Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkiye.

Curated from various news sources.

NEWS

Inflation affects restaurant sector in Fethiye

The restaurant sector, one of the sectors most affected by closures during the coronavirus epidemic, is now struggling with price increases on everything from food products to utilities due to soaring inflation.

Increases of up to 200-300% have been applied to some products, a price hike that is impossible for restaurants to pass on to customers.

Restaurant Manager Ferdi Hökerek, told Gerçek Fethiye, “The increasing prices are affecting us badly. We started to lose customers. Increases of up to 200-300% have been applied to some products. It is impossible for us to pass on these price increases to our customers. We can only make minimum increases to prices. If we reflect the increase in the materials we buy in our prices, the customers will not be able to come. We are trying to hold on as long as we can,” he said. 

Hökerek went on to say that with the planned hike in electricity prices, his bill will increase from 8,000 TL to around 12,000 TL per month.

Source: https://gercekfethiye.com/restoranlarin-zam-cikmazi/44390/

More than 5,000 taxi drivers fined in Istanbul in 2021

Local authorities in Istanbul have fined more than 5,000 taxi and minibus drivers who did not comply with the rules, with a total of 2.8 million liras ($208,000) in 2021 in a response to frequent complaints coming from residents and tourists.

Municipal officials in the Turkish metropolis conducted unannounced inspections in line with the relevant law and legislation regarding taxis, minibusses and other public transportation throughout the past year.

Working without a permit, hiring an unregistered driver and not having a relief license plate for visually impaired passengers were among the top three reasons for fines, according to the result of the inspection by teams.

Only 142 drivers were fined on the grounds of picking passengers, refusing short-distance routes and not turning on taximeters during rides, contrary to expectations.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Sea turtles brave arduous journey from Turkiye amid plastic pollution

In the past two years alone, 55,734 sea turtles have died from environmental pollution along the coast of Samandağ on Turkiye’s Mediterranean coast. Despite intensified conservation efforts, they remain an endangered species.

The migration of turtles who embark from Turkiye on new journeys across the Mediterranean Sea, is sometimes cut short by plastic pollution, oil leaks, fishermen using materials harmful to turtles, a general lack of public awareness of their frail living conditions and, last but not least, climate change.

Digestion of plastic bags is one of the most common causes of death in sea turtles as they often mistake it for food. Plastic bags block their digestive system, eventually leading to gas buildup and forcing them to surface or leaving them unconscious and washing ashore.

In the past two years, 231 turtles washed ashore dead across Turkish coasts, according to DEKAMER data. Necropsies of 87 turtles in Turkey last year found 20% among them suffered from problems that stemmed from the consumption of plastic materials. In 2020, 32 turtles were found dead on different dates after consuming plastics.

Read more here: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/sea-turtles-brave-arduous-journey-from-turkey-amid-plastic-pollution/news

Officials imposed 350m Turkish Liras in fines on polluters in 2021

Officials from the Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Ministry conducted a record number of inspections last year to identify companies creating the most pollution, issuing a total of 350 million Turkish Liras in fines.

More than 56,000 checks were carried out in the country’s all 81 provinces to identify companies and facilities polluting the air and water and breaching other regulations in the environment law.

As a result of those inspections, authorities found that a total of 3,942 facilities violated the environmental regulations and issued administrative fines amounting to 350.2 million liras.

Also, 406 establishments were ordered to halt operations as their activities polluted the environment.

Read more here: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/officials-imposed-350-mln-turkish-liras-of-fine-on-polluters-last-year-170910

Over 388,000 enjoy bird’s-eye view of Cappadocia in 2021

Some 388,833 visitors took hot-air balloon trips to experience a bird’s-eye view of Turkiye’s world-famous scenic Cappadocia in 2021.

Figures were down from 585,582 in 2019, to 120,917 in 2020 due to pandemic measures.

Last year, balloon tours were possible on 216 days due to adverse weather conditions, slightly below the average on 220 days per year.

The highest number of people who participated in the hot air balloon tour was in October with 76,104.

The region, located in Central Anatolia’s Nevsehir province, has been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985.

To get an authentic experience, tourists from all over the world prefer to experience Cappadocia’s landscapes and peak-like rock houses up in the sky.

Source: aa.com.tr

SPORT

Fethiyespor

Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Match results

Fethiyespor lost their away match against Esenler Erokspor on Sunday. The final score was 1-0.

With 19 games played, Fethiyespor stays at the top of the league table.

League Matches 

Saturday 29th January at home against Içel IY. The kick-off is at 13:00. 

You can find the Fethiyespor fixture list here.

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Fethiye Falcons

Thank you to Nathan Alexander for the Fethiye Falcons update.

Team Update

Fethiye Falcons are delighted to announce the signing of Samet Işleyen from Ankara Phrygians for TRLA 2022. Samet has previously played for Canberra Raiders.

Match details

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 18.23 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.50 TL.

The US Dollar bought 13.44 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 13.53 TL.

The Euro bought 15.25 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 15.44 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Source: Living Earth

Today’s featured image: “In the shadow of snow-capped mountains” by Lyn Ward

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