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Deputies reject property tax bill MP for AKEL asks why property tax bills always seem to end up in the shredder at the parliament By George Psyllides

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EPUTIES yesterday rejected the cabinet’s new immovable property tax (IPT) rates, opting instead to postpone discussions on the grounds that more time was needed to study the provisions in depth. The government wanted the bill approved before Monday, when eurozone finance ministers are scheduled to discuss the island’s bailout bid. The bill, approved by the cabinet on Wednesday and submitted to parliament earlier yesterday, is in line with a preliminary bailout agreement and in theory it could fetch the government some €120 million in 2013. The government requested the bill to be classified as urgent, meaning parliament would have to discuss and vote on it immediately. However, the government’s request was rejected by majority vote – 31 to 17 with only ruling AKEL voting in favour. There were no abstentions. Main opposition DISY deputy chairman Averof Neophytou stressed that despite the postponement, a clear message must be sent to international lenders that parliament remained committed to approve additional property tax after the necessary time was given to lawmakers to study the bill.

“We do not have all the information before us,” Neophytou said during the lunchtime session. DIKO’s Nicolas Papadopoulos echoed Neophytou in that parliament remained committed to passing a tax bill, adding too that more time was needed to “examine the bill in depth.” EDEK MP Giorgos Varnava felt the need to stress that this should not be interpreted as an attempt to protect privileged groups. AKEL however, accused the opposition of trying to postpone discussion until after the presidential elections mid February, although House President Yiannakis Omirou said efforts would be made to put the issue back on the agenda and call another session before the elections once some discussion had taken place at committee level. Nicos Katsourides, the party’s parliamentary representative accused his colleagues of hypocrisy. “In all the years I have been an MP, whenever an IPT bill came to parliament it ended up being shredded to pieces,” he said, adding that under the provisions it was clear that 78 per cent of all property owners would not be affected by the new tax. Wealthy property owners on the other hand, would be. Addressing his opposition colleagues, Katsourides pointed out that no one had expressed any concerns

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Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah (above) was in Cyprus yesterday - the first Omani foreign minister to visit the island where he met his Cypriot counterpart Erato Kozakou Marcoullis SEE STORY PAGE 6

Australian outlaw Ned Kelly to be laid to rest, 132 years later THE remains of Australia’s most famous outlaw, Ned Kelly, are finally to be laid to rest, 132 years after he was hanged for murder. Kelly’s descendants, who received the bushranger’s remains after they were exhumed from a mass prison grave, have said they will hold a private church memorial service today before the burial in an unmarked grave on Sunday. The homemade armour and helmet Kelly wore during his last violent shootout with police and his reported final words before he was hanged at

Melbourne Gaol on November 11, 1880 - “such is life” - helped make him an iconic figure in Australian history. His family, the Kelly Gang, became a symbol for social tensions between poor Irish settlers and the wealthy establishment at the time, and Kelly himself became a folk hero to many for standing up to the Anglo-Australian ruling class. Kelly’s descendants said the private farewells were in keeping with the outlaw’s requests. “The descendants of the Kelly family wish to give effect to Ned Kelly’s last

wish and that he now be buried in consecrated ground with only his family in attendance in order to ensure a private, respectful and dignified funeral,” the family said in a statement. “The family wish for their privacy to be respected so that they may say farewell to a very much loved member of their family.” Kelly’s life story inspired the novel True History of the Kelly Gang by author Peter Carey, which won the 2001 Booker Prize, and the late actor Heath Ledger played him in a 2003 movie.


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Miniature portraits of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong on grains of rice, created by Taiwanese artist Chen Forng-shean, are displayed on a pencil in Taipei yesterday. The grains of rice are about 0.5 centimetres (0.2 inches) long and 0.3 centimetres (0.12 inches) high each

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28 years ago Friday January 18, 1985

Dr William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.

Cypriot president Spyros Kyprianou and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash held two hours of talks yesterday aimed at reuniting the divided island and set another meeting for last night. Neither Denktash, who left the meeting first or Kyprianou, who followed a few minutes later would make any substantial comment telling reporters they had agreed to say nothing.

1896 The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.

38 years ago Saturday January 18, 1975 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.

1972 Rhodesia’s former leader Garfield Todd and his daughter, Judith, are seized after violence erupts over Anglo-Rhodesian plans for independence.

1991 Israel teeters on the brink of joining the Gulf War after Iraq attacks Tel Aviv and Haifa with Scud missiles.

Turkey today prepared a welcome for Turkish Cypriot refugees who will be evacuated from the British Base of Episkopi. The first batch of the estimated 8000 Turkish Cypriots who took refuge in the base in the fighting that followed the Turkish invasion of the island last year were expected at Adana this weekend. The refugees will be shuttled to Turkey at her expense.

58 years ago Tuesday January 18, 1955 Two men from Lymbia village were yesterday charged with receiving two goats, valued at £8,00 each which they knew to be stolen from a Turkish Cypriot of the same village. They were sentenced to two months imprisonment for each offence.


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Police look for dead man on assault charge Questions as to how officers did not know the man they sought had been murdered By Poly Pantelides JUST SHY of a year after a man was murdered, police showed up at his home with a court writ relating to an assault charge, stunning his mother, who could not understand why they were looking for a man whose murder they were meant to be investigating. Lawyer Demetris Pavlides said the tearful mother showed up in his office this week, distraught that authorities wanted to charge her son in a 2009 assault case that she thought had closed prior to his death in February last year. Her son, 22-year-old Andreas Papadopoulos, was shot dead and found in his car’s passenger seat in the early hours of February 4, 2012 after a member of the public found his parked car outside a house on the outskirts of Nicosia. The head of Nicosia police headquarters, Kypros Michaelides said at the time that “the specific person” (Papadopoulos) was known to the police. Papadopoulos was already in the system relation to a police investigation of the 2009 assault of a special forces’ conscript. Papadopoulos, along with two others, faced assault

charges but the state’s legal services had suspended prosecution before Papadopoulos’ murder, Pavlides said. “Obviously they had since received new evidence and decided to re-open the case but how could the police, the legal services, the prosecutors, not know that he (Papadopoulos) was dead?” The police ought to have pulled up Papadopoulos’ file, which should have shown he was murdered, Pavlides said. “Don’t they have lists, don’t they have computers?”

INVESTIGATION “How many people get murdered each year, anyway? Is it possible that the police did not know?” The latest death statistics available to the Cyprus Mail show that four people were murdered in 2010, 17 in 2009 and nine in 2008. At any rate, what seems to be the case is that whoever drew up the indictment papers was not aware of the murder case, though exactly how that came to be will be subject to investigation, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said yesterday. But asked how it was even possible to charge a dead man, Angelides said that the police archives are not con-

nected with other services. “We are looking into computerising data bases – both within the force and with external services – so that this does not take place again, resulting in the creation of a negative image,” Angelides said. It was not clear yesterday how the police could have filed indictment papers without first pulling out the man’s file, which should have shown he was murdered. Angelides said that the investigation would show how the blunder came about. The police does not have computerised access to warrants issued by the courts, and auditor general Chrystalla Georghadji said in her 2011 report that police would often go looking for people at the wrong address. And there are difficulties implementing already digitised systems within the police, Georghadji said. She added, that although the force’s warehouses obtained a computerised system in 2006, only three from the police force’s 26 departments had fully digitised their entries and some departments were still in early stages. In general across state services, even computerised services are not fully functional, Georghadji said.

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A scene from Wednesday’s incident something and wherever it is, you don’t move it under any circumstances. You inform police immediately. We have a very specific action plan for such incidents, to cordon off the area at a great distance, and wait for the bomb squad to arrive, examine the scene and take decisions,” he added. The police spokesman dispensed even more critical advice for the unfortunate soul who finds themselves staring at an explosive device: they should definitely call the police but not before moving away from the suspect device first. “You do not use a walkie-talkie or even a mobile phone next to the device. You call the police, but always from a distance,” clarified Angelides.

INTERNATIONAl Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde said yesterday the bailout package between Cyprus and the troika has not been completed yet because there were clearly financing issues that needed to be resolved in order for a programme to be accepted and for the debt to be sustainable. Lagarde was speaking at IMF headquarters in Washington. Asked to comment on reports from Brussels and Nicosia that the Europeans did not want the IMF to participate in the programme and why two months after the statement issued in November there has not been a deal yet between the troika and Cyprus, Lagarde said the IMF had been engaged with the troika on Cyprus. She said the IMF “sent a mission on the ground and we had a dialogue with the Cyprus authorities”. The “building blocks of a programme had been put together, she said. “The programme “has not been concluded because there are clearly financing issues that need to be resolved in order for a programme to be accepted and for the debt to be sustainable”.

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Anastasiades comes out top in latest poll Results all point in favour of a win either on the first or the second Sunday, or so 61 per cent of those polled believe By Elias Hazou DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades will be the next President of the Republic, whether or not a runoff ballot is necessary in next month’s general elections, the latest CyBC-commissioned poll has confirmed. Anastasiades, who is officially endorsed by the DISY and DIKO parties, garnered 38 per cent of preferences – a huge lead over AKEL-backed Stavros Malas with 23.7 per cent. Independent presidential candidate Giorgos Lillikas got 20.4 per cent. The previous iteration of the poll, released in December, gave Anastasiades 37.1 per cent, Malas 23.1 per cent and Lillikas 20.4 per cent. Meanwhile the percentage of “undetermined” votes stood at 15.8 per cent, compared to 16.3 per cent in December. The percentages on election day are calculated based on valid votes alone. Factoring in the effect of the undetermined votes on the actual results on February 17, the numbercrunching projected 42.3 to 47.9 per cent for Anastasiades, 25.6 to 30.8 per cent for Malas, and 21.0 to 25.8 per cent for Lillikas. The million-dollar question is whether these elections will be decided on the first Sunday, which would

require Anastasiades to get at least 50 per cent of valid votes cast. But 72 per cent of respondents feel a second round of voting will be necessary, with just 22 per cent thinking otherwise. Still, Anastasiades would win out in all second-round scenarios: in a showdown with Malas, 43.8 per cent would opt for the DISY chief and 29.9 per cent for the AKEL man. Against Lillikas, Anastasiades would have the support of 41.1 per cent, while his opponent would lose out at 31.8 per cent.

SECOND ROUND In the unlikely event of a second-round contest between Lillikas and Malas, the former gets 31.0 per cent and the latter 26.9 per cent. Irrespective of who they intend to vote for, most respondents believe that Anastasiades will prevail (61 per cent), compared to 13 per cent for Malas and 10 per cent for Lillikas. The survey showed also that interest in the elections will grow the closer we get to D-Day. Fifty-seven per cent said they are very/quite interested in the elections, compared to 49 per cent in December. And almost 70 per cent are positive or fairly certain whom they will vote for, while 22 per cent

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are still dithering. Anastasiades moreover got the best scores when respondents were asked to rate the candidates. He was picked as the bestequipped to negotiate a bailout with Cyprus’ international lenders, getting 39 per cent, compared to 20 per cent for Malas and 14 per cent for Lillikas. The DISY leader is also deemed the most capable of “promoting Cyprus’ interests abroad” and as having the “most correct stance regarding the bailout.” It was not all good news for Anastasiades, however: 33 per cent of those polled said they would not vote for him under any circumstances. Still, on this count, the worst score went to Malas with 38 per cent, with Lillikas faring far better at 17 per cent. A significant find was the increasing support for signing a bailout, with 57 per cent in favour (definitely/ probably), compared to 54 per cent recorded back in December. However, 35 per cent believe Cyprus should not conclude a deal with the troika. Lastly, 71 per cent of respondents said they were not satisfied with President Christofias’ handling of troika issues, with just 23 per cent stating otherwise. Carried out by CMR Cypronetwork, the poll covered the period 3 to 13 January and used a sample of 1404 respondents from across the island.

Papadopoulos in front of a portrait of his late father. His conscience made him quit

Papadopoulos steps down as DIKO second over party’s support of DISY By Elias Hazou NICOLAS Papadopoulos yesterday resigned his position as vice-chairman of DIKO, citing his publicly-avowed disagreement with the party’s endorsement of the candidacy of Nicos Anastasiades for president. In a written statement, the son of former President Tassos Papadopoulos said the move was a “political act of disagreement with the decision to back Mr Anastasiades.” He went on to clarify that he was not leaving DIKO, noting that he would retain his position as party cadre and MP. “When last September the Central Committee of the party took its decision on the upcoming presidential elections, I had clearly voiced my disagreement, but I also said

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that I respected that decision. I also stated that during the election campaign I would act according to my conscience and dignity, without causing my party any trouble.” In essence, Papadopoulos appeared to be saying he would not sabotage the campaign to elect Anastasiades, but would not support it either. Responding to the announcement, DIKO said it “respected” Papadopoulos’ decision. But in a thinly-veiled criticism of the move, it added: “In these critical times, all those who choose to serve other priorities must take responsibility for their actions. “The content of his letter speaks for itself. The party’s organs shall deal with this,” the DIKO statement said. DIKO spokesman Fotis Fotiou told newsmen that Papadopoulos’ move “ was neither a bombshell, nor something that we expected.” In September last year, Papadopoulos made an impassioned plea to DIKO delegates to reject Anastasiades and endorse independent George Lillikas instead. In his speech, Papadopou-

los sought to stoke the fires with a damning indictment of Anastasiades, openly questioning the DISY leader’s patriotic credentials. And in November he sent an SMS to a number of DIKO cadres who had served as ministers in the administration of his late father. In the SMS, Papadopoulos berated these DIKO members for joining the effort to elect Anastasiades: “I consider it unseemly, if not obscene, for you, as ministers of Tassos, to exploit for personal profit the man [Anastasiades] who insulted and fought Tassos.” Papadopoulos is seen as putting distance between himself and the party leadership under Marios Garoyian, which has chosen to throw in its lot with Anastasiades. A significant portion of DIKO people are said to be unhappy with the decision to join forces with DISY in the elections. Commentators say Papadopoulos will use this disaffection to run on an anti-Anastasiades plank in contesting the leadership of DIKO, which holds an electoral congress in May.

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Deputies reject property tax bill Bill may not pass now until after next month’s election (continued from front page) when parliament hastily passed a batch of austerity measures in December that involved tax and other hikes affecting the man in the street. Katsourides said the opposition’s intention was clear: “to not discuss the bill before the presidential elections.” “If your intentions are honest then come back in one week,” he added. The bill exempts property of up to €40,000 at 1980s val-

ues, but also abolishes a taxfree threshold, which means assets above that amount would be taxed on their full value. It provides that properties worth more than €40,000 and up to €120,000 will be taxed at a rate of 4.0 per thousand on the full amount, without subtracting the taxfree €40,000. From then on: between €120,001 up to € 170,000, the tax rate will be 8.0 per thousand; for properties worth between €170,001 and €300,000, the tax rate

Representatives from the Cyprus Hotels Association attended yesterday’s discussions at the finance committee. They have been concerned that hoteliers might be hit hard by the property tax, which would decimate tourism, they say will be 12 per thousand. For properties worth between €300,001 and €500,000, the tax rate will be 15 per thousand. Owners whose properties are valued between €500,001 and € 1.0 mil-

Popular Bank makes cutbacks in its Greek operations CYPRUS Popular Bank’s Greek unit will cut its branch network and staff numbers this year as part of efforts to reduce operating costs to cope with the country’s deep recession, it said yesterday. Popular, Cyprus’s second-largest bank, was nationalised in mid-2012 after its capital base took a severe hit from a writedown in Greek government debt where it was heavily exposed. The bank’s Greek unit launched a voluntary retirement scheme in December, aiming to reduce staff numbers by 400 by the end of January, which will help to cut payroll costs by 12 per cent.

Last year its Greek subsidiary cut its network by 42 branches to 132 which helped reduce costs by 15 per cent. The bank is targeting further savings of 20 percent this year. The Cypriot state now owns about 84 per cent of Popular. Attempts to save banks forced Cyprus to seek financial aid from its EU partners and the IMF in a bailout estimated at around €17 billion. Bank of Cyprus, the island’s biggest lender, said on Tuesday it had cut staff in Greece by 300 people through a voluntary exit programme and expected to reduce its payroll by some 12 per cent this year.

lion will pay 18 per thousand and those who have properties worth more than €1.0 million will be taxed at the rate of 20 per thousand. The tax will be applied on the total value of the prop-

erty in someone’s name. Earlier in the day the bill was discussed at the House Finance Committee. According to Stockwatch, inland revenue boss Giorgos Poufos and permanent sec-

retary of the interior ministry, Andreas Assiotis made it clear to deputies that even a small change would throw off the state’s calculation designed to bring in €120 million.

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‘Wildfires know no borders’ says UN of buffer zone dangers By Stefanos Evripidou THE UN yesterday announced the launch of a new study looking at how bicommunal cooperation could help prevent wildfires that “know no borders” from raging easily out of control in and around the buffer zone. The aim is to complete an assessment of the wildfire problem within the buffer zone, starting with the area around Limnitis and Lefka in the north west of the island, considered the most important given the proximity of the relatively large Paphos forest and the rugged terrain, making firefighting extremely difficult. The study will involve locating high risk areas, resources at risk and areas with insufficient fire prevention infrastructure, both within and around the buffer zone. It will also involve an evaluation of the suitability and effectiveness of the existing wildfire management system and prevention measures, while identifying the main causes of fire and the factors affecting the spreading of wildfires. The initiative is part of an effort by the UN to come up with confidence-building measures that encourage practical cooperation between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, particularly now that the high-level peace talks have reached a standstill. With the talks frozen, the UN has tried to encourage lowlevel bicommunal committees to work on day-to-day issues like preserving cultural heritage and protecting the environment. Following the creation of the bicommunal committees in 2008, the Environment Technical Committee formed a Wildfire Prevention Task Force of experts in consultation with the Crisis Management Technical Committee. Yesterday, the Environment Committee announced the launch of the new study into wildfires that could rage uncontrolled in and around the buffer zone, which will be implemented by the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) and the Union of the Chambers of Cyprus Turkish Engineers and Architects ( KTMMOB). According to the press re-

lease, a lot of emphasis will be given to involving Greek and Turkish Cypriot local communities in the initiative in terms of knowledge-sharing and engagement to reduce the risk of fire. “The intended outcome of this project is to lay the foundations for cooperation on the issue of wildfires in the buffer zone, based on solid evidence and inputs from all relevant stakeholders, including the inhabitants of nearby areas,” it said. The focus at this stage is solely on fire prevention, however, not joint firefighting, while the location is limited to two sites in the buffer zone: Limnitis and Lefka. ETEK’s project coordinator Andreas Andreou said on the Greek Cypriot side, a team of three ETEK members and a number of volunteers will carry out the study, looking at the factual situation on the ground, mapping the whole area in terms of fire risk, where fires usually start, where the roads and water deposits are, what counter-measures exist and what measures should be taken. “It is a purely scientific study. We will look at all the risks,” said Andreou who is head of the Cyprus branch of the Firefighters of the World. “We will meet with local communities in Kato Pyrgos and Lefka, listen to what they say and try to get the local population as engaged as possible. The measures we will propose have to have the support of the local population, or else we won’t get anything done,” he said. Both groups of experts will attend meetings with the local community, regardless of whether they are Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot. “It’s a big job.We’ll start in the Limnitis/Lefka area because it’s the most important. A fire there will threaten the Paphos forest which reaches He edge of the buffer zone. “Fires do not know borders. There is a big risk in that area because the fire could easily expand in either direction, depending on the wind, and destroy a lot of land,” said Andreou. Due to rugged terrain, putting out the fire would be very difficult, he added. The report will be completed in English, Greek and Turkish in five months.

