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Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 17th December 2023

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

Curated from various news sources.


Gulet fire on Fethiye Şövalye Island

A fire that broke out on a gulet in the Fethiye district of Muğla was extinguished by intervention from the sea.

The fire broke out for an undetermined reason on the boat named “Holiday5”, which was tied up near Fethiye’s Şövalye Island.

Those who saw the fire asked for help from 112 Emergency Call Center. Upon notice, the General Directorate of Coastal Safety and the Coast Guard teams were dispatched to the region.

The rapidly spreading flames were extinguished after long efforts with the intervention of the teams from land. There was extensive damage to the boat.

Source: https://www.muglagazetesi.com.tr/fethiyede-gulet-tekne-alevlere-teslim-oldu-153290h.htm

Landslide in Muğla

The Dalyan-İztuzu highway was closed to traffic on Saturday due to a landslide that occurred after the rain in Muğla’s Ortaca district.

Due to the heavy rain, a number of large rocks broke off from the slope in the Gökbel District Sülüngür Lake location and fell onto the road.

The highway was closed to transportation due to the landslide.

Following work carried out by Muğla Metropolitan Municipality teams with heavy machinery, the road was re-opened to traffic in a controlled manner.

Source: https://www.muglagazetesi.com.tr/muglada-heyelan-153299h.htm

Türkiye to continue daylight saving time: Minister

With winter in full bloom, questions have once again been raised over the daylight saving time practice in Türkiye, as Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar has said that DST will continue and there will be no transition to winter time.

“In 1940, it was decided to introduce DST in Türkiye on the same dates as Europe. Between 1962 and 1972, DST was applied intermittently in Türkiye as it is today. Between 1978 and 1984, Türkiye switched to continuous daylight saving time. After 1984, DST was changed in order to be more compatible with the West,” Bayraktar said while answering the questions of deputies at the General Assembly yesterday.

“On Nov. 20, 2015, we studied the impact of daylight saving time on energy efficiency under a protocol with Istanbul Technical University. There is a committee of 11 academics. This committee includes experts from the Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department, sociologists and other technical colleagues… The sun rises at 8:20 a.m. in Istanbul, 8:34 a.m. in Paris and 8.30 a.m. in Berlin. There are no problems there; I find it hard to understand why we have problems,” he added.  

Bayraktar also addressed the topic of oil production in Gabar, saying, “As of now, it has reached a daily oil production level of about 30 thousand barrels. Hopefully, we will continue to work intensively to increase production to 100,000 barrels by the end of 2024.”

Source: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkiye-to-continue-daylight-saving-time-minister-188686

Images from Lake Van reveal severe drought

Amidst escalating concerns about climate change, striking photographs captured at Lake Van in the Eastern Anatolian region have revealed the harsh reality of drought.

Global climate change and resulting droughts continue to affect Lake Van. The 3,712 square kilometer lake is the largest soda lake in the world and the largest lake in Türkiye.

Photographs taken in recent years have revealed a recession of water levels, which experts say will continue rapidly in the absence of sufficient precipitation.

Dr. Mustafa Akkuş, a lecturer at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s Faculty of Fisheries, also emphasized that Van Lake is rapidly losing water.

Akkuş said, “In recent years, Lake Van has been rapidly losing water due to the climate change and in some places the shoreline has receded for kilometers. The water level at Lake Van is based on a very simple equation; inputs and outputs. There is no outflow from the lake to any river. Snowfall and rain in winter provide water input to the lake. With excessive evaporation, water leaves the lake.”

Pointing out that the basin has not received enough rainfall in recent years, Dr. Akkuş said that although it is the middle of December, there is still not enough rainfall. He stated that rainfall in the months of January and February may be crucial, however, under current conditions, recession in Lake Van will continue.

Source: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/images-from-lake-van-reveal-severe-drought-188685

Turkish Airlines places historic order with Airbus

National flag carrier Turkish Airlines announced Friday a historic order with Airbus for 355 state-of-the-art aircraft. 

The move will help the airline enhance its operational efficiency, environmental stewardship, and passenger comfort, according to a statement.

“This landmark order is more than an expansion; it’s a testament to our dedication to innovation, operational excellence, and a sustainable future,” said Turkish Airlines Chairman Ahmet Bolat.

Bolat stressed that the next-generation Airbus aircraft will significantly contribute to its environmental goals.

“By modernizing our fleet with more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft, we are reinforcing our leading position in global aviation and contributing to the nation’s prominence as an aviation hub,” said Bolat.

Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, said: “The A350-900, A350-1000, A350F and A321 will all be flagship aircraft in their respective category and efficiency drivers to shape the airline’s future and sustainable expansion, with more range, less fuel, noise and emissions and best cabin in class.”

Both aircraft types incorporate advanced technologies, achieving remarkable improvements in fuel burn, operating costs, CO2 emissions and noise reduction, underscoring Turkish Airlines’ commitment to sustainability and passenger comfort, said the statement.

Source: aa.com.tr


Turkish soccer matches to resume on Dec. 19 after suspension caused by attack on referee

Turkish soccer league matches, suspended after a referee was attacked by the president of a top-flight club, will resume on Dec. 19, the head of the Turkish Football Federation said Wednesday.

Mehmet Büyükekşi also told reporters that the federation’s disciplinary board would announce on Thursday the punitive measures to be imposed on MKE Ankaragücü and its president, Faruk Koca, who has since been arrested. Leading FIFA official and former top referee Pierluigi Collina has described the attack as an example of the “cancer” that threatens to kill soccer.

Koca punched referee Halil Umut Meler in the face on the field after the final whistle of a 1-1 draw in a Super Lig home game against Çaykur Rizespor on Monday. The referee, who fell to the ground, was also kicked in a melee as fans invaded the playing surface after Rizespor scored a last-minute equalizer.

The attack led to the suspension of all league games in Türkiye, which has been selected to co-host the 2032 European Championship with Italy.

Source: AP News


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Fethiyespor shared the following message:

We are deeply saddened by the events that took place after the MKE Ankaragücü – Çaykur Rizespor match. We convey our best wishes to the entire referee community , especially Halil Umut Meler, and we strongly condemn those responsible for the incident.

League Matches

Tuesday 19th December away against Etimesgut Belediyespor. The kick-off time is at 14:00. 

Sunday 24th December at home against Erzincanspor. The kick-off time is at 14:00. 

This is the last game of the first half of the season. League matches recommence on 21st January 2024 (fixture list to follow).

Fethiyespor are currently at 10th place on the league table.

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 36.77 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 36.70 TL.

The US Dollar bought 28.98 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 28.90 TL.

The Euro bought 31.61 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 31.16 TL.

Source: exchangerates.org.uk

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Source: Living Earth

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