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A race against time for Cyprus House convenes to fast-track bills under deadline from EU lenders By Elias Hazou


HE HOUSE will convene extraordinarily today to fast-track nine items of legislation designed to keep the local banking sector afloat and to prevent a mass outflow of deposits, after MPs asked for more time to study the bills. Last night’s plenary session was adjourned for today at 10am, meaning that by that time the House Finance Committee will have to speed-read through hundreds of pages of documents. It’s still not clear whether the bills – some or all – will be put to the vote today. Cyprus has three more days to enact measures aimed at consolidating its banking sector and raising some €5.8 billion on its own, a condition for getting a €10 billion bailout from the EU. The noose tightened a little more yesterday, after the European Central Bank said that come Monday it would cut off emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to Cyprus’ banks. “Thereafter, Emergency Liquidity Assistance could only be considered if an EU/ IMF programme is in place that would ensure the solvency of the concerned banks,” the ECB said in a statement. The most crucial bills drafted tabled yesterday concerned the creation of a National Solidarity Fund, a bill on the Resolution of

Credit Institutions, and a capital control bill designed to prevent an outflow of deposits from Cyprus when banks reopen. The establishment of a solidarity fund comes in the wake of parliament’s rejection of a controversial tax levy on banking deposits agreed by the government and the Eurogroup last Saturday. The fund would bundle state assets, including real estate, as well as future gas and oil revenues, as the basis for an emergency bond issue. It was agreed during a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and party leaders yesterday morning to discuss a ‘plan B’ that would save the economy from collapse. It’s understood the fund would take the form of a private company, so that its debt-issue is not counted toward the public debt. Reports said that pensions of semi-state enterprises would be nationalised, raising anywhere from €1 to €2 billion. The purpose of the fund is to “finance and/or bolster financial credit institutions, to promote and/or contribute to the capitalisation of credit institutions and/or promote and/or contribute to the financing of the Republic.” However, the most controversial bill relates to the resolution of banks, intended to avert the island’s second


Long queues outside Laiki cash machines lasted all day yesterday

(Christos Theodorides)

Laiki CEO: bank move will be a disaster for the economy By Stefanos Evripidou THE RESTRUCTURING of the island’s second largest bank into a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bank will mean the end of the Cyprus economy, warned Laiki Bank’s acting CEO Takis Phidias last night. He argued that a small haircut on deposits and an EU bailout would have kept the banks and businesses alive. The option now on the table will lead to loss of deposits and closure of businesses and higher unemployment, said Phidias.

The Laiki management team were last night informed in parliament that the government planned to table a bill proposed by the central bank governor to divide Laiki into a ‘good’ bank with only deposits of €100,000 or under, and a ‘bad’ bank where around €6 billion of uninsured deposits will be placed. Speaking to the Cyprus Mail after his briefing in parliament and on his way to a board meeting, Phidias said the current decision on Laiki “will be a disaster not just for the bank, but for the economy of Cyprus”.

He added: “We’re talking about €6 billion belonging to Cyprus depositors being transferred to the bad bank with little possibility of them recovering their money. We’re talking about a lot of businesses having their assets and accounts frozen. “Who gives anybody the right to say that someone with €100 million will get €100,000 back and someone with €80,000 will get it all? I’m not sure parliament has the right to decide this.” Phidias warned the impact on the


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25 years ago Thursday March 22, 1988

First display (a private screening) of motion pictures by Auguste and Louis Lumière.

Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, on the eve of his departure for London, has repeated that the UN Secretary General’s document of March 29, 1986 constitutes the maximum concession by the Turks for a settlement. Denktash will be leaving for London to attend a roundtable meeting organised by the Friends of Turkish Cyprus in the British Parliament.

1916 The last Emperor of China, Yuan Shikai, abdicates the throne and the Republic of China is restored.

35 years ago, Friday March 22, 1978 1956 Civil rights leader, the Reverend Martin Luther King, is convicted of organising an illegal boycott by black passengers of buses in the US state of Alabama.

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“We must inspire the confidence of Turkish Cypriots, convince them that they would be better off in a truly free Cyprus”, President Kyprianou told Greek and Cypriot officers of the National Guard yesterday. The President, accompanied by the Minister of Interior and Defence Christodoulos Veniamin, met the officers of the National Guard at the Hotel and Catering Institute.

45 years ago, Sunday March 22, 1968 Turkish Cypriot leaders are now familiar with President Makarios proposals for settling the Cyprus problem, it was reported yesterday. Radio broadcasts from Turkey said the UN Secretary general, U Thant, gave details of the Makarios proposals to two Turkish Cypriot leaders now in New York, Denktash and Orek.

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A race against time for Cyprus Eurogroup stands ready to discuss with the Cypriot authorities a draft new proposal (continued from front page) largest lender – Popular (Laiki) – from being declared insolvent once the ECB cuts off the tap. It aims to set up a ‘Resolution Fund’ which would be activated in the event that a bank is at risk of defaulting or not meeting capitalisation or liquidity requirements. The bill empowers the Central Bank to act as the ‘Resolution Authority’. In the event of a resolution, shareholders would be the first to take any losses, followed by creditors (depositors). It states: “creditors of an institution that is subject to resolution will not be in a worse financial position as a result of resolution measures compared to the position they would be in if the said institution was alternatively wound up.” The language suggests that a bank under resolution would be restructured and its assets sold to compensate uninsured deposits (over €100,000). In effect, it points to an orderly wind down of Popular. This ties in with reports that Popular’s restructuring would take the form of a ‘good bank’ ‘bad bank’, where the good bank would be left holding all performing loans and insured deposits, that is accounts with less than €100,000 in them. The bad bank would house all non-performing loans and accounts with more than €100,000 in them - those not protected by a deposit guarantee. One of the bills in the pipeline concerns a ‘special tax on credit institutions’ – a one-off bank levy, or haircut, on uninsured deposits. Earlier in the day, DISY deputy chairman Averof Neophytou said the scheme would secure 100 per cent of the insured deposits belonging to 361,000 people out of a total of 371,000. Passage of the bill would ensure that the 8,000 people employed by Popular would not lose their jobs, Neophytou said. The levy on deposits

AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou can’t take any more at parliament yesterday of over €100,000 in Popular would generate €2.3 billion out of the €5.8 billion that Cyprus must raise. According to online news outlet Stockwatch, the some 10,000 depositors with over €100,000 would see their money transferred to the ‘bad bank’ along with the other bad debt, but they would be compensated over the long term. The nine bills were hurriedly drafted after the Cabinet gave the go-ahead, as a succession of meetings took place at the Presidential Palace. Rumours during the day that Popular would be wound up rallied hundreds of protesters – the majority bank employees – outside the parliament building, cordoned off by the police. The demonstrators jostled with riot police, chanting slogans and holding up placards, one of which read: “No to the Fourth Reich” – an allusion to EU paymaster Germany, perceived as pulling the strings on a Cyprus bailout.

Popular imposed a €260 euro per day limit on ATM withdrawals to cope with high demand, as customers queued to withdraw funds on hearsay that the bank was to be closed down. The Central Bank later issued a statement denying the reports. In the evening, eurozone finance ministers held a teleconference to take stock on developments here. “The Eurogroup stands ready to discuss with the Cypriot authorities a draft new proposal, which it expects the Cyprus authorities to present as rapidly as possible,” it said in a statement. A spokesman for European Union Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn welcomed Cypriot authorities’ assurances that they would present in detail to the troika their alternative proposal for covering the part of Cyprus’ financing needs outside of the agreed financing envelope. “We are conditionally satisfied that the bills on bank resolution and restriction of capital movements are moving through the legislative process. Vice President Rehn has been calling for the immediate adoption of these laws, which are absolutely essential at the current juncture,” the spokesman said. “We now need to move into top gear and work intensively with the Cypriot government and our troika partners to design a viable alternative solution that can be acceptable to all euro area member states,” he concluded. Meanwhile the news from Moscow did not sound good. Finance Minister Michalis Sarris, in the Russian capital for talks on possible assistance, did not seem to have made much headway. Last night the Cyprus News Agency cited Russian officials as saying the only thing under discussion was an extension on an existing €2.5 billion loan. Sarris spoke on the phone with President Nicos Anastasiades earlier on in the evening.

Protesters tussle with police outside parliament last night

(Christos Theodorides)

‘We won’t be slaves to Germany’ By Stefanos Evripidou HUNDREDS OF Laiki Bank employees gathered outside parliament last night after word got out that the government had prepared a bill for the second largest bank on the island to undergo restructuring. As the sun set, news trickled out in the media of a plan to split the bank into a ‘good’ bank retaining healthy loans and a ‘bad’ bank which would take on ‘bad’ loans and work towards recovering as much money as possible. Around 500 Laiki employees and their families gathered in an impromptu demonstration outside parliament, where the newly-prepared bills were expected to be taken for discussion in the plenum. Some protesters managed to break through the police barricades and make their way to the parliament doors which were locked by police. Greek journalists covering the demonstration mocked the Cypriot media’s depiction of tussles outside parliament, suggesting they were more like polite handshakes compared to what they’ve seen in Athens. Protesters were furious about the lack of information about whether they would have a job tomorrow, and berated the absence of employees at the demo from other Cypriot banks. Demonstrators held banners saying, “Who’s

next?” and “We will not become Germany’s slaves” while shouting slogans like, “Today it’s us, tomorrow it will be your turn”. Head of the banking union ETYK, Loizos Hadjicostis, called on all bank employees to go to parliament today ahead of an expected vote on the bill for the resolution and recovery of Laiki Bank. He described yesterday’s developments as “unacceptable”. One Laiki employee, Demetra Veresies, 47, asked: “Who is responsible for this? The bankers? The golden boys? The MPs who vote bills without knowing what they are? The German government that wants to punish Cyprus for reasons unknown? Who?” Elena Constantinou, a Russian lawyer who’s been living 23 years in Cyprus, said she and her Russian friends from Limassol came to Nicosia to protest, without being employees of Laiki. “What Europe is doing is not at all an act of friendship. With friends like that, who needs enemies? Once we sign the memorandum, our children and grandchildren will live as slaves,” she said. “This is a third world war through the economy. The Italians will be next, and they know it,” added Constantinou. She called on President Nicos Anastasiades to go himself to Moscow to speak with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to seek a way out of the crisis instead of sending his finance minister.

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Home Fears cause ATM run By Peter Stevenson RUMOURS were circulating about the fate of Laiki Bank from early yesterday as long queues formed at almost every one of the bank’s ATMs islandwide. “There are rumours flying about that petrol stations have started demanding cash payments for fuel so I thought it would be best to draw some money out,” 49-year-old housewife Lisa Thoukidides told the Cyprus Mail. “On top of that there are more and more rumours circulating that the bank will default so it’s probably safer to get as much cash out as possible,” she said. For 27-year-old Pakistani student Sikander Azam it was the first time he was withdrawing money since news broke over the weekend about a possible haircut to deposits. “Today was the first I heard about Popular Bank possibly closing so I came to withdraw as much money as possible,” he said. A 60-year-old pensioner, Anna, expressed the hope that bankers and politicians showed their love for their country, as much as she loves it, in order to save the island. “I’ve been through tougher times and survived, like the invasion

in 1974, so I’m sure I’ll survive this,” she said. “I’m not withdrawing money out of panic but because I need money to buy things with, and right now it looks like most places are only accepting cash,” she added, noting that she feels a lot safer holding on to the cash herself. For some it was a case of following the example set by others, as 23-year-old Athina explained her decision to queue up was fuelled by fear. “After hearing the rumours about the possible closure of the bank I feared I would lose whatever little I had left in the bank and so I came to take it out,” she said. It was the second time within hours that she had made a bank-run after rumours began on Wednesday night. Kyriacos Panagos, a 26-year-old lawyer said he was ready to cut his losses and move to London. “I have been withdrawing as much money as possible since rumours began at the weekend,” he said. “As far as I’m aware one of our banks will be forced to close so I felt the best option would be to withdraw as much as I can,” he added. “I’m ready to move to London, it looks like Cyprus is dead.”

People queue up patiently at a Popular Bank ATM in Nicosia yesterday


‘A disaster for the economy’ (continued from front page) rest of the banking system would be severe: “The bank is a systemic bank and we believe this problem will be transferred to the other banks very quickly. “So effectively no bank will be able to operate normally from now on and I don’t really know until when.” Phidias argued the decision to break up Laiki was a political one that “has nothing to do with the financials”. He argued that Laiki’s restructuring plan devised by Alvarez and Marsal and submitted to the European Commission indicated that the bank had become profitable, if one took out of the equation its Greek operations, which are now in the process of be-

The bank chief said businesses would have been able to operate if a haircut on deposits had been implemented ing handed over to Greek banks. “The last decision that the Eurogroup took could have been implemented and could have provided the banks with ample liquidity to continue to operate normally,” he said, adding: “I’m sure Laiki would have been viable if we had support from the emergency liquidity assistance”. The bank chief said businesses would have been able to operate if a haircut on deposits had been implemented. A small bank levy would not have

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stopped businesses from operating but the current decision before parliament “will be disastrous for the economy of Cyprus”. Asked if a bank levy would have led to a loss of respect for the Cypriot banking system, he replied, somewhat candidly: “There is no respect for the banking system of Cyprus at all. I don’t think it would really undermine anything, it’s a matter of surviving, and enabling the businesses in Cyprus to survive.” Asked what will happen to Laiki if the current bill is passed, he said: “It will not open, and it will await for deposits and assets to be transferred to another bank. Those that will be transferred can operate in another bank, which-

ever bank that is, and the remainder will be frozen until a liquidator or I don’t know who will try to recover the bad loans. “I don’t think any loan will be good for too long. There will be no money to make good loan payments. If the bills are passed, the economy of Cyprus will never be the same ever again,” said the bank chief. Regarding the bill on capital constraints, he said: “How long can you actually keep limits on how much of your deposits you can withdraw on a daily basis? How long can you tell people you can only take €200 out a day? “First, this is not a democracy, and second, this is a raid on your deposits. You have money in the

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bank and you cannot take it from any bank, if this is a democracy, and this is Europe, then congratulations to the European Union.” Another Laiki employee who did not wish to be named said, before uninsured depositors risked a 10 per cent hit. Now, at best, they will get a 50 per cent haircut, at worst 90 per cent. “Even those insured depositors who get their money back. Will anyone keep their money in Cyprus after this? “The whole banking system will be destroyed. The cooperative bank has €5 billion in government bonds. We all know what will happen there. Nothing is secure, they just killed everyone, they killed

the market,” he said. “And what about the big companies that have deposits in Laiki. “Tomorrow they will lay off thousands of employees because they’ll only have access to €100,000”. The bank employee argued that the troika was demanding a bail-in for Cyprus because this was a quick way to shred the island’s banking sector and a litmus test for future bailouts.“They are testing the model for the next country that will need a bailout. Italy will be next, everyone knows that, and then France. “Italy has two trillion euro worth of loans. Do you think Germany has money to save it with a bailout? “So, they are testing the bail-in. Merkel’s adviser estimates that a 25 per cent bail-in on deposits will save Italy,” he said. He added, “I believe the whole euro system will collapse soon”.

CYPRUS MAIL Friday, March 22, 2013


Home S&P sends Cyprus deeper into junk status STANDARD & Poor’s cut the sovereign long-term foreign currency credit rating on Cyprus deeper into junk status on Thursday, lowering the rating to CCC from CCC-plus as the country struggles with a banking crisis. “We believe that in the absence of a credible alternative source of capital and fiscal financing, the risk of a disorderly credit event is rising,” S&P said in its statement. It added: “The downgrade mainly reflects our view of the acute problems in Cyprus’ banking sector”, noting that since early 2012, Cyprus’ domestic banks have repeatedly suffered losses because of write-downs on their holdings of Greek government bonds and credit losses on their Greek and domestic private-sector loans. “Neither the bank shareholders nor Cyprus’ government appear able on their own to meet the banks’ pressing capital needs. In the absence of foreign private or official capital injections into the Cypriot banks, we see few means to recapitalize the distressed portion of the system without converting bank liabilities, including deposits, into equity claims”. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup, which comprises the finance ministers of countries whose currency is the euro, yesterday urged Cyprus to present a new proposal on the bailout. The Cypriot government proposed to parliament on Thursday the creation of a “solidarity fund” based on revenues from hydrocarbon exploitation, bonds and other assets to help it raise the billions of euros needed to clinch an EU bailout. “We expect that over the next few days Cyprus and the Eurogroup or other partners could reach an alternative agreement,” S&P said before warning that there is the risk of renewed capital flight that would create the need for implementing capital controls. Cyprus is currently rated Caa3 with a negative outlook by Moody’s Investors Service and B by Fitch Ratings, also with a negative outlook. S&P also has a negative outlook on its new rating. The European Central Bank has provided a liquidity lifeline, allowing Cyprus’ banks to operate. However, that lifeline known as Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA), will be cut on Monday if no new deal is in place. If the ELA is cut and the Cypriot banks are unable to operate, large deposits could be wiped out. One senior EU official told Reuters this would probably force the country to abandon the euro.

Sarris stays mum after two days of talks in Moscow But Russians made it clear only the issue of the €2.5-billion loan was on the table By Elias Hazou

Finance Minister Michalis Sarris in the lobby of his hotel room in Moscow yesterday (AFP)

FINANCE Minister Michalis Sarris declined to comment late last night on whether he managed to secure a deal with Moscow after two-days of marathon talks. “No comment,” Sarris said when asked in his hotel lobby if a deal with Russia was secured. Sarris was meeting Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, after failing to agree on a deal on Wednesday. Quoting government sources, the Cyprus News Agency said Russian officials made it clear to Sarris that the only thing under discussion was extending an existing loan of €2.5 billion. Cyprus and Russia had been in urgent talks over a possible financial rescue. They were discussing possible cooperation in the banking and energy sectors. Earlier yesterday Sarris had said there were a lot of teams working on a number of issues including banks and natural gas. “We’ve

asked for help clearly, but something that would make also economic sense for Russia,” he added. Sarris was also seeking to extend and lower the cost of the existing €2.5 billion euro loan from Moscow. From Moscow, Sarris said talks revolved around various possible investments, perhaps even in the ‘Investment Solidarity Fund’ which the government has decided to set up. Working groups of Cypriot and Russian technocrats were busy trying to hammer out some arrangement. It’s understood that private Russian businessmen have been involved in the talks. Unconfirmed reports said that energy giant Gazprom was involved. Sarris said a clearer picture would emerge once the working groups handed a report to the respective ministers. “We are cautiously optimistic…we hope that they will express an interest on certain points,” he said yesterday morning. The minister ruled out a new Russian loan to Nicosia. That was not possible because it would increase the country’s debt to GDP

ratio; Cyprus’ EU partners have made it clear that the €5.8 billion the country must raise on its own to qualify for a €10 billion bailout cannot add to the national debt. A proposed bank tax, or haircut on deposits, would hit Russian investors here. The flight of Russian capital – an estimated €20 billion – from the island would destroy Cyprus’ status as a financial centre. But exactly how Moscow could help was unclear. Even if Sarris’ mission to Moscow brought results, it was always far from certain whether Cyprus’ eurozone partners – whose national parliaments must approve a bailout – would play ball. Sources told the Mail that Sarris was seeking to extract from the Russians at least a letter of intent that he could bring back with him to Nicosia. Commerce Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis was also in Moscow, officially for a tourism exhibition, but fuelling talk that access to untapped offshore gas reserves could be on the table as part of a deal for Russian aid.

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Home CYPRUS TODAY No cause for concern over the supply of medicines, ministry says DESPITE fear that the market will run out of medicines, the ministry of health yesterday said there was no cause for worry. There were claims yesterday morning that many private chemists were dangerously close to running out of stock because of low cash flow. These claims stated that a Cypriot pharmaceutical company would only supply private chemists with medical supplies if they paid in cash until the banks re-open. Panic was the result. The president of the Cyprus Drug Importers Association, Avgoustinos Potamidis said: “There is enough medical stock in the Cypriot market and we are expecting more supplies,” he said. “I would like to assure people that not one patient will be left without medicine because the supply of products will continue as normal. The only problem is that one company has changed the way in which it conducts business and asked that chemists pay with cash rather than by cheque. This company has invoices for small amounts of money so I am sure that the chemists will be able to pay for these supplies as they are also receiving cash from customers,” he added.

