President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s speech in the southeastern province of Siirt took me back to years ago. It took me back to the years when he had been imprisoned for a poem he had read in Siirt. His party won the Nov. 3, 2002 elections, but he himself was not able to run for elections. Later, he was elected as a deputy from Siirt, leaving his mark on Turkey for the last 16 years. When he was the prime minister, Erdoğan wanted to visit Turkish actor Nejat Uygur in the Gülhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) with his wife Emine Erdoğan. However, Emine Erdoğan had not been allowed in the hospital because of her headscarf. Today, Turkey has been freed of such shame as the headscarf ban. Former President Süleyman Demirel once said, “Yesterday’s sun cannot dry today’s clothes.” It is true. Those years are now in the past, but they have left their mark. Erdoğan had not been trying to look back on the past during his speech in … [Read more...] about Erdoğan’s new game plan
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SOME of England's biggest sporting stars are Down Under for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Held in the picturesque Gold Coast region of Australia, this is the fifth time that the competition has been held on Australian soil. The touring athletes from England are hoping for a bumper medals haul - but what anthem will play when they're on the podium?Is Jerusalem or God Save the Queen the English national anthem at the Commonwealth Games? THE ENGLISH team will be using Jerusalem as their anthem in Australia. It has been used officially since 2010 after a public vote - and Britain’s Got Talent champion Tokio Myers and The Voice star Jazmin Sawyers have recorded a new version specially for this years Games. The poet William Blake created the lyrics to Jerusalem in 1804, with Hubert Parry adding music in 1916. What are the lyrics to Jerusalem? And did those feet in ancient time And did the countenance divine Bring me my bow of burning gold! I will not cease … [Read more...] about Is Jerusalem or is it God Save the Queen the English national anthem? What do England sing at Commonwealth Games 2018 medal ceremony?
TRANSGENDER weightlifter Laurel Hubbard suffered a horror elbow injury attempting a 130kg lift at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. The New Zealander, 40 - who competed as a male until four years ago - was already comfortably leading the event following a 120kg lift. Hubbard's inclusion in the event had already sparked controversy on the Gold Coast - with teams from Australia and Samoa already going public with their objections. She went into the competition as the early favourite and was living up to the hype early on. Hubbard was miles ahead after a snatching 120kg in the 90kg+ category - before failing to lift 127kg. Despite that failure, the Kiwi attempted a massive 130kg lift, with her left elbow horribly bending the wrong way. Ahead of the Gold Coast Games, Samoan coach Jerry Wallwork had slammed the committee for allowing Hubbard to compete. Wallwork had controversially claimed: "A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through. "But in the … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Games 2018: Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard suffers horror elbow injury attempting 130kg lift
England delivered a flurry of golds in gymnastics, swimming and track cycling to put hosts Australia in the shade and finish top of the medal table on day one at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock anchored a convincing victory for the men’s gymnastics team, while swimmers Aimee Willmott, James Wilby, Eleanor Robinson and Thomas Hamer all triumphed, and track cycling’s Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott added the Commonwealth title to their Paralympic crown. England finished the day with six golds, one ahead of Australia, despite decorated triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee finishing outside of the medals. Read more: Commonwealth Games 2018: Who are Team England's best medal hopes? Whitlock, Nile Wilson and James Hall all excelled as England won the men’s team final with 258 points, 10 clear of Canada. Wilson and Hall also advanced to the individual all-around final, with Whitlock having opted out of contention. A Scotland team … [Read more...] about Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games 2018: Max Whitlock, Aimee Willmott and James Wilby lead gold rush as England top medal table on day one
WHAT can't you miss on TV tonight? Our guide to the must-see shows... Commonwealth Games 2018, 10.30am, BBC One Dive into 11 days of high-quality sport from Australia’s Gold Coast. The coverage is comprehensive, hosted by Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Jason Mohammad from Manchester, while Hazel Irvine (right) and JJ Chalmers head out to Queensland. The action begins this morning with the opening ceremony from the Carrara Stadium, where you can see the arrival of the Queen’s Baton after a relay which has taken it 142,000 miles from Buckingham Palace. Then the sport kicks off tonight with badminton, bowls, swimming and the triathlon final.First Dates, 10pm,Channel 4 Ten series in and First Dates presents a show first – former husband and wife Stuart and Mandy (left) arrive together to lend each other moral support on their respective dates! It’s a nice idea, but could put off a potential love interest. Meanwhile, maître d’ Fred at last has new pearls … [Read more...] about What’s on TV tonight? Shows to watch on Wednesday 4 April from Commonwealth Games 2018 to First Dates