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Homeland Security: tighten immigration for DACA

first_imgThe Trump Admistraton is seeking ways to tighten legal immigration in exchange for making DACA permanentAttorney Caroly PedersenAs President Trump calls on Congress to make DACA permanent in exchange for reforms, his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is secretly working behind the scenes and making unilateral changes to existing policies which will tighten requirements and reduce overall immigration without the need for Congressional approval.These new policies are already having major effects throughout the entire legal immigration system.  Legal work visa policy changes have been implemented under the H-1B program which have retroactively changed the requirements and caused thousands of visa denials.Directives to Consular officers Consular officers have been given more authority to re-adjudicate approved cases and deny visas for cases previously approved by the USCIS and to deny student visas. This is based primarily on the officers “subjective” belief that the applicant does not intend to return to their home country after their US studies are completed.Asylum review guidelines for officers have been modified to provide more restrictive interpretation of the proof necessary for eligibility. USCIS officers are encouraged to apply the strictest standards to each application, leading to increased requests for evidence and denials for minor technical errors.Other policy changes include the recently announced 90-day rule which  abruptly replaced the existing 30/60 day rule. Under this strict new rule, any application for change of status or adjustment, or even marriage to a US Citizen made within 90 days of entering the US will result in an automatic presumption of “pre-conceived intent,” meaning that it will be presumed by the government that at the time the visitor entered the US, he or she made a “willful misrepresentation” to the officer at the border, which could result in potential revocation of their visa.DHS exploring other changesSimilarly, the DHS is exploring other subtle changes to immigration policies that could have major consequences, including eliminating work authorizations for spouses of professional workers and restricting STEM students to only 12 months of work authorization, rather than allowing  them to have an additional two extra years.Other measures being considered may simply just slow down the visa issuance process, so as to significantly reduce yearly levels of legal immigration. This is already being implemented to a degree by a new policy requiring that all employment based residency applicants undergo an interview at local USCIS offices prior to Green Card approval.There are still other measures being considered that could significantly slow down family cases and also naturalization processing (which currently already takes up to a year in some jurisdictions) even more. This would effectively disqualify many immigrants from voting in the 2018 mid-term general elections, to benefit Republican candidates.As a result, it is even more important than ever for US citizens and residents file to sponsor family members in order to avoid even more delays in processing, and for residents to file for Naturalization now, to give themselves a chance of becoming a US citizen before the 2018 Midterm elections.last_img read more

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HEALTH: Get fit and ready for a 5K run

first_imgWalking is great way to get the 150 minutes of moderate exercise we all need every week for good health, but if you want to raise the bar, consider jogging. Yes, you can. If you’ve never run before, here’s how to work up into 5K readiness in nine weeks, courtesy of the British National Health Service. (Consult your doctor first, of course.)You can repeat a week until you feel physically ready to move on to the next. There are many apps and websites to help with this project. You’ll do three walk/runs each week. Start each one with a brisk 5 minute walk. After your walk:Week oneDo blocks of 1 minute of running and 1.5 minutes of walking. Total: 20 minutes each time.Week twoDo blocks of 1.5 minutes of running and 2 minutes of walking. Total: 20 minutes each time.Week threeTwo repetitions of 1.5 minutes of running and 1.5 minutes of walking, then 3 minutes of running and 3 minutes of walking. Total: 23 minutes each time.Week four3 minutes of running, 1.5 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running, 2.5 minutes of walking, 3 minutes of running, 1.5 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of running. Total: 26.5 minutes each time.Week 5Run one: Two repetitions of 5 minutes of running and 3 minutes of walking, then 5 minutes of running. Total: 26 minutes.Run two: 8 minutes of running, 5 minutes of walking and 8 minutes of running. Total: 26 minutes.Run three: 20 minutes of running. Total 25 minutes.Week sixRun one: 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 8 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of running. Total: 29 minutes.Run two: 10 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking and 10 minutes of running. Total: 28 minutes.Run three: 25 minutes of running. Total: 30 minutes.Week seven – 25 minutes of running. Total: 30 minutes each time.Week eight – 28 minutes of running. Total: 33 minutes each time.Week nine – 30 minutes of running. Total: 35 minutes each time.You are there! The program is designed for beginners to gradually build up to run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) without stopping.Structure greatly helps motivation, so choose certain days of the week for runs and stick to them. Be sure to have a rest day between each run to reduce your chance of injury. On the off days, you could do strength and flexibility exercises. Some new runners may experience sore calves or shins, often caused by running on hard surfaces or wearing shoes without enough support. Don’t worry if some runs don’t go well. Just move on to the next one. Even a bad run is good for you.Find a 5K: www.runsignup.com or  www.active.comAuthor: Bob LaMendolaFlorida Department of Health in Broward Countylast_img read more

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to compete in Cayman track meet

first_imgTwo-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is set to make her first international appearance since giving birth in 2017. She will compete at the Cayman Islands Invitational this Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.To compete in 100 metersFraser-Pryce is listed for the women’s 100 meters where she will face compatriots Sherone Simpson and Schillonie Calvert.The field is completed by Jena Prandini, Aaliyah Brown and Hanna Cunliffe of the United States along with Tynia Gaither of the Bahamas and Semoy Hacket of Trinidad and Tobago.Frazer-pryce, who won consecutive Olympic 100m titles in Beijing in 2008 and London 2012, added bronze at the Rio 2016 games to become the first woman in history to win 100m medals at three straight Olympic Games.She has also won world championships titles in 2009 and 2013.Meanwhile, reports are that former world record holder Asafa Powell will make his first appearance of 2018 at the meet and is down for the men’s 100 meters.last_img read more

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Another oil discovery offshore Guyana

first_imgThe US based oil giant, ExxonMobil has announced the discovery of approximately 197 feet (60 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir at the Hammerhead-1  – the ninth discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block and the fifth within the last year.President of ExxonMobil, Steve Greenlee says the Hammerhead-1 discovery reinforces the potential of the Guyana basin, where ExxonMobil is already maximizing value for all stakeholders through rapid phased developments and accelerated exploration plans. Four billion oil-equivalent barrelsDiscoveries of approximately four billion oil-equivalent barrels were made prior on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Liza Deep, Payara, Snoek, Turbot, Ranger, Pacora and Longtail with the potential for up to five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels per day by 2025. To accelerate explorationA second exploration vessel, the Noble Tom Madden, is due to arrive in Guyana in October to accelerate exploration of high potential opportunities and will commence drilling at the Pluma prospect, approximately 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Turbot.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres.ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, is the operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Limited holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.First oil is expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2020.last_img read more

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Jamaica approves plan in response to violence against children

first_imgDr. Grace McLean KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government has approved the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV) in response to its commitment made to the Global Partnership to end violence against children.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, said the plan to be implemented over a five-year period, has also been tabled in the Parliament.She told the plenary session for the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference that the aim of the plan is to create and maintain a protective environment supportive of and responsive to the issues of violence, child abuse and maltreatment of children in Jamaica.“What this means is that, for the first time, we have a comprehensive response, an inter-sectoral response to treating with violence against children,” she said.The plan involves collaboration among several government ministries, agencies and departments, civil society groups and other stakeholders.The core objective of the NPACV is to reduce the impact of violence against children through an integrated approach to prevention, control, intervention responses, monitoring and evaluation. This is to ensure that the rights of children are preserved, and that an environment is created to stimulate their positive growth and development into productive citizens of Jamaica.The Diaspora Conference is being hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade under the theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’. It ends on Thursday.Meanwhile, the government says it is lobbying the support of Jamaicans living overseas for the establishment of proposed Global Jamaica Diaspora and Global Jamaica Youth Councils.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, said the concept for both proposals will be discussed at the ongoing Diaspora Conference.Johnson Smith said the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council is intended to be an expanded and inclusive body with a wide membership of individuals “who hold Jamaica at the forefront of their voluntary efforts”.She said that not only will the Council “ease the burden” placed on the Diaspora Advisory Board, “but it will allow for greater inclusivity of Jamaicans living afar in lands across the oceans” and is intended to have members from six regions not currently represented on the Board. These are Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.“This way we ensure that in diasporic regions, which are real but are not as yet organised, they will have an opportunity to engage with us directly and to learn from colleagues who are more organised. This is how we [will] create the institutional framework to build out and expand our diaspora to the reach that we know we truly have,” Johnson Smith said, adding that efforts will also be made to ensure that wide-ranging sector interests are represented,These include health; education; arts, sports and culture; faith-based institutions; citizen security; commerce, and development.She said that this will ensure that persons with the breadth of expertise and experience in these areas are engaged and afforded the opportunity to make their contributions to Jamaica’s development.Johnson Smith said the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council is intended to create the framework for increased and sustainable connections between young Jamaicans living overseas and the island.“We know that our young people are our future. We know, have known and have been saying for some time that it is important that young Jamaicans maintain a connection to our island, outside of just our food, language, music and culture.”She told the meeting that a draft of the proposed National Diaspora Policy has been prepared and will be discussed at the conference before its submission to Cabinet for consideration and approval.The policy will provide the framework for effective partnerships with Jamaicans living abroad.last_img read more

