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Chobani Yogurt Is Suing Alex Jones for $10,000

Credit Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press
Chobani, the yogurt company, has filed a lawsuit against Alex Jones, the high-profile conspiracy theorist and the host of a popular right-wing radio show, for posting what it called false news reports about the company and its owner. The suit, filed on Monday in district court in Twin Falls County, Idaho, named Mr. Jones and the media companies InfoWars and Free Speech Systems as defendants. It called “false” and “defamatory” several reports that appeared on InfoWars alleging that the company’s factory in Idaho, which employs refugees, was connected to a 2016 child sexual assault and a rise in tuberculosis cases.

Bringing Traditions to Life

Image By Moshe Aelyon*  - For those who know me, you will no doubt agree that I am always on the move, creating, designing, producing, entertaining and making sure the most discerning of clientele have their ideas come to life.  But after 22 years, I am feeling myself being happily pulled in a new direction.  Actually, it’s not a new direction.  I’m going back to what I know and feel most deeply connected--my Turkish roots.  Roots that are richly steeped in the tradition of hospitality, warmth, abundance, and generosity.

President Erdogan and Hamdi Ulukaya On Time's 100 Influential People List

Image TIME magazine unveiled its annual “TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World” list on Thursday, a widely-ranging group that includes global leaders and their advisers, musicians and movie stars, world-class athletes and chief executives. U.S. President Donald Trump made the list for a second time, and this year, so did his top two advisers, his daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. But the eclectic mix of names, selected by TIME editors, also includes Olympic gymnastic champion Simone Biles, Pope Francis, Republican donor Rebekah Mercer, and actor Ryan Reynolds. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani made the list as well.

Chobani $530 Million High-Yield Senior Notes Offering

Image Davis Polk advised the representative of the initial purchasers on a Rule 144A/Regulation S debt offering by Chobani, LLC and Chobani Finance Corporation, Inc. of $530 million aggregate principal amount of their 7.500% senior notes due 2025. Chobani, headquartered in New York, is a leading natural food company that manufactures, markets, distributes and sells Greek yogurt and other yogurt-based products in the United States and select international markets. Chobani is the number 1 brand in the U.S. Greek yogurt market.

Turkish Lawyers File FETO Indictment Against US Figures

Image A group of Turkish lawyers on Friday filed legal papers accusing 17 U.S.-based individuals -- including top officials, politicians and academics -- of supporting the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Lawyers submitted files to Istanbul’s chief public prosecutor against a number of people -- some American nationals as well as Turkish nationals in the U.S. -- for alleged links to FETO. According to Turkey’s government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 249 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Murat Agirnasli Files $149M Offering Plan for 570 Broome Street Condos

Rendering for 570 Broome (Credit: builtd and 6sqft)
Turkish-American developer Murat Agirnasli and partners filed an offering plan for a 54-unit condominium at 570 Broome Street, New York State Attorney General’s office records show. The target sellout for the apartments is $149.2 million, for an average of $2.76 million per condo. Agirnasli filed preliminary construction plans in 2014, planning a mere 185-foot-tall, 30-unit building. The developer will now build a 287-foot structure, however, after buying $3.5 million in air rights.

Chobani's Billionaire Founder On Creating Jobs in America

Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya CBS News
Hamdi Ulukaya built the best-selling yogurt brand in the U.S. after coming here 23 years ago. Today, 70% of Chobani employees are American born, 30% are immigrants and refugees. The following is a script from “Chief of Chobani,” which aired on April 9, 2017. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Michael Rey and Oriana Zill Granados, producers. At a time when Americans are debating whether immigration and refugees are a good thing or a bad thing for the country, it is sometimes noted that Tesla, Google, eBay, and Pepsi Cola are all either founded by or currently run by immigrants, and, in one case, a refugee. It’s a reminder that foreigners don’t always take jobs from Americans, sometimes they create them. And of all the success stories none seems more relevant to the current debate than the tale of Hamdi Ulukaya, who came here from Turkey 23 years ago on a student visa with almost no money. Today, he is a billionaire who has changed American tastes with his Chobani yogurt, resurrected the economy in two communities, and drawn praise and some hostile fire for the way he’s done it.

Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya

Image On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Arab American community will honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya for his commitment to service and empowering others. The Award for Individual Achievement will be presented during the 19th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in Washington, DC. An immigrant, Ulukaya established his Greek yogurt company “Chobani” in 2005. In less than a decade, he grew the company’s worth to more than $1 billion. After witnessing the worsening refugee crisis around the globe, he established the Tent Foundation—his personal philanthropy that seeks to improve the lives and livelihoods of the world’s 65 million refugees and displaced people and help them realize their full potential.

Nashville Family's American Dream Is Launching Dreams of Others

Oz Arts Nashville
Drive down Cockrill Bend Circle in west Nashville's industrial area, and you'll land in a land far away--at Oz Arts Nashville. The former cigar warehouse-turned-arts-center is where live performances, art exhibits, fashion shows and fundraisers are opening minds and creating conversation in Music City. "Presenting artists that are making commentary on those things (current events) is powerful," said Tim Ozgener, president and CEO of Oz Arts Nashville. "It's the audience seeing it, and then letting themselves think about things. And I find that a lot of times, it's more powerful than watching talking heads on a cable network, for example."

Emily Cox to Pursue Pissarro at Oxford as UVA's First Ertegun Scholar

Emily Cox is UVA?s first participant in the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
After she graduates next month from the University of Virginia in just three years, art history major Emily Cox will continue her studies at the University of Oxford in England as UVA’s first participant in the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. Cox, of Fairfax, a distinguished major in art history, is specializing in fin-de-siècle political art – particularly the work of Camille Pissarro, and his use of light and liminal spaces in  “Turpitudes sociales” (1889), a collection of pen and ink drawings showing what Pissarro thought were the horrors of the capitalist society,  and the nighttime scene, “The Boulevard Montmartre at Night” (1897) as keys to understanding Pissarro’s politics.
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