Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Snow was effective in the high parts of Muğla
Municipality teams were out snow shovelling and salting this week as the winter weather continued with snow falling in the high parts of Muğla.
Snow thickness reached 20 centimetres in Yılanlı, which is 15 kilometres from Muğla city centre. The roads of Özlüce, Gazeller, Yörükoğlu, Şenyayla, Dokuzçam, Yemişendere, Sungur, Muratlar, Günlüce, Göktepe and Fadıl neighbourhoods were covered with snow.
People living in the city centre took advantage of the snow and enjoyed snowball fights and barbecues.
Villagers repair their own roads in Datça
Citizens living in the villages of Datça, one of the touristic districts of Muğla, started to repair their own roads when Datça Municipality failed to resurface them after numerous applications by the villagers.
Villagers were unable to travel anywhere due to the state of the roads between Kızlan and Karaağaç, particularly after heavy rain when the roads are covered with mud.
One of the citizens, Mehmet Erdal, stated that they have repeatedly reported the situation to the Datça Municipality and the problem has not been resolved. “Despite living in one of the most beautiful geographies in the world, we suffer due to lack of repairs on the roads. We have written to Datça Municipality many times, and we have expressed our problems, but no one is interested. We are trying to solve our problems ourselves with primitive methods as we have lost hope in the municipality.”
Turkish Kangal dog embraces role of mother to lamb
Kangal dogs, probably the most famous of the Turkish canine breeds, garnered the attention of the nation once again as moments of the dog nursing a baby lamb was captured Friday morning in Türkiye’s eastern province of Elazığ.
The female Kangal dog was seen breastfeeding the lamb, which its mother did not accept – and taking care of it as if it was her own puppy. The video was recorded with a mobile phone camera by some business owners in the Baskil district of Elazığ.
The dogs known for their instinct to protect others and help are among the most sought-after breeds for their agility, intelligence, loyalty and courage.
Jet2 adds extra winter flights from Stansted Airport to Turkey and Cyprus
Jet2 is putting on more flights to Turkey and Cyprus from Stansted Airport. The airline says it is adding extra seats to Dalaman, Antalya and Paphos in winter 2023/24 in response to “continued demand for holidays to the sunshine”.
The company says that, in total, it is putting an extra 32,000 seats on sale from its 10 UK bases, meaning customers and travel agents can choose from more than 4.3 million seats for next winter.
The additional services will run as follows:
- Dalaman, Turkey – additional November flights from all ten UK bases (Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted).
- Antalya, Turkey – additional November flights from nine UK bases (Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted).
- Paphos, Cyprus – additional November, December and New Year flights from six UK bases (Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Edinburgh and London Stansted).
Turkey’s inflation slows for third month ahead of election
Turkey’s inflation rate slowed for a third successive month in January, official data showed Friday, after a record that threw the economy into chaos and imperilled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chances in May 14 polls.
Consumer prices grew at an annualised rate of 57.7 percent in January compared to 64.3 percent in December, according to the state statistics agency.
It peaked at 85.5 percent in October — the highest rate of Erdogan’s two-decade rule.
Economists attribute the slowdown in part to a slide in the price of Turkey’s energy imports.
The slowdown coincides with a bump in Erdogan’s approval numbers heading into what promises to be a close election race.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor drew their away game against Diyarbekirspor on Saturday. The final score was 0-0.
Fethiyespor move up to 14th place on the league table with 23 matches played.
Wednesday 8th February at home against Karacabey Belediyespor. The kick-off time is at *14:00.
Sunday 12th February away against Etimesgut Belediyespor. The kick-off time is at *14:00.
* Please note that the kick-off times may change.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 22.67 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 23.29 TL.
The US Dollar bought 18.82 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.81 TL.
The Euro bought 20.33 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 20.45 TL.