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Kagawa hits hat-trick as United crush Norwich

Shinji Kagawa became the first Asian player to score a Premier League hat-trick with the Japanese midfielder’s stunning display inspiring runaway leaders Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Another capacity crowd had turned up expecting to witness Ryan Giggs make his 1,000th senior appearance but it was newcomer Kagawa, who was only one when Giggs made his United debut in 1991, who stole the show as United went 15 points clear.

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Accountability pledge from new cabinet

PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades yesterday vowed to be unrelenting against acts of corruption and bad governance and called on his newly formed cabinet to abide by a code of conduct which would make them accountable to the people.

In his first cabinet meeting, the new president called on his ministers to act “with courage, resolve, consistency” and sign a code of conduct, to be published, which would render them responsible and accountable to the people on a daily basis.

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Indian Wells Masters next stop for Baghdatis

After suffering a first-round exit at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Marcos Baghdatis is set to feature at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells which starts Thursday.

The 27-year-old Cypriot had three match points against Argentinean World No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro in Dubai, but he failed to convert any of them, and an opportunity to beat another Top 10 player this season, after beating Frenchman Richard Gasquet in Rotterdam two weeks ago, slipped away.

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Sarris gives nod to CyTA privatisation

NEW FINANCE Minister Michalis Sarris yesterday left open the door to the privatisation of telecommunications company CyTA, arguing that this could help in getting Cyprus out of its financial crisis.
On his first day in the job and asked about possible privatisations, Sarris said many state or semi-state organisations were not really in a position to be privatised. He suggested it would be easier to attract a strategic investor for an organisation like CyTA, which could help Cyprus in its effort to get out of its current predicament.
“What we all must understand is that in these very important areas, the real test is not how many persons work in these organisations and how many jobs we have created, but what we offer to the Cypriot citizen,” he said.

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Our View: Let’s hope new environment council is as effective as former commissioner was

CHARALAMBOS Theopemptou, who served as Environment Commissioner since the creation of the post in 2006, received hundreds of messages of support from well-wishers on his Facebook page and blog site after it was announced that his term would not be renewed.
The new president appointed the leader of the Green Party, Ioanna Panayiotou to the post and there are plans to set up an Environment Council to support the Commissioner. The government’s objective is to upgrade the post and give it more powers, including managing a fund relating to environmental issues in different government departments.

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Our View: Polite reminders not the way to collect fines

THE POLICE seem satisfied with the method they have introduced for collecting unpaid fines. We refer to the threat of preventing people who have not paid their fines from flying out of the airport. In the end, this was just a threat because according to the police spokesman, people were stopped and reminded of their unpaid fines at the airport, the idea being that they would pay before they travelled again.

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Nicolaou ‘will restore confidence in the police’

PROMISING a number of administrative and judicial changes including introducing a Constitutional and an Administrative court, new Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said yesterday.
Nicolaou, who is vacating his deputy seat for DISY party in the Nicosia district, said that he will prioritise institutional change, including that of creating a Constitutional and Administrative Court.
He also said that he would create a court for international commercial disputes that would help push Cyprus as a centre for resolving disputes between states and companies.
The proposed changes are part of the electoral promises made by President Nicos Anastasiades.

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Four new Ryanair flights from Paphos

RYANAIR looks set to operate four new flights out of Paphos airport from the end of March, although the low-cost airline is being cagy about making an official comment.
The Paphos regional board of tourism confirmed that as of March 28 four new flights would commence to Dusseldorf Germany, Manchester UK, Charleroi Belgium and Girona in Spain, totaling 40 incoming flights per week.
If these new flights commence, the development will help to boost tourism in Paphos, which has been hard hit by the economic crisis, the tourist board said.

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State losing money due to north airport

THE STATE is losing millions of euro in revenue due to increased passenger traffic at Tymbou (Ercan) airport in the occupied north, according to reports.
Phileleftheros yesterday reported that the state lost €12m in revenue last year due to an agreement with Hermes Airports which ties the amount owed to the state by the airports operator to the increase in passenger traffic at the illegal airport in the north.
According to the local daily, the agreement signed between Hermes and the state in 2006 includes a provision relating to a possible increase in traffic at Tymbou, where if the number of passenger arrivals at the airport in the north exceeds one million, Hermes gets something of a subsidy per passenger, reducing its final contribution to state coffers. 

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Talks to begin on interim gas supply

THE NATURAL Gas Public Company (DEFA) is due to begin discussions next week with one of three companies interested in supplying Cyprus with natural gas until the island can start bringing in its own supply.
Three companies have been selected for the final stages of an evaluation procedure for beginning to supply gas by early 2015 through to September 2018.
Head of DEFA Costas Ioannou said that the financial aspects of the bids would be examined next Wednesday by the board if all other requirements were met.
“If they do not fulfil all the other requirements, there is no reason to know what price a company set,” Ioannou said.

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