Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Muğla carries out disaster awareness training
Muğla Province and AFAD carried out disaster awareness training on Saturday as part of the “2022 Year of Exercises”, Turkey’s efforts to reform its disaster response.
Disaster awareness training and exercises are carried out in order to to raise awareness of disasters, to strengthen emergency preparedness capabilities, to test safe evacuation knowledge and procedures, and to identify strengths and weaknesses in current practices.
To date, ‘Disaster Awareness Training’ has been carried out with 123 thousand 408 people in 849 schools and 42 public institutions by Muğla Disaster and Emergency Provincial Directorate.
‘Earthquake Moment and Earthquake Evacuation Exercises’ were also carried out with 177 thousand 528 people.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Turkey adopts bill to fight pollution causing sea snot
The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) ratified a bill late Thursday to fight the marine mucilage, commonly known as sea snot, which affected the Marmara Sea last year.
The bill, part of a more comprehensive package for environmental protection, aims to curb human-made pollution, which contributed to the emergence of thick layers of substance that choked the marine life in the Marmara for a few months in 2021. Under the bill, the municipalities will be required to set up advanced wastewater treatment facilities. It also brings hefty fines to those responsible for discharging solid and household waste into the sea by maritime vehicles.
The municipalities must present their plans for advanced waste treatment facilities within six months under the bill, which covers only municipalities of provinces littoral to the Marmara Sea and a water basin connected to the sea.
Largest-ever ghost net removed from Marmara Sea
Officials have removed what is believed to be the largest-ever ghost net off the coast of Istanbul’s Maltepe district in the Marmara Sea.
Teams from the Turkish Coast Guard, police, the provincial directorate of agriculture and forestry and Gedik University worked for two days, finally managing to bring 120 meters long, 40 meters wide and 5,000 square meters of ghost net from a 30-meter-depth to the surface.
Officials believe that the net was there for over 10 years.
Within the scope of the project, some 4.7 million square meters of area have been inspected, and 204 ghost nets have been collected from 184 locations since 2011.
Ghost nets are fishing nets either abandoned, lost, or discarded by fishermen, and fish can still get entrapped and entangled in these nets, explained Ahmet Yavuz Karaca from the provincial directorate of agriculture and forestry.
These nets can travel long distances from their points of origin and can remain in the seas long after they are discarded, resulting in the entrapment and death of marine mammals, seabirds and fish.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey rebrands as ‘Türkiye,’ changing name at the United Nations
The country is now called “Türkiye” in the halls of the United Nations, who agreed to recognize the change on Wednesday after a request from Turkey’s government. The campaign to rebrand as Türkiye began in December.
“The process we started under the leadership of our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to increase our country’s brand value is to be finalized,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu tweeted on Tuesday.
UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told CNN Thursday that the UN accepted the change, and it became effective as soon as they received the request and made sure that the document was legitimate, which was on Wednesday.”It’s not an issue, it’s not for us to accept or not accept,” Dujarric said. “Countries are free to choose the way they want to be named. It doesn’t happen every day but it’s not unusual that countries change their names.”
Çavuşoğlu told state-run news agency Anadolu on Wednesday that by working with Turkey’s Directorate of Communications, which is affiliated with the President’s office, the government had been able to successfully lay the groundwork for the rebrand. “We have made it possible for the UN and other international organizations, and countries to see this change to using ‘Türkiye,'” he said.
Turkey’s Director of Communication Fahrettin Altun posted a promotional video on Twitter Wednesday with the caption: #HelloTürkiye.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor are now promoted to TFF League 2.
39 teams will compete in the 2nd League in the 2022-23 season (see post below for details).
The fixture list will be drawn up by the end of July.
The first match of League 2 will take place on 27th August 2022.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 21.07 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 20.56 TL.
The US Dollar bought 17.11 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 16.46 TL.
The Euro bought 18.00 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 17.40 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
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