Pakistani teachers attend gun training sessions

Pakistani teachers attend gun training sessions

Pakistani school teachers hold a gun during a weapons training session in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday. The provincial government launched special gun training sessions for female teachers in the city after Taliban attack against an army-run school killed at least 136 students. Initially eight teachers of Frontier College were given firearms training by Peshawar police. The basic training emphasised how teachers should use the gun, as well as taking cover, before trying to shoot (EPA)

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Entertainment What's On January 27, 2015

Avery and ivory

Avery and ivory

By Maria Gregoriou

This week sees the coming of two piano recitals. The first is in Nicosia on Thursday with jazz music from the German pianist Axel Zwingenberger who will be performing in his Boogie Woogie style, and the second is on Friday in Limassol with Cypriot pianist Yiannis Georgiou.

Zwingenberger, who will be playing at the Shoe Factory, is presented by The Pharos Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Goethe Institut. The bogie woogie style he is so renowned…

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Entertainment January 27, 2015

Film review: Birdman ****

Film review: Birdman ****

By Preston Wilder

Someone in the street is reciting Macbeth’s “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” speech. The man sounds drunk, or deranged. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) – who’s in the process of getting drunk himself – gets a glimpse of the urban Macbeth as he wends his way down the street; he looks like a homeless person, or perhaps an out-of-work actor. “Was that too much? I was just trying to give you a range!” he tells Riggan earnestly. Even…

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Entertainment January 27, 2015

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

By Alix Norman

Changes: for the better, and for the worse. We change our hearts, our minds and our tune, our place and our pace. And, with the New Year now well into its swing, we’ve all been making – or at least thinking about making – changes to our lives. Usually, it’s a good thing: we vow to work harder, be better, eat more healthily. But sometimes, as these transformations occur, we forget what we’re losing; what we’re leaving…

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Entertainment What's On January 27, 2015

Musical clocks

Musical clocks

By Maria Gregoriou

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra will be presenting three concerts in Paphos, Limassol and Nicosia this week under the title Musical Clock of Yesterday and Today.

The concert, which will feature soloist Yuri Zhislin on the viola, who will receive his musical direction by conductor Plamen Djouroff, juxtaposes the classical style with the twentieth century styles.

The musical clock’s first chime will bring to the stage the Serenade for strings by contemporary Cypriot composer Nicos Troullos. It will…

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Entertainment What's On January 27, 2015

Human drama

Human drama

By Maria Gregoriou

Tomorrow the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre in Nicosia will screen the 2010 Turkish drama film Shadows and Faces, written and directed by Turkish Cypriot filmmaker and novelist Dervis Zaim.

After being screened in Limassol and Paphos last year, the award winning movie will be brought to the capital.

The film is set in Cyprus in 1963 during the intercommunal clashes between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. It tells the story of a father who is a Karagoz shadow…

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Local News January 26, 2015

Government hopes Total will stay (Updated)

Government hopes Total will stay (Updated)

THE GOVERNMENT said on Monday it’s holding out hope that oil major Total can be induced into keeping live its Cyprus operations, despite to date having found no oil or gas plays in its offshore concessions.

“Yes, we are optimistic,” President Nicos Anastasiades said when asked whether the government is hopeful the French multinational will maintain a presence here.

He was speaking to reporters coming out of a meeting with party leaders at the Presidential Palace, where energy – and…

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Football Sport January 27, 2015

Rodgers: Sturridge could return against Chelsea

Rodgers: Sturridge could return against Chelsea

By Michael Hann

LIVERPOOL striker Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return from injury in their League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday (9.45pm), manager Brendan Rodgers said.

Former Chelsea striker Sturridge, who scored 25 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season, has not played for the Merseysiders since August after a series of persistent injuries.

Sturridge travelled to the United States over the Christmas period for treatment on a thigh problem and, having…

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Entertainment What's On January 26, 2015

Ladies who brunch

Ladies who brunch

By Maria Greogriou

Studio Apothiki in paphos is serving up a brunch until the end of the month that has nothing to do with food, but everything to do with the art work by Fiona Stanbury, Bridget Fahy and Valerie Brennan.

The three painters share a common thread of using social media to get their work out there, but now they are joining forces and bringing their work from the virtual to the actual.

Stanbury, who spent 14 years on the…

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Local News January 26, 2015

Professor will be questioned in sewerage case

Professor will be questioned in sewerage case

By George Psyllides

A 73-YEAR-OLD Greek national will travel to Cyprus on Thursday to be questioned by authorities in relation with a political corruption scandal connected with Paphos’ sewerage system.

Authorities had issued a European arrest warrant for university professor Georgios Bafas in connection with the construction of the first phase of the town’s sewerage system.

The professor represented a German company involved in the construction of a waste treatment station.

His lawyer said Bafas had put himself at the…

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Local News Business January 26, 2015

Bond yields maintain downward trend

Bond yields maintain downward trend

By Gregoris Savva

CYPRIOT bond yields recorded one of their highest falls last Friday at the backdrop of the ECB`s decision to embark on an extended bond-buying programme.
Cyprus` ten-year bond (maturity 2020) yield dropped 58 basis points on Friday, to 4.87 per cent compared with 5.35 per cent on Thursday, the day of the ECB announcement.

The yield of the Cypriot five-year (maturity 2019) dropped to 4.77 per cent below the mark of 4.85 per cent registered at…

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International News January 26, 2015

Kurds close to driving Islamic State out of Syria’s Kobani

Kurds close to driving Islamic State out of Syria’s Kobani

Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, are close to regaining full control of the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border from Islamic State fighters, a group monitoring Syria’s war and a Kurdish official said on Monday.

The town, also known as Ayn al-Arab, has become a symbol in the battle against the hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents who have captured large expanses of Iraq and Syria. Islamic State launched a campaign to capture the town in July.

Syrian…

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International News January 26, 2015

Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in intensified rebel attacks

Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in intensified rebel attacks

Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in intensified clashes with pro-Russian rebels in the eastern conflict zone in the past 24 hours, the Kiev military said on Monday, reporting fierce fighting at the strategic small town of Debaltseve.

Violence in eastern Ukraine is at its worst level since a ceasefire was agreed last September and casualties have mounted, including in the port city of Mariupol where Kiev says 30 civilians were killed in rebel shelling on Saturday.

After months of…

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Entertainment January 26, 2015

Film Review: The Imitation Game *

Film Review: The Imitation Game *

By Preston Wilder

It’s a strange quirk of film history that biopics are proliferating just as they’re becoming unnecessary. Three of the eight nominees for the Best Picture Oscar are based on the life of a famous person – there’s The Stephen Hawking Story, The Alan Turing Story (this one) and The Martin Luther King Story – yet we don’t need films to tell these stories anymore; we can go to Wikipedia and read about them in a matter of…

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Local News January 26, 2015

Arrest for bakery theft

Arrest for bakery theft

A 34-YEAR-OLD man was arrested on Sunday by Paphos police, in connection with the theft of €27,000 worth of bakery equipment committed on January 24.

According to the police report, investigators found the equipment at the suspect’s home. The 37-year-old owner of the bakery identified the equipment as his own.

Police also found three airguns with their serial number scratched off. Police linked one of the airguns to a warehouse burglary committed earlier this month.

According to the report, the…

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Local News January 26, 2015

Man shoots ex, threatens to kill himself (Updated)

Man shoots ex, threatens to kill himself (Updated)

AN ARMED 43-year-old Greek Cypriot locked himself in his pub in Oroklini, Larnaca, threatening to take his life with his shotgun after his ex-wife filed a complaint with local police that he had shot her, a police statement said on Monday.

According to the police, around 10 am a 41-year-old Moldovan woman and some friends visited the 43-year-old at his pub in the Dhekelia-Oroklini road, in order to discuss child support dues.

But at some point her former husband lost…

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Entertainment What's On January 26, 2015

The king of boogie woogie

The king of boogie woogie

By Alix Norman

While the current generation will go down in history for twerking to raucous pop, and my generation discoed to synth anthems and raved to house, earlier generations were slightly more refined. My parents – if my mother is to be believed – spent a great deal of time twisting to, well, anything really, sometimes there didn’t even have to be music I’m told. But it was my grandparents who really set the dance floor on fire. Because,…

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Entertainment January 26, 2015

A more uplifting look at politics

A more uplifting look at politics

By Maria Greogiou

If you fancy a bit of a laugh on Thursday, then may we suggest you start your wind-down to the weekend at the Cyprus University, where the Goethe Institut will be organising a screening of the French comedy film Quai d’Orsay (The French Minister).

The 2013 comedy directed by Bertrand Tavernier and starring Thierry Lhermitte, Raphael Personnaz, and Niels Arestrup, was especially screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Further to…

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Local News January 26, 2015

Teenager denies premeditated murder charge

Teenager denies premeditated murder charge

A 17-year-old on Monday pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the killing of British Cypriot Michael Antony Louis Mina in Larnaca in November last year.

The trial was adjourned until February 5. He will remain in custody until then.

The 17-year-old is on trial for stabbing Mina, 22, outside the victim’s apartment in the Makenzie area, in the early hours of November 16.

The two had argued over the fact that the teenager had been dating the victim’s ex…

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