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APOEL and Anorthosis seek Europa League qualification

APOEL and Anorthosis are on brink of reaching the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday evening after recording confident victories in their second qualifying round first leg ties over Senica and Levadia Tallinn respectively.

After a 2-0 win over Senica of Slovakia in Nicosia last week, APOEL will be looking to keep their noses in front this evening at 8.30pm.

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In-depth troika meetings begin

 

THE GOVERNMENT began discussions with EU and IMF technocrats yesterday on the state of the nation’s finances, with details on the potential conditions of a future bailout loan expected on the table by Friday. 

The ‘troika’ delegation – comprising officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – had a full day of meetings on their second day of their return visit to Cyprus after completing a fact-finding mission earlier this month. 

The troika came to Cyprus on the invite of the government, which requested a bailout on June 25 to cover its budget deficit and the recapitalisation needs of the banking sector. 

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Our view: More neighbourhood watches are needed

CONGRATULATIONS to the municipalities of Dhali and Peyia for the successful implementation of their respective neighbourhood watch programmes, which by all accounts have achieved significant results in the short time they have been in force. In Dhali crime has dropped over 25 per cent in the past year. With the police overstretched and burglaries constantly on the increase, would-be thieves now know that someone could be watching and are clearly getting the message. The government and police force need to continue to support and help expand such schemes in any districts that want to set up similar operations. 

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Our view: Vested interests likely at play in detention dispute

WHILE EU interior ministers met in Nicosia on Monday to discuss immigration and asylum issues, lawmakers at the House were engaged in a farcical argument over who would guard the newly-built detention centre at Menoyia, which has been sitting idle for seven months.

The government and ruling AKEL want the centre to be staffed with special constables, but main opposition DISY, says it would be cheaper to hire private security companies ‘staffed only by Cypriots’  – a clear violation of  EU regulations. 

Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee, DISY MP Ionas Nicolaou, said the government itself had concluded that hiring a private firm would cost some €3.0 million less than the €8.2 million per year needed for special constables.

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Coming out in Cyprus very hard says Mr Gay Europe contestant

CYPRUS WILL be represented for the first time in the Mr Gay Europe competition, taking place on August 11 this year in Rome. 

In a rare display of full transparency for Cypriot society, delegate Kiri Spanos, a 24-year-old graduate of economics, decided to represent the island in the 7th Mr Gay Europe competition, saying he wants to bring more visibility to the difficulties of being homosexual in Cyprus. 

In an interview with an online French blog site called ‘Benjamin Gay et Europeen’, Spanos said: “We should not be ashamed of what we are. We should fight for our rights in this conservative country for a better future, for us and for the newer generations.”

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'Subpar living conditions'

 

PSYCHIATRIC patients, immigrants, and convicts are being made to live in “subpar” conditions in central prison, police holding cells, and the Athalassa psychiatric hospital, according to a 2011 report by the independent authority on torture prevention. 

The authority has noted instances of “humiliating treatment” and “worrying trends in the way prisoners are treated” from having patients sleep on mattresses on the floor in the Athalassa psychiatric hospital to keeping migrants constantly locked in a cell in effective isolation. 

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Syrian Chargé d'Affaires in Nicosia defects

THE SYRIAN representative to Cyprus has become the third diplomat to defect from the Bashar al-Assad regime, according to late night reports. 

The Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera yesterday reported that the  Chargé d’Affaires of the Syrian Arab Republic in Cyprus, Lamia al-Hariri, who took up her post in Nicosia in 2010, has defected and left for Qatar. 

The foreign ministry was last night unable to confirm or deny the reports. 

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Cyprus is seeking 15 per cent more oil for 2013 power generation

CYPRUS is seeking more than 1.2 million tonnes of gasoil and fuel oil for next year’s power generation, a 15 per cent increase from its 2012 purchase, as its electricity resources remain stretched.

Cyprus’ main power generating facility at Vassilikos, which generated more than half the island’s electricity, was almost totally destroyed by a blast of decaying munitions stored at a nearby navy base in July 2011.

The disaster forced authorities to put ageing plants back online and get electricity supplies from the north.

The Electricity Authority of Cyprus is now seeking 408,000 tonnes of 0.1 per cent sulphur gasoil for delivery into Vassilikos over December 2012 to January 2014, a tender document showed yesterday.

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Pioneering op for Parkinson's at local clinic

PIONEERING surgery to make the lives of Parkinson’s sufferers radically better has been carried out at the Aretaieion clinic in Nicosia.

A 55-year-old man who had been suffering with the debilitating condition for seven years underwent the nine-hour procedure on Monday. 

“Most patients end up with improved movement, which is characterised by being able to move freely for longer periods of time, without getting stiff, no more involuntary movements and a reduction in the daily medication they have to take,” said Dr Marios Pantziaris, head of the neurology clinic at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING).

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