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Mixed results for Cyprus’ three Europa hopefuls

THERE were mixed results for Cyprus’ three Europa League hopefuls in the first legs of their respective third round qualifiers.

 

Both Anorthosis and Apollon were on the wrong end of 1-0 scorelines away from home, whilst APOEL earned a narrow 1-0 win over Czech team FK Jablonec at GSP in Nicosia.

 

Argentinian forward Esteban Solari netted the only goal of the game for APOEL after 55 minutes, ghosting past the defence to finish neatly past goalkeeper Michal Spit from close range.

 

APOEL restricted their opponents mostly to meagre long-range efforts throughout the game, controlling the midfield with consummate ease.

 

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Omonia confident of progressing despite Salzburg draw

OMONIA coach Takis Lemonis is still confident that the Cypriot champions can make it through to the group stages of the Champions League despite being held 1-1 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia by Austrian champions Salzburg on Tuesday night.

 

A last-gasp equaliser from the penalty spot by new signing Lomana Lua Lua kept the Nicosia giants in the third qualifying round tie, after they fell behind after only eight minutes.

 

“The final result decreases somewhat our hopes, but as the game developed it is actually a good outcome,” said Lemonis after the match.

 

“I am generally pleased with the players’ efforts but it was difficult because we conceded a goal so early.

 

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Baghdatis to feature in Los Angeles after reuniting with coach

 

MARCOS Baghdatis has been seeded third in Los Angeles, where he will be joined by new coach Guillaume Peyre.

 

The two have reunited in time for the Olympus US Open Series, starting with the Farmers Classic.

 

Baghdatis worked with Peyre during the most successful spell of his career when he reached the Australian Open final in 2006 at the age of 20.

 

In his book Marcos Baghdatis, the Cypriot number one described Peyre as: “a sort of guardian angel and a friend as much as a coach.”

 

He added: “Guillaume and I have the same goal, and he always puts me back on course.  When I play, I know that I will meet his trusting and confident gaze. I gain strength from his presence.

 

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Cyprus finish third at basketball event in Sofia

PANAYIOTIS Trisokkas and Alexandros Liatsos had 12 points apiece, while Aris Koronides added 11, as Cyprus beat Austria 65-59 to finish third at the international basketball tournament ‘4th Sofia Award’ in Bulgaria.

 

As part of their preparations for three upcoming games in the qualifying round of the European Championship 2011 Division B alongside Slovakia, Czech Republic and Switzerland, the Cypriot national team suffered a heavy 99-51 defeat at the hands of host nation Bulgaria in the semi-finals of the event a day earlier.

 

After their return from Bulgaria, the national team will take on Greece in an exhibition match in Limassol organised by the Cyprus Basketball Federation.

 

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Health services show scant regard for patients’ rights

 

HEALTH officials are being obstructive and employing delaying tactics when it comes to improving respect for patients’ rights in the public healthcare system, Ombudswoman Iliana Nicolaou said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after presenting her Annual Report for 2009 to President Demetris Christofias, which highlighted an increase in the number of serious complaints to her Office from patients, Nicolaou said that “in a number of complaints, the officials either raise difficulties and obstacles, and delay providing the necessary information, or they use drawn-out processes to render the matter meaningless”, it said.

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Is Middle East war inevitable?

FUAD SINIORA, Lebanon’s former prime minister, is a thoughtful man with deep experience in Middle Eastern politics. So when he speaks of “trains with no drivers that seem to be on a collision course,” as he recently did at a private meeting in Berlin, interested parties should probably prepare for unwanted developments. Of course, no one in the region is calling for war. But a pre-war mood is growing.

Four factors, none of them new but each destabilizing on its own, are compounding one another: lack of hope, dangerous governmental policies, a regional power vacuum, and the absence of active external mediation.

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Our View: Collective responsibility only way to tackle economy

THE GOVERNOR of the Central Bank Athanasios Orphanides repeated his warning about the need to reduce public spending. He says this every time he holds a news conference, warning that “if we do not solve the problem now, the problem would get bigger and bigger.” To emphasise the point he explained that “the fiscal deterioration that occurred in the Greek economy was the result of a problem that was not dealt with early enough.”

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‘State officials not above seeking favours for themselves’

DEFENCE Minister Costas Papacostas yesterday slammed politicians for acting as if they were “pure as the driven snow” when it came to nepotism, while asking his Ministry for favourable transfers for their own sons serving in the National Guard.

Speaking publicly for the first time since a huge political row broke out on Tuesday over alleged requests for political favours (rusfeti) addressed to the Defence Ministry from the President’s Private Office, Papacostas said that he regularly received requests for favourable transfers and secondments from MPs, ministers, state officials and political party bigwigs “and don’t let anyone tell me that there is a single politician who has never made any kind of intervention”.

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Working together to solve crime across the divide

THE UN yesterday inaugurated the new bi-communal ‘Joint Communications Room’ (JCR) in Nicosia’s buffer zone, with officials from both sides hailing it as a potential precursor to a federal solution for Cyprus.

Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, representative Kudret Ozersay expressed hope that “the cooperation of the two sides will at one point turn into cooperation between the police forces of two future constituent states in a federal Cyprus.” His sentiments were echoed by President Demetris Christofias’ representative George Iacovou, saying he believed the two communities to be “pursuing a common vision”

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Defibrillators installed in city centre

NICOSIA Municipality has installed four new defibrillators around the city and a portable one, all of which will be used only by trained staff as part of an effort to save lives when access to a hospital may not be immediate.

The defibrillators have been installed at the Town Hall, the municipality’s Technical Services Offices, the Municipal Swimming Pool and the old Municipal Market. Also every Wednesday, during the operational hours of the market near the ‘Oxi’ roundabout, there would be somebody with a portable defibrillator patrolling the area to cover any possible problems that occur.

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