The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says it has reached an agreement with a Miami-based company over claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized Caribbean and other immigrants when verifying their work authorization.The DOJ said the agreement was reached with Brickell Financial Services Motor Club, Inc, otherwise known as Road America Motor Club, Inc (Road America), resolving the department’s investigation into whether the company violated the US Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).The department concluded, based on its investigation, that Road America routinely requested that lawful Caribbean and other permanent residents show their Permanent Resident Cards to prove their work authorization but did not request specific documents from US citizens.Lawful permanent residents often have the same work authorization documents available to them as US citizens, and may choose acceptable documents other than a Permanent Resident Card to prove they are authorised to work, the DOJ said.It said the investigation further revealed that Road America required lawful permanent resident employees to re-establish their work authorisation when their Permanent Resident Cards expired, even though US federal rules prohibit this practice.The anti-discrimination provision of the INA prohibits employers from subjecting employees to unnecessary documentary demands based on the employees’ citizenship or national origin, the DOJ said.“When verifying the work authorisation of employees, employers may not erect unnecessary barriers based on employees’ citizenship or national origin,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.“Employers must ensure they are aware of their legal obligations to avoid discrimination, and we applaud Road America for committing itself to do so through this settlement,” he added.Under the settlement, the DOJ said Road America will pay a civil penalty of US$34,200 and pay US$1,044 to compensate an unidentified worker who lost wages due to its unfair documentary practices.The DOJ said Road America has also agreed to post notices informing workers about their rights under the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, train their human resources personnel, and be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements.
Preeminent and Global Digital publication puts spotlight on art by African, Caribbean & African American Artists Art BaselArt Basel/Miami Art Week is three weeks away and Sugarcane Magazine’s highly anticipated annual guide Black And Basel: Where To Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach is set for release on November 29, 2017, on www.sugarcanemag.com.The rapid growth of black art within Art Basel and Miami Week is rich and key to the vibrant diversity of the cultural landscape, however not always widely known.Black art plays a vital roleCultural leader and influencer, Melissa Hunter Davis, Founder, and editor of Sugarcane Magazine is the architect of the annual guide. She is focused on ensuring that people know that black art plays a vital role in the landscape of the most significant art platforms that happens in Miami annually.The Black and Basel: Where to Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach includes; independent events, exhibits by local artists, art fairs and galleries within premiere art fairs like Art Basel, NADA, Red Dot, and Pulse, where African, Caribbean & African -American artists are exhibiting their artwork.Also, the guide maps out where key Black and Caribbean satellite art fairs will take place. Some of those include, Art Africa Miami Arts Fair, Yeelen Gallery, Prizm Art Fair, Miami Urban Contemporary Experience.Map to guide shoppers This year a map will be included to help people plan out their Black Basel schedule. This guide is a significant tool for collectors, professionals, aficionados, and influencers who look to view and purchase art by African, African American and Caribbean artists.Sugarcane Magazine is an independent and black-owned, digital platform for visual and performing artists of Africa and the African Diaspora. The magazine has featured interviews with Hank Willis Thomas, Renee Cox, Nora Chipaumire, Carol Mallard of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Edwidge Danticat to name a few.Sugarcane Magazine is a part of Sugarcane Global Media, a boutique videography firm that works with non-profits, small corporations, podcasters, and artists. Sugarcane Global Media is also the official firm of Art Africa Miami and Prizm Art Fair 2017.
Aerial view of bustling Charlotte Amelie, US Virgin Islands The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has described 2017 as a “challenging year’ for the region’s tourism sector but was looking forward to the new year with “optimism and excitement”.“For the New Year the CTO has declared 2018 The Year of Rejuvenation in the Caribbean. With wellness and rejuvenation being important aspects of the Caribbean tourism product, we are encouraging our member countries and private sector partners to plan and organise events and activities around that theme,” said CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley..“The 2018 Caribbean Year of Rejuvenation will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for locals, travellers and holiday/vacation planners to share their ideas on how to capture the Caribbean’s huge capacity for wellness and rejuvenation. It will be a time of rebirth for us and for those who come to share the joy of a Caribbean vacation experience,” he added.In his New Year’s message, Riley, said while the first half of the year saw exciting growth in both tourism infrastructure and tourist arrivals over the previous year, Hurricanes Maria and Irma in September “not only destroyed property, but also took the lives of many of our citizens.“We must never forget the souls we lost along the way. Physically, we will recover. Our Caribbean people are a resilient population. We will put the bricks and mortar back together and the hotels and vegetation will rise again and shine in the brilliant sunlight.”Impact of storms He said travellers coming to the Caribbean countries that were impacted by the storms will now notice various stages of the rebuild and recover effort.“Some are already fully up to speed and ready for the winter; others, only partially so. Our affected islands respect the safety and security of guests and staff and are therefore being frank and open about their state of readiness.”Riley said that given that tourism is the main economic driver for most of the Caribbean, “in the hurricane-affected islands guests in 2018 and beyond will expect to see a product that is rebuilt stronger, better and even more attractive than before.“That’s the plan, however long it takes to deliver,” Riley said, praising the various stakeholders for ensuring the continued survival of the industry.The Caribbean and Canada Riley said that the CTO recently embarked on a strategy to substantially enhance the Caribbean’s engagement in Canada, to develop business in non-traditional areas and work closely with our members’ representatives for maximum impact.“The Canadian market was a strong performer for most of 2017, with arrivals up by 6.4 per cent. We can now look forward to more expansion of that market in 2018. We also continued to focus on our two primary markets, the United States and Europe, with the United Kingdom, in particular, taking a central role. These markets were more robust in 2017 and we trust this will continue in 2018.”Intra-Caribbean tourism on the upswingThe CTO Secretary General said intra-Caribbean tourism, which has also been on the increase, would need continuous attention, especially under the current circumstances where the task of educating the travelling public and removing the barriers to intra-Caribbean travel will continue to be a challenge.Riley noted that 2017 was declared the “Year of Adventure in the Caribbean” and noted that the region capitalized on this in multiple promotions with member countries and industry partners.“The Caribbean Year of Adventure linked directly with the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and allowed us to pair adventure with sustainability,” he said, adding that the year culminated with the World Tourism Organization holding its Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, in Jamaica, followed by the CTO’s partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank to host the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts.
Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson says there is a need for more development track meets for young athletes in Jamaica.Crucial for future of young athletesSpeaking after her victory in 60-metre event at the recently held Queens/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium, Thompson stressed the point that such development meets are crucial for the future of these young athletes.“The Queens/Grace Jackson meet is very special for our athletes. It’s a starter and we don’t have a lot of development meets in Jamaica,” said Thompson who retained her title as the 60-metres champion, with a time of 7.18 seconds. The annual “Boys’ and Girls’ Champs is early this year, so coming out to this meet is also a great start for our young athletes.”Held on Saturday, January 27, the Queens/Grace Jackson Meet saw impressive performances from high school athletes from across the island and athletes from the MVP and Racers Track clubs. It is one of the first major track meets on the 2018 JAAA calendar.Need more investment in track and field“There is need for more investment in track and field and we definitely want to see more opportunities for our athletes to gain competitive experience in a relaxed environment,” said Nathan Nelms, assistant brand manager for Stouts and Malta at Red Stripe, sponsors of the Queens/Grace Jackson meet. “As a corporate sponsor of several track events, we try to make the meets enticing for athletes on the amateur and professional circuits with creative prizes. It is hoped that more companies will support track and field meets in this way so that Jamaica can continue its legacy of excellence in the sport.”Malta will also sponsor the Digicel Grand Prix, Youngster Goldsmith Meet, Jamalco Meet, Camperdown Classics, Western Champs, Gibson Relays and the G C Foster Classics this year.
On March 14, the Jamaican Ministry of National Security launched its National Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System, dubbed Jamaica Eye in a bid to intensify the fight against crime.Modern, effective, sustainableNational Security Minister Robert Montague says the initiative has come at a critical time. “This launch is historic, exceptional…game-changing. I want to see our two political parties leading the way on this. My dream is that as nation-building institutions, we must agree on some rules, objectives, standards and a road map for national security. Since I was appointed Minister of National Security, at the very top of my mandate was to craft modern, effective and sustainable approaches to tackling crime. JamaicaEye is one such initiative.”The minister said, the program is being implemented with five hundred cameras. Eventually, the project will be expanded as citizens and private business operators with cameras overlooking public spaces allow their feeds to be accessed by the security forces.A collaborative approachThe plan calls for the project to establish a collaborative approach among key stakeholders, including the public-private sector and the Security Ministry to establish a collective approach to CCTV surveillance.Lauded by DIGICELThe project has been lauded by telecommunications firm Digicel.“The team at Digicel is impressed by the project and we fully endorse this initiative. We need to appreciate the fact that technology is an enabler to propel proper governance and I believe the JamaicaEye initiative is the proper action at the right time,” said Director of Digicel Enterprise, Brian Bennett-Easy.In highlighting Jamaica’s future destination and the impact the initiative will have on curbing crime, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of national Security, Dianne McIntosh said, “JamaicaEye is not just about the Ministry or the Security Forces. It is about every Jamaican because to make Jamaica safe, it has to be a partnership among all of us.”The Ministry of National Security has already implemented cameras in public spaces in the Corporate Area, the tourist capital of Montego Bay, the tourist resort towns of Ocho Rios and Negril and in the central towns of Mandeville and May Pen.
The Trinidad and Tobago government says a team from the Australia-based Austal has arrived in the twin island republic as the Keith Rowley administration looks to acquire new vessels to service the sea route between the two islands.A government statement said that the team would be inspecting the four water taxis and six Coast Guard patrol vessels “in order to produce a report on the state of the vessels.“The report will also include suggestions towards getting all of the vessels operational and sea worthy as well as provide a proposed maintenance program for the vessels.”Last month, Prime Minister Rowley told a news conference that following a visit to Australia, plans were afoot to obtain new ferries from Australia to replace the aged and malfunctioning vessels that have been serving the sea bridge.He told reporters if Trinidad and Tobago could get Australian help on a “government-to-government basis” to acquire new vessels, the problems the travelling public on the sea bridge during the last year would not be repeated.“So the Government is currently looking ahead with respect to ordering new vessels,” he said.The Galleon Passage, which was purchased at US$17.4 million, was due to arrive here from China last month, but has been held up in Cuba undergoing improvements.The government statement said that the Austal team will also “visit some of the shipyards and dry dock facilities available in Trinidad to ascertain the viability of developing a facility to offer maintenance and other services out of Trinidad.”
MIAMI, Florida – Under a new proposal issued by the Trump Administration, the USCIS aims to substantially increase immigration application fees, including Naturalization fees by more than 60 percent and Green Card fees by some 56 percent.For example, the USCIS fee to apply for U.S. Citizenship would increase from the current $725 fee to $1,170 and Residency filing fees to adjust status inside the U.S. will go from $1,760 to $2,750, allowing the USCIS to charge immigrants a separate fee of $490 for the work permit and an additional $585 for the travel permit.Both fees are currently included in the residency application fee. Other fee increases include those for DACA applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which would rise from $495 to $765.The Department of Homeland Security published the fees increase notice in the Federal Register on November 14, 2019, leaving a short 30-day public period for comment, which is only half the normal 60 days given, ending on December 16, 2019.The new fees could go into effect at any time after that date. Unlike most government agencies, the USCIS is a fee-funded agency, which means that the costs for much of its services are funded by filing fees. According to revised calculation methods used by the acting director of USCIS Ken Cuccinelli, current fee levels would result in the agency being underfunded by approximately $1.3 billion per year. The last USCIS fee increase was in 2016, with only modest increases, when historically, fees for processing immigration applications have drastically increased over the years. For instance, in 1985, the application fee to apply for Naturalization was only $35, compared with the new proposed fee of $1,170!Critics say that the substantial proposed fees increases are just a way for the Trump administration to further restrict legal immigration, to get around long-standing immigration laws passed by Congress.The administration’s recent efforts to institute the “public charge rule” and health insurance requirements for immigrants have been temporarily defeated in the Federal courts, but that will likely not stop the administration from devising alternative methods to reduce legal immigration.The fee increase comes just as deadlines loom for many Green Card holders to apply for Citizenship in order to vote in the 2020 Presidential election. Once the increased fees go into effect, there is no doubt that many immigrants will no longer be able to afford to file immigration applications and fewer Residents (green card holders) will become citizens, which may, in fact, be the ultimate political objective.Likely the best gift a family member can give this holiday season is the gift of the Naturalization filing fee of $725 before the increase goes into effect!!
Miami, Florida – Zoetic Stage (@ZoeticStageMIA) and the Arsht Center (@ArshtCenter) are proud to present the highly-anticipated Florida premiere of AMERICAN SON, a topical drama by multiple Carbonell award-winning playwright and Zoetic Stage co-founder Christopher Demos-Brown.Set in Miami and based on the 2018 Broadway play and the recent NETFLIX film, both of which starred Kerry Washington (Scandal), AMERICAN SON is about an estranged interracial couple that must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Playing January 9 – 26, 2020 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), AMERICAN SON continues Zoetic Stage’s 2019-2020 season and the Arsht Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Up Close Series.Tickets to AMERICAN SON are $50, $55*. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.Directed by Zoetic Stage Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer, AMERICAN SON is a gripping tale of two people caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance. Set in a South Florida police station in the middle of the night, this riveting new drama centers around an estranged interracial couple searching for their missing teenage son, who happens to be African American.Fresh from its highly successful Broadway run, Zoetic Stage will be one of the first regional theaters to present this important new work about race in America. Intimate in nature but universal in scope, AMERICAN SON continues Zoetic Stage’s mission to present socially relevant work by South Florida voices.Says Meltzer of the play, “American Son is a modern American thriller that truly reflects our times. The play speaks to all communities about the inequality many people face daily and the hope, humor and heartache surrounding it. It brings great joy that Chris’ play comes home to South Florida for all audiences to see it live on stage with an exemplary cast and designers.”Thursday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. – PreviewFriday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Opening Nightthrough Sunday, January 26Tickets: $50, $55*Carnival Studio Theater
Sevilla head coach Eduardo Berizzo will undergo surgery on Tuesday to treat prostate cancer.Berizzo, 48, was diagnosed with the condition earlier this month and it became public knowledge after his side came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) last week.According to the Spanish La Liga club, Berizzo’s return to the La Liga side’s dugout will be dependent on his recovery after the operation.Assistant manager Ernesto Marcucci has been put in temporary charge of the team.Eduardo Berizzo spent three years as Celta Vigo head coach before taking over as Sevilla head coach in the summer on a two-year deal.RelatedReward For Poor Run! Sevilla Fire Head Coach BerizzoDecember 22, 2017In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Watch: Berizzo Returns To The Dugout As Sevilla’s Top Four Bid Falters AgainDecember 16, 2017In “Europe”La Liga: Atletico End Sevilla’s Unbeaten Start To Go SecondSeptember 23, 2017In “Europe”
Share Share Submit Related Articles LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Johan Styren is the CEO of LeoVegas. Following a game changing year in which LeoVegas launched its sportsbook in partnership with Kambi, the future is bright for the operator which is a big believer in a mobile first strategy.Johan Styren, LeoVegasJohan and the LeoVegas team will be at ICE Totally Gaming in London next month along with a number of others. We took the time to find out what his plans are and his memories of ICE conferences gone by.How I prepare for ICEJohan: I usually take a look at the conference programme, the exhibitors list and also at the attendees. I also take notes on which stands to visit, whom to meet, and which conference sessions I should attend. After that I start the pre-event networking with the people I’d like to meet and also respond to those who reach out.What I’m doing at ICE 2017Johan: This year I’ve already set my eyes on a few new product innovations which I’d like to learn more about and there’s of course a number of people I’d like to meet.What I’m looking forward to at ICE 2017Johan: The networking possibilities. It’s the largest industry event of the year and I look forward to catching up with people whom I haven’t seen for a long time and also meet new people. Where you will usually find me at ICEJohan: I’m usually going around and if you wish to get in touch contact me via LinkedIn or email.Favourite ICE memoryJohan: At this point there are many but I really look back with joy at the early days of LeoVegas when we, as an unknown brand, were chasing providers for just a few minutes of their time. And of course I was preaching about how mobile would change the industry. Having said that I still feel that we are only at the very beginning of LeoVegas’ journey!Typical post-ICE activityJohan: Post ICE is as busy as the conference itself. It’s always about making the most of all new contacts including a lot of following-up on business cards but also gathering all new information and ideas and acting on them.