Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Turkey celebrates the 176th anniversary of the Turkish Police Organization
April 10 saw the 176th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish National Police. This year, most of the force’s 328,963 staff spent the day patrolling the streets, enforcing the rules to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The Turkish National Police can trace their roots to a decree in 1845 which paved the way for the foundation of a police organization in Istanbul, then the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The decree drafted the framework of police duties.
The organization was further modernized and improved with new regulations and in 1879, a ministry that fulfilled the duties of the modern police was established. In 1909, the General Directorate of Security (the official name of Turkish National Police today) was established as a subsidiary of the Interior Ministry and, in the following years, a nationwide law enforcement agency was founded.
In the early years of the Republic of Turkey, the directorate established new branches and today, it constitutes one of the two main law enforcement institutions of the country, along with the gendarmerie whose authority is mostly confined to rural areas.
In Fethiye, a simple ceremony was held to celebrate with a wreath laying at the Atatürk Monument by Fethiye District Police Chief İsmail Ayhan followed by one minute’s silence and the Turkish National Anthem.
Cycle path in Fethiye painted and re-marked
Fethiye Municipality teams were out painting and re-marking the cycle path in Fethiye this week.
The surface of the cycle path, which is painted blue for easy identification, had worn through usage and winter weather conditions.
The teams painted and re-marked a 3km stretch from Fethiye Kordon to Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı.
Sources: Fethiye Belediyesi/ https://gercekfethiye.com/bisiklet-yolu-boyaniyor/36834/
Fethiye Mayor visits traders on Baha Şıkman Caddesi
As infrastructure work continues around the area, Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca makes regular visits to monitor the progress of the work. This week, he visited Baha Sıkman Caddesi where Muski, Telecom Companies and Aydem continue their infrastructure work. During the visit, the Mayor visited traders and talked to them about the problems they are experiencing due to the work.
The Mayor reassured traders that the infrastructure work will be completed as quickly as possible and the BSK (hot asphalt) surface completed.
The Mayor also apologised for the temporary inconvenience to citizens saying, “When the works are completed, this region will have a solid infrastructure and an image worthy of a tourism city.”
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi
Illegal building on Yassıca (Flat) Island demolished
An illegal building on Yassıca (Flat) Island in Fethiye bay was demolished this week for the second time.
The building was discovered by Muğla Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization 3 weeks ago and reported to Fethiye Municipality.
The building was demolished under the supervision of Muğla Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization, Fethiye Municipality Directorate of Urban Planning and Municipal Police, with security measures provided by Gendarmerie law enforcement officers.
The building was demolished for a second time by Fethiye Municipality Police when it was rebuilt by the same person.
Building is prohibited on Yassıca island as it is a natural protected area.
Pilots rescued after aircraft crashes off Turkey’s Aegean coast
KT-1 training aircraft of the Turkish army crashed into the Aegean Sea on Friday. The Ministry of National Defense announced the two pilots aboard were rescued.
The cause of the incident that took place off the coast of Foça, a district in the western province of Izmir, was “a mechanical problem,” authorities announced. The aircraft took off from a military base in Izmir, which is home to the Second Main Jet Base Command.
The pilots were identified as Col. Ahmet Kendir and Lt. Col Hakan Eryılmaz. Both were in good health, except for minor fractures and a bout of hypothermia. They were taken to local hospitals. Search and rescue crews were trying to find the wreckage of the submerged aircraft.
On Wednesday, another training aircraft crashed in the central city of Konya, and the sole pilot aboard was killed in the crash.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates
Fethiyespor drew their home match against Kütahyaspor on Thursday. The final score was 0-0.
Fethiyespor drop to third position in the league.
The next league match is:
Wednesday 14th April away against HEASK. The kick-off time is 15:00.
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 Bahcesehir Koleji on Saturday. The final score was 99-71.
The next league match is:
Saturday 17th April at home against Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece.
Please click on the link below for the match schedule.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 11.19 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.29 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.16 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.16 TL.
The Euro bought 09.71 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 09.60 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Kızılada (Red Island) from the Fethiye peninsula” by Lyn Ward.