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Cypriot clubs learn European opponents

CYPRIOT clubs on Friday discovered their potential European opponents after the draws for the Champions League and Europa League third qualifying rounds were held by UEFA.

Anorthosis and APOEL are fresh from their Europa second qualifying round first leg wins – 3-1 over Estonia’s Levadia and 2-0 over Slovakian side Senica respectively.

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State alone needs €4.5b says finance minister


THE state needs some €4.5 billion just to refinance its debt, Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said yesterday, predicting that a deal with the troika on an EU bailout could be clinched by early autumn.

Cyprus formally applied for financial support from its EU partners last month, becoming the fifth member in the eurozone to do so because of a runaway budget deficit and its banks’ vast exposure to Greek sovereign debt.

Inspectors from the troika – the European Commission, the IMF and European Central Bank – are due back on the island next week to continue gathering data on the government’s accounts and on the recapitalisation requirements of commercial banks.

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Our View: Cyprob rituals ever moving us toward partition

CYPRUS marks the 38th anniversary of the Turkish invasion today. We will hear the same defiant speeches about the struggle for a fair and just solution to the Cyprus problem and the familiar calls for the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation troops, while north of the dividing line the Turks will stage the obligatory military parade and engage in the familiar celebrations. Some things never change in Cyprus.

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UNFICYP to remain a further six months

THE U.N. Security Council yesterday renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for a further six months after days of wrangling between Britain and other members over the need to review the force. 

In a seemingly peculiar move, Britain chose to play hardball almost on its own, holding out against pressure from two thirds of the Security Council until the final hour on a contested clause in the draft resolution calling for a review of UNFICYP’s presence on the island.  

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Minister warns of price ceiling on petrol

COMMERCE Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis yesterday said he wouldn’t hesitate to place a ceiling on fuel prices after the recent barrage of hikes prompted him to launch an investigation into the matter.

He said regardless of any reactions, the ministry couldn’t sit back and observe efforts to dupe consumers.

Petrol prices have been on an upward spiral since the end of last year, with 95 octane unleaded fuel peaking at around €1.40 per litre just a couple of months ago. Only recently was there some respite with prices dropping to between €1.23 and €1.25.

But at the start of the week, prices suddenly rose as much as €0.05 per litre.

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Cheapest petrol stations



Unleaded 95: EKO (Sp Christodoulou Avenue, Pallouriotissa) and Staroil (Gregoris Afxentiou, Pera Orinis) at €1.237

Unleaded 98: EKO (Aglandja Avenue, Aglandja), EKO (Arch. Makarios Avenue, Kokkinotrimithia), EKO (Sp. Christodoulou Avenue, Pallouriotissa) and EKO (G.Grivas Digenis, Arediou) at €1.269

Diesel: ESSO (Makedonitissis, Strovolos) at €1.214


Unleaded 95: EKO (Ayias Fylaxeos) at €1.237

Unleaded 98: EKO (Makarios Avenue) at €1.218

Diesel: EKO (Ayias Fylaxeos) – at €1.262


Unleaded 95: ESSO (Theokritou, Athienou) at €1.236

Unleaded 98: EKO (Gregoris Afxentiou Avenue, Oroklini), EKO (Ammochostou Avenue, Kalo Chorio) at €1.269

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Heatwave claims its first victim

A 65-year-old woman died on Wednesday night in Nicosia from heat stroke, according to health ministry officials.

She is the first woman to have died as the result of the heatwave that has been ongoing for the last week.

“She was taken to Nicosia General Hospital by ambulance where efforts were made to revive her but unfortunately she died,” said Ioanna Grigoriou, from the health services.

According to Grigoriou, the woman, who suffered from chronic health problems, was found at home alone by a relative who also tried to revive her.

“The post-mortem, that took place this morning (yesterday), confirmed the diagnosis of heat stroke,” added Grigoriou.

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Municipalities need to be ‘daring’ to make ends meet

THE municipalities’ union is recommending cost-saving measures to its members but the state needs to realise that budget cuts have crippled local authorities’ ability to function, its head Alexis Galanos said yesterday.

Galanos said they had put together a list of measures to save “a quite significant amount” by cutting down administrative expenses, restructuring budgets, and having greater control over taxes and services, among others.

The suggestions incorporate recommendations from auditor-general Chrystalla Georghadji on improving internal audits, and sharing out duties and outsourcing to save money, Galanos said.

“Municipalities are fully aware of what’s happening,” Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas added, referring to the debt crisis in Europe and Cyprus.

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Terrorism suspect due back in court today


Court is today expected to re-remand in custody the Lebanese man arrested on suspicion of planning possible terrorist attacks against Israeli targets in Cyprus.

The 24-year-old, who arrived here on a Swedish passport on a flight from Heathrow, today appears before Limassol district court for a new remand hearing.

The suspect had previously been twice remanded in custody. He has not been charged with any crime.

Although authorities are keeping tight-lipped about the case, police said he was being held “on possible charges pertaining to terrorism laws.”

The man was arrested on July 7 during a raid on his hotel in the tourist resort of Limassol, two days after arriving on the island.

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Nicosia submits European capital bid

NICOSIA MAYOR Constantinos Yiorkadjis yesterday submitted Nicosia’s proposal to be the European Capital of Culture in 2017 by taking a unique route through the capital in specially decorated buses.

Yiorkadjis departed yesterday morning from the Home for Cooperation in the heart of the buffer zone with buses emblazed with the official logo ‘Get in the Zone’ to submit the proposal a day before the deadline.

The Nicosia delegation took a symbolic route through areas of the capital earmarked in the proposal for upgrades and regeneration. The last stop of the one-hour journey was the Ministry of Culture and Education where the proposal was submitted to the ministry’s permanent secretary Olympia Stylianou.

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