Box 21978, Nicosia 1587, Cyprus

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3. GIOLOU – 5 bed unfurnished villa consisting of 3 bed, 2 bath main house (bungalow) with self contained 2 bed apartment with own entrance. Main house, open plan living area, beamed ceilings with feature fireplace. Dining space and kitchen. 3 bedrooms, master with en-suite and family bathroom. Covered balcony with sea and rural views, swimming pool and garden areas. Lower level apartment reached via the main house or separate entrance. Large open plan living area, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. €850.00 per month

7. LOWER PEYIA – 3 bed, 2.5 bath part furnished villa situated in quiet cul du sac. Open plan living and dining area with doors out the to pool and garden.. Very large breakfast fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 3 double bedrooms. Master bedroom very large with en-suite shower. Family bathroom. Private pool, gardens, shutters. €550.00 per month or close offers only.

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Sport Nadal overcomes slow start in Chile By Javier Leira RAFA Nadal overcame a slow start to beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-2 and advance to the third round of the Chilean Open with his first singles victory in seven months in the early hours of yesterday morning. Nadal lost his serve in the first game but quickly hit back, taking command of the match and winning the first set in 50 minutes at the Pacific resort city of Vina

del Mar. The French Open champion seemed surprised when Delbonis took a 2-0 lead, but with some fierce shots he put things in their place. The former world number one began to vary his game and showed greater mobility in a one-sided second set which he wrapped up in 38 minutes. “I feel happy to be playing singles again. It’s been an important day for me,” Nadal told local television after the match. “Thanks for supporting

me. I’d never dreamed of a comeback like this,” he added in front of an ecstatic crowd. “It was a tough start. Federico played really well and forced me to run a lot”. Nadal took advantage of four of his eleven chances to break Delbonis’s serve. The Spanish left-hander had been out with a knee injury since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June. “I’m happy the knee responded well,” Nadal add-

ed. In the quarter finals, Nadal will play against the winner of yesterday’s match between Spaniards Albert Montanes and Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The 26-year-old Nadal, whose plan to resume at the end of 2012 was delayed due to illness, will continue playing on his favourite clay surface at two other Latin American events this month, the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo next week and the Mexico Open in Acapulco from February 25.

The Spaniard is playing again after seven months out injured

Wales ready for French exchange Halfpenny urges under fire side to play like champions

By Nemanja Bjedov

By Andrew Baldock

IN BRIEF

LEIGH Halfpenny has urged Wales to play like champions in Paris tomorrow after their grip on the RBS 6 Nations title was loosened after their defeat to Ireland in last weekend’s tournament opener. Form and history is stacked against Wales, given they have claimed only three away wins at France’s expense since 1975 and have not beaten another Test-playing country for 11 months. The current run of eight successive defeats is Wales’ worst results sequence in 10 years, and their latest French assignment immediately follows Les Bleus’ shock defeat to Italy. “We still believe in ourselves, we still believe in our ability and the work we put in throughout the week,” Wales full-back Halfpenny said. “We are not in crisis. There is one game down and the tournament is still wide

Baghdatis blows it in Zagreb

Leigh Halfpenny (centre) knows that form and history is stacked against Wales, given they have claimed only three away wins at France’s expense since 1975 and have not beaten another Test-playing country for 11 months open. “At the end of the day, we are the defending champions, and that means something. We have to go out and play like we are champions. “We have to make sure we are putting the work in throughout the week and believe that every time we take to that pitch we are going to win. That is the attitude we

have to have on Saturday.” Wales’ 43-minute no show against Ireland saw them outplayed, outthought and horribly outscored as their Millennium Stadium visitors racked up 30 points. Although Wales subsequently rallied with three tries of their own, too much damage had already been caused by Brian O’Driscoll, Simon Zebo, Jonathan Sex-

ton and company. Interim head coach Rob Howley will announce his team for the France clash today, with changes expected up-front following Ireland’s 30-22 success. Wales, now ranked 10th in the world below the likes of Argentina, Samoa and Italy, need a response this weekend or face hurtling towards possible Six Nations wooden

spoon territory. “I thought we reacted well in the second-half against Ireland, but it is not acceptable to be 30 points down before you react. We need to react from the start,” Halfpenny added. “We did talk things through and about where we could create opportunities, but the execution wasn’t there and there is no excuse for that.”

