By Constantinos PsillidesTurkish Cypriot football club Degirmenlik has announced the signing of a second Greek Cypriot player, despite heated reaction sparked by the signing of Dimitris Vassiliou last month.Vassiliou was heavily criticised for his decision to be the first Greek Cypriot to play for a Turkish Cypriot team since 1955 and even received death threats. The reaction even prompted the 35-year-old’s father to step forward and publicly defend his son’s decision to sign for Degirmenlik. Since signing up for the team Vassiliou, a father of two, lost his job coaching his local side, Omonoia Aradippou’s Under-15s and said he has also been threatened with the possibility of a transfer to a warehouse position by his superiors at the semi-state owned Electricity Authority.Argiris Christofi, the second Greek Cypriot player to be signed by a Turkish Cypriot football team, was not deterred by the backlash.“This is my life and I do what I want with it,” said Christofi, according to a report run by Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen, adding that he didn’t think that playing for a Turkish Cypriot team would cause him any problem.“I believe that football has the power to bring peace to the world,” added Christofi.Christofi joined the team’s training on Thursday, along with Vassiliou, who is expected to make his debut on Saturday.The Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CFTA) and the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) signed an agreement in 2013, paving the way for the reunification of football on the island. Almost a year on, both sides appear to be waiting for each other to ratify the agreement.Under the arrangement the CTFA will become a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with CFA statutes and regulations. The CFA will continue being a member of FIFA and UEFA. It will also remain the governing body responsible for organising, servicing and administering football in Cyprus as well as any international football activities in the country.Under the terms of the agreement, the CTFA will apply to be a member of the CFA, essentially inducting all the Turkish Cypriot clubs.The CFA will then recognise the CTFA as one of its associate members, giving it the duty of handling matters regarding Turkish Cypriot clubs and the right to organise a championship with its members.Once the CTFA is inducted into the CFA, it will be able to have representatives present at board meetings. A steering committee will be formed to work towards implementing the agreement, made up of four Greek Cypriots and four Turkish Cypriots.The agreement will also oblige Turkish Cypriot teams to adhere to FIFA regulations regarding transfers. They will be able take part in CFA competitions and the UEFA Regions Cup. Turkish Cypriot coaches will also be able to obtain UEFA coaching licences through the CFA.Turkish Cypriot teams withdrew from the CFA in 1955, following the beginning of the armed EOKA struggle for union with Greece.The last match to take place was between Larnaca side Pezoporikos and Cetinkaya in the semi-final of the Cyprus Cup.
Copyright Tourism Authority of Thailand. All Rights Reserved. Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL WRITERS TO CONVENE IN THAILAND FOR AGM AND AWARDS NIGHT Up to 250 of Australia’s leading travel writers will descend upon Thailand between 21-23 August, 2009, for their annual general meeting and awards night, expected to be the largest off-shore event for the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) since its inception in 1975. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting the ASTW’s AGM, which will include three days in Bangkok, and a series of six post-conference tours to different parts of Thailand.TAT will host a Gala Dinner for the ASTW members on 22 August, 2009, at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center @ Central World. The event will include a Thai musical and classical dance show as well as the presentation of awards for outstanding Australian travel writers, photographers, travel media organizations, and industry communicators.Thailand last hosted the Society’s AGM in 1999.Mrs Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications said, “We are very happy to host so many influential communicators and travel media professionals from Australia. We expect they will have a good time here and write about Amazing Thailand when they return home, generating millions of dollars worth of publicity that far exceeds any amount that would otherwise have to be spent on promotions and advertising.”The annual ASTW Awards night is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. Full and Associate Writer Members are eligible to enter the Travel Journalism Awards, with prizes in the Destination, Trade and Photography categories. PR Members are eligible for the ASTW Communicator of the Year Award, chosen by vote by the writer members, for outstanding professional services to ASTW members. Currently, there are seventeen awards. It has become traditional for the host of the annual AGM to also offer a travel writing prize for stories (and sometimes photographs) published about the host destination. ASTW is an organisation of professionals engaged in writing, broadcasting, photographic, television and other electronic media production, and public relations executives working in the travel industry.Believing in travel as “a bridge between peoples” the Society’s members work to raise the standards of the profession. In addition, they seek to guard the right of freedom to travel and to encourage conservation and preservation of historic sites and natural wonders, and promote cultural understanding.The basic objective is to make and keep travel a quality experience for everyone and to help keep the travel industry both viable and accountable for its actions.Australia is one of major markets for Thailand. During January – April 2009, there were 193,340 Australian visitors to Thailand. Favourite destinations are Bangkok, Phuket, Samui and Krabi. The new trendy destinations are Koh Chang, Koh Tao, Koh Lanta and Koh Samet.Major tourism activities for Australian visitors are shopping, beach resorts, soft-adventure, ecotourism, elephant riding, diving, trekking, and Thai cooking class while golf, cruising, medical tourism, and spa are the new trendy activities.Many Australian visitors stop over in Thailand en route back home after visiting Europe to take in some shopping or for some quick sightseeing in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces. As of August 2009, there are 74 direct scheduled flights per week between Thailand (Bangkok; Phuket) and five major cities of Australia being operated by four airlines — THAI Airways International, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, and Jetstar Airways.Citizens of Australia can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa.Contact information: International Public Relation DivisionTourism Authority of ThailandTel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419E-mail: email@example.comWeb site: www.tatnews.orgFor the latest updates, please visit www.TATnews.org read more