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Archives November 5, 2011 posted by

Stoner claims record-equalling 12th pole

Champion Casey Stoner secured his 12th pole position of the year in qualifying for motorcycling’s Valencia Grand Prix on Saturday, equalling the record for a single season set by five-times world champion Mick Doohan.

The Australian Repsol Honda rider, who clinched his second MotoGP title at his home race last month, set a best lap of one minute 31.861 seconds, 1.014 seconds faster than team mate Dani Pedrosa in second.

American Ben Spies of Yamaha was third behind the Spaniard with a lap of 1:33.057 to claim the final place on the front row.

Riders and teams have gathered in Valencia for the final race of the season still reeling from the death of Marco Simoncelli last month in a crash. The paddock plans to pay tribute to the Italian rider before Sunday’s race.

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Archives November 4, 2011 posted by

Nicosia's Solomou bus station open for business

 

THE LONG-AWAITED Solomou Square bus terminal was finally delivered and officially inaugurated on Friday by Mayor Eleni Mavrou and Communications Minister Efthymios Flourentzos.

“Today is a special moment for our city and for urban public transport,” said Mavrou, adding that the completion of the project was the answer to the city’s contemporary needs.

The €4.8 million bus terminal is now fully functional and open to cars, buses and pedestrians alike.

Work began in September 2010. It was originally meant to be completed last month.

Solomou Square “as we know it today is not even comparable to the one we knew a year ago,” said Flourentzos. He said it was no longer “a mess of buses, cars and pedestrians” all in one place.

 

 

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Archives November 2, 2011 posted by

Greece fear risks meltdown after bailout vote bombshell

THE GREEK government faces possible collapse as ruling party lawmakers demanded Prime Minister George Papandreou resign for throwing the nation’s euro membership into jeopardy with a shock call for a referendum.

Caught unawares by his high-stakes gamble, the leaders of France and Germany summoned Papandreou to crisis talks in Cannes today to push for a quick implementation of Greece’s new bailout deal ahead of a summit of the G20 major world economies.

Euro and global stocks were pummelled on financial markets after the Greek move threw into question the survival of crucial efforts to contain the euro zone’s sovereign debt crisis.

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