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German Greipel claims third stage win

German Andre Greipel snatched his third win on the Tour de France this year when he outsprinted Slovakian prodigy Peter Sagan to claim the 13th stage on Saturday.

Greipel prevailed at the end of a tricky 217-km ride from St Paul Trois Chateaux, timing his effort to perfection and resisting Sagan’s fightback on the line.

Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen, who benefited from Sky team mate Bradley Wiggins’s unexpected lead-out effort in the final kilometre, took third place.

Wiggins retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

Strong crosswinds on the road to Sete split the peloton, which was reduced to around 50 after a short but brutal climb to the Mont St Clair, and the remaining riders prepared for a sprint.

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First taste of high-level European basketball for Cyprus

The Cypriot national men’s basketball team has commenced basic preparations for the qualifying round of the FIBA Eurobasket 2013, to be held next September in Slovenia.

Cyprus will take on Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Ukraine in Group C of the qualifications and the opening game will be at home against Austria on August 15, at Nicosia’s Tassos Papadopoulos Eleftheria Athletic Centre. The Cypriots will then visit Croatia three days later, while in the following week they will host Ukraine and travel to Hungary.

The qualifications will last just over a month as the final Cyprus game is scheduled for September 11 at home to Hungary.

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House CY conditions will ‘lead to closure’

 

PARLIAMENT’S decision on Thursday to apply some tight conditions on increasing Cyprus Airways’ (CY) share capital has been criticised by the government and workers’ unions, who claimed it would force the state carrier to close.

Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou yesterday said the decision was politically very sensitive and economically destructive.

“We were expecting the parties to come together and co-operate in this effort to rescue CY,” said Stefanou. “Instead, with (Thursday’s) decision by the majority of the House of Representatives, we fear the company will certainly be led to closure.”

But he added that the government would continue to support CY and work hard for its recovery.

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Our View: Traffic cameras might yet tame inconsiderate speed demons

ENGOMI residents will gather at the intersection of Grivas Dighenis and 28 October Avenues on Monday to express their anger at the authorities’ failure to do anything about the noise caused by excessive speeding by cars on these roads. 

Both avenues feature long straight stretches on which drivers (mostly of a young age) step on the accelerator, usually during the early hours, making a terrible noise that deprives residents of a good night’s sleep. It is perfectly understandable that people are angry, demanding that this grossly inconsiderate and anti-social behaviour is stopped by any means possible. Everyone has the right to enjoy undisturbed sleep and the authorities have an obligation to safeguard this right.

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Mari surcharge scrapped from next May

THE Mari surcharge on electricity bills, imposed in September 2011 in the aftermath of the naval explosion, will be scrapped next May, Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis told MPs yesterday.

He was discussing electricity prices at the House commerce committee whose members have repeatedly asked for price reductions on bills.

A surcharge of 6.96 per cent on all electricity bills was added last September to help the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) handle the added costs incurred when their main power station was damaged in the Mari explosion.

The surcharge was recently dropped to 5.75 per cent, effective beginning of August for most consumers. 

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Minister denies Troika angered by loan push

FINANCE Minister Vassos Shiarly yesterday rejected suggestions that European and IMF inspectors had postponed their return to Cyprus by a week because they were annoyed by the government’s efforts to secure a bilateral loan.

Officials from the European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank, known collectively as the “troika” were in Cyprus last week collecting data and had been expected to return in mid-July.

On Thursday the government said the Troika wanted to study the information collected in further detail and will return, probably by July 23.

The opposition suggested this was because they were annoyed with Cyprus seeking a bilateral loan from Russia. 

The finance minister wondered why people spread unfounded information.

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Christofias: ‘stepmother’ Britain imposed bases on us

PRESIDENT DEMETRIS Christofias yesterday slammed Britain and America for choosing Turkey over Cyprus and international law when it comes to efforts to solve the long-running division of the island. 

Speaking to children from the Cypriot community in the USA during their visit to the presidential palace, Christofias singled out the two permanent members of the UN Security Council for criticism. 

After briefing the children on the history of the Cyprus problem, the 1974 military coup and Turkish invasion, he said: “We are fighting to free the occupied part of Cyprus, reunite our homeland, live in peace with the Turkish Cypriots in a united federal state and cooperate within the framework of our common homeland.”

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Police pledge to get tough on gambling

POLICE YESTERDAY warned betting companies and gamblers that the new gambling bill recently passed by parliament is now in effect and will be implemented without delay. 

In a released statement, police highlighted that many provisions in the new legislation provide for penalties of up to five years in jail and/or a €300,000 fine. 

The new law makes possession and/or operation of devices for the purposes of running an online casino illegal, while also prohibiting the advertising of illegal gambling. 

Criminal responsibility now lies not only with those owning or running gambling joints but also the gamblers, said the police. 

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British family remanded for legal high production

A FAMILY of three were remanded in custody for seven days yesterday by Famagusta district court in connection with the alleged production of synthetic ‘herbal highs’.  

According to police, on Thursday afternoon, the Drug Law Enforcement Unit (YKAN) raided the home of a British couple, aged 53 and 52, living permanently with their 22-year-old son in Ayia Thekla near Sotira village. 

Police had information that the family were manufacturing for export herbal incense mixtures banned last year. 

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Turkey approves continental shelf ‘pact’ with Turkish Cypriots

TURKISH PRESIDENT Abdullah Gul has approved the ‘continental shelf delineation agreement’ signed with the breakaway regime, opening the path for its publication in Turkey’s official gazette. 

The pact, prepared last year, was signed in a purported effort to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots to the island’s natural resources, while also serving to support Turkey’s argument against islands having any right to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ).  

According to Turkish Cypriot reports yesterday, Gul has approved the agreement, delineating the ‘continental shelf’ of the breakaway regime, and sent it to the Turkish prime ministry for publication in the official gazette.

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