By Garth A. RoseUS officials have approved a new questionnaire form which some applicants for US visas are required to complete when submitting their applications at consulates.Under the new federal immigration policy, consular officers can request visa applicants to complete the additional questionnaire (Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants).The new questionnaire requires applicants to provide information related to:All social media handles used during the past five years; Phone numbers and email addresses used over the past five years; Fifteen years of travel history, with detail on the sources of funding for your travel; Fifteen years of address and employment history; Details on all passport numbers held, along with country of issuance; Names, dates of birth for all siblings and children; and names, dates of births of all current and former spouses.Weston-based immigration attorney, Caroly Pedersen, told National Weekly it’s estimated that likely only 0.5 percent of travelers (roughly 65,000 people annually) will be selected for further immigration scrutiny.State Department officials say in order to implement the federal government’s goal of “extreme vetting”, Consular officers are authorized to request this additional voluntary information, when they believe “that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting.”However, while completing the form is voluntary, applicants who refuse to provide the information will likely have their visa applications denied. Proponents of additional vetting measures argue that it’s a step in the right direction to protect Americans. However, Pedersen and other opponents argue innocent travelers will be put on the spot to remember every trip they took in the past 15 years, social media site they registered for, and used in the past 5-years.Opponents also believe requesting more information will inevitably increase consular waiting times and cause visa processing delays.
Margaret Barrett dies suddenly Former JN team member, Margaret Rose Barrett, suffered a massive stroke on October 4. Sadly, she never regained full consciousness and passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 14 at the Florida Medical Center in Florida.Ms. Barrett’s tenure with Jamaica National Building Society stemmed almost a quarter century of loyal and faithful service, both in Jamaica and the USA. She joined Jamaica National at the Chief Office in Kingston in 1987, as Manager of Personnel and Training.Over the years, she was highly commended for organizing excellent staff awards functions and for her contribution to the official opening of JN’s main office at Half-Way-Tree. Her commitment to hard work, diligence in training and willingness to go that extra mile to achieve targets was well known.Appointed in 2003In 2003, she was appointed Chief Representative Officer for the newly established JN Florida Representative Office in Tamarac, and for seven years, she represented the interests of Jamaica National in the state, while positioning ‘Brand Jamaica’ not only to the Jamaican diaspora overseas but also to a wider constituent of nationals where JN served and operated.Throughout these many years, her generosity, selflessness and love for people touched the lives of many, helping them to achieve their goals, as she in turn fulfilled her personal ambition to, change lives for the better on behalf of Jamaica National.Involved in the Jamaica DiasporaMs. Barrett was also very involved in e South Florida Jamaican Diaspora. Days before her death she was included in a committee that has been commissioned to review the role and impact of the Jamaican Diaspora.She was also instrumental in the formation of the University of the West Indies Alumni Association (UWIAA)- Florida Chapter, where she was a former president, and at the time of her passing was the organization’s secretary. The current president of the UWIAA-FL Dr. Carmen Nicholas in paying tribute to Ms, Barrett said, “It is very difficult to think of UWIAA-FL without Margaret! We will miss her dearly, cherish memories of times with her and honor her tremendous legacy of service.Margaret Barrett is survived by her son, Bertrand.The funeral service for the life of Margaret Barrett will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Episcopal Church of Atonement at 10:00am.
Legendary former West Indies fast bowler, Courtney Walsh, has been installed as Bangladesh’s interim head coach for the Tri-Nation Series in Sri Lanka starting next month.The 55-year-old Jamaican has served as the side’s bowling coach for the last two years but has been thrust into the top role with the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s inability to find a replacement for Chandika Hathurusingha who quit last October.“Walsh has vast cricket experience, and everyone respects him as well,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan said.Walsh joined the Bangladesh cricket organization in September 2016 on a three-year deal. He has since worked closely with the national team’s bowlers especially in developing the fast bowler stocks.He will now oversee the squad’s preparation for the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tournament which involves powerhouses India and hosts Sri Lanka.Walsh played 132 Tests for the West Indies, finishing as the all-time leading West Indies bowler with 519 wickets.
West Indies Women will intensify preparations for the defense of their Twenty20 World Cup title when they undergo a month-long training camp in St. John’s, Antigua, starting next week.Fourteen players, headed by captain Stafanie Taylor, will be put through their paces at the April 30 to May 30 camp by head coach Hendy Springer and his assistant Stuart Williams.Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, said the camp was an important phase of the team’s preparation as it allowed them to access key resources.“CWI is cognizant of the difficulties and challenges faced by the Women cricketers in getting the best training facilities and world class support in their individual territories,” said Adams. “Therefore, this is a move by CWI to address that issue and to get them the relevant support staff to best prepare them for international cricket.”Batsman Kyshona Knight and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher will take no part in the camp because of injury while senior all-rounder Deandra Dottin is unavailable due to personal reasons.Teenager Shabika Gajnabi, who has led Guyana’s Under-19 side for the last two years, is the lone new face in the training squad.The 17-year-old batsman will be joined by the likes of teenaged opener Hayley Matthews, former skipper Merissa Aguilleira and Shamilia Connell, all of whom toured New Zealand recently.West Indies will play host to the ICC T20 World Cup from November 9-24.SQUAD – Stafanie Taylor, Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shabika Gajnabi, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Reniece Boyce, Felicia Walters, Akeira Peters, Shekera Selman.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens took a major step forward with a monumental last-second victory in Pittsburgh last Sunday.Their biggest challenge this week will be to avoid taking a step back.The last time the Ravens were coming off a win over the hated Steelers, they went to Nashville and laid an egg against the inferior Titans in Week 2. And following a solid 29-14 win over AFC South-leading Houston, Baltimore was embarrassed in a nationally-televised loss to Jacksonville on Monday night.After sweeping the regular-season series with the Steelers for only the second time in franchise history, coach John Harbaugh has no intention of his football team negating what they’ve accomplished by losing at 2-6 Seattle on Sunday.“It resonates with us a lot, because you’d give one back,” Harbaugh said. “It would still be a division win, it would still be a conference win, but we don’t want to win one then give one back. And that’s going to be true for the rest of the season. Every game we play is going to be the most important game. This is the most important game of the season that we are going to play.”The pressure will lie more heavily on the offense to produce from the start of the game, unlike disappointing efforts in Tennessee and Jacksonville in which they failed to keep pace with the opposition in the first half. The Ravens were held scoreless through the first 20 minutes of the Titans game and failed to even collect a first down in the first 40 minutes of the debacle against the Jaguars.After driving 92 yards for the game-winning touchdown in their final drive against Pittsburgh, the Ravens hope to continue that same success against the Seahawks’ 16th-ranked defense.“It’s going to be our job to get off to a quick start, and we do that by just going and executing and trying to be as efficient as we can,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “I think as long as we do that, then hopefully we can go put some points on the board early on and try to take all those others factors out of the game as quickly as we can.”Thoughts of the Pittsburgh game were still on display Wednesday as the gathered media was more interested in the aftermath of the Steelers victory than a mundane trip to Seattle to play the Seahawks, who are oddly tied for second place in the division with a 2-6 record and have lost four of their last five. However, after Tuesday’s day off, the Ravens say they’re ready to start the second half of their schedule.“We’re thinking about Seattle now,” Grubbs said. “It’s all about what’s important now. This is a big game. We know what happened in the past, but every week is a new week and there are new opportunities. We’re going to take this game as it is. It’s an important game because it’s next on the schedule, so we’re going to look at it that way.”Lewis and Clark finedAfter a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been fined a reported $20,000 by the NFL.The collision occurred in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game, and the veteran wideout did not return to action.“They fined me whatever they were going to fine me, but I’ll definitely call it in [to appeal],” Lewis said. “The thing is, you definitely respect them trying to protect players’ safety. But at the same time, it won’t change one way I play this week — no matter what the fine is. You just can’t stop playing defense the way defense has always been created to play.”Meanwhile, Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 for his hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson. Unlike Lewis, Clark was flagged 15 yards unnecessary roughness penalty that helped set up a 51-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff to conclude the first half. Clark was also fined $15,000 for an out-of-bounds hit against the New England Patriots two weeks ago.“This time it’s wrong, not that I respected [commissioner Roger Goodell] before this,” Clark told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday.Lewis was more diplomatic in responding to the fine handed down by the league, but the 16th-year linebacker has expressed frustration in the past over the way defensive players are being restricted in how they do their jobs.“You never want to hurt anybody,” Lewis said. “I’ve been in this business too long, so the last thing you want to do is hurt anyone. I just think once we started getting into these fines — and I don’t know how they come up with the numbers most of the time — just get done with it. Whatever it is, I’ll talk to the league guys and move on from there.”Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison is also expected to draw a fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday’s game.Ball So HardTrending on Twitter for two days following the Ravens-Steelers Sunday night broadcast on NBC, Terrell Suggs’ “Ball So Hard University” introduction created quite the stir.The Pro Bowl linebacker was asked to explain where the reference originated before the Ravens returned to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon.“A lot of guys on this team attended ‘Ball So Hard University,’ including me, myself,” Suggs said. “I’m actually the dean of students, and the president of the school is actually Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), so you all might want to get clearance on that. But, it was just fun.”The phrase originates from the song “N—-s in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. Suggs was sporting a t-shirt displaying the “school” name, but the linebacker said he is not currently selling the shirts.Perhaps the valedictorian of the fictitious institution should be Flacco after he orchestrated a 13-play, 92-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes to give the Ravens one of their biggest regular-season wins in franchise history. Even the laid-back quarterback got a kick out of Suggs’ institution of higher learning.“I hope everybody on our team can automatically get accepted into that,” Flacco said. “That’s pretty cool. I heard about that, and that’s one of those things I wish I was thoughtful and cool enough to come up with that on my own.”
