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Film Review: Knight and Day

 

Tom Cruise gets his perfect role in Knight and Day, at least where ‘perfect’ means ‘sadly appropriate’. You know how Tom sometimes gets accused of being smug, wearing his charm like an empty carapace? Meet Roy Miller, whose charm is so superficial he can make nonchalant banter while killing people at the same time. You know how Tom’s antics often seem a little deranged? Trigger-happy Roy takes out a whole plane-load of people using fists, knives and various martial-arts moves, then shoots the pilots and (just about) lands the jumbo in a cornfield – all of which may be even more insane than shilling for Scientology or jumping up and down on Oprah Winfrey’s couch.

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Through the decades – 2000

 

It’s our summer feature ‘Through the Decades’, taking advantage of the summer slowdown to look back at film history in 10-yearly intervals – hoping to go all the way back to 1950 by late August, when local cinemas re-open at full strength.

Kicking off with 2000 – and the first year of the new millennium was widely seen as a mixed bag, general dissatisfaction peaking at the Oscars when Gladiator won Best Picture; but in fact Gladiator is a first-rate blockbuster, and only just misses our Top 10. Here it is, plus 15 other films that marked the year.

 

2000 facts and figures

Top 5 Money-Makers (US):

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cast Away

Mission: Impossible 2

Gladiator

The Perfect Storm

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Thousands stranded by Greek protest

 

HUNDREDS of flights to and from Cyprus were disrupted on Sunday and yesterday due to a work to rule protest by Greek air traffic controllers that has ruined travel plans of thousands of holidaymakers.

The hardest hit was national carrier Cyprus Airways (CY) since Greek airspace is the only corridor to Europe it can use because of Turkey’s ban on Cypriot traffic, in force since 1974.

CY said it had to cancel 14 of its flights yesterday with 400 flights affected in total – 198 departures and 202 arrivals – since early morning Sunday.

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‘They haven’t been in touch at all’

FURIOUS passengers and holidaymakers were left feeling helpless yesterday after the disruptions caused by the air traffic control work to rule protest in Greece.

Jonathan Mills, who lives near Leeds, was due to fly out for a three week holiday with his wife and two daughters on the cancelled Cyprus Airways (CY) flight from Manchester to Larnaca. He said felt let down by the airline.

“We have received no support whatsoever,” he said. “They [CY] haven’t been in touch at all.” Surprised by the lack of help, Mills said: “I expect a higher level of service from a national carrier.”

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Our View: After Vassiliko success, let private sector fix public projects

 

IT IS rather ironic that a government, run by a communist, who rarely has a good word to say about the market economy, is doing much better than its predecessors in attracting foreign investment. Last week it was announced that one of the world’s biggest, private energy trading companies would build an oil product terminal facility in Vassiliko, estimated to cost €100 million.

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Builder critical with heatstroke

 

Romanian died of heatstroke at same worksite

A 50-YEAR-OLD Slovakian construction worker is in critical condition at Nicosia General Hospital’s after being taken comatose to the intensive care unit on Sunday suffering from heatstroke.

A 47-year-old Romanian construction worker working on the same site died the day after being hospitalised with heatstroke in late June, after temperatures reached 39 degrees Celsius – five degrees higher than the average.

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Advice on heatstroke

Heat stroke symptoms can sometimes mimic those of a heart attack or other conditions, and sometimes a person experiences symptoms of heat exhaustion before progressing to heatstroke.

 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps and aches, and dizziness.

 

However, in some cases people can develop heat stroke without any of the above. The most common heat stroke symptoms include: high body temperature, absence of sweating, with hot red or flushed dry skin, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, strange behaviour, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, disorientation, seizure or even coma.

 

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Feeling the heat in high humidity

INCREASED humidity levels and high temperatures over the next three days have led experts to urge people to steer clear from strenuous outdoor activities during the day.

The Meteorological Services yesterday announced that although temperatures should be slightly lower today the humidity levels are so high the public should avoid being outside as much as possible. From tomorrow even greater care should be taken as temperatures will rise.

During the day, people are urged to avoid being out in the sun or carrying out strenuous exercises. They are also advised to wear light clothing and use hats as well as sunglasses. Avoiding alcohol consumption and heavy eating is advisable too.

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Stark warning over public spending

 

UNLESS all the political parties and the social partners co-operate soon to significantly reduce public spending, the country’s economy runs the risk of suffering the same fate as Greece and falling into a fiscal crisis, Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides said yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference on the results of the EU’s stress test of 91 European banks’ debt portfolios, Orphanides said that “unfortunately, we have seen a severe worsening of the budget deficit in Cyprus, and all the analysts and international credit ratings agencies, as well as the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the majority of analysts in Cyprus, have all established that there needs to be an extremely serious effort to improve public finances.”

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‘Could do better’: EU report card on trafficking

 

DESPITE an improving track record, Cyprus needs to do more to crack down on human trafficking and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, the Council of Europe has said.

In a letter addressed late last month to the Interior Minister, Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, welcomed the “progressive measures” taken to combat trafficking in human beings, but added it was crucial for Cyprus to “step up efforts to eradicate this scourge totally”.

The letter followed the Commissioner’s visit to Cyprus on 10 June, focusing also on the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees. In it, Hammarberg welcomed the measures taken to combat trafficking, in particular the abolition of the “cabaret artist visa”.

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