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The island nation confirmed that a singing contest will decide who will represent Cyprus in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. This new approach focuses on fresh talent and budding vocalists to see who is right to enter the competition next year.

All Cypriots can apply, whether they’re island or UK Cypriots. People are saying that this is a brilliant chance for ambitions British Cypriot artists to showcase their talent to the masses as well as giving them the opportunity to fly the Cypriot flag at Eurovision.

Broadcasters CyBc announced that the Cypriot sing-off contest will air in January 2018. At LGR we’ve been looking over the ‘rules’ of the new singing contest. Firstly, each applicant has to submit a video audition via a private YouTube link that only CyBc can see and the singers can choose which song they want to sing. Afterwards, a limited number of entrants are chosen to audition for the judges. The judges will pick the finalists advancing to the Cypriot sing-off which will be aired on TV. The deadline is already looming for acts to enter the competition – all videos must be submitted by the 20th October 2017.

The public will vote for their favourite act and the jury will also decide which artist deserves to win. The votes will be combined to determine who will represent the country at Eurovision.

The Eurovision tune is expected to be recorded weeks after the Cypriot song contest final and will most probably be released in March.

The award-winning composer Alex Papaconstantinou, also known as Alex P, has been asked to compose the song. The Greek-Swedish producer is based in Stockholm and has co-written hits for Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and loads more. Mr Alex P is known in Eurovision circles with a few Euro-stompers under his belt. He was responsible for Ivi Adamou’s ‘La La Love’ in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and Sarbel’s ‘Yasou Maria’ in 2007. His best result, which placed in the top 3, was for the Azerbaijan duo Aysel and Arash.

The Cypriot Eurovision delegation has said on Facebook that they’re hoping this new contest gets Cyprus into another Eurovision final.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Six-year-old UK Cypriot Andy Achilleos would like you to read his story, which you can see by visiting the Page justgiving/fundraising/andyswishtowalk

Hi my name is Andy and I am 6 years old. Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I live at home with my mummy, daddy and my big brother Chris.

Mummy says I had a difficult birth and after 14 hours of labour I still wasn’t ready to come into the world. The doctors said it was because I was being stubborn and they decided to force me out.

After spending the first 5 days of my life in the neonatal unit I was allowed to go home.

Mummy soon noticed that I wasn’t meeting my milestones as I couldn’t sit, stand or walk like all the other kids could at my age, so she kept taking me to the doctors and eventually at 18 months old I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

For the last few years I’ve had lots of physiotherapy and have even been given Botox in my legs to help my tight muscles which worked well for a while. Now the injections aren’t working as well as before and the doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital say that I can have an operation which should help me walk without using my sticks or my rollator.

They say that I will have to do lots and lots of physiotherapy after the operation which can be very tiring but I don’t mind especially if it means I can dance and run around without having to hold onto something so I don’t fall over.

My mummy and daddy say that this operation costs a lot of money and that we will need help to pay for the operation and all my physiotherapy after.

Andy has been accepted as a candidate for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The aim is to improve spasticity (muscle stiffness) in his legs caused by brain damage at birth. The spasticity can be very painful and leads to excessive stiffness in his legs and causes difficulties with walking.

Once Andy has his operation, he will be discharged from hospital after about a week and we will then move into the patient hotel across the road. Andy will then have to attend the hospital gym twice a day for two weeks in order to help strengthen legs, trunk and pelvis, increasing his range of movement. He will then be discharged from hospital and we will have to fund further rehabilitation for the next 2 years. He will have to learn how to use his body in a different way as he will be weak and lose the ability to co-ordinate his movements. This is the only procedure that permanently removes the spasticity in the legs and is only partially funded by the NHS.

7.5% of all donations to Tree of Hope in relation to this appeal will be allocated to the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope to cover our core operating costs.

If we raise insufficient funds, or surplus funds, then the funds will be used, if appropriate, to fund support for our child’s needs in accordance with Tree of Hope’s charitable objects. If in those circumstances we are unable to use all or part of the funds for the benefit of our child in accordance with Tree of Hope’s charitable objects, then any funds that cannot be used will be transferred to be used for the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope.

Check out the Justgiving Page if you would like to make your pledge or donation and Gift Aid, by visiting the website: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andyswishtowalk


Article written by London Greek Radio

Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain is demanding an apology from Lidl. The supermarket giants digitally removed the crosses from the top of an iconic Greek church from their food packaging, causing a stir among some shoppers.

This included a vocal protest from our Greek and Cypriot community based in the UK, who think that Lidl are seizing upon the ‘marketing ploy’ by featuring the German supermarkets own Greek product brand, Eridanous. These often feature meatballs, moussaka, halloumi and Greek style yoghurt.

People turned to social media and the company’s Facebook page in protest at Lidl erasing roof-mounted crosses from a picture of an iconic Greek Orthodox Church on the Greek island of Santorini.

”The company must restore the church and apologise to the public… without making a fuss.”

The Archbishop reflected the protest this week stating faith believers and Greeks alike felt it was a deeply offensive act.

His Eminence said: “They [have] hurt the Christians – not only the Greeks because it was a Greek church – but the Christians [from] what I read. I hope that many others will protest against this silly decision.”

Archbishop Gregorios agreed that the editing decision was ”an immoral act”, adding: ”It is immoral in my eyes to remove something which has been there for 2,000 years and is the symbol that Christ died on the cross for you, for me, for millions of people.

”The company must restore the church and apologise to the public… without making a fuss. This is my suggestion.”

Following the archbishop’s comments, Lidl UK said it had nothing to add to its previous statement: “We are extremely sorry for any offence caused by the most recent artwork and would like to reassure our customers that this is not an intentional statement.”

 

A number of shoppers contacted Lidl UK’s Facebook page and pledged to boycott the store until the package decision was reversed.

Lidl UK signalled a willingness to bow to customer concerns, saying: “We will ensure that all feedback is taken into consideration when redesigning future packaging.”

Updated: 07/09/2017 Lidl says its food packaging which included the picture of a church with its crosses digitally removed will be changed “as soon as possible”.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Lidl has digitally removed crosses on top of an iconic Greek church from its food packaging, causing a stir among some shoppers.

The German supermarket giant erased the symbols on the roof of the Greek Orthodox church building in Santorini from products in its own-label Greek food range.

The frozen ready meal is part of Lidl’s Eirdanous collection of Greek food which also includes meatballs and Greek style yoghurt.

Eirdanous has been on sale in stores across Europe for more than ten years and marketing designs have undergone a number of changes in that time.

In a statement, Lidl UK told Premier Christian Radio: ”We are extremely sorry for any offence caused by the most recent artwork and would like to reassure our customers that this is not an intentional statement.”

Concern was raised earlier this week when a shopper noticed the edited image on a pack of moussaka in Belgium. The lady contacted RTL, a French-language television station, to express her anger.

The lady contacted RTL, a French-language television station, to express her anger.

Research by Premier has revealed the distorted image has appeared on products available in the UK, including Eirdanous Halloumi with Basil. The image was additionally found on a three-litre Lidl container of olive oil in Germany.

One Twitter user reacted: ”I find the removal of the cross offensive”, while another asked: “Why use churches if you take away the cross? Idiotic!”

A third Twitter user asked: ”Lidl, since when is a picture of a Greek church provocative or disturbing? It only becomes that if you erase the cross!”

The firm signalled a willingness to bow to customer concerns, saying: ”We will ensure that all feedback is taken into consideration when redesigning future packaging.”

One of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini’s blue-domed churches are among the key factors behind its popularity among tourists. Hundreds of thousands of people visit each year.


Article written by Premier, London Greek Radio

YOU all know them best as our Cyprus entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Minus One rocked the Stockholm stage with their hi-tech killer set, which included computer-generated ‘wolfs’ and barred cages, which both still linger in our memories.

Minus One visited London Greek Radio during the Eurovision warm-up tour and demonstrated to show our listeners what they’re made of.

The ‘Alter Ego’ band put out an April announcement stating that both their lead singer Francois Micheletto and bass player Antonis Loizides would be leaving the group at the end of May. In turn, the group have invested in making essential changes and welcomed new lead vocalist Andreas Kapatais, as well as bassist Max O Matic. Despite the band’s shake-up, the changes looked seamless. However, as the boys have wasted no time getting back into the recording studio and indeed have recorded their new song. To sum it up, Andreas and Max have joined existing band-mates Christopher Ioannides, Harrys Pari and Constantinos Amerikanos.

Their new track, ‘The Other Side Of The Mind’, unveils this new exciting line-up. The overall style is definitely a mix of up-front electric-rock and ‘dramatic’ hook-lines to one that creates a more ‘laid-back’ tune. In this reviewer’s opinion, it is a charming song… and a bouncy little number for sure. It’s a touch of sublime simplicity, and the ‘hook’ instantly grabs the listener’s attention. The lyrics are overtly positive in substance stating life is to be lived absolutely joyfully, stating happiness is everywhere.

Check out the video with the lovely elderly couple bopping away while vacuuming and boogieing down the street. I’m sure you would agree with us this is resolutely a feel-good number that will make you smile…

London Greek Radio would like to wish Minus One the best of luck with their brand new song and looking forward to future successes.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

UEFA World Cup Qualifying
GROUP H

RESULTS: Sunday 3 September 2017

Estonia 1-0 CYPRUS                                             Käit 90+2′ #EST

GREECE 1-2 Belgium                                            Zeca ’73 #GRE, Vertonghen ’70, R. Lukaku ’74 #BEL

Gibraltar 0-4 Bosnia and Herzegovina         Džeko 35′, 85′, Kodro 66′, Lulić 84′ #BIH

Upcoming fixtures

7 October 2017

CYPRUS v CYPRUS
Gibraltar v Estonia
Bosnia Herzegovina v Belgium

10 October 2017
GREECE v Gibraltar
Estonia v Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium v Cyprus


Article written by London Greek Radio

FULL-TIME RESULT: CYPRUS 2-1 Malta
UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
Friday 1 September 2017

Our own UK Cypriot Andreas Komodikis helped his Cyprus Under 21’s squad to register their first win against Malta, at the start of their qualification campaign for the UEFA European Under 21’s Championships, at the AEK Arena in Larnaca on Friday evening, 5 pm kick-off.

Midfielder Andreas Komodikis replaced Marios Ilias in the 46th minute to set-up second-half dominant spell…

Last month Andreas Komodikis made his debut call-up for the Under 21 team in a friendly against Moldova. The London Cypriot is signed to a three year deal with Cypriot First Division team Doxa Katokopias. Andreas Komodikis is QPR youth product and began his football career with Omonia Youth and also represented a KOPA League youth representative team when they travelled to Cyprus and played against the Cyprus national side.

The Cypriot side started much the brighter, taking the game to the Maltese players. Malta’s chance to score first on 24th minute was denied by a nice piece of intervention from Georgios Christodoulou, flicking the ball for a Maltese corner. The Cypriot’s best chance was a 29th-minute effort on goal by Nikolas Mattheou, which went wide of the Malta cross-bar. Cyprus created three chances in quick succession on the 31st-minute mark. The visitors were the team that struck first, however.

Maltese player Jean Borg headed in for them in the 33rd minute giving the away team the lead. Malta usefully exploited a corner which Andreas Christodoulou conceded while defending the Cypriot area. The hosts responded very quickly, scoring an equaliser in the 41st minute that levelled it to 1-1, with a goal by Rafael Anastasiou. It was set-up very nicely by a well-taken foul by Ioannis Pittas with the Cypriots now piling on the sustained pressure on Maltese goal itself.

Midfielder Andreas Komodikis replaced Marios Ilias in the 46th minute and the Cypriot team; looked strong and dominant at the start of the second-half. The Cypriots spent that half, pouring forward in numbers, looking for the decisive break, to win the game outright.

For Cyprus, their deserved victory had to wait till stoppage-time, thanks to a goal through Thodoros Iosifidis in the 92nd minute. Kyriakos Panayi converted a foul which sent the ball into the heavily congested Maltese penalty area – which Iosifidis latched on to, ensuring the Cypriots got off to a winning start. 2-1!! on the night…

The Cyprus Under-21 squad: Andreas Christodoulou, Andreas Karo, Christos Wheeler, Rafael Anastasiou, Panayiotis Artymatas, Kyriacos Panayi, Georgios Christodoulou (76′ Antonis Koumis), Constantinos Sotiriou, Ioannis Pittas, Marios Ilias (46′ Andreas Komodikis), Nikolas Mattheou (60′ Thodoros Iosifidis)

Cyprus will face Sweden with the away fixture on September 5. The other teams in group 6, Belgium versus Turkey, Hungary take on Malta.


Article written by London Greek Radio

CYPRUS back from two goals down to earn a memorable 3-2 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina in Thursday’s Group H Fifa World Cup qualifier.

The sensational comeback leaves them within three points of second placed Greece and is giving the Cypriot side a spring in their step, installing at least some new confidence in World Cup qualifying. Bosnia in the first-half had dominated the match, with strikes by Šunjić on 33 minutes and Višća, just before half-time on the 44th minute.

It was Ran Ben Shimon’s first match in charge as Cyprus manager, and the Israeli’s team talk looked to have inspired the side as they emerged from the break with a different attitude.

Christofi and Laban scored in the three-minute period on the 65th minute and 67th minute respectively, to level at 2-2. The rejuvenated looking Cypriot squad made it 3-2 with another brilliant piece of Cypriot attacking football, thanks to Sotiriou in the 76th minute.

Suddenly Group H is a very interesting ‘group fixture’ with Cyprus only 1 point adrift of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10 points.

Cyprus will take a trip to Estonia on Sunday, with a fresh renewed belief in their qualifying campaign that’s for sure.

Meanwhile Greece on 13 points in the second playoff spot will face Belgium on home turf.


Article written by London Greek Radio

GREECE wasn’t able to score against Estonia at a game that resulted in a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens for the World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday night, 31st August. This leaves the Greek team in second place on 13 points – trailing six points behind Belgium. Still, retaining a ‘grip’ on the playoff spot, however – two points clear of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who lost to Cyprus 3-2 in Nicosia on the same night.

Meanwhile, Cyprus travel to Estonia on Sunday, buoyed by their winning result and only a point adrift from Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10 points.

The Greek team face group leaders Belgium.


Article written by London Greek Radio