Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Teenager drowns whilst fishing in Faralya
Kyrgyzstan teenager Nurzighigit Zhenishbekov (18), who was fishing with his stepfather in the Faralya area, drowned yesterday when he was swept into the sea by waves crashing on the rocks from where he was fishing.
Health, gendarmerie and coast guard teams were dispatched to the scene and the body was retrieved by the coast guard.
Zhenishbekov was pronounced dead at the scene by medical teams and his body was sent to the Muğla Forensic Medicine Institute to determine the exact cause of death.
Fethiye Municipality teams deal with the aftermath of storms
Fethiye Municipality teams were out and about during the week dealing with the aftermath of storms.
A tornado hit İnlice, near Göcek, reaching speeds of 60-70 kph.
The tornado, which was the first to hit İnlice in 30 years, destroyed 50-100 centuries-old pine trees and concrete electricity poles. The debris also caused damage to cars. An elderly couple were injured when their container house blew over. The couple received treatment at Fethiye State Hospital.
Fethiye Governorship Fethiye Municipality, and AYDEM teams responded to a call for help from village headman Cevat Kundakçı, clearing fallen trees and carrying out repair work on fallen electricity poles and wires.
The teams also cleared fallen trees around Fethiye and debris that had blown into the sea during the storm and washed up along the coastline.
Police teams collected fruit and vegetables from local markets for delivery to the mountain regions via the National Parks Directorate, The food was to feed the wild animals who find it very difficult to find anything to eat when there is deep snow on the ground.
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi
Fethiye Mayor holds a meeting to discuss issue of stray dogs
Around 80 animal lovers attended a meeting organized by Çalış Tourism Promotion Association President Mete Ay and board members, Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, Fethiye Municipality Police Director Sadık Bağlan, Veterinarian Emre Kangal and Foça District Headman İlker Can.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the issue of stray dogs in the area and was attended by the HAYED board of directors and other animal lover groups.
While activities to manage stray animals continue at the Animal Care Center of Fethiye Municipality, there is still an issue with regards to the number of stray dogs, some who attack citizens walking and cyclists, particularly in Çalış.
Çalış-Der President Mete Ay and the participants of the meeting made various suggestions to help to resolve the issue, including, animal police to manage animals wandering the streets, more volunteers for the animal shelter, an adoption program for stray animals, selecting trainable street animals for earthquake or natural disaster search and rescue.
It was also suggested that stray dogs in Çalış should be fed regularly from fixed places rather than on an ad-hoc basis. Regular food and water supply to these Nutrition Focal Points should be provided by the police.
Stray dogs in the Çalış area should be registered as “Çalış area stray dogs” by inserting chips and ensuring these dogs have a rabies vaccine and parasite prevention treatment.
Mayor of Fethiye Alim Karaca, who advocates the adoption of stray animals, said, “We are making an intense effort to improve the physical conditions of the shelter, we recommend that volunteers adopt at least one animal to help ease our burden with the responsibilities they take. WE have recently purchased a machine at analyst the blood of the animals to identify the ones who are sick and need treatment. Stray dogs are vaccinated regularly.” He went on to say, “We have to take the aggressive dogs from the street and provide them with rehabilitation.”
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Infrastructure improvement work continues in Fethiye
Infrastructure improvement works continue around Fethiye. On Cahit Gündüz Caddesi, overhead electricity cables are being moved underground and new streetlights will be installed. Once the work is completed, the road will be resurfaced and work carried out on the footpath.
On Ölüdeniz Caddesi work electric cables are also being laid underground and the sewage system is being renewed.
Once the work is completed, the roads will be resurfaced with hot asphalt to replace the current block tile method.
Source: Fethiye Beledeyisei
Falcons motorcycle teams complete advanced training
Officers from the Falcons (Şahinler) motorcycle units of the traffic police department completed a six-week course of ‘Advanced and Safe Driving’ training this week in the Içmeler district of Marmaris.
The training, which was organized this year by the Regional Traffic Supervision Directorate of Muğla Provincial Police Directorate, was attended by 20 motorcyclists, including 4 female police officers, from Muğla central Menteşe, Marmaris, Bodrum, Milas, Yatağan, Köyceğiz, Ortaca, and Dalaman districts.
The officers went through eight hours of practical training on the track every day, learning about the intricacies of motorcycle use, vehicle maintenance and safe driving.
After the training, the officers, who all successfully completed the courses, were subjected to written and practical exams after which they received a certificate. Various gifts were given to the top three trainees who successfully completed the course.
Turkey’s bookshelf-shaped library, an architectural marvel
One of the most striking features of Turkey’s Karabük province is a library that looks like a row of gigantic books lined up on a shelf.
Turkish philanthropist Kamil Güleç supported a project that paved the way for a huge book-shaped library in Turkey’s Karabük province.
Inspired by the Kansas City Public Library in the US, the building has changed the landscape of the neighbourhood and has become one of its main tourist attractions. It also provides access to at least 190 university libraries in the country.
As the pandemic confined students to their homes, 500,000 people downloaded resources from the library in 2020.
Returned books are sterilised and are only then placed back on the shelves.
Refik Polat, the rector of the Karabuk University, told Anadolu Agency, “We have nearly 60,000 printed books in our library. The world is now oriented toward electronic books and magazines. We have more than 20,000 e-books and nearly 40,000 e-magazines. Our library is widely used. We are trying to bring the whole system to a level where it can run with artificial intelligence,” he said, adding that library officials want to make it functional even if nobody is present.”
Source: TRT World
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Nazilli Belediyespor on Thursday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor stay at the top of the league.
The next league match is:
Thursday 4th February at home against Darıca Gençlerbirliği. Kick off is at 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 away match against Galatasaray on Saturday. The final score was 71-68.
The next league match is:
Sunday 7th February at home against Ormanspor Genc Ankara
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 10.02 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.14 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.31 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.41 TL.
The Euro bought 08.87 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 09.02 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Snowcapped Mendos and Babadağ” by Lyn Ward.