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Aziz Sancar's New Turkish Community Center Aims to Bring Turkish Culture to America

By Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez - A new Turkish Cultural and Community Center, funded in part by Noble Prize winner Aziz Sancar’s foundation, will create interactions between American students at UNC and Turkish students when it opens in spring of 2019. Gwen Sancar, president of the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, said Chapel Hill needs the center to help bring Turkey’s culture to Americans. “I wanted to try to use it as a vehicle to bring together Turks and Americans so that they could appreciate more (of) one another’s cultures,” she said.

Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Considers Going Public

by  Lillie Apostolos - In an industry that is constantly seeing quick movements and strategic approaches to business handlings, it appears that we could be seeing a change in Chobani in the future after the company’s Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya sat down in discussion with Recode. The businessman shared that he isn’t against taking the yogurt company public, but has no interest in selling it off to a food conglomerate. “What happens is all these little brands, these good brands, as they grow, because of the financial structure, 99 percent of them become part of larger organizations,” he said while speaking at Code Commerce conference in New York City. “When they become part of a larger organization, it’s the end of their promise.”

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Dr. Oz Recounts His Visits to Syrian Refugee Camps

By Faruk Zorlu, AA - ANKARA - Turkish-American surgeon and talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz said he was greatly moved by his visits in July to refugee camps in Turkey and Syria, noting it was something he would never forget. "I had the opportunity to visit Syrian refugee camps along the Syria-Turkey border with the help of [Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority] AFAD and [the Turkish Red Crescent] Kizilay. "Despite the hardships the people we met have endured, their stories of resilience are inspiring - this is a trip that has forever changed me," Oz said Monday in a post on his Twitter account. Oz -- who is widely known for his television program The Dr. Oz Show, which has won several Daytime Emmy Awards -- visited refugee camps in Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province and Syria's northwestern Azaz region in July.

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Turkey Cuts Investment Criteria for Foreigners Seeking Citizenship

ANKARA: Turkey on Wednesday made it easier for foreigners to become Turkish citizens by cutting the financial and investment criteria required for citizenship, according to a decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Foreigners now need only to have $500,000 deposits in Turkish banks, down from $3 million before while fixed capital investment was reduced from $2 million to $500,000 dollars, the decree published in the Official Gazette said.

Dream Chaser Space Plane Set to Land as Matchbox Sky Busters Toy

A commercial space plane designed to carry astronauts and cargo into Earth orbit will soon touch down in stores as a popular toy. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced on Monday (Sep. 17) that its Dream Chaser spacecraft will be part of Mattel Inc.'s Matchbox Sky Busters toy line to be released this month. "My curiosity for space started young, and I hope this helps spark the same in any kid who has this toy," Steve Lindsey, vice president of SNC's Space Exploration Systems and a former NASA astronaut who commanded three of his five missions on the space shuttle, said in a statement. "There's just something about a winged spacecraft that spurs the imagination." Like the classic Matchbox toy car line that features die-cast scale models of real-life wheeled vehicles, Sky Busters has offered the same for winged aircraft since 1973. The Matchbox Sky Busters Dream Chaser reproduces the SNC space plane as a 3.5-inch-long (9-centimeter) toy approximately 1:100th the size of the actual orbital craft.

Chobani Announces Food Incubator Participants

Tea, hummus and allergen-free baking ingredients are among the products developed by the startups chosen to be part of the fall Chobani Incubator program for food and beverage entrepreneurs. The company also will mentor two food tech companies in its inaugural tech residency program. Since 2016, the Chobani Incubator program has helped entrepreneurs that are “disrupting and improving high-potential food categories,” the company said in a statement. Alumni have also launched over 30 new SKUs and several have achieved successful rebrands, the company said.

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Amazon Launches in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday it had launched activities in Turkey, offering products across 15 categories to customers across the country. “We are committed to building our business in Turkey in the coming months by expanding our selection and delivery options,” Sam Nicols, country manager for Amazon.com.tr said in a written statement.

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Goldman Fund Buys Turkey, Argentina Debt, Says Rout Overdone

Goldman Sachs Asset Management is buying Turkish and Argentinian government debt as it bets on the worst-performing emerging markets to offer some of the more profitable bond trades this year. The money manager has taken an overweight position in the two nations’ dollar bonds, according to Philip Moffitt, Asia-Pacific head of fixed income at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The rationale: these notes have been “decimated” by investors fleeing a rout in emerging markets even though the two nations’ finances remain robust.

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Professor Gokhan Hotamisligil Receives 2018 EASD–Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence

Turkish American Professor Gokhan S. Hotamisligil received the 2018 EASD–Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence for his outstanding research efforts that have led to groundbreaking new knowledge about the relationship between obesity and diabetes and potential paths for treatment.

Devastating Monsoon Flood Emergency in Kerala

India is currently experiencing its largest flood and landslide in more than a century. In the past two weeks, over 400 deaths have been reported, dozens are missing, and an unthinkable 1.8 million people remain displaced and seeking shelter in relief camps. Please donate now. Torrential monsoon rains in Kerala, a southwestern region of India, began in early May 2018 and became incessant starting August 8th, 2018. The state of Kerala has witnessed dozens of landslides over the past few weeks. Nearly 6,000 relief camps are filling with displaced people, after many were  stranded on rooftops awaiting helicopter or boat rescue.

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