Ronaldo Says He Misses Playing in Manchester United

Rabat – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has said he misses the good old days at the Old Trafford, according to the Express.The former Manchester United man has revealed he misses playing alongside England captain Wayne Rooney.“I miss playing with Rooney. Maybe we will play together again one day,” the 30-year-old said. “He was the kid of England, everyone loved him.He was so powerful I was calling him Pitbull. The power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength and he never stops.“He’s a fantastic team player and he scores! He’s a fantastic boy and he helped me a lot when he came to join us in Manchester.”Reports suggest that Ronaldo may leave Real Madrid this season. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a move to the MLS league in the United States. Other reports, however, claim that Ronaldo returning to Manchester United is a possible scenario.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Canada Set to Make Changes to its Immigration Policy

London – In January 2015, the Canadian government introduced the Express Entry system, which aimed to facilitate and increase the immigration process. Under the new system candidates are ranked via a special system.The Canadian government has recently announced further changes in its immigration policy for 2017. The new changes will further encourage immigrants to the country and will reduce the visa processing time.It is expected that annual immigration will increase to 425,000 by 2020. The Comprehensive Ranking System has decreased, resulting in an increase of immigration candidates being sent the ‘Invitation to Apply’.The cut off level is expected to be reduced further, which is good news for those waiting for their invitation to apply.Such changes are hoped to be implemented in the ne year and looks to create a new job bank, through which immigrants will be able to match their skills with the available work before even arriving to the country.Though the Canadian immigration program appears easy in its process, the visa application may persist to be a little complex, as it must be fully complete and presented in an appropriate manner.Information about how to apply for the entry system can be found via the biggest immigration service provider the WWCIS, who provide a step-by-step guide for applicants. read more

UNICEF hails start of International Year spotlighting need for better sanitation

2 January 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the start of the International Year of Sanitation 2008 which draws attention to the plight of over 40 per cent of the world’s population living without proper sanitation. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the start of the International Year of Sanitation 2008 which draws attention to the plight of over 40 per cent of the world’s population living without proper sanitation. Thousands of women and children die every day from largely preventable causes, such as diarrhoeal diseases which are the second biggest killer of children under five, to which the lack of proper sanitation plays a part, the agency noted in a press release. Improving sanitation for an estimated 2.6 billion people, including 980 million children, is one of the single biggest development challenges the world faces today, UNICEF said. Speaking at the official launch of the Year at UN Headquarters in New York, held on 21 November 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said access to sanitation is one of the most “overlooked, and underserved human needs.” The International Year, which officially began yesterday, was established by the General Assembly in December 2006 to speed up progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 7 – ensuring environmental sustainability – which includes halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Sanitation will be improved by promoting clean, safe toilets; wastewater management; and hygiene promotion. These measures prevent the transfer of pathogens in human excreta, which, if not treated properly, impacts health and can deprive children of an education as well as impede social and economic development. Poor sanitation can contribute to absenteeism and poor classroom performance due to illness, low enrollment and early school dropout, especially for girls whose parents take them out of school when they begin menstruating. During the course of the International Year, major regional conferences on sanitation will be held to share practices and bolster progress, as well as encourage public-private partnerships to raise awareness on the importance of the issue. Many events will be held to commemorate Sanitation and Hygiene Week, from 15-21 March, and World Water Day on 22 March. read more

Move to get Mitsubishis assets sold amid SKoreaJapan fight

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Colonial-era Korean labourers are seeking a court’s approval for the sales of local assets of their former Japanese employer after it refused to comply with a court order to compensate them for forced labour decades ago.The development comes amid growing tensions between South Korea and Japan. Tokyo recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, a move Seoul believes is retaliation for the South Korean court rulings last year.Japan says it is not retaliation.Lawyers for Koreans who worked for one of the Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, during Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of Korea say they’ll soon ask a South Korean court to authorize the sales of some assets that South Korea has seized from Mitsubishi.The assets are some of Mitsubishi’s trademark rights and patents.The Associated Press read more

Bees are back at Glenridge Quarry

Miriam Richards shows a bee species at the Glenridge Quarry.When Miriam Richards led a group of journalists down a path at the Glenridge Quarry on Wednesday, she did it as the bearer of good news.The associate professor of Biological Sciences has been identifying bee species at the former landfill site in south St. Catharines since 2003. All signs point to the populations being healthy at the naturalization site, where landfill has been converted to public park, she said. Flora and fauna appears to have flourished.Richards’ research was part of the latest policy brief released by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO). Released at an event Wednesday in partnership with the Niagara Region, the brief outlines the success of the naturalization project. There is significant biodiversity at the site, the brief reads, as well as opportunities for recreation and environmental education.Entitled “Niagara’s Natural Park: The Restoration of the Glenridge Quarry into a Naturalization Site,” the eight-page document was compiled by NCO’s Sophia Papastavrou.Richards’ research team has identified the return of as many as 125 species of bees to the area. It is encouraging that even with a steady flow of people and pets in the area, bee populations remain stable, she said.“The Glenridge Naturalization site has become a valuable refuge for bees, an island in an increasingly urbanized environment,” Richards said. “As their population grows, bees will likely move into the surrounding areas, helping to pollinate flower and vegetable gardens in the local area.”Richards and David Smith, associate director, Waste Management Engineering, Niagara Region, provided significant background and expertise in the creation of the policy brief. Wednesday’s event included a walkabout at the quarry site and discussion of some of the animal life that has returned.“This initiative by the Region has provided a tremendous asset for the area, and Prof. Richards’s involvement in research shows how Brock can play an important role in working with community partners,” said David Siegel, NCO director, in a media release. “I’m really pleased that the Observatory has been able to document this incredibly beneficial partnership.”The success at the St. Catharines site has provided a blueprint for other former landfill sites in Niagara, Smith said. With the success of the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site, similar practices have been put in place for closed landfill sites in Port Colborne and Wainfleet.“These two sites are in the process of being ‘recycled’ into naturalization sites and will be opening to the public very shortly,” he said.Link:• Glenridge Quarry Naturalization SiteMiriam Richards and David Smith search for bees on the Glenridge Quarry path. read more

Police locate missing Pembroke Pines man with Alzheimers

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have located a previously missing man with Alzheimer’s disease who was last seen in Pembroke Pines.According to police, 82-year-old Roberto Angel Perez was immediately transported to a nearby hospital and remains in critical condition.Police said Perez was found in an isolated area of landscape and brush. No foul play suspected.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

No space for free discussion dissent in the country KTR

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao expressed anguish as religion and nationalism are increasingly getting entwined leaving no space for free discussion and dissent. “If you are with me…you are a patriot…or else a traitor, is the present situation in the country,” he said. Rama Rao made these remarks at the third Mahasabha of Telangana Vikasa Samithi held at Telugu University auditorium in Nampally here on Saturday. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us He made a mention of the heavy trolling he faced for condemning Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s comment that Nathuram Godse was a patriot. He said he was shocked and disappointed at how netizens trolled him for his comment while supporting Sadhvi Pragya Singh. “It is very sad that we could not ensure respect to the Father of the Nation,” Rama Rao rued. Democracy will be in danger if there was no scope to differ or have an alternative opinion, he said. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us “A religion can have a language, but a language cannot have a religion. There are many others who are very proficient in Urdu and match up to Muslims. Secularism does not mean giving too much importance to one religion and discriminating others. Secularism means treating every religion with respect,” Rama Rao said. He pointed out that a countrywide debate is going on people’s beliefs, views and freedom of speech. Advertise With Us Further, he said that the situation in Telangana and Hyderabad was very different with good harmony among people and respect given to people of all religions. People, here, have the liberty to express their views freely, he stressed. Vikasa Samithi should feel free to point out any shortcomings in governance, he said.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame shatters Ajiths Viswasam Rajinikanths Petta firstday box office record in

