Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Fethiye Municipality introduce wood chipping service
Fethiye Municipality Cleaning Affairs Manager, Mahmut Bayraktar, introduced a new wood chipping service this week.
The machine was purchased for recycling trees cut in Fethiye and was launched at Fethiye State Hospital where trees pruned in the gardens were shredded with the chipping machine and transferred to a truck.
Bayraktar introduced the machine and said, “Today we are introducing the wood chipping tool. The wood chipper behind the vehicle grinds the trees and turns them into sawdust. Trees that have turned into sawdust rot and become compost. Our Parks and Gardens Directorate will use the composted trees later. We achieved savings both in terms of work and fuel with this machine. Trees loaded on trucks before were going to the landfill. But now our machine chipping the trees into sawdust. In addition, we can now fit the wood waste, that previously filled four trucks, into a single truck. In this sense, we save a lot of fuel ”.
For those who prune the trees in their gardens, Bayraktar said, “We ask our people to contact our municipality in garden pruning. Let our vehicle come to your garden and turn the wood waste into sawdust. Please do not pile cut branches in the garden, streets, or garbage containers. There is both visual pollution and threats to our health during the pandemic process. The telephone number of the Cleaning Affairs Directorate is 0 (252) 614 23 50. When you contact us, we will come to the wood waste in your garden and turn it into sawdust on site.”
Octogenarian swimmer strikes out into Istanbul’s waves
A world-famous long-distance swimmer on Friday joined a swimming activity in Istanbul to encourage people to swim.
Michael Read, an 80-year-old English swimmer known for crossing the English Channel 33 times, swam through the waves on the coast of Istanbul’s Avcilar district.
He said his greatest happiness is to encourage people to the sea, swimming and exercising at sea.
Turan Hancerli, the mayor of Istanbul’s Avcilar district, said he was elated to welcome one of the most important swimmers in the world to Avcilar, and went onto say everyone admired Read’s discipline.
Hancerli said Read would swim 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) from southern Turkey’s Mersin province to Cyprus Island and his achievement medal would be presented by Avcilar Municipality.
Source: aa.com.tr/Yeni Şafak
Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes Istanbul
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 shook Istanbul on Thursday, causing panic momentarily among the locals of the country’s most populous city.
According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the quake struck the Marmara Sea, off the coastal town of Marmara Ereğlisi at a depth of 6.8 kilometers (4.2 miles) at 4:38 p.m. local time.
The tremors were felt on both the city’s European and Asian sides, as well as neighboring provinces, according to reports.
Despite the short-lived panic, the Istanbul governorate in a statement said no damage or casualties have been reported following the earthquake.
Istanbul has a population of 15 million and is the most populated city in Turkey.
Several studies have shown that a significant earthquake is inevitable, and the question is not if a major tremor will happen but more of when it will occur.
Last year, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the city, the biggest one in the city’s memory. The tremors were mild, but it sent people out on streets panicking for their safety.
Sources: Daily Sabah/Nature World News
New marine protected areas connect hundreds of kilometres of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast
Three hundred and fifty square kilometers of Turkey’s coastline has been brought under environmental protection in a recent announcement by the Turkish government. This new area represents a significant expansion of the existing marine protected area network along the country’s Mediterranean coast and firmly establishes Turkey as a leader in marine conservation in the most overfished sea on the planet.
Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline is under pressure from multiple sources—overfishing, coastal development and tourism all have an impact on the region, which is home to a number of threatened species including the Mediterranean monk seal, sandbar shark and dusky grouper. The ‘turquoise coast’ supports vital habitats too: the cliff-lined shores provide key refuges for coastal birds and seagrass meadows support marine species such as turtles, as well as being important carbon stores.
Since 2012, Akdeniz Koruma Derneği (AKD), long-term partner of Fauna & Flora International (FFI), has led conservation efforts in Gökova Bay Special Environmental Protection Area, Turkey’s first and only actively managed marine protected area until now.
Within Gökova Bay’s six No-Fishing Zones (NFZs), together covering 27 square kilometers, AKD coordinates daily community-led patrols to reduce the threat of destructive and illegal fishing practices, which not only deplete fish numbers and degrade underwater habitats, but also present a risk to turtles and other threatened marine fauna through bycatch and injury. Alongside this, AKD conducts research to assess ecosystem health and collaborates with local fishing cooperatives to monitor fish stocks, record fish catches and improve revenue.
Further east along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, near Kaş, lies a collection of three further small and, until recently, unmanaged NFZs, the only ones outside Gökova Bay. Currently, though, nearly 200 kilometers separates these two groups of protected areas. The newly designated zones will provide important ‘stepping stones’, connecting the existing zones as well as providing new ones, to form an expanded network of protected areas covering a significant portion of Turkey’s coast.
Turkey’s Unexpected Rate Rise Gives Lira a Lift
Turkey’s central bank raised its interest rates to counter the rapid erosion of the Turkish lira, in a surprising step that ran against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recurrent calls to keep rates low.
The bank increased its main rate to 10.25% from 8.25% Thursday, citing concerns over high inflation and saying measures it took last month to tighten the money supply should be reinforced.
The rate increase eased some of the selling pressure that drove the Turkish lira to an all-time low earlier Thursday. After the announcement, the currency strengthened, with $1 buying 7.62 lira, compared with an all-time low of 7.7183 lira before.
The central bank’s average lending rate stood at 10.65% as of Wednesday, below annual inflation, which came in at 11.8% last month.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor lost their away match against Darcia GB on Saturday. The final score was 1-2.
Fethiyespor drop to 9th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 4th October 2020 at home against Yozgatspor 1959. Kick off is at 19.00.
Sunday 11th October away against Tekıdağspor. Kick off is at 15:30.
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.
The Fethiyespor team celebrated two birthdays this week.
Happy Birthday to Cemal Şener who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday 25 September.
Happy Birthday to Bülent Kalecikli who celebrated his 31st birthday on Saturday 26 September.
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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 9.76 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.66 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.55 TL.
The Euro bought 8.91 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.94 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Karaot Beach” by Lyn Ward