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Trump admin imposes new curbs on H-1B visas to protect US workers ahead of presidential election

Washington, Oct 7 (PTI) The Trump administration has announced new restrictions on H-1B nonimmigrant visa programme which it said is aimed at protecting American workers, restoring integrity and to better guarantee that H-1B petitions are approved only for qualified beneficiaries and petitioners, a move which is likely to affect thousands of Indian IT professionals.

The interim final rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, less than four weeks ahead of the US presidential election, will narrow the definition of “specialty occupation” as Congress intended by closing the overbroad definition that allowed companies to game the system.

It will also require companies to make “real” offers to “real employees,” by closing loopholes and preventing the displacement of the American workers. And finally, the new rules would enhance the department’s ability to enforce compliance through worksite inspections and monitor compliance before, during and after an H1-B petition is approved.

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Trump administration says it will further tighten rules for foreign workers using H-1B visas

The agencies have not published a copy of the new regulations, leaving hundreds of thousands of engineers, doctors and other skilled professionals mostly guessing about the scope of their impact, even as Trump administration officials described the measures in superlative terms.

“In DHS’s history, we have never done as much in the H-1B space as we are announcing today,” said Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the DHS deputy secretary.

Cuccinelli and Patrick Pizzella, the deputy labor secretary, told reporters the measures were being implemented using an expedited process because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the U.S. workforce.

“With millions of Americans looking for work and as the economy continues its recovery, immediate action is needed to guard against the risk that lower-cost foreign labor can pose to the well-being of U.S. workers,” Pizzella told reporters on a conference call.

The moves are expected to trigger

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Facebook removes Trump post calling the coronavirus ‘less lethal’ than the flu

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” Trump’s tweet and now-deleted Facebook post reads.

Trump on Monday night left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was being treated for covid-19. Earlier in the day, he posted on social media, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.” That drew intense criticism online for what many saw as him downplaying the virus that has killed at least 209,000 people in the United States.

Neither Twitter nor Facebook took any action against the Monday post and did not respond to repeated requests for comment asking if it violated their policies against coronavirus misinformation.

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President Trump may not love following the science but this new survey says Americans do

President Trump doesn’t appear to be very keen on listening to the science community on COVID-19, but America at large is sure voicing their support for a scientific profession under siege from the Oval Office.

“Science is having a moment in 2020,” 3M Chief scientific advocate Dr. Jayshree Seth told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade.

New data out of 3M underscores Seth’s point.

Trust in science and scientists is the highest it has been in three years since 3M’s State of Science Index was launched. About 89% of those surveyed trust science, 86% trust scientists and 77% are more likely as a result of the pandemic to agree that science needs more funding. Some of the other findings are equally as compelling, and run counter to the ongoing narrative out of the White House.

More than half (54%) agree that science is very important to their everyday lives, a double-digit

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Big Tech staffers gave nearly $5M to Biden, less than $250G to Trump: report

Silicon Valley honchos have “overwhelmingly” contributed to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, as the tech industry largely hopes President Trump is defeated on Election Day, according to a review of campaign finance data by WIRED  magazine.

“WIRED found that employees at Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Oracle have contributed nearly 20 times as much money to Biden as to Trump since the beginning of 2019,” the technology publication reported on Tuesday in a report headlined, “Silicon Valley Opens Its Wallet for Joe Biden.”

Conservatives and Trump supporters have long accused many tech companies of liberal bias and WIRED’s analysis found that “95 percent of contributions by employees of six big tech firms” have gone to Biden.

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“Employees at Alphabet are Biden’s biggest financial backers in Silicon Valley, having donated just shy of $1.8 million, more

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What’s this EXIF technology people used to study Trump photos?

An Oct. 3 photo shows President Donald Trump at Walter Reed hospital.

An Oct. 3 photo shows President Donald Trump at Walter Reed hospital.


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President Donald Trump’s case of COVID-19 gave an obscure photo data technology called EXIF its 15 minutes of internet fame as people started scrutinizing photos taken of him this weekend at Walter Reed hospital. But what exactly is EXIF?

In short, it’s a standard way cameras can embed metadata within a photo file. That data can include the camera model that took the shot, what exposure settings were used, where a photo was taken and, most pertinent in Trump’s case, the time the photo was taken.

That last point is of particular interest, since EXIF data from two Trump

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The Note: Biden sees masks as symbol and substance in drawing contrast with Trump

The TAKE with Rick Klein

Trump wore a mask Monday in leaving Walter Reed for the White House — but it didn’t stay on long. By the end of another extraordinary night, with an infected president urging people not to let COVID-19 “dominate” their lives, it may as well have never been on.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling that out, as he pleads for science over showmanship with a month to go before Election Day.

“Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter, I think is responsible for what happens to them,” Biden said in Monday night’s NBC town hall. “What is this macho thing — ‘I’m not going to wear a mask?’ What’s the deal here? Big deal!”

PHOTO: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at Jose Marti Gym in Miami, Oct. 5, 2020.

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Twitter Bans Trump Death Wishes, Sparks Debate

Twitter is removing tweets hoping for the demise of US President Donald Trump — a move which opened up the social platform to criticism that it should enforce the same policy for everyone.

San Francisco-based Twitter drew a line on caustic commentary after Trump’s Covid-19 hospitalization Friday, telling users that expressing hope for the death of anyone violates policies against abusive behavior at the one-to-many messaging service.

“Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against anyone are not allowed and will need to be removed,” Twitter said in a post.

Attached was a link to a Twitter policy page that said it does not tolerate content that wishes, hopes, or expresses desire for someone to die or contract a fatal disease.

The post sparked a firestorm of responses from people contending that Twitter has not been consistent about enforcing those rules.

“So… you mean

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What’s this EXIF technology people used to study Trump photos? (FAQ)



a man standing in front of a table: An Oct. 3 photo shows President Donald Trump at Walter Reed hospital. White House


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An Oct. 3 photo shows President Donald Trump at Walter Reed hospital. White House

President Donald Trump’s case of COVID-19 gave an obscure photo data technology called EXIF its 15 minutes of internet fame as people started scrutinizing photos taken of him this weekend at Walter Reed hospital. But what exactly is EXIF?

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In short, it’s a standard way cameras can embed metadata within a photo file. That data can include the camera model that took the shot, what exposure settings were used, where a photo was taken and, most pertinent in Trump’s case, the time the photo was taken.

That last point is of particular interest, since EXIF data from two Trump photos the White House released Saturday indicated they could have been taken 10 minutes apart. That fueled criticisms that the shots were staged photo ops. That, in turn, fueled debate

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