November 6, 2012
Nearly four months after signing Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, the Orioles are still waiting for the 25-year-old outfielder to officially join the organization, according to an industry source. Urrutia, who has set up residency in the Dominican Republic, continues to have difficulty obtaining a visa, an obstacle that has existed since the Orioles signed him in July. The Orioles had hoped Urrutia would arrive in time to get some minor league at bats at the Double-A level. Even after the season ended, the hope was to get Urrutia into to the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., to begin workouts.
June 3, 2007
Will we need visas for a two-day trip to Reykjavik, Iceland? Also, can you suggest package tours and local sights? No visa is required; you can visit Iceland for up to 90 days without one. Reykjavik has plenty to see if you explore on your own: parks, museums, shopping, dining -- and its compact size makes it easy to navigate on foot. Don't miss a chance to visit a thermal pool or the Blue Lagoon, a mineral-rich hot water lagoon and spa not far from the airport. Or to dine at the Pearl (Perlan)
November 9, 1994
MOSCOW -- "Come quickly to New York. Our mother is on the verge of dying," read the fax to 59-year-old Professor Georgy Grigorenko. "A brain hemorrhage has left her in a coma, and the doctors say she has only a few days left."Fax in hand, Mr. Grigorenko, whose late father was one of the most heroic of Soviet dissidents, rushed recently to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for a visa.There, as he recalls, a consular official behind a glass window asked him his profession, how much he earned (about $40 a month)
January 7, 1993
NEW YORK -- China's most-wanted man, dissident Zheng Yi, arrived here yesterday after being smuggled out of the country by an underground railroad of anti-government sympathizers and spending five months waiting for a visa to enter the United States.The 45-year-old novelist was accompanied by his wife, Bei Ming, who told reporters of their 3 1/2 -year odyssey: "In the past, under the totalitarian system, it would have been impossible for a wanted person to hide for three years. But the party has lost the heart of the people."
April 5, 1996
Visa U.S.A. Inc. wants you to come downtown to dine, to shop, to play -- and, preferably, pay with plastic, not cash.The credit card giant has teamed with the Downtown Partnership to promote Baltimore, as a key sponsor in the new ads in the "See Ya 'Round Downtown" campaign.As a sponsor -- contributing more than $100,000 -- Visa's logo will appear in TV and print ads for about a year, and about 175 participating businesses will offer discounts to those using Visa cards.Visa, which recently began similar marketing efforts in a handful of other American cities, becomes the biggest single sponsor of the partnership, a nonprofit group devoted to promoting downtown and fighting crime and grime.
August 27, 1997
A 49-year-old British citizen who federal officials said promoted all-night rave parties is to be deported before the end of the week after U.S. Immigration and Naturalization agents arrested him for violating a visa program, officials said.Raymond Paul Francis, who lived in the first block of Winehurst Road in Catonsville, was arrested Friday by INS agents after an investigation sparked by tips from county police officers in the metropolitan area.Officials say he violated the Visa Waiver Pilot Program, a federal program that allows foreign nationals to remain in the United States for 90 days without a formal visa.