Cash demands by suppliers are harming small businesses SMALL shopkeepers union POVEK official Stefanos Koursaris yesterday said it was unfair for businesses to ask for cash payments at a time when there was a shortage of cash. “The only way that people can get cash is via ATM machines,” Koursari said. “There is a chain reaction going on. We must all keep calm and not make financial gain from a crisis situation. We must realise the magnitude of this problem and join together,” he said. Small shops and convenience stores are suffering the most from the banks remaining closed. A convenience store employee said: “We do not have to worry about where we will keep our cash until the banks open because we have to pay the suppliers with it. Some of them have threatened that they will not supply us with newspapers. They even said outright that they are taking advantage of a bad situation.”

Five days after Cyprus’ panicked leaders ordered banks to close their doors, credit cards are going out of fashion

In stricken Cyprus, cash becomes king Retailers with only Cypriot bank accounts say they are struggling to ship supplies in from abroad

Money transfer transactions up

By Costas Pitas

WITH the public unable to transfer their money through the banks since last Friday cash transfer services Western Union and Moneygram have seen an increase in business. Although their business has increased, the banking crisis on the island has meant both companies have suffered certain cash-flow problems. Andri Piripitsi, manager at Moneygram explained that the increase they had seen in money being sent was from parents to their children studying abroad and the money received on the island by students. “Business hasn’t increased dramatically but we are having our own problems as payments we have made to customers has come from our own pockets,” she said, referring to herself and the other managing staff of the branch. Western Union branches had a notable increase in business in the mornings but overall their business had not increased dramatically. “Parents have been sending their kids who are studying abroad money and students have received more money but not that much,” a Western Union representative told the Mail. “We’ve had some cash-flow problems but nothing unmanageable.”

FORGET THE plastic. In Cyprus, cash is king. “I plan to have at least 1,000 euros on me at all times,” Constantinos Tsissios, a 34-year-old banker, said at a downtown ATM in the capital, Nicosia. “We’ve taken as much out as we could,” he said on Thursday. “You don’t know what might happen over the next few days.” Five days after Cyprus’s panicked leaders ordered banks to close their doors, the fate of the financial system hangs in the balance and credit cards are going out of fashion. Reluctant to accept the promise of payment from customers, shop owners say wholesalers are demanding cash on delivery.

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Some petrol stations, too, are refusing credit cards. Retailers with only Cypriot bank accounts are struggling to ship supplies in from abroad. Gentlemanly arrangements are bridging the gap. “Because of what’s going on the suppliers ask for a small amount, say 50 per cent, in cash, so they can meet their costs,” said Federico Basonidis, a 25year-old worker at a kiosk selling cigarettes, newspapers and sweets. Spooked by an aborted bid to tax their savings, Cypriots are fast losing confidence that their money will still be there when - or if - banks reopen, on Tuesday at the earliest. Rumours on Thursday that one teetering bank would be allowed to fall saw queues grow at ATMs at a downtown branch, as


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staff behind locked doors replenished cash machines. Marinos Panaretou, a 36year-old retail manager, said he had withdrawn a maximum 500 euros every day since Saturday: “People feel safer if we have cash on us because you don’t know what you’re going to wake up to,” he said. Saturday was the day news broke of a proposed levy on savings to raise the 5.8 billion euros Cyprus’s lenders at the EU and International Monetary Fund want in exchange for a 10- billion euro lifeline to keep the island financially afloat. S i x t y - t h r e e - y e a r- o l d Christos Phasarias estimated he had lost thousands of euros worth of orders at his car-parts and accessories store: “We need to bring some orders in from abroad and they’re all standing by waiting for the transfer to be made so that the goods can leave,” he said. “There’s no bank to make the transfers, so we can’t

receive parts on time. It’s going to be a disaster.” Adamos Hadjiadamou of the Association of Cypriot Supermarkets said that the majority of suppliers had suspended the customary practice of providing goods to stores in return for payments received through credit and cheques. “We see this as unjustified,” he told Reuters. “What do we want to do? Destroy the market completely?” At one petrol forecourt, pump attendant Tassos Spingas turned away two motorists who did not have cash: “How will I know if there’s money in the account, when the banks are closed?” he asked. Others kept the faith: “We don’t have any problems,” Stavros Stavrou, chairman of national flag carrier Cyprus Airways, told Reuters. “We’ve come to an understanding that we’ll make payments that should have been made as soon as the banks open.”

OEV calls for swift decisions THE Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEV) yesterday urged all parties involved in taking decisions to limit the blow to the Cypriot economy. “We regret to notice that businesses are halting their activities as they are unable to perform transactions in any other form than cash, whether it is to pay suppliers or salaries,” OEV said. “We are confident that with European support Cyprus will be able to carry out all necessary reforms and meet its obligations towards the European Union in full. Failure to reach an agreement in the next few days will have devastating economic and social consequences for Cyprus and may escalate and threaten other European economies.”

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Home Turkey threatens challenge to Cypriot use of island’s natural gas reserves in bailout TURKEY could challenge any move by Cyprus to speed up offshore natural gas exploration as a way of attracting desperately needed investment to save its teetering economy, senior Turkish officials said yesterday. The EU has given the island until Monday to raise the billions of euros it needs to clinch an international bailout or face the collapse of its financial system and likely exit from the euro currency zone. Cyprus is in talks with Moscow over possible Russian investments. Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has identified the divided island’s offshore gas riches as one area in which Russia could invest in. “This resource belongs to two communities and the future of this resource can’t be subject to the will of southern Cyprus alone. (We) may act against such initiatives if necessary,” one of the Turkish officials told Reuters. “The exclusive use of this resource ... by Southern Cyprus is out of the question ... and unacceptable.” Cypriot efforts to monetise as yet undeveloped offshore gas fields and position them as a vital source of energy for Europe have raised tensions with Turkey, which demands a joint approach and a share of the revenue. “We are discussing all legal means ... We could take the case to the European Union but we will use all political and legal channels,” the official said without elaborating. Moscow would tighten its grip on European supplies if it invested in natural gas fields in the Mediterranean south of Cyprus as part of a deal to solve the island’s financial crisis. So far, some 200 billion cubic metres of natural gas worth $80 billion at current prices have been discovered in the Aphrodite gas field in Cypriot waters, although the figures still have to be audited. That would be enough to cover around 40 per cent of the European Union’s annual gas consumption. Cyprus hopes to start exporting in 2018, but energy analysts say extracting the gas will prove costly and slow, and Cypriot supplies may run into a global glut, with shale gas plentiful by then in North America, Russia and even Europe.

Hezbollah man is found guilty Verdict will add to the pressure for the EU to crack down on the organisation A MEMBER of Lebanese militant group and political party Hezbollah was yesterday found guilty of participating in a plot to attack Israeli citizens in Cyprus. The Limassol Criminal Court found 24-yearold Hossam Taleb Yaccoub, a dual LebaneseSwedish national, guilty on five charges including participation in a criminal organisation and participation in committing a crime. “Hezbollah’s purpose,in combination with the defendant’s actions, make the organisation a criminal one, not in regard to other random actions, but in relation with the defendant’s specific actions that concern Cyprus,” the court said. Yaccoub was arrested in Limassol last year, two weeks before a suicide bomber killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria in July. The attack was blamed on Hezbollah, a charge the group denied. He will be sentenced at a later hearing. Prosecutors said Yaccoub tracked the movements of Israeli tourists on the island, noting arrival times of flights from Israel and registration numbers of buses ferrying visitors to hotels. The defendant, whose code name was Wael, had been receiving orders from another Hezbollah member, Ayman. Between December 2011 and January 2012, Yaccoub received instructions to carry out six

Hossam Taleb Yaccoub (right), a dual Lebanese and Swedish citizen arrested in Limassol last year is escorted by police as he arrives at court (AFP) IN THE FAMILY COURT OF LEFKOSIA DIVORCE JURISDICTION Appl. No.: 44/13 BEFORE: G. A. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. Chr. Demetriou, Fam. Ct. J. F. Constanitinou, Fam. Ct. J. Between: DORA MAVRIKIOU of 9 MICHALAKIS KASOULIDES STREET Flat 43, Strovolos Applicant, and VAGN (VAOUN) PETERSEN, of Lefkosia Respondent. Ex-parte Application by the Applicant dated 25/2/13 Following the applicant of Messrs. D. A. Pavlides and Associates LLC, advocates for the applicant, THIS COURT having perused the application and the affidavit, dated 25/2/13 and 4/3/13 and having heard whatever was said by Mrs. V. Christoforou, HEREBY ISSUES AN ORDER PERMITTING the service of the application and the present order by publication in a Cypriot English daily newspaper and in particular the Cyprus Mail. In the publication, only the relief sought shall be mentioned and that the material facts, which the applicant invokes for the issue of the relief sought, are set out in the application. The Respondent may file a defence within 15 days from the days from the date of service. In the event the respondent fails to file a defence within the time specified hereinabove, any subsequent notice shall be deemed properly served if posted in the Court Notice Board for a period of five (5) continuous days. Costs in cause. The main application is fixed for service on 8/4/13 The date of 12/3/13 is cancelled. Issued on 4/3/13 Drawn up on 7.3.13 (sgd) G. A. Serghides, Pr. Fam. Ct. (sgd) Chr. Demetriou, Fam. Ct. J. (sgd) F. Cnstanitinou, Fam. Ct. J. True Copys (seal of the family Court of Lefkosia,Cyprus attaced) (sgd) Registrar IN THE FAMILY COURT OF LEFKOSIA DIVORCE JURISDICTION Appl. No.:44/2013 Between: DORA MAVRIKIOU of 9 MICHALAKIS KASOULIDES STREET Flat 43, Strovolos, Applicant, and VAGN (VAOUN) PETERSEN, of Lefkosia, Respondent. RELLEF SOUGHT: A. An Order of the Court dissolving the civil wedding between the parties which was celebrated in or about April 1981 at the Lemesos District Administration, on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown due to the continuous separation of the parties for a period in excess of four years. B. Any other relief which the Honourable Court deems reasonable and/or fair under the circumstances. C. The costs of the present Application, plus 18% VAT THE LEGAL BASIS OF THE APPLICATION: The present application is based on Cap. 279, on article 111.2.B(b) of the Constitution, as amended, on L. 23/90, section 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16, on the Family Courts Procedural Regulation of 1990, Rules. 2, 3, 5, 9 and 11, and on the General and Inherent Powers of the Honourable Court. FACTS: 1. The parties celebrated a civil wedding in or about April 1981 at the Lemesos District Administration Office. 2. The Applicant is Christian Orthodox and a Cypriot subject. The Respondent is Catholic and a Danish subject 3. After their marriage the parties settled in Lefkosia 4. They did not have any children from their marriage. 5. The relationship of the parties was quite good in the beginning, but in 2004 things became worse. The Respondant, who had different mentality and did not want adjust to local living condition, among other things, became indifferent to the Applicant and the family in general. 6. Their Relationship was quite good until the beginning 2004 when their relationship changed because of the behaviour of the Respondent, which was unacceptable and which, many times, was accompanied by vile expressions and swearing against the Applicant. 7. The abovementioned behaviour, despite the efforts of the Applicant to change things, became worse because the Respondent, in addition to the above, started swearing against the Applicant. 8. It is the contention of the Applicant that the abovementioned behaviour and conduct of the Respondent has resulted in the irretrievable break-up of the marriage causing a change in her feelings to such an extent that continuation of the marriage has become intolerable for the Applicant and goes beyond what is likely to be expected from any sane person, and the limit of mental endurance and sacrifice for the sake of preserving the marriage. 9. The abovementioned behaviour caused friction at home and as a result the parties could not communicate with one another and there was disagreement between the parties. 10. The separation of the parties occurred in or about November 2004 when the Respondent abandoned the matrimonial home and since then the parties have been living separately and continue to do so to date. 11. The above situation continued until November 2004 when the Respondent abandoned the matrimonial home and settled in an unknown address in Lefkosia and since then the parties have been living apart and this continues to date. 12. The Applicant considers his marriage dead. 13. For all the above reasons the Applicant filed the present Application and seeks from the Honourable Court the issue of an order in accordance with the relief sought. Address for Service: the Law Office of Mr. Demetrios A. Pavlides end Associates, 8 Agias Elenis Street, 1 st floor, Offices 102-103, Lefkosia. (sgd) DEMETRIOS A. PAVLlDES AND ASSOCIATES L.L.C. ADVOCATES Filed on 18/1 /2013 Fixed for directions on 8/4/2013 REGISTRAR To: Mr. VAGN (VAOUN) PETERSEN, of Lefkosia

missions in Cyprus. He had been on a mission in July 2012 when he was arrested. Yaccoub was told to pose as a businessman interested in trading Cypriot products but in reality he had been recording the movements of buses carrying Israeli tourists and flights. The 24-year-old communicated with the organisation through internet cafes in Nicosia and Limassol that did not have security cameras and did not ask for identity. Yaccoub had also been asked to locate a restaurant in Limassol that was frequented by Israelis. Yaccoub has not denied he is a member of Hezbollah or that he carried out courier duties for the organisation in Europe. He said he never plotted any crime but merely acted on the instructions of a handler, who always wore a mask whenever they met. The EU has so far resisted pressure from the United States and Israel to blacklist Hezbollah, arguing this could destabilise Lebanon’s fragile government and contribute to instability in the Middle East. But the guilty verdict would add to the pressure created by the bombing in Bulgaria for the 27-nation bloc to crack down on the organisation. Hezbollah, now a powerful part of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government, says the accusations against it are part of an Israeli smear campaign.

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Universe 80m years older than believed But core concepts of origin of cosmos on the right track Police officers work at the scene where two police helicopters crashed near the Olympic stadium in Berlin yesterday. One person was killed and four others injured after two helicopters collided while taking part in a

police training exercise in Berlin, the city’s fire brigade said. The accident occurred at a very low altitude in dense fog and snowfall near the Olympic Stadium in a western suburb of the German capital.

Television footage showed helicopter debris showering onto a sports field next to the stadium seconds after one of the helicopters had taken off from the spot. Houses and schools are located nearby (AFP)

Attack reopens Mali front for French A SUICIDE car-bomber killed a Malian soldier and wounded six others in a raid on the airport in Timbuktu overnight, just a day after Paris said a French-led campaign had nearly driven Islamists out of all of northern Mali. France said 10 Islamist fighters were killed in the raid on the ancient desert trading town, the first suicide attack there since French and Malian troops chased al Qaeda-linked militants from Timbuktu nearly two months ago. It comes weeks ahead of the planned start of France’s exit from Mali. Captain Samba Coulibaly, spokesman for Mali’s army in Timbuktu, said the Malian soldier was killed when an Islamist detonated a car bomb at a checkpoint near positions held by French soldiers controlling the airport. “We are mopping up to see if there are any other attackers in the area,” he added. The French military said French air support and troops took part in fighting overnight to repel the attack. There

were no French casualties. “About 10 terrorists were killed during this operation,” French army spokesman Thierry Burkhard said in Paris. A resident in the northern town said he heard two air strikes overnight and gunfire in the early morning but by 0900 GMT (9am local) fighting had stopped. French war planes flew overhead yesterday morning, he said. A French military officer in Mali, who asked not to be named, said some 30 Islamists took part in the raid. “It took a while but the result was good,” the officer said. However, Burkhard said two Malian soldiers had been slightly wounded by friendly fire when the French intervened. The French-led offensive in Mali has pushed a mix of Islamists out of the northern towns and the remote mountain bases they had occupied but the militants have hit back with several suicide attacks on newly freed towns. French President Francois Hollande

said late on Wednesday that French troops were in the last phase of operations and virtually all of Mali’s territory would be freed “within days”. African forces also operating in Mali said they had secured the Wagadou Forest, to the west of Timbuktu. A French diplomatic source told Reuters he believed the French operation was “in the final straight” in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountain range, near Algeria, where core Islamist leaders are believed to have fled. But the attack on Timbuktu - which had not previously seen the guerrillastyle attacks mounted in Gao and Kidal, northern Mali’s two other main towns - is likely to raise fears for plans by Paris to start withdrawing troops next month. Underscoring the pockets of Islamist resistance that are still holding out, the French defence ministry said late on Wednesday that about 15 militants had been killed in a week of operations in Gao region.

Russia tones down criticism of new US anti-missile shield plans RUSSIA signalled yesterday that a change in U.S. plans for a European anti-missile shield could help the two sides make progress towards resolving a dispute that has severely strained ties between them. Last Friday, the United States announced plans to deploy 14 new anti-missile interceptors in Alaska after

North Korea threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike, and said it would forgo development of a new interceptor that would have been deployed in central Europe. Cold War-era foes Moscow and Washington have long been at loggerheads over the shield in Europe, and President Barack Obama’s move in 2009 to scale down

earlier, Bush-administration plans only offered a short-lived respite. Russia’s main concern is that the European shield would weaken its nuclear deterrent. Russia’s Foreign Ministry point man for US relations said yesterday, the planned changes brought a new element to the issue and called for further dialogue




although they did not dispel Moscow’s concerns that US missile defences could threaten its security. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s remarks were more upbeat than Russia’s initial, critical reaction to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement of changes in U.S. global missile defence plans last Friday.

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NEW results from a look into the split second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought. But the core concepts of the cosmos - how it began, what it’s made of and where it’s going - seem to be on the right track. The findings released in Paris yesterday bolster a key theory called inflation, which says the universe burst from sub-atomic size to its now-observable expanse in a fraction of a second. The Big Bang is the most comprehensive theory of the universe’s beginning. According to it, the visible portion of the universe was smaller than an atom and in a split second it exploded, cooled and expanded rapidly, much faster than the speed of light. The European Space Agency’s Planck space probe looked back at the afterglow of the Big Bang, and those results have now added about 80 million years to the universe’s age, putting it 13.81 billion years old. The probe also found that the cosmos is expanding a bit slower than originally thought, has a little less of that mysterious dark energy than astronomers thought, and a little more normal matter. But scientists say those are small changes in calculations about the cosmos, nothing dramatic when dealing with numbers so massive. “We’ve uncovered a fundamental truth of the universe,” said George Esfthathiou, director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge who announced the Planck satellite mapping. “There’s less stuff that we

Fundamental truth: Kavli Institute for Cosmology director George Efstathiou don’t understand by a tiny amount.” The 900 million US dollars (£592 million) Planck space telescope was launched in 2009. It has spent 15 months mapping the sky, examining light fossils and sound echoes from the Big Bang by looking at the background radiation in the cosmos. The device is expected to keep transmitting data until late 2013, when it runs out of cooling fluid. Outside scientists said this result confirms on a universal scale what the announcement earlier this month by a different European group confirmed on a sub-atomic scale - that they had found the Higgs boson particle which explains mass in the universe. “What a wonderful triumph of the mathematical approach to describing nature,” said Brian Greene, a Columbia University physicist who was not part of the new research. “It’s an amazing story of discovery.”

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Britain BRITAIN TODAY ‘Abu Qatada detained amid terror probe’ RADICAL Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, whom Britain accuses of providing spiritual inspiration for one of the 9/11 hijackers and is trying to deport, was detained this month as part of an investigation into extremist material, police said yesterday. Qatada, who has been in and out of British jails for more than a decade and is wanted in his native Jordan over terrorism charges, was put back in custody two weeks ago for breaching tight bail conditions. “When we searched his house before his arrest, that was a police search in relation to investigation of publications to see (if there) was anything that breached a criminal threshold,” said Stuart Osborne, Britain’s Senior National Coordinator Counter Terrorism. “This was in relation to publications that may or may not be attributed to him. There is an awful lot of media that has to be looked through,” he told reporters, adding the publications were in a range of languages and related to some online material.

Murdoch rebuke MEDIA mogul Rupert Murdoch sharply criticised British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday for agreeing tougher press regulation, saying the new system was a “holy mess” and that Cameron had disappointed his supporters. Cameron struck a surprise deal on Monday with his junior coalition partners, the Lib Dems, and the opposition Labour party, that will allow a new regulator to be set up with the powers to levy large fines on newspapers and oblige them to print prominent apologies where appropriate. “UK holy mess with Internet unworkably included,” Murdoch wrote on social media site Twitter yestersday. “Cameron showing true colours shocking many supporters.”

Scotland independence plebiscite set for Sept. 2014 SNP faces uphill battle to win the referendum By Ian Mackenzie SCOTLAND will hold its independence referendum on Sept. 18, 2014, First Minister Alex Salmond said on Thursday, starting the countdown to a vote he hopes will take his nation of 5 million out of the United Kingdom. Salmond’s pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) won a majority in the Scottish parliament in May 2011 elections, giving the charismatic politician what he has called a “once-in-ageneration” chance to break ties with London. But the SNP faces an uphill battle to win the referendum, with opinion polls putting support for independence at

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond (L) addresses the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh yesterday about 30 per cent of the electorate in Scotland while about 50 per cent favour the status quo. The SNP complains that the British parliament, where members representing Scotland are a small minority because England has a much bigger population of 53 million, does not have the partic-

Welby enthroned as new Archbishop of Canterbury THE new spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans was enthroned by a female cleric yesterday, taking the helm at a time when the troubled church risks tearing itself apart over gay marriage and women bishops. In a colourful ceremony featuring African dancers, Punjabi music and Anglican hymns, Justin Welby, 57, officially became the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury under the gothic arches of Britain’s 900-year-old Canterbury Cathedral in front of a congregation that included heir-to-thethrone Prince Charles, Prime Minister David Cameron and other establishment figures. For the first time in the Christian church’s history, the priest who placed him on the diocesan throne in Canterbury - the mother church of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion was a woman, Archdeacon of Canterbury Sheila Watson. Another, male, priest then installed Welby in the chair of St. Augustine, marking his

ular interests of the Scottish people at heart. “A yes vote means a future where we can be certain, 100 per cent certain, that the people of Scotland will get the government that they vote for,” Salmond told the Scottish parliament in a speech announcing the date of the referendum.

“The choice becomes clearer with each passing day - the opportunity to use our vast resources and talent to build a better country, or to continue with a Westminster system that simply isn’t working for Scotland.” The SNP argues that North Sea Oil revenues combined with the local farming, fishing

and whisky industries would enable an independent Scotland to prosper. But other parties in Edinburgh and the London government say both Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom would lose out. Critics of the SNP say oil reserves are dwindling and Scotland would lose the disproportionately generous share of taxpayer money raised across Britain that it currently receives. Scottish secession would pose serious challenges to the remainder of the United Kingdom, such as what to do about its Trident nuclear submarine fleet which is based in Scotland. There would also be big uncertainties for Scotland itself, such as whether it would be allowed to remain part of the European Union or whether it would have to negotiate reentry. The broad terms of the referendum were agreed by Salmond and British Prime Minister David Cameron last October. Voters will be asked a single question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”


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inauguration as Primate of All England and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Welby, who is against gay marriage but favours ordination of women as bishops, now faces a tough balancing act to keep the 80 million-strong Anglican Communion together. The liberal clerics in the US and UK are at odds with conservatives in Africa and elsewhere over those issues, and his handling of the dispute is set to dominate his tenure.

Osborne homes package carries risks A BRITISH government plan to promote economic recovery by helping home-buyers carries some risk of fuelling a new housing bubble and incurring taxpayer losses, industry executives and analysts said yesterday. Under the plan announced on Wednesday, the government will shoulder the risk of billions of pounds in mortgages by allowing Britons to buy homes with only small down payments. “It’s a gamble,” said Mark Farmer, head of private residential at building consultancy EC Harris. “If people start defaulting on their mortgages ... then the taxpayer will end up bailing them out.” Britain’s housing market has been weak since the financial crisis struck five years ago, hurt by austerity measures, near-zero growth

in the economy and a reluctance by banks to lend. Construction of new homes has also been slow. The new scheme, called ‘Help to Buy’, involves the government guaranteeing up to £130 billion ($197 billion) of higher-risk mortgages from 2014 for three years, which property consultancy Savills said could increase mortgagereliant sales by 34 per cent. That will allow banks to provide more loans to people without the 20-30 per cent deposits that have become a common demand of borrowers since the crisis. The government also committed £3.5 billion over three years to shared equity loans for newly-built homes worth less than £600,000, allowing buyers to purchase them with a 5 per cent deposit.

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Gillard survives a crisis of leadership AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Julia Gillard stared down a leadership crisis yesterday and ensured she will lead the government into a September 14 election after she called a surprise leadership vote over her chief rival Kevin Rudd. Gillard stamped her authority on the governing Labour Party by being reelected unopposed after Rudd conceded he did not have the numbers to topple her. Treasurer Wayne Swan was re-elected unopposed as deputy prime minister. The dramatic move to call on a leadership vote came after months of leadership destabilisation, with Rudd’s supporters pushing for a change to help revive the party’s ailing fortunes in the polls. “Today, the leadership of our political party, the Labour Party, has been settled and settled in the most conclusive fashion possible,” Gillard told reporters. “The whole business is completely at an end. It has ended now.” The Labour Party has now endorsed Gillard over Rudd in three leadership votes. But Gillard faces the prospect of trying to unify a deeply divided party and turning around opinion polls which show her government will be easily defeated in the general election. “I think they’re terminal. There is no way out of this,” political analyst Nick Economou told Reuters, adding the leadership tension reinforced perceptions that the conservative opposition would easily win the election.

Australian PM Gillard addresses a press conference in Canberra yesterday (AFP) Gillard’s leadership has been under threat for most of the past two years as her minority government lumbered from one crisis to another, despite an economy which avoided recession after the 2008 global crisis and which has seen 21 years of continuous growth. Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, replaced Rudd in a party coup in June 2010. The dumping of Rudd, an elected prime minister, angered many voters who have never forgiven Gillard for the way she became leader. Gillard defeated Rudd a second time in a leadership vote in February 2012, prompting Rudd to promise at the time that he would not challenge and would only take on the leadership again with the overwhelming support of his party. Rudd yesterday conceded he did not have the numbers to win a comprehensive victory over Gillard.

Bollywood star jailed on gun charge BOLLYWOOD actor Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai. India’s Supreme Court ordered Dutt to surrender to police within four weeks on the charge of possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in the bombing. The actor’s case was part of a sprawling Mumbai bombings trial that has dragged on for 18 years. Dutt maintains he knew nothing about the bomb plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family after receiving threats during sectarian riots in the city. He served 18 months in jail in 2007 for arms offences. The 53-year-old actor has appeared in dozens of films including some of Bollywood’s highest grossing of all time.

Chief Operating Officer Center for Visual Arts and Research The newly established Center for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in the historic walled city of Nicosia seeks a dynamic and team-oriented professional to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO). CVAR will provide a platform for the exploration of Cyprus’ cultural heritage through visual and creative arts, including by hosting a unique collection of paintings and artifacts that highlight the island’s multicultural past and through a varied schedule of exhibitions and programs. Additionally, CVAR will support research and scholarship in related fields of study.

Black smoke rises from burning buildings as residents ride motorcycles in a street in riot-hit Meiktila,

central Myanmar yesterday. At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, a local MP said, in

the worst communal violence since Buddhist-Muslim clashes in western Rakhine state last year. (AFP)

UN is ordered to pay $65k to whistleblower By Michelle Nichols A U.N. whistleblower has been awarded 2 per cent of the $3.2 million he wanted by a tribunal that found U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Ethics Office failed to properly review claims he suffered retaliation for alleging U.N. corruption in Kosovo. The whistleblower, American James Wasserstrom, described the award of $65,000 as disappointing and said yesterday it sends the wrong message to other UN staff contemplating speaking out. Wasserstrom had headed a UN agency overseeing publicly owned companies in Kosovo and drew attention to suspicions of a kickback scheme. “What this does is it sends a truly ghastly message to whistleblowers inside the UN,” said Wasserstrom. “Here is a decision that has no financial consequences for the UN

‘Award sends ghastly signal to would-be whistleblowers’ to speak of, it’s so small, it’s a dozen plane tickets.” “There are no consequences for retaliators and there are enormous risks for whistleblowers, so where’s the incentive to come forward and clean up whatever corruption or mess you uncover,” he said. Wasserstrom, who now works at the US Embassy in Kabul, said he was considering an appeal. A spokesman for Ban said that the judgement of the UN Dispute Tribunal would not be final until it was confirmed by the UN Appeals Tribunal. He said the UNwas examining the judgement to determine whether it would appeal. Wasserstrom complained in 2007 to the Ethics Office that

he suffered retaliation for reporting alleged misconduct while head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Oversight of Publicly Owned Enterprises in Kosovo. He had told the United Nations he was concerned about corporate governance in Kosovo and alleged the possibility of a kickback scheme tied to a proposed power plant and mine that involved top politicians and senior UN officials. Instead of being protected as a whistleblower, Wasserstrom claimed he suffered retaliation, which started with his UN public utility watchdog office in Kosovo being shut down and his UN contract not being renewed. Wasserstrom quickly took a


Reporting to the Executive Director, the incumbent will be responsible for planning, operations and fund raising. The COO will develop and implement strategic, communications and stakeholder-management plans; will direct and coordinate the operations of CVAR; and will work to assure CVAR’s financial sustainability.

Request for Proposals Design and Development of Three Interconnected Websites for the Costas and Rita Severis Foundation

Candidates for the COO position should have at least a B.A. degree in a relevant field; should be able to demonstrate evidence of progressively responsible experience with at least 5 years in a significant leadership position; and should possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Experience in a cultural or non-profit institution or in the field of arts management preferred. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Costas and Rita Severis Foundation (the Foundation) is soliciting proposals for the design and development of three interconnected websites for the Foundation, its Center for Visual Arts and Research and the Sharing History, Art, Research and Education (SHARE) initiative.

More information on the position is available at Those interested in applying should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by April 19, 2013, to: ADDRESS: P.O. Box 21139 1502 Nicosia, Cyprus FAX: +357 22 663317 EMAIL:

To obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals, please send an email to with the Subject Line: Request Tender Documents.

Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No

phone calls please.

Completed tender documents must be submitted to the Foundation at and received by the Foundation before Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm. Questions will be entertained until Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm. Answers will be shared with all those who have requested tender documents by Monday, April 15, 2013.

job advising Pristina airport and Kosovo’s telecommunications industry. This contract sparked an investigation by the UN, during which Wasserstrom says his passport was taken away, his car and home were searched without a warrant and he was treated like a potential criminal. The Ethics Office found there was a prima facie, or self-evident, case of retaliation and asked the UN Investigations Division to probe further. But after receiving its report in 2008, the Ethics Office concluded there was no retaliation. The Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit whistleblower watchdog, found the UN Ethics Office has dealt with nearly 300 complaints of retaliation since it was created in 2006. A prima facie case of retaliation was found in about 2.7 per cent of cases, but relief only recommended in one case.

Deadly blast at Pakistani camp AT least seventeen people were killed by a car bomb as they waited for food at a camp in northwest Pakistan for those displaced by fighting between government forces and Islamist militants, police said. The bomb exploded yesterday in the Jalozai camp in Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an area bordering Afghanistan and a stronghold for insurgents bent on toppling Pakistan’s US-backed government. Thirty-three people were reportedly wounded.

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Obama makes direct peace plea to Israelis US president: settlements hurt peace prospects By Steve Holland and Jeffrey Heller U.S. President Barack Obama appealed directly yesterday to the Israeli people to put themselves in the shoes of stateless Palestinians and recognise that Jewish settlement activity in occupied territory hurts prospects for peace. In a showcase speech in Jerusalem to Israeli university students, Obama coupled his plea with an acknowledgement of the Jewish state’s security concerns in a region destabilised by the West’s nuclear standoff with Iran and civil war in Syria. But he urged Israel’s younger generation to demand that their politicians take risks for peace in an address interrupted frequently by applause, including a standing ovation for the president during a brief outburst by a heckler. “You must create the change that you want to see,” he told his youthful audience. Obama, on his first official visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank, said only peace could bring true security, but he did not offer any new ideas on how to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, stalled since 2010. “Given the demographics west of the Jordan River, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realisation of an independent and viable Palestine,” he said. It was a clear warning that Israel’s continued hold over the West Bank, territory captured along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, would ultimately lead to an Arab majority in land controlled by the Jewish state. “Israelis must recognise that continued settlement activity is counterproductive to the cause of peace, and that an independent Palestine must be viable, that real borders will have to be drawn,” Obama

US President Obama (R) and Palestinian President Abbas review the honour guard during an arrival ceremony at the Palestinian Authority HQ in Ramallah yesterday (AFP) said, stopping short of calling for a construction freeze. “Put yourself in their (Palestinians’) shoes. Look at the world through their eyes,” he said. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day.” Obama has received an effusive welcome in Israel since his arrival on Wednesday, hoping to reset his troubled relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has also faced the tough task of winning over sceptical Israelis after his initial outreach to the Arab world and Iran on first taking office in 2009. “America will do what we must to prevent a nuclear Iran,” he told his enthusiastic audience, adding that Washington and its allies still thought there was time for a diplomatic solution. Earlier, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Obama voiced opposition to settlement building but pressed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to drop his demand for a freeze before peace talks can resume.

“My argument is, even though both sides may have areas of strong disagreement, may be engaging in activities that the other side thinks is a breach of good faith, we have to push through those things to try to get an agreement,” Obama said. The core issue now, he said, was how to achieve sovereignty for Palestinians and security for Israelis. “That’s not to say settlements aren’t important. That’s to say if we solve those problems, the settlement issue will be resolved,” Obama added. Obama, accompanied by Abbas, was met by mostly sternfaced Palestinian officials along a red carpet, in contrast to the broad grins and backslapping during a welcoming ceremony on Wednesday at Israel’s Tel Aviv airport. Abbas reaffirmed his demand for a settlement freeze, but held out the prospect of a broader peace between Israel and other Arab nations if a Palestinian state was created. “If peace came between us and the Israelis, Israel knows well that all the Arab and Islamic countries, 57 states, will recognise the state of Israel immediately,” he said.

Syria chemical weapons investigation THE United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which would be “a crime against humanity”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced He said the investigation would look into the Syria government’s allegation of a chemical weapons attack, which Damascus blamed on rebels. The rebels blamed regime forces for Tuesday’s attack on Khan al-Assal village in northern Aleppo province and the Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition group, also demanded an international investigation. The secretary-general said he was aware of “other allegations of similar cases involving the reported use of chemical weapons” but did not make clear whether these would be

part of the investigation. France’s UN Ambassador Gerard Araud said Wednesday that the Syrian National Coalition had alleged that there was a second chemical weapons attack on Tuesday in the Damascus area and it should be investigated as well. The secretary-general said the investigation will start “as soon as practically possible” but “will not happen overnight”. He said full co-operation from all parties will be essential and stressed that this includes “unfettered access”. Ban said his senior advisers are working to set up an investigation with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which oversees the chemical weapons convention and the World Health Organisation.

Kurd leader Ocalan orders his fighters to halt hostilities JAILED Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered his fighters yesterday to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflict that has killed 40,000 people, riven the country and battered its economy. Hundreds of thousands of Kurds, gathered in the regional centre of Diyarbakir, cheered and waved banners bearing Ocalan’s moustachioed image when a letter from the rebel leader, held since 1999 on a prison island in the Marmara Sea, was read out by a proKurdish politician. “Let guns be silenced and politics dominate,” he said to a sea of red-yellow-green Kurdish flags. “The stage has been reached where our armed forces should withdraw beyond the borders ... It’s not the end. It’s the start of a new era.” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has taken considerable risks since he was elected in 2002, breaking taboos deeply rooted in a conservative establishment, not least in the military, by extending cultural and language rights to Kurds. But Kurdish activists demand greater freedom from Ankara. Erdogan, talking in the Neth-

A 1993 file photo of Ocalan erlands, welcomed the truce call but said the real test would be putting it into action. Military operations would stop if the rebel guns fell silent. “From the time it is implemented, the atmosphere in Turkey will change. I believe in this,” he said. But he condemned the absence of the red Turkish flag with star and crescent moon at the Diyarbakir rally. Erdogan must carry a sceptical conservative establishment, just as Ocalan from his prison island must marshal and keep the obedience of fighters ensconced in the remote mountains of Qandil, northern Iraq, some harbouring doubts about the process.

Friday, March 22, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL



What we have learnt so far The demand for a deposit haircut was an important and extreme move which was all risked for a modest prize By Lars Seier Christensen ONFUSION reigns supreme in the Cyprus bailout. So it is fairly risky to stick out your neck commenting on an unknown outcome that could leave you exposed to ridicule in hours if things change. And this blog is not intended to be a daily or even weekly commentary as I am not providing short-term trading advice, meaning that it is tempting to just wait and see what the outcome will be.


However, as this is so far the most important macroeconomic event of 2013 and it is continuously developing in new and perplexing ways, I feel it is necessary to try to make some sense out of what we are observing and hearing. What we know now is that the Cypriot parliament has rejected the bailout package after a poker game with the troika, trying to deal many different hands varying from zero per cent deposit tax for the smaller depositors to 15 per cent on the larger ones. None of the combinations have proved sufficiently appetising to secure a deal so far. We also know that France has categorically ruled out that a plan B will be made available. This sounds plausible as we are already at least at plan D or plan E. We also know that the Russians

are now heavily involved behind the scenes, despite being understandably ticked off about the whole process. We know that this is now turning into a geopolitical chess game, where important European oil and gas reserves may actually find their way into Russian control, in spite of all the ambitions of the past decades to achieve the exact opposite with regard to the European energy supply. We know that Merkel cares more about positioning for the upcoming domestic election than the future fate of Cyprus. Furthermore, we know that Cyprus banks are closed until at least next Tuesday, but also that they will not open until some kind of deal is in place - or the issue of a deposit levy will be irrelevant, as there will not be a penny left in Cyprus, certainly not of foreign money. We know that a consortium of banks has offered a private solution to the crisis, but apparently not been seriously considered. On a lighter note, we now also know that the first name of the Cyprus central bank governor is Panicos, indicating that the old saying, “Your name is your destiny” may indeed hold some truth... sorry, excuse the pun, but I could not help myself. Actually, I feel for the man who may well hold one of the least desirable jobs in the world right now. That is a lot to take in. Where will it all end? What have we learned from this? A number of things. We have seen again that the eurozone is unable to deal rationally with its

CB governor Panicos upholds the saying ‘ your name is your destiny’ problems. This has got to be the most incompetent handling of a Euro crisis event so far, but underlines the hopeless situation the 17 countries that share the common currency are in. The panic is so great that no step is too extreme to preserve the doomed project and to defend the political capital invested in this monumental failure. That we have already come to a stage

where politicians blatantly attempt to confiscate innocent and weak citizens’ savings is a new low that was already somewhat unexpected at this point. It bodes ill for what can happen when the crisis deepens in the future - which it will. The idea of a one-off wealth tax, however, is not new. Several research reports have pointed in recent years to the fact that the

desperate need for funding in the public sector could - and probably will - eventually lead to confiscation of wealth on a monumental scale. Boston Consulting Group suggested in a recent report that about 29 per cent of ALL private wealth, not just deposits, will eventually be likely to be confiscated to cover the debts already incurred. So we had better get used to seeing our money being appropriated by money-hungry politicians. This is just the beginning. The cat is out of the bag, no matter if this particular deal should fall apart. What astonishes me is that such an important and extreme move is risked for such a modest prize. The slow realisation that confiscating our money will be the next move in the debt crisis has been made very acute by this blatant move. The most important game changer in years and the most frightening tool in the tool box has been pulled out in the open for a mere 5.8 billion euros. The impact could trigger massive asset capital flows and asset devaluations to the tune of hundreds of billions. The loss of trust will be detrimental to all weak economies. Why on earth did the troika not save this shocker for a substantial occasion, say a bailout of Spain or Italy? Incompetence? Lack of market understanding? Or even more frighteningly - perhaps because of a wish to introduce this new tax tool to get the voter populations used to new ideas for milking the rich in the future? This is intriguing and fascinating - it is just a great shame that the population of Cyprus needs to go through such heartache for problems they did largely not create themselves, and have no way to avoid. Who will be next to find themselves in such a situation is the prudent question to ask? Be safe out there.  Lars Seier Christensen is cofounder & CEO, Saxo Bank A/S

LETTER to the Editor

How the unravelling madness hits business MEAT Team Ltd was established in Cyprus in 2002 and has been dealing in international trading of frozen meat, poultry, fish and to a lesser extent other food products since then. We were lured to the country by the advertised political and economic stability, ease of setting up and running business, low corporate tax ( currently 10 per cent), and accessibility of the island to customers from Middle East and former Soviet Union who were granted entry visas relatively easy. It was a great marketing campaign launched by the Cyprus government and it worked on us. We worked hard and grew our turnover from a modest 10 million euros per year when we started to almost 200 million euros in 2012. We created jobs, used local services, paid rents, paid our taxes. We used the same bank - Hellenic bank - for the almost 11 years we have been doing business on the island. We knew the bank staff and they knew us. We would conduct our business and exchange polite greetings or inquire about each other’s lives, like one big happy family. Our company is neither a depositor, nor hiding money in an offshore haven. The shareholders chose to keep the accumulated profits in the company and not to take

out dividends, as Cyprus banks would not grant us credit facilities, since we did not own real estate or keep inventory on the island. For me, March 16 started as any other Saturday. I am an early riser so I did my grocery shopping, had coffee and then sat in front of my PC to order a wire transfer for monthly support money I send to my daughter, a student in a university in the UK. The system would not accept orders for payments, so I decided to read the online news and that is where the nightmare started to unravel. I am shocked to hear that the government, which has been taxing us for 10 years, wants to confiscate a percentage of the money we were unlucky to have in the company accounts when they closed the banks. This is not our money or deposits, but money customers from all over the world paid to us and who are in return expecting to

receive deliveries of goods. This is money we need to use to pay our suppliers, to the transport companies that we hire, to our employees, to the Cyprus telecommunication and electricity authority and even as taxes to the same government that wants to confiscate it. I am surprised that the world can turn a blind eye to this; I am shocked that the EU, the IMF and politicians like Mrs Merkel can, reportedly, “favour” taking our money in order to cover debt accumulated by other politicians, who took people’s money to pay for infrastructure and social services in their own countries in order to secure themselves votes and popular support (since the Greek sovereign default is nothing less but plain robbery supported by fraudulent accounts). Are you, Mrs Merkel, happy to give an example to other politicians that it is OK to steal from foreigners, as, after all, it is

‘We created jobs, used local services, paid rents, paid our taxes’

not their votes you are after? I remember another politician from your own country, who also preached that foreigners are but an obstacle for the great German people to achieve their destiny? Does anybody realise that there are many companies like ours based in Cyprus, involved in the global commodity trade - oil and gas, sugar, grains, metals, minerals, and that confiscating the money in their accounts would mean confiscating money belonging to their global trading partners? Who can count the global bankruptcies this may create, the jobs lost, supply chains broken, lives lost, heart attacks of shareholders and management? Cyprus accounts for only 0.2 per cent of the Euro economy. Cyprus is in trouble because some bankers trusted some fraudulent Greek politicians and lent them money, so these politicians could look good to their voters. To put things in perspective, can someone imagine the consequences for the world if Mr Putin confiscated a slice of all foreigners’ investments and money in Russia? Can anybody stop this madness! Nikolay Karailiev, company director of Meat Team Ltd, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Timing of Laiki restructuring could prove fatal THE RESTRUCTURING of Laiki Bank, which should have been undertaken many months ago, has now been forced on us. The long queues at the bank’s ATMs yesterday could have been described as a bank run, its customers having lost all confidence in Laiki and seeking to salvage funds. The resolution of the bank which had already been prepared by the Central Bank will now be put into force. Meanwhile as angry bank employees gathered outside the legislature to protest about the closure of Laiki, President Anastasiades called a second meeting with the party leaders last night to discuss the matter of controlled bankruptcy. The irony is that six hours earlier, party leaders left the presidential palace in upbeat mood having unanimously decided the establishment of a Solidarity Fund. This would take all liquid assets from the provident funds of the semigovernmental organisations (estimated in the region of €1.2bn) and, in exchange, issue them with shares in the natural gas enterprise. This money would go towards reducing the percentage of the levy on deposits. The restructuring of Laiki would reduce the banks’ capital needs by another €2bn which, in theory, would mean that Cyprus would be looking to raise only €2.6bn from the bail-in of deposits to come up with the €5.8bn being demanded by the troika. We say in theory, because the Eurogroup could decide that the international lenders benefited from the lower capital needs of the banks. Even yesterday German politicians were insisting that the big depositors - the Russians - took a hit. The problem is that our politicians are not in complete control and by delaying the decision on the deposits’ haircut they have even less control. President Anastasiades warned of the big risk of rejecting the bailin. The fact that the restructuring of Laiki, although inevitable, was forced on us while the bank was closed, creates the impression that the government has lost control of the situation. Could the same thing happen to the Bank of Cyprus, while our populist politicians are engaging in defiant rhetoric and waiting for Russia to save us? This could further reduce our bail-out fund, eliminate the need for a deposits’ haircut and reduce the banking sector to a size acceptable to the EU. The hair-cut of the deposits in these two banks would be six or seven times the 9.9 per cent that the government bill that was rejected on Tuesday envisaged. The danger of the Bank of Cyprus following Laiki could be averted by government imposing limits on cash withdrawals from the Cyprus banks when they re-open for business on Tuesday, with the tap of emergency liquidity assistance turned off by the ECB. However, the danger of another banking collapse will loom large if we do not agree to a bailout before Tuesday. We hope the political parties will have finally realised that their vacuous grandstanding could prove fatal.

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EU’s fears over banks were raised too late Analysis Jan Strupczewski THERE was no official red flag that Cyprus’ oversized banking sector posed a big risk to its economy until last year, when the European Union set up tools to monitor such imbalances, a Reuters review of EU reports dating back to 2003 showed. The total consolidated assets of the Cypriot banking sector, dominated by three large banks, are 7.5 times the size of the island’s economy, which produces almost 18 billion euros a year. The heavy losses suffered by the banks in the Greek sovereign debt restructuring last year was a major factor in Nicosia’s need for an international bailout. One of the conditions for the bailout, however, is that Cyprus will more than halve the size of its banking sector by 2018 to match the EU average of around 3.5 times GDP. “The banking sector is completely oversized. That’s why the preconditions to solving this problem are very difficult,” German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said last week. “Solutions have to be found to that. The Cypriot banking sector, like in other countries, with its special rules that led to it becoming over-sized, has contributed significantly to the cause of the problem,” he said.

This is a relatively recent conclusion. When Cyprus was examined as to whether it met the criteria to join the European Union in 2003, a European Commission report on its readiness mentioned no problems with the banking sector - it was not a criterion for membership. Neither did the European Central Bank mention that anything was wrong with Cypriot banks or their business model based on funding from deposits, almost half of which are from non-residents when it evaluated whether Cyprus was fit to joint the eurozone in a 2007 report. “They had 10 years to make this point and while it was made informally here or there, nobody ever said or did anything about it,” one eurozone official said. Neither is the size of the Cypriot banking sector unique.

EU COMPARISON In a report published almost a year ago, the first public mention of the threat that Cypriot banks might pose to the financial stability of the island, the European Commission said Cyprus ranked only fourth in the euro area. Luxembourg has a banking sector 24 times the size of its economy, Ireland eight times and tiny Malta 7.8 times bigger than its GDP. A senior EU official said that the European Commission told the Cypriot government in a telephone call in November 2011 that it should reduce the size of the

banking sector, but that advice was ignored. “If the question is, were economists and policymakers able to see the crisis coming and if they did something about it, I think it is fair to say - not much,” the EU official said. “But once the crisis has struck, especially after the Iceland and Irish cases, it has become clear the oversized banking sectors are a serious problem for a country and the eurozone as a whole.” The first official indication that the size and business model of the Cypriot banking sector might become a problem was in a Commission report from May 2012, prepared under the newly agreed procedure to detect macroeconomic imbalances. “Although banks are supported by a strong deposit base, partly of foreign origin, funding and liquidity remain among the main risks for financial stability. Funding remains rather tight and the dependence on foreign deposits poses a risk as the latter represent one third of total banks’ deposits,” it said. “This in-depth review concludes that Cyprus is experiencing very serious macroeconomic imbalances, which are not excessive but need to be urgently addressed,” it said. The European Union yesterday gave Cyprus until Monday to raise the billions of euros it needs to clinch an international bailout or face the collapse of its financial system and probable exit from the eurozone.

Has the EU now finally opened Pandora’s Box? Comment Harris Samaras ARE WE witnessing the slow death of the European Union? Have the repeatedly failing EU policymakers finally opened Pandora’s Box with their recent proposal for Cyprus? Why are some European member states taking actions that are catastrophic for the European sentiment? Aren’t all citizens of the EU equal under the European law? It is a serious blunder and a gaffe when the EU is blackmailing the government of one of its member states, Cyprus - to confiscate the deposits that rightfully belong to EU ordinary citizens and others alike! Depositors that trusted the written and unwritten laws that the European Union inspired or used to inspire... Could such action ever affect the European Financial Crisis positively? Cyprus never had a problem with earlier “blunders” caused by EU policy. The Cyprus banking sector is indeed quite large but it was in solid state up until the one-sided decisions of some European governments caused many billions of losses to banks through the haircut imposed on Greek sovereign debt and elsewhere within the EU. All EU member states must in concert find a solution for the

EU as a whole instead of shifting the damage to one member state or another. The crisis of the Euro area is systemic! Decisions taken by the strongest countries in the EU have spread misery sequentially to citizens in Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and now Cyprus. This is not going to end if they, the strongest countries, keep on handling the crisis in such manner. The EU has to enforce a decision making process where the European governments are asked to care for all their citizens. The inability of the EU to take care of its citizens wholly led to the failure of the EU, clearly seen these days by the way the EU has handled the Cyprus financial issue. Is a Cyprus-like incursion on people’s savings unlikely to happen anywhere else in the EU? This inconceivable way of blackmailing the government of Cyprus to confiscate the deposits is sending a clear message: Nobody with deposits in smaller countries, such is Luxembourg for instance, should feel safe with her or his deposits; nobody with deposits in a financially weaker country, such is Spain, should feel safe about her or his deposits either. Whatever happens, the Cyprus story teaches important lessons for every European and not only economy: austerity has failed. A most valid question which if we answer yes to transforms into an oxymoron: Are the people that led Europe into this

mess the right ones to lead Europe out of it? How could countries like Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Slovenia ever boost growth with no money? With lending rates continuously dropping how can any country even have growth? Decisions like this one about Cyprus or about the haircut of the Greek debt benefit some countries. It can be very easily observed from the markets that such decisions reduce the financing cost of the German government - the German government can now borrow at negative rates - while it inflicts pain and misery on other countries. Moreover, Germany is quick to scold the citizens of other countries for the actions of its own government officials and bankers; actions which Germany tolerated and even encouraged for years, enjoying a large market for its manufacturing products, while exerting enormous financial leverage over other EU member states. Its economic missteps have gone unnoticed and so has its profit-taking from its EU partners. The European Central Bank has also been quite unclear on its position and it was the vehicle to blackmailing the Cyprus government, thus contributing to say the least to the mess that the EU is now. In order for the EU to “work”, the EU needs to form a banking union (as per the European Council’s decision of June 2012)

which primarily means that all member states should have a common credible deposit insurance guarantee; a guarantee that shall apply to everybody in the Euro Area! Now the EU or better the strongest states, members of the EU, made a mockery of it, sending clearly the message that that they do not want to be part of such a decision, a decision that they preached about so much and advocated for less than a year ago. Is it just about the Russian money deposited in Cyprus? Funny, the EU did not feel that way two decades ago, or even a few years ago. Is it just Germany-led propaganda which argues that the Cyprus depositor haircut is aimed at Russian oligarchs who evade taxes? But it targets ordinary Cypriots nearly as much as it targets high depositors and somehow it doesn’t matter if it’s the life savings of a middle-class family. Only very recently the IMF and the EU stated in their reports about Cyprus, that supervision of international and local commercial banks in Cyprus are more than competent. One is for sure: Mattresses are looking a lot more attractive than European banks nowadays.  Harris Samaras is an Economist and presently the chairman of Pytheas, an international investment banking organisation


Friday, March 22, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL


Timberlake releases new album, more songs to come

Bon Jovi edges out Bowie to top album chart

Returns to making music after focusing on acting

By Piya Sinha-Roy

By Piya Sinha-Roy JUSTIN Timberlake celebrated the release of his first album since 2006 with a lively show in Los Angeles, whetting fans’ appetites by confirming media reports that he would release more new music soon. At an intimate album release party for The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake took the opportunity to clear up media reports that he would be releasing a second volume of music later this year. “I’ve got to clear up the rumours. This whole thing about this only being the first part ... is true. There is another half. I’m not giving you a release date,” the singer said. Media outlets had reported that Roots drummer Questlove said in an interview that Timberlake would release a second volume of music in November this year. The 20/20 Experience marks the singer’s return to the musical spotlight after taking time out to focus on his acting career, starring in films such as The Social Network and Friends with Benefits. Timberlake, 32, sang a few of his latest hits and earlier songs for the audience, and answered questions from fans about his new record,

Justin Timberlake, 32, sang a few of his latest hits and earlier songs for the audience in Los Angeles including why it took him six years to release a new album after his hugely successful 2006 FutureSexLoveSounds, which featured the hit single Sexyback. “I definitely enjoy all the entertaining but music is definitely the most special thing to me, and that’s probably why I wait so long in between records, because for me, no pun intended, it’s an experience,” the singer said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest between songs. Timberlake has successfully transitioned from child

star and member of boyband N’Sync to bona fide actor and solo singer. The album marks a new chapter in the singer’s life, following his marriage to actress Jessica Biel in October 2012. Timberlake sang three songs from the new album - romantic ballad Mirrors, smooth R&B track Suit & Tie and the Latin-infused Let the Groove Get In - showcasing the range of influences he explored on The 20/20 Experience. But it was the album’s closing track, Blue Ocean Floor,

that Timberlake called the most “unique” on the album and inspired by British rock band Radiohead. “I’m a huge Thom Yorke (Radiohead frontman) fan, and I was listening to some OK Computer and Kid A and this song just happened,” the singer said. Timberlake also played some of his most popular hits, including a medley of Like I Love You, My Love and his breakup song Cry Me A River. The new album has been at the top of the iTunes album

charts since it became available to stream and pre-order last week and is set to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart next week. Audience members took note of the singer’s penchant for formal wear, turning up in suits and dresses for the speakeasy-themed album release party at the historic El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The singer will embark on a ‘Legends of the Summer’ North American tour with rapper Jay-Z, kicking off in July.

Jessica Alba was left Joan Collins’ husband ‘the boss’ feeling jealous over kiss JESSICA Alba was jealous she didn’t get to kiss Bradley Cooper and Eric Dane. The Sin City actress starred alongside the actors in 2010 comedy Valentine’s Day and she was envious after seeing the hunky stars, who played a gay couple in the movie, lock lips. In an interview on Australian radio show The Kyle & Jackie O Show on 2DayFM, she said: “In Valentine’s Day when Bradley Cooper had his kissing scene with another cute actor ... Rebecca Gayheart’s husband (Eric Dane). I was a little bit like, ‘Man, I could have been in on that!’ They’re so cute.” Although she was a little green-eyed on the set of the film, the 31-year-old screen beauty insists she is never jealous of her fellow Hollywood starlets and is content with her own life.

‘THAT’S AWESOME’ She added: “I’m never jealous. That’s probably my problem. I’m always so happy. I’m always like, ‘Yes! Another woman doing something fresh, that’s awesome!’ “ The actress - who has two daughters, Honor, four, and 20month-old Haven, with husband Cash Warren - also admitted she is prone to crying “all the time” and recently became emotional when she was reunited with her youngest daughter after four days away from home. She said: “I cry all the time. I cried the other night walking my baby because I missed her. They were happy tears, like, ‘I’ve missed you, I haven’t seen you for four days.’ She’s getting so big and she’s just the sweetest.”

Joan Collins and husband Percy Gibson

JOAN Collins’ husband is the boss in their relationship. The outspoken star might be famed for her strong personality, but she admits theatre manager Percy Gibson is in charge at home and she relies on him in both her personal and professional lives. In an interview with Stylist magazine, she said; “I couldn’t live without my husband. He’s much cleverer, more intelligent and he’s a take-charge kind of guy. He’s funny, caring beyond belief and gallant, all the things a consort should be. “He produces my (standup) show; we don’t agree on everything all the time but our differences are earth shattering. He usually gets his way. Actually, it’s about 50/50.” The 79-year-old actress-andauthor believes in making the most of every day and tries to squeeze as much as possible into her life in order to stay happy and successful.

US rock band Bon Jovi beat British singer David Bowie to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Bon Jovi, fronted by Jon Bon Jovi, notched their fifth No.1 album with What About Now, which sold 101,000 copies in its debut week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Bowie, 66, a pioneer of Britain’s glam rock movement in the 1970s and 1980s, came in at No.2 with his latest album The Next Day, selling 85,000 copies. Bowie’s album sold more digital copies than Bon Jovi, with 41,000 copies of The Next Day downloaded in comparison to 34,000 copies of What About Now, which was a bigger seller in retail shops, Billboard magazine said. Bowie has yet to score a No.1 album in the United States despite having released 27 studio albums in his career. The Next Day marks the singer’s unexpected return to music after a decadelong hiatus, and it topped the British album chart last week while Bon Jovi came in at No.2. Bon Jovi and Bowie led among six new debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week. Christian music compilation album Passion: Let the Future In landed at No.4, R&B band Mindless Behaviour debuted at No.6 with All Around The World, and Eric Clapton’s latest release, Old Sock, came in at No.7. Sound City - Real to Reel, the star-studded compilation soundtrack to Foo Fighter front man Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City, which features Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks, landed at No.8 this week. Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels, the 12th posthumous album from the late rock star’s label and which contained 12 previously unreleased studio recordings, rounded out the top 10 this week. Total US album sales in the past week totalled 5.6 million units, while the year-to-date album sales tally of 61.4 million is down 7 percent from the same period in 2012.

Bon Jovi, notched their fifth No.1 album with What About Now

CYPRUS MAIL Friday, March 22, 2013





Nearly ten per cent have pregnancy eating disorder ONE in 14 women have an eating disorder in the first three months of their pregnancy, according to research. A survey of more than 700 pregnant women by University College London (UCL) found a quarter were “highly concerned about their weight and shape”. Two per cent of those questioned were found to fast, exercise excessively, induce vomiting, and misuse laxatives or diuretics to avoid gaining weight during pregnancy. The study also found one in 12 pregnant women said they would overeat and lose control over what they ate twice a week.

Dr Nadia Micali, from the UCL Institute of Child Health, who led the study, said: “There is good evidence from our research that eating disorders in pregnancy can affect both the mother and the developing baby. “Greater awareness of eating disorders and their symptoms amongst antenatal health care professionals would help to better identify and manage such disorders amongst pregnant women.”

and sound an alert before symptoms emerge. Scientists believe the implant will be especially useful as a chemotherapy aid.

Tiny implant conducts blood tests

DEADLY strains of tuberculosis that are resistant to multiple drugs are spreading around the world, and authorities urgently need another $1.6 billion a year to tackle them, global health officials have said. Donors should step up with “significant funding” to help experts track down all existing cases and treat the most serious ones, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said in joint statement. Margaret Chan, WHO director general, said nearly 4 per cent of people newly infected with TB worldwide were resistant to multiple drugs from the start - signalling that resistant forms of the disease were being transmitted directly from person to person. In some countries, including regions of Russia, up to 35 per cent of new cases are multi-drug resistant.

