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Being Muslim in the NBA

According to the Pew Research Center, by 2020 the United States is expected to have a population that is 78.3 percent Christian and a mere 0.9 percent Muslim. As the NBA season opens Tuesday night, at least 12 of its returning players are Muslim: Kanter, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters, Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu and center Jusuf Nurkic, New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik, Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova and guard Dennis Schroder, Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic and Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae-Hollis Jefferson, according to the online magazine Muslim Matters and other media outlets.

Will Turkish Film "Ayla" Make the Cut on January 23rd?

Jimmy Cuneyt Gurkan - Los Angeles, CA – A record 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. Turkey has selected Can Ulkay's debut feature Ayla: The Daughter of War as its candidate in the race for best foreign-language film in the Oscars. Turkey has submitted films for the foreign-language Academy Award regularly since 1989, with Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys making the shortlist of nine in 2008. No Turkish film has yet won an Oscar.

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Ban Ki Moon and Women in Power Define Empowerment With Their Renewed Pledge To ‘’Help a Woman Rise”

Jimmy Cuneyt Gurkan - New York, New York, October 13, 2017 - On Friday, October 13th, Asia Initiatives organized its 16th annual gala based on a universal goal: to raise human dignity, to help each woman reclaim their rights, and to address challenges with confidence. The delightful evening honored multifaceted elements of courage and compassion and took the audience on an enlightening journey. Panel discussions featured icons like the honorable Mr.Ban Ki Moon the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Eva Haller and Yue-Sai Kan, all of whom brought amazing and unique perspectives on their generosity, perseverance, and commitment to closing the gender gap. A well-attended event with personalities from all walks of life such as New York city leader, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ambassador Cho Tae-yul (Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea to the UN) Madame Kim Hyekyung (wife of Ambassador Cho) Madame Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Executive Director of UN Women) and Madame Ban Yoo Soon-taek to name a few. This conglomeration of zealous entrepreneurs, activists, media personalities, and millennial groups attended to support the Social Capital Credits (SOCCs) concept of Asia Initiatives and put forth their ideas on translating it into communities around the world. The success stories of the SOCCs projects shared by Dr. Geeta Mehta, founder of Asia Initiatives, inspired the audience on how love, courage, compassion and inspiration can change a woman’s destiny and ultimately impact the future of her family.

Turkish, U.S. Officials Plan Meeting to Resolve Visa Feud

U.S. and Turkish officials will meet in the coming days to try to defuse a diplomatic crisis over Turkey’s arrest of some U.S. citizens and local consular workers, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said. “Turkey-U.S. relations have passed numerous tests, and we can overcome such crises,” Bozdag said in an interview with Haberturk television on Thursday. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Jonathan R. Cohen, who’s in charge of European and Eurasian affairs, is expected to head the U.S. delegation to Turkey next week, NTV television said on its website, citing unidentified U.S. State Department officials. Bozdag’s comments came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told his Turkish counterpart of the Trump administration’s “profound concern” about the detentions.

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Citigroup Inc. Acquires New Stake in Turkish Investment Fund

Citigroup Inc. acquired a new position in shares of TURKISH INVT FD (NYSE:TKF) in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor acquired 65,882 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $632,000.

US Delegation To Travel To Turkey Amid Visa Crisis

A US delegation from the State Department will travel to Turkey next week to discuss the ongoing crisis between the nations involving the arrest of US consulate employees and the suspension of visa services. Turkish government spokesman Bekir Bozdag told Haberturk television on Thursday that the two sides have agreed to work together on the crisis and that representatives will meet. Broadcaster NTV and other local media said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jonathan Cohen will lead the US delegation.

Blackhawk Modifications Teams with Sierra Nevada Corporation to Certify the XP67A for the King Air 350ER

LAS VEGAS, NV – October 9, 2017 – Through Blackhawk Modifications’ subsidiary government and military sales division, Vector-Hawk Aerospace (VHA), the companies have teamed with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to offer the Blackhawk XP67A Engine+ Upgrade STC Kit for the King Air 350ER at 16,500 and 17,500 pounds maximum allowable takeoff weight (MTOW).  Specifically developed for military and government operations, the offering will include two factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-67A engines, new MT 5-bladed composite propeller assemblies and spinners, and a True Blue Power lithium-ion battery. Training, support, and a five year/2,500 hour enhanced new-engine warranty are also included.

Spat with US to be Resolved Soon: Turkey's Deputy PM

A diplomatic crisis between the United States and Turkey that led them to stop issuing visas to each other's citizens is "overblown" and will likely be resolved soon, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said. In remarks apparently aimed at defusing tensions between the two countries on Wednesday, Simsek told an event in Washington that Turkey considered the safety and security of US diplomats and employees in Turkey a "top priority", and described the detention of staff at US missions in Turkey as "routine" investigations.

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Western Union HQ moving from Douglas County to south Denver

Western Union, a Fortune 500 company, announced last week that by the middle of next year it will move its global headquarters from Douglas County to take office space at One Belleview Station in southeast Denver. The company, which employs 1,300 people locally, will occupy 246,000 square feet of the new office tower, constructed just off the corner of Belleview Avenue and Quebec Street, just across the street from Greenwood Village city limits, in an area near the Belleview Light Rail Station where development has been aggressive.

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