Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Turkey celebrates Republic Day with passionate celebrations
Turkey on Friday marked the 98th anniversary of Republic Day, with high spirits and splendid celebrations in 81 provinces.
From the quiet depths of Lake Van in the east to the vibrant streets of Istanbul in the west, Republic Day celebrations were everywhere on Friday in Turkey. The 98th anniversary of the establishment of the republic is marked as a national holiday. The occasion symbolizes the country’s foray into a new system and cementing its independence after the devastation of World War I.
The main staple of the celebrations were parades, both on Thursday night and on Friday morning. Soldiers attending these parades were the main attraction.
On Oct. 29, 1923, Atatürk officially declared the name of the nation and proclaimed the country’s status as a republic. A vote then took place in the Grand National Assembly, and Atatürk, a revolutionary statesman, was elected the first president of the Republic of Turkey by unanimous vote.
Since then, Turkey has celebrated Republic Day on October 29 annually.
The people of Fethiye participated enthusiastically in the celebrations which included a wreath laying ceremony, a ceremony at the Fethiye stadium, a Republic convoy, concerts and an air display by Turkish Aeronautical Association (Turkish: Türk Hava Kurumu – THK).
Sources: Daily Sabah/Fethiye Belediye
Horror and hope remain one year after earthquake in Turkey’s Izmir
Saturday was the first anniversary of one of deadliest earthquakes in decades to hit Izmir. One year ago, Turkey’s third-largest province situated on the Aegean coast lost 117 people to a magnitude 6.6 earthquake.
Izmir’s Bayraklı is the district that suffered most from the earthquake whose epicenter was off the coast of Seferihisar, which was also hit by a tsunami after the disaster.
Today, most survivors live in temporary houses or have moved in with their relatives. On Saturday, the first batch of houses built by the state for survivors was handed over to their owners.
Source: Daily Sabah
Bill Gates celebrated his 66th birthday with Jeff Bezos at an intimate party in a secluded Turkish cove
The Microsoft founder, who has an estimated net worth of $136bn, celebrated his 66th birthday with Bezos and 50 other guests at Sea Me Beach in Fethiye on Wednesday, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported.
Guests were helicoptered from Bill Gates’s megayacht, Lana, to the secluded and picturesque cove. He is currently renting the yacht for 1.8 million euros per week, according to reports.
Bezos reportedly returned to his own yacht, docked in Gökova, by private helicopter. The “Flying Fox,” which the former Amazon CEO is believed to own.
Source: Business Insider
Drought fears deepen in Turkey’s second-largest Lake Tuz
Climate crisis remains a threat for bodies of water across Turkey as concerns over a lingering drought prevail.
For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters.
This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual splendid sunset images of the birds captured by wildlife photographer Fahri Tunç: carcasses of flamingo hatchlings and adults lay scattered across the cracked, dried-up lake bed.
The 1,665 square kilometer (643 square mile) lake, Turkey’s second-largest lake and home to several bird species, has entirely receded this year. Experts say Lake Tuz (Salt Lake in Turkish) is a victim of climate change-induced drought, which has hit the region hard.
Several other lakes across Turkey have similarly dried up or have receded to alarming levels, affected by low precipitation and unsustainable irrigation practices. Climate experts warn that the entire Mediterranean basin, which includes Turkey, is particularly at risk of severe drought and desertification.
President Erdoğan arrives in Italy to attend G20 summit
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Rome early on Saturday to attend the 16th G20 summit.
The group of 20 largest and most advanced economies is holding the summit on Oct. 30-31 to focus on addressing the coronavirus pandemic, fostering a robust economic recovery and boosting global cooperation on climate action.
Meetings are also expected to discuss migrant crises and other geopolitical issues.
Turkey rebrands ministry for fight against climate crisis
The climate crisis is at the top the agenda of the Turkish government, after the ratification of the Paris climate deal and ahead of a global climate summit. To that extent, Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning was renamed as Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Climate Change on Friday. Under a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette, several departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry specializing in the fight against desertification and erosion, as well as the General Directorate of Meteorology, were also transferred to the renamed ministry.
The ministry will also house a new Department of Climate Change. The decree assigns more duties to the ministry as the main institution for protection of soil, development of natural resources, avalanche, landslide and flood control and the rehabilitation of basins. It will be responsible for developing policies and strategies on a national and regional level.
The Paris Agreement, defined as “a bridge between today’s policies and climate-neutrality before the end of the 21st century,” seeks to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by stopping global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels over the next century and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius, if possible.
Source: Daily Sabah
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Fethiyespor 3rd top scoring team in Europe
Fethiyespor, the leader of TFF 3rd League 3rd Group, is the top scorer among 132 teams in professional leagues in Turkey with 29 goals scored in 9 matches. With an average of 3.22 goals per game, Fethiyespor became the 3rd top scoring team in Europe ahead of giants such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Milan, Liverpool, M.City, Chelsea, B.Dortmund and PSG
Ajax is Europe’s top scorer with 37 goals scored in 10 matches (3.7 average). Ajax is followed by Bayern Munich with 33 goals (3.63 average) in 9 games.
Information correct as of 29 October, 2021.
Source: Fethiye TV
Fethiyespor won their home match against Tepecikspor on Sunday. The final score was 2-1.
Fethiyespor stay at the top of the league table.
Sunday 7th November away against Karaköprü Belediyespor. Kick off is at 12:00.
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 13.14 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 13.20 TL.
The US Dollar bought 9.60 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.60 TL.
The Euro bought 11.10 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.17 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Autumn in Nif” by Lyn Ward.