Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Fethiye streets adorned with Turkish flags ready for Zafer Bayramı
Fethiye Municipality adorned the streets with the Turkish flag on Friday in readiness for Zafer Bayramı.
Turkey celebrates Zafer Bayramı (Victory Day) every year on August 30, commemorating the Turkish victory over Greek forces in the Battle of Dumlupınar (August 26-30, 1922). The outcome of the battle, which took place in Kütahya province in western Turkey, determined the overall outcome of the Turkish War of Independence (1919-1923).
Although foreign forces left the country for good in the autumn of 1922, Turkish people accept August 30 as the date of the Turkish troops’ overall victory. Victory Day was first celebrated in only a few cities in Turkey – such as Ankara, Izmir and Afyonkarahisar – on August 30, 1923. It became a national holiday in 1935.
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Turkey swelters under another heatwave
Turkey is sweltering under another heatwave that is due to continue until mid-week.
The Turkish State Meteorological Service warned of the new heatwave that would scorch the country, especially the western and the northern parts, from August 27 to mid-week.
“The temperatures will be 4 to 8 degrees Celsius above the seasonal norms,” it said in a statement on August 26.
The statement included a warning to citizens not to go out between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.According to meteorologist Orhan Şen, the heatwave is coming from the Arabian Peninsula.
Animals saved from floods, forest fires in Turkey find new homes
In the northwestern province of Bursa, a farm exclusively set up for traumatized animals is the new shelter for animals injured in fires that raged in Antalya province.
Animal survivors of forest fires and floods, which gripped Turkey last month and in August, are being provided shelter by volunteers after receiving treatment for their injuries.
The Animal Rights Federation (HAYTAP) coordinates the resettlement of animal survivors on the farm.
Treatment of the animals who had not recovered from their injuries will continue on the farm. Utku Yılmaz, a vet on the farm, says they worked to collect as many animals as possible in wildfire-hit areas. “We found some on our own and others were brought to us. Eight vets worked in Antalya, and nearly 100 volunteers aided them to save the animals,” he told Demirören News Agency (DHA) on Thursday. Mahmut Emin, another vet, says most animals survived burns, and the treatment process continued for some. “Some underwent surgeries and others are mostly recovered. Traumatized animals are back to eating and drinking properly,” he said.
Students in Turkey’s disaster areas receive free tablets
Mobile phone operator Turkcell, in coordination with the Ministry of National Education, has donated 10,000 tablet computers to students and teachers in Turkey’s provinces hit by forest fires and floods. The distribution comes ahead of the start of the new school year on September 6.
Turkcell said in a written statement that tablets are being provided to students and teachers in Adana, Antalya, Mersin, Osmaniye and Muğla provinces that were affected by forest fires, as well as in Kastamonu, Sinop and Bartın in northern Turkey, provinces ravaged by floods.
Minister Mahmut Özer said they were working to heal the wounds the disasters left behind and they have already met all the needs of students and teachers working or studying in places hit by disasters, noting that they were providing free stationery materials, and now would deliver donated tablets. Turkcell CEO Bülent Aksu said they mobilized their resources to aid people affected by the floods and forest fires. “We made a small contribution to children and youth and we believe technological support is the best way for their educational gain. The tablets will help them to have easy access to online classes and to conduct research for their homework easily. Teachers will be able to communicate with their students better,” he said.
Source: Daily Sabah
2021-22 Europa League groups revealed
The 2021-22 Europa League groups have been unveiled after a draw on Friday held in Istanbul.
The Europa League’s format has been changed this season with the introduction of the third-tier UEFA Europa Conference League.
UEFA said in a statement on Aug. 16 that the group phase has been reduced from 48 to 32 teams, the eight groups (A-H) of four.
Turkey’s Galatasaray marched to the 2021-22 UEFA Europa League group stage with a 2-1 win against Danish club Randers on Thursday.
Fenerbahce also made their way to the Europa League group phase, eliminating Finland’s HJK Helsinki with a 6-2 aggregate.
The eight group winners will qualify for the Europa League Round of 16.
Ziraat Turkey Cup
2021–22 sees the 60th season of the Ziraat Turkey Cup. The tournament was created in 1962 and has taken place every year since then. Ziraat Bank is the sponsor and the sponsored name for the cup is Ziraat Turkey Cup (Ziraat Türkiye Kupası).
The Ziraat Turkey Cup will start with the 1st Qualification Round matches to be played on 7, 8 and 9 September.
The venue and stadium of the final match to be held on May 26, 2022, will be announced later.
Ziraat Turkey Cup match dates are as follows:
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor played three more pre-season matches this week.
Fethiyespor signed a contract with defender Özgür Çelik who played for TFF 2nd League team, Pendikspor last season.
Fethiyespor plays their first game of the season on Sunday 5th September away against Kırıkkale BA. The kick-off is at 16:00.
You can find the schedule for the first half of the season at this link: TFF 3. Lig 3. Grup
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 11.49 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.57 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.35 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.49 TL.
The Euro bought 9.85 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.93 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Looking across the lagoon to Babadağ, Ölüdeniz” by Lyn Ward.