Santa’s elves come to town and break record

Santa’s elves come to town and break record

Thai children dressed up as Santa's Elves wave during a photocall for the Guinness World Records in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. A total of 1,762 people dressed up as Santa's Elves gathered in an attempt to break current Guinness World Record made by 1,100 Santa's Elves in England (EPA)

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Champions League November 26, 2014

Champions League a welcome break for Arsenal

Champions League a welcome break for Arsenal

By Sam Holden

After enduring their worst start to a Premier League season, Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger will look forward to the sanctuary of the Champions League when Borussia Dortmund visit on Wednesday (9.45pm).

A 2-1 home defeat to an under-strength Manchester United side on Saturday, despite dominating the game, left Arsenal eighth, 15 points adrift of leaders Chelsea after just 12 games.

It was their second straight league defeat and the all-too familiar way that Wenger’s side relinquished…

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Local News November 26, 2014

Energy companies will call final shots for Cyprus gas

Energy companies will call final shots for Cyprus gas

By Elias Hazou

Whereas the talks in Nicosia on Tuesday provide a political backbone for potential natural gas deals, it is the energy companies that will ultimately call the shots, energy expert Charles Ellinas has told the Cyprus Mail.

British energy outfit BG Group are currently desperate to secure gas supplies for their liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Idku, Egypt, which are operating at below capacity.

The Idku plant has a capacity of around 7.2 million tonnes of LNG…

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Local News Comment November 26, 2014

Our View: Protests and strike only work when you’re a public servant

Our View: Protests and strike only work when you’re a public servant

LEFT-WING PEO yesterday announced a ‘wave of protests’ against austerity from now until March next year with fiery words and warnings of mass mobilisations.
It will do them no good, even if the events go ahead. There have been mass protests against austerity and the troika in many parts of Europe but apart from some inconveniences and a bit of trouble, reforms have proceeded and governments have not been swayed.

PEO should realise by now that only way the…

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Local News November 26, 2014

MPs voice scepticism over control of state enterprises

MPs voice scepticism over control of state enterprises

By Elias Hazou

MPs from all parties, including ruling DISY, voiced scepticism on Tuesday over a government bill which proposes to bring all state-owned enterprises, including semi-governmental organisations, under the direct monitoring of the finance ministry.

Enhancing the monitoring powers of the central administration over state-owned enterprises (SOEs) is an obligation stemming from the memorandum of understanding with Cyprus’ international lenders. The relevant law must be passed by year’s end.

The bill provides for tighter and more direct control of…

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Local News November 26, 2014

Communications upgrade at prison

Communications upgrade at prison

By Constantinos Psillides

Inmates and suspects held at the Central Prison will be issued documents listing the charges they are facing and details of their case to better monitoring inmates and avoid confusion, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Tuesday.

The announcement follows a mix-up three weeks ago when a Romanian who was about to be brought up against charges for raping a fellow inmate was granted a presidential pardon and deported back to his country.

The mistake was…

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Champions League Sport November 26, 2014

Classy Catalans prove too much for APOEL

Classy Catalans prove too much for APOEL

By Andreas Vou
A dominant performance from FC Barcelona saw them breeze past APOEL at the GSP Stadium on Tuesday night with a 0-4 victory.
There was a cup final atmosphere in Nicosia as they welcomed one of the giants of European football despite the fact that qualification to the next round of the Champions League was a mathematical impossibility.
The Catalans, on the other hand, had all to play for and needed a win to maintain…

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Champions League Sport November 25, 2014

Aguero hat-trick rescues City’s Champions League campaign

Aguero hat-trick rescues City’s Champions League campaign

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero struck a hat-trick, including two late goals, in a 3-2 victory against 10-man Bayern Munich on Tuesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout phase.
Aguero raced through to slot past Manuel Neuer in the 85th and 91st minutes to snatch a stunning win, the Argentine having given City a 21st minute lead with a penalty after Bayern’s Mehdi Benatia was shown a red card for bringing him down.
Xabi…

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Champions League Sport November 25, 2014

Chelsea qualify in style with five-goal romp at Schalke

Chelsea qualify in style with five-goal romp at Schalke

Classy Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 on Tuesday to power into the last 16 of the Champions Leagueand make it a miserable night for their former coach Roberto Di Matteo.
Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Willian doubled the lead with a fierce low shot on the half hour as the Group G leaders extended their unbeaten start to the season to 19 games in all competitions.
A Jan…

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International News November 25, 2014

Missouri governor orders more troops to Ferguson after riots (Update 4)

Missouri governor orders more troops to Ferguson after riots (Update 4)

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

Aiming to head off new looting and rioting, Missouri’s governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned as biased the grand jury process that led to…

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Local News November 25, 2014

‘Situation can either get better or it can get significantly worse’

‘Situation can either get better or it can get significantly worse’

By Jean Christou

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth appeared pragmatic on Tuesday night that his proposal for a twin-track process to resolve the hydrocarbons dispute so that Cyprus talks could resume, had not created “much enthusiasm” on either side.

President Nicos Anastasiades told Eide during their 90-minute meeting that there would be no returning to the negotiating table until Turkey ceased violating the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

He also explained to Eide why the Special Adviser’s proposal for a…

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Local News November 25, 2014

‘Accept the division of Cyprus’

‘Accept the division of Cyprus’

Jack Straw, the former British Foreign Secretary snubbed by the late President Tassos Papadopoulos for meeting in the north with a Turkish Cypriot leader in 2006, is calling on the international community to accept the division of Cyprus.
Straw has often in the past brought up the issue of two states in Cyprus, and in an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu in London on Tuesday he said the island’s division needed to be accepted as a reality.

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Local News November 25, 2014

Paphos municipal employee linked to criminal cases sacked

Paphos municipal employee linked to criminal cases sacked

By Angelos Anastasiou
The Paphos municipal council decided on Tuesday to terminate the employment of employee Maria Solomonidou, who is under police scrutiny for her role in two criminal cases.
Solomonidou was suspended from her post on October 21 after she was implicated in two separate police investigations.
Investigations into threatening text messages sent to municipal councilmen and a journalist in connection with a case of suspected land-demarcation fraud in Paphos revealed that Solomonidou was the owner…

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Local News November 25, 2014

Gas pipeline to Egypt now being looked at

Gas pipeline to Egypt now being looked at

By Elias Hazou
Nicosia and Cairo agreed on Tuesday to speed up talks for exporting Cypriot gas to Egypt as the island appeared to switch track from onshore LNG to pipelines.
Egypt can receive as much gas quantities as Cyprus can export, Egypt’s petroleum minister Sherif Ismail told reporters in Nicosia.
Τhe gas could also be processed so that it can be exported to other countries, he added.
“We are open for any discussions, ready to…

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Local News November 25, 2014

Women being forced to return to abusive husbands

Women being forced to return to abusive husbands

By Evie Andreou
More and more women are forced to return to abusive husbands because they cannot afford to fend for themselves, the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO) on Tuesday at the start of a 16-day campaign against domestic violence.
According to SPAVO between 2009 and 2010, 11 per cent of women returned to their husbands, while over the next two years, the percentage rose to 13 per cent.
Meanwhile,…

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International News November 25, 2014

Colombia’s FARC free two soldiers in step to restart peace talks

Colombia’s FARC free two soldiers in step to restart peace talks

By Julia Symmes Cobb

Colombia’s FARC rebels freed two captured soldiers on Tuesday, the first step toward resuming peace talks which the government suspended after the insurgent group took five hostages, including an army general.

The halt in the two-year-old negotiations, taking place in Havana, threatened to derail efforts to end five decades of war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, which has killed more than 200,000 people since it began in 1964.

President…

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International News November 25, 2014

Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest

Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest

By Daniel Flynn

Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims, in the latest strike to hamper the fight against the worst known outbreak of the virus.

A spokesman for the striking workers in the eastern town of Kenema, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks.

Authorities accepted that…

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Local News November 25, 2014

House plenum to resume Cyprus Airways discussion next week

House plenum to resume Cyprus Airways discussion next week

By Angelos Anastasiou
The House plenum will resume its discussion of Cyprus Airways (CY) next week, House finance committee chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said on Tuesday.
Speaking after a joint session of the Finance and Watchdog committees, in which deputies reviewed last week’s update on the progress of seeking a strategic investor to take over the airline, Papadopoulos said the matter will be on the agenda for next week’s plenum, on December 4.
AKEL deputy Aristos Damianou said…

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Entertainment What's On November 25, 2014

The music of today

The music of today

By Maria Gregoriou

THIS week (it seems) is one for piano recitals and opera singing that is somewhat out of the norm.

First up is a piano recital by young Cypriot pianist Drosostalida Moraiti on Thursday, who will be performing works by modern Cypriot composers Agis Ioannides, Akis Pavlou, Giorgos Stavrou, Aris Tsigaras and Evagoras Karagiorgis, as well as works by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and the Latvian Peteris Vasks.

Moraiti graduated from the Ethnikon Odeion of Cyprus at…

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Local News November 25, 2014

Palace says CBC chief’s notes ‘nowhere to be found’

Palace says CBC chief’s notes ‘nowhere to be found’

By George Psyllides
The presidential palace on Tuesday said it could find no trace of two notes submitted to parliament by Central Bank (CBC) governor Chrystalla Georghadji relating to changes she made to her contract.
Georghadji submitted two notes she attached to employment contracts informing of changes she had made before signing them and sending them to the Presidential Palace to the House Ethics Committee.
The changes – removal of a clause on conflict of interest, and…

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