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Kazakh cyclist dashes British first day hopes

Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov sprinted to victory in the men’s cycling road race on Saturday, crushing British hopes of gold on the first full day of competition at the London Olympic Games.

Vinokourov surged past Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran on the final stretch near Buckingham Palace in central London after a star-studded British team had failed in a desperate attempt to bridge a gap of nearly a minute behind the leading pack and set up a win for world champion Mark Cavendish.

In the pool, 2008 Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea was disqualified for a false start in the 400 metres freestyle, but reinstated to the final after an appeal.

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Yesterday, the Olympics and ringing a bell..

IT’S THURSDAY. Tomorrow at 8.12 am exactly I am going to stand in a street in the Tory heartlands of UK and ring a bell. It’s the idea of Martin Creed, winner of the Turner prize, ‘ for his Work No.1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes’ .

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Troika measures will be ‘painful’

 

THE TROIKA delegation representing the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund ended its second round of meetings in Cyprus yesterday, leaving members of the House Finance Committee feeling the future was particularly bleak. 

House Finance Committee Chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said the troika briefed MPs on the results of diagnostic tests on Cyprus’ banking system and public finances.  

“Unfortunately, the messages so far are not pleasant. The problems appear to be much greater than they themselves initially estimated,” he said.

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Our View: Media watchdog overstepped on ‘sex mag’ complaint

IT IS VERY difficult to comprehend the decision of the Cyprus Media Complaints Commission (CMCC) that the ‘sex issue’ of May’s Time Out magazine constituted a violation of the provision of the Code of Journalistic Ethics which demands that mass media respected and “promoted universal human values… human rights and the fundamental freedoms of everyone.” This was a decision based on puritanical prejudices and assumptions that essentially violated another human right – freedom of expression.

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Orphanides grilled at House as government calls him a liar

FORMER CENTRAL Bank governor Athanasios Orphanides yesterday accused President Demetris Christofias of handling the Greek sovereign debt haircut in the worst possible way for Cyprus. 

Orphanides was called before parliament yesterday to explain accusations he made against Christofias that he did nothing, when he could have, to prevent banks from incurring billions in damages from a Greek debt write-down. 

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Orphanides said the president handled the Greek debt write-down in the worst possible way, costing Cypriot banks €4 billion, which had a knock-on effect, proving destructive for Cyprus. 

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Poll: economic situation ‘totally bad’ say Cypriots

MOST Cypriots consider the economic situation as ‘totally bad’, according to the Eurobarometer survey released yesterday, covering the period May 12-17 this year.

Cyprus ranks second together with Greece as far as expectations in the job market are concerned.

A total 86 per cent of Cypriots, asked about the current situation in their national economy, described it as ‘totally bad’, while only 14 per cent said it was ‘totally good’.

Greeks in their entirety – 100 per cent – said their current economic situation was ‘totally bad’. The vast majority of Swedish people, 83 per cent, said they were very happy with their country’s economy.

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‘Attacked and killed with impunity’ by the British

THE EXTENT of horrific British brutality during colonial rule in Cyprus came to light yesterday in their own words through top secret Foreign Office files hidden for 50 years, which were thought to have been long-ago destroyed.

Both The Times and the Guardian newspapers yesterday published details from the documents, which depict a regime of brutality and torture against EOKA fighters and civilians alike during the four-year struggle for independence from 1955 to 1959.

The documents also showed how the British military closed rank when incidents of brutality were brough to light to avoid prosecution. 

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‘The Cypriots were not brutally treated’ other files say

A SENIOR officer in the British Army insisted that his men did not act with brutality in Cyprus.

Hundreds of Cypriots were rounded up by security forces after the shooting of two wives of British Army soldiers, one of whom was killed, in Varosha, an area of Famagusta, on October 3, 1958.

A Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 1st Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles wrote in a statement about the incident: “It was decided that all Greek males between 15 and 27 would be rounded up and taken to the central police station or Karaolos Camp.

“Some 300 Cypriots in the age group 15-27 were detained. “All were subsequently returned home during the course of the night with the exception of 55 who were handed over to civil police at 0300.

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The bomb under the mattress at Government House

SIR John Harding was Governor of Cyprus in March 1956 when an EOKA fighter  tried to bring an early end to his time in the post by placing the device between mattresses on his bed at Government House.

The incident was publicised at the time but the secret file shows the extent of the highly-decorated former soldier’s reaction to it.

He received a letter from Brigadier David Forster congratulating him on his escape from the time bomb. The Brigadier added: “I can’t help feeling you have been spared for a purpose. May you fulfil it.”

Sir John wrote back: “My wife has been marvellously brave and calm about it, and it was certainly providential for us both that the plot failed.

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Ministry considers forcing petrol stations to drop prices

THE COMMERCE ministry is looking into forcing petrol companies – by way of ministerial decree – to drop their prices within a day of buying cheaper fuel shipments, following the second price hike in about a week.

Compared to early July, fuel is up to 9.0 cents per litre more expensive, according to data available online at the commerce ministry. 

In Limassol for example, unleaded 95 now almost costs €1.32 per litre from €1.24 per litre on July 4; unleaded 98 is priced at €1.35 per litre compared to €1.27 per litre earlier this month; and diesel costs €1.36 per litre compared to €1.27 per litre.

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