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Noble drilling delay ‘normal’

NOBLE ENERGY has pushed back the start of appraisal drilling in its Block 12 offshore concession in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), raising questions as to whether it will get the data it needs on the size and quality of hydrocarbon reserves before its current licence expires in October 2013.
Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Energy Service director Solon Kassinis yesterday appeared confident that not only would the US company get the ball rolling before its licence runs out this October, the subsequent drilling operations will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.

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Our View: Better the troika monitors gas fund than the government

COMMERCE Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis has come to exemplify the arrogance and autocratic style of the outgoing government. Like his president, he believes he is the arbiter of the country’s best interests and anyone who questions his decisions is dismissed as an enemy of the state. On Wednesday, he publicly laid into his ministerial colleague Vasos Shiarly and finance ministry officials whom he accused of failing to deal with the troika seriously. On Friday he accused opposition politicians of being in cahoots with the troika in order to hurt the country.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: networkers in the limelight

THINGS seem to have turned out perfectly for Tof the Terrible. His delaying tactics and time-wasting have achieved the desired result for him and ensured he will leave without having signed the cursed, neo-liberal memorandum.
News from Brussels is that the memorandum will be finalised and signed in the second half of March, long after the great leader retires to his dacha in Kellaki. He will leave boasting that he kept his promise not to sign an agreement that included the privatisation of the semi-governmental organisations.

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Politicians slowly learning the value of a tweet

 

AMONG the thousands watching this week’s presidential debate for next month’s elections on their TV sets, many were also online on social media services Facebook and Twitter in what marks the internet’s first real entry in Cyprus’ political elections. 

The three main contenders, Stavros Malas who is backed by ruling party AKEL, DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades who is also backed by DIKO, and EDEK-backed Giorgos Lillikas, discussed the economy for over two hours on Monday night.

The debate on the economy of our indebted island was broadcast live by Cyprus’ four main TV channels Sigma, Mega, CyBC and Ant1. 

People could also watch it online.

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Green light for real ale

 

A FAMILY-OWNED Paphos-based micro brewery which has been fighting red tape and bureaucracy in Cyprus for almost three years has finally been granted permission to brew by the government.

The decision came in the nick of time as the Ginn family was on the verge of relocating their business to Malta, after facing delay after delay in Cyprus.

Although Cyprus had always been the first choice of the family, it looked like they were not going to be able to fulfill their dream and they had visited Malta several times in recent months.

“We are all over the moon and would like to thank the government for finally granting us our permit,” Bill Ginn said this week.

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A film for all senses

 

THE CONTINUING transformation of Nicosia’s Ledra Street is about to receive a further boost with the up-coming opening of a 6D cinema at the junction of Ledra Street and Onasagorou.

People may have heard of 3D but 6D? The Sunday Mail spoke with the creative director of MoviXD, the 6D cinema chain which already has a branch at Mackenzie beach in Larnaca, 26-year-old Nastia Motovilova to find out the difference. 

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A poker honour fraught with potential embarrassment

 

That Cyprus has been chosen to host the prestigious 2013 Nations Cup poker tournament this March would ordinarily be considered an honour.

So why is Antonis Theophanides, vice president of the Cyprus Poker Association (CPA), viewing the event with more than a little trepidation?

To put it simply, he’s scared of the police. In July last year, police raided two venues in Larnaca and Limassol and arrested 31 CPA members on various charges relating to illegal gambling. Players insisted they were taking part in initial tryouts for the national team and that they weren’t playing for money which is illegal in Cyprus.

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It’s time to set up a political psychiatric ward

 

I WOULD like to make a suggestion that I believe would contribute to the raising of the quality of our political life. We should set up a political psychiatric ward. This would operate along the same lines as a psychiatric hospital in which people with psychological problems are treated. 

The political psychiatric hospital would offer treatment (in the form of reality checks and political training) to our politicians who are suffering from job-related ailments. The legislature could pass regulations and procedures so that any politician who engages in demagoguery or makes grossly stupid suggestions would be taken there.

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A mixed bag of candidates

 

Kostas Kyriacou, known as ‘Outopos’, is a farmer, who studied philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is divorced with three children. He hopes to create four city-states in Cyprus: three for Greek Cypriots and one for Turkish Cypriots. Weddings would be forbidden and free love abound. He calls for “an Earth without mountains, an endless valley which could feed and nourish 57 billion”. His goal is for a single world government; a unique language and culture. In contrast to the three main candidates, he seems committed to his beliefs, as crazy as they seem. 

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