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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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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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