Trump’s draft executive order targets employment and investment visas Although there are no specific details, the order seems to indicate changes may be made to the current H-1B program for professional workers in “specialty occupations” (like engineers working in the tech industry), including further restricting visas to certain professional fields or occupations and increasing H-1B employee eligibility requirements, based on an undefined “merit-based system.”Similarly, the proposal calls for reforming the E-2 Treaty Investor visa system which may result in the restriction of the type of businesses or increased investments amounts which would be required under the program. The order also calls for performing site visits for all approved L-1 worker visas.The draft order also targets the Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work permit programs for graduated F-1 students, which may be eliminated or curtailed. It also proposes changes which may restrict or reduce visas for the Exchange Visitor (J-1) work-and study- programs.The proposal would likely eliminate the dual Visa Bulletin instituted in 2015 by the Obama administration which allows certain Immigrants in lawful immigration status in the U.S. to adjust status to Residency early.As feared, this is another signal big changes could be coming for all areas of immigration. However, it’s likely that any policy changes will be for future applicants and may not affect those who are currently hold the employment or investment visa status. For instance, if the H-1B visa becomes restricted to only certain “specialty occupations,” those who are currently holding H-1B visas, who would not qualify under the new policy, would not lose their current visa, and would likely be allowed to continue working until the visa ends, but would not be able to renew it.With the possibility of these changes, international students are advised to concentrate their education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. These are occupations in high demand and may not have enough U.S. workers to fill. Therefore, they are likely the fields which will receive the most consideration in future Trump policy changes, to keep America’s IT industry going. Other college degree programs in liberal arts, media, graphic design, general business, etc, may no longer be eligible for U.S. work visas in the future. While many Immigrants, Americans and nations around the world are still reeling from Trump’s executive action against nationals of certain countries, yet another proposed Immigration related Executive Order has been leaked to the press.
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke will co-chair the Caribbean Agri-Business Forum in Washington DC The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says United States Congressional Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Stacey Plaskett will serve as co-chairs of ICS’ 19th Annual Invest Caribbean Agri-Business Forum (ICAF) which opens on November 16.ICS Jamaican-born president, Dr. Claire Nelson said the forum will focus on “Farm the Future: Resurgence and Resilience in the Agri-business Value Chain.”Disaster recovery in agribusiness sectorThe conference theme will allow participants to explore challenges and opportunities emerging for growing trade and investment in the Caribbean agribusiness sector, and in light of recent devastation across the Caribbean region, will pay special attention to the issue of disaster recovery in the agribusiness sector,” Nelson said.Plaskett, Representative of the US Virgin Islands who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, said that ICAF 2017’s focus on resilience is most welcomed.“Given that agriculture producers in the US Virgin Islands will be able to secure assistance from the various USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Farm Service Agency disaster programs, we hope we can use this opportunity to explore how lessons learned in the USVI re risk coverage for specialty crops, and repair of damage to agricultural and private forest land. We also hope this will be of assistance to other islands in the Caribbean region,” she said.Hurricanes have created more awareness “Truly, these hurricanes have served to make us more aware of our common home, the Caribbean Sea and our shared environmental futures,” she added.Nelson said the Forum will kick off in the Rayburn House Office Building, and will begin with a focus on the Legislative Agenda affecting US Trade and Investment in the agribusiness value chain. She also said discussions will also address elements in the implementation of HR 4939 (Public Law 114-291), “which lays out a framework for shared work between the US and Caribbean on a variety of issues, including agriculture and small business and energy.”Daughter of Jamaican immigrantsCongresswoman Yvette Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who serves on both the US House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce and Small Business Committee, and co-chairs the nascent Congressional Caribbean Caucus, will serve not only as ICAF co-chair but also as co-chair of the Caribbean American Heritage Awards