Mahatma Gandhi statue defaced in South Africa

first_imgThe statue of Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa was defaced by demonstrators who threw paint at it saying the ICON was a racist Reports from South Africa are saying that one man has been taken to court for  defacing a statue of Mahtma Gandhi in Johannesburg.The suspect who was part of group of demonstrators who were chanting slogans allegedly threw buckets of white paint on the statue of Gandhi claiming that the global icon was a racist.“The incident occurred on Sunday when the group came in a car at about noon and threw buckets of white paint on the statue and surrounding plaques detailing Gandhi’s history in South Africa,” security guard Ntandzo Khwepe told reporters.This is the latest in a series of protests in South Africa calling for the removal of historic statues.Last week, a statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes was removed from the University of Cape Town, following protests by students there.Gandhi who led India to independence is widely regarded as a man who stood for peace.But some South Africans have accused Gandhi of working with the British colonial government to promote racial segregation.African National Congress spokesman Keith Khoza condemned the incident and denied the ruling party’s involvement, saying that they could have been posing as ANC members to discredit the party.The suspect Molese Maile, 21, was ordered to return to court on 8 May to answer to the charge of malicious damage to property.Gandhi’s South Africa connectionGandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893. He moved to Johannesburg in 1903 and stayed there till 1914. Gandhi spent the early stage of his stay in Johannesburg with establishing his legal firm.From 1906 Gandhi became actively involved in politics; this helped formulate his ideas on passive resistance.Since the first democratic elections in 1994, a number of statues of Gandhi have been erected across South Africa.One is at the at the railway station in Pietermaritzburg, where he was kicked off a train compartment reserved for whites, prompting the start of his Satyagraha movement in South Africa and later in India.last_img read more

Mahaut resident charged for assault.

first_imgSylvester Roberts, 47 year old of Mahaut was charged for three offenses at the Magistrate Court this morning.The three charges of assault, malicious damage and intimidation were filed by Corporal Jno. Baptiste who is stationed at the Mahaut Police Station .On 16th of April, 2011 the accused was in Lawo Picarty, Mahaut when he assulted Kennan Jno. Baptiste of the same community with a cutlass. After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty to the assaut charge.When the charge for malicious damage to property worth $550.00 was read to Mr. Roberts he attempted to explain what transpired instead of answering to the charge.On the third charge of intimidating the victim with a cutlass and axe the accused pleaded not guilty.Magistrate Evelina Baptiste ordered that the accused be evaluated by Dr. Benjamin of the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit and montiored for the next few days.The preliminary inquiry is scheduled for the 5th of May, 2011.Dominica Vibes News Share Share 27 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Mahaut resident charged for assault. by: – April 21, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Earl A. “Hooker” Miller

first_imgEarl A. “Hooker” Miller, age 87 of Batesville, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at his home.  Born May 9, 1931 in Ripley County Indiana, he is the son of Loretta (Nee: Holdgrieve) and Arthur Miller and served in the army during the Korean War.  He married Alma Bloemer January 18, 1964 at St. Louis Church and was the maintenance coordinator for 23 years at the Hill-Rom Company before retiring in 1993.  He was a member of the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183, the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271, life member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1461, Tri County Coonhunters Association and the Tri County Conservation Club.Hooker was an avid fisherman and trap shooter.  In addition to fishing locally, he also made numerous trips to Canada with family and friends.  Thursday mornings were spent trap shooting at Coonhunters and Sunday afternoons at Oldenburg.  The family joked that Father’s Day, Birthday and Holiday gifts were boxes of shotgun shells and figuring out how to disguise the packaging.  They were proud that he was still shooting at age 87 and at a nearly 90% proficiency rate.Hooker donated much time and his talents during the construction of the Knights hall and has bartended weekly since the beginning.  He loved his dogs, feeding his birds and listening to Reds games on the radio.  Hooker also had a workshop where he enjoyed woodworking and tinkering, as he could fix anything.  His greatest joy, though, was his grandkids.He is survived by his wife Alma; daughter and son-in-law Ann and Rob Edwards; son Jim Miller, brother Bruce Miller, all of Batesville; grandchildren Justin Edwards, Lindsay (Chad) Konradi and great grandson Caleb Konradi.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by brothers Arthur, Floyd and Lawrence Miller.Hooker’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.  The family will receive friends at the Weigel Funeral Home on Saturday, August 25th, from 9 a.m. until Noon.  Calling will conclude with military honors conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. and the Prell-Bland American Legion on the plaza of the funeral home.  The family requests memorials to Batesville EMS 10 or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.last_img read more

Lille defender Gabriel ‘due in London on Monday to complete Arsenal contract’

first_img Promoted Content6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Lille defender Gabriel is expected to ink terms with Arsenal on Monday. Gabriel passed a Gunners medical on Saturday. Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Gabriel Maghalaes’ transfer to Arsenal is close to completion.Advertisement read also:Just-in: Lille defender Gabriel passes Arsenal medical He stated: “Gabriel Magalhães to Arsenal, here we go! Total agreement just completed: he will fly on Monday to London to sign his contract until June 2025, €30m to Lille (add ons included), official statement on next week. “The deal is finally done.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Joshua faces top sparring for Ruiz rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Joshua plans title defence in Nigeria Why I lost my titles to Anthony Joshua — Andy Ruiz Joshua shows off body transformation for Ruiz rematch Eddie Hearn has revealed that Anthony Joshua is taking a completely different approach to his sparring for the Brit’s highly-anticipated heavyweight rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on December 7. The Matchroom head has revealed the problems which dogged Joshua’s camp in the run up to the first fight at Madison Square Garden – one of boxing’s biggest ever upsets – which ended in Ruiz Jr spectacularly triumphing via a seventh-round stoppage. Sparring partners were in short supply for the original world title bout after the Mexican was drafted in at the 11th hour to replace Joshua’s scheduled opponent, Jarrell Miller, who had to be pulled out following failed drug tests. Hearn told Sky Sports: “Sparring is something we’ve been working at. “First time around we only had four weeks, and three weeks of sparring. We found guys but probably not the guys we really wanted. “Now the sparring is top class. He is focused and looking great. Eight weeks to go. “We’re not interested in looking at Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or anything else. It’s just about winning one of the biggest heavyweight events of all time.” Joshua also commented on his sparring and quashed rumours that he was knocked down in training ahead of the first Ruiz Jr fight, during which he asked his trainer Robert McCracken after the sixth and penultimate round: “Why am I feeling like this?” The Olympic gold medallist said: “I feel like people are more interested in their five minutes of fame. “Even in sparring, everyone wants to be famous, rather than a good fighter. “You can’t even enjoy your training and work on things without someone trying to make up false allegations, and trying to get five minutes of fame. “You bring someone into your training camp to do them a favour, you’re paying them, you beat them up in every round, then they go and do an interview. “It just happens all the time in boxing, there is just a lot of envy.” Eddie Hearn previously spoke of the problem finding like-for-like sparring partners to mimic the awkward physical and technical skills of Ruiz Jr. “It’s so difficult to replicate the style of Andy Ruiz,” Hearn said. “The guy is 6’1′, he’s 19st, and he’s got speed like a middleweight. “It’s one thing getting a sparring partner in, it’s getting them to let their hands go against Anthony Joshua. Would you want to do it? You’ve got to be mad to even spar with him, let alone fight him.”Tags: Andy Ruizlast_img read more

Leicester make double swoop

first_img The 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal to become the Foxes’ second signing of the day after N’Golo Kante joined from Caen. “Defender Yohan Benalouane has completed a move to Leicester City on a four-year deal subject to international clearance and Premier League and FA approval,” the club said in a statement. Press Association Leicester have snapped up defender Yohan Benalouane from Atalanta. center_img Tunisia international Benalouane has moved for an undisclosed fee and becomes the club’s fifth signing of the summer. He started his career at St Etienne before moving to Italy in 2010, when he signed for newly promoted Cesena in Serie A. He moved to Parma in 2012 before a switch to Atalanta in January 2014 and joins midfielder Kante to become Ranieri’s second signing since being appointed last month. Kante comes in on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee t o fill the gap left by Esteban Cambiasso after he decided not to renew his contract with the Foxes. The 24-year-old joined Caen from US Boulogne in 2013 and helped them to promotion from Ligue 2 a year later and played 37 times, scoring twice, in Ligue 1 last season. The pair join Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki in signing at the King Power Stadium this summer and they could make their debuts in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener at home against Sunderland. last_img read more

West Palm Beach sailor celebrates U.S. Navy’s 244th birthday

first_imgThe U.S. Navy celebrated its 244th birthday on Sunday which was established on October 13, 1775.U.S. Navy Boatswain Mate Seaman Roseny Joseph who is from West Palm Beach was photographed celebrating aboard the “amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26).”In the photo above, she is seen cutting a ceremonial birthday cake with the ship’s commanding officer U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Lane.BM Joseph and Cpt. Lane celebrated the occasion with fellow shipmates stationed in the South China Sea.According to DVIDS, “the John P. Murtha is participating in KAMANDAG 3, a Philippine-led, with participation from Japan, designed to increase counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief capabilities through military exchanges that strengthen partnership and the ability to respond to crises throughout the Indo-Pacific region rapidly.”“KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase ‘Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat,’ which translates to “Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea,” highlighting the partnership between the U.S. and the Philippine militaries, DVIDS added.”The John P. Murtha ship has been in active service for the U.S. Navy since 2016.last_img read more

Bazuaye is New Chief Coach of Bendel Insurance FC

first_imgHe also has another bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Brazil. That was the only medal Nigeria won in that Competition.He assisted Coach John Obuh to win silver medal when Nigeria hosted the Under-17 World Cup Tournament tagged Nigeria 2009.His last appointment was Chief Coach of Bayelsa United where he led the Division One Club side to win the Federation Cup in 2007. Odigie was also named the Best Coach of Year 2007.Bazuaye, the new Chief Coach of the Club is an Ex-junior international who played for the Flying Eagles. His last coaching assignment was with the Kastina United.Mr. Greg Ikhenoba is contracted to assist Bazuaye. The assistant coach also played for the Flying Eagles.The contracts which are for the 2018 football season are to take effect from January 2nd 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of the 2018 football season, the Edo State Government has contracted Mr. Monday Odigie as the Team Manager of the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club.Also, a former player of the club, Baldwin Bazuaye was appointed as head of the technical crew of the Division Two team. He is to be assisted by Greg Ikhenoba as Assistant Coach.The new team manager, Odigie, assisted Samson Siasia at the 2005 Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Holland.Aside this, the new handler of Bendel Insurance has assisted Siasia and Obuh to win laurels in international football competitions.Odigie’s other laurels include winning a silver medal as Siasia’s assistant again at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.last_img read more

Bill Clinton speaks at UCLA rally for Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom

first_imgDespite the clouds covering the city Friday evening, it was a star-studded night in Los Angeles for the Democratic Party.California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown spoke at UCLA with just a few weeks to go before the Nov. 2 election, bringing with him some of the state’s and nation’s most prominent Democrats: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor and candidate for state lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom and former President Bill Clinton.In good company – Flanked by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown (left) and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, former President Bill Clinton addressed a crowd of thousands at UCLA Friday night. – Photo courtesy of the Daily BruinThe rally was one of many stops high-profile Democrats have made across the country in recent weeks in an attempt to drum up support for the party.“Are we going to take back California?” Villaraigosa yelled to an already-screaming crowd as the other Democrats took the stage shortly after 8 p.m.The three spent about an hour speaking to thousands of listeners gathered in UCLA’s Dickson Court, trading compliments and slamming their opponents in an effort to rally a higher youth turnout on Nov. 2.“It is not enough to have voted for a new president if you will not help him govern and stick behind the members of Congress who stood for him,” Clinton said. “What you must do is pick leaders who know how to be both frugal and in the future business. You’ve got to put California back in the future business.”The future was a common theme throughout the evening, as all three men spoke to interests particular to a college-aged audience: the environment, the economy and education.A product of the University of California system himself, Brown emphasized the need for public higher education to be available to all students, regardless of their backgrounds.“[We need to] get every kid in this school that can qualify,” Brown said. “Everyone. Whether they’re documented or not.”Clinton emphasized the importance of green technologies in revitalizing California’s economy, saying both Brown and Newsom would continue their support of such technologies, unlike their opponents.Clinton alluded to Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and her proposal to suspend AB 32  — a law aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions —  until the state unemployment rate drops.“You stick with this greenhouse gas commitment you got; don’t you repeal that,” Clinton said. “It is the key to your economic future.”The best place for California’s future, Newsom and Clinton said, is in Brown’s hands.“We are lucky in this state,” Newsom said. “Jerry Brown has nothing to prove to anybody. He was twice governor of our great state, he has held every key office, he has accomplished more than folks like me could every dream of. But he’s willing to take the years where he could be writing a memoir and instead, he’s going to be writing the future of our great state.”“One thing you can count on: I’m not writing any damn memoir,” Brown said, to laughter and cheers from the crowd.Brown has been a political opponent to both Newsom and Clinton during his years as a politician; he opposed Clinton in the 1992 presidential primary and ran against Newsom in the Democratic primary for governor — during which Clinton endorsed Newsom.Their past differences were put aside on Friday, however, as the three sought to get a bigger message across to the audience: Young voters need to show up on Nov. 2.“I’ve lived my life. It’s been great. I just want you to have the same chances I did,” Clinton said. “I am pleading with you; you need to go out and tell everyone who is not here tonight that any college student in the state of California that doesn’t vote in this election is committing malpractice on your own future.”Clinton’s appearance at UCLA — along with President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to USC on Friday — sends a strong message to student voters, said Aaron Perman, a senior majoring in business administration who is the vice president of USC College Democrats.“The college demographic is a lot of what drove Obama to win and was the backbone of the volunteer effort,” said Perman, who attended the rally at UCLA. “I think it’s recognizing that and recognizing that students still have a lot of things to care about. It shows students, ‘Hey, you really can make a difference.’”Michael Maulano, a junior majoring in political science and finance director of the College Democrats who also attended Friday’s event, agreed.“It’s an extremely important election for youth,” he said. “The problems facing the country and the issues we face today are certainly not going to wait. They’re going to affect us for a long time.”Excerpts from the Rally:Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brown: President Bill Clinton (Part 1): President Bill Clinton (Part 2):last_img read more

Visa confusion and stubborn employers hinder job search process for international students

first_img“I’m looking forward to being in the office, meet-ing [my coworkers], interacting with [them] casual-ly and just being motivated by [them], but I feel like that’s going to be a bit harder when we work remotely,” Funaki said. “From day one, our students need to work with us, come see us, utilize our resources, work with OIS [and] work with the school-based, more specialized career services offices because they’re really the experts,” Kim said.  In the meantime, international students are forced to play the waiting game — as the pandemic-focused government lulls in its response to student visas, students remain unsure of how their future will unfold. To be allowed to work in the United States, international students start the process by submitting an I-20 request, a form issued by schools that provides information on the student’s visa status, which is later sent to the USCIS office as a part of their OPT application. However, even after petitioning for a visa, there is no guarantee that it will be approved. The chance for selection in the lottery for the 2019-20 season was 32%, according to SGM Law Group, an immigration law firm. Each year, only 65,000 visas are available and awarded via the lottery system. Despite finding sponsors, Lau lost the lottery all three years of his OPT status.  “I think international students should have the same chance [in the job search] because we also now don’t have the equal opportunity anymore to get our work visa or OPT,” Marten said. “USC, along with other universities and major national associations, is asking USCIS and other government agencies for more flexible policies on OPT during this emergency,” Tambascia said. “If any changes are announced, we’ll share this information with the international student community as soon as we have it.” A previous version of this article misspelled Yi Yang’s last name and incorrectly identified her doctoral program. The Daily Trojan regrets this error. “I remember feeling really lost.” she said. “I knew there’s OIS and then there’s career fairs, but I didn’t really know how to piece it together.”  For students like Aramathanapon, who studied humanities, this limits job prospects even more. As a result, she decided to go to graduate school at the University of Washington to extend her time in the United States.  According to a 2019 National Foundation for American Policy analysis, the denial rates for H-1B petitions increased to 24% in 2019 from 6% in 2015, partially due to USCIS requesting more information, including requiring guaranteed work assignments, from a rising number of employers.  “Companies are also asking me, ‘[What] is the earliest start date you can give us?,’ [and] I’m like, ‘I’m graduating in May, but I can’t start till June 10,” Kadam said. “But given this situation, I don’t even know if I’ll be able to start on June 10.” An added challenge facing international students this semester is the spread of coronavirus that has impeded job prospects.  BELLA MARTEN “During the past couple of years, we have seen more instances of denied OPT applications due to stringent enforcement of application rules and eligibility requirements,” said Tony Tambascia, executive director of OIS, in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Some of these denials were for seemingly minor technical errors made by applicants in the submission process, so we’re strongly advising that it’s more important than ever to follow all instructions exactly as stated when preparing and submitting their application.” International students with degrees in STEM fields can not only extend their employment for two years but are also more likely to be sponsored by employers. H-1B visas are only available to those in specialty occupations who can prove that they possess specific technical skills other American job applicants lack.  Kadam, who started his job search last semester, said he has actively been applying to as many job positions as he can find online and communicating with users on LinkedIn in an attempt to mimic the networking opportunities that would have been available on campus had the semester continued in person.  “Without grad school, there was pretty much no way for me to stay longer than a year,” Aramathanapon said. “It seemed like grad school or leave.” “I’m getting ready to go back home … I feel a combination of anger and disappointment after having spent so much time in the States,” Lau said. “I get one year to work in the U.S., and likely nobody else will hire me after or sponsor my visa after,” Marten said. “And then after my six years of work, I will have to go back to Germany and nothing applies really, anything that I have worked for. It will have to be all translated.” While the process for applying for OPT status remains the same despite the pandemic, USCIS still requires students to be physically present in the United States to be eligible to apply, making it difficult for students who have since returned home. For some students, even finding a company to sponsor them poses a challenge.  The Career Center began hosting an international student career fair in 2017 to help students find employers that sponsor visas. Companies that have attended past fairs include Amazon, Adobe and CBS Interactive.  Jennifer Kim, director of employment relations and research at the Career Center, acknowledged the many hurdles international students face in navigating the job market. She said students should begin their job search as early as possible to cultivate an edge before graduation.  