Biometrics Are Now Required For All Naturalization ApplicantsOn July 26, 2017 the USCIS announced a change in policy regarding the requirement for Biometrics (fingerprints & digital photos) to be taken from Naturalization Applicants. Until now, the USCIS has waived Biometrics for Residents who are age 75 or older. Under this recent change, all Residents, regardless of age, will be required to have them taken. Residents with certain medical conditions, may still be eligible for a waiver and special accommodation will still be made for Residents with disabilities, those who are homebound or hospitalized.THIS WEEK’S IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS & ANSWERSQuestion: Hi, I’m from Trinidad and came to the U.S. in 2015. I met my fiancé in 2016. I overstayed my visa by 2 months last year to be in Florida with her for the Christmas holidays. I then returned to Trinidad to get things settled before coming back to America to get married and file my immigration papers. When I tried to return to the US in March of this year, the officer at the airport cancelled my visa and told me I had to get a new one at the Embassy because I overstayed the last time. I explained I overstayed only 2 months, but he said even a day is too long! When I reapplied at the embassy they denied me. My fiancé and I are devastated, and don’t know what to do. She plans to come to Trinidad in August so we can get married here. My question is, will I be able to accompany her back to Florida once we get married. What is the immigration process from there? Answer: This is very common. Unfortunately, under Immigration regulations, once you overstay your period of authorized stay in the U.S. – by even one day – when you leave the U.S., your U.S. visa is automatically canceled. You are not allowed to re-enter on your Visa Waiver (or B1/B2). You are instead required to apply for a new B1/B2 Tourist visa at the U.S. Consulate in your home country. Once an individual overstays in the U.S. and then applies for a visa at the U.S. Consulate abroad, the Consular officers are very unlikely to issue a B1/B2 tourist or any other type of Non-immigrant visa. This effectively closes all possibilities for legally traveling to the U.S. again.The exceptions are Visas, such as a Fiancée Visa and Spousal Visa (for foreign Fiancées & Spouses of U.S. Citizens). However, foreign Fiancées and Spouses are not issued the Visa which allows them to travel to the U.S. until all the technical processing is complete, which takes 6-8 months or more.In your cases, since your fiancée is going to fly to Trinidad to marry you, once she returns, a Spousal Immigrant petition can be filed to initiate the process of bringing you to the U.S. as a U.S. Resident. You won’t be allowed to return to the U.S. along with your new wife, instead, you have to wait in Trinidad for consular processing.Question: I am from the Bahamas. I was sponsored for a green card in 2014 by my sister in the United States. My family here at home has passed and I don’t have anyone left but my sister in America. I need to know any possible way to cut down this long waiting time to immigrate to America sooner or if I can just be allowed to go to the U.S. and stay with my sister there while I am waiting?Answer: Sorry to hear that you are alone there. Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the immigration process for siblings of U.S. Citizens (F4 immigration category). It will likely take 12-14 years for an Immigrant Visa to be available in that category. The law does not allow siblings to stay inside the U.S. while waiting to immigrate unless they are in the U.S. in another legal visa category like an F-1 student visa or some other work visa.
CHTA launches ‘One Caribbean Family’ initiative to help communities affected by recent hurricanes.The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has launched a recent booking initiative. The objective is to allow hotels across the region help those who have been adversely impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The initiative also highlight over 70 percent of Caribbean destinations have not been affected by the hurricanes and are ready to welcome visitors as usual.One Caribbean FamilyCHTA’s “One Caribbean Family” movement has been developed to help the tourism industry rebound. It will serve as a hub for hotels, travel advisors and tour operators who would like to make a contribution through guest bookings.Donations made through the initiative will be sent to the Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund managed by Tourism Cares, a non-profit organization which has partnered with CHTA to anchor the tourism industry’s hurricane recovery efforts in the Caribbean.Solidarity“We want to show our solidarity with the Caribbean countries affected by these storms, not just in words but with actions that can bring relief to those in need,” said Karolin Troubetzkoy, President of CHTA and executive director of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in St. Lucia.”“How can any hotel or hotel chain in the region and our trade partners feel good about securing incremental business as a result of other hotel closures due to hurricanes?” asked Troubetzkoy. “The need to come together and act as one Caribbean tourism family has never been greater,” she asserted.The CHTA President applauded tourism industry partners who have launched fundraising initiatives of their own, but hopes these will not deter them from also participating in the One Caribbean Family initiative.Leading by exampleTroubetzkoy is leading by example, with her company pledging to donate up to $50 for each booking for travel between October 1, 2017 and December 19, 2018. “We started this pledge for direct reservations and bookings through our travel advisors,” Troubetzkoy said, “but now we are also including some wholesalers who will match our donation.”Guests wishing to make additional contributions to the Fund will receive resort credits up to $250, depending on their contribution.The Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund allows tourism industry stakeholders and friends of the region throughout the world to pool their resources in support of vulnerable, devastated parts of the Caribbean that welcome millions of visitors in a region that supports 2.4 million tourism-related jobs.Compliments existing relief effortsThe Fund’s focus on the recovery of islands directly affected by the recent hurricanes complements existing relief efforts and gives the tourism industry a way to leverage its resources to help the region bounce back.Participating hotels and trade partners will be showcased online and through a public relations and social media campaign.Donations are tax deductible where applicable and can also be made directly online to Tourism Cares or by check payable to Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund c/o Tourism Cares, 20 Vernon St., Norwood, MA 02062, USA.
Tottenham and England left back, Danny Rose has declared that his wages at Tottenham do not correspond with what he’s worth.In a daring interview, exclusive to SunSport, Rose, who joined Tottenham from Leeds United in 2007 and have been reportedly linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United, insisted that “I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth.”He continued, “I am not playing as well as I have done not to get paid what I think I am worth, in any walk of life, if you think you are worth a certain amount, why settle for less? I am not that person.”“As with everyone else in my team, in my opinion, I am worth more than I am getting, I am not speaking on behalf of other players, but that is my view.”27-year-old Rose signed a new five-year contract with Spurs last September but missed significant parts of Tottenham’s campaign last season due to a knee injury.“If I get to levels I reached last season — and this goes out to everybody — I will make sure I get what I am worth. I don’t know how much longer I might have at this level. I’m not going to be stupid enough not to try and get the most out of it — medals, trophies and salary.” he added. RelatedDanny Rose Speaks on the exploratory Surgery he has undergone on his Left Knee and How he used a psychologist to overcome being ‘jealous and angry’ and think positiveNovember 8, 2017In “Features”Pochettino Reveals Plans to Leave TottenhamJuly 19, 2019In “England”Lazio Roma vs ACF FiorentinaJune 30, 2017Similar post
Related2017 AfroBasket Women: Nigeria’s D’Tigress Dispatch DR Congo 84-47 In Second GameAugust 20, 2017In “National Team”2017 AfroBasket Women: D’Tigress Crush Guinea 106 – 33 To Maintain Unbeaten RunAugust 22, 2017In “National Team”D’Tigress Perfect Group Record Ignites Hope Of Third AfroBasket Women’s TitleAugust 24, 2017In “National Team” D’Tigress of Nigeria provided yet another commanding performance to cruise past Egypt 106 – 72 in their third game of the 2017 AfroBasket Women championship in Bamako, Mali.Evelyn Akhator led the onslaught by providing 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to make it three wins on the bounce for Nigeria following victories over Mozambique and DR Congo.The victory means Nigeria is the first team to book its place in the quarterfinals with two group games against Guinea and Senegal still left to play.Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 20-15Egpyt2nd: Nigeria 30-14 Egpyt3rd: Nigeria 29-20 Egpyt4th: Nigeria 27-23 Egpyt
