Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
A subdued Eid al-Fitr for the second year
Whilst Turkey spent the second Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Fethiye didn’t let the occasion pass without marking the occasion, subdued as that may have been.
Fethiye Governor Eyüp Fırat visited the Gendarmerie road checkpoint in Ölüdeniz Mahallesi Ovacık and celebrated the Ramadan Feast with the teams working here.
During inspections at the Gendarmerie Station checkpoint in Ovacık, Gendarmerie officers offered cologne and chocolate to drivers who were stopped for Covid-19 inspections.
The governor also visited the cemetery and prayed at the graves to pay his respect to the deceased.
In his Eid message, the governor said, “We will spend these exceptional days under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, which unfortunately affects the whole world. I celebrate Eid al-Fitr with my heartfelt feelings for my fellow townsmen, our beloved nation, and the whole Islamic world, I hope that the feast will bring peace, brotherhood, and peace to all humanity, and I present my love and respect.”
Sources: Fethiye Kaymakamlığı/Gerçek Fethiye
Turkey’s new canal across Istanbul will cost $15 billion
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s project to build a canal in Istanbul will cost around $15 billion, according to the nation’s transport minister.
“We will break the ground for the first bridge by the end of June,” Adil Karaismailoğlu, minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, told state-run TRT. The six bridges spanning the canal will cost $1.4 billion, the minister said.
The 45-kilometer (28-mile) Canal Istanbul, which will link the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, was dubbed by Erdogan as his “crazy project” when he first announced it a decade ago. The waterway is projected to create a city with a population of half a million.
Critics say they’re concerned the venture will impact an international agreement regulating the traffic through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles straits and meant to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.
Erdoğan has said Turkey won’t exit the treaty but sees the Canal Istanbul as an alternative to it as the project will enhance the government’s control of shipping to and from the Black Sea. Opposition parties say commercial ships can’t be forced to take the alternative route and the canal would hit taxpayers and the environment.
During the president’s 18-year rule, Turkey has poured tens of billions of dollars into giant infrastructure projects, including the new Istanbul airport, a new bridge over the Bosporus and massive city hospitals.
Fethiye Municipality delivers 8 thousand aid packages during Ramadan
Fethiye Municipality delivered 8 thousand aid packages to the needy during the month of Ramadan. The Ramadan packages are delivered to needy families designated by the neighbourhood headmen. Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca said, “We reached 8 thousand people with aid packages during the 30 days. The cost of 5 thousand packages was covered by the municipal budget. The remaining 3 thousand were provided by local donations. We determine the people who really need help with our mukhtar friends”
Mystery lingers over Istanbul’s missing horses
Horses saved from pulling carriages on Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands have triggered a new scandal years later. Investigations have revealed that the animals, sent all across Turkey by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB), have disappeared.
IBB delivered the horses to several municipalities across the country after a ban on horse-drawn carriages was enacted on the city’s Princes’ Islands in 2019.
The volunteers of the Horses of Princes’ Islands Platform called on the authorities to investigate the situation, stating Wednesday that they were worried about the fate of 860 horses sent to different provinces and 114 horses in stables on one of the Princes’ Islands.
IBB and the municipalities they delivered the animals to have come under fire, while new reports show that some of the horses may have been secretly smuggled into or sold to Iraq.
However, there is still no clear information about the horses and the investigation is an ongoing process.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish lira hits weakest level in six months
Turkey’s lira fell more than 1% against the dollar to its weakest level in six months on Thursday, a market holiday in Turkey, after US inflation figures put it under pressure.
The lira slipped as far as 8.5100 to the dollar, its weakest since last November when it hit a record 8.5800 against the dollar.
Data on Wednesday showed U.S. consumer prices jumped by the most in nearly 12 years in April, boosting the dollar against emerging market currencies.
Commerzbank analyst Tatha Ghose said the lira was susceptible to “self-reinforcing spirals”, as weakness against the dollar feeds inflation and worsens the outlook for the currency.
With the Central Bank reluctant to push its policy rate above its current level of 19% “the original lira depreciation can produce a feedback loop from exchange rate weakness to higher inflation and back,” Ghose said.
UEFA Champions League Final Moves From Turkey To Portugal
The biggest annual event in European soccer will be held later this month in Porto, Portugal, after UEFA officials decided holding the Champions League final in the scheduled host city of Istanbul was not feasible due to the reimposition of lockdown measures there to battle a surge of coronavirus cases.
The 2021 UEFA Champions League final will be held on May 29 at the Estádio Dragão in Portugal, UEFA announced Thursday after “exhaustive efforts” to secure exemptions from U.K. quarantine requirements failed.
It was expected that the game would be moved from Istanbul since the final features two English teams—Chelsea and Manchester City—and Turkey is on the British government’s “red list” of countries where travel is highly discouraged.
Portugal is a “green list” destination for England, meaning fans and players will not have to quarantine on their return home.
A push to move the game to London died when U.K. officials refused to waive quarantine requirements for international visitors, including UEFA staff, according to The New York Times.
Each club is to be allocated 6,000 tickets, which UEFA said have been on sale to fans from Thursday.
Beşiktaş win 2021 Turkish Süper Lig title
Beşiktaş made no mistakes over the course of the crucial final week, overtaking Istanbul rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe as it clinched its first Turkish Süper Lig title in four seasons by defeating Aegean side Göztepe.
The Black Eagles defeated Göztepe in a 2-1 victory in Izmir and secured its 16th title overall.
The usual wild celebrations of champions in Turkey’s largest city were muted, with the country under lockdown due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases.
Beşiktaş has the chance to claim the domestic double on Tuesday when it plays Antalyaspor in the Turkish Cup Final.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor drew the second match in the play-offs on Monday 10th May, at home against Yomraspor. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor will play an away match against Iskenderun FK in the second leg of the playoffs semi-final on Wednesday 19th May. The kick off is at 16:00.
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Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor
In their final match of the season, Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor won their away match against Afyonkarahisar Belediye on Monday. The final score was 83-93.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 11.91 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.52 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.45 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.23 TL.
The Euro bought 10.26 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.02 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Looking across the bay to Fethiye” by Lyn Ward.