In 2017, President Donald Trump and his administration signed an executive order that encouraged employers to “hire American.”  Since then, the USCIS has made the OPT and H-1B application process more difficult for international students by imposing more restrictive guidelines. With classes moved to a remote format to enforce social distancing and quarantine guidelines, many students, including 2019 graduate Linda Chen, have noticed a backlog in receiving necessary forms from OIS to complete visa applications. Aramthanapon ultimately found a job at an education nonprofit in San Francisco, where she worked for her year of OPT.  But the company was unable to sponsor her at the end of the temporary employment period. STUDENT STORIES Aramathanpon said that while she found help with interviewing and resume writing at the Office of International Services and the USC Career Center, she ultimately felt overwhelmed during the job search.  Having set her mind on her work in Japan, Funaki was initially nervous about whether her employer would terminate her upcoming position, but the company was quick to reassure her that she would still be employed. Like other graduating students, international students have also lost out on on-campus networking events and are finding that companies are reluctant to hire new employees amid the pandemic. Even with these efforts, Kadam has had little luck securing a job after graduation.  The need to enroll in school to stay in the United States puts a financial burden on international students, who already feel they have to rack up more and higher degrees to fare better in the U.S. job market. H-1B lotteries favor those with master’s degrees, meaning that going through that extra phase of schooling doubles one’s chance of being selected.  Bella Marten YI YANG OPT permits students to work in the United States for 12 months after earning their degree, and graduates from specific STEM fields listed on the USCIS website may apply for a two-year extension of their work. Marten is unsure if she will be able to remain in the U.S. post-OPT status. She said that it’s difficult to accept that she may have to return home after living in the United States for seven years. “I might feel a little bit more vulnerable, a little bit more conscious about my race and my backgrounds, but I want to take that as a learning opportunity to kind of grow,” Funaki said. Rio Funaki Yi Yang, a graduate student studying applied behavior analysis, is also facing an employment concern. An employee at Trojans with Autism, Yang will continue working at the company for three months before traveling overseas to pursue a doctoral program in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. With current delays in receiving Optional Practice Training documents from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, her current employment has been temporarily cut short. “[The company does] not have the ability to have me … during this period of time because [they are] also suffering from financial problems,” Yang said. “I have to temporarily resign from my company, until I get OPT approval from the government; then I will go back to work for the company again.” Rio Funaki, a senior majoring in linguistics, finds herself in a different situation compared to most international students because she already secured a job in Tokyo as an assistant associate at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting company, in September. Although she considered an offer from a Los Angeles company, the lottery visa process deterred her from considering the position since the company would have required her to work in their Japan office for one to two years before transferring to an office in the United States if she could not obtain the visa. Kadam said he believes OIS has been extremely helpful, providing timely updates on the process of I-20s. A large portion of the problem is USCIS itself: Many international students are still waiting for a reply informing them of when applications will be processed. Kadam, who has listed a June 10 work start date on his OPT application, is unsure of when he will receive approval.  Like other graduating international students, Kadam, a graduate student from India studying engineering management, is facing roadblocks navigating job prospects before graduation May 15. Compared to U.S. students, international students have to take extra steps each year to search for career opportunities. They must turn in forms to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services months in advance to renew or change their visa status and find a job before the three-month deadline to secure employment approaches. Ma plans to extend his student visa by applying to the data science certificate program at UCLA to increase his prospects of staying in the United States instead of looking for job opportunities after graduation. With this plan, Ma hopes to give himself optimal time to search for work in the future and apply to a psychology doctorate program in the United States, a path that would be difficult to pursue if he returned to his home country after graduation, especially considering current coronavirus travel restrictions.  Napa Aramthanapon, who is originally from Thailand, graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She said that the job search process was difficult because employers wouldn’t easily grant interviews to international students. RIO FUNAKI Living in his off-campus apartment in Los Angeles, Niranjan Kadam has been spending most of his waking hours the last few weeks fervently searching and applying for job opportunities as the semester comes to a close.  