x0x Turkish News for the week ending 06 April 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 06 April 2013
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NEWS* According to the Voice of America, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to the Middle East with planned stops in Istanbul along with Jerusalem and Ramallah. The trip is designed to solidify progress after U.S. President Barack Obama's recent visit to the region ended a Turkish-Israeli diplomatic deadlock.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently apologized to Turkey for a deadly 2010 maritime commando raid in a gesture brokered by President Obama designed to restore diplomatic relations between the two strategic U.S. allies.
Read more at >> here <<* According to Agence France-Press , Syrian President Bashar Al Assad accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of not having said "a single word of truth" about Syria's conflict, in an interview with Turkish media posted on the web.
Syria has regularly accused Ankara of financing, training and arming rebels fighting troops loyal to Al Assad. The UN says Turkey currently hosts more than 260,000 Syrian refugees.* According to the Diamond News, serving as the meeting point for the world jewelry industry and an outstanding trade bridge between Europe and the Middle East, the 36th Istanbul Jewelry Show March, concluded on a high note on 24 March.
The Istanbul Jewelry Show March received a remarkable 30% increase in total visitors compared to the 2012 edition. A total of 26,523 top unique buyers, 81% of whom were domestic visitors and 19% overseas representing 110 countries, convened across four days to conduct business and meet suppliers and buyers from all over the world.
The top 20 visiting countries are as follows; Turkey, Russia, India, Greece, Iran, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Morocco, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Macedonia, Romania and USA.
The 37th Istanbul Jewelry Show is scheduled for October 03 â" 06, 2013
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Borsa Istanbul (Bourse Istanbul) is registered as sole exchange entity of Turkey on Wednesday.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said the main agreement for "Borsa Istanbul" was registered on April 3, disincorporating Istanbul Stock Exchange and Istanbul Gold Exchange.
Mr. Babacan noted that the founding capital for "Borsa Istanbul" was $236 million.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, prime minister Mr. Erdogan opened the new Turkish stock market on April 5.
In a speech that he gave there, he said that terror has cost Turkey around $300 billion over the past 29 years. By terror, he was referring to the fight with the rebel Kurds.
He underlined that many investments had failed to be realized in Turkey due to fears created by terror.
Read more at >> here <<* According to Reuters, a Turkish newspaper said on Thursday it would complain to Germany's highest court over media access to a trial of suspected neo-Nazis blamed for the murder of eight Turks, in a row that has embarrassed the German government.
With one of Germany's most anticipated trials in years set to start on April 17, a Munich court allocated 50 guaranteed seats to media on a first-come-first-served basis, without including a single Turkish journalist.
At a memorial ceremony last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel begged the families for forgiveness for Germany's failings and pledged to take action against neo-Nazis.* According to the Anatolia News Agency, on April 4 Turkish President Abdullah Gul criticized the European Union over its slow visa procedures during a speech at the Lithuania-Turkey Business Forum in Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
The European Union has fallen short in failing to sign a visa exemption agreement with Turkey, particularly as it has been signing such agreements with states that have not even started membership negotiations, Gul said.
The Turkish president also expressed Turkish businesspeople's problems regarding the European Union's visa policy. Turkey is a member of the Customs Union and while Turkish goods can freely circulate in the area, their producers and owners cannot, he said.
President Gul also said that the European Union should keep its promise in admitting Turkey as a member.
Lithuanian president Ms. Grybauskaite expressed Lithuania's strong support for Turkey's European Union membership.
Gul also invited Lithuanian businesspeople to invest in Turkey, highlighting the country's economic data. "The potential is big. It is up to you to benefit from this opportunity," he said.* According to Business Week, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan and Areva SA of France are set to win a $22 billion project to build an atomic power plant in Turkey, the Nikkei newspaper said.
The group will build four reactors with combined capacity of about 4,500 megawatts in Sinop on the Black Sea coast, the Nikkei said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The first unit is scheduled to begin operations by 2023 following the start of construction in 2017, the Nikkei said.
Read more at >> here <<* According to e Travel Blackboard, Turkish Airlines, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, is expanding its presence in the United States.
On Thursday, it launched its newest gateway in Houston Texas. This became the fifth U.S. gateway for Turkish Airlines after Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Washington, DC.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkish Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan on Friday said, "Entertainment Development Partners production company would like to install a facility similar to Hollywood's film studios and theme parks in Turkey.", reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The feasibility study of the project is to be completed in three months and will be handed in to the Ministry of Economy. If the project actualizes, Universal Studios will make an investment of 3 billion dollars in Turkey.
Mr. Caglayan was visiting Los Angeles as part of a U.S. tour.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkish businessmen could take over factories closing in Greece, a Greek boss has said.
"Every day 1,000 people are losing their jobs in Greece and we'd appreciate the interest of Turkish businessmen in these factories," the chairman of the Greek-Turkish Business Council, Dimitris Papanicolaou told the Anatolia News Agency.
The businessman, who is the deputy board chairman of Neon Energy, also invited Turkish bosses to participate in the privatization tender of the Greek state-owned oil refining company, Hellenic Petroleum.* According to the Lebanese paper Daily Star, a Turkish power plant on a boat has been hooked up to Lebanon's power grid and is now supplying an additional two hours of electricity to the country, said Energy Minister Gebran Bassil.
Another power plant on a boat from Turkey is on its way to supply more electricity to alleviate the electricity shortage of Lebanon.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Microsoft is looking to build an education research and tablet development laboratory in Turkey. Fatih, a municipality and district in Istanbul, Turkey, is at the center of this development.
Microsoft is working with the Turkish government to replace traditional blackboards and textbooks in schools with tablets as part of the Fatih project. Microsoft is partnering up with Apple to provide the tablets, possibly including the Surface and iPad.* According to the site Financial, the Wall Street Journal just launched a Turkish language website.
The Turkish launch brings the total number of Wall Street Journal websites to 12 in nine languages.* A ban on Turkish milk and dairy products from entering the European Union in 2000 has been lifted and six companies will shortly resume exports to the union, Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mehdi Eker announced in Ankara on Monday.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Carol Dean
Turkish pianist Gulsin Onay will give special concert series in the festival.* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the 12th Boston Turkish Film Festival, which opened 10 days ago, is underway in the U.S.
The director of the festival, Erkut Gomulu, said Turkish films had gained great appreciation from U.S. audiences.
Gomulu said a total of 19 movies, most of which are feature films, had made their North American or world premieres and it made the festival proud.* The 3rd Lebanon Turkish Film Festival started on April 4 in Beirut, with the curtain being raised at an opening attended by Turkish directors and actors, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The event is being hosted by the Metropolis Association and the Izmir Cinema Association, in partnership with the Turkish Embassy in Lebanon. A total of seven recent Turkish films will be screened at the Metropolis Empire Sofil Theater until April 7.
* Renowned Turkish actor Tarik Akan has begun to shoot a documentary titled "Rome in Anatolia" in the Mediterranean province of Burdur, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The documentary is to be translated into four languages and showcased to tourists during their visits to ruins.
Akan said the shootings at Burdur would be conducted in the ancient sites of Sagalassos and Kibryain, as well as at the Archeology Museum in the province.
Read more at >> here <<
Performances by Turkish local music group A Cappella Bogazici and Aydin Esen will be at Akbank Sanat* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul's Akbank Sanat will be hosting "Contemporary Vocal Days" starting from April 12.
The events will welcome many famous vocalists from around the world between April 12 and 26.
There will also be workshops and panels during the event, which will host many renowned figures.
Read more at >> here <<
* One of Turkey's best known bands, Grup Yorum, will organize its third traditional public concert at the Public Market in Istanbul's Bakirkoy city on April 14.
The first of the concert series titled "Independent Turkey" was organized in 2011 with the participation of 150,000 people, while the second one was organized last year with the participation of 350,000 people.
The band expects to draw 500,000 people to the concert this time, to shout that an "independent Turkey is not a dream."
The group is defined as a left wing one and from time to time authorities ban their concerts.
* "Makam New York," a non-profit organization, held a concert named "Sounds of the Bosphorus" in New York on April 4, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The concert took place at the Symphony Space performing arts center in Manhattan, where Turkish and foreign music lovers joined together.
Ahmet Erdogdular, the founder of the non-profit organization, performed as vocalist and percussionist, Ross Daly on the lyre and self constructed tarragon, Yurdal Tokcan on the ud and Omer Erdogdular on ney.* Turkey's leading jazz musicians are visiting Kosovo's capital Pristina, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The event, which is organized by the Turkish Embassy in Pristina in collaboration with the Istanbul Independent Musicians and Producers Association, taking place between April 2 and 6.
There were also workshops by Turkish and Kosovar musicians while impromptu jazz concerts were organized at Hamam Jazz Bar after the concerts throughout the week.
Read more at >> here <<
* Yinon Muallem, a composer and percussionist that doubles as an Israeli cultural attachÃ© in Turkey, has recently released his sixth album, "Funky Dervish," together with his Rast Ensemble, reports the Agence France-Press.
The album creates a unique and surprising fusion between Turkish and Jewish music as well as other music genres. Adding the sounds of the piano, drum set, trombone, trumpet and electric guitar to those of traditional Turkish instruments, they strive to create an original blend between their Mediterranean roots and styles like jazz, rock and funk.
Muallem, who has Iraqi origins, was born in Israel in 1968. In 2002 he moved to Istanbul and joined the group of "Istanbul Sazendeleri," playing with them all over Turkey and Europe.
Read more at >> here <<
* The Globalpost website reports that SALT Beyoglu and SALT Galata, which opened in 2011 in Istanbul, finally has its third sister institution in the Ulus district of the Turkish capital Ankara.
The district, which is becoming more and more an area for art and culture lovers with its museums, theater and opera halls, is also home to a small three-floor building designed by renowned Turkish architect of Italian descent Guilo Mongeri and constructed in 1926.
Built as the annex of the former Ottoman Bank to provide lodging for traveling bank inspectors, the small structure has been unused since 2002.
Read more at >> here << and >> here <<
* The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Istanbul Modern has begun a new exhibition that helps highlight the links to the past that establish art museums as sites of memory, as well as their role in shaping the future through their commitment to collecting and preserving works of art.
The exhibition titled "Past and Future" features 180 works by 136 artists from the museum's varied collection.
Speaking of Istanbul Modern, a collection of the museum is currently on view at the Bahrain National Museum where it will remain on display until June 8.
Read more at >> here <<* Istanbul's Quincentennial Turkish Jewish Museum is one of the hidden museums of the city, which stands in Karakoy Square at Hardware Market, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The building, which is 342 years old, is a synagogue that served the city's Jewish community under the name of the Zulfaris Synagogue between 1671 and 1985. The museum tells the stories of Turkey's Jews.
In 1492, 120,000 Jewish people were forced to leave Spain and later on Sultan Bayezid II welcomed 90,000 of them to the Ottoman Empire. The Jewish people who settled began to spread to different parts of the Empire, bringing with them their distinctive culture and knowledge.* Sufi Rumi's renowned work Masnavi will be available in 13 languages on smart phones with Android and iOS, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The application also includes Ney sounds and photographs of the Mevlana Museum. The photography album can be viewed separately. The short messages and quotes of Rumi can also be sent via text messages.
Read more at >> here << and >> here <<* According to Inside the Games website, Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics received a boost. Istanbul voted Europe's top destination as record tourism figures announced.
The Istanbul City tourist officials say that the number of visitors increased almost 24% this quarter from the same period last year.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.80
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 64/48 Showers Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 68/57 Showers Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 59/52 Showers Izmir, on the Aegean: 66/59 Heavy Showers Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 73/63 Mostly Cloudy Van, in Eastern Turkey: 64/39 Partly CloudySnow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey: 15 inches Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 12 inches Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey: - inches Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey: 21 inches SarIkamI$, in Kars, Eastern Turkey: 43 inches Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey: 39 inches
SOCCER* In the World Cup qualifiers, Turkey's national soccer team beat Andorra 0 to 2 in the match played in Andorra.
Due to the national team game, matches in the premier soccer league are preempted for this weekend.
* Premiere Soccer League
* Results for week: 27
G. Antep Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 2 - 0 Sivas Sp - Ordu Sp 3 - 2 G. Saray - Istanbul BBSK 2 - 0 Kasimpa$a - Bursa Sp 2 - 0 Trabzon Sp - Antalya Sp 2 - 0 Elazig Sp - G. Birligi 1 - 1 Fenerbahce - Akhisar Sp 2 - 0 Mersin I Y - Be$iKta$ 1 - 2 Karabuk Sp - Kayseri Sp 3 - 1
* In games played so far this weekend: 28
Antalya Sp - Kasimpa$a 3 - 2 Istanbul BBSK - Karabuk Sp 2 - 2 Kayseri Sp - Elazig Sp 4 - 1 G. Saray - Mersin I Y 3 - 1 G. Birligi - G. Antep Sp 2 - 2 Akhisar Sp - Trabzon Sp 1 - 0 Ordu Sp - Fenerbahce 0 - 2 Eski$ehir Sp - Sivas Sp 2 - 1
* Standing in the league as of week ending 26
1 - G. Saray 53 2 - Fenerbahce 49 3 - Be$iKta$ 46 4 - Kasimpa$a 43 5 - Bursa Sp 40 6 - G. Birligi 38 7 - Antalya Sp 37 8 - Eski$ehir Sp 36 9 - Kayseri Sp 36 10 - Sivas Sp 35 11 - G. Antep Sp 35 12 - Trabzon Sp 34 13 - Karabuk Sp 33 14 - Istanbul BBSK 32 15 - Elazig Sp 32 16 - Ordu Sp 29 17 - Akhisar Sp 26 18 - Mersin I Y 21* Turkish team Galatasaray's UEFA, Union of European Soccer Associations', Champions League hopes are fading after 3-0 loss against Spanish Real Madrid on April 3 at the Santiago Bernebeu.
Read more at >> here << and Read more at >> here <<* Turkey's FenerbahÃ§e dominated its Europa League quarterfinal first leg tie against Italian rivals Lazio on April 4, winning 2-0 in front of its home fans at the ÅÃ¼krÃ¼ SaraÃ§oÄlu Stadium in Istanbul.
Fenerbahce is the leader in Group C of the league.
Read more at >> here <<
BASKETBALL* In Euroleague Basketball, Anadolu Efes suffered its second consecutive defeat in the Euroleague Top 16 after a 64-70 home court loss against Unicaja Malaga on March 28.
And on April 4, Real Madrid defeated Anadolu Efes in Istanbul 86 - 66.
Read more at >> here <<* Israel's Maccabi Electra beat BeÅiktaÅ 101-58 at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv on March 28.
BeÅiktaÅ is bottom of the group with one win in 13 games.
Read more at >> here <<* On April 5, two Turkish played against each other in Istabul. Besiktas beat Fenerbahce 80 - 73
Read more at >> here <<
GROUP E W L POINTS+ POINTS- CSKA Moscow 11 3 1095 981 Real Madrid 10 4 1085 1021 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 9 5 1028 1031 Panathinaikos Athens 9 5 1001 968 Unicaja Malaga 7 7 988 1015 Zalgiris Kaunas 6 8 1065 1040 Alba Berlin 4 10 959 1036 Brose Baskets 0 14 1026 1155 GROUP F W L POINTS+ POINTS- FC Barcelona Regal 13 1 1151 986 Olympiacos Piraeus 9 5 1068 1033 Maccabi Electra 8 6 1105 1012 Caja Laboral Vitoria 8 6 1093 1045 BC Khimki MR 7 7 1133 1051 Montepaschi Siena 7 7 1036 1057 Besiktas JK Istanbul 2 12 893 1104 Fenerbahce Ulker 2 12 1055 1246
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