MARCOS Baghdatis failed to serve out the match in the second set and eventually fell to Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-7(2), 4-6 in the second round of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors yesterday afternoon. The match started well for the Cypriot, who after serving first, broke the Slovenian’s serve to take an early 2-0 lead. However, Kavcic responded in the same fashion by breaking the Cypriot and then holding his serve to get back on level terms. There were no more breaks of serve until the eighth game, when Baghdatis broke his opponent again to take a 5-3 lead and then calmly served the set out, sealing it with his fourth ace of the match. The 27-year-old then broke Kavcic’s serve in the ninth game of the second set to take a 5-4 lead, but the Slovenian bounced back and broke Baghdatis straight back before taking the set after a tie-break to force a decider. A single break of serve early on proved to be more than enough for Kavcic to secure victory and advance to the quarter-finals of the event after two hours and ten minutes.

Garnett leads Rondo-less Celtics to fifth straight win

Maiden super-G win gives American Ligety world title

London event drops taxes to lure Bolt for July meet

KEVIN Garnett recorded a season-high 27 points as the Boston Celtics continued to prosper in the absence of Rajon Rondo by holding off the Toronto Raptors 9995 to secure a fifth successive win. The Celtics, who were expected to fade from the postseason picture when Rondo went down with a seasonending knee injury, have instead gone on a storming run, with all five of their victories coming since the All-Star guard was hurt. Garnett has been the subject of persistent trade rumours as the February 21 deadline approaches but it appears increasingly unlikely that he will be leaving.

AMERICAN skier Ted Ligety picked the right occasion to win the first super-G of his career, becoming the discipline’s world champion. Ligety, the best giant slalom specialist on the Alpine ski circuit and ready to defend his world crown in the shorter discipline next week, made the best of a course suiting his technical skills to win in one minute 23.96 seconds. It was the American’s third major title after the combined Olympic gold in Sestriere in 2006 and the giant slalom world gold in Garmisch-Partenkirchen two years ago. “It’s wonderful. I can’t believe it. It was a tough race, slippery with tough turns but I kept fighting,” he said.

OLYMPIC sprint champion Usain Bolt and other overseas athletes will be able to compete tax-free in this year’s London Diamond League event at the Olympic Stadium after the British finance minister agreed to a “one-off” exemption. Jamaican Bolt, who won three golds at last year’s London Games, had not previously raced in the United Kingdom since 2009 because of tax rules which would have left him out of pocket. The London meeting switched from its traditional Crystal Palace home to the Olympic Stadium to mark the first anniversary of the Games on July 27.


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Sport Australia report says drug use ‘widespread’

Lefty commands the spotlight at Pebble Beach

By James Grubel

Mickelson expects big things this season By Mark Lamport-Stokes CELEBRITIES such as actor Bill Murray and singer Huey Lewis have established a high profile at the Pebble Beach National ProAm but no one will command a greater share of the spotlight this week than defending champion Phil Mickelson. Fresh from a scintillating display of dominant golf at the Phoenix Open where he clinched his 41st PGA Tour victory by four shots on Sunday, Mickelson returns to the picturesque surrounds of Pebble Beach Golf Links close to the best form of his career. The American left-hander has long been renowned for his magical short game and exciting shot-making but he is especially excited by his much improved accuracy since acquiring a new driver which he put into play for the first time last week. “It just changed my whole deal,” a beaming Mickelson told reporters after closing with a four-under-par 67 on the Stadium Course at the TPC Scottsdale. “The fact that this club is so easy to hit now, I think it’s going to change the rest of the year for me. I really do.