A TINY implant that conducts blood tests under the skin could greatly improve the tracking and treatment of cancer and other diseases, researchers claim. The 14 millimetre-long device is packed with miniaturised electronics including five sensors and a WiFi transmitter. Power is delivered through the skin by a battery patch which also relays test data via Bluetooth. Results can be displayed on a doctor’s mobile phone or laptop. The sensors target proteins, sugar and organic acids in the blood that provide vital health information. For patients with chronic illnesses, such as cancer or diabetes, the device could provide continuous monitoring

Agencies warn of global TB ‘powder keg’

Older fathers more likely to have autistic grandchildren By Kate Kelland MEN WHO have children when they are older are more likely to have grandchildren with autism, according to a study which shows for the first time that risk factors for autism may build up over generations. Men who had a daughter when they were 50 or older were 1.79 times more likely to have a grandchild with autism than men between 20 and 24, and with sons the likelihood was 1.67 times. Avi Reichenberg of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, who coled the study, said the work showed for the first time “that your father’s and grandfather’s lifestyle choices can affect you. “This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have children if your father was old when he had you, because whilst the risk is increased, it is still small,” he said. Autism disorders, caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, can range from severe mental retardation with a profound inability to communicate, to relatively mild symptoms combined with some high levels of function such as those seen in people with Asperger’s syndrome. Among core features of the disorders are poor communication skills and difficulties with social engagement. In the United States, an estimated 1 in 88 children have autism, while in Europe the rate is thought to be about in 100. Research published in August last year showing that a father’s age when a baby is

Study shows autism risks may build up over generations

conceived is the single largest factor in the risk of passing on new gene mutations may help explain why childhood autism rates are rising. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Psychiatry, used Swedish national registers and analysed data from 5,936 people with autism and 30,923 healthy controls born in Sweden since 1932. The researchers from Britain, Sweden and Australia

factored in each person’s maternal and paternal grandfathers’ age of reproduction and details of any psychiatric diagnosis. “We know from previous studies that older paternal age is a risk factor for autism,” said Emma Frans from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, who co-led the research with Reichenberg. “This study goes beyond that and suggests that older grand-paternal age is also a

risk factor for autism, suggesting that risk factors for autism can build up through generations.” The researchers said that while the mechanism behind the link to older fathers and grandfathers is not clear, it may be explained by mutations occurring in sperm cells over time. Each time sperm cells divide new mutations can be introduced into a person’s genome.

While most genetic mutations do not result in a child developing autism, the researchers said their findings suggest some ‘silent’ mutations pass on through healthy children and may influence the risk of future generations developing autism. They also said genetic risk could accumulate over generations, or could interact with other risk factors until it reaches a particular threshold and prompts autism in a child.

Distracted eaters tend to take in more calories than focussed IF you’re watching TV, stay away from the pretzels or chips, alluring as the temptation may be. People who eat meals or snacks while watching TV, playing games or reading tend to consume more calories in a sitting, and especially later in the day, according to a review of two dozen past studies.

“Some studies have individually shown this before, but the evidence has never been put together,” said lead author Eric Robinson from the University of Liverpool, who said the amount consumed could rise by up to 50 per cent with distracted eating. But while distracted eating can really up the calorie

count, summoning up memories of what was eaten in a previous meal decreased the amount of food eaten later. Researchers broadly categorised eating patterns as “attentive,” such as sitting quietly and recording what was eaten during a meal, or the exact opposite - “distracted.” Distracted eaters do not

pay close attention to food and are not as aware of how much they have eaten. “Even though we make decisions about what and when to eat with apparent ease all the time, these decisions are actually very complex and can be easily disrupted,” said Suzanne Higgs, a study co-author and psychologist at

the University of Birmingham. Robinson and his colleagues searched the scientific literature and found 24 studies conducted between 1997 and 2011 that met their main criterion of involving an experimenter who actively manipulated participants’ attention, memory and awareness of eating food.

Umbrellas good shields from sun as well as rain IF IT’S streaming sunshine outdoors and the sunscreen isn’t handy, do as ladies in the past once did and grab an umbrella for shade, researchers say. According to a US study published in JAMA Dermatology, any fully-functioning handheld umbrella can block more than threequarters of ultraviolet (UV) light on a sunny day. Black ones do even better, blocking at least 90 per cent of rays. “The umbrellas blocked between 77 per cent and 99 per cent of UV radiation,” wrote Suephy Chen and colleagues at Emory University in Atlanta. Noting that umbrellas are widely used for shade in parts of Asia – by up to 45 per cent of women in China - as well as the Middle East, the researchers decided to see how well regular umbrellas actually blocked UV light. So they collected 23 working umbrellas - no fabric tears allowed - from people at their medical school. On a sunny morning they used UV devices to measure radiation just under each umbrella’s fabric, and by the nose of the person using it - and then compared this to umbrellaless radiation readings. All but one of the umbrellas was a standard, handheld rain umbrella. The other was a travel sun umbrella. The sun umbrella blocked more than 99 per cent of UV rays. Regular umbrellas worked well too, blocking at least 77 per cent of UV light - and more, if the umbrella was darker coloured. Golfers and people travelling to warm climates may especially benefit from carrying around a standard umbrella, said Balaraman. But, she acknowledged, “It’s a little more challenging to convince people to use umbrellas on a daily basis.”



Film SUMMARIES Jack the Giant Slayer (See page opposite)

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The Last Stand Diabolical drug-cartel boss Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) busts out of FBI custody and heads for the Mexican border. His plan is to cross over near the small town of Sommerton, and there’s only one man who can thwart him: the town’s pencilpushing sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger), armed with nothing more than years of experience as an LA narcotics cop and a team of inexperienced sidekicks. Also starring Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville and Peter Stormare. Directed by Kim Jee-woon. (Action thriller, 107 mins.) Our rating: 

Identity Thief Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) travels from the Colorado home he shares with his wife Trish (Amanda Peet) and two daughters to Florida. His goal is to track down the woman who stole his identity, trashed his credit rating, and cost him his job. She’s Diana (Melissa McCarthy), a fat, foul-mouthed cartoon creature who wallows in excess as she adds to Sandy’s debt – but, having confronted his nemesis, Sandy soon finds various events (including two mob enforcers and a bounty hunter) conspiring to force them on a road trip together. Also starring John Cho. Directed by Seth Gordon. (Comedy, 111 mins.) Our rating:

Oz the Great and Powerful Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a travelling circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Oz the Great and Powerful

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Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot: fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he’s the great wizard everyone’s been expecting as per the prophecy. Nonetheless, he’s all they’ve got – and, as their new king, he’s expected to save them from evil. He is after all, the great and powerful Oz. Also starring Zach Braff. Directed by Sam Raimi. In 3D. (Adventure fantasy, 130 mins.) Our rating: 

Mama A man, having shot his exwife, kidnaps his two young daughters (aged one and three), and wanders with the kids through the woods till they come to a dilapidated cabin. Once inside, he prepares a double murder-suicide – but something emerges from the dark to snatch him away. Five years later, the girls, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse), now eight and six, have been discovered living on their own in the cabin. Feral, and frightened of people, they’re eventually released into the custody of their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his goth rocker girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain). But the girls don’t come on their own: they bring with them “Mama”, their ‘friend’ from the cabin. Directed by Andres Muschietti. (Horror, 100 mins.) Our rating: 

Warm Bodies R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie in a post-apocalyptic world where the few remaining humans shelter behind a wall in a ruined city. They include Julie (Teresa Palmer), part of a team sent into zombie territory to retrieve medical supplies. Zombies and humans clash and R kills Julie’s boyfriend Perry (Dave

Rating Franco), eating his brains and absorbing his memories of their relationship. Somehow, this jump-starts R’s transformation back to the land of the living. His heart begins to beat. He starts speaking words. And he protects Julie from the other zombies. In short, R is in love – but can it ever work out between a girl and a zombie? Also starring John Malkovich and Rob Corddry. Directed by Jonathan Levine. (Horror with romantic comedy elements, 98 mins.) Our rating: 

Lincoln In 1865, over the final four months of his second term as President of the USA, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) focuses his energies not just on ending the devastating

Civil War, but something even bigger – the fight to pass the 13th Amendment, permanently abolishing slavery. Lincoln is a man of paradoxes: funny and solemn, a playful storyteller and fierce power-broker, a shrewd commander and a vulnerable father. But in his nation’s darkest hour, when the times demand the very best of people, he reaches from within himself for something powerful and everlasting. Also starring Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (Historical drama, 150 mins.) Our rating: 

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Once upon a time, as children, they were in deadly danger from a witch – but Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and his sister Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have grown up to be bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Also starring Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare. Directed by Tommy Wirkola. (Action fantasy, 88 mins.) Our rating: 

Barbie in the Pink Shoes Barbie is Kristyn, a ballerina with big dreams. When she tries on a pair of sparkling pink shoes, she and her best friend Hailey are whisked away to a fantastical ballet world where Kristyn discovers she must dance in her favourite ballets

in order to defeat an evil Snow Queen. Directed by Owen Hurley. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Kids’ ( cartoon, 75 mins.) Our rating: N/A

A Good Day to Die Hard Irreverent, take-no-prisoners -prisoners cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) finds himselff on foreign soil for the first timee after travelling to Moscow ow to help his wayward son Jack ack (Jai Courtney) – unaware are that Jack is really a highly-trained ained CIA operative out to stop op a nuclear weapons heist. With th the Russian underworld in pursuit, uit, and battling a countdown wn to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods pable heroes. make them unstoppable stian Koch. Also starring Sebastian Directed by John Moore. ogue in Includes some dialogue Russian, with Greekk subtitles. (Action, 97 mins.) Our ur rating: 

Sammy’s Greatt Escape Sammy and Ray, a pair of leatherback turtles, are captured by a poacher and shipped off to a spectacular aquarium rium show in Dubai. The kingpin pin of the place, Big D the seahorse, ahorse, enlists them in his plans for a great escape – but, ut, with their new friends Jimbo mbo the bug-eyed blob fish and Lulu the snippyy lobster, Annabel thee sweet octopus and a whole family of penguins, Sammy and Ray hatch breakoutt plans of their own. That is when little

Ricky and Ella arrive, determined to break in to rescue them. Directed by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen. DUBBED INTO GREEK. (Kids’ cartoon, 92 mins.)

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Monsieur Lazhar Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who committed suicide. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir’s painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Also starring Sophie Nelisse and Emilien Neron. Directed by Philippe Falardeau. In French, with Greek subtitles. (Drama, 94 mins.) Our rating: Hitchcock

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NEW FILMS Jack the Giant Slayer Directed by: Bryan Singer Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci US 2013, 114 mins. In 3D. Showing from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

THE PLOT Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is a hapless farm boy who finds a pouch of magic seeds and inadvertently grows a gargantuan beanstalk that pierces the clouds and extends all the way up to a sky world populated by giants. When the beanstalk grows, Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), the heir to the realm of King Brahmwell (Ian McShane), is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is caught in the vines and carried into the sky. Jack, along with Isabelle’s protectors Elmont (Ewan McGregor) and Crawe (Eddie Marsan) and her would-be groom Roderick (Stanley Tucci), head off in pursuit. Unfortunately, Roderick has an agenda that doesn’t involve rescuing Isabelle.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID Pro: “The fairy tale known as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ centres on a hapless kid who stupidly accepts ‘magic beans’ for his widowed mother’s most valuable asset, a cow, and then, when those beans lead him to a foreign land, becomes a man by stealing from and killing a murderous giant. Director Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer alters the thrust, but with a knowing sense of humour: The movie opens and closes with the suggestion that tales change in the telling, often depending on their era. And so, i n

ours, we get mega-budget revisionist fairy tales in which familiar characters (Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Alice of Wonderland) lock and load and then lead armies against the forces of darkness. Jack the Giant Slayer is easily the most amiable picture to come out of this new fairy-tale-action genre, hitting its studio-prescribed marks without making you feel as if you’re being marketed to (even if you are). And it’s fast, rousing, and blessedly brief – under two hours instead of, say, nine in three bladder-straining instalments… “Singer’s most obvious affinity is for the giants. They’re mean, slobby, man-eating CGI brutes, led by a twoheaded general called Fallon (voiced by Bill Nighy). But they’re also rather poignant, lonely in the way of Sendak’s Wild Things, having been exiled to this stratospheric wilderness by Erik the Red, whom they call ‘Erik the Terrible’. Apart from a giant chef who rolls humans in pastry blankets (alongside actual pigs), the most hateful characters are human: Tucci’s Roderick, showing a TerryThomas gap in his teeth as he smiles at his own dastardliness, and Ewen Bremner as his giggly henchman. You come away thinking that the world is more complicated than humans versus giants.” David Edelstein, New York (US) Mixed/Anti: “In the fairy tale, Jack meets and outsmarts a giant and his wife, emerging from the sky with untold wealth but no love interest, since he’s a child. Here there be giants, many of them, all hideous, male and covered in ropey muscles. They are rather unengaging company, as CGcreatures tend to be. Their leader, voiced by Bill Nighy, has two heads –the smaller of which looks like Gollum – but talks like the ‘Wassup!’ guys from that old beer commercial. There’s no grossness about them left unturned, from their poor dental hygiene to their flatulence. It’s one thing when the giant in charge of cooking picks his nose and adds it the pigs-ina-blanket dish he’s working on (real pigs, plus McGregor) … but when Wassup & Co. have a bad encounter with a burning moat, the sense that the flesh is baking off him/them/ it is incredibly vivid; it’s like peering into a pot of boiling chicken stock and having the carcass roar up at you in agony. Obviously, you want your children of fairy-tale -age to experience that. “In this era of movie technology, the p o s t Lord of the Rings years, virtually


every kind of fearsome creature can be made entirely out of whole cloth. But must they be? Jack the Giant Slayer is rated PG-13 [in the US] and so were Snow White and the Huntsman and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. These are appropriate ratings for the films in question, all of which co-opt children’s stories for older audiences … The technology is undeniably there to make a credible beanstalk fly into the heavens, and giants that are utterly grotesque and vividly threatening. But how about something we can take our kids to? Doesn’t anyone want them to be there?” Mary Pols, TIME (US)

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Directed by: Sacha Gervasi Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston US 2013, 98 mins. Showing from today at the K-Cineplex and K-Cineplex (Mall of Cyprus) in Nicosia, the Rio and K-Cineplex in Limassol, the K-Cineplex in Larnaca and the Rio in Paphos.

Pro: “Hitchcock is an exuberant film about moviemaking that’s not going to win any awards for its pinpoint accuracy. Hopkins, under pounds of latex, doesn’t look all that much like the real Hitch, and there are only moments when he truly sounds like him. (Toby Jones, in HBO’s The Girl, got more of that morosely deliberate Cockney growl.) Though Helen Mirren does an irresistible turn as Hitch’s wife, Alma (who was his shadow collaborator), it’s doubtful the middleaged Alma was this sexy. Yet the two actors create a vital portrait of a unique showbiz marriage. And when it comes to how the Master of Suspense bucked the system to get Psycho made, Hitchcock serves up a slice of cinema history so compelling it nails a reality beyond the details. My favourite moment is surely an invention: the director in the lobby during Psycho’s premiere, ‘conducting’ the orchestral rhythms of the shower scene – and the audience’s screams. It’s a perfect summation of why he was the ultimate filmmaker.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly (US)

THE PLOT When Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) buys the film rights to Robert Bloch’s novel ‘Psycho’, he is a highly regarded filmmaker at Paramount. But this choice for his next film is questioned by the studio – and just about everyone else. They don’t finance it – but he decides to make it anyway, and Paramount agrees to distribute it. Hitch and his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) have a somewhat stormy and sometimes uneasy relationship, even though Hitch recognises the enormous help he gets from her. Determined but troubled, Hitch pushes on – with Alma’s help – even as the strain on his various relationships threatens to become intolerable.

Anti: “Here is a film that looks worryingly like the world’s longest awards ceremony clip, featuring famous Hollywood figures dressing up as other famous Hollywood figures in the clear expectation of silverware. It is about Alfred Hitchcock making his pulp-nightmare masterpiece Psycho, a career departure on which he gambled his reputation and, indeed, his own money. The result is selfconscious and unsatisfying: a shallow and naive celebratory biopic… “We see how the studio is dead against Hitchcock doing this vulgar shocker, so he mortgages his house to raise the cash, thus intensifying the troubles in his marriage, which are smoothly raised and sentimentally resolved … Given what we know about how he later bullied and scared [Tippi] Hedren, boldly dramatised in The Girl, this is feeble. As for the making of Psycho and the shower scene, we get the moment where Hitchcock snatches the knife and shows how to stab – and what’s supposedly going through his mind is glib and unconvincing. A disappointing excursion into movie history.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)

Friday, March 22, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL


What’s on


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


NICOSIA Jack the Giant Slayer (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.40, 7.55 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5.40, 7.55 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11am, 1.10pm and 3.25pm Hitchcock (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11.10am, 1.20pm and 3.30pm The Last Stand (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.40, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 7.50 and 10.10pm Identity Thief (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.55 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7.55 and 10.15pm Oz the Great and Powerful (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11am and 3pm

RIO PAPHOS: 26207000

Mama (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 10.10pm Warm Bodies (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 10.05pm Lincoln (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.15pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7.45pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 11.30am, 1.20pm and 3.30pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (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 La vie d’une autre (in French, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491,

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

LIMASSOL Jack the Giant Slayer (12) Rio 2 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 3 and 5.20pm, Monday also at 5.20pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.40, 7.55 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Hitchcock (12) Rio 1 at 7.45pm; Rio 4 at 10pm, weekends and Monday also at 5.20pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.30pm The Last Stand (15) Rio 5 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends and Monday also at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.50 and 10.10pm Identity Thief (12) Rio 3 at 7.45 and 10pm; KCineplex (Screen 2) at 7.55 and 10.15pm Oz the Great and Powerful (12) Rio 3, weekends only at 3 and 5.20pm, Monday only at 5.20pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3pm Mama (15) Rio 1 at 10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.10pm Warm Bodies (12) Rio 4 at 7.45pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

Lincoln (12) Rio 6 at 7.30pm, weekends and Monday also at 4.30pm

Identity Thief (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.55 and 10.15pm

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm

Oz the Great and Powerful (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3pm

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

Mama (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.10pm

A Good Day to Die Hard (15) Rio 6 at 10.10pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 5 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.20pm

LARNACA Jack the Giant Slayer (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.40, 7.55 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Hitchcock (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.30pm The Last Stand (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.40, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

Warm Bodies (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 10.05pm Lincoln (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.15pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.20pm

PAPHOS Jack the Giant Slayer (12) Rio 1 at 5.45, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends and Monday also at 3.30 and 5.45pm

Hitchcock (12) Rio 7 at 6, 8 and 10pm The Last Stand (15) Rio 4 at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends and Monday also at 3.30pm Identity Thief (12) Rio 5 at 5.30, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends and Monday also at 3.30pm Oz the Great and Powerful (12) Rio 6 at 5.15, 7.30 and 9.45pm, weekends and Monday also at 3pm Mama (15) Rio 2 at 9.45pm Warm Bodies (12) Rio 3 at 5.30 and 7.30pm Lincoln (12) Rio 3 at 9.45pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (15) Rio 2 at 7.30pm, weekends and Monday at 5.30pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) Rio 7 (in Greek), weekends and Monday only at 3 and 4.30pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 3 (in Greek), weekends and Monday only at 3.30pm

listings Today Music Chris Combette Concert exploring the musical terrain of the Caribbean within the framework of Francophonie month. March 22. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10/Free of charge for children under 9, students and senior citizens. Tel: 22-459333

Theatre The Firebird Theatro Versus presents drama. March 22 until April 7. B Municipal Market (Theatro Ena), Limassol. Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 96-458399 Woyzeck Multi-media performance of one of the most performed and influential plays in contemporary German theatre. March 22-23. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 8.30pm. In Greek Language with English songs and text fragments. Tel: 22-674607

Other Events The Other Town Lecture A public lecture on how to transform the images of the ‘other’ in education. March 22. Home for Cooperation 28 Marcou Dracou Street, Nicosia. 5pm. or call 22-445740

Kath’ Odon – ECO-inSite Discussion concerning the relationship between installation/interaction and the viewer/ as well as with the ancient monuments as a surrounding environment. March 22. Art Studio 55, 23A Andrea Drousioti, Heroes’ Square, Limassol. 8pm. Tel: 25-340739 Second International Motion Graphics Festival Screenings of selected motion work, keynote lectures by industry professionals and workshops relating to motion graphics and broadcasting software and tools. March 22-24. European University of Cyprus, Nicosia. www.


