21 Mayıs 2018 Pazartesi

SuperMayor to the Rescue!

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 21 May 2018)

davut şimşek ertuğrul çalışkan ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Shirtless hero-mayor Çalışkan takes a breather afterwards.

In Karaman, a decorative pool is under construction at the Turkish
World Culture Capital Park.  The park is not yet open to the public
but yesterday Davut Şimşek (15) came to the park with his friends
and jumped in the pool.  As Davut headed toward the 2.5-meter-
deep center of the pool he began to flail about and sink.

Coincidentally, Karaman Mayor Ertuğrul Çalışkan was at the park
on an inspection tour and, hearing the sirens, he rushed to the pool,
took off his clothes and dove in the pool, retrieving Davut from
the water.  Although Davut's heart had stopped (!), first responders
revived him and brought him to the intensive care unit of a hospital.

Mayor Çalışkan spoke with the boy's family at the hospital and
told them that Davut had been underwater for 10 minutes.  He
said to reporters "God willing, Davut will recover quickly.  Our
park will open at the end of June.  Even though we closed off the
entrances because of the continuing work, they found a way to
get in.  We ask the public not to enter the park until all the work
is completed."

 karaman haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

20 Mayıs 2018 Pazar

Invasion of the Giant Squids!

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Hürriyet Newspaper, 20 May 2018)

Kuşadası kalamarı
              Can giant shrimps be far behind?

Diver Cumhur Gedikoğlu found a dead squid underwater near
the shore in Kuşadası, Aydın province.   Gedikoğlu brought the
creature to shore and informed the Ecosystems Protection and
Nature-Lovers Association (EKODOSD).  EKODOSD experts
took detailed photographs and measurements of the 1.45-meter
squid, which weighed 8 kilograms.

The squid was identified as being of the 'todarades sagittatus' type
and may have come from the Red Sea because of the effects of
global warming.  These giant squids are quite valuable for their
heads and extensions, and are a mainstay in fish restaurants. 
The squid may have died giving birth.

EKODOSD chief Bahattin Sürücü explained that "because of
global climate change, in recent years a lot of foreign species
have been found in our waters.  Most of them have come here
from the Red Sea via the Suez Canal.  Some others have come
through the natural canal that is the Strait of Gibralter, attached
to ships that ply international waters.

aydın haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

Ottoman Deeds Turn Garbage Man into Land Baron

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Hürriyet Newspaper, 20 May 2018)

Küpten 6 köy çıktı
Going into the pistachio and olive business big-time.

In Mardin, cleaning worker Ali Aşa (60) found an earthenware
jar containing 20 Ottoman-era land titles and tax documents
while he was repairing his house.  Aşa paid 250 TL (about
$60) to have the documents translated to modern Turkish and
he threw in 1,000 walnuts as a bonus for the translator.  It
turned out that the documents showed Aşa to be the owner
of the surrounding six villages. (!) 

Aşa explained that "I then made an application to the land
registry directorate.  I was shocked to learn that the 20
Ottoman documents showed that the six villages are my
inheritance.  I thought it would amount to about half an acre.
I never thought it would be this much land.  The records show
that some family members disappeared and they don't appear
in the records.  They disappeared in 1920.  There are tax
payment records from 1914 and receipts for the land from 1928
to 1952."

Aşa noted that he learned that according to the documents,
there were 16 heirs but "in 1932 tribes stormed our village
and some people were killed while others fled."   Once Aşa
found the documents he thought that there ought to be more
heirs so he decided to look for them by filing a case in court:
"I filed the case to find out whether there are more than 16
heirs.  It's been going on for two years.  Anyone who thinks
they are an heir should apply to the court.  I will give anyone
who has a relationship to the deeds found in the jars their
rightful share."
küpten 6 köy çıktı ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Deed stipulates that no McDonalds or Starbucks can be put
on this land, in perpetuity. 

Aşa said that his whole family makes its living by garbage
collection and cleaning.  His plans for the future: "If we
don't find any other heirs and the deeds remain with me,
then I'll get 10-20 backhoes, hire 100 workers and plant
pistachio and olive trees.  The pistachio trees will come
out in a year and I'll give any other heirs who appear by
then their rights.  It's about a 25-acre plot of land, made
up of the old Tuhup, Sancar, Üzüm and Zeytüniye
villages.  I know the villages' Kurdish names but not
their Turkish ones. There's also Aluça, Garzıke and
Merzaka - they are all included in my land."

mardin haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu


19 Mayıs 2018 Cumartesi

Bullet in the Brain Remains 40 Years Later

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 19 May 2018)

kafasında mermiyle 40 yıl mustafa tiryakı ile ilgili görsel sonucu
He took a bullet for the team.  In fact, quite a few.

