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Arcelik Receives Prestigious International Manufacturing Award


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Arçelik Receives Prestigious International Manufacturing Award

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ISTANBUL, April 10, 2017

ISTANBUL, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Global home appliances company Arçelik received JIPM TPM World Class award with its refrigerator factory in Turkey. Arçelik, mother company of Beko, has been the first home appliances company globally to receive this award.

Arçelik A.Ş. (ARCLK: IST), Global home appliances company Arçelik’s refrigerator factory in Eskişehir, Turkey, received the world’s top award for manufacturing excellence. Presented by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance​, the World Class Total Production Maintenance Award recognizes facilities that have achieved outstanding levels of production reliability and efficiency. In the past 40 years, only 20 companies, worldwide, have received this accolade. Arçelik, mother company of Beko, has been the first home appliances company globally to receive this award.

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The JIPM award system judges the results of a plant’s activities and presents awards at five progressive levels: Excellence, Consistency, Special, Advanced Special and World Class. It takes about 15 years for a plant to go from the first to the highest level.

About Arçelik Factory in Eskişehir

Founded in 1975 factory employs more than 3.500 people. With an annual production capacity over 4 million units, the factory exported 63% of its products to more than 100 countries in 2016. The facilities have also the first refrigerator recycling plant of Turkey. The Eskisehir Refrigerator Factory first applied to TPM in 2002 and since then the full dedication of all employees in the factory, the properly designed TPM Office structure and uninterrupted support from top management since the very beginning were the most important factors that brought this unique success of the Eskişehir Management on the TPM journey.

About Arçelik
Founded in 1955 as a subsidiary of Koç Holding, Turkey’s largest industrial conglomerate, today Arçelik is a worldwide producer and marketer of consumer durables and consumer electronics with 30,000 employees and 18 manufacturing facilities in Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, South Africa, Thailand and Pakistan. The company operates in 145 countries and manages 11 brands [Beko, Grundig, Blomberg, Defy, Arctic, Dawlance, Leisure, Flavel, Altus, ElektraBregenz].

CONTACT: Mehin Öner: mehin.oner@arcelik.com, + 90 212 314 36 45

LC Waikiki Opens First Stores in Indonesia and Kenya


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LC Waikiki Opens First Stores in Indonesia and Kenya

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ISTANBUL, March 28, 2017

ISTANBUL, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

LC Waikiki, one of the world’s leading fashion retail brands, has today opened its first store in Indonesia shortly after the opening of their first store in Kenya.

The grand opening of the LC Waikiki store in the Gandaria City Mall Jakarta took place on Friday, 24th of March from 6 PM onwards. The store is the first in the Asia Pacific region and the grandeur of the opening was set to match the importance. The red carpet ceremony included the presence of VIP guests, famous artists, actors/actresses, and celebrities who were invited to celebrate the opening of the store.

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The grand opening of LC Waikiki’s first store in Jakarta was hosted by the LC Waikiki Sub Saharan Africa and Asia Operations Director Mr. İlker Hacıoğlu and LC Waikiki Regional Manager Mr.Ozan Baş. The store opening was enlivened by the presence of Isabella Damla and Emre Kıvılcım who are Turkish, actress and actor from Elif TV Series, along with the attendance of Patricia Gouw as the MC and DJ RBA.

Last month LC Waikiki, also opened their first store in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Two Rivers Mall, in Nairobi, as part of its growth strategy. The entry into the Kenyan market is seen as a step towards increasing its footprint in Africa, with the store in Nairobi being the main launch pad.

LC Waikiki, established in 1988, has been offering service under LC Waikiki Mağazacılık in Turkey since 1997 and dresses people up with the motto “Everyone Deserves to Dress Well” alongside sticking with the “affordable fashion” approach. LC Waikiki’s journey to growth has been continuing for 20 years. LC Waikiki, one of the leaders of the ready-to-wear industry, currently offers service with more than 750 stores and 35.000 employees in 37 countries.


CONTACT: Rabia Gülsah Salgin , telephone: +90-0536-699-01-57, email: GULSAH.SALGIN@Lcwaikiki.com

Frederic Lafargue Wins Photo of the Year 2017 at Anadolu Agency’s 3rd Istanbul Photo Awards


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Frederic Lafargue Wins Photo of the Year 2017 at Anadolu Agency’s 3rd Istanbul Photo Awards

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ISTANBUL, March 27, 2017

ISTANBUL, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Taken by French photographer Frederic Lafargue for Paris Match, a powerful image showing a difficult escape from Daesh was chosen Photo of the Year 2017 by the international jury of the 3rd Istanbul Photo Awards.

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The photo titled “Escaping Daesh” is displaying the fearful passage of a pregnant woman who was trying to reach a safe place under very hard conditions, at the risk of her life, from a district close to Mosul surrounded by terrorist group Daesh.

Aris Messinis won first prize for Story News he covered for AFP. Adam Pretty was awarded for Single Sports while Patrick Smith got first prize for Story Sports. Mary Gelman was awarded for Story Portrait but no photos were deemed worthy by the jury to receive award for the Single Portrait category. Kemal Jufri won first prize for Story Nature & Environment and Johnny Miller won first prize for Single Nature & Environment. The jury awarded Hosam Salem, a freelance photographer based in Gaza with the Young Photographer Award. For an overview of all the winners, visit: http://istanbulphotoawards.com/Default.aspx

The photos were judged by a jury of international professionals in Cappadocia on March 19-22, 2017. Turkish Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of the contest. Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) also supports the event.

2017 Jury

Returning as jury members were Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Media Consultant Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel, and Anadolu Agency Photography Editor Fırat Yurdakul.

Other members of the 2017 jury include: Digital Editor of the French newsweekly Paris Match Marion Mertens, NOOR agency photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev, Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer, and Liza Factor, a curator who is famous for her multimedia works.

For more about the jury members, visit http://istanbulphotoawards.com/Jury.aspx

Yuri Kozyrev said, “I am really glad, satisfied and proud that this picture is a winner. I think it is very important to remind people what is happening in Iraq. I remember when I saw this picture on the front page of NYT. I was so impressed that he got there at the right time, right place and at that time there were not much refugees escaping. After that we have seen thousands of thousands of people trying to escape. I think there is some kind of intimacy. The way the photograph was taken is something different than what we have seen after that. The photographer managed to capture something important in advance. He showed us the first sign of the problem. For me, it is not cliché. It is an amazing moment.”

A total of US$133,000 cash prize

The contest awarded prizes to 22 photographers from 17 countries. The winner of the Photo of the Year receive cash prize of US$10,000 and the first prizes in all categories receive cash prizes of US$8,000. Second-place winners receive a cash prize of US$5,000, while third-place winners get US$3,000. Young Photographer winner also gets US$3,000.

For more information on the contest, visit http://istanbulphotoawards.com/


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TRT World – Women on War


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TRT World – Women on War

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ISTANBUL, March 8, 2017

ISTANBUL, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Reporting from the Front Line

TRT World’s special round table to be broadcast on International Women’s Day

8 March 2017

On 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day, TRT World will broadcast and showcase special coverage called: Women on War – Reporting from the Front Line.

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A 26-minute special round-table discussion hosted by Stavroula Logothettis, featuring TRT World’s Zeina Awad and Nicole Johnston, independent journalist and former Al Jazeera correspondent Sue Turton, CNN’s Arwa Damon and Shelly Kittleson from Al Monitor. There are also Q&A’s and one on one interviews with the five participants.

Reporting from a war zone is hard for anyone but female correspondents on the front line face unique challenges. On International Women’s Day, TRT World brings you five veteran journalists with extensive experience in conflict zones, to share their stories behind the stories. How does gender impact their ability to gather news? How do TV networks treat women in the field? And what are the personal costs associated with covering war? All that and more…

The special coverage of Women on War – Reporting from the Front Line can be found at http://www.trtworld.com/womenonwar

“Women on War – Reporting from the Front Line”

Programme length: 26 minutes

Broadcast: March 8 at 15:30 GMT

About TRT World

TRT World is a platform of news outlets that inspires change within the world through its diverse reporting.

It is headquartered in and broadcasting from the crossroads of East and West- Istanbul, Turkey. In addition, it has three more broadcast centers located in London, Washington DC and Singapore and an extensive global bureau network covering major regions and hot spots.

Strategically designed to maximize its global reach, it is broadly available in all major English-speaking territories and can be accessed via traditional media, including free-to-air, cable and satellite, and other digital platforms, including mobiles, desktops and social media. A distinctive voice to the global news landscape, this is TRT World.

Address: Ahmet Adnan Saygun cad. No:83, 34340, Ulus, İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90-212-326-30-00
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Website: http://www.trtworld.com

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CONTACT: Suheyla van Taarling, suheyla.vantaarling@trtworld.com

Zain Group Selects Verscom Solutions’ ODINE to Efficiently Manage Wholesale Business


Zain Group Selects Verscom Solutions’ ODINE to Efficiently Manage Wholesale Business

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ISTANBUL and KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, February 24, 2017

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– Intelligent solution to support Zain’s expanding business

Verscom Solutions, a market leading Systems Integrator and an innovative Cloud PaaS/SaaS Service Provider, announces that Zain, a leading telecom innovator across the Middle East and Africa, has selected Verscom Solutions’ ODINE, a suite of intelligent wholesale voice business management applications that enable operators to more efficiently and effectively manage their wholesale interconnect voice business.

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“In order for us to succeed in the competitive Wholesale Voice business, we needed a geographically resilient intelligent B/OSS that could scale to meet our expanding business,” said Mr. Henri Kassab, Managing Director, International, Wholesale & Roaming of Zain Group. “We chose Verscom Solutions’ ODINE due to its dynamic routing policy and its integrated approach, which greatly simplifies enforcing our operational control.”

ODINE provides flexible policy driven routing, route optimization, offer management, rating, billing, number portability, technical and business reporting & analytics, as well as dispute management.

“Cooperating with Zain Group is a phenomenal opportunity for mutual growth,” said Alper Tunga Burak, Managing Partner of Verscom Solutions. “We’re delighted to be chosen by Zain and look forward to many years of working together”

About Zain

Zain is a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over 47 million active customers as of 31 December, 2016. With a commercial presence in 8 countries, Zain operates in: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the Group manages ‘touch’ on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in ‘INWI’, through a joint venture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (stock ticker: ZAIN).

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About Verscom Solutions

Verscom Solutions is a leading Systems Integrator and a Cloud PaaS/SaaS Service Provider to Communication Service Providers as well as Wholesale Voice/Data Aggregators across the globe.

Our “Go Cloud” Service bundles ODINE which provides flexible policy driven routing, route optimization, offer management, rating, billing, number portability, technical and business reporting & analytics, as well as dispute management, with best-of-breed SBC, TDM/SIP Interworking services on the cloud.

With regional offices in Istanbul, London, Dubai and Lahore, Verscom Solutions’ geographical presence, experience, and cultural fluency bridges Europe and Asia, while uniquely serving emerging markets across Africa. For more, please email info or visit:


Name: Gokce Bilgili, telephone: +90-2122757484, email: info

“July 15- Betrayal and Resistance” Themed International Short Film Competition


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“July 15- Betrayal and Resistance” Themed International Short Film Competition

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ISTANBUL, February 6, 2017

ISTANBUL, February 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Betrayal and resistance themed films will compete at July 15- Betrayal and Resistance themed International Short Film Competition organised by Çekmeköy Municipality.

Çekmeköy, one of the districts in Istanbul, organised in 2016 a “justice and mercy” themed international short film under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The theme of the second short film competition was determined as betrayal and resistance” inspired from the people of Turkey’s reaction to a group of occupying, terrorising coup plotters that had been infiltrated into the Turkish Armed Forces and the state bureaucracy, attempting to overthrow the legitimate government of Turkey on July 15, 2016.

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Çekmeköy International Short Film Competition will be a tribute, in the form of short films, to thousands stories of resistance to betrayal on the night of 15th of July. The competition will welcome international participants, which will pave the way for interpretation of attempted betrayal on July 15 from different artists’ perspectives. The competition further aims to handle the phenomenon of ‘betrayal and resistance’ manifested by our public against this initiative as a heroic resistance from social, cultural and artistic frameworks.

Ahmet Poyraz, the Mayor of Çekmeköy Municipality is the project owner and the jury is formed by Directors Mustafa Şevki Doğan and Mesut Uçakan, Sociologist Erol Erdoğan, well-known actors Turgay Tanülkü and Hakan Boyav, journalists Metin Yüksel, and Meryem İlayda Atlas.


Awards will be presented to the short films ranking in the competition after preliminary selection board and jury evaluations at a ceremony on July 13. The first, second and third rank short films will be entitled with 30 thousand, 20 thousand and 15 thousand prize respectively. In addition to this, Şehit Ömer Halisdemir Special Award is 12 thousand TL, jury’s special award is 10 thousand TL and 5 selected films will be entitled to an honourable mention prize of 5 thousand TL each. In total 112 thousand prize will be given as awards for the competition.


Fiction, animation, documentary and experimental films produced in digital format with no longer than 15 minutes, and pointing to “Betrayal and Resistance” will be welcomed for the competition. Applications will be accepted online at http://www.ihanetvedirenis.com until June 2, 2017. Films will be evaluated in terms of script, direction, fiction, camera-light and main title criteria.




CONTACT: Cem Mutlu, +90-542-2415753

Marlborough Gallery to Show “Journey from East to West” by Ahmet Gune  tekin


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Marlborough Gallery to Show “Journey from East to West” by Ahmet Güneştekin

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ISTANBUL, January 11, 2017

ISTANBUL, January 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Marlborough Gallery presents the exhibition Journey from East to West in New York, by the Turkish Kurdish artist Ahmet Güneştekin whose sculpture Kostantiniyye has been protested, censored and eventually removed from the space where it was installed in Istanbul recently.

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In Journey from East to West, a kind of mini-retrospective is in play, showing off Güneştekin’s talent in a variety of mediums, from paintings, reliefs, carpets, kilims, and patchworks, to his most recent forays in sculpture. The exhibition, curated by New York based art critic and historian Matthew Drutt, will open on the 11th of January, 2017.

Güneştekin has been working on a breakout series of sculptures in ceramic and metal recently that represent the greatest stylistic transformation his work has undergone in more than a decade. The series carries the general title Dhul Qarnayn which it is referred to as “he of the two horns” in the Qu’ran. He has rendered the idea of Dhul Qarnayn in a series of grotesquely beautiful ceramic urns containing ornate skulls and horns that radiate from and through the walls of the urns, as if he is a Medusa figure.

The curator identifies the works as a chaotic sea of forms leaping out into space. The objects are circular, and the orb is at the center and rendered in metallic mirror. This allows the reliefs to change depending on where they are installed, since they reflect their surroundings, but also inscribe the viewer into them as they too are reflected when looking at the object head on.

“If his references seem eclectic, it’s a deceptive impression, because they are rooted in a common and consistent interest in the way in which the universes different cultures have imagined and the peoples who create them share common, and in some cases opposing, beliefs,” clarifies Matthew Drutt. “In turn, these realms contain parables that have implications for contemporary society, be they in conflict or otherwise.”

The exhibition by Ahmet Güneştekin, whose works appears simultaneously ancient and modern, will be open to visit until February 4 at Marlborough Gallery.

CONTACT: Nilgun zten, nilgun.ozten@gsmsanat.com, +90-549-520-73-93

LC Waikiki Launches a “New Year” collection


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LC Waikiki Launches a “New Year” collection

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ISTANBUL, December 12, 2016

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Pieces of the “New Year” Collection Which are Designed by Autumn&Winter Trend Inspirations and With Feminine Touches are Produced as Limited Edition.

The main colors of LC Waikiki New Year collection, which is designed with ” All the lights will be on you in the New Year” motto, are black, burgundy, merlot, saphire blue, ivory, gold and metallic tones.

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Dresses one smarter than other of the “New Year” collection which is created by using mainly different fabrics contain luxury touches such as plush velvet, glittered pleats, tonal sequins. They are ready to be worn by the ones who desire to welcome the new year by making a big difference.

In between the “musts” of LC Waikiki’s “New Year” collection: printed, fit&flare dresses, ribbon on the back velvet dresses, peplum overalls, pencil skirts, maxi and bodycon dresses draw the attention.

About LC Waikiki

LC Waikiki’s journey started in 1988, continuing after 1997 as a Turkish brand under the umbrella of LC Waikiki Mağazacılık Hizmetleri Ticaret A.Ş. Today LC Waikiki trades in more than 700 stores in 33 countries and almost with 32.500 employess, with the company’s mottos which are “Everyone Deserves to Dress Well” and “Accesible fashion” enabling people to enjoy accessible fashion through quality products at affordable prices.


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