first_imgAvengers: EndgameTwitterAvengers: Endgame has garnered an earth-shattering opening at the Chennai box office. The Hollywood film, with its two versions (English and Tamil), has got the biggest opening in the capital city of Tamil Nadu, thereby breaking the record of Rajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam.On the first day, Avengers: Endgame ran into packed houses in majority of screens and shows. Owing to the unprecedented hype, leading cinema halls like Rohini Silver Screens and Vettri Theatres had special morning shows.On the first day, Avengers: Endgame has minted Rs 1.17 (that includes 3D charges) crore in Chennai. It beat the record of Rajinikanth’s Petta, which earned Rs 1.12 crore on the first day in the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam, which grossed Rs 88 lakh, is now pushed to the third place.The success of the previous instalments and the huge hype around Avengers: Endgame ensured it to give a great opening at the Chennai box office. With such good word-of-mouth, the Hollywood film is expected to gross over Rs 4 crore in the first weekend.However, it has to be seen whether the film will surpass the lifetime collection of Viswasam and Petta in Chennai.The market for the Hollywood films has been constantly growing in Tamil Nadu as the films are not being released in English, but also in Tamil. Ajith’s Viswasam locked horns with Rajinikanth’s Petta at box office.PR HandoutIn Tamil Nadu, Avengers: Endgame has seen the light of the day in about 400 screens on Friday, 26 April. The movie is not facing much competition from any local except for Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 2.last_img read more

Make in India Centre identifies 85 countries to sell Indian manufactured defence

first_imgIndia’s supersonic fighter jet, Tejas, will participate in the upcoming Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.Twitter/ IAFThe central government has identified 85 countries to promote the sale of Made-in-India defence equipment with the ambitious target of achieving Rs 35,000 crore worth of military exports by 2025 in sight.English daily The Times of India has given all the support defence attaches across the world to showcase the Indian prowess in defence manufacturing. According to the plan, these attaches will be provided with a yearly budget up to $50,000 each to promote the made-in-India defence products. Interestingly, the attaches have been asked to explore the sale opportunities for both private and public sectors by participating in exhibitions, conducting market studies, organising seminars and distributing publicity material.In 2018, India has called up all its defence attaches to deliberate on the ways to encourage sales of military products. Multiple meetings were held between these attaches and arms industry representatives and officials from the defence and external affairs ministries. The funds these activities is expected to be released by the end of this week one the defence attaches across the world submit the detailed roadmap and action plan for promotion activities.The centre has categorised the countries as per the possibility of the exports; the countries having the highest possibility of exports have been placed under category A for which the defence attaches will be getting $50,000 annually. Similarly, the categories B and C countries will be getting the lower allocation basis the possibility of exports. The centre has set aside a fund of Rs. 16 crore for the initial stage. ‘Make in India’ initiative has given a large push to foreign direct investment in India.ReutersIn a statement on the export promotion scheme, the Ministry of Defence said, “The scheme will play a catalytic role in addressing interventions required for exploring new markets and promoting export-oriented activities by defence attaches in the countries to which they are attached.”Vietnam, Thailand, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, UAE and Malaysia are few countries which have the maximum potential of buying Indian manufactured equipment. Importantly, the western countries like the United States and the United Kingdom are also on the list which already has a developed defence industry due to the ever-growing subsystem manufacturers in India.The MoD further added “India is emerging as a manufacturing hub for defence production and Defence Production Policy 2018 envisages an export target of Rs 35,000 crore by 2025. Defence attaches’ deputed across the world, therefore, play a pivotal role in showcasing India’s capabilities in defence product manufacturing and promoting export of defence products.”last_img read more

At least 150000 flee Syrias Afrin in 72 hours

first_imgTurkish offensive on Afrin. Photo: AFPMore than 150,000 civilians have fled the city of Afrin in northern Syria since Wednesday evening to escape a Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish militia, a war monitor said.”There was fierce fighting throughout the night on the northern outskirts of the city as the Turkish forces and their Syrian allies tried to break into the city,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.last_img

With Manufacturing Bootcamp Sagamore looks to Hire Locals

first_imgThe 16 men enrolled in Port Covington’s   Manufacturing Bootcamp represent the start of Sagamore Development’s promise to “make good.” Sagamore Development is seeking to deliver on a pledge to invest millions of dollars to support underserved citizens and communities in exchange for the unprecedented $660 million TIF passed by City Council for the Port Covington Project last year.Mayor Catherine E. Pugh spoke to a group of participants in Sagamore’s Manufacturing Bootcamp. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined civic, corporate and community leaders to celebrate the Bootcamp with a tour and mini pep-rally in early Feb.  The Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is a workforce development pre-apprenticeship program and the start of programs by the developer based on a $100 million agreement announced between the City of Baltimore and community leaders in September 2016 requiring Sagamore Development to invest in job development and creation, moderate income housing and other community benefits.“This is about the long game and I commend Sagamore Development and their partners for already delivering on promises made to help train, cultivate, develop and hire Baltimore¹s workforce,” Pugh told the partners gathered at the Foundery to support the program.The Port Covington TIF was delayed for months while city council and community leaders worked with Sagamore Development’s leadership to craft the $100 million community-benefits agreement insisted on by local citizen groups like BUILD and others in exchange for support of the $660 million TIF Sagamore development project.The 16 participants represent the second class of Sagamore Development’s six-week career readiness program led by The Foundery, a workforce development hub at City Garage and the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) and co-sponsored by Whiting-Turner, and The Commercial Group.The Center for Urban Families serves as the connection point for men and women interested in the workforce readiness Bootcamp.“What we do is on the front end.  We recognize that the Baltimoreans we serve may have various labor force impediments,” said Joseph T. Jones, Founder, President and ECO of The Center for Urban Families.“They may have criminal backgrounds, little to no work experience, a checkered educational record. We support Bootcamp candidates with essential skills before determining eligibility for the program.”The second six-week Bootcamp began in early February and will be completed in March. Classes include woodworking, welding machinery, textiles and 3D printing.  Employers interact with participants throughout the course of the camp.The group of 8 men who completed the first program in January of this year program were offered jobs immediately according to Alicia Wilson, Sagamore Development’s Vice President for Community Affairs.Wilson said that the Bootcamp model will be continue to be refined and scaled-up until Sagamore Development meets the training and workforce development goals negotiated in the $100 million community agreement.“We’re starting now. We’re following through,” Wilson said.  “This is just the beginning.”last_img read more

Ouya a 99 Android games console

first_imgAndroid is fast becoming the got-to operating system for new and varying devices. It’s increasingly found on a range of tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes, and media players, but now it seems the Google-developed OS is making the leap into a games console, too.Very few details are known about the new device other than it will be called the Ouya, has a price point of $99, and all the games it offers will be free-to-play. Sounds good so far, but it gets better when you find out who is involved in the project.Ouya lists Yves Behar (OLPC designer), Ed Fries (former Xbox VP), Peter Pham (Color app), Amol Sarva (Peek email gadget), Muffi Ghadiali (Amazon Kindle), and Julie Uhrman (IGN) as part of the team behind the machine.So the talent to ship a games console is in place, the price point is well below any other gaming device on the market, and the games will be free. That all bodes well for sales, but Ouya also doubles as a development kit, meaning anyone who spends the $99 to purchase one can also develop games for it.Revenue will have to come from somewhere, and so advertising and in-game purchases are sure to play a big part. It also makes sense to have the Ouya double as a media streamer, meaning Netflix will no doubt get its service running, and there’s sure to be a few music services signing up, too.All we need to know now is when Ouya is going to ship.via The Vergelast_img read more

Hezbollah vows to expand involvement in Syrias civil war

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing “unprecedented danger” from extremist groups and vowed his fighters will expand their involvement in Syria’s civil war in support of government forces.Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke during a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, vowing to battle Sunni extremists groups such as the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. He said such factions are an “existential threat” to anyone who does not agree with their ideology. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top holiday drink recipes 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State militants who have been laying siege to the base for months shot down the helicopter.Kweiras military air base is in the northern province of Aleppo and is close to the town of al-Bab, which is held by the Islamic State group.The Islamic State group posted a statement on a militant website claiming responsibility for downing the Syrian helicopter.Syrian rebels have shot down helicopters in the past.Meanwhile in Damascus, a bomb exploded Sunday morning near the city center killing a brigadier general and six of his bodyguards, the Observatory said. It added that the attack was claimed by the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group.The Damascus media center identified the officer as Brig. Gen. Bassam Mehanna al-Ali.State news agency SANA reported that a bomb exploded in the area without giving further details.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Top Stories Hezbollah openly joined President Bashar Assad forces in the civil war in 2013 and its fighters have been taking part in a major battle in recent weeks against jihadis in the Qalamoun mountain region that borders Lebanon.“Our presence will grow whenever it is required for us to be present,” Nasrallah said in comments that came after Assad’s forces suffered several defeats over the past two months — mostly in the northwestern province of Idlib and the southern region of Daraa. The western city of Palmyra, home to a set of historic Roman-era ruins, was captured by the Islamic State group last week.“We are present today in many places and I tell you we will be present wherever this battle requires. We are up to it and we are the men for it,” Nasrallah said speaking from a secret location on a giant video screen.Inside Syria, a military helicopter crashed earlier Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all of its crew, state TV said, as an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.The TV report quoted an unnamed military official as saying that the helicopter crashed as a result of a technical problem while taking off. The report did not say how many crew members were onboard at the time of the crash.last_img read more

Cosby files appeal over testimony from other women

first_imgCosby files appeal over testimony from other women accusers by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2019 11:36 am PDT FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Cosby has filed a lengthy appeal of the sex assault conviction that landed him in prison and says the judge allowed testimony from other women accusers that wasn’t relevant. ?The 81-year-old Cosby has been serving a three- to 10-year prison term since September at a state prison near Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Comedian Bill Cosby has filed a lengthy appeal of the sex assault conviction that landed him in prison and says the judge allowed testimony from other women accusers that wasn’t relevant.Cosby’s lawyers say the accounts from the five other women were “strikingly dissimilar” to that of trial accuser Andrea Constand and too remote in time to her 2004 encounter with Cosby.The appeal Tuesday comes after Pennsylvania Judge Steven O’Neill in a post-trial memo said their testimony showed “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime.The 81-year-old Cosby has been serving a three- to 10-year prison term since September at a state prison near Philadelphia.The appeal also challenges O’Neill’s decisions to air Cosby’s prior deposition testimony about Quaalude use and to preside despite an alleged feud with a pretrial witness.The Associated Presslast_img read more

As BoC holds 2016 AGM strategic defaulters remain a challenge

first_imgBank of Cyprus is holding its 2016 annual general meeting on Tuesday, eight days after the island’s largest lender sent shockwaves through its shareholder base with its decision to increase provisions by €500m.The bank, which last year posted an after-tax profit of €64m, reduced its non-performing loan ratio to 52 per cent or €10.4bn in March, completely repaid its outstanding emergency liquidity to the central bank in January, and in the same month had its share listed on the London Stock Exchange. It also issued a €250m tier 2 security but still has a long way to go, said the Limassol-based financial consultant George Markides in an interview.In its effort to reduce its non-performing loans, the bank needs “to first target strategic defaulters,” both individual borrowers and legal entities, “able but unwilling to service their loans,” Markides said.However, this “requires a further updating of the legal framework, which is four years overdue,” Markides continued.He was referring to the foreclosure and insolvency law, which the parliament half-heartedly updated as part of Cyprus’s bailout terms more than two years ago, and also the introduction of a law allowing banks to securitise loans, which is still pending.Bank of Cyprus, which was asked in March 2013 as part of Cyprus’s cash-for-reforms agreement to convert 47.5 per cent of its customers’ uninsured deposits into equity, still needs to show results in restructuring the loans of strategic defaulters, who take advantage of the toothless legislative framework on foreclosures and insolvencies, said Markides.However, the political environment remains unfavourable, he said. As presidential elections loom in February 2018, and with incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades likely to seek re-election, both the government and the parliament are unlikely to do anything that would upset strategic defaulters, Markides said.Following the increase in provisions last week, Bank of Cyprus is expected to post a €550m loss this year and return to profitability in 2018.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

A funny way of being serious

first_imgIn Georgiou’s World, one English Cypriot parodies those around him. NADIA SAWYER meets a young man taking the internet by storm from his ‘village full of sheep’ Charlie Chaplin once famously said that, a day without laughter is a day wasted, which might explain why in today’s online world funny videos are some of the most watched, shared and loved. Cyprus, however, does not immediately come to mind as a place where this form of entertainment is frequently created, but there is one young male vlogger breaking the mould and putting smiles on the faces of his 20,000 followers on a regular basis.Georgiou’s World is both the Facebook page and YouTube channel of Stevie Georgiou, whose short videos are mainly parodies on all things Cypriot and whose car journey to this interview also takes a funny turn when he gets lost in downtown Nicosia. A resident of the rural village of Mazotos, Stevie rarely visits the capital and is confused by the one-way systems and roadworks, going around in a circle like a man trapped in a maze. Chaplin, whose mirror maze sketch in the silent movie The Circus is comic genius, must have been looking down on Stevie and having a good old chuckle at his expense. I too am amused when he emerges from his vehicle as though he has just got off a merry-go-round.But, as soon as he sips on a frappé, Stevie is keen to tell me his story. Born to second generation Cypriots in the UK, he came to live in Cyprus in 2004 “for a better life,” he says in his thick Brummie accent, though he alludes to other issues that may have forced the family’s hand. He and his sister were put into the Pascal English School in Larnaca for their secondary education where, he recalls, “we felt like aliens; we weren’t your average English Cypriots”.“I have this concept,” he explains. “You have Cypriots, English Cypriots and English Cypriots in other different categories”.As a young boy growing up in east Birmingham, he particularly noticed the difference between English Cypriots there. “You had those who had the fish and chip shops, and then there were those who were in other professions”. One gets the feeling though that Stevie, whose father is a barber, does not put himself in the salt and vinegar category of English Cypriots, although visits to the local ‘chippy’ seem fondly embedded in his mind.Admitting to being a “bit of a clown” at school, Stevie suddenly turns solemn and says. “I won’t sit and have a conversation with you and just talk nonsense and make you laugh. That’s the last thing I aim to do. I want to have a serious conversation that has some sort of meaning. If you can add humour to it, then fair play, but I would never force it”.At this point, I think of mentioning Peter Ustinov, an English actor and comedian, who once said that “comedy is a funny way of being serious”, but that might take us down a darker road. So what was the journey that led Stevie to making his satiric videos?As soon as he finished school, he did his stint in the National Guard where he was initially put to work in the menial role of potato peeler but then went on to cook for hundreds of soldiers and ended up with the responsibility of the kitchen keys, proving to the impressionable young man that no matter what you do, there is always room for progression. With his parents’ support, he then went back to the UK to do a degree in communications and media, with an emphasis on radio and television, the latter having been his only form of entertainment living in a remote village that was, as Stevie says, “just full of sheep”. It was his existence in this community that fostered his ability to study human character traits, storing the information he had gleaned in a filing cabinet in his mind, ready to be unlocked at a future date.While at Birmingham City University, football fan Stevie worked in their in-house radio station as a sports reporter, conducting post and pre-match interviews and undertaking match analysis. But, after finishing his studies, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a bit of work experience would not put Stevie in good stead for a job in his academic field and instead he found himself selling (albeit unsuccessfully) loft insulation in one of Birmingham’s less salubrious areas.I ask tentatively whether he made any sales. “There was one woman I could have sold it to, but she had Alzheimer’s,” says Stevie, whose conscience got the better of him and prompted him, along with a run-in with an Aston Villa fan, to quit within two weeks. I dare to ask if he got paid. “No, nothing, it was commission based”.The way Stevie tells this story is very funny and I do not do it justice when repeating it. It is obvious he sees the humorous side of life, but it is not very amusing being jobless in the UK and so Stevie flew back to Cyprus to see if he could get work here, securing a seasonal job at Larnaca airport which lasted only a few months. Unemployed once more, Stevie flew back to Birmingham to look for work and to intern, again unpaid, for Switch Radio as a presenter of their morning shows. By that time he was becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of job opportunities and his dire financial situation.“You get to a certain age where you think all I need and want is money… and when you start meeting women… no-one wants a bloke who ain’t got no money in their pocket”, says Stevie, frankly. Although a full-time permanent job at Tesco came up, a lack of a UK national insurance number scuppered that opportunity and, with only sixty pounds to his name, Stevie went to a casino and blew the lot in ten minutes.“When I lost that money I said to myself, come on man, what are you doing? Grow up! And in that split second, I decided to do something for myself”.Having hit rock bottom, he flew back to Cyprus in 2016 and set about creating Georgiou’s World. Armed with his iPhone, an old computer and ideas stored away in his brain, Stevie filmed his first minute-long video about Cypriot TV and uploaded it to his new Facebook page. He woke up to a lot of views and comments and knew he was on to something.He followed it quickly with more videos, but they were only getting a couple of thousand views. Although a big fan of British comedy, Stevie realised that he needed to do something unique so he thought “let’s niche it down” and target something that few have touched – English Cypriots. Stevie admits his first attempt did not work but his Mum found it funny.“My Mum is my biggest fan. If your Mum ain’t your biggest fan, she’s not your Mum,” says Stevie. I find myself nodding in agreement.His further attempt, entitled English Cypriot Words, hit the jackpot with nearly seventy thousand views. In it, Stevie tells his audience that English Cypriots in England have created their own dictionary of senselessness using words that are a cross-hybrid of English and Greek. He gives several examples, such as ‘experiotita’ and then invites his viewers to come up with more, which give him further ammunition for a series of videos on the same subject matter.Spending the rest of the year just talking to a camera and discussing other subjects such as Cypriot Wedding Invitations, Greek School (he was forced to go every Monday night in the UK) and Cypriots Love Bread, it was not until early 2017 that he introduced caricatures into his sketches. In his spoof called The Cyprus Problem he plays Erdogan and Anastassiades and although he nailed the latter impression not everyone was happy about it and he received a lot of stick. So he decided to play safe – the characters in his future videos would be members of his family.“I thought, you’ve been living in the village since you were 11 years old, on your tod, with all these stupid things happening around you, making you laugh, or making you angry, portray that… there are so many people that could relate, that would find it funny”. You can tell that he sees and feels the comedy and the tragedy in the Cypriot psyche.The ‘father’ character is actually based on his grandfather, the ‘grandmother’ on his own yiayia and the ‘son’ on himself with Stevie acting out all the parts. In fact, Stevie is a one man band, writing the scripts, filming, editing, and, adding music, sound effects and English sub-titles in places where the characters speak Greek. My personal favourites are Cypriot Car Insurance, Dad I’m Marrying a Non-Cypriot, Yiayia & Facebook and The Cypriot Suitcase, but with well over 100 video credits to his name, there is bound to be a subject matter that any Cypriot can relate to. In fact, when you watch Stevie’s videos, you realise you are not alone in your suffering. I bet most Cypriots reading this piece will have had their suitcases stuffed full of halloumi by their mothers on a flight to the UK, but Stevie goes one better and has his father throw in olives and trachanas Cypriot soup for good measure. Sad but true.“You’ve got to put truth in comedy. If it is not relatable, no one will watch it,” he says.It soon became apparent to Stevie that it was not just English Cypriots laughing at themselves in his videos. “It’s Australian Cypriots, South African Cypriots, American Cypriots, Canadian Cypriots. There are so many out there that live the life that we live and have experienced the same culture”.So, by taking a great big melting pot, adding a pinch of English Cypriot and a dash of local Cypriot and, as Stevie says, “mixing them all together and giving them a good stir”, a recipe for success was created – the culinary skills gained in the army not having gone amiss.However, despite his popularity, the venture is not lucrative, and, to fund production costs and day-to-day living, Stevie still has to work a normal job, most recently at Larnaca airport.So what does the future hold for this talented young man who just wants to make people laugh?Having been cast as English-Cypriot Nick in the short comedy film Southgate to London, which won Best Pitch at the Loco Film Festival, Stevie hopes that acting in film or television could be a possibility. Perry White, who directed the 2017 film War Has No Eyes (which was partially filmed in Cyprus at the Kofinou refugee camp) has already asked Stevie to play the lead character in his next project.“It’s going to be a short comedy drama about the reality of living and working in London,” says Stevie, who will be flying there in early 2019.But, before he leaves, he will be filming some more of his own videos – skits in a hairdressing salon. 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