6 Haziran 2016 Pazartesi

Protecting Accident Victims (Sort of) & Frogs

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 6 June 2016)

Image result for trafik kazası mağdurları derneği
"What's a contradiction?"

In Istanbul, Hamdi Kançağı, the head of the Traffic Accident
Victims Association, has sparked a controversy over his actions
after an accident he was involved in.  The incident occurred on
4 May in Istanbul when Kançağı struck an 18 year-old girl, Helin
Bulut, with his car.

Bulut was taken to a hospital where she was operated on because
of bone breaks in her leg.  A plate was put in her leg and Bulut
was not able to get out of bed for a month, cutting off her school
work, as well.

Hamdi Kançağı
Helin hanım in month-long traction after her 'minor mishap'.

The girl's father Veysi Polat had this to say: "He (Kançağı) took
my daughter to the hospital. He didn't call 155 (Turkey's 911)
nor did he summon an ambulance.  There was no police record
taken. Should the head of the Traffic Accident Victims Association
behave like this?"

Continuing, Polat added that "at the hospital he took her to the
doctor made three different diagnoses, so we got suspicious.
We asked for a good doctor but he said that would be 'expensive'.
On top of this, he suggested that we use a lawyer from his
association if we were going to file a lawsuit.  How could
someone you have victimized be defended by your lawyer?"

In his own defense, Kançağı explained that "it wasn't much
of an accident, the young girl just lay on the ground.  I took
her to the hospital right away."  And although Kançağı admitted
that he didn't call 155 he said that he gave information about the
accident to the police at the hospital.

As for suggesting his own lawyer to represent his victim,
Kançağı asserted that "we help accident victims. Why would
we make make an exception in this case!"   A case against
Kançağı for "negligently injuring" prepared by the police
has been forwarded to the public prosecutor.
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Call at your own risk. Just hope Hamdi bey doesn't answer.


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 6 June 2016)

Image result for toros kurbağasına özel koruma
    No, his name's not Kermit.  It's Mehmet.

A group organized a trip to two lakes - Çinligöl and Karagöl - where
the Toros frog lives in Ulukışla district of Niğde province. After
riding around the lakes in their rough terrain vehicles and motorcycles,
group members immortalized their trip on Facebook.

Environmentalists who saw the vehicles in a area which is supposed
to be silent for the good of the frogs, reacted fiercely to the
intrusion.  Ulukışla District Chief Ferhat Atar went into action
right away, closing off all the roads around Karagöl.  He promised
to have the Gendarmerie track violaters and take appropriate legal

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What's with all this preferential treatment for frogs lately?!

The Toros frogs are 7.5 centimeters (about 3 inches) in length and
live in the two lakes, which are in the Bolkar Mountains, some
3,000 meters above sea level.  The male frogs have an internal
voice box so they don't croak like other frogs.


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Ulukışla district is in southernmost Niğde province.


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