Vermont Business Magazine US Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced new legislation that would eliminate the family and employment green card backlog by increasing the number of green cards. Close to four million future Americans are on the State Department’s immigrant visa waiting list, in addition to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the US who are also waiting for green cards. However, under current law only 226,000 family green cards and 140,000 employment green cards are available annually. Children and spouses of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) count against these numbers, further restricting the number of available green cards.“One of the most serious problems in our broken immigration system is that there are not nearly enough green cards available each year. As a result, immigrants are stuck in crippling backlogs for many years,” Durbin said. “The solution to this backlog is clear: increase the number of green cards. I’m proud to introduce this commonsense legislation to finally eliminate the family and employment green card backlog.”“America at its core is a nation of immigrants, but too often our outdated immigration laws close doors to those who would make enormous contributions to our communities and economy. The mismatch between the supply and demand for green cards has left millions of immigrant families in legal limbo, stuck in a years-long backlog waiting for the chance to contribute to our nation,” Leahy said. “This commonsense legislation — the crux of which was contained in comprehensive immigration reform, which overwhelmingly passed the Senate in 2013 — would eliminate this backlog and is long overdue.”Along with eliminating the family and employment green card backlog over five years, the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act would also help keep American families together by classifying spouses and children of LPRs as immediate relatives and exempting derivative beneficiaries of employment-based petitions from annual green card limits, protect “aging out” children who qualify for LPR status based on a parent’s immigration petition, and lift country caps.The bill is endorsed by national organizations representing impacted communities, including: All of Us; American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA); Ancient Order of Hibernians; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)-USA; National Iranian American Council Action; South Asian Americans Leading Together; United Chinese Americans; United Macedonian Diaspora; and United We Dream.Specifically, the RELIEF Act will:Eliminate the family and employment green card backlog over five years in the order in which applications were filed;Keep American families together by classifying spouses and children of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) as immediate relatives and exempting derivative beneficiaries of employment-based petitions from annual green card limits;Protect “aging out” children who qualify for LPR status based on a parent’s immigration petition;Lift country caps; and,Extend the “hold harmless” clause from H.R. 1044 that exempts immigrant visa petitions approved prior to enactment from the lifting of country caps to petitions approved for five years after enactment.Source: WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019) – Senator Patrick Leahy
Related According to the latest release from new sports nutrition player, Osmo Nutrition, conventional wisdom in the endurance sports drink world holds that it’s optimal to have both electrolytes and carbohydrates in the same formula, to essentially turn a fluid into a fuel. Launched today and founded on the philosophy of, ‘Hydration in your bottle, food in your pocket,’ Osmo Nutrition aims to not only challenge that assumption but to turn it on it’s head.The company is unveiling its initial, four powdered-drink product line in Sonoma County, California around the start of the Amgen Tour of California, which gets under way this weekend.‘Based on leading science’, Osmo Nutrition’s hydration and recovery products deliver proven performance benefits to help athletes perform and feel their best. All of Osmo’s products are based on the peer-reviewed scientific research of noted Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist Dr Stacy Sims, MSc, PhD.Osmo Nutrition’s product offering includes four powdered sports drink mixes that are optimized to work with an athlete’s body during four key phases of the exercise cycle: before, during, and after exercise, and before sleep.“Osmo’s products are designed to work with the body’s natural responses to exercise and adaptation,” said Dr Sims. “Specifically, each formula works at a particular point of the exercise/stress cycle and allows the body to minimize the stressors of exercise and maximize the repair.”While Dr Sims is Osmo’s Chief Research Officer, Osmo‘s Chief Executive Officer is Ben Capron, former Chief Brand Officer and Global Marketing Director for Specialized Bicycles.“Osmo exists to help athletes feel and perform their best,” said Capron. “The way we see it, if you have a body, you’re an athlete. So the opportunity is huge because the market is big and because proper hydration and recovery are the significant improvements to performance an athlete can make. Stacy’s established science enabled us to create the most effective hydration and recovery products on the market.”www.osmonutrition.com
An Anthem property, that Valley Child Care leases, sold to Ira Stegner for $3,090,000 by Anthem Heritage, LLC.The building is located near Daisy Mountain Drive and Anthem Way, and is a 10,014 square-foot freestanding building.Valley Child Care & Learning Center is the sole-tenant of the property, and is in an absolute lease until 2022 with three percent annual rent increases for the first ten years, and two percent increases for the remaining term.Nick Miner, CCIM, Senior Vice President at ORION Investment Real Estate, noted, “The property was sold to a 1031 Exchange Buyer from Colorado. They identified this property because of the location in the Phoenix Metro and the long term lease with the tenant.”The property was sold by Anthem Heritage, LLC, a long time client of Miner’s, and purchased by Ira Stegner.
Independent/Deborah LopezFresh off the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of “Ink,” Erin Neufer (Netflix’s “Gypsy”) will join Blythe Danner, Peter Eyre, and Paul Hecht in a staged reading of “The Strangeness of Men and Women” at Guild Hall on Wednesday, August 28, at 8:30 PM.Written and directed by Eden Collinsworth, the play is based on the true story of a notably strange and amusing divorce case in 1920s London, and as the characters grapple with assumed gender roles amidst an awakened feminist spirit, the issues of the play may feel all too familiar to a modern audience. Neufer, who will play Christabel in her Guild Hall debut, was kind enough to answer a few questions about her experience.What was your first impression upon reading the play?I think the first thing I realized was that this is an idea play, as it exists mostly in the mind of the narrator, Blythe Danner. It’s a conjuring of source material for a novel about this famous divorce case, and the people she is researching — including my character — communicate in her imagination.My job, first and foremost, is to use the words given to make a clear defense for my character’s actions. It’s very much like Shaw in that way.How did you become involved?An angelic friend and marvelous actress, Tara Summers, recommended me for the job. Friends are the best.What’s your character like? Or characters, if this is anything like “Ink.”I’m just diving into one character this time. Christabel is arevolutionary-minded woman who took to work during WWI and experienced the sweet taste of independence.Unlike some other women of the time who enjoyed the working world and became embittered after having to return to domestic duties when the war was over, Christabel defies convention and opens up her own business. She “plays by the rules” only so much as to quiet people down, and seems generally unfazed when traditionalists wag their finger at her. She’s fabulous.The play explores 100-year-old gender relations. What has changed since then, and what still needs work?I think the largest difference is the laws that once protected and maintained the man as head of household. Inheritance and bastards are a theme in the play, and the rules that had to be followed to properly pass patriarchal inheritance down are fascinating.Also, sex education has vastly improved, thank goodness. But the similarities are more than one would assume. Gender-bending was quite fashionable in the flapper-age, and seems to ruffle conservative feathers today as much as it did then. Also, the number of men in 2019 who assume that women don’t actually enjoy work, and would rather just raise children and keep house — as if women aren’t equally ambitious — is rather shocking.But gender roles are being rewritten today, and I think the rumblings of that movement came from the 1920s. It’s just as thrilling to hear a woman defy society’s expectations then as it is now.What draws you to pieces/characters like this, and to acting in general?Every character is a little shrine to an aspect of the collective human consciousness. Playing a brave character teaches me to be brave; existing as a witty woman for a few hours inspires me to be a bit cleverer. It’s the adage of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.What will the rehearsal process be like for this, since it’s a staged reading? Have you met the cast and director yet?It’s a quick rehearsal process, which can be really fun. Just jumping into the deep end of the play and learning to swim with it. I haven’t met the creative team or cast yet, but one thing I love about the theater world is that you form bonds quickly.Last time you were working in the Hamptons was in “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at Bay Street. Are there any Hamptons spots you’re looking forward to visiting?I’m back in East Hampton, where I was living when I worked at Bay Street. Spending some summertime in the Hamptons working on a play with an inspiring company is pretty choice. I can’t wait to visit Egypt Beach, have a sandwich from East Hampton Bagels, and convince someone to drive me to the Grey Gardens house so I can wrap a sweater around my head and pretend to be Little Edie Beale.Yes, that’s a clear must. So, what’s up next for you?I just finished up a little role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which will be coming out in December. But I’m always finding ways to be creative, whether it’s writing, making short films, or clowning with my clown group, “Soul Potato.” We’ll see what the world’s got cooking up for me soon!The world can keep tabs on Neufer through her Instagram account, @erinneuferdesu, and tickets for “The Strangeness of Men and Women” can be purchased at www.guildhall.org. Share
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The Ocean City beach replenishment project grinds to a halt and will be delayed for at least six weeks, according to Richard Pearsall, a spokesman with Army Corps Philadelphia District.The Liberty Island, a hopper dredger owned by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, is undergoing engine replacement in Norfolk, Va. after it broke down on Saturday, May 30.Before the dredger was towed from the area, it had been replenishing the beach at 51st Street and work between 37th and 47th streets had been completed.This is the second time work has stopped on the Ocean City project since it started. The first stoppage lasted a week from April 29 to May 6 as crews sought to find and repair a leak in the submerged pipeline leading from the dredger to the beach.Ocean City business administrator Jim Mallon said that the administration is optimistic that once the dredger is repaired, operations will resume at the pace they were going prior to the engine failure.
