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Tamta Goduadze will represent Cyprus at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May.

The Cypriot broadcaster CyBC announced the female artist and song a few weeks ago, ending weeks of speculation.

Tamta will sing ‘Replay‘, a pop-dance, up-tempo number.  Her entry is penned by Greek-Swedish hitmaker Alex Papaconstantiou, aka ‘Alex P‘, the man behind Eleni Fouriera’s ‘Fuego’ – the impressive runners-up from last year, along with Sweden-based songwriters Teddy Skye, Viktor Svensson, Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark and Albin Nedler.

Tamta, 38, was born and raised in Georgia, where she started singing at the age of five and moved to Greece at the age of 20.  After singing on a TV reality talent contest, she was signed by a major record label in Greece and has a back catalog of several hits.

The sure-fire Eurovision track is believed to be exactly moulded for Tamta’s signature pop-style credentials.

CyBC chiefs felt that Tamta was right for this year’s contest as she is perceived earnestly to have the “complete package” that comprises of a strong ‘live’ singer and entertaining act.

The Cypriot tune will be officially released in February or March, further maximising Eurovision fans excitement.

Cyprus also returns with Eurovision artistic stage director Sacha Jean-Baptise, the woman behind ‘Fuego’.  She will be tasked with elevating Tamta’s stage routine ensuring that it will translate into points on the scoreboard.

The Head of the Cypriot delegation, Evi Papamichael explained that a big named artist would be a necessary solution to answer the Eurovision’s competitiveness, amidst so many countries, which numbers 42 this year.  She said that Tamta was the broadcaster’s preference this year.

Tamta has had a long-time quest to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and almost came close to achieving it on previous occasions.  In 2007 Tamta was pipped to the post by Cypriot singer Sarbel, in Greece’s Eurovision heat stages, with the ballad ‘With Love’.  In 2016, she missed the deadline for the Greek selection process by a few hours with the subsequently-released track ‘Unloved’.

Tamta felt it an incredible honour to be representing Cyprus, a nation which has always strongly supported her music endeavours and undertaking this bold task, was a way of her giving something back to her Cypriot fan-base.

Having released four studio albums (including a Best Of) and multiple hit singles, Tamta is frequently heard on the LGR airwaves.

For all of your Eurovision news on Cyprus, make sure you regularly check back to lgr.co.uk and tune in to hear “Replay” on LGR in the coming weeks.

London Greek Radio wish Tamta and the Cypriot delegation the very best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

British Cypriot Dr Costakis Evangelou (Head Coach) is awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to young people in North London.

He has been the head coach at Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club for several years who were honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Club which runs boxing and mentoring sessions at its club base in Edmonton and in schools and youth organisations was one of only 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this award.

And prior to that, Head Coach Costakis Evangelou was honoured with the Jack Petchey Foundation Leader Award for his work in coaching and mentoring the young in North London.

Costakis Christos Evangelou was born in Cyprus in Patriki Famagusta in 1958 Father’s name in Christos Evangelou from Phlamouthi Mother’s name Photou Evangelou from Patriki and Came to England London in 1960 to live in North London. He attended Primary Schools: Grafton School. Tufnell Park School. Secondary School was Archway School. He has four Children 3 sons 1 Daughter – Phodis, Andreas, Christopher and Marisa.

He has run 4 London Marathons raising over £30,000 for charity Qualifications include; Batchelor Of Divinity; Post Graduate Certificate of Education; and a Doctorate in Divinity. He has for over 30 years has dedicated his life to the selfless service of others. As a minister, community leader and humanitarian he works tirelessly and gives sacrificially for the benefit of others.

He is the President of Community Heart (London), a registered charity set up to help and support the local community, especially the young and vulnerable. As President, he oversees the running of several groundbreaking projects including, Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club, Running with the Vision – Youth Football, Youth Zone Youth Club and Sign Post, a project that feeds and helps support the homeless and vulnerable.

As the Head Coach and Honorary Secretary of Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club, he has worked tirelessly to help turn it into one of the leading sports and youth projects in North London as he oversees and runs all the different aspects of the Club’s work. Based in a part of Edmonton which is one of the most socially and financially impoverished areas in England the Club is turning around many young people’s lives with over 250 young people benefitting from the different sessions, many of which are free, it provides over 6 days a week. It runs boxing and mentoring programmes for schools, behavioural units and youth clubs and women who have suffered or witnessed domestic violence.

He has also set up a referral process with the youth offending team where their clients can attend as part of their positive activities.

As well as winning numerous awards, in 2015 the Club won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognising its work in helping young people leave behind negative and destructive lifestyles. His ecclesiastical work and humanitarian work is extensive; he has carried out a number of humanitarian missions to Africa.

In 2004 he travelled to an isolated community in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Negotiations with the Chief of the area resulted in the granting of a piece of land for the building of a medical clinic. The clinic was desperately needed by this community of 4000 people who had no other access to medical care.

To help raise much of the funds required for the building of the clinic Archbishop ran the London Marathon twice. As many as 500 people receive medical treatment at the Centre each month.

He continues to visit the Clinic to receive a personal update on the progress and work of the Centre and its subsequent impact it has made on the community as a whole and to continue to provide equipment and medical supplies. His membership and involvement with Churches Together in England (CTE), gives him the opportunity to work with the multi-cultural and denominationally diverse churches in England.

He has attended and lent his total support to the modern day slavery meeting in the House of Lords.


Article written by Dr Costas Evangelou & Parikiaki picture, source

Andria Zafirakou, 40, beat 30,000 teachers from around the world to win the annual Global Teacher prize

A pioneering teacher, who was dubbed ‘the best in the world’ after scooping a $1million teaching prize, has described receiving an MBE as “humbling and special”.

Andria Zafirakou, 40, serves as associate deputy head at Alperton Community School, in Brent, north west London.

Andria Zafirakou was born, in London. Her mother, Anna, is Cypriot and her father Greek who is well known in the community Father Georgios Zafirakou, the priest of the Greek Orthodox church of All Saints in Camden, London is Greek.

Mrs Zafirakou has done so much at Alperton Community College. The school is in Brent, an inner city area of London. It’s one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse – and disadvantaged – places.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Welcome to our guide to New Year’s Eve events in London. Are you thinking of a night out this New Year’s Eve, well the team at London Greek Radio rounds-up a few ideas

On Monday 31st December London Greek Radio are hosting our first NEW YEARS EVE at the Country Club Trent Park in Oakwood. 9 pm till 4 in the morning.

Join us for the party of the festive season, featuring DJ Magis on the decks and live musical entertainment by Cypriot Greek singer Mixalis Theodosiou.

Mixalis is expected to fire-up the atmosphere for what is said to be one of the biggest live Greek parties of the year.

DJ Magis will be mixing Greek & English hits, all night long. Fusing all the best Modern Laika, Greek Club, Greek Classics and Zeimbekika with all the biggest English hits of the decade.

Standard tickets are available for £25. For table packages please contact Vassoula at London Greek Radio on: 0208 349 6963.

Event tickets are available to purchase below. See the website link… Or to avoid paying the online booking fee, tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling LGR on 0208 349 6963.

http://www.lgr.co.uk/lgr-presents-nye-at-the-country-club/

This event is strictly over-18s only.

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Vasilis Saleas at NYE Live Event AND 1st January 2019 Piccadilly Birmingham

Party London Anna presents a live and exclusive evening with the well-known songwriter/composer Vasilis Saleas and his team of fellow-musicians. Vasilis will duet with Titi Mousika on clarinet; Sarantis Saleas, Efi Panou and Aggeliki Polizou. At Crystal Hall, Gate W5, 1 Poppin Business Centre, South Way, Wembley, HA9 0HB; and on 1st January 2019 at Piccadilly Banqueting Suite, 372 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4AB.

An impressive menu with free drinks…

To book your place and for further info 07999 955 770 or 07366 428 130.

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Inside Out Eventz NYE 2018 at The Decorium

DJ Sooty with live performances by Elizabeth Chapman at The Decorium, 22 Western Road, Wood Green N22 6UH. 4 Course meal, fruit, tea/coffee & midnight vasilopita 8pm-2:30 am £80 adults/under 12’s £50 inclusive with food, or entry only £25 with seating 10pm-2:30 am. Ticket sales & info 020 3356 7777.

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The Greek Cypriot Women’s Organisation in Wightman Road NYE Party 

The long-established Cypriot association are proud to announce, their massive party welcoming 2019 in Greek style! Good food and live music from Laiko-fused band, Prosfiges. Entry £35. Starts 7:30 pm. To book your tickets or for more info call 0740 440 3597 or 0794 041 9569. At the Greek Cypriot Women’s Organisation, Denmark Road, N8 0DZ, corner of Wightman Road.

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George Gregoriou and Nikos Savvides NYE at The Cypriot Community Centre

The much-loved and well-known duo, George Gregoriou and Nikos Savvides will be performing at The Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, N22 5HJ, for info 0208 881 2329.

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NYE at Panorama Restaurant, Whetstone, featuring Valentino on bouzouki/singing

1174 High Road, N20 0LH, for info 020 8446 6444.

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NYE 2018 at The Penridge Suite

Chris Theoharous is the DJ on the night till late, with a dinner and dance set-up, organised by The Penridge Suite. 020 8362 0880.

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The Greek Cypriot Brotherhood NYE Event

The band of Nikos Siakolas will be in live performance, barbeque, and meze courtesy of Sotiris Kampanelas, till the early hours.

To reserve your place 020 8445 7070, or 07956 257 606.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Experienced London estate agent, Karl Knipe, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, is hosting the LGR’s series, “The Property Show.” Karl, partner of Kings Group (15 branches across North London, East London, Hertfordshire, and Essex), discuss a variety of issues each month, ranging from house prices and Brexit, to stamp duty, and the buy-to-let market, as well as, wealth management. Karl is joined by experts of various sectors in the industry.

Our specialist guests in the eighth one-hour episode;

Russell Quirk – Emoov Group

Russell is Founder & CEO of the Emoov Group, an online real estate agency. Russell is a third-generation estate agent, working in the traditional sector for many years before selling the family business to pioneer the hybrid model with an emphasis on empowering technology, outstanding customer service and fairer fees. Russell is recognised as a property expert and market analyst within the media, regularly featuring on TV, radio and in the press to commentate on a wide variety of topics, analysing the latest market data and trends and reacting to breaking news events.

Kristjan Byfield – Base Property Specialists

Kristjan is Co-Founder and Company Director of award-winning estate agency, Base Property Specialists. Base was launched in May 2004 with the aim of providing one of the finest customer service standards in the property sector, and to innovate, to move the industry forward. Kristjan’s key responsibilities include: company IT infrastructure, business development & growth, investment sourcing for clients and the overseeing of the Interior Design department. Base Property operates from the heart of Shoreditch Triangle in Central London, EC2, offering services London-wide, with clients across the capital.

Veta Sitaropoulos – Athé Design

Veta Sitaropoulos is an Australian born Architect and Interior Designer based in Islington, North London.  She works mainly in residential design, for both private clients and property developers.  Her current projects include the interior design and renovations of several large houses in Maida Vale, Queens Park, West Hampstead and Borough, with new projects in Spain and Sicily on the horizon.  Recent projects for developers have included high-end show apartments in Manchester, Liverpool and Leicester.  Her skill set bridges both the architectural and interiors elements of a design project.

 

Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 7:00pm

DON’T MISS IT! CALL IN

 


Article written by London Greek Radio

CYPRUS drawn in Group I with Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Belgium are a very familiar foe for Cyprus, being in the same group for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2016. Cyprus have never beaten Belgium in 11 meetings, 10 of which were losses. Cyprus have only played Russia 3 times, also never having beaten them.

The round-robin mini league begins on March 11-13, 2019 and concludes in November 2019.

To celebrate the tournament’s 60-year anniversary, Euro 2020 will take place in 12 different cities, stretching from Bilbao in Spain to Baku in Azerbaijan, with the final to be held at Wembley.

Realistically, Cyprus will fancy their chances to finish 3rd along with Scotland. If Cyprus are to have any hopes of finishing in the top two of the group, which leads to a ticket to the Euro final, they will need to win all four matches against Kazakhstan and San Marino and take full advantage of their home ground against the group’s other teams.

It is expected that all home matches will be held at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. This will be Ran Ben Shimon’s first full qualifying campaign in charge. The manager from Israel took over for Christakis Christoforou in July 2017, midway through the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Greece drawn in Group J with Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Armenia, and Liechtenstein.

The Euro 2004 winners will face Italy for the first time after 37 years, as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina (with which it shared the same World Cup 2018 group), Finland (that won the Nations League group Greece finished third in last month), Armenia and Liechtenstein.

The round-robin mini league begins on March 11-13, 2019 and concludes in November 2019.

“We have to do our best. We owe it to the Greek fans to rise to the level of the successful times the national team had in previous years,” stated new manager Angelos Anastasiadis after the draw.

“I believe in these lads, otherwise I would not have been here. There are no easy opponents, everything depends on the situation we will be in. We need to rise to the occasion and be in our best possible condition, so that we can fight for qualification,” added the experienced coach.

To celebrate the tournament’s 60-year anniversary, Euro 2020 will take place in 12 different cities, stretching from Bilbao in Spain to Baku in Azerbaijan, with the final to be held at Wembley.

The top two teams from each group qualify automatically but, unlike in previous tournaments, the play-offs to decide the four other spots will be contested between the most successful teams from the four divisions of the Nations League, who have not already qualified.


Article written by London Greek Radio

London Greek Radio (LGR) celebrates 29 years as a licensed radio station this month, just weeks after its 35th unofficial anniversary.

On 8th October 1983, LGR began transmitting to the Greek and Cypriot community, as a pirate radio station and officially joined the FM airwaves on 13th November 1989.

In the mid-1980s, tens of thousands of people signed a petition demonstrating the need for LGR to have a real presence within the community.  The signatures were handed to the relevant authorities which subsequently contributed to the station being licensed by the radio authorities.

The book, ‘London’s Pirate Pioneers’ by Stephen Hebditch tells the story of the capital’s pirate radio stations and the people who helped change the British broadcasting system.

He writes about LGR’s undeniable legacy in the eighties and the intense pressures it faced to shut the station down.  However, London Greek Radio became Britain’s first-ever licensed ethnic radio station upon being awarded its license.

Over the years, London Greek Radio has become steadfast to a wide range of listeners; from maturing-settlers-to-the-UK to the coming-of-age of British Greeks and Cypriots – connecting listeners to their roots through a carefully balanced programming of music, speech, entertainment and news.

Today, in addition to serving communities on 103.3FM, LGR has been taken into 21st-century broadcasting by joining the Digital Radio platform.

LGR can now be heard in four major cities on DAB+ (digital radio), namely London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, crossing into Scotland.

Furthermore, listeners extend worldwide at www.lgr.co.uk and the station has a free app for mobile devices which listeners can download from the App or Play stores embracing the ‘on-the-move’ audience.

LGR’s newly appointed Managing Director, Tony Psillou, said, “More listeners are discovering the ever-growing London Greek Radio family every day, not only Greek-speaking listeners but English, Jewish, Albanian, Arab, Bulgarian, Turkish, Russian and many more that frequently tune in.

He added, “LGR is undergoing a revamp with fresh ideas to attract an even wider audience.  Exciting times ahead ‘onwards and upwards’.”

LGR’s Chairman John Kyriakides, added, “With LGR’s edgier playlists of the biggest Greek and Cypriot tunes, Modern Laika, Greek Pop, Entehna, Golden-Oldies, Alternative, Folk and Current Chart Hits, we continue to serve the listener.

“It’s this enigmatic reason that the station remains the preferred choice in most Greek and Cypriot homes, offices, shops, factories, workplaces, vehicles and venues.”

On FM, Online, on your Mobile and On Digital Radio, This is LGR (London Greek Radio) THE HEARTBEAT OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY‘.

Happy Birthday LGR!


Article written by London Greek Radio

THE RESULTS ARE IN! THE UK CYPRIOT COMMUNITY HAS SPOKEN ON CYPRIOT CITIZENSHIP AND BREXIT

The opinion poll indicates clear interest from UK Cypriots to obtain Cypriot citizenship – 81% saying they were “highly likely to apply for Cypriot citizenship”.

UK Cypriots overwhelmingly support the UK remaining in the European Union (83%) and think there should be a referendum on the final deal with the EU (83%).

Federation President, Christos Karaolis, said “This is the first national, representative opinion poll of the UK Cypriot community on these crucial issues. We’ve heard our community’s voice loud and clear and this will guide our advocacy on Brexit and Cypriot citizenship.

The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK has conducted a national, representative, opinion poll on two timely and important issues for the UK Cypriot community. These issues regularly feature in conversations amongst our community and people often express strong opinions on both topics. The conclusions of the ‘Cypriot citizenship & Brexit opinion poll’ can be read below, including a summary of the verbatim feedback.

Commenting on the results, Federation President Christos Karaolis thanked those who had participated and said that, “UK Cypriots have had their say on two very important issues to our community. We’ll use the community’s voice to advocate to the Cypriot Government on the issue of Cypriot citizenship and build on the conversations we regularly have with them on this topic. The Brexit opinion poll results, overwhelmingly in favour of remain and a referendum on the final deal between the UK and the EU, enable us to make accurate and factually based representations to the UK Government and Opposition on behalf of the UK Cypriot community.

Cypriot Citizenship

In all of 2015, the year before Britain voted to leave the European Union, there were only 30 applications for Cypriot citizenship at the Cyprus High Commission in the UK. After the EU referendum, the number of applications has increased by 670% to ~200 in the UK Consulate between January and July 2018. The opinion poll highlights that there are many more UK Cypriots that are interested in obtaining Cypriot citizenship – 81% responded that they were “highly likely to apply for Cypriot citizenship”. It also indicates concerns about a lack of information in the community about the process of obtaining Cypriot citizenship with two-thirds unclear about the eligibility criteria and 80% unsure about the process and documentation required. Despite the significant efforts and measures taken by the Cyprus High Commission to address the application process at the Consulate, the Interior Ministry of Cyprus could do more to streamline and expedite the criteria and process.

The verbatim feedback, whilst highlighting the significant interest in applying, also revealed key themes that needed to be addressed about the “difficulty” and “confusion” surrounding the application process.

Brexit

The results of the Brexit opinion poll show that an overwhelming majority of the community (83%) is in favour of remaining in the EU. In addition, 12% of the community is in favour of the UK leaving the EU and 5% do not care. The community is just as decisive on whether there should be a referendum on the UK’s final deal with the EU – 83% of respondents said that there should be a referendum on the final deal whereas only 14% believed that there should not be.

The key reasons our community gave for supporting remain are focused on the economy, free movement, fear of racism and the benefits of European collaboration. For Brexit supporters, the key reasons focused on concerns around immigration, democratic deficit and the handling of financial crises in the EU in recent years.


Article written by National Federation of Cypriots in the UK

Bank of Cyprus announced on Friday 23/11 it had completed the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary bank in the UK, Bank of Cyprus UK Limited and its subsidiary Bank of Cyprus Financial Services Limited, to Cynergy Capital Limited following the receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals from the Prudential Regulation Authority and the European Central Bank.

The decision to sell the UK Group was in line with the Group’s strategy of delivering value for shareholders and focusing principally on supporting the growing Cypriot economy, the bank said.

The sale consideration amounted to £107 m (€120m) comprising £103m base consideration plus a purchase price adjustment of £4m.

Half of the base consideration together with the purchase price adjustment was received upon completion and the remaining half is deferred over 24 months, without any performance conditions attached, the bank said

In addition, the Group and BoC UK have signed a cooperation agreement, under which both organisations will cooperate in a number of key areas going forward, including continuity of servicing for existing customers.


Article written by Cyprus Mail