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EU is committed to a bailout deal EU hails money laundering audit, but avoids pledge on deposits’ haircut By Stefanos Evripidou THE EUROGROUP yesterday pledged to agree a bailout for Cyprus by the end of March, following agreement last night on an “independent evaluation” of the island’s anti money-laundering framework. However, the details of how the rescue will be financed and whether a haircut on bank deposits will be imposed have yet to be sorted out, according to Reuters. Nor were any details immediately available on what form the money laundering audit will take. Speaking after the meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels, Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem told a news conference that EU ministers were ready to help Cyprus overhaul its economy, and especially its oversized banking sector. “We agreed to target a political endorsement of the programme towards the second half of March,” Dijsselbloem said, referring to the rescue package, which is set to total up to €17 billion. Removing one of the stumbling blocks for an agreement, Dijsselbloem said that the new Cypriot authorities had agreed to an independent review of how Cypriot banks are implementing anti money-laundering laws. That is likely to appease Germany, which has raised concerns about moneylaundering on the island. No details were given last night on what kind of “independent evaluation” would be un-

dertaken, leaving it unclear as to whether agreement had been reached on private auditors working alone or in collaboration with institutions like the Council of Europe’s Moneyval. According to the Cyprus News Agency, when asked whether it would be Moneyval operating in Cyprus under the auspices of the Cyprus Central Bank, Dijsselbloem said he had been at another meeting when that specific decision was taken, but he added that his understanding was the audit would be undertaken by a private company since that was the key sticking point. Yesterday was the first Eurogroup meeting for President Nicos Anastasiades’ new government, who was represented by finance minister Michalis Sarris. In the build-up to the key meeting, Sarris spoke with a number of foreign news outlets, laying out his negotiating strategy for the bailout. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sarris said Cyprus was willing to meet the troika halfway on privatisations, downsizing its banking sector and auditing its anti money-laundering framework but in return wanted a clear commitment that there would be no ‘bailin’ of bank depositors. This option of forcing losses on large deposit holders in Cypriot banks and senior bondholders has been doing the rounds recently, mostly in the German press. Figures released last week showed a little over 2 per

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A model presents a creation by British designer Stella McCartney yesterday as part of her Fall-Winter women’s ready-to-wear fashion show during Paris fashion week (AFP)

Baby appears to have been ‘functionally cured’ of AIDS A BABY born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists have announced. Specialists at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, described the case of a child from Mississippi, who is now two and a half and has been off medication for about a year, with no signs of infection. There is no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus’ genetic material still lingering. If so, it would be only the world’s second reported cure. Experts say the announcement offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus. “You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” Dr Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said. A doctor gave the baby faster and stronger treatment than usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV was not diagnosed until she was in labour. That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby’s blood before it could form hideouts in the body. Those so-called reservoirs of dormant cells usually rapidly reinfect anyone who stops medication, said Dr Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre. She led the investigation that deemed the child “functionally cured”, meaning in long-term remission even if all traces of the virus have not been completely eradicated.


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ON THIS DAY MARCH 5 1946 Whilst in America, Winston Churchill makes his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

1953 Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union since 1924, dies in Moscow.

1956 The United States Supreme Court upholds a ban on racial segregation in state schools, colleges and universities.

1973 Two Spanish aircraft collided in mid-air over France, killing sixty-eight people.

2004 American TV personality and entrepreneur Martha Stewart is found guilty on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and two of making false statements regarding alleged insider trading.

WHAT THE MAIL SAID 25 years ago, Saturday March 5, 1988 The President of the Republic George Vassiliou and the leaders of the four parliamentary parties yesterday came to a consensus about the composition and functions of the national council. The three non-government parties in the Kyprianou government complained that the expresident had nullified the national council and that he refused to abide by the council recommendations.

35 years ago, Sunday March 5, 1978 Frank Judd, British Minister of State for Foreign Commonwealth affairs, said he had detected a new mood and political trust in Turkey which could reflect the desire to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. He added however, that the Cyprus problem should be solved by the Cypriot people, both Greeks and Turks, through the resumption of intercommunal talks.

45 years ago, Wednesday March 5, 1968 President Makarios yesterday sought the views of his chief advisers on the peace proposals he is submitting to the UN Secretary-General this week. He called a special meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss the proposals and the other steps he is planning at home in order to facilitate talks between the two sides for a just solution.


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Cyprus Airways 2012 losses near ¤56 million By George Pysllides NATIONAL carrier Cyprus Airways (CY) more than doubled its losses last year to €55.8 million, hit by falling passenger figures and freight earnings, the company said yesterday. The airline, which is majority owned by the state, posted a 17.6 per cent drop in total revenue to

€175.5 million. Its net loss in 2011 was €23.9 million. “This considerable decrease in revenue was mainly attributed to the reduction in passenger and freight revenue,” the airline said. “The number of seats available for sale was reduced as a result of our abandoning unprofitable routes and the limited demand due to the economic downturn and intensifying competition.”

The carrier said it expected the coming year to be challenging because of an economic downturn in its main markets, Cyprus and Greece. “In addition, the current year is characterised by the instability in the energy sector, the constant currency fluctuations, in particular those of the US dollar and the euro, the fluctuations in interest rates and the increase in unemployment and labour insecurity

mainly in Europe,” the airline said. The company said it is implementing a turnaround plan, which includes outsourcing, redundancies and pay cuts. CY said implementation of the plan was expected to lead to a drastic reduction in operating losses and have a favourable impact on the company’s long term viability. The airline employs about 1,000

people and the restructuring plan, based on proposals by Air FranceKLM, has called for cutting staff by 407. CY has asked for €73 million to implement the restructuring plan. Parliament begrudgingly made €16.3 million available to CY in December as part of a share capital increase. The state has a stake of almost 70 per cent in the airline.

EU committed to a bailout, but details remain sketchy (Continued from front page) cent of Cyprus’ total deposits was withdrawn in January, although officials say there has since been a return of capital. Sarris warned that creditor haircuts, which he has described as a “foolish” idea, would “strike a fundamental blow” to Cyprus’ services economy, making repayment of any loan harder while setting a damaging precedent. The Financial Times (FT) yesterday reported that Cyprus needs around €16.7 bn to meet the state’s financing needs and recapitalise its banks, which would increase the country’s debt to 145 per cent of national income by 2014. The draft memorandum agreed between the previous government and the troika includes a provision demanding a look at privatisations should Cyprus’ debt prove unsustainable. Sarris told the FT ahead of yesterday’s Eurogroup meeting that he wants to push for more flexible terms on privatisations to avoid pressure for a quick sale at lower prices that would increase unemployment. Instead of rushing to privatise within a fixed number of years, the Cypriot minister argued that privatisations could be implemented “when the conditions are right”. Regarding German pressure to send in private auditors to check Cypriot banks’ implementation of anti

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Netherlands’ Finance Minister and Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left), with International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde and Belgium’s Finance Minister Steven Vanackere before the Eurogroup meeting yesterday money-laundering laws, Sarris said he would counterpropose a compromise deal where the audit would be led by Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti money-laundering agency, but include

“mutually agreed experts” from outside. “It responds to those who want to take a more careful look but at the same time not doing it in a way that could cause chaos,” Sarris

told the FT. However, it appears that the eurozone ministers yesterday examined a variety of options to finance the bailout and ensure that it is “sustainable” - that Cyprus

can repay what it borrows - without reaching any conclusion other than a commitment to reach a deal by the end of March. When asked if bank depositors were safe, Dijsselbloem, who chairs the meetings of the finance ministers, avoided a direct answer. He said the details of the bailout would have to be worked out together by the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission (troika). “All the ... elements will have to be decided as soon as the institutions come back with a solution which is cooperative in reaching a feasible and sustainable solution to Cyprus, so all the questions of the elements will then be answered,” he said. Meanwhile, in a released statement, the eurozone’s finance ministers said: “With the new government now in place in Cyprus, the Eurogroup is confident that a swift conclusion of the negotiations towards a Memorandum of Understanding can be reached.” This in itself ends a dispute over whether Cyprus is important enough for the eurozone to come to its rescue - a debate started by Germany, which had said the “systemic relevance” of Cyprus was unproven. The Eurogroup described its first exchanges with the new Cypriot government in the statement as “useful” and welcomed Anastasiades’ commitment “to close-

ly cooperate with Cyprus’ European partners towards the earliest possible completion of the loan agreement”. It also noted that it “has been informed that…the new government has agreed on an independent evaluation of the implementation of the anti money-laundering framework in Cypriot financial institutions”.

PRIVATISATIONS Regarding privatisations, there was no word from Brussels last night as to whether Sarris was able to convince his counterparts on a more “flexible” approach. The troika are sending a mission of experts to Cyprus today for a technical analysis of the country’s financing needs and to get a better understanding of the new Cypriot government, ECB board member Joerg Asmussen said. According to state broadcaster CyBC, other troika representatives were already on the island yesterday holding meetings with the top management of seven semigovernment organisations (SGOs): telecoms company CyTA, the Electricity Authority (EAC), the Cyprus Ports Authority, State Fairs Authority, CyBC, the Cyprus Stock Exchange, and the Land Development Corporation. The troika officials will continue meetings with SGOs today.

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Kyprianou: army was in charge of arms’ storage Officers failed to brief ministers about Mari munitions FORMER President Demetris Christofias had argued in favour of seizing Iranian munitions in January 2009, but subsequent responsibility for safe storage of the cargo lay with military authorities, a defendant in the Mari criminal trial testified yesterday. In Larnaca court, Marcos Kyprianou - who was foreign minister at the time of the July 11, 2011 blast denied any culpability over the incident that left 13 people dead. Kyprianou produced the minutes of a February 2009 meeting of the Cabinet, where Christofias is quoted as saying that confiscating the munitions was in the country’s best interest.

His job was to enforce his president’s policy, the former chief diplomat told the court Kyprianou denied allegations by prosecution witnesses that he had recommended taking recourse to the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee in order to “buy time” for Cyprus. Rather, he said, that idea was the brainchild of Leonidas Pantelides, a chief Christofias aide. Kyprianou said moreover that he had disagreed with the proposal. The former foreign minister said also that in his opinion the attorney-general had been forced to prosecute him under public pressure.

Kyprianou moreover denied any liability for the way in which the munitions were stored, saying that responsibility lay with the military and the National Guard general staff. Around 100 containers were stockpiled at the Mari naval base, and left exposed to the elements for two-and-a-half years. Kyprianou blamed military officers for not keeping government officials adequately briefed on the state of the munitions. In particular, he pointed the finger at Colonel Giorgos Georgiades, commander of the ordnance corps at the time in question. Kyprianou said of Georgiades that whereas he “posed as an expert of

the National Guard general staff, he did not spell out the urgency of a blast risk.” “I could never imagine that the chief of the National Guard as well as its leadership would issue orders for stacking the containers in a way that contravenes international regulations,” he said. Kyprianou was the first of the accused to take the stand after the Larnaca criminal court found there was a prima facie case against six defendants on trial in connection with the deadly blast. The other defendants are former defence minister Costas Papacostas, former National Guard deputy chief Savvas Argyrou, former fire

Marcos Kyprianou service chief Andreas Nicolaou, deputy fire chief Charalambos Charalambous and former disaster response squad (EMAK) commander Andreas Loizides. They face charges of manslaughter and causing death by negligence. Kyprianou had quit a week after the blast. At the time, he apologised for any mistakes that may have led to the accident, but said he was resigning “not because there is a feeling of guilt but for reasons of political sensitivity.”

New MPs replace those who have headed to cabinet By Peter Stevenson SIX DISY members were sworn into parliament yesterday to fill President Nicos Anastasiades’ seat in the House and those of other MPs who were made ministers last week. Andreas Pitsillides replaces Ioannis Kasoulides in Brussels a MEP after the latter was made foreign minister. Aristotelis Misos replaces Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos as a Larnaca district MP and was sworn in yesterday at 8am at Larnaca District Administration’s office. Maria Kyriakou, Nikos Nourris, Rikkos Mappourides and Prodromos Prodromou replace Labour Minister Haris Georgiades, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, government spokesman Christos Stylianides and new MEP Andreas Pitsillides in the Nicosia district. Andreas Themistocleous takes over from Anastasiades as MP for Limassol. Mappourides expressed his happiness at being given the opportunity to con-

tribute to his country while Nourris said that being an MP is a challenge but with the knowledge he has, he believes he can be helpful. Kyriakou said the biggest challenge we are facing now is unemployment. “We are entering a difficult period and the economy needs re-organising,” she said. Prodromou said he was touched to be given his new position and expressed his support for the new government and its president. At his swearing in in Limassol, Themistocleous thanked the people for their support. “I would like to offer my support for the new government and President Nicos Anastasiades as well as the parties that helped him get into office,” Themistocleous said. “I’d like to thank the people who backed me in the parliamentary elections and I will make one promise to them, I will do whatever possible to make them proud of me every day.” The new MPs will give their affirmations on Thursday.

New Nicosia MPs from left: Prodromos Prodromou, Rikkos Mappourides, Maria Kyriakou and Nikos Nourris

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Index to measure peace-building A THINK tank is developing an index to measure the impact of peace-building activities in Cyprus, which is expected to be launched in June after three public opinion polls are carried out. The Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) is developing a statistical tool called the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index. The aim is to “measure how effective funding for peace efforts has been and the impact of these efforts on the GreekCypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities,” said Meltem Ikinci, administration and communications officer at SeeD. “This new methodology is designed to create a roadmap for peace and come up with ways on how efforts can be coordinated.” SCORE will capture social and political trends between and within the two communities in Cyprus over time. The objectives of the index are to make the findings easy to understand, identify possible challenges that may be created because of mutual mistrust, and assist decision makers adjust their strategies and organise their resources more effectively.


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Troika MoU should have been signed months ago

Archbishop comes out in favour of SGOs privatisations

‘Speculation creates huge problems and makes the situation worse ‘

By Poly Pantelides

By George Psyllides

THROWING his weight behind the privatisation of state assets, Archbishop Chrysostomos II yesterday said he believed privatising semi-governmental organisations (SGOs) was the way forward. The outspoken head of the Church who likes to dabble in politics and publicly backed President Nicos Anastasiades in run-up to the elections, told an SGO yesterday - state broadcaster CyBC - that privatisations should start as soon as possible. “So that I’m not misunderstood, I stress that I do not wish for anyone to lose their job, and I believe this is also the government’s position,” the archbishop said. “(Employees) can move elsewhere,” he said, without specifying where. “There has to be healthy competition because it brings progress… (and) SGOs, with their salaries and high staff numbers, will not be profitable in five years,” he said.

CYPRUS should have signed a bailout deal months ago, a top economist said yesterday, ahead of a Eurogroup meeting that discussed the island’s application. “We have taken more time to agree on a memorandum than any other country in Europe,” Christoforos Pissarides told reporters. “A small country like Cyprus cannot be so complicated to need so much time.” Cyprus first requested a bailout in June last year but it was not possible to reach an agreement with the last, communist-led government. President Nicos Anastasiades has pledged to work for a swift deal to prop up the island’s banks, which need capital of around 8-10 billion euros. The total bailout, including financing for general government operations and to finance existing debt, could be up to €17 billion, equal to Cyprus’ annual economic output. “The memorandum should have been signed months ago,” Pissarides, now in charge of the island’s national council for the economy, said. Pissarides, who was awarded the Nobel prize for economics in 2010, said signing the deal was a matter of urgency - to lift the uncertainty and end damaging speculation. “(Speculation) creates huge problems and it makes the situation worse. The more we delay the worse the situation would be afterwards,” he said. Case in point is the outflow in deposits because of talk of a haircut. Anastasiades yesterday met for the first time in his official capacity as president with Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades and his deputy Spyros Stavrinakis, who was appointed in the dying days of the previous AKEL-ruled government, to discuss the current economic situation. The three men agreed to meet again next week. Speaking in Brussels on Sunday, Finance Minister Michalis Sarris repeated his opposition to any haircut on

The primate gave only two years to the telecommunications authority, CyTA and said it was best to sell majority stakes to the private sector. The previous government had agreed to a draft bailout agreement with its international lenders that allows for the possibility of privatising state assets if the country’s debt is deemed unsustainable. On Saturday, Anastasiades was forced to qualify statements by Finance Minister Michalis Sarris who had said strategic investors could be found for CyTA which is in a better position of being privatised than other bodies. Anastasiades said that SGO employees did not have to worry about their jobs, but said that the government would need to focus on ensuring the country’s debt would be sustainable during bailout negotiations. But AKEL, now in opposition after five years in government, has accused the government of a U-turn on their electoral promises.

Nobel prize winner Christoforos Pissarides with President Anastasiades yesterday

Panicos Demetriades deposits. Sarris said such options, which have not been formally discussed, would strike a fundamental blow to Cyprus’ services economy, hinder its ability to repay loans and set a damaging precedent. “It will be a pity if we deal a fatal blow to this rebirth in confidence in the economy by making unreasonable demands,” he said, according to the Financial Times. Some countries appear to be in favour of a haircut on uninsured deposits - over €100,000 - although eurozone officials fear that this would panic creditors in other countries. Sarris said media specula-

tion has caused substantial outflows in deposits. Figures released last week showed around €1.6 billion a little over 2 per cent of total deposits - was withdrawn in January as talk of a “bail-in” intensified. Germany has kept up the pressure with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble saying on Sunday that Cyprus’ banking sector was too big in relation to the size of the economy. Olli Rehn, the European commissioner for economic affairs, warned over the weekend that the prospect of Cyprus leaving the eurozone remained a dangerous possibility, saying such a prospect should be a concern even for big EU economies. “Even if you come from a big EU country, you should be aware that every member of the eurozone is systemically relevant,” Rehn was quoted as saying in Der Spiegel in a veiled criticism of Schaeuble, who has questioned whether the island is systemically relevant. “If Cyprus becomes disorderly insolvent, it is very likely that would lead to it exiting the eurozone,” Rehn said.

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The British High Commission would like to recruit an LEIV Consular Assistant on a fixed term of 1 year, in support of its consular operation on the island. The successful applicant will need to have good interpersonal and customer service skills to provide consular services to British Nationals both on holiday and resident in Cyprus. They will need to be resilient and tactful when dealing with potentially difficult and distressing consular cases. They will also be responsible for the preparation of Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) and for organising outreach sessions and citizenship ceremonies. Other administrative duties include preparing prisoner packs, dealing with hospitalisation cases and other general consular support assistance. This is a responsible and demanding job, especially in the peak summer season. Although previous consular experience is not essential - as full training will be given, a successful track record in dealing with members of the public would be an advantage. Hours will be 36.25 hours per week. The salary is €1,252 monthly. The successful applicant will need to undergo security clearance procedures. The key skills required are:

APOEL fans vent anger by damaging fountain EXTENSIVE damage was caused to the fountain at the roundabout by Larnaca port by APOEL supporters just before their team was due to play local team AEK at the GSZ stadium on Sunday, police said. According to a police spokesman, shortly after 3pm a number of supporters from the Nicosia team, who were eating and drinking at the team’s fan club near the port, went to the roundabout, started throwing firecrackers and stopping traffic. The supporters then allegedly caused damage to the fountain’s electrical systems and wrote slogans on the structure around it. Dustbins in the surrounding area were also set on fire. Members of the police arrived

on the scene in an attempt to restore order while members of the fire service arrived to extinguish the fires set in the dustbins. According to reports, the APOEL fans reacted angrily to the police presence. Around 20 minutes after police arrived at the scene order was restored. Two police officers were slightly injured after fans threw objects at them. A 27-year-old man from Nicosia was arrested in relation to the injuries. Larnaca mayor, Andreas Louroudjiatis, stressed that his municipality will demand compensation from those responsible for the damage caused to the fountain. The fountain was built by the Cyprus port authority, at a cost of €1.5 million.

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Detained Syrian family wanted to reach Sweden By Poly Pantelides

Fake passports issued in Turkey

FEARING that asylum seekers in Cyprus are detained indefinitely, a Syrian family tried to sneak in and out of the country on fake passports to seek asylum elsewhere but were detained by authorities, their family has said. The four Syrians, a couple and their son and a family friend, fled from Syria in fear of their lives, their Sweden-based family has told the Cyprus Mail. The four Syrians were caught at Larnaca airport in the early hours of February 24 trying to board a flight to Stockholm via Warsaw on fake passports. Police said the suspects said they procured the passports in Turkey and then entered the government-controlled areas through the Turkish-occupied north. They are now being held in custody at the Central Prisons in Nicosia for entering the country illegally.

Their lawyer, Michalis Paraskevas, said he has not yet been able to visit the family in what he described as a Catch-22. Remanded individuals may not see anyone other than an appointed lawyer, but most immigrants do not know who they can get in touch with, Paraskevas said. And even when someone manages to get people in touch with a lawyer, the lawyer would need to apply for an appointment to see his client, he added. “It’s very tedious. You have to fight for the smallest thing,” Paraskevas said. Amnesty International and the Ombudswoman, among others, have said that authorities unnecessarily detain people and keep them in subpar conditions. The Syrian family decided to escape the country after an unprovoked attack that led them to seek refuge with friends and prompted them to flee to

Turkey, said a family friend, translating on behalf of the family. Fearing any repercussion for their relatives who are still in Syria, the family has asked they remain anonymous. “They are people from Syria escaping for their lives, like all other people in Syria (they) are trying to come to countries who (respect) their human rights (which) their country, Syria, doesn’t give them,” the family friend said. “They are not terrorists, only Syrian refugees escaping the war.” The interior ministry’s permanent secretary Andreas Assiotis said that contrary to Paraskevas’ claims, Cyprus would not be able to send the family to Sweden, citing the Dublin legislation on asylum applications. The Dublin legislation, which establishes the principle that one member state is responsible for examining an

asylum application, does allow an EU member state to request another country to examine an asylum application for humanitarian reasons “based in part on family or cultural considerations, provided that the persons concerned consent”. “We are not going to turn asylum applicants into ping-pong balls,” Assiotis said. “Sweden would send them back because of the Dublin regulation”, he added. A new detention centre in Menoyia accommodating 256 people was finally set up this year for the shortterm stay of illegal migrants and failed asylum seekers who are to be deported, which the government says meets all EU requirements on living standards. According to data by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, over 25,500 people had their asylum applications rejected in Cyprus between 2002 and 2012. About 1,300 people now have pending asylum appeals before the reviewing authority.

Ayia Napa elects new mayor By Maria Gregoriou YIANNIS Karousos, a 34year-old municipal councillor of seven years and member of various local committees, was officially proclaimed Ayia Napa mayor yesterday. In a service at Ayia Napa municipality, the new mayor thanked the residents for voting for him and said he hoped that they may all be united for the good of the town. Karousos said his objectives included reducing unemployment, encouraging young scientists and negotiating the town’s development plan. “It is certain that no one would want such an election under the circumstances that have lead to the vacant position of mayor,” he said, referring to the sudden death of the former mayor Antonis Tsokkos who died of a sudden heart attack on January 21, aged just 59. “We will proceed with determination to achieve our goals. As of tomorrow we will get to work on making our city proud and fulfilling the programme we have put forward,” Karousos said. He then proceeded to

Yiannis Karousos (left) receiving the chain of office as he is made mayor of Ayia Napa Ayia Napa cemetery for a memorial service for Tsokkos. Karousos also laid a

wreath on the grave. In Sunday’s election for mayor, DISY-backed Ka-

rousos got 50.3 per cent of the votes. Karousos beat Fotos Fotiou of AKEL who

received 862 votes (38.35 per cent) and Andreas Ttofi Andreou of DIKO who received 255 votes (16.34 per cent). Ayia Napa had 2,750 registered voters, 2,283 of whom (83.1 per cent) voted. Some 22 votes were invalid and 13 were blank. The previous mayor died suddenly after complaining of breathing difficulties, before paramedics arrived at his home. During his time as mayor, he gained a reputation as being an articulate and accessible leader, who prided himself on having an ‘open office door’. “There are no winners or losers. We will proceed together and I will be the mayor of all Ayia Napa’s people, without consideration of which political party they support or whether they voted for me or not. That is the job of the mayor, which I plan to carry out with a new vision,” Karousos said. DISY congratulated Karousos on his election and wished him luck in his new role. In a statement, DISY said that it believed the new mayor will complete his mission with success, during these economically difficult times.

Kasoulides meets ambassadors as he pushes ahead with PfP plans FOREIGN Minister Ioannis Kasoulides continued meeting diplomats and ambassadors on the island yesterday in a bid to promote Cyprus’ application for membership to NATO’s anteroom, Partnership for Peace (PfP). Kasoulides met yesterday with British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd and French Ambassador Jean-Luc Florent before his visit to Athens tomorrow to meet Greek Foreign

Affairs Minister Demetris Avramopoulos. Kasoulides stressed that redefining Cyprus’ foreign policy means giving the message that Cyprus would be a consistent and reliable EU partner, confirming the political safety of the EU. The government argues that membership to PfP would send the message that Cyprus ceases to be different from its 26 EU partners but also would

prove its value to the region. Kasoulides labelled his forthcoming visit to Athens as symbolic, as he looks to rekindle relations with Greece. He said yesterday that he hoped the relationship of the two countries would return to the level it was during the period Cyprus joined the EU. The minister plans to prepare the ground for President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit in the

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coming weeks. Today, Kasoulides is scheduled to meet German Ambassador, Gabriela Guellil, Israel’s Ambassador Michael Harari and the Ambassador for Egypt, Menha Bakhoum. The PfP currently has 22 members and is a NATO programme aimed at creating trust between the organisation and other states in Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Hospice in search of fundraising manager By Bejay Browne A FULL TIME fundraising manager is urgently required to facilitate the opening of a new hospice due to open in Paphos. The hospice in Mesa Chorio, Paphos is all but completed and will open its doors soon after a suitable fundraising manger is found. Currently, the only functioning hospice in the coastal town is the Paphos Friends Hospice, which is situated in a dedicated wing of the Evangelismos hospital. “The role gives the opportunity to set up a dynamic, professional and highly successful fundraising department,” said spokesman of the new hospice, Cameron McDonald. “We are looking for a full time corporate fundraiser to build sustainable partnerships with companies and employers within the hospice catchment area and further afield.” McDonald added that the candidate must be fluent in both English and Greek. Archangel Michael Hospice has been an ongoing project for close to a decade. Once open, the hospice will offer free palliative care to people with any form of life-limiting illness such as cancer, motor neuron disease, heart failure, end stage respiratory disease and kidney disease. “We are a new island wide charitable trust and we are relying on the support of the community to open the hospice this year and keep our services open for patients and their families,” McDonald said. So far, supporters have raised €2.1 million. Initially, only the top floor of the facility consisting of nine double bedrooms will be in use. “Obviously the candidate must be motivated by the hospice cause, and be able to convey a passion for what we do,” said McDonald. “Once we have filled this position, we will also be looking to employ nursing staff for the hospice. They will also need to be bilingual and registered with the Cypriot authorities.” It will cost close to €700,000 a year to run the hospice, which does not currently receive any state funding. The Archangel Michael Hospice will also house the only wing in Cyprus specifically for children. McDonald added: “We also want to find funding for individual beds in the children’s’ wing, this would be an immense help.” The spokesman said that all of the furniture is now being placed in the facility and an open day will be held on March 10 to enable people to see the amount of progress made. “These really are exciting times for us,” he said.  For further information visit www.archangelmichael-hospice.com Closing date for applications is Friday, March 29


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Port probe at ‘advanced stage’ Over-invoicing for port equipment could run into millions of euros By Elias Hazou AN ONGOING probe into suspected massive fraud at the port of Limassol could soon yield arrest warrants, police have said. Launched three weeks ago, the criminal investigation relates to suspected overinvoicing for equipment purchased by the Limassol Licensed Porters Association (LLPA), as well as to totally bogus invoices. The total over-invoicing amount could run in the millions. Police said yesterday their investigations are at an “advanced stage”, with several people being called in for statements, among them the LLPA auditors as well as a number of suppliers and customers of the association. In one reported case, the association was charged €3000 for a vehicle part normally worth €500. And for the same vehicle - used for work by the port workers - it was discovered that the tyres were replaced about a dozen times within the space of a year. And according to Politis, machinery valued at €11 million was invoiced for €13 million, the difference ending up in the pockets of those in-

volved in the scam. Other reports said the cases under investigation date back about five years, and pertain to hundreds of purchases; the defrauded amount could be as high as €5 million. On discovering last August that certain invoices issued for the purchase of accessories and machinery were unreasonably high, the LLPA board had brought in outside auditors to review their books. Their findings were then forwarded to the attorney-general’s office. From the findings, the attorney-general established that elementary bookkeeping rules were not kept, and recommended to the association that it report the case to the police. This absence of accounting checks “appears to have been exploited by a number of persons”, the attorney-general noted in his letter of response to the LLPA. The in-house auditors and the person responsible for purchases at the LLPA have meanwhile been suspended by the Cyprus Ports Authority, which regulates matters concerning licensed porters. The chairman of the association Andreas Charilaou has been quoted as saying that three porters, aged around

In one reported case, the association was charged €3000 for a vehicle part for Limassol port normally worth €500 60, have been sent on forced leave. The LLPA is a collective of businesses employing longshoremen for transportation of freight from the ships to storerooms and their safekeeping during their storage, until delivery. They procure the equipment - such as forklifts - and supervise the collection of cargo from ships, which they transport, sort out and de-

Supermarkets cutting back on energy bills THE STATE sector may be moving at a snail’s pace in terms of reducing state buildings’ energy consumption, but more than one supermarket in Cyprus has been getting a specialist energy management system fitted reducing their electricity needs by up to 20 per cent during peak demand hours, according to the system’s manufacturer. Outgoing environment commissioner Charalambos Theopemptou said in his parting statements that the state could save millions in heating and electricity bills that could become more efficient “with minimal cost”. Local authorities have been taking individual steps towards energy saving, including a recent effort to set up a pilot scheme among 16 municipalities who hope to cut energy consumption by half by converting their street lighting systems to more energy efficient LEDs, with the help of a non-governmental organisation. But the Nicosia Acropolis outlet of supermarket chain AlfaMega has already saved 12.5 per cent in energy consumption by installing Powerstar, an energy management system manufactured by EMSc, the manufacturer said in a news statement. AlfaMega supermarkets are now installing the system in their Limassol and Paphos outlets, EMSc said. EMSc said that other supermarkets including Carrefour, Metro, Papantoniou and Olympic have installed the system and have reduced peak time energy consumption by 20 per cent. The British engineered system has been used in UK National Health Service Hospitals, British universities and by local authorities in the UK, EMSc says on its website. It is manufactured to match site requirements via a voltage optimisation system

AlphaMega is one supermarket to install Powerstar, an energy management system designed to make equipment more efficient and longer lasting. Manufacturers claim up to 26.1 per cent reduction in energy consumption.  Call 22-423142, visit www.powerstar.com or email infocyprus@ems-uk.org for more information.

liver to the consignees. The longshoremen are selfemployed. A shake-up of port personnel took place recently, when the Cyprus Shipping

Agents Association came in and offered compensation to certain highly-paid workers, who they then replaced with employees on lower wages.

The shipping agents had also intended to buy out the LLPA itself, but the venture stalled apparently due to a lack of financing.


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Relaxed Queen departs from hospital THE Queen left hospital yesterday after spending just 24 hours being treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis. Looking relaxed and smiling, she appeared on the steps of King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London and walked to her waiting limousine. The Queen was admitted yesterday for assessment by doctors after being struck down by the stomach bug on Friday. Her illness forced her to cancel a trip to Rome to meet the country’s President Giorgio Napolitano for a private lunch on Thursday. Being admitted raised concerns about the Queen’s health generally as this was the first time the 86-year-old has been treated overnight at hospital in

BRITAIN TODAY ‘Batman’ hands over suspect A MYSTERY man dressed as Batman demonstrated the same crime-fighting skills as the caped crusader when he handed over a suspect wanted for burglary. Closed-circuit television footage showed a portly figure wearing an illfitting costume including gloves, cape and mask, bringing a 27-year-old man to a police station in Bradford in northern England. The suspect was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences, said the force. But the costumed crime-fighter disappeared into the night without leaving his name. “The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit,” said a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police. “His identity, however, remains unknown.” The suspect was handed over in the early hours of February 25, said police who released photos of the footage yesterday.

Torture photos A PUBLIC inquiry in London into allegations that British soldiers killed, mutilated and tortured Iraqi detainees after a battle in southern Iraq was shown gruesome photographs of bloodied corpses yesterday. The Al-Sweady Inquiry, ordered by the British government in 2009 to get to the bottom of disputed events in the aftermath of the battle of Danny Boy on May 14, 2004, began oral hearings after three years of exhaustive detective work. The allegations are that soldiers captured a number of Iraqis during fighting near the Danny Boy checkpoint, about 5 km (three miles) from the town of Majar alKabir, and took them to the Camp Abu Naji base, where some were murdered and others tortured.

10 years. But she looked well and cheerful as she said goodbye to a uniformed member of staff who curtseyed to her.

‘GOOD SPIRITS’ The Queen, who wore a scarlet coat, was driven away by a chauffeur and is likely to spend time convalescing at her favourite home Windsor Castle. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman declined to discuss in detail her condition and just said that she remained in “good spirits”. King Edward VII’s hospital has treated many members of the Royal Family, from the Queen Mother, admitted to have a fish bone removed from her throat in

November 1982, to the Prince of Wales who had a routine hernia operation. Following his overnight stay in March 2003 Charles left telling well-wishers “Hernia today, gone tomorrow”. In December 2001 the Countess of Wessex was airlifted there after suffering a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. She underwent a two-and-a-half-hour operation during which surgeons removed the foetus from a fallopian tube. Torn cartilage was removed from the Queen’s knee in 2003, her last stay in hospital, and Princess Margaret was also admitted to the unit during the final years of her life when she suffered a series of strokes.

The 86-year-old British monarch last had a hospital stay in December 2003 in order to have a knee operation

Northern Ireland foils attack on police station Four mortars could have caused ‘mass murder’

Forensic officers examine mortar launchers taken from a van during a police operation on the Letterkenny road in Londonderry yesterday

By Ian Graham NORTHERN Ireland police foiled an attempt to fire mortar bombs at a police station overnight in what would have been the first attack of its kind in the United Kingdom since a peace deal ended the Irish Republican Army’s campaign of violence. Officers said they were working on the assumption smaller Irish nationalist militant groups were behind the planned assault, though no group claimed responsibility. Police said they intercepted a white van on the outskirts of Londonderry on Sunday at 20.15 GMT carrying four mortar bombs that were minutes from being deployed. After 100 homes were evacuated, army sappers disarmed the bombs. “We could have been looking at mass murder today if those devices had exploded and hit their intended target,” Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargan told journalists. “It was certainly sophisticated and worrying in terms of the capability.” A 1998 peace deal largely ended more than three decades of violence in the British-controlled province between mainly Catholic Irish nationalists seeking union with Ireland and predominantly Protestant unionists who want to remain part of

the United Kingdom. But dissident nationalists, who include former operatives who split from the Irish Republican Army after it declared a ceasefire, still stage sporadic gun and bomb attacks. The threat has intensified in the past four years as frustration with the power-sharing government established under the 1998 peace deal has grown on the fringes of the nationalist community. Irish nationalist militants have used mortars before, most spectacularly when the Irish Republican Army in 1991

fired a shell into the garden on Downing Street, exploding within 50 feet (15 metres) of then British Prime Minister John Major and his cabinet. The thwarted attack would have been the first by dissident nationalist using multiple mortars, a police spokesman said. While police described the mortars as “crude homemade devices,” they said they could have caused extensive damage. Police in Belfast last week seized an RPG 7 rocket launcher and warhead, a weapon more associated with

the IRA than the dissidents, who have largely relied on home-made explosives. “This sends out the message they are increasing their capacity, which is a worrying development,” Doctor Jonny Byrne, a lecturer in criminology and politics at the University of Ulster said. “It raises the question of how much of this is coming from former IRA operatives who may be passing that on to a new generation.” Police said they believed the van, which had a hole in its roof to allow the mortars to be

fired from inside, had crossed the border from neighbouring county Donegal in north-west Ireland. It was stopped close to the main police station in Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second city. Police arrested three suspects, one in the van, one on an accompanying motorbike and a third in a separate a raid soon after. The attack was condemned by mainstream Irish nationalist politicians, including Sinn Fein which was once the political wing of the now defunct Irish Republican Army.

Ex head of Roman Catholic Church in Scotland O’Brien apologises A ROMAN Catholic cardinal who resigned as head of the church in Scotland apologised on Sunday for sexual conduct which he said had “fallen below the standards expected of me”. Cardinal Keith O’Brien was Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric until he resigned as archbishop on February 25 and said he would not take part in the conclave to elect a new pope. The

announcement followed newspaper allegations of inappropriate behaviour with priests. “I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal,” he said in a statement posted on the Scottish Catholic media of-

fice website on Sunday. “To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness. To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise. I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.” O’Brien’s resignation as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh was

announced a day after the Observer newspaper reported that three priests and one former priest from a Scottish diocese had complained over incidents dating back to the 1980s. Last year, O’Brien’s comments labelling gay marriage “a grotesque subversion” landed him with a “Bigot of the Year” award from gay rights group Stonewall.


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Europe EUROPE TODAY Latvia applies to join EU SMALL Baltic state Latvia decided yesterday to apply to join the eurozone next year, a sign of the faith in the currency which still exists in eastern Europe after three years which have threatened the project. Latvia pegged its currency to the euro after joining the European Union in 2004. It and Lithuania, which pegged in 2002, stuck with the links through two years of turmoil after 2008 which saw their economies shrink by up to a fifth. Both have recovered strongly - in Latvia’s case helped by an EU and IMF bailout in 2009 - and have been on track to seal membership of the 17member club after neighbouring Estonia joined successfully in 2011.

Director raided A SWISS theatre director has said Russian immigration officials barged into a Moscow theatre where he was re-enacting a play based on the trial of punk band Pussy Riot in order to check his documents. Milo Rau said the officials interrupted the play yesterday but the raid quickly petered out when it turned out his visa was in order. The warrant they used also had a wrong address on it. Rau was directing a three-day re-enactment of trials against Russian artists, including Pussy Riot who staged an impromptu anti-Putin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral last year. Three band members were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism”, but one was later released on appeal.

Spain jobless hits record 5m SPAIN now has a record five million people registered as unemployed as the country remains stuck in recession. The Labour Ministry said yesterday that the number of people on the unemployment list in February jumped by 59,444 compared with January, making the total 5.04 million.

Pre-conclave talks begin ‘Cardinals want briefing on Vatican scandals’ By Philip Pullella CATHOLIC cardinals in a closed-door meeting ahead of the election of a new pontiff want to be briefed on a secret report into leaks about alleged corruption and mismanagement in the Vatican, a senior source said yesterday. More than 140 cardinals began preliminary meetings to sketch a profile for the next pope following the shock abdication of Pope Benedict last month and to ponder who among them might be best to lead a church beset by crises. The meetings, called “general congregations,” are open to cardinals regardless of age, although only those under 80 will later enter a conclave to elect a pope from among themselves. The source, a prelate over 80 who was present at yes-

Cardinals Angelo Sodano (right) and cardinal chamberlain Tarcisio Bertone (left) open talks ahead of a conclave to elect a new pope after Benedict XVI’s resignation (AFP) terday’s meetings, said the contents of the report came up during the morning session, but declined to say when precisely the requests to be briefed were made. “They want to be briefed on the report,” said the cardinal, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “But it is a very long report and

Bersani ultimatum could bring new polls ITALY could be inching closer towards another election within months after centreleft leader Pier Luigi Bersani issued an ultimatum to antiestablishment 5-Star Movement boss Beppe Grillo to support a new government or return to the polls. Last week’s inconclusive election, in which Grillo won a huge protest vote, left no group with a working majority in parliament, making an alliance with a rival the only way out. In an interview on RAI state television late on Sunday, Bersani underlined his opposition to two of the options currently being floated - another technocrat government like the outgoing one led by Mario Monti or a grand coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right. That would leave only one possibility to avoid elections - Grillo’s backing for the centre-left, which won the lower house in the election but does not have enough support to rule in the Senate. “Now (Grillo) must say what he wants, otherwise we all go home, including him,” Bersani said. Grillo has repeatedly said his populist movement,

Left-wing Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani which he refuses to call a party, would not give a vote of confidence to any government of established parties, although it could support individual laws. “We have already said it several times: we won’t give a vote of confidence to a government of political parties,” the movement’s newlynamed Senate leader, Vito Crimi, told its novice lawmakers yesterday during a meeting in Rome streamed on Grillo’s blog. The uncertainty in Italy, during a long limbo before talks to form a government begin after March 15, has unsettled international markets.

Outgoing Czech president impeached THE upper house of the Czech parliament impeached outgoing President Vaclav Klaus for treason yesterday, a dramatic but largely symbolic act showing the deep divisions the eurosceptic leader opened up within Czech society.

The decision by the Senate, dominated by left-wing opponents of Klaus, refers the president to the Constitutional Court to rule whether he violated the constitution by granting a wide-ranging amnesty in January, and other acts. Four senators told report-

ers the house voted 38 to 30 in a closed session to bring charges against the president. The biggest punishment he faces, if found guilty, is losing office, a presidential pension and the right to run again some time in the future.

technically it is secret”. The report was prepared for Benedict, who is now “Pope Emeritus,” by three elderly cardinals who investigated the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal last year. The three are attending the preliminary meetings but will not enter the conclave. Paolo Gabriele, the pope’s

butler, was convicted of stealing personal papal documents and leaking them to the media. The documents alleged corruption and infighting over the running of its bank. Gabriele was jailed and later pardoned by Benedict. Benedict decided to make the report available only to his successor but one Vati-

can official said the three elderly cardinals who wrote it could “use their discernment to give any necessary guidance” to fellow cardinals without violating their pact of secrecy about its specific contents. At two news conferences yesterday, both the Vatican spokesman and two American cardinals refused to be drawn on the report and whether cardinals had asked to be briefed on it. Specific matters discussed at the preliminary meetings are covered by secrecy. “Certainly, there can be various members of the college of cardinals who want information they feel is useful or pertinent to the situation of the curia,” spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, referring to the central Vatican administration. Cardinals will be using the meetings this week to get to know each other and decide when to start a conclave to choose a man to lead the 1.2 billion-member church. The Vatican appears to be aiming to have a new pope elected next week and officially installed several days later so he can preside over the Holy Week ceremonies starting with Palm Sunday on March 24 and culminating in Easter the following Sunday.


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Malala, Santos among Nobel nominees COLOMBIAN President Juan Manuel Santos was certain to be on the list for his efforts to end half a century of conflict with the FARC guerrillas, alongside Myanmar’s Thein Sein, who has led a transition from decades of dictatorship, people familiar with the committee’s deliberations said. Former President Bill Clinton was once again a possible candidate for his charitable work. However, Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot, which gained international notoriety when three of its members were jailed for performing a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral, were not seen as likely winners. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which announces its decision on October 12, received a record number of nominations for this year’s award. “The prize keeps gaining importance and attention,” said its Director Geir Lundestad. “Presidents, prime ministers, former laureates submitted many of the nominations ... and we have plenty of new names as well as ‘old’ ones on the list.” The 15-year old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai has become an internationally recognised symbol of resistance to the Taliban’s efforts to deny women education and other rights. “The youngest winners tend to be in their 30s and a 15-year-old will be a tough one for them to handle,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, which tracks the Nobel committee’s work.

WORLD TODAY Abou Zeid ‘likely dead’

A Pakistani man moves his bicycle from his damaged house at the site of a bomb blast in Karachi yesterday, the day following the attack. Pakistan’s largest city Kara-

chi shut down on Monday to mourn 45 people killed by a car bomb in a Shi’ite Muslim neighbourhood, the latest in a series of attacks as Pakistan prepares for elections

Nepalese women in high climbs mission IT is the world’s highest glass ceiling. Of the 3,755 climbers who have scaled Mount Everest, more than half are Nepalese but only 21 of those locals are women. Aiming to change the allmale image of mountaineering in their country, a group of Nepalese women have embarked on a mission to shatter that barrier by climbing the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. The women, aged between 21 and 32, have already climbed Everest in Asia, Kosciuszko in Australia and Elbrus in Europe. They are now preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to mark International Women’s Day this week. “The main goal of our mission is to encourage women in education, empowerment and environment,” said Shailee Basnet, the 29-year-old

Group out to change macho image of country’s climbers team leader, before leaving for Africa. Women in the Himalayan nation rarely got the chance to climb because they were confined to their homes while their husbands led expeditions or carried equipment for Western climbers, Ms Basnet said. It was only in 1993 that a Nepalese woman - Pasang Lhamu - first reached the 29,035ft (8,850m) summit of Everest. She died on the way down. According to Ang Tshering, of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepalese women traditionally expressed

little attraction to mountaineering. “It is only recently that women have shown interest,” he said. Since they climbed Everest in 2008, the women have spoken in more than 100 schools across Nepal to tell students about their mission. “We are hoping to attract more women to mountaineering, both as a profession and as a hobby,” said Pema Dikki, 25, another member of the team. Ms Basnet said the response to the Everest climb had encouraged them to push ahead.

“After Everest, we felt that we needed to go beyond the borders, so we decided to travel to all seven continents to climb the highest mountains there,” she said. Ms Basnet said the team members have spent their savings, taken out loans and sought sponsorships to finance their expensive gear, climbing permits and plane tickets. The team plan to speak to students while in Africa to spread their theme, “You can climb your own Everest”, to encourage girls to stay in school. The team will be joined on the Kilimanjaro climb by two women from Tanzania and one from South Africa. Eight of the 14 mountains that are more than 26,240ft (8,000m) in height are in Nepal.

Baby delivered after parents killed in fatal NY hit-and-run dies Resistance symbol: 15year-old Malala Yousufzai

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FRANCE gave the first indication yesterday it believed reports that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of al Qaeda’s most feared commanders in Africa, had been killed in Mali, an event that would deal a serious blow to the militants’ leadership. Edouard Guillaud, head of France’s joint chiefs of staff, said it was probable Abou Zeid had been killed in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains where French troops are hunting down al Qaeda-linked fighters after a sevenweek campaign which has broken Islamist control of north Mali. But he remained cautious over reports of the death of another jihadist leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Abou Zeid is accused of earning al Qaeda millions of dollars through kidnappings, including the abduction of more than 20 Western hostages since 2008. He is believed to have killed British hostage Edwin Dyer in 2009 and 78-year-old Frenchman Michel Germaneau in 2010.

Slim still richest MEXICAN tycoon Carlos Slim remains the world’s richest man for the fourth year in a row, according to Forbes magazine. Warren Buffett dropped out of the top three for the first time since 2000. And Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg saw his ranking drop 31 spots as his net worth declined by $4.2 billion. A record 1,426 people made the US magazine’s latest annual count of billionaires, up 16 per cent from last year.

Miners fired AN Australian mining services company has fired up to 15 workers who performed an underground version of the Harlem Shake and posted it online, in a second incident of the Internet dance craze sparking safety fears. The workers were part of an overnight crew at the Agnew Mine in Western Australia, owned by South African miner Gold Fields Ltd.


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At least 15 slain as Kenya voters go to the polls Nine security officers among Mombasa dead By Richard Lough and Joseph Akwiri AT least 15 people were killed in attacks by machetewielding gangs yesterday as millions of Kenyans voted in the first presidential election since a disputed 2007 poll unleashed weeks of tribal bloodshed. Voting in the tight contest passed off peacefully across most of the East African nation, although many of its 14.3 million voters were caught in long queues. Election officials said there was a high turnout without giving figures. Officials and candidates have made impassioned appeals to avoid a repeat of the tribal rampages that erupted five years ago when disputes over the poll result fuelled clashes between tribal loyalists of rival candidates. More than 1,200 people were killed, shattering Kenya’s reputation as one of Africa’s most stable democracies and bringing its economy, sub Saharan Africa’s fourth-largest, to a standstill. Just hours before voting began, at least nine security officers in the restive coastal region were hacked

to death in two attacks, and six attackers were killed, regional police chief Aggrey Adoli said. Senior police officers blamed the attacks on a separatist movement, suggesting different motives to those that caused the post-2007 vote ethnic killings that could limit their impact.

HIGH-STAKES DUEL As in 2007, the race has come down to a high-stakes duel between two candidates, this time between Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the loser in 2007 to outgoing President Mwai Kibaki. Both contenders will depend heavily on votes from their tribes. The United States and Western donors are worried about the stability of a nation that is an ally in the fight against militant Islam in the region. They are also concerned about how to respond to a victory by Kenyatta, who faces charges by the International Criminal Court of orchestrating violence five years ago. “If elected, we will be able to discharge our duties,” said Kenyatta’s running mate,

William Ruto who also faces charges of crimes against humanity. “We shall cooperate with the court with a final intention of clearing our names.” Initial provisional results for the presidential race began trickling in moments after polls closed at 5pm (1400 GMT), but it was too early to predict an outcome. Many polling stations were set to close later because their opening was delayed and some still had long queues. The election commission has seven days to announce the official outcome. Polls suggest there could be a run-off, provisionally set for April. The European Union observer mission said turnout was high even at the coast where the attacks took place. “The atmosphere observed is mostly calm,” Alojz Peterle, chief of EU Observer Mission and former Slovenian prime minister, told reporters at a polling station in central Nairobi. “People still queue peacefully and patiently. We hope that this peaceful and patience atmosphere will last until the end of the procedure even if it takes longer than expected.”

UN pressures Iran on base access THE U.N. nuclear watchdog raised pressure on Iran to finally address suspicions that it has sought to design an atomic bomb, calling for swift inspector access to a military base where relevant explosives tests are believed to have been carried out. Airing frustration at the lack of progress in his agency’s investigation, Yukiya Amano told its 35-nation governing board yesterday that negotiations with Iran must “proceed with a sense of urgency” and be focused on achieving concrete results soon. Because Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation with inspectors, the International Atomic Energy Agency “cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities”, said Amano, the IAEA’s director-general. His message that Iran must act now was echoed by the United States and its top

Frustration: IAEA directorgeneral Yukiya Amano Gulf ally Saudi Arabia. They declared yesterday that separate but related talks between Tehran and world powers on a wider diplomatic solution to the nuclear dispute could not go on indefinitely. Israel, Iran’s arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapon, has grown

People stand in line to cast their vote at the Kisumu Social Centre in Kisumu, western Kenya yesterday during the nationwide elections (AFP)

UNIDENTIFIED gunmen killed at least 40 Syrian soldiers and government employees who were being taken to the Syrian border by Iraqi authorities yesterday after fleeing into Iraq from a Syrian rebel attack last week, Iraqi officials said. A convoy carrying the Syrians was ambushed in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, where thousands of Iraqi Sunnis have been protesting daily for more than two months against the Shi’iteled government and the perceived marginalisation of their sect. The conflict in neighbouring Syria, where mainly Sunni Muslim rebels are fighting to overthrow a leader backed by Shi’ite Iran, is whipping up sectarian tensions in Iraq and the wider Middle East. That has raised concerns of a return to the kind of sectarian strife that killed tens of thousands in Iraq in 2006-2007. “The incident took place in Akashat when the convoy carrying the Syrian soldiers and employees was on its way to the al-Waleed border crossing,” a senior Iraqi official told Reuters.

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impatient with the protracted talks and has threatened pre-emptive war against Tehran if it deems diplomacy ultimately futile. “There is a finite amount of time,” Secretary of State John Kerry, in Riyadh, said of the talks between a group of six world powers and Tehran, Saudi Arabia’s main regional adversary. Iran was upbeat last week after talks with the powers in Kazakhstan about its nuclear work ended with an agreement to meet again. But Western officials said it had yet to take concrete steps to ease their fears about its atomic ambitions. The United States, China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany offered modest relief from economic sanctions in return for Iran scaling back its most sensitive nuclear activity, but made clear that they expected no immediate breakthrough.

Violent protests erupt for second day in Port Said PROTESTERS threw petrol bombs and stones at police officers who responded by firing teargas in Egypt’s Port Said yesterday, a day after five people were killed during demonstrations in the Suez Canal city. Violent protests have erupted in Port Said since January over the detention of dozens of people after a soccer riot in the city last year in which 70 people were killed. Hundreds of demonsrators yesterday gathered in front of a local government office to

protest against the detentions and set fire to two police cars, a witness said. Security forces fired teargas to disperse them. Some 420 people have been wounded since the protests started on Sunday, about 60 from shotgun wounds and live bullets, said Sayed al-Masry, head of Port Said’s ambulance service. Two Egyptian policemen and three civilians were killed during the clashes on Sunday.

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Business Iberia strikers protest job cuts

HSBC to raise dividends in a show of capital strength

THOUSANDS of workers facing pay and job cuts at loss-making Spanish airline Iberia yesterday staged a second wave of protests that could ground nearly 1,300 flights this week. Iberia, part of International Airlines Group, is battling competition from low-cost airlines and high-speed trains as well as a deep recession in Spain, where one in four workers is without a job. The strikes are a blow to Spain’s tourist-dependent economy as it gears up for the spring and summer season. Tourism contributes about 11 per cent to the country’s economy. Last week Iberia, Europe’s biggest carrier to Latin America, said it would push ahead with plans to cut 3,800 jobs, or nearly one fifth of its staff, despite union opposition. Workers marched from nearby Iberia offices to arrive at Terminal 4 at Madrid’s Barajas airport at midday yesterday. Police had told protesters to stay in the arrivals area of the terminal, but they spread out across the airport. “There were 10,000 of us this morning ... On the motorway we made a line longer than 2 kilometres, it was incredible,” said Diego Rejon, an Iberia maintenance worker. Labour union UGT estimated 8,000 workers had taken part in the protest. There was no violence, unlike the first round of strikes, which began on February 18, when union members clashed with police. The final demonstrations are planned for March 18 to 22. Iberia has cancelled 431 flights between Monday and Friday - 15 per cent of transAtlantic flights, 38 per cent of flights to Europe and Africa and 53 per cent of domestic flights.

Move comes despite a fall in bank’s annual profits By Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham HSBC (HSBA.L) is to increase dividends this year in a show of strength over rivals even though the bank’s annual profits fell after a moneylaundering fine and compensation paid to customers. Europe’s biggest bank is in the last year of a three-year restructuring under Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver, where it has closed or sold 47 businesses and cut 38,000 jobs. The bank said this had cut costs and risks and re-established its capital advantage over rivals, opening the door for higher dividends. “Over the last three or four years we’ve slipped back into the pack and now we’re reestablishing the clear water between HSBC and other banks in terms of being incredibly well capitalised,” Gulliver said. Already one of the highest dividend payers among Britain’s blue-chip companies, HSBC will bump up its first three interim payouts on 2013 earnings by 11 per cent to 10 cents per share, after lifting its 2012 dividend by 10 per cent, paying out $8.3 billion. But a weak global economy and increased cost of regulation imposed since the financial crisis has made Gulliver’s other main task of improving profitability more difficult. HSBC’s 2012 pretax profit fell 6 per cent to $20.6 billion, below the average forecast of

Europe’s biggest bank is in the last year of a three-year restructuring under Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver, where it has closed or sold 47 businesses and cut 38,000 jobs $22.7 billion from 28 analysts polled by Reuters. That put it just behind J.P. Morgan (JPM.N), the top earning bank outside of China. HSBC’s underlying profits rose 18 per cent to $16.4 billion. Banks around the world have had to adapt to much stricter regulations after the crisis, making it tough to produce the high returns the industry had grown used to. Gulliver, who took the helm at the start of 2011, said HSBC could still meet a 2013 target for return on equity, a measure of banking sector

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The bank was fined a record $1.9 billion in December for anti-money laundering lapses in the United States and Mexico which Gulliver called “shameful.” He is hoping a more streamlined structure will ensure risk and compliance are better managed across a bank that spans 80 plus countries and 60 million customers. The scandals that have emerged since the crisis have increased pressure to restrain risk-taking and excess in the sector, prompting the European Union’s cap on bonuses. Gulliver said it was too early

to assess the impact of the EU rules and said he needed to discuss them with investors. HSBC has said it could leave Britain - with Hong Kong seen as the most likely alternative if regulations become too onerous. The bank reviews the location of its headquarters every three years, but delayed a decision last year due to the global regulatory uncertainty. “It doesn’t put moving back to Hong Kong back on the agenda at this stage, as we haven’t reached the stage at which anything is on the agenda,” Gulliver said.

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profitability, of 12-15 per cent even though this fell to 8.4 per cent last year. “Whilst the operating environment for financial institutions remains difficult, our core business will continue to reap the benefit of recovering economic growth in mainland China and its positive impact on other faster-growing regions,” he said. HSBC’s annual report, also published yesterday, gave Gulliver top marks for building up capital strength and dividends. But he got a zero for return on equity, cost efficiency and compliance.

The Bank of England will decide on Thursday whether to restart its programme of government bonds purchases known as quantitative easing

THE Bank of England’s flagship plan to boost lending not only failed to increase bank loans late last year but also to reverse their decline, adding to pressure on the central bank for another boost to the economy. The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) was launched by the central bank and Britain’s finance ministry in June last year, aimed at boosting growth by offering banks cheap funds if they stepped up lending to home-buyers and small- and medium-sized businesses. Yesterday’s data shows that while banks and building societies have drawn down almost £14 billion of cheap central bank funds, net lending has actually gone into reverse. Britain’s economy looks increasingly like it may be tipping into its third recession in four years, following very weak construction data earlier yesterday and an unexpected contraction in factory output reported last week. Borrowers repaid banks and building societies some 2.425 billion pounds more than they lent in the last three months of 2012, turning around a small rise in lending in August and September. “It is pretty clear that the FLS is not living up to expectations,” said Michael Saunders, chief UK economist at Citi. “The limited impact from the FLS raises the likelihood of oth-

er forms of easing and additional credit easing in our view.” The central bank will decide on Thursday whether to restart its programme of government bonds purchases, also known as quantitative easing. Last month, three officials - including Governor Mervyn King and Paul Fisher, who is in charge of the FLS - favoured buying a further £25 billion of bonds on top of the £375 billion bought between March 2009 and October 2012, while others felt alternative stimulus might be more effective if needed. If wavering policymakers conclude the FLS is not having the desired effect, this could cause them to back more bond buying. But it is far from certain that they will draw this conclusion. Although the scheme has not yet succeeded in boosting lending, it has helped markedly reduce banks’ borrowing costs, which has in turn fed through to lower interest rates and easier terms and conditions for some borrowers. The central bank said the fall in lending in the last three months of 2012 was due to seasonal factors. Lending picked up strongly in January, albeit based on data that includes banks such as HSBC which did not join the FLS.


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Opinion

No face-saving solution for Anastasiades over privatisation WE NEED to get over this irrational fixation with keeping the semi-governmental organisations (SGOs) in state hands. There is not a single, rational, economic argument to support this fixation cultivated by AKEL, which is ideologically in favour of state control, and mindlessly supported by all the political parties, for fear of losing votes and influence. Yet the opportunity for privatising these state monopolies has been provided by the memorandum of understanding which includes a provision on the issue. Rather than seizing it our political parties have been in denial, either claiming the provision did not exist (AKEL) or that it could be avoided (DISY, DIKO). It could be avoided if the bailout amount was low enough to ensure a sustainable public debt, argued President Nicos Anastasiades, in the final debate before his election. He had to say this because during the campaign, he visited one of the SGOs with DIKO leader Marios Garoyian and publicly pledged that he would not agree to the privatisations. This was a big mistake by Anastasiades, who should have known better than to repeat the Christofias mantra on privatisation at a time when the EU was expecting a change of stance from the new Cyprus government. Now he is a prisoner of his electoral rhetoric, in danger of losing the trust of the EU if he sticks to his guns. Finance Minister Michalis Sarris raised the issue last Friday when he said that strategic investors could be found for CyTA, while making general remarks about the need to restrict state ownership of organisations. Citing this remark, AKEL accused Anastasiades of deceiving the voters and forcing the new president to clarify that Sarris was out of step with government policy. Sarris knew that a gesture was needed on the part of the government to show the EU that it meant business and agreeing to the EU demand for privatisations would be a positive sign. Instead, Anastasiades is sounding like Christofias. Does the new president also believe that safeguarding the provocative pay and privileges enjoyed by a few thousand pampered workers at the grossly inefficient SGOs a legitimate reason not to agree a memorandum? The fact is there is no face-saving solution for Anastasiades, who put himself in the corner with his election pledge. And he made matters worse at the weekend when he promised that workers at SGOs should not worry about their jobs. What strategic investor would buy a share of CyTA, while the state keeps a majority shareholding and prohibits redundancies, when everyone knows that the organisation employs twice as many workers as it needs? The president needs to get over this SGO fixation, even if it means going back on his election promise, because the priority is the signing of the bailout and not the privileges of SGO workers.

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EU needs a ‘who lost Italy’ austerity debate Comment Paul Taylor

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UROPEAN policymakers should be asking themselves “who lost Italy” after a grassroots revolt against austerity, unemployment and the political elite caused an electoral earthquake in the eurozone’s number three economy. Instead, most are insisting that their policy mix to fight the currency area’s debt crisis is right, even though the latest EU forecasts have pushed any prospect of meaningful economic recovery in southern Europe back into the middle distance. A surge in support for antieuro populist Beppe Grillo and the surprise resurrection of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on an anti-austerity platform in last week’s election have plunged Rome into political deadlock. Italy, which had been governed by respected technocrat Mario Monti for 15 months since Berlusconi’s last government fell, is far from the worst affected by the three-year-old debt crisis. Unemployment there stands at 11.7 per cent, less than half the rate of Greece and Spain, where one of every two young people is without a job. If a milder recession and less severe spending cuts and tax rises can cause such a social and electoral revolt in Italy, the risks of an explosion in Greece and Spain ought to be greater. Yet the official reaction from Brussels and Frankfurt is to act as if nothing, or almost nothing, had happened. “The crisis is not yet over and efforts must not be relaxed,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a joint statement with Monti two days after the election. At a Reuters Summit on the future of the eurozone, Barroso appealed to European leaders to stay the course and “not give in to populism”. Despite the bleak growth forecasts, structural reforms were starting to bear fruit, he said. Barroso reeled off figures showing current account deficits in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece were shrinking and Ireland was back in surplus. Exports from Spain and Portugal were rising and the labour competitiveness gap between northern and southern Europe was narrowing. Those numbers have a flipside. Payments imbalances are down mostly because those countries’ imports have shrunk due to sinking demand. The labour cost gap has declined largely due to mass layoffs in southern states rather than productivity gains. Exports account for less than 20 per cent of the Iberian countries’ output, less than half Germany’s ratio and too little to offer a fast track to recovery.

Support for anti-euro populist Beppe Grillo has plunged Rome into political deadlock While the European Central Bank removed the danger of a financial meltdown of the eurozone with its bond-buying plan, there is now a growing risk of a social crisis that could lead to one or more southern countries leaving the currency area. “I absolutely think it can get a lot worse,” said Clemens Fuest, the incoming chief of Germany’s respected ZEW economic research institute. “There is really the current plausible scenario for a break-up of the currency union. It may very well be that in these countries at some point the population will say ‘we don’t believe things will get better’,” he told the Reuters Summit. The degree of despair would have to be high to risk leaving the euro area, “but if things continue, if unemployment goes up to 30 per cent... in Spain, there certainly is a danger that might happen”. Zsolt Darvas of the Bruegel think-tank in Brussels said southern European countries were trapped in a downward spiral of economic contraction and rising debt for an unknown duration but had no alternative to fiscal con-

solidation. The only way out was to alter Europe’s fiscal policy mix by stimulating demand in northern Europe, notably with tax cuts in Germany, and giving the European Investment Bank a huge capital increase to lend to companies in southern Europe, he said. Using the EIB to inject the equivalent of 2-3 per cent of gross domestic product a year into south European economies for a limited number of years would be the most effective and politically feasible way to revive growth, Darvas said. No such plans are under consideration in the European Union, and German, Dutch and Finnish voters remain deeply hostile to any fiscal transfers to southern Europe. With Germany facing its own general election in September, followed by the usual period of coalition negotiations, it is hard to imagine any major policy shift this year. EU growth initiatives so far have been on a far more modest scale, including a small boost to EIB capital last year and a recently created 6 billion euro youth employment fund due to take effect next

‘Monti warned repeatedly last year that anti-European populists would gain ground in the south unless the eurozone did more to support his efforts’

January to support job training and mobility. Monti warned repeatedly last year that anti-European populists would gain ground in the south unless the eurozone did more to support his efforts and those of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy by bringing down borrowing costs. Those costs did fall significantly after the ECB announced its bond-buying initiative in September, but Monti’s appeal for more financial solidarity from Germany fell on deaf ears. Whether his election debacle, after European leaders encouraged him to enter the race, will sway minds in the EU remains to be seen. For the moment, their key priority is to help Ireland and Portugal return to capital markets later this year to demonstrate success for their bailout and adjustment programmes. French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, also speaking at the Reuters Summit, was one of the rare voices to say the Italian voter backlash showed that austerity had gone far enough and it was time to strengthen growth. His German counterpart, Wolfgang Schaeuble, a leading advocate of austerity during the crisis, drew no such lesson, saying European policies were not to blame for greater inequality and economic divergence between north and south. “We need to continue on this path, but we will have setbacks,” Schaeuble said. It may take another, bigger jolt than Italy’s election to spur eurozone leaders to change course, if they ever do.


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Showbiz

No box office killing for Jack the Giant Slayer

Bobby Rogers of Motown group the Miracles dies

First big budget action thriller of the year

By Bernie Woodall

By Lisa Richwine and Patricia Reaney JACK the Giant Slayer, the first big-budget action film of the year, was anything but a killer at the weekend box office. Jack, a retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale, earned the No.1 spot on domestic box office charts with $28 million in ticket sales in US and Canadian theatres, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters on Sunday. But that was an underwhelming start for a 3D movie that cost $189 million to produce, plus tens of millions more to market. Jack the Giant Slayer also grossed $13.7 million from 1,824 screens in 10 Asian markets. Comedy Identity Thief took in $9.7 million to capture second place, and new adult comedy 21 and Over finished in third place on domestic charts with $9 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday. Low-budget horror sequel The Last Exorcism Part II took the No.4 slot with $8 million, according to studio estimates.

The movie stars Nicholas Hoult as a young farmer who ventures into the land of the giants to save a kidnapped princess Jack clearly was not a great opening by any means, said Phil Contrino, vice president/chief analyst with Boxoffice.com. “But I wouldn’t rush to call the film a financial flop just yet because overseas growth can really save a movie, and I feel that this is a movie that could do really well in other territories and make up for the fact that the North American haul was a little bit underwhelming.” The movie stars Nicholas Hoult as a young farmer

who ventures into the land of the giants to save a kidnapped princess. The film received a mixed reception from critics. As of Friday, 49 per cent of reviews recommended the movie on aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Warner Bros. believes Jack will perform well in overseas markets as it opens in more countries in the coming weeks. International sales, particularly for action movies, can run twice as high or more. “It was within the range

of our expectations,” Jeff Goldstein, vice president theatrical distributions at Warner Bros. said about the film’s domestic weekend performance. “We know that this is a global picture and the technology and the special effects will really drive this movie internationally,” he added. Global takings helped to push The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey over the billion dollar milestone at the worldwide box office during the weekend, mak-

ing it only the 15th film in history to achieve the feat. “We could not be more proud to have reached this amazing benchmark,” Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution of Warner Bros. Pictures, said in a statement on Sunday. Two of last year’s films with bigger budgets flopped - Walt Disney’s $250 million Mars epic John Carter and the $209 million action movie Battleship from Universal Pictures - forcing the companies to acknowledge financial losses.

Judge refuses to dismiss Springsteen confirms festival spot Lohan car crash charges after plug pulled early last year By Eric Kelsey

By Anthony Barnes

A Los Angeles judge refused to dismiss the reckless driving and obstruction case against actress Lindsay Lohan and said the Mean Girls star would stand trial later this month in connection with her 2012 car crash. Lohan, 26, was charged with reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police - all misdemeanours - after her Porsche luxury sports car smashed into a truck on June 8, 2012, in Santa Monica, California. The actress, who has been in and out of trouble since 2007 and had her probation revoked for a 2011 theft in which she pleaded no contest, told police she was not driving the car at the time of the accident. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. At a brief hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney rejected defence lawyer Mark Heller’s argument that Lohan was unlawfully questioned by police following the 2012 car crash. The judge also refused Heller’s request that Lohan’s trial be pushed back to the first week of April. Lohan, who was not present at the hearing, will stand trial as scheduled on March 18, Dabney ruled. The actress faces three months to a year in jail on each misdemeanour charge if convicted, though a prison sentence is seen as unlikely in the case. Lohan also could go to jail if she is found to have violated the terms of her probation. Earlier this week Heller told reporters that Lohan had started a new round of psychotherapy and wanted to give inspiration-

BRUCE Springsteen is to return as a headliner to London’s Hard Rock Calling festival - 12 months after his bill-topping show ended abruptly when he fell foul of a curfew. The US star will bring back The E Street Band when the event moves to its new location at the Olympic Park this summer. Also headlining the Hard Rock event will be Kasabian, playing their only UK festival, while other performers over the final weekend in June will be Paul Weller, The Black Crowes and Klaxons. Springsteen has a return booking after his show famously overran in 2012, when the event was staged at its old home of Hyde Park. The star had been joined by guest musician Sir Paul

Bruce: headline act McCartney for two songs and they were poised to play more when the plug was pulled in order to comply with late-night noise restrictions.

E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt grumbled afterwards that Britain had become a “police state” and London mayor Boris Johnson criticised “an excessively efficacious decision”. Promoters of the event went on to lose the contract for Hyde Park gigs and have now moved their festival to east London, to what is now known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. But Springsteen appears happy to complete his unfinished business by signing up for another show which will take place on June 30, with The Black Crowes supporting. Kasabian - whose hits include ‘Club Foot’, ‘Empire and Fire’ - will play on June 29, with Weller, Klaxons, The Cribs and Tribes supporting. Tickets will go on sale on Friday at www.hardrockcallling.co.uk

SINGER Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the hitmaking Motown group the Miracles along with Smokey Robinson, died on Sunday in suburban Detroit after a lengthy illness, family members and associates said. He was 73. Rogers was a tenor in the original Motown line-up of the group that also included Robinson as the lead singer, bass vocalist Warren ‘Pete’ Moore, baritone Ronnie White and the quintet’s lone female vocalist, Claudette Rogers. Claudette Rogers, who became Claudette Robinson after marrying the group’s star in 1963 and left the group a year later, was Bobby Rogers’ first cousin. She and Smokey Robinson later divorced. “My cousin, Robert ‘Bobby’ Rogers, who was like a brother to me, lost his battle and succumbed,” she said in a statement issued through the Detroit-based Motown Alumni Association. “He had a sparkling personality that was loved by everyone,” she told the Detroit Free Press newspaper. “People always commented on the tall one with the glasses.” Smokey Robinson, born hours apart from Rogers in the same Detroit hospital on February 19, 1940, saluted his former compatriot in his own statement, saying: “Another soldier in my life has fallen.” “Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend,” he said. “I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much.” Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association, said Rogers died at his home in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The Miracles grew out of an earlier quintet of high school performers called the Five Chimes that formed in the mid-1950s and changed its name to the Matadors after several roster changes capped by Claudette Rogers’ admission to the group. Introduced to Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., the group changed its name to the Miracles and became one of the first acts signed to his Tamla Records imprint and went on to record Motown’s first million-selling hit single, ‘Shop Around’. The group, which later changed its name again to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, ultimately released 30 singles that charted in the Top 40, including such Motown classics as ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me’, ‘Going to a Go-Go, I Second That Emotion’, ‘Tears of a Clown’ and ‘Tracks of My Tears’. One of Rogers’ most notable vocal contributions with the group was his two-part harmony with Robinson on ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me’, which was later covered by the Beatles.


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Shark overfishing pushes many species to the brink By Alister Doyle PROTECTION measures have failed to stop around 100 million sharks being fished every year and a third of all shark species are now threatened with extinction, conservationists say. Many are caught for their fins, a delicacy in Asian soup. The fins are sliced off and the animals are often dumped alive overboard to die of suffocation or eaten by other predators. Protection for endangered sharks may have lagged because they are relatively unloved compared to ani-

mals such as pandas or lions, even though they usually kill fewer than 10 people a year worldwide. An estimated 97 million sharks, or 1.41 million tonnes, were caught in 2010 compared to 100 million in 2000, according to a study in the journal Marine Policy, the first to estimate the number of sharks killed annually. “We are now the predators. Humans have mounted an unrelenting assault on sharks and their numbers are crashing throughout the world’s oceans,” said Elizabeth Wilson, manager of global shark conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts. A meeting of 170 nations in Bang-

kok from March 3 to 14 will consider limits on trade in hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and porbeagle sharks to curb overfishing. Great white sharks, whale sharks and basking sharks already have protection. “More has to be done. Some species are really hanging on by a thread,” said Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Canada, who was lead author of the study with other experts in Canada and the United States. Demand in Asia for shark fins, a delicacy in soup, is a main driver of catches that also target meat, liver oil and cartilage.

The small fall in catches from 2000 to 2010 may be an encouraging sign of steps to outlaw finning by the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia in the past decade, Worm said. And China plans to phase out shark fin soup in official banquets. But it may be a sign that sharks are getting harder to find because there are fewer in the oceans. Sharks killed seven people worldwide in unprovoked attacks in 2012, down from 13 in 2011 but above the average for 2001 to 2010 of 4.4, according to the International Shark Attack File compiled by the University of Florida. Last Wednesday, a New Zealand

man was attacked and killed by a great white shark. The study estimated that between 6.4 and 7.9 per cent of the world’s sharks are caught every year, depleting numbers since sharks grow slowly, have few offspring and numbers can only rebound at about 4.9 per cent a year. Worldwide there are about 500 species of shark, ranging from the dwarf shark that can fit in the palm of a hand to the whale shark, the largest fish in the oceans that can grow up to 12m, the length of a bus. A third of those species risk being wiped out, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Pacific leatherback turtle faces extinction in 20 years Numbers have fallen 78 per cent in last three decades

By Verna Gates THE giant Pacific leatherback turtle, known for its arduous 10,000km ocean trek from the US West Coast to breeding grounds in Indonesia, could go extinct within 20 years as its population continues to plummet, scientists say. “Sea turtles have been around about 100 million years and survived the extinction of the dinosaurs but are struggling to survive the impact of humans,” said reproductive biologist Thane Wibbels of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), a member of a research team studying the fate of these reptiles. The leatherback - the world’s largest turtle - can grow to 1.8m long and weigh as much as 900kg. A study published in the Ecological Society of America’s scientific journal Ecosphere estimates that only about 500 leatherbacks now nest at their last large nesting site in the Pacific, down from thousands previously. The study tracked the turtle’s ongoing population decline since the 1980s. “If the decline continues, leatherback turtles will become extinct in the Pacific Ocean within 20 years,” Wibbels said. The Pacific leatherback braves a transpacific journey that is one of the longest migrations in nature. Experts say its continued existence is imperiled by threats like climate change, plastic pollution, fishing methods, predation and human hunting. In the past 27 years, the numbers of western Pacific leatherback turtles have dropped 78 per cent, making it critically endangered, said Ricardo Tapilatu, a turtle researcher at UAB and the State University of Papua in Indonesia. He has studied the turtles at their last remaining refuge, Bird’s Head Peninsula on New Guinea. More than 75 per cent of all western Pacific leatherback nesting occurs there, numbering 489 turtles in the last breeding season, the researchers said. The turtles forage across the Pacific as far away as the US coast of California, Oregon, and Washington state. The turtles can dive as deep as

Fading fast: the Pacific leatherback turtle

1.2km. To survive the cold depths, the leatherback can control its temperature, staying warmer than surrounding waters. They feed on jellyfish, eating hundreds a day. The leathery shell feels like tire tread and it is distinctively different from hard-shell sea turtles. Their exact lifespan is unknown, but is believed to be up to 80 years. It is difficult to determine since males never return to the beaches, living their lives in the sea. Of the four primary Pacific nesting places of the past century, the Malaysian population is extinct, and the Mexico and Central American populations have fallen 95 per cent. The leatherback is the only sea turtle that lives in open ocean, negotiat-

ing numerous dangers along the way. “They migrate 6,000 miles in seven months, and then back, going through the territorial waters of at least 20 countries. There is constant danger of being caught and killed,” said Tapilatu, a native of New Guinea. For example, fishermen’s drift nets and long-lines can snag the air-breathing turtle, drowning it. Humans also introduced wild hogs and dogs to the remote beaches where they nest. The hogs are especially voracious predators of turtle eggs. Near the nesting site, local fishermen still capture and slaughter leatherbacks to consume the meat. A local tribe has historically harvested about 100 turtles per year, as well as eggs. On some beaches, as few as 20 per

cent of the eggs hatch due to increased beach temperatures, which could worsen with climate change, Tapilatu said. Sand temperature determines the gender of hatchlings, with higher temperatures favouring females. There is hope of restoring the population of the endangered reptiles, the researchers said. The Atlantic leatherback, which is genetically different from the Pacific turtles, has made a comeback through mutual country agreements to ban harvesting adults or eggs on beaches. Tapilatu said he plans to return to New Guinea to help replicate that success story with the leatherback turtles struggling to survive in his Pacific home.

Shell bets on gas to limit climate change until 22nd century ROYAL Dutch/Shell believes a policy-led shift to gas, carbon capture and nuclear power could keep a lid on climate change into the 22nd century while a more free market approach would result in carbon emissions some 25 per cent higher. Sketching possible paths of development for global ener-

gy use, Shell, which has bet the most heavily of all the top oil firms on a big future for natural gas, promoted its use as a way to moderate greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2100. It also suggested: measures to promote compact and energy efficient cities; mandates for greater efficiency

in transport and buildings; and a price on CO2 emissions that would speed the adoption of carbon capture technology. In its first “moderate growth” scenario, called “Mountains”, Shell said, “Cleaner-burning natural gas becomes the backbone of the world’s energy system,

in many places replacing coal as a fuel for power generation and seeing wider use in transport”. Oil use might peak in about 2035, and thanks in part to CO2 capture, the power sector could be producing zero emissions by 2060. In its “more prosperous, volatile world” called

“Oceans” where markets forces and civil society dominate, Shell envisages the power sector becoming emissions neutral some 30 years later with oil demand continuing to grow until after 2040 and high energy prices encouraging “the development of hard-to-reach oil resources”.

Seals take scientists to Antarctic’s ocean floor ELEPHANT seals wearing head sensors and swimming deep beneath Antarctic ice have helped scientists better understand how the ocean’s coldest, deepest waters are formed, providing vital clues to understanding its role in the world’s climate. The tagged seals, along with sophisticated satellite data and moorings in ocean canyons, all played a role in providing data from the extreme Antarctic environment, where observations are very rare and ships could not go, said researchers at the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem CRC in Tasmania. Scientists have long known of the existence of “Antarctic bottom water,” a dense, deep layer of water near the ocean floor that has a significant impact on the movement of the world’s oceans. Three areas where this water is formed were known of, and the existence of a fourth suspected for decades, but the area was far too inaccessible, until now, thanks to the seals.

‘African rhinos hit by criminals’ ILLEGAL killing of African rhinos is on the rise with at least 745 poached last year and over two a day being shot by poachers so far this year, the International Union for the conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported. The Swiss-based intergovernmental body said the poaching rate - driven by the Asian demand for the animal’s horn for use in Chinese traditional medicines - could threaten the rhino’s long-term survival. “Well-organised and wellfunded crime syndicates are feeding the growing black market for rhino horn,” said a statement from Mike Knight who chairs a team of experts within IUCN Special Survival Commission. “High levels of consumption, and especially the escalating demand in Vietnam, threaten to soon reverse the considerable conservation gains achieved over the last two decades,” Knight declared.


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Lifestyle THE SPIN DOCTOR Adele Adkins and and Paul Epworth hold the Best Original Song Award for Skyfall

Oscar glory: Epworth with Adele and their Oscars for Best Original Song for Skyfall

Who do Adele and Florence call when they want a hit? London’s Paul Epworth. The songwriter slash super-producer of the moment talks to Craig McLean about winning a Golden Globe, rebooting Paul McCartney to 21 rtne ey and and a follow-up f Trusted collaborator: Cee Lo Green

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N A Malibu garden on a hillside overlooking the Pacific, Adele is remembering the first time she worked with producer Paul Epworth. “He made me sound like a monkey when he got me to sing sin on Jack’s Everything is Ne New record!” ‘Jack’ is the singe singer Jack Peñate. Epworth, me meanwhile, is the studio wh whizz responsible for Flore Florence + the Machine’s debut album Lungs a and its follow-up Ceremo Ceremonials. In fa fact, right now, the 3 38-year-old from the UK’s Bishop’s Stortfo Stortford is probably the m most successful produc producer/writer in the world, a trusted collaborator w with a staggering array of international talent, from Adele to Azealia Banks to S Sam Mendes to Quentin Tara Tarantino to Cee Lo Green to Paul McCartney. When we meet in his Queen’s Park studio, near to the house he shares in Brondesbury Park with his wife Dan-

ielle, a make-up artist, and 18-month-old daughter Vivienne, Epworth is still glowing from his and Adele’s victory at last month’s Golden Globes, where they won the Best Original Song award for Skyfall, soon followed by an Oscar. “Jennifer Lopez read my name out!” he says. “I’m just gonna sit with that image for a moment. My wife’s had to watch me rewinding the video a few times…” I am dragging Epworth back to March 2010, and recounting my meeting in an American recording studio with Adele as she worked on the album that would become the world-beating 21. She was smoking and cursing the 80-degree Californian sunshine. “I can’t do the beach,” she wailed, gesturing down the idyllic shore, “I’m so pale, I’ll just melt.” In London, she and Epworth had already co-written five tracks. “He helped me finish the songs that were meant to be great but I couldn’t make great on my

own.” One, ‘He Won’t Go’, was “the first ballad Paul’s ever done. It’s about undying love.” It concerns a couple, friends of hers, one of whom was a heroin addict. “When he was in rehab I was with her the whole time. So I wrote him a song about it… And he’s fine, he’s been clean for five months.” Epworth was the only man Adele trusted to nail this emotive subject. Another song, possibly ‘Rolling in the Deep’ (Adele didn’t clarify), was even more difficult to complete. She tried to finish the riff “with four other writers, and they all turned it into something completely wrong. Then Paul just knocked out a track in five seconds.” “Wow!” whispers Epworth. “I never knew she actually tried to make that song with other writers.” ‘Rolling in the Deep’ went on to sell 10.3 million copies and was number one for seven weeks in the US. The album won two Grammys, kick-starting its huge success worldwide

Paul Epworth in his Quee Park studio

- 25 million sales (and still counting). That alone will have made Epworth a multimillionaire (he earns money via “points” on every copy bought of records he has produced, as well as song cowriting credits). “I’ve tried to turn some of the benefits of the success of that record into equipment I can use to make better music,” he says, explaining that he’s in the process of moving to a bigger studio. But shiny Audi A5 and slick look not withstanding, he insists that he is “not really flash”. “I’m very private and don’t generally socialise with other people in the industry. It makes it too easy to lose your grip on reality.” Paul Epworth is a music obsessive who always knew he wanted to work with songs. He grew up in small-town Hertfordshire. His father, an electronics engineer, “was a bit of an audiophile with a good collection of records old Dylan, early Yes, and a lot of old synthesiser stuff”. His mother, a nurse, “was into more African stuff, like Black Mambazo, and a lot of soul”. There were always lots of guitars and keyboards lying around (his younger sister Mary is also a musician; she released her debut, “psychfolk” album last year) and


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Epworth started playing guitar in his teens. “I didn’t want to do anything else. I didn’t have a choice as I’d pretty much given up on education by the time I left school. I set about educating myself with any information I could get on music and recording.” He performed in smalltime indie groups: “I was in a band called Lomax. We were very, very loud.” But he soon decided that production was more his passion than performing. Aged 18 he

en’s best-selling (and soon to be filmed) novel about the drug-crazed record industry. “Those were funny days,” he acknowledges. Making albums when artists were high on cocaine was no way to secure high fidelity. “Yeah! Everything has way too much treble on it! I worked on an Oasis record, so I can vouch for that.” That record was 1997’s ‘Be Here Now’, the follow-up to (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, an album that was infamously re-

Shiny Audi A5 and slick look not withstanding, he insists that he is ‘not really flash’ enrolled in “a little college course that showed you the basics of sound engineering” at Islington Music Workshop, and in 1995 landed his first proper job, as a runner/ teaboy at Beatles’ producer George Martin’s AIR Studios in Hampstead. The mid-1990s were boom times for British music, the high watermark of Britpop. Or, as Epworth says with a grin, “the Kill Your Friends era”, referring to John Niv-

corded in a blizzard of coke. “That was hilarious. It was a case of everything being as loud as everything else.” He did re-mixes for Shaznay Lewis and The Futureheads and soon became the go-to producer for a clutch of sharp young British guitar groups, including Maxïmo Park, Bloc Party and The Rakes. His work with the last two bands snared Mercury Music Prize nominations. He earned his first writing credits on Kate

Nash’s number one album Made of Bricks (for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello award), worked with Plan B on both his albums, and, in 2009, earned two more Mercury nominations for Florence’s Lungs and Friendly Fires’ self-titled debut. Epworth had lift-off. As a producer/writer he has no specific sound, method or genre - he’s as comfortable working with hip-hop and soul artists (he and John Legend recently wrote a song for the Django Unchained soundtrack; his presentation disc marking 750,000 sales of Cee Lo Green’s last album is propped on the floor) as is guitar outfits (he’s currently working on the debut album by the Fleetwood Mac-esque, hotly tipped Californian sister trio Haim). This musical flexibility, he acknowledges, is part of his strength. “My tastes are super left field. I come from a much richer musical background than just pop music. So I think my desire to make pop music is always infused with that approach. Like, when Adele first sang me the hook for ‘Rolling in the Deep’, I was like: ‘Oh my God! Dr John, Tom Waits, Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart, The White Stripes…’” Most of his

favourite artists are either deceased or “don’t need my help... but from those alive today I’d love to work with Beyoncé and Animal Collective”. His enthusiasm for his collaborations is uncontainable, even as he’s alert to producer/client confidentiality. He spins round to his huge mixing desk and lets me hear an unreleased composition he’s written with a soul legend that has been rejected by a major hip-hop producer. And then he plays me, at ear-zinging volume, one of the songs he’s written and recorded with Paul McCartney for his next album. It’s called ‘Struggle’, and sounds like Macca’s greatest non-Beatles song. But that’s not too hard. “It could be a defining statement for him,”

Defining moment: Epworth has worked with Sir Paul McCartney on four songs

Epworth says of their foursong collaboration, “especially [considering] where he is in his career…” Little wonder, maybe, that his own album is taking so long to complete - four years so far. Epworth insists he’s “70 per cent” finished on a project that will feature him on vocals alongside unidentified guest singers, and which should finally be released this summer. But he’s busy on all fronts - he missed the Golden Globes last month because he had committed to a family holiday in Barbados. “I work from 11am until 2am five days a week. I’m lucky I have a patient wife who understands the hours and the stresses that go with the politics of the business.” But back to the other woman in his life. Have he

Awards so far 1 golden globe 2013 Best Original Song ‘Skyfall’ 7 grammys Six for Adele in 2012, including Record and Song of the Year for Rolling in the Deep which he co-wrote; Producer of the Year 2 Ivor Novello awards 2011 Songwriter of the Year and Most Performed Work for Rolling in the Deep 3 Brit awards 2010 Album of the Year for Lungs; 2012 Best British Female Solo Artist for Adele, and Album of the Year for 21 1 Oscar 2013 Best Original Song Skyfall and Adele begun conversations about the follow-up to 21? He says not, but he was on hand at the Oscars, both to meet her four-month-old son Angelo, and to help her through her first public performance since throat surgery forced her to stop touring 18 months ago. “I’ve no idea where she wants to go,” he says of her third album. “If she’s thinking about making a record, she hasn’t rung me up and said so. But I’d love to do some more with her, I really would.”


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

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

Telephone no: K-Cineplex: 7777-8383 Rio Limassol: 25871410 Rio Paphos: 26-207000

NICOSIA Lincoln (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.20pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 11.30am, 1.20pm and 3.30pm Gangster Squad (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 10.15pm

Love in the End (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 11.10am, 1.20pm and 3.25pm Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 7.45pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.15pm and 3.20pm Intouchables (in French, with Greek subtitles) Cine Studio, tonight and Thursday at 9pm, presented by the Friends of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96-420491, www.ofk.org.cy

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

LIMASSOL Lincoln (12) Rio 3 at 7.40 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (N/A) Rio 1 7.45 and 10pm; Rio 2, weekends only 4.20pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also 3.20pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) Rio 1 (in Greek), weekends only at 3, 4.30 and 6pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Gangster Squad (18) Rio 5 at 10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 10.15pm Playing for Keeps (K) Rio 5 at 7.45pm, weekends also at 3.30 and 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm

Love in the End (K) Rio 2 (in Greek), weekdays at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends at 6.15, 8 and 10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.25pm A Good Day to Die Hard (15) Rio 4 at 7.45 and 10pm; KCineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30 and 8pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Argo (12) Rio 6 at 10.10pm, weekends at 3.45 and 6pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm The Impossible (12) Rio 6 at 8pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 4 (in Greek), weekends only at 2.30, 4.15 and 6pm; KCineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends at 3.20pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 2 (in Greek), weekends only at 2.30pm

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Lincoln (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7 and 10.05pm

Playing for Keeps (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 10.15pm

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (N/A) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.20pm

A Good Day to Die Hard (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.30pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 5.30 and 8pm, weekends also at 11.10am, 1.20pm and 3.30pm

Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in Greek) at 5.25pm, weekends also at 3.30pm Gangster Squad (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 5.30, 7.50 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 3.15pm

Lincoln (12) Rio 5 at 5, 7.30 and 10pm Barbie in the Pink Shoes (K) Rio 7 (in Greek) at 6pm, weekends only at 3 and 4.30pm Gangster Squad (18) Rio 4 at 9.45pm

Playing for Keeps (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm

Playing for Keeps (K) Rio 4 at 5.30 and 7.30pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

A Good Day to Die Hard (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 5.30, 8 and 10.10pm, weekends also at 3.30pm

A Good Day to Die Hard (15) Rio 7 at 7.30 and 9.45pm

Love in the End (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) (in Greek) at 5.30, 8 and 10.05pm, weekends also at 3.25pm Argo (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 3.20pm Amour (in French, with Greek subtitles) Thursday at 8.30pm, presented by the Larnaca Cinema Society. Tel: 99-658831, 99-462903. www.lfcinema.org

PAPHOS Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (N/A) Rio 1 at 5.45, 7.30 and 9.45pm

Love in the End (K) Rio 6 (in Greek) at 5.45, 7.30 and 9.45pm Argo (12) Rio 2 at 7.30pm, weekends also at 5pm The Impossible (12) Rio 3 at 5.15, 7.30 and 9.45pm Anna Karenina (K) Rio 2 at 9.45pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 3 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30pm Finding Nemo 3D (K) Rio 1 (in Greek), weekends only at 4pm Hotel Transylvania (K) Rio 6 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 4pm

listings Today Theatre Disposing of the Body Stage One Theatre Group production of mystery/thriller by Hugh Whitemore. March 5-9. Stage One Theatre, Emba, Paphos. 7.30pm. €12/6. Box Office: Monday to Friday between 10am & 1pm, Tel: 99-967737 or email: boxoffice@stageonetheatre.com Below Zero Drama directed by Photis Georgidis. March 5-7. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue , Nicosia. On specific days at 8.30pm. €15. In Greek. Tel: 70-007410/99-308232

Tomorrow Exhibition Spontaneous and Raw Solo painting exhibition. Opens March 6, 7.30pm until March 23. Argo Gallery, 64E D. Akrita Avenue, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-754009. www.argogallery.org

Music Margarita Zorbala with Diastasis Musical journey through 20th century Greece. March 6. Lanitis Carob Mill Complex, Vasilissis Street, Limassol. 9.30pm. €25 including 1 drink. Tel: 25-372855/77-777040 The Firebirds America’s 1950s greatest hits played live. March 6. Y & P Latchi Hotel. 7pm - Showtime 8.30pm. €20 inc. dinner. Reservations - Tel: 99885428/26-321411

Theatre The Harley Jacket THOC’s New Stage presents play by Vasilis Katsikonouris. March 6 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. The performances on March 6 and 20 will be with Greek and English surtitles. Tel: 77-772717

Other Events Expressionist Art in Nazi Germany A 60 minute documentary screening followed by auction of 10 small works. March 6. DiachronikI Gallery, 84 Arsinoes, Nicosia. 7.30pm. R.S.V.P Tel: 22-680145. www. facebook.com/pages/Diachronikigallery/160893603979507 www.diachroniki.com

Ongoing Other Events Japanese Nights A unique opportunity to taste a Japanese Fusion dinner in an exotic atmosphere. March 1-9. Fontana Restaurant, Hilton Cyprus. 8pm. €30 per person. Tel: 22-377777 The Know Now Project Group exhibition posing the question: how does modern technology affect art today? Through a series of events. Until March 10. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 5pm-9pm. SaturdaySunday: 9.30am- 1pm & 5pm-11pm. Tel: 99-840804. www.knownowart.com Screenings at the Shoe Factory An extraordinary selection of rare eclectic films. Until March 29. The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Str, Nicosia. 8pm. Free. Films shown in original language with English subtitles where applicable. www. pharosartsfoundation.org Stories in Screen A series of video work presentations. Until March 15. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery Solonos 10, Paphos Monday- Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1.30pm. Tel: 99-311225

Theatre Oscar The New Stage of THOC presents tender play based on the novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. Until March 9. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Wednesday through Saturday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €12/10. Tel: 77-772717 Isadora Duncan Satiriko Theatro presents play by Thanasis Theologis based on the life of the famous dancer. Until March 10. Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. €15/10. Tel: 22312940/22-421609 Nursing Home the Cherubim Theatre Anemona celebrates its tenth anniversary with comedy by Nearchos Ioannou. Until March 17. Anemona Theater, 7 Archagelou Street, Latsia, Nicosia. Every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 8pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-573031 God of Carnage Dionysos Theater presents multiaward winning comedy by Yasmina Reza directed by George Mouaimis. Until March 17. Dionysos Theatre, 29 Diagorou Street, Nicosia. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday 6.30pm. In Greek. €20/15. Tel: 99-621845

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 The Switch Theatro Ena presents play by Argiro Toumazou. Until March 28. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 22-348203 Shakespeare in an Hour Pirasmos Productions presents a theatrical comedy directed by popular Cypriot actor 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 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 Gone With the Jobless A comedy performance by Marinos Hatzivasiliou who, together with other actors from the popular TV programme Patates, present a hilarious show with humour and laughter. Until May 5. Diachroniki Music Stage, 2 Yianni Koromia Street, Kaimakli, Nicosia. Every Sunday at 9pm. €15. In Greek. Tel: 99-783455

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Exhibitions The Work of Art as a Functional Object Second part of group exhibition. Until March 8. Centre of Contemporary Art Diotopos, 11 DZ, Crete Street, Nicosia. Tuesday-Friday: 11am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 11am-1pm. Tel: 22-766117 Deep Connection Solo painting exhibition by George Heracleous. Until March 12. Gallery Technis Dromena, 53 Arch. Kyprianou, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-496398 ...The Other Shore Solo painting exhibition by Marina Emphietzi-Harris. Until March 13. Thiseas Art Gallery, 9 Thiseos Street, Agia Zonis, Limassol. Tel: 99674243/96-335889 U and I Exhibition of artwork in oil, acrylic, print and glass paint by Irene Ioannou and Ulla Nicolaou. Until March 16. Peri Texnis, 92 Kalogera Street, Larnaca. Tel: 99-725590 Art is not a Luxury Cypriot Artists in Silkscreen Limited edition, numbered silkscreens signed by the artists and with a certificate of authenticity. Until March 30. Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum, 27 Arch. Makarios III Avenue, Kaimakli, Nicosia. Tel: 22-456099. www.zampelasart.com


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Carnival lives on despite crisis

CRISIS? What crisis? The global economic downturn may have dampened some spirits, leaving most Europeans scrimping and saving, but the party in Cyprus will go on. While Brazil holds bragging rights for the largest and most flamboyant carnival, this centuries-old custom - rooted in Christian ideology ahead of the fasting period of Lent - has become an ingrained tradition in Cyprus that people seize on and welcome each year. Celebrated almost exclusively in Limassol, Cyprus’ financial woes will be at the heart of the Limassol Carnival. What the (financial) crisis needs is carnival and madness is the motto of this year’s festivities. The Limassol Carnival is still expected to entice thousands of Cypriots and foreigners from all walks of life, as the annual extravaganza gets underway on Thursday; Tsiknopempti (Shrove Thursday) so called because the smell of souvla permeates the air. The Queen of Carnival will return after 36 years as The Queen of the Crisis and Craziness. She will parade outside the District Administration offices on an illuminated float, accompanied by the Giorgalletos Serenaders, the Group of Cypriot Serenaders, the Limassol Municipality Brass Band, the Batucinio percussion instruments group, the Limassol Majorettes, the mayor and the members of the municipal council. Exhibitions, mask workshops, masquerade parties, the municipality’s little train touring the city and groups of fancy-dressed participants singing and dancing along the streets of Limassol will take place for ten days. No-one can resist a treasure hunt and for the fifth consecutive year, Choice FM, in cooperation with the Municipality of Limassol, is organising the Carnival Treasure Hunt on Saturday. Answer questions, decrypt the keys, solve puzzles and take your team to the finish. The first team wins €500 cash and there will be prizes for all teams who complete the challenge. Entries are free and will be accepted until Thursday. Also taking place on Saturday, members of the Limassol Cycling Club will cycle around the city in a carnival mood. Starting and ending point: Medieval Castle

Square. Kids won’t want to miss the Children’s Carnival Parade on Sunday. The starting point for the parade is the sea front road (opposite Citizen Service Centre - close to the old port round about) ending at the Municipal Gardens (south entrance). All participants will be awarded diplomas. Over the next week, crowds can enjoy serenaders touring Limassol on illuminated floats with carnival fiestas taking place at various locations around town, in the week building up to the grand parade next Sunday culminating with the Carnival Farewell Fiesta at the Enaerios Parking. Put on your brightest costume, bring along your most ear-piercing whistle, rock up to the loudest sound system and carry on to the best after-party to get the full Carnival experience. You don’t have to live or travel to Limassol to get into the carnival spirit; other towns across the island are also joining in. In the capital, the Municipality of Aglantzia in collaboration with the shop New Boomer is organising for the third consecutive year a Carnival Parade, on Sunday at Kyrenia Avenue. The parade aims to entertain children and adults, to revive the tradition and give colour and vibrancy to the city. Everyone is invited, young and old, to take part in the parade or just watch. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, head to the French-Cypriot School for a giant barbecue (souvlakia) organised by the parents. Make sure to dress up, as there will be a competition for the best costumes: on the theme People of the World: think French beret, Cypriot vraka, Scottish kilt and you’ll get the idea. Activities include a bouncy castle, micro scooters, disco and games for children. Bike fans should take note that next Wednesday’s Night Ride (Night Cycling with Mr Savvas) will be transformed into a carnival parade on wheels. Everyone is invited to put on wigs and carnival outfits and have a great time cycling around town with plenty of laughter and high jinks that’ll surely get everyone’s attention and shake up downtown Nicosia. Those interested in taking part are expected to arrive at the D’Avila Gate public parking lot at the usual time of 7.45pm.

