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Monday, 18 October 2010

Bodrum Nazis?

Holidaying Brits were outraged to find Nazi helmets on sale at a Tesco-owned store in Bodrum.

The helmets were priced at £8.50 and relegated to a bargain bin. To add insult to injury, the store, Kipa, was founded 86 years ago by a Jewish entrepreneur.
Sun reader Lee Gillet was not impressed. "I couldn't believe it. I'd popped in for some groceries and saw this Nazi helmet in a bargain bucket."

Bodrum, home of Turkey's original tourist resort, is not known for its Nazis and holidaymakers will no doubt hope this remains the case.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Awkward social situations

If someone chucked rubbish into my garden here in the UK, I'd probably throw it back. But what if you're in another country? It's hard trying to negotiate social situations when you're unfamiliar with another culture.

Alison Kenny writes about negotiating social situations as an expat, and learning to stand up for yourself. Having a holiday home in Antalya is one thing, but living there permanently, well, it's a whole different ball game.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Turkey's earthquakes - are you at risk?

Turkey’s earthquakes are well documented. Crossed by the Northern and Eastern Anatolian fault lines, the country is squeezed between two giant plates. 

Although quakes are relatively frequent, most are minor. However, in the last fifteen years the country has been hit by four earthquakes of 6.0 or more on the Richter scale, the deadliest being the 1999 Izmir-centred 7.4 quake which left more than 17,000 dead and many more homeless.

Thanks to Turkey’s rapid urbanisation and expanding cities, the potential for massive earthquake casualties is greater than ever. Sadly, the casualties will mostly likely be Turkey’s poor. As more and more people move to the cities for work and a better life, the demand for cheap housing grows. Unfortunately, not all developers adhere to Turkey’s strict building regulations, greasing palms and taking shortcuts to make a fast buck. The resulting housing is often ramshackle and poor quality – and liable to collapse at the smallest tremor. It was Turkey’s poor who suffered the greatest loss and injury during the 1999 quake.
After the Izmir quake the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool (TCIP) was established to make sure that in the future the country was safeguarded against the massive cost of reconstruction, without the need for international aid. Together with the World Bank, the TCIP set up a nationwide insurance policy. 

Now in its tenth year, the policy, which had been growing each year, has experienced a significant reduction in purchases.
Of Turkey’s 13 million private homes, only 25 per cent have up-to-date TCIP policies. Fethiye property owners top the list with almost 46 per cent of homes holding a valid policy. This is thought to be due to its relatively wealthy population, many of whom are foreigners who are used to the idea of insurance.

How can you safeguard yourself against earthquake loss?
  • Take out a TCIP policy.
  • Check your developer thoroughly to make sure they have adhered to the latest building regulations
  • Buy new build – older properties may not adhere to regulations. If this is the case, you may not be able to get an insurance policy.

What to do during an earthquake

• If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, drop, cover and hold

• If you are outside, move no more than a few steps, then drop, cover and hold
• If you are driving, pull over and stop
• If you are at the beach or near the coast, drop, cover and hold then move to higher ground immediately in case a tsunami follows the quake 

After an earthquake

• You should expect to feel aftershocks
• Help those around you if you can
• If you are in a damaged building, try to get outside and find a safe, open place
• Do not go sightseeing to look at the damage the earthquake has caused
• If you smell gas, try and turn off the gas main outside the building if it is safe to do so
• If you see sparks, broken wires or evidence of electrical system damage, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box if it is safe to do so
• If your property is damaged, take notes and photographs for insurance purposes

Monday, 4 October 2010

One elephant, special delivery

As far as gifts go, this is a doozy.

Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo is sending a large package to Turkey - registered delivery, because though this package is large, it's very fragile.

Accompanied by his caretaker, five-year-old Gabi the elephant is leaving his mother and sister behind and travelling over the sea to Turkey's Gaziantep Zoo. From a naughty, flighty youngster, Gabi is now a well-behaved adolescent - although having reached his sexual maturity this may change.

 Gabi in younger days (right) with his mother.

Relations between Israel and Turkey hit an all-time low in May when Israeli commandos raided a Turkish-backed flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish activists were killed.

Zoo curator Shmulik Yedvab said the strained relations between the two countries did not hinder Operation Gabi.

"Unlike many political issues, the relationship between zoos, no matter which countries are involved, are excellent because we have one main goal which is for all of us and that's, again, breeding endangered species," he told Reuters Television.

Upon his departure from Haifa port, Gabi will join three hippos, two zebras, another elephant and seven lemur monkeys sent from Israel's Ramat Gan safari zoo to Turkey.