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The ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) is the winner in today`s parliamentary elections, having garnered the biggest share of the vote.

Β’ Δημοτικό Σχολείο Μακεδονίτισσας, Λευκωσία, Κύπρος Καταμέτρηση ψήφων. // B’ Makedonitissa Elementary School, Lefkosia, Cyprus Vote counting

B’ Makedonitissa Elementary School, Lefkosia, Vote counting

The main opposition left wing AKEL party is trailing behind, having sustained loses. The Democratic Party DIKO remains the third power in Parliament and the Socialist EDEK comes fourth.

The Citizens` Alliance is set to enter the House of Representatives and so is the Solidarity Party and the National Popular Front (ELAM).

With registered voters 543.186 and 362.541 (66.74%) ballots counted, 351.390 (96.92% were valid, 7.673 (2.12%) invalid, 3.478 (0.96%) blank, and 180.645 (33.26%) abstentions.

 

 

 

 
DISY 30.69% 107.825 -3.7%

AKEL 25.67% 90.206 -7.1%

DIKO 14.49% 50.923 -1.3%

EDEK 6.18% 21.730 -2.8%

Symmahia Politon (Citizens` Alliance) 6.01% 21.109 +6.0%

Allilegyi (Solidarity) 5.24% 18.424 +5.2%

Cyprus Green Party – Citizens Cooperation 4.81% 16.915 +2.6%

National Popular Front (ELAM) 3.71% 13.041 +2.6%

Animal Party Cyprus (APC) 1.16% 4.088 +1.2%

Pnoi Laou 0.87% 3.072 +0.9%

Social Movement Simea 0.58% 2.033 +0.6%

Union of Fighters for Justice (OAD) 0.28% 983 +0.3%

Christoforou George (Nicosia) 0.16% 561 +0.2%

Efstratiou Andreas (Paphos) 0.05% 187 +0.1%

OLOI STON AGONA 0.04% 150 +0.0%

Stavros Louca 0.02% 66 +0.0%

Aggeli Antonis (Kyrenia) 0.01% 46 +0.0%

Theodoulou Theodoulos 0.01% 31 +0.0%


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Cyprus High Commissioner Euripides Evriviades urged Cypriots living in the UK to vote in the upcoming EU referendum in June 23.

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Euripides Evriviades

 

Through his twitter account Mr. Evriviades stated that all Cypriots who live in the UK can vote in the referendum if they register by 7 June through a simple online procedure in the following link https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. The Cypriot High Commissioner called for the EU to remain strong and united.

 

According to the electoral procedure, all Cypriots living in the UK are eligible to vote since they are Commonwealth citizens.

 

During a recent official visit in the UK, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides stated that a possible Brexit is not in the interest of Cyprus.    

 

“I believe that it is not in the interest of Cyprus for the UK to leave the EU for many reasons, mainly financial but other ones as well. It is neither in the interest of the Commonwealth to have a Brexit, because the Commonwealth benefits from the British presence in the EU, as the UK is in the forefront of policies such as tackling climate change, pursuing sustainable growth etc. Therefore, I call upon our compatriots in the UK to seriously support the UK remaining in the EU. The European Union which is facing so many challenges must be reinforced and not weakened by exits,” Mr. Kasoulides said.


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This year’s Cypriot song ‘Alter Ego’ by the band Minus One has qualified in the first semi-final to this month’s Eurovision Song Contest, in Stockholm. This year’s entry, our favourite Cypriot rockers have certainly made Cypriots very proud with qualifying outright, very well deserved victory this was.

Surely it was nerve-wracking until we learnt their fate…

Just at the point when host Måns Zelmerlöw gave us the last couple of qualifiers ‘And the ninth finalist is Cyprus!’ The boy’s alongside the lovely Evi Papamichael Head of the Cypriot Delegation reacting with absolute euphoria, waving our flag.

”They called us second-last so we almost got a heart attack. I think if we really win this, they will probably name an airport after us in Cyprus”, Minus One jokingly reacted to the post-Semi-Final press conference, which found out their second-half draw to this Saturday’s live final night. You will see our Cyprus song, jostling with 14th position in the running order of things…

The impressive group Minus One and the up-tempo track ‘Alter Ego’ went through the first semi-final Top 10 qualifiers (out of 18 countries competing). They will be joined by Russia’s Sergey Lezarev (his song ‘Your the Only One’ being penned by Greek Dimitris Kontopoulos) Armenia, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Malta, Czech Republic, Croatia, Azerbaijan).

The Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades reacting on twitter to Cyprus qualifying, congratulates group on their huge result in the competition. His tweet read as follows ‘#CYP @MinusCy you rock! Congratulations and Good Luck in the Final @Eurovision’.

The track was co-written by Minus One and Thomas G:son (he composed ‘Euphoria’ which was Swedish winning entry in 2012). The involvement of the Swedish producer highlights the Cypriot ambition to impress at this competition.

If you have yet to listen to our song… it’s a strong rocky-pop tune with a light-edgy feel to your Eurovision song but still radio-friendly appealing. With a quite good melody, really catchy chorus at first listening, it’s pretty effective, and incredibly solid type of Cypriot entry flying our flag, for our country’s performance…

The pop-rock band, which is made up of five members will be looking to lead Cyprus to their best ever finish in Eurovision history.

Vocalist, Francois Micheletto, will be assisted by fellow band members Harrys Pari, Costantinos Amerikanos, Antonis Loizides and Chris J, who will be collectively playing the drums and guitar.

The consummate professionals sold the song really very well with very slick staging, special effects and pyro fireworks adding to the song’s visually good performance. The staging, complete with cages, strobe lighting, ‘black & white’ screen shots, sharp camera angles and cuts, and digital wolfs appearing, during the song’s climatic finish… which forced you bluntly and very nicely to have this down as a very memorable song and act, at voting time.

Lead-vocalist Francois at one point is literally ‘howling’, emphasising the ‘howling in the moonlight’ parts of the song’s chorus, gave it really fun value. This performance by the band gave us a really epic and captivating feel, surely one of the most effective and exciting by far Cypriot stages in this competition for years.

The Artistic Director, Sacha Jean-Baptiste (she formerly staged Eurovision victorious winning entry ‘Euphoria’) was the very creativity behind helping to visualise the song’s concept on the stage of the Ericsson Globe Arena.

The CyBc internally selected the group last November, to be this year’s representative, clearly, impressed by the pop-rock outfit at last year’s Cypriot national stages.

These likeable Cypriot boys had taken time to visit our LGR studios before the workload of Eurovision week, telling us they felt proud to fly our flag, privileged and extremely honoured to be given the chance this year.

You can give your support to our Cyprus entry, by catching the Eurovision Song Contest Final on Saturday 14th May, which airs on BBC 1, at 8pm. We hope to see our Cypriot flag, flying rightfully to the top parts of the scoreboard.

LGR want to wish Minus One and our Cyprus song the best of luck in the competition.


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It’s the time of year again the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with this year’s Cypriot entry Minus One, flying our Cypriot flag, with the up-tempo trackAlter Ego‘.

The pop-rock band, which is made up of five members will be looking to lead Cyprus to their best ever finish in Eurovision history.

Vocalist, Francois Micheletto, will be assisted by fellow band members Harrys Pari, Costantinos Amerikanos, Antonis Loizides and Chris J, who will be collectively playing the drums and guitar.

Minus One have produced their song with the help of Swedish producer Thomas G:son who helped Sweden to a Eurovision triumph in 2012 with their song ‘Euphoria’. The involvement of the Swedish producer highlights the Cypriot ambition to impress at this competition.

The band’s mini-tour taken them to London and to our LGR studios, we found out that the band was definitely enthusiastic about their entry. Our likeable and really approachable lot of band-mates, felt proud to fly the Cypriot flag, extremely privileged, to be representing our island this year.

The group directly sent over to us the mp3 master straightaway, sharing it with our listeners on LGR.

The boys thanking our listeners & fans for the support they have been receiving, since the release of the song.

Jokingly, the boy’s responded to potentially Cyprus hosting next year’s Eurovision in Nicosia, if they actually won it, saying this is likely to concentrate their time, straight after Eurovision finishes.

The radio friendly song is a ‘competitive well-made song’, surely helping qualifying chances in the song’s semi-final performance of our Cypriot tune. If you have yet to fully listen to our song, well it’s a solid modern pop-rock up-tempo track.

The really good melody to the track and chorus which is catchy at first listening, that’s incredibly useful improving the band’s qualifying goal to the Eurovision final… and looking to secure one of the Top 10 qualifying spaces from the first semi-heat.

It’s professional and very slick, in terms of the staging performance and concept, makes use of cages (!) and the hi-tech digital wolf (!), definitely referencing the ‘howling in the moonlight’ chorus part of the song. This review believes this could be shaping up to be the epic performance, with the tune #AlterEgo giving us one of the more effective Cypriot entries in years.

It’s all looking alright; it’s a loud up-beat song, very fast, the quick camera cuts, is adding to the faster, lively track’s feel. There you have lead-vocalist Francois ‘howling’ just like in the song’s audio file, giving it really fun value, as the song is progressing.

They have indeed safe pair of hands, Artistic Director, Sacha Jean-Baptiste (she’s previously put her hand to Eurovision’s  victorious winning entry ‘Euphoria’) in terms of staging concept.

The official video to the track has 917,106+ hits on the band site surpassed in weeks of its release; this represents a good start to the group’s campaign already.

The video is pretty slick and well-directed by Cypriot Emilios Avram. There is a proper wolf, he’s called ‘Ares’ (we are reliably informed), and this fits really well, with the song’s concept, ‘howling’ (like-a-Wolf!). You have this video entirely being filmed on the outskirts of Nicosia, you have an intriguing, twisted reality, or living space, with sofa, doors, luggage, 1980’s iconic phone hand-set, stair-ways. Also the mysterious lady, with her ‘gothic’ black outfit, is adding a little rocky edgy atmosphere.

The CyBc internally selected the group last November, to be this year’s representative, clearly, impressed by the pop-rock outfit at last year’s Cypriot national stages.

The UK won’t be tele-voting at the first qualifying, instead are voting in the second semi-heat.

But you can vote if you are watching, in the countries which make-up semi-final including Greece, which competes with Argo, and the song ‘Utopian Land‘.

You can give your support to our Cyprus tune, by catching the Eurovision first Semi-Final on Tuesday 10th May, which airs on BBC 4, at 8pm. The final is on Saturday 14th May, we all hope to see the Cypriot flag, flying rightfully high, on the scoreboard.

LGR want to wish Minus One and our Cyprus song the best of luck in the competition.


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Argo fly the Greek flag at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm with this year’s entryUtopian Land‘, which has a very positive message to the song’s concept, which represents Hellas, at the annual music competition.

The new group from Thessaloniki is made up of six members with vocalists Cristina Lachana, Maria Elbrus, Hip-Hop artist/song-writer Vladimiros Sofianides, Kostas Topouzis, Elias Kesides and Alekos Papadopoulos, who collectively are playing Pontic Lyra, percussion and tabor. Argo was quickly assembled by a few members of another group ‘Europond’, to specifically write and perform this entry.

Dancer Vasilis Roxenos will step in for Elias, and beefs up the songs live staging concept, this full quota of six people therefore, will give us the Greek feel and identity and style, to our song.

Maria Lyrakaki, will choreograph the song’s staging concept, with lots dancing and movement, which fuses Pontiaka elements and modern dance, it’s quite effective and very Greek obviously, that’s something which this ‘LGR jury’ review, approves.

The up-tempo track fusing Modern and traditional Pontiaka music elements, definitely stands out as a very Greek, Eurovision song. The instrumental intro of the song, sounds really, really good and sort of mysterious, introduces Christina to give us a solo ‘amane’. There’s also the bridge part 2:01 to 2:20 which gives us the very loud beating of the drum, its intensity only works to emphasis the raw ethnicity of the track’s feel.

It feels very brave as an effort and entry, mostly, because it tries to fuse a lot of things, rap, hip-hop, ethnic, linguistic switches, with the meaty hip-hop parts sung in Greek and Pontiac dialect, to English chorus changes…

The song’s positive message fights for an optimistic future or, ‘utopia’, and calls on our collective will really, to battle amongst other things, the refugee crisis.

Those Hip-Hop verses are sung entirely in Greek & Pontiac dialect, they have a purpose, to give us that message and the rapper certainly, believes in his song. The English chorus feeds the optimistic line of the song’s ‘fight for a utopian land’ and asks you to go with them on the ‘fun’ adventure.

Interestingly, the band’s members are refugee descendents of Pontus, Sukhumi, Abkhazia, and Georgia.

The official video which accompanies our song embodies the full ethnic Pontiac costume and dance, helping to emphasise music roots to our ‘Elliniki simmetoxi’.

We are the rise of the rising sun, dance with us and have some fun.

We are the rise of the rising sun, fight with us for a utopian land (Chorus)

The video’s positive message is of looking only to the future with optimism, and constantly moving forward. This concept, sees, athlete type aka Apostolos Lazaridis running, he gives his glance back and continues his forward movement, to the ‘rising sun’, which is the groups’ ultimate route with this song’s theme.

The powers that be ERT Greek Television and the channel President Dionysis Tsaknis internally picked Argo, which favoured local produced Greek song, to represent the nation this year.

The UK will not be voting in the first semi-final but instead will be voting, in the second of the semi-finals. Only the host Sweden, France, Spain and other first semi-final nations will get to vote including Cyprus, which also competes alongside the Greek song for those qualifying spaces.

Argo competes at the Eurovision First Semi-Final which airs on Tuesday 10th May, performing early in the 2nd slot at the incredible Ericcson Globe Arena.


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Cypriot sailor, Olympic medalist Pavlos Kontides (pictured), is in the second position of the ISAF ranking in the Men`s Laser class, with 935 points, one position higher compared to the previous ranking.

Η ΟΠΑΠ Κύπρου επιθυμεί να συγχαρεί και δημόσια τον ιστιοπλόο μας Παύλο Κοντίδη για το χάλκινο μετάλλιο που κατέκτησε στο Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο της Διεθνούς Ιστιοπλοϊκής Ομοσπονδίας (ISAF), το οποίο έγινε στην Τσινγκντάο της Κίνας

Η ΟΠΑΠ Κύπρου επιθυμεί να συγχαρεί και δημόσια τον ιστιοπλόο μας Παύλο Κοντίδη για το χάλκινο μετάλλιο που κατέκτησε στο Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο της Διεθνούς Ιστιοπλοϊκής Ομοσπονδίας (ISAF), το οποίο έγινε στην Τσινγκντάο της Κίνας

According to the rating list, released on Monday by World Sailing (ISAF), the world governing body for the sport of sailing, Australian Matthew Wearn is in the first place with 960 points, while Croatian Tonci Stipanovic ranks third, with 925 points.

Kontides became the first Cypriot athlete ever to win an Olympic medal for his country, by winning the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men`s Laser class. As he has posted on twitter, he is currently in Cyprus to spend some time with his family before flying abroad to continue his training for the Rio Olympic Games.


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The Republic of Cyprus is monitoring and evaluating developments on a daily basis with regard to the visa liberalization process for Turkish citizens, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Monday.

 Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L-R), Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and EU Council President Donald Tusk line up for the family picture at the start of an EU-Turkey Summit. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L-R), Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and EU Council President Donald Tusk line up for the family picture at the start of an EU-Turkey Summit.

 

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Christodoulides added that technical experts of the government have already addressed the issue during internal meetings.

The position of Cyprus advocates the need for all states, aiming at a visa-free regime for their citizens travelling to the EU, to implement all necessary criteria vis-à-vis all member states, including the Republic of Cyprus, Christodoulides stressed.

He added that the European Commission is expected to present on Wednesday its third progress report to the Council of the EU, evaluating Turkey`s progress with regard to the fulfilling of the 72 criteria for visa-free travel. A discussion by the member states comprising the Council will follow.

This is a legislative process that requires a debate at the European Parliament, as well as its consent, Christodoulides concluded.

On 18 March 2016, EU Heads of State or Government and Turkey agreed to end irregular migration from Turkey to the EU and replace it instead with legal channels of resettlement of refugees to the European Union. The agreement took effect as of 20 March 2016, and 4 April 2016 was set as the target date for the start of the return of people arriving in Greece after 20 March and of the first resettlements.

As a part of the EU-Turkey statement of 18 March, it was agreed that the fulfillment of the visa liberalization roadmap, originally foreseen for autumn 2016, would be accelerated. The aim is to lift visa requirements for Turkish citizens by the end of June 2016, at the latest.


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