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Another Excuse To Party

On Friday 20th February, LGR Club Nights present “ANOTHER EXCUSE TO PARTY” @ The Maze Inn!

We’ll be mixing all the best Greek & English hits with DJ Sooty and Andreas Demetriou from 9pm till the early morning.

Since the launch of LGR Club Nights in 2012, London Greek Radio have hosted a whole variety of events, from BBQ’s to Single’s Nights and Bouzoukia nights. The plan is simple, to bring our listeners and community together in order to have a good time.

The aim?

One hell of a party.

And so on Friday the 20th February all roads lead to the Maze Inn, for another EPIC Greek night. To check out some of the highlights from our last event click here.

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Article written by Miranda Athanasiou

The Council of Ministers in Nicosia decided on Wednesday to explore the soonest possible the prospects of establishing a new Cypriot private company which will bear the logo and the name of Cyprus Airways, after the airline closed down last Friday, following a European Commission decision ordering it to pay back over €100 million in state aid it had received in previous years.

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Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said after today’s Cabinet meeting that the goal is to enhance air links between Cyprus and overseas destinations, create new jobs for the former Cyprus Airways employees and use the brand name and logo of Cyprus Airways.

“After this decision we begin the process to find a new investor based in Cyprus so that a new company can operate and adopt the logo and the name of Cyprus Airways”, he added.

Replying to questions, Papadopoulos said that following the decision of the European Commission, no problems have been reported as regards air travel or reservations as it has happened in similar cases in other countries.

On the 9th of January 2015 the European Commission announced that Cyprus Airways would have to pay back over €100 million in state aid it had received in previous years as it gave the company an undue advantage over its competitors in breach of EU rules.

Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said that ailing national air carrier Cyprus Airways will stop its operations since following the European Commission decision the company was “no longer an active economic entity”.


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The UN Secretary General’s special adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide (pictured) acknowledged Wednesday that President Nicos Anastasiades has made a positive contribution to the efforts for the resumption of the UN-led talks, aiming at reuniting the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

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The President has suspended his participation to the talks in response to Turkey`s violation of the Republic’s exclusive economic zone, where Cyprus has already licensed drilling.

“I think we should see that a step has been taken by Mr. Anastasiades and that`s something to build further on. I now call on all sides and also the Turkish Cypriot side to recognize this”, he said, adding that these will be issues that he would bring to the Security Council`s attention in a week and a half.

He explained that until recently there was no agreement on whether hydrocarbons should be discussed as part of the negotiations and Anastasiades has made a constructive contribution saying that towards the end of the negotiations all issues will be on the table.

Eide expressed also his increased concern because as he said “things are not moving and I`m afraid that as they are not moving they are de facto moving in the wrong direction”.

Saying that the two leaders are strongly arguing in favour of return to the talks, he added that the problem is that they have not been able to sort out the factors in the right order so that the talks can actually start.

The UN special envoy said also that it is a sad paradox that there is much more agreement on the future, something that prevents the sides to actually moving towards the future over which there is quite a lot of agreement, particularly on the issue of hydrocarbons where the issues of federal competence and share revenues was already established.

“But despite of that, we are seeing a prolonged crisis over hydrocarbons which serves no one and which takes us nowhere”, he said.

The UN envoy expressed regret that “we were not able to use the small window of opportunity that we have, when there was no drilling and no NAVTEX at the same time” due to a number of factors
that made this impossible, adding however that he would not give up.

He added that the difference on the issue of hydrocarbons is so deep that it prevents any direct talks about anything, saying that this is highly unfortunate. Eide said that there are other issues in which the disagreement is much higher than hydrocarbons, because there is already agreement on the issue and the leaders keep reiterating that hydrocarbons belong to all Cypriots and will be shared on basis of existing agreements between Talat – Chrisofias and Anastasiades – Eroglu.

“These issues would actually not be problematic in the table if we were there”, he said, adding that issues of property and territory are more difficult.

On the 26th of January, Eide will brief the Security Council in New York on the Cyrpus issue, and as he said “I will give as honest and genuine representation of what is going on here”. He added that he would urge cooperation from not only the sides in Cyprus but all other states to help to create the conditions necessary for a speedy resumption of talks.

Eide said that there`s no purpose of just talking, but there`s a need for the resumption of the talks with the purpose of actually getting somewhere and talked about the need for a structured agreement for the talks process within a time line that would allow him to go back to the Council a second time and make observations about “how well we are doing and how we find a solution”.

Turkey issued in October last year a Navtex for illegal seismic research in Cyprus` offshore Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). After this provocative move, President Anastasiades decided to suspend his participation in the UN-led peace talks until the Turkish seismic vessel Barbaros leaves Cyprus` EEZ.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, in spite of numerous calls by the EU, which Ankara aspires to join, to do so and normalize relations with Nicosia.


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St Andrew the Apostle School celebrated Theophany and the start of the new term with a special assembly led by school chaplains, Fr Damian Konstantinou and Fr John Hookway.

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After a reminder of the significance of the Great Feast, students and staff joined in the prayers. They were then blessed with Holy Water by Fr Damian.

Headteacher Robert Ahearn said: “We are so grateful for the continuing support of the Greek Orthodox Church. We were very blessed by our chaplains and the way students are taking such an active interest in their faith. We’re really looking forward to the new term.”


Article written by LGR

An artificial reef, to be constructed by Larnaca Tourism Development & Promotion Company in the town`s coastal areas, will take the form of a great historic battle.

Handout photos of coral reef in Apo Island in Philippines

According to CNA sources, the company`s plans, which are being prepared in cooperation with an expert, will be submitted soon to the Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry to request funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

So far three regions in Larnaca are claiming the creation of this unique project for Cyprus. They are Pyla – Oroklini area, the Kastella area and an area in front of Larnaca International Airport.

The main criteria for selecting the site will be based on various parameters such as accessibility, water purity and cost, which is estimated to be very high since the creation of an artificial reef does not merely include the sinking of an old ship.

The materials that will be used for the construction of the project should aim to reinforce the seabed`s diversity and upgrade the diving tourism product.


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As the UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide is expected to wrap up his meetings in Cyprus today, Turkish journalists have shown interest if the UN Secretary General`s report on Cyprus, which was unofficially given to members of the Security Council, will become an official document.

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During Tuesday`s press briefing the UNSG`s Deputy spokesman Farhaq Haq told reporters that the UNFICYP report, is scheduled to be presented to the Security Council but he did not think it is a public document yet “but hopefully that will happen fairly shortly”.

Asked about Eide`s visit to Cyprus, Haq said he will give more information if he receives updates once Eide meets with the two leaders.

Eide who is currently on the island, is scheduled to meet President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday he had a meeting in the Turkish occupied north with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

The purpose of Eide`s visit is to ascertain directly from the leaders their views on the current impasse in the talks and prospects for its resolution. The deadlock comes after Turkey`s decision to extend its Navtex notification in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone for illegal exploration for hydrocarbon reserves until the 6th of April 2015.

The Special Adviser also plans to use the trip to prepare his briefing to the Security Council, scheduled on 26 January, in view of the renewal of the UNFICYP`s mandate which expires on the 31st of January.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, in spite of numerous calls by the EU, which Ankara aspires to join, to do so and normalize relations with Nicosia.


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As axed Cyprus Airways staff continued their mobilisation following Friday`s announcement of the airline`s closure, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades promised to show understanding to the demands put forward by their trade unions.

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The staff gathered outside the Presidential Palace on Tuesday and held a peaceful demonstration, expressing their indignation for the abrupt closure of the national carrier.

The government announced the airline`s closure after the European Competition Commission ruled on Friday that Cyprus Airways would have to pay back over €100 million in state aid it had received in previous years as it gave the company an undue advantage over its competitors in breach of EU rules.

The CY staff are scheduling a new demonstration on Thursday, 15 January outside the House of Representatives while their unions, in a letter to political parties, are asking for meetings to discuss the situation.

The general secretaries of trade unions SEK and PEO, Nicos Moiseos and Pambis Kiritsis respectively, during their meeting with the President, delivered a resolution to the President.

Following the meeting, deputy Government Spokesman, Victoras Papadopoulos, in a statement on Tuesday said President Anastasiades has listened closely and sensitively to the CY staff demands.

He said President Anastasiades “has shown understanding to the demands put forward” and repeated that the CY staff will be fully reimbursed, in line with existing legislation that governs the rights of compensation.

The statement said the state will contribute more than 14 million euro to cover the gap in the employees` provident funds and that if a new Cyprus airline is set up, the government will do whatever possible to help most of those dismissed to be reinstated.

Papadopoulos also said that if the state`s finances allow, some of the demands put forward by the unions will be examined with the necessary understanding.

The trade union representatives said they look forward to their next meeting with the President to achieve the best possible result. Demonstrators called on the unions to receive written assurances from the President on possibly recruiting axed staff to sectors of the civil service and extra compensation for their dismissal.


