Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
‘World Village for the Disabled’ to be established in Seydikemer
The first step in the plan to build a ‘World Village for the Disabled’ took place on International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Friday when the license for the project was presented to the Fethiye Hearing Impaired Association chairman Can Gündüz by Seydikemer Deputy Mayor Mustafa Ali Türkan.
On completion, the World Village for the Disabled’ will be a modern holiday village catering for people with disabilities and their families.
The village will be built on 62-decares of treasury land in Seydikemer’s Eşen District and will include agricultural lands and animal feeding farms.
Bee Food Donated to Beekeepers in Seydikemer
Bee cake and bee feed were distributed to beekeepers in Seydikemer whose hives were damaged in the forest fires that took place during the summer.
6,20 kilograms of bee cake donated by the Ali Nihat Gökyiğit Foundation and 25 thousand kilograms of bee fodder were distributed to 400 beekeepers in the area by the Seydikemer District Agriculture and Forestry Directorate.
Whilst beekeepers suffering hardship as a result of the fires and drought continue to receive state support, Muğla Beekeepers’ Association and Ali Nihat Gökyiğit Foundation also provide practical support to the producers who make a living through beekeeping activities.
Hike in pet food prices concerns animal lovers
A sudden hike in animal food and the high value-added tax put animal lovers in a challenging situation, forcing them to call on Turkish authorities to make discounts on the vital product.
Thousands gathered on various social media platforms in recent days and called for authorities to abolish the value-added tax on pet foods.
Stressing that pet food was a basic need, not a luxury item, animal lovers demanded inspection against the exorbitant price increase, noting that they had difficulties in feeding the stray animals.
Caring for needy animals is a part of the culture in Turkish society, and many citizens also contribute to looking after stray dogs and cats in their neighborhoods with the animal foods they buy from pet stores or receive from local authorities.
Pet owners on social media claimed that the hikes reached 100 percent for some products, while a pet shop owner in Istanbul’s Bahçelievler neighborhood said they came across high price increases especially in domestically produced foods.
Noting that he bought a 15-kilogram pack of cat food in the category of cheap product for 180 liras ($13) 10 days ago, the pet shop owner said that now he was buying the same product for 250 liras ($18).
This means that there was a price increase of about 39 percent in just 10 days.
Winter is here: Season’s first snow blankets Turkey
Winter officially arrived in Turkey this week as several provinces across the country experienced their first snowfall of the season, which left drivers struggling on slippery roads and children rejoicing in the pristine playground Mother Nature provided.
In the east, in Muş, where the snow had reached a depth of 50 centimetres (19.6 inches), several roads to villages were closed due to the heavy snowfall overnight, and teams set out and cleared the roads in the morning after four hours of arduous work.
The mountainous landscape was straight out of a postcard as the ranges of mountains were covered with blankets of snow.
A little to the west, Tunceli’s Pülümür district received the first snow of the year in the city as the town’s centre and hills were blanketed in white, with the higher ground seeing as much as 15 centimetres.
Red moss covers shores on Istanbul’s Anatolian side
Several spots on the Marmara Sea have been fully covered with red moss following a fierce storm that has wreaked havoc in Turkey’s northwestern region.
Municipal teams collected tons of moss left by giant waves on the shores of Kadıköy and Maltepe, two districts on Istanbul’s Anatolian side. The moss was sent to waste facilities.
Meriç Albay, former dean of Istanbul University’s Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, noted that such a proliferation of algae indicates deterioration in water quality.
“It shows that there is an unwanted amount of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water. It’s not a pretty sight. It shows that the water quality of Marmara Sea is not good in terms of water health,” he said.
During the summer, mucilage, a jelly-like layer of slime developed due to the excessive proliferation of microscopic plants caused by untreated waste, covered the surface of the Sea of Marmara.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor won their home match against Karşıyaka on Saturday. The final score was 1-0.
Fethiyespor stays at the top of the league table.
Sunday 12th December away against Edirnespor. The kick-off is at 13:00.
You can find the schedule for the first half of the season at this link: TFF 3. Lig 3. Grup
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Thank you to Nathan Alexander for the Fethiye Falcons update.
Fethiye Falcons are delighted to announce that they have secured the old Günlükbaşıspor club as their home ground, which will be called ‘The Nest’.
Groundsmen will be painting the pitch over the next week and the old signs will be replaced with new ‘The Nest’ signage.
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President Erdoğan says he hopes volatile Turkish lira will steady soon
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday he hoped that volatile foreign exchange and inflation rates would stabilise shortly and he again promised low-interest rates, after a historic plunge in the lira currency to record lows.
The lira shed some 30% over the last month in a selloff driven by aggressive interest rate cuts that Erdoğan sought, but that economists and opposition politicians say are reckless in part due to soaring inflation.
The currency touched a record intra-day low of 14 to the dollar on Tuesday and logged a record close on Friday, at 13.7485. It is by far the worst-performing currency in emerging markets this year after having shed 45% of its value.
Inflation jumped to a three-year high of 21.3% last month, leaving Turkey’s real rates deeply negative, a red flag for fleeing investors and for Turkish savers who have flocked to hard currencies to protect their wealth.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 18.13 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 16.14 TL.
The US Dollar bought 13.70 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 12.11TL.
The Euro bought 15.50 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 13.66 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “A car rides by a forest covered in snow in Tunceli’s Pülümür district, Turkey, Dec. 2, 2021. ” by Anadolu Agency