Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.


Animal Ambulance launched in Fethiye

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

An ambulance designed for street animals was launched in Fethiye on Friday.

The animal ambulance was designed after an animal-lover living in Fethiye met with Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca to explain her project.

After further meetings between Fethiye Municipality officials and Fethiye Animal Lovers Solidarity and Assistance Group (Fethiye Animal Lovers), the animal ambulance was designed and launched.

Veterinarian Physician Emre Kangal said, “We are able to intervene with many animals with our current working system, but the ambulance allows us to respond faster and, in some cases, treat animals on-site. I thank all the animal lover friends who contributed. ”

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Forest fire in Ortaca

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

A forest fire that broke out in the Sarıgerme District of Muğla’s Ortaca early on Saturday was brought under control before it could spread.

Firefighting teams were despatched to fight the fire that damaged two hectares of land and two helicopters carried out cooling works once the fire was under control . The fire was thought have started by electrical wires rubbing against each other due to strong winds.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Fire in agriculture and olive groves in Köyceğiz

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

A fire broke out in the agricultural and olive grove areas in the Köyceğiz district of Muğla on Sunday. 

The fire spread spread rapidly due to high winds

Köyceğiz Forest Management Directorate teams and firefighting teams responded.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Turkey boasts 3rd-largest number of Blue Flag beaches

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

With a delayed tourist season on the horizon, Turkey boast the third-highest number of beaches worldwide with the eco-friendly Blue Flag certification, according to the group handing out the honor.

This year 23 more Turkish beaches got the Blue Flag, an international label from the International Foundation for Environmental Education recognizing high standards of cleanliness, pristine waters, and other parameters, said Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry on Friday.

Turkey has a total of 486 beaches, 22 marinas and seven yacht docks bearing the coveted flag, behind only Spain and Greece, according to the Danish-based group.

The number of Blue Flags in Turkey’s Mediterranean tourist hotspot of Antalya rose to 206, while Mugla has 105, Aydin 35, Izmir 52, Balikesir 31, Samsun 13, and Istanbul two. 

The Blue Flag certification is internationally recognized voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. 

In order to qualify for the tag, the Foundation for Environmental Education – an independent non-profit – has set up 33 stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria.

Source: aa.com.tr

Turkey sets out on nationwide green space project

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

Turkey’s state-backed construction agency has embarked on a massive program to provide green spaces to the public.

TOKI, under the guidance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has completed 11 out of 154 planned People’s Gardens across the nation.

In line with the country’s environment friendly policies, Erdogan said in 2018 that a new era in Turkey’s urban planning is set to begin with the transformation of old stadiums and airports into People’s Garden.

Some 19 gardens are under construction, tenders have been issued for 21, and 103 are still in the project phase.

The gardens have been completed in the cities of Batman, Bursa, Diyarbakir, Elazığ, Istanbul, Sakarya, Samsun, Trabzon and Sivas.

Read more here: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/environment/turkey-sets-out-on-nationwide-green-space-project/1850198


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates


Anıl Gır rejoins the team after injury

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

Fethiyespor player, Anıl Gır who was injured over three months ago, rejoined the team last week after undergoing an operation and physical therapy.

Fethiyespor continue their preparations for the restarting of the leagues on 18 July. Ranking 8th in the league with 38 points, Fethiyespor will start with an away match against Kozanspor.

Anıl Gir, who returned to Fethiye after the operation, said, “I had an operation in Istanbul and treatment with a physiotherapist over the last 3.5-month period. Now I have come to Fethiye. We have more opportunities here. Our fitness room is open and we have a training field. I will do my best to get stronger. I will get through this period as soon as possible. My physiotherapist will determine if I can take part in the remaining matches. I will work as much as I can. I would like to take part in the team if I feel ready”

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

The Fethiyespor team celebrated two birthdays this week.

Happy Birthday to team captain Sabri Turgut who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Thursday 21 May.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

Happy Birthday to left- winger Eren Erdoğant who celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday 22 May.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 8.29 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.35 TL.

The US Dollar bought 6.81 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.90 TL.

The Euro bought 7.42 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.46 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

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Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 24 May 2020

Source: Living Earth

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