Eastbourne pier engulfed by fire

Eastbourne pier engulfed by fire

A Victorian-era seaside pier at Eastbourne on Britain's south coast was badly damaged when fire broke out in an amusement arcade on Wednesday. Flames could be seen leaping from the roof of the two-storey structure and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said a large plume of smoke was rising above the town. No injuries were reported (EPA)

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Sport July 28, 2014

Poland and Canada take titles at Under-21 Beach Volleyball World Champs in Larnaca

Poland and Canada take titles at Under-21 Beach Volleyball World Champs in Larnaca

By Andreas Vou

THE Under-21 Beach Volleyball World Championships, held on the Finikoudes Beach in Larnaca, drew to a close on Sunday, with Poland and Canada claiming the gold medals in the men and women’s categories respectively.

Following on from the tournament’s under-19s edition held in Larnaca in 2012, the coastal city once again hosted the championships with resounding success, as the finals were attended by just over 2,500 spectators.

The matches began on Thursday and ran through until Sunday’s…

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Entertainment July 28, 2014

A whole week of music

A whole week of music

By Alix Norman

This week sees the musical highlight of the summer months, an event which – over the past three years – has drawn crowds from all over the island and beyond. Now in its fourth year, Fengaros Music Festival is back with a bang, truly establishing itself as one of the most important happenings at the hottest time of the year. A mixture of musical acts and – for the first time – a series of workshops, the…

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Local News July 28, 2014

Killer coastline claims 15th victim

Killer coastline claims 15th victim

By Bejay Browne

PAPHOS beaches head is pressing for permanent measures to be undertaken at a deadly stretch of coastline which claimed its 15th victim on Sunday.

A 60 year old Russian tourist drowned at around 6.30pm in the deadly seas off the Chlorakas coastline, in front of his wife and ten-year-old son. Attempts were made to resuscitate the man but police said he was pronounced dead at Paphos general hospital.

He was the 15th victim to lose his life…

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Hague court orders Russia to pay $50 bln in Yukos case

Hague court orders Russia to pay $50 bln in Yukos case

By Megan Davies and Vladimir Soldatkin

The Hague’s arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos around $50 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.

The Hague court said it had awarded shareholders in the GML group just under half of their $114 billion claim, going some way to covering the money they lost when the Kremlin seized Yukos, once…

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Local News July 28, 2014

Forestry department warns against use of Chinese lanterns

Forestry department warns against use of Chinese lanterns

The forestry department on Monday warned against the use of Chinese lanterns deeming them a hazard to the environment.

In an announcement, the department said the lanterns, which carry a small candle, are uncontrollable and pose a high risk of causing forest fires when they fall.

It is also illegal to import them to the island, it said. Despite this use of the lanterns is widespread at weddings, christenings and other events, it added.

“They are considered a threat to…

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Life & Style Sport July 28, 2014

The astronomically expensive cars that you know a footballer will want to buy

The astronomically expensive cars that you know a footballer will want to buy

Footballers make a lot of money and they love to show everyone just how much, because the more money they have to blow on crap, the more important they must be.

William Gallas splashed the cash on a chrome Mercedes McClaren and El Hadji Diouf’s gold-plated Cadillac Escalade was cute.
Jermaine Pennant’s £200k chrome Aston Martin was certainly an ostentatious display of wealth, but if you’re going to fly about in a status symbol, then nothing says how rich…

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International News July 28, 2014

Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over “blasphemous” Facebook post

Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over “blasphemous” Facebook post

By Syed Raza Hassan

A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.

The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.

Police…

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International News July 28, 2014

One dead after lightning strikes crowd at California beach

One dead after lightning strikes crowd at California beach

One man died and at least eight people were injured on Sunday in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, officials said.

The bolt of electricity made a loud crack that sounded like an explosion on a warm and overcast afternoon, witnesses said.

“I heard this crackle and there was this giant bolt of lightning shooting across the sky and the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard,” witness Joe Doro told KCAL-TV.

Victims were apparently…

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International News July 28, 2014

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

By Aleksandar Vasovic

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation on Sunday as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict.

At least 13 people were killed in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels that raged in five areas around the wider region.

International monitors said they had abandoned plans to visit the crash site because of fears it was not safe, even though Malaysia said…

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Sport July 27, 2014

Australian Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix

Australian Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix

By Alan Baldwin

Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by the Mercedes driver.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was second and championship leader Nico Rosberg, who started on pole position for Mercedes, finished fourth and saw his lead over Hamilton cut from 14 points to 11.

Instead of Rosberg and Mercedes running away with the race, the race ran away from…

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International News July 27, 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu says Hamas has violated its own cease-fire -CNN

Israel’s Netanyahu says Hamas has violated its own cease-fire -CNN

By Eric Beech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the Palestinian militant group Hamas had violated its own offer of a 24-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza.

Asked whether Israel would accept the truce offer, Netanyahu told CNN’s “State of the Union” program: “Hamas doesn’t even accept its own cease-fire, it’s continuing to fire at us as we speak.”

Netanyahu added that Israel “will take what ever action is necessary to protect our people.”

Hamas said it had offered…

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Local News July 27, 2014

Cyprus ready to serve as a transit point for foreign nationals fleeing Gaza and Syria

Cyprus ready to serve as a transit point for foreign nationals fleeing Gaza and Syria

Cyprus is ready to accept European citizens or third country nationals that will flee Gaza or Syria due to the ongoing crisis, the Minister of Interior Socrates Hasikos said Sunday, pointing out however that these individuals will use Cyprus as a transit point to depart for their final destination.

The Minister of Interior said that Cyprus has the infrastructure and the operational plans that will enable the country to accommodate EU nationals or citizens of third countries.

He explained that…

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Local News Business July 27, 2014

Bank of Cyprus’ board to decide on Monday on €1 billion capital increase

Bank of Cyprus’ board to decide on Monday on €1 billion capital increase

The Bank of Cyprus` (BOC) Board of Directors will meet on Monday at 10.30 (local time) to decide on increasing the share capital of the bank, after the evaluation of the tenders submitted by qualified investors in a process that ended last Friday.

The Board will decide which of the bids received from the investors will be accepted.

According to CNA sources, the issue of share capital increase is expected to be the first to be discussed at Monday`s…

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International News July 27, 2014

Hamas accepts 24-hour Gaza humanitarian truce, Israel considers move

Hamas accepts 24-hour Gaza humanitarian truce, Israel considers move

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell

Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in their conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the group said on Sunday, hours after fighting between the sides resumed.

“It has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters, saying the calm should start at 2.00 p.m. (1100 GMT).

An Israeli official said the truce was being reviewed.

However,…

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International News July 27, 2014

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice PM, kills at least three

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice PM, kills at least three

By Tansa Musa

The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said.

A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town’s mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home.

Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in…

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International News July 27, 2014

More fighting breaks out in Gaza after rockets hit Israel

More fighting breaks out in Gaza after rockets hit Israel

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ari Rabinovitch

A humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Sunday after a barrage of rockets fired by Palestinian militants was met with fierce Israeli shelling, in a fresh setback to efforts to secure a permanent ceasefire.

Israeli tanks and artillery army pounded targets along the coastal enclave, sending thick plumes of black smoke rising into the sky, signalling an end its unilateral, 24-hour truce in the wake of the missile salvoes.

Palestinian witnesses reported…

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Local News July 27, 2014

Helpless in face of ambulance scam

Helpless in face of ambulance scam

By Angelos Anastasiou

EARLIER this month, Tom a 19-year-old from the UK had finished his school-leaving exams and to celebrate visited Ayia Napa with his friends. A few days and some dubious choices later, he found himself in a bar-fight, was badly injured and in need of immediate medical care.

Someone made a call and an ambulance arrived within minutes. It was not long before Tom was transported to a private clinic in Protaras. He hadn’t requested to be taken…

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Comment July 27, 2014

Our View: No alternative to keeping the banks afloat despite the cost

Our View: No alternative to keeping the banks afloat despite the cost

THE BROADSIDE fired at the banks by DISY chief Averof Neophytou, a few days ago, may have been seen as a communications ploy, to answer public criticism that the party was protecting the interests of the banks, but it was more than justified as it touched on many truths.

One truth was that in Cyprus we did not have a functioning banking system, because banks operated, solely, as debt-collection agencies. The granting of new loans and facilities had become a…

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Comment July 27, 2014

Tales from the Coffeeshop: A happy bunny no more

Tales from the Coffeeshop: A happy bunny no more

By Patroclos

PANIC and dread gripped the head honchos of the Bank of Cyprus on Friday evening after receiving a letter sent to the bank by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) just an hour before they were due to open the book with the offers for new capital.

The letter, signed by the vice-chairman of CySEC Andreas Andreou, claimed that the prospectus published by the bank, inviting offers for the new capital issue, was ‘misleading’ as it had…

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Local News July 27, 2014

Questions over data access for former CBC official

Questions over data access for former CBC official

By Elias Hazou

SEVERAL months after leaving the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC), former deputy governor of the CBC Spyros Stavrinakis may still have had access to classified data of the European Central Bank (ECB), the Sunday Mail has learned.

Documentation seen by the Sunday Mail shows that Stavrinakis was included on the list of CBC staff with access to the Darwin system – the ECB’s intranet.

Darwin contains sensitive information, such as national banks’ interest rates, ECB policy and working documents, upcoming stress tests…

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