Selen Adds to Endorsement List One Week Out from Morris County Republican Convention

 

(Chatham, NJ) - Seven days before the pivotal Morris County Republican Convention in Congressional District 11, Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen continued to add to his endorsement list with a number of key Republican elected officials including from three of the largest towns in the 11th Congressional District. Among the new endorsements Selen for Congress campaign announced today include:

Leyla Öztürk's Book is Available at Kindergartens in Florida

Leyla Ozturk said that her objective is to promote her books nationwide in the United States.”I am working with some professional experts who help me to penetrate the school market in Washington,DC,Texas and New York” she added. She said that it would be good PR project for Turkey that would help to increase the Turkish-American business trade.

After her Science and Technology education at Akdeniz University, she received training in child education and Montessori practices at New York University in  United States. She started her career as assistant at the International Montessori Foundation, after doing her internship at the Hamilton Montesori School in New Jersey. She returned to Istanbul in 2017 and founded the Private Atakent Pink Tower Kindergarten in Istanbul.

Hamptons Hotspot 75 Main Is Getting A Reality Show

The Hamptons may be getting its own version of “Vanderpump Rules.” Bravo had a runaway hit with the show, which followed the behind-the-scenes action at West Hollywood restaurant SUR. Now Page Six is told that Southampton hotspot 75 Main is going to be the setting for a similar show. Owner Zac Erdem and his sexy staff are starring on “Serving the Hamptons,” which will air on Discovery Plus. 

Growing Momentum as More Republican Mayors and Local Party Leaders Back Selen for Congress

(Chatham, NJ) – Republican County Commissioner Tayfun Selen rolled out five new endorsements from across Morris County, demonstrating continued momentum heading into the Morris County Republican Convention just over two weeks from today. The latest list includes Pequannock Mayor Melissa Florance-Lynch, Rockaway Borough Mayor Tom Mulligan, and Pequannock Councilwoman Kyle Russell as well as Republican Municipal Chairs Sydney Ugalde (Randolph) and Daniel Bevere (Chatham Township). Randolph, Pequannock and Chatham Township are all among the top 10 largest municipalities among Republican primary voters in the Morris County portion of Congressional District 11. Endorsements announced earlier this week from Parsippany, Rockaway Township, and Jefferson Township - which combined account for nearly one-third of all Republican Primary voters in the Morris portion of District 11 – show the growing unity around Selen’s candidacy.

TOA Awards - Stars of Silicon Valley Applications Start

Applications to "The TOA Awards - Stars of Silicon Valley" have started. Awards which are given by the first and only Turkish American business magazine, TURKOFAMERICA, will go this year to individuals who are paving the way for a more inclusive, accessible and better world through the power of technology. The Award Ceremonies have been held in different themes since 2015. The first year, America’s 50 most influential Turkish Americans, in 2016, America’s 30 Most Influential Turkish-American Women, in 2017, 40 Turkish-Americans under 40, and in 2018, Friends of Turkey in America were awarded. The date and location of the ceremony will be announced later. Applications are to start on February 15th and end on April 15, 2022.

NYC Mayor Adams Lays Out Gun Violence Plan

The ever-increasing number of gun assaults in New York is threatening the security of the city. Armed violence, which has increased during the pandemic, is driving authorities to take new measures.

Six police officers have died in armed conflicts in New York over the last three weeks. Incidences of armed conflicts in the city have increased by 38 percent compared to the first three weeks of last year. New York's mayor, Eric Adams, who has just taken office, has asked the federal government for help to prevent armed violence in the city.

Mayor Adams, who was chief of police at the New York Police Department (NYPD) for almost 20 years, stated that they would implement a series of measures to stop armed violence in the city, following an incident of armed conflict last week when one police officer died and another was seriously wounded.

Mayor Adams highlighted that five police officers died in armed attacks in January and said they would ask the federal government for help to stop armed violence in the city.

Mayor Adams stated that the police in New York were pulling out all the stops to prevent armed attacks in the city but that they could not prevent weapons from being brought into the city illegally. Following the statement made by Mayor Adams, it was announced that another police officer, who had been seriously wounded, had also died.

"Five times the number of weapons we confiscate are being sent into the city."