Limassol Carnival Open-air parties, children’s parades and serenaders evenings culminating with the Grand Parade. March 7-17. Multiple locations in Limas-sol. www.cyprusevents. net/events/limassol-carnival-2013/ Aglantzia Carnival Parade dults. March A parade for children and adults. zia. 11am. All 10. Kyrenia Avenue, Aglantzia. T l 22-332909. 22 332909 welcome to join and watch. Tel: constantia.chrysostomou@aglantzia.org.cy. www.aglantzia.org.cy Carnival at the French-Cypriot School Students’ parade (with all Aglandzia schools), barbecue, competition for best costumes,

bouncy castle, games for childre and more. 10amchildren 4pm 4pm. Kavafi Street 20 - Nicosia, Aglanzia, Nicosia. Tel: 22665318. www. e efcn.info Cyclin Parade Carnival Cycling Night cycle around the city in wild costumes. M h 13. 13 D’A il March D’Avila Moat, Stasinou Avenue, Nicosia. Meet at 7.45pm for 8pm-10pm. Tel: 99-956528. Email: podilates.lefkosias@gmail. com By Ledha Socratous

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Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

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

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Kaftes Piperies (rpt)

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Istories Tou Horkou (rpt)

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Entehnos Local cultural show.

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Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies Paizoume Kypriaka

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

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News Vimata Stin Ammo

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Ego Ki Esi (rpt) Local comedy series.

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Eponymos News Repeats

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

New season of local period drama, based on true events.

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NRG Zone MINI-Series: Ce Jour Là, Tout A Changé A re-enactment of the last day of King Henri IV of France before his murder by the fanatical catholic Ravaillac. Historical drama, starring Arnaud Bedouët. 2009. Part 3 of 3.

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

Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Prehistoric Park (rpt) Nigel Marven travels through time to save prehistoric species from extinction, using CGI animation to bring the creatures back to the 21st century.

Apo Mera Se Mera Current affairs show.

15.30

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

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

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Repeats

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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) Pansellinos (rpt) Ekeino To Kalokairi (rpt) Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) To Kafe Tis Haras (rpt) Deliyianneio Parthenagogeio (rpt) Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Lefta Sto Lepto Vals Me 12 Theous (rpt) With News at 18.00.

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Tin Patisa (rpt) Niose Me News Vals Me 12 Theous Ekeino To Kalokairi Castle

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News Sports News Radio Arvila Klemmeni Zoi (rpt) Erotas Kleftis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

MEGA 06.00 06.30 07.00 10.00

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

SIGMA 07.00 08.20 10.30 11.20 12.00 14.30 15.20 17.10

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Enimerosi Tora Deka Lepta Kirigma Eheis Meson

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Current affairs show.

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Yia Sena

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New Latin American telenovela.

Local talk-show.

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News Master Chef (rpt)

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

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News Klemmena Oneira FILM: The Prestige Two Victorian magicians engage in a bitter rivalry as one becomes obsessed with the secret to the other’s greatest illusion. Mystery thriller, with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. 2006.

American crime drama.

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Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites News Aspra Balonia Al Tsantiri News Live satirical comedy show that features Lakis Lazopoulos giving ‘his version’ of the news.

Oi Vasiliades New daily family comedy based on the Argentinian sitcom.

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

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

News Gimnoi Angeloi (rpt) Yia Sena (rpt) Enimerosi Tora (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

PLUS TV 07.20 08.30 09.05 10.00 10.45 11.40 12.30 13.00 15.30 17.00 17.50

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 Entertainment magazine featuring segments on cooking, health, fashion, lifestyle issues and more.

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

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Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Epikaira Eleventh Hour (rpt) First and only season drama, starring Rufus Sewell as a special adviser to the US government who is tasked with investigating incidents caused by serious abuses of science. ‘Minamata’. Dr Hood investigates when a former FBI helicopter pilot is killed after being mysteriously blinded in mid-flight.

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CAPITAL 06.45 08.20 08.50 09.25 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.30 13.20 14.30 15.15 16.05 16.40 17.25 18.15 19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

Kids’ TV Magikos Kosmos S’ Agapo (rpt) Akti Oneiron (rpt) Ston Asterismo Tis Imeras Kouzina Me Apopsi Capital Sports Milagros Kids’ TV Telemarketing Top Models S’ Agapo Sabrina, To Koritsi Tis Agapis Akti Oneiron Pacific Blue News Sports News Igeia & Zoi FILM: Coastlines Released from prison, a man stays with an old friend and has an affair with his wife. Drama, starring Timothy Olyphant. 2002.

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FILM: Trapped A devious couple plot to carry out the perfect kidnapping, keeping the parents under guard to ensure they pay the ransom to get their daughter back. Taut thriller, starring Charlize Theron. 2002.

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FILM: A Bronx Tale An honest, hard-working man watches helplessly as his teenage son is drawn into the criminal underworld. Crime drama, directed by and starring Robert De Niro. 1993.

War Horse (Novacinema1, 19.25)

01:25 dinnerladies 01:55 EastEnders 02:25 Doctors 02:55 Ideal 03:25 The Weakest Link 04:10 The Green Green Grass 04:40 The Impressions Show With Culshaw &... 05:10 Ideal 05:40 The Green Green Grass 06:10 The Weakest Link 07:00 Charlie and Lola 07:10 Me Too! 07:30 Bobinogs 07:45 The Large Family 07:55 Balamory 08:15 Charlie and Lola 08:25 Me Too! 08:45 Bobinogs 09:00 The Large Family 09:10 Balamory 09:30 dinnerladies 10:00 The Green Green Grass 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 32 Brinkburn Street 12:55 Fawlty Towers 13:35 Emma 14:25 dinnerladies 14:55 The Weakest Link 15:40 EastEnders 16:10 Doctors 16:40 The Green Green Grass 17:10 32 Brinkburn Street 17:50 dinnerladies 18:20 The Weakest Link 19:05 EastEnders 19:35 Doctors 20:05 Emma 21:00 Fawlty Towers 21:30 The Impressions Show With Culshaw &... 22:00 32 Brinkburn Street 22:45 As Time Goes By 23:15 Lab Rats 23:45 Outcasts 00:35 Fawlty Towers

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 Overhaulin’ 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 Mythbusters 22:00 You Have Been Warned 23:00 Guns: The Men Who Made Them 00:00 Penn & Teller Tell A Lie 01:00 An Idiot Abroad 01:55 Mythbusters 02:50 You Have Been Warned 03:50 Guns: The Men Who Made Them 04:50 Penn & Teller Tell A Lie 05:45 How Do They Do It? 06:10 Overhaulin’

09:30 All Sports: Watts 09:45 Football: Eurogoals 10:30 Biathlon: World Cup Norway 12:00 All Sports: Watts 13:00 Ski Jumping: World Championship 14:00 Cross-Country Skiing: World Championship 15:00 Cycling: Paris-Nice France 17:15 Snooker: Haikou World Open 18:30 Biathlon: World Cup Norway 20:00 Ski Jumping: World Championship 21:00 Boxing 22:00 Boxing: Ibf World Championship France 00:00 Ski Jumping: World Cham-

pionship 01:00 Biathlon: World Cup Norway

05:40 Desperate Housewives 06:25 Bones 07:10 Melissa & Joey 07:35 Scrubs 08:00 Grey’s Anatomy 08:50 Tough Love: Miami 09:40 Desperate Housewives 10:25 Bones 11:10 Melissa & Joey 11:35 Scrubs 12:00 Modern Family 12:25 New Girl 12:50 Glee 13:40 Grey’s Anatomy 14:30 Masterchef 15:20 Desperate Housewives 16:05 Bones 16:50 Melissa & Joey 17:15 Scrubs 17:40 Grey’s Anatomy 18:30 Masterchef 19:20 Desperate Housewives 20:10 Bones 21:00 Modern Family 21:25 New Girl 21:50 Glee 22:40 Melissa & Joey 23:05 Scrubs 23:30 Modern Family 23:55 New Girl 00:20 Glee 01:10 Bones 02:00 Desperate Housewives 02:45 Melissa & Joey 03:10 Scrubs 03:35 Surviving Suburbia 04:00 Grey’s Anatomy 04:50 Masterchef

07:30 Action Zone 08:00 Todos Tus Muertos 09:30 Simple Twist Of Fate, A 11:30 Ghost Writer 14:00 Something’s Gotta Give 16:15 Finn On The Fly 18:00 Fools Rush In 20:00 LTV Sports

News 21:00 Atl 23:00 Incendiary 00:45 Hustler TV 02:40 Ticking Clock 04:30 It Runs In The Family 06:30 LTV Sports News

07:00 Kids TV 15:45 Justice League Unlimited 16:10 Legion Of Super Heroes 16:35 Young Justice 17:00 Nba Action 17:30 Barclays Premier League World 18:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 20:00 2010 World’s Strongest Man 20:30 Planet Speed 21:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 22:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 00:00 2010 World’s Strongest Man 01:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 03:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13

07:15 One Tree Hill 08:00 How To Make It In America 08:30 Borgias The 10:20 According To Jim 10:45 Eastbound & Down 11:15 Hawaii Five 12:45 Harry’s Law 13:30 One Tree Hill 14:15 Borgias The 16:10 Friends 16:35 Two And A Half Men 17:10 Closer, The 17:55 Five Days 2 19:00 Harry’s Law 19:45 According To Jim 20:30 Big Bang Theory The 21:00 Mentalist The 21:45 Underbelly Nz: Land Of The Long Green Cloud 22:35 C.S.I. Miami 23:20 Bones 00:05 Life As We Know It

The Artist 01:35 Cine News 02:05 Polisse 03:55 Hara Kiri: Death Of A Samurai

02:00 Tourist, The 03:45 Friends 04:15 Two And A Half Men 04:40 Closer, The 05:25 Five Days 2 06:30 Harry’s Law

07:45 Prince Of The City 10:45 Eye For An Eye 12:30 Just Go With It 14:30 Taking Lives 16:30 Lottery Ticket 18:10 Hesher 20:00 Killer Inside Me, The 22:00 Leaves Of Grass 00:05 Daring! TV 04:05 American, The 06:00 Class Of ‘44

05:25 Chronicle 06:50 The Illusionist 08:40 The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn 10:35 Hop 12:15 Films And Stars 12:45 Anonymous 15:00 This Means War 16:45 Cine News 17:05 Page Eight 18:50 Hollywood 1 on 1 19:25 War Horse 22:00 Man On A Ledge 23:50

05:35 Barney’s Version 07:50 Alfie -2004 09:40 Mrs. Brown 11:25 Cine News 12:05 Air Force One 14:15 Good Morning Vietnam 16:20 Happy Gilmore 17:55 Hollywood Buzz 18:30 Pal Joey 20:20 Cheri 22:00 I Am Legend 23:45 The Grey 01:50 Glory 03:55 Cine News 04:30 The Last Temptation Of Christ

19:10 Tt3d: Closer To The Edge 21:00 TheHit List 22:35 Cine News 23:00 How I Met Your Mother 00:20 Cine News 01:30 Luna Stern - La Prima Volta Con Un Uomo

19:05 A Far Off Place 22:45 The Edge Of Love 00:40 Sundays At Tiffany’s

13:30 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Men’s & Women’s Indoor Championships 16:00 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Kansas St.

At Baylor 18:00 Pre Game 18:45 Cup 2012-13: Apollon Vs Nea Salamina 20:45 Post Game 21:30 Snapshots Cyprus Football

06:00 Only Hits 08:00 MTV Disaster Date 09:00 MTV Hollywood Heights 10:00 Only Hits 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 Only Hits 19:00 MTV VHI Pop up Video 20:00 MTV The Hard Times Of RJ Berger 21:00 MTV Underemployed 22:00 MTV Catfish 23:00 MTV The Inbetweeners 00:00 MTV Jersey Shore 01:00 Only Hits

07:00 Hook 08:40 The Unsinkable Molly Brown 10:50 Agatha 12:25 April In Paris 14:00 Ask Any Girl 15:40 Casablanca 17:25 4 For Texas 19:40 2001: A Space Odyssey 22:00 Death In Venice 00:05 The Unsinkable Molly Brown 02:15 The Wrath Of God 03:55 April In Paris 05:35 Ask Any Girl

By Preston Wilder

ATL (LTV, 21.00) Ah yes, life in the ’hood’. The stunted dreams, the hip-hop, the crime, the roller skating. Wait, what was that last part? Yes indeed, there’s a roller-skating rink called Cascade in this ghetto-set teen drama, which is where our heroes gather every Sunday night to show off their moves. There’s Rashad (played by hip-hop star T.I.), and his younger brother Ant, and ‘New New’ (that’s a girl) and ‘Esquire’ - is there no-one called Michael or Kevin in the ghetto? - and the inevitable drug kingpin (played by Big Boi of OutKast fame) and supportive Dad (“I believe in you, even when you’re too stupid to believe in yo’ damn self”) and the rest of the dramatis personae - all set in Atlanta (hence the title)

with the bizarre addition of roller skating. What next, homeboys hangin’ out at a T.G.I. Fridays?. “ATL dosen’t [sic] subscribe to HOOD stereotypes in fact no one in this movie is ever shown Drinking Beer or Smoking weed,” says a fan at the Internet Movie Database, going a bit nuts with the capital letters. Made in 2006.

Man on a Ledge (Novacinema1, 22.00) Sam Worthington (a.k.a. the guy from Avatar, a.k.a. a wooden actor whose 15 minutes are surely almost up) is the man on a ledge. He checks into a hotel, goes to his room on the 21st floor, orders an expensive meal with champagne - then walks out on the ledge, just a

Man on a Ledge

step away from a messy death! But why does he meticulously wipe all fingerprints before he opens the window? Is there more to his attention-grabbing suicide bid than meets the eye? There is indeed - and the film is lively, going from pungent urban vibe to narrow escapes and nick-of-time cross-cutting, but this kind of thing needs to be smart in order to convince (see, for instance, the ingenious Inside Man) and Man on a Ledge isn’t smart. It doesn’t even make much sense, though I won’t spoil your fun by going into detail - and you do get Ed Harris as the villain, an evil tycoon who at one point smokes one of the biggest cigars I’ve ever seen, in or out of a movie. It was worth enduring the film, just to see that cigar. Made in 2012.


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CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Quizmaster; 8 All; 9 Premature; 10 Wrap up; 11 Turps; 13 France; 15 Accent; 17 Simon; 18 Rebuff; 21 Dentistry; 22 Nip; 23 Caerphilly. Down – 1 Quay; 2 Ill-treatment; 3 Mop up; 4 Steppe; 5 Elastic; 6 Quarter-final; 7 Density; 12 Offside; 14 Candida; 16 Grater; 19 Blyth; 20 Spry.

QUICK: Across – 1 Gobstopper; 8 Pal; 9 Lightened; 10 Jinxed; 11 Theft; 13 Greasy; 15 Beacon; 17 Overt; 18 Pastor; 21 Nectarine; 22 Hip; 23 Fertiliser. Down – 1 Gape; 2 Belligerence; 3 Telex; 4 Pagoda; 5 Entitle; 6 Underclothes; 7 Editing; 12 Aground; 14 Satiate; 16 Sprint; 19 Spell; 20 Spar.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

Dreams may be very important right now, while you have a major focus on your spiritual zone. Some may be run of the mill, but you may also get a few that seem as though they have something to tell you. Your intuition is also worth paying greater attention to. If you get a hunch, then acting on it may save you lots of time and money.

An issue may arise over the subject of money, especially if someone is shown to be less than honest. Misunderstanding or confusion could be a part of the problem. Make a start today to get organized and you’ll feel less anxious and more positive. The Moon in Sagittarius also brings a chance of romance or warmer exchanges. Try to tap into this.

It’s a good day to do some work around the home or perhaps the garden. If you feel in a cleaning or de-cluttering mood, both activities should work out well. If you’re tackling anything on a DIY basis, and are unsure if it’s to do with plumbing or wood working, it might be a good idea to get an expert’s opinion, rather than push on alone.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Friends and associates may seem full of good ideas and the best intentions, but today don’t believe absolutely all that you hear. As Mercury continues to be retrograde, their advice could do you more harm than good. If you need to make a quick decision, it might be better to trust your sixth sense. A romantic opportunity might make for a fun evening.

Take advantage of any career opportunities that come your way, although a tendency to act too quickly may not be wise in the current employment climate. Research your options, especially if you have a goal or a dream that means a lot to you. The promise of excitement in the relationship department stirs up your social life and encourages you to be proactive.

If you’re feeling anxious, make a point of visualizing positive thoughts as these will help you feel better about yourself and the day ahead. Try to avoid thinking about worsecase scenarios, think only of the best. Your health seems to become more robust, but if you have been overindulging, this is a good time to get into exercise mode.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Belief in yourself is very important if you are hoping to achieve success. It may help to approach influential people to discuss your plans and get some feedback while you’re at it. You may need to organize your time better and get a plan if you want to make progress. The more you can pin yourself down to a time and place, the easier it should be to succeed.

Be mindful that should a nagging health issue resurface, you are entitled to a second opinion, or trying a solution from a different angle. This niggling issue may relate to your emotional wellbeing as much as anything. Social events may be linked with your job, so you may have plenty of opportunity to network and make fresh connections.

Be careful with credit cards. Use different passwords for on-line accounts. With Mercury still retrograde in your personal financial zone, you may be prone to oversights. The reality is that personal information is valuable, so keep yours secure. Yet the Moon in Sagittarius can bring a happy glow to the day. An outing with a friend may prove a tonic.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

The ability to get an idea across and to communicate your feelings may pay off at work and in a romantic relationship. Be willing to give more than you receive today for better results. If your energy levels seem a bit low, it might be an idea to cut out some less important activities and focus on what has to be done. You’ll feel better for taking charge.

Be careful what you wish for as something might come to pass today, especially if it is associated with romance or thoughts of taking on a new creative challenge. If someone needs your help, let your caring side out. You may make a good friend in the process. You may feel overwhelmed romance wise, but stay cool and things should improve.

You may feel pressured, even though nothing in your current circumstances is causing this. There may be a lot happening inside you. Feelings may be overwhelming, and you may feel frustrated, especially over issues that happened some while back. Don’t give yourself too much to do today. Try to cultivate a calm and peaceful outlook.


