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Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 19th May 2024

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

Curated from various news sources.


Infrastructure and superstructure work in Fethiye continues

Infrastructure and superstructure projects carried out by Fethiye Municipality in Karagözler are nearing completion. After ADM Elektrik Dağıtım AŞ finished their electrical reinforcement and transformer work, Türk TELEKOM proceeded to lay fiber internet lines.

Once the infrastructure work is completed, the paving of 27 and 28 streets will be completed and they will be opened for public use.

Source: Fethiye Belediye

easyJet announce six new destinations from Southend Airport

Airline company easyJet announced on Thursday that they will be launching a new base in Southend Airport next March, with flights to six new exciting destinations on offer.

easyJet holidays went on sale from Friday with departures from May 1 2025, meaning package holidays from London Southend will be available seven days a week, with flights on sale in the coming months.

The new destinations being offered are Dalaman, Antalya, Pisa, Gran Canaria, Marrakech, and Enfidha.


Source: https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/24323457.southend-airport-six-new-easyjet-destinations-listed/

Historic railway listed among Europe’s top rail routes

Renowned travel guide Lonely Planet has named Istanbul’s Sirkeci-Kazlıçeşme railway line as one of Europe’s must-see rail routes.

The railway line was recently renovated in line with a project initiated by the Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry.

The travel guide’s list of “Europe’s 6 must-visit rail routes” highlighted the line’s revival for history buffs. Sirkeci Station once served as the final stop for the legendary Orient Express, but long-distance services ceased in 2013. The new light rail system brings trains back to the historic station, raising the possibility of future connections to Sofia and Bucharest.

“Nostalgic travelers should use this line to one of the oldest stations in Europe. In fact, this line is perhaps an excuse to take a train to eat seafood at Kumkapı, one of the new stops,” the guide stated.

The 8.3-kilometer line offers a unique blend of history and modern transportation. It starts from Sirkeci Station, one of Europe’s oldest stations, and terminates at Kazlıçeşme. Passengers can enjoy a nostalgic journey along the Istanbul coastline and reconnect with the city’s rich railway heritage.

More than 800,000 passengers have used the station since its opening in February 2024, with an average of 10,000 passengers daily.

The station, built in 1888, served as the gateway of the Ottoman Empire to Europe for over 140 years.

The revamped line boasts a 7.3-kilometer pedestrian and bicycle path, alongside ample squares, recreational areas, and green spaces. The project also restored historically significant stations, including Yedikule, Kocamustafapasa, Yenikapı and Kumkapı.

Source: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-railway-listed-among-europes-top-rail-routes-193660

British tourists spark health alert in Türkiye after sprinkling ashes of dead relative in sea

British tourists have sparked a health alert after scattering a dead relative’s ashes on a popular beach in Türkiye.

Friends and relatives waded into the sea at Uzunyalı beach in Marmaris on Monday and health authorities were forced to take water samples following backlash after the ceremony.

Swimmers warned on Tuesday that spreading ashes near the beach could put people’s health at risk, the MailOnline reports.

A photo of the memorial shows a group of around 15 people wearing matching T-shirts up to their waist in water.

Cremation is not legal in Türkiye and there are no cremation facilities, according to the Home Office.

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-tourists-turkey-marmaris-beach-ashes-cremation-health-alert-b1157885.html

Turkish flag raised in New York City

The Turkish flag was raised in New York City as part of an event to mark the Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day, a milestone marking the beginning of the country’s War of Independence.

Türkiye’s Ambassador to the US, Sedat Önal, joined Turkish Americans, city and consular officers for the flag raising on Wall Street, one of the most important financial centers in the world.

The event saw the attendance of Türkiye’s UN envoy Ahmet Yildiz, Consul General Reyhan Ozgur, diplomats and members of the Turkish American community.

May 19, 1919, was the day when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was later the founder of the Republic of Türkiye, arrived in the Black Sea city of Samsun from Istanbul to launch the war that four years later transformed the nation into modern Türkiye.

In 1938, Atatürk dedicated May 19 to the youth of the Turkish nation as Youth and Sports Day — a national holiday that sees young people take part in sporting and cultural activities with official ceremonies across the country.

The 41st Turkish Day Parade, which was first held in 1981 in response to the assassination of Turkish diplomats by the Armenian terror group, ASALA, started on Friday with a flag-raising ceremony.

As part of the parade, the “Century of Türkiye Exhibition” is being held at the Turkevi (Turkish House) in New York City.

The exhibition will incorporate three-dimensional projections on custom digital giant screens, which will provide insight into the accomplishments of Türkiye during the previous century.

On Saturday, the parade will kick off on Madison Avenue and 38th Street in New York City in the morning and conclude at Madison Square Park.

Along the route of the Turkish Day Parade, the janissary band of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will perform renditions of Ottoman Turkish music.

Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkiye/turkish-flag-raised-in-new-york-city/3222937

Türkiye says monetary policy ‘tight enough’ to anchor inflation expectations

Treasury and Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek on Wednesday said Türkiye’s monetary policy was tight enough to anchor inflation expectations, emphasizing that ensuring price stability is at the core of the government’s economic policies.

“We have a monetary policy stance that is sufficiently tight enough to anchor inflation expectations,” Şimşek said during a panel on the sidelines of the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha.

The minister said the government “will do what it takes” to address inflation “because our number one policy priority is attaining price stability.”

“Unfortunately, we have high inflation, but now we have a credible, robust program to bring it down.”

The annual inflation rate currently runs at nearly 70% and is expected to peak at 75%-76% in May before falling to 38% at year-end, according to the Central Bank of the Republic of Türkiye’s (CBRT) forecast.

Şimşek reiterated expectations for a steep downward trend this summer.

Read more here: https://www.dailysabah.com/business/economy/turkiye-says-policy-tight-enough-to-anchor-inflation-expectations



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

With the season done and dusted the focus for Fethiyespor now shifts to training to get players to their maximum fitness levels for the upcoming new season.

The young players from the A team and the youth academy began their pre-season training on Monday.

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Turkish gem Arda Güler wows journos in debut season at Real Madrid

Turkish youngster Arda Güler is making waves at Real Madrid, scoring three goals in his last four matches and earning high praise from Spanish journalists.

Under veteran manager Carlo Ancelotti, Güler’s performances have captured the attention of fans and critics alike.

Following weeks of speculations about his future with the Yellow Canaries last summer and entertaining offers from Real Madrid’s archrivals Barcelona, Güler finally made the switch to the Spanish capital, snubbing La Blaugrana.

Initially plagued by injuries, Güler finally hit his stride after his second one.

The 19-year-old’s potential is one to watch, especially with the “imminent” departure of Los Blancos stalwart Luka Modric.

Source: https://www.dailysabah.com/sports/football/turkish-gem-arda-guler-wows-journos-in-debut-season-at-real-madrid

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 40.90 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 40.52 TL.

The US Dollar bought 32.20 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 32.36 TL.

The Euro bought 35.03 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 34.88 TL.

Source: exchangerates.org.uk

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