Syria air strikes

Syria air strikes

Residents try to put out a fire at a site after what activists said were two air strikes by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a market in central Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus on Wednesday (Reuters)

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Sport September 17, 2014

Apollon aiming for winning start in Europa League

Apollon aiming for winning start in Europa League

By Andreas Vou

Apollon will be looking to start their Europa League campaign with three points when they host FC Zurich at the GSP Stadium on Thursday night.

The Limassol side are no strangers to the competition having qualified for the group stages last year where they finished third in their group, and will be hoping to use that experience in their favour when they take on Zurich.

The 2013/14 campaign saw them amass four points, including a win away…

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Sport September 17, 2014

Wenger asks for patience with Welbeck after Dortmund defeat

Wenger asks for patience with Welbeck after Dortmund defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked fans and critics for patience with England striker Danny Welbeck and his team after a forlorn display in their 2-0 Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Wenger, who takes his team to second-placed Aston Villa for a key Premier League fixture on Saturday, admitted Arsenal were well beaten by a dominant Dortmund whose pressing game squeezed his team into submission and exposed all their frailties.

“It’s very difficult to go into any…

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Sport September 17, 2014

Liverpool face challenge to revive fluent form

Liverpool face challenge to revive fluent form

Without the departed Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool returned to the Champions League with a win but face a challenge to recover the free-scoring form that put them back among the European elite.

A last-minute penalty converted by captain Steven Gerrard, after Dani Abalo had levelled for Bulgarian champions Ludogorets, following an exquisite 82nd minute opener by Mario Balotelli, gave Anfield reason to cheer on Tuesday.

Reality, however, soon quelled any fears of uncontrolled optimism as manager Brendan…

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International News September 17, 2014

First UK volunteer gets experimental GSK Ebola shot in trial

First UK volunteer gets experimental GSK Ebola shot in trial

By Kate Kelland

THE first volunteer in a fast-tracked British safety trial of an experimental Ebolavaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline received the injection on Wednesday, trial organisers said.

The candidate Ebola vaccine, which GSK co-developed with the United States National Institutes of Health, has also been given to 10 volunteers taking part in a separate trial in the United States, and so far there were no signs of any serious adverse reactions, doctors said.

The vaccine is designed to specifically target the Zaire strain of Ebola, the…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Leaders decide to accelerate talks

Leaders decide to accelerate talks

The leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities decided to accelerate talks aimed at reunifying the divided island, it was announced on Wednesday.

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu have also agreed to meet twice a month.

The announcement was made by the UN following a meeting between the two leaders.

Speaking afterwards, Anastasiades said “there has been a constructive discussion” highlighting the need for the two sides to engage in a substative dialogue to change…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Joint police raids net eight suspects, drugs, electronics

Joint police raids net eight suspects, drugs, electronics

British base (SBA) and Republic police have arrested eight men and seized large quantities of drugs and electronic equipment during two joint anti-gambling raids in the villages of Trachoni and Ypsonas in Limassol on Wednesday.

The 13-hour raids, carried out by 84 officers – 60 from the SBA – netted eight suspects, 29 cannabis plants, 260 tablets believed to be LSD, 45 grams of cannabis, 300 computers, 20 television sets, seven slot machines, and two roulette wheels, an SBA statement…

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International News September 17, 2014

Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

Ukraine’s prime minister told the defence ministry on Wednesday to ensure that government forces were on full battle alert despite a 12-day ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.

“Russia will not give us peace so I am asking the defence minister for full battle readiness,” said Arseny Yatseniuk in comments in keeping with the hawkish stance he has been taking over negotiations with separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Enacting the peace plan of President Petro Poroshenko did not mean “relaxing the work of the defence and…

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International News September 17, 2014

Angry Pakistani passengers throw politician off plane

Angry Pakistani passengers throw politician off plane

Fed up with constant delays and flight cancellations, disgruntled Pakistani passengers prevented a senior politician from boarding an airplane after he turned up at least two hours late for the flight.

A video posted online shows a group of passengers shouting “Shame on you” as they blocked Rehman Malik, an influential former interior minister, from entering the plane and then chasing him back to the terminal building.

The plane, operated by state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), eventually took off from…

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International News September 17, 2014

Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build ‘space taxis’ for NASA

Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build ‘space taxis’ for NASA

By Irene Klotz and Andrea Shalal

NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials  said.

The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules.

Boeing was awarded $4.2 billion to SpaceX’s $2.6 billion. SpaceX is run by technology…

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Local News Business September 17, 2014

Deliberations over bank stress tests to start next week

Deliberations over bank stress tests to start next week

By staff reporter

Deliberations between the European Central Bank (ECB), Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) and local commercial banks as part of finalising the results of the ‘stress test’ will commence next week, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Wednesday.

The test is a simulation exercise aimed at establishing the Eurozone banking system’s capacity to absorb and survive economic shocks and will place all systemic banks in the region – 124 in total – under the microscope to identify…

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International News September 17, 2014

Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

By Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout

Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The United Kingdom’s fate remains uncertain as the three surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52 percent backing union.

The polls found 8 to 14 percent of Scotland’s…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Finance ministry stops budget discussion for chauffer

Finance ministry stops budget discussion for chauffer

By Elias Hazou

The House education committee on Tuesday did not look into a request from the rector of the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) for the release of additional transportation funds, after being instructed that a supplementary budget needed to be first submitted and approved.

On the committee’s agenda had been a request by TEPAK rector Elpida Keravnou for annual funds amounting to €18,600 for a chauffeur to drive her from Nicosia to Limassol and back.
Keravnou resides…

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Local News Comment September 17, 2014

Our View: President showing lack of backbone over planned civil servants walkout

Our View: President showing lack of backbone over planned civil servants walkout

IF PRESIDENT Anastasiades wanted to advertise the government’s weakness and lack of resolve in dealing with the unions he could not have chosen a better way to do this than to bow to the threat of strike action. The unions only had to mention the word ‘strike’ in protest against a government proposal for the taxation of public employees’ retirement bonus for the president to make a public retreat.

Such political spinelessness was reminiscent of the Christofias presidency which, in…

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International News Comment September 17, 2014

Two new ‘Islamic States’

Two new ‘Islamic States’

By Gwynne Dyer

A COALITION of imams and organisations representing British Muslims has written Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to stop using the phrase “Islamic State” when talking about the new country carved out of Iraq and Syria by Islamist terrorists. That’s what Abu Baqr al Baghdadi, who has proclaimed himself “the caliph of all Muslims and the prince of the believers,” calls his newly conquered territory, but it’s giving ordinary Muslims a bad name.

The British Muslim leaders…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Scandal over CyTA restructure contract

Scandal over CyTA restructure contract

By Constantinos Psillides

The House of Representatives Watchdog committee on Tuesday demanded more information regarding the CyTA board’s decision to choose German company Detekom to conduct a study into the telecommunications authority’s organisational structure.

According to the annual report filed by the office of Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides, German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom is a shareholder in Detekom.

Detekom, according to the MPs, will be tasked with laying the groundwork for CyTA’s organisational restructuring so the company can be successfully…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Turkish Cypriots mull ‘Disneyland’

Turkish Cypriots mull ‘Disneyland’

Plans are afoot to create a giant theme park in the north, Turkish Cypriot press reported on Tuesday.

According to the reports, ‘Gifa land project’ is being described as a “different version of Disneyland”, to be spread over 100,000 square metres east of northern Nicosia. The project has been submitted to ‘development authorities’ and could create some 300 jobs, the reports said.

They said the company behind the project, Gifa Holding, has said that it was now waiting for the…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Omirou defends parliament’s handling of bailout legislations

Omirou defends parliament’s handling of bailout legislations

By Marie Kambas

Parliament speaker Yiannakis Omirou yesterday defended the track record of lawmakers in handling the fallout from Cyprus’ chaotic bailout last year, comparing the island’s predicament to a “gun to the head”.

“That we are going through a period of anomaly given the dire financial situation of the country is a fact,” said Omirou, who was giving an account of parliament’s activities from August 2013-July 2014. He also said Cyprus’ present economic problems could not be used…

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Local News September 17, 2014

CyBC staff criticise report that calls for layoffs

CyBC staff criticise report that calls for layoffs

By Constantinos Psillides

STAFF at the state broadcaster CyBC are up in arms after an interim report by PwC into the state of the corporation calls for an immediate 12 to 15 per cent reduction in staff, pointing out that CyBC could function perfectly with 56 less employees.

The interim report was handed to Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos and the CyBC board on Monday. PwC will also provide the competent authorities with a set of suggestions as well as a…

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Local News September 17, 2014

‘Tourism overhaul is what is needed’

‘Tourism overhaul is what is needed’

Cyprus’ tourism industry needs a complete overhaul, MPs on the House Commerce committee said on Tuesday.

The deputies also called for Cyprus’ airport taxes, among the highest in the world, to come down and for legislation to modernise the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).

Each tourist that visits Cyprus pays €24 in taxes alone, deputies said, compared to €6 in Rhodes, €17 in Paris and €11 in Berlin.

And while the island’s tourism industry has remained stagnant over the last ten…

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Local News Sport September 17, 2014

A first for Cyprus golf

A first for Cyprus golf

By Bejay Browne

JUNIOR golfers from Cyprus will compete in the first international junior golf match to be held in Paphos at the weekend in a match against Greece.
A team of eight players – six boys and two girls – from Greece will visit the island to play a Cyprus team.

The best six young Cyprus players – as well as managers’ choices – were picked on Sunday at the second Junior Charity Golf Tournament ‘Our Children Matter’,…

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