Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Muğla area prepares for winter
The Muğla Municipality are currently carrying out work to clear the storm drains and water channels in preparation for the winter.
The high levels of rainfall in the Muğla area causes regular flooding if the rainwater drainage channels aren’t kept clear.
General Director of MUSKİ Baki Ülgen, who made statements about the works, emphasized that the works are underway to prevent the possible negative effects of the winter weather. He said “All the streams and rain water lines in the area are being checked and cleaned. The work in Dalaman, Köyceğiz, Bodrum, Fethiye and Ortaca is almost complete”
GOV.UK Turkey Travel Advice
Here’s the latest update from GOV.UK
On 29 October the new airport in Istanbul is due to open with flights transferring from the existing Ataturk airport between 29 and 31 October. During the transition period, flights are expected to operate simultaneously from both airports. You should allow sufficient time for check in, transfers to onward destinations and for potential transfer between the two airports. If you have any questions regarding your flight you should contact your airline for information.
Restrictions on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin on flights departing from Turkey to the UK, have now been lifted. For more information and advice about what items you can take into the cabin on your flight from Turkey to the UK, contact your airline or travel company.
All police teams now authorised to issue traffic fines
All police units and gendarmerie (in addition to traffic police) will now be able to fine drivers who do not abide by traffic rules, as per a notification issued by the Interior Ministry.
The official letter has already been sent to the relevant authorities across Turkey’s 81 provinces, with the implementation kicking off in the southern province of Mersin last week.
Accordingly, 6,000 police officers on duty in Mersin were trained on road safety management and were each handed out “violation of traffic rules forms.” Once the relevant police officer determines that a driver is in violation of the traffic rules, then they will be able to fill in the relevant form and send them to the authorities for the fining procedure to be finalised. Mersin police officers were reported to have taken action against 800 drivers so far.
The regulation came into effect after officials formed the opinion that traffic police officers were not enough in numbers to implement existing traffic rules and therefore decided to extend the authority of fining drivers to all police teams, including undercover officers.
The regulation aims to minimise traffic accidents in Turkey, many of which are due to people using mobile phones while driving and changing lanes in a way that put the lives of others at risk.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s annual inflation hits 15-year high at 24.5 %
Turkey’s consumer price index increased 24.52 percent in September year-on-year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) revealed on Wednesday (3 October)
It rose 6.3 percent from the previous month, far higher than the 3.6 percent average increase in a Reuters poll of 15 economists.
On a yearly basis, the biggest price hike was in furnishing and household equipment in September — up at 37.28 percent — and in transportation at 36.61 percent.
Food and non-alcoholic drinks’ prices, key to consumer price inflation, surged 6.4 percent month-on-month.
Producer prices rose 10.88 percent month-on-month in September for an annual rise of 46.15 percent, the data showed.
After inflation rose 17.9 percent year-on-year in August, the Turkish Central Bank signaled that it would take action against “significant risks” to price stability.
It subsequently raised its benchmark rate by a hefty 625 basis points on Sept. 13, the biggest such increase in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s 15-year rule, providing some support to the ailing Turkish Lira which has fallen about 40 percent against the U.S. dollar this year.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey continues with daylight saving time permanently
A presidential decree signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made “GMT+3” the official permanent time zone of the country.
The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, on Sept. 27 had ordered a stay of a previous cabinet decision to make daylight saving time last for the entire year.
The government’s decision to move to permanent daylight saving time had stirred a public debate, as some communities especially living in the western parts of the country complained about having to wake up in the dark well before sunrise.
On the other hand, then Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak defended the practice, citing studies showing that advancing clocks year-round would increase productivity.
Turkey, which lies between longitudes 26° and 45° E, traditionally used the “GMT+2” timezone on grounds of its close ties with the European countries.
The practice of advancing clocks one hour between March and November had been in place since 1970.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor lost their home match against Menemen Belediye Spor yesterday. The final score was 0-1.
Fethiyespor remain at the bottom of the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 13th October away against Tuzlaspor. Kick off is at 15.00.
Wednesday 17th October ah home against Tarsus Idman Yurdu. Kick off is at 19.00.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Turkish Rugby League Association -Emerging Nations World Championship
Niue, Turkey, Poland and Hungary were the winners in Round Two of the 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship played at St Marys Leagues Stadium in Sydney on Thursday.
The ENWC tournament, which is endorsed by the Rugby League International Federation, showcases the growth of the game internationally, with 30 matches over two weeks across Western Sydney, culminating in the final on Saturday 13 October 2018.
Turkey were just too strong for Japan with a winning score of Turkey 60 – Japan 0.
For more information about Turkish Rugby League Association please visit them on Facebook
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol played two matches in Antalya this week.
They won the first match against Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket on Friday.
They also went on to win their next match against Kepez Belediyespor on Saturday.
For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol please visit them on Facebook
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 8.04 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.89 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.13 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.05 TL.
The Euro bought 7.07 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.03 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.