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


Funeral of missing man takes place in Karaçulha

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

The body of Fikret Emre, 35, who had been missing for 14 days after leaving home to climb Mendos Mountain in Fethiye, was found on Tuesday at the summit of the mountain.

Rescue teams found Emre on a cliff at the peak of Mendos Mountain at an altitude of 1750 meters. 

The body was recovered and sent to the Muğla Forensic Medicine Institute for autopsy. It was stated that Emre may have died due to hunger and thirst in the rocky region where he fell.

Emre’s funeral took place at the Karaçulha Cemetery on Saturday.

The investigation into the incident continues by the Fethiye Public Prosecutor and the Gendarmerie. 

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Hay bales burn in stubble fire in Seydikemer

80 straw bales were destroyed in a stubble fire in Seydikemer on Sunday.

According to a report in Gerçek Fethiye, a fire broke out for an, as yet undetermined reason, in the Ortaköy District Seydikemer. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which spread rapidly due to the wind. Investigation of the incident continues.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

A facelift for 96 street in Fethiye

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020
Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

Fethiye Municipality continue to carry out the improvement works promised by Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca during the election campaign.

Next on the list is 96 street (sokak) in Fethiye, which connects the historical Paspatur Bazaar and the Fish Market.

The existing paving stones are being replaced with attractive new colored parquets and, as of 1 June, cafes and restaurants will reopen and start to serve as soon as possible.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Democracy and Liberties Island to open to world

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

An island near Istanbul was inaugurated on Wednesday to mark the 60th anniversary of Turkey’s first-ever military coup.

Yassiada, one of the Princes’ Islands located in the Sea of Marmara southeast of Istanbul, is notorious for jails and trials from the 1960 military coup. It was renamed Democracy and Liberties Island in 2013.

The island is where Adnan Menderes, Turkey’s first democratically elected prime minister, along with leading Democratic Party (DP) members were arrested after the May 27, 1960 coup and later jailed and tried.

The island, leaving its dark history behind, has been converted into a congress center and open-air museum and will be open to visitors.

READ: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/democracy-and-liberties-island-to-open-to-world/1857062

Killer bees from China worry Turkish honey producers

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

Dryocosmus kuriphilus, a species of gall wasps also known as the Oriental chestnut gall wasp, is threatening honey production in the northern province of Düzce, as it prevents chestnut trees from blooming and causes them to wither over time.

Originally from China, gall wasps appeared in the western Yalova and Bursa provinces initially in Turkey. The pest nestles in the buds of the chestnuts and prevents them from blossoming. Now, they have been sighted in Düzce and have become a concern for honey producers in the province.

Aykut Keleş, Düzce head of the Turkish Agriculture and Beekeeping Solidarity Platform, told Demirören News Agency (DHA) that crops of chestnuts will dry up if an effective strategy is not be applied. “Gall wasps decrease productivity, and we will soon not able to find even chestnuts to eat. We heard that a beetle species is being cultivated to fight against them,” he said.

Source: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/killer-bees-from-china-worry-turkish-honey-producers/news

Storm brings mesmerizing turquoise color to Bosporus in Istanbul

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

Istanbul residents were mesmerized by the sudden transformation of the usually blue waters of the Bosphorus to a bright turquoise last weekend, although many were unable to enjoy the unusual sight due to the curfew over Eid al-Fitr.

Speaking on the possible reasons for the color change, Hüseyin Toros from Istanbul Technical University said that the northeast wind is the prominent reason behind the transformation.

“Unicellular organisms that have been dragged into the Bosphorus Strait by the northeast wind create the turquoise color on the water’s surface,” Toros said.

“Air motions in the atmosphere, movements inside water, different microorganisms and alteration in the angle of the sunlight during the day can also cause a change in the water’s color,” he noted.

Toros added that the water would return to its normal color in a couple of days.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates


Seven years since Fethiyespor promotion

Seven years ago on 31 May 2013, Fethiyespor won the play-offs and were promoted from league 2 to league 1. The final score was Hatayspor 1 – 2 Fethiyespor.

You can watch the highlights of the match below.

The Fethiyespor team celebrated another birthday this week.

Happy Birthday to centre-back Erdi Bakırcı  who celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday 29 May.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

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Galatasaray to begin selling face masks

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

Galatasaray is set to sell breathable face masks in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Turkish football powerhouse said late Friday. 

“Masks will be available on [the club’s] online store ‘http://gsstore.org’ on Monday, meanwhile they will be in all of our shops on Wednesday,” the official store of Galatasaray, GSStore, said on Twitter.

The team did not disclose a price for the new product.

The GSStore in Fethiye is on Çarşı Caddesi in case you fancy buying one.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

Source: aa.com.tr

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 8.41 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.29 TL.

The US Dollar bought 6.82 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.81 TL.

The Euro bought 7.57 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.42 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 31 May 2020

Source: Living Earth

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  1. Thank you for the feedback Anita. We’re very happy to hear you enjoyed our news round up.

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