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Farmers call for a say on Federal Government's 457 work visa changes


Right now, he has a 457 application pending for a new head baker that he hopes will not be affected. Thousands of Irish workers will still be able to travel to Australia to work - as long as their occupation or profession is on the skills shortage list of which there are over 400 - the most frequently applied for occupations actually still remain on this list. Read More »

Canadian envoy downplaying talk of potential trade rift with the U.S.

In their April 13 letter, the four US dairy organizations urged Trump to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the Class 7 program, saying it was "specifically created to stop an important USA dairy export to Canada". MacNaughton touted the more than $2 billion in trade that flows both ways across the border every day, adding that he does not expect issues with any single commodity to irreparably damage historically robust trade ties. Read More »

Campaign begins as UK MPs vote for early election

Miss Soubry yesterday insisted that a bigger Commons majority would make it easier for the Prime Minister to face down Tory Brexiteers and compromise with Brussels . The Liberal Democrats were in a coalition government with the Conservatives between 2010 and 2015, but were crushed in an election that year, losing all but eight of their seats in the House of Commons . Read More »

Marine Le Pen Pledges To Suspend Immigration If Wins Elections

Comments by officials indicated that former prime minister Francois Fillon, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen - three leading contenders - were among those warned of a security risk. "The measures that I want to put in place would mean that many of these people (Islamist attackers) would not have been on our territory or living freely", she told BFM, repeating a claim from a speech on Sunday night. Read More »

Heated Congressional Race In Georgia Heads To Runoff

Handel, also on Twitter, thanked the president for calling her this morning. Ossoff won 48.3% of the votes, more than all the other candidates, but had needed to win 50% for an outright win. Still, the close outcomes in Georgia as well as conservative Kansas underscored Democrats' potential to capitalize on surging liberal energy following Trump's election, even as they pointed to the limits of how far Democrats can go in Republican-friendly districts. Read More »

China approves 3 Ivanka trademarks on day she met President Xi Jinping

The White House later "counseled" Conway for inappropriately promoting the brand. And like her father, Ivanka retains her ownership role in her massive global business empire. Trump has taken steps to separate herself from her company. The same day, China granted the president's daughter potentially lucrative trademark rights. Read More »

Sisters Of Charity To Be Sole Owners of Maternity Hospital


Sr Agnes Reynolds, a member of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group board told The Irish Times that the new hospital on the St Vincent's campus in Dublin will "always respect the rights of the mother and the baby". A report from the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) previous year showed that the Sisters of Charity offered €5m towards the €128m abuse redress scheme, but have only paid €2m to date. Read More »

Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any

The diplomat said the intensified language is also a shot across the bow by the United States to Iran to warn: "Just because North Korea is misbehaving, it doesn't mean we aren't still watching you". interests in the region, that it's hostile to Israel and that its ballistic missile tests challenge UN Security Council prohibitions. Critics, including some leading non-proliferation experts, say it could allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state once various sunset provisions expire, ... Read More »

Pence pledges U.S. will stand with Japan on North Korea threat


The department said there were still four North Koreans who had overstayed their work permits who had not surrendered, but their employers had said they would be handed over to authorities. "There is an global consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can not continue", H.R. McMaster, Trump's USA national security adviser, said in an interview with CNBC . Read More »

Trump Targets H-1B Visas In New Executive Order


It also sets in motion a change in immigration policies, which could exclude many qualified foreign professionals from Silicon Valley firms. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had yesterday said his government will abolish a popular work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment and replace it with a new programme requiring higher English-language proficiency and job skills. Read More »

UK lawmakers overwhelmingly back June election

Just as Britain thought it was tuning up for two years of tricky talks with the European Union, the country now finds itself in the middle of a full blown general election, coming up on June 8. But, wondered why the people of the U.K should trust the Prime Minister who had, time and again, categorically stated that she would avoid elections until 2020. Read More »

Nepal prez Bidya Devi Bhandari begins 2-day Odisha tour


Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari arrived on a two-day visit to Odisha on Thursday, during which she will visit Lingaraj Temple and Sri Jagannth Temple at Puri. These projects include the cross-border connectivity works such as the development of Terai roads, cross-border rail links, integrated check posts, and cross-border petroleum products pipeline. Read More »

OAS chief condemns Venezuela as march unfolds


Thirteen percent of Venezuelans said they rated their lives positively enough to be considered "thriving", as opposed to 28 percent who said they were "suffering". The protests trailed off with youths throwing rocks squaring off against security forces spraying tear gas. On Wednesday afternoon he addressed a cheering red-shirted crowd in Caracas to declare that a "corrupt and interventionist right-wing" had been defeated. Read More »

Gbenga Daniel to Nigerians at Easter: Renew your covenant with God

Jesus was raised as evidence for us to confidently trust his claims that he is our Savior who died in our place, offering forgiveness and payment of sin before his Father on behalf of anyone who trusts in him. Since Easter represents the fulfilment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar. Shafer will tell his church members to try to imagine what it was like going to the tomb and discovering that it was empty. Read More »

UK Election Debates Won't Feature The Prime Minister

The British prime minister announced Wednesday she plans to skip any live televised debates ahead of the June 8 vote. In 2010 and 2015 the number of young and first time voters going to the polls was up on previous elections. "We think it is very much in their interest that peak time debates go ahead". And Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood - whose profile received a major boost from her involvement in two of the 2015 broadcasts - said: 'Theresa May should be empty chaired if she doesn't show up ... Read More »

Kim oversees North Korea display of military strength


On its website , the group said: "Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site from 12 April shows continued activity around the site's command centre". It has warned of a nuclear attack on the United States in retaliation for any sign of aggression. "We've tried persuasion, it's failed, we've tried coercion, it's failed". Read More »

Thousands gather outside Parliament to demand resignation of Zuma

They however warned the ANC party that has pledged support for Zuma that "if they fail to hear the loud cries of South Africans to remove their "junk status" President, the people must unite in dictating their own destiny and punish" them "in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections". Read More »

US Envoy Says Sex Abuse by UN Peacekeepers 'Must Stop'


Alleged victimizers came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uruguay and Sri Lanka, according to United Nations data and interviews . "What we now need is a newly configured mission which is focused on the rule of law and human rights in Haiti", British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said. Read More »

Canadian Defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan visits Harmandir Sahib


Sajjan is on a bit of a homecoming to the Asian country, where he was born and lived until coming to Canada with his family when he was five years old. Mr. Sajjan, who had arrived in the city on Wednesday night, reached Harmandir Sahib early Thursday and went to the sanctum sanctorum to offer prayers. Read More »

Emily Thornberry Says People Earning £70000 May Not Feel Rich


He told BBC Radio 4's Today: "What we've said is we want a fair system of taxation to pay for our public services". "I think there's a general view in society at the moment, that middle and low earners are being hit very very hard with a combination, as we've seen from this government, of both income tax rises but also in terms of the burden that's placed on them by stealth taxes, and also, as we saw, attempts by this government to increase national insurance payments on the self-employed". Read More »

Venezuelans march against Maduro en masse

In the culmination of a fortnight of violent demonstrations that killed five people, marchers around the country will demand the government present a timeline for delayed elections, halt a security crackdown on protests, and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led legislature. Read More »

Pence set to rid Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons


The country's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, said this week that the USA had pushed the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war". The State Department said Monday that China sent the Trump administration "positive signals" that it will increase economic sanctions to pressure its ally North Korea to abandon its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Read More »

Capitals beat Maple Leafs 5-4, tie series at 2 games apiece

Braden Holtby hasn't been as sharp as he usually is. "(Kadri) made a great play to me and I just tipped it and I'm lucky it went in". Luckily it did. Those plays kind of go in slo-mo. Washington won both last night. However, the Preds came back to tie the game in the third on two goals from Filip Forsberg . The total has gone UNDER in just three of St. Read More »

US Considers Limited Options on N.Korea Nuclear Threat


A US official said Pyongyang's projectile "blew up nearly immediately" during an attempted launch off North Korea's east coast. "Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan", Pence said. Read More »

Trump attacks Canada's supply management for dairy as unfair to US


In the letter, released by Ottawa, ambassador David MacNaughton said Canada's dairy industry was less protectionist than its USA counterpart. The problem for Canadian authorities trying to anticipate US demands is that the Trump administration, on this as in other matters, is sharply divided between warring factions: hardline economic nationalists like Steve Bannon, the president's chief strategist, or Peter Navarro, his director of trade policy; versus more mainstream figures like Gary Cohn, ... Read More »

Supreme Court , including Gorsuch, to hear church-state case

Putting rumors of a first-day recusal to rest, Justice Neil Gorsuch remained quiet Monday as an attorney who championed for his confirmation addressed the bench. Of particular interest might be a lecture he gave last summer on the legacy of Antonin Scalia , now Gorsuch's predecessor on the Supreme Court . Court officials said Gorsuch had decided not to participate in Thursday's closed-door conference because he wanted to prepare for the three days of oral arguments this week. Read More »

Venezuelan opposition calls for more mass protests

A police officer guides an armored vehicle during clashes with anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. "Fears of bloodshed had been stoked after President Nicolas Maduro put troops on the streets, supplied guns to sympathetic civil militias and called for a simultaneous rally of his supporters against what he said was a United States-backed coup", says The Guardian . Read More »

Supreme Court Spares Arkansas Death-Row Inmate

McKesson originally sued Arkansas last week but withdrew the complaint after a federal court on Saturday temporarily blocked the 11-day plan for eight executions. As minutes ticked toward 1 a.m. ET (midnight CT) - when Davis' execution warrant was to expire - the USA high court issued a statement: "The application to vacate the stay of execution of sentence of death entered by the Arkansas Supreme Court on April 17, 2017, presented to Justice (Samuel) Alito and by him referred to the Court ... Read More »