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Wednesday, January 23, 2013





Urgent appeal for hungry Paphos families

Obama ball: not much room for dancing but a night to remember

Why everyone fell for the kooky one in Girls centre



Cyprus woes may hurt the eurozone Top bankers warn island’s problems could still derail ‘fragile confidence’ By Elias Hazou and Annika Breidthardt


YPRUS’ financial problems could still derail fragile confidence in the eurozone that the bloc fought hard to regain in 2012, European Central Bank board member Joerg Asmussen said yesterday. His comments follow doubts whether the island, with gross domestic product of barely 0.2 per cent of the euro zone’s output, was large enough for a potential default to unsettle the 17-nation euro zone, such a risk being a precondition for a bailout. “Disorderly developments in Cyprus could undermine progress made in 2012 in stabilising the euro area. Cyprus could well be systemic for the rest of the euro area despite its size,” Asmussen said. “Under normal circumstances one would expect the direct impact of a default to be limited, and it’s obvious that without assistance the country will default,” he told Reuters, but added the situation was not normal. “At the same time we should recognise that the situation is not normal. Even though the promise of the OMT (ECB bond-buying) and other important decisions have calmed the markets, this situation is still fragile.” Charles Dallara, Managing Director of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) also warned policymakers against complacency when dealing with Cyprus. “I would have thought we would have learned a powerful lesson from Greece that the relative or absolute size of an economy sometimes is ir-

relevant when it comes to its potential impact on the euro zone and indeed global markets,” he said. Among those to question the potential impact of difficulties in Cyprus is German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has said repeatedly it was not yet clear “the problems in Cyprus could be a danger to the euro zone as a whole”. “We have to (establish) that very clearly as that’s what the (ESM) treaty says and we do need to stick to the rules we agreed in the treaty,” Schaeuble told reporters after the Eurogroup meeting on Monday. But Asmussen said Cypriot problems could affect twicebailed-out Greece through banking channels and send a negative signal to the rest of the euro zone, especially harming the outlook for states trying to regain full access to the markets. Concerns have centred on allegations from some states that Cypriot banks may be misused for money laundering and tax evasion, a view Cyprus rejects. Asmussen said monitoring and addressing such issues needed to be included in a bailout. During Monday’s meeting, Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly was at pains to address the money-laundering concerns, submitting documents showing that Cyprus was implementing all relevant EU regulations. A number of his eurozone counterparts, however, seemed unconvinced, warning that the issue must be settled before the signing of a bailout agreement. Outgoing Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker


In this picture released yesterday Prince Harry makes early morning pre-flight checks around an Apache helicopter at the British controlled flight-line at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. Harry was yesterday in Cyprus for ‘decompression’ before heading back to the UK (AFP)

Prince Harry relaxes in Cyprus after Afghan deployment PRINCE Harry is currently in Cyprus for a much needed alcoholic drink on his way back to Britain from his 20-week deployment to Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot. He arrived late Monday. It is common practice and part of the vital recovery programme for British soldiers returning from Afghanistan to spend a few days in Cyprus as part of the ‘decompression’ procedure. The prince’s return was revealed via

Twitter by Major Laurence Roche, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan. “Prince #Harry heads home from #Helmand. Next: 2 days’ “decompression” in #Cyprus & a well-deserved first alcoholic drink in five months,” The Major tweeted. According to the Daily Telegraph the Prince left the war-torn country on board a regular personnel aircraft and joined other UK-bound troops on their way home via Cyprus. Soldiers usually have a 24-hour

stopover at a British base, to wind down and sink their first beer after many months in active service. They are reportedly given four cans of lager and can go swimming, surfing and sunbathing on the beach. The compulsory down time also gives the servicemen and women time to reflect on their experiences and prepare themselves for returning to life in the UK. ‘Arrogant’ Harry criticised in UK Page 9

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A man stands next to a white painted bronze sculpture of a baby titled Planet by British artist Marc Quinn at Garden by the Bay in Singapore. The sculpture, which was unveiled January 18, for permanent display at the gardens is a depiction of the artist’s infant son (AFP)



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33 years ago, Friday January 23, 1980

President Nixon announces that he has achieved ‘peace with honour’, as the Vietnam peace agreement is signed, removing US troops from Vietnam.

Archbishop Makarios has authorised Glafcos Clerides, the former Greek Cypriot negotiator, to agree for an area of as much as 25 per cent of the territory to be under Turkish Cypriot control in a federal republic. Clerides made this disclosure on the Around the Microphone radio programme.

1997 In America, Madeline Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State.

1989 A powerful earthquake hits the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. Hundreds of people are feared dead.

1989 Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter, writer and member of the surrealist movement, dies in Figueras, Spain, at the age of 84.

2005 The Orange Revolution in Ukraine culminates with the inauguration of newly elected, reform president Viktor Yushchenko.

43 years ago, Sunday January 23, 1970 More arms were handed in to the authorities yesterday as the deadline for the surrender of illegal arms drew near. The 10-day time limit set by Interior Minister Komodromos expires at midnight tonight and official sources stated that there is to be no extension. Security forces are ready to launch extensive searches to discover illegally held arms.

53 years ago, Monday January 23, 1960 Archbishop Makarios yesterday summoned to London the Cypriot under-secretary of the transitional Ministry of Communications and Works, Kazamias, to attend talks on Nicosia Airport facilities. Difficulty is reported from London on the subject of training flights by RAF planes, which the British side says would not interfere with civil airline traffic.

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Numbers going to IPC soar by 30pct Nearly 1,000 people apply over in the last six months By Stefanos Evripidou THE NUMBER of Greek Cypriot refugees seeking compensation for occupied properties in the north has increased by almost 30 per cent – nearly 1,000 new applications - in the last six months alone, showing an upward trend that has caught the attention of Cyprus’ Legal Service. Attorney-general Petros Clerides plans to hold a broad-based meeting after the presidential elections to deal with the increasing number of Greek Cypriot refugees applying to the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) in the north set up by Turkey. According to the IPC website, as of last Monday, 4,471 applications have been lodged with the Commission, of which 309 have been concluded through friendly settlements and nine through formal hearing. The IPC has so far paid £100.7m sterling (€120m) to the applicants as compensation for giving up their property rights in the north. It has only ruled for exchange and compensation in two cases, for restitution in one case and for restitution and compensation in five cases. In one case it has delivered a decision for restitution after the settlement of the Cyprus problem, and in one other case it has ruled for partial restitution.

HUGE HIKE Just six months ago, on July 12, 2012, the IPC had recorded a total of 3,473 applications, 260 friendly settlements and seven formal hearings. Around £81m Sterling (€102m) had been paid out to applicants in compensation. The 998 new applications since last July represent a 29 per cent increase, a considerable hike for IPC figures if one considers the Commission was set up by Turkey in 2006. In a letter published by Alithia yesterday, Clerides told the mayor of occupied Famagusta and leader of the municipalities’ union, Alexis Galanos, that the issue of Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied areas was probably the most important aspect of the Cyprus

problem. The AG sent the letter on January 10, in response to a letter seven days earlier from Galanos, requesting a meeting of all stakeholders to discuss possible recourse to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and ways to discourage refugees from applying to the IPC, which they are doing in increasing numbers. In his response, Clerides agreed with Galanos on the need to do something about the increased number of applications to the IPC and the smaller sums awarded in compensation to Greek Cypriots for giving up rights to their land in the north.

STAKEHOLDERS The AG said he would convene a broad-based meeting of all stakeholders after the elections to find ways to handle the unfolding situation. Clerides noted that after the landmark 2010 ECHR decision in the Demopoulos case, the Strasbourg-based court “effectively overturned” previous case law, making things much harder for Greek Cypriot refugees who since then are forced to go via the IPC to pursue their property rights in the occupied areas. The Committee of Occupied Local Communities has also asked the government and future president, whoever that may be, to take measures to better the economic situation of refugees and limit their flow to the IPC to “sell their country”. Speaking to reporters on Monday, committee chairman Andreas Petrou said the deepening economic crisis has seen numbers to the IPC increase. He called for an immediate review of refugee policy with the input of economists, legal experts and technocrats, and guided by politicians. Failure to do so will result in Greek Cypriots applying en masse to the IPC to sell their properties in the north. Petrou suggested the government set up a fund to compensate all owners of land in north for loss of use of property on an annual basis. He proposed charging rent to those currently in hold of Turkish Cypriot properties south of the dividing line as a means to provide resources for the fund.

The day the Ledra Palace crossing was opened unexpectedly on April 23, 2003 causing initial chaos

Ten years and 20 million crossings By Poly Pantelides GREEK Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots have become less prejudiced, more trusting of each other and more willing to live together in the ten years that the checkpoints have been open, studies have shown. The University of Cyprus’s Haris Psalitis gave a talk yesterday – aired live on state broadcaster’s Proto Radio – to commemorate the roughly ten years since the checkpoints first opened allowing Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to become reacquainted. On April 23, 2003 thousands of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots crossed at two checkpoints, mostly through the Ledra Palace and Pergamos, following an announcement by the ‘TRNC’ they would be letting people through for day visits. It had been 29 years since the Turkish invasion of 1974, which isolated the two

Drugs remand A MAN was remanded for eight days yesterday after being arrested on Monday in connection with the possession of drugs. The was arrested in Limassol after police said they found 150 grammes of an illegal substances in his possession. At around 5.20pm a small three-gramme sachet was found on the man after police searched his person on suspicion he might be dealing. Officers then searched his rucksack sand said they found 47 sachets with what looked like a dried herb inside, 147 grammes in weight. According to police, it is believed the sachets contained an illegal substance. A warrant was issued and the man was remanded for eight days.

communities. But since 2003, about 7.5 million crossings have occurred from the Greek Cypriot side and 13.5 million from the north. There are now seven checkpoints: the Ledra Palace and Ledra Street checkpoints in Nicosia for pedestrians, Ayios Dhometios in Nicosia, the Ayios Nicolaos and Pergamos in the British sovereign base areas, and the checkpoints at Astromeritis and Limnitis that lie between Nicosia and Morphou. Although Greek Cypriots go to the north to visit Churches and to see their property, Turkish Cypriots mostly come over to shop, he said. There will be people, especially Greek Cypriots, who will not go to the north be-

cause they do not want to tacitly acknowledge the ‘TRNC’ or support it financially, or because they find the notion emotionally difficult, Psaltis said. However, “crossing is not the same as having contact,” he added. For example, though Greek Cypriots may visit their homes and go to the north on a religious pilgrimage, many reported in a study completed in 2011 that they did not have any contact with Turkish Cypriots. Whereas one in three Turkish Cypriots reported having at least one Greek Cypriot friend, only 15 per cent of Greek Cypriots could say the same, Psaltis added. Both sides become more trusting and come away want-

ing reunification as a result of their contacts, he added. During a discussion coordinated by Psaltis’ colleague, Nizayi Kizilyurek, people shared their experiences and posed questions. One Greek Cypriot woman said that contrary to what she keeps hearing people say, back when Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots lived together, the two groups actually kept to themselves even then. Psaltis pointed out that collective memories differ on this point. Turkish Cypriots remember being isolated from Greek Cypriots, whereas Greek Cypriots remember a time of close friendship. “We should think about why this is,” he said.

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‘An opportunity to get it right’ International expert says gas find could help the island out of current quagmire By Stefanos Evripidou

A homemade device exploded at around midnight on Monday outside the home of a policeman in Nicosia causing damage to a garage door, police said. According to a spokesman the bomb did not damage the car parked in the garage. The

policeman, who works at Nicosia Central Prison, is the second target in recent weeks of attacks on members of the police working at the prison according to police spokesman Andreas Angelides (Christos Theodorides)

Ministry says price cap is working THE PRICE cap on wholesale and retail milk, which came into effect on Monday has benefited the consumer according to the head of the commerce ministry’s Competition and Consumer Protection Service, Froso Hadjilouca. “All of the supermarkets and bakeries that were checked by ministry inspectors kept their prices below the €1.41 per litre cap set by the ministry,” she said. “Our inspectors also have the authority to check

invoices from the wholesalers to ensure that they uphold the price cap on wholesale milk at €1.32 per litre,” she added. Hadjilouca said that most big supermarkets and bakeries had kept their prices the same with only one complaint being received through the consumer complaint hotline. “One bakery was allegedly selling one litre of milk at €1.55 yesterday [Monday],” she said. “The consumer called the hotline to complain and

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will bring us the receipt so we can fully investigate the incident,” she added. A ministry report will be released today to show whether the price cap on milk has seen an increase in milk prices after ministry investigators looked at prices of milk before and after the cap was implemented at bakeries, supermarkets and kiosks. However on Monday, one consumer group said it had received a number of complaints. The Cyprus Consumers & Quality of Life Union, had warned last week that retailers would take advantage of the cap and bring prices up to the €1.41. Supermarkets had by Monday added anything from two to five five cents to a litre while kiosks and bakeries seemed to have added the full whack.

THE DISCOVERY of natural gas is a “once in a lifetime opportunity to get it right” for Cyprus, according to one leading international economist. Despite the doom and gloom scenarios, the island could still get out of this quagmire, balance its budgets, educate its people in the required fields and create a prosperous society with a competitive economy, said the World Bank’s Augusto Lopez-Claros during a talk in Nicosia on Monday. Cyprus has a lot more going for it today- EU membership and infrastructure- than South Korea or Singapore had decades ago before they set out to become hugely successful and advanced economies, he said. However, overcoming today’s problems requires a common vision, an end to political bickering, and implementation of that vision, said Lopez-Claros, who was in Cyprus this week to give a seminar to Central Bank staff. Lopez-Claros became the director of global indicators and analysis at the World Bank in March 2011. Previously he was chief economist and director of the Global Competitiveness Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. Before joining the Forum he was an executive director with Lehman Brothers (London), and in the early 1990s the International Monetary Fund’s resident representative in Russia. He is a much-sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the last several years at some of the world’s leading universities and think tanks. On Monday night, he gave a talk to a small group of leading business people in Nicosia on Cyprus’ place and its potential as an international hub of doing business. Lopez-Claros spoke about the current problems in the integrated global economy, noting that today’s financial crisis is different from that experienced after World War II when public debts exploded. Today countries belonging to the “West” have an ageing population, with pension and health funds putting pressure on fiscal accounts.

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Augusto Lopez-Claros Climate change is another factor that will put tremendous pressure on fiscal budgets, said the leading economist, noting that the economic crisis took away the focus from climate change in the last few years, which was “valuable time wasted”. Regarding the eurozone’s problems, Lopez-Claros rubbished the notion of a “magic number” for a sustainable public debt, noting that in 2007, Spain’s public debt was at 35 per cent, much lower than that stipulated in the EU’s so-called Maastricht criteria.

MAGIC NUMBER “Forget about this magic number,” he said. LopezClaros urged countries to adopt the Chilean model of fiscal control, where fiscal policy calls for annual budget surpluses. Chile now has a public debt of 5 per cent. Balancing the budget and creating surpluses allowed the country to set aside vast resources in a special fund. So when Chile suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010, Chileans reconstructed the country within 18 months, noted the World Bank director. All countries need to make serious fiscal adjustments in the coming years to bring down debt and confront an uncertain world. This would free them from bondholders and paying millions in interest. Instead, that money could be spent on education, he argued. In an increasingly “integrated and hypercompetitive global economy”, international companies are looking for an

educated yet relatively cheap labour force and a legal framework that’s not bogged down by too much red tape. Lopez-Claros highlighted that Cyprus does not fare well on the red tape criteria. It takes 733 days to enforce a contract through the courts in Cyprus. In Singapore, it takes around a fifth of that time. Specialised commercial courts could significantly reduce the time needed, he said. The cost of registering property in Cyprus is also very expensive, and considered a disincentive for investment, he said. The international economist noted that the Report on Doing Business in Cyprus put the country’s ranking lower than that of Georgia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Speaking before energy and telecommunications officials, Lopez-Claros referred to the ongoing debate on privatisations, saying: “Come on. It’s the 21st century.” He also referred to the “parochial political debate” in Cyprus, driven by a lack of political unity or will to implement the measures that could make Cyprus “the next Singapore in Europe”. He called on citizens and leaders to go beyond party politics, integrate intelligent women into decision-making processes and work hard towards an agreed vision. On the prospects of natural gas, Lopez-Claros said Cyprus has “a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this right” and ensure that the hydrocarbons fund set up to manage energy revenues provides a stable anchor for future generations. The country could get it wrong like Nigeria, or do it right like Norway, he said. Asked what steps Cyprus should take to become competitive again, he said Cyprus needs to balance its budget and- emulating the culture of transparency in Scandinavian countries- explain to the public what it is doing and why. A second step would be to create links between universities and companies in the fields of education and training to ensure graduates integrate easier into the economy. Thirdly, the country needs to work on the investment climate and prevailing regulatory framework, with an emphasis on the lengthy judicial system.

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Home Judges willing to ‘give up’ some of their salaries but reject cuts By Elias Hazou DISTRICT court judges yesterday argued before the Supreme Court that they should be exempt from salary and benefit cutbacks because their earnings are protected under the Constitution. The judges are en masse appealing a government decision in 2011 that cut wages across the public sector by a small percentage. They argue that the pay cut was in violation of Article 158 of the Constitution which states: “The remuneration and other terms of employment of any judge cannot be changed unfavourably for him after his appointment.”

The article was intended to safeguard the independence of the judiciary from political tampering; it is said that, without this protection, legislators would be free to ‘penalise’ judges for rulings that are not to the former’s liking. The judges’ appeals are directed against items of legislation passed in late 2011 as part of an austerity package that included reductions to the salaries of state officials, among others. In court yesterday, the judges reiterated their proposal that, instead of taking a mandatory pay cut, they would make a voluntary contribution from their salary to the state. The judges said their offer would stand irrespective of the court’s ruling. It’s understood

that their proposal would still give the judges an advantage over the rest of the public sector workers, as their pension and retirement bonus would be based on their original salary; their voluntary contribution would not be taken into account for this purpose. Moreover, the lawyers representing the judges said their demand for exemption does not breach the principle of equality under the law for all citizens, since the issue at hand does not pertain to taxation - which should be equal for all - but rather to remuneration for one’s services. In this way they hope to counter the state’s expected argument that cuts are being imposed under the ‘law of necessity’ which, according

Cyprus woes may hurt the eurozone

Futile protests over state privatisations By George Psyllides THE government will fight to prevent the privatisation of public companies, the spokesman said yesterday, although it was clear that the matter was out of their hands since a bailout agreement was expected after February’s election, which the ruling party is not tipped to win. “We will fight for the nonprivatisation of semi-state organisations even if some people in Europe consider privatisations a part of the structural reforms of the economy,” Stefanos Stefanou said. The government insists it managed to avert privatisations during negotiations with the troika. A preliminary deal however, states that “if necessary to restore debt sustainability, the Cyprus authorities will consider a privatisation programme for state-owned and semi-public companies.” The sustainability of Cyprus’ debt will be determined, it seems, by the total amount needed for recapitalising the island’s Greeceexposed banks. There has been no final decision on that yet, but it appears that Cyprus’ EU partners have already decided that privatisations are necessary. Stefanou said there were ways to avoid privatisations even if the debt was deemed

Reports say experts could be sent to probe ‘dirty money’ (continued from front page) said the EU would be closely monitoring the legal framework on combating money laundering in Cyprus, until the deal is signed. And French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said the Eurogroup expects the troika and the Cyprus government to sign a programme that contains a clause on money laundering. Cyprus repudiates the claims. Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou spoke yesterday of “expediencies and interests arrayed against Cyprus” on its natural gas and Russian businessmen’s deposits in the island. “It’s obvious that Cyprus is under attack from certain quarters with regard to so-called money-laundering here,” Stefanou said. Those same quarters are for their own reasons seeking to raise new issues “through the back door,” he added. He suggested a scheme is being hatched to scare away Russian investors so that they take their cash elsewhere. “The European Union should display solidarity towards a member state, which is essentially a victim of a European decision. Let us not forget the (losses on Greek bonds) was a European decision, and Cyprus is today paying the price,” he added. News reports in Germany in recent days said at least four Eurogroup finance ministers were expected to ask for a mission to Cyprus to examine money laundering allegations. The idea, Schaeuble’s brainchild, is said to be backed by the finance ministers of Austria, Finland and the Netherlands. The latest assessment by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on combating money laundering revealed that, on

the basis of the number of areas in full compliance, Cyprus ranks 7th out of 17, whereas Germany ranks close to the bottom, at 14th, ahead of Greece, Slovakia and Luxembourg. Press reports said the experts to be sent to the island would zero in on the actual implementation of anti-money-laundering regulations, since mere ratification of EU directives was not enough. However it was not clear yesterday whether Schaeuble did in fact table the proposal during Monday’s Eurogroup meeting, as press reports had suggested would happen. As widely expected, the Eurogroup did not reach decisions on Cyprus’ request for a bailout, given that the total amount the island needs has yet to be determined. That’s because an assessment of the banks’ capital requirements is still pending. It was also made abundantly clear that concluding a bailout deal has been pushed back to March. Juncker said that targeting the agreement within a timeframe after February’s presidential elections in Cyprus would better serve the national ownership of the financial adjustment programme, given the fact the country has given assurances it can cover its monetary needs. The sentiment was shared by Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro. “The Commission has been working closely with the ECB and the IMF to finalise a financial assistance programme with the Cypriot authorities,” Rehn said. “Building on the useful discussion we have just had, we will continue this intensive work in the coming weeks with

to the Attorney-general, trumps questions of constitutionality. Speaking to newsmen after the court adjourned, Attorney-general Petros Clerides, who represents the state in the dispute, said he had yet to decide his rebuttal. The ‘law of necessity’ was one of his options; another would be to argue that tax burdens are justified in times of financial crisis. “To us, an independent judiciary is a cornerstone of democracy and we shall certainly defend it. But we should not confuse the issues,” he said. “We do not believe that this [cutting judges’ salaries] undermines the independence of the judiciary.” He will deliver his rebuttal on Monday.

unsustainable. “It is known that we support and will continue to support direct bank recapitalisation from the European Support Mechanism,” he said. That however, would be unlikely, at least for the time being. The Europeans’ apparent support for main opposition DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades, the frontrunner for the presidency, has provided his opponents with a valuable weapon. Ruling AKEL said yesterday there should be no doubt that electing Anastasiades, ‘the leader of neo-liberalism, austerity and privatisations’, meant the lenders having a natural ally. Anastasiades yesterday denied he was pro-privatisation. “We never adopted the privatisation of profitable semi-state organisations,” he said. “Our position is clear; the people who are committed on the privatisations must stop blaming their decisions on others.” Anastasiades said he would look into alternative ways to see how it could be tackled in the event the debt was deemed unsustainable. Meanwhile, management and workers at telecommunications company CyTA – a prime candidate for privatisation – are closing ranks to fight. “Unity and understanding form the framework for joint action and coordinated response.” they said.”

Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou a view to facilitating the necessary decisions by the Eurogroup in the course of March.” Earlier on Monday, Schaeuble said it appeared impossible to reach agreement with the current administration in Cyprus, given its opposition to privatising state-owned bodies. Privatising state assets would become necessary should Cyprus’ debt ratio exceed 120 percent of GDP, rendering the debt unsustainable under IMF criteria. Stefanou yesterday reiterated the state would fight privatisations but Shiarly said: “We have to be sensitive to the issues which may arise in other member states. We are the applicants, they’re the lenders, we have to be sensitive to their own issues,” he told reporters in Brussels. “Therefore, if they say ‘January’, January; if they say ‘February’, February; if they say ‘March’, March. We have the ability to manage our fiscal requirements. We are strong and we can manage it.”

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Urgent appeal for Paphos needy Over 250 families not covered by local authorities need help By Bejay Browne AN urgent appeal for donations to help needy families living in Paphos villages has been made by a group of volunteers. More than 250 families living outside the boundaries of Paphos municipality are in desperate need of help, as without it they will go hungry. Paphos has been hardest hit by the wave of unemployment. The municipality, in conjunction with a social welfare committee programme, are doing all they can to help those in need, but they are unable to help those living in the outlaying villages, as they are outside municipal boundaries. Instead, they are passing

Volunteers say they need more non-perishable staples such as rice, pulses, tinned goods, baby food, clothes and blankets on details of those who need assistance to a group of volunteers who are doing their best to provide desperate families with food and clothing. Local businesswoman Pavlina Patsalou heads up the group. “The situation is be-

coming increasingly difficult, as the numbers are growing and we really need the help of the public,” she said. The volunteers started the programme around 18 months ago, helping around 20 families. This number has

now mushroomed to more than 250 and is increasing on an almost daily basis. “We are helping those in villages which Paphos municipality cannot because they are living out of their area. We have many people of all nationalities, mainly families, who are in desperate need of help. We give them whatever we can,” said Patsalou. The aid available includes clothes and blankets as well as food. “Some people don’t even have enough money to buy a loaf of bread. If they are unable to come to us to collect items because they don’t have transport or money for petrol, we will take the parcels to them,” Patsalou added. The volunteer said that they were also giving powdered milk for babies, and nappies, and any other food they could, but need the public and local businesses to rally round and offer support. “We are trying hard to help these people and approach whoever we can think of who could offer assistance. Papantonios supermarket has helped a great deal and we

will have a drive at Carrefour in Paphos on Saturday, which we hope will be a success,” Patsalou added. Between the hours of 9am-1pm, the volunteers will be at Carrefour to explain to shoppers about what they are trying to do. “They will also be able to purchase €5 coupons to help feed the needy,” she said. “I decided to try and help because I have strong feelings for people in these situations. Most of them have ended up like this as they have lost their jobs because of the economic climate. It’s affecting the entire community and some families don’t have money to feed their children, it’s terrible.” A spokeswoman for social welfare confirmed they could nto help, given the boundary issue. “But Pavlina, along with a group of volunteers is doing this. We pass on any information about those in need to her and she helps them. We are all working together to try and ease some of the immediate pressure of those who are in a desperate situation.”

The spokeswoman said the programmes were for genuinely needy who have no food. “It’s not for people who have an income. We are currently updating our records and we have close to 1,000 applications for help,” she said. “We have to make sure that the food aid is going to those who really need it. After we have updated our records we will have the information as to exactly how many individuals and families in Paphos are without food and in need of urgent help.” Patsalou said the volunteers were collecting all sorts of non-perishable staples such as, rice, pulses and tinned goods, and baby food. “We are so grateful when people show their support. These are difficult times for everyone but every little bit helps to feed those who would otherwise go without,” she said. Daily donations of food and clothes are being accepted at Pavlina Children’s Clothes shop from 9am-7pm. Contact Patsalou at 99 220 152.

Cypriots are among the most successful researchers in Europe CYPRUS has some of the most successful researchers in Europe, relative to population size, according to European Commission data. A press release by the Commission said that “relative to population size the most successful researchers are based in the Netherlands, Denmark, UK and Cyprus from EU countries, and Switzerland and Israel from the countries associated with the EU research programme”. “This reflects the high quality of the research in these countries, which generally follows from long-term investment in research”, it notes. The Commission’s announcement said that the European Research Council (ERC) was awarding €680 million to 302 senior research leaders in 24 different countries across Europe, in the latest competition for its prestigious `Advanced Grants`. With up to €2.5 million per project, the funding allows these scientists to pursue their most ground-breaking ideas at the frontiers of knowledge together with their own teams.

ERC grants target top researchers of any nationality who are based in, or willing to move to, Europe. In this Advanced Grant call, the selected candidates hold 32 different nationalities, with British, German, French, Dutch and Italian researchers being the most numerous. They will conduct their research projects in over 160 institutions across 24 different European countries. As the largest countries in the EU, the UK, France and Germany host the greatest number of successful candidates. Just over 15 per cent of selected researchers are women, which is a rise from last year’s 12 per cent. The average age of the researchers to be funded is 51 years. In this call, 45 per cent of selected proposals were in the `Physical Science and Engineering’ domain, 37 per cent in `Life Sciences’, and 18 per cent in `Social Sciences and Humanities’. The grantees were selected through peer review evaluation by 25 panels composed of renowned scientists from around the world.

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Concern raised over HIV cases unknown to the authorities Ministry discovers that two boys were unregistered carriers By Poly Pantelides

Cypriot pilots yesterday handed out leaflets at Larnaca airport as part of a Europe-wide demonstration against proposed EU regulations on flight duty times. The event was organised by Cyprus Airways pilots

union PASIPY. European pilots are unhappy with new draft rules prepared by the European Aviation Security Service (EASA), which they say allows airlines to use risky programming hours for flight crews

HEALTH minister Androula Agrotou yesterday said she was concerned over the fact that two underage boys who were in Cyprus until the summer carried the HIV virus unbeknown to authorities. It emerged yesterday that the boys were not in the system because they were diagnosed abroad, Agrotou said. The person who brought the issue out into the open was Stella Michaelidou, who heads KYFA, a Limassol-based non-governmental organisation that supports HIV/AIDS carriers and works on prevention. After local media extrapolated an HIV/AIDS problem in schools, Michaelidou clarified that the two boys were non-Cypriots and non-EU citizens who left the island in the summer so they could receive treatment at home. One boy, 16, was diagnosed with HIV about three months ago, Agrotou said. “We have taken action with the boy’s school,” she said though she would not go into any details as to how the boy became infected, citing the need to safeguard his privacy.

Opening hours fixed for polling stations abroad during election THE VOTING stations for next month’s presidential elections on February 17 will be open to the public in Cyprus, from 7am with a one hour break at noon, re-opening at 1pm and finally closing at 6pm, the chief returning officer has announced. Local opening times in stations abroad will in Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia be 10am until 7pm with a one hour break between 2pm and 3pm. In Greece and Bulgaria, voting stations will be open from 7am until 6pm with a break from noon until 1pm. In Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic stations will be open from 9am until 5pm with a break between 1pm and 2pm. In the UK stations will be open from 8am until 4pm with only a half hour break between noon and 12.30pm, while in the USA stations will only be open between 7am and 11am. Forty different voting stations will be operating around the world according to the chief

returning officer. Greece will have 16 different voting stations, with five in Athens, three in Thessaloniki and one in each of Volos, Iraklion, Ioannina, Komotini, Larissa, Patra, Rethymno and Rhodes. The UK will have voting stations at the Cypriot High Commission in London and the Cypriot Community Centre in London. There will be two in both Manchester and Birmingham while Leeds and Bristol will have one voting station each. There will be one station each in New York while the capital cities of Germany, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Bahrain, Qatar, France, the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria will have one voting station each. Greece’s voting stations will cater for 6,915 registered voters and the UK’s for 6,115 of the 14,427 registered voters currently not in Cyprus. The returning officer at each station can extend voting hours until 9pm if a large number of voters have not managed to cast their vote in time.

Funeral today for Ayia Napa mayor THE funeral of the late mayor of Ayia Napa, Antonis Tsokkos, is due to take place today at 2pm at the Church of Panagia in Ayia Napa. There was widespread shock and sadness at the news of Tsokkos’ unexpected death on Monday. According to police, the 59-year-old complained of breathing difficulties in the morning, but died before paramedics arrived at his home. An autopsy by state pathologist Nicholas Charalambous carried out at Larnaca General Hospital yesterday revealed the cause of death was a heart attack.

Agrotou also confirmed KYFA’s claim that there was another minor boy – now an adult – who was infected about two and half years ago. Doctors in Cyprus are obliged to inform the health ministry of all new HIV virus diagnoses, Agrotou said. People are then given treatment options and can have specialised care at Gregorios clinic in Larnaca hospital. Agrotou said that she was concerned that there may be AIDS carriers who live in Cyprus but have not been diagnosed by the authorities and so are not known to the health ministry. “I’ve spoken with Ms Michaelidou to arrange a

meeting so we can work together,” Agrotou said referring to KYFA’s action as a support centre that may bring it in touch with individuals who have not been diagnosed at home. Cyprus is placed among countries of low prevalence of HIV infection, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations’ programme on HIV/AIDS. “Due to the long asymptomatic phase of HIV infection, it is expected that some persons who have been infected are not aware of the fact and remain unreported for a certain period of time,” UNAIDS said in its 2012 report on Cyprus. A total of 735 people were diagnosed with HIV in Cyprus between 1986 and

2011 and 118 have died. This includes about 349 non-Cypriot nationals, 256 of whom do not live on the island. Some 49 people were diagnosed last year, 54 were diagnosed in 2011 and 41 in 2010. Five people died from AIDS in 2011 and at least five people died last year, health ministry officials have said. There are health education programmes in place at schools and other population groups, including sexual education lessons for children in the first year of Lyceum, usually aged 15. Cyprus has subscribed to the UN goal of zero new infections or AIDS-related deaths by the year 2015.

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Germany and France pledge deeper union

Lagerfeld backs gay marriage with Chanel catwalk finale

Show of friendship on 50th anniversary of Elysee Treaty By Andreas Rinke and Emmanuel Jarry MEETING on the 50th anniversary of the pact sealing their post-war reconciliation, the leaders of Germany and France yesterday vowed to bridge differences on the shape of Europe’s currency union and unveil joint proposals on deeper integration within months. Angela Merkel, a conservative, and Francois Hollande, a socialist, have had an uneasy relationship since the French president swept into office eight months ago vowing to reverse German-backed austerity policies designed to shore up the crisis-hit euro zone. But the two leaders, born less than a month apart in the summer of 1954, stressed their common values and hailed the importance of the Franco-German partnership after centuries of conflict that culminated in two world wars and led historians to speak of a “hereditary enmity”.

“The young people of our countries have the great fortune to have never known anything but peace and democracy,” said Hollande, speaking in the Reichstag building in Berlin to a joint session of parliament. But he added that the youth now faced “an economic and social crisis of unprecedented duration”, requiring common efforts to boost economic output and create jobs. Merkel, speaking earlier at a joint news conference, said the leaders would tackle one of the most divisive issues between the two countries - deeper economic and fiscal integration - and present joint proposals before a summit of EU leaders scheduled for June. She also said she would support a French candidate to run the new European bank supervision body that is to become operational next year, under the umbrella of the European Central Bank. Berlin and Paris have starkly different visions of what a closer currency union should

look like, with Merkel favouring tighter central controls over budgets and Hollande seeking more solidarity, in the form of a big euro zone budget to deal with economic shocks. “It is about a deeper cooperation in economic policy with the goal of social security, employment, growth and financial stability,” Merkel said of the joint proposals that are to be presented by May. The Treaty of Friendship signed at the Elysee Palace in Paris in 1963 by Germany’s Konrad Adenauer and France’s Charles de Gaulle buried the hatchet almost two decades after World War Two ended. Perhaps the most powerful image of reconciliation came in 1984 when Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand mentors of Merkel and Hollande - held each other by the hand at the site of the Battle of Verdun, where 700,000 of their countrymen died in World War One. They went on to lay the foundations of Europe’s eco-

nomic and monetary union, a project that France hoped would harness German power after reunification in 1990. The return of a French Socialist government under Hollande has led to tension between Paris and Berlin. After six months of earnest handshakes, the two leaders now kiss each other on the cheek when they meet. At a dinner in the chancellery on Monday, they began using the familiar “du” and “tu” form with each other, according to aides. Hollande pointed to the fiscal compact on budget discipline, a December deal on banking supervision and the agreement to keep Greece in the euro zone as fruits of his strong relationship with Merkel. Merkel, who refused to meet with Hollande during last year’s French election campaign while openly supporting his conservative opponent Nicolas Sarkozy, said: “It may be our best-kept secret that the chemistry actually works.”

Smallest house in Brussels up for auction COSY might be the best word to describe the smallest house in Brussels, which is about to go up for auction. The centuries-old former furniture workshop and creperie a stone’s throw from the Belgian capital’s picturesque central square is just 2.75 metres wide and has a ground floor only 1.75 metres across. “There’s a lot of interest and there are also a lot of tourists who want to see it,” said Claude Rotsart de Hertaing, a Brussels pensioner who works part time showing prospective buyers around houses. The dilapidated five-floor Belgian townhouse, just off the central Grand Place square, has “La plus petite maison de Bruxelles” (The smallest house in Brussels) written across a faded wooden sign above the entrance. It is not Europe’s narrowest however, which tourist officials in Slovakia believe could be a 1.3 metre wide house in its capital Bratislava. The Brussels house, squeezed between a pizzeria and a souvenir shop, has floors each of about 16 metres squared, apart from the ground floor which is even tighter as it has a pathway running to a courtyard down the side. On one floor it has a potentially inviting fireplace, but you might singe your knees if you sat facing it on an armchair. The house will be auctioned on February 6, starting at a price of €146,200.

Two models dressed as brides with Karl Lagerfeld’s godson end the Chanel show yesterday (AFP) FASHION designer Karl Lagerfeld sent two models dressed as brides alongside his tiny godson down the catwalk yesterday in a public show of support for French government plans to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption. The models and Lagerfeld’s four-year-old godson took the final bow at the German designer’s Chanel haute couture show before Lagerfeld gave voice to his opinions on the subject after the show. “I do not understand why people who live together cannot have the same security as those bourgeois who are married,” said one of the fashion world’s most successful designers, who is also renowned for his controversial comments on everything from politics to celebrity personalities. “Two women getting married, I find that natural, and having two mothers is a good thing.” The French government’s proposals have divided opinion and sparked huge protests both in favour and against. Earlier this month, roughly half a million people marched through Paris demanding that President Francois Hollande withdraw the reform bill and hold a national debate on the issue. However, the government said it remained determined to submit the legislation to parliament and pass it by June.

Romania arrests three men over major Dutch art heist last year ROMANIAN authorities have arrested three men suspected of stealing paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Monet from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum in October, local news agency Mediafax said yesterday. Thieves made off with seven paintings, which also included a Gauguin, a Lucian Freud and a Meyer de Haan, thought to be worth tens of millions of dollars in a brazen and meticulously planned operation. A Bucharest district court made a ruling late on Monday allowing authorities to hold three men for 29 days, Mediafax reported quoting judicial sources. “The three men are suspected of being the authors of the large scale theft in Kunsthal museum,” it added.

The court made the ruling in response to a request from Romania’s DIICOT government prosecuting office, which investigates organised crime and terrorism, said Mediafax. DIICOT declined to comment but Romania’s police force confirmed it was looking into the Dutch theft. The theft was one of the art world’s most dramatic in recent years and one of the biggest ever in the Netherlands. The works stolen were Picasso’s Tête d’Arlequin, Matisse’s La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London, Gauguin’s Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte, De Haan’s Autoportrait and Freud’s Woman with Eyes Closed.

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Britain BRITAIN TODAY Afghanistan soldiers’ jobs at risk BRITISH soldiers serving in Afghanistan this year face losing their jobs in a further round of redundancies planned for 2014. A fresh tranche of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed their notice in June as the government tries to reduce the number of regulars to 82,000, it was announced yesterday. It will be the single biggest round of armed forces job losses under the coalition, although any soldiers preparing for, deployed on, or recovering from operations on June 18 will not be made redundant against their wishes. However, the Ministry of Defence said those exempt from compulsory redundancy this year would not be protected from a further tranche of job losses next year, which would also affect medics and dentists in the Royal Navy and RAF. Labour said “the heroes of today could be sacked tomorrow”.

Sun reporter faces charges A FORMER police officer and a Sun journalist are facing criminal charges over alleged corrupt payments for information including details of the death of a 15-year-old girl. Ex-Metropolitan Police constable Paul Flattley and The Sun’s defence editor Virginia Wheeler will be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, the Crown Prosecution Service said. It is alleged that the officer was paid at least £4,000 in cheques and £2,450 in cash in exchange for information, including details linked to the teenager’s death.

Oliver’s skills are hot stuff JAMIE Oliver has proved he is hot stuff by setting a new world record - for chopping raw chillies. The TV chef sliced up 10 in 30 seconds to achieve his feat during a live broadcast. Oliver’s pal and fellow chef Gennaro Contaldo set a new record for making ravioli. Their record attempts were staged during a live launch for Oliver’s YouTube channels online on Monday night. Adjudicators from Guinness World Records were on hand to verify their supremacy. Afterwards Oliver told his fans he was “well happy”.

Granny sentenced to death over smuggling drugs into Bali THERE were gasps of surprise at Denpasar District Court yesterday when a sentence of death by firing squad was passed on a 56-year-old grandmother from Teesside arrested in Bali last year with 4.8kg of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase. The British government said it strongly objects to the death penalty. Lindsay Sandiford, 56, originally from Redcar, Teesside, was arrested in May last year after police in Bali said they found the cocaine, worth £1.6 million, in the lining of her suitcase.

Sandiford wept as she was led away and covered her face with a scarf. Previously, she claimed in court that she was forced into taking the drugs into the country by gangsters who were threatening to hurt one of her children. Delivering the sentence, a panel headed by Judge Amser Simanjuntak concluded that Sandiford had damaged Bali’s image as a tourist destination and weakened its anti-drugs programme. The judge told the court: “We found no reason to lighten her sentence.”

Prosecutors said during Sandiford’s trial that they were seeking a 15-year prison term. In her witness statement, Sandiford said: “I would never have become involved in something like this but the lives of my children were in danger and I felt I had to protect them.” During the trial, her lawyer read out a statement from her son which said: “I love my mother very much and have a very close relationship with her. “I know that she would do anything to protect me. I cannot imagine what I would do if she was sentenced to

death in relation to these charges.” Three other Britons were arrested at the same time as Sandiford in a sting operation. Julian Ponder and Rachel Dougall were accused of being involved in the same smuggling operation. Paul Beales was also detained. Ponder’s lawyer claimed he was told that Sandiford was delivering a present for his child’s birthday and, when he met her to receive the gift, police officers arrested him. A verdict is expected in the trial of Ponder today.

‘Arrogant’ Harry unwinds after Afghan mission Vegas incident ‘probably a classic example of me being too much army, and not enough prince’ PRINCE Harry was yesterday branded “arrogant and insensitive” after he talked of killing Taliban insurgents during his latest tour of Afghanistan. The 28-year-old said in a series of media interviews that he took fighters “out of the game” during his 20-week posting. Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, said the comments were “crass” and asked how the Prince knew those he killed were members of the Taliban. “In recent months many civilians have been killed by air strikes. This arrogant and insensitive attitude to killing Afghans, whoever they are, is hardly likely to win hearts and minds - a supposed aim of the war. “Prince Harry returns to a life of idleness and luxury, unlike most soldiers who face unemployment, austerity and social problems,” she said. CND general secretary Kate Hudson said: “After more than a decade of war, resulting in an unconscionable civilian death toll and a fractured country, it is unacceptable that the media only gives such high-profile coverage of this bloody and protracted conflict when it involves a member of the Royal Family. “Poring over the exploits

of a royal in combat is a sad diversion from the deep, critical appraisal which should be taking place about the UK’s devastating wars.” The comments came as Prince Harry was relaxing in Cyprus during post-deployment “decompression”. Soldiers have a stopover on their way home to wind down and sink their first beer after many months on active service. They are reportedly given four cans of lager and can go swimming, surfing and sunbathing on the beach. The compulsory stop also gives the servicemen and women time to reflect on their experiences and prepare themselves for returning to life in the UK. Harry, who is known as Captain Wales in the army, was sent on all manner of missions over Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan, from supporting allied troops fighting the Taliban at close quarters to accompanying British Chinook and US Black Hawk helicopters on daring casualty evacuation missions. The Taliban had said it would do its utmost to kidnap or kill Harry during his tour, and an Afghan insurgent warlord labelled him a drunken “jackal” out to kill innocent Afghans. And this time he was in the

A picture released yesterday shows Prince Harry running out from the very high readiness tent to scramble his Apache helicopter (AFP)

hot seat. “Take a life to save a life,” he shrugged. “That’s what we revolve around, I suppose. “If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game, I suppose.” The prince’s deployment with 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, allowed him to step back from the public eye, but speaking to reporters while stationed at Camp Bastion he admitted he had let himself down by romping naked in a Las Vegas hotel suite just weeks earlier. “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down,” he said of the Vegas incident. “But it was probably a classic example of me being too much army, and not enough prince.” Life in the army is “as normal as it’s going to get” for Harry and he relishes having the chance to muck in as “one of the guys”, but he said his father, the Prince of Wales, is always reminding him of his position.

The current third-in-line to the throne was in Afghanistan when it was announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child, and he said he was “thrilled” for the couple and “can’t wait to be an uncle”. Captain Wales was hailed by his colleagues and superiors for fitting into his unit well and for being “on top of his game” during the “extremely busy” and dangerous tour. Harry was given no special treatment during his tour, and he worked, rested, ate and slept in exactly the same conditions as the other pilots in his squadron. The prince flew on deadly sorties over the barren desert - often for hours on end - in support of International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) fighters. Harry’s frank comments about shooting dead Taliban fighters come as no surprise, as any soldier fighting on the

front line in Afghanistan is expected to take on the enemy - and Harry’s job as a co-pilot gunner is widely known. He insisted killing the enemy was not what motivated him to become an attack helicopter pilot. “It’s not the reason I decided to do this job,” he said. Harry’s military role has enhanced his status in Britain and helped shed a reputation of a royal wild child who admitted dabbling in marijuana and under-age drinking, and who made headlines when he donned a Nazi uniform to a costume party. As one of the most world’s most eligible bachelors, his private life remains a source of huge media attention. However, he said his antics in Vegas, where he was letting off steam ahead of his Afghan tour, should have remained private. Unsurprisingly, he said he was more comfortable in his “normal” life in the army than as a British prince.

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World WORLD TODAY The medical benefits of marijuana hazy SUPPORTERS of medical marijuana may have some evidence to back up their claims of its health benefits, but not enough to overrule the US government’s judgment that the drug should be tightly controlled, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The ruling means the US Drug Enforcement Administration can keep marijuana on its list of the most dangerous, tightly controlled drugs, alongside heroin. Medical marijuana supporters sued over the DEA’s classification in 2011, and they hoped the suit would build on victories at the ballot box in states such as Colorado and Washington. But the challengers failed to show convincingly that marijuana has an effective, accepted and safe medical use, said the US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tanker let go GUNMEN who hijacked an oil tanker last week near Ivory Coast’s port of Abidjan have released it after taking the cargo, the Nigerian ship owner said yesterday. The vessel, the Itri, was carrying about 5,000 tonnes of fuel when it was seized. “The entire cargo on board was discharged while the crew were locked up in the junior officers’ mess room,” said Rowaye Jubril, chairman of Brila Energy. All 16 crew members were released unharmed off the Nigerian port of Lagos but the ship had been damaged in the attack, Jubril said. He gave no further details about the attackers.

Drone kills A U.S. drone killed four suspected al Qaeda militants yesterday in a strike on their car in northern Yemen as they drove away from a militant training ground, according to tribal sources and local officials, the fourth such attack in four days. Washington has scaled up action against al Qaeda in Yemen, where the group exploited widespread anti-government unrest in 2011 to seize swathes of territory in the south. The four men were travelling in a vehicle through the desert in the Yemeni province of al-Jawf, near the border with Saudi Arabia, a tribal source said. “The strike targeted a gathering of al Qaeda members who had made the area a centre for training. One of the cars was hit and everyone inside was killed... the others fled,” an official said.

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kiss while dancing at the Commander and Chief Ball on Monday night US time (AFP)

Obama’s ball: no room to dance but night to remember Backers take chance to party with President although food disappoints WHOEVER coined the term “to the victor goes the spoils” did not have President Barack Obama’s official inauguration party in mind. They knocked on doors for him and helped him win re-election, but when Obama supporters put on their tuxedos and ball gowns to celebrate the start of his second term in office, they feasted on pretzels, peanuts and Cheez-its. “This is the food? I’m not too thrilled about it. It’s for the birds,” said Ben Shelly, who helped mobilise support for Obama on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Dancing was also difficult: it was much too crowded in front of the stage to manage more than a shoulder roll when pop stars like Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley played their hits. But that did not stop Obama backers from partying with their president, and celebrating the brief moment when the rancour of the campaign has faded and the tough work of his

second term has yet to begin. “I love the fact that we re-elected the first African-American president against all of the odds of the economy,” said Vega Subramanian, an Indian immigrant who attended with her wife. “I want to do everything I can to support his views in favour of immigrant rights, in favour of gay rights, in favour of all of us.” Inaugural balls have been a Washington fixture since the city’s earliest days, when James Madison celebrated with a dance at a downtown hotel in 1809. Things got out of hand at Andrew Jackson’s inaugural party in 1829, when thousands of revellers crowded into the White House, breaking thousands of dollars worth of china and forcing the new president to flee to Virginia for the night. Staffers managed to bring the party to a close by dragging the punch out on the lawn. James Buchanan’s 1857 party featured 400 gallons of oysters, 75 hams

and 125 tongues. Bill Clinton set a record in 1997 with 14 official balls, and Obama celebrated with 10 official events in 2009. This year, organisers scaled back to two events to try to strike a respectfully austere note at a time when the economy is still struggling. That obscures the fact that the scale - and the budget - are essentially the same as four years ago, with 35,000 people spread out over the sixsquare-block expanse of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on the edge of downtown. Upstairs, about 4,500 wounded veterans and other military members enjoyed a party of their own - a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005 as the country asked its volunteer military to shoulder the burden of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. One floor down in a concrete basement nearly a third of a mile long, horn-rimmed hipsters, thirty-something Latino couples and middle-

aged African-Americans lined up for $10 cocktails and $3 bottles of water. While some got tickets for as little as $60 each, organisers asked wealthy donors to kick in as much as $1 million to cover the costs. At 9:22 p.m., the crowd erupted in a roar. A sea of camera phones greeted the first couple as they walked on to the stage. He wore a black suit and a white tie. According to the White House, she wore “a custom Jason Wu ruby coloured chiffon and velvet gown with a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewellery designer Kimberly McDonald.” They danced in a graceful circle as Jennifer Hudson serenaded them with Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. At 9:27, they waved to the crowd and strode off. “Michelle looked amazing. I loved her red dress,” said Pamela Simpson, a retired model from Potomac, Maryland. What about Obama? “Oh, he’s just the president,” she said.

Blasts, suicide attack Russia Supreme Court allows some kill 17 in Baghdad American adoptions to go ahead By Kareem Raheem THREE blasts, including a suicide attack near an army base, killed least 17 people across Baghdad yesterday, the latest violence to feed worries that Iraq’s unrest may slide into widespread sectarian confrontation. Insurgent bombers are seeking to inflame tensions as Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki faces increasing pressure from mass Sunni Muslim protests and a separate dispute with the country’s autonomous Kurdistan region over the control of oil. The most deadly of yesterday’s explosions took place in Taji, 20km north of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives detonated his bomb near an army base, killing at least seven people and wounding 24. Another parked car bomb

exploded in a crowded market in the Shi’ite neighbourhood of Shula, northwestern Baghdad, killing five people and wounded 13, police and hospital sources said. “We received a call for us to head to the blast site, it was a car bomb. A woman was laying dead with a sack of groceries still beside her, and the wounded were screaming,” said policeman Ghalib Ameer. In Mahmudiya, a town 30km south of Baghdad, a car bomb attack near an army checkpoint killed five people, including two soldiers and wounded 14 more. Violence in Iraq has eased since the widespread sectarian carnage of 2006-7, but Sunni Islamist insurgents often tied to a local al Qaeda affiliate still launch frequent attacks to reignite confrontation among the Shi’ite majority, Sunni Muslims and ethnic Kurds.

By Alissa de Carbonnel A NUMBER of American couples whose adoptions of Russian children were in the final stages of approval before Moscow imposed a ban breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when a court said their adoptions could go ahead. The precise number that will be allowed is unclear. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said last month that six adoptions that had been approved by Russian courts would go through, while another 46 that were still under way would not. Rebecca and Brian Preece from Idaho, who hope to fly home with four-year-old Gabriel, a boy with Downs Syndrome, said yesterday’s ruling was “the news that our judge has been waiting for”. “Now hopefully, hopefully, hopefully she will issue the decree,” Rebecca Preece said. “This is the most emotionally difficult thing I have had to go through.” The couple have already had to postpone their return flights as their agonising wait for a decree that will allow them to apply for Gabriel’s passport, exit visa and adoption certificate has dragged on for 10 days. Along with dozens of others, their adoption request had been in limbo since President

Vladimir Putin signed the ban, which took effect on January 1. The ban is part of a package of legislation that responds to a US law known as the Magnitsky Act, which excludes Russians from the United States who are suspected of involvement in the death in custody of anti-graft lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 or of other human rights violations. Russia’s Supreme Court ruled that, in cases where the adoptions had been approved by courts before the new year, the children should be handed over to their adoptive parents, it said on its website. Russia had about 110,000 orphans living in state institutions in 2011. They are eligible for foreign adoption only after repeated attempts to find them a home in Russia. Americans have adopted more than 60,000 Russian children since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, according to the US State Department. From 2000 to 2010, the figure was more than 1,000 every year, with a high of nearly 6,000 in 2004. In approving the ban, Russian lawmakers pointed to abuse by adoptive parents, including the deaths of 19 Russian-born children adopted by Americans in the past decade. They say US courts have failed to prosecute these abuses properly.

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UN says Syria being systematically destroyed by own people By Oliver Holmes SYRIA is being systematically destroyed by its own people, a senior UN relief official said yesterday after returning from a four-day visit to the civil war-wracked country. Peaceful street demonstrations seeking democratic reform in March 2011 were met with a bloody military crackdown and escalated into an armed uprising aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 60,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in Syria over 22 months of conflict. “I didn’t realise until I entered the country and moving around just how much has been destroyed already of the very vital infrastructure for the functioning of a society,” John Ging, operations director at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said. “It is a country being systematically destroyed by its own people on all sides,” he told a news conference

in Beirut, sitting alongside a team of emergency directors from seven UN agencies who went to Syria to negotiate for greater aid access with government authorities and rebel forces. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon and UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi were deeply disturbed by the continued bloodshed, the UN press office said in a statement on Monday. “Both expressed deep disappointment and anguish at the appalling

levels of killing and destruction carried out by both the government and the opposition, fuelled by outside powers providing weaponry to both sides,” it said. “They also expressed their consternation about the lack of a unified international posture that could lead to a transition as agreed at Geneva last June and put an end to the desperate suffering of the Syrian people.” Ging and his team visited the battle-scarred town of Talbiseh in

Homs province on Monday and said a four-hour ceasefire was negotiated with local authorities and rebels so that aid could be delivered to a rebel-controlled zone. “We crossed the conflict line,” he said. “That movement had to be coordinated and agreed upon by both sides. We very much welcome that and we very much, very much, hope that if it can be done for four hours of our mission, why can’t it be extended for the Syrian people by the leaderships on both sides.”

Spoiled for choice, Israelis vote under the winter sun

ANC berates bank for ‘Arab Spring’ ad campaign

Exit polls put Netanyahu coalition in power

By Ed Cropley

By Jeffrey Heller YEHUDIT Shimshi had fire in her eyes after she voted in a leafy Israeli suburb yesterday, but resignation in her voice. Her hope for an end to the “reign” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forlorn, she admitted. “There is a king sitting on the throne in Israel and I want to dethrone him,” the 58-year-old retired elementary school teacher said, her gaze intense. “But it looks like that won’t happen,” she quickly added, looking away. Shimshi did not say how she voted on the balmy winter morning in Maccabim, which lies so close to the occupied West Bank that Muslim calls to prayer from a Palestinian village sometimes intrude on music pouring from Israeli joggers’ earphones. But she said social and economic issues had been paramount for her in an election campaign that has largely ignored the frozen IsraeliPalestinian peace process. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner late yesterday, with his hawkish bloc unexpectedly losing ground to resurgent centre-left challengers, exit polls showed. They suggested the Israeli leader’s Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group, would

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site yesterday (AFP) still be the biggest bloc in the 120-member assembly with 31 of the 120 seats, 11 fewer than the 42 they had in the previous parliament. If the exit polls compiled by three Israeli television channels prove correct, Netanyahu would be on course to secure a third term in office, perhaps leading a hardline coalition that would promote Jewish settlement on occupied land. “There are some scary things out there in the world and Bibi has an eye on


them,” said Tahg Adler, 36, a recruiting manager from the central city of Modi’in, using Netanyahu’s nickname. But the man the media called “King Bibi” after he expanded his government last May into a shortlived “grand coalition”, has watched his lead narrow in the polls in recent weeks. Jewish Home, a far-right party led by high-tech millionaire Naftali Bennett, has been drawing Netanyahu’s traditional supporters away from the prime minister’s



Likud party, according to the surveys. And new centrist parties, along with veteran centreleft Labour, have been trying to tap into public concern about high living costs that brought hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets in the summer of 2011. “None of the candidates is really presenting much foreign policy. We’ll never achieve a peace agreement anyway with our neighbours,” said Orly Amiel, 30,

a director of a computer programming firm in Jerusalem. Israelis voted under sunny skies, spoiled for choice by a smorgasbord of 32 parties - ranging from the marijuana legalisation Green Leaf party to the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism. The array of factions and opinions in the Jewish state has created a political landscape in which no one party has ever won a parliamentary majority, making often fragile coalitions the rule.

A MAJOR South African bank has become embroiled in a row with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) over an advertising campaign in which youngsters voice concerns about the faltering progress of Nelson Mandela’s self-styled ‘Rainbow Nation’. The ‘You Can Help’ (www. campaign by First National Bank (FNB) was billed as a bid to reinvigorate the push to build a non-racial democracy from the ashes of apartheid. Instead, it elicited a furious response from the ANC, exposing a thinness of skin that belies the party’s 19 years in power and virtually impregnable majority in parliament. The party’s youth wing accused the bank of treason and a “lame attempt to recreate an Arab Spring of some sort in South Africa”, while its Women’s League branded the TV advert - which did not name the ANC - “offensive and politically biased”. In a statement, the party’s chief spokesman dismissed the ad as “disrespectful to elders” and said the ANC would “engage” with FNB bosses, raising fears about freedom of expression in Africa’s biggest economy. The advert, which first aired last week, features a speech by a 17-year-old girl at a school in the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto in which she expresses concerns about crime, corruption and a shambolic public education system. The issues are all long-running political topics that the ANC has acknowledged are problems, but the ferocity of its reaction suggests concerns about a general election due in April next year.

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Draghi says the darkest clouds over euro zone have now passed Governments need to press ahead with reforms to retain confidence says ECB chief THE euro zone can begin 2013 with more confidence than last year but it is up to governments to carry the bloc forward with reforms while the European Central Bank delivers stable prices, ECB President Mario Draghi said yesterday. Draghi’s pledge in July last year to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro and his follow-up plan for a new ECB bond-purchase programme helped bring the euro zone back from the brink of break-up. In a new year’s speech, the cen-

tral bank chief highlighted the impact the bond plan - dubbed Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) - has had on easing tensions but put the onus on governments to press ahead with reforms to retain confidence in the bloc. The commitment shown by policymakers in the 17-country bloc last year to securing a stable euro meant that “the darkest clouds over the euro area subsided” in 2012, Draghi said. “We begin 2013 with more confidence than we had in Janu-

ary one year ago,” the Italian told the Frankfurt Chambers of Commerce in his speech, adding quickly that the ECB was focusing on its core task of delivering stable prices. “This confidence is to a large extent built on the progress that all of us - governments, parliaments, the EU and the ECB have been able to make during 2012,” he said. “But it is also crucially built on the expectation that progress will persist.” “The ECB for its part will be there to continue, as it has done

successfully now for 14 years, to safeguard price stability,” he said, adding that there were no signs of the central bank deviating from delivering stable prices. The ECB had shown its commitment to doing what is necessary - within its mandate - to safeguard the stability of the euro, Draghi said, adding: “Only a currency whose future existence is not in doubt can be a stable currency.” Draghi acknowledged that the reform paths many euro zone countries are pursuing are diffi-

cult. “But there is simply no alternative to the path of reform,” he said. “Despite the good progress so far showing that adjustment is happening, reform efforts need to be sustained... Countries need competitiveness to sustain growth.” Governments should not ease off their reform drive, he said: “Relative calm in financial markets should not lead to a lowering of our ambitions to fix the structural flaws in the governance framework of the euro area.”

Greek PM to visit Qatar for investments

Five arrested in UK insider dealing probe

GREEK Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will visit the cash-rich Gulf state of Qatar next week in a bid to secure investment in his country’s battered economy, the Greek government said yesterday. Kept afloat solely by foreign aid, Greece is trying to lure foreign investment that will help kickstart growth and pull the economy out of a sixth year of recession - the Mediterranean country’s deepest economic crisis in decades. The January 28 to 31 trip follows the withdrawal of Qatar last week from a multi-billion euro tender to develop Athens’ old airport Hellinikon, one of Europe’s biggest real estate projects. Samaras will meet with Qatar’s emir and prime minister as well as top officials from Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund to discuss investment possibilities, including stakes in Greek state-owned companies, the government said.

BRITISH police have arrested a trader at asset manager Schroders and four other men and women in the latest swoop on suspected insider dealing as part of a regulatory crackdown on market abuse. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) said yesterday two men, aged 37 and 62, and three women, aged 39, 51 and 63, were being questioned after police and prosecutors searched four properties in London and other parts of England. The five, who have not been charged, were expected to be released on bail later yesterday. The FSA’s head of enforcement Tracey McDermott has vowed to continue efforts to stamp out market abuse that began in earnest under her predecessor Margaret Cole. The watchdog, which in April will be rolled into a new body called the Financial Conduct Authority, wants to redress allegations that its previous “light touch” style of regulation failed to help stem the financial crisis. Since around 2007, it has pursued more individuals with criminal sanctions and levied stiffer fines. One source familiar with the latest investigation said only one of the five arrested was a London-based financial professional. Schroders confirmed one employee had been arrested and had been immediately suspended. It declined to identify him. “The FSA has informed us that the allegations relate entirely to this individual’s personal actions,” a spokeswoman said. “Schroders is not subject to any investigation. There is no indication of any detrimental impact on our clients or financial results.” Schroders’ private bank has struggled to hold on to clients and grow its profits in recent years, amid fierce competition from larger institutions. The FSA said the latest arrests were not linked to any other ongoing insider dealing investigation.

An empty shop and a manekin in central Athens yesterday as the country enters a sixth year of recession

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Greek prosecutor to charge statistics chief over deficit GREECE’S statistics chief will face felony charges over accusations he artificially inflated budget deficit figures in a bid to make the country’s debt crisis appear even worse than it was, court sources said yesterday. Greek statistics agency ELSTAT head Andreas Georgiou has previously denied wrongdoing and the EU’s own Eurostat statistics agency has defended him, saying the deficit was calculated in line with its standards. However, an economic crimes prosecutor recommended the felony charges be filed against Georgiou and two other ELSTAT employees after finding evidence that they falsified the country’s 2009 fiscal data, a court official said on condition of anonymity. The case stems from allegations by an ELSTAT employee who was dismissed that Georgiou inflated the deficit numbers as part of a German-

led conspiracy to justify harsh austerity measures to accompany a bailout. “The request concerns breach of duty and the falsification of fiscal data,” the official said, without giving further details. Georgiou, a 52-year old veteran IMF statistician and martial arts teacher, was not available for comment. In the past, he has denied any wrongdoing and called it an “unprecedented” case of statisticians being investigated for producing figures under EU regulations. The prosecutor’s move reopens last year’s domestic political row on whether wrong fiscal data was to blame for a loss of confidence in Greek debt in late 2009, before Georgiou took over the agency, forcing Athens to seek an international bailout that has since swollen to €240 billion - the biggest sovereign rescue in history. Unreliable Greek statistics with

frequent data revisions have been blamed in part for pushing Greece to a financial crisis and Georgiou was brought in as ELSTAT chief in 2010 to overhaul the agency and improve its data. In November 2010, shortly after he took over, the 2009 budget deficit was revised to more than 15 per cent of gross domestic product from 13.6 per cent, indicating the scale of Greece’s fiscal derailment and deepening the country’s crisis. A senior prosecutor is expected to formally file the charges against Georgiou in the coming days following the recommendation yesterday. A further inquiry will be conducted before a trial is held, the court official said. If convicted on charges of breach of faith - a crime that usually applies to those who embezzle or misuse public funds - Georgiou could face at least five years in jail.

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The government is still playing its populist games LISTENING to the comments made by European finance ministers with regard to Cyprus, before and after Monday night’s Euro group meeting, two things were clear. First, they were exasperated with the grandstanding by Cyprus’ communist rulers who had gone back on the agreement they made with the troika and could bring new instability to the eurozone. Second, despite recognising the urgent need to have the memorandum of understanding finalised, they consider the Christofias government so untrustworthy they would rather wait for the new government to sign it. This was why the ministers decided that the memorandum would be signed in the second half of March. There would be a new president in place and whoever he is, he would certainly be more reliable and trustworthy than Demetris Christofias, who has proved incapable of grasping the seriousness of our situation and has used the bailout as an excuse for populist rhetoric – first he was fighting to save CoLA and the 13th salaries while now he is defiantly resisting attempts to privatise semi-governmental organisations (SGOs), something he had agreed to by accepting the draft memorandum. Then there were his commerce minister’s sneaky attempts to enact laws relating to hydrocarbons, without informing the troika as had been agreed. Christofias will not have to put his signature on the memorandum, but his crude stalling tactics, exemplified currently by the failure of the Central Bank to agree a figure for the financing needs of the banks with Pimco - the consultancy firm it hired – have brought on new problems. We now have to contend with the money-laundering allegations that started in Germany and that other European countries are now expressing concerns about. Now there is talk that the measures against money laundering will be monitored until March to ensure they are being enforced. Assurances from an untrustworthy government that all measures are being enforced are not believed in Europe. All the problems we are facing have been self-inflicted – it is this government that exaggerated the problems of the banks, failed to cut spending despite its written commitment to the EU, dragged its feet over the memorandum and now refuses to implement what it had agreed to. Now, everyone knows that the debt would be unsustainable, even if the Central Bank persuades Pimco to lower the bank recapitalisation figure by half a billion euro, which is why EU finance ministers stress the need for the privatisation of the SGOs. The money from their sale is the only way to make the debt sustainable. We know that this is inevitable, but the government is still playing its populist games. The government spokesman yesterday declared the government would carry on fighting to save the SGOs until its last day in office. Is it any wonder our partners have given up on us until there is a new government in place?

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No respite for euro zone in long rebalancing slog Comment Alan Wheatley


HE EURO zone crisis is entering a new, treacherous phase for governments, which can only cross their fingers that slowburn reforms will pay off before voters get fed up with austerity and high unemployment. On the face of it, 2013 should be a much less traumatic year than 2012 for the 17-nation single-currency area. Financial conditions have improved enormously since the European Central Bank promised to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. Yields on the bonds of highly indebted peripheral countries have fallen sharply, bank funding strains have eased and stock markets have rallied. Countries on the southern rim of the euro zone have made big strides in reducing their budget and trade deficits. They are no longer living way beyond their means. They have also introduced politically touchy structural reforms, notably to make their labour markets more flexible. But demand is likely to remain weak, while unemployment, already at a record 11.8 per cent, is forecast to rise further before it comes down. Recovery will be slow. “They’ve taken the medicine, but they’re not going to jump out of bed straight away,” said Sebastian Barnes at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. “The problem is bridging the gap over the next two or three years when you’re putting in place the right policies but they’re not quite bearing fruit. So it’s a question of managing public expectations,” Barnes, adviser to the rich-country forum’s chief economist, added. Berenberg Bank said all forward-looking indicators point to a resumption of growth this spring, which should further reduce the euro zone’s aggregate fiscal deficit to below 2.5 per cent of GDP in 2013. It stood around 3.4 per cent last year, down from 4.1 per cent in 2011. What’s more, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece shrank their combined current account deficit to an estimated 1.5 per cent of GDP in 2012 from 7 per cent in 2008 and look set to balance their external accounts this year. But Holger Schmieding, the bank’s chief economist, said the single currency was not out of the woods yet. “Despite impressive progress, serious risks remain. The euro zone needs growth in its major markets abroad and the political patience to stay the course at home,” he said in a note. A nagging worry is that the euro zone is making up for its economic mistakes through what Barnes calls “bad rebalancing”. So, while rising exports have played a role, the improvement in the periphery’s

On the face of it, 2013 should be a much less traumatic year than 2012 current account has been achieved mainly by slashing imports. And the reduction in relative wage costs needed to bring about ‘internal devaluation’ the only devaluation available in the absence of exchange rate flexibility - has so far been engineered disproportionately through a rise in unemployment rather than wage moderation. Ireland is a notable exception - as is Britain outside

‘Recovery will be slow. They’ve taken the medicine, but they’re not going to jump out of bed straight away’

the euro zone - and Barnes said there were encouraging signs elsewhere, for example in Spain. Italy, however, has barely touched its wage bargaining system. “The problem there is

that wages have run ahead of productivity,” he said. Gilles Moec, an economist with Deutsche Bank in London, also frets about Italy. Italy has its government deficit under control, but Moec sees signs of a growing ‘employment overhang’, linked to what he says is extremely slow financial rebalancing by the private sector since the onset of the crisis. This is reflected in a rise in employee compensation in Italy as a per centage of corporate value-added to 57.7 per cent from 52.5 per cent in 2007. By contrast, in Spain, where unemployment of 25 per cent is more than twice as high as Italy’s, the wage share dropped over the same period to 55.9 per cent from 64.7 per cent. Rebalancing, in short, is far from complete. That is true for creditor countries, too. Germany’s current account surplus is stuck at a stubbornly high 6 per cent of GDP, reflecting weak investment and consumption. Goldman Sachs has attempted to measure the progress being made in ironing out the imbalances by updating its estimates of the real exchange rate changes needed to bring countries’ net debt positions - the result of accumulated annual current account deficits and surpluses - back into broad equilibrium. In keeping with improvements in their current accounts, Greece, Portugal and Spain now require an inflation-adjusted depreciation that is about eight to 10 per centage points lower than two years ago, Goldman reckons. Still, the remaining adjustment is huge - about 25-30 per cent in the case of Spain and around 15-25 per cent not only in Greece and Portugal

but also in France, where employers and unions this month agreed on a package of labour reforms to restore competitiveness. Germany, incidentally, requires a real appreciation of 15-25 per cent. Instead of higher unemployment and lower wages, structural reforms offer a less painful path to rebalancing, Goldman said. Switching resources to exports from domestic sectors such as construction in Spain and public services in France would reduce the need for further real exchange rate depreciation. “But adopting such reforms is not painless: the potential loss of political capital from vested groups standing to lose existing privileges can prevent politicians from implementing the necessary reforms. This remains true across most of the periphery, in France and Germany,” wrote Goldman economist Lasse Holboell W. Nielsen. Barnes with the OECD said all countries could do more, but the lack of reform in bigger economies, including France and Germany, was a particular concern. The OECD’s research suggests that, contrary to received wisdom, structural reforms can yield positive results within a year or two, notably by catalysing investment and jobs. In turn, that can have an impact on public perceptions. “I don’t think in any of these countries the reforms are sufficient for what they should be achieving in the long run,” Barnes said. “But just getting reform on the agenda and getting people to recognise that the system needs to change, and is going to change, is very important.”

