Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
Second cruiser ship arrives in Fethiye
The second cruise ship of the season arrived in Fethiye on Friday.
The French-flagged Cruiser Club Med, which anchored off the coast, was carrying a total of 497 people, including 291 passengers and 206 crew members, bringing a much-needed boost for local tradesmen.
The cruise ship came to Fethiye from Costa Island and will visit Kaş, Antalya and Bodrum.
The ship was the second to anchor within the scope of the “Single Window in the Port” integrated system with the Ministry of Trade, implemented for the first time in Fethiye.
Sources: Fethiye Kaymakamlığı/Gerçek Fethiye
Fire of Anatolia perform at Babadağ 1200m
Fire of Anatolia took the stage on Friday evening in one of the “Entertainment at the Peak” events, hosted by Babadağ Teleferik at the 1200m altitude.
The Fire of Anatolia dance show is an extravaganza of real Anatolian dance culture taking its roots from the centuries-old civilizations of Anatolia.
The dance show was one of a series of concerts taking place over the summer.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Read our previous article for more information about Babadağ Teleferik.
Experts warn of invasive poisonous sea urchins in southern Türkiye
Marine biologists have warned of the high invasion rate seen among poisonous sea urchins off the coast of southern Türkiye’s Mersin.
During two-month-long controlled research over two 9 square meter areas, they found that the invasive species resettlement rate in that part of the Mediterranean has reached 108%.
The study, led by professor Deniz Ayas from Mersin University Fisheries department, made its first dive earlier in May. It found and cleared 34 sea urchins from the designated area.
However, when the divers returned in July there were as many as 37 poisonous sea urchins in each location, putting the return rate at 108%. The sea urchins were collected at depths of 10 to 20 meters at two locations between Kızkalesi and Narlıkuyu.
“It poses a serious risk in every area it settles in,” said Ayas about the long-spined sea urchins (Diadema setosum) that settle on rocks, corals near the shore and feed on plant species.
He explained that the species also harms the population of other living things that feed on it.
Turkish central bank keeps key policy rate on hold for 7th month
Türkiye’s central bank held its policy rate unchanged for a seventh straight month on Thursday, as it again emphasized its expectation that the disinflation trend was expected to begin.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), led by Governor Şahap Kavcıoğlu, kept the one-week repo rate at 14%, in line with most economists’ forecasts.
The move came amid rampant inflation that neared 79% last month and an ongoing global tightening cycle. The bank cited supply and demand imbalances and an increase in energy prices among the factors behind faster inflation.
In addition, the bank said it will continue to use all available instruments decisively within the framework of its “liraization strategy” until strong indicators point to a permanent fall in inflation and the medium-term 5% target is achieved.
Türkiye to host World Motocross Championship final
Türkiye’s western Afyonkarahisar province will host the World Motocross Championship (MXGP) final on Sept. 3-4 under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency, organizers of the event said Thursday.
According to a Turkish Motorcycle Federation statement, the International Motorcycle Federation will hold the final of the MXGP World Motocross Championship, World Women’s Motocross Championship, and European Motocross Championship (FIM) at the Afyonkarahisar Motor Sports Center.
The award ceremonies, where the best of the world riders will take the podium, will be held in Türkiye as well.
“It is a great honour for our city to host the final of the world championship,” said Kübra Güran Yiğitbaşı, Afyonkarahisar’s governor.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor has started training in earnest for the new season which starts in August.
Fethiyespor signed a contract with experienced defender Taha Can Velioğlu, who played for Afyonspor last season. Click here for more information about the player.
Fethiyespor signed a contract with successful defender Oğuz Özden, who played for Kırşehirspor last season. Click here for more information about the player.
Fethiyespor signed a contract with right-back Rıdvan Türker, who started his professional football career at Fethiyespor. Click here for more information about the player.
The team also signed a contract with Murat Demir, an experienced goalkeeper who played for Şanlıurfaspor and Bucaspor last season. Click here for more information about the player.
Fethiyespor will play a friendly match at home against Nazillispor on Friday 29th July. The kick-off is at 19.30.
Sunday 28th August away against Zonguldak Kömüspor. The kick-off is at 15:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 21.30 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 20.63 TL.
The US Dollar bought 17.73 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 17.39 TL.
The Euro bought 18.12 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 17.55 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Relaxing at the Blue Lagoon” by Lyn Ward