"PLEASE, A LITTLE BIT RESPECT TO MARRIAGE!"
Turkish family structure is cracking up! Divorce rates are growing noticeably while marriage rates are going down. According to statistics of TurkStat, 642,000 couples got married in 2008. It fell to 592,000 in 2009 and 260,000 in the first half of this year. Internet and social networking sites have carried divorce rates to peak levels.
FOREIGN PILOTS COME TO THY FOR JOB
Turkish Airlines turned the crisis into opportunity and it has become magnet for foreign pilots. THY's CEO Temel Kotil said, "10 percent of our pilots are non-Turkish citizens. Pilots want to leave their troubled companies and come to us."
EVERYBODY SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO NEW CONSTITUTION, WE ARE GETTING PREPARED
Chairperson of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Umit Boyner spoke to daily Zaman. Boyner thinks Turkey was going through a serious change and considered 2011 elections as opportunity for democratization process.
She made a call to the parties to decide what they would say for the "new constitution".
Boyner said TUSIAD had the first meeting on the matter in September, noting that they have been meeting with important academicians once in two weeks since September.
Boyner said the constitution should not have irrevocable provisions, noting everything should be discussed.
VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS TO BE TRANSFERRED TO PRIVATE SECTOR
Labor Ministry Undersecretary Birol Aydemir said they would transfer industrial vocational high schools to private sector. He said those schools would be under the administration of industrialists. The students will be given education in line with the needs in sectors.
Aydemir said thus they hoped to employ 900,000 people in the next five years.
MOBILE PHONE TO BE ALLOWED
Director General of the Turkish Airlines (THY) Temel Kotil said THY would fly with five stars starting as of 2011.
Kotil said mobile phone would be allowed, live satellite TV and wireless internet would be offered in Boeing 777 aircrafts that would come in the new year.
MAVI MARMARA MEMORIAL IN MADRID
A monument was unveiled in the Spanish capital Madrid to commemorate nine Turkish activists killed by Israeli commandos in the May 31 raid on Gaza-Bound aid ship Mavi Marmara.
The monument features a child launching the Mavi Marmara ship loaded with humanitarian aid materials in front of a tumbledown wall which depicts Palestine.
KIM PULLS THE TRIGGER
It turns out that it was the Armenian-origin model and actress Kim Kardashian who pulled the trigger 10 days ago on twitter about the Armenian resolution that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put to vote in the last minute before she leaves the office.
Kardashian started a campaign on twitter for the Armenian resolution and gave Pelosi's phone number to her 5.5 million followers on social networking site. She also posted a message and said everybody should call Pelosi. Kardashian, whose granfather was an Ottoman Armenian who moved to America in 1915, also called Pelosi personally and asked her to bring the resolution to House floor.
LAST MINUTE GOAL FROM SAV
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu eliminated the team of his predecessor Deniz Baykal and former secretary-general Onder Sav seven months after he was elected chairman. It was a landmark victory for Kilicdaroglu. However, supporters of Onder Sav put forward the women quota and raised an objection to the caucus. Now, a provincial election board will make the last decision on the objection.
"DON'T BE AFRAID OF, STAND UP"
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu explained his 41 promises to people while addressing the 15th Convention of his party.
In his speech, Kilicdaroglu called on workers, civil servants, artists, retired people, farmers, young people, tradesmen, academicians and all segments of the society not to be afraid of and stand up.
Kilicdaroglu said they would defeat fear for democracy, broaden freedoms and bury poverty and unemployment to history.
EVERYBODY SHOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT HIS LANGUAGE
President Abdullah Gul made another warning following the "bilingualism" discussions brought onto agenda by Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) and statement of General Staff on the matter.
Gul said, "everybody should be very careful about his language and action. Deficiencies can be overcome altogether and through agreement. We should not cover them otherwise we will start to give harm to our people."
The goal "to be a party more open to people" left its mark on the caucus of CHP which was criticized for being a "state party."
Kilicdaroglu used the word "comrades" while speaking to delegates. His last remarks were, "raise your heads, your hearts are free and they are yours. Behind you, there are millions who devoted their lives to freedom. Now, stand up and ask for freedom. Now, rise up."
KILICDAROGLU GIVES 41 PROMISES
Kilicdaroglu said, "10 percent election threshold will be removed, party will hold a primary, Higher Education Board will be eradicated, special courts and military high administrative courts will be abolished.
"OUR PARTNERSHIP IS ELASTIC"
U.S. President Barack Obama made first interview with Hurriyet from Turkish media. Obama said, "our partnership is elastic. Wikileaks cannot shake it."
Obama said, "we have differences but we can talk frankly to each other. I think cooperation of Turkey and United States is very important more than ever in the sense of challenges that the world faced and that are becoming complicated day by day."
Obama also said that Turkey and United States could have differences in the UN Security Council like the one in Iran sanctions vote, however he added that his government was sincere in admitting these differences.
He said he believes Turkey shares the aim to stop a nuclear Iran although there are differences in tactics.
AGOP IS OURS, SO IS ROJIN
Main opposition Kemal Kilicdaroglu gave the message of "stand up!" at his party caucus in Ankara Arena.
"I am calling on all my citizens. If you want to be a part of the solution, come join us under the roof of CHP," he said.
NEW CHP AFTER 18 YEARS
List prepared by Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu won and thus traces of former chairman Deniz Baykal were totally erased.
CHP will enter 2011 elections with its new cadre.
49th Convention of CHP was regular when compared to previous ones.
Kilicdaroglu gave messages of peace and freedom in his speech. "They have exploited you ethnical roots and beliefs. They have created an empire of fear. We will overcome those fears because we are the liberal way.
APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH IN TRAIN STATION
Lebanese director Yehya Saade (35) came to Turkey to shoot a music video for Lebanese Maya Diab. His first preference was Haydarpasa Train Station but he cancelled it when fire broke out there.
Saade came to the train station in Alsancak district of Izmir province on Friday with his 10 people team. There he climbed on a locomotive.
Saade stood up on the historical train and died after receiving high voltage electric. Saade took hold of the high voltage although he did not touch the transmission line.
Executives of the train station claimed that Saade entered the dangerous area without talking to them.
SHOWCASE OF CHP
The 15th Extraordinary Convention of the Republican People's Party (CHP) took place in the way chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu wished. The delegates approved the 80-people list and the new administration with which CHP will enter 2011 elections.
MOBILE PHONE AND INTERNET ON AIR
THY Director General Temel Kotil said, "by the start of next year, our Boeing 777 planes will offer live satellite TV, cell phone calls, and wireless internet."
Kotil said the new technology would be installed only in long-haul Boeing 777 planes in the first phase.