Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Major forest fire in Kumluca near Antalya
Cok kötü bi yangin allahim korusun gitti guzelim orman gitti
Posted by Osman Ulutaş on Monday, September 17, 2018
Firefighters worked side by side with forestry officials to extinguish a forest fire that broke out on Monday in the Kumluca region of the Mediterranean province of Antalya.
Seven helicopters, four amphibious planes, 50 fire trucks, along with more than 300 forestry workers were deployed to fight the blaze.
Their efforts were hampered by strong winds and firefighters fought to stop the fire from spreading by digging a fire-break through the red pine forest.
One advantage for firefighters was that the fire was very close to the sea and helicopters and planes could deliver water with very little loss of time.
Security forces prevented civilians from approaching the fire and all houses in the vicinity were evacuated.
Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire after 8 hours, but not before it had devastated pine trees and maquis areas, greenhouses, agricultural equipment, the saplings in the greenhouses, the houses used by the workers and three boats.
Residents were unable to hold back tears as they described the damage they have suffered from the fire.
A full investigation is taking place into the cause of the fire.
Source: Daily Sabah
Fethiye Mayor organises boat trip for local people with disabilities
Mayor of Fethiye, Behçet Saatcı, organised a private boat tour for local people with disabilities last Sunday.
Close to 100 disabled people and their families enjoyed a 12 Island boat tour. The group was accompanied by professional swimmers, enabling those with a disability to enjoy a swim in the sea.
Turkey Disabled Association Fethiye Branch Chairman, Aydoğan Arslan said “We like the sea and, thanks to Mayor Behçet Saatcı, we have been able to enjoy this boat tour and swimming. We usually have to watch from afar”.
New signage to help protect Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı
Şehit Fethı Bey Parkı opened in Fethiye on 26 July this year with a ceremony the Turkish people excel at.
Sadly, since then there have been many comments about the lack of care being taken in the park, causing damage to some of the equipment and detracting from the overall look of the recreation area.
To combat this, Fethiye Belediyesi have put up a whole new set of signage covering the problem areas that have emerged to date.
Source: News 48
Push to save historic orphanage in Turkey;
It looks more like the set of a horror movie than the majestic hotel and casino it was originally intended to be.
Built in 1899, the building on an island off Istanbul was never allowed to be used as a hotel and for many years it housed an orphanage for minority Greek children.
Now it’s derelict and falling into disrepair. But there’s a push to restore it to its former glory.
Known as Prinkipo, the building was designed by the architect Alexandre Vallaury for the company that ran the famed Orient Express.
Korhan Gömüs, architect and professor of urban planning at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, says it should be saved:
“It is a very modern building. It was conceived with beams and columns that have been measured well and really good quality materials were used. The building was conceived by a very famous architect, this is why the structure has survived until today. The fact that the wooden flooring has not moved in 120 years testifies to its quality.”
The orphanage was home for almost 6,000 Greek children from 1903 until 1964 when it was forced to shut down, as tensions rose between Turkey and Greece over Cyprus.
Vitleen Magulas, 80, lived there with her sister, from 1945 to 1951.
“At night, when the moon came up, it was as if you could hug it. We had very beautiful nights there. Our school was in a very good location, on top of the island. Prinkipo is a very beautiful island. A princess.”
Earlier this year, the cultural heritage organisation, Europa Nostra, included it on a list of seven endangered monuments, but its fate remains unclear.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Fethiyespor lost their home match against Darcia Gençlerbirliği on Saturday. The final score was 0-4.
Fethiyespor have now dropped to the bottom of the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 30th September away against Tokatspor. Kick off is at 15:30.
Sunday 7th October at home against Menemen Belediye Spor. Kick off is at 19.00.
The Ziraat Cup match will be played on Wednesday 26th September 2018. Kick off is at 18.00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 8.22 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.06 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.29 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.16 TL.
The Euro bought 7.40 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.17 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image is by Yuriy Whıte and Elena Kalinova