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Swansea rout Bradford in League Cup final

PREMIER League Swansea City clinically crushed fourth tier Bradford City 5-0 to win the English Capital One (League) Cup final on Sunday and mark their centennial season with their first major honour.

Two goals from Nathan Dyer, one from Michu and a penalty and a late strike from Jonathan de Guzman ended Bradford’s fairytale cup adventure in which they became the first fourth-tier team to reach a major English final for more than half a century.

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Nicos Anastasiades wins presidential election

DISY chief Nicos Anastasiades cruised to victory in Cyprus’ presidential runoff vote, winning 57.48 per cent of the vote, one of the highest in the Republic’s history.

Anastasiades, 66, will take the reins of a country ravaged by its worst economic crisis in four decades, with unemployment at a record high of 15 per cent.

“It is a clear and strong mandate for change, for reform, for our country to exit this vicious circle of crisis,” Tasos Mitsopoulos, Anastasiades’ spokesman, told reporters.

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Cyprus votes for president as clock ticks on bailout deal

UPDATED: CYPRIOTS are voting today for a new president who will have to swiftly negotiate a bailout agreement that will bring the country back from the brink of bankruptcy but not without the pain of austerity.

It is the second time in one week in which voters go to the polls, as no candidate managed to secure the required majority of over 50 per cent last Sunday.

The choice will be between DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades, who gathered 45.46 per cent of the vote in the first round against 26.91 per cent for his opponent, AKEL-backed Stavros Malas.

Anastasiades said Cypriots had two choices.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: The black and white propaganda show

 

‘BLACK propaganda’ dominated the final week of the election campaign, which was no bad thing as advertising the opponent’s weaknesses is much more fun for the general public than hearing the empty promises that are misleadingly described as positive campaigning. 

We had enough positive campaigning and some good old fashioned dirt and negativity – of the type that only defeated candidate Yiorkos Lillikas and the newspapers used before last Sunday – was bound to lift things and stir the type of hatred and nastiness that make elections much more entertaining.

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Our View: Anastasiades needs to be given a strong mandate

 

FOR MANY, today’s election result is a foregone conclusion. After all, Nicos Anastasiades, had secured an almost unassailable lead with his impressive 45.4 per cent of the vote last Sunday, his rival today, Stavros Malas taking only 26.9 per cent. Opinion polls conducted even before last Sunday’s vote suggested that Nicos Anastasiades would easily win a run-off election against Stavros Malas by a very big margin.

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‘It’s in the hands of the voters now’

 

CYPRIOTS are voting today for a new president who will have to swiftly negotiate a bailout agreement that will bring the country back from the brink of bankruptcy but not without the pain of austerity.

It is the second time in one week in which voters go to the polls, as no candidate managed to secure the required majority of over 50 per cent last Sunday.

The choice will be between DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades, who gathered 45.46 per cent of the vote in the first round against 26.91 per cent for his opponent, AKEL-backed Stavros Malas.

Whoever wins will have the difficult task of negotiating a bailout agreement with international lenders in time to provide the cash-starved state a lifeline.

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Police investigating sudden death of boy, 13, at martial arts class

 

POLICE were yesterday investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy who collapsed during training on Friday at a martial arts gym in Athienou.

A port-mortem did not shed any light as to the causes of Kyriacos Parpas’ death.

Police said Parpas fell unconscious while training at a local Taekwondo school at around 7pm.

One witness said the boy had complained to his coach during the warm up that he felt tired and he had been sent to take a rest when he collapsed.

People tried to revive the 13-year-old but to no avail.

“He was rushed to a (local) doctor’s office where it was determined that he was dead,” a police spokesman said.

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Hand grenade explodes at the entrance to a Larnaca nighclub

 

A hand-grenade exploded in the early hours of yesterday at the entrance of a Larnaca night-club, which had been closed at the time, police said yesterday.

The incident happened at 3am.

The club is located near the port roundabout.

“There was no one inside the building during the explosion,” Larnaca police spokesman Christos Andreou said.

Damage to the property was minimal, he added.

The area was cordoned-off by police who scoured the scene for evidence.

Explosives experts determined that the blast had been caused by a hand-grenade, police said.

Andreou said the grenade was of a different type from one hurled at the offices of a company last Thursday, but did not give any other details.

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Four Syrians remanded over fake passports and illegal entry

 

FOUR Syrians – two men and two women – were yesterday remanded in custody for four days in connection with impersonation and illegal entry into the Republic, Larnaca police said.

The four were arrested at Larnaca airport at 2am while trying to board a flight to Stockholm via Warsaw.

Police said officers at passport control got suspicious of the suspects’ passports while the photographs on the travel documents did not match the holders.

The suspects told police that they had procured the passports in Turkey and then entered the government-controlled areas through the Turkish-occupied areas.

A police spokesman said the passports appeared genuine and the owners were Swedish nationals.

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Shop owners protest in Paphos

 

SHOP owners in the Tombs of the Kings area in Paphos yesterday protested plans to build a dual carriageway, which they said would put them out of business.

Entrepreneurs, who blocked the road briefly, said their demands had been ignored by the municipality.

“We cannot consent to our destruction for the sakes of a project,” said Michalis Michael, chairman of the area’s tourist businesses.

Michael said the plan was for construction of a dual carriageway with a dividing strip and a roundabout.

Antonis Hadjicostis, the owner of a restaurant, said the project had been planned 25 years ago when there was nothing in the area.

Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas tried to reassure the entrepreneurs.

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