Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Three forest fires erupt in western and southwestern Turkey
Firefighters battled to contain forest fires that erupted on Saturday in southwestern and western Turkey.
A fire broke out in Menteşe, in southeastern Mugla province, for unknown reasons.
A total of 150 forest workers, five firefighters and 45 water tankers battled flames that were quickly spread by the wind.
Meanwhile, the team of the regional directorate of forestry battled to contain another fire that erupted in the Kavaklidere district of Muğla. The reason for the fire in the Sazak and Nebiler Peynirdağı neighbourhoods is not known.
The fires destroyed a total of 29 hecatres of land. More than 200 personnel took part in the fire-fighting effort.
Firefighters were also dispatched to contain a fire that erupted in the mountainous area of Turkey’s Aegean province of Izmir.
There have been no reports of casualties from the fires.
Magnitude 5.1 and 4.8 quakes hit southern Turkey’s Datça region
Two earthquakes struck the Datça region in southern Turkey’s Muğla this week.
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit the Datça district of southern Turkey’s Muğla province late Tuesday, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) reported.
The earthquake, assessed to be 5.1 on the Richter scale, a measure of the strength of earthquakes, struck at 11.28 p.m. with its epicenter reported to be 19 kilometers (11 miles) off the Datça shoreline in the Aegean Sea.
There were no casualties or structural damage from the earthquake which struck at a depth of 2.51 kilometers and was felt around Datça, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
The earthquake comes a week after four consecutive earthquakes had shaken Datça in one night.
The second earthquake of 4.8 magnitude occurred at around 20.08 in the evening on Saturday. No serious damage or casualties were reported.
Sources: Daily Sabah
Fishing season ends in Turkey
A fishing ban is imposed every year in Turkey in order to preserve fish eggs and ensure sustainable fishery farming.
The sea fishing ban started in the Black Sea, Marmara and the Aegean Sea as of April 1st, and April 15th in the Mediterranean.
The ban is only applicable to industrial fishing for commercial purposes. There is no ban on smaller boats that use traditional net methods, provided they comply with conditions stated in the communiqué regulating the Commercial Fisheries Fishing for Commercial Purposes.
The ban will end on September 1, 2021.
Regulations for use of e-scooter comes into force
Regulations on the use of electric scooters has come into force after being published in the Official Gazette.
There has been an increase in the use of e-scooters and the number of companies operating in this field in the last two years, particularly in urban areas where traffic is congested.
After an 18-year-old high school student who was using an electric scooter died in a traffic accident in Istanbul last year, debates regarding the safety of these vehicles in traffic were taken to the Turkish Parliament.
Below is a brief summary of the legal framework introduced by the Law:
- E-scooters are defined as “vehicles with wheels, footboards, handles, and a vertical steering mechanism, reaching a speed of up to 25 km/hour.”
- Only individuals older than 15 years old may use e-scooters and electric bicycles.
- E-scooters are allowed to be used on bicycle roads and in bicycle lanes.
- E-scooters cannot be used for the carriage of goods and passengers, except for personal belongings which may be carried on the rider’s back.
- Drivers must give the right of way to e-scooter users on bicycle roads and in bicycle lanes during right and left turns.
- E- scooters cannot be used on highways with a speed limit of over 50 km/h
- More than two e-scooters cannot be used next to each other on traffic ways.
- Prohibitions also include parking in a way that disrupts public order, violates private property, and prevents the safe and independent movement of vehicles, pedestrians, people with disabilities or people with reduced mobility.
- As per the Highways Traffic Law No. 2918, e-scooter drivers who do not abide by these rules may be subjected to monetary fines.
Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/Lexology
Work continues in Çalış
Work continues on the 7 million TL project to renew the promenade area in Çalış. The work is scheduled to be completed by May 20 and work has started on laying the granite tile surface after which landscaping, seating and lighting will be completed.
Fethiye Times met with Chairman of the Çalış Tourism Association, Mete Ay on Saturday for an update.
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Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates
Another new Technical Director for Fethiyespor
Fethiyespor appointed a new Technical Director this week after parting ways by mutual agreement with Bahri Kaya. New Technical Director Enver Ataçocuğu started his football career at Fethiyespor and has since held assistant coach and coach positions with league teams. With only three matches left in the league, Ataçocuğu plans to work on tactical areas saying ” If we spend these three weeks very well, we can get at least 7 points.”
Fethiyespor lost their away match against HEASK on Wednesday. The final score was 3-1.
Fethiyespor stay at third position in the league.
The next league match is:
Wednesday 21st April at home against Tokatspor. 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 won their home match against Demir Inşaat Büyükçekmece on Saturday. The final score was 83-70.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor are 14th in the Basketball Super league
You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 11.17 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.19 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.07 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.16 TL.
The Euro bought 09.67 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 09.71 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “The best seats in the house – Iztuzu Beach” by Lyn Ward.