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Baghdatis beaten by Cilic at Toronto Masters

MARCOS Baghdatis has crashed out of the prestigious Toronto Masters to Croatia’s Marin Cilic, losing their second round encounter 7-5, 6-3.

The Cypriot started the match well as he broke Cilic in the third service game to take a 2-1 lead. However, the Croat broke back immediately and then kept his serve intact to push himself ahead 3-2. Both players then held serve until the 12th game when Cilic converted his third break point of the set to clinch the opener 7-5.

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APOEL, Omonia and Anorthosis gear up for Europa showdowns

ANORTHOSIS are in charge of their Europa League third qualifying round tie against Dila Gori of Georgia, while APOEL and Omonia have nervy second legs in store for them on Wednesday night against Aalesunds and Red Star Belgrade respectively.

“We had a tough game in Georgia and now we must focus on finishing the job on the pitch,” said Anorthosis manager Ronny Levy.

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Olympic win lifts air of gloom

 

CYPRUS entered celebratory mode yesterday after Monday’s silver-medal win by Limassol’s Pavlos Kontides in the London Olympics, which has lifted the air of doom and gloom over the ailing economy.

Sociologist Antonios Raftis said such good news had given all Cypriots hope in a time of crisis.

“Finally we’ve heard something good…people were looking for a reason to smile,” he said.

“People want to be proud of their country and they all take it very personally. Every Cypriot is seeing Kontides as if he were their own child.”

“In such times, people need an idol, something to look forward to,” said Daphne Karayianni-Diamanti, a member of the Limassol Nautical Club where Kontides started sailing at the age of eight.

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Our View: A great athlete who has achieved what no other Cypriot has

CONGRATULATIONS to Pavlos Kontides, the first Cypriot to stand on the medallists’ podium in the Olympic Games and see his country’s flag raised. His triumphant performances in the laser class secured the silver medal and gave small Cyprus something to be proud and cheerful about in these depressing times dominated by uncertainty and gloom.

Against this background, the over-the-top reaction was understandable as was the transparent attempt of the political parties and the sports federation KOA to jump on the celebrations bandwagon, issuing announcements praising Pavlos’ success. Everyone wants to be associated with the great athlete who has achieved what no other Cypriot has achieved.

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‘Zero tolerance for sex predators’

CALLS went out yesterday for a national sex offenders’ register, and a zero tolerance towards sexual abuse against children, following the rape of a 10-year-old Palestinian boy in Larnaca last week and the subsequent revelation that his suspected attacker was out on bail for similar offences at the time.

In Cyprus there is currently no provision for the maintaining of a publicly-accessible sex offender register, and there is no name-and-shame policy. The Criminal Investigation Department maintains a database of criminals by type of offence, but the register is not publicly available.

Police here never give out the names of convicted sexual offenders, even if they have committed a serious crime.

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Cypriots among world’s top 20 ‘laziest’ peoples

DON’T BE fooled by the new pavements lining the capital, the long walkway stretching along the Limassol coastline or the cycle lanes mushrooming across the island, over half of Cyprus’ population is deemed “physically inactive”, according to a new global survey.

According to a 2012 study of medical journal The Lancet which reviewed the physical activity levels of 122 countries (or approximately 89 per cent of the world’s population), Cyprus is ranked the 16th least active nation in the world. 

The study found that 55 per cent of Cypriots were ‘physically inactive’, meaning they failed to meet the minimum activity recommendations, which advocate at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, five times a week. 

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Russia has not said ‘nyet’ to loan

THE government is still pinning its hopes on a loan from Russia to fund part of its needs and mitigate the conditions that would accompany a bailout from its EU partners and the International Monetary Fund – the troika.

Speaking on state radio yesterday, deputy government spokesman Christos Christofides said Russia has not decided whether to grant the loan but dialogue between the two sides was continuing.

The spokesman said the matter was discussed during a phone call on Monday between President Demetris Christofias and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

But Christofides did not go into the details of what was said on the matter.

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Cypriot football players warn of boycott over foreign influx

CYPRIOT international footballers warned they would not play for the national team if three recently naturalised foreign players were called to the squad, it emerged yesterday.

In a written statement, the footballers said they had nothing against their three colleagues but they were concerned about the future of local players who have become a rare sight in Cypriot stadiums in recent years.

“National teams are the last bastion left for Cypriot footballers since the teams have lost their Cypriot character completely,” said the island’s football players association (PASP) in a statement. 

Most Cypriot teams currently rely on foreign players – mainly EU nationals – with Cypriot members of the team consigned to the bench.

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Cyprus mostly safe from jellyfish, experts say

 

ALTHOUGH a Scottish tourist was admitted to hospital with a severe reaction after being stung by jellyfish while swimming, the island is mostly free of dangerous jellyfish, experts said yesterday.

Kerry Sowersby was swimming in Protaras about a week ago when she ran into a group of jellyfish. She was admitted to hospital with a swollen face and difficulties breathing after suffering an allergic reaction, British newspaper The Sun reported.

She eventually responded to two adrenalin shots and is due to home today.

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Stabbing at Paphos butcher’s shop

A 20-YEAR OLD man is in hospital in Paphos in a serious condition following a fight over apparent traffic violations which left him with two stab wounds to his neck.

According to Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsappis, the victim and three of his friends got into an argument with three other youths in a butchers shop in Chlorokas in Paphos at around 10am yesterday morning.

“The argument resulted in one of the young men being stabbed twice,” said Tsappis.

Police later arrested all seven men in connection with the incident, including the injured 20-year-old.

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