New Turkish Trade Center in Chicago

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) has opened a trade center in the US city of Chicago with support from the Ministry of Commerce.

With this trade center, which has the privilege of being the first abroad trade center opened by TOBB as part of Turkey Trade Centers regulations, it is aimed to increase the trade volume between Turkey and the US.

The center, which will serve under the name of "Turkish Trade Center Chicago", will assist Turkish businessmen at every stage in the USA with a "one-stop office" principle.

Indicating that the US has become the third-largest country in terms of Turkey's export volume, Pekcan said: "Now it is time to maintain that achievement in a sustainable way. I think the timing of this center is quite appropriate."
Ruhsar Pekcan explained export from Turkey to the US has increased 13 percent in 2020 despite the Coronavirus pandemic and reach over 10 Billion USD in volume, highlighting the US as a significant market.

Pekcan indicated that Illinois, where Chicago is located, has the fifth most significant volume among US states and underlined Chicago's logistic advantages with its proximity to the most important fair centers and automotive facilities. 

Turkey's Chicago Consul General Engin Türesin also pointed out that the trade center is just 1 kilometer away from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
The center, which has 8,800 square meters of warehouse space and 1,500 square meters of office space, has the capacity to serve 50 companies at the same time.

TOBB is planning to open its next trade centers in China, India, and Brazil.

New York Will Begin Phased Reopening Of Public Schools On December 7th

Public schools will begin to open on December 7 in New York, the biggest city in the U.S.

The Primary schools will open first, but NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that children whose parents had consented to the test would go to school. The schools in New York had closed around two weeks ago, following the increase in cases throughout the city.

Mayor De Blasio said that this was a new approach and that they had a lot of evidence as to how schools could be safe.

Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, said that they would support de Blasio's approach as long as mandatory testing was in place.Approximately 1.1 million students are being taught in public schools in the city of New York.

Some New Yorkers had criticized the fact that gyms remained open while schools were closed. Kindergardens will also open together with primary schools on December 7. The education of special needs children, on the other hand, will begin on December 10. Secondary schools and high schools will open at a later date.

Mayor De Blasio said that students would need to sign a document stating that they would take coronavirus tests in order to be able to attend when schools opened. These tests will be done every week, but it will only be possible to test 1/5th of the students in one week.

In his press conference, Mayor De Blasio said that the governor had the authority to overrule the decision of the city depending on the number of cases. During this new period, the results of the tests at the schools will be monitored, and a class or the whole school will have the possibility of being closed down based on the number of cases.

More than 4 million new cases were reported in the U.S. during November. More than 35,000 people lost their lives during this month.

Despite the increase in the number of cases in New York, it is one of the states with the lowest number of positive test results. The positive test results are currently at 3%.

Secretary Pompeo: It's clear that the 5G tide has turned."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to highlight the importance of America's progress in developing a coalition of countries committed to building a secure global 5G network.

"It's clear that the 5G tide has turned…More than 25 EU and NATO countries are members of our clean network, pledging to use only trusted vendors, and there's more to follow. We issued a joint statement with the EU on the synergies between the clean network and the EU 5G clean toolbox. Since the adoption of the toolbox meets the criteria of being a part of the clean network, the two work well together."

Secretary Pompeo said :"We call on all freedom-loving nations and companies to join the Clean Network." The Clean network has six parameters: Clean Carrier, Clean Apps, Clean Store, Clean Cloud, Clean Cable, Clean Path.

State Department Officials continue  to visit  European countries, including EU and NATO headquarters, to discuss the growing momentum toward clean 5G infrastructure and the goal of building a Transatlantic Clean Network.

According to Pompeo, more than 40 countries and 50 telcos have joined the U.S. in the "clean network" initiative launched this summer. 

