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Minister: three years until reserves can be exploited

14.15 THE POSITIVE results from the possible discovery of natural gas in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone will be immediate, despite the fact that reserves will not be exploited for around three years, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Praxoulla Antoniadou has said.

In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Antoniadou expressed optimism for the future of the economy.

Antoniadou said that although it would take around three years for hydrocarbon deposits to be exploited, the interest of foreign investors will be obvious “from day one”.

“We will witness the first positive results of this new prospect immediately,” she said.

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UCY to create new areas of study on natural gas


THE UNIVERSITY of Cyprus (UCY) intends to establish new areas of study in readiness for the prospect of hydrocarbon extraction from Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), dean Constantinos Christophides has said.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Christophides said that next year, the University was planning to create a geological and hydrocarbon unit in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture.

”The issue of natural gas and oil exploration in Cyprus’ EEZ concerns us very much, we have workshops and we have long discussions as it will open new paths in our education”, he said.

Christophides said a special committee had been set up to examine the needs that would emerge as far as the various professions that would be needed were concerned.

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Actors feeling the pinch

THE GLOBAL financial crisis has hit not only the economies of the countries worldwide but also the arts, including the world of theatre, according to Chairman of the Actors Union of Cyprus, Dinos Lyras.

The crisis has had an impact on the arts because of cut backs, he said but so far it had not affected professional theatres, which are subsidised by the state, or Cypriot television, which employs dozens of actors.

In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) Lyras said: “Cypriot actors have been affected because theatre owners and TV network bosses tend to cut down costs due to the crisis, and that has had an impact on actors.”

He warned of worse things to come in terms of employment, noting that there were many unemployed actors.

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Syrian army defectors attack security complex

Syrian army defectors attacked an intelligence complex on the edge of Damascus early today, the first such reported assault on a major security facility in the eight-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

Members of the Free Syrian Army fired shoulder-mounted rockets and machine guns at a large Air Force Intelligence complex situated on the northern edge of the capital on the Damascus-Aleppo highway at about 2:30 a.m. (0030 GMT).

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Sarris will not go to trial in north


FORMER Finance Minister Michalis Sarris said he will not go to court in the north today because of concerns over his right to a fair trial.

Sarris said: “I decided not to go to the north (today) because I believe that the conditions of arrest and detention and the methods applied were used to secure false witness. Even up until today that supposed witness material has not been given to my lawyers”

“This leaves me in no doubt that the pre-conditions for the correct attribution of justice do not exist,” he added.

Sarris was detained on October 13, after Turkish Cypriot police raided a house in occupied Nicosia. He faced four charges: conspiracy to commit a felony, committing an act against the order of nature, and two incidents of indecent assault.

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Degas comes to Cyprus


The Lanitis Foundation, in collaboration with the Herakleidon Museum of Athens, hosts the world acclaimed exhibition titled “The Complete Sculptures of Edgar Degas,” which has traveled around the world attracting widespread international interest.

The exhibition presents all seventy-four bronze sculptures by Edgar Degas featuring “The Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen.”

The sculptures are from the collection of the M.T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts which graciously loaned the bronzes to the Evagoras and Kathleen Lanitis Foundation for this special exhibition.

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EURO finals draw seedings unveiled

UEFA has announced the seedings for the UEFA EURO 2012 finals draw at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine at 18.00CET (19.00 local time) on Friday 2 December.

The 16 teams will been drawn into four groups of four teams each (Groups A to D).  Four seeding pots will be created, with the host associations Poland and Ukraine being top seeds. Poland will be automatically placed in Group A as A1, Ukraine in Group D as D1.

The reigning champions Spain will be placed in Pot 1, together with the Netherlands, the team with the highest national team coefficient, as established at the conclusion of the play-off matches.

The other 12 qualifiers have been allocated to the remaining three pots according to their respective coefficients.

Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands

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