Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
It highlights key events, milestones and achievements, and aims to further promote and raise awareness of women’s rights and to achieve equal opportunity status in all walks of life, globally and locally.
Göcek Yacht Club sails against violence against women
Göcek Yacht Club in cooperation with the Turkey Sailing Federation (TYF) organised a Women’s Day sailing competition with the theme “We sail against violence against women”
12 yachts and more than 100 sailboats, each with at least one female crew member, participated in the two-day event which was held for the first time this year.
Following the races, TYF President Özlem Akdurak said “This activity is starting to raise awareness of violence towards women, I wish this activity to be an example.”
Smuggled lion cub, hundreds of exotic birds seized in Turkey
Turkish gendarmerie units seized hundreds of exotic birds and a lion cub inside a van near the border with Greece in an operation last week.
The van was stopped and searched near the Sultan village of northwestern Edirne province, located a couple of kilometres away from the Ipsala Border Gate with Greece.
A lion cub, a puppy, 123 Paradise parrots, 150 cockatiels, 120 parakeets, 24 Asian miniature goats, two snowy owls, six Amazon parrots and 42 pigeons were seized from the van.
The van’s driver and another suspect were detained as part of the operation.
The animals were handed over to officials from the Nature Conservation and Directorate of National Parks in Keşan district to be transferred to the Polonezköy Nature Park in Istanbul.
Turkish security forces often seize smuggled animals hidden inside trucks or vans coming from or going to Greece and Bulgaria.
Source: Daily Sabah
Bodrum excavations reveal rich history
Excavations carried out over the last six months in the western province of Muğla’s Bodrum district unearthed rock tombs from various eras, a historic figurine on a rock and artifacts from the early Bronze Age.
Fifteen Pithos tombs from the early Bronze Age were unearthed in the Gümüşlük neighbourhood of the Çukurbük area. Gifts for the dead and tear bottles found in the tombs were put under protection.
A Pithos tomb was a large storage container used to preserve liquid products and dry agricultural products in ancient ages. However, they were mostly used as graves in the region.
Three rock tombs were also unearthed at a construction site in Bodrum’s Bitez neighbourhood. The tombs are believed to date back to the Hellenistic or Roman era, Bodrum Underwater Museums officials have said.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Driver pays a heavy fine for driving ‘laying down’
A driver paid a heavy price after being caught literally laying down whilst driving his motorcycle at a speed of 125 kph in the Karaçulha district of Fethiye on Thursday.
A concerned citizen reported the incident to the police and the driver was detected when traffic cameras were later checked.
The driver was convicted of dangerous driving offences and fined 4.271TL.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor lost their away match against Karagümrük on Saturday. The final score was 1-2.
With all matches played last week, Fethiyespor stay at 15th position on the league table. Fethiyespor must win next week’s game or they could move into the relegation zone.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 17th March at home against Konya Anadolu Selçukspor. Kick off is at 15:00.
Sunday 25th March another home match against Niğde Belediyespor. Kick off is at 15:00.
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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 5.25 TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.81 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.80 TL.
The Euro bought 4.69 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.68 TL.
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