Related Articles Financial news sources have reported this morning, that Teddy Sagi, founder of Playtech Plc has sold 10% of his equity in the FTSE-listed gambling technology supplier.The news sees Sagi one of the UK’s richest businessmen reduce his stake in Playtech from 33.6 to 23.6%.The sale transaction of 32.2 million shares will be carried out by Sagi’s investment firm Brickington Trading Limited (Brickington). Sagi is expected to receive an earn-out of approximately £294 million, at present Playtech Plc has a market cap of £2.94 billion.Investment banks UBS, Canaccord Genuity and Credit Suisse have been appointed as the sale’s book-runners by Brickington. When the sale of Sagi shares is complete, Brickington has informed that it will not sell any more of its client’s equity for at least 180 days.This November, Playtech governance confirmed that the company would acquire UK company CFH Clearing for $120 million, a provider of B2B liquidity solutions financial trading enterprises.Business news sources have reported that Sagi decided the share sale, in order to diversify his current business portfolio, which includes multiple UK property investments, tech financing and personal ventures. Share StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share
1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4John Hill – Coral24.25 5Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 6Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 7Timeform23.81 8Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 9bettingexpert0.901.58 10John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 11Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 12Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 Timeform collected the second highest weekly total with 9.00 points at Leicester, which took their average to 3.81 points over the first 10 weeks of Tipster Challenge action.Unfortunately for Timeform, they still dropped a place to seventh behind this week’s guest Stuart Tilly. The CEO from Argyll Entertainment called a 4/1 winner in Gray Day to land in sixth place in the table, behind Michael Shinners from Sky Bet on races won.Stephen Harris from bettingexpert made a strong start to the day by correctly picking 9/4 joint favourite Ten Sixty in the 1:25. However, he was subsequently let down by the performances of the highly-fancied Caprice D’Anglais and Generous Helpings, and finished with just 2.25 points on the day to take his average to 1.58.Race Winners at Leicester:Foundation Man – 5/4Ten Sixty – 9/4Unify – 4/1Gray Day – 11/2Rathealy – 7/2Oliver’s Hill – 6/4Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Share Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead July 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon
Related Articles StumbleUpon Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 Laura PearsonGibraltar-based online lottery operator Lottoland, has confirmed the appointment of Laura Pearson as its new Head of Corporate Affairs.Pearson joins Lottoland from UK National Lottery operator Camelot, where she held the position of Head of Corporate Affairs for Camelot Global heading up the firm’s international communications strategy and PR planning.Joining Lottoland’s executive team, Pearson will be charged with leading the lottery operator’s internal corporate communications and external stakeholder strategies.Lottoland CEO Nigel Birrell commented on the appointment of Pearson: “We’re delighted to welcome Laura on board to lead our corporate affairs team, and have no doubt she will be an invaluable addition to our organisation.“Our ever-expanding lottery betting offer continues to entice new waves of customers and brings with it new challenges. As such it is crucial we employ top talent to ensure success across the board. Laura will help us do just that.”Pearson backed Birrell statement, on joining Lottoland “Lottoland’s UK and its global operations are a fascinating example of innovation within the betting industry, and I am really looking forward to joining. It’s an exciting time for Lottoland and I am looking forward to helping the business continue this growth throughout 2017 and beyond.” Share Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Submit BetVictor terminates its Isthmian amateur football profile April 15, 2020 Share
Submit Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 Publishing its Q1 trading results, New York-listed IGT Group Plc has detailed a tough opening to its financial year, reporting declines throughout its core metrics.The gambling technology and lottery systems provider would detail a group revenue decline of 10% to $1.15 billion (Q1 2016: $1.28 billion).IGT governance detailed that the revenue decline reflected a tough comparative period, combined with lower gaming product sales and new Italy Lotto concession dynamics.Closing the period IGT governance would declare a group adjusted EBITDA of $371 million, down 19% corresponding 2016 performance. The gambling group’s period operating income was recorded at $119 million down 37% on 2016’ $188 million.Breaking down performance, IGT governance stated that global store sale revenues were down 11% following record jackpot activity in North America and the United Kingdom during the prior-year period.During the period, IGT governance confirmed the sale of social gambling division Double Down to Korean games developer DoubleU for $825 million. The company detailed that it would use the funds gained would be used to lower corporate debt which stands at $7.3 billion.Speaking to investors Marco Sala CEO of IGT Group commented on performance“We are experiencing the reality of comparisons with the last year’s unusually high base and the headwinds that we expected in our gaming business. While revenue and adjusted EBITDA did not match the record levels achieved in the first quarter last year, it is important to note that the results we are reporting today are consistent with the pattern for the year that we described in March.From a high level perspective, let me give you a sense of how I view the quarter. Stripping away some of the major events of the first quarter of 2016, like record-setting jackpots in the United States and the UK and the large gaming system and software sales and also considering the new lotto contract effective since late last year, the picture comes into clearer focus. The performance of our international business was uncharacteristically low in the first quarter for a combination of reasons, which we expect to fully offset in the balance of the year.
Share Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Industry turnkey solutions provider Global Gaming has confirmed the appointment of Nigel Balcarres at its new Head of Compliance.Balcarres joins the Malta-based firm expanding operations from industry games provider NetEnt where he served as Compliance Officer (2014-2017).As new Head of Compliance, Balcarres will act as a key stakeholder in Global Gaming licensing initiatives being involved in all aspects of the jurisdictional projects, becoming the first point of corporate contact with regulatory bodies.Mark Wadsworth, Director of Global Gaming Malta, commented on the appointment: “Nigel brings with him the experience we need to secure and successfully operate licences in new markets, along with the vital skills required for us to continue to offer innovative services that are fully compliant.“His understanding of gaming and regulatory frameworks around the world is of significant advantage for us, and we look forward to his contribution to the business.”This October, Global Gaming issued a market update detailing that the company would place its corporate shareholding on the Scandinavian Nasdaq North Front exchange, the company expects to begin market trading on the 19 October. Share Related Articles Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020
Share Share Submit StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Related Articles Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc continues its M&A drive, confirming this morning that it has reached an agreement with private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and Sky Plc to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) outright.Seeking to create the world’s ‘most valuable, listed online gambling enterprise’, the Stars Group governance has put forward a ‘cash and stock transaction valued at $4.7 billion (€3.9 billion)’.“The acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming is a landmark moment in The Stars Group’s history,” stated The Stars Group Inc Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi.“SB&G operates one of the world’s fastest growing sportsbooks and is one of the United Kingdom’s leading gaming providers. SB&G’s premier sports betting product is the ideal complement to our industry-leading poker platform. The ability to offer two low-cost acquisition channels of this magnitude provides The Stars Group with great growth potential and will significantly increase our ability to create winning moments for our customers.”This March, SB&G governance disclosed full-year 2017 revenues of + £600 million, combined with an adjusted operating EBITDA of + £200 million, representing a compounded annual growth increase of circa 50% per metric.In 2018, the Leeds based online gambling group has detailed that it services a player base of ‘+2 million active customers’, with over 80% of revenues generated from mobile devices.“We are delighted to join forces with The Stars Group,” stated Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming’s Chief Executive Officer.“We have had a fantastic last few years and would like to thank CVC and Sky for supporting us in becoming a leading online operator in the UK. This transaction allows us to offer our best-in-class products to a truly global audience. We’re excited about our future together.”Updating investors on the transaction’s initial prospects and combined synergies, the Stars Group governance detailed the following enlargement dynamics/benefits;The Stars Group significantly accelerates its revenue diversification strategy, gaining a market leading online bookmaker in Sky BetThe group will bolster its presence within the United Kingdom, the world’s largest regulated online gaming market.The TSX firm acquires SB&G’s in-house development team improving its overall product portfolio and operational technologies.Furthermore, the accelerated development of its group sports betting verticals will create a supporting ‘low-cost customer acquisition channel’ complementing its flagship PokerStars business.In the update, the Stars Group has identified a an initial $70 million (€56 million) per year in combined ‘cost-synergy’ savings.Entering 2018, industry rumours circulated that majority shareholder CVC Capital would push for a public listing of its fast growth SB&G asset. Nevertheless, the agreed $4.7 billion transaction, sees the private equity firm make a significant return on its 2015 £800 million equity investment in the Leeds based online betting enterprise.Commenting on the sale of SB&G, Pev Hooper, Partner at CVC Capital, detailed: “Richard and his team have done a fantastic job building Sky Betting & Gaming into one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing operators. We have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the team and our partners at Sky. This combination with The Stars Group opens a new and exciting chapter for SBG to accelerate its international growth, and we look forward to continuing the journey as a shareholder in the combined group.”