Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Forest Fire in Dalaman
The news was dominated last week by the forest fire that started in Karaağaç near Dalaman and spread towards Fethiye. We kept our readers updated on what was happening via social media over the two days and nights the battle went on to extinguish the fire. We feel this is an issue that deserves more than a paragraph in a news round up and we will bring you a full update tomorrow.
In other news…
Dead whale washes ashore in Fethiye
A three-meter-long dead whale that was spotted in the sea near St. Nicholas Island, washed ashore at Kıdrak beach in Ölüdeniz on Wednesday.
Stunned tourists, upon seeing the dead whale, notified the authorities of the situation.
Following an analysis undertaken by teams from the Forestry Directorate, Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock and the Coastguard, the dead whale was loaded onto a truck with the help of an excavator belonging to the Fethiye municipality. It was then taken away to be buried.
Academics from Istanbul University will study the information provided from the analysis of the whale to determine the cause of death.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
60 percent of Turks worried about climate crisis
Some 60 percent of Turks are worried about climate change, according to a recent survey conducted by KONDA, a research and consultancy firm that specialises in public opinion polling.
The survey named “The Perception of Climate Change in Turkey 2019” was completed in one-to-one meetings with 2,745 people in 29 provinces.
50 percent of the participants said they had already started to feel the effects of climate change.
71 percent of the survey participants said climate-related natural calamities such as floods and drought worldwide had increased in recent years, pinpointing the reason for such disasters to climate change.
23 percent of the participants said they had not observed any unusual weather events in the last years. The majority of those who said they were not worried about the climate change issue and could not see its effects also said they do not know what climate change is.
The number of people believing that local administrations are placing enough importance on this issue stands at only 15 percent.
KONDA chairperson Bekir Ağırdır said.“All these issues show that climate change will be an important agenda item in politics in the near future. In elections that are done currently in the world, the most important campaign topic is climate crisis. We’ll also see these effects in Turkey. According to the results, those living in Turkey are now personally feeling the effects of climate change in a very serious way.”
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Electricity cables to be moved underground
Work has started to move electricity cables in Fethiye underground in a coordinated project between Fethiye Municipality and electric company ADM.
The first stage of the work has started in the Tuzla neighborhood of Fethiye. Streets affected are 600 Sokak, Kameraman Ali Ugur Street, Adnan Menderes Boulevard, İnönü Boulevard and Mustafa Kemal Boulevard.
The second stage of the work will be in the Foça Neighborhood and, within five years, the electricity cables will be moved underground in many areas of Fethiye.
Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca said “Fethiye is one of the world’s most important tourism areas and Turkey’s electricity poles are very ugly. In five years Fethiye will be rid of these ugly images in many areas”
President Erdoğan responds to young man’s call to declare national holiday for trees
Turkey will soon have a tree planting holiday, dedicating a whole day to plant trees throughout the country after officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded to the call that went viral on Twitter.
The idea to dedicate a day for the purpose of planting trees came from Enes Şahin, who shared a message on Twitter, urging everyone in the country to join the initiative.
“Got an idea. Why don’t we declare a ‘Tree Planting Holiday?’ Let’s set aside a day for all 82 million people in the country, including the children and the elderly, to plant trees. Let’s set an example to the world and hand down a green country to the upcoming generations,” Şahin said in the post, that quickly went viral and grabbed the attention of Turkish officials, including the youngest elected deputy Rumeysa Kadak.
“This is an awesome idea. It will be on our agenda for tomorrow,” Kadak replied to Şahin’s message, which received over 55,000 responses on Twitter.
Soon after Kadak met with Şahin, she posted another message on Twitter, saying that good news is coming soon.
“Without a doubt, we will soon hear terrific news for a greener Turkey and a greener world,” Kadak said.
A few hours later, President Erdoğan welcomed the call also in a Twitter message.
“This is a great idea, Enes. We’ve always worked for a greener Turkey and continue to do so. My friends and I will undertake all responsibility to make sure that we have a national tree planting day,” the president said, indicating that Turkey may soon reserve a day for the occasion.
Inspired by Muslim religious holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Şahin told himself why not have a holiday to plant trees.
“I want all of us to go plant and water the trees,” Şahin told a Turkish media outlet, adding that having an official holiday will enable people to spend that day for a greener Turkey.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates
Fethiyespor signed a two-year contract with 21 year-old Cemal Şener, a midfielder from Tire 1922 Spor this week.
The draw for the league teams for the new season took place this week. Fethiyespor are now in the 2019/20 TFF 3rd League 2nd GROUP.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.19 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.04 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.71 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.62 TL.
The Euro bought 6.45 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.32 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth