30 Haziran 2014 Pazartesi

Ladies Take a Stand at Altar, Beach

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(Hurriyet and Posta Newspapers, 28 June 2014)

           Not a groom in site.

In Izmit, geography teacher Ozlem Yet (38) declared that
"a groom isn't a requirement for a wedding", when she
couldn't find a candidate to her liking.  So she went ahead
with a wedding by herself.

Last Wednesday Yet staged her rural wedding in the garden
of the Lastik-Is Union and wore the wedding gown of her
dreams, while living it up with her friends. Then, Yet boarded
the bride's car and went home.

When news of the groom-less wedding became known,
however, Yet shut her Facebook page and disappeared.
Her friends explained that "her family didn't know anything
about this wedding and when they heard they were upset."

Izmit (Kocaeli) is down east of Istanbul.

turkce links to related Turkish article

(Posta and Milliyet Newspapers, 30 June 2014)

     I'm only watching the sea. Really.

In Zonguldak, on Tuesdays and Thursdays only women
can use Kapuz Beach, which is run by the city. The day
before yesterday a group of women at the beach, asserting
that "we don't want a male lifeguard!", tried to force the
beach director and 31-year lifeguard Hayri Topcuoglu down
from the lifeguard tower.

Commenting on the situation, Topcuoglu had this to say:
"There's not a female lifeguard at any beach. If we don't
keep watch over the water how can we save someone
from drowning? They're not thinking about their own lives."

Zonguldak province, on the Black Sea.

29 Haziran 2014 Pazar

Science Edition: Donkey Power; Meteor Landing

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(Sabah Newspaper, 27 June 2014)

Eşek sırtında elektrik santrali!
Donkey-borne appropriate technology.

Farmers in Bergama, Izmir province, have placed solar
panels on the back of a donkey to acquire electricity.
The news has become a topic for many international news
organizations, chief among them BBC.

According to BBC's website, the farmers noted that they
traverse long distances and have trouble finding an electrical
source so they came up with a new idea to link to the
internet.  The entrepreneurial Izmir farmers work in their
fields all day long and derive electricity for their computers
from the solar panels on their donkeys' backs.

The panels produce an average of 5 to 7 kilowatts of
electricity and because there is so much sunshine in Turkey
the energy potential is great. With such creative projects as
this entrepreneurs are making a contribution to energy
transformation in Turkey.

Bergama district is in northern Izmir.


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(Sabah Newspaper, 27 June 2014)

           "It was a whopper!"

A meteor seen by security cameras located at
the TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific Organization)
campus in Saklikent, Antalya province, appears
to have landed in Nasuhoglu village of Sandikli
district in Afyonkarahisar province.

Huseyin Seyman of Nasuhoglu village stated
that "at first I thought the light in the sky was a
star and then I thought it was the space shuttle.
It fell really fast and there was a light where it
landed. I was so frightened I didn't know what
to do and I started to make my 'Kelime-i Sehadet'
(last confession). I don't remember if I heard any
noise. The light lasted 3-5 seconds and lit up this

Sandikli is in southwestern Afyonkarahisar.