Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
GEKA launches South Aegean Tourism Portal
GEKA (T.C. Güney Ege Kalkınma Ajansı) or the South Aegean Development Agency has developed and launched the South Aegean Tourism Promotion Portal to promote tourism in Aydın, Denizli and Muğla provinces.
The portal is user-friendly and includes information on the history, culture and natural beauty of the South Aegean Region, as well as activities available, also has an interactive map and route creation system to allow visitors to create their own personal travel routes.
The promotion portal has been launched under the domain name guneyegeturkiye.com
The portal can also be followed on social media.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye/GEKA
Part of oil spill reaches Turkey’s south coast
Local residents in the Samandağ district of the southern province of Hatay were warned not to swim on Thursday as an oil spill originating from Syria’s largest refinery reached the coastline.
The cleaning operation conducted by the Transportation Ministry is ongoing, however, a small amount of pollution has been detected in Samadağ,” said a statement made by the Hatay Municipality on September 3.
Syrian officials said last week that a tank filled with 15,000 tons of fuel had been leaking since August 23 at a thermal power plant on the Syrian coastal city of Baniyas.
Satellite imagery analysis by Orbital EOS indicated on September 1 that the oil spill was larger than originally thought, covering an area of around 800 square kilometres.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Baby Caretta carettas crushed by two men on ATVs
Some 16 Caretta caretta hatchlings were crushed by two men riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) on Mendirek beach in the Manavgat district of Antalya late on September 1.
The two men rode their ATVs at full throttle on the beach, crushing two encircled Caretta caretta nests.
Seher Akyol, the head of the Association of Sea Turtles, Mediterranean Monk Seals and Sea Daffodils (DEKAFOK), and Stefan Feuchtinger, an Austrian volunteer, who were at the beach for guarding the turtles, tried to stop the two aggressors, as a result of which, one of them rode the ATV toward one of the volunteers and ran over his head and arm, Akyol told Demirören News Agency.
The injured volunteer, Feuchtinger, who was immediately hospitalized, was reported to be in good condition.
According to the association manager, some baby hatchlings were already on the move toward the sea when the men on ATVs were on the beach.
“We tried to warn them about the Caretta carettas. They did not care,” Akyol said.
“We were in hurry to pick up the babies, but 16 were crushed to death,” she added.
She also made a call to authorities to punish the two men harshly, expressing, “We hope such an incident never happens again.”
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Kuşadası welcomes 1st cruise ship after 16 months
The resort town of Kuşadası welcomed its first cruise ship on Thursday after a 16-month pause due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions that brought travel to a halt.
The Blue Sapphire docked at the Kuşadası Ege Port early in the morning, carrying 450 passengers consisting mostly of Russian citizens.
Global Ports Holding Eastern Mediterranean Regional Director and Kuşadası Ege Port General Manager Aziz Güngör stressed they were excited to welcome the first cruise after 16 months.
“The last time a cruise ship arrived in our country was on March 13 last year again here at the Kuşadası Port. Since then, this ship is the first that made the voyage from abroad to our country carrying passengers,” Güngör told reporters.
Meanwhile, Turkey is soon to launch a mega port project tailored for Istanbul. Galataport is expected to see the first ship anchor at its shores in the coming period, opening a new era for the metropolis’ tourism industry as it aims to become one of the industry’s top cruise destinations.
Source: Daily Sabah
International sky observation event held at 3,000-year-old castle in Diyarbakır
The 2021 three-day International Sky Observation Event was held this week at Diyarbakır’s 3,000-year-old Zerzevan Castle, a historic structure that is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
More than 1,000 professional and amateur astronomers from both Turkey and abroad gathered at the castle, considered one of the 10 best places in Turkey to observe the sky.
Seminars, competitions and workshops related to astronomy were held during the event as part of Turkey’s National Space Program, which aims to boost young people’s interest in space.
The event, previously held in southern Antalya, was attended by Turkey’s industry and technology minister Mustafa Varank who said, “We want Turkey’s youth to keep space and technology on their agenda and the Zerzevan Sky Observation Festival and similar activities are invaluable in terms of raising awareness.”
Turkey aims to land a spacecraft on the Moon with international cooperation at the end of 2023 and with a Turkish rocket in 2028.
Source: Anadolu Agency
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
It was a week of training for Fethiyespor as they prepared for the start of the 2021-22 season and their first match on Sunday.
Fethiyespor lost their away match against Kırıkkale BA on Sunday. The final score was 3-1.
Fethiyespor starts the season in 15th position on the league table.
Sunday 12th September at home against Esenler Erokspor. The kick-off time is 19:00.
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 11.53 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.49 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.32 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.35 TL.
The Euro bought 9.88 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.85 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Köyceğiz Lake ” by Lyn Ward.