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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 98-07-15

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Wednesday, July 15, 1998

Paper sings merits of Viagra

IGNORING health concerns over the top-selling anti-impotence drug, Simerini carried a front-page story yesterday plugging Viagra as the "ideal New Year's gift for Cypriot women to give to their partners."

The article read like an advert for the controversial drug, linked to the death of 30 people worldwide since its introduction. "This gift solution will get women out of the terrible impasse... of what present to get their loved ones for the New Year. The little gift is blue in colour... and its success is guaranteed. No man could fail to be satisfied by his wife's choice.

"Its price might sting a bit, but the result will make it worth every cent. We of course speak of the miraculous tablet against male impotence, the popular blue Viagra tablet which sends sexual performance rocketing," the paper said.

The drug is to hit the Cyprus market in autumn and retail at 10 a tablet.

Phileleftheros reported that a taxi driver refused to take a young girl to hospital after her mother had accidentally doused her with petrol. The alleged incident occurred in Limassol on Sunday when the mother was trying to fill her car from a petrol pump and splashed some of the flammable liquid onto her daughter's head and body. The mother flagged down a taxi and asked the driver to rush her and her 11-year-old daughter to hospital. But the driver reportedly refused to help, saying he did not want the child in his cab because the petrol would leave a nasty smell in it.

The mother's desperate pleas failed to convince the cabby. Police are investigating after the mother filed a complaint against the taxi driver, the paper reported.

Right-wing Machi "revealed" that British forces on the island had made the area round their radar station atop Mount Olympus a "no-go zone". No one can get within a kilometre of the station, the paper reported.

It speculated that the reason for the increased security was that the British army was building something new at the station and did not want anyone to see it.

The dailies were otherwise dominated by reports on President Clerides's meeting with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin in Moscow, at which the S-300 missile deal was discussed.

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