“My iron play has always been the strength of my game ... but to drive it as easily as I did in play and to have the misses be so much less is going to set up for a very good year, I believe.” Armed with his new Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver, four-time major champion Mickelson pounded the ball long and straight for most of the week at Scottsdale, and came within a whisker of shooting a 59 in the opening round. “To be able to make a driver that spins this low with this much loft for me has never been done,” said the 42-year-old, who had previously used a less-lofted model while adopting a more upward swing plane. “Now I’m able to make the same golf swing as my irons. It really could be a revolutionary club for me.” Twelve months ago, Mickelson charged to victory by two shots at Pebble Beach after firing a flawless eightunder-par 64, and he is delighted to be back on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula as he bids to win the pro-am celebrity event for a fourth time. “It’s one of my favourite places to play golf,” said the world number 10. “It’s just a special week.” The $6.5 million event will

be played on three courses: the hosting Pebble Beach Golf Links and its sister venues Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula Shore. “I’m a big fan of the addition of the Monterey Peninsula,” Mickelson said. “It’s one of my favourite golf courses anywhere in the world now and what a great addition it’s been to go along with Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. “We play three of the most amazing golf courses on tour and all combined in one week.” Mickelson faces a strong Pebble Beach field which includes two other members of the world’s top 10 - sixth-ranked American Brandt Snedeker and Englishman Lee Westwood (eighth), who will make his first PGA Tour appearance of the year. Also competing are triple major champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland and long-hitting American Dustin Johnson, tournament champion in 2009 and 2010. An impressive list of celebrities for this week includes actors Ray Romano, Andy Garcia and Chris O’Donnell, musician Kenny G, National Hockey League great Wayne Gretzky and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Confident: Phil Mickelson says he now has the driving ability to match his brilliant short play

USADA extends deadline for Armstrong to cooperate By Mark Lamport-Stokes

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong finally confessed to cheating in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month

THE US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has given disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong two more weeks to cooperate fully in an investigation into cycling’s darkest episode in return for a possible reduction of his life ban. Armstrong had initially been set a February 6 deadline by USADA to answer questions under oath, but that was extended on Wednesday after the athlete’s attorney Timothy Herman said the timing for an interview could not be accommodated. “We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling,” chief executive Travis Tygart said. “We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to

happen.” After years of denials, Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month that he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles with systematic use of banned, performance - enhancing drugs. Last year he was stripped of his titles after being labeled a “serial cheat” by the USADA.

CLEAN COMEBACK Tygart then told the CBS 60 Minutes programme on January 27 that his agency had requested an interview with Armstrong while disputing the cyclist’s claims of a clean comeback in 2009. “His blood tests in 2009, 2010 ... one to a million chance that it was due to something other than doping,” Tygart said. In a letter to USADA on January 25, Herman said his client was willing to cooperate with the agency but that pre-existing obligations made the February 6 dead-

line impossible. In that letter, Herman raised questions about the role of the USADA in ridding cycling of performanceenhancing drugs. He noted that “professional cycling is and has been largely a European sport”. Herman applauded the International Cycling Union’s announcement that it would work with the World AntiDoping Agency in a broad probe into the use of drugs and rely on a “truth and reconciliation” process. “As such, we would like to make sure we coordinate with the truth and reconciliation process to examine the culture of doping in cycling in the past and to clear the air so that cycling can move forward,” Herman wrote. Armstrong, 41, said in his interview with Winfrey on her cable network OWN that the lifetime ban against him was like a “death penalty”. He added that he had no ambitions to return to professional cycling but would like to compete in sanctioned athletic events.

THE use of performance enhancing drugs is “widespread” among professional and amateur athletes in Australia, a government report which rocked the sports-mad country said yesterday. Australia is proud of its reputation as a nation that plays fair and the report’s findings were explosive with one former head of the national anti-doping agency describing it as the “blackest day” in the country’s sporting history. The report was the result of a one-year probe by Australia’s leading criminal intelligence organisation into the use of drugs, both performance enhancing and recreational, as well as the association of organised crime with the trade. “The findings are shocking and they will disgust Australian sports fans,” Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said at a news conference. “It has found the use of substances, including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs, is widespread amongst professional athletes. “We are talking about multiple athletes across a number of codes. We’re talking about a number of teams. “The findings indicate the drugs are being facilitated by sports scientists, coaches, support staff as well as doctors and pharmacists. “In some cases, sports scientists and others are orchestrating the doping of entire teams. In some cases, players are being administered substances which have not yet been approved for human use.” The report said that organised crime was involved in the distribution of the drugs, which exposes players to the possibility of being co-opted into matchfixing, Clare added. One such case had been identified and was being investigated, he said, without indicating which code was involved. The government said it would do all in its power to crack down on the scourge. “If you want to dope and cheat, we will catch you, if you want to fix a match, we will catch you,” Sports Minister Kate Lundy told reporters. Lundy said evidence of breaches of the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) code would be passed on to the Australian Sports AntiDoping Authority (ASADA) for further investigation, while the agency’s authority would be reinforced by legislation. Lundy said the major sports codes would establish “integrity units” to counter doping and match-fixing, would cooperate with police and ASADA on investigations and encourage players breaching rules to own up.


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Sport

Germany rediscover winning mentality in rare France win

Beaten Cyprus rue Serbian ‘gifts’

Loew’s side win in France for first time since 1935

By Nemanja Bjedov

By Karolos Grohmann GERMANY hailed the 2-1 friendly victory over France in Paris on Wednesday as a welcome return of a winning mentality for Joachim Loew’s side, who ended a 26-year barren run against their neighbours. The Germans may claim to have little interest in statistics, having beaten France in World Cup semifinals in 1982 and again four years later, but a first win on French soil since 1935 did not go unnoticed. With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil looming large on the horizon, the visitors were well aware of the importance that a victory would bring as they look to build momentum towards ending a trophy drought stretching back to 1996 “We played really well, we won and we now seem to have our winning mentality back,” said winger Thomas Mueller, who cancelled out France’s first half lead with a fine finish in the 51st minute. Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira then snatched a 73rd-minute winner to secure Germany’s first success over France in any match

The long wait is over: Thomas Mueller (left) and Sami Khedira (No.6) were both on target for Germany, who beat France for the first time in any match since 1987 since 1987. The Germans were unaffected by a string of late withdrawals due to injury, including the absence of midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Goetze and Marco Reus, and looked sharp throughout much of the game. “This game showed that even friendlies can be real tests,” said Loew, whose team played much of the second half without a recognised striker when Mario Gomez was replaced by Toni Kroos in the 58th minute. “My players put in the effort and ran a lot. There

were some good things happening on the pitch and we were clearly the better team.” The Germans, top of their World Cup qualifying Group C on 10 points from four matches, were in dire need of a good result following two below-par performances in recent matches. An uninspiring scoreless stalemate against the Netherlands in a friendly followed a remarkable 4-4 home draw against Sweden late last year, ending Germany’s 100 per cent record in Group C after the Swedes battled back from a four-

goal deficit. Critics had started to question whether Loew’s team could match their abundance of talent with a killer instinct that prevailed in successful German squads of the past. Defeats against Spain in the Euro 2008 final and a 2010 World Cup semi-final, as well as a shock Euro 2012 semi-final exit against an unfancied Italy have heaped pressure on Loew’s squad to finally deliver. Even French reporters compared the current German crop to France’s ‘magnificent losers’, the glorious-

ly talented team of the 1980s that fell agonisingly short in those two World Cup semifinals. Loew did not respond to a question comparing the sides in a pre-match news conference but Wednesday’s victory has instantly raised hopes among successstarved German fans, desperate to see the three-time World and European champions lift another trophy. Germany should strengthen their position at the top of Group C with routine victories in back-to-back qualifiers against Kazakhstan next month.

Ecuador beat Portugal in thriller By Daniel Alvarenga

Ecuador remain unbeaten in seven games as they enjoy a best-ever 12th place in the FIFA rankings

STRIKER Felipe Caicedo grabbed a stunning winner as Ecuador beat Portugal 3-2 on Wednesday in a thrilling international friendly that featured an embarrassing own goal and a Cristiano Ronaldo moment of magic. Wingers Ronaldo and Ecuador’s Antonio Valencia scored one each in the first half of a match that treated fans at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes to a feast of attacking play and chances. Ronaldo’s goal, which levelled the score in the 23rd minute, came after he chased a backheel from Fabio Coentrao and unleashed a delightful volley. Portugal pulled ahead in the second half through a Helder Postiga tap-in but just when the hosts looked on top Joao Pereira gifted Ecuador an own goal when he misjudged a back pass. Caicedo compounded Portugal’s woes by firing in to put Ecuador in front with 20 minutes to go. The defeat means Portugal have failed to win their last four matches while Ecuador remain unbeaten in seven games as they enjoy a best-ever 12th place in the FIFA rankings, six places above 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil.

“We dominated for most of the match but lost a bit of fluidity at some point,” Portugal coach Paulo Bento told Portuguese television. “We were unlucky not to keep our advantage. I think we had a good match despite the mistakes.” Portugal, who are third in World Cup qualifying Group F, will hope to have learnt from their errors by the time they play their next qualifiers in March. “Regardless of the result we were always going to be under pressure when we play the qualifiers against Israel and Azerbaijan next month,” added Bento, whose team are level on seven points from four games with secondplaced Israel and five adrift of group leaders Russia. Manchester United winger Valencia punished some lax defending from Portugal early on with a header but Ronaldo, who turned 28 on Tuesday, equalised with a sweet volley after a series of first-time touches from his team mates. Postiga put Portugal ahead in the second half, but moments later Pereira horribly misjudged a back pass to goalkeeper Eduardo. With Portugal’s back four shaken, Caicedo grabbed a memorable winner from outside the box, connecting with a first-time shot from a Christian Benitez chested ball.

DUSAN Tadic scored twice either side of halftime to cap a great performance, before Dusan Basta tapped in Serbia’s third in a 3-1 victory over Cyprus on Wednesday night at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. The hosts broke the deadlock with 19 minutes played when Constantinos Makrides beat Vladimir Stojkovic from inside the area after a perfect first-time pass by APOEL’s Constantinos Charalambides but that was as good as it got. “We played a difficult match against a very good side and we showed two faces. In the first half we were very good as we played well together, while in the second half everything went down the drain,” said Cyprus coach Nikos Nioplias. “We gifted two goals to our opponents and at this level gifts are simply not allowed,” he added. “In the first half our players were excellent and I would like to praise Pieros Soteriou’s performance. Although he was making his debut, he played as if he already had 50 caps for the national team. Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic handed debuts to Nikola Durdjic and Branislav Trajkovic and he was pleased with his side’s performance, despite the empty stands of the biggest stadium on the island. “The overall impression is a positive one. Unfortunately the atmosphere at the stadium was not very inspiring. I remember some other matches played under similar conditions and I know that it is very difficult to find motivation,” he said. “However, my players played very well and this is what I wanted to see. “Most of them are not in top shape and that is why they looked a bit tired. Anyhow, I am satisfied with the performance of all of them. I believe that now I have a better picture of what they can all do. They followed the game plan to play with a lot of pressure on the ball high up the pitch and we also tried to play with a lot of short passes. “It is good that we created chances, but only a few of them were really clear-cut scoring opportunities,” added Mihajlovic whose side now return to Zagreb in March where they will face Croatia in a vital World Cup 2014 qualification clash. Cyprus meanwhile are rock bottom of qualifying Group E and their next stop will be in Switzerland, also in late March.


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Sport Strachan keen to see players express themselves By Gavin McCafferty

Brilliant: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale (right) celebrates his man of the match performance after terrorising Austria in a 2-1 win

Bale show delights Coleman By Andrew Gwilym GARETH Bale again stole the headlines and underlined his importance to Wales with a man of the match display in their 2-1 win over Austria at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tottenham winger scored his 10th goal for his country with a smart finish as he made full use of Joe Allen’s lovely lofted pass to open the scoring in the 21st minute. He then turned provider seven minutes after the break - his pin-point cross allowing substitute Sam Vokes to head in the second - before being withdrawn on the hour. Marc Janko pulled a goal

‘There are not many players who can do what he does,’ claims Wales manager back for Austria, but Bale’s contribution ensured it was Wales who claimed a muchneeded win, just the second of Chris Coleman’s tenure, ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Scotland and Croatia next month. Bale now has seven goals in his last nine internationals and prior to Vokes’ header the 23-year-old had been the only player to score for Wales during Coleman’s time in charge.

Having seen his star man continue a sparkling run of form which is reportedly attracting the attentions of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Coleman was effusive in his praise. He said: “There are not many players that can do what he does. “The cross for the second goal was great, he is such a threat and we know when we have him in the team we can afford to go without the

ball for periods because he is such a danger when we get it to him. “He changes the feel of a game and he is a big plus for us when he is playing on that form. He did two things tonight that not many players can do.” While Coleman was able to start Bale and Craig Bellamy together for the first time during his reign, he had to do without Aaron Ramsey after the Arsenal midfielder pulled

out with a calf problem. Coleman does not believe the injury is too serious, although he is unsure if Ramsey will be fit for the Gunners’ clash with Sunderland tomorrow. “I don’t know if he will be ready for the weekend, it’s a tough one but maybe if his calf settles down,” said Coleman. “We maybe could have played him, but if something happens and we send him back injured it is not ideal. We are trying to build relationships with clubs. “When the doctor looked at it and red-flagged it, we could not take that risk. He may have a chance for the weekend but I don’t know.”

Del Bosque successfully blooding new generation By Mark Elkington

Spain’s defensive kingpin Carles Puyol won his 100th international cap against Uruguay. Coach Del Bosque is looking to the future, as he gave debuts to three players

VICENTE del Bosque had his eyes fixed on battles to come in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup and this summer’s Confederations Cup when he gave three players their debuts in Spain’s 3-1 friendly victory over Uruguay. Chelsea right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 23, Malaga playmaker Isco, 20, and Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez, 25, all stepped up in Doha and showed the slow transition to a new generation of players was progressing smoothly. “They are players who will improve our squad and who have adapted normally to the group without any problems,” Spain coach Del Bosque told a news conference. “They did what they had to do. They were faithful to the characteristics that prompted us to call them up.” The world and European champions shrugged off inju-

ries to first-choice stalwarts such as goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas, and midfielders Xavi and Xabi Alonso to triumph. Casillas will not be back after surgery on a finger in time for Spain’s World Cup qualifier at home to Finland on March 22, or for the trip to play France four days later. Barcelona’s Victor Valdes was a reliable substitute in goal, however, and is likely to be in the number one jersey when Spain take on the Group I joint-leaders in a clash of huge significance in Paris next month. While the debutants may not feature against Finland or France, it is highly likely some of them will be taken to Brazil for the Confederations Cup in June. “It’s two-and-a-half months since we were all together to play a game,” added the avuncular Del Bosque, who always places a high premium on dressing room harmony. “It was important for us to

get together ahead of these games. The most important aspect of it is the contact between the players. “We should remember what awaits us in March. We start from now preparing for two extremely difficult encounters. If the spirit between us all is healthy and positive we will be closer to succeeding.” Spain are unbeaten in World Cup qualifying but conceded a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 in Madrid, when they took on their closest rivals for the top spot in the Group, France, last October. “We have had routines established for a long time now, and we have a fairly stable squad,” former Real Madrid boss Del Bosque added. “The important thing is to incorporate new players and not to lose the competitive spirit, whether we are playing a friendly or not. We have to know how to compete. Time with the national team is important, and the players know that.”