Mayor Adams stated that they had captured a large number of weapons brought into the city through their operations in New York. He said,  "The New York Police is doing its job and capturing thousands of weapons on the streets, but, despite this, the number of weapons in the city is not decreasing. We're capturing the weapons, but they're being sent out again. The federal government needs to prevent the trafficking of firearms to New York. If we don't work together and go after the arms dealers who are supplying the big cities in the U.S., such as New York, we will lose this battle. The federal government needs to step in and prevent the weapons from being sent to New York. We have to stop the flow of weapons into the city. We are capturing thousands of weapons on our streets, but five times more weapons arrive for each one we confiscate. This is not acceptable. There aren't any arms manufacturers in New York. We don't manufacture weapons here. The weapons are being shipped to New York from different places across the country. Even if we capture thousands of weapons off the streets, they will still find a way to bring new weapons into New York. Washington needs to help us and take action now to stop the flow of arms into cities such as New York."

 

"Patrols and checks will be increased."

Three weeks after taking office, Mayor Adams also announced his new plan to combat the increasing violence in the city. Adams stated that they would be increasing police patrols in the city and taking new measures to prevent the entry of weapons into the city.

Adams, who likened armed violence to a public health crisis, said, "We don't have any more time to wait; we need to take action. We need to prevent the factors which are feeding this bigger crisis. We will concentrate on the 30 regions where 80 percent of the armed violence in the city takes place. We will conduct more sensitive policing in these regions. More state and federal resources are needed in order to be able to implement this plan. We will cooperate both with the state police and the FBI to prevent the entry of weapons into the city. We will increase searches at the entry points into the city. We will increase spot-checks at coach and train stations, tunnels, and highways. We will work in coordination with the FBI and our other federal partners in order to hunt down arms smugglers. We will also increase the number of civil police officers on duty in the city."

New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced that a second police officer, who had intervened in a domestic violence incident in Harlem last week, had died. Police Commissioner Sewell said, "It is with great sadness that I am announcing the death of Police Officer Wilbert Mora. Wilbert sacrificed his life to protect those of others. He is even giving life to others after his death by donating his organs."

Unimpeded Life Foundation's "The Best of the 12th Year Awards" have been presented.

The Unimpeded Life Foundation has held its 12th Year Awards ceremony. Turk of America's journalist, Ali Çınar, was named " The Best Turkish-American Journalist of the Year in the USA". Ali Çınar, who has been broadcasting live from the field to many channels since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a key commentator to the Turkish media, with coverage including the 2020 Presidential elections. Ali Çınar has appeared on many channels, including Halk TV, KRT, Habertürk TV , Bloomberg HT, Fox TV,Haber Global and CNN Turk.

While many noteworthy people were attending the ceremony who were given awards, the guests were surprised by many significant and memorable events. Atilla Kaplakarslan, President of the Unimpeded Life Foundation, said, "The money raised from this beautiful and very important night will be used to help all those who have an impediment."
 

 
"Unimpeded Life Foundation's Best of the 12th Year Awards Ceremony" was held at Pullman Istanbul Hotel's Ballroom under the main sponsorship of Boyut Steel Door. Organized by Vizyon Production and the Bonart Agency, the award ceremony was hosted by Tayyar Işıksaçan and Ayça Kuru, and its Red Carpet interviews, conducted by the artist, Hilal Özdemir, were held following pandemic regulations with the support of the team from Bir Adım Sağlık. Many well-known names attended this magnificent ceremony in the ballroom, where social distancing rules were upheld by checking the HES codes of the guests, recording their temperatures, and using sanitizer.

Selda Alkor, Tamer Karadağlı, Serdar GÖKHAN, Uğur Dündar, Müjdat Gezen, and her daughter, Elif Gezen, Coşkun Sabah, Buket Aydın, and Pınar Deniz were present on behalf of their organization, with ten saplings planted in the afforestation area of Kayseri on behalf of each person and organization receiving an award from the Main Sponsor, Boyut Steel Door. Pınar Deniz, Kaan Urgancıoğlu, and Hüsnü Şenlendirici, well-known chefs from the program MasterChef, Somer Sivrioğlu and Italian chef, Danilo Zanna, Açelya Akkoyun, Şoray Uzun, Derya Freeci, Gülden Kalecik Demirtaş, Özgür Aras, and Canan Enderson were among those who attended the event.
 
Honorable awards are given to four influential persons
 

The awards for the best music, theatre, movie, TV, sports, entertainment, and business world were determined based on surveys conducted by the Foundation this year. Along with the most successful social responsibility projects of 2021, Müjdat Gezen, Uğur Dündar, Selda Alkor, and Serdar Gökhan, who have established a good name in their respective fields, were awarded the Lifetime Professional and Honor Awards.
 
Supporting disabled persons with an auction
 

During the auction held at this event, several interesting pieces of three sections were sold, making a great profit. An original issue of the newspaper, Milliyet Independence War, a 100,000 lira note signed by the late businessman Sakıp Sabancı, and a sample of the Address to Youth written in Atatürk's handwriting were bought by the philanthropic Turkish businessman living in Germany, Özkan Şen, also known as "Mr. Jade." Mr. Jade was also given the Foundation's Special Award for his charitable work.
 

12th BEST OF THE YEAR AWARD CEREMONY with BOYUT STEEL DOOR

 

FOUNDATION SPECIAL AWARDS

• EUROPEAN CHAMPION AMPUTE NATIONAL TEAM

• SUCCESS STORY / Acun ILICALI

• SISTER BLUE COVER PROJECT

• SUCCESS STORY / EMRAH

• CHARITABLE PERSON OF THE YEAR / KADİR KOCAMAN

• INTERNATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME FEDERATION

• ON BEHALF OF THE WHITE ANGEL NURSES WHO LOSE THEIR LIVES DURING THE PANDEMIC PERIOD

Madam Madam Jale DUZGÜN

• GOOD WOMAN / Acelya AKKOYUN

• THE MOST CHARITABLE PERSON OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY / ÖZKAN ŞEN

• FOUNDATION FRIEND AWARD / İbrahim KONAR

 

LIFETIME PROFESSIONAL AND HONOR AWARDS

• Zafer ERGIN

• Serdar GÖKHAN

• Uğur DÜNDAR

• Mujdat GEZEN

• Hülya KOÇYİĞİT

• Selda ALKOR

 

 BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR

PAPER LIVES

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DIRECTOR 

Can ULKAY

 

BEST CINEMA ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Selen ÖZTÜRK

 

BEST MOVIE ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Cagatay Ulusoy

 

BEST TURKISH ART MUSIC MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Hakan ALTUN

 

BEST TURKISH ART MUSIC FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 Derya BEDAVACI

 

BEST POLICY SERIES OF THE YEAR

BACK STREETS / ERLER FILM / CHANNEL D

 

BEST THEATER OF THE YEAR

FATHER GIRL / Müjdat GEZEN – Elif GEZEN

 

MOST SUCCESSFUL DUET OF THE YEAR

Coşkun SABAH + Canan ÇAL / THE PRECIOUS OF MY HEART

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MUSIC PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

SONGS TELL US / CHANNEL D

 

BEST CHAT OF THE YEAR

SOFA / NEWS GLOBAL with Buket AYDIN

 

BEST TV SERIES OF THE YEAR

JUDICIAL / CHANNEL D / AY PRODUCTION

 

BEST SERIES ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Pinar DENIZ / JUDICIARY

 

BEST SERIES ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Kaan URGANCIOĞLU / JUDICIAL

 

BEST NEWS CHANNEL OF THE YEAR

NTV

 

BEST FEMALE NEWS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

 Gülden Kalecik DEMİRTAŞ / TGRT Main News

 

BEST MALE NEWS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

 Ahmet ARPAD / NTV Main News

 

BEST TURKISH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR IN USA

Ali ÇINAR

 

BEST DAYTIME PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

AT ESRA EROL / ATV

 

BEST COMEDY SERIES OF THE YEAR

EIGHTS TRT-1

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMEDY ACTOR OF THE 21st YEAR

İlker AYRIK / EIGHTS TRT-1

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMEDY ACTOR OF THE 22nd YEAR

Suzan BROTHER / EIGHTS TRT-1

 

BEST POP FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 İrem DERICI

 

BEST POP MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Berkay

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT OF THE 25TH YEAR

Ozgur ARAS

 

BEST FEMALE VIOLIN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Canan ENDERSON

 

BEST PROJECT ALBUM OF THE 27TH YEAR

Cenk EREN Repertory / Barış MANÇO Songs

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SPORTS PROGRAM OF THE 28TH YEAR

AGENDA FOOTBALL / Trt Spor

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TURKISH FOLK MUSIC FEMALE ARTIST OF THE 29TH YEAR

Gazelle

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TURKISH FOLK MUSIC MALE ARTIST 

Sumerian EZGU

 

THE BEST COMPETITION PROGRAM 

MASTERCHEF TURKEY / TV8

 

