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Churches in US supporting immigration reforms

Written By: admin - Jan• 16•13

Evangelicals Mobilize 100,000 Churches for Immigration Reform

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An open Bible, turned to the book of Jeremiah. (Josh Liba/Getty Images)
By TED HESSON (@tedhesson)
Jan. 15, 2013

 

Evangelical leaders representing more than 100,000 churches across the U.S. are backing immigration reform, and they’re asking their congregants to do the same.

Calling reform a religious imperative, the Evangelical Immigration Table is asking Christians across the country to engage in 40 days of praying and reading scriptures related to immigrants and immigration, what the groups dub the ”I Was a Stranger” challenge.

The leaders spoke about the campaign on a call hosted by the National Immigration Forum on Monday.

“Through this challenge we’re connecting with the grassroots Christians,” said Noel Castellanos, the CEO of the Christian Community Development Association. “It’s the men and women that sit in the pews, and helping them to take action, through mail, through phone calls to our legislators.”

The coalition of evangelicals seems determined to make its voice heard in the 2013 immigration reform debate. After President Obama won reelection in November, the group called on him to introduce an immigration bill within 92 days of taking office. The timeline stems from the number of times the Hebrew word for immigrant, “ger,” appears in the Bible.

While the “I Was a Stranger” challenge draws on an old message, the campaign will use social media to help inform congregants. The coalition said its reach extends to more than 850,000 Facebook and Twitter users, and a campaign website features a downloadable toolkit for churches interested in participating.

The goal is to have Christians — including politicians involved in the immigration debate — reflect on what the Bible teaches about immigrants. Bill Hamel, the president of the Evangelical Free Church of America, and one of the leaders involved in the campaign, spoke of immigration as a rights issue.

“I missed the civil rights movement, I watched and did nothing and for decades I have regretted those days,” Hamel said. “I’m committed not to sit this one out.”

From: http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/evangelicals-mobilize-100000-churches-immigration-reform/story?id=18220004

Would you prefer to study abroad in UK? If yes, Please state your reasons…Thank you

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•13

Fall in students from India and Pakistan as immigration rules bite

Drop in Indian and Pakistani students of 23.5% and 13.4% partly due to growing perception that Britain is not a welcoming place

By Matthew Taylor, The Guardian, 

Chemistry students at an Indian university

International students make up the majority of numbers in many postgraduate courses and research teams in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Photograph: Mustafa Quraishi/AP

The number of students from India and Pakistan coming to study at British universities and higher education colleges has fallen for the first time, adding to concerns that the government’s immigration crackdown is deterring applicants.

The number of students from India fell by 23.5% overall, including a 28% drop in postgraduates. The number of students from Pakistan declined by 13.4%, with a 19% drop in postgraduates.

Experts say the fall in student numbers from India and Pakistan is partly due to the growing perception that Britain is not a welcoming place forinternational students, and partly to the new visa rules that mean students cannot work during or after their studies.

Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency also show the number of non-EU students coming to Britain for postgraduate courses has dropped for the first time in 16 years, raising concern that “the best and brightest” are among those turning their back on the UK.

Jo Beall, British Council’s director of education and society, said: “The sector was expecting a decline in growth, but the actual reduction in postgraduate numbers is of real concern.”

“International students make up the majority of numbers in many postgraduate courses and research teams in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Overall, the number of non-EU students went up by 1.5%, thanks largely to a 16.9% rise in those coming from China. However, Beall described the rise as tiny in a growing market, especially compared with the UK’s competitor countries. “This suggests that we are beginning to lose out in an incredibly competitive market,” she said.

“Attracting the brightest and most ambitious postgraduate and research students is critical if the UK is to maintain its quality reputation for research and innovation.”

Overseas students are estimated to bring £8bn a year into the economy (pdf), a figure projected to rise to £16.8bn by 2025, according to a study by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Universities get 10% of their total income and a third of their tuition fee revenue from non-EU students. Earlier this week Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, said the government’s tough rhetoric on immigration was threatening to undermine the multibillion-pound market in foreign students.

Her comments followed an announcement by home secretary Theresa May last month that consular staff would interview more than 100,000 prospective students in an attempt to prevent bogus applicants entering the country. May’s comments followed the introduction of new limitations on students’ right to work during and after their studies.

Dandridge said the latest figures were a “real cause for concern” and called for a “period of stability on immigration policy”, adding it was essential ministers did not create “inappropriate barriers for international students”.

“We must make sure that both government and universities promote a compelling case internationally for the quality of our universities, and make explicit that the UK welcomes international students.”

Tim Westlake, director of student experience at Manchester University, said students whose families relied on them to work in Britain after their studies to gain experience and repay fees were looking elsewhere. “Since 2004, the university has had significant growth in Indian students, but in the past two years there has been a 32% fall in Indian master’s enrolments. Master’s applications from India are down again by 33% this year.”

Beall said: “Playing to a British audience [on immigration] has a huge impact on countries like India and Pakistan which have historical relationships with us, large middle classes that are English speaking and a free, English speaking press. So when these things are said here they get reported over there and it has a very damaging impact on how we are perceived by potential students.”

Immigration minister Mark Harper said: “The student visa regime we inherited was open to widespread abuse. It neither controlled immigration nor protected legitimate students from poor quality sponsors.

“Our reforms have tackled abuse head on while favouring universities, to ensure we remain open to the brightest and the best. That’s why it’s no surprise that these figures, and our own visa statistics, show a continued increase in the number of foreign students coming to study at our world class universities.”

“It’s clear that our immigration changes are working with overall net migration to the UK falling by a quarter in the past year.”

Estée Lauder was born to Immigrant Parents, Yet she built a beauty empire……..

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•13

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Great Women Series: Estée Lauder

Friday, July 1st, 2011

“I was a woman with a mission and single-minded in the pursuit of my dream.” - Estée Lauder

 

Estée Lauder

Co-Founder Estée Lauder Companies

July 1, 1906 – April 24, 2004

Estée Lauder was born Josephine Esther Mentzer on July 1, 1906 in Corona, Queens, New York, one of nine children born to her Hungarian mother Rose and Czech father Max.  Her father owned a hardware store and worked hard to support the family through this venture; Estée helped out in the store.  This gave Estée an education in entrepreneurship, but it was her uncle, John Schotz, a chemist, who gave her an education in skin care and beauty products.

“I recognized in my Uncle John my true path…I watched and learned.”

After high school, Estée focused on her uncle’s business and began selling his beauty products, first to her friends, then to beauty shops, beach clubs and resorts.

“I never dreamed about success.  I worked for it.”

In 1930, Estée married Joseph Lauder and gave birth to their first son in 1933.  The couple separated in 1939, then remarried in 1942 and decided to go into business together.  In 1944, they opened their first store and Estée gave birth to their second son in December of that year; she returned to work almost immediately.  In 1946, the couple founded Estée Lauder Inc.  Joe took charge of the business and finance side of the business,  Estée took charge of marketing and product development. They then purchased a Manhattan restaurant and turned it into a production factory and storage facility.

By day,  Estée would sell, at night she would create product.  She persuaded Sachs Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to give her counter space and in two days, the products sold out.  Sachs Fifth Avenue then awarded her a contract.  From here, Lauder began to utilize a hands-on, product demonstration approach to selling that became as much a part of her brand as the high quality of her products.  It’s been said that even after forty years in business, Estée Lauder would attend every launch of a new cosmetics counter or shop.

“Touch a face. Touch a hand. Say, ‘This is for you, this is what I want you to wear’.”

Lauder continued to bring her product into more and more high end stores.  If she met with rejection, she found a way to get her product into the store.  Her reach became international.   Lauder had a strong and unwavering belief in her products and a genuine love for what she did. This eventually led to making Estée Lauder a respected household name.

“If you put the product into the customer’s hands, it will speak for itself if it’s something of quality.”

When asked to explain her success, Lauder said:

“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard.”

In her 1985 autobiography, Lauder offered the following 15 rules – known as “Lauderisms” – as advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.

  1. Find the proper location.
  2. When you’re angry, never put it in writing.
  3. You get more bees with honey.
  4. Keep your own image straight in your mind.
  5. Keep an eye on the competition.
  6. Divide and rule.
  7. Learn to say no.
  8. Trust your instincts.
  9. Act tough.
  10. Acknowledge your mistakes
  11. Write things down.
  12. Hire the best people.
  13. Break down barriers.
  14. Give credit where credit is due.
  15. Train the best sales force.

Estée Lauder was a true leader, role model and inspiration.  She received many honors, including the United States’ Presidential Medal of Freedom and France’s Legion of Honor.  But as it says in her bio on her company’s website: “…Mrs. Lauder was happiest advising women during her in-store appearances. One of her favorite quotes was ‘Telephone, Telegraph, Tell-A-Woman’, because she knew that once a woman tried an Estée Lauder product, she would love it and share it with her friends.”

Estée Lauder was an intelligent, savvy business woman who valued her product, valued hard work, and valued her customer; this is true success formula to emulate.

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US immigrant reform is necessary and beneficial

Written By: admin - Jan• 14•13

People are entitled to their own opinions. There are some people who feels that illegal immigrants should leave the country. other strongly feel that there is need to reform the immigration policies. Personally, I support that policies should be reformed and illegal immigrants should be given paths to legalize their stay in America.

I tend to think that, apart from the economic impact that this decision will have, there are other factors to consider such as humanitarian. It is human nature to help each other. The problem arise when one human feels like she is losing and someone else is winning. The great news about illegal immigrants been legalized will create more opportunity and stabilize the market. Instead of immigrant taking your job the reverse will happen. Instead of wages going down, wages will rise because there will be no under-table menial labor. In fact what will happen is that more jobs and business will be created because the immigrants can comfortably legally do so.

Do not be alarmed that immigrants will take your job. In fact America will become a better diverse place. The world will have no choice but to respect America. It is only in America that they truly care about people irrespective of background.

 

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Written By: admin - Jan• 14•13

The number of international students in UK reduces as the government introduces stringent immigration rules

On January 11, 2013, in Migration News, by deyan 

news  The number of international students in UK reduces as the government introduces stringent immigration rulesAccording to Ms Dandridge, who is a chief executive of the umbrella organization “universities UK” the restrictive immigration rules and the hostile speeches and policy initiatives from the UK government are reducing the attractiveness of Britain as a destination for international students. Many young people from India, China and Pakistan are now choosing alternative destinations such as United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand over Britain

Ms Dandridge warns that this could have negative consequences not only for the UK education sector but also for the whole economy of the country. The reason for this is that the export of British education is worth nearly 15 Billion dollars per year. Home office ministers particularly have made series of speeches that have had a major negative impact on the international education in UK. Furthermore some recent events such as the Highly Trusted Sponsor revocation of the London Metropolitan University and the fact that in October 2012  30 000 international students were required to register in one single police station in London have also contributed to the negative image of UK as a destination for international students.

During the last several years the UK Government has launched a campaign against many bogus colleges, which according the immigration officials are selling “immigration not education”. As a result of this more than 400 colleges lost their right to sponsor international students for Tier 4 student visa.

The ongoing campaigns against the international students have reduced the number of student visas granted for Britain in 2012 with 26% in comparison with the previous years. Ms Dandridge told The Guardian ‘universities are reporting…significant drops, particularly from India, from Pakistan and now from China and Saudi Arabia. These are countries that send large numbers and also they are important countries in terms of international engagement and industry engagement, so we want to be promoting and fostering relations with them, not erecting barriers.’q

By Deyan, Visa First (Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK Visa fast and hassle free today.)