on Nov.17. Clarke represents the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.Nelson said the forum brings together a select group of US and Caribbean business persons, the Caribbean diplomatic corps, policy makers and financiers to exchange up-to-date information and discuss opportunities for delivering sustainable growth with job creation. “This is both an educational event and an important venue for developing business prospects,” she said.Invest Caribbean will be followed the next day by the 24th Annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards, also in Washington.ICS instituted the CARAH Awards in 1994 “in order to highlight the contributions that Caribbean immigrants make to the USA,” Nelson said.For more on Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, visit the link: US President threat to Caribbean Community
30Jamaica’s Minister of Sports Olivia Grange has heaped praise on Jamaica’s Rugby Sevens team after the unit defeated Guyana to crown themselves champions of the 2017 Men’s Rugby Americas North Sevens.In the finals of the tournament, played in Mexico City, Jamaica defeated Guyana 28-24 in dramatic fashion scoring a try in the last minute of the bruising encounter.“They played with the purpose and skills that showed nothing but the determination to win and qualified for the Rugby World Cup for the first time in history,” Grange said.One swoop“In one fell swoop, with that last minute try in the final against Guyana, our team also qualified as well as for the World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA; 2018 Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO) Games, the Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens,” Grange said.Jamaica tops poolJamaica topped their pool that included the Dominican Republic and Bermuda while Mexico and Guyana were also respective pool winners.Mexico opened with a 61-0 drubbing of Curacao while Jamaica blanked the Dominican Republic 26-0.Mexico continued to show their strength with another impressive win, 66-0 over the British Virgin Islands.Meanwhile, Jamaica were also impressive with a 35-0 win over Bermuda.The eventual champions had to battle hard in their third match, eking out a 19-17 win over the Cayman Islands before they met Mexico, who got to the semis by beating Cayman 33-0.Jamaica was Mexico’s WaterlooJamaica proved to be Mexico’s Waterloo when they stopped the Central Americans 26-12 to book a place in the final with Guyana, who defeated Trinidad and Tobago 14-7.“Magnificent was the performance by the ‘Crocs’,” Grange said,“We must also shower kudos on the women’s team, the ‘Lady Crocs’, who also qualified for next year’s CASCO Games, after finishing third in their tournament.“The Jamaica Rugby Football Union, led by Chairman Jerry Benzwick, is also deserving of our highest praise for the hard work put in to bring our Rugby players to their best performance to date. We wish for the Crocs and Lady Crocs many more successes as they play to make themselves, their families, their parent body and Jamaica even prouder.”Mexico took the bronze medal over T&T.
Former St. Lucia prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony plans to take legal action against a senior official of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) over statements she allegedly made and posted on the social media which he regards as “false, scurrilous, malicious and defamatory.”Facebook StatementIn a statement, Anthony, the parliamentary representative for the southern town of Vieux Fort, said he had taken note of the statement posted on Facebook and other social media by Kernisha Flavien, the UWP’s public relations officer.Anthony, an attorney, said the statement by the UWP executive member claimed that he “continues to push a message of hatred, division and desperation all in an attempt to stop St. Lucia from rising out of the economic disaster that he and his government left.”Anthony said that the statement also questioned his possible role in an attempt to burn down a hospital and equipment regarding a multi-billion-dollar project in the south of the island involving foreign investors.“This statement appeared on the UWP (St. Lucia) website, the site of the Citizens for Accountability & Progress (CAP), the UWP affiliated group UnitedPac as well as a so- called UnitedPac Conservative Movement. It was also shared and posted in language highly injurious and condemnatory of me by several other individuals on the social media with known UWP connections. The statements have also been reproduced on some social media outlets.”Anthony said that to add further insult to injury the UWP issued a press statement to the same effect.False, scurrilous, malicious statements“The meaning, innuendo and implications contained in the statements of Ms. Flavien and the United Workers Party are clear.These statements are false, scurrilous, malicious and defamatory. In the circumstances, I want to make it absolutely clear to Ms. Flavien and the United Workers Party that I intend to take legal action to give them the opportunity to prove their allegations,” said Anthony, who served as prime minister between 1997-2006 and 2011-16.
