Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Road improvement work in Fethiye
Work is being carried out by Fethiye Municipality to improve the roads in the area.
82,907 square meters of parquet bricks will be laid in Pazaryeri Mahallesi and Esenköy.
In addition, the asphalt team is resurfacing roads in Babataşı, Foça, Karaçulha, Kargı, Tuzla, Üzümlü, Yanıklar villages and neighborhoods.
Source: Fethiye Haber Bülteni
Whale spotting in Fethiye Bay
There have been a number of sightings of a spermwhale in the Gulf of Fethiye this week.
The whale, estimated to weigh two tonnes, was first spotted by fishermen near Kızılada (Red Island).
Dr. Halit Filiz, faculty member of the Fisheries Faculty and Professor of Fisheries Basic Sciences, that the whale is a “kaşalot” or “speemwhale”, a very rare sight indeed in these waters.
Experts say that the whale may have lost its way and ended up in Fethiye and there are concerns that, if it can’t find its way to its regular feeding grounds, it may die.
Source: Fethiye Haber Bülteni
Turkey halts lira’s freefall – but it’s not out of the woods yet
Turkey’s central bank intervened to halt the free fall of the Turkish lira on Wednesday, but it isn’t clear whether policy makers will be able to stave off a full-fledged currency crisis.
Turkey’s central bank hiked its key interest rate by 300 base points on Wednesday, and managed to stabilize its ailing currency. The late liquidity window lending rate, which is the rate local financial institutions can borrow at, was pushed to 16.5% from 13.5%. The country has been under pressure from a weakening currency, double-digit inflation and a government critical of the central bank.
The U.S. dollar had rallied to a historic high against Turkey’s lira USDTRY, -0.0064% on Wednesday, buying 4.9233 lira at the high. In the year to date, the Turkish currency has dropped more than 20% against the dollar, according to FactSet data.
The euro-lira pair EURTRY, -0.5473% behaved similarly, first rallying to an all-time high but paring the rise after the rate increase. The euro last bought 5.5084 lira. The US and Eurozone are two of Turkey’s most important trading partners.
Plane that skidded at Trabzon airport may be converted into library
A plane that made the headlines after skidding off the runway at the airport in the Black Sea province of Trabzon in January may be converted into a library.
On Jan. 13, the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 that had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara made a normal landing at Trabzon Airport, but then went off the runway just meters from the waters of the Black Sea and got its wheels stuck in the mud. Luckily, no one was injured or killed in the accident.
The plane, named “Zeynep,” has been awaiting its fate at the airport since the day of the accident. The plane has undergone a technical examination by the insurance company and experts, and a decision made that the plane will not be put back into service.
The Trabzon Municipality has started an initiative to convert the plane into a library but this was refused by Pegasus Airlines. The municipality then made a second request, to which they are still awaiting a decision.
According to the municipality’s plans, the “library plane” will be installed on a 800,000-square meter area of land in Trabzon’s Akyazı neighbourhood.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Fethiyespor football academy
The football season may be over but the Fethiyespor football academy is in full swing training under 11’s, under 12’s and under 13’s – the players of the future. Training takes place on Saturdays and Sundays until June 18th and then moves to weekdays.
Fethiyespor TV – coming soon
Watch out for the Fethiyespor Club official TV HD channel which will be live very soon…
Thousands of Galatasaray fans celebrate league title on Istanbul’s Istiklal
Thousands of Galatasaray supporters gathered late Friday on Istanbul’s famous Istiklal Street to celebrate their team’s win in the Turkish Super League this season.
Organized by ultrAslan, the main Galatasaray fan group, the event took place in front of Galatasaray High School.
The fans celebrated by singing songs and lighting hundreds of torches in the colors of their favourite team — yellow and red. Because of the grandeur of the celebrations, massive smoke clouds could be seen from other parts of the city.
The festivities that blocked the street for tramway and pedestrian traffic took place under heavy police presence.
In the last week of the Super League season, Galatasaray secured its record 21st Turkish championship after beating Göztepe 1-0 away from home.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 6.25 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.05 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.70 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.49 TL.
The Euro bought 5.48 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.29 TL.
The UK isn’t the only place to suffer from rainy weather. Hisarönü experienced torrential rain and flooding on Saturday…
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.