Bella Marten, a second-year graduate student from Germany studying strategic public relations, said the coronavirus places added pressure on international students. Marten, who applied for her Optional Practice Training through the Office of International Services in February and who is graduating this year, said she hopes the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will relax OPT regulations, which prohibit more than 90 days of unemployment, during the economic downturn. Even so, Funaki acknowledged that she will likely be working remotely from her home country of Singapore for the duration of her employment if social distancing guidelines continue. Although it may not affect her line of work, Funaki said she’s concerned that the transition back into the office setting will be difficult after months of working online. But for students like Lau, who want to stay longer than the one-to-three years allowed by OPT, there’s the H-1B visa, which grants graduates up to six more years in the U.S. To qualify, an international worker must be sponsored by their employer, but most U.S. companies are hesitant to take a chance on employees from outside the United States. Since H-1B visas must be applied for by employers, the employing company must bear the cost of petitioning, which ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on the size of the company.  “If I can graduate in May, I can either stay here or go back to China, but since I plan to apply for a PhD, I definitely had to make sure [that after] graduation, I can stay here legally,” Ma said. “That’s why I [made the] decision to apply for [the UCLA program] so I can be here for another one or two years … During time staying here, I can also probably look at another job and apply for a new OPT.” “A lot of companies ask you right away if you require sponsorship, and you have to be honest, and then that’s a factor in the decision to even get an interview,” Aramthanapon said.  “I gave them the material I wanted them to sign and bring back to me, but it’s taking over four weeks for them to get back to me,” Chen said. “They reply by email pretty quickly [saying] ‘We got your message … we’re processing based on the urgency of it.’” “[Students from the United States] don’t need to worry about whether they can be here legally or not,” said Hongen Ma, a graduate student from China studying applied behavior analysis. “We also have very limited time to make our decisions and think about whether [we] can stay here after graduation … So, I feel, for international students, we have very limited options, so it can be really challenging.” Yi Yang With USCIS policies remaining unchanged, USC is also awaiting a statement from the immigration agency regarding whether there will be issues in processing visa forms during this time. A quarter of USC’s student population is international, and yet this community is often underrepresented in the stories that are told at the University. In our special “A Long Way From Home” supplement issue, the Daily Trojan aims to spotlight the perspectives of international students who shape the culture of USC. Find all the stories here. Although she hasn’t personally experienced any discrimination from her peers at USC arising from pandemic fears, Funaki said she’s concerned as to whether her experience will change once she starts her job. Before graduating from USC in 2017, Benny Lau, a computer science and business administration major, found a job as a software engineer at a payroll company. But for international students after graduation, employment does not guarantee a stay in the United States. For three years, Lau failed to secure a work visa and, now that his OPT is ending, he will have to pack up his apartment and return home to Hong Kong in July.  When international students graduate and stay in the United States to work, they have finite options for work visas. For short term employment — one to three years — they can apply for Optional Practice Training, an application that allows international students to pursue job prospects in their field that the government must approve as an extension of their student visa.  Kim said international students should try not to get discouraged during the job search, as they are valuable assets to U.S. companies. “Our international students are uniquely positioned to offer their cultural diversity, their language skills, their unique perspective,” Kim said. “They came to the States, and they’ve had to acclimate to a new culture and a new country, so they’re very adaptable.”  After submitting her I-20 request to USC in March and being asked to resubmit the request in early April because of missing documentation, Yang received her I-20 in mid-April and quickly mailed the form and required documents to USCIS for her OPT application. Still waiting for approval, Yang doesn’t expect to receive the work visa until June. Although Yang is not too worried about the financial loss from leaving her job, since her family in China is supporting her during this time, she said she believes that international students are not the only group vulnerable during this time, with economic insecurity occurring at a global scale. “I think people all over the world have problems finding jobs and have financial problems to some degree,” Yang said. “I think we don’t always have to think of our international students as a vulnerable part of this population.” “Initially, it was difficult to get a job for my major, but now with this pandemic it’s gotten worse because now so many companies that have been hiring … are currently laying off or holding up positions that were open,” Kadam said.  Read more about how international students adjust to USC here.last_img read more