STAYING true to the annual custom of April Fools’, local media played their role on Friday to prank readers and throw in a little light hearted humour… and an excuse this time to print lies.
The online portal Sigmalive went all out, saying the US and Russia had played a pivotal role in clinching a deal for a solution to the Cyprus problem. Apparently, both Cyprus and Turkey would jointly undertake drilling for natural gas in the disputed offshore gasfield this month.
Of course, President Nicos Anastasiades would be heading to Turkey after receiving an official invitation by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in May and all proceeds would jointly go towards a Cyprus Federation after Turkey had agreed with both Russia and the US.
While Cypriots were so glad to exit the memorandum, daily Simerini cited the much hated word ‘Troika’ saying they were coming back to the island with a new bailout in hand. Their arrival was because nurses were striking and the state had decided to remove the bill privatising Cyta.
Front page news in Politis was that footballer Costas Malekkos, who was rumoured to be a socialist EDEK candidate running for parliament, was actually moving camp and going to be on the Solidarity Movement ticket, while AKEL’s Haravgi rallied against Anastasiades.
Apparently, women were fuming over the President’s ‘sexist’ remarks when he told reporters the Egyptair hijacking was not a terrorist incident but said “there’s always a woman involved.”
According to the farce, 100 women had already signed a petition to hand over to the Commissioner of gender equality.
Alithia went for a historical theme and said, with a stroke of luck the skull of King Onesilos was found in Amathunda. Experts had been called to the area to solve bee problems and after two years, scientists concluded the skull they found while digging belonged to the king.
Phileleftheros abstained as usual, from printing an April Fools’ joke.
The Cyprus Mail went for a geeky theme again saying after delays at Paphos airport, border control officers would be replaced with the Pepper robot which would be programmed not to be lazy and rude – almost too good to be true.