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Diversity Visa Lottery Winners May Not be Winners After All

Diversity Visa Lottery Winners May Not be Winners After All


The U.S. Department of State announced the 2015 winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program on May 1, 2014. More than 100,000 hopeful U.S. immigrants were selected to have the chance to obtain a green card. However, the title “winner” may not be so fitting here. Those selected for the Diversity Visa Program may be unaware that they are not guaranteed a green card.

There are certain requirements the “winners” must be able to meet in order to receive their green card. For example, the principal applicant must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school education, or two years of qualifying work experience in the last five years.

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a leader on women’s and children’s issues, will address national political and policy issues and her own personal and professional story at 1 p.m. May 13 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The lecture, “A Conversation on National Politics and Policies,” is part of the recently established Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

As We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, We Reexamine Our Immigration Relationship with Mexico

As We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, We Reexamine Our Immigration Relationship with Mexico


The lead up to festivities surrounding Cinco de Mayo seems to grow each year, which got us thinking about the importance of a strong immigration relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. While most agree that U.S. Immigration policy often does not reflect real-world issues and concerns, and the debate over comprehensive immigration reform continues, the TN visa category provides one way for qualified Mexican citizens to enter the U.S. for work purposes.  

The U.S. offers a special class of visas to Mexican citizens under the NAFTA Professional Worker Program. The North American Free Trade Agreement created special economic and trade relationships in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

Medina to lose its daily newspaper

Medina to lose its daily newspaper

Journal-Register will close on May 30

By Tom Rivers, editor Orleans Hub 

Posted 30 April 2014

MEDINA – A newspaper with roots in the Medina community since 1903 has announced it will close next month.

The Journal-Register will publish its final edition on Friday, May 30, Publisher Diane Crowe announced today on the JR’s website.

Orleans County Body Identified After 30 Years

SHELBY, NY- New York State Police announced Monday that they have successfully identified a female body more than 30 years after it was first discovered in 1983 in the town of Shelby.

The body was identified as Shari Lynne Ball, who was first reported missing by her family in Florida in June of 1983.

According to state police, Ball told her family that she was traveling to New York State to begin a modeling career. Ball made contact with a friend a day or two after she left Florida from a truck stop in Virginia, but state police say that was the last time anyone heard from her.

Ball's body was discovered in October of 1983 by a hunter several feet off the shoulder of Route 63, according to state police. The body was in a decomposed state and believed to have been there for several months.

Police believe foul play may have played a role in Ball's death.

Daemen Student-Run Social Media Campaign Raising Diversity Awareness

Daemen Student-Run Social Media Campaign Raising Diversity Awareness

Inspired by the widely popular #ITooAmHarvard campaign, a student-run social media endeavor designed to promote unity and diversity on campus has been launched by a group of Daemen College students.

The #ITooAmDaemen awareness campaign features the personal experiences and reflections of Daemen students on diversity issues and their perspectives on challenges they face. A photo gallery of students holding signs with messages offers a personal snapshot of their thoughts on diversity and inclusiveness as college students. Created as a student team project for the college’s “Social Media Fundamentals” course, the messaging is being captured on various media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.