YouTube Bows to Pressure to Set Up Turkey Office

YouTube has bowed to pressure from Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to set up an office in the country after the government threatened the video-streaming service with a de facto ban. The Google-owned streaming site said it had spent months “thoroughly analysing” a new social media law passed earlier this year at the behest of Mr Erdogan, which requires social media providers to adhere to stringent new conditions or face a reduction of their internet bandwidth of as much as 90 per cent. 

First Commodity Based Capital Investment Bank to Acquires 3 Billion Worth of Oil Securities

New York, NY - Dec 17th, 2020 - Spektral Investment Bank, a newly found commodity bank with 800 million EU in-kind pharmaceutical patents and mining fields based capital in Kosovo, has concluded an extensive acquisition deal with Dr Omer Aslan; the renowned descendant of Sheik Shamil ; a very important historical figure known as the liberation commander of the Caucasia againist Russian oppression during late 1800s. Spektral Investment bank will be completing the acquisition of oil fields and drilling licenses in Kazakhstan and Russia; to be securitized and marketed with sole authorization of the bank provided by Dr. Arslan who will acquire a permanent seat on the bank's administrative board and will have stock shares attorned due to acquisition.

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.

Mercan Becomes new Turkish Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Hasan Murat Mercan has been appointed as Turkish Ambassador to the  U.S. with a presidential decree issued on the Official Gazette on December 8th. Mercan was serving as Turkish Ambassador to Japan since 2017. Ambassador Serdar Kilic, who has served as the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. since 2014, has been reposted to headquarters in Ankara.
 
Who is Ambassador Hasan Murat Mercan?

-Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Japan (November 2017-)
-Chairman, World Energy Council Turkish National Committee (April 2014 - April 2017)
-Deputy Minister of Energy (Feb.2012 – Sept. 2014)
-Deputy for Eskişehir, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (2007- 2011)
-Deputy for Eskişehir, Chairman of the Turkish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Interparliamentary European Defense and Security Assembly, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2002-2007)
-Member of the Justice and Development Party Central Decision Making and Administrative Board (2001-2009)
-Vice-President of the Party responsible from Advertisement and Media (2001-2005)
-Founding Member of the Justice and Development Party

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
-Associate Professor, Department of Management, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1995- 2004)
-Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1992-1995)
-Assistant Professor, Department of Quantitative Business Analysis, Cleveland State University (1989-1992)
-Teaching Assistant, Department of Decision and Information Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (1985-1989)
-Instructor and Researcher, Department of Industrial Engineering, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey (1981-1985)
-Teaching Assistant, Department of Industrial Engineering, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey (1981)
-Published articles in several periodicals and papers

EDUCATION
-University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Ph.D.in Decision and Information Sciences, December, 1989
-Boğaziçi University-İstanbul, Turkey
M.S in Industrial Engineering, March, 1984
B.S in Industrial Engineering, June, 1981
-Eskişehir Anatolian High School, 1970-1977

ORDERS AND ACADEMIC HONORARY TITLES
-Hiroshima University Honorary Doctorate, 01.12.2018
-Order of the Star of Solidarity of Italy, 18.03.2010

OTHER APPOINTMENTS
Yunus Demirer as ambassador to Slovakia
Hatun Demirer as the Permanent Representative of Turkey to OSCE 
Ali Rıza Güney as ambassador to Iraq
Barış Ulusoy as ambassador to Lebanon
Burçin Gönenli as ambassador to Singapore
Turgay Tuncer as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates,
Zafer Ateş as ambassador to Mongolia
Volkan Işıkçı as ambassador to Cameroon.
Başar Şen as ambassador to Berlin
Refik Ali Onaner as ambassador to Paris
Ömer Gücük as ambassador to Rome
Burak Akçapar as ambassador to Madrid, 
Hakan Olcay as ambassador to Dublin
Ahmet Demirok  as ambassador to Baku
Korkut Güngen  as ambassador to Tokyo
Hüseyin Müftüoğlu  as ambassador to Uruguay
Munis Dirik  as ambassador to Congo
Serhat Aksan as ambassador to Paraguay
Fırat Sunel  as ambassador to India
Esin Çakıl  as ambassador to Bahrain
Vehbi Esgel Etensel  as ambassador to Cuba, 
Volkan Türk Vural  as ambassador to Guinea
Ledibe Gülhan Ulutekin  as ambassador to Panama
Adnan Keçeci  as ambassador to Morocco
Hüseyin Avni Aksoy  as ambassador to Mozambique
Ömer Ünsoy  as ambassador to New Zealand
Mustafa Pulat  as ambassador to Yemen 
Nilgün Arı  as ambassador to Burkina Faso.

Pandemic Delays Maiden Dream Chaser Flight Aboard Vulcan

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced that the maiden flight of the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) has been pushed to 2022. The Dream Chaser spacecraft was designed to carry crew and cargo to the ISS. In January 2016, NASA awarded SNC with a set of six space station resupply missions. The company did not, however, receive funding to proceed with the development of a crewed version of the spacecraft. In August 2019, SNC announced that it had selected the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan to carry all six initial Dream Chaser flights. The announcement added an expected maiden launch date of 2021.

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Mentora College of Business & Technology (MCBT) Announces Pathway Agreement with Georgian College

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2020 /CNW/ - Mentora College of Business & Technology (MCBT), part of the BAU Global Education Network, today announced the establishment of a program pathway agreement with Georgian College one of Ontario's leading public colleges. Through the partnership agreement, students who complete MCBT's 48 week diploma program in Business Administration Management will receive six course exemptions towards Georgian College's 2-year Business Diploma program with Co-op and the 3-year Business Administration Advanced Diploma. In addition, MCBT students completing Mentora's 48-week Hotel Management program will receive six course exemptions towards Georgian College's 2-year Hospitality - Hotel and Resort Operations Management Diploma with Co-op and the 3-year Hospitality Administration Advanced Diploma.

Ali Koc Buys $14.5 Million Bird Streets Mansion in Los Angeles

For moneyed homebuyers seeking maximum view wattage, it’s tough to beat L.A.’s Bird Streets neighborhood. Set at the far western end of the Hollywood Hills, high above the Sunset Strip, many Birds lots have views that are just as incredible during the night — when the glittering lights of the entire city are spread below one’s feet — as they are during the day, when the downtown L.A. skyline, the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island are visible, along with everything in between.

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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.

Turkey Targets U.S. Schools in Federal Court Over Dissident

Turkey has turned to the U.S. courts to seek evidence against American charter schools it says are funding the activities of a dissident living in Pennsylvania. The Turkish government has asked federal judges in Ohio and Illinois to make the schools turn over a trove of documents on their expenditures and employees for a criminal investigation in Turkey. It alleges that the charters are using funds obtained through illicit schemes to help Fethullah Gulen, the exiled cleric it blames for an attempted military coup, run subversive operations back home.

6 Charged in 'Birth Tourism' Scheme that Cost U.S. Taxpayers Millions

Six people were charged in an elaborate “birth tourism” scheme that helped Turkish women secure U.S. citizenship for their children and cost American taxpayers upward of $2 million, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The alleged ringleaders, Sarah Kaplan and Ibrahim Aksakal, both residents of Long Island, New York, brazenly advertised their services on Turkish-language Facebook pages and websites with titles like “My baby should be born in America,” prosecutors said.

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