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Pinar Toprak: Everything You Need to Know About Marvel’s First Female Composer

This year, Turkish-American composer Pinar Toprak made history by becoming the first woman to score a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s everything you need to know. Captain Marvel (2019) has broken new ground by hiring its first woman composer, and starring a female superhero (played by Brie Larson) in the lead role for the first time. And now, it’s breaking more records. In its opening weekend, the movie became the highest-grossing film scored by a woman, grossing $153 million domestically. Toprak says scoring a major comic book movie has “been a dream ever since [she] could remember”. She hired a 70-piece orchestra just to audition, so the producers could see she was capable of leading a full orchestra.

Turkish-American Owned Benseron Selected One of 50 Florida Companies to Watch

Benseron Hospitality is pleased to announce the 50 statewide companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years. Benseron Hospitality was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. Benseron Hospitality’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award. “These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.

Microsoft Acquires Citus Data Founded by Turkish-American Entrepreneurs

Microsoft has acquired Citus Data which is founded by Umur Cubukcu, Ozgun Erdogan, and Sumedh Pathak in 2011. Microsoft and Citus Data will further unlock the power of data, enabling customers to scale complex multi-tenant SaaS applications and accelerate the time to insight with real-time analytics over billions of rows, all with the familiar PostgreSQL tools developers know and love.

Father of Dr. Oz Dies Aged 94 in Istanbul

Father of Turkish-American cardiac surgeon and talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz has died at the age of 94 in Istanbul on Saturday, according to hospital sources. Mustafa Oz was receiving treatment for a while, said the sources, who asked not to be named, due to restrictions on speaking to the media. The sources did not provide further details of his treatment process.

Brooklyn Borough President Supports WeWalk

By Ali Cinar-New York - Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined the representatives from WeWalk — developers of a “smart cane” for the visually impaired — to demonstrate the first-of-its-kind technology to Brooklyn and to announce the launch of a pilot program for clients of Helen Keller Services for the Blind, a non-profit organization based in Downtown Brooklyn helping people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, and students from Lighthouse Guild, an organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. The technology, which was developed in Turkey through the non-governmental organization (NGO) Young Guru Academy (YGA), facilitates the world’s first open platform “smart cane,” which features security LED lighting, integration with mobile apps such as Google, Lyft, and Uber, and voice-command capability.

Tayfun Selen Becomes First Turkish Mayor to Be Elected in US After Being Voted Chatham Township Mayor

Tayfun Selen was sworn in Friday as the new mayor of Chatham Township in the state of New Jersey, becoming the first Turkish national to hold such a position in the United States. Once an immigrant from Turkey, Selen, a Turkey-born American citizen who came to the U.S. 22 years ago, has been an elected member of the Chatham Municipal Committee since 2017. The election result regarding Selen, who is a member of the Republican Party, was announced by Turkey's Consulate General in New York via their Twitter account.

Remembering Ahmet Ertegun

Twelve years ago, the music world lost a true visionary today. The American Turkish Society commemorates Ahmet Ertegun, (1923–2006) co-founder & president of Atlantic Records, philanthropist and long-standing Chairman of The American Turkish Society.

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Coca-Cola Chairman Muhtar Kent to Retire After 10 Years in the Role

Coca-Cola Co. KO, +0.61% said Thursday Chairman Muhtar Kent plans to retire in April, after about 10 years in the role. Kent also served as chief executive officer of the Coke parent from 2009 to 2017, when he was succeeded by current CEO James Quincey in May 2017. The beverage giant said Quincey has been elected to become chairman after the company's annual meeting in April 2019. The stock fell 1.7% in morning trade. It has gained 6.2% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.22% has lost 1.9%.

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Turkey’s Ciner Group Acquires U.S. Property for $22.9 Million

Turkish energy to media company Ciner Group has acquired a 25-foot-wide townhouse on East 55th Street, Midtown Manhattan, for $22.9 million. Ciner Group said that the Manhattan townhouse will be headquarters for a new company that has been established to make $2 billion in commitments. The 8,000-square-foot building is a Tudor-style building arrayed in purplish brick, with terra cotta details. Ciner Group acquired the property from UK video production and distribution company DLT Entertainment, Ltd.

The Mark's Izak Senbahar Talks Luxury

Discreetly tucked away on a leafy tree-lined street near Museum Mile in New York City’s fashionable Upper East Side, The Mark Hotel carries the distinction of being one of the world’s most exquisite hotels. A magnet for attracting A-List celebrities such as Oprah, Kelly Ripa and Tom Brady, The Mark Hotel provides the ultimate in luxury for its discerning guests. Located at 25 E. 77th St. only steps from Central Park, some of the world’s most famous high-end brands are situated throughout the neighborhood which includes iconic Madison Avenue, resulting in the ultimate shopping destination for anyone desiring to stay ahead of the fashion curve.

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