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************************** PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH PAINTER AND DECORATOR City and Guilds Advanced 46 years experience of interior and external finishes. Quality work, reliable, estimates and advice freely given. Tala based Phone Terry 96407703 K.D.FLYSCREENS LTD. We manufacture top quality sliding screens, opening doors and roller systems. We also do repairs. For a FREE QUOTE please contact Phone: 99119582 Website: www.kdfl yscreens.com ***************************** SWIFT SERVICE AND REPAIRS air-cons, commercial and domestic fridges and freezers, ice machines, cool rooms, supply and fi t air-cons VRV S. Call Nik on 99579602 Limassol

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

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Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049

huge veranda. Approximate covered area 250 sqm. Tel: 99622370. TO LET upper floor house 210 sq.m built on 301 sq. m land, Lapatsa area, Pereous 1a. 4 bedrooms with attic room (not finished), c/h ,4 a/c, aluminium doors& window, covered parking and storage room. Price €310 pm call 22431095. TO LET 1 bedroom upper floor house, large veranda near restaurant Periyiali in Acropolis 5 Aeantos Street €370 call 99680208 NEW LUXURIOUS spacious (130m²), 2 bedrs flat, 2 balconies, 2 WC, indep. CH, solar system, A/C, granite floors, shutters, Italian kitchen and appliances, storeroom, covered parking in small quiet building (4 flats) in Ay. Dhometios 1.5km form Alfa-Mega Engomi. €590 p.m. Same building very large ONE bedr flat (75m²) with similar amenities €480 p.m. TEL:99 544141 FLATS/HOUSES FOR RENT Ag. Andreas studio €290, Kennedy €300, 1bdrm Str/ los €400, Makarios av. €500, 2 bdrm European University furnished top floor €600 Ag. Dometios ground floor + garden €450, Lycavitos furnished €530, Ag. Paylos rear house newly built €450, 3bdrm M/ssa ground floor €700, Archangelos detached with pool €1,200, 4bdrm Kosta Theodorou new house €1,100, Ag. Andreas g/f €900, Ag. Omologites colonial traditional house pool €2,500. 21 property Finder Ltd. 99474839, 99646822, A.M.627 A.A.108/E TO LET fully furnished upper house in Ayios Dometios. 3 bedrooms, 2 wc 2 sitting rooms, 2 verandas, a/c in rooms. €480pm. Call 99628100 ***************************** LUXURY HOUSES: 1. 4 bedr luxury detached house built in 3/4 of a plot, office space, central heating, full a/c, big sitting and dining area, separate big kitchen with family room and all the electrical appliances, blinds and curtains on all windows, aluminium shutters, big garden with grass, 3 wc, covered parking, in a quiet area – Strovolos €1000 (H4ST10051-R), (photos in the website) 2. 3 bedr luxury terraced house, 210sq.m,central heating, full a/c, marble floor in the sitting areas and solid parquet floor on stairs and bedrooms,4 wc,3 bathrooms, 2 en suite, big verandas, electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3 covered parking spaces, roof garden access, in a quiet neighbourhood on Mon Parnas hill – Engomi €800 (photos in the website). 3. 3 bedr detached house

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5. 3 bedr luxury detached house, 200sq.m, central heating, full a/c, 3wc, blinds and curtains, open plan kitchen with cooker, oven and dishwasher, veranda with bbq, good size garden, covered parking, storage room, alarm system, in a quiet area – Archangellos €1100 (photos in the website). 6. 3 bedr + 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. Available end of February – Makedonitissa €1600 (H4MAK0023-R), (photos on the website). 7. 3 bedr detached ground floor house with separate maid’s room, with very big garden with grass (200sq.m) and covered patio with bbq and bar, central heating, full a/c, 180sq.m, FULLY FURNISHED

or NOT, 2 covered parking, storage room, in a very quiet neighbourhood opposite Acropolis park - Acropolis €1500 - H3ACS0004-R (photos on website). 8. 4 bedr very big luxury semi detached house 350sq.m, with big separate basement 80sq.m with 2 rooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Consists of big sitting and dining areas upstairs, big kitchen with big family room and breakfast area, big bedrooms, 3 showers, 1 bathroom, central heating, full a/c, black out blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking and patio with bbq in a very quiet neighbourhood close to Makarios football stadium. Available END of February Makedonitissa €1500. 9. New modern luxury very good quality finished semi detached house built in 3 levels. Upstairs 1st level 3 bedrs all en suite+ laundry room, 2nd level big attic room which can be used

for office space or bedroom. Ground floor with 2 sitting areas ,dining area and breakfast area, kitchen with all the electrical appliances, central heating, full a/c units. Basement with kitchen with cooker and oven, dishwasher, microwave and 2 refrigerators, sitting room with fireplace, and 2 bedrooms with one bathroom. Outside private fenced garden with artificial grass, bbq area and covered veranda. The house has blinds and shutters on all windows, false ceiling with spot lights throughout house, pressure system, covered parking, satellite dish, central music and network system, storage room, very good double glazed windows. Behind General flooring in the centre of Makedonitissa €2000 (H4MAK0001-R), (photos on the website). 10. 4 bedr semi detached house with central heating, 4 a/c, 3 wc, 2 bathrooms, 180sq.m, electrical appliances, small yard, bbq area,

off Kostantinoupoleos street near French ambassador 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. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, 450sq.m, central heating, full a/c, office space, separate maid’s

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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. 3 bedr +office space +attic room +separate big maid’s/ playroom in the basement semi detached house, recently renovated with big sitting and dining areas with marble floor, big kitchen with cooker and oven and family room, central heating, 3 bathrooms, 4 wc, 6 a/c units, covered parking, behind Hilton Park near the park – Engomi €1700 (H4ENG0003-R), (photos in the website) 15. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, all the bedrooms very big and all with big bathroom/ shower, sitting room upstairs, attic room with shower and wc, office space/maid’s room with shower and wc, central heating, full AC,450sq.m, big sitting and dining areas, big kitchen with sitting area and fitted cooker and oven, 6wc, 2 covered parking, yard with tiles and SWIMMING POOL, bbq area in a very quiet neighbourhood near CYBC ( RIK) station and near a neighbourhood park – Platy Aglantzias €2500 (H4AGZ0005-R), (photos in the website)

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jacuzzi, roman blinds, cooker, oven, microwave, washing machine and refrigerator in the kitchen, covered parking, near Metro supermarket – Aglantzia €600 (photos in the website). 4. 2 bedr luxury ground floor apartment with central 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. 2 bedr new luxury apartment, modern nicely furnished, storage heaters, 2 a/c, 100sq.m, big covered verandah with nice view, covered parking off Digenis Akritas street near Debenhams shop, walking distance to the centre. PRICE INCLUDES COMMON EXPENSES. – Lykavitos €450 (A1LYK0020-R) (photos in the website)

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en, nicely modern furnished, storage heaters, full a/c, big bedrooms, covered veranda with nice view, covered parking, off Prodromou street. – Engomi €600 (A2ENG0017-R) (photos in the website) 11. 2 bedr luxury spacious apartment on a small modern building with central heating independent (with petrol), full a/c, solid parquet floor, big bedrooms, big sitting room with open plan kitchen, big covered veranda, FULLY MODERN FURNISHED, covered parking off Makarios Avenue in a quiet area near the centre - Nicosia €800 (A2NIC0030-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 €650 (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 (A4ENG0003-R) (photos on the website)

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

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some cases with swimming pool in all areas of Limassol town, Erimi, Episkopi, Kolossi, Ypsonas, Souni, Kivides, Agios Tihonas, Pyrkos, Pareklisia, Trahoni, Zakaki and Yermasoyia Tel: 99675752 FOR RENT 4 bedroom detached house situated in a quiet area of Erimi, with spacious, living area, kitchen, guest WC downstairs, and four bedrooms upstairs with en-suite master bedroom, and bathroom. It has central heating, and air-condition. beautiful garden and parking. €800. 99675752 FOR RENT 4 bedroom detached house in Episkopi, on top of a hill with panoramic views of Curium Beach and garden all around (very private). It has a spacious living area, separate kitchen, utility room, guest WC downstairs and four bedrooms with bathroom upstairs. Central heating, air-conditioning, parking. €750. (negotiable) Tel: 99 675752

FOR RENT five bedroom villa for rent in Agios Sylas (7 minutes from town of Limassol) detached with beautiful panoramic mountain and sea views. It has large sitting dining area, separate kitchen, utility room, office, laundry shoot, four w/c, en-suite master bedroom with walk-inwardrobe. Small kitchen area upstairs between bedrooms, large bedroom balconies. Central heating, air-conditioning, barbaque area. Also has a separate apartment below the house with small kitchen and shower with WC. A nice large gargen and covered parking. €1300. 99675752 TRADITIONAL VILLAGE STONE HOUSE IN APESHIA. Very quiet village, 20mins from Limassol. Road to heritage school/Troodos. 2 bedrooms, office available top floor with veranda great view of mountains. Small courtyard with trees. Electric solar water. A/C-toilet in main bedroom. Semi/full furnished.

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Sport Woods needs to ‘clean up’ after Honda disappointment Fails to break par in all four rounds of tournament

Tiger Woods ended the Honda Classic four-over par - a massive 13 shots behind winner Michael Thompson

By Simon Evans TIGER Woods struggled to a four-over par 74 in the final round of the Honda Classic on Sunday, ending the week without breaking par once and left saying he needed to ‘clean up’ his play. “I just made too many penalties this week. Today is a perfect example, I didn’t play that poorly. I had two water balls and a lost ball,” he told reporters. “Take those away, and I missed two short birdie putts, and it was actually a decent score. So just got to clean up my rounds,” he added after ending the tournament four-over following even-par rounds of 70 in each of the first three rounds. In windy conditions, Woods took 33 putts in his round and hit just eight fairways and 12 greens. His round included two double bogeys, four bogeys, two birdies and, on the 18th, an eagle. On the sixth hole Woods hit his tee shot way right and the ball was lost, forcing him back to the tee, while his other double came on the

11th where he found water. “I feel good with what I did, though,” he said. “It’s just penalty shots. Just got to clean up the rounds. Obviously make a couple more putts and next thing you know, I’m three-under par.” Last year Woods ended the tournament with a sparkling round of 62, which while not enough to catch eventual winner Rory McIlroy, delight-

ed the crowd and indicated a return to form. Having reached the turn at one-over though, it was clear there was to be no charge from Woods this time. “Not even close. I think I passed 62 somewhere around 12,” joked Woods. “It’s a tough day. It’s more of a day of patience. It’s really hard to shoot a low number out here, even a good one.

You can certainly shoot one, two or three-under par for sure. “But anything lower than that is going to be really, really tough. And if the wind is blowing the ball up on the grain a little bit, it’s affecting even chip shots, bunker shots, you pull up in the air, it’s moving it. So it’s tough out there,” he said. American Michael Thomp-

son kept his head to win the tournament by two shots from Australian Geoff Ogilvy. In testing conditions, the 27-year-old Thompson, the joint overnight leader, held firm for his first win on the PGA Tour, ending with a birdie on the 18th for a oneunder par 69 which left him nine-under for the tournament.

Unrelenting Miami Heat notch another win in pay-back tour By Larry Fine

The Heat were led by the spectacular LeBron James

THE unrelenting Miami Heat notched another win on their pay-back tour in a Sunday matinee, dashing the hopes of the New York Knicks while raising the question of whether any team can deny Miami another NBA title. The Heat, led as usual by the spectacular LeBron James, erased a 15-point deficit at intermission by imposing their will down the stretch for a 99-93 victory in Madison Square Garden that extended their winning streak to a franchise record-tying 14 in a row. Reigning champions Miami ended New York’s modest three-game win streak and avenged a pair of 20-point losses to the Atlantic Division leaders early this season. Dwyane Wade said revenge was not only sweet, but important as the Heat sent a message to the Knicks after getting even with another quality team, the Memphis Grizzlies, on Friday. “When you’re on a winning streak you’ve got to find many different ways to win ball games,” said Wade, who scored 20 points,

handed out eight assists and pulled down eight rebounds. “We’ve had comebacks in the last second, we’ve had double overtime games, but this is probably the most thrilling one, the most challenging against a team that beat us twice handily. “For us to come back and find a way, it was great.” Wade said the Heat figured the Knicks must have felt they had Miami’s number after storming to a 59-45 lead at the half. “In the first half, in their mindset they’ve got the answer key to the Miami Heat, and we have to fight and understand this team is trying to kick our butt and show the world that they can kick our butt. So we had to fight back. “It’s a good win for our psyche.” The Heat have another game circled on their calendar, a date next week against the Indiana Pacers, who also have gone 2-0 against Miami this season. James has been doing a lot of winning lately, adding a second Olympic gold in London to his first NBA crown, but this was the first 14-game winning streak of his career.

IN BRIEF Champion wrestler on hunger strike DOUBLE Olympic wrestling champion Armen Nazaryan has decided to go on a hunger strike to protest against the sport’s possible exclusion from the Games. “I’m protesting against the recommendation to drop wrestling from the Olympics,” Nazaryan, 38, said. “Wrestling has always been part of the Olympic programme and it’s not right to exclude it from the Games. I’m starting my hunger strike and from now on I will drink only syrup,” said Armenia-born Nazaryan, who won gold in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Games, competing for his native country. He then switched his allegiance to Bulgaria, winning his second Olympic title four years later in Sydney. Nazaryan also won three world titles for Bulgaria from 2002 to 2005. Last month, the IOC made a surprise recommendation to drop the ancient sport from the 2020 Summer Games. The decision has outraged the wrestling community throughout the world, prompting two former champions, Bulgaria’s Valentin Yordanov and Russia’s Sagid Murtazaliev, to return their Olympic gold medals back to the IOC in protest. Part of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and all further editions, except the 1900 Paris Games, wrestling now joins seven other candidates battling for one spot in a revamped programme.

Female NFL trialist injured THE first woman ever to take part in trials for the National Football League has not ruled out another attempt after injury restricted her performance. Lauren Silberman, 28, took part in one of 10 regional ‘combines’ in New Jersey but failed to overcome a thigh problem. “I absolutely had to take the chance,” said the kicker from New York City. “I would certainly be very, very excited and happy if I had the opportunity to try again, but it’s not up to me. It’s up to the scouts.” Competing alongside 36 other kickers - all male Silberman only managed two kicks before aggravating a right quadriceps injury which she sustained while preparing for Sunday’s event, one of 10 regional trials.


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Finn can put wind up the Kiwis

The hurt is over at last for Nadal after Mexico win

By Stephen Brenkley

‘The most emotional week of my career’ By David Alire Garcia RAFAEL Nadal’s fist-pumping comeback reached a new high with his victory at the Mexican Open on Sunday, giving tennis fans hope the 11-time grand slam champion can return to the top of the game. In an unexpectedly onesided match, Nadal blew away three-time defending champion David Ferrer 6-0 6-2 in little over an hour. But the relatively minor claycourt event in the picturesque Pacific resort city of Acapulco took on far greater significance as the sport’s attention focused like a laser on Nadal’s left knee and the injury that had forced him to take a sevenmonth hiatus from the tour. Few top players have taken that much time off and been able to reclaim their former glory, but Nadal was not focusing on the history books following his latest win. “I don’t know if it’s happened before, but what I do know is this has been the most emotional week of my career after such a difficult time,” the world number five said in an interview with Reuters. While there were moments during the week when Nadal visibly limped, he said his knee fared much better than during his earlier comeback

events at the VTR Open in Chile and the Brazil Open, both last month. “There were days in Brazil when it was really bad, and in Chile, during one match as well. But here, it didn’t hurt. It just bothered me some,” he said. “This was the first week where I could run with complete freedom and no limitations.” Nadal, 26, suffers from chronic knee tendinitis and last September discovered he had a partially torn left patella tendon. He had been absent from tournament tennis since his upset loss in the second round of Wimbledon last year to littleknown Czech Lukas Rosol. Former American tennis pro Brad Gilbert noted that Nadal’s latest victory came on the heels of wins over some of the sport’s top competitors, including world number four Ferrer. “Ferrer is playing arguably the best tennis of his career,” said Gilbert. “I mean, the guy has been on fire.” Gilbert is perhaps best known for coaching top players Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, and Andre Agassi. He adds that dealing with injuries can be very tricky. “Andre used to tell me that if you are nursing something that’s sore, and you try to play through it, that’s the easiest way to hurt something else,” he said.

Fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo, who also was forced to take seven months off the tour following a thigh injury last year, emphasises the physical strain of top flight tennis. “You have to push your limits every week, every match, for so many weeks back to back,” said Robredo, a former top-five player who lost in the Acapulco second round. “We always have something hurting here or there.” Tennis historian Steve Flink points to past comeback efforts of top players to stress the exceptional nature of Nadal’s current run. “The example I think of is John McEnroe after the 1985 season,” said Flink. “He decided to go on a sabbatical. He was gone closer to six months and frankly it did not work out. He was really never the same player he had been when he left.” Flink notes that McEnroe won all of his major titles prior to taking the time off, and he was only in his mid20s. Asked what keeps him going, Nadal smiled and paused. “My motivation is tomorrow, just one day at a time, right?” he said. “I’ve just got to keep working to be able to do what I enjoy, which is play.”

Rafa Nadal’s comeback has given fans hope the 11-time grand slam champion can return to the top of the game

Rosberg wraps up testing with fastest lap for Mercedes By Alan Baldwin

Mercedes are quietly confident ahead of the seasonopener in Melbourne in two weeks

NICO Rosberg put Mercedes on top of the timesheets in the final day of Formula One testing before the Australian season-opener in Melbourne in two weeks time. The German’s time of one minute 20.130 seconds was comfortably quicker than team mate Lewis Hamilton’s best lap of 1:20.558 on Saturday and the fastest in this year’s Barcelona tests. “I can feel that the balance of the car is good. I have the general feeling that we are in a better position than in the second half of last year but this is testing not racing, of course,” said Rosberg. Team principal Ross Brawn said Mercedes, who had a disappointing 2012 season when they finished fifth overall, had achieved their test objectives but also warned against drawing too many conclusions. “I am pleased with the progress that the team has

made over the last month and the steps forward that have been made with the car,” he said in a team review of the session. “We’re realistic about our performance here and our position once we get to Melbourne, and we look forward to the challenge of a new season ahead.” Nine different drivers from five teams have led the timesheets in the 12 days of pre-season testing and all the signs are that the racing will be closer than ever, at least in the early races. Champions Red Bull were fastest only once but are expected to remain the team to beat from the start on March 17 despite their low profile in testing. Sebastian Vettel, who will be chasing a fourth successive world title, completed 100 laps on Sunday and set the eighth best time of 1:22.514. “We’re in good enough shape I think,” he said. “Overall testing has been good for us and we didn’t have too many

problems. “Over the past couple of days we maybe didn’t tick all the boxes that we wanted to but we have bit of time left to prepare before the season starts. The target is there to improve and we will do that.” Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was second on the timing sheets at the Circuit de Catalunya, with 1:20.494, and McLaren’s Jenson Button was third in 1:21.444 after completing an untroubled 122 laps. “From the lap times we’ve seen, the season is going to be incredibly close,” said McLaren sporting director Sam Michael. Kimi Raikkonen returned to the Lotus cockpit after illness prevented him testing on Saturday, only for the car to turn sick on him with a gearbox failure. “I was sick yesterday and the car was sick this morning. It’s not what you want, but you go testing to find out if there are any problems with the car,” he said.

THE new, shorter version of Steven Finn is preparing to put the frighteners on New Zealand in the First Test. He was much too polite to say so, naturally, but the amendments to the Middlesex fast bowler’s run-up appear to have increased his pace and therefore his ability to intimidate batsmen. “I think the shorter run allows me to be stronger at the crease and in a better position which therefore makes me more consistent and able to put the ball in a better area,” he said after England’s practice session at the University Oval in Dunedin yesterday. “I feel I got more bounce off the shorter run.” Bounce from a good length is often the key to disturbing international batsmen who are suddenly uncertain whether to play forward or back which in itself leads to confusion. It was clear in the one-day series between the teams that Finn was faster and equally clear that some Kiwi batsmen did not exactly relish the contest. There is a suspicion and a growing sense of anticipation that Finn could break the 100mph barrier if he has the wind behind him when the match begins tomorrow - and wind there will certainly be as the New Zealand summer turned rapidly to autumn in Dunedin. “I will have to negotiate with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad or whoever plays and see what happens,” added Finn, 23. “We’ll see, if I get the wind then great.” Finn has been working on a shortened run for months in the nets and seems pleasantly surprised by the outcome. One side effect may be that he stops knocking the bails off with his right knee in his delivery stride. Such an action is to be deemed a noball from October following a recent decision by MCC’s laws sub-committee and will forever be known as Finn’s Law. He is still not quite fully convinced that the new run-up, which is about six strides difference from his former one, is here to stay. “That’s the plan,” he said. “Obviously I’ve got the old one to go back to if I need it but it felt good in the oneday series. “My first over in the Test match will be off a shorter run. It is geared to being more consistent.” New Zealand’s preparations for the Test, given a fillip by a board XI’s three-wicket win over the tourists in Queensland on Saturday, suffered a setback yesterday when seam bowler Doug Bracewell’s fitness was put in doubt. According to a report on the New Zealand Herald website he cut his foot on broken glass while cleaning up after a party at his home at the weekend.


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Sport Pana take Athens derby honours

Catania win sums up Inter Milan’s topsy turvy season

By Graham Wood

Palacio hits dramatic stoppage time winner By Brian Homewood INTER Milan made amends for some terrible defending as they came from two goals down to win 3-2 at Catania in Serie A on Sunday and Gian Piero Gasperini’s second debut of the season as Palermo coach ended in a goalless draw at Torino. Francesco Totti became Serie A’s joint second-highest overall scorer when he converted a penalty in Roma’s 3-1 win over Genoa and Pescara’s Cristiano Bergodi became the 12th coaching victim of the season after a home defeat by Udinese. Inter, without striker Antonio Cassano following a dressing-room row, trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes but in one of the season’s most dramatic fightbacks, halftime substitute Rodrigo Palacio scored twice, including a stoppagetime winner. Struggling Palermo managed a fortuitous 0-0 draw at Torino as Gasperini bizarrely began his second stint as their coach almost exactly a month after being fired. The Sicilians, who began the weekend bottom of the table, moved level on 21 points at the bottom of the table with Siena and Pescara, who both lost. Fiorentina beat Chievo 2-1 and Argentine 20-year-old Mauro Icardi gave Sampdoria a 1-0 win over Parma. Inter’s win took them level on 47 points with Lazio in

fourth place, one behind arch-rivals AC Milan who are in the Champions League qualifying round spot. Juventus lead with 59 points followed by Napoli on 53. One-club man Totti, 36, opened the scoring with a 16th- minute penalty, drawing him level on 225 goals with Sweden’s Gunnar Nordahl who played for AC Milan and AS Roma in the 1940s and 1950s. He is still way behind Silvio Piola’s mark of 274. Although Marco Boriello replied with another penalty three minutes before halftime for Genoa, second-half goals from Alessio Romagnoli and Simone Perrotta sealed Roma’s win. Catania and Inter started their match with 15 South Americans between them and the Sicilians, whose campaign has surpassed expectations, got off to a flying start with help from the disorganised visitors. Inter defender Juan Jesus made a hash of a clearance and Argentine forward Gonzalo Bergessio took advantage to drill the ball home after seven minutes. There was more poor defending from the visitors as Giovanni Marchese, the game’s only non-Argentine scorer, headed the second 12 minutes later when he was picked out by Francesco Lodi’s floated free kick. The game changed dramatically after Palacio entered the fray at halftime. Seven minutes after coming

on, he sent a cross over from the right and Ricky Alvarez stooped to head Inter’s first, then Palacio scored himself in the 70th minute, also from a header following Alvaro Pereira’s cross. Esteban Cambiasso missed a chance to win the game for Inter when his volley flashed wide in the dying minutes but Palacio made no mistake in the second minute of stoppage time, scoring from close range after Cambiasso crossed from the byline. Palermo lived dangerously throughout the match at Torino as Rolando Bianchi hit the post for the hosts in the first half and Giuseppe Vives fired over the bar from close range. The hosts missed a host of other chances. Palermo coach Gasperini was sacked at the start of February following a 2-1 defeat by Atalanta and replaced byAlberto Toresani who was himself dismissed a week ago after three matches, all of them draws. Gasperini was then given another chance by Palermo’s eccentric president Maurizio Zamparini. Palermo remained winless in 13 outings but caught up with Pescara, beaten by an Antonio Di Natale goal at home to Udinese, and Siena, who lost 2-0 at home to Atalanta with Giacomo Bonaventura scoring both. Pescara coach Bergodi was fired hours after the match, having been in charge for only 15 games.

Substitute Rodrigo Palacio (top) scored twice for Inter, while Roma’s Francesco Totti is hugged by his children after becoming Serie A’s joint second-highest overall scorer

Rangers ‘should play in England’ By Keith Weir

The idea of Glasgow’s ‘Old Firm’ clubs playing in England has been around for a number of years

Former Scottish champions Rangers should be integrated into English club football in the next few years alongside perennial Glasgow rivals Celtic, Rangers chief executive Charles Green said yesterday. Green said Wales were likely to have two clubs in the English Premier League next season if Cardiff City were promoted to join Swansea City. He said he believed that the two big Glasgow clubs should be admitted to the English game - although not straight into the Premier League - and leave their junior sides to play in Scotland. “The parents would play in a different league, I believe that would be England,” said Green, when asked where Rangers saw themselves in five years’ time.

The alternative for Rangers would be a place in a crossborder European league, he added. The idea of Glasgow’s ‘Old Firm’ clubs playing in England has been around for a number of years and has been rejected in the past by Premier League clubs. Although bringing big crowds, it would mean a couple of English teams risked being squeezed out of the lucrative top flight. Rangers, who still draw crowds of 45,000, are rebuilding from the fourth tier of Scottish football under new owners after their former parent went bankrupt last year. The club, listed on London’s junior AIM stock market in December, said they had made an underlying loss of seven million pounds in the seven months to endDecember. Rangers have recently agreed a new five-year kit

supply deal with German sportswear company Puma and a one-year shirt sponsorship deal with C&C’s Blackthorn Cider. The club expect to make an operating loss this season but move into profit the following year. In the short-term, a planned restructuring of Scottish football should give Rangers a quick route back towards the top of the Scottish game, Green said. The demise of Rangers has added to the sense of crisis in the Scottish game and various options are being examined for the 42 clubs in the professional structure. Rangers are on course for promotion to the third tier but Green said they could be invited to join a new 12team second tier from next season. “If there is a cherry-picking of the twelve, there is no way they wouldn’t pick us,” he said.

PANATHINAIKOS claimed the bragging rights in Sunday’s Athens derby after goals from Vitolo and Pape Habib Sow gave the Greens an impressive 2-0 away win over AEK Athens. Despite being two of the biggest clubs in Greece, neither side are enjoying the best of seasons in the shadow of league leaders Olympiakos. Olympiakos have 63 points and, with six matches to go, are just two points away from securing a 40th Super League title after an impressive 4-0 win at OFI Crete on Saturday. They hold a 16-point lead over Asteras Tripolis. Panathinaikos are fifth on 32 points with AEK down in 13th on 26. Olympiakos’s Super League top scorer Rafik Djebbour took his tally for the season to 20 with two goals, while further strikes from Panagiotis Vlachodimos and Tassos Papazoglou capped a superb win. AEK started strongly but failed to create clear scoring chances and Panathinaikos went ahead 10 minutes after half-time with a well-worked goal. Zeca’s cross found Spanish midfielder Vitolo, who poked the ball home after his initial shot was saved by AEK goalkeeper Dimitris Konstantopoulos. AEK’s Giorgos Katidis passed up a chance to level two minutes later when he ran clean through on goal, but the Greece Under-21 midfielder’s shot flashed past the post. Panathinaikos wrapped up the three points in the 70th minute when Sow headed home following Giourkas Seitaridis’s free kick. “We tried to give our best and I think this time we benefited from a small dose of luck that has been missing for us this season,” Vitolo told reporters. “It was a tense derby game away from home against a good team but if we exclude the first half I think we were comfortable and deserved the win... the most important thing for us is to win as many matches as we can until the end of the season to reach the playoffs for the European places.” AEK coach Ewald Lienen thought his team deserved more than a loss which left them fourth from bottom and just four points above the relegation zone. “I felt we were the better team for the majority of the match, we controlled the game and did not allow Panathinaikos to impose their usual style of play,” said Lienen. “We made a mistake in defence and paid dearly for it while we couldn’t take advantage of mistakes made by Panathinaikos... generally I am satisfied with my team and the effort they gave.”


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Sport GERMANS HAVE ONLY THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LEFT TO FIGHT FOR

APOEL close in on Anorthosis at the top By Nemanja Bjedov

Borussia Dortmund celebrate Mats Hummels’ 87th-minute equaliser at Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg

Dortmund look to rescue season against Shakhtar By Karolos Grohmann GERMAN champions Borussia Dortmund hope to rescue their season when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League last-16 second leg tonight having lost out on all the other titles so far. After winning back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as the German Cup last year, Dortmund are now left with only Europe’s premier club competition to fight for. Rivals Bayern Munich have all but secured their first Bundesliga title since 2010 with a huge lead and eliminated Dortmund from the German Cup last eight last Wednesday. “We have never said this is a bad season for us,” said

midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski. “Obviously we want to win the championship but this season Bayern are very strong. “The German Cup elimination is also a fact but we still have a chance to make the Champions League quarterfinals so I hope that by 11 o’clock on Tuesday evening we will all be happy.” Dortmund carved out a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Ukraine last month and look to have an advantage going into Tuesday’s game. Coach Juergen Klopp’s team bounced back in style after their defeat to Bayern as they cruised past Europa League hopefuls Hanover 3-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Robert Lewandowski struck twice and looked unaffected by the swirling speculation

regarding a possible transfer to Bayern. Klopp is also hopeful that central defender Mats Hummels, who missed the last two games due to influenza, could be back. “At the moment I am assuming that Mats could still make it,” Klopp said. “He is supposed to start running again and we will have to wait and see how it goes.” Shakhtar kicked off their season on Friday after a three-month break by demolishing FC Volyn 4-1. Oleksandr Kucher, who was suspended in the first leg, is likely to pair up with Yaroslav Rakytsky in the central defence, replacing Dmytro Chygrynsky who has been struggling to get back into shape. The 30-year-old centre back headed in the second goal on Friday. Brazilian attacking mid-

fielder Douglas Costa, who also scored against FC Volyn, might be another starter tonight. Costa came off the bench in the second half of the first leg against Dortmund and needed only six minutes to restore Shakhtar’s lead on 68 minutes before Hummels headed in an equaliser three minutes from the final whistle. “Everything will depend on players’ conditions, we will analyse it,” coach Mircea Lucescu told reporters. “A goal is a solid boost to Costa’s competitive spirit. I really push Douglas hard urging him to go into the penalty area and finish our attacks. “This is our problem, particularly with the Brazilians; I mean entering the penalty area and converting opportunities into goals,” he said.

APOEL threw the title race wide open as they moved to within a point of leaders Anorthosis thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over AEK in Round 23 of the national football championship at the GSZ Stadium in Larnaca on Sunday evening. With their rivals held to a 2-2 draw by Ethnikos Achnas on Saturday, Ivan Jovanovic’s men were well aware of the importance of taking maximum points. Mikkel Beckmann’s longrange volley 15 minutes from time made the difference as the Nicosia giants extended their winning streak to five matches. “I am very happy with the win because it is a very important result at a critical point of the championship. We played against a very difficult opponent and after our main title rivals dropped points I am satisfied,” said Jovanovic whose team played without a recognised goalkeeper in the final two minutes of injury time. Urko Pardo was sent off for handball outside the penalty area and, having made all of their substitutions, defender Marcelo Oliveira took his place between the posts. “My players did well. AEK had most of the possession in the first half, but we had things under control in the second. Our league is getting more and more difficult, season after season and you should not worry

Mikkel Beckmann’s long-range volley 15 minutes from time was enough for APOEL to beat AEK

Downing: judge Suarez on talent By Carl Markham

Luis Suarez is two goals ahead of Robin van Persie in the race for the Golden Boot

LIVERPOOL winger Stewart Downing believes Luis Suarez should be judged on his footballing quality and not his chequered history when it comes to deciding the Player of the Year. The Uruguay international’s hat-trick in the 4-0 demolition of Wigan took his league tally to 21 in 27 games, edging him two ahead of main rival Robin van Persie of Manchester United and six in front of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, the other major contender. However, while the 26-year-old is a player loved by his own team-mates and fans the feelings towards him outside of that circle differ immensely. He is still struggling to shake off an unwanted diving tag while last year’s eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing United’s Patrice Evra cannot be forgotten.

But Downing stressed the footballer of the year should be decided purely on what has happened this season on the pitch and there is little argument Suarez has been phenomenal so far. “I wouldn’t like to say who will get it. They’re all great players, they’ve all had great seasons,” said the England international. “Bale is Tottenham’s main man, Luis is ours with his goals and Van Persie is great. They’re all top players and it’s a hard choice. “It could go any way, that’s how close it will be. It may end up with whoever gets the most goals this season, so Luis is in with a hell of a chance. “It should only be judged on his performance on the field - and you can’t fault him for that. “Obviously he’s had things which have happened in the past but he’s got on with his football and does his job at the end of the day. “It should be judged on how he plays. Nothing else should matter”.

about other teams dropping points, but rather focus on winning your own matches,” Jovanovic added. “It is exciting, because there are so many matches to play. You must do your absolute best in every match in order to achieve your goals. This is a season in which all teams are capable of taking points from anyone, including the leaders,” he concluded. AEK coach Ran Ben Shimon was disappointed with the final result. “We started well and controlled the first half. At this level of football details make the difference,” he said. “You have to convert your chances or you will be punished. We have to improve our efficiency in front of goal as we have difficult matches ahead of us.” Elsewhere, Omonia beat Apollon 2-1 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia to stay in fourth place with 44 points with only the head-to-head record separating them from champions AEL who demolished AEP 4-0 at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol. Apollon trail the duo by five points in fifth position. Ricardo Fernandes scored his sixth goal of the season to give Doxa Katokopia a narrow 1-0 victory over Nea Salamina in Larnaca. On Sunday afternoon meanwhile, Enosis Neon Paralimni celebrated a convincing 4-1 victory away from home against Ayia Napa, while Olympiakos and Alki played out a 2-2 draw.

Cyprus Standings Team 1 Anorthosis 2 APOEL 3 AEK 4 Omonia 5 AEL 6 Apollon 7 Paralimni 8 Doxa 9 Olympiakos 10 Nea Salamina 11 Ethnikos 12 Alki 13 Ayia Napa 14 AEP Paphos

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United to welcome Ronaldo while plotting his goodbye Last-16 tie between the two European giants balanced on a knife edge

By Sonia Oxley

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EAL Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo can expect a rousing Old Trafford welcome tonight before his former Manchester United team mates use a newfound defensive solidity to try to make those the last Champions League cheers he hears this season. The last-16 tie between the two European giants is balanced on a knife edge after last month’s 1-1 draw in the first leg and with United holding the tiniest of advantages in the shape of an away goal, this week’s glamour match could be a tight affair. United go into the game looking a lot more secure at the back than earlier this season with four successive league clean sheets coming at just the right time before being faced with the all-toofamiliar talents of fan favourite Ronaldo. “Early on in the season we were conceding too many goals,” United striker Wayne Rooney, who forged a lethal partnership with Ronaldo before the Portuguese left northwest England in 2009, told MUTV. “We seemed to have coped with that, we’re not conced-

Superstars: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie of Manchester United are both capable of winning the tie for their respective sides with a moment of magic ing and we’re scoring goals so we’re in a great position at the minute. So, hopefully we can continue for Tuesday. “I think we got a good result in the first leg in getting a 1-1 draw - the away goal gives us a certain advantage for the home leg,” Rooney added, while warning that United would have to keep Ronaldo quiet if they were to reach the last eight. “Without doubt, Cristiano,”

said Rooney in an interview on Sunday with Real sponsors bwin when asked who he thought posed the greatest threat. “He is incredible. I have played with him and I know just how good he is. He is the player I have the most respect for in their team as a footballer and as a person.” United warmed up with a 4-0 victory over Norwich City in the Premier League

on Saturday to go 15 points clear at the top of the table. The trouble for them is that Real are enjoying their own good run after two morale-boosting results against arch-rivals Barcelona last week, a 3-1 win in the King’s Cup and 2-1 victory in La Liga. United manager Alex Ferguson said his team’s focus had been on trying to stifle Real’s threat on the break.

“We know that Madrid are one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe,” he told reporters. “That is what we will be up against on Tuesday and that is why our preparations are centred around making sure their counter-attack doesn’t kill us.” Real’s preparations for the big game have been taking place a stone’s throw away from United’s with Jose

Mourinho’s side using Manchester City’s training facilities after arriving in England a day earlier than usual for a European game. Mourinho, who enjoys sharing a bottle of wine with Ferguson, will be without goalkeeper Iker Casillas who has fractured his hand but otherwise has a full squad to chose from and one that is bursting with confidence. “We are very confident going through a good streak. We have shown that we are a group and we fight until the end,” centre back Pepe told reporters. “We have got two important consecutive wins, both because of how we played and because of who they came against, which is a great motivation for the match against Manchester United. “We are going into the United game at the best time.” Ferguson has no new injury concerns but has been presented with a selection headache after midfielder Shinji Kagawa presented a good case with his hat-trick against Norwich, while Ryan Giggs is on the verge of a 1,000th professional appearance. Whoever he picks, he might have a moment of nostalgia when Ronaldo - who scored Real’s equaliser in the first leg - makes his first Old Trafford return. “He’ll get a good reception,” Ferguson said on the club’s website (www.manutd.com). “All our former players who come back, who have been great players, get a good reception. “I’ve seen that all the time. I think, at the start of the game, he’ll get that.”

Derby pain inspiring Spurs, says Villas-Boas By Mike Collett

No stopping him: Gareth Bale continued his impressive goal-scoring run as Spurs beat Arsenal 2-1

JUST over a year ago, Tottenham were leading Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and were on course to open up a 13-point lead over their North London rivals in the race for a Champions League spot. But it did not quite turn out like that. Arsenal recovered to win the Premier League game 5-2 and cut Spurs’ lead over them to seven points. Tottenham led Arsenal 2-0 again on Sunday but this time held on for a 2-1 win in another thrilling derby to end the day with a seven-point

lead over their arch-rivals. But the circumstances, at least for now, are very different. Whereas last year’s cut lead was the result of a hugely negative defeat, the gap Spurs have opened up now followed a battling derby win that extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches. “Last year at this time, Arsenal were seven points behind Tottenham and we know how that finished at the end of the season,” Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas told reporters. “Obviously the motivation now is different. We are confident, they are on a low at the moment and for them to

jump back is going to be very difficult, but we just have to continue with our job.” After losing 5-2 at the Emirates, Spurs never really recovered and the Gunners caught and overtook them to secure a Champions League spot for a 15th successive season. Spurs finished fourth but paid a heavy price as Chelsea, who came sixth, took the final Champions League spot after winning European club football’s most prestigious trophy. While Villas Boas considers the possibility of Spurs returning to the Champions League for only the second time, Arsenal manager Ar-

sene Wenger is considering the unpalatable thought that his side could miss out on Europe’s top competition for the first time since 1996-97. “We face a massive task,” he said, “but I still believe we can do it, but it is going to be very tough. I said before this game that we could not afford to drop any more points, and it is a mystery to me how we lost.”

Cyprus Mail newspaper  

2013 March 5

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