The Central Bank of Turkey unveiled a currency sign for Turkish lira, reflecting the government's ambitions to further strengthen the lira as a global currency and to boost the country's standing as a major international actor.
The symbol is a double-crossed "L," shaped like an anchor. The anchor shape hopes to convey that the currency is a "safe harbor" while the upward facing lines represent its rising prestige, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a ceremony at the Central Bank unveiling the symbol.
The Turkish lira has a symbol now, just like the US dollar, the euro and the yen, Erdoğan said, noting that the introduction of a symbol for the lira is not just a technical operation. It signifies a renewed value and prestige for our national currency, the reawakening of a nation and its re-emergence as a global actor, he said at the ceremony.
The symbol was endorsed after a contest, which Erdoğan said elicited about 8,000 submissions. The prime minister also said the introduction of the new sign was a new phase in a process of strengthening the lira. In 2005, Turkey created a new currency after removing six zeroes from the lira.
The redenominated lira, called the New Turkish Lira (YTL), was in circulation until Dec. 31, 2008. On Jan. 1, 2009, the word new was removed from the name of the second lira.
The lira, ranked by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's least valuable currency in 1995 and 1996 and again from 1999 to 2004, stabilized against the US dollar and the euro over the past several years.
We did not pay attention to pessimistic and negative comments and completed the process of removing six zeros with almost no problem. Our people and institutions quickly adopted the new lira, Erdoğan told the news conference.
The start of the Turkish football competition has been delayed for more than a month. The reason for the delay is the invesigation into the match fixing scandal in Turkish football. A few major teams have been involved in this scandal. The Turkish Football Federatio announced that the first round of the league this year will no longer take place on 5 August but on 9 September instead. The Turkish courts have so far arrested 31 people, among whom the presindent of last year's champions Fenerbahçe, while awaiting trial.
The main focus of the investigation is the last game of Fenerbahçe last season; thanks to the 4-3 victory against Sivasspor, They won the championship.
Earlier, the Super Cup match due on 31 July, of champion Fenerbahçe against Cup winner Beşiktaş, had already been delayed.
In the second quarter of 2011 - April, May and June - tourism income increased 17.8% compared to the same period of the previous year. The total tourism income is determined at $5,372,189,266 at second quarter of 2011. 83.5% of this income is obtained from foreign visitors, 16.5% is from Turkish citizens residing outside Turkey.
Formula 1 racing will not return to Turkey in the 2012 racing. A revised calendar featuring 20 races for next F1 season left İstanbul off the list. Turkey has hosted the race since 2005 but attendances have been poor, especially the past few years. The Turkish Grand Prix had been on a 21-race schedule released by governing body the FIA in June, but now has been dropped from the calendar.
Russians bought th most property in lanya in 2010 and the first half of 2011. 504 Russians bought a house out here in this period, according to data released by the Tapu and Land Registry. The Russiand were fallowed by 406 Norwegians, 255 Germans, 242 Danes, 165 Swedes, 153 Durch, 133 Fins, 89 English, 87 Belgians and 85 Irish... (Taken from Yeni Alanya Daily News)
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