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Jennifer Aniston, 46, will star as Denise White who is a former Miss USA contestant turned into a professional sports manager in a film called ‘The Fixer’.

The story centres on a former Miss USA contestant who went on to be a founder of a sports firm for athletes. It has been said that Jennifer will also produce the Fox 2000 project through her production company Echo Films along with Kristin Hahn, Steve Barnett and Bernie Goldmann. Aniston and Hahn were producers on 2014’s “Cake,” for which Aniston received Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

Fox 2000 has bought the pitch from ‘Dallas Buyers Club” screenwriter Melisa Wallack. The film will follow White’s rise through the male-dominated world of sports agents, which was previously depicted in Cameron Crowe‘s 1996 movie “Jerry Maguire”.

Jennifer Aniston will also be staring in two other upcoming films this year: ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘The Yellow Birds’.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou
George Kaminis Twitter

George Kaminis Twitter

In December 2015 the parliament in Athens had introduced relevant legislation to allow same-sex marriages in Greece.

Nearly 200 of a 300 seated parliament voted in favour for this legislation despite opposition from some political parties and the Orthodox Church. Other European countries such as Britain, Cyprus and Spain had already passed this legislation before Greece.

At noon on Monday 25th January 2016 the first same-sex civil partnership certificate was signed by the Mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis. This was a symbolic day as it was an important day for ‘human rights’. It is known that Mr.Kaminis signed five civil partnership certificates in total on Monday. This is a positive step forward.

“Today is an important day for human rights” announced the Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis. He also uploaded a picture onto his Twitter account, signing the first civil partnership certificate.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou
Princess Maria Olympia

Princess Maria Olympia

There have been many rumours that Prince Harry could possibly be dating Maria Olympia, the 19-year-old Princess of Greece and Denmark. Daughter of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos.

According to an Australian magazine ‘New Idea Magazine’ Prince Harry’s cousin, Princess Beatrice set them up. However, some sources have denied this romance. Apparently the two royals are actually distantly related as they both descended from Queen Victoria.

The reason for all the confusion is because there have been sources of Harry being “head over heels” for Princess Maria and also magazines claim that Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are fans of Maria-Olympia believing her to be his “best girlfriend yet”.

With everyone still unsure if there is a romance blossoming, or if the rumours are just that, one thing we can say for certain is that you can see why the pretty 19-year-old fashionista, has been highlighted as a possible choice for our Prince.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou
Greek islander rescues incoming refugee

Greek islander rescues incoming refugee

Greek islanders who have been at the frontline during the majority of the refugee crisis are to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with the support of their national government. A group of academics from Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and other universities have drawn up an official nomination for the Greek islanders.

It has been estimated that around 900,000 refugees entered Europe last year, the majority were greeted by people who lived on Greek islands in the Aegean Sea who welcomed them after travelling over in unstable boats, soaking wet and scared.

The islanders included fishermen who gave up their work in order to rescue people from the sea. They have therefore been nominated for the world’s most ‘esteemed awards’.

Yiannis Mouzalas, the Greek minister for migration has offered the governments full support. A petition was created on the website of the Grassroots campaign group ‘Avaaz’ and has received over 300,000 signatures already. The petition said that “grandmothers have sung terrified little babies to sleep, while teachers, pensioners and students have spent months offering food, shelter, clothing and comfort to refugees who have risked their lives to flee war and terror”.

The papers have not be signed as of yet however even with the country suffering with their own economic crisis they have still helped as much as they can during the refugee crisis with ‘empathy and self-sacrifice’ they are ‘unsung heroes’ that should be recognised for all their hard work.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou
Alex Loizou

Alex Loizou

Entrepreneur Alex Loizou, age 28 is the first Cypriot to make it onto Forbes 30 under 30 list. Alex is originally from Nicosia and his hard work over the last three years in London has paid off. It has earned him a place in the ‘Technology’ category in the famous Forbes magazine.

After finding out about the news, Alex Loizou took to Facebook and Twitter, writing “Awesome to be selected in the Forbes 30 under 30 consumer tech list! Trouva ftw!”

Alex is the co-founder of StreetHub now called Trouva, which is a marketplace that brings independent shops together on the same platform giving them the right technology to fight back against larger chains in the industry. StreetHub got going in 2013 by helping independent fashion retailers find online buyers and drive them to physical stores.

Alex, who graduated from the University of Cologne and the London School of Economics, spoke to Sigma Live English about what this means to him and he explains what Trouva is and the philosophy behind it all.

The main aim is to help urban places in cities such as London to have a platform in selling their unique items. He found that individual shops in London have no real technology to sell their products globally and people can only buy their unique products from the shop itself as they are not well versed with technology and marketing.

‘Trouva.com’ enables these small individual companies to sell globally through this website. Alex says that technology is something these shops need in order to branch out and gain more customers. The Trouva website therefore helps independent boutiques stand out and sell their unique products to more people. “We make boutique shopping simple,” the Trouva website proclaims. “Shop 150 of the UK’s best independent boutiques. All in one place. All online.”


Article written by Chantel Georgiou

A Cypriot Politician is widening his efforts to save the A level Modern Greek Exam by writing to all the Members of Parliament on the House of Commons Education Select Committee.

Stephen Alambritis is the Aradippou born Council leader at the London Borough of Merton and he has today written to Mr Neil Carmichael MP, the Chair of the Education Select Committee in Parliament.

In his letter to Mr Carmichael (copied to all ten cross party MP’s on the Select Committee) Cllr Alambritis reminded the Education Select Committee Chair of the recent inquiry into the work of Ofqual that his committee was undertaking.

Merton Council Leader Stephen Alambritis

Merton Council Leader Stephen Alambritis

Alambritis stressed the importance of languages in the workplace. He said children of Greek background taking A level language exams have to plan their schooling in advance and it was important to come to a decision on the Modern Greek A level language Exam which is currently in limbo.

Britain’s first ever Cypriot council leader is once more writing to the Chair of Ofqual, Amanda Spielman urging her to announce a permanent decision to help in saving the crucial language exam from abolition by examining authorities. Spielma has only committed to the exams until the Summer of 2019.

Commenting on efforts to save the A Level Cllr Alambritis said “ Members of Parliament on the influential Education Select Committee should be made aware of our plans to save the Greek exam. There are many Greek Community schools that help towards community cohesion in the UK. Working towards the Greek Exam helps our young children of Greek origin and others to develop a lifelong appreciation of the richness of Greek culture. Education Select Committee MP’s will also be aware of the critical importance of language qualifications in the search for work and how prized language skills are by employers both large and small”


Article written by LGR

Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (pictured) was instructed last year by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to put together a small team of people to draw up a plan for introducing a parallel currency if Greece was unable to reach an agreement with its lenders on a new bailout, the ex-finance minister said in a TV interview late Tuesday.

Varoufakis

Speaking on Skai TV’s “Istories” (Stories) program, Varoufakis outlined what was known as Plan X. He said that a small team of about six people examined the various parameters surrounding a potential standoff that would lead to Greece being unable to meet its obligations. Among the issues examined by Varoufakis and his advisers were how the country would continue to have access to medicines, fuel and food under such circumstances.

Varoufakis said that he advised Tsipras to put the plan, which would see Greece defaulting on 27 billion euros in Greek government bonds held by the European Central Bank, into action as soon as he called a referendum at the end of June.

“I thought that if we did what we had decided as a negotiating team… and announced that we would restructure these bonds and implement the parallel payment system, then by the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday before the referendum the discussion we expected between [ECB president Mario] Draghi and [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel would take place,” he said.

Varoufakis said that Tsipras considered adopting Plan X but that he was advised against it by Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis.

“The prime minister thought about it very carefully,” said the ex-minister. “I saw him puzzle over what he should do and in the end he decided to follow Dragasakis’s recommendation and not mine.”

Varoufakis added that he was against efforts to secure funding from Russia but that there had been an agreement with China regarding investment in Greece, including in Greek bonds. “This agreement was overturned, though, with a phone call from Berlin,” he claimed.

The outspoken economist said that he became frustrated with Tsipras when the prime minister agreed to a primary surplus target of 3.5 percent of GDP for the coming years, saying that he thought this goal was “macroeconomically impossible.” Tsipras told him that he agreed in return for receiving debt relief.

“It’s true I don’t have a lot of hair but when I heard this I started pulling out what little I have left,” he said.

Varoufakis admitted that he “failed” during his time in office. “I carry a great responsibility,” he said. “I would do a lot of things differently.”


Article written by ekathemerini

The remains of six Greek soldiers who were killed in Cyprus during the period of 1963 and 1967 and the 1974 Turkish invasion and were missing since then, returned to Greece ον Τθεσδαυ after being identified with the DNA method.

CNA_Greek soldiers

Panos Kammenos (L)- Christoforos Fokaides (R)

In the Greek Ministry of Defence in Athens a special ceremony took place in the presence of the Ministers of Defence of Greece and Cyprus, Panos Kammenos and Christoforos Fokaides respectively, members of the Cypriot House Committee on Defence, members of the Greek political parties, as well as relatives and friends of the soldiers.

The Greek state, `with an inexcusable delay of many years` the Greek Minister said, honours today the six Greek soldiers with flags flying at half-mast.

The Cypriot Defence Minister said that “there is no worse time than this one, when a hero returns home dead, dead but immortal`.

`The 6 heroes we welcome today are now deleted from the list of the missing persons, and added to the list of heroes”, he went on to say.

Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. As a result of the invasion, 1,619 Greek Cypriots were listed as missing, most of whom soldiers or reservists, who were captured in the battlefield.

A Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives. According to CMP, the total number of identifications has reached 625, 476 of whom were Greek Cypriots and 149 Turkish Cypriots.

The CMP `s list includes a total of 77 Greek missing persons 73 of whom had gone missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and 4 of them since the period 1963-`67. The remains of 14 of the 77 have already been identified through DNA testing.


Article written by CNA
Grant Mitchell

Grant Mitchell

Last Friday, Dame Barbara Windsor once again came on to our screens as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders to tell her eldest son, Phil Mitchell that her breast cancer is back.

Barbara has played Peggy Mitchell since 1994. She left Eastenders back in 2010, but made a surprise entrance on Friday. The script writers and Barbara herself have decided that she will not overcome her breast cancer like she has previously therefore this Spring Eastenders fans will be biding farewell to this legendary soap character once and for all.

Barbara has made the decision that she wants to permanently say goodbye to Peggy Mitchell. Eastenders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is supporting her decision and sources say they have secretly been planning her last scenes since the summer. The last scenes were secretly filmed in November and will be played in the spring of 2016.

As Peggy Mitchell will not beat cancer this time around, Eastenders wants both her sons present for her final scenes. Therefore, Grant Mitchell (played by actor Ross Kemp) will also be back in Eastenders after leaving nearly 10 years ago. He will be returning for Barbara’s last episodes in spring where Eastenders fans will once again see Peggy, Phil and Grant Mitchell together for the last time.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou

It has been confirmed that popular TV sitcom ‘Friends’ will once again be there for us this February!

News has spread that there will be a two-hour ‘Friends’ reunion episode in honour of iconic director James Burrows who recently directed his 1,000th TV episode (15 of these were ‘Friends’ episodes). It has been 12 years since the very last episode of Friends aired on our screens; for those who don’t have the date memorised, the last episode of ‘Friends’ was aired on 6th May 2004 and it was Season 10 episode 18.

The ‘Friends Reunion’ will be a one-off episode, which will be aired on US network NBC on Sunday 21st February 2016.

The original cast were Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry. It is hoped that the entire original cast will be present however there has been talks that Matthew Perry might be unavailable as he’ll be in London during February rehearsing for a show called “The End of Longing”.

It is rumoured that if he cannot attend, he will tape something to be aired for the special episode. Whilst fans are excited for this one off special, true ‘Friends’ lovers are somewhat disheartened that the entire cast will not feature in the reunion episode.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou