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AEL well positioned ahead of Belfast clash

AFTER a 3-0 first leg victory over Northern Ireland’s Linfield, Cypriot champions AEL are well positioned heading into the return leg of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie on Wednesday at Windsor Park in Belfast.

“The first leg was obviously a match in itself. This is the main reason why we must remain focused and approach the second leg as seriously as possible, because in football you never know what can happen,” said AEL manager Pambos Christodoulou

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Prosecution looms for cheating homes


WITH temperatures set to head back into the low 40s in the coming days, the welfare department is gearing up to begin prosecuting old people’s homes who have failed to comply with instructions to turn on their air-conditioning.

As of yesterday one fifth of the 76 care homes inspected by the authorities so far had not put on their air-conditioning even though at least two of the 13 people admitted to hospital for heatstroke in the past week were residents in old people’s homes.

Many of the homes inspected had admitted to not having turned on the air-conditioning last week when temperatures soared to an unbearable 44 degrees on Tuesday. 

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Our View: Care homes' lapses highlight plight of the elderly

IT WAS shocking to hear that during last week’s scorching temperatures, at least one fifth of old people’s homes were not turning on their air conditioning. Up until yesterday a good number were still refusing to do so, prompting the welfare service to threaten prosecution.

We all know that electricity prices are sky high but there is simply no excuse to leave elderly people – many of whom are unable to recognise that they may be dehydrated – suffering in the kind of heat we have seen in the past week. 

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Troika arrives for round two

EUROPEAN and IMF technocrats arrived in Cyprus yesterday for a second round of discussions on a bailout loan, requested by the island on June 25 for its budget deficit and banking sector.

Representatives of the European Central Bank, the IMF, and the European Commission – collectively known as the troika – yesterday paid visits to the central bank and the finance ministry and are due to meet with finance minister Vassos Shiarly and Central Bank governor Panicos Demetriades this afternoon.

The troika delegation will also meet with a negotiating committee consisting of Shiarly, labour minister Sotiroulla Charalambous, commerce minister Neoclis Sylikiotis and the under secretary to the President, Titos Christofides.

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Lebanese suspect remanded in Limassol

A MAN suspected of planning attacks on Israeli interests in Cyprus was detained by a court on the island yesterday as Israel’s leader once again accused Hezbollah militants and Iran over the alleged plot.

The 24-year-old suspect, whose name has not been disclosed, was arrested in Limassol on July 7, on suspicion of tracking the movements of Israeli tourists. He is a Swedish national of Lebanese origin.

Israel said he was planning an attack similar to a suicide bus bombing in the Bulgarian city of Burgas which killed five Israelis last week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the US “Fox News Sunday” television programme that the “modus operandi” of the Cyprus suspect was similar to that used by the Burgas bomber.

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Security beefed up after witness goes walkabout

THE MAIN prosecution witness in the Andis Hadjicostis murder trial, who is being held in protective custody has been sneaking out from the house where he is staying, police spokesman Andreas Angelides confirmed yesterday.

“We were given some information [about this] in the past and someone was invited to testify about it in court, but he never appeared so the matter didn’t go any further,” said Angelides.

Protected witness Fanos Hadjigeorgiou’s escapades were reported by daily Politis yesterday.

Citing “well placed sources”, Politis said Hadjigeorgiou managed to sneak out twice. On the first occasion he was spotted, and members of Nicosia CID managed to locate him and take him back. The second time he is said to have made his own way back.

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British boy died from dehydration

A POST mortem carried out yesterday by pathologist Eleni Antoniou on a 10-year-old British boy, who died on Sunday in Paphos, revealed that his death was due to dehydration.

The child had lost a great deal of fluids, which had not been replaced for four days.

The boy, who was visiting his grandparents in Paphos, was rushed to a private clinic on Sunday morning unconscious where doctors were not able to revive him.

“A 10-year-old British boy was taken to a private clinic in Paphos unconscious at 8.05 in the morning,” said police spokesman Andreas Angelides.

Reports stated that the child had not felt well even before he left the UK with his aunt. He had reportedly being suffering from a fever and diarrhoea for several days before getting on the plane. 

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More hot weather but not as hot as last week

THE WEATHER will continue offering some combination of heat and humidity, although temperatures will remain lower than those of last week, the meteorological office said yesterday.

Temperatures yesterday were about what is expected for July, at around 36 degrees Celsius for Nicosia, 33 degrees Celsius around the coastline and 26 degrees in the mountains, met officer Panayiotis Michael said.

Some local storms over the weekend and yesterday offered a respite but as of tomorrow temperatures should start rising, Michael said.

By Friday, it could be 39 or 40 degrees Celsius. 

Michael said that even though the weather has been cooler it has also been humid, causing discomfort. 

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Olympic teams head out

MOST of Cyprus’ Olympic Games’ team left yesterday for London, just a few days before the launch of the games and opening ceremony on Friday.

Thirteen athletes will represent Cyprus in swimming, tennis, skeet shooting, sailing, gymnastics, track and field competitions, and mountain biking.

The athletes will be accompanied by coaches, a physical therapist, a sports psychologist as well as journalists, covering the games. 

The Cyprus team will be dispersed in London, depending on their sport’s venue.

Carrying the flag for Cyprus will be tennis player Marcos Baghdatis.

The games start with archery on Friday and culminate on August 12 with the closing ceremony and a number of competitions. The opening ceremony will be broadcast at 11pm local time.

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DISY chief talks of joint government goals

MAIN opposition DISY’s presidential candidate Nicos Anastasiades yesterday said that if he was voted into power, he would invite all opposition parties to create a common government programme.

“We are speaking after the elections, when it would be good for all the political parties to unite powers and agree on a common programme,” Anastasiades told state radio. 

Anastasiades, who has so far met with all parties except ruling AKEL, said he planned to treat the opposition with full respect and consult with it constantly, if elected.

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