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Casinos could be open in two years Commerce minister gets ball rolling on facilities that could raise millions and create needed jobs By George Psyllides


ASINOS on the island could be up and running within two years, the commerce minister said yesterday, getting the ball rolling on an issue the previous administration flatly refused to consider on ideological grounds. Speaking in parliament, Giorgos Lakkotrypis said he had already asked the Cyprus Tourism Organisation to update a 2007 study into the creation of casinos to help the government decide on the form they would take – whether they will be accompanied by other development. Asked if Cyprus could expect casinos in the next two years, the minister said “yes, this is what we hope.” The previous administration had stubbornly refused to consider the opening of casinos on ideological grounds, with former president Christofias consistently brushing off suggestions that Greek Cypriots would spend their money at casinos in the Republic as opposed to the north, which is currently the case. “There will be no casinos in Cyprus as long as I am president,” Christofias said in 2009. Christofias said such establishments are an “expression of corruption and can create a crisis to the system. My party has struggled for years against any establishment of casinos, and there will be none while

Christofias is president,” he said. Cypriots already spend millions on gambling – on illegal online games as well as casinos in the north. The CTO study into the creation of casinos predicted millions in revenues and a significant boost in employment opportunities. Christofias’ second finance minister Kikis Kazamias had proposed creating casinos around a year ago as part of a raft of growth-boosting measures. The proposal was shelved. Citing the CTO study, the ministry said annual revenues for the state would be between €35 and €50 million. An estimated €6.0 million per year is also spent on gambling by Greek Cypriots in the north where casinos abound, the ministry said. It also suggested there was not enough scientific evidence to substantiate a connection between casinos and negative effects on society – pathological gambling is not just connected to casinos but all games of chance. “Cyprus is a special case since even without casinos in the Republic, pathological gamblers exist as there is free access to casinos in the occupied areas,” the ministry said at the time. “The current situation in Cyprus, where effectively every neighbourhood has two or three small casinos in the form of unregulated betting shops, makes the problem worse.”


March madness: a sculpture of a naked woman is decorated with leg warmers as snow falls in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany yesterday. A heavy late-winter snowstorm hit northwestern Europe yesterday, paralysing transport, knocking out power to thousands and leaving hundreds stranded in their cars (AFP) FULL STORY PAGE 9

Australia destroys insatiable giant snails A BASEBALL-sized snail with an insatiable appetite for hundreds of plants including cocoa and papaya has been seized and destroyed by Australian officials, who said it posed a huge threat to local agriculture. The animal was found creeping across a Brisbane shipping container yard and identified as a giant African snail, an East African pest capable of growing up to 30 cm (12 inches) long and one kg (2.2 lb) in weight. It is known to eat 500 different species of crops, fruits, native Australian plants and even other giant African snails, according to an Australian government website. “Giant African snails are one of the world’s largest and most damaging land snails,” said Paul Nixon, acting regional manager at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in a statement. The snail can lay 1,200 eggs a year, tolerates extreme temperatures and has few natural enemies in Australia. It also carries parasites that can infect humans with the disease meningitis, which can in some cases be fatal. The last major Australian outbreak of the snail was in 1977, when 300 giant snails were exterminated in Queensland in an intensive eight-month campaign of community education, baiting and snail collection. The snail was destroyed and officials inspected the container yard and found no evidence of additional snails, eggs or snail trails. They will continue surveillance into next week.

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25 years ago, Sunday March 13, 1988

The impeachment trial of American president Andrew Johnson begins.

British parliamentarian Gerald Kaufman, Labour party spokesman for foreign affairs, was received yesterday by President Vassiliou. Later Kaufman, who has come to Cyprus at the invitation of the House of Representatives, met separately with foreign minister George Iacovou and EDEK’s General Secretary Takis Hadjidimetriou.

1881 Alexander II, emperor of Russia, is assassinated when bombs are thrown at his carriage by members of a revolutionary group, the Narodnaya Volya (People’s Will).

1954 In Vietnam, the Battle of Dien Bien Phu begins.

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1961 The trial of five people known as Portland Spy for plotting to pass official secrets to the Soviet Union Ring begins at the Old Bailey in England.

1996 Lone gunman Thomas Hamilton shoots dead 16 children and their teacher at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland before turning the gun on himself.

35 years ago, Monday March 13, 1978 President Kyprianou was yesterday awarded the Grand Cross of Cicilia, the highest Armenian decoration for his treatment of the Armenian community in Cyprus and for his support of the Armenian cause. The presentation was made at a special ceremony in the presidential office in Nicosia yesterday.

45 years ago, Wednesday March 13, 1968 The United Nations Special Representative in Cyprus Osorio-Tafall is to call together Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders at the earliest possible date to seek ways of solving the Cyprus problem. This was announced by Secretary-General U Thant in his report to the Security Council covering the three-month period of the peacekeeping mandate from December to March.

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Education ministry takes moves over Harlem Shakers By Maria Gregoriou THE MINISTRY of education has been forced to take action after videos of high school students doing the Harlem Shake have been uploaded onto the internet showing obscene behaviour, the ministry said yesterday. “The videos show obscene behaviour. Some show students pulling down their trousers and pants,” sources at the ministry of education said. “We are trying to protect these students because anything that is uploaded onto the internet can stay there forever. The students are children and are not grown-up enough to understand how this can affect their lives in the future. Some students may become doctors or lawyers and these video clips may harm their professional lives in the future,” they added. The ministry said it carried out seminars at schools outlining to students what is safe behaviour concerning the internet. It also complained

that the videos should not be attached to the names of particular schools. Videos that are taken on school grounds and show student’s faces cannot be publicised without receiving the school’s permission because the students are minors. “The students who have uploaded these clips without permission should be found and asked to remove them. It is up to the school’s headmaster to decide the consequences,” the ministry said. “I uploaded a video of my school friends dancing the Harlem Shake after asking for permission from my headmaster,” said one student. “We only danced in our clip. It was a way of forgetting how crap things are around us for a while,” he said. The Harlem Shake is a novelty track recorded by American DJ and producer Baauer, which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, which has followed a wave of recent hits to get the public dancing, including Psy’s monster hit Gangnam Style.

Attorney-general Petros Clerides (front) heading into court yesterday (Christos Theodorides)

AG slams judges suit against state pay cuts ‘In such times of crisis it should never have been brought’ By Stefanos Evripidou

Kids could harm their chances in later life says the ministry

Women rounded up in Paphos NINETY-three women from non-EU countries were arrested by police in Paphos on Sunday, suspected of living or working in Cyprus illegally. Members of the crime prevention squad and immigration services carried out checks in various areas of the town and district. Police had initially received reports of women soliciting prostitution, although only one of the 93 was arrested for the crime. Six of the women were arrested for illegally staying in Cyprus while the other 86 had violated their visitor permits. “We are trying to send the message out to foreign workers that they can no longer work on the island illegally,” Paphos police spokesman, Nicos Tsiappis said. Tsiappis revealed that plans are in place to carry out checks more frequently now and soon police in other districts will also check for illegal workers. Efforts are being made by authorities to return the 93 women to their countries of origin.

WITH THE country on the brink of collapse, this is not the time for the Supreme Court to be hearing the case of the district court judges’ appeal against pay cuts, Attorney-general Petros Clerides argued yesterday. The AG – representing the state – pulled no punches trying to convince the top court not to hear the case, arguing that whatever the final decision, the prestige of the judiciary has been irrevocably damaged. Speaking before nine members of the Supreme Court, Clerides said: “You have judicial knowledge that the president is doing the rounds to prevent the bankruptcy of the state, children in schools are going hungry, 900 employees who were on €1,000 a month had to leave the public service, shops have closed, you are aware of the unemployment rate... you are part of society, you have judicial knowledge, and if you are not aware, you live in a place dis-

connected from reality.” He added: “This case should never have come before you”. Clerides noted that the nine judges were in a very difficult position since their decision will have an impact upon the entire judiciary, including themselves. “Who should judge this case? Those who appealed should have considered this,” said the AG. “The first thing to decide is whether you can hear this case, because there are difficulties in terms of the unfavourable circumstances,” he added. Supreme Court President Petros Artemis said the top court was not in a position to deprive members of the public from recourse to the court. Three members of the Court’s full bench were purposefully absent from yesterday’s hearing because they were initially part of the mass recourse to the Supreme Court in their capacity as district court judges, before their appointment to the top court.

The 90-odd district court judges are challenging two items of legislation passed in late 2011 as part of an austerity package that included reductions in the salaries of state officials. They wish to be exempted from the cuts, arguing that their remuneration is protected by the Constitution. The lawyers representing the judges have argued that an unconstitutional law cannot become constitutional because of the reason it was enacted - in this case the economic difficulties faced by the state. Instead of taking a mandatory pay cut, judges have proposed they would make a voluntary contribution from their salary to the state. They said also their offer would stand irrespective of the court’s ruling. Clerides reminded the Supreme Court judges that on December 17, 2012, the House Finance Committee heard that if semi-government organisations failed to provide the state with loans from their pension funds then the

state would default. “If the state went bankrupt, would the judges have received their salaries?” asked Clerides. He noted that after the Turkish invasion in 1974, two laws were passed which cut the salaries of everyone, including judges due to the particular situation that prevailed at the time. “The judges’ contributions were also mandatory (in 1974). Nobody brought the matter to court. Today, the conditions are much worse. Then we had a state, in three days we might not,” said the AG, adding, “We are not living in a vacuum, we are living in a real situation, nobody should have come today.” At one point, the AG pointed towards the clerk of the court, and told the judges: “Ask the clerk how much has been cut off his salary” for which he was interrupted by Artemis who reminded the state’s top lawyer: “This is not a legal argument”. Clerides will continue his arguments at the next hearing on April 5.

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Suspect gets remanded in custody ten years after murder By Peter Stevenson A 39-year-old Larnaca resident was yesterday remanded in custody for eight days in connection with a murder in Paphos ten years ago. In August 2003, 48-year-old taxidriver Charalambos Pericleous from Salamiou village had been sent to collect a customer near Tsada golf course when he was shot. His body was found around 500 metres from his car by a passerby. He had been shot three times in

the chest and point blank in the head with a revolver, which police found in some bushes nearby. State pathologist Eleni Antoniou said at the time it was the bullet to the head that killed Pericleous. “The shot in the head was fatal,” she said. “He also had wounds in his left hand and shoulder blade.” Recent DNA checks on the murder weapon matched that of the 39-year-old suspect. His DNA had been on record after a previous unrelated arrest. After his arrest, the 39-year-old de-

nied any involvement in Pericleous’ murder. He claimed that someone had given him a revolver to inspect some time ago. According to inspector Michalis Ioannou from Paphos CID, someone from the suspect’s close circle had told police he knew a woman that had introduced him to people from the criminal underworld. The woman is no longer in Cyprus and Interpol are searching for her, police said. The police will search two premises in the Famagusta district and two in Larnaca while also taking 48

statements from various people according to a police spokesman. Police had originally believed Pericleous’ murder was connected with that of 65-year-old Michalis Zacharias in Marathounta two months earlier since the two men worked in the same taxi office and both died after they were asked to collect customers in remote areas. Pericleous had also been questioned by police over Zacharias’ death, as had his son, but they were released without charge. Zacharias was found dead at a con-

struction site on the old Episkopi to Marathounta road. He had been called to pick up a customer from Episkopi but never returned. State pathologist Sofocles Sofocleous said at the time that he had been stabbed 20 times in the back and throat and bludgeoned with a stone. Police had initially believed Zacharias was killed for the large amount of cash he was carrying in his taxi. They then said the two murders could have been the result of a feud although no one was ever charged in connection with Zacharias’ murder.

US welcomes stronger ties with NATO

‘State is not protecting our residents’

THE UNITED States welcomes Cyprus’ commitment to strengthen ties with the transatlantic security organisation NATO, US ambassador to Nicosia John Koenig said yesterday. He also called for a careful planning of the new government’s stated goal of joining NATO’s anteroom, the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme, to ensure a positive effect on EU-NATO relations. Speaking after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace, the US diplomat said Washington is very interested in developing cooperation between the two countries. “And as President Anastasiades has made clear repeatedly that he is committed to strengthening the relationship between Cyprus and the United States and anchoring Cyprus more firmly in the transatlantic set of key relationships, this is something that we welcome and look forward to developing closely with him and his administration in the coming years,” Koenig said. At a separate event to award Cypriot national guardsmen trained by US experts on managing ordnance stockpiles yesterday, Koenig said “we believe that things like membership in Partnership for Peace need to be prepared carefully to ensure a productive and positive effect on our relations and on NATO-EU cooperation that we all seek,” he said. Also present at yesterday’s ceremony was Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou who said Cyprus’ participation in PfP would provide Cyprus and the US an opportunity for closer cooperation in many areas.

ARGUING that two chemical plants in their village pose a health hazard and are responsible for cancer incidents among residents, the community leader of Pera Chorio Nisou yesterday accused authorities of failing to do enough to protect the community. Residents in the village that is home to about 1,600 people and lies 15 kilometres out of Nicosia, had been protesting over the two factories, eventually shutting them down themselves earlier this month after the expiration of a temporary closure in February by the labour ministry. A meeting yesterday at the interior ministry in the presence of stakeholders decided for the chlorine factory to be relocated within six months. “It was never our intention to cause any troubles, but we have no other choice but to claim for ourselves for the factories to shut down,” said Pera Chorio community leader Yiannakis Georgiou.

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DISY to vote for top positions in the party Roles empty after Anastasiades, ministers take on new jobs By Stefanos Evripidou RULING DISY will hold internal party elections in the coming two months to decide who will take over key positions in the party leadership following the election of party leader Nicos Anastasiades to the presidency. With Anastasiades now president and many key DISY figures in cabinet or at the Presidential Palace,

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a number of posts within the ruling party are up for grabs. DISY MP and vice-president Lefteris Christoforou announced yesterday the party’s politburo decided on Monday night to call an electoral assembly on April 27, followed by a national congress on May 11 to choose a new party leader and fill other key posts. Party hopefuls must submit their candidacies on Friday. The DISY leadership came under fire from former DISY deputy Christos Pourgourides yesterday, who accused it of basing the decision to hold internal party elections next month on “expediencies”. Pourgourides said he

would not be running as a candidate for the party leadership. However, he blasted the politburo decision for being taken “without any respect whatsoever for friends and supporters of the party who are entitled to participate in the electoral assembly”. The former MP argued that the politburo decision undermines the right to vote since there is virtually no time to register on the party’s electoral roll, which according to the party charter has to happen 45 days before the election. He was particularly scathing of the current key figures within the party, saying the country needs a new political culture of cooperation

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and unity but instead the DISY leadership is more interested in party posts. Pourgourides argued there was no reason for DISY to rush ahead and call an electoral assembly on April 27. Responding to the allegations, Christoforou said the politburo had no room for manoeuvre since the party’s charter specified that a new leadership had to be in place by May 12. He noted that over 45,000 members and friends are eligible to take part in the vote, adding that anyone who wanted to register on the party electoral roll could have done so anytime in the last year. They have until tomorrow to do so. It is widely believed that DISY number two Averof Neophytou has the strongest chances of succeeding Anastasiades as party leader. According to reports, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos had considered vying for the post but ended up taking positions in the new cabinet. House Education Committee Chairman Nicos Tornarites is expected to go after the post of DISY parliamentary group spokesman.

CANCER He called for “authorities to finally seriously ponder” the health impact of the plants’ operations and the “numerous cancer cases in the particular area where the factories operate”. The interior ministry said in an announcement that “the concern over the (paint) factory constituting a public health hazard (was) not substantiated in any way”. In relation to the chlorine factory, the interior ministry said the company had already found and paid for an unspecified location where it is due to be relocated. The interior ministry said strict instructions had been issued to relevant state services to monitor both plants’ compliance with legislation. “The community council will need to cooperate with relevant state services so the public can be made aware of the true and objective situation in relation to concerns that have unfortunately been created in the public,” the interior ministry said in an announcement. The concerns are “based on unverifiable claims and non-substantiated views on potential consequences to public health from the (paint) factory’s operation,” the announcement said. As soon as finances permit, authorities will see how industrial zones can be relocated farther away from residential areas, the announcement said.

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Home ECB had urged Christofias to take measures Germany’s Schaeuble gives nod for Bundestag vote on Cyprus bailout in 2010

Bailout may end up smaller thanks to deposit tax levy

By George Psyllides THE chief of the European Central Bank (ECB) had urged former president Demetris Christofias at the end of 2010 to take measures to shore up the island’s declining economy it emerged yesterday after a confidential letter was leaked to the media. In the “strictly confidential” letter to Christofias, former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet stressed that strong fiscal consolidation should have been Cyprus’ key priority for the 2011 budget and beyond. Dated December 15, the letter, also signed by former Central Bank governor Athanasios Orphanides, followed a surveillance exercise by the ECB. “…Cyprus is considered as one of the countries where the need for policy actions is particularly urgent,” Trichet said. It warned that waiting for market pressures before acting exacerbated tensions and ultimately increased the necessary adjustment size. Despite the limited size of the island’s sovereign debt market “significant concerns exist” especially in view of the large size of the Cypriot banking system, Trichet said. “Safeguarding market confidence in public finances and in the stability of the financial system has to be a key objective for Cyprus at the current juncture,” the letter said. “To that end, a detailed, credible and convincing medium-term fiscal consolidation strategy, supported by an enhanced fiscal policy framework needs to be urgently announced and implemented.” The former ECB chief said consolidation measures announced earlier that month did not appear “ambitious enough and rely mostly on raising additional tax revenues.” The main measures in that package were the introduction of a 5.0 per cent VAT on food and drugs, a hike in the tax of tobacco and cigars and a levy on banks. There were also pledges to reform the public sector pension system and wage indexation. Trichet told Christofias that the strong growth of the public wage bill needed to be stopped and reversed.

THE island may require a smaller bailout than previously thought because of money raised from a levy on deposits and other taxes, eurozone officials said yesterday. Initial estimates of the amount of money needed to recapitalise banks, service debt and cover government spending were around €17 billion euros. “The number has come down, the numbers now are between 10 and 13 billion euros rather than 15 and 17 as it was before,” one eurozone official said. “It is thanks to a bit of a different scenario and some different assumptions on how much money can be generated in Cyprus itself through extraordinary taxes,” the official said. A second official confirmed the option was under discussion. A Cypriot official said yesterday that international creditors have proposed lending the island just €10 billion. Speaking on CyBC radio, head of the new Economic Policy Council Christoforos Pissarides confirmed the troika was reluctant to lend the full €17 billion. That was because lenders did not think Cyprus can repay the €17 billion, a figure roughly equal to the country’s output and one that would cause the island’s debt to GDP ratio to soar above 120 per cent – the threshold at which national debt is deemed sustainable. “Since the troika is not taking into account possible future earnings from the sale of natural gas, they are telling us: ‘we shall not give you €17 billion, but less, around €10 billion’,” Pissarides said. The economist was answering a question as to why in-

ternational creditors have brought to the table a host of new issues, given that a preliminary agreement had already been struck with the previous government. He was referring to talk of a haircut on bank deposits, a financial transaction tax, raising corporate tax and privatisation of semi-public organisations – all matters that apparently arose over the past 10 days. Pissarides said the troika shifted its stance once a due diligence of the banking sector indicated that the total bailout – for the banks and the government – would come to €17 billion and as such Cyprus would be unable to repay it. “Personally I believe this is wrong, but the troika have their own opinion. And since they claim that the debt would not be sustainable, that is why they are urging us to find money elsewhere,” he said. Eurozone officials said the extraordinary tax could be on the deposits themselves rather than on the capital gains from the deposits. “Italy has done that, it imposed a wealth tax in the late 90s. If you do that, it could be in billions of euros. If you decide on a tax of, for example, 5 per cent, you could get 4 billion euros,” the eurozone official said. Italy imposed the tax as a one-off to shore up public accounts to meet the criteria to enter the eurozone. International lenders are also discussing with the government the possibility of raising the corporate tax by 2.5 points to 12.5 per cent. “The corporate tax, a capital gains and deposit tax, the financial transaction tax, revenues from privatisation

– all these things – could be enough to make Cypriot debt sustainable,” the official said. Eurozone officials have said they expected a decision on a bailout before the end of March. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told conservative politicians yesterday that the Bundestag lower house of parliament would vote on aid for Cyprus before a wider European decision, but he did not set a date. Reuters reported that Shaeuble informed politicians that the Bundestag “would get to vote on it [a Cyprus bailout] in the week before a European decision.” A precondition for the Bundestag to vote on bailouts is a decision from eurozone finance ministers that Cyprus requires financial assistance. Schaeuble can only give the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers German approval for the aid once he has the green light from the Bundestag. An EU-financed bailout must be approved by each of the parliaments of the 17 euro-area nations. Cyprus and international creditors – known as the troika – have been engaged in intensive talks over the past week. Schaeuble’s remarks could signal that a bailout deal might come sooner than anticipated. Meanwhile press reports said finance minister Michalis Sarris was planning a visit to Moscow sometime in the next few days. He would be discussing with his counterparts there ways in which Russia could contribute to assisting Cyprus, for example by extending the repayment of a €2.5 billion loan that matures in 2016.

NEGOTIATIONS ON MONEY LAUNDERING AUDIT TERMS STALLED NEGOTIATIONS between the Ministry of Finance and troika technocrats to reach an agreement on the terms of reference governing the independent audit into Cyprus’ legal framework against money laundering and its implementation faced obstacles yesterday evening. According to Cyprus News Agency sources, while at first the terms of reference were agreed, negotiations were subsequently blocked on the part of troika. “The issue of the terms of reference remains open,” a source said, without excluding the possibility of an agreement last night or today to allow the procedure of a tender to

choose an independent audit company to participate in the investigation for money laundering. The audit into Cyprus’ legislation against money laundering will be conducted by an independent private firm with the participation of the Moneyval Committee of the Council of Europe. Nicosia rejects allegations that Cypriot banks engage in money-laundering activities. The government has repeatedly said that it has “nothing to hide”, ahead of an independent audit of compliance with anti-money laundering regulations decided at a recent Eurogroup meeting.

Students should fight to reunite Cyprus says minister MINISTER of Education, Kyriacos Kenevezos wants students at school now to learn from the hero-students of the EOKA struggle – 1955-1959 – that love for one’s nation should know no limits. He yesterday called on them to fight together with the rest of Cypriot-Hellenism to free the country from the occupation and to reunite the much-maligned island. “That would be the greatest memorial for our heroes,” Kenevezos said

ahead of Hero-student Memorial Day today. “Through our nation’s countless struggles, our schooled youth has contributed significantly, a contribution taken from the soul of Cyprus’ youth,” he added. “Our nation’s pupils turned their passion for freedom, which was slowly burning in their chests, into action and managed to raise their spirits to help protect our people against the colonialists,” he added. “Our brave young men and women

from 1955-1959 paved the way for the next generations,” Kenevezos said. “Pupils of Cyprus, today you are fighting a good fight, the fight to obtain knowledge which will help you during the difficult times in your life,” the minister said. “Draw strength and fortitude, using our heroes as an example to follow, fill your quiver with impervious weapons of faith and freedom,” he concluded.

