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


Bayram News

The Kurban Bayram holiday was extended to nine days this year bringing an estimated 1.5 million vehicles to Muğla causing roads to become unusually congested during the holiday.

Hotels in Fethiye and Ölüdeniz were full to capacity and the beaches were packed full of holiday makers enjoying temperatures of 38 degrees. In many cases, it was easier to get to where you wanted to go on foot.

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Have a look at some of this footage and images from FRT TV.

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This level of congestion on the roads inevitably leads to traffic accidents.
26 people were injured when the bus they were traveling in collided with a concrete bollard by the roadside on Thursday. The accident took place on the Seydikemer-Kaş highway. Passengers broke windows to escape from the bus, whose doors were jammed against the bollard.  The injured passengers were transferred by ambulance to various hospitals who reported there were no life threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was taken to Seydikemer Jandarma Station for questioning and an investigation is taking place to determine the cause of the accident.
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Eight people were injured in four-car accident in the Ovacık/Hisarönü area on Friday.  One woman was trapped in her car and had to be cut free by emergency services. The injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals and the road was closed for a period of time to enable the vehicles to be removed.
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Daily Sabah reported the death toll from traffic accidents in Turkey reached over a hundred people in the first seven days of the holiday between 17 and 24 August.
Turkey’s General Directorate of Highways (KGM) logged 137 road accidents involving 105 deaths and 524 injuries during the busiest holiday season in the country.

The death toll is expected to rise as most travelers, an estimated 7 million people, will hit the road to return to their homes during the weekend.

The second day of the holiday was the deadliest with 29 accidents, 27 deaths and 119 injuries in 20 provinces.

The interior ministry took some precautionary measurements ahead of the holiday, such as increasing the number of traffic personnel, using helicopters and drones especially around congested roads, and deploying 15 traffic teams at key spots where deadly collisions occur frequently.

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In Istanbul, the towering Çamlıca Mosque added a new element to the Istanbul night-time skyline when it’s six minarets were lit up during Kurban Bayramı.
The mosque, situated on the Çamlıça Hill in the Üsküdar municipality on the Asian side of Istanbul, is projected to have capacity of 37,000, the largest capacity mosque built during the Republican era.
The building work began on 29 March, 2013.

3D lighting technology was used to light the minarets.

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Sources: FRT TV/ Daily Sabah


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.


Fethiyespor won their pre-season away match on Saturday again Muğlaspor. The final score was 0-2.

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The first league matches of the new season are:

Sunday 02 September away against Şanliurfaspor. Kick off is at 20.00.

Saturday 08 September is the first home match against Konya Anadolu Selçukspor.  Kick off is at 19.00.

Click here for the 2018/19 TFF 2 fixture list.

We’d like to wish the team good luck for the season…

#BizimHikayemiz Başlıyor ??2018/19 Sezonu Formalarımız ?..Marka: Fethiyespor KulübüYapım Şirketi: TDproductionn Editör: Selhan Orhan Yönetmen: Turhan Doğu U19 Altyapı Oyuncularımız:Deniz KaragözoğluBerkay KahramanArda Furkan Abbak

Posted by Fethiyespor on Monday, August 6, 2018

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Turkish Rugby League Association

Turkish Rugby League wins next years (2019) RLEF Congress bid in Istanbul Turkey.

Maurice Watkins RLEF Chairman, Gurol Yildiz TRL President, Nigel Wood RLIF CEO, Paul Nicholson RLEF Board member

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 25 August 2018

The Turkish Rugby League Association (TRLA) is a sports league in Turkey. They play rugby league. There are 5 teams; four teams are from Istanbul and one is from Eskisehir. The TRLA is very popular in the cities of Istanbul and Eskisehir in Turkey, and is the biggest rugby league competition in Turkey. The first grand final took place on 25 March 2017.


Though the organisation officially launched in 2016, preparation began the previous year, as rules were translated into Turkish that October.

The following teams are members of the TRLA:

  • Bilgi Badgers
  • Bosphorus Wolves
  • Eskisehir Aqua Rugy
  • Kadikoy Bulls
  • Olimpos RK

For more information about the Turkish Rugby League Association visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Turkish economic administration set to take key steps after holiday

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 25 August 2018

A quite busy calendar is set for Turkey’s economic administration after a nine-day public holiday for Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) with special emphasis on the preparations of the Medium-Term Economic Program (MEP), the public budget for 2019 and the country’s 11th Economic Development Plan.

After a long public holiday, which will end on Aug. 27, the first item in the economic administration calendar will be to announce the MEP.

Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak had said earlier he would announce the program in the first half of September, giving some clues about the program content with a target of 3 or 4 percent annual growth in 2019 and an inflation rate in single-digits again.

In a written statement on Aug. 9, he said the current account deficit would be balanced at around four percent of the GDP and the budget deficit at 1.5 percent.

Albayrak also pledged a saving campaign, which has recently kicked off, will be maintained in the upcoming period.

The ministry statement also mentioned the ministry targets a non-interest surplus of 5 billion Turkish Liras by the end of 2018 through savings and income-generating measures.

“The Treasury’s debt rollover ratio is to be reduced below 100 percent,” it added.

The country has however witnessed sharp fluctuations in foreign exchange markets in the days that followed the ministry statement mainly due to an escalation in a row between Turkey and the United States over pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being tried in Turkey.

Despite steps by the Central Bank and banking watchdog to underpin the lira, it has weakened 37 percent against the dollar this year.

In a conference call last week, Albayrak assured investors Turkey would emerge stronger from the crisis, insisting its banks were healthy but ready to provide support to the sector if needed.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Whilst the government make plans to resolve the economic crisis, World markets continue to watch Turkey nervously.

If you happen to be a tourist in Turkey right now, consider yourself lucky. Otherwise, things look grim.

Turkish Money

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:

The British Pound bought 7.71 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.67 TL.

The US Dollar bought 6.00 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.01 TL.

The Euro bought 6.98 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.88 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

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