GORDON Strachan vowed to play to Scotland’s attacking strengths after starting his career as an international manager with a forwardheavy formation against Estonia. Strachan deployed a 4-2-3-1 starting system with Steven Naismith, Shaun Maloney and Chris Burke playing behind centre-forward Steven Fletcher as Scotland won 1-0 at Pittodrie thanks to Charlie Mulgrew’s first-half strike. Robert Snodgrass and Kris Commons were given second-half appearances and Strachan will encourage such players to run at opponents when Scotland face Wales and Serbia in World Cup qualifiers on March 22 and 26 respectively. Strachan said: “If that’s the players we have got... I look at the bench and see we have got a lot of them. “We are a bit thin on the ground defender-wise but we have got players who I want to express themselves, beat players, make things happen. “And they tried it. There is a certain point where we need to move it if we can’t get through, but I thought the players who I asked to beat players did that well.” Burke was particularly impressive on the right flank, beating his man on numerous occasions, running beyond him, linking well with full-back Alan Hutton and delivering several dangerous crosses. Strachan was stunned to hear the 29-year-old had not played for Scotland since 2006, when he made his only two previous appearances in the successful Kirin Cup campaign. “It shows you what I am like, if they look good, I am not fussed,” he said. “He has been playing well at Birmingham. My assistant at Celtic, and everywhere I have been (Garry Pendrey), goes to every Birmingham game and he says he is the best player Birmingham have got along with Curtis Davies. While Strachan has resurrected Burke’s international prospects, the goal came courtesy of a player who has rejuvenated his own career after failing to earn a regular place at Celtic under the Scotland boss. Strachan sold Mulgrew to Wolves but the versatile player, who lined up at left-back on Wednesday night, has made himself a key player at Parkhead after returning to the club following a spell at Aberdeen. Strachan said: “Charlie just seems more at ease with himself and more outgoing than he was as a young man. “He takes more responsibility on. He has taken a few knocks and worked his way back to this position.”


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Nadal overcomes slow start in Chile 28

Germany rediscover winning mentality in rare France win 30

Wilshere evokes memories of Gazza for excited England Lampard: ‘He is going to be a massive player in the world’ By Mark Meadows

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NGLISH football held its breath twice this week because of Paul Gascoigne, firstly when he was admitted to an alcohol treatment centre and secondly after Jack Wilshere showed England may finally have found his heir apparent. ‘Gazza’ became a national hero with his performances and tears as England reached the 1990 World Cup semi-finals but since drinking curtailed his career, England have been crying out for a ball carrier who can beat men and pick a perfect pass. Steven Gerrard was perhaps the closest England had come but the 32-yearold captain was happy to sit back in Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly win over Brazil and let a man 11 years his junior light up Wembley. Not many players give away

Great expectations: Jack Wilshere gave a man of the match display in England’s 2-1 win over Brazil. The Arsenal midfielder is seen as the heir apparent to Paul Gascoigne (right), who is currently staying at an alcohol treatment centre in the US early penalties against the might of Brazil and end up being man of the match but Wilshere fully justified Gerrard’s pre-match comments about the “scary” Arsenal man having the potential to become one of the best in the world. Coach Roy Hodgson agreed after Wilshere’s defencesplitting pass helped set up

Wayne Rooney for England’s opener after Ronaldinho spared his blushes after a debatable handball by having his penalty expertly saved by Joe Hart. “As long as he is comfortable with the expectations, why should I worry?,” Hodgson told reporters. “To be frank, if Jack Wilshere keeps up that level

of performance he will soon justify all the expectations. He was very, very good as was Theo Walcott, who terrorised the left side of their defence.” Walcott was indeed impressive and gave Brazil left back Adriano a torrid time but he has yet to boast the assuredness and maturity beyond his years of Wilshere, who

overran the ball a couple of times but was otherwise in a different class. Unlike troubled Gascoigne, who even as a player occasionally lost his head, Wilshere seems grounded yet fierce in the tackle. His ability to ghost past defenders with his spindly legs is almost reminiscent of Lionel Messi while at the very

least England can say he is their answer to Spain’s Andres Iniesta. It might have been very different for a midfielder who only came back from 15 months out with an ankle problem in October amid Arsenal and England fears that he may never play again. Wilshere, only picking up his seventh cap, outplayed Brazil’s much hyped Neymar, who despite his garish hair colour failed to shine and missed a sitter in the first half. Fortunately for the Santos striker, who has surprisingly stayed in Brazil rather than heading for the European leagues, substitute Fred brought the visitors level after the break in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first game back as coach. His goal owed much to a dreadful error from Gary Cahill in a reminder to Hodgson with March World Cup qualifiers in San Marino and Montenegro on the horizon, that all is not well in central defence after the exits of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. Another old stager Frank Lampard wrapped up England’s first win over Brazil in 23 years with a fine finish on the hour and later praised the man who may have taken his first-team place. “Jack Wilshere is a fantastic player, his technical ability, his quality on the ball. He is going to be a massive player for England and in the world,” Lampard said.

‘Hugging hooligan’ gives Messi shock embrace

Sealed with a kiss: the Swedish man embraces the World Player of the Year before planting a smacker on his head

ARGENTINA and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi found himself in the arms of a Swedish man with a history of criminal activity who stormed the pitch when Argentina met Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday night. Despite Argentina dominating the Swedes at the Friends Arena, one Swedish man in the crowd didn’t go home sour. With Argentina leading 3-1 with only minutes left in the game, a member of the crowd stormed the pitch and headed directly for Messi. The fan, wearing jeans and a Messi Barcelona jersey, embraced the footballing phenomenon and ruffled his hair, before being carted off by the security guards who were in hot pursuit. While Messi seemed somewhat unfazed by the cuddly attack, the fan was left beaming. “Getting to meet Messi makes it worth the fine,” the

spectator told the Aftonbladet newspaper after the game. “It was a dream come true. Messi has had success in Barcelona, so this was just my way of showing my love to him. I gave him a kiss on the forehead. He is my idol, the best of all time. Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) is not even close to Messi.” The incident wasn’t the first time the man made headlines by storming the pitch to cuddle with an interna-

‘Getting to meet Messi was worth the fine. It was a dream come true’

tional football star. During Brazil’s visit to Sweden in 2006, the same man ran onto the field at Stockholm’s Rasunda arena to hug Ronaldinho. As recently as November last year, the man was fined 2,000 kronor ($315) for storming a match in Sweden’s professional league, wrote Aftonbladet. The man claims, however, that he is not a criminal and that police officers have just been making “mountains out of molehills”. Messi failed to score but his team outplayed Sweden to seal a 3-2 win. Argentina took the lead in the third minute when Mikael Lustig steered Gonzalo Higuain’s shot into his own net and the Swedes found it hard to get a grip on the game as their opponents retained possession with ease. Sweden equalised when Jonas Olsson headed home Kim Kallstrom’s corner after 17 minutes, but Sergio

Aguero restored Argentina’s lead almost immediately with a deft chip. The South Americans went 3-1 up in the 23rd minute when Higuain fired home after Andreas Isaksson could only parry Messi’s powerful shot. Rasmus Elm claimed a late consolation in added time for the Swedes as they fell to their first defeat at the Friends Arena, firing a thunderous free kick into the top corner with almost the last kick of the game. “We scored the goals quickly and that gave us calm to get good control of the ball. The important thing was to try to play well and win,” Aguero told reporters.

Cyprus Mail newspaper 2013 February 8  

Cyprus Mail 2013 February 8

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