U.S. Has six programs: 

  • Clean Carrier: Make sure Chinese telecom carriers don't have access to U.S. networks.
  • Clean Store: Remove Chinese apps from U.S. mobile app stores.
  • Clean Apps: Chinese smartphone makers will not be able to pre-install any U.S. companies' apps.
  • Clean Cloud: American citizens' and businesses' data is not allowed to be stored on cloud services provided by Chinese internet companies.
  • Clean Cable: Ensure that China does not intercept communication through undersea cables.
  • Clean Path: 5G Clean Path is an end-to-end communication path that does not use any transmission, control, computing, or storage equipment from untrusted IT vendors, such as Huawei and ZTE, required to comply with directives of the Chinese Communist Party.

U.K ,Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Denmark, and Latvia are some of the countries who chose to allow only trusted vendors in their 5G Networks.

Secretary Pompeo on Turkey

"They make it more difficult. The fact that you have a significant amount of data in Turkey now, in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party, means that we have to be even more careful. We have to ensure that our networks are secure — that is, our defense networks, our security networks; it's not only military and security networks that will be impacted by increasing activity inside of Turkey or any other country from Chinese networks. We're going to make sure and protect American data."

Huwaei In Turkey:

Huawei has been active in Turkey over 17 years and employs 1,300 staff members in Turkey. There are over 400 engineers working in Turkey focusing on 5G and artificial intelligence and other areas.

"China has invested $3 billion in Turkey between 2016 and 2019 and intends to double that by the end of next year," Stanford University's Ayca Alemdaroglu and the University of Chicago's Sultan Tepe observed in a recent Foreign Policy magazine analysis

Recommended: https://www.nato.int/docu/review/articles/2020/09/30/nato-and-the-5g-challenge/index.html

Message from a Turkish-American Nurse: We are acting very carefully and cautiously.

Necmiye Kacaroğlu, working as a nurse in a notable hospital in New Jersey, which is among the states with the highest death toll numbers, stated that her hospital was full of patients with coronavirus, and they were acting very cautiously. 

Expressing that they no longer had a lack of medical equipment, Kacaroğlu stated that there was a need for healthcare professionals; nurses, especially, were being transferred from elsewhere. Stating that her son worked as a police officer, Kacaroğlu expressed that the police and fire departments visited the hospital the day before, and such supports were morale boosters for them.

 Necmiye Kacaroğlu not only works as a teacher at the New York-based Atatürk School on the weekends, teaching Turkish children the Turkish culture and language as a mindful Turk, but she also works as a nurse at a medical service.

New Jersey COVID-19  cases rise to 81,420 with 4,070 deaths confirmed. New Jersey Officials report 3,026 new cases, but say curve is flattening.

There are over 11 Turkish-Americans lost their lives in New Jersey due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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NYC Mayor:We need 45,00 additional health care workers

The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced that they were in need of 45,000 healthcare workers in the USA. Mayor Blasio invited healthcare workers to apply by saying, “Everyone who is not yet ready for this struggle, we need you.”

Meanwhile, de Blasio answered some questions. To the question of whether places like restaurants and gyms would open when the quarantine period ended on April 30th as planned, he replied that they predict that the quarantine period continue in May and that they want people to be prepared for it, stating that the time will be extended. He stated that the situation would be better by the end of May.

When asked about whether the coronavirus is seasonal or not, Blasio said, “There is still a lot to learn about the coronavirus. But let me tell you something interesting—yes, the virus may be seasonal; there is no precise information. There is one thing we know for sure that we have a few difficult months ahead of us.”

NYPD is working hard despite coronavirus challenges 

NYPD Officers continue to visit restaurants, bars, supermarkets, salons and public spaces to remind individuals of the ban on congregating in public spaces and to practice social distancing.They visited the followings as of April 5th:

 -2457 supermarkets of which 1295 were closed

 -7019 bars and restaurants of which 5499 were closed.

-1267 public places of which 754 were closed.

During the announcement by NYPD , he stated that 5,600 officers from the New York City Police Department called in sick, and 1,000 had tested positive for coronavirus.. An eleventh member of the NYPD has died from the virus.

