Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Today’s featured photograph is by local photographer, Hülya Yamanoğlu.
British citizen goes missing in Köyceğiz
A search was launched to find 75-year-old, British citizen Keith Fordham, who disappeared in the Köyceğiz district of Muğla last week.
Fordham, who lives in Gülpınar Neighborhood, was last seen at 9am on Wednesday walking his dog on the old Fethiye road in Köyceğiz. Relatives reported the situation to the authorities after Fordham did not return.
Fordham suffers from an illness that can cause confusion and there is a possibility he may be trying to make his way back to Fethiye, where he used to live.
Gendarmerie, police and AFAD are conducting the search using a search dog and drone. Locals are also supporting the search activities.
If you see Keith, pease contact Morag on +90 531 886 9411.
Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/Social Media
Wikipedia is back online in Turkey after more than 2 year ban
After more than two and a half years, Wikipedia is back online in Turkey. The popular online encyclopedia was banned in April 2017 after the Turkish government accused the site of running a “smear campaign” against it.
Late last year, the Constitutional Court of Turkey, the country’s highest court, ruled that the order was unconstitutional, paving the way for this week’s reappearance, which happened to coincide with Wikipedia’s 19th birthday.
Controversy Growing in Turkey Over “Canal Istanbul”Project
The government’s project to provide an alternative route to the Bosphorus waterway is becoming increasingly mired in controversy.
The “Canal Istanbul” initiative is being promoted as preserving Istanbul, however environmental and financial concerns are escalating over the scheme, dubbed as the construction project of the decade.
Thousands of people in Istanbul queued for hours in freezing rain last week to sign a petition protesting the canal plan.
“Canal Istanbul means the destruction of the 8,000-year-old history of Istanbul,” said one Istanbul resident, who waited four hours to register her opposition.
“It will eliminate all the city’s natural water resources and already existing dams,” she adds. “The huge amount of money allocated for this could be better spent on the economy, on the unemployed and education.”
The government is hitting back with glitzy promotional videos that have been blitzing the media to promote the $12-billion project.
Plans to charge transit fees of up to a billion dollars will cover the cost of the canal however, analysts point out it’s unlikely ships will pay when the Bosphorus is free — unless more significant restrictions on the use of the straits were imposed by Ankara, which would likely be considered violations of the 1936 Montreux treaty which regulates the transit of all ships through the Bosphorus.
easyJet announce new route from Liverpool to Antalya
easyJet, has announced it will launch a new route from Liverpool to Antalya in Turkey which will become the 33rd destination on easyJet’s Liverpool network.
Flights will operate weekly on Thursday throughout the summer, providing travellers from the north west with a direct route to another popular Turkish resort, joining routes already available to Dalaman and Bodrum.
The new route to Antalya is expected to prove popular with those seeking a cultural getaway; the port city offers an abundance of historic attractions and is situated on what is known as the Turquoise Coast for its stunning blue waters.
Flights will take off from April 02 and the new service is expected to carry over 8,000 customers during its first season.
Ali Gayward, UK country manager, easyJet, commented, “We are delighted to confirm today that we will be launching a new route from Liverpool to Antalya. As the largest airline at Liverpool we’re focused on strengthening our network and providing our customers in the North West with excellent services by offering great value fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.”
Source: Travel Trade Daily
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor lost their home match against Kocaelispor on Saturday. The final score was 0-1.
Fethiyespor remain in second place on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 26th January away against Agri 1970. Kick off is at the slightly earlier time of 13:00.
Sunday 2nd February at home against Elaziz Belediyespor. Kick off is at 13:30.
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.
No basketball scores this week as the League has gone into the mid season break and the team are away at training camp in Izmir.
The second half of the season starts with a home match against Anadolu Basket on Saturday 25th January at Beskaza Sports Stadium at 17:00.
Before the break the Team kept their promise to plant a new tree for every basket scored. Fethiye Mayor, Alim Karaca joined the players and management team to plant 72 saplings around the stadium.
Fethiye was also voted top in two categories of a mid- season poll held by @yuksekpost, a social media account popular with Turkish basketball fans.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor’s Head Coach, Alkim Ay, was voted ‘Most Successful Coach’ and Fethiye Supporters were voted as the ‘Best Supporters’ in the first half of the season.
You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.66 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.67 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.89 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.87 TL.
The Euro bought 6.53 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.53 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth