Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Paraglider pilot buried in hometown of Burdur
The funeral of Pargalider pilot, Ali Es, who was killed in a paragliding accident on Thursday, took place in his hometown of Burdur on Friday.
According to news reports, pilot Es took off from Babadağ’s 1700m runway with passenger Mikhail Malyshev when a problem developed with the main parachute. For a yet unspecified reason, Es became disconnected from the secondary parachute when it deployed and fell into the sea. Rescuers were unable to reach Es before he drowned. Passenger Malyshev managed to land safely with the secondary parachute.
Es’s body was sent to Muğla Forensic Medicine Institution for autopsy before being sent to Burdur to be buried. The funeral was attended by family, friend and paragliding colleagues.
Forest fire in Ortaca brought under control after 17 hours
The forest fire that started in Ortaca on Friday night, was brought under control after 17 hours. Approximately 30 hectares of red pine forest was destroyed in the fire.
25 pumper trucks, 9 water tankers, 6 bulldozers, 150 personnel, 122 fire fighting workers, 8 forestry officers and 20 forest engineers, 6 trailers, 5 pickup and 150 forest workers worked through the night and were joined by 10 helicopters at daylight. The reason for the fire has not yet been determined.
33 more fires recorded across Turkey on Saturday
Another 33 fires – 24 forest fires and 9 agricultural fires – were recorded across Turkey on Saturday.
According to a statement made by the Ministry, the General Directorate of Forestry teams and firefighting teams fought to extinguish the fires in Balıkesir, Kütahya, Adana, İzmir, İstanbul, Kahramanmaraş, Kastamonu, Amasya, Muğla, Balıkesir and Antalya.
“We are deeply upset by the loss of wildlife due to fires, but we are consoled by no loss of people and property. The forest organization continues its struggle, with all the means at its disposal, to extinguish forest fires with minimum damage and as soon as possible.”
Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/milliyet.com.tr
Bus stop libraries to end commuters’ tedium
Commuters in Istanbul’s most populated district, Bağcılar, can now ease the tedium of waiting for a bus by taking advantage of bus stop libraries.
Bookcases placed in bus stops by the municipality will have a wide selection of books for those looking to occupy themselves while waiting for a bus.
Initially set up in 11 bus stops, the municipality plans to install libraries in other bus stops in the near future. A total of 20,000 books have been placed in small libraries since they were first introduced and they are being changed with new titles twice a week.
Commuters can either read a book at the seated bus stop or borrow it and read it somewhere else. They can return the books to a bookcase at any other bus stop.
The idea was inspired by a similar project in Israel’s Haifa. A group of artists installed bookcases in bus stops there in 2010. Libraries were quickly embraced by commuters who started donating books themselves.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish Coffee Truck begins US tour
The Turkish Coffee Truck started a promotional tour of New York on Monday.
The truck, which aims to introduce Americans to traditional Turkish coffee will visit New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. and offer its services to coffee lovers.
The project’s director, Gizem Salgıcıl White, said the idea was launched not only to introduce Turkish coffee in the U.S. but also to build bridges between cultures.
White said 400 million cups of coffee are consumed daily in the U.S. but that many people were not aware of Turkish coffee. “Turkish coffee is regarded as a hard coffee in the U.S., actually it is not,” she said. “People do not know that Turkish coffee is not widely available in the U.S.” She said the volunteer-based project hopes to create demand for Turkish coffee once people are introduced to it.
Thousands of Americans will be offered free coffee and the truck’s crew will promote Turkey’s culture while serving in traditional Turkish clothes.
Also featured on the tour will be renowned miniature artist Hasan Kale, an academic in the history department at Nişantaşı University Göknur Akcadağ, gastronomy expert Cenk R. Girginol and author Ahmet Serif İzgören, who will hold presentations on the history of Turkish culture and meet American scholars and community leaders.
Source: Daily Sabah
“Cimri” the sniffer dog retires after 10 years on duty
A Turkish drug detection dog retired on Thursday after working for a decade for gendarmerie forces in the capital Ankara.
“We wish happiness in retirement to our colleague Cimri [Stingy] who contributed to the seizure of over 150 kilograms [330 pounds] of drugs in 453 operations during his 10 years of duty,” the Gendarmerie General Command said on Twitter.
Cimri celebrated his retirement with barbecued sausages and posed for the cameras.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.
2109/20 Team Jersey Numbers
Fethiyespor won their Ziraat Cup match at home against Kızılcabölükspor on Tuesday. The final score was 3-2.
Fethiyespor won their match at home against Agri 1970 on Sunday. The final score was 3-1.
Fethiyespor move up to 4th position on the league table.
The next league match is:
Saturday 21st September away against Elaziz Bld. Kick off is at 15:00.
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Women’s International Rugby League
Turkey won the first ever Women’s International Rugby League Test Match against Greece played in Edirne on Sunday. The final score was 40 – 4.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.11 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.01 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.68 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.71 TL.
The Euro bought 6.34 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.36 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth