Fethiye Times pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Toll increase on Göcek Tunnel
Last week we brought you news of tax cuts and increases in bridge and tunnel tolls. At the time we had no information as to whether the toll for the Göcek Tunnel would increase.
This week it was announced that the Göcek toll would be raised from 5.50TL per car to 7.00TL. Larger vehicles will now have to pay 10TL.
Fethiye Municipality and the environment
A team from Fethiye Municipality were a out and about this week explaining the environmental issues caused by the incorrect disposal of packaging waste, waste batteries, vegetable waste oils, textile wastes and electronic wastes.
They visited 5848 households and 1322 workplaces in eight neighborhoods.
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi
Muğla Metropolitan Municipality carries out animal health, rearing and feeding training for farmers
Muğla Metropolitan Municipality is providing training on animal health, breeding and feeding training for livestock farmers in rural areas throughout the province.
The training is carried out by veterinarians and agricultural engineers who specialize in animal health and cultivation in order to ensure sustainable livestock production. The educational programs, which are carried out free of charge, will continue in all neighborhoods engaged in animal husbandry throughout the province.
In addition to training, participants are also provided with disinfectants and equipment before and after milking to combat mastitis.
Source: Muğla Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Turkey to Israel, Jordan on alert for usually cold winter storm next week
From Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, a potent storm will take aim at areas from Turkey to Israel and Jordan, bringing snow to some areas that do not get wintry weather often.
Rain and mountain snow are expected to streak across parts of Turkey and the Middle East this weekend, but adverse weather may ramp up significantly in these areas next week.
While the exact details will be finessed in the coming days, widespread snow, rain, strong winds and plunging temperatures are expected to accompany the storm from Tuesday into Wednesday.
Snow or rain changing to snow is expected to sweep from west to east across most of Turkey, leading to far-reaching impacts to travel and daily routines.
Magnitude 4.8 quake rattles Muğla’s Datça in western Turkey
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 rattled Muğla’s Datça in western Turkey on Thursday, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
The quake hit at 21:24 p.m. (EET), AFAD said, adding that it struck at a depth of around 8 km.
No damage or injuries were reported.
One smaller tremor struck the region immediately after the main earthquake.
Turkey is among the world’s most seismically active countries as it is situated on a number of active fault lines. In the latest earthquake-related disaster, more than 600 people died in October 2011 in the eastern province of Van after a 7.2 magnitude quake and powerful aftershocks.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish court rules against hydroelectric dam to protect sea otters and chamois
A court in the northeastern province of Erzincan has cancelled an environmental clearance for a hydroelectric (HES) dam planned for construction on the Tagar River.
The court’s decision was mostly based on the reason that the planned dam would have exceedingly restricted the area in which endangered sea otters and chamois are residing. The annulment is significant such that is it the first court ruling referring to the environmental damages a HES would have on sea otters and chamois.
The court’s decision came after a lawyer, Barış Yıldırım, filed against the construction of the HES on the river because of the “sociological and ecological damage the project would cause to the region and locals” despite the positive environmental impact assessment (EIA or ÇED in Turkish).
Yıldırım stated “Çemişgezek is one of the most unique places of Turkey with its cultural and natural heritage. There are 1,900 discovered plant species in the region. The court’s verdict is the only one emphasizing sea otters and mountain goats. It is precedential in that sense.”
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Fethiyespor have spent ten days at training camp in Antalya. During this time they have been training hard and playing pre season matches.
Fethiyespor won their pre season match against Keçiörengücü on Wednesday. The final score was 1-0.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 19th January against Şanliurfaspor at Mügla Atatürk Stadium. Kick off is at 13:30.
Sunday 27th January away against Konya Anadolu Selçukluspor. Kick off is at 13:30.
Fethiyespor start the second half of the season in 16th position on the league table.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Local man’s football shirt puzzles Madrid fans
Steve Fairbank, an expat living in Fethiye, travelled to Abu Dhabi for the FIFA World Club Cup Championship to watch Real Madrid beat Al Ain 4-1 and be crowned 2018 champions.
As a loyal Fethiye supporter, he took his shirt with him. His son. Andy, sent us a photo of him with his Fethiye shirt just before kick off with 40 thousand Madrid fans looking puzzled by the badge!
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.02 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.79 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.46 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.33 TL.
The Euro bought 6.26 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.07 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth