Proposal to End International Student Visa Program Worries Flathead Businesses

first_imgEvery summer, more than 300,000 international students from 200 different countries come to the United States through the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program to learn English and experience America while adding to the labor pool. In 2016, there were more than 2,700 exchange students in Montana alone, working as camp counselors, housekeepers, cooks and even physicians.But the Trump administration has recently suggested that it would end the popular program in an effort to “protect the interests of U.S. workers” as part of the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order issued earlier this year.Eliminating the program could have big impacts in the Flathead Valley, according to local business officials.Marc Ducharme, general manager for Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ Glacier National Park operations, said about a quarter of the approximately 750 seasonal employees working at the lodges and restaurants in the park are international students through the J-1 program. Ducharme said the students are critical to helping Xanterra fill its ranks during the busy tourist season.Ducharme said losing the program would be “catastrophic” for Xanterra and that they would likely have to reduce services within Glacier National Park. He said Xanterra is actively lobbying to save the exchange program.“I’m perplexed as to why someone would want to get rid of this program,” he said. “The kids are able to learn about America and we’re able to learn about their cultures. Programs like this help bring us all a little bit closer.”This summer, Whitefish Mountain Resort hired about 20 international students to help run lifts and work housekeeping and restaurant jobs. The resort usually hires about 100 seasonal employees, and spokesperson Riley Polumbus said the international students play a critical role because they can stay through August into September, whereas American college students often have to leave earlier for school.“As we continue to grow our summer business, we have to have more seasonal employees, and losing this visa program would make it tough for us to find enough people in the summer,” she said.Nikki Thompson, assistant manager at Markus Foods in Whitefish, said her store had five international students, and without them, it would have been difficult to find enough summer employees. Thompson said as the Flathead Valley grows and the summer tourism season gets longer, the number of people available to work isn’t keeping pace with the demand.But the benefits of the program go far beyond helping businesses in the summer, according to Ilir Zherka, executive director of the Alliance for International Exchange. Zherka said the United States ratcheted up its exchange programs following World War II to encourage better international relations. Zherka said the J-1 visa program has since received broad bipartisan support from both Democratic and Republican presidents.“This program is a central part of America’s foreign policy strategy and it makes us more secure,” he said. “This program has huge benefits for the United States.”Zherka said any effort to dismantle the J-1 program is “misguided and uninformed.”The Alliance for International Exchange estimates that the summer work travel visa program contributes more than $500 million to the American economy every year through program fees, travel, housing and entertainment.“It would be nearly impossible for us to rely entirely on domestic help during the summer,” Ducharme said. “The pool of applicants is just not big enough in the United States.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

The Met Gala

first_img Kendall Jenner photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Anna Wintour photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Rihanna photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Donatella Versace photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Jennifer Lopez. Alex Rodriguez photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Kate Moss photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Amanda Seyfried photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Cohen photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Kate Bosworth photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Katie Perry photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Rihanna photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Chris Jenner photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Kim Kardashian West photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Arianna Rockefeller Ariana Rockefeller photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Randy Gerber, Cindy Crawford photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2018 exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” opened to the public on Thursday, May 10. In celebration of the opening, The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, was held on Monday, May 7.Considered to be the fashion industry’s premier event, each year’s gala celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition. The subject also sets the tone for the formal dress of the night. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list. This year’s co-chairs included Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour, and honorary chairs Christine and Stephen Schwarzman. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding. Share Gisele Bundchen photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Kerry Washington photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Kim Kardashian West photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Katie Lee photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Blake Lively photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 guest, Sasha Lane, Tori Burch photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Jean Paul Gaultier,Madonna photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Brooke Shields photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Gigi Hadid photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939 Kate Moss photo by Rob Rich/ ©2018 [email protected] 516-676-3939last_img read more

MSP ‘Delighted’ Dumfries to be Signposted from Northbound M74

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the decision to include Dumfries on northbound signage on the M74.The local MSP met with Transport Scotland bosses last month – where plans to update motorway signs to include Dumfries, Ecclefechan and other towns in the region before the end of the financial year were unveiled.But Ms McAlpine wrote to Transport Scotland following the meeting to ask that Dumfries be included on the northbound signs – which was not part of the original plan.The transport body agreed, and Ms McAlpine has said she is delighted that the ‘Queen of the South’ will now be on the map.Commenting, she said:“It is great news that Transport Scotland plan to add more of the region’s towns to signs on the motorway – I have no doubt that this will increase visitor numbers and be a real boon to the local economy.“I was even more pleased that they have agreed to include Dumfries on the sign just north of junction 19.“As the region’s capital, and as ‘Queen of the South’ – Dumfries really does deserve greater recognition, and I think this will encourage more people to drop by and see what the town has to offer.”last_img read more

Spinach bags traced to same plant

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Two bags of Dole baby spinach that tested positive for the E. coli strain that’s sickened 175 people nationwide were packaged at the same plant on the same day, California health officials said Monday. That information has helped investigators tracing the source of the tainted greens continue narrowing their search at nine farms in three California counties, said Dr. Kevin Reilly, deputy director of prevention services for the California Department of Health Services. Both the Dole spinach that Utah’s health department recovered from a patient in Salt Lake County over the weekend and an open bag in which New Mexico officials found the bacteria earlier last week were processed at the San Juan Bautista plant of Natural Selection Foods LLC during the same shift on Aug. 15, according to Reilly. The company, which grows, packages and ships spinach under multiple brands, has been the focus of federal and state inspectors working to pinpoint the cause of the E. coli outbreak. “We are looking very aggressively at what was produced on that date,” Reilly said. “Much of the feedback we got from patients right now was related to Dole packaging.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsReilly said it was too soon to say whether any other brands besides Dole would turn out to have been contaminated. As far as processing plants, inspectors are focusing exclusively on Natural Selection at this point, he added. Calls to Dole’s headquarters in Westlake Village were not immediately returned Monday. So far, 175 people have been sickened after eating spinach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday. More than half – 93 – were hospitalized, including a 77-year-old Wisconsin woman who died. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Facebook, The Mighty Pipe, Could Crush Yahoo

first_imgrichard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Today Facebook is going to formally announce its plans to become an open platform. We know that the platform will allow companies to offer their products and services to Facebook users, but the details haven’t yet been ‘exposed’. So all of us bloggers are waiting for the news to be announced today, on the edges of our seats. In the meantime, I wanted to remind you of Alex Iskold’s article this week about Facebook – which I thought was intriguing. Alex posited that Facebook is ultimately aiming for an IPO, which would make it the first big Web company to go the IPO route for a long time. Web 2.0 has turned out to be more about M&A (mergers and acquisitions) than IPO (Initial Public Offering), but of course IPOs were all the rage in the Dot Com era. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Alex wrote that Facebook needs to find a way to earn money from widgets on their site. What’s intriguing here is that Facebook could eventually eat Yahoo’s lunch with such an open platform strategy. As Alex put it:“If Facebook could figure out how to do this [earn money from widgets] in a way that makes the retailers happy and keeps the users from screaming, then this is a huge win for them. Consider a scenario where Amazon rolls out something as simple as books and Facebook gets a cut of each transaction. That could happen in many verticals, from books and movies to electronics and travel. And as Facebook is growing beyond the college population, and as its current college population graduates, there seems to be potential for a big upset brewing here – in the sense that Facebook could significantly eat into Yahoo’s business.”While we’re waiting for the Facebook news to be announced, what are your thoughts on where Facebook is headed with their platform?Update: the news is out now, see Techcrunch coverage. R/WW will provide our analysis later today, once the dust settles.last_img read more

Smash and Grab with Hammers Get $340K in Jewelry

first_imgDeputies said four people were arrested after stealing $340,000 worth of jewelry during the smash-and-grab robbery inside the Florida Mall.The robbers used hammers to smash a display case around 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mayors Jewelers inside the mall, deputies said.According to an arrest report, the thieves used sledge hammers to smash a Rolex display case multiple times before it shattered and then grabbed multiple Rolex watches… WFTV9 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Marketing Day: Back-to-school shopping, Pinterest updates & the FTC-Uber settlement

