Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.

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NEWS

6 killed, 37 injured in western Turkey road crash

Six people were killed and 42 others were injured on Friday after a passenger bus crashed into a truck on the highway between Istanbul and Izmir.

The accident occurred in the early hours near the district of Soma in the western province of Manisa, when the passenger bus rear-ended a stationary truck on the highway.

The bus was carrying 50 passengers and three crew members, the authorities said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Turkey to plant over 250 million saplings after devastating wildfires

Turkey plans to plant a total of 252 million saplings – three saplings for each Turkish citizen – by the end of the year as part of the “Breath for the Future” campaign, President Erdoğan told reporters on August 6 at a press conference in Istanbul.

Turkey has been fighting over 200 forest fires in the south and southwest of the country since July 28, destroying thousands of hectares of forestry.

The president highlighted that the government has planted 5.4 billion trees to date, stating that forestation works will continue from the end of October this year.

Recalling Article 169 of the constitution, Erdoğan stressed that the burnt areas can’t be used for other purposes and that the state would plant trees in line with the natural plant cover of these regions.

Sources: Anadolu Agency/Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey’s tourist, revenue target remains unchanged

Turkey’s annual target of attracting 25 million tourists and $20 billion revenue remains unchanged, the minister of culture and tourism said on Friday.

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy spoke to journalists after a meeting with sector representatives from tourism resorts in the coastal town of Marmaris in the southern Muğla province, on the country’s current progress and tourism goals for 2021.

He said tourism goals are on track as the country is expected to have reached the tourist count up to 12.5 million by the end of July, with the number expected to rise in August and September.

Foreign arrivals surged nearly 27.1% year-on-year in the first half of this year as nearly 5.8 million foreign nationals visited the country, the data showed. More than 2 million tourists arrived in June alone.

To a question on the ongoing wildfires, Ersoy said they are contained in Marmaris and efforts are underway to put out the fire. It is also important to repair the damaged green areas, he added.

Ersoy said the government would move fast to ensure losses and damages are recouped rapidly.

If things go according to the plan, the minister asserted that the tourist and revenue target will be met.

Source: Anadolu Agency/Daily Sabah

Turkey’s ‘Dr. House’ gives hope to animals with hard-to-treat conditions

The Istanbul clinic of Turkish veterinarian Kursat Ozer has turned into a haven for owners desperate to find a cure for their pets’ mysterious ailments, making him like a veterinary version of Dr House, the famed TV disease sleuth.

Ozer and his 15-member team are renowned for rescuing animals who find themselves near death, afflicted with illnesses that are hard to diagnose.

Ozer, 57, and his team in the working-class Zeytinburnu district on the city’s European side work hard to treat cats, dogs, birds, and even the occasional iguana.

He opened the doors to his clinic for Anadolu Agency to mark International Cat Day on Sunday – an occasion dedicated to our favourite felines by the International Fund for Animal Welfare since 2002.

You can read the full article here: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/life/turkey-s-dr-house-gives-hope-to-animals-with-hard-to-treat-conditions/2327564

SPORT

Boxer Busenaz Sürmeneli grabs Turkey’s first boxing gold

Busenaz Sürmeneli wins Turkey’s first-ever boxing gold at the Olympics by defeating China’s Gu Hong at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

Sürmeneli won the final 3:0 with two even scorecards after a bout filled with holding and awkward exchanges. They were caused almost completely by Gu, whose awkward, hold-heavy style confounded opponents on her way to silver.

Gu was docked a point early in the second round for holding. Sürmeneli battered Gu late in the second round with the power and athleticism that made her arguably the most impressive fighter in the 100-woman Tokyo field.

An emotional Sürmeneli collapsed to the floor and banged the canvas when her victory was announced, before dissolving into tears.

More here: https://www.dailysabah.com/sports/boxer-busenaz-surmeneli-grabs-turkeys-first-boxing-gold/news

Fethiyespor

Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates

Team updates

Another new signing for Fethiyespor, who have signed an agreement with Mehmet Berkant Yaylan, who played for Super League team, Adana Demirspor last season.

Fethiyespor has played two pre-season games and continue twice-daily training sessions in preparation for the start of the season.

Fethiyespor’s road to success begins with away match against Kırıkkale

2021-2022 Season TFF 3. League 3. Group first-half fixtures

Fethiyespor’s first match of the season is away against Kırıkkale Büyük Anadolu Spor on Sunday, October 5. Their first home match against Erokspor Futbol Kulubu A.Ş. will take place on Sunday, October 12.

Fethiyespor’s first half fixtures are as follows;

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 11.97 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.75  TL.

The US Dollar bought 8.63 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.45 TL.

The Euro bought 10.15 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.03 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Source: Living Earth

Today’s featured image “Smoke from the fire at Köyceğiz at sunset in Çalış” by Lyn Ward.

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