Passionate, Enthusiastic and Engaged

first_img Previous Article Next Article Passionate, Enthusiastic and EngagedShared from missc on 26 Jan 2015 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. I’ve been in a couple of conversations about internet dating recently and it got me thinking about developing people in organisations. The internet dating conversations were with women who were pretty unhappy at how it was working for them and that made me curious to find out more. I read that searching for relationships on-line is a […]Read full article Comments are closed.last_img

Corelation Conference: Thriving vendor ecosystem boosts core’s popularity

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While some conferences have seen their exhibitor ranks shrink, Corelation’s user conference reported a 30% increase in exhibitors this year compared to last year. The event, which runs through Thursday at the San Diego Westin, attracted 50 vendors.Why the increase? Joe Brancucci, president of the McLean, Va.-based CURateReset, credited Corelation’s business strategy, which encourages third party providers to integrate with the core.“Corelation is very different than the traditional core vendors, who make you go through the credit union to access the API, rather than saying we’ll get it done for you,” he said. “They’re making it easy for credit unions to do business with multiple vendors.”Walter Hoffman, strategic alliances manager at CRIF Lending Solutions, agreed.“They’re slowly building a large vendor ecosystem, very much like some of their competitors, but they allow for better integration overall,” said the Atlanta-based Hoffman.He added that the increase in exhibitors was also due to Corelation‘s increase in user clients, because as the San Diego core provider adds credit unions, it adds a wider spectrum of vendors that need to be integrated into the core.Registration was also up this year at Corelation’s user conference. The San Diego firm reported 162 clients representing 52 credit unions are attending the event, along with 55 prospective clients from 13 credit unions. Those figures are up 40% from last year.Technology is great, but Corelation understands that relationships are everything in the credit union community, SMA Solutions President Kathy Hooker Burress said.“That translates into a very enthusiastic client base, which is just the kind of environment that any exhibitor hopes for,” said Burress, whose firm is located in Kingwood, Texas. “This is easily one of the best conferences we’ll attend this year.”DaLand Founding Partner Jon Ungerland said Corelation is a superb organization with a wonderful client base, and called Corelation’s Keystone core a great platform.“Our mission is to provide professional services, core customization, and custom development to allow credit unions to thrive,” said the Aurora, Colo.-based Ungerland. “And that’s enjoyable and rewarding when working with credit unions on such a great core.”J.C. Covalesky, vice president of business development at the Madison Heights, Mich.-based document service IDS, called the conference exciting and said Corelation focuses on providing and uplifting program, rather than “just telling everyone how great they are.”“People at this conference are just in a better mood than they are at other conferences,” he said.last_img read more

LIVE: Leicester held by Utd , need 2 more points to win title

first_imgLIVE UPDATES of match While Leicester’s title destiny remains in their own hands, it was a damaging result for Louis van Gaal’s United, who were left four points below the Champions League places with only three games to play.Leicester have turned winning with minimal possession into an art form this season, but United’s early dominance here was to prove the precursor to a soft opener.Antonio Valencia, preferred to 18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah at right-back, was allowed to cut inside Christian Fuchs and trundle a cross to the back post, where Martial exploited Danny Simpson’s errant positioning to slot his 15th goal of the season past Kasper Schmeichel.Back at the ground where his father, Peter, made his name, Schmeichel then produced a sharp one-handed save to thwart Jesse Lingard after Marouane Fellaini had chested down a cross from Marcos Rojo.Simpson survivesShortly after Schmeichel’s save, visiting captain Morgan outmuscled the floundering Rojo to meet Drinkwater’s arcing free-kick with a headed 17th-minute equaliser.The game was now an intense, robust encounter and Fellaini was guilty of a wild elbow to Robert Huth’s chin, after the German had provoked him by yanking his hair, that could earn the Belgian a retrospective ban.Referee Michael Oliver did not spot Fellaini’s infringement and he was also involved in two incidents prior to half-time that could have had major ramifications for either side.In the first, Lingard intercepted a pass from Simpson, a former United player, on halfway and raced towards goal, only to go to ground as Simpson leant into him.It would have been a red card if Oliver had called it a foul, but he saw no wrongdoing and it was the same story moments later — albeit perhaps more contentiously — when Riyad Mahrez crashed to the turf after being caught by Rojo inside the United box. The teams continued to exchange chances in the second half, with Martial shooting over and Lingard curling straight at Schmeichel for United, while Leonardo Ulloa, once again deputising for the suspended Jamie Vardy, twice threatened for the visitors.Mahrez, the Player of the Year, had been a peripheral presence, but with 19 minutes remaining he wriggled past three players before stinging David de Gea’s palms from the edge of the box.The closing stages belonged to United, however, with Chris Smalling’s header clipping the post before Drinkwater, another Old Trafford old boy, saw red after receiving a second yellow card for hauling back substitute Memphis Depay right on the edge of the box. Tweets about @LCFCPRE-MATCHcenter_img Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri named an unchanged starting XI for his side’s potential Premier League title-clincher against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.With Leicester three points away from a fairytale title success, Leonardo Ulloa continued to deputise for the suspended Jamie Vardy up front, while Jeff Schlupp kept his place on the left wing ahead of Marc Albrighton.Prior to last Sunday’s 4-0 win over Swansea City, when Ulloa and Schlupp came into the side, Ranieri had named the same team for six successive games.“I feel good, but we know this will be a tough match. Manchester United are fighting for the Champions League,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.“I ask my players for the same performance. We do not want to change our mindset. I am curious to see if my players feel something different. I hope not, but it is important to check.“My message to them will be to play the same. I am very excited. The story is fantastic.”United manager Louis van Gaal, whose side are gunning for a top-four place, made one change to the team that beat Everton in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final, with Antonio Valencia replacing Timony Fosu-Mensah at right-back.Victory at Old Trafford, where they have not won since January 1998, would give Leicester the first top-flight title in their 132-year history.A draw or defeat could also suffice, but only if second-place Tottenham Hotspur, who trail Leicester by seven points, do not better their result at outgoing champions Chelsea on Monday.After taking on United, Leicester entertain Everton in their final home game next weekend before finishing the campaign at Chelsea.Team                   P  W  D  L    F  A   PtsLeicester              35 22 10 3  63 33  76Tottenham           35 19 12 4  65 26  69Arsenal                 36 19 10 7  59 34  67Man City              35 19  7 9   66 34  64———————————–West Ham            35 15 14 6  60 43 59Man Utd               34 17  8  9  42 30 59———————————–Liverpool             34 15 10 9 58 45 55Southampton      35 15 9 11 49 37 54Stoke                   36 13 9 14 38 52 48Chelsea               34 12 11 11 53 46 47Everton              35 10 14 11 55 49 44Watford              35 12 8 15 36 42 44West Brom         36 10 11 15 32 46 41Bournemouth    36 11 8 17 43 63 41Swansea             35 10 10 15 34 49 40Crystal Palace   36 10 9 17 36 46 39Newcastle         36 8 9 19 39 64 33———————————–Sunderland      35 7 11 17 40 58 32Norwich            35 8 7 20 35 61 31Aston Villa        36 3 7 26 27 72 16 — relegatedNote: Top four teams qualify for Champions League; teams finishing 5th-6th qualify for Europa League; bottom three teams relegated to Championship.AFPShare on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP Manchester United 1 Leicester 1Southampton 4 Manchester City 2Football: Martial strikes as Man Utd make Leicester waitClaudio Ranieri’s Leicester City must wait to complete their fairytale Premier League title quest after being held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.The Foxes needed three points to win the league for the first time, but with thousands of fans back in Leicester and millions of new converts around the world watching on television, they had to make do with one after Wes Morgan cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener for United.Leicester, who lost Danny Drinkwater to a late red card, will be crowned champions unless second-place Tottenham Hotspur win at Chelsea on Monday, but if Spurs do prevail, Ranieri’s men will be left requiring two points from their final games, at home to Everton and away to Chelsea.It would still take a monumental collapse for Leicester not to claim the title, but their players, staff and anxious supporters must wait a few more hours, if not days, before their place in sporting history can be confirmed.last_img read more

Dr. Deborah Birx’s Scarves Have Their Own Instagram Account

first_imgBefore the President decreed silk scarves are an acceptable alternative to face masks, Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, donned a different drape around her shoulders at the administration’s nightly press briefings.Since her appointment on February 26, Dr. Birx has been setting a silky fashion trend as part of the 22-person team that makes up the Coronavirus Task Force.Since her appointment on February 26, Dr. Birx has become the fashion favorite of the COVID task force and American’s can’t wait to see her “scarf du jour” artfully knotted around her shoulders.Just last month, Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan wrote a story in praise of her lovely foulards. And more recently, an Instagram account has appeared chronicling each of the pretty silk squares.The scarf account was created by Victoria Strout, a fashion-obsessed music marketing executive from Fort Worth.The account known as @deborahbirxscarves has a simple format. Each post is populated with a slideshow offering various vantage points onto one of the doctor’s many scarves. The captions are straightforward, providing the date of the scarf’s appearance and, if known, its label. “Me and a couple of friends would watch each press conference and talk about Dr. Birx’s latest scarf,” says Strout.“So one Sunday afternoon I thought, You know what, I’m just going to compile all the screenshots I’ve taken on Instagram.”So why does this all matter? Perhaps it’s because Dr. Birx’s affinity for scarves speaks to a collective nostalgia.FLOTUS Jackie Kennedy sported her babushka-style head wrappings on weekends in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. A typical Dr. Birx look consists of a prim dress, hosiery, and a waist-cinching belt; she ties the whole look together with a literal bow via her silken scarf which elegantly gives a nod to history.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED WARREN’S VENEDA SKIMS RAIL AND WINS $75,000 PASEANA STAKES BY 5 ½ LENGTHS; WARREN HOMEBRED SCORES FOR BAZE, LEWIS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2015)–Warren’s Veneda shot through an opening at the rail turning for home and went on to a 5 ½ length in Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Stakes at Santa Anita, as she covered a mile and a sixteenth on a wet fast track in 1:42.97 under Tyler Baze.Trained by Craig Lewis, the 5-year-old California-bred mare avenged a head defeat to Tiz Midnight on Dec. 6 in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos. (Tiz Midnight, who was off at 3-5, ended up sixth in the field of seven older fillies and mares).“This mare is really handy,” said Lewis, who sent her out to her sixth win from 20 starts. “Tyler told me that he wanted to lay a little closer to the pace today, and I thought maybe she should be further back. He told me when he cut her loose, it was over. She’s feeling good right now and she’s just a hard-trying mare.”Owned by her breeder, Benjamin Warren, Warren’s Veneda was the second choice in the wagering at 4-1 and paid $10.40, $4.60 and $3.40. By Affirmative and out of the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread, Warren’s Veneda picked up $60,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $467,612.“I had the perfect trip, said Baze, who was sitting a close fifth past the five furlong pole. “I wanted to keep her a little closer then I was at Los Alamitos last time out. According to the conditions, it seems like speed has been holding all day, so I just kind of rode her to them and she just tries so hard. She gives me everything she’s got every time she runs. It’s amazing to have a nice filly like that.”Runner-up Taste Like Candy, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, finished three quarters of a length in front of Valiant Emilia and paid $6.20 and $3.60.“I had to change tactics, the mud changes all tactics,” said Desormeaux. “You try to get close to the lead to keep the mud out of their face.”Off at 14-1 and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Valiant Emilia sat second behind fractions of 22.80, 46.42 and 1:10.78. She finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of early pacesetter Legacy and paid $6.80 to show.Racing resumes on Thursday, as Santa Anita will embark upon a five-day race week, culminating with the Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday on Monday. First post time on Thursday is at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Stones sign former Watford winger

first_imgWealdstone have signed former Watford winger Matty Whichelow. The 24-year-old made 21 league appearances for the Hornets, 17 of them as a substitute, and scored three goals.He left Vicarage Road in 2013 and later signed for Boreham Wood, who loaned him to Chelmsford and then Oxford City last season.Whichelow’s career has also included loan spells at Exeter, Wycombe and Accrington.See also:Marsden takes over as Wealdstone chairmanCambridge youngster joins StonesUnited re-sign defender MoutaouakilFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Climate-friendly development

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Menlyn Maine’sresidential area. (Image: Menlyn Maine)Janine ErasmusTwo new urban development sites in Gauteng will lead the way for the rest of the world in green living.The Menlyn Maine and Zonk’izizwe multi-purpose developments will provide their residents with the ultimate in convenience and style, while at the same time showcasing cutting-edge green building technology.Both developments are part of a world-wide project on sustainable urban growth, initiated by the Clinton Climate Initiative, itself a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Featuring 16 initial projects in 10 countries, the programme runs with the support of the US Green Building Council and aims to demonstrate that climate-positive practices can be achieved even with large-scale real estate developments.The ultimate aim is to achieve a zero carbon footprint by offsetting emissions with the use of clean energy sources, waste and water management, and specialised lighting and transport systems. These developments will set an economic and environmental example for cities around the world to follow.According to the Clinton initiative, the number of people living in cities is expected to grow to 70% of the world population by 2050. The time is right to implement strategies that minimise the impact of this rapid growth on the environment.The two South African projects join others in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Panama, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and the US. Once they are all complete, says the Clinton Climate Initiative, nearly 1-million people will live and work in so-called climate positive communities. More projects are then expected to follow.Both are situated close to the Gautrain rapid rail link, which will link Pretoria, Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport. The Gautrain is in an advanced stage of construction, with all the underground drilling complete and train units already operational at the test centre in Midrand.Green livingLocated in Pretoria’s eastern suburbs, Menlyn Maine will offer residential, work, shopping and entertainment facilities. The 135 000m2 development, which is already under construction, is close to main roads and freeways, and is within walking distance of Menlyn Park shopping centre, one of the biggest in the country.Compliance with the Green Star rating system of South Africa’s Green Building Council is a priority and developers are pulling out all the stops. The Green Star rating is a device used by Green Building Council to rate and reward good environmental practice in the property sector.Based on the system devised by the Australian Green Building Council, it provides property developers with an independent assessment of the greenness of their buildings. The rating system is divided into various functional categories such as retail, office, and residential, among others. Four-, five- and six-star ratings are awarded to deserving buildings.The Green Building Council describes a green building as one that is “energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible, incorporating design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and its occupants”.The council promotes green building as a way of using resources efficiently while mitigating the effect on climate change and creating a healthier environment for people to live and work in.Menlyn Maine’s contribution to green living will take the form of a number of energy- and water-efficient systems, designed to competently meet residents’ needs while achieving substantial cost savings. These include building automation systems, high efficiency lighting, centralised geysers, water-efficient irrigation systems and stormwater harvesting.Carbon emission reduction will also be achieved through the use of locally produced or recycled products during building, wherever possible. Examples of building materials that include recycled content are acoustic panel ceilings, floor tiles and carpets, pre-cast concrete systems, and structural steel.State-of-the-art yet inconspicuous security systems, managed from a central security point, will be installed throughout. An internal fibre-optic cable network will connect all buildings. Responsible landscaping is another important factor, with some 5 700m2 of indigenous planting in the plans.Menlyn Maine is expected to be complete within 10 years, but possibly as early as five. The first set of commercial buildings is due for completion in late 2010. All parks, roads and services will be in place by 2011.Carbon reductionThe US$2-billion (R15-billion) Zonk’izizwe (isiZulu, meaning “all nations”) is situated in Midrand between that area’s Grand Central Airport and the exhibition and conference centre Gallagher Estate. The name refers to South Africa’s diverse mix of cultures.It is intended to be an all-new town centre between Johannesburg and Pretoria and is designed to make maximum advantage of the Gautrain, as it encompasses the rapid rail link’s Midrand station.The US-based architectural and planning company Development Design Group, vastly experienced in similar large-scale projects around the world, is responsible for Zonk’izizwe’s design. Old Mutual Property Investments is the developer in South Africa.Old Mutual bought the land back in 1987 and first announced its vision for the project a number of years ago. The recent Gautrain construction has given the company the impetus to begin development in earnest.Zonk’izizwe sits on 220 hectares and will feature every possible convenience, including a hotel, outdoor shopping, a 15 000-car parkade, major retail outlets, offices, and homes. For entertainment, residents can look forward to a cinema multiplex, themed adventure rides, nightlife, parks, museums and an aquarium.The development aims to cut down on carbon emissions by reducing the use of cars. Instead, residents will be within walking distance of basic services, or they may prefer to use public transport or cycle paths.Other climate-friendly strategies include the installation of bio-water recycling and purification systems, and solar power generation.Zonk’izizwe will be built in phases and will take between 10 and 15 years to complete. The first phase, costing around $125-million (R1-billion), will see the construction of essential infrastructure such as roads, water, power, and sewerage.Useful linksMenyln MaineGreen Building CouncilWilliam J. Clinton FoundationUS Green Building Councillast_img read more

Mozambique leads in marine conservation

first_imgThe green sea turtle will find a haven in the Primeiras and Segundas marine protected area.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) The location of Primeiras and Segundas on Mozambique’s northern coast.Image: Protected Planet) Local fishermen in Primeiras and Segundas.(Image: World Wildlife Fund) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lécio Munguambe  Communications officer, WWF Mozambique  +258 21 48 31 21 RELATED ARTICLES • Mozambique gets new reserve • Furry heroes to sniff out TB in Moz • Sea life explained for young explorers • Make a pledge to save our seas • Protecting SA’s coastline pays offJanine ErasmusMozambique’s pristine Primeiras and Segundas coastal belt is now formally under conservation, thanks to the recent proclamation of Africa’s biggest marine protected area (MPA).Known as the Primeiras and Segundas archipelagos, the MPA covers almost 10 500 square kilometres – about one and a half million hectares. It’s the second major conservation area in the country to be declared within the last two years, after the creation of the Lake Niassa reserve in mid-2011.The proclamation came as a result of eight years’ work by the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Mozambique chapter together with humanitarian agency Co-operative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (Care), academia and the country’s government.This vast area, located in the north of the country between the Nampula and Zambézia provinces, encompasses ten islands – five for Primeiras and five for Segundas – as well as mangrove forests that contain eight species, vibrant coral reefs, shrimp, fish and seabird breeding sites and seagrass ecosystems.It’s a nesting ground for sooty terns and the vulnerable dugong, and is home to five of the world’s seven marine turtle species, as well as the mysterious coelacanth. This makes it ecologically sensitive and significant.But in recent years fish stocks have dropped because of exploitation by local communities as well as commercial ventures, and unauthorised tourism was also taking its toll. Time was running out for Primeiras and Segundas, until conservation authorities stepped in to educate the community about protecting this precious natural resource.Sustainable fishing introducedThanks to fishing associations formed within communities and driven by WWF and Care, locals now understand the importance of securing their food supply and income, as well as those of generations to come.The formation of associations has also, in some cases, facilitated access to finance, which in turn has helped to start up small enterprises such as a ferry between the islands and the nearby coastal city of Angoche. One fishing association is helping its women to become more literate so that they can play a bigger role in the new set-up.Through education, by creating no-fish zones, by facilitating greater access to markets for fishing associations, and by introducing sustainable agriculture and mariculture techniques, the Primeiras and Segundas Sustainable Livelihood project has brought this natural trove back from the brink. For instance, communities have been encouraged to return accidentally captured adult turtles to the sea and to stop eating turtle eggs and meat.“We won a victory today with the declaration of Primeiras and Segundas,” said Caroline Simmonds of the WWF-US’s Coastal East Africa programme, in a statement. “The declaration is an incredible achievement for both marine conservation and the people who depend on these resources. Mozambique’s coast feeds hundreds of thousands of people.”Florêncio Marerua, country director of WWF Mozambique, added: “This is a very important step in our effort to achieve the conservation and sustainable management of Mozambique’s marine and coastal resources, as this adds a globally significant area to the network of marine protected areas along the country’s coast.”He said that the organisation was excited about the fact that the area was saved because of collaboration between citizens, NGOs, academia and government, which is reportedly still drafting management plan for the new MPA.Helping to protect the world’s oceansAccording to WWF, Primeiras and Segundas contains the most abundant, diverse and robust hard and soft coral community in the country. Other marine treasures include its underwater caverns, colourful marine life, and mangrove and seagrass plant life.Coral reefs around the world – including Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef – have come under threat from bleaching, a phenomenon that occurs when coral expel the symbiotic unicellular algae, known as zooxanthellae, that live in their tissues. This turns the coral white. It’s caused by a number of factors that include changes in salinity, bacterial infections or exposure to air, but most commonly because of changes in water temperature.However, apart from an incident in 2009, the coral in Primeiras and Segundas have escaped this threat because of cold water that wells up from the sea floor.“The proclamation is a significant contribution by Mozambique to safeguarding the future of the world’s marine environment more generally,” said John Tanzer, director of WWF’s Global Marine programme.last_img read more

