Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

Turkey blocks Wikipedia

Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

Fethiye Times News

Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why.

Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”.

The Turkey Blocks monitoring group said Wikipedia was unreachable from 05:00 GMT on Saturday 29 April. People in Turkey were unable to access any pages without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). – source BBC World News. Click here to read the full article

Other websites, including leading social media, appeared to be working normally.

Preparations for the season continue

Preparations for the season continued in Çalış this week as Çalış Tourism and Promotion Association (Çalış-Der) carried out an operation to clean up the beach.

Tractors used sand sifting beach cleaners to scoop up the top layer of sand onto a screen where the sand falls through the screen and the debris is carried up into a bucket for disposal.

Photograph courtesy of Hakan Aykırı – Fethiye Haber
Photograph courtesy of Turkey’s For Life

From May to July sea turtles (Caretta caretta) will come ashore to lay their eggs on the beach so it is vitally important to keep the beach clean and follow the instructions on the signs.

Dawn breaks over the Anzac day service in Gallipoli

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the start of the ill-fated First World War campaign, in which thousands of Anzac troops died.

Services took place around the world on 25 April to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Waves of Allied forces launched an amphibious attack on the strategically important Turkish peninsula – key to controlling the Dardanelles straits, the crucial route to the Black Sea and Russia.

Allied troops land at Anzac Cove, Gallipolli peninsula, during the bloody Gallipoli campaign of 1915-1916. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images

A ceremony was held in Turkey at the site of the Gallipoli landings, known as Anzac Cove,

Australian and New Zealand soldiers attend a dawn ceremony at Anzac Cove in the Galliplli peninsula in Cannakale, Turkey – photograph courtesy of Reuters

The number of attendees this year was significantly lower than in previous years, after the Government warned people to stay away due to terrorist threats in Turkey.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and New Zealand Justice Minister Amy Adams attended the dawn service where they laid wreaths.

Convicts carry out clean ups

35 convicts took part in a clean up operation in the Kayaköy area this week. The aim of the project, “Yaşanabilir Bir Çevre İçin El Ele Projesi”(Hand in hand for a liveable environment) is to work with prisoners, as part of their rehabilitation, to create awareness of the importance of keeping the environment clean.

Fethiye District Governor, Ekrem Çalık, said “We live in one of the most beautiful geographical areas in the world and environmental cleanliness is very important.  We have a commitment to offer a clean environment and protect this beauty for future generations and the 1.3 million tourists who will come to our region”

Fethiyespor stay out of the relegation zone

Fethiyespor travel to Erzurum for the final match of the season

Fethiyespor fans were delighted when a 0-0 draw against Erzurum gave them the point they needed to stay out of the relegation zone.

They finished the season in 15th place with 38 points so remain in league 2 for the 2017/18 season.

Better luck next year lads!

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.60 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it was selling for 4.66 TL.

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