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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

Clashes erupt in Yemen s Hodeida in truce violation – official

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Clashes erupted Tuesday morning, December 18, in Yemen just minutes after a ceasefire deal took effect in the country's flashpoint port city of Hodeida, a pro-government official said. The official told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that sporadic clashes in the east of the Red Sea ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News9 hr. 22 min. ago

No gov’t work on Jan. 2

Malacañang has suspended work on most government offices on 2 January to allow employees to fully celebrate the Christmas holiday with their families. The suspension is contained in Memorandum Circular No. 54 issued Monday, 17 December 2018, and signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea. The memo covers government-owned or -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018

CJ Perez to Columbian as No. 1 pick in PBA Rookie Draft 2018

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Columbian's rebuild is in full effect. After trading the top pick last year to San Miguel, the Dyip made good use of their No. 1 overall pick by selecting CJ Perez in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft at the Robinsons Manila in Ermita on Sunday, December 16. The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

MOSCOW --- Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But Putin said at a St. Petersburg meeting with cultural advisers Saturday that attempts to ban artists from performing will have an adverse effect and bolster their popularity. Putin noted that "rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest." But he is particularly concerned with drug themes prevalent in rap, saying "this is a path to the degradation of the nation." He said "drug propaganda" is ...Keep on reading: Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

USCIS could waive marital interviews on petitions to remove conditions (Form I-751)

Starting on December 10, 2018, the USCIS could waive (or not require) an interview for a married couple seeking to remove conditions on a conditional green card......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

MWSS approves new water rate hikes

Water services regulator, the MWSS, has approved the rate hikes of both Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. by P1.48 per cu.m and P0.64 per cu.m, respectively, to take effect next month. MWSS approves new water rate hikes Source link: MWSS approves new water rate hikes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Lazada Group bares succession plan

Lazada Group, Southeast Asia’s leading e-commerce firm, on Thursday announced, as part of succession planning, that its Executive President Pierre Poignant will succeed Lucy Peng as CEO of Lazada Group with immediate effect. Peng will remain Lazada Group executive chairwoman. Poignant, who was appointed group executive president in August 2018, will lead the company’s strategic […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Senate urges Malacañang to stop release of funds from road user’s tax

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Thursday, December 13, approved a resolution urging the Office of the President and the Office of the Executive Secretary not to release funds from the road users’ tax because Congress has, “in effect,” passed a bill that will abolish the Road Board. No senator ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Trust units told to maintain allowance for credit losses

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is now requiring trust entities to maintain adequate allowance for credit losses under the new reporting standards that took effect at the start of the year......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Why One Philippine Island Cant Get Enough of Martial Law

TAIPEI - Martial law seldom excites people who live under it. Ukrainians were nervous when an order took effect last month, against a growing threat from Russia, to let the military mobilize citize.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Why One Philippine Island Cant Get Enough of Martial Law

TAIPEI - Martial law seldom excites people who live under it. Ukrainians were nervous when an order took effect last month, against a growing threat from Russia, to let the military mobilize citize.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

AFP confident martial law will be extended in Mindanao

The Armed Forces of the Philippines expressed confidence on Sunday that it could convince Congress to approve a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. Noting a 38-percent downtrend in crime in the region, the AFP maintained that Mindanao residents were satisfied with the implementation of martial law and wanted it extended. 'Relatively peaceful' In a radio interview, Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of the AFP public affairs office (PAO) said most parts of Mindanao have been "relatively peaceful" with martial law in effect over the region. Detoyato pointed out that the AFP had prepared its report to Congress for the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. "Actually...Keep on reading: AFP confident martial law will be extended in Mindanao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] A right to say no to a pregnancy test

Pines City Colleges (PCC) in Baguio made it to the news a few weeks ago when a school memo requiring female students to undergo a pregnancy test was shared on social media and quickly went viral. According to the memo, the students would also need to pay P150 for the pregnancy test......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Philippines disengages itself from ICC deliberations

The Philippines has disengaged itself from the deliberations of the state parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC), months before the country’s withdrawal to the body takes effect in March......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Rights groups oppose another martial law extension in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – The Movement Against Tyranny-Northern Mindanao (MAT-NMR) said it is against the third  extension of martial law in Mindanao and condoned the announcement of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr regarding this proposal . The martial law currently in effect in Mindanao was supposed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

PNP remains on alert amid unilateral Yuletide ceasefire by CPP-NPA

      MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday said it would continue with its security operations amid the declaration of unilateral five-day holiday ceasefire by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).   "The PNP will remain on alert and continue with our regular law enforcement and internal security operations in response to the unilateral declaration of a ceasefire by the CPP/NPA [New People's Army] /NDF [National Democratic Front.]" PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said in a statement.   Last Friday, the CPP declared its two-part unilateral Yuletide ceasefire which will take effect at ...Keep on reading: PNP remains on alert amid unilateral Yuletide ceasefire by CPP-NPA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Pacquiao, Enrile defend Duterte’s attacks vs Church 

      MANILA, Philippines --- For some, President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the Catholic Church could be alarming but Senator Manny Pacquiao and former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile both have a different view. Pacquiao said Duterte has the right to give his strong opinion against the Church, noting that the President's childhood may have an effect on his behavior. "Mahirap magbigay ng comment like I said may karapatan sya kasi may experience sya nung bata pa sya. Hindi tayo nakakaalam kung ano experience nya nung bata siya, " Pacquiao told local radio station DWIZ. Duterte has been throwing verbal attacks against the Church in his speeches by call...Keep on reading: Pacquiao, Enrile defend Duterte’s attacks vs Church .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018