Far-right Pegida protest in Newcastle

Far-right Pegida protest in Newcastle

Far right Pegida supporters clash with police as they demonstrate in the city centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on Saturday. It was the first time Pediga (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West), the anti-Islam and anti-refugee group have protested in Britain after recent demonstrations across Germany. More than 2,000 people protested against the Pegida march whch drew around 400 people (EPA)

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Local News March 1, 2015

Sizopoulos elected as new EDEK president

Sizopoulos elected as new EDEK president

Marinos Sizopoulos was elected today as the new president of the Social Democrats Movement EDEK securing 60% of the votes.

He is the third president of EDEK and he succeeds Yiannakis Omirou who stepped down earlier this year.

Of the 9.464 eligible EDEK voters less than 50% opted to vote with Marinos Sizopoulos receiving 4,232 votes while his opponent Giorgos Varnavas received 2.519, or 40% of the votes.

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Football Sport March 1, 2015

Mighty Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup glory

Mighty Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup glory

By Ian Chadband

By John Terry embellished his status to Chelsea fans as “captain, leader, legend” by scoring the goal that set his side on the way to a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup final at a rain-sodden Wembley on Sunday.

The former England captain was once again a quite inspirational presence for the club that adores him as he defended like a lion and scored a 45th-minute goal to ease Chelsea nerves before Kyle…

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Sport March 1, 2015

Holders Ireland beat England in Six Nations

Holders Ireland beat England in Six Nations

By Padraic Halpin

Ireland took a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating 19-9 victory over England in Dublin on Sunday to become the only side to win their opening three games of the championship.

With both sides unbeaten going into a game billed as a potential title decider, Ireland bossed the first half to take a 9-3 half-time lead over the ill-disciplined English thanks to three Johnny Sexton penalties.

Sexton began a far more…

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Brilliant Coutinho lifts Liverpool to win over City, Arsenal up to third

Brilliant Coutinho lifts Liverpool to win over City, Arsenal up to third

By Sam Holden

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho produced a moment of Brazilian magic to dent Manchester City’s Premier League title aspirations in a 2-1 home win on Sunday as Arsenal moved up to third with a 2-0 victory against Everton.

Coutinho found the corner with a stunning curling effort to extend Liverpool’s unbeaten run to 11 league games after Henderson’s excellent first-half strike had been cancelled out by City’s Edin Dzeko.

It was a serious blow to City manager Manuel Pellegrini…

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International News March 1, 2015

U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu speech, Iran talks

U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu speech, Iran talks

As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader U.S.-Israeli alliance.

Already there has been some fraying of the usually strong relationship amid the frosty personal ties between the two leaders and a deepening divide over the Iran talks, which Israel fears will allow its arch foe to…

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International News March 1, 2015

Maduro says Venezuela detains U.S. citizens; announces moves against U.S.

Maduro says Venezuela detains U.S. citizens; announces moves against U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had detained U.S. citizens, including a pilot, on suspicion of espionage, in a move likely to strain already tense relations between Washington and Caracas.

Maduro also said his government would order a reduction in the number of U.S. embassy staff in Caracas and prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar U.S. measure last year. Venezuela would also require U.S. citizens to obtain visas before visiting, he…

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Football Sport March 1, 2015

Apollon back at the top

Apollon back at the top

By Iacovos Constantinou

Apollonas reclaimed top spot in the championship as they defeated Anorthosis by 2-0 while APOEL could only draw against a spirited Omonia. Elsewhere AEK moved into fourth place with a convincing 4-1 thumping of Doxa while all other games, Ethnios-Ermis, Nea Salamina- Ayia Napa and Othellos-AEL ended goalless.

Apollonas had few problems in overcoming a dispirited Anorthosis who were missing a number of key players namely Avraam, Calvo and Laifis

The Limassol team got off to…

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Local News March 1, 2015

Fears Cyprus is ‘breaking ranks’

Fears Cyprus is ‘breaking ranks’

By Angelos Anastasiou

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades’ remarks against EU-imposed sanctions on Russia at a press conference in Moscow were “surprising” and “made no sense”, according to political analysts, as they jeopardise Cyprus’ relations with the EU and the West for not much in return.

Anastasiades, elected president on a pro-West campaign pledge of joining NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme and who spent the first 18 months of his term building a conspicuously strong relationship with the United States, told the…

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Local News Comment March 1, 2015

Our View: Russia trip highlighted Anastasiades’ failings

Our View: Russia trip highlighted Anastasiades’ failings

ALL THE SHORTCOMINGS of President Anastasiades as a politician and head of state were displayed during his heralded official visit to Russia. His failure to exercise restraint when speaking publicly, his inclination to allow his emotions to rule his head, his poor judgement and inadequate diplomatic skills, his obsession with his domestic popularity ratings and his inability to see any difference between speaking at a Sunday memorial service in a Cyprus village and in front of an international audience were…

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Local News Comment March 1, 2015

Tales from the Coffeeshop: How to explain Nik’s Putin pandering?

Tales from the Coffeeshop: How to explain Nik’s Putin pandering?

By Patroclos

SEVERAL regulars at our establishment have been wondering whether Prez Nik’s daughters have left the family law office, now their father has nothing to do with it any longer, and opened a PR firm which landed a multi-million contract to handle the publicity of Vladimir Putin.

Watching and hearing Nik acting like Putin’s personal PR man in this week’s triumphant visit to Mother Russia, you might have thought that, being the good father that he is, he has…

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Comment March 1, 2015

Bankrupt magicians have no dignity worth defending

Bankrupt magicians have no dignity worth defending

By Loucas Charalambous

WHEN GREECE entered the eurozone on January 1, 2001, some analysts were taken by surprise. They all wondered how this country had managed to improve its finances so much that it could suddenly meet the targets set by the Maastricht guideline, the precondition for entry into the eurozone.

Especially strange was the staggering reduction of the budget deficit to 1.5 per cent of GDP which was well below the Maastricht limit of three per cent. What had…

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Comment March 1, 2015

Let us return to the past, it will be a step forward

Let us return to the past, it will be a step forward

By Alper Ali Riza

Shortly before she died, my mother famously told a journalist who had impertinently asked her how she came to marry a Turkish Cypriot that by the time she realised my father was Turkish it was too late! She had fallen in love and according to the Ancient Greeks, whose sayings my mother loved to quote, love is invincible! In plain English love conquers all!

I confess that when I first heard of her reminiscence, I was…

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Comment March 1, 2015

Playing to the gallery

Playing to the gallery

By Hermes Solomon

Success can be like a passing cloud; one minute you see it and the next you don’t…

Appealing to spectators (readers) for maximum approval as in, ‘He peppers his performance with humour and wisecracks, clearly playing to the gallery’ is commonplace in today’s media; ‘…to the gallery’ referring to the cheapest seats in a British theatre and hence, the least sophisticated audience of the late 1800s.

Commentators, journalists and politicians invest time writing and saying things that…

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Comment March 1, 2015

Whips, chains and capitalism: What Fifty Shades of Grey is really about

Whips, chains and capitalism: What Fifty Shades of Grey is really about

By Lynn Stuart Parramore

Author EL James has often insisted that Fifty Shades of Grey is wildly popular not because of its titillating trappings of transgression, but because it tells a simple love story for the ages. But this is a romance for a particular kind of age – a time of growing inequality. The social order is breaking up and leaving massive human wreckage in its wake. Dreams of love turn into fantasies of power – who has it and…

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Comment March 1, 2015

Hunters and taxi drivers stalking their prey

Hunters and taxi drivers stalking their prey

By Clive Turner

An Expat Perspective
Are you woken up each Wednesday and Sunday of the hunting season by the popping gunfire from hunters on the prowl? I’m aware this practice is traditional, but just what are these gentlemen really pursuing? Small birds, rabbits, the odd fox perhaps? We’ve no bears, lions or tigers, no frightening predators; we see little danger lurking in the countryside, yet our dog-accompanied pick-up truck macho warriors range through the landscape killing whatever it’s legal for…

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Local News March 1, 2015

Are you ready for spring?

Are you ready for spring?

Gardening by Patricia Jordan

You could be forgiven if you thought otherwise in mid-February as snow fell almost everywhere leaving a blanket of white just when the freesias were about to open their fragrant flowers. The huge calla leaves looked like variegated plants as snow settled in the folds of the leaves. What a mixture of weather we had in February – snow, frost, hail, rain, biting winds and some sunshine, which was just as the man from the mountains…

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Local News March 1, 2015

High-cost internet report was ‘misleading’

High-cost internet report was ‘misleading’

By Constantinos Psillides

THE GOVERNMENT has shot down a report released earlier this week, which showed that Cypriots pay nearly three times more than the European average for internet access.

The report, by the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), claimed that Cypriots pay the highest entry-level broadband connection in the EU – almost three times the EU average – have a low percentage of internet use despite the extensive coverage and do not shop online as much as other…

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Local News March 1, 2015

A Cypriot on Mars? Not quite yet

A Cypriot on Mars? Not quite yet

By Jean Christou

Why would anyone volunteer for a one-way mission to Mars, let alone over 200,000 hopefuls from around the globe for 40 coveted spots?

Earlier this month 100 people reached the third round of the Mars One mission, which plans to put the first Earthlings on the barren ‘Red Planet’ by 2024 at a cost of some $6 billion. Five Britons were chosen among 31 people from Europe, 39 from the Americas, 16 from Asia, seven from Africa,…

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Local News March 1, 2015

The soil of Cyprus under her fingers

The soil of Cyprus under her fingers

By Agnieszka Rakoczy

AN image comes to mind when I think about Heidi Trautmann. I see two young women, one black, the other white, together, having a smoke on the terrace of a small house somewhere in the South Africa of the 1960s.

Helen Sebidi, a domestic help, works for Heidi, then a young mother of two children. Helen is interested in painting so Heidi buys her some paints and brushes and encourages her to begin art lessons.

Fifty years…

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Rooney ends goal drought as United go third

Rooney ends goal drought as United go third

By Tom Hayward

Wayne Rooney ended his eight-game Premier League scoring drought with a brace as Manchester United climbed back above Arsenal into third with a 2-0 victory against a dogged Sunderland on Saturday.

United were booed during stages of another underwhelming first half at Old Trafford but Rooney, restored to his favoured forward position, dispatched a 66th-minute penalty after Radamel Falcao was impeded by John O’Shea.

Fellow former United man Wes Brown was wrongly shown the red card instead…

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