Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN Business Updated 6:28 PM ET, Fri November 30, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security released a proposal Friday that would increase the number of H-1B visa recipients who have master's degrees or higher level degrees and would move the registration process online.
The government has been working to crack down on the H-1B program — a result of President Donald Trump's direction that agencies implement a “Buy American, Hire American” strategy.
The H-1B visa is a work visa that's valid for three years and can be renewed for another three years. Many companies use H-1B visas to help fill their workforces. But tech is the sector most commonly associated with H-1Bs. Tech firms big and small say they need the H-1B program to hire trained talent that they can't find at home.
With costs rising, many companies are facing shrinking profit margins. Sometimes, that can create buying opportunities.
65,000 H-1B visas are granted annually,..
Donald M. Bishop, publicdiplomacycouncil.org, February 26, 2019
“Metrics,” “data,” “evaluation,” and “results, not outputs” have proven to be real challenges for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and strategic communication. So has demonstrating that a program, activity, or campaign “moves the needle.” Yesteryear Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Information Service posts religiously tallied “placements.” From time to time, USIA’s research office commissioned surveys. At the dawn of the social media era, counting “hits,” “page views,” followers, “likes,” and “friends” had its day. Now, “big data” seems full of promise.Once upon a time, however, the tools of measurement were a ruler, a pencil, and a notebook. Reading an account of those pioneer days may give a brief respite from current headaches. Everyone needs an occasional chuckle.In the 1970s, Foreign Service Journal ran a series of articles, “Tales of the Foreign Service,” later gathered in a book. Copies of the volume are treasured fo..
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Deadline: 15 July 2019The U.S. Embassy Abuja Public Affairs Section (PAS) has announced this Notice of Funding Opportunity for its Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] small grants program.PAS awards a limited number of grants to individuals, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and other civil society entities that further the Embassy’s policy goals and strengthen relations between the American and Nigerian peoples.PrioritiesPAS will prioritize grant program proposals that:Promote Nigeria’s democratic governance, unity and stability by improving government transparency and accountability, the rule of law, civil society capacity and engagement;Strengthen human capital to promote inclusive economic growth and development via entrepreneurial initiatives, STEM education, women’s empowerment, and cultural exchange;Protect against security threats and foster peace and stability through measures to counter violent extremism, mit..
Western governments and rights groups say it is premature to encourage the refugees’ return.
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BEIRUT – Even as Russia pushes to repatriate Syrians who fled their country during the civil war and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) forecast that 250,000 could return to Syria in 2019, many are unwilling to go back, citing safety concerns and uncertainties shrouding Syria’s future.
Only a trickle of the estimated 6 million refugees, mostly hosted in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, have been repatriated since violence subsided and the Russians began their initiative to facilitate their return in July.
Eager to show a normalising situation in Syria, Russia stepped up efforts to encourage the refugees’ return arguing that the fighting is over and terrorism has been largely stamped out.
“The conditions allow their repatriation now,” ..
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Information for the Press N°: 458/18Within the framework of cooperation in the field of football, Chinese football players will stay in Argentina for a nine-month period, during which they will play approximately 30 friendlies against the youth teams of Banfield Club and other Argentine clubs, in addition to receiving specific training under the supervision of the coaching and physical training staff of Banfield Club.The Chinese delegation, comprised of 28 football players between the ages of 14 to 16 and 3 coaches, will be staying at the facilities of Banfield in the municipality of Luis Guillón.The presentation and the first official activity of this second stage of the football cooperation agreement signed by Presidents Macri and Xi Jinping in China in May 2017 took place on 9 November at Banfield Club.The event included a visit to the stadium facilities and the club, a welcoming address by Banfield's president..