FIRST STEP TO FREEDOM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the coup constitution will disappear in history thanks to the "Yes" votes to be cast at the referendum. "This will be the first step for a new constitution," Erdogan said.
ARCELIK SETS EYE ON GIANT BRANDS
Director General Levent Cakiroglu of Turkish household appliances manufacturer Arcelik said that his company had been following several major foreign brands closely. Commenting on Arcelik's growth plans, Cakiroglu said his firm was chasing opportunities in countries like Italy and Greece.
"The crisis dragged down the prices, however, they request double price when we are the customer," Cakiroglu said.
THIS DREAM TO BE CROWNED WITH CHAMPIONSHIP
Defender Omer Onan of the Turkish national basketball team, which has defeated Slovenia at the World Basketball Championship and advanced to semi-finals for the first time in its history, delivered a statement to Zaman daily prior to Turkey's game with Serbia. "We are having a dream-like tournament. The audience pushes us. I will stop Serbia's Teodosic at the semi-finals game," Onan said.
HANDICAPPED MAY STAY AT HOME IF NO HELP EXTENDED
The referendum package offers positive discrimination for handicapped people. However, millions of disabled citizens, who will be given numerous rights with the constitutional package, may not be able to get out of their houses to cast votes at the referendum. Higher Board of Election (YSK) only takes into consideration the applications made before the announcement of electoral lists and does not listen to other requests. Unless foundations extend help, it is hard for the handicapped to reach ballot boxes.
"IF YOU SOLVE ISSUE, I WILL STREW YOUR PATH WITH ROSES"
Recalling a statement of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu who said that he would solve headscarf issue, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "if he solves it, I will strew his path with roses."
MOST PROFITABLE INVESTMENT IS 'YES'
Economist Suleyman Yasar said that 'yes' votes for the constitutional amendment package in the referendum would yield new opportunities for the business world. Businessman Ahmet Nazif Zorlu said that 'yes' votes would make positive impact on markets.
"TURKS ARE LIKE ROCKETS"
The 12 Giant Men's defeating Slovenia at quarter finals was covered widely by the world media. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sport wrote, "Turks will not give up until they get the gold medal", while Spanish El Pais said, "Turks were like rockets". USA's ESPN also said that it expected the Turkish team to defeat Serbia.
ENEMY OF TURKS RESIGNS
German Central Bank's board member Thilo Sarrazin, who is known for his racist views and who has criticized Turks and Muslims in his book titled "Germany destroys itself", has resigned from his position. The inaccurate statements in Sarrazin's book had been covered by German magazine Der Spiegel.
THEY WILL REGRET
Republican People's Party's (CHP) former chairman Deniz Baykal said, if majority votes in favor of the constitutional package at the upcoming referendum, those who cast "Yes" votes will later deny it when they see the actual danger.
Baykal said a political party's radical and marginal theses were imposed on Turkey, adding that the country would be divided if majority voted "Yes" in the referendum.
"I WILL SPREAD ROSES WHERE HE WALKS"
Addressing citizens after attending a feast prayer, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's recent remarks in which he said that he would solve the headscarf issue.
"I wish he did. If he does, I will spread roses on the ground he walks," Erdogan said.
TURKEY'S AID TO PAKISTAN REACHES $92.5 MLN
Turkey's aid to flood-hit Pakistan has reached 104 million TL (92.5 million U.S. dollars). Numerous nongovernmental organizations continue their campaigns for this country. The United Nations earlier announced that 460 million U.S. dollars of urgent aid was needed for Pakistan. Turkey, which ranked the 56th in the list of the world's richest countries, collected 20 percent of this amount on its own.
HRANT DINK PLAYGROUND
A park in Kinaliada in Istanbul will be given name of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was shot dead outside his newspaper's offices on January 19, 2007. The Hrant Dink playground will be opened on Saturday with participation of Dink's wife Rakel Dink.
IF TURKISH TEAM IS CHAMPION, THEY WILL HAVE HIGH PREMIUM
If "12 Giant Men" rank the first in the 2010 World Basketball Championship, they will be given a high amount of premium that has never been seen before in Turkish sports history. Turkish national basketball team captain Hidayet Turkoglu said after they defeated Slovenia at the 2010 World Basketball Championship that the team deserved every kind of support. After statement of Turkoglu, Youth and Sports Director General Yunus Akgul said, "if Turkish team becomes champion, I will give them a blank check."
BAHCELI CRITICIZES PREMIER
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who made a speech after feast prayer. Bahceli said that politics should not be brought to mosque.
800 METERS TO DISASTER
A Turkish Airlines (THY) plane that was landing at London's Heathrow Airport came face to face with a small jet. THY's Boeing 777 Plane with 232 passengers aboard was getting prepared for landing at Heathrow on July 27, 2009 and it was allowed to descend to 4,000 feet. Right at that moment, the tower permitted a small German jet that had taken off from City Airport to rise up to 3,000 feet. As the pilot of the jet misunderstood the tower's instruction, the two aircrafts came so close that the distance between them was only half a mile. A disaster was prevented thanks to THY's assistant pilot's quick maneuver.
DEMOCRACY IS A TOOL FOR HAPPINESS
In Wall Street Journal's interview with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the reporter asked Erdogan whether he still considered democracy as a "tool", not a "goal", as he had stated in several statements in 1990s. "Yes, I still believe that. I think Wall Street Journal should also think like that. The ultimate goal is people's happiness. Democracy and religions should be tools to achieve that goal," Erdogan said.
ERDOGAN SAYS 'YES' VOTES WILL BOOST ECONOMY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that result of the referendum would probably affect economy. Erdogan said that 'yes' votes would boost economy. "We will have an improved democracy. Economy will also be improved. 'No' votes will delay flow of global capital into the country," he said.
TURKEY FOCUSES ON FINAL
After Turkish basketball team achieved a victory against Slovenia, Omer Asik and Kerem Gonlum, stars of 12 Giant Men, told Sabah daily that they always aimed at advancing to final. Gonlum said that they fixed their eyes on final match.