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Motorists rush to fill up tanks Indefinite strike called but owners open to discussion with government By Stefanos Evripidou and Daphne Vrahimi


O T O R I S T S snaked in long queues at petrol stations across the island last night ahead of today’s indefinite strike by petrol station owners demanding a freeze in new licences until new legislation is implemented to regulate the market. The operators’ association said it was left with no other choice after numerous discussions with authorities yielded no results. The association argued it was promised by the government that stricter restrictions on acquiring new licences would be introduced so as not to flood the market, but that these have not been implemented. “There was no other option but to proceed with the decision to shut down all filling stations from Friday, January 4,” the association said. “Our demand is for a freeze in licences until new regulation and criteria for the operation of fuel stations are approved by parliament.” The strike started on Wednesday in the Famagusta area where operators are furious over the creation of new stations in their area. They claim that if things continue as they are, the number of garages could

rise significantly and that their businesses face ruin with the increased competition. However, it wasn’t quite clear yesterday whether the island-wide strike, starting today at 6am, where not even self-service machines will be operational, was called to protest against the oversaturation of the market- with claims that the number of existing petrol stations is already 35 per cent more than necessary- or because a number of stations were allegedly issued licences irregularly. Head of the Petrol Station Owners’ Association Stefanos Stefanou yesterday clarified that the owners were not against new licences per se, given that they operate in a free market open to competition, but that they oppose licences being issued to petrol stations that allegedly do not meet all the requirements. Operators are calling for more restrictions to control the number of stations being established. The association’s honorary chairman Pambinos Charalambous referred to the new licences issued in recent years, saying: “We are not saying we don’t want any new petrol stations to be constructed – it is a free market. “These new petrol stations should be constructed based on



Jaka Hvala of Slovenia is seen in action during the trial jump, at the third stage of the Four Hill tournament in Innsbruck, Austria yesterday (EPA)

Sex manual from 18th century up for auction AN early manual on sex and pregnancy banned from sale in the UK for more than 200 years will go under the hammer this month. Aristotle’s Compleat Masterpiece first appeared around 1680 and sets out various ideas on sexual relationships and how to conceive. It was banned in the mid18th century and remained a forbidden text until the prohibition was lifted in the 1960s. An edition printed in the 1760s is expected to fetch up to £400 when it goes on sale at Edinburgh auction house Lyon and Turnbull. Cathy Marsden, a book specialist at the auctioneers, said: “It was very popular. It was probably the most printed text of its kind and it went through a lot of editions. “It’s fascinating reading. It tells an amazing story about the changing perspectives on sex.” The book is thought to have served as a reference guide for amateur midwives and young married couples and includes dire warnings about the possible consequences of extra-marital sex. “There’s nothing in it that would really be considered dirty in our society now. It’s funny more than anything,” Marsden said. “There are various things which warn parents about what could happen to their children if they sinned whilst conceiving them, perhaps by having sex outside marriage. It would say your baby would be born all hairy or it would suggest that Siamese twins were the result of the parents’ sins.” The book was attributed to Aristotle but there is little, if any, of his work in the text.

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TODAY: A mixture of sunshine, cloud and rain. Temperatures will reach 15C inland, 17C along the coasts and 9C over higher ground OUTLOOK: Remaining unsettled, with snow expected over the Troodos mountains. Feeling colder YESTERDAY:

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28 years ago, Friday January 4, 1985

Chinese and North Korean troops recapture the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Divorces in Cyprus are making a rapid increase according to the latest statistics. In 1983 the total number of couples who obtained a divorce was 262. A year earlier the figure was 216 and in 1981 it stood at 164. Just 87 people migrated in 1983, the lowest annual number recorded since independence.

1958 Sir Edmund Hillary arrives at the South Pole - the first explorer to do so since Captain Scott in 1912.

1967 Donald Campbell is killed on Coniston Water while attempting to break the world water speed record.

1986 Phil Lynott, the former frontman of rock group Thin Lizzy, dies 11 days after collapsing from a drink and drug binge.

2010 The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance.

38 years ago, Saturday January 4, 1975 National Guard commander General Karayiannis yesterday told national guardsmen who had been prisoners of the Turkish forces during the July and August military operations that they would be accorded the “most favourable” treatment. Ex prisoners who have still to serve their national term had requested that they should be exempted on compassionate grounds.

58 years ago, Tuesday January 4, 1955 Four Cyprus Airways pilots will be leaving in turn for the United Kingdom from next Sunday to undergo a 14 week Viscount training course. An agreement has been reached for the airline to run Viscounts on some of its routes.

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Motorists rush to fill up tanks ahead of an islandwide strike The interior minister will meet the owners this morning to explain government position, and certain changes that have been made (continued from front page) new regulations, stricter criteria, just like the ministries of commerce and interior have promised us, but the legislation is still not in effect,” he added. A licence awarded for a new petrol station on the Paralimni-Ayia Napa road prompted the initial strike in the Famagusta District, which caused chaos in the south-east of the island with motorists forced to drive to Larnaca to fill up their tanks. Paralimni mayor Theodoros Pyrillis yesterday said his municipality was not responsible for the town planning permit, adding that if the relevant state services revoke the licence then the local authority will follow suit and cancel its building permit.

CRITICISM “The municipality does not control town planning. There was a licence given for this particular petrol station and since the departments responsible approved its construction, the municipality could not object. “The licence was not issued against regulations,” he said. Pyrillis criticised the operators’ association for choosing to launch an island-wide strike today, two days after Famagusta operators went on strike. The people and economy of Famagusta should have been given some respite from the strike before launching a nation-wide strike, he argued. According to senior town planning officer Makis Chrysostomou around five to six licence applications are submitted per district each year. In Famagusta, there are

A queue begins to form at a Petrolina station in Larnaca yesterday afternoon as drivers try to stock up currently 18 operational petrol stations, a further six under construction and two or three applications for new licences pending evaluation, said Chrysostomou. He argued that in the last two years, stricter rules have been implemented on issuing licences, with the association’s views taken into consideration. Chrysostomou referred to the 2011 amendments to the local town planning zones that will be implemented, introducing even tougher criteria for obtaining a licence. “Based on the previous criteria, a petrol station could be constructed 500 metres away from another one, but now there has to be a distance of 1000 metres. Also, petrol stations cannot be constructed close to schools or within 200 metres of a populated area.” he said. Interior Minister Eleni Mavrou told the Cyprus Mail last night that she has arranged a meeting with the association for this morning at 9am when she will explain the government’s position. “I will inform them of changes that have been made. If they want, they might be satisfied,” she said. “We had a meeting two months ago, and they raised the issue of not issuing new licences. We explained we cannot do that. At the same time, we explained we would pass new procedures for the local town planning zones that would provide more stringent requirements for getting a licence,” said the minister. “These changes have been made. Cabinet approved last week all the

local town planning zones for all districts which will be published in the official gazette today,” added Mavrou. Regarding the claims that some licences were given despite the application not meeting all criteria set, the minister pledged to carry out a thorough investigation into all such allegations given to her by the association, and either re-examine the licence in question or if need be revoke it.

CONSULTING Asked why the meeting with the association had to wait until after the strike started, Mavrou said many services and departments were involved in issuing licences, requiring some time to coordinate and consult before approaching the operators. Regarding the mad rush by motorists queuing to fill their tanks before the strike, the minister said: “I don’t agree that people should be troubled in this way, with a little good will we could solve the issue.” On the operators’ demands, she said: “You cannot intervene in the free market through town planning. There is no way to interfere in the operation of businesses, not just petrol stations, but also bakeries, kiosks, the lot. What you can do is regulate them and we’re doing that with the local town planning zones.” Speaking on the main news show on CyBC last night, Stefanou hinted that he could call the strike off after the meeting with Mavrou if their demands are met. (see editorial page 11)

(Christos Theodorides)

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Working out the kinks in new system Public sector working hours seem to be good for some but not so good for others By Poly Pantelides VARIOUS sectors of the public service are still trying to work out the kinks in the new working hours that were agreed under the bailout terms with international lenders. State services are serving the public for longer following extended working hours, which came into effect on Wednesday, the public administration and personnel department has said. Civil servants - but not shift workers – can start work at any point between 7.30am and 8.30am and leave between 3pm and 4pm as a transition. From September 1, employees will come in between 8am and 9am, leaving between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. They will no longer work Wednesday afternoons to serve the public, spreading out that time over the week instead. The measure is part of changes aimed at reducing overtime by introducing non-stop working time and extending flexitime, said senior official with the public administration and personnel department at the finance ministry, Sophia Vassiliou. It has proved to be good news for some workers in the broader public service. “I prefer having a lie-in and a relaxed morning, not getting stuck in traffic with parents driving kids to school,” said 34-year-old Margarita Georgiou, who works in a semi-state organisation. Georgiou may be among staff enabling the public to be served for longer. Vassiliou said most de-

Union boss Hadjipetrou partments reported that they had complied and extended their hours. The public administration department wants to extend services to the public to 2.30pm instead of 1pm under the old system. This would mean members of the public who need to visit a government department could do so on their lunch break instead of rushing to get there by 1pm. The citizen’s advice bureau will continue working as normal, between 8am and 5pm, Vassiliou said. Smaller semi-state organisations implanting government hours as part of their regulations are also enforcing the new schedule, she added. This includes the central

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agency for the equal distribution of burdens and the Cyprus youth board. Bigger semi-governmental bodies, including the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), are unaffected. EAC spokesman Costas Gavrielides said they were still mulling the changes. “We employ shift workers and [overhauling the schedule] is not so simple. We have to see how we can tend to the authority’s needs,” Gavrielides said. Police and the health ministry that also use the shift system have asked all staff to come in at 7.30am, until they can see what changes they can introduce. State facilities that don’t have an electronic clocking in and out system cannot monitor the flexitime arrangement, and so are also having all staff come in at 7.30am, the public administration department said. Adding a voice of dissent, Glafcos Hadjipetrou the head of public service union PASIDY said it was not clear yet whether or not it served the public to abolish Wednesday afternoon opening. “The issue is about serving Cyprus society,” Hadjipetrou said, even though the new hours would see public services open longer on a daily basis and not just on Wednesdays. It is, at any rate, to soon to gauge the broader impact of the changes. Traffic conditions should improve as public servants will no longer leave en masse at 2:30pm to return home along with bank employees at the same time, and workers will not have to share the streets with parents dropping their kids to school in the mornings. But the head of the traffic police, Demetris Demetriou, said they would have to wait for next week when schools open to see what happens.

Many shops have been offering discounts since before Christmas (Christos Theodorides)

Early ‘official’ sales period kicks off in attempt to boost business By Peter Stevenson DESPITE many shops having started their sales before Christmas, the Pancyprian Association of Clothing and Footwear a member of the small shopkeepers union POVEK, announced that the official winter sales period began yesterday. “The sales are just the continued reduction in prices, a phenomenon, which has been recorded by the commerce ministry over the last three years,” a statement from POVEK said. “Our aim is for all the consumers to be given the opportunity to buy cheaper goods so small family businesses and the marketplace in general can be revitalised,” it added. The Supreme Court ruled last October that the law regulating sales restricts the right to sell goods at discount prices outside the set time periods and was in violation of the relevant EU directive. It ruled on an appeal filed by the Shacolas Group against a district court decision finding it in violation of the sales law, allowing any business to put sales on at any time of

the year. Before the ruling the winter sales season would officially start on the first Monday of February until the fourth Saturday of the month, and the summer sales season would start on the first Monday of August until the fourth Saturday of the month. “The sale of goods at discount prices without time restrictions is not banned by the European directive which, on the contrary, prohibits member states from introducing and keeping in force legal measures that are stricter than the ones in the directive and measures that restrict the free movement of goods,” the Shacolas Group said. Speaking on the radio yesterday, Lakis Zoides, head of the Pancyprian Association of Clothing and Footwear said that the Supreme Court’s decision was respected but some kind of order needed to exist within the marketplace. “We believe there needs to be specific sales periods with the consumer kept up-to-date as to the goings on with specific framework for shops to work within,” he said. “We will be going to see the Attorney-general next week to see if we can put legislation in place for specific sales periods or to at least have a deal in principal,” he added.

Teen remanded over burglaries Underage driver caught with cannabis LARNACA District Court yesterday ordered an eight-day remand for a 15-year-old boy in connection with a series of burglaries in Larnaca between June and December last year. Police said the 15-year-old was questioned and confessed to having committed 18 break-ins and burglaries in total. All burglaries took place in the Ayioi Anargiroi area where items worth over €20,000 including jewellery, money and laptops were stolen. They said the teen had admitted to committing seven more break-ins, and that he was also involved in other offences, which are being investigated. Police are carrying out investigations to determine who fenced the stolen items and whether the boy had any accomplices.

POLICE found half a gramme of cannabis in a vehicle being illegally driven by a 15-year-old boy yesterday. Traffic police stopped and checked the vehicle driven by the teen who was accompanied by three of his peers in Ayias Zonis Street in Limassol. Officers found that he was driving without a licence or insurance and without his mother’s consent, Limassol CID head Ioannis Sotiriades said. Police searched the vehicle and found half a gramme of cannabis, as well as tools for breaking in and other items for which the teenage passengers gave no explanation. All four were taken in for questioning. They were charged and later released.

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Banking sector ‘turning the page’ says central bank boss Governor says past mistakes should not be repeated By George Psyllides THIS YEAR will be full of challenges, Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades said yesterday, with the need to successfully implement the bailout adjustment programme taking centre stage. Successful implementation of the adjustment programme would secure the stability of the island’s banking system, which is currently going through severe turbulence due to its exposure to Greece, the governor said. “Our aim is for a banking system based on solid foundations,” Demetriades told reporters. Demetriades, who took over at the helm of the Central Bank early last year, struck a note of optimism about the future of the sector. “I am in a position to say today that the banking sector is turning the page. The Central Bank is looking ahead and is optimistic about the future … but at the same time it seeks to identify past mistakes so that they will not be repeated,” Demetriades said. Cyprus sought

financial assistance in June last year after its two biggest banks asked for state help to cope with the heavy losses they incurred following the write-down of Greek sovereign debt. Bank of Cyprus and Popular also have considerable exposure to Greece’s flagging economy, which costs the lenders a lot of money in the form of provisions for bad debts. Their acquisition of so much Greek debt as well as their expansion abroad is currently the object of an investigation carried out by professional services firm Alvares and Marsal. Demetriades said the adjustment programme sets the basis for the recovery of the Cypriot economy, despite some painful measures. The measures that concern the banking sector “will lead to a more robust, competitive and resistant banking system that will be able to support healthy private initiative and viable growth.” Cyprus has come to a preliminary agreement with international lenders pending the total amount needed to

Demetriades: aim is for a banking system based on solid foundations recapitalise the banks. The amount will also determine the sustainability of Cyprus’ public debt and whether additional measures like privatising public companies would be necessary.

Opposition concerned over debt sustainability By George Psyllides OPPOSITION parties DISY and DIKO yesterday called for an emergency meeting of the House Finance Committee to discuss ways of keeping the island’s debt sustainable and avoid additional austerity. The two parties, which support the candidacy of DISY chief Nicos Anastassiades in February’s presidential poll, said joint action was necessary to reverse the situation and create prospects for the Cypriot economy. “If together we succeed in keeping the public debt at sustainable levels, then we will avoid taking additional painful measures and at the same time create better conditions for a faster recovery of the economy,” said Anastassiades’ spokesman Tasos Mitsopoulos. Mitsopoulos said it was of the upmost urgency for the government and the Central Bank to finally put forward convincing arguments that would lead to the reduction of the amounts necessary to recapitalise the banks and cooperatives. “The sustainability of Cyprus’ public debt must be our main concern at the moment if we honestly want to not burden Cypriot taxpayers with even more painful austerity measures and prevent the possibility of privatisations,” Mitsopoulos said. Reports suggest the preliminary results of due diligence showed that banks will need €10.3 billion. That’s on top of some €7.5 billion needed by the state. The Central Bank wants to challenge this estimate, with the help of a foreign

consultancy firm, in a bid to revise the figure downward - closer to €9 billion or lower. If the total bailout amount reaches 100 per cent of the island’s GDP, or around €18 billion, it would mean a debt to GDP ratio of 140 per cent That could spell trouble for Cyprus as the IMF considers any debt over 120 per cent unsustainable. There are various options available to make a debt sustainable, including a write-down or haircut, similar to what the EU did in Greece. A haircut however would do more harm to Cypriot banks. “Most of Cyprus’ debt is held by banks, which needed the capital in the first place,” said Fiona Mullen, director of Sapienta Economics. “If a haircut is supposed to help Cyprus it does not look that it will under the circumstances.” An alternative would be to extend the debt repayment period, Mullen said, and lower the interest rate. A haircut would also affect provident funds that hold government debt, and force a reduction in pensions, according to economist Alexander Apostolides. One solution would be to write-down the debt held by foreign entities if possible. “I am not sure if we can make a distinction between internal and external debt,” Apostolides said. One other option is for the banks to borrow directly from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), thus removing the burden from the state. However, some EU states, including Germany, oppose this because they do not want the ESM undertaking any so-called legacy debt - debt dating back to before the facility was established in October.

