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Wimbledon – all white for now…

STEWARDS in straw hats, purple and white flowerbeds, green courts, white shorts – yes, Wimbledon is still the most charming grand slam, yet there was a moment last Friday on number 3 court when I wondered if finally  the gentility and the grace of the all  England tournament had lost the plot. 

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Christofias on the defensive

 

AS THE troika wrapped up its first fact-finding mission to Cyprus yesterday, President Demetris Christofias insisted the EU/IMF money lenders would not impose measures on the country without reaching agreement with the government first. 

At a joint press conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Nicosia, Christofias was asked about his sense of ownership over measures that will need to be taken in return for financial assistance from the EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund troika.  

The president said that measures have to be taken which governments believe in. Cyprus will engage in dialogue with the troika to find solutions but it will not say “yes” to everything the troika suggests. 

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Our View: No surprise that deputies want to amend poaching laws

WE SHOULD not be surprised that deputies are planning relaxing the provision of the hunting law regarding the use of audio devices to lure birds. For years now, deputies of the Famagusta district, in which most of the illegal bird-trapping takes place, have been attempting reducing the punishment stipulated by the law. 

They have even tried, unsuccessfully, to have the law scrapped on the grounds that trapping of ambelopoulia on lime-sticks was an old Cypriot tradition – part of our cultural heritage – that needed to be protected. They brought to the House the representatives of a ludicrous organisation, surreally known as the Friends of the Limestick, to defend this cruel tradition. 

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Pensioner shoots Iranian neighbour dead after argument

A 74-YEAR-OLD Cypriot man allegedly shot a 45-year-old Iranian asylum seeker in the face, killing him instantly at the apartment block where they both lived in Limassol yesterday evening.

According to police the two had had an argument over the victim’s teenage son.

Soon after the shooting the elderly Cypriot gave himself up to police, after first having locked himself in his apartment.

According to reports, the argument happened after the suspect allegedly reprimanded the Iranian’s 14-year-old son when he saw him stomping all over his air conditioning compressor. 

The teen then told his father what had happened.

When his father came home he had an argument with the suspect who was on his balcony at the time.

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State not expecting to face liquidity problems

THE government does not expect to face a liquidity problem as it aims to wrap up bailout negotiations by the end of the month, Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said yesterday as the state is trying to raise short-term funds from semi-public organisations.

“All procedures that need to be done by this date will be done thus it is not expected that a liquidity problem will arise,” Shiarly told reporters.

The government will borrow €250 million through the sale of three-month treasury bills to at least three semi-state organisations, mainly to refinance existing debt maturing on July 16.

The transaction, scheduled for July 12, will refinance a debt of €133 million maturing on July 16.

A further €208 million in 13-week treasury bills is due on August 15.

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End of the road for online casinos

PARLIAMENT yesterday unanimously voted through a controversial bill regulating gaming, which includes a ban on online casinos and exchange betting.

Betting exchange is where players bet among themselves with the mediation of a company, which receives a commission from the transactions. The provision had been removed in committee but was resubmitted and pushed through by a respectable margin.

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Triple Five to CY rescue?

AT WHAT seemed to be the eleventh hour for state carrier Cyprus Airways (CY), which is short of millions, and friends, Canadian conglomerate Triple Five has sent a letter reiterating its interest in a majority stake.

CY informed its shareholders yesterday that it received a letter on Thursday from Triple Five which “restated its interest to invest in the company,” an announcement said.

“Triple Five’s interest displayed is conditional on specific terms which will have to be agreed with the government, CY’s major stakeholder,” CY spokesman Kyriacos Kyriacou said.

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Judge in Mari trial recuses himself over Kyprianou ties

THE TRIAL of the six men charged in the deaths from a naval base blast last year was pushed back again yesterday after judge Charalambos Poyiadjis asked to be exempt because he used to work with one of the accused, former foreign minister Marcos Kyprianou.

Poyadjis said that from 1991 until 1995, when he was appointed to the district court, he and Kyprianou worked together.  

It is standard practice on the first day of trial for either the court or one of those implicated to reveal whether there are any personal relationships which could jeopardise the court’s objectivity. 

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Over 1,000 single-parent families left without benefits

LABOUR Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous yesterday reassured single parents that their families would not be left out in the cold after a change in the law last December slashed their supplementary benefits.

Charalambous was speaking after a joint House Labour and Finance Committee meeting yesterday on the issue, which arose after responsibility for the allowances was moved from social welfare to the finance ministry.

During the meeting, single parents gathered outside parliament to protest the fact that the new law, transferring responsibility of benefits allocated to them from the Welfare Office to the Grants and Benefits Service, resulted in a vast number of them not receiving any benefits. 

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