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EU releases first ¤2b in bailout aid Eurogroup studies two anti-money laundering reports, pushes action plan By Stefanos Evripidou

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HE EUROGROUP gave its blessing to the disbursement of €3 billion to Cyprus yesterday, with the first €2 billion already sent to the island as part of the first tranche of a €10 billion bailout expected to “buy time” for its ailing economy. The group of eurozone finance ministers met for nearly six hours in Brussels yesterday, discussing among other things the bailout programmes of Cyprus and Greece and the troika’s assessment of Cyprus’ antimoney laundering measures. During the first hour of the Eurogroup meeting, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) board announced its approval of the Financial Assistance Facility Agreement with Cyprus and the disbursement of the first tranche of ‘rescue’ money worth €3 billion. The first tranche will be transferred in two separate disbursements: the first €2 billion was transferred yesterday, while the remaining €1 billion will be transferred before June 30. Both disbursements will be made in cash, and will be used for the general financing needs of the public sector, including the considerable sum of maturing debt the government is expected to pay next month, and the country’s fiscal needs. “The loans granted by the ESM help to maintain financial stability in the euro area and buy time for Cyprus,”

Robber shot three times by police officer By Peter Stevenson A KNIFE-WIELDING suspected robber was critically injured early yesterday after being shot three times by a plain clothes police officer at a bakery in Lakatamia. According to head of Nicosia Police Kypros Michaelides, the officer who was patrolling in his car outside the bakery, noticed a suspicious looking man with a knife enter the bakery and attempted to stop him. Police said the man, a 34year-old Greek Cypriot from Nicosia, attacked the policeman who was forced to use his gun to defend himself, shooting the thief once in the foot, once in the chest and once in the head. The injured man was taken to Nicosia General Hospital where he was operated on. He is in critical condition and in the Intensive Care Unit. According to police reports, the officer had initially asked the man to surrender and give up his weapon. The 34-year-old, who has not been named, allegedly refused to stop and the officer was forced to shoot him in the foot as a warning. Despite the policeman’s repeated demands that the suspect drop his knife, he refused to do so, resulting in the officer having to shoot him again, once in the chest and once in the head, police said. The incident was witnessed by the bakery’s cashier whose statement police will examine during their investigations along with CCTV footage from the scene. Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou expressed his sadness over the incident and told reporters yesterday that he

Klaus Regling, Managing Director of the ESM said. “This time enables Cyprus to undertake the reforms necessary to rebuild its economy on a sustainable basis.” In accordance with the Eurogroup decision on March 25, Cyprus will receive assistance of up to €10 billion during the next three years. Cyprus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Commission containing many reforms demanded of the government in exchange for the loan at the end of April. Compliance with the MoU will be reviewed every three months before the next tranche is disbursed, with the first review likely to be in September. Repayment of the loan will begin in ten years’ time and have a maximum maturity of 20 years while the interest paid will likely be between 2 and 3 per cent, depending on the ESM’s costs. No portion of the €10 billion can be used to recapitalise the island’s biggest bank, Bank of Cyprus or Laiki, whose losses were considered too big to be covered by the EU. Instead, €3.4 billion of the funds will be used to cover Cyprus’ fiscal needs, €4.1 billion to redeem its medium and long-term debt, and €2.5 billion for the recapitalisation of Cyprus’ other banks. Cyprus is not only the first fully fledged macro-economic bailout financed by the ESM, it is also the first country forced to contribute

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Police officers investigate the scene of the bakery shooting

(Christos Theodorides)

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ON THIS DAY MAY 14 1796

35 years ago, Sunday May 14, 1978

Edward Jenner, an English country doctor from Gloucestershire, administers the world’s first vaccination as a preventive treatment for smallpox

President Kyprianou will be taking to New York a memorandum from the relatives of missing persons and undeclared prisoners urging more pressure to get Turkey to account for missing persons. The Greek Cypriot side claims that some 2,000 Greek Cypriots who were alive after the invasion have been lost following the occupation of the north.

1948 Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

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The Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies sign a defence pact in the Polish capital, Warsaw that places all member countries under one military command

1973 Skylab, America’s first space station is successfully launched into an orbit around the earth.

1991 Winnie Mandela, the wife of anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela, is given a six-year jail term for her part in the kidnap of four youths

45 years ago, Tuesday May 14, 1968 The United States today called for gradual disengagement and communist restraint in Vietnam, as the longawaited peace talks opened with a stiff demand from Hanoi for a total bombing halt. Policy statements by the two warring nations at their first formal negotiating session showed no basic shifts, and produced no surprises.

55 years ago, Wednesday May 14, 1958 The Lebanon was tense last night with reports of land and sea incursions into the country by groups of armed men from Syria and Egypt. But reports were conflicting and the exact situation confused. Government sources, however, said that 27 persons had been arrested while trying to land at various points along the coast in ports laden with arms. They were said to have come from the Egyptian-held Gaza strip.


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CY board resigns over costly redundancy package By Stefanos Evripidou THE BOARD of national carrier Cyprus Airways (CY) has handed in its resignation in protest at the government’s promise to find €20m in compensation to pay outgoing workers as part of a last-ditch effort to save the ailing airline from closure. According to state broadcaster CyBC last night, the CY board handed in its resignation to President Nicos Anastasiades, claiming

that it simply cannot come up with the compensation money agreed between the government and unions to pay those workers that will be laid off as part of a restructuring plan. In a letter to Anastasiades, the CY board reportedly highlights its grievances with the latest arrangement to rescue the airline based on a government proposal, agreed last month by unions, board and government. The proposal to restructure the

company includes offering a redundancy package for 490 members of staff, from the 560 earmarked in the original restructuring plan for the airline, providing 50 per cent of the redundancy compensation initially demanded by the unions. The CY unions approved the latest rescue deal for the airline last week while the pilots’ union PASYPY has bemoaned the fact that actual implementation of the rescue plan remains pending, noting that the longer it takes to start the less

chance the airline has of surviving. According to CyBC sources, the board’s biggest problem lies with the €20m the airline will have to find and hand over in compensation to staff made redundant. The board reportedly states it simply cannot raise this money, while the government’s own hands are tied by the European Commission which will not look positively upon more money being pumped into the airline by the state, however it’s dressed up.

UK wants student loan money back Cypriots the worst at paying back student loans By Stefanos Evripidou CYPRIOT GRADUATES of British universities top the list of EU graduates who owe the most money to the UK’s Student Loans Company (SLC). According to British press reports, the British government agency, the SLC, has called in private investigators to track down hundreds of EU graduates from UK universities who, since 2007, owe £52m (€61.6m) in student loans. The SLC was set up in 1989 to provide loans and grants to students at UK universities and colleges but since the introduction of tuition fees in 2006-2007, has lent more than £117m to EU students. Reporting on last year’s official figures on Sunday, the Independent said EU graduates have either stopped paying or never started paying for a total debt of £52m (€61.6m). The total amount owed by UK graduates is £28m (€33m). Cypriot graduates borrowed the most from all EU graduates- £24m (€28.4m) - of which they have either stopped or never started paying back around £15.5m (€18.4m). EU graduates are supposed to start paying off their student loans after returning to their countries and reaching a certain income threshold. Many have reached that threshold but are now considered in arrears. Graduates from France, Germany and Poland ran up

The ministers of finance and communications were out of the country yesterday, pushing back any decision on the CY board’s resignation until tomorrow. Regarding efforts to sell the national carrier, Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos said last Friday that Middle East Airlines were no longer interested in investing in CY. He added that other investors were exploring the possibility of investing in the airline.

Robber critical after being shot three times by police officer (Continued from front page) hoped the injured 34-year-old would recover from his injuries. “Incidents like this are difficult to judge and need to be investigated fully without jumping to conclusions,” the minister said. Nicolaou added that a full investigation is needed to ascertain whether the officer used his weapon according to procedure. “I have spoken with the Attorney-general and he assured me he will assign an official from legal services to the case who will investigate it objectively,” Nicolaou said. He said the number of plain clothes officers patrolling outside late-night bakeries and kiosks have been increased as they are increasingly common targets for robbery. He said that a man with a kitchen knife has terrorised a number of establishments in the last few months, although it is uncertain whether it is the same man. “The culprit has caused headaches to the police so they have tried to find a way to combat his actions, which is why the officer was parked outside the bakery in his car on the lookout for any suspicious characters,” he added. “The events which need to be investigated are why he used his revolver and whether he used it in self-defence,” the minister said. He called on the public to adhere to police instructions and stressed that officers have firearms to protect themselves from potential assailants. “The force is facing organised crime and desperate individuals who could be putting officers’ lives in danger so we need to provide them with the tools to protect themselves.”

Cypriot student being wooed by a UK university at a Nicosia education fair student loan debts of more than £10m (€11.8m), but substantial sums are also owed by recession-hit EU countries like Ireland and Greece. The SLC divides EU graduates’ debt into three categories: ‘known to be overseas above the earnings threshold for that country and fallen into arrears’; ‘known to be overseas - has not provided details of income and is now considered to be in arrears’; and, the latter category which owes a total £41.3 (€48.7m) of

outstanding debt, ‘not currently repaying - further information required to establish correct repayment status’. The amounts owed by Cypriot students are likely to rise substantially since fees at most English universities rose to £9,000 a year last year. Those graduates considered “in arrears” can be actively pursued by the SLC for not providing adequate information to allow repayment amounts to be calculated. Kevin O’Connor, head of SLC

repayment, was quoted by the Daily Mail saying: “We use international trace agents and can commence legal action to recover the full balance”. Graduates in arrears could face additional penalties as well as legal action. A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills added: “We will obtain court orders in other jurisdictions if necessary.” Officials warn that up to one in four will never pay a penny back.

Pile-up but no injuries BAD WEATHER resulted in a seven car pile-up on the Nicosia-Limassol highway yesterday, though no injuries were recorded. According to traffic police chief Demetris Demetriou, at around 12.15pm yesterday, a burst of bad weather resulted in a seven car pile-up on the third lane of the highway heading towards Limassol which stopped traffic for about 15 minutes. One of the cars involved in the pile-up was unable to move after the accident next to the GSP Stadium, requiring police help to get the car off the highway and free the lane up for oncoming traffic. “Fortunately, there were no injuries, only some property damage,” said Demetriou.

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Home Cigarettes and alcohol stolen from warehouse CIGARETTES and alcohol worth around €30,000 and a truck worth around €13,000 used to load the goods were stolen from a warehouse belonging to the Photos Photiades company in Skariou over the weekend. According to police the robbers got away with around €24,000 worth of cigarettes and alcohol valued at €6,000 from the warehouse. The robbers disconnected the security system outside the warehouse and then cut a hole through the warehouse’s metal door, police said. The burglary was reported to Larnaca CID department on Sunday morning by the owner of the company who said the goods must have been stolen some time after 5pm on Saturday night. Copper cables worth €15,000 were also stolen from a nearby quarry around the same time.

Shark caught off Famagusta coast A FOUR-METRE long dogfish shark was caught off the occupied Famagusta coast over the weekend, according to the Turkish press. The giant fish, weighing around 250 kilos was caught by fisherman Firouz Denyali, close to the Palm Beach hotel. Denyali told reporters that he had seen the fins of two big fish in the sea, just off the Famagusta coast, eating other fish but had only managed to snare one of them. According to daily Kibris, the shark had been spotted by the public circling the waters near the coast with many wondering what would happen if they entered the sea. Dogfish are not considered to be dangerous to humans, but some damage could be done by their teeth and their slightly poisonous dorsal fin spines The fisherman cut the shark into pieces and sold it at 10 Turkish lira (€4.35) per kilo.

Under 25s hardest hit by recession

Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Finance Minister Haris Georgiades and Italy’s Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni at the eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels last night (AFP)

EU releases the first ¤2b in bailout funds AML action plan to target bank checks on customers (Continued from front page) to its rescue package with a “bail-in” of over €10 billion by uninsured depositors of the island’s two biggest banks. A further estimated €3 billion will come from privatisations, state gold sale and fiscal adjustments. On concluding their meeting late last night, eurozone finance ministers welcomed the ESM’s approval of the first tranche. Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said it was an “important step towards the stabilisation of the Cypriot economy reflecting our unwavering commitment to preserving the financial stability of the euro area and its member states”. “The Eurogroup commends the Cypriot authorities for delivering on their commitments to date and reiterates its appreciation and understanding of the efforts made by the Cypriot citizens,” he said. Dijsselbloem also referred to the independent assess-

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ments of compliance with the anti-money laundering (AML) framework in Cyprus prepared by the Council of Europe’s Moneyval and Italy’s private auditor Deloitte Financial Advisory. A private audit of Cyprus’ AML framework was made a pre-condition of any bailout by the Eurogroup. According to Dijsselbloem, the troika reported the key findings of the two AML reports to the Eurogroup and recommendations to “rectify deficiencies” will be integrated in the AML action plan to be agreed between the troika and Cyprus during the first review of the bailout programme in three months’ time. “The action plan will need to target areas covering implementation of customer due diligence by banks, including through adequate supervision, and the functioning of the company registry, among others,” said the Eurogroup president. According to the Cyprus News Agency, speaking to reporters, Dijsselbloem said the AML report shows that the legal framework in Cyprus is adequate though there are some delays in its implemen-

tation. There has been much speculation on the outcome of the anti-money laundering parallel audits given that allegations of money laundering, particularly by German lawmakers and media, were most rife in the months preceding the Eurogroup decision for a ‘bail-in’ bailout of Cyprus. The EUobserver last week reported that opinion in Brussels was divided as to whether the actual AML report will ever be released, which would provide welcome clarity on the extent to which Cyprus truly was guilty of the accusations of money laundering, made by various EU partners. Earlier this month, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said Cyprus was given a clean bill of health in terms of its compliance with international anti-money-laundering rules. “The situation for Cyprus is far better than what perhaps many abroad wished to portray,” the minister said. Financial online news site Stockwatch yesterday reported that the ALM report states banks do not perform adequate due diligence on foreign clients while there appears to be excessive dependence regarding the identity

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and quality of clients on the introducers, ie, accountants and lawyers. Problems were also reportedly found with the registrar of companies. One German anti-money laundering expert, Andreas Frank, who has been following closely implementation of AML legislation around Europe yesterday noted that the ESM press release, issued almost five hours before the Eurogroup statement did not contain any mention of the results of the AML probe of Cyprus’ financial sector. The ESM decision was alleged to be contingent on the results of the probe and improvements on the assumed money laundering deficits in the Cypriot financial sector, he said. “To get the approval from the Bundestag for the rescue package, the German government had assured the MPs that the ESM would agree to the aid package only under the conditions that the money laundering allegations against Cyprus would be clarified. It becomes obvious that the Bundestag MPs were deceived and the ‘dirty money’ claims by some Eurogroup members were just an excuse for the bail-in,” he added.

THE RATE of unemployment at the end of last year stood at 11.8 per cent, according to a labour force survey for 2012 released by the Statistical Service yesterday. Of the total labour force (employed and unemployed persons) of 440,604, 52,000 were out of a job. Men accounted for 52.7 per cent of the unemployed, women for 47.3 per cent. The jobless rate was lower for females at 11.1 per cent, and higher for males at 12.5 per cent. The highest rate of unemployment was observed among persons aged under 25 years, where it accounted for 27.8 per cent of the labour force of that age group. There were 388,605 gainfully employed persons, and the employment rate for persons aged 20-64 years was 70.2 per cent. The corresponding rate for males stood at 76.1 per cent while that for females was far lower at 64.8 per cent. A total of 41,670 persons or 10.7 per cent of the employed worked on a parttime basis, and 48.2 per cent of these reported that they could not find a fulltime job, while 18.9 percent reported that they chose part-time work for personal reasons. And 2.6 per cent of the working population, or 10,015 persons, reported holding a second job; a large proportion of these (22.1 per cent) chose agriculture as a second job. The survey also found that more than one-third (42.1 per cent) of the workforce have a college education while 39.0 per cent are highschool graduates only. Other findings: 89.8 per cent of persons aged 50-69 receive old-age pension from social insurance and/or pension from government/semi governmental/ local government or social pension; 3.2 per cent receive old-age pension from an occupational old-age pension scheme; 2.8 per cent receive old-age pension from a personal old-age pension scheme e.g. life-insurance; 7.0 per cent receive a widow’s pension and 6.2 per cent a disability pension. The island’s unemployment rate rose to a new high of 14.2 per cent in March this year, amid an ongoing economic and financial crisis,

Storms stronger than usual THE STORMS that have caused flash floods mainly inland and in the mountains will continue today and may last until tomorrow. From May 1 until 9am yesterday the total amount of rainfall was calculated at 15.1mm, which is 77 per cent normal for this period of the year, according to the meteorological services. “Because we had experienced high temperatures during the last couple of weeks, low pressure was created. This low pressure system is what caused these tropical storms during the last week in Cyprus,” meteorological officer Marios Theofilou said. “These storms begin suddenly around lunch time and end suddenly some hours later.”


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Swift action pledge for Bank of Cyprus New bank chief will be announced ‘within days’ By Elias Hazou THE INTERIM board at the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) has pledged to take all necessary steps so the bank can swiftly move away from its current status of being under administration, the government said yesterday. The island’s largest lender has been undergoing restructuring since March, after a decision by eurozone finance ministers to impose losses on deposits of over €100,000. Under that arrangement, previous shareholders were wiped out, making large savers the new shareholders via a deposit-for-equity swap. The Central Bank, in its capacity as the ‘Resolution Authority’ for Cyprus’ two affected banks - BoC and Laiki - has appointed the members of the BoC’s transitional board of directors. The bank’s status was discussed at length yesterday during a meeting between the president, the Central Bank governor and the interim board of the BoC. Speaking to reporters after, government spokesman Christos Stylianides confirmed that the bank’s board would select and appoint a new CEO “sometime over the next few days”. The appointment of a new CEO is seen as a key step towards returning the stricken bank to normalcy. Stylianides said the selection of a CEO is first and foremost an issue for the bank board, but added that any decision would be taken in consultation with the CB

chief and the finance minister. “It was agreed today that the person appointed to the job must be competent, that he can deal with the current challenges facing the bank, and that the appointment must be made as soon as possible,” the spokesman said. Press reports suggest that banker Michalis Kolakides is a leading candidate for the job. Alithia reported that the 58-year-old Kolakides, who has been approached by the government, has asked for time to consider the offer. Kolakides, currently deputy CEO of Eurobank EFG, has previously held senior positions with Citibank Greece and Piraeus Bank, and has served on the board of the National Bank of Greece. He holds an economics degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from London Business School. The government has made no secret of its displeasure with the slow pace of restructuring at the BoC. Previously, the finance minister had pointed the finger at CB boss Panicos Demetriades, who initially promised to wrap up procedures by early this month but later hinted that the restructuring might not be complete before September. Restructuring the lender will take time, however, due to a string of lawsuits filed by depositors against the decision to seize their cash. Stylianides noted yesterday that any legal obstacles would be overcome once the bank exits its state of administration.

He said also that the government, in a display of confidence toward the banking sector, has decided to “boost and expand” the state’s banking transactions via Cypriot lenders, but did not elaborate. Responding to a question, Stylianides said the government as well as the CB are keen on finding a strategic investor to invest in the BoC: But that will have to wait until the bank can run its own affairs, he added. BoC’s restructuring in March resulted in a drastic shake-up and dilution of the shareholder base. As stated by the CB chief last week, some 70 per cent of the savings affected by the depositfor-equity swap (uninsured deposits) belong to non-Cyprus residents.

RESTRICTIONS Uninsured depositors which have suffered a ‘haircut’ of at least 37.5 per cent - are now the new owners of BoC. Financial website Stockwatch reports that no single uninsured depositor now possesses over 2 per cent of bank stock - making it difficult for the new shareholders to be adequately represented on the board of directors. On the capital restrictions and when they might be further eased, the spokesman said the government was awaiting the return of the finance minister - currently in Brussels - so that he could confer with the banking regulator. A new decree on capi-

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tal controls should be expected by Friday once the current one expires, said Stylianides. Local media speculated that the new decree would permit companies to open accounts in banks other than in BoC and Laiki - so far prohibited - thus giving entrepreneurs access to more liquidity and enabling them to transact business more easily. The previous decree exempted four credit institutions operating in Cyprus from the capital restrictions imposed on Cypriot banks: BLOM Bank SAL, Lebanon & Gulf Bank SAL, OJSC Promsvyazbank, and Russian Commercial Bank (Cyprus) Ltd. It stated however that these banks are prohibited from servicing domestic customers that maintain accounts with their head office, or soliciting and obtaining new business from domestic customers or opening new accounts for domestic customers.

Members of BoC interim board arriving at the presidential palace yesterday (Christos Theodorides)


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Home CYPRUS TODAY Russian bank stays in Cyprus THE RUSSIAN Commercial Bank (Cyprus) Ltd, subsidiary of the Russian state bank VTB, intends to maintain its operations in Cyprus. According to Cyprus News Agency sources, the bank has decided to remain in Cyprus after initially considering relocating to Malta, due to the recent Eurogroup decision on Cyprus and the restrictions on the movement of capital. The same sources have told CNA that the bank’s decision is a token of its confidence in the Cyprus banking system.

Victim of catalytic converter con A 65-YEAR-OLD scrap-metal collector from Nicosia was conned out of €1,200 by two foreign nationals on Sunday, police said yesterday. In his statement, the 65-year-old told officers that he met up with two foreigners in the Pallouriotissa suburb of Nicosia so he could purchase six used catalytic-converters. During the transaction he gave one man €100 for the converters while the other man allegedly pick-pocketed his wallet which contained €1,100. Police are investigating the case.

Re-assessing house values A CAMPAIGN by the land registry office began yesterday to revaluate properties. Officials from the office will visit tens of thousands of houses, one-by-one, which had not been fairly assessed for property tax and sewerage or municipal charges. Last Friday, officials from each district office who are taking part in the campaign, were trained and instructed on how to carry out their appraisals.

Arrested for throwing firecracker AN OMONIA football fan was arrested on Sunday for throwing fire crackers before the APOEL vs. Omonia match at GSP stadium in Nicosia. According to police the man was arrested for throwing fire crackers at members of police before the match began. A policeman was slightly injured on the leg during the episode and was treated at the police station’s clinic.

Arson attack on house A FIRE which broke out at around 5.50pm on Sunday in a house in Dali is thought to be an arson attack. The fire, that was put out by members of the fire department, partly damaged the wooden ceiling and part of the plaster wall. Factory made fireworks found at the scene show that the fire was caused by arson. The Pera Chorio Nisou police department is investigations.

Government offers little hope to Kurdish refugees Protestors told to leave or face arrest By Maria Gregoriou KURDISH refugees who have been camping outside the interior ministry for 15 days were told yesterday that the government cannot offer them subsidiary protection. Three members of the around 150 protesting refugees met with Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos yesterday after starting a hunger strike. He told them to provide him with a list of refugees without a home and those who have applied for work at the labour ministry by tomorrow afternoon and then leave or they will be arrested. “By the end of the meeting the minister told us to leave his office and the ministry. If we do not do so by tomorrow afternoon we will be arrested,” said Selaheein Bair, a representative for the Kurdish group. “We were told that he cannot give us protection and that we should take this notion out of our minds. The only thing they can do is to consider each refugee’s case on an individual basis.” When Bair asked the minister how the refugees can stay in Cyprus without protection, the minister said that Kurdish refugees cannot get protection because they are not covered by asylum law. “We understand the Cypriot people’s problems but we do not know what to do now. Some of us do not have

Kurds have been protesting outside the interior ministry for 15 days (C. Theodorides) homes and are here illegally. About 43 Kurdish refugees’ visas have expired and they cannot be renewed if they find employment,” Bair said. The representative said that they were not expecting this response after waiting for 15 days. “They do not want to recognise us as refugees and they just want this to all blow over,” he added. Outside the ministry 30 men were wearing white Tshirts with slogans saying ‘hunger strike until they give us an answer. Hasikos said the Kurds could not be offered subsidiary protection because this would mean that they had the same rights as Cypriot citizens. “The ministry can offer

them asylum and what they are entitled to under these rules, this being employment in specific working sectors such as agriculture and farming”, the minister said. “They told me that some people do not have homes and we are willing to pay rent directly to the landlords in order for them to have shelter.” The minister said that these refugees cannot expect to receive the same rights as Cypriot citizens, especially under the current circumstances. They should also not expect to get the benefits that the last government was giving them, he added. “I am ready to help in any way I can but the Kurdish people should respect this

country that has hosted them for over 15 years. We will also give them food stamps because we do not want to see anyone go hungry,” he said. During the meeting yesterday Hasikos told the Kurdish representatives to remove the children from outside the ministry and to stop exploiting their presence. Doros Polycarpou, the head of immigrant support group, KISA, who was at the ministry said the ministry had got its facts wrong. “I am not sure if the minister is aware of the fact that all EU countries are obliged by law to give protection to Kurdish people or people of other nationalities that leave Syria due to the war,” he said.

Cyprus tops EU survey in work-related stress CYPRUS has the highest percentage of workers in Europe who are suffering from work-related stress, at 51 per cent. This is three times higher than the European average of 16 per cent. These finding were published in the third edition of a European survey carried out by Ipsos MORI, a research company in the United Kingdom, on behalf of the European agency of safety and health at work. According to the survey job insecurity and work reorganisation are considered as the most common cause of work-related stress in Europe. Half of the European working population believes work-related stress is a normal phenomenon. From December 5 until 17 2012, 587 telephone interviews with full-time, part-time and self-employed workers, ages 18 and over, were conducted in Cyprus. In Cyprus six out of ten workers, a total of 61 per cent, consider their working hours or workload as being the common cause of work-related stress and nearly nine out of ten, 88 per cent, believe stress in the workplace is a frequent phenomenon while ten per cent feel that it is rare. Work-related stress is most common in workers from the ages of 35 to 54. “The message we want to send to all European businesses, regardless of size and industry is that psychosocial risks can be addressed in the same logical and systematic way as any other matter affecting health and safety,” Christa Sedlatschek, the director of European agency of safety and health at work said. The survey included 31 European countries, the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, with a total of 16,622 interviews.


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Home ‘The government has not and will not make any cuts which will affect fire safety’ Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou: better co-ordination of fire services

Fire alert ahead of long summer By Peter Stevenson THE government aims to slash the number of forest fires this summer by raising public awareness and increasing the efficiency of the fire department, the justice minister said yesterday. “The protection of the environment and public safety are of the utmost importance to the government, and we expect all the services involved in those matters to be fully alert and co-ordinated in order to effectively deal with fires,” said Ionas Nicolaou, speaking at an event to launch the 12th annual fire safety week. The government’s goal, the minister said, is to unite all the fire service units on the island within a new strategic plan which will clarify the responsibilities of each department and increase efficiency. “Despite the financial crisis, the government has not and will not make any cuts which will affect fire safety,” he said, adding his ministry was leasing more vehicles and hiring firemen. In his speech to members of the fire service, the police force and the press, the minister said that this year the fire service and the government are concentrating on the prevention of fires in the countryside. Nicolaou stressed that, during the hot summer months, a single spark could ignite a fire which could cause damage and destruction to the environment and threaten human lives

British Airways extends Paphos flying season BRITISH Airways have announced that they will extend their flight schedule between Paphos and Gatwick until November this year. The airline usually ceases its programme in October. Nassos Hadjigeorgiou, the manager of the Paphos regional board of tourism welcomed the move yesterday saying it was a positive step and would strengthen the airline’s presence in Paphos. “You could say that this is the first step towards having an all year round flight, which is our aim. Maybe British Airways will start their flight programme earlier next year as well,” he said.

During the summer season, British Airways has four flights a week from Gatwick to Paphos from April until the end of October. They will now continue to fly between Paphos and Gatwick twice a week during November. “This positive development will help to aid further recovery prospects of Paphos in the UK market, which continues to be a main market for us,” said Hadjigeorgiou. The tourist board chief said the tourist industry was continually trying to improve connections between Paphos and other European countries.

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and property. “For this reason I call on everyone to be extremely careful and avoid any activities which could cause a fire,” he concluded. “I wish and hope that by the end of this year we will have a smaller amount of fires than in 2012 when we dealt with 4194 fires in the countryside which was 463 less than in 2011,” said deputy fire chief, Marcos Trangolas. Trangolas stressed that this year especially, due to the economic crisis, the public need to be more careful when it comes to fire by placing more importance on preventative measures. “The fire service’s mission is to deal with fires in the countryside, in residential and industrial areas and also deal with dangerous situations including traffic accidents, earthquake rescues and flooding,” he said. General-manager of CNP Laiki Insurance, sponsors of fire safety week, Andreas Stylianou, told members of the press that the insurance company and fire services’ common goal is to make the public aware of the dangers connected with fires. “Prevention is better than any form of healing,” he said. “It is our responsibility to be aware of the main ways to avoid starting a fire in order to take the correct preventative measures”.  The 12th annual fire safety week’s slogan is ‘Prevention through Knowledge’.Planned events include the Fire Service Games on Saturday, May 18 at 3pm at the Makarios Stadium in Nicosia


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Athens will ban planned teachers’ strike GREECE’S coalition government has said it will use emergency powers to prevent teachers from disrupting university entrance exams as part of their planned strike this month. It is the third time this year that the government has used the emergency civil mobilisation order - a measure normally reserved for natural disasters and other times of national crisis - to end a labour dispute in the crisis-hit country. A government spokesman said it took the decision under its “moral obligation” to safeguard the May 17-31 exams for school leavers and university candidates.

“We are dealing with a threat to the national interest,” he said. “We cannot accept a situation that allows 100,000 children and their families to be held to ransom.” Teachers’ unions had planned to start rolling strikes on May 17 to protest over longer working hours and involuntary staff transfers. The Greek Federation of Secondary Education State School Teachers, OLME, called the decision “extreme and undemocratic” and said it would challenge the order in court. The union, which is organising a protest in Athens and other cities said it would review its

strike plans. Prime minister Antonis Samaras signed the order after taking similar action earlier this year to end strikes by workers at ferries services and Athens’ subway train system. Pay and staff cuts have become routine in the debt-strapped country, part of the budget austerity measures demanded by international rescue lenders who have kept Greece from defaulting on its debts since it lost bond market access in 2010. The draconian cuts have seen Greece’s minimum wage slashed and unemployment rise to 27 per cent.

Carlos the Jackal appeals French life term CARLOS the Jackal, the Marxist militant once ranked among the world’s most wanted criminals, launched an appeal yesterday against a life sentence for bomb attacks that killed 11 people three decades ago. The Venezuelan defendant, 63, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has been locked up in France for almost 20 years, serving an initial life sentence in a separate case for killing two police officers and an informant in Paris in 1975. The Paris hearing was suspended as Ramirez demanded new lawyers and accused the Venezuelan state of seeking to sabotage his defence by not supplying promised financial support for his existing legal team. “We’ve no funds, my lawyers shouldn’t have to pay their expenses out of their own pockets,” he said. When the court agreed to provide him with two lawyers funded by the French state, a laughing Ramirez called out “one blonde, one brunette” - a remark for which he was rebuked by the court president. Former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who died in March, was an ardent supporter of the man who calls himself a “professional revolutionary” but it is not known whether he provided him with financial backing. Ramirez has denied any specific involvement in four bombings in 1982 and 1983 on a Paris street, two trains and a Marseille train station that wounded nearly 200 people and killed 11. Prosecutors at his 2011 trial said the bombings were Ramirez’s answer to the police seizure of two of his gang, including his lover.

PM Samaras signed the order after taking similar action to end strikes by ferry and train subway workers

Bulgaria parties struggle to form a government Tie-up with GERB unappealing after protests By Sam Cage and Tsvetelia Tsolova

Leader of centre-right GERB party Boiko Borisov casts his vote at a polling station in Sofia on Sunday

THE centre-right GERB has emerged from Bulgaria’s election as the largest party but it is short of coalition options, and any new government will almost certainly need backing from a nationalist party which alarms the European Union. GERB, whose leader Boiko Borisov resigned from government in February during nationwide protests in the EU’s poorest country, won most votes in Sunday’s poll but not enough to gain a majority. The second-placed Socialists said they would try to ensure it did not return to power, offering to set up a technocrat government that would also require the backing of the nationalist Attack party. Borisov’s GERB is mired in allegations of corruption and the outspoken leader has kept a low profile since the vote, not speaking publicly or making grandiose claims of victory. An extended political dead-

lock could crimp already lacklustre economic growth - expected to be about 1 per cent this year - and mean further delays in reforms in areas such as employment, health and education. “There is nothing dramatic if we cannot form a government. But for the others after us, it will be extremely hard, too,” said Ivailo Moskovski, a senior GERB member and former minister. Other parties were reluctant to work with GERB, which won 30.7 per cent of votes cast on Sunday and will have first go at forming a government, according to nearly complete results. It could command a tiny majority if it worked with Attack. Attack, whose members sometimes wear swastika-emblazoned shirt and make Nazi salutes at rallies, attracted Bulgarians unhappy with the low living standards and widespread corruption, but have also ruled out for now support for GERB. Its leader Volen Siderov has

alarmed investors with his pledges of nationalisations and revoking foreign companies’ concessions. “Coalition talks are likely to be uneasy,” said Otilia Simkova, an analyst at Eurasia. “Negotiations in forthcoming hours and days will be crucial for Bulgaria’s policy direction in next four years.” An interim government will lead the Balkan country until a new cabinet is elected. Yesterday, Interim Prime Minister Marin Raikov appealed to political parties to avoid “burning bridges” in order to form a stable government. “If we have an unstable government, a government that yields to social demagoguery, this will sink the country,” Raikov told reporters. GERB pledges to keep fiscal deficit and debt under control, while the Socialists have promised to spend more and create jobs without running up debt. Attack is pursuing an immediate raise in the minimum wage and spending to increase living standards.

Prosecutor seeks six-year jail term for Berlusconi in sex trial ITALIAN prosecutors yesterday called for a six-year jail sentence and a lifetime ban on holding public office for former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, charged with abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor. The 76-year-old billionaire media tycoon and centre-right senator is accused of paying for sex with Karima El Mahroug, better known by her stage name ‘Ruby the Heartstealer’, when she was under 18, during the now notorious “bunga

bunga” parties at his villa at Arcore near Milan in 2010. But prosecutors considered by far the more serious charge was that he abused the powers of his office during a separate incident by arranging for her to be released from police custody where she was being held on theft charges. They requested five years imprisonment for that and a year for paying for sex with a minor. The verdict is expected on June 24.

“At Arcore there was a system of organised prostitution aimed at the satisfaction of the sexual pleasure of Silvio Berlusconi,” Milan chief prosecutor Ilda Boccassini said in a more than six-hour closing argument. Berlusconi has vigorously denied the accusations. El Mahroug, who staged a dramatic protest outside the Milan court last month, has always denied being a prostitute or having had sex with Berlusconi.

Verdict nearing: Berlusconi


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Britain

‘Right to die not a case of sympathy’

BRITAIN TODAY Admission of Tia murder THE man accused of killing schoolgirl Tia Sharp yesterday admitted her murder on the fifth day of his trial at the Old Bailey. Stuart Hazell, 37, dramatically changed his plea yesterday and admitted murdering the 12-year-old in August last year. Window cleaner Hazell hung his head in the dock as he changed his plea and jurors were asked to formally find him guilty. Lord Carlile, representing Hazell, said his client wanted to make it known that “Tia’s family have suffered enough and he did not want to put them through any further stages of this trial or this process”.

Huhne, Pryce released FORMER energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were released early from prison yesterday, just two months after being jailed for lying to police about a speeding offence. Sentenced in March to eight months behind bars each, the pair were found guilty of perverting the course of justice by falsely telling police that Pryce rather than Huhne was at the wheel of a vehicle caught speeding on a motorway in 2003. Released from separate prisons, Huhne - once tipped as a possible successor to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg - and Pryce served just 62 days of their sentences.

Brown offers Scotland view FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown has returned to the political front line to make a “positive, principled, forwardlooking case” for Scotland to stay in the UK. Brown, who left Downing Street three years ago, called for a “Union for social justice” and argued that remaining in the UK will benefit people in Scotland.

British Prime Minister David Cameron (right) insisted that his policy to seek renegotiation on the UK’s EU membership enjoyed the full backing of all his ministers

Cameron: EU status quo is unacceptable By James Tapsfield DAVID Cameron branded the existing European Union set-up “unacceptable” yesterday as Tory skirmishing continued. The Prime Minister again refused to echo comments by senior Cabinet ministers who have indicated that they would vote to leave in an immediate referendum. But he gave his strongest suggestion yet that he would support a British exit if renegotiation efforts were unsuccessful. “The problem with the status quo is I don’t think that the status quo in the EU is acceptable today,” Cameron said. “I want to change it and having changed it I then want to ask the British people a very simple in/out question.” Speaking in Washington ahead of talks with US president Barack Obama, Cameron was asked if he was “comfortable” with Sunday’s interventions by Education Secretary

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PM moves to quell Tory skirmishing over Europe Michael Gove and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. “There’s not going to be a referendum tomorrow, there is going to be a referendum before the end of 2017,” the Prime Minister said. Cameron said “the whole of the Conservative Party” was signed up to his policy of renegotiating and then staging a national poll. He also made an appeal for Eurosceptic Tories to focus on winning the general election in two years’ time. “We are the only mainstream party making this offer to the electorate at the next general election,” he said. Some 53 MPs have now signed the Commons amendment criticising the absence of a referendum Bill in the Queen’s Speech, including 50 Tories and three from Labour

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- Kelvin Hopkins, John Cryer and Kate Hoey. But eurosceptic backbencher Peter Bone, one of those who tabled the motion, predicted that “most” Conservative MPs will support it when it comes to a vote in the Commons, adding that he hoped ministers would be allowed to join them. Bone told BBC2’s Daily Politics: “The amendment we have put down regretting that there is no EU Referendum Bill is of course the Prime Minister’s policy. I am sure that in America, he is toasting what I and a number of other colleagues have done, and I’m sure that if he wasn’t in America he would be supporting the amendment. “The reason there is no EU Referendum Bill is that the pesky Liberal Democrats are

blocking it in the coalition. They are such a small minority party - far smaller than Nigel (Farage)’s party. Why should we take any interest in them? “Most Conservative MPs will vote for it. By the time we get to Wednesday, I hope the ministers will be allowed to vote for it.” Voting against an EU Referendum Bill would be “political suicide” for Labour because it would send a signal to voters that the party would not give them a referendum , said Mr Bone. But Labour Europe spokeswoman Emma Reynolds insisted that Labour had not ruled out a referendum for all time. “We are not in favour of a referendum now and not in favour of a referendum at some arbitrary point in the future,” said Ms Reynolds. “However, in foreign policy it would be unwise to rule something out forever and we would have a referendum if there were a transfer of power from Westminster to Brussels.”

TWO paralysed British men who want to die but cannot kill themselves went to court yesterday seeking protection from prosecution for those who could help them end their lives. The case is one of the most high-profile attempts to change the law on the right to die in Britain, where assisted suicide is illegal. “I’m constantly thinking, ‘how on Earth can I do it without getting someone into trouble?’” said Paul Lamb, who was left paralysed by a car accident in 1990. “I just want my wishes to be respected, that’s all I want,” Lamb, 57, told reporters outside the courtroom. He is immobile except for limited movement in his right hand, requires 24-hour care and is constantly on morphine to relieve pain. Judge Igor Judge, speaking at the start of the hearing in the Court of Appeal, said he was aware of the men’s “desperate situation” and he was sympathetic. “But they must surely know that we cannot decide this case as a matter of personal sympathy. We have to decide it as a point of law.” Lamb was in court in his wheelchair as the judge spoke. The other man, named only as Martin, is a 48-year-old who was left unable to speak or move after a stroke four years ago. He can communicate only through movements of the head and eyes. “It is their experience that their life has become unbearable,” said Paul Bowen, a lawyer representing Lamb.

Lamb was left paralysed by a car accident in 1990


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World

Police vow to catch New Orleans parade shooters 19 people wounded in Mother’s Day parade attack POLICE in New Orleans have vowed to track down the gunmen who wounded 19 people at a Mother’s Day parade, the latest violence to hit a celebration in the city this year. The FBI called the attack “street violence” and said federal investigators have no indication the shooting was an act of terrorism. New Orleans has one of the highest violent crime rates among US cities. The victims were 10 men, seven women, a boy and a girl, and at least three of them were seriously wounded. Of the rest, many were grazed by the shots including the children, both 10 years old. Detectives are collecting any surveillance video they can find and gathering evidence from where gunmen

In this image taken from video, a possible shooting suspect in a white shirt (C), shoots into a crowd of people on Sunday in New Orleans opened fire on Sunday on the parade of hundreds of revellers Mobile phone videos after the shooting showed victims lying on the ground, blood on the pavement and others bending down to comfort them.

It is not the first time gunfire has shattered a festive mood in New Orleans this year. Five people were wounded in January after a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, and four were wounded in a shooting in

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the French Quarter before Mardi Gras, a popular tourist destination. “The specialness of the day doesn’t appear to interrupt the relentless drumbeat of violence,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said outside a hospital where victims were being treated. As many as 400 people

came out for the secondline Mother’s Day procession - a boisterous New Orleans tradition. Police saw three suspects running from the scene. No arrests had been made yet. Outside the hospital, Leonard Temple wept as he talked about a friend who was in surgery after being shot three times during the parade. Mr Temple was told the man was hit while trying to push his own daughter out of the way. “People were just hanging out. We were just chilling. And this happened. Bad things always happen to good people,” he said. Second-line parades are loose processions in which people dance down the street, often following a brass band. They trace their origins to the city’s famous jazz funerals. The neighbourhood where the shooting happened is a mix of low-income and middle-class row houses, some boarded up. The crime scene was about 1.5 miles from the heart of the French Quarter and near the Treme neighbourhood. New Orleans is struggling to pay the tens of millions of dollars required under a federal decree to reform the city’s police department and the city jail.

Transgender woman to be allowed to wed HONG Kong’s top court has granted a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend in a watershed ruling which falls short of allowing same-sex marriage. The surprise decision only covers the right of a transgender person who was born male to marry a man, and for one who was born female to marry a woman. The ruling by the Court of Final Appeal yesterday brings the semi-autonomous Chinese city in line with many other places in the Asia-Pacific region, including mainland China, where transgender people are allowed to marry as their new gender. The court ruled in favour of the woman, identified only as W. One of the judges on the five-member panel dissented. W’s lawyer, Michael Vidler, said his client was “overjoyed.” W, who is in her 30s, was born a man but had surgery in 2008 to become a woman. The hospital issued a letter certifying her new gender. Vidler read a statement by W to reporters in which she said that after the surgery she has lived her life “as a woman and been treated as a woman in all respects except as regards my right to marriage. This decision rights that wrong”. Vidler said the ruling will not take effect for 12 months,

W’s lawyer, Michael Vidler said his client was ‘overjoyed’ at the decision giving the the government time to change marriage laws. The judges noted that, from evidence and submissions received, “it appears in the Asia-Pacific region, such marriages are permitted” in mainland China, Singapore, India, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Same-sex marriage remains rare in the region, though New Zealand approved it last month. In China, the Ministry of Civil Affairs clarified the law in 2003 to make it clear that transgender marriage is legal. Hong Kong, a former British colony, came back under Chinese control in 1997, but was granted a high degree of autonomy from Beijing and retains a separate legal system.

WORLD TODAY Bangladesh toll at 1,127 BANGLADESHI salvage workers yesterday neared the end of their search for victims of the collapse of a factory building, scouring the basement of the complex that crumbled in on itself and killed 1,127 people. A series of deadly incidents at factories, including a fire in November that killed 112 people, has focused global attention on safety standards in Bangladesh’s booming garment industry. The toll of 1,127 - the world’s most deadly industrial accident since the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India - could be the final one as no more bodies were found yesterday, a spokesman at the army control room co-ordinating the salvage operation said. The site will be handed over to the district administration today on completion of salvage work, according to army spokesman Shahinul Islam.

