Scotland’s big day looms large

Scotland’s big day looms large

A bookmaker carries a blackboard with odds chalked onto it, outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, in Scotland on Wednesday. The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on Thursday, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom (Reuters)

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Football Sport September 18, 2014

Last-gasp Boateng goal hands Bayern win over City

Last-gasp Boateng goal hands Bayern win over City

A last-gasp goal from defender Jerome Boateng gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Manchester City in their opening Champions League Group E clash on Wednesday

Boateng broke the deadlock against his former club with a powerful shot after the Germans controlled the game, but failed to crack open a tight defence until the 90th minute.

City, who had come back from two goals down to beat Bayern 3-2 in Munich in the group stage last year, were largely on…

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Football Sport September 18, 2014

Wasteful Chelsea held to draw by Schalke

Wasteful Chelsea held to draw by Schalke

By Mike Collett

Chelsea wasted chance after chance and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge that made a mockery of both teams’ early season form.

Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal for Chelsea to put them ahead after 11 minutes but the London side, who have won all four Premier League games, were pegged back when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a superb equaliser for Schalke, who…

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Football Sport September 18, 2014

APOEL leave Barcelona with no points but with all the plaudits following heroic display

APOEL leave Barcelona with no points but with all the plaudits following heroic display

By Andreas Vou

APOEL opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona but leave the Catalan capital with all the plaudits following a stellar display which so nearly earned a historic result.

Few gave the Cypriot champions any sort of hope of leaving the Camp Nou with a favourable result but APOEL came mightily close to causing an upset right until the very last minute of the game.

Just two sides have visited…

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Local News September 18, 2014

Pink shoelaces to highlight breast cancer walk

Pink shoelaces to highlight breast cancer walk

By Evie Andreou

PINK shoelaces will be used in this year’s breast cancer awareness walk organised by Europa Donna Cyprus to highlight the steps every woman takes in her life.

The aim is to form the longest Pink Silhouette chain ever in the annual walk in order to raise awareness about metastatic cancer and every woman’s right to treatment in a free-access specialised breast centre.

Europa Donna Cyprus chairwoman Stella Kyriakidou and Giorgos Appios, CEO of Piraeus Bank, the long-time…

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Local News September 17, 2014

UN envoy Eide trying to ‘bridge the gap’

UN envoy Eide trying to ‘bridge the gap’

By George Psyllides

THE United Nations are developing ideas to help bridge the gap between the positions of Greek and Turkish Cypriots, the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said on Wednesday, as talks between the two sides moved onto the next phase.
He said that he will share those when “the time is ripe” and reiterated that the settlement will be the result of an agreement between the two leaders and the people of…

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International News September 17, 2014

French worker for medical charity MSF contracts Ebola in Liberia

French worker for medical charity MSF contracts Ebola in Liberia

A French volunteer working for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Liberia has contracted the Ebola virus, the medical charity said in a statement on Wednesday.

The volunteer, the first French national to catch the disease in the current outbreak, was put in quarantine on Sept. 16 when the first symptoms of the illness appeared.

She will be evacuated to a specialised treatment centre in France.

 

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Local News September 17, 2014

Lakatamia in a bind over garbage collection

Lakatamia in a bind over garbage collection

By Evie Andreou

LAKATAMIA has the lowest fees for garbage collection in Nicosia district, its mayor Loucas Iatrou said on Wednesday responding to trade union PEO’s accusations that his municipality was squandering tax-payers’ money by not using its own workers and hiring, instead, the services of a private contractor.

Iatrou told the Cyprus Mail that according to their own study, it costs more than double to use municipal workers to collect garbage than outsource to private hands.

“The study showed…

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Local News Technology September 17, 2014

Calling all young entrepreneurs

Calling all young entrepreneurs

The 11th annual Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition (CyEC) is inviting young scientist to enter by submitting their business plans until the end of this week.

The CyEC, that closes on September 20, “aims to nurture entrepreneurial culture among young scientist in Cyprus and challenge them to transform their ideas into real business opportunities and to leading companies of tomorrow.”

This year the competition will take place on October 4and 5, where participating teams will receive intensive training and guidance from recognised…

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International News September 17, 2014

Obama vows US will not fight another ground war in Iraq

Obama vows US will not fight another ground war in Iraq

President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of US involvement after a top general suggested combat troops could be deployed against Islamic State forces.

Obama, who has spent much of his presidency distancing himself from the Iraq War, stressed during a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa that airstrikes would be the central U.S. contribution to the fight against Islamic State, along with coordinating a coalition that he said…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Warring sides stick to their guns in CBC hiring debacle

Warring sides stick to their guns in CBC hiring debacle

By Angelos Anastasiou

MAIN opposition party AKEL criticised the Central Bank (CBC) Governor on Wednesday over her decision to rehire a secretary who had taken early retirement a couple of years ago, saying it will table the matter for discussion in parliament.

Koulla Savva had served as personal assistant to former Governors Christodoulos Christodoulou and Athanasios Orphanides before taking early retirement after Panikos Demetriades took over at the CBC in 2012, only to be brought back from retirement by Chrystalla…

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Technology September 17, 2014

IPhone comes out of a “bygone era”, reviewers hail bigger handset

IPhone comes out of a “bygone era”, reviewers hail bigger handset

Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote.

Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or “ever made”, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described as a “phablet” that will give competition to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy S line of ‘big’ Android phones.

“I think it’s a terrific phone. In my view,…

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Local News September 17, 2014

Legislation was sent back to the House in the ‘national interest’

Legislation was sent back to the House in the ‘national interest’

By George Psyllides

The president sent two pieces of foreclosures-related legislation back to parliament for reasons of national interest, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Wednesday, telling MPs who appeared poised to vote the bills anew to consider the potential consequences.

“Of course it is a political matter, the president is not hiding behind his finger,” the minister said. “He cites a series of legal issue … but above all it is a matter of public interest, national interest I…

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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 bases (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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