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Pakistan Salutes To Air India Flights Carrying COVID-19 Relief Material

National Carrier Air India received accolades from the world community for its relief and evacuation flight in these difficult times. The countries that praised Air India for its effort include Pakistan that even helped in operating the flights.

Pakistan praised Air India

On April 2, Air India operated two flights from Mumbai to Frankfurt in Germany to evacuate European nationals stranded in India and carry relief materials. The flight took at 1430 hours and entered Pakistan airspace at 1700 hours. The flight captain contacted the Pakistan ATC that replied “As-salamu alaykum” (Peace be upon you). That was Karachi control welcoming Air India flight.

The Air India captain was asked to confirm that he was operating a relief flight. The Air India captain confirmed. Also, the Pakistan ATC told the Indian pilots that they were proud of Indian pilots operating flights in difficult times. They also bode Good Luck to Air India flight operators.

Pakistan ATC saved Air India 15 minutes flying time by allowing the flight to fly closer to Karachi. Also, the Pakistan ATC came forward to help Air India flight enter Iranian airspace. When Air India reached Iran, … Read the rest

Indian H-1B Visa Holders Fear Layoff

Foreign technology professionals holding H-1B visas want their permissible post-job loss limit to stay in the US from existing 60 days to 180 days. They fear massive layoffs due to the coronavirus crisis.

H-1B visa federal rules

It is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to hire professionals from foreign countries from countries like India and China. According to present rules, the US administration allows foreign professionals to leave the country within 60 days of losing their jobs.

Economic experts have expressed fear of massive layoffs in the job sector due to slowdown of the economy due to coronavirus crisis that is affecting every sector of the society. Already 3.3 million Americans have filed initial jobless claims till March 21. But the peak of coronavirus and joblessness is yet to come. It is estimated that approximately 47 million people will lose their jobs in America.

But H-1B visa holders are kept out of employment benefits. Also, they aren’t entitled for social security benefits even after making contributions to social security. The initial figures of jobless people show that most of the jobless people will be H-1B visa holders. … Read the rest

The US Reached The Cap Of 65,0000 H-1B Work Visas For 2021

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced closure of H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2021. The federal agency that screens and allocates H-1B visa applications said that it had reached the congressional mandated limit of 65,000 visa cap.

USCIS reached H-1B visa cap

Enough requests from corporations and businesses were received said the federal agency. It further said that it had reached the cap. USCIS randomly selected applicants among the registrations properly selected.

The agency received electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations. The fiscal year begins from October 1, 2020. The agency is now in the process of notifying the successful applicants.

USCIS said that the successful H-1B visa applicants that include both businessmen and companies would be notified by the agency before March 31. The applicants could file an H-1B cap subject petition after getting the notification.

Deadline for H-1B visa application

The new H-1B Electronic Registration Process implemented was rolled out before the start of the application filing season on April 1. The interested parties including businesses and companies were asked to send … Read the rest

IMF Projects Recovery From Recession In 2021

International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the world had entered a recession due to the coronavirus pandemic.But the IMF projects a recovery next year.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said that they have reassessed the prospects for growth for 2020 and 2021. It was clear that the world had entered a recession as bad or worse than in 2009. Also, they projected recovery in 2021.

Recovery from COVID-19 in 2021

IMF managing director emerged from the meeting of the governing body of IMF and Financial Committee that represent 189 members. The meeting was to discuss the unprecedented challenge posed by COVID-19.

She said that the key to recovery was only if the international community succeeded in containing the virus and prevent liquidity problems. The US was in recession, as was the rest of the advanced economies of the world. Also, the developing economies were in recession. They were working on their projections for 2020 said Georgieva in the answer to a question.

Georgieva stressed the need for virus containment for the economy to stand still. She said that containment was very necessary to come … Read the rest

University Of Hawaii Athletics Refunding Tickets Of Cancelled Matches Due To COVID-19

Following the NCAA announcement on March 12, 2020, the Big West Board of Directors decided to cancel all spring conference and non-conference competition and championship events for the 2020 season. The NCAA announced cancelling of all 2020 spring championships.

Athletics Director David Matlin’s opinion on the cancelling of championships

He said he was truly heartbroken for his student-athletes, especially seniors, many of whom won’t be able to experience their senior day game. Be he supported the decision of NCAA and the Big West Conference to cancel the winter and spring seasons. He further said that it was a disappointing news but their top priority was for the health and safety of student-athletes and staff. Also, he thanked the fans that supported UH Athletes. Updated information is provided on HawaiiAthletics.com.

2020 Baseball & Men’s Volleyball Refund Policy and Procedures

Season Ticket Holders for Baseball & Men’s Volleyball

Viewers are provided 3 prorated refund options

  1. Prorated refund: A refund cheque to the tune of the amount for tickets bought with cash or cheque will be mailed to address of the buyers in 6-10 weeks from the April 10 deadline.
  2. Credit towards 2021
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United Way Creating Pandemic Response Fund To Fight COVID-19

The United Way of Miami is working with funders to create a fund to help combat the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. The President & CEO Maria Alonso of this nonprofit said in an email that the organization was working with funders to activate a Miami-Dade Pandemic Response Fund to help individuals, organizations and charities.

Maria Alonso explained the fund

He said that the fund would be used to allocated resources to those battling the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways from short-term impacts to long-term resilience of the community. The community invited hundreds of seniors to identify people that need home meal-delivery services. The organization is also working Miami-Dade County Public Schools with the district’s meal outreach.

The volunteers and staffers of the organization provide help in sorting, packing and handout meals to students and families of different schools including Comstock Elementary School, Miami MacArthur Educational Center, North Miami Elementary School and Santa Clara Elementary School.

Also, the United Way has created a web page for convenience of its users. The page will provide information about volunteer needs. Also, it will allow people to sing up for volunteer service for future … Read the rest