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Tall Ship Ahoy

THE ITALIAN navy’s tall ship, Amerigo Vespucci, yesterday docked at Limassol port as part of its annual training cruises.

The ship will remain at Limassol port until Monday, according to the Italian Embassy.

Members of the public will be allowed onboard the school ship today and tomorrow between 5pm to 7pm and 8.30pm and 10pm on Saturday and between 3pm to 6pm on Sunday.

The ship’s captain will meet with the town’s political and military authorities during the vessel’s berthing.

As part of this year’s training cruise the Amerigo Vespucci’s ports of call, in addition to Cyprus, include Malta, Israel, Greece, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Witness’s girlfriend accused of being ‘boy who cried wolf’

THE GIRLFRIEND of prime prosecution witness Fanos Hadjigeorgiou yesterday broke down in court when she was repeatedly accused of lying to protect her partner.

Yiota Pendodji burst into tears when defence lawyer Michalis Pikis continually accused her of lying to help Hadjigeorgiou.

Despite Pikis’ assertions Pendodji remained adamant that she was telling the truth.

The witness was testifying as part of the ongoing murder trial of media boss Andis Hadjicostis.

Pendodji said Hadjigeorgiou, who has since confessed he was driving the getaway motorbike on the night of the murder and has been granted immunity from prosecution, had “regretted” what he’d done and “felt guilty”.

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Puppy and kitten perish in pet shop fire

A NUMBER of animals were killed after a fire broke out at a Limassol pet shop on Thursday, the fire services said yesterday.

The blaze broke out at the Rosella pet shop on Aisopou Street at around 12.30pm. By the time fire fighters put out the blaze 30 minutes later a number of animals had already perished, including a puppy, kitten, birds and snakes, authorities said.

A devastated sounding shop owner was yesterday unable to speak about his loss.

He only managed to say the fire had started from a generator which he’d had to install to keep the electricity going to oxygenate his fish tanks, and blamed recent power cuts for the fault.

The blaze caused €30,000 worth of damage.


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Second intensified leaders’ meeting ends early

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu met yesterday in what was their second meeting on issues of governance and power-sharing, following agreements made in Geneva in early July by both leaders to intensify talks.

The meetings which are meant to run all day were over earlier than usual yesterday. According to Eroglu the meeting came to an end with the agreement of both leaders. No reason was given.

At the start of the meeting UN Special Representative, Lisa Buttenheim, addressed the issue of confidentiality during the process referring to leaks over the past few days as “very unhelpful.”

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Plenty of song and dance at Kypria 2011

THE INTERNATIONAL Festival “Kypria 2011” featuring music, theatre and dance events begins on September 1 with events being staged throughout the island until October 1.

The programme was presented yesterday by Ministry of Education and Culture Permanent Secretary Olympia Stylianou.

The Ministry’s goal is to provide every citizen with access to high-level cultural events so that they can be acquainted with their while obtaining knowledge regarding other cultures at the same time.

“Kypria 2011” starts on September 1 with a concert titled ‘With Youthful Passion’ by the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, featuring works by Tchaikovsky and Mahler.

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35 people a day being trapped in lifts

THE NUMBER of people reported trapped in elevators has increased exponentially following the July 11 blast at the ‘Evangelos Florakis’ naval base and subsequent power cuts, the Fire Service said yesterday.

The Service said the number of calls during the first six months of 2011 averaged around 120 a month but that in July this had increased to 754 calls, 704 of which were after July 11.

From 6.30am on Thursday to 6.30am yesterday 60 people had to be rescued from elevators, the Fire Service said. Moreover fire fighters also had to put out 21 fires during the same 24-hour period, it added.


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Armed robbery

TWO ARMED robbers stole €7,000 from a Nicosia bank yesterday morning, police said.

USB bank in Pallouriotissa was targeted at 9.30am by two hooded men wearing crash helmets. Pointing hunting rifles at bank employees, the duo managed to secure €7,000 in cash and then escaped on a high-powered motorbike.

Police said they had no information regarding the men’s nationality or if they spoke during the heist.

Nicosia CID is investigating.


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Yermasoyia robbery

AN UNIDENTIFIED man threatened a Yermasoyia souvenir shop employee with a knife in broad daylight on Thursday and made away with €3,000.

The man entered the souvenir shop at 3.30pm with his face covered with a scarf while the 34-year-old employee was serving a customer.

He got her to give him the money in the till and then ran away.

According to the employee’s description the man is 1.75 metres tall, thin, dark coloured and possibly non-Cypriot.


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Hungry Hamilton quickest in both practice sessions for Hungary GP

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, a surprise winner last weekend in Germany, continued to shine when he was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber crashed and lost his front wing in his first outing and was only fourth quickest second time out.

Briton Hamilton has won twice at the Hungaroring and showed his love of the ageing circuit in the hills outside Budapest by setting the pace on a cloudy day with a quickest lap in the second session of one minute, 21.018 seconds.

He edged out 30-year-old birthday boy Fernando Alonso of Ferrari in his second workout with Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race set to be close affairs again after last weekend’s nail-biting German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring.

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Broad counter-attack rescues England

Stuart Broad launched a late counter-attack with a blazing 64 to help England fight back against India on the first day of the second test on Friday.

India were 24 for one at the close after England had been bowled out for 221 after tea with rookie opener Abhinav Mukund out to the first ball of the innings, caught in the gully by Kevin Pietersen off James Anderson.

Although India finished with the upper hand, England would feel they had clawed their way back into the game after they were reduced to 124 for eight at tea. Broad’s innings came from only 66 balls and he added a crucial 73 with Graeme Swann (28) for the ninth wicket.

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