18 Ocak 2018 Perşembe

The Leaning Towers of Rize

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 18 January 2018)

This doesn't help when you wake up with a hangover.

In Rize, the controversy over buildings built on a landfill continues.  The
gradual leaning of 4 buildings housing 94 apartments in the Engindere
neighborhood is causing great concern.  While some homeowners have
tried to bolster their homes with iron girders, others have vacated their flats.

One homeowneer, Sabri Yılmaz, stated that "there are a lot of buildings
like this in Rize and the people living in such buildings are anxious. Some
people are having cement poured anew to bolster their floors."  On the
other hand, Ramazan Koçal is not overly concerned. He said that "there
may be a problem in the future.  There are some cracks in my flat but
there are more in the upper flats.  The normal rent would be 700 TL but
in this situation I pay only 500 TL.  Officials came and put some iron
girders on the building to forestall cracks on the balconies."

                      Life is all about balance.

Former Rize Mayor Halil Bakırcı explained that "Deniz Sitesi (one of
the leaning apartment buildings) is standing on a prayer.  Our problem
here is that sea water is encroaching onto the shore and the iron in some
buildings built on landfill is wearing out so these buildings are lucky to
still be standing.  They may collapse as time goes by."

leaning tower of pisa ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Rize's mayor sees tourism potential, based on another leaner's
success in this sector.


House Burns But Finding Cat Assuages Pain

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 18 January 2018)

ali meşe ordular ile ilgili görsel sonucu

In Ordular village of Mudurnu district, Bolu province, Ali Meşe (83)
tried to light his stove yesterday to warm his one-story home.  However,
when the gasoline he was using splattered it caused a fire that burned
the entire house down.  The elderly man and his wife and two sons were
able to escape safely but there was no sign of Ali Bey's beloved 'sarman'
(tabby cat).

ali meşe ordular ile ilgili görsel sonucu
At his age, Ali Bey has learned what's important in life.

Ali Bey was distraught but firefighters at the scene not only put out the
fire but found the cat, as well (!).  Ali Bey cried when reunited with his
'sarman' and both Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın and Family
and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya pledged that Ali
Bey and his family (plus cat) would get a new home.

bolu haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

17 Ocak 2018 Çarşamba

Save the Donkeys!

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 17 January 2018)

mardinli beyaz iyileşti artık yük taşımayacak ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Mardinli Beyaz has named his new pal "Wilbur".

A donkey that works collecting garbage in the steep, narrow streets of
Mardin was a hit-and-run victim 3 months ago.  The seriously injured
donkey was brought to the Mardin Municipality Street Animals
Rehabilitation Center for treatment but, needing an operation, Veysel
Ögdür of  HAYTAP (Animal Rights Federation) asked for support on
social media.

Okan Oflaz, who is a supporter of animals that carry loads, in particular,
saw Ögdür's plea and, ultimately, the İstanbul University Veterinarian
Faculty agreed to perform the operation free of charge.  The Mardin
Municipality paid for transport costs to Istanbul and Oflaz covered
the costs of the operation materials and medicines. 

Istanbul University veterinary surgeons Prof. Dr. Serhat Özsoy and
Asst. Prof. Dr. Olgun Erdikmen performed the operation.  The donkey,
whose foot had been broken and turned around, is now healthy and
has been given the name "Mardinli Beyaz"  (Mardin White).  The
donkey will live out its years on a farm without any load-bearing
duties.  A black donkey that suffered a similar accident was sent
along with Mardinli Beyaz to Istanbul but the pregnant animal did
not survive.  Because of the frequency of such accidents, the Mardin
municipality is planning to open an animal hospital and stable
specifically for donkeys.

mardin haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 17 January 2018)

Sahipsiz Yaralı Eşeğe Belediye Sahip Çıktı
                    Menekşe and new friends.

In Anamur, Mersin, an ownerless donkey was on the verge of freezing.
A veterinary team arrived on the scene and transported the donkey to
the Tarsus Zoo for treatment.  Initial examination of the animal, given
the name "Menekşe" (violet), revealed cysts and wounds on the donkey's
neck from years of pulling a cart.  The animal had also lost a percentage
of sight in its left eye.

Veterinarian Mehmet Cücük confirmed that treatment to resolve
Menekşe's health problems will be initiated and that henceforth he
and his team will look after the donkey.

anamur haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Anamur, far right, bottom, is on Turkey's Med coast.

Batman May-December Wedding Lightly Attended

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 17 January 2018)

68 yaşındaki muhtar 19luk kızla evlendi batman ile ilgili görsel sonucu
That's Robin on the left, from M.S.Ö.'s second marriage...

In a village near Batman city, M.S.Ö. (68), the village chief, who has
nearly 30 children from 4 wives (!), has married his fifth wife, A.B., the
19-year-old daughter of a village shepherd.  The wedding was held a
week ago and M.S.Ö. hired a luxury wedding hall for the occasion. 
However, since this was his fifth marriage and the difference in bride-
groom ages was 49 years, his relatives looked askance at the betrothal
and did not attend.

batman wedding ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Villagers had to be given 50 TL each to fill the wedding venue.

 Even M.S.Ö.'s children did not come to the wedding, which was seen
by just a few onlookers.  Nevertheless, pictures were taken of the happy
couple dancing in the nearly empty hall.  In the end, M.S.Ö. asserted
that they hadn't gotten married and that the wedding ceremony was a
formality of sorts.  As for A.B., she said she just wanted to wear a
wedding gown, adding that "we didn't get married, we just danced to
the music."

batman haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

16 Ocak 2018 Salı

Mosaic Find in Tarsus Draws Relentless Digging

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 January 2018)

mersin tarsus şehit mustafa mozaik ile ilgili görsel sonucu
There's something about a mosaic that seems to drive guys 

In Tarsus district of Mersin province, the Tarsus Museum Directorate
determined that yet another illegal excavation was being conducted,
this time in the garden of a house in the Şehit Mustafa neighborhood.
When a tip came in that the excavation had uncovered an ancient mosaic,
the district chief ordered a raid on the property.

The raid revealed a hole 4 meters deep and 3 meters wide, at the bottom
of which was a 4-5-square meter mosaic with fish and bird figures on it.
There was also a column stone that was determined to be a sarcophagus,
80 centimeters in size. Because of the risk of collapse, the mosaic had
not been removed from its location.

mersin tarsus şehit mustafa mozaik ile ilgili görsel sonucu
   It's like an addiction: "Dig We Must!"

In the 12 January raid, suspect Selah A. was taken into custody.  But
after this arrest, news of activity at the site continued to reach authorities
so a second raid was ordered and Mehmet Ali T., Mithat B., Mehmet Ç.,
Harun O. and Servet K.  were taken into custody at the excavation. 
Another two individuals with ties to these 5, Sadettin K. and Sinan Can,
were also taken into custody.

tarsus haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

Grim Bodrum Fairy Tale

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 January 2018)

ali özdemir ile ilgili görsel sonucu
                           Three's a crowd.

In Bodrum district of Muğla province, famous beach club manager Ali
Özdemir, missing for 9 days, has been found dead, the victim of a love
triangle involving his former partner and the partner's wife. 

Özdemir (46) ran the Gumsal Beach Club in Bitez quarter and had a
string of bakeries, as well.  On 6 January, Özdemir mysteriously went
missing but on 12 January his former partner Mustafa Ö. tried to kill
himself by drinking pesticide, prompting police to investigate the
possibility of a homicide.   Mustafa Ö turned himself into police
yesterday morning and confessed to the murder.

ali özdemir ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Ali Bey saw some more fireworks the following morning.

Mustafa Ö. took police to Pedasa Mountain where he showed them
Özdemir's body, covered with pine tree branches.  Özdemir had been
shot in the head, back and chest.  Mustafa Ö. told police that he threw
the murder weapon into the water in Bitez and police divers are now
searching for it.  Mustafa Ö.'s wife Tuğba Ö. (!) and his father-in-law
Avni S. were taken into custody in nearby Köyceğiz for helping
Mustafa Ö. after the murder.  Another 4 individuals gave statements
to police, as well.

In his own statement, Mustafa Ö. explained to police that the morning
after a birthday party at his house he took Özdemir for a walk in the
woods and shot him to death there.  Continuing, Mustafa Ö. stated
that "I had rumors about my wife and Ali but I didn't believe them.
I trusted them both.  But when I saw them in the same bed I was
shocked and I couldn't bear it.  The thought of having been betrayed
gnawed at me and I committed the murder."

bodrum haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu