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Almagro eliminates Baghdatis at Roland Garros

Marcos Baghdatis suffered a tight three-set defeat 4-6, 3-6, 5-7 in the French Open second round to 12-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro this afternoon.

Almagro began the match on the front foot and looked comfortable on the clay court having already won two tournaments on this surface this season: last week in Nice and earlier this year in Sao Paolo. The Spaniard completed a number of impressive forehands and managed to reply to any threat from Baghdatis.

Almagro was buoyed by the one-set lead and he continued to dominate in the second set. 

However, he faced a tougher challenge from the Limassol native who tried to test his opponent but yet again failed to force a comeback and surrendered the set at 6-4.

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Cyprus football sees summer shake-ups

National cup holders Omonia and Larnaca side Anorthosis are leading the way in rebuilding their squads for the upcoming season, as both clubs prepare for the upcoming UEFA Europa League and domestic campaigns.

Neophytos Larkou got the green light from Omonia’s board to create what should be a very effective side, and he made sure top scorer Freddy and influential midfielder Leandro remain with the club for at least another year. With the likes of Georgios Efrem, Andreas Avraam, Constantinos Makrides and Andre Alves, Omonia looks pretty solid up front, so this was the reason for the first two newcomers to be Swiss goalkeeper Johnny Leoni and French defender Anthony Scaramozzino.

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'Urgent need to correct economy'

 

CYPRUS and Spain have “very serious” imbalances in their economies that must be addressed urgently, the European Commission said yesterday, as it recommended additional measures to correct the island’s excessive deficit in 2012.

“Spain and Cyprus are facing very serious imbalances not least in their financial sectors, which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency,” Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said, presenting the findings of in-depth reviews of the EU member-states’ economies in Brussels.

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Our view: Finance minister is being stymied by the President

IT IS DIFFICULT not to feel some sympathy for Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly, who took up his post genuinely believing that he could help the country overcome the difficulties it was facing, and put the ailing economy back on track. He was fully aware of the scale of the task he was faced with, including the problems of the banks, but had thought of a plan for bringing the situation under control. 

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Smoking penalties not high enough

PENALTIES for flouting the smoking ban are not enough to deter offenders and should be increased, the acting head of health services Christos Christou said yesterday. 

“Unfortunately it has transpired that the administrative on-the-spot fine of €85 has not been considered prohibitive,” Christou told state broadcaster CyBC.

He was referring to a joint campaign of the police and health services where 708 venues were inspected between February and April. People were caught smoking in 148. 

On-the-spot fines were issued by police. Although the health services have proceeded with criminal prosecution against many of the owners, legal procedures are “very time consuming,” Christou said.

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Kyprianou Cadillac being auctioned off

 

A BLACK Cadillac which was used by former President Spyros Kyprianou over three decades ago – now on display for auction – has kindled the interest and memories of some of the people who remember it.

The car will be auctioned a week from today at the State Fair. It will be the fifth item on sale out of around 70 cars and other items.

“What I know is that the car was not a successful choice: it had some problems and had to be abandoned,” said Spyros Kyprianou’s son, former Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou who was studying abroad at the time.

Spyros Kyprianou served as president from 1977 to 1988, after the death of the island’s first President, Archbishop Makarios III. 

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Volunteer doctors needed for EU presidency conferences

THE HEALTH Ministry is looking for volunteer doctors and nurses to monitor conferences islandwide during Cyprus’ takeover of the EU presidency in July.

So far 15 doctors and 40 nurses from the Cyprus Resuscitation Council have offered their services free of charge, outside work hours. 

“At the moment we’re waiting for hospitals islandwide to get back to us with a list of names and I think we will have lots of doctors who will want to volunteer,” said Andreas Xenophontos, head of the nursing services at the Health Ministry.

Hospitals have until June 13 to submit a list of those who are interested in volunteering.

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Cyprus calls Syria killings 'crime against humanity'

CYPRUS has condemned the killings of civilians in Syria, describing it as a crime against humanity.

Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, condemned “in the strongest possible terms the recent atrocities that took place in El-Houleh, which led to the death of more than 90 civilians, including women and young children.”

The minister also joined other countries in demanding a thorough, independent 

“investigation of this heinous act, which amounts to crimes against humanity.”

Cyprus’indignation over the massacre was expressed during the summoning to the ministry of the Syrian Charge d’ Affaires in Cyprus on 29 May 2012, an official statement said.

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Contribute to 'book of love'

CONTRIBUTORS are being sought for a fund-raising poetry book which will form part of the Paphos bid to gain the title of the European Capital of Culture 2017.

Paphos has already succeeded in going forward to the second part of the process along with a joint Larnaca/Nicosia bid. Judging will take place in September this year.

As the book project is designed to appeal to and involve all sections of the Paphos community, the Friends’ Hospice has been invited to participate. The hospice provides palliative care for patients and support for families of people suffering from life limiting illness such as cancer.

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'Stop or I'll shoot… maybe'

THE POLICE leadership has issued new guidelines on when police can use their guns after a series of incidents put the lives of force members in danger.  

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides yesterday confirmed that police chief Michalis Papageorgiou issued a circular with new guidelines on when a police officer can pull out their service revolver and fire a shot. 

According to Angelides, under the new guidelines, police can fire warning shots if a suspect is believed to either have committed a criminal act or is in the process of doing so, or tries to escape arrest. They can also shoot the tyres of the car to immobilise it but only if the shooter is at a logical distance from the car giving them a strong chance of actually hitting the target. 

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