Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Clean-ups around Fethiye continue during pandemic restrictions
Fethiye Municipality Cleaning Services Directorate teams continue to carry out cleaning work in the Fethiye area during the pandemics restrictions.
On Saturday, the team cleaned the old gasoline storage area on the peninsula and along the shoreline in the direction of Aksazlar Bay.
Mehmet Tumen, Field Officer of Fethiye Municipality Cleaning Affairs Directorate, said, “Our teams who are on duty during the curfews, continue to carry out cleaning work to give our people a cleaner and more beautiful environment. We ask our people to also take care of our environment and nature. Fethiye is for all of us. We show our dedication and we will continue our work non-stop. We will be happier if our citizens support us and keep Fethiye clean.”
Turkey’s new animal law will ban keeping more than 3 dogs in a house
Turkey’s upcoming animal rights law will forbid keeping more than three dogs in one house, Özlem Zengin, the vice-chair of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), said Wednesday.
Zengin stated that once the new law is imposed, those who own pets will automatically have to make a commitment to take care of that animal for its entire lifetime. Each pet will have a chip, and this will enable authorities to determine whether a pet has been abandoned on the streets. Those who abandon their animals will face fines. If a pet is determined to have been left on the street by its owner, the owner could face a penalty of up to TL 10,000 ($1,255).
Another crucial change is imposing a prison sentence for the crimes of torturing and harming animals.
Twin earthquakes jolt Turkey’s western coast
Two more earthquakes struck Turkey off the Karaburun district of Izmir province on Saturday, according to the country’s disaster agency.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on its website that an initial magnitude 4.1 quake occurred at 7.09 p.m. local time. at a depth of 7.08 kilometers (4.39 miles).
Hours after the first tremor, another quake of 4.0 magnitude shook Karaburun again at 9.22 p.m. local time at a depth of 7.03 kilometers (4.36 miles).
The fear prevails among locals not accustomed to such temblors usually seen in northwestern and eastern parts of the country. But experts warn that there may be more to come, in the wake of two 5.1 magnitude earthquakes that triggered concerns among locals on Monday. There were no casualties or damage, but as in each earthquake, it reignited fears of whether it is the harbinger of a bigger earthquake.
Izmir, the country’s third-largest province, is still recovering from a deadly earthquake on Oct. 30, 2020. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake killed 117 people and was particularly devastating for the Bayraklı district, north of the Aegean Sea epicenter.
Sources: aa.com.tr/Daily Sabah
Mystery monolith appears at world’s oldest temple in Turkey
3-meter-tall (9.8-foot-tall) metal slab, resembling mysterious monoliths that have been popping up in several locations around the world, has now appeared near Göbeklitepe, home to the world’s oldest temple site, in Turkey’s southeastern province of Şanlıurfa.
Security forces rushed to the area on Friday when locals in a nearby village alerted them to the monolith, which is much smaller than its counterparts found abroad. Gendarmerie troops cordoned off the area, an empty lot, and brought in experts from the local culture and tourism authorities. Experts said the inscription on the slab, which was only 45 centimeters (17.7 inches) wide, was in the ancient Göktürk alphabet and meant “Look at the sky if you want to see the Moon.”
An investigation is underway to find out who installed the metal slab in the middle of the empty land.
The monolith craze began in November 2020 when the first monolith, which was strikingly similar to the one in the sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey,” appeared in a desert in the U.S. state of Utah. Similar objects turned up in unlikely places, from Romania to Canada. Theories about who made and installed mysterious monoliths often point to extraterrestrial beings, but more often than not, the monoliths have been found to be the work of local artists paying tribute to the sci-fi film. The origin of other monoliths remains unknown while rumors on social media claim they might be part of a marketing campaign for a show on a streaming service.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor pay their respects to local resident and Fethiyespor supporter Mike Pritchard, who died on 23 January 2021.
“We sadly learned about the death of Mike Pritchard, a Fethiyespor Supporter. Rest in peace Mike.”
Fethiyespor drew their home match against Darıca Gençlerbirliği on Thursday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor drop to second position in the league.
The next league match is:
Thursday 11th February away against Yozgatspor 1959. 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 won their away match against Galatasaray on Saturday. The final score was 71-68.
The next league match is:
Wednesday 10th February away against Besiktas Sompo Japan.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 9.68 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.02 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.05 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.31 TL.
The Euro bought 08.49 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 08.87 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “A wintry Altınyayla” by Lyn Ward.