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Euro experience saw team through, says APOEL coach

 

CYPRUS champions APOEL find themselves with one foot in the next qualifying round of the Champions League thanks to the experience that they have gained in European competitions, manager Ivan Jovanovic said yesterday.

APOEL extended their impressive unbeaten run in their first European game of the season to 11 consecutive matches after recording a 2-0 victory against Albanian champions KS Skenderbeu on Wednesday night in comfortable fashion.

APOEL goalkeeper Dionisis Chiotis’ goal was rarely threatened during the 90 minutes.

Jovanovic praised his side for their display, drawing on their European experience as the reason for the ease with which they dominated what could have potentially been a difficult away encounter.

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Precautionary measures taken ahead of demonstration

NICOSIA authorities are in the process of removing ornamental pebbles from the roundabout in Anthropina Dikaomata (“Human Rights”) Square outside the Presidential Palace, ahead of a third night of protest tonight.

As of 2 pm, several tonnes of white, tennis ball sized pebbles were waiting to be loaded by two diggers into two dumper trucks.

Meanwhile, around 15 workmen with brooms and shovels sweltered in 37 degree heat to clear potential missiles from the surrounding area.

One policeman was supervising the operation, with two diggers and two dumper trucks clearing the pebbles.

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Our View: An unprecedented public show of anger

 

CLOSE to 10,000 people gathered outside the presidential palace on Tuesday night, in an unprecedented show of disapproval for President Demetris Christofias and his government. Never before, in the brief history of the Republic, has there been a demonstration by ordinary citizens, from all walks of life, calling on the president to step down. Such is the level of public discontent with Christofias’ presidency.

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Vassilikos is gone

THE VASSILIKOS power station is gone. This event is the largest negative shock to our economy since the invasion of 1974. One could ask how is it possible that in a country living under the threat of a possible war, our capacity to generate electricity was centred on just one source.

Although the plant was 60 per cent of our capacity, it must be realaised that it was by far the cheapest source of energy on the island, and hence its 60 per cent was almost always in use.

The ability to produce electricity was about to receive a massive boost from the unused new power unit at Vassilikos, comfortably being capable in boosting production to above 900 MW hours, the average peak demand in the summer.

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Anger and tears as victims are buried

The funerals of 19 year old twin victims of monday’s naval base explosion, Miltos and Christos Christoforou are underway in Limassol.

Yesterday, thousands of grieving and angry people attended the separate funerals of eight officers, sailors and firemen who were killed in Monday’s massive blast at the Evangelos Florakis naval base near Mari.

The funerals took place in the Larnaca and Limassol districts. Captain Andreas Ioannides Commander of the Navy (National Guard General Staff) was laid to rest in Limassol, hailed as a hero by those who delivered his eulogy.

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Navy chief hailed as a hero

THOUSANDS of mourners attended the funeral of Captain Andreas Ioannides, Commander of the Cyprus Navy at Ayia Arsenios church in Limassol yesterday, amid calls for his ‘murderers’ to be brought to justice.

Police cordoned off roads and stationed patrol cars, motorbikes and uniformed officers at nearby roundabouts on the highway, to help keep order.

Amid searing temperatures hundreds upon hundreds of people crowded into the church which eventually had to be guarded by a line of soldiers , as it was impossible to allow anyone else inside.

This didn’t deter the public though, who flowed out onto the churches steps, surrounding car parks and the approach road.

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Police defend use of force at palace demo

POLICE YESTERDAY defended the widespread use of tear gas against protesters outside the presidential palace on Tuesday night, saying some people had come prepared for trouble with Molotov cocktails, crowbars and firecrackers.

Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos rejected criticism of excessive use of force during the force’s handling of one of the largest political demonstrations against a sitting government in recent Cypriot history.

Between five and ten thousand people gathered outside and in the driveways of the presidential palace on Tuesday night demanding the government’s removal following the Mari blast that killed 12 people on Monday. The crowds comprised people of all ages and political persuasions.

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Second night of protests passes peacefully

PROTESTS outside the presidential palace continued last night, for a second day, running, with well over 1,000 people demanding the government step down. The feeling of exasperation permeated the crowd which took over the English school roundabout closing off three roads leading to the palace.

The megaphone was offered to anyone with an opinion though the common position for all was for President Demetris Christofias to go.

Chanting slogans, the protesters called for attorney general Petros Clerides to send Christofias to jail. The crowd remained peaceful though the sense of genuine anger was clearly evident, characterised by a non-partisan sentiment.

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