Mustafa Tiryaki (61) lives in Arsin district of Trabzon province
and is the village chief of Yolüstü village.  On 29 July 1978 while
Tiryaki was on army duty on the Syrian border in Şanlıurfa he
was seriously wounded in a clash with smugglers.  Tiryaki spent
about two months in hospitals in Gaziantep and Trabzon to have
4 bullets extracted from his face. 

Since then Tiryaki has always experienced headaches and when
the pain increased he went to a hospital last week. The doctors
who looked at Tiryaki's x-rays were shocked to see a bullet lodged
in his brain. (!) The only solution is a risky operation.  Surgeon
Ahmet Çubukçu was surprised that no doctor had noticed the bullet
until now but he said that the bullet is not a threat to Tiryaki's brain

On 24 January 1980, Tiryaki had filed suit against the Turkish
General Staff (TGS)for 30,000 TL in compensation for his injuries.
Tiryaki explained that "the court ordered TGS to pay me 30,000 TL
but I didn't follow-up on the case and because my address changed
I didn't know about the court's decision.  After the ensuing 10 years,
in accordance with the law, the money went to the Treasury." (!)

trabzon haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu


18 Mayıs 2018 Cuma

Afghans Take Pakistani Hostage for Debt Relief

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 18 May 2018)

kaçırıp fidye istediler mücaid ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Residence was supposed to be personalized, but they got
Azeem's name wrong!

In Istanbul, Afghan Muhatap Hauste borrowed 30,000 TL
(about $7,500) from his friend Zebiullah Mücaid (25), who
also collects paper to make a living.  A while later, Mücaid
wanted his money back.  Hauste, though, said he didn't have
any money and, instead, pointed to his friend, Pakistani
Azeem Akbar (25), and said "his family is rich. Take him
hostage and demand a ransom." (!)

So, on 3 May Mücaid and five friends kidnapped Akbar
and locked him in a cargo container.  Mücaid then called
Akbar's family in Pakistan and demanded a ransom of
$20,000.  The family, though, informed Istanbul police
about the situation.  The police went to the Waste Collection
and Storage Center and showed people there Akbar's photo.

Because of his suspicious behavior, Mücaid was taken into
custody.  Akbar was set free and sent back to Pakistan.
Mücaid, Parti Mishapır, Muhatap Hauste, Nebiullah Nisar
and İsmetullah Zakirullah were arrested. 

kaçırıp fidye istediler mücaid ile ilgili görsel sonucu
                 Garbage in, garbage out.

Lady 'Doctor' With 3 Surnames Feigns Gold Theft

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 18 May 2018)

çalındı dedi bavuldan çıktı gülay ş ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Besides the gold, Gülay hanım claimed that her face had
been stolen, too.

Gülay Ş. of Istanbul met driver Salih Ş. of Izmir over the internet
and they got married in Izmir's Dikili district on 5 May.  Two days
after the wedding, Gülay hanım claimed that wedding gold worth
27,000 TL (about $6,500), 5,000 TL in cash and 13,000 TL worth
of her own gold had been stolen and she asked the Gendarmerie for

Gendarmerie officers checked the house and found no signs of
forced entry.  With their suspicions aroused, the Gendarmerie
judged that the incident was not a robbery and they began to
investigate Gülay hanım, who said that she used to work as a
doctor at GATA Haydarpaşa Hospital in Istanbul. 

The Gendarmerie learned that Gülay hanım is not a doctor and
that she never worked at GATA.  Consequently, a warrant was
issued for Gülay hanım's arrest in connection with the supposed
robbery and her falsehoods.  However, Gülay hanım was not at
home when officers came to take her into custody.  Later, she
was arrested on the road to Menemen while en route to Izmir
with her new husband.

A search of her suitcase in the car revealed birth certificates
in three different surnames, 40,000 TL worth of gold and jewels,
along with  5,000 TL in cash.  Faced with these findings, Gülay
hanım confessed that "I love my husband.  Before the wedding
his family wanted the gold so I made up this lie in order not to
give them the gold." 

As for new hubby Salih Ş., he explained that there was no
hoodwinking involved and that he loves his new wife.  He
added that "She doesn't know how the gold got into the suitcase
(!).  There must have been a misunderstanding.  Would someone
file a complaint about one's self?  The important thing is that
the gold has been found so we're not complaining about anyone."
Gülay hanım was released. (!)

dikili haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu
              How to get to Dikili from Istanbul.