Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
Second Lavender harvest in Yeşilüzümlü
The second Lavender harvest in the Lavender Garden in Yeşilüzümlü took place on Friday.
The harvest was attended by Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, Chairman of Fethiye Chamber of Craftsmen and Craftsmen Mehmet Soydemir, Republican People’s Party Fethiye District President Mehmet Demir, Lycian Women’s Development and Entrepreneurship Cooperative President Çiğdem Karaca and many citizens.
Fethiye Municipality planted the Lavender and Golden Grass three and a half years ago and has been harvesting for the last two years.
Last winter, Fethiye Municipality also planted a further 12 thousand square meters in Üzümlü with Golden Herb, Rosemary and Lavender that will be ready to harvest in 18 months.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Gendarmerie teams undergo forest fire training
Gendarmerie teams, who have recently played a major role in combating forest fires in Muğla, were given fire fighting training by Muğla Regional Directorate of Forestry teams.
The training, which took place on 28-29 July in the urban forest area in the Ula district, included how to respond to forest fires, applied fire extinguishing and cooling techniques.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Turkish coast guard seizes 84 kg of drugs from yacht in thrilling op
Turkish coast guard units were involved in a hot pursuit and confiscated 84 kilograms (185.18 pounds) of drugs after a foreign-flagged luxury yacht in Turkey’s Bodrum district of Muğla rejected the former’s request to stop.
According to information received, a chase took place between the U.S. flagged 27-meter-long (90-feet-long) luxury yacht and a coast guard boat off the coast of Yalıkavak in the morning hours of Thursday.
Allegedly, the yacht, which fled by not complying with the order to stop by coast guard teams headed for Greek territorial waters.
Coast guard teams continued to follow the yacht and stopped it as it was about to enter Greek territorial waters by crashing into the yacht from the side, and detaining four people inside the yacht.
The Interior Ministry reported that 84 kilograms (185.18 pounds) of drugs were seized on the luxury yacht.
Visa-free travel to lure more Bulgarian shoppers
A recent decision that no longer requires Bulgarian citizens to obtain a visa to visit Türkiye is expected to lure more shoppers to the country, particularly to the provinces on the common border.
The move is designed to attract more tourists from the neighbouring country, which will give a boost to the hard currency earnings of Türkiye.
Over the past year, Bulgarians have flocked to Turkish cities in the country’s northwest, especially the province of Edirne for shopping.
The latest decision is expected to lure even more Bulgarian shoppers to the country.
“This a welcome move. Edirne will definitely enjoy the advantage of being a border town,” said Kemal Cingöz, head of the Edirne Tradesmen and Artisans’ Associations (EDESOB).
21-year-old Turkish swimmer crosses English Channel in 16 hours
Aysu Türkoğlu became the youngest Turkish swimmer to cross the English Channel between England and France.
21-year-old Ege University Faculty of Sports Sciences student Türkoğlu’s crossing of the English Channel started on Friday at 12:02 Turkish time from Dover. Her trainer Bengisu Avcı and her father Mustafa Türkoğlu followed the swimmer along the way by boat.
Struggling with multidirectional currents and waves, the young swimmer completed the English Channel crossing at the Cap Gris-Nez coast of France in 16 hours and 28 minutes. Türkoğlu lives in Bodrum.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish central bank lifts 2022-end inflation estimate to 60%
Türkiye’s central bank on Thursday raised its year-end annual forecast for consumer prices as inflation driven by the impact of the Ukraine war and soaring commodity costs runs at a 24-year high.
The Central Bank of the Republic of Türkiye (CBRT) predicts that inflation – which soared to nearly 79% in June – will reach 60.4% by the end of 2022, up from its 42.8% forecast three months ago.
That is according to the monetary authority’s quarterly inflation report. The bank cited rising costs of imports and the impact of a weak Turkish lira and said it sees consumer inflation gradually falling to single digits in two years.
Türkiye’s consumer price index has surged since last autumn as the lira weakened after the central bank in September embarked on a 500 basis-point easing cycle.
Last month’s inflation was the highest reading since September 1998, driven by soaring energy and food costs.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital sign sponsorship agreement
Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital signed a sponsorship agreement with Fethiyespor for the 2022-2023 season. In a statement to the press, Lokman Hekim Esnaf Hospital said, “We are proud to announce our sponsorship agreement with Fethiyespor, which will start from the 2022-2023 season. This agreement should be evaluated as a way, destiny/partnership, and friendship rather than an ordinary sponsorship agreement.
Preparations for the new season continue at the Fethiye City Stadium with team training sessions under the leadership of coach Mesut Toros.
Fethiyespor signed a contract with experienced midfielder Sinan Kalaycı, who played for Tarsus İY. last season. Click here for more information about the player.
Fethiyespor drew their friendly match at home against Nazillispor on Friday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor will play their second pre-season friendly on Wednesday 3rd August away against Denizli Spor. 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 21.81 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 21.30 TL.
The US Dollar bought 17.91 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 17.73 TL.
The Euro bought 18.31 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.12 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Lavender harvest in Yeşilüzümlü” by Fethiye Belediyesi