In this weeks round up of local news ‘snippets’ plans are announced to expand adult education, Fethiye hosts its first dog show, only Brit knocked out of backgammon tournament and forest fire fighting plans are announced.

In this weeks round up of local news ‘snippets’ plans are announced to expand adult education, Fethiye hosts its first dog show, only Brit knocked out of backgammon tournament and forest fire fighting plans are announced.

Education for All

Whilst Turkey does not operate any form of adult education service comparable to that familiar in Britain, every town does have a Halk Eğitim Evi (literally ‘Peoples’ Education Centre’) where many practical courses are offered at low prices. 

This week the Regional Education Director in Muğla announced that a total of 349 courses had run across the province during the 2008-2009 academic year, with a total of 31,836 participants. 

Plans are in hand for further expansion in 2009 – 10.

Crufts?

And Fethiye hosted the first dog show ever during the week at which around 50 dogs competed in three categories: ‘small, medium and large’. 

They were judged by a panel of 5 ‘experts’ and a winner chosen on the basis of ‘beauty and calm temperament’ within each category. 

Then a team of trained dogs entered the ring to strut their stuff and all hell broke loose when first one, then several other, of the ‘beautiful and calm’ dogs broke away from their owners and jumped back into the ring to disrupt the display. 

A far cry from Crufts!

Knocked Out but Back for More Next Year

The Golden Dice Backgammon Tournament was held at Sultan’s Aqua Park and the sole British entrant got through to Round Four before being beaten. 

He’ll be trying again at the next Tournament in November.

Forest Fire Fighting Plans Announced

Public officials met in Muğla this week and announced plans to fight forest fires during July and August, the peak months, this year. 

They will be stationing fire fighting equipment in the most sensitive areas with fire fighters on duty 24 hours per day during those months. 

Last year a total of 286 fires across the province consumed 623 hectares of forest.  Apparently 60% of fires happen accidentally, 13% are started deliberately and 27% are the result of lightning striking dry and dead wood. 

Fingers crossed that the new precautions help reduce the number of fires in summer 2009.

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