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TURYAK Awards Three Turkish-American Activists

Three long time Turkish American activists  have been awarded  TURYAK  Exemplary Senior Citizen Award. TURYAK stands  Turk  Yaslilik Konseyi  which translates into Turkish Senior Citizens Council. Established in 2003, TURYAK is a member of International Federation on Aging. TURYAK gives awards to outstanding senior citizens  in Turkey and also in U.S., Germany, England and Australia where there is sizable Turkish immigrant presence. Oya Bain TASC Secretary General, is a retired biochemist  who held leadership positions in  clinical pathology laboratories. She retired from Georgetown University Hospital as the technical director of the Clinical Pathology Department of Laboratory Medicine.

TCA President Meets with Members of Congress

In September, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy met with several members of Congress to convey the importance of engaging with the Turkish American community and encouraging Turkish Americans to be more involved in the political arena. Between September 28-29, McCurdy met with Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH/2nd) at an event in Whitfield, New Hampshire. Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA/1st), who is the Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, also attended the event.

THO's New Non-Resident Fellows Focus On U.S-Turkey Relationship

Turkish Heritage Organization is proud to launch a Non-Resident Fellowship program aiming to promote Turkish-American Relations during a critical time for the regional and global politics. We strongly believe that this fellowship program will help building bridges between Ankara and Washington, D.C., while helping civic leaders develop their research capacity and focus on various areas of interest. Since the Turkish-American alliance exists on more than just the governmental level, THO's inaugural Non-Resident Fellowship Program, highlighting people-to-people relations between these two countries, aims to create a knowledge-sharing platform to support future and emerging leaders eager to make a positive contribution to Turkish-American relations. Twelve fellows from Turkey and the U.S. will focus on and contribute to different issues from energy, to humanitarian assistance, security, and geopolitics. They will be sharing their research with the public and creating discussion platforms to facilitate increased understanding and awareness on said topics.

THO hosts “ Turkey Today” in New York with SETA DC and Sabah

On September 24, 2018, Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) hosted the panel “ Turkey Today” in New York with the collaboration of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), and the Sabah Columnists Club, hosted a panel discussion “Turkey Today”. The discussion served to examine recent events in Turkey and how they have affected it’s standing in the world.   

Massive Security Operation Underway to Protect the 73rd Session of UNGA

New York, New York — The NYPD, Secret Service and FBI announced enhanced security measures in place for the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly. In addition, the NYPD issued a traffic advisory for the event (see addendum) and was joined by the NYC Department of Transportation, which provided information about upcoming gridlock alert days and the increased traffic volume expected in Midtown Manhattan. During the General Assembly, a major annual event held by the U.N., the City of New York will host about 200 protectees from around the world. To help ensure the safety of all New Yorkers, the NYPD and its law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local levels will provide thousands of highly-trained uniformed and plain-clothes officers throughout the entire event. Additionally, 48 Department of Sanitation sand trucks will be deployed with hundreds of additional blocker vehicles. Two hundred thirty pieces of concrete block, 96 jersey barriers, and seven surface mounted delta vehicle barriers have also been placed at potentially-sensitive locations. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.
 

Aziz Sancar's New Turkish Community Center Aims to Bring Turkish Culture to America

By Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez - A new Turkish Cultural and Community Center, funded in part by Noble Prize winner Aziz Sancar’s foundation, will create interactions between American students at UNC and Turkish students when it opens in spring of 2019. Gwen Sancar, president of the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, said Chapel Hill needs the center to help bring Turkey’s culture to Americans. “I wanted to try to use it as a vehicle to bring together Turks and Americans so that they could appreciate more (of) one another’s cultures,” she said.

Turkey Cuts Investment Criteria for Foreigners Seeking Citizenship

ANKARA: Turkey on Wednesday made it easier for foreigners to become Turkish citizens by cutting the financial and investment criteria required for citizenship, according to a decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Foreigners now need only to have $500,000 deposits in Turkish banks, down from $3 million before while fixed capital investment was reduced from $2 million to $500,000 dollars, the decree published in the Official Gazette said.

Dream Chaser Space Plane Set to Land as Matchbox Sky Busters Toy

A commercial space plane designed to carry astronauts and cargo into Earth orbit will soon touch down in stores as a popular toy. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced on Monday (Sep. 17) that its Dream Chaser spacecraft will be part of Mattel Inc.'s Matchbox Sky Busters toy line to be released this month. "My curiosity for space started young, and I hope this helps spark the same in any kid who has this toy," Steve Lindsey, vice president of SNC's Space Exploration Systems and a former NASA astronaut who commanded three of his five missions on the space shuttle, said in a statement. "There's just something about a winged spacecraft that spurs the imagination." Like the classic Matchbox toy car line that features die-cast scale models of real-life wheeled vehicles, Sky Busters has offered the same for winged aircraft since 1973. The Matchbox Sky Busters Dream Chaser reproduces the SNC space plane as a 3.5-inch-long (9-centimeter) toy approximately 1:100th the size of the actual orbital craft.

Amazon Launches in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday it had launched activities in Turkey, offering products across 15 categories to customers across the country. “We are committed to building our business in Turkey in the coming months by expanding our selection and delivery options,” Sam Nicols, country manager for Amazon.com.tr said in a written statement.

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THO Commemorates The Second Anniversary of the July 15 Coup Attempt

Two years after the July 15 coup attempt, THO recognizes that the passage of time does not lessen the immediacy of the events of July 15, 2016, nor does it relegate the coup attempt to the annals of history. Turkey and its people continue to live the impact of the coup every day. We condemn the heinous coup attempt, mourn the loss of innocent lives, and recognize the people of Turkey for their valiant efforts both then and now in support of their country’s democracy.

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