Friday, January 31, 2020

Tanzania Added to Trump's Travel Ban

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration on Friday announced an expansion of the travel ban -- one of the President's signature policies, which has been derided by critics as an attempt to ban Muslims from the US -- to include six new countries.
Immigration restrictions will be imposed on: Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar (known as Burma), with exceptions for immigrants who have helped the US.
The latest iteration comes three years after President Donald Trump -- in one of his first moves in office -- signed the first travel ban, which caused chaos at airports and eventually landed at the Supreme Court. The announcement also comes at the end of a major week for Trump with the signing of the USMCA trade deal and expected acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.
The updated ban has already sparked controversy over its targeting of African countries with lawmakers and advocates calling the changes discriminatory and without merit.
    The administration has argued that the travel ban is vital to national security and ensures countries meet US security needs, by requiring a certain level of identity management and information sharing requirements.
    In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the third version of the travel ban after the previous iterations were challenged in court. The current policy restricts entry from seven countries to varying degrees: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with Venezuela and North Korea.
    Restrictions on those countries will remain in place, the official said. Chad was removed from the list last April after the White House said the country improved security measures.
    Unlike the original ban, the new restrictions only include categories of immigration visa applicants. Specifically, all immigrants from Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria will be banned from the US. However, only green card lotteries will be restricted from Sudan and Tanzania, said a DHS official Friday.

    Saturday, January 04, 2020

    Sundance Film Festival Diversity!

    I hope that this move will help with the quality of films that make it. The Sundance Film Festival will have a more diverse set or critics!  

    Sundance Film Festival aims for more Movie Critic Diversity

      SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -  A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative's second year. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 51 journalists were selected this year out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive travel stipends provided in the program. More than 80% are minority journalists. Most of the chosen writers are women. About half are LGBTQ and a quarter are people with disabilities. Sundance officials created the Press Inclusion Program in 2018 after a study found two-thirds of movie critics were white men. The festival runs Jan. 23-Feb. 2.

    Thursday, January 02, 2020

    Tanzia - Bibi Jeredina Paulo Suka Haule

    Ninasikitika kutangaza kifo cha ndugu yangu, Bibi Jeredina Paulo Suka Haule, kilichotekea, Janauri 1, 2020, huko kijijini, Ilela, Manda, Tanzania. Alikuwa mama Mzazi wa Stephen Challe na Burton Challe.

    Bibi Suka amekwisha lazwa katika nyumba yake ya milele. Mwenyezi Mungu ailaze roho yake mahala pema mbinguni. Amen.

    Bibi Jeredina Paulo Suka Haule
    October 28, 1928 to January 1, 2020

    Mimi na Bibi Suka (mwenye ndoo)  kijijini Ilela mwaka 2009

    Bibi Suka na baadhi ya wajukuu wake mwaka 2014

    Misa ya Kumwombea Bibi Suka Kanisa Anglikana Ilela