Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Turkey marks 103rd anniversary of Çanakkale victory during the Gallipoli War
On March 18, Turkey commemorated the 103th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire’s World War One victory over Allied fleets that were attempting to break through the Strait of Dardanelles in the northwestern province of Çanakkale.
Ottoman soldiers deployed in the Gallipoli Strait succeeded in preventing a huge allied fleet from gaining access to the strategic channel. The allied fleet was attempting to pass through the strait before conquering Istanbul and pushing the Ottoman Empire out of World War I. The fleet’s repeated attempts to pass through failed and on March 18, it gave up, forcing the military to attempt a landing. The landing and the succeeding months-long stalemate ended in early 1916 when the allied army gave up and withdrew.
The Gallipoli War was one of the few victories by the Ottoman Empire during World War I, which ended with an allied victory. Ottoman soldiers fought in many geographic locations, from Yemen to Africa, the Caucasus and many places across Europe during the war. Tens of thousands of graves of the fallen are dotted across the nation, lands that used to belong to the Ottoman Empire and Axis countries.
The ceremony in Çanakkale was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, several ministers and diplomats and military representatives from New Zealand, the UK and Australia.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish Lira hits a record low against US dollar
The Turkish Lira skidded to a record low as rising global trade tensions triggered a bout of investor jitters.
The lira has tumbled 3.4 percent against the US dollar since the end of February. On Jan. 16 alone, the USD/TRY rate rose from 3.73 to 3.83.
The rapid fall has triggered concerns of a “depreciation spiral”, which has taken place “time and again since 2011”, said Ulrich Leuchtmann at Commerzbank.
He said that the lira’s decline, 7.7 percent over the past 12 months, has reached the point where it will “reflect in inflation prints down the road”, and in turn, “feedback to the exchange rate.”
Source: Financial Times
What a week of weather for Fethiye
Sunshine, high winds (Lodos) bringing dust from Libya, torrential rain, hailstones and snow on the high ground all made for an interesting week of weather in Fethiye.
Here are a few photographs.
First came the wind bringing dust from Libya.
Followed by the rain.
And hailstones (the first in March for 20 years!).
And just when they thought the winter was over, there was more snow at Girdev plateau.
Counterfeit money seized in Fethiye
Two people were arrested in Fethiye on Friday on charges of using counterfeit money.
Fethiye District Police Department Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Branch (KOM) teams acted on the news that some people in the province were sending young children to the market to buy items with counterfeit money.
On receiving the report, KOM teams examined security cameras and identified two men giving money to a small child who then went to the market to buy goods. 127 counterfeit 20TL notes were seized at the home of the men.
The men were arrested and face charges. The child, who is a minor, was released.
Turkey among most followed countries on social media
Turkey has ranked in the top five countries worldwide based on its followers on the tourism platforms, according to a statement by the country’s Culture and Tourism Ministry.
In a statement released on Friday, the ministry said there are over 6 million followers of a promotion campaign titled “Turkey Home” on its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts, putting the country among the top five most followed countries in the world.
Turkey has 5 million followers on the Facebook, according to the statement, which also stresses that promotion campaigns of Turkey have been strengthening on the social media each passing day.
It also said that Turkey’s videos shared on social media accounts show the country’s historic, touristic and archaeological values, which have been watched over 554 million times so far since the start of this year.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Hitsporder 3.WOW Kremlin Cup Tournament
Fethiyespor Juniors had a great result during the Hitsporder 3.WOW Kremlin Cup Tournament in Antalya two weeks ago.
The Under 13’s won team bronze, Under 12’s won the gold for the second year running and the Under 11’s won silver.
A great result for Fethiyespor who won their home match against Niğde Belediyespor yesterday. The final score was 3-1.
After yesterday’s result, Fethiyespor moves out of the relegation zone to 15th place on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 1st April away against SBSinşaat Kirklarelispor. Kick off is at 15:00.
Saturday 7th April at home against Sakaryaspor A.Ş. Kick off is at 15:00.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.62 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.46 TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.98 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.91 TL.
The Euro bought 4.92 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.81 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead and we’re happy to say things are looking a bit better.
Today’s featured image is courtesy of local photographer, Natalia Alpatova.