first_img Posted on 17th August 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Back-to-school shopping, Pinterest updates & the FTC-Uber settlement Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Google Search Console’s 7/13/17 update: What really changed?Aug 16, 2017 by Kyle BlanchetteColumnist Kyle Blanchette notes that after Google’s recent update to the Search Analytics report in Search Console, many of Merkle’s clients saw a significant increase in the total number of keywords reported per day.Why the marketing campaign is dead and what should replace itAug 16, 2017 by Justin DunhamIt’s time to stop thinking in terms of campaigns. Contributor Justin Dunham says marketers need to take a more iterative approach and instead think in terms of programs — algorithms, assets and continuous optimization.Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP): IS faster better?Aug 16, 2017 by Digital Marketing DepotGoogle has doubled down on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), its open source initiative designed to improve web page speed and performance for mobile users. More than 2 billion AMP pages have been published from over 900,000 domains, and many online publishers report significant gains in both traffic and conversions as a result of AMP adoption. partners with online retailers to ease headache of back-to-school shoppingAug 16, 2017 by Amy GesenhuesThe platform currently has more than one million school supply lists uploaded from US grade schools and middle schools.Nailing down ads for the holiday seasonAug 16, 2017 by Thomas SternE-commerce marketers, are you prepared for the holiday season? Columnist Thomas Stern shares some ideas on where to invest your paid media dollars to maximize holiday sales.Google’s big gamble on ad blocking and why you should careAug 16, 2017 by Blaise LuceyGoogle’s plan to release an ad blocker for Chrome could affect a sizable portion of the display market. Contributor Blaise Lucey explains what it means for marketers and how they can start rethinking display.Retailers: Here are the building blocks for winning the digital shelfAug 16, 2017 by Andrew WaberAs the busy holiday season fast approaches, columnist Andrew Waber explains why it’s important for marketers to build on a foundation of data and analysis and tap dedicated staff for their most important retail channels.Pinterest now lets people zoom in on pins, has redesigned visual search iconAug 16, 2017 by Tim PetersonUsers no longer have to be signed in to Pinterest to use its visual search Chrome extension.Performance Horizon can now predict campaign results for its affiliates & partnersAug 16, 2017 by Barry LevineUK-based firm says this machine learning-based capability is the first for this kind of platform.ironSource’s new Ad LTV Prediction tool shows app ad revenue trends across ad networksAug 16, 2017 by Barry LevineThe Tel Aviv-based supply-side/ad mediation platform says it can now show in-app ad impression trends from 20+ ad networks at once.TAG sees its ad tech verification program aimed at cleaning up digital advertising grow rapidlyAug 16, 2017 by Ginny MarvinTrustworthy Accountability Group says registration applications are up 75% since April.What to expect at MarTech? Here’s our epic previewAug 16, 2017 by Scott BrinkerI have an allergy to hype. I know, that’s an unfortunate condition given that I’m in the field of marketing technology. It’s like being a lactose-intolerant maitre fromager. Luckily, the symptoms are relatively mild — mostly involuntary rolling of the eyes and rapid finger-twitching on the delete key. FTC-Uber data settlement subjects company to privacy audits for next 20 yearsAug 15, 2017 by Greg SterlingFTC argued that Uber misrepresented data privacy and security protections for riders and drivers.6 tips for using location information to boost conversionAug 15, 2017 by Wesley YoungColumnist Wesley Young looks at how far consumers are willing to travel to shop at local stores and how to use your store’s location to boost conversion of your marketing campaigns.5 mindset mistakes you may be making when it comes to SEOAug 15, 2017 by Tom DemersSometimes even the smartest SEOs are guilty of missing the forest for the trees. Columnist Tom Demers delves into some common attitudes and behaviors that can prevent your campaigns from reaching their full potential.How to generate ideas when competitive analysis shows you nothingAug 15, 2017 by Julie JoyceColumnist Julie Joyce explains how to find link-building inspiration when a competitive link analysis leaves you empty-handed.Martech enablement series: Part 2 — The race team analogyAug 15, 2017 by Peter LadkaIn the second installment of a nine-part series, contributor Peter Ladka discusses how to create a “race team,” develop a strategy, build and maintain the race car (your martech stack) and run the races (execute your strategy).5 ways to ramp up your digital media measurementAug 15, 2017 by David BoothFrom setting well-defined goals to digital attribution, columnist David Booth shares ways to improve your digital media measurement and get the most out of your next marketing dollar.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:Business IssuesApple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming, Wall Street JournalApple, Facebook, Google and other tech giants tell the Supreme Court to protect cellphone data in a key, upcoming case, RecodeFacebook’s AI assistant M expands to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K., VentureBeatContent Marketing5 Ingredients to Master the Perfect Content Marketing Recipe, Top Rank Marketing BlogBuilding a Better UGC Library though Content Syndication, MarTech AdvisorHow to Create Ridiculously Good Content, Duct Tape MarketingE-Commerce5 Ways a Hypermedia API Simplifies Ecommerce, Get ElasticAmazon Offers Instant Pickup in Five Cities, Multichannel MerchantWill Amazon’s new return policy help or hurt Marketplace sellers?, Retail DiveEmail Marketing3 Ways Email Personalization is Ineffective Without AI, MarTech AdvisorEmail Subject Line Length: Is Brevity Better?, MarketingProfsFive ideas to increase your email’s perceived value, MarketingSherpa BlogGeneral Internet MarketingDigital Ad Frequency: Impact on Awareness and Purchase Intent, MarketingProfsThe Do’s and Don’ts of Influencer Marketing, Simply MeasuredThe secret to successful influencer marketing? Letting go of control, Think with GoogleInternet Marketing Industry4C Surpasses $1 Billion in Annualized Media Spend and Introduces Pacing Dashboard, Market WiredBeyond the Great [App] Wall of China [Guide], AppsFlyerInfogix Releases 2017 Midyear Update on 2017 Trends, PR WebMarTechB2B marketing automation software is underused and symptomatic of the industry, EconsultancyBuilding Blocks: Praveen Asthana, CMO of Forcepoint Talks Marketing Tech, MarTech AdvisorThink marketing tech vendor growth is finished? No, it’s Finnish!, Chief Marketing TechnologistMobile/Local MarketingGoogle Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch, TechCrunchHow mobile sites performed during Q2 2017, Mobile MarketerMore expensive subscription apps have higher engagement, Mobile MarketerSocial MediaCelebrating a Birthday? Now You Can Make It Even More Meaningful, Facebook NewsroomLinkedIn’s New Feature ‘Active Status’ Is Interesting (And On By Default), ForbesPaid Social: Social Media Advertising Best-Practices, MarketingProfsVideoHow to Use LinkedIn Native Video, Social Media ExaminerPreparing Your Marketing for Vertical Video, MarTech AdvisorThe 20 Best Food YouTubers & Channels (Mouth-Watering), MediaKixFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Back-to-school shopping, Pinterest updates & the FTC-Uber settlement Marketing Day: Back-to-school shopping, Pinterest updates & the FTC-Uber settlementYou are here:last_img read more

XenClient and vPro: Type 1 Hypervisor for the Rich Services Cloud

first_imgAmong the greatest challenges of the cloud for the small and medium business or the enterprise are the reliability, availability, scalability, security and trust of one’s applications and data.  So far, public cloud approaches to these challenges have proven to be more expensive across resource types for both the service provider and customer, and inelastic.  To compound the problem, end users demand high performance, the ability to get their job done, a familiar environment, a great user experience, freedom and flexibility, the ability to use personal apps and data, and faster recovery and migration. At the same time, IT and service providers demand  ease of management, simple deployment and updates, hardware independent images. Moreover, IT needs to be able to protect and secure data, leverage built-in data back-up and recovery, and to isolate business and personal worlds.With Intel vPro, Citrix XenClient provides this through a high performance type 1 bare-metal hypervisor on the client, which can securely execute multiple images, is hardware aware whilst being hardware independent, with simplified OS management. Through Off-network mobility, application and data security and isolation, bandwidth- and access-intelligent network performance, near-native virtualised performance, large scale manageability, all with hardware-based acceleration and augmentation, this provides a local, mobile platform with management, security and adaptability needed by the small/medium business and enterprise for the cloud.XenClient caches and executes desktop and application software directly on the device, enabling high performance, rich graphics and full off-network mobility for users. The usage model: A user requests a business image, the control domain creates an image with the desired policies, this initial image is delivered, and subsequent changes are synchronized. Small businesses and enterprises can leverage this to scale management of an increasingly mobile workforce, while enhancing security and always-on access to data and applications.With vPro, XenClient is manageable whether the device is on or off. This solution is designed for security, with image isolation, trusted measurement & launch of XenClient, memory protection, and vPro management & security. With Intel Virtualization Technology, performance is enhanced over software-only solutions, and I/O device pass-through and assignment enabled. The solution is based on a single image management methodology, drastically reducing patch and upgrade maintenance efforts, enabling service level assurance.How does this pay off? Users enjoy a rich services cloud experience with a lightweight hypervisor supporting pass thru of latency sensitive devices (e.g. graphics, DVD, USB 2.0), one that is truly mobile optimised with support for offline caching and synchronization, wireless support and power management optimizations. The user’s desktop is assembled dynamically, providing instant image provisioning which can be role-based and portable.This neatly supports the three personae of the cloud – public, personal private and organization private. The public persona covers all data and applications – business/corporate or personal – one could freely share with the world (e.g. social networking, sharing of non-sensitive information, etc.). Whilst many in the blogosphere think that all personal information fits in this category, the reality is that it does not – thus the personal private persona, which covers all personal data and applications whose abuse would adversely affect a user (e.g. financial, health,  identity records, etc.). These are joined by the business/corporate persona which covers sensitive data and applications, or representing intellectual property, to a business/corporation, as well as to ministries/governments, NGOs, non-proflts, etc .The vPro + XenClient solution provides a way to securely work in each of these personae on devices, whilst maintaining isolation between them.  This enables an employee, consultant or representative of an organisation to access public, personal private and business/corporate data and applications without the risk of exposing sensitive information, violating conformance/compliance, or polluting intellectual property.  Imagine the use who has one or more operating systems installed with all their  tools and applications, which they may delete periodically depending on what they are working on. They also require access to their company’s business applications that are managed and brought to their clients by the corporate IT department. With XenClient, the user can have full control over their own managed operating systems but also benefit from having a corporate managed standard desktop environment.I am excited about what  vPro + XenClient offers – centralized desktop virtualization  with a rich, personalized device environment, across device form factors, locations and workspaces. Mobile, office and remote workers for small/medium business and  the enterprise will be able to take advantage of enterprise-scale virtualization without sacrificing security, manageability, ease-of-use, performance or mobility. This further extends what the rich services cloud provides to organizations, hardening and augmenting its value to them.For more information on Intel vPro, please visit For more information on XenClient, please visit read more

9 months ago​AC Milan name price for Newcastle target Laxalt

first_img​AC Milan name price for Newcastle target Laxaltby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United can have Diego Laxalt – provided they can fork over £10.7 million.Calciomercato believes that Milan are happy to sell the player, even though he only signed from Genoa six months ago.The 25-year-old left back has played just four games in Serie A from the start, coming off the bench nine times.Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is desperate to add an experienced defender, but even ten million seems like a sum that is out of their reach.The club is known for its limited transfer kitty, with owner Mike Ashley unable or unwilling to provide the manager with more financial backing. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NPSS Senior Alternate students take on social change projects to improve the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students at North Peace Secondary School have been getting involved with social change projects as part of the Senior Alternate Program.Personal and Social Development teacher Brenda Birley got her students involved in social change projects as a way of improving the community.Senior Alternate student Chantelle Waughtal says her and another classmate started with an idea to grow a fruit orchard on the school grounds but then realized that the idea of having an orchard could be something larger and more meaningful as a tribute to First Nations culture. “Another classmate and I decided to grow an orchard on our school ground. Our original idea was to have a patch of fruit trees but over time it grew into something much larger and much more meaningful. Now we have a group of people who are going to be growing two garden boxes as a tribute to First Nations culture, as well as the fruit trees.”According to Waughtal, the orchard will contain traditional healing plants, berry bushes, apple trees, cherry trees, and a few other species of plants.The orchard project is made possible by grants from Tree Canada and Pembina Pipelines and is in association with the local First Nations.A tree planting event will be taking place this Wednesday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. at North Peace Secondary School, with a grand opening of the orchard on Wednesday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more