Brazilian superstar, Neymar, has penned his world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, according to the picture making the rounds on social media.The picture showed 25-year-old Neymar putting pen to paper, with PSG representatives in attendance.Neymar’s £200m world record move to PSG became imminent yesterday when Barcelona authorized him to miss training and also confirmed that the forward wants to leave the Camp Nou.The Brazilian will reportedly earn £40.3m in wages per year after tax, with around £515,000-a-week.RelatedOfficial – PSG Announce Neymar SigningAugust 3, 2017In “France”Neymar-Barcelona Saga Rumbles On…October 10, 2017In “Europe”Barcelona Confirms Neymar Departure, PSG Move ImminentAugust 2, 2017In “Europe”
Incoming world number one, Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of the Cincinnati Masters by Australian, Nick Kyrgios.22-year-old Kyrgios, who is currently world number 23, defeated Nadal in straight sets, 6-2 7-5 in the quarter finals on Friday to perfectly position himself for a US Open place.Speaking shortly after the game, Kyrgios explained: “In the last couple of months I had a rollercoaster of scenes,”Ever since Davis Cup, had such a big high. Obviously my grandpa passed away. Had some off-court issues. My head’s been all over the place.”“I have just been going through a load of shit, sorry for cussing, but a load of stuff that’s distracted me from just trying to play some tennis, and hopefully I’m just trying to get on the right track again.”The pair then paid tribute to the victims of Thursday’s attack in Barcelona, an incident Rafael Nadal described as “a tragedy”.“[It’s] a tragedy, the feeling that you are not safe, so that’s terrible. So just very sad. I’m very, very sorry about what happened to all the victims, all the families, friends.”“[This] is the moment to be together like a country and all being together, we go through these kind of things.” the Spaniard added.Kyrgios will now square up against David Ferrer in the semi-finals on Sunday.Related
Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has finally broken his silence on the much talked about ‘no show’ against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their international friendly game.Nigeria and Argentina face off at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.When asked after he played 90 minutes to help Argentina beat hosts Russia 1-0 in an international friendly on Saturday afternoon, Messi confirmed that it was coach Jorge Sampaoli’s decision for him to sit out the game with Nigeria.According to El Grafico, Messi said:“Sampaoli decided to rest me a little bit and not play the game against Nigeria.””We want to get the best way to the World Cup. It’s good to win to continue correcting and improving things, we have to reinforce the game system that Sampaoli wants, we must make the most of the time together.”It is a reality that in the selection there is little time and we have to make the most of it when we are together, reinforce what the coach wants, try to carry out the practices.” he concluded.Lionel Messi is undoubtedly Argentina’s star player and the country’s all-time record goalscorer with 61 goals and two of those goals came against the Super Eagles of Nigeria during the last FIFA World Cup in Brazil.Related
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has signed a new two-year contract until 2019.This was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick while he was speaking during the launching ceremony of the code 1945 in Lagos on Monday ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.BREAKING: NFF president @PinnickAmaju announces that coach Gernot Rohr has been given a two-year contract extension and paid up until December 2017 https://t.co/Utrfs2cQjh— Kwesé Sports (@kwesesports) November 27, 2017The NFF chief also confirmed that his salary has been paid until December 2017.Gernot Rohr has had a largely successful stint as Super Eagles head coach since his appointment in 2016.He masterminded Super Eagles’ qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after a 1-0 win over Zambia in Russia.Related
Bildabet has confirmed that Tony Gale, a Sky Sports pundit and former Premier League footballer, will be doing a ‘meet and greet’ on the first day of this year’s ICE conference.Gale is an Advisor and Ambassador for Bildabet, who are using ICE 2017 to launch their small form factor betting product. The ‘meet and greet’ will kick off at 15:00 on 7 February at stand S3-100.Justin Helden, CEO and Commercial Director for Bildabet, said: “Not only is Tony Gale a Sky Sports legend, but he had a pretty amazing career too. He knows everything there is to know about football; he lives and breathes it day in and day out.“He is the perfect ambassador for Bildabet, as he is always approachable and ready to discuss anything to do with football, with anyone. He is currently creating more content with the Bildabet team, with better gaming opportunities based around the intricacies of the game for the more discerning punter.”Gayle started his senior career at Fulham, where he scored 19 goals in seven seasons from 1977-1984, an impressive return for a defender. He then spent 10 years with West Ham from 1984-1994, making over 300 appearances, before winning the league in his single season with Blackburn Rovers. Share Related Articles Share Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon