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


Boat made out of plastic bottles launched into the sea on World Environment Day

Şeref and Kate Topcu made headlines this week when they launched their boat made out of plastic bottles into the sea on World Environment Day.

Şeref and Kate built the boat to encourage people to stop using single use plastic and adopt a more healthy caring attitude towards our Earth and environment.

Click here to read the full story

Celebrating Kadir Gecesi in Fethiye

The 27th night of Ramadan is called Kadir Gecesi, the Night of Power.

It’s the night on which the first verses of the Koran are believed to have been revealed to Prophet Muhammed in Mecca in the year 610 AD.

The anniversary of that night or the birthday of the Koran, became the holiest moment in the Muslim calendar (Kadir Gecesi).

Click here to read more about Kadir Gecesi

Posted by Rebecca Parsley on Sunday, June 10, 2018

Erasta AVM plays host to Ramazan entertainment every year and, once again, shoppers stopped to watch the mesmerising performance of the Order of the Mevlevi (Whirling Dervishes)

Click here to read our article about the Order of the Mevlevi (Whirling Dervishes)

One year on, Turkey’s zero waste campaign proves successful

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 09 June 2018
An operator lifts stacks of waste paper at a waste management facility in Diyarbakır. The zero waste project aims to promote recycling and saving trees all across the country.

It has been almost a year since first lady Emine Erdoğan launched a zero waste campaign to promote recycling. Now recycling is more commonplace than ever before – from the presidential complex to restaurants

The Zero Waste Project launched 11 months ago by First Lady Emine Erdoğan is picking up the pace as the Prime Ministry and Parliament switch to a zero-waste policy today. The project involves saving everything from papers to discarded metals for future use or recycling them. It is difficult to tell how much Turkey has saved thanks to the campaign but nowadays most places – from the presidential complex to restaurants – are joining the campaign through their own recycling practices.

The sprawling presidential complex, which hosts the presidential office, a convention hall and a large mosque, recycled almost 14 tons of paper waste in the first five months of this year alone. Thus, it saved 238 trees used in paper manufacturing from being chopped off. In total, some 29,655 kilograms of packaging waste were gathered at the complex.

Figures by Anadolu Agency (AA) on recycling efforts at the presidential complex show the zero waste project helped prevent 173,600 cubic meters of greenhouse gas emissions. Some 9,580 kilograms of the plastic waste from the complex was used in the production of textiles, pipes, bottles and dumpsters. The presidential staff, from those working in the kitchen, to high-level bureaucrats are instructed to use recycling bins all around the complex.

In the recent years, Turkey has started to prioritize waste management over concerns of rising environmental damage with municipalities responsible for garbage collecting upgrading their waste management systems. The country also looks to curb food waste, particularly in the form of 12 million loaves of bread every day.

The goal of the project is to apply zero waste practices everywhere, in the public and private sectors, from hospitals to shopping malls, by 2023, the centenary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey.

Source: Daily Sabah

Caretta caretta released into sea after treatment in Turkey’s west

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 09 June 2018

A caretta caretta, which was treated in Istanbul after it had been found off the Gökçeada Island in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, has been released back to the sea.

The caretta caretta, named Özgür (meaning “Free” in Turkish), received a six-month treatment at the Istanbul Aquarium Sea Turtles Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in collaboration with the Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (ÇOMU).

Veterinary doctor Murat Mirzaoğlu said the sea turtle was injured after being hit by a boat and had broken bones in its head.

“The sea turtle was our guest at the center for six months. Now it is very healthy and we are happy that we treated an endangered animal,” Mirzaoğlu said.

Following the speeches, the turtle was left on the sand. After waiting for a while, the caretta caretta returned to its natural environment.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.

Fethiye Belediyespor

Fethiye Belediyespor won their away match against Final Spor on Saturday. The final score was 65 – 74.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 09 June 2018

For more information please visit Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Turkish Money

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:

The British Pound bought 5.98 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.20 TL.

The US Dollar bought 4.46 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.65 TL.

The Euro bought 5.25 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.42 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 09 June 2018