Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Today’s featured photograph is by Norman Clark.
Demolition of illegal buildings continues
The Minister of Environment and Urbanization, Murat Kurum, has said that more than 3,000 illegal buildings, ranging from Bodrum to Fethiye, will be demolished.
In Fethiye, 68 buildings have been identified as illegal, according to a draft bill that proposes to stamp out illegal construction and overhaul the construction sector as a whole.
Tensions ran high in Marmaris when residents refused entry to the teams preparing to demolish 19 buildings in the rural district of Söğüt. Resident Canan Girgin told reporters, “We have built on our own land, and now we are being asked to demolish our homes. These buildings have been here for 20 years and none have collapsed. We have mortgages on these houses. May the President help us. This is a mistake, please help us.”
Sources: Daily Sabah/hurriyet.com.tr
Fethiye pilots introduce paragliding to young people in Van
Two pilots from Fethiye introduced young people in the Gevaş district of Van to paragliding on Wednesday.
Pilots Levent Ekmekci and Necdet Kara wanted to introduce children and teens to paragliding and give them experience of a flight.
The pilots carried out tandem flights from a 350 meter-high hill near Lake Van. One student told reporters “I would like to thank our teachers who came from Fethiye. They have made us happy. It is a great feeling, seeing this view from the air. It is an experience that everyone should have once in their lives”.
Paragliding Instructor Necdet Kara said, “Our aim is to introduce young people here to this sport and to create awareness. It is a very safe and beautiful place. If possible, we plan to make a festival here in the future”.
Albanian premier hails rescue teams’ efforts amid quake
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has hailed the endeavor of foreign rescue teams who rushed to the country after it was jolted by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.
The search and rescue operations were conducted by teams from Turkey, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, and Greece, among other countries.
They were led by officials from Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) working in cooperation with local authorities.
The earthquake hit at 3.54 a.m. local time on November 26, killing 50 and wounding around 1,000 people.
The quake, which was felt throughout the region, caused communication problems and power cuts in Albania.
Hours later, at around 10.19 a.m. local time a 5.4 earthquake hit Nevesinje in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, 71 km (44 mi) south of the capital Sarajevo.
Turkey’s state aid agency Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) delivered 500 food packages and 500 blankets to quake victims.
The aid was reportedly the first to arrive from a country since the quake.
Sources: aa.com.tr/Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish parliament prepares to discuss ban on dolphinariums
As the Turkish Parliament prepares to discuss a ban on dolphinariums, their owners, flanked by tourism representatives and a charity for disabled children, voiced their opposition to the proposal.
Dolphinariums, which draw the ire of animal welfare activists everywhere for keeping dolphins captive, will be given two years for rehabilitation of the animals under a proposal by a parliamentary committee. The committee also recommends a ban on opening of new dolphinariums in the country which currently hosts nine such facilities. It is part of a larger draft for an animal rights bill that will bring a ban for zoos as well if Parliament approves it.
Cenk Gökalp, head of an association of dolphinarium owners, held a press conference in the capital Ankara on Thursday, along with representatives of tourism businesses and an association for children with autism.
“They are not in a worse state than those in dolphinariums in Europe or anywhere in the world,” Gökalp said in reference to the welfare of captive dolphins in Turkey.
“Dolphinariums contribute to tourism, economy, health and social life. They should not be categorized like zoos or circuses,” he said. Gökalp claimed that their “facilities” invested in animal welfare.
Tolga Gökçe, head of the Turkish Foundation for Support of Autistic People, said dolphin therapy helped to improve the health of children.
Bad news for dolphinarium owners is certainly good news for animal rights activists. Activists hailed the proposal that comes about a decade after the Freedom For Dolphins initiative started a campaign for their closure. The parliamentary committee’s report is based on a probe by its members and echoes animal rights activists’ accusations that routine torture of animals in dolphinariums leaves physical and mental damage on dolphins. The report also points out that there is no scientific evidence on the benefits of autism therapy with dolphins.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor and general sport updates.
Fethiyespor won their away match against Alemdağ Spor on Saturday. The final score was 1-3.
Fethiyespor move up to second place on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 8th December at home against Fatsa Belediyespor. Kick off is at 13:00.
Sunday 15th December away against Kemerspor 2003. Kick off is at 13:30.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook
Fethiyespor meet with their foreign supporters
Fethiyespor met with their foreign supporters from Fethiye on Wednesday.
Fethiyespor supporter Elaine Patten, 65, who has been living in Fethiye for 7 years and who has watched almost all of the matches, visited the club with a group of foreign residents.
Elaine told us “Fethiyespor is always a very welcoming club to the local football fans. On 27 November the members of a Facebook site called Fethiyespor Yabancilar, which provides information about the club in English were invited to the club. 40 local British supporters were given a fantastic welcome by the club management, coaching staff and players. Refreshments were provided and everyone who attended said that they had received a wonderful friendly and warm reception. The chairman of the club reinforced this by saying that we were all part of the Fethiyespor family. Football shirts were given out and the supporters were given time to speak to the players and staff and have photos taken. Everyone had a great time.
Many thanks to the club and in particular Mustafa Akyürek, the new press officer for organizing this lovely event.“
President of Fethiyespor Esat Bakırcı said “Football is entertainment and we want the foreign citizens in Fethiye to unite with the locals as Fethiyespor supporters. This meeting was truly a great incentive to us. From now on we will make announcements on our social media in English too.”
Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/Elaine Patten
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiyespor Basketbol updates
Fethiye played a home match on Saturday 30th November with the final score: Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye 79 – 74 Duzce 1881
This win places Fethiye at the top of the League Table.
There’s a fast paced week ahead with two matches scheduled, the team will be playing away in Denizli on Tuesday and then again another home match next Saturday.
Tuesday 3rd December at 19:00 at Pamukkale University Sports Stadium. Merkezefendi Belediyesi vs Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor
Saturday 7th December at 17:00 at Fethiye Beskaza Sports Stadium. Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor vs Bornova Belediyespor
Everyone is welcome to come along and support our local team.
All matches are also broadcast live on Youtube/TBFTV.
You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
First ever English competitor goes through to Turkey Inter-School Championship
Thank you to Tracy Coglan for the update
Fethiye Youth and Sports Club boxers Uğur Anatolian High School student Freddy McCauley and Üzümlü Anatolian High School student Mustafa Erdoğan won the Regional Boxing finals on Friday.
Freddy, who boxes for Fethiye Boks Okulu Club, and is trained by Jon Hockton, is the only English competitor to ever take part in the championship.
Freddy and Uğur will now take part in the Turkey Inter-School Championship in January.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.42 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.33 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.74 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.71 TL.
The Euro bought 6.33 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.29 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
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