Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
The Kurban Bayram holiday was extended to nine days this year bringing an estimated 1.5 million vehicles to Muğla causing roads to become unusually congested during the holiday.
Hotels in Fethiye and Ölüdeniz were full to capacity and the beaches were packed full of holiday makers enjoying temperatures of 38 degrees. In many cases, it was easier to get to where you wanted to go on foot.
The death toll is expected to rise as most travelers, an estimated 7 million people, will hit the road to return to their homes during the weekend.
The second day of the holiday was the deadliest with 29 accidents, 27 deaths and 119 injuries in 20 provinces.
The interior ministry took some precautionary measurements ahead of the holiday, such as increasing the number of traffic personnel, using helicopters and drones especially around congested roads, and deploying 15 traffic teams at key spots where deadly collisions occur frequently.
3D lighting technology was used to light the minarets.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Fethiyespor won their pre-season away match on Saturday again Muğlaspor. The final score was 0-2.
The first league matches of the new season are:
Sunday 02 September away against Şanliurfaspor. Kick off is at 20.00.
Saturday 08 September is the first home match against Konya Anadolu Selçukspor. Kick off is at 19.00.
Click here for the 2018/19 TFF 2 fixture list.
We’d like to wish the team good luck for the season…
#BizimHikayemiz Başlıyor 👈🏼2018/19 Sezonu Formalarımız 🚨..Marka: Fethiyespor KulübüYapım Şirketi: TDproductionn Editör: Selhan Orhan Yönetmen: Turhan Doğu U19 Altyapı Oyuncularımız:Deniz KaragözoğluBerkay KahramanArda Furkan Abbak
Posted by Fethiyespor on Monday, August 6, 2018
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Turkish Rugby League Association
Turkish Rugby League wins next years (2019) RLEF Congress bid in Istanbul Turkey.
The Turkish Rugby League Association (TRLA) is a sports league in Turkey. They play rugby league. There are 5 teams; four teams are from Istanbul and one is from Eskisehir. The TRLA is very popular in the cities of Istanbul and Eskisehir in Turkey, and is the biggest rugby league competition in Turkey. The first grand final took place on 25 March 2017.
Though the organisation officially launched in 2016, preparation began the previous year, as rules were translated into Turkish that October.
The following teams are members of the TRLA:
- Bilgi Badgers
- Bosphorus Wolves
- Eskisehir Aqua Rugy
- Kadikoy Bulls
- Olimpos RK
Turkish economic administration set to take key steps after holiday
A quite busy calendar is set for Turkey’s economic administration after a nine-day public holiday for Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) with special emphasis on the preparations of the Medium-Term Economic Program (MEP), the public budget for 2019 and the country’s 11th Economic Development Plan.
After a long public holiday, which will end on Aug. 27, the first item in the economic administration calendar will be to announce the MEP.
Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak had said earlier he would announce the program in the first half of September, giving some clues about the program content with a target of 3 or 4 percent annual growth in 2019 and an inflation rate in single-digits again.
In a written statement on Aug. 9, he said the current account deficit would be balanced at around four percent of the GDP and the budget deficit at 1.5 percent.
Albayrak also pledged a saving campaign, which has recently kicked off, will be maintained in the upcoming period.
The ministry statement also mentioned the ministry targets a non-interest surplus of 5 billion Turkish Liras by the end of 2018 through savings and income-generating measures.
“The Treasury’s debt rollover ratio is to be reduced below 100 percent,” it added.
The country has however witnessed sharp fluctuations in foreign exchange markets in the days that followed the ministry statement mainly due to an escalation in a row between Turkey and the United States over pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being tried in Turkey.
Despite steps by the Central Bank and banking watchdog to underpin the lira, it has weakened 37 percent against the dollar this year.
In a conference call last week, Albayrak assured investors Turkey would emerge stronger from the crisis, insisting its banks were healthy but ready to provide support to the sector if needed.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Whilst the government make plans to resolve the economic crisis, World markets continue to watch Turkey nervously.
If you happen to be a tourist in Turkey right now, consider yourself lucky. Otherwise, things look grim.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 7.71 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.67 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.00 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.01 TL.
The Euro bought 6.98 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.88 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.