Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Fethiye Races For Life for the fourth year
Fethiye turned out yesterday for the fourth year to Race For Life.
An incredible 71,000TL has been raised so far with more money to come.
Come back tomorrow for the full story and photographs.
Bennett strikes again in stage 3
Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his second stage victory in as many days at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Thursday, following up his stage 2 success with a win in stage 3.
The Irishman bested Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in a sprint finale, extending his lead in the general classification in the process.
The third stage of the Tour of Turkey ran 137.2 kilometers on an undulating route from Fethiye to Marmaris. When the early break was caught with around 20 kilometers to go, the stage was set for a potential sprint showdown, but the fast finishers would have to make it over one final climb before the line.
Bennett was up to the task. He survived the late climb and then held off a strong challenge from stage 1 winner Richeze in the sprint to snatch the victory.
Bennett now has a 10-second lead over Richeze in the general classification, but Friday’s stage will likely be his last day in the jersey; the 206.9-kilometer stage from Marmaris to Selçuk concludes with a challenging uphill finish sure to bring the climbers to the fore.
Local photographer, Martin Palmer, captured these great shots of the teams in Fethiye at the start of stage 3
Turkish Government launches plan against surging inflation
Unveiling a new set of measures to fight inflation, Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak vowed an “all-out war” on inflation with the support of the private sector on Tuesday.
Under the program, Turkey’s private sector has agreed to cut prices on its goods by at least 10 percent across the board, the minister said at an event in Istanbul, as he called on businesses “to join a national struggle to tame soaring inflation.”
“The fight against inflation and for price stability is not a fight that can be conducted by the state and institutions alone,” Albayrak said.
The voluntary discount would be reflected in all the goods that make up Turkey’s inflation basket and prices would be lowered by a minimum 10 percent until the end of the year, he said.
Companies that try to increase profits under the current circumstances would cause greater losses in the near term, he warned.
It was not immediately clear how many goods would ultimately be impacted or how many companies would take part, but Albayrak called on the public to support those that push through with the price cuts.
The new program also included a freeze on energy prices until the year-end and an acceleration of VAT rebates.
The banks will give a 10 percent discount to high-interest loans given after Aug. 1, the minister also noted.
As the currency crisis deepened in August, the government made it illegal for companies to arbitrarily impose price increases if they were not impacted by a rise in input costs or the exchange rate.
According to the country’s statistical authority, Turkey’s annual inflation reached 24.52 percent in September, up from 17.9 in August.
Over the past five years, annual inflation saw its lowest level at 6.13 percent in April 2013, while the figure reached its highest level this September.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey Frees Pastor Andrew Brunson, Easing Tensions With U.S.
A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of the American pastor Andrew Brunson, ending his 24-month detention and allowing him to fly home, signaling a truce of sorts in a heated diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States.
Mr. Brunson, who was accused of spying and aiding terrorists, had been sentenced to 3 years 1 month 15 days in prison. The judge, citing time served, allowed him to leave the country immediately.
Mr. Brunson’s prolonged detention and trial had worsened tensions between the United States and Turkey. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence personally raised his case several times with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The United States government imposed financial sanctions. And members of Congress traveled to Turkey to attend his trial.
American officials said Mr. Brunson’s detention, along with that of about 20 other Turkish-Americans held after a coup attempt in 2016, was an attempt by Ankara to gain leverage in its various disputes with Washington.
Source: The New York Times
Sparks from barbecue cause fire in apartment block Fethiye
A two-story building in the Akarca district of Fethiye was extensively damaged by fire on Thursday.
Sparks from a barbecue being held on a balcony in the apartment block ignited the roof of the apartment block which went up in flames.
The owner of the apartment and a fiend tried to extinguish the flames without success and neighbors called the Emergency Call Centre on 112.
Emergency services attended and the fire was extinguished after two hours.Fethiye District Police Department teams continue the investigation into the fire.
Village in Turkey Takes Pride in its Hundreds of University Graduates
A village in Turkey’s remote southeastern province of Diyarbakir takes pride in the number of its university graduates. The village’s first elementary school opened its doors more than 70 years ago, and since then it has produced scores of doctors, judges, nurses and teachers. Mahmut Bozarslan files this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Tuzlaspor on Saturday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor move up one position to 17th on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Wednesday 17th October at home against Tarsus Idman Yurdu. Kick off is at 19.00.
Sunday 21st October at home against Kahramanmaraş Spor. Kick off is at 19.00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.04 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.87 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.13 TL.
The Euro bought 6.79 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.07 TL.
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