Yemen kidnap ARMED Yemeni tribesmen yesterday kidnapped a Swiss citizen working for the Red Cross in the southern province of Abyan, a Yemeni security source said. The aid worker was taken from a vehicle in the city of Jaar where he was travelling with Yemeni co-workers and there had been no demands from the tribesmen, the security source said. Kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen are mostly carried out by al Qaeda militants or tribesmen. Lawlessness in the Arabian Peninsula state has alarmed its neighbour and top world oil exporter Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States, which increasingly views Yemen as a front line in its struggle against al Qaeda.

‘Eat more bugs’ A UNITED Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet for a hungry world. It ranks high in nutritional value and gets good grades for protecting the environment: edible insects. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets. A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects. Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs.


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Syria blames Erdogan for blasts

Pakistan’s Sharif seeks to soothe India mistrust Sharif has history of conciliatory gestures By John Chalmers NAWAZ Sharif, poised to become prime minister for a third time after a decisive victory in Pakistan’s election, said yesterday the mistrust that has long dogged relations with India must be tackled. Sharif said he had a “long chat” with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday and each man extended an invitation to the other to visit, a diplomatic nicety in some parts of the world, but a heavily symbolic step for South Asia’s archenemies. Asked by an Indian journalist if he would invite Singh for his swearing-in as prime minister, he said: “I will be very happy to extend that invitation.” “There are fears on your side, there are fears on our side,” Sharif added during a news conference at his home on the outskirts of Lahore. “We have to seriously address this.” Sharif’s power base is Pakistan’s most prosperous province, Punjab, which sits across the border from an Indian state that shares the

same name. A free-marketeer, he wants to see trade between the two countries unshackled, and he has a history of making conciliatory gestures towards New Delhi. In 1999, when he was last prime minister, Sharif stood at the frontier post waiting to welcome his counterpart - Atal Behari Vajpayee - to arrive on the inaugural run of a bus service between New Delhi and Lahore. It was a moment of high hope for two countries that were divided amid bloodshed at birth in 1947 and went to war three times in the decades that followed. But by May of that year, the two sides were sucked into a new conflict as the then-army chief of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, sent forces across the line dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. And by October, Sharif had been ousted by Musharraf in a bloodless coup.

RETURN TO POWER Sharif’s return to power 14 years later has raised concern that he will again cross swords with the military, which has long controlled the country’s foreign and se-

curity policies. But Sharif said he “never had any trouble with the army”, just Musharraf, and as prime minister he would ensure that the military and the civilian government work together on the myriad problems facing the country. Musharraf resigned as president in 2008 and went into self-imposed exile abroad. He returned in March to run in last Saturday’s elections. Instead, he was arrested for his crackdown on the judiciary during his rule and put under house arrest. Sharif said his Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) won enough of the 272 National Assembly seats contested in the election to rule on its own, but suggested he was open to allies joining his government. “I am not against any coalition. But as far as Islamabad is concerned, we are ourselves in a position to form our own government,” Sharif told the news conference. “All those who share our vision, we will be happy to work with them.” The election was a democratic milestone in a country ruled by the military for more than half its history, marking

Pakistan’s Sharif speaks to journalists at his farm house in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore yesterday the first transition from one elected government to another. However, Sharif inherits a host of challenges from the government led for the past five years by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which failed to tackle corruption, poverty and a Taliban insur-

gency. Another bailout from the International Monetary Fund to avoid a new balance of payments crisis is seen as inevitable. Sharif has suggested that he would be willing to implement politically sensitive reforms to secure an IMF lifeline.

At least 3 killed in Benghazi Turkish F-16 fighter jet lost near Syria By Feras Bosalum and Ghaith Shennib

By Humeyra Pamuk

A CAR bomb killed at least three people outside a hospital in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi yesterday, witnesses said, in a further sign of the violent disorder plaguing the country since the 2011 revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Only one of the dead was carried into the hospital intact, a doctor told Reuters, which made it difficult to immediately establish the number of people killed. Another doctor said three deaths were confirmed including a child, along with 17 injuries. “I saw people running and some of them were collecting parts of bodies,” said a witness, who declined to be identified. Hundreds of angry people gathered at the scene, blaming armed groups for the explosion and calling for them to be driven from Benghazi, which was the cradle of the uprising that ended Gaddafi’s 42 years of iron rule.

TURKEY’S military said yesterday it had lost one of its F-16 fighter jets near Osmaniye, about 50 km (30 miles) from the border with Syria, but NTV television quoted military sources as saying the crash had probably been an accident. Last June, Syria shot down a Turkish F-4 reconnaissance jet off the Syrian coast. It said it had acted in self-defence without knowing that the jet was Turkish, although Turkey said the plane had been identifiable and in international airspace. There was no immediate word on what precisely happened to the F-16 on yesterday, although the military said in a statement that the pilot had radioed to say he was ejecting.

The sources quotes by NTV said it now appeared likely that the loss of the plane was an accident. Relations between the two countries have been strained ever since Turkey fell out with President Bashar al-Assad over his violent response to what began as a peaceful protest movement and then became an armed rebellion. Turkey now harbours Syrian rebel forces and refugees on its territory, and has called for Assad’s departure. Syrian army shells have strayed into Turkish towns, and on Saturday, Turkey blamed a group with links to Syrian intelligence for two bomb blasts that killed 46 people on the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, home to thousands of Syrian refugees and a logistics base for the rebels.

SYRIA’S information minister has blamed Turkey’s government for deadly car bombings near the Syrian border and branded Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan a “murderer”, state-run Russian TV company RT reported yesterday. The bombings took place as prospects appeared to improve for diplomacy to try to end the war in Syria, after Moscow and Washington announced a joint effort to bring government and rebels to an international conference as soon as possible. “All responsibility for what has happened lies with the Turkish government and Erdogan personally,” RT quoted Omran Zubi as saying in an interview with its Arabiclanguage channel. “I demand his resignation as a murderer and an executioner. He has no right to build a political career on the blood of the Turkish and Syrian people,” RT quoted Zubi as saying. It said he repeated a denial of Syrian involvement in car bombings that killed 46 people on Saturday in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. Turkey has accused a group with links to Syrian intelligence of carrying out the attacks. The car bombs increased fears that Syria’s civil war, in which a Syrian opposition group says more than 82,000 people have been killed since it began with a government crackdown on protests in March 2011, is dragging in neighbouring states.

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Business France, Portugal in banking union call

Dollar’s might weakens oil, gold as stocks fall

SPAIN and Portugal called yesterday for the eurozone to complete a banking union as Germany underscored legal hurdles before a central element of the plan to deal with failing banks can be introduced. “It is indispensable that we stick to the agreed calendar on banking union and that we take steps to make sure families and small companies receive credit,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters. “Banking union is the credibility test of the European Union,” he said, after meeting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who backed his calls for progress on Europe’s most ambitious reform of the financial crisis. The call came as finance ministers from the eurozone met in Brussels, ahead of which German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reiterated the need for a change to EU treaties to underpin the new system of bank resolution. To avoid treaty change and have a banking union “of sorts” Schaeuble proposed to stick for now to the intermediate stage of a co-ordinated network of national resolution authorities, rather than a new EU resolution authority. “This would be a timberframed, not a steel-framed, banking union,” Schaeuble wrote. Most eurozone countries and institutions believe a full banking union, which would help deal with banking crises, is needed urgently to restore investor confidence. Under the plan, the biggest banks will be supervised by the European Central Bank from the middle of next year. There is also to be a single bank resolution mechanism that would wind down insolvent banks. Plans for a common deposit guarantee scheme are unlikely to happen any time soon.

Dollar hits 4-1/2year highs against yen

These Bank of Cyprus rates for telegraphic transfer transactions (spot deals) apply to yesterday, but provide a good guide to today’s value against the euro. Buying Selling Pound St

0.8495 0.8411

US Dollar

1.3037 1.2907

Australian $

1.3150 1.2826

Canadian Dol.

1.3304 1.2976

Swiss Fr

1.2484 1.2336

Denmark Kr

7.5482 7.3618 132.7920 131.2080

Norwegian Kr

7.6298 7.4414

Polish Zloty

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Romanian Leu 4.4151 4.2419 Russian Ruble 41.2467 40.2283 Swedish Kr

THE dollar rose against the yen and held steady against most major currencies yesterday, hurting oil and gold prices, after the Group of Seven backed Japan’s efforts to spur growth through aggressive asset purchases. A surprise rise in US retail sales in April, when Americans bought cars, home improvement materials and a range of other goods, also supported the view of resilience in the world’s biggest economy, supporting the dollar’s recent strength. US stocks fell on mild profittaking following a stellar run to record highs, while weakness in the top European banking sector knocked the region’s share prices lower. “The value of the dollar has weighed on the prices of all commodities, specially the more sensitive ones such as oil and gold,” said Harry Tchilinguririan, head of commodity market strategy at BNP Paribas. The dollar, which has risen 5 per cent against a basket of major currencies since February, and double that versus the yen, looked unlikely to buckle after officials at a G7 meeting in Britain over the weekend showed little concern about the yen’s slump. The greenback hit a 4-1/2year high of 102.14 yen in Asian trading, but it faded a bit to 101.72 yen, down 0.1 per cent following the US re-

Electronic board shows the foreign exchange rate of the yen against one US dollar (top) at a foreign exchange brokerage in Tokyo on May 10, 2013 (AFP) tail sales numbers. The dollar was up 0.2 per cent at $1.2990 against the euro. “Yen selling will have been encouraged by the outcome from the G7 meeting, where officials reiterated that they will tolerate yen weakness as long as it results from the use of domestic instruments to stimulate the Japanese economy,” said Bank of Toyko-Mitsubishi currency analyst Lee Hardman. A stronger dollar makes dollar-denominated commodities such as oil more expensive for many countries. Brent oil prices slipped back

below $103 a barrel with ample supply weighing on sentiment as well. Weaker-than-expected industrial output data from China also helped push oil prices lower. London copper, however, climbed 0.09 per cent to $7,382 a tonne, as the data raised hopes that monetary authorities in the world’s biggest metals consumer may embark on further easing to underpin demand. China’s annual industrial output grew 9.3 per cent in April, up from a seven-month low of 8.9 per cent in March

but still missing market expectations for a 9.5 per cent expansion. Spot gold, often bought as an alternative safe-haven to the dollar, fell 1.1 per cent to 1,431.66 an ounce. Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high on Friday, while European shares started the week at five-year highs. These lofty levels gave investors a reason to cash in some gains as worries about another spring “swoon” persisted. Shortly after the open, the Dow Jones industrial aver-

Mixed report on Greek econ Lloyds Chairman Win Bischoff stands down

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age was down 35.54 points, or 0.24 per cent, at 15,082.95. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 2.32 points, or 0.14 per cent, at 1,631.38. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 1.58 points, or 0.05 per cent, at 3,435.01. Europe’s blue chip stocks on the FTSEurofirst 300 index were 0.26 percent lower at 1,230.26, dragging the MSCI global index down 0.1 per cent at 373.84. In the bond market, benchmark 10-year Treasury notes fell 6/32 in price to yield 1.9208 per cent - just below a six-week high in yield they set earlier. But German Bund futures were up 0.1 per cent at 144.82. Italy’s three-year debt costs fell to their lowest since January at an auction yesterday as the backstop from the European Central Bank fed demand for bonds of the eurozone’s heavily-indebted members. Comments from Italian Ignazio Visco, one of the European Central Bank’s top policymakers, suggesting the ECB could cut its deposit rate below zero lifted benchmark German Bund futures from their lowest in more than a month after a sell-off last week on upbeat eurozone and US data. If the ECB did push its deposit rate into negative territory, banks would effectively be charged for parking any spare cash they do not lend. Analysts believe that would send investors into other more profitable ultra-safe assets such as Bunds. “We all agreed in the (ECB Governing) Council that we have to look with care and in that case we may reduce the rate,” Visco told CNBC television. “We think that - and I personally think that, this is effective - the economy now is capable of taking it on board.”

8.6900 8.4754

Greece is set to meet its budget targets this year and next but must step up privatisations and public sector reform, the country’s international lenders said in a draft report obtained by Reuters on Monday. The report by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund assessing the country’s progress in meeting its bailout goals, said the country’s privatisation revenue target had been lowered for 2013 to 2 billion euros ($2.59 billion) from 2.6 billion euros. “While progress has been made in preparing assets for privatisation, the overall speed of the privatisation process remains unsatisfactory,” said the report. The document adds to evidence that the debt-laden country still faces big hurdles to standing on its own feet, despite the fiscal progress made by its coalition government and about 200 billion euros in rescue loans it has obtained from the EU/IMF since mid-2010. Even though Athens’ overall debt outlook remains unchanged as it overachieves on budget cuts, Greece would take several years to fully return to capital markets once funding from the bailout programme ends in 2014, the report said. Greece nearly crashed out of the eurozone last year, when reforms stalled during a political crisis. But Athens has said earlier this month it hoped to return to the bonds market at the end of next year. The report, dated May 3, summarises the results of an inspection visit by EU/IMF officials last month that gave Athens a clean bill of health to receive further bailout aid. Eurozone finance ministers, who were meeting in Brussels yesterday, were set to approve as much as 7.5 billion euros ($9.7 billion) of bailout payments for Greece.

LLOYDS Banking Group Plc Chairman Win Bischoff is to retire in the next year, handing the reins to a successor who must steer it through a potentially risky multi-billionpound government share sale. Bischoff, 72, has overseen a restructuring and return to profitability at Lloyds, rescued by the government through a 20-billion-pound bailout during the 2008 financial crisis which left Britain with a 39-per cent stake. His replacement will need a mix of stock market nous and political sensitivity, given the high-profile nature of the looming privatisation and Chancellor George Osbourne’s need to maximise returns to help fix the nation’s deficit. Industry and political sources have said the government is keen to start selling off shares in the bank ahead of the 2015 general election and the new chairman will be tasked with handling the potentially delicate political process.

Handing over the reins: Lloyds Chairman Bischoff Shares in Lloyds have been edging closer to the 61 pence level which the government regards as its break-even and last week hit a two-year high of 59.1p, raising hopes Britain could soon start selling its shares, which have a stock market value of some 17 billion pounds. That prospect means the bank’s new chairman will

need to quickly establish strong relationships with Osbourne and with UK Financial Investments (UKFI), which manages the government’s stake. The new chairman will also take charge at a time when Lloyds is planning to float 630 branches after the collapse of a planned sale to the Cooperative, in a divestment ordered by the European Commission as a price of accepting the state bailout. Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker, who had been favourite to succeed Mervyn King as governor of the central bank, but lost out to Canadian Mark Carney, has been linked with the role in some British newspapers. However, a source familiar with the matter played down the reports and said no individual had been ruled in or out. The bank is likely to examine the credentials of both internal and external candidates in a process expected to take months.


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Opinion

Taming cost of municipalities can only come via reduction THE EVOLUTION of local government in Cyprus is testament to the insistence of our politicians on setting the wrong priorities when formulating policy. This is the reason we have ended up with 30 overstaffed municipalities – we have not included the nine occupied municipalities which have a mayor - we cannot afford to sustain. We could never afford them, but in past years the central government would guarantee loans, there was rescheduling of loan repayments, funding was secured from abroad and municipalities managed to get by. Despite the persistent financial difficulties faced by local authorities, our politicians, in their wisdom, created another six municipalities in 2011, thus adding to the state’s costs. Now, nobody seems to know what to do. The Union of Municipalities held an extraordinary general meeting last Friday to discuss the lack of funds and decided that the way forward was restructuring, with the aim of increasing the autonomy of local government. Reducing the number of municipalities was not an option at present, the mayors decided. It is difficult to see how there could be more autonomy - which implies financial independence through restructuring, without reducing the number of municipalities. The troika, according to one report, had suggested that the number should be reduced from 39 to 10 and it is very difficult to disagree with our lenders, who view the issue from a more rational perspective than our politicians and mayors, who are primarily concerned with votes. We have so many municipalities because they serve the party system, offering positions to party members – as mayors or municipal councillors – and jobs to party supporters. It suffices to say that 75 per cent of the municipalities’ budgets go on the payment of salaries and pensions. If we add loan repayments, office expenses and maintenance costs, how much is left for improving the quality of life of citizens, which all mayoral candidates claim is their priority? The truth is that municipalities primarily exist to serve their employees and political party clientelism. That is why we have such a ridiculously high number and cannot afford to keep them going. If restructuring is to be meaningful, there should be a drastic reduction in the number of municipalities as the troika suggested. Admittedly, jobs would be cut, but local government would become much more cost-effective and financially sustainable. Only when a municipality becomes viable does it become autonomous and, more importantly, acquire the ability to serve people and even improve their quality of life. The existing model serves only highly-paid municipal employees and will eventually face bankruptcy.

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Surprise candidates open up Iran presidential polls Analysis Marcus George

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fter the huge protests that followed the 2009 election, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may have hoped June polls would quietly install a loyal conservative president, but the surprise candidacies of two major independents may scupper that. Both Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, the nationalist protégé of rabble-rousing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and Iran’s best known political grandee, are seen as a threat to the leader’s authority. Khamenei personally intervened to block Mashaie becoming vice-president in 2009 - such was his disapproval of a man conservatives accuse of leading a “deviant current” within Islam that seeks to undermine the power of Muslim clerics. Meanwhile, the supreme leader’s rivalry with Rafsanjani, a seasoned political operator, goes back decades. Little can be predicted at this stage, but if Mashaie makes it through the vetting process, the election on June 14 could turn into a three-horse race between him, Rafsanjani and one of several “Principlist” candidates - those who are fiercely loyal to Khamenei and the principles of the Islamic Republic. Even if they fail to win, bigname alternative candidates could attract greater public interest in the election, making Khamenei’s plan to see an obedient conservative take office a great deal more difficult, despite his ultimate power and the Revolutionary Guards who back him. Struggling with sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme and embroiled in civil war in Syria, one of its few and closest allies, Iran’s leadership must be keen to show the world it has a strong, harmonious, fully functioning political system. Instead, the race may produce drama and perhaps the unexpected. The contest not only reprises Rafsanjani’s fight with Ahmadinejad’s camp, which beat him to the presidency in 2005, but also brings into focus his troubled relationship with Khamenei, which disintegrated over his support for the defeated reformist opposition in 2009. “Rafsanjani poses a challenge. He has said he wants to save the Islamic Republic by changing the hardline direction the country has taken in the past few years,” said Farideh Farhi, an Iran analyst at the University of Hawaii. “Principlists who have not been able to come up with a candidate that brings together all their competing wings will have to scramble in search of some sort of unity,” she said. As president between 1989 and 1997, Rafsanjani clashed

If Mashaie (left) makes it through the vetting process, the election on June 14 could turn into a three-horse race between him, Rafsanjani (right) and one of several ‘Principlist’ candidates - those who are fiercely loyal to Khamenei and the principles of the Islamic Republic with Khamenei and hardliners over his pragmatic plans to mend relations with regional states and liberalise Iran’s economy. But it was support for the reformist “Green Movement” protests against Ahmadinejad’s disputed 2009 election win that cast him out in the cold. Last week, Rafsanjani said he would not enter the fray without Khamenei’s consent. But analysts say a last-minute agreement with the supreme leader may not have been the ringing endorsement the former president was looking for. “Khamenei can see this as a personal challenge or a means to enhance the legitimacy of the system as a whole,” said Farhi. Khamenei may also be unable to rein in conservatives and the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which wields both political and economic influence, from going on the attack. Rafsanjani is in some ways an easy target. “Rafsanjani’s wealth and business dealings present a huge vulnerability,” said Shaul Bakhash, a politics professor at George Mason University in Virginia. “Since Khamenei can’t really control them, the conservative establishment, its clerical associates and the Revolutionary Guards are cer-

tain to mount a massive campaign against him.” The line-up also breathes new life into a seething squabble between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly challenged the authority of the supreme leader and only narrowly avoided being forced from office. Tied to Ahmadinejad by the marriage of his daughter to the president’s son, Mashaie is viewed with intense distrust and dislike by those unswervingly loyal to Khamenei. Given the leader’s own evident distaste for Mashaie, the fact that he even registered as a candidate amounts to a direct challenge to the authority of Khamenei. Mashaie has inserted himself into religious debates and emphasised Iranian nationalism in his speeches - behaviour that has outraged traditionalists. But the Guardian Council, a conservative body of clerics and jurists that vets candidates, looks unlikely to approve Mashaie, analysts said, leaving Ahmadinejad and his allies with few options left to maintain influence and perhaps even their liberty once the current president’s term ends. “The cards are usually stacked against those who dare to challenge the Guardian Council’s decision,” said analyst Yasmin

‘The cards are usually stacked against those who dare to challenge the Guardian Council’s decision. There’s no reason to believe that this time will be any different’

Alem, an expert on Iran’s electoral system. “There’s no reason to believe that this time will be any different.” But Ahmadinejad has shown himself capable in the past year of striking out at his political enemies, a prospect that could prove highly damaging to the Islamic Republic and its leader. Ahmadinejad has said he has a wealth of potentially damaging information on a number of establishment figures. “The question is whether Ahmadinejad will fulfil his threat to release all sorts of tapes of secret conversations and corruption. Releasing this will be something of a double-edged sword,” said Ali Ansari of St Andrew’s University in Scotland. Meanwhile, the Principlist coalition has lost its early momentum. Two months ago the alliance comprising charismatic Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati and Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, a former parliamentary speaker and adviser to Khamenei - was the most definite player in the contest. The group now looks set to back Saeed Jalili, a hardline conservative war veteran who is seen as close to Khamenei and has led rounds of nuclear talks with world powers since 2007. That in itself poses another problem for Khamenei, should he give his backing to Jalili, who lacks executive experience, said Farhi of the University of Hawaii. “He (Khamenei) will again be accused of allowing inexperienced folks to take the executive helm of the country and economy in times of serious economic crisis,” she said.  Marcus George is a Reuters journalist


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Iron Man beats strong Gatsby at the box office Second biggest movie opening of all time By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud TONY Stark’s superpowers lifted blockbuster Iron Man 3 back to the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, beating out a strong debut over the weekend for lavish Jazz Age drama The Great Gatsby. Coming off a gigantic opening a week earlier, Iron Man 3 commanded $72.5 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday in its second weekend. Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as millionaire Jay Gatsby in the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald tale, earned a strong $51.1 million, according to studio estimates. Domestic ticket sales for Iron Man 3 dropped 58 per cent from a week earlier, when the film hauled in $174.1 million for the secondbiggest movie opening of all time. The film from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios stars Robert Downey Jr. as Stark, a billionaire businessman with a superhero alter ego. International sales for Iron Man 3 reached a massive $664 million through Sunday after adding $89 million from the weekend, Disney said. The film’s worldwide take now stands at $949 million. Gatsby outpaced pre-weekend forecasts for an opening of up to $45 million. Directed

Coming off a gigantic opening a week earlier, Iron Man 3 commanded $72.5 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday in its second weekend by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, it is the latest Hollywood rendition of Fitzgerald’s classic American novel, The Great Gatsby. A 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow fared poorly at the box office. DiCaprio stars in the title role, a millionaire pining for a lost love, played by Carey Mulligan, during the height of the hedonistic 1920s. Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton also star. Rapper Jay-Z produced the soundtrack. “We never expected to open this picture at this level,”

said Dan Fellman, president of theatrical distribution for Warner Bros, the Time Warner unit that distributed the film. Fellman said the picture, which has been accorded the prestigious opening night slot at this week’s Cannes Film Festival, was now wellpositioned for a long run into the summer as an alternative to traditional action movies. The majority of ticket buyers were female by 59 per cent to 41 per cent, and 31 per cent of ticket buyers were under age 25, Warner Bros said. “We’re going to have a nice,

long healthy run,” he told Reuters. DiCaprio’s performance was widely praised, but the movie, which cost about $105 million to produce, received a mixed reception from critics. As of Saturday, 48 per cent of reviews recommended the film on the Rotten Tomatoes website. But in its opening weekend, the film very nearly eclipsed the total $57.4 million take of Luhrmann’s most successful film, Moulin Rouge, which went on to win several Academy Awards. Elsewhere over the week-

end, dark action comedy Pain & Gain starring Mark Wahlberg placed a distant third with $5 million at US and Canadian theatres. Comedy Peeples, the other new nationwide release, finished fourth with $4.9 million. Produced by Tyler Perry, the film stars Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington in the story of a well-off family’s reunion that is interrupted when a man arrives to seek their daughter’s hand in marriage. Baseball drama 42 finished in fifth place with $4.7 million.

Broadchurch star Colman Rihanna’s attitude from mum triumphs at Bafta awards THE TV Bafta awards belonged to Olivia Colman after the Broadchurch star picked up two awards for two very different roles. The star won the supporting actress award for her role as the mother of a murdered son in Accused (Mo’s Story) and picked up her second Bafta for female in a comedy for her role in Olympic satire Twenty Twelve. Speaking backstage, Colman said she was “thinking there has been a mistake” after winning her second award. Host Graham Norton introduced the show, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, from the Royal Festival Hall in London.The evening’s first award - for best drama series - went to Last Tango in Halifax. Sheridan Smith was named leading actress for her role in Mrs Biggs. A tearful Smith, who played the wife of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in the ITV show, said: “Is this a wind-up? Is this for real?” Meanwhile, the Bafta for leading actor went to Ben Whishaw for Richard II (The Hollow Crown). The award for supporting actor went to Shakespearean veteran Simon Russell Beale for his performance as Falstaff in the BBC version of Henry IV Part 2. Olympic satire Twenty Twelve won the sitcom award. The award for entertainment programme went to Norton’s chatshow with the Irish comic accepting his own award before returning to hosting duties.

The singer poses with ‘beautiful’ mother Monica

RIHANNA says she got her attitude from her mother. The singer - who recently ended her on/off relationship with Chris Brown - praised her ‘beautiful’ mother Monica for teaching her how to be a strong and independent woman in a touching Mother’s Day tribute. Posting a picture of Monica on her Instagram profile to mark the occasion on Sunday, the 25-year-old beauty wrote: “Her attitude Rihanna, she got it from her mama!!!.... Happy Mother’s Day beautiful!! What a lucky little b***h I am to have come from you! “You showed me real strength, how to be independent, how to love and be loved, not to judge people or their situations, how to forgive, how to learn from every mistake I make, how to be hospitable, how to do my makeup, cook, clean, not to lower my standards for anything or anyone!”

Caro Emerald scores first UK number one album DUTCH jazz singer Caro Emerald scored her first British number one album on Sunday after a close battle with last week’s chart-toppers, London drum and bass quartet Rudimental. The Shocking Miss Emerald notched up 3,000 more sales than Rudimental’s Home to secure top spot, the Official Charts Company said. British actor Hugh Laurie, best known for his role in US TV medical drama House, was new at number three with blues album Didn’t It Rain, his second top five release following on from the success of his 2011 debut. Canadian crooner Michael Buble’s To Be Loved dropped to fourth, with singer-songwriter Alison Moyet’s The Minutes in fifth, her first top five album in more than 26 years. In the singles charts, French electronic duo Daft Punk held on to top spot for a third week with Get Lucky, well ahead of New York-based DJ Chris Malinchak who debuted in second place with So Good To Me. Singer-songwriter Passenger was up a place to third with Let Her Go, with Rudimental in fourth with Waiting All Night and Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Ray Dalton, falling to fifth.

Tyson to star as TV cartoon detective FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will star as a cartoon detective, with a pigeon as a sidekick, in a new animated series, US cable network Adult Swim said. Tyson, who recently toured his one-man autobiographical stage show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, will give voice to his cartoon character on the Mike Tyson Mysteries crime-solving series. Tyson, 46, will be aided by a magical tattoo on his character’s face and a foul-mouthed pigeon as a partner on the 15-minute show, Adult Swim said. Tyson in real life owns racing pigeons. Some plot lines include attempting to defeat a super computer at chess and why an author/werewolf cannot finish a novel, Adult Swim said. Tyson, who was as well known for his erratic behavior and 1992 rape conviction as for his skill in the ring, has seen his reputation rise following a cameo in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover. Tyson retired from boxing in 2006 and began a second career in entertainment, including a 2011 television documentary series about his flock of racing pigeons.


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Environment

Fish piracy costs $10 billion to $23 billion a year -report FISH piracy - seafood caught illegally, not reported to authorities or outside environmental and catch regulations - represents as much as $10 billion to $23 billion in global losses each year, a nonprofit conservation group has estimated. Because pirated fish is sold on black markets, specifics of the economic impact are tough to decipher. But Oceana, a Washingtonbased organisation, looked at the records of fish catches by country as reported to the United Nations, then compared those statistics to seafood sales in various world

markets. When these numbers didn’t match up, the group estimated the amount lost through fish piracy, a practice that US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator Jane Lubchenco has called “one of the most serious threats to American fishing jobs and fishing communities.” The report said illegal trade could account for 11 million to 25 million metric tons of seafood, a minimum of 20 per cent of seafood worldwide. Illegal fishing targets some of the most expensive species, including

shrimp, fugu pufferfish, lobster, whole abalone and sea urchin uni. Penalties are often a fraction of potential profit, the report found. In one US case, an illegal catch worth up to $1 million brought a $3,500 penalty. The report estimated that illegal trade threatens 260 million jobs dependant on marine fisheries. For example, the shark fin trade in Hong Kong suggests that three to four times more sharks are being killed than official reports say, with $292 million to $476 worth of shark fins sold. Oceana said that Florida law

enforcement agents’ estimates showed that one illegal operator stole $1,400 a week from legal operators by exceeding the catch limit on king mackerel. Fishermen who comply with legal standards can also lose business when they sell in the same market as illegal operators who don’t follow environmental or sanitary standards, the report found. In addition, adults and children have been trafficked into service on illegal fishing ships, making a catch more lucrative, the report said. Illegally caught Russian sockeye

salmon is estimated to be 60 per cent to 90 per cent above reported levels, a loss of $40 million to $74 million, according to Oceana. Annual black market sales of bluefin tuna may reach $4 billion, with the amount of illegally caught fish five to 10 times higher than the official catch, the report said. “I don’t think people think of fish as valuable, and when they think of crime, I don’t think they think about seafood,” Oceana senior scientist Margot Stiles said. “But behind closed doors and out at sea, there’s all this money made by stealing fish.”

Climate change forecast to shrink habitat of common plants, animals

Many species of frog are suffering worse declines in number than projected by computer models

More than half of all plants, a third of animals at risk-study By Alister Doyle THE HABITATS of many common plants and animals will shrink dramatically this century unless governments act quickly to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said on Sunday after studying 50,000 species around the world. The scientists from Britain, Australia and Colombia said plants, amphibians and reptiles were most vulnerable as global temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change. About 57 per cent of plants and 34 per cent of animal species were likely to lose more than half the area with a climate suited to them by the 2080s if nothing was done to limit emissions from power plants, factories and vehicles, they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. Hardest hit would be species in sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, the Amazon and Central America. “Climate change will greatly reduce biodiversity, even for

many common animals and plants,” lead author Rachel Warren of the University of East Anglia in England said. The decline would damage natural services for humans such as water purification and pollination, she said. But the scientists said governments could reduce the projected habitat loss by 60 per cent if global greenhouse gas emissions peaked by 2016 and then fell. A peak by 2030 would cut losses by 40 per cent. Only four per cent of animals, and no plants, were likely to benefit from rising temperatures and gain at least 50 per cent extra territory, the study said. However, some experts said while it was clear that global temperatures were rising, forecasting the effect on plants and animals was often unreliable as species range was difficult to check. Some past studies have indicated that creatures such as bats, hares or opossums may be more able to adapt to new climates than believed. Yet many species of

frogs and toads are suffering worse declines in numbers than projected by computer models, apparently because a fungal skin disease is aggravating the effects of global warming. “It’s very difficult to get the right balance between crying wolf and examin-

ing the facts,” said Carsten Dormann, professor at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, who was not involved in the study. “We simply don’t know if these assessments are correct.” The scientists said: “Over half of common plants and

one third of the animals could see a dramatic decline this century due to climate change.” They said their findings were “probably conservative” as they did not take account of factors that could exacerbate declines, such as pests or diseases. Almost 200 governments

have agreed to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C above pre-industrial times. They plan to agree, by the end of 2015, a deal to curb emissions. Global average surface temperatures have risen by 0.8 degree C since the Industrial Revolution.

Atmospherics carbon dioxide level El Nino unlikely to disrupt Northern World’s first green bank loans crosses milestone at Hawaii site Hemisphere weather this summer $1bn in first months of operation THE amount of climatewarming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million at a key observing station in Hawaii for the first time since measurement began in 1958, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said. To many scientists, crossing the 400 ppm threshold, which means that there are 400 molecules of carbon dioxide for every million molecules in the air, is a bit like the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising above 15,000 points. “It’s important mainly as a milestone that marks a steady

progress of increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” said James Butler of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory. The threshold has become an important marker in UN climate change negotiations, tagged as a dangerous level by most climate scientists. For many years scientists have said that concentrations need to be kept below, or pushed back to, 350 ppm for countries to meet an international target of keeping the average temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius this century.

THE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the latest data confirmed its forecast that El Nino was unlikely to cause extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere throughout the summer and into winter. The key US weather forecaster’s Climate Prediction Centre said in a monthly report most El Nino indices were near zero throughout April and ocean temperatures remained near average. The phenomenon known as El Nino heats up tropical oceans in East Asia, sending warm air into the United States and South America, often causing flooding and heavy rains. It can also trigger drought conditions in Southeast Asia and Australia, regions that produce some of the world’s major food staples, such as sugar cane and grains. Current predictions indicate little impact from El Nino is likely into the second half of the Northern Hemisphere summer. The weather centre also said it expected a neutral El Nino outlook for the Northern Hemisphere into winter, but its confidence in the extended forecast was low.

BRITAIN’S Green Investment Bank (GIB), the world’s first bank solely focused on lending to clean energy projects, said it allocated £635 million in funding over its first five months of operation. The bank, which opened in November 2012 and is capitalised with £3 billion of government money, supported eleven projects over its first five months, most of which manage or produce energy from waste. Britain needs to drastically cut its carbon emissions by 2020 and set up

the GIB in Edinburgh to help finance projects that reduce the intensity of climate-harming greenhouse gases. The single largest deal struck by the bank, which employs 74 staff and expects to count 100 by the end of the year, was for £125 million to help finance the government’s programme to improve home insulation, known as the Green Deal. The bank said its own investments unlocked an additional £1.7 billion of third-party lending.


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Reportage Historic laws leave air looking clean, but deadly as campaigners focus on health costs of lung problems report Nina Chestney and Barbara Lewis

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UROPEANS no longer see the kind of pollution that within living memory killed thousands of Londoners in the Great Smog of 1952, but the air they breathe still bears invisible threats scarcely less deadly, and little more controlled. While attention is given to curbing the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions blamed for global warming, substances more directly harmful to human health, notably nitrogen oxides, are pumped out of diesel engines and from European power stations burning coal that is getting cheaper as Americans exploit new gas reserves. The result, say those campaigning for change, is ever poorer air quality shortening lives. Yet a move by the European Commission to tighten vehicle emissions rules is being challenged by some car makers. And, with businesses and governments in Europe desperately short of cash for new regulation or technologies, broader new air quality legislation can also expect opposition when the EU executive proposes it to member states, probably this year. The Commission has deployed its own data, showing huge costs from pollution and substantial and growing public support for a clean-up that could benefit firms offering cleaner technologies. But health campaigners trying to push up the public agenda an issue that they

compare in gravity to smoking face a problem: “One of the big difficulties in communicating this issue is it is not visible in the way London smogs in the 1950s were,” said Simon Moore at the Policy Exchange think-tank in London. “There is a kind of out-ofsight, out-of-mind attitude.” Over a weekend in December 1952, cold air, fog on the Thames and coal smoke belching from a million homes and factories made the Great Smog; in places, people walking lost sight of their feet, cattle were reported asphyxiated at Smithfield market and 4,000 or more people died as a result - there were nearly twice as many deaths that month in London as in the previous December. That and numerous less dramatic events across Europe spawned clean air laws from the 1950s that got rid of visible smoke. But for all the catalytic conversion and other means to cut down CO2 emissions, unseen pollution, notably from traffic, has worsened. In all, nearly half a million of the half-billion citizens of the European Union die a premature death each year because of the air they breathe, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA), an official EU organisation. Countering fears of the cost of regulation, it puts the EU bill for healthcare, sick days and the wider impact on the environment at roughly €1 trillion.

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Substances directly harmful to human health, notably nitrogen oxides, are pumped out of European power stations burning coal London, the continent’s biggest city, has one of the biggest problems with air. It has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) of any European capital; the colourless, odourless gas is produced by burning fuel and can damage people’s breathing. Through complex chemical reactions, nitrogen oxides generate ground-level ozone; this has supplanted the old London “pea soup” smoky fogs as the modern definition of smog. Air in the British capital again made headlines when ground-level ozone was 80 per cent over World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on the eve of the 2012 Olympics, raising worries for

The great smog of London in the 1950s

the athletes. Critics complain that successive governments have done too little to combat toxic air, which they say is Britain’s biggest killer after smoking. It causes 29,000 early deaths a year in a country of 63 million, says the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, which advises the government. “Air pollution is Britain’s forgotten environmental and public health crisis,” said Moore. “If you compare it with other health issues in the UK, after smoking, air pollution is the next one down in terms of financial costs and early deaths.” It seems likely to rise up the

political agenda, however; a poll of more than 25,000 Europeans published in January by the European Commission in Brussels showed 56 per cent thought air quality had deteriorated in the last 10 years and 72 per cent thought the authorities were not doing enough to tackle it. Last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicted urban air pollution would become the top environmental cause of mortality worldwide by 2050. Globally, the number of early deaths from exposure to particulate air pollutants leading to respiratory failure

Diesel-powered vehicles pose a particular threat across Europe, researchers say

The governme responded by say on the whole goo British regions wi standards could double from current levels to 3.6 million every year, it said. The vast majority of those deaths will be outside Europe - horror stories of unbreathable air in Beijing and other megacities of the devel-


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ent has so far ying air quality is od and that most ill achieve the EU s by 2020 oping world are legion. But London’s invisible nitrogen dioxide highlights Europe’s problems. NO2 levels in some highly congested patches of the city, which is roughly half the size of 20-million-strong Beijing, are about the same as the average in the Chinese capital, campaign group Clean Air London found after analysing samples from both. Environmental law firm ClientEarth has taken the British government to the Supreme Court in London to force it to come up with a revised plan to meet EU limits on NO2 concentrations by 2015. The government has so far responded by saying air quality is on the whole good and that most British regions will achieve the EU standards by 2020, while London may take five years longer. Environmental campaigners are not impressed: “There’s a public health problem here and the government needs to take responsibility,” said Frank Kelly, professor of environmental health at King’s College London. “It’s not good enough to say that we can wait to 2025.” Among those impatient for

action is Rosalind Dalton, 49, who has lived in Greenwich, southeast London, for the past 25 years. She was diagnosed two years ago with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition usually associated with smoking. Even though neither she nor her family have been smokers, she was told she had the lung capacity of a woman of 71. She has had to turn back from a short walk to her local supermarket because the air was giving her too little oxygen to go on. “I want to see my children grow to adulthood and not worry about my life, or quality of life, being shortened by the impact of air pollution on my condition,” she said. While London’s particular problem is NO2, largely caused by traffic, Europe as a whole has a problem with the broader phenomenon of ground-level ozone and microscopic particulate matter (PM), which can be small enough to penetrate lung tissue. Almost one in three citydwellers in the European Union was exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne PM in 2010, mostly caused by traffic, industry and fuelburning, the EEA said recently, citing EU limits. Using tighter WHO standards, almost every city dweller in the bloc faces dangerous exposure. Diesel-powered vehicles and coal-fired power stations pose a particular threat across the continent, researchers say. Even rural Switzerland, famed for its clean mountain air, has a problem with heavy

London, Europe’s biggest city, has one of the biggestSundance problemskid: withwith air Paul Newman

Power trip: the south face of Battersea Power Station

trucks in transit producing diesel fumes that get trapped in landlocked valleys. In contrast to much of the world, where gasoline dominates, diesel is the main transport fuel in Europe and its emissions are particularly unhealthy. The WHO said last year diesel exhaust fumes can cause cancer and belong in the same deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mus-

tard gas. As part of a raft of measures, including the car emissions law and revised air quality legislation, the EU Commission is looking to limit diesel fumes. But regulation is problematic, not least in measuring emissions. Despite global efforts to combat climate change, coalfired electricity also continues to make Europe sick.

New shale gas output in the United States has seen Europeans import cheaper US coal to burn in power stations, while the value of official financial incentives to use cleaner fuel have diminished. German utility EON is among those to say it has no choice but to mothball some of its most efficient natural gas plants because it is

cheaper to burn coal. New pollution standards are also resisted by those who make fuels. At Europia, the refiners’ lobby, spokesman Alain Mathuren said members lacked cash for costly reforms: “Having to spend all our funds on staying-in-business investments that do not generate returns does not leave much to improve the business.”


