UK Cypriot's Michael Georgiou creates nice batch of Jaffa cakes...

UK Cypriot’s Michael Georgiou creates nice batch of Jaffa cakes…

The new series of BBC One’s the Great British Bake Off aired on August 24th, with a young British Cypriot in this year’s line-up of 12 amateur bakers, he is Michael Georgiou.

The 20-year-old UK Cypriot, who studies politics and economics at Durham University, was born to Cypriot parents in London. His grandparents from his father’s side come from Leonarisso, Koma tou Yiallou and from his mother’s side from Kellaki in Limassol.

In the first show he rolled up his sleeves clearly aiming to rise to the top of his class, by impressing his slightly edgier culinary skills.

Straight after the first show was broadcast Michael had taken to twitter to write: ‘Wow that was amazing! Now to next week! Thanks for the support everyone.’

Michael was given the task to bake Jaffa cakes making an incredibly positive start by finishing 3rd place, in his first baking task in the series.

‘These have a nice shine, nice batch and very even’ judge Mary Berry had said.

Next was the first Show-stopper challenge, to come up with a mirror glaze cake, and we was presented by Michael’s Tea Chocolate glaze. Here Mary didn’t seem particularly hooked by the strong flavours (we think it was the ingredient of Mastichi… here…!!) we Cypriots on the other hand absolutely adore our flavours… but never mind that… it was clearly, a very solid start by Michael who clearly, seems to be embracing every single moment he is on…

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The Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia will face Olympiacos, the champions of Greece in the Group B of Europa League 2016/17. In what looks like a mouth-watering, clash of the titans encounter between the two countries.

Apoel will travel to Olympiacos for the first away game on the 29th September and the home game on Cypriot soil, is on 8th December at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

Interestingly enough, it’s not only at the Europa League club level we are going to see a Cypriot and Greek exciting tie…

Cyprus and Greece will meet each other in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with the imminent qualifying of Group H matches about to start on 6th September.

The make-up of the group is completed by Young Boys of Switzerland and Astana of Kazakhstan.

PAOK take on Fiorentina of Italy, Slovan Liberec of Czech Republic and Qäbälä of Azerbaijan in Group J action.

Elsewhere, Panathinaikos will travel to Ajax of the Netherlands, Standard Liège of Belgium, Celta Vigo of Spain.

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Cobalt airlines, following an announcement by the Ministry of Transport that it will look into recent incidents involving Cobalt flights, apologised today to all its customers who have been inconvenienced because of the disruptions to its scheduled operations.

The disruptions, Cobalt said, were due to the unusual circumstances, with technical problems on two aircraft at the same time.

In a press release, the company says that ”we continued to operate our schedule and most passengers were flown to their destinations with delays.”

”Although our passengers have been looked after, under the circumstances there are still a few whose transportation is pending. We are already in the process of communicating with them to offer alternative transportation. Moreover, we shall be contacting all inconvenienced passengers to cover any incidental expenses and to offer compensation for their delayed flights in accordance with EU regulations”, the press release adds.

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, said on Sunday that the Civil Aviation Department will assess all the incidents involving Cobalt, adding that these may possibly relate to safety matters.

”Regarding recent events, which may be related to safety, the Ministry wishes to clarify that it has asked the Civil Aviation Department to assess all recent incidents in order to determine whether it is necessary to take any additional appropriate measures”, the Ministry press release said.

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Greece can be very proud of their Olympic athletes after ending up 26th in the medals table, out of the 207 delegations at the games.

Anna Korakaki started the medals haul by winning a gold medal in the women’s 25 metre pistol event, also taking a bronze medal. She became the first woman to win a medal in shooting for Greece.

Eleftherios Petrounias won the gold medal in the men’s still rings final. Petroulias is the reigning world champion on rings, and he’s one of the strongest technicians in the world in this event.

Katerina Stefanidi wins Gold medal in women’s pole vault gold with a jump of 4.85 meters.

Spiros Gianniotis wins silver in 10k in Open-Water Swimming. He narrowly missed out on gold by just a few milliseconds…

Not forgetting a Bronze Medal for the Sailing Duo of Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis in the men’s 470 sailing race at Marina da Gloria.

Katerina Stefanidi (right), Spiros Gianniotis (left)

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A fundraising campaign has been launched to urgently help a Cypriot family who lost their home in a fire in Palmers Green, on Monday 15th August.

One of our listeners Georgia Melaris set-up the Go Fund Me campaign immediately following the incident and is hoping to give her friend a little relief at the difficult time.

If you like to find out more about the fundraising appeal then click on to the link here.

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Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece has won the gold medal in the men’s still rings final. Arthur Zanetti of Brazil came in second, winning silver, and the bronze medal was awarded to Denis Ablyazin of Russia.

The preliminaries for this event featured close finishes for first, second and third places, with China’s Liu Yang taking the top spot with a score of 15.900. Petrounias placed second, scoring 15.833, and right behind Petrounias was China’s You Hao with a score of 15.800.

Petrounias is the reigning world champion on rings, and he’s one of the strongest technicians in the world in this event. His routine in the finals was nearly flawless, earning him a score of 16.000.

The reigning Olympic champion in this event from the 2012 Games in London, Arthur Zanetti of Brazil, had the advantage of competing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Zanetti placed fourth in the qualifier with a score of 15.533. He excelled in the finals, scoring a 15.766.

“We worked very much in the details and to be stable and keep my face without expression, so this is a big deal to not move and hold the positions a little bit more than normal,” Petrounias told reporters.

“And if you have a good landing, as I had, I think I might have been the only one who stuck it, that’s how the 16 came. That was my goal from the beginning, my 16.”

Anna Korakaki wins first gold medal for Greece and picks up a bronze medal... adding to the nation's tally of up to four medals

Anna Korakaki wins first gold medal for Greece and picks up a bronze medal…

It was Greece’s second gold in Rio. Greek shooter Anna Korakaki took the gold medal in the women’s 25 metre pistol event, on 9th August, two days after she won a bronze and became the first woman to win a medal in shooting for Greece.

The nation’s tally rises to four medals after Spiros Gianniotis wins silver for Team #GR in 10k Open-Water Swimming. After charting through an Olympic course that avoids Brazil’s most controversial waters, Gianniotis had narrowly missed out on gold by just a few milliseconds behind Dutch Ferry Weertman who swam the event in 1 hour 52 minutes and 59.8 seconds. Gianniotis came within a hair’s breadth of winning at 1:52:59.8.

The result means the country is up to 25th on the medals table.

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Cypriot and Greek sides found out their opponents in the play-offs for the upcoming Champions League and the Europa League football competition.

The reigning Cyprus champions APOEL Nicosia will take on one of Denmark’s finest clubs in terms of a bit of European pedigree, taking on København (or Copenhagen).

APOEL Nicosia v FC København (of Denmark)

The ties to be played on 16th and 24th August.

Europa League… the draw news…

AEK Larnaca (Cyprus) v Slovan Liberec (Czech Republic)

Olympiacos (Greece) v FC Arouca (Portugal)
Panathinaikos (Greece) v Brøndby (Denmark)
PAOK (Greece) v Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia)

You can follow the ties to be played on 18th and 25th August.

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Cypriot gymnast impresses at the Rio Olympics…

18-year-old Cypriot athlete Marios Georgiou has booked his place in the men’s individual all-around gymnastics final.

The Limassol athelete raked up a qualifying score of 85.289 which gave him enough points securing his place at the 24 finalists.

”I achieved my one big target which was to seal my place in the final,” said a delighted Georgiou. ”I am very happy because I did great in the all-around event.”

The finals will take place on the 10th of August. Georgiou who is a professional dancer is the youngest of the 24 finalists.

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AEK Larnaca put an end to Spartak Moskva`s European season after the outsider won the match at the Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow with 1-0.


The victory in the second leg of its third qualifying round ties, made history for AEK which has now sailed for the Europa League play-offs.

Now that the field for the UEFA Europa League play-off draw is complete following the conclusion of the third qualifying round on Thursday Larnaca, together with another 43 teams in the UEFA Europa League play-offs will wait for the draw that takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday

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The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that an ancient clay figurine has been repatriated to Cyprus from the United Kingdom.


The clay figurine depicts a horse and rider/warrior and dates to the Cypro-Archaic period (approximately 700 BC).

The figurine was identified by the Department of Antiquities on the website of a London-based antiquities dealer’s shop. Following a request by the Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Police, the shop handed over the figurine to the London Metropolitan Police, which in turn, returned it to the Department of Antiquities in July 2016.

The figurine was part of Mr Christakis Hadjiprodromou’s registered private collection that was kept in his house in Ammochostos (Famagusta) prior to the Turkish invasion in 1974.

As a result of the invasion, Mr Hadjiprodromou’s residence was pillaged and his collection was looted, with its objects being scattered around the world.

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