BEST BUSINESS HOTEL OF THE YEAR

PULLMAN ISTANBUL HOTEL

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL HOSPITAL 

PRIVATE EUROPEAN SAFAK HOSPITAL

 

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL KINDERGARTEN 

Square Kindergarten

 

BEST RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

YASSAS GREEK TAVERNA

 

BEST CAR DEALER OF THE YEAR

CAKIROGLU AUTOMOTIVE

 

BEST RESEARCH BOOK OF THE YEAR

THE CINEMA BOOK OF A Psychiatrist / Specialist Dr. Aslı AKTÜMEN

 

 BEST CONSTRUCTION FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ÇANAKKALE

YZB CONSTRUCTION

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY FIRM OF THE YEAR PROACTIVE CONSULTANCY

 

BEST MEN'S CLOTHING FIRM OF THE YEAR

DANIEL'S PARIS

 

BEST BREAD.PASTA.CAFE OF THE YEAR

REYHANOGLU

 

BEST BREAKING SHIPPING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

 PEARL NAVAL SHIPPING

 

BEST HAIR TRANSPLANT CENTER OF THE YEAR

VERA CLINIC

 

THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR IN BURSA

Bilal TUTUŞ

 

THE BEST ARCHEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING COMPANY OF THE  YEAR

OKM TURKEY

Arms Rolled Up to Restore Safety in New York

After being sworn into office, Eric Adams, the new mayor of New York, the largest city in the U.S. with a population of around 9 million, sped up the process to return the city to its former peaceful days.

Having served as the chief of police in New York for years, Adams appointed Keechant Sewell, a black person like him, as the first female New York City Police Commissioner. At today's joint press conference, the governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, and Mayor Adams announced that they would do whatever it takes to establish safety and restore the city to its peaceful days.

Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams announced that they would start with the subway for the city's safety. To prevent the crime that has been increasing in the last two years in NYC subways, the first step will be to beef up the police patrols underground and to deploy health professionals to get the homeless living in subways due to the pandemic the city has been grappling with for the last two years into shelters.

Hochul and Adams noted that the most important element of their new strategy to increase the ridership of the NYC subway, which has seen a drop in the last two years due to lack of safety, was to make the riders feel safe again. Mayor Adams said the police presence was crucial for safety, adding, "Since the riders do not see the police officers, they think the subways are unsafe, but they will see the officers from now on." Sewell, the first female Commissioner of the New York Police Department, stated that the new measures would significantly increase the visibility of the police officers in subways. "Our cops will be more visible in subways and talk to the riders. We will talk to the riders, saying 'Good morning!' to them and asking how they are and how their day is going," she added. "We will hear them and reply back."

Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams stated that, instead of the police officers, trained mental health professionals and social workers would take the homeless to the shelters.

New York Mayor Adams said, "The state laws prohibit the police officers from removing the homeless from public transportation by force. We want the New York police to help the homeless. However, the members of the parliament should review the outdated law. There is no separation between the subway system and the streets above."

Mayor Adams, also a victim of police violence, said, "Do not be abusive and unfair to the community. I promise to protect you, as long as you protect the community. But, I will not let abusive police officers hurt their fellow officers."

The current number of passengers in the New York subway is down by 50% compared to the pre-pandemic level. New Yorkers do not find taking the subway safe due to the spiked crime rate in the last two years. In 2021, approximately 500 people were killed in New York. Gangs have gained more control in certain parts of the city. City-wide crimes, including armed assault, extortion, theft, and looting, have increased compared to the previous years. In the last two years, the pandemic and the spike in crime rates have caused many people to move out of New York. New Yorkers are hopeful about the city being safe again with their new mayor, a former police chief, and their first female police commissioner being on duty.

The Future of U.S.-Turkey Relations and Prospects in 2022

Turk of America Journalist Ali Cinar analyzed what happened in the relations between Turkey and the U.S. in 2021.He also analyzed the future of the relationship between two NATO Allies.

U.S.-Turkey Relations in 2021

-Since taking office in January, President Biden has maintained a distance from President Erdogan.

-Biden and Erdogan had only one phone call and two meetings (in Brussels and in Rome).

-Secretary of State Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu had 12 meetings, 8 of which were over the phone and 4 in person. The U.S. Secretary maintains contact through diplomatic channels.

Issues

YPG/PKK: The U.S. defense budget includes an aid for education that is worth $177 million. However, there are issues that remain unsolved.

F-35/F-16: In addition to Turkey's official removal from the F-35 program, the U.S., a NATO ally, still imposes sanctions on Turkey, another NATO ally. These sanctions are imposed on the official representatives of the Defense Industry. Negotiations on the F-16 matter are ongoing, but it is possible that the Biden Administration will string out Turkey's demand up until 2023. 

Halkbank: All of the appeals made by the bank's legal team were denied. Eventually, they appealed to the Supreme Court. However, the local courts may find Halkbank guilty and submit the required conditions for the penalty sentencing to the Ministry of Finance in 2022.

Afghanistan: The U.S. negotiates with the Taliban either directly or through Qatar. The Biden Administration deliberately refrains from giving any credit to Turkey for its role and efforts in the Afghanistan matter.

Libya: The U.S. did not target Turkey directly while asking for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya.

Eastern Mediterranean  The initiation of drilling work in Cyprus performed by the American energy company Exxon in collaboration with a Qatari energy company has been conducted within the knowledge of the Biden Administration. Explicitly, the Biden Administration is against the two-state solution for Cyprus and the alleged violation-drilling works of Turkey.It should not be considered within the context of the Biden Administration's policy but in that of the policy of the last five years.

Turkey-Russia Cooperation: As it follows Turkish rapprochement with Russia in defense closely, the Congress will indeed impose sanctions after the recent S-400 purchase. In addition, the U.S., which is pleased with Turkey getting closer to Ukraine, is curious about Turkey's attitude toward Russia if Russia makes an invasion attempt.

U.S. Congress: A total of 89 of the Congress members are in the Turkish Coalition Group; 4 of them are senators, and 85 of them are members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Turkey is one of the countries that have a bad reputation after Russia and China. The collective efforts of Armenian, Greek, YPG-PKK, and Indian opposition groups are effective in terms of this bad reputation.  Moreover, serious steps were taken against Turkey and Azerbaijan, especially through the personal endeavor of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Menendez.

FETO Issue: While this issue was shut down in Washington, D.C., FETO silently continues to grow stronger.

Human Rights:  Turkey's exclusion from the Democracy Summit was perceived as a message to Ankara.

Trade Volume Increase to $100 Million: The Biden Administration shares the eagerness toward increasing the trade volume, which was initiated by President Trump and President Erdogan. However, no steps were taken regarding how to do it and in which way to do it.

2022 Expectations:

-President Erdogan's and President Biden's relations will continue at a steady level. However, Biden will maintain his distance. Their first meeting is predicted to take place in Madrid during the NATO Summit in June.

-Turkey's growing rapprochement with Russia in the defense areas might trigger new sanctions. It is worth noting that, on September 28, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez said there would be no new sales unless S-400 was off the table.

-It is expected that the major issues will still be on the table in 2022.

-The Congress is likely to impose new sanctions against Turkey and take new steps for expansion of the Greek military.

-It should be taken into account that although mending Turkey–Armenia relations will continue to receive a positive response from Washington, D.C., Armenian associations are likely to overshadow these efforts.

-Biden is expected to deliver a speech on April 24, 2022, with the same transcript from 2021 about the alleged Armenian genocide.

-New Ambassador Flake will be in Ankara on January 7. Having been in the political scene and the Congress for over 18 years, Flake may prevent crises by acting as a bridge between the Biden administration and Ankara.

-The Central Bank of the United States is expected to raise interest at least three times in 2022, the first of which will be in March.

- The section supports the interest of Turkey–U.S. relations, which have decreased in Washington, D.C.; it will be critical to perform mutual concrete and outcome-oriented visits between Turkey and USA.

Biden's Foreign Policy in the first year and 2022

Areas of success: Distribution of vaccines to many countries, response to international organizations (e.g., the World Health Organization and the U.N. Human Rights Council), more systematic coordination with the E.U. countries (the latest being the joint declarations on the Ukraine issue), restoration of trust within NATO, promise to give more importance to Asia-Pacific and Australia, India, and Japan (the QUAD)

Areas of failure: He is criticized in terms of his empty rhetoric against Russia and China, and having no concrete strategies, particularly against China, and remaining weak in terms of economic relations with the region. Republicans in Congress have reacted to him after his withdrawal failure in Afghanistan, inconclusive nuclear agreement endeavors with Iran.He maintained Trump's policies in the Middle East

-The most important agenda item will be negotiated with Russia in January. Ukraine is at the top of the main list of the 2022 agenda, together with a struggle with China, of course. Regarding the struggle with China, Biden's return to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) , which Trump exited, is on the agenda.

2022 Congress Midterm Elections:

-In the 2022 congressional midterm elections, 435 seats are up for election in the House of Representatives as opposed to 34 seats in the Senate.

Current Situation:

-House of Representatives: Democrats – 221, Republicans – 213, empty seats – 1

-Senate: 50 Democrats, 50 Republicans

-Midterm Election Polls (average of ten polling companies – Real Clear Politics- Republicans 44.1%, Democrats 41.7%

-Biden is likely to lose the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives at this rate.

-Midterm elections are not in favor of the president's political party. The midterm elections resulted in the Democratic Party losing approximately 30 seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate combined.

Two American candidates with Turkish heritage:

-Pennsylvania State Republican Candidate Mehmet Öz (highly popular and has a good chance if Trump supports his candidacy)

-New Jersey House of Representatives Deputy Nominee Republican: Tayfun Selen

-Eric Adams, the Turkish-friendly Mayor of New York: Eric Adams, who has been to Turkey five times since January 1, took office in New York. One of his missions is to sign a sister-city agreement between Istanbul and New York.

Biden's Annual Performance Review:

-The Average of the Poll Results from Eight Polling Companies between December 11 and December 27: 43% "approve," 53.4% "disapprove"

Who can run for president in the 2024 presidential elections?

-Democrats: If Biden doesn't run, the strongest first candidate is Kamala Harris, followed by the rising star Pete Buttigieg, the secretary of transportation.

-Republican: Top candidate of choice is the 45th President Trump, and the second most popular candidate is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. It is said that President Trump will be done up by 2024 because of the January 6 Congressional raid investigation and the lawsuits brought against him/his institutions. The governor of Florida has serious popularity among the Republicans, but Trump's candidacy is considered certain.

2022 Topics in the U.S.:

-The Battle against COVID: The number of COVID-related deaths in the U.S. is expected to reach 1 million by March 1, 2022.

-There is high economic distress with a 6.8% inflation rate, the economic damage caused by COVID-19, and an unemployment rate being 4.2%.

-The decisions of the Fed will be critical in 2022.

Some Key Meetings in 2022:

June 29-30 NATO Leaders Summit,Spain

October 30-31: G20 Leaders Summit,Indonesia

September 13-27;UN General Assembly

November:U.S Midterm Elections

The United States Doubles Its Order of COVID-19 Pills

The United States Doubles Its Order of COVID-19 Pills

President Biden joined the briefing held by the White House COVID-19 Response Team. Speaking at the beginning of the briefing,President Biden stated that the United States' order of COVID-19 pills was doubled from 10 million.

Biden emphasized that the Pfizer pills would dramatically decrease hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk individuals He stated that the first batch of the COVID-19 pills was delivered on Christmas Eve and that more would be delivered this week.

Biden said he directed the government to buy an additional 10 million courses of Pfizer, increasing the purchase amount to 20 million. Biden emphasized that this pill will be a game-changer for the pandemic.

"Omicron's effects depend on whether we are vaccinated or not."

Pointing out the increase in daily cases up to 1 million in the United States, Biden said that Omicron is highly transmissible and different from all the other previous variants. "However, you can protect yourselves," Biden added.

"Get vaccinated, get boosted, wear a mask while you are in public," Biden repeated.

Biden said that the increase in cases would depend on the vaccination status of every individual, also noting that while the fully vaccinated plus a booster shot still have the risk of getting COVID-19, their risk of severe prognosis decreases greatly.

Pointing out to the increase in cases across the country in the organizations and workplaces, including the White House, Biden also said, "However, if you are fully vaccinated plus a booster shot, it means you are well protected."

"Worry but do not panic," Biden said, adding that the unvaccinated are more susceptible with a higher risk of severe prognosis and mortality.





Recently elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams officially took office. Adams was sworn into office in Times Square on January 1, 2022, just after the New Year's ball drop.

Adams was sworn into office as he placed his hand on the Bible. It was reported that Adams brought his family's Bible for the oath ceremony. Some 15,000 are joining in the New Year's Eve celebrations at Adams's inauguration in Times Square, New York. Usually crowded with around 60,000 people, the New Year's Eve celebrations this year saw a mere 15,000 revelers due to COVID-19.

The mayoral election in New York City was held on November 2. Adams, who had the position of Brooklyn Borough president before, became the second African American mayor of New York City.

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