first_imgA J1 Visa card issued by the US Government.A Co Donegal woman has been threatened with deportation from the USA.The woman, who was working in Boston on a J1 visa, was allegedly in breach of her visa.Minister of State Dinny McGinley said he will urgently ask Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore for a comprehensive explanation of the actions of the immigration group. The center is funded by over $250,000 a year from the Irish taxpayer.It is believed there have been major complaints dating back years over how the IIIC has dealt with Irish immigrants, and that attorneys have long complained of their attitude.Leading New York immigration attorney James O’Malley has undertaken the case pro bono for the Donegal woman turned in by IIIC after years of what he said were bullying tactics by IIIC personnel towards many of his young J-1 visa clients.“We have had numerous cases where this group mistreated our clients, bullied them and made life very difficult,” said O’Malley. “It never made any sense. We deal with lots of J-1 visa agencies and they usually try to do their best to help their clients, not put obstacles in their way. These immigrant groups are funded in order to help people, not turn them in.”O’Malley does not believe the young girl actually violated her visa, and he will seek to have it reinstated.The young woman was turned in after an IIIC official discovered she had written in a blog about working in a bar in addition to interning at IrishCentral news website.IIIC official Jude Clarke gave her details to the U.S. State Department, and the IIIC then wrote to her demanding that she leave the country.“This is a dreadful thing to do to a young Irish immigrant,” said Minister McGinley. “The people who are supposed to be helping her instead have turned her in.“I will be asking for a comprehensive explanation of how this center works and how the Irish government money is used,” he told IrishCentral.Meanwhile, the Irish Consulate in Boston sought an urgent meeting with the IIIC leadership after the incident became public. It is believed that the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs is investigating how exactly the young girl was forced to leave.DONEGAL WOMAN THREATENED WITH DEPORTATION FROM US AFTER BEING SHOPPED BY IRISH IMMIGRATION GROUP was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Dogs’ rookie trio veterans of success

first_img The threesome spent the past four seasons together at the University of Denver, where they helped lead the Pioneers to back-to-back NCAA championships the last two years. Now, they are in Long Beach, looking for a spot on the opening-night roster and, if things work out just right, possibly another title. While many people feel that three’s a crowd, Ice Dogs rookies Jeff Drummond, Jonathan Foster and Kevin Ulanski think that three is something else, like a charm. Call them the “Three Amigos,” the “Three Musketeers,” or as some teammates have dubbed the trio, “Denver,” they don’t seem to care. They are just happy to be in Long Beach going through training camp with the hopes of playing together for yet another season. “It’s not like we planned it,” said Ulanski, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound winger who tallied 33 goals and 77 assists in 149 career games with Denver. The “D-ers’ weren’t recruited as one by Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron, who also tried to land Denver’s Matt Laatsch. It’s just the way it worked out. “We were all in the same boat,” Ulanski said. “We weren’t going to the AHL and we didn’t know much about pro hockey. But Malcolm was one of the first coaches to contact all three of us.” Cameron recruited each player separately. There was no package deal, no buy-two-get-one-free kind of thing. In fact, it wasn’t until they compared notes that they knew that the Ice Dogs were interested in each of them. They could have gone separate ways, but, obviously, chose not to. Foster was the first to sign, then the other two fell in line shortly thereafter. center_img “We talked about which coaches we were talking to and looked to see where each guy fit in best,” said Drummond, a 5-7, 170-pound winger who spent most of last year on a line with Ulanski and finished his college career with 44 goals and 43 assists. “Malcolm told us how he was building a championship team and we wanted to be part of that.” There were some other tangible things that brought them here. The jump from college hockey to the pro game can be tough, and they figured that being together could help ease some of that. “It makes the transition into pro hockey a little easier if you know some of the guys,” said Foster, a 5-10, 185-pound winger who posted 44 goals and 34 assists in college. Clearly, they get along well a lot like brothers, with plenty of ribbing to go around. They live in the same apartment complex and ride to and from the rink together. But for the first time, they are truly competing against each other. Cameron needs to make a handful of roster cuts to get down to 20 players