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    Alex Salmond cleared of sex charges

    Scotland's former First Minister has been cleared of all sexual assault charges - including attempted rape - by a jury in Edinburgh. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/23/alex-salmond-acquitted-of-all-charges-in-sexual-assault-trial
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    Easyjet £29 Xmas sale

    Easyjet has released its autumn/winter flights with one way prices fixed at £29.99 including taxes if booked before midnight on 24 March. They have also reduced hold baggage prices to £14 per sector. The airline is also operating Dalaman to Gatwick twice a week during the winter, and Manchester...
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    Pegasus plane breaks in half

    A Pegasus Airlines plane literally broke in half as it skid off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen tonight. Amazingly there were no reports of fatalities amongst the 177 passengers and crew. Turkish TV was showing live streams of the rescue operations in both sections of the split aircraft...
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    SGK 15% increased premium

    As expected, following the 15% increase in the Turkish minimum wage, the SGK premium for foreigners (GSS) has increased by the same % amount to 706.32tl. In recent years the increase has always matched that of the minimum wage - last year increasing by 26%. The increase takes effect from 1...
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    15% Turkish wage rise

    The Turkish minimum wage will rise by 15% from January 1st. The increase will take the rate to 2325tl per month (just over £300). If previous years are to be followed, foreigners will see their SGK go up by the same % amount...
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    Mobile contracts for foreigners

    Turkcell are now offering a full range of mobile phone contracts for foreigners with residence permits who sign up for a new number and a 12 month deal. Previously yabancis have been restricted to pay as you go. To sign up you need to provide your passport, ikhamet and proof of address, either a...
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    Isbank GBP charges

    Isbank has started charging a fee to withdraw GBP from its cash machines, following Garanti's decision to charge last year. Isbank is charging a flat fee of £4 per transaction whatever the amount of GBP you take out. However it has also dropped the daily amount you can take from £500 a day to...
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    Xmas flights £53 return

    Anyone wanting a Xmas trip back to the UK can pick up a bargain with Thomas Cook. Flights from Dalaman to Gatwick on 23 December for £19.99 and return 3 January £32.99
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    50%off pet food

    Until 4 October there is 50% off all pet foods at Migros and their other companies including Kipa and Macrocenter. A good time to stock up for your pets and any animal shelter donations.
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    24 dead in Turkish train crash

    Turkey train crash: 24 die and 318 are injured following heavy rain | Daily Mail Online
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    Hospital appointments App

    Anyone who has used the 182 phone number to book appointments at Turkey's Devlet hospitals and had problems speaking or understanding Turkish can now use a new App - in English. The 182 Merkezi app let's you book appointments at all Turkey's Devlet hospitals and gives all available times and...
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    SGK 2018 increase

    Following the increase in the Turkish minimum wage foreigners paying into the SGK will find their premiums increase this month by 61TL to around 487TL a month. Some SGK news sites are quoting the new GSS premium as a few kurus under 487TL and others a few kurus over! The SGK premium usually...
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    TLF Name Change

    At a time when big business is spending millions of dollars rebranding companies and products we have loved for years, I would like to offer my services free to rebrand TLF. After carefully and methodically studying the path this once bastion of advice on all things Turkish seems to be following...
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    Fatal hot air balloon crash

    Sad to see another hot air balloon crash in Capaddocia has left one dead and 20 injured. The 3rd so far this year. Hot air balloon crash in Turkey kills 1 tourist, hurts 20 | Daily Mail Online
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    Colon cancer checks

    Family doctors in Turkey are offering free colon cancer checks to residents, including foreigners, between the ages of 50 and 70. Doctors at your local health clinic (Saglik Ocagi) will give you a self-test pack, either on a routine visit or by request as part of a national cancer awareness...
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    Easyjet Seat sale now on

    Easyjet flights from 26 March to 25 June will go on sale on Thursday 6 October. Those for 26 June to 10 September will be released in early November. https://www.easyjet.com/en/schedule-release
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    Interesting Read

    A long read from The Guardian but interesting. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/30/welcome-to-demokrasi-how-erdogan-got-more-popular-than-ever?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
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    Migros to buy Kipa

    Talks are underway for Migros to buy loss making Kipa - part of the Tesco Group. Tesco in talks with Migros for sale of Turkish subsidiary Kipa - Daily Sabah
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    Many dead in Ankara car bomb

    TV News are reporting five people have died in a car bomb explosion in Ankara. At least 10 injured and according to the AKP it was "a terrorist incident." http://www.itv.com/news/story/2016-02-17/five-dead-after-ankara-explosion/ Five dead in Ankara car bomb, city governor says | World news...
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    Turkish Airlines bomb threat

    A Turkish Airlines plane bound for Istanbul from the USA has been diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland after a handwritten bomb threat was found on bound. All passengers and crew were disembarked safely. Turkish Airlines flight lands in Ireland after handwritten bomb found | Daily Mail Online
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