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Cucina Povera in Puglia

POST WAR the heel of Italy was one of the poorest regions in Europe: high illiteracy, low school attendance, and terrible infant mortality. Families still lived in the mosquito infested cave dwellings of Matera and Gravina. This was a land boiled dry by summer heat: producing the basic staples of the famed ‘Cucina Povera’: making use of the bits of food others might discard. The regional dish of orecchiette and rape, home-made pasta shaped like ears and greens of turnip tops is now served in smart restaurants along with fave and chicorie, boiled beans and a horta style vegetable, but the poverty of the past is not far away.

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Another euro election

IT’S PROBABLY the first time that events in Spain have decided the outcome of a Greek election. Last weekend the European Union agreed to loan Spain’s nearly insolvent banks 100 billion euros on relatively easy terms. Syriza, the hard-left protest party that came from nowhere to dominate last month’s election in Greece, will therefore almost certainly emerge from next Sunday’s rerun of that election as the biggest party in parliament.

The party that wins the largest number of votes in a Greek election gets an extra fifty seats, so Syriza will probably lead the next Greek government. It would then demand a renegotiation of the EU’s much harsher terms for bailing out the Greek economy – and it might even get it.

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Bailout decision waits on Greece

 

CYPRUS will wait until after Greece’s cliffhanger vote to decide how it will bail out its banking sector, the finance minister said yesterday, amid fears a Greek exit from the euro zone would cause funding needs to explode.

The island nation, whose banks are highly exposed to the debts of its larger neighbour Greece, is closely watching the outcome of tomorrow’s Greek election, which European leaders fear could lead to Athens eventually leaving the euro zone.

Cyprus already needs urgently to find €1.8 billion by the end of this month to bail out its second largest bank, which saw its balance sheet ruined by a write-down in Greek government debt in March. Were Greece to leave the euro, Cypriot banks would face problems many times as large.

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Woods in the hunt at US Open

Tiger Woods charged into a share of the lead in the second round of the U.S. Open in the early hours of Saturday as Rory McIlroy’s title defense collapsed on another brutal day at the Olympic Club.

Woods had the galleries buzzing with anticipation that his major championship drought was about to end as he conjured up all his old magic to tame the notoriously difficult course and join Jim Furyk and David Toms in a three-way tie for the lead at one-under par 139.

The former world number one has not won a major in four years but the omens are good this time. Of the nine previous times Woods has led a major at the halfway state, he has gone on to win eight.

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Our View: Euro 2012 a great spectacle for the fans

DESPITE the fact that most teams tend to start tournaments cautiously, their primary objective being avoiding defeat in their first game, Euro 2012 has still managed to produce plenty of entertaining and exciting matches. 

The spectacle has been excellent with most matches being played at a high tempo, sparing spectators boring, slow-paced and cagey contests that often feature in the early stages of the World Cup. Ahead of last night’s kick-offs, no match has ended goalless so far.

The smaller number of teams taking part – 16 compared to the World Cup’s 32 – contributes to more evenly-balanced matches and more risk-taking. 

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Cyprus teeters between Moscow and EU

FROM THE sharp-suited ‘biznesmeny’ in their black BMWs, to the grocery selling imported vodka and whole smoked whitefish, to its Soviet-educated Communist president, Cyprus speaks with an unmistakable Russian accent.

And as it hurtles towards a seemingly inevitable financial rescue, Cyprus finds itself teetering between Moscow and Brussels.

Cyprus took a €2.5 billion loan from Russia last year. It now urgently needs at least €1.8 billion by the end of this month to rescue its banking sector, torpedoed by its exposure to its bigger brother, Greece.

The actual bill is likely to be several times as high, and if Greece were to exit the eurozone it could run into double digits.

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Heatwave as temperatures hit 41 degrees

 

CYPRUS experienced a mini heatwave yesterday, with temperatures reaching 41 degrees Celsius.

Meteorological officer Michalis Mouskos said yesterday was the hottest day since the summer began. “The summer entered very mildly, so this rise in temperature was very sudden,” said Mouskos. “We were expecting around 39 degrees, but it reached 41. It is to be expected for this time of year.”

He said the average temperature for June was around 34 degrees.

But he added: “If we look back over the past 10 to 15 Junes and take the average temperature, this would be 40 degrees. This means certain days in June are traditionally hotter than others. So we shouldn’t be baffled by this”. 

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EAC receives boost to summer power supply

THE ELECTICITY grid was given a further injection of power yesterday with 120MW added to the island’s capacity through the installation of 95 temporary power generators at Moni power station. 

According to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), the generators were installed and connected yesterday, adding 120MW of power to the grid ahead of the summer months when demand peaks. 

The new generators, contracted from a US company, join existing generators producing 30MW of power, brought to Moni after the main power plant at Vassilikos was destroyed following the Mari naval base blast last July. They will remain in operation for a three-month period. 

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Coma woman dies two days after drinking Lannate

A WOMAN who mistakenly drank the poisonous pesticide Lannate believing it to be a weight-loss drink died yesterday after being admitted to Nicosia General Hospital on Wednesday.

According to police the 27-year-old Romanian, Stefania Veronica Zinonos, who owned a cosmetics store, dissolved the white powder into a drink and then a few minutes later lost consciousness, according to a friend who was with her at the time. 

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the police were investigating the possibility that either she drank it by mistake or someone planted it in her bag. 

“There are serious things to investigate here,  whether it was by accident or not,” said Angelides.

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Two more attacks on OPAP

LOTTERY operators OPAP central offices, along with another outlet in Nicosia were hit yesterday during the early hours in the wake of a spate of arson attacks on the gaming company in the last two weeks.

Police said the latest attacks took place between 3.15am and 4am. In the first attack shots were fired at the OPAP central offices on Limassol Avenue near police headquarters.

The second was an arson attack on an outlet on Prodromos Avenue, which caused considerable damage.

Later yesterday a 45-year-old man from Nicosia was arrested but he was released due to lack of evidence, police said.

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