Our weekly round of the Fethiye news continues.

Fethiye Mourned Loss of Son

turkish flag, war memorial

Fethiye mourned the passing of 25 year old, Turkish Air Force official, Orçun Münyas who was killed when a bomb ripped apart a bus carrying service personnel in Ankara last week.

Manias’ body was flown by military aircraft to Dalaman airport where it was then transported to Fethiye by motorcade.

His funeral was attended by senior service personnel, the Muğla Governor and hundreds of local citizens.

Many homes displayed the Turkish flag as a mark of respect for those killed in the bombing.

Spring is in the Air

Spring Flowers in the village of Kayakoy near Fethiye, Turkey

As we reported last week in our article Has spring sprung early in Fethiye? the mini heat wave of last week has certainly put a spring into Mother Nature’s step.

Last week the wonderful and colourful Anemones started to open and carpet the area.

Some of the best places to see them are within and around the abandoned Greek village at Kayakoy.

Cash Payout for Hotel Poisoning

A British teenager who picked up a gastric illness whilst on holiday at a popular hotel in Sarigerme, Dalaman, Turkey received a “six figure” out of court settlement last week it was reported the International Business Times.

They reported that the teenager, from Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, had to be rushed to hospital twice suffering from severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps and dehydration whilst on holiday at the hotel in 2010.

The report said that he was diagnosed with E.coli, parasite infection giardiasis and kidney condition haemolytic uraemic syndrome, leaving his kidneys working at two-thirds of their normal function.

The lawyers acting on behalf of the teenager said lax food hygiene standards had led to his condition.

At the time BBC Consumer Affairs programme Watchdog visited the hotel after a number of health complaints had been received from holidaymakers who had stayed at the hotel.

Tour operator TUI UK Ltd trading as First Choice Holidays and Flights made the payout just weeks before the trial was due to go to court.

Solar Powered Wanderer

We do see some interesting people pass through our area and last week it was the turn of a Swiss man who has been pedalling his away around Europe for the last 7 months.

David Bradenberg, a 46 year old, is making his journey on a recumbent bike.

The bike has been modified to tow a trailer and that is covered with solar panels to provide electricity for various gadgets.

David told local reporters that he doesn’t have a specific plan and no sponsors to satisfy so he is free to wander.

He thinks he may end up in China one day.

In the meantime he will be pedalling his way around Turkey and enjoying all it has to offer.

Spud Project

Fethiye Market potato stall
Fethiye Market potato stall

A project to increase the quality and quantity of potatoes grown locally was launched last week with 130 tonnes of seed potatoes distributed to farmers.

The project which is sponsored by the Muncipality will see some 520 hectares of land put to growing the potatoes in the first tranche.

A second tranche will follow later in the season at higher altitude farms.

New Immigration Centre Opened in Fethiye

Mugla governor

The Mugla Migration Directorate opened a new office in Fethiye last week in a ceremony that was attended by many officials.

The immigration centre, as it is known, is not there to process refugees as the name may suggest to some, but to help the 5,000 or so foreign residents who live in the area to complete their various residency duties.

Muğla Governor Amir Çiçek told Fethiye Times the new office will provide a more convenient way for applicants to apply for residency and for existing permit holders to renew their permits.

The office is located on 501 Street, the road behind the Post Office in the centre of Fethiye, just next to the MUSKİ office. It is clearly signed above a door on the left of a covered entrance, on the first floor.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.25 Turkish Lira by close of business on Friday.

A Turkish Lira was worth 24 pence.

Weather

The forecast for the week ahead.

Weather week 21 Feb 16

And Finally

A few dates for your diary:

The 102 anniversary of Fethi Bey remembrance 27 February.

International Women’s Day 8 March.

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