Sculptures in the sand

Sculptures in the sand

A couple look at a sand sculpture representing a futuristic nativity scene at La Pineda Beach in Vila-seca, northeastern Spain on Saturday. The sculptures decorating the beach have been made with 300 tons of sand by nine artists from different countries (EPA)

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English Premier League Sport December 21, 2014

Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

By Martyn Herman

A stoppage time goal by a heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Inferior for most of the match, Arsenal had led with goals from French duo Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud after Philippe Coutinho had put the hosts deservedly ahead.

However, Skrtel, who required six minutes of treatment on a head wound, thundered in a late header from Steven Gerrard’s corner…

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Local News December 21, 2014

Spokesman does not rule out changes at Presidential Palace

Spokesman does not rule out changes at Presidential Palace

Government Spokesman Nicos Christoulides has not ruled out the possibility that the President of the Republic will proceed with changes as regards his aides at the Presidential Palace.

Replying to questions, Christodoulides said that in the framework of a possible re-organization, there may be new people while possibly some will have to leave.

“This decision depends on the President”, he pointed out.

The Spokesman said that the President, who returns to Cyprus from New York today Sunday, will return to…

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Local News December 21, 2014

Fresh arrest in Paphos sewerage scandal (updated)

Fresh arrest in Paphos sewerage scandal (updated)

Paphos police on Saturday arrested a former AKEL municipal councillor, 60, and questioned two contractors on suspicion of corruption in connection with the construction of the coastal town’s sewerage system.

Police arrested Vasos Vasiliou and questioned Iacovos Iacovou, 46, of Iacovou Bros. construction company, and Tony Toumazis, 62, of Atlas Pantou.

The two contractors were released after being questioned by the CID.

They were named by sewerage board director Eftihios Malekkides, currently in custody with former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas…

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International News December 21, 2014

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst

A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor…

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Local News December 21, 2014

A climate of mistrust

A climate of mistrust

By Bejay Browne

PAPHOS LOCALS have expressed a mixture of shock, betrayal and world weary cynicism over the alleged level of official corruption that has been exposed in recent weeks.
The atmosphere is one of uncertainty and dismay as revelations implicate officials from all major parties, with the squandering of public funds reportedly running into millions of euros.
Whatever their response, residents are united that all those found guilty should serve prison time and public money repaid.

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Our View: Parties’ brazen dishonesty shames the state

Our View: Parties’ brazen dishonesty shames the state

EVERY time the political parties decide to supposedly protect the people we do not know whether to laugh or cry. Neither reaction would be out of place because foolishness is often entertainingly funny, but it could also have long-lasting, harmful consequences.

Last Thursday in the House was one of those days, the majority of our deputies deciding that they should pretend to protect primary residences from “mass” repossessions by approving a bill that would suspend the implementation of the…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Tales from the Coffeeshop: All possibilities of exploitation being considered

Tales from the Coffeeshop: All possibilities of exploitation being considered

By Patroclos

COMMERCE minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis lost his swagger on Friday when it was officially announced that the drilling by ENI-KOGAS in bloc 9 found no hydrocarbons and all his plans for the future had to be changed.

But to his credit he kept a brave face, speaking to the cameras on Friday afternoon and later sitting at the glass coffee table in the CyBC’s cocktail-bar-style news studio sharing his thoughts with the delectable news presenter Vivienne Kanari. You half…

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Local News December 21, 2014

The referee brave enough to take on the establishment

The referee brave enough to take on the establishment

By Constantinos Psillides

Marios Panayi, 34, has blown a lot of whistles since he became a referee back in 1999 but none like the one he blew this week about match fixing on the island. On Wednesday the international referee gave a press conference, announcing to the world that he would go to police with evidence to shock the football world to its core.

While declining to go into specifics, Panayi did point the finger at Cyprus Football Association (CFA)…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Peddling the same dangerous nonsense for 51 years

Peddling the same dangerous nonsense for 51 years

By Loucas Charalambous

IT IS 51 years today since December 21, 1963. Half a century ago, just three years after its establishment, our state was dissolved and partitioned. It was then that it entered an insane period, starting in a frenzy of political recklessness which continues to this day without any prospect of ending.

Because, 51 years later, we have still not been taught anything from its painful consequences, we have still not admitted our unforgivable mistakes and have still…

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International News Comment December 21, 2014

Pro-Palestine parliaments – hopes and dangers

Pro-Palestine parliaments – hopes and dangers

By John V Whitbeck

THE EUROPEAN Parliament, after a late compromise in pursuit of consensus, passed on December 17, by a vote of 498 to 88 with 111 abstentions, a resolution stating that it “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

This compromise language bypasses the fundamental question of when the State of Palestine should be recognised, using…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Orchestrated chaos on its way

Orchestrated chaos on its way

By Hermes Solomon

TODAY IS the shortest day of the year – sunrise at around 7 am and sunset around 4.30 pm. That’s a total of nine and a half sunshine hours – more than adequate to supply central heating and hot water to the average household via the latest solar panel technology.

Last Sunday Mail’s article (The power of a battery operated Cyprus) by Austrian ambassador to Cyprus, Dr Karl Mueller, read like a pipe dream.
Interestingly, comments…

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Comment December 21, 2014

Russian crisis an opportunity for Cyprus

Russian crisis an opportunity for Cyprus

By Ajay Goyal

The Russian rouble has plunged over 52 per cent this year yet the Russian economic crisis might represent a unique opportunity for Cyprus to secure a major trade relationship with Russia without stepping outside the sanctions regime.

The Russian government and central bank might impose capital controls to stem the flight of hard currency. Some leading members of the Russian state duma have proposed limits on the foreign exchange withdrawals by outbound Russian tourists.

The collapse of…

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International News Comment December 21, 2014

Fighting over Santa’s home

Fighting over Santa’s home

By Gwynne Dyer

SAINT Nicholas (also known as Santa Claus, Kris Kringle or Father Christmas) has had to put up with a lot over the years. After the latest blow, he may not show up at all next week.

First they decided that he had to reside at the North Pole, where the temperature often falls to 50 degrees below zero and there are several months of complete darkness each year just when the work-load peaks. The south coast of…

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Local News Comment December 21, 2014

Examinership: potential for abuse

Examinership: potential for abuse

By Andri Antoniou

A PROCESS putting companies “on life support with no prospect of survival” is how examinership was described by a judge in Ireland in 2010.

He went on to say he was “more and more reluctant” to afford protection to troubled companies. Yet, this is the regime which is about to be approved by our Parliament before the end of the year as a corporate restructuring tool for troubled companies.

During a recent seminar on examinership held at…

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Comment December 21, 2014

The stagflation trap

The stagflation trap

By Erol Riza

The future of the Eurozone has been left by the politicians at the mercy of the European Central Bank and Germany’s commitment to a zero deficit. The evidence is there to see: failure of growth to pick up despite very low interest rates, high unemployment and deflation being the three key risks facing the Eurozone.

Some well-qualified economists, not least the Noble Economics Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides, predict that unless the Germans revisit their internal devaluation approach…

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Local News December 21, 2014

UFOs, a demand for transparency

UFOs, a demand for transparency

By Elias Hazou

“HAVING been a witness at the Citizens Hearings in Washington in 2013, I fully support the Congressional Hearing Initiative by Steve Bassett. It is important and it is high time the US government came clean on all that they really know on the subject of UFOs and extraterrestrial contact.”

The above quote was given to the Sunday Mail by longtime UFO researcher Gary Heseltine. He’s among many in the field convinced that the evidence amassed for ETs…

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Local News December 21, 2014

Santa’s helpers needed to deliver gifts to needy children

Santa’s helpers needed to deliver gifts to needy children

By Bejay Browne

A CHARITY initiative in Paphos is calling on the public to help deliver Christmas presents to children of needy families on Christmas Eve.

Volunteers from ‘A Gift of Love’ have managed to collect more than 450 boxes following an appeal to the public to donate gifts or money to help fill hundreds of shoe boxes with Christmas presents for needy children in the area. They now need help to deliver them on Christmas Eve.

The initiative was…

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Local News December 20, 2014

DIKO-AKEL confirm candidate for Paphos mayor

DIKO-AKEL confirm candidate for Paphos mayor

By George Psyllides
Supported by opposition parties DIKO and AKEL, accountant Aristos Vassiliades has become the first prime contender to run for mayor of Paphos after the resignation of Savvas Vergas, who is facing corruption charges.
“I am responding to the encouragement of many fellow citizens that was displayed in various ways in the past days,” Vassiliades said.
Vassiliades asked for the support of the public “to make Paphos clean and proud again.”
Though claiming to…

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Local News December 20, 2014

President to return Sunday

President to return Sunday

President Nicos Anastasiades will return to Cyprus on Sunday after recovering from open heart surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Reliable sources told CNA that the President will be arriving in the afternoon via London. He is expected to return to his duties at the Presidential Palace early next week.
The President underwent a heart surgery on December 2.
Cardiac surgeon David Adams, who performed the operation, said that the health problems which Anastasiades…

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English Premier League Sport December 20, 2014

Silva gives Man City win over Palace, United held (updated)

Silva gives Man City win over Palace, United held (updated)

By Toby Davis

David Silva sparkled for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace that wiped out Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table and added festive spice to the Premier League title race on Saturday.

Manchester United’s pursuit of the table-toppers stalled with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, their first dropped points in seven games, as local rivals City came through an encounter with Palace that threatened to turn into a frustrating…

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