New York Governor: “We May Reach the Peak of the Outbreak in Seven Days”

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York (the epicenter of the coronavirus in the U.S.) said that the escalation in the number of cases is ongoing and that it may reach its peak in the next seven days. 

Governor Cuomo said the non-vulnerable need to rely on the healthcare system with 74 percent of people reportedly being treated and released. Governor Cuomo said he recognizes the stress on the healthcare system and how they are being asked to do the impossible.

Governor Cuomo said the Javits Center could be a major relief valve since it has a 2500 person capacity that will be staffed by federal personnel. He stated the following “I can’t tell a hospital that I can send them all the ventilators and supplies they need, we don’t have them. We need to move what we have to where it’s needed. The Federal stockpile is not enough. Help New York now, shift national and state resources now, we’ll do the same when another state hits it’s curve. 325 of the 1000 federal personnel heading to NYC public hospitals today to start. I know it’s difficult and all I can say is thank you to the front line workers.”

Watch Governor Andrew Cuomo's Video: https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/1246503599020158982

March unemployment rate hits 4.4 % in the U.S

The Employment figures in the U.S. were announced. During the month of March, non-farm employment decreased by 701,000 people, the unemployment rate increased to 4.4%, and the hourly rate rose by 3.1% per annum, with an incremental increase of 0.4% per month.

The data shows that while the coronavirus epidemic has led to an increase in the unemployment rate, there has yet to be any impact on hourly earnings.

The economy in the country is almost at the point of standstill, with the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China and moved its epicenter to Europe, continuing to increase its impact in the US. While the service sector remains the worst-affected, and production has been suspended during this period, the number of applications for unemployment benefits has hit a record—reaching ten million.

In the United States of America, apart from the number of people who have been tested positive for COVID-19, the number of people applying for unemployment benefit has hit a historical high. Only last week, 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits.

Following the dismissal of 3.3 million people last week, around ten million people were left with no source of income due to the pandemic. The report prepared by the Ministry of Labor revealed that the economy was dragged into a serious recession with the shutting of businesses worldwide, while unemployment rates increased exponentially.

“It’s only the beginning.”

The high number of layoffs causes many economists to paint a pessimistic picture. It is stated that the current ten million job layoffs may increase as much as another ten million by the end of April. This number is twice as high as the dismissal number (of 8.7 million people) during the Great Depression.

The Chair of the FED: A recession is expected.

Jerome Powell, Chair of the US Federal Reserve, warned that the US could enter a recession. Powell said that the full recovery of the economy was directly linked to limiting the spread of the virus.

International economics specialist James Knightley of Dutch ING Group said that although it was known that tens of thousands of workplaces had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was shocking that there had been more than 3 million applications for unemployment pay.

“New monetary aid packages could be needed.”

The US Senate already approved the government’s $2 trillion aid package.Speaker of House,Nancy Pelosi stated that more economic relief packages would be needed in the near future.

Within the scope of this fund, three thousand dollars of support per family is planned, while businesses get 500 billion dollars of support.

President Trump: “There will be a lot of death over the next two weeks.”

New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, has recorded 630 deaths, the highest number of fatalities in a single day. The President of the US, Trump, said, “The next two weeks will be tough, and unfortunately there will be a lot of death.”

 President Trump put an end to the vaccine issue: “It takes 15–16 months for approval.” He is talking instead about ready-to-use drugs that may suppress the virus.

Some Highlights from President Trump:

-We are trying to save people’s lives. The media must stop fake news! Are they after ratings?

-I don’t care about OPEC.”

-There's going to be "a horrific point in terms of death" and US getting close to that level now,

-I believe in the effect of the drug hydroxychloroquine.We have stockpiled 29 million pills of the hydroxychloroquine. There's some very strong, powerful signs" that hydroxychloroquine works for treating #COVID19

-I want to save live and I don't want it to be in the lab for the next year and a half while people are dying all over the place

3000 soldiers(Health Professionals) will be sent to New York,New Jersey and Connecticut

Trump also remarked that 300 million gloves, 8 million masks, 3 million gowns, and many more critical supplies are being distributed across the nation right now.

Trump stated, “We want them to help our country. We need masks. We don’t want others to buy these masks. You can call this retaliation.” He pointed out, “The expenses of the hospitals that treat uninsured coronavirus patients will be covered by the federal government for the next sixty days. We are expanding the role of our armed forces in our fight against the Coronavirus. Because nobody is as ready for war as us, and we are fighting an invisible enemy right now. I didn’t say that stadiums and arenas must be open in August.”

 President Trump also announced he had a video conference with the managers of the three most popular sports in the country (baseball, American football, and basketball).

Trump said, “We need to open up our country. The treatment can’t be worse than the problem. I want to see the fans back at the arenas when they are ready. The sooner, the better!” 

Trump stated that he believed the national congress of the Republican party would take place as planned on August 24, prior to the presidential election that will be held on November 3.

The Trump administration has recommended the people of the USA to use cloth masks on a volunteer basis to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Sharing the recommendation at a press conference in the White House, Trump also announced that he would not implement the recommendation.

NYC Mayor de Blasio Announces Mask Donation from the United Nations to Help Fight the Spread of COVID-19

For the health care professionals working to fight this epidemic, the United Nations has donated 250,000 surgical masks to New York City, which has become the epicenter of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. It is also the city that hosts the United Nations.

Following the written statement made by Guterres, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the U.N. warehouses at the U.N. headquarters to receive the delivery of the masks.

In his speech delivered at the U.N. headquarters, Mayor de Blasio made the following statement: “In the midst of this crisis, in the midst of all these pains and difficulties people suffer, when people try to achieve good things, we should see the moments which tell really positive things; we should see that light pieces,” and he emphasized support and solidarity in such a time.

In his statement, Blasio expressed the importance of each and every donation and stated that New York urgently needs help by saying, “Someone out there might not have a quarter of a million surgical masks, but we would accept even one box of surgical masks. We will accept everything we receive or that we can take.”

Critical Statement from NYC Mayor De Blasio: We Need Help!

‘A week's worth of medical supplies left’ in the U.S., New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that healthcare workers fighting with the coronavirus have a week's worth of medical supplies left.

He stated, “Unfortunately, we are of the opinion that this crisis (COVID-19) will get serious starting from April to May; this is the truth.”

De Blasio warned that the half of the population of New York (which has approximately 8,5 million) would get infected by this epidemic sooner or later and stated that the 80% of this percentage would get over this epidemic with light effects, but 20% of it will face serious health problems, and even most of them will lose their lives.

De Blasio assessed that the city would most likely remain closed until May due to the struggle against the new type of coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio emphasized that even solely New York City needs 15,000 ventilators and said: “We need the President and everyone in Washington to understand this blind truth. Numbers in pandemic and its effects on people are taken into consideration, but we can't underestimate and ignore all these things,” said he.

Mayor Blasio, who emphasized the fact that the pandemic will get worse before getting better, said, "It is going to be better if the president makes no secret of the fact that we have a really tough war ahead of us."

Coronavirus hit NYPD

Latest from the NYPD: 5,199 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report, which accounts for 14.4% of the Department's uniformed workforce. Currently, 824 uniformed members and 106 civilian members have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

"In the last 48 hours, we've lost three members of the NYPD family. Today we are all mourning and hurting together, as a family. When we emerge from this crisis, let us #NeverForget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice," said NYPD Commissioner Shea

The Commissioner added, "We have thousands of employees working from home as long as they could do those jobs and still operate at a high level with the Police Department delivering functions. We're given discretion to frontline commanders in terms of accommodating people, particularly people over 50 years of age with vulnerabilities such as this disease seems to strike harder."

We wish all law enforcement officers a speedy recovery. 

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