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Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Swedish scientists invited to Fethiye to investigate algal bloom
Fethiye Municipality, Muğla Municipality and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation have invited two Swedish scientists to advise on the algal bloom in Fethiye Bay. The scientists are involved in the Project to clean the Baltic Sea by improving the treatment of wastewater and reducing phosphorus levels. Phosphorus, in too large quantities, is the primary reason for the flowering of blue green algae in the Baltic Sea, now a regular and undesirable summer phenomena.
Fethiye has experienced this phenomena for the first time this summer and their advice, based on experience of dealing with a similar problem, will be invaluable in helping to resolve the issue in Fethiye.
Fethiye Mayor, Alim Karaca said, “We cannot resolve this problem via posts on social media. The cleaning of the Gulf is a problem that is too big for Fethiye Municipality alone to resolve therefore we will work together with all relevant institutions to find a solution”.
Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/Baltic Sea 2020
Europe’s 2nd tallest Ferris wheel ‘Heart of Antalya’ opens
Europe’s second tallest and Turkey’s tallest Ferris wheel named “Heart of Antalya” has opened in Antalya in southern Turkey on Sunday, the first day of the Kurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) holiday.
Its 90-meter-long height makes the giant observation wheel the second highest of its kind after the famed London Eye, which is the most popular tourist attraction in the U.K.
Located in the Aktur Amusement Park in Konyaaltı district, the Heart of Antalya allows visitors to have an uninterrupted view of Antalya city center and the Gulf of Antalya.
The wheel, which weighs 400 tons, features four VIP cabins and 42 ventilated regular cabins and completes one tour in 18 minutes. Tickets cost 30 Turkish lira ($5.40) per person for regular cabins and TL 200 for VIP cabins.
Source: Daily Sabah
Tourism booms over Kurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) holiday
Antalya and the Aegean province of Muğla, the top two favorite tourism destinations in Turkey saw a 100 percent occupancy rate during the Kurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) holiday with around 4.5 million people travelling to resort towns to enjoy the break.
While many domestic tourists preferred to have their vacations at Muğla, Marmaris, Fethiye and Bodrum, others were drawn to Antalya with its golden beaches and turquoise-hued waters.
Ülkay Atmaca, the president of Professional Hoteliers Association, told Anadolu Agency.
“We had a great holiday as a country. We projected 5.5 million citizens to travel to their hometowns and 4.5 million citizens to flock to resort towns. Around 10 million people travelled during the holiday. The Mediterranean and Aegean regions were particularly popular.”
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Heavy downpours and flash floods hit Istanbul
A torrential downpour inundated Istanbul, Turkey, and other northwestern cities of the country on Saturday, resulting in the death of at least one person. The torrential downpour produced 110 mm (4.33 inches).
The rain started to fall around noon local time, tapering off around 6 p.m., according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Travis. The downpour came just a few days after a heat wave that brought temperatures about 4 degrees Celsius (6 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal. There had been previous flash flood warnings over the past few days, according to the Turkish news outlet Daily Sabah.
Flash floods were reported in lower parts and seafront areas of the city and shops in the pedestrian underpass in Eminönü Square were filled with floodwater. The historic Grand Bazaar- one of the world’s oldest covered markets- was also affected by the nearly waist-deep floodwaters that had filled the 558-year-old complex.
The lifeless body of a man was found under the Unkapanı Underpass near the Golden Horn in Fatih district. Reports said the man could be one of the homeless seeking shelter in the underpass, where floodwaters reached 190 centimeters in depth. It is not clear whether the man drowned during the flood or was unconscious or dead before the flood.
Sources: Daily Sabah/Hurriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor lost their pre-season friendly match away against Muğlaspor yesterday. The final score was 2-1.
Fethiyespor play a return pre-season friendly at home against Muğlaspor on Saturday 24 August. Kick off is at 19:00.
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Super Lig 2019-2020 season kicks off
Turkish top tier football league, the Super Lig kicked off on Friday as the 81-day break ended.
The opening match of the 2019-2020 season was between Yukatel Denizlispor and league winners, Galatasaray. The final score was Denizlispor 2 – Galatasaray 0.
This season 306 matches will be played by 18 teams from 12 Turkish provinces.
The Intercontinental Derby between two Istanbul giants, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will be on match day six and it will be played at Galatasaray’s home, Turk Telekom Stadium.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 6.77 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.61 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.57 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.49 TL.
The Euro bought 6.18 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.21 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth