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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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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International News December 20, 2014

Russia calls new sanctions on Crimea ‘collective punishment’

Russia calls new sanctions on Crimea ‘collective punishment’

By Vladimir Soldatkin

THE Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday new Western sanctions against Ukraine’s Crimea region were a “collective punishment” on residents who voted last March to join Russia, adding it was preparing to retaliate.

Both the European Union and United States adopted tighter restrictions on investments in Crimea this week, targeting individuals, Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism.

The March referendum, which Ukraine and Western countries rejected as illegal, resulted in a 97 per cent…

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International News December 20, 2014

N. Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with US

N. Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with US

By Jack Kim and Steve Holland

North Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyber attack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander” and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of the North’s foreign ministry said there would be “grave consequences” if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

On Friday, President Barack…

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Local News December 20, 2014

Football game to mark WWI truce

Football game to mark WWI truce

The British High Commission is organising a friendly football game on Monday to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Christmas game played by allied and German soldiers fighting in the trenches during WWI.

It was Christmas 1914 when British, French, and German soldiers put their weapons down and called an unofficial truce to engage in a game of football.
The Nicosia game will be played in the buffer zone pitting United Nations soldiers and diplomats serving on the island…

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International News Sport December 20, 2014

Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving

Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving

By Steve Ginsburg

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and received 18 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested for drunken driving early on September 30 after speeding and then crossing the double yellow lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said.

“The last three months of my life have been some of the hardest times I’ve…

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Local News December 20, 2014

Police seeking robbery suspect

Police seeking robbery suspect

Paphos police said on Saturday they were seeking a male foreign national in connection with the beating and robbery of a 30-year-old lawyer.

The case was reported to police by the lawyer who claimed he had been ambushed by the suspect after they had arranged to meet at a flat in Kissonerga at 6pm on Friday.

The lawyer said he was hit on the head with a stone as he came out of the lift on the second floor of…

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Entertainment What's On December 20, 2014

A musical look ahead

A musical look ahead

By Maria Gregoriou

Carols fade away with the close of Christmas Day so it makes sense to embrace Boxing Day with the volume turned way up high and a thumping music beat.

Enter the Armada Music Festival taking place on Boxing Day at the Pavilion hall in Nicosia. Entertaining it will certainly be, but the event has also been organised to help the work of the non-profit organisation Hope For Children UNCRC Policy Centre, who do their best to protect…

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International News December 20, 2014

EU leaders prepare for long confrontation with Russia

EU leaders prepare for long confrontation with Russia

By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski

European Union leaders warned Moscow they are ready to flex their combined muscle and “stay the course” in a long confrontation with Russia if President Vladimir Putin refuses to pull back from Ukraine.

“We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As Europeans we must regain our self-confidence and realise our own strengths,” said Donald Tusk, the former Polish premier who chaired a brief EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.

In comments that were…

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International News December 20, 2014

Obama vows U.S. response to N.Korea over Sony cyberattack

Obama vows U.S. response to N.Korea over Sony cyberattack

By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick

President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.

Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of damage to Sony but the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of “The Interview,” a lampoon portraying the…

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English Premier League Sport December 20, 2014

Rejuvenated City primed to pounce on leaders Chelsea

Rejuvenated City primed to pounce on leaders Chelsea

By Michael Hann

Rejuvenated Manchester City can pile the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea for the first time this season if they beat struggling visitors Crystal Palace on Saturday (2.45pm).

With Chelsea not playing at Stoke City until Monday (10pm), a City victory at the Etihad Stadium against a Palace side who have failed to win their last four Premier League matches would put the champions level on 39 points with Jose Mourinho’s men.

Having trailed leaders Chelsea by…

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Football Sport December 20, 2014

San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

By Brian Homewood

San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in Saturday’s Club World Cup final (9.30pm).

The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80 million euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.

“We’ll have…

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Local News December 20, 2014

Five ex-BoC executives formally charged

Five ex-BoC executives formally charged

By Evie Andreou

FIVE former Bank of Cyprus (BoC) executives, as well as the bank itself, were charged by the Legal Services yesterday of market manipulation and false and misleading information relating to the bank’s capital adequacy.

Attorney General Costas Clerides said that the hearing has been set for January 30 and that the prosecution will ask for the case to be referred to the Criminal Court.

The charges were filed against former CEO Andreas Eliades, his successor Yiannis Kypri,…

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Local News Comment December 20, 2014

Our View: Moaning never ends about petrol prices

Our View: Moaning never ends about petrol prices

WE ARE witnessing a new round of public complaining about the petrol prices. This has become a regular phenomenon, rearing its head every few months. There are complaints by consumer groups when the international price of crude oil is high, because petrol is very dear and also when the international price is low because pump prices do not fall very quickly and when they do, not by very much.

When consumers are silent, petrol station operators take over, complaining about…

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Local News Football Sport December 19, 2014

‘Cyprus footie just stinks’, says watchdog

‘Cyprus footie just stinks’, says watchdog

By Constantinos Psillides

CYPRUS is one of the worst countries in Europe when it comes to match-fixing, European watchdog Federbet General Secretary Francesco Baranca said on Friday, wanting to speak to whistleblower referee Marios Panayi on his allegations regarding match fixing in the country’s top league.

Baranca told the Cyprus Mail that Federbet had kept a close eye on Cyprus matches for some time.

“We are closely monitoring the situation on the island because of the many irregularities when it…

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Local News December 20, 2014

AKEL and DIKO propose joint candidate

AKEL and DIKO propose joint candidate

By Constantinos Psillides

ARISTOS Vassiliades, a charted accountant and graduate of the London School of Economics, is the man the parliamentary parties AKEL and DIKO want as the next mayor of Paphos.

Vassiliades, 60, a father of three who returned to Cyprus from the UK in 2005, announced his bid late yesterday, saying that he is an independent candidate.

The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported that Vassiliades’ name was proposed by DIKO, whose district branch officials had a meeting with…

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Local News December 20, 2014

Clustering is the future of local administration

Clustering is the future of local administration

By Angelos Anastasiou

THE Interior minister should draft a new proposal for local government to facilitate consensus, Municipalities Union head Alexis Galanos said yesterday.

He was referring to the planned overhaul of local administration structures, spearheaded by the creation of second-tier bodies overarching current municipalities and local councils and taking over many of their responsibilities and obligations, with a view to decreasing the number of administrative bodies and improving efficiency.

Speaking to reporters after a session of the union’s executive…

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Local News December 20, 2014

‘Ermou 1900’ revives last century market

‘Ermou 1900’ revives last century market

By Evie Andreou

ERMOU, one of the busiest and most commercial streets of the capital before 1974, will be “revived and re-live 1900” for just today aiming to travel visitors back to the early 20th century Nicosia.

Sahlepi, loukoumadhes and eggs cooked over charcoal, will be some of the delicacies on offer at the open market, while volunteers dressed as crafts-people in period clothes will exhibit various traditional professions.

“Visitors will experience a Cypriot market as it was back in…

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Local News December 20, 2014

Cyprus returns three smuggled ancient pieces of jewellery to Bulgaria

Cyprus returns three smuggled ancient pieces of jewellery to Bulgaria

The Director of the Antiquities Department handed over on December 18 to the Ambassador of Bulgaria in Cyprus three ancient pieces of jewellery, part of Bulgaria`s cultural heritage.

According to a press release issued by the Customs Department, the jewellery were handed over during a ceremony held as the Cyprus Museum, at the presence of the Customs Department`s officers and a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As it is noted, the items were smuggled to Cyprus through…

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