Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Excellent news: A Turkish Cypriot will be in Cyprus First Division football this year

Alki F.C, a club in Larnaka, Cyprus, has done something that was obvious but for many clubs unthinkable: they signed a Turkish Cypriot player on a 1+1 contract. This is not the first time a club has done it: Salamina has a Turkish Cypriot Player in 2004, but sadly that did not seem to create a momentum of more footballing integration.

In a league were all the clubs have left or right political leanings there seems to be a reluctance to admit that we prefer paying huge sums of money to bring foreign has-beens rather that look for great talent in our Fellow Cypriots. This is of course true for Greek Cypriots, but even more so for Turkish Cypriots, who play in a league that is unrecognised, and whose salaries are equivalent to third division football.

The truth be told, because of the political nature of Cyprus football, and hence by extension of the Cyprus Football Federation, there was always somewhat uncomfortable to admit Turkish Cypriots in the league: In 1951 Çetinkaya Türk Spor Kulübü took the championship, and followed its dominance with two more cups and super cups before being kicked out from the Cypriot league in 1955.

To be fair the league also kicked out a lot of left leaning clubs earlier in 1948 so it is not that such actions targeted just Turkish Cypriots, but anyone who did not agree with the nationalistic attitudes of the Football league.

Mustafa Yaşınses is exactly one of these talented players that Cypriot clubs can shop from the Turkish Cypriot league. Having played his football at KÜÇÜK KAYMAKLI, he can now prove with his game that there are many Turkish Cypriots whose talent is not recognised which could be very good deals for the clubs that are struggling for finances. It is just a shame that such a move can really be undertaken by the left leaning clubs, as many of the nationalist clubs would consider such a move an outrage (shame on them!). I wish Mustafa the very best and hope he can be a beacon for all young Cypriot talent.

Now its time for the Cyprus Football league to step up to the plate and show that Turkish Cypriots and Turkish Cypriot teams will be treated like anyone else should they chose to join, as it has been telling UEFA for years.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Excellent Gorrilla documentary On Migration and Greece

A wonderful story on second generation Greek migrant called MC Yinka. Such respect on people who have seem to have such deep thinking and understanding about their life, and such a nice portrayal of the bits of Athens people have left behind.


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

From the New York times Op -ed: Parallels of USA and Cyprus

This is a link to an excellent article from the New York times in how Peter Diamond has been stalled form joining the board of the FEDERAL RESERVE due to political posturing by the Republicans in the house.

Of course Nobel Laureate Diamond in not on his own in this. WE have not asked Dr. Pisarides, our own Nobel laureate, from any position in the Cypriot government. The board of our own Federal Reserve equivalent, (i.e. the board of the Central Bank of Cyprus) does not include DR. Pisarides. In fact out of the five members of the board, two (Marios Kleitou, Nikos Konstatninou) are members of accountancy firms that are in no way placed or have the education to make decisions about monetary liquidity, and the other two (Dr. Orphanides and Charalambos Achinitis) are employed by the central bank. The last member, Andreas Matsis is a member of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and we know nothing of his resume and his education, as it is not provided on the website.

We have bestowed the accolades of pomp and pageantry to Dr. Pisarides, but we have not let him bring his understanding to the labour market into effect at a time of record unemployment in Cyprus. This is intentional, as the government knows that Dr. Pisarides calls for an urgent and radical departure from 50 years of labour policy in Cyprus: liberalization of the labour market and the removal of some union privileges, lowering of wages in the government sector to take account of job security, the removal of the unfair system of "job lists" for educators that distorts the skills market, and a change of emphasis away from unemployment benefits and towards job searching. The government prefers to honor this English trained but Cypriot born Nobel laureate , but not to have him use his knowledge effectively for the good of the island.

Thus we have also kept our own Nobel laureate away from our economy and its urgent issues. Two paragraphs from Dr. Diamonds op-ed are particularly poignant in the Cyprus case too:

"There is too little public awareness of the real consequences of some of these [budget] decisions. In reality, we need more spending on some programs and less spending on others, and we need more good regulations and fewer bad ones.

Analytical expertise is needed to accomplish this, to make government more effective and efficient. Skilled analytical thinking should not be drowned out by mistaken, ideologically driven views that more is always better or less is always better. I had hoped to bring some of my own expertise and experience to the Fed. Now I hope someone else can."

Such is the case in Cyprus too - the people we the answers are being pushed away by people who have to much vested in the economic system that is falling all around us.

Kapuscinski Lecture on Development

A great event took place last night at the home of co-operation in Nicosia. The Cyprus Island-Wide NGO Development Platform (CYINDEP) hosted an address by guest speaker Ms Eveline Herfkens, founder of the UN Millenium Campaign. I would like to personally thank the NGO support centre, which is doing great work on development awareness in Cyprus, for inviting to present to the event.

The visit of Ms Herfkens is part of the “Kapuscinski Lectures”, named after Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who covered developing countries. Organised jointly by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and partner organisations in different countries, this series of lectures aims to offer Europeans the opportunity to learn and discuss development and issues related to development cooperation, and to contribute to the debate and formulation of European-wide development policy.

It was a great event and Ms Eveline Herfkens was a particularly impressive speaker. It certainly highlighted how we should move forward. I also presented the (dreadful) state of Cyprus development efforts, made much more explicit by Dr. Youlli Taki.

A copy of my presentation is here. Interesting to note that if we gave the Eurocypria money to the Cyprus aid we would be on target in satifying our EU comitment of 0.33% of GDP aid by 2013.

Presentation of the economic effects of Migration at the European University

This is a powerpoint from my presentation at the "International Conference on Economic Migration in Europe" at the European University of Cyprus on the 10th of May. It indicates how migration has been up to 2009 very beneficial for the Cypriot economy, and how now the latest economic crisis in Cyprus has increased the demand for foreign housekeepers as the family household is under crisis and women have chosen to go back into the workforce and thus demand housekeepers to share the household chores/babysitting duties.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Roger Milla in Cyprus

INCAMSA, the Cameroonian student society of Cyprus and registered NGO, is bringing the legend that is Rodger Mila in Cyprus for an event open to the public!
In this document, you can see many events, lectures and celebration, with a lecture on Wednesday the 8th of June, a cultural night on Friday 10th of June, and the highlight of a football match at Makario Stadium at the presence of Rodger Mila in the 11th of June starting at 6 O'clock.

For those that do not remember the legend that is Rodger Mila needs to be aware that he opened the door for African players in Europe (scouts would not have been flying to Africa without his performance) and that he is the oldest man to score in a world cup at the age of 43! He was the face of Coka Cola in the last world cup.