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Schulz calls on EU to show solidarity EP President plea for more funding to help Cyprus overcome crisis By Stefanos Evripidou

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RESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades yesterday asked the European Union to provide additional funding to help Cyprus get out of the mess it’s in. Speaking from Brussels where he attended the European Council meeting on energy and tax evasion and held bilateral contacts with EU leaders, Anastasiades said he asked the EU to increase economic aid earmarked for Cyprus within the multi-annual financial framework and to take a greater role in the co-financing of Cyprus-based projects. According to the president, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy responded positively to the request. Anastasiades thanked European Parliament President Martin Schulz for showing his clear support to Cyprus by asking European leaders to commit more funds so the island could face the current crisis. “Not only did Mr Schulz support our request fully, but in the first session of the European Council he made special reference to Cyprus, asking that everyone contribute and work towards satisfying our request.” Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the Council meeting in Brussels, Schulz said the EU had to show “the spirit of solidarity” to Cyprus. He said he asked for a political commitment on the part of EU leaders towards helping

Cyprus, noting that it would not be necessary to use money allocated for other countries. The aim is for European leaders to recognise that Cyprus is a country affected greatly and that it needs EU solidarity, he said. “We all know how difficult the situation in the country is,” he noted, adding that when in Nicosia, he felt as a citizen “how difficult the life can become in times of crisis and how difficult it is to manage such a crisis”. Once European leaders accept this, he added, it will be possible to find more money from EU funds without affecting another country. What is needed more than ever, Schulz said, “is mutual trust between the institutions and the member states and I think the European Parliament across all the different political tendencies gave (me) a mandate to express once more my solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus”. During a bilateral meeting with Schulz, Anastasiades also spoke about the unfair treatment Cyprus suffered regarding allegations of money laundering, which were largely proved untrue in the reports by Moneyval and Deloitte. In an interview with Euronews, Anastasiades said: “I have the impression we are replying to indicators demanded by international rules on anti-money laundering in a much better way than some big countries that forced us to suffer this ordeal. It doesn’t appear Cyprus belongs to those countries considered money launderers.”

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NEW LIMASSOL MARINA RECEIVES FIRST YACHTS

A small tug guides a yacht into the new Limassol marina, the first full service super-yacht project on the island with a capacity of 650 berths overlooked by a complex of luxury residences and more SEE STORY PAGE 3

Soldier beheaded after London ‘terror’ attack A SOLDIER was apparently beheaded and hacked at with a meat cleaver by two attackers, who were then shot by armed police near the Woolwich Barracks in London yesterday afternoon. The young victim, wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt, was attacked “like a piece of meat” and dumped in the street, according to witness reports. Whitehall sources say it is “a fair supposition” that the incident was a terrorist incident, according to reports from the BBC, and senior police sources have told Sky News that they are treating the incident as a “politically motivated Islamist terror attack”. One witness, identified as James, told

LBC radio that he and his partner saw two black men attack the victim. Fighting back tears, James said the men treated their victim as a “piece of meat” after he was dead. “These two guys were crazed,” he said on air.

‘LIKE IT WAS A PIECE OF MEAT’ “They were hacking at this poor guy, literally chopping him, cutting him, like it was a piece of meat. We though they were trying to remove his organs or something. “They dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of

the road and left his body there.” He said that after the “horrendous” attack, the two men, in their twenties, just stood around, waving knives and a gun, even asking people nearby to take pictures of them “as if they wanted to be on TV or something”. “They were oblivious to anything, they were more worried about having their photo taken, running up and down the road,” he said. “They had no intention of running off or leaving or anything. “In my opinion, they were waiting for the police to arrive to be shot by the police.

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ON THIS DAY MAY 23 1934

35 years ago, Tuesday May 23, 1978

Notorious partners-in-crime Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, commonly known as Bonnie and Clyde, are shot dead in a police ambush in Louisiana.

The Cyprus government has welcomed the resolution on Cyprus adopted by the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement which was held in Havana, Cuba. The resolution reaffirms support for the UN resolutions on Cyprus, including the call for withdrawal of troops and respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the island.

1977 More than 100 children and six teachers are taken hostage in a primary school in northern Holland.

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Mohammad Khatami is elected President of Iran.

1998 In a referendum the People of Northern Ireland vote in favour of accepting the Good Friday peace agreement.

2004 In Paris, part of the roof of Charles De Gaulle International Airport collapses, killing four people.

45 years ago, Thursday May 23, 1968 As President de Gaulle’s government survived a vote of censure by 11 votes in the National Assembly tonight, the government and trade union leaders both offered to hold talks to end the strikes crippling the country, with eight million people on strike already and more swelling their ranks all the time.

55 years ago, Tuesday May 23, 1958 The hunt for wanted EOKA men and their leader Grivas was reaching its climax last night in the Phassoula-Mathikoloni area north of Limassol. Security forces yesterday still believed that Grivas might be among terrorists whom they are confident they have penned in a mile-long valley. 1300 troops are scouring every yard of rocky ground in their search for Grivas, who is 60 today.


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Home ‘State will gain millions in taxes from sale of Venus Rock project’

Limassol marina receives its first yachts

By Poly Pantelides

The new marina boasts a capacity of 650 berths By Peter Stevenson LIMASSOL Marina has welcomed the first yachts just months after delivering the 94 luxury Nereids Residence’s apartments. “The delivery of the south eastern breakwater and the arrival of the first yachts mark a new era for Cyprus,” Limassol Marina public relations officer, Sophia Paraskeva said. The new marina boasts a capacity of 650 berths, for yachts up to 115 metres in length and is the first full service super-yacht marina on the island. It provides facilities and services of the highest standard, combined with a team of experienced marina professionals to ensure the smooth running of all operations. “Limassol Marina is setting new standards for living and sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean and positioning the island on the nautical yachting map,” Paraskeva said. It is already changing the face of the town and the waterfront development is improving the image of Cyprus as a destination on a global scale according to Paraskeva. “Aiming to boost the economy, it is creating new prospects for Limassol and Cyprus, as a whole, by upgrading the surrounding area, reviving the historical centre of town, encouraging investments and attracting a higher calibre of tourism to the island,” she added.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Chairman of the board of directors of Limassol Marina Ltd, Marios Lanitis said that companies in the private sector on the island were working hard to face the current challenges. “The completion and operation of yet another phase of this ground-breaking project, is sending out a positive message both locally and internationally, that the private sector in Cyprus, and more specifically local businesses, are here and doing all they can to support the government’s efforts to promote development,” he said. Construction work continues across the entire project, with more apartments due for delivery in July and completion of the Peninsula Villas expected in 2014. Work on the commercial area is progressing rapidly and its completion is expected by the end of the year with the official opening taking place in spring of 2014. It will have 54 shops and 12 restaurants with parking space for up to 750 cars. The starting price for one bedroom flats in the project is €370,000 while the villas which are still incomplete will cost between €1.7m and €15m and come with a berth for a yacht at the marina and access to a private beach. Paraskeva said 15 per cent of the villas in the Peninsula and Island projects had been sold and 50 per cent of the apartments at the

Setting new standards for living and sailing in the Med Nereids and Thetis project have been sold. “Local buyers have bought-up around 50 per cent of the property which means the project has their stamp of approval guaranteeing the quality of the work done and a reflection of the locals’ trust,” she said. She added that more foreign buyers were expected to invest in the project with more people moving in during the summer. “We have had interest from Russia and the Middle East and

have received a lot of interest after visiting the various boat shows around the world,” Paraskeva said. There have been delays in the project but work continues to go on and funding has been received from the Bank of Cyprus despite the current crisis. “We could have delayed the opening even more, stating that our hands were tied but we have doubled our efforts because you never get a second chance to make a first impression,” Paraskeva concluded.

THE STATE stands to earn hundreds of millions through taxes relating to the purchase by international buyers of the Paphos-based Venus Rock Golf Resort, one the sellers said yesterday. Investors from Hong Kong have bought the Venus Rock Golf Resort in the Paphos district for €290 million. The project will include two golf courses, a five-star hotel called Nikki Beach Hotel, two large sport centres, a shopping mall and residential areas, that will be sold to international organisations which are based in Hong Kong, an announcement by Dolphin Capital Investors said. Dolphin is a company with an international investment portfolio holding 49.8 per cent strategic participation in Aristo Developers Ltd, one of the largest developers in Cyprus, established in the early 80s. Aristo Developers’ founder, Theodoros Aristodemou, said at least €40 million would go to the state in the short term from taxation resulting from the purchase, such as income tax and capital gains tax. The sales agreement consists of handing over all the plots and land, permits and licences, contracts and agreements relating to the project as well as any related machinery and stock. The buyers, who have not been named yet, have a “high income client list” in mind for the residential areas, Aristodemou said. With the project’s completion in an estimated two to three years, the government may see another €400 million, Aristodemou said. “There will be capital inflow of roughly €2.0 billion-plus, so I estimate the state stands to gain another €400 million,” Aristodemou said. Aristodemou said that the transaction showed that Cyprus could continue attracting serious foreign investors and with the investors wanting a tight deadline for the project’s completion “and even want to set up a marina,” the project is bound to generate jobs, Aristodemou said. Venus Rock’s valuation at the end of December 2012 stood at €370 million, though Aristodemou said the dis-

counted price contradicted more pessimistic estimates of much bigger drops in property prices. Managing Partner of Dolphin Capital Partners Limited, Miltos Kambourides described the transaction as a landmark deal. “In line with our strategic objectives for 2013, we are pleased to execute this landmark transaction, which has enormous benefits not only for Dolphin but also for the Cypriot economy in general,” he said in a news release by Dolphin investors made earlier this week. Kambourides added that “in a period of very challenging market and operational conditions in Cyprus due to the current banking crisis, the sale of Venus Rock for a significant cash consideration demonstrates the quality of Dolphin’s real estate portfolio and proves the resilience of the Cyprus property market.”

RE-ZONING Some €33.5 million from the agreed purchase price is conditional on the re-zoning of agricultural land plots included in the projects within a year of the final property ownership transfer, Dolphin investors said. This “may be expected with more than 50 per cent certainty,” Dolphin said. Aristo developers boast high profile projects including a joint venture for a mall in Paphos, and the Secret Valley golf course also in Paphos. Theodoros Aristodemou stepped down as Bank of Cyprus chairman in August last year citing health reasons weeks, after the bank revealed an unexpected €500 million capital shortfall. The Bank of Cyprus is now under restructuring as part of the terms of the island’s €10 billion international bailout. Up to €103 million from the Venus Rock transaction has been identified as going towards releasing Venus Rock properties’ existing mortgages, related to other Aristo projects, “with the benefit of deleveraging Aristo,” Dolphin investors said. “The transaction will result in the deleveraging of Aristo’s overall debt liabilities by approximately 50 per cent,” the news release added.

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Home Authorities suspect some fishy goings on at crossing points By Maria Gregoriou A TOTAL of 32 people have been charged so far this year in relation to selling fish allegedly from Turkey, which is coming in through the north. Between January and April of this year, nine infringements were recorded at the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint, where 300 kilos of fish products have been confiscated. Another 23 cases have been recorded at fish markets, restaurants and other selling points for fish. This number of infringements so far this year

is almost as many as were recorded during the whole of last year - 33 cases. The violations have to do with illegally caught fish, fish products not supported with the proper documentation, stating where their place of origin is, or fish that are undersized. The violations were discovered after complaints were received or during checks performed by the department of fisheries and marine research, which have recently been increased in line with the growing number of infringements. “Within the framework of the traceability of fish products, the department of fisheries and

marine research conducted inspections at the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint, where fish is allowed to be brought in, and at market areas where fish is sold,” said Yiannos Kyriacou, senior fisheries officer at the department of fisheries and marine research. According to law, the only animal product allowed to cross from north to south is fish but the vendor must have documentation stating to where the fish were originally caught. The fish must also be no more than 24 hours out of the sea and be of a minimum size. If there are no documents or if the origin is not stated, it is considered an infringement.

“We have reliable indications that the fish were originally caught in Turkey,” Kyriacou said. Due to these suspicions, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis, has given instructions to conduct stricter checks. When offenders are detected the fish is confiscated and kept as evidence, and a fine imposed. Checks are made daily but not on a 24-hour basis. They are increased during seasons when more fish is consumed or when more people are on holiday and are more likely to be fishing. The department may be able to create a working system where officials would work in shifts to facilitate further checks.

Experts to assist in reform of public service World Bank and British teams are on the island By Poly Pantelides A TEAM of World Bank and British experts are on the island to support the reform of public administration, the commissioner for civil service reform Emanuella Moushioutta Lambrianidou has said. The team of experts are to follow the Cyprus authorities’ reform policy to guide a plan for reforms and support their implementation, Lambrianidou said according to online news portal Sigmalive. A British High Commission spokesperson confirmed at their end that two UK experts have been on the island to see what technical assistance they could offer but added that talks are at initial stage. Cyprus has agreed to reform its public administration in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed with its international lenders as part of a €10 billion bailout. The MoU terms state that “authorities will commission an independent external review of possible further reforms of the public administration”. The first part of a review is expected by March next year and authorities are

expected to pass agreed reforms to parliament by June next year at the latest. The MoU states this will include an examination of the organisational structure, size and staffing of “relevant ministries, services and independent authorities”; “the possibility of abolishing or merging/ consolidating Non-profit Organisations/ Companies and publicly owned enterprises; and the “re-organisation/restructuring of local government.” By the end of next year at the latest, parliament is expected to pass through agreed reforms based on the second part of a review that needs to be completed by September. This relates to wages and working conditions of civil servants, including holidays, sick leave and maternity leave and working times “in relation to the private sector and to other EU countries and based on best practices. Additionally, Cyprus authorities are expected to submit to parliament a new performancebased system in the public sector, linking performance with wages and raises, and using it for the purposes of promotion and staff development.

Employees of Sigma outside the TV station’s offices yesterday

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Staff strike at Sigma and Hard Rock Cafe By Peter Stevenson SIGMA TV channel employees went on strike yesterday in protest at proposed pay-cuts and redundancies as staff at the brand new Hard Rock Café in Nicosia have also been striking since Tuesday because they have not been paid for the last two months. Employees from the TV channel gathered outside Sigma headquarters in the capital at 8am yesterday to protest against the decision by the channels top brass to go ahead unilaterally with pay-cuts and lay-offs. Counter-proposals from trade unions PEO and SEK and the labour ministry were given to channel chiefs who have so far been unwavering in their decisions on redundancies and pay-cuts. “TV channel heads have unilaterally made a decision to implement a plan for the survival of the station which has found the employees in

opposition,” trade unionist, Costas Hadjithomas from PEO told the state broadcaster yesterday. “Efforts by trade unions and the labour ministry have found the head of the station unmoved,” he added. Michalis Kazamias from SEK said that after the pleas from the ministry and the trade unions were unsuccessful, the only option was to strike. Channel heads could not be reached for comment. Trade unionists were due to meet with employee representatives last night to decide what the next course of action would be. At the time of going to press, no statement had been made. Employees from newly-opened Hard Rock Café also began striking on Tuesday after they had not received a salary since March. A sign on the Café’s front window read “Closed till further notice” as staff carried banners with the words ‘Our struggle is fair’ and ‘We haven’t been paid in two months’.

Managers from the café were not available to comment on rumours that it would be forced to close down. The famous Hard Rock chain opened its doors in Nicosia on October 14 last year in one of the key nightlife areas of the capital. The new 560-square-metre establishment features three floors with space for 300 guests, including an 80-seat rooftop garden, a live music area and two bars. The cafe also features a Rock Shop with limited-edition items and cityspecific merchandise that can only be purchased there. Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Nicosia, including items from legendary musicians from around the world, as well as today’s top contemporary artists. Hard Rock has 179 venues in 54 countries, including 140 cafes and 18 Hotels/Casinos and it is one of the world’s most globally recognised brands.


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Schulz calls for solidarity Anastasiades meets EU leaders at Brussels summit (continued from front page) During the Council discussion on tax fraud and evasion, the president said he seized the opportunity- because Cyprus was recently a target of money laundering allegations - to emphasise the importance Cyprus attaches to the “institutional framework against money laundering and its implementation by all European countries”. He noted that Cyprus was evaluated positively in this sector, following the demand by its EU partners for a detailed evaluation by Moneyval and Deloitte as a precondition to approving a bailout. The general picture that emerges from the reports “does not justify at all the recent attempt by some to defame Cyprus”, he said. On the discussion of energy, Anastasiades said he emphasised “the importance of the hydrocarbon deposits in the Levantine Basin and the prospect of making Cyprus a regional energy hub”. “I stressed that the south route is, under the circumstances, a safe and beneficial proposal for Europe. As re-

vealed by the whole debate, the EU leadership includes in its plans, as one of the proposed alternative routes, the connection of Israel-CyprusGreece and rest of Europe.” Using domestic energy sources would be a major contribution to the EU’s energy security and make the EU more competitive while promoting growth and job creation, he argued. Regarding his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Anastasiades said the two discussed the economic situation in Cyprus, requesting British support for additional EU funding. He also discussed the need to prepare properly for peace talks, noting that Turkey needed to help create trust between the sides, and referred to his proposal to return the fenced off part of Famagusta. Asked by a reporter why peace talks could not get underway now, he replied: “When people are hungry, when they stop their children’s education, when they are unemployed, the last thing troubling them would be if their leaders, instead of tackling their problems, are dealing with a prob-

President Nicos Anastasiades arriving at the EU summit yesterday lem which is largely a result of Turkish intransigence.” And given the lack of trust held towards Turkey by Greek Cypriots, who believe Turkey either wants no solution or to control Cyprus’ natural resources, such efforts would not be beneficial at present,

at a time when Cyprus was economically weakened, he added. On Cyprus’ gas exploration in its exclusive economic zone, “the British prime minister acknowledged the importance of the energy sector for the Cyprus Republic par-

ticularly at this juncture, and noted that exploitation (of hydrocarbon deposits) was its sovereign right”. The president also held bilateral contacts with the German chancellor, the prime ministers of Finland and the Netherlands and with Greek

(EPA) PM Antonis Samaras. “European leaders are aware that Cyprus needs the solidarity of Europe. At the same time, they realise that a failure of the tough decision taken on our country would essentially be a failure of Europe,” he said.


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Home Troika technocrats focus talks on consolidation in banking sector TECHNOCRATS from Cyprus’ international lenders (ECB, EC, IMF) and from the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) continued discussions yesterday in Nicosia, focusing on the consolidation of the island’s banking sector. The Cyprus News Agency said it had learned that among the issues on the table were the legal consolidation of financial institutions, the balance sheet of the new Bank of Cyprus, the appointment of an independent auditor to assess the balance sheet of the Bank of

Cyprus and former Laiki, issues concerning exemptions from the haircut on bank deposits, as well as corporate governance. The troika team was also set to discuss with officials from the Bank of Cyprus, issues relating to inflows and outflows of transactions and then back to the CBC for further talks. They were also expected to meet representatives from the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation to dis-

cuss problems arising from the restrictive measures. The delegation will be on the island until tomorrow. Cyprus secured a €10 billion EU/IMF bailout in March. The economy is expected to shrink by 8.7 per cent his year. Conditions of the rescue package include the closure of Cyprus’ second-largest bank, Laiki (Popular), and imposing losses on uninsured savings in No. 1 lender, Bank of Cyprus, to recapitalise both after huge losses on lending to Greece.

Ministry official points the finger at Stavrakis for lack of strategy His disagreement with the then minister prompted the official to ask for a transfer By George Psyllides THE way the public debt was being managed by former finance minister Charilaos Stavrakis could have caused the state’s liquidity problems, a finance ministry technocrat who later recommended seeking EU financial assistance as early as July 2011, told an inquiry yesterday. Phedon Kalozois, the director of the finance ministry’s debt management office, had warned in February 2011 of the risks of the minister’s short-term borrowing policy, effectively falling out with his superior over the issue. “The lack of medium-term strategic management of public debt and flexible yearly borrowing policy inevitably leads to transactions of an opportunistic nature with the only parameter being temporary lending cost and uncontrollable levels of fiscal risks,” Kalozois said in a memo. Such risks included liquidity, “with the state being unable to settle its loan and other obligations.” “Because the management of the public debt concerns public monies, any transactions of a speculative nature

are not allowed,” the finance ministry technocrat said. Kalozois told the inquiry that the last time Cyprus borrowed mid-term from the European market was November 2010. Until then there was agreement between his office and the minister but that changed when later that month ratings agency Standard and Poor’s downgraded Cyprus for the first time. This caused jitters in the market, Kalozois said, forcing the island’s bond rates to rise. Due to that, the minister changed the borrowing policy, resorting to short-term borrowing from the domestic market to avoid the higher rates. In light of the worsening crisis in Greece and other eurozone countries at the beginning of 2011, and the anticipated rush to raise funds from the markets, which would have raised rates further, Kalozois said his office insisted that Cyprus should borrow mid or long-term as soon as possible. “And this is where the disagreement with the minister arose,” he said. Short-term borrowing as a percentage of the state’s overall loans was

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19 per cent in 2010. By 2011 it jumped to 46 per cent. The disagreement led to Kalozois asking for a transfer, a request that was eventually denied although the understanding was that his views would be taken into consideration from that point onwards. Despite the need of ensuring there was no connection between public debt policy and fiscal policy, it was not until December 2012 that independence was achieved – when a relevant law was passed. “It has been proven internationally that one cannot use debt management to achieve fiscal goals,” Kalozois said. He said Stavrakis’ forecasts differed from theirs in that they were overly optimistic.“Our position was that data must be prepared by the (government) services and not politicians,” Kalozois said. In May 2011, Stavrakis gave the green light for the office to go ahead with mid-term borrowing, only to find out that the markets were shut. The investment banks the island hired as advisors for the issue said there was “absolutely no interest,” Kalozois said. Until that time, the island could borrow €100 million in the short-term with just a phone call, he added. To make things worse, at the end of that month, ratings agency Fitch downgraded the

Phedon Kalozois, the director of the finance ministry’s debt management office testified yesterday at the inquiry into the economy (Christos Theodorides) island three notches on its banks’ links with Greece, fiscal conditions and eurozone indecisiveness to deal with the ongoing crisis. “We established that the Republic had no access to international markets. There was absolutely no possibility, not even short-term,” Kalozois said. He added: “In a nutshell, the countdown to a possible default had started.” Kalozois said being shut out of the international markets had not been expected. “We could not borrow a single euro,” he said. He said Cyprus became a global phenomenon as there was no

other state with an A- rating that had been excluded from the markets. “In other words, markets ignored ratings agencies,” he said. From then on the state tapped into domestic banks but they could not cover the government needs on their own. On July 25, 2011, Kalozois prepared a memo recommending seeking EU assistance, accompanied with data to prove that the state was effectively broke. A second memo in August confirmed the data but the issue was put on the backburner due to a cabinet reshuffle. The technocrats were then

told that Cyprus did not have enough time to prepare its application – the island was on the brink of bankruptcy – and that a bilateral loan would be a temporary solution. The government secured a €2.5 billion loan from Russia towards the end of 2011 and wasted another six months before applying for assistance, which was granted in March – under a different administration – with Cyprus paying a high cost for the delay. And it was not before the end of 2011 that the previous administration decided to put measures in place to tackle the situation.

New CEO for Bank of Cyprus imminent THE board of stricken lender Bank of Cyprus (BoC) has decided on a new CEO and has passed on its proposal to the Central Bank (CBC), which will have the final say. The name of the chosen candidate was not officially released but reports suggested it was banker Michalis Kolakides, currently the deputy CEO of Greek lender Eurobank. Kolakides, 59, has also worked for Greek banks Citibank, National Bank, and Piraeus. The final decision will be taken by the Central Bank (CBC) as the resolution authority. It followed a Eurogroup decision to resolve Cyprus’ second biggest bank Laiki and transfer part of its assets to BoC while financing BoC’s recapitalisation by taking a chunk of uninsured deposits – over €100,000. The affected depositors will receive equity in exchange and

will decide on the lender’s new leadership after the restructure was complete in a couple of months or so allowing BoC to come out of administration. So far 37.5 per cent of uninsured deposits in BoC have been converted to equity, whereas an additional 22.5 per cent remains frozen until the conclusion of an independent valuation of the bank’s balance sheet after absorbing the ‘good’ Laiki. Meanwhile reports yesterday suggested that the CBC has launched a purge in the BoC, so far forcing two high-ranking executives to resign. The two were senior general director Christis Hadjimitsis and IT chief Leonidas Esodiou. News portal Sigmalive said the CBC was turning the screws on other executives in a bid to force them out.


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Central Bank Governor sees ‘substantial’ risks to economy But Demetriadies said ‘on the upside’, as soon as the banking system was seen as having stabilised, confidence could return By Stefanos Evripidou CYPRUS is confronted with an “extremely challenging road ahead” with the outcome by no means certain, warned Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) Governor Panicos Demetriades yesterday. In a speech delivered by a CBC senior manager on behalf of the governor who was visiting Israel, Demetriades warned that Cyprus faces substantial risks to its economic outlook while the anticipated recession could be deeper than expected. In his address to the Nicosia economic conference organised by the Institute of Certified Accountants of Cyprus and Gold magazine, Demetriades said Cyprus faces “unusually high” macroeconomic and banking sector risks given the “uncertain impact” of the banking crisis and fiscal consolidation on economic activity and the adaptation of the business model. “Given the size of the banks having been resolved, the losses faced by uninsured resident depositors, temporarily frozen corporate accounts and the need to impose payment restrictions, there are concerns that recession could prove to be deeper than anticipated, with negative feedback loops on public finances, including government debt,” said Demetriades in the text of the speech.

CAPITAL CONTROLS He highlighted the balance needed to maintain yet gradually ease capital controls. Eliminating them abruptly could trigger rapid outflows from the banking sector and cause liquidity problems, he said. Regarding the recapitalisation needs of the co-operative movement, in his speech the governor said time will be allowed for the co-ops to raise capital and preserve private ownership. However, if they fail to raise new capital, “viable banks will receive government support according to state aid rules involving dilution of existing shareholdings and junior debt holdings, but without contributions by depositors”. On the upside, as soon as the banking system is seen as having stabilised, confidence could return sooner, allowing for the earlier removal of controls and a faster recovery of economic

activity, said the Governor, noting that restoring financial stability will in turn help to spur economic growth and job creation. “Looking forward, Cyprus is confronted with an extremely challenging road ahead. However, after a long period of uncertainty, there is now at last a paved path towards financial stability and economic recovery,” concluded Demetriades. Also addressing the conference, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said the state was committed to rationalising its expenditure, noting that the government would not pursue a policy of increasing taxes, particularly in a period of recession as it only results in stifling economic activity. Regarding the state payroll, he said: “It’s not so much the level of salaries, that also, but more so, it’s the number of civil servants which we were and are employing, resulting in our public payroll being the highest in relative terms in the whole European Union.” Georgiades said the government was not looking to further reduce the public payroll but rather find ways to further reduce public expenditure. “There is great scope for savings,” he said, referring to the many observations of public money being wasted in the annual reports of the Auditor-general. Speaking to reporters after the conference, Georgiades said the ministry will be ready to present a budget framework for the next year and the next three years at the next Cabinet meeting. He explained that the framework will define the level of expenditure for the government as a whole and for each ministry separately. It is up to each ministry, he said, to evaluate its expenditure and to ensure that every euro spent will be put to good use. Economist Fiona Mullen warned the conference that “complacency” got Cyprus into the mess it’s in and complacency over the issue of gas exploration could prevent the country from getting out of the mess. She noted that certain public officials were of the view that Cyprus will witness a few years of decline followed by an inflow of gas revenues. Mullen argued that the gas money is not going to come anywhere near as fast as people think for a number

Central Bank of Cyprus Governor Panicos Demetriades: an extremely challenging road ahead of reasons, including the fact that it takes around ten years to build a liquefaction (LNG) plant. Also, Cyprus needs to find long-term buyers of its natural gas but before it can do that it needs to secure financing for an LNG plant, creating a “chicken and egg” conundrum. Cyprus cannot guarantee financiers that it will get a good price for its gas, given the fluctuations created by shale gas. Nor has it proven high volumes of commercially viable gas, creating security of supply.

PANACEA When Cyprus is ready to enjoy the fruits of its natural resources, probably in 15 years time, no one can predict what the geopolitical situation will be like regarding its neighbours in the region, particularly Israel and Turkey, said Mullen. Instead of seeing natural gas as the panacea for Cyprus’ economic woes, the country should harness the entrepreneurial spirit of its people and look to innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital and angel investors, as Israel and Ireland have done. “So let’s use the brains, the entrepreneurial spirit, let’s monetise the sunshine. Let’s start using that today instead of sitting around waiting for the gas money to fall like manna from heaven,” she said.

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BRITAIN TODAY Charged over 1982 bombing AN Irishman was charged yesterday over a bombing that killed four soldiers on horseback in the heart of London in 1982, one of the most high-profile attacks by IRA guerrillas in their campaign to end British rule in Northern Ireland. John Downey, 61, from County Donegal in Ireland, is accused of murdering four members of the Royal Household Cavalry who were killed when a car bomb exploded in Hyde Park as they paraded towards Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s residence. A further 23 soldiers from the Household Cavalry, the monarch’s official bodyguard, which carries out ceremonial duties on state occasions, were wounded by shrapnel. The soldiers, dressed in their ceremonial uniforms with gleaming plumed helmets, had been due to carry out the Changing of the Guard, which hundreds of tourists gather to see outside the palace every day. As well as the four soldiers, seven horses were killed or had to be destroyed. Later on the same day, July 20, a second bomb exploded under a bandstand in London’s Regent’s Park during a performance by the Royal Green Jackets military band, killing seven members.

MP arrested DISGRACED MP Eric Joyce has been arrested after allegedly rowing with police at an airport over his mobile phone. The incident last Sunday, believed to have been sparked after Joyce left the device on a plane, leaves the Falkirk MP now facing a breach of the peace charge. The former Labour member, who left his party after a brawl at a House of Commons bar, was said to have become abusive to airline staff who refused to let him retrieve the phone. When police were called the MP was also said to have behaved in an “abusive and confrontational” way towards officers.

Record sale A unique first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone annotated by author J.K. Rowling has sold for a record £150,000 ($227,421) at a London charity auction, Sotheby’s has said. The 1997 book, featuring handwritten notes, 22 original illustrations and a 43-page “second thoughts” commentary by the author, fetched the highest price to date for a printed book by Rowling, Sotheby’s said in a statement.

Accused admits he lied about army service By Paul Keaveny and Pat Hurst

The High Court has overturned an order granting anonymity to a killer who committed “exceptionally horrific crimes”. The murderer known as “M” (depicted at the age of 21 in the undated photograph above) can now be publicly revealed as triple child killer David Mc-

Greavy, who impaled the bodies of his victims on railings. McGreavy, now 62, was jailed for life in 1973 for killing the children he was babysitting at a house in Gillam Street, Worcester, and is one of the country’s most notorious and longest-serving prisoners.

THE former slaughterhouse worker accused of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones in a “sexually motivated” attack yesterday admitted to a jury he lied about having a military past. Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, mid-Wales , denies abduction, murder and intending to pervert the course of justice by disposing of, concealing or destroying April’s body. Yesterday Bridger took to the witness box and answered questions from his barrister, Brendan Kelly QC, about his history and about why he told the police he had been trained by the SAS and seconded to the British army. Bridger’s voice broke as he took the oath and he had a drink of water and appeared to compose himself before entering his testimony. Kelly asked him: “You were asked a number of questions about your military experience. Have you ever been employed by the military?” Bridger, wearing a light blue short-sleeved shirt with a clearly visible snake tattoo on his left forearm, said: “No, I have not.” “Have you in the past told people that you have been employed by the military?” Kelly asked. He said: “Yes I have.” When Kelly asked why he

A court artist’s impression of Mark Bridger had told people that lie, Bridger responded: “When I moved close to the Machynlleth area everyone seemed to want to know who I was, where I was from, my past, my present. “So I had always been interested in the military. I just said I am ex military and people just took that as what I did. “I didn’t want them to know I had had problems with my past. That stuck with me for ... until now.” Bridger told Mold Crown Court that he was born on November 6, 1965 in Surrey and had served as an engineering apprentice after failing to complete an engineering diploma at Croydon College. After working as a welder for some time he began work as a firefighter at the London Fire Brigade. But he told the court he had

to quit after six months when he was 19 or 20 when his girlfriend got pregnant. He said: “I had personal problems. I had split up with my partner at the time. We had just had a baby.” He said he left the area and moved to Wales when he fell out with his parents over the baby as there were “complications” with them seeing the child. “In a short while I had major arguments with the family and lost contact,” he told the jury. He said when he moved to Wales he had nothing and was at first living in a tent on the beach when he was about 21 or 22 before he got a job. April’s disappearance, on October 1 last year, sparked the biggest search operation in British policing history. Her body has never been found. The prosecution say Bridger snatched and murdered April in a “sexually motivated” attack. Bridger says he accidentally killed April when he ran her over and accepts that he must have got rid of her body. But he says he cannot remember how he disposed of the body because he was suffering memory loss caused by alcohol and panic. Earlier the trial heard Bridger had viewed images of child pornography on his laptop on the day April went missing and that forensic investigators discovered traces of April’s blood in Bridger’s living room, hall and bathroom.

Miliband condemns firms over tax ED Miliband yesterday highlighted a “culture of irresponsibility” at some major companies, during an address in which he accused Google of going to “extraordinary lengths” to avoid paying taxes. Miliband - a keynote speaker at Google’s Big Tent event at the Grove Hotel near Watford also highlighted the need for people to come together “for a common purpose” to create “responsible capitalism”. He was speaking after reports that the company paid only £10 million in corporation tax in the UK between 2006 and 2011, despite revenues of £11.9 billion. Miliband said: “I can’t be the only person here who feels disappointed that such a great company as Google, with such great founding principles, will be reduced to arguing that when it employs thousands of people in Britain, makes billions of pounds of revenue in Britain, it’s fair that it should pay just a fraction of 1 per cent of that in tax. “So when Google does great things for the world, as it does, I applaud you. “And when Google goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid

paying its taxes, I think it’s wrong.” Miliband is understood to be keen to hold talks with Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, who last week came under fire from MPs over the firm’s efforts to shelter its multibillion-pound profits from UK taxes. Asked if he regarded big companies, such as Google and Starbucks, as “the banks of the past”, Miliband said he saw some similarities. He said: “The banks caused a financial meltdown which we are all paying for and will pay for for months to come. Despite my problems with Google, I don’t think they are about to do that. “I have deep problems about the culture, and I think the culture isn’t that different to the culture we saw at the banks. “I think there is a culture of irresponsibility among some of the biggest firms in the country, and that has got to change. “We can’t lecture people on benefits about doing the right thing and showing responsibility if at the same time some of the biggest companies are sending out the wrong signals to our country. That has to change.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband highlighted a ‘culture of irresponsibility’, singling out Google for particular criticism

Soldier beheaded after London ‘Islamist terror attack’ (continued from front page) “That’s the only thing I can think. “It’s horrendous what they were doing to that guy.” Some “brave” women tried to shield the man on the ground from them, he added. Prime Minister David Cameron described the Woolwich killing as “truly shocking” and said he had asked the Home Secretary to chair a meeting of Cobra, the Government’s emergency committee.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson called the incident a “sickening, deluded and unforgivable act of violence.” The witness also said that it was 20 minutes before armed police arrived at the scene. “When the armed police came flying around the corner, the man with the beanie hat, the tall guy, he charged at the police vehicle,” he said. “A shot was fired by the other guy with the gun.”

London Air Ambulance confirmed that one man was airlifted from the scene, while another was taken away by road ambulance. Woolwich and Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford said it was his understanding that one person, a serving soldier, was dead and the two alleged suspects were in a serious condition in hospital. He said he had spoken to both borough commander Richard Wood and Lieutenant Colonel Bob Christopher

from Woolwich Barracks. Raynsford said: “The circumstances causing the incident are not yet clear. It’s been suggested it was the product of a road traffic accident, but that’s pure speculation. “I’ll be talking to everyone who is involved, we will be trying to do everything possible to try and ensure calm in the area. People will be very, very shocked. “We think a serving soldier was the victim.”


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Europe Lagarde to be quizzed over €285m payment

EUROPE TODAY Journos barred UKRAINIAN Prime Minister Mykola Azarov ordered a dozen local reporters to be barred from covering government meetings after they staged a protest yesterday over attacks on journalists at a rally. When reporters at the cabinet meeting stepped in front of television cameras and turned their backs, emblazoned with slogans, on Azarov and his colleagues, the prime minister reacted sharply. “What kind of show is this?” he said. The reporters, members of a journalists’ pool allowed to attend weekly cabinet meetings, bore signs pinned to their backs reading: “Today it’s a female journalist (beaten up), tomorrow your wife, sister, daughter. Do something!” Azarov said they should be expelled from the journalists’ pool. ”Write down their names and revoke their accreditation,” he instructed his aides.

Manslaughter trial THE captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which capsized off Italy’s west coast last year killing 32 people, will face trial for manslaughter as well as other charges, an Italian judge ruled yesterday. The giant Costa Concordia flipped on its side outside the Tuscan port of Giglio in January last year after it struck rocks during a manoeuvre that brought it too close to the shore. The accident triggered a chaotic night-time evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew from the 290m-long ship (951-ft), which still rests on a rock shelf outside the port. Captain Francesco Schettino left the ship before all the ship’s crew and passengers had been taken ashore.

A member of the band Pussy Riot who was jailed over a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Russian cathedral said yesterday she was starting a hunger strike after she was barred from a parole hearing. Maria Alyokhina (seen in a video cap-

ture above) also told her lawyers to quit the proceedings. She and bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are serving two-year prison terms for bursting into Moscow’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral in February 2012 and sing-

ing a profanity-laced “punk prayer”, urging the Virgin Mary to “throw Putin out!” Speaking by video link from prison, Alyokhina told the court considering her request for release on parole that it had violated her rights by not allowing her to take part

Stockholm rocked by worst rioting in years By Johan Sennero and Johan Ahlander HUNDREDS of youths have set fire to cars and attacked police and rescue services in poor immigrant suburbs in three nights of rioting in Stockholm, Sweden’s worst disorder in years. On Tuesday night, a police station in the Jakobsberg area in the northwest of the city was attacked, two schools were damaged and an arts and crafts centre was set ablaze, despite a call for calm from Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. The riots in one of Europe’s richest capitals have shocked a country that prides itself on a reputation for social justice, and fuelled a debate about

Youths go on the rampage in poor immigrant suburbs how Sweden is coping with both youth unemployment and an influx of immigrants. “We’ve had around 30 cars set on fire last night, fires that we connect to youth gangs and criminals,” Kjell Lindgren, spokesman for Stockholm police, said yesterday. He said eight people had been arrested on Tuesday night, but there were no reports of injuries. The riots appear to have been sparked by the police killing of a 69-year-old man wielding a machete in the suburb of Husby this month, which prompted accusations

of police brutality. After decades of practising the “Swedish model” of generous welfare benefits, Sweden has been reducing the role of the state since the 1990s, spurring the fastest growth in inequality of any advanced OECD economy. While average living standards are still among the highest in Europe, governments have failed to substantially reduce long-term youth unemployment and poverty, which have affected immigrant communities worst. The left-leaning tabloid Aftonbladet said the riots rep-

resented a “gigantic failure” of government policies, which had underpinned the rise of ghettos in the suburbs. “We have failed to give many of the people in the suburbs a hope for the future,” AnnaMargrethe Livh of the opposition Left Party wrote in the daily Svenska Dagbladet. An anti-immigrant party, the Sweden Democrats, has risen to third in polls ahead of a general election due next year, reflecting unease about immigrants among many voters. Some 15 per cent of the population is foreign-born, the highest proportion in the Nordic region. Unemployment among those born outside Sweden stands at 16 per cent, compared with 6 per cent for native Swedes, according to OECD data.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde will be questioned by a French magistrate today over her role in a €285-million ($366 million) arbitration payment made to a supporter of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Lagarde risks being placed under formal investigation at the hearing for her 2007 decision as Sarkozy’s finance minister to use arbitration to settle a long-running court battle between the state and high-profile businessman Bernard Tapie. Under French law, that step would mean there exists “serious or consistent evidence” pointing to probable implication of a suspect in a crime. It is one step closer to trial, but a number of such investigations have been dropped without any trial. Such a move could prove uncomfortable for the International Monetary Fund, whose former head, Frenchman Dominique StraussKahn, quit in 2011 over a sex assault scandal, and for a woman who has been voted the most influential in France by Slate magazine. Lagarde is not accused of financially profiting herself from the 2007 payout and has denied doing anything wrong by opting for an arbitration process that enriched Tapie. However, a court specialising in cases involving ministers is targeting her for complicity in the misuse of funds because she overruled advisers to seek the settlement.

