27 Temmuz 2017 Perşembe

Trouble-making Qataris, This Time Marmaris


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(Sözcü Newspaper, 27 July 2017)

Katar Emiri Thani davayı kazandı, Marmaris’te 400 turist ortada kaldı
He'll be staying on his yacht tonight, thank you.

In Marmaris district of Muğla province, evictions began at the
5-star Munamar Beach Hotel owned by Emir Shaikh Nasser
Ahmed Ali A.Al Thani of the Qatari royal family.   The 400 (!)
Turkish and foreign tourists staying at the hotel  were left
adrift.

The hotel was purchased by Emir Thani in 2010 for $15 million.
The Emir then gave the hotel to a manager for 5 years at $1
million per year.  When the contract's term ended Emir Thani's
lawyers and the hotel managers could not come to an agreement
so Emir Thani filed suit against the manager to vacate.

On 21 July a court ruled in favor of Emir Thani and the hotel
residents were told to leave by the Emir's lawyer, accompanied
by police.  The evicted tourists gathered their belongings and
waited in the hotel lobby as tourist agencies tried to resettle
the 400 stranded tourists in other hotels.

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To Rome! Aeneas to Set Sail Again


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(Milliyet Newspaper, 26 July 2017)

Edremit’ten çıkan Aeneas’ın gemileri Roma’ya gidiyor
                   Everything old is new again...


According to a report in Aktuel Arkeoloji magazine's 58th
issue,  the ships of Aeneas, the legendary founder of Rome, will
be constructed anew at Antandros port in the Gulf of Edremit
and take the same route to Rome.

In May there was a conference in Edremit district of Balıkesir
province attended by five nations' mayors, ambassadors, archeologists,
tour operators and many academicians and professionals from various
fields.  The conference's title was "The International Aeneas Route
Project" and it was organized by the Edremit District Chief's Office,
Edremit Municipality and the Antandros Association.

In the scope of the project, which is based on the 'Aeneas Epic'
written by Roman author Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil) in the
first century B.C., Edremit's ancient cultural heritage will be shared
with the entire world.  This epic is well known in Europe, in particular.
During his voyage, which began at Antandros port, Aeneas visited 21
ports in 5 countries - Turkey, Greece, Albania, Italy and Tunus - until
he reached Lavinium in Italy.

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Aeneas's sea route from Antandros to Lavinium.

In addition to publicizing the age old link between the five
countries involved, the project also seeks to draw attention
to modern migrants by making reference to Aeneas's forced
expulsion from his native country.  At the conclusion of the
May conference, the boat 'İda' was set to sea, watched by
Turkish and foreign guests.  Prof. Dr. Gürcan Polat stated
that the first steps of the project will begin in 2018, coinciding
with the "Year of Troy".

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26 Temmuz 2017 Çarşamba

Bizarre Intercontinental Accident


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(Milliyet Newspaper, 26 July 2017)

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     Easy Rider Bayoğlu, center, and friends.

Motorcycle enthusiast Barkın Bayoğlu (42), who went by the
moniker "Golden Suited Man", died in a bizarre accident on
the 15 July Martyrs Bridge in Istanbul the night before last at
2 a.m.  Bayoğlu was driving his motorcycle from the Asian to
the European side of the bridge when he struck pedestrian Buğra
Erdem.

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            Erdem, right, and friend.

Erdem had quarrelled with his wife in their car, which he stopped
on the opposite side of the highway that goes from the European
side to the Asian side.  In a huff, Erdem got out of his car and
began walking through traffic toward the shoulder on the opposite
side.  At this point, Erdem, a real estate broker,  was struck by
Bayoğlu and both were killed.

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Accident occurred on the European side of the bridge (A),
left.


25 Temmuz 2017 Salı

Drowning 7 Meters Down (Nearly!) With an Audience


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(Sözcü Newspaper, 25 July 2017)

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İbrahim Işık up from 7 meters down, looking worse for 
wear. 

The miraculous rescue occurred at Çanakkale.  The day before
yesterday, fishermen on the city pier noticed İbrahim Işık (41)
floundering in the water and in a moment the fishermen lost
sight of Işık.

Police divers arrived at the scene and found Işık 7 meters below
the water surface after a 15 minute search.  Işık was brought to
a nearby hospital and (somehow!) revived.  Nevertheless, Işık
remains in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

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   Rubbernecking delay on the nearby ferry.

Passengers on a ferryboat watched the rescue drama moment by
moment.

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