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CyTA on attack over bribe claim Sweeping allegations in land deal provoke ire of CyTA chairman By Stefanos Evripidou

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NVESTIGATIONS into the multimillion euro real estate deal involving state telecoms company (CyTA) took on new proportions yesterday after allegations were made of millions given in bribes to unions, a political party, an MP and a leading CyTA official. Responding to the allegations, CyTA Chairman Stathos Kittis went on the counter-attack, accusing Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos of operating on behalf of family interests. AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou called for a full investigation into the case while AKEL heavyweight and MP Nicos Katsourides threatened to sue. The case involves the purchase of land near Larnaca Airport in 2011 on behalf of CyTA’s pension fund at allegedly twice its value when a nearby piece of land was reportedly being sold for far less. Reports have said the land was bought for between €20m and €27m. Hasikos appointed a threemember investigative committee last month to look into the issue, claiming that it was “a stitch-up from beginning to end”. The land in Dromolaxia was sold to a Greek Cypriot businessman who allegedly changed the term of use of the land, upgraded the coefficients, built on it and sold it on to the CyTA pension fund, allegedly at over ten times the price he bought it from the Turkish Cypriot original owner. Last week it transpired that the Secret Service (KYP) had produced two opposing reports on whether the Turkish Cypriot in

question had resided in the government-controlled areas for six months prior to selling the land. A number of local papers yesterday reported on the testimony given by businessman Charalambos Liotatis and his wife Panayiota to the investigating committee earlier in the week. According to multiple press reports, Liotatis claimed that he had lent over €1m to the company that had bought the land from the Turkish Cypriot. In their testimonies, the couple stated that the Turkish Cypriot had never resided in the governmentcontrolled areas but was employed by them for a number of years. Liotatis said he was encouraged to invest in the project, which he was told would make a large profit. However, when CyTA paid the first sum of €9.2m on November 3, 2011 for the purchase, Liotatis allegedly went to a main company official selling the land to seek a return on his loan. The company official allegedly told Liotatis that he didn’t have the money to give him because he had to pay a number of bribes first, with €1m allegedly earmarked for an MP, another €1m to a senior CyTA official, and an unspecified sum to a political party. Liotatis also said he overheard a company lawyer and accountant saying that €500,000 would have to be paid to two large unions for the deal to go through. The company last night released a statement denying all of Liotatis’ allegations. Responding to the allegations yesterday, Kittis

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A total of 26 men and women competed in the Naked Run during the Roskilde music festival 2013 in Roskilde, Denmark yesterday. The race was held outside the festival radio station, which arranges it. The fastest man and woman each win a ticket to next year’s festival (EPA)

Britain feels the heat... at long last By Dominic Harris ANDY Murray will feel the glare of more than just the eyes of the Wimbledon faithful this afternoon as Britain basks in the hottest temperatures of the year. Sun worshippers will enjoy highs of up to 30C (86F) in parts of southern England today, while most of the UK will enjoy temperatures in the mid to high 20s. And the spell of warm weather is expected to last throughout next week and beyond. Forecasters said the weather will be much hot-

ter than usual for the time of year - the average maximum temperature for July in England is 20.9C (69.5F) - and many parts of the country will enjoy temperatures on a par with popular Spanish holiday resorts. The last time the country enjoyed a long spell of warm July weather was in 2006, where temperatures were above 28C (82.4F) for a fortnight. More recently, temperatures peaked at 30.7 °C between 23 to 26 July last year. The previous highest temperature of the year was 27C (80F) on June 30 but recent years have seen Britons endure wet and overcast summers.


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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) be extended for a period of six months, until January 31, 2014, noting that “UNFICYP continues to play an essential role on the island by exercising authority in the buffer zone and contributing to keeping the calm and to the resolution of various issues affecting the everyday lives of both communities.” In his draft report on the UN operation in Cyprus, Ban referred to his good offices’ mission and noted that there have been no negotiations between the leaders of the two communities since March 2012. Diplomatic sources said the report is carefully worded, especially where the good offices of the Secretary General are concerned, and does not give the impression that the resumption of talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem is imperative. Ban said that the election of President Nicos Anastasiades in February brought new hope and cautious optimism for constructive talks between the two communities, and that Anastasiades met Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on May 30 in a convivial atmosphere at a dinner hosted by Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer Special Representative and Chief of Mission Lisa Buttenheim. The UN Secretary General also referred to various UNFICYP activities, including

the prevention of a recurrence of fighting and the maintenance of the military status quo, demining, the restoration of normal conditions and humanitarian functions, the work of the Committee on Missing Persons, and financial and administrative issues. Regarding the exploration for natural resources within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, Ban noted that related tensions continued during the reporting period. “Drilling activities continued in order to verify the presence and extent of hydrocarbon resources within designated blocks to the south and south-east of the island. Turkey continued to protest the development. Following the start of a second phase of drilling activities, on June 14 Turkey issued a statement confirming its position in support of Turkish Cypriot objections that such actions prejudge the rights of the Turkish Cypriot community. The statement indicated Turkey’s intention to provide assistance for the exploration for natural resources by the Turkish Cypriots to the south of the island,” he said. He added that, “in response, on June 17 Cyprus issued a statement in defence of its sovereign right to explore and exploit natural resources in its exclusive economic zone” and that “the statement condemned Turkey’s intention to support exploration for natural resources by

the Turkish Cypriots, noting that such a development would increase tension in the area.” Ban called on all parties to make every effort to avoid raising tensions, which may have a negative impact on the security situation, including in the buffer zone, adding that “it is important to ensure that any new-found wealth, which belongs to all Cypriots, will benefit both communities. “Without doubt, the discovery of offshore gas reserves constitutes a strong incentive for all parties to find a durable solution to the Cyprus problem. It is my hope that the discovery may engender a deeper cooperation for the benefit of all stakeholders in the region,” he said. Regarding the work of the Committee on Missing Persons, Ban noted that it continued to carry forward its bicommunal project on the exhumation, identification and return of the remains of missing persons, and that, “as of June 2013, the Committee’s bicommunal teams of archaeologists had exhumed the remains of 978 individuals on both sides of the island. He furthermore expressed concern that “the financial and economic crisis affecting Cyprus has the potential to negatively impact inter-communal contacts and relations,” and pointed out the need for further contacts and confidence building measures.

Water sports operators strike €13,000 confiscated in raid ALL WATER sports operations on the beaches will close from Wednesday to protest a state policy which water sports operators argue will end up throwing them out on the street and shutting them down. The Cyprus Water Sports Operators Association decided unanimously that its members will take their boats to Limassol port at 11am on Wednesday to highlight the plight of the industry. They also plan to protest Wednesday afternoon and all Thursday in Nicosia, where parliament is due to

discuss the issue. In an announcement, the association apologised for any inconvenience that may be caused, noting that it has exhausted all options. “Our fair and reasonable request to keep our businesses is accepted by all in words but in practice they are preparing a tombstone for our industry,” it said. The operators warned that their actions will intensify according to the response of the state. It was not clear yesterday how long they planned to keep their water sports centres closed.

POLICE CONFISCATED nearly €13,000 on Friday night after a raid on premises that had been converted into a casino in the Yermasoyia area of Limassol. Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said members of the Limassol Crime Prevention Unit and Mobile Rapid Reaction Force (MMAD) raided the premises with a warrant, after receiving information that illegal gambling was taking place there. Police had to break into the locked entrance which was protected by guards. Once inside, they identified 30 people who were gambling. Police also had to break open a door on the first floor of the building to enter a room where they found another 17 people gambling. The authorities found €12,830 in a till, which they confiscated along with tables, roulette wheels, cards, dice and other gambling paraphernalia. Following further investigation, it transpired that five of the people at the makeshift gambling joint owed money to the state in pending fines. Police received €3,000 in relation to those outstanding fines.


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Tempers flare in land deal row CyTA chairman says charges ‘blatantly false’ and that ‘the whole case rigged’ continued from page one argued the case was “rigged” while allegations of him taking bribes were “blatantly false”. “It seems that this is clearly a rigged case, which is trying to undermine and blacken the image of public figures, and I’m speaking of course about myself at this point.” He added: “Behind the whole case appears to be the interior minister.” Kittis argued the only land available - the one that CyTA eventually bought was owned by Airsun Properties Ltd, which he said was owned by family members of Hasikos. He presented documents from the Registrar of Companies showing that Airsun was majority owned by Hasikos’ father-in-law Frixos Koulermos, while Liotatis owned 0.5 per cent of the company. A company owned by Hasikos’ sister-in-law and husband also had shares. “I reject whatever has been said about so-called bribes and other things,” he said. Kittis said his bank accounts were available for investigation, “but will the interior minister open his accounts?”

Regarding the land in question, Kittis argued that due process was carried out with full feasibility studies and external audits undertaken, which determined that the CyTA pension fund could offer office space near the airport at a substantially reduced price than what the airports currently offer, making the fund around 7 per cent returns. For his part, Hasikos declared he has “no connection to any business or property or ownership of Frixos Koulermos, my father-in-law”, though he did confirm that Liotatis owned 0.5 per cent of the shares of Airsun. He further warned Kittis that the authorities would investigate every purchase he ever made on behalf of CyTA, and the pension fund. “Whatever CyTA bought, the pension fund of CyTA employees, immoveable property, he can be sure he’ll be checked out.” AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou said his party had nothing to do with the allegations and called for a full inquiry to provide clarity on the matter. Katsourides said he was

Pernera bemoans lack of ATM THE ABSENCE of a bank and ATM in the Pernera area of Paralimni is driving tourism away, warned Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pyrillis. The recent closure of a Laiki Bank branch in the area is forcing tourists to leave the area en masse to draw money out of ATMs elsewhere, resulting in lost revenue for local businesses at a time when their viability is being seriously challenged, the mayor said. The municipality has since sent a letter to all banking institutes to set up an ATM in Pernera. “At the same time, the members of the municipal council are prepared to begin negotiations with all stakeholders to solve the problem,” he said. The mayor also called on the government and MPs representing the free areas of the Famagusta district to include in next year’s budget funds for the redevelopment of the Pernera area. “The project is a priority for the Paralimni Municipality. The building plans are ready but the economic crisis and the lack of liquidity are hindering its implementation,” said Pyrillis. The project to upgrade the area is of vital importance, said the mayor, because Pernera holds the most tourist businesses in the free areas of Famagusta.

surprised to hear his name involved in the case and questioned the motives of Liotatis. Arguing the claims are groundless, the MP said he would take legal action against the allegations. PEO union also released a statement yesterday saying it had nothing to do with the scandals referred to in the press and called for the truth to shine. According to reports, two CyTA board members resigned yesterday, vice-president Loizos Papacharalambous and Antonis Antoniou, citing the irreparable damage done to the reputation of the organisation. The two called for a full investigation into the allegations.

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MEMBERS OF the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) gatecrashed a party in Lakatamia on Friday night attended by 500 people, mostly teenagers, and fined the 22-year-old organiser for having underage drinkers present. At around 10pm on Friday, members of the police unit went to the municipal swimming pool in Lakatamia, where there was a party taking place with around 500 people present, mostly under 17 years of age. According to police, the CPU carried out an investigation and discovered that the 22-year-old party organiser had not obtained a permit to hold the party, nor for the music he was playing while 24 partygoers under the legal minimum age of 17 were drinking alcohol supplied by the party organisers. Police gave the 22-yearold a grace period of 15 minutes to stop the music and unplug the loudspeakers while slapping him with 24 fines for each case of underage drinking found.

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Expats feel used and betrayed The worst? Cyprus is the only country in the world to finance its crisis using private deposits. Australian Expat immigrated to Cyprus and placed a million dollars in a ‘popular’ (the people’s!) Cypriot bank; his life’s savings dismantled overnight, left with a mere tenth of his earnings. Anglo-Cypriot froths when he mentions 70 per cent of seized deposits are from UK based ‘investors’. The Londoners he knows are livid and will never again think of resettling. They feel used and betrayed, he says. ‘Charlie’ Cypriots, with their own hesitant off-limits dialect, are ever a source of ridicule on the island, and now a source of political ridicule. What could be worse from one’s mother country?

HOW TO TAKE PART SUBMISSIONS are anonymous. Richardson says that she is the only one with access to the email account set up especially for contributions and will not reveal names and identities to other parties. But authors may also license their work using creative commons though the works will be presented anonymously within the theatre project itself. If the project proves profit making, proceeds will be distributed to European cultural and charitable projects, Richardson said. Testimonies in English are preferred, but not necessary.  Send your accounts at all.across.europe@gmail.com and get in touch with Zoe Piponides at zoepip@cytanet. com.cy

Those with a crisis-related story to tell are invited to take part in an ongoing EU-wide art project By Poly Pantelides

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N ONGOING Britishbased theatre project aims to capture how Europe’s long-running recession has affected its citizens, from hope to despair to first-person accounts of a turning point. And Cypriots are welcome to contribute. British director Esther Richardson has been gathering these stories, urging people to contribute anonymously so that they can give uncensored accounts - by offering testimonies on how they have been impacted by austerity in the post-2010 Europe. The project, dubbed All Across Europe, is still acquiring shape and form subject to the kind of contributions available to Richardson. She says on her blog allacrosseurope.wordpress.com she aims to develop a theatre piece over the following months for a performance by professional artists for the Nottingham European Arts and Theatre festival due in the summer of 2014. The project is looking for specific, detailed contributions with background context so the experiences can make sense to others with

different circumstances, perhaps a “central observation” or a story of hope of change. Richardson says it would be “fantastic” to hear from people who were either part of anti-austerity protests, have felt unable to take action, have been changed in some way, or might be able to offer “a story of hope”. The work “will try to capture the sweep of our experience of this unique era of European depression, presenting its intimate, untold and little known stories,” Richardson says on her blog. Beyond the individual stories, Richardson wants the project “to chronicle and express [the depression’s] wider impact on our human interactions and relationships”. That is a substantial task, but All Across Europe’s feed

Director Esther Richardson (left) is planning a theatre production on the EU recession

on social media site twitter already bears the hallmark of a project capable of assembling personal stories and it attracted the attention of Zoe Piponides, a Cyprus-based teacher who was motivated by the project to seek out Richardson and offer her own contribution, based on her

own “conversations and observations”. Piponides joined a weekly writing workshop last year and when depositors were told in March their Cyprus deposits would be raided, she was encouraged to write about it. “The more stories I heard, the more disturbed I became,”

The teacher housewife knows she’s lucky, TEACHER Housewife’s salary will be lopped again any month soon, setting a ‘fine’ example to the rest of the community. Already, she’s marginalised the way she shops, listing only necessities unless there happens to be a special offer. She’s decided she doesn’t need new clothes, rarely goes out for meals and thinks twice before doing anything near the end of the month when she owes her debit card 1000 euros. Cypriots are known for being big spenders on gatherings. Now, she sees more and more shoppers fingering soggy

tomatoes and bruised bargain bag apples, trolleys half the size they were 20 years ago. Cosmetics and clothes from the biggies like M&S and Next are still higher in price in the sales compared to UK original pricing; a tea bag dunked in hot water costs 3.50 at a central café, 4 euros if it’s by the sea, while a bank holiday trendy beach frappe coffee can reach a staggering 6.50 euros. Just who do the middlemen think they are? Each time Teacher fills the petrol tank, she acknowledges that she is one of the lucky ones as others buy petrol in

The students: in one class of 15, only three fathers employed THE SCHOOL gathers young people from surrounding villages. Each year Teacher conducts a survey to assess family employment. Each year, the numbers decline with an all-time low this last year. In one class of 15 teenagers, only three fathers are employed. Finding five euros to pay for a school trip is impossible for some families. Some students

pretend they’re not hungry or are dieting because there’s no sandwich in their bag and no money to buy one. Yes, they’re given coupons now. How must if feel to queue, clutching a coupon for a snack or a bag of free pasta? It’s far less embarrassing to go without. Student One worries about his father’s faulty tractor. He can’t focus

on the lesson, knowing there isn’t enough cash to cover major repair and that without the tractor the family farm is at a standstill. Student Two’s estranged father is jobless, her mother in hospital, terminally ill, while she goes home to an empty house every day. Chocolate is a luxury for her. She’s ready to work but where are the jobs?


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austerity The pensioner Local Pensioner was always half deaf and is now half paralysed after suffering a stroke, unable to speak, so her sons have little idea how much she understands. She used to sell handmade toys and saved for her later years because she knew the grim reality of state retirement homes. Her bed in a private nursing home costs over 900 euros a month; speech therapy is available at an extra cost. Who dares tell her about the latest rumours on the grapevine - a 30-50 per cent cut in cooperative bank deposits? Her sons are wondering if what is left will be enough to help her live a little comfortably the final years of her life.

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she says. Finding out about the call for austerity stories, Piponides was inspired by Richardson’s “wish to listen to ordinary voices, inviting people to speak without reservation”. Piponides’ stories (printed here), short accounts of her understanding of how dif-

ferent people have been impacted in Cyprus, ring true of the situation as it has been unfolding on the indebted island. She transmits different people’s anxiety, and concern, as they are forced to cut back on expenses and incur losses on their deposits.

but for how long? 10 euro doses. More crew cut scenarios mean she will spend even less than she is doing now as she tries to save for promised harder times ahead. The hairdresser, the beautician, the department store and even the dentist will just have to wait. She feels lucky to be a permanent employee. No one will dare to kick her butt for a more cost-effective replacement. After all, is she not protected by Mr Civil and oh so Right? Till now, permanency has meant immunity, but who is she kidding?

AUSTERITY lies like a brick in Artist’s guts because he knows what Cypriot politicians are capable of and how incapable they can be. He is furious with the government, past and present. He has no faith in Cypriot politics. He avoids reading newspapers because they ulcerate his soul. He understands the futility of elections, the ugly reality of nepotism and how who you know counts all too often. He depends on tourists and locals with a bit of extra cash in their pockets. Austerity measures all across Europe mean fewer tourists and those who do come to Cyprus have little to spare for decorative art, even if ancient dual headed symbols of unity are interesting motifs on modern sculptures. More and more people are ‘just looking’ and Artist’s current account credit took an exit a long time ago.

Truth: where to find it and how it can benefit you JEHOVAH’S Witnesses believe that all, including those who are not Witnesses, will benefit from the positive content and practical suggestions of the 2013 District Convention with the theme ‘God’s Word is Truth’ that will take place, in English, at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 101 Mestzit St, Limassol from Friday July 12 until Sunday 14. The Convention will take place worldwide in different places. “This year’s convention theme is very important because it directs the spotlight on one of the basic family values of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” said P Ioannides, spokesman for the Witnesses. “For the Jehovah’s Witness families the Bible is the most reliable guide and counselor in these turbulent times. We believe the enjoyable convention programme, with a variety of practical subjects, will benefit not just us but also the public. Special emphasis will be given to the family and advice from within the Bible for each member of the

family will be heard.” Ioannides said Jehovah’s Witnesses give priority to personal study of the Holy Bible. For example each week families dedicate one evening for family worship, which is the study and research of the scriptures. “At this year’s Convention new tools for personal and family study of the Holy Bible will be presented,” added Ioannides. The value of the Holy Bible as the only reliable guide for the many problems people now face

will be stressed through exciting talks, dramatised Bible readings and presentations, and even two live theatrical performances, he said. The exciting talk ‘What is Truth?’ will analyse why we can trust God’s word, the Holy Bible. The two performances will bring to life bible stories and the lessons we learn from them. Those attending will discern that trusting the Holy Bible can help them take wise decisions, improve their family life, strengthen their personal relationship with God and find true happiness. It is estimated that four thousand people will attend the Bible-based programme. The Convention programme will be presented in English and there will be simultaneous translation in Sinhala and Tagalog all days and Vietnamese translation on Sunday only. On all three days the programme will begin at 9:20am and finish at 4:50pm on Friday and Saturday and at 3:35pm on Sunday. Entrance is free.


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Can gas drive down electricity prices? Cyprus is seeking to secure a short-term supplier of natural gas until it can bring ashore its own deposits By Elias Hazou YPRUS inches closer to making up its mind on whether to import interim supplies of natural gas – but the million-dollar question still stands: will it drive down sky high electricity prices? Talks between the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) and preferred bidder Itera are set to continue into next week, after negotiations on Wednesday and Thursday did not yield an agreement. Cyprus is seeking to secure a short-term supplier of natural gas not exceeding 1.2 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year as a stop-gap solution until it can bring ashore its own natural gas. The interim gas would be used for domestic electricity production. Under the terms of the call for expression of interest, the supply of gas was to begin no later than early 2015 and last up until September 2018, when the island should be able to start using its own resources from the natural gas discovery in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). In terms of technology, DEFA’s tender is openended: liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), or any other technology. The top criteria are time and cost, and DEFA has reserved the right not to finalise any deal if the price of electricity generated by natural gas will be higher than that currently produced from diesel. Under the circumstances, the import options are predictable. Should CNG be selected, Cyprus (or the gas supplier) will have to build the first CNG ship in the world. Currently no such ship has been built. The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) – a classification society – has approved one such concept but no shipyard has built one to date. The second option is to lay a submarine pipeline either from Israel’s Tamar field, which has just come online, or from the Aphrodite gas field. Here, the engineering challenges are significant. Considering that the pipeline will be laid in water depth at times reaching 2,200m, the project would take three to four years to complete. Another scenario would be to import liquefied natural gas on LNG ships with onboard regasifigation facilities which will convert cryogenically cooled LNG into its gaseous form. These ships are known as floating, storage and regasification units (FSRUs). Details of the bids are bound by a confidentiality agreement, but it’s understood that Itera’s proposal envisages the deployment of

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FSRUs. Local media reports this week said Itera’s offer would see the gas sold to Cyprus just under $16 per million British Thermal Units (mBTU). Reportedly, DEFA is trying to get Itera to drop its final price a little more in order to clinch a deal. But $15 or $16 per mBTU is not much lower than the electricity utility’s current cost of producing electricity from diesel, believed to be between $17 and $18 per mBTU. The EAC will not disclose its cost of electricity production, keeping it a closely guarded secret. Just as talks with Itera were entering an advanced and delicate stage, it was leaked to the press that Noble Energy, which has a concession on offshore Block 12, has approached the government with its own idea for short-term supply of gas. For the time being Noble’s proposal is ‘informal’, in that it falls outside the bidding process conducted by DEFA. That’s likely why the government – wary of being accused of acting in

bad faith with Itera – has not confirmed Noble’s pitch, although industry sources have since corroborated that such an offer was made. The US energy firm is said to be proposing to deploy a spar platform at the Aphrodite well to produce a gas

– but at a cheaper price, $12 per mBTU. Now, the Sunday Mail hears that yet another company is making a play: Sea NG, which specialises in the development and commercialisation of technology for marine transportation of

The Canadian company, which bid for the tender but did not make the final cut, claims it can deliver gas by 2015 and for a lower price than the others flow smaller than conventional drilling platforms but still enough to cater to domestic electricity needs. Reports said Noble is suggesting bringing the gas to the Vasilikos power plant by early 2016 – later than Itera

CNG. The Canadian company, which bid for the tender but did not make the final cut, claims it can deliver gas by 2015 and for a lower price than the others. Sea NG, sources said, would secure

gas from Israel’s Tamar field and ship it to Cyprus. Israeli currently pays $5.8 per mBTU for electricity from its own gas. Even assuming a slight mark-up on that price were the Israelis to sell to Cyprus, and with Sea NG adding another $5 for delivery, that would bring the tariff to between $10 and $11 per mBTU. Meanwhile the Sunday Mail understands that in its tender DEFA cited two different maximum distances for the source of the gas. Though not naming the countries, it is evident that DEFA had Egypt and Israel in mind. Analysts say the CNG method is ideal for markets within 2,000km of the gasfield, and CNG is economical over short sea journeys compared with LNG. Still, it would take some convincing officials here since CNG has yet to be implemented anywhere in the world. On the back of Noble’s spar platform proposal, Sea NG is now floating the idea of shipping gas from Cyprus’ Block 12. They would do this by deploying ships to Noble’s spar platform, and from there, the ships would fill up with the fuel in its gaseous form, compress it on board and transport it to a receiving facility at Vasilikos. Again, this proposal is outside the DEFA tenders process. Presumably, both Sea NG’s as well as Noble’s offers might be considered later should no deal be struck with Itera in the bids process. Sea NG’s ‘taxi service’ to and from Block 12 would become relevant, for example,

should Noble encounter difficulties in building a pipeline from its spar platform to the island’s south coast, and might choose instead to ship the gas in compressed form. Sea NG estimates the total tab of its project to be in the vicinity of €500m. By contrast, a pipeline alone running from the Aphrodite well to Vasilikos might cost double that. And besides the higher overheads for the related infrastructure, LNG is more expensive than the fuel in its gaseous form. Moreover, sources said, Sea NG is willing to put up all the capital and to offer standard industry guarantees in the event of supply disruption. The Sunday Mail is told also that the company has briefed both the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (the prospective buyer of natural gas) and the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company. Successive reports by Eurostat have shown the price of household and industrial electricity in Cyprus to be among the highest in the EU. The electricity utility here has invested millions in acquiring dual-fuel combinedcycle gas turbines that run on either fuel oil or natural gas. For the moment, the machines continue to burn only the more expensive diesel. Using LNG or CNG as an interim solution would almost certainly bring down electricity costs - but by how much? Will the cost be ‘substantially lower’ than current costs, as DEFA has specified in its tender? And how does one define ‘substantially lower’?


