Dr Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos has become the first person to complete three of the World’s toughest physical challenges whilst simultaneously raising awareness for the Operation Wallacea Trust.
UK based doctor Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos, from Greece, has become the first person in history to complete the world’s highest climb on Everest, swim the rough waters of the English Channel, and successfully run the Marathon des Sables. Generally considered to be the toughest footrace on Earth, the Marathon des Sables covers 250km in six days across the Sahara Desert of Morocco, and Georgios completed the race and made history.
The race was the culmination of years of intense training for Georgios, who has run up to 100 kilometres per week in preparation for the event, whilst even turning his spare bedroom into a Saharan furnace by installing heaters to help his body prepare for the 50°C temperature he would need to endure in order to compete in the race.
Talking about his achievement, Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos commented: “What a privilege it is to be the first person in history to have achieved the Ice Water Fire challenge; the personal stories and experiences along the way, are simply invaluable. The Marathon des Sables turned out to be a rollercoaster of an event during which I had to get through adversity to get to the finish, and by doing so I proudly carried with me the Opwall Trust’s environmental message”.
Georgios ran the Marathon des Sables in support of the Opwall Trust, a UK-based charity working with local communities in developing countries to provide commercially viable enterprises linked to the conservation of biodiversity. Environmental degradation and natural resource overexploitation, particularly in the tropics, are widespread. However, the underlying stimulus is seldom greed, but instead is due to desperation and a lack of alternatives amongst communities already living below the poverty line. The Opwall Trust designs and implements the alternative income streams they so desperately need to protect local wildlife for the long term.
Speaking about the trust, the founder, Tim Coles OBE says: “If you live in a poor rural community in a developing country then wildlife conservation is often not top of your agenda compared to the daily struggle to feed and educate your kids! What the Opwall Trust does is to design and invest in small local businesses that are linked to the whole community agreeing not to deforest or hunt in the adjacent forests so there is a direct link between wildlife conservation and raising living standards.”
For more information about the Ice Fire Water callange, visit www.icewaterfire.com
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President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades (pictured) has announced Confidence Building Measures in an effort to strengthen the negotiating process due to resume next month.
In a written statement on Tuesday, issued only two days after the election of Mustafa Akinci to the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community, President Anastasiades said he hoped the measures will create a climate of trust and hope among the entire people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
The measures include information and maps with regard to anti-personnel minefields in the northern Turkish occupied areas and transferring to EVKAF (religious foundation) the management of the Muslim places of worship that are in the southern government controlled areas and belong to Turkish Cypriots.
In his statement, Anastasiades announced the measures “on the occasion of the resumption of the talks and my strong conviction for the need to create a climate of trust that will be working toward strengthening the negotiating procedure”.
During the “first joint meeting with Mr. Akinci, I intend to hand over maps and information with regard to 28 anti-personnel minefields in the Pendadaktylos area”, the President said.
He also announced the “transfer of the management to Evkaf of the Muslim places of worship that are in the free areas, and which belong to the Turkish Cypriot community and are not under the protection for foreign embassies”.
Anastasiades further said a “decision has been made to hire Turkish speaking officers at the Citizen Service Centers in Nicosia so that the service to our Turkish Cypriot compatriots is made easier”.
He welcomed “the effort that is under way to unify football in Cyprus and I hope that it is concluded successfully at the earliest possible”.
Anastasiades said that it “is well-known that for the purpose stated above I had suggested a mutually beneficial set of Confidence Building Measures, and it is with special satisfaction that I ascertain the willingness of the new leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Mr. Akinci, to engage in a dialogue for the adoption of the Measures that will secure a climate of trust and hope among the entire people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”.
In a landslide victory on Sunday, Akinci garnered over 60% of the vote and his opponent Dervis Eroglu 39%.
UN-led peace talks are expected to resume in May, with the top UN Cyprus envoy arriving on the island next week to prepare the ground for the resumption of the talks.
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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (pictured) will be meeting the new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Saturday at noon, following a telephone conversation the two had on Tuesday morning. The venue is yet to be announced.
Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told the press today that the telephone conversation took place at the initiative of President Anastasiades and explained this will be a social meeting, however the Cyprus problem and the resumption of the peace talks will be on the agenda.
Replying to a question on the issue of the Turkish occupied city of Famagusta, the Spokesman said that the only proposal on the table, for which the international community is already aware of, is the proposal submitted by President Anastasiades which refers to the fenced off area of Famagusta (Varosha).
Invited to comment on statements by Akinci n the issue, the Spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side is aware of his public statements only. “When we are specifically briefed, then we will be able to comment,” he added.
