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Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2nd June 2024

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

Curated from various news sources.


Beşkaza’s Braves, Yoruks Exhibition and Festival

The Beşkaza’s Braves, Yoruks Exhibition and Festival was successfully held at Kayadibi Martyr Er Feruz Zorlu Secondary School in the Seydikemer district of Muğla. The event featured a vibrant display of traditional nomadic culture, including a representative nomad migration, oil wrestling shows, and folk dances.

The festival also included a painting exhibition and saw the participation of notable figures such as Seydikemer District Governor Yıldız Büyüker, Deputy Mayor Mustafa Karakuş, District Deputy Director of National Education Nurullah Solak, and other protocol members.

Attracting significant interest from teachers, students, and local citizens, the festival aimed to preserve and promote traditional culture. The participants enjoyed a day filled with educational and entertaining activities, celebrating the rich heritage of the Yoruks.

Source: https://www.muglagazetesi.com.tr/seydikemerde-yoruk-senligi-gerceklesti-161859h.htm

Fethiye-Marmaris Sea Bus Services to Start on July 2

Muğla Metropolitan Municipality is launching sea bus services to enhance sea transportation efficiency and promote greater utilization of the sea. Initially, services will be introduced on the Bodrum-Turgutreis-Didim and Fethiye-Marmaris routes.

The inaugural voyages are scheduled for Cabotage Day, July 1, 2024, offering fast and comfortable transportation for both locals and tourists between Bodrum, Turgutreis, and Didim. Regular sea bus operations will commence from this date between these points.

Sea bus services between Fethiye and Marmaris will begin on July 2, 2024.

Source: Fethiye Haber Bülteni

‘El Nino ends, yet effects to persist until June’

The climate phenomenon of El Nino, which caused record-breaking temperatures both in Türkiye and in the rest of world last summer, has come to an end, but its effects will persist until July, a meteorology expert has said.

El Nino’s intensity has ceased from the Peruvian coasts, said Levent Kurnaz, the director of the Climate Change and Policies Implementation and Research Center at Boğaziçi University.

Kurnaz emphasized that globally, El Nino’s impacts will continue until mid-July, during which experts anticipate new temperature records.

He highlighted that throughout the entire 11 months since the onset of El Nino last year, temperature records have been broken, with May likely concluding with record highs as well.

This recent El Nino event, unlike the “Super El Nino” of 1998 and 2016, wasn’t exceptionally strong, he said.

However, due to its overlay on climate change, temperatures soared, leading to various calamities worldwide for months, which are likely to persist, he said.

“Amidst ongoing climate change, there’s a continuous upward trend in global average temperatures. While sometimes exacerbated by El Nino, or mitigated by La Nina, temperatures consistently ascend. It’s now predictable that during El Nino episodes, temperatures will hit near-record highs.”

“Even if El Nino doesn’t occur for three years or even during La Nina events, high temperature records will be broken due to the intensified background climate change.”

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

British father-son embark on cycling tour for quake survivors

In a display of solidarity, a British father and son duo have embarked on a remarkable 1,000-kilometer cycling journey to raise funds for citizens affected by the Feb. 6 earthquakes that hit Türkiye’s southeast.

Hailing from Bournemouth, England, Geoffrey and William Sherwood are currently traversing the Manisa-Izmir route in Türkiye’s west as part of their larger world tour, which commenced in Cyprus en route to London.

Geoffrey Sherwood, the father, expressed the motivation behind their cycling endeavor and stated, “The earthquakes in Hatay and neighboring provinces upset us. We went on such a tour to help the citizens affected by the earthquake in the region.”

The devastating earthquakes in 2023 had resulted in more than 53,000 deaths and over 107,000 injuries.

Speaking further about their fundraising efforts, he added, “We collect money from the communities we visit during the tour. We have collected 3,000 British pounds so far. We will collect another 2,000 pounds until London and donate the 5,000 pounds to relevant institutions and associations.”

Beyond their charitable mission, the Sherwoods are relishing the opportunity to engage in social responsibility while forging connections with communities along their journey.

We are on the road both in terms of social responsibility and getting to know new people, Geoffrey Sherwood emphasized.

He also expressed their fondness for Türkiye and remarked, “We met friendly people in Türkiye and we were welcomed very well.”

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Turkish first lady’s ‘Zero Waste’ project receives award in Portugal

The Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (PAM) awarded Turkish first lady Emine Erdoğan’s “Zero Waste” project on Thursday for its contributions to prosperity in the European-Mediterranean and Gulf regions.

Mehmet Özhaseki, the Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, accepted the award on behalf of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and first lady Emine Erdoğan at a ceremony held in Portugal.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, the award was granted to the Zero Waste project.

Özhaseki received the award from PAM Secretary-General Sergio Piazzi at a ceremony in the Forum Braga Conference Hall.

In his speech, Özhaseki expressed Türkiye’s satisfaction in being part of the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and contributing to its efforts.

He highlighted that the Zero Waste Movement has become a globally admired environmental initiative and economic model.

Emphasizing the movement’s dual benefits of environmental protection and waste prevention, he said: “We are transforming waste from all areas of our lives into economic value. Through waste collection, we have achieved an economic gain of 185 billion Turkish lira ($5.74 billion) and saved 498 million trees. Our Zero Waste Blue initiative, aimed at combating marine pollution, has recycled 7.8 million tons of plastic waste.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

Anamur ferry to carry passengers to Turkish Cyprus in June

Ferry services will commence from the southern province of Mersin’s Anamur district to Turkish Cyprus in June with the “Pier Project,” reducing the travel time to an hour-and-a-half.

Speaking to the press during his visit to the pier on May 30, Mersin Governor Ali Hamza Pehlivan highlighted that Anamur is the closest point in Türkiye to North Cyprus.

Local authorities have leased a ferry with a capacity of 450 passengers, which will commence passenger transportation sometime in June, the governor announced, without specifying an exact date.

Passengers will be able to travel from the pier in Anamur to Kyrenia port in Turkish Cyprus in just an hour-and-a-half, he said.

The initiation of ferry services will be followed by recreational boat trips, enhancing tourism, Pehlivan disclosed.

“Anamur is a district with huge tourism potential. We have timely endowed this pier with a function,” the governor stated.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Fethiyespor extended their congratulations to Bodrum FK on their promotion to the Super League this week.

In an exhilarating Trendyol 1st League play-off final held at the Yeni Adana Stadium, Bodrum FK emerged victorious against Sakaryaspor, clinching a spot in the Super League. Sakaryaspor, who had finished the league in 3rd place, faced off against Bodrum FK, the team that had triumphed over Çorum FK and Boluspor in the previous play-off rounds.

The match concluded with a 1-1 draw in normal time. Dimitrov found the net for Sakaryaspor, while Bodrum FK’s equalizer came from Gökdeniz Bayrakdar. In extra time, Bodrum FK dominated, scoring twice through Celutska and Tunahan, bringing the final score to 3-1.

With this victory, Bodrum FK joins Eyüpspor and Göztepe as the latest teams to be promoted to the Super League, marking a significant achievement for the Aegean representative.

Source: https://www.ntvspor.net/futbol/super-lig-e-cikan-son-takim-bodrum-fk-6658aeecf556be004f515e2a

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 41.06 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 41.04 TL.

The US Dollar bought 32.24 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 32.21 TL.

The Euro bought 35.00 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 34.96 TL.

Source: exchangerates.org.uk

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