TCA's Chairman and Founder Dr. Yalcin Ayasli Receives 2020 Ataturk Distinguished Humanitarian Award

TCA's Chairman and Founder, Dr. Yalcin Ayasli, was a keynote speaker and recipient of the 2020 Ataturk Society of America Ataturk Distinguished Humanitarian Award at the 100th Anniversary of National Sovereignty & Children's Day and the inauguration of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Chobani Repurposes SoHo Cafe Into Food Pantry Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Beth Dedman -  amNewYork - Chobani has redirected the focus of their Chobani Café in SoHo into a temporary food pantry, where employees are giving away free Chobani products beginning April 28. The café will open twice a week for the foreseeable future to give free products and support families and food bank workers. The Café food pantry is staffed by Chobani Café employees and volunteers from the #BeAShepherd initiative. Chobani is the Turkish word for “shepherd” and inspired the “giving back” values Chobani wants to embody at this time.

Turkish, US Joint Firm Wattozz to be Listed in Nasdaq

Wattozz Holdings Inc., a Turkish-US joint defense company, will be listed in the New York-based Nasdaq stock market, Turkish conglomerate Albayraklar Holding announced on Monday. Last week, the US-based energy firm Enerkon purchased 20% of shares of Albayraklar Defense, a subsidiary of Albayraklar Holding, and the two sides established Wattozz Holdings Inc. in the US, according to Nasdaq's website.

SNC Offers Relief to Employees, Communities During Pandemic

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, is on track to meet customer milestones and, in navigating the extreme circumstances of the pandemic, is now deploying resources toward identifying and meeting employee and community needs. These include production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, matching employee charitable contributions and maximizing time-off flexibility and other benefits for its workforce of more than 4,000 highly-skilled employees.

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In Letter to Trump, Turkey's Erdogan Urges Better Understanding

Erdogan told Trump that Turkey would continue to 'demonstrate solidarity in every way possible' with the US [File: Peter Nicholls/Pool/Reuters]Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to stand in solidarity with the United States in its struggle against the coronavirus pandemic as it recovers from the outbreak. In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, Erdogan also said he was following "with appreciation" the US president's efforts to control the outbreak. The letter was sent on Tuesday along with a planeload of personal protective equipment that Turkey donated to the US. It was made public on Wednesday. "I hope that this humble assistance will assist your fight against this pandemic and contribute to the speedy recuperation of your citizens who contracted this virus," Erdogan wrote. 

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Turkey Sends 2nd Consignment of Medical Supplies to US

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A second Turkish military plane took off from an air base near Ankara on Thursday carrying more medical aid to the United States which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The cargo plane is carrying a second consignment of personal protective equipment, including masks, hazmat suits and disinfectants, the Defense Ministry announced. Turkey also dispatched a planeload of medical supplies on Tuesday that included 500,000 surgical masks, 4,000 overalls, 2,000 liters (528 gallons) of disinfectant, 1,500 goggles, 400 N-95 masks and 500 face shields.

Turkey Flies Medical Aid to Coronavirus-stricken U.S.

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish military plane carrying medical supplies and protective equipment was heading for the United States on Tuesday to deliver aid to its NATO ally battling the coronavirus outbreak. The United States, which has the highest death toll and reported cases in the global pandemic, welcomed the “generous donation” of 500,000 surgical masks, 4,000 overalls, as well as disinfectant, goggles and face shields. “We are proud to announce that Turkey will deliver medical supplies to the United States, upon our NATO ally’s request, to support America’s fight against the coronavirus,” Turkey’s Communications Directorate said.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds Launches its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and #KeepHopeAlive Music Marathon

Turkish Philanthropy Funds has launched it’s Community Relief Fund on March 31st, 2020 The fund focuses on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations and to hospitals to provide the much-needed gear and equipment to help build their capacity for response both in the United States and in Turkey.
Since the launch, Founding Society Members Haldun and Nihal Tashman have pledged to match the first $100,000 raised. Additionally, Aylin and Louis Kim matched the first $2,500 donated.
To this day we are at $102,266 toward our goal of $200,000.

NYC Mayor: “Don’t let your customers without masks in”

New York City Mayor De Blasio has called on the businesses, which are open for essential needs, not to let customers without masks in.

Mayor De Blasio stated that the city had suffered billions of dollars of economic losses due to the coronavirus and requested financial aid from the federal government. De Blasio said, “If we do receive aid from the federal government, we will not be able to provide fundamental services.”

170 million dollars will be spent on food aid

The City of New York and many non-governmental organizations are providing aid in the form of food and basic needs, mostly to the regions of the city where people of low income predominantly live; the coronavirus outbreak struck mostly those regions.

The City of New York has announced that it will spend 170 million dollars on food aid to the poor. The Municipality of New York also announced that it would purchase 18 million ready-to-eat meals that would be delivered using 11 thousand taxis.

Mayor De Blasio said, “No one in New York will go hungry. I give you my word, and I am certainly aware that I have made you this promise. We will not let the people of New York go hungry.”

Masks are on the black market in New York

The N95 masks used by healthcare workers have fallen on to the black market in New York, where the prices of N95 type masks range from 16 to 25 dollars.

NYPD is working hard against coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has assigned police officers to stores that are meeting essential needs to ensure the implementation of social distancing rules.

The City of New York has placed the signs it had prepared for the preservation of social distancing at various spots in the city.

It was reported that police officers, firefighters, and healthcare workers, as well as a large number of transport officers in New York, have been infected with the coronavirus. Twenty-eight uniformed and civilian members of the NYPD have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

It has been stated that one in every six police officers in New York is unable to work, either due to having contracted the virus or being sick.

The death toll in New York suddenly increased this week.

Those examining the statistics on how many have been infected with and how many have died from the coronavirus on a global scale have identified a spectacular increase in the data reported from New York: The death toll suddenly increased by 3,778—60%—climbing to above 10 thousand deaths.

NewYork’s statewide shutdown is extended until May 15th

Seven states in the northeast had extended curfew restrictions. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the lockdown was extended until May 15th.

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Turkish-American Doctors are fighting coronavirus outbreak in NYC

Dr. Dogan: It is crucial to perform wide-spread testing.

I had chance to talk with a successful doctor working at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Özgen Dogan who is among the notable people in the Turkish-American society. Dr. Dogan said that situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was dire in New York and that they were literally working in a battlefield. 

Dr. Dogan emphasized the importance of conducting extensive tests as a solution, saying, “I also have infected colleagues in my close circle.” Stating that they could get some results in the fight against the virus with the local and anticipatory measures and networking, Dr. Dogan said the quarantine in the region of New Rochelle was a success. Dr. Dogan stated that Hydrox or plasma therapies were the treatments where the benefits were not yet proven, and tests showing immunity or infection development should be widely conducted while life returns to normal.

 It is noteworthy that Dr. Dogan states that healthcare professionals who have tested negative so far should be tested daily; she constantly indicates the importance of tests in the fight against COVID-19. Remarking there was a large number of coronavirus cases among African Americans due to their living conditions and lack of adequate treatment opportunities, 

Dr. Dogan stated that Apple and Google had an agreement to develop a joint application for the detection of coronavirus infections in the field of technology, which was a major development.

Dr. Kıyıcı: We are seeing the benefits of staying home.

In my interview with Dr. Nejat Kıyıcı, who served as president of the Turkish-American Medical Association and works at Montefiore Hospital, he stated they had many COVID-19 patients at the hospital and staying home was quite beneficial. 

He said the number of infected was at least thrice the number announced, and people were still unable to get tests. Stating that the number of cases and deaths would reach a peak in New York that week, Dr. Kıyıcı added there would be a further drop in the numbers if people stayed home for 3–4 weeks more. 

While stating the normalization process should not occur before June, Dr. Kıyıcı also emphasized that cases might increase if all areas reopened. He also said that even though the hospitals in New York were well prepared, nationwide measures were taken too late.

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