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

Rice tariffication to start March 3 – NFA Council

The newly-signed Rice Tariffication Act will take effect March 3, the Finance department announced on Monday, with duties replacing quantitative restrictions that had limited imports of the staple. The National…READ The post Rice tariffication to start March 3 – NFA Council appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated News3 hr. 59 min. ago

Mercedes Wolff fears no-deal Brexit s effect on Formula One

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Politics, not engines or aerodynamics, is what really worries Mercedes boss Toto Wolff as his team heads into the new Formula One season seeking a sixth consecutive title. It's the looming possibility of a chaotic rupture of the United Kingdom from the European Union that would be most problematic. "That is a nightmare scenario that I don't want to even envisage," Wolff said on Monday, the opening day of preseason testing near Barcelona. "If a no-deal Brexit would happen like has been discussed, I think we would have a major impact in terms of our operations going to the races and getting our cars developed and ready." Last month, the British Parliament voted down the deal Prime Minister Theresa May had initially reached with the other 27 members of the EU. The clock is ticking toward March 29, when the U.K. is due to leave the bloc with or without a deal. That will come with F1 teams preparing for the second grand prix of the season in Bahrain on March 31. What a divorce would mean without negotiated terms to handle the legal and commercial implication is hard to predict, but most agree there would be a risk for considerable disruption to trade and the legal status of foreigners. Besides Mercedes, which has its factory 70 miles northwest of London, the Red Bull, Renault, Williams, McLaren and Racing Point teams also have facilities in the U.K. Wolff fears that an ugly Brexit will give an advantage to those teams based on the European continent. That would mean Ferrari, Mercedes' biggest challenger in recent years, but it also includes the other Italian team, Toro Rosso; Haas, based in the United States; and Switzerland-based Alfa Romeo. "Brexit is a major concern for us, and it should be a major concern for all of us who live in the U.K. and operate out of the U.K.," Wolff said. He fears the disruption affecting not just the movement of teams, but also the shipping and delivering of car parts and Mercedes' staff, which has 26 different nationalities represented. "The way we are getting parts and services is just in time, at the last minute, into the U.K., and any major disruption in borders and taxes would massively damage the Formula 1 industry in the U.K.," Wolff said. "We have a fantastic access to talent today in the U.K. Formula One has grown. What Silicon Valley is to the U.S., Formula One is to the U.K., and at the moment, there is a risk whether the U.K. can stay as a competitive location as it is today." Red Bull team principal Chris Horner is also concerned, but believes that the industry will adjust. "You can paint a doomsday scenario of Brexit or you can actually maybe see how much it will affect our daily life," Horner said. "Whether there is no deal, any deal, we will have to deal with it.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 58 min. ago

Tamayo-Quiambao outduels Sotto-Chiu as NU gets Game 1

Never giving an inch to Kai Sotto and never allowing a breather for Forthsky Padrigao – that was Nazareth School of National University’s game plan in Game 1 of the Finals of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Perfectly executing that in the second half, the Bullpups re-asserted their mastery over Ateneo de Manila High School for a well-earned 70-58 win on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao was at the forefront of that effort at both ends, with the former finishing with a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double and the latter ending with 14 markers and 13 boards of his own. Those two went toe-to-toe with the Blue Eaglets’ twin towers of Sotto and Geo Chiu. Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea then took care of the backcourt for NU which has now won all three of its head-to-head matchups with Ateneo in the season. More importantly, they are now one win away from reclaimimg the championship they last won in 2016. That didn’t look like it was going to be the case in this one as in the earlygoing of the third quarter, it was the Blue Eagles who were ahead, 34-29. “First half, medyo nagmamadali kami sa execution,” head coach Goldwin Monteverde said post-game. It was at that point, however, that Tamayo and Quiambao engineered a 25-11 drive that, all of a sudden, thrust their team in front, 54-45, early in the final frame. “Good thing nakabawi naman sila sa second half,” their mentor saidz Still, the defending champions kept coming and pulled to within 58-63 inside the last two minutes only to see Fortea and Quiambao keep them at bay once and for all. Fortea wound up with 11 points while Abadiano also added 11 markers and eight rebounds. That total team effort was also in full effect at the defensive end where they limited Sotto to just, for his standards, 16 points and 15 rebounds to go along with five turnovers and frustrated Padrigao to four markers in 2-of-12 shooting as well as eight errors. NU brings out its brooms and looks to bring home the trophy in Game 2 on Friday still at the same venue. “We still have to be consistent. ‘Di pa tapos e,” coach Goldwin said. For Ateneo, Chiu showed up to backstop Sotto with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. For all his scoring struggles, Padrigao also had eight assists, six boards, and three steals. They get one more try to finally solve the Bullpups. BOX SCORES NU 70 – Tamayo 15, Quiambao 14, Abadiano 11, Fortea 11, Gonzales 9, Felicilda 9, Torres 1, Dayrit 0, Alarcon 0, Javillonar 0, Mailim 0 ATENEO 58 – Sotto 16, Chiu 12, Fetalvero 11, De Ayre 7, Diaz 5, Padrigao 4, Espinosa 2, David 1, Jaymalin 0 QUARTER SCORES; 14-11, 25-30, 53-45, 70-58 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News22 hr. 12 min. ago

UK airline Flybmi collapses under fuel costs, Brexit pressures

LONDON, United Kingdom – British regional airline Flybmi announced on Saturday, February 16, it had ceased operations and was filing for administration, blaming spikes in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit . Parent company British Midland Regional Limited said it had canceled all flights with immediate effect, and would not be able ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

100,000 babies die from war yearly

MUNICH, Germany — At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday. In the 10 worst-hit countries, a conservative estimate of 550,000 infants died as a result of fighting between 2013 and 2017. They succumbed to war […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

New SEC memo on non-profit organizations violates right to organize - Karapatan

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued SEC Memorandum Circular No. 15 (s. 2018) or the Guidelines for the Protection of SEC Registered Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) From Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Abuse or the NPO Guidelines on November 7, 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

No Wage Adjustments in Central Visayas

The applicable wage rates in Central Visayas (CV) will not change until the effectivity of the existing Wage Order expires 12 months after from its effectivity as per Wage Order NO. ROVII-21 that took effect last 3 August 2018. According to Labor and Employment Regional Director and chairman of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

STATEMENT: DDoS attacks on NUJP, alternative media continue

February 11, 2019 The website of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has again come under a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Monday, February 11, 2019, and already been taken down twice since this morning. The DDoS displays the same characteristics as the earlier attack that shut down our site twice […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

After Alternative News Sites, NUJP Website Also Attacked

CMFR/PHILIPPINES — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) website has been subjected to distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) since 8 February 2019. The attack mad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

After Alternative News Sites, NUJP Website Also Attacked

CMFR/PHILIPPINES — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) website has been subjected to distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) since 8 February 2019. The attack mad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Altermidya strongly condemns DDoS attacks against member sites

MANILA, Philippines – The Altermidya Network slammed the actions of those sending off distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against its member sites. In a statement released Wednesday, February 6, the organization recounted how the sites, Kodao Productions, and Pinoy Weekly, were hit in December 2018 by what it called ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

January 2019 inflation eases to 10-month low of 4.4%

The increase in consumer prices nationwide eased for a third straight month last January as food and beverage costs grew slower while the full effect of the second round of fuel tax hike has yet to be felt, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

January 2019 inflation eases to 10-month low of 4.4%

The increase in consumer prices nationwide eased for a third straight month last January as food and beverage costs grew slower while the full effect of the second round of fuel tax hike has yet to be felt, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Filipinos in Alberta, Canada bundle up as cold snap hits

RED DEER, Alberta -- Environment Canada has issued a warning to Alberta residents to prepare for the extreme cold as the lowest wind chill value could hit up to minus 50C.   As of this writing, the warning remained in effect for 13 hours from 3:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, on February 4.   On Jan. 30, the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary also issued a similar warning to Filipinos and Filipino-Canadians in the province and neighboring Saskatchewan about the risks of the frigid temperature.   Cover up   The consulate advised Filipinos to closely monitor the weather and heed alerts from Environment Canada.   "Bundle up wh...Keep on reading: Filipinos in Alberta, Canada bundle up as cold snap hits.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019

Higher contributions loom as SSS bill edges closer to taking effect

Without action from President Rodrigo Duterte, the bill, transmitted to the president's desk last January 8, would lapse into law on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

Oral contraceptive use may confer long-term cancer protection

New findings from a cohort study with more than four decades of follow-up show that, while women who have ever used combined oral contraceptives see an increased risk of breast and cervical cancer, the risk disappears within about five years after stopping, but a protective effect against colorectal, endometrial, and ovarian cancer persists for more than 30 years......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

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Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019