Pissarides said troika has shifted its stance

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Home CYPRUS TODAY Sales fall PROPERTY sales fell nationwide in February despite a rise in sales in Paphos, according to statistics released yesterday by the Land Registry Department. In Paphos there was an 86 per cent rise in property sales compared to a 28 per cent fall nationwide during the second month of 2013 compared to February 2012. During the same month in 2012 a total of 486 properties were sold while last month 352 were sold. In January 2013 sales fell by 53 per cent compared to 2012, although that has been attributed to a relatively high amount of sales during the first month of last year. Different trends were recorded in the five districts and although sales in Paphos rose, Famagusta suffered a 61 per cent fall compared to last year, Nicosia a 60 per cent fall, Limassol a 45 per cent fall and Larnaca a 15 per cent fall.

AIDS crime A HOMOSEXUAL man who has the AIDS virus is allegedly prostituting himself, officials from the ministry of health reported to the police yesterday. Minister of Health Petros Petrides called on the public to take all necessary measures to protect their health. Speaking after a meeting at Nicosia General Hospital, Petrides said that last week there were many questions about the validity of the claims.

Breakfast cash THE Limassol Co-operative Bank will donate €40,000 to the Limassol district school board to go towards providing 2,000 children with healthy breakfasts, it announced yesterday. The bank has for about 20 years been supporting parents associations by contributing to needy school children. The donation will cover the cost of transporting the breakfasts in cars that have been adapted for this purpose. These breakfasts will be taken to 90 schools for the following two school years. The sandwiches’ ingredients will be provided by Carrefour.

Downer met Anastasiades as president for the first time yesterday at the Presidential Palace

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Peace talks can wait till we are done with troika By Stefanos Evripidou PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades will first have to face the “huge economic challenges in the short-term” before moving forward on peace negotiations, UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer said yesterday. The Australian met Anastasiades for the first time yesterday since the latter took over at the Presidential Palace to sound out his views on how the peace talks could be resumed. Later

in the afternoon he also met Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. The special adviser is due in New York next week to brief UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his meetings with the two leaders and prospects for the resumption of talks which halted last June after Eroglu refused to continue negotiations during Cyprus’ EU presidency. Asked about when the UN planned to move the process forward, Downer said: “At the moment, I think, understandably, the new president needs to

concentrate on the economy… it’s not realistic to expect that they should be doing anything else right this week.” He said the peace talks need to restart but “in a timely and appropriate way”, preferably after Anastasiades concludes negotiations with the troika. “Those economic issues are bigger economic issues than most countries face (and) need to be dealt with. That leaves us with plenty of time to do a good deal of preparation for trying to get the process going again,” he said.

Downer noted that the UN now has “an increasingly clear picture about how President Anastasiades wants to take this process forward”, adding that the latter was “very committed” to a solution. The UN official is due back on the island in late April to hold further discussions with the two leaders. In the meantime, he plans to hold talks with the Greek and Turkish governments. “By the time I get back here in April I will have done a fair deal of preparations,” he said.

Shipping agents seek the control of Limassol port €32 million is reportedly being offered to buy out current stakeholder By Elias Hazou SHIPPING agents are seeking to take over the operation of Limassol port, offering a reported €32 million to buy out the Licensed Porters Association (LLPA). The Cyprus Ports Authority, which regulates matters concerning licensed porters, has given the green light for negotiations between the two sides. A meeting took place at the Cyprus Ports Authority on Monday, where the Cyprus Shipping Agents Association presented their offer to the LLPA, and are now awaiting their response. It’s understood the €32 million – considered quite

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a large sum by those in the industry – covers goodwill, buying out the licenses held by the LLPA and the annual fee paid to the Cyprus Ports Authority. The ports authority is said to be favourably disposed toward a new operator coming in, so long as the fee paid to it is reasonable. Sources said initially the shipping agents had proposed a 50-50 share between them and the LLPA, but the offer fell through due to disagreements over who would retain management. The LLPA is a collective of businesses employing longshoremen for transportation of freight from the ships to storerooms and their safekeeping during their storage until delivery.

They procure the equipment - such as forklifts - and supervise the collection of cargo from ships, which they transport, sort out and deliver to the consignees. The longshoremen themselves are self-employed. On-and-off talks between the shipping agents and the LLPA have been going on for almost a decade.

VERGE They were on the verge of a deal in 2008 but the agents had pulled out due to difficulties in securing financing from the banks. Industry sources said the shipping agents would likely do a better job of running the ports if only because it is in their best interest.

By contrast, the LLPA has no stake in the volume of traffic; if their revenues happen to drop, they can make up the shortfall by hiking up the loading/unloading fees charged to shipping lines. This is precisely what has happened in recent years, the same sources said. Due partly to the global economic crisis, cargo traffic at Limassol port has dropped by about 1 to 1.5 million tonnes compared to 2008. The LLPA apparently made things worse by charging higher loading/unloading fees, driving away a number of shipping lines. Because of the high shipping costs, many shipping lines have chosen other destinations – such as Port Said – over Cyprus as a transit

centre. Labour relations are another issue. Due to collective agreements currently in force, longshoremen refuse to work extended shifts, meaning that normal service is often disrupted. It’s understood that the shipping agents intend to alter the longshoremen’s terms of employment should they take charge. The agents’ bid for running the port comes amid a police probe into suspected fraud involving the LLPA. The investigation relates to suspected over-invoicing for equipment purchased by the LLPA, as well as to totally bogus invoices. Reports said the total over-invoicing amount could run in the millions.


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Home Minister scraps new property tax THE government is to scrap the previous administration’s bill on Immovable Property Tax (IPT) and will prepare a new one, Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos said yesterday. “The legislation is being shaped in collaboration with the Finance Ministry. It will definitely not be the previous bill,” Hasikos said. Asked whether this meant the bill drafted by the Christofias administration was being withdrawn, the minister said: “Yes, for now.” The previous government had intended to pass its bill through parliament before the recess for the presidential elections but the majority of MPs voted to postpone discussion on the grounds that more time was needed to study the provisions in depth. That bill exempted property of up to €40,000 at 1980 values from paying the tax, but also abolished a tax-free threshold, meaning assets above that amount would be taxed on their full value. It provided that properties worth more than €40,000 and up to €120,000 would be taxed at a rate of 4.0 per thousand on the full amount, without subtracting the tax-free €40,000. From then on higher rates would be imposed the more valuable the assets. The tax was to be applied on the total value of the property in someone’s name.

Wind farm permit cancelled INTERIOR Minister Socrates Hasikos has cancelled a permit to create a wind farm in an environmentally sensitive area signed by his predecessor a day before she handed over the ministry despite being opposed by all departments involved in the process. Hasikos said he will also look into other cases signed between the first and second round of the presidential elections – February 17 and 24. The permit concerned a 77.4MW wind farm project – 26 turbines – located in a Natura 2000 zone at Pentashinos near Lefkara signed by Eleni Mavrou on February 28. “Starting with the principle that as the outgoing government you do not sign for such large projects, especially on the last day before the handover, I investigated the specific permit and concluded that it should be cancelled,” Hasikos said. “This has to do with the fact that all departments involved with this were strongly against.” The minister did not expect the cancellation to have any consequences. “As far as I understand, the applicant may have not even received the permit,” he said.

Former defence minister passes the Mari buck ‘On a political level, the cargo’s handling lay with the former president Demetris Christofias’ By Poly Pantelides FORMER defence minister Costas Papacostas yesterday said it was not him but colonel Georgios Georgiades who was in charge of the munitions that exploded in the summer of 2011 in Mari, killing 13 people. Papacostas, a defendant in the trial over the deaths at Evangelos Florakis naval base, yesterday read out a written statement to Larnaca Criminal Court spanning 19 pages pointing the finger mostly at Georgiades, against whom prosecution dropped charges, adding him instead as a prosecution witness. Papacostas, who quit on July 11, the day of the blast, said a claim by the prosecution that he was the national guard chief was a mistake because it was the national guard chief who had jurisdiction to run, manage and supervise the cargo. And former national guard head Constantinos Bisbikas had appointed Georgiades to “act as a general coordinator in uploading, moving and storing the cargo” of nearly 100 containers seized from a Syria-bound ship in early 2009, Papacostas said. The decision to store the cargo at the naval base lay with the national guard, Papacostas said adding that he was convinced that all safety regulations would be met. On a political level, the cargo’s handling lay with the former president Demetris Christofias, Papacostas said adding that his opinion was that the cargo should have been destroyed. He added that Georgiades assured him the cargo was safe, even a week prior to the blast when one of the containers had bulged in the heat. He went further to say that Georgiades became irate when Papacostas suggested that outside expertise could be sought, “assuring us in an absolute and insolent way, shouting and protesting that he alone could handle the matter and no outside help was needed”. “This irritated me and I

scolded him, asking (Georgiades) to compose himself,” Papacostas said. He added that contrary to Georgiades’ claims, Georgiades never came to his office to alert of any imminent danger of explosion. Meanwhile, former foreign minister Marcos Kyprianou said yesterday that warnings over the dangers of keeping a munitions cargo exposed to the elements were hypothetical, not actual. During the final day of his cross-examination Kyprianou said discussions over the dangers inherent in keeping the cargo were done in the context “of exchanging various views”. During a February 7, 2011 meeting to discuss the cargo, Kyprianou said given the passage of time since the decision to store the cargo without a cover, exposed to the elements, he considered there was “no longer an issue of dangerousness”.

DANGER Otherwise, why would they discuss selling the cargo and inspecting the contents, Kyprianou said. “There is some danger from munitions exactly because they are munitions, from the ammunition a hunter keeps at home to the national guard’s missiles. Even Nicosia general hospital’s radioactive isotopes for radiotherapy are dangerous but they are manageable,” Kyprianou said. But Kyprianou reiterated his position that the responsibility for safekeeping the cargo lay with the national guard and dismissed the prosecution’s repeated submissions that the national guard had issued warning bells. The other defendants are former national guard deputy chief Savvas Argyrou, former fire service chief Andreas Nicolaou; deputy fire chief Charalambos Charalambous; and former disaster response squad (EMAK) commander Andreas Loizides. They are charged with causing death by want of precaution, and homicide by gross negligence in relation to the deaths of the 13 people.

Members of the emergency services combing the naval base following the Mari blast

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Hungarian PM Orban pushes for state bank HUNGARY’S go-it-alone prime minister said yesterday there were too many foreignowned lenders in the country and promised to free companies from billions in euro and Swiss-franc loans. Viktor Orban, a conservative who has angered investors and ignored European Union warnings that he is backsliding on democracy, said his government would set up a system of stateowned banking and called on policymakers to cut interest rates further. In a week when the ruling Fidesz party overhauled the constitution and, via his former economy minister, Orban took control of the central bank, the combative prime minister stepped up rhetoric characterising Hungary as a country embattled by foreign influences that are keeping it down. He said one step would be to help small firms convert euro- and Swiss franc-denominated debt into forint loans, a move that may force losses on banks but one Orban said was crucial for Hungary to go its own way. “There is one way to break free: if we break free of foreign currency lending,” he told a business forum. “In my mind it is fundamentally a matter of sovereignty.” Orban also said the government would boost lending by establishing a state-owned banking system based on the network of savings cooperatives that it acquired when it bought a stake in Takarekbank last year. The push for more state influence in the economy is a departure from neo-liberal policies, such as selling banks and other firms into private hands, that most of the EU’s new ex-communist members

Go-it-alone: Viktor Orban pursued before joining the bloc last decade. And as the eurozone crisis has exposed the EU’s inability to enforce economic rules among members, Orban’s actions have underscored the paucity of tools the bloc has to uphold its democratic values. Diplomats and rights groups say the charismatic 49-yearold leader has taken an autocratic tack, eliminating checks and balances and replacing opponents in courts, the central bank, and other institutions and replaced them with loyalists who will carry out his orders without question. Germany used a visit to Berlin by Hungarian President Janos Ader, an ally of Orban, to voice concerns about this week’s vote by parliament in Budapest to change the constitution. “The concerns of Hungary’s European partners and friends, for example over the restricting of the constitutional court’s competencies, must be taken seriously,” a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

France’s Hollande clings to jobs goal FRENCH President Francois Hollande, battling to appease voters as his economic goals recede, loosened a budget target for 2013 yesterday but clung to his pledge to end a jobs crisis. On a two-day trip yesterday to eastern France aimed at convincing a sullen public he can restore the economy to health, Hollande admitted that deficit-cutting has been blown off course but said a delayed target was preferable to austerity measures that could stifle economic recovery. He said the end-2013 public deficit should come in at 3.7 per cent of gross domestic product, as the European Commission is forecasting, a far cry from his initial 3 per cent goal. But Hollande insisted that he can reach his last standing goal, to reverse by end-2013 a rise in unemployment that has taken the rate to a 13-year high of 10.6 per cent. “The right economic strategy is to stay on this track without doing anything that can weaken growth,” Hollande told a meeting in Dijon, capital of the Burgundy wine-making region. On his pledge to halt the jobs crisis, he said: “I will use every lever I can to achieve this aim of reversing the trend in unemployment.” Confidence in Hollande has dropped to the lowest level in 30 years for a French leader just 10 months into his presidency. As anaemic growth thins state revenues and left-wingers fume at the focus on spending cuts, the Socialist government said this week it will demand another 5 billion euros ($6.5 billion) in cost cuts at ministries this year. The Commission sees French unemployment, currently at 10.6 per cent, rising further this year and hitting 11 per cent in 2014. Analysts also see no reason for the jobless rate to fall.

Cardinals attend a mass at the St Peter’s Basilica before the start of the conclave yesterday at the Vatican


Conclave begins to select the new Pope By Crispian Balmer and Philip Pullella RED-robed cardinals retreated behind the heavy wooden doors of the Sistine Chapel yesterday at the start of a conclave that will elect a new pope to tackle the strife and scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church. Latin chants and organ music accompanied the cardinals as they solemnly processed into the room, with Michelangelo’s depiction of Christ delivering the Last Judgment on the back wall and his image of the hand of God giving life to Adam on the ceiling. Laying their own hands on the Gospels and speaking in Latin, they took a vow of secrecy not to divulge anything about the ballot, which was expected to start with an initial round of voting later in the afternoon yesterday. No conclave in the modern era has chosen a pope on the

Cardinals retreat into Sistine Chapel to hold ritual ballot first day, and some cardinals speculated earlier this week that it might take up to four or five days to pick the man to replace Pope Benedict, who unexpectedly abdicated last month. The doors were shut at 5.34 pm(1634 GMT), and the master of ceremonies, Guido Marini, said “Extra Omnes” (Latin for “Everyone Out”), asking all those not associated with the gathering to leave the room, dominated by Michelangelo’s 16th century fresco masterpieces. Maltese Cardinal Prosper Grech, who at 87 is too old to participate, remained inside to give a sermon to remind the 115 cardinal electors of the gravity of their responsibility, before he and Marini were to be the last outsiders to leave.

Smoke from a chimney on the chapel roof was to announce the outcome to the outside world. Black smoke means an inconclusive vote and white smoke signals the election of a pontiff. The average length of the last nine conclaves was just over three days and none went on for more than five. Earlier, on a day that was rich in ritual and pageantry, Italian cardinal Angelo Sodano called for unity in the Church, which is beset by sex abuse scandals, bureaucratic infighting, financial difficulties and the rise of secularism. “My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission with a generous heart,” Sodano said in his homily at a Mass

in Saint Peter’s Basilica, ahead of the conclave. No obvious front runner has emerged since Benedict’s departure, with some prelates calling for a strong manager to control the much criticised Vatican bureaucracy, while others want a powerful pastor to promote their faith across the globe. Italy’s Angelo Scola and Brazil’s Odilo Scherer are spoken of as possible front runners. The former would return the papacy to Italy after 35 years in the hands of Poland’s John Paul II and the German Benedict; Scherer would be the first non-European pope since Syrian-born Gregory III in the 8th century. However, a host of other candidates from numerous nations have also been mentioned as “papabili” - potential popes - including American cardinals Timothy Dolan and Sean O’Malley, Canada’s Marc Ouellet and Argentina’s Leonardo Sandri.

Bulgaria taps experience for interim govt.

Marin Raikov was named Bulgaria’s interim prime minister yesterday

BULGARIA’S president appointed respected diplomat Marin Raikov interim prime minister yesterday and he pledged to retain fiscal discipline with a cabinet of professionals that aims to shore up confidence rattled by nationwide protests. Rosen Plevneliev’s choice of independent figures is designed to show protesters there has been a clean break with a political class they view as corrupt and unable to improve living standards in the European Union’s poorest member. The president named Raikov, a former deputy foreign minister and current ambassador to France, as interim prime minister. Kalin Hristov, a central bank deputy governor, will run the finance ministry.

By appointing experts who are not members of political parties, Plevneliev is also trying to reassure the EU and foreign investors that Bulgaria is in safe hands, will maintain tight fiscal policy and not cave into demands to spend more. “While we follow strictly the 2013 budget framework, we will take steps to improve the incomes of pensioners and the poorest,” Raikov told reporters after he was named. “We will not allow fiscal policy that can endanger the currency board.” Bulgarians have demonstrated across the country over the last month, forcing the rightist government of Boiko Borisov to resign. The interim government will serve until an early election scheduled for May 12.

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Cameron hails Falklands ‘yes’ in referendum

Traffic is brought to a standstill by freezing weather on the A2 in Gravesend

99.8% pro staying British Overseas Territory By Gavin Cordon and Dominic Harris DAVID Cameron yesterday called on Argentina to respect the wishes of Falkland islanders to remain British. The prime minister said the 99.8 per cent vote in favour of remaining a British Overseas Territory in a referendum held on the islands over the past two days was the “clearest possible result there could be”. He said Britain would always be there to defend the islands. Speaking at 10 Downing Street just hours after the result of the referendum was announced, Cameron said it sent a clear message to Argentina. “They should take careful note of this result,” said the prime minister. “The Falkland islanders couldn’t have spoken more clearly. They want to remain British and that view should be respected by everybody, including by Argentina.” A total of 1,517 valid votes were cast in the south Atlantic archipelago, a turnout of 92 per cent of the islanders eligible to vote. In a virtually unanimous message of defiance to the Argentine government, 1,513 voted to remain under British rule, with just three - 0.2 per cent - voting against the referendum question “Do you

Islanders parade along Ross Road in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands on Sunday wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?” The Argentine government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has made clear it does not recognise the referendum, insisting it has no legal validity. However Cameron insisted that the islanders were entitled to the right to self-determination. “It is the clearest possible result there could be,” he said. “The Falkland Islands may be thousands of miles away but they are British through and through and that is how they want to stay. People should know we will always

be there to defend them. “We believe in self-determination. The Falkland Islanders have spoken so clearly about their future and now other countries right across the world, I hope, will respect and revere this very, very clear result.” The poll, which was ratified as “free and fair” by international observers, came against a backdrop of heightened Argentine pressure for negotiations with London over the sovereignty of the islands they call Las Malvinas. Argentina maintained that the vote was illegal and “pointless”, and that islanders - an “implanted people” - have no voice in a dispute that must be settled bilaterally. Nigel Haywood, governor of the Falkland Islands, said the referendum was a “massive demonstration of the way the Falkland Islanders feel and of the way they see their future”. “Obviously it is a major principle of the United Nations that a people have their right to self-determination, and you don’t get a much clearer expression of the people’s self-determination than such a large turnout and such a large Yes vote,” he said. The islands’ 2,563 residents did all they could in the lead up to the referendum to show their sympathies, waving Union Jack flags and dressing up in red, white and blue.

Police failings over Savile exposed by report BRITISH police made numerous mistakes that let the late BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile get away with unprecedented numbers of sex attacks over six decades, and such failings could be repeated, a report by inspectors said yesterday. Savile was one of Britain’s biggest TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s, but revelations after his death in November 2011 about his activities stunned Britons and destroyed his reputation as an eccentric charity fundraiser. Police say he took advantage of his fame to commit 214 offences, including 34 rapes or serious sexual assaults, beginning as long ago as 1955. Despite the extent of his crimes, the body which carries out independent inspections of police forces said errors by officers

meant he was never prosecuted. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said just five official allegations were recorded against Savile along with two pieces of intelligence about him. The earlier of those dated back to 1964, when an entry was made on an intelligence ledger held by London Metropolitan Police’s paedophile unit. In the second case, an anonymous letter sent to the Met in 1998 was classified as “sensitive” because of Savile’s celebrity status, meaning other detectives did not have access to it. Five complaints came forward during the 2000s but officers failed to “join the dots”, and eight other victims said they had tried unsuccessfully to report incidents to police.

MID-March travel misery continued for millions yesterday with roads shut, trains cancelled and flights disrupted by the late blasts of winter. After a night which saw hundreds of drivers trapped in treacherous conditions in Kent and Sussex, there were further hazards yesterday for those venturing out. Jersey Airport was shut and Channel Tunnel train company Eurostar axed all services for the rest of the day due to adverse conditions in France and Belgium. Many roads in Kent and Sussex were blocked by snow, with Kent Police warning that phase two of Operation Stack, where lorries are put in holding positions, could be implemented on the snow-hit M20. Train services on some busy commuter routes were hit by the conditions with a biting wind making temperatures seem lower than they were.




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Passengers travelling with the Southern train company were warned to expect shortnotice cancellations and delays of up to 60 minutes. No trains were running between Redhill in Surrey and Tonbridge in Kent, with no replacement bus service either. On First Capital Connect, journeys between Bedford and Brighton were subject to short-notice cancellations and delays of up to 45 minutes. Southeastern services were delayed by a signalling problem, while there were cancellations to some Gatwick Express services. Trains between Brighton and Victoria in London were only running hourly, calling additionally at Gatwick Airport and Haywards Heath. Eurostar had to suspend its London to Paris and Brussels operations when conditions worsened across the Channel.

Litvinenko probe is snubbed by suspect A RUSSIAN suspect in the death of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko has said he will no longer cooperate with a British inquiry into the former KGB agent’s radiation poisoning in London. Andrei Lugovoy, a former security agent who is now a member of Russia’s parliament, told a news conference in Moscow that Britain was trying to hide the truth about Litvinenko’s death in November 2006 by keeping evidence secret. “I have come to the conclusion that the British authorities will not give me a chance to prove my innocence. I will be unable to get justice in Britain,” said Lugovoy, who has denied any involvement in Litvinenko’s death. Russia has denied involvement and refused to extradite Lugovoy to face accusations he killed Litvinenko with a dose of the radioactive isotope polonium-210, but he had appointed lawyers to represent him in a coroner’s inquiry into the death. Lugovoy said a request by British Foreign Secretary William Hague to keep some information about the death secret for national security reasons was turning the inquest into a farce.

Calm urged over king’s remains AN MP has appealed for calm in the debate over where the remains of King Richard III should be buried, after the Dean of York had to refer hate mail supporting burial in that city to the police. The government needs to appoint a panel of independent experts to rule on where the king’s remains should be reinterred after they were found last year under a council car park in Leicester by archaeologists from the city’s university, Labour MP Hugh Bayley (York Central) said. Under the terms of their licence to dig up the remains, the university’s scientists have decided Richard III - killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 - should be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral. But other experts argue the king himself would have wanted to be put to rest at York Minster and that the remains should be moved to the city.

