Σε ρυθμούς Final 4 ζει η Μαδρίτη και ολόκληρη η μπασκετική Ευρώπη καθώς αύριο ξεκινά η μεγάλη διοργάνωση, που έχει και ελληνικό άρωμα με τη συμμετοχή του Ολυμπιακού Πειραιώς.
Στη μια μετά το μεσημέρι θα γίνει η απονομή των βραβείων στα μέλη της καλύτερης πεντάδας. Αυτοί είναι οι Βασίλης Σπανούλης, Νεμάνια Μπιέλιτσα, Μίλος Τεόντοσιτς, Φελίπε Ρέγιες και Μπόμπαν Μαριάνοβιτς. Επίσης, θα απονεμηθούν τρία ακόμα βραβεία, του καλύτερου ανερχόμενου παίκτη στον Μπόγκτναν Μπογκντάνοβιτς, του καλύτερου αμυντικού στον Μπράιαντ Ντάνστον και του πρώτου σκόρερ (βραβείο Αλφόνσο Φορντ) στον Τέιλορ Ρότσεστι.
Αμέσως μετά θα αρχίσει η συνέντευξη Τύπου του Final Four, με ομιλητές τους τέσσερις προπονητές και τέσσερις παίκτες των ομάδων (Σπανούλης, Τεόντοσιτς, Νεμάνια Μπιέλιτσα, Φελίπε Ρέγες) και τον εκτελεστικό διευθυντή της Ευρωλίγκας, Τζόρντι Μπερτομέου.
Το απόγευμα οι τέσσερις ομάδες θα πατήσουν παρκέ για τις προπονήσεις τους. Ο Ολυμπιακός θα προπονηθεί πρώτος στις 15:30, θα ακολουθήσει στις 17:00 η προπόνηση της ΤΣΣΚΑ, στις 18:40 της Φενέρμπαχτσε/Ούλκερ και στις 20:15 της Ρεάλ Μαδρίτης.
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Greece’s culture minister Nikos Xydakis (pictured) announced on Wednesday that diplomacy and political dialogue rather than legal action is the government’s preferred strategy for the return of the Parthenon marbles from the British museum.
“On the one hand, you can’t file a suit over any issue, and, on the other, the outcome in international courts is never certain,” Xydakis told journalists during an interview he gave to one of the country’s private TV networks, Mega Channel.
“The way to winning back the Marbles is diplomatic and political,” the minister said following the publication of a 150-page report by the British firm of cultural heritage lawyers Norman Palmer and Geoffrey Robertson, urging Greece to take swift legal action.
Regarding Amphipolis, he said that the finds at the site were significant but the previous government’s approach of media overexposure had turned a purely scientific process into a media “circus”. He said that work is now taking place at a much more discrete level and is focused on preserving and restoring the site.
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The Greek Cypriot side has expressed cautious optimism ahead of Friday`s resumption of the Cyprus peace talks.
Government sources have told CNA that the meeting of the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, which will begin tomorrow morning in the UN protected area in Nicosia, will focus on the procedure and the structure of the talks as well as the frequency of the meetings of the two leaders and the two negotiators.
The Greek Cypriot side expresses cautious optimism in light of the meeting, since it appears that there are common points between the two sides. However, government sources have pointed out that the willingness for a solution will be proven at the negotiating table.
“There is room for optimism, judging by the discussions we have had so far”, they told the Cyprus News Agency.
Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded in 1974 and since then occupies 37% of this Mediterranean EU island.
A new round of UN-backed talks, suspended in the past several months, will begin on Friday morning with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.
In October 2014 Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades suspended his participation in the peace talks aiming to reunite the island, following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The Turkish NAVTEX, that was renewed in January 2015, expired on April 6 and Barbaros left Cyprus` EEZ.
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Attorney General Costas Clerides has filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking the dismissal of his deputy Rikkos Erotokritou (pictured) from his post as a Deputy Attorney General because of misconduct.
In his application, Clerides also asks for Erotokritou to be suspended or ordered to abstain from his duties until the hearing and the completion of the application.
According to an announcement issued today by the Law Office, Erotokritou`s misconduct refers to activities, actions and statements by the Deputy Attorney General during the period between 14.4.15 – 23.4.15 as well as the handling of criminal cases concerning VAT under circumstances that suggest a conflict of interest in an earlier period.
The Supreme Court will sit in full plenary session on 25th of May to hear the case.
The Attorney General is being represented by private lawyers George Triantaphyllides, Christos Clerides and Achilleas Emilianidou.
The investigation of the case, which was initially assigned to Panayiotis Kallis and then to two other independent criminal investigators, is expected to conclude within the next few days.
An independent criminal investigation report indicates that Erotokritou could be guilty of bribery and corruption. These allegations were attributed to Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji by CBC board member Stelios Kiliaris, during a House Ethics committee session.
Shortly after Clerides` announcement, Deputy Attorney-General announced that he will also file an application to the Supreme Court in the coming days, asking for the dismissal of the Attorney General.
In his announcement, Erotokritou says that a request on his behalf will be registered in the next 24 hours with the Supreme Court, asking for the dismissal of Costas Clerides from his position because of misconduct.
Erotokritou requests also for Clerides to be suspended or ordered to abstain from his duties until the hearing and completion of the application.
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Δύο αγωνιστικές πριν την ολοκλήρωση του Πρωταθλήματος και εκτός από τη διεκδίκηση του τίτλου και των θέσεων που οδηγούν στην Ευρώπη, υπάρχει άλλη μια «μάχη» η οποία ακόμη δεν έχει κριθεί.
Οπως αναφέρει ανακοίνωση της ΚΟΠ, πρόκειται για την πρώτη θέση στον πίνακα των σκόρερ την οποία διεκδικούν αρκετοί ποδοσφαιριστές, με δύο εξ αυτών όμως να έχουν προβάδισμα.
Πρόκειται για τον Μίκαελ Ποτέ της Ομόνοιας και τον Ονίλο του Ερμή που έχουν πετύχει από 15 τέρματα. Στα 13 βρίσκεται ο Φώτης Παπουλής του Απόλλωνα και στα 12 ο Ανδρέας Μακρής της Ανόρθωσης και ο Ράφικ Τζιμπούρ του ΑΠΟΕΛ.
Οι δύο τελευταίες αγωνιστικές θα καθορίσουν τον ποδοσφαιριστή που θα πάρει τον τίτλο του πρώτου σκόρερ ενώ, υπάρχει πάντα και το ενδεχόμενο της συγκατοίκησης στην κορυφή, κάτι που έγινε πέρσι με τρεις ποδοσφαιριστές, τον Μοντέιρο, τον Τακμπατζουμί και το Σανγκόι που ειχαν πετύχει από 18 τέρματα.
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Συνεδριάζει αύριο το μεσημέρι το Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο της Super League, κατά τη διάρκεια του οποία θα συζητήσει ζητήματα εκ της θέσπισης του νέου νόμου «Επείγοντα μέτρα για την αντιμετώπιση της βίας στον αθλητισμό και άλλες διατάξεις».
Όπως αναφέρεται στην ιστοσελίδα της Super League, τα θέματα της ημερήσιας διάταξης έχουν ως ακολούθως: Επικύρωση βαθμολογίας (ολική ή μερική) κανονικής περιόδου Πρωταθλήματος Super League 2014 – 15, Σύμβαση ανταποδοτικής χορηγίας του Συνεταιρισμού, Θέματα συμβάσεων του Συνεταιρισμού για τα επόμενα έτη – Σύσταση Επιτροπής, Διάφορα.
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The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities will resume talks for the reunification of Cyprus on Friday May 15th, as the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide announced on Monday night.
Speaking to the press following a dinner with the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Eide said that the meeting took place in a very positive atmosphere, adding that both leaders shared their vision for the future of Cyprus.
“In the spirit of the joint declaration of the 11th of February 2014 they agreed that it was important to use the momentum created and this new opportunity to move forward without delay,” he said.
The leaders expressed their strong, joint commitment to move forward in a constructive and dedicated manner and for that reason they agreed to hold the first leaders` meeting on Friday the 15th of May to go through a general exchange of views and to agree on the modalities for the structuring and the frequency of the meetings, Eide added.
“I want to add from my side that I think this is a unique opportunity, an opportunity that will be grasped and it is truly rewarding to work with two leaders with such a strong commitment to seeing a sheer challenge that can only be solved through a shared effort to find a shared solution”.
He also said that he is very much looking forward to the continuation of the talks. “As you have understood, we will start working and working hard already in the morning of the 15th of May, this coming Friday”.
The Special Adviser had a meeting with the leaders that lasted approximately half an hour which was followed by a dinner in the presence of the negotiators of the two sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami and UNSG Special Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim.
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Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs adopted Monday report that calls on Turkey and all parties concerned to actively support the resumption of talks on reunification of Cyprus. Turkey must take steps to normalise its relations with Cyprus, begin to withdraw its troops from the island and transfer the Famagusta area to the UN, according to the report. At the same time, the Republic of Cyprus should open the port of Famagusta under EU customs supervision and allow Turkish Cypriots to trade with the EU.
The report also says that Turkey must do more to fight corruption and enforce respect for media freedom, free expression and judicial independence, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. In a resolution on the progress of reform in Turkey in 2014, MEPs also urge the EU to back Turkey’s efforts to build solid, democratic institutions and ensure respect for fundamental freedoms, human rights and the rule of law. Finally, it advocates stepping up EU/Turkey foreign policy cooperation.
The Turkish government must commit itself « unequivocally » to respect democratic rules and principles, which are at the heart of the EU, MEPs said, inviting it to put the reform process at the centre of domestic policy choices. A new constitution, based on provisions promoting a pluralistic, inclusive and tolerant society, would underpin such a process, they added.
MEPs encourage the Turkish government’s efforts to conclude, in a sustainable way, the peace process with the Kurdish community but regret the Turkish decision to build the Ilisu dam, which in a region mostly inhabited by Kurds, is expected to have “devastating” social, environmental and political effects on the Kurdish population.
EU-Turkey foreign policy cooperation and counter-terrorism dialogue must be stepped up, and Turkey must use all its resources, to fight terrorist groups such as ISIL, say MEPs. Turkey should also do more to prevent foreign fighters, money or equipment reaching ISIL and other extremist groups through its territory, they add.
Turkish action against freedom of press and plurality of opinion is “incompatible with the fundamental rights of the EU” and “conflicts with a resumption of the negotiations process”, they say.
The committee condemns the Turkish government’s attempts to ban access to social media and websites, the intimidation of journalists and other pressures put on them,, and the police raids and detention of journalists on 14 December 2014.
MEPs are also concerned about persistently high levels of violence against women in Turkey and failures to enforce legal measures to prevent it. They call for comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, including the prohibition of discrimination and hate speech on the grounds of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.
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There were no positive or negative surprises at Monday’s Eurogroup for Greece as eurozone finance ministers confirmed in writing that there had been progress in talks between Athens and its lenders but that intensive work needs to be done over the next few days.
“We welcomed the progress that has been achieved so far,” said the ministers in a joint statement after the meeting in Brussels. “We note that the reorganization and streamlining of working procedures has made an acceleration possible, and has contributed to a more substantial discussion,” they added in reference to recent changes in Greece’s negotiation team and its style.
“At the same time, we acknowledged that more time and effort are needed to bridge the gaps on the remaining open issues,” the statement added, calling for an acceleration in the Brussels Group negotiations.
The euro-area finance ministers also made it clear that more loans would be disbursed to Greece only if there is a “staff-level agreement” on the conclusion of the program review. Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem indicated in comments afterward that Greece’s lenders might agree to break up the 7.2 billion euros in bailout funding into smaller tranches based on the gradual implementation of whatever is included in any final agreement.
“There are time constraints and liquidity constraints and hopefully we will reach an agreement before time runs out and before money runs out,” said Dijsselbloem.
Speaking in a separate news conference, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he felt there has been “considerable convergence” between Athens and its creditors and that they would try to wrap up an agreement in the next couple of weeks, before the government’s liquidity problems become “binding.”
The Greek minister said there had been “substantive progress” in talks on issues such as settling nonperforming loans (NPLs), reforming value-added tax (VAT) and bolstering the independence of Greece’s tax authority. However, he suggested that there were still differences over pension and labor reforms. “Just cutting pensions is not a reform,” he said.
Varoufakis confirmed that Greece would today meet a repayment of around 750 million euros to the International Monetary Fund.
He also insisted that his relations with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble are excellent. “Our meetings are always friendly, particularly interesting and constructive,” said the former economics professor. “Today we had our friendliest meeting yet,” he added.
Ahead of the meeting, Schaeuble suggested that he would support Athens if it decides to hold a referendum on any deal agreed with creditors.
“If the Greek government thinks it must hold a referendum, then let it hold a referendum,” he said. “That might even be a helpful measure for the Greek people to decide whether it is ready to accept what is necessary, or whether it wants something different.”
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John Karayiannis will fly the Cyprus flag at this May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with his sweet melody ballad ‘One Thing I Should Have Done‘.
Mike Connaris a London Cypriot song-writer penned #Otishd and to keen fans he earns folklore status, by way of his Eurovision’s Top 5th with 2004’s Lisa Andreas ‘Stronger Every Minute’ to equal our nation’s best ever result.
The review by Tony Neophytou supports our tune with the force of a patriotic/proud fellow Cypriot in London.
John’s likeability with the useful hook in #Otishd adding to the strong vocals and clear tone, and it’s that clarity of verse makes sure we are bought into his introspective thoughts, and sold on his tune.
John reveals to LGR the live song/performance has captivating/intimate feel to a great effect on the screens, with good camera-work and lighting. “It’s a very simple ballad, and the simplicity is what we want to convey, what I want to say, is that I want to create the atmosphere that will appeal to the viewer’s attention”.
His signature look are the black thick framed spectacles and when asked exactly, how many pairs of glasses he owns, the answer was five.
He is a Cypriot born Limassol who at 20 years-old is a singer and song-writer fully realising his goal to represent his island.
“As soon as Mike played me the song, I knew this was for me. I just loved the simplicity in the track and beautiful melody… and lyrics… well that was me!”
“Winning the Cyprus Final was the highlight of my career so far. I remember the feeling of not winning the Cyprus JESC and I was really disappointed. But if I’d known then I was going to win the adult Final in a few years time… I would have soon cheered up!”
He reckons qualifying is the main goal “I want to do well in Vienna for Cyprus and get them into the Final proper. If I can achieve that… well, let’s take it from there!”
John and Mike went to Bratislava to record the final mix of #Otishd with orchestra and real guitars, adding sparkle to the track. There’s even the official Euroclub remix by Pepperoni Mohawk the dance-floor filler which speed’s up Eurovision’s buzz this month.
John was introduced to Mike by Christos Kyriakides, who runs a successful music school of the same name in Limassol. Mike was very impressed with John’s voice and invited him to London. After getting to know John, and working closely in the studio with him, Mike set about writing a song especially for John. The song is about regret, but with a twist because it’s not until the end of the song that the real truth comes out. It makes you realise that in a relationship you should look back with no regrets, and always be honest.
#Otishd was to win the Cypriot’s Eurovision Song Project airing on 1st February on CyBc after a lengthy process of live audition and semi-finals chose the outright song.
Mike clearly very elated at his chance at Eurovision explained how he’s feeling up-beat about his adventure ahead he puts it to lgr.co.uk. “Having my song chosen to represent Cyprus again was awesome. I’ve tried since 2004 with different singers but had no luck, so John winning the Final at the beginning of Feb with “One thing I should have done” was amazing. I think the hardest part is over and I now believe John can actually win ESC for Cyprus. He is such a young talent with an incredible voice – so cool and calm on stage – nothing fazes him… and if we can get the staging right, there’s no reason why Cyprus can’t be hosting ESC in 2016! Now wouldn’t that be something!”
My guess it’s a potential qualifier and if we point out the constant struggle to qualify, that’s a huge feat. The sums suggest that only 33% of all Cypriot tunes qualified in recent years, but you can sense the genuine intent of the Cypriot delegation to beat the tough task at qualifying… well, fingers crossed to beef-up our island’s fortunes and the best of luck to Cyprus and John and Mike for achieving the best type of positive outcome this month.
Cyprus competes with the top 10 qualifying from semi-final two on Thursday 21st of May, you can tune in to BBC 3 to catch the event and the UK will be tele-voting at 50%, plus 50% jurors.
Cypriot entry has potentially good draw at 15th in the full line-up of 17 songs and maybe that kind of ‘late draw’ will be an advantage, to win people’s votes.
The grand final will be airing on Saturday 23rd May at the Wiener Stadthalle in host city Vienna.
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