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FBI says man shot dead during Boston attack questioning AN FBI agent shot and killed a Florida man who turned violent while being questioned about the Boston Marathon bombings early yesterday, the bureau said. A friend of the dead man told the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando TV stations that he was 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev of Orlando, a Chechen who had previously lived in Boston. Two brothers identified by the FBI as suspects in the April 15 bombings were also ethnic Chechens with roots in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region. The FBI said in a statement that a special agent, “acting on the imminent threat posed by the individual, responded with deadly force. The individual was killed and the special agent was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” It said the shooting occurred in Orlando, Florida, while the special agent and other law enforcement agents were interviewing the man about the blasts that killed three people and injured 264 others at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. “A violent confrontation was initiated by the individual,” the FBI said, without providing further details. Todashev’s friend, Khusn Taramiv, said Todashev knew bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev because both were mixed martial-arts fighters but had no connection to the bombing. “Back when he used to live in Boston, right, they used to hang out,” Taramiv told Central Florida News 13. “He met them few times ‘cause he was MMA fighter, the other guy was boxer, right. They just

Todashev (above) was killed by an FBI agent yesterday knew each other that’s it.” The shooting occurred at an Orlando apartment complex where several people of Chechen descent lived. Taramiv said Todashev and others in the complex had been questioned several times by law enforcement agents since the day the Tsarnaev brothers were identified as the bombing suspects. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a gunfight with police. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was found hiding in a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts, four days after the bombings. He was charged with crimes that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted. Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been on a US government database of potential terrorism suspects and the United States had twice been warned by Russia that he might be an Islamic militant, according to US security officials. In Florida, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Todashev had been arrested on May 4 and charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

Venezuelan leader warms to business A VENEZUELAN supermarket puts a stack of toilet paper on its shop floor, and desperate consumers snatch it up within five minutes. A woman’s voice over the loudspeaker reminds shoppers each person can only buy four packages. Few seemed convinced by the government’s promise just days earlier that the oil-rich South American nation would promptly import 50 million rolls. “It’s a sad moment when a rich country like Venezuela reaches this situation,” said Yenny Caballero, waiting at a checkout line at a store in an upscale part of the capital. “These are basic products that everyone should be able to buy.” The scramble for toilet paper has become the most distressing example of nagging shortages of everything from meat and chicken to flour and cooking oil in this oil-rich South American nation. With shortages now affecting close to 20 per cent of basic consumer goods, socialist president Nicolas Maduro has agreed to work with Venezuelan business leaders that government for a decade has passed off as right-wing conspirators. Maduro last week met with billionaire Lorenzo Mendoza, head of Empresas Polar, which is the country’s largest food and beer-maker. The government wants Polar to boost production of staples such as corn flour used for typical Venezuelan “arepa” pancakes. In another sign of the rapprochement, the hallways of the finance ministry for the first time in years are filled with businessmen in sharp suits. Many carry folders stuffed with requests for greater flexibility in the currency control system and an easing of price controls. The government says the toilet paper shortages, like others, are the results of panicked buying and unscrupulous merchants hoarding the goods to artificially inflate prices. Opposition critics say the problem is caused by the currency controls, created a decade ago by late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, and years of nationalisations that weakened private industry and left businesses unwilling to invest.

Pakistani cricket-hero-turned-politician Imran Khan (above) left hospital yesterday after treatment for back injuries suffered in a fall in Lahore, TV stations said. Khan, who has been fitted with a spinal brace to aid recovery, fell from a fork-lift taking him to a poll campaign

podium on May 7. A general election four days later handed a landslide victory to Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). But Khan’s campaign electrified many, pushing his Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) from a marginal party to the country’s third-largest.

Rescuers comb rubble for tornado survivors By Ian Simpson and Alice Mannette RESCUE workers with sniffer dogs and searchlights picked through the wreckage of a massive tornado to ensure no survivors remained buried in the rubble of primary schools, houses and buildings in an Oklahoma City suburb. The massive tornado on Monday afternoon flattened entire blocks of the town, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240 in Moore, Oklahoma. But as dawn approached yesterday, officials were increasingly confident that everyone caught in the disaster had been accounted for, despite initial fears that the twister had claimed the lives of more than 90 people. Jerry Lojka, spokesman for Oklahoma Emergency Management, said searchand-rescue dog teams would search for anybody trapped

Officials: search will go on but focus also on clean-up under the rubble, but that attention would also be focused on a huge clean-up job. “They will continue the searches of areas to be sure nothing is overlooked,” he said. “There’s going to be more of a transition to recovery.” More than 1,000 people had already registered for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, which sent hundreds of workers to Oklahoma to help with the recovery. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said many more likely needed help, but did not have working phones or Internet connections. “Right now it’s about getting people a place to stay that have lost their homes,” he told MSNBC’s Morning

Joe programme. “So we’re going to start going neighbourhood to neighbourhood and talking to people and seeing what they’re going to need.” After a long day of searching through shattered homes that was slowed by rainy weather on Tuesday, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan said it seemed no one was missing. “As far as I know, of the list of people that we have had that they are all accounted for in one way or another,” he said. Dog teams and members of the National Guard were changing shifts to work through the night. Nine children were among the 24 killed, including seven who died at Plaza Towers El-

ementary School, which took a direct hit by the deadliest tornado to strike the United States in two years. Emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the debris of homes, schools and a hospital after the tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City region with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour (320 kph), leaving a trail of destruction 17 miles (23 km) long and 1.3 miles (2 km) wide. Plaza Towers Elementary was one of five schools in its path. “They literally were lifting walls up and kids were coming out,” Oklahoma State Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said. “They pulled kids out from under cinder blocks without a scratch on them.” The National Weather Service upgraded its calculation of the storm’s strength on Tuesday, saying it was a rare EF5, the most powerful ranking on the Enhanced Fujita Scale

Dissident artist Ai releases debut album top single

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

DISSIDENT Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made his first foray into the musical world yesterday with the release of the top single from his debut album, a song called “Dumbass” that takes inspiration from his detention in 2011. The video for the heavy metal song, which was directed by Ai with cinematography by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Doyle, depicts Ai’s 81 days in secretive detention in 2011, which sparked an international outcry. “There was one thing I thought was interest-

ing. When I was detained, there was a paramilitary officer standing there very seriously watching me, and he asked me quietly if I could sing a song,” Ai told Reuters. “At the time I felt extremely frustrated, because I felt terrible, and I realised that in a situation like that, these guards felt just like me, they wanted to hear songs,” he said. The video features Ai having his head and signature beard shaved by his son, and appearing in lipstick and a dress.


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World WORLD TODAY Captives freed SEVEN Egyptian security men kidnapped by Islamist militants in Sinai last week were freed yesterday and President Mohamed Mursi vowed to pursue a crackdown on lawlessness in the desert peninsula. The abduction underlined the threat posed by jihadists who have exploited a security vacuum that opened up in the isolated Sinai after the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The state has struggled to restore order there since. The militants have launched attacks on Israel and targets in North Sinai, where security problems have been exacerbated by a flow of weaponry smuggled from Libya. An Israeli defence official, speaking after the release of the seven, said it was vital that Egypt succeed in crushing terrorism.

New constitution ZIMBABWE President Robert Mugabe signed a new constitution into law yesterday, replacing a 33-year-old document forged in the dying days of British colonial rule and paving the way for an election later this year. Approved overwhelmingly in a referendum in March, the constitution clips the powers of the president and imposes a two-term limit. However, it does not apply retroactively so the 89-year-old Mugabe technically could extend his three decades in office by another 10 years. Mugabe, flanked by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, his main political rival, and Deputy President Joice Mujuru signed copies of the charter at State House in the capital.

No testimony THE Internal Revenue Service official at the centre of a scandal about extra tax scrutiny of conservative groups told Congress yesterday she had done nothing wrong but invoked her constitutional right not to answer questions. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS tax-exempt unit, read a statement before refusing to testify, but was dismissed with a warning she could be called back for another appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

‘US may boost rebels if Assad won’t talk peace’ Kerry: vast Hezbollah presence in Syria By Arshad Mohammed and Erika Solomon THE United States and its allies are ready to increase support for Syria’s rebels if President Bashar al-Assad refuses to discuss a political solution to his country’s civil war, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday. Rebels called for reinforcements to combat President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, which have launched an offensive in recent days against a strategic town backed by Assad’s allies from Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite militia Hezbollah. The battle has brought the worst fighting in months, and by drawing in Hezbollah militia has raised new fears that a war that has killed 80,000 people could surge across borders and ignite sectarian conflict across the Middle East.

Washington and Moscow are scrambling to revive diplomacy, compelled to step up peace efforts by new reports of atrocities on both sides, suspicions that chemical weapons have been used and the rise of al Qaeda-linked fighters among Assad’s foes. Kerry said several thousand Hezbollah fighters were taking part in the conflict, with active support on the ground from their - and Assad’s - main regional backer, Iran. Forces loyal to Assad had made gains in recent days but those were “very temporary”, Kerry told a news conference in Amman before a meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group, made up of Western and regional countries lined up against Assad. “Just last week, obviously, Hezbollah intervened very, very significantly. There are several thousands of Hezbollah militia forces on the ground in Syria

Candidate ban could alienate Iranian voters IRAN’S clerical rulers may have sought to remove any challenge to their grip by barring two vivid contenders from next month’s presidential election, but they risk alienating voters already disillusioned by the violent aftermath of the 2009 poll. The June 14 vote will have little bearing on the policies that have long put Iran at odds with the West - ranging from its nuclear programme to its support for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah guerrillas. These will remain firmly under the control of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has refused to curb sensitive atomic work despite crippling Western sanctions and Israeli and US threats of military action. Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons. Yet Iran’s rulers have always seen a high election turnout, as underpinning their legitimacy - hence the danger of voiding them of any credibility in the eyes of voters by using the many institutional levers available to limit free democratic choice.

Disqualified: Mashaie The Guardian Council, a vetting body, disqualified exPresident Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, despite his hefty political role in the past three decades, as well as Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s former chief of staff, leaving a field dominated by hardliners loyal to Khamenei. Ahmadinejad said yesterday he would ask Khamenei to reverse the ban on Mashaie. Rafsanjani, a pillar of the 1979 Islamic Revolution who has held a series of powerful positions in the past, will not appeal, his campaign chief said.

Turkey blogger jailed for blasphemy AN Istanbul court has sentenced a Turkish-Armenian author and blogger to more than a year in prison for insulting the Prophet Mohammad, local media reported yesterday, weeks after a similar case caused alarm among secularists. Sevan Nisanyan, who has authored several books and who runs a blog on what he describes as “history, religion and a (little) politics”, posted a link to the offending blog on his Twitter account, following the ruling. The accompanying message read: “Let’s

share the article that brought a sentence of 13.5 months from the Istanbul 10th Criminal Court for insulting religious bla bla bla.” Just over a month ago, world-renowned concert pianist Fazil Say was handed a suspended jail sentence for insulting religious values on Twitter, including one tweet poking fun at a muezzin, someone who makes the Muslim call to prayer. Say’s sentence stirred passions about the role religion should play in Turkish public life.

who are contributing to this violence and we condemn that.” Kerry is in Jordan for the “Friends of Syria” meeting seeking support from European and Arab states for the latest peace initiative - a call he issued jointly with Russia for a conference, expected in Geneva in coming weeks. The United States and Europe have so far shied away from directly arming the rebels but have given them “nonlethal” support, while Arab backers like Qatar and Saudi Arabia send them weapons. Western countries have had to balance their opposition to Assad with their concern that arms for rebels would reach al Qaeda-allied Islamist fighters. The US-Russian proposal for a peace conference has raised suspicion among Arab countries that Washington is watering down support for Assad’s opponents, who had long refused to negotiate unless As-

Forces loyal to Assad move during what they said was a bid to push rebels from the road between the Al-Safira area and the Aleppo International Airport on April 24, 2013 sad is excluded from any future settlement. Russia says talks must include Assad’s government and Iran. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov praised the Syrian government’s response to the USRussian proposal, while saying the opposition was too divided to agree on its participation. Rebels fighting for control of Qusair, now the main battle front, called for reinforcements to repel forces loyal to Assad and what they described as an “invasion” by Hezbollah and

Iran. “Everyone who has weapons or ammunition should send them to Qusair and Homs to strengthen its resistance. Every bullet sent to Qusair and Homs will block the invasion that is trying to drag Syria back to the era of fear,” George Sabra, acting head of the opposition National Coalition, said in a statement. Opposition fighters said air strikes and shelling rocked the small town on the Syrian-Lebanese border.


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Business Europe closes in on tax havens

EU bids to tame tactics of Google, Amazon and Apple

EUROPE moved closer to ending banking secrecy yesterday after Austria dropped objections to sharing data on foreign depositors and the EU focused on negotiating a similar agreement with Switzerland. “It’s a bad day for tax cheats,” Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann told reporters at a meeting of EU leaders to discuss fighting tax fraud. “We will act jointly and I believe we will manage the exchange of data by the end of the year.” Nearly all EU member states exchange information about which bank account holders receive what interest payments - an agreement known as the Savings Directive. Luxembourg and Austria had not wanted to reveal the names of account holders to other countries and instead allow banks to withhold tax, but under pressure from their European partners both have now agreed to sign up to the code. “The wording we have now is good,” Faymann said, referring to an EU agreement on bank information exchange to be discussed at the summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the deal as an ‘enormous step’. “There will finally be an exchange of necessary tax information in the European Union,” she said. Most developed countries share information on taxpayers and depositors “on demand”. But since this requires the authorities in the requesting jurisdiction to suspect wrongdoing, it has only limited impact in uncovering unlawful behaviour. Luxembourg, whose banking system holds deposits many times the size of its economy, has said it will exchange information from 2015 but first wants a similar agreement with Switzerland, the globe’s biggest offshore centre with $2 trillion of offshore assets.

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BRITAIN, France and Germany called for stricter rules to stop companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon aggressively avoiding taxes in austerity bitten Europe, while acknowledging they had done nothing unlawful. At a summit to discuss energy and tax policy, the leaders of the three largest EU countries took the opportunity at news conferences to lament the impact of corporate tax avoidance, following several cases involving US firms. The issue has hit a nerve in Europe where many countries are cutting back on social spending and squeezing workers in order to reduce national deficits and debt. Most recently a US Senate report found that Apple Inc had paid just 2 per cent tax on $74 billion in overseas income, largely by exploiting a loophole in Ireland’s tax code. “We cannot accept that a certain number of companies can put themselves in situations where they escape paying taxes in ways that are legal,” French President Francois Hollande said. “We must coordinate at a European level, harmonise our rules and come up with strategies to stop this.” British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has put tax at the top of the agenda for a meeting of the G8 in Ireland

Expressing frustration: German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels yesterday next month, was equally clear about the need for coordination steps. “There is a real chance of seeing the sort of international action that we need to fix this problem,” he said. “You can’t do it on your own, you have to have that international action and that is why I think today has been a bit of a breakthrough.” France and Britain in particular have grown concerned by the sheer scale of the legal tax schemes. Monday’s US Senate report on Apple Inc followed reports

that the British unit of Amazon paid just $3.7 million tax on 2012 sales of $6.5 billion, and similar revelations concerning the UK operations of Google and Starbucks. In all, officials estimate that EU governments miss out on around €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) a year through the legal tax avoidance schemes employed by such companies and via illegal tax evasion. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who avoided commenting on the issue ahead of the summit, expressed her frustration that existing laws

were not sufficient to capture taxes fully. “We will work towards ensuring companies have to pay more where they are based,” she told reporters, saying that new rules would affect big companies most, although it many cases companies are basing themselves in low- or no-tax jurisdictions. While there is common consent among EU leaders that action needs to be taken to close loopholes and level the playing field on tax policy, little has been done on the

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issues despite regular lobbying by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and other international organisations. In a report in March last year, the OECD, a club for wealthy countries, set out in detail how companies were using “hybrid mismatch arrangements” to avoid paying taxes, the very technique that Apple is alleged to have used in its tax planning. “We have got to make sure as we set those tax rates that companies pay taxes, and that means international collaboration, the sharing of tax information,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said as he arrived at the summit. But officials have dismissed the possibility of immediate steps to close loopholes or any targeting of companies, saying it is primarily up to EU member states to craft the necessary legislation, and to work through wider international forums such as the OECD, G8 and G20 to make progress and close the net. Eversheds, a global law firm dealing with tax issues, said that while recent cases involving high-profile US companies had pushed the tax issue to the top of the global agenda, it could not be tackled with any quick or immediate steps. “While the issue deserves this top-level attention, the public should not expect any game-changing developments, and indeed it would be wrong for the EU to try to tackle the issue on its own,” said Ben Jones, a tax expert at the firm. “Uncoordinated attempts by individual countries or blocs of countries to tackle the issue may actually create more tax ‘loopholes’ or have a detrimental impact on businesses that do not engage in aggressive tax planning.”

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BRITAIN’S government should spend more now to fund investment and steer its economy back to recovery, the International Monetary Fund said yesterday, a call unlikely to be heeded by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Economic data earlier yesterday highlighted the challenge facing Osborne. Retail sales slumped last month while a measure of public borrowing jumped to a record high. In a relief for the under-fire Conservative-led government, the IMF’s annual report did not repeat an explicit call by the Fund in April for Britain to consider slowing the pace of spending cuts aimed at reducing its hefty budget deficit. But at a news conference at Britain’s finance ministry to present the report, IMF deputy managing director David Lipton made clear he still thought a change of tack was needed. “What is important now is not to make a mistake today and presume that all will be well with the economy some years from now. I think it’s important to get started on infrastructure projects that will support the economy,” he said. As well as more spending on roads, housing and schools, lower corporation tax and incentives for firms to issue shares would help, Lipton added. As Osborne sat watching, Lipton stressed he was not calling on the government to abandon the deficit-reduction plan that was a centrepiece of its 2010 election campaign, and which it has clung to even as the eurozone crisis buffets Britain’s economy. But the government should consider pushing back some of its belt-tightening to later in the five years over which Osborne aims to balance the budget, Lipton said.

THE Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus is helping the U.S. economy recover but the central bank needs to see further signs of traction before taking its foot off the gas, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said yesterday. In testimony that offered no sign that he is ready to retreat from the Fed’s latest round of bond buying, Bernanke emphasised the high costs of unemployment and inflation that continues to run below the Fed’s target. “Monetary policy is providing significant benefits,” Bernanke told the congressional Joint Economic Committee, citing strong consumer spending on autos and housing, as well as increases in household wealth. “Monetary policy has also helped offset incipient deflationary pressures and kept inflation from falling even further below the

Chairman Ben Bernanke showed no sign that he is ready to retreat from the Fed’s latest bond buying (Fed’s) 2 per cent longerrun objective,” he said. Bernanke’s remarks helped lift US stock prices and further drove up prices for US government bonds. Bonds had found support earlier from comments from the head of the New

York Federal Reserve Bank that suggested the Fed would not consider trimming its bond-buying stimulus for several months. The central bank is currently buying $85 billion in Treasury and mortgage bonds each month in an effort to keep borrowing costs low and encourage investment, hiring and economic growth. It is the third round of asset purchase, or quantitative easing, since the Fed drove interest rates to near zero in late 2008. Bernanke noted that the main inflation gauge the Fed monitors rose just 1 per cent in the 12 months through March, just half the central bank’s 2 per cent target. Part of the reason, he said, was a decline in energy prices. But there were also indications of more broad-based disinflation, Bernanke said.


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Both AKEL and DISY guilty of double standards on CBC Governor THERE is a sense of déjà vu in the political row over the powers of the Governor of the Central Bank, but the roles have been reversed. Whereas three years ago, AKEL was publicly pillorying the then Governor Athanasios Orphanides, accusing him of undermining the government and attempting to curtail his powers, it is now the biggest champion of the Governor’s independence and staunch defender of his powers. Meanwhile DISY, which passionately defended Orphanides’ independence back then is now accusing Governor Panicos Demetriades of working against the government and has prepared a bill that would curtail his powers, if approved by the legislature. The Governor’s independence is suddenly a problem for DISY but not for AKEL who abhorred it when a non-party man was running the Central Bank. Now that an AKEL loyalist is running the show, his independence and powers have to be safeguarded. It is a reflection on the totally partisan way the political parties view things. To have the spokesmen of AKEL, which made sure party loyalists were appointed at all state posts, giving lessons about the need to respect the independence of state officials, is nothing more than a joke. DISY is not quite as opportunistic, as Orphanides was not a party appointee, in contrast to Demetriades who, during the Christofias presidency, had turned the Central Bank into an AKEL satellite, but it is as guilty of double standards. There is little doubt that Demetriades has proved an abysmally poor Governor, in his one year in the job. He went out of his way to destroy the banking sector by assisting in the maximisation of their capital assistance needs, allowed Laiki to build up an astronomical €9.1 billion debt to the ELA because AKEL instructed him to keep it afloat until the presidential elections and he sold off the Greek operations of the Cypriot banks for peanuts to mention a few of his negative achievements. That a Governor, whose bad decisions and very poor judgment have caused so much harm to the country, would remain in his post for another four years is a terrifying prospect. Under the circumstances, the concerns of DISY and some other parties are perfectly understandable and as there is no way the Governor could be removed from his post they have thought of a way of restricting his powers. The bill proposed the appointment of more members to the Central Bank board, including two executive members, who would have to give their consent to the Governor’s decisions. An attempt to use the Central Bank board to restrict the Governor’s powers by the previous government (when AKEL did not defend his independence) was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. So DISY will have to think of another way to limit Demetriades’ powers to cause harm to the economy. But even if it does it will be too late because maximum damage has already been done.

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Euro-scepticism turns to Euro-fury Comment John Lloyd

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HE PACE of European disintegration continues to quicken. Recession deepens in the 17member eurozone. It is now the longest downturn since the currency was launched in 2000. In Italy, a new left-right government, launched on an anti-austerity programme, finds the neighbourhood more austere than it had hoped. In France, Maurice Levy, boss of the advertising giant Publicis, did a survey showing that northern Europeans - Poles, Germans, Brits - were moderately optimistic while southerners Spaniards, Italians, Greeks and the French - were deeply pessimistic. France dipped into recession earlier this month, for the third time in four years. The union is pulling apart. Nothing brings relief. In the Netherlands, a TV show persuaded the country’s deputy finance minister, Frans Weekers, to watch clips of Bulgarians boasting about how they had defrauded his country’s government of welfare benefits. Bulgarians and Romanians, the poorest members of the European Union, will be able to move to any state in the EU next year. What had been presented to the poor as a new freedom is now an imposition for the rich. Those who have been most enthusiastic about the union now proclaim that it is in grave danger. In an interview earlier this month the financier and philanthropist George Soros said European leaders, in trying to find exit routes from the crisis, have “generated political dynamics that are leading toward the EU’s disintegration.” “Euro-scepticism” - Euro-fury is more like it - has grown. A survey by the proEU European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) shows that: “Since the beginning of the euro crisis, trust in the European Union has fallen from +10 to -22 per cent in France, from +20 to -29 per cent in Germany, from +30 to -22 per cent in Italy, from +42 to -52 per cent in Spain, from +50 to +6 per cent in Poland, and from -13 to -49 per cent in the United Kingdom.” The ECFR sees the crisis as rooted in a “clash of wills” between northern and southern states - with the richer north no longer willing to pay down the debts of others without tight controls, and the southern countries resenting the call for centralised control of budgets, taxes, pensions and the labour market. “Europeans now know,”

An angry protester burns the EU flag in Nicosia during demonstrations in March this year writes Levy of Publicis, “that none of us can count on others to resolve our local problems. It may take years before we manage to recreate a real sense of union that can carry Europe into the future.” British Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure from the many in his Conservative Party to remove the UK from the EU. But he has embarked on a strategy that argues for fundamental reforms, mainly in the direction of returning powers taken by the EU to the nationstates. Other leaders, most obviously German Chancellor Angela Merkel, now take at least part of his point. Left and right now propose different reforms. A German-inspired “manifesto for rebuilding Europe from the bottom up” is supported by, mostly, professors of the left led by the political scientist Ulrich Beck. Its call for the unemployed, the young, pensioners and lowpaid workers to realise their European-ness (rather than protest against it) is goodhearted. But it’s undercut by the demand, apparently

without irony, that the elite institutions - the European Commission, European and national parliaments - “create a Europe of nationally involved citizens”, the top down enabling the bottom to come up. On the right, also in Germany, professors of the right have formed an anti-Euro party, the Alternative for Germany, which has signed up some 12,000 members but has so far attracted only some 3 per cent of voters. Broadly, the right wants less Europe, the left wants more “Europe”. The problem, underneath the dreary economic figures and the alarming spikes in unemployment, is democracy, and the lack of it. Pro-Europeans in every country - especially in what had been the motor of the union, the Franco-German alliance - would, off the record, quite cheerfully admit this was an elite project, but one conceived and implemented for the common good. It was formed to make another great European war impossible - and it remains

‘Europeans now know that none of us can count on others to resolve our local problems. It may take years before we manage to recreate a real sense of union that can carry Europe into the future’

inconceivable. It stimulated very large amounts of common action, common regulations, common approaches to problems. Its finest hour was in giving the former communist states that broke free from Soviet hegemony in the late 1980s an example and a challenge. But the elitism of the project has been exposed, and at a time of adversity it becomes a handy target. The absence of democratic accountability and engagement of ordinary folk meant the elites felt free to accelerate the development of a more and more integrated union, of which the euro has been the largest innovation. Now, for many states, it’s the largest burden. The union will survive only by becoming minimalist. Europeans - who are first of all Germans, French, Italians, Poles, Brits and others - may distrust their politicians, but they know them. They know their faces, their backgrounds, their accents, their tricks, their virtues. They will not - cannot transfer that loyalty to those they do not know. They will not allow them to make decisions on how to spend the taxes citizens pay. The creation of a more integrated Europe - which sooner or later will look like a state, act like a state and thus be a state - has to be a process of small steps. Or it won’t be much at all.  John Lloyd is a Reuters columnist but his opinions are his own. Lloyd co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of Journalism. Lloyd has written several books, including “What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics” (2004). He is also a contributing editor at FT and the founder of FT Magazine


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Nerves of steel a must for Cannes red carpet walk

ROBERT Pattinson was left "angry and upset" after discovering texts from Rupert Saunders on Kristen Stewart's phone the morning of his birthday. The actor was looking at his on/off girlfriend's phone when he saw the messages from the director - who Kristen had an affair with when the pair shot Snow White and the Huntsman - leaving him heartbroken on his 27th birthday on May 13. He decided to leave right away, end their four-year relationship and told his Twilight co-star to leave him alone. A source told The Sun newspaper: "Rob was looking at her phone on the morning of his birthday as he wanted to take a picture of something when she was in the shower. "Suddenly this message flashes up and it's not what he wanted to see. He got straight up and left. Despite Kristen's pleas, he told her not to come to his birthday party at his friend's that night. "He's extremely angry and upset. No matter how many times she calls or texts, friends say he's had enough." Despite the couple managing to patch things up after a two-month break following Kristen's 'momentary indiscretion' with Rupert last year, it is thought their relationship is over for good this time after Rob was spotted moving his belongings out of her home in Los Feliz, where they both lived.

Hazards of the catwalk exposed By Alexandria Sage WALKING the red carpet of the world's most famous film showcase is a test of nerves for celebrities, not helped by wind, rain and the chaos of hundreds of photographers shouting their names. From choosing the perfect dress and hairdo, to trying not to trip on the famous red steps, the pressure is on for movie stars and glitterati at the 12-day Cannes film festival on the swanky French Riviera which wraps up on May 26. "It's always scary and I'm always intimidated by these things," actress Carey d ReuMulligan told er her ters TV after n entrance in the pouring rain at the miere festival's premiere hrof Baz Luhre mann's The Great Gatsby in a pale pink Dior gown. "There's always a lot off rls pressure. Girls reshave lots of pressure. But I felt great and comfortable. Apart from the rain it was mooth," all pretty smooth," she said. An actress who ave to can smile, wave the cameras and aphs sign autographs ling while battling sewet feet, goosebumps and

mussed hairdos deserves an acting award. "I'm going to blow away! I feel like Mary Poppins!" joked jury member Nicole Kidman, wearing a springlike floral gown, also by Dior, on opening night. In the latest celebrity wardrobe malfunction, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria inadvertently exposed herself as she hiked up her gown to avoid red carpet puddles on Saturday. The foul weather has meant local stores have done brisk sales of jackets, sweaters, closed-toe shoes and umbrellas. Some stars still managed to stay immaculately groomed. F French actress Coti Marion Cotillard arrived at pr Monday's premiere of Blood dire Ties by director Guillaume a Canet and co-starring Clive Owen with a b high beehive hairdo w that would have been imposs impossible without a girl's be best friend - hairspray. Even less-glamorous dealmak dealmakers who head fest to the festival to buy and sell new films have been affected by the weather. C "If this Cannes market turns out to be slower than usual, I will blame it entirely on wet socks," s tweeted Magnolia Pictures executive Pete Peter Van Steem-

Kylie Minogue attended a screening of The Great Beauty

burg With all eyes in the entertainment industry on Cannes, making a memorable red carpet entrance is a must for stars, and brands from Swarovski to L'Oreal also seek to benefit. "Now the movies, and especially the red carpet, are becoming the new fashion catwalks," said Swarovski's public relations director Francois Ortarix. "As a brand, we had to be here also." Dior, with its full skirts and elegant appeal, appeared to be the favourite of the fashion set this year as new designer Raf Simons has made wooing the A-listers a priority. Cotillard and actress Jessica Biel attended Dior's cruise collection fashion show in Monaco on Saturday night. It was marked by bold colours and pointytoed shoes. But some opted for Chanel, such as Harry Potter actress Emma Watson who chose a pink and black sequined dual-tone dress for the premiere of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. Model and actress Milla Jovovich chose a black and white floral sequined Chanel in one of the few bold prints to hit the red carpet. An even more striking choice was made by actor David Hasselhoff, in town to promote his new movie Killing Hasselhoff, who wore a fuchsia pink shirt under his tuxedo. "Red carpet, pink shirt ... I know, sorry," he quipped.

Carey Mulligan says 'it's always scary and intimidating' as she makes her entrance in the pouring rain at the festival's premiere of The Great Gatsby in a pale pink Dior gown

Kellie Pickler jives to Dancing With The Stars glory By Andrea Burzynski

Country singer Pickler performing with partner and professional dancer Derek Hough

COUNTRY singer Kellie Pickler won the 16th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, winning over judges and TV audiences with her graceful style and high-jumping jives with partner and professional dancer Derek Hough. Pickler, who first grabbed attention as a contestant on American Idol in 2006, screeched and jumped up and down when she learned she had won. "This is amazing! Oh, my God!" she exclaimed, before fellow finalist and NFL player Jacoby Jones hoisted her on his shoulders to celebrate. Pickler beat out Jones, former Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, and Disney Channel star Zendaya, who goes by her first name. The show began with 12 celebrity contestants including singer Wynonna Judd and former Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill, who were paired with the show's

professional dancers. Raisman and her dance partner Mark Ballas were eliminated early in the twohour finale after failing to garner enough judge points and audience votes for their performances, leaving Pickler, Jacoby, and Zendaya to compete in an instant dance round. The instant round, which allowed less than an hour for preparation, was scored by the show's judges, and helped determine the winner along with Monday's scores and votes. All three remaining contestants earned perfect scores in the instant round, but fan votes and strong scores from Monday's show pushed Pickler over the top. She and her partner were also selected by audiences via Twitter to do an encore performance of their Monday freestyle dance. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Pickler's freestyle performance "one of the most beautiful things I have ever

seen." The barefoot routine was meant to tell the story of a tormented couple, and was noted for its focus on grace and simplicity instead of flashy tricks. Pickler and Hough brought back the energy with their upbeat jive to the song Rockin' Robin, which included lifts and spins but was praised by judges for its precision. The finale also featured musical performances by former contestant Judd, Korean pop star Psy, and recent American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez. Inspired by the British show Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With the Stars has remained popular with American TV audiences since its debut in 2005, though its ratings have slipped over time. The show's judges award points to the couples based on their dance routines, which are weighed equally with audience votes to select the winner.

Dannii: fame makes me feel awful DANNII Minogue says fame made her feel "awful". The former X Factor judge was crippled with anxiety when she launched her pop career in the 90s after constantly being compared to her older sister Kylie and being dubbed her 'ugly-ass' sibling. Dannii - who started her career as a child actress in the 80s, just like Kylie did - said: "I think it's because if you build something up in your head you get a fear of it. It was just like having a fear of heights - it's all in your head. I'm better now, but when I started it was awful." The 41-year-old star will soon step back into the spotlight as a judge on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, and she admits she finds it hard to act natural on camera and believes most celebrities have a different persona in public. Dannii confessed to Ponystep magazine: "The microphones on stage, the camera pointing at you, the lights. It's not the easiest thing in the world to walk into a room full of strangers and act natural."


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Citroen’s hypnotic DS Wild Rubis debuts in Shanghai

Ford Focus is found to be best-seller in 2012

THE DS Wild Rubis concept car was unveiled recently at the Shanghai Motor Show. Designed in Paris, the Wild Rubis concept car is the latest expression of the DS line. A vehicle of powerful and sophisticated styling, packed with technology, it allies attractive design with unique sensations at the wheel. A vehicle with a life-like, hypnotic gaze, it features full-hybrid plug-in technology delivering unparalleled performance: 50km range, 295 bhp with the boost and 43g/km of CO2. The Wild Rubis concept car is fitted with groundbreaking full-LED headlights, made up of three mobile lighting modules, surrounded by scrolling indicator lights at the base and a diapason-shaped light signature on the edge. Every time the concept car starts up, the three lighting modules in the headlights and the special sound effects combine to create a unique experience. Crystal-like sounds have been specially developed to magnify the various lighting configurations (headlights, indicators, etc.), while the movement of the three lighting modules is accompanied by a mecatronic sound effect.

Polk data points to over 1m in global sales

Meanwhile, the full-hybrid plug-in technology of the Wild Rubis concept car is perfectly in line with the Brand's environmental strategy. The drivetrain comprises a 225 bhp (165 kW) 1.6-litre THP petrol internal combustion engine. The engine is combined with a 70 hp electric motor positioned on the rear axle, powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged from a domestic socket. With its plug-in hybrid drive train, Wild Rubis can also run in full-electric mode, with zero emissions, over a range of 50km. Additionally, when the driver presses the accelerator pedal hard in order to have more torque immediately, the boost function combines the torque of the internal combustion engine with that of the electric motor, allowing the Wild Rubis concept car to reach exceptional levels of performance (295hp), without compromising fuel consumption (43g/km of CO2). Finally, the vehicle can switch to 4WD mode, in which the electric motor drives the rear wheels and the internal combustion engine drives the front wheels to maximise grip over difficult terrain.

The Wild Rubis concept car showcases powerful and sophisticated styling, married with technology

Members of the crew of the USS Gravely, which berthed in Larnaca, practised with members of the Peaceplayers basketball teams in Kiti recently. Peaceplayers brings together Greek Cypriot and Turk-

THE Ford Focus is officially the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate, and the Ford Fiesta the world’s best-selling subcompact car, according to the automotive data and trends forecasting leader Polk. Polk global market registration data revealed sales of the compact Focus totalled 1,020,410 cars worldwide in 2012 to take the title of world’s best-selling vehicle overall. It also confirmed the Ford Fiesta as the best-selling subcompact car globally, with 723,130 registrations last year. “Focus and Fiesta represent the culmination of our One Ford global product strategy,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “Our global products are resonating with consumers – especially in the best-selling, most competitive segments – with their unique combination of fuel efficiency, high quality, rich content and fun-to-drive personalities. Through One Ford, we’re able to bring economies of scale and fantastic value to customers all around the world.” The Focus in Europe last year became the first Ford to be offered with the innovative 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that went on to be named the “International Engine of the Year 2012”. In addition the 250 PS Focus ST went on sale in Europe and in markets worldwide. In 2012, Ford also launched the stylish new Fiesta, followed this year by the 182 PS Fiesta ST.

ish Cypriot youth to play basketball together. The US Navy crew members were happy to have the chance to meet the young people and have some fun during their three-day visit to Cyprus

The Focus was crowned the world's best-selling vehicle overall for 2012 The Fiesta’s latest success follows confirmation that Ford’s global B-car was the best-selling small car in Europe in 2012 according to automotive data intelligence provider JATO Dynamics*, with European consumers buying a new Ford Fiesta every two minutes on average.

Market gains for Focus were driven by consumer demand in China and the United States. China registrations were up 51 per cent last year, with the market responsible for just more than one out of four Focus vehicles sold globally according to Polk data. US Focus sales were up 40 per

cent in 2012, also contributing to the car’s global growth. Meanwhile, global new vehicle registrations for the Ford F-Series – America’s bestselling pickup for 36 straight years – totalled 785,630 trucks last year, putting it in the No. 3 spot among all vehicles sold worldwide.


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Despite curbs, Chin money triangle flou Macau junkets act as pseudo banks for China capital outflows as Chinese authorities said to be soft on enforcement, report James Pomfret and Matthew Miller

Beneath the surface Guangdong’s underground banks tend to play the greatest role in black money transfers abroad

Flower sellers heading to Macau from Zhuhai, one of the major conduits for Chinese hot money

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N AN underground mall just a stone’s throw from China’s teeming border with Macau, a row of 30 small shops with identical golden plaques do a brisk, though shadowy trade with mainland Chinese visitors, many of them bound for the gambling hub. “Good rates. Better than the banks,” shout salespeople jostling to usher clients into shops where thick wads of Chinese 100 yuan ($16.31) and HK$1,000 ($130) bank notes change hands and shuffle noisily through electronic cash-counting machines. Licensed as liquor and dry goods stores with stacked shelves of rice wine and cigarettes, many conduct their real business in back rooms as underground bankers and remittance agents. “It’s very simple,” said one agent surnamed Choi, dressed in sandals and ripped jeans, as he served tea in a back office where larger transactions are typically carried out. “You give me renminbi here. Then we deliver Hong Kong dollars to you in Macau. We can move tens of millions each day,”

he said, glancing up at six security camera images of his shop front flickering on a flat-screen TV. As China’s economy and financial markets mature and gain in sophistication, so too does a vast underground banking industry offering swift, cheap and low risk cross-border fund transfers shifting hundreds of millions of dollars each day. Much of that activity is conducted openly on the streets of southern China’s Guangdong province, where businesses and individuals depend on underground networks to get around strict currency controls - both for legitimate commercial purposes and to safeguard assets beyond the reach of authorities. Beijing is finding it increasingly difficult to stem the tide of speculative and illegal cash. In the decade since China began cracking down on money laundering, the government has amended its criminal laws and strengthened commercial banking rules, but loosening restrictions on capital transfers has made it easier for hot money to be channelled across the

Global financial hub: Hong Kong forms an underground banking triangle with Macau and China border. “China’s financial markets are not that mature,” said Yu Yongding, an economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and former adviser to the central bank. “There are lots of capital controls that certainly have contributed to these kind of activities, while corruption and money laundering also play an important role.”

In affluent Guangdong in the Pearl River Delta, cities like Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Dongguan are major underground conduits for Chinese hot money. The province, where imports and exports amounted to $984 billion last year - a quarter of China’s foreign trade - has served as a portal for capital flows since China’s economic opening over 30

years ago. Collectively, the cities form part of a giant, unregulated underground banking triangle between China, the world’s gambling capital of Macau and the global financial hub of Hong Kong. In Zhuhai alone, over 1 billion yuan ($163 million) is transferred daily through underground networks, according to a straw poll of six

agents who spoke to Reuters - part of a tight-knit group of 100 operating in the border area. “Our business has gone up some 30 per cent in the past three years,” said one who gave his name as Li. Besides retail-level agents clustered around the borders at Zhuhai and nearby Shenzhen, another deep-rooted echelon of shadow bankers exists across Guangdong out of public view, often working from secret offices, with deals conducted between trusted, well-connected parties, often with just a phone call. “I went to see a friend in this business once. It was just a tiny 100 square foot room filled with banknotes. Can you imagine how much money there was?” said a Hong Kong businessman surnamed Chan who has run a factory in Guangdong for over 20 years. “They’re everywhere, in every village, town and city.” The Washington-based Global Financial Integrity group


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Collectively, the cities form part of a giant, unregulated underground banking triangle between China, the world’s gambling capital of Macau and the global financial hub of Hong Kong estimated about $2.83 trillion flowed illicitly out of China from 2005 to 2011, with Hong Kong the largest recipient. “The enormity of money laundering right now is a problem,” said a senior law enforcement official in Hong Kong, who asked not to be named given the politically sensitive nature of his comments as a public official. “Chinese banks in Hong Kong are basically a black hole, even now.” Yan Lixin, secretary general of Fudan University’s

China Centre for Anti-Money Laundering Studies, reckons more than a third of the capital moving through underground banking channels is dirty money being laundered. “According to the statistics within my scope and my own experience, it’s approximately 30-40 per cent at least,” he said. “The situation is going from bad to worse.” Much of the unofficial flows of capital into and out of the triangle of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, facilitate trade and investment in the

key economic region, businessmen say. Illegal cross border bank remittances can be used to wire extra capital into China to buy raw materials or cover wages during peak periods. “It just takes 15 minutes, but official approval can take two weeks,” said an electronics factory boss in Dongguan who often uses underground banks. He didn’t want to be named to avoid disrupting business ties with such agents. Unlike other shadow banking systems in eastern coastal regions like Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Wenzhou that tend to collect deposits and extend high interest loans to small businesses starved of credit, Guangdong’s underground banks tend to play the greatest role in black money transfers abroad, says China’s central bank. A People’s Bank of China (PBOC) anti-money laundering report from 2007 said nearly one third of China’s illegal private banks origi-

nated in Guangdong. In 2009, police shut down over 40 underground banks in Fujian, Jiangxi and Guangdong provinces, according to a report in the official People’s Daily, involving 100 billion yuan. “Underground banks serve as an important channel for money laundering and illegal foreign exchange desks,” it wrote. In the most recent public statistics available, 970 money laundering cases were investigated in China in 2009, involving 301 billion yuan. Guangdong was cited as a major blackspot. China’s new leader Xi Jinping has pledged to crack down harder on corruption and financial crimes like money laundering. The central bank issued new anti-money laundering rules to financial institutions in December, requiring them to rate clients’ risks based on where they are and the kind of business they do, people with knowledge of the rules have told Reuters.

In an internal 2008 PBOC anti-money laundering report leaked on the internet, it said that since the mid-1990s, 16,000-18,000 Communist party officials, businessmen, CEOs and other individuals had “disappeared, carrying about 800 billion yuan.” The government controls capital inflows, bars underground banking and unauthorised remittances, and limits individuals’ capital outflows to 20,000 yuan ($3,300) a day. Under Macau banking and gaming laws, alternative remittance systems are illegal and suspicious transactions must be red flagged and reported to the Macau Financial Intelligence Office. Yet such capital flows flourish largely unchecked. Part of the difficulty for China has been figuring out how to control an industry that provides a pressure valve for capital seepage as Beijing mulls further capital account opening and full yuan convertibility. The State Council, China’s cabinet, has said it would issue an operational plan this year to achieve full convertibility of the yuan and establish a comprehensive system for outbound investment. That may take some time, said Yu Yongding, the economist. “China has to solve so many problems. Capital account liberalisation should not be treated as a priority,” he explained. “You shouldn’t abolish laws just because they’re difficult to enforce.” Authorities also don’t want to quash an industry that’s funneling credit to smaller firms, said Yan of Fudan University, whose centre is approved and supported by the PBOC’s anti-money laundering bureau. Punishing underground banks may be at odds with local governments wanting development and stability. “Crackdowns will impact the local economy,” said Yan. “There’s always a gap in China between policy and practice,” said one businessman in Zhuhai who deals regularly with Chinese officials. He did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. “If they shut down the money changers, others will just crop up elsewhere. They’re too smart.” Writing a six-digit VIP account number on a piece of paper, a remittance agent

in Zhuhai said clients could use this to withdraw funds in chips or cash from most casinos in Macau, which raked in $38 billion in annual gaming revenues last year, fuelled by cash-rich Chinese gamblers. “It operates like a bank. You can take money in and out at any time,” Li, the remittance agent said. “It’s safe.” In a high-roller VIP suite at a major casino in Macau where baccarat tables were placed between two giant aquariums filled with bright reef fish, people queued at six counters, some holding slips of paper with an account number and a monetary amount written on them. One man, in a grey hoodie, holding such a slip, handed over his passport and was given a stack of eight, oblong HK$500,000 gambling chips. He didn’t have his own account, he said, but had arranged the transfer through a remittance agent. “In peak periods you can always see some mainland Chinese bringing maybe 1 or 2 million yuan in cash... taking the lift to the 20th floor and then taking Hong Kong dollars back down,” said a Macau-based academic specialising in VIP room operations, who asked not to be named given the fear of reprisals by powerful figures in the highly lucrative industry. “This only happens when they feel comfortable with the environment. That’s something that is quite common.” Typical VIP rooms in Macau run by junkets - middle men who bring in Chinese punters and extend credit - maintain cash reserves or working capital of at least 100 million yuan ($16.3 million), the academic said, with cash transfers tending to take place in hotel rooms or outside, away from surveillance cameras. Choi said he and other Zhuhai agents regularly transfer millions of yuan directly into VIP room gambling accounts in Macau casinos. Bank wire transfers can also be arranged, though larger amounts would need to be staggered over a week, with a maximum of 500,000 yuan daily to reduce the risk of detection. “There must be a lot of money laundering,” said Choi. “But we’re not criminals... we’re just making life more convenient for people. We just move the cash.”


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

NICOSIA Fast & Furious 6 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 1) at 5, 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 2.15pm The Expatriate (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) and KCineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 10.30pm Scary Movie 5 (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5.35pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 4) at 5.35, 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

The Host (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.25pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 10.15pm Olympus Has Fallen (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.45 and 10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 7.45pm The Croods (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek), weekends only at 5.30pm; KCineplex (Screen 6) (in English), weekends only at 5.30pm; KCineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) (in Greek) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) (in English) at 5.30pm, weekends also at 11.20am, 1.20pm and 3.15pm

Stolen (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 8pm, weekends also at 5.30pm; KCineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 3) at 8pm

Times are subject to change, so check first with cinemas before you Evil Dead (18) head out K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 8 and

Telephone nos: K-Cineplex: 7777-8383 Rio Limassol: 25-871410 Rio Paphos: 26-207000

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

Spanish Film Festival (tonight: Even the Rain) (in Spanish, with English subtitles) Cine Studio, daily at 9pm. Tel: 96-420491, www.ofk.org.cy

LIMASSOL Fast & Furious 6 (12) Rio 1 at 7.45 and 10.15pm. K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5pm The Expatriate (12) Rio 5 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 5.15pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.30pm Iron Man 3 (12) Rio 2 (in 3D) at 7.45pm, weekends also at 5pm, and (in 2D) at 10.10pm; K-Cineplex (Screen

The Host

10.15pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 5) at 10.15pm Iron Man 3 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.45pm, weekends also at 5pm; K-Cineplex, Mall of Cyprus (Screen 2) at 5 and 7.45pm, weekends also at 11.30am and 2.15pm

2) at 7.45pm, weekends also at 5pm Scary Movie 5 (15) Rio 4 at 7.45 and 10pm, weekends also at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5.35pm Olympus Has Fallen (18) Rio 6 at 8pm, weekends also at 5.30pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 7.45pm

The Expatriate (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 10.30pm

by the Larnaca-Famagusta Film Society. www.lfcinema.org

Scary Movie 5 (15) K-Cineplex (Screen 4) at 8 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5.35pm

PAPHOS

Stolen (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 8pm, weekends also at 5.30pm Evil Dead (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 8 and 10.15pm

Stolen (12) Rio 3 at 7.45 and 10pm; KCineplex (Screen 3) at 8pm Evil Dead (18) Rio 6 at 10.15pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 5) at 10.15pm

The Host (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm, weekends also at 5.25pm

The Host (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 3) at 10.15pm

Iron Man 3 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 2) at 7.45pm, weekends at 5pm

The Croods (K) Rio 3 (in Greek, in 3D) and Rio 4 (in Greek, in 2D), weekends only at 5.15pm; K-Cineplex (Screen 3) (in Greek) and K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in English), weekends only at 5.30pm

Olympus Has Fallen (18) K-Cineplex (Screen 6) at 7.45 and 10.15pm

LARNACA Fast & Furious 6 (12) K-Cineplex (Screen 1) at 7.45 and 10.30pm, weekends also at 5pm

The Croods (K) K-Cineplex (Screen 5) (in Greek) and K-Cineplex (Screen 6) (in English), weekends only at 5.30pm To Tama (in Greek) Larnaca Municipal Theatre, tonight only at 8.30pm, presented

Fast & Furious 6 (12) Rio 1 at 7.30 and 10pm, Friday and weekends also at 5pm The Expatriate (12) Rio 4 at 7.30 and 9.45pm, Friday and weekends also at 5pm Scary Movie 5 (15) Rio 7 at 7.30 and 9.45pm; Rio 5, Friday and weekends at 5.30pm Stolen (12) Rio 5 at 7.30 and 9.45pm Evil Dead (18) Rio 2 at 7.30 and 9.45pm Iron Man 3 (12) Rio 6 at 7.30 and 9.50pm, Friday and weekends also at 5pm Olympus Has Fallen (18) Rio 3 at 7.30 and 9.45pm The Croods (K) Rio 6 (in English) and Rio 7 (in Greek), Friday at 5.15pm, weekends at 3.15 and 5.15pm Sammy’s Great Escape (K) Rio 3 (in Greek), weekends only at 3.30 and 5.30pm

listings Today Exhibition Arteries Project Art exhibitions that lead to a rediscovery of old Limassol centre, providing a unique opportunity to come in contact with the contemporary artistic creation. Opens May 23, 8pm until June 6. Presentation day at Andreas Themistocleous bldg., Cyprus University of Technology, Athninon Street, Limassol. Tel: 99-615985/99-948994/99-868104. info@arteriesproject.com. www. arteriesproject.com

Music Bright Days and Romantic Nights in the Mediterranean Cyprus Symphony Orchestra concert with works inspired from the history, myths, and characteristic rhythms of Cyprus, Spain and Italy. May 23. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-410181

Other Events Medical Event Cultural event to mark 2000 year anniversary of the death of Dr Apollonios of Kition (The Cypriot Hippocrates), with lectures on medical theatre, Dr Apollonios and ancient Greek wrestling. May 23. Kyriazis Medical Museum, 35 Karaoli & Demetriou Street (off Hermes Street near St Lazarus area). 7 30 pm. General discussion in Greek and English Tel: 97-606424

A Pound of Flesh A performance by Lanfranco Aceti that question the current European economic crisis and its social impact. May 23. Limassol Municipal Market, Kanari Street. 10.30-12.30. Tel: 25-354719

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Flying ship Moscow musical theatre Experiment present a musical for children and their parents based on the cult of a Soviet animated film. May 24. Russian Cultural Centre, 16 Alassias Street, Nicosia For children 3 years and up. 6.30pm. €10. Tel: 96-302770/22-761607

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Red Moon Community outreach concert by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Ensemble under the direction of maestro Roland Melia and featuring mezzo-soprano Katie Economidou as soloist. May 24. Pallas Theatre, Paphos Gate, Nicosia. 8pm. Free. Tel: 22 463144, www.cyso.org.cy

An Evening for Niki An event dedicated to award-winning author and artist Niki Marangou, with video screening, presentation of her new poetry, book presentation, music and more. May 24. Famagusta Gate, in Nicosia. 7.30pm

Bright Days and Romantic Nights in the Mediterranean Cyprus Symphony Orchestra concert with works inspired by the history, myths and characteristic rhythms of Cyprus, Spain and Italy. May 24. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 25-343902 International Pharos Chamber Music Festival Festival including eight magnificent concerts with over 15 world renowned artists in three different venues in Cyprus. May 24. Piano Recital by Israeli pianist Elisha Abas. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-663871/70-009304 www.pharosartsfoundation.org

Second Children Festival of Culture In aid of families in need, the festival will include, children choirs, theatre performances, film screenings, workshop on engraving and much more. May 24-26. Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Vassilis Street (Medieval Castle) Limassol. Tel: 25-357855 Ice Cream Week Celebrate the arrival of summer with unique taste sensations. May 24 until June 2. Colours Café, Four Seasons Hotel, Limassol. 9am-1am. Tel: 25-858000

Ongoing Other Events Berlin – Alexanderplatz Remastered Screening of 14-episode mini-series

by Rainer Warner Fassbinder. May 8 until June 6. Hall of the Goethe-Institut Cyprus in Nicosia. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7pm. In German with Greek subtitles. Free. Tel: 22-674606 Memory Bring Me Back Tonight… Tribute to famous Greek poet Constantine Cavafy with dramatised readings of his poetry accompanied by music. May 21-30. Foyer of Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30pm. €10 including the first wine. Tel: 22-348203

Dear Mr. Strindberg The Theatre Group Solo for Three present a play based on the work of August Strindberg Miss Julie. Until May 28. Melina Merkouri Hall, Athina Avenue, Nicosia. Every Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm. €10/5. The net proceeds from the performances will be given to charity. In Greek. Tel: 22-797650

Theatre

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

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

Educating Rita Theatro Dentro presents stage comedy by British playwright Willy Russell. 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

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

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

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

Exhibition Bread and Roses An exhibition of art by graduating students of the Cyprus College of Art 2013. Until May 25. Cornaro Institute, 23 Mehmet Ali Street, Larnaca. Open daily: 10am-5 pm. Tel: 24-25 4042

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

(S)HE Solo sculpture/structure exhibition by Meletios Meletiou. Until May 29. Thiseas Art Gallery, 9 Thiseas, Ayios Zoni, Limassol. Tel: 99-674243/96335889 Woman in Art Solo painting exhibition by Giorgos Kotsonis. Until May 31. Peter’s Gallery, 31 Ioanni Polemi Street, Limassol. 10am-1pm & 4pm-7pm. Tel: 99-679242 A Matter of Choice Solo art exhibition by Lefteris Olymprios. Until May 30. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm12.45pm. Tel: 22-760286 Cluster A generative audiovisual performance by Kurt Hentschlager. Until 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 A Letter to Cyprus An open-call exhibition, wherein artists were asked to send a letter as art work which is addressed to Cyprus. Until June 1. Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art, 10 Solonos Street, Paphos. Tuesday- Friday: 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 99-311225


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Coming Up Other Events Scooptacular treats Summer is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with a scoop or two or five of ice cream at the Colours Café of the Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol which is declaring this Friday until next Sunday as ice cream week. As temperatures rise, ice cream lovers will get the opportunity to live through unique dining experiences that promise to refresh the body and provide the spirit with special summer moments. These moments are made possible by the imaginative and passionate mastery of pastry chef, Demetris Hadjigiannis and his team. This year’s ice cream week is dedicated to the four seasons and has been inspired by the 20th anniversary of the hotel. Ice cream creations will be separated into the flavours that represent winter, spring,

summer and autumn. Ice cream week also offers new innovative creations of pure velvet yogurt partnered with white chocolate cream and lime, banana, mango and exotic fruit, offering a lighter choice for those who are watching their weight. In order to make ice cream a bit more special and to spice things up a bit, the Colours Café will be adding new flavours to its menu, so get your pallet ready for red orange with biscuit and dark chocolate, praline with a waffle and bitter chocolate, mille-feuille and rose petals with crunchy biscuit. For those of you who have been to the Colours Café before you are aware that the presentation of the ice cream is just as stunning as the actual flavour. For those visiting the café for the first time, get your taste buds and eyes ready for a feast. Ice Cream Week Celebrate the arrival of summer with unique taste sensations. May 24 until June 2. Colors Café, Four Seasons Hotel, Limassol. 9am-1am. Tel: 25-858000

Kiddie culture

This year’s ice cream week is dedicated to the four seasons

NIGHTLIFE Tune into the one-man sound system How often do you really get the opportunity to see and listen to a one-man sound system? Nearly never right, so why not grab the chance to see Señor Marküsen in action tonight or on Saturday night. Andreyi Marküsen (inset) is the man who is going to be making all this sound. He will be playing the didgeridoo and other percussion instruments simultaneously to create a whole sound system, creating g powerful organic dance beats, in a totally acousnner. The tic manner. Señor Marküsen mance performance will be in two our half-hour sets, with a aying DJ playing ween in-between ter. and after. yi Andreyi üsen Marküsen o used to or a work for circus which o close had to down due to i is but is the crisis idn’t make that didn’t

Get the kids out of the house and revelling in a range of speciallytailored entertainments this weekend

him give up on his dream, so he decided to carry on with the show just by himself, becoming Señor Marküsen. This type of music is known as Solo, which is a street performance with dramatic tones. Many consider it to be a musical trip towards a desire. During this journey the audience can witness a dialogue between fantasy and hope in the fight to overcome fear. The didgeridoo is a wind instrup by y Indigenous g ment developed Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago and is still widely used today both in Australia and around the world. Señor Marküsen A one-man sound system, Andreyi Marküsen plays many different percussion instruments to get his audience to dance. May 23 and 25 at 10pm. Sousami, 8 Kitiou Kyrianou Street, Limassol. Giorgo Tel: 99494579, Giorgos Sisamos. Email: phil.maria@ gmail.com gmail.com. €5

The Evagoras Lanitis Centre in Limassol offers you a great chance this weekend to get the kids out of the house, entertain them with a string of cultural events and, if you are a big kid yourself, you could also share in the fun. From Friday until Sunday, the charity organisation, Funraising, is organising the second Children’s Festival of Culture. The event starts at 7.30am with a welcoming from Limassol mayor, Andreas Christou and then the real fun begins with a reading of fairytales by Greek songwriter Dionysis Savvopoulos (inset), who will surely put his musical ear to good use to create different voices and sound effects. The Cultural Dimension children’s choir will then take over to sing some of Savvopoulo’s songs. During these events the kids will feel like they are in another world as the centre will be decorated and an outdoor cinema will be screening some shadow theatre works by Eugene Spatharis, who is famous for entertaining children with the Karagiozis character. Fairytale reading and singing will surely wake the kids up on Saturday at 11.30am. From 4pm until 6pm the children can get to learn about and also participate in engraving. The highlight of the afternoon, at 6pm, will be a reading by Hambis Tsaggaris of the book Spanos and the Forty Dragons, for which he did the illustrations. The Limassol Children’s Choir will accompany the reading by singing songs based on the tale. Cypriot traditional dancing will also be going on and the children will get the chance to have their first dance lesson. The best fun has most probably been left until last as Sunday offers a theatrical workshop with Italian director Paolo Baiocco, at 11.30am, where both big and small kids will work together to learn about the movements of the body, how the voice can be used to imitate sounds, how to imd provise, memorise, collaborate, make masks and ntheatrical makeup. After the workshop all those innt volved will be able to enjoy a small theatrical event which they themselves have created. The premise of the festival is that if times are tough h for grown-ups, they are twice as hard for children. After collecting essential items and money to sup-port children who are in need this year, the charityy

organisation, Funraising, was able to organise and invite children to the festival. The festival is also backed by Education Minister Kyriacos Kenevezos who has stated: “the education ministry will not allow cuts to be made to these important events which are connected to children, who are the future and who need to be educated in matter of culture so they can better deal with the future ahead.” Limassol mayor, Andreas Christou, has also commented on the festival by saying “I am sure that the public will embrace this chance to gain as many experiences from the festival as possible.” Paolo Baiocco has directed in Italy, France, Spain and Cyprus. He has given many theatrical seminars and workshops with students of all ages. Dionysis Savvopoulos is a prominent Greek music composer, lyricist and singer. Savvopoulos quit his law degree to move to Athens and follow a music career in 1963. He is politically active and his music is very popular in Greece and abroad. Hambis Tsaggaris is an engraver who concentrates on the expressions of his place in history, suffering and joys, beauty and love. He has exhibited his work in Cyprus and abroad and has done the illustrations for a number of books written by Cypriot writers. Second Children Festival of Culture In aid of families in need, the festival will include, children choirs, theatre performances, film screenings, workshop on engraving and much more. May 24-26. Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Vassilis Street (Medieval Castle) Limassol. Tel: 25-357855 By Maria Gregoriou

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Television CYBC 1 06.45 08.15

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

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

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Apo Mera Se Mera Entehnos Mazi Sto CyBC News Kypros Ena Taxidi (rpt) Kaftes Piperies

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News Patates 8 Local satirical show, using comedy sketches and embarrassing TV clips to skewer local politicians.

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Moiraia Fengaria (rpt) Proektaseis News Diktiotheite Kai Exelihtheite Series on Internet entrepreneurship.

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Greek version of show, wherein amateur chefs each stage a dinner party to find who will be crowned the winning host.

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Biz/Emeis News In English News In Turkish Megastructures

NRG Zone A Touch Of Frost ‘Mind Games’. Inspector Jack Frost reopens an unsolved murder case when the remains of a 14-yearold girl, who went missing 20 years ago are discovered. With the lead suspect back on the streets after serving a prison sentence for the murder of the teenager’s best friend, the inspector becomes more determined than ever to put the case to rest. Meanwhile, the detectives investigate when a late-night prank results in the death of a local businessman.

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

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Kids’ TV Euromaxx Kati Psinetai (rpt)

Discovery documetary series looking at the making of the greatest structures and machines ever created.

Live local cookery show.

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ANTENNA

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

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Dis Madiam (rpt) Fila To Vatraho Sou (rpt) Karma (rpt) Panselinos (rpt) Tis Agapis Mahairia Niose Me (rpt) News Mera Mesimeri Konstantinou Kai Elenis (rpt) The Vreis To Daskalo Sou (rpt) Vals Me 12 Theous (rpt) Tin Patisa (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 Vals Me 12 Theous Grey’s Anatomy Medical drama, starring Ellen Pompeo as a surgeon, struggling with a series of private and professional crises.

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Eilikrina News Sports News Iroes Anamesa Mas - I Arhi To Kleidi Tou Paradeisou (rpt) To Paihnidi Tis Signomis (rpt) News Deal (rpt)

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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 Greek Series TBA Sto Para Pente News Klemmena Oneira Oi Vasiliades FILM: Prom Night A teenager finds her parents’ murder coming back to haunt her at her prom when the killer crashes the party. Horror remake, starring Brittany Snow. 2008.

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News Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles The series picks up two years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day with John and Sarah Connor hiding from the government. Sarah decides they need a change of scenery and in doing so they expose themselves to an FBI Agent and Skynet’s army of Terminators.

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Anna Paola (rpt) Spiti Apo Tin Arhi (rpt) Efialtis Stin Kouzina (rpt) Vasiliki (rpt) Aspra Balonia (rpt) Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites (rpt) Mesimeri Kai Kati Eleni News Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama Anna Paola Latin American telenovela.

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Efta Ourani Kai Sinnefa Alites News Pame Paketo

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Third season. ‘Stowaway’. The team examines the case of a woman who appears to be immortal, having stayed alive after numerous suicide attempts, and receives help from an FBI agent. Meanwhile, William Bell continues his stay in Olivia’s body.

Popular talk-show, that deals with human interest stories such as reuniting people, fulfilling dreams and connecting individuals who want to correct past mistakes in their lives.

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

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Cold Case (rpt) Third case. ‘The Hen House’. The case of an ambitious newspaper reporter who was murdered in 1945 is reopened when new evidence suggests the woman was thrown in front of a train by someone she knew.

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Yia Sena (rpt) Proino Mou (rpt)

Fotis - Maria Live Best Of Exelixeis Sti Showbiz Mesimeriani Meleti Best Of I Kouzina Me Tin Dina (rpt) Mila (rpt) Ayio Eihame (rpt) Star News Mesimeriani Meleti Kid’s TV Ayio Eihame Fotis Maria Live Mila Exelixeis Stin Showbiz Fringe

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CAPITAL 06.45 08.15 10.00 11.00 11.30 12.10 12.35 13.25 14.20 15.30 16.05 16.50 17.30 19.15 19.50 20.05 21.00

Kids’ TV Sto Mati Tou Kiklona Ston Asterismos Tis Imeras Kouzina Me Apopsi Kalitera En Ginetai (rpt) Akti Oneiron (rpt) Milagros Kids’ TV Telemarketing Kalitera En Ginetai Top Models Akti Oneiron Sto Mati Tou Kiklona (rpt) News Sports Time O Anthropos Tis Thalassas FILM: Hardball A hardened gambler is forced to repay a debt by coaching a baseball team of underprivileged youngsters. Sporting drama, starring Keanu Reeves. 2001.

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FILM:The Constant Gardener A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife’s murder, big business, and corporate corruption. Thriller, starring Ralph Fiennes. 2005

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FILM: Dream for an Insomniac Romantic comedy, starring Ione Syke and Jennifer Aniston. 1996.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Novacinema2, 22.00)

01:25 My Family 01:55 The Weakest Link 02:40 EastEnders 03:10 Doctors 03:40 Love Life 04:30 After You’ve Gone 05:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 05:45 My Family 06:15 The Weakest Link 07:00 Penelope K, By The Way 07:10 Me Too! 07:30 Teletubbies 07:55 Balamory 08:15 Penelope K, By The Way 08:25 Me Too! 08:45 Teletubbies 09:10 Balamory 09:30 My Family 10:00 After You’ve Gone 10:30 The Weakest Link 11:15 EastEnders 11:45 Doctors 12:15 Hustle 13:05 Love Life 13:55 My Family 14:25 Sahara With Michael Palin 15:15 After You’ve Gone 15:45 EastEnders 16:15 Doctors 16:45 The Weakest Link 17:30 Hustle 18:20 Love Life 19:10 EastEnders 19:40 Doctors 20:15 The Weakest Link 21:00 My Family 21:30 Keeping Up Appearances 22:00 Spooks 22:50 Getting On 23:20 Little Britain 23:50 Watson & Oliver 00:20 The World of Stonehenge

07:00 07:00 Sunrise Earth 07:55 Rattlesnake Republic

08:40 Northwest Wild 09:30 Trashopolis 10:15 Extreme Engineering 11:05 Deadliest Catch 11:50 How Do They Do It? 12:15 Inside West Coast Customs 13:05 Chasing Classic Cars 13:50 Cafe Racer 14:15 Cafe Racer 14:35 Ultimate Journeys 15:25 Trashopolis 16:10 Mythbusters 17:00 Alps From Above 17:50 Prehistoric 18:40 Cafe Racer 19:30 Ultimate Journeys 20:20 Extreme Engineering 21:10 Trashopolis 22:00 Alps From Above 22:50 Prehistoric 23:40 Deadliest Catch 00:30 Extreme Engineering 01:15 Mythbusters 02:05 Alps From Above 02:50 Prehistoric 03:40 Cafe Racer 04:30 Trashopolis 05:20 Ultimate Journeys 06:10 Extreme Engineering

09:30 Equestrian: Nations Cup Series France 10:30 Cycling: Tour Of Italy 11:30 Tennis: Get Ready For Roland Garros 11:45 Tennis: Atp Tournament Germany 15:00 Cycling: Belgium 16:30 Tennis: Atp Tournament Germany 21:00 Tennis: Get Ready For Roland Garros 21:15 Football: Uefa Women’s

Champions League 23:30 Cycling: Tour Of Italy 00:30 Fight Sport: Total Ko 01:15 Football: Uefa Women’s Champions League 02:15 Tennis: Get Ready For Roland Garros

05:30 How I Met Your Mother 06:15 Criminal Minds 07:00 Breakout Kings 07:45 The Simpsons 18 08:10 Bob’s Burgers 2 08:35 Rules Of Engagement 09:25 How I Met Your Mother 10:15 Criminal Minds 11:00 Breakout Kings 11:45 The Simpsons 18 12:10 Bob’s Burgers 2 12:35 Rules Of Engagement 13:25 How I Met Your Mother 14:15 Touch 15:00 Breakout Kings 15:45 The Simpsons 18 16:10 Bob’s Burgers 2 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 2 20:40 Rules Of Engagement 21:30 Touch 22:20 Beauty And The Beast 23:10 Criminal Minds 00:00 Da Vinci’s Demons 01:00 Touch 01:50 The League 2 02:15 Criminal Minds 03:05 Breakout Kings 03:50 The Simpsons 18 04:15 Bob’s Burgers 2 04:40 Lost

Soeurs 07:30 Dave 09:30 Beatdown 11:00 Hollywood Buzz 11:30 All Good Things 13:30 Black Sunday 16:00 Hollywood Buzz 16:30 Black Beauty 18:00 Lucky One, The 20:00 LTV Sports News 21:00 Middle Men 23:00 What Women Want 01:10 Hustler Tv 03:00 Twilight 04:40 Ma Part Du Gateau (My Piece Of The Pie) 06:30 LTV Sports News

07:00 Kids TV 17:00 A’ Division Cyprus Soccer Championship 2012-13 19:00 Barclays Premier League Review 20:00 Inside Line 20:30 La Liga World 21:00 Barclays Premier League World 21:30 CocaCola Cup 2012-13 23:30 Spirit Of Wimbledon 00:00 Planet Speed 00:30 2013 Wtcc 01:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13 03:00 2012 Pga Tour Highlights 04:00 Grand American Series 2012 05:00 Liga Bbva 2012-13

07:15 Harry’s Law Ii Two And A Half Men Ncis: Los Angeles Friends 10:30 Pan Am Necessary Roughness

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Closer, The V 13:40 Harry’s Law Ii 14:30 Ncis: Los Angeles 16:00 Two And A Half Men 16:30 One Tree Hill 17:15 C.S.I. New York 19:00 Closer, The V 19:45 PriVIleged 20:30 Friends 21:00 Alcatraz 21:55 Luck 23:05 Strike Back I 00:05 Faces In The Crowd 01:50 Arthur (2011) 03:50 Two And A Half Men 04:15 One Tree Hill 05:00 C.S.I. New York 06:30 Closer

08:15 Groupie 09:45 His Way 11:15 Everything Must Go 13:00 Unknown (2011) 15:00 Barbarian Princess 16:40 Burlesque 18:40 Oh, God! Book II 20:15 Ticking Clock 22:00 Shutter Island 00:25 Daring! Tv 04:05 Skyline 05:45 Yogi Bear

05:10 Miss Bala 07:05 There’s Something About Mary 09:05 Lower Learning 10:45 Action Zone 11:20 Like Crazy 12:55 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 15:00 The Art Of Getting By 16:30 Cine News 17:10 The Three Musketeers 19:05 Mad On Novacinema 19:45 Hara Kiri: Death Of A Samurai 22:00 Le Prenom 23:55 Rites Of Passage 03:30 In Darkness

05:40 The End Of The Affair 07:25 Do No Harm 08:55 Cine News 09:25 The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn 11:10 Fun With Dick And Jane 12:50 War Horse 15:15 Abduction 17:05 Hollywood 1 On 1 20:00 Friends With Kids 21:50 Films And Stars At The Festival Cannes 2013 22:00 We Need To Talk About Kevin 00:00 The Hunting Party 01:50 How I Spent My Summer Vacation 03:25 Cine News 04:00 Margin Call

19:30 Paraggelia 21:00 The Conspirator 23:05 The Following The Final Chapter 23:55 Cine News 01:00 Russian Institute Lesson 15 - Anna Et Ses

19:15 Poker Face 21:00 Hugo 23:10 Bounce 01:00 We Bought A Zoo

16:30 European Tour BMW PGA Championship LIVE 20:00 NHL: Playoffs Date & Time Tentative 22:30 Ringside Boxing 00:30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Charlotte Motor Speedway 02:30 NHL: Playoffs Date & Time Tentative LIVE

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

06:00 Texas Carnival 07:15 Rebel Without a Cause 09:05 Robin And The Seven Hoods 11:05 They Drive by Night 12:45 Prize 15:00 Honeymoon Machine 16:25 Quo Vadis 19:10 Roberta 21:00 V:I:P:S 22:55 Dirty Dozen 01:20 V:I:P:S 03:15 Dirty Dozen

By Preston Wilder

Oh God! Book II (LTV3, 18.40) Not the best night for Pick of the Day: one of our selections is in French [see below] and the other is this sequel to a very unlikely 70s hit, popular in America where anything God-related always strikes a nerve in the Bible Belt (this is the nation that gave us Joan Osborne singing “What if God was one of us?”). George Burns - cigar-smoking ex-vaudevillian who wrote a book called ‘How to Live to Be 100 or More’, and died a month after his own 100th birthday - makes a suitably roguish Almighty, appearing to a young girl (bob-haired moppet Louanne) and asking her to spread his Word; “They don’t believe in Me as much as they should,” He kvetches - but Louanne soon comes

up with the catchy slogan “Think God” and makes the world a better place, at which point you may well lose faith in the whole misbegotten enterprise. Not exactly recommended, but anything so cheesy and outdated comes with its own must-see value. Made in 1980.

Le Prenom (Novacinema1, 22.00) A third French-language Pick in three days! - and this is the French-est of the lot, proving the well-worn adage that the country of Brie and Bordeaux also makes the talkiest movies in the world. Fortunately this one is a comedy - and a good one, once you get used to the constant chatter (it’s based on a play), appropriately set among the chattering classes. Charles

Le Prenom

Berling is a rather stuffy professor, hosting a dinner party for some close friends including his brother-inlaw (Patrick Bruel), a noisy fellow with a penchant for tasteless jokes. Patrick’s wife is pregnant - and Patrick brings the party to a standstill by announcing that he and the missus plan to name their offspring Adolf (as in Hitler, though of course that’s just a coincidence). The comedy depends on everyone being exorbitantly touchy about everything that happens, whether it’s being called stingy or finding out some unexpected news about one’s mother - and the plot may be implausible but the highlights are undeniable, and the second half reels very amusingly from one comic fracas to another. In French, and lots of it. Made in 2012.


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1 Curious boy gets up before end of day (4) 2 What you will soon do if you are not prepared to run (3,3,2,4) 3 Brown accepted Italian was a giant (5) 4 Brought up or brought down soundly (6) 5 Developed traumas from an Indonesian island (7) 6 Parish officer’s pipe (12) 7 By this time a student was prepared (7) 12 Out of respect for the ceremonial staff (7) 14 Offender cut lip badly right inside (7) 16 Loud report comes from girl Constance held (6) 19 Brilliant news item? (5) 20 Old city might be blown up (4)

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CRYPTIC: Across – 5 Pipe; 7 Transferor; 8 Psalmist; 10 Pity; 11 Snub; 13 Maverick; 15 Intruder; 16 Drip; 17 When; 18 Footpath; 21 Sheet metal; 22 Eros. Down – 1 Step; 2 Anil; 3 Affirmed; 4 Brat; 5 Prepared; 6 Postscript; 9 Son and heir; 12 Baroness; 14 Vermouth; 18 Feel; 19 Peel; 20 Hell.

QUICK: Across – 5 Hobo; 7 Exacerbate; 8 Feverous; 10 Glen; 11 Spar; 13 Inferior; 15 Surveyed; 16 Weep; 17 Idea; 18 Kilowatt; 21 Electronic; 22 Aged. Down – 1 Beef; 2 Acre; 3 Priority; 4 Lass; 5 Hedgerow; 6 Benevolent; 9 Expounding; 12 Revealed; 14 Fidelity; 18 Keen; 19 Wool; 20 Tack.

ARIES March 21 - April 20

LEO July 23 - August 22

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21

You may be in a mellow mood, which may actually help you to progress. As the Moon links to Neptune, ideas and even fantasies that may have been circulating around your head may seem possible. The steps that you need to take to achieve your goals become clearer and more obvious. You can succeed if you’re willing to invest in yourself.

It may be a day to step up your social life and perhaps to pursue romance. Be sure to get your priorities straight and do the right thing. However, you might need to deal with matters at home first of all. If a domestic issue is testing your patience, slow down long enough to get a fresh perspective. A family member can assist.

The way you feel my affect your day whether you like it or not. The Moon in Scorpio, reveals you may be deeply sensitive to your personal emotional issues and those of others. Don’t let yourself be distracted. One of the best ways to immediately feel better may be to go for a walk in nature or visit a caring and helpful friend.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21

VIRGO August 23 - September 23

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20

Tensions involving a relationship may become evident. Although you’ve been doing well lately, it’s possible you may have overstepped the mark, and perhaps it’s time to rein yourself in. Being over friendly in the wrong situation may have put you in a tricky spot. Don’t let this affect your confidence, just be more careful next time.

Inspiration and creativity can help you make choices that encourage career progress. Getting the right kind of information, and asking key questions may pave the way for an opportunity you can’t refuse. Don’t let self-doubt or negative self talk spoil your chance to get ahead. If you have an idea, don’t dismiss it, explore it.

You might be happy to share your talents, especially as you may be productive and seem to have plenty of opportunities to flourish. While your career may be on hold, it’s still possible to come up with ideas that could earn you a lot of money, or that might encourage you to consider working for yourself. Later, a romantic invitation can excite.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21

LIBRA September 24 - October 23

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19

Your love prospects look more upbeat. Hooked up? You and your partner may gain from doing things together. Solo? You can thrive on parties or get-togethers. But today you might need to pay attention to a health or energy issues, especially if you’ve been feeling run down. Reorganize your schedule if possible and try to relax.

It’s a good day to start a journey, make travel plans or to explore subjects of interest that open your mind to new ideas and concepts. Information that you take in and digest today could encourage you to learn more. Perhaps you’re looking for a set of beliefs that can help motivate you to create the kind of life you’ve been dreaming of.

Be hopeful, aim high, dream big - but be practical too. There are all sorts of reasons why you may feel like risking everything and seeing what happens. You may feel bold, optimistic and also rebellious. Anything that takes time might fluster you. Attend to details and aim for success one step at a time. Some time out ironically, can help.

CANCER June 22 - July 22

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22

PISCES February 20 - March 20

Everyone needs some limits. Some that you’re experiencing may be in your mind. They may coincide with issues and problems that you can’t seem to resolve. You may feel stuck and unable to deal with such matters. This is where confidence comes in. Determine to yourself that you’ll overcome these difficulties. A friend can help.

Resources are important, particularly those that are jointly held. You may be keen to learn more about handling money and debts, so that you can make the most of your current situation. Research your options, read books by people who have become financially successful, or talk to a life coach who can help you achieve your goals.

Travel plans may be thwarted, so you might need to reorganize or perhaps postpone them for now. You may be serious about studying to obtain a qualification that could hold the key to a better future. Lately, you seem more content to stay in than to go out. This mood may change soon, so enjoy homely pleasures or DIY projects.


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**************************** UK TV CHANNELS in Cyprus! Watch all your favourite UK TV Channels including Sky Sports, Sky Movies ITV, BBC & Channel 4 & 5 in Cyprus! 65 Channels in all! Visit www. uktvcyprus.net for details or Telephone 95116359 **************************** KEEP YOUR HOME COOLER THIS SUMMER by having Windowfilm professionally fitted. Stops up to 86% of heat from entering your home! Windowfilm increases privacy, blocks harmful uv-rays which cause fading, reduces glare and saves energy costs on air-con. Also keeps your home warmer in winter. Call Ian on 99979671

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MISCELLANEOUS **************************** TRANSLATIONS from Greek to English and English to Greek. €5 a double-spaced page (Arial - 12). Specialised translations €7 a page. 95110524 **************************** WANTED: COUPLES OF EU CITIZENS LIVING IN CYPRUS We are currently conducting research as regards European families living in Cyprus. If both you and your spouse come from the same or a different country of the EU (except Cyprus and Greece, e.g. both from Germany, or Germany and France), if you have children over 6, and if you are interested in taking part in some research financed by the University of Cyprus please contact us 96530033. Partic-

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VICTOR Male Jack Russell cross around 2 years old. Very dynamic little dog, best suited to homes with older children, active families and ones with a well fenced yard for him to run and let-off steam. He is dominant with other dogs, males and females alike. Victor is very entertaining and needs an owner who is patient and with a good sense of humour. With guidance and training this dog will adjust well to a new home nd a structured lifestyle.

Limassol - tel: 25 761117 fax: 25 761141

**************************** PUG PUPPY FOR SALE. Please be sure that you can take care of the puppy and then contact me. Price €400. For information please call Tel: 99490424, Nicosia, Cyprus. ****************************

RAOUL The gentle giant!!!! A beautiful male black large strong dog. Gentle, nice character, amazing with kids, people, cats and other dogs. He is an inside dog and trained. He will make a perfect family dog. ***************************

Paphos - tel: 26 911383 fax: 26221049

2. Electrolux Freezer, model EUC3109X, width-595mm, height-1800mm, depth623mm, freezing capacity24kg/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 ****************************

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

JULIE Young female (probably a hound – lab cross) only around a year old. A friendly, loving and playful dog. This is a medium sized but heavybuilt, strong dog best suited to families with older children. *************************** LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVING HOME; Beautiful and healthy 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 **************************** 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 ****************************

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PROPERTY TO LET NICOSIA ***************************** ACROPOLIS LUXURY FLAT; three bedrooms; bathroom; laundry room; fully fitted kitchen; large sitting/dining room; everyday room; two verandas; guest WC; central heating, air-conditioning, broadband internet, satellite TV; covered parking. Furnished €950, unfurnished €800, Tel: 22312255, 99557457. ***************************** BRAND NEW 1 BEDROOM apartment (55sqm), good condition, panoramic view, fully furnished, electric appliances, a/c, storage heater, solar system, covered parking,storage room. On third floor of Kalipoleos avenue. For information call 99663999 ***************************** TO LET 1 bedroom upper floor house, large veranda near restaurant Periyiali in Acropolis 5 Aeantos Street €300 call 99680208 ***************************** LUXURY HOUSES:

1. 3 bedr luxury fully renovated semi detached house with storage heaters, full a/c, 2wc, big bedrooms, big sitting and dining area with semi open plan kitchen, FULLY NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, big garden with grass and big covered

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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 25 To Let Protaras, Ayia Napa, Paralimni -For Sale Nicosia 27 For Sale Limassol -For Sale Larnaca -For Sale Paphos 27 For Sale Ayia Napa -For Sale Famagusta Protaras 27 For Sale Paralimni 27 Property& Home Services display ads -Churches 26

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patio with bbq, in a very quiet area in a dead end opposite Orfanides supermarket – Strovolos €800 (H3ST10014-R), (photos in the website). 2. 3 bedr luxury terraced house, 210sq.m,central heating, full a/c, marble floor in the sitting areas and solid parquet floor on stairs and bedrooms, 4 wc,3 bathrooms, 2 en suite, big verandas, electrical appliances in the kitchen, 3 covered parking spaces, roof garden access, in a quiet neighbourhood on Mon Parnas hill – Engomi €850 (photos in the website). 3. 4 bedr new luxury detached house build in a big plot of land, central heating, full a/c, 2 bedrs with en suite shower, 4 wc, bathroom with jacuzzi, big open space sitting and dining areas, 330sq.m, big swimming pool 5x10, big garden with grass, big covered patio with bbq area, roller blinds and curtains on all the windows, electrical appliances in kitchen, covered

parking, in a quiet neighborhood off Tseriou Avenue. AVAILABLE IN JUNE – Strovolos €1500 (H4ST10024-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 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 Negotiable –(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). 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 mid-

dle 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 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 €1900 (H4MAK0001-R), (photos on the website). 10. 4 bedrs new luxury detached house, 450sq.m, central heating, 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. – Strovolos €2200 (H4ST10001-R) (photos in the website) 11. 4 bedr + big attic room luxury detached house with central heating, full a/c, 3wc, 260sq.m, big sitting and dining room, big kitchen with family room, big covered patio on the back with bbq area, covered parking, FULLY NICELY FURNISHED, BEHIND Apoel training field- Archangelos €1500 (H4AR0018-R), (photos in the website). 12. 3 bedrs luxury 2 storey, FULLY RENOVATED LISTED HOUSE with high ceilings in the centre of Nicosia,

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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 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 swim-

ming 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 bedrs new luxury detached house, all the bedrooms very big and all with big bathroom/ shower, sitting room upstairs, attic room with shower and wc, office space/maid’s room with shower and wc, central heating, full AC,450sq.m, big sitting and dining areas, big kitchen with sitting area and fitted cooker and oven, 6wc, 2 covered parking, yard with tiles and SWIMMING POOL, bbq area in a very quiet neighbourhood near CYBC (RIK)

station and near a neighbourhood park – Platy Aglantzias €2500 (H4AGZ0005-R), (photos in the website) For many more properties with photos visit our website at 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, 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 An-

dreas- €1100 – A3AAD0005-R (photos on website). 2. 1 bedr spacious fully luxury renovated apartment,60sq.m, big sitting and dining room, big bedroom, fully newly modern furnished with LCD TV 32’, covered veranda, covered parking, storage heaters, full a/c, near Cyta, Laiki and Hellenic Bank headquarters – Dasoupolis €490 (A1DAS0004-R) (photos in the website). 3. 1 bedr spacious apartment,60sq.m, storage heater, 1 a/c, big sitting and dining room, NICELY FURNISHED , near Europa hotel and 5 minutes Walk from European University – Engomi €380 (A1ENG0001-R), (photos in the website). 4. 2 bedr FULLY RENOVATED 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) 5. 1 bedr luxury spacious apartment with big sitting and dining room, storage heaters, 2 a/c, cooker, oven, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, refrigerator in the kitchen, 2 wc, 1 bathroom, blinds, big covered veranda, storage room, parking, big common SWIMMING pool. Price includes common expenses – Latsia €420(A1LAT0004-R), (photos in the website). 6. 2 bedr spacious renovated apartment 100sq.m with separate big kitchen, air condition for hot and cold in all the rooms, covered veranda, nicely newly fully furnished , off Kyriakou Matsi street very close to the centre on foot – Agioi Omologites €450 (A2AOM0003-R), (photos in the website). 7. 2 bedr new luxury apartment 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. (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 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

KIOSK FOR SALE 20.000 EUROS (OVNO) PAPHOS PRICE INCLUDES ALL STOCK AND EQUIPMENT FOOD, DRINKS, CHILLED PRODUCTS, PET FOODS, CIGARETTES FROZEN PRODUCTS, HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS, TOILETRIES. FREEZERS, CHILLER CABINET, ELECTRONIC TILL SYSTEM, SHELVING ETC INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD E-MAIL – midnight011963@gmail.com


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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 €400 (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 luxury apartment,7 years old,89sq.m,central heating independent, 3 A/C, 2 bathrooms, 2 wc, cooker and oven in the kitchen, blinds, covered verandah, covered parking and storage room in a quiet area opposite Akropolis Park – €500(A2ACS0038-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 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. 2 bedr brand new nicely finished ground floor apartment with economic a/c for hot and cold, FULLY NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, covered veranda, covered parking, on a small 2 storey building off Kennedy Avenue near the centre. No extra common ex-

penses – Nicosia Centre €500 (A2NIC0032-R), (photos in the website). 15. 3 bedr luxury penthouse apartment with central heating independent, full a/c, 2 wc, big sitting and dining room with fire place, separate kitchen, NICELY MODERN FURNISHED, big covered and uncovered veranda, covered parking, in Strovolos near the Municipal building €575 (A3ST10014-R), (photos in the website). 16. 3 bedr luxury apartment, 150sq.m + very big verandah, nicely modern furnished storage heaters,3ac,2 bathrooms,2wc,parquet floor in the bedrooms, big sitting and dining room with open plan kitchen, covered parking, off Makarios Avenue behind Hilton hotel – Nicosia Centre €700 (A3NIC0017-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 / 96-422225 / 96422226 www.landtouristestates.com ****************************** 2 BDRM flat in the centre of Nicosia. Rent €450. For information call 99453663, 99663927. *****************************

dining room table and beds. 1 bathroom with bath and shower and two separate toilets. Carport. €650 per month. Call 99541101 ***************************** TO LET Hebrew homes, by Limassol twin towers, Kosher or Free, 3 monthly let. Call 035799036312.

LIMASSOL ***************************** FURNISHED, spacious and welllit 3 bedroom apartment for rent in Mesa Geitonia, Limassol. A/C, TV, fridge, couches,

wide repertoire bars, cafes, hotels, receptions etc.

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

LARNACA ***************************** LOVELY SOUTH FACING furnished apt, first floor, four balconies, sea views. Good area, Pyla Beach 2 kms, 3 double bedrooms, A/C, flyscreens, ceiling fans. Lounge, free internet access, B flat screen cable TV. B Kitchen, all modcons €575 euros pcm. Photos Tel:

99935294 or 99935263. ***************************** 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 ***************************** 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 ***************************** 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 **************************** 1. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. 3 bedroom detached unfurnished property set on a fantastic development in the village of Tersefanou. Availa-

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ble for immediate occupation. Ref. TLL973. Tel 24815926 2. Superior Real Estate Larnaca. 2 bedroom fully furnished apartment, nr the Metro/American Academy Larnaca. Ref. TLL1654 Please call to arrange a viewing Tel. 24815926 3. 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 website. www.superiorrealestatelarnaca.com 4. www.superiorrealestatelarnaca.com - License No. 419. LANDLORDS AVERTISE YOUR PROPERTY WITH US FOR FREE. Tel. 24815926 Email. info@superiorrealestatelarnaca.com ****************************

unfurnished detached villa in a cul de sac. One bedroom downstairs, low maintenance garden, private pool. € 600 PTR 110 3. TRACHYPEDOULA, stunning 3 bedroom stone house only 30 minute drive from Paphos town and above humidity. Property which is suitable for retired families but not only. All bedrooms en suite, modern furnished. A wonderful family home in a rural location! Must be seen to be appreciated! Book a viewing, no obligation, it’s free! € 500 PTR 115 4. Chloraka, 4 bedrooms unfurnished detached villa with private pool in a cul de sac. Separate kitchen, spacious bedrooms, master en suite, c/ h, a/c, shutters, fly screens. Easy access to town, covered parking. € 700 PTR 111 PAPHOS TO RENT Tel: 99389198. For listings and many other properties please visit our web www. paphostorent.com and give us a call.

PAPHOS ***************************** 1. CORAL BAY, 1 bedroom fully furnished apartment walking distance to the sea. Communal pool, parking, amazing sea views. € 450 PTR 116

2. TSADA, modern 3 bedrooms

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

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Advertiser TO LET PAPHOS **************************** LETIMBOU- 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-De-

TO LET PAPHOS Sac 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 Bedroom F/F OR U/F Villa, 2 En-suites, Great Views, Large Pool, Gated Driveway, Garage €600 URGENTLY WANTED – 3 Bedroom U/F Detached Villas 600/700 MORE PROPERTIES AVAIL-

TO LET PAPHOS ABLE 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 OF-

TO LET PAPHOS FERING 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 verandah. 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 bathrooms & walk-in wardrobe. Plus an additional room perfect for an office or 3rd bedroom. This property is full of charm & unique detail and well worth taking a look.

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2. KONIA €600 this fantastic price includes pool cleaning & gardening. Modern detached 3 bedroom villa, master with ensuite. Real fire to 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. website reference number: RTL_685 3. KAMARES TALA €750 a spa-

TO LET PAPHOS cious 3 bedroom bungalow, master with ensuite. Living area with real fire place 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 maintaince enclosed garden with sea views.

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In Kokkinotrimithia, 15km from Nicosia in a good area, (in the centre, opposite Maragos bakery, 41/2 acres or 7 plot with 90% building factor.

Semi-detached house in Archangelos area split level on a hill, no houses in front, 3 big bedrooms, 2 big bathrooms and TV room big lounge & dining area, fireplace, fitted kitchen, 40 sq.m. store room, C/H, A/C, solar.

For more information please call 99673286, 99918830.

For information call: 99496541

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 Clarke: underdogs Australia are ready for Ashes battle

IN BRIEF Carrion wants IOC presidency PUERTO Rican banker Richard Carrion launched his bid for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday, with his long financial experience a powerful pitch in his quest for the world’s top sports job. The 60-year-old Carrion, who is chairman of Puerto Rican lender Popular Inc, heads the IOC’s finance commission and is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, becomes the third official candidate in the race to be decided on September 10. “We have a lot at stake in this election,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “Our place in the world is not guaranteed. We must have a leader that knows how not just to manage the coming change, but also make it work for the IOC and the movement,” said the soft-spoken Carrion. “We must embrace this ever-changing reality and keep innovating and evolving, or risk becoming less relevant to this and future generations.” IOC Vice Presidents Thomas Bach from Germany and Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang have already launched their campaigns while the head of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) C.K. Wu is set to announce his bid today.

More talk of aspiration than expectation By Nick Mulvenney AUSTRALIA are rightly underdogs for the upcoming Ashes series in England but will do everything they can to bring the coveted urn back home, skipper Michael Clarke said yesterday. There was more talk of aspiration than expectation as the Australia squad officially bid farewell to the country in a ceremony at Sydney airport before their departure for England at the weekend. England hold the Ashes after a convincing 3-1 series win in 2010-11 and Australia’s recent 4-0 drubbing in India has not persuaded many that they have much chance of wresting back the trophy. “I think it’s a fair indication of where both teams are at,” Clarke said of the underdogs tag. “England have a lot of experience. A lot of the guys have been involved in Ashes series before and they’re playing some really good cricket. “Our recent series in India wasn’t nearly as good as we would have liked so I accept that we are the underdogs but we’ll be doing everything in our power to have success. “Our goal is to win the series, we know it’s going to be tough, but we’re going to have a red-hot crack at hopefully winning the Ashes

for the Australian people,” he added to reporters in a chilly hangar. While Australia’s pace attack will be licking their lips at the prospect of bowling on English wickets, the batsmen had a torrid time in India and, despite his own excellent form over the last two years, Clarke said they all must improve. “The batters know we didn’t perform as well as we needed, we didn’t make enough runs and we are certainly accountable for our performances,” he said. “We know that if we can bat well as a unit, that will give our young, talented fast bowlers every opportunity to take 20 wickets.” Opening batsman David Warner arrives back from India, where he has been playing in the Indian Premier League, later on Wednesday to face disciplinary charges for a Twitter rant aimed at two journalists. Clarke said there would be no constraints on the use of social media by players as a result of the incident and he backed Warner to have learned his lesson. “The one thing I’ve been very disciplined about is allowing people to be themselves,” Clarke said. “At the end of the day we’re all old enough and wise enough to know what you are required to do as an Australian cricketer.

“There’s certainly been no talk of stopping players using social media, I think it’s a fantastic way to give back to fans.” “I think Davey has great potential to be a leader of the Australian cricket team. He’s a wonderful guy and wonderful player. “He’s learned from this... and if he continues to grow as he has over the last few years, there’s no reason why he hasn’t got the potential to captain Australia one day.” There was good news on the injury front with pace bowler Ryan Harris saying he felt better that he expected after the latest injury to have afflicted him, an Achilles problem. Clarke’s own fitness has also been in the spotlight after he missed the last Test in India due to the recurrence of a long-term back problem. “My body’s going pretty well at the moment,” he said. “I’ve had this six or seven weeks to work on my rehab, work on my strength for my hamstring and my back and, touch wood, I think I’m fully fit at this stage. “You always have niggles but I’m confident I’m as fit as I can be to perform at my best.” Australia defend the Champions Trophy in England next month before the Ashes series, which begins at Trent Bridge on July 10.

Skipper Michael Clarke says Australia will do everything they can to bring the coveted urn back home

Spurs fend off rallying Grizzlies By Jahmal Corner

Tim Duncan (left) settled San Antonio’s nerves in overtime

SAN Antonio squandered a big lead in the fourth quarter and had Tim Duncan to thank for settling their nerves in overtime as the Spurs ground out a 93-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Up by 14 in the fourth, the Spurs failed to score in the last four minutes of regulation and were pushed to overtime by the rallying Grizzlies. However, Duncan scored his team’s first six points in the extra session to put the Spurs back on track for the Game Two win. The series now shifts to Memphis for Game Three on Saturday. Memphis also trailed in their opening two series, against the Clippers and Thunder, and will hope they

can once again win four straight to advance. They have yet to lose a home game during the postseason. Despite trailing for most of Game Two, the Grizzlies ended the fourth quarter on a high and put in seven unanswered points. Tony Allen drew a flagrant foul with 26 seconds left and cut the deficit to 85-83 with two free throws and Mike Conley hit a short, game-tying jumper. But Memphis seemed to lose momentum in overtime and their hopes disappeared when Jerryd Bayless missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the closing seconds. Bayless tied Conley for a team-leading 18 points, and Zach Randolph finished with 15 and 18 rebounds. The Spurs’ Duncan finished with a team-high 17

points and nine rebounds while Tony Parker added 15 points, 18 assists and three steals. In other news, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery and the top overall pick for the second time in three years. The Cavaliers were able to edge out the Orlando Magic, who had the highest probability of winning the top selection, as they continue to rebuild a franchise reeling from the loss of LeBron James following the 2009-10 campaign. “It’s huge for us,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert told reporters. “This is our third year in a row in the lottery. Hopefully it’s our last for a long, long time.” Cleveland selected Kyrie Irving with the number one selection in 2011 and the guard has blossomed from a Rookie of the Year into an All Star.

Trout hits for the cycle MIKE Trout became the youngest player in the American League ever to hit for the cycle in the Los Angeles Angels’ 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners. The reigning AL rookie of the year singled in the third inning, tripled in the fourth, doubled in the sixth before completing the feat with a home run in the eighth. The 21-year-old finished with five RBIs while starter Jerome Williams pitched eight scoreless innings to get the win. Alex Rodriguez previously held the record when he hit for the cycle in 1997. In other Major League action, Dan Straily tossed seven scoreless innings to get the better of Texas ace Yu Darvish as the Oakland Athletics took a 1-0 victory over the Rangers. The 24-year-old Straily allowed just two hits and struck out five before handing the ball to his bullpen.


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Garcia’s fried chicken jibe is hurtful, says annoyed Woods

Golf urged to unite behind the ban on ‘anchoring’ By Tony Jimenez

Feud between the duo deepens By Martyn Herman and Tony Jimenez THE feud between world number one Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia deepened when Woods described the Spaniard’s ‘fried chicken’ jibe as “wrong, hurtful and inappropriate” yesterday Woods reacted on his Twitter account after Garcia issued an apology to a comment he made at Tuesday’s European Tour awards dinner when he was asked on stage whether he would be inviting Woods for dinner during next month’s U.S. Open in Merion. “We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.” Garcia was heard to say. Fried chicken has become a racial stereotype in the United States when referring to African-Americans - a reference to the days before the abolition of slavery when chicken was believed to be a staple part of the diet. Garcia moved quickly to explain his remark, issuing an apology through the European Tour. “I apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players’ Awards dinner,” the Spaniard said. “I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.” Woods, whose relationship

Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods have been at loggerheads after the Spaniard blamed a roar from the crowd watching the 14-time major winner for an errant shot when the two featured in the same group at the Players Championship with Garcia is frosty at best, was in unforgiving mood, though, and took to Twitter to express his annoyance at the comment. “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate...” the American said. Garcia’s comments echoed those made by former Masters winner Fuzzy Zoeller in 1997 when he joked with reporters to tell Woods not to ask for “fried chicken or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve” at the next year’s Champions dinner. Zoeller was subsequently dropped by two sponsors. Garcia and Woods have

been at loggerheads after the Spaniard blamed a roar from the crowd watching the 14-time major winner for an errant shot when the two featured in the same group at the Players Championship in Florida. The gallery erupted during the Spaniard’s backswing upon seeing Woods reach for his five-wood for a daring escape from a tee shot deep into the trees. Garcia yesterday said he was so upset by the furore caused by his jibe that he contemplated pulling out of this week’s PGA Championship at Wentworth. World number 14 Garcia added that his comment,

made at the European Tour’s Player of the Year awards on Tuesday, was “stupid and out of place” and he regretted it the moment he said it. He also said he had spoken to the heads of the European Tour and U.S. PGA Tour, that they had accepted his apology and there would no punishment for his comment. Garcia acknowledged the two men were not friends when he spoke to reporters earlier in the week. “You can’t like everybody,” he explained. “There are people you connect with and people you don’t and it’s pretty much as simple as that. “He doesn’t need me in his life, I don’t need him in my life

... but it doesn’t mean I can’t play with him.” Asked if there would be a handshake the next time Garcia and Woods played together, he replied: “Of course. It is what it is and that’s fine but it doesn’t mean I can’t play with him. “There has never really been a true connection like I have with Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott or some of the other guys I get along well with. “When I’m playing with someone who’s company I enjoy there is a bit more talking. When you’re playing with someone you don’t fancy as much you’re just a little bit quiet.”

Corbisiero eyes redemption for England after mauling By Andrew Gwilym

Wales romped to a record 30-3 victory which saw them snatch the Six Nations title from England

PROP Alex Corbisiero has described England’s summer itinerary as a “chance for redemption” following their Six Nations hiding at the hands of Wales. Stuart Lancaster’s side had followed up the stunning autumn triumph over world champions New Zealand with four wins from four in the Six Nations, and headed to Cardiff in March with a Grand Slam on the line. But ambitions of a first Red Rose clean sweep since 2003 were dashed as Wales romped to a record 30-3 victory which saw them snatch the title from England. In the desolation of the af-

termath of their Millennium Stadium mauling, sight was lost of the progress England have made under Lancaster’s stewardship. And, although Corbisiero missed the Six Nations due to a knee injury, he and his team-mates hope to prove across Sunday’s meeting with the Barbarians and their two June Tests against Argentina that defeat in Cardiff was a one-off. Corbisiero, speaking on behalf of O2 Touch, an initiative by the RFU and O2 to get more people involved in rugby, told Press Association Sport: “This is a massive chance for redemption after what happened against Wales. “I was not involved in that game but I can tell you just

how incredibly frustrating it was to watch. “We need to get back on track and prove that result was just a blip. “There are a lot of things we will want to improve on from that game, but we shouldn’t forget that our previous results had been very good and we have been doing the right things and moving in the right direction under Stuart Lancaster. We want to show that this summer.” After Sunday’s contest with the Barbarians, England, shorn of their Lions contingent, head to South America for games against a South American XV in Montevideo and Tests against the Pumas in Salta and Buenos Aires on June 8 and 15.

THE golfing world must unite behind the new ban on the anchoring of putters from 2016 and avoid any unseemly legal disputes, according to Royal & Ancient (R&A) chief executive Peter Dawson. The ban was announced by the game’s rule makers, the R&A and the United States Golf Association, on Tuesday, and Dawson has implored the rest of the sport to fall in line behind the regulation. The US PGA Tour and the PGA of America, who both emphatically oppose the rule, said they were against the ban and are planning to evaluate their positions. “Whatever people’s views about anchored putting, they are made passionately with the best interests of the game at heart,” Dawson told a news conference. “It’s true the best interests of the game would be served by this not being divisive, by people getting behind the decision the two governing bodies have made and helping each other get to 2016, when those who have had to make an adjustment to their game will have made that adjustment successfully. “I have a great deal of faith in the essential goodwill of golfers everywhere and their willingness to get behind what the governing bodies have decided, so I’m very hopeful it won’t come to anything like that (legal action).” American Keegan Bradley, the 2011 US PGA champion, is against the ban and has previously suggested he might consider going to the courts. Players anchoring long putters have won four of the last six major championships, including Australian Adam Scott at last month’s US Masters. Opponents of the style have said it is not a true golf stroke and that stabilising the putter against the body can give users an advantage to combat nerves. Dawson said one of the reasons for the new rule was that youngsters are now being taught to adopt the anchoring approach. “The increase in usage on tour and reports of youngsters coming into the game and starting out with the anchored stroke caused the subject to come into focus,” he said. “We have seen some tour events where 26 per cent of players were anchoring and that coaches of children coming into the game were proposing this method. “It was a concern to us but this new rule will deal with that.” If a player accidentally uses the anchored stroke from 2016, he or she will incur a two-stroke penalty for each occurrence in strokeplay and the loss of a hole in matchplay.


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Sport Warning over Qatar World Cup calendar change

Pellegrini confirms he’ll leave Malaga at end of season

By Martyn Ziegler

Rumoured to be replacing Mancini at City MANUEL Pellegrini has confirmed he will be leaving Malaga at the end of the season but it is not yet clear whether his future lies with Manchester City. The 59-year-old emerged as the front-runner to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad before the Italian had even left his post, and yesterday’s news will only increase speculation that the former Real Madrid boss is moving to the Premier League. Malaga have yet to confirm their manager’s exit officially but, in a speech to the Malaga Provincial Council, Pellegrini confirmed he was leaving La Rosaleda. “My coaching staff and I have separated from Malaga but our union with this city will be eternal,” he said. “We had a time with the club that was very rewarding. Everyone has the right to move on. “Sunday will be my last match at La Rosaleda and will be very exciting for me. “I’m not leaving due to the matter of money but looking for a project that allows me to develop my profession conveniently.” The most convenient project could well be at City, who have been on the lookout for a new boss since Mancini’s departure earlier this month. Pellegrini’s name was being

linked with the Blues before the Italian’s exit on May 13, although the Chilean denied a deal had already been done following the goalless draw with Sevilla on May 12. “I deny here and now being the new coach of Manchester City, I haven’t signed any agreement with anybody,” Pellegrini said on his club’s official website at the time. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs have shown an interest in me. “I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other club. “I hope in the coming weeks that things will become a little clearer about what is going to be the future here at this club.” That clarity has now been provided and comes on the day that UEFA confirmed Malaga had had the second year of their European ban for unpaid bills lifted. The Qatari-owned club had been handed a two-year ban from European competition, with one year suspended, and fined 300,000 euros but the suspended year has now been chalked off. The first year will still stand, however, meaning the club will not compete in Europe next season should they qualify and that appears to have had a bearing on Pellegrini’s decision.

Malaga are currently sixth in La Liga and seem certain to finish in the Europa League places as they sit five points clear of eighthplaced Rayo Vallecano with two games left to play. “I’m going for sporting reasons,” Pellegrini continued. “We leave the club qualified for Europe with the mission accomplished but it is unfortunate that this project changed.” Pellegrini first moved to Europe in 2004 when he became boss of Villarreal. In five years with the Yellow Submarine he guided the club to unprecedented success, reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2006 and finishing second in the league in 2008. That attracted the attentions of Madrid and Pellegrini moved to the Bernabeu in 2009 but was sacked after a single season, following a second-placed finish in the league and last-16 exit in the Champions League. He moved to Malaga in November 2010 and guided the club to 11th before finishing fourth in his first full season in charge. His side exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Borussia Dortmund this season and will finish their season with games against Deportivo La Coruna and champions Barcelona.

The Chilean has said he is leaving ‘for a project that allows me to develop my profession conveniently’

Man City and NY Yankees launch new MLS team By Simon Evans

Patrick Vieira, head of the elite development squad at Man City, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees played the Toronto Blue Jays

THE New York Yankees and Premier League club Manchester City have formed a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to play in New York City from 2015, aiming to win over America’s largest sports market to the global game. City, owned by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi, will be the majority partner in New York City Football Club with the biggest name in baseball, the Yankees, as a minority partner active in running the team. The ownership group will pay a $100 million franchise fee. New York City has been without a top professional soccer team since the demise in the mid-1980s of the old Cosmos, which featured greats like Brazil’s Pele and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. While the New York Red Bulls are based in Harrison, New Jersey, MLS has long

coveted a chance to get inside the five boroughs of the city itself. “This is another big day for soccer in America,” MLS commissioner Don Garber told Reuters. “We have worked for quite some time on trying to finalise a deal to bring the 20th MLS team to New York City. Two of the biggest, most prestigious and clearly most respected sports organisations in the world are joining together to own this team,” he added. MLS has steadily grown since its formation in 1996 with successful, well-supported teams in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle. But it has failed to attract large television audiences and the league hopes a New York team will change that. Garber said MLS viewed a top-flight team in New York City itself as a defining moment for the league. “This is a big market and represents over 19 million people,” he said. “I think it will be trans-

formational for MLS and for soccer in America. This country is rapidly becoming a very powerful and passionate soccer nation and it is our view that bringing together these two organisations will allow us to continue that tremendous momentum and bring it arguably to the most important city in the entire world,” he added. Manchester City, who won the Premier League in the 2011/12 season before finishing second to local rivals United this year, hope the Yankees will allow them to tap into expertise in reaching sports fans in New York. “This is the best of both worlds - we believe we know how to manage a football club and the Yankees are a top sports organisation in the world and are true New Yorkers,” Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano told Reuters. “We have a long term plan for football in New York and there couldn’t be a better partner,” he said.

ANY attempt to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter could lead to legal challenges by European leagues to force a re-vote by FIFA, Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert has warned. Seifert says it is “impossible” to play in Qatar in the heat of the summer but foresees legal action from Europe - where leagues would face disruption to three seasons - if it is moved to the winter as the likes of UEFA president Michel Platini have called for. Seifert said at a briefing in London: “This is the crucial point - can they move to the winter without making a rerun again? “I am not sure legally if you can just say ‘we will just play in winter’. As far as I understand, it was an invitation to tender and I’m very sure especially England is watching out for what happens there and I understand that.” Asked if there should be a re-vote, Seifert added: “I cannot say because I did not know the tender. At the end of the day the lawyers decide if there is a re-vote. “I am absolutely sure if countries like England see a chance of a re-vote they will force a re-vote. “If you do a tender - and we are forced to do a tender by our cartel authorities - then the rules must be clear for all. “From other leagues I do have the feeling they are also very upset with the situation - that the decision was done and that a four-week tournament affects maybe three years of running of professional football leagues in Europe.” Seifert also criticised FIFA for ignoring the leagues and choosing Qatar in the first place, and welcomed the world governing body’s recognition that the summer heat would be an issue. Speaking tongue in cheek, he added: “We are really happy that FIFA recognises it’s warm in the summer in Qatar. This is a great, great finding. “I am absolutely convinced that it is hard, if not impossible, to play a World Cup in the summer in Qatar. “Maybe you can create an artificial second sky over the whole country or over the stadia but what does that mean for the people in the media who need to work there, what does that mean for the fans who are there? “When I grew up as a kid this is not what I have in mind when I think about a FIFA World Cup. “Maybe because of my impressions of 2006 because this was the first time where there were public viewings and people on the street giving a special atmosphere in the country. And I doubt if that could work with 48 degrees on the street.”


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Rooney denies making official Man United transfer request

Pulis disappointed to leave Stoke

Striker reportedly only sought assurances about future

By Carl Markham

WAYNE Rooney fears he is being forced out of Manchester United and into exile at Paris Saint-Germain. According to Britain’ Daily Mirror newspaper, Rooney is adamant that he has not made an official transfer request, despite newly-retired manager Alex Ferguson publicly insisting that he had asked to leave the Old Trafford giants. Rooney fears the United fans may struggle to forgive him and there now seems a real possibility that the 27year-old will leave this summer. Big-spending French champions PSG apparently head of the queue of interested clubs, although Monaco, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Manchester City are watching developments closely. England striker Rooney had been hoping to start discussions about a new contract, yet United appear to be pulling the rug from under his feet - and that could force him out. Ferguson dropped Rooney for United’s biggest game of the season - the decisive second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

Wayne Rooney, who won his fifth Premier League title this season, welcomed a new addition to the family on Tuesday with the birth of second son Klay Despite the denials, that episode made it clear that he could be on his way out. Summer signing Robin van Persie has also eclipsed Rooney as United’s main man up front. Fergie’s tough tactics may end up sparing his successor, David Moyes, the difficult task of having to justify the sale to fans, as the former manager would take the full blame. The Mirror understands that Ferguson had even explored using Rooney as bait in an incredible player-

plus-cash swap deal to bring Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to Old Trafford. Ferguson is a big admirer of Hart and felt his unhappiness under Roberto Mancini gave him a chance of snatching him. Hart is now happier at Eastlands and will stay on under boss-in-waiting Manuel Pellegrini following last week’s decision to sack Mancini. In contrast, Rooney, who celebrated the birth of son Klay on Tuesday, fears there is no way back for him at United.

He was alarmed to see Sky pundit Gary Neville - his England coach and a former United team-mate - laughing about him asking for a transfer while conducting a TV interview with Paul Scholes. That has left him with the feeling there was a deep undercurrent and determination within the club to sell him. Rooney has been left disappointed to see himself being accused of twice asking for a move in the past three years. While he admits to hav-

ing clear the air talks with Ferguson, as he sought assurances about his future, Rooney remains adamant that no formal transfer request was put in. That is an official course of action in which the player puts his request in writing and waives his right to a payoff - and Rooney maintains that has simply never happened, despite United public claims to the contrary. And with that sort of backdrop, it is crystal clear that Rooney fears there is a clear agenda to move him on.

Bale rues Champs League failure By Paul Hirst

Gareth Bale says Spurs not finishing in the top four was hard to stomach

GARETH Bale admits he found Tottenham’s latest failure to qualify for the Champions League hard to stomach. Bale rounded off a remarkable year on Sunday by scoring his 26th goal of the season, but his wonder winner against Sunderland was not enough to earn the club Champions League qualification. The 23-year-old lit up the Champions League three seasons ago, starring in the club’s run to the quarterfinals, which saw them beat both Milan sides before losing to Real Madrid. And having enjoyed such a successful season personally, the Welshman concedes that he was disappointed to miss out on another shot at the big time. “It was obviously great to sign off with a great goal in the last minute, but circumstances made it hard to celebrate,” Bale told Spurs TV

Online after picking up his latest accolade - the Tottenham Player-of-the-Year award. “To play the way we have also but to miss out on our objective (Champions League qualification) is very disappointing.” Bale, who scored 31 goals for club and country this term, will discuss his future with Spurs over the next coming weeks. The club are understandably keen to hold on to their star man and manager Andre Villas-Boas recently called on the forward to end speculation about his future by signing a new deal at White Hart Lane. For now, the signs look promising for Tottenham fans. From his comments in the immediate aftermath of the victory over Sunderland, he seemed in no mood to abandon ship. “We fought hard this season, the team and the manager have been great,” he said. “We have got the record points for the club in the

Premier League. “That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it’s not meant to be again. “It’s disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again. “We will just have to regroup this season and give it another go.” Villas-Boas is keen to build his team around Bale next season, and stressed that significant investment was required in order to bridge the small gap between themselves and Arsenal. Leandro Damiao, Christian Eriksen, Christian Benteke and Heung-Min Son have been mentioned as possible targets for the north London club. Bale thinks the foundations are there for Spurs to have a successful 2013-14 season. He added: “It was great to get the win but the clouds just came over and made it a little bit duller, but it’s something we have to learn from, we are a young squad, and we will take it in to the future.”

FORMER Stoke manager Tony Pulis is disappointed by his exit but accepts chairman Peter Coates’ decision to want to take the club in a different direction. The 55-year-old parted company with the Potters by mutual consent after seven successive years in charge, ending a decade-long association either side of one season spent at Plymouth. Pulis had come in for increasing criticism from supporters for his ‘long-ball’, physical style and Coates decided after five years in the Premier League it was time for a change. “I have enjoyed some wonderful times at Stoke City and nobody was prouder than me when, after 23 years of exile from top-flight football we gained Barclays Premier League status,” said the Welshman in a statement. “Over the past five years we have created history by being the only team in this club’s 150 years existence to remain out of the bottom six in top-flight football for five consecutive seasons. “Within our five-year period in the Barclays Premier League we have featured in four major cup quarterfinals, an FA Cup semi-final and final. “Further, we have encountered, progressed and reached the later stages of a major European cup competition, only to lose out to Spanish giants Valencia. “Peter, his family and I have enjoyed every inch of the journey; he has been truly a fantastic man to work with. “Although I am disappointed I do understand what he means when he says the board feels a need to take the club in a different direction.” Pulis believes he leaves the club in a much healthier position than when he rejoined in 2006, mainly as a result of the progress made once they were promoted. “Of course, having reached the top you then have to find a way to stay there and develop a strategy for a club that had no infrastructure in place to compete with the top Championship clubs we had left behind, never mind the top Premier League clubs,” he added in a statement released by the League Managers’ Association. “During this great run of success on the pitch the club has also been involved in the building and development of a training ground that now compares to any in the Barclays Premier League. “Also, the Britannia Stadium has been revamped and now hosts and looks after virtually full-houses of the club’s great supporters every other week. “In leaving I am very proud of what we have all achieved.”


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Late drama as Apollon win Cyprus Cup AEL 1 Apollon 2 After extra time By Nemanja Bjedov TWO extra time goals from Horacio Cardozo and Romeo Surdu saw Apollon beat city rivals AEL 2-1 to win the Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup final last night at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol.

The win is Apollon’s seventh national cup trophy and second in the last four seasons, the Limassol side having previously celebrated in 2010 after a 2-1 victory over APOEL. Both teams had begun the season with different managers and they fell short of their top four target leaving only the national cup as their entry into the Europa League third qualifying round this summer. After what was a very cautions match for more than an hour, Slovenian referee

Damir Skomina showed the first yellow card with only 20 minutes to go. Maykon’s booking inspired a change in pace and both teams hit the post in the last ten minutes, while Apollon goalkeeper Bruno Vale saved Esteban Sachetti’s penalty six minutes from time. Christakis Christoforou’s Apollon showed more determination as the match went into extra time and they took the lead only five minutes into the first additional period through Cardozo, while Surdu slot-

ted home a penalty two minutes from time. There were fifteen minutes of stoppage time due to Apollon supporters invading the pitch following their side’s second goal. Patrick Vouho netted a consolation for AEL with virtually the last kick of the match. This was the first allLimassol Coca-Cola Cup final since 1989 when AEL beat Aris 3-2 in extra time. 1987 was the last time AEL met Apollon in a major final with AEL emerging 1-0 winners in that game.

Party time: Apollon celebrate their second Coca Cola Cup in the last four seasons and seventh overall

Murray forced to pull out of French Open with back injury ‘It’s been a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but I’m not fit to compete’

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NDY Murray has withdrawn from the French Open with the back injury that forced him out in Italy last week. Britain’s world number two retired in his first match in Rome and has opted against playing on the Paris clay. Murray will hope to be fit for the start of the grasscourt season at Queen’s Club on June 10. “It’s been a really tough decision, and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice I’m not fit to compete,” said the US Open champion. “Apologies to the organisers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible.” It will be the first Grand Slam tournament Murray has missed since Wimbledon in 2007. The French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, starts at Roland Garros on Sunday. Murray looked troubled throughout his match with Marcel Granollers on his 26th birthday in Rome. He withdrew with a lower-back problem after winning a tiebreak to square the match at one set all. At the time the Scot said he would be “very surprised” if he would be fit for the French Open. His only previous midmatch retirement coincidentally came on his 20th birthday, when he snapped a tendon in his wrist at the 2007 Hamburg Masters. That was the most serious injury Murray has suffered and led to him missing both the French Open and Wimbledon.

Down and out: Britain’s world number two Andy Murray retired from his opening match in Rome (above) last week and later said that he has been troubled by a lower back injury dating back to early 2012 Murray struggled with a lower-back problem throughout the clay season last year. One match against Jarkko Nieminen during the French Open prompted former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade to call him a “drama queen”. He had injections before Wimbledon but said the problem returned in Madrid two weeks ago and did not improve with rest. “Until Madrid, it had been OK but it’s not been perfect for a long period,” Murray said at the Italian Open.

“You always go into matches with little niggles and such, but it’s frustrating when for a long period you’re hurting. “It’s been an issue for a while now and I want to make sure it goes away. It’s not enjoyable when you’re playing in pain.” Murray reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals last year, losing to David Ferrer, before reaching his first Wimbledon final, winning Olympic gold back at SW19,

ng and clinching nd his first Grand Slam at the US Open. erer Roger Federer meanwhile beming lieves the timing rather than the nature of the injury that has prompted Murrawal ray’s withdrawal ench from the French e of Open will be

Roger Federer said that Murray’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Scot

greatest concern to the world nu number two. For Federer, injuries are part and parcel of the sport with players often defying the p pain barrier, but ins stead he feels the ffact it has occurred iin the run-up to tthe French Open a and Wimbledon is a acute. The world number tthree told Sky S Sports News: “The b back comes and goes as we know.

“Clearly only he knows what he has, how much pain he feels. But those are normal tennis injuries to have, those wear and tear, niggling injuries. “The only problem is if you play too long with something that hurts it’s just not so much fun any more.” He added: “What you don’t want to happen is to get injured in this phase right now - right before the French, leading into Wimbledon. “I think that is what happened when he injured his wrist six years or so ago, something happened in Hamburg and he missed the whole tour. “It’s part of the game, it’s what we do, we play with pain very often. “He is one of the fittest guys out there and I am sure he is going to be ready.” In a further blow to organisers yesterday, world number seven Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina has also pulled out of the French Open after failing to recover from a virus, Argentine media reported yesterday. Del Potro, who reached the quarter-finals at the claycourt grand-slam event last year, flew home after losing to Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Rome Masters event last 16 last week. “I am sad to miss such an important tournament, one that you always dream of winning,” Del Potro was quoted as saying by the daily Ultima Hora’s website.

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