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      * Contender to the Turkish presidency Abdullah Gul
      is now one step closer to the presidency although
      he failed to get elected during the second round
      of voting in the presidential elections held
      Mr. Gul received 337 of 446 votes, four less than
      he received in the first round of voting.
      Nevertheless this number is enough for him to be
      elected president on Aug. 28, in the third round
      of voting where 276 votes suffice. The
      Nationalist Movement Party's candidate Sabahattin
      Çakmakoglu received 71 votes and the Democratic
      Left Party's candidate Tayfun Içli received just
      14 votes. There were 24 blank votes cast.
      Mr. Gul and Çakmakoglu will contest the third
      round, while Içli is out of the race. Following
      the voting Mr. Gul said that everyone must wait
      for the voting on Tuesday.
      In related news, outgoing President Ahmet Necdet
      Sezer bid farewell to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
      Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar
      Buyukanit Friday.
      Mr. Sezer is expected to hand over his post to his
      likely successor, Abdullah Gul, the day he gets
      elected, probably Aug. 28. President Sezer said he
      has already moved to his new house and is ready to
      leave office the same day his successor is
      elected, daily Milliyet reported Friday.
      Gen. Buyukanit welcomed President Sezer at the
      military's headquarters with a military ceremony.
      After a short visit to Gen. Buyukanit, Sezer then
      went to the Prime Ministry. Sezer's last visit to
      the Prime Ministry was in 2000, which shows
      Sezer's efforts to keep his distance with the

      * Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat Friday
      called for fixing a date to start full-fledged
      negotiations aimed at reunifying Cyprus. Mr.
      Talat was speaking with Turkey's NTV news channel.
      Mr. Talat is scheduled to meet with Greek Cypriot
      leader Tassos Papadopoulos on September 5.
      In related news, U.S. Undersecretary of State
      Nicholas Burns plans to pay an official visit to
      the divided island in September or November
      according to a news report broadcast on Greek
      Cypriot radio, reported the Anatolia news agency
      Friday. In a message sent to the conference on
      "Cypriots living abroad," Burns stated that he
      will exert efforts to contribute to the solution
      of the Cyprus dispute.

      * Professor Mustafa Erdik from Bogaziçi
      University's Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake
      Research Institution said in an exclusive
      interview with the Turkish Daily News, that one in
      20 buildings will be irreparably damaged, while
      one in five buildings will be slightly damaged,
      according to a worst case scenario of a possible
      Istanbul earthquake.
      The probability of a massive earthquake in
      Istanbul is 2 percent each year. "That is a very
      high probability," said Dr. Erdik, the head of the
      earthquake engineering program in Bogaziçi
      University. San Francisco and Tokyo are the only
      two cities in the world that face similar risks as
      Istanbul. "No city can be ready for such as a
      disaster," Dr. Erdik said.
      However the building inventory of San Francisco
      and Tokyo is better than Istanbul's.
      Moreover, the factors that would
      increase the risk such as the population and
      cultural and historical heritage is much more in
      Istanbul," he added.
      Scientists and experts examining the fault line
      under the Marmara Sea estimate an earthquake of
      7.0 or higher magnitude on the Richter scale would
      have an impact of around 9.0 magnitude in
      Istanbul, Dr. Erdik said.

      * An Egyptian hijacker who commandeered an Atlas
      Jet airlines passenger plane together with a
      Turkish citizen had received training at an
      al-Qaida camp and wanted to be flown to Iran and
      then to join al-Qaida in Afghanistan, police
      officials announced, the Anatolia news agency
      The two hijackers surrendered and released their
      hostages after forcing the Atlas Jet plane to land
      in southern Turkey on last Saturday saying they
      had a "bomb," which turned out to be sculpting
      clay with wires attached to it.

      * The shipment of the Iranian-made Samand
      automobiles to Turkey is set to begin next week.
      Iranian Khodro Company manufactures the Samand,
      which is built on the French Peugeot 405
      platform. The MYS Otomotiv will distribute it in
      Turkey. The 'Samand LX' model will be the first
      to arrive and will fetch around a $15,000 price
      "The Soren and Pars models will follow Samand. We
      are continually working to make that possible,"
      said Mr. Sukru Seskir, the chairman of MYS

