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USCIS’s new ‘denial memo’ is now in effect

Starting on Sept. 11, 2018, a new USCIS Policy Memorandum (PM) became effective, instructing officers on how to adjudicate (process and make decisions on) petitions, applications, extensions, etc., when the initial filing was incomplete or insufficient......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 22nd, 2018

Good news: USCIS to postpone implementation of NTA memo

In previous articles, I wrote about a recent USCIS policy memorandum (PM), where USCIS would start issuing notices to appear (NTA) if USCIS denied certain immigration benefits (such as extension of status, change of status, adjustment of status, family petition, employment-based petition, etc.) and, as a result of the denial, the person is considered “out of status.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Cyberattacks are costly, and things could get worse: US report

        Cyberattacks cost the United States between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, a White House report said Friday, warning of a "spillover" effect for the broader economy if the situation worsens. A report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers sought to quantify what it called "malicious cyber activity directed at private and public entities" including denial of service attacks, data breaches and theft of intellectual property, and sensitive financial and strategic information. It warned of malicious activity by "nation-states" and specifically cited Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The report noted particular concern over ...Keep on reading: Cyberattacks are costly, and things could get worse: US report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

Passenger dragged off overbooked United flight – CNN News

A man's refusal to give up his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight led to a disturbing scene Sunday that has travelers up in arms over airline policies. The Department of Transportation said it will review the incident, in which a passenger was forcibly removed from the Louisville, Kentucky-bound United flight 3411 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The incident has prompted one security officer's suspension and created a publicity nightmare for United. Several passengers recorded the incident on their phones and posted video on social media showing three Chicago Department of Aviation security officers dragging the man, who has not been identified, down the aisle by the arms and legs while other passengers shout in protest. He continued to resist after he was removed and ran back onto the airplane, face bloodied from the encounter. &'8220;It was very traumatic,&'8221; passenger Jade Kelley said. She did not witness the entire event but she said the sound of the screams still haunt her. &'8220;It was horrible. I had trouble sleeping last night and hearing the video again gives me chills.&'8221; The incident sparked criticism of a system that allows airlines to involuntarily boot passengers from flights. United was acting within their rights and following policy. Then, the situation turned physical. United asked passengers to give up their seats voluntarily for compensation. Four crew members needed to get on the flight in order to work another one in Louisville or else that flight would be canceled, airline spokeswoman Maddie King said. When no one volunteered, the airline was forced into an &'8220;involuntary de-boarding situation,&'8221; airline spokesman Charlie Hobart said. United weighs a number of factors to determine which passengers would leave the flight, such as connecting flights and how long the delay will leave the customer at an airport, Hobart said. United employees explained the situation to the man several times, Hobart said. When he refused they followed Department of Transportation protocol and called local law enforcement to forcibly remove him from the plane. Passenger Tyler Bridges said the request for volunteers came after everyone had boarded. It was easy to understand why no one responded &'8212; it was Sunday night and the next flight was not until the following afternoon, he said. Bridges said two officers tried to calmly talk the man out of his seat before a third approached him in an aggressive manner. The officer told him he had to get off the plane, and when he resisted, the officer grabbed him out of his seat and carried him out with the other officers. The man hit his head on an armrest, Bridges said. He yelled that he was a doctor and that he was being profiled for being Chinese. The scene left everyone unsettled, including children who started crying, Bridges said. &'8220;It was pretty shocking that it got to the level that it got to. In part that's the man's fault, when the police came on he shouldn't have resisted, he should have just left. But it was a pretty unbelievable scene with them grabbing him and pulling off,&'8221; he said. Overbooking is not illegal, and most airlines do it in anticipation of no-shows, according to the US Department of Transportation. If no one volunteers, the airline can select passengers for removal based on criteria such as check-in time or the cost of a ticket, according to the US Department of Transportation's Fly-Rights. In an internal memo, CEO Oscar Munoz said the crew members approached the gate agents after the flight was fully boarded and said they needed to board the flight. They sought volunteers before commencing &'8220;involuntary denial of boarding process,&'8221; offering up to $1,000 in compensation. When approached, the passenger &'8220;raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions,&'8221; Munoz said. He grew &'8220;more disruptive and belligerent&'8221; with each request, leaving agents with no choice to call security officers. He continued to resist even after he was removed, running back into the plane, Munoz said. Passengers shot video of him with blood streaming down his face. &'8220;Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right,&'8221; he said. &'8220;I do, however, believe there are lessons we can learn from this experience, and we are taking a close look at the circumstances surrounding this incident.&'8221; Munoz issue a statement calling the incident &'8220;upsetting&'8221; and apologized &'8220;for having to re-accommodate&'8221; customers. &'8220;Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation,&'8221; The Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement that the incident &'8220;was not in accordance with our standard operating procedure and the actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not condoned by the Department.&'8221; That officer has been placed on leave effective today pending a review of the situation, the statement added. The four crew members did indeed board the plane, and it wasn't pretty, Bridges said. Passengers berated them, told them they should be ashamed of themselves and embarrassed to work for this company. &'8220;They just sat down quietly, it was super tense on the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2017

Malacañang insists it can still void Trillanes amnesty with Makati court ruling

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang disagrees with the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148’s conclusion that the 2011 dismissal of coup d’etat charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is final. Reacting to Judge Andres Soriano’s denial of a justice department motion for an arrest ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News9 hr. 47 min. ago

Fuel tax deferral means substantial 2020 increase

Consumers should brace for a substantial fuel tax hike in 2020 should the government shelve increases set to take effect next year, a senior Finance department official warned. “The suspension...READ MORE The post Fuel tax deferral means substantial 2020 increase appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News20 hr. 47 min. ago

[OPINION] Coffee and the blood of indigenous peoples

October is when the Philippines celebrates National Indigenous Peoples' Month. This was first proclaimed by former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009 to commemorate the enactmentof the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act which took effect a decade earlier, on October 29, 1997. As we celebrate this month ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

Duterte blames face discoloration on Honeylet’s facial cream

President Rodrigo Duterte downplayed concerns on his health due to an apparent pigmentation on his face, saying that it just a skin problem which looked like an effect of a kidney problem or brain cancer. Source link link: Duterte blames face discoloration on Honeylet’s facial cream.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Duterte ought to do a Boracay in Manila Bay

The famous Isle of Boracay was closed on April 26, 2018 and it gave Pres. Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte great proof that he had the political will to effect change in this country when it is needed! Boracay is set to reopen on Oct. 26 and we hope that what needed to be fixed in Boracay would be fixed by now......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

DOF: Congress needed for rollback of fuel excise tax rates

Suspending fuel excise tax rates that took effect this year would need action from Congress, the Finance department said Tuesday after some senators urged President Duterte to lift them and soften the effects of rising prices......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Philippines to suspend oil tax hike to cool red hot inflation

MANILA—The Philippines said on Sunday it would suspend the implementation of a further increase in excise tax on fuel products, set to take effect in January 2019, to stem rising inflation expectations. Inflation in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies has been rising since January, due to higher taxes, costlier food and fuel and a weak peso, causing […] The post Philippines to suspend oil tax hike to cool red hot inflation appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

From denial to filing: SAP Bong’s senatorial bid is now a go

After months of denials and disavowals, presidential aide Christopher “Bong” Go finally filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

New Society: From ‘de buena familia’ to ‘binuenas na familia’

  Your mantra for the week: "As I renew my mind, I renew all things in my life."   The most prevalent negative state of mind in the world is depression.   Suicide cases have increased significantly, and it all begins with depression, a feeling of severe dejection and despondency, extreme sadness, and a general loss of interest in life.   In IAMISM, we usually describe depression as the effect of not loving oneself enough. There are many signs---shyness, lack of confidence, self-criticism and failing to see the good in oneself and most of everything else.   Add to this a feeling of inferiority caused by comparing oneself to others who ma...Keep on reading: New Society: From ‘de buena familia’ to ‘binuenas na familia’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

NOW sues NTC over alleged violations in 3rd telco rules

Third telco aspirant NOW Telecom, an affiliate of publicly listed company NOW Corp., filed a case on Monday against the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for alleged legal violations in the new major player terms of reference (TOR) which took effect last week......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

PSE index clings to 7,000

The local stock barometer ended a tad higher on Tuesday, clinging to the 7,000 mark in thin trade amid mixed sentiment across the region.   The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 8.56 points or 0.12 percent to close at 7,059.38 on selective buying of large-cap stocks. "Technically, we might be seeing some of the bullish divergence (weakening selling momentum) take effect especially with the PSEi trading briefly in the green (Monday) morning," Papa Securities said. Papa Securities expects more of these short-term periods of strength in the coming days especially with the divergence situation of the relative strength index, a key technical indicator, r...Keep on reading: PSE index clings to 7,000.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Duterte denies Michael Yang is his economic adviser

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, October 9, denied appointing Chinese businessman Michael Yang as his presidential economic adviser. "Cannot be, because he is a Chinese," said Duterte, when asked to confirm reports that Yang was a presidential economic adviser. Despite Duterte's denial, Yang ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Next step for NBA is hiring women in positions of power

By Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. "I think there just has to be more, more of the same," said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant coach Becky Hammon, moving her one step closer to a head coaching seat. "There are more Beckys out there, they just have to be noticed and given the opportunity by people who are wise enough and courageous enough to do it and not just sit in the old paradigm." And not just on the bench, but on the business side of the NBA as well. The NBA routinely gets high marks for its diversity efforts and is widely viewed as a leader on social issues. Still, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league needs to be better, and he made his feelings known in a memo to teams in the wake of the Dallas Mavericks' embarrassing scandal. Several NBA teams tout statistics about women in their workforce, but beyond a handful — including Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson — the next step for the league seems to be more women in positions of power such as CEOs and COOs. Memphis guard Mike Conley said it's important for basketball, business and society itself to have women in positions of authority. "We welcome it, and we do want to see more of that," Conley said, "and I think that will help bridge that gray area and all the things that have been happening with the Mavs and situations like that and hopefully it will never occur" again. The NBA earned an A+ for racial hiring practices but a B for its gender hiring practices this summer from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports . That puts the NBA "significantly above" other professional sports, even as the number of women hired at the team level dropped for a third straight year with the percentage of women in team vice presidents and professional staff dipping as well, according to the report's author, Richard Lapchick. When the NBA began investigating a report of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct involving the former team president, the Mavericks did not have one woman at the executive level. Owner Mark Cubanhired former AT&T senior executive Cynthia Marshall as CEO and president in February , promoted four women to executive roles and now has eight women among 18 leadership roles. A memo obtained by The Associated Press last month shows the NBA plans workshops in Atlanta and Los Angeles in mid-November on the diversity and inclusion efforts. The NBA also set up an anonymous tip line after the Mavs' story broke. NBA teams surveyed by The Associated Press say they've already been holding seminars on workplace conduct and putting women in leadership roles. Irina Pavlova represented the Nets on the Board of Governors before leaving last year and was replaced by a woman as president of the company that runs the Nets, Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum. The Toronto Raptors have Teresa Resch as vice president of basketball operations and player development, and Dr. Lisa Callahan is chief medical officer for both the Knicks and the WNBA's Liberty. The Miami Heat recently hired Ruth Riley Hunter as its newest television and radio analyst, a move in motion before Silver talked about wanting more women in the NBA. Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has seen the number of women in the NBA jump dramatically since he joined the league in 1986 and believes its heading in the right direction. Chantal Hassard has been with the Grizzlies since the franchise was in Vancouver and is entering her third season as VP of team operations and player programs. Memphis also just brought back Nicki Gross as a basketball analyst after she was the D-League's only woman assistant in 2015 with Iowa. "I think it adds a viewpoint, a skillset that is very beneficial for the teams," Wallace said. Silver wants teams hiring more women, including jobs with power, so the NBA is going to help. The NBA plans an event at the All-Star break in Charlotte, North Carolina, in February to grow the "pipeline of female talent in basketball operations roles." Lapchick said hiring more women has to be a combination of efforts by both the NBA and its teams. "Teams saw the results in Dallas with no women in leadership to stop/confront bad behavior, which I believe is not uncommon toward women in the workplace in and out of sport," Lapchick told the AP. "Adam has the respect to push and I am impressed by the NBA's actions after the decline in gender grade when the Report Card was published followed by the post investigation in Dallas." Ethan Casson, CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Lynx, said it can't be a quota approach — and believes there are qualified women in the candidate pools. About 40 percent of Minnesota's full-time employees are women with 35 percent of department heads and above women. He noted how transparent the NBA and its teams have been on this issue. "It's constantly challenging your organization's thinking and creating what that environment is, and that's what makes the diversity inclusion so important," Casson said. "You're a better organization when you're built that way from the ground up." ___ AP Basketball Writers Tim Reynolds and Brian Mahoney and AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell, Andrew Seligman, Janie McCauley, Anne M. Peterson, Schuyler Dixon, Pat Graham, Tom Withers, Howard Fendrich, Brett Martel, Kyle Hightower and AP freelance writers Raul Dominguez, Clay Bailey and Ian Harrison contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Hefty price hike: P1.45 for diesel, P1 for gas

Another round of fuel price hikes took effect yesterday – the ninth consecutive week of increase for gasoline prices and the seventh for diesel......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Snapchat CEO lays out 2019 plans in leaked memo

MANILA, Philippines - In an internal memo obtained by Cheddar in late September, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said 2018 had been a “challenging, transformative year” for Snapchat. "In our excitement to innovate and bring many new products into the world, we have lost the core of what made Snapchat the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Are men in denial about hair loss?

While it’s normal for an individual to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair daily, it has been proven that hair loss is more common in men than women......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

De Lima: A commentary: A PET victory for VP Leni

October 3, 2018. The 18 September 2018 PET Resolution amending Rule 62 of the PET Revisor’s Guide, to the effect that the physical count of the votes during revision shall be based on the election returns, is a fair resolution of the controversial shading threshold issue. Protestant Bongbong Marcos argued for a… Source link link: De Lima: A commentary: A PET victory for VP Leni.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018