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Clubs learn European fate after UEFA draw

OMONIA are facing a tough tie against Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg for a place in the group stages of this year’s Champions League, as Cyprus’ four European teams discovered their fate yesterday at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

National champions Omonia are looking to become the third Cypriot team to reach this stage of Europe’s premier club competition in consecutive years, highlighting the improving nature of domestic football on the island.

Meanwhile, APOEL, Apollon and Anorthosis will compete for a place in the Europa League group stages.

Both Omonia and Salzburg must first overcome their respective second legs of their second round qualifying matches.

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Growing up is all rather dull…..

There has been much talk of growing up in our house over the last week. My eldest child reached the ripe old age of 21, which is great for her because it means that she can now drink legally anywhere in the world that she might wish to go. It doesn’t necessarily mean she is a mature adult, as evidenced by her response to a haircut she was not happy with at the start of the week and some rather reckless driving towards the end of the week.

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Our view: Our simplistic view of the coup does us no favours

THE SIRENS sounded all over Cyprus yesterday morning to mark the 36th anniversary of the coup aimed at overthrowing President Makarios. The ‘black anniversary’, as it has come to be known, is marked by the familiar announcements by political parties and organised groups, memorial services, a special session of the legislature, special television shows and public gatherings addressed by politicians. The high point was last night’s gathering at the presidential palace which was addressed by President Christofias who, with his party have tried to make maximum mileage out of the coup, which is the par excellence AKEL anniversary.

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Wind power comes to Paphos

CYPRUS’ first independent green electrical power has been produced in Paphos, signalling the operation of a major contributor of clean energy in a fossil fuel-dependant island. The first of the planned 41 turbines at Orites wind farm was turned on for about an hour on Wednesday and produced the first independent renewable energy for Cyprus using the wind. The electricity was then fed onto the main power grid. “It was a proud moment. I feel as if I’m dreaming,” Akis Ellinas, the managing director of Orites wind farm, said yesterday. The 41 wind turbines of the farm – the first of its kind in Cyprus and the largest in the region – will soon be providing the island with 83MW of renewable energy.

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Dark day remembered

STATE officials and ordinary people alike yesterday paid tribute to those killed resisting the coup on July 15, 1974 to overthrow President Makarios. The wailing of the sirens at 8.20 am yesterday came as a chilling reminder of the hot summer day 36 years ago when tanks and troops launched an assault against the presidential palace in Nicosia, prompting Turkey’s invasion of the island five days later. “These days bring back painful memories,”

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Grave-robbing trial opens

THE TRIAL against the three suspects charged in connection with the theft of former president Tassos Papadopoulos’ body began yesterday with the prosecution submitting documents and non-contested facts as evidence. State prosecutor Andreas Mappourides submitted the admissible facts of the case that have not been contested by the three men suspected of carrying out last December’s grave robbing of Papadopoulos’ remains, as well as their voluntary statements. Convicted murderer serving a life sentence, Antonis Prokopiou Kitas, his brother, Mamas Prokopiou, and Indian national Sarbjit Singh face a number of charges in connection with the case.

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Doctor may face prosecution for fake flu jabs

A PAEDIATRICIAN accused of giving children placebo injections could face prosecution, if the Attorney-general decides there is a case against him.
The doctor in question was reported to have injected children with a placebo instead of the new HIN1 flu vaccines back in November. Parents became suspicious after their children contracted the virus, even though they had been vaccinated. Privately, the inoculations cost over €400.
A disciplinary investigation was ordered by the Medical Council in March; however, the council decided to interrupt its proceedings after it emerged that there could be a criminal case against the paediatrician.

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Father sexually abused daughters for 11 years

A MIDDLE-AGED man from Larnaca has been convicted of incest and repeatedly raping his two daughters over a period of 11 years.
The Larnaca Criminal Court’s decision came just a day after a 40-year-old father from Limassol was remanded on suspicion of sexually abusing his two daughters.
The 47-year-old convicted paedophile from a Larnaca village will receive his sentence next week, after the presiding judge took over three hours to read out the court’s decision on Wednesday.
The father was charged with raping and sexually assaulting his two daughters – the details of whom have been withheld to protect their identities – for 11 consecutive years. His trial began in June last year.

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Police complaints chief dies in sea

FORMER AKEL MP and current head of the police watchdog commission Yiannakis Agapiou was found dead in the Limassol coastal area yesterday.
Agapiou, 78, is believed to have drowned, according to State Pathologist Eleni Antoniou who examined the scene, but the exact reasons behind his death will be determined today following the post-mortem.
The former MP had been spotted calling for help while swimming in the sea.
But by the time fellow bathers and a rescue team managed to get to him and bring him to land, Agapiou was already dead.
“The corpse has not external injuries, therefore excluding a criminal act,” said Antoniou. “This was probably a drowning, but we will have the exact cause tomorrow after the post-mortem.”

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