by early next week. As rookies, they might be more vulnerable to being released than more experienced players. But what if one or just two make it? They understand how it works. “We don’t talk about that at all,” Ulanski said. “Whatever happens, happens. We support each other and we all expect to make the team.” Added Foster: “We are going out there and playing our games and hoping it all works out.” Each player brings something different to the team. Ulanski is “an inspirational type of player, the Energizer Bunny,” Cameron said. “He causes havoc and creates offense because of his forecheck. He is very well-rounded.” Foster “is a gifted shooter; he’s got a great shot,” Cameron said. “He needs to manufacture some goals and be a presence on special teams and offer some good defense as well.” And as for Drummond, “there is no hiding it that he is a small guy, a skill guy,” Cameron said. “He has to utilize his speed and skill and try to be offensive. That’s his forte.” So far, Cameron has liked what he has seen in all three, and he certainly likes their intangibles, having won NCAA titles. “We are lucky all three chose to come here,” he said. “I like good rookies and I like guys who know how to win. That’s what I’m looking for in a player.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Yankees Obtain Young Outfielder

first_imgBOCA RATON — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman followed through on his vow to aggressively transform his team this offseason, acquiring switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks from Minnesota for catcher John Ryan Murphy on Wednesday and dealing infielder Jose Pirela to San Diego for a minor league pitcher.The 26-year-old Hicks takes the roster spot of Chris Young, who became a free agent, and the move could be a precursor to trading All-Star Brett Gardner. The 14th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Hicks hit .256 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 97 games for the Twins this year, including .307 with six homers and 11 RBIs in 101 at-bats against left-handers.“A young, exciting talent,” Cashman said after making the first two deals of the annual GM meetings. “We think he’s an everyday player. … At the very least, he provides us what we were getting from Chris Young the last two years, and at the very most he provides us a lot of flexibility depending on how the winter transpires.”New York thought Hicks was helped this year by tutoring from Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter, a five-time All-Star who retired after the season.Hicks is part of the Yankees’ movement for a more athletic roster.“I wasn’t going to trade John Ryan Murphy for an old guy,” Cashman said,Murphy, 24, was Brian McCann’s backup this year and batted .277 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 67 games. He looked ready to assume a starting role elsewhere, and New York considered itself deep at catcher, with Austin Romine and touted prospect Gary Sanchez in the minors.“We know he’s got power and he can throw and he’s a pretty good defensive catcher,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. “We think he has all the skills and the traits to be a major league starting catcher. Whether it’s now or down the road, it may take a little time.”Minnesota expects Murphy at first to share time with Kurt Suzuki, the starting catcher the past two seasons. The trade gives Bryan Buxton a chance to win the center field job in spring training and could open a corner spot for Miguel Sano, who was moved from third base to outfield in winter ball.As for the Yankees, Cashman says he has no untouchables. A trade could be explored for Gardner, who has been with the organization since 2005 and was New York’s primary left fielder this year.“I have been hit on Gardy over the years quite often, and he hasn’t gone anywhere,” Cashman said. “I value Gardy a great deal. … He’s not an easy get.”Cashman sensed Hicks might be available when the Twins made the position move with Sano.Pirela, a 25-year-old who made his big league debut with the Yankees in 2014, hit .230 with one homer and five RBIs this year with the major league club. He batted .310 with three homers and 23 RBIs at three minor league levels in 2015.Pirela was dealt for right-hander Ronald Herrera, who is not eligible to be selected in the winter meetings draft next month. Cashman said he made the trade to clear space on his 40-man roster, a reason he sold reliever Chris Martin to Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters last week for $750,000.The 20-year-old Herrera was 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance for Double-A San Antonio and Class A Lake Elsinore this year.New York also has Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder as second-base options and could look on the free-agent market, where Ben Zobrist and Howie Kendrick are both available.Cashman hopes to make more moves quickly.“Why wait?” he said. “If it makes sense, do it.”RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more