TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 13

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 13, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 13

TURKIYE
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CALDIRAN WAITS FOR LICENCE
Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle "Caldiran" cannot fly because of bureaucratic obstacles. Although the vehicle passed all tests successfully, it cannot fly after officials insisted on an impossible flying licence.

SNOW IN OLUDENIZ AFTER 25 YEARS
Snowfall has paralyzed daily life and traffic throughout Turkey. It also snowed in the famous resort town of Oludeniz in southwestern Turkey for the first time in 25 years.

ZAMAN
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ILL-WILLED RUMOURS CAN NOT MAKE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, PREMIER ERDOGAN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan conveyed his uneasiness over the allegations mentioned in the U.S. cables which were made public by Wikileaks, to U.S President Barack Obama who called him the other day. Erdogan told Obama that "the reflection of ill-willed rumors in official cables, the allegations mentioned and the style used in these documents were disturbing," it was reported. Obama told Erdogan that the comments in the diplomatic cables did not reflect the views of the current administration and the diplomatic team. Obama said he was sorry because of the troubles caused by the Wikileaks incident.

UNEMPLOYMENT PAY TO BE RAISED
Ministry of Labour and Social Security working on a new arrangement that would take the insurance premiums of employees as basis in calculation of unemployment pays. Thus, those whose salaries are high, will be able to receive unemployment pay as high as 1.000-1.500 TL. Under the current system the highest unemployment pay is 608TL.

YENI SAFAK
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GIANT SLAM FROM THY
Turkish Airlines (THY) signed a sponsorship agreement with legendary name of basketball Kobe Bryant as a promoting ambassador. THY Executive Board Chairman Hamdi Topcu said that Kobe would take role at the promotion movie of THY which would be shown in 80 countries for two years. Kobe said that he was looking forward to introduce Turkey's magnificence to the world.

TRT TO SAY HELLO
After Kurdish and Arabic broadcast, state-run TRT television took action for the news channel which will broadcast in English as of the beginning of the new year. TRT's Director General Ibrahim Sahin said that the channel, which would broadcast in English --a universal language--, would contribute to the promotion of the country.
 

VATAN
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SNOW FOR A WEEK
Road between the western province of Izmir and Istanbul was closed for 11 hours due to heavy snowfall and blizzard. Red Crescent distributed food, beverage and blankets for people who were stuck in the road. It snowed in southern province of Antalya and western province of Mugla for the first time after years. Snow depth exceeded 55 cm in Uludag mountain of the northwestern province of Bursa. Icicles in Abant region of Bolu are more than three meters. Meteorology warned against frost. Snow, which caused death of one person in Bursa, will continue for one week.

U.S. TAKES ACTION FOR TURKISH-ISRAELI PEACE
According to Haaretz newspaper, Ankara did not accept the apology text --which does not include an apology-- of Israel after its raid on Mavi Marmara aid ship. Then, the administration of Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu brought another text on the table. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will try to convince Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in New York this week.

CUMHURIYET
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POOR BECOMES POORER
A public survey carried out by the DISK revealed that although the minimum wage has increased by 9 percent, poverty line has risen by 14 percent since November 2009. Accordingly, those who live on minimum wage became poorer by 5 percent. DISK said that poverty line for a four-member family was calculated as 2,952 TL in November 2010.

THY'S NEW FACE
Kobe Bryant, one of the legendary names of the U.S. professional basketball league, has became the "new global brand promotion envoy" of the Turkish Airlines (THY). The commercial will be aired first in the United States and then in more than 80 countries including the Far Eastern countries.

ISTANBUL DANCES
The "Dance Platform Istanbul", an international festival arranged by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency's Theatre and Performing Arts Directorate will end this week. Netherlands Dance Theater II, one of the best dance companies of the world, will take the stage at Istanbul's Cemal Resit Rey on December 16 and 17.

RADIKAL
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OPPOSITION IS FLIRTING WITH ILLEGAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR SAKE OF FEW VOTES, ERDOGAN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the opposition of inciting street protests and flirting with illegal organizations for the sake of a few votes. Erdogan who spoke at the inauguration of 32 facilities in Siirt said, "those who tried to harm our brotherhood with gangs and dirty plots in the past are now trying to blur this process now with provocations."

SLAM DUNK OF YEAR FROM TURKISH AIRLINES
Turkish Airlines which is planning to make a giant leap in the world next year is set to promote itself with a giant star. Famous NBA Star Kobe Bryant will be Turkish Airlines' promotional model for the U.S. and the world. Turkish Airlines previously signed an agreement with Hollywood Star Kevin Costner.
Five time NBA Champion, and the MVP of the last two finals Kobe Bryant said he was honoured to be Turkish Airlines promotional model. Bryant will be starring a TV commercial, which will be aired in the U.S. and the Far East and 80 other countries around the globe in the first quarter of 2011.
 

HURRIYET
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TEXAS LAW
A draft adopted by the parliamentary sub-commission on December 6, has caused nationwide reaction. Under the draft, those who are above 18-year-old will be able to possess guns. The draft also enables people to carry up to five guns. Also, online weapon commercials will be allowed.

THY'S LATEST STAR
Turkish Airlines (THY) has agreed with five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, one of the legendary names of the U.S. professional basketball league, to be its "new global brand promotion envoy". Kobe will perform in advertisements of the THY which is getting ready to fly to Los Angeles.

MILLIYET
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KOBE TO FLY THY
The last bomb of Turkish Airlines (THY) --which previously signed sponsorship agreements with soccer teams Barcelona and Manchester United-- is one of the biggest starts of NBA; Kobe Bryant. Kobe, scorer of Los Angeles Lakers team, will be the global promoting ambassador of THY for the next two years. He will play at commercial films, and attend public relations events. After signing his agreement with THY, Kobe said that he was proud of being selected as the promoting ambassador of THY.

NO APOLOGY, NO SOLUTION FROM ISRAEL
Haaretz newspaper wrote that Israel rejected to apologize after its raid on (Turkish aid ship) Mavi Marmara, and thus the talks were blocked. On the other hand, speaking to Jerusalem Post, an Israeli government official said that Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu was certainly against apologizing.

AMPHIBIOUS BRIDGE "SAMUR" READY
First prototype of "Samur", an amphibious assault bridge designed by Turkish engineers, is completed. Samurs are combined and transformed into tens of meters of bridges while passing on rivers. Each of the Samurs can carry 70 tons of tanks.

SABAH
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NO ONE CAN STAND AGAINST CHANGE
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at the inauguration of 32 facilities in Siirt: "No one can stand against change and the will of the nation. Those who tried to harm our brotherhood with gangs and dirty plots are trying to blur this process now. Let's spoil their games."

RTUK LAW TO BE GAME CHANGER
The new law of the High Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) will bring anti-trust measures and will cause some channels to be sold. Each channel will be allowed to go public under their own name. Effects and voice-overs will be restricted.
 

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