David Jackson and Alan Gomez USA TODAY Published 9:28 AM EST Jan 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration was planning an overhaul of U.S. policies for specialty visa holders from other countries working in the United States. "H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship," Trump tweeted. He did not supply specifics but his tweet suggested potentially more favorable terms for skilled workers from abroad, a change from his prior threats to create more restrictive policies for those workers. While Trump said "we want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.," critics have been concerned that he might try to crack down on the number of highly skilled workers coming into the U.S. However, his Friday tweets suggested he was weighing policies that … [Read more...] about Donald Trump signals visa rule changes for H1-B workers in the U.S.
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BRITAIN’s economy grew THREE TIMES faster than the Eurozone over the summer – despite a worrying slide in business investment. Official figures revealed GDP rose by 0.6 per cent between July and September – powered by higher consumer spending, better than expected exports, fewer car imports, and a rebound in construction. It’s the fastest rate since late 2016 and compares with 0.2 per cent for the Eurozone. France achieved 0.4 per cent. The figures came a day after the European Commission said the UK would be the sick man of Europe over the next two years – with the slowest growth of any country across the Continent. Speaking from a visit to a Fuller’s brewery, Chancellor Philip Hammond insisted the figures were “proof of the underlying strength in our economy”. He said: “We are building an economy that works for everyone. Now our focus is on locking in this progress and ensuring people’s wages continue to rise.” But … [Read more...] about Britain’s economy grew THREE TIMES faster than the Eurozone — despite ‘worrying slide in business investment’
High five Ulster back in business with Dragons win BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Ulster returned to winning ways in the PRO14 with a five-try triumph over Newport Dragons at Kingspan Stadium last night. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/ulster-rugby/high-five-ulster-back-in-business-with-dragons-win-37464062.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37464346.ece/79439/AUTOCROP/h342/inpho_01443875%202.jpg Email Ulster returned to winning ways in the PRO14 with a five-try triumph over Newport Dragons at Kingspan Stadium last night. The side's first domestic win since the middle of last September saw the province leapfrog both Edinburgh and Benetton into third place in Conference B. On his return to action, Wallaby wing Henry Speight was among the scorers and earned man-of-the-match honours with Dave Shanahan, Mike Lowry and a brace from Stuart McCloskey helping to secure the five-point haul. "I'm certainly happy with the five tries and the bonus point," … [Read more...] about High five Ulster back in business with Dragons win
Fáilte Ireland's latest Tourism Barometer shows that more than half, 51%, of the sector is reporting a rise in their business.However, the survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country also found that a third say business from Northern Ireland and the UK is down and also showed that industry sentiment is down slightly on recent years.The falling perceptions of growth in the sector come despite high visitor numbers and strong performance which two thirds, 64%, say has been helped by tourism agency supports.This drop in sentiment shows there is an unease over the impact Brexit will have on business. While northern counties have seen growth overall, they have felt a larger decline in business from Britain than other locations and, as a result, have a less positive outlook going forward with just 11% expecting business to be up.The barometer also found that 62% of hotels say the US market is up on 2017, while the German market is also performing well, with 45% of … [Read more...] about Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Barometer shows rise in business, but also worries about Brexit
By Gordon DeeganDonegal singer Daniel O’Donnell gave his former business partner of more than 30 years, Mick Clerkin, €796,000 for his share in the business, new accounts show.Accounts filed by O’Donnell’s Brockwell Ltd show that Mr O'Donnell paid Clerkin €796,000 for his 50% share of the business in December 2016.Clerkin is credited with launching O’Donnell’s music career when the Cavan-born record boss spotted O’Donnell playing at the London Music Festival in 1985 and gave him his first record deal, signing him up to his own label, Ritz Records.Clerkin resigned as a director of Brockwell he co-owned with O’Donnell in 2016.The only other director of Brockwell Limited by Daniel’s wife, Majella who became a director on the date that Clerkin resigned in December 2016.The accounts show that the transaction with Clerkin hit the entertainment company’s balance sheet with accumulated profits plunging from €799,751 to … [Read more...] about Daniel O’Donnell paid former business partner €796k for his share in business