In a little over a year, Michael Kelly has left his mark on USF Athletics. ORACLE PHOTO/BRIAN HATTAB Earlier this month, Michael Kelly celebrated a milestone. Aug. 6 officially marked his one-year anniversary as USF vice president of athletics — and Kelly was nowhere to be found in the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center. That’s because he was in Quebec with the men’s basketball team on its Canadian tour. Kelly didn’t let the anniversary go by without marking the occasion, tweeting a video thanking Bulls fans for their support throughout his first year on the job. And what a year it’s been. Since Kelly has taken over, USF Athletics has seen record donations, revived fan-engaging events and bumped the Gators from the dominant sports radio station in Tampa Bay — all while its athletic director was learning names and faces. The Oracle had the opportunity to sit down with the head of USF Athletics recently to talk about his first year on the job, the … [Read more...] about Checking in with USF’s athletic director after his first year
Evelyne Viens was the joint top goalscorer in the NCAA in 2018 and is expected to have another great year in 2019. ORACLE PHOTO/BRIAN HATTAB A lot is expected of No. 14 USF women’s soccer this season, especially coming off a season where the Bulls won the AAC regular-season title and progressed to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Evelyne Viens, Aubrey Megrath, Sydny Nasello and Andrea Hauksdottir were USF’s top players last season. Together, they combined for 39 goals and 22 assists. Viens, who scored 20 goals and was the joint top goalscorer in the NCAA last season, and Hauksdottir were added to the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List, the highest honor for any individual in collegiate soccer. The addition of Viens and Hauksdottir to the watch list is an indicator of the quality of the players on the team, according to coach Denise Schilte-Brown. “It’s a compliment for the team,” Schilte-Brown said. “I think the committee did a great job in … [Read more...] about Great expectations for Bulls in 2019
An article by Andrew DeMillo of the Associated Press about Arkansas’s stature as one of only four states without a hate crime law and the possiblity that passage could be possible here is getting wide republication, including on ABC News. The article notes that a hate crime proposal passed the state Senate, but faltered in the House. It’s important to fill a gap in the coverage. A hate crime law failed in Arkansas in 2017 because the proposal that passed the Senate included penalties for crimes against people on account of sexual orientation. The so-called Christians at the Family Council made clear their opposition to civil rights protection for LGBT people and for penalties for crimes against LGBT people. It might advance the “homosexual agenda,” the love-filled folks at Family Council said. You know what agenda they mean, don’t you? Equal treatment under the law. Can’t have that in Arkansas. And we don’t. Hate and discrimination … [Read more...] about A hate crime law for Arkansas? There’s a problem.
New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has been fined $21,056 by the NFL. The NFL fined the rookie from Alabama for a hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub during a preseason game on Aug. 15, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Sunday. The amount is the standard fine for a first offense of roughing the passer, although Williams was not called for a penalty on the play. The contact occurred on Schaub's first snap of the game in the second quarter after he relieved starter Matt Ryan. Schaub managed to complete a 13-yard pass despite being knocked flat by Williams. A former Wenonah High School standout, Williams joined the Jets as the third player picked in the NFL Draft on April 25 after winning the 2018 Outland Trophy with the Crimson Tide as the nation's best interior lineman. If Williams appeals the fine, he will have a hearing with either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, former players who serve as the league's appeals officers. After the officer's review, his … [Read more...] about NFL fines Jets rookie Quinnen Williams
H-1B visas are sought-after work visas for high-skilled workers like computer engineers and programmers. BY GUSTAVO SOLIS THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS Denial rates for high-skilled worker visas have quadrupled since 2015, a trend that makes it much harder for companies that rely on these workers to find and retain talent. According to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), denial rates for first-time H-1B visa applicants increased from 6% to 24% between fiscal years 2015 and 2018. And the trend is growing. Through the first half of fiscal year 2019, USCIS denied 33% of initial H-1B visa applications, data shows. H-1B visas are highly sought-after work visas for high-skilled workers like computer engineers and programmers. Each April, USCIS receives about 200,000 applications for only 85,000 visas. Two types There are two types of H-1B visas — initial applications for new employees and continuing applications for renewals or … [Read more...] about Guest worker visas being denied at record rates