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Questioning the EAC over policies

 

A retired accountant in Maroni has pored over reports of the EAC and is trying to get to the bottom of why they seem fishy. THEO PANAYIDES meets him

 

“Dear Mr. Thrassou,” reads Brian Lait’s letter of March 29, addressed to Haris Thrassou, Chairman of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC). “I attach a copy of a report I prepared, following an analysis of five years of EAC’s Annual Reports to the year 2010…”

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A minute with…Haji Mike (Dr Mike Hajimichael)

Musician, writer and educationalist

 

Where do you live?

Nicosia, Lakatamia with my wife and two kids

 

Best childhood memory?

Being treated to afroza by my late grandfather in Marathovouno…

 

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to? 

The Medina in Casablanca – in some very small corner of a restaurant which did not have a name… I had the most amazing sea food meze of my life there… I hate snails….slimey stuff…disgusting!

 

What did you have for breakfast?

Coffee, fresh melon and haloumi 

 

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Dancing island

A new dance craze hit the streets of Cyprus to break world records. NAOMI LEACH spoke to the sport’s founders

The next time you see someone clad in a multi-coloured lycra one-piece, energetically rocking out to music pumping out of their headphones, don’t assume you’ve stumbled on to the set of a music video or a flash dance. You could instead be witnessing a new sport and even an attempt to break a world record. Ikanoka fever has recently reached Cyprus, with its founder staging a continuous dance and strut which stretched a distance of 12km from Paralimni to Ayia Napa. It was the first time the sport has taken place in the Mediterranean and Cyprus has just become the first Ikanoka island.

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Film review: Prometheus**

 

Sometimes the reviews write themselves. “They created us, then they tried to kill us,” says Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) near the end of Prometheus; “They changed their minds. I deserve to know why.” “The answer is irrelevant,” replies David (Michael Fassbender), a super-intelligent android who acts as butler, factotum and secret antagonist; “It doesn’t matter why they changed their minds”. Elizabeth looks at him sadly. Well, she sighs, I suppose that explains why you’re a robot, and I’m a human being.

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Film Review: We Bought a Zoo***

This review of We Bought a Zoo is a week late because of the avant-garde film festival at Theatro Ena – which is ironic, because We Bought a Zoo is about as far from avant-garde as it’s possible to get. Matt Damon is Benjamin Mee, a widower with two kids – and he buys a zoo, an actual zoo which (for some reason) is available to buy on the open market. Kelly the head zookeeper (Scarlett Johansson) provides motivation and possible romance. Assorted animals – Solomon the lion, Spar the elderly tiger, exotic birds and reptiles – provide cuteness, especially when paired with Ben’s adorable 7-year-old daughter Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). The new environment provides opportunities for the fractured family (Rosie and her ‘troubled’ teenage brother) to grow and heal.

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Restaurant review: Bacco at the Elysium, Paphos

So, where would one go to dine, if your pension was increased three fold or a lottery win had you clutching some spare €50 notes to play with? Keeping in mind you would now be in the business of demanding excellence in every regard from the selected venue, the service, ambience, and obviously superior food and wine.

Answer: Bacco restaurant set within the reassuring and always professional confines of the Elysium Hotel. Here diners can experience a tutorial in the art of serving glorious food in what must be one of the most perfect outdoor dining areas in Paphos.

The Bacco menu is such a thing of sheer beauty, that if by reading it you don’t immediately start to dribble with delight and anticipation then, I am afraid we could never be friends.

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Bar Review: Cashaca Lounge Bar, Nicosia

Cashaca, formerly known as Mukta, is located just outside the centre, or at least slightly outside of where the majority of the town’s offbeat lounge bars and cafés are located. But this should not act as a deterrent as it creates an all-consuming atmosphere with its flat screen televisions in the garden area, showing either football or music videos and a variety of music to suit most tastes.

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Measures to cut deficit ‘can be backed without difficulty’

 

AFTER discussing a package of measures aimed at reining in the island’s deficit, the government said yesterday it would now start, and complete, a dialogue with unions and political parties before rolling them out.

At the same time there was no official news yesterday concerning the possibility of Cyprus seeking an EU bailout or securing a bilateral loan.

Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said the cabinet was briefed about the package of measures, which will now be discussed with the social partners.

“The aim is to conclude this dialogue as soon as possible,” Stefanou said.

He reiterated that the measures were not directed against workers but did not get into the details of the package.

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