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Tuesday, February 26, 2013





Kasoulides and Sarris confirmed as ministers

UK’s top Roman Catholic cleric resigns

Hollywood’s biggest night: who won what, who wore what and who said what




Path to bailout not all smooth sailing Germany and France call for quick resumption of bailout talks


T SEEMS Presidentelect Nicos Anastasiades will not be getting a grace period from his European partners, as less than 24 hours after winning the elections, France and Germany called for a swift resumption of bailout talks with a view to concluding negotiations before the end of March. It will not be all smooth sailing for Anastasiades however. European policymakers are split over how to handle a bailout of Cyprus, with Germany and some other countries pushing for bank depositors to bear part of the cost and many other member states worried such a move will cause a bank run. In a joint statement issued yesterday, the Finance Ministers of France and Germany, Pierre Moscovici and Wolfgang Schaeuble, welcomed the result of the election, “which will allow for the formation of a government that will quickly continue with the negotiations about a financial assistance programme for Cyprus. Discussions should resume shortly with a view to reach an agreement before the end of March.” The president-elect agreed with the statement. “Long term prospects for Cyprus are excellent as we are committed to carrying out necessary structural reforms. We only need a helping hand now,” Anastasiades told Germany’s best-selling daily Bild, according to advance excerpts of an interview to

be published in today’s edition. “There is a pressing need to recapitalise our banking sector,” said Anastasiades in the Bild interview. “I agree with Germany and France that we should reach an agreement by March.” Not long after the statement was published, Schaeuble’s spokesman said the German finance minister had not changed his view that Cyprus may not be systemically relevant for the eurozone as a whole. “There is no change of mind. The minister will not be pushed ... but one can strive for (negotiations) to go as quickly as possible,” Martin Kotthaus told a regular news conference. “The minister and his French colleague wanted to express hope with their statement that you will get real momentum into the discussion, that that process will be quick (and that) questions such as money laundering, tax issues, sustainability and systemic relevance and such will be addressed quickly,” Kotthaus added. Eight months of talks on a Cypriot bailout package have turned the island into a big headache for the eurozone, triggering concerns of a financial collapse that could reignite the bloc’s debt crisis. Schaeuble, however, has repeatedly questioned whether Cyprus, with gross domestic product of barely 0.2 per cent of the eurozone’s output, is large


Liberal Sweden is strait-laced on drinking

A group of youngsters from Aradippou in Larnaca yesterday painted over graffiti and brightened up exterior walls in schools, sports venues and other public buildings in their neighbourhood as part of a scheme organised by the municipality and the local police to sensitise the young to community service, to instil a work ethic and to make them more aware of what’s going on in their immediate environment

FEW CEOS would welcome news of a fall in sales. But Magdalena Gerger - head of Sweden’s retail alcohol monopoly that is one of the world’s biggest single buyers of wine - is one of them. Gerger’s job as head of Systembolaget exemplifies Sweden’s attitude that an interventionist state is good for you, and highlights Sweden’s conservative attitude to alcohol use despite its stronger reputation abroad for liberal social policies. “Nothing in my purpose or objectives drives that way (to increasing sales),” Gerger told Reuters at the headquarters in downtown Stockholm, squeezed between a bank and a church. “In fact it’s the other way around - a healthier public.” Contrary to popular belief about Sweden, which lies in the so-called vodka belt, the Nordic country has one of the smallest per capita alcohol consumptions in Europe. Over the last few years Sweden has privatised companies, trimmed its welfare state and cut taxes. But Systembolaget, along with the country’s famed, lengthy parental leave, appears a sacred cow oblivious to reform. If you want to buy wine, beer or spirits in Sweden outside a restaurant, you must contend with Systembolaget, stores that offer no promotions, are closed most of the weekend and have an uncanny ability to make you feel a guilty consumer. Polls show a majority of Swedes support the system. But it is a model that is increasingly under scrutiny as Swedes buy more on the Internet from Europe. In 2011, around a fifth of Systembolaget’s stores reported a loss, but there is little chance of them closing.

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25 years ago, Friday February 26, 1988

Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from imprisonment on the Italian island of Elba.

Lebanon’s Shi’ite Muslim Amal militia warned yesterday of a plot to kidnap more foreigners working for international organisations in south Lebanon. “We have definite security information that a squad of 25 people specialised in kidnapping, backed by cars and weapons, has been sent to the south to kidnap more foreigners,” said Daoud Daoud, Amal’s military official.

1935 On 26 February 1935, Nazi Germany’s ultra-modern air force - the Luftwaffe - is secretly organised under the direction of Hermann Goering.


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America withdraws its troops from war-torn Lebanon.

1991 Gulf War: On Baghdad Radio Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait

35 years ago, Sunday February 26, 1978 President Kyprianou has reaffirmed the Cyprus government’s position that in the case of the two gunmen charged with the murder of Egyptian editor Yussef el Sebai, the law must take its course before any subsequent decision could be taken about the two men. The President reiterated his hope that with time and goodwill President Sadat would realise that the break-off of diplomatic relations was a mistake.

45 years ago, Monday February 26, 1968 1993 World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.

Archbishop Makarios was reelected President of Cyprus for another five-year term as he amassed more than 80 per cent of the vote in yesterday’s election. Unofficial estimates said he polled well over 200,000 out of the total electorate of 247,000 registered voters.

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Path to bailout will not be all smooth sailing EU partners breathe a sigh of relief but Cyprus is not out of the woods just yet (continued from front page) enough for a potential default there to unsettle the 17-nation group, such a risk being a precondition for a bailout. After the last meeting of euro zone finance ministers earlier this month, Schaeuble said there was no urgency in dealing with Cyprus. Anastasiades will also have to deal with another problem: the form the bailout would take. Germany, Finland and the Netherlands are among those who say taxpayers cannot be expected to go on financing euro zone bailouts, saying it is time for owners and depositors in risk-laden banks to accept losses on investments. The concern is that announcing such a move will provoke the immediate, largescale withdrawal of deposits from all Cypriot banks, where a large number of international investors, including many Russian and British companies, hold accounts. Eurozone finance ministers will discuss options at a meeting in Brussels on March 4 but no decisions are expected, officials said, making a further meeting later in March likely. Thomas Wieser, who heads the group of senior officials who prepare decisions of eurozone finance ministers, told Reuters last week an international bailout should be ready by the end of March. While Cyprus is the eurozone’s third smallest economy with annual GDP of only around €18 billion, a bank run could have repercussions across the single currency bloc and re-ignite the debt crisis, officials warn. “We have to consider that risk,” said one eurozone official whose country is undecided about whether a bail-in of depositors is the right course

of action. “It’s a real option but some countries don’t want it.” The difficulty with Cyprus is finding a way to make a bailout sustainable so any money leant to it is repaid. The island needs up to €17 billion, including 8-10 billion to recapitalise its banks and 7 billion to repay loans and finance ongoing government operations. That is equivalent to virtually its entire annual GDP. Such a rescue would increase Cyprus’ debts to around 145 per cent of GDP, a level considered unsustainable. Greece’s bailout calls for it to cut its debt-to-GDP ratio to 120 per cent by 2020, but that would also be unsustainable for Cyprus. The International Monetary Fund and EU finance officials say Cyprus needs to cut its debt to 90-100 per cent of GDP before the country is capable of paying back what it owes. The alternative is to impose losses on investors in Cyprus’ bloated banking sector, which is more than eight times bigger than the economy. Doing so would greatly reduce the cost of the bank recapitalisation and therefore the overall bailout. The Cypriot banking system had deposits of €70 billion at the end of December, with a third of that held by non-residents, many of whom are Russian. Olli Rehn, the European commissioner for economic affairs, has played down the idea of a bail-in of depositors, saying it is not the preferred option. But he still expects a far-reaching overhaul of the island’s banking system. “Our intention is to ensure a fair burden-sharing of the costs of restructuring and/or resolution of banks in accordance with EU state aid rules,” he said last month via his spokesman.

President-elect Nicos Anastasiades has his work cut out for him One bail-in proposal that has been raised is to freeze all deposits over and above €100,000 -- the amount that is guaranteed by existing EU rules. That sum would be held in an escrow account for 1530 years, potentially earning very low interest, with the total used either as collateral against loans or to shore up the banks’ capital base. Another option is to impose a retroactive tax on deposits over €100,000, which many depositors may be willing to pay if the tax is not excessive and allows them to keep funds in Cyprus, where the corporate tax rate is attractively low.

A third option that some officials have raised is to offer Russia, which lent Cyprus €2.5 billion in 2011, a debt-forequity swap, with the loan exchanged for ownership of the Cyprus Popular Bank, one of the island’s most indebted. “There are a range of options but nothing specific has been put forward yet,” one senior eurozone official whose country favours a bail-in said. “We’re not at the stage yet of discussing how exactly it would be carried out.” For their part, Cypriot officials are determined there should be no bailing-in of depositors, fearing any such

proposal will cause a flood of withdrawals and undermine the financial model underpinning the economy. Instead, President-elect Anastasiades has indicated a willingness to study the privatisation of state assets and other measures to make a bailout pay for itself. Another option would be to convince the Russians to extend their loan, which must be repaid in 2016, possibly for up to five years, or for Cyprus to turn to another close historical ally, Britain, to see whether it can offer a bridging loan. (see editoral page 13)

Fitch cautious but positive PRESIDENT-elect Nicos Anastasiades’ stance could make the country’s negotiations for a rescue package less challenging than under the outgoing president, Fitch Ratings said yesterday. Anastasiades has stated his intention to secure “timely financial support,” and now arguably has a mandate to conclude negotiations, Fitch said, also highlighting his relations with leaders of key European partners, including Germany. “However, despite his overwhelming victory in the weekend’s elections he will face the same policy challenges as his predecessor, and there is still lingering uncertainty about the timing and details of an EU rescue programme,” the agency said. Fitch downgraded Cyprus to ‘B’/Negative in January, mainly because it expected bank recapitalisation costs to be higher than previously thought. But Fitch said it expected an agreement to be reached in time for Cyprus to pay a €1.4bn bond redemption on June 3. The final details will depend on the troika and the government’s assessment of debt sustainability, which has not yet been finalised, it said. “We believe a disorderly default stemming from the government running out of cash before the June bond payment is highly unlikely,” Fitch said. A bailout programme is unlikely to include restructuring of Cypriot sovereign debt, because it would not provide significant debt relief, Fitch said. “We expect the Cypriot government to privatise some state-owned enterprises as part of a final agreement with the troika, but there is uncertainty about how much debt relief this would achieve,” Fitch said. The agency added that it expected any restructuring of bank debt to be restricted to junior debt holders, though banks are mostly deposit financed, which limits the potential impact.

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Kasoulides and Sarris confirmed Anastasiades announces finance and foreign ministries. Pissarides also in By Elias Hazou IOANNIS Kasoulides and Michalis Sarris were yesterday confirmed as the Presidentelect’s picks for the ministries of foreign affairs and finance, respectively, as speculation raged over who would fill the remaining portfolios. And Christopher Pissarides, awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics, is to head an economic policy council. It will be a strictly advisory body, with no executive powers, and directly answerable to the President. Anastasiades made the announcement last night after a long day of deliberations, with dozens of people coming and going at DISY’s Nicosia HQ on Pindarou Street. Additional names for the new Cabinet would be announced once they were “locked,” Anastasiades told eager newsmen. Kasoulides, 64, is an MEP who had previously served as foreign minister under the administration of Glafcos Clerides. The 66-year-old Sarris would also return to familiar territory, having served as economy chief under the government of Tassos Papadopoulos. Anastasiades should ideally

name his full team before the new President’s investiture at the House of Representatives, scheduled for Thursday. Moreover, operating under the shadow of urgent bailout negotiations, the new government cannot afford to waste time. The President-elect has pledged to form a government of “national salvation.” Today Anastasiades confers with the leaders of the European Party EVROKO, which openly endorsed his candidacy in the runoff vote - and with the Greens. A meeting was also being arranged with EDEK, though the socialists have previously stated they are not interested in participating. With the horse-trading in full swing, theories on how the Cabinet would be divvied up are a dime a dozen. Sources tell the Mail that Kasoulides would take charge of the foreign ministry for a short time only, as he has his eye on the European Commission. The Cypriot member on the Commission is currently Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, but her term is shortly up. Kasoulides, who would be nominated by the Cyprus gov-

ernment, would not necessarily take up the same portfolio on the European Commission, which is periodically reshuffled. “The salary of a European Commissioner is around €200,000 per annum, far more than what Cyprus’ foreign minister earns,” the same sources pointed out. Should this scenario pan out, Kasoulides would temporarily serve as Cyprus’ chief diplomat before moving back to Europe. The vacant post of foreign minister might then go to DISY’s Christos Stylianides. Unsurprisingly, the key portfolio of the Commerce Ministry is generating a great deal of buzz; the prime candidate is said to be Manthos Mavrommatis, former head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Academic Stavros Zenios, the former rector of the University of Cyprus, is reportedly also in the running. To handle the natural gas brief, lawyer Giorgos Pamborides could be appointed deputy minister for energy - a new position to be created by Anastasiades. Reports said auditor-general Chrystalla Yiorkadji had been offered the Interior Ministry. DISY MP Ionas Nicolaou is

Michalis Sarris will take on the finance ministry mandate for second time being widely tipped to head the justice ministry, despite his not-so-warm relations with the police force. Another possibility could be former DISY deputy Christos Pourgourides, who has expressed an interest in the job. Meanwhile Philippos Patsalis, head of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, is being considered to head the health ministry. Anastasiades’ partners DIKO have almost certainly reserved the defence minis-

try. Here, various names are being bandied about: Vasilis Palmas, a former government spokesman; Fotis Fotiou, a former commerce minister; and DIKO MP Fytos Constantinou. For the Education Ministry, a strong contender is Athena Kyriakidou, a DIKO MP hailing from Anastasiades’ hometown of Limassol - a bonus. Another possibility is Tasos Mitsopoulos, chief campaign spokesman for Anastasiades. Although Mitsopoulos is un-

derstood to have the ‘blessing’ of the Archbishop, sources say he is more interested in pursuing a career within DISY with a view to contesting the party leadership. The name of Socrates Hasikos has come up for Under-Secretary to the President. Ricos Erotocritou, a European Party cadre, has also been mentioned for a ministerial portfolio. It’s understood, however, that he has his heart set on becoming the next deputy attorney-general.

AKEL wastes no time in slamming PfP proposal By Elias Hazou COMMUNIST AKEL yesterday censured Presidentelect Nicos Anastasiades for his stated intent to apply for Cypriot membership of the NATO-affiliated Partnership for Peace. A party spokesman warned such a move would backfire on the divided island. It was the first skirmish between the soon-to-be opposition AKEL and the Anastasiades government which

takes power in a few days. In announcing plans to join the Partnership for Peace (PfP), Anastasiades has manifested a major foreign policy shift from the outgoing administration of President Christofias. AKEL is strongly opposed to any links with NATO, holding it responsible for what it says was a conspiracy to split the island in 1974. Through its spokesman, AKEL reiterated yesterday that joining PfP would constitute a major strategic and diplomatic blunder.

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The move would cast doubt on the Greek Cypriot side’s commitment to demilitarising the island subsequent to a political settlement, Giorgos Loucaides said. In addition to undermining Cyprus’ credibility, he said, the move would play into the hands of Turkish diplomacy by taking the spotlight off Ankara. Loucaides dismissed the notion that Cyprus was being blamed for its absence from the PfP programme, which is said to be causing problems in EU-NATO defence relations. “We would actually be scoring an own goal because, by joining, the pressure would be taken off Turkey and shifted onto Cyprus,” he argued. “Our people know all too well that NATO and its arms, like the Partnership for Peace, promote anything but peace. Instead, as events themselves

have demonstrated, NATO is responsible for waging unjust wars, promoting juntas and dictatorships, and bringing death and bloodshed across the planet,” said Loucaides. The matter should be debated at the National Council before any decision was made, he urged. Anastasiades’ intentions, said Loucaides, served to expose DISY’s dogmatic persistence to “deliver Cyprus into the US-NATO tentacles.” There was no immediate response from the DISY camp. PfP is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) programme aimed at creating cooperation between NATO and other states in Europe and the former Soviet Union; 22 states are members. Cyprus is the only EU member state that is neither a NATO member state nor a

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member of PfP. In February 2011 parliament voted to apply for membership in the programme, but President Christofias vetoed the resolution. Turkey, a full member of NATO, is likely to veto any attempt by Cyprus to engage with NATO until the Cyprus problem is resolved. But that’s precisely one of the arguments put forward by the other school of thought. By denying Cyprus access to PfP, Turkey would be made to look like the ‘bad guy’, they say. Proponents of PfP maintain also that joining PfP would give Cyprus added leverage and an extra forum where it could promote its views with regard to the island’s political problem. The Cyprus Center of Studies, a foreign policy and strategy think tank, favours joining the programme, and has com-

piled an extensive report on the subject. Their report concluded that the cons of joining PfP were “virtually nil,” said Christos Iacovou, the think tank’s director. On the other hand, a major drawback of not joining, he said, is that Cyprus is not eligible to receive classified information as part of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Iacovou dismissed also the notion that joining the PfP would drag the island into NATO-led military operations. Neutral states such as Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Ireland and Finland are all members of PfP, but have no intention of joining NATO, he said. What’s more, most of the former Warsaw Pact nations (including Russia) are now members.

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Home CYPRUS TODAY Attempted murder POLICE have issued arrest warrants for two men wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a 26-year-old Limassol man who escaped unscathed when shots were fired at his car yesterday afternoon. Police said the perpetrators tried to intercept the man’s car on the Moutayiaka to Limassol road, using two SUV’s. A number of shots were fired at the car but the 26-year-old and a passenger, 50, managed to escape. The 26-year-old went to his home in Ayios Athanasios where he immediately notified the authorities. He named two people aged 21 and 23 as suspects. Police said the car had been hit by three rounds.

Property sales PROPERTY sales during 2012 totalled €1.9 billion, of which approximately €571 million was recorded during the fourth quarter, data from Lands and Surveys showed yesterday. The total value of voluntary property sales came to €1,903,530,424 while the value of forced sales came to €10,203,897. Data on the fourth quarter of the year show that the value of voluntary property sales came to €568,563,913, while forced ones came to €2,341,650.00. The number of cases involved for the entire year was 10,846 voluntary and 184 forced sales, of which 2,968 and 60 were during the fourth quarter.

IKEA withdraws meatballs Cyprus one of 13 countries included in the sales halt CYPRUS is one of 13 countries from which Swedish giant IKEA has halted sales of its trademark Swedish meatballs after tests in the Czech Republic yesterday showed the product contained horsemeat. IKEA, the world’s No. 1 furniture retailer and known also for its signature cafeterias in its huge out-of-town stores, said it had stopped sales of all meatballs from a batch implicated in the Czech tests. The checks were carried out in response to a Europewide scandal that erupted last month when tests carried out in Ireland revealed some beef products contained horsemeat. This has triggered recalls of readymade meals and damaged confidence in Europe’s vast and complex food industry. “We take this very seriously,” said IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson at the company’s headquarters in Helsingborg, southern Sweden. “We have stopped selling that specific batch of meatballs in all markets where they may have been sold.”

The meatballs, pulled from shelves at IKEA’s stores after Czech inspectors discovered they contained horsemeat, had been available in stores in several European countries, the company’s Czech spokesman said yesterday. Besides the Czech Republic, they had also been on sale in Britain, Portugal, Netherlands,Belgium, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland, Magnusson said. All IKEA’s meatballs are produced in Sweden by supplier Familjen Dafgard, which said on its website it was investigating the situation and would receive further test results in the coming days. IKEA’s Magnusson said hopes were that test results would determine the percentage of horsemeat in the meatballs, and that there was no indication any other batch had been affected. In Italy, one of the countries where meatballs from the batch were withdrawn from sale, consumer rights group Codacons called for checks on all meat products

A billboard advertising the meat balls at a parking of an IKEA store in Stockholm sold by IKEA in Italy. “We are ready to launch legal action and seek compensation not only against the companies who are responsible but also those whose duty it was to protect citizens,” Codacons Presi-

Bomb hoax A BOMB threat which caused panic at Nicosia District Court yesterday proved to be a hoax, police said. A police spokesman revealed that an anonymous caller had phoned-in a bomb threat to a local newspaper yesterday morning. A special police unit was dispatched to the courts with sniffer-dogs that found no traces of explosives. Court officials were then ordered to return to work.

ples for DNA tests in IKEA’s unit in the city of Brno from a product labelled as “beef and pork meatballs”, the statement said. Meatballs, a famous Swedish dish, have become a trademark for IKEA across its markets.

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Hotel burglar HOTEL rooms in Paphos were burgled on Sunday evening, with more than €13,000 worth of electronics and camera equipment stolen, police said. They did not name the hotel. Tourists reported to police that their rooms had been broken into between 6.35pm and 11pm and that a mobile phone, an iPad, a portable hard drive, two cameras, three professional lenses and other camera accessories valued at €12,270 were taken. A second room was burgled with a laptop valued at around €1,000 also stolen.

dent Carlo Rienzi said in a statement. The Czech State Veterinary Administration reported its findings to the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, it said in a statement. The inspectors took sam-


NICOSIA FAMILY COURT Divorce Jurisdiction Appl. No.698/12 BEFORE: G. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. Chr. Demetriou, J.Fam. Ct. F. Constantinou, J. Fam.Ct. Between: MOHAMED FOUAD HASSAN MOHAMED, Kimonos 10, Flat 304, 2230 Latsia. Applicant and TANYA KOSTADINOVA BALABANOVA, Ellados 11, 8200 Geroskipou - Paphos.

