Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Today’s featured image of last week’s supermoon was taken by Tolga Kanık.
Empty building collapses in Istanbul’s Bahçelievler district
A seven-storey building in Istanbul’s Bahçelievler district collapsed on Friday.
The first three floors of the adjacent building were damaged, and one slightly injured citizen was discharged from the hospital after receiving outpatient treatment, Istanbul’s Governorship said in a statement.
“Turkey’s Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) staff, firefighters, police and medical teams were dispatched to the area to join a search and rescue operation,” said the governorship.
The 30-year-old building was evacuated last month due to security risks, so there were no residents in the building at the time of the collapse, the governor’s office said.
Bahcelievler Mayor Hakan Bahadir said the building was evacuated a month ago to be demolished as part of the urban transformation project.
More than 18,000 people were killed on Aug. 17, 1999 when a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Kocaeli and Sakarya provinces, according to a 2010 parliamentary investigation. Over 900 of the casualties occurred in Istanbul, which was some 124 kilometers away from the earthquake epicenter.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News/aa.com.tr
42 Wuhan evacuees released from quarantine
All 42 people quarantined in Turkey after evacuation from China’s Wuhan city were discharged from hospital on Friday.
The 42 individuals were evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, on a special military plane sent by Turkey on February 1.
The medical staff, military personnel, and reporters who were part of the rescue mission were earlier released from quarantine on February 11.
Turkey’s health minister said none of the individuals – 32 Turkish nationals, six Azerbaijanis, three Georgians, and one Albanian – showed any signs of Covid-19, the disease caused by the deadly coronavirus.
“In line with recommendations of the Turkish Scientific Committee, the 42 people were placed in quarantine for 14 days and have now been discharged from hospital,” Fahrettin Koca told reporters in the capital Ankara.
He said multiple tests were conducted to make sure that none of them were carriers of the coronavirus.
According to the China’s National Health Commission, the coronavirus death toll in the country has hit 1,500, with nearly 65,000 more confirmed cases worldwide.
The virus has spread to more than 20 countries but only three deaths have been reported outside mainland China, one each in Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
The World Health Organization have declared the outbreak a global health emergency.
Patara could be nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially declared 2020 “The Year of Patara” at a parliamentary group meeting on Wednesday in the capital Ankara.
Kaş Mayor Mutlu Ulutaş told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the announcement of 2020 as the year of Patara made them happy. Emphasizing that Patara, the leading port city of Lycia, has hosted many civilizations in the past, Ulutaş said, “Patara has a great potential in terms of tourism. The declaration will be important for unlocking this potential. Many historical ruins of the ancient city, where the first democratic assembly is located, are waiting to be revealed. With the unearthing of the underground historical riches, Patara will regain its former glory. “
Mustafa Siyahhan, a tourism sector expert at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, told Anadolu Agency “Patara could be nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, especially its Demre district, where the Church of St. Nicholas is located,”
Underlining that St. Nicholas is a “very important” religious icon for Christians, Siyahhan said for years Demre has thrown festivals honoring the revered figure, also known as Saint Nick, or Santa Claus.
According to tradition, St. Nicholas was born in Patara and was a bishop in the Lycian town of Myra in what is today’s Demre region.
After he died, his gift-giving habit was spread throughout the world, and he turned into the legendary figure known as Santa Claus, known for giving Christmas gifts to children.
Sources: aa.com.tr/Daily Sabah
Old Airbus A300 opens as restaurant
An old Airbus 300 that has been undergoing a conversion into an alternative concept restaurant-cafeteria opened for business this week.
The giant aircraft, Cemal Işıldak, was divided into eight parts by a specialist team and transported to a 25,000 square meter site in the neighborhood of Kızılyaka in the popular tourist resort of Ula where it was reassembled on a concrete platform sited 10 meters from the Fethiye-Muğla highway and converted into a 250 seat restaurant and cafeteria.
The restaurant serves dishes from Aegean and Black Sea cuisine. Breakfast is also served in the restaurant. In addition, the land under the restaurant will be used for al-fresco dining in the summer months.
New ‘Fethiye Memory’ area for souvenir photographs
Fethiye Municipality have built a ‘Fethiye Memory’ area where people can take souvenir photographs to remind them of their holiday.
The area is located on the Fethiye Kordon and also includes a lighted portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
The next league match for Fethiyespor is ın Wednesday 19th February (see details below) and, after Saturday’s games, were sitting at 5th place on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Wednesday 19th February at home against Cizrespor. Kick off is at 13:30.
Sunday 23rd February away against Turgutluspor. Kick off is at 13:30.
Sunday 1st March at home against Belediye Derincespor. Kick off is at the later time of 14.30.
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 update.
Fethiye’s Basketball Team played and won their away game in Balikesir on Saturday 15th February. The final score was: Balikesir Buyuksehir Belediyespor 79 – 84 Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor.
The next matches are as follows:
Saturday 22nd February at home at Besşaza Sports Stadium against Final Gençlik The match starts at 17:00.
Everyone is welcome to come along and support our local Team.
Saturday 29th February away against Manisa Büyükşehir Belediye. The match starts at 15:00.
All matches are broadcast live on Youtube/TBFTV The Team can be followed on their Facebook Page
You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.89 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.89 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.05 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.01 TL.
The Euro bought 6.55 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.58 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth