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    {20110820trh.txt} x0x Turkish News for the week ending 20 August 2011 [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 20 August 2011] Courtesy of Turkish Radio
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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 20 August 2011

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 20 August 2011]

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      * Environment and Forestry Directorate in northwestern province of Edirne
      has sentenced six Czech Republic nationals to pay almost $100 thousand in
      local currency in fines on charges of smuggling 6,014 insects belonging to
      48 species living in Turkey.
      Customs Enforcement teams at Kapikule border pass found the insects in
      car of a Czech national who was about to leave Turkey a month ago.

      * Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag has said Turkey hosted nearly
      500,000 foreign patients in 2010, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      There was need to increase the number of doctors, nurses and other
      health personnel to improve the medical tourism sector, he added.

      * Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has arrived in Pretoria, South
      Africa, on an official visit.
      Davutoglu, who came to Pretoria as the guest of South African Minister
      of International Relations & Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will
      begin his talks on Saturday.
      He is also set to meet Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Besides
      Turkey-South Africa relations, recent developments in Syria and Libya will
      be high on agenda of Mr. Davutoglu's talks with South African authorities.

      * According to Hurriyet Daily News, at least eight Turkish troops,
      including a major, and a village guard were killed Wednesday in an ambush
      in southeast Turkey, but conflicting reports have quoted numbers as high
      as 12 dead. These bring the death toll for the Turkish military to at
      least 31 for the last 30 days.
      In response to the attack, Wednesday night Turkish jets bombed 60
      targets in Northern Iraq's Kandil mountains where the Kurdish rebels have
      bases. Ground artillery fire hit 168 additional targets, the Turkish
      military disclosed.
      Kurdish rebel's underground organization Kurdistan Workers Party is
      thought to be behind the attack. The Kurdistan Workers Party is on a list
      of terrorist organizations in the U.S. and the European Union.
      In related news, replying to a question on Turkey's air offensive on
      terrorist camps in the north of Iraq, Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for
      the Department of State, told a daily press briefing that the United
      States recognized the right of Turkey to defend itself against terrorist

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, speaking at a fast-breaking
      dinner which was organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the
      establishment of the ruling Justice and Development Party, Turkish Prime
      Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that those, who did not put a
      distance between themselves and the terrorist organization, meaning the
      Kurdistan Workers Party, should be considered as collaborators of the
      crime and the bloodshed.

      * According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, Turkish Prime Minister Mr.
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend a fast-breaking dinner which will be
      hosted by 162 religious community foundations in Istanbul on August 28.
      There will be Greek, Armenian, Jewish, Assyrian, Bulgarian, Georgian,
      Catholic and Chaldean communities in the dinner.

      * According to the Occupational Health and Safety magazine, nearly 3,000
      policy-makers, experts, industry, and labor leaders from more than 100
      countries are set to convene in Istanbul, Turkey, from Sept. 11-15, 2011,
      for the 19th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.
      The Congress includes an International Film and Multimedia Festival
      organized by ISSA

      * Parents are frequently naming their newborn girls "Istanbul" in sign of
      gratitude for Turkey?s active support to resolve the humanitarian crisis
      in Somalia, reports the Trend News Agency.
      The Organization of Islamic Cooperation members decided in Istanbul to
      provide $350 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia, one of the
      poorest Muslim countries in Africa.
      Turkey made the biggest contribution. The country plans to collect about
      $200 million by the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan.
      Various Turkish government and non-govermental agencies are also
      distributing aid in Somalia. The Turkish daily Sabah reports that Turkey
      is also expected to erect a field hospital in the Somali capital
      Mogadishu. 20 Turkish health personnel are assigned to the hospital.
      Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the hospital.
      Some Turkish businessmen and artists also traveled to Somalia.
      According to the Turkish daily Vatan, when asked whether he would travel
      to Somalia, Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party Chairman
      Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, "I don't think so. Relief campaign to Somalia
      has turned into a donation campaign of Justice & Development Party. This
      concerns us."

      * According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, as Turkey closely follows the
      developments in Syria, prime ministry building had two surprise visitors
      on Wednesday.
      First, Iranian Ambassador in Ankara talked with Turkish Deputy Prime
      Minister Mr. Bekir Bozdag.
      After the departure of Iranian ambassador, U.S. Ambassador Mr. Francis
      Riccardone came and talked to Mr. Bozdag for 45 minutes.


      * According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, despite the worldwide financial
      crises, Turkey achieved to draw the investment of the international
      automobile giant Hyundai.
      Besides the i20 model, Hyundai will produce its i10 model in Izmit town
      in Turkey's northwestern province of Kocaeli for sale in Europe. Turkey is
      expected to be a 'small automobile center'.
      The Korean company, which plans to grow in Europe by making productions
      in its factories in Turkey and Czech Republic, will increase the capacity
      of Izmit factory over 200,000 with 400 million euro investment.

      * According to the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, Turkish defense contractor
      Aselsan has been named among the top 100 defense companies in the world.
      Aselsan was ranked the 80th as the sole Turkish firm on the list.
      Aselsan officials say the company aims to make its way on to the list of
      the top 50.

      * According to the Turkish dailiy Hurriyet, Turkey's first national earth
      observation satellite RASAT, designed and produced by the Scientific and
      Technological Research Council of Turkey - Space Technologies Research
      Institute- has been launched to space from Yasny Base of Russia at the
      Kazakh border on August 17.
      The images that will be taken by Rasat from 700 km will be used in

      * As reported by the Turkish daily Vatan, Turkish Economy Minister Mr.
      Zafer Caglayan visited campus of Google in the Silicon Valley in the
      United States. Mr. Caglayan became the first Turkish minister that got in
      the unmanned car developed by Google.
      Mr. Caglayan came to his hotel by the unmanned car, "I was not informed
      about this. They surprised me" he said. Mr. Caglayan was accompanied by
      Google Business Development Manager Ms. Seval Oz, sister of renowned heart
      surgeon Mehmet Oz.
      While at Google Mr. Caglayan was also told by Google product manager
      Taylan Yildiz that Google is preparing a question platform for the Turkish
      president similar to that of Presidnet Obama's.
      In this platform President Barack Obama, receives questions from the
      people. The question that gets the most votes ranks to the top. The
      president answers those questions.
      The inquiry to Google for a platform first came about a few months ago
      by the Turkish president's wife Hayrunissa Gul when she was visiting the
      Google campus. Mrs. Gul asked about the new technologies that can be used
      to make the president closer to the people.

      * According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Turkey, which carried out
      joint military maneuvers with Syrian army and planned to further develop
      its cooperation in defense industry, has decided to postpone its military
      and defense cooperation projects with Syria.
      Sales contracts for 100 thousand wireless sets and coast-guard boats
      were also put on hold.

      * According to the Turkish daily Radikal, a team from the Middle East
      Technical University in the Turkish capital Ankara has won Green Dots 2010
      1st Prize with their design "PET-TREE".
      Considered as one of the most prestigious environmental competitions,
      the Green Dot Awards 2010 were announced earlier this month.
      "DESIGNNOBIS" team led by Mr. Hakan Gursu of the Faculty of Architecture
      won the award with a multi-layered vertical eco-planting system with
      re-used PET plastic containers.


      * According to the Turkish daily Radikal, Ozcan Alper, the director of
      "Autumn", one of the most impressive films in Turkish cinema in 2009, will
      make the world premiere of his latest film, "Gelecek Uzun Surer" (Future
      Lasts Forever), at the Toronto Film Festival next month.
      The only Turkish film at the festival this year, Alper?s film will be
      shown in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the event, which runs
      Sept. 8 to 16.


      * According to Hurriyet Daily News, regarded as one of the biggest names
      in contemporary Greek music, George Dalaras, who has released 80 solo
      albums, took the stage Thursday at Istanbul Cemil Topuzlu Open Air

      * Istanbul?s Bahcesehir University - Creative Ideas Institute, which made
      its name heard within the scope of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of
      Culture events, will initiate an experimental art festival in the city,
      reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      Let?stanbul 2001 Experimental Art Festival, which will feature 12
      experimental art applications from five disciplines in different places in
      Istanbul from Sept. 9 and 15, will be attended by young artists from all
      around the world. Organized by the university?s students, the project aims
      to bring art to public areas.
      The one-week festival will host 15 independent creative artists
      including publicists, photographers, musicians, designers and theater
      artists who will implement their projects prepared for the city.
      The festival will also present side events as well as 12 different
      experimental art applications.
      Also during the festival, meetings will be organized in different places
      of the city at the end of each day. These meetings will be joined by
      participants of the project.
      Further information about the festival can be obtained through

      * Hurriyet Daily News's HATICE UTKAN reports that Istanbul art galleries
      are getting ready to try and lure more tourists with new branches in
      Karakoy and Taksim.
      This change not only means a change in the art scene but also in the
      approach to tourism and culture in Turkey.
      The trend of gathering of art galleries in one main area simplifies and
      eases the process of visiting such galleries, according to the Tourism and
      Culture Ministry.
      Art galleries aim to gather tourists and target visitors in the same
      places. This trend will also increase interest in terms of contemporary
      art and raise visitor figures.
      A total of 474,361 foreign tourists used the Karakoy pier in 2010; many
      of those who disembarked at the wharf had the chance to discover the art
      galleries around the area, according to the ministry.
      This trend also explains the aim to gather all the art galleries in one
      main district. As this trend continues, tourists will have more chance to
      discover contemporary art creations and galleries, representative from the
      ministry said.


      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Designed by architect Cem Sorguc,
      Istanbul Culture and Art Endowment's performance stage Salon is among the
      finalists at the Inside awards. Inside World Festival of Interiors will be
      held between Nov. 2 and 4 in Barcelona for the first time this year
      parallel to the World Architectural Festival, which is organized by
      English architecture magazine Architectural Review.
      Inside has revealed a 41-strong shortlist of projects for the inaugural
      World Festival of Interiors.
      The finalists were picked from 143 entries from 29 countries registered
      at the festival, which recognizes excellence in interior design. Among 143
      projects, 41 have reached the final stage of judging before the festival?s
      opening in November. Salon is the only project from Turkey that reached
      the finals.
      Winners of each of the seven prize categories will be announced at an
      award ceremony at the World Festival of Interiors in Barcelona.
      The Inside shortlisting judging panel included Marcus Fairs, Paul
      Priestman, Eva Jiricna, Suzy Hoodless and Linda Morey Smith.
      Ilse Crawford, Andre Fu, Nigel Coates, David Collins, Robert Backhouse
      and Lyndon Neri are among the judges that will be deciding which
      shortlisted entrants will take home awards.


      * Renowned Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, who signed a contract with NET
      Holding last year to give a concert in Turkish Cyprus? Kyrenia, was paid
      $280,000 but canceled the concert at the last minute and did not return
      the money. Now he faces a court case brought on by the holding.
      According to the contract, Iglesias was scheduled to give a concert at
      the Merit Hotel, owned by the holding, on Nov. 16, 2010 and accepted the
      money. Speaking about the further developments, Net Holding?s lawyer Onur
      Unal said the government of northern Cyprus sent a warrant letter to
      Iglesias, who hesitated to come to the country due to pressure from the
      Greek press.

      * New excavation work in the ancient city of Tlos in Mugla?s Fethiye town
      has unearthed several ancient sculptures of Roman emperors, reports the
      Anatolia News Agency.
      The archaeological team found sculptures of Roman emperors Hadrian;
      Antonius Pius and his daughter Faistinaminor; Mareus Aurellus as well as
      the Goddess Issis, according to Taner Korkut, who is leading the dig.
      The excavation, which is being conducted with a 40-person team and 36
      workers, has unearthed traces of sculptures and archaeological artifacts
      dating back 10,500 years.
      Noting that the team made carbon tests on the newly found remains,
      Korkut said: "A few years before, we discovered archaeological discoveries
      which dated back 2,700 years. However, the last discoveries are from
      10,500 years ago. Those remains also give information about the people?s
      lives in the ancient era."
      Tlos was formerly a center of Lycian civilization, Korkut said.
      "In September and October, the team will also make excavations in the
      center of the ancient city," said Korkut.
      The remains will be included in Mugla?s geographical information system,
      allowing everyone to access information about the ancient city, the
      excavation leader said.
      During the excavations, the team focused on Girmeler Cave, Tavabasi
      Cave, the center of Tlos, the Acropolis rock tombs, the stadium area, the
      Kronos Shrine, the city basilica and the theater tower.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul is preparing to welcome
      in September the first contemporary art platform that is inviting
      international dealers to participate as well as Turkish dealers.
      The first annual Art Beat Istanbul, which will debut between Sept. 14
      -18, coincides this year with the opening of the 12th Istanbul Biennial,
      which is devoted to Turkish participants from Sept. 17 to Nov. 13.
      Art Beat Istanbul?s venue will be the Lufti Kirdar Convention and
      Exhibition Center. The fair will house approximately 24 galleries, and the
      exhibitors will comprise of some of the most forward-thinking galleries
      from Istanbul and the globe, bringing an international focus to the
      dynamic contemporary art scene in Istanbul.
      Art Beat Istanbul intends to create an atmosphere that is of cultural as
      well as commercial value. The fair will present a limited number of
      participants to offer visitors a refined anthology of Turkish and
      international contemporary art. The lower-ground floor will be utilized as
      a project space for the participating galleries.

      * The Second International Sefika Kutluer Festival, organized in the name
      of Turley?s renowned flutist Sefika Kutluer, will be organized from Sept.
      24 to Oct. 27 at the Ankara Painting and Sculpture Museum in the Turkish
      capital, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
      The festival will be opened by French Le Mans Symphony Orchestra.
      Further information about the festival can be obtained through

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, the first symphony composed by
      famous Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say for Istanbul, the "Istanbul
      Symphony," was performed at Izmir?s Adnan Saygun Arts Center on Tuesday
      The National Youth Symphony Orchestra, formed by 100 students chosen
      from Turkish conservatories all around the country, performed the concert
      under the baton of Gurer Aykal.
      Say also took the stage at the concert, playing Tchaikovsky?s No. 1
      concerto during the first part of the performance. The "Istanbul
      Symphony," composed by Say upon the request of Germany?s Konzerthaus
      Dortmund, was performed in the second part of the event.

      * As part of the Film and Social Responsibility project, various
      activities will be organized at the 48th International Antalya Golden
      Orange Film Festival for people with visual disabilities. The festival
      will take place in the southern province of Antalya from Oct. 8 to 14 and
      will prepare special screenings for visually impaired citizens with
      subtitles under section titled "Keeping an Eye on Film."
      The section will also screen a selection of short films featuring the
      life of the handicapped. Director Reha Erdem?s "Run For Money", Dervis
      Zaim?s "Waiting for Heaven" and Egemen Erturk?s "Ringing Ball" will also
      meet visually and hearing impaired viewers.
      Films in this section will be viewed for free.


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkey is planning to make
      investments of $28 billion in Istanbul which is bidding to host the 2028
      Olympic Games.
      Yalcin Aksoy, director-general of the Committee of Istanbul Olympic
      Games Preparation and Organization, told the A.A they would work with
      leading international firms for architecture, engineering, construction,
      strategic communication and advertisement.
      "China made investment of $43 billion for Beijing 2008 Games while the
      United Kingdom's investments are expected to reach $30 billion for London
      2012 Games. We are planning to make investments of $28 billion for
      Istanbul in the next seven years," he said.
      International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the 2020 host city in
      Besides Istanbul, Rome, Madrid and Tokyo have already announced their
      bids to host the games.
      Turkey will also stage the Mediterranean games in 2013, after
      neighboring Greece, suffering a steep economic crisis, decided not to host

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.78


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey: 84/59 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 100/81 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 84/68 Mostly Sunny
      Izmir, on the Aegean: 91/75 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 91/75 Clear
      Van, in Eastern Turkey 79/59 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 79
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 81
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 81
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82


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