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* The Turkish daily Sabah reports that The Turkish
Armed Forces will take over the command of Kabul
Regional Commandership from France after a
ceremony to be held today in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Turkey will command the NATO forces in the
region for eight months and its number of troops
will be increased from 750 to 1,150. At the
beginning of December, Turkey will hand over the
command to Italy.
* Kazakh Foreign Affairs Minister Marat Tazhin who
is currently paying an official visit to Turkey,
met with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.
Speaking to reporters after their talks, the two
top diplomats pointed to the great cooperation in
the field of energy and increase in trade volume,
as well as mutually growing investments between
the two countries.
Turkish foreign affairs minister Mr. Gul
announced Turkey's support to Kazakhstan for the
2009 presidency of the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe
* On Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan received a delegation of a German-
Turkish Friendship Group from the German
Parliament visiting Turkey.
Following the one-and-a-half-hour meeting, the
delegation also had talks with the members of the
Turkish Parliament's European Union harmonization
* Ihsan Dogramaci, former head of Turkey's Board
of Higher Education and the founder of Hacettepe
and Bilkent Universities, received an honorary
doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Dogramaci, 92, during a ceremony at
Parliament, will also be given an honorary award.
* The Turkish Institute of Statistics released
monthly inflation figures for last month. The
figures were lower than expected.
The consumer price index rose by 0.92% in March,
while the producer price index rose by 0.97%.
The expected monthly increase in the CPI was 0.99%
and 1.08% for the PPI.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The Council of Europe - the 46-nation
organization that champions human rights - is to
sponsor a prestigious new film award at the
Istanbul Film Festival, reports the Turkish Daily
The award will be given to the film that best
reflects the council's values of respect for human
rights, individual freedom, political liberty and
the rule of law. The award includes a sculpture in
bronze and a cash prize of 10,000 euros. It is
awarded as part of the Human Rights in Film
section of the festival.
The festival started on March 3 and will
continue through April 15
* Turkey's Cukurova University Conservatory Choir
ranked the second in an international contest in
Hungarian capital Budapest.
Over 45 choirs from 22 countries performed in 11
categories where the Turkish choir ranked second
in both classical and folk music categories.
The choir was admired with both their costumes
and the style they sang.
* Stork Valley in Beysehir's Yesildag town in
central Turkish province of Konya welcomes its
first guests of the spring season.
Storks, which are considered as the first sign
of the spring, have begun to arrive in the valley.
And this year the mayor of the town says the
world will be able to watch the unique site in the
valley via the Internet, reported the Dogan News
Hundreds of people are expected to visit the
valley this year, where hundreds of storks reside.
"The valley draws photographers as well as
domestic and foreign tourists, but we still do not
think that the valley has garnered enough
recognition considering its unique beauty", says
* The 24th International Ankara Music Festival
kicked off on Wednesday night with an opening
ceremony. Turkey's President Ahmet Necdet Sezer
and his wife Semra were among the guests.
Organized by the Sevda-Cenap and Music
Foundation, the festival's opening day program
featured music by Turkish classical composer Ahmet
Adnan Saygun. The Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra
under the baton of Erol Erdinç was performing.
This year's Ankara International Music Festival
will enliven the music agenda of Ankara music
lovers, entertaining them to a colorful program
featuring performances by renowned singers,
groups, choirs and orchestras from around the
The Ankara International Music Festival, the
capital's largest annual musical event, is marking
its 24th year. This year the festival will
showcase 24 concerts and artists from 13 countries
with a rich program offering a wide range of music
from classical to flamenco, from baroque to jazz,
and nostalgic to tango.
Among this year's highlights are legendary
flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco De Lucia, Grammy
nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson and the
Moscow Balalaika Quartet and soloists of the Red
Army Choir and Red Priest
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* We talked about inundation of two ancient sites
in Southeastern Turkey last week. There is again
the news this week on a site in the west of the
country that faces the same fate.
The Yortanli Dam is expected to flood the
ancient city of Allianoi in Western Turkey.
However, the Turkish Daily News reports that
Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister
Hilmi Güler delivered good news about the Ancient
The minister says that the government agency
undertaking the construction of the dam will wait
until the end of the litigation brought by the
Moreover, the minister adds that the agency has
initiated a conservation project of its own, and
is consulting with archeologists.
Allianoi was established during the Hellenistic
Age and reached its peak during the reign of the
Allianoi was famed for its thermal spring center
and was known as the most important healing
complexes during Roman emperor Hadrian's rule
Over the last five years, excavations revealed
two impressive gates, marble stone-paved streets,
shops, houses adorned with mosaics, large town
squares, public fountains and rest areas after
having a bath.
Surprisingly, the latest findings, such as
mosaics, marble stones and some wood pieces
designed for houses, were the most intact ever
seen on an archaeological site due to the alluvium
The ancient city would have been flooded by
Yortanli Dam's water last November, but a court
ruling stopped the construction.
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* Marmaris Aksaz Naval Base Commander Vice Admiral
Celal Parlakoglu said the Second International
Marmaris Maritime Festival would take place on May
2-8, 2008. 40 countries will participate in the
Admiral Parlakoglu says that there will be many
maritime activities during the festival including
a sailing race.
The competition will start from Marmaris and end
in Çanakkale, 500 miles to the north.
Marmaris is a town on the Aegean coast of
* Turkey's Mediterranean province Mersin's Erdemli
township awaits investment to utilize its hidden
historical and cultural assets for tourism, writes
the Turkish Daily News.
The locals can't promote historic fortifications
in Erdemli's Dagli Village due to lack of
investment for promotional activities, and lack of
infrastructure such as power, and roads.
Ali Sen Kivrak, the local official of Dagli
Village, said the Roman period historic
fortification stretching over a 60,000 square feet
area should be utilized for tourism and they
awaited support in this regard.
He said the castle, which possessed a majestic
outlook, was a center of attraction especially by
Mr. Kivrak also noted that the area where the
historic castle is located was also an ideal place
There are also many caves, which attract great
interest, he added.
* Istanbul Modern Arts Museum is bringing the most
significant names of video art together in its
April film program.
Istanbul Modern both focuses on the
consequential part of the 20th century's video art
and explores German video art with a wide spectrum
from the 1960's to the present day via its "40
Years of German Video Art" program, scheduled for
April 24 through 29.
In addition the program will feature a 59-film
selection from around the world.
A panel discussion on German and Turkish video
art will also be held on April 29 at Istanbul
The panel will feature Wulf Herzogenrath, Gülsün
Karamustafa and Istanbul Modern director David
* Turkey will be promoted in the May issue of the
National Geographic magazine thanks to a joint
project by the Culture and Tourism Ministry and
A Turkey supplementary titled "A Land for All
Seasons" will be released in May, featuring the
tourist activities for all four seasons as well as
a map on tourist spots and Turkey's seven
The magazine says, "Turkey's cultural highlights
are matched by equally compelling sporting
opportunities with year-round appeal. Sailing,
skiing and hiking showcase the country's abundance
of striking landscapes. Within the cities, teeming
bazaars reveal an oriental treasure trove of
kilims and carpets, fragrant spices, jewelry,
silks and faience tiles. Combining beauty and
diversity, Turkey's many faces offer an
unforgettable land for all seasons."
National Geographic adds: "With one foot in
Europe and the other in Asia, a 5,000-mile
coastline embraced by four different seas,
dramatic mountain ranges, fertile plains and high
steppes, Turkey is a captivating study in
contrasts. Seven main regions enjoy their own
distinctive climate, landscape and traditions and
whether you are attracted to art and history,
untouched natural beauty or the beach, there
really is something to satisfy all tastes."
The magazine also said Bursa's Uludag and
Erzurum's Palandöken were popular spots for winter
sports including ski while visitors could ski in
the morning but enjoy the sea, sand and sun in
afternoon in Antalya's Sakli Kent in winter.
Pointing out that the ceremonies commemorating
Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi, the father of Sufism,
were also scheduled in winter, it said the Santa
Claus celebrations were also held in winter in
Antalya's Demre district, which had been home to
It said Turkey demonstrated a rich plant
diversity reaching 9,000 species in spring, which
was also an ideal period to visit Pamukkale and
Istanbul. Stating that Turkey possessed the most
beautiful coasts in the Mediterranean and thus was
a popular resort for summer holidays, the magazine
said Fethiye, Ölüdeniz and Babadag were also good
choices for sport activities. The magazine offers
Artvin's Çoruh River for rafting and the Black Sea
and Mediterranean plateaus as unique beauties for
alterative tourism enthusiasts who don't prefer
National Geographic's Turkey supplementary also
showcases the full list of important cultural
activities scheduled throughout the year including
the International Istanbul Film Festival, the
Ankara International Music Festival, the
International Boat Show, Mevlana celebrations and
the International Istanbul Music Festival. At the
back of the supplementary, is a Turkey map
featuring Turkey's cultural heritages and tourism
* The Tirebolu Fort, located in Turkey's Black Sea
province of Giresun's Tirebolu district, is on its
way to becoming a tourism spot, reported the
Anatolia News Agency.
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Fahrettin
Göncü, local authority of Tirebolu, said the Fort
was a historical center of attraction for tour
organizers that give tours in the Eastern Black
He said the works were under way to make the
Fort ready for the coming tourism season.
"All transmitters, dish antennas and radio
poles, which create a visual pollution in the
fort, will be removed. These images don't match a
historical venue. Other wood structures will also
be removed so that the Fort will return to its
original appearance," he said.
Mr. Goncu also said the peninsula which hosted
the fort was declared as the protected site and
projects kicked off to renovate the historical
buildings in the peninsula.
The Tirebolu Fort was built in 15th Century.
Built by the irregular hewn stones, has only one
entrance, with city walls and watchtowers.
* Turkey is set to become a thermal tourism
destination as a result of a thermal tourism
master plan by Culture and Tourism Ministry. The
project aims to highlight Turkey as a major health
and thermal destination of world by 2023.
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Senol
Aydemir of the ministry said "The increasing aged
population in Europe is our target market. If we
attract this population to Turkey, thermal tourism
in Turkey can span over 12 months. Thermal tourism
provides constant employment and there is also a
high demand for it internal tourism as well," he
The ministry identified 25 destinations in four
regions of Turkey as part of the master plan.
Many spas have been built in Turkey since the
ancient ages with the discovery of healing
qualities of natural thermal waters. There are
also many historical and cultural sites exist
nearby these thermal sources.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.37
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 59/34 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 72/52 Fair
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 61/46 Fair
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 68/52 Fair
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 52/46 Mostly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 24 inches
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 8 inches
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 83 inches
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 22 inches
Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 47 inches
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 37 inches
Edited by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer Superleague
Week 26 results
Gençlerbirligi 0 - 2 Besiktas
Erciyesspor 0 - 1 Trabzonspor
Ankaragucu 1 - 2 Galatasaray
Bursaspor 1 - 0 Konyaspor
Fenerbahçe 2 - 1 Ankaraspor
Rizespor 2 - 2 Denizlispor
Sakaryaspor 1 - 2 Gaziantepspor
Sivasspor 3 - 2 Kayserispor
Antalyaspor 1 - 0 Manisaspor
Week 27 results
Trabzonspor 4 - 3 Gençlerbirligi
Galatasaray 0 - 1 Erciyesspor
Team Wk W D L Pts GF GA
1. Fenerbahçe 26 16 6 4 54 51 23
2. Besiktas 26 14 6 6 48 37 23
3. Galatasaray 27 12 9 6 45 46 29
4. Kayserispor 26 10 10 6 40 39 32
5. Trabzonspor 27 11 6 10 39 37 33
6. Gençlerbirligi 27 11 5 11 38 34 33
7. Sivasspor 26 11 5 10 38 32 34
8. Bursaspor 26 10 6 10 36 28 31
9. Antalyaspor 26 8 11 7 35 28 27
10. Konyaspor 26 9 8 9 35 33 33
11. Ankaraspor 26 7 13 6 34 29 28
12. Gaziantepspor 26 9 7 10 34 25 31
13. Ankaragucu 26 8 8 10 32 26 27
14. Manisaspor 25 8 5 12 29 34 39
15. Rizespor 26 8 5 13 29 23 29
16. Erciyesspor 27 7 7 13 28 22 42
17. Denizlispor 26 6 9 11 27 24 35
18. Sakaryaspor 25 3 8 14 17 17 36
* Turkish Basketball
1. T.Telekom 22-2
2. Fenerbahce 22-2
3. Efes P. 21-3
4. Galatasaray 15-9
5. Besiktas 14-9
6. TED Koleji 13-11
7. Banvitspor 12-12
8. Mersin 11-13
9. Pinar Karsiyaka 10-13
10. Darussafaka 10-14
11. Selcuk Uni. 9-15
12. Tofas 8-16
13. Oyak Renault 7-17
14. Beykoz 7-17
15. Alpella 7-17
16. Tekelspor 3-21
Hidayet Turkolgu Stats Pts, reb, asst, min
Orlando 108-111 Toronto 37 4 5 45
Orlando 104-105 Minnesota 6 5 2 22
Orlando 95-87 Indiana 10 5 4 23
Mehmet Okur Stats Pts, reb, asst, min
Utah 103-107 Sacremento 24 8 2 38
Utah 89-94 Portland 11 8 3 39
Utah 86-83 Houston 10 9 1 37
Utah 93-102 San Antonio 16 11 2 39
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