Replying to another question on the illegal airport in occupied Tymbou, the Spokesman said that when Confidence Building Measures were discussed between President Anastasiades and former Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, no such thing was included in the document submitted by the Turkish Cypriot side.
He noted that the issue of the operation of the illegal airport is often included in public statements and that the Greek Cypriot side has no official information to this end.
Christodoulides also said that President Anastasiades will be presiding over a meeting of the National Council soon.
To another question about an exchange of words in public between Akinci and Turkish President Tayip Erdogan, the Spokesman said that Cyprus government monitors closely developments related to this incident.
“We watch an attempt by Akinci to break free from Turkey`s dependence. We are sure that the UN and the foreign governments who are interested in the Cyprus problem closely follow these developments. We will also keep following developments and will comment accordingly“, the Spokesman said.
Akinci was elected new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community during a run-off election last Sunday.
Referring to UNSG Special Envoy`s visit to Cyprus, Christodoulides said that Espen Barth Eide will be arriving on the island next Monday.
Commenting on a statement attributed to UNSG Spokesman on “two governments“ on the island, Christodoulides said that Cyprus has made representations to the UN, pointing out however that “we should not doubt the obvious, that Cyprus Republic is the only recognised government on the island.”
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A new round of UN-backed talks to reunite the island under a federal roof is set to commence in the next weeks.
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LGR is inviting you to vote for your favourite Cyprus Eurovision track of all time in the poll here. The nation makes a strong come-back to this May’s event in Vienna and it’s timely to ask you what you think…
Cyprus made their debut entry in 1981 with Island song ‘Monika’ with 32 official entrants this far… The Cypriot’s best rating was Top 5th by Anna Vissi, Hara and Andros Constantinou and Lisa Andreas producing the highest finish.
The most familiar Cypriot singers Anna Vissi, Ivi Adamou, Constantinos Christoforou, Evridiki, Michalis Hatzigiannis, Despina Olympiou and Alexia have all sung for the island in the music competition held yearly.
John Karayiannis the 20 year-old born in Limassol will be flying the Cypriot flag, with ‘One Thing I Should Have Done’. The sweet melody track is written by Mike Connaris, a London Cypriot song-writer at Mcasso Studios in Great Marlborough Street, previously wrote 2004’s Top 5th entry ‘Stronger Every Minute’ which equal’s our best ever…
Cyprus competes in Eurovision Semi-Final 2 airing on Thursday 21st May at 8pm, and if you are UK based your tele-votes will be adding to jurors for the 10 qualifiers that night.
Meanwhile, Eurovision’s grand final will take place on Saturday 23rd May at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna.
Article written by Tony Neophytou
The seventh instalment in the Fast and Furious series is exactly what everyone expected it to be: loud, fast and outrageous, most importantly though it’s a lot of fun. Sweeping all before it at the box office and taking in over $1 billion worldwide, the Furious 7 story picks up right where the previous film left off.
Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw makes his series debut hot on the heels of Dominic Toretto and the rest of his crew, swearing to take revenge for his hospitalized brother Owen. After taking out Han in Tokyo (and finally making sense of the third film), we’re introduced to Shaw through an explosive opening fight with series standout Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, setting the rhythm for the rest of the film. Playing out against a background of adrenaline and hip-hop, the story takes a number of exciting if familiar twists and turns that will please fans of the series and fans of the action genre in general. There’s no end to the amount of outrages stunts, and a moment where the crew parachute out from the back of a plane in their cars is a particularly crazy highlight. The death of Paul Walker part way through filming is disguised well in the finished product, and although there is an obvious lack of screen time for Walker in the final third of the film, plaudits must be given to the film-makers for their handling of the situation.
With Wiz Khalifa’s Paul Walker tribute track “See You Again” topping worldwide music charts and becoming the fastest selling single of 2015 in the UK so far, everything points to audiences seeing much more of the Furious series in the very near future. It’s just a shame that one of its biggest stars is not around to see the series’ continual success. The film is certainly a fitting send-off for an actor beloved by the Furious fans.
Article written by Salih Karakis
This coming May, Elizabeth Andrews will be performing live at the Dugdale theatre. The show will consist mainly of Musical Theatre numbers, with some pop/cross overs. They also have a 3 piece band!
Elizabeth Andrews has sung with some of the biggest international recording artists on the planet, including Mariah Carey, Westlife, Emile Sande, Leona Lewis, Razorlight and Susan Boyle.
Now she comes home to her local theatre for a very special evening, showcasing her ersatility and bringing some friends from the world of entertainment.
Purchase your tickets and enjoy a rare opportunity to see this remarkable performer.
Show dates: Tues 12th & Wed 13th May 2015 at 7:45pm
Tickets are £15/£14 online
To book your tickets online, click here or call the box office on: 0208 807 6680
Location: The Dugdale, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield Town, EN2
Nearest station: Enfield Town via National Rail (2 min walk to The Dugdale)
For more information follow Elizabeth Andrews on Twitter: @ElizabethA_Act
Article written by London Greek Radio
The forthcoming UK General Election on 7th May 2015 represents a unique opportunity for UK Cypriots to exercise their democratic right and to vote for the party and parliamentary candidate of their choice. We urge all Cypriots in the United Kingdom eligible to vote in the General Election to do so. British Cypriots should first ensure that they are registered to vote: you have until the 20th April to register, if you are not already on the electoral register*.
Importantly for UK Cypriots, this election comes at a sensitive time for Cyprus with negotiations to rid the island of Turkey’s military occupation and to reunite the country due to recommence. The UK is a Guarantor Power of the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and has important responsibilities by virtue of that role, as well as through its permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council and as a leading member of the European Union and the Commonwealth, not to mention the responsibility of all states to uphold international law and human rights.
The General Election is an opportunity for British Cypriots to raise the Cyprus problem’s profile on the political agenda of this country. For this brief period in the electoral cycle, all political parties will be seeking our views. The remaining days before polling are our chance to highlight the Cyprus problem repeatedly to those people who seek to represent us over the coming years and to seek to make it a priority on the foreign policy agenda of the new UK government. This is even more important at a time when so many new MPs are likely to be elected.
We have a responsibility as a community to make candidates from all parties aware of the plight of Cyprus and Britain’s historic responsibilities to the island and its people.
This election is also an opportunity for UK Cypriots to support Members of Parliament from all parties who are seeking re-election and who have a proven track record of working with us and supporting and promoting the cause of a reunited Cyprus in Parliament. We urge British Cypriots to vote for such candidates on 7th May 2015.
In conclusion, we call upon all British Cypriots to use the remaining critical period before polling day to inform, discuss with and lobby the people who seek our votes.
* Register to vote by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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Event information: VIBIN’ is back to North London!!!! ♪ ♫ ♬
OLD SKOOL Vs NU KOOL
♪ ♫ ♬ Playing a mix of Soul, 90s RnB & Swing, Soulful & Deep house & Vocal garage, 80s Gooves, Real Hip-hop & Party Anthems!
DJs & HOSTS
★ JIGS (Capital Xtra / Reloaded/ VIBIN) [@JigsDJ
★ FUNKSY (Crackers | LGR | VIBIN’ ) [@FUNKSY]
★ EON IRVING (Crackers)
★ CRAIG WILLIAMS (Mi-SOUL) | DANGERMAN
★ DJ MEL
★ PERCUSSION BY JANSEN SANTANA
VIBIN’ …. PURE TUNES! PURE VIBES! ♪ ♫ ♬
Entry for this night :
£7 on the door before 12am.
Or ONLY £5 in advance. Click here to book yours now. (Please print printable tickets with you).
> Absolutely no sportswear, hats or everyday-wear jeans are accepted.
> Very smart denim and designer clubwear trainers are accepted.
> Ideally, for gents, loafers or shoes are encouraged.
For group or birthday bookings contact Praxis Events on 07908622545 | info@PraxisEntertainment.c
Article written by London Greek Radio
On Friday the 8th May, we’re hosting an epic Greek style party at Club Azure in Enfield.
DJ Funksy will be on the decks alongside Andreas Demetriou, playing non stop Greek & English hits till 2.30am.
Our DJ’s will keep you dancing with all the best Modern Laika, Greek Club, Greek Classics, English club anthems, RnB, House & we’ll even be ending the night with a few zeibekika!
Club Azure is a state of the art, intimate clubbing space in the heart of Enfield Town.
Tickets for this event are £10.00.
Our online ticket shop is now closed, tickets may still be purchased on the door. Please note this event is over 18’s only.
To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: 50 Shades Of Greek tickets from Skiddle.
Sell tickets online: Skiddle Promotion Centre
Article written by London Greek Radio
Trichordo-Laikes Mousikes-Paragoges are proud to present… Nikos Oikonomopoulos Live in London on Sunday 10th May 2015 at The Forum!!
Tickets are now Available at Greekcity via www.greekcityevents.com Tel : 020 88890186
Tickets can also be purchased through ticketmaster.co.uk or using their special HOTLINE 07419 170053.
Article written by London Greek Radio