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Two airlines announced on Tuesday they would increase their flights to and from Cyprus, to fill in the gap created in air transport following the closing down of Cyprus` flag air carrier last week.

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Greek airline Aegean said that in the current year it would operate 15 direct flights from Cyprus to eight other countries, increasing its aircraft at its regional basis in Cyprus from one to four.

Aegean Vice Chairman Eftichios Vassilakis told a press conference that as a result of the expansion of its activities in Cyprus, the airline would need to hire 90 crew members.

“I believe that today marks a new beginning for our gradual, but long-term expansion from Cyprus” Vassilakis said.

As of April 2015, Aegean plans to operate eight to nine flights daily between Cyprus and Greece, with more frequent flights to Athens and Thessaloniki. It will also fly directly from Paphos airport, on the western coast, to Athens. There will also be direct flights to Heraclion, Crete, and Rhodes, and in July and August direct flights will operate to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

The Greek airline plans to operate direct flights to London – Heathrow and Tel-Aviv on a daily basis, and to Beirut four times a week, to Paris and Kiev three times a week, Munich, Rome and Milan twice a week.

Should the company`s expansion be successful, Aegean would seek to expand its operations to another 25 destinations in six years, said the Vice Chairman of the Greek air carrier.

“Our goal is to be the world`s first choice,” he noted, adding that prices offered by Aegean are reasonable given the quality of its services.

Besides Aegean, another foreign air carrier announced on Tuesday it would open a new operational base in Cyprus as of January 19, carrying flights from Larnaca to Athens and from Larnaca to Thessaloniki and vice versa.

Low cost airline, Blue Air, said in an announcement it would operate seven flights to Athens and three flights to Thessaloniki, adding that flights are expected to increase.

It also said that current flights to Bucharest, carried out three times a week, will remain unchanged and that it aims to add more destinations from Cyprus to its flight schedule.

Tickets would be offered at very affordable prices, the Romanian company said.

Cyprus Airways suspended its operations last Friday following a European Commission decision ordering the airline to pay back over €100 million of state aid it had received in the past, as it gave the company an undue advantage over its competitors in breach of EU rules.


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Social Democratic EDEK President Yiannakis Omirou (pictured) announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from his position.

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In statements to the press, Omirou said that he has submitted his resignation in writing to the party`s Deputy President and the members of the political bureau.

He added that the reasons for his decision to step down are outlined in the same letter, which he made public.

In his letter, Omirou says that his decision to step down as party leader is final and refers to an attempt by some to turn him into “a President with a deadline” and “a President under restriction”.

He cites the resignation of Yiannos Efstathiou, the party`s Central Organizing Secretary last week, who in an earlier letter had asked Omirou not to run again in parliamentary elections in 2016 and also not to seek reelection to the party leadership.

Omirou notes in his letter that some “have orchestrated this worthless blackmail” and chose to torpedo the party`s prospects. He referred to rumors, personal agendas and an attempt to undermine him which took place during the last few months.

In his statements, Omirou thanked EDEK supporters for their trust in him all these years and said that he will remain in the service of the Cypriot people.

Omirou`s resignation will be discussed on Wednesday afternoon, at a meeting of the party`s political bureau.

Yiannakis Omirou has been at the leadership of EDEK since 2001, when he took over from the party`s founding leader Vassos Lyssarides. In 2011 Omirou was elected President of the House of Representatives.


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The Ministry of Finance has announced alternative arrangements for Cyprus Airways passengers following today`s decision for immediate termination of the ailing carrier`s flight programme.

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The European Commission announced on Friday that Cyprus Airways had to pay back state aid of the order of over €100 million it had received in previous years.

“These alternative arrangements, depending on the case, is possible to include the use of chartered airplanes, the transportation of the passenger with another airline to his/her destination either through another transit destination and/or any combination of the above, which will create the least possible disturbance in relation to the initial choices and arrangements of the passenger”, a press release says.

It also assures that “the Republic will undertake fully the cost of the alternative flights and therefore the passengers will not be burdened in any way”.

Affected passengers who depart in the days up to and until February 9, 2015 “are informed that they can immediately contact the travel agency Top Kinisis Travel Public at the national telephone number 77787878, or if they are calling from overseas at the telephone number +357 22869999, in order to arrange for the issuance of a new flight ticket”.

A new announcement will be issued in the coming days for affected passengers departing from February 10, 2015 onwards.

“Additional information will be given for the arrangements that are made and/or other useful information for the passengers, on the website of the travel agency www.topkinisis.com”, the press release concludes.


Article written by CNA