Cypriot girl urgently seeks Bone Marrow Donor
A Greek-Cypriot girl from Edmonton, Stella Charalambous, is in desperate need of a bone marrow donation. The Cypriot community, are asked to support and participate in a planned sampling to find a compatible bone marrow donor for Stella Charalambous, a Cypriot from North London, with roots in the Cypriot village of Argaka, who is facing a serious battle against leukaemia.
Sampling to find a compatible donor is being scheduled on Sunday 31st March 2019 at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Hall, 2 Logan Road, Edmonton, London, N9 0LP from 11am to 3pm. Sampling will be carried out by means of ‘coating’ (taking a sample of your saliva).
If you are free on this day, aged between 17-55 and in good health please pop down and spare 5 minutes of your time.
Supported by The Leukaemia Society.
Article written by London Greek Radio
The former Love Island and Celebs Go Dating contestant Michael Thalassitis has been found dead aged just 26.
The reality TV favourite, affectionately nicknamed Muggy Mike, was found in a park near his childhood home in North London.
Scotland Yard officers said they found the body of a man in his 20s hanged in a park in Edmonton on Saturday. A spokesperson said: “Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 0928hrs on Saturday, 16 March to reports of a man found hanged.
“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s, deceased.
“At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious.
“Police are in the process of informing the man’s next of kin. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
The news of his death comes just months after his best friend Danny Cutts passed away, with further reports suggesting he had been grieving his late grandmother. The reality TV star had moved in with the 94-year-old after her deteriorating health meant she needed a full time carer.
He achieved fame on the 2017 series of Love Island and was also a semi-pro footballer.
Born in Edmonton, the British Cypriot played for a range of teams including Ebbsfleet United, St Albans, Chelmsford, Welling United, Stevenage and Margate.
His most successful spell during his sporting career when he played for Stevenage and represented the Cyprus national team and during the 2012/13 season, he scored seven goals in 19 appearances for Boreham Wood.
The reality star was due to open his own restaurant, with reports suggesting the unveiling would be next week.
He also appeared on the reality show Celebs Go Dating in 2018. He split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late last year.
After the island Mike signed up to appear in the fourth series of Celebs Go Dating alongside Gemma Collins, London Hughes and Sam Thompson.
His last Twitter post on March 8 was a fundraising plea to help former football pal Spencer McCall battle cancer.
He posted a shirtless picture on Instagram earlier this month, advertising a prize for followers.
We at London Greek Radio would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.
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Cypriot scientist Dr Antonis Antoniou has led a team of researchers who have developed a potentially “game-changing” test to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
The new study combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible, notes Cancer Research UK.
Some GPs and specialists are trialling the prediction tool as part of a plan to spot cancers earlier through tailored screening.
Women at high risk could be given preventative treatments or offered more checks, note the researchers.
A potentially ‘game-changing’ innovation for predicting a woman’s risk of breast cancer has been unveiled.
Scientists have analysed hundreds of genetic markers and lifestyle factors together to come with a method said to be the most comprehensive yet.
The research aims to help doctors identify patients at the highest risk and lowest risk of developing the disease.
Those who are considered to be more likely to develop breast cancer can then be given preventative treatments or offered more screening.
Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease in the UK, with nearly 55,000 women diagnosed every year.
Cancer Research UK says a large proportion of those cases occur in people who are at an increased risk.
Led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, the risk factor study has produced an online calculator for GPs to use in their surgeries that is currently undergoing testing.
Professor Antonis Antoniou from Limassol, lead author at the university’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care, said: “This is the first time that anyone has combined so many elements into one breast cancer prediction tool. It could be a game changer for breast cancer because now we can identify large numbers of women with different levels of risk – not just women who are at high risk.”
The system combines information on family history and genetics with other factors such as weight, age at menopause, alcohol consumption and use of hormone replacement therapy.
More than 300 genetic indicators for breast cancer are taken into account, making risk calculation much more precise than ever before.
Prof Antoniou said: “This should help doctors to tailor the care they provide depending on their patients’ level of risk. For example, some women may need additional appointments with their doctor to discuss screening or prevention options and others may just need advice on their lifestyle and diet.
“We hope this means more people can be diagnosed early and survive their disease for longer, but more research and trials are needed before we will fully understand how this could be used.”
This innovative testing is shining new hope on the disease. Over 2 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the year 2018, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in both women and men worldwide.
Dr Antoniou is an accomplished scientist who studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as the University of Cambridge before earning his PhD in Genetic Epidemiology at Cambridge in 2001.
He has taught in the field of cancer risk prediction since 2013. The main focus of his research involves the development and trial of statistical modelling techniques for addressing clinical questions and the development of risk prediction tools.
His latest breast cancer tool, made possible by the recent advances in genetics, will soon be used in clinical practice by doctors all over the world.
Article written by London Greek Radio
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
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.
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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!
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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.
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.
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
The Management and Staff of London Greek Radio would like to invite you to their pre-Christmas Dinner & Dance, 2018. The festive season kicks-off with live music and food on Sunday 25 November at 6 pm. We are also excited to announce entertainment for this evening includes the renowned Cypriot singer Konstantina, for a 1-night exclusive performance. Not to mention live music by Elizabeth Chapman, George Gregoriou on bouzouki, Nikos Savvides on guitar and Giannakis on the keyboard.
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.
In 2018, our time has also been spent putting together events, such as this one, where all members of our community could come and celebrate our culture together.
Join us at The Penridge Suite, 470 Bowes Road, Arnos Grove, London N11 1NL. Doors open at 6pm, dinner will be served at 6:45pm.
Tickets are £35 & £40. For more information and Tickets please call London Greek Radio on 0208 349 6950!
We look forward to seeing you all there.
This event is sponsored by:
A.C.B.O Accountants in North London Business Park;
Barry Pylio – of Food Lovers Cooking Show;
Property Centre – Property, investment & management in Southgate & Bayswater;
Raphaels Bakery & Patisserie in Cockfosters;
S. Aspris & Son, wine, beer & spirit merchant;
SIX PAYMENT SERVICES a member of G.A.P. Vasilopoulos Group, the new safe payment solution;
The Highland Angus Steak House in Southgate;
Article written by London Greek Radio