Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Suspicious death at Şatburnu Beach in Çalış
An investigation is being carried out into the suspicious death of a man found on Şatburnu Beach in Çalış on Saturday.
Şafak Atay (43) from Dazkırı in Afyon, was found dead with a bottle of alcohol next to him. Restaurant staff raised the alarm and Atay was pronounced dead at the scene by the Forensic Medicine Doctor. The crime scene prosecutor was called to attend.
The body was sent to the department of forensic medicine for examination after the prosecution’s investigation at the scene.
Rumi commemoration ceremonies conclude in Turkey’s Konya
The 748th commemoration ceremony of Rumi in Konya ended on Friday with a performance with the world-renowned Whirling Dervishes performing the mesmerising whirling ritual, the Sema.
Following Rumi’s death in 1273, his followers founded the Mevlevi Order, or the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, which is known globally for the Sufi dance ritual.
The Sema ritual, declared one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, starts with a song praising the Muslim Prophet Muhammad and is followed by the entrance of dervishes who later perform whirling dances with their arms across their chests in time with the music.
The commemoration had been ongoing since Dec. 7 as part of Seb-i Arus, or the Wedding Night, in reference to Rumi’s passing viewed as the day when he reunited with his beloved God.
Rumi’s tomb in the Mevlana Museum was visited by scores of residents and foreign tourists who sought to learn about the man whose views continue to influence people of all cultures and religions around the world.
The final program late Friday was attended by various officials, including former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and incumbent Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy as well as scores of Rumi-lovers.
Today, Rumi’s words of wisdom revolving around respect, intimacy, tolerance and love still guide and influence people of all colours, nationalities and religions.
Source: Anadolu Agency
At least 22 dead, 16 hospitalized from bootleg alcohol poisoning in Istanbul
At least 22 people have died in Istanbul and 16 others have been hospitalized and are in serious condition after drinking bootleg alcohol in Instanbul, the local governor’s office said Friday, as authorities intensified a crackdown on counterfeit drinks across Turkey ahead of New Year’s celebrations.
Fatalities continue to climb in other provinces, while security forces stepped up a crackdown on bootleg liquor producers. Experts repeatedly warn drinkers not to buy from unlicensed sellers or attempt to distill their own drinks at home with unfamiliar materials.
Eleven of the dead, and five of those who had fallen ill were foreign nationals, the Istanbul governor’s office said in a statement. It didn’t elaborate or provide details on the victims’ nationalities.
Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the deaths, the statement said.
Authorities have launched a nationwide operation to crack down on bootleg alcohol production, conducting raids on about 300 locations and seizing thousands of litres of counterfeit alcohol, the report said. At least 85 suspects were detained.
Sources: Daily Sabah/CBS News
Turkey leads Mediterranean tourism, outcompetes major rivals
Turkey has become the leader in tourism in the Mediterranean, leaving its biggest rivals France, Spain and Italy in its rear mirror as it welcomed more visitors in the first 10 months of 2021.
According to a report published on Friday in the Turkish economics daily Dünya, Turkey performed better during the pandemic than one of its biggest rivals, Spain. While Spain received 24.83 million tourists in 10 months, Turkey received a total of 24.98 million visitors, including 3.92 million citizens residing abroad. Turkey surpassed Spain by 152,000 visitors.
Turkey is ahead of Spain in terms of the number of visitors however, Spain is ahead of Turkey in terms of income.
The tourism income of Spain for the 10-month period was $31 billion whilst Turkey’s income was $20.3 billion.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkey’s currency crisis deepens after latest rate cut
Turkey’s currency crisis accelerated on Friday as it plunged 8% to a new record low, gripped by concerns over an inflationary spiral brought on by President Tayyip Erdoğan’s unorthodox plan to slash interest rates in the face of soaring prices.
Turkey’s main stock exchange Borsa Istanbul announced a temporary so-called circuit breaker after its main BIST 100 index fell 5 per cent. After trading resumed the benchmark was more than 8 per cent lower. The selling came as the Turkish currency fell a further 7 per cent to a fresh all-time low of more than 17 to the US dollar, and a day after the country’s central bank once again lowered interest rates despite an annual inflation rate of more than 20 per cent.
The lira has halved in value so far this year following a series of rate cuts, as President Erdoğan — who rejects the economic orthodoxy that high-interest rates rein in inflation — exerts increasingly close control over the central bank.
Turkey’s benchmark stock index ended Friday with losses, falling sharply from the previous day’s record high to close at 2,084.47 points.
Many Turks Can’t Afford Bread, and Bakers Can’t Afford to Make It
Turks are grappling with soaring inflation, watching prices rise daily as the lira has plunged against the dollar and their salaries and pensions no longer cover even the staples of life.
Squeezed by rising costs, price controls and plunging sales, bakers warn of ruin, while their impoverished former customers line up for government-supplied loaves.
Sources: Financial Times/Anadolu Agency/CNBC/New York Times
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor won their home match against Bld. Derincespor on Sunday. The final score was 1-0.
Fethiyespor stays at the top of the league table.
The Fethiyespor team are now enjoying a break before the second half of the season starts on 16th January 2022. Whilst they’re enjoying their break, we’ll be taking a look at the team profiles.
Manager profile: Selahaddin Dinçel
Appointed: Jun 7, 2021
Days in charge: 195
Date of birth/Age: Sep 1, 1975 (46)
Place of birth: Manisa
Coaching Licence: UEFA Pro Licence
Average term as coach: 0.71 Years
Preferred formation : 4-2-3-1
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Thank you to Nathan Alexander for the Fethiye Falcons update.
Fethiye Falcons will play a friendly at home against Izmir Zaferi on Saturday 12th February 2022. The kick-off is at 15:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 21.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.41 TL.
The US Dollar bought 16.41 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 13.88 TL.
The Euro bought 18.45 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 15.70 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “People lining up to buy bread at a kiosk in Istanbul this week” by Ivor Prickett for The New York Times