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NASA Awards $45.5 Million for Private Moon Lander Work on Project Artemis

NASA is serious about making its next moonshot a joint public-private project. The space agency is granting a total of $45.5 million to 11 U.S. companies, including Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, to help them develop spacecraft that can get astronauts to the lunar surface. NASA aims to achieve this goal by 2024, as part of its ambitious Artemis program. The money will be awarded via NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program. Each company must contribute at least 20% of its total project costs, agency officials said.

Pink Martini Goes on Turkey Tour

American band Pink Martini, known for its multilingual lyrics and cross-genre forays, will tour six Turkish cities this month. Singing favorites, from Samurai love songs to 1930s Cuban music, French chansons to Brazilian Street songs; the band will perform for fans in the northwestern province of Bursa on May 14, Istanbul on May 16, İzmir on May 17, the southern province of Adana on May 18, Ankara on May 20 and the central province of Konya on May 21. In a delightful surprise for Turkish fans, the band recorded the famous Turkish song, “Aşkım Bahardı,” on their 2016 album “Je Dis Qui.”

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Fire at New Haven Mosque Was Intentionally Set, Fire Chief Says

By Mihir Zaveri - New York Times - With Ramadan underway, the Diyanet Mosque of New Haven was a daily gathering place for Muslims to be among friends and family as they broke their fast. But on Sunday, worshipers received devastating news: A fire had broken out just before 4 p.m., rendering the mosque uninhabitable. And on Monday, New Haven officials delivered another blow: They announced that they believed that the fire had been set intentionally “We’re just kind of shocked,” said Haydar Elevli, the president of the Connecticut branch of the Turkish-American Religious Foundation, which owns the mosque. “Everybody’s sad right now.”

AIA Elects Turkish Architect Emre Arolat as 2019 Honorary Fellow

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elected Emre Arolat, founder of Emre Arolat Architecture (EAA) as a 2019 Honorary Fellow. Honouring internaitonal architects for their "exceptional work and significant contributions" to the built environment and its impact on society, the programme has also recognised Sandra Barclay, Alberto Campo Baeza, Hane Duncan and Esa Mohamed, among others.

Three Turkish Americans Receive Ellis Island Medals of Honor

May 12, 2019, NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday evening, the Ellis Island Honors Society (EIHS) hosted the 34th annual Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremony on Ellis Island, where ninety-four medalists were recognized for their leadership and service within their communities and professions while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. Three Turkish Americans got awarded as well. Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company, Ali Cinar, President of Turkish Heritage Organization and Sinan Kanatsız, CEO of KCOMM.

Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner O'Neal Hold a Press Conference on Crime Statistics

By Ali Cinar - NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill made the opening remarks at trhe press conference. Commissioner thanked to Christian Cultural Center, Senior Pastor Reverand AR Bernard and his son Pastor Jamaal Bernad and highlighted how important to have  community based meetings with partners. He added" :Not just the NYPD, it means every city agency, our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal levels, and, of course, all 8.6 million people who live in this great city."

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Chief Harrison Visited Muslim Community after the Terror Attack in New Zealand

By Ali Cinar - Mayor Bill de Blasio , NYC International Affairs Commissioner Penny Abeywardena,  Permanent Representative of New Zealand to UN Craig John Hawke and NYPD Officials visited the 96th Street Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan to deliver remarks and meet with members of  Muslim community after the terror attack in New Zealand. NYC Mayor Blasio was welcomed at the Cultural Center and talked w many Muslim Members before the speeches. Mayor Blasio said:"I stand here today as a leader of this city to send a clear message to all our Muslim brothers and sisters that we stand with you in solidarity. We understand the pain you’re feeling at this moment and the loss you are feeling, and we are here to ensure that this community is respected and embraced and protected."

Turkish Scientist Ali Erdemir Is Elected A Member of The National Academy of Engineering

Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers. The NAE recognizes Erdemir for his distinguished contributions to the science and technology of friction, wear and lubrication. Erdemir, a program lead in Argonne’s Applied Materials Division, develops new materials, coatings and lubricants with his research team to reduce friction and wear, maximizing efficiency and durability in moving mechanical systems. The discoveries and innovations stemming from his work have earned him six R&D 100 Awards and 23 U.S. patents. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 86 new members and 18 foreign members.

Turkey’s Yildirim Sets Financing in Bid for Long Beach Shipping Terminal

Turkish port operator Yildirim Holding Inc. says it has lined up the financing to bid for a major American sea terminal against three other international companies, in a move that will sharply increase its role in North American shipping operations. Company Chairman Yuksel Yildirim told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that he has already met with regulators in Washington who are reviewing a deal that would bring a multiyear concession for the Long Beach Container Terminal in Southern California.

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