      * Work on the third bridge, to be constructed
      over the Bosporus Straits entered its last phase,
      reported the Turkish daily Vatan on Tuesday. The
      director general of Turkey's Highways Department,
      Mr. Cahit Turhan stated that determining the route
      of the third bridge will be finalized at the end
      of this year. "We can lay the foundation of the
      bridge in the summer of 2008 after completing the
      administrative work such as awarding the bid and
      determining the place," Turhan said.
      Turkish authorities are using the
      "Build-operate-transfer" model in constructing the
      bridge. The model calls for the builder to
      operate the bridge a number of years to recoup its
      costs and then transfer the bridge back to the
      Turkish authorities.
      Mr. Turhan noted that the bridge will cost $2
      billion and said that it will be in operation in
      According to Mr. Turhan the bridge will not be
      constructed in the northern part of the Bosporus
      since that will not diminish the traffic load of
      the two existing bridges. Moreover, the bridge
      will be made up of eight lanes and a possible lane
      for industrial vehicles, wrote the daily.


      * Old Tarsus houses, located in Mersin's Tarsus
      Township and currently owned by Turkey's Culture
      and Tourism Ministry, will be offered to investors
      interested in converting them into boutique hotels
      in the coming days.
      As he have told you last week, Tarsus is where
      Saint Paul lived, and the Pope declared 2008 as
      the year of Saint Paul. The local administration
      in Tarsus is preparing for an influx of pilgrims
      from around the World.
      The governor of the province where Tarsus is
      located says that his province offers many other
      attractions to visitors, but there is a problem
      with promoting its region. He is hoping that the
      Pope's declaration will it alleviate this problem,
      at least for 2008.

      * According to the Anatolia news agency, the
      traditional Turkish bath owners are claiming that
      the baths and saunas in 5-star hotels do not
      reflect Turkish culture, and are engaged in a new
      campaign to promote the "real" one.
      The promotion aims to draw the interest of
      tourists with CDs and "pleasure" tours of their
      The Turkish Bath Owners Association chairman in
      Izmir Nafi Karaca says that pleasure tours for
      tourists entail spending a whole day in the
      Turkish bath and experience the real culture. On
      certain days reserved for tourists there will be
      entertainment and food in the Turkish baths .
      The project set up to undertake this promotional
      event is dubbed "Health in the Turkish Bath" and
      the European Union will partially fund it, Mr.
      Karaca says
      The chairman is also saying that a High School
      diploma is to become compulsory to be a
      traditional Turkish bath employee. He also shuns
      massages performed on lounge chairs and says that
      they damage the image of a real Turkish bath. In
      traditional Turkish baths patrons are seated on
      elevated marble platforms. A special area in the
      center of the bath is especially popular place for
      getting a massage. This area is called the "navel
      stone", and heated to somewhat elevated
      temperatures from under the bath.

      * Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry has
      commissioned a US company to shoot a film
      depicting the natural and historical wealth of
      Turkey's southern Aegean coast. The film will be
      used in promoting the region internationally.
      The Ministry's Ozgur Ozaslan says that CNN will be
      among the television channels that will show the
      The officials says that they are hoping that
      cruise lines will also start visiting the area.
      The area is renowned for its beautiful beaches and
      many historic ruins.

      * Speaking of the Turkish Culture and Tourism
      Ministry, the officials are pleased that five
      exhibitions the Ministry prepared were well
      received abroad. The exhibitions are aimed at
      publicizing the historical riches of Turkey and
      attracted almost 600,000 visitors.
      Mr. Orhan Duzgun, general manager of Cultural
      Assets and Museums, says that the Ministry is
      planning to double the number of exhibitions in
      Mr. Duzgun cites the following exhibits that has
      taken place this year:
      - Junction point of ceramics Turkey: meeting Place
      of East and West, in South Korea, which brought in
      almost 282,000 visitors.
      - Istanbul: City and Sultan in Amsterdam, Holland,
      attracted 165,000 visitors.
      - Treasures of Topkapi Palace-Excellent Ottoman
      Dynasty, in Tokyo's Metropolitan Museum. This
      particular exhibit is still ongoing and is drawing
      large crowds. It features 140 works of arts, 111
      from the renowned Topkapi Palace and 29 from the
      Turkish and Islamic Works Museum. Among the items
      in exhibit are: kitchen equipment such as a
      percolator, tray and bowl, and Turkish bath bowl
      and pan, and ornamental pieces such as emerald
      earrings and a necklace, the displays also exhibit
      Hurrem Sultan's deed of trust, the deed of Sultan
      Mahmud I's property with his signature and a writ
      issued by Mehmet IV. The exhibition will remain
      open until September 24.
      - "Anatolia 12,000 years ago: The Oldest
      Monuments of History of Humanity" was displayed in
      the German town of Baden-Wurttemberg, Karlsruhe
      State Museum. The exhibition, featuring 386 works
      of art from 11 city museums, displayed the life of
      Anatolian people, their architecture, agriculture
      and livestock in the Neolithic term with findings
      from excavations.
      - The exhibition in the Italian cities of Rome
      and Naples, "Turkey: 7,000 Years of History,"
      hosted 63,000 visitors. The exhibition displayed
      archaeological works of different ages and 43
      works of art from the Ottoman period.

      * Mike Collini, Hilton International's Vice
      President for development in northern Europe,
      initiated talks on opening a hotel in Adiyaman,
      one of Turkey's most significant tourism spots
      featuring Mount Nemrut and 2000-year-old colossal
      statues on its peak.
      Although Mount Nemrut attracts many visitors, the
      area it is still highly underdeveloped and away
      from the major tourist destinations in western
      Turkey. A new hotel built to international
      standards will increase the number of visitors to
      the region.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that the works of
      the Georgian painter Pirosmani who influenced many
      including Picasso and lived and died in loneliness
      and misery are being exhibited in Turkey for the
      first time.
      35 of his works are in the exhibition from
      different periods of the artist, and his painting
      named "Actress Margarita" which he dedicated to
      his great love Margarita will also meet art lovers
      of Istanbul at the exhibition.
      Born in 1862 to a poor family in a small Georgian
      village, the self-educated painter made ends meets
      by working in Georgian drinking establishments,
      train stations and painting for tavern owners.
      Like many artists of his time, Niko Pirosmani was
      shunned by his contemporaries, and his work
      depicting a neo-primitive approach of villages,
      humans and animals only gained recogntion after
      his death.
      The exhibition will run until October 7 in Pera
      museum. It is being co-sponsored by the Georgia
      Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Turkey's
      Foreign Economics Relations Foundation within the
      framework of "Georgia Season," the country's
      national art program.

      * A restored Greek Orthodox church in Didim's
      Akbuk Township in Aydin province in western Turkey
      has been converted into a culture center, reports
      the Turkish Daily News.
      Architect Fikri Aktan said during the opening
      ceremony: "The restoration undertaken by Izmir
      Reliefs and Monuments Head Office has been really
      successful. The building still maintains its
      historical structure."
      The church was built in 1823 and before the
      restoration it was in ruins.

      * According to the Turkish Daily News , Mr. Ömer
      Tosun, collector of ancient rugs and antiques, had
      the caves and ancient residential areas in
      Cappadocia's Uçhisar district restored and turned
      them into museum-hotels.
      In the hotel, each of the rooms are named
      according to the antiques inside. The hotel has 30
      rooms and aptly named "The Museum Hotel".
      Restoration began in 1999 and continued until 2001
      with the consultation of geologists to return the
      relics back to their original forms and with
      permission from Turkey's Ministry and Conservation
      District Office.
      Mr. Tosun was later joined by expert architect Ms.
      Nazife Gurlek in the restoration project.
      Tosun's museum-hotel concept, combining his
      passion for antiques and his entrepreneurial
      spirit, is the first of its kind in Turkey.
      During the short period the Museum Hotel has been
      open for business, many World famous guests have
      already visited. In recent weeks alone, Henry
      Ford's daughter, Anne Ford, was a guest at the
      Museum Hotel with her family as well as Hollywood
      star Harvey Keitel.
      The hotel also re-creates The historical streets
      of Cappadocia. Each of the historical streets,
      taking the visitor from modern times to hundreds
      of years ago, opens up to a courtyard. According
      to the characteristics of the antiques in them,
      the rooms have different names, such as
      "Pot-bellied Room," "Tafana Deluxe Suite,"
      "Oriental Deluxe Cave," "Cabinet Room," "Harem
      Cave Suite" and the "Sultan's Cave Suite."
      Doors with knockers, guillotine windows, old style
      bedsteads, rugs, antique lamps, and chandeliers
      add a distinct color to the historical texture of
      the structure. Tosun mentioned the importance of
      restoring according to the originals.
      Mr. Tosun was born in Cappadocia, and he stated
      that he knows the region and the texture of the
      historical structures well so they were able to
      copy the originals. "We tried to apply what needs
      to be applied without destroying its nature," Mr.
      Tosun said.
      Mr. Tosun said that they noticed a three
      centimeter hole while working on a room named
      "Lazy Hunter." The hole pointed to the top of a
      peaked chimney rock in the valley in front of the
      hotel, an area where birds often perched. The room
      is named "Dovecotes" because it's placed on the
      original dovecotes. Mr. Tosun thinks it was used
      to capture the birds.
      Rooms at the Museum Hotel are grouped in three as
      standard, deluxe and deluxe suite ranging from
      $145-1,200. The hotel's restaurant serves Turkish
      cuisine, with its chef having won a third place
      award at the World Gastronomy Festival. Guests
      can enjoy the unique view from the hills
      overlooking Cappadocia while indulging in the
      pleasure of a jacuzzi in the room.
      With its surreal landscape, underground cities
      that dates back to thousands of years ago, homes
      and churches carved into rocks Cappadocia is
      unusual. Cappadocia came to life with the
      Hittites, called the "Land of Beautiful Horses" by
      the Persians. Even though its nature and history
      are greatly appealing, the area is not promoted
      well, Mr. Tosun says.
      Many historical pieces and natural formations in
      Cappadocia are under threat. Some of the
      historical ruins have been saved by the support of
      entrepreneurs like Mr. Tosun, some get lost in the
      dusty pages of history.
      "It's not possible to find another Cappadocia in
      the world. You don't just get to see rocks here -
      these are the first markings of history and
      culture," said Mr. Tosun.

