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Livid Karlovic accuses Wimbledon officials of Murray bias

Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic called into question the credibility of Wimbledon and accused line judges of bias after he was footfaulted 11 times in his second round defeat by Andy Murray on Thursday.

The big serving Croat was beaten 7-5 6-7 6-2 7-6 by the British fourth seed, but was unhappy with the way officials persistently penalised him for foot-faulting in an otherwise close match on Centre Court.

Karlovic said the officials were influenced by the fact that Murray was British and playing in front of a partisan home crowd.

When asked what was the difference between the two players, he replied: “Foot-faults. I don’t know what to say, but it was a little bit outrageous.

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Baghdatis sets up Murray showdown at Wimbledon

Marcos Baghdatis set up a mouth-watering showdown with home favourite Andy Murray at Wimbledon when opponent Grigor Dimitrov quit their second-round match due to illness on Thursday.

Baghdatis had won the first set 7-5 and was 4-1 up in the second when the Bulgarian informed the umpire he could not continue.

“Dimitrov is suffering from the flu – he wasn’t breathing well and has very little energy,” Nova Sports television said during their coverage of the match out on Court No.12.

“It probably doesn’t help that it’s a relatively hot and sticky day and he may even have been feeling a bit dizzy at times

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Shiarly: we can meet conditions

 

THE EU yesterday formally accepted Cyprus’ request for assistance and will be dispatching its experts early next week, as the finance minister voiced optimism that the island will overcome the problems and get the economy back on track.

“There will be some negative consequences on our economy but it is not something we cannot overcome,” Vassos Shiarly said. “On the contrary, the support we will receive from the European mechanism will help us not only overcome the bank problem, but also to bolster the Cypriot economy.”

Heavily exposed to debt-laden Greece, Cyprus’ banks nudged the island into seeking emergency aid from its EU partners on Monday, after being shut out of international debt markets for over a year.

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Our view: Christofias is playing with the future of the economy

WE HAD hoped that once the decision to apply to the EU for a bailout had been taken the government would have started preparing for the imminent negotiations with EU technocrats, setting its priorities and developing alternative strategies. This could be the case at the finance ministry, even though the leader of the government, President Christofias still seems to be in denial, entertaining hopes that he could still find the money needed for the state’s funding requirements from other sources.

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BoC requests €500 million to meet its shortfall

THE Bank of Cyprus (BoC) yesterday requested temporary state assistance to the tune of €500 million after it failed to raise the necessary capital to meet a regulatory shortfall by Saturday due to increased provisions and a further impairment of its Greek bond holdings.

The request came as a bit of a surprise since the bank had previously said it needed €200 million to cover the shortfall and that it would raise it through private funds.

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'There's no controversy in Moscow over loan' says AKEL

RULING AKEL denies reports that its comrades in Russia are kicking up a fuss over the €2.5 billion loan granted to Cyprus last year.

Daily newspaper Politis reported that the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) has tabled the issue of the loan given to Cyprus for discussion in the Russian State Duma, posing serious obstacles to the possibility of Cyprus securing a second, much larger loan.  

According to the paper, the Russian communist party wants to hear explanations from the Russian government on why it gave the loan in the first place. Russian officials are reportedly preparing to attend a Duma committee meeting to address these concerns and provide information on the loan. 

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Turkish Cypriot protest in Brussels against upcoming EU presidency

 

HUNDREDS of Turkish Cypriots marched through the streets of Brussels yesterday to protest against Cyprus taking over the presidency of the European Union, saying their rights were being ignored.

Some 400 protesters wearing masks with no faces and holding signs saying “Do We Exist?”, walked from the European Parliament to the European Commission, in the centre of the city’s administrative district, and handed out leaflets describing themselves as the forgotten Europeans.

“The rest of the world, … they just push us into a corner like we don’t exist,” protester Turgay Azizoglu said.

The protest underlined the tensions that will accompany the island’s six-month presidency which begins on July 1. 

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'Epidemic fears are unfounded'

THE HEAD of the Cyprus Paediatric Society yesterday attempted to reassure the public, after it emerged that the 13-year-old boy from Kalavassos who died suddenly on Monday had been suffering from a contagious virus.

Concerns were raised further when it emerged that another child in the Larnaca district died under similar conditions just a few weeks ago.

According to Michalis Iasonides, the children’s deaths were caused by myocardial disease, which was brought on by viruses they had contracted. However, he stressed that the two viruses were unrelated and they wouldn’t have the same effect on children who weren’t suffering from myocardial disease.

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Anonymous attacks government servers

GOVERNMENT servers were intermittently forced offline early Tuesday morning by an attack from the international hacker collective known as Anonymous. 

The attack lasted for approximately 15 hours, from Monday 10pm until Tuesday 1pm, rendering 47 websites with the characteristic (.gov.cy) unusable and causing citizens to temporarily lose access to the government’s online information and services. 

The attack carried out is known as D-DOS (Distributed Denial of Service) which is when systems flood a website’s server with a barrage of requests making them unable to accept any further connections causing them to become inaccessible to other users.

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Abducted child returned by airline

POLICE yesterday confirmed that on Tuesday a Ryanair flight from Paphos bound for Bergamo airport in Italy was forced to return an hour after take off, following information that one of the passengers had been kidnapped.

Police informed the pilot that the mother of a 10-year-old girl of Pontian origin had reported that her daughter had boarded the flight, with her father, against her will.

Once the complaint had been filed, police sought to prevent the flight from taking off by informing the control tower of the situation, but the flight had already left the runway.

The control tower informed the aircraft’s pilot of the situation, as according to International regulations, the pilot is solely responsible for any decisions taken during the flight.

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