28 Mayıs 2017 Pazar

PM's Residence Garden as Insect Battlefield

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 28 May 2017)

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                       Tree Enemy No. 1

The Ministry of Forests and Water Affairs has initiated a war with the
"12-toothed bark insects" in the garden of the Çankaya Mansion and
the Prime Minister's Residence by unleashing red forest ants in the
garden.  In addition to destroying the unwanted pests, the red ants are
aerating the ground, improving drainage and moving seeds.

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                Prime Ministerial battleground

A chemical "pheromone" is also being used against the 12-toothed pests.
When a pheromone is secreted into the environment it creates a special
reaction that prompts creatures of the same species to reproduce,
tempting the pests into a trap.  In the garden of the Çankaya Mansion,
41 pheromone traps, each 1.3 meters high, have been spread among the

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       Red ants to the rescue!

As for the red ants, nests for them have been formed in the garden so
they can battle their enemy, which drills holes in the bark of the trees
and begins to eat away at the tree's cambium tissue layer.

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Çankaya Mansion and Prime Minister's Residence (A)

27 Mayıs 2017 Cumartesi

Vehicular Edition: Submersion & Decapitation

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 27 May 2017)

Ayrılmak isteyen kız arkadaşının aracını sulama kanalına attı
Nothing better to do than to save sunken cars at 1 in the morning.

The night before last in Adana's Atakent neighborhood, citizens who saw
a car submerged in an irrigation canal with its headlights on called police.
As the police tried to remove the car from the canal, a passing citizen
named Aziz Çelik (a.k.a. Good Samaritan) stopped his car, took off his
clothes and jumped into the canal  He then  succeeded in tying a rope to
the car to keep it from drifting further along with the canal's current.

The car, with no one inside, was removed from the canal and its owner
identified as Hatice Kübra İ. (21).  Concurrently, police spoke by phone
with Hatic Kübra, who explained that her boyfriend Çağrı A. (27) had
called her to say that "if you leave me I'll push your car into the canal!"
Police contacted Çağrı A., who confirmed Hatice Kübra's account. (!)

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                       Adana province


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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 27 May 2017)

Kaldırıma çekilen ip kafasını koparttı

In Şanlıurfa's Birecik district, motorcyclist Deniz Özkesiciler (20) was
beheaded at he drove his motorcycle along a bike path.  Someone had
tied a rope across the bike path from a lamp post to a tree.  The incident
occurred yesterday at around noon in the Meydan neighborhood. Police
are searching for the person who tied the rope.

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Birecik is the westernmost district of Şanlıurfa province.


26 Mayıs 2017 Cuma

Swimming Against the Tide

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 26 May 2017)

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             Hands-free super will power.

In Kahramanmaraş, Beytullah Eroğlu, the oldest of Mustafa and Fatma
Eroğlu's 4 children, was born without both arms.  Beytullah did not leave
his house until he was 7 years old but with his father's support he began
elementary school.  Soon Beytullah learned to write with his feet but his
life really changed when he met Osman Çullu, the head of the
Kahramanmaraş Handicapped Swimming Club and coach of the Turkish
national swimming team.

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        Beytullah's way.

With the aid of a special 'boat', Beytullah was able to float on the water
but, as he explained, "this took a full 6 years.  It was very tough but I
learned to swim."  Since then Beytullah has won many medals for Turkey.
He explained that "rather than sink into a shell and give up I decided to
make the best of my life. I want to thank President Erdoğan and Sports
Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç for their support. I'm working out 7 hours
each day in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics."

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                     Kahramanmaraş province