Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Fethiye Municipality and British citizens launch Ramazan Food Package Campaign
The former Mayor of Liverpool Anna Rothery, who is currently visiting Fethiye, and Fethiye Times owner and local resident of 11 years, Lyn Ward, attended a meeting withDeputy Mayor Oğuz Bolelli, Social Services Manager Ali Rıza Kıroğlu and other relevant municipality personnel on Wednesday to discuss a new project to provide food banking facilities, and other options for helping those in need.
The quickest and easiest way to help out in the short term is to utilize what is already in place.
You can help families in need during Ramazan by buying and donating a Ramazan food package. Packages can be purchased from Migros and we have identified five stores where the packages can be purchased and left (or dropped off if purchased in a different store) to be collected by Fethiye Municipality Social Services and distributed to families in need.
In the meeting, Anna Rothery said that she still continues work in politics at Liverpool City Council, that she can run for mayor of Liverpool again in the upcoming elections, and that she bought a property in Fethiye, which she loves very much and that from now on she spent a certain part of the year in Fethiye. She said that she will spend time in Turkey and will continue to work for Fethiye in the upcoming period, both in Turkey and in England.
Fethiye Times owner Lyn Ward said, “After Alim Karaca’s election as mayor, our relationship with the Municipality administration has gained momentum and we want to work in cooperation with Fethiye Municipality on the occasion of Ramazan.” Many UK citizens living in Fethiye want to help their Turkish neighbors in need, but she said that coordination of this cooperation with Fethiye Municipality will reinforce the atmosphere of trust in people.
Deputy Mayor Oğuz Bolelli said: “We were very pleased when we heard from our British friends residing in Fethiye that they wanted to organize a campaign for our citizens in need during Ramadan. We, as the Municipality, will deliver the Ramazan packages that both our British friends and Turkish philanthropists can obtain from a few supermarkets, and deliver them to citizens in real need. I fully believe that the people of Fethiye will give the necessary support to this campaign. We also exchanged ideas for this and similar collaborations and talked with Ms. Anna Rothery on the system in Liverpool.”
During her visit to Fethiye, Rothery also visited Fethiye Association for Solidarity with the Physically Disabled where she met the President of the Association Cemal Akboğa and association members and discussed current issues and working together on providing solutions.
Illegal structures in Dalaman bays demolished
In the continuing fight against illegal building in Muğla’s Dalaman district, illegal structures built in the bays within the boundaries of the district are being demolished.
Dozers were transported by boat to Sıralıbük Bay, which has no road connection, and an illegal structures were demolished.
Other illegal buildings identified by the Forestry Operations Directorate in Sıralıbük and Yavansu will also be demolished in the coming days.
The building owners face penalties
The 8th Seabed Cleaning event in Bodrum collects 192 kilograms of garbage
192 kg of garbage was collected in two hours during the 8th Seabed Cleaning event, organized by Bodrum Municipality on the Turgutreis coast.
The event named “Blue Befits the Sea Most”, was attended by Bodrum Municipality Cleaning Services Directorate, municipality diving team, 1 Bodrum team, and 60 students and teachers from Zeyyat Mandalinci Primary School. Students also supported the cleaning done by the divers on the seabed by collecting the garbage on the beach. After 2 hours of work, the team of volunteer divers collected a total of 192 kg of waste material, including 40 kg of textile materials, 85 kg of tires, 3 kg of metal, 35 kg of miscellaneous garbage, 4 kg of plastic, 25 kg of glass. Citizens supported the cleaning efforts.
Waste collected at the end of the study was sent to Bodrum Municipality 1st Class Waste Retrieval Center in Konacık District.
‘Mechanic of life’ saves a turtle stuck in broken bottle
Hasan Kızıl, who lives in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, saved a turtle whose head was stuck in the mouth of a broken glass bottle.
As the turtle was released back into nature after treatment Kızıl said: “We caused this. We are incapable of disposing of our trash. Every piece of trash you leave in nature harms an animal at the end of the day.”
Hasan Kızıl is known as “the mechanic of life” as he constructs prostheses for animals that have not been able to walk for different reasons. Receiving anatomical support from veterinarians, he has enabled nearly 700 animals to walk over the past six years.
High school students informed Hasan Kızıl that they found a turtle with its head stuck in the mouth of a broken glass bottle near their school.
Expressing that animals are harmed by a different incident every day, Kızıl said: “This time, a turtle’s head is stuck in a bottle. Some high school students informed me. I immediately went and picked it up. I took it to a clinic. We removed the bottle from his head in about half an hour at the clinic without harming him. He hadn’t eaten or drank water for weeks. He was quite exhausted. We gave it medical vitamins and supplements. Then we released it back into nature.”
“Please let’s pay a little more attention to our environment. Let’s not harm nature and ensure we leave a beautiful world for the next generations. Every piece of garbage you leave in nature ends up hurting an animal. Please be a little more careful,” he urged.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkey runs risk of fresh mucilage in Marmara Sea
Just as Turkey was finally breathing a sigh of relief after getting rid of the thick, slimy substance known as marine mucilage, or sea snot, covering the Marmara Sea, an expert has warned that the nightmare may not be over yet.
Professor Mustafa Sarı, the dean of the Maritime Faculty in Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University in Balıkesir province, told Demirören Agency (DHA) that the mucilage did not disappear, it settled at the bottom of the sea as “mucilage mud.”
“If the sea surface temperatures increase, there is a sufficient amount of nitrogen and phosphorus in the sea. There are still pollutants,” he said, explaining that since there has been no change in sea conditions, the Marmara Sea may encounter a new mucilage crisis.
Field studies have been ongoing in water bodies throughout Antalya since September in order to avoid a mucilage problem in the Mediterranean.
The mucilage problem, which has plagued the surface of the Marmara, reached a level that could be described as catastrophic last year. The natural phenomenon, blamed on the increase in organic pollutants and rise in sea temperatures, greatly affected tourism and fishing.
Mucilage is an overgrowth of microscopic algae called phytoplankton caused by rising seawater temperatures due to global warming, stagnant water and pollution.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Tepecikspor on Wednesday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor drew their home match against Modafen on Sunday. The final score was 2-2.
With 30 matches played, Fethiyespor remains in second place on the league table.
Sunday 17th April away against Ağrı 1970 Spor. The kick-off is at 15:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 19.20 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 19.26TL.
The US Dollar bought 14.74 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 14.68 TL.
The Euro bought 16.04 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 16.22 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Fethiye Bay – the end of winter. April 8, 2022” by Lyn Ward