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Cyprus and Oman signed a bilateral deal on political consultations

CYPRUS AND Oman signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday on bilateral political consultations. Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah came to Cyprus on a oneday visit, becoming the first Omani foreign minister to do so, meeting in the process his Cypriot counterpart Erato Kozakou Marcoullis and President Demetris Christofias. The two ministers discussed a number of issues, including developments in Syria, as well as hydrocarbon exploration in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “We have all the desire to further take our relations forward and there are a number of areas in which we can work together,” said the Omani minister, referring to the desire for the Omani Sultanate to enhance its infrastructure. Marcoullis said the visit constitutes a milestone in bilateral relations. Referring to the MoU signed, Marcoullis said: “It marks the beginning of a new era in our relations, setting the basis for further cooperation and mutual understanding in the political sphere, conducted through a sincere and constructive dialogue.”

Questions remain in furore over gas funds Sylikiotis says his comments were misunderstood By Elias Hazou QUESTIONS remained yesterday over precisely what deal the government had struck with international lenders – the troika – on the management of future proceeds from natural gas. Around 11 days ago, the finance ministry sent to the troika the commerce ministry’s draft law for a national hydrocarbons fund that would manage gas revenues. Reports on Wednesday said the troika informed the finance ministry the proposed legislation violated the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MoU). The troika was allegedly not convinced the bill ensured transparency and failed to follow international practices. They reportedly asked the finance ministry to block the bill’s approval until consultations were completed. It has since been confirmed that Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly did receive an email from the troika. Sylikiotis complained he had not seen the message. He suggested that through the finance ministry’s mishandling of the issue, the troika would get to have a say in the management of the island’s gas revenues. But yesterday Sylikiotis said

his remarks were misunderstood. He never intended to imply that the finance ministry had adopted the troika’s position, he said. “The Finance Ministry responded [to the troika] that it would study the matter. This does not mean that they are adopting the troika’s position. It is one thing to study something, and quite another to adopt it,” he said. As a first step, the government was obliged to submit its draft legal framework “for review” by the troika taking into account international best practices, as well as a detailed action plan within the second quarter of 2013. “For review” is the operative – and contentious – phrase. Sylikiotis insists this should be interpreted as merely briefing the troika on the resource fund, and not asking for its permission. Sources in the government told the Mail that nothing has changed since the preliminary agreement was struck with the troika. Questions over apparently differing interpretations of the MoU should be addressed to the commerce minister, they said. Sylikiotis could not be reached for comment. The same sources said it is their understanding that by June this year parliament must pass a law governing

Neoclis Sylikiotis the resource fund on hydrocarbons. As agreed with the troika, any revenues from gas would not go to the recentlyformed state hydrocarbons company (KRETYK). Because gas revenues are not expected for many years to come, they cannot be included in the budget and as such have been designated as “extra revenues” for the state. That’s why parliament will pass legislation specifying how the revenues are managed once they start flowing. The sources said also the law would spell out the respective percentages of the revenues for paying off the public debt,

for investing in energy infrastructures and for savings for future generations. It was their understanding that the lion’s share of revenues would go toward servicing the debt. Moreover, any law passed here would be sent to the troika for “review,” the sources said, without elaborating. In a related development, the House Finance Committee yesterday denied releasing €1m for the initial share capital of KRETYK. MPs of ruling AKEL and EDEK wanted to release the cash, but they were outvoted by deputies from DISY, DIKO and the Greens. Sylikiotis had issued a plea to lawmakers to release the funds so that KRETYK could start operating. Failure to do so, he warned, would delay negotiations with Noble Energy and put on ice broader plans for infrastructures to exploit Cyprus’ gas. The government and the opposition have been locked in a tug of war over KRETYK; they claim that Sylikiotis hoodwinked them in establishing the company without consulting them. The government’s request for the €1m will be revisited at the next session of the House committee, which will however, convene after the presidential elections and a new government takes office.


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‘Britain was not informed of Algerian action’

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Cameron only alerted to hostage rescue operation after it was already under way BRITAIN was not informed in advance of the Algerian decision to stage a military intervention in the hostage crisis, Downing Street said yesterday. David Cameron was told that an operation was under way only when he telephoned the Algerian prime minister at 11.30am yesterday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said. The Prime Minister made clear that he would have preferred to be informed in advance, but the Algerians said they had had to act “immediately”. “The Prime Minister is extremely concerned. It is a very grave and serious situation,” the spokesman said.

The Government has confirmed that there are “several” British nationals among the foreign hostages held by Islamist militants at the gas plant at In Amenas, deep in the Algerian desert. The spokesman would not be drawn on reports that between six and 35 hostages and between eight and 15 of the rebels had been killed in the fighting. “We are liaising closely with the Algerian authorities and other international partners to establish precisely the situation on the ground,” the spokesman said. “The Algerian prime minister explained that the situation is extremely fast

-moving and that the Algerian government’s judgment was that they needed to act immediately.” Cameron was said to have made clear that he would prefer to have been informed in advance, both when he spoke to Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Wednesday about the situation and again in their telephone call yesterday. The spokesman refused to comment on the operation, but said the Government would like to have seen the crisis resolved “as peacefully as possible”. He confirmed that while Britain offered assistance, the Algerians had not asked for any help. “We are not going to get

The Government has confirmed there are ‘several’ British nationals among foreign hostages held by Islamist militants at the gas plant at In Amenas (pictured) in Algeria into judgments at this time,” the spokesman said. “This is a fully Algerianled mission on Algerian sovereign territory.” Cameron discussed the situation by telephone with US President Barack Obama and French Presi-

dent Francois Hollande. The militant group believed to be holding the hostages has claimed that it carried out the attack in retaliation for the French military intervention against al Qaeda-backed rebels in neighbouring Mali.

Speech on UK-EU ties delayed due to crisis PRIME Minister David Cameron postponed yesterday a much-anticipated speech on Britain’s future role in the European Union because of the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant where Britons are believed to be among those held. Cameron warned people to expect “bad news” after Algerian forces launched an operation to free the hostages. “The Algerian armed forces have now attacked this compound,” Cameron told BBC TV. “It is a very dangerous, a very uncertain, a very fluid situation and I think we have to prepare ourselves for the possibility of bad news ahead.” His speech, which he had been due to make in Amsterdam, had been eagerly awaited by lawmakers and Britons as well as by officials and politicians across Europe. “Due to events in Algeria, Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech in the Netherlands tomorrow has been postponed,” his office said in a statement. Algerian sources said twenty-five foreign hostages

THE Met Office yesterday issued a severe weather warning for London and the South-East. Heavy snow is expected to hit today, with forecasters warning of travel chaos and advising people only to make journeys that are absolutely necessary. Up to five centimetres of snow could fall in the capital from mid-morning and a strong south-easterly wind blowing in from the continent will cause sub-zero temperatures throughout the day, the Met Office warned. It has already issued yellow “be aware” warnings for today for most of the UK, including London and the south-east, with severe weather warnings for the north and east of the country.

Rapper guilty N-DUBZ star Dappy was facing a possible prison sentence yesterday for sparking a mass brawl at a petrol station following a confrontation with two girls who rejected his advances and called him “boring”. The jury of four women and eight men found the 25-year-old guilty of assault and affray after he flew into a rage when 19-year-olds Grace Cochran and Serena Burton “dissed” him. They were told he called the women “sluts” and then spat at 23-yearold David Jenkins who stepped in to defend them, before taking part in a “mob attack” on him and his two flatmates.

Jubilee gifts The PM warned people to expect ‘bad news’ escaped and six were killed in a battle with militants demanding a halt to a French military operation against fellow al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in neighbouring Mali. Britain and Norway, whose oil firms BP and Statoil run the plant jointly with Algeria’s state oil company, said they had been informed by the Algerian authorities that a military operation was under way. “We face a very bad situation at this BP gas compound in Algeria,” Cameron said.

A PIECE of Antarctica named after her, a baby llama, tea from Sri Lanka and her own set of Olympic medals were just some of the gifts given to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during her 2012 diamond jubilee year. Foreign leaders, emissaries, luxury goods businesses and members of the public gave the British monarch a treasure trove of gifts from jewels given by the Emir of Kuwait to a wind chime from a nursery school near her Sandringham estate, according to a list released by Buckingham Palace.

Late pair minutes from crane death TWO workmen who should have been in a crane that was hit by a helicopter which took off from Surrey escaped death by minutes because they overslept. Richard Moule and Nicki Biagioni were late for work and hurrying to climb the crane in Vauxhall when the helicopter clipped the structure and plunged 700ft to the ground, killing pilot Peter Barnes. A second man who died in the accident was named by Scotland Yard as Matthew Wood, 39, from Sutton, south London, who is believed to have been walking to work when he was killed.

Twelve other people were injured and police said it was a “miracle” more were not hurt when the helicopter fell to the busy rush-hour streets. The crash happened at 8am on Wednesday near Vauxhall Station when an AgustaWestland 109 Power hit a high-rise crane at The Tower, One St George Wharf, one of Europe’s largest skyscrapers. Moule, 31, a father of two from Harlow, Essex, was supposed to be at work at 7am with his colleague Biagioni, 30, but both were late, the Daily Mail reported.


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Merkel rival dragging down the centre-left Gaffe-prone candidate has sent SPD into tail-spin

Steinbrueck’s blunders could prove costly to the SPD on Sunday

By Erik Kirschbaum PEER Steinbrueck looked uncomfortable as he waited to go onstage at a small-town rally for a regional election on Sunday that could make or break his ambitions to be Germany’s next leader. No one was talking to the Social Democrat (SPD) candidate for chancellor, whose blunders have sent his party into a tailspin in national opinion polls and could drag Stephan Weil, SPD candidate for state premier in Lower Saxony, to an unexpected defeat on Sunday. As Weil chatted and laughed with former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and ex-foreign minister Frank-Walter

Monaco slams ‘fictional’ Grace film MONACO’S Prince Albert and his siblings slammed the screenplay for a film starring Nicole Kidman about their mother and former Hollywood actress Grace Kelly as glamourised fiction. The current monarch of the tiny Mediterranean state and his sisters Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie said in a statement released by the royal palace of Monaco, that the film project Grace of Monaco contained “historical untruths” and that some parts were “purely fictional”. The statement was intended to shoot down a story in French magazine Paris Match, which said the Monaco royals had been reassured by producers about the credibility of director Olivier Dahan’s film project. “Having in no way been associated with this project, Their Highnesses were quite surprised when they received the script,” said the statement emailed to Reuters yesterday. “The Palace had submitted many requests for changes to the producers of the film, not all of which were taken into consideration.” The star of such Hollywood classics as To Catch a Thief and High Society as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Dial M for Murder became Princess Grace when she married Albert’s father Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956.

Steinmeier, Steinbrueck put his hands in his pockets and searched in vain for someone to talk to. Steinbrueck spoke for just 10 minutes, while the other SPD leaders hogged the stage.

In the four months since the SPD picked him to run against Angela Merkel, the party’s poll ratings have tumbled so far it could cost Weil what was once seen as certain victory. The 66-year-old former fi-

nance minister has become a liability after airing his opinion that chancellors are underpaid and women like Merkel have an unfair advantage in politics due to their gender. One national poll this week showed the SPD falling 20 points behind Merkel’s conservatives to 23 per cent, an 18-month low. In Lower Saxony, the SPD is about seven points behind the Christian Democrats (CDU), but Weil is still in the race thanks to his allies the Greens, who put the combined centre left neckand-neck with the CDU and their Free Democrat (FDP) partners. In Osterholz-Scharmbeck, a working class town of 30,000 near the Dutch border, Steinbrueck got a polite but cool reception, while Schroeder, Steinmeier and Weil enjoyed hearty cheers. “Steinbrueck has made a lot of stupid comments lately,” said Andrea Reese, 47, a clerical worker who was surprised to find out that Steinbrueck was the fourth speaker. “I thought he’d be a good candidate and never expected to see it go wrong like this.”

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Berlusconi wiretap trial is postponed until after elections AN Italian court yesterday agreed to postpone Silvio Berlusconi’s trial for making public the taped contents of a confidential phone call, until after an election next month in which he is a candidate. Former prime minister Berlusconi, accused of leaking the information in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal, is facing two other trials for alleged tax fraud and paying for sex with an underage prostitute. Prosecutors in the wiretap case have asked for a oneyear jail term for the media tycoon. A verdict is now expected on March 7, after parliamentary elections due on February 24-25, judge Oscar Magi said. It was previously scheduled for February 7. Earlier this week, lawyers for the 76-year-old billionaire failed to have the “Ruby” sex trial postponed, after they argued it could be used by opposition parties to damage his chances of re-election. Yesterday’s case stems from allegations Berlusconi pushed for the publication

of a transcript of a wiretap in daily newspaper Il Giornale, which is owned by his brother Paolo, in order to damage a political opponent. The taped phone call related to a bid by insurer Unipol to buy bank Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in 2005 which eventually fell through, prompting an investigation for possible financial crimes by some of the dealmakers. In the conversation Piero Fassino, then Berlusconi’s main political rival as leader of the biggest centre-left party, can be heard asking the head of Unipol: “So, do we own a bank?”. The conversation, which did not suggest that the politician committed any crime, was kept by prosecutors investigating possible illicit interference in the failed takeover. The head of the company hired by the magistrates to record the conservation has been convicted of stealing the audio tape and making it available to Berlusconi and his brother to publish.


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Pakistani cleric ends protest after government deal

WORLD TODAY Hostage said to be executed SOMALI militants linked to al Qaeda said yesterday they had executed a French agent who French commandos had tried but failed to rescue at the weekend. Al Shabaab rebels have said the death sentence imposed on Denis Allex was to avenge what it called France’s growing persecution of Muslims and its military operations around the world against Islamists, including in Mali. The kidnapping of dozens of hostages at a gas plant in Algeria by Islamist fighters on Wednesday and al Shabaab’s execution claim illustrate the fallout from Mali’s war against loosely allied bands of al Qaeda-inspired rebels in Africa and beyond. “Let Muslims enjoy his execution and the French cry,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, told Reuters by telephone. The militants said Allex, held hostage since mid 2009, had been killed at 4.30pm GMT on Wednesday.

Cleric given say in pre-election polls process By Mubasher Bukhari

Gaddafi son in Libya court MUAMMAR Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam appeared in a court yesterday for the first time since his capture more than a year ago, Libya’s public prosecutor’s office said. The son of the former Libyan leader was in court in the western town of Zintan, where he is being held by former rebels, to face charges related to a visit by an International Criminal Court (ICC) lawyer last year. “He is charged with involvement with the ICC delegation which is accused of carrying papers and other things related to the security of the Libyan state,” Taha Baara, spokesman for the prosecutor, told Reuters.

Rally for slain PKK activists TENS of thousands of Kurds poured onto the streets of the Turkish city of Diyarbakir yesterday for the funeral of three Kurdish activists killed in Paris, chanting slogans as coffins passed through the crowds. The three women, including a co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), died last week in execution-style shootings which many saw as an attempt to derail a nascent peace process between Ankara and the guerrillas after three decades of conflict.

Fiery: Qadri had been calling for the military to play a role in the formation of the caretaker administration that takes over in the run-up to scheduled elections (AFP)

A MUSLIM cleric with a history of ties to the military who has been calling for the Pakistani government to resign, reached a deal with the administration yesterday that will give him a say in the electoral process ahead of elections. Muhammad Tahirul Qadri triggered a political crisis by launching mass protests in the capital four days ago. He has been calling for the military to play a role in the formation of the caretaker administration that takes over in the run-up to scheduled elections. “We have reached an agreement,” Qadri, who supported an army coup in 1999, told supporters camped out near parliament. “Allah granted us a victory and now you can go home.” Qadri persuaded the government to dissolve parliament before a scheduled date of March 16 so that elections, due in May, can take place within 90 days, and also to discuss electoral reforms, according to a copy of the agreement released by his spokesman. A government source and officials in the ruling Pakistan People’s Party said Qadri’s demand that the army be con-

sulted on the make-up of the interim administration had been rejected. But it was agreed that the ruling coalition and his party must reach a “complete consensus” on the proposal of a caretaker prime minister. Qadri’s appearance at the forefront of Pakistan’s political scene has fuelled speculation that the army, with its long history of involvement in politics, has tacitly endorsed his campaign in order to pile more pressure on a government it sees as inept and corrupt. The military denies this.

BULLET-PROOF BOX The cleric, who has been delivering long, fiery speeches from behind a bullet-proof glass box, has many followers who back his religious charity, which has offices in 80 countries. But he also appeals to middle- and lower-class Pakistanis disillusioned with dynastic politics. No civilian government has ever completed its full term, but current army chief General Ashfaq Kayani has vowed to keep the military, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 65 years since independence, out of politics. The PPP has come under fire

for failing to tackle a range of problems, from a Taliban insurgency to a weak economy. Pakistan’s government got some relief earlier yesterday when the chief of the state’s anti-corruption agency rejected a Supreme Court order to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The court had ordered Ashraf’s arrest over allegations of corruption in transactions involving power plant rentals when he was power minister. Fasih Bokhari of the National Accountability Bureau told the court that investigations of the allegations were incomplete. The court asked Bokhari to produce case records so that it could decide whether there was enough evidence to prosecute. The case was adjourned until January 23, judges said. Fresh troubles may be brewing on another front for the government, which has been heavily criticised for its failure to strengthen the economy, fight militancy and eradicate poverty. The Supreme Court has admitted a petition filed against Sherry Rehman, Islamabad’s ambassador to the United States and a prominent member of the PPP, that accuses her of committing blasphemy.

Fast court to hear India rape case THE trial of five men accused over the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in India is to be shifted to a special fast-track court. Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal in New Delhi yesterday sent the case to the new court established to deal with crimes against women and set a hearing for January 21. A sixth suspect in the attack claims to be a juvenile. The brutal rape of the 23-year-old student last month set off protests in New Delhi and sparked a national debate about the treatment of women across India. In an effort to address criticism of the treatment of women and the inability of law enforcement to protect them, the government set up five fast-track courts in the capital in recent weeks to deal swiftly with crimes against women. Authorities were eager to move the case into one of those courts, which are designed to avoid the delays, incompetence and corruption that plague much of In-

dia’s legal system. Lawyers for the five have said police mistreated their clients, including beating them to force them to confess to the December 16 crime. V.K. Anand, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said today that he would petition the Supreme Court to have the rape trial moved out of New Delhi because he does not believe his client could get a fair hearing in the capital. Police say the victim and a male friend were heading home from an evening film when they boarded a bus, where they were attacked by the six assailants. The attackers beat the man and took turns raping the woman and penetrated her repeatedly with a metal bar, causing massive internal injuries, police said. During the attack, the bus drove through a series of police checkpoints without incident, police said. The victims were eventually dumped on the roadside, and the woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.

Female staff from the Imperial Hotel perform moves during a self-defence class led by Delhi Police in New Delhi yesterday (AFP)

Floods paralyse Indonesian capital, heavy rains continue HEAVY monsoon rain triggered severe flooding in large swathes of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, yesterday, bringing the city to a halt with many government offices and businesses forced to close because staff could not get to work. At least 20,000 people were forced from their homes in the capital and weather officials warned the rain could get worse over the next few days. “Rain will continue to fall in the greater Jakarta area ... the potential for

flooding remains,” a spokesman for the Meteorology Climatology Meteorology and Geophysics Agency told Reuters. He said rain was expected to remain heavy in mountains above Jakarta. Four people were reported to have been killed, according to the National Disaster Prevention Agency, which urged residents to stay at home to reduce traffic congestion on blocked roads. Torrential rain was reported across much of the country, including the

main island of Java and the heavily agricultural area of southern Sumatra. However, officials said there had been no reports of any serious damage to key crops such as rice, sugar and palm oil. An estimated more than 175 mm (7 inches) of rain fell in one part of west Jakarta between 7am and midday. “In 30 years of my life here it has never flooded, ever. This is the very first time,” said Ninuk, 30, a resident of central Jakarta. Floods even forced the country’s

anti-corruption agency to move some of its most prominent prison inmates, including a former deputy head of the central bank, to a notorious women’s prison, Pondok Bambu, in east Jakarta, a spokesman said The flooding will put pressure on the capital’s popular new governor, Joko Widodo, who came to office last October with promises to work to fix a huge array of basic infrastructure problems that bedevil the city of about 10 million people.


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W. African troops arrive in Mali to aid French

A convoy of Nigerian soldiers prepare to leave Kaduna for Mali yesterday

THE first detachment of a West African regional force arrived in Mali yesterday to reinforce French and Malian troops which have struggled to push back battle-hardened al Qaeda-linked rebels despite seven days of air strikes. A contingent of around 100 Togolese troops, which arrived at Bamako international airport at around 5pm GMT, was due to be joined shortly afterwards by Nigerian forces already en route from Kaduna airport, in the north of the oil-producing state. “Life is difficult for the people of northern Mali and the international community has the duty to help these people,” said Togolese Lieutenant Colonel Mawoute Bayassim Gnamk-

oulamba. “That is why we think that it is necessary for us to protect Mali and we are proud today to fulfil that mission.”

EARLY ARRIVAL A BOON The rapid arrival of the UN-mandated African mission, which had not been due to deploy until September, was a boon for former colonial power France, which has warned that Islamist control of northern Mali a vast desert area twice the size of Texas - posed a threat to the security of the West. French troops, which had moved northwards from Bamako in an armoured column on Tuesday, pinned

down some Islamist fighters in the small town of Diabaly but held back from launching a full-out assault as the al Qaeda linked rebels had taken refuge in the homes of civilians, residents said. French forces, now numbering some 1,400 soldiers, had begun ground operations on Wednesday against an Islamist coalition grouping al Qaeda’s North African wing, AQIM, and the home-grown Ansar Dine and MUJWA militants. Al Qaeda-linked militants who took dozens of foreigners hostage at a gas plant in Algeria said their action was in reprisal for Algiers’ cooperation with the French attack on Islamists in northern Mali.

Some foreigners said killed in Algeria assault

‘Massacre of over 100 in Homs’

Biggest international hostage crisis in decades

MORE than 100 people were shot, stabbed or possibly burned to death by government forces in the Syrian city of Homs, a monitoring group said yesterday, and fierce fighting raged across the country. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said women and children were among the 106 people killed by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad who stormed Basatin alHasawiya, a poor district on the edge of Homs, on Tuesday. The massacre in the central city came the same day twin explosions killed over 80 people at Aleppo’s university in the north, according to the group. Reuters cannot independently confirm reports due to reporting restrictions in Syria. Syrian warplanes and troops pursued a countrywide offensive yesterday, activists and state media said, bombing rebel-held areas and clashing with insurgents who have pushed into cities. Government forces clashed yesterday with insurgents in the cities of Deraa, Hama, Homs, Aleppo, Damascus and east of Deir al-Zor, the Observatory said. Only the coastal Assad strongholds of Latakia and Tartous were spared violence. In Hama province, the government said it had secured some areas and displaced families were returning to the area of Zor Abi Zaid after armed forces “cleansed the area completely of terrorists”, a term authorities use for the rebels.

By Lamine Chikhi TWENTY-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed yesterday when Algerian forces launched an operation to free them at a remote desert gas plant, Algerian sources said, as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades unfolded. In the first official word from Algeria after hours of fast-moving events, government spokesman Mohamed Said was quoted yesterday evening as saying the operation to free the hostages was still going on and many “terrorists” had been killed. There had been “several deaths and injuries” among the hostages, he said, without elaborating. The reported loss of hostages’ lives raised a chorus of concern from Western leaders, scrambling for word on the fate of their nationals. A local source told Reuters three foreign hostages were freed by the army as it continued its operation after dark. The standoff began when gunmen calling themselves the Battalion of Blood

Staff are seen working in the hostage situation room at the Norwegian Foreign Department in Oslo yesterday stormed the gas facility on Wednesday morning. They said they were holding 41 foreigners and demanded a halt to a French military operation against fellow al Qaedalinked Islamist militants in neighbouring Mali. The raid increased fears that jihadist militants could launch further attacks in Algeria, a vast desert country with large oil and gas

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reserves that is only just recovering from a protracted conflict with Islamist rebels during the 1990s which cost an estimated 200,000 lives. A local source told Reuters six foreign hostages were killed along with eight captors when the Algerian military fired on a vehicle being used by the gunmen. He said 40 Algerians and three foreigners were freed

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by the army as it continued its operation into yesterday evening. An Algerian security source said earlier 25 foreign hostages had escaped. Mauritania’s ANI news agency, which has been in constant contact with the kidnappers, had earlier said seven hostages were still being held: two Americans, three Belgians, one Japanese and one British citizen.

It quoted one of the kidnappers as saying that Algerian ground forces were trying to fight their way into the complex. The reports were difficult to confirm. Algeria’s official APS news agency said about half the foreign hostages had been freed and about 600 Algerian workers at the site had fled. In a rare eyewitness account of Wednesday’s raid, a local man who had escaped from the facility told Reuters the militants appeared to have good inside knowledge of the layout of the complex and used the language of radical Islam. “The terrorists told us at the very start that they would not hurt Muslims but were only interested in the Christians and infidels,” Abdelkader, 53, said by telephone from his home in the nearby town of In Amenas. “We will kill them, they said.” ANI and Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported that 34 of the captives and 15 of their captors had been killed when government forces fired from helicopters at a vehicle. Those death tolls, far higher than confirmed by the local source, would contradict the reports that large numbers of foreigners escaped alive. On Thursday evening, ANI said it had lost contact with the kidnappers. Britain and Norway, whose oil firms BP and Statoil run the plant jointly with the Algerian state oil company, said they had been informed by the Algerian authorities that a military operation was under way.


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Business Irish T-bill Barclays tells staff: adopt new values or leave yields hit lowest since market return IRELAND paid the lowest cost for three-month debt since it resumed T-bill sales in July, in another sign of rising investor confidence a week after it covered a quarter of its 2013 longterm funding target. Ireland, which embarked on a gradual return to bond markets last year, kicked off its funding for 2013 last week when it sold 2.5 billion euros of 2017 paper ahead of a planned exit from an EU/IMF bailout later this year. Yesterday, Ireland’s debt agency saw the average yield in a sale of 500 million euros of three-month T-bills dip to 0.2 per cent, down from 0.55 per cent at a similar sale in November and 1.8 per cent at its first auction since the bailout in July. Ireland has sold the same amount of three-month bills on five occasions since the middle of last year amid solid demand and the latest sale was 3.8 times oversubscribed. It plans to run two further short-term auctions this quarter. The success of the sale reflects improved investor sentiment towards struggling eurozone countries, which also helped Spain cut debt costs at a bond auction on Thursday, allowing it to reach nearly 9 per cent of the year’s longer term borrowing needs. Fellow bailout recipient Portugal issued 2.5 billion euros of short-term debt on Wednesday at much lower yields than before and is preparing to issue a 5-year syndicated bond similar to last week’s Irish issue, according to local media. The head of Ireland’s debt agency said last week he hoped to resume monthly bond auctions at some point this year.

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BARCLAYS’ new boss has told staff they should leave if they do not want to sign up to a set of standards aimed at rebuilding the British bank’s reputation after a string of scandals. Antony Jenkins, who took over as chief executive at the end of August after the bank was rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, said bonuses and performance would be assessed against a new “Purpose and Values” blueprint. “I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of you ... will enthusiastically support this move. But there might be some who don’t feel they can fully buy in to an approach which so squarely links performance to the upholding of our values,” Jenkins said in

a memo to his 140,000 staff yesterday. “My message to those people is simple: Barclays is not the place for you. The rules have changed. You won’t feel comfortable at Barclays and, to be frank, we won’t feel comfortable with you as colleagues.” Barclays Plc’s reputation was hammered after it was fined 290 million pounds ($464 million) in June for rigging Libor interest rates, which unearthed long-standing concerns by Britain’s financial regulator about its culture. It and other UK banks were also tarnished by scandals involving the misselling of financial products. Jenkins, who took over after Bob Diamond stepped down in the wake of

the Libor scandal, said he was putting five values at the heart of his plan: respect, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship. He will unveil his strategic plans on February 12 - which he said would “excite” staff on what the future holds - but he added that setting new standards was equally important to the bank’s long-term success. “The behaviour which made those headlines in 2012 took place in the past. But it helped underline how banking as a whole had lost its way, and had lost touch with the values on which reputation and trust were built,” he said in the memo. “Over a period of almost 20 years, banking became too aggressive, too focused

on the short-term, too disconnected from the needs of our customers and clients, and wider society. We were not immune at Barclays from these mistakes.” He said bankers pursued short-term profits at the expense of the values and reputation of the organization, and in the coming weeks more than 1,000 staff would be trained to spread the new values and embed them throughout the bank. “Performance assessment will be based not just on what we deliver but on how we deliver it. We must never again be in a position of rewarding people for making the bank money in a way which is unethical or inconsistent with our values,” he said.

Most Dreamliners now grounded for checking Major airlines scramble to reschedule their flights AIRLINES scrambled yesterday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan, Qatar and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated. Poland’s state-controlled LOT Airlines said it would seek compensation from Boeing for grounding its two planes. It expects delivery of three more Dreamliners by end-March, but would only take them if the technical issues have been resolved, deputy chief Tomasz Balcerzak told a news conference. The lightweight, mainly carbon-composite plane has been plagued by recent mishaps including an emergency landing of an All Nippon Airways domestic flight on Wednesday after warning lights indicated a battery problem - raising concerns over its use of lithium-ion batteries. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday temporarily grounded Boeing’s newest commercial airliner, saying carriers would have to demonstrate the batteries were safe before the planes could resume flying. It gave no details on when that might happen. It is the first such action since the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 had its airworthiness certificate suspended following a deadly crash in Chicago in 1979, analysts said. Boeing has sold around 850 of its new planes, with 50 delivered to date. Around half of those have been in operation in Japan, but airlines in India, South America, Poland, Qatar and Ethiopia, as well as United Airlines in the United States, are also flying the aircraft, which has a list price of $207 million. With most of that Dreamliner fleet now effectively out of action as engineers and regu-

A ground staff worker seen under a United Airlines’ Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner plane after its flight from Los Angeles, at New Tokyo international airport in Narita yesterday lators make checks - primarily to the plane’s batteries and complex electronics systems - airlines are wrestling with gaps in their scheduling. Japan Airlines Co said it cancelled eight Dreamliner flights between Tokyo and San Diego until January 25, affecting 1,290 passengers, and would switch aircraft for another 70 flights scheduled to fly the 787. Air India said it would use other planes on scheduled Dreamliner flights. Keeping the 787s on the ground could cost ANA alone more than $1.1 million a day, Mizuho Securities calculated, noting the Dreamliner was key to the airline’s growth strategy. Regulators in Japan and India said it was unclear when

the Dreamliner could be back in action. A spokesman for the European Aviation Safety Agency said the region would follow the FAA’s grounding order. Qatar Airways said it grounded its five 787s. Boeing said in a statement it was confident the 787 was safe and it stood by the plane’s integrity. Scott Hamilton, an analyst at Leeham Co, an aerospace consulting firm in Seattle, said having a plane grounded “is about the worst thing that can happen to an airplane programme”. “If this goes beyond just a bad design of a battery and you have to redesign some systems leading to the battery, and look at why didn’t safeguards on this thing work,

you get a ripple effect,” he said. Six new 787s, painted and apparently ready for delivery to various airlines, were parked on the apron at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, adjacent to Boeing’s 787 plant yesterday. Four more Dreamliners occupied the final assembly spots inside the factory. The 787 represents a leap in the way planes are designed and built, but the project has been plagued by cost overruns and years of delays. Some have suggested Boeing’s rush to get planes built after those delays resulted in the recent problems, a charge the company denies. But aircraft industry sources say there was no immediate threat of airlines cancelling orders.

Airbus expects a better 2013 EUROPE’S Airbus posted a 43 percent drop in orders and surrendered its crown as the world’s largest planemaker to Boeing last year, but predicted improvements in both orders and deliveries for 2013 as airlines seek to reduce fuel costs. It also said it remained confident of achieving the maiden flight of its A350 carbon-composite airliner by mid-year. US rival Boeing’s (BA.N) new 787 Dreamliner was grounded by US authorities overnight, citing a potential battery fire risk. Airbus said it had booked 914 orders during 2012 in a year when Boeing caught up with demand for revamped medium-haul jets, selling exactly the same volume for one model alone. Airbus had won the previous year’s order race by a record margin and had been expected to draw a response as the planemakers waged a two-year contest to win orders by offering airlines significant fuel savings over earlier models. Adjusted for cancellations, Airbus had 833 net orders. Gross orders stood well ahead of the company’s 2012 target of 650 jets but compared with Boeing’s comparable figure of 1,339 new aircraft, giving Airbus a market share of 41 per cent. Boeing led on net orders with 921 aircraft. The figures were closely in line with estimates of more than 900 orders and a market share of 41 per cent reported by Reuters after a late surge allowed Airbus to narrow the gap with Boeing. Airbus confirmed it had delivered 588 aircraft in 2012, up 10 per cent from the previous year and above target. But it was outpaced for the first time in a decade by Boeing’s 601 planes. For 2013, EADS unit Airbus set a target of more than 600 deliveries and 700 gross orders. Senior executives said they were confident they would continue to flatten out any volatility in deliveries by juggling customers and jets in the order book. Airbus, which has accused Boeing of stimulating a price war to win deals, said it was satisfied with its own pricing. Boeing has made similar remarks about its pricing.


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Cameron is playing The problem of high prices a dangerous game cannot be tackled with a plafond THE MAXIMUM price, or ‘plafond’ as we like to call it, will be imposed on the retail price of milk from next Monday after an order issued by the commerce minister on Wednesday. This would set the price at €1.41, supposedly 10 cents lower than it would have been had all parts of the supply chain imposed price rises. But what happens after the 45 days for which the plafond will be in force? Will the retail price just rise to €1.55 with the government powerless to do anything? Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis hoped that in this period some compromise would be reached and both cattle-farmers and pasteurisers would agree to smaller price hikes. It is difficult to understand his optimism which is based on the assumption the producers would show good will. The fact is the problem of high prices cannot be tackled by plafond or by shows of good will by suppliers. There must be competition, which in the case of the supply of milk there is not. The cattle farmers have organised themselves into a monopoly – a limited liability company represents 90 per cent of milk producers – which sets prices while the pasteurisers are a duopoly that also sets prices. There can be no price competition in such market conditions and therefore no incentive for producers to become more efficient as they simply pass the additional costs onto the consumer. Cattle farmers raised the price of a litre of milk by four cents at the beginning of the month, because of the increased cost of animal feed, while pasteurisers announced they would increase the price of a litre by nine cents. They argued that apart from paying more for the milk, the price of electricity and the price of petrol which affected distribution costs had also gone up this year, which was true. It is also true however, that we are dealing with price-setting monopolies that the Commission for the Protection of Competition has been unable to bring into line. Investigations have been in progress but these are never concluded. But do we need an investigation to tell us that the company representing 90 per cent of milk producers was a monopoly that needed to be broken up? As regards the pasteurisers’ duopoly, it is difficult to do anything because the Cyprus market is too small to sustain more than two companies; there were three but two of them merged. The Commission could ensure there was no price collusion between the two pasteurisers, but the biggest problem are the cattle-farmers, who have organised themselves into a monopoly and the politicians are afraid to touch it. It was no surprise that Sylikiotis wanted the pasteurisers to absorb most of the extra cost of milk production, while the price hike imposed by the cattle-farmers was left untouched.

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RITISH Prime Minister David Cameron’s long-awaited speech on Europe, which was to be delivered in the Netherlands today but was prosponed, might - when he does make it - mark a turning point with respect to Britain’s position within the European Union. Any attempt by the United Kingdom to repatriate powers to Westminster is likely to be a drawn-out and cumbersome negotiation. As previous experience has shown, internal discussions on constitutional competences – essentially political navel-gazing – can distract attention from the far more pressing issues of economic growth and jobs. Attempting to revisit major parts of the acquis communautaire (the body of EU law), and picking and choosing the bits of which the UK approves, could set a dangerous precedent. Indeed, it could lead to piecemeal legislation, disintegration, and potentially the breakup of the Union. However attractive repatriation may seem on the surface, it would involve long and complex procedures – with no guarantee of a favourable outcome. Ultimately, of course, whether to repatriate competences or exit from the EU are decisions for the British government and the British people to make. But it is my strong belief that full UK membership is in the interest of the British and Europe alike. The single market benefits the British economy enormously, and the EU remains by far the UK’s biggest trade partner, accounting for almost 50 per cemt of British exports. In a globalized world, it is not in the UK’s interest to downgrade to some kind of second-class EU membership, as this would merely weaken its own influence in Europe and beyond. Certainly, Britain’s friends recognize this. In recent days, the United States has rightly warned that a possible referendum in the UK could mean that the country turns inward, while Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has said that a British exit from the EU would be a “disaster.” Leading British business figures, too, have cautioned Cameron that he risks destabilizing the UK economy inadvertently if he seeks a wholesale renegotiation of EU membership. Their voices, however late in the day they have come, should be heeded. The eurozone is integrating more deeply and rapidly not on a whim, but out of sheer

British Prime Minister David Cameron ‘increasingly resembles the sorcerer’s apprentice’ necessity. The UK has chosen to remain outside the monetary union with a clear opt-out from the common currency. So, while the Cameron government’s support for deeper eurozone integration is welcome, the eurozone cannot and will not be shaped

‘The eurozone cannot and will not be shaped from outside and according to British interests... the UK is not in a position to block the other EU member states from deeper integration’

from outside and according to British interests. The UK is not in a position to block the other EU member states from deeper integration, given most other member states’ political will to move forward. Indeed, last year’s negotiations on the “fiscal compact” should already have demonstrated to Cameron the difficulty of exercising the socalled national veto. Still, the UK has played a leading role in designing key EU policies, including measures concerning the single market, overseas development aid, trade, and climate change. UK leadership in these areas has been highly appreciated – and would be sorely missed should the British decide to leave. In the field of Justice and Home Affairs, for example, the UK has so far played a major role in shaping EU policies that all member states must adopt in less than two years. But the Cameron government appears to be preparing to opt out of these policies completely. Surely it cannot be expected that the EU institutions and the other 26 member states will stand idly by while the UK opts out of more than 130 of those measures – in essence re-erecting national borders in the fight against cross-border crime – and then seeks to rejoin a select few that it considers to be in its “national interest.” Attempting to repatriate competences from the EU

may play well in Britain’s notoriously Euro-skeptic media and parts of the Conservative Party, but I would question whether it is truly in the UK’s long-term interest. The EU is much more than a set of rules governing the internal market and the free movement of goods, services, capital, and people. It is a unique and historic project that has unified the European continent. Nation-states have pooled sovereignty voluntarily, because they believe that, together, they are stronger. I believe in the UK’s role in helping to lead this project – in Europe’s interest and its own. I suspect that Cameron is playing a dangerous game for purely tactical, domestic reasons. I believe him when he says that he wants the UK to remain a member of the EU. But he increasingly resembles the sorcerer’s apprentice, who cannot tame the forces that he has conjured – forces that want to leave the EU for ideological reasons, to the detriment of the British people. January 1, 2013, marked 40 years of British membership of the EU. The Union is likely to become even more significant in the next 40 years, which is why the UK should remain fully committed to shaping its future.  Martin Schulz is President of the European Parliament © Project Syndicate 2013


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Bigelow directs her torture critics towards Washington Torture in Zero Dark Thirty defended by its director Not endorsement: Zero Dark Thirty and (right) its director Kathryn Bigelow

THE DIRECTOR of Oscar-nominated thriller Zero Dark Thirty has defended the film’s depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, saying criticism would be better directed at the US officials who ordered such policies. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Kathryn Bigelow said she personally opposed any use of torture, but said it was a part of the decade-long hunt for the al Qaeda leader that the film could not ignore. “Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement,” Bigelow wrote of criticism of the movie’s torture scenes from Washington politicians, the media and human rights groups. “I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the

screen,” said Bigelow, who won two Oscars in 2010 for her Iraq war movie The Hurt Locker. Zero Dark Thirty was nominated last week for five Academy Awards in February, including best picture, screenplay and actress for Jessica Chastain. But Bigelow was overlooked in the directing category in a snub that many Hollywood awards watchers attributed to weeks of negative publicity over the film. A group of senators in December chided distributor Sony Pictures in a letter, calling the film “grossly inaccurate and misleading” for suggesting torture helped the United States capture bin Laden in May 2011. Actor David Clennon, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that selects Oscar winners, has urged fellow members not to vote for the movie, accusing it of promoting torture.

newspaper bosses following a two-day hearing at the High Court in London earlier this month. He revealed his reasons for the decision in a written judgment published today. “Mr RocknRoll has, inevitably, briefly become something of a public figure as a result of his relationship with, and now marriage to, Miss Winslet,” said Mr Justice Briggs. “To some unavoidable degree this has led to published photographs of them together, but not so as to place Mr RocknRoll in the public sphere in his own right.” Winslet and RocknRoll who are both in their 30s married in New York in December. After Justice Briggs ruled against Sun publisher News Group Newspapers on January 8, Winslet said she aimed to maintain privacy and refused to accept that her family could not lead a “relatively normal life”.

ationHowever, in its first week of nationd the wide release, the movie topped unday, North American box office on Sunday, taking in $24 million. ef was Bigelow said her personal belief d due that “Osama bin Laden was found orture to ingenious detective work. Torture ployed was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn’t mean it was the key to finding bin Laden. It means it is a part of the iously, story we couldn’t ignore. War, obviously, rested isn’t pretty, and we were not interested in portraying this military action as free of moral consequences.” “Bin Laden wasn’t defeated by superky; he heroes zooming down from the sky; ricans was defeated by ordinary Americans who fought bravely even as they someoured times crossed moral lines, who laboured greatly and intently, who gave all of themselves in both victory and defeat, nce of in life and in death, for the defence this nation,” she concluded.

SINGER Shakira and Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué are asking fans to donate gifts like mosquito nets and vaccines for the world’s poorest children in an online baby shower to mark the couple’s first child. The 35-year-old Colombian pop star, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and the FC Barcelona center back said on Wednesday they had launched a “virtual living room” for purchase of lifesaving items which will be distributed to children and communities in some of the poorest parts of the world. The singer, who has not announced her due date but has posted recent photographs indicating the baby is likely due later in January. “To celebrate the arrival of our first child, we hope that, in his name, other less privileged children in the world can have their basic needs covered through gifts

KATIE Price is reported to have married for a third time. The glamour girl tied the knot after taking her latest boyfriend Kieran Hayler on a Caribbean break, according to the Daily Mirror. Katie’s publicist would not make any comment today about the apparent wedding. The 34-year-old has been dating Kieran - who briefly played a stripper at a hen do on EastEnders - for a matter of weeks. They teamed up after she split from her previous fiance, Argentinian Leandro Penna, announcing the end of their relationship in November. Her last marriage, to cagefighter Alex Reid, also followed a fairly brief romance, and they were married for less than a year before parting in early 2011. Their divorce followed last year.

Spears in Vegas residency war

Judge rules Winslet hubbie In online baby shower, Shakira seeks is ‘not a public figure’ mosquito nets, vaccines for the poor ACTRESS Kate Winslet’s husband is not a public figure in his own right, a High Court judge has said. Ned RocknRoll had “briefly become something of a public figure” as a result of his relationship with Winslet, said Mr Justice Briggs. But the judge said that was not enough to place RocknRoll - a nephew of tycoon Sir Richard Branson - into the “public sphere”. Justice Briggs’s analysis emerged as he revealed his reasons for preventing a tabloid newspaper printing “innocent but embarrassing” photographs taken of RocknRoll at a private fancy dress party with an “outrageous” theme more than two years ago. The Sun had argued that publication of the “seminaked photos” would be justified because RocknRoll who changed his name from Edward Abel Smith - was a public figure. Justice Briggs ruled against

Glamour girl Katie Price ‘marries again’ to stripper

and donations,” the couple said in announcing the “Inspired Gifts” programme. Fans and supporters can enter the virtual shower and pay for items ranging from a $5 mosquito net, which protects babies from malaria or $10 for polio vaccines for 17 children, to the top-priced $110-item therapeutic food, which is a peanut-based paste that can save an acutely malnourished child. The virtual shower can be accessed at http://uni.cf/ baby. Shakira has also been working on her eighth studio album and will fill in for Christina Aguilera as one of the regular coaches for the next season of the U.S. singing competition The Voice. Shakira first publicly confirmed her relationship with Piqué in March 2011 and revealed in September that they were expecting their first child.

BRITNEY Spears is at the centre of a bidding war for a Las Vegas residency. The ‘Scream & Shout’ singer - who is said to be close to agreeing to a $100 million, one-year residency with the Caesars hotel chain - has now received big money offers from two rival hotels in the US gambling capital, reports TMZ.com. By agreeing to a deal, Britney would perform a complete live show several times a week for hotel guests, much like fellow songstress Celine Dion, whose Vegas residency is worth $100 million. However, it’s reported that the former X Factor USA judge could potentially command an even bigger fee than the My Heart Will Go On hitmaker, because she’s expected to be a bigger draw.

Generous Jackman HUGH Jackman helped pay for heating at a church. The charitable 44-year-old actor was struck by the plight of St Mary the Virgin church in Ewelme, Oxon, where he filmed scenes for Tom Hooper’s new musical drama Les Miserables, and organised for producers to pay £10,000 to fund the building’s new heating system. The Rev Jonathan Meyer told The Daily Star newspaper: “The spiritual message of the film brought everyone together.” Generous Hugh also impressed his co-stars - who included Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried - with his kind-hearted nature because he kept everyone’s spirits up on set during the gruelling shoot by treating them to fun gifts.


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Junk food diet ‘linked to asthma’ EATING junk food could increase the severity of asthma and eczema in youngsters, research suggests. Consuming more than three portions of fast food a week has been linked with severe asthma in children and teenagers. The findings, from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood, have prompted the authors to suggest a fast food diet may be contributing to the rise in the conditions. Teenagers have a 39 per cent increased risk of severe asthma if they eat more than three helpings of burgers, chips and pizza each week – while children have 27 per cent increased risk, researchers said. And children and teens who consume three or more portions of fast food have an increased risk of severe eczema and severe rhinitis – a condition characterised

by a runny or blocked nose and itchy and watery eyes, according to the study published in the respiratory journal Thorax. The researchers said that if the link was proved to be causal, it would have major implications on public health.

they avoided strawberries and blueberries.

Strawberries are ‘good for the heart’

COUGHS usually take longer to clear up than people think, and the gap between how long people expect then to last and how long it actually takes may drive some patients to the doctor for antibiotics that won’t help, according to a US study. Researchers in the US state of Georgia wrote in the Annals of Family Medicine that survey respondents tended to expect their cough to be gone in about a week, but a review of cough studies shows the hacking takes about three weeks to clear up. The team, led by Mark Ebell from the University of Georgia in Athens, said they were concerned that patients’ unrealistic expectations could lead them to ask doctors for antibiotics that won’t speed their recovery, but will fuel drug resistance, cost money and increase the risk of side effects. “Efforts to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use should target this discrepancy,” the authors wrote, referring to unrealistic patient expectations. “We’re not trying to discourage people from getting care if they feel they need it, but at the same time we want to give them the confidence to give themselves care in situations when it’s appropriate,” said Ebell.

STRAWBERRIES may be synonymous with summer, but eaten all year round they can prevent heart attacks, a study suggests. Scientists found that three or more handfuls of strawberries or blueberries each week reduced the risk of heart attack in women by up to a third. Both fruits contain specific kinds of flavonoid plant compounds that appear to combat blocked arteries, say the researchers. The study involved 93,600 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study II, a major US investigation of women’s health. Women aged 25 to 42 completed questionnaires about their diet while their health was monitored over 18 years. During the study, 405 heart attacks were recorded. Women who ate the most strawberries and blueberries were 32 per cent less at risk than those who consumed the berries no more than once a month. Even participants with diets rich in other fruits and vegetables were more likely to experience heart attacks if

Coughs take longer to clear up than people think

Healthy hotels, rise Some children reportedly grow in ancient therapies out of autism What services can you expect from a spa this year? By Patricia Reaney HEALTHY hotels, wellness tourism and the holistic medicine system Ayurveda are expected to be among the top spa trends in 2013, according to a report that tracks the $73 billion global industry. Gyms, pools and spas are standard at many hotels, but international chains and boutique inns will be enhancing offerings by adding customised services like jogging routes, in-room workouts, sleep programmes, and gluten-free and vegan menus. “Hotels are realising that as people travel they want to stay healthy,” Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder Wellness Inc, which compiles the annual forecast report, told journalists. The InterContinental Hotels Group plans to open a wellness-focused brand hotel called Even in New York next year, with 100 more to follow within five years. “It will be all about health and wellness,” Ellis said of the brand, which will revolve around fitness and include innovative touches such as coat racks that morph into pull-up bars. Other US hotel chains such as Westin are featuring guided jogs with running concierges and menus stocked with superfoods, according to the report, while Las Vegas’ MGM Grand has designed Stay Well rooms with vitamin C-infused showers, wake-up light therapy and air purification and aromatherapy. Jeremy McCarthy, the director of spa operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, said all of his hotels provide jogging routes and are starting to lend running

By John von Radowitz AUTISM is a condition some children manage to grow out of, a study has shown. Experts studied 34 school-age children and young adults who had been diagnosed with autism early in life but now appeared to be functioning normally. Tests confirmed that the group, aged eight to 21, no longer suffered symptoms of the developmental condition that makes it difficult to communicate and socialise. The results, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, provide no estimate of the proportion of children likely to recover from autism. But the researchers say they offer hope that in at least some cases, the handicap of autism can be left behind. Dr Thomas Insel, director of the US National Institute of Mental Health which supported the study, said: “Although the diagnosis of autism is not usually lost over time, the findings suggest that there is a very wide range of possible outcomes. “For an individual child, the outcome may be knowable only with time and after some years of intervention. Subsequent reports from this study should tell us more about the nature of autism and the role of therapy and other factors in the long term out come for these children.” Previous studies looking at the likelihood of autism recovery have proved inconclusive.

Ayurvedic treatments are set to become popular

No exercise, more than lying around, tied to fat in kids gear to guests. The SpaFinder Wellness report, which was compiled by about 100 researchers who tracked trends, shows how the industry, which includes as many as 87,000 spas around the world, has shifted from beauty and pampering to health and wellness. Along with healthy hotels, it predicts an increased demand for authentic Ayurveda, the 3,500 year-old Indian holistic system of medicine, and other ancient treatments. “Look for more authentic Roman and Turkish baths, Russian banyas (steam rooms), traditional Chinese medicine and Nordic offer-

ings,” it said. Ellis predicted a surge of people travelling abroad to stay healthy. The report cited India, which has seen a 22 per cent annual growth in wellness tourism, as a prime example. “Travelling for prevention and improving health is going to be huge,” she said. More men have been going to spas for several years, and that is expected to continue in 2013. In addition to massages, more men are seeking a manicure and pedicure, facials, fillers and so-called ‘Brotox’. The trend is fuelled by ageing baby boomers wanting to hold on to their looks and

younger men who are comfortable with the concept of male beauty. “It’s not just more culturally acceptable for men to spend on looking good, it’s becoming perceived as a necessity,” the report said. In the United States, research by global company Mintel shows men represent about one in 10 cosmeticprocedure patients, while the number of males seeking cosmetic surgery in Germany has more than doubled in the past five years. “Even territory once heavily reserved for women, like bikini waxing, is now being invaded by males...” the report said.

FOR children, time spent actually inactive - such as lying on the couch - appears to have less of an impact on how much body fat they have than a lack of exercise does, according to a US study. Researchers, whose study appeared in the Journal of Pediatrics, found that the more minutes children spent exercising at the pace of a fast walk each day, the lower their percentage of body fat. But the time they spent lying around made no difference. “Our study supports the current physical activity guideline, that’s what I want people to know,” lead author Soyang Kwon, a pediatric researcher at Northwestern University in Chicago, said. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and teens exercise at least at the intensity of a fast walk, about 5.6 kilometres per hour, for 60 minutes every day. Last year, a study in adults found a different result: regular exercise doesn’t protect against the dangers of sitting for many hours at desk jobs. This is likely because children are more active than adults overall. “In adults, where the activity levels are generally less, the time spent sedentary may have more of an effect,” said Russell Pate, who studies physical activity in children at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


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ES SUMMARIES Django Unchained (See page opposite) Our rating: 

Texas Chainsaw 3D (See page opposite)

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Finding Nemo 3D (See page opposite) Our rating: 

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

James Barr; Barr is quickly arrested – but, before signing a confession, he demands that DA Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins) “get Jack Reacher”. Although no-one knows how to do that, Reacher (Tom Cruise) turns up anyway. He’s a former military investigator, he’s seen the news, and he has history with Barr from the Afghan war zone. He surprises Barr’s lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the DA’s daughter, with his unique technique and detective work – and the surprises continue as a possible conspiracy unfolds. Also starring Werner Herzog. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. (Action thriller, 130 mins.) Our rating: 

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

Finding Nemo 3D

Hope Springs

Cloud Atlas

After two kids and over 30 years together, Kay (Meryl Streep) is determined to rescue her marriage to grumpy, pennypinching Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) from the decay of boredom and lack of intimacy – none of which seems to bother Arnold. She insists they attend an intense, week-long and expensive counselling programme under Dr. Feld (Steve Carrell) to work on their relationship – but the doctor’s intimate questions soon make Arnold uncomfortable. Directed by David Frankel. (Comedy-drama, 100 mins.) Our rating: 

Six separate stories that take place across a 500-year slice of time beginning in the mid-19th century and ending in a distant postapocalyptic future, with themes recurring in different ways from one story to another. Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his friend; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a sci-fi tale of a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving and Hugh Grant. Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. (Sci-fi drama, 172 mins.) Our rating: 

Jack Reacher When five pedestrians are shot by a lone sniper, the evidence points to an ex-soldier named

Lawless

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On a night in 2009, in the Plaka neighbourhood of Athens, Demetris (Christoforos Papakaliatis) has a choice. He can either take his dog for a walk – in which case he’ll meet Christina (Marina Kalogerou) – or stay home and fall victim to a robbery. In the first scenario he’ll get a chance to alleviate his loneliness, experience a powerful love affair, fatherhood, but also unemployment and infidelity. In the second he’ll keep living alone, facing the consequences of the Greek recession. A simple ‘what if’ will decide his destiny and happiness. Also starring Giorgos Constantinou. Directed by Papakaliatis. In Greek. (Drama, 111 mins.) Our rating: N/A

A grandfather tells his grandchildren the story of Maki, a young boy who escapes from slave traders, befriends a giraffe (the title character), crosses the desert, meets a pirate, and a few other things on a trip that takes him from Africa to Paris. Directed by Remi Bezancon and Jean-Christophe Lie. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Kids’ cartoon, 78 mins.) Our rating: N/A

Wreck-It Ralph Wreck-It Ralph is a videogame villain who longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect hero, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a villain. Ralph somehow needs to transform himself into a hero – so he sneaks into a first-personshooter war game, planning to win a medal, but soon wrecks everything, accidentally unleashing a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz, a young troublemaking “glitch” from a saccharine cartracing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. Directed by Rich Moore. DUBBED INTO GREEK. In 3D. (Kids’ cartoon, 101 mins.) Our rating: 

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

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

Hotel Transylvania Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish fivestake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. It’s a special weekend and Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family and many more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For good old Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem; but everything could change for the over-protective dad when one ordinary human guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. In 3D.

DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Cartoon comedy, 91 mins.) Our rating: 

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

My Brother is an Only Child

and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert), who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, out of nowhere, Anne has an attack, and her health – especially her mind – rapidly deteriorates. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested. Directed by Michael Haneke. In French, with Greek subtitles. (Drama, 127 mins.) Our rating: 

Moonrise Kingdom On a peaceful island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two 12-year-olds, Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the forest – just as a huge storm is brewing offshore. Scoutmaster Ward (Edward Norton) and the island’s Police Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) urgently organise a search party. But the youngsters are resourceful – and committed to being together. Exiles from their homes in different ways, they defy the world and find their private kingdom on a beautiful, unspoilt beach. Directed by Wes Anderson. (Comedy-drama, 94 mins.) Our rating:

Two brothers come of age in the 1960s in a town south of Rome. Manrico is handsome, sometimes feckless, a leftist bent on revolution. His younger brother Accio is a seminary student who ends up joining the Fascists. Francesca, an aristocratic student, becomes Manrico’s lover and Accio’s friend. Over the next 10 years, these three experience family, love, attraction, politics, and the challenges of adult responsibility. Starring Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio and Angela Ratings key Finocchiaro. Directed by Daniele Luchetti in 2007. In  Unforgettable Italian, with Greek subtitles.  Unmissable (Drama, 108 mins.) Recommendable Our rating: N/A   Watchable  Regrettable Angel Baby Harry (John Lynch) and Kate Abominable (Jacqueline McKenzie) are two schizophrenics who meet during therapy and fall passionately in love. Ahead of them lies the Hope Ho H op ope pe e Springs Spr S prin pr ngs gs inevitable road to disaster – but it’s one they share to the end. Directed by Michael Rymer in 1995. (Drama, 105 mins.) Our rating: N/A

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Django Unchained


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NEW FILMS Django Unchained Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson US 2012, 165 mins. Showing from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT Texas, 1858. Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist turned bounty hunter, buys a slave called Django (Jamie Foxx) in a rather unorthodox manner – but, since Schultz doesn’t believe in slavery, he soon frees Django and the two become partners in Schultz’s business. After a profitable winter, they head to Mississippi where their goal is to locate Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). When they succeed, they find an excuse to be invited to the plantation where she is being held. There, they are guests of the mansion’s master,

Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where their act bamboozles everyone except Candie’s personal slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), who smells a rat the moment he sets eyes on Django.

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WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: “Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant and brutal revenge western is a wildly exciting return to form: a thrilling adventure in genre and style climaxing in a bizarre and nightmarish scenario in a slave plantation in 1858. The movie is managed with Tarantino’s superb provocation and audacity, with a whiplash of cruelty and swagger of scorn. It is superbly acted by Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and, particularly, Samuel L Jackson, who creates a masterpiece with his chilling character Stephen, the grey, stooping servant-elder to DiCaprio’s unspeakable slaveowner Calvin Candie… “Django Unchained also has the pure, almost meaningless excitement which I found sorely lacking in Tarantino’s previous film, Inglourious Basterds, with its misfiring spaghetti-Nazi trope and boring plot. I can only say Django delivers, wholesale, that particular narcotic and delirious pleasure that Tarantino still knows how to confect in the cinema, something to do with the manipulation of surfaces. It’s as unwholesome, deplorable and delicious as a forbidden cigarette… “Django is a long film, undoubtedly, at two hours and 45 minutes, and Tarantino may even have been tempted to split it

into two, like his Kill Bill movies. But Django relaxes and luxuriates in its long form, balancing deadpan moments of awe and reverence for the landscape, lovingly photographed by Robert Richardson, with the frantic orchestration of tension and violence, cheekily giving us crash-zooms on to important faces. “Yet the sense of pastiche is relatively restrained. The relationship of Schultz and Django is managed with insouciant ease: their friendship really looks convincing and their comedy double-act is terrific; Schultz is glum and saturnine while Django becomes more and more regally resplendent: Foxx is effortlessly charismatic. I can’t wait to see this again.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK) Pro/Mixed: “What Nazis were in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, slaveholders are in his Western Django Unchained: People who are a gas to exterminate. Connoisseurs of ‘wet’ gore will be especially delighted, given that every bullet generates a whoopeecushion’s worth of red sauce. The only violence that’s not a kick is done unto slaves, who are whipped, torn to pieces by dogs, and, in a particularly ugly moment, driven to slaughter one another for sport. But the helpless rage we feel in those scenes is in the service of Tarantino’s larger goal: to make the vengeance on the film’s racists all the more gleeful. Carnage rarely comes so morally uncomplicated.

“Django Unchained doesn’t merely hit its marks; it blows them to bloody chunks. It’s manna for mayhem mavens. The cast is hip, but you knew that already – hipsterism is automatically conferred on actors in QT pictures. And though the plot turns are predictable, every scene is apt to wander off into an alley of irrelevance in which comic surprises await – among them a protracted griping session featuring Klansmen who can’t see out their eyeholes. Parts of the film are maniacally funny. Of course, no matter how hard you laugh at Tarantino’s audacity, you have a feeling he’s laughing louder. For all its pleasures, Django Unchained feels too easy, too dead-centre in Tarantino’s comfort zone. He’s not challenging himself in any way that matters. He has become his own Yes Man.” David Edelstein, New York (US)

Texas Chainsaw 3D Directed by: John Luessenhop Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Trey Songz, Dan Yeager US 2013, 92 mins. Showing from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT The killer family of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ are presumed dead, angry townspeople having burned their

farmhouse to the ground. 20 years later, a young woman named Heather (Alexandra Daddario) learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from her grandmother, and decides to bring her friends along on a road trip to investigate her inheritance. On arrival she finds she has inherited a mansion – but knows nothing of the terrors that lurk in the basement. Turns out Leatherface survived the fire.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Anti: “The best horror films are actually about something larger than the grim events that typically befall their characters. It’s what makes Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, George Romero’s Living Dead movies or the more recent House of the Devil and Let the Right One In so powerful: They examine societal change and the fear of the other through a distorted lens. “As with far too many recent horror sequels and reboots, Texas Chainsaw 3D, the latest off-target entry in the once radically unnerving series, has little on its mind beyond good-time gore. “For those mapping along, this Chainsaw is a direct sequel to the original 1974 film, negating the previous sequels and ignoring the more recent reboot and prequel… “Visually there’s not much new here, save a scene in which a cop slowly makes his way through Leatherface’s lair while using FaceTime on his iPhone, his superior safely on the other end pressing him onward. “A metaphor for the de-

humanizing aspects of contemporary technology? A sly commentary on drone warfare, you ask? If only… “The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre leaves audiences feeling hollowed out, dispirited and dissolute. Texas Chainsaw 3D is simply a bummer for being a big nothing.” Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times (US)

Finding Nemo 3D Directed by: Andrew Stanton Dubbed into Greek In 3D. US 2003, 104 mins. Showing from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT Marlin, a clownfish, is devastated when his wife and 399 or so of their children are wiped out by a barracuda, and becomes over-protective of his sole surviving son Nemo. One day, stung by his father’s observation that he’s not a strong swimmer, Nemo sets out for a boat on a dare and is captured by a diver, who relocates him to his office aquarium – so Marlin sets off to look for him, getting into various adventures including a run-in with some sharks, an encounter with a school of jellyfish and a ride on a sea turtle, not to mention being swallowed by a whale.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID No reviews available for the 3D re-issue.


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

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

NICOSIA 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 Hope Springs (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.50 and 10.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 7.50pm. 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 An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 10.15pm; KCineplex, 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; KCineplex, 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 Amour (in French, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight at 9pm, Sunday at 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96-420491, www.ofk.org.cy

LIMASSOL Django Unchained (15) Rio 2 at 7.30pm; Rio 3 at 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm

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

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: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45 and 10.15pm House at the End of the Street (15) Rio 4 at 10pm Cloud Atlas (15) Rio 6 at 10pm An… (12) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 10.30pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 10.15pm 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: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30pm, weekends 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

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

Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 1 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

Hope Springs (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.50 and 10.10pm

Les Miserables (K) Rio 5 at 7.30pm; Rio 3 at 9.45pm

Jack Reacher (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45 and 10.15pm

Hope Springs (12) Rio 2 at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm

An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 10.15pm Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.30pm, weekends at 3.05pm

Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 4 (in English, in 2D) at 5.05pm, weekends only at 3.10pm Angel Baby Rio 5, Monday at 8.30pm, presented by the Limassol Cine Club. www.cinelesxi.org

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 at 3.30pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.20pm

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 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, 99-462903. www.lfcinema.org

PAPHOS Django Unchained (15) Rio 2 at 7.30pm; Rio 7 at 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 at 3.30pm

Texas Chainsaw 3D (N/A) Rio 6 at 7.30 and 9.45pm

listings Today Music Fusion Music Pop meets opera meets show-tunes with Tina Chester: Soprano and Andrew Oliver: Piano. January 18. Larnaca Pyla Village Tavern. FUSION 2 with special guest Ross Neil. Dinner 7pm, concert 9pm. €20 inc. dinner. Reservations – Tel: 99-975863/99-070168 George Dalaras A three hour programme presenting new songs, popular rembetika and great range of well known hits. January 18-19. Lanitis Carob Mill Complex, Vasilissis Street, Limassol. 10pm. €50. Tel: 25-372855

Tomorrow Music Fusion Music Pop meets opera meets show-tunes with Tina Chester: Soprano and Andrew Oliver: Piano. January 19. Lofou Wine Cellar. Concert 7pm, dinner 9pm. €25 inc. dinner and a glass of wine. B & B rooms available. Reservations – Tel: 25-470202

Sonja Moonear Swiss-born female DJ performs live. January 19. Klubd, 36 Ammochostou Street, Old Nicosia. 11.45pm. Tel: 22-104841 Maria Stuarda - The Met: Live in HD Live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera of New York in high-definition. January 19. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 7.55pm. €20/15. With Greek and English Subtitles Tel: 77-777745. Online ticket: www.rialto.com.cy

Theatre A Play About... Trash The theatre group Point To, in collaboration with Scarabeo Lounge Bar, presents a comedy directed by Evagelia Onoufriou. January 19 & 26. Scarabeo Bar, 4 Nikokreontos Street, Nicosia. 9.30pm. €10. In Greek. Tel: 99-935777/99-740773 Ornithes of Aristophanes The Theatre Group of Ayia Marina Xyliatou present a Cypriot comedy written by Andreas Koukides about a villager named Aristophanes and his chickens. PASYDY Auditorium, 3 Demosthenis Severis Avenue, Nicosia. 8pm. €5. In Greek. All proceeds from the event will be given to the Association of Friends of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tel: 22-260800

The Whore from Ohio The central stage of ETHAL presents black comedy by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin, directed by Panagiotis Larkou. January 19-February 5. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol. Every Tuesday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek Tel: 25-877827 Cavafy: The Exquisite Instruments of the Secret Company A play with live music and songs based on the poems of Constantine Cavafy, marking 150 years since the birth of the great Greek poet. January 19-20. Famagusta Gate, old Nicosia. 8pm. Tel: 96-693348

Ongoing Other Events First Exhibition of Vespa And Lambretta See classic models of Vespa and Lambretta scooters Registration and renewals of membership, kids Vespa drawing-painting competition. Until January 19. The Mall of Cyprus. 10am-6pm. Free. Tel: 99-455844

Climate – Culture – Change Screenings of international documentary films about climate change. January 14 until January 18. Goethe-Institut, located in the buffer zone next to Ledra Palace Hotel, Nicosia. 7pm. All films are with English subtitles. Free. Tel: 22-674608 or www.goethe.de/cyprus

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 a play by Bernard Pomerance, translated and directed by Andreas Christodoulides. 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 a glass of wine. 10pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-348203

Social Security THOC presents satire on modern high society. Until February 3. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Friday to Sunday at 8.30pm, Saturday at 6pm and 8.30pm. €12/6 . In Greek. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300 Misery Stephen King’s psychological thriller staged by Satiriko Theatre. Every Friday and Saturday. Until February 13. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Every Wednesday and Friday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 Nursing Home the Cherubim Theatre Anemona celebrates its tenth anniversary with comedy by Nearchos Ioannou. Until March 17. Anemona Theatre, 7 Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-573031 Shear Madness Popular Cypriot actor and director Loris Loizides returns with an adaptation of one of the longest-running nonmusical plays in the world. Until March 17. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm. €20. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910/22-675787

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Shakespeare in an Hour Pirasmos Productions presents a theatrical comedy directed by popular Cypriot actor and director Loris Loizides. Until March 29. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Thursday and Friday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910

Exhibitions The Work of Art as a Functional Object Group art exhibition. Until January 18. Centre of Contemporary Art Diotopos, 11 DZ, Crete Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm-8pm.Tuesday-Friday: 11am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 11am-1pm. Tel: 22-766117 AnThrOPOS: Faces of Cyprus through the Ages An exhibition that explores the human form as it is represented in the art of Cyprus from the Neolithic period until today, focusing specifically on depictions of the human face. Until January 18. The Cyprus Museum 1 Special Exhibition Hall, Museum Street, Nicosia. Tel: 22-865854. www. mcw.gov.cy White Christmas Group exhibition. Until January 19. Argo Gallery, 64E D. Akrita Avenue, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-754009. www.argogallery.org


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This Weekend

Cavafy: 150 years later

Theatre Heart of glass THE NEW theatre group Krama opens its season by presenting a fresh new production of one of the most beloved plays of the American stage, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Aiming to leave their mark and contribute to the thriving local theatre movement, Krama’s first production also coincides with the 30 year anniversary of Williams’ death. Considered by many theatre historians, scholars and critics to be one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre, this Greek language adaptation of The Glass Menagerie will open on Sunday at the THOC new stage and play through to February 11. Awarded Best Play in 1945 by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle it was acclaimed as Williams’ first great Broadway success. This highly personal, explicitly autobiographical play earned Williams fame, fortune and critical respect, and it marked the beginning of a successful run that would last for years. Set in 1937 St. Louis, faded Southern Belle Amanda Wingfield will stop at nothing to find a husband for her painfully shy daughter, Laura, still living at home with her brother Tom, a would-be writer working in a shoe factory. When Amanda enlists Tom’s help in bringing home a “gentleman caller” from the factory, the family’s dreams hang in the balance as they struggle to escape the hopelessness of their world. Don’t miss this beautifully re-imagined modern classic from director Spyros Antonellos, which will play every Sunday and Monday until mid-February. The Glass Menagerie The new theatre group Krama presents play by Tennessee Williams. January 20 until February 11. THOC New Stage, Kampou 29, Strovolos, Nicosia. Every Sunday and Monday at 8.30pm. €10/8. In Greek. Tel: 22-480300

AN ORIGINAL theatrical performance based on the poems of Constantine Cavafy will be presented in Nicosia this weekend. 2013 has been designated as Cavafy Year by the Greek Culture Ministry to mark the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birth. To commemorate this important milestone a number of events have been organised in Greece and abroad in celebration of the great Greek poet’s life and work. Here in Cyprus the Scientific and Cultural Charity Institution the Photos Photiades Foundation working with New Theatre Group (Photos Photiades) will present the project Cavafys: The Exquisite Instruments of the Secret Company in a play based on Cavafy’s poetry, with two performances due to take place at Famagusta Gate on Saturday and Sunday. Photos Photiades, an actor internationally known for his one-man performances in Ancient Greek theatre, directs and stars in the show alongside Irene Constantinou. Cavafy’s poetry will be set to live music and songs composed by Georgina Stratou. Furthermore, for the

purpose of the show specifically designed costumes, masks and other items will be used in order to highlight the most important theatrical aspects of Cavafy’s poetry. Born within the then thriving Greek community in Alexandria, Egypt, he lived and died there, with brief periods spent in England, Constantinople and Athens. While he spent his professional life as civil servant, Cavafy was one of the most influential literary figures produced by Greece in the early 20th century. He was instrumental in establishing modern Greek poetry on the international scene, where he is still being studied and translated into many languages well into the 21st century. As a poet, Cavafy is controversial. He wrote only some 150 poems, most of these almost unknown beyond his circle of friends and writers in Alexandria. Almost all of his work was in Greek; yet, his poetry remained unrecognised in Greece until after his death. Writing in a rather straightforward manner his poetry was widely ignored or ridiculed by critics and

readers unaccustomed to his deliberately prosaic style, his rejection of idealism and his bold evocation of homosexual desire. Only with the publication of his first anthology in 1935, did he begin to gain a reputation as a “new” voice in Greek poetry. EM Forster knew him personally and introduced Cavafy to the world in an essay. Forster, Arnold Toynbee and TS Eliot were among the earliest promoters of Cavafy in the English-speaking world before the Second World War. In 1966, David Hockney made a series of prints to illustrate a selection of Cavafy’s poems. Today his work has assured him an enduring place in the literary pantheon of the western world. Cavafy: The Exquisite Instruments of the Secret Company A play with live music and songs based on the poems of Constantine Cavafy, marking 150 years since the birth of the great Greek poet. January 19-20. Famagusta Gate, old Nicosia. 8pm. Tel: 96-693348

come to the aid of their French comrades trapped 2,000 feet underground. Filmed with a cast of actors from both France and Germany, each speaking in their own language, the camera takes you right down inside the coal mine to watch the rescue efforts. With its theme that comradeship transcends borders and nationalities, Pabst set the film in post WWI, but it’s loosely based on the real life mining disaster at Courrieres in 1906. In terms of the staging and camera style, Comradeship can be seen as a watershed between silent and sound cinema.

Monday Other Events Comrades in arms TO MARK the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of German-French Cooperation (Élysée-Treaty), several commemorative events will be held this year highlighting the strength and history of the Franco-German relationship. In Nicosia, the Goethe-Institut Cyprus and the Institut Français Chypre will jointly commemorate this anniversary with a film screening of Comradeship at the hall of the Goethe Institut Cyprus (UN-buffer-zone next to Ledra Palace Hotel) on Monday evening. While the close ties of the established Franco-German friendship seem self-evident, it is in

By Ledha Socratous

fact the result of great effort by both countries over the last five decades. The Élysée Treaty, signed by France and Germany on January 22, 1963, by French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, remains the cornerstone

of French - German cooperation. Not only did it end centuries of rivalry between the two countries but it also signaled a new era of constructive FrancoGerman relations, forming the basis for a united Europe. If you are a fan of classic world

cinema you ought to head to the Goethe-Institut Cyprus on Monday to catch the free film screening. Kameradschaft or Comradeship (aka La Tragedie de la Mine) from GW Pabst is a story of a mine disaster, in which German miners

Comradeship Goethe-Institut Cyprus and the Institut Français Chypre jointly present the German-French film on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée-Treaty. January 21. Hall of the Goethe-Institut Cyprus (UN-buffer-zone next to Ledra Palace Hotel, Nicosia. 7pm. German/French with English subtitles.

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Television CYBC 1 06.45 09.00

Proti Enimerosi Presidential Elections Live coverage from the Hilton Hotel, Nicosia of the submitted nominations for the 2013 Presidential Elections.

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Apo Mera Se Mera Current affairs show.

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Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies

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Paizoume Kypriaka

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

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

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NRG Zone FILM: Totally Awesome

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Top Gear Fifteenth season. The presenters search for the world’s best four-seat supercar, in a series of unusual challenges. Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and former Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello both do a lap in the Reasonably Priced Car and Richard Hammond puts the Chevrolet Camaro SS through the test track.

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

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Three teenage siblings each face a series of challenges when they enrol at a new high school. Spoof of 1980s teen movies, starring Dominique Swain. 2006.

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

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NRG Zone Kids’ TV Euromaxx Kati Psinetai (rpt) Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Doctor Who (rpt) Fourth season. ‘Midnight’. An unknown presence joins the Time Lord and a group of tourists trapped on a shuttle travelling across a distant planet. When a fellow passenger starts mimicking the Doctor, paranoia sweeps through the cabin.

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Erotas (rpt) Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Idiaitera Yia Klamata (rpt) Englimata (rpt) Lyke, Lyke Eisai Edo (rpt) Einai Stigmes (rpt) Panselinos (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) To Kafe Tis Haras (rpt) Eleftheros Ki Oraios (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Local smash-hit comedy series, with village setting. Interrupted by News at 18.00.

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Niose Me News Dancing With The Stars

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Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Emeis Ki Emeis (rpt) Koinonia Ora Mega Nea Mera Proino Mou Enimerosi Tora Kelmmena Oneira (rpt) Eheis Meson Yia Sena

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

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Celebrities and pro dancers train and compete in a ballroom dancing competition.

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News Sports News Vradi Me Ton Petro Kostopoulo Synora Agapis (rpt) I Agapi Irthe Apo Makria (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

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Mesimeri Kai Kati Aspra Balonia (rpt) Magazino News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama The Del Monte Heirs Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites News Aspra Balonia

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FILM: The Package An army sergeant realises he is being manipulated by renegade Russian and American soldiers hatching a sinister assassination plot. Political thriller, starring Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones. 1989.

News Klemmena Oneira Mousiko Kouti - Live News FILM: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. spoof of music biopics, starring John C Reilly and Jenna Fischer. 2007.

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Yia Sena (rpt) Enimerosi Tora (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

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

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

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Magikos Kosmos S’Agapo (rpt) Akti Oneiron Ston Asterismos Tis Imeras Kouzina Me Apopsi Remington Steele Milagros Kids’ TV Top Models S’Agapo Sabrina, To Koritsi Tis Agapis Akti Oneiron Pacific Blue With News at 18.30.

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News Sports Time O Anthropos Tis Thalassas FILM: And Then Came Love A magazine writer meets the anonymous sperm donor who fathered her son. Romantic comedy, starring Vanessa Williams. 2007.

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FILM: Derailed Two married strangers meet at a hotel, but a thief interrupts their illicit liaison and blackmails them. Thriller, with Jennifer Aniston. 2005.

FILM: 300 Killers A dedicated cop fights to clean up the streets as drug addiction and violent crime spirals out of control, and average citizens are forced to fight for their lives. Thriller, starring Johnny Andrews. 2010.

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FILM: Winter Kills The brother of an assassinated US President discovers their father was involved with those responsible. Drama, starring Jeff Bridge. 1979.