Music 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 23. Michael’s Tavern, Erimi, Limassol. 7pm -Showtime 8.30pm. €18 inc. half meze dinner. Tel: 25934104/ 99-83253. Antypas and Despina Vandi Popular Greek singers perform live. March 23. Pavilion, Lakatameia, Nicosia. 11pm. €40/80. All prices include a Bottle of Scotch Whisky or Vodka every 4 people. Tel: 22-322222 Flamenco Night A journey to the world of Flamenco with songs full of passion and joy. March 23. Weaving Mill, old Nicosia. 10.30pm until late. Free

Exhibition Colourecievers Exhibition by Savvinos Pareskevas. Opens March 23, 7.30pm until April 12. Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, 45 Stadiou Street, Larnaca. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm & 4.30pm-8pm. Sunday:11am-2pm & 4pm-7pm. Tel: 24-621109 Aphrodite Lovestoned Photography and book presentation by Anna Würth. Opens March 23, 8pm until April 6. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery 10 Solonos Street, Paphos. Open Tuesday- Friday: 10am-1pm & 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Poetry reading evening: March 30, 8pm. Tel: 99-311225

Theatre The Eulogy A black comedy that breaks the mold on what we consider a typical monologue by Greek poet, playwright Iakovos Kambanelis. March 23 until April 20. Epigoni Theatre, Kyriakos Karaolis Square, Old Aglantzia. Every Saturday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €8. Tel: 99-222974 The True Women Show An interactive play mocking female perceptions towards men and society. March 23-24 & 30-31. Scarabeo Bar, 4 Nikokreontos Street, Nicosia. On Saturdays and Sundays at 9pm. In Greek. €7. Tel: 96-349216/99-386898

Below Zero Drama directed by Photis Georgidis. March 23-25, 28 & 30-31. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue. 8.30pm. €15. In Greek. Tel: 70-007410/99-308232

Other Events

Fifth International Cartoon Exhibition Exhibition of cartoons by Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots and foreign cartoonists from around the world on the theme of Troika. Until March 27. Journalist’s House, 12 CyBC (RIK) Avenue, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Open daily: 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 96683786.

Storytelling Club Club aiming to bring young ones closer through the culture of reading and encouraging interaction between children across the divide in Cyprus. Fairytales will be read in three languages -Greek, Turkish and English and children’s activities will follow. March 23. Home for Cooperation 28 Marcou Dracou Street, Nicosia. 11.30am-1.30pm. Suitable for ages 2-7 years. Tel: 22-445740

The Glass Menagerie New theatre group Krama presents classic play by Tennessee Williams. March 21-22. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol. 8.30pm. in Greek. €10/8. Tel: 25-877827

Keep on Dancing Dance the crisis away and bring in your own message about how you wish to live through our times, with live streaming. March 23. Saripolou Street, Limassol. 9pm-midnight. Tel: 99-383379.

Tone Clusters The Second Stage of ETHAL presents work of famous American author Joyce Carol Oates. Until March 24. Technohoros ETHAL, 76 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, Limassol. Tuesdays, Saturdays at 8.30pm and Sundays 6.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 25-877827


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

Other Events 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Live streaming of documentary screenings shown at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. March 18-22. Tassos Papadopoulos Entrance University of Nicosia. 8.30pm. Tel: 22-431355 ext:124


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

The Children of Cain Theatro Ena presents the psychological thriller by Andreas Thomopoulos. Until March 31. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Friday through Sunday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203 The Harley Jacket THOC’s New Stage presents play by Vasilis Katsikonouris. Until April 5. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Performances at the exterior spaces of THOC’s New Theatre Building. Every two weeks Wednesday through Friday at 8.30pm. €12/10. In Greek. Tel: 77-772717

Exhibitions The Colour of Truth Group art exhibition from both communities about the Missing Persons-issue. Until March 22. Goethe-Institut’s Gallery (Nicosia buffer zone). Mondays to Fridays: 11am-7 pm. Tel: 22-674607 Spontaneous and Raw Solo painting exhibition until March 23. Argo Gallery, 64E D. Akrita Avenue, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-754009. www. Cheapart Limassol Group exhibition at affordable prices. Until March 23. Penindaplinena Gallery, 49 Ellados, Limassol. MondayFriday: 4pm-8pm. Saturday: 12-4pm. Tel: 25-340727. info@penindapliena. com

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Free plays on World Theatre Day: Above left Argiro’s Toumazou’s The Switch and (right) Nicolas Kouroumtzis’ adaptation of Tone Clusters. Below inset Nobel Laureate Dario Fo and his wife Franca Rame. This year, in honour of World Theatre Day’s 51st Celebration, Fo will write the annual International Message, which will be translated and published in more than 20 languages

CYPRUS is set to feast on a flurry of theatre activities over the next few days as it joins the rest of the world in ringing in the 51st World Theatre Day. From stage plays to street theatre, the occasion will see the Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute present a series of events across different venues to commemorate the power of theatre while strengthening cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders. Created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) – an international organisation of theatre professionals under the umbrella of UNESCO – World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. The streets of Nicosia and Limassol will be alive with a wealth of street theatre tomorrow – as they participate in World Theatre Day celebrations. People out and about can enjoy free street theatre performances from a range of whacky and wonderful characters, while students of the Aesthetic Department of the Frederick Institute of Technology will be a armed with their theatrical brushes to paint pain kids faces. The perform performers will be pop popping up in a ran range of locations – in Ledras and Onasag Onasagorou in Nico Nicosia and around Limassol Ca Castle – so yo you can ma make a da day of it and tr try and sspot tthem

all, or just enjoy impromptu performances as you do your shopping. Parallel events include puppet master Lena Spanou presenting shadow theatre in Eleftheria Square. The New Stage of THOC will present work by Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot playwrights on Monday. Two works by contemporary Turkish playwrights’ Ibrahim Altıok’s My Murderer My Victims and Leyla Ulubatlı’s Paris’ Choice, will be translated into Greek and read out by Greek Cypriots, while two Greek Cypriot playwrights’ Adoni Floridis’ For Hari’s Sake and Yianni Agisilaou’s Kardash My Brother will be translated into Turkish and presented by Turkish Cypriot actors. There will be Greek and Turkish surtitles. While many theatres have performances and workshops to celebrate the day, the most important annual event is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited by ITI Worldwide in Paris to craft an international message to mark the global occasion. For 2013, the message will be written by Italian Nobel Prize-winning playwright, director and actor Dario Fo. The International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world. The Cyprus Centre of International Theatre Institute, at the invitation of ITI have organised a film reading of the Greek translation of the International Message from actors Neoclis Neocleous, Annita Santorineou. Marianna Kafkaridis, directed by Nikos Charalambous. Look out for the free theatre performances - The Second Stage of ETHAL will be presenting Tone Clusters by American author Joyce Carol Oates. Directed by

Nicolas Kouroumtzis, the story follows a father and mother who endure an unnerving, often absurd interview with the media that pries into secrets of a family tragedy. Theatro Ena’s play The Switch by Argyro Toumazou will also be free on Wednesday. Set in the heart of Nicosia, a middleaged couple returns in the evening to their home where they are welcomed by two thugs. So on March 27, take some time to celebrate the theatre and remember that the theatre not only entertains but it also has the power to inspire, transform, and educate by reflecting the diversity of cultures and the shared human condition. World Theatre Day A day of celebration that increases intercultural awareness among masses. March 23: Street theatre in Ledras and Onasagorou, Eleftheria Square, Nicosia. 11am-1pm March 24: Street theatre around Limassol Castle. 11am-1pm Two Voices – World Theatre Day A night of theatre with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot authors. March 25. THOC THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. 8pm. With Greek and Turkish subtitles. Tel: 22674920/99-388160 Tone Clusters The Second Stage of ETHAL presents work of famous American author Joyce Carol Oates. March 27. THOC THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. 8.30pm. In Greek. Free. Tel: 22-0480300 The Switch Theatro Ena presents play by Argiro Toumazou. March 27. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Wednesday at 8.30pm. In Greek. Free. Tel: 22-348203 By Ledha Socratous

Tomorrow Other Events Get your dancing shoes on HISTORICALLY, times of crisis have acted as catalysts for creative activity. Right now, the whole of Cyprus is on hold, banks are closed and big decisions that could have global repercussions are being made. While society agonises over the financial and political chaos, Dance House Lemesos has come up with a new creative idea to get us through the ordeal, “dance through crisis… for the sake of our sanity”, after all art breeds from decay. Tomorrow evening people from all walks of life are invited to congregate at Saripolou Street in Limassol, between 9pm and midnight to dance your blues away. Bring your own message about how you wish to live through these harsh times, either by wearing it on a T-shirt, holding it on a sign, writing it on a piece of paper, on your body or any other form or material. Be as creative and spontaneous as possible. Come with your friends and family, dance for as long as you wish and share your message with the world. There will be live streaming with other parts of the world who wish to share and connect. The idea is to be creative through life no matter what. Artistic activity provides an essential outlet for the range of heightened emotions we feel: confusion, frustration, anxiety and hopelessness. Most importantly, such endeavours of dancing in the streets remind us of life’s joys and of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Keep on Dancing Dance the crisis away and bring in your own message about how you wish to live through our times, with live streaming. March 23. Saripolou Street, Limassol. 9pm-midnight. Tel: 99-383379. keepondancingr

On The Scene Theatre THOC side events THE Cyprus Theatre Organisation continues its series of parallel events and surtitled performances. Who was the first to be unfaithful? Man or woman? Marivaux’s The Dispute is about an experiment to discover the answer. And tomorrow evening Christakis Christofi from the Open University of Cyprus will host a discussion entitled The Experiment of Love: Infidelity is (Fe)male on the occasion of the performance of The Dispute. A performance of Marivaux’s dark and comic play will follow at 8.30pm French audiences will be pleased to hear that the performance on Sunday will have French surtitles, while the shows on March 30 and 31 will have English and Greek surtitles. It’s suggested that audiences reserve seats on the first circle of the auditorium for better view of the surtitles. In addition, The Dispute will be staged at the Rialto Theatre on May 28 with English and Greek surtitles. New THOC Theatre (area of the old GSP Stadium).Tel. 22-864300.

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

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Television March 17, 2013• SUNDAY MAIL

CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

Proti Enimerosi Kali Sas Mera

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Local variety show, with entertainment options, cookery tips and more.

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Kaftis Piperies (rpt) Istories Tou Horkou (rpt) Local comedy series, which happens to be the longest-running show on TV.


Apo Mera Se Mera



Current affairs show. Local cultural show.

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


Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Somewhere On Earth (rpt)

NRG Zone A Touch Of Frost: If Dogs Run Free

Top Gear Sixteenth season. Episode 5: The presenters tackle the traffic chaos snowy weather causes in Britain, and hit upon a solution involving a combine harvester, some rudimentary engineering skills and a trip to Norway. Jeremy Clarkson tests the Audi RS5 and the BMW M3, and a surprising guest gets behind the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Cara.

News Patates 8

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

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Drama, starring David Jason. 2008. Part 2 of 2.

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



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.

Paizoume Kypriaka

Local Sketch (rpt) News Repeats 23.30

05.30 06.20 06.50 07.00 07.50

Kati Psinetai (rpt) Amateur chefs each stage a dinner party to find who will be crowned the winning host.

Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies

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

NRG Zone FIFA Word Cup 2014 Magazine A look ahead to the tournament that will be staged in Brazil.

Live cookery show.




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Erotas (rpt) Proini Enimerosi Me Agapi Strivein Dia Tou Arravonos (rpt) Akros Oikogeneiakon (rpt) Lyke, Lyke Eisai Edo (rpt) Einai Stigmes (rpt) Panselinos (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) To Kafe Tis Haras (rpt) Ta Koritsia Tou Baba (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Lefta Sto Lepto Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) With News at 18.00.

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Tin Patisa (rpt) Niose Me News Spring Wipe Out Laikes Paraskeves

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News Sports News Vradi Me Ton Petro Kostopoulo Klemmeni Zoi (rpt) Angigma Zois (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

Greek music show.

01.40 02.30 03.20 04.40

MEGA 06.00 06.15

Ta Epta Kaka Tis Moiras Mou Retire (rpt) Greek drama series.

07.00 10.00

Nea Mera Proino Mou Lifestyle programme features entertainment, a cookery segment with the winner of the first Greek Master Chef, music and more. Hosted by real life couple Giorgos Liagas and Fay Skorda.

12.45 14.00

SIGMA 06.10 07.00 08.20 10.00 10.50 12.00 14.30 15.20 17.10 18.00 18.05

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


Enimerosi Tora Klemmena Oneira (rpt) Eheis Meson Current affairs show.

Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites


Yia Sena

Local drama series.

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News Greek Series TBA Oi Vasiliades

Local talk-show.


Latin American telenovela.

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News Klemmena Oneira Greek drama series.

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Mousiko Kouti - Live Greek musical game show.


News Gymnoi Angelloi (rpt)

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Yia Sena (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

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Al Tsantiri News (rpt)

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

Kid’s TV Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of I Kouzina Me Ti Dina (rpt) 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.

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A highly successful live satirical comedy show that features Lakis Lazopoulos giving ‘his version’ of the news.

Local drama series.

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Greek drama series.

Daily family comedy based on the Argentinian sitcomtelenovela Los Roldan.

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News Aspra Balonia


Exelixeis Stin Showbiz FILM: The Astronaut Farmer A NASA astronaut, forced to retire years earlier so he could save his family farm, has never given up his dream of space travel and looks to build his own rocket, despite the government’s threats to stop him. Drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton. 2006.


FILM: Illusion Infinity A Las Vegas singer abandons her successful career to start a family. Drama, starring Barbara Carrera. 2004.

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LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

CAPITAL 08.15 08.45 09.25 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.25 15.20 16.15 17.00 17.45 18.15

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

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News Sports Time O Anthropos Tis Thalassas FILM: Earthstorm A demolitions expert is sent on a mission to stop the moon from breaking apart. Sci-fi adventure, with Stephen Baldwin. 2006.


FILM: Shining Through A secretary discovers her boss is moonlighting as a spy for American military intelligence. Romantic thriller, starring Michael Douglas. 1992.


FILM: Chain Reaction Two scientists devise a way to produce energy from water, but end up in the frame for murder and have to go on the run. Thriller, with Keanu Reeves. 1996.

One Day (Novacinema1, 17.15)

01:20 Gavin & Stacey 01:50 EastEnders 02:20 Doctors 02:50 Keeping Up Appearances 03:20 The World’s Toughest Driving Tests 04:15 Gavin & Stacey 04:45 The Stephen K Amos Show 05:15 Beautiful People 05:45 Keeping Up Appearances 06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 3rd & Bird 07:10 Fimbles 07:30 Boogie Beebies 07:45 Tellytales 07:55 Tweenies 08:15 3rd & Bird 08:25 Fimbles 08:45 Boogie Beebies 09:00 Tellytales 09:10 Bobinogs 09:20 Keeping Up Appearances 09:50 Mastermind 10:20 The Weakest Link 11:05 EastEnders 11:35 Doctors 12:05 The World’s Toughest Driving Tests 12:55 The Invisible Leopard 13:50 Gavin & Stacey 14:20 Mastermind 14:50 The Weakest Link 15:35 EastEnders 16:05 Doctors 16:35 The World’s Toughest Driving Tests 17:25 Gavin & Stacey 17:55 Keeping Up Appearances 18:25 The Weakest Link 19:10 EastEnders 19:40 Doctors 20:10 Casualty 21:00 The Old Guys 21:30 The Stephen K Amos Show 22:00 How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin 22:50 Lead Balloon 23:20 Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show 23:45 Luther 00:40 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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

Catch 10:55 Ultimate Survival 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 How It’s Made 12:40 Extreme Engineering 13:35 Fifth Gear 14:30 Wheeler Dealers 15:25 American Chopper 16:20 Mythbusters 17:15 Dirty Jobs 18:10 Deadliest Catch 19:05 Ultimate Survival 20:00 How It’s Made 21:00 One Car Too Far 22:00 Stan Lee’s Superhumans 23:00 Werner Herzog’s Death Row 00:00 Ultimate Cops 01:00 Banged Up Abroad 01:55 One Car Too Far 02:50 Stan Lee’s Superhumans 03:50 Werner Herzog’s Death Row 04:50 Ultimate Cops 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’

09:30 Ski Jumping: World Cup Slovenia 10:30 Athletics: Greene Light 10:45 Cycling: Tour Of Catalunya 11:45 Football: Next Gen Series 13:00 Fitness: The Box 13:15 Ski Jumping: World Cup Slovenia 14:15 Cross-Country Skiing: World Cup Sweden 16:00 Ski Jumping: World Cup Slovenia 18:00 Cross-Country Skiing: World Cup Sweden 18:45 Cycling: Tour Of Catalunya 20:00 Cycling: Gp E3 21:00 Stihl Timbersports Series: World Championship Norway 22:00 Boxing 00:00 2014 World Cup World Tour 01:00 Rally: Fia European Rally Championship Spain 01:30 Fia World Touring Car Championship 02:00 Cycling: Tour Of Catalunya

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 Happy Endings 12:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 12:50 Glee 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 Masterchef 19:20 Desperate Housewives 20:10 Bones 21:00 Happy Endings 21:25 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 23 21:50 Glee 22:40 Raising Hope 23:05 Scrubs 23:30 Happy Endings 23:55 Don’t Trust The B...In Apartment 23 00:20 Glee 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 Masterchef

07:30 Deceived 09:20 Mystery, Alaska 11:20 Todos Tus Muertos 12:45 Saint John Of Las Vegas 14:15 Wild Target 16:00 That Darn Cat 17:45 Double Jeopardy 19:30 Hollywood Buzz 20:00 LTV Sports News 21:00 Haunting Of Bryan Beckett, The (Aka The Skeptic) 23:00 Battle Los Angeles 01:05 Hustler TV 02:30 Killer Inside Me, The 04:30 Simon Birch 06:30 LTV Sports News

17:15 One Day 19:05 Conviction 21:00 Ncis 22:00 Habemus Papam 23:50 Like Crazy 01:25 Cine News 01:55 A Happy Event 03:45 Friends With Kids

07:00 Kids TV 15:45 Justice League Unlimited 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games (Men’s) 17:30 Planet Speed 18:00 Barclays Premier League World 18:30 Nba Action 19:00 La Liga World 19:30 Winter X-Games Europe 20:00 2012 American Le Mans Series 21:00 Pba All-Star Shootout 22:00 Grand American Series 2012 23:00 Espn Films 00:00 Barclays Premier League Review 01:00 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games (Men’s) 01:30 La Liga Review 2012-13 02:30 Nba 201213 05:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13

07:15 Privileged 08:00 Friends 08:30 Closer, The 09:15 Five Days 2 10:20 One Tree Hill 11:15 Strike Back 12:55 Harry’s Law 13:40 Privileged 14:25 Closer, The 15:10 Five Days 2 16:15 Big Bang Theory The 16:40 Accord-

ing To Jim 17:25 Mentalist The 18:10 Southland 19:00 Harry’s Law 19:45 Gossip Girl 20:30 Friends 21:45 Fringe 22:30 Ncis: Los Angeles 23:15 Supernatural 00:05 Philadelphia 02:15 Kisses 03:45 Big Bang Theory The 04:10 According To Jim 05:00 Mentalist The 05:45 Southland 06:30 Harry’s Law

08:00 Girlfriends 10:00 After.Life 12:00 Ticking Clock 14:00 Rich Man’s Wife, The 15:45 Flirting 17:30 Henry’s Crime 19:45 Peacemaker, The 22:00 Triage 00:05 Daring! TV 04:05 Fifth Patient, The 06:00 Green Hornet, The

06:30 The Illusionist 08:20 Tooth Fairy 2 09:50 Mad On Novacinema 10:25 The Avengers 12:50 Happy Gilmore 14:25 Hollywood Buzz 15:00 The Adjustment Bureau 16:50 Cine News

06:10 It’s Kind Of A Funny Story 07:55 $5 A Day 09:40 Rio 11:20 Cine News 11:55 The Stone Angel 13:55 Man Of The House 15:40 A Thousand Acres 17:30 Action Zone 19:55 The Bone Collector 22:00 Page Eight 23:50 Transporter 2 01:25 Underworld: Awakening 03:00 Cine News 03:25 The Double

19:10 Your Highness 21:00 Tt3d: Closer To The Edge 22:45 Cine News 23:00 Quarantine 2: Terminal 00:35 Cine News 01:30 L’honneur Des Mariani 03:05 Street Kings 2: Motor City 04:40 Scream 4

19:15 Bloodworth 21:00 A Far Off Place 22:55 Monte Carlo 02:35 Our Day Will Come 04:10 Cine News 04:40 Amnesty.

