Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Bicycles donated to poor children
60 bicycles have been donated to children in poor families in the Menteşeoğlu Neighborhood as part of a project introduced by Neighbourhod Headman Ramazan Küçük.
Küçük had previously donated 40 bicycles to children in the area and, on Friday, a further 20 bicycles, provided with the support of Charitable Assembly Member Fatih Ugan and benefactors, were presented to the children.
The presentation was attended by Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca who said, “We should run such campaigns in 41 neighborhoods. Our children and students have various needs and currently they also need tablets. As the municipality, we try to support as much as we can, but we can only distribute tablets within our budget. I would like to call on all businessmen who want to support these projects. Please, let’s meet the needs of our children with poor socioeconomic status in our region, especially those who need tablets for their education. I thank our headman for his sensitivity ”.
42 thousand tons of produce exported from Fethiye and Seydikemer in 2020
Whilst many businesses are suffering as a result of the pandemic, agriculture in the Fethiye area isn’t one of them
In a statement on Friday, Fethiye Association President Hal Western Mediterranean Vegetables and Fruit Brokers, Turkey Haller Federation board member Atabay Akgün stated that approximately 42 thousand tons of fresh fruit and vegetables were exported in 2020. Produce is exported to different countries in Europe and, due to production difficulties in Spain, Italy and Greece, imports from Turkey have increased. Normal exports from the area are between 48 and 50 thousand tons.
Kenan Karayiğit, President of Fethiye Chamber of Agriculture said, “I would like to thank our farmers and producers for their work during the pandemic period. I would like to thank all our brokers who ship the products of our farmers and producers abroad, and our president Atabey Akgün for their efforts. I believe that with the production in Kınık and Ova regions especially for tomatoes and fresh vegetables, the export abroad will be 130-140 thousand tons next year”.
Over 76,000 paragliders visit Babadağ in 2020 despite pandemic
73,910 paragliders flew from Babadağ, Fethiye’s “window to the world” in 2020, despite a global pandemic.
Considered as one of the best paragliding centers in the world, Babadağ hosts both local and foreign visitors who are passionate about the adrenaline-filled sport, making a significant contribution to the economy of the region.
Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FTSO) President Osman Çıralı said that Babadağ, one of the leading air sports centers in the world, hosts adventure lovers every year.
Çıralı said, “Despite the epidemic, 73,910 paragliders flew from Babadağ last year. We were happy to host those who want to do paragliding in Babadağ.”
Emphasizing that all flights from Babadağ are carried out in accordance with the precautions to protect pilots and passengers, Çıralı said:
“The fever of our guests going to Babadağ for flight was measured, vehicles and flight equipment were disinfected before each flight, and social distance was followed on the runways. Our pilots ensured the health of our guests by wearing their masks in the sky. We invite everyone who wants to paraglide to visit Babadağ in the new year. The cable car project, which will allow you to reach Babadağ with a view of Ölüdeniz, will be put into service this year.”
Source: Railly News
Turkey sends 100 container houses to quake-hit Croatia
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) sent 100 container houses Tuesday to earthquake victims in Croatia.
The container houses were loaded onto a ship at the Pendik Port in Istanbul and will be delivered to Zagreb in cooperation with the International Transporters Association (UND) and DFDS Ro-Ro Logistics.
A ceremony was held to launch the ship, which will first dock at the Italian Port of Trieste before being carried to Croatia via UND member firms.
Alper Ozal, chief executive officer of UND, said Turkey shares the pain of Croatia.
“We are sending AFAD’s aid houses to the people of Croatia,” he said, adding that 50 vehicles are participating in the operation to deliver the houses.
A powerful magnitude-6.3 quake Dec. 29 rocked Petrinja, killing seven people and injured 27 others.
TikTok joins social media platforms appointing representatives in Turkey
TikTok announced on Friday that it will set up a legal entity in Turkey to serve as a local representative, a move that followed a series of other social media platforms, including YouTube.
Appointing a representative in Turkey came under the amendment of the law, which took effect on Oct. 1, 2020. The new rule covers social media companies that have daily access to more than 1 million from Turkey.
In early December, social media networks, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube, were each handed TL 30 million ($3.83 million) in fines for failing to appoint a representative for Turkey, as required by the new law. The fine was the second sanction following TL 10 million in fines delivered on November 4, 2020.
After these fines, on December 16, 2020, YouTube announced that it will appoint a representative to Turkey.
Following TikTok’s announcement, Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Ömer Fatih Sayan stated on his Twitter account that they welcome TikTok’s decision.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor won their away match against Çengelköy SK on Wednesday. The final score was 1-2.
Fethiyespor end the first half of the season at the top of the league table.
The next league match is:
There is now a three week mid-season break before the second half of the season begins.
Thursday 28th January away against Nazilli Belediyespor. Kick off is 13:00.
Please note: the Turkish Football Federation have not yet changed the decision to play all matches without spectators due to COVID-19 measures.
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Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor lost their home match against league leaders, Pınar Karşıyaka on Sunday. The final score was 78-86.
The next league match is:
There will be no mid-season break in the Super League due to pandemic conditions.
Friday 15th January away against Bursaspor.
Please click on the link below for the match schedule.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 9.99 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.17 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.36 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.43 TL.
The Euro bought 09.00 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 09.05 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Decorative Nazar Boncuk” by Lyn Ward.