17 Kasım 2017 Cuma

Cigarette Smugglers Unwitting Anti-Smoking Advocates

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 17 November 2017)

Sigara kaçakçıları dolandırıldılar
         Filter cigarettes, minus the cigarette part.

Istanbul anti-smuggling police put a gang that was smuggling cigarettes
to Turkey from Iraq under surveillance and learned that the gang was
bringing 12,500 cartons of cigarettes to Istanbul from Iraq.  The gang
then sold the smuggled cigarettes to another gang in Istanbul for
125,000 TL (about $35K).  Police mounted an operation and caught
the receiving smugglers red-handed.

However, when police opened the cartons they found not cigarettes but
styrofoam and newspapers, placed in the cartons to give them the
expected weight.  The smugglers were as surprised as the police to see
that the 125,000 TL they paid was for naught (!).

anti-smoking ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Hoodwinked smugglers got t-shirts as compensation.

Bodybuilder a Credit to His Sport

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(Sözcü Newspaper, 17 November 2017)

Kredi çekip şampiyonaya gitti, Avrupa ikincisi oldu
    The world's most fit matador. Bulls beware!

This sportsman from Denizli is determined and successful! Mesut Ala
(26) works as a waiter during tourist season in Antalya and 5 years ago
he became interested in bodybuilding.  His efforts reached the point
where last September he placed 5th in the bodybuilding championship
in Turkey. 

Next, Ala applied to compete in the European Bodybuilding
Championship in Norway but, having no sponsor, he had to take 10,000 TL
(about $3,000) in credit from a bank in order to go to Norway for the 29
October competition. Ala placed second in Europe in the 70-kilogram
class (!). 

Ala has returned to his job as a waiter in Turkey and has started to make
the monthly payments on the credit he took out.  Ala's next target is the
World Bodybuilding Championship to be held in the USA in May 2018.
In this regard, Ala explained that "I can't take out any more credit but if
I find a sponsor I want to go to the USA and represent my country with

denizli antalya haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu
From Denizli to Antalya and the world beyond...

16 Kasım 2017 Perşembe

Bitcoin Mugging in Istanbul

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 November 2017)

türkiyenin ilk bitcoin gasp operasyonu ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Their hope for many little Bitcoins has faded into the ether...

The Istanbul police cyber crimes team conducted its first raid against
a mugging that targetted the virtual money Bitcoin. In Merter district
a 5-person gang forced a businessman into a minibus and demanded his
internet password at gunpoint.  The gang then took possession of the
businessman's 450 bitcoins, valued at 11 million TL (about $3.5 million).

The businessman later reached police and said he had been held in
the minibus for 8 hours and subjected to violence.  Detectives put the
5 suspects under technical surveillance and conducted simultaneous
raids in Esenyurt, Bağcılar and Küçükçekmece districts, arresting
Bitcoin muggers  Gökhan S., İbrahim Ö, Uğur K., Görkem S. and
Selçuk Ö.  İbrahim Ö. is a fugitive and Gökhan S. is already facing
a 30-year prison sentence on a mugging charge.

After the mugging, suspect İbrahim Ö. proposed to his girlfriend and
shared the happy moment on social media (!).

türkiyenin ilk bitcoin gasp operasyonu ile ilgili görsel sonucu
                    Is no place safe??!!

Elon Musk's Turkish Masseuse Gets Popular

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 November 2017)

scrubbed see TNT's report about Musk's Turkish bath visit.

ali güvenç musk ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Says hamam on Mars will be grandson's inheritance.

Ali Güvenç, the masseuse who scrubbed Tesla owner Elon Musk at
Ankara's Şengül Hamam last week, has gained worldwide popularity.
Güvenç, who has been scrubbing customers for 41 years, said that
requests for appointments have markedly increased since news of
Musk's 'scrub' hit the news.

A Turk calling from Belgium told Güvenç that when he saw his
picture it reminded him of an old friend who had passed away so
he requested an appointment around New Years.  Lots of people
in Ankara are stopping by, as well, to get their pictures taken with

Some wags, referring to Güvenç's lighthearted request that Musk
give him an electric car, suggested that instead Güvenç should have
asked Musk for a plot of land on Mars (!).  Güvenç said his one
regret was that he neglected to have a photo taken with himself and
Musk, but "perhaps he'll come again." 

elon musk ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Musk's good scrubbing followed this encounter.

15 Kasım 2017 Çarşamba

He Misses "Röveşata" Badly; Turns Out He's Badly Missed, Too

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 15 November 2017)

gülbay türkücü ile ilgili görsel sonucu
How many of us would even dare to attempt a "röveşata"?!

röveşata and on a concrete sidewalk yet!

In recent days, the video of a young man trying (without success) to
make a 'röveşata' (bicycle kick used in football) of a balloon on the
street in Ankara has gone viral on social media.  It has now been
discovered that the youth's name is Gülbay Türkücü (22).

Türkücü's aunt, Serpil Kılınç, who lives in the Yunusemre neighborhood
of Elbistan in Kahramanmaraş province. said that Gülbay is her nephew,
the son of her sister Ayşe Özbay from her sister's first marriage.  Lately,
Gülbay had been having psychological problems and was going to Adana
frequently for treatment.  Kılınç explained that Gülbay's father abandoned
him at 6 months of age but after Ayşe hanım remarried her new children
loved Gülbay like a real brother. 

Görsel sonucu
                           Don't try this at home.

According to Kılınç, Gülbay has left home before but this is the first time
he has gone outside Elbistan by himself.  She added that "when he was
young his teachers continually had him play football.  He's been missing
for three months now.  When we saw him on TV we knew it was him.
We called the police to have them find him."

  elbistan haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu                   

14 Kasım 2017 Salı

Homeowner's Meter Trick Gets Him in Hot Water

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 14 November 2017)

448 bin 591 TL fatura gelmişti, gerçek başka çıktı!
Outsmart the water authority? Think again, Haşim Bey!

Haşim E. lives in Hisarlık village in Izmir's Tire district.  When he got
a 54-day water bill for 448,561 TL (about $150,000 !) Haşim Bey
(understandably) requested that the bill be corrected. In turn, İZSU
(Izmir water authority) had the water meter in Haşim Bey's home
removed and sent to the Provincial Directorate for Science, Industry
and Technology for a check. 

As the result of the Directorate's review, the real facts of the situation
emerged in a report stating that "the measuring mechanism in the
water meter has been tampered with.  The meter has been damaged
and repairs left undone."  Consequently, İZSU filed a criminal complaint
against Haşim Bey for damaging the meter and illegally interfering with
its operation. 

İZSU revealed details of its investigation as follows: "The reading on
the meter on 22 July 2017 was 00064.  As a result of interference, the
meter's counting was reversed - first to 00000, then to 99999 and on
14 September 2017 the meter reading was 99915.  the previous
reading was 64 cubic meters of water used but when the reading
showed 99915 cubic meters used, the bill was calculated as 448,591
TL.  A new bill is being prepared."

tire haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Tire district is in south-central Izmir province.