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Reports of a minor explosion and “people running” at Southgate station – an incident not believed to be terror-related.

British Transport Police said there were no reports of serious injuries and their enquiries continue at Southgate station which has been closed.

The incident comes as officers investigated a suspicious package.

Police believe the explosion was caused by a faulty drill battery.

London Ambulance Service said they treated three people at the scene for minor injuries while two others were taken to hospital.

A 23 year-old man has been arrested held on suspicion of an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property, and endangering safety on the railway.

The local Cypriot MP Bambos Charalambous for Enfield Southgate had visited Southgate station on the Tuesday night; he issued a statement which confirmed that the “minor explosion” was non-terror related.

Southgate is still cordoned off after the explosion shortly after 7 pm. @ have confirmed that explosion was non terror related. Sadly there have been some injuries, it seems from the panic. My thoughts are with everyone who has been hurt and a huge thanks to our emergency services.”

British Transport Police tweeted: “Southgate Tube station is currently closed whilst officers respond to a suspicious package.

“Officers are on scene alongside @metpoliceuk. Please avoid the area – we’ll provide updates as soon as we can.”

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were called at 7.03pm on 19 June to reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate underground station.

“Met officers remain at the scene along with colleagues from British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.

“Cordons are in place and the station is closed.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the reported explosion, which appears to have been minor.

“We are not aware of any serious injury.”

The arrested man, who is from Enfield, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Photo credit: Sean‏ Salamander/Twitter


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London Greek Radio is pleased to announce that we will be joining thousands at this year’s Cypriot Wine Festival and Business Expo on Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.

The Cypriot extravaganza is estimated to have over 12,000 people attending over the two days. Parikiaki Newspaper hosts its second year at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, a modern spacious venue where companies, organisations, Cypriot produce and Cypriot wine will be exhibiting for the event’s 36th annual outing.

The excitement is steadily building, with hashtag #CyWineFest and #CyWineFest2018 trending as the event attracts all ages and backgrounds.

This year’s headlining act is sensational singer Konstantinos Argiros in his live London debut, hitting the stage in the evening. Supporting him is one of our own, British Cypriot singer Kyriacos Georgiou, recording artist and live performer in Greece and other countries.

Adding to the dynamic schedule are talented acts, Elizabeth Chapman, performing her latest offering, ‘Irthes Esi’, along with Tony Panayi and George Nicolaou.

LGR will be present on both days at our exhibition stand where you can find us, facing the stage, near the entrance.

Come and meet your favourite radio personalities, take part in our prize draws, and we’ll also have some giveaways! We are looking forward to seeing you there. Come and say hello!

Doors open at the slightly later time of midday and close at 11.00 pm on Sunday 27th and 11:30 am to 10.00 pm on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018.

The address is at Lee Valley Leisure Complex, 61 Meridian Way, N9 0AR; you can purchase your tickets directly for the evening concert seating area, by visiting cypriotwinefestival.com

See you there!


Article written by London Greek Radio

London Greek Radio is pleased to announce that we will be joining thousands at this year’s Cypriot Wine Festival and Business Expo on Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.

The Cypriot extravaganza is estimated to have over 12,000 people attending over the two days. Parikiaki Newspaper hosts its second year at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, a modern spacious venue where companies, organisations, Cypriot produce and Cypriot wine will be exhibiting for the event’s 36th annual outing.

The excitement is steadily building, with hashtag #CyWineFest and #CyWineFest2018 trending as the event attracts all ages and backgrounds.

This year’s headlining act is sensational singer Konstantinos Argiros in his live London debut, hitting the stage in the evening. Supporting him is one of our own, British Cypriot singer Kyriacos Georgiou, recording artist and live performer in Greece and other countries.

Adding to the dynamic schedule are talented acts, Elizabeth Chapman, performing her latest offering, ‘Irthes Esi’, along with Tony Panayi and George Nicolaou.

LGR will be present on both days at our exhibition stand where you can find us, facing the stage, near the entrance.

Come and meet your favourite radio personalities, take part in our prize draws, and we’ll also have some giveaways! We are looking forward to seeing you there. Come and say hello!

Doors open at the slightly later time of midday and close at 11.00 pm on Sunday 27th and 11:30 am to 10.00 pm on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018.

The address is at Lee Valley Leisure Complex, 61 Meridian Way, N9 0AR; you can purchase your tickets for the evening concert seating area, by visiting cypriotwinefestival.com

See you there!

Konstantinos Argiros, Kyriacos Georgiou

Tony Panayi, Elizabeth Chapman, George Nicolaou

 


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LGR presents popular singing sensation, Plastikes Karekles on Tuesday, 22nd May, at The Village Greek Restaurant in New Barnet from 7 pm.

Plastikes Karekles live performance

Plastikes Karekles consist of Marina Deligianni (vocals), Spiros Bolovinos (vocals, bouzouki), Pavlos Carvalho (bouzouki), Maria Tsirodimitri (guitar), Lydian Dhami (double bass)

Join us to enjoy some amazing Greek music & for a night to remember!

Tickets only £12.

Plastikes Karekles at The Village Greek Restaurant, 24 Lytton Road, New Barnet, EN5 5BY.

For more information & for tickets, call LGR on 0208 349 6950.

This event has been kindly sponsored by Andrews Shipping & Forwarding, Evalena Beach Hotel Protaras, Hellenic Gourmet (Myddleton Road), World of Satellite, Drainman 24/7, This is IT Dental (Harley Street), & 90 On The Green (Aldermans Hill)


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Popular British-born Cypriot, Panayiotis (Pani) Argyrou sadly died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 24th April 2018 at the age of 29 after fighting an illness with so much dignity.

Whilst his family and many of his close friends knew that Pani was ill, the news of his passing has sent shockwaves through the Cypriot community across the UK, with many taking to social media to express their sadness and condolences.

Panayiotis was born on 6th March 1989 in London and was the second eldest of three siblings.

His mother and father are also British-born, with his paternal grandparents being from Eftakomi and Avgorou and his maternal grandparents from Morphou.

Panayiotis grew up in north-west London, predominantly in Kingsbury, and attended Our Lady of Grace Primary School in Neasden, followed by St Gregory’s Catholic Secondary School in Kenton. Business Studies was his chosen subject at Middlesex University.

Many Cypriots in the UK knew Panayiotis, (known as ‘Pani’). He was an active member of St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church in Harrow and enthusiastically organised several trips across the UK and abroad for the Church community. He was also Chair of the Graduates Organisation of the Church.

Along with that, Pani was a founder member, treasurer and sponsor of St Panteleimon FC who play in the Middlesex County Football League.

As proprietor of the well-known and popular restaurant, “Panorama” in Whetstone, and was also a partner in the Orama Restaurant in Hatch End, enjoying a very active business life.

A good friend and listener of London Greek Radio, he would often use the medium of radio to promote his events and business to the community. LGR management and staff were shocked and saddened on hearing of Pani’s passing, with some reflecting on the last time they saw him at the Basile event held in February at the Millfield Theatre.

Pani also assisted to bring renowned Greek singers to perform in the UK and he was instrumental in bringing the famous Greek-American comedian Basile to our shores.

He is survived by his mother, Georgina; his father, Argyros; brother, Antonaki; and sister, Maria.

The Funeral Service takes place on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 11.00 am at the church of St Panteleimon, Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 9QN.

Everyone at London Greek Radio shares in the community’s sadness and we extend our condolences to Pani’s family.


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A new radio station has been introduced in Glasgow which has big plans to shake up Scotland’s airwaves.

London Greek Radio, (LGR), has been added to the DAB+ multiplex in Glasgow, extending their radio coverage to Glasgow’s population of almost 600,000.

Scotland has an estimated Greek and Cypriot population of more than 50,000 and the new station’s hopes are to garner many more listeners across the Glaswegian City with a fusion of talk and Greek music when it launched on Wednesday 11th April.

LGR is believed to be the first ethnic London radio station to cross the border into Scotland now playing European music in Glasgow on DAB+ Digital Radio.

Antonaki Jay, LGR’s Station Manager said, “We’re really big on serving Scotland and will now include more features for the communities we serve outside of London to include local people, local issues and local news.”

He added, “We’ll be covering a wide range of news, gossip and Greek music with different presenters tailored to the various diverse communities we broadcast to.”

LGR has already attracted some top presenters after more than thirty-five years on the air. It will be led by veteran host Vasilis Panayi and will feature DJs including Andreas Michaelides, Kat Neocleous, DJ Sooty, Soulla Violaris and Tony Neophytou.

Inevitably, Antonaki says that Greek music will be their “mainstay.” Describing their brand as “the Heartbeat of the Greek community”, he reveals hopes to begin a regular phone-in during the evenings to connect Greeks in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London, (where the station is already broadcasting on DAB+).

LGR’s Chairman, John Kyriakides, said, “We are broadening our scope to reach out to the wider Greek and Mediterranean audiences. With digital radio, we can go further and will be looking at doing things differently at LGR.

“We’ll be talking about everyone in the Greek communities in Glasgow, including small businesses and local people and aim to reach out to more than just Greek people in Scotland too. We feel the whole Greek culture may have been somewhat overlooked to some extent.”

Antonaki Jay, – who was at the helm of joining Glasgow’s DAB+ platform – hopes LGR’s edgier playlist of more of today’s biggest Greek and Cypriot tunes with some home-grown talent thrown in the mix will attract listeners who are fed up of chart-topping earworms on mainstream stations.

He said: “We’ll play a wide range of music from Natasa Theodoridou and Konstantinos Argyros, through to Giannis Ploutarhos and Melina Aslanidou – an eclectic mix. Not too heavy, though.

“We’ll also host unsigned Greek singers, bands and performers either via telephone or in the studio. We want to give these acts a chance to be heard and celebrate Scottish-Hellenic talent.

“We love our Greek music and we really hope to build our audience through that.”

LGR will be spinning Greek music and covering a wide range of cultural programmes with more depth, which will no doubt appeal to hundreds across Glasgow.

Vasili Panayi, lifelong programmer at LGR said, “We know we’re not Heart or Clyde. We don’t have any sort of competition. For us, this is a first being in Glasgow!”

He added: “This will be a multi-platform digital outlet that interacts with its audience through social media and telephone, as well as email, text and messenger platforms. We’ll be connected to our listeners and giving Greek people in Scotland a voice.

“LGR will be more than just a radio station.”

London Greek Radio (LGR) is a 24-hour station, with live broadcasting between 7 am until Midnight. It launched in Glasgow on Wednesday 11th April.

LGR joins several stations on DAB+ as more radio stations are preparing to broadcast on Glasgow’s airwaves, as the city becomes Scotland’s digital radio hotspot.

Listeners will need a newer DAB+ compatible radio, recognisable through the Digital Radio Tick Mark on packaging, to receive the full set of stations via DAB and DAB+ digital radio.

54% of Glasgow homes own a DAB radio, according to latest statistics. The number of DAB stations that can be received in Glasgow has increased by thirty in the past year and is growing rapidly.

LGR is now broadcasting via 103.3 FM in London, across the world online and already on DAB+ in Birmingham, London and Manchester. Glasgow is now available in stereo using DAB+.


Article written by London Greek Radio

LGR supporting Radiomarathon charity

An Evening of Greek Music & Dance, on Friday 27th April, is hosting a spectacular evening full of live music and dancing!

Supporting Radiomarathon, the charity based in Enfield supports young people with a range of learning difficulties.

Entertaining us on the night are the talented; Savvakis Skouridis, Kostas Eleftheriou and a special guest appearance from Nicole Vasiliou.

Events like this offer the chance for our station to come together with the community and enjoy a fabulous evening. Moreover, through these events, we are able to renew and build a good relationship with both our listeners and the companies which work alongside us.

Join us at the Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, N22 5HJ.

There will be drinks and snacks available at the bar.

Tickets at only £7, for more information please call LGR on 0208 349 6950.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

The event is sponsored by Exesio Hair Care Services exesio.co.uk, ellinas BROTHERS food wholesalers and distributors, Taste of Cyprus in Palmers Green for a wide range of breads, sweets & pastries.


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On Sunday the 25th of March, the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK organised a community-wide celebration to mark the national day celebrations of 25 March 1821 and 1 April 1955 at Ashmole Academy in North London.

The guest speaker was the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, responsible for Greeks Abroad, Mr Terens Nikolaos Quick. Speeches were also given by the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, Christos Karaolis; the Ambassador of Greece to the UK, Demetrios Caramitsos-Tziras; the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the UK, Euripides Evriviades; the President of the Greek Orthodox Communities in the UK, Marios Minaides; and the representative of the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Bishop of Tropaeou Athanasios.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece,        Mr Terens Nikolaos

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece stressed that Greece’s position on the Cyprus issue is clear – that occupying troops must withdraw and that Cyprus cannot be subject to an anachronistic system of guarantees. Mr Quick said that these are the two inalienable conditions that Greece has for the Cyprus issue, and among other things he said:
”The 25th of March and 1st of April are historical events that in the end, led to freedom. Amongst many other factors that led to their success, was the international presence of Hellenes who took advantage of the dominant tendencies of the European communities and managed to persuade them to support Hellenism in its pursuit for freedom.

”Almost 200 years since the Greek Revolution, and after 400 years of enslavement – keeping in mind both the ups and downs of this journey, but most importantly our faith in a free Greece which are evident by our participation and role in the two World Wars, the Balkan wars – we are now opening up to new challenges. I would like to emphasise the collaboration of the diaspora of nations and specifically of the youth within the diasporas since they will define our future.”

The President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK welcomed and thanked the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece for his presence to celebrate 25 March 1821 and 1 April 1955 and said:

”This year’s national day celebrations find Cyprus and Greece facing tensions. In our small country, the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, instead of supporting the interests of our Turkish Cypriot compatriots, is held hostage by the orders of President Erdogan of Turkey, who continues to threaten Cyprus, Greece and the European Union.

”Our community, coordinated by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, sent thousands of emails in less than two weeks to the British Foreign Office about Turkey’s actions in Cyprus’ EEZ. The Foreign Office confirmed that it “wanted to see exploration go ahead”. The Labour Party, as well as Conservative and Labour MPs, condemned Turkey’s actions, proving that together, united we can achieve more. I urge you all to show our strength by voting for Cypriot candidates in the local elections on the 3rd of May.”

The Ambassador of Greece, Demetrios Caramitsos-Tziras, in his greeting said that the presence of the Deputy Foreign Minister at the celebrations demonstrates the importance that the Greek Government attaches to the contact with the diaspora and the interest that exists towards the continuation of the dynamic presence of the community in the UK.

The High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, Euripides Evriviades, said in his speech:
”The heroes of ’21 and ’55-’59 live on in today’s Greek, Cypriot and global world. Not only because the history of their lives and their deaths remain in the memory of the generations that followed and will follow, but above all because they are a beacon of loyalty and devotion to the fundamental ideals and values inherent in the real meaning of Hellenism: self-sacrifice, self-denial, selflessness, heroism.

”I must mention the enormous success of our compatriot, Andria Zafirakou, who was named the best teacher in the world when she won the Global Teacher Prize out of 30,000 nominees from 173 countries.

”Another major success of the community came as 2,200 emails and 600 physical letters… in other words, 2,800 arrows were sent via the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and reached their target in the heart of British Foreign policy. I’d like to send warm congratulations to the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, and his team for this very important achievement which demonstrates the hard work they have been putting in for the past few years.

”The diaspora holds our national banners high, paying homage to our history, which has nurtured and continues to nurture our ideals of European and Global culture. Together, we can. Together, we are stronger. Together, we go forward. Together, we go higher.”

The President of the Greek Orthodox Communities in the UK, Marios Minaides, in his brief greeting, paid tribute to the heroes of the national liberation struggles of Greece and Cyprus and said that in these difficult times we need to learn from the ”bravery, self-sacrifice, unity, and selflessness” of those heroes.

The Bishop of Tropaeou Athanasios, conveyed blessings and heartfelt greetings from the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Gregorios, and urged the diaspora to continue studying and learning from the spirit of the struggles of 1821 and 1955.

The programme was enriched with songs, poems, plays, and dances by children from community Greek schools. The community Greek schools that performed were: Hazelwood Greek School (OESEKA), the Cyprus Educational Mission (KEA), the Independent Greek Schools of Manor Hill and Finchley (AESL), the Greek Nursery & Primary School of London, the theatrical group of KEA, the Greek Secondary School of London, the Independent Greek School of St Mary (AESA), St. Demetrios Greek School. There were also psalms performed by the Archbishopric School of Byzantine Music, conducted by Dimitris Skrekas.

The President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the United Kingdom and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece handed out awards to children from Greek Schools in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester, for their participation in the annual art competition ”25 March 1821” or ”1 April 1955” that is hosted by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.

The students that received awards were Natalia Tsamili, 7 years old; Ariana Papaxenophontos, 7 years old; Helena Braim, 8 years old; Semeli Makri-Makridou, 8 years old; Nefeli Tsamili, 10 years old; Thekli Violari, 13 years old; Sofia Strati, 13 years old; Gabriella Lykourgou, 13 years old; and Thodora Panagiotou, 14 years old. Their art was exhibited in the programmes that were handed out on the day of the celebrations.

In attendance were representatives from the Greek Embassy and the Cyprus High Commission, the President of POMAK Andreas Papaevripides, the Vice-President of NEPOMAK UK Christos Tuton, presidents of the UK Branches of Cypriot political parties, presidents of associations and organisations, presidents of educational organisations such as KEA, OESEKA, AESA, AESL, Head Teachers and teachers of the Greek Schools of the community as well as many Greeks and Cypriot who live in the United Kingdom.

The programme was presented by Andreas Karaolis, Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, and Anna Antoniou, a teacher-member of KEA. Susie Constantinides was responsible for the coordination of the programme whilst the Head of KEA, Maria Papalouka was responsible for coordinating the performances.

Technical support and the coordination of music on the day was led brilliantly by Nakis Merkis. He had the support of the Chair of Ashmole Greek School, Antri Andreou; Andrea Louka; Christos Tuton; Adrian Patsalos; Zoe Merki; and Nephytos Merkis in preparing the venue and stage prior and during the show.


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THE PROPERTY SHOW

Experienced London estate agent Karl Knipe, with over 30 years experience in the industry will be hosting LGR’s new series called ‘The Property Show’.

Karl Knipe, partner of Kings Group, which has 15 branches across North London, East London, Hertfordshire and Essex, will discuss a variety of issues each month, ranging from house prices and Brexit, to stamp duty and the buy-to-let market.

Karl Knipe with Guests

The six-show series will air on LGR on the first Wednesday of every month, starting in April.

The host will be joined by regular guests. Joining him for the first show are Vishal Gulranjani from Thomas Oliver Financial Advisers, Chris Bramham from Metropolis Surveying Services and Roydon Weekes, also from Kings Group.

The first 45-minute episode of ‘The Property Show’ will see Karl and his guests give an expert overview of the current property market.

“I’m delighted to be hosting ‘The Property Show’ on London Greek Radio,” says Karl Knipe.”It’s a fantastic station with an engaged audience and I can’t wait to discuss the property issues of the day with my guests over the next few months.”

“The property market can be complex and is always changing, so it’s important that buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords are armed with the information they need to make smart and informed decisions,” he adds.

The Show will be produced by Iro Livanou. ”As a radio producer, I’m excited to work with Karl Knipe on The Property Show,” says Iro Livanou. “Not only does he have over 30 years’ experience in the property industry, he is also a charismatic radio presenter. I’m confident that the show will be a success and Karl will be well-received by the Greek community in the UK. Karl has been already embraced by the LGR team.”

Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 7:15 pm
DON’T MISS IT!


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A UK Cypriot teacher based at a school from one of the country’s most deprived areas has won a million dollars in the annual Global Teacher Prize.

Andria Zafirakou beat 30,000 others from 170 countries to be crowned winner at the ceremony in Dubai.

The art and textiles teacher, who had been shortlisted to the final 10, works at Alperton Community School in Brent, London. It’s one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse and disadvantaged places.

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

Ms Zafirakou learned how to say basic greetings in many of the 35 languages spoken at the school, including Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil and Portuguese, to help parents feel welcome and included.

The winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2018 faced a daunting task when she joined the school. The challenges of poverty, gang violence and engaging young people from such a diverse range of backgrounds were all too clear.

However, throughout the school and on the streets – she is driving change.

Her own classroom is just the beginning though. After school, with a walkie-talkie in hand, she’s outside the school gates, getting pupils safely onto local buses and heading off ‘recruiters’ for the local gangs.

Gang violence is a major problem in the local area. She works closely with the police to identify potential issues and ‘recruiters’.

”You can’t let that come through the school gates,” she says. ”We have to protect our pupils – at all costs.”

The fourth annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize is worth one million dollars (£717,000).

Watch it here: Andria Zafirakou’s winning speech from the Global Teacher Prize 2018


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