Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.


Plans for new pier in Karagözler under discussion

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

Zoning plans for a 100 meter long pier in Karagözler are currently under discussion. The plan includes the filling in of 86 thousand square meters of sea to allow construction of the concrete pier where yachts will be able to moor.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

The plan is opposed by Fethiye Ecological Living Association (FetDer) highlighting recent problems caused by concretisation of DSI channels allowing chemical waste from agricultural sources to reach the Gulf without natural filtration, increasing pollution.

Biologist Ulaş Kiper said, “As Fethiye Ecological Living Association, we review factors such as boat waste, chemical and organic waste coming from the channels and wastewater treatment plants with insufficient capacity at certain periods and we are working to improve this. A reinforced concrete pier will increase pressure on the Gulf, making it very difficult for it to be cleared by natural processes in the future.”

Source: BİRGÜN

Üzümlü children plant trees for “Breath for the Future”

Thank you to Dave Roue for the update and photographs.

Pupils and staff from Üzümlü First and Middle Schools, along with locals from the village and staff from the Directorate of Forestry, took part in the Breath for the Future campaign on Monday 11, when a world record breaking 11 million trees were planted in Turkey.

The children had great fun planting between 350 and 400 trees and learning about conservation from the Forestry staff. The exact number planted was forwarded to the authorities and included in the final count.

Government passes amended Accommodation Tax bill

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

The Accommodation Tax, introduced as part of a proposal to increase tax revenues, was passed by the government on Thursday.

The Accommodation Tax was amended to two percent of the daily accommodation charge. The draft proposal suggested a charge on a per person basis, with the costs determined by how many stars the hotel has, from 6 ($1) to18 liras ($3.20) per night.

However, the authorities revised the draft by changing the tax regime from preset rates to two percent of the daily accommodation price after objections from Turkish hoteliers, saying that it would severely affect domestic tourism.

No accommodation tax will be charged for those under 12 years of age.

The President has the authority to increase this rate by one fold or to reduce it by half and to determine different rates within these limits.

The funds collected from the tax will go directly to the government.

Source: gazetemanifesto.com

Civil engineer dies after mosque collapses in southeast Turkey

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

A civil engineer was found dead on Saturday after a mosque’s structural framework collapsed the previous day in the Şahinbey in the Gaziantep province of southeastern Turkey.

According to a statement by the Gaziantep Governorate, the structural framework collapsed on Thursday, trapping Korkut Küçükcan, a civil engineer who was inspecting the construction site in the debris.

250 people took part in the search and rescue effort which lasted 33 hours before the body of Korkut Küçükcan was found.

Küçükcan was married with two children.

Source: aa.com.tr

3D images of Noah’s Ark to be shown in documentary

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

The ship-shaped formation discovered half a century ago in eastern Turkey has opened new horizons about Noah’s Ark with its three-dimensional images.  

Discovered in 1959 in the Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı province by Captain Ilhan Durupınar, an expert cartographer, Noah’s Ark, also mentioned in the holy books, is a legend for some and a fact waiting to be proved for others.

Computer Engineer and Archeologist Andrew Jones and Geophysicist John Larsen modelled the formation three-dimensionally to examine it thoroughly and shared their findings with Cem Sertesen, the director of the documentary Noah’s Ark, released in 2017. Sertesen will incorporate the footage into his new documentary Noah’s Ark-2.

Sertesen said. “These are actual images of what could be Noah’s Ark gathered by sending electric signals underground via cables. They are neither fake nor simulation. They show an entire ship buried underground.”

Source: aa.com.tr


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor and general sport updates.


Fethiyespor lost their away match against Karşıyaka S.K. yesterday. The final score was 2-0.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

Fethiyespor move down to fourth place on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

The next league matches are:

Saturday 23rd November at home against Erbaaspor. Kick off is at 13:30.

Saturday 30th November away against Alemdağ S. K. Kick off is 13:30.

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook

Solid defensive performance takes Turkey to EURO 2020

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019
Photo by Veli Gürgah – Anadolu Agency

Turkey qualified for the next year’s European Football Championship following Thursday’s draw against Iceland 0-0 as solid defensive performance in general took them to Europe’s top-tier tournament.

Turkey build a solid wall to defend their goal, conceding only 3 goals in 9 matches in the qualifying rounds.

Team manager Şenol Güneş went down in Turkish football history, being the first to take Turkey to World Cup and EURO tournaments.

The EURO 2020 will be held across Europe for the first time in the competition’s history, with 12 cities to host. The tournament will take place from June 12 to July 12, starting in Rome and ending in London.

The EURO 2020 finals draw will be held in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Nov. 30.

Source: aa.com.tr

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiyespor Basketbol updates

Fethiye’s basketball team played a home match on Saturday 16th November against Manisa BSB.

The final score was Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Spor 72 – 63 Manisa Buyuksehir Belediye Spor.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

Next weeks match is an away game against Samsunspor on Saturday 23rd November at 17:00 All matches are broadcast live on Youtube/TBFTV.

You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Turkey wins silver and bronze at Japan Para-badminton International

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17 November 2019

Turkey won a silver and bronze medal at the international paralympic badminton competition held in Japan, a statement by the Turkish sports federation for the physically disabled said on Sunday. 

Halime Yıldız and İlker Tuzcu won a silver medal in the SL3 (standing lower) to SU5 (standing upper) categories’ mixed doubles and Tuzcu also received a bronze medal in SU5 category after losing to his Indonesian rival Suryo Nugroho in the men’s singles semifinals.

Source: Daily Sabah

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.41 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.36 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.74 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.76 TL.

The Euro bought 6.34 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.35 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

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Source: Living Earth