Captain America: The First Avenger (Novacinema1, 22.00)

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 Keeping Up Appearances 10:00 Mastermind 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 Coast 13:15 Last Man Standing 14:05 Apes in Danger 14:30 Mastermind 15:00 The Weakest Link 15:45 EastEnders 16:15 Doctors 16:45 Coast 17:45 Keeping Up Appearances 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 Apes in Danger 19:30 Doctors 20:00 Coast 21:00 The Old Guys 21:30 Friday Night Dinner 22:00 Last Man Standing 22:50 After You’ve Gone 23:20 2 Point 4 Children 23:50 Live At The Apollo 00:35 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 01:20 The Weakest Link 02:05 Apes in Danger 02:30 Doctors 03:00 Last Man Standing 03:50 2 Point 4 Children 04:20 Robin Hood 05:05 Apes in Danger 05:30 Live At The Apollo

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

How It’s Made 12:40 Extreme Engineering 13:35 Fifth Gear 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made 21:00 World’s Toughest Jobs 22:00 Alone In The Wild 23:00 Aussie Feds 00:00 True Csi 01:55 World’s Toughest Jobs 02:50 Alone In The Wild 03:50 Aussie Feds 04:50 True Csi 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’l

04:00 Tennis: Australian Open, Melbourne 15:30 Biathlon: World Cup Italy 16:45 Ski Jumping: World Cup Japan 17:45 Tennis: Australian Open, Melbourne 19:15 Tennis: Game, Set And Mats 19:45 Snooker: International Masters London 00:00 Rally: Rally Raid Dakar 00:30 Motorsports: Gta Race To Dubai 00:45 Tennis: Australian Open, Melbourne 01:30 Tennis: Game, Set And Mats 02:00 Tennis: Australian Open, Melbourne

05:40 Desperate Housewives 06:25 Castle 07:10 Modern Family 07:35 New Girl 08:00 Body Of Proof 08:50 Tabatha’s Salon Takeover 09:40 Desperate Housewives 10:25 Castle 11:10 Modern Family 11:35 New

Girl 12:00 Happy Endings 12:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 12:50 Glee 13:40 Body Of Proof 14:30 Tabatha’s Salon Takeover 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 Castle 21:00 Happy Endings 21:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 21:50 Glee 22:40 Modern Family 23:05 Last Man Standing 23:30 Happy Endings 23:55 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 00:20 Glee 01:10 Castle 02:00 Desperate Housewives 02:45 Modern Family 03:10 Last Man Standing 03:35 Cougar Town 04:00 Body Of Proof 04:50 Tabatha’s Salon Takeover l

07:00 Pawn Stars 07:30 Storage Wars 08:00 Mud Men 09:00 Pawn Stars 09:30 American Restoration 10:00 Pawn Stars 10:30 Storage Wars 11:00 Ancient Aliens 12:00 American Restoration 13:00 Ax Men 14:00 Pawn Stars 14:30 American Restoration 15:00 Mud Men 16:00 American Restoration 17:00 Ax Men 18:00 Pawn Stars 18:30 American Restoration 19:00 Mud Men 20:00 Pawn Stars 20:30 Storage Wars 21:00 Ancient Aliens 22:00 Nazi Gospels 00:00 Pawn Stars 00:30 Storage Wars 01:00 Ancient Aliens 02:00 Nazi Gospels

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07:30 Deception (2008) 09:30 King’s Speech, The 11:35 Shutter Island 14:00 After.Life 16:00 Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage 17:30 Bad Boys 19:30 Hollywood Buzz 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 Secret Life 22:20 Action Zone 23:00 Fighter, The 01:05 Hustler Tv 02:45 12 Men Of Christmas 04:30 Riding Tornado 06:30 Ltv Sports News

07:00 Chowder I 07:25 Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack, The 07:50 Tom & Jerry Show, The 08:15 Shaggy & Scooby-Doo 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 & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! I 15:45 Justice League Unlimited I 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes I 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 Geisco Pba Team Shootout 17:30 Planet Speed 18:00 Barclays Premier League World 18:30 Nba Action 19:00 La Liga World 19:30 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 21:30 A’ Division Cyprus Soccer Championship 2012-13 23:30 Barclays Premier League Preview 00:00 La Liga Show 2012-13 00:30 Best Premier League Games 01:00 Barclays Premier League Review 02:00 Nba 2012-13 04:30 Volvo Ocean Race 05:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13

07:15 Two And A Half Men 08:00 Friends 08:35 Closer, The 09:20 Harry’s Law 10:05 Chuck 10:50

2 Broke Girls 11:15 Bones 12:50 Pan Am 13:35 Two And A Half Men 14:25 Closer, The 15:15 Harry’s Law 16:05 Big Bang Theory, The 16:30 According To Jim 17:15 Mentalist, The 18:00 Top Boy 19:00 Pan Am 19:45 Gossip Girl 20:30 Friends 21:00 Ncis: Los Angeles 22:30 C.S.I. New York 23:15 Luck 00:05 I Love You, Man 01:50 Book Of Eli, The 03:45 Big Bang Theory, The 04:10 According To Jim 04:55 Mentalist, The 05:40 Top Boy 06:30 Pan Am

08:00 Love Ranch 10:00 Talhotblond 11:30 Next Three Days 14:00 Five Million Years To Earth 15:45 Before Sunset 17:30 Miracle 20:00 Happy Feet Two 22:00 Piranha 23:30 Action Zone 00:05 Daring! TV 04:30 Fast Freddie Widow & Me 05:50 Hereafter

06:00 Melancholia 08:20 Bridesmaids 10:25 Mad On Novacinema 11:00 Super 8 12:55 Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 14:25 Hollywood Buzz 15:00 Barney’s Version 17:25 Tower Heist 19:20 One For The Money 21:00 Ncis 22:00 Captain America: The First Avenger 00:10 In A Better World 02:10 Cine News 02:40 Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star 04:20 Kill Bill: Vol.2

06:45 What’s Your Number? 08:35 Hemingway & Gellhorn 11:10 Cine News 11:45 Anonymous 13:55 Margin Call 15:45 Puss In Boots 17:20 Action Zone 17:55 Rumor Has It... 19:35 A Perfect World 22:00 The Company Men 23:55 Show 70th Golden Globes 2013 03:50 Cine News 04:35 Don Juan De Marco

18:40 The Two Jakes 21:00 City Hall 23:00 Hostel: Part III 00:35 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone 03:10 The Rite

19:05 Shall We Dance? 21:00 Habemus Papam 22:50 Our Day Will Come 00:20 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 02:10 The Deep End 03:50 Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

07:00 Bad and the Beautiful 08:55 Honeymoon Machine 10:20 It Happened At The World’s Fair 12:05 Where Eagles Dare 14:40 Naked Spur 16:10 Boys Town 17:40 Les Girls 19:30 How the West Was Won 22:00 Outfit 23:40 Dirty Dozen 02:05 3 Godfathers 03:50 Doctor Zhivago

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Secret Life (LTV, 21.00) Oooh, controversial! The subject is paedophilia in this British (Channel 4) TV drama - actually a paedophile’s struggle to resist his desires but still too ‘sick’ a subject for many viewers, especially since the film tries to create a complex character rather than a tabloid-friendly monster. Charley (Matthew Macfadyen) is a sex offender, just out of jail after doing time for having abused three little girls (the film doesn’t shirk from providing details of the abuse); he’s in a halfway house, trying to get his life back together and determined never to harm another child again - but can he stay true to that noble aim? A good film (Macfadyen won a BAFTA nomination), though the subject is so

delicate that its hands are mostly tied: it can’t be too simplistic yet it also has to punish the pervert in some way (or the Daily Mail crowd will be up in arms), and everyone’s bound to accuse it of being exploitative anyway. Still worth seeing - and a film the BBC won’t be making anytime soon, with that Jimmy Savile millstone hanging round its neck. Made in 2007.

Hostel: Part III (Novacinema3, 23.00) I stand before you as the man who honestly thought Hostel, Part II was one of the best films of its year (not because of its repellent ultra-violence, but because it linked that violence to the everyday violence of rich

vs. poor); this straight-to-video threequel is unlikely to match that achievement, though it does tone down the series’ misogyny by making the victims mostly male instead of female. Our heroes are four guys attending a bachelor party in Vegas who find themselves abducted and used in a more sinister kind of betting game - a sadistic jaunt where they’re tortured for the delectation of the “Elite Hunting Club”, whose high-roller members make bets on things like how long it’ll take the victims to start begging for their lives. Someone’s going to write a clever Ph.D. thesis on this stuff someday - but meanwhile you have to put up with bad acting and inane plot twists, not to mention the repellent ultra-violence. Made in 2011.

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CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Milkman; 7 Unplug; 8 Grained; 10 Resin; 11 Concrete; 13 Eli; 14 Wrap; 15 Brad; 16 Rue; 18 Hypnosis; 20 Excel; 22 Antonio; 23 Imogen; 24 Therapy. Down – 1 Magic carpet; 2 Learn; 3 Montreal; 4 Nudity; 5 Spur; 6 Quashed; 9 Inside story; 12 Brunette; 14 Welcome; 17 Tyrant; 19 Santa; 21 Logo.

QUICK: Across – 1 Typical; 7 Outcry; 8 Roundel; 10 Pylon; 11 Impolite; 13 Sue; 14 Aunt; 15 Alas; 16 Leg; 18 Tropical; 20 Galop; 22 Correct; 23 Escape; 24 Reputed. Down – 1 Terminology; 2 Plump; 3 Cuddling; 4 ‘Lolita’; 5 Atop; 6 Artless; 9 Unregulated; 12 Claptrap; 14 Ageless; 17 Grocer; 19 Chest; 21 Peak.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Today’s quarter Moon, sees the Sun in its penultimate day in Capricorn clash with the Sun. Authority figures may irritate you because of this, or you may irritate them. Worse, an influential person can lay on the charm with a trowel in order to “persuade you” to do something that they want. However ingratiating this may be, try not to cave in to it.

Conscientiousness is often a good thing, but you could be good to a fault today, and actually volunteer for something that someone else should be taking the strain on. Then again, if you have been on a get fit push, you might do yourself a mischief by pushing yourself rather too hard. Instead, move forwards sensibly, and adjust slowly.

January is often a time to balance the books, but ironically you may have enjoyed some fiscal fortune this month. However, today’s Quarter Moon encourages you not to make any snap decisions on expenditure. Then again a loved one, offspring or friend may have some kind of cash crisis that they come to you for help with. Don’t feel you must assist.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

You may find yourself feeling extraordinary sensitive about all sorts of things today, even things which ordinarily you wouldn’t think twice about. The key to managing your situation therefore is keeping a sense of perspective. Even if something or someone seems intensely irritating, take a deep breath and then count to 10. The moment can then pass.

You might find someone is continuing to send out very powerful vibes, and you can be tempted. But if money or intimacy are involved in this, be conscious of the pitfalls, as well as the possibilities. Your desire side can be so strong, it may see you get into something that ultimately becomes too hot to handle. Proceed with caution Virgo.

It would be easy to jump to conclusions at this time, after all, it’s easy to do so at any time. However with Mercury alongside the Sun in your sign, you are probably itching to get on with new projects, and to really go for it. But connecting these today is the Moon, and this combination urges you to slow everything down and think very carefully.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Some things link us together in life, even if not on a personal basis. Paying taxes is one, sharing public transport another. We all have a vested interest in how these work, even if it is not particularly obvious. And something which both affects the wider public and you personally can come into focus today. Or money and love can grate.

The Quarter Moon in your opposite sign of Aries is also embracing the energies of Mercury. This suggests that the responses you get from others, can still be the area which is causing you the most uncertainty. Unsettled relationships will not help your peace of mind, but try not to let thoughts become repetitive. A kindly friend can help.

All sorts of secrets can tumble into the open, and sadly you may find that some people prove to be fair-weather friends. If you feel withdrawn already, this can heighten any sense of isolation that you might be feeling. However salvation does beckon as first Mercury and then the Sun will move into your sign, creating a brighter vibe over the weekend.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

Some very powerful messages have been going backwards and forwards between you and others this year, and this is helping to redefine your outlook. All this may have made you feel more aware of how others see you, or more aware of what others need from you. However, if your way of relating is still out of kilter, another jolt can occur now.

Words do not equal the sharing of true emotions. Sorry if you have read this here before, but I think it is such a profound truth, but one we often overlook in our desire to protect ourselves, protect others, or when we prefer to not bother to open up. All sorts of “front” can mask the reality. However, today your words can more easily wound.

Not every hope you have may be completely realistic. There could be a tendency for wooly thinking - especially around managing money. That side of you that likes to coexist with the real world, may need to merge with current circumstances and see them for what they truly are. If you can’t, situations and people can disappoint you.


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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.

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

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MIKI is a male poodle x terrier dog, 1.5 year old. He is smart and well behaved young dog. Great with children. At the Nicosia Dog Shelter, many more dogs and puppies like this one are looking for forever homes ! To provide a temporary foster home or to adopt contact on 99520511 mon-frid 10-2pm. *****************************

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**************************** YOUNG MAN from Sri Lanka with release paper is looking for any job in Nicosia District. Speak Greek and English language. For info contact 97841633.

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FOR SALE MOTOR VEHICLES MINI COOPER 2005. Full mini spec., long MOT. Mileage 52K. Excellent condition. Priced to sell €4.750. Call 99531267. 2005 MINI 1 1.6 taxed MOT one owner good all round 6000 Euros O.N.O Tel: 99096902 – Paphos area. FORD FOCUS GHIA (2006) diesel, 1600cc, 98000km, blue, automatic - tiptronic. dual zone climate control, power steering, electric windows, 6 airbags, central locking, cruise control, computer board, alloy wheels, and many extras. €6500 ono. Contact: 99022779 - Nicosia

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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. ***************************** 2 BEDROOM flat, fully furnished. Fully A/C, small block, 3rd floor. Covered parking. Central heating. Near Hilton hotel off Makarios Avenue. €480pm. Tel 99444336 ***************************** 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: yemo@cytanet.com.cy ***************************** 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 renovated like new. For info call mob: 99460860. ***************************** STROVOLOS 4 bdrm., house, c/h, a/c from €1000 now €800, Mak/ ssa f/f house, pool, 4 bdrm.,

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

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA 4wc, 2 shower €1700, Kornos villa, pool, mature garden €4000 (2) penthouse luxury Acropolis 1 bdrm, f/f, centre €450. For info www.markidesestates.com Markides 22378898, 99464764, Reg. No. 487, E16 ***************************** FLATS/HOUSES FOR RENT studio Acropolis €300, 1bdrm P/ ssa €450, Aglantzia €350, Str/ los €350, Acropolis €350 2bdrm Lycavito furnished €530, Acropolis €550, Ag. Dometios €500, 3bdrm Nikis av. €550 Str/los G/F €660, Tymbos independent €800, Ag. Omologites colonial listed building swimming pool maids room €2,500. PROPERTY FINDER LTD. 99474839 99646822 A.M.627 A.A.108/E ***************************** STUDIO flat in Pallouriotissa (next to McDonald) furnished €280. For info call 99606984. ***************************** 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 nikaria@cablenet.com.cy

***************************** 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 An-

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TO LET NICOSIA thoupolis, very quiet area between the 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 painted. 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).

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

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

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

TO LET NICOSIA the kitchen, small garden, covered parking near Alpha Mega supermarket - STROVOLOS €1100 (H4ST10007-R), (photos in the website). 7. 3 bedr detached ground floor house with separate maid’s room, with very big garden with grass(200sq.m) and covered patio with bbq and bar, central heating, full a/c, 180sq.m, FULLY FURNISHED or NOT, 2 covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighborhood opposite Acropolis park - Acropolis €1000 - H3ACS0004-R (photos in website). 8. 4 bedr very big luxury semi detached house 350sq.m, with big separate basement 80sq.m with 2 rooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Consists of big sitting and dining areas upstairs, big kitchen with big family room and breakfast area, big

TO LET NICOSIA 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 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


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA 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 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).

TO LET NICOSIA 13. 3 bedr ground floor house with big separate 80sq,m room with shower and wc for multi use, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, 2 shower,1 bathroom, fully furnished, small garden, bbq area, parking, on a small building in a very quiet area near Agios Vasilios church. Strovolos - €900 - H4ST10028-R (photos in website). 14. 4 bedr new luxury finished top quality detached house, 290sq.m, central heating, full a/c, master bedroom with en suite shower/jacuzzi, guest bedroom with shower, main bathroom with jacuzzi, 4w , fully expensive furnished with LCD televisions (all furniture and appliances cost 100,000 EURO), kitchen with very expensive electrical appliances and family room, garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area,2 covered parkings, alarm system, pressure system, in a nice quiet neighbourhood - Strovolos €2000 (photos in the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates.com

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TO LET NICOSIA NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking in a quiet neighborhood off Kallipoleos street – Lykavitos €650 (photos in the website).

(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

6. 2 bedr luxury finished apartment on a small building with 4 flats only, central heating with petrol independent, full a/c, 2 bedrooms with en suite bathroom/ shower, separate guest wc, NICELY MODERN EXPENSIVE FURNISHED, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighbourhood very close to Junior school and the park – Agioi Omologites €800 (photos in the website). 7.

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

FOR SALE – JAGUAR XJ6 (2003) BLACK, TIPTRONIC, P/M/ P/W, LEATHER POWER SEATS, NAVIGATION, CD CHANGER, CLIMATE CONTROL, TV, DVD, CRUISE CONTROPARKTRONIC, ALARM ETC PRICE: €19,700 Tel. 99628928

TO LET NICOSIA (photos in website). 8. A1ACS0007- R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with 2 a/c for hot and cold, electrical appliances in the kitchen, big bedroom, covered veranda, blinds, covered parking, in a quiet area near Acropolis park. NICELY FURNISHED. Acropolis €450 (photos in website). 9. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neibourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE middle of February – Acropolis €850 (photos in the website). 10. 2 bedr luxury apartment with 3 a/c for hot and cold, big covered veranda, covered parking and storage room, NICELY FURNISHED, near Acropoli park behind Tseriotis showroom – ACROPOLIS - €450 – A2ACS0033-R (photos in website). 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),


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(photos in the website). 12. 2 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, electrical appliances in the kitchen, blinds, big covered veranda, in a small 2 storey building in a quiet area behind Tymvos – MAKEDONITISSA - € 500 – A2MAK0008-R (photos in website). 13. 3 bedr luxury apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor, big sitting and dining area, big covered veranda, covered parking, storage room, blinds, shutters in the bedrooms, big kitchen with all expensive electrical appliances, off Makarios avenue near the centre – Nicosia Centre€ 800 – A3NIC0025-R (photos in website). 14. 3 bedr spacious luxury finished apartment 150sq.m+30sq.m covered veranda, central heating independent with petrol,full wall a/c units, solid parquet floor, expensive electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3wc, curtains and blinds on windows, 3 COVERED PARKING,storage room, near Pizza Hut in Strovolos €1100 (photos in the website). 15. 2 bedrs new luxury apartment, sitting room open plan with kitchen which includes cooker, oven, refrigerator and washing machine, 2 wc, central heating, full AC, blinds on the windows, very big covered verandas, covered parking and storage room in a dead end off Athalassas avenue near Laiki popular bank and Hellenic bank headquarters. - DASOUPOLI €500 (A2DAS0006-R), (photos in the website). 16. 3 bedr new luxury ground floor apartment, with separate big TV room or guest room, 225sq.m, big kitchen with all the electrical

appliances and breakfast area, 4 bathrooms, 4 wc, 2 bedrs with en suite bathroom, floor heating independent, full a/c, blinds on all the windows, marble and parquet floor, big veranda with bbq, small garden, closed 2 covered parking with remote control, in a very quiet area very close to Junior school and 50 metres from the park. FULLY NICELY FURNISHED – Agioi Omologites €1200 (photos in the website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates.com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225 / 96-422225 / 96422226 www.landtouristestates.com

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

LIMASSOL ***************************** PROPERTY TO LET - A 2 bdrm furnished flat in Yermasoyia (close to Miramare Hotel) and 20 yds from the beach. It consist of 55sq.mtrs of balcony, private access and swimming pool €550/month (ono) excluding water consumption, electricity and refuge collection. Mob: 96381524(cy) Mob (UK) 0044 7714400279. ***************************** GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, furnished renovated this year. Laminated parke floor, and big wardrobes in the 3 bedrooms. Rent €590.00 Tel 99497576 99886775 *****************************

TO LET LARNACA LARNACA ***************************** 1. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. Town centre, fully furnished one bedroom apartment available for immediate occupation. Ref. TLL341. Tel 24815926 2. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. Stunning two bedroom fully furnished apartment in Oroklini. Ref. TLL1574 Please call to arrange a viewing Tel. 24815926 3. www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com – LARGE RANGE OF RENTAL PROPERTIES. From studio apartments to 5 bedroom villas for rent, all properties have detailed descriptions, professional photographs. Interactive Virtual/Video Tours. Please visit our website. www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com 4. www.SuperiorRealEstateLarnaca.com. License No. 419. LANDLORDS AVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY WITH US FOR FREE. Tel. 24815926 Email. info@superiorrealestatelarnaca.com ***************************** 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@ cytanet.com.cy 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,

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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

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PAPHOS ***************************** 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 complex, 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

URGENTLY WANTED – Bungalows 2/3 Bedrooms MORE PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 99862922

***************************** 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 €450 spacious 3 bedroom first floor apartment, master with ensuite.

TO LET PAPHOS Situated on small complex with no pool. Fully furnished with modern furniture, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Balcony leads to a large private roof terrace with shaded barbeque area offering views of the sea, storage & sunbathing deck. 2. SEA CAVES €500 we are delighted to offer this detached 2 bedroom villa situated on a corner plot in a quiet residential area offering sea views. Gated drive for off street parking. Fully enclosed good sized low maintenance garden with private pool offering privacy and shaded areas. Available unfurnished or part furnished. Pets allowed at owners discretion. Website reference number: RTL_482 3. KISSONERGA €550 modern

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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS 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 4. PEYIA €700 price includes pool cleaning. If you are looking for a villa with breathtaking views & privacy than this property is for you. This modern detached 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa is furnished with modern furniture, including satellite TV. One bedroom & bathroom on ground floor. A spacious enclosed garden with private pool offering stunning views. Off street parking. Website reference number: RTL_401 5. 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 6. KATO PAPHOS €800 large 4 bedroom detached villa situated in the sought after residential area of Limnaria. Walking distance to the beach and the many amenities of Kato Paphos. Spacious living accommodation offering an enclosed garden with c/pool. Fully furnished with modern furniture & solar panels. Website reference number:

TO LET PAPHOS RTL_442 7. ANAVARGOS €895 we are delighted to offer this unique 5 bedroom 3 bathroom rustic country home offering spacious living accommodation with large gardens, private pool & stone built bbq & entertainment area. Fully furnished with log burner for those winter months. A real character home worth viewing. Pets allowed. Website reference number: RTL_635 offers considered. 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. Good sized 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 www.mrrent-paphos.net Email: info@mrrent-paphos. net

***************************** 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

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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 & €750pcm

***************************** FLOWRON PROPERTY SERVICES LTD: PROVIDING AN EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE FOR TENANTS AND LANDLORDS: PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR RENT LONG TERM RENTAL, PROPERTIES WANTED: FULL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT WITH KEY HOLDING AND RENT COLLECTIONS OFFERED ANAVARGOS: 1 to 3 Bedroom apartments available near to the general hospital, furnished or unfurnished. All properties, have white goods and are modern. The building has a lift and off street parking. Prices from 300400 Euros per month. Ref 7777 Price 300-400 ANARITA: 3 bed nicely furnished villa in the centre of Anarita village with private pool, off street parking. Property has a modern kitchen with granite work tops, sitting and dining area, guest wc. Upstairs 3 bedrooms Master with en suite shower, separate family bathroom. Outside shaded pergolas. Ref 855 Price 600 SECRET VALLEY: 3 bed villa fully furnished 3 bedroom villa with private pool. Nice furniture, master bedroom with on suite shower, family bathroom, 2 bedrooms with twin beds. Dining area, kitchen, guest WC, off street parking, private pool. Modern Villa. Ref: 1035 Price 700 SERCRET VALLEY: 4 bed beautiful furnished bungalow to the highest of standards, with large bedrooms - en suites, Modern large kitchen fully equipped, sitting and dining area with fire place. Outside heated pool, off street parking, landscaped gardens and great views. Ref: 1151 Price 1800 TIMI: 3 bed nicely furnished villa with large sitting and dining areas, fire place, full AC. Upstairs large family bathroom, 3 bedrooms, master bedroom having en suite shower and walk in wardrobes. Off street parking, private pool Ref: 722 Price: 600 PEGEIA: 4 bed villa with stunning situated in a lovely quiet location in Pegeia offered unfurnished. The property has 2 down stairs bedrooms, a large sitting room with fire place, central heating, kitchen with Stylish design, dining area. Upstairs 2 bedrooms, large outside veranda. Outside stunning views Private pool. Ref: 765 Price: 900 MESGOI: large unfurnished villa situated in a residential area. Property is very modern with fire place, downstairs bedroom with en suite, kitchen and separate

4. Kato Paphos Furnished 1 bedroom apartment, a/c, private parking, well kept garden, communal swimming pool, large balcony with sea view. From €300 pcm REDUCED THIS IS JUST A SMALL SELECTION OF PROPERTIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE AND MANY MORE PLEASE CALL EITHER 96 545 174 OR E-MAIL ON info@unique-consultancy.eu LANDLORDS; WE NEED YOUR PROPERTIES NOW. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT. ***************************** KILI – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom villa, with swimming pool and garden, unfurnished, gas central heating, large verandas, lovely mountain views, very quiet and tranquil area, €500 per month o.n.o. Call: 99479006 PAPHOS / PEYIA VILLA, villa for rent in Peyia, 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, large sitting-dining area, fully airconditioned and heated, unfurnished, panoramic views, large parking, low rent contact: 99490953, 26815534

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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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HOSPITALS ........ 1400

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

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

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

APHRODITE HILLS - Villa share at this amazing resort? Now available for discerning people, luxury double rooms, each with own en suite and heating unit and plus of large lounge/dining/kitchen area, external patios, gardens and swimming pool. Fully furnished and equipped €800pm plus share of running expenses, min period 6 months or yearly contract renewal. To enquire (or view from January 2013) ring 99178141. A chance not to be missed!

***************************** 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

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Narcotics Helpline ......... 1410 (Outside hours.............. 22304160)

• 2 stand up freezers

AIDS Advisory Bureau ................................ 22-302826

• chafing trays

Domestic Violence Centre .......................................... 1440 (Emergency Centre for Victims)

• catering tables

Drug Info & Poison Control ............... 1401

• glassware, cutlery

Cyprus Samaritans ... 77777267 Police Duty Officer ......... 1499 (Confidential Information)

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

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please call : 99532841

TO LET PAPHOS utility room, 3 additional bedroom upstairs with master en suite, family bathroom. Outside private pool, fully fenced and private, nice views, pets welcome, suit family with children going to local international school. Ref: 783 Price: 750 TALA: A family home offered part furnished in a quiet residential area, property has off street parking, private pool, central heating and AC, modern kitchen, sitting/ dining area, guest wc, upstairs 3 bedrooms with master en suite, family bathroom, sea views. Ref: 988 Price: 750 OFFICE: 120 MAKARIOS AVENUE, PAPHOS. OFFICE: 26600450 MOBILE: 97614070 many properties available on WEB: www.flowron.com Email info@flowron.com

***************************** PEYIA – 3 bedroom villa with modern quality furniture and finishes. Central heating, sky, alarm, infinity pool and stunnning sea and mountain views €700 per month, call: 99389426 BRAND NEW APT, opposite Poseidonio Gym, near Carrefour, F/F, a/c, great quality, 1 bdrm, from €340p.m.Tel 99403261 ***************************** RENTAL POINT - PAPHOS PROPERTIES AVAILABLE TO RENT IN THE PAPHOS DISTRICT. JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF AVAILABLE PROPERTIES. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL. CALL 97648440 FOR MORE INFORMATION. LANDLORDS CALL IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT.!!! 1. MESA CHORIO – 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished ground floor apartment set on an elevated position on this prestigious development. Open plan living area. Good sized kitchen. 2 double, bedrooms, master with en-suite shower room. Family bathroom. Large patio areas with enclosed gardens and lovely sea views. Covered parking and security gates.. Comm swimming pool. €425.00 or near offer 2 EMBA 3 bed 2 bath unfurnished villa in handy location close to the shopping areas. Property also has separate 1 bed apartment on the lower level. Large open plan living area and dining area. Fully fitted dining/kitchen with appliances . Guest WC. 3 double bedrooms one with ensuite. 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 en-suite, one with Jacuzzi tub. Small seating area with adjacent balcony. Pool and off street parking. Lnadscaped gardens €750.00 per month or close offers only 5. TRIMITHOUSA – 4 bed, 3.5 bath unfurnished villa set in quiet location. Open plan living area. Fully fitted kitchen. Ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower. Guest WC. Stairs to 3 more bedrooms, one with en-suite and

TO LET PAPHOS 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. 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:- inforentals@aol.com

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

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.

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.


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

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 www.adventist.org | www.hopetv.org

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 www.angsecyp.org Visitors especially welcome


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Sport McIlroy and Woods eclipsed in Abu Dhabi By Tony Jimenez TRIPLE former winner Martin Kaymer eclipsed playing partners Rory McIlroy and former world number one Tiger Woods in the opening round of the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday. German Kaymer, who lifted the spectacular Falcon Trophy here in 2008, 2010 and 2011, carded a one-under 71 in difficult gusty conditions in the Middle East while world number one McIlroy ballooned to a 75 and Woods had to settle for a 72. The trio started on the 10th hole at

07.40am local time and were introduced to an excited gallery by European Tour chief executive George O’Grady. The three players found sand on their par-five first hole but each managed to save par. McIlroy’s game began to unravel when he took a double-bogey five at the 15th. He hit back with a birdie at the long second before he produced an errant tee shot at the third and slumped to his second double-bogey in seven holes. The Northern Irishman looked on as Nike stablemate Woods made a strong move by birdying the 15th,

17th and 18th but the world number two then dropped back into the pack with successive bogeys at the first and second. A birdie at the eighth cheered up the 14-time major winner before he made a mess of the ninth and final hole, three-putting from 30 feet. Neither player looked happy as Woods joined McIlroy at the side of the green to watch Kaymer complete his round. Kaymer, who is also a former world number one, recorded his third bogey of the day at the last but his mistakes were offset by four birdies at the 11th, 15th, 16th and fifth.

A poor start: the star duo had a day to forget

LeBron youngest to reach 20,000 Miami Heat superstar speaks of ‘awesome’ achievement

IN BRIEF

LEBRON James’ shooting hand was partially numb on the jumper that made history. The shot still went down, points 20,000 and 20,001. Turns out, when you have a feel for the game like James, sometimes you don’t even need to feel the ball. James, 28 years and 17 days old, became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points in the Heat’s 92-75 blowout of the Golden State Warriors. His milestone-setting basket came with 2:45 left in the first half. He also reached the 5,000-assist plateau during the game. James hyper-extended his right thumb with about 3:30 left in the second quarter during a defensive sequence against Warriors reserve Carl Landry. James attempted to shake some feeling back into his hand but still felt numbness when, on the Heat’s next offensive possession, he created

What a player: at 28 years of age, LeBron James is the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points. He also reached the 5,000 assist milestone space for himself in the middle of the lane for an open shot. With one hand, James pushed up the shot that put him in elite company with some of the game’s all-time greats. “The best part about it was it was in rhythm,” James

said. “It wasn’t one of those forced shots.” James entered the game needing two assists to reach 5,000 and earned that milestone in style, dishing off to a cutting Dwyane Wade in the first quarter. Wade finished the play with a dunk.

After the game, the Heat’s players and coaches congratulated James on his accomplishments with a touching moment in the visiting locker room of Oracle Arena. “Everybody was proud of him,” Heat coach Erik

Spoelstra said. “It’s a big moment. We gave him the game ball and then everyone took a shot at him - a punch, a jab, an elbow, whatever they could get in before he started hitting back.” For James, celebrating

with his teammates was something he’ll never forget. After all, he has spent a career getting his teammates involved in the action. James’ 5,000 career assists places him in rarified company. Only 12 players in the history of the game have recorded 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists in a career. “It was awesome,” James said. “They’ve given me an opportunity to be in this position because they trust me on the floor to make plays and make decisions. Both milestones are pretty cool.” The Warriors’ high number of turnovers allowed the Heat to pull away despite shooting just 40 per cent overall. “That’s what we’ve been always talking about and we’re trying to get to that consistency,” Spoelstra said of the Heat’s defensive pressure. “It’s not easy. We don’t have any excuses why we haven’t gotten there yet, but we have plenty of opportunities to still get there and hopefully we can also put to rest everything that happened the other night.” Wade finished the game with 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Chris Bosh had 11 points and six rebounds. Mario Chalmers scored 15 points in 27 minutes. Guard Jarrett Jack led the Warriors (23-14) with 16 points. Forward David Lee had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Sarwan recalled by West Indies for Australia series

Plans to reopen Olympic Stadium with athletics meet

Heaslip takes over Ireland captaincy from O’Driscoll

WEST Indies have recalled batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan for the upcoming one day series in Australia, but all-rounder Marlon Samuels has not been named in the 15-man squad. Sarwan has not played for the West Indies in any form of cricket since the second test against India in July 2011 but the 32-year-old, who has a one day average of 43.41, will get a fresh chance in the five match series which begins in Perth on February 1. The batsman, who has had fitness problems as well as disagreements with the team’s administrators, has played 173 matches and made 5,644 runs in the 50 over format.

LEGACY officials are working on ambitious plans to reopen the 2012 Olympic Stadium to mark the first anniversary of the opening ceremony. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) wants to use the stadium from the week around July 27. BBC London has learned talks have taken place about hosting the London Grand Prix athletics meeting which is due to take place that weekend. The event is traditionally staged at Crystal Palace in south London. A source said: “I think there is an 80 per cent chance the move to the Olympic Stadium is going to happen.”

IRELAND No. 8 Jamie Heaslip will take over from Brian O’Driscoll as captain for this year’s Six Nations, coach Declan Kidney said yesterday, bringing an end to the centre’s 10-year stint as skipper. Heaslip captained Ireland in the November Tests in his Leinster team mate’s absence through injury and although O’Driscoll has returned to the squad, Kidney said the time was right for a change of leader. “Obviously he’d be very disappointed, Brian has always told you what an honour it is to captain Ireland and that will never change. He accepts my reasons for doing it,” Kidney told a news conference.


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Australian Open

Murray and Serena on the up as Melbourne swelters

Diva Raonic has appetite for slam success

Big guns cruise through with easy wins

By Ian Ransom

By Nick Mulvenney ANDY Murray and Serena Williams proved quality usually prevails even in sweltering heat as they continued the dominance of the tennis elite with comfortable second round victories at the Australian Open yesterday. Suncream, hats and icepacks were the order of the day at Melbourne Park as temperatures crept steadily towards the 40 degrees Celsius mark on the fourth day of play at the year’s first grand slam. Third seed Williams did her best to keep her time on court to a minimum as she swept aside Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-0 before Murray, her counterpart in the men’s draw, kept his cool to despatch Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-4 on Hisense Arena. Of the 17 matches played on the main showcourt Rod Laver Arena in the tournament so far, only two have not been won in straight sets and even a split lip from her own racket was not going to stop Williams continuing that trend. Victoria Azarenka may be defending champion and world number one but Williams is odds-on favourite to capture a 16th grand slam title and a sixth in Australia next week. The Belarussian proceeded easily enough with a 6-1 6-0 thrashing of Eleni Daniilidou of Greece but any hopes she

Too hot to handle: number three seed Andy Murray kept his cool to despatch Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-4 on Hisense Arena in temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius had that Williams, against whom she has a 1-11 record, might be hampered by the ankle she injured on Tuesday were quickly dashed. The American dabbed her lip in pain after a forehand follow-through hit her in the mouth during the first set against the lowly-ranked Spaniard, but was barely troubled thereafter and set up a meeting with Japan’s Ayumi Morita with her 10th ace. “I didn’t feel anything today,” the 31-year-old said of the ankle injury. “Obviously when you go out to play you’re heavy on adrenaline and you’re really pumped up. “Usually I feel injuries after the match, but so far, so

good. I felt much better than I ever dreamed of expecting to feel. “I’m on the up and up. It can only get better from here.” The outer courts were again the place to go to see upsets with Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis hammering 25th seed Florian Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-1 on court six, while women’s 21st seed Varvara Lepchenko was a 6-4 6-2 victim of Elena Vesnina on court two. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looked to be wilting in the sweltering heat of Margaret Court Arena when Go Soeda was 5-3 up and serving for the second set but the French seventh seed recovered to slap down the Japanese 6-3 7-6 6-3. Tsonga, losing finalist here

five years ago, was not happy with his performance but was not about to blame the heat. “You have to deal with it. That’s it,” he said. Berankis’s win means he will be Murray’s next opponent and the convincing nature of his win over Mayer indicated that he might prove trickier for the Scot than the game but limited Sousa. Murray unveiled his full repertoire of shots in the 101minute contest and every one was superior to that possessed by his Portuguese opponent. The 25-year-old stuttered a little as he looked to close out the match in the third set but fired down his 14th ace to bring up match point

before clinching the victory when a Sousa return went long. “It doesn’t matter how much training you do, it always difficult when the sun comes out here,” Murray said. “You need to get in control of the points and dictate them because otherwise you will get very tired very quickly in these conditions.” The victories for Williams and Azarenka continued the trend for lop-sided scores in matches involving the top four women, none of whom has dropped a set yet. “I think I honestly can only speak for myself, but it seems like everybody is in great form, and it’s going to be very interesting,” said Azarenka.

Tomic survives scare to be last Australian standing By Ian Ransom

Bernard Tomic, the bad boy of tennis Down Under, will now play Roger Federer in the third round

BERNARD Tomic blew seven match points in his second-round clash with Germany’s Daniel Brands but sealed a hard-fought 6-7 7-5 7-6 7-6 victory on the eighth to become the host nation’s last player standing at the Australian Open yesterday. On a scorching day at Melbourne Park, the bad boy of tennis Down Under had two chances to secure victory at Rod Laver Arena on 120thranked Brands’ serve at 6-5 in the fourth set. Brands saved them both, and another five in the decisive tiebreak, before Tomic closed it out 10-8 to set up a third round match with Roger Federer. “I definitely got my arse

kicked by Federer both previous times,” added 43rdranked Tomic, who was beaten by the Swiss maestro in the fourth round of last year’s tournament and later in the year at Cincinnati. “I feel so confident,” Tomic added. “It is the perfect time to play him. I’ve got a good attitude to win, and I think I can do it. “I have my tactics on what I have to do. We’ll see.” Tomic sealed victory shortly before his countryman James Duckworth succumbed in a marathon five-setter to Slovenian Blaz Kavcic. Duckworth’s loss left the much-vaunted Tomic the sole hope for local fans, who on Wednesday mourned ninth seed Sam Stosur’s second round exit from the

women’s draw. Federer meanwhile triumphed in a battle of old sparring partners, swatting aside Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4 6-4 to cruise into the third round. Resplendent in a pair of pink and black two-toned Nike sneakers, Federer captured a break early in each set, while his 40th-ranked opponent never had a look at his serve and surrendered their 20th tour clash in just under two hours. The blue-collar Davydenko offered stiffer resistance than Swiss maestro’s firstround opponent Benoit Paire, but Federer stayed cool on a balmy evening at Rod Laver Arena and belted an ace to close out the match.

