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A musical look ahead

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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...

EU leaders prepare for long confrontation with Russia

European Council President Donald Tusk

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...

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

Sony Pictures Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton insisted that the company is still looking for alternative platforms to release the film

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...

Rejuvenated City primed to pounce on leaders Chelsea

On a roll: Manchester City, having trailed leaders Chelsea by eight points at one stage this season, can go level with the Blues at the top of the table on Saturday with a win over struggling Crystal Palace at the Etihad

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...

San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

David v Goliath: South American champions San Lorenzo take on Cristiano Ronaldo and his fellow Real Madrid stars

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...

Five ex-BoC executives formally charged

Former CEO Andreas Eliades, one of the five 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,...

Our View: Moaning never ends about petrol prices

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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...

AKEL and DIKO propose joint candidate

Former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas

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...

Clustering is the future of local administration

Municipalities Union head Alexis Galanos

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 footie just stinks’, says watchdog

International ref Marios Panayi surrounded by reporters as he enters Police HQ to testify (Photo: Christos Theodorides)

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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