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Peralta double takes Mexico to football gold

Mexico won the Olympic men’s football title for the first time when they stunned favourites Brazil 2-1 in front of 86,162 fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Oribe Peralta put Mexico ahead after 28 seconds and added their second in the 75th minute with a header before Hulk replied for Brazil in stoppage time. With seconds remaining Oscar had a golden chance to equalise but headed wide.

The result leaves five-times World Cup winners Brazil still searching for the one major title to elude them after trying for 60 years. It was their third defeat in an Olympic final after previous losses in 1984 and 1988.

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Never quite 'last orders' for the Irish

In Cork on a drizzly summer’s evening, I’m in the Sin E bar in Coburg Street. It’s a local legend of a place: dark, atmospheric, ceiling and walls covered layer on layer with every postcard, poster and collectible imaginable. A Che beret, Easy Rider… you get the feeling this place has seen it all. A Ceilidh-style band is crammed into a corner playing traditional Irish folk music, the beat of the bodhran, and the fast notes of the fiddle making us tap our feet and lift our spirits along with a pint of Murphy’s.

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Parsing Africa news for worthwhile future moves

Good news from Africa: after two decades of bloody anarchy, Somalia is finally on the mend. There is something resembling a government coming into being in Mogadishu, with much help from African Union troops – although the country’s most popular comedian, Abdi Jeylani Marshale, famous for his parodies of Islamic militants, was assassinated in broad daylight a week ago.

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Cyprus leads the way in turtle boom

 

AFTER DECADES of fearing the ultimate demise of the island’s turtle population, between 30,000 and 40,000 will hatch this year from some 800 nests, a testament to the success of a protection and conservation project started 34 years ago.

Between 1978, when the programme started, and 2006, experts had been recording a steady number of 300 nests a year. But the years following 2006 saw a boom in births on the protected beaches of Cyprus – the only country in the Mediterranean to record this type of rise in numbers. 

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Our View: Time to realise that all football clubs now recruit globally

CYPRIOT footballers, earlier this week, issued a statement protesting about the naturalisation of three foreign players that would make them eligible for selection by the national team. They threatened to boycott the national team if any of the three was selected. It was a rather xenophobic outburst, with one football official warning that the football players association PASP could easily be accused of racism.

He had a point even though PASP’s statement explained that their members had nothing against their three colleagues, but were concerned about the future of Cypriot footballers who were becoming an endangered species. There were first division matches last season in which teams did not have one Cypriot player on the field.

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Order of Merit, and more parties for Kontides

THE ISLAND’S first Olympic medallist Pavlos Kontides was honoured yesterday by President Demetris Christofias with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Cyprus in a small ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

The ceremony came in the middle of two days of celebration beginning when Kontides arrived at Larnaca airport on Thursday night, continuing later in Limassol well into the night, and resumed again last evening.

During the ceremony at the presidential palace Kontides, in a peach short-sleeved shirt wearing his silver medal for men’s laser stood by the podium while Christofias spoke.

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Top diplomat resigns over China furore

UNDER FIRE diplomat Marios Ieronymides yesterday handed in his resignation following revelations over his involvement in negotiations between the state and a Chinese investor to secure a five-decade lease of the old Larnaca airport. 

According to state broadcaster CyBC, Ieronymides, director of President Demetris Christofias’s diplomatic office, submitted his resignation yesterday. 

Government sources told the broadcaster that his resignation was accepted not because the presidential palace believes he has influenced ongoing negotiations but because his involvement in such matters is considered inappropriate. 

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Haggling over new CY board

THE finance minister will meet lawmakers anew on Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement yesterday over the new board of ailing state carrier Cyprus Airways.

Parliament last month passed a law calling for the replacement of the eight state-appointed members of Cyprus Airways – one of the conditions they attached for the release of around €16 million, the remainder of a €31 million share capital increase approved by parliament last month.

However, the government sought yesterday to keep on board four of the old members – including executive chairman Giorgos Mavrocostas – something that opposition MPs rejected.

Reports suggested that a lot of haggling took place behind closed doors during the two-hour meeting with the House Finance Committee.

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Adelfi blaze brought under control

 

THE FORESTRY department yesterday brought under control a state forest fire, which began on Thursday afternoon, possibly from a cigarette stub, senior official Alekos Katalanos said yesterday.

The fire broke out in the Adelfi state forest at about 3.30pm, north of the villages of Palechori and Fterikoudi at a secluded wooded area serviced by a small paved road, Katalanos said.

“The fire was not arson. All indications point to a cigarette stub,” Katalanos said. 

Because the forestry department has ruled out arson, they believe a cigarette stub is the most likely explanation for the fire, Katalanos said.

Inhabited areas were not put at risk.

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Rape suspect referred to trial

 

THE LARNACA district court yesterday referred to the criminal court a 37-year-old man who faces charges in relation to raping a ten-year-old boy.

The trial is set to start on October 5. The court will decide on Monday whether the suspect will remain in custody until trial as it must hear the suspect’s lawyer, who has reserved his right to object to custody until trial.

The Palestinian boy has identified the Greek Cypriot man from Larnaca, along with his motorcycle. The suspect’s DNA matches genetic material collected by authorities, police said.

The Palestinian boy told the police that he was on his bike at around 9pm in Larnaca a week ago on Wednesday when a man on a motorbike forced him to go along with him to “show [him his] dog”.

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