MILOS Raonic is as fastidious about his food as his attitude to training and hopes his ‘diva-like’ attention to detail might help him gate-crash the exclusive club guarded jealously by the ‘Big Four’ of men’s tennis. The towering 22-year-old continued his steady rise in 2012, winning two titles and finishing the season as the youngest player in the top 20, but believes greater success could be on the menu in 2013. Raonic’s appetite for the game is matched only, perhaps, by his love of a good filet mignon, and the Montenegro-born Canadian has been getting his fix at the swanky ‘Rockpool’ restaurant in Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Steak was the last thing on Raonic’s mind on a 40degree Celsius day at the Australian Open yesterday, however, and after beating Czech second-round opponent Lukas Rosol in the searing heat, ice-baths and sushi are the order of the day. “I’m a diva when it comes to food, I know what I want and I’m pretty diva-esque if I don’t get it,” Raonic, seeded 13th at Melbourne Park, told Reuters after setting up a third round match with 17th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Practice is the same: “If stuff’s not going well and I’m not happy and I don’t believe I’m working on the right thing I’ll get pretty upset.” Raonic leaps on questions and answers directly in a mono-tone voice, but it’s hard to imagine the still baby-faced player losing his temper. After his match, he deals with three television interviews outdoors on a stifling afternoon, cracking jokes and ribbing his manager. It’s a very different Raonic to the hot-headed 20-yearold who made an exhilarating run to the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 2011 after needing to qualify for the main draw. Renowned for his bazooka serves and even explosive tantrums, the 6ft-5in Raonic made a big impression. He remembers the tournament as a blur of hardfought tennis matches and hasty media appearances as Canada’s new sensation. “It was fun, it was so much fun for my parents I could tell every time on the phone with them because I’m from this educated family that going pro, and not going to university, is not really a decision that comes over easily,” he said. “It sort of took a lot of weight off my shoulders because I know how much they care for me and my brother and sister and they were really proud.”


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Sport Spotlight on Drogba as Ivory Coast favourites By Mark Gleeson

Take a look at this: Lionel Messi showed off his four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards to the home fans before kickoff at the Nou Camp

Barca held to King’s Cup draw By Iain Rogers HOLDERS Barcelona squandered a chance to all but seal a probable King’s Cup semi-final showdown with Real Madrid when they conceded a late goal to draw 2-2 at home to 10-man Malaga in their last-eight first-leg match on Wednesday. Barca beat Malaga 3-1 in La Liga on Sunday and coach Tito Vilanova and his Malaga counterpart Manuel Pellegrini both rested top players for the Cup clash at the Nou Camp. After withstanding a barrage of early Barca attacks, Malaga drew first blood in the 25th minute when Thiago Alcantara dithered just

Sloppy performance by La Liga leaders outside his penalty area. He was dispossessed by Manuel Iturra who slotted past the stranded Jose Manuel Pinto. Barca’s reaction was swift and another defensive lapse gifted them an equaliser three minutes later. Lionel Messi, who showed off his four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards to the home fans before kickoff, robbed Weligton on the right and sped into the area before curling a low shot beyond Carlos Kameni. Barca took the lead a minute later when captain Carles Puyol stooped to

meet Alcantara’s corner and sent a looping header over Kameni and in off a post. Neither side created much danger in the second half but Malaga looked to be in serious trouble when Ignacio Monreal picked up a straight red card for felling Pedro when he was through on goal with 15 minutes left. However, Barca failed to make their numerical advantage count and Ignacio Camacho was left unmarked at the far post to clip in a 90thminute equaliser. Coming at the end of one of the sloppiest Barca perform-

ances of the season, the goal gave Malaga hope for next week’s return leg at their Rosaleda stadium on the south coast. The La Liga leaders should have been out of sight but squandered a number of clear chances, with Chile forward Alexis Sanchez particularly wasteful. Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said the tie was “very balanced” after the first leg and praised Malaga for their fighting performance. “We could have scored the odd goal more in the first

half,” the former Barca and Spain goalkeeper told television broadcaster Canal Plus. “What we have to do now is go there with the goal of winning,” he added. Real are the likely opponents in the last four after Jose Mourinho’s side beat Valencia 2-0 at the Bernabeu in the first leg on Tuesday. New Sevilla coach Unai Emery, appointed this week to replace the sacked Michel, had a disappointing debut when the Andalusian club were held to a 0-0 draw at Real Zaragoza. The winners of the quarterfinal tie will meet Atletico Madrid or Real Betis, who play their first leg at Atletico’s Calderon stadium on Thursday, in the last four.

Bayern eye European dominance with Guardiola By Karolos Grohmann

Pep Guardiola, who took a year off after winning 14 titles with Barcelona, will coach the German giants next season

BAYERN Munich have underlined their desire for European dominance and hunger for the continent’s top prize by appointing Pep Guardiola as their coach for next season Bayern announced on Wednesday they had signed Guardiola, who took a year off after winning 14 titles with Barcelona including two Champions League crowns, as their coach from next season with a contract to 2016. The driven Bavarians, twice losing finalists in Europe’s premier competition in the past three seasons, are eager to re-establish their continental dominance and close the gap with other football powerhouses in Spain and England. Long the biggest force in Germany with a record number of league titles and German Cups to their name, Bayern have been starved of European success with their last Champions League win

coming 12 long years ago. There is no better suited coach than the 41-year-old Guardiola whose trophy haul in four years at Barca was astonishing. Bayern have notched their first win over their European rivals by beating all other big-spending clubs to secure his services. Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St Germain were among the teams reportedly interested in Guardiola. After investing heavily in their squad the past few years, Bayern, among the richest clubs in Europe, have assembled a string of quality players who can beat anyone on the day. But their bitter Champions League final defeat in front of a home crowd in Munich against Chelsea last May looks to have instilled an increased sense of determination to win a fifth top European title. While other teams would have gone into a prolonged period of hibernation, licking their wounds after such a

gutting defeat, Bayern went on the offensive, paying 40 million euros to lure gifted Spanish midfielder Javier Martinez to Munich among others. Guardiola’s signing is essentially the next step - and arguably the most important one - in their masterplan for European dominance. With current coach Jupp Heynckes retiring at the end of the season, the time was right for the Bavarians to strike. “The signing of Guardiola shows the value of Bayern who want to be on par with the likes of Real Madrid or Manchester United,” said Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer. “Sports director Matthias Sammer and Pep Guardiola. You will not find a better duo anywhere,” said Beckenbauer who led the team to three consecutive European crowns in the 1970s. What remains to be seen is whether Guardiola can produce instant results from a team full of big names and big egos.

TITLE holders Zambia head a list of 10 past winners in a strong field at this year’s African Nations Cup finals, but it is the Ivory Coast who start as strong favourites. It will be the fifth successive tournament that striker Didier Drogba and his team mates are the team to beat but they could find the ‘favourites’ tag substituted for that of ‘chokers’ if they are again unable to deliver. The spotlight will be focussed on the 34-year-old Drogba who is Africa’s most high-profile player but has never tasted Nations Cup success. The Ivorians have enjoyed fluctuating fortunes in the four previous editions, but there is a growing belief that Drogba, in the autumn of an international career that has delivered 56 goals in 90 matches, can drive the side on to the title. Drogba is joined in the Ivory Coast squad by African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, top scorer in the Dutch league this season and seen as Drogba’s successor. “There has been a mental block left by the past failures, but we know about it and the pressure does not scare us,” said coach Sabri Lamouchi. West African rivals Ghana and Mali represent a potent threat along with the north African pairing of Morocco and Algeria, second ranked in Africa behind the Ivorians. Nigeria return after missing the last edition with a fresh look to their squad while hosts South Africa will be hoping to emerge from a difficult time to ride a wave of home support. Ghana have not won in more than 30 years, but are still expected to launch a strong challenge despite being a side in transition, stripped of the many experienced players. Mali, who have never won the trophy, are an unknown quantity but have picked a team full of regulars from clubs in Europe’s major leagues. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Tunisia are past Nations Cup winners, but would consider advancing to the knockout stages a success this time. This year’s finals come just 12 months after the last tournament because of a change in the timing of the event from every even to every odd year. It will likely be played against a backdrop of contrasting interest with 90,000 tickets sold for the opening game featuring the home team. Sales at other venues, however, are slow enough to suggest the prospect of embarrassingly empty terraces.


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Fergie lauds ‘incredible’ Giggs as angry Allardyce left fuming United boss says Welshman will play on

By Martyn Herman

By Phil Medlicott MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson backed Ryan Giggs to continue playing for the club for another year after the veteran midfielder’s performance in Wednesday night’s 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory over West Ham. Giggs, named as captain for the evening, delivered a virtuoso display in the contest at Old Trafford as United set up a fourth-round home clash with Fulham. And referring to the 39year-old after the game, Ferguson told MUTV: “He will play for another year. “There are no signs of tiredness or weakness in his game, his quality is still there, he has fantastic balance and he has appetite for it. “He is just an incredible human being.” United’s goal came in the ninth minute from Wayne Rooney, who was back in action after sitting out their last five matches due to a knee injury. The England striker turned in Javier Hernandez’s square ball from close range, and after taking the congratulations of his team-mates, then paid his respects to his late sister-in-law, kissing his hands, looking to the skies and raising his arms as he walked back towards the halfway line.

FA begins 150th birthday celebrations

Thirty-nine-year-old Ryan Giggs, named as Manchester United captain for the evening, delivered a virtuoso display against West Ham at Old Trafford as United set up a fourth-round home clash with Fulham United had chances to extend their advantage but could not take them and West Ham grew into the game after the break. The visitors had a penalty appeal for handball against Rafael waved away by referee Phil Dowd, who then awarded a spot-kick at the other end with just over 10 minutes remaining for a similar infringement by Jordan Spence, only for Rooney to waste the opportunity by blazing high over the bar. It leaves United with a record of four penalties scored and five missed for the season so far and Ferguson said: “I don’t think it is just one of those things. I

think we have to improve at that. “If you get a penalty kick, really... there has been talk about (the good penalty record of) Rickie Lambert at Southampton. That is what taking penalty kicks is about. “There have been several great examples over the years - (former Southampton midfielder) Matthew Le Tissier scoring 47 out of 48. “A penalty kick is your opportunity to take advantage of a foul or a handball or whatever and score a goal.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce lamented his team’s inability to make the most of the chances that came their

way, but also made it clear he was unhappy with Dowd’s decision-making with regard to the two handball incidents, and suggested the referee lacked courage. Allardyce - whose side had held United to a 2-2 draw in the original tie at Upton Park - said: “It was very frustrating due to the fact that we have created so many opportunities to get ourselves back in the game, and then very disappointing that we were not given a penalty at 1-0 in the second half for Rafael’s handball, which was blatant and clear for the referee to see in the position he was in. “He couldn’t find the cour-

age to give it unfortunately, and he then went down the other end and there was a very similar incident with Jordan Spence and it was given. “That is a very big disappointment for me - the lack of consistency in that area. “I think you have to have courage to play here and to referee here. “But why are you a professional referee or player? To come to these places to do your job, and do it to the best of your ability. “Phil Dowd is a hugely experienced referee and one of the top ones in this country, but I have to say he did get it wrong.”

Wenger amazed by Wilshere form By Jim van Wijk

Jack Wilshere, 21, capped a man-of-the-match display with a late winner against Swansea in an FA Cup replay

MANAGER Arsene Wenger admits Jack Wilshere is ahead of schedule after the England midfielder fired Arsenal into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a brilliant late winner against Swansea at Emirates Stadium. Wilshere was sidelined for almost 18 months with ankle and knee injuries before returning to action this season. The 21-year-old continues to grow with every game and capped a man-of-thematch display to finally beat inspired Swansea keeper Michel Vorm with a 20-yard strike after 86 minutes to set up a trip to Brighton and keep alive hopes of Arsenal’s first trophy since 2005. “I didn’t expect him to

be this good at this stage,” said Wenger. “I always thought that if we could get Jack back to a reasonable level by January, we will have done well but he is ahead of what I could imagine. “He is back to what he was before the injury, I think so, yes. “A complete midfielder can defend and attack and Jack can also dribble and give a final ball so the closer players like him are to the goal the better it is for them. “He has quality and enthusiasm - and a love for the game, which is the most important for me.” The Gunners were much improved from the lacklustre 2-0 Barclays Premier League home defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, and but for a combination of poor finishing and brilliant defending would have

had the tie wrapped up well before Wilshere’s fine late effort. With France striker Olivier Giroud returned to the starting line-up and England forward Theo Walcott switched back to the right flank, Arsenal opened up full of movement - which had been lacking against City. However, more often than not, the finishing was lacking or Arsenal were foiled by brave Swansea defending. “It was unbelievable that we couldn’t score but we got it in the end. We persevered and we were rewarded,” said Wenger. All is not lost this season for Swansea, with Michael Laudrup’s men looking to reach the Carling Cup final at Wembley as well as consolidate their place in the Premier League.

WORLD football’s oldest governing body has returned to its roots as the Football Association kicked off its 150th anniversary celebrations with many favourite sons and a few familiar old foes. In a glitzy banqueting hall in a street near London’s Covent Garden, the site of the former Freemason’s Tavern where a group of enlightened gentlemen conceived the FA in 1863, England coach Roy Hodgson was joined at the launch of a year of special events by the great and good of English football. Bobby Charlton, Martin Peters and George Cohen revived memories of the national team’s finest hour at the 1966 World Cup while Peter Shilton, the country’s most-capped player, was flanked by England stalwarts Alan Shearer and Trevor Brooking. Former Germany internationals Oliver Bierhoff and Lothar Matthaeus, who caused England fans plenty of disappointment during their careers, were among the overseas guests, although, thankfully for Shilton, there was no sign of Diego Maradona. The Argentine’s infamous ‘hand of God’ goal past Shilton at the 1986 World Cup finals failed to make a breathless 150-second video sprint through the organisation’s first 150 years, narrated by young Arsenal and England forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The FA’s recent woes, including its frosty relationship with world governing body FIFA and domestic racism rows, were not surprisingly forgotten but it did mark many key moments in the evolution of the “beautiful game” such as the original book of 13 rules, described as the “DNA of the modern game”. David Bernstein, the soonto-be former chairman of an association battling to retain its influence alongside the ever-powerful Premier League, said what happened in a small room at the Freemason’s Tavern had changed the world. “150 years ago a group of people met on this site and they changed the world by producing the first laws of the game,” he said at the launch, which featured video messages of goodwill from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, UEFA’s Michel Platini and former England captain David Beckham. England may have been overtaken as a force but Blatter called the FA “pioneers” of the world game. “It’s called The FA, that’s because it’s the number one in FIFA,” he said. “The privilege of being called The FA is because the modern game has been organised in England, and more than that, they have organised what we call, The Beautiful Game.”


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LeBron James youngest to reach 20,000 NBA points 28

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Robson stuns Kvitova in late night thriller British teen through to Melbourne third round By Jon Fisher

Laura Robson’s victory yesterday marks the first time since the 1991 US Open that Britain has two women in the last 32 of a grand slam event

L Unpopular: Rafa Benitez was booed by Chelsea supporters on the final whistle, and also when he substituted Frank Lampard for the misfiring Fernando Torres

Benitez frustrated by Chelsea home blues By Alex Lowe RAFAEL Benitez was left feeling homesick once again after his Chelsea side threw away a two-goal lead to Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The Blues led at half-time courtesy of goals from Demba Ba and Eden Hazard and they appeared to be cruising to a first home win since December 23. But Rickie Lambert pulled Southampton back into the game with a header three minutes after coming off the bench and Jason Puncheon equalised with a brilliant volley. Since their 8-0 rout of Aston Villa, Chelsea have lost at home to QPR and Swansea and now drawn with the relegationbattling Saints. Benitez, booed by supporters on the final whistle, admitted Chelsea had thrown away the chance of victory by failing to kill off the game. “We should have won,” Benitez said. “We didn’t take our chances when we had them. I said we would have to be more clinical and it was the same against Southampton. “We had situations where we could score. We didn’t and they broke on a counter-attack. We gave them hope they could score and they did it. “I was talking to the team at half-time, trying to say ‘we have to score a third goal’. “I think for us we cannot be happy drawing at home. I am disappointed. When you know your players and what they can do it is disappointing.

“We have to think how we can improve for the next one.” On top of their frustration at Chelsea drawing, the Stamford Bridge faithful were also taking in the news that Pep Guardiola was bound for Bayern Munich not the Kings Road. Benitez, though, had little to say on the matter. “It is fine for him because he decides to go there,” Benitez said. Asked if it was a surprise, he added: “No. “My job is to get three points against Arsenal.” Chelsea beat Southampton 5-1 in the FA Cup less than two weeks ago but the Saints arrived at Stamford Bridge with a different game-plan. Manager Nigel Adkins urged them not to panic at the interval and the Saints delivered, with a draw moving them three points clear of the relegation zone. “We know Chelsea are a good side. We knew if we opened up the space they have players who can hurt you,” Adkins said. “We came with a gameplan to be compact and frustrate the opposition. At half-time it was 2-0 and I said ‘stick to the game-plan’. “If we had gone and chased it there was every chance we could have ended up with a scoreline like Aston Villa, who conceded eight here. “We stuck at it. Rickie came on and scored the goal and what a fantastic goal it was for the second one. “Not many teams will come back from two goals down against Chelsea.”

aura Robson displayed nerves of steel to progress to the third round of the Australian Open yesterday after outlasting eighth seed Petra Kvitova in an “ugly” threehour marathon that only ended at 12.30am local time. The 18-year-old overcame a woeful first set to grow into the match. And after failing to serve it out at 6-5 in the decider she got the job done when the chance next arose to go through 2-6 6-3 11-9 in exactly three hours. With Heather Watson advancing on Wednesday, it is the first time since the 1991 US Open that Britain has two women in the last 32 of a grand slam event. It certainly was not pretty, but Robson, who reached the fourth round in New York last year with stunning wins over Kim Clijsters and Li Na, again displayed a bloodymindedness which allied to her natural talent bodes well for the future. She next plays another rising star, American Sloane Stephens, who beat her in Hobart last week. Although happy with a victory she described as “her toughest”, the British number two admitted it had been a patchy encounter. “I thought it was pretty ugly but in terms of how tough it was to close it out at the end it was right up there with my best wins,” she said. Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion has been struggling for confidence in recent months - she has not won consecutive matches since the US Open - and suffered early-round defeats at the warm-up events in Brisbane and Sydney. And she again appeared mentally fragile, especially in the deciding set, as Robson held her nerve rather than the more experienced Czech. The first two sets were forgettable with both players making a catalogue of errors as the momentum swung one way and then the other. Kvitova had the better of the opener with Robson appearing to be hamstrung by nerves in her first night session appearance on a show court at a major. “In the first set it was just

too up and down,” said Robson. “At the start of the second I knew I had to play with more consistency.” And she did exactly that to hit back, aided admittedly by Kvitova’s inability to keep the ball in court. Most of the drama was reserved, though, for the deciding set, after Kvitova had surged into a 3-0 lead. Robson held and then got the break back as, from nowhere, Kvitova threw in three double faults in an awful game to lose the advantage. Robson promptly handed it back, more serving woe compounded by a netted backhand on break point. And so it continued, Robson breaking again to change ends at 3-4 down. There was eventually a hold as the teenager made it 4-4. As the match reached its crucial stages, Robson profited from yet another Kvitova meltdown to break for a 6-5 lead. She could not serve it out, however, being broken to 15 as nerves got to the younger woman.

Two holds followed before a disputed line call at 7-7, 30-30 unsettled Kvitova but, she came through to again pile the pressure on Robson. She held firm as the match, remarkably, then went into a spell of being dominated by serve until Robson broke for 10-9. And this time Kvitova had no reply as Robson served it out to go through with the match finishing well after midnight. “I was pretty disappointed at how I tried to serve it out at 6-5, I gave her too much time on the ball so to come out with a win is pretty pleasing,” Robson added. MURRAY AND SERENA ON THE UP AS MELBOURNE SWELTERS PAGE 29

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