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  • USA New Visa Rules To Study and Work In USA


    Students from foreign countries looking to study and work in the United States can now breathe easy. The U.S Federal Government has just introduced the USA New Visa Rules that make it possible for international students to continue living and working in the country for three years after finalizing their studies.


    They can now look for training opportunities that could eventually lead to employment and later a Green Card. This move puts the U.S in a great position of being one of the best countries in the world to study and work in for foreign students.

    Most countries, especially in Europe and Asia, do not give international students employment opportunities after degree completion. But here is the catch, the USA New Visa Rules will only be applicable to foreign students who pursue and successfully complete degree courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), very key disciplines in the economic growth of the country. They ought to have graduated from accredited institutions of higher education and working for employers taking part in the E-verify Program.

    The new rules come into effect on the 10th of May, 2016 and are looking to give fresh graduates reasonable time to find suitable employers seeking their set of skills and expertise. The Optional Training Program (OTP) has been a good initiative by the United States and these new rules will only make it better and more appealing to international students.

    It has enabled foreign students to learn from some of the best minds in different industries and sectors of the economy, eventually transferring those skills back to their home countries or using them in the United States as professionals.


    Previously, international students had to apply for the H-1B Visa which was given through Lottery and the number of students picked limited to 65,000, of which 20,000 were to be those with advanced degrees. There are guidelines to employing international students graduates through OTP that employers must adhere to. For example, A graduate cannot replace a U.S worker, whether he or she is employed on a part-time, full-time, temporary or permanent basis.

    The graduates must also work for a minimum of 20 hours every week for a single employer to qualify for the program. The are also rules on compensations and other benefits in line with U.S labor laws.

    These USA New Visa Rules will definitely be welcome news for international students in the U.S hoping to find work and build a career in the country after graduation.

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  • Asmara: Africa's La Piccola Roma or Little Rome Freezing in Time


    Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found.

    It is as though some kind of magic powder has been sprinkled on Asmara, freezing in time its clean-lined 1930s architecture. Eritrea used to be an Italian colony and its capital, known as Africa's La Piccola Roma or Little Rome, has been described as one of the world's finest collections of modernist buildings.

    This year, Eritrea submitted a request to Unesco for Asmara to be declared a World Heritage Site.

    I'm told the young country's first and only president, Isaias Afwerki, has ordered central Asmara to stay as it is, as a kind of museum to modernism. This makes it starkly different from most other African capitals, where a thoughtless rush of construction in recent years has resulted in a chaotic mishmash of skyscrapers, apartment blocks and building sites.

    There is not much building going on in the centre of Asmara but construction is under way on the outskirts of the city - it doesn't interfere with the skyline or the wide elegant boulevards lined with date palms, though. The modernist buildings are fading and crumbling at the edges. Most are still being used, although not the Fiat Tagliero garage, designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Pettazzi in the 1930s.

    It looks like a futuristic plane, its concrete cantilevered wings stretching out with no supports.

    Fiat 600s from the 1950s and 1960s buzz past along with a lilac VW Beetle, a horse and cart, Toyota Land Cruisers and yellow taxis. Two men in wheelchairs propel themselves along at great speed - with the help of ski poles.

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  • In unprecedented move Ethiopia is prepared to demand Isaias Afeworki to leave Eritrea.




     With patience running thin the Ethiopian government is almost at a decision point to demand the removal of Isaias Afeworki from power. Sources familiar with the issue told Aigaforum the government  has floated the idea to key western nations as a comprehensive plan for the horn of africa region. The Ethiopian government has informed many western nations that if Isaias Afewroki is not removed from power there will be war and Ethiopia will defend vigorously. 

    The issue of Isaias Afewroki's removal from power gained momentum over the last few weeks with Al- Shabaab deadly attempt to overrun Ethiopia's AMSOM military camp in Somalia. However, our sources told us the recent clash between Eritrea and Ethiopia  in Tserona Northern Tigrai region may have given the proposal more ammunition.

    It is unclear if western nations will support the idea but the EPRDF government is not new to such diplomatic undertaking. The once strong military man Col Mengstu Hailemariam was removed from power  and sent to Zimbabwe  when the then rebel EPRDF fighters  encircled Addis Ababa. The late PM Meles Zenawi who was chairman of the EPRDF negotiated Mengsitu departure in London. Our sources told us it is highly possible the American and British  government will support the plan to avoid bloodshed. The sooner Isaias Afeworki packs and leaves Eritrea the less casualty on the Eritrean people.

    If war breaks out, Ethiopia is on the record,  that it will make sure this will be the last war. Our sources told us this means the war will be a war of attrition and it is such scenario Ethiopia is trying to avoid and convince key western nations to go along with the plan. Recently President Abay Woldu from Tigrai the region that is mostly affected by the no war no peace policy of the Ethiopian government  said to residents of Adwa town, that Ethiopia is planning to bring to an end the conflict with Eritrea  soon. He said either peacefully or otherwise this conflict will come to an end sooner than many think. 

    It is not clear if Isaias Afeworki will accept such demand but our sources told us even if he does not accept such demand it will have  a huge impact on the Eritreans and its defense forces.  Many in the government of Ethiopia are convinced the Eritrean army may rebel against Isaias Afeworki and if they are convinced about Ethiopia's disinterest of overrunning Eritrea then they may reform and establish a government of their own that is willing to live in peace with its neighbors. 

    source : http://aigaforum.com/article2016/demand-for-isaias-to-leave-eritrea.htm

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