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AEL face Partizan in UEFA Champions League qualifiers


Cypriot champions AEL FC take on Serbian giants FK Partizan Belgrade in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on Wednesday evening at Larnaca’s Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, with the kick-off scheduled for 8.45pm.

“Partizan is a quality team with many experienced players. We respect them, but we do not give up in advance,” said AEL’s manager Pambos Christodoulou who has a full squad to choose from.

“The first game is in front of our fans and I believe that we have a group of players on our team who can defeat any opposition. Our main characteristic is that we are thirsty for success and this makes the chances of us or the Serbians progressing split in half.”

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Cyprus out of men's skeet

Georgios Achilleos and Antonakis Andreou failed to meet Cyprus’ high Olympic expectations after narrowly missing out on places in the final of the men’s skeet, with 118 and 116 points respectively, on Tuesday afternoon at London’s Royal Artillery Barrracks.

The first two shooting rounds on Monday morning proved to be costly for Achilleos, who finished fourth at the Games in Beijing in 2008, as he totalled 45 points before slightly improving his position, hitting 24, in the ultimate round of the day.

However, the 31-year-old Cypriot who was born in London, realistically needed to shoot a perfect 50 over the two remaining rounds to stand any chance of progressing.

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Marcos Baghdatis to meet Andy Murray in round three of men’s singles

Marcos Baghdatis defeated 16th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 to book his spot in the third round of the men’s Olympic Games singles at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

In a tight opening set the Cypriot snatched a late break point on his way to a 6-4 win. Despite having a 44 per cent success rate on his first serve, Baghdatis fired six aces past Gasquet and had five break point opportunities, while his opponent did not get a single chance to break serve.

Not much separated the two players in the second set, but Baghdatis found another decisive break to seal the victory after an hour and 14 minutes of playing time.

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Police deal a losing hand to poker buffs


OVER 30 members of the Cyprus Poker Association, including its deputy head, are facing gambling charges after being arrested during trials for a tournament abroad, even though no money was involved, and they had given police advance written warning about practice runs for the national team.

After 13 members were arrested on July 22 at trials in Larnaca, the latest incident happened on Saturday in Limassol when 18 people were arrested. They are facing up to 15 charges.

According to Antonis Theophanides, the vice president of the association,the players have not broken any laws and yet have been arrested twice, and had equipment and cash, – collected for membership fees – confiscated.

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Our view: Old-style hero worship has no relevance today


TWO PRESIDENTIAL candidates attended Sunday’s memorial service for Archbishop Makarios at Kykkos. The AKEL candidate, health minister Stavros Malas was also given the job of speaking at the service on behalf of the government, which presumably wanted to give him a platform to pander to the ‘Makarios vote,’ if such a thing exists. 

In theory it should not exist as Makarios passed away 35 years ago, the very idea that there could be a ‘Makarios vote’ being too ridiculous for words. He is a president from a bygone era whose words and thoughts have no relevance to the Cyprus of today and if there are still people who consider themselves ‘pro-Makarios’, they should seek help. 

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Troika came here because of 'Holy Trinity'

THE ARRIVAL of the feared troika in Cyprus was a result of shenanigans by the ‘Holy Trinity’ two members of the opposition and former central bank governor Athanasios Orphanides, said President Demetris Christofias from London where he attended the Olympics opening ceremony. 

In an interview with London Greek Radio (LGR) on Sunday, Christofias saw red when asked about Cyprus’ application to the EU bailout mechanism. 

“I didn’t imagine we would need the help of the troika,” he said, proceeding to suggest that the reason Cyprus was in the process of borrowing billions of euros was the opposition.   

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Ryanair about to pull the plug on Larnaca?


MORE trouble could be brewing for the island’s ailing tourism industry, as reports yesterday claimed low-cost Ryanair was thinking of suspending flights to Cyprus’ airports.

The reports were yesterday neither denied nor confirmed.

“There is no comment at this current stage, but when there is something worth announcing you will be informed accordingly,” Hermes Airports’ spokesman Adamos Aspris told the Cyprus Mail yesterday. 

He was commenting on reports that Ryanair was reassessing its agreement with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) for four flights to and from Larnaca airport, as well as another agreement between the airline, the state and Hermes Airports for Paphos Airport. Both agreements are expected to expire in October.

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Teenager's burglary spree ends

Larnaca district court has remanded a 15-year-old for eight days in connection with a string of break-ins in the area spanning two weeks.

They also remanded another 15-year-old for two days as an accomplice for the break-in on Sunday.

“On Sunday at around 9.15am there was a complaint from a member of the public living in Larnaca that an unknown young person broke into his residence and stole several items… jewellery and a mobile phone,” said Larnaca police spokesman Christos Andreou.

Police located the suspect using the description given to them by the owner of the property.

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Police investigate claim pregnant teen was raped by her stepfather

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has fallen pregnant after allegedly being raped by her stepfather. The police press office yesterday confirmed that a complaint had been filed, but added: “No further information will be given. We never comment on such cases.”

According to a report by Sigma TV, the teenager lives with her father and only visited her mother on the weekends. It was during one of these visits that she alleges she was first attacked by her stepfather.

She said she was sleeping with her younger sister when her mother’s new husband walked in, took her sister to her mother’s room and then attempted to lie in the bed with her.

But the teenager said she screamed, alerting her mother, who came into the room and told him to leave her daughter’s room.

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Missing British woman found dead


MISSING British woman Nancy Johnson was found dead in the Tsada area of Paphos on Sunday morning, almost six weeks after she left home in the village for the last time. 

Johnson, 73, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, went missing on June 19 while her husband was taking a nap.

Despite days of intensive searches by the police, followed by weeks of looking by her family, friends and neighbours, she was found by someone passing by a ravine in a secluded area of the village at around 6.20am on Sunday.

Her concerned family had even set up a website dedicated to finding her but there had been no firm sightings of her confirmed since the day of her disappearance. 

A post mortem today should reveal the cause and time of death. 


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