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#Covid19: Trump to suspend work visa till end of the year.

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          US President Donald Trump will prolong a ban on US employment permits to year-end and broaden it to include H-1B visas used widely in the tech industry, the White House said Monday.

         A senior administration official told journalists the move would free up 525,000 jobs, making a dent in the high unemployment rate caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “President Trump is focused on getting Americans back to work as quickly as possible,” the official said, on condition of anonymity. Trump had endlessly touted a strong economy, but now finds himself desperate for a political boost ahead of the November election. His executive order, signed Monday afternoon, will extend and widen the 60-day freeze Trump placed on new work permits for non-US citizens two months ago.

       The administration official said the new order would extend to the end of 2020 and include H-1B visas provided to 85,000 workers each year with special skills, many of them joining the US technology industry. It will also cover most J visas, common for academics and researchers, and L visas used by companies to shift workers based overseas to their US offices.– ‘Prioritize’ valuable workers – The official said the order was necessary to respond to soaring unemployment that resulted from the COVID-19 shutdown. The official also stressed the H-1B visa freeze was temporary while the program is restructured, shifting from an annual lottery that feeds coders and other specialists to Silicon Valley to a system the gives priority to those foreign workers with the most value.

          Trump “is going to prioritize those workers who are offered the highest wages,” as an indicator that they can add more value to the US economy, the official said.

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Nigerian Airforce builds new arcade in Abuja.

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The Nigerian Air Force through the Nigerian Air Force Investments Limited (NAFIL) on Wednesday, October 28 commissioned a games arcade and waterpark in Abuja.

Legit.ng gathered that sequel to the board of directors’ approval to establish the event centre in Abuja, NAFIL bought a plot of land designated as green area for parks and recreation, measuring a total of 1.47 hectares in Wuse Zone 5 Abuja to be used for the games arcade and water park. Speaking at the event, the managing director of NAFIL, Air Commodore CU Nwagwu, stated that the facility is one of NAFIL’s efforts at diversification of its portfolios and enhancing its turnover while contributing its quota at meeting the welfare needs of NAF personnel and that of the general public. He noted that the company has gradually grown to become a leading investment outfit that manages contributions of NAF personnel.

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“It was to this end that NAFIL decided to identify a green area within Abuja to create facilities for recreation by our personnel and the general public. “This arcade and waterpark which is very well landscaped to enhance its ambience and aesthetics also boast of a games arcade which could also be used to host events, a large gazebo housing a restaurant and bar, a children’s play area, a football pitch, an outdoor fitness area and a natural fish pond. “This is to make sure there is something to attract every member of the family to our taste of hospitality.”

On his part, the FCT director, department of development control, Mukhtar Usman said the ANFIL park will add value to the recreational sector in the nation’s capital.

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