USCIS Expanding Person to Person Interviews

first_imgChange complies with executive orderThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is part of the agency’s comprehensive strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and further enhance the integrity of the immigration system.Effective October 1Effective October. 1, USCIS will begin to phase-in interviews for the following:Adjustment of status applications based on employment (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status).Refugee/asylee relative petitions (Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) for beneficiaries who are in the United States and are petitioning to join a principal asylee/refugee applicant.Previously, applicants in these categories did not require an in-person interview with USCIS officers in order for their application for permanent residency to be adjudicated. Beyond these categories, USCIS is planning an incremental expansion of interviews to other benefit types.Upholding integrity of immigration system“This change reflects the Administration’s commitment to upholding and strengthening the integrity of our nation’s immigration system,” said Acting USCIS Director James W. McCament. “USCIS and our federal partners are working collaboratively to develop more robust screening and vetting procedures for individuals seeking immigration benefits to reside in the United States.”Conducting in-person interviews will provide USCIS officers with the opportunity to verify the information provided in an individual’s application, to discover new information that may be relevant to the adjudication process, and to determine the credibility of the individual seeking permanent residence in the United States.  USCIS will meet the additional interview requirement through enhancements in training and technology as well as transitions in some aspects of case management.last_img read more

Three killed in T&T Carnival celebrations

first_imgAt least three people, including a 17-year-old schoolboy, were killed as Trinidad and Tobago celebrated the annual Carnival celebrations with street parades on Monday.Police said Reshad Singh, was stabbed during an altercation during the J’Ouvert celebrations in Chaguanas.They said three people have since been detained and are assisting in the investigations.Police said they also ended the J’Ouvert celebrations in San Fernando a few hours early, after an unidentified man was also stabbed to death and another injured.The authorities said the man was involved in an altercation with a group of men and they began fighting. He was stabbed in the chest and abdomen. He was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Police also reported that 21-year-old, Keon Jack, who was with friends, was shot and is in a critical condition at the SFGH.In the other incident, police said a 77-year-old man from Florida died “when he got caught under the wheels of a music truck in the vicinity of Victoria Square” in the capital. The police did not disclose the name of the visitor.They also said a 30-year-old unidentified woman has been admitted to the Port of Spain General Hospital after falling off a music truck.The police said they were reminding operators of the music trucks of the measures for granting licenses, noting “the operators of these vehicles must ensure there is no risk to public safety when engaging or driving their vehicles.”Trinidad and Tobago security officials are on high alert after eight men have been detained amid reports of a terrorist plot to disrupt the Carnival celebrations that end here on Tuesday with the traditional street jump-up.“In anti-crime exercises carried out through the country several persons were arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of weapons, resisting arrest and disorderly behavior as police enforced a zero tolerance on any infraction of the law,” the TTPS said.last_img read more

Have a Marvel-ous time at Sunrise ComicCon!

first_imgThe first-ever Sunrise ComicCon will take place this Sunday, August 12, from noon to 7:00 p.m. at the Sunrise Civic Center (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard). Fans of super heroes, sci-fi and fantasy are invited to take part in this family-friendly event. Highlights include:Cosplay ContestArtists & AuthorsPanels & DemosFood TrucksVendors60+ Open-Play Gaming SystemsSuper Smash Bros. 4 for Wii U Tournament ($5 player fee)Special Guests:“Epic Voice Guy” Jon BaileyComics legend Allen BellmanCracked publisher Captain CartoonArtist, Author and Animator SilverbackVisit for a complete schedule and vendor list. Save big by reserving your spot early! Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Call (954) 747-4646 or visit If you do wait ‘til Sunday to purchase your tickets, bring cash ($20 bills or smaller) to experience the shortest wait time. Small-bill cash purchases can be made at booths 213, 226, and 242. Credit card (Visa/MC/Discover/Amex) and large-bill ($50 or greater) ticket purchases must be made at the Box Office. Bought online and need to pick up a wrist band? Head to booth 213, 226, or 242!Sunrise ComicCon is sponsored by Supercon, Loot Comics & Games, Random Ramblings Productions, and Silverback.last_img read more

CARICOM congratulates Guyana on 53rd anniversary of independence

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque has praised Guyana’s contribution to the region and global development as the country Sunday observes its 53rdannivesray of political independence from Britain.“Guyana’s seminal contribution to the furtherance of the global battle against climate change through the preservations of its forests has gained widespread acclaim and is just one of the many areas in which the country has earned international renown,” LaRocque said in a congratulatory message to President David Granger.He said Guyana remains an integral part of the 15-member regional integration movement from its inception, symbolized by its hosting of the CARICOM Secretariat headquarters.“We welcome Guyana’s continued positive contributions to the Community which pledges its support to the country’s efforts to move forward in its own quest for self-advancement,” LaRocque said.Guyana is observing this year’s anniversary under the theme “A united Guyanese are we at 53” and LaRocque said the theme celebrates the essence of nationhood, as such unity could only propel the citizens to unlocking further the vast potential of their country.last_img read more

CNW90 May 4, 2020

first_imgNow for the news in the detail Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; 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. In Sports News, Former West Indies cricket Former West Indies cricketer and Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle have publicly been at odds following Chris Gayle’s dismissal from the Tallawahs CPL franchise. After it was announced that Gayle would not be returning to the Tallawahs, the Jamaican batsman said he believed that Sarwan was being vindictive and is to be blamed for his departure. In a statement, Sarwan dismissed the claims, saying that Gayle’s allegations were “scandalous”. For more information on these and other stories, visit Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s COVID-19 cases have seen an increase of 100 over the last week to 463 as of Sunday morning. Since the portmore work place cluster was reported, the island has seen significant increases in its number of confirmed cases reported on a daily basis. As the St. Catherine lockdown was lifted on Friday, the island now braces for a even bigger spike in confirmed cases. Jamaica has led the CARICOM community in the number of reported cases since March. Following Jamaica is Trinidad which has 116 confirmed cases. More than 400 Florida residents that lived in long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19, according to data released by the state’s health department. As of Sunday, the state has confirmed 1,364 deaths. Of that number, 423 were reported in senior-care facilities. The number of deaths includes both staff and residents. But when compared to smaller and less populated states, Florida’s numbers are trending low. In April, over 1,700 nursing home residents and staff had died in New Jersey, Illinois had over 1,000 nursing home deaths while Michigan reported over 700. Coming up in the newscast, over 400 people living in Florida’s nursing homes have died from COVID-19, undocumented immigrants in South Florida jails to be released, and Jamaica jumps 100 COVID-19 cases in one week. In the meantime, A federal judge has ordered authorities to release more than 1,200 undocumented immigrants from three South Florida detention centers to prevent a wider spread of the coronavirus. U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke said ICE is to submit a report with steps to bring down the centers population from 1,400 to about 350. The three centers are Krome Detention Center in Miami, Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach and the Glades County facility in Moore Haven. So far, ICE says nine detainees and at least eight staff members at the Krome Detention Center in Miami have tested positive for COVID-19. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 4 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.last_img read more

Jamaican Government Moving to Hold Local and General Elections on the…

first_imgThe government has said that it would save J$700 million (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) if both elections were held at the same time. The next general election is due here in February 2021, with the Constitution allowing for a further three months for the polls to be held. Under the ROPA, nomination day must be scheduled a minimum of five days and a maximum of seven days after the announcement of an election. Additionally, there must be a minimum of 16 days and a maximum of 23 days between nomination and election days. The EOJ has already indicated that it would need more than the current maximum 23 days after nomination day to prepare, if both elections were being held the same day. CMC KINGSTON, Jamaica – Amid mounting speculation that the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) may be eyeing an early general election, the Andrew Holness government Tuesday tabled a motion in Parliament that could allow for voters to cast ballots in a local and general election at the same time.center_img But he noted then that his office would require additional time between the nomination of candidates and the casting of ballots. Leader of Government Business, Karl Samuda, who tabled the motion on behalf of Prime Minister Holness on Tuesday evening, said that the head of government, will at the next sitting of the House, move to introduce the amendment to the Representation of the People Act (ROPA). Under the proposed changes, there must be a minimum of 18 days and a maximum of 30 after nomination day, if local government and general elections are being held on the same day. Last month, the Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown, told a meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) that the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has the capability to hold general and local government elections on the same day.last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair appoints legal leads for FanDuel buyout

first_img Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB), has confirmed the appointment of London law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as its lead legal advisor in its pursuit of US-facing DFS operator FanDuel.This week PPB governance confirmed industry rumours that the company was seeking to acquire New York-based DFS operator FanDuel, following the Supreme Court’s repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate.The betting group confirmed, to UK media that it had accelerated talks between parties following SCOTUS ruling, which will likely lead to the US opening state-sanctioned sports betting.As yet, PPB governance has no made its formal proposal for the outright acquisition of FanDuel and its associated assets.Corporate law news source, LegalWeek reports that Freshfields’ Senior Partner Oliver Lazenby will lead the FTSE betting group legal advisory on the proposed acquisition.Furthermore, PPB and Freshfields will be further assisted by Philadelphia-based law firm Blank Rome as US legal advisory.Deal counterpart FanDuel is reported to have recruited California law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati working alongside Scotland’s Shepherd and Wedderburn as UK advisor. Related Articles Submit Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Sportium CEO Alberto Eljarrat seeks to deliver ‘new horizons’ for Spanish racing

first_img Grupo Cirsa and Ladbrokes Spanish sportsbook joint-venture Sportium continues its commitment to modernizing Spanish horseracing, announcing that it has secured an exclusive partnership with ‘Gran Hipódromo Dos Hermanas’ – Andalucía’s biggest and most prestigious racetrack.The agreement sees Sportium become the lead betting services supplier to Apuesta Hípica y Deportiva Iberia (AHD Iberia), the province’s sole racetrack operator.Moving forward, Sportium confirms that it will broadcast Gran Hipódromo race events across its land-based and digital verticals, becoming the first betting operator to take bets across Spain on Andalusian horseracing.A key corporate directive of Sportium Chief Executive Alberto Eljarrat, in 2018 the Spanish bookmaker has moved to invest in redeveloping Spanish racing propositions and properties.Updating Spanish media, Eljarrat restated that Sportium was committed to ‘taking the beautiful sport of horseracing to new horizons in Spain, by securing it a wider public profile’.“Spain has the capacity to host racing fixtures all year-round – great venues, hospitality and climate,” said Eljarrat. “However, at present, we enjoy only 100 days of racing per year. This amounts to 500 races when compared to Italy’s 3,000, France where you have 20 for each race that we celebrate, and the UK were racing is a tradition.“I believe that we are not leaders in turf, simply because we have not developed proper racing betting systems to support the sport’s infrastructures, Sportium will change this.”Developing  Eljarrat’s new vision for Spanish horseracing, last October Sportium announced that it had entered a strategic partnership with French sportsbook PMU France, significantly expanding its betting resources and live broadcasts of European racing events.Sportium’s investment in Spanish racing will support the bookmaker’s retail expansion which has been undertaken during 2018, with the bookmaker opening new betting points in Andalucía and the Belleric Islands. StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

Catena Media appoints Erik Edeen as interim CFO

first_img Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Submit Per Hellberg – Catena MediaIssuing a market update Stockholm-listed industry affiliate publishing network Catena Media Plc has confirmed the appointment of Erik Edeen as acting interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO), succeeding Pia-Lena Olofsson who departs the company.A twelve-year finance executive, Erik Edeen joins Catena’s leadership team from Deloitte Sweden, where he served as a partner within the firm’s business solutions division, leading a number of enterprise resource projects during an eleven-year tenure with the ‘Big 4’ global accountancy firm.Updating stakeholders, Per Hellberg Group CEO of Catena Media informs that Edeen will take up the interim CFO position from 7 January 2019, heading up the Stockholm enterprise’s finance, capital planning and auditing functions.“While welcoming Erik Edeen, I also want to thank Pia-Lena Olofsson for her time at Catena Media and wishes her all the best in her continued career” Per Hellberg, Catena Media  Chief Executive.During Q3 2018 trading, Catena governance announced that it had strengthened its executive management under the guidance of new leader Per Hellberg, seeking to diversify and strengthen the firm’s future growth options.Strengthening its leadership, Catena confirmed the appointment of Michael Daly to the newly created role of US General Manager, in addition to UK executive Nigel Frith joining the firm as Head of Catena Financial Services divisions.last_img read more

William Hill advances ‘Nobody Harmed’ campaign with Dan Whitlam appointment

first_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Share Submit Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 As part of the advancement to its ‘Nobody Harmed by Gambling’ campaign launched in July 2018, William Hill has appointed Dan Whitlam as its Head of Responsible Gambling for retail.Whitlam will be tasked with working alongside the Compliance, Gaming, L&D and Data Science divisions to strengthen and develop the ways in which the operator identifies, interacts and intervenes with customers at risk of gambling related harm.In addition to this, Whitlam will drive William Hill’s product and marketing offerings in a move to promote responsible gambling measures. The job has been developed to facilitate helping both line management and shop colleagues in ensuring that protection measures are put in place for retail customers. Nicola Frampton, Managing Director of retail at William Hill, said “Dan’s appointment will aid us in our commitment to ensure that nobody is harmed by gambling and the experience he brings with him will be vital in helping to protect our retail customers.”With 15 years of industry experience, Whitlam started his career as a cashier at Ladbrokes, before transitioning into financial and compliance roles at Deloitte, William Hill and Sky Bet. Over the last 12 months, Whitlam has been at Sky Bet focussing on responsible gambling alongside the development and facilitation of industry collaboration events.last_img read more