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World WORLD TODAY Laundering jail sentence A HONG Kong public housing tenant was jailed for 10 years yesterday for laundering more than HK$6.8 billion ($877 million) through nine banks, just two months after a Chinese man was imprisoned in the Asian financial centre’s biggest such case. Lam Mei-ling, 61, laundered the money between 2002 and 2005 with about 39,500 bank transfers, the Court of First Instance heard. The defendant said she made the transfers on behalf of an unidentified woman, from her home town in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province near Hong Kong, who used to babysit her daughter before becoming a factory owner. Lam, who had pleaded not guilty, had testified that she was illiterate and had been told to transfer the money to other mainland factory owners.

Officer convicted A NEW York City police officer was convicted of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women following a trial that shed light on an underworld of people who derive pleasure from fantasising about cannibalism online. A federal court jury yesterday also found Gilberto Valle, 28, guilty on a lesser charge of improperly accessing a law enforcement database to gather personal information about potential targets, including his now-estranged wife. Prosecutors said Valle, who was dubbed the “cannibal cop” by the tabloid media, crossed the line from fantasy to reality in taking specific action, conspiring to kidnap women.

Hug criticised IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been criticised by senior Iranian clerics for consoling Hugo Chavez’s mother with a hug - a physical contact considered a sin under the country’s strict Islamic codes. The controversy follows a widely-published photograph showing Ahmadinejad embracing Chavez’s mother at the funeral of the late Venezuelan president. Iranian papers yesterday cited clerics from the religious centre of Qom who described the contact as “forbidden”, inappropriate behaviour and “clowning around”. Iran’s strict Islamic codes prohibit physical contact between unrelated members of the opposite sex.

Ban on over-sized sugary drinks in NY overturned Mayor Bloomberg says he will appeal A JUDGE’S last-minute overturning of New York’s pioneering ban on large size sugary drinks has handed a defeat to health-minded mayor Michael Bloomberg and created confusion for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said that the limit (around four-fifths of an imperial pint) on pop and other sweet drinks arbitrarily applies to only some sugary beverages and some places that sell them. “The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of this rule,” Judge Tingling wrote in a 36-page ruling that examined the scope of power that should be afforded an administrative board for regulations. The ruling was seen as a victory for the beverage industry, restaurants and other business groups that called the rule unfair and wrong-headed. In addition, the judge said the Bloomberg-appointed Board of Health intruded on the City Council’s authority when it imposed the rule,

In defending the rule city officials point to New York’s rising obesity rate citing in part a case from the 1980s which questioned whether a state public health council had the authority to regulate smoking in public places. Bloomberg, who has championed the ban as a novel measure for fighting obesity, vowed to appeal against the decision. “We believe the judge is totally in error in how he interpreted the law, and we are confident we will win on appeal,” he

said. He added: “One of the cases we will make is that people are dying every day. This is not a joke. Five thousand people die of obesity every day in America.” For now, though, the ruling meant the axe would not fall yesterday on super-sized pop, sweetened teas and other high-sugar beverages in restaurants, movie theatres corner delis and sports arenas. The drinks limit follows

other efforts Bloomberg has made to improve New Yorkers’ eating habits, from compelling chain restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus to barring artificial trans fats in restaurant food to prodding food manufacturers to use less salt. The city has successfully defended some of those initiatives in court. The big drinks ban - the first of its kind in the US has sparked reaction from

city streets to late-night talk shows, celebrated by some as a bold attempt to improve people’s health and derided by others as another “nanny state” law from Bloomberg during his 11 years in office. The city has also won fights over outlawing smoking in bars and offices, and has promoted breast-feeding over formula. Last week, the Bloomberg administration announced a campaign to warn young people they risk hearing loss from cranked-up earphones. Because of the limits of city authority and exemptions made for other reasons, the ban on super-sized beverages does not cover alcoholic drinks or many lattes and other milk-based concoctions, and it does not apply at supermarkets or many convenience stores. In defending the rule, city officials point to the city’s rising obesity rate - 24 per cent of adults, up from 18 per cent in 2002 - and to studies tying sugary drinks to weight gain. The judge acknowledged the impact of obesity on the city, and noted that those bringing suit did not dispute obesity is a significant health issue, but questioned how much sugary drinks can be blamed for it. Ultimately, the judge said whether obesity is an epidemic was not the key issue, but whether the board of health had the jurisdiction to decide obesity is such an issue that it could issue a cap on consumption of sugary drinks.

Chavez cancer ‘poisoning’ probe VENEZUELA will set up a formal inquiry into suspicions the late President Hugo Chavez’s cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government said. The accusation has been derided by critics of the government, who view it as a typical Chavez-style conspiracy theory intended to feed fears of “imperialist” threats to Venezuela’s socialist system and distract people from daily problems. Still, acting President Nicolas Maduro vowed to push through a serious investigation into the claim, which was first raised by Chavez himself after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2011. “We will seek the truth,” Maduro told regional TV network Telesur late on Monday. “We have the intuition that our commander Chavez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted him out of the way.” Foreign scientists will be invited to join a government commission, the OPEC nation’s acting leader said. Maduro, 50, is Chavez’s handpicked successor and is running as the government’s candidate in a snap presidential election on April 14 that was triggered by his boss’ death last week. He is trying to keep voters’ attention firmly focused on Chavez to benefit from the out-

pouring of grief among his millions of supporters. The opposition is centering its campaign on portraying Maduro, a former bus driver, as an incompetent who, they say, is morbidly exploiting Chavez’s demise. Running for the opposition’s Democratic Unity coalition is a business-friendly state governor, Henrique Capriles, 40, who lost to Chavez in a presidential vote last year. Yesterday was the last day of official mourning for Chavez, although ceremonies appear set to continue. His embalmed body was to be taken in procession to a military museum on Friday. Millions have filed past Chavez’s coffin to pay homage to a man who was adored by many of the poor for his humble roots and welfare policies, but was also hated by many people for his authoritarian style and bullying of opponents. Though Maduro has spoken about combating crime and extending development programs in the slums, he has mostly used his frequent appearances on state TV to talk about Chavez. The 58-year-old president was diagnosed with cancer in his pelvic region in June 2011 and underwent four surgeries before dying of what sources said was metastasis in the lungs.

Supporters wave placards as they listen to the speech by acting president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Monday

China offers to hold cyber security talks with America CHINA offered yesterday to talk with the United States about cyber security amid an escalating war of words between the two sides on computer hacking, but suspicion is as deep in Beijing as it is in Washington about the accusations and counter-accusations. The world’s two leading economies

have been squaring off for months over the issue of cyber attacks, each accusing the other of hacking into sensitive government and corporate websites. A US computer security company said last month that a secretive Chinese military unit was likely behind a series of hacking attacks mostly tar-

geting the United States. On Monday, US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon called on China to acknowledge the scope of the problem and enter a dialogue with the United States on ways to establish acceptable behaviour. “China is willing, on the basis of the

principles of mutual respect and mutual trust, to have constructive dialogue and cooperation on this issue with the international community including the United States to maintain the security, openness and peace of the Internet”, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chuying said at a daily news briefing.

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Odinga seeking evidence from electoral body Contests Kenyatta’s presidential poll win By James Macharia

A security detail of the Malian army following Lieutenant-Colonel Nema Segara, a woman in the Malian army who liaises with the civilian population in the northern city of Gao, keeps watch in Gao yes-

terday. The city’s local population have expressed their fear over the departure of French troops in the area, claiming a return of Islamic militants to the city could become a distinct possibility (AFP)

‘Syrian forces kill 30 deserters’ SYRIAN government forces killed at least 30 army deserters in an ambush on the Damascus Airport road yesterday as opposition fighters were guiding them on foot to a rebel-held district, opposition sources said. Many thousands of the mostly Sunni Muslim army rank and file have deserted since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted two years ago. Assad and most of the army’s senior ranks and elite forces belong to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. “They were crossing the highway to Eastern Ghouta when they were ambushed,” a rebel commander in the region said

on condition of anonymity. He was referring to a part of the eastern outskirts of Damascus that is held by the opposition. “They ambushed them at 2am. The regime had intelligence that they were coming,” another opposition source said, adding that another seven of the group of 40 had been wounded. An opposition military source said rebels had overrun a missile squadron at the weekend manned mostly by Alawites in the town of Khan al-Sheih near Damascus, and killed at least 30 of its troops who had escaped to a nearby farm. “The rebels captured air-

Egypt rules out taking emergency IMF funds EGYPT said yesterday it would not sign any “emergency” loan with the International Monetary Fund, ruling out stop-gap funding to tide it over as it struggles with a soaring budget deficit and falling currency reserves. Egypt has been seeking a full $4.8 billion from the IMF instead in order to stave off a balance of payments crisis, but securing the aid would involve a commitment to austerity measures that are likely to lead to unrest at a time when President Mohamed Mursi is already struggling to maintain law and order. The IMF said on Monday that Egypt had the option of using the Rapid Financing Instrument, a lending facility designed to provide rapid and limited assistance to member countries. Analysts say such short-term funding would be a useful compromise for the government while it negotiates an IMF standby loan programme and could help the country scrape through until after parliamentary elections. Cabinet spokesman Alaa el-Hadidi said yesterday, however, that Egypt was not interested in this option and that any loan agreement would be within the framework of the country’s economic programme. “There will not be a fast or emergency loan,” Hadidi told reporters, adding that no timing had been set yet for an IMF mission to visit Egypt to reopen negotiations on a full loan. “There is no agreement yet over the arrival of the mission, and we are waiting for them,” he said. Earlier, Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby said an IMF mission was expected to come to Cairo in the coming days. Finance Minister Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy also said yesterday that Egypt had rejected a bridge loan due to heightened risks in the local economy, state news agency MENA reported.

to-surface missiles, which they cannot operate, and 11 anti-aircraft guns, which they can,” the source said. A video released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring organisation based in Britain, showed a long row of bodies in a green field. “Several brigades including the Sunni Knights stormed with the blessing of God the 137th Air Defence Brigade and killed and captured many of its members,” a rebel narrator says in the video. “These are their pigs ... the dogs of Assad,” he says thereafter as he walks past the corpses.

ALLIES of Kenya’s defeated presidential contender Raila Odinga filed a petition yesterday asking the High Court to compel the electoral commission and mobile operator Safaricom to release documents to bolster their claim the vote was stolen. Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was declared the winner in a tightly contested election, which passed largely peacefully without a repeat of the violence that erupted after the last election in 2007, in which at least 1,200 people were killed. Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister, has so far refused to concede defeat. He says he will appeal to nullify Kenyatta’s victory on grounds of fraud, in what will be the first major substantive case for a new Supreme Court formed under a constitution adopted in 2010 referendum. Safaricom ran a mobile network that was used to transmit provisional results, until the election commission’s servers seized up and the commission switched to manual transmission. Kenyatta, one of Africa’s richest men and son of Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta, managed narrowly to avoid a second round by winning 8,100 votes more than the 50 per cent

Kenya PM Odinga has so far refused to concede loss needed to be declared the winner outright. Odinga’s supporters say Safaricom documents could help show some of those votes were fraudulent, forcing a second round. He has told his supporters to shun violence, and so far there has been no unrest in flashpoint areas, such as Nairobi’s Kibera slum, which Odinga represents in parliament, and Kisumu, a western city that is a bastion of his support. “Even though the election was stolen, we don’t want violence. We’re filing a petition in court and we’ve enough evidence,” Odinga

told a rally in Kibera. Odinga’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has up to seven days from Monday to file its case against the electoral commission. The court has 14 days to rule, which could delay the planned March 26 inauguration of Kenyatta. Eliud Owalo, Odinga’s campaign manager, said the court had agreed to hear the petition over the documents today. He was seeking forms indicating the number of ballots cast in all polling stations countrywide, the register of all voters and details about the failed electronic vote counting technology. “We already have massive evidence for our case, in addition to what we are seeking,” Owalo told Reuters. “We have a case that will stand the test of time.” James Oswago, the chief executive officer of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) repeated that the vote was free and fair, and said the commission was ready for any legal scrutiny. International observers have also said it was a broadly credible election. Nzioka Waita, Safaricom’s director of corporate affairs, declined to comment because the matter was in court. Safaricom has previously said its systems were not to blame for the technological problems during the vote count.

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Business Ryan plan to shrink US deficit

Euro troubles not over, warns the Bundesbank

A 10-YEAR, $4.6 trillion balanced budget proposal unveiled by Republicans yesterday could either be shelved within weeks or help jump-start negotiations with President Barack Obama toward a major deficit-reduction deal. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan - his latest version of the “Path to Prosperity” measure that has been rejected by Democrats previously likely will be approved this month by the Republicancontrolled House of Representatives. The House Republican budget “ends cronyism, eliminates waste, fraud, and abuse and returns the federal government to its proper sphere of activity”, Ryan said. With its cuts to social programmes including Medicaid, which provides healthcare for the poor and some people with disabilities, the measure will stand in stark contrast to a competing 2014 budget outline that Senate Democrats will unveil this week. That measure will rely partially on tax increases to get control of a massive government debt. Democrats will argue the Ryan budget would undercut US economic growth and that their alternative will more effectively create jobs in the near-term. A significant chunk of Ryan’s proposed savings about $1.8 trillion - come from the unlikely prospect of repealing the Obama 2010 health reforms. Another slab, totalling $931 billion over 10 years, would come from counting savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is money critics argue would not have been spent anyway, and from changing accounting methods for the cost of domestic emergencies.

France criticised for ‘floundering’ at reforms By Eva Kuehnen and Paul Carrel A WARY German central bank said yesterday it had set aside billions more euros against what it deems risky European Central Bank moves, and criticised France directly for “floundering” in its reform drives. Presenting Bundesbank 2012 results, Jens Weidmann, the bank’s chief, said the eurozone crisis, which has eased as a result of ECB funding promises, was not over. He urged governments to tackle the roots of their troubles with reforms. Weidmann, a member of the ECB’s Governing Council, opposed the bank’s yet-to-beused bond-buy plan agreed last September and believes eurozone governments must shape up their economies to exit the crisis rather than looking to the ECB for help. “The crisis that we are facing is a crisis of confidence, and this confidence cannot be gained if we postpone the tackling of the root causes of the crisis,” he told Reuters in a television interview. Stressing that “the crisis is not over despite the recent calm on financial markets,” Weidmann earlier told a news conference there was uncertainty about the reform course in France, Italy and Cyprus. “The reform course in France seems to have floundered, in Italy it has been brought into

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann yesterday urged governments of eurozone member states to tackle the roots of their troubles with reforms (AFP) question by the elections and in Cyprus (which is struggling to get a bailout) the situation is especially unclear.” The ECB’s other German policymaker, Joerg Asmussen, late last month urged France to take “concrete and measurable” steps to bring down its budget deficit, telling Reuters Paris faced a test of its credibility and must come as close as possible to its deficit goal this year.


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cerned about risks the ECB has taken on to help banks through the crisis, for example by accepting lower-rated assets in return for cash, exposing it to larger losses if a bank fails to repay. Weidmann expressed concern that a debt deal last month between the ECB and Ireland over failed Anglo Irish Bank showed the ease with which the ECB can fall into the “clutches” of fiscal poli-

UK manufacturing output falls, reinforcing triple-dip anxieties

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Weidmann echoed Asmussen’s call. “I think France has a role to demonstrate that we stick to the rules and that we continue on the consolidation path,” the Bundesbank chief told Reuters television. France is the eurozone’s second largest economy after Germany, with which it has forged a partnership for decades. The Bundesbank is con-

cy - an area the Bundesbank does not wish it to go. The Irish government struck the deal with the ECB to switch a costly promissory note used to pay for the rescue of the failed bank into less expensive sovereign debt. With this kind of exposure concerning the Bundesbank - which has long been one of the world’s most conservative central banks - it said it had increased its risk buffers by 6.7 billion euros to 14.4 billion euros. “We must be careful not to further blur the borders between monetary and fiscal policy,” Weidmann told Reuters. The German also struck a different note from his ECB boss, President Mario Draghi, on the issue of what should be done to ensure that the benefits of ECB monetary policy reach everyone in the bloc. Draghi says the bank’s top priority is to enhance its socalled monetary policy ‘transmission mechanism’, so that low interest rates are sent to all corners of the 17-country eurozone. He is concerned that small- and mid-sized firms are not able to access funds to grow. But Weidmann appeared less worried. “A functioning transmission mechanism doesn’t mean that we have the same interest rate for everybody in every country in Europe,” the German central bank chief said. “Fine tuning sectoral financing conditions is not a task for monetary policy. There are other instruments to deal with this, the governments do have specific banks that have been set up for this purpose, like the KfW in Germany. And we should first look to their capacity to tackle the issue.” Weidmann said the eurozone crisis was the biggest threat to Germany, Europe’s economic powerhouse.

The decline in manufacturing will put further pressure on British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

BRITISH manufacturing output fell in January at the fastest pace since June, reinforcing fears that the economy has tipped into its third recession since the 2008 financial crisis. The unexpected decline in manufacturing will put further pressure on Chancellor George Osborne to come up with measures to revive growth in his budget statement next week. The economy contracted in late 2012, endangering the government’s plans to bring its spending in line with its earnings and leading to the loss of the UK’s prized triple-A credit rating, and Britain will be back in recession if economic activity shrinks this quarter. The pound fell to a 2-1/2 year low against the dollar and British government bonds rallied after the weak manufacturing data, which raised expectations for more stimulus from the Bank of England to shore up the economy. “This is the penultimate nail in the coffin in terms of triple-dip - it’s pretty much game over now,” said Alan Clarke, economist at Scotiabank. “Unless we have a stellar performance from the services sector, we’re almost certainly in a triple dip.” Manufacturing output dropped 1.5 per cent on the month, wiping out December’s gain, the Office for National Statistics said, and bucking

forecasts it would be flat. The statistics office noted there were few reports of any disruption from snowy weather at the end of January. The wider reading of industrial output, which includes energy production and mining, fell 1.2 per cent, more than erasing December’s rise. The poor reading was partly due to a shutdown of a North Sea oil field, called Schiehallion, which typically accounts for 3-6 per cent of Britain’s oil production. Weak industrial production was the main drag on Britain’s economy in the final three months of 2012, shaving 0.3 percentage point off quarterly growth and contributing to that quarter’s fall in GDP. Another drop in GDP this quarter would put the economy in recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative quarterly GDP. Data on the bigger services sector last week was more encouraging, showing the sector grew in February at its fastest pace in five months, according to a purchasing managers’ survey. However, UK data has been volatile and the manufacturing sector is showing persistent signs of weakness. A survey of purchasing managers revealed an unexpected contraction in the manufacturing sector in February. Separate ONS data released yesterday showed a rare improvement in Britain’s trade position.

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Hush hush and up in the air only certainty is bailout deadline IN A WAY, it is good that the government is keeping the talks with the troika out of the public domain. There is nothing worse than proposals or suggestions becoming subjects of public debate and parties making political capital out of them. President Anastasiades asked the party leaders not to divulge information after he briefed them about the talks with the troika on Saturday night and they complied. Some general remarks have been made about the issues on the table and the government’s positions but nobody knows what has been agreed, if anything. Speaking on a morning radio show yesterday, the Nobel prize-winner Christoforos Pissarides, who is an advisor of the president on economic issues, said that all issues were on the table. Presumably this is how bailout negotiations were conducted – before all options were explored, none could be ruled out. In other words, we will not know what the terms of the bailout will be before it is agreed upon by the two sides and even then it could be modified by the Euro group. This lack of concrete information has its downside as it fuels uncertainty and low confidence among people, which in turn causes instability. When people do not know what is going on they are inclined to think the worst, assuming that the government is suppressing bad news. It then takes just one alarmist report in the press to cause widespread fear. Unfortunately, the government cannot issue daily progress reports on its negotiations with the troika and direct contacts with the Commission or the ECB in order to maintain calm, when everything remains open. Over the weekend there was speculation with regards to the operations of the Cypriot banks in Greece being taken over by Greek banks, and their capital needs being financed by EU funds available for the Greek funds. Such an arrangement would lower the assistance required by Cyprus and could make the public debt sustainable, but requires the agreement of all parties involved. Unless it is secured, nothing can be announced. There are also reports that the Finance Minister Michalis Sarris would be visiting Russia to discuss a range of proposals, but there might be no agreement on any of them. Meanwhile there has been no agreement on the terms of reference of the private firm that would conduct the audit of Cyprus’ anti money-laundering legal framework. An agreement is expected to be reached today so there can be a tenders’ procedure, but again, nobody can safely say that this will happen today. The fact is that everything is up in the air, and nobody knows how things will eventually pan out. The only thing we know is that time is running out, given the end of March deadline set for finalising the bailout deal.

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UK’s David Cameron faces three vital tests Comment Paul Goodman


he focus and discipline of Nick Clegg’s speech to his party’s spring conference on Sunday was the latest sign of the curious role reversal between the two parties of government. The Liberal Democrats, a party with no recent governing experience, have behaved since the last election as though they have been running the country for years. Although their poll support has shrunk to single figures and Clegg’s popularity ratings are low, there is no prospect of a challenge to him. And the Lib-Dems pump out a consistent message: that they are committed both to strength (helping the Tories to tackle the deficit) and to fairness (hindering their partner when it tries to do so unjustly). Meanwhile, the Conservatives, who not so long ago were the natural party of government, look more and more like a natural party of opposition. Adam Afriyie’s leadership campaign is a reminder of the hostility to David Cameron on parts of his own backbenches. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond’s outspoken defence of his department’s budget and Theresa May’s setting out of her leadership stall over the weekend show that the prime minister now cannot take the loyalty of his Cabinet for granted. Lord Ashcroft’s recent polling demonstrates that Ed Miliband would have a majority of 84 were the election held today. At some point before the next election, now scarcely more than two years distant, the two Coalition parties must go their own ways — perhaps within the next 12 months or so, to a confidence and supply arrangement, leaving the Coalition and voting on majority party proposals (the Conservatives’) on a case-bycase basis. But will the Coalition’s turbulence-shaken aircraft have a hard or soft landing? The Liberal Democrats, whose experience of battling against the odds explains their self-restraint, are unlikely to bring it down. The Conservatives, however, have a frustrated sense of entitlement. Cameron didn’t win the last election. And the collapse of the boundary review means that winning the next one is almost impossible. Ukip is pressing them from the one flank, and Labour is doing so from the other. The Lib-Dem win in Eastleigh was a terrible reminder of the blasted state of the Tory grassroots, to which the prime minister’s championing of same-sex marriage was a hammer-blow. The road of the next few months passes three ma-

British PM David Cameron’s road of the next few months passes three major landmarks: this month’s Budget, May’s local elections and June’s spending review (EPA) jor landmarks: this month’s Budget, May’s local elections — and June’s spending review. George Osborne has little room for manoeuvre within the framework that he has set for himself. As Cameron’s political strategist and closest colleague, he is a surrogate for a rebel attack on the prime minister. Indeed, the Chancellor is in fact the rebels’ perfect target. He doesn’t have the protection of Cameron’s relatively robust popularity ratings, and the prime minister won’t risk unravelling his govern-

ment further by moving his chancellor. Liam Fox’s recent calls for tax cuts and a spending freeze are an early sign of the pressure Osborne is under from the Tory backbenches. And Fox is well-disposed to the chancellor. Others are not so sympathetic. Watch for attacks on the Budget from Osborne’s own side after he sits down in the Commons next week. After that will come those local elections, which largely take place in the Conservative heartland of England’s shires.

‘The danger for Cameron is that the stresses of the spending review on Cabinet ministers and of the government’s plight among backbenchers combines, more by accident than design, to provoke a sudden stampede for a vote of confidence in his leadership’

If Ukip repeats its Eastleigh performance then, another wave of panic will sweep across the Tory benches. This may not be enough to provoke a challenge to Cameron’s leadership, a process eased by the small percentage of Conservative MPs required to force a vote of confidence in him. Tory MPs may not love their leader but most appreciate that the party has held no fewer than seven leadership elections in under 25 years — and that holding another is unlikely to solve their problems at a stroke. In any event, one of the main challengers for the Conservative succession, Boris Johnson, isn’t in the Commons. In sum, some Tory MPs have been held back from calling for a ballot by their belief that Cameron has no obvious replacement. However, the main danger for him now lies in the interplay between the unhappiness of his backbenchers and the restiveness of his Cabinet — which take us to that third staging-post, this year’s spending review. The Treasury originally hinted it would be presented at the same time as the Budget. But even before Osborne announced it would be held on June 26, the earlier scenario was looking unlikely, due to the wrangling between Downing Street, on the one hand, and the “National Union of Ministers”, on the other. Essentially, the row over the spending review is not so much one taking place within the Coalition parties as between them. Osborne is sympathetic to May’s and Hammond’s demands — the pair are also supported by Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary — to cut the welfare budget further. Perhaps surprisingly, Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, isn’t resistant to this call, and has a package of further reductions ready to go, including more restrictions on child benefit. Rather, the obstacle to such a move is the Liberal Democrats, although the party would be willing to see benefits for richer pensioners means-tested. Resisting Conservative-led calls for welfare cuts is, to the Liberal Democrats, integral to their projection of themselves as a party of fairness as well as strength. The danger for Cameron is that the stresses of the spending review on Cabinet ministers and of the government’s plight among backbenchers combines, more by accident than design, to provoke a sudden stampede for a vote of confidence in his leadership. If this happens, a driving cause will be the instability that has haunted this government since it was formed — one brought about, in turn, by Cameron’s failure to win outright when voters went to the polls in 2010.  Paul Goodman is executive editor of Conservative Home

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Bowie tries to turn acclaim and hype into record sales

Beatles secretary Freda breaks silence in film

Master of reinvention has a hit on his hands

By Corrie MacLaggan

By Mike Collett-White HE caught the music world napping in January with his first new song in a decade and soon had critics searching for superlatives to describe his new album The Next Day. The next big question for David Bowie and his remarkable comeback is whether the element of surprise and subsequent acclaim will turn into record sales. The Next Day hit stores in Britain this week, where industry watchers are confident it will top the album charts, and also in the United States, where the Space Oddity singer has enjoyed more patchy success in the past. It is already available in other key markets, and the early signs are that the 66year-old master of reinvention has a hit on his hands. According to his official website, the deluxe version of the recording went to No. 1 on the digital iTunes album charts in 11 of 12 countries where it was released on Friday, including Australia,Germany and Sweden. “There has been a lot of interest in both the social and traditional media which will connect not only with the established fan base but

The singer, pictured with his wife, former supermodel Iman, has released his first new song in a decade also with younger fans,” said Gennaro Castaldo, head of press at British music retailer HMV. “As a campaign, I can’t think of many that have been more brilliantly orchestrated,” he added. Ironically, part of that ‘campaign’ has been for Bowie to remain invisible, allowing collaborators like producer Tony Visconti to tell the media about how the star’s first studio album since 2003’s Reality came about.

So rare had sightings of the Starman become in New York, where he lives, that articles appeared in the British press late last year speculating the “recluse” had unofficially retired. Simon Goddard, author of new Bowie book Ziggyology published by Random House imprint Ebury, said his mystique was a part of the appeal, and showed that his interest in music far outweighed any appetite for the trappings of celebrity.

“He released two albums in the very early 70s featuring covers of himself in poses inspired by Greta Garbo,” Goddard told Reuters. “Fast forward three or four decades and he becomes a rarely-sighted paparazzi quarry living in New York ... He engages with the media on his strict terms because he’s surpassed any desire to engage otherwise. His art is all the engagement he needs.” Bowie, who has shunned the limelight since he suf-

fered a heart attack on tour in 2004, last performed on stage in 2006. It was with a sense of shock that his fans woke up on January 8, his 66th birthday, to the news he had released a new song. Bowie’s impact on modern music matched that of The Beatles - and the only contemporary star to combine music and art to the extent he did in the 70s was Lady Gaga, said Goddard. “The hysteria is justified,” he added.

Pitt and Jolie are set Madonna ‘like proud mother’ to get married in May BRAD Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to get married in May. The Moneyball star got a wedding licence at the end of February which states he and the screen beauty must now tie the knot within 90 days and if the pair do decide to get hitched in May the date could clash with his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston and her fiancé Justin Theroux’s big day. Jennifer and Justin have been busy organising their wedding for months and are also believed to be planning their special day in May. If both couples decide to get hitched in the same month it could cause big problems with the celebrity guest lists, and upset Jennifer - who was even thought to be prepared to go to her ex-husband’s nuptials despite the fact he got together with Angelina within months of their 2005 split. The source told The Sun newspaper: “All that goodwill would go out the window if Brad’s wedding date comes close to hers. Jennifer will see it as an attempt to upstage her and there will be a battle over Hollywood guests. “She knows they will be judged on who had the better wedding by pulling in the biggest stars.” Brad and Angelina - who raise six children together - are tentatively setting a date for after the Cannes Film Festival, which ends on May 26, and will hold the ceremony at their £35 million Chateau Miraval mansion in the South of France. Jennifer and Justin have already picked their rings and the former Friends star has chosen her dress and rumours are rife they intend to wed in Hawaii.

The superstar’s dancers gave an impromptu performance in a New York restaurant

MADONNA watched like a “proud mother” as her dancers gave an impromptu performance in a New York restaurant. The hitmaker - accompanied by eldest children Lourdes, 16, and Rocco, 12 - was among guests at a birthday meal for one of her MDNA tour performers at Brooklyn eatery Antica Pesa and the group shocked fellow diners after the meal was over by having restaurant staff close the curtains and create a dance floor for them. One surprised onlooker told the New York Post newspaper: “They started showcasing some of the moves from their MDNA tour. “The staff quickly moved the tables out of the way to turn the dining area into a dance floor, which got everyone clapping and cheering, including Madonna, who watched from a table. “Afterwards they took a bow and hugged their boss, who approved like a proud mother.”

FOR Freda Kelly, secretary to the Beatles and head of the band’s fan club, work sometimes involved trailing the Fab Four to the barber shop, sweeping their locks from the floor and mailing strands of hair to adoring female fans. Kelly, one of the Beatles’ longest-serving employees, worked for the British band for more than a decade but had never shared her stories publicly until now. She broke her silence in a new documentary, Good Ol’ Freda, which had its world premiere over the weekend on the second day of the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. “It’s such a classic Cinderella story: Girl picks the job of a lifetime,” director Ryan White told Reuters. The tale is sure to delight fans of the Beatles, but White seeks to tell a story that transcends that audience, a story about an amazing decade in an otherwise ordinary life. The film features four Beatles songs, which required the permission of many people, including the two surviving Beatles. It also includes never-before-seen photos of the band. The documentary’s title comes from the Beatles’ 1963 Christmas recording, in which George Harrison thanks their secretary in Liverpool, and they all yell, “Good Ol’ Freda!” A mutual friend and a family connection to the 1960s’ Liverpool music scene brought Kelly to the attention of White, who took the opportunity to tell her story. The Los Angeles filmmaker, 31, grew up knowing Kelly as a family friend who was a secretary. In fact, she is still a secretary, for a Liverpool law firm. “I didn’t know that she had a crazy back story,” White said, adding he only discovered it when a friend put them in touch two years ago. Kelly, now in her late 60s, says in the film that she wanted to record her stories for her two-year-old grandson - stories that in many cases she never got around to telling her family. Kelly, described by White as shy and humble, insists in the documentary that no one would be interested in hearing her story. The loyal secretary, who was 17 when she started working for the band, has no intention of dishing dirt about her former famous employers, so White focused instead on her compelling personal narrative and interactions with the Beatles. Kelly arranged bookings, cut paychecks and stayed up all night responding to fan mail. The Beatles - Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr - became the most famous pop band in history. They entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2001 as the world’s bestselling group, with more than 1 billion records sold.

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Education Older pupils are choosing to read easier books SECONDARY school pupils in Britain are choosing easy books rather than tackling texts more suited to their age, according to a report released last week. What Kids are Reading 2013 suggests that when they reach secondary school, young people’s reading ages decline, and that more needs to be done to encourage them to read harder books. At the age of seven and eight, when they are in Year Three, children are reading books with an average reading age of 8.8, almost a year above their actual age, the report published by Renaissance Learning said. However by the time they reach Year Nine, when they are 13 and 14, students are reading books with an average age of 10 years old. Report author Professor Keith Topping of Dundee University said: “One reason for this is that children become more like adults - and as adults, we don’t tend to read very challenging things, unless someone makes you read it.” The report said that the average book difficulty rises as pupils get older, but not at the rate at which it should.

Universities must adapt ‘Avalanche’ of change is about to hit universities By Alison Kershaw SOME British universities could find themselves under threat in the next decade if they fail to keep up with a coming “avalanche” of change, it was claimed on Monday. Even elite red brick institutions could find themselves at risk, according to Sir Michael Barber, a former adviser to Tony Blair. Global online courses, technology, rising student expectations and new private companies are changing the landscape of higher education around the world, he argues in a new report published by the IPPR think tank. And universities that fail to find their niche, and are complacent about their current position, could find they are left behind. The study, An Avalanche Is Coming, suggests that the next 50 years could be a “golden age” for higher education, but could also mean intense pressure

Even elite red brick institutions could find themselves at risk on universities. “For universities, governments and students that seize the opportunity it could be a golden age ahead, but the big risks are timidity and risk aversion, it’s definitely a time for bold thinking,” Sir Michael said. His report argues that the pressure on universities is greater than ever due to global competition between them, as well as “MOOCs” - massive

open online courses - and consultancies that develop people and produce research. MOOCs are free courses placed online by leading universities and academics around the world for anyone to access and are becoming increasingly popular. Universities will have to choose the path they want to take, and focus on a particular area such as teaching or

certain types of research, the report says. “The traditional multipurpose university with a combination of a range of degrees and a modestly effective research programme has had its day,” it argues. Sir Michael said that even leading universities could be at risk if they are complacent. “The ordinary red brick, one town university that just ticks over as it did at the second half of the 20th century will really suffer.” He suggested it was hard to predict how many universities, if any, could run into serious difficulties. But he added he would not be surprised if a few ran into trouble, “given this avalanche is coming”. Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK, said: “There will clearly be big challenges ahead for higher education in the coming years, but universities have shown themselves to be highly adaptable in the past and have become adept at responding to changing political and financial climates. “The UK university system has established itself as one of the world’s best. One of its great strengths is its diversity, with universities covering a broad range of courses and disciplines. “Universities will continue to respond to the changing demands of students and the skills needs of the workforce, and are currently in a strong position to respond to future challenges.”

Cameron in apprenticeship pledge BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday to make it the “new norm” for British school leavers to take an apprenticeship or go to university. The prime minister said he wanted the country to follow Germany’s lead where work-based training sits alongside higher education as the automatic options considered by teenagers when they finish their exams. During a visit to a training academy in Buckinghamshire to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Cameron called on employers, schools and colleges, and his

own ministers to expand apprenticeship opportunities for young people. The government will formally respond to the Richard Review, which has looked at ways to improve the quality of apprenticeships, later this week. “Apprenticeships are at the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy, giving young people the chance to learn a trade, to build their careers, and create a truly world-class, high-skilled workforce that can compete and thrive in the fierce global race we are in,” Cameron said.

schoolsreport A successful Grammar American Academy pupils School focus on poetry gain new skills at model UN THE GRAMMAR School, Nicosia in cooperation with the ministry of education and the European University Cyprus recently organised a successful poetry day entitled “Conversation with Poets” for students of private and public secondary schools in Nicosia. Poetry Day, which was held at the European University, was attended by 510 students from 44 secondary schools. The event included presentations by two prominent Greek poets, five poetry workshops and the school’s poetry competition award ceremony. The poets Antonis Fostieris and Dinos Siotis, from Greece, presented the themes “Poetry within and outside Poetry” and “Poetry Today”. Then 20 distinguished Cypriot poets joined the two Greek poets who guided the students through various poetry writing workshops. The conclusions of these workshops were presented at the end of the day. Poetry Day ended with the Sixth Poetry Competition Award Ceremony entitled “Poetry of the Heart”. The competition was organised by the Grammar School, Nicosia in cooperation with the education ministry. A performance of poetry set to music by students of the Grammar School, Nicosia was presented at the beginning of the award ceremony.

STUDENT representatives from The American Academy Nicosia replaced their uniforms with suits and formal wear when they participated in the eighth annual conference of MEDI.M.U.N (Mediterranean Model United Nations) which took place at the European University Nicosia last month. The conference is a simulation of the United Nations for students between the ages of 15-19. For three days during these conferences students become delegates and representatives of a UN member state that has been allocated to them. It gives them the opportunity to discuss different UN topics such as ‘Disarmament and International Security’, ‘Environmental, Financial and Economic Development’ and ‘Social, Humanitarian and Cultural’. In the process, MEDI.M.U.N offers confidence, the experience of speaking in front of an audience and meeting new, fun people. Congratulations to Sibina Koumbarou and Marilena Papaioannou in Year 11 who did an amazing job representing the school, gaining new skills and a high level of personal development.

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QUEEN VICT Posh power: Victoria Beckham in the front row during London Fashion Week

Im a fan: David Beckham with Anna Wintour in New York

Fashion credibility is what she really, really wants - Rosamund Urwin reports on how Mrs Beckham turned herself from Spice Girl to superbrand, via ambition and sheer hard work


REAKING into fashion’s closed ranks isn’t easy. For most fledgling designers, the greatest challenge is to draw attention to their work. Victoria Beckham had the opposite problem: after so many years pouting in the limelight, she knew anything bearing her name would be picked apart by a style set seething with cynicism about celebrity designers (with jus-

tification: remember Lindsay Lohan and Kanye West’s brief forays into fashion?). But it seems Easy V (she’s a real lady) has shrugged off the Spice Girls stigma and the Wag tag. Last month, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour was sitting in the front row at New York Fashion Week as Victoria Beckham sent out another widely praised collection. Natalie Massenet, the Net-a-Porter founder and

Ready to wear fall-winter collection 2013

A model in the Victoria, Victoria Beckham fall collection in New York

chair of the British Fashion Council, dubbed the tailored coats and intarsia knits “impeccable”. In recent weeks, actresses Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts have all donned Beckham’s frocks on the red carpet. And now her label is preparing to launch an internet shop later this spring, as well as a greatest hits collection, Icon. So how has she won the credibility she so craved? “People assume all celebrity designers are dilettantes, dabbling in fashion. But Victoria has stuck at it, delivering something of quality that many women really want to buy,” says Paula Reed, fashion director at Harvey Nichols, which sells the Victoria Beckham label. “We cannot keep her dresses in stock and they never go into a mark-down sale. We’d have more if we could but [the label] keeps production numbers down to preserve quality.” Reed draws a comparison with the Olsen twins, whose high-end label, The Row, has also won over doubters. She says even Stella McCartney, who had trained at Central St Martins, was once written off as a celebrity designer. Victoria Beckham’s transformation from the worst singer in the Spice Girls (a spot for which there was considerable competition) to one of the most in demand designers around has been swift and well-orchestrated. In 2004, a tie-up with Rock and Republic saw her co-designing jeans and knits. Two years later, she split with the label and launched her own denim line, dVb Style, as well as a sunglasses range and perfume - all the major money-makers in the fashion industry. Then, in September 2008, she launched the

Victoria Beckham label in New York. Her first collection of 15 frocks was well-received but cynics noted that the silhouettes borrowed heavily from those of Roland Mouret, the creator of the Galaxy dress and Beckham’s friend. There were snarky mutterings - repeatedly denied - that he was the true designer, fuelled by the fact that Mouret had gone into business with Beckham’s manager, TV and music producer Simon Fuller. Mouret claims he was nothing more than a mentor, though, and helped Beckham find a pattern cutter. He adds that they “still chat”. Nonetheless, the team of designers Beckham has built around her has been crucial to her success, particularly given that she has

no formal training. “Victoria made sure she hired the best designers and learned from the best, as all the smart-

on the job. Can she cut a pattern? Probably not. But she can tell when the pattern needs to be tweaked (tighter

Her first collection of 15 frocks was well-received but cynics noted that the silhouettes borrowed heavily from those of Roland Mouret, the creator of the Galaxy dress and Beckham’s friend est people do,” says Melanie Rickey, the editor and trend consultant behind the fashioneditoratlarge blog. “She acts as their muse or creative director, and has learned

probably).” Reed adds that this isn’t atypical: “All designers are backed up by teams. A designer will have various strengths: not all of them

esday, March 13, 2013


The Spice Girls last year at a photocall for the launch of the Viva Forever! musical


can sketch like a dream or cut perfectly.” It is clear, though, that Beckham’s knowledge runs deep. Reed sat on the judging panel for the International Woolmark Prize recently with Beckham, alongside industry stalwarts Donatella Versace and Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani. Reed says Beckham asked “really searching” questions about how garments were made, the sourcing of fabrics, the pricing and manufacturing: “What she may lack in training, she has made up for by learning on the job and learning from those around her.” That includes taking note of other designers. “It is obvious she worships at the altar of Phoebe Philo at Céline with her shapes and key pieces but who doesn’t?”

asks Rickey. “Albeit [Beckham’s] are tighter and sexier.” One of Beckham’s clever decisions was to show in New York. Not only did it give her breathing space from the British tabloids (the Spice Girls being less famous Stateside) but the type of garment she favours - commercial, wearable, flattering - is more suited to the US market than London. Another sensible element decision has been to expand organically: starting with just slim-fit dresses, she has added something new each season: coats, handbags, knitwear. At the same time, Beckham has said she wouldn’t design anything she wouldn’t wear herself - her brand is authentically her. So who is the customer? “If you are very thin and want to look chic, expensive and be good arm candy for your man, Victoria Beckham clothes will serve you well,” says Rickey. Reed loves the dresses herself: “If you’re a fashion nerd, you really appreciate the quality. The first time I ordered a dress of hers, I also ordered a dress from another label. The gap in quality between the two was huge. Victoria’s - made in east London - was much better than the one made in Italy. I have two that are particularly figure-hugging, and they pull you in like Spanx. But they’re much cuter, obviously.” But is her fashion empire making money? Total sales for 2011 were estimated at £60 million but the Beckhams have pumped cash into the top-end label. The money-spinners are almost certainly perfume, sunglasses and jeans ranges but that’s true for many brands. “The secondary line Victoria by Victoria Beckham sells well,” Rickey adds. “When the Beckhams launch ecommerce this spring, I’m sure there’ll be more items at cheaper price points.” Part of the transformation, of course, has been in Beckham herself. It is easy to forget that Baden Baden - the height of Wag-mania during the football World Cup in Germany - was only seven years ago. Since then, Beckham has swapped hot pants, vest tops and pneumatic breasts for a long, lean silhouette. That maybe stemmed from an insecurity that the fashion world wouldn’t accept her. The famously unemotional Beckham cried when

she won Designer Brand of the Year at the 2011 British Fashion Awards and attracted one of the biggest cheers of the night. So what next for the designer formerly known as Posh? There are rumours that a London store could be in the pipeline, and even that she

Ready to wear fall-winter collection 2013 might create the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy wardrobe. But Rickey reckons the inner Wag isn’t quite dead. “Just as there is still a bit of Ziggy in Bowie, there will always be a bit of a boob job and hair extensions in Victoria,” she says. “But she wanted to be a fashion diva, and through sheer determination, ambition and selfsacrifice - oh, and an army of help and ditching the boob implants - she did it. I take my hat off to her.”







Wednesday, March 13, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL


What’s on


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

NICOSIA Oz: The Great and Powerful (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 3pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5.30, 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 11am and 3pm Mama (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.50 and 10.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7.50 and 10.10pm Warm Bodies (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 11.10am, 1.15pm and 3.20pm Lincoln (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 7.15pm

Gangster Squad (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.05pm, weekends also at 3pm A Good Day to Die Hard (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 10.10pm Love in the End (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 8 and 10.05pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 10.05pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.15pm and 3.20pm Le prenom (in French, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight and Thursday at 9pm. Tel: 96-420491,

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

LIMASSOL Oz: The Great and Powerful (12) Rio 2 at 7.45pm, weekends also at 3 and 5.20pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 3pm Mama (15) Rio 1 at 7.45 and 10pm; KCineplex (Screen 2) at 7.50 and 10.10pm Warm Bodies (12) Rio 4 at 7.45pm, weekends also at 5.30pm; Rio 2 at 10.10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Lincoln (12) Rio 6 at 7.30pm, weekends also at 4.30pm; Rio 5 at 10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.15pm


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) Rio 3 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 5.30, 7.45 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm

Mama (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.50 and 10.10pm Warm Bodies (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.20pm

Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) Rio 1 (in Greek), weekends only at 3, 4.30 and 6pm; KCineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

Lincoln (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.15pm

Playing for Keeps (K) Rio 5, weekends only at 3.30pm A Good Day to Die Hard (15) Rio 4 at 10pm Love in the End (K) Rio 5 (in Greek) at 7.45pm, weekends also at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 10.05pm Argo (12) Rio 6 at 10.10pm

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 5.30, 7.45 and 10.10pm, weekends Times are subject to also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, change, so check first Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) with cinemas before you at 5.30, 7.45 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 11.20am, head out 1.20pm and 3.20pm

Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 3 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30pm

Telephone no:

Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) K-Cineplex: 7777-8383 at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Rio Limassol: 25-871410 Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at Rio Paphos: 26-207000 11.30am, 1.20pm and 3.30pm

LARNACA Oz: The Great and Powerful (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) 5.30, 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also 3pm

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 5.30, 7.45 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

Mama (15) Rio 5 at 7.30 and 9.45pm Warm Bodies (12) Rio 1 at 6, 8 and 10pm Lincoln (12) Rio 2 at 5, 7.30 and 9.45pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) Rio 5 at 5.45pm; Rio 6 at 7.30 and 9.45pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) Rio 6 (in Greek) at 6pm, weekends also at 3 and 4.30pm Gangster Squad (18) Rio 3 at 9.45pm Playing for Keeps (K) Rio 5, weekends only at 4pm

Gangster Squad (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.05pm, weekends at 3pm

A Good Day to Die Hard (15) Rio 3 at 7.30pm

A Good Day to Die Hard (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 10.10pm

Love in the End (K) Rio 4 (in Greek) at 5.45 and 7.30pm

Love in the End (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 8 and 10.05pm

Argo (12) Rio 4 at 9.45pm

Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends at 3.20pm

The Impossible (12) Rio 3, weekends only at 3 and 5pm


Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30pm

Oz: The Great and Powerful (12) Rio 7 at 5.15, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends also at 3pm

Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 1 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 4pm

listings Today Exhibition Metamorphosis Solo painting exhibition by Nikos Kouroussis. Opens March 13, 7.30pm until April 3. Alpha Gallery, Makarios Avenue & 3 Papanikoli Street, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday 10.30 am-1pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm. Tel: 22-751325 / 99-303366.

