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Edition of 30 September, 2002 #115

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Travel News: Air travel has become a nightmare for many.

2. Immigration News: Amazon and Microsoft Demand H-1B Visa Workers

3. Immigration News: An unlucky immigrant shown the golden door

4. Immigration News: Visa Lottery Comes Up Again Amid Fears Over Terrorism

5. Global Trade: Problems in Africa

6. Global Trade: Investing in Africa

7. Global Trade: The Booming Oil Industry in Angola Looking Positive

8. Business: Isle of Man, Zero Tax rate Looks Attractive

9. Construction: Homelessness in the United States?

10. Report on the World Summit in Johannesburg

 

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1. Air travel has become a nightmare for many.
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Airports may have fewer chaotic lines than they did last fall, but flying still feels dramatically different from the way it did before Sept. 11.

A way of traveling that had become as easy and convenient as hopping a bus now begins with a series of stressful and often unpredictable tests that must be passed. As a passenger, you're no longer just a customer. You're a potential threat.

To read more go to our NEWS DESK

 

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2.Amazon and Microsoft Demand H-1B Visa Workers
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Despite one of the worst economic recessions ever to strike the local high-tech industry, Amazon and Microsoft continue to file applications to fill vacant job openings with foreign workers under the H-1B visa program.

According to the database that tracks such filings, the two companies have requested forty-one applications since the beginning of 2002. If the trend continues throughout the year, more than 150 jobs could go to foreign workers. The federally regulated H-1B visa program allows high-tech companies to bring in more than 100,000 workers per year for computer-related occupations.

The jobs that Amazon and Microsoft are seeking to fill include software development, design and test engineers. To make their H-1B applications, these companies had to attest that they had sought qualified U.S. candidates, but failed in their search and therefore needed foreign workers to fill these jobs.

To read more go to our NEWS DESK

 

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3. An unlucky immigrant shown the golden door
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His baby face is wan, his eyes sleepless. His dark hair has turned gray in jail. Macan Singh, 33 -- just released from 16 months of Immigration and Naturalization Service detention -- hardly looked like the symbol of an increasingly complex debate on immigration in the USA, but he is.

No question -- Singh is an illegal immigrant and will be deported back to India. But his case is instructive because it reflects a clash of governmental objectives -- the enforcement of immigration law versus the protection of exploited workers.

To read more go to our NEWS DESK

 

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4. Annual Visa Lottery Comes Up Again Amid Fears Over Terrorism
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Millions vie for 50,000 permanent residency slots offered by the Visa Lottery. Many residents already in the U.S. question whether it's wise for the program to continue.

The State Department published guidelines last week for the upcoming 2004 DV-1 green card lottery. The entry period starts at noon on Monday, October 7 and concludes on Wednesday, November 6. Applicants from most parts of the world will vie for 50,000 green cards, which will be available for distribution starting on October 1 of next year.

The application procedures are the same as in previous years, and those participating in the lottery also need to bear in mind the cardinal rule of only one entry per person. Those submitting duplicates will be disqualified. Applicants must also possess the equivalent of a U.S. high school education, or two years or work/training experience in a field that requires similar qualifications.

For more information visit our web page on Immigration and the Green Card Lottery.


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5. Global Trade: Problems in Africa?
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What is this the real problem as to why Africa is in a State of Poverty? Can we just blame the British Colonials?

Johannesburg - Mining boss, former Gauteng premier and struggle activist Tokyo Sexwale yesterday launched a stinging attack on corrupt African leaders, accusing them of running their countries' treasuries for their own account.

Speaking at the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD), Sexwale said some of the continent's political bosses were running "kleptocracies" rife with nepotism and corruption.

To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK

 

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6. Investing in Africa
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Portugal is leading an investment charge in former African colonies, particularly in Angola where the end of a long civil war has sparked a surge in the flow of cash to the nation.

Portuguese firms poured €68.4 million into Angola during the first three months of this year, a 54 percent increase over the same period last year, Portuguese trade office figures, released last week, showed.

To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK


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7. The Booming Oil Industry in Angola Looking Positive
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Cape Town - The rapidly growing Angolan oil industry was "one of Africa's success stories", expected to attract $50 billion in investment over the next 10 years, Duncan Clarke, the chairman and chief executive of US-based Global Pacific and Partners International, said yesterday.

Go to our NEWS DESK

Note: Our firm is authorized to recruit workers for positions with oil companies. Visit our web page on Employment.


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8. Isle of Man, Zero Tax rate Looks Attractive
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DOUGLAS, IoM. Abolition of corporate tax is poaching JERSEY firms. To read the full report go to our NEWS DESK


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9. Homelessness in the United States?
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Prepared by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, "Evaluations of Continuums of Care for Homeless People" is a comprehensive study that examines the continuums of care for homeless people throughout the United States. Critiquing the agenda of the Continuum of Care (CoC), a system designed to help homeless people as well as those at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

This 216-page report examines their development, current structure, and possible future. Users should note that this report defaults to small font and may be more easily readable if printed. To obtain a copy of this report ( PDF) click here

Our firm plays a role in assisting the "homeless" in many countries. If you can help in any way, we would appreciate your suggestions. Visit our web page on this subject.

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10. Report on the World Summit in Johannesburg
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What are we going to do about Africa Needs?

Based on current trends, none of the goals of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg will be met because dozens of countries are already way off track in meeting commitments.

In fact, the situation will be worse in just over 10 years time than it was 10 years ago.

This is the view of one of the world's top development agencies, Oxfam, expressed in a statement delivered in Northern Ireland on Friday. Our representative at this Special meeting will provide us with a report for next month's Newsletter. To read more go to our NEWS DESK


This Months Quote:

"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand." ~ Frank Hobart

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