Browse Month: July 2017

Tighter visa rules: US wants social media details, travel info of past 15 years

Tighter visa rules: US wants social media details, travel info of past 15 years

Trump administration launched a new questionnaire for United States visa applicants worldwide requiring social media over the past five years and biographical information dating back to 15 years.

The new questions, as part of an effort to strengthen control of potential visitors to the United States, were approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget, despite criticism from various education officials and university groups during A period of public comment.

Critics argued that the new questions would be too cumbersome, lead to long delays in treatment and deter international students and scientists from coming to the United States.

With the new procedure, consular officials can request previous passport numbers, five social media functions, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information, including addresses, employment and travel history.

Officials are requesting additional information to decide “whether the information is needed to confirm identity or to conduct more stringent national security controls,” a State Department official said Wednesday. The State Department earlier said that tighter control would apply to visa applicants was instrumental in justifying further verification as part of terrorism or other visa restrictions related to national security. ”

US President Donald Trump has pledged to increase national security and border protection by proposing to give more money to the military and to pay Mexico to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.

An attempt was made to establish a temporary travel ban for people from six predominantly Muslim countries in which a US appeals court refused to rejoin the discrimination of calls and the establishment of a confrontation before the Supreme Court.

The Office of Administration and Budget has granted emergency authorization for the new six-month issues instead of the usual three years.

Although the new questions are voluntary, the form states that information may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application. Lawyers and immigration lawyers say the demand for 15 years of detailed biographical information as well as the expectation that bidders will remember all their social media functions, likely to contract candidates who make innocent mistakes or do not remember all the information requested.

The new questions give consular officials “arbitrary power” to determine who gets a visa without effective control of their decisions, said Babak Yousefzadeh, a San Francisco-based lawyer and president of the Iran Bar Association.

“The United States has one of the strictest visa application processes in the world,” said Yousefzadeh. “The need to further strengthen the implementation process is  unknown and unclear.”

Stuck between protests and depression, Kashmir’s youth look for escape

Stuck between protests and depression, Kashmir’s youth look for escape

A recent visit to Kashmir took me to Pulwama which is 50 km from Srinagar, in the southern part of the disturbed valley. There I met three young men fleeing stone from the security forces.

“Yes, we paint the stones, We want freedom,” said the most talkative among them, taking the name of Jehangir. Both presented themselves as Adil and Omar.

The freedom of that; India, he asked. The response came after a pause: “In India, oppression, we are students, the police stop us, beat us, disturbing us and harassing our families …”

All were in their twenties; Low-income families. During a 30-minute conversation in a corner of a crowded market, they shared stories of police excesses. A local cop was the worst pursuer; Including blocking innocent young men and freeing them for their consideration.

As we have said, the three of them were sitting in the backseat of Maruti Alto, my local contact. They were not comfortable, the air was bare and crazy. In distracted attention they were seen on their phones, by showing me snapshots intermittently blinded by pellets and inflammatory messages militant leader Zakir Musa. The former Hizbul Mujahideen commander had been the news for threatening to kill the leaders of Hurriyat Kashmir who were called in a political conflict. Is Musa your leader? I asked. They said someone with a gun was their leader – Burhan Wani, Musa Abu Dujana or Let.

They have all accepted their leaders, relatives of activists and protesters killed by the security forces: “The father who lost his son is our leader, not Syed Ali Shah Geelani has security Z (Mrs. Hurghyat).” For them, Musa Destruction Engineering, was a “engineers bound to take the gun.”

Omar had aspired to be a doctor. With Jehangir, who is wanted to the provisions of the Public Security Law. “I have no choice. I get stones because I have no weapon to deal with security forces.”

The home village of Wani, Tral, located at a distance of 25 km from Pulwama, Kashmir is called Kandahar. A series of obstacles forcing banks to keep ATMs out of money in the region.

I tried to show triumph agitated the inconvenience of a life in crime, to be in conflict with the law, regardless of its cause, the feeling of being harmed. And if the case against the young are eliminated; Were the prisoners released and offered jobs or loans for small businesses?

His eyes light up, but only momentarily. “We can not live or eat freely, to talk about work,” Jehangir said. But it could work if it had happened, Adil admitted: “We have lost interest in the system to aspirations unjustly denied or defeated.” The students I met in Srinagar and Pulwama College domain came from a better socio-economic context. But he also felt betrayed by the effervescent and corrupt system. “The young people here lead a depressing life,” said Shamim Meraj, editor of Kashmir Monitor. Sports stadiums are in a state of detention and poorly maintained parks since the floods of 2014 even movie theaters are closed, leaving Gen-X hanging from the Internet that also locks up when events occur.

More daughters, more money: Harvard researchers’ tips for venture capitalists

More daughters, more money: Harvard researchers’ tips for venture capitalists

Venture capital firms whose partners have more girls tend to outperform their competitors, hiring more women and making more money, according to a new academic study.

In a review of rare gender diversity results in the form of a benefit, researchers at Harvard University said that other girls encouraged leaders to hire more women, in turn, “improve a performance of operations and money “.

His work was published by the influential National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-profit research organisation based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Venture capital has long been a world dominated by men, three-quarters of companies that do not have high-level investors, according to previous research cited in the study.

But increasing gender diversity could be a recipe for greater profitability, wrote business professor Paul Gompers and researcher Sophie Wang in the study co-author.

Venture capital companies are often pocket-sized enterprises, small businesses that are committed to the start-up success of investing millions in exchange for participation and hope for high performance.

According to the study, companies increased their gender diversity hiring more women saw their success rate to increase by almost 3%. Profitability, as measured by the domestic rate of return, increased by more than 3%.

University based their findings on 12,000 venture capital investments made between 1990 and 2016, primarily by US companies.

They also studied the personal information obtained from 1400 investment partners. Mathematical models have shown that the probability of hiring a high-level investor has increased by 25% when a child has been replaced by a girl among the partners of a company.

The authors have made investments that led to an initial public offering of the company or when the company was acquired for more money than expected.

The study, released Monday, adds weight to business arguments for gender diversity, they said.

“While diversity has been hailed as an important pillar of modern civil society and the contemporary work environment, there are few rigorous studies, in our view, that estimate the causal economic impact of a varied work task in a real business environment, “They wrote.

Beyond the data, it was not clear why partners with more girls have improved the performance of venture capital firms, they said.

The authors wrote that partners raising girls may feel less tense against women and therefore hire more. Female couples, by their origin, could also open the door to more business opportunities.

Watch - Police release video of Tiger Woods falling asleep on the wheels

Watch – Police release video of Tiger Woods falling asleep on the wheels

The controversy over the arrest of Tiger Woods on Tuesday for the DUI charge continued with Jupiter County police dash the publication of a video of the incident.

The former world number one golfer seemed disoriented, stumbled and swayed by a sobriety test on the ground that led to his arrest. The video showed that Woods was unable to tie his shoelaces and staggered as he tried to walk in a straight line. Woods was “unable to walk alone” and was “hard to keep his eyes open.” The American golfer could not follow a red light with his eyes when he was invited to do it by the officer.

To check if wood understands the instructions, the officer asked him to recite the alphabet from A to Z in a “slow and non-rhythmic.” “This means they do not sing, okay? You understand the instructions,” the officer asked Woods. He replied, “Yes.” When the officer asked him what the instructions were, Woods said, “Do not sing the national anthem upside down.” At one point in the sobriety tests, Woods asks, ‘What do we do?’ Maderas However, he managed to recite the alphabets later as seen in the video.

Woods had blamed DUI detention during an adverse reaction to prescription drugs. After his release, Woods issued a statement in which he said: “I did not realise that the drug mix so I was affected. I apologise with all my heart to my family, friends and fans. myself.

Woods, who has already been news away from the golf course. Her private life has collapsed in late 2009 on accusations of affairs with several women and ultimately led to the end of her marriage. These accusations followed a bizarre car accident early in the morning outside his Florida home that swelled rapidly into a sexual scandal in himself that transformed his life and career up until now into the unshakeable backhand.

The Woods scandal eventually cost him a number of lucrative sponsorship deals, while other authors have strayed from their use in marketing, but have not yet terminated their contracts with him.

Woods, whose current sponsors include Nike, Bridgestone, Hero, Kowa, the top cover and monster power was ranked 12th on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in the year 2016, with a total profit of 45.3 Millions of dollars, despite so much If the year recovering from a back surgery.

1 dead, 5 injured as Pakistan targets Indian posts in J-K’s Poonch

1 dead, 5 injured as Pakistan targets Indian posts in J-K’s Poonch

One worker was killed and five people including a BWA jawan were injured Thursday morning in the Pakistan bombing along the Control Line (LOC) in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Unconfirmed reports revealed that a soldier had died, but no confirmation came from the army, police said.

Defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta said that the total force of the reserve engineering worker (Gref) died in the Mankote area in Mendhar in the Krishna Ghati sector, which, Nowshera in Rajouri with, has been subjected to intense Fire through the Morning Control Line.

The identity of the deceased has not been established.

The manager responsible for the wounded border security force was identified as Mohammed Havaldar Nizamuddin 50 BN BSF. He was treated in a hospital in the army in Mendhar.

Gref Four employees were injured when Pakistan has focused on the Balnoi area around 7:30 am, Mendhar Riaz Tantray subdivision police officer said HT.

Two of the men – the driver Radha Krishan and Pervaiz Ahmed – were seriously injured and displaced Rajouri district hospital. The other two were treated at a Mendhar hospital.

Gref is part of the Border Road Organization, a division of the Ministry of Defense responsible for maintaining the road network to the borders of India.

Tantray said police had received unconfirmed reports of the death of an Indian soldier from Mankote. “The army has not confirmed yet,” he said.

The intense bombing was in the area and obstructed the evacuation of villagers. The latest ceasefire violation comes after a two-week break.

Krishna Ghati is the area where unfair Border Action Team Pakistan crossed the Line of Control, ambushed a patrol and beheaded two Indian soldiers, Paramjit Singh and Prem Sagar, May 1.

The murders led to large exchanges between the two sides in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.

Three civilians, including one girl, were killed in Nowshera while 10 people, including four soldiers, were wounded in the shelling, which lasted for 15 days.

Violations of the ceasefire along the Control Line increase in summer when snow melts and open mountain passes through which militants sneak into India. Pakistani troops give fire to the infiltrators.