Press Scan

ANKARA - These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 22nd, 2007. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

HURRIYET (LIBERAL)

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LUCKY DRAW

Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce paired off with Sevilla of Spain in the draw for the Champions League. The first leg game will be played on February 19th and 20th in Istanbul and the second leg will be played on March 4th and 5th in Spain. On the other hand, Galatasaray which is competing at the UEFA Cup paired off with Bayer Leverkusen at the draw.

First leg tie will be played on February 13th-14th in Istanbul and second leg on February 21st in Germany.

GODIVA IS OUR HOLY DAY PRESENT TO TURKEY

Metin Yurdakul, a member of the Consultative Board of Ulker, commented on the purchase of world premium chocolate giant Godiva for 850 million USD with these words. Yurdakul, who said their purchase of Godiva which was also at the target of world giant companies would earn them prestige, told, "Godiva will continue as a stand-alone company."

MILLIYET (LIBERAL)

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"WE HAVE BOUGHT GODIVA"

The Ulker management wanted to reach Milliyet reporter Gungor Uras when it bought famous chocolate brand Godiva because Uras earlier wished and wrote Ulker had bought this chocolate firm. Ulker purchased Godiva in return for 850 million USD. Ulker executives first contacted Milliyet reporter Gungor Uras, who is currently in the USA. Ulker's President Murat Ulker said, "we have signed the agreement, and now we are leaving the building. Let's meet." They all had an Eid-al-Adha meal at Il Menestrello restaurant in New York. During the meal, Ulker executives said they bought two factories and the management center of the company in New York. At first, Godiva management thought "what kind of a company Ulker was" when Ulker submitted an offer together with world-famous companies like Nestle, Starbucks and Mars. Then, it changed its mind and sent a message to Ulker to visit the USA in a week and sign a contract.

126 MINOR TREMORS IN ANKARA

After the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that occurred in Ankara's Bala town on Thursday, 126 more tremors measuring over 2 on the Richter scale were recorded.

SABAH (LIBERAL)

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SPANISH RIVAL TO FENER, GERMAN TO CIMBOM

Fenerbahce will take on Sevilla of Spain in the Champions League, whereas Galatarasay's rival will be Bayer Leverkusen of Germany. Sevilla is the UEFA champion of the last two years. The first match will take place in Istanbul. Also, Galatasaray will play its first match in the first knockout round of the UEFA Cup in Istanbul.

MEETING OF CELEBRITIES IN MADRID

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan will participate in the First Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Madrid on January 15th-16th. He will meet Hollywood stars Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie and George Clooney on the sidelines of the meeting. On the other hand, Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero invited Turkish Nobel-laureate author Orhan Pamuk to the meeting.

VATAN (INDEPENDENT)

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HEAVY PROVOCATION

Sevahir Bayindir, an MP from the Democratic Society Party (DTP), paid a visit to the family of a PKK terrorists who died in the air strikes of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). She offered her condolences to the family of the terrorist. Sevahir Bayindir paid this visit and backed terrorists in days when a prosecutor filed a lawsuit against the DTP, demanding that it be closed. Therefore, this visit was qualified as a "heavy provocation."

THEY WORKED HARD TO INCITE US

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said state affairs cannot be carried out with heroism. "As I have always said, you will make a decision once and this will be your final decision. There were people who wanted to incite us. If we had been affected by these incitements, this strategy could not been put into practice," he told. Erdogan also said the air strikes were not staged to please some circles.

CUMHURIYET (LEFT)

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NO GROWTH CONFESSION

State Minister Mehmet Simsek, said the 4.8 percent growth target announced by PM Erdogan will not be reached and said Turkey would conclude the year with a growth rate of 4 percent. Simsek also announced that the 5 percent premium discount was postponed to 2009.

GOOD DRAW IN EUROPE

At the draw for the first knockout round of the Champions League which took place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday, Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce paired off with Sevilla (Spain) while Galatasaray --our representative in the UEFA cup-- paired off with Bayer Leverkusen.

Fenerbahce will play the first leg game on February 20th and Galatasaray on February 14th in Istanbul.

RADIKAL (LEFT)

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ULKER'S SUCCESS

Ulker Group recalled that they had been after Godiva since August and said many companies including Nestle and Mars had submitted offers before their purchase. Ulker earned prestige with the purchase of Godiva which has 450 boutiques in 80 countries.

BON VOYAGE

Fenerbahce, the only Turkish team competing in the champions league paired off with Sevilla of Spain. The first leg is in Istanbul on February. On the other hand, Galatasaray, our representative in the UEFA cup will take on Leverkusen to advance to the 4th round.

TURKIYE (RIGHT)

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2008 WILL BE A YEAR OF INVESTMENT

Turkey plans to kick off construction projects for its first nuclear power plant ,a third bridge on the Istanbul Strait, a bridge on the Canakkale Strait, a suspension bridge on Izmit Gulf, and a railway that will be connected to the Kars-Tbilisi railway, in the new year.

RACE FOR ARMAMENT

There are 9 million pistols in Turkey, 6.5 million of which are not registered. Some people carry it out of necessity, some because of their jobs. But bullets burst out of these pistols take lives. Here are some statistics;

-In half of the homicides in Turkey, the murder weapons are pistols.

-13 percents of injuries caused by gun shots result with deaths.

-Keeping a gun at your disposal at home increases the risk of murder by three times and the risk of suicide by five times.

ZAMAN (CONSERVATIVE)

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WHEN COMPETITION INCREASES, PRIVATE HOSPITALS ORGANIZE PUBLIC DAYS

New health implementations have increased the competition among the private hospitals. These hospitals started to launch interesting campaigns. They are setting "public days" like in markets and reduce the prices to the half. Thus, not only those with health insurance, but those without any insurance gain advantages from this application.

BUSINESSMEN SPEND FEAST IN EAST, THINK OF PERMANENT INVESTMENTS

Businessmen are visiting the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia regions with an initiative launched by the "Kimse Yok Mu" (Is there no one) Association. They are thinking of making permanent investments in these regions, and therefore in search of projects to raise employment there.

YENI SAFAK (CONSERVATIVE)

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CELL PHONE INSTEAD OF PASSPORT

Cell phones can be used as ID card, passport, driving licence and credit card as of 2010. Valimo DG Tapio Vailahti said everybody will start to use this technology in two years and cell phones can be used as ID card and passport in 2010. Vailahti said, "when police asks for your ID, they will send an SMS from their laptop to your cell phone. You will give your codes and send back a message. Thus, the police can understand you are the right person."

COMPETITION ESCALATES IN GOKTURK

Italian Telespazio, German OHB, British Eads Astrium firms are competing in the tender to assemble "Gokturk", the first spy satellite of Turkey. German OHM firm has prepared a simulation to raise its chance in the tender. In the simulation, there is a fixed ground center in Ankara, a mobile station in the West and a coordination center.

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