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Jagger: very nice to be nominated FRONTMAN Mick Jagger said it was “very nice” that the Rolling Stones had been nominated for four NME Awards. The veteran singer, whose band staged a series of comeback shows last year, said the nominations were special because it gave music fans a chance to have their say. “It’s very nice to be nominated,” said Jagger. “When I first heard it was four things, I thought: ‘Ooh, blimey! That’s very nice!’. “And it’s not a journalists-only thing, it’s not a coterie of closelyknit people choosing. It’s funny, because when we were rehearsing at Wembley Arena last year, it

Geri takes on monster of a new role FORMER Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has signed up to star as a monster in a children’s TV show. The singer will play Isabella Roarsome in new Disney cartoon series Henry Hugglemonster which is to launch next month. Also adding their voices to the animated pre-school show which follows the adventures of five-yearold monster Henry are Brian Blessed and Brenda Blethyn. Halliwell, 40, plays a monster pop star in the show who is never seen without a gold tutu and matching bling whenever she is seen around the fictional town of Roarsville. She said: “Being involved in Henry Hugglemonster has been such a joy. The show has a truly positive message, teaching kids to be themselves and reminding them of the importance of family values. “What’s more, it’s been so lovely to share this experience with my own daughter, who helped me learn the songs for my role as Isabella.”

Comfortable filming naked 48-year-old star Courtney Cox enjoyed shooting scenes for the new series of sitcom Cougar Town in which her character Jules Cobb and her new lover Grayson Ellis have a ‘naked day’ to keep the spark alive in their relationship, and admits the cast and crew got way too blasé about nude people walking around the set. She laughed: “Lighting is everything. I’m not kidding you. You can walk into a room and go, ‘Wow, I look great today.’ And one step further and you’re like, ‘Oh my god, I look horrible!’ “Everyone is really comfortable with people being naked. Like they walk by, Josh [Hopkins] (Grayson) is just standing there naked and no one is affected by it, which is really funny because you’re like, ‘Hello?!’ “ Courteney often brings her eight-year-old daughter Coco Arquette - her child with ex-husband David Arquette - to the set.

Rolling Stones put forward for four NME awards was where we used to do the NME Pollwinners. We remembered, it was the first time we ever played Jumping Jack Flash, at one of those Pollwinners concerts!” The Rolling Stones are nominated in the best live band, best book, music moment of the year and best music film categories. Joining them with four nominations apiece are Tame Impala, in the best international band, best album, best track and best music video categories, and Haim, nominated for the best new band,

best track, best music video and best Twitter awards. David Bowie, who recently surprised the music world with a new single and album, is nominated in the music moment of the year category for his return, as well as in the best music video and hero of the year categories. The other nominees for hero of the year are champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins, Russian punk band Pussy Riot, US president Barack Obama, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean and Foo Fight-

ers frontman Dave Grohl, while the undesirable villain of the year title is to be fought by Prime Minister David Cameron, Harry Styles from One Direction, producer Skrillex, Korean singer Psy, Spector singer Fred Macpherson and rapper Azealia Banks. The Maccabees and Arctic Monkeys also have three nominations each - including for best British band, where they will be up against Kasabian, The Vaccines, Biffy Clyro and The Cribs. NME editor Mike Williams said:

“The NME Awards is the highlight of the music calendar and the most rock’n’roll party of the year, so it’s incredibly exciting to see such a wide range of artists nominated this time around. “Rightly so, all the early plaudits will go to Haim, Tame Impala, MIA and the legendary Rolling Stones who lead the way with four nominations each, but it’s testament to the exquisite taste of the NME audience that artists as wide ranged as Frank Ocean, Jake Bugg, Pussy Riot and David Bowie are recognised too. To say it’s shaping up to be a classic is a huge understatement.”

R-Patz has made the right choice say friends

Tom Daley beats Beckham to Hottest Hunk of 2013 title

BRITISH Olympic diver Tom Daley topped the annual poll by Heat magazine, beating the soccer player - last year’s champion - into third place behind hulky actor Channing Tatum. The 18-year-old - who is currently giving celebrities diving lessons on TV show Splash - said: “It’s surreal because I just do diving because I love doing it. For people to vote for me like this is great and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted.” Tom gained huge support from across the UK when he appeared at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and won a Bronze medal in the

10-metre Platform diving, but finds it hard to think of himself as a sex symbol. He added: “I don’t think

HEAT MAGAZINE’S HOTTEST HUNKS 1.Tom Daley 2. Channing Tatum 3. David Beckham 4. Zac Efron 5. Ryan Gosling 6. Harry Styles 7. Taylor Lautner 8. Zayn Malik 9. Olly Murs 10. Johnny Depp

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Old favourite David Beckham (far left) has been pipped by medal winning diver Tom Daley

Meanwhile Victoria wants ‘harmonious atmosphere’ in new home

Lavish plans for new home

THE former Spice Girls singer-turned-fashion designer recently moved into a lavish house in west London with her husband David and their four children - Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, Cruz, seven, and 18-month-old Harper - and has hired interior designer Kelly Hoppen to give the place a makeover because she doesn’t like its current “bachelor pad vibe”. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Victoria loves Kelly’s taste and knows she can trust her to do the

best job. “Kelly is well known for working with block, neutral colours - shades of beige, cream, white and grey - and creating a calming, harmonious atmosphere. “Kelly also pays huge attention to detail to create just the right relaxing ambience.” Shortly before they returned to London, it was revealed Victoria and David - who has been linked with soccer clubs in the UK, France and China following his decision to leave Los Angeles Galaxy

- have enrolled their sons in a £15,000-a-year school there. A source said: “For David and Victoria, the children come first. They have spent months researching schools and after visiting a few earlier this month, have found one they agree on. “It’s an independent school and will not be fazed by having celebrity children on its books. Both David and Victoria’s families are all delighted too as a return to London means they will see so much more of the children.”

ROBERT Pattinson’s friends and family think he has made the “right choice” to split from Kristen Stewart. The 26-year-old actor reportedly dumped the actress - who he reconciled with in October 2012 following a brief split after she cheated on him with her ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director Rupert Sanders - earlier this month and those who care about him are said to be secretly relieved he has ended the four-year relationship. A source said: “No one would ever have told him what to do. But some people felt he never gave himself time to deal with what happened and heal. They think he has made the right choice.” The screen heartthrob is said to have finally made his mind up following a difficult Christmas in his native UK with his Twilight Saga co-star Kristen and his family. The source explained to Britain’s Grazia magazine: “Rob thought it would be good for he and Kristen to visit his family in the UK over Christmas and New Year, but things were very frosty. “Rob’s family, especially his sisters, have found it hard to forgive the hurt and humiliation Kristen has caused him.” And the 22-year-old actress also angered Robert by signing up for a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, even though Rupert won’t be involved with the movie. The source said: “Kris thought it would be fine because Rupert is no longer working on the project, but Rob didn’t feel the same way. That caused a major point of tension. However, the brunette star is still hoping her former lover will want her back. The source said: “She’s hoping this is just a temporary split.”

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Education Call for changes to mathmatics teaching in UK AN OVERHAUL of maths education is needed to boost the numbers of teenagers taking the subject after GCSE, research suggests. Just one in five students in England continue to study maths after the age of 16, lower than many other countries, according to a study by the Nuffield Foundation. In Germany and Hong Kong more than 90 per cent of pupils continue the subject, along with more than 65 per cent in Singapore, New Zealand and the United States, it says. The study, which looked at maths education in seven countries, calls for England to introduce a new maths qualification, focusing on mathematical fluency and statistics, for those students who do not want to study the subject at AS or A level. It suggests that some students should be given an extra year to prepare for their maths GCSE to ensure they have a good grasp of the subject. And it says that encouraging teenagers to study a wide range of subjects may be a better way to increase take-up of maths than making it compulsory. The report argues that New Zealand and Singapore have high levels of pupils taking advanced maths, which is equivalent to AS level, but it is not compulsory. Instead, both countries allow students to take a choice of subjects, but require these to cover a range of disciplines. For example, in Singapore a student studying arts and humanities must also choose a maths or science option.

French Cypriot School to host open day VISIT the brand new French Cypriot School in Aglangia and discover its international-minded curriculum, while having a fun day full of activities, live performances and French food! The open day, on Saturday February 2 from 11.00am until 6.00pm, will provide all the information prospective pupils and their parents need about the French Cypriot school and its curriculum, the French Cultural Institute and its activities, and studies in France. At the same time, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a set of live music and dance performances, fun workshops for kids, a market selling organic and French products, recycling awareness activities and French food and wines. The Cyprus Institute, Cans for kids, Green Dot and Second life are supporting the open day.  French Cypriot School 20 Kovafi St Aglangia Tel: 22 675285

Paranoia over children’s health and safety has gone too far

Kids no longer know how to fall By Alison Kershaw CHILDREN today are no longer “free range” but are being raised in captivity due to “paranoia” about health and safety, according to a former British government adviser. Leading child psychologist Professor Tanya Byron warned that youngsters no longer know how to fall over, are still being driven to school at age 12 and are banned from throwing snowballs due to fears about grit. She said that a risk-averse culture has resulted in levels of paranoia that are “insane”. Speaking at the North of England Education Conference (NEEC) in Sheffield, South Yorkshire last week, Prof Byron raised concerns that children are now being raised in captivity. “We live in a risk-averse culture, the levels of paranoia about health and safety and wellbeing are insane,” she

said. “Most children spend most of their childhoods being raised in captivity.” Today’s children are “hugely, hugely restricted”, she told delegates. “There are no more predators on the streets, no more paedophiles, then when I was growing up in the 1970s.” There are better systems now for tracking those people who have “wholly inappropriate relationships around children”, Prof Byron suggested. Children today are “rarely seen out”, she said, when youngsters used to play outside all the time. Rising numbers of children are attending A&E and minor injuries units because “kids don’t know how to fall any more,” she said. “They tense themselves up when they fall, so they sprain.” Children used to fall all the time and scabs were seen as a “badge of honour”, she said.

Prof Byron claimed she had also heard of directives in schools which said children cannot play with conkers without goggles, or throw snowballs because they may have grit in them, and that youngsters are being driven to school when they are 11 and 12. She told the conference: “Children are being raised in captivity, children are not free range any more. “They are taking risks we are not preparing them for. They are having a blast in this fantastic global space. I would argue they are more vulnerable there than if they were hanging out on the street.” Prof Byron raised concerns that too much emphasis is being put on a child’s IQ, suggesting that emotional intelligence also needs to be considered. “IQ is something that the government is very interested in and see IQ as determined by exam results.” She said anyone who has

Children playing on the streets in the 1960s spent time researching the subject knows that “exam results are the least reliable indicator of intelligence”. Prof Byron also told delegates: “If we do believe that the only way to get the edu-

cation system back on track is to take it back to the 1970s, we’re completely delusional. It’s letting children down.” Children need to be allowed to develop their emotional intelligence, she said.

Ten top universities in student dip ALMOST half of the UK’s top universities took on fewer students last year following the government’s radical overhaul of the system, figures show. In total, 10 out of 24 Russell Group institutions, considered among the leading universities in the country, had fewer accepted applicants in 2012, according to data published by Ucas. The statistics also show that a number of other universities saw a dramatic drop in students, including London Metropolitan University, which saw acceptances fall by more than 3,000. An analysis of the Ucas data reveals that among Russell Group universities, Birmingham, Imperial College London, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Queen Mary, Sheffield, Southampton and Warwick all accepted fewer students last autumn, compared to in 2011. The others - Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, King’s College London, the London School of Econom-

ics and Political Science, Newcastle, Oxford, Queen’s University Belfast, University College London and York all took on more students in 2012. The falls may be seen as a result of major reform of the higher education sector. Tuition fees were tripled last autumn, with English students now charged up to £9,000 a year. Governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have put measures in place to continue to subsidise their students’ fees. Under other radical changes, universities can now take on as many students as they like with at least two A grades and a B at A-level, and this is being extended this year to cover students with ABB. Universities also had to hand back a certain proportion of their places, which were then bid for by institutions that kept their fees to £7,500 or less. These places are known as “core and margin” places. Professor Patrick McGhee, vice-chancellor of the Univer-

Leeds university was among the top colleges to take on fewer students last year sity of East London and chair of university group million+ said: “These figures take no account of the decline in interest in studying part-time.

“The need for the government to launch a campaign to promote the value of higher education is now all too obvious.”

Overall, there were 51,000 fewer accepted applicants in England alone, compared with the previous year, the figures show.

New call to end sole reliance on phonics to teach literacy CHILDREN would find it easier to learn to read and write if they were first taught how the English language works and what words mean rather than trying to sound out words, according to new research. Psychologists at the University of Portsmouth found that phonics, the common way of teaching literacy skills, was holding youngsters back. Dr Victoria Devonshire, of the De-

partment of Psychology, trialled a new method of teaching reading and writing with 120 children aged five to seven and found the average reading age increased by 14 months after just six months. “We were surprised at how compelling the results were. When children were taught to understand why English works the way it does, we saw a leap in their ability to learn to read

and write,” she said. “The written word is about conveying meaning, not the sound of speech. Expecting children to just figure out the rules of our language is worryingly common and it isn’t helping them become as proficient and confident as young children in many other languages.” Dr Devonshire said teaching how the language was structured helped with

children’s understanding and gave them a “huge boost” in terms of their reading, writing and spelling abilities. She said the new technique, called morphology, teaches children about the meaning and sources of words, which is more consistent than phonics, which focuses on pronunciation. She gave the example of the words “saying”, “said” and “says”, which all have the root word of “say”.



Lifestyle Why we all fell for the Girls on top: Zosia (centre) with Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in Girls and (below) as dorky Shoshanna


ACK in April, as the first series of HBO’s hit dramedy Girls was being broadcast, a Photoshopped version of the show’s publicity poster broke out on the web like HPV on a college campus. The acclaimed series about four hip young women making their way in the world - or, at least, in Brooklyn - had already developed both a following and a backlash. In the remixed poster, its title had been changed to Nepotism, and the four lead actors’ names replaced with those of their parents: Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke (father of Jemima); NBC news anchor Brian Williams (father of Allison); artist Laurie Simmons (mother of Lena Dunham); and the playwright and film-maker David Mamet (father of Zosia). Zosia hasn’t seen the image, but when I describe it to her, she laughs and reluctantly admits that it’s funny, kind of. “But it was a total coincidence that we all have well-known parents. We didn’t all know each other before the show. It wasn’t like we all decided that we had famous parents, ‘So, hey, let’s do a show together!’” Zosia’s sister Clara is an actor, too. Does the surname make it easier or more difficult to succeed? “I’ve had people kiss up to me because of my father; I’ve had people be doubly hard on me. It’s a double-edged sword. I think having a famous last name makes you work harder to remove the comma that comes after it.”

Zosia has had two memorable roles in hit TV series in the past few years: first as Joyce, Peggy Olson’s sardonic lesbian pal in Mad Men; then as Shoshanna, the pink-wearing, NYU-attending, Sex and the Citywatching Jewish American virgin in Girls. Both characters consort with New York hipsters at coffee houses and warehouse parties; the difference between them is half a century.

Zosia as Joyce with Peggy Olson in Mad Men

“Cool kids are always cool kids,” says Zosia, “but the Girls generation is super-nostalgic: the clothes, the music, the literature. We’re almost sad we’re not living in the era of Mad Men, because the world was circumstantially more fascinating then. A crazy war, students protesting, the civil rights struggle. I think the kids of my generation would like something more tangible to push against.” The 24-year-old is also about to begin rehearsals for her first Broadway play, Really Really by Paul Downs Colaizzo, a drama about undergraduate friendships undermined by ugly campus gossip. Our interview takes place in a hotel lobby in Los Angeles, where she grew up and still owns a craftsman bungalow three blocks from the beach, but her work takes her to New York so frequently now that she’s finally moved into a rented apartment in Manhattan. She has a boyfriend, whose identity she declines to divulge; suffice to say, he’s not an actor. “But I was always terrible at dating and never did it much. I hid in my room with my books instead. I put my blinders on and focused on work. The whole idea of dating seemed so contrived to me. I met my ex-boyfriend in a diner on New Year’s Eve. He’s the first and only guy ever to ask for my number.” In person, she has Joyce’s cool, without the character’s caustic edge, and Shoshanna’s sweetness, without the batshit-crazy element. She never wears make-up, she says, apart from a dab of red lipstick if she’s dressing up for an event. At her stylist’s insistence, she bought her first ever hairbrush two months ago. “I have quite an eclectic style. I own a lot of old men’s oversized sweaters that I’ll wear as dresses. But I wore a dress by Bibhu Mohapatra to the Emmys. I love a wacky print.” Zosia first appeared on stage before she was even born, when her mother, the actress Lindsay Crouse, was performing in a Chekhov play while heavily pregnant. Zosia entered the world officially at her family’s house in Vermont in February 1988. Her distinctive name is Russian Polish, like her father’s forebears. Her par-

As Shoshanna in hit television show Gi despite being the dorkiest character played out her own life on screen, Tim Walker talks to her about o ents were keen to find a “Z” name, she says, and with advice from an old Polish family friend, they hit upon Zofia, the Russian spelling of Sofia. “Zosia is a nickname,” she explains, “like Katie for Katherine.” Naturally, the Mamet household in LA was steeped in theatre, film and literature. Zosia remains a voracious reader: on her bedside table at the moment is The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Her favourite author is Somerset Maugham. Her summer reading was Moby Dick. (“Took me the entire summer. There’s an 80page chunk that’s just about whale skeletons. I was like, ‘Come on!’ It was a trek, but I did it.”) She and Clara were forbidden from watching American TV as children, and instead were brought up on old movies by the likes of Powell and Pressburger, Preston Sturges, Frank Capra and Billy Wilder. “We also loved British TV shows like Fawlty Towers and Are You Being Served? I got to live a dream about four years ago, because the first pilot I ever did was an American remake of Absolutely Fabulous, and I played Saffy.

It didn’t get picked up, but it was so much fun.” Her earliest memories are all of being backstage in theatres or on film sets, and she can reprise her very first acting role on demand. The Mamets would summer at Cape Ann in Massachusetts, where the tiny local theatre staged a musical every year. “I think I was, like, five, and we did The King and I. I played one of the kids, and I had one line:

Zosia’s role in Girls w beyond the pilot episo and Shoshanna becam ‘Snow? What is snow?!’” She went to high school in LA, but despised the experience sufficiently to be convinced that she wouldn’t enjoy college. “I was horrifically unhappy. I love learning and I was always a very good student because I

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irls, Zosia Mamet had all the best lines, r. But while her co-star Lena Dunham Zosia’s couldn’t be more different. n-screen sex and famous fathers hated not doing well. But I had some extreme social anxieties. I never really got along with kids my age. I was a bit of a precocious child. I could go with my dad to a party full of famous Hollywood individuals and be fine. But put me in a room with a bunch of other 17-year-olds and I would stand in the corner, terrified.” Before she could graduate, she was acting professionally: at 17, she joined the cast of her father’s TV

wasn’t intended to last de, but plans changed e a recurring character drama The Unit for a five-episode run. (Also among the show’s cast members at the time was a littleknown Jon Hamm, who told her he wasn’t allowed to cut his hair because he was about to shoot a pilot about ad men in the 1960s, for an

obscure channel called AMC.) From there she landed small parts in TV shows United States of Tara and Parenthood, and the movies Greenberg and The Kids Are All Right. At the HBO Emmys party this year, after Girls was nominated for four awards, “Someone asked me what overnight success felt like. I said, ‘It feels about ten years long.’” Zosia’s role in Girls wasn’t intended to last beyond the pilot episode, but plans changed and Shoshanna became a recurring character. The show itself, meanwhile, caught a wave of public attention - mostly positive, some not so much - and saw its creator and Zosia’s co-star Lena Dunham hailed as the voice of her disaffected, underemployed, self-obsessed generation. Dunham recently leveraged this status to sign a book deal with Random House for a reported $3.5 million. “We are self-obsessed,” says Zosia, “but I think that’s got a lot to do with the way we were brought up: talk about your feelings; everyone gets a trophy. In your twenties you’re selfish, but you kind of have

im. to be, because it’s sink or swim. You’re thrust into the world and exrapected to figure it out. My generation, we’re super-underprepared for it, because we were so coddled in ing the earlier years. The brilliant thing ere about Lena’s writing is that there eal are no touch-ups. She writes as real as possible, and we’re shown in the t.” most real, often unattractive light.” ive On the subject of unattractive edlighting, one of the most talkedank about aspects of the show is its frank and frequent nudity. Dunham is naked on screen more than almost any TV star in memory - including the nes cast members of Game of Thrones na, - and even the uptight Shoshanna, who spends most of series one a virs in gin, had two awkward sex scenes ess its first season, with more doubtless to come in the second. “We have an d a incredible costume designer and m,” wonderful hair and make-up team,” ow Zosia explains. “So once we know de, that one of us is going to be nude, Do it’s all prepared for very quickly: ‘Do nwe need tanner?’ ‘What are the underwear options?’” The sophomore season of Girls,, st due imminently, has attracted guest tte stars including Rosanna Arquette and Patrick Wilson. In spite of its suna’s perficial similarities to Shoshanna’s der favourite show, it boasts a broader ity. demographic than Sex and the City. “A lot of sorority girls come up to me

to say they’re fans, but I’ve also had a lot of guys say their girlfriends m a d e them watch it and now they’re religious watchers, too. And a lot of older women: I was waiting for a subway y train and d

this lady in her seventies came up to me and said, ‘I love the show. Especially that episode where you try to lose your virginity.’ Then she started telling me about her and her husband’s oral sex history. She said, ‘We’ve been married 40 years; I still make the same faces.’”

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Times are subject to change, so check first with cinemas before you head out

NICOSIA Django Unchained (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm Texas Chainsaw 3D (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 8 and 10.05pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 8 and 10.05pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.05pm, weekends also at 11.15am, 1.10pm and 3.05pm Les Miserables (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 7 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7 and 10.05pm Jack Reacher (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 7.45 and 10.15pm

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Hope Springs (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.50 and 10.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 7.50pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 10.15pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 11am, 1.10pm and 3.20pm Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.05pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3.05pm Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.15pm, weekends only at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.15pm, weekends only at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.25pm Rise of the Guardians (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.25pm .

