Tiger tantrum sums up Woods' Masters woes

Tiger Woods’ body language said it all on Friday as he huffed and puffed and almost blew his Masters chances with his worst score at the tournament in eight years.

The former world number one came into the week riding a wave of momentum after ending a two-and-a-half-year title drought on the PGA Tour but laboured to a three-over-par 75 in the second round at Augusta National.

Woods looked distinctly uncomfortable at a venue where he has triumphed four times, especially over the closing stretch where he kicked a club in frustration at one point and ended the day eight shots off the lead.

The biggest problem for the 14-times major champion was old habits creeping back into a swing he has grooved with coach Sean Foley over the last two years.

Tala residents urged to lock up


POLICE have stepped up patrols in the Paphos village of Tala which has seen a cluster of break-ins over the past couple of weeks, and are warning residents to be more safety conscious.

Paphos police spokesman, Nicos Tsappis said: “We would advise residents to take as many measures as possible to avoid becoming the victim of a burglary. Safety locks should be fitted on all windows and doors and if possible, alarm systems and CCTV should be fitted to homes.”

He added: “I realise that installing CCTV is expensive but alarm systems are also effective and cheaper.”

Tsappis also suggested that home owners leave the lights on when absent and ask trustworthy neighbours to keep a watchful eye on their properties.

What’s causing the plight of the bumblebee?


AS THE flight of the bumblebee becomes the plight of the bumblebee, concern is growing at the devastating decline of all bees worldwide. That spring buzz of the busy animals that pollinate 90 per cent of the world’s crops is in danger of disappearing. The question being asked is why, but the answer is complicated.

Health services looking for those who bought tainted baby food


THE TYPE of bacterium – cronobacter – which the health services detected in a number of baby food samples has a historically high fatality rate of 40 to 80 per cent in infants and has been blamed for the majority of neonatal meningitis cases in six countries over the past 30 years.

Around 120 packages of the Remedia baby food and children’s cereals have been sold to the public in Cyprus, mostly likely all of them in Limassol. The shop in question – Baby Premium in Yermasoyia – imports and sells Russian products and officials yesterday said the people who purchased them were most likely of Russian origin.

Lillikas invites small parties to back him


FORMER Foreign Minister George Lillikas yesterday announced his candidacy for next year’s presidential elections, inviting the four minority opposition parties to join him in his campaign for the executive. 

Lillikas is the second to announce his presidential ambitions after opposition DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades made his intentions clear last month at a party conference. 

The former minister said he has spoken with “thousands of citizens, of all ages and social background from the free areas of Famagusta to Paphos” in the last few months who expressed greater concern about the future of the country than partisan politics.

Church ‘scandalised’ by actions of ‘drugs priest’


THE PRIEST who was remanded on Thursday in connection of allegedly smuggling three kilos of cannabis in the country was already under investigation by the Church, an announcement by the Archbishopric said yesterday.

The Greek priest, 37, was caught with three kilos of cannabis in his bags on Wednesday night at Larnaca Airport. 

The Archbishopric said in its announcement that it was “deeply saddened” that the flock was scandalised “by his abhorrent actions”.

According to the announcement, several allegations had previously been made against the priest “over various misdemeanours” but they could not be substantiated.

Greece will not accept Cyprus’ partition


GREEK Prime Minister Loucas Papademos yesterday said partition was not an option for Cyprus and urged Turkey to undertake “decisive initiatives” towards the Turkish Cypriot side, if it really has the political will to work for a settlement in Cyprus.

Addressing the House plenum, Papademos said that the solution must ensure the evolution of the Cypriot state and not its dissolution.

The Greek premier said a political settlement in Cyprus must be in line with UN decisions and provide for a bizonal bicommunal federation with a single international personality, one sovereignty and one citizenship.

CY consulting with Lufthansa on efficiency


CYPRUS Airways’ (CY) consultations with German airline Lufthansa are of a “clearly advisory” nature, while no specific proposal has been made by Canadian conglomerate Triple Five to acquire shares in the state carrier, its executive chairman said yesterday.

Responding to reports that CY was discussing a rescue plan with Lufthansa and looking into selling shares to Triple Five, George Mavrocostas said that any consultations involving Lufthansa related only to its special advisory service, which deals with specialised issues in the airline industry.

He said CY was seeking advice on how to make its flight schedule more efficient.

Ex Anorthosis chairman out on bail


FORMER CHAIRMAN of Anorthosis football club, Andreas Panteli, was released on bail yesterday in Nicosia after being brought to Cyprus on a European arrest warrant. 

The 52-year-old businessman was arrested in the Bulgarian capital Sofia in connection with attempting to obtain money under false pretences and issuing bounced cheques and brought to Cyprus on Thursday evening. 

The Nicosia District Court released him yesterday after he posted a bail bond of €15,000 and ordered him to report to a police station twice a week and hand in all travel documents. He is due again in court on April 30.  

Man killed while pushing broken-down car


A 37-YEAR-OLD Romanian man was killed in the early hours of yesterday while pushing his broken-down car down the Larnaca-Ayia Napa road, when a Cypriot driver slammed into the back of the vehicle.

According to the British base at Dhekelia , the Romanian man and a compatriot friend were attempting to push the car on to the side of the road when the accident happened.

However another driver came round the bend and crashed into the back of the car, killing the 37-year-old and seriously injuring his friend, who had to undergo surgery. 

Dhekelia police spokesman, Lefteris Eleftheriou, yesterday said the Bases’ police had not yet been allowed to interview the injured Romanian.