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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

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NICOSIA Stolen (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 5.30, 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Evil Dead (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.35pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 8 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 The Host (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 5.25, 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 3pm. Tel: 7777-8383

The Croods (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek), weekends only at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in English), weekends only at 5.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.15pm; KCineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) (in English) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Silver Linings Playbook (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.45 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Spanish Film Festival (tonight: Celda 211) (in Spanish, with English subtitles) Cine Studio, from Monday at 9pm, presented by the Friends

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

of the Cinema Society. Tel: 96420491, www.ofk.org.cy

LIMASSOL Stolen (12) Rio 3 at 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Evil Dead (18) Rio 4 at 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8 and 10.15pm. Tel: 77778383 The Host (12) Rio 2 at 7.45 and 10.10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Iron Man 3 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in 2D) at 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) (in 2D) at 5, 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 2.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383

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Iron Man 3 (12) Rio 1 (in 2D) at 7.45pm, weekends also at 5pm, and (in 3D) at 10.10pm; Rio 2 (in 3D), weekends only at 5pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in 2D) at 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Evil Dead (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.35pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Olympus Has Fallen (18) Rio 5 at 7.45 and 10pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.45 and 10.10pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Iron Man 3 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) (in 2D) at 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5pm. Tel: 7777-8383

The Croods (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D), weekends only at 5.15pm; Rio 4 (in Greek, in 2D), weekends only at 5.15pm; Rio 5 (in English, in 2D), weekends only at 5.15pm. Tel: 25-871410; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) (in Greek), weekends only at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English), weekends only at 5.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Silver Linings Playbook (12) Rio 6 at 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.30pm. Tel: 25-871410

K-Cineplex: 7777-8383

LARNACA

Olympus Has Fallen (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.45 Rio Limassol: 25-871410 and 10.10pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 7.45 Rio Paphos: 26-207000 and 10.10pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Stolen (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 8 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383

The Host (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 7.45 and 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.25pm. Tel: 7777-8383

Olympus Has Fallen (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.45 and 10.10pm. Tel: 7777-8383 The Croods (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek), weekends only at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in English), weekends only at 5.30pm. Tel: 7777-8383 Silver Linings Playbook (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.45 and 10.15pm. Tel: 7777-8383

PAPHOS

The Host (12) Rio 4 at 5pm; Rio 6 at 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 Iron Man 3 (12) Rio 1 (in 3D) at 5, 7.30 and 9.50pm; Rio 4 (in 2D) at 7.30 and 9.50pm. Tel: 26-207000 Olympus Has Fallen (18) Rio 5 at 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 Broken City (15) Rio 2 at 9.45pm. Tel: 26207000 The Croods (K) Rio 6 (in English, in 3D) at 5.15pm, weekends also at 3.15pm; Rio 7 (in Greek, in 3D) at 5.15pm, weekends also at 3.15pm. Tel: 26-207000 Silver Linings Playbook (12) Rio 2 at 7.30pm. Tel: 26207000 Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 3 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30 and 5.30pm. Tel: 26-207000

Stolen (12) Rio 5 at 5.15pm; Rio 7 at 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000 Evil Dead (18) Rio 3 at 7.30 and 9.45pm. Tel: 26-207000

listings Today Exhibition

Finnish conductor Esa Heikkilä and distinguished Cypriot pianist Nicolas Costantinou. May 15. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 77777745

Ongoing Other Events

Alexis Descharmes Recital with modern French violoncellist. The programme includes contemporary music with a special emphasis on Cypriot composers. May 15. Artos Foundation, 64 Ayion Omoloyiton Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-459333/22445455. www.ifchypre.org

Berlin – Alexanderplatz Remastered Screening of 14-episode mini-series by Rainer Warner Fassbinder. May 8 until June 6. Hall of the GoetheInstitut Cyprus in Nicosia. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7pm. In German with Greek subtitles. Free. Tel: 22-674606

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Educating Rita Theatro Dentro presents stage comedy by British playwright Willy Russell May 15 until June 8. Theatro Dentro, 1 Digenis Akritas Avenue, Nicosia. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-520835/99-384606

A Steady Rain The theatre group D-tale presents two-character melodrama by Keith Huff. Until May 16. WhereHaus 612, 5 Michael Kousoulide, Pallouriotissa Industrial Area, Nicosia. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm. €12/15. Tel: 99-535625

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DIY Cyprus Group exhibition. Opens May 15, 8pm until June 15. Is Not Gallery, 11 Odysseus, Chrysaliniotissa, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm. Tel: 22-343670

Microchip Day Discounted microchipping for pets, spa treatments and dogs available for adoption. May 15. Angel Paws Pet Spa, 35 Armenias. 11am-7pm. €20 for microchip and bath. All proceeds will be donated to the Nicosia Dog Shelter. Tel: 22-252995

A Matter of Choice Solo art exhibition by Lefteris Olymprios. Opens May 14, 7.30pm until May 30. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. MondayFriday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-760286 Woman in Art Solo painting exhibition by Giorgos Kotsonis. Opens May 14, 7.30pm until Peter’s Gallery, 31 Ioanni Polemi Street, Limassol. 10am-1pm & 4pm7pm. Tel: 99-679242

Music The Flying of the Swans The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra collaborates with world famous

The Dispute The Main Stage of THOC presents tragic comedy by Pierre de Marivaux. Until May 17. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday 6pm. In Greek. €12/10. Tel: 77-772717 Kai Mi Heirotera Theatro Lexi presents comedy by Giorgos Tsiakkas which satirises Europe and Cyprus today. Until May 18. Latsia Municipal Theatre, 57 Yiannos Kranidiotis Avenue. Wednesday

through Friday at 8.30pm. €15. In Greek. Tel: 22-878688 Playing Doctor Theatro Skala presents the contemporary American comedy by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Until May 26. Skala Theatre, 15 Kyriakou Matsi Street, Larnaca. On Saturdays at 8.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 24-652800 Centuries Away from Alaska Dionysos Theatre presents play by Akis Dimou, directed by Tonia Misiali. Until May 26. Dionysos Theatre, 29 Diagorou Street. On Fridays and Saturdays at 8.30pm and Sundays at 6.30pm. In Greek. €15. Tel: 99621845/22-818999 Egg Salad A new children’s play, in a new theatre presented by Aiora. Until May 26. Aiora Theatre, 4 Trion Ierarchon Street (Carrefour Volos Street), Limassol. Every Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 11am & 4pm. Adults €7/Children €5. In Greek. Tel: 99-668843 Gethsemane A play about British public life by David Hare. Until May 31. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. On specific days at 8.30pm and on Sundays at 6pm. In Greek. €12/6. Tel: 77-772717/22-864300 Sovrakaless Play based on the book by Terrence McNally and the film The Full Monty. Until June 9. WhereHaus 612, 5

Michael Kousoulide, Pallouriotissa Industrial Area, Nicosia. On Specific days at 8.30pm. In Greek. €15/12. Tel: 70-000612

Exhibition Magic of the Paint Brush Painting exhibition by husband and wife team. Until May 17. Gallery of the Goethe-Institut Cyprus, 21 Markou Drakou (UN buffer zone next to Ledra Palace Hotel. 2pm-7pm. Tel: 22-674608 Free Range Unicorns: Two Dimensional Possibilities Photography and video installations. Until May 17. Paphos Municipality Gallery, 7 Gladstonos Street. Monday-Friday: 9am-3pm. Saturday: 9am-1pm. Tel: 26-930653 Thematic Cartography An exhibition of work by artist in residence Jan Blythe. Until May 18. Cornaro Art Institute, 23 Mehmet Ali Street, (Near St Lazarus Cathedral), Larnaca. Open Tuesday to Saturday. 10am-5pm. Tel: 24-254042 Water Stories Solo painting exhibition by Ero Farmaka. Until May 20. Kypriaki Gallery Gonia, 45 Stadiou Street, Larnaca. Monday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 4.30 pm-8pm. Sunday: 11am-2pm and 4pm- 7pm. Tel: 24-621109 Cluster A generative audiovisual performance by Kurt Hentschlager. Until

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

May 31. The Office, 32 Kleanthis Christofides Street, Nicosia. Tel: 99-848495 The Real Truth Solo painting exhibition by Anna Varelli. Until May 31. Apocalypse Gallery, 30 Chytron Street, Nicosia. Monday- Friday: 10.30am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30am-1pm. Tel: 22-766655 Beautiful Things for Beautiful People at Affordable Prices. An exhibition of collectors’ items, small antique furnishings, engravings and more. Until June 10. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm-8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983 Within Narratives Solo art exhibition by Stelios Kallinikou. Until June 15. Penindaplin Gallery, 49 Ellados, Limassol. Opening: Monday-Friday: 4pm-8pm. Saturday: 12-4pm. Tel: 25-340727 The World of Cyprus Exhibition of paintings by famous Cypriot artist Adamantios Diamantis, which have returned home after over 30 years of absence. Until October 6. The Leventis Municipal Museum, 15-17 Hippocrates Street, Laiki Yitonia, Nicosia. Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4.30pm. Wednesday: 10am10pm. Tel: 22-661475


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Coming Up Other Events Dreaming of a jet plane? Need a break? Can’t decide where to go for your next adventure? Taxidi 2013 is dedicated to finding you your ultimate holiday. With hundreds of ideas and expert advice, you should feel inspired in no time. People around the world still want

to travel despite the economic crisis, and the tourism industry has once again proved its resilience and ability to overcome the impact of negative external factors. Organised by the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents in co-operation with Display Art Plc, the Taxidi exhibition will present its annual vacation travel show from Friday until Sunday, to aid locals in their hunt for the perfect holiday. The show will host tour operators, airline companies, national and local tourist organisations, district offices from Cyprus and Greece, Cyprus and international hotels,

foreign countries and other travel and holiday related parties, ensuring the right travel fit for any and all searching to get away. The travel show will run from noon to 4 pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm to 10pm on Sunday at the Hellenic Pavilion, the Multiple Use Hall of the Cyprus State Fairs Authority and the adjacent Pavilion 4. Within the framework of the Pacman Project, which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDV) the Cyprus University of Technology is organising a conference under

the title, The Authentic Mediterranean uster – in Gastronomy Route Cluster grofood Support of the local Agrofood rence is held Production. The conference hibition in within the tourism exhibition, which the Cyprus University of Technology participates in a cluster with partners from Italy, Portugal and Greece. While visitors will have the chance to browse the booths of all attending companies, presentations will provide a more in-depth view of the offerings from travel companies. So, stop fretting over plane tickets and hotel reservations and head

to the show this weekend and let someone else sweat the small stuff. Taxidi 2013 A forum where the Cypriot traveller can obtain valuable and comprehensive information on tourist destinations and travel packages. May 17-19. Hellenic Pavilion, the Multiple Use Hall of the Cyprus State Fairs Authority and the adjacent Pavilion 4, Nicosia. May 1718: 4pm-10pm. May 19: 2pm-10pm. €5/ Free for children under 12. Tel: 22-203600

It’s a knock out... Boxing has a fearsome reputation – Mike Tyson biting people’s ears, that kind of thing – but in fact it’s a noble sport with a centuries-old pedigree, as well as an excellent way of keeping fit. Just ask Andrey Dashin, founder of ForexTime in Limassol. Not only does he run a multi-million forex trading company, but Dashin is also a passionate boxer who goes to the gym every morning for an hour or two of sparring – and is now trying to boost the profile of his beloved sport in Cyprus with the FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup, which gets under way this week. Three, two, one... And knockout! Boxing enthusiasts are familiar with this phrase and if you want to live that moment, then you ought to make your way to Limassol for one of the most exciting boxing battles of the year. The much-anticipated event will feature Olympic standard boxers from three continents and 15 countries, including Cyprus, and is expected to attract crowds from all walks of life. Not too long ago, boxing was one of the most popular spectator sports in the world, but for some reason – whether safety concerns, or perhaps the rise of flamboyant managers like Don King who made it seem like the sport was all about money – audiences have shrunk in the past few decades. Its steady decline in popularity, coupled with the rise of mixed martial arts, has left it in the same niche as horse racing: a fading sport from a bygone era. Boxing desperately needs a spark, and the boxing event in Cyprus is shaping up to give long-suffering boxing enthusiasts a renaissance movement and raise Cyprus’ profile as a platform for the sport. More importantly, it’s going to be a good night out. “We are thrilled to be sponsoring this Boxing Cup,” says Dashin, “and I am confident that it will be a fantastic evening, featuring an outstanding sporting spectacle and entertainment that no one should miss”. He goes on to say: “I am personally committed to the

development of boxing in Cyprus, especially within the young generation, as I believe it offers people an excellent opportunity to learn discipline and sportsmanship. I hope that this event encourages interest in the sport and helps in the discovery of the untapped potential of future boxers of the island”. The preliminaries of the event will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Fytidio Sport Centre (GSO) at the Limassol seafront, while the finals will take place on Sunday evening at the Spyros Kyprianou Stadium (Palais des Sports) in Limassol. During the Cup, around 100 boxers will participate in 60 matches across 10 weight categories that will test their strength, speed and endurance, delivering a thrilling atmosphere. Smart boxing fans won’t take a chance

Tomorrow Other Events Bath & chips for pets If you’ve been meaning to get your beloved pooch microchipped, Angel Paws Pet Spa is hosting an all-day Microchip Day tomorrow at its premises. The event will allow pet owners to get their favourite creature professionally bathed and microchipped for a flat fee of €20 – more than half off the price that people would usually pay at the vet or spa. Each year, thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters; quite simply, every

on missing this event. It’s perfect for the casual fan too, with boxers delivering high-octane sporting entertainment. All parts of the event are open to the general public with free admission, but space is limited and you must register if you plan to attend. The FXTM International Boxing Cup Final 2013 Boxers of Olympic standard from three continents and 15 countries compete for the Cup. May 19. Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre, Limassol. 6pm. Free but space is limited- register at https://www.facebook.com/events/424760550954384/. Tel: 25-818164 Prelimineries: May 17-18. Fytidio Sport Centre (GSO),Limassol seafront

pet deserves to be identified and given the best possible chance of being reunited with their owners should they ever become lost. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying their pets and linking the animals back to them. After all, collars can be removed and tags can break or become unreadable. Thus the best option for improving a pet’s chances of getting home quickly and safely is microchipping. The transponder device is about the size of a grain of rice and contains unique series of characters used to identify the animal. The device is implanted between the shoulder blades and is administered similarly to a vaccine using a syringe. Once implanted, the microchip remains just beneath the

skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification; the whole process is quick, easy and virtually painless. What’s more, if you are interested in adopting a pet, the Microchipping Day will include an area for dog adoption. There will also be a live link with Love FM providing the soundtrack for the day. All proceeds will be donated to the Nicosia Dog Shelter, so come on down for chipping, grooming and some good old times with man’s best friend. Microchip Day Discounted microchipping for pets, spa treatments and dogs available for adoption. May 15. Angel Paws Pet Spa, 35 Armenias. 11am-7pm. €20 for microchip and bath. All proceeds will be donated to the Nicosia Dog Shelter. Tel: 22-252995

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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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CYBC 2 08.00 16.30

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Kaftes Piperies (rpt)

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Apo Mera Se Mera Current affairs show.

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Entehnos

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Mazi Sto CyBC News Kaftes Piperies Live local cookery show.

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Moiraia Fengaria News Vimata Stin Ammo Thids season of local period drama, based on true events.

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Eurovision Song Contest First semi-final of corny singing competition. See Pick Of The Day.

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News Repeats

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Vodka Portokali (rpt) Fila To Vatraho Sou Einai Stigmes (rpt) Pansellinos (rpt) Tis Agapis Mahairia Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) The Vreis To Daskalo Sou (rpt) Vals Me 12 Theous Oneiropagida (rpt) Lefta Sto Lepto Yia Tin Agapi Sou With News at 18.00.

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Aiyia Fuxia (rpt) Niose Me News Allantopoleio Grigoriou FILM: The Big Bounce A small-time con artist and a Hawaiian real estate developer’s mischevious, enterprising mistress team up for a potential $200,000 score. Comedy thriller, starring Owen Wilson. 2004.

Brothers & Sisters (rpt) Fourth season of drama series. ‘Lights Out’. Sarah prepares for the closure of Ojai Foods, while Rebecca and Holly search for new jobs, despite Justin having something else in mind for his wife. Robert goes to a political dinner on Kitty’s behalf, and the family gathers together to say goodbye to the business.

Local period drama, based on true events.

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NRG Zone FILM: Marathon Man Thriller, with Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier. 1976. See Pick Of The Day.

Paizoume Kypriaka Second season of local game show, asking questions having to do with Cypriot dialect.

Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Megastructures Discovery documentary series looking at the making of the greatest structures and machines ever created.

Local cultural show.

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Kati Psinetai (rpt) Show where contestants try to outdo each other by throwing the perfect dinner party, which is then judged on its merits by their rivals.

Istories Tou Horkou (rpt) Popular local comedy series, which is the longest-running weekly show on Cyprus television.

Kids’ TV Euromaxx DW-TV’s magazine show, bringing you the latest on lifestyle and entertainment in Europe.

Live cookery show.

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ANTENNA

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Enopion Tou Laou News Sports News Radio Arvila To Kleidi Tou Paradeisou (rpt) To Paihnidi Tis Signomis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

MEGA 06.00 07.00 08.00 08.10

Retire News (rpt) Max Adventures Master Chef (rpt)

SIGMA 06.50 07.40 08.50

Greek competitive cooking reality show, open to amateur and home chefs.

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Klemmena Oneira (rpt) Proino Mou Enimerosi Tora Eheis Meson Yia Sena News Erastis Ditikon Proastion (rpt) Sto Para Pente News Klemmena Oneira Greek drama series.

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Oi Vasiliades Greek comedy series.

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Vampire Diaries A high school girl is torn between two vampire brothers. First season.

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News Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Set after the events in Terminator 2 Sarah Connor and her son John, try to stay underthe-radar from the government as they plot to destroy the computer network Skynet in hopes of preventing Armageddon.

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Anna Paola (rpt) Spiti Apo Tin Arhi (rpt) Efialtis Stin Kouzina (rpt) A chef tries to turn around Greek restaurants in crisis.

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Vasiliki (rpt) Aspra Balonia (rpt) Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Eleni News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Anna Paola

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Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of I Kouzina Me Ti Dina (rpt) Mila (rpt) Ayio Eihame

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Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kids’ TV Ayio Eihame Fotis - Maria Live

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Greek comedy series.

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

Latin American telenovela.

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Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites News Aspra Balonia (rpt) Al Tsantiri News A highly successful live satirical comedy show that features Lakis Lazopoulos giving ‘his version’ of the news.

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06. 40 Kids’ TV 09.00 Kalitera En Ginetai (rpt) 09.30 Akti Oneiran (rpt) 10.00 Ston Asterismo Tis Imeras 11.00 Kouzina Me Apopsi 11.30 Sto Mati Tou Kiklona (rpt) 12.30 Milagros 13.25 Kids’ TV 14.25 Telemarketing 15.35 Kalitera En Ginetai 16.10 Top Models 17.30 Sto Mati Tou Kiklona With News at 18.10.

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Exelixeis Sti Showbiz FILM: Battle In Seattle What starts as a peaceful protest escalates into a full scale riot when thousands of activists arrive in Seattle to protest the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference of 1999. Action drama, starring André Benjamin and Jennifer Carpenter 2007.

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Ta Kopelia LTV Sports News Star News Repeats

News Sports News Igeia & Zoi (rpt) FILM: Swept Away A snooty socialite is stranded on a Mediterranean island with a communist sailor. Drama directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Madonna. 2002.

Popular tear-jerking talk-show following women’s issues, with showbiz guests.

News Epistrofi (rpt) Se Fonto Kokkino (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati (rpt) Eleni (rpt)

‘Till Death Yia Sena (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

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FILM: Love Stinks A television writer falls for a beautiful woman at his friend’s wedding, but her demands for commitment soon have him running the other way. Comedy, starring French Stewart. 1999.

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FILM: Nine Lives A former special forces agent finds himself in trouble when a case of mistaken identity leaves him at the mercy of ruthless crooks. Thriller, starring Wesley Snipes. 2004.

Remember Me (LTV3, 20.00)

01:05 The Impressions Show With Culshaw &... 01:40 The Weakest Link 02:25 Ideal 03:00 My Family 03:25 The Green Green Grass 03:55 EastEnders 04:25 Doctors 04:55 The Impressions Show With Culshaw &... 05:25 Ideal 05:55 My Family 06:25 The Green Green Grass 07:00 Penelope K, By The Way 07:10 Me Too! 07:30 Teletubbies 07:55 Fimbles 08:15 Penelope K, By The Way 08:25 Me Too! 08:45 Teletubbies 09:10 Fimbles 09:30 My Family 10:00 The Green Green Grass 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 Lark Rise To Candleford 13:05 Waking The Dead 13:55 My Family 14:25 Full Circle With Michael Palin 15:15 The Green Green Grass 15:45 EastEnders 16:15 Doctors 16:45 The Weakest Link 17:30 Lark Rise To Candleford 18:20 Waking The Dead 19:10 EastEnders 19:40 Doctors 20:15 The Weakest Link 21:00 My Family 21:30 The Impressions Show With Culshaw &... 22:00 Lark Rise To Candleford 22:50 As Time Goes By 23:20 Rev. 23:50 Silk 00:40 After You’ve Gone

07:00 Sunrise Earth 07:55 Sons Of Guns 08:40 Prophets Of Science Fiction 09:30 Mega Beasts 10:15 Extreme Engineering 11:05 Deadliest Catch 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 Crisis Control 13:05 Extreme Engineering 13:50 Chasing Classic Cars 14:35 Ultimate Journeys 15:25 Mega Beasts 16:10 Mythbusters 17:00 Rattlesnake Republic 17:50 Northwest Wild 18:40 Chasing Classic Cars 19:30 Ultimate Journeys 20:20 Extreme Engineering 21:10 Mega Beasts 22:00 Rattlesnake Republic 22:50 Northwest Wild 23:40 Deadliest Catch 00:30 Extreme Engineering 01:15 Mythbusters 02:05 Rattlesnake Republic 02:50 Northwest Wild 03:40 Chasing Classic Cars 04:30 Mega Beasts 05:20 Ultimate Journeys 06:10 Extreme Engineering

09:30 Cycling: Tour Of California 10:30 Cycling: Tour Of Italy 11:30 Football: Eurogoals 12:15 All Sports: Watts 13:15 Equestrian: Horse Racing Time 13:30 Cycling: Tour Of Cali-

fornia 14:30 Cycling: Tour Of Italy 15:30 Football: Eurogoals 16:15 Football: Uefa European Under 17 Championship Slovakia 18:45 All Sports: Watts 19:15 Football: Uefa European Under 17 Championship Slovakia 23:15 Cycling: Tour Of Italy 00:15 Cycling: Tour Of California 01:45 Car Racing: Porsche Supercup Spain 02:15 All Sports: Watts

05:30 How I Met Your Mother 06:15 Criminal Minds 07:00 The Glades 07:45 The Simpsons 08:10 Bob’s Burgers 08:35 Rules Of Engagement 09:25 How I Met Your Mother 10:15 Criminal Minds 11:00 Breakout Kings 11:45 The Simpsons 12:10 Bob’s Burgers 12:35 Rules Of Engagement 13:25 How I Met Your Mother 14:15 Beauty And The Beast 15:00 Breakout Kings 15:45 The Simpsons 16:10 Bob’s Burgers 16:35 Rules Of Engagement 17:25 How I Met Your Mother 18:15 Criminal Minds 19:00 Breakout Kings 19:50 The Simpsons 18 20:15 Bob’s Burgers 20:40 Rules Of Engagement 21:30 Beauty And The Beast 22:20 Touch 23:10 Criminal Minds 00:00 Sons Of Anarchy 4 00:50 Beauty And

Crimes 08:55 Micki & Maude 10:50 $5 A Day 12:30 Cine News 13:20 Flicka 3: Best Friends 15:00 America’s Sweethearts 16:50 Cine News 17:35 Real Steel 19:50 Hollywood 1 On1 20:25 Opal Dream 22:00 Game Of Thrones 23:10 In Darkness 01:30 21 Jump Street 03:20 Farewell, My Queen 04:55 Straw Dogs

The Beast 01:35 The League 2 02:00 Traffic Light 02:25 Criminal Minds 03:10 Breakout Kings 03:55 The Simpsons 18 04:20 Bob’s Burgers 04:45 Lost

07:30 Friends With Money 09:00 Private Benjamin 10:50 American, The 12:40 Black Beauty 14:15 Bruc 16:00 St. Trinian’s Ii: The Legend Of Fritton’s Gold 17:50 What Women Want 20:00 LTV Sports News 21:00 Case 39 23:00 My Best Friend’s Wedding 00:50 Hustler Tv 03:00 Underbelly Files - The Man Who Got Away 04:45 Easy A 06:30 LTV Sports News

07:00 Kids TV 17:00 Nba Action 17:30 Barclays Premier League World 18:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 20:00 2013 Wtcc 20:30 Planet Speed 21:00 La Liga Review 2012-13 22:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 00:00 Jeep World Of Adventure Sports 01:15 Liga Bbva 201213 03:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 05:00 Barclays Premier League 2012-13

