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Murray pleased with mental focus after beating Federer

Andy Murray showcased his new mental strength after blowing the opportunity to serve out his Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer on Friday by demolishing the Swiss in the fifth set.

The 25-year-old Briton had been two points away from a final against Novak Djokovic when serving at 6-5 in the fourth set only for Federer to force a tiebreak and then a decider.

Murray, however, has discovered a mental toughness in the last 12 months under coach Ivan Lendl and instead of brooding about losing the set the Scot sat quietly while Federer took a toilet break and figured out what he needed to do at the start of the fifth.

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Omonia looking to end Anorthosis streak

After winning six out of their last eight league matches, Omonia host the only team yet to taste defeat this season, league leaders Anorthosis, in the national football championship Round 19 opener on Saturday, with kick-off set for 2.30pm at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium.

“We face Anorthosis in what should be a great match. They are still undefeated this season, but we certainly aim to come out victorious from this match,” said Omonia coach Toni Savevski who has no injury worries ahead of the clash. 

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‘Somebody needs to care about them’


MORE than 50 of the 250 families in the outlying areas of Paphos who volunteers say need urgent help, have had their electricity cut as they are unable to pay their bills, it emerged yesterday.

The volunteer group headed by local businesswoman Pavlina Patsalou and Paphos councillor, George Sofokleous, who also owns a hairdressing salon, issued an urgent plea earlier in the week to help the families involved but they can only do so much.

Sofokleous, said: “I spend most of my time trying to find food and clothing for about 250 families in Paphos who have big problems. Somebody needs to care about these people- at the moment it’s only us.”

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Our View: Britain has always had a different vision of the EU

PRIME Minister David Cameron’s speech on Europe may have been welcomed by Conservative backbenchers and British euro-sceptics but on the continent, understandably, it sparked a hostile reaction from top politicians. Two French cabinet minister accused Cameron of treating Europe like an ‘a la carte’ menu from which he could choose only what he like, while German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said that “cherry-picking is not an option.”

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A €150m boost for the economy


THE GOVERNMENT sealed a deal yesterday granting an Italian-Korean joint venture a concession to drill for hydrocarbons in three offshore blocks.

Three separate agreements, one for each of the prospects, were signed on behalf of the government by commerce minister Neoclis Sylikiotis and finance minister Vassos Shiarly.

The three blocks (2, 3 and 9) licensed to the ENI-KOGAS consortium lie north of a gas field that holds an estimated 5 to 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

“The discovery of hydrocarbons…creates new realities and prospects for transforming Cyprus into a regional energy hub,” Sylikiotis said at the signing ceremony.

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Hospital wrongly told woman she had miscarried

THE health minister has ordered an investigation into a complaint that doctors at a state hospital had wrongly diagnosed a woman as having had a miscarriage, it emerged yesterday.

Health Minister Androulla Agrotou said there would be disciplinary action if it was determined beyond any doubt that offences had been committed in this and two other unrelated cases currently under investigation.

Twenty-six-year-old Maria Stylianou, in her eighth week of pregnancy, lodged a complaint after she was told by doctors at the Makarios hospital on Tuesday

that she had had a miscarriage.

“She (the doctor) was absolute about what she was saying,” Stylianou told Sigma television. “She announced it was a miscarriage.”

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Debenhams confirms Avenue closure

THE Debenhams Avenue store in the middle of Nicosia’s Makarios Avenue will shut down, an announcement confirmed yesterday. 

The brief announcement cited “commercial and financial reasons” leading to the decision to shut down the store as part of restructuring efforts. The flagship Debenhams Central store, also on Makarios avenue in Nicosia, will continue working as normal. 

“Efforts are being made to absorb a number of the (Debenhams) Avenue employees,” the announcement said. No further comments were made. 

A closing down sale on the premises of what used to be Debenhams Avenue is due to start today. Clothes will be sold at discounts of up to 80 per cent.

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Church asked to mediate for Russian loan

THE government has asked the Church to mediate so that a loan application to Russia is viewed favourably, Archbishop Chrysostomos said yesterday.

The archbishop said he had been asked to seek the help of the Russian Church with the Russian government.

“We are always at the disposal of the government … anything the Church can do it always does with pleasure since it here to serve the people and the country,” Chrysostomos said, adding that the Church had done its duty.

The government had applied to Russia for a €5.0 billion loan in a bid to avoid resorting to the European support mechanism.

Russia has so far declined to give Cyprus the money although on Wednesday Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signalled that it may do so under certain conditions.

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Trans woman was placed in men’s holding cells

THE POLICE force’s practice of holding trans women in men’s holding cells on the rationale they “only want to be women but are men” has prompted a non-governmental organisation to file a complaint on the grounds of discrimination.

A Nicosia court last Saturday remanded three women, in connection with running a brothel following a police raid on Friday night.

The police referred to one of the women as a “transvestite man” rather than a trans gender female – based on information on her ID that said she was male. They were adamant the term was correctly applied when the Cyprus Mail asked for clarification. 

The police then placed her alone in a cell at the men’s block.

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Outopos livens up election TV

ODDBALL presidential candidate Costas Kyriakou, aka Outopos, was on a roll on Wednesday, using the ‘F’ word while telling Cypriots why they should vote for him.

But for the bad language, he’ll be getting off scot-free, it seems.

Donning his trademark bandana – which he says is to prevent headaches – the 54-year-old career candidate appeared on Sigma’s noon news show urging the public to support him en masse.

This was to ensure against electoral fraud, he said.

Outopos claims that in the last three presidential elections he has consistently received around 70 per cent of the popular vote, but has been ‘cheated’ of victory.

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