October 13, 2011 |
The Chinese put up with a lot living in the world's most populous country: standing on over-crowded trains for 40 hours; sleeping outside hospitals to secure a doctor's appointment; waiting more than a year to earn a driver's license. Add getting a U.S. entry visa to the list. Applicants here have waited as long as 60 days to secure an appointment at one of five U.S. consular locations in China that process visas. There, they're often greeted by long lines, followed by a face-to-face interview that can end badly in a matter of seconds.
March 20, 2008 |
After the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history, Visa Inc. shares soared 28% in their stock market debut Wednesday as investors bet that an accelerating shift to electronic payment would enrich the world's largest processor of credit and debit cards. The company's shares were priced Tuesday night at $44 a share, raising nearly $18 billion. They finished Wednesday at $56.50, up $12.50, on the New York Stock Exchange. The run-up gave the San Francisco-based company a market value of about $45 billion.
February 2, 2013 |
LAKERS AT DETROIT When: 10 a.m. PST. Where : The Palace of Auburn Hills. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 21-26; Pistons 18-29. Record vs. Pistons: 1-0. Update: The Lakers' 108-79 victory over Detroit in November was the only one this season for former coach Mike Brown before he was fired. Recently acquired point guard Jose Calderon is doubtful to play Sunday for Detroit because of visa issues.
April 27, 2008 |
I grew up abroad and used to take traveling for granted. From the day I was born, my family traveled several times a year. There were summer and winter vacations to exotic islands in the Far East, road trips in Europe, shopping sprees in Hong Kong and the annual trip back to Iraq to visit with family, getting acquainted with the fatherland, so to speak. I traveled so much that I got sick of it at one point and just wanted to settle down. My wish came true when my father retired and we moved back to Baghdad in 1993 -- finally, a place to call home.
April 3, 2013 |
The recent agreement between business and labor leaders on how to provide visas for nonagricultural workers in such industries as construction, hotels and restaurants is a surprising and welcome development. Such a breakthrough agreement would have been unthinkable a year ago, when the debate over comprehensive immigration reform was mired in anger and overheated preelection rhetoric. Fortunately, stubborn partisanship has given way to wary pragmatism. As a result, members of Congress and stakeholder groups have resumed negotiations, and deals like the one reached between the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the weekend are possible.
November 29, 1987 |
It was an unseasonably warm and bright afternoon in mid-autumn when Moody agreed, grudgingly, to Mahtob's request that we go to the park. As we reached the swings and slide at the far end of the park, Mahtob squealed at the sight of a little blond girl, perhaps 4 years old, dressed in shorts and a top and wearing Strawberry Shortcake tennis shoes identical to the ones Mahtob had brought with her from America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2012 |
After filing 400 stories from China, reporter Melissa Chan never thought she'd wind up in the headlines herself. Chan returned to Southern California last week as the first accredited foreign correspondent to be expelled from China in 14 years, an act that sparked a flurry of news reports and expressions of solidarity from fellow journalists. Chan, who was the sole Al Jazeera English correspondent in China, said she knew she was on shaky ground for most of this year. She had been working on month-by-month credentials since January, when the government refused a routine visa-renewal request.
June 24, 1988 |
Country: Australia Passport Required: Yes Visa Required: Yes Shots Required: No Notes: Visitor visa valid up to five years, multiple entries, stays of six months. Transit visas not required for stay up to 72 hours. Information: (213) 380-0980 Country: Austria Passport Required: Yes Visa Required: No Shots Required: No Notes: No visa required for stay up to three months.