The Biden Administration Accelerates the Vaccination Process

Describing the vaccine distribution process in the U.S. as a wartime work, President Joe Biden said, "Our plan will take time. Although our intention is good, we will face some obstacles in the process," reminding the public once again that mask-wearing and social distancing rules are to be followed in the process.

President Biden: "Vaccines show great hope, but their distribution in America has so far failed". He added "It's not hard to see that we are in the middle of a once-in-several-generations economic and public health crisis. Deep human suffering is in plain sight, and we have no time to waste. We have to act now."

President Biden's plan includes a national-scale vaccination program, efforts to control the Coronavirus, ensuring the safe opening of schools, establishing mass vaccination areas across the country, increasing the number of tests and contact tracing efforts, eliminating material shortages, granting paid sick leave, eliminating inequalities in the field of health. and the opening of most of the primary and secondary schools within the first 100 days of his presidency.

One of the essential points of the plan is direct emergency aid to families. It was stated that more than 10 million Americans are currently unemployed and 4 million of them were unemployed six months or more in the past year, and 1 out of 10 black workers and 1 out of every 11 Latin workers are unemployed. The statement has also remarked that an additional 140 thousand jobs were also lost in December and that 20 thousand public educators and 400 thousand restaurant employees were unemployed. It was stated that the budget to be allocated for this part of the plan would be 1 trillion dollars.

"More transparent information sharing."

Meeting with state governors, Joe Biden's administration is also starting a process where state governments will be informed more transparently about the vaccination strategy. In this regard, the estimated number of vaccines for the next three weeks will be shared with states and regions.

US Department of Health and Human Services will be sharing the number of doses allocated to each state over the three week period.

200 million more doses of vaccination will be purchased

Biden administration plans to purchase 200 million more doses of vaccination to be delivered by this summer and increase the vaccination supply of the US by 50 percent.

Accordingly, 100 million more doses of vaccines will be purchased from both Pfizer and Moderna - the two vaccines authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Under the plan, the US expects to have enough doses to vaccinate 300 million people by the end of summer.

The US ranks fifth in the world for vaccination.

The US ranks fifth in the world in terms of the number of vaccines administered in proportion to a country's population. According to Oxford University, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, and Bahrain are ahead of the US.

Covid-19 Status in the US.(As of January 28th-Worldmeter)

Total Death Toll:442,000

Total Cases:26 million

The U.S. has administered 25.6 million doses

President Biden’s National Strategy for the Covid-19 Response and  Pandemic Preparedness  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/National-Strategy-for-the-COVID-19-Response-and-Pandemic-Preparedness.pdf

Empire State Realty Trust Renews Pera Mediterranean Brasserie at One Grand Central Place

NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, the critically acclaimed restaurant from BK Restaurant Partners, has renewed its lease at One Grand Central Place. "Pera Mediterranean Brasserie provides the tenants of One Grand Central Place with an upscale eastern Mediterranean restaurant experience," said Fred C. Posniak, Senior Vice President, Leasing, for ESRT. "Whether it's for a business lunch or casual dinner, our tenants and locals love Pera's food and service." "As everyone knows, it has been a very difficult time for restaurants, and we were thrilled to work with such an innovative and forward-thinking landlord like ESRT to structure a deal that worked for all parties," said Burak Karacam, Managing Partner, Pera Mediterranean Brasserie.

NYPD Commissioner: Reimagining Policing in New York

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea made a statement on how NYPD Officers are showing innovation and determination to get the job done. “Our work to reimagine the policing New Yorkers deserve is always evolving, in line with our agency’s best traditions to reflect the needs of everyone in our city.” NYPD Commissioner said. 

Crime Rate is Increasing in NYC

Gun arrests continue to rise in the face of increased shooting violence in five boroughs. There are still significant public safety challenges with gun violence continuing to afflict New Yorkers across the city. The shootings have continued trajectory upward in November. Citywide shooting incidents through the first 11 months of 2020 surged to levels unseen in years.

That spike in street violence contrasts with the levels of overall crime remaining flat through the first 11 months of the year, or up a combined +0.6% (8,170 v. 8,120) in the 7 major felony categories amid an ongoing coronavirus outbreak that continues to strain the New York City and its police. 

When we look at the hate crime numbers, in particular, are dramatically down. Even as the pandemic a spike in coronavirus-related hate crimes against those of Asian descent,an Asian Hate Crime Task Force helped to close 16 of 24 of those reported crimes with an arrest.

Regarding the gun violence, the NYPD’s hardwork to suppress it goes on. The data to date shows that NYPD officers’ continued focus on making strong gun cases is increasingly taking hold.

Gun arrests for the month of November are up +112.3% (484 v. 228), driving a +22.2% increase in citywide gun arrests (3,793 v. 3,104) compared with the same period a year ago. 

There was a +112.5% (115 v. 51) increase in shootings citywide last month. And shootings have risen +95.8% (1,412 v. 721) through the first 11 months of 2020, compared with the same period the previous year. 

NYPD Official stated that investigators, Neighborhood Coordination and Youth officers, and every uniformed officer on patrol remain steadfast in achieving the common good all New Yorkers demand.

Homicides continue to be one of the unresolved crimes that have also risen for the month and the year. Twenty-eight people were murdered in the five boroughs, five more than were killed last November. So far, in 2020, there has been a +38.4% increase (422 v. 305) in the number of victims murdered in New York City compared to last year.

Eighth Seattle Turkish Film Festival Set to be Screened Online

The 8th Seattle Turkish Film Festival will be screened online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The week-long event aims to give American movie lovers the chance to watch the best Turkish movies of 2019. Presenting four feature films to the American moviegoers this year, the STFF Shorts Committee also selected 10 short films to screen within the festival, including 3 Grand Jury favourites. The committee has been accepting short film submissions annually since 2014 and received 200+ submissions in 2020.

The New York Turkish Film Festival on December 12-15, 2019 at the SVA Theatre in New York

The American Turkish Society's signature cultural event, the New York Turkish Film Festival will take place between December 12-15, 2019 at the SVA Theatre in New York. This year's Festival showcases a selection of five feature films, one documentary and four short films, bringing the best of contemporary Turkish cinema to you.  This unique selection represents this year’s Festival theme: “Contemporary Struggles”. We live in times of constant change, of continuous tensions, in times where building walls and barriers seems like the answer to pressing issues. Yet, problems can only be solved through dialogue and cinema can be a strong and beautiful tool to create that dialogue.

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio Presents "The Rise And Fall Of Macondo"

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio presents "The Rise And Fall Of Macondo", a theatrical performance inspired by Gabriel García Márquez's magnum opus One Hundred Years of Solitude. Staged by acclaimed director Aleksey Burago and featuring the studio ensemble, embark upon a magical and sleepless journey in South America and see the birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Turkish actress Desen Uygur, grand daughter of Nejat Uygur, renowned Turkish actor and comedian, is also starring at the play. She plays one of the lead character " Amaranta". The play will be performed in English from on October 30th to November 24th at Pushkin Hall, 165 West 86th Street Second Floor New York, NY 10024. To purchase ticket please visit at http://russiantheater.org/ 

Reliving the Ottoman New York

SYMA MOHAMMED - TRT WORLD - Through a walking tour across the island of Manhattan, two historians shine a light on a great many connections that existed between the former Ottoman Empire and America. When one thinks of New York City’s Lower Manhattan area, iconic images of gleaming skyscrapers overlooking the Hudson River tend to spring to mind. Now home to the city’s bustling financial district, Lower Manhattan’s history as a trading port has been largely physically erased, and consequently forgotten. However, unearthing historical archives reveals an unexpected relationship between the city and the Ottoman Empire.

New York Ataturk Chorus and Incesaz to Perform at the Legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City

New York, NY- On Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Turkish and International Music Ensemble brings renowned Turkish band Incesaz and New York Ataturk Chorus to Carnegie Hall. This will be the first time for Incesaz and New York Ataturk Chorus to perform Turkish music at this iconic stage to more than 600 audiences. The concert will begin with New York Ataturk Chorus singing an exciting repertoire of classical songs including polyphonic arrangements that reflect the vibrancy of Turkish music. Led by music director Nedim Katgi on the piano, the Chorus will be joined by eight professional instrument players. Since the chorus’ inception, talented and dedicated volunteer singers from New York Metropolitan area have gathered together with the common purpose of perpetuating the richness and diversity of Turkish choral music for the enjoyment and edification of audiences. The Chorus hopes that the concert at Carnegie Hall will draw attention and interest to Turkish music, promote Turkish music to a wider variety of audiences with diverse backgrounds, develop current audience base and nurture a sense of community and a love for Turkish music.

Fox Renews ‘MasterChef Junior,’ Adds Daphne Oz as Judge

“MasterChef Junior” will return for an eighth season with new judge Daphne Oz. Oz will replace Christina Tosi on the judges’ panel, joining chefs Gordon Ramsay and Aaron Sanchez to crown the next winner in the new season. In the upcoming season, the young contestants will cook up meals at locations including a renaissance fair and motocross track. Ramsay’s daughter Tilly will return to the show for a special donut contest.

The Most Well Written Story of Turkish Tea

How did you meet Turkish people and Turkish tea first? Did you know anything about them before then? 
Before coming to Turkey I had little knowledge about the country, its people or customs. I of course knew the basics: that it was a Muslim country located in the Middle East; that the Ottomans ruled there; that it was famous for baths and strong coffee, but that was about it. I had learned, however, much about its art in my university classes. I remember being fascinated as a child by the image of the camel on the pack of Camel cigarettes my father smoked and always asked to play with the pack. I think the first words I ever learned to read were “Turkish Tobacco” which was written in bold on the pack! But I knew nothing about the tea culture: I assumed that all Turks drank Turkish coffee!

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