Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
88 kilometers of Hisarönü-Ovacık sewer line works completed
In a statement on Sunday, Muğla Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Dr. Osman Gürün confirmed that 88 kilometers, 67 percent of the 121 kilometer Hisarönü-Ovacık sewer line, is now completed.
Work on the 62 million TL project continues and, in addition, two of the three waste water pumping stations and 2,017 of the 3,841 chimneys and 3,600 meters of drinking water production lines has been completed. On completion of the project, the infrastructure problem in the Hisarönü-Ovacık area will be eliminated.
Gürün said, “We need huge infrastructure investments throughout the province. For this, we seek to raise funds from many places, including international credit institutions. We invest these resources in all districts in order of importance.”
Source: Fethiye Haber Bülteni
Insect in burned forest gives hope to Turkey’s troubled beekepers
Beleaguered beekeepers who lost acres of forests to recent fires in southern Turkey hailed the return of a species to ashen forests that is a harbinger of revival.
Marchalina hellenica, also known as the scale insect, may look repulsive, but is instrumental in producing honeydew, an important source of food for forest honey bees producing pine honey derived from the burned forests in Muğla. This southwestern Turkish province accounts for production of some 80% of pine honey in the country. Turkey itself accounts for some 92% of pine honey production in the world.
Traveling beekeepers from around the country descend to Muğla this time of the year with beehives in tow. Many nomadic beekeepers, including some from Muğla, move their hives to Turkey’s inland upper plains in the spring each year and come to Muğla from mid-August on for the pine trees. Those beehives were spared from burning but their whole production cycle has been shattered. Gone were the “honey forests,” although the beekeepers have found new wooded areas in the province to set up their production areas. Their loss is great.
Veli Türk, who heads a local union of beekeepers, says some 35% of burned forests in Muğla were among the best places for harvests for beekepers. “We are deeply wounded but we did not lose hope,” he told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Wednesday. Türk believes in “miracles,” especially after sighting the scale insect on a burned pine tree collapsed in the fire in the province’s Köyceğiz district. “We were touring the burned areas where we used to harvest honey and I came across this tree. I had a magnifying glass and when I checked its trunk, I saw the insect,” he recounted. What boosted their hope even more is seeing bees still flying around burned trees. “Local beekeepers lost less than half of their potential produce but they expect a production rate at 60%,” he added.
Source: Daily Sabah
Activists help baby sea turtles safely return to sea in Turkey
A group of activists has been camping out on a beach in Belek in the southern Turkish province of Antalya for four months, just to be able to watch baby Caretta carettas hatch from their shells and help the infants if needed.
Volunteers track each baby turtle, sometimes offering a little push if they are stuck in the sand, on their journey to their ultimate home: the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Belek is one of the largest breeding grounds for turtles in the Mediterranean and this year, it hosted more than 3,000 nests. The hatching season continues until late September, with activists tracking each stage until the last baby turtle makes it to the sea.
Istanbul installs ‘tsunami escape’ signs amid disaster warnings
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) has started installing road signs directing people to evacuation areas in case of a tsunami. The signs aim to divert people to higher ground, away from the shores of the Marmara Sea.
Experts had earlier warned about the high possibility of a tsunami hitting the city of more than 15 million people. The first signs were placed in Büyükçekmece, a district on the European side that hosts a long coastline divided from densely populated areas separated from the sea by only beaches and a long promenade.
Professor Şükrü Ersoy, an earthquake and tsunami expert from Yıldız Technical University (YTÜ), says Büyükçekmece, along with Küçükçekmece, Bakırköy, Ataköy, Zeytinburnu and Topkapı could be severely damaged by a tsunami. “The Marmara (Sea) is landlocked, but tsunami risk is there. It happened in the past and it still has potential. The sea has fault lines and any major earthquake can trigger a tsunami. It won’t be as bad as tsunamis in the Pacific but still, tsunami waves can reach a few meters high.”
Source: Daily Sabah
Istanbul Airport claims no. 2 spot in world’s best international airports
Istanbul Airport was placed number two on a ranking of the world’s best international airports, a survey by US Travel and Leisure magazine found.
At less than three years old, Istanbul Airport made it to the upper ranks of the globe’s top 10 airports in the World’s Best Awards 2021 survey, said a statement by the Istanbul Airport Administration (IGA) on Thursday.
Only the long-established Singapore Changi Airport beat Istanbul in this year’s rankings.
With 91.17 points, Istanbul Airport bested airports such as Incheon (South Korea), Dubai, Hamad (Qatar), Tokyo, Hong Kong, Narita (Japan), Zurich, and Osaka to claim second place, impressing travelers with its efficient operation and premium travel experience.
The survey showed that travelers enjoyed airports in Asia, with six of the top 10 winners located in that part of the world.
Before the results are announced, evaluations are made in terms of access, check-in, security, food and beverage areas, shopping, and design.
Istanbul Airport, launched in October 2018, has a capacity of 95 million passengers annually.
With all four of its phases completed as of 2028, it will boast a passenger capacity of some 200 million.
Source: Anadolu Agency
Turkish National Football Team part ways with head coach Şenol Güneş
The Turkish Football Federation confirmed on Friday that they had parted ways with national team manager Şenol Güneş in the wake of poor results.
Güneş, whose contract ended by mutual consent, was under fire from sports officials and fans alike after Turkey suffered a huge 6-1 loss to the Netherlands on Tuesday in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying game.
Following the historic defeat, Turkey dropped to the number three spot in the group with 11 points.
It was a devastating defeat but not the heaviest one for the Turkish team, as England toppled Turkey 8-0 twice, in 1984 and 1987.
The federation thanked the 69-year-old Güneş, and wished him success in his future endeavors.
Source: Anadolu Agency
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor signed a contract this week with defender Kadir Kurt from Denizlispor,
Fethiyespor won their home match against Esenler Erokspor on Sunday. The final score was 5-1.
Fethiyespor moves up to 7th position on the league table.
Sunday 19th September away against Içel I.Y. The kick-off time is 15:30.
Supporters going to watch home matches are asked to arrive a little earlier than usual at the ground as Covid 19 restrictions are in place and HES codes are checked when entering the stadium.
Please note: There was an issue with some HES codes at Sunday’s match and a number of spectators were unable to enter the ground. Brian Lloyd will be looking into the issue on Monday.
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 11.71 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.53 TL.
The US Dollar bought 8.46 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.32 TL.
The Euro bought 10.00 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.88 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “The road to Elmalı, Antalya ” by Lyn Ward.