Updated News on Earthquake in Turkey

The earth is literally shaking as much as the rest of the people in the world are shaken by earthquakes here and then.  Today, another strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6 hit Turkey.  As of this moment, it is reported that 41 people are dead and we know that many else are missing.

Kovancilar, Turkey is one of the most affected villages in the country.  Most structures and homes in the village are made of bricks of mud.  Around a hundred plus are injured and the count goes high as the people are just trying to get up to figure out what to do next with their disgruntled homes.

This is intial news and we have more updates as the rest of the world awakes and realizes that another calamity is at rise.  Stay updated with news on Turkey Earthquake by subscribing to World Correspondents.

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Secrets In Cooking Turkey Perfectly

Turkey becomes the main dish of the all homes on Thanksgiving. So how are we going to cook it to perfection?

Take note of the following:

1. Get the right size bird.
Consumption per person is approximately around 1 to 1-1/4 pounds of turkey. But if you are having a big feast, it’s better to roast two smaller turkey than a big one because the chances of overcooking is lesser.

2. Have your turkey totally thawed and cleaned.
It is best to thaw your turkey, in its original wrapping, inside the refrigerator. Other methods such as running cold water over it or placing it in a microwave oven are not safe because of the chance of bacterial growth and contamination.

Time Required to Thaw a Turkey
8 to 12 lbs. – 2 to 3 Days
13 to 16 lbs.- 3 to 4 Days
17 to 20 lbs.- 4 to 5 Days
21 to 24 lbs.- 5 to 6 Days

3. Brining
The turkey is soaked in a cooked, then cooled, flavored salt water. When done right, brining adds moisture to the turkey, making the breast meat able to stand being overcooked a bit in order to ensure the dark meat is cooked through. Brined turkeys also cook faster.

4. Remove the neck and the giblets
Remove the giblets and neck then rinse the turkey with cold water and pat dry. Transfer it your prepared roasting pan. Brush the outer skin with peanut oil. Place cut oranges and a few sprigs of rosemary in the cavity. Roast according to the directions below.

5. Don’t stuff the turkey!
Stuffing must be cooked to its own proper temperature. In order to make sure the stuffing is cooked thoroughly, you will have to extend the cooking time for the turkey. And that means dried out, overcooked turkey. It’s better and safer to cook the stuffing outside of the turkey.

6. Use a thermometer and cook it to the proper temperature.
The basic reason most turkeys are dried out is because they are overcooked. In the past, the USDA recommended cooking a turkey to 180 degrees, a sure-fire way to guarantee all bacteria was killed. Problem was, so was all the flavor and moisture. Now the USDA says it is safe to cook a turkey to 165 degrees F, as measured by a digital thermometer.

Chefs have known this all along. In fact, most chefs pull their turkeys out of the oven at 155 to 160 degrees and let them rest 30 minutes or so until the residual heat cooks the turkey all the way through. But chefs are also very careful in keeping the turkey at the proper temperature (35 to 38 degrees F) before it even reaches the oven. After all, that’s when the bacteria grows.

7. Don’t use the pop-up timer.
They are normally set to pop at 180 degrees F — way too high, which means you’ll have a very overcooked bird. Remember, meat continues to cook after it comes out of the oven. A turkey cooked to 180 degrees will end up at 190 or 195 degrees and will almost certainly be dried out.

8. Skip the basting.
It doesn’t do anything to add moisture to the turkey, and it forces you to cook the turkey longer, because you’re opening the oven door frequently. Remember, the longer you cook it, the more chances you have your turkey will be dried out.

9. Cover the breast with foil one hour into cooking.
Since the legs and thighs have to cook to a higher temperature (170-175 degrees F) than the breast meat (160-165 degrees F), the white meat will almost certainly get done before the dark meat. To help keep the breast meat from drying out, cover the breast with foil about an hour into cooking.

10. Let it rest.
Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest 30 minutes before carving. for it allows the residual heat to keep cooking the turkey and it allows the turkey juices to redistribute, keeping the turkey moist.

USA vs Turkey FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals Results and Highlights

USA vs Turkey FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals Results and Highlights – It will be the greatest day and the greatest year for United States Basketball. This day will be dubbed as the day were they reclaimed their crown at the FIBA World Championship 2010. The USA is the new FIBA World Champions.