COLORADO, CMC – The continuation of the weakness of the El Nino phenomenon is being given as the main reason for the prediction that the 2019 hurricane season which begins in June could be slightly below normal activity.Thirteen named storms, five hurricanes Colorado State University, regarded as one of the leading seasonal hurricane forecasters, says the hurricane season will have 13 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes with winds of above 178 km per hour.Weak El Nino “We anticipate that the 2019 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have slightly below normal activity. The current weak El Niño event appears likely to persist and perhaps even strengthen this summer/fall. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical Atlantic are slightly below normal, and the far North Atlantic is anomalously cool.“Our Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation index is below its long-term average. We anticipate a slightly below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean.Coastal residents urged to be cautious As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted,” the university said.It said that information obtained through March 2019 indicates that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season wil have activity slightly below the 1981-2010 average.“We estimate that 2019 will have about 5 hurricanes, 13 named storms, 50 named storm days, 16 hurricane days, two major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes and four major hurricane days,” the Colorado State University added.An average season has 12 tropical storms, six of which are hurricanes. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its wind speed reaches 74 mph.
MIAMI, Florida – Persons attending the 13th annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival will enjoy an evening of rich cultural conversations to be staged on Saturday (February 1), starting at 2:00 p.m., at the South Broward Regional Library located at 7300 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines.Under the patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General, Oliver Mair, the event will feature one of Jamaica’s cultural icon and accomplished actress, Ms. Dahlia Harris, who will share perspectives of the works and legacy of the late Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley “Miss Lou” OJ, MBE. (1919-2006), Jamaica’s internationally-famed cultural ambassador. The Literary Festival is free to the public, and is titled “Miss Lou’s Views” and continues the celebration of Miss Lou’s Centenary (100th) Birthday.Now a staple on the Library’s annual calendar of activities celebrating Black History Month, the Festival will continue its tradition serving as a platform for conversations with other cultural artistes and literary folks, whose readings were inspired by Miss Lou, the rich Jamaican cultural heritage, and their folkloric and life experiences. These include Dr. Susan Davis (affectionately known as Dr. Sue),; former Miami Dade College Professor and author, Geoffrey Philp; and Dr. Andrea Shaw-Nevins, creative writer and a scholar of Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies, Nova Southeastern University.The event will also feature entertainment from a selection of notable Jamaican artists from the South Florida Diasporic community including the Jamaica Folk Revue, Tallawah Mento Band Sierra Norwood Children’s Cultural Group, dub poet Malachi Smith, cultural performers, Sophia Nicholson and Maxine “Queenie” Osborne, some of whom had worked with Miss Lou during her long and expansive career.Described as a leading light in the Jamaican theatre and production circuit, Ms. Harris is a well-known media practitioner spanning 25 years, in radio, television and print, and is currently the CEO of DMH Productions Limited. She has steadily made her mark as a writer, actress, producer and director mounting several award-winning and critically acclaimed theatrical and television productions. Among them is Jamaica’s number one television drama, Ring Games. Dahlia is a multiple nominee and winner of Jamaica’s Actor Boy Awards. Her work in theater has earned her a place in the Caribbean Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Bigga High Achievers Award, as well as the Flair Magazine Distinguished Woman Award. She also holds the distinction of being one of Jamaica’s best female stand-up comediennes; and is the convenor of the annual Women in Theatre Festival.The annual Reading Festival was started in 2007 by Mrs. Norma Darby, former Executive Director of the Jamaica Folk Revue, following the death of Miss Lou in 2006. Proceeds from sales of Miss Lou’s works – books, CDs, and other memorabilia will continue to support of the Louise Bennett Coverley Scholarship tenable at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, and the Broward College in South Florida. The scholarship was named, posthumously, in honor of Jamaica’s cultural ambassador and is awarded to a student at the college pursuing studies in the performing arts.The annual Festival is supported by the Louise Bennett Heritage Council, the South Regional Broward Library, the Friends of the Library, and the Broward College in collaboration with several local Jamaican-owned companies and associates including the Jamaica Tourist Board, and Riddims Marketing.
Allapattah Branch – 1799 NW 35th St., Miami, FL 33142Arcola Lakes Branch – 8240 NW Seventh Ave., Miami, FL 33150California Club Branch – 700 Ives Dairy Rd., Miami, FL 33179Coconut Grove Branch – 2875 McFarlane Rd., Miami, FL 33133Concord Branch – 3882 SW 112th Ave., Miami, FL 33165Coral Reef Branch – 9211 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33157Country Walk Branch – 15433 SW 137th Ave., Miami, FL 33177Edison Center Branch – 531 NW 62nd St., Miami, FL 33150Fairlawn Branch – 6376 SW Eighth St., West Miami, FL 33144Golden Glades Branch – 100 NE 166th St., Miami, FL 33162Hialeah Gardens Branch – 11300 NW 87th Ct., Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018Hispanic Branch Library – 1398 SW First St., Miami, FL 33135Homestead Branch – 700 N. Homestead Blvd., Homestead, FL 33030International Mall Branch – 10315 NW 12thSt., Doral, FL 33172Kendale Lakes Branch – 15205 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33196Miami Beach Regional Library – 227 22nd St., Miami Beach, FL 33139Miami Lakes Branch – 6699 Windmill Gate Rd., Miami Lakes, FL 33014Naranja Branch – 14850 SW 280th St., Miami, FL 33032North Dade Regional Library – 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens, FL 33056North Shore Branch – 7501 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33141Northeast Dade – Aventura Branch – 2930 Aventura Blvd., Aventura, FL 33180Palm Springs North Branch – 17601 NW 78th Ave., Hialeah, FL 33015South Miami Branch – 6000 Sunset Dr., Miami, FL 33143West Dade Regional Library – 9445 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165West Flagler Branch – 5050 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33134West Kendall Regional Library – 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami, FL 33196 The City of Hialeah has also made provisions for its residents that want to pick up printed applications.Hialeah has opened an additional four participating locations to assist residents:Slade Park (2501 W. 74th St., Hialeah, FL 33016)Goodlet Park (4200 W. 8th Ave., Hialeah, FL 33012)John F. Kennedy Library (190 W. 49th St., Hialeah, FL 33012)Babcock Park (651 E. 4th Ave., Hialeah, FL 33010)The four sites will be open starting Tuesday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice. List of participating libraries below: MIAMI-DADE – While Florida’s unemployment website and call center continue to struggle due to the overwhelming number of applicants, Miami-Dade has begun printing thousands of physical applications and using about half of the county’s libraries as distribution and delivery centers.Mayor of Miami-Dade Carlos Gimenez says starting Wednesday at 8 AM, people who don’t have access to computers can go to one of 26 libraries in the county to fill out their unemployment claim and return it to that same location.Completed forms in sealed envelopes can be submitted through a participating library’s book drop-off station.County staff will then deliver it to the local state unemployment office. From there, the state office, CareerSource, will send the paperwork overnight to headquarters in Tallahassee for processing, according to a county news release.People can also print out their own forms and drop them off at participating libraries in a sealed envelope, or at any CareerSource office.The number to call to find one close to you is 305-375-2665.On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the unemployment system was increased to handle 120,000 simultaneous connections, or around double the peak usage in recent weeks. But the system still has not worked for thousands of residents, causing many to miss out on increased unemployment aid provided by Congress.In the meantime, residents in the county can visit any library for a printed application. The libraries will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has dealt Wales a big blow in their bid to book a place in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after he was ruled out with a calf strain.Bale will miss the crucial European qualifying games against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland as a result of the injury.The blow is unquantifiable for Wales at the moment with the team winless without Bale since October 2013 against Macedonia.His club manager Zinedine Zidane had earlier played down concerns about his fitness by revealing that the former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur man was rested for Sunday’s 2-0 win over Espanyol as a precaution.He thereafter joined up with the Wales squad on Monday and the medical staff had been hopeful that he would be fit despite missing training.With the calf strain, the 28-year-old won’t travel with the team to Georgia and Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw has been called up to the Wales squad as his replacement.RelatedBale Injury Aftermath: Injured Welsh Striker Banks On Team To Prove Doubters Wrong AgainOctober 5, 2017In “FIFA”Coleman Names 23-Man Squad For Upcoming World Cup QualifiersSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid into Club World Cup finalDecember 19, 2018In “FIFA”
Sion President Christian Constantin has been slapped with a 14-month ban for slapping former Switzerland coach Rolf Fringer.Costantin slapped Fringer during Sion’s 2-1 win over Lugano in the Swiss Super League on September 21.Apart from the ban, the 60-year old was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£77,804) as punishment for his offence after he was filmed slapping Fringer.According to Fringer, who is now a television pundit, the Sion President had hit him several times before the blow caught on tape.Costantin is therefore banned from entering all football-related venues though he has the right to appeal against the decision.The Swiss Football League via a statement said: “The violent behaviour of Christian Constantin against Rolf Fringer, which (Constantin) doesn’t deny, is clearly a violation of the rules of conduct.”RelatedFIFA Disgraces African Football Legend Kalusha BwalyaAugust 10, 2018In “Africa”Palestinian FA Boss Banned For Hateful Comments On MessiAugust 25, 2018In “Europe”Alex Song Completes Free Transfer Move To SionAugust 15, 2018In “Europe”
After a series of bad decisions that have brought the quality and reputation of the once revered club down to earth, Valencia were on their knees and needed a revival.The appointment of Marcelino at the start of the 2017/2018 season seems to have sparked the resurgence as shown by the results and performances posted under the tutelage of the Asturian. Valencia are one of only three unbeaten teams in the Spanish top flight and their present run of nine games unbeaten matches their best ever start to a season in over 20 years. The last time the club went on a similar run was in 2003/2004, Los Che went on to win the La Liga and the UEFA Cup in fantastic fashion under Rafa Benitez.It is still early days, but there is surely the feeling of excitement and nostalgia around the Mestalla as to how well the season might turn out to be. Standing just 5 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga and earning a comfortable win away from home in the Copa Del Rey, the club faithful can be forgiven for having even the slightest hope that this team might just be on the cusp of glory.There have been thirteen managers at Valencia in the last five years, with names like Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Pako Ayesteran, Cesare Prandelli and on multiple occasions Voro all filling the manager’s seat at the Mestalla. None of these names have been able to create the turnaround as witnessed right now under Marcelino who has come in on the back of a good career.Marcelino took Recreativo de Huelva from the second division to an astonishing eighth place in the primera, won promotion with Real Zaragoza even in the midst of a crisis from which they have still not fully recovered, led Racing Santander to their best ever finish in Spanish football and brought Villarreal back from the second division and to the top of the table for the first time in their history. His stint at Villarreal also included a continental run that only got thwarted in the Europa League by Liverpool in the semifinals.His first actions as Valencia manager was to masterminde a ‘Purge’ at the club, letting sixteen players go in the summer that saw a massive overhaul even in administrative positions as Anil Murthy became club President. Simone Zaza was brought in from West Ham and is second on the goalscorers chart with 8 goals, only behind Lionel Messi. 20-year old Goncalo Guedes has been a revelation on loan from PSG as is Geoffrey Kondogbia who seemed to have gone into oblivion in his time at the San Siro with Internazionale.In defence, Marcelino brought in a familiar face in Gabriel Paulista from Arsenal. The pair had a fantastic relationship both on and off the pitch in their time at Villarreal. Neto was brought in from the shadows of Buffon at Juventus and Jeison Murrilo came in from Inter Milan on a 2 year loan deal.Only six players are remaining from when Peter Lim took over the club. Dani Parejo was on his way out of the club after successive 12th place finishes but was convinced by Marcelino to stay put and he has formed a tactful partnership with Kondogbia in the middle. Rodrigo has five goals in eight games already in October, a milestone considering the young man had never scored more than five in a season since he became a Valencia player.Enzo Perez, Diego Alves and Alvaro Negredo were casualties of the ‘Purge’ and going by his intelligence and intensity, it is safe to say Marcelino wanted a squad that he could lead and that would follow him, creating a climate conducive to a change in culture.The word Gabriel used for him is “pesado”: roughly, a pain, heavy, hardworking and tough going guy. It is left to be seen just how big Valencia fans should dream under Marcelino.RelatedEasy Wins Expected for Top Sides as La Liga Returns After Tough European MatchesSeptember 29, 2017In “Europe”Valencia On The Brink Of History As Barça And Madrid Travel In Search Of Points.October 27, 2017In “Europe”Difficult Trips For Top Clubs As Barça Seek To Maintain 100% RecordOctober 14, 2017In “Europe”