Daily Archives: February 17, 2013

Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Chelsea stroll in replay, Aguero double lifts City

The Premier League’s big-hitters restored some normality to the FA Cup on Sunday with holders Chelsea crushing third tier Brentford 4-0 in a fourth-round replay and Manchester City dismissing Leeds United 4-0 in a fifth-round tie.

Midfielder Frank Lampard scored his 199th goal for Chelsea who put four second-half goals past Brentford at Stamford Bridge to secure a fifth-round clash at Championship (second division) Middlesbrough on February 27.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Anastasiades wins vote, fails to get required majority

DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades won today’s presidential vote but failed to garner the required majority and will now face off against AKEL-backed Stavros Malas in a runoff vote next Sunday.

Anastasiades won 45.46 per cent with second-place Malas gaining 26.91 per cent.

EDEK-backed Giorgos Lillikas came in third with 24.93 per cent of the vote.

Exit polls earlier suggested Anastasiades might be able to secure just over 50 per cent of the vote, which would have allowed him to avoid the runoff next Sunday.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Anastasiades set for first round win: Exit polls


DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades has grabbed a strong lead in today’s presidential election and may have secured enough support to avoid a run-off, an exit poll by the state broadcaster CyBC showed.

The 66-year-old lawyer took 51.1 percent share of the vote according to the poll, which put his support at between 49.6 and 52.6 per cent. He needs over 50 per cent of the vote to avoid a run-off on February 24.

He easily beat AKEL-backed rival Stavros Malas who secured on average 27.3 per cent of the vote, the poll said.

A third contender, the independent candidate Giorgos Lillikas — backed by EDEK — took 18 per cent of the vote, according to the poll.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Voting underway for new president

OVER HALF a million voters go to the polls today to decide the next President of Cyprus, whose first task will be to take the country out of the financial quagmire it’s in and remove the threat of bankruptcy.
For the first time in decades, the state of the Cyprus economy has overshadowed any election campaign pledges to solve the island’s long-standing division, with voters and presidential candidates more focused on how to save the country from bankruptcy than reunite the island.
Over 545,000 registered voters will have the right to cast their vote today for one of the 11 candidates in 1,139 polling stations spread out across the country and abroad.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Accused of comparing Muslims to bin bags

ENFIELD Councillor Chris Joannides, who was kicked out of the Conservative party last month for allegedly making anti-Islamic and anti-Turkish comments on Facebook, was shopped by a Greek Cypriot, it has emerged.
Speaking anonymously for fear of reprisals, Maria (not her real name) told the Sunday Mail: “Everyone is entitled to their views, but what he wrote is insulting to the very people who gave him his position. He should be ashamed of himself”.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Trying to please all the people, all the time


A RECENT comment on the Cyprus Mail website described an incident where a couple of British women were being ignored by serving staff in a hotel or restaurant. When one of them asked the waitress why, she was told the boss had instructed the staff to ‘make a fuss’ of the Russian customers because “the Brits were finished in Cyprus”.

This has always been the attitude of some in the tourist industry: ‘tourists are a passing trade and there are always more where they came from’. Not so much these days and especially not Britons. 

At the annual conference of the Cyprus Hotels Association PASYXE on Wednesday the focus was on the decline of the British market and the rise of the Russian market in Cyprus.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Our View: Yesterday’s man proved incapable of strong leadership

EVEN IF Cyprus does not elect a new president today and had to wait another week, Demetris Christofias, despite having 11 more days in office, is yesterday’s man. The real tragedy was that he was yesterday’s man in February 2008, when he comfortably won the second Sunday election to become the first ever AKEL president of Cyprus, but this did not matter to the electorate at the time.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Cracking the Chinese market


CHINESE investors in Paphos are paving the way for holidaymakers from the vast and as yet untapped Chinese market.

During the last year or so, many of the homes sold in Paphos have been to Chinese clients.

Nassos Hadjigeourghiou, head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, said Paphos was not focusing on tourists from China per se but believes they are an achievable goal.

“We haven’t actively done anything to attract them but I know that steps have been taken to open up new opportunities,” he said.

Read More
Archives February 17, 2013 posted by

Tales from the Coffeeshop: The public deserves one last laugh

THE BIG day is here and we hope our heroic Fuhrer, Nice Nik, will gather the 50.01 per cent required to win the election today and relieve us of the torture of having to listen to the cheap and empty promises of his rivals for another week.
The ideal result would be for Nik to win outright, Lillikas and his citizens to come second and the AKEL puppet candidate to finish a distant third, as voter punishment for the five years of the Tof plague the commies subjected us to.
We would not be very disappointed if the unlikeable Lillikas finished third, as the opinion polls had predicted, because he deserves, more than any of the candidates, to be humiliated.

Read More

Archives Calendar

February 2013
« Jan   Mar »

Archives List