Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
PKK, Turkish security forces clash in Turkey’s Muğla
A clash between outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants and Turkish security forces occurred on Oct. 6 in an operation launched after five PKK militants were killed in the Aegean province of Muğla.
Turkish security forces had killed five PKK militants in Muğla’s Köyceğiz district in an operation a day before, on Oct. 5.
Security was tightened as the Police and Jandarma forces began the operation to capture two more PKK militants who were determined to be in the area.
Extra security is being provided by the military at roadside checkpoints at the Fethiye-Dalaman-Ortaca-Köyceğiz and Akyaka junctions and the central districts at the entrance and exit of the Menteşe
Meanwhile, 68 PKK militants were “neutralized” in counter-terrorism operations in Turkey between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4, the military said on Oct. 6.
U.K. Ends Laptop Ban on Most Inbound Flights from Turkey
The U.K. has lifted its ban of onboard large electronic devices on inbound international flights for “the vast majority” of carriers operating out of Turkish airports, as well as flights from Tunis, Tunisia. The U.K. government last week lifted the ban for Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen and Izmir airports in Turkey and Tunis-Carthage International. Earlier in the summer, it lifted the ban on Turkish Airlines and Pegasus flights from both Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen in Istanbul. The original ban included six countries—Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia—and will be lifted at the remaining airports on a case-by-case basis, according to the Department for Transport.
Source: businesstravelnews.com -3rd October 2017
Turkish government vows to reduce tax hike on motor vehicles to ‘reasonable level’
Turkey will reduce a planned 40 percent tax hike on motor vehicles to a “reasonable level,” government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ said late on Oct. 2 after a cabinet meeting.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at the weekend that the proposed tax increase would be reviewed, just days after it was announced last week by Finance Minister Naci Ağbal at a presentation of the government’s annual update of its medium-term economic program.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
2,000-year-old olive oil mill uncovered in Turkey’s Aegean region
Archeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old olive oil mill in the ancient city of Tripolis in southwestern Turkey. Discovered in Turkey’s Aegean province of Denizli, the mill is expected to shed light on the rich olive history of the region, according to Doğan News Agency.
The mill was uncovered during the excavation of an ancient agora. The mill room measures 3.5 meters, with a stone press 50 centimeters in diameter used to crush the olives.
“This mill, which we can say is 2,000 years old, shows us that in the past this region was rich in olive cultivation,” stated Professor Bahadır Duman of Pamukkale University’s Archeology Department and Tripolis Excavation Committee.
Fifty columns were raised during the restoration of the agora, clearing the center area where the mill was discovered.
Duman, who oversees the dig, reported that excavation will continue along with restoration of the agora.
Source: Daily Sabah – 5 October 2017
Jail sentences on way for all animal abusers
The Justice Ministry is working on a new regulation to introduce jail sentences for people found guilty of abusing animals, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül said on Oct. 4 in the capital Ankara.
The 151st article of Turkey’s Criminal Code already requires between four months and three years in jail for those found guilty of torturing or killing animals, but only if the animals have an owner. The ministry’s new regulation will widen the scope of the law amid a series of recent reports about incidents of cruelty to animals, with activists saying current punishments are not harsh enough.
“Abusing animals is a crime that demands between four months and three years in jail at present. But work is now being undertaken regarding this crime. Our ministry is working on what can be done to increase deterrence. Every living being is entrusted to the state, the administration, everyone. Aware of this, our work on needs and deficiencies started last week,” Gül said at parliament’s General Assembly.
World Kiteboard league to take off from Turkey’s shores
After years of being known as an amateur sport in Turkey, kiteboarding has taken off recently and is quickly taking its place among the country’s most popular professional sports.
With aims to gain much-wanted attention for this branch of sport, a World Kiteboard League event was held on the shores of Muğla’s Akyaka district from Oct. 5-8. Organized by Plus Event and Race Marketing & Management under the auspices of Turkish Sailing Federation, the event hosted 40 athletes from 19 foreign countries.
While Turkey’s coasts are considered highly suitable for kiteboarding, the sport is still not regarded among the popular, professional sports.
Although there was only one Turkish competitor competing in the tournament this year, officials are hopeful about the sport’s future in Turkey and believe that the number of athletes will increase in the coming years.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor played a home match against Nazilli Belediyespor on Sunday. The final score was 1-1.
This leaves them still in 13th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 14th October away against Altay. Kick-off is at 19:00.
Saturday 21st October at home against Ottocool Karagümrük. Kick-off is at 19:00
Ziraat Cup matches:
A date for the home match against Adanaspor from Lig 1 in the Ziraat Cup has not been confirmed yet. It will be either 24th, 25th or 26th October.
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Here are Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 4.72TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.77TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.61TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.56TL.
The Euro bought 4.24TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.21TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.