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Quickfire Czechs hang on to sink Greeks

The Czech Republic took advantage of a makeshift Greek defence to score two quickfire goals in the first six minutes and held on for a 2-1 win in Euro 2012 Group A on Tuesday.

A desperate Greek side fought their way back into the match at the start of the second half when Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech let an innocuous-looking ball slip through his hands to the feet of substitute Fanis Gekas who swept the ball into an empty net.

The Greeks continued to surge forward looking for the equaliser but could not recover from a terrible start.

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Cyprus bailout could come soon

 

CYPRUS could apply for an EU bailout by the end of the month, Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly signalled yesterday, and if it does it would not be just for the recapitalisation of the Popular Bank, which is exposed to Greek debt.

“The matter is urgent. We know the recapitalisation of the banks must be completed by June 30, and there are a few days left,” Shiarly told reporters after a House Finance Committee meeting. 

The minister said that if Cyprus did apply it could also be with a view to cover future financing needs.

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Our view: The bailout looms and who's really telling the 'big lie' now?

THE SO-CALLED lack of political experience and judgement that President Christofias, rather condescendingly, accused his finance minister of during his televised news conference, 10 days ago, was evident at the legislature yesterday. Vasos Shiarly must have been a bit too forthright for the president’s liking when he responded to questions about the possibility of applying to the support mechanism, in a way that undermined the government’s main message.

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CB: rhetoric needs to be toned down

 

CENTRAL Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades urged politicians to tone down their rhetoric on the economy because it does not help Cyprus.

“There is a tone in the discussion that does not help Cyprus at all,” Panicos Demnetriades told lawmakers. “This is an appeal to everyone; we should not be sending out the message that our situation is, let’s say, tragic.”

The new CB boss said the effort for fiscal consolidation has already brought about many positive effects, adding that Cyprus’ public debt was not as high as other European countries – like Britain’s 90 per cent – which are considered credible.

It is positive that Cyprus is cutting its deficit at a time of recession.

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Plaque unveiled for Mari dead

A LARGE marble plaque honouring the six firefighters who died in the Mari naval base explosion last July was unveiled yesterday at Fire Station 1 in Larnaca.

“It is our duty to honour these firefighters and with them the other seven (sailors) who lost their lives,” said head of the Retired Firefighters’ Association , Stavros Kyprianou.

The plaque includes the names of the six firefighters who were killed: Vassilis Krokos, Andreas Papadopoulos, Giorgos Yiakoumi, Spyros Ttantis, Adamos Adamou and Panayiotis Theofilou.

Larnaca mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis described the day as one of ‘honour and emotion’.

“With bravery, courage and self-sacrifice on July 11 they responded to the call of duty and gave their lives to protect the lives of others,” he said.

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Woman seriously injured trying to escape kidnapper

A SRI Lankan domestic worker jumped out of a car window in Nicosia on Sunday afternoon in order to escape a man trying to kidnap her, police said yesterday. 

She is being treated at Nicosia general hospital with a fractured skull.

The woman apparently was offered a ride to the house where she works but as soon as she got in the car the driver locked the doors and started driving in a different direction, towards the Ergates industrial area. Out of fear and with the car still moving, she opened the car window and jumped through it, seriously injuring her head.

Police said the woman managed to find two people at a bus stop who called her employer and an ambulance.

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Footballers' pay related to how much they play

Foreign footballers are getting paid up to 38 per cent more than Cypriot players as they are spending more time on the field, according to a study by the University of Cyprus.

“We can say that the difference that lies between foreigners and Cypriots is due to the fact that Cypriots play for less time,” said student Loizos Chrysostomou yesterday, who presented the results of his study on pay in Cyprus’ first division.

The study revealed that Cypriot footballers who have played internationally get paid 31 per cent more compared to those who have not, European footballers 38 per cent more and other foreigners around 36 per cent more than their Cypriot teammates.

Data was collected on 386 footballers from 59 different countries, across 14 first division teams.

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Anonymous-like group threatens to 'take down' corrupt system

A SELF-STYLED group of local hacktivists has threatened to “take down the system” in Cyprus, and are demanding an end to corruption in political life and to media manipulation of the masses, according to a video posted on YouTube.

The clip, featuring the typical graphics and audio effects of the Anonymous videos with a person donning the Guy Fawkes mask from the 2005 movie “V for Vendetta,” warns:

“Governments are elected as representatives of their people so as to make their voices heard. This is, as it seems, the last thing the governments of today do. This is unacceptable and those who commit this kind of fraud should be strictly punished. We will take down your corrupted system and guess what?! We have already started!”

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'Decisive' weeks ahead for energy Sylikiotis says

COMMERCE Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis returns to Cyprus today after a two-day visit to Israel for talks on energy collaboration with the neighbouring nation.

Yesterday Sylikiotis held separate meetings with Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour Shalom Simhon, Tourism minister Stas Misezhnikov, Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

On Sunday, he met with representatives of Gigawatt Global, a company specialising in renewable energy solutions, and with a delegation of Israel’s Oil and Natural Gas Research Industries Association.

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Tougher penalties and even stricter rules for smoking

FINES of up to €800 are some of the provisions of a new stricter bill drafted by the Health Services in an effort to deter smokers who flout the ban.

Acting head of Health Services Christos Christou said: “We’re working on a bill at the moment that among others would provide for stricter provisions for those who (illegally) smoke indoors and those who allow these people to smoke in areas where it’s not permitted,” said Christou.

Although the smoking ban has been in force on the island since January 2010 it has long been flouted by not only customers but bar/club owners. 

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