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APOEL remain clear in Cyprus after Apollon win

APOEL coach Ivan Jovanovic was pleased after his side defeated Apollon Limassol 2-1in Round 19 of the national football championship at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Sunday evening.

“In the first half we played really well. We controlled the pace of the game and felt as if the entire pitch was ours. I felt that towards the end of the game we had the same work rate,” said Jovanovic.

“We were more stressed and anxious in the second half but the result was never in doubt as we missed several great opportunities to score more goals.

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Andy needs a good metaphorical slap!

Against my better judgement, I agreed to take my 12-year-old to ‘hang out’ at the Mall (the big pink one) on Saturday afternoon. This involved me wasting two hours of my life drinking coffee while my son and a bunch of his pre-teen classmates trolled around the Mall attempting to look cool while not achieving very much. What an absolute waste of everybody’s time, I thought. What on earth is the attraction? However, I was feeling generous at the time, looking forward to a more relaxing Sunday.

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Nazi ELAM condemns the very practices that once helped us

THE recent activities of the Nazi organisation ELAM is of great concern. Their xenophobic and anti Turkish Cypriot rants horrify everyone. They make several false claims to attack immigrants, and these are the same false arguments used against us in England by the British Nazis of the NF, BNP and EDL. These “Blue Wolves” in the south are no different from the “Grey Wolves” in the north. They should be resisted and condemned.

The Hackney Cypriot Association is one of the oldest organisations in the UK organising and supporting both Greek and Turkish Cypriots in North London. In our experience the two communities share a lot in common and through the Hackney Cypriot Association we have been jointly campaigned on several issues since 1976.

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Shocking experience at a football match

I went to the football match Omonia versus Apoel with my family last week as we often do.

Over the years, I thought that I had got used to the bad language that a lot of people use at football matches, but I was wrong. The first loud song from Apoel fans was a chant that wished President Christofias would die. They sang it again and again, thousands of them.

Of course, a lot of people go to the pitch to get anger out of their system. But surely it’s better to visit a gym or go kick boxing – or even beat their heads against a wall!

I am a mother and a wife and I have sons who play football, but I felt so angry and disgusted at the fans’ behaviour, I couldn’t watch the game.

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Growing tolerance of Muslims

After my recent visit to the Republic of Cyprus as Head of a Muslim delegation from the UK I was impressed by the reception given to us.

Of particular interest to us was to discover the tolerance shown to the growing community of Muslims in the Republic with regard to the practice of their religion – Islam.

One striking aspect of this tolerance is the maintenance and upkeep of the places of worship – the mosques – by the department of antiquities of the ministry of the interior.

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You can’t ‘turn’ a child gay

Mr A Dinou in his response to my reply to his letter regarding  parenting by same sex couples (Sunday Mail, January 9) rather lets the cat out of the bag when he cites his objections due to “religious reasons”.

Are these the same religious reasons that allow the Taliban to gas girls in their schools, that endorse the execution of “blasphemers” in Pakistan or forbids the use of condoms in Africa condemning thousands of heterosexuals to death from AIDS?

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More promises after yet more violence

POLICE said yesterday they were determined to take the steps suggested by British experts to end football hooliganism, following a new bout of violence late in Friday in Larnaca, which left 14 officers injured and at least eight patrol cars damaged.

Trouble flared during and after a match between Ermis and Anorthosis at the Ammochostos-Epistrofi stadium, which is situated in Larnaca.

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Our View: Putting off of difficult decisions has become the government’s trademark

THE GOVERNMENT was in celebratory mood after the European Commission’s announcement that Cyprus, with another three countries, “had taken action representing adequate progress toward the correction of the excessive deficit.” Cyprus had been placed on the excessive deficit watch-list last year, but would be removed from it on the recommendation of the Council, as a result of the measures taken by the government.

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‘Sword robber’ clocks up five heists in a week

WITH A number of robberies already under his belt, the ‘sword robber’ struck again twice on Friday night in Limassol.

Police thought they had caught the thief during the week. They believed it was a 22-year-old Iranian man who fitted all descriptions of the culprit, and appeared to be the person depicted on various CCTV film footage. However, they were unable to find the supposed weapon on the suspect and released him on Friday.

On Friday night a hooded thief held up a bakery in the Ayios Athanasios area of Limassol just after midnight. He threatened staff with a sword and made off with €80.

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