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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.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Turkish Company for Trade With North Korea

WASHINGTON — The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday against a Turkish company and two of its officers for doing business with North Korea, sending a tough signal to Pyongyang ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s expected visit there this weekend. The Treasury Department accused S.I.A. Falcon International Group of being involved in trading weapons and luxury goods with North Korea, defying sanctions imposed by both the United States and the United Nations. “The international community must not stand idly by as U.N. sanctions are being circumvented,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a press statement.

Vamik Volkan Says Psychological Borders Become Physical Ones

Actual walls made of brick or stone, such as the one President Trump would like to build between the U.S. and Mexico, are built as physical borders to protect a large-group identity psychologically, a professor said Wednesday. “So America, the great, will be psychologically protected,” said  Dr. Vamik Volkan, emeritus professor of Psychiatry at UVa. Volkan, author of more than 50 books and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, spoke Wednesday night at Waynesboro Public Library on "The Psychology of Immigrants and Refugees.” Sherry Von Oeyen of Staunton, who attended with her husband Bob,  said she felt she learned something from Volkan’s talk about immigrants and refugees, and she does not want the U.S. to build walls.

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Atlantic Beach Man Guilty of Grand Theft Involving Three Women, Losses top $100,000

A jury found Friend Rizkkhalil, 51, of Atlantic Beach, guilty on three counts of grand theft involving three woman and more than $100,000. Rizkkhalil now faces up to 35 years in a Florida state prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled before Judge Mark Borello the week of Nov. 13. Each count represents a different victim of Rizkkhalil’s crimes. From October 2016 to Jun 2017, Rizkkhalil posed as a Turkish businessman named Murat Karanan as he conned a female victim out of approximately $8,400. He did so by convincing her to invest in an import-export business that did not actually exist.

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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.

Gehry’s Disney Hall, Technodreaming

Big-ticket donors watch expectantly from a parking lot across the street as Turkish-American artist Refik Anadol transforms the billowing steel superstructure of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles into a swirling, phantasmagorical collage. The 12-minute performance is fashioned from artefacts from the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s history: millions of photographs, printed programmes and audio and video recordings, each one digitised and algorithmically activated to play in abstract form across the building’s dynamic metal surface. WDCH Dreams, as the production is known, kicked off the orchestra’s centennial season with the kind of brio that befits the company Zachary Wolfe described in 2017, in The New York Times, as “the most important orchestra in America. Period.”

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Turkish Developer Sedesco Adds to Billionaires’ Row Assemblage with $80M Buy

Turkish developer Sedesco is putting together a Billionaires’ Row assemblage with the purchase of a development site for $80 million. Sedesco closed last week on its purchase of the property at 41 West 57th Street from Florida-based seller Asuman Polat, property records filed with the city Tuesday show. The purchase gives Midtown-based Sedesco about 100,000 square feet of buildable area on the block between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The company in 2012 paid $71.5 million to buy an adjacent property at 50 West 58th Street.

Turkey's Lira Slightly Firmer, Investors Weigh Up Prospects of Better U.S. Ties

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The lira firmed slightly on Tuesday as investors weighed up the prospect of an improvement in Turkey-U.S. ties after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expected talks this week over the fate of a U.S. pastor on trial in Turkey.  The lira has lost nearly 40 percent of its value against the U.S. currency this year on concerns about President Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on monetary policy and, more recently, due to a diplomatic row between Turkey and the United States.

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President Erdogan: "EU Must Pay"

TURKEY'S president Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a scathing attack against the EU during his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations today, arguing Brussels should provide more money to help the country facing the unprecedented migrant crisis. Mr Erdogan lashed out at the European Union during his speech at the General Assembly. Speaking about the refugee crisis that sparked from the horrific civil war in Syria, the Turkish leader said the EU has not done quite enough to support the efforts made by Turkey. He said: "Turkey has welcomed four million refugees during the last years, 3.4m of which came from Syria.

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