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CNW90 July 1, 2020

first_imgComing up in the newscast, the European Union bans American travelers, Broward and Monroe counties close beaches this weekend and Jamaica announce that all Floridians must be tested before coming to the island. Also for July 4th, the annual Fort Lauderdale Independence Day Celebration will feature smaller fireworks shows in four areas of the City: Holiday Park, City Hall, Carter Park and the Beach Community Center. The shows will not be open to spectators and no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed access to the areas where the shows are located. Locally, the leaders of Monroe and Broward Counties have followed the path taken by Miami-Dade, in closing the counties beaches for the fourth of July weekend. Monroe County announced that all county-owned parks and beaches will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday and will reopen at normal operating hours on Tuesday, July 7. Broward’s beaches, on the other hand, will be closed from Friday through to Sunday, July 5. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 1 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; The European Union governments have extended a travel ban for American residents, deeming that the county’s response to COVID-19 is not sufficient enough to allow its residents to travel to Europe. The ban, which will reviewed after two weeks, only makes allowances for travelers with an essential function including health care workers and diplomats. Other countries on the travel ban list include Canada, Australia, Japan and South Korea, among others. The United States had issued its own travel ban on European Union member countries back in March. Now for the news in the detail In Caribbean News, Visitors traveling to Jamaica from Florida and other states in America are now required to pretest for COVID-19 before arrival on the island as of today. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness earlier this week, just two weeks after the island reopened its borders. The pre-requisite for entry applies to individuals coming from Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. Visitors must upload their test results to the Visit Jamaica portal and the results should be no older than 7 days. Prime Minister Holness clarified however that negative test results do not mean automatic approval for entering the island. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m…last_img read more

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30-man Ballon d’or shortlist released

first_imgThe 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award given to the best player in world football has been released by France Football magazineThe FIFA Best Player Top 3 of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi all made the list, which also had seven English Premier League (EPL) players.Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane was a notable name on the list after an impressive year that has seen him score 6 hattricks alone.Other Premier League players on the list include Kevin de Bruyne, Philippe Coutinho, N’Golo Kante, David de Gea, Eden Hazard and Sadie Mane.One notable absentee on the list was Welsh star Gareth Bale. The former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur man has struggled for form and fitness this year culminating in just five goals for his Real Madrid side.Ballon d’Or shortlist:Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund and Gabon), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid and France), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan and Italy), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain and Uruguay) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool and Brazil), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium), David de Gea (Manchester United and Spain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus and Argentina), Edin Dzeko (Roma and Bosnia-Herzegovina), Radamel Falcao (Monaco and Colombia), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich and Germany), Isco (Real Madrid and Spain), Harry Kane (Tottenham and England), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea and France), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid and Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland), Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal), Marcelo (Real Madrid and Brazil), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain and France), Dries Mertens (Napoli and Belgium), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia), Neymar (Paris St-Germain and Brazil), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid and Slovenia), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal), Luis Suarez (Barcelona and Uruguay).Relatedlast_img read more

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World Cup Failure Has Its Repercussions – Former US Defender

first_imgRelatedSunday Oliseh: This Is The Time To Beat ArgentinaJune 25, 2018In “National Team”We Won’t Lose Tomorrow – Rohr Assures Nigerian FansJune 21, 2018In “Africa”Rohr Welcomes ‘Possible’ Moses U-Turn On Retirement DecisionAugust 23, 2018In “National Team” Donna E. Shalala, one of the 17 directors of governing body US Soccer, also weighed in by calling the failure “unacceptable” adding that it is “time for a revolution”.Speaking further, Lalas, who scored 9 goals in 96 appearances for the US, said the team will come back stronger. He said:“Whether it is over-confidence or hubris, this is a team that did not play as a team enough, at times they showed sparks, but the faltered too often and did not gain any sustained momentum.”“The United States soccer community will be shaken to its foundations – this will have repercussions on the field and off the field.“But we will take our lumps, learn, dust ourselves off and come back strong having learned painful, but hopefully valuable, lessons in who we are and who we aren’t.” he concluded. Former United States defender Alexi Lalas has revealed that the failure of the country to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia will have its repercussions.The United States will be missing at the World Cup for the first time in 32 years after a shock 2-1 defeat to bottom side Trinidad and Tobago ended their hopes.Speaking on the failure, the 47-year old said:center_img “It is not a good look or feeling. It will have repercussions.”“They let themselves down, they let us down and they will have to think about that for a very long time.” he added.Head coach Arena had earlier taken responsibility for the surprising defeat but said that “there’s nothing wrong with what we’re doing”.“To make any kind of crazy changes I think would be foolish. We’re building a good system in our professional league. We have players playing abroad of some quality,” he stated further.last_img read more

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At Last! Messi Pens New Barcelona Contract

first_imgBarcelona superstar Lionel Messi has finally put pen to paper on a new four-year contract at the club to end doubts about his future with the Nou Camp outfit.The club had earlier revealed that the 30-year old has agreed a new contract in principle but that didn’t halt reports about his long-term future at Barcelona.He signed the new contract on Saturday morning and that will keep him at the club till the 2020/21 season with a buyout clause of €700m.Since breaking into the first team in 2004, Argentina captain have has scored a whooping 523 goals in 602 appearances. He has won 30 trophies with the 5-time European champions.RelatedSpanish Playmaker Pens Lifetime Contract With ClubOctober 6, 2017In “Europe”Roberto OlabeJune 30, 2017Similar postLionel Messi Asks To Leave Barcelona – ReportsAugust 25, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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All change atop SBC’s League of Legends as Kane continues scoring spree

first_imgShare MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share SBC’s Charlie Cole has continued his recent good form in the League of Legends to displace longtime leader James Birch, and take his place at the summit.Harry Kane, who top scored with 16 points following a two goal and one assist man of the match display in the 4-1 thumping of Liverpool, was disappointingly overlooked in favour of Romelu Lukaku (10 points) as captain, but his 60 point total was enough to take the lead by a solitary point.One of the biggest movers of the weekend was Ladbrokes Coral’s Lewis Palmer, who’s 81 points saw him top score for the weekend.  Led by Kane (16 points), who again was overlooked as captain in favour of David De Gea (2 points), the Manchester City duo of Nicolas Otamendi (15 points and second highest round score) and Leroy Sane (12 points and second in the total score table) helped Palmer leapfrog his way into 18th overall.Another big mover is Yosef Salameh, who recorded 73 points and eased into the top ten in the process.  Kane (16 points) the man to thank once again, flanked by captain Lukaku (10 points), with Sane (12 points), Kevin De Bruyne (6 points) and Rob Elliot (7 points) usefully chipping in.It’s second vs third to kick off this weekend’s action, with Tottenham Hotspur taking their confidence up to Old Trafford hoping to heap more misery on a Manchester United side fresh off a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town.  League leaders City head to The Hawthorns to face off against Tony Pulis’ West Brom, while Jamie Vardy and co will be hoping to fill their boots as struggling Everton take on the managerless Leicester City. Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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