Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Turkey begins operation to ‘save the Marmara’
Turkey began an operation on Tuesday to clean up a vast outbreak of mucilage or “sea snot” that has spread across the coastline of the Sea of Marmara in recent weeks.
Mucilage is an overgrowth of microscopic algae called phytoplankton and is caused by rising seawater temperatures due to global warming, stagnant water, and pollution.
Turkish authorities have recently announced a 22-point action plan to clear the recent surge in the substance. The plan will be jointly carried out by the Environment and Urbanization Ministry, Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry and Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.
The health and interior ministries, among other bodies, as well as non-governmental organizations and coastal municipalities under the coordination of governorships are also taking part in the plan.
Crews are working in 31 locations in Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, Balıkesir, Çanakkale, Yalova and Tekirdağ, the provinces lining the Marmara.
Some 1,000 people aboard boats and on land are working around the clock to clean up the sea.
But with experts blaming climate change and pollution for the appearance of the thick, slimy foam, keeping it at bay is likely to be a long-term battle.
Inlice public beach opens for the season
Inlice public beach has reopened as part of the normalization process announced on June 1.
The beach, which is run by FEBAŞ (affiliated with Fethiye Municipality), is popular with both locals and domestic tourists and further work has been carried out to ensure the beach operates within the framework of the measures in place to combat coronavirus.
Warning signs with the rules to be followed regarding Coronavirus have been displayed along the beach and in common areas such as showers, toilets and cafes. The distance between sun loungers is 1.5 meters ane there are no fabric cushions in use on the sun loungers due to hygiene rules. Tables and coffee tables are also set up in accordance with social distance rules. Showers and toilets in the facility are disinfected frequently.
There is a 15 TL parking fee for cars however entrance to the beach and the use of sun loungers and umbrellas is free of charge. There is a cafeteria with an affordable menu on the beach.
Istanbul mosque gets international green certification
A mosque in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul has received the Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a widely used international green building rating system.
Istanbul Airport’s Ali Kuscu Mosque has been recognized as the world’s first Gold-level LEED certificate mosque by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The council evaluates buildings on criteria such as water efficiency, sustainability, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, location and transportation, and integrative processes.
Energy efficiency was prioritized in the lighting and mechanical systems used in the mosque, and its design enables it to make the most of daylight.
Meanwhile, most of the mosque’s construction waste was recycled, while all domestic and recyclable wastes produced during the construction were regularly monitored.
Buildings meeting the standards get silver, gold, or platinum certificates based on their scores on the various criteria.
Since 1998, LEED has revolutionized the marketplace as the world’s premier benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Global tourism forum held in Aegean resort of Bodrum
The Global Tourism Forum, co-organized by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry, started on Friday in the Aegean resort of Bodrum, bringing together world leaders from global politics and tourism to discuss the industry’s present and future amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
During a speech at the forum, Taleb Rifai, head of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) said the global tourism sector will not be able to open until the world is ready for travel under a single system.
“Relying on vaccination systems alone will not be enough. We need to come up with different measures. An internationally accepted system should be established,” he said, noting that less than 70% of the world’s population will be vaccinated within five years if vaccination continues at the current rate.
He said a hybrid system can be created where vaccination and test results are displayed in a single passport. “It is important to establish an internationally accepted system that will be valid in all countries, and that international world leaders should come together and decide.”
Pointing out that the Turkish and Jordanian governments have been doing good work promoting tourism amid the coronavirus pandemic, he said: “Countries focus on their own geographies and neighbors and then open up to international waters. We need to agree on at least some procedures in the tourism sector, with transferring these standards to the international level, to a more harmonized system,” he said. “Each country acts on its own, but of course, countries need each other. We cannot think of countries individually, especially when it comes to travel.”
Italy defeats Turkey 3-0 in Euro 2020 opener
European heavyweights Italy got a head start in Euro 2020 late Friday with a 3-0 victory over Turkey.
Turkey faces Italy, Wales and Switzerland in Group A at the June 11-July 11 tournament, led by captain Burak Yılmaz who played a key role in Lille winning their first French League 1 title in 10 years this season.
The Turks’ best international performances include a semifinal appearance at Euro 2008 and a superb third-place finish in the 2002 World Cup, led by current team coach Şenol Güneş.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
New Technical Director for Fethiyespor
Fethiyespor appointed a new Technical Director this week, former Erokspor A.Ş. Technical Director, Selahaddin Dinçel.
Dinçel said, “I am happy to be part of the Fethiyespor community. Hopefully, we will take Fethiyespor to a higher league this season.”
Fethiyespor signed a contract with Talha Mayhoş, a midfielder who played for Kahramanmaraşspor, one of the 2nd League teams, last season.
Fethiyespor also re-signed with 25-year-old attacker Ali Han Tunçer, whose contract expired at the end of the season.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 11.83 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 12.27 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.38 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.66 TL.
The Euro bought 10.15 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.54 TL.
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Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Fethiye Bay from Kocaçalış” by Lyn Ward.