Team USA defeated host team Turkey, 81-64. Again, it was Kevin Durant who lead Team USA in its third consecutive victory from the quarterfinals to today’s championship. This effectively ended a 16-year wait for the USA, who had not won this tournament since 1994.

The game looked more like a one-sided game for the United States, except for the first minutes of the game where Turkey lead 17-14. Team USA then begin an assault of 11 unanswered points and start the early second quarter with 25-17. The USA stayed in front the rest of the game.

Durant gave Team USA their first double digit lead, midway during the second period at 31-21. Turkey however had not surrendered the game yet and played good basketball to try to overcome the lead and the plays of Team USA. Hedo Turkoglu of Turkey led the assault but it seems the Americans have prepared really hard for this game.

Durant finished with a game-high 28 points and seven three point shots.

Mike Kryzewski, USA head coach was asked after the game if what championship is more important, is it this championship or the Olympic Gold. Kryzewski answered, “This championship meant a lot because we have a very young team. It meant a lot to all of us. This was very special. We hadn’t won the World Championship since 1994 and we, as a country, are trying to show great respect for the World Championships which I’m not sure we did a decade ago. I mean it’s twice as big in terms of the number of teams participating than the Olympics. But the Olympics meant a lot too.”

Kevin Durant was selected as the FIBA World Championship 2010 MVP. Durant averaged 22.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as his team went undefeated in Turkey. Beside the MVP Trophy, he was also given a kind Tissot T-Touch Expertwatch by Francois Thiebaud, the President of FIBA Global Partners Tissot.

USA vs Turkey at FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals: Schedule and TV Coverage

USA vs Turkey at FIBA World Championship 2010 Finals: TV Coverage and Schedule – The United States and Turkey will meet for the finals of the FIBA World Championship 2010. It was surprising that a neophyte Team USA managed to get this far. It was their best so far since 1994 when they won the FIBA Championship.

Kevin Durant powered Team USA with his explosive 38 points, with 17 of those in the first quarter. Duran now holds the new American single-game record at the FIBA World Championship. Carmelo Anthony held the mark previously with 35 against Italy in 2006.

Turkey, had a last minute lay-up to get past Serbia on their semifinals game. The Turkey team will be powered by their desire to show to the home crowd that they will become the first team to defeat Team USA at FIBA 2010 and give a historic upset to them.

For those who will be watching the USA vs Turkey: FIBA 2010 Finals, the game will be on September 12, Sunday at 21:30 (GMT+2). Main broadcast partners for the games are Solar , Basketball TV, and FIBA TV.

Below is the list of the USA vs Turkey at FIBA 2010 Finals: TV Coverage and Schedule:

Europe

  • Albania – Top Channel
  • Andorra – La Sexta & Sport+
  • Armenia – NTV Plus
  • Austria – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Belarus – NTV Plus
  • Belgium – Be TV
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – BHRT
  • Bulgaria – BNT
  • Croatia – HRT
  • Czech Republic – CTV & Sport 1 TV
  • Cyprus – TV Lumiere
  • Denmark – ViaSat Sport
  • England – ESPN UK
  • Estonia – ViaSat Sport
  • Finland – ViaSat Sport
  • France – Sport+
  • F.Y.R. of Macedonia – Sitel
  • Georgia – NTV Plus
  • Germany – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Greece – ERT
  • Hungary – Sport 1 TV
  • Italy – RAI
  • Ireland – ESPN UK
  • Israel – The Sport Channel
  • Kosovo – Kohavision
  • Latvia – ViaSat Sport
  • Lithuania – TV3 / ViaSat Sport
  • Lichtenstein – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Luxembourg – Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Moldova – NTV Plus
  • Monaco – Sport+
  • Montenegro – RTCG
  • Norway – ViaSat Sport
  • Poland – TVP & TVP Sport
  • Portugal – Sport TV
  • Romania – Sport 1 TV
  • Russia – NTV Plus
  • Scotland – ESPN UK
  • Serbia – RTS
  • Slovakia – Slovak TV & Sport 1 TV
  • Slovenia – RTVSLO & ASPN & Sport TV
  • Spain – La Sexta
  • Sweden – ViaSat Sport
  • Switzerland – Sport+ & Sport1(formerly DSF)
  • Turkey – NTV
  • Ukraine – NTV Plus
  • Wales – ESPN UK

Middle East

  • Bahrain – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Iran – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Iraq – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Jordan – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Kuwait – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Lebanon – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Oman – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Qatar – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Saudi Arabia – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Syria – Al Jazeera Sport
  • The Palestinian Territories – Al Jazeera Sport
  • UAE – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Yemen – Al Jazeera Sport

Asia

  • Afghanistan – Ten Sports
  • Azerbaijan – NTV Plus
  • Bangladesh – Ten Sports
  • Bhutan – Ten Sports
  • Brunei – ASTRO
  • China – CCTV
  • Chinese Taipei – Videoland
  • Hong Kong – iCable Sports
  • India – Ten Sports
  • Japan – JSports
  • Kazakhstan – NTV Plus
  • Kyrgyzstan – NTV Plus
  • Macau – TDM
  • Malaysia – ASTRO
  • Maldives – Ten Sports
  • Mongolia – TV9
  • Nepal – Ten Sports
  • Pakistan – Ten Sports
  • Philippines – Solar / Basketball TV
  • Tajikistan – NTV Plus
  • Turkmenistan – NTV Plus
  • Sri Lanka – Ten Sports
  • Uzbekistan – NTV Plus

Africa

  • Algeria – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Angola – TPA & Supersport
  • Benin – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Botswana – Supersport
  • Burkina Faso – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Burundi – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Cameroon – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Capo Verde – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Central African Republic – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Chad – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Comoros – Supersport
  • Congo (Rep. of Brazzaville) – Supersport
  • Congo (Democratic Republic of) – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Ivory Coast – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Djibouti – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Egypt – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Equatorial Guinea – Supersport
  • Eritrea – Supersport
  • Ethiopia – Supersport
  • Gabon – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Gambia – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Ghana – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Guinea – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Guinea Bissau – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Guinea Equatorial – Sport+
  • Kenya – Supersport
  • Lesotho – Supersport
  • Liberia – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Libya – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Madagascar – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Malawi – Supersport
  • Mali – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Mauritania – Al Jazeera Sport, Sport+ & Supersport
  • Mauritius – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Mayotte – Supersport
  • Morocco – Al Jazeera Sport, Supersport
  • Mozambique – Supersport
  • Namibia – Supersport
  • Niger – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Nigeria – Supersport
  • Dem. Rep. Congo – Sport+
  • Reunion – Supersport
  • Rwanda – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Sao Tome & Principe – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Senegal – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Seychelles – Supersport
  • Sierra Leone – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Socotra – Supersport
  • Somalia – Al Jazeera Sport, Supersport
  • South Africa – Supersport
  • St. Helena & Ascension – Supersport
  • Sudan – Al Jazeera Sport and Supersport
  • Swaziland – Supersport
  • Tanzania – Supersport
  • Togo – Sport+ & Supersport
  • Tunisia – Al Jazeera Sport
  • Uganda – Supersport
  • Zambia – Supersport
  • Zimbabwe – Supersport

Americas

  • Antigua – Fox Sports
  • Argentina – Direct TV, Canal Sports and TyC Sports
  • Aruba – Fox Sports
  • Barbados – Fox Sports
  • Belize – Fox Sports
  • Bolivia – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Brazil – Sportv, ESPN Brasil, Bandsports, Esporte
  • Canada – Interativo
  • Cayman Islands – TSN
  • Chile – Fox Sports
  • Colombia – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Costa Rica – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Cuba – Fox Sports
  • Dominicana – Fox Sports
  • Dominican Republic – Fox Sports
  • Ecuador – Fox Sports
  • El Salvador – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Grenada – Fox Sports
  • Guatemala – Fox Sports
  • Guyana – Fox Sports
  • Haiti – Fox Sports
  • Honduras – Fox Sports
  • Jamaica – Fox Sports
  • Mexico – Fox Sports
  • Montserrat – Fox Sports
  • Nicaragua – Fox Sports
  • Panama – Fox Sports
  • Paraguay – Fox Sports
  • Peru – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • Puerto Rico – Direct TV and TyC Sports
  • St. Kitts & Nevis – Direct TV / Canal 7
  • St. Lucia – Fox Sports
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Fox Sports
  • Surinam – Fox Sports
  • Trinidad & Tobago – Fox Sports
  • Uruguay – Fox Sports
  • USA – Direct TV and Tyc Sports, ESPN, ESPN 3
  • Venezuela – ESPN and ESPN 3
  • Venezuela – Direct TV

Oceania

  • Australia – Fox Sports
  • New Zeland – Sky

US beats Lithuania 89-74 For Shot At FIBA World Championship 2010

Team USA defeated Lithuania 89-74 in their semifinals match on Saturday to advance to the final match of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Kevin Durant led all scorers and set a new scoring record for the United States team with 38 points, breaking Carmelo Anthony’s 35-point output in a single game.

The Americans played with so much inspiration in their semifinal match, commemorating the events on September 11 in New York nine years ago.

Durant, perhaps the most consistent and outstanding player for team USA had a special message written on his sneakers. Lamar Odom, a New York native, was just as motivated with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Andre Iguodala showed that their team of young NBA players can defend too. Lithuanian Linas Kleiza averaged 19.1 points in the tournament but Iguodala limited him to only four points on 1 of 11 field goal shooting.

Their recent win against Lithuania pushes the United States to just a win away from winning the world championship. They have not won the title since 1994.

The Americans meet Turkey for the world championship on Sunday.

Turkey Bans Google Services! But Why?

Turkey Bans Google Services! As shocking news isn’t it? Shocking yet true. The Telecommunications Communication Presidency of Turkey has released an official report. Accordingly, access to some of the Google IP (Internet Protocol) addresses has been blocked “because of legal reasons”.

The statement has refrained from mentioning whether the ban is a permanent change or a temporary sanction. If you’re in Turkey and you try to access to some of Google’s vast services, you would be answered with this statement: “Access to this site is banned by court order” .

The banned IP addresses include translate.google.com, books.google.com, Google-analytics.com, tools.google.com and docs.google.com. The ban began last June 4. It was previously known that Youtube was also banned in Turkey back in 2007 and has become permanent last May 2008. Once you access Youtube in Turkey you’ll get to read the following statement: “Access to www.youtube.com site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court,”. The video sharing site was banned for alleged insults against Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

What has been happening now to Google is similar to what has happened to Youtube before. The reason behind it was only addressed to be because of legal reasons. There is no specifications yet. Google has communicated with them to say it believes the ban is an “accident,” and it’s trying to investigate the reasons behind it.

“The difficulty accessing some Google services in Turkey appears to be linked to the ongoing ban on YouTube. We are working to get our services back up as soon as possible.” according to Google.

There has been reports that all these things boils down to tax issues. As to Bloomberg, Turkey’s communications minister has called on Google to register as a taxpayer in the country, saying this would hasten a move towards lifting the YouTube ban. “The company should open a representation,’ Transport and Communications Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m said on Tuesday. “YouTube is a taxpayer in 20 countries, and we want them to do the same in Turkey.”

Google in the other hand answered the issue an has claimed that it does not operate servers in Turkey, yet they are trying to resolve the problem with the government right now. “Google complies with tax law in every country in which it operates… We are currently in discussion with the Turkish authorities about this, and are confident we comply with Turkish law. We report profits in Turkey which are appropriate for the activities of our Turkish operations.” Google said.

Noah’s Ark Found Hoax: Ark in Mount Ararat Turkey doesn’t exist

Noah’s Ark in Mount Ararat in Turkey is not true after all. Many sources confirmed that it doesn’t really exist. Everyone has gone crazy about the discovery of the Noah’s Ark lately after Fox News featured a Turkish-Chinese joint expedition and has therefore found out the existence of the Biblical item. They even used the picture shown below described it to be taken inside the ark and the wooden beams carbon-date to 4,800 years old.

Of course, this discover will not be accepted immediately by all, most especially that if it is indeed true, then a domino effect of events that were once a mystery will eventually be proven true also.

Sad to say, the discovery that they featured is a real hoax. Here is the evidence. A student of Dr. Randall Price received an email from the archeologist about the spreading claims. Dr. Randall Price is a distinguished Research Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has caught the attention of everyone in 2009 when he fielded an expedition to Turkey to find Noah’s Ark.

These are the contents of his email:

I was the archaeologist with the Chinese expedition in the summer of 2008 and was given photos of what they now are reporting to be the inside of the Ark. I and my partners invested $100,000 in this expedition (described below) which they have retained, despite their promise and our requests to return it, since it was not used for the expedition. The information given below is my opinion based on what I have seen and heard (from others who claim to have been eyewitnesses or know the exact details).

To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a fake. The photos were reputed to have been taken off site near the Black Sea, but the film footage the Chinese now have was shot on location on Mt. Ararat. In the late summer of 2008 ten Kurdish workers hired by Parasut, the guide used by the Chinese, are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally taken) at the Mt. Ararat site. In the winter of 2008 a Chinese climber taken by Parasut’s men to the site saw the wood, but couldn’t get inside because of the severe weather conditions. During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film. As I said, I have the photos of the inside of the so-called Ark (that show cobwebs in the corners of rafters – something just not possible in these conditions) and our Kurdish partner in Dogubabyazit (the village at the foot of Mt. Ararat) has all of the facts about the location, the men who planted the wood, and even the truck that transported it.

With an email from a person who really joined the expedition, maybe this blabbering of the discovered ark will stop now.

Noah’s Ark found: An old story recycled once more


I remember when I was in elementary, our teacher told us that the remains of Noah’s ark is found a mountain in Turkey in the early 70s. I know everybody knows the story about Noah’s ark and why it was at the top of the mountain, instead beneath the ground.

So I will not tell the story all over again. I really wonder why Noah’s ark was found AGAIN. This is really an old news that is recycled once more.

Right now, the story about Noah’s ark is grabbing the headlines of various news sites across the globe. For those who don’t know that Noah’s ark was already found decades ago, this news is new. But for those who knows about this, it’s not surprising at all.

The remains of Noah’s Ark have been discovered 13,000 feet up a Turkish mountain according to the so-called explorers. The mountain, permanently glacier-capped, is in fact a dormant volcano which last erupted in 1840.

Here's an actual photo, courtesy of FOX News, of an explorer while examining the wooden beams inside remains of Noah's Ark at the top of Mount Ararat in Turkey

Noah’s ark remains was found first by a young kid from Turkey named Kalim in February 15, 1857. A few years later, a group of American Explorers lead by Ryan Jarkinson found the remains of the ark in 1905. The ark was also claimed to be found by John Warwick Montgomery, the “Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought”. John even wrote a book about it in the 70s. And now, it was found again by a group of Turkish and Chinese explorers, according to Fox.

I’m pretty sure that hundreds of mountaineers and explorers already found the remains of Noah’s ark before this news burst out.

I really wonder why they found it again even if it’s already found before. I think they just want to create some buzz and claim that this is another historical achievement and the group of Turkish and Chinese explorers are first to find the remains of Noah’s ark.

Thanksgiving Is On November 25th

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In this year, it will be on the 25th thus making it barely 10 days to the big celebration.

Turkey becomes equivalent to Thanksgiving. So why it is so?

According to the telltales of history,it says:

Queen Elizabeth of 16th century England was chowing down on roast goose during a harvest festival. When news was delivered to her that the Spanish Armada had sunk on it way to attack her beloved England, the queen was so pleased that she order a second goose to celebrate the great news. Thus, the goose became the favorite bird at harvest time in England. When the Pilgrims arrived in America from England, roasted turkey replaced roasted goose as the main cuisine because wild turkeys were more abundant and easier to find than geese.

That explains why.

Kevin Durant Played Hero In US Win At FIBA World Championship 2010

The United States basketball team that went to Turkey for the recent FIBA World Championship did not have the names Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony and any other NBA superstar. Dubbed as the B-team, this team composed of young NBA players proved critics wrong by winning the world championship for the first time in 16 years.

Playing a major role in the Americans’ world dominance in basketball is Kevin Durant, a rising NBA star from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Unlike other NBA stars who were not so willing to play for the flag, Durant considers playing for the national team an honor.

In their semifinal game against Lithuania on September 11, Durant wore sneakers with a message to commemorate the incident nine years ago. In that semifinal match wherein team USA clobbered Lithuania, 89-74, Durant scored a team record 38 points.

In the final match against Turkey, Durant scored 28 points to power the United States to an 81-64 win. This proved that the young American squad is no B-team and truly deserves to be called champion.