08:00 Burlesque 10:00 Action

Zone 10:30 Sleepless In Seattle 12:30 London Boulevard 14:30 Hot Coffee 16:00 Action Zone 16:30 City Of Angels 18:30 Dance Flick 20:00 Above The Law 22:00 Everything Must Go 23:35 Action Zone 00:05 Daring! Tv 03:35 Action Zone 04:05 Jackie Chan’s First Strike 05:45 Walk On The Moon, A

08:00 Serious Man, A 10:00 Homeless: The Motel Kids Of Orange County 11:15 Love Wrecked 13:00 True Stories 14:30 Dennis The Menace 16:15 I Love You, Man 18:15 Live Wire 20:00 Remember Me 22:00 Ghost Writer 00:15 Daring! Tv 04:05 Twilight Saga: Eclipse 06:30 Traveler

05:05 Miss Bala 07:00 High

05:30 Cine News 06:05 Fun With Dick And Jane 07:40 Cine News 08:10 War Horse 10:35 Manhattan Murder Mystery 12:25 Good Morning Vietnam 14:30 Hollywood Buzz 15:10 Anonymous 17:25 The Bone Collector 19:30 Kingdom Of Heaven 22:00 Kill Bill: Vol.1 K15 23:55 The Jackal 02:00 Straight Story 03:350 Cine News 04:20 Do No Harm

19:15 Nok Aout 21:00 Heaven 23:35 Killer Elite 01:30 Bimbo Club 3 X

18:15 There Will Be Blood 21:00 22:55 Gainsbourg: A

Heroic Life 01:00 Passion Play

18:00 PRE GAME(E) 18:20 CHAMPIONSHIP 2012-13: APOLLON VS AGIA NAPA (E) 20:20 POST GAME (E) 20:45 STIGMIOTIPA KYPRIAKOU PODOSFEROU 21:00 MLB: Texas Rangers At Oakland Athletics 00:00 Big Ten Men’s Golf Big Ten Championships 01:00 Golf Central International LIVE

06:00 MTV Morning 12:00 MTV Daily Hits 18:00 MTV Out Loud 24:00 MTV After Hours

06:00 Sunday in New York 07:45 Splendor In The Grass 09:45 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 12:10 Law And Jake Wade 13:35 Little Caesar 15:00 Anna Karenina 16:30 Where Eagles Dare 19:05 Seventh Cross 21:00 Heaven With a Gun 22:40 Patch Of Blue 00:25 Heaven With a Gun 02:10 Westworld 03:40 Patch Of Blue

By Preston Wilder

Marathon Man (CyBC2, 21.00) “Is it safe?” That’s a good question to ask when contemplating a Pick of the Day on CyBC, or indeed any of the free channels - they tend to drop films at the last moment without warning - though it’s also a question asked by Nazi dentist Laurence Olivier as he’s torturing our hero (Dustin Hoffman). Dustin’s clearly in a tight spot, because if there’s anything worse than being tortured by a Nazi it’s being tortured by a Nazi who’s also a dentist - and the worst of it is that Dusty has no clue what’s supposed to be “safe”, his secretagent brother (now deceased) being the one with the inside knowledge. The result is a flashy, highly enjoyable 70s thriller that won Olivier an Oscar nomination

Marathon Man

(his Nazi, Dr. Szell, was No. 34 on the American Film Institute’s list of 50 greatest movie villains, just below Count Dracula); “From this movie I learnt that cloves alleviate toothache,” notes a fan on YouTube, “for which information I am sincerely grateful”. Made in 1976.

Eurovision Song Contest SemiFinal (CyBC1, 22.00) Haven’t Picked two CyBC Picks on the same day for years and years, so take a bow, state channel - and some may feel it’s wrong that we’re Picking tonight’s Eurovision semi-final as opposed to the contest itself (which takes place on Saturday), but experience has shown that it could be your only chance to see De-

spina Olympiou singing ‘An Me Thimase’: Cyprus have only qualified to the big Final twice in the past seven years (though admittedly both those occasions were in the past three years, so maybe we’re getting the hang of it). In my humble and un-expert opinion we don’t stand much of a chance with ‘An Me Thimase’, a romantic dirge which would be at home on Greek radio but doesn’t exactly scream Eurovision - then again it’s a well-known ‘fact’ that the contest runs on politics rather than music, so maybe the sympathy vote for our recent problems will carry us to an unexpected victory. Can we possibly beat Latvia’s PeR which stands for ‘Please explain the Rhythm’ - singing ‘Here We Go’, however? Live from Malmo in Sweden.


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2 Some intruders who are ill-mannered (4) 3 Number two’s sin? (4) 4 Not liking rat, he’d removed it (6) 5 Tied up when about to be in the mood (6) 6 Apathy over a French business (9) 7 Departed without a will (9) 11 Youngster on his first flight? (9) 12 Fruitful source of information (9) 13 Separate verse construction (5) 14 Unstable reign in Africa (5) 18 Corset or deodorant? (4-2) 19 Joyous quartet left feast (6) 22 Some racer – the winner? (4) 23 Male engineers present (4)

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CRYPTIC: Across – 1 Liberia; 5 Post; 7 Wicketkeeper; 9 Bait; 10 Intaglio; 12 Digger; 13 Happen; 16 November; 18 Ball; 20 Dormer-window; 21 Amen; 22 Holster. Down – 1 Law-abiding; 2 Backing; 3 Rued; 4 Asking; 5 Prenatal; 6 Steel; 8 Cornflower; 11 Helmsman; 14 Plaudit; 15 Dearth; 17 Vroom; 19 Hill.

QUICK: Across – 1 Romance; 5 Wife; 7 Clip the wings; 9 Late; 10 Asbestos; 12 Singer; 13 Poncho; 16 Limerick; 18 Blot; 20 Play with fire; 21 Bail; 22 Tonight. Down – 1 Recklessly; 2 Moisten; 3 Note; 4 Even so; 5 White-hot; 6 Fight; 8 Assortment; 11 Betrayal; 14 Calming; 15 Script; 17 Malta; 19 Chin.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

You may feel restless without really knowing why. Matters associated with your home and career balance may unsettle you. You may be striving for something without knowing quite what. Make an inventory of your skills and abilities. Are you making the most of them in your everyday life? Getting on with the day may help you find the solution you need.

A serious mood may work to your advantage if you can make important decisions and stick to them. The focus on your career zone bodes well for success, but you might find your path littered with small but annoying obstacles that seem to slow down your efforts. It might also be an idea to deal with a home expense before spending cash elsewhere.

Your wit may be quick today. Entertainment may come from unusual sources and could be both bright and promising. The social side of life may provide thrills and excitement. Financial affairs may need some careful handling. You may be in the mood to spend some money, but if an urgent cost comes up, pay that off first of all.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Relationship setbacks and the ups and downs of various friends may take some joy out of an event. However, you’re not short on ideas or things to do. Make a sound plan and get down to it. The more you spend time wondering or worrying about whether you’re doing the right thing, the less you’ll achieve. You may hear some gossip. Try to ignore it.

Your strong work ethic might encourage you to keep on “keeping on” today, even if the going gets tough. It’s not the big things that are an issue, but those small annoying happenings that can put a spanner in the works. Forging ahead with a special plan or project may bring satisfaction. A unique or unusual person may also play a role.

Be smart about money, particularly if you have an urge to splash out. Take care of domestic matters too, especially if your partner or a family member seems to be annoyed or upset about something. Your calm and practical personality may help you intervene and resolve things to everyone’s satisfaction. A pleasant and relaxing evening may unfold.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Take care of an early obligation and you’ll be glad you did. Matters of health, along with work issues or pressures, may be on your mind. Sorting the wheat from the chaff may not be easy, especially if you’re feeling scattered yourself. Meeting with a friend may give you a chance to vent your feelings. Hopefully, you’ll go away feeling better.

If someone opposes your ideas, it may help to use a bit of charm in order to win them around. Take care of business and financial matters. You might uncover a good deal or a promising investment, as the focus on your joint financial zone reveals opportunities to make your money work harder for you. A well-meaning friend can help out.

A partner may consider a few extravagant moves which you might feel ill considered. Perhaps you can come to the rescue by being the voice of reason in the relationship. Financially, a moderate approach may be best now. A health issue may leave you feeling under the weather, but with rest and relaxation you’ll perk up soon.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

The Moon in your sign may coincide with some intense feelings that may have you in a spin. It may not be the best time to take on new work projects as you may feel out of sorts in general. You may be rescued by your social life, if you’re willing to take up an invite or extend one yourself. Whatever happens, do something nice for yourself.

You may need to watch your words, as a simple statement or the opportunity to voice an opinion could put certain people at odds with you. You might have to traverse a tricky path, but if you employ patience and perseverance, you’ll manage fine. Renew your connection with those who live nearby. Relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

It may be one of those restless days, when you find it hard to settle to anything. It may be an idea to adopt a more constructive approach which helps to carry you through the day and complete everything you need to. This is an excellent time to market your goods and services in order to get ahead business wise. Be proactive.


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*************************** PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING, also carpets, rugs and mattresses. Special offers now available. FREE STAIN GUARD FOR LIMITED TIME For a quote call Rickys Cleaning Services on 99131044 (all areas) info@rcs-cyprus.net / www. rcs-cyprus.net *************************** 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.kdflyscreens.com *************************** SWIFT SERVICE AND REPAIRS air-cons, commercial and domestic fridges and freezers, ice machines, cool rooms, supply and fit air-cons VRV S. Call Nik on 99579602 Limassol **************************** DO YOU WANT A SHINY LOOKING FLOOR? Full repair & restoration of chipped, scratched, dull and stained, Marble, Terrazzo, Stone & Ceramic tiled floors and surfaces. Professional cleaning, repair & sealing of internal/ external ceramic tiles & grout lines. For a free professional consultation & demonstration contact Mark at Premier on 70006766 All areas

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11 year old white female cross Labrador. Neutered, obedient, house trained, can stay alone in house, does not bite. Perfect family dog. Microchipped and vaccinated. For info call 99320436 **************************** RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK Quality pedigree puppies for sale, Kennels club registered. An excellent hunter, a good family dog, as well as a good guard dog. Lovely to have around, both parents can be seen. Price €500 for more info pls call 99046966 **************************** HONEY is a 3 month old pincher/terrier mix. She is very small sized and very sweet and playful. Honey is looking for a loving family to be hers forever! She will remain small sized so she is ideal for a family with an apartment! For adoptions call 99 520 511 Monday-Friday between hours 10-2 or email ndsadoptions@gmail. com ****************************

FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS ***************************** 7 PERSON JACUZZI with 32 jets 2.2m square Owner’s manual Wood surround and steps plus cover Genuine reason for sale - stand alone solar powered electric runs down batteries overnight so hardly used. Cost CYP 4200. Sell for €2200. Call 99350898 *************************** FOR SALE:

Electric Cooker, Bosch 4 ceramic hotplates and oven, used 1 1/2 year, €300 For further information contact phone 99757511 *************************** FOR SALE – PAPHOS CATERING EQUIPMENT 1. Industrial freezer – CORECO Height 200cm, width 68cm, depth 58cm 2. Electrolux Freezer, model EUC3109X, width-595mm, height-1800mm, depth623mm, freezing capacity-24kg/24hours, energy class A 3. CONVOTHERM OVEN model-OBG 6.10Combi Oven-Steamer with Gas Steam Generator Extra: Stand with stainless steel shelving, extractor fan, water supply system and gas installation connections, PLUS CHAFING TRAYS & THERMO BOXES, ALL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AT REDUCED PRICES. PLEASE CALL: 99622678 ****************************

Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049

MOTOR VEHICLES ***************************** 2008 OPEL ASTRA twin top convertible 1.6, silver paint, black leather, one british owner. Regularly serviced. In excellent condition. 38000 kms only. MOT until July 2014. taxed for 2013. Great bargain, first offers over €10,000 tel: 99954461 – Paphos *****************************

FOR SALE BUSINESS/ PROPERTY/LAND ***************************** PLOT FOR SALE IN KATO PLATRES in a pine tree area. It comes with title deeds, 1095 square feet. Tel. 99881051. ***************************** FOR SALE LAND in Anthoupoli (half plot) 288 sq.metres. for information 99621554. *****************************

PROPERTY TO LET NICOSIA ***************************** FLATS/HOUSES FOR RENT studio Kennedy Av. €300, 1 bdrm Str/los €300, Ag. Andreas new furnished €450, 2 bdrm Lycavitos €460 fully equipped, Kennedy €430, G/F Str/los €450, 3 bdrm Ag. Omologites furnished €500, Parissinos €500, Acropolis independent ideal for office/health centre €700, Ag. Antonios traditional €650, Acropolis €500, 4 bdrm Str/los independent with garden €1,000. 21PROPERTY FINDER LTD. Licenced & Registered Estate Agents A.M.627A.A.108/E 99474839 99646822 ***************************** TO LET 1 bedroom upper floor house, large veranda near restaurant Periyiali in Acropolis 5 Aeantos Street €300 call 99680208 ***************************** 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)

Larnaca - tel: 99 634725

classified contents Employment Opportunities pg 22 Employment Miscellaneous 22 Pets 22 Lessons 22 Health & Fitness 22 Personal 22 Services 22 For Sale Miscellaneous 22 For Sale Land/ Property Business 22 For Sale Motor vehicles 22 Properties Wanted -To Let Nicosia 22 To Let Limassol 25 To Let Larnaca 25 To Let Paphos 26 To Let Protaras, Ayia Napa, Paralimni -For Sale Nicosia 27 For Sale Limassol -For Sale Larnaca 27 For Sale Paphos 27 For Sale Ayia Napa -For Sale Famagusta Protaras 27 For Sale Athens -Property& Home Services display ads -Churches 26

abbreviations bdrm c/h a/c s/pool f/f apt pm pw sw nw st rd p/s c/l swb r/cass e/w

bedroom central heating air conditioning swimming pool fully furnished apartment per month per week south west north west street road power steering central locking short wheel base radio cassette electric windows

Please note tel nos. that begin with: 22 = Nicosia 23 = Paralimni/Protaras 24 = Larnaca 25 = Limassol 26 = Paphos


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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA 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 €850 (photos in the website). 3. 3 bedr luxury semi detached house, a/ c for hot and cold in all the rooms, blinds, electrical appliances in the kitchen,2wc, big patio with tiles, in a quiet area in a dead end – Strovolos €550 (H3ST10002-R) (photos in the website) 4. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house,230sq.m,big sitting and dining area with solid parquet floor, big kitchen with cooker and oven,3wc,2 bathrooms, curtains on all windows, small garden, patio, central heating, full A/C, covered parking in a dead and near French Ambassador house- Strovolos €950 (H4ST10012-R) (photos

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

TO LET NICOSIA in the website) 5. 4 bedr+ very big attic room separated in 2 rooms +separate room for the maid in the basement luxury fully renovated detached house with big sitting and dining room with fire place, big kitchen with electrical appliances sitting room and breakfast area, 3 bathrooms, floor heating independent with grass, a/c units, garden with grass and covered patio, in a quiet area near the International fair in the central part of Makedonitissa - €1500 AVAILABLE END OF MAY –(H4MAK0018-R) (photos in the website) 6. 3 bedr + attic room with shower and wc luxury detached house with central heating, a/c, fireplace, modern kitchen open plan with expensive electrical appliances, blinds, garden with grass, over flow swimming pool, covered parking in a quiet area. – Makedonitissa €1500 (H4MAK0023-R), (photos on the website).

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TO LET NICOSIA 7. 4 bedr luxury detached house with 2 big extra rooms on the attic with shower and wc, central heating, air condition units, 360sq.m, solid parquet floor all the house except the kitchen, big sitting and dining areas with fire place, big separate kitchen with family room and breakfast area, big mature garden with grass and swimming pool, covered parking, in a quiet neighborhood close to Alfa Mega supermarket – Dasoupoli €2000 - Available middle of June (H4DAS0001-R) (photos in the website) 8. 3 bedr +office space luxury detached house with storage heaters, full a/c, 3 wc, 260 m², big kitchen with big family room opening to a big garden with grass, electrical appliances, covered parking, in a very quiet neighborhood in a dead end - Makedonitissa €2000 (H4MAK0034-R) (photos in the website) 9. New modern luxury very good quality finished semi detached house built in 3 levels. Upstairs

TO LET NICOSIA 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 bedrs new luxury detached house, 450sq.m, central heat-

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TO LET NICOSIA ing, full a/c, office space, separate maid’s room, big kitchen with sitting room and fire place and all the electrical appliances, all the sitting areas viewing the garden with grass, blinds on all windows downstairs, very big bedrooms with parquet floor, main bedroom with jacuzzi,2 covered parking’s near Alpha Mega supermarket and English School. AVAILABLE END OF MAY 2013 – Strovolos €2200 (H4ST10001-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

TO LET NICOSIA floor, 2 covered parking, alarm system, big covered patio, SWIMMING POOL, in a newly built area near Falcon school – Strovolos €2000 (photos in the website). 12. 3 bedrs luxury 2 storey, FULLY RENOVATED LISTED HOUSE with high ceilings in the centre of Nicosia, 260sq.m, 2 small attic rooms, big sitting room upstairs, big sitting room and dining area downstairs, wooden floor, kitchen with all the electrical appliances, 2 bathrooms (one en suite),3wc,CH independent, A/C, big garden – Nicosia Centre €1400 (H4NIC0002-R), (photos in the website). 13. 4 bedrs luxury renovated detached house built in 3 plots of land,550sq.m aprox, central

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA heating, full a/c, all the bedrooms with en suite shower/ bathroom, extra room upstairs for sitting room/office space/ bedroom, solid parquet floor in bedrooms, big kitchen with granite and all the electrical appliances, maid’s room, big sitting areas with fire place and internal yard, big swimming pool 6 x 12,big mature garden with grass and big trees surrounding the house giving privacy, in a very quiet neighborhood near Acropolis park. Available in August €5500 – (H4DAS0006-R) (photos in the website) 14. 4 bedr very big luxury semi detached house 350sq.m, with big separate basement 80sq.m with 2 rooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.

TO LET NICOSIA Consists of big sitting and dining areas upstairs, big kitchen with big family room and breakfast area, big bedrooms, 3 showers, 1 bathroom, central heating, full a/c, black out blinds on all windows, cooker and oven in the kitchen, covered parking and patio with bbq in a very quiet neighbourhood close to Makarios football stadium. CAN BE RENTED FURNISHED, PARTIALLY FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED - Makedonitissa €1500 (H4MAK0032-R), (photos in the website) 15. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, all the bedrooms very big and all with big bathroom/ shower, sitting room upstairs, attic room with shower and wc, office space/maid’s room

TO LET NICOSIA with shower and wc, central heating, full AC,450sq.m, big sitting and dining areas, big kitchen with sitting area and fitted cooker and oven, 6wc, 2 covered parking, yard with tiles and SWIMMING POOL, bbq area in a very quiet neighbourhood near CYBC (RIK) station and near a neighbourhood park – Platy Aglantzias €2500 (H4AGZ0005-R), (photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates.com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22-422225/96422225/96422226, www.landtouristestates.com ***************************** LUXURY FLATS:

1. 3 bedr luxury finished spacious floor apartment with very big sitting and dining areas with family room with fire place, solid parquet floor all through, central heating independent, full a/c, all the bedrooms with en suite shower/bathroom,

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4wc, big kitchen with all the electrical appliances, blinds on all windows, big covered veranda, covered parking, big storage room, on a small 3 storey building in a quiet neighbourhood – Agios Andreas€1100 – A3AAD0005-R (photos on website).

spacious apartment with laminate parquet floor, a/c for hot and cold in all the rooms, big sitting and dining room, separate kitchen, big bedrooms, FULLY NICELY FURNISHED, covered veranda with nice view, near the American Embassy - €450 (A2ENG0018-R)

2. 1 bedr spacious fully luxury renovated apartment,60sq.m, big sitting and dining room, big bedroom, fully newly modern furnished with LCD TV 32’, covered veranda, covered parking, storage heaters, full a/c, near Cyta, Laiki and Hellenic Bank headquarters – Dasoupolis €500 (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)

3.

1 bedr luxury GROUND FLOOR apartment with very big verandas and garden,2 a/c for hot and cold, cooker, oven, washing machine, fridge in the kitchen, big bedroom, covered parking, storage room, off Kallipoleos street in a quiet area – Lykavitos €360(A1LYK0021-R), (photos in the website).

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6. 1 bedr new luxury finished apartment with parquet floor, a/c for hot and cold, big bathroom, covered veranda, NEWLY MODERN FURNISHED, parking, off Kennedy Avenue near the centre – Nicosia Centre €450 (A1NIC0021-R), (photos in the website). 7. 2 bedr new luxury apartment

TO LET NICOSIA with central heating independent, full a/c, 2wc, big sitting and dining room, separate kitchen with cooker and oven, blinds on all windows, covered veranda, solar heater, pressure system, covered parking, storage room, on a small building in a quiet neighborhood next to a playground, near Central offices of Cyta and Laiki Head quarters – Dasoupoli €500 (A2DAS0018-R), (photos in the website). 8. 2 bedr new modern luxury apartment with separate central heating, full a/c, 2bathrooms(one en suite), blinds on all windows, electrical appliances in the kitchen, big sitting & dining room, big covered veranda, covered parking near Alpha Mega – Engomi €500. AVAILABLE END OF APRIL (A2ENG0014-R), (photos in the website). 9. New top quality 2 bedr apartment, 93sq.m+20sq.m veranda, on a small modern building with 6 flats only. Central heating independent, full a/c, 2 bathrooms, 2wc, fully fitted kitchen with all the electrical appliances, water pressure system roller blinds and shutters on windows, big sitting and dining

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Advertiser TO LET NICOSIA room, big bedrooms, covered parking and storage room, in a quiet neighbourhood near Akropolis park. – Acropolis €700 A2ACS0002-R (photos in the website) . 10. New luxury finished 1 bedr penthouse apartment with big verandah with nice view, in a small modern building,55sq.m,storage heaters,2 a/c, blinds on the windows, expensive electrical appliances (cooker, oven, extractor, refrigerator, washing machine, dryer), covered parking and storage room, off Kalippoleos street opposite Dessange Day Spa near the University – Lykavitos €420 (A1LYK0002-R), (photos in the website). 11. 2 bedr luxury apartment with a/c for hot and cold, separate kitchen, big covered veranda, FULLY NICELY FURNISHED, covered parking, near the Ministry of Education – Acropolis €550 (A2ACS0036-R), (photos in the website) 12. 2 bedr new modern luxury apartment with floor heating, full a/c, big sitting and dining room, big covered veranda 30sq.m, fully fitted kitchen with expensive electrical appliances, blinds, covered parking, on the 6th floor with plenty of view and nice breeze, in the centre off Kennedy avenue – Nicosia Centre €700 (A2NIC0031-R), (photos in the website). 13. New luxury finished 3 bedr penthouse (floor apartment) on the 5th floor,165sq.m+ big verandas(one bigger with

TO LET NICOSIA bbq), solid parquet floor all the flat,3wc,2 bathrooms, central heating ind, full a/c, big separate Italian kitchen with electrical appliances and dining area, big sitting room, covered parking and storage room off Makarios Avenue walking distance to the centre €850 (A3NIC0030-R), (photos in 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 Electronics 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 elec-

TO LET NICOSIA tric modern shutters opening to the veranda, fully equipped kitchen with expensive electrical appliances, 2 parking places (1 covered), in a very quiet neighbourhood ,near the Russian Embassy. AVAILABLE END OF MARCH –Engomi €1900 (A4ENG0005-R) (photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at www.landtouristestates.com which is updated daily. LANDTOURIST ESTATES LTD 22422225 / 96-422225 / 96422226 www.landtouristestates.com ****************************** 2 BDRM flat in the centre of Nicosia. Rent €450. For information call 99453663, 99663927. *****************************

LIMASSOL GROUND FLOOR HOUSE for rent in Potamos Germasogia, 3 bedroom, kitchen, dining/

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TO LET LIMASSOL sitting room, 2 wc, garden with trees and verandas, A/C, parking available & covered garage for 2 cars. €700pm Tel 99185490 2 BDRM furnished flat, in Katraki building, 100 metres from the sea and Debenhams Olympia. Price €480 (included common expenses) Tel: 99406415 Andreas. FLAT FOR RENT near Debenhams (300m from sea) f/furnished, 2 bedrooms, parking space, quiet building. €450pm. Tel 99958781 or 99712344 ***************************** TO LET Hebrew homes, by Limassol twin towers, Kosher or Free, 3 monthly let. Call 035799036312. ***************************** TO LET Large 4 bedroom unfurnished house in the village of Asomatos nr Akrotiri Limassol. Fully A/C & Heating (storage heaters). 5 wc’s, large kitchen/ diner, lounge and sitting room. Large loft with own shower/wc

TO LET LIMASSOL (suitable for office/playroom/ gym). Carport - prominent position in cul-de-sac - lots of parking. €850 pcm (negotiable). Available from April 2013. Tel. 99831431 ***************************** 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/Ctoilet in main bedroom. Semi/ full furnished. Fitted kitchen with electrical appliances, fireplace. Toilet/shower. €550pm negotiable. Tel 96891800. ***************************** GROUND FLOOR HOUSE, furnished renovated this year. Laminated parke floor, and big wardrobes in the 3 bedrooms. Rent €590.00 Tel 99497576 99886775 *****************************

Lanes and courtyards of Lania During the weekend 18 & 19 May 2013 the women of Lania will be pleased to welcome you to walk along the picturesque lanes and visit their open courtyards 10.00 – 19.00. Sunday 18.00 raffle, 18.30 – 20.00 Music at the Museum

TO LET LARNACA LARNACA ***************************** TO LET SEAFRONT STUDIO, fully furnished, sleeps 2 adults, all amenities including satellite, common pool and tennis court, basement parking, spacious verandas. Rent €1000 pm incl utilities. Available 1st June 2013. Better rate for full season or year booking. Tel 99657055


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***************************** TO LET SEAFRONT 2 BEDROOM FLAT, modern fully furnished, easily sleeps 4 adults, all amenities including satellite, common pool and tennis court, basement parking, spacious verandah. Rent €2000 pm incl utilities. Available 1st June 2013. Better rate for full season or year booking. Tel 99657055

1. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. 3 bedroom detached unfurnished property set on a fantastic development in the village of Tersefanou. Available for immediate occupation. Ref. TLL973. Tel 24815926

***************************** FOR RENT fully furnished 1 bedroom flat near Larco Hotel Larnaca. Price €370. Tel 99202543 ***************************** 1 BEDROOM flat in Ermou Square area Larnaca - 2 bedroom flat in Phaneromenis area Larnaca. Call 96693375 *

2. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. 2 bedroom fully furnished apartment, nr the Metro/American Academy Larnaca. Ref. TLL1654 Please call to arrange a viewing Tel. 24815926 3. www.superiorrealestatelarnaca.com – LARGE RANGE OF RENTAL PROPERTIES. From studio apartments to 5 bedroom villa’s for rent, all properties have detailed descriptions, professional photographs. Interactive Virtual/ Video Tours. Please visit our

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PAPHOS ***************************** 1. Sea Caves Paphos, luxury 3 bed unfurnished villa with private pool on a big plot. One bed downstairs, kitchen white goods include dish washer. Spacious bedrooms, dressing room, balconies, separate outdoor storeroom, enclosed garden. €1000

2. Secret Valley, 3 bed un/furnished villa with private pool on a big plot. Spacious living space, good sized bedrooms. Pool and garden maintenance included in rent. Lovely sea and country side views. €700 3. Peyia, Beautiful 3 bed un/furnished villa with amazing sea views. Private pool, lovely garden, double bedrooms, master en suite. €500 4. Koili, brand new 4 bed unfurnished villa. Finished to a very high quality in a very quiet location. Italian kitchen, fire place, under floor heating, shutters, fly screens, pool, one bed downstairs. €850 PAPHOS TO RENT Tel: 99389198. For listings

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***************************** PEYIA, luxury villa, 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully or part furnished, private pool, quiet location, paved garden area, sea and mountain views. Sky satellite, €550 ono, please call: 99771532 – no agents

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**************************** LEYTIMBOUv- Stunning 2 Bedroom Traditional Stone House that’s been completely Modernized to a very high standard although all the Original Features remain, Beamed ceilings, Under Floor Heating Flagstone floors, 2 en-suites with power showers, Large Enclosed Courtyard, Double Glazed Windows with Shutters, Open Fireplace €350

TREMITHOUSA - Superb Detached 3 Bedroom Villa with Large Pool, F/F to a very High Standard, Mater En-Suite, Family Bathroom with Jacuzzi, Beautifully Fitted Kitchen, Utility, Separate Shower room, Spectacular Mountain and Sea views, Quite Cul-DeSac location €700 KISSONERGA - Beautiful Detached U/F 3 Bedroomed Villa ,Large Pool,2 Bedrooms Upstairs Master En-suite ,Family Bathroom, modern Fitted Kitchen ,Downstairs Bedroom with En-suite Shower room, Low maintenance Garden, Large Terraces and Separate Storage Room €600 KALEPIA - Fabulas Detached 3

MORE PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 99862922 ***************************** FOR RENT a selection of 1 to 5 bedroom houses & apartments F/F & U/F Universal, Peyia, Tomb of the Kings, Tsada, Timi, Kato Paphos & Kissonerga Landlord & Owners please call 99329357 Or please view at our website www.cyprussands.com Fully Registered Company in Cyprus ***************************** MR RENT PAPHOS, THE LEADING PROPERTY RENTAL AGENCY IN PAPHOS OFFICE: 26271858 (00357) IF YOU HAVE A PROPERTY TO RENT WE ARE THE RENTAL AGENCY TO CONTACT OFFERING FULL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENT COLLECTION SERVICE

1. MESOGI €500 we are delighted to offer this beautifully restored traditional stone village house set in a picturesque courtyard with stone built barbeque & covered veranda. This spacious character home offers a modern fitted kitchen, separate dining room & separate living room with modern gas fire, guest wc. Gas central heating throughout. 2 bedrooms both with ensuite

TO LET PAPHOS bathrooms & walk-in wardrobe. Plus an additional room perfect for an office or 3rd bedroom. This property is full of charm & unique detail and it is well worth taking a look. 2. KONIA €600 this fantastic price includes pool cleaning & gardening. Modern detached 3 bedroom villa, master with ensuite. Real fire in living area for those winter months. Good sized storage room & guest wc. Available unfurnished though includes, a/c throughout, blackout blinds, pressurised water system, flyscreens & shutters. Situated on a corner plot with large beautifully landscaped garden, offering a lovely private pool, mature plants & fruit trees. Gated entrance & covered off street parking. 3. KAMARES TALA €750 a spacious 3 bedroom bungalow, master with ensuite. Living area with real fireplace for those winter months. Separate utility room. Good sized low maintenance garden with private pool offering breathtaking panoramic sea views. Large outdoor storage room. Covered car port. Available furnished with good furniture. Situated in a quiet residential area with free membership to the Kamares club. website reference number: RTL_471 4. SECRET VALLEY €750 spacious modern detached 3 bedroom villa situated on a corner plot in a peaceful residential area. Offering large private pool with a low maintained enclosed garden with sea views.

CHURCHES GRACE CHURCH, LARNACA 8 Ayiou Neofytou St Sundays 10 a.m. Also Midweek Meetings Details: Colin 24530700 HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, PAPHOS GATE, NICOSIA Sunday Masses: Saturdays 6.30 pm, Sundays 8.00am, 9.30am & 6.30pm Weekday Masses: 6.30 pm Monday to Friday Tel: 22662132 Email: holcross@logos.cy.net

LARNAKA COMMUNITY CHURCH APHRODITE STREET, LARNAKA 10.00 AM MORNING SERVICE and SUNDAY SCHOOL For more details ring Fred 24365152

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

St Helena’s Anglican Church, Larnaca St Helena’s Court, Grigoris Afx Sunday Service: Holy Communion 9.30 am

NICOSIA CHRISTIAN CENTRE 10 PINDOU STR, ENGOMI, NICOSIA, TEL. 22464375 SERVICES: SUNDAY 10AM, WEDNESDAY 8PM

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

Tel. 99 293489, 99 279960 Email: immanuel.church.nicosia@gmail.com Website: www.immanuelchurchnicosia.org

ALL WELCOME Tel:24651327 office@sainthelenas.com

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

THE REFORMED CHURCH OF LIMASSOL Clear exposition of the Bible in the presence of God, and relevant to our lives. Our Sunday services start at 10:30 am sharp, and the Wednesday Bible discussion at 7 pm. International Evangelical Church (Reformed) is located at 352 St. Andrew’s Street. 1½ blocks from Starbucks / Fat Boy, and 1 block from the Municipal Gardens, Zoo. For further information call Steve at 99384742, or email: iee.limassol@gmail.com All are welcome! PROPHETIC CALL-OUT Grieved by preachers living in sin ? Pastors collaborating with idolaters? Bored with just being a spectator? In Prophecy there is no ‘us and them: Everyone contributes (1 Cor 14:26) 10am start 9/2/2013 God willing, Meet: Entrance Palaiopafos, Kouklia Instruments/shofars welcome

Open Door Baptist Church

St Barnabas’ Anglican Church 153 Leontiou A Street Limassol www.stbarnabas-cyprus.com Telephone: 25362713 - All welcome ALL SAINTS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH (ENGLISH) Sunday Divine Liturgy 8-10am. Followed by Fellowship hour (coffee) Services are now being held at the underground Chapel of All Saints of Cyprus at St. Panteleimonos Church Makedonitissa Archangelos (Engomi) For more info please contact Fr. Joseph Coleman Tel. 99938924

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF AGIOS ARSENIOS, LIMASSOL (near Tsirion Stadium) The Orthodox Liturgy in English Saturday, 4 February at 8:30 am For information please contact: Father M. Spanou at 99 – 401365 (msspanou@googlemail.com)

9 Larnakos Street Katholiki Area Limassol Sundays: 9:45, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM Wednesdays: 7:30 PM 25 751193 or 99 758729 www.cbm-odbc.org

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

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

DEUTSCHE GOTTESDIENSTE IN ZYPERN Nikosia: Am 1. und 3. Samstag im Monat in der St. Paul’s Cathedral um 18 Uhr Limassol: Am 2. Sonntag im Monat im Gemeindehaus in Germasogeia um 11 Uhr Am 4. Sonntag im Monat in der St. Barnabaskirche um 18 Uhr Paphos: Am 2. Samstag in der Kirche an der Paulussaeule um 16 Uhr Agia Napa: Am 4. Sonntag im Monat im Hof des Klosters um 9.30 Uhr Näheres Informationen durch Pfarrer Dr. Herold, Tel 25-317092 oder im Internet www.ev-kirche-zypern.de

St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Byron Avenue, Nicosia, 22 445221/22 677897 www.st-pauls-nicosia.com

Sunday 0930 : Holy Communion Sunday School in the hall 1800 : Evening Prayer Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 0830: Morning Prayer Wednesday 1030 : Holy Communion First Monday of each month 1930 : Guild of St Raphael Parish Office : Mon-Fri : 0900 – 1100 Saturday 1000-1200

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Sport Dominant Olympiakos retain Euroleague title OLYMPIAKOS Piraeus defeated Real Madrid 100-88 with a dominant second half display on Sunday night to win Europe’s premier basketball trophy for the second year running. Inspired by a vocal travelling support who defied Greece’s economic problems to make the trip to London, Olympiakos battled back from 27-10 down after the first quarter of the Euroleague final to take the lead early in the second half. They rarely looked threatened, shooting 39 points in the fourth quarter to clinch their third Euroleague title

100-88. “Madrid scored some incredible shots in the first quarter, but we put a stop to that and started rebounding offensively, and I think that was the key to success in the end,” said Olympiakos forward Pero Antic. The win was in a stark contrast to last year when it took a game-winning shot from Georgios Printezis at the buzzer to overcome CSKA Moscow. Having defeated muchfancied CSKA again in Friday’s semi-final, the Greeks started slowly on Sunday and struggled against Ma-

drid’s sharp shooting in the first quarter. But Olympiakos’ trademark iron-clad defence soon kicked in, allowing eighttime champions Madrid just 14 points in the second quarter and 20 in the third as Kyle Hines and Pero muscled out the Spanish forwards inside the paint. The team’s talisman Vassilis Spanoulis dominated the second half, shooting a total of five three-pointers and notching up four assists. He was voted the Final Four’s most valuable player for the third time and finished top scorer with 22 points.

“It has been a very difficult year - you know our budget,” Spanoulis said. “Our backs have been against the wall many times, but we have stayed together and fought back each time.” A 21-point haul for Rudy Fernandez, who quit the National Basketball Association to return to Madrid last year, could do little to stem the tide. “Spanoulis’ three pointers changed the game’s rhythm while we were still working to get back into the game, but in the end they were able to control the lead,” said Real coach Pablo Laso.

The Greek giants beat Real Madrid to defend their title

Nadal getting back to his best ‘King of Clay’ sounds ominous warning

By Iain Rogers

By Iain Rogers

IN BRIEF

WHEN Rafa Nadal returned to action in February after seven months out with a knee injury he never thought that just over three months later he would have another five titles in the bag, including two more Masters triumphs. The Spaniard, a former number one and the French Open champion, dropped to five in the world during his enforced absence before storming back to win in Sao Paulo, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Barcelona and now Madrid. He also reached the finals at Vina del Mar and Monte Carlo and Sunday’s 6-2 6-4 destruction of Swiss 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in front of his adoring home fans in the Spanish capital was his third Madrid Open success. Nadal now has 40 titles on his beloved clay, equal second in the Open era with Thomas Muster, and if he stays fit he could easily overhaul Guillermo Vilas’s record of 45 by

Serena eyes Paris after defending Madrid title

Rafa Nadal’s victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in Madrid was his fifth title this year since returning from a long-term injury this time next year. Ominously for any rival eyeing his Roland Garros crown - he will be chasing an eighth title in Paris starting at the end of this month - he said after his victory in Madrid he was close to where he wanted to be in terms of fitness and form. Nadal told a news conference that Sunday’s match was his most satisfactory performance since his return to Eu-

rope after his Indian Wells victory in March. “These last matches I have been able to reach that goal, you know, that line, that place where I want to be playing, the kind of form that I’m aiming for.” Nadal now heads to Rome, where he beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the final last year for his sixth title at the Masters event in the Italian capital.

He said he would be back on the practice court and was cautious when asked about his prospects for the coming months. “The outlook will be great if I don’t feel anything in my knee,” he said. “But I don’t know how the thing’s going to improve, so that’s why I want to be very calm, stay with the feet completely on the floor, and go day by day.

“Things are going well but the injury is not two years ago. It’s just a few months ago. “So I need to be calm, enjoy every moment, and for sure keep working hard to be fit for the rest of the season. “If you told me four months ago all this would have happened and I wasn’t going to do well in Roland Garros I would tell you, yes, I will sign that with my eyes closed.”

SERENA Williams went from winning the Madrid Open to losing in the first round at Roland Garros last year and she is hoping history does not repeat itself after crushing Maria Sharapova to defend her title in Spain on Sunday. Williams has one more tournament to play - the clay event in Rome - before heading to Paris for the French Open, where the 31-year-old American has just the one singles title compared with five at Wimbledon, five at the Australian Open and four at the US Open. Her 6-1 6-4 victory over Sharapova, the current French Open champion, was her 50th career title and her seventh on clay and Williams said she was hungry for a first Roland Garros crown since 2002, when she beat sister Venus in the final. The switch back to red clay from blue in Madrid and the construction of new courts had made the conditions much more similar to Paris, which would help in her preparations, she added. “It definitely plays more like Roland Garros, so I think that’s a plus,” Williams told a news conference.

Wiggins recovers in Giro D’Italia after difficult day

Troubled Beale takes leave of Stuttering Baghdatis absence to tackle issues loses in first round again

BRADLEY Wiggins survived a difficult day to remain one minute 16 seconds behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali after stage nine of the Giro d’Italia. Wiggins lost touch with the pink jersey group on a long descent in heavy rain midway through the stage, which was won by Maxim Belkov of the Katusha team. The British rider was 60 seconds behind at one stage but after a long chase by Team Sky, he rejoined Nibali’s group. Belkov won the 170km race to Florence by 44 seconds from Carlos Betancur. Yesterday was a rest day so racing resumes today with a 167km race from Cordenons to Montasio.

TROUBLED Wallabies back Kurtley Beale has checked into a private health clinic and will take an indefinite leave of absence from rugby to deal with ‘personal issues’, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said yesterday. Beale was stood down from his Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels last week for the second time this season after breaching behavioural guidelines related to a programme to deal with his alcohol issues. “Kurtley has voluntarily entered a private health facility in order to undertake counselling,” the ARU said. “Any future selection will be dependent upon successful completion of his treatment programme.”

MARCOS Baghdatis has crashed out of the Rome Masters, beaten 6-3 6-4 by in-form Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round on Sunday afternoon. “I am not in a great run at the moment,” said the 27year-old Cypriot, having also lost in the first round of last week’s Madrid Open. “I am losing a bit of confidence. Dimitrov served very well, I did not have many chances,” he said. “I am in a bad rhythm because I am playing one match a week and I am not getting more matches because I am losing in the first round.”


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Woods nearing dominance of halcyon days with Players win World number one wins his 78th PGA event in his 300th career start on the tour By Larry Fine PLAYING with controlled aggression, Tiger Woods gave notice at the Players Championship that he stands poised to reassert his dominance once again on the world of golf. After an uncharacteristic wobble with a double-bogey on the back nine of TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course, Woods reprised his familiar role of irresistible frontrunner to win his 78th PGA event and second Players title in his 300th career start on the tour. The two-stroke victory by the world number one was his 52nd from the 56 times he has led or shared the lead after the third round of a 72hole PGA Tour event. Most telling was the confidence and mastery Woods exhibited as he tailored his game to the challenges posed by the tricky Pete Dye-designed course. “It was fast and difficult,” said Woods. “And I hit it so good today, it was fun. I hit it high, low, left to right, right to left, whatever I wanted. “I poured a lot of putts, too,” added the 37-year-old American, who finished with a 13-under total after a twounder 70 in his final round. “It could have been something pretty low today, just had a bunch of lip-outs.”

Woods accumulated 14 major titles with his last triumph at the 2008 US Open, but then came a string of injuries, swing changes and the disintegration of his marriage. The result has been a fiveyear lull in pursuit of his top career ambition - the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus. But it all seems to be coming together for Woods, right down to having his steady girlfriend, Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn, cheering him on to victory at a site where he had managed just one top 10-finish since his first Players title in 2001. The victory gave Woods his fourth victory of the year, a lightning start to the season unmatched in his career. “This golf course has been a little bit tricky over the years, and I’m not the only one who’s struggled with it. It’s a tough course,” he said. “Fortunately I think this year I’ve been playing really well, and the last tournament I played in, I played really well,” he said, referring to the Masters last month. “The way I was playing at Augusta, I was shaping the golf ball both ways and controlling my trajectory and I thought that was important coming into this week.”

Woods finished tied for fourth at the Masters despite a bad break at the parfive 15th hole in the second round when his approach shot hit the flagstick and bounced into a water hazard. He was also slapped with a two-stroke penalty for an improper drop. The next chance to add to his majors haul will come next month at the US Open at the relatively short Merion layout outside Philadelphia. Since Woods kept his driver in his bag for most of the Players Championship in favour of using his three-wood and five-wood for greater control, he was asked if this might have been good preparation for the US championship. “I’ve never played Merion. It sounds good in theory,” he said, drawing laughs from reporters at his news conference. “Whatever the golf course gives you, I come up with a game plan where I want to play the holes from.” Oozing confidence, Woods forecast his best was yet to come. “I’m just trying to get better, and I feel like I’m getting better as the year’s going on. “I know a lot of people in this room thought I was done,” he added. “But I’m not.”

By David Clough JOE Root’s England Lions put New Zealand on the back foot in their final tour match before the first Test at Lord’s. The Kiwis were on the wrong end of a soggy stalemate at Grace Road. Root took his season’s aggregate to 646 runs in just four innings with a six-anda-quarter-hour 179 out of the Lions’ 444 for seven, in reply to 285 all out. Lions match manager, and England limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles lamented the arrival of forecast rain which stopped his team putting the tourists under more pressure. Had the bad weather stayed away, he was unsure how long the hosts might have batted on. “You could look at it two ways - grind them down in the dirt and make them suffer, or get them in and knock them over again,” he said. “We didn’t get the chance, but we probably would have had a go at them.” It is a moot point, according to Giles, whether the Kiwis will arrive at Lord’s ‘underdone’ this week after just this match and a previous win over Derbyshire. “Maybe. Only they can tell you that,” he said.

NOT IDEAL The victory gave Woods his fourth victory of the year, a lightning start to the season unmatched in his career

Alonso puts heat on Vettel with Spanish victory By Alan Baldwin

Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso powered to his second win of the season and 32nd of his career

FERRARI’S Fernando Alonso rewrote the Formula One form book and cranked up the heat in the title battle by winning his home Spanish Grand Prix for the second time on Sunday. On an afternoon littered with pitstops and full of frustration at high levels of tyre degradation, the double world champion powered to his second victory of the season and 32nd of his career. “It’s very special winning at home. It doesn’t matter how many times you can do it, how many you repeat it, it’s always like starting from zero and you have again very emotional last laps,” said the Spaniard. In his moment of triumph, with the Spanish flag in his hands as he waved at fans on the slowing down lap, Alonso became the first driver in 23 years of racing at the Circuit de Catalunya to win from outside the top three grid positions. The 31-year-old, who triumphed in Barcelona with Renault in 2006 and also in Valencia last year at the Euro-

Lions put New Zealand on back foot

pean Grand Prix, had started only fifth but took the chequered flag 9.3 seconds ahead of 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen in a Lotus. Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth, 38.2 seconds behind Alonso, and saw his overall lead over Raikkonen cut to four points. After five of the 19 races, the German has 89 points to Raikkonen’s 85 and Alonso’s 72. Champions Red Bull are now just 14 points ahead of Ferrari. With the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton locking out the front row, and Vettel and Raikkonen ahead of him, Alonso seized third place through the third corner in a barnstorming start with the crowd roaring him on. By the 13th of 66 laps, he was in front and took command despite a late puncture caused by debris that would likely have proved terminal to his hopes had he been racing with last season’s tyres. “We have only had five races and there have been some ups and downs but we know we have the car to fight with the

top cars and if we do well we can compete for the championship.” Raikkonen, in the points for a 22nd successive race and now just two short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record, denied Ferrari a one-two finish with Brazilian Felipe Massa taking a distant third in his best result of the season. Hamilton slipped to fourth overall with 50 points after spending the afternoon falling through the field as Mercedes, as expected, again failed to live up to their electrifying qualifying pace. The 2008 world champion ended up out of the points in 12th and was even heard exclaiming that he had been overtaken by a Williams - driven by last year’s winner Pastor Maldonado - as a measure of how much he was struggling. “It’s got to down as one of the worst races I’ve had for a long, long time,” he said. “It was way too tough. We have got a lot of work to do. We both went backwards, but I went back a long way and I don’t know why. We will keep going back to the drawing board and see what we can do.”

“But conditions have not been ideal, and I don’t think McCullum played a lot at IPL either. “The main thing for us was putting them under pressure and making it as difficult as possible. “One thing I said to the players beforehand was ‘don’t view this as a trial’. “It was about us coming together and beating New Zealand. Then the bi-product of that is guys getting five wickets and runs, and that’s what gets you selected for England.” In the absence of frontline seamer Tim Southee, unavailable for the remainder of the match after bowling 19 overs, Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult did much of the work with the ball for New Zealand. Boult was the pick of the pair, and Bracewell - who missed the drawn series against England in New Zealand two months ago - was equivocal about his own performance here. “It was nice to get a few overs under my belt, which was important. “I think I could have done more. I guess I’m a little disappointed with how I went this game - I would have liked to take a few more wickets and score some runs. “But I can’t do anything about that now. I’ve just got to turn up to training, work hard, and hope I get picked.”


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Sport Villas-Boas hoping rivals slip up

Big-spending PSG prove money can buy success

By Mark Staniforth

Parisians clinch their first title since 1994 By Julien Pretot PARIS St Germain clinched their first French league title since 1994 on Sunday thanks to heavy investment from Qatar as they proved that money spent on the right players can buy success. With Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) having spent over 200 million euros on transfers since taking over two years ago, the French league title was their initial target. Despite Olympique Marseille’s resilience, PSG had a fairly comfortable ride based on a defence marshalled by the impressive Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brilliance up front. The Sweden striker scored 27 Ligue 1 goals, a tally last reached by France’s JeanPierre Papin in 1991-92. PSG could have been more impressive but under Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti they have turned into a counterattacking side who failed to play eye-catching football despite the presence of Argentine gem Javier Pastore in the midfield. Although they produced a few top-notch performances, PSG often struggled against lowly sides, prompting sporting director Leonardo to say his team were built for Europe - not the French league. A run to the Champions League quarter-finals supported that stance even if they did not really surpass ex-

pectations. They took Barcelona to the brink of defeat but were eliminated by virtue of the away goals rule, having drawn 2-2 at home before taking the lead but drawing 1-1 at the Camp Nou. ‘Dream Bigger’, says the club’s slogan. So they brought former England captain David Beckham to the club on a short-term deal in January, adding glamour off the pitch rather than really strengthening the team on it. Always the dedicated professional, Beckham produced decent performances, and PSG pledged to donate his salary to charity looking to boost their image as a popular club. However, it did not work out that way as Beckham’s image suffered when he was shown a straight red card in an ill-tempered game at Evian Thonon Gaillard last month. He was not the only one with PSG showing their ugly side as they picked up nine red cards, more than any other Ligue 1 team and more than all the other major European league leaders. PSG’s bad behaviour surfaced again on May 5 when Leonardo bumped into referee Alexandre Castro in the tunnel after a 1-1 draw with Valenciennes, during which Thiago Silva was sent off for putting his hand on the match official. Leonardo was provisionally suspended while Thiago Sil-

va was handed a two-match ban. However, despite those disciplinary problems, PSG clinched the title with a 1-0 win at Olympique Lyon thanks to a Jeremy Menez goal to end a 19-year wait for the trophy. Former PSG players who won the 1994 title and lifted the 1996 European Cup winners’ Cup believe the club is on the right track despite their teething problems under new owners. “When Canal Plus bought PSG (in the early 1990s), they invested a lot of money to attract great players and we became a great team,” former France keeper Bernard Lama told Reuters. “It is a bit what the Qataris have done,” added Lama, who is convinced that “they can be stronger than we were.” “The project continues, we have recruited good players this year and we will be stronger next season,” said Pastore, who has not pledged his future to the club. Ancelotti must also decide whether to stay at PSG amid speculation he may join Real Madrid to replace Jose Mourinho if the Portuguese leaves the Bernabeu at the end of the season. The Italian’s departure could prompt some of the club’s top players, uncertain about who might take over, to leave as well. PSG would then have to start their project all over again.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals and David Beckham’s glamour have propelled PSG into the big time

Champions Barcelona celebrate with win at Atletico By Mark Elkington

Barca celebrated their 22nd La Liga title with a 2-1 comeback win at Atletico Madrid

BARCELONA celebrated their 22nd La Liga title with a 2-1 comeback win at Atletico Madrid when a bizarre own-goal from home captain Gabi decided the clash at the Calderon on Sunday. Radamel Falcao had threatened to spoil Barca’s title party when he struck in the 51st minute, but Alexis Sanchez levelled in the 72nd before David Villa’s miscued shot was diverted into his own net by Gabi eight minutes later. Barca had to play with 10 men for the last 20 minutes after Lionel Messi was forced to leave the pitch with a recurrence of his hamstring injury after coach Tito Vilanova had already made his three substitutions. The Catalans, left with an unassailable lead in the standings on Saturday when

second-placed Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Espanyol, moved 10 points clear at the top on 91. With three games left, Barca have a chance to match Real’s record 100 points tally for a season from last year. Jose Mourinho’s side have 81 points but with two matches to play. “I would like people to value this title for the work done by everyone, and not for the health problems,” Vilanova told a news conference referring to his battle against throat cancer and attempts to label their success ‘Tito’s title’. “This isn’t Tito’s title, it is for all the players. They deserve a lot of credit because it is difficult to win when the coach is absent for two months (receiving treatment). “I didn’t watch Real’s game. I looked at the internet and saw it was 1-1 and went to bed because I was thinking

about today’s game.” Atletico gave Barca a guard of honour as they entered a festive Calderon stadium, with both teams having achieved their main objectives - the league title and automatic Champions League qualification for a third-placed finish respectively. The hosts had one eye on Friday’s King’s Cup final against Real but still fielded a near full-strength side, and just after the restart caught the visitors on a counter-attack when Colombia striker Falcao scored his 28th goal of the season. Alexis levelled for Barca, after exchanging passes with Cesc Fabregas, as he raced into the area and wrongfooted goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. With 10 minutes to go, Gabi was unable to get out of the way of a scuffed Villa shot that was going wide, and the ball went in off his thigh.

TOTTENHAM boss Andre Villas-Boas believes his side still stand every chance of claiming a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League after their dramatic late 2-1 win over 10-man Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. Emmanuel Adebayor struck three minutes from time to snatch the three points that lifted Spurs above north London rivals Arsenal, who play their game in hand at home to relegation-haunted Wigan on Tuesday. Until Adebayor’s late effort it seemed like the visitors’ efforts would prove in vain as they failed to make the most of a dominant passage of play following Charlie Adam’s dismissal in the 47th minute. But Villas-Boas is now sure to lead his side into Sunday’s season-ending clash with Sunderland still in with a shout of a fourth-placed finish, and he praised his side for their patience. Villas-Boas said: “We wanted to take it to the last day when we are playing at home, so it was an extremely important win for us for those reasons, and hopefully someone else will slip up. “I am extremely happy for the team in the way we were patient in the game, we kept the ball moving and eventually we got the breakthrough.” Spurs had to strike back from the shock of falling behind after just three minutes when Steven Nzonzi headed an Adam free-kick past Hugo Lloris. Gareth Bale fired wide as the visitors gradually stirred, before Clint Dempsey equalised in the 20th minute following a superb piece of improvisation. Stoke defender Marc Wilson and keeper Asmir Begovic got in a muddle over a crossfield ball by Scott Parker, Wilson clearing the ball to Dempsey who responded by lobbing it straight back over the stranded Begovic from 30 yards. Stoke had further chances through Adam and Peter Crouch but the game swung two minutes after the restart when Adam was sent off for a second bookable offence. Stoke boss Tony Pulis insisted the decision by referee Kevin Friend ruined the game, saying: “I don’t think Charlie has touched (Jan) Vertonghen on the first one and on the second one he’s made a mistake by sliding in but again I don’t think he touches him. “It’s disappointing because I watch football day in, day out and you see some challenges that don’t even get bookings, then you see two challenges like that one today getting a sending-off. “What disappoints me is there was a full house here for a great day to watch a really good game of football and it has just been taken away from them. The game was then not a game.”


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Jovanovic signs off in style after dramatic win over Omonia By Nemanja Bjedov

Farewell: David Moyes is leaving Everton at the end of the season to become manager of Manchester United

Moyes in Goodison goodbye By Josh Reich EVERTON manager David Moyes said his goodbyes at Goodison Park on Sunday in perfect fashion with his talented side cruising to a 2-0 win over West Ham United in the Premier League. Goals in each half from their Belgium striker Kevin Mirallas ensured Moyes departed from the blue half of Merseyside a winner after 11 years in charge of the Toffees. Moyes, 50, is joining Everton’s rivals Manchester United as the replacement for fellow Glaswegian Alex Ferguson, who is stepping down after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford. It was not clear how Ever-

ton fans would feel about their manager leaving for United but he was warmly received by the crowd, who showed their appreciation for the progress the club has made under him despite the failure to win a trophy. Their reaction was also helped by the fact they will finish above great rivals Liverpool for the second consecutive season. “There’s always a worry when you’re joining another club, but Everton fans were magnificent for me today,” Moyes told the BBC. “David Unsworth scored my first goal at Goodison 11 years ago after about 25 seconds and I’m delighted I finished it off here with a win. I thank all the players

who have worked with me.” After 71-year-old Ferguson announced his retirement on Wednesday the Manchester club took barely a day to appoint Moyes as his successor. Everton, on the other hand, were surprised by the speed of developments, despite Moyes’ contract running out at the end of the season, and a replacement has yet to be named. Moyes was confident that whoever took over from him would make the most of a small but talented squad. “Whoever comes in is going to have joy working with the current set of players,” he said before contemplating his last game in charge of Everton next Sunday. “I’ve got another week

and I’m going to make sure I’m at it with the players because we want a result at Chelsea. “The victory (over West Ham) was deserved. We’re going to finish in a good league position and I’m happy with that,” he added with Everton certain to end the season in sixth place. Ferguson had recommended Moyes as his replacement, and the younger Scot said he would have no qualms about suggesting who should take over from him at Goodison Park if asked. “I haven’t recommended anyone for the job to the chairman (Bill Kenwright). If he asks me for an opinion then I’ll give it to him,” he added.

Stadium, a result that saw Anorthosis progress to round one of the Europa League qualifiers. “I would like to congratulate Anorthosis on securing their Europa League presence next season. They have deserved it,” said AEK assistant coach Alex Mordechai “We played well if we take into consideration the importance of the match. Unfortunately, our effort was not enough to get us closer to our goals, but we have another chance on Saturday and we know that we need to perform better than today,” Mordechai added. Elsewhere on Sunday afternoon, in Group 2, Doxa Katokopia and Apollon Limassol shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Apart from Ayia Napa and AEP Paphos who were relegated at the end of regular season, the third team to join them will be either Olympiakos Nicosia or Nea Salamina. The Nicosia outfit host Alki in the final round and only victory would keep their hopes of survival alive, but only if Nea Salamina lose away to Ethnikos Achnas. In the case of a draw at the Dasaki Stadium, even if Olympiakos win they would still be going down as Nea Salamina have a better head-to-head record in the playoff stage of the competition.

APOEL’s players ensured coach Ivan Jovanovic’s last home game was a memorable one as they celebrated winning the championship with a dramatic 4-3 victory over arch-rivals Omonia on Sunday evening at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Gustavo Manduca scored the winner in the 83rd minute after converting a penalty. Efstathios Aloneftis scored his first goal against his former club, while Mario Budimir and Nuno Morais also got on the scoresheet for the new champions. “This was a match that was played at a very high pace. Omonia were excellent until our equaliser in the second half. From that moment on we were the better side and I believe that we deserved the win,” said Jovanovic. “It was a match between two good teams that all neutrals definitely enjoyed watching,” he added as he rushed onto the pitch to celebrate APOEL’S 22nd league title. Omonia dropped to third in the table and will host AEK in their final match of the season battling for a place in the Europa League qualifiers. AEK missed a chance to secure a European berth as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Anorthosis at the GSZ

Martinez focused on survival after Cup heroics By Carl Markham WIGAN manager Roberto Martinez insists the club’s FA Cup triumph will not be a distraction as the fight for Barclays Premier League survival comes down to a makeor-break match at Arsenal tonight. The Spaniard believes the Latics, who need six points from their last two matches to have any realistic chance of staying up, made a worldwide name for themselves by beating Manchester City at Wembley to lift their first major trophy on Saturday. But he does not think it will affect the mentality of his players as they head to the Emirates needing a positive result to keep their eight-year top-flight status alive until the final day of the season. “It will be impossible for us to forget the emotions we had on Saturday,” Martinez said. “Winning this trophy is very special and that takes the football club into a different richness in terms of what we are and our tradition.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez holds the famous FA Cup trophy with Ben Watson, who scored the winner at Wembley “The history of the football club gets adjusted by days like Saturday but I don’t think that is something we have to worry about. “It was a moment that changed the perception of our club for millions of people outside the UK and that is really positive but it doesn’t need to affect the next two matches. “To see a team like us deserv-

edly win the trophy playing a powerhouse of world football in Manchester City is one of those incredible stories. “The memories will live forever but we need to focus on the next two games.” Wins for Wigan against the Gunners and at home to Aston Villa on the final day of the season would see them survive. Martinez believes that is ac-

tually helpful to their cause as they know there is no margin for error. “I think we are fortunate in terms of results because if you are relying on other people to do your job that doesn’t work in football,” he added. “We are very fortunate in that we are third from bottom but if we win the six points we don’t have to rely on anyone. “The way we see it is as we expected after the loss against Swansea - it is plain and simple, we need six points and we don’t have to look elsewhere. “It is important that mentally the mindset is right and it is right because of what is happening within the town and what happened at the weekend.” Aside from the FA Cup distraction there is also speculation about Martinez’s future as he is one of the front-runners for the soon-to-be vacant Everton job. However, the Latics boss refuses to be sidetracked by the rumours. “It is the wrong time to speak about individuals,” he said.

Party time: Cyprus champions APOEL lift the trophy

Cyprus Standings Team Group 1 1 APOEL 2 Anorthosis 3 Omonia 4 AEK Group 2 5 AEL 6 Apollon 7 Doxa 8 E.N Paralimni

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Pellegrini distances himself from City as Mancini ‘set for the sack’ By Martyn Herman MALAGA coach Manuel Pellegrini has denied he has spoken with Premier League club Manchester City over the possibility of replacing Roberto Mancini whose future as the club’s manager is under threat after Saturday’s shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan. Widespread media reports in Britain suggest City will part company with Mancini, who has been in charge since 2009 and who won the Premier League title last season. City have fuelled the intense speculation about Mancini’s future by re-

maining silent over the rumours, but Pellegrini has moved to distance himself from reports suggesting he was on the verge of replacing the Italian. “I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach, nothing has been signed and no agreement reached,” he said on Malaga’s website following their 0-0 draw with Sevilla. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs are interested in me. “I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit. City, beaten 1-0 by Wigan in the Cup final, have two Premier League games remaining this season starting with

relegated Reading tonight. They require one point to guarantee runners-up spot from runaway champions Manchester United. However, City’s failure to win a trophy this season, and their dismal flop in the Champions League for the second successive year, has put Mancini under the spotlight. The Italian has cut a disgruntled figure as speculation about his job mounted and appeared to criticise the club’s owners after the Wigan defeat. “I don’t know why the club didn’t stop this, because I didn’t think it was correct,” he said. “I don’t think that it’s true.”

The final straw? media reports suggest Roberto Mancini will be fired after Man City’s FA Cup final defeat to Wigan

Ferguson bows out in style Sir Alex says emotional goodbye to Old Trafford and urges fans to get behind Moyes By Martyn Ziegler

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HE farewell was colourful, fitting and familiar as Sir Alex Ferguson said an emotional goodbye to Old Trafford after a match that summed up his 26 years at Manchester United. Even with the title won and the retirement slippers beckoning, Ferguson’s unbending iron will and drive to win was still very much in evidence. It was a terrific send-off too. They usually do things in style at Old Trafford, and United pitched the farewell party pretty near perfectly. Even walking into Old Trafford, one could sense this was an historic occasion. Rain-sodden United fans stood patiently in the long queues at the programme kiosks, determined to make sure they had their own printed memory of this day. Inside the ground, a giant banner was unfurled in the Stretford End proclaiming: ‘Sir Alex - Immortal’. As kick-off neared, the pre-match music began to prepare for the moment: first Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’. Ol’ Blue Eyes himself had still to appear however, and when he finally did a wonderful spectacle awaited him. First, a huge United flag was laid across the pitch before Old Trafford became a sea of red as 73,000 flags, provided by the club and each stating merely ‘Champions’, were waved aloft. In a nice touch, the club also gave each Swansea fan a white flag saying ‘Capital One Cup winners’ to wave alongside the red. Then came the moment as the United and Swansea

One last time: Sir Alex Ferguson lifted his 13th Premier League trophy after watching his side beat Swansea players formed a guard of honour and, ushered in by trumpeters, Sir Alex strode forth, hands tucked into his grey coat and his black fleece zipped to the neck. He appeared slightly uncomfortable at the adulation and clapped the four sides of the ground briefly before heading for the safety of the dug-out, stopping on the way for a grateful squeeze to a staff member holding the fourth official’s electronic board aloft read-

ing ‘26, 38’ - his record of 26 years and 38 trophies at United. For all the sentimentality on show, Ferguson showed his iron resolve to the very end by denying Wayne Rooney a part in the proceedings. Rooney told Ferguson two weeks ago that he wanted to leave United, feeling disenchanted at being unable to command the main striker’s position that Robin van Persie has made his own

this season. There were some gasps of disbelief among United staff when the team-sheets were revealed and Rooney’s name was nowhere to be seen, not even on the bench. “Wayne has asked for a transfer,” Ferguson told Sky Sports after collecting the 13th Premier League trophy of his Old Trafford reign. “I don’t think he wanted to play today. I think that

was a good thing.” There was, of course, the small matter of a match to get out of the way, though in truth it mattered little to either side. Javier Hernandez opened the scoring for United in the first half, with Michu responding with an excellent volley for a second-half equaliser that prompted Swansea fans to chant: ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’. History called for a late winner - though even more

fitting for it to arrive in Fergie time - and Rio Ferdinand obliged, smashing home in the 87th minute - his first goal since 2008 with a volley that had his manager leaping off his seat in delight. With the match out of the way, Ferguson took to the microphone for an unscripted speech to the crowd that, by his own admission had him close to ‘blubbing’. “Everyone at the club and you the fans have been the most fantastic experience of my life,” a clearly emotional Ferguson told the crowd. “Thank you. I have been very fortunate to manage some of the greatest players in the country. These players have won the championship in fantastic fashion. Well done to them. “When we had bad times here, everyone stood by me and your job now is to stand by your new manager (David Moyes).” Ferguson, 71, left the field to deafening applause before returning with his players to collect their medals and the Premier League trophy. “Don’t ever let yourselves down,” he said, As Ferguson left the Old Trafford pitch for the final time, United fans held aloft a banner which summed up their appreciation of his achievements. ‘Sir Alex Ferguson. The Impossible Dream Made Possible.’ Ferguson will take charge of his 1,500th and last United game at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.


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