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

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

Amour (in French, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, Thursday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491,

LIMASSOL Django Unchained (15) Rio 2 at 7.30pm; Rio 3 at 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm Texas Chainsaw 3D (N/A) Rio 3 at 7.45pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 8 and 10.05pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 1 at 7.30 and 10.25pm, weekends also at 4.15pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 7 and 10.05pm Hope Springs (12) Rio 6 at 8pm, weekends also at 4 and 6pm. Tel: 25-871410; KCineplex (Screen 5) at 7.50pm. Jack Reacher (15) Rio 5 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 5pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45 and 10.15pm An… (12) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 10.30pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 10.15pm

House at the End of the Street (15) Rio 4 at 10pm Cloud Atlas (15) Rio 6 at 10pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) Rio 3 (in Greek) at 5.45pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 4 at 7.45pm, weekends also at 3 and 5.20pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Zarafa (K) Rio 3 (in Greek), weekends only at 2.45pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 4.15pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.15pm, weekends only at 3.25pm Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 4 (in English, in 2D) at 5.05pm, weekends only at 3.10pm

Music Concerto for Viola: World Premiere Classic music concert organised by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra with soloist Diemut Poppen (viola). Conductor: Gudni A. Emilsson. January 23. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-313010

Theatre The Eighth Day & Here’s What I Know about Humans, by Lulu the Dog A presentation of poetry by Christina Georgiou and Theatro Transcendental’s piece following the observations of human behaviour from the perspective of a dog. January 23. CyBC Theatre, CyBC Street, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free Entrance. All proceeds from will go towards the ARGOS animal shelter. In Greek with English surtitles. Tel: 99-832370. The Switch Theatro Ena presents play by Argiro Toumazou. January 23 until March 28. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203

Hope Springs (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.50 and 10.10pm Jack Reacher (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45 and 10.15pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 10.15pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.05pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.15pm, weekends only at 3.25pm Rise of the Guardians (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.25pm

LARNACA Django Unchained (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm Texas Chainsaw 3D (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 8 and 10.05pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

My Brother is an Only Child (in Italian, with Greek subtitles) House of Arts and Literature, Thursday at 8.30pm, presented by the Larnaca Cinema Society. Tel: 99-658831.

PAPHOS Django Unchained (15) Rio 2 at 7.30pm; Rio 7 at 9.45pm

Texas Chainsaw 3D (N/A) Rio 6 at 7.30 and 9.45pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 1 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Les Miserables (K) Rio 5 at 7.30pm; Rio 3 at 9.45pm Hope Springs (12) Rio 2 at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm Jack Reacher (15) Rio 7 at 7.30pm; Rio 5 at 10.30pm House at the End of the Street (15) Rio 1 at 10.30pm An… (12) Rio 4 (in Greek) at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) Rio 7 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 3 at 5 and 7.30pm Zarafa (K) Rio 6 (in Greek), weekdays only at 6pm, weekends only at 3pm The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) Rio 6, weekends only at 4.30pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 7 (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.30pm Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 5 (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm. Tel: 26-207000




Les Miserables (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) 7 and 10.05pm, weekends also 3.30pm

Other Events Food for Friends Vegetarian lunch - all are very welcome. January 26, book by January 23. Re-furbished Meze, 209 St Andrew’s Street, Limassol. 1pm. €14., or 25-634487 Climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Lecture by Prof Jos Lelieveld, the director of the Max Planck Institute for chemistry in Mainz (Germany) within the framework of climate change month at the Goethe-Institut Cyprus. January 23. Hall of the Goethe-Institut Cyprus, Nicosia. 6.30 pm. In English. The lecture will be followed by a small reception. Admission is free. Tel: 22674608 or

Tomorrow Music Fusion Music Pop meets opera meets show-tunes with Tina Chester: Soprano and Andrew Oliver: Piano. January 24. Konia Old Kamaroudi Tavern. Concert 8pm. €10. Tickets & information - Tel: 99832538. Meals available in restaurant. Reservations - Tel: 26-942044

Concerto for Viola: World Premiere Classic music concert organised by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra with soloist Diemut Poppen (viola). Conductor: Gudni A. Emilsson. January 24. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144

Theatre Now or Never Skala Theatre presents a witty comedy by multi-award winning Russian author Valentin Krasnogorov. January 24. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609

Other Events From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz Within the framework of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Moshe Haelion, a Jewish-Greek, will give a lecture about the days he spent in Auschwitz, Poland. January 24. The European University. 7.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-369507 Greenpeace, the Arctic and our Climate Film presentation and talk about climate change and the Arctic. January 24. Goethe-Institut Cyprus located in the buffer zone next to Ledra Palace Hotel, Nicosia. 7pm. Free. In English. Tel: 22674608 or

Education in Cyprus in the 21st Century A policy dialogue discussion which will lead to the production of policy recommendations on education in Cyprus. January 24. Home for Cooperation, in Nicosia. 6.30pm-8.30pm. The discussion will be held in Greek, Turkish and English and translation will be provided. Tel : 22-445740

Ongoing Music J.Kriste, Master of Disguise Seven-piece band will play songs from their new album, previous album and some covers. Until January 31. Antonaki’s Music Hall, 17 Vasileiou Voulgaroktonou Street, Nicosia. Every Thursday at 9.30pm. €10. Tel: 99-566485

Theatre Death and the Maiden Satiriko Theatro presents play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. Until January 25. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros, Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30pm. €15/10. In Greek. Tel: 22312940/22-421609

The Elephant Man Theatro Ena presents play by Bernard Pomerance. Until January 27. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Friday through Sunday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203 Heights Three actors confront their personal conflicts among the spectators. Until January 29. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. €10 including glass of wine. 10pm. In Greek. Tel: 2234 8203 or email Social Security THOC presents satire on modern high society. Until February 3. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Friday through Sunday at 8.30pm, Saturday at 6pm and 8.30pm. €12/6 . In Greek. Tel: 77-772717 Spring Awakening THOC presents work by Frank Wedekind, about sexual and spiritual awakening of teenagers. Until February 9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. On specific days at 8.30pm. In Greek. €12/6. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300 Kali-Kantzar & Co A musical directed by Lea Maleni with music by Dimitris Zavros. Until February 10. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 6pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-864300

The Glass Menagerie The new theatre group Krama presents play by Tennessee Williams. Until February 11. THOC New Stage, Kampou 29, Strovolos, Nicosia. Every Sunday and Monday at 8.30pm. €10/8. In Greek. Tel: 22-480300 Misery Stephen King’s psychological thriller staged by Satiriko Theatre. Every Friday and Saturday. Until February 13. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Wednesday and Friday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609

Exhibitions Mag Dossier #01 A celebration of contemporary magazine publishing featuring magazines from across the world. Until January 26. Phytorio – Visual Artists Association Municipal Garden of Nicosia, 2 Nehrou. Tuesday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-681088 Nikolaos Voulgaredis Solo painting exhibition. Until January 26. Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, 45 Stadiou Street, Larnaca. MondaySaturday: 10am-1pm & 4.30pm-8pm. Sunday:11am-2pm & 4pm-7pm. Tel: 24-621109

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A time to remember and learn

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Complex

ON JANUARY 27, 1945 the advancing Soviet army entered Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration and extermination camp, and liberated more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, for the most part ill or dying. It has been over 65 years since the Holocaust. To survivors, the Holocaust remains real and ever-present. Today Auschwitz has become a symbol of the Holocaust, a harsh reminder of man’s brutal inhumanity. Eighteen governments have legislated January 27 as an annual Holocaust Memorial Day. In November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to mark January 27 as an international day of commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged member states to develop educational programmes to impart the memory of this tragedy to future generations. To mark the day, on Sunday the Embassy of Israel and the Ministry of Education are organising a series of activities. Ultimately, the aim of the day and its activities is to motivate people – individually and collectively - to ensure the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are neither forgotten nor repeated again. Tomorrow at the European University, Moshe Haelion,

Tomorrow Other Events Yes, we do need eductation EDUCATION has come quite a way since the days of chalkboards and text books. So, do we need to craft a new model of education in Cyprus for the 21st century? Tomorrow night, the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) in collaboration with Cyprus Academic Dialogue (CAD) is hosting a policy dialogue discussion on Education in Cyprus in the 21st century at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia. The discussion will be held in Greek, Turkish and English and translation will be provided. Topics to be discussed include the role of Education in Cyprus within the current socio-political situation and its possible contribution to the efforts towards a settlement of the political problem. Another question raised in the dialogue is how education could contribute to the sustainability of a future settlement. Organisers are keen to stress that this initiative is of great importance for education in Cyprus and educa-

a Jewish-Greek holocaust survivor and Chairman of the Association of Greek Holocaust Survivors of Nazi Death Camps, will give a public lecture in Greek about the days he spent in Auschwitz. Before the outbreak of the World War II there were 25 distinct Jewish communities in Greece, by far the largest being in Thessaloniki (with 56,000 Jews), followed by Athens, Kavala and Corfu. In 1943, with Greece under Nazi occupation, the impact of the Nazi death machine on its Greek Jewish community – which could boast a centuries-long presence in Greece – was devastating. Haelion, 88, was transported with his family from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz, where he arrived in April 1943. He remained in this camp and managed to survive only because of his ability to do various types of labour up until the camp was evacuated. He took part in two death marches. Later he was incarcerated in Mauthausen (Austria), in Malchow (Germany) and in Avenze (Poland), after which he was liberated in May 1945. Haelion currently resides in Israel. While there hasn’t been a lot written about the Greek Jews in Auschwitz, the documentary Greeks in Auschwitz-Birkenau, which will also be screened tomorrow

tors across the divide. This will be the first event involving key stakeholders from the main communities in Cyprus working collectively on a public consultation driven procedure, which will lead to the production of policy recommendations on education in Cyprus. The policy paper will be formulated using all key points raised in this series of events in order to articulate a collective vision on the future of Education in Cyprus in the 21st century. Moreover, the policy paper will include recommendations on educational policies in the two main communities in Cyprus, both within the current political (prosettlement) environment, as well as within a post-settlement political environment (irrespective of the content and the form of this political settlement). This initiative is based on the AHDR’s comprehensive research project, exploring history teachers’ views of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot history curricula and textbooks used across the existing divide in Cyprus, as well as history teachers’ use of methods that promote, historical thinking in their teaching. Education in Cyprus in the 21st Century A policy dialogue discussion which will lead to the production of policy recommendations

night, will attempt to shed some light on this period of dark history. The film is a production of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It refers to an unknown uprising of the Greeks, Jews and Christians transported to the concentration camp. It’s also worth noting on the following day, Haelion will meet high school children in order to share his experience during World War II. Students will have the opportunity to talk with him, to ask questions and listen to the real story of someone who experienced the horrors of that dark period. A speech to teachers and professors will also be held at the Pedagogical Centre. An initiative to commemorate the Holocaust is also being undertaken by the Nicosia Christian Center which will organise a Holocaust Remembrance Event at the Royal Hall on Saturday in which distinguished guests from Israel, Cyprus and Greece will participate. From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz Within the framework of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Moshe Haelion, a Jewish-Greek, will give a lecture about the days he spent in Auschwitz, Poland. January 24. The European University. 7.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-369507 By Ledha Socratous

on education in Cyprus. January 24. Home for Cooperation, in Nicosia. 6.30pm-8.30pm. The discussion will be held in Greek, Turkish and English and translation will be provided. Tel : 22-445740

Coming Up Theatre Darkly funny tales WARNING: the squeamish theatregoer might want to avoid Fat Men in Skirts, a show with a fair amount of horror. But for those open-minded, adventurous types, it offers an evening of oddly compelling entertainment at the Rialto Theatre this Friday. Written in 1988, by American playwright Nicky Silver, the play is an eccentric and darkly funny comedy that explores human fragility under extreme conditions. The title is a little misleading, there are no overweight cross-dressers taking the stage in Fat Men in Skirts, instead it tells the story of Bishop Hogan (Dimitris Makalias) and his mother, Phyllis (Maria Georgiadou), the only survivors of a plane crash on a desert island. In the face of starvation, they eat their dead fellow

passengers and develop a taste for human flesh. Meanwhile, Phyllis’ husband and Bishop’s father, Howard Hogan (Agis Emmanouil), a self-absorbed filmmaker, dallies with his mistress while dutifully hoping for the safety of his wife and son. After several years of acclimatising in all the wrong ways to their second home, mother and son are rescued. Significantly affected by their experiences, they return to the mainland only to be plunged into a dysfunctional family reunion that is almost worse than their previous ordeal. What makes it such an unusual

theatrical piece is not just the wildly imaginative scenario at the heart of the story but the powerful proximity of the humorous and the horrendous and the razor-sharp punch lines. In flashbacks Silver exposes the shaky foundations of a family of three. Christos Karchadakis translated and directs this Greek language production which will be staged at the Rialto for one night only. Fat Men in Skirts Twisted, dark comedy by contemporary American playwright Nicky Silver. January 25. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €16/12. In Greek. Tel: 77-777745

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Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

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


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Desperate Housewives Seventh season. ‘Pleasant Little Kingdom’. A desperate Gabrielle tries to engineer a way of keeping Grace in her life, and Keith plans a special dinner date with Bree. Tom is angry with Lynette for keeping his special attributes a secret, and Paul’s plan for Wisteria Lane is revealed.

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A salesman’s life is changed by an exciting woman he meets on his travels. Drama, starring Dennis Quaid. 1993.

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

NRG Zone Kids’ TV Euromaxx Kati Psinetai (rpt) Kato Apo Ton Idio Ourano News In English News In Turkish Doctor Who (rpt) Fourth season. ‘Journey’s End’. The fate of the universe hangs in the balance as the Daleks activate their masterplan. With the Time Lord and Rose imprisoned, the Tardis seemingly destroyed, the only hope of survival lies with his secret army of companions. Last in the series.

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


ANTENNA Erotas (rpt) Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Idiatera Yia Klamata (rpt) Englimata (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) Eleftheros Ki Oraios (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) With News at 18.00.

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Vals Me 12 Theous (rpt) Niose Me News Vals Me 12 Theous Ekeino To Kalokairi Presidential Elections 2013 News Sports News Ola Bahalo Fetos Yia Tin Anna (rpt) Erotas Kleftis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)



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Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Emeis Ki Emeis (rpt) Nea Mera Proino Mou Enimerosi Tora Irthe Ki Edese

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News Master Chef New season of Greek reality series. Amateur cooks compete to win the coveted MasterChef title.

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

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

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


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Exelixeis Sti Showbiz The Closer (rpt) Fifth season. ‘Waivers of Extradition’. Brenda and the team work on the case of a Texan serial killer, while the detective’s father Clay arrives to collect Charlie and take her back to Atlanta.


Vathi Kokkino Greek drama series.

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Magikos Kosmos S’ Agapo (rpt) Akti Oneiron (rpt) Ston Asterismo Tis Imeras Kouzina Me Apopsi Igeia & Zou (rpt) Milagros Kids’ TV Top Models S’ Agapo Sabrina, To Koritsi Tis Agapis Akti Oneiron Pacific Blue News Sports News Epi Topou FILM: Sleeping With The Enemy An emotionally abused wife fakes her own death to escape her violent, obsessive husband and start a new life elsewhere. Thriller, starring Julia Roberts. 1991.

Mila Discussions about various issues based on a woman’s life with showbiz guests.

Las Vegas First season. ‘Blood and Sand’. The casino plays host to a boxing match, leading to a security headache for Ed as he tries to keep the opposing e ntourages apart - and the contest is threatened when a prosthetic leg is stolen from one fighter’s manager.

A CIA assassin attempts to break out of the contract killing business to try to lead a normal life. Action, starring Frida Farrell. 2009.

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Protoselido Eleni Vasiliki (rpt) Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Siga Min To’ Xeres (rpt) Aspra Balonia (rpt) Magazino News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Siga Min To’ Xeres



FILM: The Man From Elysian Fields A struggling writer takes a job as an escort to make ends meet, and finds one of his clients is the wife of his literary idol. Drama, starring Andy Garcia. 2001.


Nistikoi Praktores LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

FILM: Scent Of Murder A dog handler working for a private detective agency pursues a kidnapper. Thriller, starring Sherilyn Fenn. 2002.


Puss in Boots (Novacinema2, 16.05)

06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 3rd & Bird 07:10 Boogie Beebies 07:25 Gigglebiz 07:40 The Roly Mo Show 07:55 Me Too! 08:15 3rd & Bird 08:25 Boogie Beebies 08:40 Gigglebiz 08:55 The Roly Mo Show 09:10 Me Too! 09:30 Fawlty Towers 10:05 Twenty Twelve 10:35 The Weakest Link 11:20 EastEnders 11:50 Doctors 12:20 Coast 13:20 Upstairs Downstairs 14:15 Last Of The Summer Wine 14:45 The Weakest Link 15:30 EastEnders 16:00 Doctors 16:30 Coast 17:30 Upstairs Downstairs 18:25 The Weakest Link 19:10 EastEnders 19:40 Doctors 20:10 Casualty 21:00 My Family 21:30 Getting On 22:00 Unforgiven 22:50 One Foot In The Grave 23:20 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 00:05 Waking The Dead 00:55 Taking the Flak 01:25 The Weakest Link 02:10 EastEnders 02:40 Doctors 03:10 Casualty 04:00 My Family 04:30 Getting On 05:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 05:45 One Foot In

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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 Wreckreation Nation 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 Alone In The Wild 22:00 Beyond Survival With Les Stroud 23:00 Dynamo: Magician Impossible 01:00 The Real Hustle 01:55 Alone In The Wild 02:50 Beyond Survival With Les Stroud 03:50 Dynamo: Magician Impossible 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’ l

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nis: Australian Open, Melbourne 16:45 Football: African Cup Of Nations South Africa 19:00 Tennis: Game, Set And Mats 19:30 Football: African Cup Of Nations South Africa 22:00 All Sports: Wednesday Selection 22:05 Equestrian: Fei World Cup Germany 23:05 Equestrian Sports: Riders Club 23:10 Golf: U.S. P.G.A. Tour-Hyunduai Tournament Of Champions 00:10 Golf: U.S. P.G.A. Tour-Sony Open Honolulu 01:10 Sailing: Yacht Club 01:15 Golf: Golf Club 01:20 Tennis: Australian Open, Melbourne

tler Tv 02:30 Black Book 04:55 Father Hood 06:30 Ltv Sports News

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05:40 Desperate Housewives 06:25 Castle 07:10 Modern Family 07:35 Last Man Standing 08:00 Body Of Proof 08:50 Masterchef 09:40 Desperate Housewives 10:25 Castle 11:10 Modern Family 11:35 Last Man Standing 12:00 Grey’s Anatomy 12:50 Private Practice 13:40 Body Of Proof 14:30 Masterchef 15:20 Desperate Housewives 16:05 Castle 16:50 Modern Family 17:15 Last Man Standing 17:40 Body Of Proof 18:30 Tabatha’s Salon Takeover 19:20 Desperate Housewives 20:10 Bones 21:00 Grey’s Anatomy 21:50 Private Practice 22:40 Modern Family 23:05 Last Man Standing 23:30 Grey’s Anatomy 00:20 Private Practice 01:10 Bones 02:00 Desperate Housewives 02:45 Modern Family 03:10 Last Man Standing 03:35 Cougar Town 04:00 Body Of Proof 04:50

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American Restoration 15:00 Mud Men 16:00 Storage Wars 17:00 American Pickers 18:00 Pawn Stars 18:30 American Restoration 19:00 Mud Men 20:00 Pawn Stars 20:30 Storage Wars 21:00 Soviet Storm: WWII In The East 22:00 Swamp People 23:00 Storage Wars 00:00 Pawn Stars 00:30 Storage Wars 01:00 Soviet Storm: WWII In The East 02:00 Swamp People 03:00 Storage Wars 04:00 Mud Men 05:00 Pawn Stars 05:30 American Restoration 06:00 Soviet Storm: WWII In The East

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover

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07:30 Runaway Train 9:20 Running With Scissors 11:20 1408 13:10 Consenting Adults 14:50 Pearl Diver 16:30 Noises Off... 18:20 Crackie 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 Untraceable 23:00

Oscar Et La Dame Rose (Oscar And The Lady In Pink) 00:50 Hus-

07:00 Chowder I 07:25 Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack, The 07:50 Tom & Jerry Show, The 08:15 Shaggy & ScoobyDoo Get A Clue! I 08:40 Loonatics Unleashed I 09:05 Superman: The Animated Series Ii 09:30 Superman: The Animated Series Ii 09:55 Looney Tunes Show, The 10:20 Tak & The Power Of Juju 10:45 Fanboy & Chum Chum 11:10 X’s, The 11:35 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan 12:00 Dora The Explorer 12:25 Spongebob Squarepants 12:50 Spongebob Squarepants 13:15 Mighty B!, The 13:40 My Life As A Teenage Robot 14:05 Hey Arnold! 14:30 Icarly 14:55 Icarly 15:20 Shaggy & ScoobyDoo Get A Clue! I 15:45 Justice League Unlimited I 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes Ii 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 Copa Del Rey 2012-13 19:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 21:00 La Liga World 21:30 Planet Speed 22:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 23:00 Copa Del Rey 2012-13 01:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 03:00 Copa Del Rey 2012-13 05:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 07:15 According To Jim 08:00 Big Bang Theory, The 08:30 Mentalist,

The 09:15 Top Boy 10:10 Friends 10:35 Two And A Half Men 11:25 Closer, The 12:10 Harry’s Law 13:00 Supernatural 13:45 According To Jim 14:30 Mentalist, The 15:15 Top Boy 16:10 Friends 16:35 Gossip Girl 17:20 Ncis: Los Angeles 19:00 Supernatural 19:45 According To Jim 20:30 2 Broke Girls 21:00 Necessary Roughness 22:30 C.S.I. New York 23:15 Luck 00:10 Insidious 02:00 Saint John Of Lasegas 03:45 Friends 04:15 Gossip Girl 05:00 Ncis: Los Angeles 06:30 Supernatural

08:00 Swing Kids 10:00 And Soon The Darkness 11:45 Weakness 13:30 Ghost Writer 15:45 Brooklyn’s Finest 18:00 Akeelah And The Bee 20:00 Rite 22:00 Underbelly Files - The Man Who Got Away 23:35 Action Zone 00:05 Daring! TV 04:05 Fighting 06:00 Mystery Laska

06:35 Frida 08:35 Beastly 10:05 Cine News 10:25 Win Win 12:10 I Ipografi 14:25 Action Zone 15:00 America’s Sweethearts 16:50 Cine News 17:10 My Future Boyfriend 18:35 12 Dates Of Christmas 20:10 Poker Face 22:00 Recoil 23:40 Blue Valentine 01:35 Melancholia 03:50 Bucky Larson:

Born To Be A Star

By Preston Wilder

Recoil (Novacinema1, 22.00) Four reasons to watch ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in an action movie: (a) his name is ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin; (b) he’s a big bald guy who weighs over 100 kilos and is built like a brick wall; (c) his truck (yes, he has a truck) has a smoking-skull logo emblazoned with the words ‘Stone Cold’; (d) his name, we repeat, is ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin! Admittedly he’s just plain Steve Austin in this ass-kicking B-movie (‘Stone Cold’ was his nickname in a long career as a pro wrestler), and none of those reasons have much to do with his acting ability - but there isn’t much acting involved as Mr. Austin goes after the thugs who killed his family, turning into “their living nightmare” according to the

synopsis. The trailer is quietly hilarious, a solid minute of punching, kicking, shooting and exploding, punctuated by Austin’s inexpressive macho one-liners (“I’m going to enjoy killing you”) - though he does get a classic moment, up there with the best of Steven Seagal. “Where did you learn to fight like that?” asks an awed bystander. “From fighting,” replies ‘Stone Cold’ curtly. There’s no answer to that. Made in 2011.

The Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away (LTV3, 22.00) “The amazing story of Australia’s most elusive criminal genius,” proclaims the trailer, making you wonder if there’s really that much competition for that title.

How many criminal geniuses does Australia have? Isn’t it all friendly natives and koalas and stuff? Alas, that was Crocodile Dundee’s Australia - whereas now we’re in Underbelly’s Australia, that crime-drama show having become a phenomenon and sparked a boom in Aussie crime movies (e.g. Animal Kingdom) as well as spin-offs like this made-for-TV thingy. “The story of David McMillan, an Australian drug smuggler and the only person to escape from Klong Prem prison in Bangkok,” explains the synopsis, with boyishly handsome Toby Schmitz (as McMillan) surrounded by a bevy of cops, crooks and dealers. “If he f***s me, I will f*** him harder than he’s ever been f***ed!” rants a tough guy in the trailer. Strewth, mate. Made in 2011.

Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got away

06:40 Take Shelter 08:40 Rango 12:10 Cine News 12:45 Christmas Magic 14:15 Cover Girl 16:05 Puss In Boots 17:40 Films And Stars 18:15 No Strings Attached 20:10 Starsky & Hutch 00:10 Moneyball 02:30 What’s Your Number? 04:15 Cine News 04:50


21:00 The Negotiator 23:25 Person Of Interest 00:15 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone

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07:00 Quo Vadis 09:45 Singin’ In The Rain 11:25 Wings of Eagles 13:10 Ziegfeld Follies 14:55 Please Don’t Eat The Daisies 16:45 Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm 18:50 Billy The Kid 20:25 Torpedo Run 22:00 All The Fine Young Cannibals 23:55 Formula 01:50 Hunger 03:25 Penelope 05:00 Mogambo

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

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1 Fellow member to cultivate the land (4) 2 Pedestrian not conscious of his movements (12) 3 Bowl when university team are batting (5) 4 Completely pure, so to speak (6) 5 Lakes ’e’d transformed in the Lake District (7) 6 Mi s c o n c e p t i o n , “take mine” said eccentric (8,4) 7 Supporting a mechanical part (7) 12 Not killing one during the season (7) 14 Do not start to register time at end of work during closure of business (7) 16 Impish person priest converted (6) 19 Correct title (5) 20 Feet put up for a change (4)

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1 Cricketer lent hat (4,6) 8 Strange sort of punch (3) 9 Accumulate a reserve supply (9) 10 Sensual redhead entering the waterway (6) 11 Table of communion services (5) 13 Perhaps it’s like a beach retreat in a layer of hard rock (6) 15 Make a summoning sign on small stream first (6) 17 Another cleric finishing early could have found an object of historical interest (5) 18 Relative apparently included (6) 21 Restriction imposed before lighting-up time (2,7) 22 Deposit left overnight (3) 23 Light malts Peter brewed (10)

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CRYPTIC: Across – 5 Ahab; 7 Above-board; 8 Balmoral; 10 Oval; 11 Over; 13 Insuring; 15 Anathema; 16 Seer; 17 Juno; 18 Birdbath; 21 Articulate; 22 Aral. Down – 1 Barb; 2 Ovum; 3 Abortive; 4 Mall; 5 Adjourns; 6 Attainment; 9 Adventurer; 12 Rational; 14 Shamrock; 18 Bite; 19 Bulk; 20 Hoed.

QUICK: Across – 5 Pace; 7 Best seller; 8 Spectrum; 10 Fate; 11 Spam; 13 Septuple; 15 Plantain; 16 Dive; 17 Stir; 18 Passport; 21 Horizontal; 22 Envy. Down – 1 Ibis; 2 Otic; 3 Nebraska; 4 Slim; 5 Profound; 6 Cantilever; 9 Population; 12 Monarchy; 14 Pint-size; 18 Pyre; 19 Pond; 20 Tale.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Both the Sun and Mercury are forging a positive angle to Uranus, but this combination can stir up the side of you that likes to be different. Even if this is not how you see yourself, you can find yourself with a shorter than usual attention span, and with a desire for something to come along and transcend your situation. Extra excitement is the key.

Someone can enter your world in what seems like a blink of an eyelid, but this can be a person who is exceptionally magnetic and packed full of personality. In fact, even if you like such a person, this dramatic entrance could leave you feeling shaken. Yet as much as they impact on your senses so powerfully, equally they can be like a breath of fresh air.

Conversations can be particularly uplifting now. If you have friends that are interested in sharing their thoughts on an area you find exciting and interesting, the chances are you will have some especially lively chats. It’s also possible that some flirty exchanges can occur. If you like quick-witted fun, you can be on great form, and love the jesting.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Your worldly position may be subject to some surprising changes. A plan which seemed full steam ahead only a while ago can lose momentum, but something else can soon take its place. It may not ordinarily be like you to be so fluid, but if this is how it is, try not to judge yourself. Something or someone from your past can be a clue of how.

This would be an opportune time for you to carry out a financial review. This may go beyond managing your household budget more effectively, and be more to do with planning for your future, perhaps through investments, pensions and savings - if you can afford them. However, an expert eye may stand you in even better stead. Look to make an appointment.

An interest which has been little more than a hobby until now, could become something much more. With your desire to improve your circumstances strong presently, don’t discount any strand which can add extra cash. Buying and selling from the comfort of your home on-line, can also be appealing. This may help you to grow a nice nest egg.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Innovation may be a buzz word in life and business these days, for we seem to become ever more needy of technology. Yet used right, such things can free up more time in our worlds in other ways. Look to how you can create more time and space in your situation. This may come from a new household gadget, or just a rethink of your schedule.

Your romantic situation has probably endured some unpredictability in recent years, but it has been less likely to bore you. In fact, you may even find yourself craving to know where you stand. But come on Libra, if you had this, after a while you might become restless. The great thing about now, is that excitement can be of the positive variety.

This is a time when the world can be much more attuned to your way of looking at life. And if you feel that the more serious and steady side of your nature, ruled by Saturn, is too much on top, this is a fab opportunity to break free and show that you can be more spontaneous and risk taking. You might also find that your love of zany jokes comes out.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

There are definitely opportunities for you Cancer - if you can think outside of the box. This is not a day or time to stick to what you have always known, but to think how you can do something different. In your job, if you make suggestions others haven’t thought of, it can create a great impression. If you work for yourself, this can be a time of growth.

Clearing out a garage, a cellar, attic or spare room could reveal some surprise items. Some of those may also be worth more than you might imagine. De-cluttering can also give you greater space to do your everyday thing. Picking through old family photographs can also stir memories. Working from home could also prove surprisingly liberating.

Someone may drop a hint today. It may be because they don’t feel it is their place or role to give you straight advice. But be attuned to this, because it may be an insight about your finances, or just alerting you to someone who is not quite all that they seem. Your past memories, thoughts and dreams can also be very vivid at this time.


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MISCELLANEOUS ***************************** I AM SATISH basic residence of city in India current residence, working in Cyprus (Evropis 4 flat 53 Strovolos Nicosia) passp. No G 5897932. Have placed my surname Sharma on my passport.All concerned may note ***************************** LOST CONTACT. On behalf of Dave and Margaret MANNING looking for Alan and Thelma REID last heard of living in Emba, Paphos. Please contact Tony Franklin (Erimi) on 96539059 ***************************** ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS CYPRUS Is drink costing you more than just money? AA could be the answer. Meeting at the following locations/ days. Call to speak to an AA member. Ayia Napa Monday 97798043 Larnaca Tuesday (Polish spk) 96616589 Thursday 24645523 / 99259264 Limassol Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday 25368265 / 99559322 Nicosia Wednesday/Sunday 99013596 Paphos Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday 99916331 / 99399240 Details of meetings are available on

***************************** PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING, also carpets, rugs and mattresses. Special offers now available. For a quote call Rickys Cleaning Services on 99131044 (all areas) ***************************** UPHOLSTERY, RUG, BLINDS + CURTAIN Cleaning Rugs from 20€ - Carpets from 38€ - Fabric Suites from 85€ - Leather Suites from 95€ - Mattresses from 25€. Curtains, Roman blinds, Vertical Blinds need to be surveyed. Collection Service available. For a free quotation call Mark on 70006766 All areas ***************************** DO YOU WANT A SHINY LOOKING FLOOR? Full repair & restoration of chipped, scratched, dull and stained, Marble, Terrazzo, Stone & Ceramic tiled floors and surfaces. Professional cleaning, repair & sealing of internal/external ceramic tiles & grout lines. For a free professional consultation & demonstration contact Mark at Premier on 70006766 or 96333961 All areas ***************************** WE UNDERTAKE REFURBISHING of houses or holiday homes, construction of pergolas, undertaking of plumbing, house painting, garden work. For information call JIMMYS: 96587137, MELIS: 96547879

Nicosia - tel: 22 818583 fax: 22 676385 puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 monfrid 10-2pm.


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JOB WANTED LEGAL lady looking for work part time, domestic work, ironing. Has own transport, in Limassol Tel 94 014112

PERSONAL GERMAN MAN, 50 years, searching for a nice woman. Mobile:00491736590562

PENNY is a female terrier around 3 years old, wonderful nature! She is very clever, playful and loving. 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.


SERIOUS RELATIONSHIPS Divorced lady, chartered account, 46 yrs CY. Divorced lady company director 54 yrs Ukr. Divorced lady 55 yrs Author. CY. Divorced lady 45 yrs Teacher USA. Widowed Gent. 61 yrs Gov. CY. Divorced Gent. 39 yrs Company director CY. Divorced Gent.50 yrs Company director CY. Divorced Gent 63 yrs doctor CY. Widowed Gent. 65 yrs Civil Engineer CY. With us you will not be hurt again. Call. 99314108 email. singles@ SMART GERMAN BUSINESSWOMAN, 43, living in Cyprus, seeks a nice, intelligent man for marriage. Pls write with picture to:

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

SERVICES ***************************** CHIMNEY SWEEP, when did you last have your chimney swept or log burner cleaned? Build-up of soot can cause respiratory problems and fires. All areas, call Dave, a professional sweep, now on 99819137. Also available for weddings. ***************************** SWIFT SERVICE AND REPAIRS air-cons, commercial and domestic fridges and freezers, ice machines, cool rooms, supply and fit air-cons VRV S. Call Nik on 99579602 Limassol

FOR LONG LEASE IN LIMASSOL. 40, 000 sq.m., zoning Ka7 (80% - 45% - 3 stories). Regular amphitheatrical shape overlooking Ladies Mile. Close to New Limassol Hospital with direct access to Limassol – Paphos Highway. Water supply, electricity and telephones are readily available. Suitable for immediate development. Ideal for various health facilities and resorts, holiday centres, commercial and shopping centres, entertainment enterprises etc. Information: Tel. 22 674338, 99621554 FOR SALE LAND in Anthoupoli (half plot) 288 sq.metres. for information 99621554.

FOR SALE MOTOR VEHICLES 2005 RED MINI, 1 1.6 taxed MOT one owner good all round, 33.000 kms €6000 O.N.O Tel: 99096902 – PAPHOS AREA MINI COOPER 2005. Full mini spec., long MOT. Mileage 52K. Excellent condition. Priced to sell €4.750. Call 99531267.







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***************************** SWEET YORKSHIRE TERRIER, JESSIE, female, short grey fur, no collar, lost on 16/1 midday in Germasogeia, near Pizza Express. Family pet,chipped. REWARD. Please contact 99622782 ASAP with any information. ***************************** THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DOGS were thrown out in the cold, a young mother with her 7 puppies around 2 months old. Cross between terrier & German Spitz, medium size, we found them under a tree in the snow with no food or shelter, ready to die. If you are interested to adopt any of them please call 99398073 or 25333356. *****************************

CINNAMON is a male pinscher cross around 2-3 years old. Now in shelter. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and

SIMONI is a female dog, around 2 years old. She is very loving and sweet. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 monfrid 10-2pm.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ***************************** START YOUR OWN SLIMMING BUSINESS FROM €99. Distributors and outlets wanted for fantastic new products from UK - BOOSSH. Full support given. 31 flavours at great prices. Call now 70005123 and log on www. ***************************** EXPERIENCED TUTOR WANTED FOR THE BIOMEDICAL ADMISSIONS TEST (BMAT) I seek an experienced tutor for private instruction in Nicosia, on Part A of the BMAT test (Aptitude and Skills). Please email at: or call at: 99657768. *****************************

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

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FOR SALE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER/PRADO white 1998, exceptional condition inside and out. Many extras. Any inspection welcome. €8850 ono. BLACK HONDA CBR1100XX SUPERBLACKBIRD registered new in June 2011 as new condition with 12000 km. Any inspection welcome. €8950. Call Philip 99680747 FOR SALE FURNITURE in excellent condition, at very low prices. 1. NATUZZI brown suite 3-seater €400 - 2-seater €300. 2. Pine, round light brown dining table + 4 chairs €70. 3. 1 1/2 size bed + mattress + side cupboard €80. 4. Student desk €50. 5. Dark wood chest, 3 drawers €40. 6. ARGO airconditioning unit, as new €150. 7. LG washing machine (2 years) €200. Other household items. Tel. 99511430, Nicosia.

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

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA floor. Covered parking. Central heating. Near Hilton hotel off Makarios Avenue. €480pm. Tel 99444336 FLATS/HOUSES for rent 1 bdrm in Aglantzia near the new university semi-furnished €430, 1 bdrm with furniture in Engomi €280, 1 bdrm in Akropoli near Philips college €450, 2 bdrm €550, Strovolos brand new 3 bdrm €650, Penthouse 3 bdrm roofgarden €850, detached house Aglantzia 2 bdrm big yard €450, detached house Pallouriotissa 3 bdrm €550. STAVRINOS REAL ESTATE AGENCE A.M. 497 A A 166/E Tel: 99666703 email:


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LUXURY 6 BEDROOM HOUSE IN A QUIET AREA IN LATSIA. The house has been constructed with the most modern building materials and one can enjoy all comforts of modern life. The house has 3 storage rooms 3 kitchens, 2 covered garage, housekeeper’s room, study room, en-suite bathroom – master bedroom, walk in closet, Jacuzzi, c/h, a/c, and fireplace. Rent €5.000pm. Call 99609239 or 99424106.

***************************** FOR RENT or sell: 2 bed-room flat in Nikis Avn in Nicosia, 80 m. Completely renovated, with electric supplies. Excellent for office or flat. 3 bed-room flat with electric supplies and some furnitures in Nicosia near Central Bank, 140m. Completely reno-

TO LET spacious 2 bdrm apartment in a small building in Strovolos area near ARETAIEION hospital (dead-end) with independent petrol heating, 3 a/c, water pressure system, satellite. Directly available. TEL.: 96275151 FLATS TO LET - Nicosia: A wide selection of furnished & unfurnished in all areas of Nicosia. NIKARIA ESTATE LTD Theo Loizides 22761616 / 99660050 2 BDRM flat (almost new, 4 years old) at Lycavitos with good area near University of Cyprus with fully equipment kitchen, a/c in all rooms. For info call 96530532.

***************************** MODERN 2 BDRM, first floor flat in attractive building in Anthoupolis, very quiet area between the

TO LET NICOSIA Grammar School and the European University, also very convenient for Pascal and Highgate Schools and the University of Nicosia. Large front veranda, all appliances, modern fittings, light and bright. Furnished or unfurnished €550p.m. Call 99900177.

***************************** 2 ROOMS €125 each, near McDonald’s Engomi only Philippine girls. Call 99663927. ***************************** FOR RENT 3 B/R apartment fully furnished close to Central Bank. 3 W.C., fully air-conditioned extra storeroom, owned covered parking. Excellent condition. Information: Tel. 99621554 **************************** 3 BEDROOMS flat on second floor in a block of six flats, in a nice position at Strovolos area, fully a/c, c/h, covered parking place for one car, recently paint-

TO LET NICOSIA ed. Rent €650pm. (furnished if required). Tel: 97773358.

**************************** LUXURY HOUSES: 1. 5 bedrs detached house, 550sq.m, built in 2 big plots of land, big garden with grass, big swimming pool with extra fence for children and big covered patio with bbq area, big reception areas with marble floor, fire place and bar, big kitchen with all electrical appliances and sitting room with fire place, maid’s room, floor heating, full a/c, blinds on the windows, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower, big bathroom for the other 3 bedrooms and extra shower in the 5th bedroom - Strovolos €2500 (H5ST10001-R), (photos in the website). 2. 3 bedrs luxury terraced house,210sq.m,central heating,

TO LET NICOSIA full a/c, marble floor in the sitting areas and solid parquet floor the stairs and bedrooms,4 wc,3 bathrooms the 2 en suite ,big verandas, electrical appliances in the kitchen,3 covered parking, roof garden access, in a quiet neighbourhood on Mon Parnas hill – Engomi €800 (photos in the website). 3. 2 bedr fully renovated semi detached house 120 sq. m, a/c for hot and cold, small yard, FULLY FURNSIHED or not, double glazed windows with aluminum shutters, in a quiet area off Nikis behind Burger King - ACROPOLIS €600 (H2ACS0001-R), (photos in the website). 4. 3 bedr luxury semi-detached house with character, 200sq.m, central heating, full ac, sitting and dining room with fire place, big kitchen with cooker and oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, nice mature garden with

TO LET NICOSIA flowers, trees and small garden with grass, covered parking, 3wc, 2 bathrooms in a quiet neighborhood. Available middle of January. Agios Andreas - €1200 - H3AAD0001-R (photos in website). 5. 3 bedr luxury detached house, 200sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 3wc, blinds and curtains, open plan kitchen with cooker, oven and dishwasher, veranda with bbq, good size garden, covered parking, storage room, alarm system, in a quiet area – Archangellos €1100 (photos in the website). 6. 3 bedr+big attic room with shower and wc luxury new house, 210sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 4wc, blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, small garden, covered parking near Alpha Mega supermarket - STROVOLOS €1100 (H4ST10007-R), (photos


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA in the website). 7. 3 bedr detached ground floor house with separate maid’s room, with very big garden with grass(200sq.m) and covered patio with bbq and bar, central heating, full a/c, 180sq.m, FULLY FURNISHED or NOT, 2 covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighborhood opposite Acropolis park - Acropolis - €1000 - H3ACS0004-R (photos in website). 8. 4 bedr very big luxury semi detached house 350sq.m, with big separate basement 80sq.m with 2 rooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Consists of big sitting and dining areas upstairs, big kitchen with big family room and breakfast area, big bedrooms, 3 showers, 1 bathroom, central heating, full a/c, black out blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking and patio with bbq in a very quiet neighbourhood close to Makarios foorball stadium. Available END of February - Makedonitissa €1500. 9. 4 bedr new luxury detached house build in a big plot of land, central

TO LET NICOSIA heating, full a/c, 2 bedrs with en suite shower, 4 wc, bathroom with jacuzzi, big open space sitting and dining areas, 330sq.m, big swimming pool 5x10, big garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area, roller blinds and curtains on all the windows, electrical appliances in kitchen, covered parking, in a quiet neighbourhood off Tseriou avenue. AVAILABLE end of February –Strovolos €1800 (photos in the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area, off Kostantinoupoleos street near French ambassador residence.- STROVOLOS €700 (H4ST10043-R), (photos in the website). 11. 4 bedr new luxury finished detached house with central heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, big kitchen with cooker oven, dishwasher and big family room, aluminum shutters in all the house, separate big sitting and dining room with parquet floor, 2 covered parking, alarm system, big covered patio, SWIMMING POOL, in a newly

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

For enquiries tel 99660758

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

TO LET NICOSIA furniture and appliances cost 100,000 EURO), kitchen with very expensive electrical appliances and family room, garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area,2 covered parkings, alarm system, pressure system, in a nice quiet neighbourhood - Strovolos €2000 (photos in the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225/96-422225/96422226,

***************************** LUXURY FLATS: 1. 3 bedr luxury finished spacious floor apartment with very big sitting and dining areas with family room with fire place, solid parquet floor all throught, central heating independent, full a/c, all the bedrooms with en suite shower/bathroom, 4wc, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances, blinds on all windows, big covered veranda, covered parking, big storage room, on a


TO LET NICOSIA only, central heating with petrol independent, full a/c, 2 bedrooms with en suite bathroom/shower, separate guest wc, NICELY MODERN EXPENSIVE FURNISHED, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighbourhood very close to Junior school and the park – Agioi Omologites €800 (photos in the website).

small 3 storey building in a quiet neighborhood – Agios Andreas€ 1300 – A3AAD0005-R (photos in website). 2. 1 bedr spacious fully luxury renovated apartment,60sq.m, big sitting and dining room, big bedroom, fully newly modern furnished with LCD TV 32’, covered veranda, covered parking, storage heaters, full a/c, near Cyta, Laiki and Hellenic Bank headquarters – Dasoupolis €550 (photos in the website). 3.

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

4. A1DAS0010-R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with big sitting and dining room, big bathroom, big bedroom with shutters, covered veranda, storage heaters, 2a/c, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking in a quiet area in a small modern building near Acropolis Park. Dasoupolis €400 (photos in website). 5. 2 bedr new modern luxury finished apartment with parquet floor, central heating independent, 2 a/c, modern kitchen with all fitted expensive electrical appliances, blinds on the windows, big covered veranda, FULLY NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking in a quiet neighborhood off Kallipoleos street – Lykavitos €650 (photos in the website). 6. 2 bedr luxury finished apartment on a small building with 4 flats


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

8. A1ACS0007- R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with 2 a/c for hot and cold, electrical appliances in the kitchen, big bedroom, covered veranda, blinds, covered parking, in a quiet area near Acropolis park. NICELY FURNISHED. Acropolis €450 (photos in website). 9. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neibourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE middle of February – Acropolis €850 (photos in the website).


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10. 2 bedr luxury apartment with 3 a/c for hot and cold, big covered veranda, covered parking and storage room, NICELY FURNISHED, near Acropoli park behind Tseriotis showroom – ACROPOLIS - €450 – A2ACS0033-R (photos in website). 11. 3 bedr luxury spacious ground floor apartment with separate entrance, big verandas and garden, big sitting and dining room, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, very big master bedroom, electrical appliances in the kitchen, aluminum shutters on windows, parquet laminate floor all the flat, covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighbourhood in a dead end street, off Athalasas Avenue behind Stephanis near English School €650 (A3ST10030-R), (photos in the website). 12. 2 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, electrical appliances in the kitchen, blinds, big covered veranda, in a small 2 storey building in a quiet area behind Tymvos – MAKEDONITISSA - € 500 – A2MAK0008-R (photos in website). 13. 3 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor, big sitting and dining area, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, blinds, shutters in the bedrooms, big kitchen with all expensive electrical appliances, off Makarios avenue near the centre – Nicosia Centre- € 800 – A3NIC0025-R (photos in website). 14. 3 bedr spacious luxury finished apartment 150sq.m+30sq.m covered veranda, central heating independent with petrol,full wall a/c units, solid parquet floor,

expensive electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3wc, curtains and blinds on windows, 3 COVERED PARKING,storage room, near Pizza Hut in Strovolos €1100 (photos in the website). 15. 2 bedrs new luxury apartment, sitting room open plan with kitchen which includes cooker, oven, refrigerator and washing machine, 2 wc, central heating, full AC, blinds on the windows, very big covered verandas, covered parking and storage room in a dead end off Athalassas avenue near Laiki popular bank and Hellenic bank headquarters. - DASOUPOLI €500 (A2DAS0006-R), (photos in the website). 16. 3 bedr new luxury ground floor apartment, with separate big TV room or guest room, 225sq.m, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances and breakfast area, 4 bathrooms, 4 wc, 2 bedrs with en suite bathroom, floor heating independent, full a/c, blinds on all the windows, marble and parquet floor, big veranda with bbq, small garden, closed 2 covered parking with remote control, in a very quiet area very close to Junior school and 50 metres from the park. FULLY NICELY FURNISHED – Agioi Omologites €1200 (photos in the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225 / 96-422225 / 96422226

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***************************** 2 BDRM ground floor semi-furnished in Larnaca, Dhekelia road opposite Marine club 30 metre from the beach €450. Stavrinos Real Estate R.B. 497 L/N 166/E Phone: 99666703 email yemo@ FLAT IN CENTRAL LARNACA, Stasinou St, f/f, a/c, one bedroom, Off street car parking. Foinikoudes, Zenonos Kiteos shops 200 metres. Rent €350 p/m. Tel: 24 815104/9939 5954 2 BEDROOM NICOLADES SEA VIEW CITY BLOCK, a/c’s in all rooms, private parking, sea view, walking distance to everything, can be used for office or residential. €750, minimum 12 months contract. 99320077 Larnaca FOR RENT 2 bed, 2 bath, new built apartment, in a quiet scenic location In Alethriko, Larnaca 5 min. to Larnaka, 5 min. to the beach Fully furnished, A/C, communal pool, under covered parking, Long term rent, €350.00 per month For more info pls call 99639378 ***************************** FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom flat near Larco hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543

TO LET PAPHOS PAPHOS FOR LONG TERM RENT: 2 bedroom modern apartment, recently renovated-fully furnished, Chloraka- Melanos, quiet neighbourhood, communal pool, 2 covered parking space, security burglar bars throughout,2 balcony. Sea view, central to shops. Communal fees included. 380.00eur/month. Call Maria 99 371 874 € 380 /MNTH UNIVERSAL AREA A 2-bed house, beautiful location, in cul-de-sac, 10 years old, 90 sq. mts, furnished. Open-plan lounge/kitchen, front car-port, garden, 2-floors, 2 W.CS/bath and part air-conditioned. Call 99632388.’ ONLY €225/MONTH! Two bedroom unfurnished, freshly renovated flat in Geroskipou. Spacious, plus many extras: large backyard for bbq/entertaining and new pergola, private covered parking, storage area, covered verandah, a/c, new curtains, quiet complex. Close to Geroskipou square and short walk to beach. Probably best rental bargain on the market! Please call: 26-910322, 99347502.

***************************** PAPHOS RENTALS SECTION TREMITHOUSA - Very sought after Village location, Modern 2Bedroom Townhouse, F/F to a high standard, Lovely Communal Pool, set within a very small com-

TO LET PAPHOS plex, Quiet Location, Uninterrupted, Sea views, parking, Early viewing highly recommended, 400 Euros PAPHOS - Very large 3 Bedroom Apt, Fully Furnished to a very high standard, Would suit 3 Professionals sharing, Within close proximity to Hospital and Court, Central Heating, 2 Bathrooms, Laundry, 350 Euros. TALA - Luxurious 3/4 Bedroom Villas, F/F to a very high standard,2 bathrooms,2 en-suites, own swimming pools, landscaped Gardens with Spectacular Sea views, 700 Euros. EMPA - Immaculate, Spacious 2 Bedroom, U/F, Corner House, Large kitchen, Patio, Quiet location, Must be seen, 300 Euros

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5. TALA €725 modern 3 bedroom detached villa located in a peaceful residential area between Tala & Kamaras offering sea & mountain views. Separate kitchen with top brand appliances inc dishwasher. Includes central heating, flyscreens & sky satellite. Private pool & enclosed garden with storage. Available unfurnished or furnished. website reference number: RTL_566


***************************** GREAT VALUE STUDIO FLAT FOR RENT - large modern studio flat in small residential block, in central Paphos, 5 minutes from town centre, 2 minutes from motorway, and 10 minutes from Kato Paphos. Separate Living area/ kitchen and bedroom. and shower room. Fully furnished (washing machine etc.) and air conditioning. Covered veranda, and undercover designated parking. Only €215/month inc. Communal charges. Phone 99-310481. ***************************** MR RENT PAPHOS, THE LEADING PROPERTY RENTAL AGENCY IN PAPHOS OFFICE: 26271858 (00357) IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY TO RENT WE ARE THE RENTAL AGENCY TO CONTACT OFFERING FULL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENT COLLECTION SERVICE 1. UNIVERSAL AREA €400 spacious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom ground floor apartment, master with ensuite. Situated on small, peaceful complex with communal pool. Fully furnished with modern furniture including plasma TV & satellite. Allocated off street parking. Good-sized enclosed patio with barbeque. website reference number: RTL_645 2. PEYIA €450 brand new modern 2 bedroom townhouse situated on a quiet complex. Master with ensuite, family bathroom & downstairs guest wc. Fully furnished with modern furniture including fly screens & plasma TV. Enclosed rear garden. Private undercover parking & storage space. Pets allowed at owners’ discretion. website reference number: RTL_658 3. ANARITA €500 modern detached 3 bedroom villa, master with ensuite shower room, family bathroom & downstairs guest wc. Modern fitted kitchen with appliances if required. Enclosed garden with private pool. Available unfurnished. Pets allowed at owners’ discretion. website reference number: RTL_659 4. KISSONERGA €550 modern detached 3 bedroom villa situated in a quiet residential area. Master bedroom with ensuite, separate kitchen, downstairs guest wc. Enclosed garden offering private pool & off street parking. Available unfurnished though can include kitchen appliances. Pets allowed at owners’ discretion. website reference number: rtl_501

6. CHLORAKA €750 modern detached 4 bedroom 3 bathroom villa with ground floor bedroom & bathroom. Beautifully furnished with good quality modern furniture includes sky satellite, fly screens & feature fireplace with modern gas fire. Private pool offering views of the sea. Off street parking. Situated within walking distance of bus routes & shops. website reference number: RTL_611 7. MESOGI €800 modern detached 4 bedroom villa, master with ensuite, family bathroom & downstairs guest wc. Available unfurnished with gas central heating. Enclosed garden with private pool offering sea views. Pets allowed at owners’ discretion. 8. TALA €900 a charming detached 4 bedroom villa with character, situated on a corner plot in a quiet residential area with breathtaking sea views. Spacious living rooms with central heating & real fireplace. Separate kitchen & dining room. Goodsized garden offering private pool and stone-built barbeque area. Undercover parking. Available fully furnished. website reference number: RTL_638 Tel: 97790883 office: 26271858 visit our website for many more properties email:

***************************** EMBA, 3 bedroom detached house, with attached separate one bedroom apartment, large garden, mountain and sea views, unfurnished, €600 p/m o.n.o – agents welcome, call : 99683379 ***************************** LONG TERM RENTALS 1. Geroskipou A large 2 bed apartment with large balcony facing the sea, fully furnished, covered parking, a/c €345 pcm 2. Tala 2 bed fully furnished apartment. Stunning sea views, large balcony, well kept gardens, communal pool, and quiet area. €350 pcm 3. Peyia Large 3 or 4 bed detached villas, secluded position, large private pool, a/c, and parking. Unfurnished or furnished. Very nice, well worth seeing. €650pcm


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***************************** KILI – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom villa, with swimming pool and garden, unfurnished, gas central heating, large verandas, lovely mountain views, very quiet and tranquil area, €500 per month o.n.o. Call: 99479006 PAPHOS / PEYIA VILLA, villa for rent in Peyia, 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, large sitting-dining area, fully airconditioned and heated, unfurnished, panoramic views, large parking, low rent contact: 99490953, 26815534 ***************************** FOR RENT A selection of 1 to 5 bedroom houses & apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi, Chlorakas & Kato Paphos Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at are website www.cyprussands. com Fully Registered Company in Cyprus ***************************** FLOWRON PROPERTY RENTALS: Offering a full range of property services, the company you can TRUST. EMBA 4 bed furnished villa in a lovely location of Emba. Very private grounds, completely on

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

TALA A modern part furnished 3 bed Villa with amazing views, private pool. This property has an elegant design, with quality interior fittings,Italian kitchen, 3 upstairs bedrooms with master en suite central heating, AC, private pool, flyscreens Ref: 988 €750 SECRET VALLEY 3 bed villa nicely furnished, 3 upstairs bedrooms, AC, easy manageble gardens, private pool, off street parking. Ref 1035 €700 TSADA Large 5 bedroom villa furnished, top quality fixtures and furnitures, fire place, central heating, AC, downstairs bedroom, kitchen, utillity room, 4 bedrooms upstairs, large living areas, closed garage, private pool, peaceful location, near to the Tsada golf area. Ref: 955 €1400 CHLORAKA 3 bedroom ground house offered unfurnished, large rooms, fire place, AC, in residential area, nice location, walking distance to shops. Ref 1196 €350 Please call for a free viewing on Office 26600450 Mobile: 97614070 many more properties on our website at www. - Your Vision is our Mission LANDLORDS IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT, PLEASE CALL US!!!!!!

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


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ANARITA 3 bedroom villa nicely furnished in a great location, walking distance to the village square, Kitchen with all appliances, granite work tops, 3 upstairs bedrooms, master en suite shower, family bathroom, flyscreens, private pool, outside barabeque area with sink Ref: 855 €600


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TO LET PAPHOS JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF AVAILABLE PROPERTIES. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL. CALL 97648440 FOR MORE INFORMATION. LANDLORDS CALL IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT.!!! 1. MESA CHORIO – 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished ground floor apartment set on an elevated position on this prestigious development. Open plan living area. Good sized kitchen. 2 double, bedrooms, master with en-suite shower room. Family bathroom. Large patio areas with enclosed gardens and lovely sea views. Covered parking and security gates.. Comm swimming pool. €425.00 or near offer 2 EMBA 3 bed 2 bath unfurnished villa in handy location close to the shopping areas. Property also has separate 1 bed apartment on the lower level. Large open plan living area and dining area. Fully fitted dining/kitchen with appliances . Guest WC. 3 double bedrooms one with en-suite. Family bathroom. Separate 1 bed apartment on lower level. Perfect for dual living. Small garden & and parking. €550.00 a month. 3. GIOLOU – 5 bed unfurnished villa consisting of 3 bed, 2 bath main house (bungalow) with self contained 2 bed apartment with own entrance. Main house, open plan living area, beamed ceilings with feature fireplace. Dining space and kitchen. 3 bedrooms, master with en-suite and family bathroom. Covered balcony with sea and rural views, swimming pool and garden areas. Lower level apartment reached via the main house or separate entrance. Large open plan living area, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. €850.00 per month 4. TALA – 3 bed 3 bath quality furnished villa. Set in enclosed gardens the villa consists of open plan living area with dining space. Fully fitted kitchen with all appliances, door to rear garden. Storage room. Ground floor bed room with adjacent shower. Stairs to two double bedrooms both ensuite, one with Jacuzzi tub. Small seating area with adjacent balcony. Pool and off street parking. Lnadscaped gardens €750.00 per month or close offers only 5. TRIMITHOUSA – 4 bed, 3.5 bath unfurnished villa set in quiet location. Open plan living area. Fully fitted kitchen. Ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower. Guest WC. Stairs to 3 more bedrooms, one with en-suite and family bathroom. Garden areas, large terraces and feature BBQ area and pergola. Private pool, garage. Never been occupied. Available 1 Feb. €725.00 per month OVNO. 6. UNIVERSAL AREA – 2 bed fully furnished apartment. Living area, fitted kitchen. 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom. A/C, Enclosed garden area. Comm pool and parking. €375.00 a month or offers. 1 & 2 bed apartments available on Universal starting at €250per month. 7. LOWER PEYIA – 3 bed, 2.5 bath part furnished villa situated in quiet cul du sac. Open plan living and dining area with doors out the to pool and garden.. Very large breakfast fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 3 double bedrooms. Master bedroom very large with en-suite shower. Family bathroom. Private pool, gardens, shutters. €550.00 per month or close offers only.

TO LET PAPHOS 8. STROUMBI – 3 bed 2.5 bath large unfurnished villa in quiet village area. Spacious open plan living area with feature fireplace and dining space Good sized fitted kitchen and breakfast area. Guest WC with storage area.3 double bedrooms. Master with en-suite bathroom. Family bathroom. Enclosed gardens, pool and off street parking. Realistically priced €550.00 per month. OVNO FOR FULL LISTINGS OF APARTMENTS/TOWNHOUSES AND VILLA PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL LANDLORDS/OWNERS PLEASE CALL. PLEASE CALL 97648440 or email:-

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

PROPERTY FOR SALE NICOSIA REDUCED, new, three bedroom luxury flat, 165sq metres, for sale. Covered verandas, underfloor heating, three baths, 4th floor with views of the Pendadactylos mountains. Centrally located, behind Gabrielides lights, €375.000. (Original selling price €433.000). If interested, please call 22768833, leave telephone and name.


LIMASSOL FOR SALE €250,000 3 bedroom bungalow for sale in Agios Silas, Ysponas. Large plot with swimming pool and parking for 3/4 cars. Two shower rooms and two kitchens. Contact owner on 25391235 or 99103624

PAPHOS FLAT FOR SALE 1 bdrm at Peyia village with title deeds, fully furnished. €65.000. For information call 99526562. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY IN LOFOS/ TALA, 2 three bedroom detached villas on large plot. House 1 with studio flat & pool. Both open plan with A/C, provision for C/H, BBQ, pergolas, gardens, private drives, sea/ mountain views, SEPARATE DEEDS. Available together or separately. Tel: 96718163/ 96366419 Price: €399,000 & €299,000

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

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


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

SATURDAY SERVICES NICOSIA St Paul’s Church Hall, Byron Ave LIMASSOL ‘Meeting Point’, 193A Christodoulou H’pavlou, opp Molos Park on beach rd BIBLE STUDY FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN 10.00 am Nicosia • 10.30 am Limassol FAMILY WORSHIP SERVICE 11.30 am Nicosia • 11.45 am Limassol Pastor: Branislav Mirilov 96702349 Info: Nsia 96207014 • Lsol 99322614 |

AYIA NAPA and DHERYNIA (Anglican Church in S.E Cyprus) Sunday Worship 9.30am Morning Prayer every Sunday morning at St Constantinos & Eleni Chapel, Dherynia (near Hospital in Dherynia) 11am at Scandinavian Church, off Nissi Avenue (opp Tassia Maris Hotel), Ayia Napa nd 6pm at St Constantinos & Eleni (2 week) Chaplain : Revd Simon Holloway M.A. Tel: 97 839349 Visitors especially welcome


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL

Sport IN BRIEF Cyprus take on British military side WHEN Cyprus international rugby team destroyed their European division with eight straight wins last season, they were challenged by a British military in Cyprus select 15, which they beat by a narrow margin in Paphos, by fielding an ‘A’ side comprising only the on-island players. Now the ‘A’ team is faced by a much stronger military side when they take on the British Army Germany in Happy Valley, Episkopi, tonight. ‘A’ team manager Dimitri Maratheftis acknowledged the quality of the opposition, saying: “We have had a long lay-off and now face an elite group of players at the peak of their game. We hope to give them a good game and keep the score respectable”. Kick-off is at 6.30pm under floodlights. Entry is unrestricted and free.

Kohli casts doubt on fifth ODI INDIA’S Virat Kohli has cast doubt over whether the fifth one-day international in Dharamsala against England will take place. The Himalayan hill station, which sits almost 1,500 metres above sea level, has never before hosted an international match but was approved to do so on January 27 despite being deep in the winter season. This month has already seen significant snowfall in Dharamsala, while weather forecasts suggest the match could be due to start in temperatures at, or just below, freezing point. Runway restrictions at the nearby airport in Gaggal mean some support staff and kit bags from each team will have to travel by road, which could also prove challenging. Yet rumours the fixture would be reallocated have come to nothing and the England and Wales Cricket Board have not been told to make any contingencies. But Kohli admits the Indian players are

not convinced a match will be possible. As such, he has told his side, who are 2-1 up, to clinch the series in the fourth ODI at Mohali today and not rely on Dharamsala. “It’s not certain we are going to have a game in Dharamsala,” he admitted. “We are all aware (of the weather problems) so this game becomes all the more important. It makes the game really, really important. “We have to step up tomorrow. “We will treat the game like it it is the last in the series, we have to. But when you lose the first game in a series, that is how you go into every game.” India look likely to field a settled side, after back-to-back victories with the same XI. Only Ajinkya Rahane is in serious danger of losing his place as opener, with Cheteshwar Pujara waiting in the wings. But Rahane was man of the match when India defeated England at the same venue in 2011, scoring a career-best 91, and could be given another chance.

Mercedes head Wolff denies talk of replacing Brawn

Red Bull will retain Buemi SEBASTIEN Buemi has been retained as Red Bull’s test and reserve driver for the forthcoming Formula One season. The former Toro Rosso driver will serve as back-up to triple world champion Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber for a second consecutive year, as well as play an important role in development. Buemi said: “I know everyone at Red Bull Racing well and it’s good to remain with the team for another year. “Of course my aim is to be driving at the races again, but I am still learning all the time from my work with the team.”

‘In F1, there’s always a lot of speculation’ By Ian Parker

New Le Mans team forming ITALIAN World Cup-winning striker Alessandro Del Piero has joined forces with American actor Patrick Dempsey to launch a new motor racing team which the duo hope to enter in the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. Dempsey/Del Piero Racing said yesterday they had applied to enter the French race in June with three drivers, including the Grey’s Anatomy actor and Joe Foster and Michael Avenatti who will also serve as principals.

Kohli has told his side, who are 2-1 up, to clinch the series in the fourth ODI against England at Mohali today and not rely on Dharamsala

Wolff joins a Mercedes team that has made a major investment going into 2013 by spending big to sign former world champion Hamilton (above) from McLaren

THE new head of MercedesBenz Motorsport Toto Wolff has denied reports of a plan to replace Ross Brawn as Formula One team principal. The Austrian Wolff was named Mercedes’ motorsport boss and executive director on Monday and reports yesterday suggested it was the first move in a major overhaul of the team, with McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe expected to join and Brawn and Nick Fry potentially making way. But speaking yesterday in his introductory teleconference, Wolff told reporters he was yet to make any personnel decisions and remains a keen admirer of Brawn’s achievements. “There is speculation which is coming up in some of the media,” he said. “I think I would be aware of that. It’s all speculation. Ross is here as part of the leading team and I hope Ross is going to stay.” Wolff said he was yet to visit the team’s factory in Brack-

ley and he plans to speak to all the key members of his new team before making any decisions. “I haven’t been in Brackley yet,” he said. “I have had conversations with Ross. I admire what Ross has done but I need to understand the structure and what Ross has done. “At this stage it would be foolish to come in and speak about replacing anybody.” On the reported move for Lowe, he said: “I think he is a recognised person in the paddock who has been with McLaren for 15-20 years. I’ve read this in the paper, that’s all I can tell you. In Formula One, there’s always a lot of speculation about people.” Wolff joins a Mercedes team that ultimately disappointed in 2012, but has made a major investment going into 2013 by spending big to sign former world champion Lewis Hamilton from McLaren as a new team-mate for Nico Rosberg. “I haven’t had chance to sit down with them but I hope to do that pretty soon,” Wolff said. “I don’t know them particularly well as Nico left Wil-

liams when I joined. Lewis I’ve known since his Formula Three days but I’ve had no close contact. But I’m very happy to have them as they seem very motivated.” The 41-year-old Wolff has bought shares in the Mercedes team but said he would for now retain his 10-per cent holding in the rival Williams team, where he served on the management board until Monday’s switch. “For the moment I’m going to keep those shares,” he said . “I have a responsibility as a shareholder. I’ve got a wonderful opportunity, a once-ina-lifetime opportunity with Mercedes to be involved on a daily basis, but I can’t let everybody else down behind me as shareholders.” Wolff confirmed that ex BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica was due to test a Mercedes DTM car in Valencia, but said even if the test went well, it remains too early for the Pole to be considered healthy enough to drive an F1 car. The 28-year-old suffered severe injuries in a rallying accident in 2011.

Wiggins hints that fellow Briton Froome may replace him as Team Sky leader TOUR de France champion Bradley Wiggins has hinted that fellow Briton Chris Froome is likely to replace him as Team Sky leader for this year’s race, which is expected to favour the pure climbers.

Wiggins, whose main target in 2013 is to add the Giro d’Italia title to his list of honours in his quest to retire having won all three grand Tours (France, Italy and Spain), insisted he would not race as Froome’s domes-

tique, however. “I would love to win the Tour for a second time if given the opportunity ... but it is likely that Chris will be the team leader this year,” Wiggins told French daily L’Equipe yesterday. “But it does

not mean that I’m going to work at the front of the peloton for 200km everyday for Chris. Something could happen to Chris... he could be sick, he could crash as it happened to me in 2011 when we ended up without a team leader.”

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Australian Open

Sharapova juggernaut rumbles into final four Swats aside compatriot Makarova 6-2 6-2

With her 66minute victory over Makarova, Sharapova has now dropped just nine games in total - the fewest number conceded by a semi-finalist at the tournament

By Greg Sutchbury MARIA Sharapova’s biggest challenge to achieving her second Australian Open title, apart from Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams, could actually be between her ears. Not that anyone has managed to exploit any mental deficiencies in the world number two... yet. The Russian not only continued her perfect run in Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday by defeating Russian compatriot Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 6-2 to set up a semi-final against Li Na, she also set a record at the grand slam. With her 66-minute victory, Sharapova has now dropped just nine games in total, the fewest number conceded by a semi-finalist at the tournament. Monica Seles conceded 12 games on her way to the 1991 semi-finals. Seles went on to win the title. The world number two, along with defending champion Azarenka and 15-times grand slam winner Williams, have been a class above the rest of the women’s draw at Melbourne Park with few now expecting anyone other than the trio to win the title. Sharapova has refused to get too far ahead of herself, dragging out the “one match at a time” cliche after each round, though she said after her demolition of Makarova that she was pleased she was staying mentally switched on during matches despite their one-sided nature. “That’s always one of the toughest things, keeping that focus, especially when you

have when you feel like you’re doing the right things and you have your opponent in the right position,” Sharapova said. “You really have to follow through with what you’ve done and keep doing it (and) keeping your head in the right direction.” The right direction is lifting the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy for the second time and Sharapova came into the quarter-final brimming with confidence. Not only had she not dropped a set, she had also not lost any of her previous five Australian Open quarter-final matches, with one of those victories against Makarova last year.

The 24-year-old Makarova was expected to be a tough opponent having already beaten 11th seed Marion Bartoli and fifth seed Angelique Kerber to make the quarterfinals and despite Sharapova’s rampage through the four previous rounds, she thought her 19th-seeded compatriot would be a challenge. “She’s beaten quality players over the course of last week, and I know that she’s capable of playing really good, with deep hitting,” Sharapova said. “Also a lefty, which is a bit tricky and I thought I handled that pretty good and was able to keep my focus all the way through the match.”

Sharapova, who had won her first two round matches 6-0 6-0, has bullied her opponents into submission with her powerful serve and booming groundstrokes. Against Makarova, however, she had her serve broken for the second time. The previous break of serve was by Venus Williams in their third round clash. As such, Makarova’s temerity to break in the fourth game of the match was duly punished as Sharapova rattled off the next four games to clinch the first set in 31 minutes, then win the opening two games of the second, which only highlighted her laser-sharp focus.

Li rediscovers Grand Slam inspiration to progress to semis WINNING Asia’s first grand slam singles title became a burden that sapped the confidence out of Li Na, but the 30-year-old Chinese felt it come flooding back in reaching her third Australian Open semi-final yesterday. The 2011 French Open champion overcame a bout of wayward serving to grind down fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5 6-3 on a sundrenched centre court, and will play Maria Sharapova for a place in the final. Li had been lost in the grand slam wilderness since her Roland Garros triumph, failing to pass the fourth round of a major, but has embraced the old ‘chemistry’ at Melbourne Park, where she has made the semi-finals in three of the past four years. “I’m not sure whether it’s the winter training but it does seem like I’m just better at this tournament,” the sixth seed told reporters. “With the Australian Open, it’s like coming back and thinking, ‘all my old friends are here’.” Li’s hopes of a maiden title at Melbourne Park were thwarted by both nerves and the eventual champions in 2010 and 2011. She lost a tight two-set battle in the last four against Serena Williams in 2010 and crumbled under the pressure in the 2011 final against Kim Clijsters. Li’s new coach Carlos Rod-

riguez, the long-serving mentor of seven-times grand slam champion Justine Henin, had helped calm her mental demons and put her through a winter training regime she described as twice as rigorous as her previous camps. “After three days (of it) I was really tired,” she said. “I was calling my husband, saying, ‘I really want to retire’. ... But I think he’s good because you can see (the results) until now... It’s not bad.” Despite losing to Radwanska in the semi-final of the warmup tournament in Sydney earlier this month, Li vowed to break the Pole’s 13-match winning streak in the lead-up to the quarter-final. Both players struggled to hold serve throughout, but Li had the best of the baseline duels on a sun-drenched centre court at Rod Laver Arena, despite bludgeoning 40 unforced errors along with her 32 winners. Li held her serve at 6-5 to close out the first set, the first lost by Radwanska in her winning streak, but fell behind 2-0 in the second. But Li then reeled off the next five games to march to the brink of victory. She wobbled when serving for the match to concede two break points but saved them both and sealed the match when Radwanska floated a backhand long.

Li had vowed to break Radwanska’s 13-match winning streak in the lead-up to yesterday’s quarter-final

Murray wary ahead of Chardy challenge Radwanska off to gym as streak ends HAVING enjoyed a challenge-free run to the Australian Open quarter-finals, Andy Murray accepts things are going to get much tougher against Jeremy Chardy today. Chardy may not be a household name but his stock is on the rise once again after a disappointing 2011 in which he slipped out of the top 100. The Frenchman bounced back and now sits 36th in the world rankings after a strong year which included a win over Murray at the Cincinnati Masters. He possesses a big serve and dominant forehand and the Scot knows anything other than his best could see his Melbourne hopes go up in smoke. “If you go into a match and you don’t play particularly well, you lose to a guy like Jeremy when you play them in the fourth round or a quarter-finals of a slam,” said Murray, who beat a battle-weary Gilles Simon in round three on Monday. Prior to the Cincinnati match, Murray had won their four previous meetings but the third seed knows Chardy’s all-or-nothing game means much depends on whether the 25-year-

old is hot or cold on the day. “He can be erratic but when his game is on, like it has been the last few rounds, he’s a very tough player to play because he doesn’t give you too much rhythm,” he said. “He really goes for it.” Chardy followed up his shock win over sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro with a four-set defeat of Italian 21st seed Andreas Seppi on Monday and Murray has been impressed by his form. He said: “He’s playing good tennis. He’s had some big wins this week. “He serves well, he’s very aggressive off his forehand - his backhand is his weaker side for sure. And he likes to come forward.” Chardy is hoping he can build on the win last August in North America and cause another upset. “I have won against him already so that is good for the confidence when I go on court,” he said. “Last year I played a perfect match against him. It will be a very tough match and if I get a chance I will have to take it because Andy is one of the best players.”

AGNIESZKA Radwanska’s most successful winning streak came to an end on Tuesday when she was knocked out of the Australian Open quarter-finals by China’s Li Na, though the 23-year-old Pole had not lost her sense of humour. Radwanska had won the Auckland and Sydney titles prior to the season-opening grand slam and then romped into the quarters at Melbourne Park, building a 13-match winning streak. She had also not dropped a set in 2013 until she lost 7-5 6-3 to Li in Tuesday’s match and immediately replied that meant more work was on her schedule. “I’m going to go now and practice, to the gym, running,” she said when asked what she now planned to do after such a busy start to the season. “No, I’m just kidding,” she added laughing as she realised the punchline had been missed by the assembled journalists. “No, please. No, of course I’m going to have a few days off definitely. I go home for a little bit. Then the next thing is Fed Cup, Doha, Dubai.” Radwanska, who lost to Serena Williams

in the Wimbledon final last year, had beaten Li in the Sydney semi-finals prior to the Australian Open and had entered the match confident of advancing to her second grand slam semi-final. The consistent Chinese, who won three of their four clashes in 2012, however, had stepped up her performance from Sydney, the 23-year-old Radwanska said. “She was very solid from the beginning of the match,” Radwanska said. “She was really playing good tennis.” Neither player is known for having an overpowering serve, though Li’s ability to capitalise on break points during the match proved the difference. The 2011 French Open champion converted six of her seven break point opportunities, while Radwanska managed to convert four from 10. Li also tightened up on her serve in the second set, with Radwanska having just three break point opportunities, two in the final game of the match, but Li reeled off four successive points, three from unforced errors, to clinch the victory.


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Morocco and Cape Verde aiming to improve before goal MOROCCO and Cape Verde will hope for an improvement in front of goal in today’s Group A match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium after both sides began their campaigns with goalless draws. Cape Verde would have been the happier with their opening day stalemate after coming close to upsetting hosts South Africa, in their first African Nations Cup match. However Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi has demanded more from his side after they drew with Angola. “As you know, we are not efficient enough, we don’t make the most of our opportunities and in this coming match we know we will have opportunities to score,” Taoussi told reporters. “But in order to do that, we need to focus, we need to work to reach our goal, which is to score. “We created space and moved the ball around well against Angola, but did not punish them. However, I must be patient as we have a young team with an average age of 24 and we are building,”

Taoussi said. “Let us remember that Angola are a good team with excellent strikers and I believe we can offer more in our games this week against Cape Verde and South Africa.” Neither team has injury concerns ahead of the clash and Cape Verde boss Lucio Antunes, buoyed by his side’s draw with the tournament hosts, believes his side could progress from the group. “The result against South Africa has given my squad enormous confidence. “We had the better chances in that match despite facing the host nation in front of 80 000 supporters,” he said. “I am so happy and so are the people back home. “No one really took us seriously before the competition kicked off, but now they know we are no whipping boys. “We were well organised at the back, restricting South Africa to a couple of half-chances, and now we must improve our sharpness up front to achieve a beautiful dream and reach the quarterfinals.”

Cape Verde, who play Morocco today had come close to upsetting hosts South African in their Cup opener

Patience key to S. Africa SOUTH Africa believe patience is the key as they plot a way to score the first goal of Group A at the African Nations Cup. Both Group A games finished goalless on Saturday, with Bafana Bafana held by Cape Verde Islands and Angola playing to a draw with Morocco. But the hosts remain confident of progressing to the next round and are adamant the goals will come if they stick to their plan. “At international level you need to keep trying, have a big heart and a strong mentality, more so because we are playing teams who have loads of experience,” said striker Katlego Mphela. “A perfect example was the Group B match between Niger and Mali (a 1-0 Mali win), the latter kept on going and eventually scored - so that’s what we need to do, just

keep on working hard.” Defender Anele Ngcongca was pleased to keep a clean sheet in the opener, and echoed Mphela’s belief that the goals will follow. “All the teams in our group are good and Angola is no different, they have a lot of experience,” he said. “We learnt from the past match that we have to be more patient, a bit more attractive going forward and try to create some chances so we can score goals. We kept a clean sheet and we are all positive about the next match, nothing else matters.” The players were no doubt responding to the comments of their coach Gordon Igesund, who accused them of losing their nerve against Cape Verde Islands and rushing too many balls over the top rather than crafting better openings.

Barca were held 2-2 at home by Malaga in the first leg of their cup quarter-final

Barcelona are looking to rediscover winning form BARCELONA will look to ensure their recent blip does not develop into something more serious when they take on Malaga in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie tomorrow. Barca started the season in record-breaking fashion, winning 27 of their opening 31 matches in all competitions as they established a huge lead at the top of the Primera Division as well as making comfortable progress in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. However, things have not gone so smoothly for the Catalan giants over the last week. Last Wednesday they were held 2-2 at home by Malaga in the first leg of their cup quarter-final, while on Saturday they suffered their first league defeat of the season after going down 3-2 at Real Sociedad - having led 2-0 after 25 minutes. While those setbacks may not be a major cause for concern, Barca know they will need to do better to-

Catalan giants aim to erase recent blip when they take on Malaga in Copa clash morrow or risk seeing the defence of their Copa del Rey title came to an end at La Rosaleda. Midfielder Andres Iniesta said: “We’re not thinking about being eliminated. We have to have the conviction that we’re going to win in Malaga and be in the next round. “Of course they could get through, we’re playing against a team with great players, who are playing at home and have two away goals, but at no point have we thought about being knocked out.” If Barca do get through then it seems likely they will face arch rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals. Madrid head into their second leg against Valen-

cia today boasting a 2-0 lead from last week’s first meeting at the Bernabeu and also with morale skyhigh following Sunday’s 5-0 mauling of Los Che at the Mestalla. To make matters even worse for Valencia they will be without talismanic striker Roberto Soldado through injury, thought defender Ricardo Costa has warned Madrid not to expect to have it so easy again. “We have to win on Wednesday. We know that Real Madrid are going to be more relaxed and it’s going to be a totally different game,” he said. “We have to use our heads, not like Sunday. “It’s going to be difficult

to turn it round, but we must at least try to cause Real Madrid problems. “We need to show our personality and not make the mistakes we did in the league. We have nothing to lose.” Madrid’s neighbours Atletico also boast a 2-0 lead heading into their second leg against Real Betis tomorrow, but the Primera Division highflyers look set to be without star striker Radamel Falcao after he picked up a hamstring injury at the weekend. Midfielder Koke is also wary of the threat posed by Betis, who are fourth in La Liga, saying: “They are showing their potential in the league. “We’re going there with humility and we hope to respond well to what will be a tough and difficult game in Seville.” The other quarter-final between Sevilla and Real Zaragoza is locked at 0-0 going into today’s second leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Match-fixing the greatest challenge to football, says UEFA’s Platini UEFA president Michel Platini believes match-fixing poses the greatest threat to the future of football. While acknowledging the continued spectres of racism and violence, for the Frenchman throwing a game would sound the death knell for the game. Speaking to French radio station RTL, Platini said: “Racism and violence - it is a little beyond our control because it is

not just about football but also affects the public. “On the other hand we’re directly concerned by match-fixing. For me, this is the greatest shame. “If tomorrow, we’ll see a game and we already know the result, football is dead.” Football is waging an ongoing war against racism with Kevin-Prince Boateng recently making a stand by walk-

ing off the field with his AC team-mates against Pro Patria because of racist chanting. Platini expressed his admiration, saying: “It’s great, I really liked it. It was very good, I also called to congratulate Milan.” The former France midfielder also reiterated his desire to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in winter.

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United on course to capture Zaha

Benitez hits back at ‘liar’ Materazzi

Red Devils said in talks with Crystal Palace By Andy Hampson and Paul Hirst MANCHESTER United are now the clear favourites to sign the highly-rated Wilfried Zaha after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger denied interest. Speculation that United are poised to sign Crystal Palace’s exciting 20-year-old winger, who is valued at a reported £15million, has intensified in recent days. Zaha, who made his England debut last November, is regarded as the most exciting talent in the country outside the Barclays Premier League. Zaha revealed in a tweet last year he is an Arsenal fan but, despite reported interest in the player, Wenger insists a move to the Emirates Stadium was never a possibility. Wenger, at a press conference to preview his side’s midweek clash with West Ham, said: “We were never in for Zaha. “I don’t know if he will go to Man United. If he goes to Man United, good luck to him.” There have been reports that United have held discussions with Palace and that further talks between the clubs are planned. It has also been suggested that United could sign the player and then loan him back to the promotion-chasing Championship club for the remainder of the season. Neither club have commented on the reports. Zaha has come through the

youth system at Palace after joining the club at the age of 12. His progress has attracted interest from a number of clubs and was underlined by his selection for England’s friendly against Sweden two months ago, although he remains eligible for birth country Ivory Coast.

LEAGUE SETBACK United’s squad, meanwhile, are preparing for this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Fulham at a warmweather training camp in Qatar. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has not travelled with the party but the players are hoping to put Sunday’s league setback against Tottenham behind them. United conceded an injurytime equaliser at White Hart Lane that meant, over the course of the weekend, their lead at the top of the table was cut to five points. Defender Phil Jones said: “Confidence is high but we know we still have to produce and do our job every time we step out on the pitch. “As long as we’re focused on what we’ve got to do and on our game-plan hopefully we’ll be okay.” The squad’s attention has now turned back to the FA Cup and the visit of the Cottagers, which will see striker Dimitar Berbatov back at Old Trafford for the first time

since leaving. Berbatov, signed by United for £30million in 2008, left United for the London club in August. Jones said: “The FA Cup is a great competition and one we want to win. We want to go as far as we can - it’s a competition I’ve always admired. “It’ll be great to see Berba back at Old Trafford, technically he’s a fantastic player. “Hopefully we can get the result we want and continue to progress in the competition.” United have defended their ticket pricing policy for the match following a complaint by Fulham. Fulham were unhappy to discover that some United fans have been able to purchase seats equivalent to those on offer to their supporters £5 cheaper. As is common practice for FA Cup games, the clubs had agreed a standard price of £45 for home and away fans but United members have been able to buy them at a discounted rate of £40. United say that is an offer available only to members, and is part of a long-standing scheme that should not have come as a surprise. Fulham claim they were not informed about it and it is understood they would not have agreed to it had they known. A United spokesman said: “Fulham fans are paying the same as United fans who are not members.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Wenger has insisted there was to be no move to the Emirates Stadium for Zaha

Pardew poised to strengthen Toon squad

Montpellier reported on their website that Yanga-Mbiwa (L) is in Tyneside to undergo a medical, with a view to completing a deal worth in the region of £7million

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew hopes his new French revolution can steer the club away from the Barclays Premier League drop zone with his transfer window frustration about to end. Defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara are expected to seal moves to Tyneside within the next 48 hours while hopes are also high that the Magpies will win the race to sign Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse. Montpellier confirmed the departure of Yanga-Mbiwa pending a medical on their official website, with a fee believed to be in the region of £7million agreed for the French international. Meanwhile a statement from Ligue 1 strugglers Nancy confirmed that 20-year-old fullback Haidara is also set to join the Magpies subject to a medical following an agreement between the clubs. Their statement said: “After 46 games and two-and-a-half years in the Nancy shirt, Massadio Haidara is leaving his former club for Newcastle United... the two clubs have reached an agreement and will finalise the transfer on Tuesday.”

The deals will come as a great relief for Pardew, who was put under more pressure by Saturday’s shock 2-1 home defeat to Reading, which left them languishing just two points above the relegation zone. The news came hot on the heels of more frustration in the transfer market for Pardew, who lost out in the bid to sign striker Loic Remy from Marseille. Another French defender, Mathieu Debuchy, remains his only January signing to date. Yanga-Mbiwa told Montpellier’s official website: “This (England) is a country where everybody loves football and I really want to experience this culture. It is one of the things you want to discover as a player.” Newcastle’s chase for Sissoko looked set to pay off when the player was left out of the squad for Toulouse’s scheduled French Cup clash with Paris St Germain tonight. Meanwhile reports from France suggested the Magpies had finally been successful in their search for a striker, with Bordeaux accepting a bid for front man Yoan Gourcuff who is expected on Tyneside this week for talks.

Gunners boss Wenger admits to being worried after Arsenal’s recent poor form ARSENE Wenger called on his players to show him what they are made of after admitting he has become concerned by Arsenal’s poor recent form. Wenger’s name was synonymous with success in the English game at the start of his reign, yet Arsenal have hit the rocks in recent years. The Frenchman has not won a trophy in seven-and-a-half years and his team currently languish in sixth, seven points behind fourth-place Tot-

tenham and 22 points behind leaders Manchester United. Wenger, whose team have won just half of their home games this term, admitted yesterday that morale in the Arsenal camp was low following their latest reverse - a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. Wenger concedes his team’s failure to deliver in big matches is a concern, and has called on the squad to bounce back with a win in today’s London der-

by against West Ham. “What is worrying is just that we do not win the big games. The position we are in now is a bit backs to the wall,” Wenger told a press conference. “We have to respond. I’m confident that we will but the team was very down after the Chelsea game. “We have to transform the potential we have shown in the (last) two games into points and tomorrow is a good opportunity to do it.”

Wenger bristled at accusations his players do not have the same heart as Arsenal icons such as Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira and Martin Keown. “They care as much, if not more,” a defiant Wenger said. And having watched Arsenal overturn a 10-point deficit to beat Spurs to third last year, Wenger insists the current gap between Arsenal and their most bitter rivals this season is not as bad as many people would make out.

CHELSEA interim manager Rafael Benitez has angrily rebuffed his latest critic after Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi hit out at his former boss. Since his largely unpopular appointment as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor, Benitez has had to battle derision from Chelsea fans and now Italy defender Materazzi has added his voice to the critics. Materazzi described life under Benitez at Inter as like “being back at school”, suggested the Spaniard had been lined-up as Jose Mourinho’s successor while the Portuguese was in position and had told him to take down photographs in his locker of his former coaches. “He’s lying,” Benitez said. “Marco Materazzi is lying. He’s lying, just lying. Everything that he said is a lie. Simple. “When he was talking with Mourinho it’s a lie, because nobody knew I was going to Inter, even me. It’s a lie. “About the pictures, it’s a lie. So he’s a liar.” Benitez refused to discuss off-field events at Chelsea, including contract discussions for senior players like John Terry, who is in line for a return to the starting XI in the Capital One League Cup semi-final second leg at Swansea, where the Blues must overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit. Benitez refused to comment on reports of Real Madrid boss Mourinho, who was popular and hugely successful during his spell at Stamford Bridge, being in regular contact with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic and players in west London. Benitez said: “In Spain, as in England, we have the same situation: we have a window for football, tactics and Swansea; there is another window for other issues. “We talk about contracts and other things at the other window. This window is for football and tactics.” Benitez confirmed England left-back Ashley Cole has agreed a one-year contract extension at Chelsea, with the details still to be finalised on the deal which keeps him at the club beyond the end of the season. Midfielder Frank Lampard’s time appears likely to end this summer; Benitez pointed to the non-football window when asked about Terry, whose current deal has 18 months remaining.

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Iron man Djokovic progresses to semis Defeats Berdych to set up showdown with Ferrer By Jon Fisher


ovak Djokovic showed no ill-effects from his marathon encounter with Stanislas Wawrinka by brushing aside the challenge of Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open. Djokovic scraped past Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set on Sunday night in a match which lasted over five hours. But, not for the first time in his career, he displayed his remarkable powers of recovery with an impressive performance against the fifth-seeded Czech yesterday, winning 6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash with David Ferrer. The victory also meant Djokovic will retain the number one ranking even if he does not win the title on Sunday. “It was a great performance,” he said. “I was hoping to have a shorter match, whoever won, just not go over five hours. “It was always going to be tough against Tomas, he has been an established top-10 player now for the last five or six years and if he’s on he can win against anyone on any surface. “I was aware of his qualities and I was very pleased with my performance.” On the match-up with Fer-

Expecting a long one: Ferrer next awaits the Serb rer, he added: “He is one of the most respected guys on the tour because he never gives up. He is one of the fittest guys around and I am expecting a long one.” For three of the four sets against Berdych, Djokovic was dominant. Any doubts over his fitness were dispelled in a blistering start as, crushing winners from every angle, he ripped through the first set in just 28 minutes. Berdych was shell-shocked but regrouped sufficiently to break early in the second and hold his advantage to 5-4 when he had the chance to serve it out. Djokovic applied the pressure, having four break point chances, but Berdych

stood firm with a backhand winner down the line on the Serbian’s third opportunity arguably the shot of the night. It was to prove as close as Berdych would get as from there he was swamped. The top seed, aiming to become the first man in the Open era to win three successive Australian Open crowns, raced into a 4-0 third-set lead on his way to re-establishing his advantage. Berdych did marginally better in the fourth but a solitary break in game three proved enough for Djokovic who moved into his 11th successive grand slam semifinal. Meanwhile, Ferrer capitalised on Nicolas Almagro’s

fragile temperament yesterday to hit back from two sets down and clinch his place in the last four. Almagro had lost all 12 previous meetings with his Spanish compatriot before today and the mental baggage was apparent when he failed to serve out the match three times - once in the third set and then twice in the fourth. By the fifth, Almagro was a psychological wreck and it was no surprise that Ferrer duly completed a gutsy 4-6 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 victory in three hours and 44 minutes. “It was a miracle that I won this match,” Ferrer said. “Nicolas had a lot of chances to beat me but I tried to fight for every point - that is my game. I will always try to fight and do my best. “In the important moments all the players get nervous, it has also happened to me.” Almagro denied he had ‘choked’ and blamed the defeat on a groin injury suffered in the fourth set tie-break. “If you’re not 100 per cent to play I am not sure if it’s mental or not,” he said. “I tried to play my best tennis today and I think I did that. “But that’s not enough to beat David. “I don’t think that it’s a mental problem. If I have a mental problem I don’t think I would have won the first two sets.”

Novak Djokovic showed no ill-effects from his marathon encounter with Stanislas Wawrinka, brushing aside the challenge of Tomas Berdych to book his semi-final berth

McBryde positive despite Wales injuries

Glass half-full: Wales kick off their Six Nations title defence against Ireland on February 2, without the likes of Priestland (left), Jones, Davies, Charteris and Lydiate

ROBIN McBryde says Wales are adopting a “glass half-full” mentality to injury issues ahead of this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship. Wales will kick off their Six Nations title defence against Ireland on February 2, without the likes of Rhys Priestland, Alun-Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris and Dan Lydiate. But they are hoping for positive news about Ospreys forwards Richard Hibbard (shoulder), lock Ian Evans (knee) and backrow forward Ryan Jones (thumb) before the competition starts. The Wales squad, complete with five uncapped players, assembled on Monday to begin preparations for a tournament that will see them play three successive away games between host-

ing Ireland and final weekend opponents England. “Ryan was seeing a specialist (yesterday), and he is pretty positive,” Wales forwards coach McBryde said. “It is a waiting game, and no-one can ask the physiotherapists more than the coaches as to who will be well. “Next week, we will have to make some calls in order to give the team the best possible opportunity in the first game. That applies to Ian Evans and Richard Hibbard. “The glass is half-full, and until anything happens to the contrary we hope everyone will be fit.” McBryde has underlined the deep desire to turn things around following seven successive defeats stretching back to last summer - four against

Australia, plus losses at the hands of New Zealand, Argentina and Samoa. “We have spoken to the players, and Rob Howley (interim head coach) has made it clear we are on the back of seven games without a win,” he added. “We cannot be happy with it. We have to make sure all members of the squad feel that pain and hurt as much as the coaches. The want to put that right has to be forefront in their minds. “We have to take the hurt and pain we felt in the summer (Wales suffered a 3-0 Test series defeat in Australia) and autumn, and come out fighting, showing we are better than that.” Accompanying Wales’ poor run has been another miserable Heineken Cup campaign for the Welsh regions. The Ospreys, Scarlets and Cardiff Blues managed just

three wins between them from 18 starts in making pool stage exits. But McBryde said: “This is a fresh page and regional form should not come into it. We are together, focused on getting a positive start to the Six Nations. “The Six Nations is a tournament where expectation is on everybody, especially in the first game. “Everyone is aware of form coming into the Six Nations, everyone is aware the regions are having a bit of a tough time. We have to put that behind us and focus on moving forward.”

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