Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.


Turkish Lira falls amid escalating geopolitical concerns

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 20 January 2018

Turkey’s currency has weakened both against the U.S. dollar and the euro, as geopolitical risks escalate over a possible military operation by Turkey in the Afrin region of northern Syria.

The lira slumped as much as 1.5 percent against the dollar to 3.8034 early on Jan. 15, although the dollar index was down 0.4 percent to its lowest in more than three years.

The lira-dollar index slid further to 3.8324 early on Jan. 16, before regressing a bit to 3.82 in the afternoon.

The lira also plunged to 4.6639 on Jan. 15 from 4.5656 on Jan. 12. The index saw 4.6928 early on Jan. 16, before sliding back to 4.6509 in the afternoon of Jan. 16.

The Turkish currency slumped to record low levels against both currencies back in November 2017.

The country’s main stock exchange also closed the Jan. 15 session at 112,159 points with a 2.17 percent decline from the previous session after the Syria developments broke out.

The markets have been closely following the announcements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu along with his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson late on Jan. 16 in Canada, according to analysts.

Eyes have also been on the Central Bank’s rate decision, which will be made this week, and a possible rating decision by Fitch Ratings on Jan. 19, they also noted.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

One dead and one injured in school road traffic accident

A student was killed and one injured when a motorcycle collided with a school service bus in Seydikemer on Wednesday.

Cemal Öztürk (17), a student of Seydikemer Anatolian High School in Fethiye, was giving his classmate, Neşet Aykut (17),  a lift to the school on his motorcycle when they collided with a student service bus which came from the opposite side in Beşkavak Caddesi in Uğurlu neighborhood.

Öztürk and Aykut were attended to by emergency services at the scene before being taken to hospital in Fethiye. Aykut later died from his injuries. Öztürk is recovering in hospital.

The driver of the service bus was taken into custody.

Okul Yolunda Kaza 1 Ölü, 1 Yaralı

Seydikemer de okul servisi ile motosikletin çarpışması sonucu 1 öğrenci öldü, 1 öğrenci yaralandı.Fethiye'de yaşayan ve Seydikemer Anadolu Lisesi öğrenci olan Cemal Öztürk (17) sınıf arkadaşı Neşet Aykut'u (17) evinden alarak motosikleti ile okula gitmek için yola çıktı. Öztürk'ün kullandığı 48 JF 005 plakalı motosiklet, Uğurlu Mahallesi Beşkavak Caddesi’nde karşı yönden gelen Osman Finioğlu idaresindeki 48 S 3255 plakalı öğrenci servisi ile çarpıştı.Çarpışmanın etkisiyle bir süre sürüklenen Öztürk ile Aykut yaralandı. Vatandaşların ihbarı üzerine olay yerine gelen sağlık ekiplerince ilk müdahaleleri yapılan yaralılar Fethiye'deki özel hastanelere kaldırıldı.Kazada ağır yaralanan Aykut hastanede yapılan tüm müdahalelere rağmen kurtarılamadı. Öztürk'ün ise hayati tehlikesinin bulunmadığı kaydedildi. Kaza haberini alan Aykut'un yakınları ve sınıf arkadaşları hastanelere koştu. Kazanın ardından servis şoförü göz altına alındı.

Posted by SEYDİKEMER POSTASİ on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Source: Seydikemer Postasi

Less snow, more rain and floods await Turkey

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 20 January 2018

Turkey will face less snow and more rainfall from now on due to global warming, with more incidents of floods occurring in the country, according to a snow hydrologist working at NASA.

“You will have more floods and there should be more investments in infrastructure to combat this. Some places, on the other hand, will experience droughts. So dams should be built for clean water,” Dr. Thomas Painter told daily Habertürk on Jan. 19.

“The problem we go through in global warming is this: The hotter the climate is, the more water in the form of rain falls instead of snow. Due to this, an important reserve of water is lost because as soon as rain pours down it flows immediately [to the earth]. It does not stay like snow in the high areas of mountains,” Painter said.

“As one of the water storage systems, meaning snow, is lost, the capacity of dams in terms of collecting water is exceeded, which results in more incidents of floods,” he added.

The NASA hydrologist also noted the potential impact of this climate change on cities, saying “more investment in necessary infrastructure” is needed.

“You also need to build more dams to have clean water, because floods pollute water. But while some regions will experience more floods, others will experience more droughts. One of the things this means is, for example, more forest fires,” Painter said.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey uses large crane to remove 737 from slope

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 20 January 2018

Turkish authorities used a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on January 13th. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured.

Ambulances and fire extinguishing trucks were on standby on Thursday as the crane lifted the plane up the slope.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 20 January 2018



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.

Fethiyespor lost their away match against Hacettepe Spor yesterday. The final score was 3-1.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 20 January 2018

After yesterday’s result, Fethiyespor stay in 14th position on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 20 January 2018

The next league matches are:

Sunday 28th January 2018 at home against Pendikspor. Kick off is at 13:30.

Sunday 4th February 2018 away against Gümüşhanespor. Kick off is 13.00 ( please note the slightly earlier kick-off time)

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.

Turkish Money

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:

The British Pound bought 5.27 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.14 TL.

The US Dollar bought 3.80 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.74 TL.

The Euro bought 4.65 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.57 TL.

Weather Forecast

There was stormy weather in Fethiye this week.

Come back tomorrow for our gallery of readers photographs of the stormy weather.

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 20 January 2018