x0x Turkish News for the week ending 17 December 2011
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 17 December 2011
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 17 December 2011]
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* Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a video conference with the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Doha, Qatar on Monday.
Commenting on Mr. Erdogan's remarks during the video conference, the Turkish dailies Hurriyet, Radikal and Yeni Safak emphasized that Erdogan's speech received an ovation.
The Turkish daily Hurriyet quoted Mr. Erdogan as saying "While I am not in Doha physically, I feel the excitement in Doha with my heart. As long as state terror in the Middle East continues, efforts for mediation get sabotaged, bombs are thrown at innocent children and innocent individuals are kept in open air prisons, peace does not seem close".
The Alliance of Civilizations is an initiative proposed by the Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, at the 59th General Assembly of the United Nations in 2005. It was co-sponsored by the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The initiative seeks to galvanize international action against extremism through the forging of international, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation. The Alliance places a particular emphasis on defusing tensions between the Western and Islamic worlds.
See more at http://www.qatar4unaoc.org/
* On Monday, the Turkish dailies drew attention to Justice Minister Mr. Ergin's comments on lengthy court cases. Currently judgment on even a simple case takes years to arrive.
The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet quoted Mr. Ergin as saying "We are working so that court cases in Turkey take less time and justice is delivered more quickly".
The Turkish dailies underlined that Mr. Ergin rejected a proposal made by the main opposition Republican People's Party to make legal adjustments so that the detention period goes down. Currently suspects wait months before getting any hearings at a court.
See more at Vocal-on-detentions
* The Turkish daily Sabah published a story on Turkey's recent Syria plan and wrote that the new road map focused on 1.5 million minorities in the country.
According to the plan, Turkey will contact representatives of religious and ethnic minorities in Syria in the New Year, and give three messages.
These messages are, "the current situation harms all Syrians, keep yourself distant from the regime, and uncertainty should not prolong and country should be ruled by democracy."
* The Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported that prime minister Mr. Erdogan had a Balkan meeting at his office in Istanbul on Tuesday. Mr. Erdogan has been recuperating after he underwent a laparoscopic surgery to his digestive system on November 26.
He met Romanian President Mr. Trainan Basescu, as well as ministers and lawmakers from Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Later in the week Mr. Erdogan traveled back to the Turkish capital Ankara.
Mr. Erdogan was welcomed with applause at the Parliament on his first day at office.
Mr. Erdogan told reporters, "I'm fine and I will be better."
Mr. Erdogan also chaired Turkish Supreme Military Council meeting on Thursday. A statement was released following the meeting which said, "Turkish Armed Forces' activities regarding internal and border security and combat readiness of Turkish Armed Forces were taken up in the meeting."
Commanders gave a briefing about Syria issue and about fight against terrorism during the meeting.
* Speaking of the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he was voted in as both the most popular and the least popular person of the year 2011 by participants in an opinion poll annually held online by Time magazine.
Mr. Erdogan enjoyed a clear lead in Time magazine's poll with nearly 123,000 votes. Prominent football player Lionel Messi followed in second position with over 74,000 votes, while "99 percent of the people," a euphemism coined by activists from the Occupy Wall Street movement, came in third place.
Mr. Erdogan also ranked in the top spot on the list of "least popular" persons of 2011 with more than 180,000 votes, while "the 1 percent" of the Occupy Wall Street movement came in second, with less than 35,000 votes.
"He is lauded as a steward of Islamic democracy. He has helped boost Turkey to its place as the world's second fastest-growing economy. Though not an Arab, he is the most admired world leader among Arabs, according to a University of Maryland poll. His diplomatic missions bring out throngs of cheering crowds that could make a rock star jealous," said an article on Time magazine's website.
Time magazine announced its own choice for the "2011 Person of the Year" on Wednesday. The magazine features its own selection on its cover page rather than the winner of the poll results. Time magazine named the collective "protester" around the world as its person of the year, citing the change brought by street demonstrations from Arab countries to New York.
See more at Erdogan-loved-hated
* According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, six Turkish universities entered the list of world's best 500 universities, prepared by the Dutch Leiden University.
Turkey's Hacettepe, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Ege, Istanbul and Gazi universities entered all 25 categories prepared by the Leiden University. Leiden University's ranking was based on the number of articles published and researches made between the years 2005-2009.
* All Turkish papers reported on their Friday issues that the unemployment rate was down 2.5 points to 8.8 percent year-on-year in September 2011. Unemployment in urban areas was 11.1 percent, and it was 4.5 percent in rural areas.
The number of unemployed was 2,934,000 in September 2010, but it fell to 2,398,000 in September 2011.
However, economists say that the unemployment rate could rise next year.
* Turkish daily Radikal reports that the Value Added Tax on raw materials for pharmaceuticals was brought down by 10 points. Accordingly, the Value Added Tax on imported raw materials went down to 8 percent from 18 percent.
The Value Added Tax on raw materials produced in Turkey also went down to 8 percent from 10 percent.
* Hurriyet Daily News reported on Thursday that Global alcohol giant Diageo, which owns Turkey's Mey Icki, is preparing to globally distribute its local alcoholic drink raki brand Yeni Raki in January 2012.
The company plans to increase revenues by three fold in two years, according to daily Hurriyet. Diageo's European President Mr. Andrew Morgan said with Yeni Raki, they will compete in a brand new arena.
The aniseed-based raki is a new segment for Diageo.
They plan to launch Yeni Raki in Germany followed by the U.S., Russia and Turkey's neighboring countries, reported daily Hurriyet.
Turkish raki will be competing against Greek ouzo and French pastis.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported on Thursday that the wreckage of a sunken Ottoman ship has been recovered off Saudi Arabia.
The ship had been sunken by Italian warships in 1909 off Qunfudah port which is 250 miles away from Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia.
Following the efforts which cost $800,000, officials hauled out the wreckage off to Qunfudah which was under the rule of Ottoman Empire then.
Historians said that the ship was docked in Qunfudah port, adding that it would be preserved in the port.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News , an album by Turkey's world-renowned pianist Fazıl Say has received the "Album Of The Month" award in France. The "Choc de Classic" prize, one of the best classical music awards in Europe, was presented to the musician for "Pictures," recorded in 2011.
The album, which has so far received positive commentary from European critics, includes three outstanding works: Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an exhibition," Janacek's "1 October 2005" and Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No: 7."
* Doğan News Agency reports that Turkish director Nur Dolay, currently living in France, received the best environment film screenplay award for her film "Tuna Fish" at the Monaco Angel Film Festival.
Speaking to Anatolia news agency, Dolay said she dedicated the award to Greenpeace for their efforts to create a healthier and better world.
She said documents given by Greenpeace representatives helped her a lot during the writing of the script and added that it was through these documents that she learned about the unauthorized and illegal fishing for tuna.
The movie itself takes place in a fishing village. Two young men fall in love with the same girl, one of whom is the son of a big fishing company and the other, a simple villager working as an underwater diver. The film is a triangular love story set to the backdrop of a major environmental conflict concerning the whole Mediterranean basin.
See more at Director-wins-award-for-best-screenplay
* According to the Anatolia News Agency "The Novel of Passion: Leyla Gencer", a book on "La Diva Turca," the legendary Turkish singer Leyla Gencer, has been translated into Italian.
The book was Written by Turkish journalist Zeynep Oral in the early 1990s.
Turkey's Ambassador to Rome Hakkı Akil and world-renowned Turkish director and Italian resident Ferzan Özpetek attended Odradek Bookstore for the Rome launch of the book with the Italian title "Il Canto e La Passione."
Leyla Gencer (October 10, 1928 May 10, 2008) was a world-renowned Turkish operatic soprano.
She spent most of her career in Italy, from the early 1950s through the mid-1980s, and had a repertoire encompassing more than seventy roles.
See a performance by Ms. Gencer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5qymv_qu3Y
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that a cartoon competition with the theme of "violence against women" will be organized within the scope of a project initiated by Akdeniz University, Mediterranean Women Entrepreneurs Association and Leman magazine.
"Violence against women is one of the most important problems in Turkey and our goal is to highlight this issue and offer solutions," said Vice-Rector Professor Meral Gültekin at a press conference held yesterday at Akdeniz University.
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that a unique exhibition of 40 performing machines from the U.K. Cabaret Mechanical Theater is on display at Istanbul's Landora Theme Park in ORA and will run for four months.
The machines, also called automata or mechanical toys, come to life when visitors press a button and activate the mechanisms. The gears and cogs power up funny, strange and unexpected miniature performances: A man sits in a bath full of spaghetti with sauces flowing from the taps. A cat drinks milk then falls over. The ancient Egyptian god Anubis sits in a cafe swatting a fly. A school of flying fish change direction in perfect synchronicity. A ball magically appears and disappears on a Geisha girl.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News nine Turkish painters were listed among the top 500 artists this year on the Artprice website, a site dedicated to art movements and the market.
The artists who made the list were Kemal Önsoy, Haluk Akakçe, Mustafa Ata, Ahmet Güneştekin, Bedri Baykam, Zekai Ormancı, Ahmet Oran, Canan Tolon and Bubi, who are widely known in the international art community.
According to the Artprice's 2010 to 2011 report, in last year's 500 million euro art market, 3 million euros total were spent on the nine Turkish artists' works.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency Turkish movie week took place in the capital city of Uzbekistan. Films were screened at the Tashkent Radisson SAS hotel for five days, between Dec 7 and 11.
"This is the eighth Turkish film week in Tashkent", Presentation Secretary Cihan Varlık said. "This is a free event, which allowed everyone to see the films", he added.
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that Marilyn Monroe visited Turkish soldiers fighting in the Korean War, recently revealed photos show.
In the photos Monroe is pictured amongst the army men, wearing a Turkish uniform and a dark pair of sunglasses.
Turkey sent troops to Korea at the request of the United Nations. Turkish casualties were among the highest.
* According to Hatice Utkan of Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish TV series, such as the hugely popular "Magnificent Century" and "Forbidden Love," are breaking viewer records in the Middle Eastern and North African countries, bringing in much-needed foreign currency while raising Turkey's clout in the region through the promotion of the Turkish lifestyle.
Turkey earned more than $60 million only this year from exporting TV series. More than 100 Turkish TV series have been watched in over 20 countries this year.
See more at Series-boost-turkish-soft-power-in-region
* Famous Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia", which won the Grand Prix at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, was released in France on Nov. 2 and has been viewed by more than 100,000 people since then.
The film has received positive responses from critics at the Le Monde and Liberation dailies. Ceylan's previous films, "Distant", "Climates" and "Three Monkeys", were well received by French movie-goers.
See more at Once_Upon_a_Time_in_Anatolia
* Renowned Turkish novelist and writer Yaşar Kemal will be decorated with the French Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honor) at a ceremony Dec. 17 at the French Palace in Istanbul reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The statement said the award symbolized respect for Kemal's sustained contributions to a variety of cultures and intercultural dialogue.
The Legion d'Honneur was first established by Napoleon Bonaparte as a way to recognize civilians based on merit. The order is the highest decoration in France.
Yaşar Kemal, born 1923, is one of Turkey's leading writers. He has long been a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, on the strength of his book "Memed, My Hawk".
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Turkish artist Hasan Kale, a master at creating intricate works on tiny objects, has opened a new exhibition in the Central Anatolian province of Konya featuring his depictions of Istanbul and Anatolia.
Kale paints on objects such as peacock feathers, crab legs, insects, fish scales and insect wings.
See more at Micro-drawings-depict-istanbul-and-anatolia
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that the historical Kayseri Fort, which served as a significant trade center in the past in the Central Anatolian region, is now preparing to serve as a culture and arts center. As a result of a competition organized by the Kayseri Municipality, a project has been prepared for the castle to host cultural events.
The shanty houses around the main structure have been removed, while shops currently located there have been moved to a business building in Hunat neighborhood. Work is also continuing to move any businesses inside the fort to alternate locations.
The Kayseri Fort was built in 238 during the reign of the Roman Empire and served as a center of trade after surviving many wars.
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that aiming to strengthen the ties between Turkey and China, China Year in Turkey events hosted a gala night titled "A new message from Silk Road," on Dec. 15 at TİM Maslak show center in Istanbul.
The events organized with the support of Culture and Tourism Ministry hosted dancers and musicians from China.
The 2012 Chinese Culture Year is the longest and the most comprehensive event of China in Turkey. There will be literature, dance, cultural heritage, acrobatic, radio and cinema events in different parts of Turkey.
Turkey's cities such as, Ankara, İzmir, Bursa, Antalya, Mersin and Trabzon will host different events to gather Turkish and Chinese cultures together.
* Premiere League
* Results for week: 15 G. Antep Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 0 - 1 Antalya Sp - Ankaragucu 1 - 0 G. Birligi - Ordu Sp 3 - 1 Be$iKta$ - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 1 - 1 Mersin Idman Yurdu - Samsun Sp 1 - 0 Trabzon Sp - G. Saray 0 - 3 Sivas Sp - Manisa Sp 2 - 2 Kayseri Sp - Karabuk Sp 2 - 0 Bursa Sp - Fenerbahce 0 - 2 In games played so far this weekend: 16 Ordu Sp - G. Saray 0 - 2 Ankaragucu - G. Antep Sp 0 - 0 Karabuk Sp - Mersin Idman Yurdu 3 - 5 Eski$ehir Sp - Kayseri Sp 1 - 0 Bursa Sp - Antalya Sp 0 - 0
Standing in the league as of week ending 15
1 - G. Saray 31 2 - Fenerbahce 31 3 - Be$iKta$ 28 4 - Eski$ehir Sp 26 5 - Manisa Sp 24 6 - B. $ehir Bld. Sp 23 7 - Mersin Idman Yurdu 23 8 - Kayseri Sp 22 9 - G. Birligi 22 10 - Trabzon Sp 21 11 - Sivas Sp 20 12 - Antalya Sp 19 13 - Bursa Sp 17 14 - Ordu Sp 17 15 - G. Antep Sp 14 16 - Karabuk Sp 12 17 - Samsun Sp 11 18 - Ankaragucu 6
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.88
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 57/41 Rainy Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 59/52 Showers Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 55/50 Heavy Showers Izmir, on the Aegean: 59/54 Heavy Showers Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 64/48 Partly Cloudy Van, in Eastern Turkey 45/23 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 17 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 14 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 12 inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 18 inches SaklIkent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 18 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 16 inches
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