Shipping – Actual total loss – Cargo – Piracy The appellant insured (M) appealed against a decision ( EWHC 280 (Comm),  2 All ER 593) that the capture of a vessel by pirates did not create an immediate total loss of the cargo. M’s cargo of biodiesel was being carried from Malaysia to Rotterdam on a vessel which was captured by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The shipowner commenced negotiations for the payment of a ransom for the release of the vessel, her crew and cargoes. M was not party to those negotiations. The value of the vessel and cargo amounted to $80m. After about four weeks M served a notice of abandonment on the respondent insurer (D). The notice was rejected, but proceedings on the policy were by agreement deemed to have been commenced on that day. The vessel, her crew and cargoes were released some 11 days later on payment of a ransom of $2m by the shipowner. The voyage to Rotterdam was completed. M’s case was that capture by pirates created an immediate actual total loss, whatever the prospects of recovery might be, and, in any event, the law should not take account of the payment of a ransom as a reason for calculating the possibilities of recovery; there was no duty on an insured under section 78(4) of the Marine Insurance Act 1906 to pay a ransom; therefore, since the cargo had not been recovered by the time proceedings were deemed to have been commenced, M was entitled to succeed on its claim against D. D submitted that for an actual total loss M had to show that it was ‘irretrievably deprived’ of the cargo under section 57(1) of the 1906 act and on the authorities that connoted a physical or legal impossibility of recovery; the cargoes were not irretrievably lost when there was a good chance of release on payment of a ransom; payment of a ransom was neither illegal nor against public policy and could therefore be taken into account when applying the test of irretrievable deprivation. Held: (1) Piratical seizure in the circumstances of the instant case, where there was not only a chance, but a strong likelihood, that payment of a ransom of a comparatively small sum, relative to the value of the vessel and her cargo, would secure recovery of both, was not an actual total loss. It was not an irretrievable deprivation of property. It was a typical ‘wait and see’ situation. The facts would not even have supported a claim for a constructive total loss, for the test of that was no longer uncertainty of recovery, but unlikelihood of recovery. There was no rule of law that capture or seizure was an actual total loss. Piratical seizure, in the absence of a policy of ransom, could amount to an actual total loss, where the pirates escaped with their prize for their own use and there was no prospect whatever of finding or recovering vessel or cargo: but where a chance of recapture remained even such a seizure would not give rise to an immediate actual total loss, and, in any event, that was very far from the instant case, Dean v Hornby 118 ER 1108 QB and Andersen v Marten  AC 334 HL explained and Kuwait Airways Corp v Kuwait Insurance Co SAK (No1)  1 Lloyd’s Rep 664 QBD (Comm) doubted (see paragraph 56 of judgment). (2) Theft was a peril within the policy and M submitted that the taking of the vessel and cargo, even with an intention of returning them on payment of a ransom, constituted theft under English law. However, the incidence of a peril was one thing, but for that peril to cause an actual total loss was another: for that to occur, the test of irretrievable deprivation had to be met. In the instant case, M had not been irretrievably deprived of its cargo (paragraphs 57-60). (3) There was no legislation against the payment of ransoms. If the payment of a ransom could be recovered as sue and labour expenses, it would seem to follow that it could not be against public policy, Royal Boskalis Westminster NV v Mountain  QB 674 CA (Civ Div) considered. The fact that there might be no duty to make a ransom payment did not turn a potential total loss which might be averted by the payment of ransom into an actual total loss. The payment of the ransom in this case was made, and negotiated, by the owner of the vessel, and not by the insured. The fact that the shipowner paid a ransom inevitably defeated the insured’s claim (paragraphs 63, 64, 72, 77). Appeal dismissed. Masefield AG v Amlin Corporate Member Ltd: CA (Civ Div): 26 January 2011 Sydney Kentridge QC, Andrew Henshaw (instructed by Arbis) for the appellant; Peter MacDonald Eggers, Sarah Cowey (instructed by Waltons & Morse) for the respondent.
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