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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Kardashian rallies fans for Armenian cause

Armenian-American socialite, Kim Kardashian has again called on her millions of twitter followers to help recognize Armenian Genocide.

This is not the first time the socialite has used her celebrity to further the Armenian cause, she was very vocal when NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was recruited by Turkey’s national carrier THY to be brand Ambassador.

She tweeted “U can’t know where your going until u recognize where you’ve been. Help us recognize the Armenian Genocide April 24, 1915.”

She also encouraged her fans to join the Resurrection and Recognition: National Day of Prayer on April 24.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Turks attracted to visa-less countries

Travel by Turks to countries that do not require a visa increased by 30 percent last year and is likely to rise even more in 2011, according to the head of a local travel agency.

According to the report, Turkish demand for trips to Mexico, Kenya, Vietnam, Jamaica, Cuba and South Africa will increase in 2011 due to the convenient visa regime in place.

According to data provided by the agency in a press release, the number of Turkish tourists visiting countries like Syria and Egypt and countries in the Far East, which do not demand visas from Turkish visitors increased compared to the number of tourists choosing classical tours to Paris, Milan and Madrid.

We would love to hear from our readers, especially Turks on this one, do visa limitations put you off when choosing a holiday destination?

Friday, 22 April 2011

Perfect time to ski in Turkey

If for some reason you are tired of the current sunshine in UK and fancy a change, how about skiing in Turkey?

Heavy snowfall continues in eastern Turkey making it the perfect time to take a skiing holiday. Report suggest about 200million people in the UK are going away this Easter weekend and for those who fancy something different, it is the perfect time to ski at the Palandoken Skiing Center in eastern province of Erzurum.

According to local weather department officials, Snow thickness at the Palandoken Skiing Center has reached 120 centimeters and temperatures have dropped to zero Celsius degree. They are warning there will be heavy rainfall and snowfall and possible floods throughout the current week.

We would love to hear from our readers about this, would you swap the sunshine to ski in Turkey this time of year?

Monday, 18 April 2011

Happy Turks

According to newly published research, Turkish people are happier now than they were five years ago.

Findings indicate that while 72.8 percent of Turks surveyed described themselves as feeling happy in the previous survey in 2005, the figure has increased to 87.6 percent.
The study conducted every half-decade included participants above the age of 15 from rural and urban Turkey across 24 provinces.

The study revealed that Turkish society was shifting toward a constitution blending tradition with modernity.

According to the research, Turks are keeping up with technology, while at the same time not severing their connections to traditional values and conservatism. Results reveal that Turks are also starting to pay more attention to physical appearance, and men are shifting from growing moustaches to growing beards.

Research also shows that although Turks have been more careful about their diet in the past few years, the average person has gained weight. The average weight of women in the 2005 survey was 63.4 kilograms, compared to 65.1 kilograms today. Men, too, have gained weight, from 71.8 kilograms up to 72.8.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Cancer rates in Turkey to double by 2030

With 229 out of every 1,000 people in Turkey diagnosed with cancer each year, cancer rates will double if the current trends continue according to the head of the department of cancer control at the Ministry of Health.

This year’s "Combating Cancer Week," held the first week of April was dedicated to cancer in women. According to the ministry, breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer makes up half of all the cancer faced by women.

Official figures show that 20,000 cases of breast cancer, 500 cases of cervical cancer, 3,800 cases of ovarian cancer and 4,700 cases of uterine cancer are diagnosed each year in Turkey.
In general, cancer is seen more in men than in women in Turkey and if it continues to increase at this rate, the frequency of cancer will increase twofold by the 2030's, affecting 450 out of every 1,000 people. The most common type of cancer in Turkey is lung cancer, the reason for this is the high rate of cigarette use. Approximately 100,000 people in Turkey die each year from smoking-related diseases.

Second among the causes of death in Turkey, after heart and coronary disease, cancer maintains its central place on the nation's agenda due to fatalities caused by it as well as the high cost of treatment, which lead to severe losses in the labour force and the nation's economy.

The ministry emphasized the contribution of the Early Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Education Centers (KETEM) which engages in prevention and protection and public awareness through education campaigns and the early diagnosis of cancer. KETEMs established in every province are shown as models on a global platform. There are plans to increase the numbers of KETEMs from the current 123 to 280 within the next five years.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Travelling UFO museum opens in Istanbul

A one of a kind touring UFO museum has just opened at Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall until April 10 before moving on to Caddebostan, Taksim and Şişli.

The museum and exhibition has information on all UFO related incidents such as official NASA documents, secret documents, kidnappings, UFO photos and video from Turkey and around the world as well as specially made mockups and models.

The idea behind the touring UFO museum is to introduce a global culture to Turkish people and share information proving that we are not alone in the world by displaying written and visual materials, digital photographs, secret documents, certificate of analysis, video visuals, articles and rejuvenations.

The project, which was launched in Istanbul last Tuesday, will travel around Turkey for one year and then move to the United States, South America and Europe.
The Touring UFO Museum is located in the parking lot of Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall and admission is free, don’t miss it.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

New taxi regulations to ease congestion on Istanbul’s roads

Roads in Istanbul should be less congested after the start of a new “Taxi Call Center” project, which aims to take taxis looking for customers off the roads and allow customers to phone for an immediate taxi.

Introduced by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the Municipality is opening call centers around Istanbul and will announce a hotline for customers in need of taxis to call very soon.
The municipality has activated 124 taxi stops in the city to ensure the 2,500 vacant stop wandering on roads don’t have to, something which will help decrease the traffic on Istanbul’s roads.

Taxis under this new initiative will also promote security as there will be a panic button that will provide direct communication with the Police Department. Also, there will be video surveillance inside participating taxis and the location of the taxi drivers will be determined through a satellite tracking system at all times ensuring the safety of passengers.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Turkish government gets tough on football

The Turkish parliament has approved legislation aimed at fighting hooliganism at football matches and other sports events.

The new law provides harsher punishment for football fans; they can be sentenced to 2-year imprisonment for chanting obscenities and racial slurs during the matches and 1 year for spectators who bring guns, sharp objects or flares to matches.

I bet if such a rule was introduced in the UK for both fans and players, Wayne Rooney will think twice about how to celebrate his goals.