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Shiarly rubbishes ‘dirty money’ slurs Finance minister quizzed by Dutch lawmakers on Russian deposits By Elias Hazou

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INANCE Minister Vassos Shiarly was yesterday confronted with some of the misinformation recently being bandied about Europe in relations to Russian deposits, and money laundering in Cyprus. Shiarly was on a mission to the Netherlands to debunk accusations that the island is a money-laundering and tax haven – allegations that could jeopardise the indebted island’s request for a rescue package for which European taxpayers would foot the bill. The minister was quizzed by skeptical lawmakers at the finance committee of the Dutch parliament in the Hague, some of whom have joined their German counterparts in questioning the wisdom of approving a bailout for Cyprus. During a question and answer session following his address to the committee, Shiarly was asked by one MP about the €2.5 billion Russian loan for Cyprus approved in 2011. He told them there was no “hidden agenda” with regards to the loan. This is a totally pure, totally commercial loan,” he said. Another Dutch MP asked him if it were true that Cyprus banks held €150 billion in deposits. Shiarly called this a gross exaggeration. He said that deposits actually total €70 billion. Domestic deposits account for €45 billion, he said, whereas less than €30

billion was from foreign depositors, of which €15 billion was from Russian depositors. Addressing the allegations of money laundering, Shiarly repeated that Cyprus had nothing to hide. He said inspectors from both the International Monetary Fund and other organisations, such as Moneyval of the Council of Europe, had recently been to the island and given Cyprus high scores vis a vis compliance with anti-money-laundering measures. “We’ve done everything that was requested,” Shiarly told Dutch MPs. “We are very understanding of sensitivities in certain areas. We will leave it to them. We don’t put pressure on our partners.” “If someone suggests that they [inspectors] return to the island, I would say: ‘Come tomorrow, today even, we are ready, we have nothing to hide.” Cyprus has been in the spotlight after certain EU leaders suggested investment flows between Russia and Cyprus are disproportionate, creating the suspicion that laundering may be behind the transactions. It was precisely these notions that Shiarly sought to dispel yesterday. On the sharing of information for tax purposes, the finance minister said he had personally instructed authorities here to release data within 10 days from the date of request, even

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UK burglars steal 10,000 stamps from 95-year-old BURGLARS have stolen a collection of 10,000 stamps from the home of a 95-yearold British man, leaving him mourning the loss of his “life’s work”. West Midlands Police said the collection, amassed since the 1930s, was stolen during a break-in in the Sharman’s Cross area of Solihull between January 17 and 20.

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Scores of angry investors pushed their way into the Bank of Cyprus headquarters in Nicosia yesterday, some managing to get through the guarded lobby into several offices where pieces of furniture were sent flying FULL STORY PAGE 3

The victim, who had been enjoying a short break away, does not want to be named publically, but is nonetheless known to have collected stamps from the time that he was a schoolboy. His collection includes six albums containing British First Day Covers and around 4,000 unused stamps dating from the 1970s. Detective Constable Lucinda Wilson, of Solihull CID, said: “We’ve made inquiries with local dealers and antiques stores and are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered all or part of the collection for sale. “There are thousands of stamps in the collection but it’s not worth a vast amount of money and, of course, there’s a very limited market available for those responsible to try and sell them on. “The victim is truly devastated at losing his stamp albums so we’re also asking the people who took them to do the decent thing and return them.” A gold Rolex watch was also taken by the burglars who broke into the property through a patio door.


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Matryoshkas dolls of the Russian company Initiative Co. Ltd are seen on display at the 64th International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany yesterday. This year’s motto of the trade show was ‘Toys 3.0’ (EPA)

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ON THIS DAY FEBRUARY 1 1884

28 years ago, Wednesday February 1, 1985

The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

The House of Representatives met yesterday, its last meeting before the presidential elections on February 14, and approved amendment legislation regarding the way in which voters record their preference on voting cards.

1978 Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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The Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.

1984 Britain’s least-loved currency leaves the nation’s purses after 13 years of almost universal unpopularity.

2004 Janet Jackson’s breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.

38 years ago, Friday February 1, 1975 The preliminary hearing in the case of seven alleged coupist killers continued before Nicosia District Court yesterday, with the testimony of the survivor of an alleged coupist attack in July 1974.

48 years ago, Saturday February 1, 1965 Interior Minister Polycarpos Yorgadjis has issued the warrant for the presidential elections to be held on February 25, the official gazette announced yesterday. Candidates must submit a cash deposit of £200 by February 15. Nominations must be supported by at least nine voters. A nomination must be accompanied by the nominee’s consent in writing to stand for election.


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Investors storm BoC ‘We didn’t understand the bank’s regulations’

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By Poly Pantelides SCORES of angry people who say they were misled into investing into high yield bonds – some losing their life savings when banks stopped paying interest – yesterday pushed their way into the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) headquarters in Nicosia Earlier the demonstrators had protested outside the finance ministry and the central bank, which is next door to the BoC HQ. Dozens of police officers were monitoring the protest from the start but the demonstrators managed to enter the lobby of the BoC where they got into an argument with bank security, damaging furniture. A three-person group was eventually allowed upstairs to talk with the Bank of Cyprus chairman, Andreas Artemis, Sigmalive said. The island’s biggest lenders, Bank of Cyprus and Popular Bank, stopped paying interest for the high yield securities after incurring losses following a Greek sovereign debt writedown in late 2011, but many investors claim they were not told this was a possibility. Among those claiming fraud is Nicos Iacovou, 66, who said that in 2010 he received a phone call from the head of his bank’s branch in Limassol telling him about an opportunity to obtain high yield bonds. On the same day he was escorted to the central bank to file an application but said that he asked repeatedly whether there were any risks and was told there was none. “I am no lawyer. We didn’t understand the bank’s laws and no explanation was given,” he said. “Another bank now wants to repossess my daughter’s home and I can’t help her,” he added. Last year, the securities and exchange commission (CySEC) said banks followed

Ayia Napa soldier stabbing suspects plead not guilty

Scores of protesters gather outside the bank’s HQ regulations by listing the risks, but allowed for the possibility that people were not informed by experts. According to a leaked central bank probe it appears the banks tended to stress to investors the benefits of a high yield but downplayed, or omitted mentioning, the risks. Rea Papapericleous, 62, did concede that she read the terms of the agreement later, when the bank stopped paying interest on the €200,000 she put in, which she said was all she and her husband had. When a bank representative called her in 2011 to inform her that she could get a higher interest rate from her money, and continued calling for a few days, she said she only understood that this was a better way of taking care of her own. “We thought we’d live a little better,” she said. She said her husband was made redundant

from his job at the oil refinery plant in Larnaca when he was in his fifties, around nine years ago. “What do you do after that? Who will hire you at that age?” she said. Her daughter helped her out until recently but can no longer afford to, and her mother who has a pension is helping out with groceries and cooking. “And I then I saw the bank holding an event with expensive wines and nibbles. Why weren’t they thinking of the people who can’t get by during Christmas?” Meanwhile, the finance ministry’s permanent secretary Christos Patsalides will not recommend converting the bonds into shares on legal grounds, according to the head of the bond holders’ association, Fivos Mavrovouniotis. This goes against what the securities’ holders have previously been told. If the

(Christos Theodorides) bonds were to be converted, they would be offered at a nominal value of €1 despite selling at a fraction of that on the stock exchange. Mavrovouniotis said a committee would be set up with Cypriot and other EU experts to investigate fraud claims, reporting on his conversation with Patsalides. BoC issued an announcement later expressing its sadness over the trouble, and condemning “actions of this kind that do not help resolve the matter at all”. BoC brass met with representatives of the protesters and informed of them of efforts to find a “comprehensive solution,” the announcement said. “During (yesterday’s) meeting, the Bank’s leadership expressed its readiness to meet with the association directly, even (today) to submit a final (solution),” the bank said.

THREE TOURISTS facing the possibility of life behind bars for the manslaughter of a teenage British soldier in Ayia Napa have pleaded not guilty. Friends and family of the accused sat in court as Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman, 19, and two 17-yearolds - who can’t be named for legal reasons - pleaded not guilty at Larnaca District Court to charges of manslaughter, possession of a knife and illegal possession and use of Class B drugs. The case concerns the death of Fusilier David Lee Collins, 19, who was stabbed through the heart in the early hours of November 4 last year, whilst clubbing with three other soldiers. According to police reports, the soldiers became involved in a violent brawl with the holidaymakers, with the altercation leading to Collins being stabbed with a flick knife and succumbing to his injuries just minutes later. An autopsy concluded that Collins died from a “ruptured heart caused by a sharp instrument.” He had been serving with 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Dhekelia. The defendants all British passport holders, two of Pakistani origin and the third of Somali descent, were arrested soon after the stabbing and have been kept behind bars since. During their maiden court appearance last year, the key suspect Mohamed Abdulkadir Osman admitted to investigators that he stabbed the soldier in selfdefence, but argued that he had not meant to hurt him. A police sweep of the trios Adams Beach hotel room hours after the stabbing, unearthed 11 flickknives, two brass knuckle dusters and a quantity of high-strength cannabis.

Osman claimed the cache of knives had been purchased at an Ayia Napa gift shop and were intended as presents for his friends in London. There had been some speculation that a guilty plea from Osman, would have led to a plea agreement on lesser charges for the co-accused defendants. But after yesterday’s not guilty plea, the three men face up to life in prison if convicted.

LEGAL AID At yesterday’s hearing, public prosecutor Andri Constantinou confirmed that Osman and one of the 17-year-old defendants had been granted legal aid, after the pair had submitted a formal request last week. The state granted aid after extensive checks into the financial circumstances of the applicants. Lawyers Kypros Andreou and Theo Karamanis have been appointed to defend them, whilst Andreas Pittadjis will conduct the defence for the other man. Defence lawyers also requested a substantial amount of CCTV surveillance footage filmed near the crime scene and access to police DNA results taken from the knife used in the stabbing, which was processed by the Institute of Neurology and Genetics. Fusilier Collins’ funeral took place with a full requiem mass in his home town of Chorlton, near Manchester in late November. At the service, his commanding officer Lt Col Mike Butterwick said: “The army was going to be his life. He was loyal, he was hard-working, he was diligent, he loved the army.” The trio have been remanded in custody at Nicosia Central Prison and are due back in court on April 3. The case is expected to last several months.

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Home Make up your own mind on Cyprus issue A UNIQUE digital resource on the troubled history of Cyprus is to be launched this month. The Cyprus Critical History Archive (CCHA) is a joint initiative between the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) and PRIO Cyprus Center (PCC) to digitize, catalogue and make available to the public Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot newspaper articles on inter-communal relations and conflict-related violence during the 19551964 period. The initiative is part of the AHDR’s Multiperspectivity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education (MIDE) project, which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme – Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT). A public presentation on the archive will be held on February 8 at 7pm at the Home for Cooperation. The archive contains digitised newspaper articles which have been uploaded to an online database, which will be made public on the day of the launch. The CCHA constitutes the first attempt to offer an online trilingual collection of sources on the 1955-64 period. By providing English translations of Greek and Turkish sources, this re-

source makes readily available otherwise inaccessible material to anyone interested in Cypriot history. The purpose of the archive is to facilitate the quest for knowledge, understanding and multiperspectivity, and it is hoped it will enhance historical dialogue through access to primary sources. Emphasising access to primary material means that the CCHA encourages users to enquire into historical issues themselves, rather than accepting ready-made answers that favour particular interpretations of Cypriot history. “We’re not here to offer answers, we’re here to facilitate the asking of questions”, says Antonis Hadjikyriacou, CCHA Project Coordinator. The CCHA is an innovative initiative that has been under way for the past two years. During the initial phase of the project, that lasted about 15 months, researchers have been identifying, digitising and cataloguing material from libraries and archives all over Cyprus. Having collected tens of thousands of images, the second phase of the project concerned the uploading, summarising, and translation of articles pertinent to selected themes and topics.

The archive contains digitised newspaper articles which have been uploaded to an online database This selection was based on specific criteria, the main consideration of which was going beyond conventional wisdom and established knowledge by highlighting marginalised, but no less

important, facets of the 1955-64 period. Eventually, it is hoped that the project will broaden its temporal scope and extend up to 1974, while the typology of sources will include private and public

archival documentation, photographic archives, audio-visual material and oral accounts from Cyprus and abroad. The short film Capturing History provides a look into

the making of the Archive. For more information, please call +357 22445740 & +90 5488345740 or visit www. home4cooperation.info and www.ahdr.info or e-mail ahdr.mide@gmail.com

Business confident about prospects By Stefanos Evripidou AROUND A third of chief executive officers (CEOs) in Cyprus are confident about their company’s prospects for revenue growth this year, though almost all - 97 per cent - are not happy with the government’s handling of the financial sector, according to a recent global survey. According to the 16th Annual Global CEO Survey, 34 per cent of CEOs in Cyprus, 43 per cent in the eurozone and 45 per cent globally are somewhat confident about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next 12 months. Just 6 per cent of Cypriot

Almost all however are not happy with the government’s handling of the financial sector, global survey reveals CEOs stated they were “very confident” about their revenue prospects at a time where percentages reached 36 per cent globally and 20 per cent in the eurozone. However, CEOs in Cyprus appear more optimistic about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next three years (94 per cent are confident) compared to the global (90 per cent) and eurozone (82 per cent) percentages. The 16th Annual Global

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CEO Survey was launched on January 22, at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, taking in the views of over 1,300 CEOs. This is the second time Cyprus took part. According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers Cyprus, 32 Cypriot business leaders were surveyed. “The past year was very challenging for businesses in Cyprus with the recession, the lack of market liquidity and the economic uncertainty being the prevailing factors that are expected to continue in 2013,” said PwC Cyprus CEO Evgenios Evgeniou on the results. When respondents in Cyprus were asked about the prospects of the global economy during the next 12 months, only 13 per cent replied that they believed the global econ-

omy would improve during the next year; 34 per cent believed it would stay the same, while the majority, 53 per cent, believed the global economy would further decline. Regarding the government response to fiscal deficit and debt burden, 88 per cent of Cypriot CEOs were concerned this would threaten their business growth prospects, compared to 82 per cent of CEOs in the eurozone and 71 per cent worldwide. Cypriot business leaders appeared more concerned about the lack of transparency in the country than their peers with 66 per cent concerned about the negative impact of bribery and corruption, compared to less than half that in the eurozone (31 per cent) and 41 per cent on a global scale. The percentage of CEOs in

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Cyprus who responded that they were concerned about their inability to finance growth reached 91 per cent, compared to 58 per cent in the eurozone and 39 per cent of CEOs globally. Cypriot CEOs also flagged their concern about the shift in consumer spending and behaviours (84 per cent), and the increasing tax burden (69 per cent). Energy costs were identified as the biggest business threat during the survey carried out last year. The explosion at the Mari naval base and its consequences created conditions that caused concerns to the Cypriot CEOs regarding the costs of energy though this percentage dropped from 94 per cent to 63 per cent this year. Also, 97 per cent of CEOs said they implemented a cost-

reduction initiative in the last year, and 94 per cent plan to do the same again this year, compared to 80 per cent in the eurozone and 70 per cent worldwide. According to the survey’s findings, Cypriot CEOs consider Russia (34 per cent) as the most important country for their overall growth prospects in the next 12 months followed by the UK (19 per cent) and Germany (19 per cent), China (13 per cent), USA (6 per cent), Brazil (3 per cent), India (3 per cent) and Japan (3 per cent). CEOs at a global and eurozone level agree that the top four countries in order of importance are China, USA, Brazil and Germany. Almost all Cypriot CEO’s97 per cent - said they either disagree or disagree strongly with the statement that the government has been effective at ensuring financial sector stability and access to affordable capital, compared to 53 per cent in the eurozone and 30 per cent worldwide.

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INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund (IMF) Spokesman Gerry Rice has said that discussions on a potential aid programme for Cyprus would be advanced through consultation with the new government. Asked to comment on reports that the IMF would not participate in the programme for Cyprus and instead Russia would offer assistance, Rice said IMF staff were working with the Cypriot authorities “as well as our partners in the EU Commission and the ECB to develop a durable solution to Cyprus’ banking sector problems at low cost to the tax payer and consistent with debt sustainability”. The IMF spokesman said discussions were expected to continue during the coming weeks on the basis of the recently received preliminary results of the bank due diligence exercise. “Official lenders will be analysing and working toward finding that durable solution for Cyprus, consistent with debt sustainability,” Rice said. On Russia, Rice said that rescheduling of the bond maturities would be very helpful to ensure a smoother repayment profile for Cyprus. Asked whether the IMF has the final results from PIMCO, he said: “We expect the PIMCO study to finalize very soon. The time of publication will be at the discretion of Cypriot authorities”. Asked whether the presidential elections would impact the discussions on the island’s bailout, he said that “engagement with the new administration post elections is expected to advance discussions on a potential programme”.

(continued from front page) though the regulations in place provide for a period of up to three months. Asked about possible Russian participation in a Cyprus bailout, the finance minister said euro-area finance ministers had discussed the issue. The size of the bailout would be in the vicinity of €17.5 billion. “We therefore believe that if the Russians wish to participate in the €17.5 billion, they would do so on the same terms as the other creditors. There is no question of the Russians participating on different terms,” he said. Shiarly said also he was confident a €2.5 billion loan from Russia due in 2016 will be extended soon to 2021.. “We have every reason to believe that Russia will respond favourably, although so far there has been no official response,” he added. According to Shiarly, only junior bondholders would face losses in the bailout of Cyprus’s lenders, which may need about €10 billion. Senior creditors and depositors won’t be touched, he said. The terms of the bank rescue are still under consideration as authorities await a final report from Pacific Investment Management Co. on Cypriot lenders’ capital needs. “But I think it concluded as a matter of principle the bailing-in of junior bondholders,” Shiarly said. The finance minister was

also quizzed on how prepared Cyprus was to privatise state assets should the nation’s debt be deemed unsustainable. He reiterated that Cypriot authorities had agreed to consider, if need be, privatisation of state-controlled organisations, such as the public electricity utility, telecoms and the Ports Authority. Estimated revenues from privatisations would be anywhere from €1 billion to €2 billion. Although this might sound like a low figure, it still came to about 10 per cent of the island’s GDP, he said. The finance minister conceded that the size of the banking sector was disproportionate to the islandnation’s GDP, but said the Central Bank had hired consultants who would look into this and propose corrective action. “Unfortunately the banks expanded far too much in Greece, and that is where the problem arose,” he said. A team of officials were accompanying the finance minister on his mission to the Netherlands. Eva Papakyriacou, head of the Unit for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS), informed Dutch MPs that Cyprus was not found wanting when it came to implementation, not just adoption, of the relevant regulations. Papakyriacou said also that reports by European

Shiarly was on a mission to the Netherlands to debunk accusations media outlets were often inaccurate and misleading, adding that “some reporters should first check their facts.” Kikis Pafitis, a Finance Ministry official in charge of taxation matters, undertook to counter allegations that the island was a tax haven.

More Griffon Vultures arrive in Cyprus FOUR more Griffon Vultures arrived on the island from Greece yesterday as part of the ‘GYPAS’ project to increase their population. The new arrivals will bring the number of imported birds to 15, with around five more expected in the near future. The vultures will be kept in a cage in Limnatis, Limassol, so that they get used to the island’s environment before they are released. Cyprus’ vulture population has dwindled in recent decades with only 10 birds remaining. Project GYPAS comes under the ‘Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Greece and Cyprus 2007-2013’. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the national resources of both Greece and Cyprus.

Although the nominal corporate tax in Cyprus is 10 per cent – the lowest in the EU – the effective tax rate comes to almost double that, when one factors in the taxes on dividends and other fees, he said. And Maria Themistocleous, a representative of the Central Bank, said

monetary authorities here closely tracked the movement of deposits. The regulator asks commercial banks for monthly reports on their deposits and additionally carries out scheduled as well as ad hoc checks at the banks to ensure that the relevant laws are implemented.

The Senior School is holding

Special Presentations on Saturday 2nd, 9th & 16th February at 10am in the School Hall. In anticipation of the Senior School Entrance Exams, Mr. Wilf Stout, Principal of The Junior & Senior School will be delivering a complete profile of The Senior School outlining; our ethos, our curriculum based on the English National Curriculum, the year-by-year increased success our students have achieved with their results at both I/GCSE and AS/A2 Levels; we are now achieving some of the top marks in Cyprus, Europe and Internationally, the Personalised Pastoral & Academic Student Support given by our dedicated Pastoral Team

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Home Push for late opening of shops in Nicosia’s old city Disy leader By Stefanos Evripidou THE NICOSIA Municipality has proposed letting shops within the Venetian Walls of old Nicosia stay open till 10pm every night except Sunday. In a meeting held early January between the Nicosia District Officer and various stakeholders to discuss the opening hours of shops in the old town, the municipality proposed adopting a ‘tourist timetable’ for the old town 12 months of the year. This would give shops in the old town the choice of staying open until 10pm from Monday to Saturday and until 9pm on Sunday, excluding designated holidays.

Last year, a tourist timetable was put in place for commerce within the old town from mid-April to the end of November. During this year’s consultation meeting with the Nicosia District Officer, the Nicosia municipality proposed applying the tourist timetable all year round. According to municipality official Makis Nicolaides, local shopkeepers agreed with the proposal while some unions expressed certain reservations but were not against the idea in principle. Taking on board the various views, the district officer sent the proposal for an all-year tourist timetable to Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous who is expected decide on the matter and issue a decree in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the municipality has also launched a new policy of using metal stands with flower pots on top to demarcate the boundaries within which restaurants and cafes can place their tables and chairs on the pedestrianised streets of Ledra and Onasagorou. According to Nicolaides, the metal stands will ensure that shopkeepers stay within their limits and do not let tables and chairs spill over the accepted lines, obstructing the path for pedestrians and emergency services like fire engines and ambulances. Asked whether the local authority chose to line the pedestrianised streets with metal objects for aesthetic purposes, he replied: “When the flowers grow, they will look prettier.”

Creditors circle over Orphanides The only question now is not whether the company will be carved up, but how By Elias Hazou RAVENOUS creditors are vying for a share of the spoils of Orphanides Supermarkets, and the only question now, it seems, is not whether the company will be carved up, but how. Yesterday the supermarket chain’s single largest creditor, Popular Bank, appointed two receivers for the purpose of ensuring as much debt is paid back to the bank as possible. The bank, a secured creditor, is reportedly owed around €100m. In an announcement, the bank said the receivers – from the Michalis Avraam & Partners Ltd and UHY Hacker Young LLP firms – would take charge of the management of the company’s assets and would forge “a strategic plan to maintain the company’s business activities.” “At the same time,” the announcement added, “buyers are being sought either for the sale of the business or for the sale of the business’ assets.” The receivers will be acting on behalf of the bank alone. Any Orphanides assets seized for Popular would thus leave a smaller piece of the pie for the unsecured creditors – the suppliers. The banks (Popular and Bank of Cyprus) are collectively owed approximately €150m, other creditors about €85m. The bank’s move could also stymie legal action launched by the suppliers against the debt-ridden retailers. And it comes just as a major supplier filed a petition to wind up Orphanides. The petition

has been filed by GRV North Fruit, one of the chain’s creditors. Earlier this week Larnaca district court, which is hearing the case, dismissed a motion filed by Orphanides Public Company Ltd to stay the petition, allowing the proceedings to resume. The next hearing has been set for February 20. Should the petition succeed, liquidators would step in to seize the company’s assets. These would then be distributed on a pro rata basis among all the company’s creditors, both those holding secured debt (the banks) and unsecured debt (suppliers and other commercial creditors). But it could take almost a year for the court to hand down its verdict. As it stands, the bankers have the upper hand. At any rate, should GRV North Fruit win, the subsequent order to liquidate the supermarket chain would also legally void any misappropriations of the chain’s assets that took place in the interim, said Pavlos Kourtellos, the lawyer representing North Fruit. While the court case is being heard, Orphanides can continue normal trading but is legally prohibited from selling off any assets. Other commercial creditors are taking a different route. A group of around 40 suppliers have banded to form ‘Orphanides New Era,’ a proposed collective which would directly manage some of the chain’s outlets. Under a preliminary deal struck with Orphanides, these businesses would continue supplying some of the chain’s outlets and would

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manage them directly. Orphanides would get a return on the supermarkets’ revenue. The suppliers would be equal shareholders in ‘Orphanides New Era’, also receiving a return on revenue by exchanging their debt for shares. However, it appears the initiative has thus far failed to achieve a critical mass and may fizzle out. Its options running out, Orphanides’ latest move has been to call for the convening of general assemblies of all its creditors for later this month. At the meetings, the company intends to outline to creditors a plan for settling their claims. The company proposed the meetings take place on February 23. But this may prove inconsequential given Popular Bank’s appointment of receivers. Under the deal between Orphanides and the suppliers, the latter agreed to forego the full amount owed to them by the company. Creditors would also hand back any bad cheques issued to them. But these cheques might have been used as evidence should suppliers choose to initiate legal proceedings against the chain. That may well have been a key reason why Orphanides entered into the deal, sources told the Mail. What’s more, the same sources said, the Orphanides New Era project has less than a legal leg to stand on. For starters, trademark issues could arise from the very use of the name ‘Orphanides.’ The people behind Orphanides New Era have set up a website, but other than that the project is not a legal entity

WITH JUST two weeks before the presidential elections, DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades continues to hold a comfortable lead over his two main opponents, according to the results of a survey published last night. The poll, published by private Ant1 television, put Anastasiades in the lead with 40.8 per cent, followed by AKEL-backed Stavros Malas with 22.2 per cent. Giorgos Lillikas, who is backed by socialists EDEK, chalked up 19.9 per cent of the sample’s vote. Just over 5.0 per cent of those asked said they would not vote, while 7.7 per cent were undecided. The DISY leader would also be the winner in a possible runoff vote against both Malas and Lillikas. Anastasiades garnered 49.6 per cent of the vote against Malas’ 29.4 per cent and 43.1 per cent versus 29.7 per cent Lillikas would get in a second round. The unlikely scenario of a second round clash without Anastasiades showed that Lillikas would emerge victorious with 35.6 per cent of the vote, compared with Malas’ 25.2 per cent. Slightly over 73 per cent of respondents said they expected Anastasiades to win the elections while 9.4 suggested it would be Lillikas. Nine per cent expected Malas to win.

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chain’s payroll. Of the 23 branches across the island, 11 have been closed as they had no products to sell. The remaining branches continue to operate but below full capacity, and already rivals are scooping up Orphanides’ market share.

FUEL company workers will go on strike because their employers decided not to give them a pay rise and cost of living allowance. Members of three unions – PEO, SEK, and POAS – said they intended to go on strike soon but did not specify a date. That is expected to be decided on Tuesday afternoon. The unions warned the fuel companies and employers organisation OEV, that they would defend their rights, which had been gained with sweat.The chamber of commerce and industry (KEVE) and OEV have recommended to their members to impose a moratorium in 2013 to minimise the risk to businesses. “It is necessary to seriously come to an adjustment based on the new state of affairs,” KEVE said. It called on businesses to discuss and agree on any measures necessary to secure viability.


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Historic day for Apostolos Andreas monastery Deal for restoration struck with UNDP and both sides RESTORATION WORK on the dilapidated monastery of Apostolos Andreas in the Karpas peninsular will finally begin after an agreement was signed yesterday between the Church of Cyprus and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The monastery will be restored according to a study prepared by the University of Patra in Greece. The work will be in three phases with the first phase estimated to cost €2.5 million. According to an announcement by the bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and the UNDP, two protocols were signed yesterday morning by UNDP with the Church on the one hand and the Turkish Cypriot EVKAF Administration on the other. “The new partnership agreement is an important milestone in the collaboration between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots for the preservation of their cultural heritage,” said the statement. A “multi-donor partnership” has been set up to restore the historic monastery. Technical committee co-chairman Takis Hadjidemetriou described yes-

terday’s agreement as “an historic day for saving the monastery of Apostolos Andreas”. He said the monastery is both a monument and symbol of the island’s tradition and culture, adding that the technical committee worked hard to get the restoration work going following numerous delays and hurdles and now feels that all its efforts have paid off. Hadjidemetriou stressed that the signing of the agreement also symbolised the cooperation and team spirit of all those who wished to keep working for the conservation of Cyprus’ cultural heritage islandwide. Karpas Bishop Christoforos said the agreement indicates that cooperation between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the island is possible, and expressed hope that soon “we will be able to continue our joint work and cooperation without UN mediation”. He said the Church was extremely pleased and enthusiastic with the outcome, noting that all efforts have finally borne fruit. Next week, the final provisions of the agreement will be signed paving the

New partnership is an important milestone in collaboration between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots way for the announcement of a call for tenders. Christoforos could not say with certainty when the works would start though. Archbishop Chrysostomos said he was satisfied with the outcome because the UNDP would be responsible for calling tenders for the work, ensuring that any changes to be made would have to be part of the relevant study prepared for the monastery by Patra University. Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou welcomed the signing of the agreement after many years of effort, saying it was of “huge importance”. Now that the foundation work had been done on the nature of collaboration for the restoration work, there was no turning back, he added.

After decades of neglect following the 1974 Turkish invasion, the monastery complex now needs to be renovated. The keystone to the monastery’s main arch has shifted, endangering the main part of the structure. However, restoration work has been delayed for years and in early January, looked like it would continue to be put on hold after the Archbishop said he was prepared to let the historic monastery collapse rather than sign onto any plan that does not state that the Church of Cyprus owns the site. “I’ve said it before that I would rather see the monastery collapse than let go of the property. The monastery is ours,” Chrysostomos said on January 10 to state broadcaster CyBC.

Last month, the primate blamed the bicommunal technical committee assigned to protect the island’s cultural heritage, saying that it has done nothing to help, adding that its stance has even been more negative than positive. The bicommunal committee was created in April 2008 and has helped in seeing through the renovation of religious monuments on both sides of the divide, including the Ayios Armolaos church in Kyrenia, the Saint Mamas church in Lapithos, and has been fixing the Tophane Mescit mosque and the Akaki mosque in Nicosia. It has also been co-ordi-

nating Apostolos Andreas’ restoration efforts for the past year but the Church initially refused to agree because a document prepared by the UNDP named them only as donors not owners of the site. Hadjidemetriou clarified that the UNDP was only following protocol in calling them donors, as it has done with thousands of agreements around the world. He hinted that if the Church displayed a spirit of trust and cooperation, the monastery’s restoration project could have been at a far more advanced stage than it was. (see editorial page 13)

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Covert pay plan denied by Spain PM, leading party El Pais alleges People’s Party accounts show 11 years of €25,200 annual payments to PM By Fiona Ortiz

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‘Mali shows Europe defence gaps’ FRANCE’S need for U.S. help during the Mali operation shows Europe must do more to fill worrying gaps in its defences, NATO’s chief said yesterday. Anders Fogh Rasmussen also sounded the alarm about growing disparities between what the United States and Europe spend on defence and warned that NATO’s military power and global influence could be put at risk if allies continue to slash their defence budgets while emerging powers boost theirs. France’s intervention in Mali has illustrated his point by again exposing European military deficiencies that were laid bare during the 2011 Libya campaign when European states relied heavily on the United States for air-to-air refuelling, intelligence and surveil-

lance. Rasmussen praised France for taking “swift and effective action” in Mali. Paris intervened militarily in Mali in early January to halt the advance of al Qaeda-affiliated militants who launched an offensive that threatened the Malian capital Bamako. While NATO is not involved in Mali, some European members of the alliance as well as the United States and Canada have supported France with transport aircraft and other help. “The operation also illustrates that European allies still need strong support from the United States in their endeavours to carry out such an operation,” Rasmussen told a news conference.

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PRIME Minister Mariano Rajoy and Spain’s ruling People’s Party denied yesterday that the party passed payments from business donors secretly to the premier and other party leaders after a newspaper published what it said were unofficial party accounts. El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People’s Party treasurers. El Pais said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year. The accounts - which the newspaper said amounted to a parallel unofficial bookkeeping system - indicate donations from companies, mostly builders, and regular payments of thousands of euros to a number of party leaders. The report is the latest twist in a scandal over alleged secret cash payments to PP leaders that has hit Rajoy’s popularity amid a deep recession, high unemployment and a fiscal crisis that could push Spain into an international bailout. “The People’s Party only has one set of accounts and it is clean, transparent and submitted to the official accounting authority,” PP Secretary General Maria Dolores de Cospedal told a news conference, denying allegations of corruption in El Pais. “We have absolutely nothing to hide.” Cospedal was one of many top party officials, along with former Economy Minister and IMF chief Rodrigo Rato, named by El Pais as receiving

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secret payments. Rato did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An earlier statement by the PP said the party’s payments to its leaders and staff were always legal and followed tax rules. The party also denied that there were systematic payments to people other than their official paychecks. A spokeswoman from Rajoy’s office told Reuters the prime minister stood by comments he has made recently that he has not engaged in improper conduct. High Court Judge Pablo Ruz, who is investigating a four-year-old corruption case involving the PP, has asked prosecutors to look into the new allegations and could open another line of investigation, court sources told Reuters. The party has ordered an external audit of its accounts. A recent poll by Metroscopia showed that 96 per cent of

Spaniards believe corruption is widespread in politics in Spain, after dozens of cases have emerged in recent years, most notably an ongoing judicial investigation into alleged embezzlement of public funds by King Juan Carlos’ son-in-law. “This does not help to calm down the difficult moments that we are going through, economically, politically and the climate on the street. This is a time for maximum transparency,” Jose Antonio Monago, the president of the region of Extremadura, told reporters at a news conference unrelated to the party scandal. The alleged payments may not necessarily be illegal if the party leaders declared the income in tax statements. Until recently, Spanish political parties were allowed to receive anonymous donations. However, it would have been illegal not to book those donations in the book’s official, regulated accounts, a People’s Party source told Reuters. A People’s Party source, who asked not to be named, said the allegations raise serious ethical questions about party operations, especially because many of them occurred during Spain’s building boom, in which politicians granted large numbers of development contracts. “It looks like bribes, the nature of the document is very incriminating, if it’s true,” the source said. Among the companies named in the El Pais story is builder and infrastructure and energy company FCC. FCC declined to comment. A source close to the company told Reuters that FCC would carry out an internal investigation regarding possible donations.

Greece hit by new waves of strikes GREEK trains and ferries ground to a halt and hospital staffing was cut to a minimum yesterday as transport workers and doctors went on strike to protest austerity measures demanded by the country’s foreign lenders. Greece has seen a recent surge in demonstrations and strikes as public anger threatens to boil over in reaction to wage and spending cuts that are deepening hardship in a country suffering through its sixth consecutive year of recession. Public transport in Athens was disrupted as bus, trolleybus and railway workers walked off the job while ships and ferries stayed docked at ports after seamen began a 48-hour strike. Hundreds of doctors, medical staff, teachers and municipal workers rallied in central Athens to protest what they say are “danger-

ous” austerity measure that have drained the nation’s health system of supplies and staff. They later marched to parliament chanting “We will strike until we win!” and holding up banners reading “We’ll kick the troika out,” referring to the country’s European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank lenders. Greece’s main public sector union ADEDY also called a work stoppage in solidarity with the striking health care workers. “The belt-tightening is killing the people and destroying the national health system,” said ADEDY’s head Costas Tsikrikas. In a separate protest, about 1,000 supporters of the Communist-affiliated PAME group gathered outside an Athens court to show solidarity with activists arrested for storming the labour ministry’s office on Wednesday.

Russian city will once again be known as Stalingrad THE Russian city where the Red Army decisively defeated German forces in the Second World War will once again be known as Stalingrad

- at least on the days commemorating the victory. The city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union’s rejection of

dictator Joseph Stalin’s personality cult. But the name Stalingrad is inseparable with the battle, in which at least 1.25 million people died.


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PM: Britain will train Libya security forces By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

Cameron arrives to attend a Tripoli graduation ceremony for police officers as part of a visit to Libya yesterday

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron, on a surprise visit to Tripoli, said yesterday Britain would help train Libya’s security forces. After flying in from Algiers, where he also pledged to cooperate on security and intelligence to counter Islamist militancy in the region, Cameron visited a police training academy and Martyrs’ Square in the Libyan capital. Cameron has called North Africa and the Sahel a “magnet for jihadists” and warned of a “generational struggle” against them, after at least 38 hostages died in an Islamist attack on an Algerian gas complex earlier this month. However, he has shied away

Cameron also gave Algeria security cooperation pledge from a major military response and instead espoused empowering regional governments to take the lead in security and bolstering the rule of law and democratic institutions. “There is no true freedom and no true democracy, without security and stability as well. We are committed to helping with that both here and also in your neighbourhood,” Cameron said at a news conference with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. “We’ve agreed a package of additional help from Britain to Libya - increasing the mili-

tary training we are providing, increasing the police advisers ... We’ve also discussed how we can help build the institutional capacity of the new Libyan government,” he added. Cameron last visited Libya in 2011 along with then French President Nicolas Sarkozy after rebels ousted former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with French, British and US backing. At the time he called Benghazi, the cradle of the uprising against Gaddafi, an “inspiration to the world”. Since then, Libya’s second

city has been disrupted by violence and become a base for Islamist militant groups. Last September an attack on the US diplomatic mission killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Last week Britain urged its citizens to evacuate the city, citing a “specific, imminent” threat, irking Libyan officials keen to attract foreign money and expertise after decades of under-investment during Gaddafi’s rule. “Our security situation is good, we are recovering, things are getting better ... I would like to highlight that what was raised about Benghazi is just some propaganda, made by opponents to the February 17th revolution,” Zeidan said.

Police officer arrested over alleged leaks about ‘Plebgate’ British grandmother loses fight for Bali appeal aid A POLICE officer responsible for protecting Government officials has been arrested over alleged leaks to the media about the “plebgate” affair. The 46-year-old from the Diplomatic Protection Group was held at his work place in central London on suspicion of misconduct

in public office. He was arrested over alleged leaks linked to the row which led chief whip Andrew Mitchell to quit his Cabinet post, amid protest over claims he called officers “plebs”. The man was not present at the time of the dispute between Mitchell and officers outside Downing Street.

BRITISH grandmother Lindsay Sandiford lost a High Court battle yesterday over a UK Government refusal to fund her appeal against a death sentence imposed by an Indonesian court after she was found guilty of drug smuggling. Two judges in London refused to declare

unlawful a Foreign and Commonwealth Office refusal to pay for “an adequate lawyer” to represent Sandiford, 56, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Sandiford was given the death penalty by a court in Bali last week for taking 10.6lb of cocaine on to the island.


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‘Chinese hackers spy on New York Times’ CHINESE hackers repeatedly penetrated The New York Times’ computer systems over the past four months, stealing reporters’ passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a top Chinese leader, the newspaper has reported. Security experts found that the attacks used tactics similar to previous hacking incidents traced to China. The report said the hackers routed the attacks through computers at US universities, installed a strain of malicious software, or malware, associated with Chinese hackers and initiated the attacks from university computers previously used by the Chinese military to attack US military contractors. The attacks, which began in midSeptember, coincided with a Times investigation into how the relatives

and family of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth over two billion US dollars (£1.3 billion). The report embarrassed the Communist Party leadership, coming ahead of a fraught transition to new leaders and exposing deep-seated favouritism at a time when many Chinese are upset about a wealth gap.

PASSWORDS LIFTED Over the months of cyber-incursions, the hackers eventually lifted the computer passwords of all Times employees and used them to get into the personal computers of 53 employees. None of the Times’ customer data was compromised and that information about the investigation into the Wen family remained protected, though it left unclear what data or

communications the infiltrators accessed. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman called the Times’ accusations groundless and reiterated the government’s position that China also has been hacked repeatedly. “To rashly jump to conclusions based on investigation results which have not been proved by evidence is totally irresponsible behaviour,” the spokesman, Hong Lei, said at a routine daily media briefing. “China is also a victim of cyber-attacks. Chinese laws specifically stipulate that cyber-attacks are prohibited.” China has been accused by the US, other foreign governments and computer security experts of mounting a widespread, aggressive cyber-spying campaign for several years, trying to steal classified information and corporate secrets and to intimidate critics.

The attacks coincided with a Times report into how the kin of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth over $2 billion

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A ROADSIDE bomb has killed two Pakistani polio workers on their way to vaccinate children in a tribal region near the Afghan border. The two men were on their way to Malikhel village as part of the UN-backed anti-polio campaign when the bomb hit their motorcycle. The attack - the third this week against polio workers in Pakistan - took place in the Kurram region, a known militant stronghold. On Tuesday, gunmen riding a motorcycle shot and killed a policeman protecting a polio team in a village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The polio workers escaped unharmed in that attack. In a separate incident in the north-west on Tuesday, a man wounded a polio worker with an axe. A doctor at a hospital in the town of Parachinar said the victims were working as contractors for the governmentrun anti-polio programme in the area. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but suspicion fell on Islamic militants. Some of militants oppose the vaccination campaign, accuse health workers of acting as spies for the US and claim the polio vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile.

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Former US Senator Chuck Hagel, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, yesterday (AFP)

By Phil Stewart and Patricia Zengerle CHUCK Hagel, named to be President Barack Obama’s defense chief, defended his record on national security matters yesterday at a heated Senate hearing where a senior Republican accused him of seeking to appease America’s enemies. Critics in Congress have sought to portray Hagel, a former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam war veteran, as soft on Iran and anti-Israel, pointing to past comments that Hagel’s supporters say were taken out of context or distorted. Although most observers expect Hagel will eventually be confirmed, at least three Republican panel members, including James Inhofe, the party’s leader on the Armed

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Services Committee, have said they did not support his nomination. Even before Hagel started speaking, Inhofe spelled out his objections, calling him “the wrong person to lead the Pentagon at this perilous and consequential time”. “Senator Hagel’s record is deeply troubling and out of the mainstream. Too often it seems he is willing to subscribe to a worldwide view that is predicated on appeasing our adversaries

while shunning our friends,” said Inhofe. Hagel, speaking publicly for the first time since the attacks against his nomination began, sought to set the record straight, assuring the panel that he backed US policies of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and supporting a strong Israel. “No one individual vote, no one individual quote, no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs, or my record,” Hagel said at his

confirmation hearing. “My overall world view has never changed: that America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world.” Committee chairman Carl Levin said his concerns, especially over Hagel’s past comments about unilateral sanctions on Iran, had been addressed. “Senator Hagel’s reassurance to me ... that he supports the Obama administration’s strong stance against Iran is significant,”

Levin said. Another member of Obama’s second-term national security team, Senator John Kerry, sailed through his nomination hearing before receiving the Senate’s overwhelming support on Tuesday. But Hagel, who broke with his Republican party over the Iraq War, found a much more confrontational panel. Beyond tough questioning on Israel and Iran, he was also grilled on his view of the Pentagon budget - Hagel is known as an advocate for tighter spending controls. In the entire Senate, which would vote on Hagel if he is cleared by the committee, only one of the 45 Republicans - Mississippi’s Thad Cochran has said he backs Hagel. Hagel, backed by the White House and Pentagon, has been on a charm offensive to win over recalcitrant senators since Obama nominated him this month to replace outgoing Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. Hagel held one-onone meetings with 53 senators before his hearing. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican, said on Tuesday she had spoken with Hagel for 90 minutes and been satisfied on several issues, but stopped short of endorsing him. Hagel also detailed his views in 112 pages of written responses to wide-ranging questions submitted by lawmakers. In them, he said that if confirmed as the next defense secretary, he would ensure that the military is prepared to strike Iran if necessary but stressed the need to be “cautious and certain” when contemplating the use of force.

Colombia and Marxist FARC rebels resume peace talks amid fresh tensions COLOMBIA and the Marxist FARC rebels resumed peace talks yesterday to end their half century-long conflict amid new tensions after the guerrilla group resumed kidnappings and attacks that sparked an angry government reaction. The rebels, as they entered the negotiations at a Havana convention centre, urged the government to agree to a ceasefire to stop the

violence that threatens to scuttle the peace process. Government negotiators did not comment as they walked past reporters. On Wednesday the leader of their delegation Humberto de la Calle blasted the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, for its latest hostile actions in Latin America’s longest-running insurgency. The two sides have been negoti-

ating off and on since November seeking to end a war that dates to the FARC’s founding in 1964 and in which tens of thousands of people have died and millions have been displaced. The talks, which the government wants to wrap up in a year, have increasingly degenerated into a public war of words, and no major advances toward peace have been announced.


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World WORLD TODAY Retaliatory strike warning SYRIA warned yesterday of a possible “surprise” response to Israel’s attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law. Damascus could take “a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes”, Syrian ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said a day after Israel struck against Syria. “Syria is engaged in defending its sovereignty and its land,” Ali told a website of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Syria and Israel have fought several wars and in 2007 Israeli jets bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear site, without a military response from Damascus. Diplomats, Syrian rebels and regional security sources said on Wednesday that Israeli jets had bombed a convoy near the Lebanese border, apparently hitting weapons destined for Hezbollah. Syria denied the reports, saying the target had been a military research centre northwest of Damascus. Hezbollah, which has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he battles an armed uprising in which 60,000 people have been killed, said Israel was trying to thwart Arab military power and vowed to stand by its ally.

Nuke fuel work speeded up IRAN has announced plans to install advanced uranium enrichment machines in what would be a technological leap allowing it to speed up production of material the West fears could be put to developing nuclear weapons. In a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tehran said it would introduce new centrifuges to its main enrichment plant near Natanz, according to an IAEA communication to member states seen by Reuters. The defiant move will increase concerns in the West and Israel about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which Tehran says are entirely peaceful, and may further complicate efforts by big powers to negotiate curbs on its enrichment programme.

Crash kills 150 AT least 150 people, including children, were injured yesterday when two commuter trains collided near the South African capital of Pretoria, emergency services said. The accident occurred when a train crashed into a stationary locomotive near Attridgeville, a suburb west of Pretoria.

UN: Israel must halt expansion of settlements Settlements ‘leading to creeping annexation’ By Stephanie Nebehay U.N. human rights investigators called on Israel yesterday to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all half a million Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank, saying its practices could be subject to prosecution as possible war crimes. A three-member UN panel said private companies should stop working in the settlements if their work adversely affected the human rights of Palestinians, and urged member states to ensure companies respected human rights. “Israel must cease settlement activities and provide adequate, prompt and effective remedy to the victims of violations of human rights,” Christine Chanet, a French judge who led the UN inquiry, told a news conference. The settlements contravened the Fourth Geneva Convention forbidding the transfer of civilian populations into occupied territory and could amount to war crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United Nations re-

port said. “To transfer its own population into an occupied territory is prohibited because it is an obstacle to the exercise of the right to self-determination,” Chanet said. In December, the Palestinians accused Israel in a letter to the United Nations of planning to commit what it said were further war crimes by expanding Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood, and said Israel must be held accountable.

NON-COOPERATION Israel has not cooperated with the probe set up by the Human Rights Council last March to examine the impact of settlements in the territory, including East Jerusalem. Israel says the forum has an inherent bias against it and defends its settlement policy by citing historical and Biblical links to the West Bank. Israel’s foreign ministry swiftly rejected the report as “counterproductive and unfortunate”. The Palestine Liberation Organisation welcomed its “principled and candid” findings.

Violence renounced at Egyptian crisis meeting EGYPT’S feuding politicians renounced violence yesterday after being summoned by the country’s most influential Muslim scholar to talks to end the deadliest unrest since President Mohamed Mursi took power. It remains to be seen whether the pledge to end confrontation will halt a week of bloodshed on the streets that killed nearly 60 people. Opposition groups did not cancel new demonstrations scheduled for today. But participants at the meeting, including leaders of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and its secular rivals, described their joint statement as a major step towards ending a conflict that has made the most populous Arab state seem all but ungovernable two years after an uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The meeting was convened by Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, head of the thousand-yearold al-Azhar university and mosque, one of the few institutions still seen as neutral in a society that has become increasingly polarised. He told politicians that a national dialogue, “in which all elements of Egyptian society participate, without any exclusion, is the only tool to resolve any problems or differences. “Political work has nothing

“The only way to resolve all pending issues between Israel and the Palestinians, including the settlements issue, is through direct negotiations without pre-conditions. Counterproductive measures - such as the report before us, will only hamper efforts to find a sustainable solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” Israel’s Yigal Palmor said. But Hanan Ashrawi, a top PLO official said: “We are extremely heartened by this principled and candid assessment of Israeli violations ... This report clearly states that Israel is not just violating the 4th Geneva Convention, but places Israel in liability to the Rome Statute under the jurisdiction of the ICC.” The independent UN investigators interviewed more than 50 people who came to Jordan in November to testify about confiscated land,

French lawyer and independent expert Christine Chanet led the UN fact-finding mission on Israeli settlement (AFP) damage to their livelihoods including olive trees, and violence by Jewish settlers, according to the report. “The mission believes that the motivation behind this violence and the intimidation against the Palestinians as well as their properties is to drive the local populations away from their lands and allow the settlements to expand,” it said. About 250 settlements in the West Bank, including

East Jerusalem, have been established since 1967 and they hold an estimated 520,000 settlers, according to the UN report. The settlements impede Palestinian access to water and farm lands. The settlements were “leading to a creeping annexation that prevents the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state and undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”, it said.

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Al-Azhar university head Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb to do with violence or sabotage and the welfare of everyone and the fate of our nation depends on respect for the rule of law,” the sheikh said. Participants signed a document pledging to renounce violence and agreed to set up a committee of politicians from rival groups to work out a programme for further talks. “We come out of the meeting with a type of optimism,” liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei said. “Each of us will do what we can, with goodwill, to build trust once again among the factions of the Egyptian nation.” Saad el-Katatni, head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, called it “an historic day”. “Everyone in the meeting expressed readiness to make concessions to make this experiment succeed,” he said.

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Business Deutsche bank suffers $3.5b loss

US consumers in better shape after income surge

DEUTSCHE Bank plunged to a 2.6-billion-euro ($3.5 billion) quarterly loss after it took charges aimed at drawing a line under a series of scandals and cleaning up its balance sheet without asking shareholders for cash. Germany’s biggest lender said yesterday the pretax loss was partly due to a 1-billioneuro hit to cover legal risks, including its potential exposure to an industry-wide scandal involving the fixing of benchmark interest rates. It also announced a 1.9-billion-euro impairment charge on underperforming assets, shifting them to a “non-core” division for potential run down or sale as part of a move to strengthen its capital position and avoid a rights issue. “We have been very consistent. We have said we do not believe it is in our shareholders’ best interests. We have shown that we are willing to take pain,” Co-Chief Executive Anshu Jain told a conference call when asked about a possible rights issue. “This said ... we will not rule out any option that is in the best interest of Deutsche Bank.” Banks worldwide are slashing costs and selling or writing off weaker assets in a bid to meet tougher capital rules aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. Deutsche Bank has cut its risk-weighted asset (RWA) base, helping to raise its core tier one capital ratio under Basel III rules to 8 per cent at the end of 2012 from under 6 per cent at the end of 2011. RWAs are a bank’s assets, usually loans, adjusted for the likelihood of non-payment. However, Deutsche Bank’s ratio is still among the lowest for a major European bank and some analysts said its capital cushion could drop if global regulators harmonise the way banks estimate the riskiness of their loan books.

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AMERICAN income growth surged in December as companies rushed to make dividend payments before higher tax rates set in, while buoyant wage growth also gave a lift to households. US personal income rose 2.6 per cent last month, the biggest increase in eight years, the Commerce Department said yesterday. While much of the gain was due to special payments aimed at beating tax increases due to begin this month, wages still grew at one of the faster rates seen last year. That should lend support to consumer spending and provide some underlying momentum for the economy despite a surprise contraction in gross domestic product during the fourth quarter. “Even abstracting from the one-off surge in dividend payments ... the general tone of this report was quite encouraging,” said Millan Mulraine, an economist at TD Securities in New York. The increase in overall personal income was well above analysts’ expectations for a 0.8 per cent gain. However, another economic report showed an increase in new jobless claims last week, and US stocks traded lower as investors sifted through the

The big rise in incomes put American consumers on stronger footing entering the new year, even if the gains may not have been distributed evenly throughout the workforce mixed data, while prices for US Treasuries were higher. The big rise in incomes put consumers on stronger footing entering the new year, even if the gains may not have been distributed evenly throughout the workforce. Extra dividend payments likely went to the nation’s wealthier households who derive more of their income from investments. Still, wages and salary payments grew 0.6 per cent last month, building on a sizable 0.9 per cent gain in November.

The income gains helped push the saving rate, the amount of disposable income households socked away, to 6.5 per cent, the highest since May 2009. That offers a cushion for consumer spending as the temporary boost in incomes from investments unwinds and households deal with higher tax rates that took effect this month. Last month, consumer spending rose a modest 0.2 per cent, which was just below the pace expected by analysts.

The Commerce Department report also showed cooling inflation, which could help the US Federal Reserve continue easy-money policies aimed at boosting employment. Prices rose 1.3 per cent in the 12 months through December, down a tenth from the reading in November and well below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. A core price reading, which strips out volatile food and energy prices to provide a better sense of inflation trends, was up a tame 1.4 per cent from a year ago.

A separate report from the Labour Department showed initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 38,000 last week to 368,000. However, the increase followed a week where new claims were at their lowest in five years and still pointed to an economy where employers are adding jobs, albeit at a lacklustre pace. The four-week moving average for new claims, which provides a better sense of underlying trends, gained 250 to 352,000.

Ryanair compensation Mis-sold swaps may cost UK banks millions

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IRISH budget carrier Ryanair (RYA.I) was ordered by Europe’s top court to compensate passengers delayed by a volcanic ash cloud in Iceland in a ruling that could expose other airlines to similar claims from disgruntled travellers. European airspace was shut down for six days when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in April 2010, affecting more than 10 million people and costing airlines $1.7 billion. The Luxembourg-based European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled yesterday that European Union rules required airlines to compensate travellers for delays caused by unforeseen events. “An air carrier must provide care to passengers whose flight has been cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances such as the closure of airspace following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano,” the court said. “EU law does not provide for a temporal or monetary limitation on that obligation to provide care to passengers (accommodation, meals, refreshments).” Europe’s top no-frills airline was taken to court after refusing to compensate Denise McDonagh for 1,129 euros she spent on meals, accommodation and transport when her flight was cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud. The Dublin court hearing her case sought advice from the European Court of Justice. Ryanair said the ruling has no retrospective impact as it has settled all ash-related claims, but warned travellers they would face higher costs in future. “Today’s decision will materially increase the cost of flying across Europe and consumer air fares will increase as airlines will be obliged to recover the cost of these claims from their customers,” it said in a statement.

BRITISH banks face another round of compensation claims that could total billions of pounds after the regulator found they had widely mis-sold complex interest-rate hedging products to small businesses. The interest-rate swaps are the latest in a series of costly banking scandals that include insurance on loans and mortgages that were also mis-sold, rigged global benchmark rates and breaches of anti-money laundering rules. Britain’s financial watchdog said yesterday it found that in the 173 interest-rate swap test cases it examined, more than 90 per cent did not comply with at least one or more regulatory requirements. A significant proportion will result in compensation being due, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) said. Martin Berkeley, a senior consultant at Vedanta Hedging, which advises on interest-rate hedging products, said the final bill for

Barclays has set aside £450 million in compensation banks could be as high as £10 billion ($16 billion). So far, the four biggest banks have set relatively small sums aside for compensation. Barclays has taken the highest provision at £450 million, HSBC has set aside about

£150 million, RBS £50 million and Lloyds has said the cost won’t be material. Investec’s banking analyst Ian Gordon said he expected the overall bill for the industry to be around £1 billion. Banks have already set aside £12 billion to compensate customers mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) and industry sources expect that number to double. The rate-swap products were designed to protect firms against rising interest rates, but when rates fell they had to pay large bills, typically running to tens of thousands of pounds. Companies also faced penalties to get out of the deals, which many said they were not told about. Berkeley said the scandal has had a worse impact on victims than mis-selling of payment protection insurance to individuals. “The difference between this and PPI is that people lost their homes and businesses. These products were toxic.”


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Small island, big problem The agreement on Apostolos Andreas is a major breakthrough THE UNITED NATIONS Development Programme (UNDP) may have announced that an agreement was signed for the start of restoration work on the crumbling Apostolos Andreas monastery in the Karpas, but we will not celebrate quite yet. Only when we see construction workers actually working on the monastery’s structure and restoration work being carried out would it be justified to believe that Apostolos Andreas would be saved. The saga of the monastery’s restoration has been dragging on for years. There was disagreement over whose restoration plans – there were a couple – should be adopted, who would be in charge of the work, who would pay for it and who would be the contractor. There was even a pressure group, arguing that no work should be done because the restoration plans were the wrong type! The late Tassos Papadopoulos was so fed up of the bickering when he was president he gave up on the project. Archbishop Chrysostomos was not a positive influence as he always found some reason to block initiatives to get the project going in the past. He would also come with ludicrous ideas, one of which was that he would send builders in a diplokambino to start work on the project. A few weeks ago, after reports that the Turkish Cypriots would start restoration work, Chrysostomos declared that he would rather see the monastery collapse than agree to the Turkish Cypriots undertaking the project on their own. But yesterday Chrysostomos signed a co-operation protocol with the UNDP, paving the way for the start of the project. The UNDP also signed a protocol with the Turkish Cypriot religious foundation EVKAF. The Cyprus Church has also contributed money to the fund that would pay for the project, while the UNDP is expected to find donors. Once the €2.5 million required for the first phase of the restoration work is raised, international tenders would be invited. The project would be done in three phases, at a total cost of €5 million, with the first phase expected to take two years to be completed. The signing of the agreements yesterday was a major breakthrough, credit for which must be given to the technical committee for cultural heritage. Greek and Turkish Cypriots who make up the committee were instrumental in coming up with the solution that, at least for now, leaves everyone satisfied. We just hope there will be no new dispute to put the project on hold again.

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UST WHEN European leaders thought they were getting to grips with three years of economic turmoil, along came Cyprus, a seemingly small problem but one that cannot be ignored. While the Cypriot economy may be worth only €18 billion, making it the third smallest in the eurozone, the problems it poses are among the most complex Europe has faced, combining elements of Greece, Spain and Ireland. The latest estimates from analysts are that the country needs €17.5 billion to get back on its feet, including €10 billion for its fractured banking sector and up to €7.5 billion for general government operations and debt servicing. While small in nominal terms, that would amount to almost 100 per cent of its gross domestic product, making it the biggest eurozone rescue after Greece and nearly three times the size of the package that was granted to Portugal in 2011. There’s no question that the eurozone has the money to help, the problem is how Cyprus could ever afford to pay the money back - the bailout is just not sustainable. And unless it is made sustainable, the International Monetary Fund will not take part, which would cast doubt on its overall credibility. “Cyprus is, on a country level, the most serious risk the eurozone faces today,” Charles Dallara of the Institute of International Finance, the industry group that negotiated the debt restructuring in Greece last year, said last week. “I see a disconnect between Cyprus and its eurozone partners, and I see little sense of how to bridge the gap.” In a sense, Cyprus is not a new problem - the country first asked for assistance in June last year and has spent the past seven months in on-off negotiations with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF on a package. In the weeks ahead, once elections have been held on February 17 and a new Cypriot president is in place, those talks will come to a head, with the EU and IMF finally certain of who in Cyprus will be responsible for meeting targets in the aid programme. It is possible that the details will be finalised in time for eurozone finance ministers to discuss at the end of March, although some EU officials hint that it could be delayed longer than that, potentially until May. Despite the delays, the broad components of a package are already in circulation. Cypriot and EU officials indicate that it is likely to require the privatisation of state assets - such as the state telecoms firm - major pensions reform, the possibility of a one-off tax on the island’s 800,000 citizens and fundamental restructuring of its bloated banking sector. But even if all of those steps are taken, a big ‘if’ in itself, they will not generate sufficient extra revenue or savings to cut Cyprus’s debts to a sustainable level. While its debt-to-GDP ratio currently stands at around 80 per cent, the net cost of the bailout would push it up to around

Natural gas could help square the circle of Cypriot debt sustainability 140 or 150 per cent of GDP, officials in Brussels have estimated, a figure that is decidedly not sustainable.From the IMF’s point of view, it has to be brought below 120 per cent, and some officials have said it needs to be closer to 100 per cent if it is to be made truly manageable. That means far more radical steps are required, including the possibility of imposing losses on the Cypriot government’s creditors, which EU officials have ruled out, or forcing heavy losses on the country’s banking sector. “That’s not an option for us,” Olli Rehn, the European commissioner for economic affairs, told Reuters when asked if a sovereign debt writedown was possible, adding: “We are working so that we can reduce the

‘I don’t think people in Cyprus have yet realised the extent of the problems. When they do, they are going to be angry’ debt burden of Cyprus.” While privatisation is the route most often mentioned to generate extra revenue to pay down debt, analysts say there are only three assets worth privatising: the Cypriot telecoms company, the electricity company and the ports authority, which together would generate a total of €2 billion to €3 billion. To go further, and get closer to a sustainable bailout, a restructuring of the country’s sovereign debt may be necessary. Cyprus has only a small amount of sovereign debt, but most of it is held by Cypriot banks, meaning that any writedown would run the risk of exacerbating

problems elsewhere in the economy. “You wouldn’t be saving a huge amount of money,” said Douglas Renwick, a government debt analyst with Fitch in London, who said 70 per cent of the country’s debt stock was in the hands of either domestic banks or official sector creditors. What’s more, a big portion of Cypriot debt is issued under English law, which makes any restructuring extremely difficult. That leaves another, more complicated option - imposing losses on Cyprus’ banking sector, which in comparison to the size of the economy is vast, is heavily indebted and heavily dependent on foreign deposits, particularly from Russia. In a draft memorandum of understanding that outlines the likely terms of aid to Cyprus, the government could be forced to make deep adjustments to its banks, shutting down non-viable operators and potentially imposing losses not just on shareholders but on some bondholders too, officials have said. “We see it’s important that Cyprus and its banking sector will be restructured,” Rehn said. “There’ll be some sort of operations as we have seen in Spain of the banking sector with banks winding down, mergers and some recapitalisation so that the resilience of the financial sector of Cyprus will be returned, most likely in a much smaller scale than it is today.” Speculation has also covered the possibility of freezing bank deposits over and above €100,000, with that money then held in escrow and used as collateral against debts, but analysts say it would be a risky and wrong-headed approach. “If they want a bank run or a near complete collapse of the banking system, then go ahead,” said one hedge fund manager closely following developments in Cyprus. The island’s banking system, which has assets more than eight times greater than its GDP, holds deposits of around €70 billion, with a little less than half that held by non-residents, most believed to be Russian, although the Cypriot central bank does not provide a national breakdown.

Russia, which has longstanding geopolitical ties to Cyprus, has already lent the government €2.5 billion over five years and there is the possibility of further loans. Rehn said there had been contacts between the EU and Russia over Cyprus, and he expected Moscow, given its large investments on the island, to make a contribution to any bailout. Yet that may make it harder to impose losses on bank depositors, especially non-Cypriot ones. And if at the same time the EU-IMF bailout ultimately protects billions of euros of Russian deposits, it will not go down well with EU taxpayers. “Giving a bailout to Russian oligarchs is the worst headline you could imagine,” said one EU official. That leaves the eurozone facing a conundrum. Yet there is one element that could prove decisive in the long-run and help square the circle of Cypriot debt sustainability: natural gas. Cyprus has identified vast reserves of natural gas off its coastline, with estimates of up to 60 trillion cubic feet, with just one block in the Mediterranean basin between Cyprus and Israel estimated to contain gas worth $80 billion. The gas fields are only likely to come on line in 2018 for domestic consumption and 2019-2020 for export, but that does not prevent the future expected income being securitised. It is a sensitive issue of national heritage, and it remains unclear precisely how much gas Cyprus will be able to extract and how quickly. But it is a potential escape hatch, and a source of income neither Russia nor the EU would want to ignore. Once the election is over, and a new president is in place, policymakers will apply themselves anew to the puzzle that is Cyprus and see if a solution can be found. That moment may also be a wake-up call for Cyprus’s citizens, giving rise to another potential complication. “I don’t think people in Cyprus have yet realised the extent of the problems,” said Alexander Michaelides of the University of Cyprus. “When they do, they are going to be angry.”


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Showbiz

Lohan could face jail after March trial in California

Hulk Hogan left twisted like The Exorcist

Actress in and out of jail and rehab since 2007

HULK Hogan was left twisted like “The Exorcist” after his unsuccessful back surgeries. The wrestling legend recently filed a lawsuit for over $50 million in loss of earnings against the Laser Spine Institute LLC (LSI) in Tampa, Florida, claiming their unnecessary operations on his spine cost him a lucrative contract with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Hulk - whose real name is Terry Bollea - insists the procedures carried out between February 2009 and August 2010 severely damaged his already injured back and left his body contorted like the possessed character Regan MacNeil in the 1973 horror film. He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “The people who worked on my back, Laser Spine, said I didn’t need a fusion. So they cut on my back one time and I felt pretty good after a couple of weeks. I called (WWE owner) Vince McMahon and said, ‘Man I’m good to go, let’s do this deal.’ So we started planning, then suddenly I was like, ‘Ah, ah, my back!’ That put the deal on hold. Then they cut on me six more times and they kept cutting more bone away, until I had to have a spinal cord stimulator put in my back. The stimulator has wires that go up your back and stops the pain. They put that in my back because my body was twisting like The Exorcist. I couldn’t pull my head around front, my body was all contorted.” Hulk, 59, had thought he’d found “heaven on earth” after being told by the Laser Spine Institute he didn’t need his spine fused together. But the multi-time world champion was in so much agony he went to see different doctors who were astonished by the state of his back. Hulk - who now works for ‘TNA IMPACT Wrestling’ explained: “Everybody else said I needed a fusion. When they’re asking you if you’re ready for a fusion, they say make sure you’ve done every option - rested, trained, proper nutrition. Then if you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t work, if you can’t have sex, if you can’t even function in life, then fusion is your only option. The Laser Spine people came along and said, ‘You don’t need a fusion.’ I thought I’d found heaven on earth ... But after the surgeries I was in so much pain that I finally went and got the fusion. The doctors looked at me and went, ‘Oh my god! What did they do to you?’ They’d cut so much bone away the new doctors didn’t know if they could piece it together but they did and I’m OK now.” Part of the multi-year deal with the WWE would have seen Hulk wrestle John Cena in a dream match at the company’s annual showpiece ‘Wrestlemania’.

ACTRESS Lindsay Lohan will stand trial on March 18 on charges she lied to California police about a June car crash and violated probation, raising the possibility she could be sent back to jail. A judge in Los Angeles this week set the trial date on charges related to the car crash and said the court will hold a hearing at the same time on whether Lohan in the incident violated probation from a 2011 jewellery theft. The star of the movie Mean Girls, who has been in and out of rehab and jail since 2007, wore a black sleeveless dress and looked tired at the brief court hearing. She arrived in Los Angeles late Tuesday from New York and has abandoned her longtime lawyer in favour of new attorney Mark Heller. Lohan has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police when she said she was not behind the wheel of her sports car, which smashed into a truck in Santa Monica, California in June. Lohan, 26, left court without speaking to the media. The former Parent Trap child star has been in and

Lindsay Lohan attends a probation violation hearing at Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles. She has pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanour charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police out of trouble since a 2007 arrest for drunk driving and cocaine possession. Sautner warned Lohan that she could be found in violation of probation even if she is acquitted on charges connected to the car crash because the standard of proof is lower. Lohan was ordered to appear at the hearing because

she decided to switch lawyers, firing long-time attorney Shawn Holley this month. She was arrested in New York on a misdemeanor assault charge on the same day in November that the Santa Monica car crash charges were filed. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has not filed a criminal com-

plaint in the assault case. Lohan’s appearance in Los Angeles had been in doubt after Heller wrote to the court earlier this week saying was suffering from an upper respiratory infection and could not appear. “Glad to see you’re feeling better,” Judge Stephanie Sautner told Lohan at the hearing.

Judge warns that she could be in violation of probation

Streisand to sing at Oscars Rihanna ‘happy’ with Brown for first time in decades ACTRESS, singer and director Barbra Streisand may be a familiar figure at Hollywood’s Oscars, but she has only sung on the annual awards show once. Streisand will perform again at the Academy Awards on February 24, producers said, without providing details about how her appearance would fit into the show or what she might sing. Streisand, 70, has won two Oscars, one for best actress in Funny Girl and another for best original song, ‘Evergreen’ from her 1976 vehicle A Star Is Born. Her performance of the song at the 1977 Oscars show was her only previous onstage stint at Hollywood’s biggest night. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We are honoured that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars.” Streisand has also been nominated for several Oscars, including for best actress in The Way We Were and as producer for best picture nominee The Prince of Tides. Most recently she co-starred with Seth Rogen in The Guilt Trip, a Christmas 2012 release. Earlier this month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that Streisand would be this year’s recipient of its annual Chaplin Award, a prestigious honour recognising achievement in film. The Oscars will be presented at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, hosted by Seth MacFarlane and broadcast live on ABC as well as in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Rihanna split from Chris Brown in 2009 after he beat her up, but now says she is happier when they are together

RIHANNA got back with Chris Brown because she wanted to be happy. The singer split from Brown in 2009 after he beat her up and, despite him still being on probation for the brutal assault, Rihanna decided to give things another go with him. Although she knew people wouldn’t approve of her decision, the sexy star insists Chris always makes her smile. She said: “I wanted him to know what it felt like to lose me. To feel the consequences of that. So when that (stuff) came back it hit me like a ton of bricks. Like, God, you’ve got to be kidding right now. But I got real with myself, and I just couldn’t bury the way I felt. “I decided it was more important for me to be happy, and I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”


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Yoga may help people with irregular heart rhythms THE health benefits of yoga are said to be legion, everything from stress busting to lowering fat and stimulating the immune system. Now it may also help people with a common heart rhythm problem - at least, according to a US study. The American Heart Association says that about 2.7 million people in the United states have atrial fibrillation (AF), in which the heart’s upper chambers quiver chaotically instead of contracting normally. It increases the risk of stroke. Though people with AF are often prescribed drugs such as beta blockers to help control their heart rate and rhythm, the medicines don’t work for everybody, said researchers whose findings appeared in the Jour-

nal of the American College of Cardiology. That’s where yoga could come in, said researchers led by Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. “In patients with ... AF, yoga improves symptoms, arrhythmia burden, heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety and depression scores, and several domains of quality of life,” they wrote.

Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk OBESE children, adolescent girls in particular, are more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) than normal-weight youth - with extreme obesity tied to a three to four-fold higher risk of MS. The study didn’t prove that carrying around some extra eight in childhood causes MS, a neurological disease in which the protective coating around nerve fibres breaks down, slowing signals travelling between the brain and the body, said researchers whose work appeared in the journal Neurology. But it does suggest that rising levels of obesity in young people could mean more MS diagnoses than in the past, according to lead study author Annette Langer-Gould from Kaiser Permanente of Southern California and her colleagues. “Our findings suggest the childhood obesity epidemic

is likely to lead to increased morbidity from MS/CIS, particularly in adolescent girls,” Langer-Gould wrote.

Cancer gene mutation linked to earlier menopause WOMEN who carry the BRCA mutations tied to breast and ovarian cancer may hit menopause a few years earlier than other women, according to a US study of nearly a thousand women. Doctors already discuss with those women whether they want immediate surgery to remove their ovaries and breasts, or if they want to start a family first and hold off on ovary removal. “Now they have an additional issue to deal with,” said Mitchell Rosen, who worked on the study at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. An estimated one in 600 US women carries the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. Those mutations greatly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer at some point in her life increases from 12 to 60 per cent with a BRCA mutation, and ovarian cancer from 1.4 per cent to between 15 and 40 per cent.

Could an earlier lunch Vegetarians have one third lower help you lose weight? heart risk: study Eating times could play role in the way body regulates weight WANT to lose weight? Eating lunch earlier rather than later may help you out. Dieters who ate early lunches tended to lose more weight than those who had their midday meal on the later side, according to a Spanish study published in the International Journal of Obesity. The finding doesn’t prove that bumping up your lunch hour will help you shed that extra weight, but it is possible that eating times play a role in how the body regulates its weight, researchers said. “We should now seriously start to consider the timing of food - not just what we eat, but also when we eat,” said study co-author Frank Scheer, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. His group’s research included 420 people attending nutrition clinics in southeast Spain. Along with going to regular group therapy sessions with nutrition and exercise counselling, dieters measured, weighed and recorded their food and reported on their daily physical activity. Study participants were on a so-called Mediterranean diet, in which about 40 per cent of each day’s calories are consumed at lunch. About half of the people said

BEING vegetarian reduces the risk of death or hospital admission from heart disease by almost a third, a major study has shown. Avoiding meat and fish was associated with significantly better heart health among almost 45,000 British adults. In total 34 per cent of participants were vegetarian, the vast majority of whom were women. Over an average follow-up period of 11.6 years, scientists recorded 1,066 hospital admissions due to heart disease, and 169 deaths. Vegetarians were 32 per cent less likely to be included in these figures than nonvegetarians. This was after adjusting for a wide range of factors that could have influenced the result, such as age, sex, physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, education and social background. The study, published in the

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is the largest to be conducted in the UK looking at the impact of vegetarianism on heart disease. Co-author Professor Tim Key, deputy director of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University, said: “The results clearly show that the risk of heart disease in vegetarians is about a third lower than in comparable non-vegetarians.” The main reason for the difference is thought to be the effect of a low-fat vegetarian diet on cholesterol and blood pressure. Vegetarians had lower levels of harmful cholesterol in their blood than meat and fish eaters, and reduced systolic, or maximum, blood pressure. In addition vegetarians tended to be slimmer than non-vegetarians, with a lower body mass index, and they were less likely to be affected by diabetes.

Those who ate lunch early lost a higher percentage of their original weight

Nearby lightning may be linked to migraines

they ate lunch before 3pm and half after. Over 20 weeks of counselling, early and late lunchers ate a similar amount of food, based on their food journals, and burned a similar amount of calories through daily activities. However, early eaters lost an average of 10kg - just over 11 per cent of their starting weight - while late eaters dropped 7.7kg, or nine per cent of their initial weight. What time dieters ate breakfast or dinner wasn’t linked to their ultimate weight loss. One limitation of the study is that the researchers didn’t randomly assign people to eat early or late, so it’s possible there were other underlying differences between diet-

WEATHER has long been considered one of many potential migraine triggers, but a US study now links lightning, specifically, to the onset of the severe headaches that plague millions. Researchers whose work appeared in the journal Cephalalgia found that, based on headache logs and weather data for the two US states of Ohio and Missouri, people were 28 per cent more likely to experience a migraine on days when lightning struck within 40km of their home. “We’re very surprised and very happy with the results in that this is the first study to link lightning to migraines,” said senior author Vincent Martin, from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio.

ers with different mealtimes. Certain gene variants that have been linked to obesity were more common in late lunchers, for example. People who eat later may have extra food in their stomach when they go to sleep, which could mean more of it isn’t burned and ends up being stored as fat, said Yunsheng Ma, a nutrition researcher from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. How often people eat during the day and whether they bring food from home or eat out may also contribute to weight loss, added Ma, who wasn’t involved in the new research. He said any implications of late eating could be exacer-

bated among people in the United States. “The pattern of consumption of meals is very different in the US,” Ma said. Many people skip breakfast or lunch, then end up overdoing it on calories at dinner. Scheer said that in the United States, where dinner is typically the biggest meal, researchers would expect people who eat later dinners to have more trouble losing weight based on his team’s findings. Regardless of exact mealtimes, Ma said it’s important for people to spread their calories out through the day. “Have a good breakfast and a good lunch, and at dinner, people should eat lightly,” he said.

Migraines are severe headaches - sometimes accompanied by light sensitivity, visual hallucinations or nausea - that can disable a person for hours or even days at a time. The majority of migraine sufferers are women. Martin said a migraine may result from certain triggers, such as stress, lack of sleep and dehydration. Previous research has also found links between the onset of migraines and high barometric pressure, high temperatures and high humidity. But most of the past studies on weather and migraines relied on an individual’s observations and did not always account for other, possibly unseen, local weather conditions, the researchers wrote.


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Sammy’s Great Escape

SUMMARIES Flight (See page opposite) Our rating: 

Gambit (See page opposite) Our rating: 

Sammy’s Great Escape (See page opposite) Our rating: N/A

This is 40 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 Apatow. (Comedy, 134 mins.) Our rating: 

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.) Our rating: 

protective of his sole surviving 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: 

Les Miserables 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.) Our rating: 

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 no-one 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.) Our rating: 

House at the End of the Street Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small rural town – but, when startling and inexplicable events start to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn that the town is haunted by a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds and disappeared, leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and finds herself pulled deeper into the mystery. Directed by Mark Tonderai. (Horror thriller, 101 mins.) Our rating: 

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.) Our rating: N/A

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.) Our rating: 

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.) Our rating:

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.) Our rating: 

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.) Our rating: 

Rise of the Guardians

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 over-

Life of Pi

This is 40

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 ef in Santa, Bunny, and Tooth. Jack ack reluctantly agrees to help and, nd, in the process, discovers the true hero within. Directed by Peter ter Ramsey. In 3D. (Cartoon adventure, dventure, 97 mins.) Our rating:

Sister At a posh ski resort in the Swiss Alps, 12-year-old Simon (Kacey Kacey Mottet Klein) has procured a season pass to a winter ski lodge. Each day he rides up the giant ant lifts to the top of the mountain, where he swipes skis, poles, boots, s, gloves, and other paraphernalia, nalia, selling them to other kids inn the town below. He does this too support his irresponsible older der sister Louise (Lea Seydoux)) who wanders aimlessly from man an to man, looking for a possible guy to take them both into his life. Also starring Martin Compston and Gillian Anderson. Directed by Ursula Meier. Mostly in French, with th Greek subtitles. (Drama, 97 mins.)) Our rating: ng: 

Barbara Barbara (Nina Hoss) is a doctor octor in 1980s East Germany, banished nished to a rural hospital as punishment hment for applying for an exit visa.. As her lover from the West carefully ly plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues – except for Andre dre (Ronald Zehrfeld) the hospital’s tal’s head physician, who is warmly rmly attentive to her. Even as shee finds herself falling for him, however, ever, Barbara still can’t be sure that hat Andre is not a spy. As her defensive wall slowly starts to crumble, le, she is eventually forced to makee a profound decision about her er future. Directed by Christian Petzold. ld. In

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German, with Greek subtitles. (Drama, 105 mins.) Our rating: 

Vincere Beauty-salon owner Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzorgiorno) has a chance encounter with the young Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi), and falls in love. Attracted to his enormous power and political ideals, she sells everything she owns in order to fund his new political magazine. They get married, and he gives her a son – but, as his political status grows, Mussolini marries another woman and denies knowing Ida. When she refuses to repudiate their marriage, she is committed to a mental hospital and all documentation of their marriage is destroyed. Directed by Marco Bellocchio. In Italian, with Greek subtitles. (Drama, 128 mins.) Our rating:




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NEW FILMS Flight Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle US 2012, 138 mins. Showing from today at the KCineplex 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.

Gambit

THE PLOT

Beginners Graphic artist Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is in his late 30s when his life is turned upside down. His 75-year-old father (Christopher Plummer) shocks him by coming out of the closet after the death of his mother, and also discloses he has terminal cancer. And then Oliver meets Anna ((Melanie Laurent), ) an irreverent n andd unpredictable French actress, and he tries to apply the lilife ife lessons he has learnt from his father. Directed by Mike Mills. (Comedydrama, 105 mins.) Our rating:



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?

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: learned from “First lesson lea Flight: Never take Denzel tak Washington for gra granted. After with Glory, making his bones w The HurriMalcolm X and T cane, and winning a Best Ac2001’s Training tor Oscar for 2001 settled into a Day, Washington se groove of action films lm [which] relied more on his star power than his acting skill skills. Flight reminds us of what Washington W can do when a role rol hits him with a challenge that would t floor a lesser actor. He’s a ball of fire, and his detailed, depthdetai charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years… yea “Zemeckis spent the years experipast 12 ye menting with performance - capture (Polar animation Express, yikes!), [and] it’s it good to have him hi back in the live-action arena he deserted after Cast a Away. Away Flight is Zemeckis at his Zem most mos emotionally open and thematically the provocative pr … You might bitch that bi the th film levels e off after its shockit ing, in soaring start. But s you’d be y missing the m point of an p exceptional ex entertainment that m Zemeckis shades into sh something quietly devasqu uie i tating tatiing – not an addiction drama, addictio ad but the deeper deep spectacle of a man facing the truth about himself.”

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (US) “Zemeckis’s return to lifeaction film-making is being hailed as The Kind of Adult Drama They Don’t Make Anymore. Flight is more entertaining and more cunning than that, its black humour buoyed by punchy Rolling Stones tracks and an ebullient cameo from John Goodman. Next to Forrest Gump, the film has the moral force of a George Steiner essay, but what lends it that force are not the carefully calibrated moral ambiguities of the script, but the bruised, defiant soul that appears to us in the form of Denzel Washington. “Washington gives us all this man’s cocksureness, his selfishness, belligerence and flashes of panic, safe in the knowledge that he has only to walk down a corridor using that patented Washington roll – as if he runs on lubricated ball bearings – and we will be with him, every step of the way.” Tom Shone, The Guardian (UK)

Gambit Directed by: Michael Hoffman Starring: Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci US 2012, 89 mins. Showing from today at the KCineplex 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 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.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro/Mixed: “This old-fashioned heist comedy romp is a perfect vehicle for Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman, who are all completely at ease and cheerfully engaging in their broadly written comedy roles. The film may well be rather simplistic and formulaic at times ... but as an escapist romp it often hits the right notes… “At times the chemistry between Firth and Diaz is a little lacking, but that feels more a product of the structure rather than the performers themselves, and while the heist scenes are nicely staged they lack a sense of surprise or energy… “Gambit is nicely glossy, with impressive cinematography and production design, and while it goes through the motions with genial ease it rarely hits the comedy heights one might expect with such a script and cast pedigree.” Mark Adams, Screen Daily (US) Anti: “I am here to amuse, sir!’ says put-upon art curator Colin Firth to his ‘shitbag’ employer

in Gambit, a remake of the 1966 heist caper that sees the King’s Speech man step into the shoes, and spectacles, of one Michael Caine. “Sadly, there’s little that’s amusing in this leaden, lethargic affair, based on a 10-yearold script by the Coen brothers that feels like a first draft at best… “Too often, alas, Michael Hoffman’s film opts for clumsy slapstick – stranding Firth on a hotel balcony without his trousers, for instance, or having various characters punch him in the face for no good reason. “Or else it’s merely puerile, a scene involving a farting biddy lowering the tone to levels even Viz scribes would think beneath them… “Snazzy animated titles initially imply Gambit will be a sprightly screwball with elements of Bringing Up Baby and The Pink Panther. Sadly, what follows is more Clueless than Clouseau, with only Rickman striking the right tone as a Murdoch-like tycoon with a yen for nudism.” Neil Smith, Total Film (UK)

Sammy’s Great Escape Directed by: Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen Dubbed into Greek Belgium 2012, 92 mins. Showing from today at the KCineplex 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 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.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Mixed/Anti: ““An easily-digestible story, featuring the predictable adventures of a sea creature, and of course not the most imaginative resolution. To be honest, the whole thing smacks of Finding Nemo … It lacks freshness, it lacks style, above all it lacks personality. “The main hero is bland, and the day is saved by the grandchildren along with a cute little pink octopus, a lobster with a split personality and a strange, gloomy fish. “Then there’s the gangstaseahorse, trying for a darker and perhaps more educational note, but he doesn’t achieve much either. It’s like a vast, multi-coloured universe full of colourless characters. “Of course, if we bear in mind that the film is aimed exclusively at young viewers, it must be termed a success, because I suspect that kids will enjoy it. The animation and 3D are quite impressive, especially for that age-group, the story has a few twists and turns, there are 2-3 interesting characters, but that’s all. At some point, adult chaperones will be looking at their watches..” Vasso Gkagka, Reel.gr., Greece


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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 Flight (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7.30 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 7.30 and 10.15pm Gambit (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.20pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.15pm and 3.20pm This is 40 (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.15pm Django Unchained (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 10.05pm Texas Chainsaw 3D (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.05pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.30pm

Les Miserables (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 10.05pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7pm Jack Reacher (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.45pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 10.15pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 7.55pm 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 Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.10pm, weekends only at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.10pm, weekends only at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.20pm Sister (mostly in French, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight at 9pm, Sunday at 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96-420491, www.ofk.org.cy

LIMASSOL Flight (N/A) Rio 1 at 7.40 and 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7.30 and 10.15pm

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

Gambit (N/A) Rio 4 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 3.30 and 5.30pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends at 3.20pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 1 (in Greek) at 5.45pm, weekends also at 2.20 and 4pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm This is 40 (18) Rio 3 at 7.35pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.15pm Django Unchained (15) Rio 2 at 7.30pm; Rio 3 at 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 3) at 7pm Texas Chainsaw 3D (18) Rio 2 at 10.30pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 6 at 7.30pm, weekends also at 4.15pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 5) at 10.05pm. Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 2.30, 4.15 and 5.45pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.10pm, weekends only at 3.20pm

Jack Reacher (15) Rio 5 at 10.05pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm House at the End of the Street (15) Rio 6 at 10.25pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 7.55pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 5 at 7.45pm, weekends also at 3 and 5.20pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3pm Sister (mostly in French, with Greek subtitles) Rio 5, Monday at 8.30pm, presented by the Limassol Cine Club. www.cinelesxi.org

LARNACA Flight (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7.30 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Gambit (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends at 3.20pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends at 3.20pm This is 40 (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.40 and 10.15pm

Django Unchained (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Les Miserables (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 10.05pm Jack Reacher (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 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 5.10pm, weekends only at 3.20pm Vincere (in Italian, with Greek subtitles) Larnaca Municipal Theatre, Thursday at 8.30pm, presented by the Larnaca Cinema Society. Tel: 99-658831, 99-462903. www.lfcinema.org

PAPHOS Flight (N/A) Rio 1 at 7.30 and 10pm Gambit (N/A) Rio 7 at 7.45 and 9.45pm

Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 1 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm This is 40 (18) Rio 4 at 7.30 and 10pm, weekends also at 5pm Django Unchained (15) Rio 6 at 7.30pm Texas Chainsaw 3D (18) Rio 6 at 10.30pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 7 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 2 at 7.30pm, weekends also at 4pm Jack Reacher (15) Rio 5 at 7.30 and 9.45pm An… (12) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 10.30pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 3 at 5, 7.30 and 10pm The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) Rio 6, weekends only at 4.30pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 6 (in Greek, in 3D), weekdays only at 5.40pm, weekends only at 3pm Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 5 (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

listings Today Exhibitions Paraskeva Pappagelli Solo sculpture exhibition. Opens February 1, 7.30pm until February 15. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-760286 Mindscapes Solo painting exhibition by Thekla Papadopoulou. Opens February 1, 7pm until February 28. Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, 45 Stadiou Street, Larnaca. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm & 4.30pm-8pm. Sunday: 11am-2pm & 4pm-7pm. Tel: 24-621109 Lush Art in Austere Times Fifth edition of group exhibition featuring works at affordable prices. Opens February 1, 8 pm until March 1. Is Not Gallery, 11 Odysseus, Chrysaliniotissa, Nicosia. MondaySaturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-343670

Music A Night at the Opera A journey through opera with abstracts from the greatest masterpieces. February 1. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €15/12. Tel: 77-777745 Trad Jazz An evening of Ball, Bilk and Barber with The South Coast Stompers. February 1. The Giraffe Pub-Pissouri. 8pm-10.30pm. Entrance Free. Food available. Tel: 97-869677 The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant Musical education concert for the early childhood, with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. February 1. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 6.30pm. €5 (for adults) and free entrance vouchers. Tel: 22-313010 Dionysis Savvopoulos Prominent Greek composer, lyricist and singer performs live accompanied by three great soloists. February 1. Lanitis Carob Mill Complex, Vasilissis Street, Limassol. 10pm. €45. Tel: 25-372855 Fusion Music Pop meets opera meets show-tunes with Tina Chester: Soprano and Andrew Oliver: Piano. February 1. Sylikou Tavern. Concert 7pm, dinner 9pm. €22 inc. dinner. Reservations Tel: 25-470056

Shortee Blitz Birthday Bash Award-winning UK Hip Hop DJ celebrates his birthday with a live set. February 1. Club Nuovo, 11 Stasinou Street, Engomi, Nicosia. 11.30pm. €20 Open Bar. Tel: 96-879576

Theatre God of Carnage Dionysos Theatre presents multiaward winning comedy by Yasmina Reza. February 1 until March 17. Dionysos Theatre, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday 6.30pm. In Greek. €20/15. Tel: 99-621845

Tomorrow Music

Chamber Music Concert All of the proceeds will go to The Nicosia Dog Shelter. February 2. Casteliotissa Hall, old Nicosia. 5pm. €10/ Free for children

Other Events Franco-Cypriot School of Nicosia Open Day Educational day with live music, games, dance, French food, market stalls and more. February 2. FrancoCypriot School of Nicosia, Kavafi Street, Aglangia, (HTI area). 11am4pm. Tel: 22-665318. www.efcn.info Dialogic Openness in Nikos Kazantzakis Book presentation by Charitini Christodoulou. Plus readings of excerpts from the novel, a Q&A session. February 2. ARTos Foundation, 64, Ay. Omoloyites Avenue, Nicosia. 6.30pm. In Greek with option of English. Tel: 22-445455

The Zilla Project Four-piece band playing blues/rock and electrifying sounds. February 2. Savino Live, 9 Watkins, Larnaca. 11pm. Tel: 99-860304

Other Events

African Mass Choral harmonisations of African music with participation of The Children’s Choir of Epilogi and Cypriot musicians. February 2. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €7/5. Tel: 77-777745

Screenings at the Shoe Factory A selection of rare films. Until March 29. The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Str, Nicosia. 8pm. Free. Films shown in original language with English subtitles. www.pharosartsfoundation.org

Ongoing

Theatre

Exhibitions

The Whore from Ohio The central stage of ETHAL presents black comedy by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin, directed by Panagiotis Larkou. Until February 5. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol. Every Tuesday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek Tel: 25-877827

Olga Bryntseva Solo art exhibition. Until February 1. Russia Cultural Centre, 16 Alasias Street, Nicosia. Open daily: 11am-12.30 and 5.30pm -8pm. Tel: 22-761607

Spring Awakening THOC presents work by Frank Wedekind, about sexual and spiritual awakening of teenagers. Until February 9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. On specific days at 8.30pm. In Greek. . €12/6. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300 Kali-Kantzar & Co A musical directed by Lea Maleni.. Until February 10. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 6pm. In Greek. 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

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

Andry Drousioty Solo art exhibition. Until February 2. Dinos Art Café, 62-66 Irinis Street, Limassol. Monday-Saturday: 10.30am to midnight. Tel: 25-762030 Crème de la Crème Group exhibition with works by wellknown Cypriot artists. Until February 2. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm-8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983 Drawing Hours A drawing exhibition by Anastasia Mina and Marina Yerali. Until February 2. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery10 Solonos, Paphos. MondayFriday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1.30pm. Tel: 99-311225 Nothing is Done A poster exhibition about environmental issues by the famous German artist Klaus Staeck. Until February 2. Goethe-Institut, located in the buffer zone next to Ledra Palace Hotel, Nicosia. Tel: 22-674608 or www.goethe. de/cyprus


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19 To have your event included for FREE in our listings, send details to: Arts Editor, Cyprus Mail, PO Box 21144, Nicosia. Fax: 22-676385. Email: whatson@cyprus-mail.com Please send your information as early as possible. Include full details, a contact number and good quality photos

Artwork for sale that won’t break the bank HAVE YOU been waiting for the perfect time to begin your personal art collection despite these wild, rough financial times? The cost of a masterpiece may still be skyrocketing ever upwards, but whether you want to keep it local or search the globe, whether you prefer prints or want to pick up an original, there’re tons of art options for every style and price range. For the best local source for up-and-coming artists head down to Is Not Gallery’s annual Lush Art in Austere Times exhibition, which hits the capital this week. Due to the current financial climate, the art market across the world has been severely dented. In Cyprus, the business of art galleries have withered, and many art investors have ceased buying. Under these circumstances, an exhibition such as Lush Art in Austere Times attempts to propel the influence of art in society; which can in turn help cultivate more art lovers. The gallery’s motto is that art is everyone’s privilege, and that’s the reason behind the aptly-named exhi-

Tomorrow Other Events Going French PARENTS looking for the right school for their child often find it useful to see first-hand what different places have to offer. Open Days provide a valuable opportunity for them to tour facilities, meet teachers and learn about the curriculum of prospective schools. Tomorrow the Franco-Cypriot School in Nicosia, formarly known as the Arthur Rimbaud French School, is holding an open day. After 25 years of existence, the

bition. In the midst of the economic crisis, you’ll be able to see and buy pieces from more than 65 artists including established names alongside the up-andcomers. At the fifth edition of the exhibition one can find artwork by artists working in Cyprus, Greece, England and France. Those taking part include Angelos Makrides, Stass Paraskos, Melina Shukuroglou, Efi Savvides, Melita Couta, Klitsa Antoniou, Doros Heracleous, Constantinos Stephanou, Evros Evriviades and many more. In this exhibition there will also be silk prints by Demetris Mitaras. The exhibition runs from today until March 1. Original photographs, drawings, sculptures - but all with the common theme of being affordable - are displayed and available for purchase during the exhibition. All the artworks coexist harmoniously in the gallery space covering a broad range of styles of the current art scene. As is widely known, prices of art can be daunting and can often become a major deterrent for those

Arthur Rimbaud French School moved to new premises and became the Franco-Cypriot School. A milestone in the cooperation between the two countries, the new school gives students the choice between a French curriculum or a bilingual French-Greek curriculum, while reinforcing the teaching of English. Set in the south of Nicosia in the large, beautifully renovated premises of the former Institute of Technology, the school welcomes students from all over the world, from kindergarten to their Baccalauréat or Apolytirio. The school, which has always offered an education of the highest quality, is now taking up a European and international dimension through a diverse multilingual and multicultural curriculum.

who are interested in owning works of art. Therefore, price-friendly options will always work well with new buyers. Good prices (pieces range from just €100 to a very moderately priced €500), an engaging venue and the opportunity to snag a future family heirloom will once again bring art lovers, seasoned collectors and art world neophytes together to roam around and ultimately dig into their wallets for a piece of the action - without having to break the bank. And even if you’re not ready to open your wallet or purse for a big picture, visitors can get a great peek into the contemporary art scene and talk with some of the artists. Lush Art in Austere Times Fifth edition of group exhibition featuring works at affordable prices. Opens February 1, 8 pm until March 1. Is Not Gallery, 11 Odysseus, Chrysaliniotissa, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-343670 By Ledha Socratous the whole family with a series of activities due to take place such as live performances with plenty music and dance. There are workshops for the kids and recycling awareness activities. If you’re feeling a bit peckish check out the organic and French product market and wash it all down with some French wine. Last but not least, enter the big raffle and win prizes such as a ticket to Paris, a laptop, vouchers from shops, hotels, restaurants and many other gifts.

In tomorrow’s Open Day you can find all the information you need about The Franco-Cypriot School and its curriculum, The French Cultural Institute and its

activities, as well as studies in France in universities and business schools. Education aside, the Open Day will also be a fun day out for

Franco-Cypriot School of Nicosia Open Day Educational day out with live music, games, dance, French food, market stalls and more. February 2. Franco-Cypriot School of Nicosia, Kavafi Street, Aglangia, (HTI area). 11am-4pm. Tel: 22-665318. www.efcn.info

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


Friday, February 1, 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) Local comedy series, which happens to be the longest-running show on TV.

12.00

CYBC 2 07.00 08.00 16.30 17.00 18.00 18.50 19.00 19.10

Apo Mera Se Mera Entehnos Local cultural show.

16.00 18.00 18.15

Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies Live cookery show.

18.45

Paizoume Kypriaka

20.10 21.00

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

19.20

20.00 21.15

News Patates 8

22.30

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

23.00 23.30 23.45

Local Sketch (rpt) News Repeats

07.50 08.40

NRG Zone FILM: Home Invasion

23.30

09.30 10.25 11.15 12.10 13.00 13.20 14.00 14.50 15.45

Top Gear Fifteenth season. The trio build their own versions of motorhomes and set off for a bank holiday weekend in the West Country to try out their creations. The Audi R8 V10 Spyder also takes on the latest version of the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet on the test track, and another celebrity does a lap in the Reasonably Priced Car.

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

22.00

06.20 06.50 07.00

A woman kills a burglar breaking into her home in self defence, only for his vengeful girlfriend to plot to destroy her life. Thriller, with Haylie Duff. 2011.

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

NRG Zone Kids’ TV Euromaxx Kati Psinetai (rpt) Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Doctor Who (rpt) Fourth season. ‘Amy’s Choice’.Five years in the future, Amy has put her adventures with the Doctor behind her and is about to become a mother. Which is when the Time Lord returns to her life, and leaves her facing a heartbreaking choice that will change her life for ever.

Current affairs show.

15.30

ANTENNA

Repeats

16.40 17.15

Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Idiaitera 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) Eleftheros Ki Oraios (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt)

MEGA 06.00

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

00.00 00.05 00.30 01.40 02.30 03.20 04.40

News Sports News Vradi Me Ton Petro Kostopoulo Yian Tin Anna (rpt) Erotas Kleftis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

PLUS TV

Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Emeis Ki Emeis (rpt) Nea Mera Proino Mou

07.00 08.20 10.20 11.10

Protoselido Eleni Vasiliki (rpt) Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites (rpt)

06.45 07.20

Local drama series.

09.05

Lifestyle programme features entertainment, music and more. Hosted by real-life couple Giorgos Liagas and Fay Skorda.

12.00 14.20

12.45 14.00 15.00

Enimerosi Tora Irthe Ki Edese (rpt) Eheis Meson

16.00 18.15 18.20

16.00

Yia Sena

18.00 18.20

News Master Chef

Mesimeri Kai Kati Siga Me To’ Xeres (rpt) Efialtis Stin Kouzina (rpt) Magazino News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Siga Me To’ Xeres News Aspra Balonia Oikogeneiakes Istories Las Vegas

06.30 07.00 10.00

Current affairs show. Local talk-show.

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

19.20

Eftyhismenoi Mazi (rpt)

20.20 21.15

News Klemmena Oneira

22.10

Mousiko Kouti - Live

With News at 18.00.

18.50 19.30 20.15 21.30

SIGMA

15.00

19.00 20.00 21.25 22.20 23.20

Greek comedy series.

Greek drama series. Greek game show, testing contestants on their music knowledge.

00.00 00.10 01.00 03.00 04.20

News FILM: TBA Yia Sena (rpt) Enimerosi Tora (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

00.10 00.15 01.20 02.10 03.30 04.00 04.30

08.35

10.15 10.35 12.30 13.00 15.30 17.00 17.50 19.40

Star News Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of Mila (rpt) Nistikoi Praktores (rpt) Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kids’ TV To Kleidi Fotis Maria Live Mila Discussions about various issues based on a woman’s life.

21.15

First season. ‘New Orleans’. Ed and Danny search for a gambler who has disappeared with a $5million debt. Meanwhile, Mike experiences difficulties organising a large-scale wet T-shirt competition.

22.00

News Dekati Entoli (rpt) Alithinoi Erotes (rpt) Mila Mou (rpt) Se Fonto Kokkino (rpt) Ta Hrisopsara (rpt) Eleni (rpt)

23.20

Exelixeis Stin Showbiz FILM: Possession A woman’s life turns surreal after an automobile accident leaves both her husband and her brother-in-law in a coma. Psychological thriller film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lee Pace. 2009.

08.30 09.00 09.30 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.20 15.15 16.05 16.45 17.35 18.15

LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

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 With News at 18.30.

19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

News Sports Time O Anthropos Tis Thalassas FILM: Journey To The Centre of Earth A party of explorers traverses a mysterious land beneath the surface of the Earth. Adventure, starring Treat Williams. 1999.

22.45

FILM: Tenacious D: The Pick Of Destiny A rock band set out to steal what could be the answer to their prayers - a magical guitar pick housed in a rock-androll museum some 300 miles away. Comedy/ rock musical, starring starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass. 2006.

00.15 01.40 03.00

CAPITAL

FILM: Federal Protection A thief finds himself on the wrong side of the Mob and must rely on the FBI to protect him. Crime drama, starring Armand Assante. 2001.

00.30

FILM: Ultimate Betrayal Grown-up sisters consider taking advantage of new legislation to convict their father who abused them as children. Drama, starring Ally Sheedy. 1994.

Real Steel (Novacinema1, 22.00)

01:05 The Weakest Link 01:50 EastEnders 02:20 Doctors 02:50 Keeping Up Appearances 03:20 Coast 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 Charlie and Lola 07:10 Nina and the Neurons 07:25 Gigglebiz 07:40 The Roly Mo Show 07:55 Me Too! 08:15 Charlie and Lola 08:25 Nina and the Neurons 08:40 Gigglebiz 08:55 The Roly Mo Show 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 Coast 13:15 Last Man Standing 14:05 Gavin & Stacey 14:30 Mastermind 15:00 The Weakest Link 15:45 EastEnders 16:15 Doctors 16:45 Coast 17:45 The Weakest Link 18:30 EastEnders 19:00 Doctors 20:00 Coast 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 Deal-

ers 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 Cup Germany 10:30 Luge: World Cup African 11:30 Snooker: German Masters Berlin 12:15 Cross Country Skiing: World Cup Russia 14:00 Luge: World Cup African 15:00 Snooker: German Masters Berlin 19:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup Czech Republic 20:00 Cross Country Skiing: World Cup Russia 20:45 Snooker: German Masters Berlin 00:45 Motorsports: Gta Race To Dubai 01:00 Luge: World Championship 01:45 Ski Jumping: World Cup Czech Republic 02:15 Luge: World Championship

05:40 Desperate Housewives 06:25 Bones 07:10 Modern Family 07:35 Last Man Standing 08:00 Body Of Proof 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 Cougar Town 04:00 The Listener 04:50 Who Do You Think You Are

07:00 Pawn Stars 07:30 Storage Wars 08:00 Seeking Salvage 09:00 Pawn Stars 09:30 American Restoration 10:00 Pawn Stars 10:30 Storage Wars 11:00 Soviet Storm: Wwii In The East 12:00 Mountain Men 13:00 Ancient Aliens 14:00 Pawn Stars 14:30 American Restoration 15:00 Seeking Salvage 16:00 Mountain Men 17:00 Ancient Aliens 18:00 Pawn Stars 18:30 American Restoration 19:00 Seeking Salvage 20:00 Pawn Stars 20:30 Storage Wars 21:00 Soviet Storm: Wwii In The East 22:00 Nazi Titanic 00:00

Stand By Me 14:45 Love & Dance 16:30 Leaves Of Grass 18:15 Cash 20:10 St. Elmo’s Fire 22:00 Blindness 00:05 Daring! Tv 04:05 Stone 06:00 Underbelly Files - Infiltration

Pawn Stars 00:30 Storage Wars 01:00 Soviet Storm: Wwii In The East 02:00 Nazi Titanic 04:00 Seeking Salvage 05:00 Pawn Stars 05:30 American Restoration 06:00 Soviet Storm: Wwii In The East

00:30 Best Premier League Games 01:00 Barclays Premier League Review 02:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 03:00 Barclays Premier League 201213 05:00 2011 Figure Skating Championships

07:30 Romancing The Stone 9:30 Grind House: Planet Terror 11:30 Hollywood Buzz 12:00 Watchmen 15:00 Pearl Diver 17:00 Babel 19:30 Hollywood Buzz 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 All Good Things 23:00 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 01:15 Hustler Tv 02:45 Running With Scissors 04:45 Creation 06:30 Ltv Sports News

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 12:50 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 18:00 Top Boy 19:00 Supernatural 19:45 Gossip Girl 20:30 Friends 21:00 Fringe 22:30 C.S.I. New York 23:15 Strike Back 00:05 City Heat 02:00 White Wall 03:45 Big Bang Theory The 04:10 According To Jim 04:55 Mentalist The 05:40 Top Boy 06:30 Supernatural

07:00 Kids TV 15:45 Justice League Unlimited 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes 16:35 Young Justice 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 2012-13 23:30 Barclays Premier League Preview 00:00 La Liga Show 2012-13

08:00 Eva 10:00 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 11:30 Solitary Man 13:10

05:10 Strange Crime 07:00 The Way Back 09:15 Lies In Plain Sight 10:45 Mad On Novacinema 11:20 Yo Tambien 13:05 Jumping The Broom 15:00 Melinda And Melinda 16:45 The Three Musketeers 18:40 Hollywood Buzz 19:15 Young Adult 21:00 Lost At Sea 22:00 Real Steel 00:15 Stolen Lives 01:50 Cine News 02:15 The Big Bang 03:55 Men Of Honor

06:30 The Vanishing 08:20 Cine News 08:50 The Vow 10:35 Nisos 2: To Kinigi Tou Xamenou Thisavrou 12:25 The Romantics 14:05 Something Borrowed 16:05 Beastly 17:35 Action Zone 18:10 Paul 20:00 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 22:00 Animal Kingdom 00:00 The Marrying Man 02:00 Your Highness 03:45 Killer Elite

19:00 True Grit -2010 21:00 Love To Kill 22:35 Cine News 23:00 Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings 00:45 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone 03:00 On The Inside 04:35 Cedar Rapids

19:10 Beginners 21:00 Sundays At Tiffany’s 22:35 Alfie 00:25 Cyberbully 01:55 The Woman Who Dreamed Of A Man 03:35 Hud

02:30 Nhl Teams Tba 07:30 Sports Unlimited 08:30 Programming Tba 09:00 Golf Central International 09:30 Programming Tba 11:30 European Tour Omega Dubai Desert Classic 15:30 Rip To The Tip 2011 Full Pull 16:00 The Moto: Inside The Outdoors Budds Creek National 16:30 Car Warriors 2 Challenger 17:30 Nfl Game Day 18:00 Pre Game 18:45 Championship 201213: Aep Vs Doxa 20:45 Post Game 21:30 Stigmiotipa Kypriakou Podosferou 21:45 Nhl: Nashville Predators At Los Angeles Kings 23:00 European Tour Omega Dubai Desert Classic D. 2 Dubai, Uae

07:00 20,000 Years In Sing Sing 08:20 Adam’s Rib10:00 Across The Wide Missouri 11:20 The Belle Of New York12:40 Brigadoon 14:30 Comedians, The 17:00 Light In The Piazza 18:40 Never So Few 20:40 Little Caesar 22:00 Butterfield 8 23:50 Speedway 01:35 Agatha 05:10 The Charge Of The Light Brigade

By Preston Wilder

St. Elmo’s Fire (LTV3, 20.10) Emilio Estevez. Demi Moore. Rob Lowe. Judd Nelson. Andrew McCarthy. Ally Sheedy. Mare Winningham. I guess we should be grateful that they’re all alive and well 28 years later - but you have to say that fame has been fleeting for most of these Brat Pack actors (Moore being the only big exception), however fondly we 80s kids look back on them. “I can’t remember who met who first, or who fell in love with who first,” muses someone; “All I can remember is the seven of us always together”. They pal around after college graduation, think about the scary world of adulthood and hang around at St. Elmo’s Bar, where Emilio works as a waiter - but alas their friendship is

St.Elmo’s Fire

skin-deep, and St. Elmo’s fire isn’t even real fire. Add a hit song (“I can see a new horizon / Underneath the blazin’ sky...”), and it’s easy to see why the film was a hit back in the day - though I think we all hoped that a few of its stars would still be stars 28 years later. Mare Winningham, come on down! Made in 1985.

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (Novacinema3, 23.00) A good night for prime-time films on Nova: Animal Kingdom (Nova2, 22.00) is a moody Aussie crime drama, Real Steel (Nova1, 22.00) is exuberant fun for the whole family - but some inner imp compels me to turn to Nova3 instead, and tonight’s gore-drenched

entry in the ‘Bloody Fridays’ slot. The first Wrong Turn was a mildly fun horror flick about travellers beset by homicidal hillbillies, and no-one suspected it would spawn so many sequels - but here’s No. 4 (there’s a No. 5 too), actually a prequel but still a tale of travellers beset by homicidal hillbillies. “Everyone’s going to have a favourite moment from this movie,” claims Mitch Lovell on a site called ‘The Video Vacuum’. “For some it will be the scene where the cannibals fillet a dude and turn him into cannibal soup. For others, it will be the double decapitation where the heads go spinning through the air in slow motion, so we see them look each other in the eye seconds before they hit the ground”. Real Steel, anyone? Made in 2011.


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1 William ruffled posh furs (5) 2 Ron and Flo could be about right being miserable (7) 3 Make an excursion over the channel by aircraft (8) 4 Jack takes a pleasant girl (6) 5 In the main, affection that’s worthless (4) 6 Illicit photograph? (5) 7 Cunning insult egghead included (7) 11 Mighty, like the electricity industry? (8) 12 Of poems by Melvyn first that are tuneful (7) 14 Being ever youthful, get leg up in choppy seas (7) 15 Consider small lake about to rise (6) 17 Herb dislodged bails (5) 19 Rita’s damaging a musical instrument (5) 20 Nearly tanned part of face (4)

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CRYPTIC: Across – 6 Bird’s-nest soup; 8 Ontario; 9 Amour; 10 Decay; 12 Bengali; 13 Aligned; 15 Fling; 16 Trend; 17 Karachi; 19 Reinforcement. Down – 1 Trot; 2 Osprey; 3 Veto; 4 Strain; 5 Cotopaxi; 6 Broadcaster; 7 Parting gift; 11 Criteria; 12 Bud; 14 Nod off; 15 Former; 17 Kerb; 18 Chew.

QUICK: Across – 6 Wide of the mark; 8 Renewed; 9 Camel; 10 Miaow; 12 Calorie; 13 Namibia; 15 Below; 16 Hotel; 17 Tunisia; 19 Precious stone. Down – 1 Aden; 2 Bowwow; 3 Stud; 4 Pencil; 5 Balmoral; 6 Workmanship; 7 Killer whale; 11 Admitted; 12 Cha; 14 Baltic; 15 Banish; 17 Tour; 18 Scow.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

A friend can become so much more this month, but sadly you may also discover that someone else in your circle is more of the fair-weather variety of pal. With your moods up and down at times, you need to surround yourself with people who you can really rely upon. The best advice Aries is not to take anyone for granted. All relationships need working at.

This can turn out to be a very positive month for your relationships. It’s all about believing this, and also being prepared to reach out and meet people in the middle. For such a proud zodiac sign it’s not always easy for you to show your vulnerability. But strangely the more you do, the more others can warm to you. One person in particular can emerge anew.

What to you is a direct and honest exchange, can be almost unbearably blunt to others, and being conscious of this will hold you in good stead this month, a time when sharpening up your listening skills can work a whole lot better than holding forth without serious forethought. A surprise flirtation can also enliven the first week for you.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Your role in life continues to be under the spotlight, but you can also show leadership skills. Your talent for getting a group of people together and showing the way is enhanced, or at work you may find yourself wanting to speak out more. Diplomacy as well as confidence will be important to this however. If you love keep fit or sports, create more time for them.

Mars is going to give you considerable pep this month. This is the planet of gratification, but it is going to be making its way through your sector of relating. If you feel others have failed to heed your needs, you can be more outspoken. If you want to cut a thrust at work, you can be more combative. If you want to meet someone new, you can take the initiative.

If you’re talking to someone today and your mind drifts off and you wonder whether they’re listening to what you are saying or thinking about how you really feel, would be of no surprise. Yet remember, most people will not be that perceptive. Pleasingly, the next three weeks can see a time of revival for your finances, though resolve over a diet plan may weaken.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Mars works its way through a very potent part of your horoscope this month, and this can give you considerable extra oomph when it comes to achieving your goals. Your ability to use your mental faculties to good effect is also boosted from now. Technology and publishing can feature, and links with faraway places and unusual faces are blessed.

The Moon in your sign can help you to attune yourself to others. Someone may even head your way with a problem they need help with. Yet this continues to be a very enriching time, for any talent or skill you have. Yet don’t wait to partner up with anyone else, or for positive feedback. Instead show just how much personality and verve you have.

The arrival of Venus in your sign this weekend primes a time of delicious possibilities as far as your romantic situation is concerned. With Mars also moving into your sector of desires, a time of increased activity in your love life beckons. This can spark a revival in a current tie, or see you drawn towards someone and rather fascinating. Yet a choice may be needed.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

You might feel a bit more sensitive than usual today, then again you may feel feistier. You can soak up the atmosphere like a mop absorbs water. Just remember that the information you process through your emotions, is being influenced by your history and current mind set. If you can make allowances for this, you can be very perceptive.

You might crave peace and quiet. Even if someone tries to tempt you with a more social invite, you may think twice before accepting. Yet even if you have felt more introspective, perhaps even defensive of late, your co-ruler Mars is set to help you this month with an improvement in physical energy. You may use this on some kind of home based project.

If you’ve found yourself intensely bound up with old hurts and angers at times during the last six weeks, it would be of little surprise. Mars moving through Aquarius may not have been easy at times. The connection with your past, and more subconscious factors is not completely at an end, but Mars can now help you to feel less raw.


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MISCELLANEOUS ***************************** ARE YOU INTERESTED in gaining new skills to have a better relationship with your 3-6 year-old child? Do you want your child to behave better? The University of Cyprus, in collaboration with a visiting expert in childhood behaviour problems, is seeking an English-speaking family to participate in a weekly training seminar for graduate students. The one-hour training will be held in Nicosia every Tuesday or Thursday between February and May. It will be provided at no cost to you. Interested families can email PreschoolParenting@gmail.com or call 96887996. All communication will be kept confidential.

***************************** STAGE ONE THEATRE, Paphos AUDITIONS at 7pm on 4 & 5 February for the comedy PARTY PIECE. Director: Carol Harvey. Performances: 7-11 May. Three couples M/F & a mother. Call Peter 99984035 for further information. Auditionees must advise their intention to audition in advance.

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Is drink costing you more than just money? AA could be the answer. Meeting at the following locations/ days. Call to speak to an AA member. Ayia Napa Monday 97798043 Larnaca Tuesday (Polish spk) 96616589 Thursday 24645523 / 99259264 Limassol Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday 25368265 / 99559322 Nicosia 99013596

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

SERVICES K.D.FLYSCREENS LTD. We manufacture top quality sliding screens, opening doors and roller systems. We also do repairs. For a FREE QUOTE please contact Phone: 99119582 Website: www.kdfly-

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

****************************** SWIFT SERVICE AND REPAIRS air-cons, commercial and domestic fridges and freezers, ice machines, cool rooms, supply and fit air-cons VRV S. Call Nik on 99579602 Limassol

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

****************************** UPHOLSTERY, RUG, BLINDS + CURTAIN Cleaning Rugs from 20€ - Carpets from 38€ - Fabric Suites from 85€ - Leather Suites from 95€ - Mattresses from 25€. Curtains, Roman blinds, Vertical Blinds need to be surveyed. Collection Service available. For a free quotation call Mark on 70006766 All areas

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

Nicosia - tel: 22 818583 fax: 22 676385 collar, lost on 16/1 midday in Germasogeia, near Pizza Express. Family pet,chipped. REWARD. Please contact 99622782 ASAP with any information.

Limassol - tel: 25 761117 fax: 25 761141

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****************************** TAG 87, a very handsome young male wirehaired pointer cross around 1,5 years old. Friendly, attentive and athletic. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 mon-frid 10-2pm.

****************************** TAG 144, a gorgeous female spaniel. Only around 1.5-2 years old. Very friendly and playful. Very good with other dogs and children. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 Mon-Frid 10-2pm.

***************************** TAG 174, a young female (probably a hound x lab cross) only around a year old. Friendly, loving and playful. This is a medium sized but heavy-built, strong dog best suited to families with older children. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 monfrid 10-2pm.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

****************************** CLINICAL PILATES. Personalised Clinical Pilates by Physiotherapists in Nicosia. Individual assessment and supervision of exercises. “Clinical pilates” is a modified form of therapeutic exercise used by physiotherapists to assist in the rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injury especially lower back pain, sacro-iliac pain and neck pain. More info on 22446988.

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

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

PERSONAL ****************************** MALE BIKER (mid 40s) moving from Lyme Regis Dorset to Limassol during February, wishes to find female companion. Must be adventurous and have a love of biking. Replies please to: “hombre” at dorsethombre@outlook. com

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PETS ****************************** LOST DOG Desperately looking for our DOG – lost in Fasoula Area His name is BUDDY - GermanShephard / Labrador mix. Reward €500.00. Please call Angelos 99 656279 or 25 816060

****************************** SWEET YORKSHIRE TERRIER, JESSIE, female, short grey fur, no

****************************** CHEF WITH A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Must have a good knowledge of Cypriot cuisine and the ability to create daily specials from fresh, seasonal produce. Must be a team player. English required, Greek useful. Jessica Demetriou: 99284591

****************************** THE ARTISAN RESORT SEEKS to employ lady who speaks fluent Russian and English, aged between 30-40 with experience in housekeeping/ hospitality, friendly, non smoking, computer literate, close to the area of Cavo Greco, valid driving licence a plus. Call 22451056, 99660041

****************************** THE ARTISAN RESORT SEEKS an individual who speaks very well German and English, age 30, to provide maintenance services for residences, friendly, non smoking, computer literate, close to the area of Cavo Greco, valid driving licence a plus. Call 22451056, 99660041

Daihatsu Terios), 2005, in silver, 44,000 kms (only 27,000 miles), a/c, cd player, electric windows, remote ultrasonic alarm system, alloy wheels, new 2 year MOT, excellent condition throughout, euro 5995, call: 99166532 – Paphos, see our stock, www.mikejohnsoncars.com

****************************** NISSAN JUKE for sale. Owner emigrating, 1 year old, metallic grey,7 yr guarantee from Nissan. Automatic,15.000km. €14.800 ono Contact: Maria 99 371874 or 99 461625 – Paphos Area

****************************** FOR SALE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER/PRADO white 1998, exceptional condition inside and out. Many extras. Any inspection welcome. €8850 ono. Tel: 99680747

****************************** BLACK HONDA CBR1100XX SUPERBLACKBIRD registered new in June 2011 as new condition with 12000 km. Any inspection welcome. €8950. Call Philip 99680747

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****************************** “WWW.CYPRUS101.COM” We have many clients asking for properties up to 200,000 euros. If you have a property to sell in the Paphos area with title deeds (or AX umber) please contact us via our website www.cyprus101. com or telephone Diane on 99455068. For automatic updates on new listings and price changes use our Listings Notifier or join us on www.facebook. com/cyprus101”

Larnaca - tel: 24 652243 fax: 24 659982

classified contents Employment Opportunities pg 22 Employment Miscellaneous 22 Pets 22 Lessons 22 Health & Fitness 22 Personal 22 Services 22 For Sale Miscellaneous -For Sale Land/ Property Business 22 For Sale Motor vehicles 22 Wanted -To Let Nicosia 22 To Let Limassol 25 To Let Larnaca 25 To Let Paphos 25 To Let Protaras, Ayia Napa, Paralimni -For Sale Nicosia -For Sale Limassol -For Sale Larnaca -For Sale Paphos 26 For Sale Ayia Napa -For Sale Famagusta Protaras 26 For Sale Athens -Property& Home Services display ads --

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****************************** ‘PROPERTY BUSINESS FOR SALE’. ‘Unique Opportunity to purchase FREEHOLD stonebuilt village property currently operating as a Cafe, with fully equipped kitchen.Seating for 40. Potential for further expansion. Easily converted to residential dwelling. Viewing highly recommended. Greatly reduced to Euro 160.000. Details ring Tel: 99864097 – Paphos Area

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

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PROPERTY TO LET NICOSIA ****************************** FOR RENT 2 bedroom apartment of real luxury at Dasoupois, situated near Alfa Mega supermarket and the Areteion Hospital. All appliances, also c/h, a/c, sw/heater. Water booster, Sat TV, parking, store room and more. Tel: 99699750.

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EXPERIENCED TUTOR WANTED FOR THE BIOMEDICAL ADMISSIONS TEST (BMAT) I seek an experienced tutor for private instruction in Nicosia, on Part A of the BMAT test (Aptitude and Skills). Please email at: georgebmat@gmail.com or call at: 99657768.

2004 PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO, tiptronic, seats & carpets etc like new due to one owner, no children, 108000km, metallic gold color. New tyres. Price: 27 000.00. Got to be seen to be appreciated. Call 99494450

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Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049

****************************** PERODUA KAMBARA, 1.3 AUTOMATIC, 5 door, (similar to

MAKEDONITISSA, 12 Ay Paraskevis, Engomi with panoramic view. 3 bedroom upper house & ground floor house with garden,2 bathroom , 2 toilets , fully a/c and a/h,new w/m,d/w,hob,oven,fridge freezer, fully fitted kitchen, fully furnished ,storage, parking. Rent €750 pm. Tel 99660115 or 99688655. Email victorkaris@cytanet.com.cy

****************************** STUDIO TO LET completely renovated. Omiru Ave. Nicosia, opposite the Statue of Solomou. Rent: €300 monthly. Tel: 22773044, 99407353

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

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

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


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA LUXURIOUS APARTMENT FOR RENT a luxurious one floor apartment situated in central Nicosia in a area of exceptional Beauty at 3 Museum Street, is available to let. It has been recently renovated and consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, big dining and sitting rooms, kitchen and a huge veranda. Approximate covered area 250 sq m. Tel: 99622370.

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TO LET NICOSIA 99609239 or 99424106.

****************************** 2 BEDROOM flat, fully furnished. Fully A/C, small block, 3rd floor. Covered parking. Central heating. Near Hilton hotel off Makarios Avenue. €480pm. Tel 99444336

****************************** STROVOLOS 4 bdrm., house, c/h, a/c from €1000 now €800, Mak/ ssa f/f house, pool, 4 bdrm., 4wc, 2 shower €1700, Kornos villa, pool, mature garden €4000 (2) penthouse luxury Acropolis 1 bdrm, f/f, centre €450. For info www. markidesestates.com Markides 22378898, 99464764, Reg. No. 487, E16

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LUXURY 6 BEDROOM HOUSE IN A QUIET AREA IN LATSIA. The house has been constructed with the most modern building materials and one can enjoy all comforts of modern life. The house has 3 storage rooms 3 kitchens, 2 covered garage, housekeeper’s room, study room, en-suite bathroom – master bedroom, walk in closet, Jacuzzi, c/h, a/c, and fireplace. Rent €5.000pm. Call

FLATS/HOUSES FOR RENT studio Acropolis €300, 1bdrm P/ ssa €450, Aglantzia €350, Str/ los €350, Acropolis €350 2bdrm Lycavito furnished €530, Acropolis €550, Ag. Dometios €500, 3bdrm Nikis av. €550 Str/los G/F €660, Tymbos independent €800, Ag. Omologites colonial listed building swimming pool maids room €2,500. PROPERTY FINDER LTD. 99474839 99646822 A.M.627 A.A.108/E

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P.Car Basics All the services you are looking for can be found here in a comprehensive car service. Receive and return your car to work or your home, thus saving valuable time from your daily life We undertake Service, Body & Paint, resiliently small change, counting steering MOT, battery change, cleaning & maintenance, Polish-compound wax Teflon. All our drivers are experienced with road safety. Call now on 7000 62 00

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STUDIO flat in Pallouriotissa (next to McDonald) furnished €280. For info call 99606984.

****************************** 2 BDRM flat (almost new, 4 years old) at Lycavitos with good area near University of Cyprus with fully equipment kitchen, a/c in all rooms. For info call 96530532.

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

****************************** FOR RENT 3 B/R apartment fully furnished close to Central Bank.

windows, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower, big bathroom for the other 3 bedrooms and extra shower in the 5th bedroom - Strovolos €2500 (H5ST10001-R), (photos in the website).

3 W.C., fully air-conditioned extra storeroom, owned covered parking. Excellent condition. Information: Tel. 99621554

****************************** TO LET spacious 2 bdrm apartment in a small building in Strovolos area near ARETAIEION hospital (dead-end) with independent petrol heating, 3 a/c, water pressure system, satellite. Directly available. TEL.: 96275151

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****************************** 3 BEDROOMS flat on second floor in a block of six flats, in a nice position at Strovolos area, fully a/c, c/h, covered parking place for one car, recently painted. Rent €650pm. (furnished if required). Tel: 97773358.

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5 bedrs detached house, 550sq.m, built in 2 big plots of land, big garden with grass, big swimming pool with extra fence for children and big covered patio with bbq area, big reception areas with marble floor, fire place and bar, big kitchen with all electrical appliances and sitting room with fire place, maid’s room, floor heating, full a/c, blinds on the

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3 bedrs luxury terraced house,210sq.m,central heating, full a/c, marble floor in the sitting areas and solid parquet floor the stairs and bedrooms,4 wc,3 bathrooms the 2 en suite ,big verandas, electrical appliances in the kitchen,3 covered parking, roof garden access, in a quiet neighbourhood on Mon Parnas hill – Engomi €800 (photos in the website).

3. 2 bedr fully renovated semi detached house 120 sq. m, a/c for hot and cold, small yard, FULLY FURNSIHED or not, double glazed windows with aluminum shutters, in a quiet area off Nikis behind Burger King - ACROPOLIS

TO LET NICOSIA €600 (H2ACS0001-R), (photos in the website). 4. 3 bedr luxury semi-detached house with character, 200sq.m, central heating, full ac, sitting and dining room with fire place, big kitchen with cooker and oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, nice mature garden with flowers, trees and small garden with grass, covered parking, 3wc, 2 bathrooms in a quiet neighborhood. Available middle of January. Agios Andreas - €1200 - H3AAD0001-R (photos in website). 5. 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. 3 bedr+big attic room with shower and wc luxury new house,


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA 210sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 4wc, blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, small garden, covered parking near Alpha Mega supermarket - STROVOLOS €1100 (H4ST10007-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 in 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 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.

TO LET NICOSIA 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 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,

TO LET NICOSIA SWIMMING POOL, in a newly built area near Falcon school – Strovolos €2000 (photos in the website). 12. 4 bedr luxury detached house, 350sq.m,central heating, full ac, big garden with fruit trees, grass and swimming pool 6 X 12,2 covered parking, electrical appliances in the kitchen, 4 years old in a very quiet area 25 min from the centre – DEYTERA - €2000 – H4DEF0001-R (photos in website). 13. 3 bedr ground floor house with big separate 80sq,m room with shower and wc for multi use, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, 2 shower,1 bathroom, fully furnished, small garden, bbq area, parking, on a small building in a very quiet area near Agios Vasilios church. Strovolos - €900 - H4ST10028-R (photos in website). 14. 4 bedr new luxury finished top quality detached house, 290sq.m, central heating, full a/c, master bedroom with en suite shower/jacuzzi, guest bedroom with shower, main bathroom with jacuzzi, 4w , fully expensive furnished with LCD televisions (all furniture and appliances cost

TO LET NICOSIA 100,000 EURO), kitchen with very expensive electrical appliances and family room, garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area,2 covered parkings, alarm system, pressure system, in a nice quiet neighbourhood Strovolos €2000 (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 in 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

TO LET NICOSIA 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). 3.

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. A1DAS0010-R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with big sitting and dining room, big bathroom, big bedroom with shutters, covered veranda, storage heaters, 2a/c, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking in a quiet area in a small modern building near Acropolis Park. Dasoupolis €400 (photos in website). 5. 2 bedr new 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). 6. 2 bedr luxury finished apartment on a small building with 4 flats only, central heating with petrol independent, full a/c, 2 bedrooms with en suite bathroom/shower, separate guest wc, NICELY MODERN EXPENSIVE FURNISHED, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, in a very

TO LET NICOSIA quiet neighbourhood very close to Junior school and the park – Agioi Omologites €800 (photos in the website). 7.

4 bedr luxury floor apartment,250sq.m, office, maid’s room, central heating ind, full hidden wall unit a/c,2 showers, 1 bathroom, 3wc, parquet floor, big kitchen with cooker and oven, bbq on the veranda in the kitchen, big sitting area, roller blinds on all the windows, alarm system, big veranda on a small building off Athalasas avenue near Alpha Mega supermarket and Areteion hospital – Dasoupolis - € 1100 - A4DAS0002-R (photos in website).

8. A1ACS0007- R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with 2 a/c for hot and cold, electrical appliances in the kitchen, big bedroom, covered veranda, blinds, covered parking, in a quiet area near Acropolis park. NICELY FURNISHED. Acropolis €450 (photos in website). 9. 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 €850 (photos in the website). 10. 2 bedr luxury apartment with 3 a/c for hot and cold, big covered veranda, covered parking and storage room, NICELY FURNISHED, near Acropoli park behind Tseriotis showroom – ACROPOLIS €450 – A2ACS0033-R (photos in website).


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11. 3 bedr luxury spacious ground floor apartment with separate entrance, big verandas and garden, big sitting and dining room, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, very big master bedroom, electrical appliances in the kitchen, aluminum shutters on windows, parquet laminate floor all the flat, covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighbourhood in a dead end street, off Athalasas Avenue behind Stephanis near English School €650 (A3ST10030-R), (photos in the website). 12. 2 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, electrical appliances in the kitchen, blinds, big covered veranda, in a small 2 storey building in a quiet area behind Tymvos – MAKEDONITISSA - € 500 – A2MAK0008-R (photos in website). 13. 3 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor, big sitting and dining area, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, blinds, shutters in the bedrooms, big kitchen with all expensive electrical appliances, off Makarios avenue near the centre – Nicosia Centre- € 800 – A3NIC0025-R (photos in website). 14. 3 bedr spacious luxury finished apartment 150sq.m+30sq.m covered veranda, central heating independent with petrol,full 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. 2 bedrs new luxury apartment, sitting room open plan with kitchen which includes cooker, oven, refrigerator and washing machine, 2 wc, central heating, full AC, blinds on the windows, very big covered verandas, covered

parking and storage room in a dead end off Athalassas avenue near Laiki popular bank and Hellenic bank headquarters. - DASOUPOLI €500 (A2DAS0006-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). 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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LIMASSOL 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. GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, fur-

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

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***************************** 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 4. 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

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TO LET LARNACA 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 GREAT VALUE STUDIO FLAT FOR RENT, - Large modern studio flat in small residential block, in central Paphos, 5 minutes from town centre, 2 minutes from motorway, and 10 minutes from Kato Paphos. Separate Living area/kitchen and bedroom. and shower room. Fully furnished (washing machine etc.) , and air conditioning. Covered veranda, and undercover designated parking. Only €215/month inc. communal charges. Phone 99-310481.

****************************** 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,

TO LET PAPHOS Chloraka- Melanos, quiet neighbourhood, 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 PAPHOS- 1 Bedroom Townhouse, Newly Fitted Kitchen, Downstairs Cloakroom, Enclosed Rear Garden, Bargain at only 200 Euros EMPA- Immaculate, Spacious 2 Bedroom, U/F, Corner House, Large kitchen, Patio, Quiet location, Must be seen, 300 Euros PAPHOS- Very large 3 Bedroom Apt, Fully Furnished to a very high standard, Would suit 3 Professionals sharing, Within close proximity to Hospital and Court, Central Heating, 2 Bathrooms, Laundry, 350 Euros. TALA- Luxurious 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 Euros, URGENTLY WANTED –Bungalows 2/3 Bedrooms MORE PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 99862922

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TO LET PAPHOS 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. 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


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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS 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 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

TO LET PAPHOS Tel: 97790883 office: 26271858 visit our website for many more properties www.mrrentpaphos.net email: info@mrrent-paphos.net

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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. Peyia - large 4 bed detached villas, secluded position, large private pool, a/c, and parking. Unfurnished or furnished. Very nice well worth seeing. €700pcm 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,

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fully airconditioned and heated, unfurnished, panoramic views, large parking, low rent contact: 99490953, 26815534

bathroom, private pool, decking, fantastic sea views , near to Tombs of the Kings Ref: 806 850 Euros

Central heating, sky, alarm, infinity pool and stunnning sea and mountain views €700 per month, call: 99389426

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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 Euros

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

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. KISSONERGRA 4 bed furnished villa in a lovely location of Emba. Very private grounds, completely on its own , closed garage, kitchen, downstairs bedroom, 3 upstairs, private pool, garden. Ref: Kissonergra 825 Euros 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 950 Euros

PEGEIA 4 bed villa unfurnished, 2 downstairs bedroom, 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 Euros TSADA Large 5 bedroom villa furnished, top quality fixtures and furniture’s, fire place, central heating, AC, downstairs bedroom, kitchen, utility room, 4 bedrooms upstairs, large living areas, closed garage, private pool, peaceful location, near to the tsada golf area. Ref: 955 1400 Euros Upper Paphos 3 bedroom upper house offered furnished, large rooms, fire place, AC, in residential area, nice location, walking distance to shops. Ref: 1197 350 Euros

SECRET VALLEY 3 bed Bungalow furnished to a very modern standard, fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, master en-suite in 2 of the bedrooms, private pool, easy maintenance gardens, nice valley view’s. Ref: 1017 800 Euros

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!!!!!!

CHLORAKA 4 bedroom large villa with quality fittings , furnished to a very high standard, downstairs bedroom, 3 upstairs, en suites,

**************************** PEYIA – 3 bedroom villa with modern quality furniture and finishes.

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**************************** 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.!!!

TO LET PAPHOS 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 €250per month.

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

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.

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 ensuite. Family bathroom. Separate 1 bed apartment on lower level. Perfect for dual living. Small garden & and parking. €550.00 a month.

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

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 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

FOR FULL LISTINGS OF APARTMENTS/TOWNHOUSES AND VILLA PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL LANDLORDS/OWNERS PLEASE CALL. PLEASE CALL 97648440 or email:- inforentals@aol.com

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

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PROPERTY FOR SALE PAPHOS **************************** FLAT FOR SALE 1 bdrm at Peyia village with title deeds, fully furnished. €65.000. For information

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Advertiser FOR SALE PAPHOS 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. Tel: 96718163/ 96366419 Price: €399,000 & €299,000

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PEDALLING AGAINST POVERTY

Over 250 families in the Paphos region are unable to feed and clothe their children due to economic hardships On Saturday, 9th February 2013, Cycling Cyprus and members of the Paphos Cycling Club will be cycling outside Phillipos Supermarket in Pegia.

WE DO NOT WANT YOUR MONEY PLEASE DONATE FOOD AND FEED A FAMILY A volunteer group will distribute this food among those most in need Drop off point in Tala, please contact Mary on 96 392 728 if you can't get to Pegia Or contact Pavlina on 99 220 152 Donations of food and clothes can be dropped off at Pavlina Children Clothes Shop 9am – 7pm (close to Butcher Boy)

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

PROPERTIES FOR RENT IN NICOSIA Whole floor of 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 300m2 inside area & outside balcony 200m2 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

The families of Paphos thank you for your help and support HOW MUCH DID YOU THROW AWAY LAST CHRISTMAS?

CHURCHES GRACE CHURCH, LARNACA 8 Ayiou Neofytou St Sundays 10 a.m. Also Midweek Meetings Details: Colin 24530700 HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, PAPHOS GATE, NICOSIA Sunday Masses: Saturdays 6.30 pm, Sundays 8.00am, 9.30am & 6.30pm Weekday Masses: 6.30 pm Monday to Friday Tel: 22662132 Email: holcross@logos.cy.net

LARNAKA COMMUNITY CHURCH APHRODITE STREET, LARNAKA 10.00 AM MORNING SERVICE and SUNDAY SCHOOL For more details ring Fred 24365152

International EVANGELICAL CHURCH (Reformed) Limassol 352 St. Andrew’s Street (1½ blocks from Starbucks/Fat Boy) Sunday worship 10:30am Wednesday Bible Discussion 7pm For info: 99384742 ALL ARE WELCOME

St Helena’s Anglican Church, Larnaca St Helena’s Court, Grigoris Afx Sunday Service: Holy Communion 9.30 am

NICOSIA CHRISTIAN CENTRE 10 PINDOU STR, ENGOMI, NICOSIA, TEL. 22464375 SERVICES: SUNDAY 10AM, WEDNESDAY 8PM

Family oriented evangelical church Contemporary Christian Worship Sunday 10am (Holy Communion - 1st Sunday of the month) Sunday School (Juniors and Teens) Outreach and Evangelism Bible Studies

Tel. 99 293489, 99 279960 Email: immanuel.church.nicosia@gmail.com Website: www.immanuelchurchnicosia.org

ALL WELCOME Tel:24651327 office@sainthelenas.com

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ST ANDREW AND ST JOHN THE BAPTIST MESA GEITONIA, LIMASSOL The Orthodox Liturgy in English served fortnightly on Saturdays at 9.00 am. We also hold a Discussion Group every Thursday evening at 7.30 pm For information please call Fr. Christopher Klitou Mobile: 99957144 Fax: 25710318 You can email us at: klitoux@logos.cy.net or visit our website: www.christopherklitou.com

THE REFORMED CHURCH OF LIMASSOL Clear exposition of the Bible in the presence of God, and relevant to our lives. Our Sunday services start at 10:30 am sharp, and the Wednesday Bible discussion at 7 pm. International Evangelical Church (Reformed) is located at 352 St. Andrew’s Street. 1½ blocks from Starbucks / Fat Boy, and 1 block from the Municipal Gardens, Zoo. For further information call Steve at 99384742, or email: iee.limassol@gmail.com All are welcome! PROPHETIC CALL-OUT Grieved by preachers living in sin ? Pastors collaborating with idolaters? Bored with just being a spectator? In Prophecy there is no ‘us and them: Everyone contributes (1 Cor 14:26) 10am start 9/2/2013 God willing, Meet: Entrance Palaiopafos, Kouklia Instruments/shofars welcome

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St Barnabas’ Anglican Church 153 Leontiou A Street Limassol www.stbarnabas-cyprus.com Telephone: 25362713 - All welcome ALL SAINTS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH (ENGLISH) Sunday Divine Liturgy 8-10am. Followed by Fellowship hour (coffee) Services are now being held at the underground Chapel of All Saints of Cyprus at St. Panteleimonos Church Makedonitissa Archangelos (Engomi) For more info please contact Fr. Joseph Coleman Tel. 99938924

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF AGIOS ARSENIOS, LIMASSOL (near Tsirion Stadium) The Orthodox Liturgy in English Saturday, 4 February at 8:30 am For information please contact: Father M. Spanou at 99 – 401365 (msspanou@googlemail.com)

9 Larnakos Street Katholiki Area Limassol Sundays: 9:45, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM Wednesdays: 7:30 PM 25 751193 or 99 758729 www.cbm-odbc.org

GRACE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH Invites you to COME AND EXPERIEBNCE THE LOVE OF GOD WITH US Int. Christian Business Fellowship Meeting Centre Sundays: 10.00am Sunday School 11.00 am Main Service (Dine with us centre services) Wednesdays: Prayer meeting 6pm Address: To Arsinois Str., 1010 Nicosia (Next to Western Union Office to KISA) Contact: 99988900 or 97667932. \VISITORS ESPECIALLY WELCOME!!!

The Anglican Church of Paphos Ayia Kyriaki (St. Paul by the Pillar) Sunday 8.15am Holy Eucharist 6.00pm Sung Eucharist 4th Sunday 6.00pm Choral Evensong Wednesday 9.00am Holy Eucharist rd 3 Wednesday (BCP) St. Stephen’s, Tala 1st & 3rd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Eucharist 2nd & 4th Sunday 11.00am Morning Worship St. Luke’s, Prodromi 1st & 5th Sunday 9.30am Morning Worship 2nd , 3rd & 4th Sunday 9.30am Holy Eucharist 1st & 3rd Wednesday 9.30am Holy Eucharist 1st Sunday 6.00 p.m. Peace & Wholeness with Holy Eucharist 4th Sunday every quarter 9.30 am Holy Eucharist from BPC Church Office: 26-953044 Fax: 26-952486 Email: anglicancofp@cytanet.com.cy for directions to each church

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Sport Raven Lewis eyes storybook ending to 17-year career

IN BRIEF Cyprus face Lithuania in Davis Cup

Linebacker one of the greatest of all time By Larry Fine RAY Lewis, the face of the Baltimore Ravens franchise, believes the time has come for another Super Bowl title for his team and a storybook ending to a brilliant, 17-year National Football League (NFL) career. “I just think that if it is your time, it’s your time,” Lewis told reporters yesterday ahead of Sunday’s NFL title game in New Orleans between Baltimore and San Francisco. “For us to be here today, it’s bottom line, our time.” Lewis has been one of the dominant linebackers of his era since joining the Ravens in their inaugural season after being selected with the 18th pick of the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami. Lewis, a 13-time Pro Bowl selection, seven-time First Team All-Pro, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the Ravens’ Super Bowl win in 2001, has also been the unquestioned leader of the team even while dealing with controversies. The deeply religious Lewis has led with a fervour and showed his evangelical fire

this week when asked again to react to a report he had dismissed the day before claiming he had taken a banned substance this season to aid his recovery from injury. After firmly denying the allegation, he said the matter would have no affect on his team mates. Lewis has dealt with other controversies, most notably when he was linked to a double murder that took place after a scuffle outside an Atlanta nightclub in the early morning hours of the 2000 Super Bowl, which he attended as a spectator. The linebacker was initially charged in the murder but later plea bargained to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge. He was also fined $250,000 by the NFL for his involvement. “I live with it every day of my life and I would rather not talk about it,” Lewis told reporters during the massive Media Day that kicked off the Super Bowl week. Lewis began to rehabilitate his image immediately following the Atlanta incident as he led the Ravens defense in a record-setting season that carried them to a onesided Super Bowl triumph

over the New York Giants. Brian Billick, coach of that Ravens team and now an analyst for the NFL Network, said Lewis had become an inspirational figure both on and off the field to rightfully earn the respect of players across the NFL. “People keep saying, is he the greatest linebacker of all time?” said Billick. “I’m not into labels, but let’s talk about the greatest defensive players of all time. He’s in the discussion.” The former coach said the redemptive nature of Lewis’s story made his NFL journey even more special. “It’s a great story, a great American story and it’s a great way for him to go out,” Billick said about Lewis’s return to the Super Bowl stage. “For him to be able to finish his career the way he has, it’s a fairy tale ending.” Lewis noted that the Ravens had come close in recent years, failing in two of the previous four seasons to clear the final hurdle for a return to the Super Bowl, so this trip was especially sweet. “When the clock hits triple zeros, no matter what happens, that will be my last ride,” said Lewis.

Ray Lewis has been one of the most dominant linebackers in history since joining the Baltimore Ravens in 1996

Leaner Bubba set for PGA return By Mark Lamport-Stokes

Bubba Watson (right) partnered Olympic icon Michael Phelps in Wednesday’s pro-am competition

MASTERS champion Bubba Watson will be much leaner and lighter than usual when he returns to PGA Tour action at this week’s Phoenix Open after pulling out before the start of last week’s event in San Diego because of flu. The American left-hander has endured a rough start to his 2013 campaign, having also battled a sore throat during the PGA Tour’s seasonopening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui where he tied for fourth. “My energy level is not where I want it to be, about 80 percent right now,” Watson told reporters at the TPC Scottsdale in Arizona yesterday after partnering former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps in the pro-am competition. “I’ve had about seven days off taking medicine, so I’m still kind of under the weather trying to get the medicine out of me, kind of groggy. “It’s a struggle. My golf game is not where I want it to

be. I’ve lost about 10 pounds since Maui, but I want to be out there competing. Hopefully I can get some juices flowing and play good this week.” World number nine Watson heads a relatively strong field at the TPC Scottsdale which includes twice champion Phil Mickelson, Germany’s former world number one Martin Kaymer and triple major champion Padraig Harrington. Also competing this week are world number seven Brandt Snedeker, the FedExCup champion, and 10thranked fellow American Jason Dufner. Irishman Harrington, who like Kaymer is playing in the $6.2 million Phoenix Open for the first time, was in an upbeat mood after producing good putting form in his first two European Tour starts of the year. “Certainly if the first two weeks are anything to go by, it was in good stead,” he said of his fourth place at the Volvo Golf Champions and a

tie for 23rd at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. “If I can play, swing and hit the golf ball like I did last year and putt like I did in those two events, things are looking good for me. I’m quietly confident going forward.” Asked for his initial impressions, Harrington replied: “It’s a good test of golf. The greens are really nice. “But it’s probably not quite what I expected. I knew I was coming to a desert golf course, and the front nine doesn’t quite look like that most of the time. There are quite a lot of trees. “It kind of plays and looks like a regular tree-lined course but if you do go into that desert, it doesn’t seem to stop running into it and finishes in a cactus.” Former world number one Vijay Singh will command more attention than initially expected after admitting on Wednesday to using deer antler spray, which contains an insulin-like growth factor banned under the PGA Tour’s anti-doping programme.

CYPRUS will take on Lithuania in the first round of the Davis Cup Europe/ Africa Zone Group II without star player Marcos Baghdatis, who will skip this weekend’s clash in Siauliai due to his busy ATP schedule. “The absence of Baghdatis is crucial for us as he is an experienced and quality player who would lead our team if he was with us, so we need to put in extra effort in order to get a positive result,” said Cyprus national team captain Nikolas Papadopoulos. This will be the eighth consecutive year in Zone Group II for Cyprus, but they have only once challenged for promotion in 2009, surviving three relegation clashes in the process. Last time Cyprus played without Baghdatis they were swept aside 5-0 by Ukraine. “I have faith in our players and I am sure they will give everything they have. Also, the Lithuanians have some important absences too and this is what we need to try and exploit,” concluded Papadopoulos who picked Rares Cuzdriorean, Soteris Hadjistyllis, Petros Chrysochos and Christos Hadjigeorgiou for the tie. The two countries have met twice previously, first in 1994 and then again ten years later, with Lithuania winning both of those Zone Group III matches.

England rugby team named BILLY Twelvetrees will make his debut when England play Scotland in their opening Six Nations game at Twickenham tomorrow after coach Stuart Lancaster rewarded him for a flying first half of the season for Gloucester. The 24-year-old centre has only just been promoted to the senior squad but goes straight into the starting team in place of Manu Tuilagi, who has an ankle injury. Twelvetrees will start at inside centre, with toughtackling Brad Barritt switching to 13. Joe Marler has edged Mako Vunipola for the loosehead prop position in the only other change from the starting team that beat New Zealand 3821 two months ago. Toby Flood, who missed that game through injury, returns to the bench as Owen Farrell retains the flyhalf berth. Tom Youngs held on to the hooker’s jersey.


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Sport ‘PUBLICLY LYNCHING ONE MAN AND HIS TEAM WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM’

IOC plans to cut one sport, add another By Karolos Grohmann

Lance Armstrong confessed to cheating in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, but said this week that every generation of riders had done the same

Armstrong: I am the ‘fall guy’ By Julien Pretot LANCE Armstrong feels he is the scapegoat of a sport that has always been subject to cheating, the disgraced American cyclist said this week before criticising International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid. Asked whether he felt he was the ‘fall guy for an entire sport/system’, Armstrong, who was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, told Cyclingnews (www.cyclingnews.com) in an exclusive email interview: “Actually, yes I do. But I understand why. We all make the beds we sleep in.”

Armstrong, 41, confessed to doping this month, saying he used performance-enhancing drugs from the mid-1990s to 2005. He believes, however, that every cycling generation cheated. “My generation was no different than any other. The ‘help’ has evolved over the years but the fact remains that our sport is damn hard, the Tour was invented as a ‘stunt’... and for a century all (riders) looked for advantages,” he said. “From hopping on trains a 100 years ago to EPO now. No generation was exempt or ‘clean’. Not Merckx’s, not Hinault’s, not LeMond’s, not Coppi’s, not Gimondi’s, not

Indurain’s, not Anquetil’s, not Bartali’s and not mine.” A truth and reconciliation process is the only way out of the crisis, according to Armstrong. “It’s not the best way, it’s the only way. As much as I’m the eye of the storm this is not about one man, one team, one director,” Armstrong said. “This is about cycling and to be frank it’s about ALL endurance sports. Publicly lynching one man and his team will not solve this problem.” McQuaid, who last October said Armstrong should have nothing to do with cycling, was not the first supporter of a truth and reconcilia-

tion commission, Armstrong said. “When I was on speaking terms with ol’ Pat McQuaid many, many months ago I said, ‘Pat, you better think bold here. A full blown, global TRC is our sport’s best solution.’ He wanted to hear nothing of it,” the American said. Armstrong does not believe McQuaid is the right man to deal with the situation. “Pat is just in constant CYA (Cover Your Ass) mode. Pathetic,” he said. Even with a governing body he feels cannot address the matter, cycling will weather the storm, the Texan explained. “Cycling will never die, it

will just simmer. Zero growth. Sponsors leaving, races cancelled - this we are seeing. This current state of chaos and petty bullshit, tit for tat, etc, will just ensure that cycling goes flat or negative for a decade plus,” he said. “Which is a real shame for the current crop of young pros the sport has.” Armstrong had already said he got into details of his doping past with the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) and he has now explained that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the UCI would not be welcome at the table. “This is a global sport not an American one. One thing I’d add - the UCI has no place at the table,” he said.