14:00 Sports Unlimited 15:00 European Tour Maybank Malaysian Open Rd. 2 18:00 Pre Game 18:45 Championship

2012-13: Aep Vs Omonoia 20:45 Post Game 21:30 Snapshots Cyprus Football 22:00 European Tour Maybank Malaysian Open Rd. 2 01:00 Nhl: Pittsburgh Penguins At New York Islanders

06:00 Only Hits 08:00 MTV GreekLips 09:00 MTV Hollywood Heights 10:00 MTV Plain Jane (Commissioned Version) 11:00 Pure Local 12:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 13:00 MTV Made 14:00 MTV Big Time Rush 14:30 MTV Victorious 15:00 MTV Hollywood Heights 16:00 MTV Crash Canyon 17:00 MTV Pranked 18:00 MTV GreekLips 19:00 Only Hits 20:00 MTV Catfish 21:00 MTV Hitlist Hellas 22:00 MTV World Stage 23:00 McCafé Music Project 23:30 MTV Savage U 00:00 MTV Jersey Shore 01:00 MTV Geordie Shore 02:00 Only Hits

07:00 Mildred Pierce 09:00 Live A Little, Love A Little 10:30 Sunday In New York 12:15 The Perfect Specimen 13:55 Song Of Love 15:55 An American In Paris 17:50 Texas Carnival 19:00 Arena 20:10 Pennies From Heaven 22:00 Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 23:50 It Happened At The World’s Fair 01:35 High Sierra 03:15 Sunday In New York 05:00 Song Of Love

By Preston Wilder

The Haunting of Bryan Becket (LTV, 21.00) Also known as The Skeptic - and Tim Daly is Bryan Becket, a.k.a. the skeptic (or sceptic), a lawyer who moves into a spooky old house. “Be careful in that house. There’s something ... not quite right there,” counsels a cryptic priest; “Are you trying to tell me you think the house is haunted?” scoffs Bryan sceptically - but then doors start slamming by themselves, visions appear, voices mention a mysterious trunk, a terrified little boy claims that “someone’s in the closet”, and a sexy psychic (Zoe Saldana) sums it up: “There’s a very bad secret in this house”. Yup, looks pretty haunted to me. A straight-to-video horror that

The Haunting of Bryan Becket

sounds so generic I can only assume there’s some last-minute twist - will Brad Pitt turn up as a figment of Bryan’s imagination? - though apparently it’s more about repressed memories, and our hero getting in touch with his own ‘blocked’ childhood. Could be great, but I’m rather (yes!) sceptical. Made in 2009.

Habemus Papam (Novacinema1, 22.00) Well, we have to, don’t we? The title translates as ‘We Have a Pope’, that being what the Vatican announces after the election of a new Pontiff, lapsing into Latin for extra gravity - but the new Pope (Michel Piccoli) feels unable to pursue this great honour (sound fa-

miliar?). “I’m an actor,” he says, making clear that the whole thing is just a performance which he feels incapable of performing, literally running away from his new office. Also in the mix is a therapist (writer-director Nanni Moretti) brought in to treat the reluctant Pope, as well as an actor who goes mad and recites Chekhov obsessively - another case of performance gone wrong. The result got mixed reviews, its satire of the Church criticised as mild and toothless - but in fact it’s quite sharp on the childlike Cardinals, lost and confused behind their pomp and circumstance, though it does slightly run out of steam in its final act. A bit like a certain real-life Pope with a three-syllable name starting with ‘B’, then. In Italian; made in 2011.

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


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1 Sweep forest undergrowth (9) 2 Was the foreman responsible for such a mistake? (9) 3 Passionate study in art (6) 4 “Strange” our Edward whispered (8) 5 Dismiss the disadvantage (5) 6 Of the nose Alan’s broken (5) 11 Improper behaviour in December alternatively with hesitation (9) 12 The said lumberjack will soundly beat a mathematical aid (9) 14 Leading lady has bitter exchange, nothing else in the opera text (8) 16 Hang 500 fish (6) 18 One right could be his, coming from the Emerald Isle (5) 19 Walker even after getting a hitch (5)

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3 US objects in a camera needed treatment (9) 7 Mainstream? (5) 8 Play’s linesman (9) 9 Be of assistance in verse reconstruction (5) 10 Struggle against gravity (6) 13 Tuneful American painter (8) 15 Did a blue design on a flowering shrub (8) 17 Said in France of the girl to be undecided (6) 20 Girl from Havana omitted (5) 21 And in France making a selection outside whilst dissuading other workers from entering (9) 22 Look with an expression of disgust at Irish lake (5) 23 Girl dispenses hot claret (9)

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Answers to crossword 2343


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ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Venus moves into your sign today Aries, giving you quite a cluster of planets in your sign, and extra sex appeal. Solo? Your love life is set to spark into a great deal more action. Depending on your exact circumstances, this could be a very exciting time. Settled? You may want to do something more daring with your partner to add some lustre.

Getting to the truth of situations is something many of us need to do, at least if we have gone through a period of uncertainty. This may ring true for you now, especially if you have been unsure over a relationship. Don’t hold back from asking the questions you feel you need to have answered. Links with people overseas also look up from now.

A much more outgoing phase for your social life and romantic prospects, kicks in from today, but...things could prove quite chaotic. If you like unpredictability and lots of spark, you will be in your element. If you are in a settled tie but things have got a bit too cosy, you may be tempted to provoke a row to create some extra excitement!

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Will you start to have second thoughts about a current involvement? And whether you are involved or single, the past can be an evocative draw and you may find yourself completely rethinking a situation that ended trickily, from a new perspective. But in all sorts of relationships this can be a time for a revue. Take your time with this Taurus.

Venus moves into its most intense but penetrative location today. This could see you benefit from someone’s generosity in the next four weeks, or it may see you fall hopelessly in love with someone new. If it’s the latter, the chances are it will be a very intense relationship, but one which can teach you a lot about yourself and your hidden needs.

The urge to change things has been strong over the last few days, but if you have started to make the physical alterations, Venus’s move today can help you to start bringing some order to proceedings. This may see you deciding to give your home, or a room in it, a decorative makeover, or you may decide to move altogether.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

If you have been really putting in the hours on the professional front, you may feel that you are due a change of scene and a change of emphasis. And slogging away at major aims can seem a whole lot less attractive. Being playful, active and interacting more with friends can be a much better draw. One friend can become a closer buddy.

Your guide planet Venus moves into your opposite sign of Aries, and this can help to soothe and smooth any jagged edges which may have shown themselves of late. It will get easier to hear the viewpoints of others, and also to meet people half way. You often have a knack for this at the best of times, but from now, you can sparkle.

Over the next four weeks, someone, somewhere is going to be captivated, not just by what you say but also how you say it. And if you have a natural talent for speaking, writing, or even singing, your talents can reach a wider audience. If you are looking to date anyone new, the internet or newspaper ads can trigger an attraction.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

Venus arrives in your solar Midheaven, and in so doing can encourage you to be a little less spiky in chasing your goals. As much as this planet is the planet of love, it is also to do with money. And its link with the Sun suggests that diplomacy along with determination, can help you no end. Co-operation can help you cultivate better links.

If you are finding it tricky to get along with anyone, rather than getting your hackles up, you might benefit from making a conscious effort to cut them a bit of slack. Mars and Uranus can make you edgy and perhaps even hypercritical. Instead, look to make sure everything you do is done well, and keep a low profile. The day will pass off better.

An improvement in your finances remains a possibility, but it does require you to show maximum self control when it comes to your expenditure. The temptation to splash out on anything rather glamorous, yummy, calorific or darn right luxurious, can be high. If you can refrain, in a month’s time, a lot more cash will be in your bank account.


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA 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 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

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TO LET NICOSIA 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 €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

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TO LET NICOSIA on the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area, off Kostantinoupoleos street near French ambassador residence.- STROVOLOS €700 (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 en suite),3wc,CH independent, A/C, big garden – Nicosia Centre €1400 (H4NIC0002-R), (photos in the

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TO LET NICOSIA 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 detached house 350sq.m, with big separate basement 80sq.m with 2 rooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Consists of big sitting

TO LET NICOSIA 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

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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).

***************************** 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, 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



4. 2 bedr luxury ground floor apartment with central heating-independent, 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, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neighbourhood near Akropolis park. AVAILABLE end of March – Acropolis €800 A2ACS0002-R (photos in the website) .

TO LET NICOSIA 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, 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 cov-

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

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TO LET LIMASSOL LIMASSOL ***************************** FOR RENT office of around 85m2, with partitions, kitchenette and parking in a peaceful, green yet central area at Helladion House(off. 302; 3rd floor), 5 Andrea Kalvou Str. For viewing, please call Ms. Jenny on 25-340987(3rd flloor of building; office hours). For further details, please call 25-521873 after 8:00pm.

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

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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS views ₏750 pm Universal - 2 bedroom fully furnished ground oor apartment, a/c, large bedrooms, communal pool, o/s parking ₏350 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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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS ***************************** 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

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Friday, March 22, 2013 CYPRUS MAIL

Sport Heat still hot after extending winning streak to 24 games Cavaliers blow a franchise record 27 point lead IT would have been the biggest upset of the NBA season. However, the defending NBA champion Miami Heat had other ideas. MVP candidate LeBron James took over in the fourth quarter, leading the Heat to a 98-95 victory over the upset-minded Cavs before 20,562 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Heat (53-14) extended their winning streak to 24 games in a row. Miami hasn’t lost since February 1, a span of 47 days. James recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, all game highs. The Cavs blew a 27-point lead, the largest in franchise history in a losing effort. “Down 27, none of us were happy about it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We caught lightning in a bottle. “We had to take big homerun plays to get us back in the game. That’s part of our greatness.” There was a lot of disappointment among the Cavs. They had the Heat on the ropes, but couldn’t put them away. “I’m sure everyone in our locker room wanted to get it done,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “You have to give the Heat credit. That’s why they’re the defending NBA

MVP candidate LeBron James took over in the fourth quarter, leading the Heat to a 98-95 victory over his former team champion.” The Cavs (22-46) were playing without Kyrie Irving (sprained left shoulder), Dion Waiters (sore left knee) and Anderson Varejao (knee surgery). However, they led 67-40 with 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the third quarter. The Heat trailed by nine points after three quarters, 77-68. However, James scored 11 of their first 12 points to take control of the contest. They blitzed the Cavs in the fourth, 30-18. There were two delays in the action. The start of the game was delayed by 35

minutes with moisture on the floor. “It was weird to have to go back into the locker room,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “We had to come out and warm up again.” Then, with 8:21 left, a fan came out on the court to greet James wearing a Tshirt that read: “We miss you. Come back 2014.” “He looked like he had a few too many beers,” Scott said. James said he didn’t see the guy until it was too late. “I didn’t see him until he was in my face,” he said. “I had no reaction.”

He said the comeback was fueled by the Heat’s defense. They outscored the Cavs in the second half, 64-40. “We had to get stops,” James said. “That’s what got us back into the game, getting stops. Shane Battier’s two 3s helped our defense. Tonight our offense helped our defense.” James said he wasn’t concerned with the secondlongest winning streak in NBA history. “The streak wasn’t on my mind,” he said. “Getting blown out was on my mind. “It was a good quality win, especially being down like

we were. We were down by 27 with 18 minutes left in the game, but that’s a lifetime.” Cavs swingman C.J. Miles missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game. James dropped in two free throws with 4.7 seconds left, which extended the Heat’s lead to three points. The Cavs have lost to the Heat three times this season by a combined nine points. Miami trailed by 21 points at halftime, 55-34. It proved to be the largest halftime deficit from which the Heat has ever come back.

Chisora claims boxing is ‘dead’

Britain’s Dereck Chisora (right) gave heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko a tough time a year ago

DERECK Chisora says that boxing is “dead” and personalities like his will get the sport greater attention. Earlier in March, the 29-year-old was given a British Boxing Board of Control licence, a year after he had it removed following a brawl with David Haye. But the heavyweight maintains he has no concerns about negative perceptions of him in the sport. “Boxing is dead and you need people like me to bring it back up,” Chisora told 5 live Boxing. “Someone has to take the bad role and as long as people are tuning in and watching the sport that I love, I don’t mind.” Chisora was banned by the World Boxing Council after the fracas with Haye but his subsequent fight against his fellow Briton, which Chisora lost in the fifth round, was sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. The Londonder, who has undertaken anger management classes, is set to fight Ondrej

Pala on 20 April and is targeting a fight with David Price later this year. He added: “I don’t mind going to Liverpool in the summer time for a big fight against David Price. I did take anger classes but I’ve kind of stopped now. We’ll see one day if it’s worked.” Chisora is set to fight on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s WBO light-heavyweight title bout with Robin Krasniqi. Champion Cleverly is already hinting the prospect of a fight with Bernard Hopkins if he defeats Krasniqi, the first of his two mandatory defences. However, wanting a fight to happen and a fight actually happening are two completely different things in boxing. Hopkins will consider all of his angles plus Cleverly has another mandatory commitment; he has to fight Jurghen Brahmer after Krasniqi. There is no doubt that a CleverlyHopkins fight can be made, it is just a case of when it will be made.

IN BRIEF Italy mourns Mennea FORMER Olympic champion Pietro Mennea, whose 200 metres world record lasted more than 16 years, has died in a Rome clinic at the age of 60, the Italian Olympic Committee CONI said yesterday. “Italian sport is in mourning,” it said on its website, announcing the death of the Barletta-born sprinter - known as the ‘Arrow of the South’ - after an incurable illness. Mennea won gold at the boycotted 1980 Moscow Olympics, as well as a 4x400 relay bronze. He later admitted using human growth hormone, which was not banned at the time, during his career. The 200 metres world record of 19.72 seconds set at altitude in Mexico City at the 1979 World Student Games remained unbeaten for 16 years nine months and 11 days and is still the European record. Michael Johnson finally broke the mark with a time of 19.66 at the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials. The American then took gold at that year’s Atlanta games in 19.32. Johnson’s record stood for a further 12 years before Jamaican Usain Bolt, now a six-time Olympic gold medallist, claimed it with a time of 19.30 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and reduced it to 19.19 in Berlin in 2009.

Bolt to run in Rome Gala SIX-TIME Olympic champion Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres at Rome’s Golden Gala meeting on June 6, organisers said this week. The Jamaican world record holder has already announced appearances in the 200 at Oslo’s Bislett Games on June 13 and at the Paris Golden League meeting on July 6 ahead of the world championships in Moscow in August. Bolt, who became the only man to win the 100-200 metres double at successive Olympics during last year’s London Games, is also due to compete in a 150 metres race on Brazil’s Copacabana beach on March 31. The Golden Gala appearance will be Bolt’s third in a row at Rome’s Olympic stadium. He set a time of 9.91 seconds in 2011 and 9.76 last year in front of more than 50,000 spectators.

CYPRUS MAIL Friday, March 22, 2013


Sport Robson wins first match since Australian Open

Woods No.1 with Vonn and maybe the rankings too Resurgent Tiger can overhaul Rory McIlroy By Steve Keating WITH two wins in his last four starts Tiger Woods appears to have found his groove, found a new girlfriend and by the end of the weekend could find himself back at the top of the world golf rankings. Certainly Woods headed into the start of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a little extra-spring to his step, fresh off a victory at the WGC-Cadillac championship and playing on a Bay Hill layout that has been a happy hunting ground for the 14time major winner. Seven times, including last year, Woods has triumphed at ‘Arnie’s Place’ and one more victory on Sunday would match Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record for most wins in a single event. But despite being back in near peak form, it is Woods’ personal life that is once again in the headlines after confirming he and alpine World Cup ski sensation Lindsey Vonn are happily dating. “We’re very happy where we are at but also we wanted to limit the stalk-a-rassi and all those sleazy websites that are out there following us,” Woods told reporters while explaining the reasons behind his surprise announcement this week. “We basically

devalued the first photos. Unfortunately that’s just the way it is in our society right now.” Following Woods’ tumultuous fall from grace, the stars seem to be aligning as he rebuilds his life and image after the scandalous and very public breakup of his marriage. Having already supplanted Rory McIlroy and his tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki as the sporting world’s power couple, Woods could also nudge the Northern Irishman out of top spot in the rankings on Sunday. After a staggering 623 total weeks (including streaks of 264 and 281 consecutive) as number one, Woods has not sat atop the rankings for 29 months, a barren stretch that included two-and-a-half years without a PGA Tour win. With his personal life in order and his swing overhaul almost complete, a buoyant Woods has set himself a lofty goal. “I don’t want to become as good as I was, I want to be better,” declared Woods. “To get back to number one I need to win this week. Not too complicated. “I don’t think people realise how hard it is to become number one in the world.” While getting to number one may be hard work, Woods

has made winning at Bay Hill look easy. He won four straight Invitationals from 2000 to 2003 and claimed back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 but his most important victory came last year when he ended his PGA Tour trophy drought. It marked a turning point for Woods, who has gone on to win four more times since his Bay Hill breakthrough, bringing his career total to 76 PGA Tour wins. “Arnold Palmer has been great over the years to, not just myself, but to all the players out here,” said Woods. While Woods’ game is on the rise, McIlroy has struggled following an equipment switch, a run of poor form and questions about his own relationship. The Northern Irishman was roundly criticised earlier this month when he controversially walked off mid-round at the Honda Classic and was under scrutiny again on Wednesday for his decision to skip Bay Hill and use next week’s Houston Open as his Masters tuneup. Many golfers, including Woods, view the Arnold Palmer Invitational as a sort of golfing pilgrimage to honour ‘The King’,Palmer himself admitting he was surprised with McIlroy’s decision to skip his event.

Tiger Woods’ personal life is once again in the headlines after confirming he and alpine World Cup ski sensation Lindsey Vonn are happily dating

Cook confirms Bairstow role By David Clough

Jonny Bairstow, who will replace the injured Kevin Pietersen against New Zealand today, practises in the nets

JONNY Bairstow will replace the injured Kevin Pietersen in the final Test against New Zealand at Eden Park, England captain Alastair Cook confirmed yesterday. England must go into the series decider today without Pietersen, who flew home last night because of an injury in his right knee from which he will take at least six to eight weeks to recover. Pietersen yesterday made the trip to watch England fine-tune their preparations in a net session, after which Cook spoke of his disappointment that the mercurial batsman is unavailable and his hope that Bairstow can rise to the occasion. “Obviously, it’s a blow when you lose one of your senior batters and a guy who’s performed consistently well for us over a number of years,” he said. “He’s a great player, and will be missed. “But it gives an opportunity to Jonny Bairstow coming in.”

The 23-year-old Yorkshireman deputised to significant effect for Pietersen, against South Africa at Lord’s last August, when the South Africa-born batsman was in the middle of an unedifying dispute with his employers and team-mates. Bairstow subsequently lost his place back to Pietersen, when the latter was ‘reintegrated’ into the team for the tour of India, and has not played a Test since November in Mumbai - on that occasion replacing Ian Bell, who had flown home because of the birth of his first child. Cook added: “He’s probably been a little unlucky not to be selected earlier, through circumstance this winter. “So he has a great opportunity to try to end this winter well.” Bairstow has been an everpresent in England’s 2012/13 touring squads, save for the one-day international series in India when he was absent because of a family illness. But he has played precious little, most recently

in England’s series-clinching Twenty20 victory over the Kiwis in Wellington last month. “In an ideal situation, you’d like a little bit more match practice behind you,” Cook said. “But you can’t choose sometimes, and I know he’s just very excited about being given the opportunity and he won’t be looking at that as a negative. “He can go out there very fresh, and raring to go. “He’s desperately keen to be involved. He’s been on all the winter tours. “He only got one knock in the Tests in India. Coming back after playing really well against South Africa at Lord’s, to then miss out because of the balance of the team was probably a tough call to make.” Bairstow may yet be able to press his claims as a firstchoice batsman at the start of a high-profile summer in which England play New Zealand again, host a Champions Trophy and then face Australia in the first of two back-to-back Ashes series.

