x0x Turkish News for the week ending 04 May 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 04 May 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 04 May 2013]
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NEWS* According to the Sky News of Australia, Turkish riot police have used tear gas and water cannons on May Day protesters in Istanbul.
About a dozen people were hospitalized after exposure to tear gas which clogged the air around the symbolic Taksim square. The Turkish government decided to ban May Day gatherings on Taksim Square - a traditional rallying point --saying that because of renovations begun in November, security could not be assured for the tens of thousands of demonstrators expected.
72 people were detained.* Istanbul is bidding for hosting the 2020 Olympics along with Tokyo. According to the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, the Tokyo metropolitan government office has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails criticizing Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose's remarks about rival Istanbul.
Inose was quoted by The New York Times as describing Islamic countries as "fighting with each other" in reference to Istanbul. He apologized and retracted his remarks on April 30.* According to Turkey's deputy prime minister, the number of Syrian refugees has got up to 400,000 in Turkey.
In related news, according to Reuters Turks living near the Syrian border are in fear of chemical weapons. In the meantime, Turkish authorities are testing Syrian refugees arriving in Turkey for traces of chemical weapons.* European Union and Iranian officials will meet in Istanbul May 15 for a fresh round of nuclear talks, reports the Agence France Presse.
The European Union officials will represent the five United Nations security council member countries plus Germany.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Financial Times, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is holding its Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and Business Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10-11 May 2013.
This is the first time an Annual Meeting is being held outside the "traditional" European Bank region of post-communist countries, according to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Speakers at the event will include the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, political leaders from the four emerging Arab democracies.
Read more at >> here <<* The International Women Entrepreneurs Forum, which brings women entrepreneurs from around the world together, was held in Istanbul on May 2 through May 4, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
The panelists reflected on the role of women in the global and Turkish economy.
"One million new jobs have been added to the Turkish economy in Turkey, 500,000 of them are for women, which is great for Turkey to grow because the more women are employed the more productive our country becomes," Mehmet Buyukeksi, President of the Turkish Exporters' Assembly said. Turkey should aim to increase the female employment rate to 40 percent in 2023 from 28 percent now, according to Buyukeksi.
"The women who own their own business constitute only seven percent of the total workforce, which shows there is progress to be made in entrepreneurship, especially of women. Turkey's entrepreneurship index is increasing but the number of female entrepreneurs is lower than the number of men," Suleyman Aslan, Halkbank General Manager, said.
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ARTS AND CULTURE* Turkey's Culture Ministry is set to share the National Library Presidency archives via digital channels with the European Digital Library National Library Presidency, as part of the "Europeana Newspapers Project" reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
As part of the move, the library will be sharing 400,000 pages of its newspaper archives.
The overall project, which includes Germany, France, Netherlands, Estonia, Austria, Finland, Poland, England, Turkey, Serbia, Italy and Latvia - will be continuing until 2014 and it is directed by the Berlin State Library.
The aim is to make Europe's cultural and scientific heritage available through a cross-domain portal (Europeana.eu) and to work with museums, archives, audiovisual archives and libraries to deliver the portal and make it sustainable. The target of the project is to bring items that have already been digitized into the portal and also to encourage and support the digitization of more of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.* According to the Anatolia News Agency , Mozart's famous opera "Abduction from the Seraglio" was staged in China for the first time by Turks as part of the Year of Turkey in China in Beijing on May 1 and May 2.
At a press conference held at the National Theater in Beijing, Turkey's State Opera and Ballet director Yekta Kara said the opera, which was staged in Vienna for the first time in 1782, brought together Eastern and Western culture.
"Abduction from the Seraglio" is the first opera Mozart wrote in Vienna, and the story is set in 18th century Turkey. The work is lighthearted and frequently comic, with little of the deep character exploration or darker feelings found in Mozart's later operas. The opera was a huge success and repeatedly performed in Vienna during Mozart's lifetime.
Throughout the Year of Turkey in China, a number of performance groups from various parts of Turkey will put on special shows across the country at events, programs and exhibitions that will be organized in the country.* Turkey's annual Labor Film Festival is back for an eighth edition with films being screened around the country, including Istanbul, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The event, which began May 1 in Diyarbakir, will continue until May 8 with films in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. After screenings in the four cities, the festival will travel from town to town for the rest of the year, from Adana to Samsun, to Bursa, to Kocaeli and all points in between. It will also head abroad to host screenings in Cyprus, Turin and London.
Read more at >> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News the 12th Efes Pilsen One Love Festival will be organized between June 20 and 22 this year.
One of the main acts at the festival will be one of the rock world's most important English bands, Blur. They will meet Turkish music lovers on June 21 for the first time in Turkey.
Other artists appearing at the festival were also announced recently. Among them will be French hip-hop artist Wax Tailor and British indie rock band Foals.* The 2nd International Jazz Day, organized in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Turkish culture and foreign ministries, was celebrated April 30 in Istanbul, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The day before the Jazz Day, Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister Omer Celik held a reception on April 29 at Ciragan Palace.
"Jazz is a call for peace and Istanbul is hosting it. If jazz turned into a city, it would be Istanbul; if Istanbul turned into a type of music, it would be jazz. My country is such a miracle that it is both Balkan and Asian; it is both Islamic and European; it is a Mediterranean and Black Sea and Middle Eastern country. When you hear the sound of a citizen on the street, you can hear the common language of this geography." the minister said.* In related news, "Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World," a photography exhibit documenting the travels of America's greatest jazz musicians on U.S. Department of State-sponsored tours from the 1950s through the 1970s, is now open to the public at the Borusan Muzik Evi in Istanbul, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The exhibit features candid photographs of jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and many more performing and interacting with ordinary people in Turkey and countries around the world.
The curator of the exhibition, Curtis Sandberg of Meridian International Center said the photos had traveled through 78 cities in 35 countries in the last three years and Istanbul was the 79th city.* Turkish singer Nilufer drew attention to cancer with a concert, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Nilufer, who has been treated for breast cancer and recovered, performed her songs with 40 women who underwent the same treatment with her. She took to the stage on April 28 with the Awareness Choir, which was formed five years ago to draw attention to the importance of early diagnosis in breast cancer and raise awareness among society, at the MEB Sura Hall in Ankara.
Speaking before the concert, she said that it was very important for her to share the same stage with women who had recovered from cancer, adding that singing was the best way to overcome problems during and after the treatment process.* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, French dance music phenomenon David Guetta will be in Istanbul on May 4 with a concert at Kucukciftlik Park featuring a DJ set.
Guetta is known for his collaborations that have become hits on charts and music lists around the world. He is best known for his duets with performers such as Chris Willis and on chart-toppers such as Fergie and LMFAO's "Gettin' Over You," Nicki Minaj's "Turn Me On" and Sia's "Titanium."* Latest news on the Turkish soap operas:
Greek singer Efi Thodi has released a new song based on the Magnificent Century's protagonists reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
In her song "Oh Suleyman," Thodi declares her love for the sultan, asking him openly to leave his sweetheart Hurrem, and luring him with a delicious kebab and meze feast.
The song has raised some eyebrows in Thodi's country Greece, but She has not flinched to criticism saying that the song intended to be ironic.
"Oh Suleyman, forget your harem. Leave Hurrem and come to heaven's gardens. Though I am a western woman, I'll be your slave and cook you imam bayildi and kebabs," the song says, mentioning the eggplant meze that is one of the musts on the sultan's table.
Listen to the song here* Mariza, regarded as one of the most accomplished interpreters of Fado in the world, is coming to Is Sanat on May 7, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
The Diva of Fado will be performing in advance of her new album that will be on the shelves this year. Her voice has been described as "breathtaking, passionate, emotive, profound and specialâ¦," by some newspapers around the world. Mariza encountered huge success with her all-time bestselling album "Fado Em Mim," released in 2001, which reached four-time platinum status. She became the definitive Fado star of the new generation when she collected three "Best Artist" awards at the BBC European World Music Awards.
Making history as the first Portuguese singer to be nominated for a Grammy Award, Mariza also won a Latin Grammy Award with her album "Terra" in the category of Best Folk Music. Named by the Guardian as the "Diva of World Music," the singer has built an impressive career with over 1,000,000 records sold worldwide. Speaking about her music, Mariza said, "Fado is not just music but a sensation. Not sorrowful but melancholic. I did not choose this music, it is my destiny."* Organized for the 17th time this year, the longest-running theater award organization in Turkey, the annual Yapi Kredi Afife Jale Theater Awards were presented in a ceremony held on April 29 at the Halic Congress Center.
A total of 15 awards were delivered and famous Italian comedian and paper artist Ennio Marchetto performed an exclusive show to entertain the audience.
The "Best Actress Award," went to Sumru Yavrucuk and Oner Erkan took the "Best Actor Award." The best production of the year title went to "Silence" and the best director award went to Mehmet Birkiye for the same play.
The "Muhsin Ertugrul Special Award" went to Erol Keskin, and the "Cevat Fehmi Baskut Special Award" went to Yigit Sertdemi. The "Yapi Kredi Exclusive Award" went to Adalet Agaoglu.* Presenting reflections on technology's contribution to the transformation of reality on art, the new exhibition "Datascape" at Borusan Contemporary is set to interrogate many of the common conceptions about technology, reports the Hurriyet Daily News
Curated by Benjamin Weil, "Datascape" questions how technology transforms reality and how it modifies people's perception of their surroundings and the landscape.
Read more at >> here <<
* Premiere Soccer League
* In games played so far this weekend: 33
G. Birligi - Kasimpa$a 0 - 0 Ordu Sp - Bursa Sp 2 - 4 Kayseri Sp - Trabzon Sp 2 - 1 Eski$ehir Sp - Be$iKta$ 1 - 2 Karabuk Sp - G. Antep Sp 0 - 2 Istanbul BBSK - Fenerbahce 2 - 0 Mersin I Y - Elazig Sp 0 - 2 G. Saray - Sivas Sp 4 - 2 Antalya Sp - Akhisar Sp 4 - 3
* Standing in the league as of week ending 33
1 - G. Saray 68 2 - Fenerbahce 58 3 - Be$iKta$ 55 4 - Bursa Sp 53 5 - Kasimpa$a 47 6 - Kayseri Sp 46 7 - G. Birligi 44 8 - Antalya Sp 44 9 - Trabzon Sp 43 10 - Eski$ehir Sp 42 11 - G. Antep Sp 42 12 - Elazig Sp 41 13 - Sivas Sp 40 14 - Karabuk Sp 37 15 - Istanbul BBSK 36 16 - Akhisar Sp 36 17 - Ordu Sp 29 18 - Mersin I Y 22* Galatasaray claimed of the Turkish premier league championship this weekend. Although the league matches are not over, the second place Fenerbahce will not be able to catch up with it.* In the UEFA Europa League, Turkish team Fenerbahce was defeated 3 to 1 by the Portuguese team Benfica, losing its bid for the championship.
However, this was the most successful year for Fenerbahce in Europe.* With the premier league almost over, two teams at the bottom of the League are being relegated to the second league. These teams are Orduspor and Mersin.BASKETBALL:* James Harden scored 31 points and Turkish center Omer Asik added 21 as Houston kept its NBA first-round play-off hopes alive with a 107-100 win over Oklahoma City in game five on May 1.* Fenerbahce crowned champions in women's basketball after victory against Galatasaray.
Fenerbahce, led by U.S. star Cappie Pondexter's 27 points, won 72-62 on May 5 in the decisive game 5 at their home Ulker Sports Arena to clinch the series 3-2.
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