Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Ölüdeniz 20th International Air Games – 15-20 October
Preparations for the 20th International Air Games Festival in Ölüdeniz, Fethiye are now in the final stage.
The air games has become one of the largest air events in the world and organisers are expecting up to 300,000 athletes from 70 countries to participate in the festival, which will be held between 15-20 October.
The games include demonstrations and shows from paragliding singles and tandem, microlights, paramotors, remote controlled aircraft and hot air balloons. The show team of 150 people includes the 50 best jumpers in the world.
The opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday 15th October at 11:00 am at the 1700m take off point on Babadağ.
The Turkish Stars will perform a show on Sunday 20 October at 15:30 at Çalış Beach.
Sources: Oludeniz International AIR GAMES/Gerçek Fethiye
Oceans of Hope MS patients sail in Fethiye
Oceans of Hope are a charity based in the UK which organises sailing events for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
MS is a chronic condition where the body attacks the brain and nervous system, leading to physical, cognitive and emotional challenges, many of which are not always obvious and are difficult to explain. Oceans of Hope brings together people with MS into a sailing environment, working collectively to overcome these challenges. Time on board a Challenge vessel enables people with MS to do new things they never thought they could do, leads to increased confidence and an improvement in wellbeing, giving hope for the future.
You don’t need to have any experience of sailing – the challenges are open to all with MS.
Two weeks ago, Robert Munns, Managing Director and organiser of Oceans of Hope Challenges brought the challenge to Fethiye.
30 MS patients from 10 countries joined the Oceans of Hope Challenge at Ece Marina in Fethiye, from where they crewed the boats and sailed around the bays of Fethiye and Göcek.
For more information please visit www.oceansofhope.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Oceans of Hope/Gerçek Fethiye
BA steps into launch Antalya summer holiday route
British Airways is filling a void left by the collapse of Thomas Cook by launching a new service to Turkey.
Tickets went on sale on Wednesday for the Gatwick flights to the Turkish Turquoise coast gateway of Antalya.
BA will run six Airbus A320 flights a week on the summer-only route starting on Aprll 30, 2020. Fares start at £139 return.
The Antalya announcement comes as the airline adjusts its Gatwick schedule for summer 2020.
The new route to Turkey complements a summer Gatwick service to Dalaman and year-round flights to Instanbul from Heathrow.
BA’s Gatwick managing director Adam Carson said: “Holidaymakers can look forward to another option when flying to Turkey with British Airways next summer.
“After months in the planning, we are excited to announce the addition of Antalya to our network from Gatwick.
“We are committed to offering flights and holidays to a wide variety of destinations at competitive prices to help people get their travel plans off the ground.”
Source: Travel Weekly
Record number of Loggerhead turtles hatch at Patara beach
This year has seen a record number of Loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta) hatching at Patara beach, one of 22 nesting areas of caretta caretta in Turkey.
Between May and September the female turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs in the sand.
This year, the ancient beach had 286 caretta caretta nests containing a total of 21,821eggs, the highest number of all time. 17,421 baby turtles hatched form these nests of which, 17,323 reached the sea. More…
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish fisherman fined for punching and kicking shark
A fisherman who kicked and punched a rare shark before releasing it back into the wild in the coastal town of Erdek in the northwestern province of Balıkesir has been fined.
The four-meter-tall and 700-kilogram shark was caught by the fishermen on Thursday in the Marmara Sea. The fisherman, whose identity has not been revealed, physically harmed the shark before it was released back to the sea.
The incident was recorded on a cell phone by another fisherman.
Several individuals and institutions, including the Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TÜDAV), stated that the animal was subjected to violence and filed a complaint with the Presidential Communication Center (CİMER), according to Demirören News Agency.
The Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, who dealt with the complaint, identified the fisherman and fined him in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Animals.
TÜDAV said the shark was a “thresher shark,” which is listed as an endangered species.
It is forbidden to treat animals cruelly or beat them, according to Turkish laws. Such acts are punished with an administrative fine.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Cizrespor on Wednesday. The final score was 0-0.
They also drew their home match against Turgutluspor on Sunday. The final score was 0-0.
Fethiyespor move down to eighth place on the league table.
The next league match is:
Sunday 20th October away against Belediye Derince. Kick off is at 15:00.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiyespor Basketbol updates
The Turkish Basketball League matches have started.
Fethiye’s local team, Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol , reached the finals of the TB2L last year and were promoted to the TBL this season.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor played their first match on Friday 11th October in Ankara with a win against hosts Ankara Anadolu Basket. The score Anadolu Basket 98 – 101 Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye
The next match, against Petkim Spor will be played at home on Saturday 19 th October at 5 pm at the Beskaza Sports Stadium. Please come along to support our local team, everyone is welcome.
For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor, please visit them on Facebook
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.44 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.02 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.88 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.69 TL.
The Euro bought 6.49 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.25 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth