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New: Parliament to scrutinize CBC Gov.

THE House Ethics Committee will look into whether parliament was misled by the Central Bank (CBC) governor over the terms of reference of an investigation into the island’s banking debacle.

House President Yiannakis Omirou said if the committee finds there is a case, it will draft a report and send it to the plenum for discussion.

If the plenum judges there is an issue of misconduct, the case will be referred to the attorney-general, or a parliamentary investigating committee will be set up, Omirou said.

The investigation into the banking collapse was assigned to Alvarez and Marsal, whose reports were leaked to the media last week.

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New: Government sacks gas company chairman

The government has decided to sack the chairman of the island’s natural gas company due to serious misconduct, the spokesman said yesterday.

Christos Stylianides said the cabinet decided to dismiss DEFA chairman Costas Ioannou after a damning report drafted by the attorney-general was submitted to President Nicos Anastasiades.

Stylianides did not disclose any details.

Media reports suggested that the decision was linked with a permit given to a private company to operate a power station when Ioannou was the chairman of the island’s energy regulator CERA in 2009.

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NEW: CY to keep flying for now


 The government decided today to keep national carrier Cyprus Airways (CY) flying, at least throughout the summer, but said the measures necessary to achieve that, must be accepted by everyone.

In the meantime, the company will continue its search for a strategic investor, the government spokesman said.

Reports said the measures included the reduction of personnel by up to 50 per cent and retaining a smaller fleet of six aircraft from the current 11.

In the morning, CY employees marched to the presidential to protest against the company closing.


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An interesting life [With Video]


THEO PANAYIDES meets a free spirited 89-year-old ballet dancer who moved to the island 55 years ago on a whim and is nostalgic for her life of the past 


I browse through the file of clippings. Black and white photos of a young ballerina at full stretch. A few show her arching her arms into an L-shape, one hand gracefully flung back above her head, meanwhile throwing the camera a fiery look – the ‘Spanish dancing’ for which she was well-known.

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A minute with Angela Paleo Administrator, English Teacher at the Cyprus College of Art / Cornaro Institute and organiser of today’s Strawberry Festival

Where do you live?

Lythrodontas/Larnaca with my family and other animals!


Best childhood memory?

Picking mushrooms in Ireland with my Grandad


Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? 

I don’t have a favourite restaurant but my favourite food is pasta.


What food would you really turn your nose up to? 

I could never eat any sort of offal.


What did you have for breakfast? 

Tea and toast


Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?

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Film review: THE SESSIONS***


Hard to know why The Sessions is being shown at the Cyprus multiplex, since it’s neither a brand-name sequel nor a remake nor even a star vehicle. This is actually a low-budget indie (it cost around $1 million; G.I. Joe cost $185 million) on a decidedly grown-up subject, being the true story of Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a man in an iron lung – crippled, not to say paralysed, by childhood polio – who, at 38, starts to think about experiencing sex for the first time, and arranges a number of sessions with a “sex surrogate”.

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