first_imgJoe McHughMinister of State for the Diaspora and International Development and local TD Joe McHugh has urged those travelling to the US on a J1 this summer to check out the J1 advice guide and to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade during their stay.Speaking to Donegal Daily Minister McHugh said: “Doing a J1 has been a rite of passage for generations of Irish students and has been an enormously valuable programme for building understanding and enduring links between Ireland and the US. Around 150,000 have undertaken the programme over the past 50 years and the majority have found it a great experience.“However it’s also important to be mindful that the US is a very different place from Ireland. To help students going over, earlier this year USI in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a J1 advice guide with information on insurance, legal issues, accommodation, and personal safety.” Earlier this month Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, launched the TravelWise app which includes travel advice and consular information on 200 countries.Minister McHugh said: “I encourage all those on a J1 to download the new free TravelWise app which includes up-to-date information on security, local laws, entry requirements and emergency contacts.”The J1 guide includes advice on finding somewhere to live, legal issues, insurance, ID, social security and personal safety.Students are advised to secure accommodation before travelling to the US, and to read and understand their lease, which may require the payment of up to three months’ rent in advance, before signing it. Students are also reminded that as Irish citizens in the US they are bound by US law and that if they travel on a visa waiver programme it is illegal to work.Those on the J1 programme are reminded that should they wish to change employer, or seek additional work with another employer, they are obliged to seek permission in advance from their sponsoring body – or .Those travelling on a J1 are also advised to take out adequate health insurance before leaving Ireland, and to read their insurance policy closely.While the Irish Embassy and Consulates in the USA can offer assistance to those who fall sick or are injured abroad, the Department cannot pay hospital bills or other medical expenses. MINISTER JOE MCHUGH URGES STUDENTS TRAVELLING TO US ON J1 TO CHECK GUIDE AND TRAVELWISE APP was last modified: July 2nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AdviceJ1Joe McHughMinisterlast_img read more

First Nations vow to use courts and other means if necessary to

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY  – A coalition of Indigenous groups from Canada and the U.S. has signed a declaration against the Keystone XL pipeline, vowing to use the courts and whatever other means necessary to block the controversial project.At a signing ceremony in Calgary Wednesday, leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation representing tribes in both countries called for more dialogue and consultations on the project, which would run through their traditional lands.“It’s our responsibility to protect, and get involved, advocate and prevent this type of threat from crossing traditional Blackfoot lands,” said Chief Stanley Charles Grier of the Piikani nation at the ceremony.Chairman Brandon Sazue of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota said they hope to use the “right way” of opposing the pipeline, including the courts and negotiations, but as a last means he and others are prepared to protest like they did against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, who was arrested at the Dakota Access protests alongside Sazue, said she’s also ready to protest again.“We are hoping to find a peaceful resolution,” said Camp-Horinek, “but all of us understand that if it’s necessary for us to create a camp again, and to stand in opposition, we’ll do that.”She said she’s opposed to the pipeline because it and other resource extraction and development projects have threatened her people.Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump revived the pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. when he granted it a presidential permit, reversing Barack Obama’s rejection in 2015.TransCanada maintains the US$8 billion pipeline, set to run 1,900 kilometres between Hardisty, Alta., and Nebraska, will be environmentally safe create jobs, and boost the economy.The project still requires regulatory approval in Nebraska, while environmental groups have challenged the U.S. federal approval in [email protected]last_img read more