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* Bay Area Turkish community is mourning the loss of a prominent Turkish
American. Mr. Attila Kaslan died in motorcycle accident in Napa. Mr.
Kaslan was 67.
In addition to being a successful businessman and an engineer, Mr.
Kaslan was active in community affairs.
Mr. Kaslan was the husband of Mrs. Bonnie Joy Kaslan, the honorary
council General of Turkey to San Francisco.
Attila Kaslan was born in Istanbul. He moved to the United States in
1956 and he and Bonnie Joy have lived in Sonoma Valley since 1993. They
were business partners in Kaslan Associates Inc., an engineering company.
An expert in dealing with earthquake-resistant construction, Attila Kaslan
immediately left for Turkey to consult with Turkish private and public
sector groups and to assist in earthquake reconstruction efforts.
Attila Kaslan's devotion to civic service extended beyond the
Turkish-American community. He played a leading role in building the
Valley of Moon Boys and Girls Club in Sonoma Valley and was a
long-standing member of the Sonoma Valley Rotary Club. He also was a
California State Pistol champion, a lifelong member of the National Rifle
Association and a reserve police officer for 21 years, retiring from the
Alameda County Sheriff's Department as a captain.
A service in memory of Attila Kaslan life will be held at a later date.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that friends remember Atilla
Kaslan by making a donation to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey.
Donations can be made to:
TAAC Earthquake Relief Fund, c/o PMB 345, 19229 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma,
* Turkey's private NTV channel reported that the Constitutional Committee
of the Turkish Parliament has accepted the changes to Article 69 of the
The changes to Article 69 will make it difficult to close down political
parties. This comes after debate over the order of discussion on the three
articles, 69, 89 and 101, under consideration by the committee.
The proposed changes to Article 101 will enable President Suleyman
Demirel to be re-elected for a second term in the upcoming presidential
* Yenibinyil newspaper reported that the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy
Party applied to governor's offices in 21 provinces of Turkey to request
permission for the Newroz celebrations on March 21. The People's Democracy
Party referred to the holiday as "Newroz" rather than "Nevruz" in its
applications and invitations and banners. The celebrations were allowed in
The Istanbul Governor's Office remained fixed on the Newroz word, and it
did not allow celebrations claiming "Newroz" is not a Turkish word, and
banned the "Newroz-Peace-Freedom" banners.
The Istanbul Governor's Office said it did not allow celebrations in
accordance with the Law on Political Parties, which foresees that the
political parties cannot use any other language except Turkish.
Celebrations took place without any incidence in all the provinces
except in Istanbul some people were detained for assembling without a
* Turkish fishermen, fishing for turbot in the Black Sea, were attacked by
Ukrainian war planes, according to Anatolian News Agency.
During the attack, two fishing boats sank and three fishermen were
killed, while Ukrainian security forces seized 47 other crewmembers.
According to the fishermen, on the second day of the Feast of Sacrifice,
10-15 fishing vessels sailed into the Black Sea from Istanbul. While
fishing in international waters, they accidentally entered Ukrainian
waters. Ukrainian Coast-guard Security vessels began to follow the fishing
boats, in the meantime, a jet from the Ukrainian Air Forces dropped bombs
During the attack two vessels, the "Serif Cinar " and the "Yavrum
Mehmet" sank, Durmus Cinar and two other unidentified fishermen were
The families of the dead accused the Ukraine of attacking unarmed
Turkish diplomats have already initiated attempts to ensure the release
of the detained fishermen.
* Daily Hurriyet reported that in the traffic accidents during the Eid
al-Adha holiday claimed the lives of 153 people in Turkey. 382 people were
also injured. The number of accidents increased this year as compared to
previous years since the commercial trucks were permitted to travel during
the Eid al-Adha holiday.
In previous years, Turkish authorities banned the commercial trucks from
traffic during the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays.
* Daily Turkiye reports that the Turkish pilgrims who fulfilled their
sacred duty in the holy lands started to return to Turkey. The first group
of pilgrims was welcomed in Istanbul late on Sunday.
* Daily Aksam says that Turkish businesses exported $5.6 million worth of
products from the southeastern Anatolian project region to five countries
in the American continent. About $2.9 million dollars of the exports were
Last year during the same period businesses exported only $3.1 million
worth of products.
As for Turkish exports to the European Union countries, there was also
as substantial increase in the first two months of the year. The Turkish
Exporters Union officials say, according to daily Sabah, exports totaled
$2.2 billion for this period. According to the Exporters Union,
ready-to-wear clothes were the most exported goods, followed by automotive
and industrial products.
* An Anatolian News Agency dispatch writes that Turkey and the U.S. will
hold a series of meetings in the following weeks. The two sides will
discuss bilateral economic, military, and political relations.
Concurrent with the talks between the two nations' officials, the
American-Turkish Council will hold its annual conference on U.S.-Turkish
Relations between March 29 and 31, 2000 in Washington DC. Many of the
Turkish officials visiting the U.S. for official talks will also attend
The American-Turkish Council is a private organization
founded to promote U.S.-Turkish commercial, defense and cultural
relations. For more information about the Council refer to their Website
* Daily Aksam reports that the Turkish Airlines and the American Airlines
will sign an agreement to carry out common flights. The Turkish Airlines
currently has flights to New York, Chicago and Miami from Turkey. The
cooperation between Turkish and American Airlines will enable the
passengers to go to other U.S. destinations with the American Airlines.
* Daily Sabah reported that a TED Ankara College student Ustun Ozgur has
come first in the "International Mathematics Competition" organized by the
Council for International Schools in Europe. During the competition in
Geneva between March 17-19, a team from TED College consisting of Ustun
Ozgur, Engin Yagmur and Mehmet Akyol, came at the top. A total of 120
students from 23 schools in various countries , including Austria, Italy,
Romania, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Russia, Norway and Turkey,
took part in the competition.
* Turkcell, which is in partnership with the Finnish Sonera Company, will
be listed in the NASDAQ, according to a Daily Milliyet report. The net
worth of Turkcell is estimated to be currently between $20 and 25 billion
and that an agreement had been reached with NASDAQ officials. Turkcell
will go public in June.
* Turkey's State Minister Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik has said that Turkey will
soon be a member of two international pacts concerned with protecting
human rights, the Anatolia News Agency reports.
Participating in the annual meeting of the Human Rights Commission held
in Geneva, Switzerland, Irtemcelik announced that Turkey would sign the
two pacts in the near future. He stated that the first of the pacts
concerned civil and political rights while the other dealt with
socio-economic and cultural rights.
In his statement, in which he recalled the steps Turkey had taken in the
field of human rights, Irtemcelik said, "The process of improvements in
human rights in Turkey cannot be reversed". He also remarked that European
Union candidacy had given the government the impetus to rapidly implement
* A court in northwestern Turkey has sentenced a nurse to 22 days jail and
fined her 185,000 Turkish liras (25 US cents) after an injection she gave
to a toddler caused gangrene in the child's left forearm, the Turkish
press reported Thursday. The court had originally imposed a three-month
prison term and a fine of 80,000 liras (1.5 cents) for the 1995 incident
at the local state-run hospital, which left three-year-old Aysen needing
an artificial arm. But the court then reduced the sentence on the grounds
that the nurse's error was a minor one.
Aysen's family had sought 60 billion Turkish liras (12,000 dollars) in
The Turkish legal system is often criticized for the small amounts of
compensation awarded in negligence cases, awards that are quickly eaten up
by the country's chronic inflation.
* The Istanbul Bar association has launched disciplinary action against
defense lawyers for the Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, accusing
them of acting as spokesmen for the rebel chief, the Anatolia news agency
reported on Friday. The justice ministry had asked the bar in January to
take disciplinary action against eight lawyers for Ocalan, saying their
actions exceeded the limits of defense activities and breached
Exchange rate for The Turkish Liras in U.S. dollars:
Selling Rate Buying Rate
U.S.Dollar 580,474 583,273
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Daily Sabah reported that Derya Buyukuncu, a Turkish swimmer, won bronze
medal in men's 100-meter backstroke final of the Fifth FINA World Short
Course Swimming Championships. Buyukuncu swam 100 meters in 52.88 seconds
and became the bronze medallist in the championships, which are being held
in Athens, Greece. Thus, Buyukuncu became the first Turkish swimmer who
stood on the rostrum.
* The only sports channel in Europe, Eurosport, has elected Galatasaray as
the most successful football team for the year 2000. Eurosport has
prepared a 15-minute documentary on Galatasaray and will broadcast this
decision when a second match will be played between Galatasaray and Real
Mallorca. Eurosport will also broadcast in Turkish.
* Turkish champions Galatasaray swept into the UEFA Cup semifinals in
style, beating Mallorca 2-1 after trouncing them 4-1 away.
It was only the second time the Turkish side had progressed so far in a
European cup competition and thousands of fans poured on to the streets in
Brazilian striker Capone put the Istanbul side ahead, scoring from a
cross from Romanian midfielder Gheorghe Hagi. The Mallorcan defense
watched as the ball bounced off one post, skidded along the line and went
in at the far corner.
Driven on by characteristically raucous supporters, prolific scorer
Hakan Sukur put Galatasaray in the driving seat with a second goal just
But the Spaniards were spurred into action in the second half with
striker Carlos Dominguez lobbing an overhead goal from an Ariel Ibagaza
cross into the net.
The entry of Yugoslav winger Jovan Stankovic in the 70th minute did
little to help Mallorca and the final straw for them came when Italian
referee Stefano Braschi sent their coach Fernando Vasquez into the stands
for arguing with an offside decision.
Thousands of jubilant Turks celebrated the victory on the streets,
dancing in the main squares and blaring car horns as fireworks exploded
overhead. Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim put the win down to hard work.
"The secret of our success is a good team which believes, struggles and
works together," he said. "We don't believe in magic or luck, we work with
facts. "Galatasaray has set itself a goal and is working towards this
goal. No victory in history is a coincidence," he said.
Terim said he now had his sights set on lifting the cup and would not be
intimidated by any of the likely opponents.
"We set our goal a long time ago. We said we want the highest prize -
the cup," he said. "No matter who we draw, we will prepare in the same way
and go for it."
* In the UEFA cup semi-final draw, Leeds were paired with Galatasary.
* Turkish premier soccer league:
Results of Week 25 Matches
Erzurumspor 2-1 Ankaragucu
Denizlispor 3-1 Istanbulspor
Fenerbahce 2-4 Adanaspor
Besiktas 1-0 Gaziantepspor
Vanspor 1-1 Altay
Kocaelispor 0-4 Samsunspor
Bursaspor 4-2 Antalyaspor
Goztepe 0-2 Galatasaray
Genclerbirligi 0-1 Trabzonspor
Week 26 Matches
Gaziantepspor 0-0 Denizlispor
1 Galatasaray 66
2 Besiktas 55
3 Gaziantepspor 43
4 Fenerbahce 43
5 Trabzonspor 40
6 Samsunspor 39
7 Denizlispor 37
8 Genlerbirligi 34
9 Altay 33
10 Adanaspor 32
11 Antalyaspor 30
12 Bursaspor 29
12 MKE Ankaragucu 28
13 Erzurumspor 28
14 Kocaelispor 26
15 Istanbulspor 25
17 Goztepe 20
18 Vanspor 14
WEATHER IN TURKEY
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 12/-2 (54/28)Rain
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 10/4 (50/39)Snow
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 14/4 (57/39)Rain
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 17/7 (63/45)Rain
(Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
(Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)
*** FILM: THE BANDIT
The UC Berkeley Turkish Student Association proudly presents
Eskiya (the Bandit), the critically acclaimed movie by Yavuz Turgul.
April 4, 2000, 7pm
Room 2050, the Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB)
UC Berkeley campus
Admission is $3.
Room 2050 can hold over 400 people, invite your friends!
ESKIYA (THE BANDIT)
Winner, Golden Dolphin, Troia Film Festival
Director: Yavuz Turgul
Cast: Sener Sen, Ugur Yucel, Sermin Sen
121 minutes, 1996
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