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Arsenal knocked out of FA Cup by Blackburn

Arsenal were booed off the field after suffering a second humiliation in two months against lower league opponents when Blackburn Rovers beat them 1-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Manager Arsene Wenger’s gamble to leave out a batch of first-team regulars against Championship (second tier) Rovers backfired as Colin Kazim-Richards struck a 72nd minute winner to send Rovers into the quarter-finals.

Tomas Rosicky came closest to scoring for Arsenal with a thumping shot against the crossbar and Rovers had to survive some furious pressure as the hosts belatedly showed some urgency, but it was too little too late.

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Pistorius, slain girlfriend had planned future – uncle

South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner”, was planning a future with the girlfriend he is accused of shooting dead this week, his uncle said on Saturday.

Pistorius, 26, one of the world’s most recognisable athletes, was charged on Friday with murdering swimsuit model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of the previous day.

He broke down during a 40-minute bail hearing at a Pretoria court but was not asked to enter a plea.

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Toddler back with parents after abduction


POLICE ARE on the hunt for those responsible for kidnapping an 18-month-old child from his grandmother’s verandah  in Limassol yesterday, triggering a massive search for the missing toddler until he was found abandoned near a cemetery almost eight hours later. 

At around 8am, the 18-month-old Stavros Styllis went missing from his grandmother’s balcony on Karaoli Street in Ypsonas in the Limassol district. 

According to reports, his mother, a teacher, dropped both Stavros and his twin sister off at their grandmother’s in the morning before going to work. While his grandmother was changing the nappy of his sister in another room, Stavros was playing outside on the verandah. 

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Our View: PV systems clearly threaten the EAC’s power monopoly

WE WOULD have thought that the authorities of a country that boasts the highest electricity rates in Europe would not have been averse to exploring the possibilities provided by renewable energy sources. More so in a country which has long hours of sunlight 12 months a year and is ideally suited for photovoltaic (PV) systems which turn sunlight into power in a clean and environmentally-friendly way.

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Christofias: blameless to the ‘bitter’ end

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias gave his last televised address to the nation last night, expressing sorrow over the Mari tragedy and absence of a Cyprus solution while seemingly absolving himself of blame for both.  

In a recorded address on the achievements of his five years in government, Christofias said he felt bitter and sad over the many problems faced during his term in office. 

“The greatest sorrow is associated with the tragic accident at Mari, which caused me and my family distress, anguish, and deep sadness for the loss of lives. I would like once again to express my sympathy and support to the families of the victims,” he said.

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Cypriots love white cars and having babies in September

CYPRIOTS love white cars and having babies in September according to Statistical Services, which yesterday released a host of interesting stats on its website as part the International Year of Statistics. “Our goal is to make people aware of the wide-ranging possibilities that statistics can offer all areas of society,” a statement from the service said.

There are more women currently living in Cyprus than men, with 51.4 per cent of the population being female, which goes towards proving the age-old statistic that women live longer than men, as the life expectancy of men is 79 and women 83.

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All set for tomorrow’s election

POLLING stations are ready for tomorrow’s presidential elections, Chief Returning Officer Andreas Ashiotis announced yesterday. 

A total number of 1,139 different polling stations will operate, both on the island, and also abroad.  Some 545,491 registered voters will have the right to cast their vote tomorrow in all five districts and at polling stations abroad.

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Last pledges from candidates


PRESIDENTIAL candidates issued their final messages to voters as campaigning drew to a close at midnight yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s poll.

Frontrunner DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades pledged to form a national salvation government to lead the country out of the crisis.

He urged Cypriots to choose the path of bold changes, responsibility and credibility, and not that of populism, irresponsibility and refusal to change.

“Sunday’s elections are the most critical in our modern history (and) their result will define how we face the economic crisis,” he said. “A weak economy undermines our international standing. We ought to restore our credibility in Europe.”

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Menoyia centre ‘will set the standard in Europe’

THE NEW Menoyia detention centre was officially opened yesterday by Justice and Public Order Minister Loucas Louca who said the increase in illegal immigration called for the creation of such a facility.

“By creating places like the one we are inaugurating today we aim at the short-term stay of immigrants who are being deported,” he said. “The first phase of construction of this modern establishment was co-funded by the EU foreign border fund which contributed more than €2 million to the total cost of €9.58 million,” he added. 

Louca said the new centre could hold 256 people and met all the necessary EU standard of living specifications. 

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Russia prepared to contribute to helping Cyprus

RUSSIA has assured Cyprus that it is prepared to contribute towards resolving the island’s economic problems as part of an agreed support package, it emerged yesterday.

The assurances were given during a meeting between Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades and his deputy Spyros Stavrinakis in Moscow.

“It was a very constructive and positive meeting … the finance minister assured that Russia is ready to contribute,” Central Bank spokeswoman Aliki Stylianou told state radio.

The one-hour meeting was held on the sidelines of a high-level seminar held by the Eurosystem – European Central Bank and 17 member-states – and the Bank of Russia.

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