(Christos Theodorides)


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Home A bad winter but hopes high for summer season in Paphos By Bejay Browne THE winter tourist season in Paphos has been one of the worst in the past ten years but according to industry professionals, there is a glimmer of hope. The manager of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nassos Hadjigeorgiou said that in order to ensure that the next winter season was better, pre- planning and action was imperative. “It has been a very difficult winter for Paphos compared with previous years,” he said. “Domestic tourism was less than expected this year, as people chose to stay at home. Apart from the Russian injection of around 4,000 visitors during the festive season, there aren’t any other signs of positive developments for the

winter period.” In a bid to drum up business for 2013, Paphos will be promoted at tourist fairs across Europe this month, said Hadjigeorgiou. “We must turn the current situation around, but there won’t be any real changes until March and we are planning well in advance for next winter,” he said. Hadjigeorgiou said the lack of direct air connections to Europe and further afield was still a sore point. “The matter of air connections is our priority. We need to be connected to our source markets which will bring winter visitors, such as, Germany, Scandinavia and central Europe,” he said. Paphos is vigorously promoting its athletic infrastructure abroad, such as football training fields for football teams,

hoping to attract Russians, Asian and European football teams but this would not bear fruit until next year as the training period is from January-March, and nothing is in place for 2013. Other products such as rock climbing holidays and eco tourism, are also being developed, according to Hadjigeorgiou. “We have started our marketing campaign for 2013 and next week we will travel to the Netherlands to attend a travel fair,” he said. Although he said there was a decrease of 20 per cent in visitors from the Netherlands to Paphos in 2012 compared with the previous year, he said officials still believe that there is potential there. Paphos will also be represented at travel fairs this month in Austria and Finland. Hadjigeorgiou said that although Aus-


A great place to be born in 2013

Focus on DNA evidence in stabbing POLICE investigations continued yesterday into the murder of 34-year-old Yiannakis Christodoulou on New Year’s Day with no sign of the two culprits who sped away from the scene. Christodoulou, aka ‘Foxy’ was stabbed five times, four in the front and once in the back as he scuffled with two men on January 1 in a residential area of Polemidia in Limassol after they had initially cut him off in their car. The investigations are focusing on genetic material found at the scene and also the victim’s phone records according to Limassol CID chief Yiannis Soteriades. “We are examining all the evidence as we continue to question people in an attempt to speedily investigate the case,” he said. Soteriades confirmed that Christodoulou had entered a witness protection programme for a specific case but that he had been released from the programme eight years ago. Police are continuing to monitor footage from closed circuit television that captured the route Christodoulou’s car took on the evening in question. The footage confirmed eye-witness reports that the two perpetrators had fled the scene in a dark coloured car according to Soteriades.

Cyprus ahead of Britain and France in Economist where-to-be-born index CYPRUS beat out Britain and France, coming in 23rd place in a list of 80 countries ranked according to whether they were a good place for a child to be born in 2013. The ‘where-to-be-born ‘index was first compiled a quarter of a century ago by The Economist Intelligence Unit as a light-hearted project but it says it has now earnestly calculated where would be best to be born in 2013. The quality-of-life index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys - how happy people say they are - to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries. Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts - things like crime and trust in public institutions matter too, it says. In all, the index takes 11 indicators into account. Some are fixed, such as geography; others change only very slowly over time (demography, social and cultural characteristics). According to the index the top five countries respectively are Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden and Denmark with points ranging from 8.01 to 8.22. Cyprus reached joint 23rd with Chile with 7.10 points. Japan, France and Britain followed with 7.08, 7.04 and 7.01. The US, which topped the first index in 1988 has dropped to 16th with 7.38 points, Greece was in 34th place with 6.65 and Turkey 51

with 5.95 points. Bottom of the list respectively were Nigeria with 4.74 points, Kenya with 4.91, Ukraine with 4.98 and Bangladesh with 5.07. The Economist said that during its calculations a forward-looking element also comes into play and that it had used The Economist Intelligence Unit’s economic forecasts to 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood. “Despite the global economic crisis, times have in certain respects never been so good. Output growth rates have been declining across the world, but income levels are at or near historic highs,” The Economist said. “Life expectancy continues to increase steadily and political freedoms have spread across the globe. In other ways, however, the crisis has left a deep imprint - in the eurozone, but also elsewhere - particularly on unemployment and personal security. In doing so, it has eroded both family and community life.” It said that small economies dominated the index’s top ten. Half of these were European, but only one, the Netherlands, was from the eurozone. “The Nordic countries shine, whereas the crisis-ridden south of Europe (Greece, Portugal and Spain) lags behind despite the advantage of a favourable climate,” it said. “America, where babies will

trians are eager to visit Paphos, there are currently no direct flights, which creates a barrier in developing a market. “Finland is also a popular market for Paphos and another tour operator will be offering packages to Paphos which is good news and will increase the capacity,” he said. “There are moves from airlines interested to commence new flights. I can’t comment on that yet. We also believe that the Russian market will show further growth.” Hadjigeorgiou said it was also possible that Ryanair would expand its flights from Paphos in 2013. “We also need to keep the UK market stable,” he added. “If all of these factors are achieved, it would give a solid indication that next year would be far better.”

Organ donor saves two lives A RECENTLY deceased Cypriot organ donor saved two Cypriot kidney patients, one aged around 40 and the other around 50. Nicosia General Hospital expressed their gratitude to the deceased’s family in an announcement yesterday. “Every post-mortem donor can give life to up to eight fellow human beings,” the announcement said. The transplant clinic at Nicosia general hospital performed two successful transplants on the latest two Cypriot kidney recipients. The clinic has performed 56 transplants since its opening two years ago in January 2011, with 100 per cent patient and organ viability within a year of the operation. Organs for 17 of the transplants came from post-mortem donors and 39 came from living organ donors. In 2011 there were 27 transplants performed, in 2012 there were 29. All operations for kidney donations from living donors were performed laparoscopically, so as to ensure pain-free recovery. The clinic of Nicosia general hospital was also the first in Cyprus to perform a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant, in June 2012.

Jobless to man election centres Quality of life played a huge part in determining index inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place. Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) scores impressively. Nigeria is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013, said The Economist. “Quibblers will, of course, find more holes in all this than there are in a chunk of Swiss cheese. America was helped to the top spot back in 1988 by the inclusion in the ranking of a “philistine factor” (for cultural poverty) and a “yawn

index” (the degree to which a country might, despite all its virtues, be irredeemably boring). Switzerland scored terribly on both counts.” It concluded: “In the film “The Third Man”, Orson Welles’s character, the rogue Harry Lime, famously says that Italy for 30 years had war, terror and murder under the Borgias but in that time produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance; Switzerland had 500 years of peace and democracy - and produced the cuckoo clock”.

EIGHT hundred unemployed degree-holders were randomly drawn from a list on Wednesday night at the district office of Nicosia, as part of an island-wide effort by the interior ministry to provide temporary employment during election-time for those out of work. Those picked will be responsible for manning the election centres in the Nicosia constituency with the other districts following suit in the coming days. The list of those chosen to man the election centres appears on the ministry’s website ( with each person chosen represented by their identity card number. The list of runners-up also appears on the site in the order they were chosen. Those chosen will be informed over the phone and will have to present confirmation of their unemployment status from the labour office and the IBAN number of their bank account so they can receive payment. Those who do not present the necessary details by Friday, January 11 will be stricken from the list without prior notice and will be replaced by the next eligible runner-up.

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Britain BRITAIN TODAY 2012 second wettest year on record for UK LAST year was the second wettest year across the UK in records dating back more than a century to 1910, the Met Office revealed yesterday. Total rainfall for 2012 was just a few millimetres shy of the record set in 2000, the figures showed. Persistent wet weather which saw a number of records broken led to a total rainfall for the UK for the year of 1,330.7mm (52.4 inches), just 6.6mm (0.26 inches) short of the figure for 2000. It was the wettest year on record for England and the third wettest for Wales, but Scotland experienced only its 17th wettest year and in Northern Ireland it was the 40th wettest. The Met Office also said there had been a high frequency of wet years since 2000, with four of the five wettest years on record occurring since the beginning of this century.

Nepal torture suspect held A 46-YEAR-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of torture carried out during the civil war in Nepal, Scotland Yard said. Counter-terrorism officers held the man yesterday morning in St Leonards-onSea, East Sussex, and he was being questioned at a police station in the county. The unit is responsible for investigating alleged war crimes and human rights abuses, and yesterday’s arrest relates to claims that acts of torture were committed in Nepal in 2005.

Comedian Davidson denies abuse claims

Call to cut down on winter fuel payments

Allegations ‘not directly linked to Savile case’

THE majority of pensioners should see their winter fuel allowance cut to help fund a reformed system of care for the elderly, a former minister said. Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow said targeting the allowance for all but the poorest of pensioners would help pay for a fairer system of state support for old age care. Burstow, a former care minister, said the move would help meet the cost of implementing the findings of the Dilnot Commission, which proposed capping the amount individuals have to pay for care during their lifetime. In a report by the Centre Forum think-tank, Burstow suggested setting the cap at £60,000, higher than the £35,000 proposed by the Dilnot Commission, saving the taxpayer up to £1.5 billion a year. Currently, elderly people in England have to contribute to their own care costs if they have savings of more than £23,000. The Centre Forum report suggested the costs could be met by ending the universal entitlement to winter fuel payment and granting it only to those receiving pension credit.

COMEDIAN Jim Davidson “vigorously denies” allegations made against him by two women, his solicitor has said. The former Generation Game and Big Break host was questioned by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal over allegations dating back 25 years, his solicitor Henri Brandman said. Scotland Yard said earlier a 59-year-old man was held in west London at around noon on Wednesday after a 53-year-old man had been arrested in Hampshire, both on suspicion of sexual offences linked to Operation Yewtree. They have since been released on bail until March, pending further inquiries. In a statement, Brandman said: “Two women have made allegations in respect of Jim that date back approximately 25 years. “The complainants were then in their mid 20s. “Jim vigorously denies the allegations. He answered police questions as fully as he was able after this passage of time. “He has not been charged with any offence. Neither he nor I will be making any further comment.” The allegations are not directly linked to Savile, the Metropolitan Police said. Davidson, 59, was reportedly arrested at Heathrow Airport as he returned to the UK to be a contestant on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Two women have made allegations of abuse against Davidson (pictured) which he ‘vigorously denies’ his solicitor said The station would not comment on his inclusion, but he had been preparing to take part in the show, which was set to return to screens last night. He will now no longer be taking part and programme chiefs are believed to have been forced into a last minute rejig. Other figures who are said to be appearing include Frankie Dettori, X Factor star Rylan Clark and the model and actress Paula Hamilton. Davidson found fame as a stand-up comedian before presenting television favourites including the Generation Game and Big Break. He founded the British Forces Foundation charity in 1999 to provide entertainment for British troops around the world. In 2001 he was made an OBE for his services to charity. Six men and a woman were

Argentina rebuffed over Falklands THE Prime Minister said yesterday the future of the Falkland Islands was up to the people who live there not Argentina. David Cameron rebuffed claims by Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that Britain is a colonial power and that the Islands should be handed over. Cameron told her she should “listen” to the result of a referendum to be held on the Island, and if the people chose to remain British they would have his “100 per cent” backing. “The future of the Falkland Islands should be determined by the Falkland Islanders themselves, the people who live there,” he said. “Whenever they have been asked their opinion, they say they want to maintain their current status with the United Kingdom. “They’re holding a referendum this year and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referen-

Rebuffed: Argentine President Cristina Fernandez dum and recognise it is for the Falkland Islanders to choose their future, and as long as they choose to stay with the United Kingdom they have my 100 per cent backing.” Cameron, on a visit to Preston, responded to questions on the Islands after the row over their future was reignited by an open letter written by the president of Argentina, calling on him to

relinquish British control. The letter, published as an advert in the Guardian and reported in other newspapers, said Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Malvinas - the Argentinian name for the islands - in “a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism”. The 59-year-old president, who made several calls for the return of the islands during last year’s 30th anniversary of the two countries going to war, urged the Prime Minister to abide by United Nations resolutions she says back the Argentinian cause. “One hundred and eighty years ago on the same date, January 3rd, in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism, Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Malvinas Islands, which are situated 14,000km (8,700 miles) away from London,” she said in the letter, copied to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

seen leaving Davidson’s house in Stockbridge, Hampshire, on Wednesday carrying boxes. The group carried boxes and other items wrapped

in brown paper which they placed in the cars before driving off. When asked, they would not confirm that they were police officers.

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Pakistan Taliban chief killed by US drone A U.S. drone strike killed a key Taliban commander, his deputy and eight others in northwest Pakistan, intelligence sources and tribal leaders said yesterday, deaths that could substantially alter the power balance in the Taliban heartland of Waziristan. Maulvi Nazir Wazir, also known as Mullah Nazir, was killed on Wednesday night when missiles struck a mud house in South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, intelligence sources and residents said. He had survived at least one previous drone attack and was wounded weeks earlier in a bomb attack believed to have been launched by Taliban rivals. His key commanders and his deputy, Ratta Khan, were also killed in the attack at Angoor Adda, near the provincial capital of Wana, sources said.

Nazir had expelled foreign militants from his area, favoured attacking American forces in Afghanistan and had signed non-aggression pacts with the Pakistani military in 2007 and 2009. That put him at odds with some other Pakistan Taliban commanders, but earned him a reputation as a “good” Taliban among some in the Pakistan military. Nazir’s successor was announced in front of a crowd of thousands at his funeral, a witness said. People will be watching closely to see if fellow Wazir tribesman Salahud Din Ayubi continues with Nazir’s policies. The military has a large base in Wana, where Nazir and his men were based. Nazir presided over an uneasy peace between the militants and the army there, but the truce was endangered by

the military’s alliance with the United States and drone strikes, a military officer had said recently. “The (drone) programme is making things very difficult for us. Nazir is the sole remaining major militant leader willing to be an ally,” he had said. “If he decides to side with (Pakistan Taliban leader) Hakimullah, thousands of fighters will come to the frontlines against the Pakistani military. It is in our interest to keep him neutral, if not on our side, because then we can direct our resources against anti-state militants with much greater efficiency.” Militants have launched a string of attacks in Pakistan in recent months, including shooting dead 16 aid workers and an attack by multiple suicide bombers on the airport in the northern city of Peshawar.

Five charged over Delhi rape

WORLD TODAY CAR president refuses to exit

Father of victim calls for death penalty

CENTRAL African Republic President Francois Bozize will refuse to leave power during talks with rebels, his spokesman said yesterday, rejecting the insurgents’ main demand and raising the prospect of a return to fighting. The Seleka rebel alliance, which has accused Bozize of reneging on a past peace deal, advanced to within striking distance of the mineral-rich nation’s capital this week before bowing to international pressure to start negotiations. A week before those talks were due to start, a spokesman for Bozize’s ruling KNK party said the president’s departure would not be on the agenda. “The question of President Bozize leaving ... will be rejected systematically if it is proposed,” Cyriac Gonda told Reuters.

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Petition to free Saudi author ACTIVISTS and intellectuals have petitioned Saudi authorities to free a prominent author two weeks after he was detained over tweets deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, campaigners said yesterday. Turki al-Hamad, one of the best known liberal thinkers and writers in the conservative Muslim kingdom, was detained on December 24 over the comments on microblogging site Twitter which suggested that Islam needed to be rectified. “Our Prophet had come to rectify the faith of Abraham, and now is the time when we need someone to rectify the faith of Mohammad,” read one tweet in Arabic posted on December 23. It was one of several tweets written that day under al-Hamad’s name criticising religious hardliners.

Warlord Mullah Nazir (pictured here in a 2007 photo) had already survived at least one previous drone attack

Indian police personnel stand guard outside the district court Saket in New Delhi yesterday (AFP)

FIVE Indian men were formally charged in court yesterday with the gang rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in a case that has generated widespread anger about the government’s inability to prevent violence against women. The December 16 attack on the 23-year-old student and a male companion provoked furious protests close to the seat of government in New Delhi and has fuelled a nationwide debate about the prevalence of sexual crime in India, where a rape is reported on average every 20 minutes. The woman died of her injuries in hospital in Singapore, where she had been taken for treatment, on Saturday. The five are accused of assaulting the woman on a bus in New Delhi, leaving her with such severe injuries that she died two weeks later. They were not present in court. A sixth accused is under 18 and is due to be tried separately in a juvenile court.

A public prosecutor read out charges including murder, gang rape and criminal conspiracy. The court will examine the charges on Saturday, duty magistrate Surya Malik Grover said. Murder carries the death penalty in India. The father of the woman said earlier he backed the chorus of calls for those responsible to be executed. “The whole country is demanding that these monsters be hanged. I am with them,” the father told reporters in his home village of Mandwara Kalan in Uttar Pradesh state. The woman was born in the village but the family later moved to New Delhi.

LAWYERS’ SNUB She has not been identified and nor have members of her family, in accordance with Indian law. In a sign of the depth of feeling surrounding the case, the bar association at the court said none of its members was willing to represent the accused. The court is expected to assign a defence lawyer for the men. Advocates dressed in black

robes protesting outside the court called for fast justice. In the northern state of Kashmir, school girls marched with black ribbons over their mouths and demanded harsh punishment for the accused. The case is due to be processed by a new, fast-track chamber set up in response to the crime. While the fast-track procedure has broad support, many lawyers worry new that legislation written in haste could be unconstitutional and oppose introducing the death penalty for rape. “A swift trial should not be at the cost of a fair trial,” Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said on Wednesday. Police have said the accused have admitted to torturing and raping the student “to teach her a lesson”. She fought back and bit three of them, a police source told Reuters, and the bite marks are part of the evidence against them. After throwing her from the private bus, the driver tried to run the victim over but she was pulled away by her companion, a senior police official said.

‘Proceeding against chief justice illegal’ Kachin rebels attacked by jets SRI Lanka’s Supreme Court said yesterday parliament does not have the legal authority to investigate accusations of misconduct against senior judges and an impeachment proceeding against the chief justice was against the law. The government and Supreme Court have been at loggerheads since President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling party filed an impeachment motion against Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka’s first female head of the Supreme Court, on November 6. The government complained that she had been overstepping her authority, but Bandaranayake’s supporters complained of political interference in the judiciary. The case has raised international concern about the independence of the judiciary. A parliamentary impeachment committee last month

Shirani Bandaranayake is Sri Lanka’s first female Supreme Court head found Bandaranayake guilty on counts of financial irregularities, conflict of interest and failure to declare her assets. But the Supreme Court said investigations into any misbehaviour by senior judges including the chief justice should be conducted

by a judicial body. “Therefore, in our opinion, it is mandatory for parliament to provide by law the body competent to conduct the investigation,” the court said in a 27-page ruling, which was read out in a lower court. Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwelle declined to comment on the ruling saying the speaker of parliament would decide on the latest move by the judiciary. Parliament had scheduled to debate the impeachment on Bandaranayake next week, before a vote which the government, with a majority in the assembly, would be bound to win. The Supreme Court’s ruling backs up a decision by an appeal court’s which last month blocked parliament from voting to impeach Bandaranayake, the country’s first woman chief justice.

MYANMAR’S military has used jets to attacks rebel fighters in northern Kachin state, the government said yesterday, its first admission of an intensification of a conflict that has raised doubts about its reformist credentials. Rebel sources have reported aerial bombings, shelling and even the use of chemical weapons since December 28 after the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ignored an ultimatum to stop blocking an army supply route in the hilly, resource-rich state where more than 50,000 people have been displaced. Official newspapers said that air support was used on December 30 to thwart KIA fighters who had occupied a hill and were attacking logistics units of the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s military is known. “The Tatmadaw troops cleared Point-771 hill and its surrounding areas where the KIA troops were attacking the Tatmadaw logistic troops,” the New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece, said. “The air cover was used in the attack.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Wednesday over reports of helicopters and fighter jets being used in the state bordering China. The KIA said the attacks were intended to clear the path for an assault on its headquarters in Laisa. Ban called on Myanmar’s government to “desist from any action that could endanger the lives of civilians” and reiterated demands for humanitarian aid groups to be granted access, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement. President Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian administration insists it wants a ceasefire and political dialogue.

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Monti wants to cut left, right extremes from Italy’s politics By Catherine Hornby MARIO Monti, bidding for a second term as Italy’s prime minister, said yesterday that excluding “extreme” elements from mainstream politics would make it easier to push ahead with economic reforms. The former European commissioner said last week he would lead a centrist bloc in parliamentary elections in February, shedding his neutral stance and criticising factions he felt had hindered his government’s progress over the past 13 months. “I believe that cutting out the extreme wings would be a good thing,” Monti told the Uno Mattina programme on state television. “It will be very important to be able to gather up reformists on the left and right who are available to contribute to the reform effort,” he said. Monti was appointed in November 2011 to lead an unelected right-left government of experts to save Italy from financial crisis after then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi quit.

A recent poll gave Monti 12 per cent of the vote (EPA) The 69-year-old is in a three-way race with the Democratic Party (PD) on the left and Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) on the right. A poll published on Wednesday said Monti’s grouping would win 12 per cent of the vote. One published last week said

it could gain up to 16 per cent, depriving rivals of a clear win, but not enough to govern. The PD and its coalition ally, the Left, Ecology, Freedom party, are on track to win the elections, at least in the lower house. Monti has blamed the left-wing CGIL trade union and a minority of PD supporters for blocking more radical labour reforms that he had wanted to introduce. He also said that pressure from the pharmacy sector and its backers on the right had watered down plans to deregulate that market. Monti said yesterday that the next government should aim to reduce taxes gradually alongside public spending controls, and continue to fight tax evasion. To Italians who have borne the brunt of the austerity measures he passed in late 2011 to shore up public finances, he has pledged to cut labour taxes and redistribute wealth from the richest to the poorest if he wins. But yesterday he said he was not considering an annual tax levy on wealth, though he said it was not a “taboo” topic.

Syria rebels in air base battle Militants pushing to tame Assad air strikes By Yara Bayoumy REBELS battled yesterday to seize an air base in northern Syria, part of a campaign to fight back against the air power that has given President Bashar al-Assad’s forces free rein to bomb rebel-held towns. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the 21month-old uprising and civil war, the United Nations said this week, sharply raising the death toll estimate in a conflict that shows no sign of ending. After dramatic advances over the second half of 2012, the rebels now hold wide swathes of territory in the north and east, but are limited in exerting control because they cannot protect towns and villages from Assad’s helicopters and jets. Hundreds of fighters from rebel groups were attempt-

ing to storm the Taftanaz air base, near the northern highway that links Syria’s two main cities, Aleppo and the capital Damascus. Rebels have been besieging air bases across the north in recent weeks, in the hope this will reduce the government’s power to carry out air strikes and resupply loyalistheld areas. A rebel fighter speaking from near the Taftanaz base overnight said the base’s main sections were still in loyalist hands, but insurgents had managed to infiltrate and destroy a helicopter and a fighter jet on the ground. The northern rebel Idlib Coordination Committee said the rebels had detonated a car bomb inside the base. The government’s SANA news agency said the base had not fallen and that the military had “strongly confronted an attempt by the terrorists to attack the air-

port from several axes, inflicting heavy losses among them and destroying their weapons and munitions”. Rami Abdulrahman, head of the opposition-aligned Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which monitors the conflict from Britain, said as many as 800 fighters were involved in the assault, including Islamists from Jabhat alNusra, a powerful group that Washington considers terrorists. Taftanaz is mainly a helicopter base, used for missions to resupply army positions in the north, many of which are cut off by road because of rebel gains, as well as for dropping crude “barrel bombs” of explosives on rebel-controlled areas. Near Minakh, another northern air base that rebels have surrounded, government forces have retaliated by regularly shelling and bombing nearby towns.

French actor Depardieu granted Russian citizenship FRENCH actor Gerard Depardieu, who has been battling with his home country over taxes, has been granted Russian citizenship. A brief announcement on the Kremlin website said President Vladimir Putin signed the citizenship grant yesterday. Depardieu is angered by French President Francois Hollande’s attempt to raise taxes

on the mega-rich to 75 per cent. Russia has a flat income tax of 13 per cent. Depardieu has made more than 150 films, among them the 1991 comedy Green Card about a man who enters into a marriage of convenience in order to get US residency. A representative for Depardieu declined to say whether he had accepted the offer, and refused to comment.

Policemen are seen in Daillon, Switzerland, yesterday after three people were shot dead in the village (EPA)

Three women killed, two men injured in Swiss shooting A GUNMAN killed three women and wounded two men late on Wednesday in the Swiss village of Daillon, opening fire from his apartment then pursuing the attack in the street, Swiss officials said. The 33-year-old gunman, who has not been named, threatened police when they tried to arrest him and was shot in the chest before being arrested and taken to hospital, police in the Swiss canton of Valais said on yesterday. No police officers were wounded. The shooting is likely to stir a fresh debate about Switzerland’s fire arms laws that allow its male citizens to retain guns after their mandatory military service.

The Daillon gunman was a local resident who had been in psychiatric care in 2005 and was unemployed and living on welfare benefits, police said. His only previous conviction was for marijuana use. The village is close to the town of Sion, the capital of the canton - or region - of Valais, known for its world-class ski resorts such as Verbier. The women who died, aged 32, 54 and 79, were all shot at least twice, in the head and chest. The youngest was married to one of the injured men and they had young children together, regional public prosecutor Catherine Seppey told a news conference. The injured men were aged 33 and 63.

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Business British banks set to lend more

US private sector job gains offer labour market hope

BRITISH banks plan to boost the supply of credit in the first quarter of 2013, a survey found, showing how a new Bank of England scheme is addressing a problem that many blame for holding back the economy. Banks polled for the Bank’s quarterly Credit Conditions Survey said they would significantly increase the availability of mortgages in the first three months of 2013 after a record rise in the three months to December 11. They also plan to expand the availability of corporate loans after the supply of this type of credit rose late last year at the fastest pace since records began in 2007. “The Funding for Lending Scheme was widely cited as contributing towards the (latest) increase in secured and corporate credit availability,” the Bank said yesterday. The central bank and many British politicians say a shortage of business and mortgage lending may be a major reason for the slowness of the country’s recovery from the financial crisis. Although data on Wednesday revealed an unexpected pick-up in factory activity in December, figures yesterday showed that construction activity fell at its fastest pace in six months. Separate official data, also released yesterday, showed a 0.2 per cent fall in British labour productivity in the third quarter of 2012, with a related measure sinking to its lowest level since 2005. Some Bank officials have said weak productivity may be partly to do with a lack of credit to enable firms to shift into more profitable lines of business. The FLS, which opened for business in August, is designed to resolve this, and offers British banks and building societies cheap finance if they increase lending to businesses or households.

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PRIVATE-sector employers in the U.S. shrugged off a looming budget crisis and stepped up hiring in December, offering further evidence of underlying strength in the economy as 2012 ended. While other data yesterday showed an increase in the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits, the trend remained consistent with steady job growth. “The underlying economy has momentum, and the employment data confirms that. The hope and prayer of the market is that our political leaders don’t screw it up,” said John Brady, managing director at R.J. O’Brien & Associates in Chicago. Although Congress this week approved a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff - a combination of sharp government spending cuts and higher taxes that would have sucked about $600 billion from the economy - the budget problems are far from resolved. The ADP National Employment Report showed the private sector added 215,000 jobs last month after increasing their payrolls by 148,000 in November. The report is jointly developed with Moody’s Analytics. The job gains came even

Lolita Hill (R) of Hewlett-Packard, interviews an applicant at a job fair for veterans and their spouses held by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Nationals baseball club in Washington on December 5, 2012 as companies worried the economy might fall off the fiscal cliff. However, the ADP data tends to overstate job gains in December because of a year-end accounting quirk. “While we are encouraged by the better tone in the ADP employment report, we are cautious about reading too much into it, particularly given its tendency to exaggerate the performance of the labour market in December,” said Millan Mulraine, a senior economist at TD Securities in New York. Still, the report added to other data ranging from consumer spending to manufacturing that have sug-

gested the economy was in a much better shape than previously thought. It was released ahead of the government’s more comprehensive employment report today. That report is expected to show employers added 150,000 jobs to their payrolls in December, according to a Reuters survey of economists, up from 146,000 in November. Prices for US Treasury debt fell on the ADP report. The dollar rose broadly, while stocks on Wall Street were flat after a recent rally. A separate report from the Labour Department showed initial claims for state unemployment ben-

efits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000 last week. However, claims data for nine states, including California and Virginia, was estimated because of the Christmas and New Year holidays. The four-week moving average for new claims, a better measure of job market trends, was little changed at 360,000, a sign labour conditions continue to improve at a steady pace. “The claims data are not always reliable labour market indicators around the holiday season because of issues seasonally adjusting the data, but it is still a somewhat encouraging sign

to see the trend in the data remain relatively low,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York. Job gains in the first 11 months of last year averaged about 151,000 per month, not enough to significantly lower unemployment. The jobless rate dropped by 0.2 percentage point to 7.7 per cent in November and is expected to have held at that level last month. The steady labour market was also captured by a third report showing planned layoffs at US firms fell in December for the first time in four months, while the overall job-cut total in 2012 was the lowest since 1997.

Transocean to pay $1.4 billion for role in BP oil spill

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OFFSHORE drilling contractor Transocean Ltd has agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle U.S. government charges arising from BP Plc’s massive Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The settlement unveiled yesterday by the Department of Justice (DoJ) includes $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal penalties. The company had set aside $1.95 billion in potential losses related to Macondo, including $1.5 billion for its anticipated settlement with the DoJ. Shares of Transocean were up 7 per cent at $49.50 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, while the overall market was largely unchanged. “The bottom line to me is they now can put away the big black cloud that has been hanging over them,” said Phil Weiss, an oil analyst at Argus. “I take this as a positive, even if the number is a little higher than I expected.” The rest of the funds Transocean set aside will go toward other litigation that has yet to be resolved relating to the disaster. Barclays Capital said the settlement was below its $2.5-billion estimate and believed the resulting clarity would lead to a “significant valuation recalibration” for the company. Barclays noted that among the Macondo contractors, Halliburton remained the only one that had not yet settled. Halliburton shares were up 2.5 per cent yesterday. A Transocean spokesman was unavailable to discuss remaining Macondo liabilities. A company

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off-shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this file handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010 (AFP)

statement said claims associated with the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process were excluded from the DoJ deal, but a district court has found Transocean liable only for discharges above the water’s surface. Switzerland-based Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling a mile-deep well when a surge of methane gas sparked an explosion on April 20, 2010. The explosion killed 11 men and led to one of the largest environmental disasters in US history. “This resolution of criminal allegations and civil claims against Transocean brings us one significant step closer to justice for the human, environmental and economic devastation wrought by the Deepwater Horizon disaster,” US Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. The disaster led to several months of a deepwater drilling ban and intense scrutiny of the offshore drilling industry, which is now booming again despite lingering public concerns. Of the $400 million, $150 million will go toward restoring and conserving the Gulf of Mexico’s marine environment, while another $150 million will fund improved oil spill prevention and response efforts in the Gulf, the DoJ said. BP and Transocean had “multiple safety management system deficiencies that contributed to the Macondo incident”, and neither had adequate safety rules, according to a July 2012 report from the US Chemical Safety Board.

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Petrol station owners should not have a say in the opening of new outlets PETROL station operators called an indefinite strike from midnight in an attempt to prevent the licensing of new stations. The measure was implemented in the Famagusta district from Wednesday, with operators protesting against the opening of another station, and was extended to the whole country from today. As seems to be the case with such disputes, it is not quite clear what all the fuss is about. One new station has been given a licence to open in the Famagusta district – building has not yet begun - but the operators have been claiming that the number of stations could increase from 28 to 48. How plausible is this? It would make no business sense for the petrol companies to almost double the number of stations in a small, under-populated region, as they would never recoup their investment. Now if all this fuss and inconveniencing of the public is over the opening of one new station, it would have been ridiculous. The operators’ association, which called a national strike yesterday, has used this as an excuse to put pressure on the government to pass a new law that would control – restrict might be a better word – the opening of new stations. The association’s main complaint was that although a freeze on new station licences was agreed with the relevant government services until the new law governing the issuing of licences was drafted, 10 new stations had been built in 2012 and tens more applications were pending. If the new law was not passed the pending applications would also be approved. This is what happens when the government bases its decisions on the wishes of interest groups – creates the belief that petrol station operators should have a say over how many garage licences should be issued. If a petrol company wants to set up new stations, nobody should stop them, least of all the operators of other stations. Do supermarket owners or kiosk owners demand that the state should stop new supermarkets or kiosk from opening, because it would affect their revenue? Why should petrol station operators have the right to make such a demand in a market economy? There are currently 325 stations in Cyprus, with one operator claiming this was 35 per cent above our requirements. But they are all still in business, presumably because of the resourcefulness of the operators who also make money from car wash services and the sale of kiosk items. Perhaps in the future, operators will reduce their costs and increase profits, by not employing pump attendants and allowing customers to fill their cars on their own. It should be made clear to operators, once and for all, that they have no say in how many station licences would be issued and should focus on running their own businesses.

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HEN Preeti Joshi heard of the gang rape of a fellow student, she joined a movement of thousands of outraged young Indians who have taken to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on December 16, the 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Saturday, her plight shaking the conscience of many urban middle class Indians who consider gender rights as important as poverty alleviation. India’s politicians, seen as out of touch with the aspirations of the urban middle class, have been caught off guard by the protests. For the first time, they head into national elections due by May 2014 with women’s rights as an issue. Even so, the issue is unlikely to be the defining one. Massive rural vote banks have been untouched by demands for gender equality and the fury across India’s cities may fade, just as unprecedented protests in New Delhi over corruption did 16 months ago. “Rural populations in this country are more concerned about basics such as development,” said Ranjana Kumari, director of the Centre for Social Research, a Delhi-based gender rights think-tank. This jars with what urban protesters like Joshi want. “I thought we lived in the world’s biggest democracy where our voices counted and meant something. Politicians need to see that we need more than bijli, sadak, paani (power, roads, water),” said Joshi, 21, a student of social sciences at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. Sexual violence against women in largely patriarchal India is widespread, say gender rights activists, and crimes such as rape, dowry murders, acid attacks, honour killings, child marriages and human trafficking are common. But the savagery of this crime - where the victim was raped for an hour and tortured with an iron rod which did serious damage to her internal organs - has stirred national debate and put gender issues on the political agenda. The victim’s name has not been released. Her alleged attackers have been detained in connection with the crime and police are likely to press murder charges this week. Prosecutors are expected to seek a death sentence for the adults. “The girl’s assault and death were the lancing of wounds that have festered for years. Women had shut up for fear of social pressures but now there’s a collective voice to demand change,” says Renuka Chowdhury, a parliamentarian and spokeswoman for the main ruling Congress Party and former minister for women and child development. “This is for the first time, perhaps, that politicians are seeing women as a constituency. People will slowly learn to accept that a woman’s vote will matter in times to come.” The government’s initial response to the attack drew criti-

Comment Satarupa Bhattacharjya and Nita Bhalla cism. It angered protesters by trying to throttle the largely peaceful demonstrations by imposing emergency policing laws, barricading roads and closing down underground train stations. And it was a week before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a statement, in which he appealed for calm and promised to create a safer environment for women. “We will examine without delay not only the responses to this terrible crime but also all aspects concerning the safety of women and children and punishment to those who commit these monstrous crimes,” Singh said in a rare televised address to the nation on Dec. 24. One senior government official who did not want to be identified said Singh had been waiting for the home minister and the Delhi authorities to deal with the issue first. Many protesters have also expressed disappointment at the low profile of younger politicians such as Rahul Gandhi, seen as the Congress Party’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 elections and who could have helped bridge the gap between the demonstrators and the political establishment. His first comment, extending sympathy to the victim’s family and urging respect for women, came after the student had died. Analysts said the slow and bumbling response from the elite illustrated how India’s politicians are out of touch with the demands of the country’s urban youth. “Whatever the trigger, one thing is absolutely clear: India’s political class has been left bewildered by the street protests involving large numbers of mostly apolitical and leaderless individuals,” wrote political pundit Swapan Dasgupta in the Times of India on Sunday. But gender rights are unlikely to make a significant dent in India’s elections. Similar street protests in August 2011 over corruption fizzled due to the inability of organisers to maintain public pressure and keep the media interested. Despite gender sensitive laws being in place for decades, including those outlawing practices such as dowries and child marriage, they have been poorly implemented largely due to a

Sexual violence against women in largely patriarchal India is widespread say gender rights activists lack of political will, activists say. Many of India’s legislators are elderly men who rely on the support of the rural masses, where deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes mean blame is often first assigned to the victims of sex attacks. One of the most powerful female figures in Indian history is former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Her daughter-in-law, Sonia Gandhi, mother of Rahul, heads the Congress Party and there are also more than one million female politicians in village councils. Yet only 11 per cent of seats in India’s lower and upper houses of parliament are held by women, ranking it 110th out of 145 countries, below less developed nations such as Niger and Pakistan, says the Inter-Parliamen-

‘I thought we lived in the world’s biggest democracy where our voices counted and meant something’

tary Union, a Geneva-based union of national parliaments. For almost 18 years, moves to give women greater power at the national and state level through the Women’s Reservation Bill, which would guarantee 33 per cent of seats to women at those levels, have been blocked by male legislators. “Political parties give tickets for fighting elections on the basis of electoral calculations. How many women are there in Indian politics who can get elected time after time? Very few, right?” said Nirmala Sitharaman, spokeswoman for the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. Gender rights activists also point out that political parties have allowed male legislators who themselves face rape charges and other crimes against women to represent them. Six serving state legislators have been charged with rape, while 36 others including two national parliamentarians have faced charges of sexual harassment, molestation or assault on a woman before holding an assembly seat, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms, a Delhi-based think-tank.  TrustLaw is a global hub for free legal assistance and news and information on good governance and women’s rights run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. trustlaw

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Bieber calls paparazzo death tragic, urges action Canadian teen sensation wasn’t in his Ferrari at the time By Jill Serjeant POP star Justin Bieber has called the death of a paparazzo, who was chasing his white Ferrari in Los Angeles, a tragic accident and said he hoped it would spur action to safeguard the lives of celebrities, police and photographers. Police said the freelance photographer, whose name has not officially been released, was killed by another driver on Tuesday evening after he crossed a busy highway to snap pictures of the Ferrari that had been stopped by police for speeding. Bieber, 18, was not in the sports car, which was reportedly being driven by a friend. “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” the ‘Boyfriend’ singer said in statement. Bieber, who is followed day and night by photographers, said he hoped the incident “will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves.” Celebrity website TMZ. com said the photographer was following the Ferrari after seeing it pulling out of a Beverly Hills hotel on Tuesday evening, believing Bieber was inside the car. Los Angeles police said the photographer was seen taking pictures of the traf-

US pop singer Patti Page dies at age 85 By Eric Kelsey AMERICAN pop singer Patti Page, whose 1950 hit ‘Tennessee Waltz’ topped the charts for months, has died in Southern California, her manager said yesterday. She was 85. Nicknamed ‘The Singing’ Rage,’ Page sold more than 100 million albums in her 67-year career, which included 1950s chart toppers ‘How Much Is That Doggie in the Window’, ‘I Went to Your Wedding’ and ‘All My Love (Bolero)’. She died on Tuesday in a nursing home in Encinitas, north of San Diego, after suffering congestive heart failure, her manager, Michael Glynn, told Reuters. “She’d been having some health issues for the past couple of years,” Glynn said. “She was actually doing better yesterday. I spoke to her and she sounded well.”


Justin Bieber said he hoped the incident will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves fic stop and was ordered by highway patrol officers to return to his car for safety reasons. He was struck by another motorist while trying to cross four lanes of traffic. Bieber was stopped by police for speeding on a Los Angeles freeway last July, when the Canadian teen sensation told police he was being hounded by paparazzi. But a Los Angeles judge

in November threw out criminal charges against the photographer who was charged in that case under a new California law aimed at cracking down on aggressive photographers and celebrity media. Judge Thomas Robinson called the 2010 law “problematic” and “overly inclusive.” The death on Tuesday brought calls from some

other celebrities for a halt to the sometimes 24/7 tracking of their activities at work, home and leisure. Singer Miley Cyrus, 20, a frequent paparazzi target, sent out a stream of Twitter messages, referencing the death of Britain’s Princess Diana in a 1997 car crash while being chased by paparazzi in Paris. “Hope this paparazzi/JB

accident brings on some changes in ‘13 Paparazzi are dangerous! Wasn’t Princess Di enough of a wake up call?!” Cyrus tweeted. “This was bound to happen! Your mom teaches u when your a child not to play in the street! The chaos that comes with the paparazzi acting like fools makes it impossible for anyone to make safe choices,” Cyrus added.

Springsteen honoured Watts ‘thought she would die’ as person of the year US rocker Bruce Springsteen has been named MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year in recognition of his artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work, the Recording Academy said. Springsteen, 63, will be honoured at a February 8 gala in Los Angeles hosted by comedian Jon Stewart and held in conjunction with the annual Grammy Awards, the recording world’s most prestigious honours which will be handed out on February 10. ‘The Boss’ has actively supported many charities over the years, including those focused on homelessness, hunger and helping veterans, and last year he participated in benefit concerts to aid victims of superstorm Sandy. Among top music stars slated to perform at the MusiCares gala are Sting, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Elton John, Tim McGraw and Patti Smith. Past MusiCares Person of the Year honourees have included Tony Bennett, Bono, Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti and Barbra Streisand. New Jersey native Springsteen, known for hits including ‘Born to Run’, ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Dancing in the Dark’, has won a string of honours including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards. He has often taken inspiration from his home state and used his star platform to highlight both its charms and challenges, most notably in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy which devastated New Jersey’s famous coastline in October.

The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts, is based on the true story of a family’s experience of the 2004 tsunami

NAOMI Watts thought she was going to die while filming a scene that went wrong for The Impossible. The 44-year-old actress plays a mother who, along with her husband and three children, is caught up in the Indian Ocean Tsunami in December 2004, and she has revealed that art eerily imitated life after a technical hitch left her submerged under water without air. Speaking to the Metro newspaper, she explained: “Something went wrong technically with the chair they strap you to when they submerge you in the water. It spins you around under water and the crew just weren’t able to shut it off at the right point. I couldn’t get out and was really struggling for breath.” Naomi - who has two children, Sasha, five, and Sammy, four, with actor Liev Schreiber - insists the incident gave her just a small sense of what people endured in the natural disaster, which claimed 275,000 lives.

Page won a Grammy for her 1998 album ‘Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert’ and will be honoured with a lifetime achievement Grammy in February. She had expected to attend the ceremony, Glynn said. Page was born in Oklahoma as Clara Ann Fowler in 1927 and was known for her light, every-girl voice. Her first big hit was ‘With My Eyes Wide Open, I’m Dreaming’, which peaked at No.11 on the charts in 1950. Eight years later, Page scored her penultimate top-10 song, ‘Left Right Out of Your Heart’, as rock ‘n’ roll was emerging as the dominant trend in popular music. Her final big hit was ‘Hush ... Hush Sweet Charlotte’ in 1965. The song served as the theme of a film of the same name starring Bette Davis. Her reputation was burnished in recent years when rock group The White Stripes covered her 1952 song ‘Conquest’ on their Grammy-winning 2007 album ‘Icky Thump’. She was married three times, most recently in 1990. Page is survived by her two children, and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

Patti Page sold more than 100 million albums

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Gambian leader says to build herbal Aids-cure hospital AIDS patients would be offered an herbal cure at a 1,111-bed hospital in Gambia that the president said on Tuesday he plans to build despite medical concerns the treatment is dangerous. President Yahya Jammeh said in 2007 he had found a remedy of boiled herbs to cure AIDS, stirring anger among Western medical experts who claimed he was giving false hope to the sick. “With this project coming to fruition, we intend to treat 10,000 HIV/AIDS patients every six months through natural medicine,” Jammeh said in his New Year’s address, adding that he expected the 1,111-bed hospital to

open in 2015. The World Health Organisation and the United Nations have said Jammeh’s HIV/AIDS treatment is alarming mainly because patients are required to cease their antiretroviral drugs, making them more prone to infection.

Russia restricts sales of beer RUSSIA is restricting sales of beer in an attempt to curb alcoholism, Interfax news agency reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said alcoholism is a serious problem in Russia. It has one of the world’s highest alcohol consumption rates according to the World Health Organisation. A 2011 WHO study said every fifth death among Russian men and six per cent of deaths among women are attributable to alcohol abuse. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed amendments to alcohol laws in July 2011 to reclassify beer as liquor. The new law, which came into effect on Tuesday, restricts the amount of beer stalls and kiosks can sell and bans sales between the hours of 11pm and 8am. Russia has also raised the minimum price for vodka

and banned drinks advertising in the media, including on the internet.

Dieters warned of the calories in alcoholic drinks NEW Year dieters should remember to count the calories in alcohol when they are trying to lose weight, a charity has said. Slimming is one of the top New Year resolutions, but people often forget the calories in alcoholic drinks. Cutting down on drinks could help people lose weight which, in turn, could reduce their cancer risk, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). Being overweight is the biggest cancer risk factor, after smoking. The charity has produced an online alcohol-calorie counter which equates drinks to an easily understandable comparison. For example, a pint of lager has the same calorie count as three chocolate digestive biscuits. • To look at the new calorie counter visit

Vomiting Larry battles the ‘Ferrari of the virus world’

‘People in the dark over diet contents’

Highly infectious virus makes millions sick each year around world

PEOPLE in England do not know what their diet contains and are surprised at the level of “hidden nasties” in their favourite foods, a survey has revealed. Two thousand adults took part in the Food IQ quiz with over three quarters (77 per cent) of them scoring 50 per cent and under. The survey, backed by the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign, showed that people still do not realise how much salt, sugar and saturated fats are contained in the food they eat every day. Just three people - less than one per cent of those surveyed - correctly answered all 12 questions, while one in 10 (11 per cent) people could only answer four questions correctly. The majority of people (85 per cent) do not realise that a pre-packed ham and cheese sandwich has more salt than a chicken tikka masala ready meal or a packet of ready salted crisps. Six in 10 (63 per cent) people do not realise that a small pepperoni pizza has more saturated fat than fish and chips, and 60 per cent of people do not know that the daily maximum amount of salt recommended is only one teaspoon. The low scores come despite the fact that most people (84 per cent) surveyed say they would like to be healthier. The research goes on to show that factors such as cost and time are additional barriers when it comes to choosing the healthiest options. Seven in 10 (69 per cent) people prioritise price when shopping for food, one in five (21 per cent) choose items that are easiest to prepare, and more than half (51 per cent) choose items they are sure the whole family will eat. The Food IQ Quiz is available on the Change4Life Facebook page.

By Kate Kelland POOR Larry isn’t looking too good. He’s pale and clammy and he’s been projectile vomiting over and over again while his carers just stand by and watch. Yet their lack of concern for Larry is made up for by their intense interest in how far splashes of his vomit can fly, and how effectively they evade attempts to clean them up. Larry is a “humanoid simulated vomiting system” designed to help scientists analyse contagion. And like millions around the world right now, he’s struggling with norovirus - a disease one British expert describes as “the Ferrari of the virus world”. “Norovirus is one of the most infectious viruses of man,” said Ian Goodfellow, a professor of virology at the department of pathology at Britain’s University of Cambridge, who has been studying noroviruses for 10 years. “It takes fewer than 20 virus particles to infect someone. So each droplet of vomit or gram of faeces from an infected person can contain enough virus to infect more than 100,000 people.” In Britain so far this season, more than a million people are thought to have suffered the violent vomiting and diarrhoea it can bring. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said this high rate of infection relatively early in the winter mirrors trends seen in Japan and Europe. “In Australia the norovirus season also peaks during the winter, but this season it has gone on longer than usual and they are seeing cases into their summer,” it said. In the United States, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say norovirus causes 21 million illnesses annually. Of those who get the virus, some 70,000 require hospitalisation and

A cruise ship in Mexico. Cruise ships have proved ideal breeding grounds for the norovirus. Last week 194 passengers and 11 crew members aboard the luxury cruise ship Queen Mary 2 were struck with it only days after 189 passengers and 31 crew members on the Emerald Princess came down with the same symptoms around 800 die each year. Norovirus dates back more than 40 years and takes its name from the US city of Norwalk, Ohio, where there was an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis in school children in November 1968. Symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting, which can be projectile, and diarrhoea, which may be profuse and watery. Some victims also suffer fevers, headaches and stomach cramps. John Harris, an expert on the virus at Britain’s HPA, puts it simply: “Norovirus is very contagious and very unpleasant.” What makes this such a formidable enemy is its ability to evade death from cleaning and to survive long periods outside a human host. Scientists have found norovirus

can remain alive and well for 12 hours on hard surfaces and up to 12 days on contaminated fabrics such as carpets and upholstery. In still water, it can survive for months, maybe even years. At the Health and Safety Laboratory in Derbyshire, northern England, where researcher Catherine Makison developed the humanoid simulated vomiting system and nicknamed him “Vomiting Larry”, scientists analysing his reach found that small droplets of sick can spread over three metres. “The dramatic nature of the vomiting episodes produces a lot of aerosolised vomit, much of which is invisible to the naked eye,” Goodfellow said. Larry’s projections were easy to spot because he had

been primed with a “vomitus substitute”, scientists explain, which included a fluorescent marker to help distinguish even small splashes - but they would not be at all easily visible under standard white hospital lighting. Add the fact that norovirus is particularly resistant to normal household disinfectants, and it’s little wonder the sickness wreaks such havoc in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, cruise ships and hotels. The good news, for some, is that not everyone appears to be equally susceptible to norovirus infection. According to Goodfellow, around 20 per cent of Europeans have a mutation in a gene that makes them resistant. The bad news, virologists say, is the virus changes con-

stantly, making it a moving target for drug developers. There is also evidence that humans’ immune response to infection is short-lived, so people can become re-infected by the same virus within just a year or two. Until any effective drugs or vaccines are developed, experts reckon that like the common cold, norovirus will be an unwelcome guest for many winters to come. Their advice is to stay away from anyone with the virus, and use soap and water liberally. “One of the reasons norovirus spreads so fast is that the majority of people don’t wash their hands for long enough,” said Goodfellow. “We’d suggest people count to 15 while washing their hands and ensure their hands are dried completely.”

By Catherine Wylie




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Cloud Atlas 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: 

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

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-person-shooter 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: 

Arbitrage On his 60th birthday, New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is the very picture of a successful businessman. Behind the façade of success and wealth, however, Miller is desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the enormity of his fraud is exposed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller is also hiding an affair with French art-dealer Julie (Laetitia Casta). Just as he’s about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business and crime – but a cop (Tim Roth) is on his case. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki. (Dramatic thriller, 107 mins.) Our rating: 

Zarafa 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

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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

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: 

Seven Psychopaths Irish screenwriter Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) has come down with a bad case of writer’s block. He has the title for his next script, ‘Seven Psychopaths’, but is struggling to write it. Billy (Sam Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part-time dog-napper, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. Hans (Christopher Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime; they snatch dogs, then return them and claim the reward – but they get in trouble when they dog-nap Bonny the shih tzu, whose owner Charlie (Woody Harrelson) is a psychopathic gangster. Now Marty’s going to get all the inspiration he needs for his subject matter – as long as he lives to tell the tale. Also starring Abbie Cornish and Tom Waits. Directed by Martin McDonagh. (Dark comedy, 110 mins.) Our rating: 

Hotel Transylvania Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. It’s a special weekend and Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family and many more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For good old Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem; but everything could change for the over-protective dad when one ordinary human guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. In 3D. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Cartoon comedy, 91 mins.) Our rating: 

Rise of the Guardians 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: 

with any allies they can assemble – prepare for a crucial battle to protect their family. Also starring Taylor Lautner and Billy Burke. Directed by Bill Condon. (Fantasy drama, 115 mins.) Our rating: 

Skyfall A hard-drive listing all NATO operatives undercover in terrorist organisations is stolen, and used to make M (Judi Dench), the head of British Intelligence, look bad. Though not in peak condition after a near-death experience, secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) sets out to recover the drive, which leads him to mystery man Silva (Javier Bardem) – a psycho who’s nursing a grudge, and has a revenge scheme in mind. Also starring Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney. Directed by Sam Mendes. (Action-drama, 143 mins.) Our rating: 

Elles Anne (Juliette Binoche), a well-off, Paris-based mother of two and investigative journalist for ‘Elle’ magazine, is writing an article about student prostitution. Her meetings with two fiercely independent young women, Alicja (Joanna Kulig) and Charlotte (Anais Demoustier), both of whom sell

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 Bella (Kristen Stewart) is enjoying her new life and new powers after the birth of Renesmee, her daughter with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened again, by a new menace. The vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) believes a child like Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of the Volturi. As Irina rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat, Bella and the Cullens – together

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About Elly Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani) is the unofficial leader of a group of old friends, three 30-something married couples living in Tehran, off for a weekend in a villa by the Caspian Sea. She’s persuaded her daughter’s teacher, the pretty but shy Elly, to come along. Also in the party is recently divorced

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NEW FILMS Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini) – and Sepideh thinks the two would be perfect for each other, even if she has to do a little truth-bending to engineer the hook-up. But that’s where things start to go slightly, then disastrously, wrong. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. In Farsi, with Greek subtitles. (Drama, 116 mins.) Our rating: 

To Rome With Love Four separate stories, set in the Eternal City. On holiday in Rome, successful architect John (Alec Baldwin) meets student architect Jack (Jesse Eisenberg) and becomes involved in Jack’s love life: his girlfriend Sally (Greta Gerwig) and flirtatious friend Monica (Ellen Page). At the same time, retired opera director Jerry (Woody Allen) arrives in Rome with his psychiatrist wife Phyllis (Judy Davis) to meet their daughter’s future husband Michelangelo – and, when Jerry hears Michelangelo’s father Giancarlo (Fabio Armiliato) singing in the shower, he wants to make him an opera star. In other unrelated stories, Leopoldo Pisanello (Roberto Benigni), a rather dull man, wakes one day to find himself a celebrity with the paparazzi on his tail, while newlywed Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) is forced to introduce a prostitute (Penelope Cruz) as his wife. Directed by Woody Allen. In English and Italian, with Greek subtitles. (Comedy, 112 mins.) Our rating: 

Jack Reacher Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins US 2012, 130 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.

House at the End of the Street Step Up 4

THE PLOT When five pedestrians are shot by a lone sniper, the evidence points to an ex-soldier named James Barr; Barr is quickly arrested – but, before signing a confession, he demands that DA Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins) “get Jack Reacher”. Although no-one knows how to do that, Reacher (Tom Cruise) turns up anyway. He’s a former military investigator, he’s seen the news, and he has history with Barr from the Afghan war zone. He surprises Barr’s lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the DA’s daughter, with his unique technique and detective work – and the surprises continue as a possible conspiracy unfolds.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: “Much of the hoopla surrounding Jack Reacher, the first adaptation of the insanely popular series of Lee Childpenned thrillers, has had to do with the casting of the diminutive Tom Cruise in the title role. As described in the novels, Reacher is, physically speaking, a brute – close-cropped blonde hair, nearly seven feet tall, well over 200 pounds. In one of the novels he literally crushes a dude’s skull with his bare hands. By comparison, Tom Cruise could fit snugly into a standard-sized teacup, is slimmer than an iPhone 5, and has muddy brown hair. But one of the

more miraculous things about Jack Reacher, an altogether entertaining and completely surprising pulp romp, is how Cruise embodies the Reacher character in the way he moves, the way he glances, and the way he talks (or doesn’t talk). It doesn’t matter that Tom Cruise is the tiny, snuggly version of Jack Reacher. He is still, very much, Jack Reacher… “[The] plot is fairly inconsequential, with an overtly complicated conspiracy that involves a Chinatown-style land grab and a villain known as The Zec (played, amazingly, by Werner Herzog), who, as a Siberian prisoner, was forced to chew off all but two of his fingers, to stop the onset of frostbite. Ick. The movie does have a wonderful sense of mood and a fairly luxurious pace, which for once doesn’t hinder the forward momentum of its pulpy dime-storenovel plot but instead gives it some much-needed room to establish atmosphere and character. Along the way there are some truly incredible action movie beats, including a car chase that is filmed in long, unbroken cuts that make it seem like Tom Cruise is actually piloting his vintage muscle car through the rain-slicked streets of Pittsburgh (because he was), but Jack Reacher is much more of a thriller than a brawny action piece. “Jack Reacher is ultimately a ‘pilot movie’ to a lengthy franchise, a series in which Reacher criss-crosses the country righting wrongs and bedding babes and never owning his own house, and that is more than okay with us. (The movie ends in a triumphantly kick-ass moment that

is designed to stoke audience interest in futher adventures). In terms of pure pop entertainment value, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more smartly constructed, beautifully shot, pulse-pounding movie this holiday season. Cruise’s Reacher might be small, but he is mighty.” Drew Taylor, The Playlist, (Internet) Anti: “‘Who are you, Mister?’ a young woman asks Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), and it’s a question that recurs, not always quite so politely, throughout the movie that bears Reacher’s name. He may be an elusive individual with a sketchy background – ex-military, no fixed address, a single shirt to his name – but as an archetype he is easy enough to recognise. He is a cousin of Shane and Caine (from the old Kung Fu television series) and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name: a paladin without portfolio who travels from town to town, dispensing righteous violence and hard-boiled aphorisms. “‘It’s just what guys like me do,’ Reacher says wearily at one point, though he could say it at just about any point… “And so Jack Reacher lumbers through a series of beatings, shootings and bludgeonings on its way to a climactic, not terribly surprising showdown. There is a pretty good car chase and a lot of very bad dialogue. McQuarrie, on his second outing as a director (his screenplays include The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie), seems more suited to action scenes than to the ostensibly simpler task of filming people talking. Nearly every conversation is stilted and lame, laden with the kind of repartee that might strike you as witty if you had no sense of

humour. “The self-confident, supercompetent Reacher is a character Cruise could play in his sleep, which is pretty much what he does … Apart from the car chase, the only real fun in Jack Reacher comes from Herzog and Robert Duvall, called in near the end for some marvellously gratuitous scenery-chewing as a gruff former Marine. They enliven the movie’s atmosphere of weary brutality for a few moments, but they also call attention to the dullness of their dramatic surroundings.” A.O. Scott, New York Times (US)

House at the End of the Street Directed by: Mark Tonderai Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot US 2012, 101 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 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.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Mixed/Anti: “This is unusual in a contemporary horror movie for having relatively complex characters and excellent performances (Lawrence continues to impress) but dropping the ball in the plot department. Interesting things happen early on, but they set up a twist which sidetracks the film into escape-from-thebasement cliché. “A few old favourites – like the inconveniently wonky torch and the probably-notquite-killed maniac – deliver the required jolts, but early promise dwindles to hokum.” Kim Newman, Empire (UK) “House At The End Of The Street borrows the framework from a famous horror movie, and though giving away the name of that movie reveals too much – though not all, to the film’s credit – it’s sturdy enough to support a new interpretation … But working from a solid template is only half the battle; the other half is filling in the details, and it’s here that House At The End Of The Street goes flat and generic, substituting jumpscares and visual twitchiness for the psychological complexity that might have sold the horror. “For those who recognise what film is being reworked, the script smartly offers a turn or two to throw them off the scent, but director Mark Tonderai favours a shallow depth of field in a literal and figurative sense, fiddling with Mr. Magoo-like tricks of focus while short-changing every key relationship on offer. What’s left is yet another tough girl running down the wrong staircase – nothing that hasn’t been done a hundred times before.” Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club (US)

Friday, January 4, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL


What’s on


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


NICOSIA Jack Reacher (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3pm House at the End of the Street (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.55 and 10.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 7.55 and 10.20pm Cloud Atlas (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 7 and 10.15pm An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 10.15pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 11am, 1.10pm and 3.25pm Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.05pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3.05pm

Arbitrage (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 10.20pm The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7pm Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.10pm, weekends only at 3.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.10pm, weekends only at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.15pm Rise of the Guardians (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English, in 2D) at 5.05pm, weekends also at 3.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) (in English, in 2D) at 5.05pm, weekends also at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.10pm Elles (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.

LIMASSOL Jack Reacher (15) Rio 1 at 5, 7.45 and 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3pm

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

House at the End of the Street (N/A) Rio 6 at 5.30 and 7.45pm; Rio 3 at 10.30pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.55 and 10.20pm Cloud Atlas (15) Rio 5 at 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 7 and 10.15pm An… (12) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 8 and 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 7.55 and 10.15pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 6pm. Tel: 25871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 4 at 5, 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.05pm Arbitrage (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.20pm Zarafa (K) Rio 2 (in Greek) at 4.30pm, weekends also at 3pm; Rio 3 (in Greek), weekdays only at 6pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 2.50pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.10pm, weekends only at 3.15pm

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) Rio 3 at 4.30 and 7.35pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7pm Seven Psychopaths (18) Rio 6 at 10pm Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 1 (in English, in 2D), weekends only at 3pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) (in English, in 2D) at 5.05pm, weekends also at 3.10pm The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) Rio 5 at 5.30 and 7.45pm Elles (in French, with Greek subtitles) Rio 5, Monday at 8.30pm, presented by the Limassol Cine Club.

LARNACA Jack Reacher (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.25, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3pm House at the End of the Street (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.35, 7.55 and 10.20pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

at 7.55 and 10.15pm. Wreck-It Ralph (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.35pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Life of Pi (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.05pm The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7 and 10.15pm Hotel Transylvania (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek, in 2D) at 5.10pm, weekends only at 3.15pm Rise of the Guardians (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in English, in 2D) at 5.05pm, weekends also at 3.10pm To Rome With Love Thursday at 8.30pm, presented by the Larnaca Cinema Society. Call for details of venue. Tel: 99-658831, 99-462903. www.

PAPHOS Jack Reacher (15) Rio 1 at 5, 7.30 and 10pm

Cloud Atlas (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7 and 10.15pm

House at the End of the Street (N/A) Rio 4 at 7.30 and 9.45pm

An… (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek)

Cloud Atlas (15) Rio 5 at 7pm

An… (12) Rio 6 (in Greek) at 7.30pm; Rio 5 (in Greek) at 10pm Wreck-It Ralph (K) Rio 6 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11am and 3pm Life of Pi (K) Rio 3 at 5, 7.30 and 10pm Arbitrage (12) Rio 7 at 10.30pm Zarafa (K) Rio 5 (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11am and 4pm The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12) Rio 7 at 7.30pm, weekends also at 4.30pm; Rio 6 at 9.45pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 7 (in Greek, in 3D), weekdays only at 5.45pm, weekends only at 11am and 2.50pm Rise of the Guardians (K) Rio 4 (in English, in 2D) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11am and 3.30pm; Rio 1 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 11am and 3pm The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (12) Rio 2 at 7.30pm, weekends also at 5.15pm Skyfall (12) Rio 2 at 9.45pm

listings Today




Fusion Music Pop meets opera meets show-tunes with Tina Chester: Soprano and Andrew Oliver: Piano. January 4. Vouni Takis Family Tavern, Limassol. Concert 7pm, dinner 9pm. €20 inc. dinner. Reservations - Tel: 25943631

Nicosia Loop Festival Music festival with a host of local and foreign bands and artists with live looping and similar techniques to create music in a live context. January 5 & 6. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue, Nicosia. 7.30pm. email: Tel: 22-797650/70-007610

Nicola Fasano and Steve Forest Producer and DJ gets behind the decks. January 4. Breeze Down Town, Agyras 18, Limassol. 11.30pm. Tel: 70-005868 Christos Thiveos Greek singer presents an evening of experimental music. January 4. Promitheas, Mouttalos, Paphos. 9.30pm. €20. Tel: 99419849

Theatre Soul and Mouth A hilarious comedy that satirises the contemporary social, political and economic realities of our country. January 4. Larnaca Municipla Theatre. 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/10. Tel: 77-777040/ 24-665795

Les Troyens – The Met: Live in HD Live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera of New York in high-definition. January 5. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 7pm. €20/15. With Greek and English Subtitles Tel: 77-777745. Online ticket:

Theatre A Play about... Trash The theatre group Point To, in collaboration with Scarabeo Lounge Bar, presents the comedy directed by Evagelia Onoufriou. January 5, 12, 19, 26. Scarabeo Bar, 4 Nikokreontos Street, Nicosia. 9.30pm. €10. In Greek. Tel: 99-935777/99-740773

Just Broken Up Act Theatre presents play by Vassilis Myrianthopoulos & Vangelis Hatzinikolaou. Cyprus Dialect Adaptation by Christiana Artemiou. January 5-6. Latsia Municipal Theatre, 57 Yiannos Kranidiotis Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm and 6pm on Sundays. €20. Tel: 77-777181 Kali-Kantzar & Co A musical directed by Lea Maleni with music by Dimitris Zavros. January 5 until February 10. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 6pm. In Greek. The performances on February 9 and 10 will be with Greek and English surtitles. Tel: 22-864300

Other Events Inspiring Minds in Hard Times Workshop for young professionals that aims to provide a deep understanding on how to handle the economical and psychological crisis. January 5. CIIM, 21 Akademias Avenue, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 10am-2pm. €20 all proceeds will be given to the Rotary Club Nicosia Aspelia Scholarship Fund. RSVP: 99-538859 or

Ongoing Other Events 7 films: Harun Farocki A selection of screenings by legendary German filmmaker, critic and teacher followed by discussion and talk with the artist. Until February 15. Point Centre for Contemporary Art Megaron Hadjisavva, 2 Evagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm. Tel: 22-662053. Bidoun Library A mobile library consisting of books, magazines and other printed matter about the Middle East. Until February 15. Point Centre for Contemporary Art Megaron Hadjisavva, 2 Evagorou Street, Nicosia. Tel: 22-662053. www.

Theatre 65 Minutes A performance by the Theatro Dentro within the framework of the 4th XDream Festival. January 3-5. ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation, 64 Ayion Omoloyiton Avenue, Nicosia. 9pm, January 5 at 10.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-384606

Mazi Elia Ioannidou and Stavros Poyiatzis present a humorous musical about a fashion house. January 3-5. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15. The net proceeds will be donated to the Cyprus Anticancer Association. Tel: 97-895259 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 Until January 27. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Friday through Sunday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203 Shakespeare in an Hour Pirasmos Productions presents a theatrical comedy directed by popular Cypriot actor Loris Loizides. Until January 27. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Thursday through Sunday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910 Social Security THOC presents a play by Andrew Bergman. Until February 3. THOC New

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

Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Friday through Sunday. Friday & Sunday at 8.30pm, Saturday at 6pm and 8.30pm. €12/6 . In Greek. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300 Spring Awakening THOC presents work by Frank Wedekind. Until February 9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. On specific days at 8.30pm. In Greek. €12/6. Tel: 77-772717 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 Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609

Exhibition Constantinos Stefanou Solo painting exhibition. Until January 5. Morfi Gallery, 84 Agkyras St, Limassol. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tuesday-Friday: 5pm-8pm.Tel: 25-378733 Do You Have New Plans? Group mixed-media art exhibition. Until January 7. Is Not Gallery, 11 Odysseus, Chrysaliniotissa, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-343670

CYPRUS MAIL Friday, January 4, 2013


Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15 11.00 11.30

Proti Enimerosi Kali Sas Mera Kaftes Piperies (rpt) Istories Tou Horkou (rpt) Local comedy series, which happens to be the longest-running show on TV.


CYBC 2 07.00 08.00 16.30 17.00 18.00 18.50 19.00 19.10

Apo Mera Se Mera Entehnos Local cultural show.

16.00 18.00 18.15

Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies


Paizoume Kypriaka

Live cookery show. New season of local game show, asking questions having to do with Cypriot dialect.


20.00 21.15

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

20.10 21.00

News Patates 8


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

23.00 23.35 23.55 00.15

NRG Zone Official Film Olympic Games Top Gear

Local Sketch (rpt) News Moiraia Fengaria (rpt) More Repeats 23.30

05.30 06.20 06.50 07.00 07.50 08.40 10.20 11.15 12.10 13.00 13.20 14.00 14.50 15.45 17.40

Erotas (rpt) Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Deliyianneio Parthenagogeio (rpt) Englimata (rpt) Lyke, Lyke Eisai Edo (rpt) Panselinos (rpt) Galileo (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) To Kafe Tis Haras (rpt) Oneiropagida (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Local smash-hit comedy series, with village setting. Interrupted by News at 18.00.

19.30 20.15 21.30

Fifteenth season. Episode 2: The three hosts are each given a budget of £5,000 to find a car that can hold its own on a racetrack and handle everyday tasks, before testing their purchases in Germany. James May puts two Porsches through their paces and former Downing Street communications director Alastair Campbell tries out the Reasonably Priced Car.

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


NRG Zone Kids’ TV Olympic Magazine Album Show Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Upstairs Downstairs (rpt) First season of period drama remake. ‘The Cuckoo’. Sir Hallam finds himself at the centre of a national crisis when his friend, the Duke of Kent, asks for help. Meanwhile, storm clouds are gathering within 165 Eaton Place, with Lady Agnes’ growing fear over the imminent arrival of her baby, and the servants’ concern for Lotte, who refuses to speak. Last in series.

Current affairs show.



MEGA 06.15 07.00 08.00 10.00 12.45 14.00 15.00 16.00

Local talk-show.

18.00 18.20

00.10 00.15 00.30

News Sports News Vradi Me Ton Petro Kostopoula

01.40 02.30

Synora Agapis (rpt) I Agapi Irthe Apo Makria (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

19.20 20.20 21.15 22.10 23.10

Eftyhismenoi Mazi (rpt) News Klemmena Oneira Porta Kleidomeni FILM: Superbad Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. Teen comedy, starring Jonah Hill. 2007

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01.30 03.30 04.40

06.10 07.00 08.20 10.20 11.10 12.00 14.20 15.20 18.00 18.05 18.30 19.30 20.20 21.25 22.20 23.20

The Del Monte Heirs (rpt) Protoselido Eleni Vasiliki (rpt) Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Aspra Balonia (rpt) Magazino News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Oikogeniakes Istories Efta Ouranoi kai Synnefa Alites News Aspra Balonia Oikogeniakes Istories Las Vegas First season, ‘Donny, We Hardly Knew Ye’. Ed tries to feel pleased when his cousin Donny meets the girl of his dreams, and instantly arranges a quickfire Vegas wedding. Meanwhile, a guest at the hotel buys $50,000 in chips and doesn’t gamble one of them. James Caan stars in the glitzy drama.

News FILM: Becoming Jane Story about a young Jane Austen’s fictional romance between the future novelist and a dashing but penniless lawyer. Period drama, starring Anne Hathaway. 2007

Late night talk-show.

03.20 04.40

News Master Chef Greek reality competition show.

Niose Me News Dancing With The Stars Celebrities and pro dancers train and compete in a ballroom dancing competition.

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


00.00 00.05

PLUS TV 06.45 07.20 07.50 09.00 09.30 10.55

Cookery show, with helpful tips on eating well and nutrition.

11.50 12.30 13.00 15.30 17.00

Kids’ TV Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kids’ TV To Kleidi Local comedy series.


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

21.15 22.00

Exelixeis Stin Showbiz La Bomba Sportshow Satirical show focusing on the sports and news.


00.30 01.30 02.00

06.45 08.35 09.30 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.20 14.55 15.50 16.45 17.35 18.15

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

19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

News Sports Time Rubi FILM: I Could Never Be Your Woman A mother falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Romantic comedy, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. 2007.


FILM: Hostage A former hostage negotiator draws on his old skills to save children held captive in their own home by a gang of crazed delinquents. Thriller, with Bruce Willis. 2005.

FILM: Bart Got A Room A teenager desperately struggles to get a date for his senior prom. Teen comedy, starring Steven Kaplan and William H Macy. 2008.

