Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Bronze and Silver lifeguard training completed in Fethiye
17 people successfully completed bronze and silver lifeguard training in Fethiye last week. The training was completed by the Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FTSO) and took place over three days for the bronze (pool) category and five days in the silver (sea) category.
The trainees were given theoretical and practical training on rescuing people from the water and administering first aid if necessary. Nine out of the 17 trainees who participated in the training received lifeguard certificates in the silver category and eight in the bronze category.
Thee ‘Turkish Underwater Sports Federation Lifesaving Regulation’ certificates are valid in all businesses obliged to employ certified lifeguards. Documents need to be renewed every 2-years.
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake shakes eastern Turkey
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake struck Turkey’s eastern province of Bingöl on June 25, according to the country’s disaster agency.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake struck the Kiğı district at 9.28 p.m. local time (1828GMT).
At least 11 aftershocks were recorded with the strongest being magnitude-2.8, it added.
Teams affiliated with the Elazığ branch of the Turkish Red Crescent went to the villages affected by the tremor and distributed catering materials, including blankets, water, juice, cakes to the victims. Volunteers also cared for an old woman who fell and injured her arm while running during the earthquake in Kusbayiri.
Later, AFAD said two houses in the villages of Kuşbayırı and Celebi in eastern Elazığ province sustained heavy damage from the quake.
It added that there were no deaths or injuries and 50 tents were sent to the area.
Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/Yeni Şafak
Turkish wingsuit pro flies home from work every day
A tiring workday can propel the urge to get home as soon as possible. For those in big cities, traffic jams worsen it. For Cengiz Koçak, it is no big deal. The manager of the Babadağ cable car company in southwestern Muğla province can literally “fly” home after work.
Every day, Koçak carries a bag containing his wingsuit to work. When his shift ends, Koçak dons the suit and jumps from about 2,000 meters to the shore, where he parked his car and heads home. “It takes only a few minutes to land. If I drove, it would take 40 minutes and if I took the cable car, it would be 25 minutes. I like jumping from here,” he told Anadolu Agency (AA).
Koçak, a former commando who took up parachuting in 1991, has earned countless titles as a wingsuit and base jumper at competitions in which he represented Turkey and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Base jumping became his passion in the 2000s and he attended training courses in the United States to sharpen his skills. Soon, he became a renowned name among wingsuit professionals and introduced new jumping locations to Turkish enthusiasts of the sport.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkey to pump oxygen into Marmara Sea to fight ‘sea snot’
As marine mucilage, better known as “sea snot,” continues to threaten marine life in the Marmara Sea, the government is seeking ways the save the flora and fauna in its depths.
As part of the efforts on Tuesday, oxygen was pumped at a depth of 30 meters (98 feet) at five different spots of the landlocked sea, including four places in the Gulf of Kocaeli and a location off the coast of Istanbul’s Pendik district.
Advanced devices were used for oxygenation, something that worked in other countries fighting sea snot, according to authorities. If the work pays off in pilot locations, after a test process of up to eight weeks, the devices will be used elsewhere in the wider Marmara region.
So far, sea cleaning teams have collected a total of 5,738 cubic meters (202,636 cubic feet) of mucilage from the Marmara, which has been sent for disposal. Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, Tekirdağ, Balıkesir, Çanakkale and Yalova are among the provinces where most of the mucilage has been cleared. Turkey has so far completed 5,565 inspections and analyzed 1,584 wastewater samples, and industrial facilities polluting the sea by discharging untreated seawater are also being fined. Fourteen facilities polluting the sea were shut down after they were issued fines.
Meanwhile, scientists in Greece are examining whether the mucus-like layer of microorganisms sighted off the coast of the Greek Aegean island of Lemnos is connected to the sea snot in Turkey.
A Greek coast guard official told Reuters spots of mucilage were visible at some of the island’s beaches. Local authorities have sent samples to the state chemistry lab for analysis and are awaiting the results. “Heat in the last days may have led to an overproduction of phytoplankton but we must wait for the results,” the official said.
Turkey lays foundation for Canal Istanbul
Turkey on Saturday laid the foundation for Canal Istanbul, a government mega-project connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea.
Canal Istanbul – to be built on the Turkish metropolis’ European side within the borders of Istanbul’s Kucukcekmece, Avcilar, Basaksehir, and Arnavutkoy districts – will be around 45 kilometers (28 miles) in length, 275 meters (902 feet) in base-width, and 20.75 m (68 ft) in-depth.
The project’s total cost is projected at 75 billion Turkish liras ($8.6 billion) and is expected to be built under public-private cooperation. In the meeting where Erdogan announced the project, he also said the project would be financed entirely through national resources.
Following a tender process, the project is expected to be completed in seven years, with around one and half years of preparatory works and five and half years of construction.
Six bridges will be built over Canal Istanbul, which will transform Istanbul into a city with two seas.
Cities with 250,000 residences are planned to be built on both sides of Canal Istanbul.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor Football School registration continues
Registration at the Football School for children born in 2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013 and 2014 continues at Fethiyespor Club between 12:00-18:00 every day.
Training takes place at Fethiye City Stadium at 09:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children residing in the central neighborhoods of Fethiye, and at Gündüzbaşı Field at 09:00 on Wednesdays-Fridays for children residing in Gündüzbaşı and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Fethiyespor signed a contract with Mehmet Mustafa Yıldızaç, a right-back who played for Edirnespor last season.
Fethiyespor also signed a contract with winger Nurettin Çakır, who played for Isparta 32 Spor last season.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 12.16 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 12.07 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.76 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.73 TL.
The Euro bought 10.46 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.36 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
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