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Tyton rescues Poland in Euro 2012 opener

Euro 2012 got off to a rousing start on Friday but co-hosts Poland ended the night frustrated after 2004 champions Greece fought back to earn a 1-1 draw in the tournament’s opening match in Warsaw that ended with both teams reduced to 10 men.

It could have been worse for the Poles but for substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, who saved a penalty with his first touch 20 minutes from time in an incident-packed Group A game.

After the tournament, which is being staged with Ukraine, got underway with a colourful ceremony in the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poalnd and Greece served up an entertaining game.

The start of the action helped draw attention away from fears over racism at the event, the biggest of its kind in eastern Europe since the collapse of communism.

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Decision already taken for LNG terminal

 

IN A statement ending months of speculation on Cyprus’ gas plans, Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis yesterday revealed that a decision has been taken to build a liquefaction plant for natural gas here.

“The decision for the creation of a liquefaction terminal has been made. What remains now is to press ahead with the planning for the next steps,” Sylikiotis said in his address to the Cyprus Natural Gas Conference held in Nicosia.

The two-day conference – which concludes today – is sponsored by Ernst & Young Cyprus, bringing together people from industry, academia and politics. Yesterday’s proceedings focused on global developments and the impact on the gas market.

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Our View: Who Christofias is really talking about when he refers to protecting the workers

SPEAKING at his news conference last week President Christofias stressed that any measures taken to reduce state spending would not affect the pay, pensions retirement bonuses and 13th salaries of the workers. They had contributed more than enough during the economic crisis and would not be asked by the government to make any more sacrifices, Christofias stressed. 

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Turkey says sticking to boycott of Cyprus’ EU presidency

TURKEY will carry out its threat to cease contact with the EU Presidency when Cyprus assumes the role on July 1, but will maintain ties with the European Commission, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after meeting EU officials yesterday.

EU candidate Turkey served notice last year that it would break off relations with the EU presidency during Cyprus’ six-month term unless there was progress in reunification talks between the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots.

“Our position on the presidency of the Greek Cypriots is clear. Today we have once more conveyed our position in the meeting,” Davutoglu told a joint news conference with EU counterpart Catherine Ashton and Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner in charge of enlargement.

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Cyprus condemns Greek far-right party member’s assaults on TV

 

THE SPOKESMAN of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party slapped one female leftist politician in the face and threw a glass of water at another during a live TV debate yesterday morning, causing a political uproar and an order for his arrest.

Other political parties condemned Ilias Kasidiaris for the assault on the two women during a morning talk show on private television station Antenna ahead of the June 17 parliamentary election.

Cyprus also condemned the attack.  In a written statement, the government here said:  “this kind of fascist behaviour is a blight on political culture and a real danger for democracy.”

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Road race ends in teen’s death

AN 18-YEAR-OLD from Larnaca was killed yesterday after his car crashed into a palm tree during what appears to have been a road race.

Three other youths injured in the crash, which involved a second car, remain hospitalised in Larnaca Hospital. Their condition is not life threatening.

Police said Harris Drakou from Pervolia had not been wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred at 2.15am. 

It is likely that none of the others were wearing a seatbelt either, police said. 

Authorities also found a small quantity of cannabis in Drakou’s car.

Larnaca police spokesman Christos Andreou said: “Examination of the scene also showed that the vehicles were driven at high speed,” Andreou added.

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Central Bank forecasts slump, slashes GDP view

THE ECONOMY will likely contract by a 1.1 per cent this year, the central bank said yesterday as it sharply cut an earlier estimates of zero growth.

Greece’s sovereign debt writedown and its impact on the island’s banking system, a massive munitions blast that destroyed its largest power station last year and the debt crisis in the euro zone were all weighing on growth, the bank said in a bi-annual survey.

Cyprus is due to issue final first-quarter GDP figures today. Estimates issued on May 15 reaffirmed the island was stuck in a recession, with a 0.3 per cent contraction in the first quarter.

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Media bill would ‘turn journalists into snitches’

THE INTERIOR ministry will withdraw a bill that has been criticised as an attempt to turn reporters into snitches because it forces them to reveal their sources, after it transpired that the controversial clause had been included by the state legal service without notifying the ministry.

The controversial clause says a reporter has no right to refuse revealing the source of their information to a court “if in the court’s judgement this is required by overriding and compelling reasons that concern the Republic’s security, constitutional order, public security, public order, public health, public morals, protection of the reputation or the rights of third parties, or preserving the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”

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New flights for Paphos

CHARTER flights connecting Paphos and Lebanon are due to commence next month.

According to the Paphos regional board of tourism, this is the first time that charter flights will connect the two destinations.

The inaugural flight will be on July 13 and ahead of the event, a television crew from MTV Lebanon will film extensively in the Paphos district. The documentary-style film will highlight the most appealing aspects of the coastal town, its advantages and what’s on offer to visitors from Lebanon.

In addition, Paphos is currently playing host to 120 Lebanese travel agents to familiarise them with the town. 

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Medically aided reproduction only for married couples

A BILL discussed in parliament yesterday could prevent single people, non-married couples as well as gay couples from turning to science in order to conceive a child, the House Health Committee said.

The bill aims to regulate medically-aided human reproduction.

It currently defines ‘couple’ as “man and woman in a legal marital relationship”.

“I understand why (the definition) was put there but now we are forbidding people who have made different partnership choices from having a child,” said the acting head of the Health Committee, DISY MP Stella Kyriakidou. 

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