Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Forest fire in Dalaman
A forest fire on the Dalaman-Fethiye highway, was extinguished by forest and fire brigades on Sunday.
Two helicopters and land and fire brigades from the metropolitan municipality responded to the fire which started at noon in the Atakent district of Dalaman.
The fire is thought to have been started by lightning.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Ölüdeniz still busy with holidaymakers
Even though it is mid-September, Ölüdeniz beaches are still busy with holiday makers due to temperatures above the seasonal norms.
Fethiye Hoteliers Association President Bülent Uysal said, “Currently, British holidaymakers are predominant in the Ölüdeniz region. Russian and Ukrainian guests also preferred Ölüdeniz this season. Current bookings are extremely good and if there is no further increase in the pandemic, we expect the season to continue until November. 75 percent of the facilities in the region are open using 70 percent of their capacity due to the pandemic. Currently, hotel occupancy rates are also very satisfactory”.
77 thousand TL fines issued in Muğla province for not complying with Covid-19 measures
Muğla Provincial Gendarmerie Command issued a total of 77,406 TL in fines during country-wide inspections.
181 teams and 632 personnel participated in the inspections that ocussed on the wearing of masks, social distance and hygiene.
During the audits, 286 barbers and beauty salons, 25 shopping centers, 155 commercial taxis and stops, 11 marketplaces, 195 public transportation vehicles, 248 coffee shops, 10 Turkish baths and saunas, 440 restaurants, restaurants and cafes, 341 accommodation facilities, 80 beach bands, 2 thousand 44 enterprises, open areas and vehicles and 162 parks, gardens and open areas were inspected.
During the inspections, 59 citizens and 38 businesses were fined a total of 77,406 lire for failing to comply with the Covid-19 epidemic measures.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
British tourist dies after plunging from seventh floor of hotel in Turkey
A British man died after he fell from the seventh floor of a hotel window while on holiday in Turkey.
In footage recorded by a local, Antony McDowell, 35, is seen swinging outside his room’s window, trying to hold the other room’s window but loses balance and falls to his death.
Onlookers watched in shock as he lost his balance while shifting his bodyweight to a separate window.
He was pronounced dead at the scene according to news website DHA.
Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-tourist-dies-after-plunging-22705620
Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits central province
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Turkey’s central Niğde province, the country’s disaster agency reported Sunday.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake occurred at 10.08 p.m. local time (GMT1908) and was centered in Obruk village of Bor district.
It took place 6.97 kilometers (4.3 miles) below the surface.
Nigde Governor Yilmaz Sahin arrived in the village and extended his wishes for a speedy recovery to those affected.
According to an initial evaluation, seven homes were damaged by the earthquake, the governor’s office said in a statement.
It added that tents and supplies have been sent and search and rescue teams have been directed to the region.
No casualties have been reported so far.
Man promotes paragliding in Turkey with unique stunt
Hasan Kaval can fly with his eyes closed – at least that is what he tried to prove on Friday. The 28-year-old professional paraglider, who is known for eye-catching stunts in the sky, tried sleeping in the air this time. For this stunt, he fitted his parachute to a bed, complete with a nightstand and a lampshade. Then, he took off from Yassı Tepe, a hill about 800 meters (2,625 feet) high in Alanya, a popular district among tourists in the Mediterranean province of Antalya. Unlike paragliding tourists trying to see all Alanya offered with a bird’s eye view, Kaval conveniently wore a sleep mask and dozed off for a while. He was wide awake though thanks to his alarm clock when he successfully landed at Cleopatra Beach.
Kaval has previously attached a sofa and TV to his parachute to recreate the atmosphere of his living room in the sky and before that, played backgammon with a friend while paragliding. His latest stunt is sponsored by a local tourism promotion foundation. “I am happy to contribute to tourism. I want to show the people that paragliding is not a dangerous sport. It is the people who make it dangerous if they fly with inexperienced pilots and without training,” he told Demirören News Agency (DHA).
Source: Daily Sabah
First lady to roll out new book on Turkish cuisine
The world will have a different reference for centuries-old Turkish cuisine with a new “centennial” cookbook, Turkey’s first lady announced on September 18.
Emine Erdoğan introduced the gastronomy book on Twitter after hosting a meeting with academics in the culinary science and chefs.
She said the publication aims to promote the richness of Turkish cuisine internationally and will include Turkey’s cultural codes with healthy, traditional and waste-free recipes.
The book will be published in the first days of the new year in Turkish and English and will later be translated into other languages.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
New players for Fethiyespor
Fethiyespor signed contracts/loan agreements with six new players this week:
New season shirts for Fethiyespor
A great start to the season for Fethiyespor who won their first match against Nazilli Belediyespor on Sunday. The final score was 2-1.
Fethiyespor start the season in 4th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Saturday 26th September 2020 away against Darcia GB. Kick off is at 16:00.
Sunday 4th October 2020 at home against Yozgatspor 1959. Kick off is at 19.00.
Please note: the Turkish Football Federation have made the decision that, due to COVID-19 measures, all games in the first half of the season will be played without spectators.
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Fethiye Belediyespor to compete in Basketball Super Lig
The Turkish Basketball Federation announced Friday that Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor will compete in the 2020-21 season of the ING Basketball Super Lig.
The federation said that Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor will replace Bandirma Basketbol Ihtisas in the country’s top-tier league.
In August, Bandirma Basketbol Ihtisas had decided to withdraw from the league due to financial problems.
The first half of the Super League, scheduled to tip off on Sept. 26, will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus threat.
Turkey suspended the league games in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, while the remainder of the season was canceled in May.
Congratulations from Fethiyespor
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 9.76 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.56 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.55 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.47 TL.
The Euro bought 8.94 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.85 TL.
The heatwave from North Africa, which has pushed temperatures across the country 10 to 12 degrees above seasonal norms, will lose effect this week and temperatures will be back to the seasonal normal.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Babadağ 1700m” by Lyn Ward