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Full list of new cabinet members announced 6

Italy political crisis continues as Grillo snubs Bersani 9

It wouldn’t be Bowie if it was sane 14

Sarris jumps in with both feet New minister says his priority is to speed up aid procedures By George Psyllides


UTGOING Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said yesterday the government had funds to cover its obligations until May, as its eightmonth wait for an international bailout continued. “Based on the data before us, fiscal issues can be managed without a problem until May, because we always work three months ahead,” Shiarly told reporters after meeting President-elect Nicos Anastasiades and Michalis Sarris, the island’s new finance minister. Shiarly, who formally hands over to Sarris tomorrow, said that based on present circumstances the state would not need to resort to additional borrowing for another two months. Anastasiades said he did not have a clear picture yet of the nitty gritty issues but pledged to handle them in an effective manner. “We will handle them... in a way that will contribute to tackling the problems and not creating more,” the President-elect said. Cyprus has been holding inconclusive talks for a loan from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union since an EU-sanctioned debt writedown of Greek sovereign debt saddled banks with losses equalling about 25 per cent of its gross do-

mestic product. A rapid deterioration of the island’s economy since then could see it receiving up to €17.5 billion in aid, almost equal to its economic output. Anastasiades has vowed to press ahead aggressively to clinch a bailout deal. Sarris warned that the timeframes were tight. “We have already had contacts with important people at ministerial and technocratic levels so as to expedite achieving a deal,” Sarris said. Asked about the possibility of a bilateral loan, Sarris said the priority was to speed up procedures to resolve the problem once and for all. “I believe this is the most convincing solution, which will bring back stability. This is the best way to manage the situation,” he said. The new finance minister said room to renegotiate the conditions of the bailout was limited although there were some areas where better targeting of social spending would not change the fiscal adjustment. It is a matter of small detail and not significant changes, he said. Sarris said avoiding privatisations was a difficult chapter since they had been linked to debt sustainability. International ratings agency Standard and Poor’s said late on Tuesday the island’s sovereign credit ratings and



A group of around 200 people gathered at the presidential palace last night to symbolically ‘see off’ President Demetris Christofias and to pay tribute to the memory of the 13 victims of the Mari naval base blast in July 2011, for which many hold the outgoing president responsible (Christos Theodorides) STORY PAGE 4

Benedict’s emotional farewell POPE Benedict bid an emotional farewell at his last general audience yesterday, acknowledging the “rough seas” that marked his papacy “when it seemed that the Lord was sleeping.” In an unusually public outpouring for such a private man, he alluded to some of the most difficult times of his papacy, which was dogged by sex abuse scandals, leaks of his private papers and reports of infighting among his closest aides. “Thank you, I am very moved,” Benedict told a cheering crowd of more than 150,000 people in St Peter’s Square a day before he becomes the first pope to step down in some six centuries. He said he had great trust in the Church’s future, that his abdication was for the good of the Church and asked for prayers for cardinals choosing his successor at a time of crisis. The Vatican said the address, repeatedly interrupted by applause and cries of “Benedict, Benedict”, was the last by the pope, who as of this evening will have the title “pope emeritus.” “There were moments of joy and light but also moments that were not easy ... there were moments, as there were throughout the history of the Church, when the seas were rough and the wind blew against us and it seemed that the Lord was sleeping,” he said. When he finished the crowd, which spilled over into surrounding streets and included many of the red-hatted cardinals who will elect his successor in a closed doors conclave next month, stood to applaud. “I took this step in the full knowledge of its gravity and rarity but with a profound serenity of spirit,” he said.


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25 years ago, Sunday February 28, 1988

Chancellor Adolf Hitler persuades the German president, Paul von Hindenburg, to issue an emergency order that suppresses civil liberties and allows the Nazis to arrest thousands of their opponents.

A Boeing 727 owned by a private Turkish-based firm crashed into a mist-shrouded mountain in northern Cyprus yesterday, killing all 15 people on board, police said. Witnesses said bodies, some charred beyond recognition were scattered along with wreckage of the Tayla Airlines over wide areas of the Kyrenia range.

1983 In America, 77 per cent of the television viewing audience watch the last episode of TV show M.A.S.H.


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The Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme and his wife Lisbeth are murdered in Stockholm.

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1994 In the first military action in the 45-year history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, US fighter planes shoot down four Serbian warplanes flying a bombing mission in violation of Bosnia’s no-fly zone.

35 years ago, Tuesday February 28, 1978 The Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash yesterday denied the territorial proposals drawn by a Turkish committee had suggested it would concede only one per cent of the territory it controls in their proposals to the Greek Cypriot side, according to the Istanbul daily Tercuman.

45 years ago, Wednesday February 28, 1968 The first step towards solving the Cyprus problem should be taken by the Greek majority a Labour Member of Parliament said in London today. Tom Driberg writing in The Times said the ultimate solution of this problem should not be imposed from outside. It was one that had to be acceptable to the government and to the people of Cyprus, he said.

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Home Burial dilemma for the family of Old Calendarist By Poly Pantelides

Many residents of Peyia are expats and often homes are left empty for long periods at a time

‘Beware of burglars’ Peyia residents urged to step up their home security By Bejay Browne RESIDENTS and home owners in Peyia in Paphos are being encouraged to install added security measures to try to curb burglaries in the district. The warning comes in the wake of a spate of burglaries in the area in the last week despite Peyia having a neighbourhood watch scheme. A police spokesman yesterday urged homeowners to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their properties. He said doors and windows should be fitted with strong locks, and a light should be left on when the property is empty. Security lights fitted to the building exterior would also be a good idea and if possible a security system. He also suggested leaving the TV on when not at home. Thousands of euros worth of jewellery, laptops and other electrical equipment have been taken from properties in recent days. Keith Allen, chairman of the Peyia NHW (Neighbourhood Watch) management team explained how easy it was for would-be burglars to break into homes fitted with regular door locks. “Just yesterday, a locksmith visited my home and showed me how easy and quick it was for thieves to break and enter a property,” he said. According to Allen, the locksmith demonstrated in about one minute how to remove a normal door

lock. The procedure is called ‘snapping’. But according the Peyia NHW chairman, there are new locks available on the market which are ‘snap proof’. They are more expensive than normal locks but offer better protection. “I have now had these fitted to my property,” he said. Peyia’s neighbourhood watch scheme was formally launched in September 2010, with close to 300 households participating. This number has now grown to more than 600.Peyia has a large number of British expat residents and secondhome owners, which means numerous properties are often left empty. Allen said police had updated him on Tuesday night about four new burglaries in the area, three of which were in the Saint George area. He said police believe they were committed by the same people, as the evidence at each scene was similar - the locks were left lying on the floor. “We must all look after each other,” said Allen. “There are five houses where I live. We are all alarmed and have keys to each others properties.” In 2011, Peyia neighbourhood watch organised a security exhibition to highlight the numerous security systems on offer. They are considering organising a second one later this year. Widow Betty Smith, 78, a resident of Peyia for the last decade said she no longer felt safe in her own home. “Cyprus has changed over the last ten

years and it’s not as safe as it used to be. I know more people are out of work so obviously crime will go up, but now that I’m getting older and since the death of my husband, I don’t feel safe at home any more.” The pensioner’s adult children, who live in the UK, visit frequently and have insisted on fitting window locks, extra door locks, an outdoor security light and a CCTV camera to her home. She said: “I still think that living in Peyia is much safer than living in the UK, but we all have to be more careful than we used to be. I don’t leave my doors or windows open and I don’t answer the door after dark.” And it’s not just residents who need to be wary according to Allen. “Tourists also need to understand that although Cyprus is still a relatively safe country to visit, it’s not the same as it was ten years ago. They can’t come and leave doors of houses or cars open. We don’t want to scare anyone, but it’s something which needs to be noted.” A Peyia police officer confirmed that regular police patrols had been increased in the area some time ago. He said: “We have police patrols in Peyia 24 hours a day - the number was increased a while ago, People should be careful not to leave valuable items in their vehicles, ensure all car doors and windows are locked and also be extra vigilant with home security.”

FINDING themselves on the wrong side of the law after burying their father in a private field, the family of an Old Calendarist – a group that separated from the Orthodox Church in 1924 – were shocked to hear yesterday they might have to exhume their father’s remains. A 66-year-old Limassol resident was buried in a private field last week, on a site earmarked for a future cemetery by the Old Calendarists, who split from the Orthodox Church when the latter adopted a form of the Gregorian calendar, rather than sticking with the old Julian calendar. The interior ministry’s permanent secretary Andreas Assiotis said yesterday the family had violated the legislation on burials. Assiotis said he had issued instructions to the Limassol district officer to liaise with local authorities to kick off legal action so they could “exhume the body and bury it again in a designated cemetery”. A court needs to order an exhumation and reburial. Assiotis said the goal was to “restore legality” but conceded that if and when an application was filed to designate the field as a burial site, it would be considered.

PAPERWORK The son of the 66-yearold, who did not want to be named, said that they had already prepared the paperwork necessary to get permission to legally designate the burial plot, when his father died unexpectedly. But when the Cyprus Mail told him of the interior ministry’s intentions, the man’s son was upset. “Are they serious? I will not have my father unburied,” he said. “Where do we live? People are starving in Cyprus and they’re dealing with this (nonsense)?” Assiotis said that over and beyond the law, procedures for designating cemetery spaces are in place to ensure cemeteries fulfil considerations including those of public health, soil composition, and the site’s location. The law allows local communities that belong to a dif-

ferent religious group to set up a new cemetery if they obtain permission from the interior minister. The Old Calendarist community had earmarked a private field for that use to build a cemetery and church but there was a sudden death in the community, and the family – wishing to respect their father’s wishes – buried him in the earmarked but unapproved site. The community leader of Limnatis, where the burial site in question is located, said he was waiting for further instructions before taking any action. The leader, Christakis Chrysostomou, said he and the community council visited the remote field, approachable only by a dirt road, on Saturday, after hearing of the burial. Chrysostomou said he confirmed with the family the burial took place, and informed the police, who told him that from the moment a death certificate had been issued, the matter did not concern them. Chrysostomou said that he was not aware of any case of this sort, a sentiment echoed by Assiotis. Though Chrysostomou said the community needed to be respectful to the family, he also made it clear that he would have to follow through on whatever instructions given to him. The Bishop of Paphos Georgios said that the Church does not refuse to bury members of other religions in Orthodox cemeteries. But he said the Church does not recognise the Old Calendarists nor did Old Calendarists accept them, he said. The Bishop added the Church acknowledged other Churches, such as the Russian Orthodox Church, that still use the old Julian calendar. The Church of Cyprus does not acknowledge as clerics any representatives of Greek Old Calendarists because the Church cannot trace their line of ordination back to the Twelve Apostles in what is called the apostolic succession. Though unsure of how many Old Greek Calendarists there are in Cyprus, the Paphos Bishop, said they were probably a few thousand.

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Home ‘Indignant’ revisit palace to see off Christofias By Stefanos Evripidou AROUND 200 people turned up last night outside the Presidential Palace to see off President Demetris Christofias on his last night in power and commemorate the 13 dead of the Mari naval base blast. Relatives of the 13 soldiers and sailors killed in the blast also attended the event where protesters held a banner saying: “Christofias you are leaving with your head held high but you’re leaving exposed! The 13 demand justice.” The crowd sang songs composed after the Mari blast and dedicated to the 13 dead before releasing white balloons in the air and dispersing into the cold night. The July 11, 2011 blast killed 13 and injured many while incapacitating the island’s biggest power station, causing rolling power cuts for around a month. It sparked daily protests outside the presidential palace, with people demanding Christofias’ resignation. On the second night, a small group tried to storm the gates, throwing stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas into the crowds, including

families and children. During a lunch given in his honour by the palace staff on Tuesday, Christofias thanked the presidential guard for protecting him and his family during the “orchestrated attack” on the palace. One demonstrator at last night’s event said people returned to the palace yesterday to protest against Christofias’ comments. She put the low turnout - compared to the thousands that showed up during the summer of 2011- to a lack of awareness. The Cyprus Mail spoke to three women at last night’s protest who met and became friends during the daily and weekly demonstrations that took place outside the palace after the July blast. They insisted that the protest was never about politics, but about citizens expressing their indignation with the state’s handling of the whole affair which led to the loss of life. “We’re here for the 13 lives. No one has the right to throw away lives,” said Christina. Her friend Maria added: “This is not party-related. If the new president does the same thing, we’ll be here again.”

A placard with the names of those who died at Mari was set up outside the palace

(Christos Theodorides)

Gas: assessing future scenarios THE EXPLOITATION of Cyprus’ natural gas will depend to a large degree on factors out of its control, including developments within Israel but also in Israeli-Turkish relations, according to new research presented yesterday. The study also highlights that Cyprus could generate an extra €15 billion in net revenue if it supplied its gas to markets via a pipeline to Turkey rather than from a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant. The latest report, titled ‘The Cyprus Hydrocarbons Issue: Context, Positions and Future Scenarios”, by Ayla Gürel, Fiona Mullen and Harry Tzimitras, and published by the Cyprus Centre of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), was presented at the Home for Cooperation in the buffer zone last night. The researchers looked into the geological, geographical, legal, political and economic aspects of the issue while out-

‘Cyprus could generate an extra €15b net revenue if it supplied its gas to markets via pipeline to Turkey’ lining the positions of all interested parties and assessing possible future scenarios. According to the report, the discovery of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean is changing the geopolitics and economics of the region in ways that are still evolving. It notes that the 7 trillion cubic feet of projected reserves in Block 12 of the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are estimated to be currently enough to supply less than 2 per cent of EU demand per year (assuming 25 years’ supply). Yet, although exploration has only just begun, the discoveries have generated much interest because even a small amount helps the EU diversify natural gas sources from de-

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pendence on Russia. “It is not inconceivable that gas from Cyprus and Israel could eventually cover perhaps 10 per cent of Europe’s annual gas needs,” said the authors. However, the authors note that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots have expressed their opposition to Cyprus’ gas exploration. Turkey is a non-signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and takes issue with Cyprus’ delineation of its EEZ but also objects, along with the Turkish Cypriots, to the unilateral exercise of sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) by Greek Cypriots. While it is clear the international community supports the right of Cyprus to explore

for oil and gas, various statements underline that it also has strong expectations that the hydrocarbons revenues be shared in the context of a solution to the Cyprus problem, said the authors. “The Turkish Cypriots have now developed a ‘policy of reciprocity’, whereby exploration activities undertaken by the RoC are met with similar activities by the Turkish Cypriots (in collaboration with Turkey), in areas to which the Turkish Cypriots feel they have an equal claim in principle,” said Gürel. The report notes that Turkey is likely to respond to exploration activities in the areas that the Turkish Cypriots intend to explore and which overlap with most of the blocks of the

RoC’s EEZ. It could do so even more aggressively, in response to any exploration in Blocks 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (which have not yet been licensed), which it claims partly fall within its own continental shelf. Regarding the economic aspects, the authors conclude that, in the context of uncertainties about the impact on prices of shale gas and the current economic environment, the financing of an LNG plant will take many years, unless there is additional supply, either from Israel or from blocks granted in the second licensing round. LNG would generate around the same revenue as a pipeline to Greece, but less than a pipeline to Turkey. “We found that a pipeline to Turkey, which of course is unlikely under the current circumstances, would generate €15 billion more net revenue, after major investment costs, than revenue from an LNG plant,” said Mullen. The authors complement their analysis with a range of scenarios on how success-

fully the gas can be exploited. How fast the RoC can earn hydrocarbons revenue under this scenario will depend, to a large extent, on factors that are out of its hands, namely on whether Israel decides to export gas and whether it is comfortable exporting it from an LNG facility located in Cyprus. Gas revenue flowing to the RoC would be most vulnerable, the authors conclude, if Israel and Turkey bridge their differences and Israel responds positively to Turkey’s recent overtures about building a gas pipeline between the two countries. In a separate event yesterday, the new head of Cyprus’ state hydrocarbons company (KRETYK) Charalambos Ellinas said the company is ready to work with all stakeholders towards establishing Vassilikos, earmarked as the spot for an LNG plant, as a regional hub for LNG by 2020-2025, drawing hydrocarbons from both Israel and Lebanon. Ellinas was speaking ahead of an Energy Symposium planned for March 13-14 at the Hilton Hotel, which will host over 30 speakers expected to address a wide range of issues.

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Sarris jumps in with both feet S&P says Cyprus’ outlook not necessarily affected by outcome of the elections (continued from front page) outlook were not affected by the outcome of the presidential elections. “In our view, Cyprus receiving shortterm financing and a bailout agreement depends more on the eurozone’s policy choices than Cyprus’ domestic policy choices”, the agency says in a statement. It said however it expected Nicos Anastasiades’ election would hasten progress in bail-out negotiations”. “We expect Mr Anastasiades will quickly form a new cabinet after taking office at the beginning of March,” S&P said. “In our view, however, Mr Anastasiades` ability to strike a balance between retaining domestic popularity and agreeing a bailout that satisfies creditors and their national interests appears to be limited and narrowing,” it added. It said that while Anastasiades’ approach to issues such as the partial privatisation of state-owned enterprises would likely help advance discussions with Cyprus` official lenders, other factors such as the timing and terms of a bailout agreement between Cyprus and its official lenders “may be more difficult”. “Any bailout agreement will likely involve Cyprus accepting already-unpopular

measures, such as the sale of SOEs. The monetisation of future gas reserves or any restructuring of cooperative banks could also provoke political or institutional opposition,” S&P added. The ratings agency also delved into the risks of Anastasiades’ mandate diminishing “amid challenging growth prospects and 14 per cent unemployment,” which it said would rise further. “Short of stop-gap measures that would, in our view, only temporarily postpone a further deterioration, we note that the troika has yet to agree to a bailout that ensures debt sustainability without sapping Cyprus` remaining growth drivers,” S&P warned. The agency believes that “measures such as significantly increasing the corporate tax rate or introducing a tax on bank deposits or proposed financial transactions tax could further stifle growth and reduce incentives for bank privatisation”. “The sources of future growth in Cyprus remain uncertain”, the statement says, forecasting “real GDP growth would average -1.5 per cent over the next three years”. S&P’s sovereign credit ratings and outlook on Cyprus are CCC+/Negative/C.

New Finance Minister Michalis Sarris (right) with his outgoing counterpart Vassos Shiarly yesterday as they met to discuss the bailout (Christos Theodorides)

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“I don’t pre-judge any instruments because the vocabulary matters and there are many ways to achieve burdensharing.” Asked if that was his personal view or that of the ECB board, Coeure said: “I’m pretty sure that (Mario Draghi) is comfortable with the way I’ve phrased it. No bail-in across the board of depositors.” Having bank account holders bear some of the costs is a risky strategy not only because there is no precedent in the previous bailouts in the eurozone debt crisis, but also because it raises the risk of a




run on Cypriot banks. Cyprus has a bloated banking system with deposits that reached more than €70 billion, although latest figures show that deposits reached their lowest levels in three years in January, according to a statement released by the Cyprus Central Bank. Last month saw a significant outflow of deposits from the domestic banking system, with €1.73 billion taken out of banks, representing a 2.5 per cent reduction compared to December. January deposits dropped to €68.42 billion from €70.15 billion the month before, marking the lowest level in three years. Around a third of the deposits in Cyprus are from non-residents, including many Russian and British businesses. One proposal for having depositors foot the bill would involve freezing any amounts above €100,000 with the total held in an escrow account and used either to shore up the capital of the banks or as collateral for loans. Cyprus, which elected a new, conservative president on Sunday, is adamantly opposed to the bailing-in of depositors or bondholders, concerned that it will destabilise its already shaky economy and undermine its business model. But there may be no way to avoid such a move if the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Commission, together known as the troika, agree that such a step is necessary to make Cypriot public debt manageable.


sels on Monday, with Germany and France pressing for a decision by the end of March. “All solutions should be explored,” Coeure said. “I wouldn’t include a general bail-in of depositors as part of the solution given the risks that it would pose for financial stability. “So I think the possible bailing-in of depositors across the board is not an option that can be envisaged given this hasn’t been done in any country. It would be entirely new and I don’t think it’s time to make experiments now.” Pressed to say if that left open the possibility of a narrower bail-in of deposits above the EU-guaranteed threshold of 100,000 euros, he said: “There needs to be an appropriate burden-sharing in the programme because we need to achieve debt sustainability. But no bail-in across the board.


DISY said yesterday that statements made by a European Central Bank policymaker not ruling out a haircut of bigger depositors in Cypriot banks, only served to undermine the credibility of the eurozone. Reuters yesterday reported ECB policymaker Benoit Coeure as saying that depositors in Cypriot banks should not be forced to take losses across the board as part of a eurozone rescue of Cyprus, but he did not rule out making the biggest depositors share some of the burden. Speaking at a Reuters Summit on the future of the eurozone, Coeure said it was essential to ensure that Cypriot debt was reduced to a manageable level and that the cost of the bailout was fairly shared and not just footed by taxpayers. Germany, Finland and some other eurozone countries are pushing for bank depositors and other investors in Cyprus to carry some of costs of a bailout, both to shield their taxpayers and because of suspicions that wealthy Russians and others have used the island to stash possibly illicit funds. Opponents of such a move are concerned it could trigger a bank run and further undermine trust in the eurozone, rekindling the worst of the debt crisis. In a statement yesterday responding to the reports, DISY repeated categorically Cyprus’ stance that there would be no haircut on deposits. Eurozone finance ministers will discuss the package for Cyprus at a meeting in Brus-

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Greens enthused by expanded mandate for the environment By Poly Pantelides INSTITUTIONALISING the job of environment commissioner will improve the way environmental issues are being handled in Cyprus, the Green Party said yesterday. President-elect Nicos Anastasiades has chosen to appoint the Green Party head Ioanna Panayiotou as environment commissioner. She will be replacing Charalambos Theopemptou. The Greens said yesterday Anastasiades had committed to upgrading the institution of the environment commissioner, and is due to forward legislation to parliament to strengthen the position and its staff. “Institutionalising the commissioner with legislation will propel forward the way environ-

mental issues are being handled in our country,” said Greens spokeswoman Eleni Chrysostomou. Chrysostomou said that an environment council headed by the new commissioner is due to be set up to promote green development and oversee a fund relating to environmental issues across various departments such as waste management, energy and health. “We have decided to all work together so that the new job positions can be created and so that our country can be harmonised with EU legislation,” she added. The new commissioner – a politician – will be replacing Theopemptou – a former lecturer at the Higher Technical Institute – who was first appointed environment commissioner by former President Tassos Papadopoulos in 2006 and then reappointed by Demetris Christofias in 2008. He was effectively a one-man office, with only a secretary provided to assist him in his duties. A tireless worker, Theopemptou

Anastasiades settles on his new ministers All-male cabinet with some old faces among the new mix By George Psyllides PRESIDENT-elect Nicos Anastasiades yesterday announced his cabinet, which included a couple of new faces but no women, which resulted in some criticism. “There is a specific programme, which everyone is obliged to follow and put in place,” Anastasiades said, adding that he was happy with the composition of his cabinet. Anastasiades has announced plans to create several junior minister positions, a move that will require new laws before it can be implemented. The President-elect said he planned to submit the necessary bills in March and expressed the hope they would be passed before month’s end. “We want a functional state, a state that can actively participate in the EU,” he said. Anastasiades’ government partner, DIKO chairman Marios Garoyian, said the new cabinet was well equipped to tackle the challenges faced by Cyprus. “The government formation combines experience and knowledge,” Garoyian said. “I think each one will be judged through their work and productivity.” The absence of women in the cabinet however, has drawn criticism. “The complete lack of women will not give the best image in Europe where the female presence is strong,” the Green party’s women movement said. “We call on the President-elect to reconsider … and include women in the cabinet.” The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) demanded equal representation. In a statement issued before the official announcement of the cabinet, the institute said equality between men and women featured as a neces-

One of the most familiar faces in the new cabinet is Ioannis Kasoulides who has previous served in the same post as foreign minister (Christos Theodorides) sary condition for the effective implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, as it pertained directly to improving the quantity and quality of women’s employment, improving access to and the quality of affordable public services to children and the elderly, eliminating the pay gap and implementing measures to reconcile work and family life. “In order to achieve the above, an important prerequisite is the participation of women in decision-making where we demand and expect their substantial contribution in ensuring the equal representation of women and men in both the ministerial cabinet as well as other key political positions,” MIGS said. “A

government cannot claim to be truly democratic without the equal participation of 51.3 per cent of the population and 60 per cent of the electorate at all levels of political and public life.” The inauguration of the new cabinet will take place tomorrow morning. AKEL said the new President and his government would be judged in good faith “based on what they do and not on the concerns and fears we voiced previously.” The party did warn however that it would be a strong critic when necessary. It started with criticising the absence of women from the cabinet, which AKEL said had taken Cypriot politics “many years back.”

The party also criticised the appointment of Michalis Sarris, a former senior banker, saying DISY was inconsistent as it used to criticise the outgoing president for appointing bankers to the finance ministry. It also censured the appointment of Haris Georgiades – a hotelier -- to the labour ministry as the majority of his employees were foreign EU nationals instead of unemployed Cypriots, AKEL said. EDEK said the new cabinet would be judged by its work but noted the absence of women and the “recycling” of a number of individuals from previous administrations. EDEK had refused to participate in the new government.

gained the admiration and respect of those he worked with. On social media websites, Facebook and Twitter, people wished him well and expressed their disappointment that his term was not to be renewed. Theopemptou has been keeping a website and blog as environment commissioner, writing articles and commenting on a great range of environmental issues, as well as actively maintaining Facebook and Twitter pages, in addition to his duties. Many congratulated and thanked Theopemptou for his work. Asked to comment on people’s reactions, Panayiotou said that “clearly, (Theopemptou) was very successful, but the commissioner is appointed by the President who was within his jurisdiction to appoint a new commissioner”. The Greens also congratulated Theopemptou “for his exceptional work”.

THE OFFICIAL NEW LINE-UP Foreign Minister: Ioannis Kasoulides (DISY) Born August 10, 1948, Kasoulides served as Foreign Minister in the Clerides government from 1997 until 2003. He was most recently an MEP Finance Minister: Michalis Sarris Born April 14, 1946, Sarris served as Finance Minister under late President Tassos Papadopoulos from 2005 until 2008. He also served as a member of the board of the Popular Bank. Interior Minister: Socratis Hasikos (DISY) Born in Nicosia April 12, 1956 he served as Defence Minister from 1999 until 2003 in the Glafcos Clerides administration. Hasikos took the post from EDEK’s Yiannakis Omirou in 1998 after the S-300 missiles scandal. Defence Minister: Fotis Fotiou (DIKO) Born in 1960 in Larnaca, he served as Agriculture Minister during the Papadopoulos administration between 2006 and 2008. He was serving as DIKO spokesman before his appointment. Education Minister: Kyriacos Kenevezos (DIKO) Born in Limassol in 1972, Kenevezos is the General Secretary of DIKO. He currently runs his own lawyer’s office in Limassol. Communications Minister: Tasos Mitsopoulos (DISY) Born May 30, 1965, was serving as DISY party spokesman until his appointment to the cabinet. He served as a special advisor to the Greek Minister of Foreign affairs between 1989 and 1993. Commerce Minister: Giorgos Lakkotrypis (DIKO) Born May 30, 1970 Lakkotrypis was a public sector director and worked at Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe. Agriculture Minister: Nicos Kouyialis (EVROKO) Born in 1967 in Deftera, He worked as an electrical engineer for the EAC. Labour Minister: Haris Georgiades (DISY) Born in Nicosia on April 9, 1972 was a DISY party representative and was an MP for DISY in Nicosia, since May 2011. Justice Minister: Ionas Nicolaou (DISY) Born on January 21, 1963, Nicolaou has been vicehead of DISY and an MP since 2001. Health Minister: Petros Petrides (DIKO) Served as medical director of Nicosia General Hospital prior to his appointment. Government Spokesman: Christos Stylianides (DISY) Born in Nicosia June 26, 1958, he has been an MP for DISY since 2006 and served as government spokesman during the Clerides presidency from 1998 until 1999 ALSO APPOINTED: Undersecretary to the President: Constantinos Petrides Presidential Commissioner: Katy Clerides (DISY) Environment Commissioner: Ioanna Panayiotou (Greens) Commissioner for Civil Service Reform: Emanuella Moushioutta Lambrianidou Director of the President’s Office: Panayiotis Antoniou (DISY)

Downer due next month THE UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Alexander Downer will be in Cyprus on March 11, for exploratory talks with the two leaders, the Cyprus News Agency reported yesterday. The Australian former Foreign Minister will be received by newly elected President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to explore their intentions with regard to a resumption of the Cyprus talks. After the completion of his contacts in Nicosia, Downer is expected to travel to New York to consult with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and inform the Security Council. The SG is expected to communicate with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, conveying the same message which has already conveyed to Anastasiades, regarding his desire to restart negotiations. The talks have been at a standstill for the past 12 months.

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Reduced budgets but more needy students Over 200 poorer students were helped in 2011/2012 By Peter Stevenson BEING a student in this day and age is becoming harder with an increasing number of students now applying for some form of ďŹ nancial aid to help support themselves through university. State beneďŹ ts given to the parents of children studying in higher educational institutions, which began in 1998, used to come to â‚Ź1,700 per year per student but this became means tested on a sliding scale as of 2012, resulting in a reduction in aid for many. Those applying for state beneďŹ ts now, must possess the necessary ďŹ nancial criteria to receive any beneďŹ t and according to an ofďŹ cial at the ďŹ nance ministry each case is looked at separately. “We look at the cost of tuition, the ďŹ nancial state of the student’s family and the income of both parents,â€? the ofďŹ cial told the Mail. “Before 2012 anyone studying in a higher educational institute was entitled to

the state funding. The University of Cyprus has its own welfare department and does not rely on state contributions to help students with ďŹ nancial troubles but their budget has been slashed, coinciding with an increase in student applications. Tuition at UCY is free. “We run a small department which has been operating since 1996 and even though our budget was â‚Ź80,000 in the 2011-12 academic year, we managed to collect around â‚Ź40,000 extra to give assistance to 206 needy students,â€? director of the University’s welfare department, Philippos Pattouras said. “Our budget for the 201213 academic year has been reduced to â‚Ź50,000 which makes things very difďŹ cult for the department as this has come at the same time as an increase in applications from students for assistance,â€? he added. Pattouras revealed that last year the department received 650 applications while this year it has received 800. “The economic crisis,

The economic crisis has affected a large number of UCY students in terms of grants and assistance which is severely affecting our society, has affected a large number of our students,â€? he said. Pattouras explained that his department and the university in general were troubled by the increasing number of families that are unable to ďŹ nancially support their children during their studies. To deal with the increasing needs of students, the welfare department has organised different activities and events in an attempt to collect funds. “In the last three months we have successfully organised three events which have helped collect â‚Ź4,600,â€? Pattouras said. As well as ďŹ nancial help, the University also provides moral and psychological support to its students, whether they are suffering ďŹ nancially or otherwise. “Financial aid is given based on certain ďŹ nancial criteria,â€? Pattouras explained. “SpeciďŹ cally speaking, the total amount of aid which can be given is calculated each year, taking into account the

amount of funds possessed by the department,â€? he continued. “The amount each student receives is based on their grades and what other ďŹ nancial help they receive from the state or family,â€? he added. Applications are usually submitted in October after the department sends out an SMS to all of the uni-

versity students. Applications can also be submitted during other periods of the year but only in cases that are deemed to be serious enough. “I assure you, the procedure in judging each case is completely fair and objective,â€? Pattouras said. “The ďŹ nal decision is made by a 17-member commit-

tee which is populated by different members of the university; students, teaching staff, and managerial staff,â€? he added. “The whole procedure is evaluated at the annual general meetings of each group and is overseen by an independent and private ofďŹ ce of approved auditors,â€? he concluded.

Paralimni charity no stranger to assisting poorest families By Peter Stevenson THE DISTRICTS of Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos have only this year begun working towards gathering food for needy families through creating community markets, but Paralimni has been operating one for the last 15 years. St. Christopher’s Centre for Offering and Love (KEPA) in Paralimni has been quietly operating since 1998 as a community market, helping the residents of the Famagusta district. KEPA is a registered charity that was founded in 1996 by the late father Evelthontas Charalambous. It is housed nextdoor to a modern old people’s home, in a private building where a school for children with special needs operates. “The centre, along with other charitable foundations, provides solace to needy families in the Famagusta district,� a statement from KEPA said. “Every year, since 1998, KEPA has given out a total of 15,000 portions of warm food through a special programme,� it contin-

ued. “In conjunction with Famagusta Welfare OfďŹ ce the centre gives out ‘Baskets of Love’ which contain necessary foods for families,â€? it added. In 2010, KEPA gave out 600 baskets. In 2011 it gave out 850. Last year the number reached 1,300. Since the turn of the year, KEPA has also contributed to giving breakfast to needy school children at Paralimni Gymnasium. The centre accepts contributions from residents of the area and products from different companies to insure that it operates effectively. Eleni Gourounia and her husband Anastasis volunteer at the centre and have been overwhelmed by the increase in needy families. “Four years ago we gave 200 baskets a year,â€? she said. “In 2012 we gave more than 1,300 baskets to needy families,â€? she added. “We help out as much as we can and we thank all of those who support our work,â€? she concluded. Those who would like to contribute to the centre are urged to call Father Evelthontas Demetris on 99 68 41 50.











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PM Cameron offers ‘bedroom tax’ pledge DAVID Cameron yesterday pledged to look at “any individual case” relating to the so-called “bedroom tax” as a string of opposition MPs lined up to attack the government’s plans to cut housing benefit for people in social homes with spare rooms. The Prime Minister argued the move was not a tax and accused Labour of “rank opportunism and irresponsibility” in attacking the proposals. Speaking during Prime Minister’s questions, Labour’s Wayne David (Caerphilly) raised the case of a couple in his constituency who were both registered blind, who he said would have to pay the “bedroom tax” on their home of 26 years, asking: “What justification can there be for this?” Cameron replied: “First of all I will look at any individual case and the Department for Work and Pensions will look at any individual case.” He added: “This is not tax, a tax is when someone earns money, it is their money and the government takes some of it away. “Frankly the party opposite have got to engage in the fact that housing benefit now accounts for £23 billion of government spending, that is a 50 per cent increase over the last decade and we have to address the fact as well that we have 250,000 families in overcrowded accommodation and we have 1.8 million people waiting for a council house.” Cameron said that Labour’s housing minister in the last government spoke of the need to ensure that houses that are too large for people’s current needs are allocated accordingly, adding: “That is what they said in government, now

The PM argued the move was not a tax, accusing Labour of ‘rank opportunism and irresponsibility’ they are in opposition all we get is rank opportunism and irresponsibility.” Labour’s Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle Upon Tyne North) also raised the issue of a vulnerable constituent near pension age who had lived in the same house his whole life, who was willing to be re-housed but could not find an alternative. She claimed he now faced homelessness “because he simply can’t afford the government’s bedroom tax” adding: “Can the Prime Minister explain why he has prioritised a tax cut for millionaires whilst devastating the lives of vulnerable people.” Cameron replied: “Of course we need to build more social homes and we’re doing exactly that, but in the meantime we should do everything we can to make sure those homes are used in the most efficient and fair way, that is what these changes will help to achieve and that is why they deserve our support.”


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Britain’s Prince Harry (right) interacts with a deaf girl on February 27, 2013 at the Kananelo Center for the Deaf in Maseru. The prince visited his charity projects in Lesot-

ho yesterday, finding time to perform traditional dance moves with children during his return visit to the southern African kingdom (AFP)

British Gas’ Centrica under fire over profits BRITISH Gas parent Centrica came under public and political fire yesterday after it revealed it made nearly £50 per household last year just months after hiking customer bills. A £606 million profit haul at British Gas residential was slammed as “staggering” amid calls for the firm to use some of the cash towards reducing energy bills for its 8.4 million customers. The 11 per cent rise in profits came after last year’s colder-than-normal weather saw gas use leap 12 per cent, with British Gas making £49 on each average annual dual fuel bill of £1,188. Its results have raised questions once more over the fairness of energy bill

Company made nearly £50 per household after 2012 hike increases after British Gas raised tariffs by 6 per cent at the end of last year. Centrica also confirmed yesterday that British Gas boss Phil Bentley is quitting at the end of June - and will leave with a combined share, salary and pension package worth around £10 million. Trade union Unite said the energy regulator should be given more power to ensure utility providers “behave fairly”. Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: “British

Gas’ owner Centrica is making £50 per household in this country - that is staggering. “These profits will anger a growing number of families who are struggling to pay the bills. “The price increases in November caused hardship for customers while British Gas bosses boosted their profits and their own bonuses in the process.” Underlying earnings at the wider Centrica group jumped 14 per cent to £2.7 billion, but Centrica said it paid more than £1 billion in tax and in-

vested £2.7 billion in 2012. Chief executive Sam Laidlaw insisted the company needed to make a “fair and reasonable return so that we can continue to make our contribution to society and to invest”. Centrica stressed British Gas contributes a fifth of total group profits, with 2012 results largely driven by a 20 per cent rise in profits at its upstream gas and oil exploration business to £1.2 billion. Consumer Focus called for greater transparency between profits and prices earlier this month after utility giant EDF revealed a £1.7 billion earnings haul just two months after raising bills for 3.7 million British households.

Pilot badger culls to go ahead Spy file probe to be secret CONTROVERSIAL badger culling to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is set to go ahead this summer, after two pilot schemes were given the green light yesterday. Pilot culls in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, which will see the killing of 70 per cent of badgers in each area, have been authorised by government agency Natural England after final licence conditions were met, with a third scheme in Dorset being prepared as a reserve to prevent any further delays. The two pilot culls were delayed last year in the face of bad weather and the discovery that there were more badgers in the areas than previously estimated. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told farmers at the National Farmers’ Union conference in Birmingham that he was committed to making sure the pilots went ahead. He said tackling bovine TB had cost the taxpayer £500 million in the past 10 years, and costs could reach £1 billion over the next decade if the disease was left unchecked. He said that research in the UK had shown that culling badgers, which can transmit TB to cattle, could reduce the levels of the disease in herds, and that Britain had to learn from experience elsewhere that the tuberculosis could not effectively be curbed without tackling the problem in wildlife.

SENSITIVE evidence alleged to expose poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko’s ties to MI6 will be examined in secret, a coroner ruled yesterday. Lawyers for the former KGB agent’s family believe the files may contain the key to his assassination in London in November 2006. Yesterday his widow Marina spoke of her disappointment that such material was still being shrouded in secrecy amid claims the government planned to “suppress” evidence to protect relations with Russia. Litvinenko, 43, was poisoned with polonium-210 while drinking tea at the Millennium Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square. His family believes he was working for MI6 at the time and was killed on the orders of the Kremlin. They have urged the government to reveal documents which they believe would support this theory. But Foreign Secretary William Hague has argued the disclosure of certain files relating to the case could pose a risk to national security. Coroner Sir Robert Owen yesterday told a pre-inquest review, at London’s Royal Courts of Justice, he would consider a selection of that evidence in private, giving Hague’s application the “most stringent and critical examination”.

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Pope speaks of ‘rough seas’ at emotional last appearance Unusual outpouring for private pontiff (continued from front page) The pope says he is too old and weak to continue leading a Church beset by crises over child abuse by priests and a leak of confidential Vatican documents showing corruption and rivalry among Vatican officials. He said he was not “coming down from the cross” but would serve the Church through prayer. Some of those who have faulted Benedict for resigning have pointed to the late Pope John Paul, who said he would “not come down from the cross” despite his bad health because he believed his suffering could inspire others. Many Catholics and even some close papal aides were stunned by his decision on February 11 and concerned

As of this evening, Benedict will have the title ‘pope emeritus’ about the impact it will have on a Church torn by divisions. Most in the square were supportive of Benedict, an increasingly frail figure in the last months of his papacy. “He did what he had to do in his conscience before

God,” said Sister Carmel, from a city north of Rome, who came to the capital with her fellow nuns and members of her parish. “This is a day in which we are called to trust in the Lord, a day of hope,” she said. “There is no room for sadness here today. We have

Italian crisis deepens AN Italian political crisis that has rattled the eurozone deepened yesterday when two party leaders ruled out the most likely options to form a government and avoid a new election. Populist leader Beppe Grillo slammed the door on overtures from centre-left boss Pier Luigi Bersani with a stream of insults while Nichi Vendola, Bersani’s junior coalition partner, ruled out a government alliance with the centre-right. These two options are currently seen as the only way to avoid returning to the polls in short order after the February 2425 election, in which a huge protest vote against traditional politicians and austerity policies plunged Italy into deadlock. The prospect of prolonged uncertainty in the eurozone’s third-largest economy caused sharp falls on world markets immediately following the election result, but they calmed yesterday after solid demand for Italian government debt at an auction, with European bonds, shares and the euro all boosted. The centre-left took the most seats in the poll but no single group has a big enough majority to rule. Grillo’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement blocked centre-left control of parliament after one of the biggest populist victories in recent European history. Bersani put out cautious feelers to Grillo on Tuesday, suggesting there could be agreement on a short list of measures common to both sides. But he said those supporting a centre-

Firebrand 5-Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo said PD head Pier Luigi Bersani was ‘a dead man talking’ left government would have to back it in a confidence vote, which would be essential before it could be installed. Grillo responded on his blog by calling Bersani a “dead man talking” and a political stalker, accusing him of making “indecent proposals” and calling on him to resign. The centre-left slumped to well below the winning majority that opinion polls had predicted. Grillo said 5-Star would not give a vote of confidence to the centre-left or anybody else, but would support laws that reflected its own programme to abolish a despised electoral law, slash the privileges of a discredited political class and remove public funding from the parties.

Hackers target European governments - researchers HACKERS targeted dozens of computer systems at government agencies across Europe in a series of attacks that exploited a recently discovered security flaw in Adobe Systems Inc’s software, security researchers reported yesterday. Russia’s Kaspersky Lab and Hungary’s Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security, or CrySyS, said the targets of the

campaign included government computers in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal and Romania. They also said a think tank, research institute and healthcare provider in the United States, a prominent research institute in Hungary and other entities in Belgium and Ukraine were among those that were targeted by the malicious software, which they have dubbed

“MiniDuke”. The researchers, who declined to further elaborate on the victims’ identities, released their findings as more than 20,000 security professionals gathered in San Francisco for the annual RSA conference. The researchers suspect MiniDuke was designed for espionage, but were still trying to figure out the attack’s ultimate objective.

to pray, there are many problems in the Church but we have to trust in the Lord.” Not everyone agreed. “He was a disaster. It’s good for everyone that he resigned,” said Peter McNamara, 61, an Australian of Irish descent who said he had come to the square “to

witness history”. The pope, a theologian and professor, never felt truly comfortable with the weight of the papacy and many Catholics feel that, although he was a towering Church figure, perhaps the cardinals should have chosen someone else in 2005. “It was clear from the start that he was more at home in a library,” said Carla Manton, 65. “A very good man but he realised in his heart that this was the right thing to do for himself and the Church and now he will pray, he will pray for all of us.” Benedict will move to the papal summer residence south of Rome tonight and later to a convent in the Vatican. He will lay aside the red “shoes of the fisherman” that have been part of his papal attire and wear brown loafers given to him by shoemakers during a trip to Leon, Mexico last year. He will wear a “simple white cassock”, the Vatican said. His lead seal and his ring of office, known as the “ring of the fisherman”, will be destroyed according to Church rules, just as if he had died.

Swiss factory shooting leaves two people dead A WORKER shot dead two colleagues then himself in the canteen of a Swiss factory yesterday. Another seven people were wounded, six of them seriously, in the shooting at the Kronospan wood processing plant in the small town of Menznau, Lucerne. Police chief Daniel Bussmann said the 42-yearold gunman arrived at the premises shortly after 9am, drew a pistol and started firing at people. Kronospan chief executive Mauro Capozzo said that the man had been “with us for more than 10 years - a quiet man, no other incidents involving him are known.” There was no word on a possible motive; Capozzo said the company had not made any redundancies from its 450-strong workforce recently. Gun ownership is widespread in Switzerland, thanks to liberal regulation - a 2011 referendum to tighten controls failed - and a long-standing tradition for men to keep their military rifles after completing compulsory military service.

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Pistorius house drug also a sex aid LAWYERS for Oscar Pistorius have identified the substance found in his bedroom after he shot dead his girlfriend as Testis compositum, and say it is a herbal remedy used “in aid of muscle recovery”. A product called Testis compositum is also marketed as a sexual enhancer, good for lack of stamina. Some online retailers advertise oral and injectable forms as testosterone boosters. South African police say they found needles in Pistorius’ bedroom along with the substance, which they initially named as testosterone. Prosecutors later withdrew that and said it had been sent for lab tests. A Pistorius family spokeswoman said that the athlete’s lawyers confirmed that the substance is Testis compositum. In court last week, Pistorius’ defence lawyer Barry Roux said the substance was not banned by sports’ authorities, but it had been unclear what it was. A product called Testis Compositum is made by Biologische Heilmittel Heel, based in Baden-Baden, Germany. The company website says it is one of the world’s leading makers of homeopathic combination medications. A US subsidiary, Heel USA, markets the product in tablet form only. Heel USA’s website says the product provides temporary relief for men’s “sexual weakness” and lack of stamina. Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder in the February 14 death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He says he shot her by accident after mistaking her for an intruder in his home.

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Indian firefighters work at the scene of a blaze at the Surya Sen market building in Kolkata on February 27, 2013. A fire swept through a six-storey building housing an illegal

market in the eastern Indian city yesterday, killing at least 18 people who were unable to escape the inferno, local officials said (AFP)

Married couple sought for space trip to Mars IN less than five years, a married couple could be on their way toward Mars in an audacious private mission that would slingshot them around the Red Planet, according to a plan outlined yesterday by a financial tycoon and his team. The voyage would be a cosmic no-frills flight that would take the husband-and-wife astronauts as close as 100 miles from Mars, but it would also mean being cooped up for 16 months in a cramped space capsule. The private non-profit plan called Inspiration Mars aims to capitalise on the once-ina-generation close approach of the two planets’ orbits. The US space agency, NASA, will not be involved.

Tycoon behind private $1b 16-month mission to planet Instead, the project’s backers intend to use a private rocket and space capsule and some kind of habitat that might be inflatable, employing an austere design that could take people to Mars for a fraction of what it would cost NASA to do with robots, officials said. The crew members will have no lander to go down to the planet, and no spacesuits to go out for any spacewalk. They will have minimal food, water and clothing, and their urine will be recycled into drinking water.

“This is not going to be an easy mission,” chief technical officer and potential crew member Taber MacCallum said in an interview. It also involves a huge risk, more than a government agency would normally permit, officials concede. “It’s a risk well worth taking,” MacCallum said. He said it harkens back to the days when people took risks when it was meaningful, and he said it could be an inspiration, especially to students. The mission will get initial

money from multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the first space tourist. Mr MacCallum said the team will not say how much the overall flight would cost, but outsiders put the price tag at more than one billion dollars. As for why a couple will make the flight, “this is very symbolic, and we really need it to represent humanity with a man and a woman”, MacCallum said. He said if it is a man and a woman on such a long, cramped voyage, it makes sense for them to be married so that they can give each other the emotional support that they will probably need when they look out the window and see Earth get smaller and more distant.

Australian billionaire unveils his vision for new version of Titanic

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AN Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016. Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship’s namesake at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York on Tuesday. He said work was due to start soon in China. Palmer said 40,000 people had ex-


pressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage, taking the original course from Southampton to New York. He said people were inspired by his quest to replicate one of the most famous vessels in history. “We all live on this planet, we all breathe the same air and, of course, the Titanic is about the things we’ve



got in common,” he said. “It links three continents.” The original Titanic was the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner when it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on April 15, 1912. Only 700 people of the more than 2,200 on board survived the most famous maritime disaster in history.

A MEXICAN teachers’ leader has been accused of embezzling tens of millions from her union to pay for property, private planes, plastic surgery and other luxuries. Elba Esther Gordillo, 68, head of the 1.5 millionmember National Union of Education Workers, was arrested as she landed at Toluca airport near Mexico City on a private flight from San Diego. The fall of one of the country’s most talked about and divisive characters - unthinkable just months ago - comes with the return to power of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, which previously ruled for 71 years and once helped Gordillo consolidate her power. She was arrested one day after president Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law a comprehensive education reform designed to dismantle a system she controlled.

Suicide blast AT least 10 people were injured when a suicide bomber attacked a bus filled with Afghan soldiers in Kabul yesterday. The Taliban bomber, wearing a black overcoat and carrying an umbrella as a shelter against heavy snow, crossed the road towards the vehicle, then lay down and slithered underneath it, where he then detonated his explosives, a witness said. The man was killed, and at least six soldiers and four civilians were wounded, according to the Kabul police chief’s office.

Shark attack A SHARK said to have been up to 14ft long killed a swimmer near a popular New Zealand beach yesterday, then disappeared after police attempting to save the man fired at the predator. Muriwai Beach near Auckland was closed after the fatal attack, one of only about a dozen in New Zealand in the past 180 years.

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Iran upbeat on nuke talks, West still wary Expert talks due in March, next high-level meet in April By Justyna Pawlak and Yeganeh Torbati

Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as US defence secretary yesterday after a bruising Senate confirma-

tion battle, and promised to renew old US alliances and forge new ones without attempting to “dictate” to the world (AFP)

IRAN was upbeat yesterday after talks with world powers about its nuclear work ended with an agreement to meet again, but Western officials said it had yet to take concrete steps to ease their fears of a secret weapons programme. The United States, China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany offered to ease sanctions slightly in return for Iran curbing its most sensitive work, but had made clear they expected no breakthrough in the talks in Kazakhstan, the first in eight months. US Secretary of State John Kerry (inset) said the talks had been “useful” and that a serious engagement by Iran could lead to a comprehensive deal in a decade-old dispute that has threatened to trigger a new Middle East war. Iran’s foreign minister said in Vienna he was “very confident” a deal could be

‘Provocative’ Israeli settlement building denounced in EU report ISRAELI building on occupied land poses the most serious threat to the creation of a Palestinian state, EU diplomats said in a report leaked yesterday, urging Europe not to fund any settlement activities. The non-binding document by European Union consul generals in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, territory captured in a 1967 war, said the 27-nation bloc should be diligent in ensuring settlements are excluded from trade benefits enjoyed by Israel. “Settlement construction remains the biggest single threat to the two-state solution. It is systematic, deliberate and provocative,” said the internal report that was sent to Brussels for consideration earlier this month. Israeli leaders have repeatedly spurned international calls to stop settlement activity on land Palestinians seek for a future state. Citing historical and Biblical links to Jerusalem and the West Bank, Israel says it has a right to build there. The report denounced Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. It also urged EU states “not to support ... research, education and technological cooperation” and to discourage investment in Israeli firms operating in occupied territory. European countries, the report added, should consider barring entry to their territory of “known violent settlers”. Yigal Palmor, an Israeli Foreign Ministry

spokesman, said the document would not help efforts to further peace. “A diplomat’s mission is to build bridges and bring people together, not to foster confrontation. The EU consuls have clearly failed in their mission,” he said. Senior Palestinian politician Hana Ashrawi welcomed the report and urged EU states to heed its recommendations. “Now is the time to exercise the political will that is required to hold Israel accountable before any and all chances for peace are destroyed,” she said in a statement. Palestinian-Israeli peace talks broke down in 2010 after Israel ended a partial moratorium on settlement construction. Some 325,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank and a further 200,000 reside in East Jerusalem. Some 250,000 Palestinians also live in Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after 1967 in a move never internationally recognised. The EU envoys said Arabs faced persistent problems in the city, including demolitions and evictions, “restrictive” planning, “discriminatory access” to religious sites, “inequitable” education and “difficult access” to health care. The report identified construction in large urban settlements that lie between Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank town of Bethlehem as “the most significant and problematic plans” that Israel was currently advancing.

Islamic bond issues law approved in Egypt THE Egyptian government approved a draft law yesterday that will allow the state to issue Islamic bonds, or sukuk, a move that could help narrow a gaping budget deficit and boost foreign currency reserves that have fallen to critically low levels. Finance Minister Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy said Egypt could raise around $10 billion a year from the sukuk market - much more than some analysts expect

- but added it would take at least three months to push through the necessary regulations. Shaped by Egypt’s first Islamist-led administration, the law will also allow private borrowers to issue sukuk. Egypt has never before issued bonds that adhere to Islamic principles, under which the payment of interest is impermissible. The law will be referred to the Islamist-dominated

upper house of parliament before final approval from President Mohamed Mursi. An earlier version of the sukuk law had been criticised by Islamic scholars, forcing a rethink. With the Mursi administration facing a deep economic crisis, the issuance of Islamic bonds could provide some financial support as parliamentary elections approach. The voting is set to begin in late April and stretch into late June.

reached and its chief negotiator said he believed the Almaty meeting could be a “turning point”. The two sides agreed to hold expert-level talks in Istanbul on March 18 to discuss the offer, and return to Almaty for political discussions on April 5-6, when Western diplomats made clear they wanted to see substantive movement by Iran. “Iran knows what it needs to do, the president has made clear his determination to implement his policy that Iran will not have a nuclear weap-

on,” Kerry said in Paris. Israel, assumed to be the Middle East’s only nucleararmed power, was watching the talks closely. It has strongly hinted it might attack Iran if diplomacy and sanctions fail to ensure that it cannot build a nuclear weapon. Iran denies any such aim. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said economic sanctions were failing and urged the international community to threaten Iran with military action. Western officials said the offer presented by the six

powers included an easing of a ban on trade in gold and other precious metals, and a relaxation of an import embargo on Iranian petrochemical products. They gave no further details. In exchange, a senior US official said, Iran would among other things have to suspend uranium enrichment to a fissile concentration of 20 percent at its Fordow underground facility and “constrain the ability to quickly resume operations there”. This appeared to be a softening of a previous demand that Iran ship out its entire stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium, which it says it needs to produce medical isotopes. Iran says it has a sovereign right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, and wants to fuel nuclear power plants so that it can export more oil. But 20-per cent purity is far higher than that needed for nuclear power, and rings alarm bells abroad because it is only a short technical step away from weapons-grade.

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AIRBUS parent EADS formally buried its failed $45billion merger with defence contractor BAE Systems and cheered investors with evidence that civil aviation growth continues unabated. Shares in Europe’s largest aerospace company hit a record high yesterday after it unveiled higher than expected 2012 earnings and raised its dividend despite charges at its defence and helicopter operations. Chief Executive Tom Enders said he was “comfortable” with defence providing only 20-25 per cent of overall group revenue, rather than the longtargeted equal split that would have resulted from a deal with Britain’s BAE. Investors had largely opposed the deal because it would have diluted their exposure to strong demand from airlines in emerging markets - a rare bright spot in an otherwise bleak climate for industrial goods made in western economies. Strategy chief Marwan Lahoud told Reuters that the BAE deal was now “off the table”, dismissing lingering speculation that EADS was still clinging to hopes of reviving the deal. EADS, which makes drones, fighter jets and missiles, will study defence activities and potentially stop some of them if they fail to meet the group’s criteria, he said in an interview. While defence spending has been hit hard by budget cuts, passenger jet production has largely ridden out the economic crisis thanks to airline growth in emerging markets. Airbus has also bounced back strongly after last year’s discovery of cracks on the wings of its A380 superjumbo, with the spotlight falling instead on Boeing, which is wrestling with battery problems on its 787 Dreamliner.

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A worker builds a new single-family home in San Marcos, California, in this January 30, 2013 file photograph altors said its pending home sales index increased 4.5 per cent to its highest level since April 2010 - just before the expiration of the home-buyer tax credit. The rise in signed contracts, which become sales after a month or two, added to data such as building permits and home prices that have suggested a decisive turnaround in the housing market. The sector is no longer a drag on the economy and home building added to economic growth last year for the first time since 2005. Still, the reports are unlikely to change the Federal

REGULATORS could not have spotted the “lowballing” of Libor interest rates during the financial crisis even if they had looked, Britain’s Financial Services Authority said. The watchdog’s chairman, Adair Turner, told a parliamentary commission on banking standards yesterday it was much easier to see abuses in share trading by using computers. Manipulation of the London interbank offered rate (Libor) during the 2008 crisis, for which three banks - Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS - have

Reserve’s very easy monetary policy stance. Stocks on Wall Street were trading higher on the data. Prices for US government debt were mixed, while the dollar was weak against a basket of currencies. The Commerce Department report also showed durable goods orders excluding transportation increased 1.9 per cent last, the largest gain since December 2011, after increasing 1 per cent in December. That was well above economists’ expectations for a 0.2 per cent increase. However, overall orders for durable goods - items from

toasters to aircraft that are meant to last at least three years - tumbled 5.2 per cent as demand for civilian and defence aircraft fell sharply. Last month’s drop was the first since August. Factory activity has cooled in recent months after helping to lift the economy from the 2007-09 recession. Sluggish domestic demand, tighter fiscal policy and slowing global growth are holding back manufacturing. Last month, shipments of non-defence capital goods orders excluding aircraft, used to calculate equipment and software spending in the

gross domestic product report, fell 1 per cent after being flat the prior month. Overall orders for durable goods were dampened by a 19.8 per cent drop in transportation equipment as demand for civilian aircraft dived 34 per cent. Boeing received orders for only 2 aircraft, down from 183 in December. The decline in orders is probably not related to the grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners after problems with overheating batteries. Aircraft orders are very volatile and typically tend to fall at the start of the year.

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been fined so far was far harder to see, he said. “There was no information on the trader manipulation,” Turner told the commission. Libor is used to price trillions of dollars of financial products from derivatives to mortgages. As markets went into meltdown following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 some banks put in low submissions for rates at which they could borrow from other banks to give an impression they were sound. The FSA’s report into when and what it knew about Libor rigging will be pub-

lished on Tuesday, March 5. It comes after questions from lawmakers as to why the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission began probing possible rigging of the London-based Libor before the FSA. Neither the FSA, the CFTC - two of the regulators that have fined the three banks - nor other regulators had ways to see the trader manipulation, Turner said. “We could not have got at it by intensive supervision. You just cannot have a police force big enough to spot all these problems.”

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A GAUGE of planned U.S. business spending increased by the most in just over a year in January, a sign businesses were becoming more confident in the durability of the economic recovery. The case for the economy’s resilience was bolstered by another report yesterday showing that contracts to buy previously owned homes approached a near threeyear high last month. Housing is expected to underpin growth this year. Non-defence capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, jumped 6.3 per cent, the biggest gain since December 2011. Orders for the so-called core capital had slipped 0.3 per cent in December. “The strong gains in core capital goods orders suggest that business investment activity, which has been one of the sour points of this economic recovery, could provide a meaningful lift to overall economic activity this quarter,” said Millan Mulraine, a senior economist at TD Securities in New York. Economists had expected core capital goods orders to only rise 0.2 per cent. Business spending regained its footing in the fourth quarter after contracting in the prior period. In a separate report, the National Association of Re-

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ITALY’S borrowing costs rose to their highest in four months yesterday at the first bond auction since an election that raises the prospect of prolonged political instability. No party won a parliamentary majority in the weekend vote, rattling investors in the eurozone’s third largest economy and rekindling concerns over the region’s debt problems. Although the treasury sold the maximum planned amount of €4 billion of the new 10-year bond, the yield it had

to offer jumped to 4.83 per cent, the highest since October. Yields in the secondary market were, however, a little easier than on Tuesday. There were signs that foreign investors had stayed away from the auction, concerned at the political uncertainty, leaving Italian institutions to buy up most of the paper. “Demand for both lines was relatively solid, probably led by domestic accounts that took advantage of higher yields,” wrote Newedge strategist An-

nalisa Piazza. The bid-to-cover ratio was a healthy 1.65 - bids totalled €6.6 billion - and Italian debt prices and European stocks briefly rose yesterday after the results, with investors relieved that the sale had gone smoothly. Rome’s 10year yields in the secondary market fell 7 basis points to 4.83 per cent. Italy also issued €2.5 billion of a fiveyear bond yesterday, paying a yield of 3.59 per cent, up from 2.94 per cent one month ago.

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Male-dominated and party-filled new cabinet a bit disappointing THERE is no shabbier business in Cypriot politics than the horse-trading that goes on before the announcement of the members of the Council of Ministers by a new president. Party leaders, party hangers-on, ‘important personalities’ and leading citizens all flock to the president-elect’s office to seek appointment either for themselves or some friend they are convinced would make a great minister. It was no different this time. President-elect Nicos Anastasiades had pledged to form a national salvation government in which he would invite all parties to participate, but worse still, he was indebted to DIKO which helped his election and would be demanding a sizeable share of the spoils in exchange for this support. DIKO always cashes in its election support to a successful candidate, to the detriment of the cabinet. The problem is that the president is always short-changed in this arrangement, because the people that DIKO appoints rarely add value to the cabinet. For instance, the appointment of the former leader of the state doctors’ union at the health ministry defied belief. Could a union boss, accustomed to promoting the interest of his members, be trusted to pursue the introduction of the much-needed national health scheme? And was a DIKO party hack the best man to entrust the education ministry to? In fact there was an over-reliance on senior party members, the presidentelect appointing only one minister who did not come from a political party – Michalis Sarris as finance minister. While it is understandable for a president to want to have his close associates working with him in government and to feel obliged to reward the parties that supported him, we still would have expected him to have appointed a few independents; even a staunch party man like Christofias managed that. Worse still, there was not a single woman in the new cabinet. How representative could a government without a female minister be? It was ironic that Anastasiades invited all parties except AKEL to participate in his government, so it would be broadly representative, but did not consider it necessary to include a woman in the cabinet. After all, women only make up 50 per cent of the population. In mitigation, it must be said that the president-elect’s choices were restricted as a result of his alliance with DIKO, but people were still entitled to expect a less party- and male-dominated cabinet. We can only hope that the restrictions imposed on Anastasiades in choosing his cabinet will not be evident when he is running the country.

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Emerging deadly virus needs swift sleuth work Analysis Kate Kelland


HE EMERGENCE of a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has already killed half those known to be infected requires speedy scientific detective work to figure out its potential. Experts in virology and infectious diseases say that while they already have unprecedented detail about the genetics and capabilities of the novel coronavirus, or NCoV, what worries them more is what they don’t know. The virus, which belongs to the same family as viruses that cause the common cold and the one that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), emerged in the Middle East last year and has so far killed seven of the 13 people it is known to have infected worldwide. Of those, six have been in Saudi Arabia, two in Jordan, and others in Britain and Germany linked to travel in the Middle East or to family clusters. “What we know really concerns me, but what we don’t know really scares me,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the US-based Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and a professor at the University of Minnesota. Less than a week after identifying NCoV in September last year in a Qatari patient at a London hospital, scientists at Britain’s Health Protection Agency had sequenced part of its genome and mapped out a so-called “phylogenetic tree” - a kind of family tree - of its links. Swiftly conducted scientific studies by teams in Switzerland, Germany and elsewhere have found that NCoV is well adapted to infecting humans and may be treatable medicines similar to the ones used for SARS, which emerged in China in 2002 and killed a tenth of the 8,000 people it infected. “Partly because of the way the field has developed postSARS, we’ve been able to get onto this virus very early,” said Mike Skinner, an expert on coronaviruses from Imperial College London. “We know what it looks like, we know what family it’s from and we have its complete gene sequence.” Yet there are many unanswered questions. “At the moment we just don’t know whether the virus might actually be quite widespread and it’s just a tiny proportion of people who get really sick, or whether it’s a brand new virus carrying a much greater virulence potential,” said Wendy Barclay, a flu virologist, also at Imperial College London. To have any success in answering those questions, scientists and health officials in affected countries such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan need to conduct swift and robust

Scientists and health officials in affected countries need to conduct swift studies on NCoV epidemiological studies to find out whether the virus is circulating more widely in people but causing milder symptoms. This would help establish whether the 13 cases seen so far are the most severe and represent “the tip the iceberg”, said Volker Thiel of the Institute of Immunobiology at Kantonal Hospital in Switzerland, who published research this month showing NCoV grows efficiently in human cells. Scientists and health officials in the Middle East and Arab Peninsular also need to collab-

‘Initial scientific analysis by laboratory scientists at Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) found that NCoV’s closest relatives are most probably bat viruses’

orate with colleagues in Europe, where some NCoV cases have been treated and where samples have gone to specialist labs, to try to pin down the virus’ source. Initial scientific analysis by laboratory scientists at Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) - which helped identify the virus in a Qatari patient in September last year - found that NCoV’s closest relatives are most probably bat viruses. It is not unusual for viruses to jump from animals to humans and mutate in the process high profile examples include the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS and the H1N1 swine flu which caused a pandemic in 2009 and 2010. Yet further work by a research team at the Robert Koch Institute at Germany’s University of Bonn now suggests it may have come through an intermediary possibly goats. In a detailed case study of a patient from Qatar who was infected with NCoV and treated in Germany, researchers said the man reported owning a camel and goat farm on which several goats had been ill with fevers before he himself got sick. Osterholm noted this, saying he would “feel more comfortable if we could trace back all the cases to an animal source”. If so, it would mean the infections are just occasional cross-overs from animals, he said - a little like the sporadic cases of bird flu that continue

to pop up - and would suggest the virus has not yet established a reservoir in humans. Yet recent evidence from a cluster of cases in a family in Britain strongly suggests NCoV can be passed from one person to another and may not always come from an animal source. An infection in a British man who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, reported on February 11, was swiftly followed by two more British cases in the same family in people who had no recent travel history in the Middle East. The World Health Orgnisation says the new cases show the virus is “persistent” and HPA scientists said the cluster provided “strong evidence” that NCoV, which like other coronaviruses probably spreads in airborne droplets, can pass from one human to another “in at least some circumstances”. Despite this, Ian Jones, a professor of virology at Britain’s University of Reading, said he believes “the most likely outcome for the current infections is a dead end” - with the virus petering out and becoming extinct. Others say they fear that is unlikely. “There’s nothing in the virology that tells us this thing is going to stop being transmitted,” said Osterholm. “Today the world is one big virological blender. And if it’s sustaining itself (in humans) in the Middle East then it will show up around the rest of the world. It’s just a matter of time.”

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It wouldn’t be David Bowie if it was sane Returning 66-year-old has lost none of his edge as latest video reveals By Mike Collett-White DAVID Bowie’s first album of new music in a decade sees the influential musician back to his best, critics said in reviews this week, two weeks before its release. The Next Day, which hits stores in Britain on March 11 and a day later in the United States, could even be the “greatest comeback in rock’n’roll history”, according to The Independent’s Andy Gill. As well as a series of glowing reviews, this week also saw the launch of the second single from the 14-track album called The Stars (Are out Tonight), accompanied by a surreal video starring the Starman himself and Tilda Swinton as his wife. In it the middle-aged couple’s daily routine is upset by the arrival of a group of mysterious, androgynous celebrities next door who enter their dreams and reawaken old desires and fears. “They burn you with their radiant smiles / Trap you with their beautiful eyes” read the lyrics on Bowie’s official website. As befits an ‘event’ album with so much hype surrounding it, several newspapers gave The Next Day a track-by-track analysis. “David Bowie’s The Next Day may be the greatest comeback album ever,” said Gill in his five-star assess-

Wowie Bowie: the singer teams up with Tilda Swinton as a couple whose lives are torn apart by extraordinary neighbours - played by androgenous models Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw

ment. “It’s certainly rare to hear a comeback effort that not only reflects an artist’s own best work, but stands alongside it in terms of quality,” he added. Neil McCormick of the Telegraph also gave the record top marks, calling it “an ... emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, war-torn world of the 21st century.” Even in an age when veteran musical comebacks are a daily occurrence, the fascination with Bowie appears to be huge.

COVER FEATURE Music magazine NME is dedicating a six-page cover feature to the singer, while the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is staging a major exhibition looking at his music, art and groundbreaking fashion. More than 26,000 tickets have already been sold to the show, which opens on March 23. Alexis Petridis, writing in the Guardian, argued that, while containing references to Bowie’s past work, it largely avoided becoming a sonic memoir of a stellar musical career. And he said that the secrecy surrounding the making of the album, and genuine media surprise when it was announced on Bowie’s 66th

birthday last month, risked overshadowing the quality of the music itself. “That doesn’t seem a fair fate for an album that’s thought-provoking, strange and filled with great songs,” he said. “Listening to it makes you hope it’s not a one-off, that his return continues apace.” Songs singled out by critics included Valentine’s Day, couched, according to Gill, “in one of the album’s most engaging pop arrangements”, and Dancing Out In Space, described by Will Hodgkinson of The Times as a “nightclub smash”. Now that the album is complete, the question on many fans’ lips is whether Bowie will return to the stage to perform live. The singer himself has dodged the limelight altogether since the comeback, but guitarist Gerry Leonard told Rolling Stone magazine that he thought it was “5050” that Bowie would tour. The glam-rock star, born David Jones in south London in 1947, shot to fame with Space Oddity in 1969, and later with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, before establishing himself as a chart-topping force in the early 1980s. His long absence from the music scene led to speculation he had retired, with British newspapers reporting as recently as October that he had disappeared from the limelight for good.

Carrie Fisher suffers bipolar episode Lawrence’s clothes from By Alex Dobuzinskis CARRIE Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, was briefly hospitalised due to her bipolar disorder, the actress’ spokeswoman said this week after video emerged of Fisher giving an unusual stage performance. The video came from a show Fisher gave aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean last week, according to celebrity website TMZ, which posted the clip. The clip shows Fisher, 56, singing Skylark and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, at times appearing to struggle to remember the lyrics. Fisher also appears to use paper to clean up after a small dog that shares the stage with her, and then stuffing the paper into a couch behind her. “There was a medical incident related to Carrie

Fisher’s bipolar disorder,” Fisher’s spokeswoman Carol Marshall said in a statement. “She went to the hospital briefly to adjust her medication and is feeling much better now.” The actress has previously discussed her struggle with bipolar disorder. And in her 2009 memoir Wishful Drinking, she also described her alcoholism and drug abuse. Fisher is the daughter of Hollywood stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and, aside from starring in the first three Star Wars films, wrote the bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge about an actress recovering from drug addiction. She wrote the screenplay for a 1990 movie adaptation. She had a recurring role on the animated comedy Family Guy in recent years and has guest-starred in a number of other television shows.

Silver Linings up for auction By Eric Kelsey

The actress played the iconic Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy

CLOTHING worn by Jennifer Lawrence in her Oscar-winning role as an outspoken young widow in comedy Silver Linings Playbook went up for auction this week, just days after the Academy Awards ceremony. Memorabilia dealer Nate D. Sanders put the skin-tight white dance pants, winter coat and sports bra Lawrence wore in the film up for sale in the online auction that will end today. The items are expected to fetch between $500 and $1,500 following the 22-year-old’s Best Actress win on Sunday. “She’s now on the record for having an Academy Award, which definitely gives the items status,” said Laura Yntema, spokeswoman for auction house Nate D. Sanders. The Hunger Games star also won awards from the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild in January for her Silver Linings Playbook performance. Five items, either worn by Lawrence or from her wardrobe on the film, are up for auction with starting bids at $100. They include the custom-tailored skin-tight white pants Lawrence wore during the film’s climactic ballroom dance scene with co-star Bradley Cooper. The black, full-length double-breasted Moda International wool coat is a size six. The teal sports bra by Gap Body will be sold together with an extra-small blue Threads 4 Thought long-sleeved shirt.


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Castrol sponsors the Cyprus Marathon CASTROL, one of the leading companies in the production and distribution of lubricants in the world, this year will be one of the sponsors of the Cyprus Marathon. The race will take place on Sunday, March 10 in Paphos, and has already attracted several runners from Cyprus and abroad. The Cyprus Marathon has been described as a leading domestic competition, with significant achievements since it began in 1999, both in terms of organisation and participation of athletes. Mr Yiannis Roussos, Director of BP Lubricants in Cyprus said: "Castrol, as a company that specialises in lubricants, believes in the core values of technological leadership, victory, excitement and absolute performance ... the marathon is symbolic”. “We are pleased to have been given this opportunity to sponsor this event. "We hope to see many participants running,” said Mr Roussos. Castrol is internationally recognised as the leader in providing specialised solutions in lubrication for the fields of automotive, industry, aviation and shipping. Castrol manufactures products on a global basis, supplying customers in over 150 countries. It is a member of the BP Group and in Cyprus has a direct presence through BP Eastern Mediterranean.

Alpha Mega quality marked The X.A PAPAELLINAS TRADING LTD Supermarkets Alphamega, have been certified as meeting the international standard of Investors In People (IIP). IIP is the only internationally recognised quality standard in management and development of Human Resources. IIP certifies the effectiveness of training and development activities of a group, in line with the vision, strategy and values that govern its operation.

IN the context of its corporate social responsibility activities, Ernst & Young Cyprus awarded a gift in memory of Christia Rossidou-Soteriou on February 8, 2013. This award was established by Ernst & Young in 2004 and has since been awarded every year to a senior undergraduate or postgraduate female student of the University of Cyprus, who has been distinguished for her leadership abilities throughout her studies. The award honours the service offered by Rossidou-Soteriou herself, a leading figure in Ernst & Young Cyprus, who passed away too soon. A large number of students showed particular interest and applied for the award, with Olympia Theophanous and Panayiota Christou being the eventual recipients of the gift. In particular, these young

nise people who stand out for their leadership skills and their “out of the box” thinking. At Ernst and Young, these characteristics are what make future successful professionals.

The annual award honours the service offered by Rossidou-Soteriou herself, a leading figure in Ernst & Young Cyprus, who passed away too early women stood out for their ability to inspire and motivate, their vision for the future, their open minds, their successful group-

oriented activity and other abilities. In the challenging times that Cyprus faces, it is very important to recog-

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Medochemie voted the best Cyprus business enterprise Pharma company honoured at IN Business Awards 2012 THE international generic pharmaceutical manufacturing company Medochemie has been picked as the best Cyprus company of the year at the recent IN Business Awards 2012. Medochemie board member Constantinos Pittas received the award on behalf of the company from Hellenic Bank Chief Executive Officer Makis Keravnos, and Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly. Privately owned and founded in 1976 by Dr Andreas Pittas, the company is still driven by the same philosophy: "to provide every human being around the globe with quality and affordable drug treatment". Medochemie's headquarters and eight out of its nine manufacturing plants are located in Limassol, Cyprus. The ninth manufacturing plant is in the Netherlands.

Medochemie board member Constantinos Pittas (centre) received the award on behalf of the company

At Medochemie, the team produces a wide range of products with 3,800 marketing authorisations and 630 different product combinations, which can be further divided into more than 10

therapeutic categories, giving more than 150 million people the opportunity to be treated with its products. Medochemie has local offices in 19 countries, achieving a fast and healthy growth over

the years. Being an export-oriented company, Medochemie has been granted 13 awards from the government of Cyprus and three awards from the European Union for outstanding

business performance. Its driving force is the human factor and it currently employs a total of 1,250 people, 600 of whom are in Cyprus and 650 abroad; 60 per cent of all personnel are scientists.

Chrysallida Foundation ready for its Limassol re-launch tomorrow THE Chrysallida Foundation is a charity dedicated to providing care, support and practical advice to families whose children have been born with a cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. The re-launch of this vital charity will take place tomorrow, March 1st, at 7pm, Lykavou 7, off Agios Fylaxios, in the Synergy Foundation Conference Centre in Limassol. The charity will offer a support network of practical advice and expert care for families and their children,

providing financial assistance wherever possible and a coordinated campaign to inform and educate the community about living with craniofacial and cleft lip/palate conditions. The Chrysallida Foundation re-launch will demonstrate the ways the charity is actively committed to engaging the community, health departments and medical professionals islandwide, informing and teaching society about the special work it is doing. Sponsorship and endorsements to

help finance the charity's activities are invited. Meanwhile, the charity's board members and guest speakers will be on hand at the re-launch to answer questions and concerns about practical issues related to this complex medical situation.  For more information about the Chrysallida Foundation, please visit: or email: info@ or call: 99 561471 / 99 403676 /99 430570




‘A writer spends mor imaginary people tha David Mitchell is a reclusive writer who spends his days inventing other realms in a hut at the bottom of his garden in rural Ireland. But now the film adaptation of his kaleidoscopic novel Cloud Atlas is bringing his wild imaginings to the world at large. Hermione Eyre talks to him about gender bending and the future of civilisation


ALFWAY through lunch, David Mitchell holds up his hand. “Can we just stop,” he says, “and take a moment to taste this sardine?” A respectful silence follows - he shuts his eyes as he chews. You can see why he’s a cult writer. He has a boyish sense of wonder combined with a rather Zen mindfulness that means he notices everything, savouring the sardine, the view, the light, the sky, and everyone around him. He’s a genuinely friendly soul, but he’s also a writer always on the lookout for material. He quizzes the waiter on his parentage and I think he would spend our whole interview asking me questions if I let him. There’s the slight air that he’s on day release - you can tell that his working life is passed in solitary confinement in “the hut” at the bottom of the garden, creating imaginary worlds of dazzling veracity. Some novels develop a momentum of their own, years after publication, and this is happening with his masterwork, Cloud Atlas, which has just been made into an all-star movie that’s thrill-

ingly insane and faultlessly faithful to the spirit of the book. A virtuoso novel of interconnected stories, Cloud Atlas was first published in 2004, Man Booker shortlisted in 2005, and became one of those books that people kept pressing on to friends, which is how it reached Lana and Andy Wachowski, the maverick sibling director/writer/ producing duo famous for

Cloud Atlas star Hugh Grant

Cloud Atlas star Tom Hanks received at his local pub a delegation of Hollywood’s finest: the Wachowskis (formerly brothers, now siblings, after Larry ‘transitioned’ into Lana and gained a head of bright pink dreadlocks), along with their chosen codirector, Tom Tykwer, creator of Run Lola Run. Luckily, Mitchell relished the whole process, getting “increasingly excited” as the cast came to include Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw and even his favourite, Jim Broadbent. Mitchell visited the set in Berlin, making a cameo appearance in the section of the film set in 2144. “I appear for about four seconds. I play a double agent, a Svengali manipulator figure who’s decided Sonmi-451 has to die. You’ll probably only see if you pause and ut I’ve got zoom in on HD, but ns apparatelecommunications tus grafted under my air skin, and Asian hair s, - Caucasian eyelids, but a wig made of

The film is a riot of latex and bodypaint, ypaint, showcasing some remarkable transformations across race and gender The Matrix trilogy. Filming this unfilmable novel became their next obsession. “I was extremely nervous to meet David Mitchell after he read the script,” Lana Wachowski has said. ‘We all swore an oath that if he didn’t like it, we would kill the project.” Thus Mitchell, 44, currently living in Clonakilty on the south-west coast of Ireland with his Japanese wife Keiko and their two children,

Asian hair. It was fun.” The film is a riot of latex and bodypaint, showcasing some remarkable transformations across race and gender. Hugh Grant plays a mutton-chopwhiskered slaveowner, a 1970s sleazebag and a bloodthirsty cannibal chief. Halle Berry plays three different ethnicities, as well as a palsied grandma. Ben Whishaw is easily spotted as a young male 1930s composer, but

almost unrecognisable when he reappears as the glamorous Georgette, wife of Hugh Grant. “It’s audacious,” says Mitchell. “It’s like: how dare you even try that! It’s one-ofa-kind. I’m really happy with it. I like its differences from the book; I understand and admire them.” The book plays with the concept of trans-migrating souls, while the film shows us the same actors reincarnated. Lana Wachowski has undergone a pretty courageous transformation herself. Is the film something of a personal manifesto for her in that re-

Soulmates: Cloud Atlas directors Tom Tykwer, Lana and Andy Wachowski

gard? “I think,” replies Mitchell, “that Lana believes that the quintessence of a person lies at a more core level than ethnicity or gender or age or any of the isms. And that’s also true for the transmigrating characters in Cloud Atlas. Maybe our bodies are the vehicles we get around in, but they aren’t our drivers - our drivers are our souls.” The novel, which has already sold more than 1.5 million copies in the UK and US, has been pitched into a new stratosphere by the film, becoming a sensation in Chi-

na, where Mitchell acquired 43,000 online followers and was mobbed in the street on a book tour of Beijing. Born in Southport, Lancashire, Mitchell grew up with one younger brother in Malvern, Worcestershire, where his parents designed painted pottery for Royal Worcester. “I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was a kid,” he once said. His childhood stammer, now tamed to an occasional hesitancy, inspired a key theme of his semi-autobioourth novel, Black graphical fourth Swan Green, and ince he has since

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become a patron of the British Stammering Association. What did he make of The King’s Speech? “I loved it. It showed something never seen on film before: that gaping, actually very stupid look of disbelief on non-stammerers’ faces when they’re waiting for a sentence to finish.” After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in English and American literature and spending a year as a buyer for Waterstones in Canterbury, Mitchell moved t Japan to teach English. to T The self-imposed exile prov vided him with the distance

and discipline he needed to start writing. His first novel, Ghostwritten, was finished in Hiroshima, where he met his future wife Keiko Yoshida, who taught at the same technical college. Over the next eight years, he became fully culturally immersed. He talks nostalgically about Japan, revealing that while he isn’t a Buddhist – “in terms of the afterlife, I’m a reasonably content agnostic” - he does practise Zen Buddhist techniques he learned 15 years ago in Okinawa: “Most days I meditate for 15, 20 minutes, which for me is like having a power nap. I feel great afterwards. It’s hard to avoid the clichés, but it’s like a spa for the mind. It helps you refocus and stop replaying angry arguments from six years ago. As we get older we think about how our bodies are working and we address aches and pains, but we tend not to do the same for our minds.” Financially pinched in Japan (“It’s an economic catastrophe in slow motion”), he and Keiko moved to Ireland so they could afford to spend more time with their children. Ireland was less expensive, and offered unlimited tax relief for artists, horse breeders and writers. “The tax breaks have all gone now; I think the IMF must have just laughed. The funny thing is, I don’t mind. Some writers would kill me for saying this, but I think it served to emasculate a country’s writers by making them complicit in a culture of favouritism. I felt like a hypocrite voting and I felt awkward interacting with, say, my kids’ teachers - they were all paying tax. It didn’t get to me so much that I’d be writing cheques to the Revenue, but it was oddly disenfranchising. Anyway, it’s gone

Maybe our bodies are the vehicles we get around in, but they aren’t our drivers - our drivers are our souls and we’re staying.” Whether his next novel will be set in Ireland is moot, but he is in the middle of writing his sixth: “a book with fantasy in its heart and politics in its brain”. He doesn’t have a title yet. “I wish I did. I fear this might end up like my last one [The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet], which only got named when my agent was gently screaming at me from the back of a taxi on the way to the Frankfurt Book Fair, saying,

Warp zone: a scene from Cloud Atlas ‘I’ve got to sell this thing in 20 minutes, what the bloody hell is it called?’” From the 38th floor of the restaurant we can see the lights coming on across London. “All of it dependent on oil. We couldn’t get to the 38th floor without it. We can make light without it, but we can’t move anything, we can’t feed all these billions of people without it. And we’re

eating up the last of it and there’s nothing to replace it. Oil accidents are becoming more frequent, because we’re now going for the stuff that’s harder to get. It scares the crap out of me. You need the world to last for the rest of your lifetime. Till, say, 2050. But then if you have children, you need the world to last until 2090, for them to be OK.” Are we really so self-

centred? “Sorry, yes. It’s the selfish gene.” We leave him to go back to the unfinished novel awaiting him at the bottom of the garden. “As a writer, you’re already to some degree bonkers. You spend years thinking about these imaginary people, spending more time with them than with your family. It’s mad.” But we wouldn’t have him any other way.

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What’s on


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


Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7.45pm

Gangster Squad (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 7.50 and 10.15pm

The Impossible (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 10.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 10.10pm

Playing for Keeps (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11.10am, 1.15pm and 3.25pm A Good Day to Die Hard (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 11.10am, 1.20pm and 3.30pm Upside Down (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.50pm

Times are subject to change, so check first Love in the End (K) with cinemas before you K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, head out

Telephone nos: K-Cineplex: 7777-8383 Rio Limassol: 25-871410 Rio Paphos: 26-207000

weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 11.10am, 1.20pm and 3.25pm Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of

Anna Karenina (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.10pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.15pm and 3.20pm Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.20pm

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

Playing for Keeps (K) Rio 5 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 3.30 and 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm A Good Day to Die Hard (15) Rio 2, weekdays at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends at 6.15, 8 and 10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Upside Down (K) Rio 4 at 10pm Love in the End (K) Rio 1 (in Greek) at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 3.30 and 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Argo (12) Rio 6 at 10.10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm

Hotel Lux (in German and Russian, with th English subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the 491, Cinema Society. Tel: 96-420491,

The Impossible (12) Rio 6 at 8pm, weekends also at 3.20 and 5.30pm Anna Karenina (K) Rio 3 at 7.45pm, weekends also at 5pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.10pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek), weekends only at 2.30, 4.15 and 6pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 2 (in Greek), weekends only at 2.30 and 4.20pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 3pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.25pm, weekends only at 3.20pm

LARNACA Gangster Squad (18) K Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, K-Cineplex 7.50 and 10 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.1 3.15pm Playing fo for Keeps (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 8 and 10.15pm, weekend ends also at 3.25pm

LIMASSOL Gangster Squad (18) Rio 4 at 7.45pm; Rio 3 at en 10.10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7.50 and 10.15pm

A Good Day to Die H Hard (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and

10.10pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Upside Down (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.50pm Love in the End (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm

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) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 10.10pm

The Impossible (12) Rio 3 at 5.15, 7.30 and 9.45pm

Anna Karenina (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.10pm

Anna Karenina (K) Rio 6 at 5 and 7.30pm

Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm

Gambit (K) Rio 2 at 9.45pm

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

PAPHOS Gangster Squad (18) Rio 5 at 5.15, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends also at 3pm

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

Playing for Keeps (K) Rio 4 at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends also at 3.30pm


listings Today Music Indian Classical Music and Traditional Melodies Windcraft Music Centre presents a concert of Indian classical music. February 28. Windcraft Music Centre, 27 Xanthis Xenierou, Nicosia. 9pm. €10. Tel: 99-549141/99-808835 Music and Humour Concert by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, a tribute to Carnival. Soloist: Tassos Apostolou (baritone) conductor: Alkis Baltas. February 28. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 77-777745 Street of Dreams Greek music concert by the Aenaos Music Ensemble with songs by M. Theodorakis, M. Hatzidakis and M. Loizos, accompanied by Katja Braun (viola, violin) & Panayotis Tsappis (bouzouki). February 28. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 24-665795

Other Events Learning History Together All-day professional development workshop for educators. At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to join an educational tour of the Arabahmet neighbourhood. March 2, book by February 28. Home for Cooperation, Ledra Palace UN Buffer Zone. 10am-3pm. Each participant will be presented with a certificate of attendance and a free package of the AHDR publications.

The workshop will be conducted in the English language. Free lunch will be provided. Please note that completed registration forms should be sent by e-mail to or by fax to 22-660061 My Family: Fiction and Reality in the Books of Meir Shalev Open lecture with prominent Israeli writer about his work and family, followed by reception and book signing. March 5, RSVP by February 28. Social Facilities Centre, University of Cyprus (Aglatzia, University Campus, building 9), Nicosia. 6.30pm. In English. Email: ambass-sec@nicosia. Tel: 22-369524

Tomorrow Exhibition New York Between the Lines Photo exhibition by Christina Drakos. Opens March 1, 7.30pm until March 31. Library Cafe Bar, 1 Themidos Street, Limassol. All proceeds from this exhibition will be given to S’agapo Children’s Foundation. Tel: 25-361362 ...The Other Shore Solo painting exhibition by Marina Emphietzi-Harris. Opens March 1, 8pm until March 13. Thiseas Art Gallery, 9 Thiseos Street, Agia Zonis, Limassol. Tel: 99-674243/96335889 U and I Exhibition of artwork in oil, acrylic, print and glass paint by Irene Ioan-

nou and Ulla Nicolaou. March 1, 7.30pm until March 16. Peri Texnis, 92 Kalogera Street, Larnaca. Tel: 99-725590

Music Blond:ish Female London based DJ duo play their house grooves in Cyprus for first time. March 1. RED Music Stage, 15 Dionysou, old Nicosia. 9pm. Tel: 22-767711 Ms Dynamite Live The UK’s number one songstress is touching down in the island’s capital for an exclusive performance. March 1. Nuovo Club, Stasinou 11, Nicosia. 8pm. €20 - open bar/30 on the door. Ticket Hotline: 99-983388/96879576 Music and Humour Concert by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, a tribute to Carnival. Soloist: Tassos Apostolou (baritone) conductor: Alkis Baltas. March 1. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-313010 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: 22663871/70-009304. Email: info@ Swinging Music Night Evening in aid of Cancer patients Support Group with entertainment by Michael Antoniou and Melanie Bal-

lard singing greatest hits from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennet, also includes raffle and an auction to help raise more funds. March 1. PizzaExpress, Kato Paphos. Three course hot buffet will be served from 7.30pm. The entertainment will commence around 8.45pm. €20 each of which €5 goes to the charity. Seats are limited so book early. Tel: 99-854375/26-273717

Theatre The Dispute The Main Stage of THOC presents tragic comedy by Pierre de Marivaux. March 1 until March 31. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday 6.30pm. In Greek. The performances on March 30 and 31 will be with Greek and English surtitles. €12/10. Tel: 77772717

Other Events Barking Mad Carnival Party Fundraising carnival party organised by the Nicosia Dog Shelter. March 1. Navarino Restaurant, Ayios Andreas, Nicosia. Prize awarded for the best costume. 8.30pm. Prize draw for winning ticket. €20 includes buffet dinner, dessert, local wine/beer/soft drinks. Tel: 99-447482/99-868512 Japanese Nights A unique opportunity to taste a Japanese Fusion dinner in an exotic atmosphere. March 1-9. Fontana Restaurant, Hilton Cyprus. 8pm. €30 per person. Tel: 22-377777

Ongoing Other Events 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 Oscar The New Stage of THOC presents a tender play based on the novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. Until March 9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Wednesday through Saturday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €12/10. Tel: 77-772717 Isadora Duncan Satiriko Theatro presents a 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: 22312940/22-421609 God of Carnage Dionysos Theatre 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

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

Nursing Home the Cherubim Theatre Anemona celebrates its tenth anniversary with a comedy by Nearchos Ioannou. Until March 17. Anemona Theatre, 7 Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-573031 Tone Clusters The Second Stage of ETHAL presents work of famous American author Joyce Carol Oates. Until March 24. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol. Tuesdays, Saturdays at 8.30pm and Sundays 6.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 25-877827 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

Exhibition 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: 24621109 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. Tel: 22-128157

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Cycling for history

We all know the advantages of cycling which have been tirelessly elaborated upon, like how they provide efficient transport with zero fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Some choose to bike because it’s probably the cheapest form of transport around, while others choose it because improves health. But other than its obvious convenience and gains, bike buffs choose the simpler way of life because of the culture that it revolves around. The point is that they’re partaking in the effortlessness of the biking culture and experiencing their environment in a different way. If you’re not an avid bike commuter, the idea of navigating Cypriot roads by bike can be intimidating. Knowing where to go and who to yield to, not to mention avoiding motorists, is not something a rookie-biker wants to encounter, and that’s where Cycling for Cooperation comes in to offer a helping hand. Continuing to run cycle rides in Nicosia, the Association of Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) based at the House for Cooperation (H4C), opposite Ledra Palace Hotel is once again organising a free, guided bicycle tour on Saturday, offering locals and visitors alike a chance to explore old Nicosia like never before. Travelling in a car or on a scooter can be a bit too quick and one often misses many of the ‘must-see sights’. Architecture, art, scenery, and more just whiz by and you end up missing things or not getting a real feel for a place. A bike is the perfect compromise when cruising around the city. The two-hour tour this weekend is especially designed for youth and offers a fun and alternative way to explore the old city, meet new people, and learn about the multicultural aspects of the city. The Cycling 4 Cooperation tour will be in

English and will be led by a Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot guide. Your guides for the upcoming trip are Aydin Mehmet Ali and Kostas Kostantinou, who both share a love for cycling and Nicosia. Both are educators, and their experiences and histories in their city, coming from the different perspectives of an older woman and a younger man, complement each other in telling their stories. Cycling for Cooperation represents diversity. The whole idea is to bring people together from different backgrounds and on both sides of the divide to partake in the same activity, in the same city and on the same streets. The tour will start and end at the Home for Cooperation (H4C), and will go through Kyrenia Gate along the inner wall route to Tantinin hamami, Aya Sofya environs, Buyuk Hans, cross Phaneromeni to Castelliotissa, Famagusta Gate and Tahtakale. The minimum age for participation is 11 years old, but young people under the age of 16 will be required to be accompanied by an adult. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike as everyone is welcome to use one of the H4C bikes, just make sure to bring ID as the tours will cross the Green Line. Please note that space is limited, so reservations are necessary. Cycling 4 Cooperation Join AHDR’s free, guided bicycle tour and explore old Nicosia like never before. March 2. The tour will start and end at the Home for Cooperation (H4C), located in the UN buffer zone, opposite Ledra Palace. 2pm-5pm. In English. Minimum age for participation is 11, bring ID. Reservations are necessary, please register your participation by emailing: or call + 22-445740/ +548 8345740 By Ledha Socratous

Coming Up Theatre Family fun snow kidding Audiences of all ages will soon enter the frosty world of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. The classic fantasy story comes to life at the Casteliotissa Hall in old Nicosia this Saturday in two morning shows followed by two more performances on March 30. Actresses Nikoletta Verykiou and Elena Pavlidou will narrate and recreate the story of The Snow Queen, which follows the adventures of children Kai and Gerda. Anderson’s fairy tale focuses on a story of friendship and loyalty. When Gerda’s best friend Kai is bewitched and imprisoned by the mysterious Snow Queen, the young girl embarks on a journey to the land of winter to save him. With magical characters, Andersen’s story has warmed the hearts of children and adults around the world for almost 200 years. The performance style can be described as a mixture of narration, object theatre, puppetry and acting. Emphasis is given to the

On The Scene Other Events Let’s get arty During the Carnival period, the Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum is organising an educational programme titled Professions in Art giving children and adults the opportunity to explore the world through the lens of art and the costume of the profession they want to wear. At the end of the educational programme, an art workshop will fol-

representation of the drama using simple props as actors mainly use everyday objects which belong in a domestic environment. The objects are then transformed during the performance into the characters of the fairy tale. The show which is in Greek, offers children a chance to experience an alternative viewing perspective, as they sit in a semicircle on the side and in front of the small stage in close proximity to the actors. In this way, the children have direct contact with all the drama as it unfolds on stage and have the potential for greater participation in the event. Extra-small interactive elements will also increase the experiential nature of the project. The interaction mainly takes place at the end of the show and involves the children in basic movement and sound improvisations that are related to the fairy tale. The Snow Queen is great family entertainment as it centres on the triumph of good over evil, not to mention the captivating and interactive nature of this show, which is poised to cast us under its spell. The Snow Queen Interactive theatre production of fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen for children aged 5 and above. March 2 & 30. Casteliotissa Hall, old Nicosia. 10.30am & 12.30. 5. In Greek. Tel: 99429638/99-849598

low where children will make their own carnival masks inspired by the educational programme that preceded. The educational progamme begins on Saturday and lasts for a further two Saturdays. Carnival-themed Educational Programme and Art Workshop March 2 until March 16. Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum, 27 Arch. Makarios III Avenue, Kaimakli, Nicosia. 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. €10. Suitable for children ages 4 to 14. Pre-booking is essential. Tel: 22456098/ 22-456099

NIGHTLIFE Ms Dy-na-mi-tee-hee rolls into the capital to rock da show Over the past few years the Nuovo Fridays have been responsible for bringing some of the biggest and ‘bassiest’ names in club music to Cyprus. Nuovo located in Nicosia’s club area is hailed as the number one Hip Hop R&B venue this side of Europe. Each week without fail, the night’s dedicated followers have come to expect a great night of partying occasionally alongside the hottest and up-and-coming talent or established artists. This Friday is no different as one

of the UK’s most talented and highly regarded MC’s, Ms Dynamite rolls into town. When ‘Booo!’ catapulted Ms Dynamite into the spotlight in May 2001, it swiftly established the London MC as one of the hottest young talents to emerge from the capital’s fertile UK garage scene. With two Brit Awards, three MOBOs and one very coveted Mercury Prize tucked under her belt, Ms Dynamite has managed to remain consistent in these ever-changing musical times.

After taking a break from music to raise her son, Ms Dynamite has recently returned to where she feels most comfortable: the club. Borrowing from hip hop, R&B, grime and UK garage, her ten-year career has seen her grow from ‘Dy-Na-Mi-Tee’ and ‘It Takes More’, off debut album A Little Deeper, to the sophisticated soul-dancehall-drum and bass crossover of her latest work. She has collaborated with the hottest stars of the moment in terms of bass music – Katy B, Magnetic

ly Man and DJ Zinc and is currently causing serious interest on the airwaves. Do not miss this opportunity to see Ms Dynamite, come in from the cold, and prepare to get very y sweaty. Ms Dynamite Live The UK’s number one songstress is touching down in the island’s capital for ann exclusive performance. March 1. Nuovo Club, Stasinou 11, Nicosia. Doors open 10pm. €20 - open bar/30 on the door. Ticket Hotline: 99-983388/96-879576

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

Thursday, February 28, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL


Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

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


CYBC 2 07.00 08.00 16.30

Kaftes Piperies (rpt) Istories Tou Horkou (rpt)


Apo Mera Se Mera



Current affairs show. Local cultrual show.

16.00 16.30 18.45

Istories Tou Horkou (rpt) Inauguration Of The New President Of the Republic Paizoume Kypriaka New season of local game show, asking questions having to do with Cypriot dialect.


18.00 18.50 19.00 19.10

20.00 21.00

News Patates 8

Greek FILM: TBA Local Sketch (rpt) No further details supplied.

23.30 00.45

News Repeats

09.30 10.25 11.15

Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Prehistoric Park (rpt)

22.35 23.00

12.10 13.00 13.20 14.00 14.50 15.45 16.40 17.30 17.40

NRG Zone A Touch Of Frost: Dead End (rpt) Jack investigates the abduction of a bus driver and his conductor and an unrelated murder of a children’s entertainer, but is frustrated when he finds himself working alongside an old colleague who got him suspended after making a complaint about his handling of a past case. Longrunning crime drama, with David Jason as the irascible copper. 2008.

Moiraia Fengaria

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

22.00 23.00


Kati Psinetai (rpt)

Nigel Marven travels through time to save prehistoric species from extinction, using CGI animation to bring the creatures back to the 21st century.

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

20.00 21.15


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

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


05.30 06.30 06.50 07.00

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

Cookery show.



Motor Sports Repeats

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 06.15 07.00 10.00 12.45 14.00 15.00

Local investigative show.


Yia Sena

18.00 18.20

News Master Chef

Local talk-show.

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

19.30 20.20 21.15

Oi Vasiliades News Klemmena Oneira



Tin Patisa (rpt) Niose Me News Vals Me 12 Theous Ekeino To Kalokairi Eilikrina News Sports News Ola Bahalo Fetos Yia Tin Anna (rpt) Erotas Kleftis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

07.00 08.20 10.30 11.20 12.00 14.30 15.20 16.30 18.45 19.30 20.20 21.15

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

Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites News Pame Paketo

PLUS TV 07.20 08.35 09.05 10.15 11.45

12.30 13.00 15.30 17.00 17.50 19.40

00.00 00.05 01.20 02.10 03.00

News Istories Tou Astinomou Beka (rpt) Siga Min To’ Xeres (rpt) Mono Mia Fora (rpt) More Repeats

Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kid’s TV To Kleidi Fotis Maria Live Mila Discussions about various issues based on a woman’s life (men, relationships, sex, etc.).

CSI: NY Fifth season. ‘Sons and Lovers’. Mac and the team investigate the murder of eminent archaeologist James Sutton, who has been shot dead in a dark alleyway. Tracing the evidence to a local tramp, a stolen pocket watch leads the detectives to unearth a missing person case from the 1930s, while a pendant provides a clue to a possible smuggling ring.

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

Greek talk-show.


An extreme sports star is forced to become a secret agent, and promptly thrust into an exciting world of danger and intrigue. Espionage adventure, with Vin Diesel. 2002.

00.00 00.10 01.00 03.00 04.20

Protoselido Eleni Mila (rpt) Vasiliki (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites (rpt) Magazino Inauguration Of The New President Of the Republic Anna Paola Latin American telenovela.

Greek drama series.

With News at 18.00.

18.40 19.30 20.15 21.15 22.10 23.00 00.00 00.05 00.20 01.40 02.30 03.20 04.40

Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Retire Nea Mera Proino Mou Enimerosi Tora Deka Lepta Kirigma Eheis Meson


21.15 22.00

Exelixeis Stin Showbiz Fringe

CAPITAL 08.15 08.45 09.20 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.20 14.20 15.30 15.55 16.45 17.30 18.15

With News at 18.30.

19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

FILM: Camille


LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

FILM: Lost Treasure Two brothers find a treasure map and decide to set out to seek their fortune - but before they can get going, one of them is kidnapped. Adventure, starring Stephen Baldwin. 2003.

Even though death claims his new bride en route to their Niagara Falls honeymoon, a man vows to get her to their destination. Comedy drama, starring Sienna Miller and James Franco 2008.

00.15 01.00 03.00

News Sports Time O Anthropos Tis Thalassas FILM: Half Light A novelist moves to a remote Scottish village to recover from the death of her son, but is haunted by terrifying visions. Supernatural thriller, with Demi Moore. 2006.

FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, a scientist, Walter Bishop, and his son Peter investigate unexplained events with paranormal or terrorist connections.


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


FILM: Straw Dogs Thriller, starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. 1971.

Hot Tub Time Machine (LTV, 21.00)

01:25 The Weakest Link 02:10 EastEnders 02:40 Doctors 03:10 Casualty 03:55 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 04:30 Little Britain 05:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 05:45 One Foot In The Grave 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 Spot’s Musical Adventures 09:05 Balamory 09:25 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 09:55 One Foot In The Grave 10:25 The Weakest Link 11:10 EastEnders 11:40 Doctors 12:10 Casualty 13:00 Bleak House 14:00 Outcasts 14:50 The Weakest Link 15:35 EastEnders 16:05 Doctors 16:35 Casualty 17:25 Oliver Twist 18:25 The Weakest Link 19:10 EastEnders 19:40 Doctors 20:10 New Tricks 21:00 Keeping Up Appearances 21:30 Gavin & Stacey 22:00 Waking The Dead 22:50 Beautiful People 23:20 Dad’s Army 23:50 The Stephen K Amos Show 00:20 Last Man Standing

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

Engineering 13:35 Rides 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made 21:00 Extreme Fishing 22:00 River Monsters 23:00 Off The Hook 00:00 Trouble In Paradise 01:00 Kidnap And Rescue 01:55 Extreme Fishing 02:50 River Monsters 03:50 Off The Hook 04:50 Trouble In Paradise 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’

09:30 Snooker: Haikou World Open 11:30 Nordic Combined Skiing: World Championship 12:30

Ski Jumping: World Championship 13:30 Cross Country Skiing: World Championship 14:45 Biathlon: World Cup Norway 16:15 Nordic Combined Skiing: World Championship 17:15 Ski Jumping: World Championship 19:45 Football: Next Gen Series 22:00 Snooker: Haikou World Open 00:00 Poker: European Poker Tour 01:00 Equestrian: Hong Kong Masters 02:00 Ski Jumping: World Championship




06:25 Bones 07:10 Melissa & Joey 07:35 Scrubs 08:00 Grey’s Anatomy 08:50 Masterchef 09:40 Desperate Housewives 10:25 Bones 11:10 Melissa & Joey 11:35 Scrubs 12:00 Scandal 12:50 Castle 13:40 Grey’s Anatomy 14:30 Tough Love Miami 15:20 Desperate Housewives 16:05 Bones 16:50 Melissa & Joey 17:15 Scrubs 17:40 Grey’s Anatomy 18:30 Tough Love Miami 19:20 Desperate Housewives 20:10 Bones 21:00 Scandal 21:50 Castle 22:40 Melissa & Joey 23:05 Scrubs 23:30 Scandal 00:20 Castle 01:10 Bones 02:00 Desperate Housewives 02:45 Melissa & Joey 03:10 Scrubs 03:35 Surviving Suburbia 04:00 Grey’s Anatomy 04:50

Tough Love Miami

07:30 Outland 09:30 Fast Freddie, The Widow & Me 11:00 Ladyhawke 13:00 Beautiful (2009) 14:45 Dead Calm 16:30 Indian, The 18:00 Burlesque 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 Hot Tub Time Machine 23:00 Black Book 01:25 Hustler Tv 02:55 My Afternoons With Margueritte 04:20 Primal Fear 06:30 Ltv Sports News

07:00 Kids TV 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 A’ Division Cyprus Soccer Championship 2012-13 19:00

07:00 Election 08:45 Solitary Man 10:20 Road, The 12:20 Extract 14:00 Being Human 16:05 Shelter 18:00 Kiss The Girls 20:00 All Good Things 22:00 Eva 00:05 Daring! Tv 04:05 Beetle Juice 05:45 Midnight In Paris

Barclays Premier League Review 20:00 Planet Speed 20:30 La Liga World 21:00 Barclays Premier League World 21:30 La Liga Show 2012-13 22:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 00:00 Planet Speed 00:30 Dropped 01:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 03:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13

07:15 According To Jim 08:00 Eastbound & Down 08:30 Hawai Five 10:00 Friends 10:30 Gossip Girl 11:15 Fringe 12:50 Harry’s Law 13:40 According To Jim 14:30 Hawai Five 16:00 How To Make It In America 16:30 Chuck 17:15 Borgias I, The 19:15 Harry’s Law 20:00 Two And A Half Men 20:30 Friends 21:00 Closer, The 21:45 Five Days 22:50 C.S.I. Miam 23:35 Bones 00:20 Friends With Money 01:50 Stand And Deliver 03:30 How To Make It In America 04:00 Chuck 04:40 Borgias I, The 06:30

Harry’s Law

18:45 Men Of Honor 21:00 Sacrifice 22:40 Cine News 23:00 C.S.I. 23:50 Cine News 01:00 Adult Zone

19:05 Win Win 21:00 Rumor Has It... 22:45 Mrs. Brown 00:35 Water

For Elephants 08:55 Treasure Buddies 10:25 Action Zone 10:55 The Help 13:25 Lies In Plain Sight 15:00 Emma 17:05 12 Dates Of Christmas 18:35 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost 20:15 A Thousand Words 22:00 Perfect Sense 23:40 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 02:25 Cine News 02:55 Shame 04:35 Walled In

05:35 Machine Gun Preacher 07:45 The Company Men 09:30 Cine News 10:15 Billy Madison 11:50 Something Borrowed 13:45 Oranges And Sunshine 15:35 Five Minarets In New York 17:35 Hollywood 1 On 1 18:10 The Girl Next Door 20:05 In Time 22:00 Johnny English Reborn 23:50 Your Highness 01:40 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 03:40 Middle

Of Nowhere

01:00 Golf Central International 01:30 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Michigan At Penn State 03:30 Big

Ten Men’s Basketball Purdue At Iowa 05:30 Courtside Jones 06:00 Lucas Oil On The Edge Nitro Altereds, Sand Drags 06:30 Sea Master 07:00 The Haney Project: Michael Phelp 08:00 Morning Drive 09:00 Golf Central International 09:30 Playing Lessons 10:00 Sports Unlimited 11:00 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Michigan At Penn State 13:00 Pass Time 13:30 101 Cars You Must Drive Street Acing Then And Now 14:00 Pinks All Out Shreveport 15:00 Sea Master 15:30 Courtside Jones 16:00 European Tour Tshwane Open D. 1 Sdd 18:00 2nd Division Championship 2012-13: Arhs Vs Apep (E) 20:00 2nd Division Championship 2012-13: Apep Vs O. Aradip-

pou 21:30 Stigmiotipa Kypriakou Podosferou 22:00 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Michigan At Penn State 24:00 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Purdue At Iowa

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 McCafé Music Project 19:30 Only Hits 20:00 MTV The Hard Times Of RJ Berger 21:00 MTV Underemployed 23:00 MTV Flash Prank 0:00 MTV Jersey Shore 1:00 Only Hits

07:00 20,000 Years In Sing Sing 08:20 Adam’s Rib 10:00 Across The Wide Missouri 11:20 The

Belle Of New York12:40 Brigadoon 14:30 The Comedians 17:00 Light In The Piazza 18:40 Never So Few 20:40 Little Caesar 22:00 Butterfield 8 23:45 The Strawberry Blonde 01:35 Agatha 03:10 Straight Time

By Preston Wilder

All Good Things (LTV3, 20.00) All good things come to an end - but the good things in All Good Things come to an end long before the film is over, turning from a poignant tale of a man undone by a toxic childhood to a lurid true-crime drama with grotesque detail. The first half is fine, with Ryan Gosling as the black-sheep rich boy who marries a middle-class girl (Kirsten Dunst) and opens a health-food shop called ‘All Good Things’ - only for their marriage to unravel under the strain of Ryan’s evil father and his own psychological fragility. That’s when it starts getting sordid, with Kirsten getting hooked on drugs and pale, twitchy Ryan lurking in the shadows like a slasher in a horror movie - and the final section finds

him holed up in Texas dressed as a woman (!), hanging out with a troubled ex-soldier, by which time the sharp psychological insight of the early scenes is just a distant memory. Based on a juicy ‘true story’, which is why it feels the need to wade through every sleazy detail. Not too bad; not all good either. Made in 2010.

Perfect Sense (Novacinema1, 22.00) “First overwhelmed with grief - and then no sense of smell. That’s the disease”. Don’t bother with this one if you giggled even a tiny bit at the juxtaposition of solemn words like ‘grief’ and ‘disease’ with the word ‘smell’ - and that’s the problem, that a decent sci-fi

Perfect Sense

premise (a mysterious epidemic leads to people losing their senses, starting with the sense of smell) has been played for full-on existential angst, heavy on the cellos and mournful pianos. Ewan McGregor is our hero, a chef whose foodie creations go increasingly unappreciated (another detail that might’ve been better played for comedy); Eva Green is our heroine, a scientist trying to make sense of the epidemic. They’re not very likeable (Ewan has one-night stands then kicks them out of bed, because he can’t sleep with another person) and the film is fatally mopey, but there’s still a great theme buried here - that human beings are infinitely adaptable, which is both their triumph and their tragedy. It deserved a better film. Made in 2011.

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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.










2 Benjamin’s turn, it’s a blessing (7) 3 Of sound coming from first-class duo (5) 4 Girl leading a dance (3) 5 Inflexible pop singer (7) 6 Concerning a tribal leader with a lasso (5) 7 German gateau? (5,6) 8 One elects to put a cross on it (6-5)

(5) 10 Sailor held by a Buddhist state (7) 11 Finish knitting and go sailing (4,3) 13 Be of assistance when a small number suffer (5) 14 Breezy admirer? (3) 15 A bit separate (5) 16 Replaced tap fitting (3) 17 Cult member from Honduras taken home (5) 19 Composition might make Cato act differently (7) 21 Indicate fellow impresario (7) 23 Woollen fabric from the said bays (5) 24 Unspotted virtue? (11)

12 A banquet to celebrate the Saint’s Day (5) 15 Certainly not a fullblooded complaint (7) 16 One pineapple outside for a liar (7) 18 Destroy ruined slip, there’s nothing in it (5) 20 Taxi available has room (5) 22 Sporting circle? (3)

Rating EASY

1 A word to conjure with (11) 9 Filled one’s pockets that had been reinforced

Rating HARD


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Answers to crossword 2324


CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Get-up-and-go 7, 8 & 10 Called a spade a spade; 12 Teapot; 13 Yawed; 14 If so; 16 Felt; 17 Meter; 19 Nimbus; 20 Teased; 23 Lilac; 24 Sleight; 25 Free ticket. Down – 1 Galop; 2 Tweedy; 3 Peat; 4 Nested; 5 Grapple; 6 Occasional; 9 Estate duty; 11 Eaves; 12 Tenet; 15 Sampler; 17 Muscle; 18 Rebeck; 21 Sight; 22 Asti.

QUICK: Across – 1 Living-room; 7 Optical; 8 Swarm; 10 Sordid; 12 Sadist; 13 Motel; 14 Wick; 16 Once; 17 Smash; 19 Marina; 20 Eighth; 23 Noise; 24 Agitato; 25 Green light. Down – 1 Later; 2 Victim; 3 Nile; 4 Rascal; 5 Ovation; 6 Horsewoman; 9 Motherhood; 11 Dogma; 12 Sense; 15 Carrier; 17 Sneeze; 18 Hiking; 21 Heart; 22 Pail.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

There’s a very romantic energy around you, punctuated by a few surprises. As Venus aspects Neptune, you may find that your idealistic tendencies come to the fore. If there is someone special you have in mind, it’s one of those days when you may only see the good in them. Get ready, though, as you may be in for a surprise - even if a pleasant one.

It’s a good idea to connect with other go-getters, perhaps like you, if you want to make progress today. However, with a major focus on spiritual and ethereal matters, you may feel more reclusive. Your mind may be working overtime, busy with dreams and the hatching of new ideas. Allow yourself space to let these plans develop more fully, then take action.

Your usual confident personality may not be quite so upbeat today. This might be due to fears that may have no real substance. Not knowing the truth may be exhausting in this situation. Somehow you’ll need to make time to consider what is true for you. What are your limits and are they being violated? It may be time to stand up for yourself.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Whatever you’re up to today, there’s plenty of opportunity for romance and for finding potential dates. Your social zone continues to be very busy, which is perfect for helping you get ahead romance wise and business wise. Use this opportunity for networking, making new friends, joining groups and generally having a fine time of it.

You need to be careful of those who may make promises they have no intention of keeping, especially if you’re dealing with important issues or deadlines. Today though, love may be your prime concern. The chances are that you may be seeing someone through rose-tinted specs. However, there’s a twist to this tale that might surprise you.

A touching influence today may reveal your more vulnerable side to someone who matters. Sharing your feelings may be the best thing you do to help a growing relationship develop still further. Your latest love interest may be surprised by your revelations, as you may not hold back today. For once, you can be willing to give your all.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

You continue to be busy dreaming up new schemes and fabulous ideas. With Saturn currently in your employment zone, your hard work may soon pay off. Don’t be put off by promises which never seem to happen, as a special focus today suggests you may hear some good news. Romance wise, you may get a big surprise - but a good one.

The Moon in your zodiac sign puts you at ease with life, and helps you feel more confident about your chances of success. It may be that financial constraints are causing you to dream up ways to earn more money, whether this means taking on an extra job, or starting a business to compliment your earnings. The main point is to be practical.

Shopping may be on your mind today, especially if you have something in mind that seems to promise you feelings of happiness and completeness. You may want to rush out and buy an object that could help you escape from the harsh realities of life - perhaps a new TV or tablet. There’s no problem with this, but it may not make you as happy as you think.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

Your psychic senses get a boost, and could be spot on for some time. If you meet someone special and they seem familiar, there could be a karmic link. Note any dreams you recall upon awakening, as there may be a message there for you. Don’t stop moving out of your comfort zone, as this is the best way to make progress in a number of areas.

You may have an overwhelming desire to accomplish something big now that Saturn in your sign is pushing you to focus on your ambitions. As your creative energy is at a peak, this is an excellent time to dream up those big ideas and break them down into manageable steps to see how you might accomplish them. Show the world what you’re capable of.

There’s a positive accent on contact with enthusiastic people who share your passions. Turning on the charm means emphasising your uniqueness, which can make you quite convincing today. Keep your feet on the ground, especially if those who surround you seem determined to generate confusion. You’ll need to keep your boundaries intact too.


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PETS ***************************** ENGLISH COCKER PUPPIES FOR SALE (black girl and black and tan boy) will be available for sale at the beginning of April, with an excellent pedigree, vaccinated, microchipped, free from eye cataract, kidney failure and hips dysplasia. Living with a family with kids, other dogs and a cat (€450). Also an adult golden cocker male and a black and tan female, fully vaccinated are given for free to the right homes. For photos look at or call 99884578 Anna (Nicosia) or email to costopa@gmail. com ***************************


**************************** NAYIA, a female dog around one year. Very friendly with children and other dogs. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 Mon-Frid 10-2pm. *************************** VICO KENNEL: Dog Training Centre and Boarding Kennel.

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PENNY, a loving gentle female. will make a wonderful family pet. Around 3 years old. Excellent temperament, very loving and well behaved. She will make an amazing companion. Worth Meeting! She is a small size. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 Mon-Frid 10-2pm.

FOR SALE BUSINESS/ PROPERTY/LAND PLOT FOR SALE IN KATO PLATRES in a pine tree area. It comes with title deeds, 1095 square feet. Tel. 99881051. FOR SALE INDUSTRIAL LAND IN GERI INDUSTRIAL AREA (DALI BORDERS) 2600 sqm with architecture design and final licence to build 1000sqm warehouse. Price €470.000 Euros. Tel: 99222144 DOG GROOMING BUSINESS FOR SALE Do you like animals? If you do you would love doing this. Well established client base for 7 years. Willing to train if needs require. Open to offers for a quick sale this includes training, equipment and transport. For more information please call: 96301768

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and patio with bbq in a very quiet neighbourhood close to Makarios football stadium. Available END of February Makedonitissa €1500. 9. New modern luxury very good quality finished semi detached house built in 3 levels. Upstairs 1st level 3 bedrs all en suite+ laundry room, 2nd level big attic room which can be used for office space or bedroom. Ground floor with 2 sitting areas ,dining area and breakfast area, kitchen with all the electrical appliances, central heating, full a/c units. Basement with kitchen with cooker and oven, dishwasher, microwave and 2 refrigerators, sitting room with fireplace, and 2 bedrooms with one bathroom. Outside private fenced garden with artificial grass, bbq area and covered veranda. The house has blinds and shutters on all windows, false ceiling with spot lights throughout house, pressure system, covered parking, satellite dish, central music and network system, storage room, very good double glazed windows. Behind General flooring in the centre of Makedonitissa - €2000 (H4MAK0001-R), (photos on the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area, off Kostantinoupoleos street near French ambassador residence.- STROVOLOS €700

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ment, 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 Kallipoleos 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

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with small kitchen and shower with WC. A nice large gargen and covered parking. €1300. 99675752 GROUND FLOOR house 3 bedroom, furnished, area Agios Nectarios, Limassol. Private parking. Price €550. Tel 25752987 or 96535495 TRADITIONAL VILLAGE STONE HOUSE IN APESHIA. Very quiet village, 20mins from Limassol. Road to heritage school/ Troodos. 2 bedrooms, office available top floor with veranda great view of mountains. Small courtyard with trees. Electric solar water. A/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 –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 hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543

views. Sky satellite, euro 650 ono, please call: 99771532 – no agents 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 ***************************** 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 ***************************** MR RENT PAPHOS, THE LEADING PROPERTY RENTAL AGENCY IN PAPHOS OFFICE: 26271858 (00357) IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY TO

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

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‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey jersey sold By Jonathan Allen

Ferrari started last season with a car that was tricky to drive and some way off the pace but Fernando Alonso kept them in the hunt with some remarkable drives. This year’s car has been descibed as in ‘another world’ from its 2012 predecessor

Ferrari doubt they’ll be fastest By Alan Baldwin FERRARI are unlikely to have the fastest car when the Formula One season starts in Australia next month but they hope to be close enough for Fernando Alonso to make the difference, according to team principal Stefano Domenicali. “The situation at the moment seems to be alright, alright with the programme that we have,” the Italian told Reuters at a Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame event in London this

week. “The target is to be close together with the leading cars...I would be very surprised if it was the quickest (car) at the first race. But if we are all close together in a couple of tenths, then the season is really long and everything is possible.” Ferrari started last season with a car that was tricky to drive and some way off the pace but Alonso kept them in the hunt with some remarkable drives while the team pulled out all the stops to narrow the performance gap.

By mid-season, the Spaniard had a comfortable lead in the championship that was then eroded in the latter half by a resurgent Sebastian Vettel who reeled off a string of wins for Red Bull. The end result was Vettel’s third successive title but the German and Alonso were still fighting for it all the way to the final race in Brazil. Domenicali said the situation was very different from February last year, when Brazilian Felipe Massa first tested the F2012 and rang Ferrari president Luca di

Montezemolo to tell him the bad news. “It’s another world,” said Domenicali. “It’s a totally different situation but we cannot underestimate that everyone is doing a good job, and as far as we can see from the tests I don’t see a lot of changes in respect of what we saw at the end (of last year).” Eight drivers from four teams - Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Lotus - have been fastest over the eight days of testing so far although the Red Bull drivers have also sounded

happy with their car’s performance. Domenicali said the biggest challenge all teams faced in the first few races would be the new-version Pirelli tyres, designed to degrade quicker and create more pitstops. “We need to make sure that we are close to the best car and then the team and drivers have to make the difference,” he added. “In Australia it is not the end of the championship, it’s just the start. We need to be careful and stay cool.” The season starts in Melbourne on March 17.

I’ve had bellyful of fans’ cheating jibes, says Bradley By Simon Evans

Keegan Bradley was the first player to win a major using a belly putter, at the 2011 US PGA Championship

AMERICAN Keegan Bradley says he is sick of being called a ‘cheat’ by fans for using a long putter, as the controversy intensifies over the rules on anchoring the shortest club in the bag. Bradley was the first player to win a major using a belly putter, at the 2011 US PGA Championship, but has since been followed by fellow countryman Webb Simpson at last year’s US Open and South African Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open. Golf’s governing bodies, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient (R&A), proposed a ban on anchoring putters to the body in November. However, US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has come out against the change, raising concerns about different rules emerging in different competitions. Bradley is against the change and is also upset by the reaction of fans and some in the media. “I take great offence to people calling me a cheater. I think that’s unbelievable,” he told reporters ahead of this week’s Honda Classic.

“It’s been pretty difficult especially lately. I’m being called a cheater more than ever by fans, by some writers. “It’s really tough. I can’t imagine how people can say that to me or to anybody out here. I’m sick of it to be honest.” Finchem raised his opposition to the change on Sunday, a stance which Bradley applauded. “I’m very proud and it makes me feel good that my tour, the tour I play on, has my back,” said the US Ryder Cup player. The proposed new rule by the governing bodies, who argue putters should swing freely and not be anchored to any part of the body, would come into force in 2016. Bradley said much of the abuse had come online but that he had also been heckled at tournaments. “A lot of it is on Twitter which is ridiculous anyway, I know. I do read it and I shouldn’t,” he added. “There are silly fans that will say stuff. There’s the occasional article that comes out, there was one recently that came out that I couldn’t believe. “The word cheater, I mean, it’s amazing that people can say that. It’s probably the worst thing you could ever say to an athlete.”

A JERSEY worn by the captain of the US men’s Olympic hockey team in its ‘Miracle on Ice’ victory over the Soviet Union in 1980 has sold at auction for $657,250, less than had been anticipated. A blood-stained sock worn by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in the 2004 World Series also was among the more than 100 items of sports memorabilia offered by Heritage Auctions in New York. It sold for $92,612.50, including auctioneer fees. A private collector who asked to remain anonymous bought Mike Eruzione’s jersey, which had been estimated to sell for $1 million or more prior to the auction, according to Heritage Auctions. Eruzione, a key member of the US hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, scored the winning goal in a 4-3 upset over an experienced Soviet side that had dominated the sport for much of the preceding two decades.

TOP MOMENT Sports Illustrated called the US triumph the top sports moment of the 20th Century. The US team went on to defeat Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal. Eruzione also put up for auction nearly two dozen other items connected to the 1980 Winter Olympics, including the hockey stick he used to score the winning goal, which sold for $262,900. “I’m auctioning these pieces off because I want to take care of my family, my charity, and to turn them over to history,” Eruzione said in a statement before the auction. “They hold no nostalgia for me. I went to Lake Placid for one thing: to get a gold medal. I achieved that and it will never leave my possession. If my jersey can end up in a museum, or with a collector, a team or a corporation that will care for it and display it the right way, then I will be happy.” Eruzione said most of the items had been stored in a hockey bag in his attic in Winthrop, Massachusetts, since the game. The bloodied sock worn by Schilling during Game Two of the 2004 World Series has been on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in that game, despite Schilling’s injured tendon in his right foot, which began to bleed, soaking his sock.

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Federer outwits Granollers as he eyes Djokovic showdown

North highlights England’s potential

17-time grand slam champ seeking first title of the year

By Andrew Baldock

ROGER Federer and Novak Djokovic strolled to easy victories in the Dubai Championships second round yesterday, keeping the world’s top two players on course for a showdown in Saturday’s final. Other dangers await after Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro also claimed straight set wins, but few in Wednesday’s 5,000 capacity crowd would bet against another meeting between the big two, winners of 23 Grand Slam titles between them. Federer dismissed Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4, while Djokovic overcame a late stumble to beat another Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 7-6. Djokovic was seeking a 15th straight win, his unbeaten streak dating back to October, while Agut has one tour final appearance to his name and the Spaniard was overawed by the Serb’s power and movement. The first set was over in 23 minutes and Djokovic broke for a fourth game in five to go 2-0 up in the second. The match looked all over, but Agut fought back, breaking Djokovic and saving four match points to take the set to a tiebreak, only for the Spaniard to bow out with a double fault. “It was not easy to finish the match - he fought very hard and is great competitor,” Djokovic said in a courtside interview. “It was my fault - I made some unforced errors that gave him the chance to come back.” The Serb, 25, now faces Italian Andreas Seppi in today’s

quarter-finals, while Federer will play Nikolay Davydenko. The 17-time grand slam champion was adamant he would not take the Russian lightly, despite boasting an 18-2 winning record against the veteran, who has slid down the rankings in recent years. “I’ll never disrespect a guy like Nikolay,” said the Swiss. “He’s done too much in the game.” After the first five games went with serve, Granollers stumbled, a double fault gifting Federer three break points. The 31-year-old needed only one, passing Granollers at the net with an arrowed forehand down the line for a 4-2 lead. Federer, seeking a first title of 2013 and a sixth Dubai crown, was relentless, regularly opting for serve-andvolley tactics, and wrapped up the set with a love game. “I thought I was sharp, I knew what I wanted to do and I was able to do it,” the world number two said in a courtside interview. “He was going to come in, so I thought I would rather hit a volley than a passing shot - when the courts are so fast, you want to play offensive.” Federer broke again for a decisive 3-2 lead in the second set courtesy of a deep forehand that the Spaniard thought had landed long but his appeal fell flat. Earlier, world number seven Del Potro pounded India’s Somdev Devvarman 6-4 6-4. “It’s good, but I need to improve... if I want to have a chance of winning this tournament,” Del Potro, 24, said.

Swiss maestro: Roger Federer is seeking a sixth title in Dubai

Vaughan wants more drug testing

Surrey batsman Tom Maynard, 23, was high on cocaine and ecstasy when he died last June, an inquest heard

FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan has said out-of-competition drug testing would be a “step forward” in the wake of Tom Maynard’s death. “If you had drug testing on a regular basis, there would be a starting point of potentially wiping it out completely,” Vaughan told BBC Sport. Surrey batsman Maynard, 23, was high on cocaine and ecstasy when he died last June, an inquest heard on Tuesday. The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is now preparing to step up testing. A jury at the inquest decided that Maynard’s death was accidental after he was electrocuted on a live railway track before being hit by a train. The hearing was also told that tests on hair samples indicated Maynard may have

been a regular drug user up to three and a half months before his death. “Where cricket has to be a little bit wary is if you’re just a county player, the season finishes in September and then you’re not playing a competitive game until April,” added Vaughan. “We have to be wary that long periods of non-competitive action can lead to boredom. “It’s a long time not to be competing and it’s a long time not to be tested. I do think out-of-season and outof-competition drug testing would be a step forward.” On average, up to 200 tests are carried out each year as part of the ECB’s testing programme, which is conducted with the co-operation of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) and encompasses all registered profes-

sional county cricketers. These tests almost always take place on match days and are only likely to detect the use of performance-enhancing substances. Vaughan, speaking at a Chance to Shine coaching programme at his old school in Sheffield, said he did not think drug taking was rife within the sport. “If you have 400 people in any room there’s bound to be one, two, three, four who would participate in the wrong side of the game,” he said. “You can’t just say it’s London and you certainly can’t say it’s Surrey, but I would say there were many talks of a party culture in and around the Surrey dressing-room over the last year or so. “This is a very unfortunate circumstance which the game finds itself in.”

WALES wing George North has described RBS 6 Nations title favourites England as “the team to beat this year”. If England defeat Italy at Twickenham on Sunday week, they will head to Cardiff six days later for an appointment with reigning champions Wales knowing that victory would give them silverware and a first Grand Slam since 2003. Wales, though, could still retain the Six Nations crown should they defeat Scotland and then England. “England have been very clinical,” North said. “They know how to win games - when to put it up the jumper, when to play. They are the team to beat this year. “They are leading the table with two games to go. You never know what is going to happen against Italy, who showed against France they can perform. “But when England come to Cardiff, it will be all or nothing, I guess,” Away from rugby, meanwhile, North has no doubt that his girlfriend - double world champion Becky James - will take everything in her stride after becoming British cycling’s latest golden girl. North was in Rome on Six Nations duty last weekend when James tore up the track in Minsk. The 21-year-old, from Abergavenny, achieved no what no other British cyclist had done in winning four medals - two gold and two bronze at one world championship. And it prompted the following Tweet from Wales captain Ryan Jones to his team-mate North: “What’s it like being the second-best sports person in your relationship!?” “She has done awesomely well,” North said. “I know she works so hard and focuses on herself. She went there with good confidence, and that showed. “It’s a huge achievement, the first British cyclist to get four medals in a world championship. It’s justdeserved. She has worked hard for it.” North managed to watch some of James’ heroics on television and via the internet in Rome, where Wales beat Italy 26-9, and he is not readily disagreeing with his captain’s banter. “At the moment, Becky is the more well-known of the two of us,” he added. “She is going to be a lot in the press, and it is justdeserved. “If you look at any sport, you bounce off each other and she’s going well at the moment. Hopefully, I can do my bit, too. “It’s obviously huge for Becky, but she is a very level-headed girl. Ever since I’ve met her, she has never changed.”


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Messi is failing Barca when they need him most

IN BRIEF AFC probes Lebanon match fixing

Argentine a pale shadow of his usual self By Mark Elkington LIONEL Messi has rarely been accused of failing to deliver in big games, having scored in two European Cup finals, but after subdued performances against AC Milan and Real Madrid, questions are being asked. The four-time World Player of the Year and leading scorer in one of the greatest club teams of all time, was a shadow of his usual self at the San Siro in a Champions League last-16 first leg last week, when Barcelona slumped to a 2-0 defeat. The same happened again at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, when Cristiano Ronaldo, the player with whom he is always compared, scored twice in a 3-1 second-leg victory to guide Real into the King’s Cup final, 4-2 on aggregate. Portugal’s Ronaldo has shaken off accusations that he went missing when the going got tough, and in scoring against Barca he passed Messi’s record to become the first player to score in six straight Clasicos away from home. “It is about the team, not about whether Messi is better or worse,” Barca and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta told a news conference yesterdyay, defending his team-mate. “We have scored a lot of goals, and so has he in particular. It is just in these two key games we have lacked ac-

curacy and composure. When the team doesn’t work well, it is everyone’s responsibility.” Messi, who plays almost every game, has resembled the forlorn figure he was with Argentina a couple of years ago when criticised for failing to perform on the international stage. He shrugged off suggestions he was tired at the weekend telling, Barca TV: “I am used to playing a lot of games now, and I prefer it this way. I feel better if I don’t rest.” Barca and Messi can hardly be accused of decline, as they top La Liga with a 12-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, 16 points ahead of champions Real in third. Messi is La Liga’s top scorer with 38 goals, netting more goals himself than 16 other teams have individually tallied up in the 20-team league. However, he and his team have struggled when confronted with tightly-organised defences of late. They miss coach Tito Vilanova, who succeeded Pep Guardiola at the end of last season. He has been absent since the turn of the year after needing a second round of surgery following an operation to remove a tumour from his saliva glands in November 2011. Although his assistant Jordi Roura is in constant contact, there is little doubt that Vilanova’s tactical knowledge

has been missed in games at a time of the season when coaches really earn their money. Barca have become too reliant on Messi’s goals, with fellow forwards Alexis Sanchez, David Villa and Pedro contributing only 12 between them in the league. By successfully placing Messi in a straightjacket, Milan and Real have stifled Barca, crowding them out and cutting the supply lines from Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, and their gameplan has become too predictable. A lack of movement up front has left them looking flat and short of ideas, while their leaky defence has now conceded in 12 consecutive matches. “Madrid destroyed Barca in every facet of the game, with an indisputable and overwhelming victory,” sports daily Marca wrote on Wednesday. “Few teams in history have demonstrated more conviction in a particular style of play (than Barca) but it became clear they lacked confidence in their style of football. Barca played with the ball but didn’t play football.” Milan visit the Nou Camp for their Champions League last 16 second leg on March 12 and Iniesta said Barca did not need a complete overhaul of their way of playing. “We need to get back to the ABC of football, because this is what has helped to make us the team we are,” he said.

Lionel Messi and his Barca team-mates have struggled when confronted with tightly organised defences of late

Maradona denies owing millions Comeback kings Freiburg in unpaid tax on return to Naples By Karolos Grohmann

By Catherine Hornby ARGENTINE great Diego Maradona denied he owed millions of euros in unpaid Italian taxes after he was mobbed by media and fans on his return to Naples where he twice led the local team to league titles. The tax collection agency says it is owed almost €40 million by the former World Cup winner, most of which is interest built up since 1984 when he joined Serie A club Napoli. “I am innocent,” Maradona told a news conference in the southern Italian city. “I want to believe in the Italian justice system - I don’t owe them a lira.” He said he wanted to clear his name so he could return to Italy, a nation he loves, without being chased for

Diego Maradona is still venerated like a saint in Naples the debts. The country’s authorities have long pursued him, seizing diamond earrings when he visited a weight-loss clin-

ic in northern Italy in 2009 and stripping him of two watches when he went to Naples for a benefit match in 2006. “I wanted to tell you all that I can feel, again, the air of Naples in all of my body,” said Maradona. “I have wanted to come to Naples for a long time but there was something that wouldn’t permit me and I can’t understand why.” Maradona, one of the world’s greatest players, is still Napoli’s all-time top scorer and is venerated like a saint in the city for leading the club to the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990. The 52-year-old, who also led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, was mobbed by photographers as he arrived for the conference while Napoli fans chanted ‘Diego! Diego!’.

FREIBURG staged a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Mainz 3-2 after extra-time to reach the German Cup semi-finals for the first time. Daniel Caligiuri grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser for the visitors before scoring the winner in the 108th minute in the all-Bundesliga clash. “We were not organised at the start and had lots of problems,” Freiburg coach Christian Streich told reporters. “But we fought back with everything we had. “Even if we had lost that would have been a courageous performance. I am glad to coach such a team.” Freiburg were joined in the last four by Wolfsburg who ended third-tier Kickers Offenbach’s run with a 2-1 away victory courtesy of second-half goals from

Croat Ivica Olic and Dutchman Bas Dost. Offenbach, who had beaten two Bundesliga teams and a second-tier side in previous rounds without conceding a goal, pulled one back in the 81st minute through Marcel Stadel but could not find an equaliser despite piling players forward.

Freiburg are in the German Cup semis for the first time

ASIAN football was left reeling from another match fixing scandal yesterday, with the AFC investigating a report from Lebanon where 24 players have been sanctioned following allegations that international and regional games were rigged. The Lebanese Football Federation on Tuesday announced the punishments, including lifetime bans for Malaysian-based defender Ramez Dayoub and Indonesian-based forward Mahmoud El-Ali, which centre on international fixtures and AFC Cup matches, the second tier regional club tournament. The two-month investigation involving over 60 witnesses was led by the general secretary of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), Fadi Zreiqat, who said the players had the right to appeal the decision. Dayoub, who along with El-Ali was fined $15,000, denied the allegations and said he would fight to clear his name. “I am not guilty. They have suspended me and accused me of matchfixing without any evidence or proof,” Dayoub told FOX Sports. “This is a serious allegation and I have no doubt there’s something behind this. “If I really am guilty of matchfixing, FIFA will investigate and suspend me, not the Lebanese FA.” Lebanon are still in the running to qualify for their first World Cup finals with three matches remaining but any punishment from the AFC or world governing body FIFA could see their hopes dashed.

Player loses five teeth VASLUI defender Zhivko Milanov lost five teeth after being kicked in the mouth by CFR Cluj’s Cadu during a goalless draw in the Romanian league, prompting the Vaslui coach to label the incident a ‘crime’. Milanov, capped 23 times by Bulgaria, was injured in the closing minutes of the first half and was rushed to hospital. The 28-year-old lost two teeth when Portuguese Cadu, sent off for the incident, mistimed a challenge for a loose ball and another three teeth were removed in hospital. “It’s a crime,” Vaslui coach Viorel Hizo told local media. “It’s not the first time Cadu has committed such a foul and I’m curious what his punishment will be.”

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Signs ‘look good’ for Everton Toffees end poor run by progressing in FA Cup

By Toby Davis

By Dominic Farrell ASSISTANT manager Steve Round believes Everton showed glimpses of returning to their best form in the 3-1 FA Cup fifth-round replay triumph over Oldham. David Moyes’ side closed February with a victory having endured four winless matches in all competitions, including a dramatic 2-2 draw with their npower League One opponents which made the Merseyside return necessary. Goals from recalled forward Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman came either side of a Leighton Baines penalty and, although Latics’ FA Cup goal hero Matt Smith climbed off the bench to power home another towering header, the Toffees’ secured a home quarter-final tie against Wigan in relative comfort. “You go up and down through the season, I think everyone’s the same,” said Round. “You see that with even the boys who are right at the top. “You don’t flow impeccably all the way through the campaign. When you don’t you’ve got to dig deep and grind out a result and then you wait for the form to come back. “I thought we saw signs of it last night. It was starting to flow again and, with Kevin Mirallas coming back

Rodgers: Sterling needs nurturing

Recalled forward Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring for Everton, who now face Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals into some sort of form and showing what he’s capable of, the signs look good.” Injuries have lent a stopstart feel to Mirallas’ debut season in English football. He got the nod ahead of Steven Naismith to face Oldham and responded with a well-taken finish from Darron Gibson’s measured 15th-minute cross - a first Everton goal since September’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea. Round singled both players out for praise afterwards, but joked Gibson might have got a touch carried away when he spurned

a gilt-edged opportunity to add a late fourth. “I thought Gibson was excellent in midfield. He dominated the play and the passing and for Kevin it shows what a good technical player he is the way he just guided that ball into the net. “With a little bit more quality finishing I think Darron would have got a goal himself - I think he may have been celebrating before he made contact and that’s why he missed so I’ll have a word with him about that. “We’re very pleased with Darron and certainly pleased that Kevin’s back

and showing some sort of form.” For Oldham caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk it was a case of what might have been as he experienced defeat for the first time in five matches since Paul Dickov resigned at the start of the month. Despite being on the back foot for much of the first half, former Everton youngster Jose Baxter came agonisingly close to drawing the Latics level with an exquisite curling shot that struck the post. Additionally, a wayward clearance from Phil Jagielka

struck Gibson on the arm but referee Michael Oliver waved away penalty claims. “At the time on the sideline I didn’t realise,” Philliskirk said. “Three or four people have said it could have been a penalty. “But I don’t want to criticise the referee. I thought all the officials were excellent. The referee will have given that decision in good faith. “Jose’s chance was so unlucky - it’s actually hit the inside of the post and come out. If you get back to 1-1, who knows, but Everton are a fantastic team.”

Sigurdsson urges Tottenham to keep on battling By Jim van Wijk

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored his first Premier League goal for Spurs at Upton Park on Monday night

MIDFIELDER Gylfi Sigurdsson has warned the race for Champions League football will not be over even if Tottenham beat arch-rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Gareth Bale’s superb goal in injury-time secured a hard-fought 3-2 win at West Ham on Monday night, which moved Spurs up into third place in the Barclays Premier League and four points ahead of the Gunners, who are fifth. Sigurdsson, though, maintains his side can not take their foot off the gas even if Arsene Wenger’s men get a sound beating at White Hart Lane. “It is going to be a massive game for us,” said the Iceland international, who bundled in his first Premier League goal for Spurs which sparked a late comeback at Upton Park. “However, anything is pos-

sible in football. The league was won in the last minute on the last day, so even if we beat them it is not finished. “First, though, we have to beat them to start thinking about that. “It will be a great atmosphere. Hopefully we can get a win and stay above Chelsea. “We want to get in to the Champions League, that is our aim. If we achieve that, we want to finish as high as we can.” The form of Wales international Bale has been key to Tottenham’s drive up the table, with eight goals in his last six matches - many of which proving key. The 23-year-old has been compared to the best around in the game at the moment. Sigurdsson feels there is plenty more to come from his all-action team-mate. “Probably Cristiano (Ronaldo), (Lionel) Messi and Gareth are up there, they are all outstanding players

and Gareth showed it again at the end that he can do something special,” he said. “I hope he can continue developing over the next few years and do something amazing. “He still has a few years to go to reach his peak because he is still young and you probably hit your peak when you are 27.” Sigurdsson had to again be content with a place on the bench on Monday night, introduced in the second half and popping up in a crowded six-yard box to bundle the ball into the net to level at 2-2 with 14 minutes left. The 23-year-old joined Spurs in an £8 million deal last summer but after struggling for a regular start, Tottenham are understood to have accepted three bids during January - one from his former club. Sigurdsson, though, hopes his efforts against the Hammers will prove he can be part of Andre Villas-Boas’ future plans.

LIVERPOOL 18-year-old winger Raheem Sterling is tired and needs to be rested after an energy-sapping breakthrough season in the Premier League, manager Brendan Rodgers said yesterday. The Jamaican-born youngster, who signed a lucrative new contract in December, has made 35 first-team appearances this campaign but has only started one of Liverpool’s last six matches. Sterling won admiration, and a senior England cap, for his ability to skip away from tackles and leave defenders for dead with his scorching pace but has looked jaded recently. “It’s just a very physically demanding league and what you’re seeing now is more tiredness of the legs when before he could go up to people and take them on,” Rodgers said on the club website. “That zip has gone and that’s down to fatigue. Was that to be expected? Yes it was.” Sterling joined Liverpool as a 15-year-old from Queens Park Rangers and made his senior debut as a substitute against Wigan in March 2012. He nailed down a regular starting spot at the start of this season and made his England debut in a friendly against Sweden in November. “This is a kid we’re talking about so we have to take a wee step back,” Rodgers added. “As a 17-year-old, I dare you to look around Europe and tell me a 17-year-old who has made an impact in one of the big leagues. There aren’t many. “It is so mentally and physically draining this league. It hurts experienced professionals and this boy has just stepped up from the Academy and played football and earned a contract off that. “We have to nurture that and at times he’s got to have that mentality to keep learning. I was talking to him the other day about this, and if he didn’t kick another ball this season he’s had a good one.”

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Plane sailing for England centurion Ian Bell IAN Bell peppered the boundary on the way to a century in Queenstown, New Zealand yesterday but his team-mates were more worried about being hit by low-flying planes. The airport is a well-struck six away from the ground and spinner Graeme Swann tweeted: “The queenstown ground is amazing, but I’m convinced one of the landing light aircraft is going to strafe the pitch at some point.” Bell hit an unbeaten 127 as England reached 357-7 on the opening day of their tour match against a New Zealand XI.

Rampant Real find template for Man United trip at Camp Nou Ronaldo: ‘Beating Barca gives us enormous confidence for the trip to Manchester’ By Mark Elkington REAL Madrid’s crushing victory away to Barcelona to reach the King’s Cup final has fired out a warning to Manchester United ahead of their Champions League last 16 return at Old Trafford next week. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was watching from the stands at the Camp Nou on Tuesday when Real romped to a 3-1 semi-final second leg victory, helped by a double from the outstanding Cristiano Ronaldo. Real reached the May 18 Cup final coming back from a 1-1 home draw, the same result United achieved at the Bernabeu in the first leg, to triumph 4-2 on aggregate with a commanding display against their arch-rivals. Despite an inconsistent league campaign which has left Real third, 16 points adrift of leaders Barca, they proved they could rise to the occasion when required and batter a side who have beaten United twice in European Cup finals in recent seasons. “We hope this will be a pivotal moment for us,” Real captain Iker Casillas told reporters, when he surprisingly appeared to speak instead of coach Jose Mourinho. “We are level at 1-1 with United and we have to try and score, and to keep a clean sheet. We need to do what we did here at Old Trafford,” added Casillas, who is

the defence of their league title all but over. Barcelona’s humiliation meanwhile raised the question of just how much they are missing coach Tito Vilanova while he continues his recovery from throat surgery in New York. However many passes Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and their team-mates strung together they were too predictable and were unable to provide Lionel Messi with the service that has made the World Player of the Year such a lethal goal scorer. Vilanova, who stepped up from assistant coach to succeed Pep Guardiola at the end of last season, needed a second round of surgery in December following an operation to remove a tumour from his saliva glands in November 2011. His assistant Jordi Roura has temporarily taken over and although the pair are in constant contact there is little doubt that Vilanova’s absence is far from the ideal situation at a crucial period of the season.

Devastating display: two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo outshone World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, scoring in a record sixth consecutive Clasico away from home out of action recovering from hand surgery. “The team played to their strengths very well. I think Madrid have beaten Barca tactically and are deserved winners of the tie.” Madrid let Barca dominate possession but denied them

the space to work their magic, as AC Milan had done in their 2-0 Champions League last 16 first leg last week. Ronaldo outshone World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, scoring in a record sixth consecutive ‘Clasico’ away from home, the first goal

coming from the penalty spot and the second after a trademark fast counter-attack. The Portugal forward hailed the result for it’s moraleboosting effect. “We want to continue in the same vein,” he told Spanish television. “This game gives us enor-

mous confidence for the trip to Manchester.” Real are seeking a 10th European Cup, and Mourinho a third with different clubs, and he has made it clear the domestic trophy and the Champions League are his priorities this season with


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