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Interim Application from Applicant dated 13/2/2013 Upon the application of Mr Costas Loizou Counsel for the Applicant, THIS COURT, after having read the application and the affidavit attached there to, dated 11/2/2013 and after hearing what was said from the above lawyer Mrs A. Georgiou, DOTH HEREBY GRANT AN ORDER by which SUBSTITUTED service of the Application and of the present Order by publishing it in a daily English language newspaper. In the publication paper should only be mentioned of the remedy applied for and that the substantial facts which the Applicant invokes for the issue of the remedy applied for, are contained in the Application. The Respondent may file a Defence within 20 days from service on him. In case of failure by the Respondent to file a defence within the above mentioned period of time, any other subsequent notice shall be deemed as well served if same is appended on the Court’s notice-board for five (5) consecutive days. The cost of the Application shall be cost in the cause. This application is fixed for service on 26/3/2013. The date 5/3/2013 before the Court is cancelled. Given on 18.2.13 Drawn up on 20.2.13 (Sgd) G. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. (Sgd) Chr. Demetriou, J.Fam. Ct. (Sgd) F. Constantinou, J. Fam.Ct. TRUE COPY REGISTRAR PA.698.1.diaz.epid.ektos dik.. NICOSIA FAMILY COURT Divorce Jurisdiction Appl. No.698/12 Between: MOHAMED FOUAD HASSAN MOHAMED, Kimonos 10, Flat 304, 2230 Latsia. Applicant and TANYA KOSTADINOVA BALABANOVA, Ellados 11, 8200 Geroskipou - Paphos. Respondent REMEDY APPLIED FOR: A. Judgment of the Court and/or Order of the Court, dissolving the civil marriage of the Applicant with the Respondent, which was celebrate on 24.04.2009, at Lysis Municipality, Larnaca, for irretrievable breakdown of their conjugal relationship. The substantial facts which the applicant invokes for the remedy applied for, are mentioned in the application. The cost of the Application shall be cost in the cause

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Home Tax collection up 20 per cent in January compared to last year By Stefanos Evripidou AMID THE doom and gloom forecasts for the Cyprus economy, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) yesterday announced a 20 per cent increase in tax collections for January compared to the same month the year before. According to data released yesterday, the €40.5 million increase is mainly due to a 47 per cent increase

in revenue from the special contribution to the defence fund and a 28 per cent increase in company tax revenues. The IRD’s total collections for January 2013 reached €240,259,908 compared to €199,738,918 in January 2012. The collections from the special contribution to the Defence Fund climbed to €129m last month, compared to €87.8m in January the year before. Collections for corporation tax saw an increase of 28 per cent in

January 2013, equivalent to €9.7m, taking revenue from just under €35m to €44.6m. Revenue from public sector income tax saw a decrease of 20 per cent, going down from €16.2m in January 2012 to €12.8m last month. Likewise, income tax from the private sector also decreased in January 2013 by 6 per cent, compared to the same month of 2012 (from €35m to €32.9m). Income tax from the self-employed marked a huge decrease of 79 per

cent in January 2013, dropping from €14.8m in January 2012 to just over €3m this January. The temporary contribution demanded of the public and private sector increased by 918 per cent from €340,000 to €3.46m while capital gains tax decreased by 38 per cent, going from €3.9m to €2.4m. IRD revenue from stamp duty payments decreased by 9 per cent year-on-year, falling from €3.79m to €3.44m, while immovable property

tax revenues also fell by 13 per cent, from €866,236 in January 2012 to €755,083 in January 2013. The 20 per cent year-on-year increase in tax collections for January, taking the total to €240m, paints a less rosy picture when viewed in comparison with December’s tax revenue which reached €271m. Total tax revenue for 2012 came to €1.95 billion, revealing a 3 per cent drop, compared to the €2.02 billion collected in 2011.


‘No benefits, no disabled pass’ British woman with Crohn’s disease and arthritis, cannot obtain parking sticker By Peter Stevenson BEING disabled in Cyprus is becoming more difficult after disability pay was recently reduced as part of the austerity measures, but for 50-year-old Belinda Salthouse, disability brings even more frustration. Suffering from Crohn’s disease of the bowel, and arthritis in her spine and of the sacro-iliac joints, the Briton who has lived in Oroklini for the last nine years had her application for a car disability sticker turned down. “I’m outraged, and I believe it has nothing to do with my disability but rather that I’m not Cypriot and not on welfare,” Salthouse told the Mail. In her application to the department for social inclusion of persons with disabilities Salthouse clearly states that she receives benefits from England and wants nothing other than a car disability sticker. A letter from her doctor, Dr Marios Tsolakis, clearly states that as a result of her problems, she has significant mobility impairment and her application for a disabled badge was therefore supported. She was left perplexed after her rejection when she asked officials at the department the reasons. “They

told me because I don’t receive welfare and because I’m not blind or in a wheelchair I don’t qualify for the stickers,” she explained. “But I told them I don’t want benefits. I thought that would be a positive, especially now there have been cuts to benefits,” she added. In an attempt to get to the bottom of this apparent travesty of justice, the Mail spoke with an official from the department Salthouse had sent her application to.

STATE BENEFITS The law stipulates that to qualify for a car disability sticker you need to receive state benefit for severe mobility problems, you are blind or partially blind, have received funding to purchase a car from the state scheme aimed at helping disabled people or have a mental disability with additional mobility problems. “Strictly speaking, unfortunately Mrs Salthouse does not qualify under current legislation for a sticker as her disability is not severe enough,” an official from the department said. “I did urge her to re-apply and object to the first ruling, in which case her application would be looked at by a council of doctors that study unusual cases like hers,” the official added. “I also urged her to

be patient as the law will most likely be changed, although the process is quite slow, especially now that a new government has been elected,” she added. Head of the Cyprus Confederation of Organisations of the Disabled (KYSOA), Christakis Nicolaides, believes that strict rules need to be placed on who is eligible for the stickers. “There is no decent public transport and disability parking spaces are at a premium so unfortunately we have to be very strict with the regulations and cannot give out stickers to just anyone with mobility problems,” he said. “Even though someone might be eligible for a sticker in another country, each country has its own standards,” he added. The vice-head of KYSOA, and head of the Paraplegic’s Association, Demetris Lambrianides did not agree with his counterpart, claiming that it is too easy for some to get the sticker. “If someone applies to get funding for a car because they are disabled then they automatically qualify for a sticker,” he revealed. “To qualify for funding you don’t need to be heavily disabled though,” he explained. Lambrianides told the Mail that in Cyprus there is no current competent department which can judge how disabled someone is. “Each case and each person needs to be looked at individually before judgement can be passed on how disabled they are and to what extent they have mobility issues,” he concluded.

THIEVES who robbed a jewellery shop in Lakatamia in Nicosia in the early hours of yesterday did not even go to the bother of breaking in... they just drove a car through the front of the shop. Police said the robbery took place at around 3am. When the

alarm went off the owner was alerted. The thieves had by then grabbed up all the jewellery they could find and fled on foot, leaving the car, which was likely stolen. The value of the stolen items was being estimated yesterday (Christos Theodorides)

Merkel: Cyprus still a stumbling block for Turkey GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday she was in favour of reviving Turkey’s stalled talks on its relationship with the European Union but Cyprus remained a stumbling block. Speaking during a two-day visit to Turkey, Merkel, who favours a “privileged partnership” for Turkey in place of full membership, said it would be right to open a new chapter in Ankara’s negotiations with Brussels. But she said failure to agree on the Ankara Protocol, which would extend Turkey’s cus-


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toms agreement with the EU by opening its ports to goods from Cyprus, was hindering Turkey’s membership ambitions. “I said today that we should open a new chapter in the negotiations,” Merkel told a news conference in Ankara. “I must say however, that so long as the question of the Ankara protocol, which hangs closely together with Cyprus, is not solved, we will have problems in opening as many chapters as would be perhaps good and proper,” she said.


Application No. 8/13



Notice is hereby given that, after the expiration of eight days from the present publication, an application will be made in the Probate Registry of Paphos for the grant of probate of the Will of DAVID ERIC LESTER, previously of Peyia, to CATHERINE JOAN LESTER of Peyia.

Notice is hereby given that, after the expiration of eight days from the present publication, an application will be made in the Probate Registry of Paphos for the grant of probate of the Will of SUSAN DIANE JEARY, previously of Peyia, to CHRISTOPHER NEWTON JEARY of Peyia.

-----------------------------------------------------RUTH HATFIELD HADJIIOANNOU Advocate of the Executor

-----------------------------------------------------RUTH HATFIELD HADJIIOANNOU Advocate of the Executor

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British experts to look into crane accident Four months since crane fell in Larnaca, killing one By Stefanos Evripidou AN INVESTIGATION into the 44-metre tall tower crane which fell onto Phinikoudes promenade in stormy weather over four months ago, killing one and injuring three others, will finally begin next month, it transpired yesterday. Head of the Labour Inspection Department Leandros Nicolaides told the Cyprus Mail that after the department carried out a preliminary investigation into the freak accident, it decided to bring in foreign experts for a closer examination of the reasons for the deadly fall of the 200-tonne tower crane. “It took us some time to find the appropriate authority as we didn’t want to go to the private sector. After seeking advice and looking around, we eventually decided on the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) which comes under the Health and Safety Executive in England,” said Nicolaides. According to the HSL website, it is described as “one of the world’s finest, most respected scientific facilities” with over 350 highly qualified staff who carry out a number of services including incident investigations.

“We had to clarify their mandate and negotiate a contract with them which took over two months of going back and forth over every word change in the contract. They also wanted a down payment. When we finally agreed on the contract, we had to go to the finance ministry to approve the budget,” he said. Nicolaides said the cost was somewhere around the €40,000 mark. With the budget approved, the department head expects the British experts to arrive next month.

GERMAN The labour inspection department has also coordinated with TC Tower Cranes Ltd, exclusive representatives in Cyprus of the German manufacturing company Liebherr Werk Biberach Gmbh which built the crane, to arrange for a representative of the German company to be in Cyprus at the same time as the British experts. “We have kept all the evidence gathered, including weather data from the meteorological service and expect them to come in March with the final report ready by the end of March,” said Nicolaides who noted that

The 44-metre tall tower crane fell onto Phinikoudes promenade in stormy weather the police investigation into the fall could only be completed after the department concluded its own probe. “After that, it’s a matter for the attorney-general as to what steps to take,” he added. Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiadis said yesterday that the local authority has completed its own in-house investigation into the procedures followed regarding the setting up of the construction site and the setting up of the crane back in November 2011. “We found nothing untoward regarding the procedures followed within the municipality and sent our report to the relevant bodies,” he said. At around 8.30pm on October 10, in strong winds averaging between 6 and 9 Beaufort, the T-shaped crane- 44-metres in length and 80 metres in width- fell on to Phinikoudes promenade, killing a 65-year-old woman, injuring three others and damaging five cars. The crane was part of a construction site managed by a contractor hired by the municipality to build an extra two floors on top of the town hall situated on Phinikoudes Avenue. The fallen crane crashed down on a moving car con-

Digital guide book for Cyprus A DIGITAL satellite tourist guidebook is being prepared for Cyprus, it was revealed yesterday. The development of the digital guidebook is being prepared by IMH in collaboration with TC Geomatic Ltd and the University of Cyprus. The digital tourist guide will use an interactive GPS to guide the user/visitor who may make take advantage of the service using a smartphone. Its development is part of the Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation 2009-2010 of the Research Promotion Foundation and is funded by the Cyprus Republic and the EU’s European Regional

Development Fund. According to a press release, this will be the first such product available in Cyprus, utilising high-tech services to enable visitors of the country to come into

contact with its cultural, historical and religious heritage, while also learning about places of touristic interest. The project is expected to be completed in January 2014.

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Αναφορικά με τον Παύλο Γεωργιάδη, από την Γυαλιά, Αποβιώσαντα (Αρ. Δελτίου Ταυτότητας 730306) Δίδεται με την παρούσα ειδοποίηση ότι μετά την παρεύλευση 8 ημερών από την επίδοση, θα γίνει αίτηση στο Επαρχιακό Δικαστήριο Πάφου για την επικύρωση της διαθήκης του Παύλου Γεωργιάδη, τέως από την Γυαλιά, αποβιώσαντα, στην κ. Δέσποινα Α. Χ’’ Σάββα, από την Πάφο. Εάν έχετε ένσταση δέον όπως εντός της πιο πάνω προθεσμίας καταχωρήσετε ένσταση (caveat) στο πιο πάνω αναφερόμενο Πρωτοκολλητείο. (Υπογρ.) Δέσποινα Ανδρέου - Χ’’ Σάββα Δικηγόρος Εκτελεστής

taining Victor and ChristineMarie Coleman, 65 and 67, who were permanent residents of Vrysoulles village. The two had to be freed from the mangled car by emergency services before being rushed to hospital. Christine-Marie died at the hospital as a result of multiple injuries, namely haemorrhaging in her brain and

lungs, while her husband sustained head and brain injuries and internal cranial haemorrhaging. A 47-year-old Iranian man lost his finger trying to flee from the falling crane on foot while a 60-year-old Cypriot pedestrian suffered a fractured hand. Eye-witness accounts said the crane’s fall was broken

by the cars underneath, which changed the direction of the crane as it hit the ground, narrowly missing a kiosk with seven people inside. According to one industry website, towercranesupport. com, 17 per cent of tower crane accidents in 2010 (27 out of 157) were linked to high winds.

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Britain Policemen hurt as car driven deliberately at them

Britain’s top Roman Catholic cleric resigns Pope changes rules regulating conclave BRITAIN’S most senior Roman Catholic cleric Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who is facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour, is stepping down with immediate effect. Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI changed Roman Catholic Church law regulating the conclave that will elect his successor, meaning it can start earlier, the Vatican said yesterday. The change to a constitution by his predecessor John Paul means cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days after the papacy becomes vacant on February 28 before they start the conclave, which can now begin before March 15. For his part, Cardinal O’ Brien said he had tendered his resignation some time ago, but added: “The Holy Father has now decided that my resignation will take effect today.” O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, said he would not be joining

the conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI: “I do not wish media attention in Rome to be focused on me - but rather on Pope Benedict XVI and on his successor.” In a statement issued by the Scottish Catholic Church, he said: “I have valued the opportunity of serving the people of Scotland and overseas in various ways since becoming a priest. Looking back over my years of ministry: For any good I have been able to do, I thank God. For any failures, I apologise to all whom I have offended.”

ALLEGATIONS Cardinal O’Brien had been expected to resign in view of his 75th birthday on March 17. The date was brought forward with immediate effect one day after allegations emerged in the Observer newspaper from three priests and a former priest.

They complained to the Vatican about behaviour towards them going back about 30 years, according to the report. Cardinal O’Brien said: “I thank Pope Benedict XVI for his kindness and courtesy to me and, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Scotland, I wish him a long and happy retirement. I also ask God’s blessing on my brother Cardinals who will soon gather in Rome to elect his successor.” While he will not be joining them, he added: “I will pray with them and for them that, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they will make the correct choice for the future good of the Church.” The clergyman was due to celebrate eight years of Pope Benedict holding office. The Cardinal, who was born in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, has been the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh since 1985. Ordained as a priest in 1965, he was pro-

Cardinal O’Brien (above) said yesterday that he would not be joining the conclave to choose a successor to outgoing Pope Benedict XVI claimed a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in October 2003. He has been an outspoken opponent of plans to legalise same-sex marriage and several days ago called for the Catholic Church to end its celibacy rule for the priesthood. He said that many priests

struggle to cope with celibacy and should be allowed to marry if they wish. The Cardinal was the only British Roman Catholic cleric able to vote in the upcoming conclave to elect a successor to Benedict following his earlier decision to resign.

TWO policemen were injured when a car was deliberately driven at them after a routine stop. One of the officers suffered a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain in the incident in Harpurhey, Manchester, on Sunday night. A vehicle, believed to be a red Hyundai, was pulled over for speeding in Rochdale Road at about 10.50pm, police said. When the officers got out to approach the car, the vehicle reversed and hit them before driving off. One of the officers was able to use his radio to call for help and extra patrols were sent to the scene, along with paramedics. Both were taken to hospital for treatment. One has a fractured wrist, which will need surgery. The other suffered a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain and remains in a stable condition, although his injury is not believed to be life-threatening. As a result of inquiries by Greater Manchester Police, assisted by Lancashire Police, a warrant was later executed in the Haslingden area of Lancashire where two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Both remain in police custody for questioning. A car has also been recovered for forensic analysis.

Clegg: nothing to hide over handling of Rennard concerns NICK Clegg insisted yesterday he has “nothing to hide” over the way he dealt with concerns raised over alleged inappropriate behaviour by the Liberal Democrats’ former chief executive, Lord Rennard. The Deputy Prime Minister faces questions over a cover-up after he admitted on Sunday to knowing five years ago about claims of alleged sexual harassment by the peer.

Clegg said yesterday he “didn’t use the word ‘screwed up’” about the way the party had handled the incident - a description used by the party’s president, Tim Farron, yesterday morning. But he said he “suspected” the inquiries he has ordered into the allegations would show party procedures were flawed. He told BBC Radio Solent: “I totally understand people have got lots and

lots of questions, but I hope I have given a full, frank, honest account. “I have got nothing to hide, the party has nothing to hide. We have now got to listen to the women who feel they weren’t properly listened to and get to the truth and that is what we will do.” Farron acknowledged that the party had “screwed this up” and failed in its duty of care.

He said a “completely full and open inquiry into how we got this wrong” was under way and insisted that he had heard only a “general rumour” before the complaints were broadcast. “The one thing I probably can tell you without going through due process is that we screwed this up as a party,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes out of Antarctica expedition

FUNERAL It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved husband, father and uncle

ELICOS ANTHONY LIATSOS (KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT) from Kyrenia Who passed away on Friday 22/02/2013 at the age of 84. The funeral will take place on Tuesday 26/02/2013 at 3pm at the CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF GRACES (PAPHOS GATE, NICOSIA) and we invite all who honour his memory to attend the funeral

The bereaved: Wife: June Liatsos The children: Zenon and Veronica Liatsos Cousins: Antonis R. Liatsos Stavros R. Liatsos and the rest of the family Instead of wreaths, please make contributions to the Archangelos Michael church of Asomatos

“There are individuals out there who we had a duty of care towards and we did not fulfil that duty of care. That is something that we have to learn from, apologise for and make sure it never happens again.” Asked when he first heard of allegations against Lord Rennard, he said: “A general rumour I heard a year or so ago but no specifics, not even who or what or when or anything.”


8.30 pm March 1 , 2013 At the ESOBGA clubhouse Behind the Junior School, Nicosia 5 euro entry fee per person Teams of up to 6 people Individual players can join under-staffed teams Everyone welcome Bar open, great home-cooked food available Call 99-666011 for details Prizes kindly donated by

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SIR Ranulph Fiennes has pulled out of an expedition across Antarctica in winter because of frostbite. The 68-year-old was injured after a fall while skiing during training at a base camp in Antarctica. He developed frostbite after using his bare hands to fix a ski binding in temperatures of around minus 30C. Sir Ranulph will now leave the Coldest Journey expedition, but organisers said his evacuation to South Africa was being hampered by blizzard conditions. Despite the Somerset-based explorer’s withdrawal his team-mates will continue with the 2,000-mile (3,219km) trek. A spokesman said: “We regret to announce that Sir Ranulph Fiennes has developed a case of frostbite. “The condition is such that he has very reluctantly decided, with the support of the team doctor and in the interests of the success of the expedition and its associated aims, to withdraw from Antarctica

Sir Ranulph was injured after a fall during training while the possibility to do so still exists, before the onset of the Antarctic winter. “This decision has not been taken lightly and it is, naturally, a huge disappointment to Fiennes and his colleagues.” The team is attempting to evacuate Sir Ranulph by transporting him by skidoo to the Princess Elisabeth Station, about 43 miles (70km) away from his current position. From there he will be flown to Novo to get a connecting flight to Cape Town.

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Smoking under fire in Russia RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that will ban smoking in most public places and restrict cigarette sales in the world’s second-largest tobacco market after China. The law will ban smoking in some public places such as subways and schools from June 1, and come into force a year later in other places including restaurants and cafes. It will also ban sales of tobacco products at street kiosks from June 1, 2014, restrict advertising and set minimum prices for cigarettes which now cost 50 to 60 roubles a pack (less than $2). Putin, who started a new six-year term in 2012 and has promoted healthy lifestyles, hopes the law will help undermine an entrenched cigarette culture and reverse a decline in Russia’s population since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A topless feminist is arrested by riot policemen outside the polling station where former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi cast his ballot on Sunday in Milan (AFP)

Italy uncertainty spooks markets Exit polls raise parliament deadlock fears By Lisa Jucca and Stephen Jewkes ITALIAN shares and bonds lost earlier gains after election projections showed former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative bloc leading in the Senate, contradicting initial exit polls and raising the spectre of deadlock in parliament. While polls indicated the centre-left should win the lower house, projections based on early vote counts from television channels pointed to a victory for media tycoon Berlusconi in the key region of Lombardy, which holds the key to controlling the upper house. The situation remained confused, however. “I was bowled over by the magnitude of the turn around. It all seems a bit excessive to me and so I think we should wait,” a Milan fund manager said after a buying run immediately after polls showed the left ahead in both houses had been reversed. “It’s clear that from a foreign investor point of view they’re very concerned about political instability and forming a government that can push through pro-growth policies

Berlusconi was projected to triumph in Lombardy in Italy and in Europe,” the fund manager said. “It’s an emotive reaction.” State television RAI said Berlusconi’s bloc was ahead with 31.6 per cent in the Senate, with Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left at 29.4 per cent. Beppe Grillo’s protest 5-Star-Movement was at 24.9 per cent, on course to be the biggest single party. The centrist party of technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti, the darling of international investors, stood at 9.2 per cent. Initial telephone polls published when voting ended at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) had put the centre-left Democrats (PD) on course for full con-

trol and the later, conflicting signals led to highly volatile trading as investors fretted over the prospect of political gridlock in the eurozone’s third largest economy. The Milan blue-chip index closed up 0.73 per cent at 1630 GMT, having earlier gained nearly 4 per cent. The spread between Italian 10-year government bonds and equivalent German Bunds widened back to 280 basis points after earlier dipping below 255 basis points. The market had initially soared on hopes of a clearcut outcome, which would have created scope to push through reforms to revive Italy’s recession-hit economy. “The market’s initial reaction was too optimistic. We thought the PD would have won a majority in the lower house, and that’s a given. But the Senate is still up in the air, region by region,” said Alberto Gallo, credit strategist with Royal Bank of Scotland. “If the PD gets 156 seats in the Senate but Monti in several regions doesn’t win the minimum 8 per cent of the vote then even a PD-Monti alliance would have a very thin majority, something which the market would not like.”

Islamists threaten to kill abducted French family in video GUNMEN claiming to be from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist group threatened yesterday to kill a kidnapped French family of seven if authorities in Nigeria and Cameroon do not release Muslim militants held there. French ministers said they believed the three adults and four children seized in Cameroon’s far north near the Nigerian border last Tuesday were being held by Boko Haram which has killed hundreds to

try to carve out an Islamist state in Nigeria. The first sign of the family since they were captured came in a video posted on YouTube in which they appeared surrounded by three gunmen wearing turbans and dressed in camouflage. “We have been taken by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad,” one of the male hostages said in the video, referring to the name in Arabic of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants.

Smoking will be banned in some public places from June 1 Advocating the law in a video blog before it was submitted to parliament last year, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said nearly one in three Russians were hooked on smoking, and almost 400,000 die each year from smoking-related causes. The Kremlin said Putin signed the law on Saturday but did not announce it until yesterday. It said the law

was intended to bring Russia into line with a World Health Organisation tobacco control treaty that Moscow ratified in 2008. The law faced opposition from foreign tobacco companies that dominate a cigarette market estimated to be worth $22 billion in 2011 by Euromonitor International, a market research company.

French actor Depardieu has Chechnyan fling FILM star Gerard Depardieu hit the dance floor in Chechnya over the weekend and vowed to make a movie there on the latest stop of an erratic tour of his new Russian homeland. The actor, who quit France after criticising a planned 75-per cent tax on millionaires, embraced Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov during a weekend visit, then showed off traditional ‘Lezginka’ dance moves in TV footage aired yesterday.

His trip came a month after receiving a passport from President Vladimir Putin and heaping praise on the Russian leader - earning criticism from opposition and rights campaigners. His visit to the Chechen capital, Grozny, should prove equally divisive - human rights groups have accused security services in Chechnya of carrying out kidnappings, torture and extrajudicial killings to try to quash an Islamist insurgency.

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Park urges N. Korea to drop nuke aims SOUTH Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye urged North Korea yesterday to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and to stop wasting its scarce resources on arms, less than two weeks after the country carried out its third nuclear test. In her inauguration speech, the country’s first female president, also called on South Koreans to help revive the nation’s export-dependent economy whose trade is threatened by neighbouring Japan’s weak yen policy. Park, the 61-year-old daughter of South Korea’s former military ruler Park Chung-hee, met with the father of North Korea’s current ruler in 2002 and offered the impoverished and isolated neighbour aid and trade if it abandoned its nuclear programme. “I urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay and embark on the path to peace and shared development,” Park said after

being inaugurated yesterday. Park, usually an austere and demure figure in her public appearances, wore an olive-drab military style jacket and lavender scarf yesterday and smiled broadly and waved enthusiastically as a 70,000 strong crowd cheered her. Rap sensation Psy was one of the warm up acts on an early spring day outside the country’s parliament and performed his “Gagnam Style” hit, but without some of the raunchier actions. Park’s tough stance was supported by the partisan and largely older crowd at her inauguration. “I have trust in her as the first female president ... She has to be more aggressive on North Korea,” said Jeong Byung-ok, 44, who was at the ceremony with her four-year-old daughter. North Korea is ruled by 30-yearold Kim Jong-un, the third of his line to hold power in Pyongyang and the

grandson of a man who tried to assassinate Park’s father. The North, which is facing further UN sanctions for its latest nuclear test, which was its biggest and most powerful to date, is unlikely to heed Park’s call and there is little Seoul can do to influence its bellicose neighbour. Park’s choices boil down to paying off Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons plan, which would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and failed in 2006 when the North exploded its first nuclear bomb. Alternatively, Seoul could try to further isolate the North, a move that resulted in the 2010 sinking of a South Korean ship and the shelling of a South Korean island. Referring to the fast economic growth under her father’s rule, which drove war-torn South Korea from poverty to the ranks of the world’s richest nations, Park urged Koreans to re-create the spirit of the “Miracle on the Han”.

President Park Geun-Hye (C) bows during her inauguration ceremony at parliament in Seoul yesterday

Xi pledges peaceful ties with Taiwan

Cuban leader Raul Castro says he will retire in 2018

CHINA’S Communist Party chief Xi Jinping pledged peaceful ties yesterday during a meeting with a Taiwan delegation, suggesting the mainland’s policy towards the self-ruled island will not shift dramatically when he becomes China’s president. Peaceful development of cross-Strait ties is the duty of the Chinese Communist Party’s new leaders, Xi told Lien Chan, honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party, whose four-day trip to China is seen as offering an early look at how Xi will handle relations between the political rivals. “Safeguarding the interests of our Taiwan compatriots and expanding their wellbeing is the mainland’s oftrepeated pledge and solemn promise of the new leaders of China’s Communist Party central committee,” Xi said, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island at the end of a civil war in 1949. Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. For years the strait between the communist mainland and the democratic island, a key US ally in the region, was seen as one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints. But relations have warmed significantly since Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was elected in 2008. The two sides have agreed to a series of trade and tourism deals and China is now Taiwan’s top export market. Bilateral trade is worth about $121 billion last year. Tension between China and its neighbours, including Japan Vietnam and the Philippines, over over-lapping offshore claims has become more of a worry for the region than China-Taiwan differences. But despite better economic ties between the mainland and the island, there has been little progress toward political reconciliation or an easing of military distrust.

National Assembly picks top leadership By Marc Frank CUBAN President Raul Castro announced on Sunday he will step down from power after his second term ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. “This will be my last term,” Castro, 81, said shortly after the National Assembly elected him to a second five-year tenure. In a surprise move, the new parliament also named Miguel Diaz-Canel as first vice president, meaning he would take over if Castro cannot serve his full term. Diaz-Canel is a member of the political bureau who rose through the Communist Party ranks in the provinces to become the most visible possible successor to Castro. Raul Castro starts his second term immediately, leaving him free to retire in 2018, aged 86. Former President Fidel Castro joined the National Assembly meeting on Sunday, in a rare public appear-

Cuban President Raul Castro delivers a speech during the new National Assembly meeting to choose a Council of State, at the Conventions Palace in Havana on Sunday ance. Since falling ill in 2006 and ceding the presidency to his brother, the elder Castro, 86, has given up official positions except as a deputy in the National Assembly. The new government will almost certainly be the last headed up by the Castro brothers and their genera-

tion of leaders who have ruled Cuba since they swept down from the mountains in the 1959 revolution. Cubans and foreign governments were keenly watching whether any new, younger faces appeared among the Council of State members, in particular its first vice presi-

dent and five vice presidents. Their hopes were partially fulfilled with Diaz-Canel’s ascension. He replaces former first vice president, Jose Machado Ventura, 82, who will continue as one of five vice presidents. Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes, 80, and

Gladys Bejerano, 66, the comptroller general, were also re-elected as vice presidents, while Mercedes Lopez Acea, 48, first secretary of the Havana communist party, and Salvador Valdes Mesa, 64, head of the official labour federation, also earned vice presidential slots. Esteban Lazo, 68, a former vice president and member of the political bureau of the Communist Party, left his post upon being named president of the National Assembly on Sunday. He replaced Ricardo Alarcon, who served in the job for 20 years. Six of the Council’s top seven members sit on the party’s political bureau which is also lead by Castro. Castro’s announcement came as little surprise to Cuban exiles in Miami. “It’s no big news. It would have been big news if he resigned today and called for democratic elections,” said Alfredo Duran, a CubanAmerican lawyer and moderate exile leader in Miami who supports lifting the US trade embargo against Cuba. The National Assembly meets for just a few weeks each year and delegates its legislative powers between sessions to the 31-member Council of State, which also functions as the executive through the Council of Ministers it appoints. Eighty per cent of the 612 deputies, who were elected in an uncontested vote February 3, were born after the revolution.

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JAPAN’S prime minister is likely to nominate an advocate of aggressive monetary easing - Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda - as the next central bank governor to step up his fight to finally rid the country of deflation. Shinzo Abe won a big election victory in December promising to revive the fortunes of an economy stuck in the doldrums for most of the past two decades. He has repeatedly called for a more aggressive central bank willing to take radical steps.

The yen fell on the nomination news to a 33-month low and the yield on fiveyear government bonds hit a record low as markets moved to factor in bolder monetary policy. “Kuroda is a fan of a weaker yen and of deflation bashing,” said Kit Juckes, a strategist at Societe Generale in London. Sources said the government is likely to nominate Kuroda and two deputies this week for parliamentary approval. It is also reportedly lining up Kikuo Iwata, an academic who advocates unortho-

dox monetary easing steps, and BOJ Executive Director Hiroshi Nakaso, who now oversees the central bank’s international operations, as deputy governors. Like the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan has cut interest rates close to zero. Since then it has adopted unorthodox measures to inject cash into the economy. But Kuroda has long criticised the BOJ as too slow to expand stimulus, and is expected to push for more radical efforts to achieve a 2 per cent inflation target set in January.

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Syria ready to negotiate with its armed foes

WORLD TODAY Kurdish leader to call a truce JAILED Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan will call a ceasefire at the Kurdish New Year next month, moving forward a peace process with Turkey aimed at ending his group’s 28year-old insurgency, media reports said yesterday. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said a planned withdrawal of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants from Turkey after a ceasefire was established would begin the process of ending a conflict which has killed more than 40,000 people. The premier, criticised for negotiating with Ocalan - a man reviled by most Turks – called for national unity on peace efforts. Ocalan, head of the PKK, has been holding peace talks with Turkey since last October and met a delegation of Kurdish politicians at the weekend to discuss the negotiations. “Ocalan will make a ceasefire call to the PKK at Newroz for a lasting peace,” the liberal Radikal daily said, referring to the March 21 Kurdish New Year.

US Secretary of State Kerry dismisses offer By Thomas Grove and Steve Gutterman

Poet’s life sentence cut A QATARI poet jailed for life for criticising the emir and attempting to incite revolt had his sentence cut to 15 years yesterday, in a case human rights groups said showed hypocrisy by the Gulf state, which has supported Arab uprisings abroad. In his verses, Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami praised the Arab Spring revolts that toppled four dictators, often with the help of money and other support from Qatar, a close US ally which also backs rebels in Syria. But the poet also criticised Qatar’s absolute monarch and spoke, for example, of “sheikhs playing on their PlayStations”.

Israel tests missile defence ISRAEL carried out a successful test of its upgraded Arrow interceptor system yesterday, which is designed to destroy in space the kind of missiles held by Syria and Iran, the Israeli Defence Ministry said. The US-backed Arrow III system deploys “kamikaze” satellites that target ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, hitting them high enough to allow for any nonconventional warheads to disintegrate safely. Yesterday’s test was the first live flight for the Arrow III, but did not involve the interception of any target.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem (pictured) looks on during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow yesterday (AFP)

SYRIA is ready for talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said yesterday, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. But Moualem said at the same time Syria would pursue its fight “against terrorism”, alluding to the conflict with rebels in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed. His offer of talks drew a dismissive response from US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was starting a ninenation tour of European and Arab capitals in London. “It seems to me that it’s pretty hard to understand how, when you see the Scuds falling on the innocent people of Aleppo, it is possible to take their notion that they are ready to have a dialogue very seriously,” Kerry said. He said US President Barack Obama was evaluating more steps to “fulfill our obligation to innocent people”, without giving details or saying whether Washington was reconsidering whether to arm the rebels, an option it

has previously rejected. “We are determined that the Syrian opposition is not going to be dangling in the wind,” Kerry said. Obama has carefully avoided deeper US involvement in Syria, at the heart of a volatile Middle East, as he has withdrawn troops from Iraq and extracts them from Afghanistan. Assad and his foes are locked in a bloody stalemate after nearly two years of combat, destruction and civilian suffering that threatens to destabilise neighbouring countries.

‘REFORMS’ Syria’s Moualem said in Moscow that Damascus was ready for dialogue with everyone who wants it, even with those who have weapons in their hands “because we believe that reforms will not come through bloodshed but only through dialogue”. Russia’s Itar-Tass, which reported his remarks, did not say if Moualem had attached any conditions for the dialogue. “What’s happening in Syria is a war against terrorism,” the agency quoted him as saying. “We will strongly adhere to a peaceful course and continue to fight against

terrorism.” Moaz Alkhatib, head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, told reporters in Cairo he had not been in touch with Damascus following Moualem’s offer. “We have not been in contact yet, and we are waiting for communication with them,” he said. Syria’s government and the political opposition have both suggested in recent weeks they are prepared for some contacts - softening their previous outright rejection of talks to resolve a conflict which has driven nearly a million Syrians out of the country and left millions more homeless and hungry. The opposition says any solution must involve the removal of Assad, whose family has ruled Syria since 1970. Disparate rebel fighters, who do not answer to Alkhatib or other politicians in exile, insist that Assad must go before any talks start. Damascus has rejected any preconditions and the two sides also differ on the location for any talks, with the opposition saying they should be abroad or in rebelheld parts of Syria, while the government says they must be in territory it controls.

New Palestinian uprising fears MASKED Palestinian gunmen fired in the air yesterday as thousands marched at the West Bank funeral of a prisoner whose death in an Israeli jail has raised fears in Israel of a new uprising. Arafat Jaradat’s death on Saturday and a hunger strike by four other Palestinian inmates have raised tension in the occupied territory after repeated clashes between stonethrowers and Israeli soldiers in recent days. Israeli troops, on high alert, took up positions outside Jaradat’s home village of Se’eer, in likely earshot of the bursts of automatic fire from the half-dozen masked Palestinians in full battle dress. “We sacrifice our souls and blood for you, our martyr!” mourners chanted. The sounds and fury were reminiscent of the seven-year Intifada, or uprising, that started in 2000 after Israeli-Palestinian peace talks failed. Israeli Homeland Minister Avi Dichter cautioned that another uprising could begin if confrontations with Palestinian protesters turned deadly. The Israeli military said dozens of Palestinians had thrown stones at soldiers in various parts of the West Bank on Monday. Troops responded with tear gas and stun grenades,

and no serious injuries were reported. “The previous two Intifadas ... came about as a result of a high number of dead (during protests),” Dichter told Israel Radio. “Fatalities are almost a proven recipe for a sharper escalation.” Jaradat, 30, was arrested a week ago for throwing stones at Israeli cars in the West Bank. Palestinian officials said he had died after being tortured in prison. But Israel said an autopsy carried out in the presence of a Palestinian coroner was inconclusive and that injuries such as broken ribs could have been caused by efforts to revive Jaradat. Palestinian frustration has been fuelled by Israel’s settlement expansion in the West Bank, a peace process in limbo since 2010 and a persisting rift between President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority and the Islamists of Hamas who run Gaza. Abbas has said he will not allow a third armed Intifada. “The Israelis want chaos ... We will not allow them to drag us into it and to mess with the lives of our children and our youth,” Abbas told reporters in his office in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

A Palestinian protester uses a branch to move a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli soldiers outside Israel’s Ofer military prison near Ramallah yesterday

Powers to offer Iran sanctions relief at nuke talks - US official MAJOR powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb its nuclear programme, a U.S. official said yesterday. However, the Islamic Republic could face more economic pain if the standoff remains unresolved, the official said ahead of the Feb-

ruary 26-27 meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We think ... there will be some additional sanctions relief (in the powers’ updated proposal to Iran),” the official said, without giving details. Western diplomats have told Reuters that the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany

and France will offer to ease sanctions on trade in gold and precious metals if Iran closes its Fordow underground uranium enrichment plant. Iranian officials have indicated, however, that this will not be enough. Iran denies Western claims it is seeking to develop the capability to make nuclear bombs, saying

its programme is entirely peaceful. The US official said the powers hoped that the Almaty meeting would lead to follow-up talks soon. “We are ready to step up the pace of our meetings and our discussions,” the official said, adding the United States would also be prepared to hold bilateral talks with Tehran if it was serious about it.

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Business BBA approves Libor handover

Sterling falls, bruised after UK credit rating downgrade

BRITAIN’S main bank lobby group said members had approved handing over the running of Libor interest rates to a new operator, after it was stripped of overseeing the benchmark following a rigging scandal. Britain’s financial regulator said in September the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) had been careless and stripped it of its governance and oversight of the Libor benchmark. An independent body will be selected by open tender, run by Sarah Hogg, to start running Libor this year. Hogg chairs Britain’s Financial Reporting Council, the independent corporate governance regulator. The BBA said members gave formal approval for the transfer to a new operator at an extraordinary general meeting yesterday. “The absolute priority is to ensure the provision of a reliable benchmark which has the confidence and support of all users, contributors and global regulators,” a spokesman said. A review of Libor - the London interbank offered rate - by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in September laid out a 10-point plan to restore confidence in an interest rate used to price trillions of dollars of financial products from mortgages to derivatives contracts. The review said there were no better alternatives now and the transition to a new benchmark would be difficult because Libor is so deeply embedded in the financial system. Three banks - Barclays (BARC.L), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) and UBS (UBSN.VX) - have been fined a total $2.6 billion for manipulation of rates, and more banks who contribute to the panel are being investigated, discrediting the benchmark.

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A broker at IG Index looks at his screens in the City of London yesterday. Sterling hit a two-and-a-half year low against the dollar and a 16-month trough against the euro on Monday after Moody’s stripped the UK of one of its prized triple-A ratings undermine the pound in coming weeks. Sterling fell as low as $1.5073, its weakest since mid-July 2010. Traders said sellers would re-emerge if sterling showed any signs of rebounding towards $1.53. Its trade-weighted index hit a 19-month low of 78.10. The

BP EXECUTIVES more focused on cost-cutting and oil production than safety should be held responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a lawyer told a courtroom yesterday as a long-awaited legal showdown began in New Orleans. Jim Roy, speaking for plaintiffs suing well owner BP Plc, drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd, cement services provider Halliburton Co and others, said BP executives at the highest level felt

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pressure to push output to the limit. “Production over protection. Profits over safety,” Roy said. Roy was the first of many lawyers scheduled to speak during a day of opening statements in the non-jury trial before US District Judge Carl Barbier. The first phase of the trial focuses on how much each company is to blame for the disaster and the degree of negligence. Most observers expect the case to be settled before it goes to a verdict, although talks over the weekend failed

to reach an accord. “BP is in a very tight bind. I never thought that they intended to try this case and really cannot afford to do so because the exposure is too potentially catastrophic,” said Blaine LeCesne, a professor at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. Lined up against the defendants are the US Justice Department, several Gulf Coast states, and plaintiffs represented by Roy that did not take part in an $8.5-billion settlement that BP struck last year.

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STERLING fell to its weakest since July 2011 against a basket of major currencies yesterday, the first trading day after Moody’s stripped the U.K. of its triple-A credit rating. Further falls in the pound were expected in the coming weeks given the grim outlook for the British economy, the prospect of more monetary easing and growing evidence that the Bank of England is comfortable with a falling currency as it seeks to rebalance the economy and encourage exports. “Investors will remain nervous about the pound,” said Ian Gunner, portfolio manager at Altana Hard Currency Fund. “Monetary policy will now be more significant and the minutes last week showed more easing could be on the way.” Financial markets had been braced for a rating cut for some time because UK growth was sluggish and finance minister George Osborne missed a series of debt-reduction targets. It had, however, been expected to come after the budget, on March 20. Political pressure was building on Osborne to change course and do more to foster growth. While analysts expect his budget to stick to deficit-busting measures, tension within the ruling coalition could

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pound, traders said. The credit downgrade compounds pressure on the pound that emerged last week after minutes of a BoE policy meeting showed officials, including Governor Mervyn King, edged closer to another round of the bond-buying programme that pumps more money into the economy -- a policy known as quantitative easing (QE). The bank’s quarterly report earlier this month also said policymakers were prepared to tolerate higher inflation to support growth. “(The rating cut) reinforces the perilous economic position the UK is in,” said Kathleen Brooks, research director at “This downgrade may fuel more speculation that QE will be re-started later this year. This is pound-negative for the medium term and we could see sub-$1.50 in the near term.” Such monetary easing is seen as hurting a currency as it involves the central bank printing more money to buy bonds. That increases the supply of the currency and erodes its value. Analysts said that by tolerating higher inflation in the coming years, real or inflation-adjusted returns for investors would diminish, making the pound and UK assets less attractive. Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed more speculators building bets against the pound in the week ended February 19, after they flipped from bets in favour of the currency a week earlier. Bets against the pound may have some way to go, with net short positions just a fraction of the nearly 80,000 contracts in place when sterling fell to below $1.45 in May 2010.

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JAPAN’S government will sell around a third of its stake in Japan Tobacco Inc, the world’s No.3 tobacco company, to raise about $10.4 billion for reconstruction of areas devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Ministry of Finance, which owns just over 50 per cent of the $62-billion former state monopoly, is selling 333 million shares, according to a regulatory filing yesterday, with the deal to be priced between March 11-13. The offering, the largest such deal since

the US Treasury’s $20.7 billion sale of American International Group Inc shares in September, comes as Japanese equities scale their highest levels in more than four years. Japan’s parliament in 2011 passed a set of bills including tax hikes and government share sales in state-owned companies to help finance the roughly $270 billion it expects to spend to rebuild the northeast coast after the quake in March that year. Reuters reported early last week that

the stake sale would be launched within days. Conditions for a sell-down in the government’s stake in Japan Tobacco have improved in recent months, with the benchmark Nikkei share average hitting a 53-month high yesterday. A broad market rally began in mid-November after the calling of an early election that put Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in power a month later. Abe has promised aggressive monetary and fiscal policies to tackle prolonged deflation.

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Cyprus is being treated differently already by its partners in the EU AFTER NINE years of uneasy relations with our EU partners, marked by mistrust and bad faith, President-elect Nicos Anastasiades seems determined to make a new start. He emphasised the point while addressing supporters at Sunday night’s victory celebrations, illustrating the importance he attributed to good relations with the EU. His intentions were very clear. “We want Europe on our side,” he said. “We will be absolutely consistent and meet all our obligations; we belong to Europe,” he asserted before pledging “to restore the credibility of Cyprus in Europe.” The President-elect did not stop there, also announcing that one of the first things he would do would be to apply for membership of the NATOaffiliated Partnership for Peace, which was a big no-no for the anti-West, outgoing government. Anastasiades is absolutely right in wanting to build relations with the EU as these have been on rocky ground ever since we joined the Union in 2004. We joined under a cloud with top EU officials accusing the then president, the late Tassos Papadopoulos, of having deceived them with regard to the referendum. Relations remained strained throughout his presidency, as Cyprus tried to use the EU to turn the screw on Turkey and it was no secret that Papadopoulos was not on the best terms with his fellow EU leaders. President Christofias, with his anti-West rhetoric and public attacks on the neo-liberal EU made relations even worse. By the end of his term, after stalling bailout talks and then renouncing what he had agreed with the troika, the EU gave up talking to him as it regarded him untrustworthy and made things difficult for Cyprus. This was why Anastasiades’ pledge to restore the credibility of Cyprus in Europe should be commended. Our EU partners do not doubt the new President’s commitment to Europe and believe he is a man they could work with. Their reaction to his election win was very encouraging. In a joint statement issued yesterday, the finance ministers of France and Germany, Pierre Moscovici and Wolfgang Shaeuble respectively, said “discussions (on the bailout) should resume shortly with a view to reach an agreement before the end of March.” Until a few weeks ago, Schaeuble refused to give a time-frame for the signing of the memorandum. The head of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem also sounded a positive note, saying that “it is in the interest of Cyprus as well as the euro area to reach an agreement rapidly” adding that the Eurogroup “is ready to assist Cyprus in its adjustment effort.” It is no exaggeration to say that Cyprus is being treated differently already and this is because we now have a president that believes in the EU and when he states “we belong in Europe” he actually means it.

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Technology, economy and cleaning the pool Comment Chrystia Freeland


NE WAY to divide people is into foxes and hedgehogs. Another is into those who think this time is different and those who believe there is never anything new under the sun. The latter split can be a matter of temperament, of politics or even of religion. But today it is relevant for another, more urgent reason: It describes how people think about the most critical economic problem in the industrialised world today - the dearth of well- paying middle-class jobs. The this-time-is-different school attributes a lot of what is happening to the technology revolution. That makes them an intellectually eclectic bunch. On one hand, they include wide-eyed enthusiasts who believe in human progress and in the transformational power of technology. But they also include grim hand-wringers who fear the unprecedented changes may bring unprecedented woes. That combination of Pollyanna and Cassandra is perfectly embodied in the multifaceted mind of Al Gore. Gore is a longtime fan of the geeks, and in his post-political life he has very nearly become one of them, with his seat on the Apple board and senior partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. It thus comes as no surprise that in his new book, “The Future,” Gore foresees a world of “hyper-change” in which the technology revolution is “carrying us with it at a speed beyond our imagining toward ever newer technologically shaped realities that often appear, in the words of Arthur C. Clarke, ‘indistinguishable from magic.’” But Gore has also always been part Savonarola - remember the campaign of his estranged wife, Tipper, against music with “profane language” - and his conviction that this time is different has a sharp edge. In “The Future,” Gore admits that the Luddites, who feared that the Industrial Revolution would create structural unemployment, were wrong: “The new jobs that emerged in factories not only outnumbered those lost on farms but produced higher incomes, even as farms became far more productive and food prices sharply declined.” Yet he warns that there is no guarantee history will repeat itself. In particular, Gore worries that thanks to the technology revolution, the traditional link between rising productivity and a rising standard of living for the middle class has

Who wants to prepare their children for a life of deep- and shallow-end cleaning? been broken. He fears that severed link may be causing the economic slowdown in the developed economies: A weakened middle class lacks the spending power to drive growth. One of the smartest academics studying this phenomenon is Erik Brynjolfsson, a management professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brynjolfsson, who co-wrote the new book “Race Against the Machine,” also believes the technology revolution is having a powerful and unprecedented impact. “Most of the debate in Washington is really playing

‘The problem is what kind of jobs, at what kind of salaries, the shiny new technologically powered economy of the future will generate’

small ball and is missing the tectonic changes in the way the economy works, which are driven by technology,” he said recently. “This is the big story of our time, and it is going to accelerate over the next 10 years.” Like Gore, Brynjolfsson thinks the canary in the coal mine is the decoupling of gains in productivity and in wages. “Productivity since 2000 has grown faster than in the ‘70s, ‘80s or ‘90s,” he said. “But starting in the late 1990s, we’ve had this decoupling of wages from productivity.” Brynjolfsson believes this break is a historic watershed. “There have been big economic changes in the past, but productivity and jobs tracked each other pretty closely,” he said. “It is only since 1997 that they decoupled. There is no economic law that says they go together.” That is a change with tremendous social and political implications. As Brynjolfsson put it: “A lot of economists felt that as long as productivity was growing, things would take care of themselves. That’s no longer true.” This is indeed a watershed moment: Productivity and innovation, the focus of policymakers and business leaders, no longer guarantee widely shared prosperity. “Digital technologies are different in that they allow people with skills to replicate their talents to serve billions,” Mr. Brynjolfsson said. “There is really a drastic winner-takeall effect because every industry is becoming like the software industry.”

Classical economic theory isn’t entirely wrong. The danger isn’t - as it was easy to fear during the depths of the financial crisis - structural unemployment. The problem is what kind of jobs, at what kind of salaries, the shiny new technologically powered economy of the future will generate. Lawrence H. Summers, the Harvard professor and former Treasury secretary, has a vivid way of describing the dystopian possibility. “As economists like to explain, the system will equilibrate at full employment,” Summers said in a public interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month. “But maybe the way it will equilibrate at full employment is there’ll be specialists at cleaning the shallow end and the deep end of rich people’s swimming pools. And that’s a problematic way for society to function.” This is a personal problem - who wants to prepare their children for a life of deepand shallow-end cleaning? It is also a political one. As Brynjolfsson points out, the technology revolution also has winners. The share they reap from the increase in productivity is greater than ever, and they might quite like a world of specialists in various depths of pool cleaning.  Chrystia Freeland is managing director and editor, Consumer News, for Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was US managing editor of the Financial Times. Any opinions expressed here are her own

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Green groups urge ambitious new climate goals for Europe By Barbara Lewis GREEN campaigners have pressed the case for an ambitious new decade of energy and environment policy as the European Commission kicked off debate on 2030 goals, seeking to balance economic reality with climate concerns. Environment groups say a possible new target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent from 1990 levels - implied from EU documents - fails to address their climate change fears. They want another triple set of tar-

gets along the lines of the 2020 goals - to cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent from 1990 levels, get 20 per cent of energy from renewable sources and increase energy savings to 20 per cent versus business as usual. Brook Riley, climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, called on Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to show leadership. “If he’s (Barroso) serious about climate action, he needs to show national governments the benefits of three 2030 targets to cut carbon emissions, save energy and develop renewable energies,” he said. Spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde

Hansen said the Commission had had an initial debate on Wednesday about what she called the “sensitive political and economic context” and the EU’s desire to be in vanguard in tackling climate change. A preliminary policy paper would be published in March, she said. An EU source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was no decision yet on firm targets, although there was “support for the idea of a legislative proposal” by the end of the year. A Commission internal briefing note seen by Reuters said EU energy and climate road maps to 2050

implied the need for a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The Commission says the bloc is on track to meet its 2020 carbon cutting and renewables goals, which were agreed by EU governments before the financial crisis brought austerity and recession to many parts of the European Union. But the target on energy savings will only be met in part and environmentalists argue that proves the case for legally enshrined targets. They say a new triple set of goals has financial and environmental logic because it would save con-

sumers and business money as well as ensuring secure and sustainable energy supplies. With Climate Action Network Europe, an umbrella group, FoE commissioned a report from Dutch consultancy Ecofys, which analysed the implications of cutting energy consumption by about 35 per cent compared with 2005 levels. The financial benefits, it said, would be about €250 billion a year by 2030, derived from a combination of lower energy prices following lower demand and a reduced need to invest in infrastructure, lowering the cost of power generation.

EU member states say biofuels limit needs more thought Report shows how it is more stressful to work in humid conditions

Hot, wetter climate slashes capacity to work by 10%

LIMITS must be imposed on the use of biofuels made from food crops, leading EU member states France and Britain have said, while questioning the detail of a Commission proposal for a five per cent cap. Concern that some biofuels create more problems than they solve led to a major policy shift in September when the EU executive announced plans to limit the use of crop-based biodiesel and bioethanol to five per cent of total transport fuel consumption. Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the Commission’s five per cent proposal had taken into account investments already made, but was not a definitive level. He told a meeting of EU energy ministers a slightly higher level of say six or seven per cent, as well as looking at biodiesel and bioethanol separately, “might be more in line with the market”.

FLEXIBLE “We are willing to be flexible,” he said. The reason some first-generation biofuels are considered problematic is that they increase total demand for crops and displace food production into new areas, forcing forest clearance and draining of peatland. The displacement is referred to as ILUC (indirect land-use change). In some cases, first-generation biofuels can be worse for the environment than fossil fuels. Another human cost is the risk of stoking food price inflation and land grabs. “To me it seems a terrible waste of money and food to promote biofuels which are more expensive than fossil fuel, and which do not create significant greenhouse gas savings and in some cases seem to have even higher emissions than fossil fuels,” said Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Buildings Martin Lidegaard. He called for changes to the Commission plan, including tougher controls on biofuels with the highest ILUC emissions.

By Deborah Zabarenko EARTH’S increasingly hot, wet climate has cut the amount of work people can do in the worst heat by about 10 per cent in the past six decades, and that loss in labour capacity could double by mid-century, US government scientists reported on Sunday. Because warmer air can hold more moisture than cooler air, there’s more absolute humidity in the atmosphere now than there used to be. And as anyone who has sweltered through a hot, muggy summer knows, it’s more stressful to work through hot months when the humidity is high. To figure out the stress of working in hotter, wetter conditions, experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looked at military and industrial guidelines already in place for heat stress, and set those guidelines against climate projections for how hot and humid it’s likely to get over the next century. Their findings were stark: “We project that heat stress-related labour capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate,” said lead author John Dunne of NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton. Work capability is already down to 90 per cent during the most hot and humid periods, Dunne and his coauthors wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. Using a middle-ofthe-road projection of future temperature and humidity, they estimate that could drop to 80 per cent by 2050. A more extreme scenario of future global warming, which estimated a temperature rise of 6C, would make it difficult to work in the hottest months in many parts of the world, Dunne said at a telephone briefing. Labour capacity would be all but eliminated in the lower Mississippi Valley and most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains would be exposed to heat stress “beyond anything experienced in the world today,” he said. Under this scenario, heat stress in

Hard labour: in hot countries working hours already shift around the hottest part of the day

New York City would exceed that of present-day Bahrain, while in Bahrain, the heat and humidity could cause hyperthermia - potentially dangerous overheating - even in sleeping people who were not working at all. Humans are endothermic creatures, which means they give off heat. If they can’t get rid of it faster than they create it, they go into hyperthermia. Typically, humans cool off by doing less heat-producing activity, but it may get so hot and humid that even a sleeping person wouldn’t be able to dissipate heat fast enough. “This planet will start experiencing heat stress that’s unlike anything experienced today,” said Ronald

Stouffer, a co-author of the study. The only way to retain labour capacity, Dunne said, is to limit global warming to less than 3C. Global average temperature has risen by about 0.7C compared to preindustrial times. It is likely to rise another 1C by mid-century, Dunne said. The way some workers already adapt to heat stress - taking a siesta during the hottest hours of the day, working outdoor jobs like construction at night when temperatures drop or ceasing work entirely during periods of peak heat and humidity could migrate to places where heat stress is increasing.

The US West Coast and northern Europe are likely to be two of the regions that will be affected last by the trend toward more hot and humid climate, the scientists said. Part of the issue is how well-adapted certain regions are to extreme heat stress, Dunne said. As an example, he noted that some 70,000 people were killed during a disastrous 2003 heat wave in Europe, where heat stress was highly unusual. However, the same kind of stress was normal for a place like India, where a similar heat wave killed 3,000. “It’s very regionally dependent and highly determined by adaptation,” Dunne said.

Icy Siberian caves show tiny amount of warming may mean big thaw ANCIENT records from icy caves in Siberia show that a small amount of global warming can thaw vast areas of frozen ground and release harmful stores of greenhouse gases, a study showed. Any melt of permafrost, or permanently frozen soil that covers almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere from Alaska to China,

can also destabilise everything from oil and gas pipelines to buildings and roads. “Global climates only slightly warmer than today are sufficient to thaw significant regions of permafrost,” experts in Britain, Russia, Switzerland and Mongolia wrote in the journal Science after studying Siberian caves.

A global rise of 1.5C above late 19th century temperatures - less than a 2C ceiling for global warming set in 2009 by almost 200 nations could bring a substantial thaw as far north as 60 degrees latitude, they said. Sixty degrees girdles the world through Siberia, Nordic nations, the southern tip of Greenland, Canada

and south Alaska. UN studies show that temperatures have already risen by about 0.7C since the 19th century and are still rising. The scientists studied caves in Siberia and found a 500,000-year record of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks which only grow when water drips and so show periods when permafrost melted.

CYPRUS MAIL Tuesday, February 26, 2013



Argo storms to Oscar victory Night of surprises topped by Michelle Obama announcing Best Picture from White House By Jill Serjeant ARGO stormed to Best Picture victory at the Oscars on Sunday on a night of surprises that ended in disappointment for frontrunner Lincoln and handed the most overall wins - four - to Life of Pi. It was the first time since Driving Miss Daisy in 1990 that a film won the top prize at the Oscars without its director also being nominated. The honours for the Iran hostage drama marked a triumphant comeback into Hollywood’s mainstream for director Ben Affleck, who failed to get a nomination in the directing category six weeks ago, and who struggled for years to rebuild his reputation after tabloid ridicule over his 2002-2004 romance with Jennifer Lopez. Argo also won best film editing and best adapted screenplay for its gripping and often comedic tale of the CIA mission to rescue six US diplomats from Tehran shortly after the Islamic Revolution. “So many wonderful people extended their help to me when they had nothing to benefit from it... you can’t hold grudges. It’s hard, but you dges. It can’t hold grudges. doesn’t matterr how ocked you get knocked down in life, beapcause it hapat pens. All that matters is thatt you get up,”” d the 40-year-old ho Affleck, who ed also produced n an the film, said in eptemotional acceptance speech. Ang Lee wass an upset choice for Best Director for his lavish shipwreck tale Life of Pi, beating the teven respected Steven whose Spielberg, presidential drama Lincoln took home just two Oscars from a leading 12 nominations. The other

Big four: Oscar winners (from left): Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway and Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz. Below left: directors Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews celebrate winning the Best Animated Feature Film award for Brave and (right) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe perform during the Oscars show three wins for Life of Pi came for original score, visual effects and cinematography. The Best Picture Oscar for Argo was announced in one of t h e best kept secrets in the history of Os-

car telecasts when first lady Michelle Obama made an unprecedented video appearance from the White House to open the winning envelope. Daniel Day-Lewis, as expected, made Oscar history

and won a long standing ovation on becoming the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars. He collected the golden statuette for his intense performance as US President Abraham Lincoln battling to

abolish slavery and end the US civil war in Lincoln. “I really don’t know how any of this happened,” said DayLewis, who has dual AngloIrish citizenship. Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Actress for playing a feisty young widow in comedy Silver Linings Playbook, tripping up on her Dior dress while was going up on the stage. She beat Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain and France’s Emmanuelle Riva, 86, the star of Austrian foreign-language winner Amour, in one of the closest Oscar contests this year. The 5,800 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who chose the Oscar winners in secret ballots, dealt a stinging blow to Zero Dark Thirty. The movie about the 10-year-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, which has been at-

tacked by Washington politicians and some human rights groups for its depiction of torture, came away with just one Academy Award out of five nominations. Even that Oscar - for sound editing - had to be shared as it was a tie with James Bond blockbuster Skyfall. Sunday’s show will also be remembered for the provocative performance given by Seth MacFarlane, creator of animated television series Family Guy, in his debut as Oscars host. MacFarlane, 39, pushed the envelope with cheeky songs like We Saw Your Boobs about actresses who have stripped down for movie roles, and jokes about Hollywood’s large Jewish and gay communities. He also turned the telecast into a running joke about whether he would be deemed the worst Oscar host ever by the media yesterday. Anne Hathaway was a popular first time Oscar winner for her supporting turn in musical Les Miserables. “It came true,” she said, cradling the golden statuette. Hathaway starved herself and chopped off her long brown locks to play the musical’s tragic heroine Fantine in Les Miserables where she showed off hitherto little known talents as a singer. Austrian, Christoph Waltz, seemed shocked to win the closest contest going into the ceremony. He took Best Supporting Actor honours for his turn as an eccentric dentist turned bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery revenge fantasy Django Unchained. It was Waltz’s second Oscar, after winning for the Tarantino movie Inglourious Basterds in 2010. A jubilant Tarantino won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and credited the actors who brought the characters in all his films to life. Brave, the Pixar movie about a feisty Scottish princess, took home the golden statuette for Best Animated Feature. More Oscars news overleaf

QUOTES ES OFF TTHE HE OSCARS Ang Lee (below), Winner, Best Director, Life of Pi “Thank you movie god,” Lee said to a big laugh from the audience. “II really need to share this with veall 3,000 - eveo rybody who worked with me on Life of Pi.” Ben Affleck, Winner, Best go Picture, Argo eryone “I thank everyone e. I in the movie. nk want to thank Canada. I want to thank ourr

friends in Iran living in terrible circumstances right now. I want to thank my wife, who I don’t normally associate with wa to thank you Iran, but I want o our marriage for working on for 10 Christmases. It is work but it is the best kind of work, and t there’s no one I’d rrather work with. I was here 15 yyears ago and h had no idea what I wa doing... I was was really just jus a kid, and I went out and never thought I’d be bac back here. Dani Daniel Day-Lewis, Win Winner, Best Actor, Linc Lincoln “I ha had actually been comm committed to play Marga Margaret Thatcher and

Meryl (Streep) was Steven (Spielberg’s) first choice for Lincoln... Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln but I had to persuade him that perhaps if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical,” Day-Lewis joked, taking a poke at Streep, who presented his Oscar. Jennifer Lawrence, Winner, Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook “Thank you. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you. This is nuts!” “I’m just cross-eyed. The process today was so stressful. I felt like Steve Martin from Father of the Bride watching my whole house being torn apart.”

Anne Hathaway, Winner, Best Supporting Actress, Les Miserables “I had a dream. And it came true. “This film changed me because it made me more compassionate and more aware. Here’s hoping that some day, in the not-too-distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never more in real life.” Quentin Tarantino, Winner, Best Original Screenplay, Django Unchained “People knowing about my movies 30 or 50 years from now, it’s going to be because of the characters I created. I really only got one chance to get it right. I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive and

hopefully live for a long time - and boy, this time did I do it. Thank you so much guys. I would like to say that it’s such an honour to get it this year... the writing is just fantastic. This will be the writer’s year.” US First Lady Michelle Obama, Presenter, Best Picture This year’s nominated films “made us laugh, made us weep and grip our armrests just a little bit tighter,” Obama said in a surprise appearance. “They reminded us we can overcome any obstacles if we dig deep enough and hard enough. They are especially important for young people. Everyday they engage in the arts, they learn to open their imaginations... and strive to reach those dreams.”

Ben Affleck (centre), George Clooney (right) and Grant Heslov pose in the press room after winning the trophy for Best Picture for Argo



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E Shirley Bassey leads Oscars 50th birthday tribute to James Bond By Piya Sinha-Roy and Tim Reid DAME Shirley Bassey (below) earned a standing ovation at the Oscars on Sunday night when she lead a tribute to James Bond’s 50th birthday by singing Goldfinger, the 1964 Bond theme song that launched her international career. Bassey, 76, wearing a gold dress, gold necklace and gold earrings, appeared on stage following a film and music tribute to the Bond movie franchise, which began in 1962 with the first Bond film Dr. No, starring Sir Sean Connery. Last year, Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the Bond series - the longest-running motion picture franchise in history - was released and became the highest-grossing Bond film, crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office. British singer Adele, 24, who swept the Grammys last year with her soulful heartbreak album 21, continued the Bond theme in Sunday’s d Oscar ceremony with her rendition of the Bond theme Skyfall, which later won an Oscar for Best original Song. “This is amazing,” a tearful Adele told the Oscar crowd. Bassey has become synonymous with the Bond

franchise, singing the theme songs not only for Goldfinger, but 1971’s Diamonds are Forever and 1979’s Moonraker. The Welsh diva was preceded on the Oscars stage by actress Halle Berry, who appeared as Bond girl Jinx in the 2002 movie Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan as Bond. “Tonight, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond in motion pictures,” Berry said, adding that the music of the films “is as inextricably linked to Bond as the martini, exotic cars and Pussy Galore.” Halle, who won a Best Actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball in 2001, was asked about her role as a Bond girl on the red carpet before Sunday’s Oscars ceremony. “I’ve not been more proud to be part of a franchise than that one,” Berry said. Connery went on to play the British secret service agent five more times after Dr. No until 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. English actor Sir Roger Moore embodied Bond seven times, including 1973’s Live and Let Die, 1983’s Octopussy and 1985’s A View to Kill.

THEREAL, strapless silhouettes and wavy tresses gave the Oscars red carpet a patina of old Hollywood glamour on Sunday night as the year’s top actresses and presenters led the way in blush, grey and black sequined gowns. “There were no misses this year, everyone had very good taste,” said Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Silver Linings Playbook Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence, 22, wowed critics with her off-white Christ tian Dior Couture s strapless gown with a full-tiered skirt and a long necklace dropping down her back. The actress, who is the face of Christian Dior’s Miss Dior brand and has b e e n weari n g the

Helen Hunt shunned highend designers to wear an H&M gown

Works both ways: Anne Hathaway

Leading the way: Naomi Watts in gunmetal sequined Giorgio Armani designer to the awards leading up to the Oscars, said it was the only dress she tried on for the event. Fellow Dior brand ambassador Charlize Theron wore a white strapless couture gown from the French fashion house. Halterneck column gowns were a popular trend on the red carpet as stars opted for a long and lean silhouette this year. Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried opted for a pale grey and lilac embroidered Alexander McQueen halterneck dress, while her co-star a n d Best

Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway received mixed reviews for her blush pink Prada halterneck satin strapless gown with a daring low back. In an interview on the red carpet Hathaway quipped, “it’s business in the front and party in the back.” Hathaway “had a shade of Audrey Hepburn in her pastel Prada,” with her cropped pixie cut, Graham said. Blush and nude hues were a hot trend on the runways for spring and were echoed in the clean palettes on this year’s Oscar red carpet. The Master supporting actress nominee Amy Adams stunned crowds in a strapless pale grey full-skirted tulle Oscar de la Renta

In an interview o Hathaway quipped the front and pa gown, while last year’s supporting actress winner Octavia Spencer wore a blush Tadashi Shoji number. Zoe Saldana’s white strapless bustier Alexis Mabille dress was offset by grey underlays peeking out. Contrasting the off-white gowns were the actresses picking gold, gunmetal greys and bright colours that stood out on the red carpet at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. Jessica Chastain, nominated for Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty, channeled golden-age Hollywood glamour with a deep gold sequined Armani Prive strapless dress, accessorising with soft side waves in her auburn hair. Hal Rubenstein, editorat-large at InStyle, said this year’s red carpet choic-

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Halterneck column gowns were a popular trend: Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried in a pale grey and lilac embroidered Alexander McQueen one

on the red carpet d, ‘it’s business in arty in the back’ es showed “restraint,” with trends for strong silhouettes paired with old Hollywood glamour. “The shapes were really strong yet simple, not overadorned... it was a real harmonious look from top to bottom,” Rubenstein said, naming Jennifer Hudson in navy Roberto Cavalli, Nicole Kidman in black sequined column L’Wren Scott, and Chastain’s gold strapless Armani as his top picks. Metallic sparkle was another big trend on the red carpet, with Naomi Watts, Best Actress nominee for The Impossible, leading the way in a gunmetal sequined oneshouldered Giorgio Armani gown. Catherine Zeta Jones, in a gold sequined Zuhair Murad

gown and Halle Berry in a strong-shouldered silverr ce and black striped Versace fitted gown, followed suit. Quvenzhane Wallis, the nine-year-old actress who ress competed with Best Actress atts, nominees Lawrence, Watts, uelle Chastain and Emmanuelle Riva, accessorised her navy sparkling Armani gown with a fluffy puppy purse. ting The Sessions Supporting unt Actress nominee Helen Hunt ners shunned high-end designers M in to wear retail brand H&M wn, a navy blue strapless gown, stunning fashionistas with her choice. ress Lincoln Supporting Actress ded nominee Sally Field added colour to the red carpet in a full-sleeved vibrant red Valentino dress. Reese Witherspoon stood out in a strapless cobalt blue Louis Vuitton gown, Django Unchained star Kerry Washington wowed critics with her coral and blush Miu Miu dress and Jennifer Garner, holding husband Ben Affleck’s hand, wore an eggplant purple strapless flowing Gucci gown.


Hollywood glamour: Jessica Chastain (above) in Armani Prive and Nicole Kidman (left) in L’Wren Scott

ROOKIE Oscar host Seth M a c Fa r l a n e casually slung a string of zingers at some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including a musical tribute to female frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards show Sunday on a decisively edgy note. First-time Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan recruited MacFarlane in a bid to inject a greater sense of the unexpected, and hopefully bigger television ratings, a year after veteran host Billy Crystal performed his ninth stint at the helm of the live broadcast. And MacFarlane fully embraced his role as provocateur-in-chief. In an opening monologue and package of song-anddance numbers obviously calculated to live up to, and even lampoon, his own reputation for pushing the boundaries of taste, MacFarlane put his biting, sardonic brand of humour front and centre. He started off joking that Best Picture front-runner and eventual winner, Argo, about a real-life clandestine CIA operation to rescue American hostages from Iran, was “so top secret that the film’s director is unknown to the Academy.” The barb was a not-sosubtle jab at members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for failing to nominate Ben Affleck as best director for the critically acclaimed film. “They know they screwed up,” MacFarlane added, as th d tto a shot h t the camera panned of Affleck, looking somewhat uncomfortable in his seat. “Ben, it’s not your fault.” The edgy quotient quickly escalated as MacFarlane described another bestfilm candidate, Django Unchained, as the slavery-era “story of a man fighting to get back his woman who has been subjected to unthink-

able violence - or as Chris Brow Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.” The punch line reference to th the physical abuse involve volved in the relationship betw between the two R&B singers - Brown pleaded guilty to a assaulting Rihanna in 2009 - drew an audible groan from the star-studded Dolby Thea Theatre audience. “Oh “Oh, no, that’s what we were afraid he would do,” MacF MacFarlane dead-panned. Lus Lustier groans came later in the evening when MacFarlane, talking about the portrait of the 16th president of the U United States in the Oscar-n car-nominated film Lincoln, quipp quipped that “the actor who really got into Lincoln’s head was J John Wilkes Booth.” “On “One-hundred and fifty years (since Lincoln’s assassin sassination) and it’s still too soon, huh?”, MacFarlane laugh laughed, seemingly taken aback at the response. Mac MacFarlane’s performance shoul should not have come as too big a surprise. The comedian, actor and singer made his m mark as creator of the anim animated TV series, Family G Guy, a show known for its rib ribald satire, much of it aimed at Hollywood conventions tions. And MacFarlane, 39, wasted n no time in sending up his ow own risqué persona, in a come comedy bit with actor William Shatner, who joined the h host on stage via a video scree screen in the character of Capt Captain Kirk from the scifi TV and film series Star Trek. In his fictional drop-in visit from the future, Shatner w warns MacFarlane he is “de “destroying the Academy Awar Awards” with jokes that are “tast “tasteless and inappropriate.” MacFarlane’s more proMac vocat vocative turns were offset by so some of the more traditiona pomp typical of Holtional lywoo lywood’s biggest night, includi cluding a 50th-anniversary mont montage salute to James B d films. Bond In another highlight of the evening, songstress, actress and director Barbara Streisand, 70, took the stage to perform her signature hit The Way We Were, from her 1973 film of the same name, in a tribute to the song’s Oscar-winning composer, Marvin Hamlisch, who died last year.

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The Impossible (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 10.10pm

Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm


A Good Day to Die Hard (15) Rio 1 at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Upside Down (K) Rio 2 at 7.30pm, weekends also at 5.30pm Love in the End (K) Rio 7 (in Greek) at 5.45, 7.30 and 9.45pm Argo (12) Rio 6 at 9.45pm The Impossible (12) Rio 3 at 5.15, 7.30 and 9.45pm Anna Karenina (K) Rio 6 at 5 and 7.30pm Gambit (K) Rio 2 at 9.45pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 3 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 7 (in Greek), weekends only at 4pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 6 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 3.15pm

Gangster Squad (18) Rio 5 at 5.15, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends also at 3pm Playing for Keeps (K) Rio 4 at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

listings Today Theatre Katsarida Pocket musical combining physical theatre with stand-up comedy. February 26. ARTos Foundation, 64, Ay. Omoloyites Ave. 9pm. In Greek. €15. Tel: 99-201959

Tomorrow Music The Zilla Project Four-piece band playing blues/rock and electrifying sounds. February 27. Blue Bar, Classic Hotel, 94 Rigenis Str, Nicosia. 9.30pm. Tel: 22-664006 Indian Classical Music and Traditional Melodies Windcraft Music Centre presents a concert of Indian classical music. February 27. Palio Xidadiko, Genethliou Mitella Street, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 99-549141/99-808835 Cam-Media Concert by recently founded ensemble of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra featuring strings orchestra, a computer and group of students. February 27. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €7 for adults, free for under 18s. Tel: 22-313010

Music and Humour Concert by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, a tribute to Carnival. Soloist: Tassos Apostolou (baritone) conductor: Alkis Baltas. February 27. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 24-665795

Theatre Oscar The New Stage of THOC presents tender play based on the novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. February 27 until March 9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Wednesday through Saturday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €12/10. Tel: 77-772717 Tone Clusters The Second Stage of ETHAL presents work of famous American author Joyce Carol Oates. February 27 until March 24. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol. Tuesdays, Saturdays at 8.30pm and Sundays 6.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 25-877827

Other Events Lincoln Cyprus premiere of critically-acclaimed film to support Cypriot students. Zena Palace Theatre, Nicosia. February 27. 8pm. All proceeds will support the Study USA Fund. Those interested in buying tickets are kindly requested to call 97-867345 or email

Ongoing Other Events Screenings at the Shoe Factory Selection of rare eclectic films. Until March 29. The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Str, Nicosia. 8pm. Free. Films in original language with English subtitles where applicable. www. Stories in Screen A series of video work presentations. Until March 15. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery Solonos 10, Paphos Monday- Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1.30pm. Tel: 99-311225

Theatre Isadora Duncan Satiriko Theatro presents play based on the life of the famous dancer. Until March 10. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. €15/10. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 Nursing Home the Cherubim Theatre Anemona celebrates tenth anniversary with comedy by Nearchos Ioannou. Until March 17. Anemona Theater, Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-573031

Shear Madness Popular Cypriot actor and director Loris Loizides returns with an adaptation of one of the longest-running non-musical plays in the world. Until March 17. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm. €20. In Greek. Tel: 22-675787 God of Carnage Dionysos Theater presents multiaward winning comedy by Yasmina Reza directed by George Mouaimis. Until March 17. Dionysos Theatre, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday 6.30pm. In Greek. €20/15. Tel: 99-621845 The Switch Theatro Ena presents play by Argiro Toumazou. Until March 28. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203 Shakespeare in an Hour Pirasmos Productions presents a theatrical comedy directed by popular Cypriot actor and director Loris Loizides. Until March 29. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Thursday and Friday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910 The Children of Cain Theatro Ena presents the psychological thriller by Andreas Thomopoulos. Until March 31. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Friday through Sunday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203

How to Rob a Bank Skala Theatre presents a three act comedy by Samy Fayad. Until March 31. Skala Theatre, 15 Kyriakou Matsi Street, Larnaca. Saturday 8.30pm and Sunday 6.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-490102 Pinocchio Theatre Maskarini unique adaptation of well-known tale. Until April 14. Russian Cultural Centre, 16 Alassias Street, Nicosia. Premier at 4pm and every Sunday at 10.30am. In Greek. Tel: 22-761607/22-270420 In the Land of Peter Pan The Puppet Group of Satiriko Theatre presents work by James Barry. Until April 28. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11 - 15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Sunday at 10.30am. In Greek. €10. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609

Exhibitions Mindscapes Solo painting exhibition by Thekla Papadopoulou. 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 Impressions Solo photo exhibition by Sergey Yastrzhembskiy. Until February 28. The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 86-88-90 Phaneromenis Street, Nicosia. Visiting hours: MondaySunday: 10am-7pm. (except on bank holidays). Tel: 22-128157

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Social Contract Solo painting exhibition by Avraam Christou. Until February 28. Alpha Gallery, Makarios Avenue & 3 Papanikoli Street, Nicosia. MondaySaturday 10.30 am-1pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm. Tel: 22-751325 / 99-303366. Da Vinci Machines – An exhibition of Genius Exhibition displaying more than 60 interactive machines from Da Vinci original drawings, 15 high quality reproduction artworks, giant art panels and rare copies of Leonardo codices. Until February 28. Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Vasilissis Street, Limassol. Tel: 25-342123. www. Lush Art in Austere Times Fifth edition of group exhibition featuring works at affordable prices. Until March 1. Is Not Gallery, 11 Odysseus, Chrysaliniotissa, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-343670 Antreas Moyseos Solo photography exhibition. Until March 1. Dinos Art Café, 62-66 Irinis Street, Limassol. Monday-Saturday: 10.30am to midnight and Sunday: 4pm to midnight. Tel: 25-762030 Past & Present Group etching, printing and poster exhibition. Until March 2. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm-8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983

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Tomorrow Other Events Power of the Prez STEVEN Spielberg’s movie Lincoln will be released nationwide on Friday, but not everyone has to wait to see the film. An advance screening will be premiered at the Zena Palace Theatre in Nicosia tomorrow to support Cypriot students studying in the US. The film, which saw Daniel Day-Lewis win an Oscar for his portayal of the president, follows President Abraham Lincoln’s last few months in office as he tries to abolish slavery and end the US civil war. Lincoln headed into the awards ceremony on Sunday night with the most nominations – 12 – but the film wound up winning only two

Oscars, including one for production design. Day-Lewis, as expected, made Oscar history and won a long standing ovation on becoming the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars. His performance as the 16th President was an uncanny bit of acting that helped turn a talky historical drama into a commercial and critical hit. The premiere of the movie is co-sponsored by the Evie Sofianou Foundation, the Cyprus Fulbright Commission, the Cyprus-American Alumni Network and the US Embassy in Cyprus. All proceeds from the special screening will go towards supporting the Study USA Fund. Those interested in buying tickets are kindly requested to call or email. Lincoln Cyprus premiere of critically-acclaimed film to support Cypriot students. February 27. Zena Palace Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. All proceeds will support the Study USA Fund. Those interested in buying tickets are kindly requested to call 97867345 or email

Theatre of the past SATIRIKO Theatre offers an overview of the tragic life and death of historical dancer Isadora Duncan in the form of a simple monologue intermitted by dance and accompanied by live piano. The over-dramatisation of it however once again takes us back to a ‘theatre of the past’ and succeeds mostly in pleasing the over 50s in the audience. What cannot be emphasised enough is that theatre is a living, breathing entity that MUST progress and grow and change, and this cannot only be in terms of lighting and set upgrades, but also in terms of script, acting and directing. The script takes a storytelling theatrical approach, allowing the actress to not only narrate her life, but also to act out all the parts. Delakou (Duncan) is clearly a gifted performer. Both in her physical movement and in rhythm and energy, she is powerful and impressive onstage. But her talent is lost behind a veil of unnecessary passion which lets her down not because of its vigour, but because of its unwavering consistency. Passion’s most crucial characteristic is inconsistency, and is often far more effectively staged with silence and stillness than with loud sound and big movement. If we do not see this arch, this journey unfold, if we do not feel the moments of silent suffering, and the strength with which this woman managed to keep dancing even after the death of her third child;

if these underlying emotions are clouded by a flamboyant effort to stir excitement in its audience, then the essence of this incredible historical woman is lost to theatrical gimmicks. The production itself does touch upon a more simplistic approach – the scarves, characteristic of Duncan, are well incorporated, particularly in her final moments. (Duncan was strangled to death by her own scarf, which got caught in the wheel of a car). Additionally, the use of scrim material to illuminate and vanish the rear area of the stage divides the stage into a cozy personal space for the monologue to take place, and a much larger open area for the dance pieces. Overall, Rea Olympiou’s set offers a respectable ‘neatness’ to the show. The live piano is pleasant and effective (although the dramatic notes in moments of tension might have gone a tad too far). The addition of a second dancer however is not only redundant, but painfully poor in its execution.

Coming Up Music An exception to every rule FOLLOWING his sensational participation in last year’s International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Kouklia, pianist Matan Porat returns to The Shoe Factory in Nicosia for a piano recital on Friday. When it comes to classical music, musical training starts at young age, the younger the better; however there’s always an exception to every rule. Porat’s career as a pianist started out unusually as he only began formal piano lessons when he was enrolled at the Tel Aviv University. Here he began studying composition and later was the artist-inresidence in Belgais, Portugal, studying and assisting Maria Joao Pires. He obtained his Master’s degree from The Julliard School with Joseph Kalichstein. Regarded as a musician of great insight and sensitivity, the Israel-born pianist and composer has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and with all major Symphony and Chamber Orches-

tras in Israel and has quickly made his way through some of the most prestigious music establishments in the world, while picking up awards and prizes on route. For Porat’s recital on Friday he will represent a musical journey in over 20 works that are built around Scarlatti’s Sonata in D minor K32, based on his upcoming debut CD, Variations on a theme by Scarlatti. The musical journey built around Scarlatti’s Sonata in D minor K32, includes works by Couperin, Janáček, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Bartók, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Satie, Debussy, Bach, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Antheil, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Boulez, Mozart, Liszt, Ligeti, Kurtág, and Porat. This short sonata has a distinct ascending (and descending) half tone motif that captures the listener’s ear even upon first hearing. All the pieces in Porat’s programme use that motif in very different ways, creating a fascinating array of connections to the Scarlatti sonata and to the previous pieces in the programme. Matan Porat - Piano Recital Pharos Arts Foundation presents concert with Israeli composer/pianist, Matan Porat based on his upcoming debut CD. March 1. The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Street, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €20/15. Tel: 22-663871/70-009304.

Isadora Duncan Satiriko Theatro presents play by Thanasis Theologis based on the life of the famous dancer. Until March 10. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. €15/10. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 By Eleni Cosma

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CYPRUS MAIL Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

Proti Enimerosi Kali Sas Mera Early monrning entertainment magazine featuring segments on cooking, fashion, lifestyle issues and more.


Kaftes Piperies (rpt)


Istories Tou Horkou (rpt)

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


Apo Mera Se Mera



Current affairs show.

CYBC 2 07.00 08.00 16.30

Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies Paizoume Kypriaka


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Ego Ki Esi (rpt) Local comedy series.

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Kati Psinetai (rpt)


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

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Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Dogs 101 (rpt)

NRG Zone FILM: Plaza Suite

Desperate Housewives Seventh season of offbeat drama. ‘And Lots of Security’. Part one of two. The police begin to suspect Susan and Felicia were poisoning Paul, while Tom and Lynette try to bring the passion back into their marriage by going on a romantic getaway, and Gabrielle gets the feeling she is being followed.

News Vimata Stin Ammo New season of local period drama, based on true events.



Comedy, starring Walter Matthau in three roles with Maureen Stapleton and Barbara Harris. 1971. See Pick Of The Day.

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

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A guide to different types and breeds of dog featuring expert opinions from trainers, groomers and vets.

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


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

Local cultural show.

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Eponymos News Repeats 23.45


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Erotas (rpt) Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Strivein Dia Tou Arravonos (rpt) Akros Oikogeneiakon (rpt) Lyke, Lyke Eisai Edo (rpt) Einai Stigmes (rpt) Pansellinos (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) To Kafe Tis Haras (rpt) Deliyianneio Parthenagogeio (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Lefta Sto Lepto Vals Me 12 Theous (rpt)

MEGA 06.00 06.30 07.00 10.00

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

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Tin Patisa (rpt) Niose Me News Vals Me 12 Theous Ekeino To Kalokairi Replay

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News Sports News Radio Arvila Yia Tin Anna (rpt) Erotas Kleftis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

Greek sports show.

Enimerosi Tora Deka Lepta Kirigma Eheis Meson Yia Sena News Master Chef (rpt) Reality competition show where amateur chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges.

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With News at 18.00.

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Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Retire Nea Mera Proino Mou

Oi Vasiliades News Klemmena Oneira Enoha Mystika Mousiko Kouti Live (rpt)

SIGMA 06.10 07.00 08.20 10.30 11.20 12.00 14.30 15.20 17.15 18.00 18.05 18.45

News Gimnoi Angeloi (rpt) Yia Sena (rpt) Enimerosi Tora (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

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Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites

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News Aspra Balonia FILM: Hart’s War

Local drama series.

An American PoW exposes racism when he tries to defend a black airman accused of murder. World War II courtroom drama, starring Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard. 2002.

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News Istories Tou Astinomou Beka (rpt) Siga Min To’ Xeres (rpt) Mila Mou (rpt) Se Fonto Kokkino (rpt) Ta Hrisopsara (rpt) Eleni (rpt)

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

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Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kids’ TV To Kleidi Fotis - Maria Live Entertainment magazine featuring segments on cooking, health, fashion, lifestyle issues and more.

New Latin American telenovela.

Greek game show testing contestants on their music general knowledge.

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Vourate Geitonoi (rpt) Protoselido Eleni Mila (rpt) Vasiliki (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites (rpt) Magazino Siga Min To’ Xeres (rpt) News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Anna Paola



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

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Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Epikaira Eleventh Hour (rpt) First and only season. ‘Pinocchio’. Hood suspects that his nemesis has returned when he is called upon to investigate a string of stem-cell thefts, which appears to indicate a cloning project..

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LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

CAPITAL 06.45 08.20 08.50 09.25 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.20 14.20 15.30 16.05 16.55 17.30 18.15 19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

Kids’ TV Magikos Kosmos S’ Agapo (rpt) Akti Oneiron (rpt) Ston Asterismo Tis Imeras Kouzina Me Apopsi Capital Sports Milagros Kids’ TV Telemarketing Top Models S’ Agapo Sabrina, To Koritsi Tis Agapis Akti Oneiron Pacific Blue News Sports News Igeia & Zoi FILM: City By The Sea A New York detective faces a crisis of conscience when he discovers the suspect he is investigating is his estranged son. Crime drama, starring Robert De Niro. 2002.


FILM: Flight Of Fury A former special agent fleeing his superiors is sent to recover a topsecret stealth bomber stolen by terrorists. Action thriller, starring Steven Seagal. 2007.


FILM: The Business Of Strangers Slow-burning thriller, with Stockard Channing. 2001.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Novacinema1, 22.00)

01:15 Dinnerladies 01:45 The Green Green Grass 02:15 Ideal 02:45 EastEnders 03:15 Doctors 03:45 The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher 05:15 Ideal 05:45 The Green Green Grass 06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 Little Robots 07:10 Me Too! 07:30 Bobinogs 07:45 The Large Family 07:55 Balamory 08:15 Little Robots 08:25 Me Too! 08:45 Bobinogs 09:00 The Large Family 09:10 Balamory 09:30 Dinnerladies 10:00 The Green Green Grass 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 32 Brinkburn Street 13:00 Fawlty Towers 13:30 New Tricks 14:20 Dinnerladies 14:50 As Time Goes By 15:20 The Weakest Link 16:05 EastEnders 16:35 Doctors 17:05 32 Brinkburn Street 17:50 Dinnerladies 18:20 The Weakest Link 19:05 EastEnders 19:35 Doctors 20:05 New Tricks 20:55 Fawlty Towers 21:30 The Impressions Show With Culshaw & Stephenson 22:00 32 Brinkburn Street 22:45 As Time Goes By 23:15 Lab Rats 23:45 Outcasts 00:35 Fawlty Towers

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

est Catch 10:55 Ultimate Survival 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 How It’s Made 12:40 Extreme Engineering 13:35 Overhaulin’ 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made 21:00 Mythbusters 22:00 You Have Been Warned 23:00 How We Invented The World 00:00 Curiosity 01:00 Hurricane Sandy 01:55 Mythbusters 02:50 You Have Been Warned 03:50 How We Invented The World 04:50 Curiosity 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’

09:30 Snooker: Haikou World Open 12:30 Cross Country Skiing: World Championship 14:30 Snooker: Haikou World Open 17:30 Cross Country Skiing: World Championship 18:15 Ski Jumping: World Championship 19:00 Snooker: Haikou World Open 20:00 Football: Next Gen Series 22:00 Boxing 00:00 Snooker: Haikou World Open 01:45 Cross Country Skiing: World Championship

05:40 Desperate Housewives 06:25

Bones 07:10 Melissa & Joey 07:35 Scrubs 08:00 Grey’s Anatomy 08:50 Tough Love Miami 09:40 Desperate Housewives 10:25 Bones 11:10 Melissa & Joey 11:35 Scrubs 12:00 Raising Hope 12:25 New Girl 12:50 Glee 13:40 Grey’s Anatomy 14:30 Masterchef 15:20 Desperate Housewives 16:05 Bones 16:50 Melissa & Joey 17:15 Scrubs 17:40 Grey’s Anatomy 18:30 Masterchef 19:20 Desperate Housewives 20:10 Bones 21:00 Modern Family 21:25 New Girl 21:50 Glee 22:40 Melissa & Joey 23:05 Scrubs 23:30 Modern Family 23:55 New Girl 00:20 Glee 01:10 Bones 02:00 Desperate Housewives 02:45 Melissa & Joey 03:10 Scrubs 03:35 Friends With Benefits 04:00 Grey’s Anatomy 04:50 Masterchef

07:30 Action Zone 08:00 Funny Bones 10:15 And Soon The Darkness 12:00 Change Of Plans 13:45 Rabbit, Run 15:30 Skyline 17:30 Mirror Has Two Faces, The 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 Buried 23:00 Sympathy For Delicious 00:45 Hustler Tv 02:15 Roommate, The 04:00 Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes 06:30 Ltv Sports News

07:00 Kids TV 15:45 Justice

Cloud 22:35 C.S.I. Miam 23:20 Bones 00:10 Immortals 02:05 Cleopatra Jones 03:30 Friends 03:55 Two And A Half Men 04:45 Closer, The 05:25 Five Days 06:30 Harry’s Law

League Unlimited 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 Nba Action 17:30 Barclays Premier League World 18:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 20:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 21:00 Copa Del Rey 2012-13 (Live) 23:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 01:00 Planet Speed 01:30 2012 American Le Mans Series 02:30 Dropped 03:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 05:00 2011 Figure Skating Championships 06:30 Planet Speed

07:15 Chuck 08:00 How To Make It In America 08:30 Borgias I, The 10:20 According To Jim 10:45 Eastbound & Down 11:15 Hawai Five 12:45 Harry’s Law 13:30 Chuck 14:15 Borgias I, The 16:10 Friends 16:35 Two And A Half Men 17:10 Closer, The 17:55 Five Days 19:00 Harry’s Law 19:45 According To Jim 20:30 Big Bang Theory The 21:00 Mentalist The 21:45 Underbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green

08:00 Poor Boy’s Game 10:00 City Heat 12:00 How Do You Know 14:15 Ticking Clock 16:15 Underbelly Files - The Man Who Got Away 18:00 Case 39 20:00 Heartbreaker 22:00 Beatdown 23:35 Action Zone 00:05 Daring! Tv 04:05 Horse Whisperer, The

06:00 Meskada 07:40 Cowboys & Aliens 09:40 Monte Carlo 11:30 Films And Stars 12:00 Glee: The 3d Concert Movie 13:25 La Chance De Ma Vie 15:00 Management 16:40 Fish N’ Chips 18:30 Hollywood 1on1 19:05 Shanghai 21:00 C.S.I. 22:00 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 00:20 To Tango Ton Christougennon 02:10 Le Divorce 04:10 The Big Bang

05:55 Sagan 07:55 Larisa Empisteftiko 09:30 Cine News 10:25 My Life So Far 12:05 Notting Hill 14:15 The Romantics 15:55 The Smurfs 17:40 Hollywood Buzz 20:10 The Ides Of

March 22:00 She’s The One 23:45 Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas 01:45 The Color Of Money 03:45 The Debt

Vs Nea Salamina (E) 20:45 Post Game 21:30 Stigmiotipa Kypriakou Podosferou 21:45 Pinks All Out Tucson 22:30 Nhl: Dallas Stars At Nashville Predators

19:30 Doctor Dolittle 23:00 How I Met Your Mother 00:20 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone

18:55 Absence Of Malice 21:00 Beginners 22:50 The Deep End 00:35 Melancholia

01:00 Golf Central International 02:00 Sports Unlimited 03:00 Nhl: Dallas Stars At Nashville Predators 05:30 Super Bowl Highlights: Vi: Dallas V Miami 06:00 America’s Game: 1969 Kansas City Chiefs 07:00 Academy: Annika Sorenstam - Driver 07:30 Academy: Annika Sorenstam – Bunker 08:00 Morning Drive 09:00 Golf Central International 10:00 Sea Master 10:30 Nhl: Dallas Stars At Nashville Predators 13:00 Drag Ace High 13:30 My Ride Rules 14:00 Pinks All Out Tucson 15:00 Sea Master 15:30 Fei Equestrian World 16:00 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships 18:00 Pre Game 18:45 Cup 2012-13: Apollon

6:00 Only Hits 8:00 MTV GreekLips 9:00 MTV Disaster Date 10:00 MTV Hollywood Heights 11:00 Pure Local 12:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 13:00 MTV Made 14:00 MTV Big Time Rush 14:30 MTV Victorious 15:00 MTV Daria 16:00 MTV Hollywood Heights 17:00 MTV Pimp My Ride 18:00 MTV GreekLips 19:00 Only Hits 20:00 MTV The Hard Times Of RJ Berger 21:00 MTV Underemployed 22:00 MTV True Life 23:00 MTV The Inbetweeners 0:00 MTV Jersey Shore 1:00 Only Hits

07:00 Cass Timberlane 08:55 Reunion in France 10:35 A Patch Of Blue 12:20 Logan’s Run 14:20 Song Of Love 16:15 The Americanization of Emily 18:15 High Sierra 20:05 Scaramouche 22:00 Dr: Jekyll And Mr: Hyde 00:00 Sweet Bird Of Youth 02:05 The Sheepman 03:30 Courage Of Lassie 05:05 Johnny Eager

By Preston Wilder

Buried (LTV, 21.00) “Is the whole film going to be like this?” someone behind me at the cinema asked his friends after about 15 minutes, making a joke with the niggly feeling that it might not be a joke. It wasn’t a joke - because Buried is indeed ‘like this’, 95 minutes of one actor in one tiny setting, the actor being Ryan Reynolds, the setting being the inside of a coffin where Ryan’s character (an American contractor in Iraq) has been buried alive by insurgents. That’s it; that’s the whole movie. Clearly, any film made with such extreme limitations must be counted a success if it’s watchable - and Buried is a lot more than watchable, very tense and (of course) claustrophobic as Ryan, armed with nothing more than a


mobile phone, tries to think his way out of this mess. Most of the film consists of our hero having desperate phone conversations with kidnappers and potential rescuers - and occasional implausibility (he calls 911 in the States, when it surely makes more sense to call someone in Iraq) is balanced out by taut plotting and pacing. A low-budget miracle; made in 2010.

Plaza Suite (CyBC2, 21.00) Dated, shown before, not very good in general - but worth seeing for one reason, and that reason is Walter Matthau. The pouchy-faced grouch with the gravelly voice and staccato rhythms of a cartoon character (I like to picture him as a distant, angry cousin of Fog-

horn Leghorn) is in every scene of this three-act comedy, albeit in three different roles - first with a moustache and a disaffected wife (Maureen Stapleton), then with a bad wig as a Hollywood producer (and Barbara Harris as an old flame he’s pursuing), then with grey hair getting rapidly greyer as the harried father of a hysterical bride who’s locked herself in the bathroom on her wedding day. The common point is that all three stories take place in the same hotel room (Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel), though Neil Simon’s original play - a big hit on Broadway - also cast the same actress in three roles, a device abandoned by the film to make Matthau shine brighter. And why not, when he’s so superbly grumpy? Made in 1971.

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




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side (4)

6 Island gem (7) 9 Felt knowledgeable (11)

Rating EASY

10 Divorcee returns and tilts said copy (5) 11 Look at the mean scoundrel, one closely monitoring operations (8) 13 Gleefully accepts shelter (3) 14 & 15 Want help with ordinary writing (8) 16 Have no aspiration for welcome (3) 18 First two crackers can be eaten, that’s worthy of belief (8) 20 Considered potential trade (5) 22 Even the dullest verse cannot be this (7) 23 Some extra velocipedes needed for journey (6) 24 Made improvements, having finished going round the Middle East (7)

1 Among the servants in the basement (5,6) 2 Just entitlement (5) 3 Abandoning the digging of trenches (8) 4 Wise counsellor for fellows on the hill (6) 5 Flirtatious woman will mingle with number in-

Rating HARD


7 Mystery about mean GI (6) 8 Make the charge easier to bear (7)

Rating EASY

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12 Cook wore drab clothes (8) 14 Reprimand students receive (7) 17 Unfortunately let rip three times (6) 19 Food for the directors (5) 21 Peaceful river? (4)

Answers to crossword 2322


CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Grimaced; 6 Coda; 8 Emblem; 9 Cavell; 10 Favourite; 13 Oral; 14 It’s; 15 Gent; 16 Imaginary; 19 Potash; 20 Employ; 21 Bead; 22 Postcard. Down – 2 Ramp; 3 Mill; 4 Companionship; 5 Doctor’s orders; 6 Coverage; 7 Diluting; 11 Primrose; 12 Sluggard; 17 Epic; 18 Hour.

QUICK: Across – 1 Rhythmic; 6 Copy; 8 Broken; 9 Nelson; 10 Affronted; 13 Ovum; 14 Hut; 15 Sold; 16 Treadmill; 19 Purist; 20 Tawdry; 21 Thug; 22 Hedonist. Down – 2 Hard; 3 Take; 4 Man of the match; 5 Congratulated; 6 Calmness; 7 Properly; 11 Overmuch; 12 Impaling; 17 Swan; 18 Kris.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Despite being in an escapist mood, you may need to face up to life anyway, as the Moon in Virgo encourages a spot of realism. If you could pull the duvet over your head and stay in bed you possibly would - your dreams may seem so much more inviting. The cosmos encourages you to be proactive and get on with it rather than hoping for the best.

Life may be more of an inside job today. Success may be dependent on getting your attitude right, as well as having enough faith in yourself to sense that you can accomplish all you set out to - and more. If you want to tap into your inner resources, then set some time aside to meditate or reflect on what is best for you now - the answer may surprise you.

You may be consumed by issues at home, perhaps to the extent of feeling as though you are drowning in emotions. There may be a lot going on, yet trying to see issues clearly could be a problem. You may need to ask for advice from a good friend who knows you and your situation. The feedback they give may enable you to make the best decision.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

You may find that you are in demand in a number of social settings. You may be spending time volunteering for various community projects, or involved in plans with friends or associates. However, although what you are doing is probably very commendable, don’t allow yourself to get exhausted. Include some ‘me’ time in your day today.

Being in relationship with someone, anyone, may be like walking through a fairground hall of mirrors. The more you try to understand where they are coming from, the more difficult things seem to get. Whatever they want, you need to use your impressive powers of discrimination in order to make sure everything is above board and OK.

You may be trying to make sense of something, but may feel you are failing miserably. What can be missing are the facts. Get these, and you’ll begin to appreciate what’s happening. Today, you may need to take action based on making the right decision. Choosing the best path forward may not be easy. Get advice from an impersonal source if you can.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

It’s fair to say that your career zone is packed, so no doubt you are busy dreaming big dreams associated with your next career move. Home and career issues may clash today, causing you to come back down to earth. Talk to fellow professionals or others in your situation about what you hope to achieve. With a little tweaking, it may be possible.

You may be extremely sensitive to the moods and feelings of those you work with, which could be a problem today. If you don’t feel yourself, you may be picking up on your colleague’s sadness or anger, or even your boss’s headache. The cure is getting some space to yourself, and enjoying a hot shower at the day’s end. You’ll then feel a lot better.

Your values may be going through a change, whether you are aware of this or not. You may find that more refined ideals take the place of earlier ones. You may be moved by someone’s plight and this can alter the way you handle money, and decide which goals to aim for and which to ignore. Your life and finances can open up in exciting ways.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

The current line-up of planets is a little like a magic carpet, the energy it invokes is capable of transporting you into a world made up of all your loveliest dreams. If you have wanted to relax at a luxurious spa resort or travel the world, then thoughts of such events may be enticing. However, duty calls and you’ll need to attend to practical matters too.

Romance can be fun at this time, but there is also a possibility of mixed messages and some strange goings on. This could be a time of confusion when you may think you have met the ideal person, only to discover you haven’t. The possibility of meeting someone who has a kind and very caring quality is also quite high. Use your discrimination.

If you wish upon a star you may find your dream comes true, as a fabulous line-up of planets in your sign brings you a chance to make a few decisions concerning one of your biggest goals. Thankfully the Moon in Virgo is on hand to help keep your feet on the ground. Be practical today as well as visionary if you’re hoping for success.


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1. 4 bedr luxury detached house built in 3/4 of a plot, office space, central heating, full a/c, big sitting and dining area, separate big kitchen with family room and all the electrical appliances, blinds and curtains on all windows, aluminium shutters, big garden with grass, 3 wc, covered parking, in a quiet area – Strovolos €1000 (H4ST10051-R), (photos in the website) 2. 3 bedr luxury terraced house, 210sq.m,central heating, full a/c, marble floor in the sitting areas and solid parquet floor on stairs and bedrooms,4 wc,3 bathrooms, 2 en suite, big verandas, electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3 covered parking spaces, roof garden access, in a quiet neighbourhood on Mon Parnas hill – Engomi €800 (photos in the website). 3. 3 bedr detached house with extra room for office, 250sq.m, central heating independent, 4 a/c, big renovated kitchen with cooker and oven, big sitting and din-


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areas with family room with fire place, solid parquet floor all through, 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 neighbourhood – Agios Andreas- €1300 – A3AAD0005-R (photos on website). 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. 2 bedr luxury ground floor apartment with central heating-independent, full a/c, structure cabling internet and satellite network, FULLY MODERN EXPENSIVE FURNISHED, with 46”LCD TV, covered parking, double glazed windows, aluminium shutters, on Pericleous street near Klimataria traffic lights – Strovolos €650 (A2ST10054-R) (photos in the website) 5. 4 bedr new spacious luxury finished floor apartment with floor heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, electrical appliances in the kitchen, blinds on all windows, very big 50sq.m covered veranda, fireplace, covered parking and big over floor heated covered swimming pool on the ground floor, on a small 3 storey building in a quiet neighbourhood near a playground and near Ippokration private hospital – Engomi €1500 (A4ENG0003-R) (photos in the website) 6. 2 bedr new luxury apartment, modern nicely furnished, storage heaters, 2 a/c, 100sq.m, big covered verandah with nice view, covered parking off Digenis Akritas street near Debenhams shop, walking distance to the centre. PRICE INCLUDES COMMON EXPENSES. – Lykavitos €450 (A1LYK0020-R) (photos in the website) 7. 1 bedr cozy luxury apartment,60sq.m,parquet floor, nicely furnished ,all fitted electrical appliances (cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge), roman blinds, provisions for home cinema, big covered verandah, storage heaters, 2 a/c ,covered parking in Dasoupolis near Alpha Mega supermarket and Areteion hospital. – Dasoupoli €500 (A1DAS0009-R) (photos in the website) 8. 2 bedr spacious renovated apartment 100sq.m with separate big kitchen, air condition for hot and cold in all the rooms, covered veranda, nicely newly fully furnished , off Kyriakou Matsi street very close to the centre on

foot– Agioi Omologites €550 (A2AOM0003-R) (photos in the website) 9. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neighbourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE middle of February – Acropolis €800 A2ACS0002-R (photos in the website) . 10. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment, 85sq.m, big sitting room, big fully equipped kitchen, nicely modern furnished, storage heaters, full a/c, big bedrooms, covered veranda with nice view, covered parking, off Prodromou street. – Engomi €600 (A2ENG0017-R)(photos in the website) 11. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment on a small modern building with central heating independent (with petrol), full a/c, solid parquet floor, big bedrooms, big sitting room with open plan kitchen, big covered veranda, FULLY MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Makarios Avenue in a quiet area near the centre - Nicosia €800 (A2NIC0030-R) (photos in the website) 12. 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 neighbourhood off Kallipo-

leos Street - Lykavitos €650 (A2LYK0024-R) (photos on the website) 13. 3 bedr luxury penthouse apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, big sitting and dining room with fireplace, separate kitchen, NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, big covered and uncovered veranda, covered parking, in Strovolos near the Municipal building - €650 (A4ENG0003-R) (photos on the 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. 3 bedrs luxury penthouse,165sq.m+80sq.m verandah with bbq, central heating ind, full AC, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, solid parquet floor all the flat, big kitchen with dining area, fully MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Athalassa Avenue near Stephanis Electrinics and English school – Strovolos €800 (A3ST10013-R) (photos in the website) 16. New luxury finished 4 bed PENTHOUSE apartment in a small modern building, 186sq.m+90sq.m big veranda with nice view, separate floor heating, fully air conditioned, 4wc, 2 en suite bedrooms with shower,1 bathroom, solid parquet floor all through, big sitting and dining areas with electric modern shutters opening to the veranda, fully equipped kitchen with expensive electrical appliances, 2 parking places (1 covered), in a very

quiet neighbourhood ,near the Russian Embassy. AVAILABLE END OF MARCH –Engomi €1900 (A4ENG0005-R) (photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at w w w.landtouristestates. com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22-422225 / 96-422225 / 96422226 w w w.landtouristestates. com ***************************** 2 BDRM flat in the centre of Nicosia. Rent €450. For information call 99453663, 99663927. *****************************

***************************** FOR RENT 4 bedroom detached house in Episkopi, on top of a hill with panoramic views of Curium Beach and garden all around (very private). It has a spacious living area, separate kitchen, utility room, guest WC downstairs and four bedrooms with bathroom upstairs. Central heating, air-conditioning, parking. €750. (negotiable) Tel: 99 675752

Troodos. 2 bedrooms, office available top floor with veranda great view of mountains. Small courtyard with trees. Electric solar water. A/C-toilet in main bedroom. Semi/full furnished. Fitted kitchen with electrical appliances, fireplace. Toilet/ shower. €550pm negotiable. Tel 96891800. **************************** GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, furnished renovated this year. Laminated parke floor, and big wardrobes in the 3 bedrooms. Rent €590.00 Tel 99497576 99886775 ****************************

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opment in Pyla. Available for immediate occupation. €250.00 Ref. TLL514. Tel 24815926 2. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. 3 bedroom fully furnished villa, available now Oroklini. Ref. TLL523 Please call to arrange a viewing Tel. 24815926 3. –LARGE RANGE OF RENTAL PROPERTIES. From studio apartments to 5 bedroom villa’s for rent, all properties have detailed descriptions, professional photographs. Interactive Virtual/Video Tours. Please visit our website. http:// 4. http://www.superiorreales t a telarnaca .com. License No. 419. LANDLORDS AVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY WITH US FOR FREE. Tel. 24815926 Email. **************************** 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 ho-

tel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543 *****************************

PEYIA, luxury villa, 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully or part furnished, private pool, quiet location, paved garden area, sea and mountain views. Sky satellite, euro 650 ono, please call: 99771532 – no agents FOR LONG TERM RENT: 2 bedroom modern apartment, recently renovated-fully furnished, Chloraka- Melanos, quiet 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 ***************************** LETYMPOU - Traditional Detached 2 bedroom Property set on a large plot with Spectacular Mountain Views, F/F to a very high standard, Wood burning Stove, outbuildings 500 Euros TALA - Modern 2 and 3 bedroom apartments U/F, P/F and F/F, some with communal pool, A/C, Separate Storage and own Parking 325 Euros TREMITHOUSA - Traditional Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, and Large Mature enclosed Garden, Open Fireplace, Beautiful Fitted Kitchen, A/C, Wonderful Family Home 400 Euros TREMITHOUSA - Stunning Traditional Stone Built House 2 bedrooms, Swimming Pool, Open Fireplace, Fitted kitchen with white goods, P/T or F/F , an early viewing is highly recommended 350 Euros URGENTLY WANTED –Bungalows 2/3 Bedrooms MORE PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 99862922


ances. Downstairs guest wc. Master bedroom with ensuite. Available furnished. Views to the sea & countryside. 4. CORAL BAY €675 detached modern 3 bedroom villa, situated close to the restaurants & beach of Coral Bay. Entry to villa on top floor offering two double bedrooms & bathroom, leading down to an open plan living area & one further bedroom & family bathroom. Enclosed mature garden with private pool. Available furnished with good furniture. website reference number: RTL_544 5. LOWER CHLORAKA €750 spacious detached 3 bedroom villa offering stunning views of the sea. Situated in a quiet residential street opposite orange groves. Gated entrance, enclosed good sized mature garden with fruit trees & private pool. Spacious living area with real fireplace. Downstairs guest wc. Master bedroom with ensuite. Available fully furnished. website reference number: rtl_550 6. KATO PAPHOS €800 large 4 bedroom detached villa situated in the sought after residential area of Limnaria. walking distance to the beach and the many amenities of Kato Paphos. Spacious living accommodation offering an enclosed garden with c/pool. Fully furnished with modern furniture & solar panels. website reference number: RTL_442 7. MESOGI €1250 luxury detached 4 bedroom 5 bathroom villas. One bedroom & ensuite on ground floor. Spacious kitchen with separate utility room. Available unfurnished though includes gas central heating plus real fireplace in living area. Enclosed garden & private pool offering stunning views. Gated entrance with undercover parking. Situated on a private road. website reference number: RTL_628 8. CHLORAKA €2,200 substantial luxury 4 bedroom villa, spacious (350 sq meters), beautifully designed with unique detail. Conservatory with views of landscaped gardens. Large modern fitted

kitchen, living room with working fireplace. Circular dining room with vaulted dome ceiling. Stunning private pool area. Available unfurnished. website reference number: RTL_579 Tel: 97790883 office: 26271858 visit our website for many more properties www. email: ***************************** PAPHOS / PEYIA VILLA, villa for rent in Peyia, 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, large sittingdining area, fully airconditioned and heated, unfurnished, panoramic views, large parking, low rent contact: 99490953, 26815534 FOR RENT A selection of 1 to 5 bedroom houses & apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi, Chlorakas & Kato Paphos Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at are website Fully Registered Company in Cyprus

PAPHOS KILI – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom villa, with swimming pool and garden, unfurnished, gas central heating, large verandas, lovely mountain views, very quiet and tranquil area, €475 per month o.n.o. Call : 99479006 KISSONERGA, ST KONONAS AREA, 3 bedroom apartment, with elevator, private car park, a/c, stove, humidifier, private roof garden with barbeque, beautiful sea and mountain views, unfurnished, €380, please call: 99553741 ***************************** LOW COST, long term 3 bedroom bungalow, Polis area, Gialia village, on 3 acres of property, large variety of fruit trees, extremely private with panoramic mountain and sea views, unfurnished, swimming pool, a/c and fireplace, fence around the property €550 per month ono – available from 1st of April For more info call : 99 442485 ***************************** UNIVERSAL: 1bed ground floor apartment fully furnished, airconditioning, fridge, beds common swimming pool , leather sofas, €260 p/m. For more information phone 99400697 *****************************

1. PEYIA €550 modern detached 2 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_447. Also available modern detached 3 bedroom villa on this private road. website reference number: RTL_572 2. KISSONERGA €650 stunning detached 3 bedroom villa situated in quiet residential area with sea & rural views. Private drive with car port. Enclosed low maintenance garden with sea water private pool. Modern villa, master with ensuite plus downstairs guest wc. Beautifully furnished with good quality furnishing & fittings, including black out blinds, nilesat satelitte & pressurised water system. Pets allowed at owners discretion. website reference number: RTL_497 3. EMBA €650 modern detached 3 bedroom villa on quiet private road. Gated entrance, off street parking. Enclosed garden with private pool. Spacious open plan living area with feature fireplace & modern gas fire. Additional gas radiator heaters throughout. Spacious well equipped kitchen with top brand appli-


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

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

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

Narcotics Helpline ......... 1410 (Outside hours.............. 22304160) AIDS Advisory Bureau ................................ 22-302826 Domestic Violence Centre .......................................... 1440 (Emergency Centre for Victims) Drug Info & Poison Control ............... 1401 Cyprus Samaritans ... 77777267 Police Duty Officer ......... 1499 (Confidential Information)

Forest Fires ..................... 1407 Airports Larnaca ..........................77778833 Paphos ...........................77778833

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ARMOU 2 bed Townhouse on a small complex of Townhouses in a lovely quiet and peaceful location, with small back garden, great views, communal pool, 2 bedrooms with en suites + guest WC. Pets welcome. Offered unfurnished Ref: 1204 €370 AYIA MARINOUDA a 3 bedroom villa with an additional loft room conversion with en suite. Property has a downstairs bedroom, sitting/dining area, separate utility area with granite work tops, 2 bedrooms on the top level master en suite. Central heating, AC, fly screens, private pool, enclosed and fenced garden. Ref: 1199 €900 MESOGI 4 bedroom villa with private pool, nice quality fixtures, granite work tops, separate utility room, downstairs bedroom with en suite, fireplace, ac, 3 upstairs bedroom


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master en suite, separate bath, nice views, pets welcome, offered unfurnished Ref 783 €700 CHLORAKA 4 bedroom large villa with quality fittings , furnished to a very high standard, downstairs bedroom, 3 upstairs, en suites, bathroom, private pool, decking, fantastic sea views, near Tombs of the Kings Ref: 806 €850 SECRET VALLEY 2 bed villas furnished or unfurnished with private pool, downstairs bedroom, kitchen , sitting/dining area, guest wc, upstairs large master bedroom with en suite bath, large veranda. Nice location with sea views and off street parking: Ref: 1198 €450 PEGEIA 4 bed villa unfurnished, 2 downstairs bedrooms, large sitting/dining area, Italian kitchen with white goods, 2 bedrooms upstairs with outside large veranda. Property is of a high standard with central heating, full AC, off street parking, private pool, stunning views, quiet location. Ref: 765 €900 MESOGI Large 3 bedroom apartment with full AC, bathroom, kitchen, separate utility room, clean and tidy building with without communal area, walking distance to all local amenities. Offered unfurnished Ref: 818 €400 SEA CAVES 2 bedroom town house, furnished with central heating, fire place, nice sea views, walking distance to Paphos the sea Ref 819 €300 Please call for a free viewing on Office 26600450 Mobile: 97614070 many more properties on our website at Your Vision is our Mission LANDLORDS IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT, PLEASE CALL US!!!!!! ******************************

PEYIA – 3 bedroom villa with modern quality furniture and finishes. Central heating, sky, alarm, infinity pool and stunnning sea and mountain views €700 per month, call: 99389426 ****************************** BRAND NEW APT, opposite Poseidonio Gym, near Carrefour, F/F, a/c, great quality, 1 bdrm, from €340p.m.Tel 99403261

ramic views. Outside there is a feature pergola, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. €700.00 a month. 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. Landscaped gardens €750.00 per month or close offers only 5. AYIOS DEMITRIANOS – 3 bed, 2 bath furnished villa (bungalow style) set in a private and quiet location. Open plan living area with fireplace.. Fully fitted kitchen with quality appliances. Utility room and storage.. Master bedroom with adjacent shower. Two

more double bedrooms with family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath. Garden areas, large terraces with outstanding views. Private pool 10x5., Covered parking. €700.00 per month furnished, €650 unfurnished. 6. UNIVERSAL AREA. 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished penthouse apartment. Living area with dining space. Doors out to massive balcony area overlooking the pool and gardens. Fitted kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, master bedroom has ensuite shower. Family bathroom. A/C, Comm pool and parking. €450.00 a month or offers. 7. LOWER PEYIA - 3 bed, 2.5 bath unfurnished villa situated in quiet cul du sac. Open plan living and dining area with doors out to pool and garden. Very large breakfast fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 3 double bedrooms. Master bedroom very large with en-suite shower. Family bathroom. Private pool, gardens, shutters. €550.00 per month or close offers only. 8. CHLORAKAS– 2 bed 1 bath large furnished apartment in quiet area. Spacious open plan living area with doors out to balcony. Good sized modern fitted kitchen and breakfast area. Small balcony off the kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Family bathroom. Offstreet parking, comm pool. €380.00 per month. FOR FULL LISTINGS OF A PA R T M E N T S/ TOW N HOUSES AND VILLAS,

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PROPERTIES AVAILABLE TO RENT IN THE PAPHOS DISTRICT. JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF AVAILABLE PROPERTIES. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL. CALL 97648440 FOR MORE INFORMATION. LANDLORDS CALL IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT.!!! 1. MESA CHORIO– 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished ground floor apartment set in 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. €400.00 per month 2 FYTI 3 bed, 3 bath furnished villa in a very quiet location. The property offers stylish accommodation and has many luxury features. Open plan living area with feature fireplace. Dining area. Large fully fitted L shaped kitchen with appliances and breakfast bar. Doors out to rear garden and pool. Guest WC. Stairs up to 3 very spacious bedrooms. Master with ensuite. Family bathroom and storage cupboard. Stairs up to roof garden with pano-

FOR SALE Semi-detached house in Archangelos area split level on a hill, no houses in front, 3 big bedrooms, 2 big bathrooms and TV room big lounge & dining area, fireplace, fitted kitchen, 40 sq.m. store room, C/H, A/C, solar. For information call: 99496541



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PROPERTY FOR SALE LIMASSOL ***************************** SMART EASILY MAINTAINED BUNGALOW. Pano Kivides. 110 sq.m. 2 beds. Gas CH. Double glazing. Mains drainage. Plot 730 sq.m. Fruit trees flower beds. Large workshop. Jacuzzi. Car port. Open view. Easy drive to Limassol. TITLE DEEDS 187500 Tel 99995906 *****************************

NICOSIA ***************************** SPACIOUS 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT FOR SALE in Lycavitos 160m2, Recently Fully Renovated, Brand New Kitchen, 1 Bathroom, 1 WC, 1 covered parking place, Big Veranda, New Independent Central Heating, 1 a/c unit and ceiling fans. 190.000€, price negotiable. 99621820

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PAPHOS ***************************** PAPHOS, 1 bedroom ground floor apartment great sea views. Large covered patio, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom opening to patio, private parking. Close to shops, banks, quiet apartment. Communal pool and gardens 50 metres covered area. Was €90,000 REDUCED €55,000

PAPHOS EMBA 4 bedroom House, 3 bathrooms, Veranda, Large roof terrace. Parking, fantastic central location, lounge, kitchen, fantastic sea views, Near all amenities. NOW REDUCED €145,000. 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT, Tombs of Kings Area, close to the sea, large private roof terrace with electric and water, covered parking, veranda, furnished, swimming pool. Full TITLE DEEDS, was €95,000 reduced to €60,000. CHLORAKAS, 2 bedroom townhouse. Exceptional sea views. New kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom. Private parking, On mains sewage system. Communal pool. A/C, quality fixtures. Fully furnished. Security barrier. FULL TITLE DEEDS Now €87,000 CALL 99716390. ******************************* FLAT FOR SALE 1 bdrm at Peyia village with title deeds, fully furnished. €65.000. For information call 99526562.

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


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Sport Johnson cements place in list of greats with Daytona 500 win

Aussies hang on against India to force fifth day

Patrick placed 8th - the best finish for a woman in the ‘Great American Race’

RAVICHANDRAN Ashwin claimed a five-wicket haul for India but Australia ensured the first Test will enter a fifth and final day with some late defiant batting in Chennai. Having finally bowled their hosts out for 572 on the fourth morning, Michael Clarke’s men set about chasing down a 158run deficit but were staring at an innings defeat as Ashwin steadily made his way through the batting line-up. However, a half century from Moises Henriques and an unbeaten lastwicket stand of 57 with Nathan Lyon saw Australia past their target and left India needing to bat again to wrap up the win. At close of play on day four yesterday, the tourists were on 232 for nine, a lead of 40 runs, with Henriques not out on 75. India resumed on 515 for eight and added 57 more in the morning before being bowled out for 572 - a daunting lead of 192. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, scorer of an unforgettable double century on day three, was finally out for 224 when he nicked James Pattinson to Matthew Wade at the wicket. But if Australia thought their work in the field was done, India had other ideas as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma added 26 more for the last wicket. Debutant Kumar finished with 38 before Peter Siddle wrapped things up. Pattinson’s five for 96 was by some distance the best return on an otherwise messy bowling card. Australia faced a tough challenge on a pitch that had started to turn and were given a further obstacle when David Warner was deemed too ill to open. Shane Watson replaced him in his old position and he, along with Ed Cowan, was confronted by spin at both ends from the off.

By Simon Evans


JIMMIE Johnson cemented his place in NASCAR’s list of greats by winning his second Daytona 500 on Sunday, while pole-sitter Danica Patrick placed eighth, the best finish for a woman in the ‘Great American Race’. Five-time Sprint Cup champion Johnson led for the final 10 laps to finish ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr and 54-year-old Mark Martin. Patrick, who was the first woman to start on pole in the 500, went into the final lap in third but fell back five places during the final push to the finish line. Driving the number 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, Johnson first won the race in 2006 but had not finished above 27th in the last six editions of stock car racing’s premier event. “I had a lot of confidence in those final two laps leading the train because I knew just how fast this car was,” said Johnson. The race came a day after a crash in the second tier Nationwide race at the Daytona International Speedway left around 30 fans needing treatment after debris flew into the crowd. As usual there were some wrecks in the always incident filled race with an early collision on lap 33 involving nine cars but there were no injuries. Several vehicles span off the track, including favourites Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne, and previous Daytona winners Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray. It was more disappointment for Stewart, who having won virtually every honour in the sport has yet to taste success in the famous Daytona Victory Lane. Stewart took little comfort from the fact there is a long season ahead. “To hell with the season. I wanted to win the Daytona

Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson celebrates his second win in the famous race in Victory Lane

500,” he said. “We had a car that we could pass with today. We were passing cars by ourselves. “I don’t know what started it, but we just got caught up in another wreck,” added Stewart. Patrick conceded her inexperience may have cost her at the decisive stage of the race but said that her performance was more significant than winning pole position. “I think it was better to have run up in the top 10 all day ... being able to stay up and lead at one point for me that was more of an accomplishment”, she said. But Johnson proved too quick for Patrick and the pack. “Once Jimmie got into the

outside line he showed that he was fast. It was a steady day for me. Nothing superduper eventful,” she said. The 30-year-old former Indy Car driver led for five laps shortly before the halfway stage, becoming the first woman driver to lead the Daytona 500. She had lost her pole position to Jeff Gordon on the first lap.

DIED Earnhardt Jr, whose father died in the race 12 years ago, finished second in the Daytona 500 for the third time in four years. Johnson powered past reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who finished fourth, after the final re-start with his challengers

unable to match his speed. After a restart on the 182nd lap following the fifth caution of the race Keselowski and Johnson jousted for the lead while their rivals closed the gap. Debris forced another caution, setting up a six-lap sprint to the flag with Johnson in the lead in the outside lane and he did not give an inch. The victory was the 61st of Johnson’s career in his 400th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “It was just awesome, there is no other way to describe it,” said Johnson. “I felt like I was sitting on something all day and was just ready to have some fun when it counted - and I did,” he said.

Danica Patrick was the first woman to start on pole

Farah sprint sets course record in New Orleans

Hammer, Botticher and James get second golds

Bryant silences Cuban with 38 points in LA win

BRITAIN’S double Olympic champion Mo Farah won the New Orleans half marathon in a course record of one hour 59 seconds after holding off Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam in a sprint finish on Sunday. Ethiopia’s 5,000 metres Olympic gold medallist Meseret Defar had an easier time in the women’s race finishing in 1:07.25 in a course record and more than a minute ahead of American Shalane Flanagan. Farah, winner of the 5,000 and 10,000 at the London Games, ran with Gebremariam for the final few kilometres before turning on the speed over the last 200 metres to beat the 2010 New York marathon champion by a second.

BRITAIN’S Rebecca James won the last event on the track for her fourth medal and second gold to become the most successful rider of the world cycling championships on Sunday. The 21-year-old from Wales, who claimed the women’s sprint crown on Saturday, took the lead midway through the eight-lap Keirin race and maintained her advantage all the way to the finish. Earlier, experienced American Sarah Hammer and young German Stefan Botticher also clinched their second golds, prevailing in the women’s omnium and the men’s sprint respectively.

KOBE Bryant fired back at Dallas owner Mark Cuban with 38 points as he lifted the Los Angeles Lakers past the Mavericks 103-99. After Cuban recently suggested the Lakers should consider waiving Bryant and his league-high salary next season, the five-time NBA champion showed his worth with an artistic display of clutch shooting and all-around effort that included 12 rebounds and seven assists. “That’s why he’s Kobe Bryant,” said Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. “When he puts his mind to something, for the last 17 years he’s been able to accomplish it.”

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Sport Ireland ‘ashamed’ following Murrayfield defeat

‘Amazing feeling’ for Kuchar after big WGC victory

By Duncan Bech

US star beats elite field after marathon week By Mark Lamport-Stokes MATT Kuchar felt as if he ruled the golfing world on Sunday after landing his first World Golf Championships (WGC) title with a 2&1 victory over Hunter Mahan in the Accenture Match Play Championship final. The 34-year-old American emerged triumphant after a marathon week at Dove Mountain that began with a snow delay on Wednesday, winning all six of his matches in an elite event that brings together the game’s leading players. Last year, Kuchar clinched his fourth PGA Tour title at the Players Championship, which is unofficially regarded as the fifth major, and he was thrilled on Sunday to add a WGC crown to his career resume. “It’s an incredible feeling,” smiled Kuchar, who climbed to eighth in the world rankings which were issued yesterday. “Tough to compare with the matchplay difference, but you’ve got two fields that are the strongest fields in golf,” he said of the Players Championship versus the prestigious WGC tournaments. “You’ve got the best play-

ers in the game of golf showing up, and to be a champion at an event where you’ve beaten the best in the world, it’s just an amazing feeling.” When Kuchar won the 2012 Players Championship by two shots at the TPC Sawgrass to secure a $1.71 million pay cheque, it was the greatest achievement of his career. “So many things were so cool to me about winning the Players,” the soft-spoken American recalled. “I look at the Players as having the strongest field in the game of golf on one of the most difficult courses. “It also finished on Mother’s Day. My mom had never been to a tournament that I had won, so to have all those things kind of come together was just a really special week. “But to be here, to win my first World Golf Championship in this format, to win six matches, to win two matches on Saturday and two matches on Sunday, it is just an amazing feeling.” Kuchar had to withstand a pressure-laden back nine on a bitterly cold and windy Sunday afternoon at Dove Mountain where his compatriot Mahan fought back from a four-down deficit at the turn.

“He played a fantastic back side, just really kind of put the pressure back on me,” Kuchar said of Mahan’s stirring run of four birdies in five holes from the 11th. “You could feel Hunter gaining the momentum. “I had that 4-up lead on the front, and then every hole was just so difficult. With the conditions the way they were today that there was just a bogey around any corner. Hunter made a couple of birdies there to put some pressure on me.” Asked how he had been able to handle the escalating pressure over the closing holes, Kuchar replied: “I think I was hiding in my ski cap and ski mitts and did a good job of covering up any sort of nervousness. “I did a great job today of being excited to hit the next shot. I knew that if I was to have a lapse of any sort, mentally or physically ... the match could swing, momentum could swing pretty quickly. “I had a great time, but I was also very focused on what I was doing. In matchplay, you can’t get too far ahead of yourself. Every hole is so key that it keeps you a little bit more in the present. That probably helped me a bit today.”

Matt Kuchar added a WGC crown to his career resume following last year’s win at the Players Championship

Tsonga saves another match point to down Berdych By Eric Salliot and Luis Ampuero

Local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame nemesis Tomas Berdych to take the title in Marseille

FRENCHMAN Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point before beating world number six Tomas Berdych 3-6 7-6 6-4 in the Marseille Open final to claim his 10th ATP Tour title on Sunday. World number eight Tsonga, who saved five match points in his quarter-final against Australian Bernard Tomic, was trailing 5-6 in the second-set tiebreak but hit back-to-back aces to push the Czech to a decisive set. The Frenchman eventually put an end to his losing run against the top-seeded Berdych, having lost their three previous encounters including the latest in the ATP World Tour finals round-robin in November. The local favourite had two break points in the third set’s third game and broke serve to clinch his second title in Marseille after his 2009 triumph.