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Police confident have brought a halt to muggings in Paphos Seven arrests been made of two different gangs By Bejay Browne FOLLOWING a spate of muggings in Paphos, police say they are confident that all of the suspects have been arrested and no more such incidents will take place. Most of the recent reported victims were tourists holidaying in the resort, and tourism officials will be joining police in breathing a sigh of relief as the muggings have done nothing to help promote the town’s image as a safe place to visit. “This phenomenon is something recent in Paphos although it does sometimes take place in other towns in Cyprus,” a police spokesman said. According to police, cases of muggings have been rare in the seaside town in recent years and incidents in the past have been isolated. But a spate of these crimes in recent weeks have left both police and locals concerned. “Our fears have now been

allayed following the arrests,” the spokesman said adding that “different teams of perpetrators were arrested who we believe are responsible for the recent cases in Paphos.” Last week Paphos police arrested four Cypriot men in connection with a number of tourist muggings in the area. Police say one of the suspects, a 26 year old, confessed to committing 20 separate muggings, mainly of tourists. Police originally arrested two men after a holidaymaker reported she had been mugged by two men while walking home. The victim gave police a description of the car the men used to flee after snatching her bag. The unemployed suspects are Paphos residents and following their arrest, they admitted stealing the tourist’s bag. Two other men were later arrested in connection with the muggings. In addition, three Romanian men were remanded in custody for eight days

on Thursday in connection with another series of muggings in Paphos. One incident involved a British couple on holiday at the seaside town. They reported an attack by three assailants who snatched the woman’s bag whist they were out walking. Two Ukranian women reported a similar incident on the same night. They say they were attacked by two young men who stole one women’s bag. Police later stopped a vehicle driven by a Limassolbased Romanian. Four mobile phones and two pairs of sunglasses were found inside the vehicle. The driver couldn’t give a satisfactory explanation as to where he found the items and was arrested. During his interview he confessed to the crimes and also gave police the names of two associates, also Romanians who live in Limassol. His two alleged accomplices were also arrested. The trio was remanded for eight days by Paphos district court.

Elderly Paphos resident Evie Newman, 78, said: “I am very relieved the police have caught the people responsible. I was concerned about my two granddaughters coming to visit this summer as they often go out at night. You don’t expect this kind of thing in Paphos which is a usually a relatively safe place to live and come on holiday.” A police spokesman added: “We didn’t really have incidents such as these before in Paphos, it’s only happened lately. As we haven’t received any more complaints since these recent arrests, we believe we have all of the perpetrators in custody.” Police admit that more foot patrols are needed in some areas of Paphos which are popular with visitors, such as Kato Paphos, the Tomb of the Kings road and Ayiou Antonios - Bar Street - which is the town’s main nightlife street. According to police, foot patrols are currently only patrolling Bar Street at the weekends.

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Wary Tibetans mark Dalai Lama’s birthday in China By Sui-Lee Wee THE streets of Chabcha county in western Qinghai province were quiet yesterday as Tibetan monks marked the Dalai Lama’s birthday in their homes, wary that any public celebration could endanger a tentative softening by Chinese authorities. Tibetans in China have always had to steer clear of public ceremonies revering their 78-year-old exiled spiritual leader who Beijing has denounced as a “wolf in monk’s robes”. But in the run-up to this year’s anniversary, authorities in Qinghai had discussed proposals to ease restrictions including allowing Tibetans to openly display photographs of the Dalai Lama, the International Campaign for Tibet said. Yesterday, however, there was no sign of any celebration with many ordinary Tibetans not even aware it was his birthday. At the Kumbum monastery close to Qinghai’s capital, Xining, monks prayed in a room next to another that was built as a shrine to the Dalai Lama, whose photograph was displayed. “We’ll celebrate his birthday at our homes privately but we’ll never do it in the open,” said Khedroob, 40, a monk at the Kumbum monastery. “But we don’t have to wait for a special day to celebrate, we celebrate him everyday.” Khedroob said he had received a text message on

A Tibetan monk carries a portrait of the exiled spiritual leader his mobile phone that authorities in Qinghai have discussed allowing Tibetans to display images of the Dalai Lama, but added he didn’t know whether to believe it. Officials had also discussed the possibility of ending the practice of forcing Tibetans to denounce the Dalai Lama and to reduce the police presence at monasteries, the International Campaign for Tibet said last week. The report triggered speculation that the authorities are contemplating looser religious restrictions in the Tibetan regions of China. The speculation has been fuelled in part by an essay written by a scholar from the Central Party School, who said that China could take some steps toward resuming talks with the Dalai Lama’s

representatives, which broke down in 2010. That essay has given hope to observers looking for signs of change from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who took office in March. China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs denied that the government is changing its policy towards the Dalai Lama. In a faxed reply to Reuters, the agency said the Dalai Lama has to give up his stance on independence for Tibet. Beijing considers the Dalai Lama, who fled China in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, a violent separatist. The Dalai Lama, who is based in India, says he is merely seeking greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland. Still, the timing of these possible policy shifts suggests that the Chinese Communist Party hopes to defuse tensions that have mounted since 2008, after riots that broke out in the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Tibetan parts of China led to a government crackdown. If China was to allow grassroots worship of the Dalai Lama in Qinghai and neighbouring Sichuan, it would mark a reversion to the norm before 2008, according to Robbie Barnett, director of modern Tibet studies at Columbia University. It is unclear whether these adjustments were mandated by Beijing, but there are signs that the new leadership is becoming more pragmatic when it comes to policy on Tibet, Barnett said.

Dozens dead in Nigeria school attack ISLAMIC extremists have killed 29 students and one teacher in an attack on a boarding school in northeast Nigeria. Survivors being treated for burn and gunshots wounds say some students were burned alive in the attack before dawn yesterday on the Government Secondary

School in Mamudo town in Yobe state. As he wept over the bodies of his two boys, farmer Malam Abdullahi swore he would withdraw three remaining sons from a nearby school. He complained there was no protection for students despite the deployment of

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‘WHO IS THE TERRORIST? WHO IS THE GLOBAL DELINQUENT?’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro spoke out at a military parade marking the country’s independence day

Venezuela offers Snowden asylum By Daniel Wallis and Deisy Buitrago VENEZUELA’S President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in defiance of Washington, which is demanding his arrest for divulging details of secret U.S. spy programs. Snowden, 30, is believed to be holed up in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport and has been trying to find a country that would take him since he landed from Hong Kong on June 23. “In the name of America’s dignity ... I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to Edward Snowden,” Maduro told a military parade marking Venezuela’s Independence Day. “He is a young man who has told the truth, in the spirit of rebellion, about the United States spying on the whole world.” Russia has kept the former National Security Agency contractor at arm’s length, saying the transit area where passengers stay between flights is neutral territory and he will be on Russian soil only if he goes through passport control. It was not immediately clear how Snowden would react

to Maduro’s offer, nor reach Venezuela if he accepted. There are no direct commercial flights between Moscow and Caracas, and the usual route involves changing planes in Havana. It is not clear if the Cuban authorities would let him transit, however. Given the dramatic grounding in Vienna of the Bolivian president’s plane this week over suspicions that Snowden was onboard, using European airspace could prove problematic. Russia has shown signs of growing impatience over Snowden’s stay in Moscow. Its deputy foreign minister said that Snowden had not sought asylum in that country and needed to choose a place to go. Moscow has made clear that the longer he stays, the greater the risk of the diplomatic standoff over his fate causing lasting damage to relations with Washington. Both Russia’s foreign ministry and President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman declined to comment on Venezuela’s offer. “This is not our affair,” Dmitry Peskov told Reuters. But senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker Alexei Pushkov, head of the international affairs committee of Russia’s lower house of parliament, said asylum in Venezuela would

be Snowden’s best option. Raising the possibility of at least one other option, Nicaragua said it had received an asylum request from Snowden and could agree to it “if circumstances permit”. WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization, said on Friday that Snowden had asked six more nations for asylum, bringing to about 20 the number of countries he has appealed to for protection from U.S. espionage charges. Maduro said Venezuela was ready to offer him sanctuary, and that the details Snowden had revealed of U.S. spy programmes had exposed the nefarious schemes of the U.S. “empire.” “Who is the guilty one? A young man ... who denounces war plans, or the U.S. government which launches bombs and arms the terrorist Syrian opposition against the people and legitimate President Bashar al-Assad?” he asked, to applause and cheers from ranks of military officers at the parade. “Who is the terrorist? Who is the global delinquent?” Since narrowly winning a presidential election in April that followed the death of his mentor, Hugo Chavez, from cancer, Maduro has often lambasted the United States - even accusing the Pentagon and former U.S. officials of plotting to kill him.

ELECTRICITY AUTHORITY OF CYPRUS Interruption of Supply The Electricity Authority of Cyprus announces that electricity supply will be interrupted between 08:00 to 14:00 on Tuesday 9th of July 2013 in the following areas: Kaliana (Part of), Sina Oros, Galata, Kakopetria, Platania Area, Ayios Nikolaos SINCE IT IS NOT CERTAIN THAT THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY WILL BE INTERRUPTED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF THE PERIOD STATED, INSTALLATIONS IN ALL PREMISES MUST BE REGARDED AS BEING “ALIVE” DURING THESE HOURS. We regret any inconvenience which may be caused by the interruption of supply, but this is necessary due to work on the high voltage system.


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Egypt counts dead after Islamist protest violence Islamists enraged by the overthrow of President Mursi - over 30 killed By Mike Collett-White and Asma Alsharif EGYPT counted its dead yesterday after Islamists enraged by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets in an explosion of violence against what they denounced as a military coup. Over 30 people died and more than 1,000 were wounded after Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement called ‘Friday of Rejection’ protests across the country and tried to march on the military compound where the ousted president is held. The most deadly clashes were in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where 14 people died and 200 were wounded. In central Cairo, pro- and anti-Mursi protesters fought pitched battles late into the night with stones, knives, petrol bombs and clubs as armoured personnel carriers rumbled among them. It took hours to restore calm. The Nile River bridges around the landmark Egyptian Museum where the street fights raged were still covered with the debris of rocks and shattered glass yesterday morning. Both pro- and anti-Mursi activists remained encamped in different squares in the capital.

Protesters against former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throw stones at pro-Mursi supporters near Tahrir Square The Health Ministry said over 30 people were killed throughout the country, and 1,138 injured, state media reported. State-owned newspapers said the army-backed authorities that took power on

Wednesday and suspended the constitution, would announce the appointment of a prime minister to run the country during a transition period. The country’s main leftist leader, Hamdeen Sabahi,

Top mafia boss caught in Colombia

Roberto Pannunzi was Europe’s biggest drugs trafficker

COLOMBIAN police say they have caught the alleged boss of Italy’s Calabrian mafia, who they described as Europe’s most wanted drugs trafficker. Roberto Pannunzi was detained in a shopping centre in the capital, Bogota, authorities said. He had been on the run since 2010, when he fled from a clinic in Rome, where he was receiving treatment as a prisoner. Italian prosecutors accuse Pannunzi of establishing the trans-atlantic cocaine trade between Italy and Colombia. As alleged head of the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia, he is suspected of helping to import up to two tonnes of cocaine into Europe per month. The Italian was detained on Friday with the help of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Colombian defence ministry said in a statement. “Pannunzi, known as the Pablo Escobar of Italy, was the most wanted man in the country,” the defence ministry said in a twitter post.

said the transition should be short to amend the constitution and elect a new president and parliament. The military has given few details and no timeframe for a new ballot - adding to political uncertainty at a time

when many Egyptians fear violence could polarise society even further. Egypt’s first freely elected president was toppled after mass demonstrations against Muslim Brotherhood rule, the latest twist

in a tumultuous two years since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region in 2011. Five police officers were gunned down in separate incidents in the North Sinai town of El Arish, and while it was not clear whether the attacks were linked to Mursi’s ouster, hardline Islamists there have warned they would fight back. There were more attacks on army checkpoints in the Sinai peninsula overnight and gunmen fired on central security building in the town of El-Arish, security sources said. A new Islamist group announced its formation in the lawless Sinai peninsula adjoining Israel and the Gaza Strip, calling the army’s ousting of Mursi a declaration of war on their faith and threatening violence to impose Islamic law. The group, calling itself Ansar al-Shariah in Egypt, said it would gather arms and start training its members, in a statement posted on an online forum for militants in the country’s Sinai region recorded by SITE Monitoring. Many Egyptians see the army as a guarantor of stability at a dangerous time for the world’s most populous Arab nation.


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VERYONE knows better than to eat the yellow snow, but Benjamin Britten’s bleak and searing Death in Venice, in a stunning revival in London and now in Amsterdam, makes clear it’s also a bad idea to eat mushy strawberries during a cholera epidemic. Britten’s last opera, based on the Thomas Mann novel of the same name about a German writer suffering from writer’s block who finds inspiration and love in the person of a beautiful young boy in Venice, and also death from eating contaminated strawberries, has been by far one of the best received productions this year by the English National Opera (ENO). “The central performances are stunning,” Michael Church wrote in The Independent after the mid-June premiere of the revival of director Deborah Warner’s 2007 original. At that time Ian Bostridge sang the doomed writer Gustav von Aschenbach, a role that Britten wrote for his life companion, Peter Pears. “For two unbroken hours John GrahamHall brilliantly holds the stage, utterly believable and with every phrase pellucidly clear,” Church said, referring to the British tenor who has stepped into Bostridge’s shoes and mastered one of the most demanding of all tenor roles. For most of the opera’s two and half hours, Graham-Hall as Aschenbach is centre stage and almost always singing - which makes the role a rival as an endurance test to Wagner’s cobbler-poet Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. GrahamHall wouldn’t have it any other way. “It is the role I wanted to do all my life, it’s always been top of my list since I heard it when it was first performed in the ‘70s with Peter Pears singing,” Graham-Hall said in a telephone interview from Amsterdam, where the ENO production opened this week for three performances at The Am-

Britten in the time of cholera sterdam Music Theatre. “It’s a fantastic piece, incredibly well written...and this may sound like a stupid thing to say but it’s actually not hard...because Britten kind of does all the work for you and the work Britten doesn’t do is done by the amazing production I’m lucky to be in.” Praise like that is music to the ears of John Berry, the ENO’s artistic director. He took over London’s decidedly second opera company, after the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, in 2005 at a time when critics were writing such scathing reviews of ENO productions it seemed like the company might not have a future. No more. The ENO, like any heavily governmentsupported arts company in post-economiccollapse Europe, inevitably has money worries. But Berry can proudly point to a close production link with The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and with other companies in the United States and Europe, plus strong audience numbers and increasingly

favourable reviews, to parry the doubters. And there are doubters. Berry took a punt on a video-cum-chamber opera version of experimental Dutch composer Michael van der Aa’s setting of novelist David Mitchell’s surreal Sunken Garden, replete with 3D effects, earlier this year. Some reviewers pronounced it the most ghastly thing they’d seen all season while others were bowled over. But the comparatively young audiences that packed the house for the relatively short run mounted in the smaller Barbican concert hall were exactly what Berry had wanted to see. “It’s an experimental piece of incredible ambition that is paid for by four or five international collaborators and none of us would have been able to do it on our own,” Berry said. He estimated that at least half the audience had been new to opera while the figures were even higher for the London premiere of Philip Glass’s The Perfect American,

John Graham-Hall a success as the suffering writer in Death in Venice

based on the life and death of Walt Disney, and a whopping 70 per cent for comedian and filmmaker Terry Gilliam’s version of Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust. Berry is hoping to recapture this season’s hoopla next year when Gilliam is back for a crack at Berlioz’s problematic Benvenuto Cellini, radical Spanish director Calixto Beito tackles Beethoven’s Fidelio and the ENO offers revivals of two surefire British chestnuts, Britten’s Peter Grimes and Thomas Ades’s Powder Her Face. The house’s most ambitious offering, however, is Thebans, a retelling of Sophocles’s Oedipus cycle with music by British composer Julian Anderson and directed by French-Lebanese director Pierre Audi. “I think orchestrally the writing will be startling,” Berry said of the opera by Anderson, whom he puts in the same league with other modern British greats like Harrison Birtwistle, Ades and Mark Anthony Turnage.

Beware the Civil War relic: it could be stolen or fake By Jeffrey Roth

Re-enactment of the famous Gettysburg battle which took place 150 years ago

WITH 250,000 visitors converging on the Gettysburg battlefields this week, historians and antiquarians say the 150th anniversary of the clash that defined the US Civil War has prompted an increased interest in Civil War relics - and an apparent uptick in the thefts and faking of conflict memorabilia. While there are no national statistics about thefts of war mementos, museums and law enforcement officers around the nation have reported a range of incidents involving the plundering of Civil War artefacts. The thievery even extended to the current Gettysburg re-enactment, where criminals made off with a trailer containing war items valued at $10,000 in Frederick County, Maryland, last month. Cheri Gainor, owner of the missing goods, is portraying a camp laundress in the Gettysburg battle commemoration which started on July 4 and ends today. Among the rare items taken, she said, were a 150-year-old washing dolly - a wooden device used to agitate water in a washing barrel - as well as a number of mini-irons for cuffs and collars. In Burke County, Georgia, thieves plundered the graves of Confederate soldiers in the Old Church Cemetery, prying open caskets - presumably, according to cemetery oversee Leroy Matthew Bell Jr., in the hope of finding relics to sell. Burke County police have arrested two men in connection with the

April incident. In downtown Lexington, Kentucky, determined thieves went to even greater extremes by stealing an iron prison gate from the HuntMorgan House, a museum that houses an extensive collection of civil war relics, in May. Sheila Ferrell, executive director of the Blue Grass Trust, which runs the museum, said the 400-pound gate, a remnant from the Ohio State Penitentiary, which once held Confederate General John Hunt-Morgan, was almost immovable. Stephen Sylvia, a military historian, author and antique store owner in Orange, Virginia, attributed the rising popularity of relics to the anniversary of the war and the popularity of movies such as Lincoln. Prices for Civil War relics vary widely, Sylvia said. An authentic minie-ball, a cylindrical bullet named for its French army officer inventor, Claude-Etienne Minie, starts at around $3, while a Confederate uniform button can go for $150. A uniform can sell for thousands, and a sword may fetch more than $20,000. Fakes are a problem, he said, especially when it comes to Civil War dog tags and slave tags. Authentic slave tags are especially rare unless they originate from the Charleston, South Carolina, area. Civil War bullets can also be less than they seem. According to Sylvia, the minie-balls can sell for $10 or more if they come from a famous battlefield. “Not very many are being found at Gettysburg any longer,” Sylvia said.


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News Review Desperate baby THE distraught parents of a seven day old baby were told on Monday they had less than two weeks to raise around €15,000 euros needed to pay for a lifesaving operation, otherwise she would die. The baby girl was in a critical condition with a serious heart defect at Nicosia Makarios hospital, and doctors say her condition could deteriorate at any time. The government medical services provide treatment free of charge or at a reduced rate for a significant proportion of the population but a medical card is needed to be eligible. First time parents, 31-year-old former student John Dhull from India and Virginia Taguinay, 32, from the Philippines, are not able to obtain a medical card as their visas have expired. The health minister later stepped in to say the government would foot the bill and the baby was transferred to a hospital in Israel on Friday for surgery.

CY handouts DEBT-LADEN national carrier Cyprus Airways could be asked to pay back some of the money previously given to it by the state, an official has said. According to Commissioner for State Aid Control Onoufrios Koullas, some of the cash given in the past to the airline to prop it up is likely to be considered as illegal state aid by the EU and, if so, would have to be returned. Responding to media questions, Koullas said that should CY fail to do so, the company might conceivably have to be wound up.

Criminal probe THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL has ordered a criminal investigation into the circumstances bringing the economy and the banking sector close to collapse. Petros Clerides on Monday confirmed news reports saying he instructed the police chief in writing to launch criminal investigations in collaboration with the state Unit for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS). This follows a majority decision last week by the three-judge Committee of Inquiry into the causes of Cyprus’ economic crisis that its remit should not include matters that are the subject of court proceedings. “I think there is no longer any other way but for the police to start an investigation,” Clerides told state broadcaster CyBC.

Quicker gas NOBLE Energy has reportedly proposed an alternative and faster method for bringing natural gas onshore from its Block 12 concession for domestic electricity production.

All smiles: President Nicos Anastasiades (right) with visiting Greek foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos this week

Crisis goes criminal According to a phone survey carried out by the Game Fund, the average number of partridges captured per hunter saw a 16 per cent increase in 2012 compared to the year before

The US energy firm has made an ‘informal proposal’ to the government involving the deployment of a spar platform. A spar platform can drill and produce natural gas from a well faster than conventional drilling rigs. Daily Politis, which broke the story, said the US company has proposed using the platform to bring natural gas to the Vassilikos power plant as of January 2016.

Wrong benefits THE STATE has overpaid more than €12 million on pensions and other benefits due to recipients giving wrong information or incorrect assessments from the relevant departments. The topic was discussed by deputies during a House labour committee meeting on Monday. It was revealed overpayments have reached €12.4 million. Of those overpayments, €3.4 million were given through pensions from the social insurance fund.

Panel slammed JUSTICE Minister Ionas Nicolaou on Tuesday criticised a unilateral decision by a panel investigating the country’s financial debacle to carry on with its public hearings without Cabinet’s goahead despite the panel’s backtracking on their remit.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK “I have to stress that the plan is very attractive. And for some employees it would be much better to decide (to leave) with today’s scheme than wait three months for the next plan that will be the redundancy plan,” bankers union ETYK’s Sophocles Michaelides “Collective agreements were signed on May 30, ending months of discussions between the hotels, the labour ministry and trade unions, so we find it unacceptable that they have gone ahead and made six people redundant” Trade union SEK’s representative, Andreas Panayi, about the Hilton “I ask for everyone’s forgiveness, my mind was clouded. I pray that the lady (Hadjikoumbarou) gets better. It was not premeditated because if it was I would have taken the gun with me” Prodromos Hadjipanayi who has pleaded guilty to killing one person and attempting to murder three more

“At least she will now be given the chance of survival but I feel so sad for her that she is so young and she has to go through this.. I am very worried but I trust the doctors and we are e very positive that everything will be OK” Virginia Taguinay, mother of baby Zoe who was transferred to Israel this week for a life savving operation “With the current system, it is alarm-ingly easy to transfer fer ownership from one ne person to another. It’s easier to transfer fer ownership of a multiultimillion company than han to register an aluminiminium-fabricating company mpany with your son” MP Demetris Syllouris ouris

“Over the past four years we have created more with less money” CyBC board chairman Makis Symeou Symeo “This ssystem, in the form it took through throu legislation, presents many ma and serious problems, distortions, gaps and weakdis nesses” ne Communications minister Co Tasos Mitsopoulos (left) Ta “I think there is no longer any a other way but for the police to start an investigap tion” ti Attorney-general Petros A Clerides on the need to C launch a criminal invesla tigation into why the economy is in the state it is “We located one package “ in i Limassol that contained drugs used for abortion d which whi are very dangerous and can even cause death” Pharmaceutical services Pha official c Anna Paphitou

The panel announced on Tuesday they were pushing ahead with hearings on the banking sector since they said Cabinet – despite their request – did not specify if they should change their mandate or whether they should carry on their work in the context of their recent decision to change the terms of their remit. “This does not prevent Cabinet from terminating the services of the committee of inquiry before a report is issued,” the announcement said.

kickbacks given. Dinos and Michalis Michaelides were recently called to Athens to respond to questions by Greek investigators on the case but failed to show up. The two released a statement saying they had explained the reasons why they didn’t turn up through their lawyer. They deny the allegations and state they are innocent.

Bumper year

HOUSE PRESIDENT Yiannakis Omirou and a parliamentary delegation arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for a two-day official visit at the invitation of the Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin. In the afternoon, Omirou and the delegation held a two-hour meeting with Russian Deputy Energy Minister Yury Sentyurin. Omirou said senior officials of Russian energy companies were also present, confirming Russian interest in participating in the burgeoning natural gas industry in Cyprus.

HUNTERS HAD their best year last year in terms of the number of partridges shot since 2006, the Game Fund reported on Tuesday. According to a phone survey carried out by the Game Fund, the average number of partridges captured per hunter saw a 16 per cent increase in 2012 compared to the year before. Hare hunters were less successful as the survey revealed a decrease in successful captures by 2.7 per cent compared to the previous year. The Game Fund highlighted that hunters in 2012 were given two less ‘hunting days’ for local game than in 2011, with 17 outings announced last year, compared to 19 the year before.

Best deal THE INTERIM chairman of stricken Bank of Cyprus (BoC) said on Wednesday that a voluntary retirement scheme announced on Tuesday and rejected by bank employees’ union (ETYK) was much better than any scheme that may come in the near future. ETYK said the plan was inadequate and doomed to fail. Sophocles Michaelides said lengthy discussion with ETYK did not lead anywhere. “We delayed taking the decision as much as we could,” Michaelides said. “Eventually, we saw there were certain points that were very difficult to bridge.” Michaelides said one of those issues was the provident funds. ETYK wanted those leaving the bank to have their provident funds secured.

Arrest warrant EUROPEAN ARREST warrants were issued on Wednesday in Greece for former interior minister Dinos Michaelides and his son Michalis in connection with the money laundering case against former Greek minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos. The investigation involves the purchase by Greece of the Russian TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile system and alleged

Gas talks

Body in suitcase THE NICOSIA Criminal Court sentenced on Thursday a 29-year-old man to 22 years in prison for manslaughter, after he stabbed his roommate to death last January over a work dispute. The 29-year-old Bangladeshi man killed his roommate, a 25-year-old compatriot, in the early hours of January 25, 2013, because he refused to get out of bed to replace him at the hotel reception where they worked. The 25-year-old was found by police stuffed in a suitcase in the boot of the victim’s car three days later after a tipoff from a member of the public.

EEZ security THE House plenary passed an amending law on Thursday on the continental shelf allowing the Republic of Cyprus to designate security zones around installations in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Parliament also approved regulations giving the minister of communications the power - with the agreement of the ministers of foreign affairs, defence, and energy – to issue decrees for the declaration of security zones for a set or indefinite period of time. The House said that developments in the EEZ and the continental shelf make it necessary to establish a legislative framework for security zones, which will be no larger than five hundred metres, except in exceptional cases. The regulations are intended to secure installations as well as marine traffic.


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Opinion Business, political leaders’ cowardly code of silence IT WAS fascinating to hear the answers given by the former senior executive of the Bank of Cyprus Yiannis Kypris to the investigative committee for the economy last Thursday. He explained that the bank’s former CEO, the autocratic Andreas Eliades, decided to invest €2bn in Greek government bonds six months after the Greek sovereign had been relegated to junk status without securing the approval of the board of directors. After the purchase, the board of directors endorsed Eliades’ position that “there was no danger of a Greece bankruptcy,” said Kypri. He said nothing that we did not already know, but the more interesting thing is that he said nothing when he learnt that €2bn worth of bonds - sold by the bank in December 2009 were re-bought later the same month and in January 2010. Kypri claimed he had a big discussion about the matter with the CEO when he found out but in end, presumably, he

went along with the decision. Meanwhile, the board which is supposed to exercise control over the CEO accepted his decision without a word of protest, not daring to censure him for blatantly ignoring procedures and abusing his power. He did not have the authority to invest such a big amount without board approval. Nobody spoke out publicly about Eliades’ scandalously reckless decision and nobody on the board demanded his dismissal. They were all happy to play along and hold on to their positions rather than fall foul of the autocratic and vindictive CEO by openly criticising his decisions at board meetings or company AGMs and alerting shareholders to what was happening. It was shameful that not one bank executive or board member had the guts to stand up to this man and speak out about the huge risks he was taking. Even worse things were taking place at Laiki. Its executive

SundayMail chairman Andreas Vgenopoulos was plundering the bank, sanctioning multi-million loans without security to friends and associates to invest in share support schemes and nobody said anything. One Laiki executive resigned but the rest of the senior management team were happy to turn a blind eye to the plundering so as not to put their jobs at risk. The same cowardly behaviour was displayed by the board of directors who watched Vgenopoulos drive the bank into ground without uttering a single word. Perhaps keeping silent while crimes were being perpetrated was part of the ethos of the bank, since the Milosevic money-laundering in the ’90s. Turning a blind eye to wrongdoing rather than speaking out is endemic. Nobody seems to have the courage to stand up in public and report the corrup-

tion, dishonesty, negligence and incompetence that plague most aspects of Cyprus life. Doctors will never testify against a colleague even if his or her negligence may have cost a life. Lawyers get away with incredibly unethical behaviour because none of their colleagues would ever speak out against them. As for state employees, they know that adopting the code of silence ensures career advancement. Government obeys the same rules. In the last two years of his term Demetris Christofias took every wrong decision he could have taken and not a single member of his cabinet or inner circle had the moral courage to resign and warn that he was unfit to govern and leading the country to catastrophe. Instead they defended his misguided decisions, bad judgment, erratic choices and incompetence that led us to economic meltdown. Loyalty to the unfit president and AKEL was placed above the interests of the country.

Three finance ministers who served under Christofias were fully aware of the damage his bizarre decisions were causing the country but not one of them chose to speak out. Neither did any senior finance ministry officials, who only talked about the president’s criminally irresponsible behaviour at the investigative committee when it was too late. What use is talking publicly now that Laiki has been closed down, the BoC is on life-support and the state is technically bankrupt? None of these leading personalities of the business and political worlds spoke out when their words could have made a difference, preferring to safeguard their well-paid jobs by adhering to the cowardly code of silence. They can say what they like now, but the truth is that they contributed to the catastrophe of the country because they did not possess the public spirit and moral courage to speak out when it mattered.

Letters to the Editor Don’t encourage greed of landlords refusing to lower their rents I REFER to the article of June 28 entitled: “Rent slashing bill delayed”. I voted for DYSY in the last election thinking they will do whatever is necessary to bring the virtually destroyed economy back onto its feet. I am appalled to read DYSY is siding with the wealthy landlords rather than creating a healthier climate for the shopkeepers. Everyone can see the damage that has been caused by the previous government’s policies to add mandatory rent increases of up to 14 per cent every two years. This has been interpreted by the landlords in rental contracts as a fixed increase of 14 per cent every two years. This has artificially raised rents in the past 20 years from CY£400 to CY£1,480. Now we have a situation where shops have seen a reduction in their turnover by over 60 per cent! Is there any wonder that half of all shops on the high

street are vacant? They are vacant because landlords have refused to reduce rents. If landlords had done so, many of those shops would still be operating today (so much for the power of competition to naturally bring down rents). This would reduce the level of unemployment which has reached 70,000 in Cyprus and offer some hope for the future employment in this country. I am amazed AKEL is sponsoring the mandatory reduction in rents and DYSY, which I always thought supported local business, is against it. Politics are definitely upside down in this country. How on earth are you going to get the economy moving again when you are saddling small businesses with such a millstone round their necks? Andy Georgiou, Paphos

Why does a spirit of revolt never fire us? WATCHING the mass protests in Egypt and Brazil recently, I can’t help but wonder why the same thing isn’t happening in Cyprus. For better or worse, ‘people power’ worked in both those cases. So why don’t our own people take to the streets when obviously bad decisions are taken, as happens all the time? After all, the threat of mass mobilisations is exactly why the unions are so powerful. When the government takes an obviously bad decision like lumbering the Bank of Cyprus with all the employees of bankrupt Laiki – instead of those people losing their jobs, which unfortunately is the only viable option – we’re told it’s because they’re afraid of Laiki employees taking to the streets. So why don’t the rest of us create our own fear of protest by taking to the streets, when the government offers money to Cyprus Airways, or bends to the will of the unions, or takes any number of dangerous decisions? We’re told that there are 70,000 unemployed. If those 70,000 people demonstrated every time the unions tried to strong-

arm the government (leaving aside the thousands of hard-working people who might lose their jobs if they spent all day on the streets), they’d at least make it much more difficult for those tactics to succeed! Why does this not happen? Why does the silent majority stay silent, grumbling darkly in coffee shops while a greedy minority tries to bankrupt the country? Why don’t we make our voices heard? I suspect it’s because of the protests that followed Mari (exactly two years ago now) which eventually fizzled out, leading to disillusionment with the whole idea of protest. In that case, then-President Christofias played the ideology card, claiming the protests were the work of right-wingers opposed to his government. Now, however, with our economy on the ropes, it will surely be harder to blame unrest on the usual Left/Right divide. Hopefully, with the help of Facebook and other social media, we can learn how to protest (peacefully, of course) before it’s too late. Mary Ioannidou, Limassol

Tame energy costs by budgeting better Turning to riches in reach I CAN sympathise with the person who wrote complaining about the cuts proposed by the British government to heating allowances enjoyed by ex-pat pensioners living abroad in ‘hot’ countries. Every pensioner (including me) knows the knot-in-the-stomach feeling any loss of income causes when one’s working life is done and the cost of living continues to rise, particularly when a pension is rather small. In Cyprus, we do have real winters, if somewhat shorter than the rest of Europe, and our electricity bills have been exceptionally high for years now. However, I wonder if the fact that the

electricity bill quoted (which was as much as some Cypriot pensioners have to live on for a month) was that high simply because the 300 sterling was there to spend? Eight hundred euros is hardly a bill set by the extremely tight budgeting many pensioners have to carry out who do not have such allowances. The writer will have to do what those of us with no allowances have been doing - tighten the belt and use electrical appliances sparingly. Colette Ioannidou, Nicosia

The shock created by Cyprus’ economic crisis has forced many of us to explore the wealth within reach rather than spend money abroad. It’s also given us the opportunity to look within ourselves, explore what we have and express it. People, now, want to engage with their creativity and find the excitement within the simple realities. Exhibitions abound on street corners, in shops and galleries. Indoor and open-air concerts, dance and theatre are plentiful. Given our small population, we have a wealth of choices. Cyprus also has a rich heritage that some overlook. I recently took two friends to the archaeological museum on “Museum Day” and they were both fascinated by the exhibits, not having realised we had them. It’s clearly time to see the glass half full, and stop complaining. Aphrodite Agrotis, by email

A concrete case of poor judgement I AM absolutely horrified by the concrete monstrosity of an overhead pedestrian walkway under construction on the Limassol seashore, opposite the former GSO stadium (which was itself recently converted into a concrete monstrosity). Why oh why is this useless and ugly walkway being erected on our scarce seaside? And why the obsession with concrete? We are continuously disfiguring the beautiful landscape of Cyprus with yet more concrete! On the beach side of the walkway they are literally pouring cement into the sand. I used to swim at that precise point last year! Enough with constructions on the seashore! In principle, I have nothing against overhead walkways. In fact, they could be quite a good idea under certain circumstances, but not at the seaside! It offends the scenery! And the small volume of pedestrians at the point does NOT justify it. Why couldn’t a regular zebra crossing suffice? And why is Cyta funding this eyesore of a landmark? At a time when we are crying over our economy, expenditure like this is, at the very least, provocative. In fact, it is such a bad idea that it is provocative irrespective of the crisis! When will decision makers in Cyprus stop exercising such poor judgement? Please STOP wasting money on complete rubbish! Name and address withheld

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Democracy in trouble Egypt and Turkey have populations with radically different ideas about the rights of citizens Comment Gwynne Dyer

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GYPT and Turkey have the same basic political problem. Democracy can work despite huge ideological differences, but only if everybody is willing to be very tolerant of other people’s ideas and values. Three weeks ago the streets of Turkish cities were full of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won his third straight election in 2011. Why? Because, they say, he is shoving conservative Islamic values down their throats. The Turkish protests have now died down, but this week the streets of Egyptian cities have been full of protesters demanding exactly the same thing for exactly the same reason. The Egyptian army has now intervened to remove the Islamist president, Mohammed Mursi, and the very survival of the new Egyptian democracy is in doubt. Neither Erdogan nor Mursi could have come to power in a country that wasn’t fully democratic. Turkey has been a partly democratic country for sixty years, but if a politician with a religious agenda won, the army would remove him. It even hanged one prime minister in 1960. In Egypt, three generals had ruled the country in unbroken succession since the mid-1950s. Latterly they allowed “elections”, but their party always won, and the main religious party, the Muslim Brotherhood, was always banned. The Turkish and Egyptian generals were mostly devout Muslims themselves, but they were willing to kill to keep religion out of politics. Islamic parties were a vehicle for traditional and anti-modern

Protesters on the streets of Cairo celebrate the ouster of Mursi (EPA)

values, and the generals’ goal was to modernise their countries so they would be strong enough to stand up to the West. There was some cynicism in their policy, too. The secular political parties in Turkey (and in Egypt too, until they finally withered away under 60 years of military dictatorship) were too fragmented and disunited to pose any real threat to the army’s power, whereas a single Islamic party with broad popular support might do just that. So religion must be firmly excluded from politics. In both countries, the generals’ modernising agenda had considerable success. Turkey is now a powerful middle-income nation, and at least half of its 75 million people are secular and “modern”

in their political values. So they wanted the military out of politics, and finally the army withdrew - only to see the new Justice and Development (AK) Party, a “moderate” Islamist party led by Erdogan, win the 2003 election. The Turkish generals let the AK rule because it didn’t try to impose its own religious values on the whole population. It refrained because even in its best result, in 2010, the AK only won 50.3 per cent of the vote - and some of that support came from secular voters who saw it as the best hope for permanently excluding the army from politics. Egypt is a much poorer, less educated country than Turkey, but at least a third of the 85 million Egyptians would also qualify as “mod-

ern” people with secular values. They were the ones who made the revolution happen in 2010 - but in the new democracy’s first free presidential election last year the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohammed Mursi, won 51.7 percent of the vote. The Muslim Brotherhood promptly started writing its conservative religious values into the new constitution. More recently, Erdogan’s AK Party in Turkey passed some laws that imposed its religious values too. It wasn’t a wholesale assault on the secular society (in Turkey they just placed some restrictions on the sale of alcohol), but in both countries it greatly alarmed the secular part of the population. So it took only the slightest pretext -

a demonstration over the destruction of a park in Istanbul, the first anniversary of Mursi’s election in Egypt - to bring huge crowds of protesters out on the street in every city. At that point, both Islamist leaders stopped pretending that they governed in the name of the entire nation. “Let them go into mosques in their shoes, let them drink alcohol in our mosques, let them raise their hand to our headscarved girls,” said Erdogan of the Turkish protestors. “One prayer from our people is enough to frustrate their plans.” He blamed the protests on an international conspiracy by something called the “interest-rate lobby”. In Egypt, Mursi vowed to “give my life” to defend the new constitution written by his Islamist colleagues last year, and blamed the unrest on a plot by remnants of the ousted Mubarak regime. The Egyptian army has now suspended the constitution, but it is a “soft coup” that will almost certainly leave Mursi alive. Perhaps even free. The Islamists are to blame for this crisis in both countries, because their political programme does ultimately involve shoving their values down everybody else’s throats. But the secular parties are also to blame, because it is their inability to unite behind a single candidate and programme that has let the Islamists win power in both Turkey and Egypt. It is hard for democracy to survive in a country where large parts of the population hold radically different ideas about the purposes of the state and the rights of its citizens. Urbanisation will ultimately resolve this conflict, for in one more generation most of the recent immigrants to the fastgrowing cities will have adopted secular values. But in the meantime, Egypt will have a very rough ride. Maybe Turkey too.  Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries

In defence of our former central bank governor Comment Loucas Charalambous I DISAGREE with the scurrilous campaign unleashed by Politis against the former governor of the Central Bank Christodoulos Christodoulou in relation to the supposedly suspicious depositing of one million euro in the account of a family company in Athens, by a friend and associate of Andreas Vgenopoulos, the shipowner Michalis Zolotas. The amount was deposited a few months after the end of Christodoulou’s term as governor and was transferred to a Cypriot bank account, two years later. I am no friend of Christodoulou, and hopefully God will forgive me for the critical articles I wrote about him in the past, but I cannot tolerate this unfair attack on the man, whom I feel obliged to defend. Politis editor Sotiris Baroutis keeps posing seven questions about the case and demands answers. But because Christodou-

lou has no time to bother with Baroutis’ questions I will try to answer on his behalf. Baroutis asked, for instance, whether the company, owned by Christodoulou’s daughter at the time of the payment, A.C. Christodoulou Consultants Ltd had any other clients apart from Vgenopoulos’ associate. The answer is ‘no’. Christodoulou was happy with just one client, as he was not greedy. He also asked whether the company paid any income tax or VAT. I do not know the answer to this. What I do know is that if by some mistake or negligence by the company’s accountant taxes were not paid, Christodoulou, a law-abiding citizen, would be more than happy to pay them today, plus the interest due. Another question was why Christodoulou was the beneficiary of the account of the company (all the shares of which belonged to his daughter) at the time the million euros landed in the account. There is nothing suspect about this, as it is perfectly normal for the daughter

to have complete trust in her daddy and allow him to manage the company’s bank account. I am also puzzled as to why the whole issue has been raised now as MOKAS (the unit that investigates money laundering) did not consider there was a problem. Its head Eva Papakyriakou was notified in writing about the allegations, by the Greek authorities on May 2, 2012. For 13 months, she did not consider it necessary to ask for a statement from Christodoulou and did not even bother to inform him about the matter. In short, she considered the information to be utter nonsense. There is also the distinguished past service to the country by Christodoulou which should have spared him these malicious accusations. Christodoulou was, as he had revealed, deputy chief of staff of the Akritas organisation in 1963. The secret leader of the organisation, as Christodoulou revealed in a 2008 interview with Simerini, was the late Archbishop Makarios. If he was a dishonest man, would a leader of Makarios’ moral standing

have made him deputy chief of staff? After all, Christodoulou’s intelligence was always put at the service of the country. For instance on May 22, 2000, as interior minister in the Clerides government, he revealed how he had thwarted a satanic scheme by the late Rauf Denktash to send to the Republic 1,500 gypsies that were living in the north. He explained that he had stopped the gypsy invasion, by sending word to them that if they crossed south they would not be put up in hotel rooms and he would force them to work. This was how he saved the country from the gypsies among whom, according to his ministerial colleague Nicos Koshis, there were Turkish secret agents. Christodoulou is the last person in the world that could be accused of money-grabbing. He was never interested in money and everyone knows how much money he gave to the poor, when he was a minister. This generosity and altruism earned him the nickname ‘Mother Teresa’. I still

remember how in February 2000 he distributed cheques to the poor of Zygi - with camera crews from all the TV stations covering the event - after a storm had caused extensive damage to the village. Someone who helps the poor so generously could not possibly be a crook. And we should not forget that Christodoulou also saved us from the Annan plan, proving that he was a true patriot as well. He had warned in April 2004 that with the approval of the plan “there would be serious, substantial and functional problems, with unfavourable consequences for our banking system and economy”. Then there was the praise lavished on him by former president Glafcos Clerides, whose judgment of people was always impeccable. On the day he announced Christodoulou’s appointment as governor of the Central Bank, he said that the main reason for choosing him was “the man’s honesty”. A man whose honesty had Clerides’ approval should never have become the target of mudslingers.


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Cutting back and living within our means Comment Paul Rowlands ACCORDING to Eurostat, on average every man woman and child in the Republic of Cyprus owes more than €65,000. How can we reduce this appalling legacy to the next generation? Managing debt (budgeting) should be a normal part of our normal day to day lives, and the first step is to honestly assess our financial situation. This means calculating income and expenses then listing assets and debts. If there is surplus income and assets exceed our debts, fine. Or is it, are we certain? In a recession, rich or poor, the maxim has to be; stop wasting money! An example; we all know that electricity is expensive, especially in Cyprus where it is hand crafted by EAC employees, and is

amongst the very highest in the EU. The good thing about electricity is, we - the consumers - are in control, and can switch it off! Leaving lights on and heavy appliances, especially air conditioners, running unnecessarily is just giving money to the EAC for nothing. For people who are bad at budgeting, a good idea is to set aside, on a daily basis in cash, the amount you spend on electricity (base it on the last bill). This achieves two objectives. Firstly, you are reminded every day how much your electricity costs which is bound to reduce your consumption, and secondly when the bill arrives you can meet it. This principle also works well for businesses. A few years ago the manager of a foreign bank in Cyprus sent a weekly reminder to each employee telling them how much the bank spent on electricity the previous week. After six months, consumption had fallen by 25 per cent. Why? The employees made the connection between

saving money, profitability and their pay packets. The opportunities to save money are endless, neighbours or families pooling resources and bulk purchasing dry groceries and always looking for discounts and promotions. This newspaper has a section on “Daily Deals in Cyprus”. As the recession bites, more and more businesses will join to offer discounts. They have to, they need the cash. Car sharing to commute, even for short distances, makes sense. Think of the savings on fuel, parking etc and the environment benefits as well. Two people sharing halve the cost, four people, etc. Making savings will make us individually and collectively more efficient, and, in turn, enable us to become more productive and hopefully reduce debt. The salvation of the Cyprus economy is having a thriving private sector not dependent on the state or borrowing. Government spending cuts are not all bad

news. For example, the UK has been in recession and practising austerity since 2009 but, in the past year for every one state job lost, five were created in the private sector. This proves that when cuts are made in the unproductive part of the economy (the state sector), enterprise and growth are boosted in the private sector. Reducing spending requires a degree of sacrifice and discipline. However, self discipline makes us feel more in control of our lives at a time when the recession defines us and how we live. We are more careful about our lifestyle and spending because we know the future will not be easy as it was over the past two decades.  Paul Rowland is a founder member of a European consultancy for asset protection and debt management, and former senior executive in international banking in the Channel Islands. rowlandp@cytanet.com. cy

An unexpected gem on the streets of Soho Lessons learned from a chance encounter Letter from London Alexia Saoulli

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O YOU know those moments in life, usually brought on by a series of unpleasant events, where you’re feeling down in the dumps and view the world as a horrible place, full of horrible people? If no, then you’re not only lucky, but quite possibly a man, who has been living in isolation on a deserted island, and has never had a day of PMS in your life. If yes, then you’ll know what it’s like to unexpectedly cross paths with someone quite wonderful, who lifts you out of yourself and makes you question what had been so wrong in the first place. Earlier this week, I was blessed to have had such an experience. My partner and I had made plans to meet my sister and her boyfriend in Soho after work for a meal at Honest Burgers. I was in no mood to go because the week had started off badly and I was sure, as sure as I am the sun will rise every morning, that it would get even worse. I knew though that wallowing would do me no good, and besides I wanted to catch up with my younger sibling as I hadn’t seen her in a while. Admittedly, the fact that I love Honest Burgers and their juicy, minced beef filled buns of delight, also factored into the equation. The plan was to meet at 8 for a drink, and to put our name down on a list (you can’t book) and hope it wouldn’t be a long wait. Seeing as it was a Tuesday, and hence not the busiest of days to

dine out in Soho, we were hopeful that by 8.30-8.45 max we’d be tucking into our meal. The night, however, didn’t quite turn out how we’d planned. At 7.20pm my partner and I got off work and were at Piccadilly Circus in about 30 minutes. We were, at this stage on schedule. We headed to my sister’s place, which is only round the corner from the station. The three of us then set off for the eatery to put down our names. On route, my sister got a call from her boyfriend who had arrived a tad earlier than expected. Giving us both directions to the restaurant, she told us she’d be no longer than 10 minutes behind us, and headed back to her flat. As my partner and I ambled along the windy streets of Soho towards our destination, we were suddenly stopped dead in our tracks by a massive delivery

‘It was only as I walked away that I realised how much he’d given me in those 25 minutes’ truck trying to reverse round a corner. As we paused to consider if we had time to nip behind the truck before its harassed driver made another attempt at reversing, we heard a male voice say: “Don’t do it.” Looking to our right, we saw an elderly gentleman standing on the street corner clutching a shopping bag containing no

more than a loaf of sliced bread and a newspaper. “He isn’t very good with the brakes,” he said, indicating the driver, who at this point had put his vehicle into reverse and was helplessly trying to back up the narrow, one-way street. “I even offered to help him but he told me to f*ck off,” he said, disgustedly. My partner and I smiled and asked how long he’d been watching him. “Oh, he’s been at it for about 15 minutes,” he said. “He even hit this,” he said, pointing to a barrier securing a construction site. The gentleman, who introduced himself as Teng - his last name I’m ashamed to admit escapes me - told us that London was the worst place on earth he’d ever been to and that the people who lived here were in a constant state of brain inertia. “You just go around like this,” he said, placing his hands on either side of his eyes, like blinkers. “You just look straight ahead, not noticing anything.” Within minutes, and I really couldn’t tell you how, this sprightly man, with his neat grey beard and bright eyes, had the pair of us spellbound with stories of his past. Born in Shanghai to a Russian father and Hungarian mother, he trained to be a doctor under a famous heart transplant surgeon. He later specialised in paediatric oncology and worked with the UN as a medical doctor. He also told us he was qualified to speak 26 languages and promptly started to speak several different dialects found in south-east Asia, German, Spanish and Welsh. “Do you speak Welsh?” he demanded.

Honest Burgers in Soho where the wait is usually worth it No I’m afraid we don’t, we had to admit. Chuckling to himself, our new friend said that of course we did, we just didn’t know it and he proceeded to teach us that the black and white bird we know as a penguin comes from two Welsh words pen (white) gwyn (head). Teng even spoke to me in Greek, though he claimed not to know it well. When I asked him why he had an Australian accent, he told me that’s where he’d learned his English and that try as he might he couldn’t get rid of it. My sister and her boyfriend, who did catch up with us 10 minutes later, also fell under Teng’s spell as he bewitched us with tales of the orchids he grows in Venezuela, the time he met and has remained firm friends with David Attenborough, and the woman he fell helplessly in love with at 27. He also told us he has two children, both doctors themselves, who live in Cape Town and Melbourne, respectively. He said he was Jewish and that at age 14 in World War II he’d been a messenger. Although he said

he didn’t live in England, he did have a flat he was refurbishing in Soho. He invited us up for a cup of coffee but alas the time was ticking on and we had made plans to meet some friends for drinks. Pity. He then asked all of us what we did for a living, told us all about origami and how the educational system in the West is appalling because we are not taught how to learn, unlike the Japanese who are taught to do so from age 18 months. When it was time to bid us goodbye, he took us by the hand, kissed us and wished us well. As we parted ways I thanked him for his time. It was only as I walked away that I realised how much he’d given me in those 25 minutes. At first I’d thought he was a bit odd, then lonely and then finally I realised he’d been simply wonderful. One of those London gems that you might otherwise miss if you’ve got your blinkers on. Oh and just FYI, we never did get those burgers. In the end we were so late that the wait was two hours so we went to a local Italian instead.


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Opinion Politicians know that any upturn before 2016 is unimaginable

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RUSSELS has supplanted the British Empire and Ottomans, the Franks, Venetians and Genovese. ‘Free’ Cyprus is destitute and again enslaved. Former finance minister, Michalis Sarris told us three months ago that the only safe euros are those in our pockets. Was he intimating that our banks are no longer trustworthy? House finance committee chairman, Nicholas Papadopoulos thinks 300 euros per account per day from ATM’s, and 5000 sent abroad monthly, is unsustainable. Does he want the Central Bank to tighten restrictions? Will bank employees strike and close down banks anyway as soon as job losses are announced? Will disenfranchised Cyprus Airways employees disrupt holiday traffic? If banks and airports seriously malfunction during the tourist season, we are kaput! Our captains of industry, banking and financial services have jumped ship. We are left with a scandal riven government lacking in purpose and direction, impoverishing us through increased taxation and unheard of levels of unemployment causing an inability to reimburse loans; misery and a sense of hopelessness. Gambling in search of paradise lost is all we have left - the Joker lottery winning seven million for someone in Greece last week. But if Greece is next in line for a bail-in, where will the winner bank his winnings - under his mattress? We have lost our grandparents’ art of surviving on less - stuffed by this government rather than stuffing peppers, tomatoes, marrow and vine leaves and eating macaronia. Back then we ate real village bread, cheese and olives fit to fill empty stomachs, by-products of fruit, grapes in particular. Nothing was wasted: snails, (holidaying kids are upturning plant pots this year) wild molocha and asparagus, capers and mushrooms, almost anything that grew or moved on the ground, swam in the sea or flew in the air. Even locusts are edible, and Cyprus was plagued by them a century or more ago. But we survived! Survived in sufficient numbers to emigrate and taint the Commonwealth with our blood, customs, history and ambitions, so much so that we rebuilt Cyprus from without only to destroy it from within. Land values and the construction industry sky rocketed due to emigrants investing every spare penny back home. We owe them a debt of thanks for back then, but who will invest in Cyprus today? I see Nobodies driving new Mercs when Mercs were once taxis that we filled and shared from the port of Limassol to Nicosia along that bumpy road which cut through the Turkish Cypriot village of Kofinou - refreshment stopover under a clump of eucalyptus swaying towards the hilltop village of Kornos – a two hour dusty drive and no air-con on those sizzling summer days. A track of land that my grandmother purchased in 1938 for 25 pounds (financed by her merchant son in Addis Ababa) was valued at 12 million euros prior to the island’s economic collapse. In 1938, 25 pounds was a year’s income for a smallholder. Which of our farmers earns 12 million today? And that’s where everything went wrong - insane rise in land values due to outsider money turning smallholders into ‘property developers’ - abstract wealth exploited by uncultivated ex-cultivators. What percentage of our present government and administration are sons or grandsons of smallholders, proud men who scrimped and saved to send their offspring abroad to colleges, polytechnics then universities?

“How you work your mind determines whether you are going to become filet mignon or an old kebab”. Comedienne Ruby Wax (below), who has suffered from depression

“I hate the way men dress today - at the theatre. It is all anoraks and shorts. You go to dinner and see beautifully-dressed women with men like tramps, wearing trainers, jeans and T-shirts”. Rod Stewart “People bully you about weight - or try to. We should just celebrate everybody the way they are. I don’t like being defined by my body”. Dawn French

We have lost our grandparents’ art of surviving on less

Gambling in search of paradise lost ‘In 2008 we were told our banks are ‘safe’. Today they are all under threat of closure and unsustainable’ While professors pontificate on ways and means to reinvigorate the economy, the ordinary man absorbs the body blows of a government which signed a memorandum unopposed by opposition parties, who now say, ‘I told you so!’ as bruises become blatantly visible. Skilled artisans can find work in Germany, but not our lawyers, accountants, civil servants and bank clerks - service industry employees are no longer serviceable - helpless, useless in today’s economy! This group will remain permanently unemployed unless they emigrate like our forefathers had to 60 years ago. Anyone can be wise after the event, but nobody closed the gate when the ‘studs’ were munching in the stable. In 2008 we were told our banks are ‘safe’. Today they are all under threat of closure, bankrupt and unsustainable. Union leaders hassle over provident funds, bonuses and redundancy

pay. They know that thousands more jobs will be lost - not theirs, but those of their members. When the number of unemployed reaches 30 per cent of the working population will our leaders and administration reduce their numbers/ wages accordingly? Yeah, you bet! The House bill to reduce rents by 20 per cent was put back to September for the simple reason that ‘elite’ landlords chose to be the last to incur the inequities of this island’s economic collapse. Don’t they realise that 80 per cent of something is better than an empty shop? Or do they think that rent reductions will cause the final collapse of their untenable ‘house of cards’? If politicians believed in an economic upturn they would call for a rent free period until then. But they know that any upturn before 2016 is utterly unimaginable; we are being fed promises, promises! And promises do not fill empty stomachs… Sophistry, cynicism and sarcasm, bilging and bellowed from the mouths of those ‘studs’ who destroyed Mari/ Vasiliko, who stole from our banks and transferred their loot abroad - avoiding prosecution by ‘rigging’ endless judicial enquiries and investigations should know that their time for paying the piper will come, as it did for more than a handful of corrupt Greek politicians, Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, and is about to for Bernard Tapie and Nicholas Sarkozy in France. Our ‘golden boys’ and their political associates are on the run. But the ordinary man, when wronged criminally and irredeemably, never forgets.

“Making love is like making bread. You have to make it fresh every day”. 1960s singing star Sandie Shaw “I am still angry at the scumbags who broke in. I got a month’s jail for driving on a suspended licence, the most scary time of my life, which was only because I am a celebrity. But they are all out of jail and back on Facebook boasting about their cool lives”. Socialite Paris Hilton, whose home was raided by a gang of teenage thieves “Unthinkable”. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s (below) reaction to the idea that MPs could receive a £10,000 pay rise

“One of the biggest misconceptions about me is that because I have the name Hilton, everything was handed to me and I’ve never worked a day in my life”. Paris Hilton (below), who insists she has worked very hard

“Wow! My body didn’t react well to that. It was like putting gasoline in a purified system”. Natural food campaigner and actress Jennifer Aniston, after reluctantly eating a burger “It is ridiculous that 40 is seen as a cut-off age for skimpy clothing. Get your legs out and enjoy”. TV’s Fern Britton, 55 “It is well over time to have a female Dr Who. I think a gay, black female Dr Who would be the best of all”. Actress Dame Helen Mirren

The euro ceases to exist the moment that France leaves, and that is our incredible strength. What are they going to do, send in tanks?” Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front party

“I think about the human condition a lot. Ultimately it’s difficult - particularly now - to be optimistic. You look around the world. I really don’t know how humanity is going to survive”. Comic actor David Haig


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Fireworks light up the sky as opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi celebrate outside the presidential palace in Cairo (EPA)

Women adorned in Somali flags during a celebration to mark Somalia’s Independence Day in Mogadishu

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A Chinese boy poses for photos with a 3D painting during a Trick Art Exhibition in Qingdao, China

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A girl looks at sea nettles in the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, south west of Tokyo, Japan (EPA)

A model from the Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/14 Women’s Collection by French designer Christian Lacroix for Schiaparelli during Paris Fashion Week (EPA)

New York Police academy graduates attending a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York (EPA)

Sons of Confederate Veterans member Mason Hunt, 17, of North Carolina, visits a Confederate Field Hospital during activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War Battle of Gettysburg (EPA)

A model prepares backstage before the Haute Coiffure Fall-Winter 2013/14 collection show by Charlie Le Mindu during Paris Fashion Week (EPA)

Artist Kaya Mar holds a painting depicting the Duchess of Cambridge outside the entrance to the Lindo Wing, a private facility within St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London where the Duchess of Cambridge will deliver (EPA)


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Taking responsibility a criminal offence in a country of victims AGRICULTURE minister and Eurocock Nicos Kouyialis had no doubt in his mind that the Newcastle Disease virus that has hit poultry in the last couple of weeks, forcing the authorities to put down almost 200,000 infected chickens, came from the occupied areas, the breeding ground of all animal diseases and mosquitoes. Kokkinotrimithia, where affected poultry farms were situated, is right next to the infected occupied areas. His patriotic, scientific theory suffered a bit of a blow on Tuesday though when infected chicken were found in a coop in Prodromi village near Polis in the Paphos district, which is not very close to the pseudo-state. Prodromi is still only about 40km away, if you drew a straight line on the map, reportedly, countered the Eurocock minister. And birds do not use the roads, which would have taken them much longer to get to the village from the north; nor was the Troodos mountain range that is between them an obstacle. Kouyialis subsequently turned a bit more scientific, conceding that the disease was carried by birds but no infected wild birds have been found. In the event that infected birds are found how would we establish that they are Turkish or at least residents of the occupied north? The same scientific test that was used to establish the ethnic identity of fish being brought in from the north would be implemented. It proved very effective as it stopped the import of Turkish fish, posing as Turkish Cypriot. THERE is method to the patriotic madness of the Eurocock minister. He hopes that by persuading his fellow EU agriculture ministers, whom he will meet in Brussels a week tomorrow, that the disease came from the occupied areas, they would agree to pick up the tab for the damage. So far, the bill for compensating poultry farmers is estimated to be in the region of 700 grand, an amount that could rise. Needless to say, the government has no such cash to spare and it would be a great help if the EU settled the bill, which it would regard as peanuts. If Kouyialis persuades the EU that the disease came from the north he would be killing two birds with one stone – not only would he be saving 700 grand we do not have he would also be boosting our anti-occupation sentiments. In the event that no infected Turkish bird is found to take to Brussels to prove our case there is an alternative way for Kouyialis to persuade his fellow ministers that the source of the disease was the north. In Greek, Newcastle Disease is known as ‘pseudo-panoli’ (pseudo-plague) which is conclusive proof the virus could only have come from the region’s only pseudo-state. STUPIDITY is also contagious, but we cannot safely say that it came from the pseudo-state because there is nothing pseudo about the stupidity we are witnessing in the free areas of Kyproulla. This week, the colossal stupidity of forcing the Bank of Cyprus to hire all Laiki’s employees back in March was brought home as the bank’s board and union ETYK rowed about the voluntary retirement scheme that would reduce the workforce by at least 1,000. The bank currently em-

ploys 5,300 workers, 2,500 of whom came from Laiki. It is still not clear who took the insane decision to add 2,500 workers to the payroll of a struggling bank that had to bail in its depositors to stay afloat, but I cannot believe it was imposed by the troika as some sources have been claiming. The idea was so momentously irrational it could only have been thought up by members of our ruling elite. There was a very easy and rational solution. When Laiki went into administration, its workers would have been paid two months’ salaries in compensation, as was stipulated in their contracts, and sent home. This is what happens in countries not run by idiots when a company goes bust. ADVERTISING our superior intelligence, we decided to transfer them to the struggling BoC where they would have been paid four months’ salaries until the end of July and be given a much bigger compensation package to leave. Instead of two months’ salaries as compensation, Laiki staff would now receive a month’s salary for every two years of service plus another five salaries. Twenty years’ service would give them 15 salaries. The scheme plus the salaries it has been paying Laiki staff would cost the bank in excess of €100 million it does not have. This, to get rid of 1,000 workers it should never have employed; and before the end of the year, another thousand workers would have to go, at a cost of another €100 million. The BoC depositors, thanks to this scheme, are being made to pay huge compensation packages to the employees of a bankrupt bank. In any other country this would have been considered fraud or theft, but in Kyproulla it is a scam for a good cause. ONLY ONE man could have thought of this scam. The scheming, bullying ETYK boss Loizos Hadjicostis. Back in March, when the resolution of Laiki was approved by the legislature, Hadjicostis was declaring that his union would not allow a single bank job to be lost and we were all laughing at him. He obviously had a plan and had no trouble implementing it. Prez Nik, if he were half the man we thought he was before being elected, would have vetoed the ETYK boss’ idea for Laiki staff to be hired by the BoC. But with Laiki workers on the streets protesting, Nik agreed to Hadjicostis’ mad plan, seeing it as clever way of calming the revolting bank employees. After all, he would not pay the cost out of his pocket. The approval of Professor Panicos was also needed. As Governor, he was calling all the shots. And being a closet Akelite there was no way he

EUROCOCK AND THE BIRDS – Agriculture minister Nicos Kouyialis poses with two babes at an event organised by Leon beer earlier this week. The Eurocock minister is in the centre would have said no to a union boss looking after the interests of the workers. Hadjicostis’ scam would push the BoC closer to collapse and if Panicos was interested in saving the banking sector he would have rejected it, but this was not his priority. SPEAKING of stupidity and banking, I have to mention the new organisation set up to defend the interests of bank customers, or something to that effect. One of the leaders of this group spoke on a radio show last week protesting about bank interest rates and the pressure customers were under to make loan repayments every month. Many customers had loans that were so big they could not repay them, he complained. And this was the fault of the banks as they should never have given such big loans, he insisted. Taking personal responsibility is a criminal offence in a country of victims. INVESTIGATIONS to establish how one million euro ended up in the Greek bank account of a company owned by the daughter of the former Governor of the Central Bank Ttooulis Ttoouli, aka Mother Teresa, are continuing. The money was transferred a few months after Ttooulis stepped down as Governor by a close associate of Laiki chief Vgenopoulos. However, we hear that the police are conducting their investigation in a rather unorthodox way. They have still not called in Ttooulis or his daughter Athena for questioning, preferring to question others first. Normally, the people at the centre of the allegations are the first to be questioned and not the last. Perhaps, as a show of respect to Ttooulis for his many years of selfless service to the public, the AG ordered the cops to do things differently.

THE RECESSION appears to have affected our once thriving television stations. Things are so bad that none of them had paid for their annual broadcasting licence. Fed up of waiting for payment of the €55,000 licence fee, the Cyprus Radio-Television Authority gave an ultimatum to the TV bosses. Stations had until noon on Monday July 1 to pay, or they would be taken off air. The Authority has the power to do this. All stations paid on Monday. The Church-owned Mega made its payment just 15 minutes before the deadline, an indication of the severe cash shortages facing the Church. Its paymaster, the once megawealthy Kykkos monastery is having trouble paying staff wages every month now that there are no buyers for its overpriced building plots. FOR THREE successive days a female CyBC radio presenter referred to the president of the ECB as Mario Ndrangi. Where she found the extra ‘Ns’ remains a mystery, although a couple had been seen walking aimlessly in the corporation’s cafeteria last Tuesday and there is speculation that she took pity on them and decided to adopt them. CyBC management, presumably, not wanting to hurt her feelings, did not ask her to drop the extra ‘Ns’, so ‘Ndrangi’ became the official pronunciation, creating the impression that the president of ECB was an African. PREZ NIK’S meeting with Ndrangi on Wednesday sparked the traditional playground-level bickering by our kiddie politicians, with AKEL commies accusing the government of not achieving the objective of changing the terms of the memorandum. I have no intention of boring you with the government’s response. The only thing worth reporting about this pathetically predictable and lame row was the

sexed-up headline given to the story by Simerini on its front page on Friday. ‘Political clash of megatons over the meeting in Frankfurt,’ it claimed in what could only be described as an exaggeration of megatons. SEXED UP headlines aimed at drawing the attention of disinterested periptero customers are also becoming a feature of our leading daily Phil, which reported ‘Shockinstructions for loans’ on its front page on Tuesday. According to the ‘shock-instructions’ of the Central Bank, “from now on all loans, regardless of the collateral, would be considered non-performing if they are not serviced.” Shock-instructions indeed, considering this way of defining NPLs was one of the first diktats of the troika when its technocrats first arrived on our sunkissed shores a year ago. THE NEXT day paper’s main headline reported ‘Plan of war at bank’ in reference to ETYK’s rejection of the BoC’s voluntary retirement plan. If there is a war it would be the first in world history to be sparked by a voluntary retirement scheme and the first-ever featuring an army made up of bank employees. A pity the board’s army can no longer rely on the services of disgraced CEO Andreas Eliades, who was a trained lokadjis (army commando) as he never tired of telling interviewers. THE MISINFORMATION campaign that usually precedes hostilities was started by warrior leader of ETYK Loizos Hadjicostis, another ex-lokadjis, who said that the board of the BoC was considering giving bonuses to its senior executives. This was also reported on the front page of Phil. It was a complete lie, but in a war situation of megatons everything is permitted to raise the morale and strengthen the fighting spirit of the troops.


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AMES Bond rather enjoyed dying here,” says Ivan Dunleavy. The man who runs Pinewood Studios is standing at the edge of a giant water tank that serves as an underwater stage. Part of the opening sequence of Skyfall, where 007 is shot by a fellow British secret agent and falls from the roof of a speeding train into a river, was filmed here. “Bond floats down through the water fully clothed,” Dunleavy goes on. “The water temperature is 30C and it’s changed every three hours to make sure it is gin-clear. It’s very nice - even if you’re dead.” Bond may have ‘died’ in this small corner of Buckinghamshire but the business Dunleavy runs has never been more alive. British film has grown so fast that London is now the third busiest movie-making city in the world, after Los Angeles and New York. Thanks to tax breaks and favourable exchange rates, coupled with London’s traditional advantages of the English language and good communications and infrastructure, the number of productions has risen by almost 75 per cent since 2007. Revenue from film at the world’s biggest independent studio (Pinewood is not linked to a single distributor, such as Fox or Sony, as most studios are) grew by 15 per cent to £18.8 million for the six months to 30 September last year. And it’s still expanding. Star Wars: Episode VII, to be directed by JJ Abrams and rumoured to feature cameos from the original cast, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, is about to go into production and Pinewood is in the frame. Studios never talk about negotiations, so all Dunleavy will say is: “Star Wars was a very good film released in 1977.” Translation: “I would happily sell my wife, my two daughters and my big country house to make sure Star Wars is made at Pinewood and, goddammit, it will be.” To handle all the new productions, Dunleavy is building a new 45,000sq ft stage and workshop facility at a cost of £7.5 million. “We want to build another six of these,” he says, as we walk between the Albert R Broccoli 007 Stage and the Richard Attenborough Stage. He has £200 million in his back pocket to develop 100 acres of land just over the road from the existing studio complex, next to the M25. It would double the size of Pinewood. The trouble is, he can’t.

The plan has been blocked by South Bucks District Council because, although the land is scrappy fields owned by Pinewood, it is designated green belt. “I understand that building on green belt land is a negative for open spaces but you have to weigh up the positives and the negatives,” Dunleavy says. “We believe the positives outweigh the negatives.” The expansion, which would have sets from locations around the world, including street scenes from New York, Prague and Amsterdam, would create 3,100 new jobs and generate £150

John Arlidge meets Pinewood studios’ CEO Ivan Dunleavy - they need too much space. Nor can you build them in the Hebrides because you can’t get people to go there. I’d make the argument for expansion here in good economic times and I’m making it even harder now. We’re not even asking for public money. We’ve got the cash.” As he waits for a decision, Dunleavy is getting on with the day job as best he can. Shooting has already begun on a big-screen adaptation of Cinderella, which, like Star Wars, is being made by Disney. Kenneth Branagh is directing and the film stars Cate

To handle all the new productions, Dunleavy is building a new 45,000sq ft stage and workshop facility at a cost of £7.5 million

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Getting on with the day job: Ivan Dunleavy

The Hobbit

million a year for the British economy. Dunleavy and the chairman of Pinewood, Lord Grade, who used to run the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, now have to make their case to Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, who has the power to overturn the council’s decision. “The best place to build new film studios is next to existing successful film studios,” says Dunleavy. “You can’t build studios in a city like London

Blanchett, with Lily James in the title role. The Avengers 2, starring Robert Downey Jr, is up next. Pinewood is making a record number of television shows, too. The small-screen boom is being driven by new providers, such as Netflix and Amazon, which are starting to commission their own dramas to stream directly to consumers. Directors are also swapping the big screen for the living room. After the suc-

cess of the likes of Game of Thrones, Mad Men and House of Cards, many film-makers feel that TV is now more creative than Hollywood. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Steven Soderbergh said he had made his last bigscreen film and praised TV executives for commissioning daring projects.

And it’s not just films and TV. The computer games industry is growing, often on the back of movie and TV franchises. Whizzy computer graphics and audio are done at Pinewood. “Twenty years ago, Pinewood would only do film. BBC TV Centre only did TV. And no one had heard of computer games. Now, you

need all those things, and more, in one place. That’s why it’s so important to us and the rest of the country that we expand,” says Dunleavy. If he sounds like a politician, that’s not surprising. He has spent a lifetime in business, mainly on the finance side, seeing manufacturing decline


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and other industries grow. He believes studios are the factories of the future because they make the products Britain is now good at making. What happens to Pinewood is, he says, every bit as important to the economy as the expansion of factories making physical products. “Everything we produce at Pinewood is a

high-end prototype, with lots of hi-tech computer graphics, sophisticated sound and lighting. It’s a bit like our other successful high-end industries, such as Jaguar Land Rover or Rolls-Royce aero engines. They make high-end prototypes that they put out in the market and sell. Britain is not good at volume - we’ll never have a VW or a BMW - but we are great at quality, great at creativity, great at value-added: great at the clever stuff.” The UK’s creative sector accounts for a higher share of gross domestic product than in any other developed country. The film industry alone directly employs more than 40,000 people and supports more than 100,000 jobs in total, including many in tourism. Movie-making in Britain generates £1.6 billion a year. Many more hundreds of millions flow into the UK’s coffers from British productions

overseas. Pinewood has been growing so fast in recent years that it has opened studios in Malaysia, Germany, Canada, the Dominican Republic and the US. It also recently announced a joint venture in China. China matters. Thanks to a multiplex building boom, ten new cinema screens are opening there every day. Box office takings have increased by 36 per cent, to £1.48 billion in 2012, whereas they have been flat in some traditional markets for several years. Box office returns in Europe, the Middle East and Africa fell by one per cent in 2012 to £6.9 billion. “In five to seven years China could surpass the US market,” says Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation. But selling Western movies in China is hard. The Chinese government restricts the number of Western films released and most of them

are big Hollywood blockbusters. Pinewood hopes to force its way in by making more movies that appeal directly to Chinese audiences. One way is to include China in the storyline. In Skyfall, Bond battles Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem, in Shanghai, Macau and on an island in the East China Sea. The Golden Dragon Casino scenes in Macau were actually filmed at Pinewood. “We want to create a pipeline of creativity to get UK films into the Chinese market. UK films travel well,” says Dunleavy. Quite so, but film-makers and studios have been criti-

cised for simply including Chinese elements to pander to emerging markets. Under new co-production deals between studios and Chinese authorities, film-makers agree to include at least one Chinese actor and scenes that relate to China in return for guaranteed access to the Chinese market. New Chinese characters were written into the script of Iron Man 3, while a reference to China being the source of a pandemic was removed from Brad Pitt’s new action film World War Z. Dunleavy doesn’t see this as a problem: “Audiences know what is a good story versus

what is contrived.” With Grade, Dunleavy is one part of a double act worthy of the stages that surround his office. Grade, who has been chairman of Pinewood since it was bought out of the old Rank leisure conglomerate in 2000, is the show - all braces, braying and cigars. Dunleavy is the straight man; the business. Like characters in the movies Pinewood makes, the duo have the fight of their lives on their hands to secure its expansion, win Star Wars: Episode VII, and become masters of the fastestgrowing galaxy in the movie universe.


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The Secret diary of an MDB (modern-day Bridget Jones) S

HE shambled on to the scene 18 years ago, fag in one hand, vodka in the other, but Bridget Jones is still bang on about a few aspects of single life. I’m a single, thirty-something woman who leads a vaguely professional life by day, but I also get too pissed on weekdays, eat a packet of cigarettes every Friday night, often wake up confused about my own name and find smug marrieds universally tiresome (if I log in to Facebook to see one more wedding photo... and we’re only just in July). And my mother’s getting obsessive about finding me a Mark Darcy. These days they only have to be vaguely man-shaped. Too short? Too tall? Three heads? “Nonsense, darling, he was charming.” About the lowest point in my recent dating career was thanks to a blond Austrian we’ll call Rolfe, because he looked a bit like that handsome young Nazi in The Sound of Music. Rolfe asked me out via Facebook after a dinner party and then sent witty text messages suggesting first, second, third and fourth dates. By number five I was practically engaged. In my head. Tum-tum-ti-tum, how do Austrians get married? And so on.

seeing piggy-backing a hot blonde and you may want to stab him. Or her. Possibly both. Theoretically, all this furious phone and internet activity should have made it easier for those on the lookout - unlike Bridget, who shagged her boss and then pined for him for months, because she couldn’t get over him by getting under anyone else. But faster, easier access to the market doesn’t mean you’ll just stumble across a good guy. I tried internet dating recently and was instantly depressed when my date suggested meeting outside Nike Town in Oxford Circus. Call me an old romantic, but what’s wrong with a sharing-plates restaurant where you can be done within the hour? Anyway, we went for a quick drink, after an awkward walk trying to make small talk while dodging teenage girls and Japanese tourists. Unfortunately, he was also wearing pointy shoes. Not a chance. Of course, we might have had a riotous time, and Mr Winklepicker could have told all sorts of jokes to make me forget about the pointy shoes. But even in the bedroom we would have faced obstacles that Bridget didn’t have to contend with.

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But here’s the rub: we fell into bed together on date five, and Rolfe instantly developed a hearing defect and ignored my warnings when the crucial moment, erm, came. “I’m pretty sure I have incredibly virile sperm,” he said gravely afterwards. “You should take one of those pills.” He texted me approximately 100 times the following day, pressing the matter. I went to the chemist and whispered that I needed the morning-after pill before texting him back. And then… nothing. Rolfe went dark. I caved in four days later, sending one of those this-is-an-unbelievablycasual-text-despite-takingme - seven-hours-to -write messages. He replied that work was busy and “sadly” it didn’t look like that was going to change any time soon. Tosser. Didn’t want strudel at my wedding anyway. Rolfe was my Daniel Cleaver. But it was a briefish, three-week affair as opposed to Bridget’s rather more drawn-out on-off romance, which even boasted its own mini-break. And in this thrusting, panting age of technology, everyone hops back into the saddle much faster. Now you may be texting, Tweeting, Facebooking or Tinder-ing several potentials at once. In fact, I’ve had four Daniel Cleavers in the past year alone: the bipolar one who changed his Facebook status to “in a relationship” after two dates; the father who took calls from his baby-mama in bed (coitus interruptissimus); the one who was into potentially life-threatening role-play involving knives

Bridget Jones will soon be back on the singles scene, a little older and not a lot wiser. As author Helen Fielding completes the third instalment of her heroine’s life and loves, Martha Morris contemplates how the world of romance has changed since we last met the nine-stone-something singleton (no cleavers); the one who gave me a “wart” (although, in the end, this was an ingrown hair). It’s exhausting. By comparison, Bridget Jones, 32, 9st 5lb on a ‘good’ day, had it easy. Author Helen Fielding, who first created Bridget in 1995, has even said as much in the run-up to the October publication of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, our heroine’s third outing and one of the most hotly anticipated books of the year. She has declared the modern dating scene “much worse now” and, although details of the new book are as scant as a nun’s breakfast, we do know that Bridget grapples with Twitter, drunk texting, skinny jeans and, whoopsie, the bloody nightmare of CC-ing someone into an email when you were bitching about them. Helen’s right: finding a Mark Darcy is harder. Bridget mostly worried about knickers. Nearly two decades on, the waters look much choppier. Sure, pants are a concern, but so are the single girl’s bikini line, blow-dry, Shellac manicure, pedicure, eyebrows, earlobe cellulite and the odd nipple hair. Methods of warfare have

Point of contact: Hugh Grant and Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

changed, too. Bridget once sat looking at her phone for two days willing Daniel Cleaver to ring. And it was a landline: how desperately quaint! Nowadays, romance is mostly conducted via an iPhone, Samsung or - if you’re a corporate stiff - possibly a BlackBerry. Consequently, modern- day

Bridgets have begun to display some worryingly psychotic behaviour. I went out with a farmer during harvest season last year (he was very busy on his combine in Somerset) and kept my phone clamped in my sweaty palm at all times in case I missed a single message or call. Slept with it

beside my pillow, too. Brain tumour? No matter - the little red light on my phone might flash. WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger can induce meltdowns if you see your Daniel has read a message and hasn’t replied within seconds. Facebook is another bastard. Spy a new photo of the man you’re

Have you ever had that awkward moment in bed when a new-ish man says, “Tell me your fantasy,” and you think, “An evening on the sofa with a curry and a grab bag of Maltesers,” when really, he’s expecting you to say, “Being dressed like the Little Mermaid while you spank my tailfin.” So Bridget and Daniel Cleaver had an anal moment - big deal. At least she wasn’t expected to behave as if auditioning for a role in something called Bravetart every weekday evening. A friend of mine called time on a man recently when, after two dates, he confessed that he had a belt fetish and was nicknamed ‘the Chelsea strangler’. Fifty Shades of Grey has a lot to answer for. “But haven’t we all relaxed a bit and stopped obsessing about being single?” ventured another MDB recently. This friend is brilliantly clever, works in theatre, can kill roughly 40 men with a single lash of her tongue and was almost certainly a Pankhurst sister in a previous life. She went on to tell me about a recent date she’d been on with “a pretty dull barrister”. And yet, she added guiltily, she thought she’d give him another go with a second date. And that’s the thing. We MDBs may be groomed to within an inch of our lives, permanently clutching our phones, on the brink of nervous exhaustion and victims of scarring sexual experiences, but we’re still putting ourselves out there. Because, in the face of romantic adversity, we remain cheerfully optimistic that Mark Darcy is just around the next corner. As do our ever-vigilant mothers.


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Business & Jobs

Are your funds suitable for you? Investment Bill Blevins Bill Blevins is financial correspondent for Blevins Franks International. THERE ARE thousands of investment funds available to invest in. Besides the traditional ones which invest in equities, bonds and real assets, you may come across alternative opportunities which sound tempting, such as funds which invest in property, timber and fine wines. How do you choose? The most important rule of investing is that your overall portfolio should be specifically designed around your personal objectives, circumstances, time horizon and risk tolerance. You should hold a diversified mix of assets as this

will help reduce the overall risk of your portfolio. Keep this in mind when considering a new fund, and how it fits with your existing holdings. Always remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We often come across cases where people are invested in funds which do not suit their needs. For example, they have a low risk appetite yet are in higher volatility funds. We also hear about suspended or liquidated funds, leaving investors without access to their capital. Funds which invest in non-traditional scheme assets are known as Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes (UCIS). The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), formerly the Financial Services Authority (FSA), has had concerns about them. Consumers have lost substantial amounts of money investing in such products in recent years. It found that three out of every four sales of UCIS products to retail clients were unsuitable for the investor and many promotions breached the marketing restrictions.

The FCA has now published rules to ban the promotion of UCIS and close substitutesto the vast majority of retail investors in the UK. It explains: “These assets may sometimes appear to offer better returns with less volatility than more usual investment types but they are often actually higher-risk investments. For example they may be illiquid, difficult to value and prices may be volatile.” They may still be promoted to “sophisticated” and “high net worth” investors. Here are some examples of illiquid funds. Many investors were caught out with property funds, such as Brandeaux’s Isle of Man domiciled ground rent and student accommodation funds. Redemptions were suspended after the credit crunch hit. On July 1 Brandeaux advised investors that it had suspended all eight funds because of problems with market liquidity and pressures from investors wanting to redeem investments. In May, the Cayman Islands registered Managing Partners Ltd

imposed a redemption gate on its Traded Policies Fund because of concerns over low levels of available liquidity. Global Mutual suspended shares in its Strategic Growth Fund in February, after a high level of redemption requests. The fund contained a number of illiquid assets. United Asset Management’s Strategic Growth Fund was also suspended after a long period of poor performance. “Sophisticated” investor funds tend to be complex with inherent risks. Investors often misunderstand the level of risks they are taking. It is often difficult to do due diligence on due to the nature of the holdings. Regulation is very important when considering a fund. While most financial centres have a regulatory system, the level and reliability varies across territories. You want your investments to be supervised by a body on a par with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. It is equally essential to evaluate the regulation of the adviser making the recommendation. They

should carry the highest degree of regulation and only recommend authorised funds from highly recommended jurisdictions. At Blevins Franks, we are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and bound by its “treat your customers fairly” code of conduct. We carry out due diligence on everything we consider recommending to our clients. For advice on your funds and portfolio planning, speak to an experienced, trustworthy and regulated wealth manager like Blevins Franks. Blevins Franks Financial Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, reference number 179731. Where advice is provided overseas, via the Insurance Mediation Directive from Malta, the regulatory system differs in some respects from that of the UK.  To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks. com

‘Plastic’ spending set to double Yet longer term other methods will become more popular By Vicky Shaw REDIT and debit card spending will almost double over the next decade as people increasingly rely on their plastic as a convenient way to pay, an industry report predicts. However, the UK Cards Association also said in the longer-term it is also possible to see the “end of the road” for plastic as other methods such as mobile phone payments gain more popularity. Total spending on cards in the UK is set to soar from 9.9 billion payments worth £477 billion last year to 17.3 billion payments with a value of £840 billion in 2022, according to the trade body’s forecasts. The association said that in the coming years, most of the growth will come from debit cards, which were first introduced 26 years ago. Nine in 10 (91 per cent) UK adults have a debit card in their wallet or purse, equating to almost 47 million debit card holders across the

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Nine in ten UK adults now have a debit card

country. The number of debit card holders grew by around one million compared with 2011, which is in line with growth seen over the last decade. Innovations in technology which make card use more convenient will drive the upswing, helped by younger people who have grown up with cards and already in a strong habit of using them, the report said. This includes the expansion of

“tap and go” contactless payment technology for low-value items where people have traditionally used cash. Contactless payments allow people to pay for goods worth £20 or less with a single swipe of their card on a reader, without consumers having to key in a pin number. The number of debit and credit cards enabled to make contactless payments grew by 38 per cent in 2012 to reach an estimated 31

million and major chains such as Superdrug, WH Smith, Marks & Spencer and Greggs as well as the Post Office now accept contactless payments. By March this year, around 120 contactless transactions were being made per minute. This figure is predicted to rise to 300 transactions a minute by the end of 2013. The growth in online spending is also boosting card use, with total online card spending increasing by

Tour operators steer clear of Cairo but Red Sea still on itinerary AT LEAST one French tour operator has postponed trips to Egypt, while German and Swiss firms halted visits to Cairo as protests erupted following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Yet UK and German operators said it was otherwise business as usual in the country, as tourists were mainly heading for the Red

Sea area, miles away from centres of unrest such as Cairo and Alexandria. The British and German foreign ministries have advised against all non-essential travel to Egypt, apart from to popular Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh, while the French authorities have issued a travel warning for all of Egypt. “We are giving our members

the travel guidelines of the French foreign ministry,” said Jean-Marc Roze, head of the French travel agencies federation (SNAV). “We are monitoring a situation that may evolve rapidly.” Thomas Cook France said it was offering its 130 clients already in the Arab country the option to shorten their stay and had postponed trips to Egypt until July 14.

Egypt received 14 million international tourists in 2010, before the revolt that led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Western Europeans are the largest group. That figure fell to 9.5 million in 2011, before recovering to 11.2 million in 2012. In the first five months of 2013, tourist numbers were up 12 per cent year-on-year.

£5 billion in 2012, the UK Plastic Cards report said. Online debit card spending has now overtaken online credit card spending, with debit card spending totalling £35 billion last year, compared with £34 billion placed on credit cards. Despite the predicted growth for plastic, the report said that the “end of the road” could be on the horizon as other ways to pay, such as using mobile phones, take over. The report highlighted the Barclays PayBand as an example of the new wave of technology. Visitors to last year’s Wireless festival were given wristbands which were enabled with contactless technology, allowing them fast entry onto the site and to make purchases at the event. However, it said that it “remains to be seen” how popular some of the new innovations will be among the older generations, many of whom still tend to use credit cards. “We will continue to need plastic cards for use at locations that do not enjoy the benefits of mobile and wireless signals and when technology fails merchants will still need to be able to fall back to a traditional, contact chip and pin, transaction,” the report said. Some 61 per cent of adults have a credit card, adding up to 30.3 million credit card holders. The number of credit cards has held steady since 2005 at around 30 million. The report said that the profile of credit card holders is also ageing more rapidly than the population generally, reflecting in part younger people’s preference for debit cards.

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Business & Jobs Monty Python lose Spamalot court battle

Bail-ins at the expense of the vital psychology

THE surviving members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python lost a High Court battle on Friday over tens of thousands of pounds in royalties from their hit Broadway musical Spamalot. Mark Forstater, who helped produce the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail on which the stage show was based, said he had not received his fair share of the profits from the spin-off. Despite hearing evidence from three Pythons - Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones - the judge, Justice Alastair Norris, sided with the producer. “I have always been adamant I was correct. I have been proved right - justice has prevailed,” Forstater said. Inspired by the film, the musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and has also enjoyed a successful run in Britain. Idle wrote the lyrics and collaborated on most of the music. Forstater, an American based in Britain, argued that he was entitled to one-seventh of the profits from the Holy Grail film and any merchandise or spin-offs. His lawyer told the court that for the purposes of profit-sharing, it had been agreed in 1974 that Forstater was “the seventh Python”.

Getting the banks back on track is about more than good accounting

HAZY However Palin, along with Jones and Idle, who formed Monty Python with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman, dismissed this suggestion. “The idea of a seventh Python just doesn’t happen... I don’t think there was ever any suggestion this man was going to be a ‘seventh Python’,” said Palin, giving evidence in December. In his judgment, Norris said Palin had been a “balanced and trustworthy” witness but had admitted his recollection was “hazy”, while evidence from Jones had been “suffused with a sense that Mr Forstater had done very well out of his brief connection with the Pythons”. “Eric Idle was frank enough to acknowledge that he now disliked Mr Forstater, but he expressed the hope that, in his evidence, he was being honest and that his dislike did not affect his honesty,” Norris said. “He undoubtedly regarded Mr Forstater as ungrateful.” His ruling also made reference to the Pythons’ lack of business acumen, highlighting a diary entry from Palin in 1975. “As we are a soft lot and not at all businesslike, I think it would be in the finest traditions of Python irrationality if we gave Mark an extra 1,000 pounds and a silver tray with some cut-glass sherry glasses and told him to stop writing to us for more money,” Palin wrote. “Beyond that even I am not prepared to go. Oh, all right, some cheese straws to go with the sherry glasses.”

Comment Costas Apostolides AST MONDAY my daughter sent me an SMS asking whether something was up because she saw people queuing up in front of ATM machines of the cooperative credit societies, and asked whether there are again rumours of a haircut of deposits kept in cooperative banks or cooperative societies. We investigated a little and found that the scare was down to the report of the Independent Experts Commission on the Cyprus Banking Sector and the recommendation that all coop institutions receiving deposits be merged. This was perhaps the third rumour about the co-operatives since the crisis began, and yet again appears unfounded. It does, however, demonstrate the power of rumour and psychology with respect to banking. Banking is based on psychology, not accounting and economics. If people feel that their deposits are threatened, no bank can survive. This is simply because bank deposits are converted to loans by banks so that they may generate income and pay interest to depositors, and when funds are withdrawn time is needed to be able to get funds back from borrowers to pay depositors. Therefore the key to success is confidence in the banks. If there is uncertainty any bank will collapse if not supported, and the contagion can threaten the whole economy.

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BASIC PRINCIPLE The adoption by the European Union of a bail-in policy for banks facing problems, whereby money is taken from depositors to save banks, was initially unique to Cyprus. It is now a general policy for the European Union. The move attacks this basic principle of banking and destroys confidence in the whole system. If confidence is destroyed then people will withdraw their funds, and the arithmetic of how much should be taken from deposits becomes a moving target and can spread to other banks. For example Laiki Bank lost the confidence of depositors owing to a combination of recession in Greece, losses in its Greek branches, and extraordinarily bad management and possible corruption. To keep Laiki afloat over €10 billion was provided in support from the European Central Bank. Since then more than €3.5 billion left the banking system in the 15 days of March 2013, and funds are still leaving the system mainly from Laiki but also from Bank of Cyprus (now forcibly merged).

How rumour starts a run

In an economy where bank deposits are four times the level of Gross Domestic Product the risks are extraordinary, and great care is required in order to achieve a soft landing, that is maintain the essence of the banking system and limit the negative effect on economic activity. Therefore controls on banking have been put in place and are being relaxed every few days. The emphasis of everyone is on getting the new merged Bank of Cyprus back to normal operations and releasing depositors’ funds, when in fact the government and the Europeans should be stressing the need for gradual controlled change. This implies foreign exchange controls over a long period, something which is contrary to EU law and policy. The EU and the government do not appear to understand the psychological effect on depositors and think that the whole exercise is an accounting matter with reducing the need for government, Central Bank and European Central Bank support its main objective. Mistakes have been made, particularly the way the Cyprus bank branches in Greece were forcibly sold off for a song, and the fact that controls were not in place when those crucial Eurogroup meetings were taking place. Mistakes are still being made, notably the fact that at this time a temporary board of directors is making the decisions with a CEO on a four month contract. Merging the two biggest banks and making a smooth transition in difficult circumstances,

takes time and should not be undertaken by a temporary board that will go away and leave the hard part of administration and restoration of confidence to a new set of owners and managers after the major decisions are taken by the “temps”. Clearly the board should have been established with a longer mandate with the new owners being represented when the issue of the” bailin come haircut” is resolved and the shareholders are clearly identified.

SHORT CONTRACTS In other words the Central Bank, government and the new owners should have had a two year period to work together towards re-establishing consumer and depositor confidence in the Bank of Cyprus, and the CEO should have had a two year contract. It is unique that in the case of the Bank of Cyprus the CEO has a shorter contract than many temps brought in to cover staff pregnancies! The situation is extremely difficult for the Central Bank, and mistakes are inevitable. In order to re-establish order in the banking system the government, the Central Bank, the shareholders and the Europeans have to work together to get the banking system in order and provide a basis for growth. Without growth Cyprus cannot get out of this mess. But the Europeans want the model to be changed, and that requires a decade or two to accomplish, though what the new model should be is undefined and only

generalities have been expressed to date. It is not easy to transform an economic model, especially in a worldwide recession when major markets are hit (notably the UK in Cyprus’ case but also for Spain and Portugal). Yet the rise of unemployment means that the need for recovery is urgent. The young people registered unemployed today will be in middle age by the time the innovation economy talked about today transforms the economic structure of the country. That is politically unsustainable and socially very dangerous as Greece demonstrates every day with the rise of fascism. The way out is for the government, Parliament and the Central Bank to co-operate, for the politicians to work together and come up with an agreed agenda as to how to bring the Bank of Cyprus back into the fold, and to develop a strategy for stimulating the economy, while also transforming it. If the politicians continue to confuse good governance with public relations, and keep bickering, there is no hope for a soft landing. The lead should come from the government, and if President Nicos Anastasiades can implement his campaign slogan that the “crisis needs leadership”, by getting everyone to work with him to achieve common goals, there is still hope for the future.  Costas Apostolides is chairman of EMS Economic Management Ltd costas.a@highwaycommunications. com

Western governments to target tech giants’ tax avoidance says action plan WESTERN governments are set to target a range of tax loopholes used by technology giants including Apple and Amazon as part of an international drive to tackle corporate tax avoidance, a draft action plan seen by Reuters said. The Organisation for Eco-

nomic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which advises its mainly rich nation members on economic and tax policies, has been charged by the G20 group of countries with formulating measures to stop big companies shifting profits into tax havens. Corporate tax avoidance

has become a hot political issue following public outrage over revelations in the past year that companies such as Apple and Google had used structures US and European politicians said were designed to minimise the amount of taxes paid. The OECD is now due to

present an “action plan” highlighting broad areas where changes will be discussed to a G20 meeting later in July. A preliminary draft of the plan, dated May 27, seen by Reuters, shows the organisation has already identified a number of specific profit shifting schemes.

“Domestic and international tax rules should be modified in order to more closely align the allocation of income with the economic activity that generates that income,” the draft said, echoing comments from politicians in the United States and Europe in the past year.


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Property THINGSTODOINTHE GARDENTHISMONTH

SOS - save our seeds All life on earth depends on plants so it’s important they are not allowed to die out By Patricia Jordan

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T IS certainly not the time to sow seeds during high summer, even though the main aim of plants is to flower, be fertilised and to set seeds for the further continuance of the species. It all sounds rather Darwinian doesn’t it? Watching goats traverse the hillside opposite my house, eating anything that is above ground such as young bush and tree seedlings, it is no wonder that parts of Cyprus are devoid of trees. In times past invaders from neighbouring countries came ashore at quiet coves and chopped down trees to take back to their own countries for use there. Many years ago Cypriots used tree trunks and branches to make charcoal or for roofing materials, until gradually all that was left was scrubland and a lot of the island became desert-like, especially after long dry summers with little rainfall. All life on Earth depends on plants. They are the basis of ecosystems in which all animals, including humans, live, survive and grow. They also provide vital ecosystem services, such as producing

the oxygen we breathe, removing carbon dioxide from the air and purifying water. Gradually, over the many intervening years, things have improved and more trees have survived. Gardens have flourished as more and more people know how to look after their plants. Not all plants imported by garden centres from other parts of Europe are suitable for such a harsh climate as ours, but when plants grow well then it is up to us to collect the seed if we can and encourage them to prosper here. Some plants do not make seeds and have to be propagated by different methods. Seeds are created in several ways. Some have hard pods to protect them like Caes-

alpinia gilliesii, bauhinias and albizia which, as they dry rattle in the wind and eventually pop open scattering their seeds over a wide area. Others, including the seeds of succulent Orbea variegata, float on the air like little dandelion seedlings. They are blown out of the split pods by gentle breezes until they find a little nook to nestle in and start another plant. Annuals, those plants which germinate, flower, set seed and die in one season usually have tiny seeds which are generally sown just under the surface of the ground. They tend to grow and flower early as their roots are easily burned by the sun. Nevertheless they make their seeds which are shed and lie patiently waiting

Red list: Astragalus macrocarpus subsp. Lefkarensis

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Patricia Jordan for rain to fall in the autumn when they will germinate and start life again. The loss of habitats worldwide is to blame for the demise of so many native plants and a Red List book naming endangered plants has been produced. Cyprus has a Red List plant called Astragalus macrocarpus subsp. Lefkarensis, which is greatly endangered. The Millennium Seed Bank at Kew Gardens has successfully banked 10 per cent of the world’s wild plant species seeds but their aim is to save 25 per cent by 2020, which will be about 75,000 species. For 17 years I was involved in the UK trying to save garden plants from becoming extinct. They were listed on a Pink List and I’m glad to say that many were saved from extinction. You can do your bit by collecting seeds from interesting plants and help save the planet.

PLANTOFTHEMONTH Nicotiana sylvestris Nicotiana sylvestris, a hardy annual (meaning that the seed can be sown directly into the ground); is a tall, stately, tobacco plant (Solanaceae family) growing to between a metre and metre and a half, so it is best planted towards the back of a lightly shaded or sunny border in light well-drained soil. A sweetly fragrant fantastic cutting and border plant, it attracts much attention and is a long-standing favourite among gardeners. Common names vary from Woodland Tobacco, Flowering Tobacco to South American Tobacco. Known mainly as a cottage garden plant, it could equally well be grown in pots placed on a courtyard or veranda. Plant groups of several plants

together for maximum effect. The mid-green leaves are very soft and grow almost as large as commercial tobacco plants. The flowers tower above the leaves on long stems with umbels of flowers cascading into a star burst of long white typical nicotiana flowers. The scent is strongest at night, so as to attract pollinating moths. Grown alongside the smaller Nicotiana langsdorfii, which has limey green flowers, they complement each other beautifully. As this plant is an annual, propagation is by seed. Although it can be sown directly into the soil, it is best to sow the seeds in a seed tray and plant them out only when any danger of cold night temperatures has passed.

THIS is the hardest time of all to keep the garden going here in Cyprus. Temperatures can soar to over 40C in places and on the coast humidity is high, which some plants enjoy but others don’t, and become susceptible to various fungal enemies. In the last few years cases of scale insects and mealy bugs have soared during this period so if you have escaped these up to now, don’t relax but watch your plants vigilantly, especially hibiscus, verbenas, pelargoniums, osteospermums and in some cases daturas or brugmansias, as some of them are now known. Hidden away under the leaves in congested areas and with no air getting into the centre, the right environment is created for these pests, along with botrytis which also enjoys crowded humid areas. So how do you avoid all these inconveniences? Some of the problems occur when others are tending your plants for you while you are away. I am not suggesting that you don’t ever take a holiday, but make sure that your plants can cope without your constant daily attention. They may be watered and fed only occasionally while you are absent. Take off any old leaves and stems before you go away, especially in the case of pelargoniums where it is so easy just to pull off the heads when they are dying. If you look back along the stem and take off the whole flowering stem where it joins the main stem, then you will avoid this. If you have added slow release fertiliser to your compost when you potted your plants up then you will not have to give instructions to feed. Like-wise, an addition of water retaining crystals to the basic mix will cover the days that the plant cannot be watered. Lots of people manage to drip feed their pot plants by using spaghetti-thin piping from an automatic tap or well. In my own case this is impossible as the potted plants are too far away from a water source, so they have to be hand watered by a reliable person. By reducing the watering to every few days before going away when I know that my help will be able to come, then the plants get used to that. This time of year we need those stalwarts of the garden to keep it looking attractive. In coastal areas Tecoma stans is already showing flowers, while

Leucophyllum frutescens up in the hills it is regarded as a late summer or autumn flowerer. At Larnaca Airport the silk trees are rustling in the breeze from the proximity to the sea which they relish. Delonix regia, which is known around the world as ‘Flame of the Forest’, lifts the eye to enjoy the wonderful red panicles of flowers. Plumeria, or frangipani as it is more widely known, is covered with huge night scented flowers of white with golden centres attracting months on their nightly flights searching for nectar. Alas these plants do not have any but don’t tell the moths that! They pollinate the plants by crawling all over the pollen looking for it and transferring the pollen from flower to flower. In gardens plumbago has been in flower for some time now and the first crop of blue or white flowers will have turned into sticky seed capsules. This is the time to give the plant a summer hair cut which will allow fresh growth to appear with even more flowers. Along the roadsides as polygala hedges fade and have a summer rest, then Leucophyllum frutescens bursts into flower attracting all manner of pollinators. These are desert plants so can survive our hot summer conditions, especially those in towns. In Arizona where they come from, high humidity causes then to burst into a blaze of pretty pink flower almost overnight. In gardens a spray from a hose will encourage them to flower. I rest my veg plot now that we have enjoyed the sweet corn crop and the rest of the salads. During the heat of the summer it is in full sun and the garden is on low maintenance now until late September when lower temperatures induce me to get out there and start all over again.

Orbea variegata


24 SUNDAY MAIL • July 7, 2013

Property LEGAL ISSUES WITH GEORGE COUCOUNIS

Revision of immigration criteria for investors

In apartment blocks owners find numerous reasons to not pay common expenses

Upkeep of buildings Current system allows too many to not pay common expenses By Antonis Loizou FRICS VARIOUS attempts have been made in the past to make the Common Expenses law workable. As the law is at the moment, much of the workability of the administration of the common expenses rests entirely on the goodwill of the occupiers/owners. A recent attempt by the opposition party who has deposited a proposal of alteration has opened the window to all sorts of associations and others, to be heard during the committee stage. This is good news offering a glimmer of hope. The law requires that buildings commonly owned must set up an administrative committee, which, in order to have a legal status must be so registered with the Lands Office. We now learn that the Lands Office will not accept such registrations and as such, such committees may not have legal basis. Human nature being what it is, some occupiers/owners do not pay their common expenses because they have complaints against the administrator, others do not pay because they have some issues with the developers etc etc. The end result is

that beautifully delivered new buildings are run down, no/little maintenance is undertaken. The law stipulates that if anyone does not pay their share of the common expenses, then the Administrative Committee (i.e. the rest) must pay the debt and sue the defaulter – in such cases and with our legal system and even bypassing the legal status of the administrative committee, it will take anything between two to four years to get a court order. In a real court case for a common expense debt of €800, the remaining occupiers paid €2,000 in legal and other fees, time wasted and aggravation to collect a total of €2,800. The new proposal is expected to stipulate that non payment of common expenses becomes a burden on the property and as such the defaulting occupier will not be able to sell/transfer/mortgage if the expenses are not paid. In addition to the common expenses we also have numerous illegal extensions that are undertaken by the occupiers. Under what authority can any other residents sue, because, if one depends on the local authority’s action most likely it will not lead anywhere.

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In Greece there is a law named ‘The Responsibility of Ministers’. Under this law if a particular Ministry is not doing its job right having been warned, then the Minister himself bears the legal responsibility and he can be sued personally – Lovely we say. Imagine what a better place this island will be if our Ministers were on their toes. We needed a Troika investigation to point out some of Cyprus’ failings and for which we are now paying dearly, causing a lot of distress to people without it being necessarily their fault. Also, on the other hand, do we have such a calibre of leaders to take bold measures to correct a sickening system so that we have some hope for the future? We will undertake a crusade to write to all relevant MPs on the problems that the common expenses law is facing, in hope that they show some interest and come up with new ideas.

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How much: €490,000 What you get: This three-bedroom detached villa in Limassol sits on a private hill and has a mountain view. It is less than ten minutes drive to Limassol town centre. From: www.buysellcyprus.com Tel: 80000222

THE government of Cyprus recently decided to revise the criteria for granting an immigration permit to citizens of third countries who wish to invest in Cyprus in the property sector. The reason is to expedite the procedure for granting the permit where the applicants satisfy the conditions of the law. The interior minister decides on the applications and every applicant must meet the following criteria: (a) he must submit a certificate from a banking institution that he holds a deposit of minimum €30,000 pledged for a period of minimum three years. The said amount should come from funds from abroad. (b) He must be in a position together with his wife to prove that they have at their disposal a secured annual income of minimum €30,000, which is increased by €5,000 for every dependent person. The aforesaid income should come from salaries, pensions, dividends, rents, deposits or any other sources from abroad. (c) He must submit the title deed or the sale contract of the property purchased. The sale contract must be deposited at the Land Registry and the purchase price of the property must be at least €300,000 plus VAT and that an amount of €200,000 plus VAT has already been paid to the vendor. Relevant receipts must be submitted proving the aforesaid. The property may be purchased in the name of a company belonging to the applicant on the condition that he and his wife are shareholders. To give effect to the aforesaid regulation, it is provided that an applicant may purchase up to two houses (apartments or houses) or one house and a shop of an extent up to 100m² or a house and an office of an extent up to 250m² provided the total value of the two units is minimum €300,000 plus VAT. The revision of the criteria provides that the purchase of the dwelling or the combination must be made for the first time from

a development company. As of May 7, no applications are accepted for the re-sale of houses. Houses/apartments can be separate provided they are both sold by the same company. The relevant immigration permit can be issued to an applicant covering his wife and any children under the age of 18. Children who are not married between the age of 18 – 25 and prove that they are students or undergraduates and are financially dependent on the applicant, may submit a separate application to obtain the relevant immigration permit. For persons over the age of 25 who are interested to acquire the immigration permit, they should apply in accordance with the applicable criteria as independent persons. Every application is submitted to the Civil Registry and Migration Department in person or through a representative and a fee of €500 is payable. The application shall be processed as quickly as possible by the Migration Department and thereafter it will be submitted to the Minister of Interior through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. The applicant or his representative is notified by the Ministry of the decision and when approved, the holder of the permit has to visit Cyprus at least once every two years and comply with the provisions of the relevant legislation. The applicant and his wife must declare that they do not wish to be employed in Cyprus and in case they have or register a company, the dividends are not considered as an obstacle for obtaining the immigration permit. The time for the examination of such an application cannot be more than two months. For citizens of member states of the European Union, no such application is needed since there are no restrictions.  George Coucounis is a lawyer specialising in the Immovable Property Law, based in Larnaca, Tel: 24 818288, coucounis.law@cytanet.com. cy, www.coucounislaw.com

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How much: €490,000 What you get: This three-bedroom detached house in Nicosia has marble flooring on the ground floor and parquet flooring upstairs in the bedrooms. It has a large kitchen with dining area. From: www.propertyincyprus.com Tel: 70003211

How much: €489,700 What you get: This three-bedroom detached villa in Protaras is set in a peaceful location just minutes walk from Fig Tree Bay. It has a private pool and an open plan kitchen. From: www.aloizou.com.cy Tel: 25 871552


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with their recovery, especially people with dual dependancies. Based on AA’s proven 12-step programme, we aim to stay clean and sober one day at a time. Meetings every Monday at 7.30pm in Agios Kyriakis (St Paul by the Pillar) church hall, Pafia Afrodite, Kato Pafos. Call 951 84455 for more information. ************************** TRANSLATIONS from Greek to English and English to Greek. €5 a double-spaced page (Arial - 12). Specialised translations €7 a page. 95110524 ************************** ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - CYPRUS Is drink costing you more than just money? AA could be the answer. Meeting at the following locations/days. Call to speak to an AA member. Ayia Napa Monday 97798043 Larnaca Tuesday (Polish spk) 96616589 Thursday 24645523 / 99259264 Limassol Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday 25368265 / 99559322 Nicosia Sunday 99013596 Paphos Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday 99916331 / 99399240 Details of meetings are available on www.aa-europe.net **************************

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Nicosia - tel: 22 818583 fax: 22 676385 ing for a new home who can take care of him. For photos look at www.costopa.net also for adoption an adorable male kitten, grey tiger colour, vaccinated, dewormed and vet checked, 2 months old, litter trained living indoors is looking for a loving family.Also a wonderful grey male cat, 1 year old,vaccinated is looking for a new family. For photos look at www.costopa.net or call 99884578 Anna ( Nicosia) or e mail to costopa@gmail. com **************************** L A B R A D O R - D A L M AT I A N puppies FREE 99953539 ************************* FEMALE FOX TERRIER white colour very elegant about 3 months. Please call 99398073 or 25333356 ************************* FEMALE JACK RUSSELL, about 9 months very kind and friendly. Please call 25333356 or 99398073 *************************

ABANDONED FEMALE DOG looking for a loving home. Almost one year old, small body, short hair, velvet touch. Very lovable and friendly especially to children, obedient, wellmannered, she will follow your every step and be your best companion. Please contact 99460230 or 99322664

*************************** CROSS COLLIE over five years old very friendly and quiet. Please call 99398073 or 25333356 ************************* MALE GREEK SHEPHERD very beautiful and handsome about 2 years old, needs a comfortable space and yard; please call any time to 25333356 or 99398073 ************************* ARE GIVEN FREE beautiful dogs to people that love and take good care of them, 4 puppies nearly 3 months old Greek-Shepherd suitable for guards, they need a yard and space to be comfortable. Please call anytime 99398073 or 25333356 NO MESSAGES. ************************* 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, Cy-

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prus. ************************** KITTENS (2-month-old), boys & girls, litter-trained, multi colours). Seek good home. For more info, call Agnieszka, 96672245 Nicosia. **************************** WE ARE LOOKING for a home for a kitten who was rescued on May 31. She is friendly, kind and playful. Checked by vet, wormed and de-flead. Toilet trained. Beautiful black kitten with blue eyes. Call 99786516. L A B R A D O R - D A L M AT I A N puppies FREE 99953539 ************************* FEMALE FOX TERRIER white colour very elegant about 3 months. Please call 99398073 or 25333356 ************************* FEMALE JACK RUSSELL, about 9 months very kind and friendly. Please call 25333356 or 99398073 ************************* 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 ****************************

SERVICES ************************** DIGITAL Conversions, VHS/ Beta to DVD, Audio Cassette to CD, Vinyl records to CD , Most types of Video camera tapes to DVD, Island wide service, Tel 99991784 ************************** YACHT CHARTER company offering private sailing yacht and skipper (RYA Yachtmaster) for the day. Day Sailing, Romantic Evening Cruises, Weekend Charter, Swimming in magical bays, Fishing Trips and Snorkelling. Lunch or Dinner on board. Tel: 99448944 Email Address: panmedsailing@ yahoo.com website: http:// www.panmedsailing.com/ ************************** 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 en-

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ergy costs on air-con. Also keeps your home warmer in winter. Call Ian on 99979671 ************************** PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING, also carpets, rugs and mattresses. Special offers now available. FREE STAIN GUARD FOR LIMITED TIME For a quote call Rickys Cleaning Services on 99131044 (all areas) info@rcs-cyprus.net / www.rcs-cyprus.net ************************** K.D.FLYSCREENS LTD. We manufacture top quality sliding screens, opening doors and roller systems. We also do repairs. For a FREE QUOTE please contact Phone: 99119582 Website: www.kdflyscreens.com ************************** SWIFT SERVICE AND REPAIRS air-cons, commercial and domestic fridges and freezers, ice machines, cool rooms, supply and fit air-cons VRV S. Call Nik on 99579602 Limassol ************************** DO YOU WANT A SHINY LOOKING FLOOR? Full repair & restoration of chipped, scratched, dull and stained, Marble, Terrazzo, Stone & Ceramic tiled floors and surfaces. Professional cleaning, repair & sealing of internal/ external ceramic tiles & grout lines. For a free professional consultation & demonstration contact Mark at Premier on 70006766 All areas ***************************

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FOR SALE BUSINESS/ PROPERTY/LAND **************************** LAND FOR LONG LEASE Prime land is available for long lease in Limassol. 40,000 sq.m., zoning Ka7 (90% -50% - 3 stories). Regular amphitheatrical shape overlooking Limassol Town. Close to New Limassol Hospital with direct access to Limassol – Paphos Highway. Water supply, electricity and telephones are available. Suitable for immediate development. Ideal for various health facilities and resorts, holiday centres, commercial and shopping centres, entertainment enterprises etc. Information: Tel. 22 674338, 99621554 **************************** FOR SALE LAND POLEMIPAPHOS agriculture land 5352 sqm building factor 10% €140,000 **************************** FOR SALE LAND POLEMIPAPHOS agriculture land 8696 sqm building factor 10%

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pliances in the kitchen, 3 covered parking spaces, roof garden access, in a quiet neighbourhood on Mon Parnas hill – Engomi €850 (photos in the website). 2. 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). 3. 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 €900 (H4ST10012-R) (photos in the website) 4. 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) 5. 3 bedr + attic room with shower and wc luxury detached house with central heating, a/c, fireplace, modern kitchen open plan with ex-

pensive electrical appliances, blinds, garden with grass, over flow swimming pool, covered parking in a quiet area. – Makedonitissa €1500 (H4MAK0023-R), (photos on the website). 6. 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 €1800

- Available middle of June (H4DAS0001-R) (photos in the website) 7. 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

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€400 PM CALL 99606665 ************************** 2 BDRM FLAT near Hilton Park and Hippocration hospital, 2 w/c, big kitchen with washing machine, electric oven, 3 a/c, big verandahs and cover parking. Price €500. Tel. 99428789, 99614179 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. **************************** LUXURY HOUSES: 1. 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 ap-

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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 - €1700 (H4MAK0001-R), (photos on the website). 8. 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 win-

dows 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) 9. 3 bedrs luxury 2 storey, FULLY RENOVATED LISTED HOUSE with high ceilings in the centre of Nicosia, 260sq.m, 2 small attic rooms, big sitting room upstairs, big sitting room and dining area downstairs, wooden floor, kitchen with all the electrical appliances, 2 bathrooms (one en suite),3wc,CH independent, A/C, big garden – Nicosia Centre €1400 (H4NIC0002-R), (photos in the website). 10. 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 swimming pool 6 x 12,big mature garden with grass and big trees surrounding the house giving privacy, in a very quiet neighborhood near Acropolis park. Available in August €5500 – (H4DAS0006-R) (photos in the website) 11.4 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/

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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) . 6. New luxury finished 1 bedr penthouse apartment with big verandah with nice view, in a small modern building,55sq.m,storage heaters,2 a/c, blinds on the windows, expensive electrical appliances (cooker, oven, extractor, refrigerator, washing machine, dryer), covered parking and storage room, off Kalippoleos street opposite Dessange Day Spa near the University – Lykavitos €400 (A1LYK0002-R), (photos in the website). 7. 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) 8. 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). 9. 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 expenses – Nicosia Centre €500 (A2NIC0032-R), (photos in the website). 10. 3 bedr luxury apartment, 150sq.m + very big ve-

randah, 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. ***************************

air conditioning in the bottom, separate kitchen, Trachoni area, Limassol. For information call 99532024 Maria **************************** STUNNING 6 BEDROOM Penthouse, Amathus area, opposite beach. 500m2 Covered, large swimming pool, tennis courts and landscaped gardens. 4 Bathrooms. Beautiful interior, bar area, sea views. €4500 per month or €500 per day, min 7 days. Owner 99029000 LUXURY 5 BED HOUSE IN AYIA FILA, 330m2, 3 floors. 7 years old. 4 large bedrooms/en-suites. Sea views. Living room, family room and office. Air-condition and under floor heating. Swimming pool with cover. Garage. Sea views. Unfurnished €2000 Tel. 99029000 EXCELLENT 1 BEDROOM apartment in Molos area opposite the beach. Double bedroom, air-conditioned, separate kitchen. Solar heating. Nice furniture. Newly painted. €500 per month. Owner Tel. 99029000

HOUSEHOLDGARDEN ITEMS large wall unit display areamatching dining table & 8 chairs, lounge over mountain mirror/2 side tables/high 3 chest drawer/ carpet/lamps. 4foot bed/bedside white cabinet, bed linen/linen/ pillows/duvet/throws, all size selective good quality bath towels/ numerous kitchenware. Plant pots/loungers/parasols general bric-a-brac. Viewing available all week call 99151718

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LIMASSOL **************************** EXCELLENT 3 BEDROOM apartment in Kanika area. Close to the sea and great sea views. 7th floor apartment. Modern furniture throughout. Separate kitchen with all appliances. Parking. Must view 950 per month Owner 99029000 *************************** PISSOURI BAY, luxurious flat near Columbia right at the beach; 130sqm, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 Terraces, underground parking and store; fully furnished and equipped (Sat-TV, DSLtel and internet, 2 fridges, kitchen etc) €1650 Euros-/ month; min lease half year; call Bernd Tel 99514401 *************************** NEW BIG furnished studio, in Katraki building, 100 metres from the sea and Debenhams Olympia, in Neapoli area. Tel: €350 (included common expenses) Tel: 99406415 Andreas. **************************** FOR RENT two storey house, four bdrms, with large yard,

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PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Holy spirit you make me see everything and you show me the way to reach my deal. You gave me the gift to forgive and forget all that is done to me and you are in all the instinct of my life. I want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never will be separated from you no matter what happens to me I want to be with you.

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CHURCHES 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

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

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 ALL WELCOME Tel:24651327 office@sainthelenas.com

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

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

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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

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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

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luxury modern 4 bedroom villa with additional office plus maid’s quarters and separate annex for guests. This amazing property offers an ultra modern fitted kitchen, sitting room & living room. Beautifully presented and available unfurnished. Includes gas central heating. Entrance with electric gates leading to a spacious landscaped garden with private pool & entertainment area. Situated close to the Elea golf course with sea and country side views. Viewings highly recommended. Website reference number: RTL_681 Tel: 97790883 Tel: 99133422 office: 26271858 Visit our website for many more properties www.mrrent-paphos.net Email: info@mrrent-paphos. net **************************** FLOWRON PROPERTY RENTALS: OFFERING A FULL RANGE OF PROPERTY SERVICES, THE COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST TALA 3 bedroom villa situated near Kamares offered part-furnished. Downstairs is separate Italian quality fitted kitchen with sitting room and dining area. Also guest WC. 3 bedrooms upstairs with master bedroom having ensuite shower. Has a family bathroom. Includes, curtains, blinds, flyscreens, air/ con, central heating and light fittings. Nice, quiet residential area. Garden and private

pool with great mountain and sea views. REF 988 Amount €750 SECRET VALLEY This is a lovely 4 bedroom unfurnished villa. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms all with fitted wardrobes, ensuite, fans and airconditioning. Downstairs is a fourth bedroom, again with ensuite shower and guest WC. Kitchen with all white goods, sitting/dining area with A/C and fans. Outside patio area and offstreet parking, gravel garden and private pool with mountain views. REF 1241 Amount €850 LOWER PEYIA A 3 bedroom villa in Peyia with private pool. On two levels with 2 bedrooms downstairs. One with with twin beds and the other with double bed. A separate bathroom. The kitchen has granite work tops with all white goods, and halogen hob. The property has nice modern furniture, including: TV/MyVision/Sat System. Upstairs is a double bedroom with large shower room. A veranda and outside Jacuzzi on top floor balcony. Private pool with BBQ area and landscaped gardens. Offstreet parking in a nice quiet location REF 1252 Amount €800 LOWER PEYIA A 3 bedroom villa in the Lower Peyia area. Offered furnished or unfurnished with airconditioning throughout. Downstairs consists of a nice kitchen with granite worktops, gas hob

and fridge. There is a spacious sitting room and dining area. All with fans and flyscreens throughout. It has a guest WC and small storage cupboard under stairs. All 3 bedrooms, upstairs have ensuite shower rooms and all fitted wardrobes with outside verandas. A fair sized pool with BBQ area and shaded covered area (retractable awnings for sunshade). REF 1263 Amount €600 PAFOS TOWN This is a very large 4 bedroom house which is on the first floor. It has been just redecorated and is offered unfurnished. Large living room with granite floors and nice curtains. Huge kitchen with double sink and granite worktops. Air/con throughout and central heating. Shutters throughout. Verandas with additional closed off area which can be used as playroom or office area. With covered offstreet parking. REF 1267 Amount €450 SECRET VALLEY A delightful 3 bedroom furnished bungalow. Central heating and aircon throughout. Granite kitchen with quality appliances. Roof terrace, covered off-street parking with private pool and lovely sea views. Property has secluded garden and a roof terrace. REF 1228 Amount €750 ANARITA A large 4 bedroom villa in lovely location of Anarita. It is fully furnished to a nice standard. Downstairs is

the kitchen, sitting room and dining area with guest WC. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms with master ensuite. There is a large bathroom with Jacuzzi. It has central heating throughout and a fireplace. It has a private pool with offstreet parking and is in an ideal and quiet location. It is highly recommendable to view, property is also very near to all local amenities of the village. REF 1249 Amount €900 ST GEORGE Lovely 3 bedroom villa with character offered fully furnished with its own private pool, in a very peaceful location. Wooden beams, fireplace, kitchen, downstairs bedroom, guest WC with shower. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms with family bathroom. Panoramic sea and mountain views. REF 1261 Amount €1,000 Please call for a free viewing on 26600450 – 97616070 many more properties including commercial lettings on our website at www. flowron.com – Your Vision is our Mission LANDLORDS FLOWRON PROPERTY RENTALS WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU, WE WELCOME ALL PROPERTIES FROM VILLAS, APARTMENTS, SHOPS. CLIENTS WAITING. *************************** PEYIA – 3 bedroom villa with modern quality furniture and finishes. Central heating, sky, alarm, infinity pool and

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LARNACA ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY! Rare opportunity to purchase bargain-priced renovated traditional house in Anglisides village, near Larnaca. 3 beds, Annexe, Large private pet-friendly courtyard garden, Workshop/Garage with two-post lift, Equestrian facilities available. Only €139,950 ONO (with title deeds). T:(00357) 99433016. More details at: www.rightmove. co.uk/view/38651647


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PETROLHEADS GEAR UP FOR ‘THE LARGEST MOTORING GARDEN PARTY IN THE WORLD’

The odd-looking Volkswagen XL1 is already in limited production

Goodwood Festival of Speed approaches MOTORING fans in the UK – not to mention countless others who visit Britain especially for the event – are gearing up for the 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed (11th-14th July) dubbed ‘the largest motoring garden party in the world’. Set in the grounds of Goodwood House near Chichester in West Sussex, most car manufacturers make sure they have a presence at the festival, which has attractions for all the family, and this year is no exception. Several important motoring anniversaries are being recognised at the 2013 Festival, including 90 years of the Le Mans 24 Hour race which will be marked with a selection of iconic Le Mans endurance racers - from early winning Bentleys, right through to the latest Audis that have claimed victory in recent years. 60 Years of the World Championship for Sports Cars will see the stars of the last 60 years, from Jaguar D-type and Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, through Ford GT MkII and Porsche 917, to Jaguar XJR9 and Porsche 962, plus the latest prototypes from Audi and Toyota, which are contesting the newly re-launched World Endurance Championship. Half a century of McLaren Racing will be marked with a number of championshipwinning cars from Formula 1, Can-Am, Indy and Le Mans. Two true British motoring icons, Mini Cooper S and Ford Lotus Cortina, turn 50,

and will be in action on the Forest Rally Stage, while forty years of the World Rally Championship will be celebrated with one of every championship-winning car on the Hill and the Forest Rally Stage. Demonstration runs by historical Porsche road and race cars spanning the seven generations of the 911 (celebrating its 50th birthday) will be another highlight of the event. These cars, many of which will instantly evoke fond memories among the thousands of spectators, will be driven by two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, and two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and German Touring Car Champion, Hans-Joachim Stuck, amongst other notable star names. Joining these 911 icons will also be an impressive line-up of historic Le Mans veterans from the Porsche Museum collection in Stuttgart. The 911 GT1 ‘98 and 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ have rarely been seen in the UK, while the 1987 962 is a frequent visitor to the Earl of March’s West Sussex estate. Also on show will be the Lohner-Porsche ‘Semper Vivus’ – the world’s first full hybrid automobile, and one of the earliest innovations of Professor Ferdinand Porsche. Now in its 19th consecutive year at the Festival, the annual Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance is one of the top attractions. This year the ‘Style et

The ever popular Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance showcases an extraordinary variety of vehicles Luxe’ is set to be exceptional: in line with the 2013 Festival ‘Best of the first 20 years’ theme, the eight vehicle classes and cars on display will reflect many of the greatest machines that have graced the Cartier Lawn over the last two decades. There will be around 50 beautiful cars, plus one spectacular and memorable beast. The eight classes will include a number of striking pre-War vehicles, including the stunning 1929 Bugatti Type 41 ‘Royale’ with Coupe de Ville coachwork by Binder, plus an unusual coachbuilt Vauxhall 30/98. The organisers promise “a mouth-watering array of preWar streamlined automotive art” that includes “a beautiful 1938 Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic, plus a real beast; the one-off Phantom Corsair

that first came to Goodwood in 2006, when it proceeded to gently move across the Cartier lawn by itself in the middle of the night with the engine off, the car in gear, and the handbrake firmly on!” The aptly-named Phantom was a six-seater coupe designed by Rust Heinz of the famous Heinz (57 Varieties) family. Built in 1938, Rust Heinz lost his life in a car crash the following year, and many subsequent guardians of the Phantom have met with unusual and untimely ends, leading to the car often being labelled as cursed. Post-War beauties will include a class of 1950s grand tourers, such as the one-off 1954 Fiat Turbina and 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Competition Tour de France Speciale, as well as chic drop tops for the rich and famous, including a

1954 Maserati A6 GCS Frua and a rare Jaguar XKSS. ‘Sixties Sensations’ will include a number of iconic favourites, from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and others, whilst a class of 911 derivatives will help celebrate Porsche’s 50th anniversary. There will also be an unparalleled selection of rarelyseen concept cars and pin-up supercars from the past 50 years, ranging from Peugeot and Vauxhall, to McLaren and Lamborghini. Peugeot have chosen Goodwood for the international debut of the RCZ R ahead of its launch at the end of the year. The road-going RCZ R utilises a powerful 1.6-litre THP engine with 260bhp, making it the most powerful production model in Peugeot’s history. Its efficiency, says the French car maker, “will be a benchmark” with power/ capacity among the highest in the world for production vehicles at over 160bhp/litre with CO2 emissions targeted at just 155g/km. Meanwhile, taking pride of place on the Volkswagen stand, and also making its way up the famous hill climb, will be the XL1, an innovative, ultra-frugal model that looks like a vision of the future, but is in fact already in limited production. VW says the XL1 is “the world’s most fuel-efficient production vehicle”, with an official combined fuel consumption figure of 313 mpg and CO2 emissions of 21 g/ km, and “it is also one of the

most advanced vehicles in the world”. Its body is made largely of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer, while its drivetrain melds a two-cylinder 800 cc diesel engine with an electric motor. Like any good supercar, it is also low (at 1,282 mm high it is lower than a Porsche Boxster) and features scissoropening doors (although its 120-litre boot does make it somewhat more practical than supercar enthusiasts may like). The ultimate supercars must be those which have claimed a land-speed record, and rarely-seen Land Speed Record (LSR) vehicles will also be gathered together at Goodwood – many for the very first time. For only the second time in its history, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V LSR vehicle which set a land speed record of 276.82 mph in Daytona Beach, USA, in 1935 will be crossing the Atlantic from Daytona International Speedway. It will be joined by Donald Campbell’s (Sir Malcolm’s son) Bluebird CN7 LSR, on loan from the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. If you want to join the fun you will have to be quick: tickets for Saturday 13 July are sold out, but some remain for Friday 12th and Sunday 14 July and the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 11th July. They can be obtained from www.goodwood.com/ motorsport/


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Sport Hamilton takes Germany pole Mercedes star transformed after early weekend struggles LEWIS Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to pole position at his Mercedes team’s home German Grand Prix. Hamilton knocked the world champion off top spot with the very last lap of qualifying by 0.103 seconds. Red Bull’s Mark Webber was third from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso will start eighth, one place behind team-mate Felipe Massa, after Ferrari qualified on the slower ‘medium’ tyre with a view to the race. The ‘soft’ tyre on which all those ahead of the Ferraris will start begins to rapidly lose pace after about five or six laps whereas the medium runs for more than 20. Alonso will be hoping to move into the lead as the front-runners pit early and end up with a better finishing position as a result. But the strategy did not work for Vettel when he tried it in China earlier this year, a decision Alonso later described as “strange”. Hamilton produced a remarkable return to form after struggling badly throughout the three practice sessions this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton (centre) is on pole position for the second straight race, after beating world champion Sebastian Vettel (left) into second place in qualifying for the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring Before qualifying Mercedes said they did not know how Vettel could have been more than 0.6secs ahead of their fastest driver, Nico Rosberg in final practice. Hamilton was 0.5secs slower again. Hamilton said: “We were miles off this morning, we made a change and I didn’t know if it would work but it did.” Vettel added: “It was quite close. I tried everything I could but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. “We are much closer to them here than in Silverstone last weekend so we are quite con-

fident for the race.” Rosberg was knocked out in second qualifying after Mercedes made the error of not sending him out for a second run at the end of the session. The German, who has won two of the last three races, was knocked out of the top 10 as other drivers improved their times and he dropped from second to Hamilton to 11th in the last four minutes of the session as he sat in the garage. The man who knocked him out was Raikkonen, who moved up to second after himself dropping out of the

top 10 in the closing minutes. “It was quite a shock really,” Rosberg said. “I didn’t see it coming. The team didn’t expect the track to ramp up that much. It really is a big disappointment. Unbelievable. We just didn’t judge it correctly.” Mercedes’ error was a boost for Button, who sneaked into the top 10 with a lap 0.664secs quicker than teammate Sergio Perez, who qualified 13th. On the occasion of the team’s 600th grand prix, both Williams cars failed to

progress beyond the first knock-out part of qualifying and will line up 17th and 18th, Valtteri Bottas 0.014secs faster than Pastor Maldonado. There were again no tyre problems following Pirelli’s decision to bring a new design to this race after the six on-track failures during last Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Ahead of this weekend, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), of which all but three of the drivers are members, said they would “immediately withdraw” from the race meeting if the problems were repeated.

Lions end 16 years of failure

Leigh Halfpenny was named player of the series after another brilliant kicking display - adding 21 points

(continued from back page) Halfpenny converted and added another penalty from halfway after the Wallabies winger Joe Tomane had been penalised for not releasing to give the tourists a 10-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. Smith, returning after four years out of international rugby to win his 111th cap, remarkably re-entered the fray and the Wallabies hit back with a penalty from Christian Leali’ifano two minutes later. The problems with the pack remained for the home side and referee Romain Poite called a freekick and two penalties against them at the next three scrums, allowing Halfpenny to extend the lead to 13 with two more spot kicks. Poite ran out of patience at the next scrum and prop Ben Alexander was sent to the sinbin for 10 minutes for collapsing the set-piece, Halfpenny adding three more points from the resulting penalty.

The Wallabies looked down and out two minutes later when winger Israel Folau pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury to bring Jesse Mogg on for his Test debut. Instead, though, the home side managed to endure the remaining period with just 14 men - and started to put together some backline rhythm. It was from a scrum just before halftime that the Wallabies finally made the breakthrough, though, James O’Connor jinking past Sexton and taking scrumhalf Mike Phillips over the line with him to score. Leali’ifano converted to leave the Lions with a 19-10 lead at the break and the centre cut six more points out of it with a pair of penalties in the first five minutes after the break. A huge shove through tighthead Adam Jones saw the Lions regain their dominance at the scrum and the Wallabies crumbled before

it, allowing Halfpenny to extend the lead to 21-16 after 51 minutes. Five minutes later and the Lions attacked up the left flank with Jonathan Davies releasing Halfpenny who got the ball back inside for Sexton to run round and score under the posts. The slight fullback added the extras for a 29-16 lead and eight minutes later set up the coup de grace, slipping past Genia on the counter-attack to set North on his way for his second try of the series. Roberts then cut through the Wallabies defence to score the fourth try. “We had too many errors, mate, early on and we gave them a head start,” Wallabies skipper James Horwill said. “We started the second half like we wanted to start the game and then we let them get away with it and they were too good. You’ve got to give them credit, they played very well and they were the better team tonight.

IN BRIEF Froome demolishes Tour rivals TEAM Sky hijacked the Tour de France yesterday when Britain’s Chris Froome demolished his rivals to claim the overall leader’s yellow jersey with an awe-inspiring victory in the eighth stage. Froome, last year’s runner-up, sped away from a group of five in the final climb to the first-category ascent to the Port de Pailheres to beat Australian team mate Richie Porte by 51 seconds. Spaniard Alejandro Valverde finished third and his compatriot and twice champion Alberto Contador was seventh in the 195 kms stage from Castres, the first mountain stage of the race. “It’s a dream come true so far. We were put under pressure. This is only the first week, so there is two weeks of hard racing to come but now we’ve got the yellow jersey we’ve got to defend it,” Froome told the BBC. “I really couldn’t have asked for much more.” Colombian Nairo Quintana was overtaken in the final 10 kms with Froome taking the lead ahead of Porte on a searing hot day during which temperatures reached over 30 degrees Celsius.

Baghdatis finally wins MARCOS Baghdatis recorded his first singles win since February when he beat Czech Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-3 representing TC Blau-Weiss Halle in the Bundesliga against Erfurter TC Rot-Weiss. In the non-ATP Tour event, the 28-year-old Cypriot also recorded a win in the doubles, partnering Dutchman Robin Haase, as the duo overcame Romanian Victor Hanescu and Oliver Marach of Belgium 6-3, 1-6, 11-9 to help their team to a 4-2 victory. “I am forgetting all the negative energy that passed through me the last few months and then I am back on the practice courts to prepare for all the victories. Thank you all for the huge support - it means a lot to me,” Baghdatis said reflecting on his first round exit at Wimbledon. After today’s third round against HTC BW Krefeld, Baghdatis will start preparing for his US Open Series campaign which he will start at the Citi Open in Washington on 29th of July.


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Wimbledon Del Potro ready for top table after heroic loss By Rex Gowar

Home hopes: Andy Murray is through to his second straight Wimbledon final as he tries to become the first men’s British champion since 1936

Murray keen to seize second chance in final showdown Last year’s defeat in the final by Federer proved a watershed moment By Martyn Herman DURING a fortnight of seismic shocks, scattered seeds and bandaged knees there remained a sense of inevitability that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray would walk out on Centre Court to contest the Wimbledon final today. For the third time in the last four grand slams the two men born within a week of each other and whose careers have followed the same trajectory will go toeto-toe for major silverware. Their rivalry is fast overtaking the one between Swiss great Roger Federer and Spanish warrior Rafa Nadal, whose early defeats in the tournament are already fading memories. World number one Djokovic leads their series 11-7 but they have never met at the Wimbledon championships and, despite the Serb’s one title here in 2011, Murray is arguably the better grasscourt player, if only by a tiny margin. He beat Djokovic on Centre Court in the Olympic semi-finals last year, going on to claim gold against Federer. That breakthrough released the beast inside the 26-year-old Scot and a few months later he claimed his first grand slam title by edging Djokovic in an gripping U.S. Open final.

Iron Man: world number one Novak Djokovic came through a near five-hour semi-final against Juan Martin Del Potro Murray lost to Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final but now he has the Serb in his sights on his home turf as, for the second year in succession, he stands within one victory of ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon’s men’s champion. Last year’s defeat in the final by Federer proved a watershed moment for Murray. He said himself this week

that 12 months ago he was happy to be in the final. Now, he expects to win it. “I might wake up on Sunday and be unbelievably nervous, more nervous than I ever have been before,” Murray said after reaching his seventh grand slam title match by dousing the fire of Polish upstart Jerzy Janowicz in Friday’s semi-finals. “But I wouldn’t expect to be.” Murray is on a 17-match

winning streak on grass, taking in last year’s Olympic gold rush and his victory at Queen’s Club but Djokovic presents the most formidable of obstacles. One of the greatest retrievers the game has ever seen, the six-time grand slam champion reached the last four in cruise control but needed every gear on the cog to subdue the magnificent Juan Martin Del Potro in the longest semi-final ever played at the All England Club. The intensity of that match was such that Murray’s legions of fans, the 15,000 in centre Court, the thousands queuing to watch on the hill (surely soon to be named Murray Mount) and the millions sat in front of their TVs will be searching for a chink in the Djokovic armour. They will probably be disappointed as Djokovic has proved time and again that he can play two titanic matches back to back, notably when he beat Murray in a lung-bursting five-set semi-final in Melbourne in 2012, then beat Nadal two days later in the longest grand slam final ever. “I’m not the first time in this situation,” Djokovic, who has reached his 11th grand slam final, told reporters. “I was in worse situations actually before, like in Australian Open 2012, or some occasions where I managed

to recover, managed to win the title in the final, managed to feel fresh and play another six hours. “I’m ready and I’m looking forward to that.” Djokovic knows the vast majority of the crowd will be roaring on Murray but is relishing playing in an atmosphere he said would be “loud” if it goes to a deciding set. “He’s a local hero. He has a big chance to win Wimbledon after a long time for this nation. People will be supporting him,” Djokovic said. “It’s not the first time that I’ve been in a similar situations when I played against local players. “I know what I need to do. I’m ready for it.” The two friends, whose relationships has become more professional now that they are contesting the sport’s top prizes, are so well-matched there are no short cuts to victory. Both are rock solid from the baseline, possess stinging returns of serve, move with supreme athleticism and have a bottomless reservoir of self-belief. With temperatures expected to climb into the high 80 degrees Fahrenheit today and neither player prepared to cede an inch of turf, the final will be one of hard graft and perspiration but ultimately decided by moments of inspiration.

JUAN Martin Del Potro’s extraordinary Wimbledon semi-final loss to world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday confirmed the Argentine is ready to challenge again for a place at the top table. Djokovic edged a high-quality match 7-5 4-6 7-6(2) 6-7(6) 6-3 in four hours and 43 minutes, the longest ever Wimbledon semi-final. Del Potro looked set for the big time when at the age of 20 he beat Roger Federer, then the world number one, in the 2009 U.S. Open final. But his career was in the balance after wrist surgery and a virtually non-existent 2010 season, and he had failed to reach another grand slam semi-final until this week. “Now I go into the United States circuit up to the U.S. Open with the best motivation knowing I’m on course again,” Del Potro, the world number eight, told reporters. “This has been my best Wimbledon, my best matches of the year,” said the Argentine, who has worked doggedly over the last two and a half years to overcome injuries and revive his hopes of breaking into the elite.

GREAT DIFFERENCE “There’s a great difference between how I came into the tournament and how I leave it,” added Del Potro. Del Potro has the game to live with the very best as he showed on Centre Court where he beat Djokovic last year to win the bronze medal at the Olympic Games. “I always had faith that I could win,” he added as he recalled saving two match points in a memorable fourth set tiebreak to take the match into a decider. “To lose like that is hard, there are matches that both players deserve to win,” said Del Potro. The Argentine recognised that in time he would be able to look back on his performance with pride and the match as one of the great ones in a grand slam tournament. “If I go on this way playing against Novak, Rafa (Nadal), the other guys (like Federer and Andy Murray), it’s going to be very interesting for me, a good fight, good battles coming. I will be ready for that,” he said. “I know this is the way to beat this kind of player I played my best tennis on a grass court from a long time, but it was not enough to beat the number one in the world.” Del Potro enjoyed support from the majority of the crowd with his excellent tennis and fighting spirit against a tenacious and, at times, inspired Djokovic. “What I experienced on the court was special, it had been a long time since I had played like that,” he said.


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Blatter hails electric Maracana, predicts great 2014 World Cup

US aiming to end Mexico’s Gold Cup dominance By Simon Evans

‘The fans were really extraordinary. Not fanatical but fantastic’ By Mike Collett FIFA president Sepp Blatter hailed the Maracana fans and the electric atmosphere at the Confederations Cup final as the most incredible he had ever heard and said Brazil would host a great 2014 World Cup. Speaking at a news conference this week where FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke pledged possibly to bring World Cup matches to Brazil’s impoverished favelas via fan zones and giant screens, Blatter declared the test event a success despite unrest on the streets. What moved Blatter most during the two-week competition was the astonishing rendition of the Brazilian national anthem before Sunday’s final between Brazil and Spain, a game the hosts won 3-0. “In all my years I have never witnessed anything like that,” Blatter said. The 70,000-plus crowd at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium continued singing the anthem after the musical accompaniment stopped, rising to an ear-splitting crescendo. They continued chanting and singing after the match began and by the time Fred scored the opening goal after two minutes it was im-

Home comforts: Brazil got a huge confidence boost ahead of next year’s World Cup finals when they beat world champions Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup possible to hear the person next to you talking without them shouting. “The Maracana is something exceptional and that was a very special roar. The fans were really extraordinary. Not fanatical fans but fantastic fans,” Blatter said. “They sang the national anthem for so long they delayed the start of the match for two minutes but it was not important. Yes there have been problems but they will be solved and we will have a great World Cup in Brazil next year.” Scenes of riot police firing tear gas were common during the tournament with protests centred on a

number of grievances, the main one being the contrast between expensive new stadiums and the poor state of public services including health and transport. “It was a success despite all the unrest and protests,” Blatter said. “But I think the social unrest is now resting. I don’t know for how long but it is now resting.” Valcke said the protests would not stop the governing body’s plans to take the World Cup to the people next year. “There are three million tickets available for the World Cup but this is a land of 200 million people so we will have fan zones and gi-

ant screens in different locations, maybe in the favelas and other places where people have no access to the stadium,” he said. “We want to give them the chance to watch and be part of the World Cup. We have done it before in past World Cups and that is exactly what we will do in Brazil.” Valcke added that while protests had been a part of tournament, a degree of respect also emerged between the protesters outside the stadiums and people wanting to watch the match. “The protesters did not stop them,” he said. “We know what the situation is and we have had it for the

last two weeks. But on one side you had all the fans wanting to watch the match and on the other side the demonstration. “There was respect between the two groups and they co-existed in this Confederations Cup.” Valcke maintained security issues were a matter for the government and said the tournament had been a success. “It was a great competition but from the minute it was over, it was over,” he said. “Now we are totally focused on the World Cup, the World Cup did not start today it started the minute the Confederations Cup ended.”

Balotelli plans to wind up Tevez

Mario Balotelli (left) and Carlos Tevez enjoyed a successful spell together at Manchester City

MARIO Balotelli has promised to tease former Manchester City team-mate Carlos Tevez over his decision to join Juventus instead of AC Milan when the Serie A season begins. Last week saw the Argentinian striker leave City after four years to join the Italian champions, prompting Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani to make public his disappointment the 29-year-old had turned down an alternative move to San Siro. Balotelli did choose Milan when leaving the Etihad Stadium in January and he admitted trying to persuade his former colleague to follow suit. He told Tuttosport: “Tevez is my friend and I told him to come to Milan, but he didn’t listen and went to Juve instead. “So he should understand where I’m coming from if I take the mick out of him on the pitch. “But I’m not scared of Juve. I have respect for everybody but fear nobody.” The 22-year-old is keen to see Milan attract new names to the San Siro as the Rossoneri bid to improve on a third-placed finish and catch champions Juve. Balotelli does, however, see fellow striker Stephan El Shaarawy’s decision to reject the

overtures of several interested clubs to reaffirm his future to Milan as a step in the right direction. “I hope that Milan can strengthen a little because, although we are strong, we will need reinforcements to compete with other teams in Europe,” he added. “I sent Stephan a message asking him how it went with Galliani and he told me he was staying, so I told him he’d made a good choice. I’m happy. “Personally, it’s nice to be told you’re indispensable but in football you never know. Milan is in my heart - it’s a great club with great fans. I’m happy here right now and so I will stay here.” Milan meanwhile will move to sign a new striker should Robinho finalise his return to Santos in the coming days, according to Galliani. The 29-year-old former Manchester City and Real Madrid forward was close to agreeing a move to his boyhood club in January, having spent six months back in Brazil on loan from City in 2010. Terms could not be agreed, however, and Robinho completed the Serie A season with Milan.

MEXICO are aiming for a record seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title when the tournament kicks off today but Juergen Klinsmann’s United States, with Landon Donovan back in their squad, believe they can stop El Tri from a third straight tournament win. The championship for North and Central America and the Caribbean, played every two years, features 12 teams in three groups, before an eight-team knockout stage, with games played across the United States. The tournament also marks a chance for CONCACAF to move on from the body’s report into fraud involving resigned officials Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer. “We are looking forward to an exciting tournament, we have seen in World Cup qualifying how competitive the level of play is in our region and we are looking forward to seeing the same in the Gold Cup,” CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb told Reuters. This year’s competition comes after an intense series of World Cup qualifiers in June meaning the leading teams have been forced to rest some of their key players. The past three finals have involved the United States against Mexico and while the pair begin as favourites, there will be an unfamiliar look to both teams. Mexico, who also played in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, have named a youthful squad featuring players exclusively drawn from their domestic competition. The U.S. also have a weakened squad, without key European based players such as Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, but there is plenty of experience with Donovan back in the fold along with Malaga defender Oguchi Onyewu and Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden. His country’s all-time top scorer, Donovan lost his place in Klinsmann’s squad after taking a break from the game and missing key qualifiers in March, but the Gold Cup is a chance to get back in the frame for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. “For me, it is just an opportunity and I want to do well,” said the 31-year-old. The U.S. kick off their campaign against Belize in Portland on Tuesday and also face Cuba and Costa Rica in Group C. Mexico have a tougher start when they face Panama at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena following the opening game in Group A between Canada and Martinique. In a new element to the tournament this year, the winner will qualify to face the champion of the 2015 Gold Cup for a place in the next Confederations Cup, to be held in Russia in 2017.


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Sport Tottenham confirm Paulinho signing

Moyes braced for ‘impossible’ task at Old Trafford Rooney is not for sale, says new manager By Sonia Oxley NEW Manchester United manager David Moyes is under no illusion that matching the glittering record of his predecessor Alex Ferguson was anything other than “impossible”. Holding his first news conference since taking over the Old Trafford hot seat, Moyes said he was far from being intimidated at the prospect of the now retired Ferguson watching proceedings from the directors’ box and instead welcomed his presence. “Sir Alex will never go away, you can see his stand, you can see his statue, he’s always going to be here and he is someone I will use for advice,” the former Everton manager said. “I’ve already called him two or three times for some advice on matters.” Outside Old Trafford a man was selling scarves emblazoned with ‘Sir Alex Ferguson, the Godfather’ as yet another reminder of the big shoes Moyes is filling after his fellow Scot’s 26-year reign that netted 13 Premier League titles. Moyes, who never won a trophy in 11 years at Everton, said while it would be “impossible” to repeat Ferguson’s record, he was driven to continue United’s success and took his self-belief from the fact he had been hand picked by his predecessor. “I had no idea whatsoever... until Sir Alex gave me a call asking me to come to his house, I was expecting him to say ‘I’m going to take one

of your players’ or something else,” he said. “And I went in and the first thing he said to me was, ‘I���m retiring’, and I said, ‘when?’... and he said, ‘next week’, and his next words were, ‘and you’re the next Manchester United manager’. “So I didn’t get the chance to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, I was told that I was the next Manchester United manager by Sir Alex so for me that was enough. “As you can imagine, the blood drained from my face and I was really shocked.” Moyes also stated that Wayne Rooney is not for sale and challenged him to match the impressive goalscoring feats of club heroes. “We are looking to see how we get Wayne Rooney to get those goals which are going to challenge the likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. I am more than happy to work with him to get success.” Together with the soothing words and the cajoling, Moyes also made it perfectly clear United are not interested in doing business, repeating a mantra they have maintained throughout the summer. “I’ve had several meetings with Wayne,” said Moyes. “I’m fortunate, I’ve known him since he was 16. “He is not for sale. He’s a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player.” One of his first moves this week has been to inject some sense of continuity after the huge upheaval at the club by appointing Wales winger Ryan Giggs as player-coach

and former United defender Phil Neville as a coach. “I wanted to make sure I had connections to what had happened here,” said Moyes, who added that he had also approached recently retired midfielder Paul Scholes who for now wanted to spend time with his family instead. Moyes is hoping to strengthen his squad in the close season and also said he was keen to nurture academy talent as he seeks to continue bringing silverware to the Old Trafford trophy cabinet. “All I can do is do what David Moyes has done before. I’ll definitely continue the traditions of Manchester United but I also need to put my own stamp on the club,” said Moyes, who has been appointed on a six-year deal. “Sir Alex did the same. I’m very fortunate that I’m taking over the champions of England. Not many managers have that same starting point.” He did not name any transfer targets, declining to comment on media reports United could be interested in bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid as he said he did not discuss players who were under contract at other clubs. “This club is always interested in the best players,” Moyes said. “My job is to continue the success at this club,” he said. “This club is about winning trophies. I’m hungry to do it, I’m driven to succeed. It won’t change me, though. I’m determined to get the first one (trophy) on the board.

David Moyes held his first news conference since taking over the Old Trafford hot seat

‘Drunk’ Gazza arrested after attack at railway station By Lauren Turner

Boozer: Paul Gascoigne’s drinking problems started during his playing days

FORMER England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has been arrested after an alleged drunken assault at a railway station. The 46-year-old ex-Newcastle and Tottenham player, who left rehab in the United States earlier this year, was held after an incident in Hertfordshire. A Hertfordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a report of a man allegedly being drunk and disorderly at Stevenage railway station at 10.30pm on Thursday July 4. “Officers attended the location and arrested a 46-yearold male on suspicion of common assault and being drunk and disorderly.” He was taken into custody

but was not charged, police added. According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Gascoigne was bailed after being held in a police cell for 12 hours overnight. Earlier this year, Gascoigne said he wanted to “get back to reality” after the latest health scare in his battle with alcohol addiction. He told ITV1’s Daybreak: “I didn’t ask to be an alcoholic, but I must admit I worked on it. I went to any lengths to get my drink, I’ll go even further to stay sober.” Gascoigne’s drinking problems started during his playing days - he was admitted to the Priory Hospital, near Southampton, in 1998, shortly after his divorce from wife Sheryl. Three years later, while playing at Everton, Gascoigne

admitted himself to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Arizona on the insistence of his then manager Walter Smith. In 2008, four years after retiring, he was arrested in Newcastle and detained under the Mental Health Act. He was later sectioned following reports that he was acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead. More recently he has been treated at The Priory again and at the Providence Projects treatment centre in Bournemouth. Gascoigne admitted that the way forward for him now was to start attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings again. “I should be dead. The doctors said I would not make it. But I’m here, I have another chance - and I’m going to take it.”

TOTTENHAM have confirmed the signing of midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians. The 24-year-old was a regular for Brazil during their Confederations Cup campaign which culminated in a 3-0 win over Spain last Sunday. Neither the fee or length of contract has been disclosed by the club. He told the club’s official Twitter account, @SpursOfficial: “I am very happy and excited to have joined Spurs. It’s a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham.” Paulinho has become Andre Villas-Boas’ first summer recruit as he looks to reshape his squad ahead of a push for a top-four place in the Barclays Premier League next season. The player revealed during the tournament in his native country that a bid from Spurs to seal his signature had been lodged and that north London was his most likely destination. Inter Milan and Real Madrid were also believed to be interested in a move for the former Bragantino midfielder, who scored twice during the Confederations Cup, following on from his equalising goal in Brazil’s 2-2 draw with England last month. Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto meanwhile admits he has never heard of new team-mate Paulinho. The 24-year-old’s arrival is news to Assou-Ekotto, who is notorious for having little interest in football away from playing the game. “I don’t know what he looks like,” Assou-Ekotto told Goal. “I don’t know him, I don’t follow this kind of news. “It’s like two or three years ago, Rafael van der Vaart was there in training one day. I said hello to him but I didn’t know he was Rafael van der Vaart. “I don’t understand people who don’t understand me (not showing an interest in football). Most people don’t go back home with their job and it’s the same for me.” Assou-Ekotto flew to Africa yesterday to help the fight against the disease known as ‘river blindness’ in his homeland of Cameroon caused by black flies. The 29-year-old will return to pre-season training later this month and believes Villas-Boas’ side must get off to a better start than last year as they target a top four finish. “The target is the Champions League because it’s the best competition in the world,” Assou-Ekotto added. “I hope this season we will start the season from the first minute because last year we had a poor start and when you see the results at the end of the season, we missed out by one point. “This season we will have to be at 200 per cent focus.”


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Lions end 16 years of failure with crushing win Australia 16 Lions 41 By Nick Mulvenney THE British and Irish Lions made a blistering start, rode an Australian fightback and ran out record 41-16 winners in the decisive third Test yesterday to end a 16-year wait for a Test series triumph. After just three points separated the two sides in the first two matches, the Lions built their emphatic victory on the back of a dominant scrum to join the hallowed tourists of 1971,

1974 and 1997 as series winners in the modern era. Prop Alex Corbisiero, flyhalf Jonny Sexton, winger George North and centre Jamie Roberts scored the tries and fullback Leigh Halfpenny, named player of the series, added 21 points with his boot to give the Lions their highest ever tally in a Test match. “It’s pretty indescribable. There was a lot said about the selection in the week and with big thanks to the fans coming out I think we’ve proved that despite selection the northern hemisphere is doing pretty well,” Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones said in a pitchside interview. After a tight first Test in Brisbane and second in Melbourne, the de-

cider looked like being a rout after 25 minutes with the home side reduced to 14 men, their scrum in disarray and the Lions 19-3 up. The first eight minutes were disastrous for the Wallabies with scrumhalf Will Genia spilling the kickoff, their pack twice penalised at the scrum and flanker George Smith leaving the pitch after a head clash with Lions hooker Richard Hibbbard. The fumbled kickoff and a quickly taken freekick had the Lions charging at the home try line inside the first 90 seconds and Corbisiero carried the ball low and hard to reach over and touch down. TURN TO PAGE 32

Party time: the Lions joined the hallowed tourists of 1971, 1974 and 1997 as series winners in the modern era

Brilliant Bartoli wins title Out of sorts Lisicki suffers final nightmare as Frenchwoman takes first grand slam MURRAY AND DJOKO READY FOR WAR

Magic moment: Marion Bartoli holds the famous Venus Rosewater dish as she realised a childhood dream By Ed Osmond

Frenchwoman hit straight back and took advantage of 14 unforced errors by the German to secure the opening set in 31 minutes. Lisicki’s booming serve never functioned smoothly and Bartoli, kept the ball away from her dangerous forehand to move within one set of her first grand slam title.

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ARION Bartoli overwhelmed an out of sorts Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 on a sun-drenched Centre Court to win her first Wimbledon title yesterday. Frenchwoman Bartoli, seeded 15th, took full advantage of a desperately nervous performance by her German opponent who knocked out defending champion Serena Williams in the fourth round. Bartoli, 28, became the first French player to win a grand slam title since Amelie Mauresmo in 2006, finally breaking her major trophy drought at the 47th attempt. “As a small girl I dreamed about this moment,” Bartoli, the 2007 Wimbledon runnerup, said in a courtside inter-

COMPOSE HERSELF view after lifting the Venus Rosewater dish. “Finishing with an ace to win Wimbledon, even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined that. Honestly, I cannot believe it. have practiced my serve for so long, at least I kept it for best moment!” Lisicki, the 23rd seed, broke Bartoli’s serve in the opening game of the match but the

Lisicki left the court to try to compose herself and held serve in the opening game of the second set but she wasted four break points in Bartoli’s first service game and the Frenchwoman pounced to break for a 2-1 lead. Struggling to hold back tears, Lisicki dropped her serve again to trail 4-1 and Bartoli had three match points at 5-1.

The German bravely saved them, however, and suddenly found her form, breaking Bartoli to trail 3-5 and holding serve comfortably to raise hopes of an unlikely comeback. But Bartoli regrouped and held serve to love, sealing her first grand slam title on her fourth match point with her sixth ace after one hour 21 minutes. As an emotional Lisicki sat in her chair, Bartoli clambered into the stands to embrace her entourage which included father and former coach Walter and Mauresmo. “I was just overwhelmed by this whole situation,” Lisicki said. “Credit to Marion, she has been there before and she handled it perfectly.” Bartoli’s triumph after 47 grand slam appearances beats the previous record

ANDY Murray and Novak Djokovic will be ready for war in the Wimbledon Men’s Final this afternoon. It’s the third time in four slams that they will face each other in the final, and it’s their first meeting for the Wimbledon title. This is the rubber match of the past year to decide tennis supremacy. Murray (below) won the 2012 U.S. Open at Djokovic’s expense, and Djokovic remained King of Australia by battling back against Murray. Djokovic is the ultimate tennis machine, a science fiction cyborg built as an impeccable ball striker. He blasts with

held by Czech Jana Novotna who won Wimbledon in 1998 in what was her 45th appearance. The 2007 runner-up had endured a poor start to the season, and had low expectations as she began her Wimbledon campaign. “Honestly I just can’t believe it,” she said. “I was there in 2007 and I missed out. I know how it feels Sabine, and I’m sure, believe me, you’ll be there one more time, I have no doubt about it. “When I started this campaign on Court 14, I think if you told me I’d be here in the final I wouldn’t believe you. To hold the trophy is unthinkable. “I’m just so happy to be holding this trophy. It’s been my dream since i was six years old.”

laser-like precision from both wings and stretches with inhuman flexibility to save winners. When other mere mortal players grow weary, he becomes stronger. Murray is Great Britain’s rugged hero, an odd reincarnation of Braveheart charged with the task of destroying his implacable opponent. He stalks the sidelines like a predator, racing from corner to corner as a counterpunching extraordinaire. It’s been 77 years since Britain last had a men’s Wimbledon champion - and the Scot is ready to finally end the wait.

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Upset: nerves got the better of Sabine Lisicki


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