      * Damaris Kremida, writing in the Turkish Daily
      News, reports that Hundreds of Greeks visit
      Ayvalik's Thursday open air market week after
      Kremida says that first-timers bring with them
      fears and stereotypes about
      Turkey. At the end of the day, however, they love
      a good day shopping as do the Turks.
      Only a short ferry ride from the neighboring
      Greek island of Mitilini, Greek
      shoppers stroll through the market willing to buy
      anything their euros can afford, from beds to
      construction materials to clothes, or perhaps a
      pleasant meal at the end of the day.

      * The Turkish film "Fog and the Night", applauded
      as the best in its genre, is heading to the
      Valencia Mediterranean Film Festival in Spain.
      The Festival will take place From Oct. 16-24.
      Based on a book by the renowned crime writer Ahmet
      umit, the film stars Selma Ergeç, Ugur Polat,
      Ayten Uncuoglu, and Sara Meriç and is directed by
      Turgut Yasalar.
      "Fog and the Night" is about an investigator who
      has lost confidence in his organization and whose
      happy "family man" role has been disrupted by his
      young lover.

      * Speaking of films, it is almost time for the
      Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival again. The
      charming Mediterranean city of Antalya will host
      the The festival 44th time this year with the
      participation of hundreds of stars and film
      professionals from all around the world from
      October 19-28.
      Featured in the line-up of the International
      Eurasia Film Festival, the international section
      of the festival, are many films that will make
      their Turkey premieres.
      Along with showcasing an array of international
      film, the festival also will have a list full of
      exciting events, such as workshops, red carpet
      celebrations, question and answer sessions and
      festival parties.
      The festival will hold two competitions: The
      "Feature Film Competition," accepting only films
      from Europe and Asia, and the "Out of Competition"
      section, open to films from all over the world.
      The lineup for the international competition
      section will be announced on September 10.
      One of the festival's fresh features this year
      will be the Network for the Promotion of Asian
      Film jury, which will determine the Network Award
      for the International Eurasia Film Festival.
      In the out of competition section of the festival,
      there are films that have competed at the 2007
      Cannes Film Festival such as Cristian Mungiu's "4
      Months 3 Weeks 2 Days" that won the 2007 Palme
      D'Or, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's
      "Persepolis," the film adaptation of Marjane
      Satrapi's graphic novel, Bela Tarr's "The Man from
      London," Kim Ki Duk's "Breath," Catherine
      Breillat's "An Old Mistress" and Naomi Kawase's
      "The Mourning Forest."
      Other films to be screened in the out of
      competition section of the International Eurasia
      Film Festival are Robert Thalheim's "And Along
      Come Tourists", Enrique Fernandez and César
      Charlone's "The Pope's Toilet", Daniele Luchetti's
      "My Brother is an Only Child", Barbet Schroeder's
      "Terror's Advocate", David Cronenberg's "Eastern
      Promises," Eran Kolirin's "The Band's Visit",
      Johnny To's "Mad Detective," Quanan Wang's "Tuya's
      Marriage" which won the 2007 Berlin Golden Bear
      Award, Gus van Sant's "Paranoid Park," Julian
      Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
      and Naomi Kawase's "The Mourning Forest". The
      winner of Cannes "Grand Prix" Award, Naomi Kawase,
      will be a guest at the festival and is scheduled
      to attend question and answer sessions to answer
      the questions of cinema lovers of Antalya.
      The third International Eurasia Film Festival will
      screen the Turkey premiere of Anton Corbjin's
      feature film "Control," a bio-pic about the lead
      singer of the legendary post-punk rock band Joy
      Division. The bank's former lead singer, Ian
      Curtis, is widely regarded as one of the tragic
      heroes of Punk.
      Tracking the life and works of Joy Division singer
      Ian Curtis, "Control" has opened the 2007 Cannes
      Festival Director's Fortnight and grabbed enormous
      attention, applause and several prizes. Hailed by
      critics as the most prominent post-punk band of
      popular music history, Joy Divison forged Punk's
      wry and uncompromising energy into a
      melancholy-drenched, dreary sound and ignited a
      legend with a mere couple of albums, prior to
      their splitting up following the Curtis's suicide
      in 1980.
      "Control" is the debut feature of Dutch
      photographer and video clip director Anton
      Corbjin, who is famous for his video work with
      artists such as Depeche Mode, U2, Nirvana, Nick
      Cave & The Bad Seeds and Joy Division.
      A homage section dedicated to the virtuosos of the
      silver screen who recently passed away,
      Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman,
      featuring a cluster of milestone works from their
      gleaming portfolios will also enhance the program
      of the third International Eurasia Film Festival.
      A colorful collection featuring the fascinating
      diva of the German screen, Hanna Schygulla finds
      its place in the "Tribute to a Master" section of
      the third International Eurasia Film Festival.
      Having performed in the works of pioneers such as
      Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders,
      Schygulla has recently appeared in Fatih Akin's
      Cannes "Best Screenplay" winner "The Edge of
      Featured in the tribute zone are iconoclast
      director Rainer Werner Fassbinder hallmarks "Love
      is Colder than Death," "Bitter Tears of Petra von
      Kant," "Lili Marleen" and "The Marriage of Maria


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.33


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 86/66 Sleet
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 106/84 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 93/75 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 99/81 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 82/73 Snow

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 79
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 81
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 79
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 86


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish soccer - National Team

      Friendly match

      Turkiye 0 - 2 Romania

      * Turkish Super League

      Week 2 Results

      Fenerbahce 2 - 1 Gaziantepspor
      Bursaspor 0 - 1 Galatasaray
      Konyaspor 1 - 1 Kayserispor
      Sivasspor 2 - 1 Istanbul BB
      Caykur Rizespor 0 - 2 Genclerbirligi
      MKE Ankaragucu 3 - 2 Denizlispor
      Manisaspor 2 - 1 BB Ankaraspor

      Week 3 Matches

      Fenerbahce Sivasspor
      Genclerbirligi Bursaspor
      Istanbul BB Genclerbirligi
      Gaziantepspor BesIktas
      Trabzonspor Caykur Rizespor
      BB Ankaraspor Konyaspor
      Kayserispor Kasimpasa
      Denizlispor Manisaspor
      Galatasaray MKE Ankaragucu

      Standings in the Super League

      Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
      1. Galatasaray 2 2 0 0 5 0 6
      2. MKE Ankaragucu 2 2 0 0 5 3 6
      3. BesIktas 2 2 0 0 3 1 6
      4. Kayserispor 2 1 1 0 4 2 4
      5. Trabzonspor 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
      6. Gaziantepspor 2 1 0 1 3 2 3
      7. Genclerbirligi 2 1 0 1 3 2 3
      8. Istanbul BB 2 1 0 1 3 2 3
      9. Sivasspor 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
      10. Manisaspor 2 1 0 1 3 4 3
      11. Fenerbahce 2 1 0 1 2 3 3
      12. Genclerbirligi 2 1 0 1 2 3 3
      13. Denizlispor 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
      14. Konyaspor 2 0 1 1 1 2 1
      15. Bursaspor 2 0 1 1 0 1 1
      16. BB Ankaraspor 2 0 0 2 2 4 0
      17. Kasimpasa 2 0 0 2 1 4 0
      18. Caykur Rizespor 2 0 0 2 0 6 0


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