News Repeats

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

Star News Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mila (rpt) Nistikoi Praktores (rpt)



FILM: Jagged Edge A defence attorney is hired to clear a publishing magnate of the murder of his wife, only to end up falling for him. Thriller, starring Glenn Close. 1985.

LTV Sports News Star News Repeats


Bridesmaids (Novacinema4, 22.50)

06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 3rd & Bird 07:10 Boogie Beebies 07:25 Teletubbies 07:50 Balamory 08:10 Buzz & Tell 08:15 3rd & Bird 08:25 Boogie Beebies 08:40 Teletubbies 09:05 Balamory 09:25 Buzz & Tell 09:30 The Royle Family 10:00 Mastermind 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 The Iceberg That Sank The Titanic 13:05 Sport Relief 2012 Sport Relief Does The Apprentice 14:25 Mastermind 14:55 The Weakest Link 15:40 EastEnders 16:10 Doctors 16:40 BBC Proms 2010: Last Night of the Proms 18:05 The Weakest Link 18:50 Apes in Danger 19:20 Doctors 19:50 Doctor Who: Voyage Of The Damned 21:00 The Old Guys 21:30 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 22:00 BBC Proms 2010: Last Night of the Proms 23:25 Sport Relief 2012 - When Parkinson Met Mandela 23:55 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 00:40 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 01:25 The Weakest Link 02:10 Apes in Danger 02:35 Doctors 03:05 The Old Guys 03:35 BBC Proms 2010: Last Night of the Proms 05:05 Apes in Danger 05:30 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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 Extreme Fishing 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’

09:30 Biathlon: World Cup Germany 10:30 Snooker: European Tour Germany 12:15 Cross-Country Skiing: World Cup-Tour De Ski Italy 14:30 Ski Jumping: World Cup-Four Hills Tournament Austria 16:45 Alpine Skiing: World Cup Croatia 17:45 Biathlon: World Cup Germany 20:00 Alpine Skiing: World Cup Croatia 20:15 Snooker: European Tour Germany 22:30 Tennis: Atp Tournament Doha 00:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup-Four Hills Tournament Austria 01:00 Rally: European Rally Championship Austria 01:30 Motorsports: Gta Race To Dubai 02:00 Rally: Rally Raid Dakar

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 New Girl 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 New Girl 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 New Girl 03:35 Rita Rocks 04:00 Body Of Proof 04:50 Tabatha’s Salon Takeover

07:00 Pawn Stars 07:30 Storage Wars 08:00 UFO Files 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 UFO Files 16:00 American Restoration 17:00 Ax Men 18:00 Pawn Stars 18:30 American Restoration 19:00 UFO Files 20:00 Pawn Stars 20:30 Storage Wars 21:00 Ancient Aliens 22:00 Rise &

The 16:30 According To Jim 17:15 Mentalist, The 18:00 C.S.I. New York 19:00 Pan Am 19:45 Gossip Girl 20:30 Friends 21:00 Ncis: Los Angeles 22:30 Southland 23:20 Shameless 00:15 Everybody Wants To Be Italian 02:05 Youth In Revolt 03:45 Big Bang Theory, The 04:10 According To Jim 04:55 Mentalist, The 05:40 C.S.I. New York 06:30 Pan Am

Fall Of The Third Reich 00:00 Pawn Stars 00:30 Storage Wars 01:00 Ancient Aliens 02:00 Rise & Fall Of The Third Reich 04:00 UFO Files 05:00 Pawn Stars 05:30 American Restoration 06:00 Ancient Aliens

07:30 Black Beauty 09:00 Hollywood Buzz 09:30 Cinderella Story, A 11:30 Family Man, The 13:45 500 Days Of Summer 15:30 Overnight Delivery 17:00 Action Zone 17:30 Practical Magic 19:30 Hollywood Buzz 20:00 Ltv Sports News 21:00 Winning Season, The 23:00 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 01:15 Hustler Tv 03:00 Easier With Practice 05:00 Live Wire 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 Ii 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 Ii 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 Review 20:30 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 22:30 2012 Pga Tour Highlights 23:30 Volvo Ocean Race 00:00 La Liga Show 2012-13 00:30 2011 World’s Strongest Man 01:00 Best Soccer Games Of The Season: Liga Bbva 03:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 05:00 Planet Speed 05:30 Nba 2012-13

07:15 Two And A Half Men 08:00 Eastbound & Down 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,

06:30 Drive 08:10 Moneyball 10:25 Cine News 11:10 Zorba The Greek 15:25 Shirley Valentine 17:15 Action Zone 17:50 The Eagle 19:50 Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life 22:00 Tenderness 01:55 8 Mile 03:45 Cine News 04:30 The Skin I Live In

21:00 Gattaca 23:00 The Darkest Hour 00:35 Cine News 01:30 Adult Zone 04:50 Straw Dogs 07:30 Action Zone 08:00 Last Days Of Disco 10:00 Nowhere Boy 12:00 Red Riding Hood 13:50 Monsters Vs. Aliens 15:30 Action Zone 16:00 Lethal Weapon 3 18:00 Yogi Bear 19:30 Action Zone 20:00 Oscar 22:00 Eat Pray Love 00:20 Daring! TV 04:05 Life As We Know It 06:15 Mumford

05:40 Unfaithful 07:45 Alfie 09:30 X-Men: First Class 11:40 Beginners 13:25 Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The Word 15:00 Chalet Girl 16:45 Cine News 17:00 Win Win 18:50 Hollywood Buzz 19:25 Christmas Magic 21:00 Ncis 22:00 Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 00:25 Underworld: Awakening 01:55 Cine News 02:25 The Bone Collector 04:25 Frida

19:00 Jumping The Broom 21:00 Penelope 22:50 Bridesmaids 01:00 The Deep End 02:45 Ap’ Ta Kokala Vgalmena 04:15 Another Earth

07:00 Sunshine Boys 08:55 Naked Spur 10:25 Cimarron 12:50 Unsinkable Molly Brown 15:00 Key Largo 16:40 Ben-Hur 20:05 Logan’s Run 22:00 2001: A Space Odyssey 00:15 Outfit 02:00 Edge of the City 03:25 Doctor Zhivago 06:30 TCM Presents Under the Influence: Richard Gere

By Preston Wilder

The Winning Season (LTV, 21.00) True story: I was in the same hotel gym as Sam Rockwell once (I might’ve asked for his autograph, if he weren’t on a treadmill and dripping with sweat). The rather squirrelly actor doesn’t look like much of a movie star - but in fact he’s become a well-known presence in the past few years, even in little-known movies like this amiable sports comedy. Sam’s a burned-out coach whose high-school-principal friend (belligerent baldy Rob Corddry) offers him a job coaching girls’ basketball. “I can’t coach girls,” he protests; “Women hate me!” - and his brusque insensitive style doesn’t exactly endear him to his teenage charges (including Emma Roberts, niece of Julia), but

of course they end up bonding as always happens in sports comedies about teams of misfits learning how to win (“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s who’s afraid to play you next time,” says Sam, setting out his take-no-prisoners philosophy). Predictable fun with some cute moments, though rather a waste of Sam Rockwell’s talents - and I plan to tell him that, the next time we meet in a hotel gym. Made in 2009.

The Darkest Hour (Novacinema3, 23.00) You know what’s wrong with films these days? They’re too professional. Everyone takes them so seriously, it’s rare to find a really mind-boggling, so-bad-it’s-

good, what-were-they-thinking monstrosity like this risible sci-fi, easily the silliest of the many recent alieninvasion flicks. The aliens are invisible, for one thing, appearing as little floating lights, making them the second-least-scary monsters in movie history (least scary of all is still The Happening, where the monsters were ordinary plants) - and a small group of heroes (led by Emile Hirsch) try to avoid them, wandering through Moscow as they try to escape by nuclear submarine. The fact that Moscow is thousands of miles from the nearest sea, making a nuclear submarine an unlikely means of escape, doesn’t seem to have occurred to anyone - though that’s actually the least of its many idiocies. Hilariously bad. Made in 2011.

The Darkest Hour

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







1 Play guitar in way that’s unusual (5) 2 Allowing no progress along a cul-desac (4-3) 3 Exchange dinar at the bottom (5) 4 Producing unsound agreements (7) 5 Type of type! (5) 6 Character deviating from normal conduct (9) 10 Airborne traveller well below par (9) 13 Old Penny was concerned with the environment with strange propriety (7) 15 Complaint when penny’s taken off graphite (7) 17 From Brecon, going to an African country (5) 18 Method of detection going up and down just the same (5) 20 Duck down (5)

Rating EASY

1 She might learn from her sister (7,5) 7 Considered to have been taken into account (8) 8 Dirt from a Hebridean island (4) 9 Manufactured by a young lady, so to speak (4) 11 Working to rule (8) 12 Waited for a bed I’d prepared (6) 14 Convict returns raw material in abundance (6) 16 Banger in the showroom? (5-3) 19 Animals used in cosmic experiments (4) 21 Complain about Oman (4) 22 I traded a contraption that emitted light and heat from the centre (8) 23 Soldier reports motor accident (5-7)

Rating HARD






Answers to crossword 2276


CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Back up; 4 Plaice; 7 Fingered; 8 Coop; 9 Trade returns; 13 Spared; 14 Skivvy; 15 Table manners; 18 Abba; 19 Castaway; 20 Meadow; 21 Avenge. Down – 1 Befit; 2 Canna; 3 Partridge; 4 Pod; 5 Accordion; 6 Cross over; 10 Reputable; 11 Dartboard; 12 Tasman Sea; 16 Edwin; 17 Style; 19 Caw.

QUICK: Across – 1 Badger; 4 Decade; 7 Silenced; 8 Rage; 9 Charing Cross; 13 Palace; 14 Lead-in; 15 Discrediting; 18 Beer; 19 Canister; 20 Used up; 21 Adored. Down – 1 Basic; 2 Delta; 3 Raconteur; 4 Dud; 5 Cormorant; 6 Digestion; 10 Headdress; 11 Reassured; 12 Caledonia; 16 Inter; 17 Gored; 19 Cap.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

The Moon goes face to face with Uranus today. This may see you resist anyone making calls on your emotional time and energy, or see you look for a lively encounter. Mars also squares Saturn, and all this could prove to be tricky. You might find yourself encountering some kind of challenge. Around finances, you may need to be realistic. Do avoid idealism.

Controversy may be something you prefer not to court, but today, a mischievous side of you may see you decide to speak out. However, with Mars and Saturn in a tense angle to one another, being blunt may not necessarily be good for you, running counter to your own interests. On the other hand, the reverse can be true, and you do all you can to avoid friction.

You often project a light and breezy, confident vibe to the world at large, but a complex planetary angle today, could see an old issue discussed, and not necessarily because you are keen to do so. If you feel someone is playing mind games or hinting about something negative without coming out and saying it directly, you could react furiously.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

How have things been panning out in your relationship situation the last six months? If you have noticed a sense of dissatisfaction in a long running tie, or one involvement has ended, this could be the presence of Saturn in your 7th Solar House. Today, it clashes with Mars and you may find yourself involved in a stand-off, or a battle of wills.

Life stresses, or disharmony bubbling away within yourself can be a factor today. Even if your situation is presently quite mellow, you might feel less laid back than of late. If you have an excess of nervous energy, you may want to direct it towards doing something active or constructive. This is a day to minimise obligations and narrow your focus.

You might find yourself sticking up for an underdog today. If you feel powerfully about an unfairness, you may see it as your duty, to speak out. Yet it is also possible you will feel compromised by circumstances. For example, a job on offer may not excite you or be very well paid, or you might be offered a role that goes against your principles somehow.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

You might experience a sense of limitation today. Your desire to be a free spirit or to do as you wish can clash with the demands of others, work or other life responsibilities. If you do the things others want you to do, you may feel resentful, and irritable. Be alert to anyone who looks to slyly put more responsibilities on your shoulders. Refuse to play their game.

Now then Libra, are you good with money? Or should I say are you good with denying yourself the treats that your ruler Venus suggests you indulge yourself with? If not, today could be a crunch point, when you find that you are caught between the need to be sensible and economize, and another need to cut loose and spend as you wish. Umm, tough!

You can be outspoken, yet another side of you can be a lover of tradition, history and customs. Yet today, that side of you which wants to demonstrate what a one off individual you can be may not mesh incredibly well with the point of view of someone in authority, a boss or a government institution. Be conscious of who holds the power here.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

If you feel your talents are worthy of greater recognition, you may push yourself to the fore today. Even if this is something you are usually loathe to do, any perceived injustice can give you the drive and motivation to take on your detractors or opponents. Yet, when it comes to anyone who can influence your financial future, tread carefully.

Saturn has been in your sign for three months. Have you noticed any changes? If not, you might do so now, as it goes into a tense right angle with your co-ruler Mars. This combination could see you feel thwarted and frustrated all at the same time. Family affairs can be trying, or someone can try your patience. You may not want to anger, but may do so.

You might find yourself feeling fearful or at least, be experiencing some powerful emotions which can be hard to understand or manage. If you feel especially raw, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Because of this, wherever possible, try to manage your situation so that you keep distance between you and anyone that even ordinarily, you find hard to be around.


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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES EXPERIENCED GARDENER WANTED 1 day per week for Aphrodite Hills villa. Must be knowledgeable and have own equipment to deal with grass cutting, bush and tree pruning, leaf and trimmings blowing and take away cuttings etc. References essential 99279205

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

tion contact Mark at Premier on 70006766 or 96333961 All areas *****************************

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


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

OZZY is an adorable male which came into the shelter almost a year ago! The person who found him wanted to help increase his re-homing chances so he sponsored his neutering...! But Ozzy has since been sitting in the shelter wishing for a new family...! But he has a great character and is only around 2 years old! 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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PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING, also carpets, rugs and mattresses. Special offers now available. For a quote call Rickys Cleaning Services on 99131044 (all areas) rickyscleaningservices@

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HEALTH & FITNESS ACUPUNCTURE, cupping, skin honing, massage. For the alleviation of aches, pains, stress and rehabilitation from illness or injury. Qualified Chinese practitioner. Pafos [Konia] 9922 1851.CLINICAL PILATES. Personalised Clinical Pilates by Physiotherapists in Nicosia. Individual assessment and supervision of exercises. “Clinical pilates” is a modified form of therapeutic

Limassol - tel: 25 761117 fax: 25 761141

LOUISE, she is around 1 year old Segugio Italiano cross and she is not suitable for hunting. She will make a perfect pet as she loves cuddles, hugs and kisses. Very playful gentle girl, friendly with other dogs and loves kids! 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.

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

DO YOU WANT A SHINY LOOKING FLOOR? Full repair & restoration of chipped, scratched, dull and stained, Marble, Terrazzo, Stone & Ceramic tiled floors and surfaces. Professional cleaning, repair & sealing of internal/ external ceramic tiles & grout lines. For a free professional consultation & demonstra-

Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049

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

FOR SALE MOTOR VEHICLES *****************************

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

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. €6900 ono. Contact: 99022779 - Nicosia












JOB PURPOSE: Myproperty Cyprus requires a business development manager that speaks Chinese and English fluently to contact real estate agents and immigration consultants in China.Send e-mail to: or call 96659500


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FAR INFRARED SAUNAROOM I sell my Sauna room for €1200. Imported new but not used. Costed €1800. Call 99 643397 *****************************

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TIMI, PLOTS, a few selected available, seaview, near the 2 golf courses, Venus rock and airport. 60% Building factor, eu 99,000. Half registration fees till the 31.12.12. Tel. 99 621914 *****************************

LARNACA, Alethriko, plots for sale, 525 sqm, 90% building factor, near highway Limassol-Larnaca, 5 min from airport, quiet residential area, eu 109,000. Half registration fees till the 31.12.12. Tel. 99 621914 *****************************

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

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

BEAUTIFUL listed house for rent in the village of Agrokipia, 2 bedroom, large living room with fireplace, large garden. Rent €550 per month negotiable. For info please call 99358863, 97643896. HOUSE FOR RENT, at Deftera, 12 minutes from Nicosia, 6 years-old, excellent condition, 3 bdrm, 3 w/c, fully a/c, kitchen with electrical appliances, store-room, satellite disk, garden with lawn. Please call 99573688. *****************************

FLATS TO LET - Nicosia: A wide selection of furnished & unfurnished in all areas of Nicosia. NIKARIA ESTATE LTD Theo Loizides 22761616 / 99660050 nikaria@cablenet. *****************************

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. *****************************

FOR RENT spacious modern 5 Bedr house, next to Metro Supermarket, Strovolos, Nicosia. Furnished, 3 Restrooms, air-conditioning throughout, central heating, extra office room, amble storage spaces, covered garage, verandas

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA with pergola, garden, barbecue area, quiet street in a qul de sac. Call 99606856. *****************************

TO LET 3 bedroom house situated on a dead end street next to a small quiet park near Falcon School. Has an En-suite master room, large study room, central heating, a/c and fire place in the living room. For enquiries tel 99660758 *****************************

LUXURIOUS APARTMENT FOR RENT A luxurious one floor apartment situated in central Nicosia in an area of exceptional Beauty at 3 Museum Street, is available to let. It has been recently renovated and consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, big dining and sitting rooms, kitchen and a huge veranda. Approximate covered area 250 sqm. Monthly rent €1400.00 o.n.o. Tel: 99622370. cy *****************************

MODERN 2 BDRM, first floor flat in attractive building in Anthoupolis, 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

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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 airconditioned 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

TO LET NICOSIA (H5ST10001-R), (photos in the website). 2. H3AR0004-R, 3 bedr luxury detached house with central heating, full a/c, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, parquet floor throughout the house, big sitting and dining area, big kitchen with family room opening onto the swimming pool which has big covered area with wooden deck, bbq area, covered parking, in a very quiet area behind Apoel football training ground - Archagelos - €1700 (photos in website). 3. 2 bedr fully renovated semi detached house 120 sq. m, a/c for hot and cold, small yard, FULLY FURNSIHED or not, double glazed windows with aluminum shutters, in a quiet area off Nikis behind Burger King - ACROPOLIS €600 (H2ACS0001-R), (photos in the website). 4. 3 bedr luxury semi-detached house with character, 200sq.m, central heating, full ac, sitting and dining room with fire place, big kitchen with cooker and oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, nice mature garden with 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. 4 BEDR spacious luxury detached house with central

TO LET NICOSIA heating, full a/c, 3wc, big sitting and dining area, big separate kitchen with electrical appliances and family room, big bedrooms, blinds, bbq area, garden, 2 parking(one covered), in a very quiet area near Apoel training field – ARCHANGELOS - €1200 – H4AR0016-R (photos in website). 6. 3 bedr+big attic room with shower and wc luxury new house, 210sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 4wc, blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, small garden, covered parking near Alpha Mega supermarket - STROVOLOS €1100 (H4ST10007-R), (photos 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. H4LAK0002-R, 3 bedr + office space luxury detached house, built on a big plot, 350sq. m, big swimming pool with cover, garden with grass, big sitting and dining room, separate family room, central heating, a/c, curtains on all the windows, cooker, dishwasher and dryer, parquet floor throughout the house,3wc, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered parking in a quiet area on the borders of Strovolos with Lakatamia Lakatamia- €1600 (photos in website). 9. 3 bedr upstairs and 2 separate bedroom in the basement luxury detached house(all the bedrooms with en suite bathrooms/shower), also separate kitchen and sitting room in the basement which has also separate entrance from the house, central heating, full a/c, solid parquet floor all the house, big sitting and dining room with fire place, big fully

TO LET NICOSIA equipped kitchen with breakfast area and family room, big overfloor, swimming pool with covered patio area with fully equipped bar(bbq, fridge, freezer, cooker), mature garden around the house, 2 parking places, alarm system near the Cyprus Conference Centre- PLATY AGLANTZIAS €3500 (H5PAG0002-R), (photos in the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area, off Kostantinoupoleos street near French ambassador residence.- STROVOLOS €700 (H4ST10043-R), (photos in the website). 11. 4 bedr luxury semi detached house with good size garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area, central heating, a/c units, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered parking, FULLY FURNISHED AND EQUIPPED, in a quiet area in a dead end close to all amenities and schools. - ANTHOUPOLIS €1300 (H4ANT0002-R), (photos in the website). 12. 4 bedr luxury detached house, 350sq.m,central heating, full ac, big garden with fruit trees, grass and swimming pool 6 X 12,2 covered parking, electrical appliances in the kitchen, 4 years old in a very quiet area 25 min from the centre – DEYTERA €2000 – H4DEF0001-R (photos in website). 13. 3 bedr ground floor house with big separate 80sq,m room with shower and wc for multi use, central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, 2 shower,1 bathroom, fully furnished, small garden, bbq area, parking, on a small building in a very quiet area near Agios Vasilios church. Strovolos - €900 - H4ST10028-R (photos in website). 14. 3 bedr detached house with extra room for office, 250sq.m, central heating independent, 4a/c, big reno-

TO LET NICOSIA vated kitchen with cooker and oven, big sitting and dining room with parquet floor and fire place, 1bathroom, 2 shower, 3wc, 2 covered parking, double glazed windows and shutters in bedrooms, big verandas surrounded by trees and bushes off 28th October street in the central part of Makedonitissa - Makedonitissa - €1100 – H3MAK0004-R (photos in website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22-422225/96422225/96422226, www.landtouristestates. com *****************************

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

8. A1ACS0007- R, 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with 2 a/c for hot and cold, electrical appliances in the kitchen, big bedroom, covered veranda, blinds, covered parking, in a quiet area near Acropolis park. NICELY FURNISHED. Acropolis €450 (photos in website). 9. 3 bedr new luxury finished PENTHOUSE apartment 150sq.m internal areas+120sq. verandas, solid parquet floor all the flat, big bedrooms, big sitting and dining room, big semi separate kitchen with electrical appliances, home cine ma with big screen, LCD tv, covered parking in a quiet neighborhood near CYTA, Laiki + Hellenic bank headquarters and French school. CAN BE RENTED ALSO expensive MODERN furnished – Dasoupolis - € 1200 - A3DAS0019-R (photos in 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), (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).


TO LET NICOSIA 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. 4 bedr new spacious luxury finished floor apartment with floor heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, electrical appliances in the kitchen, blinds on all windows, very big 50sq.m covered veranda, fire place, covered parking and big overfloor heated covered swimming pool on the ground floor, on a small 3 storey building in a quiet neighbourhood near a playground and near Ippokration private hospital Engomi - €2000 A4ENG0003-R (photos in 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. 2 bedr luxury apartment with a/c for hot and cold, NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking, off Stavrou Avenue behind Coffee Beanery. PRICE INCLUDES COMMON EXPENSES – STROVOLOS € 550 – A2ST10051-R (photos in website). For many more properties with photos visit our website at

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LIMASSOL GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, furnished renovated this year. Laminated parke floor, and big wardrobes in the 3 bedrooms. Rent €590.00 Tel 99497576 99886775

LARNACA ON THE PHINIKOUDES PROMENADE. An unobrstructed, panoramic view of the sea and the marina. An exclusive superb 1 bdrm on the 4th floor on the beach. Fully renovated, brand new. Has fitted new kitchen, w/m, fully a/c and sauna room!! Also suitable for office use. Must see to appreciate. Rent €520. Call 99222197, 99541828. LARNACA FLAT FOR RENT: Fully-furnished spacious 2-bedroom first floor flat in central location near Metro supermarket, A/C, private parking, intercom system, ensuite bathroom, small block. Phone: 99354789 2


shower room. Fully furnished (washing machine etc.) , and air conditioning. Covered veranda, and undercover designated parking. Only Euro 215/month inc. communal charges. Phone 99-310481.

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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FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom flat near Larco hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel: 99202543 *****************************

PAPHOS KILI – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom villa, with swimming pool and garden, unfurnished, gas central heating, large verandas, lovely mountain views, very quiet and tranquil area, €500 per month o.n.o. Call: 99479006 *****************************

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

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! *****************************





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Available unfurnished though can include kitchen appliances. Pets allowed at owners discretion. Website reference number: RTL_501

enclosed garden with c/pool. Fully furnished with modern furniture & solar panels. Website reference number: RTL_442

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

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.

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

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 Email: info@ *****************************

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TO LET PAPHOS apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi, Chlorakas & Kato Paphos Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at are website Fully Registered Company in Cyprus *****************************

A DELIGHTFUL AND SPACIOUS 1 bedroom apartment, F/F, top floor, new, located at a peaceful location just 500 from St. George hotel in Chloraka. A+ quality apt. Within walking distance to amenities, part of a beautiful building with swimming pool, list and other amenities. Only €250p/m Other apts also available near Carrefour in the Centre of Paphos. Call 99403261, 26934650 *****************************


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

TO LET PAPHOS and are modern. The building has a lift and off street parking. Prices from 300-400 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 mod-

TO LET PAPHOS ern with fire place, downstairs bedroom with en suite, kitchen and separate 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. Email info@ *****************************

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 in this prestigious development. Open plan living area. Good sized kitchen. 2 double, bedrooms, master with en-suite shower room. Family bathroom.

TO LET PAPHOS Large patio areas with enclosed gardens and lovely sea views. Covered parking and security gates.. Comm swimming pool and landscaped gardens. €425.00 a month. 2 bed apartment same complex €400.00 a month. 2 MESOGI 3 bed 3 bath furnished apartment in handy location close to the shopping areas. Large open plan living area and dining area.. Fully fitted dining/kitchen with appliances . Guest WC. Utilty room. 3 double bedrooms one with en-suite. Family bathroom. Balcony & and parking. €500.00 a month. Suit non-drivers! 3. TOMB OF THE KINGS – 3 bed fully furnished apartment in established block. Own entrance via stairway. Open plan living area. Dining kitchen. 3 bedrooms and family bathroom. A/C, sat TV. Internet available. Large balcony area. Parking. €350.00 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 bedroom with adjacent shower. Stairs to two double bedrooms both en-suite, one with Jacuzzi tub. Small seating area with adjacent balcony. Pool and off street parking. Landscaped gardens €750.00 per month or close offers only 5. SEA CAVES – 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished large townhouse set in quiet location. Open plan living area. Fully fitted kitchen. 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom. Garden area and parking. Realistically priced. Suit retired people or those wanting a quiet area. €400.00 per month 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. Euros 375.00 a month or offers. 1 & 2 bed



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

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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS apartments available on Universal starting at €250 per 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 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 ensuite bathroom. Family bathroom. Enclosed gardens, pool and off street parking. Realistically priced €550.00 per month. OVNO FOR FULL LISTINGS OF A PA R T M E N T S / T O W N HOUSES AND VILLA PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL LANDLORDS/ OWNERS PLEASE CALL. PLEASE CALL 97648440 or

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

NICOSIA, FLAT FOR SALE: 2 bedroom flat with title deeds, 110 sqm, fully renovated, best central area, 800m from the european university,excellent view, eu 99,000. Tel 99 621914 *****************************

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3 BEDROOM APARTMENT. Large living room and separate kitchen. Excellent views to the sea and the harbour. Double glazing and fly screens throughout. Off peak electric heating. Window shut-

FOR SALE PAPHOS ters to all main rooms and an intruder alarm fitted. Lift and car park. Euro 120.000 ono, Call: 26 947315 *****************************

PAPHOS, FLATS FOR SALE OR RENT: kissonerga, 3 bedroom flat with title deeds, in a block of 4 flats only, fully renovated, 2 baths, 146 sqm closed area, ch, ac, covered parking, excellent view of sea and mountains, half registration fees till 31.12.12.Reduced to eu 135,000,or rent eu 450 pm. Tel 99 621914 *****************************

KATO PAPHOS UNIVERSAL, large 2 bedroom apartment, ground floor, 1 bathroom, kitchen, large veranda, private parking, A/C, satellite TV. Near bus route, shops, banks, quiet apartment. Full furniture. Communal pool. 92 sq.m covered area. Full TITLE DEEDS. REDUCED €92,000 *****************************

PAPHOS 1 bedroom apartment, fantastic central location, lounge/kitchen, bathroom, veranda, covered parking, communal pool, Furnished. Near all amenities. TITLE DEEDS NOW REDUCED €45,000. *****************************

1 BEDROOM APARTMENT, TOMBS OF KINGS AREA, close to the sea, large private roof terrace with electric and water, covered parking, ve-

FOR SALE PAPHOS randa, furnished, swimming pool. Full TITLE DEEDS, was €95,000 reduced to €65,000. *****************************

Chlorakas, 2 bedroom townhouse. Exceptional sea views. New kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom. Private parking, On mains sewage system. Communal pool. A/C, quality fixtures. Fully furnished. Security bar-

FOR SALE PAPHOS rier. FULL TITLE DEEDS Now €92,000 Call 99716390.



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. *****************************


AYIA NAPA, studio for sale, 38 sqm, furnished and fully renovated, with title deed, in licensed complex, 500m from nissi beach, eu 49,000, tel. 99 621914 *****************************


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

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


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CHURCHES ALL SAINTS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH (ENGLISH) Sunday Divine Liturgy 8-10am. Followed by Fellowship hour (coffee) Services are now being held at the underground Chapel of All Saints of Cyprus at St. Panteleimonos Church Makedonitissa Archangelos (Engomi) For more info please contact Fr. Joseph Coleman Tel. 99938924 THE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF AGIOS ARSENIOS, LIMASSOL (near Tsirion Stadium) The Orthodox Liturgy in English Saturday, 4 February at 8:30 am For information please contact: Father M. Spanou at 99 – 401365 (

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

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

Open Door Baptist Church

Näheres Informationen durch Pfarrer Dr. Herold, Tel 25-317092 oder im Internet

9 Larnakos Street Katholiki Area Limassol Sundays: 9:45, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM Wednesdays: 7:30 PM 25 751193 or 99 758729


Clear exposition of the Bible in the presence of God, and relevant to our lives. Our Sunday services start at 10:30 am sharp, and the Wednesday Bible discussion at 7 pm. International Evangelical Church (Reformed) is located at 352 St. Andrew’s Street. 1½ blocks from Starbucks / Fat Boy, and 1 block from the Municipal Gardens, Zoo. For further information call Steve at 99384742, or email: All are welcome!

NICOSIA CHRISTIAN CENTRE 10 PINDOU STR, ENGOMI, NICOSIA, TEL. 22464375 SERVICES: SUNDAY 10AM, WEDNESDAY 8PM St Barnabas’ Anglican Church 153 Leontiou A Street Limassol Telephone: 25362713 - All welcome HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, PAPHOS GATE, NICOSIA Sunday Masses: Saturdays 6.30 pm, Sundays 8.00am, 9.30am & 6.30pm Weekday Masses: 6.30 pm Monday to Friday Tel: 22662132 Email:

GRACE CHURCH, LARNACA 8 Ayiou Neofytou St Sundays 10 a.m. Also Midweek Meetings Details: Colin 24530700

Larnaca Emergency Service - The contact point for animal emergencies in Larnaca is Maria at the Paphiakos Animal Welfare Charity Shop, telephone 24623494 or 99325897

Tel. 99 293489, 99 279960 Email: com

Nikosia: Am 1. und 3. Samstag im Monat in der St. Paul’s Cathedral um 18 Uhr Limassol: Am 2. Sonntag im Monat im Gemeindehaus in Germasogeia um 11 Uhr Am 4. Sonntag im Monat in der St. Barnabaskirche um 18 Uhr Paphos: Am 2. Samstag in der Kirche an der Paulussaeule um 16 Uhr Agia Napa: Am 4. Sonntag im Monat im Hof des Klosters um 9.30 Uhr


Web. www.facebook/paphiakos Email

Family oriented evangelical church



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

PAPHIAKOS NEW CHARITYSHOP/T.ROOMS NOW OPEN IN PEYIA. T ROOMS NOW OPEN (next to Peyia Police Station) Volunteers and donations needed please contact Suzanne 99151996 for further information. 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 Shop No.2 Ap Pavlou Avenue, Kato Paphos Shop No.3 Gr. Afxentiou Avensia Court 3 Larnaca Shop No.4 9 Ayiou Ioanni Street 3061 Limassol Our shops are always happy to receive your unwanted goods!

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


St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Byron Avenue, Nicosia, 22 445221/22 677897


Sunday 0930 : Holy Communion Sunday School in the hall 1800 : Evening Prayer


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.

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

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 0830: Morning Prayer Wednesday 1030 : Holy Communion First Monday of each month 1930 : Guild of St Raphael Parish Office : Mon-Fri : 0900 - 1100

PAPHIAKOS & C.C.P. ANIMAL WELFARE SPECIAL 3 COURSE THURSDAY LUNCH AT THE T ROOMS ONLY €7. PLEASE BOOK EARLY ON 99151996/99327225 as always busy. PAPHIAKOS & C.C.P. BOOK EXCHANGE SHOP TREMITHOUSA Paphiakos Book Exchange Shop, Tremithousa. Special Tuesday sales held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. For more information Tel 99771763/99283467

Saturday 1000-1200

Bookshop and Thrift Shop


St Helena’s Anglican Church, Larnaca


St Helena’s Court, Grigoris Afx Sunday Service: Holy Communion 9.30 am ALL WELCOME Tel:24651327

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


CHEMISTS NICOSIA SUNDAY 27/05/2012 G. Hadjigregoriou, 27A Omirou Ave. Tel: 22673594, 22510112 (H) A. Ttooulas, 22D Kennedy Ave. Tel: 22763805, 22377349(H) A. Panayi, 15B Androcleous St. Tel: 22763575, 22317370 (H) E. Fesia, 173C Tseriou Ave. Tel: 22321499, 22325995 (H) N. Spanos, 1D Thessaloniki St, Anglanja. Tel: 22337761, 22444437 (H) LIMASSOL V. Lisiotis, 15 Acathemias Germasoyia Tel: 25311234, 25811818 (H) E. P. Terides, 37 Omonia Ave. Tel: 25567526, 25714469 (H) Y. Tooulia, 28 Nafpliou St. Tel: 25350829, 25715141 (H) LARNACA M. Severis, P. Valdaserides St. Tel: 24639410, 24662497 (H) M. Lambi, corner Makarios & Gr Afxentiou Ave. Tel: 24626447, 24361185(H) PAPHOS D. Hadjicharalambous, 104 Ellados Ave. Tel: 26822627, 70008181, (H) PARALIMNI Ch. X. Alapai, 8 Gr. Dighenis Ave. Tel: 23742002, 23744155 (H)

NICOSIA MONDAY 28/05/2012 I. Kitiris, 63 Metochiou St. Tel: 22774950, 22774368 (H) N. Nouris, 33 A. B D. Akritas Ave. Tel: 22751801, 22374323 (H) M. Charalambous, 48A Armenia Ave, Acropolis. Tel: 22426655, 22492968 (H) A. Christodoulou, 73C Stadiou St, Strovolos. Tel: 22590396, 22512252 Ch. Kari, 50 Andrea Avraamide, Tel: 22771999, 22351072 LIMASSOL G. Stylianou, 32B 1st April St, Ayia Fyla. Tel: 25386760, 25339436 (H) St. Houvartas 9 Panayioti Tsangari Germasoyia, Tel: 25879007, 25770489 (H) P. Panagidou, 82A Fragklinou Rousvelt Str. Tel. 25575777, 25561570 LARNACA A. Christoforou, 21 Larissa St, Kamares. Tel: 24364270, 24645787 Despo Theodosis, Lordou Vyronos & Gladstonos 1, Tel. 24622522, 24720083 PAPHOS L. Tselepou, 91 E. Venizelou St. Tel: 26954594, 26949276 (H) PARALIMNI M. Klepiniotou, 16 Agiou Georgiou, Tel: 23820422, 23822330 (H)

DOCTORS ON DUTY NICOSIA Pathologist: Doros Polydorou, Tel. 99727817 Ophthalmologist: Antonis Glikeriou, Tel: 70000171 Urologist: Achilleas Corellis, Tel: 70007773, 99562642 Gynaecologist: Marios Eleftheriou, Tel. 22469000, 99433384 Paediatric Surgeon: Eliana Eliadou, Tel. 99384324 Dentist: Christos Sklavos, Tel. 22818218, 99513709 LIMASSOL Pathologist: Christos Christodoulou, Tel.: 99454612, 25338618 Surgeon: Christodoulos Christofides Tel: 25750308 Neuro-Surgeon: Michalakis Spirou, Tel: 99624939 Paediatric: Christos Christophi, Tel: 25385858, 99385855 Paediatric Surgeon: Elka Christofi, Tel: 25762586, 99306678 Doctor: Michalakis Charalambous, Tel: 99616436


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Contract talks with Real not important, says star Ronaldo

German FA lukewarm over goal-line technology By Brian Homewood

Superstar will focus on winning games By Iain Rogers CRISTIANO Ronaldo is to avoid public discussions of a possible contract renewal with Real Madrid and plans to focus instead on winning matches, he said this week. “The issue has already been talked about,” the Portugal forward told a news conference when asked about his contract situation after training. “I won’t talk about my renewal any more,” added the 27-year-old whose deal with La Liga champions Real runs until June 2015. “It’s not the most important thing, the important thing is to win out next games. “We are fighting for La Liga, the King’s Cup and the Champions League the important thing is to be united. I am feeling very comfortable at the club and I hope to give the best of me for this shirt as I always have done.” Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive player, raised eyebrows earlier this season when he said he was feeling sad “for professional reasons” and that Real officials knew why. He did not explain further, leading to media speculation he was unhappy with the terms of his deal and wanted more money. Some reports have sug-

Madrid defender Pepe has undergone surgery gested Ronaldo might be lured to a big-spending club like Paris St Germain or that he may return to Manchester United who sold him to Real for a record fee of 94 million euros in 2009. Real play United in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg in Madrid on February 13 and the return in Manchester on March 5. “I have feelings of strong friendship, a lot of warmth,” Ronaldo said of the tie. “It’s a team that had a big influence on my career. “The people know me well. I have a lot of friends, people who have a place in my heart - but now I defend the colours of Real Madrid. The feeling will be a slightly

sad one but I want to win and score, give my absolute best.” Centre back Pepe meanwhile had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on Wednesday, the La Liga champions said, adding to coach Jose Mourinho’s selection problems in defence. “After feeling pain in his right ankle and a medical checkup, the Real Madrid player Pepe was operated on this morning in Porto,” the club said on their website ( They did not say how long the Portuguese international would be out of action but local media reported he would be sidelined for about a month. Real have been hit by several injuries in defence in recent weeks, including fullbacks Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo. Pepe’s regular partner at centre back, Sergio Ramos, is suspended for Sunday’s game at home to Real Sociedad and French teenager Raphael Varane could partner the little-used Ricardo Carvalho in the middle of a makeshift defence as Real seek to get their La Liga campaign back on track after a poor run. They are third after 17 matches, seven points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid and 16 adrift of unbeaten leaders Barcelona.

The Portuguese refused to speak out on rumours that he may be looking to leave the Spanish capital

Wenger underlines importance of new Walcott deal By Jim van Wijk

Arsenal are confident that Theo Walcott, who scored a hat-trick against Newcastle on New Year’s Day, will commit his future to the club

MANAGER Arsene Wenger feels signing Theo Walcott on a new contract would send a “positive message” that the future is bright at Arsenal. The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer but that has not affected his form for the Gunners after switching to his preferred role as a central striker and grabbing a hat-trick against Newcastle. Walcott turned down one offer of a new deal - reported to be worth £75,000 a week in the summer and has so far failed to reach an agreement as the player looks for weekly terms closer to £100,000. Wenger remains confident a conclusion can be reached to keep hold of a player he helped mould from a raw teenager into an England international. “It is a positive message for us to keep Theo, of course. Will it have an effect on the morale of the team? Yes, I am convinced it will have a

positive effect if we manage to sign him,” Wenger said. Arsenal are encouraged by the continuing negotiations, as they look to stop Walcott following former captain Robin van Persie out of the club at the end of the season. Speaking at a press conference yesterday ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Swansea, Wenger added: “It is very difficult to be predictable in this kind of situation, but I always said that our desire is there to do it as quickly as possible. We are ready to do it. “I only speak for our side, and my side is that we want him to stay here. “Of course I don’t want to speak much more about that situation because it can be misinterpreted and I don’t think he is only interested by money. I don’t believe that.” Arsenal are expected to move in the transfer market during January, with reports of a £10 million bid tabled for Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez. Wenger said: “Arsenal has

a good reputation outside England and many players want to join us, but at the moment all these players are under contract. “The most important players for us are those who are here. Those who are on the transfer market will not help us win the games. “So first of all we have to make sure the players who are here stay here, after we look outside. “Let’s first try to finalise with Theo Walcott and after if we need something else we will go somewhere else, but our first priority is that.” Fringe players like Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh, French centre-half Sebastien Squillaci and Swiss defender Johan Djourou who is said to be interesting German side Hannover - are all likely to be offloaded. Wenger added there was “no news” on the future of Russian midfielder Andrey Arshavin, who has been linked with both Reading and Paris St Germain, but revealed he expected some departures.

GOAL-LINE technology has been given a lukewarm reception by the German football federation’s (DFB) head of refereeing who has questioned its accuracy. Herbert Fandel cited a regulation which he said permitted a three-centimetre margin of error for technology used to decide whether the ball has crossed the goal-line. He also referred to Ukraine’s goal against England at Euro 2012 which was disallowed after officials failed to spot that the ball had crossed the line. “There are doubts as to see whether the goal-line works 100 per cent,” Fandel told the DFB’s website ( this week. “A margin of error of three centimetres is understandably still a bit too high, especially when you consider that the ball in England’s Euro 2012 match against Ukraine was only a few centimetres behind the line.” “That would mean that the system would possibly not have recognised that goal. If you spend a lot of money for something, then it must be working properly.” A FIFA spokesman said the three centimetre ruling applied during initial testing of potential goalline technology systems last year, but that the two systems ultimately approved by FIFA met much stricter criteria. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the use of goal-line technology in June and it was used for the first time at the Club World Cup in Japan this month although it was not called into action. The two systems approved are Hawk-Eye, which is used in tennis and cricket and is based on optical recognition with cameras, and GoalRef, which uses a magnetic field with a special ball to identify a goal situation. Fandel added that Germany was unlikely to use fulltime referees and called for automatic red cards for elbowing incidents. “In our view, a professional referee, who has no profession apart from football, is not likely in the future,” he said. “I would like a tougher line for elbowing. I find it very hard to accept that a player who hits an opponent in the face or ruthlessly elbows him is not sent from the field with a red card. “Players who punch and stamp do not belong on a football field.”

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Pardew counting on Cisse to step up By Damian Spellman

Hotshot: Luis Suarez scored twice in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday and will now have more support up front

‘Time is now for Sturridge’ By Carl Markham LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard insists there can be no excuses from new signing Daniel Sturridge after his £12million arrival at Anfield. The 23-year-old is already on his third major club, having left Manchester City to join Chelsea but flourished at neither, and that has raised questions about everything from his quality to his temperament. Sturridge is likely to get more of a chance under Brendan Rodgers than he had at his previous employer but Gerrard said, at some point, the player had to realise his situation and turn potential into regular goals. “Daniel has the quality. I know he’s got it - I’ve seen it,” said the England captain.

New boy Daniel Sturridge was in the Anfield crowd “He’s suffered a bit at Manchester City and moved on to Chelsea where he hasn’t played as much as he wanted but has shown flashes of brilliance. “I think he’s at the age now when he needs to set-

tle down, get a settled club and show consistently what qualities he’s got. “If he can start producing that for us on a weekly basis he can help this club move forward to where we want to be. “He has said he wants to play football for a big club, the stage is set for him. “There will be no excuses for him. He will be playing with good players at a great club. “It’s all there for him. He just has to go and grasp it with both hands. “He’s at an age now where he should be performing week in week out.” Sturridge is likely to be Rodgers’ main signing of the January window and has been brought in to offer support to leading scorer Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international’s hot run of form shows no signs of abating as two goals in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Sunderland took him to 15 in the Premier League so far. But with fellow forward Fabio Borini edging closer to a first-team return Gerrard believes the addition of Sturridge also will improve their hopes of a top-four challenge. “Daniel’s arrival will help the club. He’s got power, pace, strength - he has got huge potential,” added the midfielder. “He’s another attacking option and if you look at the bigger picture from the beginning of the season up until now, we have been a little bit short in the final third. “He will add more strength in depth for us and let’s hope

he’s not the last face in January because we certainly need a couple more in.” Suarez lit up Anfield with his two goals, after 18-yearold Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring, and Gerrard admits his team-mate is one of the best around at the moment as he trails Manchester United’s Robin van Persie (16) by one in the Premier League top scorers chart. “He’s just world class. There are a handful of players in the world who operate on a different level and he is one of them,” he said. “He can score all types of goals. I was looking in the programme at his goal record: for someone who the critics say doesn’t score enough, just have a look at his record (Suarez has scored 31 in 64 league games).”

No heir apparent, says Ferguson MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says modern management is so precarious it is “impossible” to predict who could replace him at Old Trafford. The 71-year-old Scot, who has been in charge at the club for 26 years, plans on staying in the job for another “two or three” years. And he says it is too early for United to consider a successor yet. Ferguson said: “There’s no-one on the agenda, I can assure you.” “I’m hoping to stay on for a bit of time anyway.” Ferguson could be thinking of Chelsea’s decision to sack Roberto di Matteo - only six months after winning the Champions League and FA Cup - when he talks about management being a “precarious industry”. Over Christmas Sean O’Driscoll lost his job at Nottingham Forest within hours of beating promotion rivals Leeds 4-2, and Henning Berg was dismissed only 10 games into his Blackburn reign. With that in mind Ferguson is refusing to be draw on candidates to take over his mantle at Old Trafford.

“It’s very difficult because over the years names have been bandied about and football is such a precarious industry,” he said. “The sack race, in terms of management, is horrendous. It’s a results industry of course, but sometimes a manager can only survive maybe four games if he doesn’t win a match. “You look at certain clubs and that’s obvious. So to look two years ahead, it’s impossible to say who’s even going to be there. It’s a difficult one.” There have been plenty of former Manchester United players tipped to eventually take over from the Scot. Mark Hughes and Roy Keane were both leading candidates before suffering failures at Manchester City and Sunderland respectively. Current favourites to land the United post include Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Everton chief David Moyes. Ferguson said: “There’s always going to be names bandied about, no question about that and they’re all qualified people but nobody knows where they’re going to be in two or three years’ time.

Still going strong: the Manchester United manager celebrated his 71st birthday on New Year’s Eve and said he wants to continue at the helm for several more years

ALAN Pardew is hoping striker Papiss Cisse will return to last season’s form to fire Newcastle out of trouble. The Senegal international gave the Magpies a secondminute lead over Everton with his sixth goal of the season as compatriot Demba Ba closed in on his move to Chelsea on Wednesday night. However, it was not enough to prevent his side from slipping to a ninth defeat in 11 Premier League games as the visitors hit back to snatch a 2-1 victory. But as the club launched the search for Ba’s replacement, Pardew challenged Cisse to rediscover the touch which brought him 13 goals in 14 appearances following his arrival on Tyneside 12 months ago. Asked if the former Freiburg frontman was relishing the role of main man, he said: “I think so, and we are hoping he has the second half of the year he had last year, where he was absolutely terrific for us and scoring goals for fun. “That’s where we need to get him.” Newcastle could have gone in at the break with a commanding lead having forced their way ahead through Cisse’s looping header. They went close to a second when James Perch’s header came back off the inside of the post on the half-hour, but worse was to follow two minutes before half-time. Fabricio Coloccini was harshly adjudged to have fouled Marouane Fellaini 30 yards out, but Leighton Baines was merciless as he smashed home the resulting free-kick. But where there had been little to choose between the sides before the break, it was the visitors who dominated after it and they got their reward on the hour when substitute Victor Anichebe, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, turned Nikica Jelavic’s cross past keeper Tim Krul to win it. Pardew, who hopes to clinch the signing of Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy during the next 48 hours - the France international was among the crowd for last night’s game - has been forced to contend with a crippling injury crisis, and a fixture list which sent his side to Manchester United and Arsenal before their clash with the highflying Toffees. Everton boss David Moyes left Tyneside looking at the opposite end of the table and contemplating a very different second half of the season. He said: “I just hope we are strong finishers because we have been in the main a good second-half-of-theseason team. If we do that, then we will try to compete with the teams near the top end.”

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Gerrard: time is now for Sturridge 27

Mancini and Balotelli in training bust-up

Face off: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli raged at each other

MISFIT Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and manager Roberto Mancini were involved in a furious training ground bust-up yesterday. The City boss was seen to grab, shove and gesticulate wildly at the striker as the pair clashed in front of stunned team-mates at the club’s Carrington base. The 22-year-old Italian striker was then seen being restrained and led away by a member of staff, believed to be Massimo Battara, in shocking scenes as City prepared for their FA Cup third round clash with Watford. Mancini reacted furiously following a tackle from Balotelli on a team-mate said to be Scott Sinclair, once again putting the Italian’s future at the club in doubt.

The drama comes just after former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed Balotelli offered City the best chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title. He believes Mancini should continue to take the rough with the smooth and persist with the precociously talented striker. “If you ever spend any time with Mario then you love Mario,’” said the 31-year-old Swede, who has been no stranger to controversy himself during a 13-year career at the highest level. “Even though he is not always the easiest player for the coach to manage, speak to any of his old coaches like Jose (former Inter and current Real Madrid boss Mourinho) and they will tell you when you work with

Mario you always have a smile on your face.” Ibrahimovic, who has netted 18 goals in just 16 games for Paris Saint-Germain this season, believes that Balotelli can inspire City to claw back the seven-point lead Manchester United currently hold over them in the title race. “He is a special player and a special talent,” added the former Milan, Barcelona and Juventus man. “When Mario plays like he can he will hurt any team in the world. Manchester City are already a way behind Manchester United in the Premier League - but if any player can retain the title for them it is Mario. All the class that Manchester City have I would still say Mario is the most capable.”

Wright-Phillips: this is the start of QPR’s great escape Chelsea reeling after shock defeat to strugglers By Tom Collomosse


HAUN WRIGHTPHILLIPS revealed Queens Park Rangers’ remarkable victory at Chelsea has convinced them they will survive in the Premier League. Rangers secured their first away win in the Premier League since November 2011 and only their second overall in the division this term. Although Harry Redknapp’s team remain five points adrift of safety with tricky fixtures against Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester City approaching, Wright-Phillips now believes Rangers will beat the drop following Wednesday night’s 1-0 win. nk “It makes us think a that if Chelsea k struggled to break h us down, with yed the way we played hen against them, then l,” a lot of teams will,” hilsaid Wright-Philned lips, who was signed by Chelsea from City for £21 million in 2005. pped “We’ve never stopped d esbelieving we could e got cape, ever since we in this situation. ve it “We still believe strongly and it was a et this great relief to get m home result. Away from

Remember me? QPR’s Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was signed by Chelsea for £21 million in 2005, returned to haunt his former club with the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge we haven’t been the best and we’ve dropped a lot of points, so this is something we must consolidate now now. “We tried to frustra Chelsea and trate ca catch them on th break and we the di that well.” did W With Chelsea hav having won four in ro a row, it appeared there could be only v one victor but Rangers’ tactics stifled the off-colour

home side and they claimed the points when Wright-Phillips scored 12 minutes from full-time. “After Sunday’s defeat by Liverpool it was difficult to convince anyone we could survive,” said Redknapp. “But the players have set the standard with this win and to get out of this mess they have to do it every week.” Despite this result, Redknapp knows a side who have let in 36 goals in the League this season need more remedial work and he intends to

QPR boss Harry Redknapp celebrates a famous win in the West London derby

hand former Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim a deal until the end of the campaign. Tony Fernandes appointed Redknapp in November, having sacked Mark Hughes just 11 months into his reign as manager. Although Hughes kept QPR up, the club suffered a nightmare start to the season and some fans criticised Fernandes for initially standing by the Welshman with a series of supportive tweets. Yesterday, the club’s major shareholder was revelling in the victory as he tweeted: “After all the attacks on me this is sweet. Long long way

to go. Much to do. Long long way from safety but keep believing and enjoy the moment.” Meanwhile, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay told the club’s fans that replacing Roberto di Matteo with Rafael Benitez as manager has already proved to be the right decision. Benitez’s appointment as interim first-team coach in November angered Chelsea supporters and he is no closer to winning them over. But in Wednesday night’s programme, Gourlay wrote: “The owner and the board felt a change was necessary

to keep the club moving in the right direction ahead of a vitally important part of the season. “Rafael Benitez has significant experience at the highest level and has come in to immediately help deliver our objectives.” After the match Benitez bemoaned a lack of depth in his squad. “Fernando Torres is one of the players who needs a rest. You see two or three players who have been playing too many games in the last weeks or months. So it’s difficult,” Benitez told reporters. Defeat marked the end of a four-game winning streak and left Chelsea languishing in fourth place, 14 points behind leaders Manchester United but with a game in hand. “We have to do everything almost perfect if we want to reduce the gap at the top,” Benitez said. But he admitted a perfect run was a tall order. “Especially for us. We were playing so many games with the same players and you could see against QPR that maybe these players couldn’t go to the level that we were expecting.” Benitez dismissed criticism that he had fielded a weakened side against QPR by resting midfielders Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. “We cannot carry on with the same players every game and if you play against a team at the bottom of the table at home you have to trust your players,” the Spaniard said.

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