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AEL thrash Linfield in Champions League debut

CYPRUS champions AEL thrashed Northern Ireland’s Linfield 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie on Wednesday night at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol.

Pambos Christodoulou’s men took the initiative straight from the kick-off and only five minutes into the game Edwin Ouon thought he’d scored, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

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APOEL and Anorthosis ready for Europa League openers

APOEL and Anorthosis are among forty-three clubs that begin their continental campaigns in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round this evening.

Ivan Jovanovic’s APOEL made more than a few headlines across Europe last season by going from the equivalent stage of Champions League qualifying all the way to the quarter finals, defeating the likes of Porto, Zenit St Petersburg and Lyon on the way.

Less than four months after scoring twice against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Nicosia side return to action with a home first leg against Slovakia’s FK Senica.

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Record heat for the second day


YESTERDAY marked the second consecutive day temperature records were broken this year, with the temperature hitting 44 degrees Celsius in Nicosia – an increase of one degree from Monday when people started being admitted to hospital, unable to cope with the weather.

A 51-year-old woman was admitted in a comatose condition on Monday, and is now breathing through a respirator in Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit.

“A few days need to pass to see how the situation unfolds,” said assistant head of Nicosia general hospital’s accident and emergency department Savvas Christodoulou commenting on her condition.

Two men, aged 60 and 85, were also admitted but should “get over it soon,” Christodoulou said.

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Our view: Maintaining 'social cohesion' will ensure rise in joblessness

UNEMPLOYMENT in Cyprus rose to 10.8 per cent in May. Speaking in Larnaca on Sunday, Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous conceded indirectly that government schemes to tackle the rise of unemployment had failed.

“From the moment Cyprus entered, two quarters ago, a deep economic recession with negative growth rates, this could not but have had serious repercussions on the increase of unemployment and restriction of job opportunities,” she said. 

The following day, speaking on a morning radio show, she said that another incentive scheme for businesses to hire long-term unemployed had been introduced, but admitted this would not stop the upward path of the jobless rate. 

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Fishing trips blasted for hunting sharks

CONSERVATIONISTS are up in arms over the fishing of protected species of shark in the waters around the island, with certain companies offering to take groups of tourists out onto the waters to partake in this activity.

“Most of these sharks are nursing and basking sharks and they have no teeth, they are not carnivorous and they are near extinction,” said Michalis Papacharidemou, head of Nireas Marine Research.

The cost of partaking in this activity can start at around €1,000 according to some of the websites of companies offering it.

According to Papacharidemou, all of this started a few years ago and could partly be due to the fact that most people think “sharks are going to eat us”.

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Parties accuse Britain of provocative UNFICYP stance

BRITAIN GOT an earful yesterday from the majority of political parties over its stance at the UN Security Council on the renewal of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Informal consultations at the Security Council (UNSC) on the six-month renewal of the mandate of UNFICYP have centred on Britain’s insistence on including a clause for a specific review of the peacekeeping force.

Negotiations are expected to end in time for the adoption of a UN resolution today.

Parties yesterday referred to Britain’s stance as “provocative”, “unacceptable” and “anti-Cypriot”.

According to Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the British want to include a reference on the future restructuring of UNFICYP in the resolution. 

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Police, welfare dept are accused in case of domestic violence

CHILD Commissioner Leda Koursoumba has criticised the police, the welfare services and the health services over mishandling a case of domestic violence, and thus violating a child’s rights.

“All of the professions involved (police, welfare services, health services) do not know and neither do they adequately apply the procedures set out in the handbook (for cases of domestic violence),” said Koursoumba.

She added that it demonstrates the services and the professionals involved need to improve the way in which they work together.

Koursoumba was referring to a domestic violence case which she was informed of by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in December 2010. The investigation lasted until September 2011.

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Island's banks, misled investors seek solutions

IN AN apparent bid to placate thousands of investors claiming to have been defrauded by misleading products promising high yields, the Popular Bank has suggested offering them increased interest rates.

The informal proposal was put forward by Popular Bank Group CEO Christos Stylianides during a gathering yesterday at the Finance Ministry. Attending were representatives of the investors, Popular Bank and Bank of Cyprus executives, Finance Ministry technocrats, and officials from the Central Bank, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and the Attorney-general’s office.

Depositors claim they were deceived by banks which encouraged them to invest in securities without having an authorised professional properly explain the risks involved.

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Bill Clinton here for lecture

FORMER president of the United States Bill Clinton will give a lecture on the economic crisis, at European University Cyprus on Saturday.

Clinton is the Honorary Chancellor of Laureate International Universities, which the European University is connected to, and he offers advice on social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education.

“President Clinton will share his ideas with our students, faculty, administration, alumni and the community in the (university’s) Cultural Centre at 4pm, in a public address on ‘The Current Global Economic Situation’”, the university announced.

Clinton is due to exchange views and ideas with the audience.

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New law 'catastrophe for Cyprus Airways'

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Efthymios Flourentzos plans to seek referral of the recently passed law calling for an open skies policy to be enforced, saying it would be catastrophic for ailing state carrier Cyprus Airways (CY).

The minister explained that implementing such a policy wouldn’t be that simple, considering bilateral agreements would have to be signed with third countries.

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