McLaren present new car with a blast from the past By Alan Baldwin MCLAREN unveiled their 2013 Formula One car with a literal blast from the past yesterday as they celebrated 50 years in grand prix racing and looked forward to returning to the top this season. Paying tribute to the company’s late founder Bruce McLaren, who died in 1970, a succession of winning cars spanning the decades were driven around an ornamental lake and into the futuristic factory atrium in a wall of sound before the sleek new MP4-28 was revealed. Britain’s Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, will be the effective leader on the track with new Mexican team mate Sergio Perez chasing his first win after two seasons with Sauber. Perez made clear he was

Jenson Button (left) and Sergio Perez pose next to the new McLaren MP4-28 out for more than just the occasional top step of the podium, however, with a team that finished third overall last year. “I want to win the cham-

pionship, that’s my target,” declared Perez, standing alongside a smiling Button after the pair drove into the factory - the Mexican leading the more experienced

Briton - in McLaren sportscars. Button said he was raring to go in a car that looked, on the surface, very similar to the one that won seven

races last season. “It’s exactly the same colour scheme so some people might look at this and go ‘ah, it looks kind of similar to last year’ but I tell you, this is completely different,” said Button. “Under the skin, it is so, so different.” The launch marked the start of a new era for the Mercedes-powered team after the departure of 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who made his debut with McLaren in 2007, to rivals Mercedes. Hamilton was not the only notable absentee, with the team’s long-serving technical director Paddy Lowe playing no part in the launch after being linked with a move to Mercedes. “The certainty is that Paddy will be a part of the team for another year,” said McLaren principal Martin Whitmarsh, offering no longer-term assurance.

ONE Olympic sport will learn next month that its Games future is in jeopardy when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets to decide the shape of the summer Games from 2020. The IOC’s executive board, meeting in Lausanne on February 12 and 13, will pick a core of 25 summer Olympic sports that will be put to a single vote at their session in Argentina in September. “The IOC in February is expected to make a recommendation on the 25 core sports to be put up for a vote in Buenos Aires,” an IOC official told Reuters. The organisation will recommend one sport to be cut from the original list of 26. Rugby and golf, which are being added to the Games from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will not be part of the process. The decisions of the executive board will need to be ratified by the session in Buenos Aires but it is unlikely that the board’s recommendation would be overturned. Several Olympic sports are reportedly at greater risk, with modern pentathlon among those mentioned most. The IOC is eager to revamp the Games’ sports programme in an effort to keep up with the times and attract younger fans and sponsors as well as to rein in the size of the Games and keep the number of summer sports at a maximum of 28. There are seven candidate sports for a place on the programme with baseball and softball, off the Games since Beijing in 2008, making a joint bid for re-entry. Chinese martial arts sport wushu, sport climbing, roller sports, squash, karate and wakeboarding are also in the running for an Olympic spot. The sport recommended by February’s meeting to be dropped will automatically become a candidate sport, with the IOC then recommending one of the eight bidding sports for inclusion at its board meeting in late May in St Petersburg. Olympic acceptance gives a sport instant publicity and increased funding while Games exclusion, especially for less-popular sports, translates into money problems and severely limited global exposure. “We look confidently into the future,” said Schormann when asked again about the IOC meeting. “We know the IOC will deal with the report on what we have achieved. We do not just talk, we deliver.”


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Sport Omonia to face Anorthosis in Cyprus Cup

Varane hailed after keeping Barcelona at bay

By Nemanja Bjedov

Honours even in first leg of Cup Clasico By Iain Rogers FOR an inexperienced central defender lining up against Lionel Messi in his first Clasico, things could hardly have gone better for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane in Wednesday night’s 1-1 King’s Cup semi-final draw against Barcelona. The 19-year-old Frenchman produced a near-impeccable performance to thrill the home fans at the Bernabeu, making several vital interceptions and crowning a mature display with a fine headed equaliser seven minutes from time. The goal boosted Real’s chances for the second leg at the Camp Nou at the end of next month and earned Varane, signed from Lens on the recommendation of his idol Zinedine Zidane in 2011, effusive praise from team mates and club officials. “He played a sensational game and finished it off with a headed goal that keeps us alive in the tie,” former Real striker now club director Emilio Butragueno told Spanish television. “He is 19 years old and to come out and play against Barcelona and not make any mistakes is very significant.” Real coach Jose Mourinho included Varane, a France Under-21 international, in his

starting lineup to cover for the injured Pepe and the suspended Sergio Ramos, leaving Spain centre back Raul Albiol on the bench, and it proved an inspired decision. He showed he has a cool head under pressure, can read the game well and used his blistering pace to good effect to thwart the likes of Messi, Pedro and Andres Iniesta. Apart from his goal, two moments stood out. The first when he brilliantly cleared a Xavi shot off the line in the 21st minute with goalkeeper Diego Lopez stranded and the second 11 minutes after halftime, when he threw himself full length and nipped the ball away from Cesc Fabregas as the Barca midfielder bore down on goal. “I am very happy with my performance,” Varane, whose father is from the island of Martinique, told reporters. “It was an incredible experience for me and to score a goal is a dream,” he added. “I still don’t believe it. It was my best game since I joined Real Madrid. “The coach congratulated me, the whole dressing room, the president, everyone was very pleased.” Judging by Wednesday’s performance, Varane could become a fixture in the Real backline sooner rather than later and must be high on

Didier Deschamps’ list for a first call-up to the France squad. Barcelona stand-in manager Jordi Roura, meanwhile, was content with the result, although he does not believe it will give his team a big advantage for the second leg. He said: “I don’t want to speak about punishment. Our lesson is that a draw at the Bernabeu is always a good result. “For us it is a good result but nothing clear. In the second leg we will go out to win because in the first leg we have done the same. “I said before that these games are very difficult and are resolved by very fine details. The tie will be decided in Barcelona.” Roura insisted the Catalans were not surprised by the hosts’ high-tempo start to the game, and felt Barca adjusted well after a shaky opening. “The media were saying that Madrid had a lot of players missing, but Madrid haven’t been weak and we knew they wouldn’t be,” he added. “We knew Madrid are a strong and physical team and that they control the opening minutes more often than not. “At the beginning, we had problems but after that I think we had control of the game - or as much as you can control against Madrid.”

Real Madrid’s 19-year-old French defender Raphael Varane produced an incredible display against the Catalans

Ivory Coast remain favourites but upsets still expected By Mark Gleeson

Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast side will take some stopping

IVORY Coast have emerged as clear favourites as the African Nations Cup enters its knockout stages but if past finals are anything to go by, the tournament remains ripe for more surprises. Following 12 days of intense action across South Africa, half of the 16-team field - including defending champions Zambia - have been eliminated as the event’s recent tradition of unpredictability has continued. The progress of dream weavers Cape Verde into the last eight is a fairytale result for one of the continent’s smallest countries, while Burkina Faso and Togo have also upstaged the bigger names to advance. Burkina Faso finished ahead of Nigeria and eliminated Zambia in Group C while Togo, whose coach Didier Six labelled a “little team”, set aside preparations clouded by bickering over money to win a firstever place in the knockout

stages. Those achievements have taken some of the spotlight off the Ivory Coast’s quest to finally deliver on the potential of what is often termed their ‘golden generation’ and add to their sole success in the tournament 21 years ago. The burden of expectation has proven too strong for the Ivorians in recent editions but they have also had to contend with opponents of similar quality. This year, however, the rest of the field is markedly inferior. The pace of ‘The Elephants’ attack, the work rate of their midfield and the contribution that talented individuals can provide make it difficult to see them failing again. Having the luxury of being able to leave star forward Didier Drogba on the bench is testimony to the depth at coach Sabri Lamouchi’s disposal. Ghana showed their future potential by topping Group B but have a young side that has yet to be properly tested.

They are now handily placed to advance to the final in the bottom half of the draw, facing debutants Cape Verde on Saturday with a likely semi-final clash against either Burkina Faso or Togo next week. Nigeria, another of the continent’s perennial contenders, are also in the throes of building for the future and will do well to advance any further than the quarterfinals. They next meet the Ivorians in the marquee quarter-final in Rustenburg on Sunday. As for host nation South Africa, there was a collective sigh of relief rather than ecstatic celebration as they advanced from Group A, equalising six minutes from the end of their final match against Morocco to avoid an embarrassing early exit. South Africa’s progression to a quarter-final against Mali on Saturday has at least ensured an increasing interest in the tournament as more casual conversations across the country focus on the Nations Cup.

CUP holders Omonia have been handed a tough test against league leaders Anorthosis in the standout tie of the Cyprus Coca Cola Cup quarter-finals, when the draw was made yesterday. “We are sure that we have two good matches ahead of us. We have faith in our team and although we trail Anorthosis in the national championship, this will have no influence on our performance in the cup,” said Omonia spokesman Andreas Demetriou immediately after the draw had been conducted. The first leg will be played at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on February 13, while the return leg has been scheduled for seven days later at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca. The other two dates for the quarter-final matches are February 27, which will be postponed should the country’s presidential elections progress into the second round, as well as March 13. Apollon meanwhile secured their spot in the draw for the final eight on Wednesday afternoon with another 1-0 victory over Nea Salamina, giving them a 2-0 aggregate win. They will now take on Ayia Napa in the quarter-finals. “We created many opportunities, but we were not focused enough to convert them into goals. What is important is that we have advanced to the next round. The final score could have been different, but it does not really matter now. We have to concentrate on our next league match this weekend against Doxa Katokopia and hopefully record another victory,” said Apollon coach Nikodimos Papavasiliou. AEK Larnaca also confirmed their last-eight participation on Wednesday afternoon and, after winning 1-0 at home in the first leg, they battled to a 3-3 draw against Olympiakos in Nicosia. They were drawn to make the short trip to Paralimni as they face Enosis in the first leg, while Jorge Costa’s AEL were rewarded with a clash against AEP Paphos after surprisingly eliminating APOEL in the previous round.

League leaders Anorthosis (above) face holders Omonia


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Sport

Wenger struggling to solve Arsenal puzzle after draw

Moyes hails class act Baines after Baggies win

Gunners boss: I believe the quality is there

By Carl Markham

By Martyn Herman AGAINST Liverpool on Wednesday Arsenal’s defence often resembled a circus troupe while at the other end they attacked with the speed and panache of title contenders. It is a puzzle that manager Arsene Wenger is struggling to solve and, while he was pleased with a 2-2 draw from two goals down, the result did little to enhance Arsenal’s prospects of climbing into the top four and preserving their long run of Champions League qualification. Asked why his side have become such slow starters, Wenger was at a loss to offer a theory, although he said nerves were infecting his defenders. “There is not always a rational explanation,” Wenger told reporters. “Sometimes you have wait until the other teams drop a little bit to get complete domination of the game. “If you look at us against Manchester City we had a lot of the ball even with 10 men. Sometimes you think it is not bad for us to go into halftime at 0-0.” Arsenal conceded an early goal before thumping West Ham 5-1 in their previous game, conceded twice in the opening 16 minutes in a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea and twice before halftime in

Theo Walcott salvaged a point for the Gunners after they trailed Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates on Wednesday night a 2-0 defeat against Manchester City. It has become a theme for the Gunners and Wenger said the early jitters were costing his side dear. “I believe that recent history has an impact on the way we started the game on Wednesday,” he said. “We have to get that out of our minds and just focus on what we do well - playing football. “I believe that the quality is there, so we have to trust our quality and just forget what happened in the past

because you could see that what happened in the past played in our heads at the start of the game.” A comical stumble by Bacary Sagna led to a bout of penalty area pinball that allowed Luis Suarez to put Liverpool ahead early on and the visitors had numerous chances to extend their lead before Jordan Henderson was allowed to pick his was through to make it 2-0 on the hour. Arsenal then caught fire with Olivier Giroud’s header and Theo Walcott’s siz-

zler levelling it up in two minutes. Giroud somehow failed to connect with a low cross late on as Arsenal remained four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the battle for Champions League places. “We didn’t give out big security tonight defensively but on the other hand, when you see what the spirit is in the team, and what the quality is going forward, you smell that something can always happen at any moment,”

Wenger said. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he was proud of his team after they bounced back from FA Cup humiliation at third tier Oldham Athletic on Sunday. “I never had any second thoughts about us getting a reaction,” Rodgers said. “It’s a game we should have won - we didn’t but we showed great resilience and quality and had other chances to get other goals. I’m very proud of the team.”

Fergie blasts ‘impossible’ pitch By Martyn Herman

Wayne Rooney’s double saved United’s blushes against Southampton, but Sir Alex was far from impressed

MANCHESTER United’s groundsmen could face the wrath of Alex Ferguson after the manager blamed the Old Trafford playing surface for a scrappy performance in a nervy 2-1 home defeat of Southampton on Wednesday night. Wayne Rooney scored twice on a threadbare pitch to seal the points for United after Jay Rodriguez had punished a mix-up between Michael Carrick and keeper David de Gea to put Southampton ahead after three minutes. Rooney’s first goal was his 100th at home for United but it did not disguise a lethargic performance from his team mates who were merely hanging on before the final whistle. Ferguson was full of praise

for Southampton who were impressive under new manager Mauricio Pochettino but clearly unhappy with the lack of grass on the pitch. “In the second half, the players just found the pitch impossible,” Ferguson, whose side moved seven points clear of Manchester City, told the club’s website (www.manutd.com) “We tried to play the way we normally play and found it difficult because the pitch had dried out a lot. It was an ice cold night and it happens. “We lost an early goal but it didn’t deter us from playing some fantastic football and we could have been four or five up at halftime, but once the pitch started to dry out the players found it difficult to play a different way and it really required us to play the ball into the gaps, which we don’t normally do.

“For the first 30 minutes I thought we were fantastic, we played really well,” he added. “But in the second half Southampton have been the best team to play here this season. We were fortunate to win the game. “The pitch didn’t help us. We can’t use that as an excuse, but it didn’t help us. It’s a worry.” Pochettino, who surprisingly replaced Nigel Adkins whose sacking drew words of support from Ferguson in the match day programme, said the praise was welcome. “I’m very proud (of Ferguson’s praise),” he told the BBC through an interpretor. “It’s very important for my players to hear. But we leave with no points. “We did play well but I’m upset at not getting a draw at least. It doesn’t console me.”

EVERTON manager David Moyes believes Leighton Baines has established himself as one of the best leftbacks in the world - even with an injured ankle. The 28-year-old, whose England career has been affected by Chelsea’s Ashley Cole being first choice in front of him for so long, opened the scoring with a fierce drive before adding his second from the penalty spot after Claudio Jacob fouled Victor Anichebe in the 2-1 win over West Brom. Substitute Shane Long pulled one back midway through the second half after a mistake by John Heitinga but Everton had enough to see out victory and move to within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham, who came from behind to draw 1-1 away at Norwich “I think Bainesy has been playing really well and over the last couple of games I’ve been thinking he needs another challenge,” said Moyes. “He has to rise to it a little bit more and I think he has done that. He has picked himself up again. “He has a lot of things going for him and he is turning out to be as good a left-back as there is. “He keeps getting better when teams try to stop him, he tries to work on how he can alter doing things and he is a really good player. “He is great for a manager because he wants to keep improving and we are very fortunate to have him here. “He is carrying his ankle (injury) a bit but he misses no days of training and he gets on with it so he is a great player to have but he is also a great player to work with. “He is a really good footballer, intelligent - apart from his style of hairdo I think he is all right.” There had been disappointment earlier in the day when the £8.6million deal for FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer collapsed as the Dutch side refused to accept restructured payments after the player’s medical highlighted an issue. West Brom boss Steve Clarke was left to bemoan his side’s poor opening 45 minutes which contributed to extending their run to one point from a possible 15. “If you go 2-0 down in the Premier League it is difficult to get a result,” he said. “We had a go in the second half but the key moment was the penalty on halftime - if we’d come in 1-0 down we would have had more chance of getting something from the game. “I don’t think we were great but I don’t think Everton were particularly great either, it was a nothing game.”


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Returning Nadal keeps expectations low By Carlos Herrera SPANIARD Rafa Nadal is keeping his expectations low ahead of his long-awaited return to competitive action next week after seven months out of tennis with a knee injury. The 26-year-old French Open champion has not played since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June due to a partial tear of the patella tendon and inflammation in his left knee. His planned return at the end of last year was delayed due to illness and he is scheduled to play on his favoured clay at three events, starting in Vina del Mar, Chile, on February 4 and taking in the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo from Febru-

ary 11 and the Mexico Open in Acapulco from February 25. “Well I am going to play after a long time in a tennis tournament, professional tennis tournament, after seven months,” Nadal told reporters after training on his home island of Majorca yesterday. “The motivation, the illusion is big, so very happy to be back in the competition but just you know, with patience to know how the knee will answer after a long time without the top level,” he added. “The most important thing for me is the knee...that I can support the pain of the knee and then if I am able to play these three tournaments in a row I think it will work very well for me because I will have three important weeks to prepare for the rest of the season.

“I know that the first three tournaments are going to be difficult in terms of results but I am going to try everything. I will need a few weeks to see how things improve.” Nadal’s absence deprived tennis of one of the ‘big four’ who have dominated the sport in recent years. During his spell on the sidelines, Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic won the 2012 World Tour finals and the Australian Open, number two Roger Federer of Switzerland won Wimbledon and third-ranked Briton Andy Murray the US Open and Olympic gold. In the latest ATP rankings published on Monday, Nadal, who won a record seventh Roland Garros crown in May, slipped below compatriot David Ferrer to number five.

The French Open champion takes part in a training session in Majorca as he prepares for his comeback

Becks signs up for last tango in Paris Former England captain to donate £150,000 per week salary to charity By Julien Pretot

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AVID Beckham’s distinguished career took a surprise late twist when the highprofile former England captain joined French club Paris Saint-Germain yesterday. The 37-year-old ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder will get as much attention off the pitch as on it with the world’s media trailing him as he settles into the Parisian lifestyle. “David refused a lot of clubs from around the world, so we’re very happy to have him,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told a news conference at the Parc des Princes. “He will help us to reach our dream to become one of the best European clubs, he’ll be of big value for the club, he’ll be a big asset.” Beckham, who has signed a five-month contract with PSG, said his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, and children would continue to live in London. “My family will be staying in London because my kids go to school there,” he said. “I’ve had more offers now than I have had in my career. “I can see what the club is trying to do. Paris is an exciting city, always has been and always will be but now there’s a club that’s exciting to me. I’m happy I’ve been picked to be part of the future of PSG. I’m very excited.” The Englishman said he would not receive any salary from PSG, with his alleged £150,000 per week wages being paid instead to a Paris

Allez! The world’s media convened for David Beckham’s press conference in the French capital, announcing he’d joined Paris Saint-Germain children’s home. Beckham, who won six Premier League titles and the 1999 Champions League with United, could step on the Geoffroy Guichard pitch in St Etienne for the first time since he was sent off playing for England in a World Cup match against Argentina in 1998. At that time, the English-

man had longer hair and boyish looks. He is now the second oldest player in Ligue 1. “He may struggle at the highest European level, but he’s got what it takes to be good in the French League,” former PSG goalkeeper Jerome Alonzo told Reuters. Beckham, however, said he is not expecting to start eve-

ry single game. “I don’t expect to come into this team and play every single game. I have to work for that. If I work hard, it’s down to the manager,” he said. Beckham won league titles in his final season with all three clubs he has played for on a permanent basis, Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy.

His career also included two loan spells at AC Milan in 2009 and 2010 during which he played for PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti. “Carlo is one of the best managers I’ve played for,” Beckham said. PSG, who have not won the French title since 1994, lead the Ligue 1 standings with 45 points from 22 games.

Benitez baffled by lack of killer instinct By Tom Pilcher CHELSEA manager Rafa Benitez says the European champions must regain their killer touch if they are to apply any pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United after a late collapse against Reading on Wednesday. Leading 2-0 with three minutes remaining, the London club allowed Adam Le Fondre to score twice for relegation-threatened Reading to leave Benitez and opposite number Brian McDermott at a loss to analyse what happened. “It’s difficult to explain, we were controlling the game for 85 minutes,” Benitez told the Chelsea website. “It’s not about blaming anyone but we need to analyse why we didn’t kill the game and why we made the mistakes, and then work on the training pitch,” added the Spaniard. Chelsea have a four-point advantage over fourthplaced Tottenham but are 13 points behind United. The Londoners were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages, were humbled in the League Cup semi-final against Swansea and salvaged a late draw against third tier Brentford in the FA Cup. McDermott had not foreseen the late collapse. “I didn’t see a vulnerability in Chelsea,” the Reading boss said. “I saw a side with worldclass players all over the pitch, but we’ve just got a draw against the champions of Europe.”


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