Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
International Women’s Day
The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
International Women’s Day (8 March) is now celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. #BalanceforBetter
International Women’s Day in Fethiye
Celebrations in Fethiye included presentations of wreaths at the Atatürk monument, speeches by prominent women in Fethiye including leader of İyi Party and candidate for Fethiye Mayor, Nagihan Bulut.
The women of the support teams for each of the candidates for Fethiye Mayor were introduced as well as female Muhtars from local districts; Dilek Aykut (Tuzla Mahallesi), Ayça Bayezit (Patlangıç Mahallesi), Gülser Tombuloğlu (Akarca Mahallesi), Emine Kahraman (Taşyaka Mahallesi).
The speeches and presentations were followed by folk dancing by the all-women group, Kadın Efeler.
Carnations were given to every women who was at the celebrations or happened to be passing by.
Fethiye Governor, Muzaffer Şahiner also handed out carnations to the women working in the Governors office to mark the day.
First ever prayer held at Turkey’s largest mosque in Istanbul
Hundreds of people attended the first ever prayer at the Çamlıca Mosque in Istanbul, following completion of its construction that started in 2013.
The faithful gathered at Turkey’s now largest mosque complex, which is visible to all from its perch on a hill on Istanbul’s Asian side, before sunrise Thursday to perform a Fajr, or dawn, prayer.
Binali Yıldırım, Istanbul mayor candidate for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) as well as former Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker, joined the faithful at the Çamlıca Mosque for the prayer.
“It turned out to be a great work of art. The mosque is a magnificent piece of work that will add beauty to Istanbul’s grandeur,” Yıldırım said after the prayer.
The mosque can accommodate up to 63,000 worshippers
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish Inflation Slows Below 20%
The government campaign to curtail rising food costs has paid off with a bigger-than-forecast decline in inflation.
According to data released by Turkstat on Monday, consumer prices in February rose 19.7 percent on the previous year, an improvement on the increase of 20.4 percent in January.
“A stable lira and various short-term measures implemented by the administration to rein in inflation, particularly in terms of food prices, have started to yield effects,” said Rabobank strategist Piotr Matys.
Faced with the fastest surge in food prices since at least 2004, municipality-run stalls opened in large cities last month to offer vegetables and fruit at heavy discounts helping move the needle on inflation.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages make up the largest component of the consumer-price index, accounting for 23.29 percent of the total.
Driving after Brexit: What you need to know
The BBC published an article on Saturday about driving after Brexit. This is an excerpt relating to driving in Turkey…
If Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement is passed, UK licences will still be valid for visiting EEA countries.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then the situation gets complicated.
There will be changes to the types of International Driving Permit (IDP) you need to be able to drive in countries outside the EEA. If you want to visit Turkey by car before 29 March, you will need a 1949 IDP – but after 29 March, you will need a 1968 IDP.
Source: BBC Reality Check
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Tarsus Idman Yurdu on Wednesday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Kahramanmaraşspor yesterday. The final score was 0-0.
Fethiyespor drop to 15th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 17th March at home against Sivas Belediyespor. Kick off is at 15:00.
Sunday 24th March away against Zonguldak Kömürspor. Kick off is at 15:00. Please note changes to kick off time.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor won their home match against TED Ankara Kolejiler Spor Külğbü on Saturday. The final score was 77 – 69.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor are now in first position on the league table with one game left to play.
For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor please visit them on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.08 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.09 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.44 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.37 TL.
The Euro bought 6.11 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.11 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth