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

US laptop ban lifted on Emirates and Turkish Airlines

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Emirates plane landing – Getty images

Emirates and Turkish Airlines have said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on their flights to the US.

In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim nations, fearing bombs may be concealed in them.

Emirates, which flies to the US from its Dubai hub, said it worked with US authorities to meet new security rules.

Turkish Airlines said it was also now allowing passengers travelling to the US to take their laptops onboard.

The two airlines are now in the same position as Etihad, which saw the ban lifted on Sunday for its flights from Abu Dhabi.

Emirates said in a statement: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA.”

Turkish Airlines said on Twitter that all electronic devices would be allowed on its US flights from Wednesday.  – Courtesy of BBC News 

We’ll have to wait and see if UK airlines will also lift the ban.

TUI Big Holiday Beach Clean

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TUI DS Summer 17 Big Holiday Beach Clean

The TUI DS Summer 17 Big Holiday Beach Clean is an annual activity where beach clean ups are held in all TUI destinations. The clean ups are carried out to make a difference to the local areas, helping to keep beaches clean for locals, guests and also to help the environment..

One of the clean ups took place on Karataş beach and in the forest around the Sensatori Hotel in Fethiye on Wednesday.

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A spokesperson for TUI said “The local people were happy to see the clean up and were taking an interest and asking what we were doing.  It was nice to see so many people who were having BBQs in the forest, collecting litter themselves and putting it into the rubbish sacks dotted around.”

She went on to say “We collected 25 sacks of litter and rubbish in the end, mostly wet wipes, plastic plates and cups, some nappies, paper napkins and plastic bottles.”

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The message to everyone using the local beaches, forest and picnic areas is “Please take your rubbish home with you”

7.8 percent tax added to alcoholic beverages in Turkey 

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A 7.8 percent special consumption tax was added to alcoholic beverages in July, in line with Turkey’s producer price index in the first half of the year.

As a result an average increase of 4-4.5 Turkish Lira is expected for a 70cl bottle of Rakı.

Turkey makes price increases in alcohol products and tobacco products twice a year according to their share in the domestic producer price index.

Easy shopping at IKEA Bodrum

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IKEA Bodrum

IKEA Bodrum have a new Order and Pick Up Point where you can order and pick up items from IKEA Bornova in İzmir. You can pick up your purchases from the Bodrum Pick up Point without any delivery fee.

Specially trained sniffer dogs, Alçı and Çimen, find stashes of cannabis in Kabak Bay

Gendarmerie teams, with specially trained dogs, found cannabis in three different locations in the Kabak Bay district of Fethiye during an operation carried out on Saturday night.

The teams concentrated on the people and areas the dogs, Alçı and Çimen, reacted to. During the search, a small amount of cannabis was seized in the bag of a holidaymaker on the beach.

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Two further amounts were found in bungalows and tents of local campsites.

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Legal action has been taken against the three offenders.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.66 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it was selling for 4.58TL.

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.Fethiye Times News Week Ending 8 July 2017