Music Children’s Choirs & Carnival A musical encounter with songs and serenades within the framework of Limassol Carnival. March 13. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 7pm. €5. Tel: 77-777745

Theatre Kali-Kantzar & Co Pocket musical directed by Lea Maleni with music by Dimitris Zavros. March 13-16. THOC New Theatre, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-864300 Below Zero Drama directed by Photis Georgidis. March 13-14, 19 & 23-24 until March 31. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue. On specific days at 8.30pm. €15. In Greek. Tel: 99-308232

Other Events Theogony Book presentation and the exhibition of old and contemporary photographs, in the presence of photographer and archaeologist, within the framework of Francophonie Month. March 13. Hellenic Bank Headquarters in Nicosia. 7pm. Tel: 22-459333. Email: Carnival Cycling Parade Night cycle around the city in wild costumes. March 13. D’Avila Moat, Stasinou Avenue, Nicosia. Meet at 7.45pm for 8pm-10pm. Tel: 99-956528 St Patrick’s with Blue Jar St Patrick’s celebration dinner dance with live Irish music. March 13. Navarria Hotel, Limassol. 7.30 for 8pm. €22 per person including buffet dinner, all local drinks, Irish whiskeys. Tel: 96-280308/99-043558 or emailing. or

Tomorrow Music Margarita Zorbala with Diastasis Musical journey through 20th century Greece. March 14. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 830pm. €20. Tel: 24-665795

Francesca da Rimini - The Met: Live in HD Live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera of New York in high-definition. March 16. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 6pm. €20/15. With Greek and English Subtitles Tel: 77-777745. Online ticket: Tat-tnabar Concert with popular ethnic group, alongside Extreme Voices and a group of students from Faneromeni High School. March 16. Youth Foundation, 37 Pandoras Street, (behind the new hospital) Larnaca. 6pm. €5/2. All proceeds will go towards the programme Music for Children and Young People. Tel: 24-664622 The You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Tour The classic songs of Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand with Ross Neil, Tina Chester & Andrew Oliver. March 16. Yialos Restaurant, Pissouri. 7pm - Showtime 8.30pm. €20 inc. mini meze. Reservations - Tel: 99473141/99-832538 Tale of the East Collaboration of three Cypriot artists and musician from Greece, with tunes from the Levant, Constantinople and the coasts of North Africa. March 14. Old Vinegar House, 34 Genethliou Mitella Street, Limassol. 9pm. €10. Tel: 99-864970

Dance Lamentu Performance presented by X-it Dancetheatre within the framework of the European Cultural Winter in Larnaca 2012-2013. March 16. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €20. Tel: 24-665795

Other Events Woyzeck Multi-media performance based on one of the most performed and influential plays in contemporary German theatre. March 14. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. In Greek Language with English songs and text fragments. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609

Ongoing Other Events Limassol Carnival Open-air parties, children’s parades and serenaders’ evenings culminating with the Grand Parade. March 7-17. Multiple locations in Limassol. limassol-carnival-2013/

Theatre Below Zero Drama directed by Photis Georgidis. March 11-14 until March 31. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue , Nicosia. On specific days at 8.30pm. €15. In Greek. Tel: 70007410/99-308232

Coffee Morning Talk and demonstration by Maria Pitsalidou on the Thermo Mix kitchen equipment. March 14. St. Paul’s Cathedral Hall, Byron Avenue. 9.30. In English. Refreshments served, all welcome. Tel: 99-924363

Nursing Home the Cherubim Theatre Anemona celebrates ten years with comedy by Nearchos Ioannou. Until March 17. Anemona Theater, 7 Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-573031

Innovative Performance and its Influences on Business Open free lecture by Mariusz Soltanifar March 14. CIM Lecture Theatre, 25 Zannetos street, Ayios Andreas, Nicosia. 6.30pm. Tel: 22-778475. www.

Shear Madness Popular Cypriot actor and director Loris Loizides returns with an adaptation of one of the longest-running non-musical plays in the world. Until March 17. Pantheon Art Cinema, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm. €20. In Greek. Tel: 70-001910

God of Carnage Award winning comedy by Yasmina Reza. Until March 17. Dionysos Theatre, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday 6.30pm. In Greek. €20/15. Tel: 99-621845

Exhibitions ...The Other Shore Solo painting exhibition by Marina Emphietzi-Harris. Until March 13. Thiseas Art Gallery, 9 Thiseos Street, Agia Zonis, Limassol. Tel: 99-674243/96-335889 Singapore 2012 Group photography exhibition. Until March 13. Casteliotissa Hall, old Nicosia. Open daily: 5pm-9pm U and I Exhibition of oil, acrylic, print and glass by Irene Ioannou and Ulla Nicolaou. Until March 16. Peri Texnis, 92 Kalogera Street, Larnaca. Tel: 99-725590 Birute Kriukelyte-Kazlauskiene Solo painting exhibition. Until March 17. Dinos Art Café, 62-66 Irinis Street, Limassol. Monday-Saturday: 10.30am to midnight. Tel: 25-762030 Storybox By Antonis Tziarrides. Until March 19. Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, 45 Stadiou Street, Larnaca. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm & 4.30pm-8pm. Sunday:11am-2pm & 4pm-7pm. Tel: 24-621109

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A trip through Russian folklore

CLASSICAL ballet is a source of considerable national pride to Russians and when the famous Gzhel Moscow National Academic Theatre of Dance makes its debut on these shores for their production of Fairytale all of that tradition and pride will be on display. Indeed, there is nothing more Russian than the ballet and Tuesday’s one-off performance will transport local audiences into a dreamland of Russian folklore. Founded by choreographer and academic Vladimir Zakharov in 1988, the “theatre of folk handicraft”, as it is sometimes called, incorporates the folk tradition of different Russian regions trying to convey to audiences the richness of Russian culture. Gzhel has performed at the Kremlin Palace and the Tchaikovsky Theatre Hall as well as internationally. Featuring some 45 dancers from Russia’s leading choreography schools, the group takes its name from a small town in the Moscow region where they make the elegant Gzhel pottery. While classical ballet is the theme, the Gzhel troupe is equally celebrated for folk and modern dance. It revives scenes of past and present and gives second

life to the wonderful creations of the folk art and craft masters. For example, the company’s dance formations, reminiscent of lace-like patterns, reflect the intricate blue and white designs of the Gzhel ceramics. Most spectacular of all is the performers’ 800 or so opulent and authentic costumes, which are all created by experienced hands at the workshops of the Bolshoi and Stanislavski theatres. An explosion of colour and craftsmanship, these costumes will leave audiences in awe, while more visual treats for the crowd include a series of beautiful ensembles, duets and solo performances by the theatre’s star artists such as Nina Koloskova and Dmitry Kirilin. Concert programmes include The Magic World of Ballet, which represents famous classical ballet pieces from popular ballets Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and so on. For Tuesday’s show the classical ballet Fairytale will be presented to Larnaca audiences depicting folk and fantasy pictures of Russian painter Victor Vasnetsov. Like a whirlwind, the dancers move with absolute precision to the sounds of the traditional folk songs. Their

Theatre Gzhel – Fairytale Moscow National Academic Theatre of Dance Gzhel presents dance show with unique choreographies and costumes. March 19. Larnaca Municipal Theatre. 8.30pm. €20. Tel: 24-657745/24665795

bring flashlights and a helmet.


Night Bike Ride in Paphos Pafos Bike Riders fun night bike ride. A pleasant route, approximately 15 kilometres difficulty 2/6. Every Wednesday until September 25. Paphos Town Hall Square. 7.30pm. Aimed at all cyclists and suitable for all types of bikes. Please bring flashlights and a helmet. Free. Tel: 99-248056. Email:

Other Events Night riders YOU MAY have noticed a growing urban species whizzing down the streets: the cyclist. The increasingly common sight of packs of cyclists, wearing bright Lycra outfits and flashy backpacks, pumping out the kilometres for whatever purpose is sweeping sections of the nation. Where cycling was once a necessary form of transportation, now it is seen as a hip, environment-friendly hobby. After many, many years the bike fad sweeping sections of the nation shows no signs of letting up. Mass transit is not always available or convenient. Driving is costly and time-consuming and as a result people have turned to bicycles. Signs of their popularity are everywhere. Bike races are popping up around the country, with the Tour of Cyprus Cycling Challenge coming up next month. Even the charity bicycle event has swelled from almost nothing a decade ago to become a major player in local fundraising efforts. There are a number of cycling clubs

leaps are performed with poise while they fly around the stage with spectacular speed with a series of acrobatic gravity-defying movements. The perfect coherence of performance and technique is no doubt a consequence of the superb job of the theatre’s leader and its artistic director Zakharov, who was awarded the prestigious People’s Artist of the Russian Federation award in 1992. Gzhel’s high profile team of dancers and ballerinas include Ludmila Korkina, another recipient of the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation award and over 15 dancers who have the title of Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation. The troupe also has its own orchestra (which unfortunately will not visit Cyprus) specialising in Russian folk instruments, led by Valery Petrov.

On The Scene Theatre in Cyprus and the Pafos Bike Riders, as part of its efforts to spread the use of the bicycle, organise regular night rides every week. The goal is to have fun, exercise, to familiarise cyclists with urban mobility and to raise awareness among other drivers. Meetings are held every Wednesday until mid-September, at Paphos Town Hall Square at 7.30pm. From there begins a pleasant route, approximately 15 kilometres. You don’t have to be a pro to take part in these night rides as it’s aimed at all cyclists and suitable for all types of bikes. Please note that those who want to participate are advised to

Sound and image on stage THE 200th anniversary of the birth of writer and revolutionary Georg Büchner will be celebrated this week. Although he died in his early 20s, he became one of the pioneers of the German revolution and became famous as an advocate of the working class. He earned a place in the German-language literary canon with Woyzeck, one of the most performed German plays. It was his last play, left incomplete due to the author’s untimely death. Büchner wrote a number of scenes for Woyzeck but no instructions

about their order or his intentions. Because of this, the dark tale offers broad artistic possibilities to those who produce it. Tomorrow Büchner’s Woyzeck will be performed in Nicosia, followed by a performance in Limassol on Friday with the final show taking place in Paphos on March 27. Films about Woyzeck will also be shown at the Goethe-Institut in Nicosia. Furthermore, a workshop about Büchner’s dramatic works will be held for actors and dramaturgs by Berlin-based German theatre specialist Dr Frank Raddatz at the Vladimiros Kafkarides Centre in Nicosia. Woyzeck is the story of a young

By Ledha Socratous soldier leading an unsatisfying life, which finally unravels as he spirals into madness. The play in turn is partially based on the story of an actual soldier from Leipzig who was executed for the murder of his lover. It is a deep human tragedy that deals with personal jealousies as well as the cruelties of society and the hardships of the lower classes. For this latest adaptation of Woyzek, director Achim Wieland develops complex themes of social status and conditioning, morality and human tragedy in a series of atmospheric, multi-media constructs of live acts with Marios Ioannou and Elena Kallinikou. Adding to an already unique theatre experience, Panos Bartzis will provide fragmented play-back speech and sound. The multi-media performance will be in Greek with English songs and text fragments. Woyzeck Multi-media performance based on one of the most performed plays in contemporary German theatre. 8.30pm. €15/10. In Greek Language with English songs and text fragments. March 14: Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Tel: 22-312940/22-421609 March 15: Rialto Theatre, Limassol. Tel: 77-777745 March 27: Polihoros Cultural Centre - Old Electricity Authority, 8 Vladimiros Heracleous Street, Paphos. Tel: 99-655796

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

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Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

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


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Istories Tou Horkou (rpt)

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Apo Mera Se Mera Lottery Draw Entehnos

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Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies Paizoume Kypriaka Local game show, asking questions having to do with the Cypriot dialect.


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News Vimata Stin Ammo Friends (rpt) American comedy about the lives and loves of six New Yorkers.

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I Kypros Konta Sas News Repeats

NRG Zone FILM: Falling In Love

MINI-Series: La Commanderie French series showing the Middle Ages as a dark and turbulent period when religion ran society and led to tragic results. Historical drama, starring Clement Sibony. 2010. Part 6 of 8.

Local period drama, based on true events.


Kato Apo Ton Idio Ourano News In English News In Turkish Somewhere On Earth (rpt)

Romantic drama, starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. 1984. See Pick Of The Day.

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

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A series of documentary films whose aim is to shine the spotlight on some of the few places on earth where nature and man exist in harmony.

Local cultural show.

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NRG Zone Kids’ TV Kati Psinetai (rpt) Greek version of reality gameshow where contestants try to outdo each other by throwing the perfect dinner party, which is then judged on its merits by their rivals.

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


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Kati Psinetai (rpt) News In English & Turkish More Repeats

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


Local comedy series, with village setting.


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Metrita Sto Lepto Vals Me 12 Theous (rpt)

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Tin Patisa (rpt) Niose Me News Vals Me 12 Theous Ekeino To Kalokairi Oikonomahies News Sports News Ola Bahalo Fetos Klemmeni Zoi (rpt) Angigma Psihis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

With News at 18.00.

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Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Retire Nea Mera Proino Mou Lifestyle programme features entertainment, music and more. Hosted by real-life couple Giorgos Liagas & Fay Skorda.

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Enimerosi Tora Deka Lepta Kirigma Eheis Meson Yia Sena Local talk-show.

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Pername Kala (rpt) News Yia Sena (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites News UEFA Champions League Second leg of Round 16 between Bayern Munich and Arsenal.

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News Klemmena Oneira

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

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Latin American telenovela.

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

Two episodes of Greek drama series.

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News Master Chef

Daily family comedy based on the Argentinian sitcomtelenovela Los Roldan.

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News Istories Tou Astinomou Beka (rpt) Siga Min To’ Xeres (rpt) Mono Mia Fora (rpt) Se Fonto Kokkino (rpt) To Hrisopsara (rpt) Eleni (rpt)

Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of Mila (rpt) To Kleidi (rpt) Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kids’ TV To Kleidi Fotis - Maria Live Mila Discussions about various issues based on a woman’s life (men, relationships, sex, kids etc.) with showbiz guests.

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Exelixeis Sti Showbiz The Closer Sixth season of detective drama. ‘In Custody’. The squad uncovers a child-custody dispute between a dying man and his drug-addicted wife during the investigation into a suspicious suicide. Meanwhile, Pope applies for the police chief job.


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A defence lawyer is assigned to handle a death row inmate’s last-minute appeal, and finds evidence that could overturn the court’s judgment. Crime thriller, starring William H Macy. 2004. Part 2 of 2.


Nistikoi Praktores (rpt) Cooking show, with helpful tips on eating well and nutrition.

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LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

FILM: 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout Story about the violent confrontation that follows an attempted robbery of the Bank of America in North Hollywood. Fact-based crime drama, starring Michael Madsen. 2003.

Vathi Kokkino Greek drama series.


Kids’ TV Magikos Kosmos S’ Agapo (rpt) Akti Oneiron (rpt) Ston Asterismo Tis Imeras Kouzina Me Apopsi Igeia & Zou (rpt) Milagros Kids’ TV Top Models S’ Agapo Sabrina, To Koritsi Tis Agapis Akti Oneiron Pacific Blue News Sports News Epi Topou Reversible Errors


FILM: Fish Without A Bicycle Romantic comedy, starring Brian Austin Green. 2003.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Novacinema4, 19.20)

01:10 The Weakest Link 01:55 The Impressions Show With Culshaw &... 02:25 EastEnders 02:50 Doctors 03:20 As Time Goes By 03:50 32 Brinkburn Street 04:35 Doctor Who Confidential 04:45 Lab Rats 05:15 The Impressions Show With Culshaw &... 05:45 Fawlty Towers 06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 Charlie and Lola 07:10 Me Too! 07:30 Boogie Beebies 07:45 The Large Family 07:55 Balamory 08:15 Charlie and Lola 08:25 Me Too! 08:45 Boogie Beebies 09:00 The Large Family 09:10 Balamory 09:30 Fawlty Towers 10:05 Lab Rats 10:35 The Weakest Link 11:20 EastEnders 11:50 Doctors 12:20 North and South 13:10 As Time Goes By 13:45 32 Brinkburn Street 14:30 Fawlty Towers 15:00 The Weakest Link 15:45 EastEnders 16:15 Doctors 16:45 North and South 17:40 32 Brinkburn Street 18:25 The Weakest Link 19:10 EastEnders 19:40 Doctors 20:10 Casualty 21:00 ‘Allo ‘Allo! 21:30 Little Britain 22:00 Outcasts 22:50 One Foot In The Grave 23:20 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 00:25 Money

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

Catch 10:55 Ultimate Survival 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 How It’s Made 12:40 Extreme Engineering 13:35 Fast N’ Loud 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made 21:00 Gold Rush 22:00 Gold Divers 23:00 Jungle Gold 00:00 Deadliest Catch 01:00 Swords: Life On The Line 01:55 Gold Rush 02:50 Gold Divers 03:50 Jungle Gold 04:50 Deadliest Catch 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’

09:30 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 10:15 Alpine Skiing: World Cup Switzerland 11:45 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 12:15 Alpine Skiing: World Cup Switzerland 13:45 Cycling 15:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 16:15 CrossCountry Skiing: World Cup Finland 17:00 Cross-Country Skiing: World Cup Norway 18:45 Cycling 19:45 Figure Skating: World Championship 21:45 All Sports: Wednesday Selection 21:50 Equestrian Sports: Riders Club 21:55 Golf: World Golf Championships 22:55 Golf: U.S. P.G.A. Tour-Puerto Rico Open Brazil 23:55 Golf: Golf Club 00:00 Sailing: Yacht Club 00:05 All Sports: Wednesday Selection 00:15 CrossCountry Skiing: World Cup Norway

01:15 Ski Jumping: World Cup Finland 02:15 All Sports: Watts

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

07:30 Fools Rush In 09:30 Killer Inside Me, The 11:20 Atl 13:15 Fast Freddie, The Widow & Me 14:45 Todos Tus Muertos 16:10 Cemetery Club, The 18:00 Ticking Clock 20:00 LTV Sports News 21:00 U.S. Marshals 23:15 Crazies, The 01:00 Hustler TV 02:30 Greenberg 04:20 Ghost Writer 06:30 LTV Sports

The Muppets 22:00 Do No Harm 23:40 Operation: Endgame 01:10 Margaret 03:40 Outrage


07:00 Kids TV 15:45 Justice League Unlimited 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 Espn Films 18:30 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games (Men’s) 19:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 21:00 La Liga World 21:30 Planet Speed 22:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 00:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 01:00 Liga Bbva 201213 02:45 Pba World Championship 04:15 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 06:00 Grand American Series 2012 07:15 According To Jim 08:00 Big Bang Theory The 08:25 Mentalist The 09:10 Underbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green Cloud 10:00 Friends 10:30 Privileged 11:15 Closer, The 12:00 Five Days 2 13:05 Harry’s Law 13:50 According To Jim 14:35 Mentalist The 15:20 Underbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green Cloud 16:10 Friends 16:35 Gossip

Girl 17:20 Fringe 19:00 Harry’s Law 19:45 According To Jim 20:30 Eastbound & Down 21:00 Hawaii Five 22:30 C.S.I. Miami 23:15 Supernatural 00:05 50/50 01:50 Bad Boys 03:50 Friends 04:15 Gossip Girl 05:00 Fringe 06:30 Harry’s Law

07:45 Hesher 09:40 My Best Friend’s Wedding 11:30 Class Of ‘44 13:15 Leaves Of Grass 15:00 American, The 16:45 Fantastic Mr Fox 18:15 Men In Black (1997) 20:00 Indecent Proposal 22:00 Les Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) 00:35 Daring! TV 04:00 Taking Lives 05:50 Lottery Ticket

05:40 Analyze That 07:20 Cine News 07:40 Mao’s Last Dancer 09:35 Hollywood 1on1 10:05 The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn 11:55 War Horse 14:25 Action Zone 15:00 The Art Of Getting By 16:40 A Distant Neighborhood 18:25 This Means War 20:10

05:35 Hanna 07:25 Kingdom Of Heaven 09:50 Uranya 11:30 Cine News 12:10 $5 A Day 13:55 Abduction 15:45 John Carter 18:00 Films & Stars 18:35 Happy Gilmore 20:15 A Better Life 22:00 The Son Of No One 23:40 The Ides Of March 01:25 The Last Temptation Of Christ 04:05 Cine News

19:00 The River Wild 21:00 Taxi Driver 23:00 Person Of Interest 23:50 Super 01:30 Amore & Psyche 2

19:20 Mr. Popper’s Penguins 21:00 Manolete 22:40 Chalet Girl 00:25 Paul

17:00 Nhl: Boston Bruins At Pittsburgh Penguins 18:00 Pre Game 18:45 Championship 2012-13: Apollon Vs Alkh 20:45 Post Game 21:30 Snapshots Cyprus Football 22:00 Lucas Oil On The Edge Super Modified Jet Boats 22:30 Wrecked Under The Wire

By Preston Wilder

Falling in Love (CyBC2, 21.00) Two of the greatest film stars of all time came together to produce ... this. Admittedly, Robert De Niro has always been awkward as an ordinary guy - he’s much better playing psychos - and his brusque down-toearthness makes a weird fit with Meryl Streep’s nervous bubbliness, at least if we’re talking love affairs. Bob and Meryl are New York commuters who ‘meet cute’ while Christmas-shopping for their respective families (their holiday packages get mixed up). “He’s a friend,” claims Meryl unconvincingly, “We take the train together” - but they soon find themselves behaving as per the title, even though both are married. “Sometimes magic is the only thing that’s real,” says

the trailer, but therein lies the problem: a story like this needs to be magical, and neither the contrived script nor the chemistry between the stars is strong enough to make that happen. “The movie is considered a modern version of Brief Encounter,” says the Internet Movie Database, neglecting to add “ people who’ve never seen Brief Encounter”. Made in 1984.

Do No Harm (Novacinema1, 22.00) Spot today’s link! You won’t get it, so I’ll just tell you: Deanna Russo is a New Jersey girl, and graduated from the same high school as (yes!) Meryl Streep. ‘Deanna who?’ you say - and you have a point, but the little-known Ms. Russo is the star of this little-known

06:00 Only Hits 8:00 MTV GreekLips 9:00 MTV Hollywood Heights 10:00 MTV Plain Jane (Commissioned Version) 11:00 Pure Local 12:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 12:30 MTV VHI Pop up Video 13:00 MTV Made 14:00 MTV Big Time Rush 14:30 MTV Victorious 15:00 MTV Hollywood Heights 16:00 MTV Crash Canyon 16:30 MTV Crash Canyon 17:00 MTV Pranked 17:30 MTV Pranked 18:00 S7S Lockdown Top10 18:30 Only Hits 19:00 Only Hits 20:00 MTV Movies & Stars 21:00 MTV Awkward 21:30 MTV Awkward 22:00 McCafé Music Project 22:30 MTV Awkward 23:00 MTV Underemployed00:00 MTV Jersey Shore01:00 Only Hits

made-for-TV thriller, playing a fashion designer who’s engaged to the perfect guy. Alas, Mr. Perfect goes on a business trip and dies in a plane crash, so Deanna (a) attempts suicide, (b) finds herself in a mental hospital and (c) bonds with therapist Lauren Holly who unfortunately (d) is a nutter who becomes unhealthily obsessed with our heroine. Say what you like about made-for-TV thrillers, they don’t stint in the plot department! Some may wonder why such an obvious bottom-of-the-barrel item gets a prime slot on Nova, others will go in expecting it to be daft and absurd, and be richly rewarded. “This movie was ultimately so bad that it was good,” concludes Lisa Marie Bowman on a site called Made in 2012.

