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Sierra Nevada Prepares for Spring Landing Test of Dream Chaser

Image Continuing on a developmental track as part of its CRS-2 contract award from NASA, the Sierra Nevada Corporation has shipped the Engineering Test Article of their Dream Chaser space plane to Edwards Air Force Base, California, ahead of a planned spring 2017 free-flight to test the vehicle’s low-atmosphere control and landing capabilities – ahead of operational flights for NASA and the United Nations in the coming years.

Alexico Group Sells Tribeca Penthouse for Over $56M to Anonymous Buyer

Image A double penthouse combination at the glass-stacked condominium tower owned by Alexico Group and located at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca, has been purchased for over $56 million by an anonymous buyer.  The gigantic unit is a whopping 11,892 square feet, and encompasses two full-floor condos on the 53rd and 54th floors. The deluxe apartment features multiple terraces, with a total of 3,300 square feet of balcony space.  measure a whopping 11,892 square feet with multiple terraces and balconies totaling 3,300 square feet. In June 2013, the buyer, who property records identified as South Shore Investments LLC, went into a contract for both units and paid $55.6 million for the huge space.

Chobani CEO Ulukaya Continues to Employ Refugees

Image Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya defended his choice to hire immigrants who have sought refuge in the U.S. from war torn countries in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday morning. The interview was broadcast from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The yogurt company that was founded in 2005 employs about 2,000 people, including over 300 refugees. It has plants in upstate New York, Idaho and Australia. The extreme right strongly disapproves of his humanitarian efforts, with some making racist attacks online, urging people to boycott the company or writing false articles about Chobani, according to the New York Times. One article said that Ulukaya wanted to "drown the United States in Muslims."

Graves of Ottoman Princes, Sons of Sultan Abdulhamid II in Ruins in France's Bobigny Cemetery

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Ahmed Nureddin Efendi
The historic graveyards containing the remains of the sons of the 34th Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II are on the verge of being lost for ever. Buried in a Muslims-only graveyard in the French capital, the graves of the princes seem to be in quite bad condition, with some writing on the tombstones now so faint that only words on the grave of Ahmed Nureddin Efendi can be picked out. With history at stake, if nothing is done soon, there will be nothing left to preserve. Speaking to Daily Sabah, historian Ekrem Buğra Ekinci stated that the cemetery was opened in 1937. "There are 21 people buried there, four of whom are princes," he said.

A Farewell to Last Heir of Ottoman Empire Prince Osman Bayezid

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HIH Prince Bayezid Osman was 93 years old. Photo: Ahmet Ze.
Last week, the last heir to the former Ottoman Empire, Osman Bayezid Osmanoğlu, also known as Osman Bayezid Efendi, passed away at the age of 92 and was laid to rest in New York. Osman Bayezid Efendi, who studied French Literature, worked at the New York Library for almost 34 years. He was able to speak six different languages and despite being the first Ottoman heir to be born in exile, he could speak Turkish fluently. A man known for his modesty and kindness, he was so thoughtful that when he failed to attend to an invitation, his brother, Cem Osmanoğlu, joked by saying, "He must be dead. Otherwise he would be here," only to find out later that Bayezid Efendi had indeed been hospitalized.

Muhtar Kent: What I've Learned as CEO of Coca-Cola

Image Over the years, I’ve given a lot of thought to the topic of leadership and doing what I can to build a culture of leadership that gives The Coca-Cola Company a sustainable, long-term advantage. To me, leadership is all about creating value in whatever you do—and whatever role you are in—and leaving something better than you found it. The best leaders keep learning, too. They learn from their mistakes and their successes—not only when they’re young, but throughout their careers.

HIH Bayezid Osman, Head of the Ottoman Family Passed Away in New York

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Bayezid Osman (at left) with his brother Cem.
His Imperial Highness Prince Bayezid Osman died on Friday in New York. He was 93. Mr. Osman was a descendant of Osman I, the Anatolian ruler who in 1299 established the kingdom that eventually controlled parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He was born in Paris in 1924 and then moved to United States in 1944 with his mother, Princess Sadiye Hadice and his brother Prince Cem. The Late Prince's funeral service will be held at 12.00pm on January 9th, 2017 at Amerikan Turkish Eyup Sultan Center in Brooklyn. He will be buried at muslim section of Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Mt. Sinai, NY

Gul Turkmenoglu Has Been Appointed General Manager at The Benjamin

Image Gul Turkmenoglu has joined New York-based Denihan Hospitality as general manager of The Benjamin (www.thebenjamin.com) in midtown Manhattan. She will oversee operations, finance and sales and marketing for the 209-room luxury midtown Manhattan hotel, reporting directly to Edward Maynard, Denihan’s EVP, Operations.

American Injured in Turkey Nightclub Calls Attack 'a Massive Tragedy'

Image The American who was injured in the shooting rampage at an Istanbul nightclub told Turkish reporters today that he was part of a group of about nine people at the a New Year's Eve celebration at the club and that seven of them had been shot. Jacob Raak, who spoke to reporters while on a gurney at an airport in Istanbul, also seemed to allude to the fact that Americans don't live with a daily concern about terror attacks in the same way as people in Turkey.
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