NRL Clubs get right behind our Aussies!

first_imgNRL clubs and players have shown their support for our Australian teams over in New Zealand for the Trans Tasman series. The players have sent in their messages to wish our teams the best of luck and show they are right behind the Aussie teams.  We thank you all for your messages of support and would love to keep the coming, be sure to do so via our social media channels.  Here’s what all the guys had to say.Valentine Holmes – Cronulla SharksGood luck to all the Australian touch teams travelling over to New Zealand. Good luck and all the best and hopefully you will bring back the trophy. Matt Moylan – Penrith PanthersI just wanted to wish you all the best and good luck in the Trans Tasman.Blake Austin – Canberra Raiders Best of luck to the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Touch Football teams in the up and coming Trans Tasman series.Sam Williams – Canberra Raiders Just want to wish the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams all the best at the Trans Tasman series. All the best and enjoy.Matt Ballin – Wests TigersOn behalf of the club we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your touch games over there. I hope you get the kiwis and bring home the trophy. Good luck guys!William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans)Just wanted to say congratulations to Jayden and Peter for making the Australian Men’s Touch Football team and Ashleigh and Marikki for making the Australian Women’s Touch Football team. Best of luck to all the participants. Ashley Taylor – Gold Coast TitansGood luck to all the teams taking on the Kiwis this weekend at the Trans Tasman Series.Tyrone Roberts – Gold Coast TitansIt is an honour to represent your country. We are right behind you – do us proud.Ryan James – Gold Coast TitansJust wanted to say congratulations to Adam, Michael and Paige for making the Australian mixed Touch Football team. Good luck when you play.Cameron Cullen – Gold Coast TitansGood luck to Nick, Lizzie and Cam. Good luck on your captaincy debuts.Andrew Hill – NRL On behalf of all of us here at the NRL and the Australian Rugby League, I offer my congratulations to all the players and staff on your section. It is indeed an absolute honour to represent not only your sport but also Australia. As you take the field, the Kangaroos and the Jillaroos are coming into camp as we also prepare to take on the Kiwis the following weekend. Finally I look forward to joining you in Auckland and cheering you all on as we take battle on the field against the Kiwis. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Snapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.Be sure to send in your message of support for your teams on our social media channels.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here. Related LinksMessages of Supportlast_img read more

Testy exchange between Quebec immigration minister and UN refugee representative

first_imgQuebec’s immigration minister says the province is resettling more than its share of refugees.Simon Jolin-Barrette made the comments today in a testy exchange with the representative in Canada of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who called on Quebec to accept more refugees.Jean-Nicolas Beuze told a committee studying the province’s immigration plan that the Quebec government’s discourse supports a view that economic immigrants are better than people who come to the province for humanitarian reasons.He said refugees on average are quick to learn French and have the highest rate of entrepreneurship among all newcomers to the province.Jolin-Barrette took offence at Beuze’s comments, saying his government believes all immigrants can enrich society and fully participate in the economy.He said Quebec has received most of the asylum seekers entering irregularly into the country in the past two years.The minister noted Quebec has recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars helping asylum seekers and refugees settle into Canada and added the federal government also has a part to play.Beuze responded by suggesting Jolin-Barrette thought refugees were a weight dragging down Quebec society, prompting the minister to snap back that the remarks were unacceptable.The Canadian Presslast_img read more