Do No Harm

07:00 The Devil Makes Three 08:30 East Side, West Side 11:00 Rebel Without A Cause 13:30 Lovely To Look At 15:15 Show Boat 17:00 The Wreck Of The Mary Deare 18:45 Please Don’t Eat The Daisies 20:40 Village Of The Damned 22:00 Point Blank 23:30 Get Carter 01:25 Rich, Young And Pretty 03:00 Village Of The Damned 04:20 The Wreck Of The Mary Deare 06:05 Ride Him, Cowboy

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1 To practise, reheat cooked food (4,2) 4 Serviceable new fuels including uranium (6) 9 Spark of intelligence? (9) 10 Beastly fool (3) 11 Correctly in accordance with the true facts (7) 13 In the choir, a reredos that’s more unusual (5) 14 Important gesture if one is unable to follow (11) 18 Up to new unit on the left (5) 19 You would not care to be guilty of it (7) 21 Author of more than half the poems (3) 22 Clothed elaborately or in masquerade (7,2) 24 Plant opening by magic (6) 25 Ban despite being in favour of the offer (6)

1 Bleak to gain points at rugby (6) 2 Crude conflict is over (3) 3 Not suitable, having had insufficient exercise (5) 5 Round permutation of ciphers (7) 6 Aroma coming from newspaper in the country (9) 7 Reflected light from Ulster (6) 8 The woman is to meddle with a spongecake (5-6) 12 Cowardly accept the Italian as innocent (9) 15 Egyptian mummy at Aswan? (4,3) 16 Commotion behind us (6) 17 Endless dispute’s terribly silly (6) 20 Enthusiasm got us excited (5) 23 Expert swimmer (3)

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CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Prejudice; 8 Scot; 9 Pizzicato; 10 Seat; 13 Perón; 15 Penury; 16 Normal; 17 Decoct; 19 Adonis; 20 Early; 21 Wide; 24 Alligator; 25 Rows; 26 Twinkling. Down – 2 Ruin; 3 Jazz; 4 Dickey; 5 Cotton; 6 Screaming; 7 Stateless; 11 Spadework; 12 & 13 Knock-down price; 14 Noddy; 18 Tallow; 19 Albion; 22 Mail; 23 Moon.

QUICK: Across – 1 Worthless; 8 Chat; 9 Upgrading; 10 Brae; 13 Get on; 15 Mohair; 16 Ransom; 17 Oozing; 19 Caters; 20 Tonal; 21 Hobo; 24 White rose; 25 None; 26 Presenter. Down – 2 Oops; 3 Tort; 4 Ledger; 5 Senior; 6 Cherished; 7 Uttermost; 11 Smoothing; 12 Whizz-bang; 13 Giant; 14 Naval; 18 Gopher; 19 Cactus; 22 Wren; 23 Isle.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

The Sun and Venus are not quite side by side, but close enough for the next week to be mindful of their joint influence. This suggests that although your ruler Mars is urging you to push on Aries and take on new challenges, this duo are suggesting there may be some loose ends for you to attend to, perhaps in terms of a relationship issue.

Someone’s intensity may actually draw you to them all the quicker. This may not be someone with a lot to say about themselves, as much as a person with an aura that captivates you. They may have an innate sex appeal which you find totally fascinating. However, can you push yourself out of your comfort zone to chase them? Mars suggests you might.

You may have felt a little quieter or muted of late, but not a lot keeps the enthusiasm of a Sagittarius down for long, and there is likely to be a sparkle in your eye today. You can use this to good effect if you want to make things happen on the home front. Inviting friends or family around can be uplifting, especially if you have recent changes to show them.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Friends who are gregarious and outgoing may have captured your imagination this week, but one person may have been inclined to promise this, that and the other, but has failed to deliver on any of it. You may be philosophical about this, and the lesson could be to focus on the people you feel more comfortable with. One person who is irritable is best avoided.

Someone is making very soothing noises, but still you may worry what this means for you. But your guide planet Mercury may be partly responsible for this, rewinding as it is still, it may be inhibiting you when you need to be more open to life and love’s possibilities. However, Mars suggests there are rawer, deeper needs you may need to be assuage to.

Keep the diplomacy up with a family member that is struggling to see your viewpoint. Then again, perhaps you personally feel unsettled around where you live. This may just be your mood today, but if you encountered a restlessness last year, before the end of the month you may find that this has come back stronger. But why might this be?

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

That old maxim of not what you know but who you know, rings true today, a time when your contacts can be as important as any knowledge or experience you have. Reach out and network. Mars can also help you to be more proactive in linking with friends. But the surprising thing just now, is that anyone’s age and background may seem less important.

Mars can really perk you up, and give you a more combative approach to life in general. You may want to shake yourself up as much as anyone else, particularly if you have spent a lot of time analysing one set of issues. Perhaps you have been letting someone’s critique affect you far too much. Remember, your opinion is what really counts Libra.

You may have found yourself feeling quite erratic in the last 24 hours, but then this might be no bad thing if you are one of those Water Carriers that needs constant stimulation. If this part of you is not being sated, use the power of Mars to push yourself to break away from any restrictions you feel. A financial upturn is also possible.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

If there have been any snags in your desire to open up your situation, today can see you all the more determined to take a lead to overcome them. Fortunately, the Sun and Venus are close enough together for you to meld full on charm to your added drive. The leader in you is aroused, but you can also be subtle in your approach. A winning blend!

The irony today, is that although talk and thought planet Mercury continues to rewind, you may find it easier than you have recently to say how you feel, not just about more serious issues, but around your passions, your loves and even share your sense of fun. If there is someone you would like to know better, you may ask them out on a date.

You could encounter someone that you don’t quite know what to make of. Perhaps they approach life differently to you, or just have a larger than life persona. Indeed, someone may view you in this way. Despite being unsure, just wait a while before making your mind up. Behind the bluster could be someone you can eventually learn to respect.


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Nicosia - tel: 22 818583 fax: 22 676385 dull and stained, Marble, Terrazzo, Stone & Ceramic tiled fl oors and surfaces. Professional cleaning, repair & sealing of internal/external ceramic tiles & grout lines. For a free professional consultation & demonstration contact Mark at Premier on 70006766 All areas


Limassol - tel: 25 761117 fax: 25 761141

terrier mix. She is very small sized and very sweet and playful. Honey is looking for a loving family to be hers forever! She will remain small sized so she is ideal for a family with an apartment! For adoptions call 99 520 511 Monday-Friday between hours 10-2 or email





COUPLE FROM SRI LANKA are looking for a job living in or out. Any job,specially Nicosia area. Call 99953012 or 99485358

HIS & HERS 6 speed bikes for sale Rarely used Almost new and in excellent condition Bargain at €300 Tel: 99129750



1) GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY PLOT OF LAND FOR SALE 1,789 sq.m, IN THE AREA OF AGIA ZONI BUILDING FACTOR 140% WITH TITLE DEED. The land is located at a central point in the city, very close to various amenities and has excellent accessibility. Tel: 96885030 owner


1. Industrial freezer – CORECO Height 200cm, width 68cm, depth 58cm



2. PRIVATE TUITION experienced, UK-qualified teacher offers fulltime or part-time private home tuition in Maths, English, the Sciences, I.C.T., Geography, History, Business Studies and Economics, from KS3 to iGCSE, AS and A2 levels. 9 years experience in Cyprus; references available. Telephone 99318796 – Paphos ART AFTERNOONS Drawing Thursdays Painting Fridays Sketching Saturdays 14.30 – 17.30 IDC at Art Studio 55, Heroes Square, Limassol. Tel 99 409 829 ART ARCHITECTURE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION

Electrolux Freezer, model EUC3109X, width-595mm, height1800mm, depth- 623mm, freezing capacity-24kg/24hours, energy class A

3. CONVOTHERM OVEN modelOBG 6.10Combi Oven-Steamer with Gas Steam Generator Extra: Stand with stainless steel shelving, extractor fan, water supply system and gas installation connections, PLUS CHAFING TRAYS & THERMO BOXES, ALL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AT REDUCED PRICES. PLEASE CALL : 99622678

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MISCELLANEOUS MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT at Alfie T’s, 29 Tomb of the Kings Road, Paphos 7pm, 23rd March €25 per person includes 3 course meal telephone 99099254. CHARITY AVENT at Lucky Island Bar, Zaphos Court opposite Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave, Limassol on Sunday 10th March f1rom 10.30 am onwards. Raising funds for the home as it has to be re-housed or all 170 dogs will be destroyed. Raffle and prizes,Karaoke,Bingo,Live Elvis show,Auction,Bake sale,D.J. Music and more,Souvla dish for 4 euro,Games for children,Be there or be square!


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

PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING, also carpets, rugs and mattresses. Special offers now available. FREE STAIN GUARD FOR LIMITED TIME For a quote call Rickys Cleaning Services on 99131044 (all areas) / www.

************************** PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH PAINTER AND DECORATOR City and Guilds Advanced 46 years experience of interior and external finishes. Quality work, reliable, estimates and advice freely given. Tala based Phone Terry 96407703 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: www.kdfl

***************************** SWIFT SERVICE AND REPAIRS air-cons, commercial and domestic fridges and freezers, ice machines, cool rooms, supply and fi t air-cons VRV S. Call Nik on 99579602 Limassol

***************************** PAFOS 1) PLOTS OF LAND FOR SALE ANAVARGOS AREA GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY The plots can be sold as a single unit or individually. From 626 sq.m up to 776 sq.m with building factor 60% and title deeds. Mountain and sea view with nice villas developing around the area. Tel: 96885030 owner 2) COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE IN KATO PAFOS 96sq.m The shop is within the ‘’Limnaria Complex’’ and faces the main road Melina Mercouri Avenue It’s in good condition with suspended ceiling, recessed lighting, VRV AC, fitted carpet, motorised shutters, CCTV and more. Tel: 96885030 owner

***************************** LAND FOR SALE MITSERO. 7 skalas. 10% build. South facing, unobstructed views. Access road, water, electricity. Fenced compound with 48sq.meter timber framed 2 bedroom unit, septic tank, grey water system, storage, workshop. €135,000 mobile 99594205 PLOT FOR SALE IN KATO PLATRES in a pine tree area. It comes with title deeds, 1095 square feet. Tel. 99881051. DOG GROOMING BUSINESS FOR SALE Do you like animals? If you do you would love doing this. Well established client base for 7 years. Willing to train if needs require. Open to offers for a quick sale this includes training, equipment and transport. For more information please call: 96301768 FOR SALE LAND in Anthoupoli (half plot) 288 sq.metres. for information 99621554.


************************** DO YOU WANT A SHINY LOOKING FLOOR? Full repair & restoration of chipped, scratched,

HONEY is a 3 month old pincher/

***************************** FOR SALE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER/PRADO white 1998, exceptional condition inside and out. Many extras. Any inspection welcome. €7950 ono. Tel: 99680747 BLACK HONDA CBR1100XX SUPERBLACKBIRD registered new in June 2011 as new condition with 12000 km. Any inspection welcome. €6950. Call Philip 99680747


2) RESIDENTIAL LAND FOR SALE GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY The plot of land is located in the area of Foinikaria Total area 5,686 with a 20% Building Factor Tel: 96885030 owner

TOYOTA IQ 2009. Automatic 1ltre. White pearl, 33.000km. Medium tinted windows, Zenon lights. Perfect condition only €8500.00. Call 99511737




Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049


LOST HUSKY – PAPHOS Answers to the name of Chico went missing on Monday the 4th of February around the International School area chipped Paphiakos Animal Welfare have advised that many large dogs have been taken from the Mesogi/Anarvagos/Ttremithousa areas. Please call 99622678 if you have seen him

***************************** ENGLISH COCKER puppies for sale ( black girl and black and tan boy). Will be available for sale at the begining of April, with an excellent pedigree,vaccinated, microchipped, free from eye cataract, kidney failure and hips dysplasia.Living with a family with kids,other dogs and a cat( 450 euros). Also an adult black and tan female, fully vaccinated is given for free to the right home. For photos look at or call 99884578 Anna ( Nicosia) or e mail to

**************************** DILAN is a male dog approximately 2 years old. He is nice with kids and people. He is looking for a forever home. For adoptions call 99 520 511 Monday-Friday between hours 10-2 or email Visit by appointments only

PROPERTY TO LET NICOSIA ***************************** LUXURY FULLY - FURNISHED apartment for rent - Esperides Nicosia, 2-bedroom, all-appliances, airconditioned, parking. €850pcm. Contact 22-316275 or 99436275.

***************************** HOUSES/FLATS Mak/ssa lux., pool, 4 bedr., attic, offi ce, maid’s room, modern style, c/h a/c €2000 Engomi 4 bedr., house ff €1200 without €1000 Acropolis 4 bedr.,house, c/h a/c only €850 Whole fl oor apart., Agios Andreas, Acropolis, Engomi from €1000 Photos www.markidesestates. com Markides 22- 378898 / 99464764 Reg.No. 487 E 16


AGAPI is now in a foster home! She is very sweet and playful! Agapi is looking for a permanent home! For adoptions call 99 520 511 Monday-Friday or email

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. Tel: 99622370.




VICO KENNEL: Dog Training Centre and Boarding Kennel. Facebook VICO KENNEL. Tel. 97774377, Larnaca.

TO LET 1 bedroom upper floor house, large veranda near restaurant Periyiali in Acropolis 5 Aeantos Street €370 call 99680208



FOR SALE MOTOR VEHICLES HONDA 400 TWIN, blue, 1984 in very good condition, chrome exhausts, only 38.000 kms, road tax up to date, €900 o.n.o, please call : 99266282 - Paphos area.

NEW LUXURIOUS spacious (130m²), 2 bedrs flat, 2 balconies, 2 WC, indep. CH, solar system, A/C, granite floors, shutters, Italian kitchen and appliances, storeroom, covered parking in small quiet building (4 flats) in Ay. Dhometios 1.5km form Alfa-Mega Engomi. €590 p.m. Same building very large ONE bedr flat (75m²) with similar amenities €480 p.m. TEL:99 544141



FORD TRANSIT van very good condition (2005) many extras. Also high reach window cleaning poles (no Ladders Needed!) with 2 water trollies fitted with pumps. Ideal for cleaning high advertising signs. Both for €7,750.00 please call 99214848.

FLATS/HOUSES FOR RENT Ag. Andreas studio €290, Kennedy €300, 1bdrm Str/los €400, Makarios av. €500, 2 bdrm European University furnished top floor €600 Ag. Dometios ground floor + garden €450, Lycavitos furnished €530, Ag. Paylos rear house new-

Larnaca - tel: 24 652243 fax: 24 659982

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA ly built €450, 3bdrm M/ssa ground floor €700, Archangelos detached with pool €1,200, 4bdrm Kosta Theodorou new house €1,100, Ag. Andreas g/f €900, Ag. Omologites colonial traditional house pool €2,500. 21 property Finder Ltd. 99474839, 99646822, A.M.627 A.A.108/E

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

FOR RENT 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment in Larnaca near new hospital. €400 per month including service charge and refuse collection Call 99358916

TO LET NICOSIA website). 3. 3 bedr detached house with extra room for office, 250sq.m, central heating independent, 4 a/c, big renovated kitchen with cooker and oven, big sitting and dining room with parquet floor and fireplace, 1 bathroom, 2 shower, 3 wc, 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 – €1100 (H3MAK0004-R) (photos on the website) 4. 3 bedr luxury semi-detached house with character, 200sq.m, central heating, full ac, sitting and dining room with fireplace, 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 neighbourhood. Available middle of January. Agios Andreas - €1200 - H3AAD0001-R (photos on website). 5. 3 bedr luxury house, office space, attic room, with central heating, full a/c, separate kitchen, NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, 2 verandas, in a quiet area – Lakatamia

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TO LET NICOSIA €680 (H4LAK009-R), (photos in the website). 6. 3 bedr + attic room with shower and wc luxury detached house with central heating, a/c, fireplace, modern kitchen open plan with expensive electrical appliances, blinds, garden with grass, over flow swimming pool, covered parking in a quiet area. – Makedonitissa €1600 (H4MAK0023-R), (photos on the website). 7. 4 bedr luxury detached house with big sitting and dining room with parquet floor, separate big kitchen with family room and all the electrical appliances, small garden with grass and bbq area,3wc, central heating, full a/c, covered parking, in a very quiet neighborhood – Archangelos €1200 (H4AR0017-R), (photos in the website). 8. 3 bedr +office space partially renovated detached ground floor house, 280sq.m, central heating with oil, full a/c, 3wc, separate tv room, big sitting and dining area, big verandas around the house, bbq area, covered parking, private yard near the parking.– Strovolos €1200 (H4ST10048-R), (photos in the website).

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

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TO LET NICOSIA residence.- STROVOLOS €700 (H4ST10043-R), (photos in the website). 11. 4 bedr new luxury finished detached house with central heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, 2 bathrooms, big kitchen with cooker oven, dishwasher and big family room, aluminium shutters in all the house, separate big sitting and dining room with parquet floor, 2 covered parking, alarm system, big covered patio, SWIMMING POOL, in a newly built area near Falcon school – Strovolos €2000 (photos in the website). 12. 3 bedrs luxury 2 storey, FULLY RENOVATED LISTED HOUSE with high ceilings in the centre of Nicosia, 260sq.m, 2 small attic rooms, big sitting room upstairs, big sitting room and dining area downstairs, wooden floor, kitchen with all the electrical appliances, 2 bathrooms(one

TO LET NICOSIA en suite),3wc,CH independent, A/C, big garden – Nicosia Centre €1400 (H4NIC0002-R), (photos in the website). 13. 3 bedr upstairs and 2 separate bedrooms in the basement luxury detached house (all the bedrooms with en suite bathrooms/ shower), also separate kitchen and sitting room in the basement which also has separate entrance from the house, central heating, full a/c, solid parquet floor throughout house, big sitting and dining room with fireplace, big fully equipped kitchen with breakfast area and family room, big over flow, 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). 14. 4 bedr very big luxury semi de-

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA tached house 350sq.m, with big separate basement 80sq.m with 2 rooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Consists of big sitting and dining areas upstairs, big kitchen with big family room and breakfast area, big bedrooms, 3 showers, 1 bathroom, central heating, full a/c, black out blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking and patio with bbq in a very quiet neighbourhood close to Makarios football stadium. CAN BE RENTED FURNISHED, PARTIALLY FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED - Makedonitissa €1500(H4MAK0032-R), (photos in the website) 15. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, all the bedrooms very big and all with big bathroom/shower, sitting room upstairs, attic room with shower and wc, office space/ maid’s room with shower and wc, central heating, full AC,450sq.m, big sitting and dining areas, big kitchen with sitting area and fitted cooker and oven, 6wc, 2 covered parking, yard with tiles and SWIMMING POOL, bbq area in a very quiet neighbourhood near CYBC ( RIK) station and near a neighbourhood park – Platy Aglantzias €2500 (H4AGZ0005-R), (photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at w w which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225/96-422225/96422226,

***************************** LUXURY FLATS: 1. 3 bedr luxury finished spacious floor apartment with very big sitting and dining areas with family room with fire place, solid parquet floor all through, central heating independent, full a/c,


TO LET NICOSIA all the bedrooms with en suite shower/bathroom, 4wc, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances, blinds on all windows, big covered veranda, covered parking, big storage room, on a small 3 storey building in a quiet neighbourhood – Agios Andreas€1300 – A3AAD0005-R (photos on website). 2. 1 bedr spacious fully luxury renovated apartment,60sq.m, big sitting and dining room, big bedroom, fully newly modern furnished with LCD TV 32’, covered veranda, covered parking, storage heaters, full a/c, near Cyta, Laiki and Hellenic Bank headquarters – Dasoupolis €550 (photos in the website). 3. 2 bedr penthouse apartment, 100sq.m + 80sq.m veranda with flowers and bbq, big sitting and dining room with big 60” TV, storage heaters, full a/v, 2 wc, en suite bathroom/jacuzzi, roman blinds, cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine and refrigerator in the kitchen, covered parking, near Metro supermarket – Aglantzia €600 (photos in the website). 4. 2 bedr luxury ground floor apartment with central heatingindependent, full a/c, structure cabling internet and satellite network, FULLY MODERN EXPENSIVE FURNISHED, with 46”LCD TV, covered parking, double glazed windows, aluminium shutters, on Pericleous street near Klimataria traffic lights – Strovolos €650 (A2ST10054-R) (photos in the website) 5. 4 bedr new spacious luxury finished floor apartment with floor heating independent, full a/c, 3wc, electrical appliances in the kitchen, blinds on all windows, very big 50sq.m covered veranda, fireplace, covered parking

and big over floor heated covered swimming pool on the ground floor, on a small 3 storey building in a quiet neighbourhood near a playground and near Ippokration private hospital – Engomi €1500 (A4ENG0003-R) (photos in the website) 6. 1 bedr new luxury apartment in a modern building(TSENTAS),with central heating ind, 2 a/c, cooker and oven, refrigerator and washing machine in the kitchen, parquet floor, NICELY FURNISHED big covered veranda, big sitting room off Kyriakou Matsi street, 1 km from the centre €460 (A1AOM0002-R), (photos in the website). 7.

