x0x Turkish News for the week ending 20 April 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 20 April 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 20 April 2013]
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Edited by Gulcin and Burhan Kandemir* The Turkish daily Taraf covered an exclusive story claiming that the 8th President of Turkey, Mr. Turgut Ozal was poisoned and that he began getting the poison 40 days prior to his death.
The daily cited the report by the State Supervisory Council where the cadmium poison found in the blood he gave before his death matched the poison found in his dead body.
Mr. Ozal died of alleged heart failure in 1993 at an Ankara hospital. Last year a further toxicological study was carried out and some papers reminded there was not a conclusive report that he was poisoned.
However, some point out that Mr. Ozal was overweight and had a history of heart problems.* Anadolu Agency reported the story of the Kyrgyz Turks who have settled in Ercis district's Ulupamir village of Turkey's eastern Van province 32 years ago.
"Kyrgyz village guards" headlined The Turkish daily Sabah referring to the Kyrgyz Turks who have been protecting the nearby villages from Kurdish insurgents as village guards for the last 21 years.
"Not Middle East but Ercis" headlined daily Turkiye as the Kyrgyz Turks have formed a cavalry troop and have taken part in many operations against the Kurdish rebels.
Kyrgyz Turks came to the area as refugees from Afghanistan.
* On Tuesday, an Istanbul court sentence renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say to 10 months in prison for blasphemy. The sentence was suspended.
The Turkish daily Hurriyet shared the words of Mr. Say over the decision: "After the court's decision I felt very sorry for my country. In the scope of freedom of expression, I felt disappointed."
Mr. Say had published tweets on his account which caused prison sentence for insulting Islamic religious values. Prosecutor's office found that Mr. Say's tweet statements run contrary to the first and third points of Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Code.
On Friday, Turkish deputy PM Mr. Bulent Arinc harshly responded to the criticisms made to Mr. Fazil Say's charge, adding that even former chiefs of General Staff are currently being charged in Turkey. "If you insult others' beliefs, it requires a penal sanction" Mr. Arinc said.
Mr. Say had been the focus of a legal battle since he retweeted several lines that are attributed to 12th century poet Omar Khayyam in April 2012 reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
Read more at >> here << and >> here <<* Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned on April 16 the deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon in a letter conveyed to President Barack Obama, Turkish Prime Ministry sources told Anatolia News Agency.* According to the Anatolia News Agency, a bill to make the current fire arm regulations stricter is being presented to the Turkish parliament.
If the bill gets adopted, a health certificate and a clean criminal record wouldn't be sufficient to get a guns license. Individuals would have to go through a training program that would last 7 to 10 days under the surveillance of psychologists and sociologists and would also go through various psychological tests. Unless the experts approve, a gun license wouldn't be given to the applicant.
Read more at >> here <<* According to Agence France-Presse, Germany's top court upheld last Friday a complaint by a Turkish newspaper over media access to a neo-Nazi trial in a controversy that had strained ties with Turkey.
As we reported to you two weeks ago, a woman believed to have been at the heart of a neo-Nazi cell accused of killing 10 people including eight ethnic Turks and a Greek man between 2000 and 2007 will be on trial. The 50 seats assigned to the journalist on a first come first served basis went all to German journalists, resulting in complaints by the Turkish journalists.* According to the Associated Press, a Turkish woman who had a uterus transplanted from a dead donor is now pregnant.
The woman was born without a womb.
* The Anatolia News Agency reported on Friday that direct flights by Turkish Airlines between Istanbul and Houston, which started on April 1, have positively contributed to trade between Turkey and Texas, the Turkish Exporters Assembly has said during Houston Mayor Ms. Annise Parker's visit to Istanbul.* The Hurriyet Daily News informed on Friday that a new law adopted by Turkey will regulate the entry, stay and exit from the country for foreign nationals, and it will help the protection of the rights of human trafficking victims.
Foreigners who come to Turkish ports for less than 72 hours will not be obliged to have visas under the new law.
Another significant change is regarding work permits; from now on whoever obtains a work permit in Turkey automatically will have a residence permit too.
Foreigners who have stayed in Turkey with a valid residence permit for eight years uninterruptedly can be given an unlimited residence permit.
According to the new law, foreigners and those who have international protection cannot be sent back to places where they could be subject to "torture, inhumane treatment or humiliating punishment."
The law stipulates that foreigners who stay in Turkey for more than 90 days should apply for a residence permit. The residence permit will become invalid if not used for six months.
* The Turkish government started plans for building a canal from the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The 30-mile canal will effectively be making the European part of Istanbul an island, cutting it off from the rest of the Europe.
The goal for the new waterway is to ease the maritime traffic in the heavily congested Bosphorus Straits, and protect the heavily populated Istanbul metropolitan area from dangerous cargo such as petroleum products.
The project is not welcomed by all, and its location in some of Istanbul's most important forest and water-basin areas has been widely criticized.
Read more at >> here <<* Turkey is also planning to build a third Airport closer to the Black Sea in the Istanbul metropolitan area. However, a recent invitation for builders to submit tenders received lukewarm reception from the rest of the world, reports the news wires.
Also, it is being reported that almost 700,000 trees will have to be felled for this new airport, making environmentalists oppose the construction.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Colleen Clark* Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington has organized the 4th annual International Children's Friendship Festival this year to take place on April 27 and 28.
The festival will take place in Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle.
During the festival children representing 40 countries around the world will perform unique dances, songs and music.
In addition to stage performances, the festival will feature cultural displays by local ethnic communities, providing an opportunity for children to mingle and learn about their cultures from one another. There will be arts, crafts, face painting and other free activities for children.
Read more at >> here <<* Italy's 61st Trento Film Festival will host Turkey as guest of honor, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The festival, which will be held between April 27 and May 5, will include a total of 12 Turkish short and long films in the "Destination" section.
In addition, the opening of the festival will be made with BabaZula, a Turkish rock band.
The nature-focused festival is organized in the Trento province of northern Italy, which lies near the Dolomite Mountains. The first festival took place in 1952. It is one of the most important and prestigious film festivals of Italy, with a total of 121 films meeting audiences this year.
As part of the festival, there will also be exclusive screenings, events, concerts and exhibitions.
Read more at >> here <<* A documentary titled "The River Flowing Westward", produced in collaboration with Bahcesehir University Civilization Studies Center and Turkish Radio Television, was screened on April 13 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris within the scope of a conference program, reports the Anatolia News Agency .
The documentary aims to draw the world's attention to the role Mesopotamia has played in the development of civilization.
The Mesopotamia region lies between the Middle East's Tigris and Euphrates rivers and is often dubbed the cradle of civilization.
Shooting for the documentary, which started two years ago, was conducted in 16 countries. Nearly 200 scholars, artists, scientists and politicians delved into Mesopotamia's history for the project, while producers used the latest technology to bring the cities and the artwork of the past to life. The documentary is made up of 20 episodes, each of which is 45 minutes long, and has two versions, long and short. Last month a related photography exhibition was opened at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
Read more at >> here <<
"The Particle" focuses on Zeynep as she tries to make ends meet on her own, taking care of her mother and her daughter. Their struggle comes to a peak when Zeynep is fired from the textile mill she is working in.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News writer Emrah Guler, Turkish director and writer Erdem Tepegoz's award-winning debut feature "The Particle" hits the theaters this week.
Through its leading character Zeynep (Jale Arikan), Erdem Tepegoz moves through the underbellies of Istanbul. The dispersed particles he clings to strongly as a metaphor are the inhabitants of the city's underbellies. The unemployed, the underpaid, the unqualified, those who have come to Istanbul with big dreams, only to have their dreams crushed in ways they could never have imagined.
The setting is Tarlabasi, the controversial face of an urban renewal project for seven years now.
Within walking distance of Taksim, the heart of Istanbul, Tarlabasi is the home to migrants with low-income to no jobs, mostly coming from eastern Turkey, as well as the marginalized communities like the Roma people or the LGBT.
Read more at >> here <<* Dogan News Agency reports that the 17th Aydin Dogan Award, which was given this year in the field of Turkish music, was presented on April 16 to Professor Nevzad Atlig and the Turkish Music Foundation.
The awards have been given in the name of the founder of the Aydin Dogan Foundation and Dogan Holding Honorary Chairman Aydin Dogan since 1996.
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Trakya University State Conservatory student Batuhan Isik will perform a concert with the Kursk State University Russian Chamber Orchestra inRussia after the orchestra saw his performance with the Dogus Children's Symphony Orchestra and requested his music records from the conservatory. The orchestra invited him for the concert after listening to his records.
He said it would be the first foreign performance of his music career. The young cellist said he began playing cello seven years ago and was working seven hours a day to become a good musician.
* The Anatolia News Agency reports that the first concert of the 27th International Izmir Festival, organized by the Izmir Culture, Arts and Education Foundation with support from various organizations, will be performed by the 189-year-old New York Philharmonic Orchestra on May 2.
The orchestra will be conducted by music director Alan Gilber with the accompaniment of Emanuel Ax, who is regarded as one of the world's best pianists.
In addition to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, during the festival, art lovers will have a chance to see the "Minquet Quartet" at Bergama Kizilavlu; the "Harlem Dance Theater" at the Kulturpark Open Air Theater; famous cellist Mischa Maisky with Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra at the Ephesus Library; the Vienna Opera's mezzosoprano Adrineh Simonian with Amarcord Wien at Ephesus Odeon; viola da gamba artist at historical Kemeralti Bazaar; and Lee Santana and the Izmir Baroque Group and Polish Apollon Musagete Quartet at the closing concert.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.80
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 61/41 Rainy Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 66/55 Thunderstorms Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 59/48 Showers Izmir, on the Aegean: 68/48 Partly Cloudy Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 54/46 Rainy Van, in Eastern Turkey: 52/36 Rainy
* Premiere Soccer League
* Results for week: 29
Sivas Sp - G. Birligi 1 - 1 Trabzon Sp - Ordu Sp 1 - 0 Mersin I Y - Bursa Sp 0 - 1 Karabuk Sp - G. Saray 0 - 1 Kasimpa$a - Akhisar Sp 0 - 1 G. Antep Sp - Kayseri Sp 0 - 1 Elazig Sp - Istanbul BBSK 1 - 0 Fenerbahce - Eski$ehir Sp 1 - 0 Be$iKta$ - Antalya Sp 1 - 0
* In games played so far this weekend: 29
G. Saray - Elazig Sp 3 - 1 Ordu Sp - Kasimpa$a 0 - 2
* Standing in the league as of week ending 28
1 - G. Saray 59 2 - Fenerbahce 55 3 - Be$iKta$ 49 4 - Bursa Sp 46 5 - Kasimpa$a 43 6 - Kayseri Sp 42 7 - G. Birligi 40 8 - Antalya Sp 40 9 - Eski$ehir Sp 39 10 - Trabzon Sp 37 11 - Sivas Sp 36 12 - G. Antep Sp 36 13 - Elazig Sp 35 14 - Karabuk Sp 34 15 - Istanbul BBSK 33 16 - Akhisar Sp 32 17 - Ordu Sp 29 18 - Mersin I Y 21BASKETBALL:
Euroleague:* Anadolu Efes stayed alive in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs, outplaying 83-72 the defending champions Olympiacos at Abdi Ipekci Arena April 17.
And on Friday evening they beat Olympiacos again 74-73.
A fifth game will be played between the two soon.
Read more at >> here <<GOLF* The Ladies European Tour (LET) Access Series has announced a new tournament this year, which will be played at the National Golf Club in Turkey's up-and-coming golf resort, Belek.
The Access Turkish Open will be played on Nov. 26-28 with a field of 78 competitors.CYLING
* The 49th Presidential Tour of Turkey, which looks extremely favorable for some of the greatest sprinters in the world, starts on April 21 with the opening round in Antalya.
The tour will be reaching Izmir on April 27, and will be wrapped up with the eighth stage in Istanbul on April 28
Read more at >> here <<
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April 23rd CHILDREN'S DAY PICNIC
23 Nisan Cocuk Bayrami Piknigi
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