Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.

Curated from various news sources.

NEWS

Fire breaks out in shopping mall in Beşiktaş

A fire broke out on the roof of a shopping mall in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district on Friday.

Firefighters and medical teams dispatched to the scene immediately evacuated shoppers from the building. The fire was brought under control after one hour.

District Governor Ahmet Gazi Kaya announced that there were no casualties.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Sources: Fethiye Haber Bülteni/Hürriyet Daily News

Thousands protest in Türkiye over Istanbul mayor’s conviction

Thousands of people rallied in Türkiye on Thursday to oppose the conviction and political ban of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu, chanting slogans criticising President Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AK Party before elections next year.

A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced Imamoğlu, a popular rival to Erdoğan, to two years and seven months in prison, which like the ban must be confirmed by an appeals court. The verdict drew wide criticism at home and abroad as an abuse of democracy.

Imamoğlu was tried over a speech in which he said those who annulled the initial 2019 vote – in which he narrowly defeated an AKP candidate – were “fools”. Imamoglu says his remark was a response to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, who he said used the same language against him.

Late on Thursday, media reports said the prosecutor in the case had launched a legal challenge to the verdict, seeking a longer jail sentence for Imamoğlu. No further details were immediately available.

As patriotic music blared, the crowd waved Turkish flags in front of Istanbul’s municipality building, from which was draped a huge portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Türkiye’s founder whose secular principles Erdoğan’s opponents say are under threat.

Next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections, due to be held by June, could prove one of the biggest political challenges to Erdoğan’s two decades in power, as Turks grapple with surging living costs and a plunging currency. The lira fell to a record low against the dollar this week.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/istanbul-mayor-says-conviction-reflects-his-success-ahead-anti-erdogan-rally-2022-12-15/

UN adopts Türkiye’s ‘zero waste’ resolution

The UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution on a “zero-waste” initiative presented by Türkiye.

The landmark resolution which was presented on Wednesday with 105 other countries, highlights the efforts for sustainable development through zero-waste initiatives launched by the Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan in 2017.

The resolution of the General Assembly declared March 30 as the International Day of Zero Waste.

It requires the UN chief to establish a three-year advisory board of individuals selected based on their “knowledge, experience and expertise” to promote local and national zero-waste initiatives.

It also recommends continuing the discussion on zero-waste initiatives while encouraging member states, organisations of the UN system and other international and regional organisations to implement zero-waste initiatives at all levels.

The project has received international attention with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressing his gratitude to Türkiye’s first lady during a conference in New York in September.

Read more: https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/un-adopts-türkiye-s-zero-waste-resolution-63538

Popular Glasgow Turkish restaurant named as finalist in top UK wide awards

A popular kebab house in the southside of Glasgow has just been named as a finalist in the running to be named the Best Turkish Restaurant in Scotland in an exciting new UK-wide award. 

The first-ever Turkish Restaurant and Takeaway Awards (TURTA) will be held in February next year, with Istanbul Turkish Kebab House on Paisley Road West going up against other top restaurants from across Scotland.

Supported by the sectors trade body; the Kebab Alliance and its founding members JUST EAT, McCain Foodservice and Unilever to name a few, the awards recognise and champion the efforts of local Turkish restaurants and takeaways across the UK.

The public has been asked to vote across categories ranging from best value restaurant to best fine dining restaurant – with regional awards for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with 16 awards will be given to celebrate the best Turkish restaurants across the UK.

Read more: https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/whats-on/popular-glasgow-turkish-restaurant-named-25751942

SPORT

Fethiyespor

Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Match results

Fethiyespor drew their home match against Adıyaman FK on Sunday. The final score was 1-1.

Fethiyespor finishes the first half of the season in 12th place on the league table with 19 matches played.

League Matches

The second half of the season starts on 15th January 2023.

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 22.64 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 22.87 TL.

The US Dollar bought 18.63 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.66 TL.

The Euro bought 19.75 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 19.63 TL.

Source: exchangerates.org.uk

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