News archive of August 2017

They united their forces for Istanbul

The events Istanbul's prominent art institutions will organize one after another immediately after Eid al-Adha will leave their mark on the city.

If it's necessary to identify them by order of date, the Sakıp Sabancı Museum will host the Chinese dissident contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, who preoccupies himself with world issues on Sept. 12.

How was the bar lowered for Turkey's national income goals?

Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek's recent tweet on the size of Turkey's economy blatantly "trolls" those who are closest to him. Following his tweet, which referred to the country's purchasing power parity (PPP), Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım joined the chorus of those proclaiming that "we have attained our 2023 goals."

Another kind of tourism is possible

Dionysus, the son of Zeus, is the god of viticulture, fertility, wine and ecstasy in ancient Greek myth. Music, songs, dance and wine would always be in abundance in the places where he set foot.

For this reason, the rooms of the Dionysos Hotel, located in Alıç, in the Marmaris district of southern Turkey, were labelled with the names of various kinds of wine.

Bodrum's white against insects, blue against the evil eye

The century-old lily-white houses of Bodrum, a popular resort town in the western province of Muğla, are known for their wooden doors, blue windows and bougainvilleas.

It is popularly believed that the white paint of the houses, which give Bodrum such a distinctive look, keeps away insects while the blue windows combat the "evil eye."

International interest in Anatolian fossils discovered in Kırşehir's Kurutlu village

Academics from Germany, United States, Spain and Switzerland have shown great interest in fossils, dating back seven to eight million years ago, of vertebrate animals such as elephants, giraffes, rhinoceroses and cats. The fossils had been discovered in the ongoing archaeological excavations in the Kurutlu village of the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir's Kaman district.

Scoreless Greece gets gift from Cyprus

Greece failed to beat Estonia at home, conceding a goalless draw on Thursday in Piraeus for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but the triumph of Cyprus over Bosnia in Nicosia (3-2) has stretched the advantage the Greeks have over the Bosnians to two points, with three games left to play in the group.

Employment subsidy proposal gets nod from European Parliament

The European Parliament's Employment Committee has accepted a proposal from Greece's Alternate Labor Minister Rania Antonopoulou for the exemption of expenditure for combating unemployment from calculations of state deficits and debts according to the Stability Pact.

Residential property price fall eases

The decline of residential property prices continued in the second quarter of the year, according to figures released on Thursday by the Bank of Greece, at a time when many were hoping the market would bottom out and start to stabilize.

New trading regulations boost local honey, olive oil

The main idea behind new rules for product trading and service supply published on Thursday in the Government Gazette that will apply as of September 20 appears to be providing consumers with more information, while fines for those who break the law are seen dropping by up to 60 percent.