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Federer seals seventh Wimbledon title

Roger Federer outgunned Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to win a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th grand slam crown.

The Swiss third seed recovered from a sluggish start to dominate the match and return to the top of the world rankings, ending Murray’s hopes of becoming the first British man to win the title on home soil for 76 years.

After sharing the first two sets, rain halted the contest for 40 minutes early in the third and when the players returned under the closed roof on Centre Court Federer took control.

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Cypriot version of the Eurovision song contest

Judging from the last part of the broadcast of the opening ceremony of the EU presidency,  I conclude that I was lucky to miss the speeches. My reaction to the hour I watched was incredulity coupled with laughter. 

A bunch of women wearing something like head scarves (why?) moved in a way which was neither artistic nor meaningful. At some stage they resembled a group of lesbians (which may be a modern touch?) but this was counteracted by a heterosexual couple who took centre stage. 

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So much for teachers knowing what they’re talking about

Derek Smith will have to forgive me if I am not keen for teachers to have the final say on which school exam pupils should sit (Sunday Mail, July 1). 

When Britain had CSEs and O Levels teachers would pre-select pupils for particular exams, sometimes years in advance. In my own case it was six years beforehand, with the headmaster of my primary school deciding which secondary school a pupil would go to based on highly spurious grounds. In my case he simply asked me where my brother’s had gone to school. When I told him he replied: “So you’ll be going to the Secondary Modern School too then.” Unfortunately Secondary Modern only did CSEs, so no matter how good I was I had no chance of sitting O Levels and no direct route into university.

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What a load of drivel

 

Women don’t have what it takes to be fire-fighters’ (Cyprus Mail June 30). What a load of drivel. Having been a fire-fighter for 35 years I feel adequately qualified to make this statement. “Mr Trangolas is clearly out of touch in this modern world of fire-fighting and to say that women, I assume he means all women, are not able to do the job smacks of workplace male domination. His comments about what fire-fighters are to carry, uniform, helmet and shoes, this is the standard fire-fighters protective clothing not an addition, such a weak argument.” 

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Size of banking sector under scrutiny

 

ALTHOUGH there is nothing official yet, one of the issues Cyprus’ lenders would be looking to address is the large size of the banking sector compared to the island’s GDP.

Cyprus’ Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades has already signalled that authorities would be looking into the matter with the help of experts and the International Monetary Fund, which along with the ECB and the EU, make up the so-called troika of lenders currently putting together the island’s bailout.

“It is a fact … that the banking sector is very large compared with the size of the Cypriot economy,” Demetriades said in a speech at the end of last month.

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Our View: Paying for decades of reckless populism

INSPECTORS of the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF – known as the troika – came, met all the key people, listened, gathered information and left. A few members of the delegation stayed, presumably to obtain additional data, but the full team will be back, a week on Monday, with the troika’s terms and conditions for the bailout. 

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Tales from the Coffeeshop – Clash of the Troikans: Kyproulla strikes back

HOPES the arrival of the troika would have introduced a small element of sanity to the Kyproulla loony bin proved excessively optimistic. 

Insanity remained at the normal high levels throughout the week as the guys who run our political pantomime re-defined the relationship between lender and borrower which existed ever since man stumbled on the idea of loans, a several thousand years ago; there are references to usury in the Old Testament.

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Second murder in two days as Romanian man knifed

A 36-YEAR-OLD Romanian man was apparently knifed to death in Paphos yesterday, in what was the second murder on the island in two days.

Konastantin Daniel, was found in a bad state at 5am outside the apartment block where he lives on Evagoras Pallikarides Avenue.

He was rushed to hospital but died a while later, police said.

“The 36-year-old had wounds on the head and various parts of his body and it is believed that a sharp instrument was used, possibly a knife,” Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsiappis said.

Tsiappis said police are looking into all possibilities regarding the motive.

Reports said one of the leads officers are investigating is the possibility of the victim having financial differences with a compatriot.

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Tuna cans more than a little fishy

A 44-YEAR-OLD Spaniard was yesterday remanded in custody for eight days in connection with possession of over a kilo of cocaine stored in factory-sealed tuna cans.

The man was arrested by police while allegedly trying to find buyers for the drugs in a bar in Limassol.

Officers later searched his hotel room and found 10 factory-sealed and labelled tuna cans in the fridge containing 1.3 kilos of cocaine.

The suspect allegedly admitted to bringing the drugs to Cyprus to sell.

Drug squad deputy chief Nicos Nicolaou said it was an unprecedented case due to the professional way the drugs had been packaged.

Police are trying to determine whether the man has come to Cyprus before and if he has any associates on the island.

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