Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Kuleli Beach closed
Kuleli Beach, situated around the headland from Fethiye, was sealed off by Fethiye police on Saturday on the instruction of the Fethiye District Governor’s Office. District Governor, Muzaffer Şahiner confirmed that Kuleli Beach was closed for business. To date, there hasn’t been an official announcement as to why.
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi
Multitasking at its best: Chinese artist Xu Fei plays guitar while paragliding in Fethiye
A Chinese artist has stolen the spotlight on social media by reaching a record-breaking 70 million views with her video showing her paragliding in famous southwestern Turkish resort town of Fethiye while playing the guitar mid-air.
The footage showed the popular artist Xu Fei playing the guitar while paragliding with her instructor in Fethiye’s Babadağ overlooking the famous Ölüdeniz lagoon.
Fei is one of the many guests of The Yunus Emre Institution, which has been hosting many media figures, celebrities and journalists as part of the “Be Our Guest” project launched this year. The project aims to expand Turkey`s relationship with China by working on mutual projects and thus achieving cultural diplomacy.
The Yunus Emre Institution has also invited members of various fields, including journalists and celebrities like Chinese actor Will Lie and his wife Wang Pei Yun. In addition, CEO`s and board members of China`s most popular social media platform Yi Dian-Zixun, which has over 560 million users, are also in Turkey. The guests enjoyed tours in Istanbul to many different historic landmarks like the Topkapı Palace, the Spice Market, Hagia Sophia among many others.
Xu Fei is a Chinese singer-songwriter who is slowly rising in China with many praises from her fellow pop stars. In 2006, Fei finished in 6th place in “Super Girl,” a Chinese talent show similar to “The Voice.”
Source: Daily Sabah
Counterfeit alchohol, guns and cannabis seized in pre-Bayram raids
Fethiye KOM Group Supervisor and Fethiye Fighting Against Narcotics Crimes Group Supervisor along with 30 police officers and NMAK dog Hera, participated in six simultaneous raids on properties in Fethiye on Wednesday.
19 litre water bottles filled with 1500 litres of counterfeit alcohol, several guns, 30 root cannabis plants and 300 gr of cannabis resin were seized as a result of the raids.
Three people were arrested and detained.
Source: Fethiye Haber Ajansi
Kurban Bayramı Holiday
It’s the Bayram holiday this week which means banks and government offices will be closed as follows:
Banks and Post Office (PTT)
Monday 20th August – Closed half day (from lunch time 12.30pm)
Tuesday 21st August – Closed
Wednesday 22nd August – Closed
Thursday 23rd August – Closed
Friday 24th August- Closed
Monday 27th August – Normal opening hours
All Government offices will be closed from Monday 20th for one week. They will reopen on Monday 27th August.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Fethiyespor signed a one-year contract with Alper Önal last week. Önal, a forward striker, played for Manisaspor last season.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
And for Rugby fans…
Click here for more information about the Turkish Rugby League Association
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 7.67 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.20 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.01 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.42 TL.
The Euro bought 6.88 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.34 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Thank you to Şemsi Toprak for today’s featured image.