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APOEL keep title race alive

APOEL kept the title race in Cyprus very much alive by beating Ethnikos Achnas 1-0, while leaders Anorthosis hammered Ayia Napa 5-1 to preserve their three-point lead at the top of the standings with four more rounds of matches remaining before the playoffs.

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Sarris: time to resolve this once and for all


OUTGOING Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said yesterday the government had funds to cover its obligations until May, as its eight-month wait for an international bailout continued.

“Based on the data before us, fiscal issues can be managed without a problem until May, because we always work three months ahead,” Shiarly told reporters after meeting President-elect Nicos Anastasiades and Michael Sarris, the island’s new finance minister.

Shiarly, who formally hands over to Sarris tomorrow, said that based on present circumstances the state would not need to resort to additional borrowing for another two months.

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Our View: Disappointing start with male-dominated party-heavy new cabinet

THERE is no shabbier business in Cypriot politics than the horse-trading that goes on before the announcement of the members of the Council of Ministers by a new president. Party leaders, party hangers-on, ‘important personalities’ and leading citizens all flock to the president-elect’s office to seek appointment either for themselves or some friend they are convinced would make a great minister. 

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New haircut rumblings dismissed

DISY said yesterday that statements made by a European Central Bank policymaker not ruling out a haircut of bigger depositors in Cypriot banks, only served to undermine the credibility of the eurozone.

Reuters yesterday reported ECB policymaker Benoit Coeure as saying that depositors in Cypriot banks should not be forced to take losses across the board as part of a eurozone rescue of Cyprus,  but he did not rule out making the biggest depositors share some of the burden.

Speaking at a Reuters Summit on the future of the eurozone, Coeure said it was essential to ensure that Cypriot debt was reduced to a manageable level and that the cost of the bailout was fairly shared and not just footed by taxpayers.

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Anastasiades announces all-male cabinet


PRESIDENT-elect Nicos Anastasiades yesterday announced his cabinet, which included a couple of new faces but no women, which resulted in some criticism.

“There is a specific programme, which everyone is obliged to follow and put in place,” Anastasiades said, adding that he was happy with the composition of his cabinet.

Anastasiades has announced plans to create several junior minister positions, a move that will require new laws before it can be implemented.

The President-elect said he planned to submit the necessary bills in March and expressed the hope they would be passed before month’s end.

“We want a functional state, a state that can actively participate in the EU,” he said.

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The official new cabinet line-up

Foreign Minister: Ioannis Kasoulides (DISY) 

Born August 10, 1948, Kasoulides served as Foreign Minister in the Clerides government from 1997 until 2003. He was most recently an MEP 

Finance Minister: Michalis Sarris

Born April 14, 1946, Sarris served as Finance Minister under late President Tassos Papadopoulos from 2005 until 2008. He also served as a member of the board of the Popular Bank.

Interior Minister: Socratis Hasikos (DISY) 

Born in Nicosia April 12, 1956 he served as Defence Minister from 1999 until 2003 in the Glafcos Clerides administration. Hasikos took the post from EDEK’s Yiannakis Omirou in 1998 after the S-300 missiles scandal.

Defence Minister: Fotis Fotiou (DIKO)

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Greens enthused by expanded mandate

INSTITUTIONALISING the job of environment commissioner will improve the way environmental issues are being handled in Cyprus, the Green Party said yesterday.

President-elect Nicos Anastasiades has chosen to appoint the Green Party head Ioanna Panayiotou as environment commissioner. She will be replacing Charalambos Theopemptou. 

The Greens said yesterday Anastasiades had committed to upgrading the institution of the environment commissioner, and is due to forward legislation to parliament to strengthen the position , and  its staff.

“Institutionalising the commissioner with legislation will propel forward the way environmental issues are being handled in our country,” said Greens spokeswoman Eleni Chrysostomou. 

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‘Indignant’ revisit palace to see off Christofias


AROUND 200 people turned up last night outside the Presidential Palace to see off President Demetris Christofias on his last night in power and commemorate the 13 dead of the Mari naval base blast. 

Relatives of the 13 soldiers and sailors killed in the blast also attended the event where protesters held a banner saying: “Christofias you are leaving with your head held high but you’re leaving exposed! The 13 demand justice.”

The crowd sang songs composed after the Mari blast and dedicated to the 13 dead before releasing white balloons in the air and dispersing into the cold night.

The July 11, 2011 blast killed 13 and injured many while incapacitating the island’s biggest power station, causing rolling power cuts for around a month.

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Burial dilemma for family of Old Calendarist

FINDING themselves on the wrong side of the law after burying their father in a private field, the family of an Old Calendarist – a group that separated from the Orthodox Church in 1924 – were shocked to hear yesterday they might have to exhume their father’s remains. 

A 66-year-old Limassol resident was buried in a private field last week, on a site earmarked for a future cemetery by the Old Calendarists, who split from the Orthodox Church when the latter adopted a form of the Gregorian calendar, rather than sticking with the old Julian calendar.

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Peyia residents advised to step up security

RESIDENTS and home owners in Peyia in Paphos are being encouraged to install added security measures to try to curb burglaries in the district. 

The warning comes in the wake of a spate of burglaries in the area in the last week despite Peyia having a neighbourhood watch scheme.

A police spokesman yesterday urged homeowners to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their properties. He said doors and windows should be fitted with strong locks, and a light should be left on when the property is empty. Security lights fitted to the building exterior would also be a good idea and if possible a security system. He also suggested leaving the TV on when not at home.

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