Tsonga said after the game he was proud of his resilience having struggled in the two first sets. “I only focused on survival,” he told a news conference. “Nothing was going my way. He played far better than me in the first part of the match. He was serving well and my position on the court was bad. But I deserve credit because I never gave up. A lot of players would have done so.” Tsonga, who lost an epic Australian Open quarterfinal to world number two Roger Federer in January in his first event under new coach Roger Rasheed, said this successful week has shown he was on the right path. “I have been working hard for some time, I make sacrifices. I do everything I can to be on top and I still improve.” Elsewhere, world number four David Ferrer retained his Buenos Aires Open title with a 6-4 3-6 6-1 win

over Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday. The Spaniard took his tally of career titles to 20 after winning his third final in four years on the clay centre court at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. “It’s very hard to obtain two titles from one year to the next, tennis is smiling on me and I’m happy for that,” the 30-year-old said in a courtside interview. “I’ve always preferred even numbers to odd ones, but I never thought I’d reach a figure like this on the ATP (tour).” “It’s been a great week for me and I must recognise that David is a great champion,” Swiss Wawrinka, ranked 17th, said after receiving the runners-up trophy. It was a fifth consecutive Spanish win in Buenos Aires after victories for Tommy Robredo in 2009, Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2010 and Nicolas Almagro in 2011. David Nalbandian was Argentina’s last winner in 2008.

DONNACHA O’Callaghan admitted Ireland felt “a bit ashamed” by Sunday’s 12-8 RBS 6 Nations defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield. Four penalties from Greig Laidlaw sent the Irish crashing to their second defeat of the championship, destroying any faint hope they had of challenging for the title. O’Callaghan insisted the players should only look at themselves for an explanation of their latest implosion. “This will dent our confidence and we must be honest with each other. It wasn’t good enough by us. We’re not at Test level to learn, but to win,” the Lions and Munster lock said. “You can look around at other people, but it’s manin-the-mirror time. No fingers are being pointed. That first win in Cardiff does feel like a long time ago. “Playing for your country is special but you need to get results. You need that buzz, but this feeling is horrible. “You feel like you’ve let everyone down and that’s the worst part. You’re a bit ashamed and that’s the way the players were in the dressing room. “No one was eyeballing each other, everyone’s just scurrying around the place. It’s a horrible way to spend the next few weeks.” Ireland dominated territory and possession by 71% and 77%, while Scotland’s tackle count was 128 to their 44, yet they still left Edinburgh with a chastening defeat. Next up are winless France, their nemesis over the past decade, in what has become a must-win encounter. “It’s a hard defeat to take, a hugely disappointing one. We’re gutted and feel a bit empty,” O’Callaghan said. “When you have that much territory and possession, you have to come away with more. But we were confident at half-time that we’d knocked some of the wind out of them. “When winning moments are there you have to be good enough to take them, but we came up short in that. “We can take pride in our defence. We could have stayed out there all day and they wouldn’t have scored a try. “It’s a hollow feeling because we implemented our game plan without getting any reward, which is down to the players because sometimes you have to find a way. “We badly need a result and to get to the Aviva Stadium. We need to get home and find what we need.”


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Happy Beckham delights PSG in his French debut

By Nemanja Bjedov

‘It was a special night for me personally’ By Gregory Blachier FORMER England captain David Beckham enjoyed a promising French league debut for Paris St Germain, riding warm crowd support in a late cameo during the 2-0 home victory over Olympique Marseille on Sunday. The 37-year-old was greeted by a roar from the packed Parc des Princes stadium when he made his first appearance off the bench in the 75th minute and made enough of an impact to please coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He has brought his passing skills, his experience and some tactical solutions. He only played 20 minutes tonight but he showed some good things,” Ancelotti, who coached Beckham during his first spell at AC Milan in 2009, told reporters. “He will be very, very useful.” Beckham, who has joined the Qatari-backed club on a five-month deal, delivered a trademark long pass from his deep midfield position shortly after coming on and stopped a Marseille counterattack seconds later. Ancelotti dismissed suggestions he had fielded Beckham because of his iconic status. “He’s just a player like the

others to me,” he said, adding that Beckham could start Wednesday’s French Cup last 16 home game against Marseille. Beckham, who forms one of the world’s most famous celebrity couples with his wife Victoria, a fashion designer and member of British pop act the Spice Girls, has been France’s main attraction since signing for PSG three weeks ago but has tried to keep his preparations lowprofile. He commented little about his own performance, but gushed about the victory and the warm welcome at the “beautiful” Parc des Princes. “Obviously, I’m very happy. Very happy to be part of a winning team. It was a very big game,” he told reporters. “It was a special night for me personally. For the team, it was a great night.” France midfielder Blaise Matuidi was thrilled to partner with Beckham, one of his childhood heroes. “It’s true happiness. When I was a kid, I was one of his fans,” the 25-year-old said. “We are really very satisfied to play by his side.” PSG have 54 points from 26 games, three ahead of Olympique Lyon, who beat Lorient 3-1 at home thanks to Lisandro Lopez, Rachid Ghezzal and Arnold Mvuem-

ba’s goals. Marseille stayed third on 46. In Lyon, 20-year-old Ghezzal shone with his first league goal. He tapped the ball in five minutes into the second half and Lyon wrapped up the win thanks to Mvuemba’s last-gasp goal. “I’ve waited for this goal for a long time now,” winger Ghezzal told French channel beIN Sport. “I am lucky to score at home and help the team join up with the leaders before tonight’s game. It’s all good.” Jeremie Aliadiere had headed the visitors in front following a corner kick in the 11th minute, only to see Lopez fire past goalkeeper Fabien Audard 13 minutes later to make it 1-1 with his eighth goal of the season. Lorient could have regained the lead in an entertaining first half but saw Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s 27th-minute effort from the left side of the box hit the post. Lyon went ahead when Ghezzal notched up his maiden league goal after Audard had parried a Lisandro header into his path. The seven-time French champions then controlled the play until former Lorient player Mvuemba sealed victory with a powerful strike in the 90th minute.

David Beckham was greeted by a roar from the Parisian crowd when he came on in a late cameo for PSG

Schelotto upstages Balotelli in Milan derby draw By Brian Homewood

Substitute Ezequiel Schelotto scored his first goal for Inter to rescue a 1-1 draw against arch-rivals AC Milan

SUBSTITUTE Ezequiel Schelotto scored his first goal for Inter Milan three minutes after coming on to rescue a 1-1 draw against arch-rivals AC Milan, who had dominated the first half of Sunday’s Serie A derby. Schelotto, 23, upstaged Milan’s maverick striker Mario Balotelli, who failed to find the target for the first time in four games since his move from Manchester City. Balotelli was brilliantly foiled by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic twice in the first half as he faced the team where he made his name. A Milan league derby, with Inter as the nominal home team at the San Siro, has not ended in a draw since a 2-2 in March 1999. Cagliari scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to beat Torino 4-3 after their opponents had two men sent off, including substi-

tute Abou Diop after only a minute on the pitch, in a game played behind closed doors. The goals also flowed as eighth-placed AS Roma won 3-2 at Atalanta in heavy snow while leaders Juventus enjoyed a routine 3-0 home win over Siena, which took them seven points clear of Napoli who played at Udinese last night. Third-placed Milan, clearly buoyed by Wednesday’s Champions League win over Barcelona, controlled the first half and could have been several goals ahead by halftime against an Inter team mired in a mid-season domestic slump. They went ahead in the 20th minute when former Milan man Antonio Cassano lost possession in midfield and Kevin-Prince Boateng slipped a pass to Stephan El Shaarawy, who poked the ball into the roof of the net for his 16th league goal of the season. Handanovic somehow

kept Inter alive as he pushed away Balotelli’s rocketing header from under the crossbar, then stopped a sliding effort from ‘Super Mario” from only six metres. Inter, beaten 4-1 by Fiorentina a week ago and one point behind Milan in fifth, came to life after the break and Fredy Guarin’s close-range volley was diverted onto the post by Christian Abbiati. Argentine-born Schelotto, signed from Atalanta in the January transfer window, came off the bench in the 68th minute for his third appearance and quickly made an impact, heading in from Yuto Nagatomo’s cross three minutes later. “It’s an incredible emotion to start with a goal in the derby in front of all the supporters,” Schelotto told reporters. His goal relieved some of the pressure on Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni, who is unbeaten in three meetings with Milan.

THE Cyprus football championship resumes today at 6pm, with Apollon visiting AEP in Paphos and Omonia taking on Alki in Larnaca, after a two-week break due to the country’s presidential elections. “It is another tough match for us. Under no circumstances we will underestimate AEP regardless of their current league position. We will approach the match seriously and be fully focused in order to return to Limassol with three points,” said Apollon midfielder Andreas Stavrou. “Only a victory will keep us on track of achieving our pre-season objectives,” concluded 24-yearold Stavrou, whose side lie sixth in the league standings with 33 points, five less than Omonia in fifth and ten points behind AEL in the final championship playoff spot. Omonia will also be looking to stay on the winning track as they host Apollon in the following round in what could be a crucial clash for both teams this season. Renato Margaca returns to the starting lineup for Toni Savevski’s side, replacing the suspended Anthony Scaramozzino, while Israeli right back Yuval Spungin will also miss out due to suspension. Charalambos Kyriakou is expected to take Spungin’s place With five more rounds remaining until the end of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs, Anorthosis currently top the standings with 54 points, three ahead of APOEL in second and seven points ahead of city rivals AEK in third place. Tomorrow afternoon at 5pm AEL host AEK at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol when they will have a chance to close the gap on the Larnaca side and make a huge step towards securing their spot in the playoffs. At the same time at the Tasos Markou Stadium in Paralimni, Enosis take on Nea Salamina. Anorthosis meet Ayia Napa at 6pm at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, while at the same time APOEL face Ethnikos Achnas and Doxa Katokopia host Olympiakos Nicosia at the Ammochostos Stadium in Larnaca. APOEL manager Ivan Jovanovic will not be able to count on Mario Sergio, Mario Budimir and Dudu Biton, while Efstathios Aloneftis and Christos Karipidis have recovered from injuries but they might not be risked as the Nicosia giants face a tough match away from home on Sunday against AEK at the GSZ Stadium in Larnaca.

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Swansea’s first major trophy is so sweet for proud Laudrup

Parkinson can’t fault players after heavy loss

Wembley a lucky ground for the Dane

By Mike Collett

By Mike Collett SWANSEA City manager Michael Laudrup said winning the League Cup final on Sunday ranked amongst his proudest moments because they are such a small club compared to the European giants he once played for. The 48-year-old former Danish international, in his first season as Swansea manager, steered the Welsh club to a comprehensive 5-0 win over fourth-tier Bradford City which guarantees them a place in the Europa League next season. It was also the club’s first major trophy in their 100-year existence. Wembley is clearly a lucky ground for Laudrup as he won there playing for Denmark against England in 1983 and lifted the European Cup at the famous stadium with Barcelona in 1992. “So it’s third time lucky for me at Wembley,” he told reporters. “But I don’t think I can compare this title with something I have done before, for the simple reason that its one thing to win when you are playing for Barcelona or Juventus, but to win it with a smaller club is absolutely fantastic. “It is Swansea’s first major trophy ever and to win it in this, the centenary season, is up there with the best things I have done because it is completely different.” Laudrup won league titles with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Ajax Amsterdam and Juven-

The 48-year-old former Danish international, in his first season as Swansea manager, steered the Welsh club to a comprehensive 5-0 win over fourth-tier Bradford City which guarantees them a place in the Europa League next season tus and was voted Denmark’s best ever player after his career ended, but in a sense, he and his team were on a hiding to nothing against Bradford. The lowly Bantams, a Premier League club at the turn of the millennium, became the first team from the fourth tier of English football to reach a final since Rochdale in 1962 and the first to play in an FA Cup or League Cup final at Wembley. They had beaten three Premier League sides, Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston

Villa as well as high-flying Championship team Watford to reach the final, but they never threatened another upset. Swansea took a grip from the kickoff and after goals from Nathan Dyer and Michu put them 2-0 up by halftime, Laudrup said he knew the game was won when Dyer added the third early in the second half. Two goals from Jonathan de Guzman completed the rout and gave Swansea a record final win. “It is not often you can en-

joy a match for maybe 40 minutes, but once we went 3-0 up, I knew it was done,” he said. “It was not easy to start with, because at 0-0 or 1-0 if you make a mistake, and they can score and be right back in it, but we played with patience and in the end it was fantastic. “This is a very special day for Swansea. There have been others, like when they had to win their last game to stay in the League a few years ago and when they won to go up from the Championship

(second tier) to the Premier League. But this is a very special day, their first major honour and a place in Europe. I am very proud.” Laudrup admitted, though, that not everything went right and the squabble between Dyer and de Guzman over who was going to take their penalty was his fault. “We have not had a penalty all season and I forget to designate the penalty-taker before the match,” he said. “That was my fault, I just forgot.”

Arsenal ‘can make the top two’ By Paul Hirst

Santi Cazorla inspired Arsenal to a much-needed win over Aston Villa over at weekend

HIS team may have spent most of last week on the ropes, but manager Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can finish second in the Barclays Premier League this season. Wenger endured one of the most difficult periods of his 17-year reign at the club last week. The Gunners were knocked out of the FA Cup by npower Championship side Blackburn and were then completely outclassed by Bayern Munich, going down 3-1 to the Germans in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. Wenger’s men hauled themselves off the canvas on Saturday, though, beating Aston Villa 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to move within striking distance of fourth-placed Spurs. Pipping their bitter rivals to fourth would be enough for most Arsenal fans after what they have been through this season, but Wenger insists his team can do even better and overtake Manchester City and Chelsea, who lie second and third, nine and two points ahead of the Gunners respectively. “I’m not sure it will only be a fight with Tottenham,” Wenger said. “I’m not sure the oth-

er places are not reachable. “Chelsea are just ahead and even Man City is not out of reach. It could be a tight fight until the end.” For most of the game against Villa, Arsenal looked anything but capable of leapfrogging Chelsea and City into second. Their passing was often sloppy, their defence edgy and their propensity to try to walk the ball into the goal infuriated a large chunk of the home support. But after a testing week, Wenger hopes the Santi Cazorla-inspired victory will restore a sense of calm and normality to the Arsenal camp ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane. “I hope this gives us a bit more quietness for us to prepare our next game. It was a very important day for Arsenal Football Club,” Wenger said. “I am very happy for the players because they have a good attitude and want to do well. “We went through some difficult times so it was important first to show that we are united, determined and focused to win the game, and we were. “We were a bit nervous - I concede that - because we are a lot under pressure, we had our backs to the wall and had to win the game.”

BRADFORD City crashed to a 5-0 loss to Swansea City on Sunday in their first major cup final for 102 years but coach Phil Parkinson said he could not fault his players. Bradford, whose only other final appearance came in 1911 when they beat Newcastle United 1-0 in an FA Cup replay, never looked like emulating that success in a one-sided League Cup final at Wembley Stadium. But that did not diminish the contribution of the Bradford spectators who displayed a huge banner commemorating the deaths of 56 fans in a fire at their Valley Parade ground in 1985 and maintained their vocal support to the end. “I can’t criticise anyone as the lads have been magnificent,” said Parkinson who was full of praise for the Bradford fans as well. “The highlight for me was the way the fans stayed behind the team throughout the game,” he told reporters. He admitted Swansea were in a different class. “What Swansea did to us they’ve done to Premier League sides this season,” he said. “They’re an outstanding side and I have to give massive credit to the job Michael Laudrup has done. “We didn’t do everything to our maximum but it was a big day and a massive ask with a lot of youngsters in our side. “Of course, we could have done better but to go to Wigan and win, to beat Arsenal and then Aston Villa over two legs - I don’t want to be critical. “The way the lads conducted themselves throughout this added exposure has been outstanding.” His one note of disappointment regarded the penalty awarded after 58 minutes with the score at 3-0 to Swansea. Parkinson felt referee Kevin Friend could have shown a more lenient attitude before sending off goalkeeper Matt Duke. Despite the crushing defeat and the reality of returning to fourth tier football with a home game against Dagenham & Redbridge on Wednesday, Parkinson was in upbeat mood. “The highlight for me was the way the fans stayed behind the team throughout the game,” he added. “They were magnificent and they recognised what a brilliant achievement it was for a club from the fourth tier to reach this final.”

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Johnson cements place in list of greats with Daytona 500 win 28

Swansea’s first major trophy is so sweet for proud Laudrup 31

Title race is not over yet, says defiant Mancini ‘In football, it is only finished when it is finished: the last minute of the last game’ By Sonia Oxley

M Barcelona’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi can equal the record goal tally for Clasicos of 18 held by former Real great Alfredo Di Stefano with a goal tonight

Barca and Real meet in low priority Cup clash By Iain Rogers WITH crucial Champions League games looming, Barcelona and Real Madrid could have done without the distraction of playing each other twice in five days, starting with a King’s Cup semi-final second leg tonight (10pm). The two Clasicos - the second a La Liga clash at the Bernabeu on Saturday - will provide rich entertainment for fans but they are relatively insignificant compared to Barca’s game at home to AC Milan on March 12 and Real’s match at Manchester United a week earlier. The King’s Cup is never a priority for Spain’s dominant pair as long as they are still alive in Europe’s elite club competition and the domestic league, and Real have all but given up on a second consecutive La Liga title after slipping 16 points behind leaders Barca with 13 games left. Barca are still reeling after going down 2-0 to Milan at the San Siro in Wednesday’s last-16 first leg, though they picked themselves up and fought back from a goal down for a 2-1 La Liga win at home to Sevilla on Saturday. Real, held to a 1-1 draw by United at the Bernabeu on February 13, also came from a goal down to win on Saturday, beating bottom side Deportivo 2-1 at the Riazor with Cristiano Ronaldo coming off the bench to set up Gonzalo Higuain for the winner. Assistant Barca coach Jordi Roura, standing in for Tito Vilanova who is recovering from throat surgery, praised his players for putting Wednesday’s shock reverse behind them. “You can lose a match but the really important thing is the reaction,” he told a news conference after the Sevilla game. “It was a really tough game and they

scored against us while we had the match more under control,” he added. “But once again the team rose to the occasion and showed the pride needed.” Cup holders Barca have a slight advantage ahead of Real’s visit to the Camp Nou, which will be the 224th meeting between the arch rivals in all competitions, after they secured a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu in last month’s first leg. Cesc Fabregas fired Barca ahead five minutes after halftime and Raphael Varane nodded in an equaliser for Real nine minutes from the end. Real beat Barca 1-0 to win the Cup in 2011 and Barca eliminated them in the last eight last term. The successful side after tonight’s showdown will meet Atletico Madrid or Sevilla in May’s final. The pair meet at Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizjuan stadium tomorrow (11pm) with Atletico holding a 2-1 advantage from the first leg at the Calderon. Barca struggled to create scoring chances against both Milan and Sevilla, leading some to question their slavish adherence to a possession-based playing style and ask whether they had an effective ‘Plan B’ when faced with ultra-defensive sides. They have also found it tough to keep a clean sheet in recent outings and Roura said it was something they needed to improve if they were to keep alive their hopes of a treble of trophies this term. “It’s true that we are having the odd problem in that sense and it’s something to improve on, above all in our positioning in defence,” Roura said. “Obviously it concerns us and we want to improve that and other things,” he added. Barca’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi can equal the record goal tally for Clasicos of 18 held by former Real great Alfredo Di Stefano with a goal tonight.

ANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini understands better than most the cliches about title races not being over until the final minute of the season and is therefore refusing to look at the Premier League table. In case he has missed it, his side lie 12 points behind leaders Manchester United after goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez gave them a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday to keep alive their faint hopes of retaining their English crown. Had they lost, the challenge of catching up with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men and stopping them winning a 20th league title could have been too much in Mancini’s eyes. “Maybe,” the Italian replied at a news conference when asked if a 15-point gap with 11 games left might have been a task too great. “But I think football is only finished when it’s finished, the last minute of the last game. It is clear if we arrive with four games to go and United are 12 points ahead it’s clear it is finished but our job is to continue to work.” Having secured the title in the dying seconds of the season on goal difference from United last term after making up eight points in six games, Mancini has plenty of reason for optimism even if he is choosing to avoid looking at reality. “I think now it is not important to look at the table, only to continue to work like we did on Sunday, to play well, to improve because we can improve,” he said. “And maybe look at the table in one month, 40 days.” Mancini opened his news conference by thanking Pope Benedict, who is abdicating, for his eight-year rule and the City manager could well be hoping for some divine intervention in the title run-in. He will certainly be hoping for the type of attack-minded display City put in against Chelsea, who left the Etihad Stadium more likely to be fighting for a top-four finish than the runners-up spot they would have been closer to with a win. “Maybe we could have scored more goals,” Mancini said, putting it mildly after a

We’re not giving up: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his side can overturn United’s 12-point lead heap of missed opportunities by the likes of Jack Rodwell and Sergio Aguero. They also owed a lot to goalkeeper Joe Hart, whose excellent save of a Frank Lampard penalty early in the second half was the catalyst for City to turn their chances into goals.

IMPORTANT “It was important because maybe then the game could change if Chelsea had scored,” Mancini said, adding he had nevertheless been disappointed that Hart had given the spot kick away in the first place by bringing down Demba Ba. Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez was also holding on to the notion that anything can happen in football after his hopes of closing within a point of second-placed City stalled. “By winning we would be

closer but still it would be a fight until the end of the season,” he said. “We can not give up, we have to carry on pushing and try to win our games ... and hopefully if they lose some points we can be closer and if not we have to do our job.” Benitez agreed the game hinged on the penalty, but was unsure if Hart should have been sent off. He said: “I haven’t seen the replay, but it should have been at least a yellow card. You can argue he is going in this direction but it is still a clear chance. “I think it was a turning point. It was a crucial moment in the game.”


English daily newspaper 26/02/2013

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