BRITAIN’S Laura Robson beat Camila Giorgi, of Italy, 6-2 4-6 6-3 to reach the second round of the Miami Masters. The world number 43 looked set for a comfortable victory when she won the first set in just over 20 minutes. But Giorgi, who has not won a match this year, fought back to win the second set before Robson finally triumphed in an error-strewn third set. The 19-year-old will now play number 32 seed Alize Cornet, of France, who was given a bye in the first round. Robson’s victory - secured moments before a thunderstorm suspended play on all courts - was her first since the Australian Open following three first-round defeats. “I’m really happy with the win today,” Robson said. “It was so hot when we started the match and by the end, there was this huge storm coming. I was trying to win before it started. “I was going for a bit more on my second serve and not taking as long in between points as I usually would do. We were very lucky to finish before it started pouring 30 seconds later.” British number one Heather Watson meanwhile has decided to continue with her tennis schedule less than 24 hours after stating she would take a break. Watson made the initial announcement on Tuesday after a first-round defeat for the second tournament in a row, saying she felt “burnt out”. But she told BBC Radio 5 live that she meant she wanted to return home to Guernsey for a few days. “I’m going to carry on with my schedule,” Watson said. The 20-year-old lost 1-6 7-5 6-4 to Ayumi Morita of Japan in the first round in Miami, and has yet to win a match since reaching 39 in the world rankings. Watson said: “I think after my match I just wasn’t thinking straight and said things that could be interpreted in the wrong way. “When I said I was burnt out and wanted to take a break, I meant I wanted to go home to Guernsey for a few days. “I haven’t been home to Guernsey since I left in December. I basically just want to put my racquet down for three or four days, have a rest and see my friends and family, as I haven’t done that this year yet.” Watson is next scheduled to play at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, in the United States, starting on 1 April.


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Sneijder back as Dutch seek to keep perfect record By Theo Ruizenaar

Edin Dzeko, who celebrated his 27th birthday this week, is hoping to take his good goalscoring record with Manchester City this season into the game

Dzeko banks on home comforts By Daria Sito-Sucic BOSNIA’S Edin Dzeko hopes to extend his birthday party with a World Cup qualifying win over Greece today that would represent a big step forward for the Balkan country in their bid to reach their first major tournament as an independent nation. Dzeko, who turned 27 on Sunday, acknowledged the Bosnians would have to be at their best in the cauldron of Zenica stadium to overcome the 2004 European champions, with the two teams leading Group I on 10 points from four

games each. “This game is not decisive but a home win would take a lot of weight off our backs because Greece are the group favourites and being three points ahead of them after Friday’s fixture would put us in the driving seat,” Dzeko told reporters this week. “A draw would also be a good result because we mustn’t forget that Greece are a very strong team who’ve qualified for many major tournaments while we are trying to make a maiden appearance on the big stage,” he said. The Bosnians, eliminated by Portugal in the playoffs

for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, will miss injured midfielder Sejad Salihovic, and playmaker Miralem Pjanic is doubtful with a sore ankle. Bosnia coach Safet Susic, a versatile forward who scored 21 goals in 54 appearances for the former Yugoslavia, said he would ask Pjanic to declare whether he is fit to play several hours before the match. “We naturally expect a good game and victory against Greece,” Susic told reporters. “It is our goal to remain top of the group and we will do our best to achieve that, although it’s not go-

ing to be an easy task,” he added. The sides drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture in Athens and Bosnia will feel their optimism is well-founded having scored 15 goals in their campaign compared with Greece’s five, although the bulk came in an 8-1 rout of Liechtenstein. Greece coach Fernando Santos, who gave his players a day off on Monday, acknowledged the winner of Friday’s clash would have the upper hand halfway through the battle to qualify for next year’s 32tournament in Brazil. “Whoever wins the match, if there is a winner, will be

very close to clinching the direct qualification spot,” he said. “But there is a long way to go and we mustn’t forget that that Slovakia will keep chasing the both of us and the equation is not just about Bosnia and Greece.” The Greeks will miss injured Nikos Spyropoulos and Kyriakos Papadopoulos and uncapped 22-year old goalkeeper Juri Lodigin has been given a surprise call-up. Central defender Avraam Papadopoulos is expected to return to the starting line-up for the first time since he limped out of Euro 2012 with a knee injury.

Liverpool: Suarez staying at Anfield By Toby Davis

The Uruguayan tops the Premier League scoring charts with 22 goals this season

LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez will remain at Anfield next season, according to the club’s managing director Ian Ayre, who has dismissed quotes from the Uruguayan saying he would consider offers from Champions League clubs. According to British media reports, the 26year-old, who is currently on international duty, said he was very happy at Anfield but if a club “with more prospects of competing in international club competition games” approached him, “they are very welcome”. His comments are likely to interest Europe’s elite clubs and could spark a bidding war for the player who currently tops the Premier League scoring charts with 22 goals this season in an under-performing Liverpool team. Ayre, however, said the Uruguayan’s comments “may have been a bit lost in translation” and when asked by the BBC if he was 100% confident of keeping hold of Suarez, replied: “Yes, absolutely.” He added: “We love Luis being at Liverpool, he loves being at Liverpool and we fully expect him to be at Liverpool next season.” Suarez, who moved to Anfield for £22.7 million from Ajax Amsterdam in 2011, signed a

new long-term deal with Liverpool last year and would likely command a fee that would scare off all but Europe’s biggest spenders. Suarez’s agent is Pere Guardiola, the brother of soon-to-be installed Bayern Munich coach Pep, which has led to inevitable media speculation that the player could be tempted to quit England for Germany. Liverpool’s prolonged absence from Europe’s money-spinning Champions League, which will almost certainly stretch to four years after the current campaign, is likely to leave them vulnerable to a close-season approach. Suarez, however, has never expressed a desire to leave the club who stood by him when he became embroiled in an ugly racism scandal that resulted in an eight-match ban after he was found guilty of abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last season. “I am very happy at Liverpool but you never know in football,” Suarez was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo ahead of Uruguay’s World Cup qualifier with Paraguay today. Liverpool, seventh in the standings, have slipped out of the running for the Champions League spots, trailing fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by nine points with eight games to play, but still have a slim chance of qualifying for the Europa League.

PLAYMAKER Wesley Sneijder is relishing being back in the international fold and helping the Netherlands take another step towards World Cup qualification when they host Estonia today. Sneijder has missed the last four matches through injury and a lack of match fitness but wants to make up for lost time after regaining club form with Galatasaray after being frozen out at Inter Milan over a contract dispute. The Dutch top Group D with four wins from four, three points ahead of Hungary and Romania who they welcome to Amsterdam on Tuesday. “It was logical that I did not play for the national team for months as I did not play a match for four months,” Sneijder told reporters. “So it was not strange I was not present just like it isn’t strange that I am present now. They should not write me off, I’m not 39.” The Dutch have been going along nicely without Sneijder, drawing with Germany and Italy in friendlies since they crushed Romania 4-1 in Bucharest in October. Against Italy last month, coach Louis van Gaal fielded one of the youngest ever Dutch teams - with an average age of 22 - although Adam Maher, impressive in the 1-1 draw with the Italians - has made way for Sneijder’s return. “Against Italy and Germany we showed what we are capable off against the bigger teams in the world and this creates expectations,” Van Gaal told reporters. “Now we have to show it against Estonia and Romania.” Van Gaal has warned Dutch fans that Estonia’s poor form - just one win from their four games and one goal scored - did not mean they would be pushovers. “They are a strong team that chases every ball and always will get a chance to score,” he said. Estonia have a defensive headache with Taavi Rahn ruled out by injury while there are doubts over the fitness of Dmitri Kruglov. Former captain Raio Piiroja and forward Sergei Zenjov have returned from injury to join the squad. Coach Tarmo Ruutli said the Dutch held few surprises for his team. “The players generally do the same things, and their positions are known. However, the other question is of individual excellence,” he said.

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Roof row heats up Sweden versus Ireland clash in frozen Stockholm

By Iain Rogers

Primary concern is for the fans By Philip O’Connor AMID accusations of gamesmanship, Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has called for the stadium roof to be left open for today’s World Cup qualifier in Sweden. With temperatures set to dip to minus 10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit), the Swedish Football Association has already stated its desire to keep the elements at bay for the Group C clash. Swedish team manager Lars Richt told Reuters that their primary concern was for the fans who do not want to watch a match in Stockholm’s freezing temperatures. Trapattoni, however, is keen to protect his players’ eardrums at the expense of the shivering spectators at the newly-constructed Friends Arena. “When it is closed, it has an echo, which is no good,” the former Juventus, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich coach told reporters. “It is too loud. I was in Germany with this situation before, and it was bad for us because of the crowd... “It would not be cold. The pitch is what’s important. It’s for the spectators that it will be cold.” While local media have fanned the flames of the debate, Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson said the

Spain face Xavi conundrum

Sweden opened their new Friends Arena stadium with a thrilling 4-2 friendly win over Roy Hodgson’s England, with captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting all four goals, each one more spectacular than the last players were unlikely to be bothered either way. “Honestly? I couldn’t really care less about it. For the players on the pitch it’s not going to make any difference,” Larsson told Reuters. The final say about the roof will rest with FIFA’s match commissioner who will make a decision on the day of the game after taking representations from both teams. Friday’s match will be Sweden’s first competitive international at their new arena, and they come into

the encounter on a high. They closed out 2012 in fine style, staging a remarkable comeback to draw 4-4 with Germany in Berlin and snatch a vital point. They opened the new stadium with a thrilling 4-2 friendly win over Roy Hodgson’s England, with captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting all four goals, each one more spectacular than the last. The Irish, on the other hand, limped out of 2012 with a crushing 6-1 defeat by the Germans and a lucky 2-1 win at Kazakhstan thanks to very late goals from Rob-

bie Keane and Kevin Doyle. Those results left Sweden in second place on seven points, three behind group leaders and favourites Germany, with Ireland one point further back in third. With the Irish due to face fourth-placed Austria in Dublin on Tuesday, Trapattoni will be aware that two defeats would probably end his side’s hopes of qualifying for the 2014 finals in Brazil. For Sweden coach Erik Hamren, the picture is much more positive - a win in Stockholm followed by victory away to Austria in

June would put them in the driving seat for second spot and a playoff place. The Swedes will look to tighten up a defence that conceded four against Germany and hope that Ibrahimovic continues his fine run of scoring form since joining Paris St Germain. Ireland have not been helped by Trapattoni’s controversial selection policy. Despite winning a penalty and scoring the winner against Kazakhstan, the experienced Doyle is only on the standby list for the current squad.

France have Georgia, and not Spain, on their mind By Julien Pretot

Misfiring: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has not scored for France in his last ten appearances

FRANCE coach Didier Deschamps will ram home the message that his side must focus on beating Georgia today and not think about the looming clash with Spain as their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign takes a decisive turn. Les Bleus, who have dramatically improved since exiting Euro 2012 in the quarterfinals, are second in Group I with seven points from three games and trail Spain on goal difference. Tuesday’s clash against the world champions in Paris will not count for much, Deschamps said, if France cannot first beat Georgia at the Stade de France. “In our qualifying campaign, if the match against Spain is to mean anything, we first need to win against Georgia,” Deschamps told reporters. “For the fans, it’s as if the Georgia game had already been won. We are not going

to say that Georgia are one of the best teams in Europe but they have good players and they are aggressive.” Georgia, third in the group with four points from as many games, will likely set out to frustrate the hosts by defending in depth. “Georgia defended very well against Spain. We could face the same situation,” said Deschamps, referring to Spain’s 1-0 win in Tbilisi in September, earned by a late Roberto Soldado goal. “They will come to defend well. We will have to find opportunities to score. We will try to have a team who take control of the ball and creates problems.” Deschamps is set to shuffle his side with midfielders Maxime Gonalons, Yohan Cabaye and Blaise Matuidi, as well as centre back Laurent Koscielny, facing suspension if they get booked on Friday. “The risk of suspension is an extra danger,” Deschamps admitted. One option is to rest Kosciel-

ny and field Real Madrid’s teenage defender Raphael Varane alongside Mamadou Sakho. Varane, 19, has been impressive with Real lately and has already been called up twice although he had to leave the squad because of injuries. In the midfield, Deschamps may hand Juventus prodigy Paul Pogba his first cap, especially with the 20-year-old blessed with the ability to score from long range - a rarity in the France team. It will not solve, however, Karim Benzema’s scoring problem. The Real Madrid striker has not scored in the last ten internationals and has come under fire from a French newspaper because he does not sing the national anthem before a game. “Singing La Marseillaise will not help me score a hat trick,” Benzema told French radio RMC on Tuesday. “The problem is that I haven’t scored with France for a while.”

THE main conundrum for Spain coach Vicente del Bosque ahead of today’s World Cup Group I qualifier at home to minnows Finland is who to deploy in place of Xavi should the injured Barcelona playmaker be ruled out as expected. A vital cog in the Spanish machine that swept to triumphs at the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, Xavi has been suffering from a niggling hamstring problem in recent weeks. With Tuesday’s showdown against France in Paris looming, Del Bosque is unlikely to risk the 33-year-old against the Finns and will probably hand the job of dictating Spain’s play to Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas or Santi Cazorla. “We are not going to say anything new here today about Xavi, we all know how important he is for Barcelona and the national team,” midfielder Javi Garcia said. Spain and France, who drew 1-1 in Madrid in October, are level on seven points at the top of the group after three matches, with the world and European champions in first place thanks to a superior goal difference. The Finland game at Sporting Gijon’s Molinon stadium is seen as a mere appetiser for Tuesday’s clash. However, Spain forward Juan Mata said it would be a mistake to underestimate Finland, bottom of the group on one point, and the players should focus fully on Friday’s game. “As the coach has told us, it would be wrong to start thinking about the France match because before that we have to win the game in Gijon,” the Chelsea player said. “There are six extremely important points at stake that will help us towards our goal and hopefully achieve it,” he added. As well as the Xavi issue, Del Bosque will have to decide which of goalkeeping trio Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes and David De Gea will take the place of captain Iker Casillas, who is recovering from a broken hand. Reina is the more experienced at international level, with 26 appearances to 11 for Valdes, but has only recently recovered from a calf injury. De Gea has been called up for a second time but has yet to make his debut for the national team. Finland coach Mixu Paatelainen is expected to pick an experienced lineup for his nation’s seventh meeting with Spain. The last time they met was in a 0-0 draw in a friendly in Helsinki in October 2007 and the Spanish have won four, drawn one and lost one against the Finns overall. “We will not build any castles in the air, but we will make it very nasty for Spain to win,” midfielder Teemu Tainio said.

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Still easy for England despite defensive mess San Marino have lost their last 50 games By Mike Collett


Lotus star Kimi Raikkonen returns to the scene of his first Formula One victory in 2003, fresh from a season-opening triumph in Australia on Sunday

Raikkonen seeks happy Malaysian anniversary By John O’Brien KIMI Raikkonen returns to the scene of his first Formula One victory fresh from a season-opening triumph in Australia, but while the Finn mastered Melbourne he expects a completely different challenge in Malaysia. The Lotus driver claimed the first of two wins at Sepang with his maiden victory in 2003 and after enjoying a routine race at Albert Park on Sunday, the taciturn 33-year-old expects heat and rain to play major roles in the second round. “It’s a difference place, it’s going to be much hotter, so it’s very difficult to say how the cars will feel and who will be fastest after having done just one race,” said the Finn, who managed the rapidlydegrading Pirelli tyres to perfection as his rivals toiled in Melbourne. “It’s probably going to rain again in Malaysia at some point but it will be a different circuit, different conditions,” added the 2007 world champion, who has now scored points in the last 18 grands prix. “Our car worked well in Australia and usually - at least last year - in hot conditions it’s been good for us, so hopefully it will turn out to be a good weekend.” Raikkonen was installed as a world title contender after cruising through the field from seventh on the grid before seeing off the challenges of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, a judgment the Finn believes was far too early to call. “I think we have to do two or three races before we really know who is where and what’s going to happen,” he added. “Of course, I’m happy that we didn’t really have to go full speed all the time so it’s kind of a good sign, a good race for us,

but as I said, it might be a completely different story in Malaysia.” Ferrari appear far better prepared for the campaign after a smoother pre-season than last year, and enjoyed a solid opening race with Spaniard Alonso finishing second and Brazil’s Felipe Massa fourth. However, double world champion Alonso remains cautious of his chances of grabbing a victory in the opening four races before the 19-round series heads to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix in May. “It will be a surprise to be honest if we win one of the first races,” said Alonso, who benefited from an early downpour to claim victory in Sepang last year. “It will be welcome for sure, but we need some strange conditions - maybe like last year in Malaysia, rain or something. But in normal conditions, I think the podium is more or less the maximum target we have to ask.” For Vettel, Melbourne was a disappointment after the defending world champion dominated practice and qualifying only to see his Red Bull struggle with tyre wear over the long runs during the race. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is refusing to panic despite the car’s underwhelming performance in Australia and believes it will take four or five races to get an accurate picture of form. “I think we learnt an awful lot and hopefully it won’t be quite as chilly next weekend,” the Briton said of the rain-affected conditions prior to the Melbourne race. “The really positive things are that we’ve got a quick car and we’ve qualified on pole. “I think we’re only going to get a true picture of form after about four or five races when we’ve been to different venues, different tracks, different asphalt surfaces.”

NGLAND face a central defensive problem heading into their next two World Cup qualifiers which should not matter against San Marino tonight but could well cause worries against Montenegro next Tuesday. Coach Roy Hodgson has lost the services of central defenders Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Michael Dawson and Rio Ferdinand for the opening Group H fixture and could field Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick alongside his club mate Chris Smalling today. Even allowing for the absences of that defensive quartet, England should prove far too strong for the minnows from San Marino who have lost their last 50 international matches, scoring just seven goals and conceding over 200 and are jointbottom of FIFA’s 206 nations in the ranking table. They are predictably bottom of the group too with no points from their opening four games, while Montenegro lead the standings with 10 points, followed by England (8), and Poland (5), although the Poles, who play second-from-bottom Ukraine, their Euro 2012 cohosts, have a game in hand. England are virtually certain to pick up all three points today, which could take them back to the top of the table if current leaders Montenegro fail to win in Moldova, who are fourth. But the build-up to the game has been blighted by Ferdim the nand’s withdrawal from alled squad after being recalled following a 22-month absence. st Hodgson (right) said last e week he had selected the 34-year-old Manchester United defender after a series of recent outstanding performances for his club, a significant about-turn by the boss after leaving Ferdi-2 nand out of his Euro 2012 squad last summer. rHowever, after assuranances from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that Ferdinand would join the rew party, Ferdinand withdrew on Monday saying he ct could not break the strict e training routine that he now follows. That programme had allowed his career to

The build-up to the game has been blighted by Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal from the squad after being recalled following a 22-month absence flourish again after back injuries threatened to end it 18 months ago, but Hodgson could have saved himself a huge degree of media ridicule and vitriol if he had checked with Ferdinand first that he would accept his call up, something he said he did not do when he announced his squad last Thursday. E England defeated Sa San Marino 5-0 wh when the sides met at Wembley in Octob tober with two goals fro from Wayne Rooney, tw two from Danny W Welbeck and a first fo for his country fr from Alex OxladeC Chamberlain giviing them an easy victory. No matter which team Hodgson s selects for Frid day, the outcome sh should be about the sa same but the fixture doe does evoke memories of o one of the unlikeliest g goals in World Cup histo history. Th The two sides first met in February 1993 wit with England win-

ning their first ever meeting, a World Cup qualifer, 6-0 at Wembley with the return played in Bologna the following November in front of just 2,378 people. That tiny crowd were stunned when San Marino shocked the visitors with a goal from David Gualtieri who scored after 8.3 seconds, regarded by FIFA as the fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup match. England went on to win 7-1, but other group results meant they failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals. “We should have most of the possession and we should take all three points, but we will be taking nothing for granted and we will work hard for the victory while paying San Marino the ultimate respect,” Hodgson told reporters.

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