1 bedr cozy luxury apartment,60sq.m,parquet floor, nicely furnished ,all fitted electrical appliances (cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge), roman blinds, provisions for home cinema, big covered verandah, storage heaters, 2 a/c ,covered parking in Dasoupolis near Alpha Mega supermarket and Areteion hospital. – Dasoupoli €470 (A1DAS0009-R) (photos in the website)

8. 2 bedr spacious renovated apartment 100sq.m with separate big kitchen, air condition for hot and cold in all the rooms, covered veranda, nicely newly fully furnished , off Kyriakou Matsi street very close to the centre on foot– Agioi Omologites €500 (A2AOM0003-R) (photos in the website) 9. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining room, big bedrooms,

TO LET NICOSIA covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neighbourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE end of March – Acropolis €800 A2ACS0002-R (photos in the website) . 10. New luxury finished 1 bedr penthouse apartment with big verandah with nice view, in a small modern building,55sq.m,storage heaters,2 a/c, blinds on the windows, expensive electrical appliances(cooker, oven, extractor, refrigerator, washing machine, dryer),covered parking and storage room, off Kalippoleos street opposite Dessange Day Spa near the University – Lykavitos €420 (A1LYK0002-R), (photos in the website). 11. 3 bedrs luxury penthouse one floor apartment in a small building with 3 apartments,250sq.m plus big covered verandas, fire place, solid parquet floor,2 bathrooms,3 wc, cooker, oven, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher in the kitchen, CH independent, full a/c, big reception areas opening to the verandas, pressure system and 2 Pcovered with remote control entrance, walking distance to the centre very close to Debenhams €1300 (A3NIC0028-R), (photos in the website) 12. 2 bedr new modern luxury finished apartment with parquet floor, central heating independent, 2 a/c, modern kitchen with all fitted expensive electrical appliances, blinds on the windows, big covered veranda, FULLY NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking in a quiet neighbourhood off Kallipoleos Street - Lykavitos €700 (A2LYK0024-R) (photos on the website) 13. 3 bedr luxury penthouse apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, big sitting and dining room with fireplace,

TO LET NICOSIA separate kitchen, NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, big covered and uncovered veranda, covered parking, in Strovolos near the Municipal building - €650 (A3ST10014-R) (photos on the website) 14. 3 bedr spacious luxury finished apartment 150sq.m+30sq.m covered veranda, central heating independent with petrol, full wall a/c units, solid parquet floor, expensive electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3wc, curtains and blinds on windows, 3 COVERED PARKING, storage room, near Pizza Hut in Strovolos €1100 (photos in the website). 15. 3 bedrs luxury penthouse,165sq. m+80sq.m verandah with bbq, central heating ind, full AC, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, solid parquet floor all the flat, big kitchen with dining area, fully MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Athalassa Avenue near Stephanis Electrinics and English school – Strovolos €800 (A3ST10013-R) (photos in the website) 16. New luxury finished 4 bed PENTHOUSE apartment in a small modern building, 186sq. m+90sq.m big veranda with nice view, separate floor heating, fully air conditioned, 4wc, 2 en suite bedrooms with shower,1 bathroom, solid parquet floor all through, big sitting and dining areas with electric modern shutters opening to the veranda, fully equipped kitchen with expensive electrical appliances, 2 parking places (1 covered), in a very quiet neighbourhood ,near the Russian Embassy. AVAILABLE END OF MARCH –Engomi €1900 (A4ENG0005-R) (photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at

TO LET NICOSIA which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225 / 96-422225 / 96422226

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


LIMASSOL ***************************** FOR RENT IN IPSONAS near highway, first floor house. 3 bedrooms, C/H, A/C, fitted kitchen with all electrical appliances, and TV room. Roof garden with extra kitchen, BBQ, pergola. Rent €600pm. Tel 99672925

***************************** UN-DETACHED HOUSE for rent in Apshiou village, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, sitting room, bathroom with solar water heater. A/C, satellite, 15mins to roundabout. €350. Tel 25369219, work 10.30-17.30 25542968 home 99773151

***************************** NEW BIG FURNISHED STUDIO, in Katraki building, 100 metres from the sea and Debenhams Olympia, in Neapoli area. Tel: €350,00 (including common expenses), Tel: 99406415 Andreas.

***************************** TO LET Large 4 bedroom unfurnished house in the village of Asomatos nr Akrotiri Limassol. Fully A/C & Heating (storage heaters). 5 wc’s, large kitchen/diner, lounge and sitting room. Large loft with own shower/wc (suitable for office/playroom/gym). Carport - prominent position in cul-de-sac - lots of parking. €850 pcm (negotiable). Available from April 2013. Tel. 99831431


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***************************** FOR RENT 1,2,3,4,5 bedroom houses, flats and villas furnished or unfurnished and in some cases with swimming pool in all areas of Limassol town, Erimi, Episkopi, Kolossi, Ypsonas, Souni, Kivides, Agios Tihonas, Pyrkos, Pareklisia, Trahoni, Zakaki and Yermasoyia Tel: 99675752

***************************** FOR RENT 4 bedroom detached house situated in a quiet area of Erimi, with spacious, living area, kitchen, guest WC downstairs, and four bedrooms upstairs with en-suite master bedroom, and bathroom. It has central heating, and air-condition. beautiful garden and parking. €800. 99675752 FOR RENT 4 bedroom detached house in Episkopi, on top of a hill with panoramic views of Curium Beach and garden all around (very private). It has a spacious living area, separate kitchen, utility room, guest WC downstairs and four bedrooms with bathroom upstairs. Central heating, air-conditioning, parking. €750. (negotiable) Tel: 99 675752 FOR RENT five bedroom villa for rent in Agios Sylas (7 min-

utes from town of Limassol) detached with beautiful panoramic mountain and sea views. It has large sitting dining area, separate kitchen, utility room, office, laundry shoot, four w/c, en-suite master bedroom with walk-inwardrobe. Small kitchen area upstairs between bedrooms, large bedroom balconies. Central heating, air-conditioning, barbaque area. Also has a separate apartment below the house with small kitchen and shower with WC. A nice large gargen and covered parking. €1300. 99675752

***************************** TRADITIONAL VILLAGE STONE HOUSE IN APESHIA. Very quiet village, 20mins from Limassol. Road to heritage school/ Troodos. 2 bedrooms, office available top floor with veranda great view of mountains. Small courtyard with trees. Electric solar water. A/C-toilet in main bedroom. Semi/full furnished. Fitted kitchen with electrical appliances, fireplace. Toilet/ shower. €550pm negotiable. Tel 96891800. GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, furnished renovated this year. Laminated parke floor, and big

wardrobes in the 3 bedrooms. Rent €590.00 Tel 99497576 99886775

RENTAL PROPERTIES. From studio apartments to 5 bedroom villa’s for rent, all properties have detailed descriptions, professional photographs. Interactive Virtual/Video Tours. Please visit our website.


LARNACA 4. FOR RENT fully furnished 1 bedroom flat near Larco hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel 99202543 - License No. 419. LANDLORDS AVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY WITH US FOR FREE. Tel. 24815926 Email.

1 BEDROOM flat in Ermou Square area Larnaca - 2 bedroom flat in Phaneromenis area Larnaca. Call 96693375




1. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. 3 bedroom detached unfurnished property set on a fantastic development in the village of Tersefanou. Available for immediate occupation. Ref. TLL973. Tel 24815926 2. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. 2 bedroom fully furnished apartment, nr the Metro/American Academy Larnaca. Ref. TLL1654 Please call to arrange a viewing Tel. 24815926 3. – LARGE RANGE OF

STUDIOS FOR RENT Fully furnished renovated studios for rent at Dassoudi beach Limassol. They have air-condition, balcony and private parking area. Tel: 25-324800 (office hours)





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***************************** Tomb of the Kings – 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Immaculate, very high spec top floor apartment, Luxury furnished with Flatscreen TV’s in living room and bedrooms, lift, pool, beautiful development, fantastic location €425 pm Potima Bay – 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom Absolutely Stunning modern Villa with fireplace, utility room, salt water overflow pool, large undercover storage area, Outstanding sea and mountain

TO LET PAPHOS views, large private low maintenance plot €1600 pm Lower Peyia – Good size detached 3 bedroom Villa in lovely residential no through road, separate kitchen, well maintained, large balcony, private pool and garden with sea views €750 pm Universal - 2 bedroom fully furnished ground floor apartment, a/c, large bedrooms, communal pool, o/s parking €370 ono. Please contact us whatever your rental requirements as we have many other properties available. LANDLORDS/OWNERS – We always require more properties to list for waiting clients.Please call NOW: 96241965

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***************************** KISSONERGA, 3 bedroom villa, unfurnished, 2 bedroom upstairs one with en-suite+ extra w/c, 1 bedroom downstairs with ensuite, airconditoned throughout, garage for 2 cars, storage room, swimming pool, with established garden, quiet area, beautiful mountain and sea views, €600 p/m – o.n.o call : 99553741

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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS Sea & Mountain views. Suitable for Retired People, Long Lease, Unfurnished, Tel. 99490953, 26815534 PEYIA, luxury villa, 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully or part furnished, private pool, quiet location, paved garden area, sea and mountain views. Sky satellite, euro 650 ono, please call: 99771532 – no agents KILI – PAPHOS, 3 bedroom villa, with swimming pool and garden, unfurnished, gas central heating, large verandas, lovely mountain views, very quiet and tranquil area, ₏475 per month o.n.o. Call : 99479006

***************************** LOW COST, long term 3 bedroom bungalow, Polis area, Gialia village, on 3 acres of property, large variety of fruit trees, extremely private with panoramic



mountain and sea views, unfurnished, swimming pool, a/c and ďŹ replace, fence around the property â‚Ź550 per month ono – available from 1st of April For more info call: 99 442485

***************************** KISSONERGA - Beautiful Detached U/F 3 Bedroomed Villa, Large Pool, 2 Bedrooms Upstairs Master En-suite, Family Bathroom, modern Fitted Kitchen, Downstairs Bedroom with En-suite Shower room, Low maintenance Garden, Large Terraces and Separate Storage Room â‚Ź600. TALA - Modern 2 and 3 bedroom apartments U/F, P/F and F/F, some with communal pool, A/C, Separate Storage and own Parking â‚Ź325. TREMITHOUSA - Traditional Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom,


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6. KATO PAPHOS â‚Ź800 large 4 bedroom detached villa situated in the sought-after residential area of Limnaria. Walking distance to the beach and the many amenities of Kato Paphos. Spacious living accommodation offering an enclosed garden with c/pool. Fully furnished with modern furniture & solar panels. Website reference number: rtl_442 7. KAMARES TALA â‚Ź850 a stunning detached villa offering 4 bedrooms plus ofďŹ ce in a quiet & private residential area with large parking bay for numerous cars and covered off street parking. Offering spacious living accomodation and breathtaking views of the sea. This property includes a lift to all 4 oors. Lovely garden with spacious veranda & private pool. Available unfurnished. Photos on our website soon. Viewings highly recommended. 8. CHLORAKA â‚Ź2,200 substantial luxury 4 bedroom villa, spa-

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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS AYIA MARINOUDA a 3 bedroom villa with an additional loft room conversion with en suite. Property has a downstairs bedroom, sitting/dining area, separate utility area with granite work tops, 2 bedrooms on the top level master en suite. Central heating, AC, fly screens, private pool, enclosed and fenced garden. Ref: 1199 €900 MESOGI 4 bedroom villa with private pool, nice quality fixtures, granite work tops, separate utility room, downstairs bedroom with en suite, fireplace, ac, 3 upstairs bedroom master en suite, separate bath, nice views, pets welcome, offered unfurnished Ref 783 €700 CHLORAKA 4 bedroom large villa with quality fittings , furnished to a very high standard, downstairs bedroom, 3 upstairs, en suites, bathroom, private pool, decking, fantastic sea views, near Tombs of the Kings Ref: 806 €850 SECRET VALLEY 2 bed villas furnished or unfurnished with private pool, downstairs bedroom, kitchen , sitting/dining area, guest wc, upstairs large master bedroom with en suite bath, large veranda. Nice location with sea views and off street parking: Ref: 1198 €450 PEGEIA 4 bed villa unfurnished, 2 downstairs bedrooms, large sitting/dining area, Italian kitchen with white goods, 2 bedrooms upstairs with outside large veranda. Property is of a high standard with central heating, full AC, off street parking, private pool, stunning views, quiet location. Ref: 765 €900 MESOGI Large 3 bedroom apartment with full AC, bathroom, kitchen, separate utility room, clean and tidy building with without communal area, walking distance to all local amenities. Of-



fered unfurnished Ref: 818 €400

2 FYTI 3 bed, 3 bath furnished villa in a very quiet location. The property offers stylish accommodation and has many luxury features. Open plan living area with feature fireplace. Dining area. Large fully fitted L shaped kitchen with appliances and breakfast bar Doors out to rear garden and pool. Guest WC. Stairs up to 3 very spacious bedrooms. Master with ensuite. Family bathroom and storage cupboard. Stairs up to roof garden with panoramic views. Outside there is a feature pergola, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. Euros 700.00 a month.

SEA CAVES 2 bedroom town house, furnished with central heating, fire place, nice sea views, walking distance to Paphos the sea Ref 819 €300 Please call for a free viewing on Office 26600450 Mobile: 97614070 many more properties on our website at www. - Your Vision is our Mission LANDLORDS IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT, PLEASE CALL US!!!!!!

****************************** PEYIA – 3 bedroom villa with modern quality furniture and finishes. Central heating, sky, alarm, infinity pool and stunnning sea and mountain views €700 per month, call: 99389426

***************************** BRAND NEW APT, opposite Poseidonio Gym, near Carrefour, F/F, a/c, great quality, 1 bdrm, from €340p.m.Tel 99403261

****************************** RENTAL POINT - PAPHOS ***** PROPERTIES AVAILABLE TO RENT IN THE PAPHOS DISTRICT. JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF AVAILABLE PROPERTIES. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL. CALL 97648440 FOR MORE INFORMATION. LANDLORDS CALL IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY FOR RENT.!!! 1. MESA CHORIO– 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished ground floor apartment set on an elevated position on this prestigious development. Open plan living area. Good sized kitchen. 2 double , bedrooms, master with en-suite shower room. Family bathroom. Large patio areas with enclosed gardens and lovely sea views. Covered parking and security gates.. Comm swimming pool. Euros 400.00 per month

3. OLYMPUS ESTATE, NR TSADA – 3 bed, 2.5 bath furnished bungalow set on this prestigious estate. The house has central heating, A/C, fireplace, shutters & flyscreens. Spacious open plan living area with dining space. Large “L” shaped kitchen. 3 double bedrooms all leading to pool and gardens. Master with en-suite. Covered patio with sea and rural views, swimming pool and garden areas. Feature outside dining area. Breakfast area to the side of the property. Easy care gardens. Pool with Roman steps. Parking for 3 cars. Bargain price!!! Euros 800.00 per month furnished, unfurnished by arrangement at lower cost. 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 Euros 650.00 per month 5. AYIOS DEMITRIANOS (PO-

TO LET PAPHOS LEMI) – 3 bed, 2 bath furnished villa (bungalow style) set in a private and quiet location. Open plan living area with fireplace. Fully fitted kitchen with quality appliances. Utility room and storage. Master bedroom with adjacent shower. Two more double bedrooms with family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath. Garden areas, large terraces with outstanding views. Private pool 10x5, Covered parking. Euros 700.00 per month furnished, 650 unfurnished. 6. UNIVERSAL AREA. 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished penthouse apartment. Living area with dining space. Doors out to massive balcony area overlooking the pool and gardens. Fitted kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, master bedroom has ensuite shower. Family bathroom. A/C, Comm pool and parking. Euros 450.00 a month or offers. 7. LOWER PEYIA - 3 bed, 2.5 bath unfurnished villa situated in quiet cul du sac. Open plan living and dining area with doors out the to pool and garden. Very large breakfast fitted kitchen. Doors out to garden and pool. Separate guest WC. Stairs to 3 double bedrooms. Master bedroom very large with en-suite shower. Family bathroom. Private pool, gardens, shutters. Euros 550.00 per month or close offers only. 8. CHLORAKAS – 2 bed 1 bath large furnished apartment in quiet area. Spacious open plan living area with doors out to balcony. Good sized modern fitted kitchen and breakfast area. Small balcony off the kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Family bathroom. Offstreet parking, comm pool. Euros 380.00 per month. FOR FULL LISTINGS OF APARTMENTS/TOWNHOUSES AND VILLAS, PLEASE SEE www. ALL TYPES OF PROPERTY URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR LONG TERM RENTAL LANDLORDS/OWNERS PLEASE CALL WITH DETAILS PLEASE CALL 97648440 or email:-


PROPERTY FOR SALE NICOSIA ***************************** STROVOLOS, Symi street, Tseriou new one bedroom apartment, 55 sqm, large sunny balcony, airconditioned, private parking, lift, title deeds, reduced price €95.000 (including VAT) (no offers) tel: 99266282 (no agents)

***************************** FOR SALE upper floor house 210 sq.m built on 301 sq. m land, Lapatsa area, Pereous 1a. 4 bedrooms with attic room (not finished), c/h ,4 a/c, aluminium doors& window, covered parking and storage room. Price €310.000 pm call 22431095 99330632.


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Title deeds and many extras €240.000-neg phone Christos 25378504 or Mobile 99686661. SMART EASILY MAINTAINED BUNGALOW. Pano Kivides. 110 sq.m. 2 beds. Gas CH. Double glazing. Mains drainage. Plot 730 sq.m. Fruit trees flower beds. Large workshop. Jacuzzi. Car port. Open view. Easy drive to Limassol. TITLE DEEDS 187500 Tel 99995906. EXECUTIVE PENTHOUSE for sale in central Limassol (Glastonas Street area). Five minute walk to the beach. 4/5 bedrooms. Private rooftop walk-in swimming pool with large terraces and conservatory. Total area: 800m2 (300m2 covered) €825,000 negotiable Tel: 99169485 Photos & more info:

PAPHOS 2 BEDROOM top floor apartment built in 2006, 75 sqm, large sunny balcony with sea views, 2 bathrooms (en-suite), communal pool, air conditioning. Small block of 9 apartments, located behind darmart store, near the debenhams roundabout, underground private parking, storage room and lift, reduced price: €98.000 (including VAT) with title deeds (no agents) please call: 99266282



3 BEDROOM APARTMENT for sale with lounge/diner, separate large kitchen, bathroom plus en suite shower in well maintained small block with sea views from all rooms. Two balconies overlooking the lovely gardens, swimming pools and tennis court of the twin towers on the beach road just 80 mtrs from the beach.


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Opening hours is from 8pm till 2am Restaurant hours from 8pm Bingo starts at 9pm


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Sport IN BRIEF Spurs silence Thunder

London 2012 stars Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Britain’s Jessica Ennis took the prestigious World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards

Bolt, Ennis win Laureus awards By Pedro Fonseca JAMAICAN sprinter Usain Bolt and British heptathlete Jessica Ennis won the Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards on Monday night following their success at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The team of the year award went to Europe’s Ryder Cup team after their stunning victory over the United States at Medinah last September. Bolt, who also won the award in 2009 and 2010, won gold in the 100, 200 and 4x100 metres relay in London to

Top sports stars honoured at gala in Rio repeat his medal haul from Beijing. He was not there in person to receive the award at Rio’s Theatro Municipal but appeared via a hologram. Wearing a suit and tie and holding the trophy in his hands, Bolt promised to defend his Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio Games. “Definitely I will be here in 2016,” he said. Also nominated for the award was American swimmer Michael Phelps, who won four gold and two silver

medals in London to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps was given a new award for Exceptional Achievement, which he collected at the gala ceremony in the 2016 Olympics host city just hours after participating in a swimming class for children at a Rio slum. “Being able to be given an award from athletes who are icons in their sports, it’s just a tremendous honour,” Phelps said at a news conference. “My life just keeps get-

ting better and better.” Also nominated for the top sportsman award were British Olympic champions Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins, Formula 1 triple world champion Sebastian Vettel and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Great Britain won three prizes with Ennis, Andy Murray and Sebastian Coe. Ennis dominated the Olympic heptathlon and won the gold medal despite carrying the enormous pressure of home hopes at the Olympic stadium, while Mur-

ray won the breakthrough award after winning his first grand slam at the US Open as well as Olympic gold and silver medals in London. Coe, the chairman of the Organising Committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and also a Laureus World Sports Academy Member, received the lifetime achievement award. Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez received the comeback of the year award after winning the Olympic 400 metres hurdles gold medal in London, eight years after winning it for the first time in Athens.

Farrell fit and Morgan out for England’s title decider

Owen Farrell’s ice-cool temperament makes him ideally suited for what is certain to be a high-octane encounter

FLYHALF Owen Farrell has been passed fit to return to England’s lineup for Saturday’s Six Nations title decider against Wales in Cardiff and is likely to start despite Toby Flood kicking six out of six penalties in Sunday’s 1811 victory over Italy. The news was not so good for number eight Ben Morgan, who has lost his fitness battle after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. Coach Stuart Lancaster said that Farrell was available for selection and that he was also hopeful that locks Geoff Parling, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes would all recover from minor knocks for the Millennium Stadium decider (7pm).

Farrell missed Sunday’s game with a thigh strain and though Flood proved an able deputy, Farrell’s icecool temperament makes him ideally suited for what is certain to be a high-octane encounter. Wales will retain their title if they win by at least eight points, or seven points as long as England do not outscore them by three tries. A seven-point Welsh win combined with a two-try swing in England’s favour would see the championship shared. A narrower Welsh victory would give England their second title in three years while an England win would bring them their first grand slam since 2003. “We’ve got plenty to work

on. I don’t have to remind the players that we need to take the opportunities,” Lancaster told Sky Sports News having reviewed Sunday’s nervy Twickenham win. “We got to 15-3 and should have pulled away. We have to learn the lessons from that but our character at the end was positive.” While many of the Welsh side have experienced grand slam deciders and a World Cup semi-final, many of England’s have not even played at the Millennium Stadium. Lancaster, however, did not feel the difference would play a part. “We’ve still got a pretty inexperienced group but they have confidence and character,” he said.

TIAGO Splitter had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 105-93 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night at the AT&T Centre. Splitter went 9-for-11 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line in the highly anticipated matchup between the two best teams in the Western Conference. The Spurs (49-15) had five other players score in double figures. Kawhi Leonard had 17 points, Danny Green 16, Tim Duncan 13, Manu Ginobili 12 and Boris Diaw 11. Kevin Durant, the NBA’s scoring leader at 28.4 points per game, scored 26 for the Thunder (4717). Russell Westbrook added 25 points, and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Elsewhere, Spencer Hawes combined a season-high 24 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists and the Philadelphia 76ers ended a five-game losing streak with a 106-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 11 assists for the Sixers (24-39), who had dropped 12 of their previous 13 games. Evan Turner scored 16 and Dorell Wright 15 for Philadelphia, which shot 52.6 per cent and matched its season high of 31 assists, on 40 field goals. Deron Williams had 27 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who saw a three-game winning streak end.

Run fest ends in draw BANGLADESH drew the high-scoring first test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium yesterday to snap their 12-Test losing streak against the islanders. Chasing an improbable 268-run victory target, Bangladesh were 70 for one wicket when the teams agreed to a draw after five days of batting dominance. Only 19 wickets fell in the Test while eight centuries were scored, equalling the record set in the 2005 South Africa v West Indies Test at Antigua. The 1613 runs scored by both teams also made it the highest match-aggregate in a Test in Sri Lanka.

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Sport Champion Azarenka through after fight back

Nadal, Federer stay on track for desert showdown

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

Duo last met in 2012 Indian Wells semis By Mark Lamport-Stokes RAFA Nadal and Roger Federer stayed on track for a mouth-watering quarterfinal showdown at the BNP Paribas Open after they both advanced to the last 16. Spaniard Nadal, twice champion at Indian Wells, was gifted his spot when Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer withdrew with a back injury before the start of their third-round match. Federer, a four-times winne of the ATP Masters 1000 event, had minor back problems of his own but progressed with a commanding 6-3 6-1 victory over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in a contest lasting just 61 minutes. Federer and Nadal last met a year ago, also at Indian Wells, when the Swiss won a semi-final battle 6-3 6-4. Federer tweaked his back during the latter stages of his match against Dodig, but with a rest day to come, he was not worried that it could affect his last 16 match tonight. “It’s not the first time it’s happened in my career, so, I know how to deal with it,” said the world number two. Federer will next meet compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt 6-4 7-5 in an evening match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“I’m walking fine, I have a day off tomorrow. Everything is all right,” added Federer. “It’s happened during grand slams, during tournaments, in practice. “It’s just something you learn to deal with. And as long as I keep on playing, it’s all right. I also know I have a longer break to recover so, from that standpoint, I’m not worried at all.” World number five Nadal, who is competing in his first tournament on a hardcourt surface in almost a year, was saddened when he learned that Mayer had withdrawn. “That’s bad news, for sure, for the fans and for Mayer, especially,” said the Spaniard, who will next face Latvian Ernests Gulbis. “I talked with him. It seemed like it’s nothing very, very bad. “Just a typical back problem, beginning when he was warming up his serve. The physio says maybe in four days, five days he will be ready. “That’s the most important thing, that nothing is serious,” said the Spaniard, who was sidelined for seven months last year by a left knee injury. Though Nadal has beaten Gulbis in their four previous meetings, the Latvian looked forward to challenging the Spaniard after winning his 13th consecutive match on Monday.

“When was the last time I won 13 matches in a row?” 67th-ranked Gulbis said after fighting back to beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 5-7 6-3 6-4. “Of course he’s a great player, but I honestly believe that if I play my best game I can beat him. “I like to play against him because his ball and his heavy spin, it’s good for my timing. I don’t like it when the opponents hit flat, deep balls.” Second-seeded Federer, the defending champion at Indian Wells, improved his win-loss record this year to 12-3 after overcoming Dodig in their first meeting. Dodig gave the Swiss a tough challenge early on and the opening set went with serve until the eighth game when the Croatian made two consecutive double faults to be broken. Federer then needed four set points to serve out, finally clinching the set in 34 minutes with a service winner that left his opponent floundering. The Swiss maestro then took firm control, breaking Dodig in the first game, when the Croatian netted a backhand, and also in the third, when his opponent again double faulted. Federer sealed victory by breaking Dodig for a third time, the match ending on yet another double by the 60th-ranked Croatian.

Defending champion Roger Federer tweaked his back against Ivan Dodig but says it is only a minor problem

Hamilton: Alonso the man to beat By Alan Baldwin

Lewis Hamilton is desperate to add to his 2008 world title

LEWIS Hamilton has singled out Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso as the rival the Mercedes driver wants to beat more than any other man on the Formula One grid. The 2008 world champion told British reporters ahead of the Australian seasonopener in Melbourne this weekend that he saw the Spaniard as the fastest on the starting grid and the one he wanted to be judged against. The Briton said a duel with compatriot Jenson Button, the 2009 champion and Hamilton’s team mate for the past three years at McLaren, did not really excite him. “The rivalry between me and Fernando excites me more,” added the 28-yearold, who made a sensational Formula One debut as Alonso’s team mate at McLaren in 2007. “He’s the guy I want to

beat. You also want to beat (Red Bull’s triple champion) Seb (Vettel) as they are the ones with most titles. “But Alonso’s the fastest driver I can see. He’s also one of the most experienced. Anyone would struggle to beat him. Trying to finish ahead of Alonso, in a Ferrari that is actually really competitive, is a really nice challenge. And I do think the Ferrari is going to be quick this year,” said the Briton.

WELL OFF THE PACE Alonso was overall runnerup last season in a Ferrari that started the season well off the pace, losing out to Vettel by just three points. Hamilton - whose Mercedes may not be competitive enough to challenge for the championship this season - is the only team mate to have beaten Alonso, the 2005 and 2006 champion with Renault, over the course of a season.

The two finished level on points and with four race wins each at the end of 2007 but Hamilton was the overall runner up to Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen, who scored one point more, due to his having more second places. Their time together lasted only one bad-tempered season, with Alonso returning to Renault and then joining Ferrari, but any animosity between the two has long ceased. Button scored more points than Hamilton over their time together as team mates. In other comments, Hamilton made clear how much he wanted to return to the top, five years after his sole title to date. “We all want to be the one,” he said. “I was the one for a short period of time. Now it’s toppled over to Sebastian. But I want to be at the forefront. People see (seven time champion) Michael Schumacher as a god and that’s where I want to be.”

AUSTRALIAN Open champion Victoria Azarenka struggled to find her rhythm against Kirsten Flipkens in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open yesterday but finished strong to beat the Belgian 3-6 6-3 6-0. After the wayward start, the top seed and defending champion stormed through the final set, breaking her opponent’s serve in the first, third and fifth games before serving out for victory when a Flipkens backhand flew long. “Kirsten showed some incredible tennis and I did not play very well in the beginning,” Azarenka said courtside after improving her record this season to 16-0. “I just couldn’t get into a rhythm. “I wasn’t feeling very well today ... I just wanted to go to sleep instead of playing tennis,” the 23-year-old later told reporters. “I couldn’t breathe, and I was too stupid ... to use a tissue. “But she really played well. I have to give her credit. She came out firing, playing so freely and going for every possible shot there was. I just didn’t adjust well.” Asked how she had managed to rebound from her poor start, Azarenka replied: “I just blew out my nose, started breathing better, calmed down and started to see what I had to do, because before that I was kind of blinded.” The Belarusian is bidding to become the first woman to successfully defend the WTA title at Indian Wells since Martina Navratilova in 1991. Azarenka, who demolished Russian Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-3 in last year’s final, will next face Poland’s Urszula Radwanska, who earlier overcame American Jamie Hampton 6-0 7-6 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Fourth seed Angelique Kerber also advanced, heeding the advice of her coach to come from 1-4 down in the final set to beat Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 7-6. Told to rely on self-belief while concentrating on the strategy they had mapped out before the match, the German left-hander won five of the next seven games before clinching the tiebreak 7-4 on a hot morning. Kerber, a semi-finalist here last year when she lost to eventual champion Azarenka, will next meet Spaniard Garbine Muguruza Blanco, who swept past Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4 6-0. “Last time it was very tough so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy today,” said Kerber, who needed three sets to beat Wickmayer in their previous meeting.


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Players pay tribute to sacked Reading manager McDermott

Suarez ‘would be greatest not to win award’

Pays the price for back to back defeats to fellow strugglers

By Toby Davis

By Mark Bryans READING players have come out in support of former manager Brian McDermott after Russian owner Anton Zingarevich made the decision to axe the 51year-old on Monday. McDermott guided the Royals into the Barclays Premier League for only the second time in their history last season but they have struggled for form and now sit 19th, with only goals scored keeping them ahead of bottom side QPR. Zingarevich had consistently backed McDermott in public and the former Arsenal midfielder collected the Barclays Premier League manager of the month award in January after a run of one defeat in seven games for the Berkshire club. Reading released a statement on Monday afternoon announcing the decision and said the process to appoint a replacement was already under way. “Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season,” the statement read. “However, in our current situation, owner Anton Zin-

Brian McDermott guided the Royals into the Barclays Premier League for only the second time in their history last season but they have struggled for form and now sit 19th, with only goals scored keeping them ahead of bottom side QPR garevich felt that a change was necessary. “The search for a successor will start immediately and it is hoped that a new manager will be in place as soon as possible to lead the fight against potential relegation.” The club later announced that Academy head Eamonn Dolan would take charge of first-team matters going into the upcoming match against Manchester United. The Royals also confirmed that first-team coach Nigel

Gibbs had left the club he joined in 2006. McDermott paid the price for back-to-back home defeats against fellow strugglers Wigan and Aston Villa but experienced striker Jason Roberts was quick to thank McDermott for his work at the Madejski Stadium. “He’s a football man and a good man and I just think at this moment in time we take stock of what he has achieved and place on record our thanks,” he told

Sky Sports News. “I as an individual player and I’m sure the others would like to place on record their thanks for what he and his backroom team have achieved for us.” Fellow forward Noel Hunt took to Twitter to praise the out-going boss, Tweeting: “Want to say thanks to Brian for everything he did for me especially. He’s been a Great Manager, Man and Friend to me and will be missed!” With away games at Manchester United and Arsenal

the next two fixtures for Reading it remains to be seen if a replacement will be appointed before the trip to Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has been installed as the early bookmakers’ favourite and was amongst the crowd for the Royals’ 2-1 loss to Villa on Saturday, which proved to be McDermott’s last game in charge of the club he has worked for in a number of roles since 2000.

Tevez is Manchester City’s most consistent player, says Lescott By Andy Hampson

Carlos Tevez, who has scored in four straight games, hit an FA Cup hat-trick against Barnsley on Saturday

MANCHESTER City defender Joleon Lescott claims Carlos Tevez is ‘unplayable’ when he produces the form that destroyed Barnsley at the weekend. Tevez put aside his latest off-field problems - he was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified - to fire a hat-trick past the hapless npower Championship side in a 5-0 FA Cup rout at the Etihad Stadium. It was a performance for Lescott that rekindled memories of the excitement the Argentinian brought to the club when he switched from Manchester United in a controversial move in 2009. Tevez then became embroiled in a lengthy dispute with City last season but that seems long forgotten now with the 29-year-old, who has scored in four successive games, back to his best. Lescott said: “His performance doesn’t surprise me, to be honest. “He has been our most consistent player since

I joined the club. “In his first two years he carried the team on his back. “We won a lot of games by one goal, and that was down to Carlos - when he plays like that he is unplayable.” City’s victory took them through to the semifinals of the cup and, although they will have to play rivals United or Chelsea for a place in the final, it is their most obvious route to silverware. Having fallen 12 points behind United with just 10 games remaining in the Barclays Premier League, their chances of retaining their title look remote. Even though qualification for the Champions League has become an essential requirement for the club, Lescott’s chief aim is to get his hands on a trophy. The 30-year-old said: “Progression is the key. We’d love to win the league, and if that is not to be, the next best thing for us is the FA Cup, so we are determined to win that. “It’s great to play in the Champions League, but to win trophies is what the game is about.”

LIVERPOOL’S Luis Suarez will be the greatest player not to win one of England’s player of the year awards if he is overlooked this season, according to his captain Steven Gerrard. The tricky Uruguayan netted with an impudent finish in Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to take his season’s Premier League tally to 22, three clear of Manchester United’s Robin van Persie at the top of the scoring charts. Nonetheless, his inability to shake a pantomime villain tag that has dogged him since he arrived at the club from Ajax Amsterdam in 2011 means he is unlikely to be crowned the country’s best when the accolades are distributed. “He’s been doing that for us all season,” Gerrard said on the club website (www. yesterday after another match-winning display from Suarez, who scored Liverpool’s opener and won the penalty from which his captain netted the winner. “He’s top scorer in the league now and he’s been incredible. I can’t put into words how good he’s been. “If he doesn’t win an award this year, he’ll be the best player ever not to win an award.” The 26-year-old has been caught up in a hailstorm of negative publicity since he arrived at Liverpool having served a long-term ban in the Netherlands for biting an opponent. At Liverpool, he quickly garnered a reputation for going to ground too easily in the penalty area and was then hit with an eight-match ban after being found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing United’s Patrice Evra. While he has worked hard to shed the ‘diver’ tag, he still polarises opinion among fans and the media. On Sunday Suarez came up against one of his main opponents for a player of the year award, Gareth Bale, whose run of scoring in five successive Premier League games came to an end against a Liverpool side who worked hard to shut him out. The Wales international, who like Suarez has a reputation for diving, is the odds-on favourite to win both the player of the year award as well as that given out by English football writers. “Bale’s in top form and probably one of the best players in the world on current form,” Gerrard added. “But luckily enough, we’ve got a player who is as equally as good as him in Luis Suarez - and I think Luis may just pip him to Player of the Year, in my opinion.”

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Sport Stunning Altintop goal helps Galatasaray through

Medieval video fires up Malaga for Porto clash

Schalke 2 Galatasaray 3

Spaniards seek progress to convince owners By Mark Elkington MALAGA have used medieval imagery in a promotional video for their Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Porto, seeking inspiration for a historic performance from the Spanish debutants tonight. Goalkeeper Willy Caballero carries a shield, defender Jesus Gamez the club colours, and forward Julio Baptista hammers out a Malaga crest in a fiery forge, while the strapline challenges fans: ‘We are ready. Are you?’ The club from the Costa del Sol must overturn a 1-0 scoreline from the first leg in Portugal last month if they are to oust the two-time European champions, and continue their continental adventure into the quarterfinals. “We are at home, in front of our own fans and we have to make the most of it,” Malaga’s Porto-born midfielder Duda told reporters on Monday. “The players, the staff and everyone else knows this is the most important game in Malaga’s history.” It was only five years ago that Malaga were playing in the second division, but promotion in 2008, a takeover by Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, and a top-four finish last season have cata-

pulted the club into the big time. However, it has not been a smooth ride. Doubts over the commitment of the new owners have persisted with the sale of top players, while delayed payments to staff and other clubs has earned them a UEFA ban from future European competition for at least a season. Malaga are contesting the ruling and still lie fourth in La Liga after a 1-1 draw at Valladolid on Saturday. Experienced Argentina defender Martin Demichelis views further Champions League success as vital for the club’s future. “There is a little uncertainty,” he said last week. “A top-four finish and progress in the Champions League should help motivate the owners, who still seem a little isolated from it all. It would be a shame if this did not continue. “In two years we have gone from fighting to avoid relegation, to pursuing important objectives. The people of Malaga don’t want this to be a flash in the pan, and neither do we. For Malaga it is a dream come true.” Coach Manuel Pellegrini has a near full squad available with Baptista, Eliseu and Francisco Portillo all back after injury. Porto responded to a disappointing draw at Sport-

ing with a comfortable 2-0 win over Estoril on Friday, when they scored early goals and then entered into energy-saving mode. “We all have the ambition to win the Champions League,” Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho told the UEFA website. “Anyone who is at this stage has a desire to go as far as possible, but we’re not thinking further than the game against Malaga.” The influential Moutinho, who scored Porto’s first-leg winner, missed Porto’s last two matches with a thigh strain but is set to return for the trip to Malaga. Porto should be at full strength as bulky French centre back Mangala is also expected to recover from a shoulder injury. The Portuguese champions have promised to stick to their trademark attacking style. “We are a team able to score anywhere we go and if we do that we will have a good advantage,” Porto’s Argentine captain Lucho Gonzales told ESPN Argentina radio. “Our style of play is all about attack. We earned a slight advantage and will try and use it.” Lucho was in sync with his coach. “We go to Malaga to score, because that can secure the tie,” Vitor Pereira said.

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The influential Joao Moutinho (left) celebrates scoring the Portuguese giants’ first-leg winner

Nothing going right for hapless Napoli striker Cavani By Brian Homewood

Praying for a change of luck: Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is Serie A top scorer despite no goals in his last eight games

SERIE A top-scorer Edinson Cavani has hit the sort of barren patch which strikers dread when, no matter what they do, the ball seemingly refuses to go in the net. The Uruguayan completed his eighth game in all competitions without scoring on Sunday as Napoli lost 2-0 at Chievo, a goal drought which has coincided with his team’s drop in form. A missed second-half penalty summed up the Uruguayan’s plight, although a similar performance on another afternoon might easily have ended with him celebrating a hat-trick. “There are moments when the ball just does not want to go in, look at the penalty and Christian Puggioni’s save,” Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri told reporters. “This sort of spell, where nothing goes right, happens every year.”

Cavani had averaged more than one goal a game this season until the end of January, when his late winner ended Parma’s unbeaten home record. Napoli, three points behind leaders Juventus at the time, have fallen nine points adrift and are now in danger of losing second place, which guarantees a place in next season’s Champions League, to AC Milan. In between, they suffered an embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Czech side Viktoria Plzen. Cavani had an early chance on Sunday when he collected a long ball forward on the edge of the penalty area, only to see his left-foot shot saved by Puggioni. His frustration mounted when his low free kick was tipped away at the last minute by the goalkeeper, who saw it at the last second after it passed through a forest of legs. Events early in the second

half, when Chievo were already 2-0 ahead, confirmed it was not to be his day. Cavani sent one effort on the turn hopelessly high and wide, he inadvertently blocked a goalbound shot from a team mate. Hopes were raised when he won a penalty, only to see his low and powerful effort brilliantly turned away by Puggioni. He had one last try with a powerful volley, but Puggioni was again equal to it and produced another reflex save. “The training staff studied his penalties during the week and I chose the right angle and it worked out,” said Puggioni, clearly delighted. “He’s a great champion and sportsman and I asked him for his shirt after the match. You don’t save a penalty from that sort of player every day.” Mazzarri said Napoli were still doing better than expected this season especially after Ezequiel Lavezzi, who formed a lethal partnership with Cavani, joined PSG.

GALATASARAY reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League after edging out valiant Schalke at the Veltins-Arena last night. Despite taking an early lead through Roman Neustadter, the German side were ultimately undone by strikes from Hamit Altintop and Burak Yilmaz just before the break. Although Michel Bastos levelled just after the hour, Schalke still needed another as Gala had scored more away goals. Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba looked imperious early on and Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand had to be at his best to tip the striker’s fierce effort round the post. It seemed only a matter of time until the Schalke goal was breached but it was the hosts who took a 17-minute lead very much against the run of play. The visitors failed to clear their lines from a corner and Joel Matip played the ball back to Neustadter, who slotted home with his outstretched left foot. Wesley Sneijder served notice to the Gelsenkirchen side, however, when he fired narrowly wide from just inside the area before Altintop brought the tie back to life in the 37th minute. Drogba squared a free-kick to the Turkey international 25 yards from goal and his fierce blast went in off the post. And five minutes later, Gala had taken the lead when Burak shrugged off the challenge of Benedikt Howedes and lifted over Hildebrand for his eighth Champions League goal in as many games. Marco Hoger fired against the crossbar and although it looked like there would be no follow-up, Muslera fumbled and left Atsuto Uchida to square for the Brazilian to fire into an empty net. Sneijder went close to immediately regaining the lead for Gala but he hammered wide. It was Schalke who gained the upper hand thereafter, with Muslera slightly redeeming himself by smartly parrying away Julian Draxler’s effort. Gala then had to make a change as defender Semih Kaya was carried off the pitch having been knocked out. However, the hosts left themselves wide open to the counter in search of a winner and it was Gala who stole up the other end to make sure of their progress to the quarterfinal. Substitute Umut beat the offside trap in the fifth minute of injury time and beat Hildebrand at the second attempt to send the visitors wild with joy.

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Sport Arsenal seek unlikely escape route in Munich By Karolos Grohmann ARSENAL must stage one of the most unlikely Champions League comebacks if they are to advance at the expense of hosts Bayern Munich in their round of 16 second leg clash tonight. Bayern silenced the Gunners 3-1 in London last month to put themselves in the driving seat for a spot in the quarter-finals for the third time in the last four seasons. Only twice in the Champions League has a team lost the home leg of a knockout round match and survived by winning the away leg. Ajax Amsterdam did it in 1995-96 against Panathinaikos and Inter Milan did it in the last 16 in 2010-11 - coincidentally against Bayern. The Germans won 1-0 in Milan in the first leg, before losing 3-2 at home and going out on the away goals rule. Arsenal though have two goals to make up and must overcome the psychological disadvantage of having been completely outplayed by Bayern in north London - something coach Arsene Wenger was at pains to point out before the squad left for Germany. “We’re chasing the game in a very difficult environment against a team that has no doubts at all,” he said. “Our mentality is to go there, not resigned, but ambitious and provoke things, not go there and think ‘we will not qualify anyway’. “No, not at all. We will go to Munich and have to go there and give ourselves a chance to qualify with everybody believing we can do it.” Arsenal are without injured England midfielder Jack Wilshere and are also likely to be missing defender Bacary Sagna who is nursing a long-term leg injury though Germans Per Mertesacker and former Bayern player Lukas Podolski would love nothing more than a victory back in their homeland. “We have to behave on the

football pitch like a team who wants to do it. That will be the task in the preparation. How will we go into the game tactically? I haven’t decided yet. It will be with an ambitious plan, that is for sure.” “There have been a few wins by Arsenal in the Champions League that we are all very proud of. We just have to convince ourselves that we can do it in Munich as well,” he said. “Yes, the chance is small, but the chance makes the impossible possible. That would be a great credit for our team if we do it. We have to try to achieve it.” The Bavarians, on the other hand, are enjoying a sparkling season and despite three key absences, should advance to the quarter-finals and a step closer to a Wembley final. “At the moment everything seems to work perfectly,” said Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer after his team twice came from a goal down to beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2 on Saturday and go 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. “We showed courage to come back twice and that speaks volumes of our team spirit and our desire to win every game,” he said. Wary of last season’s implosion when they ended up with no title at all, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, however, warned of becoming complacent. “The Champions League does not forgive any mistakes,” Rummenigge told reporters. “We are enjoying great respect in Europe but we are still only in the round of 16. It is still a long road ahead of us.” Bayern, who have reached the final twice in the last three seasons, will be without injured winger Franck Ribery, enjoying his best season yet at Bayern. He will join suspended defender Jerome Boateng and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on the sidelines.

They think it’s all over: Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at the Emirates and now face a mountain to climb in Bavaria

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Victory: Messi celebrates scoring last night. Below: Villa

Messi inspires Barca to a thrilling victory By Iain Rogers


ARCELONA pulled off a remarkable Champions League comeback when Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-0 home win over AC Milan last night that sent the Spaniards through to the last eight 4-2 on aggregate. Trailing from last month’s last 16, first leg at the San Siro, Barca were ahead in the fifth minute at a raucous Nou Camp thanks to Messi’s brilliant curling effort and the World Player of the Year levelled the tie on aggregate five minutes before halftime with a powerful low drive. Barca ruthlessly dominated the Italians, who struggled to get the ball out of their own half for long periods, and David Villa struck a third for the hosts 10 minutes after the break before Jordi Alba killed off Milan with a breakaway goal in the second minute of added time. “We started really fired up, as you have seen. The early goal helped us a lot, but it was something we looked for from the first minute,” Villa

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told Spanish television. “We believed we could do it from the first minute, in fact from the final whistle of the last game. “We are delighted for the fans. We always believed we could do it. For them, and with them, we have done

it.” Roared on by close to 90,000 supporters inside their giant arena, fired-up Barca harried and hassled Milan from the start. The early goal they desperately needed arrived when Messi exchanged passes with Xavi on the edge of the Milan area and curled a brilliant shot into the top corner that left goalkeeper Christian Abbiati rooted to the spot. Milan were under increasing pressure and Abbiati palmed an Iniesta volley against the crossbar eight minutes later before a longrange Xavi strike flew narrowly wide. Barca’s intensity dipped as the half wore on and Milan came within a whisker of snatching the goal that would have meant the hosts needed to score at least three times to go through. Barcelona centre back Javier Mascherano misjudged a header and Milan striker M’Baye Niang raced clear but his low shot crashed back off the post with home keeper Victor Valdes beaten. Moments later Barca doubled their lead on the night

and drew level at 2-2 on aggregate. Andres Iniesta won the ball in midfield and fed Messi who smashed a low drive past Abbiati from just outside the penalty area. Barca continued to dominate in the second half and Villa justified his inclusion in the starting lineup when Xavi sent him clear on the right and he struck a perfect left-foot shot high into the corner. The Spain forward made way for Alexis Sanchez 15 minutes from time and it was the Chilean who set up Alba to fire home Barca’s fourth which eased the tension among the home fans and killed off Milan’s hopes. The Serie A side had pressed forward looking for the goal that would have sent them through but Barca held out relatively comfortably to keep alive their dream of a third European crown in five years.


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