The United Nations says it aims to resettle more than 450,000 Syrian refugees, about one-tenth of those now in neighbouring countries, by the end of 2018.
The UN refugee agency is urging countries worldwide to take in Syrians for resettlement as well as for humanitarian reasons of family reunification, medical treatment or scholarships to complete their studies.
More than 4.8 million Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt to escape a war that has killed more than 250,000 people since 2011 and left 13.5 million inside Syria in need of aid.
An additional half a million people are estimated to have fled to Europe, especially Germany, since early 2015.
But there is another issue that sits uncomfortably with me too, and that is the issue of white privilege.
The 60 Minutes crew believed they could ride rough-shod into Lebanon - a country that is not party to The Hague Convention - abduct two children off the street using retired special forces soldiers, bundle them into a car, quickly get them on a boat to Cyprus, and then fly them home to Australia. And why did they believe they could do that? Because they clearly felt they could fund and film a criminal act in the Middle East and get away with it because in the court of public opinion, they are smart, white westerners. They would be seen as heroes in their own story.
EPIC NZ is returning 27 May 2016, with a key focus on Innovation, Diversity and Building Connections.
EPIC NZ (Ethnic People in Commerce New Zealand) is an annual conference facilitated by the Office of Ethnic Communities to bring together New Zealand’s business people, ranging from those at the outset of their business careers to experienced leaders.
The 2016 Conference provides a forum for attendees to:
• build connections and network with other ethnic and local and international business communities (including Maori, Pacific and Ethnic businesses)
• engage with ideas about emerging issues, trends and opportunities
• hear from successful business people
• discover opportunities for business expansion and collaboration
• explore potential markets and trading opportunities.
We seek to ensure that the annual conference is made up of a diverse range of participants who can network and learn from one another. Every year our audience is made up of a range of business leaders and representatives, including small business owners, SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises), commercial enterprises, academic institutions and relevant government agencies.
EPIC NZ is not only an opportunity for ethnic business leaders to network with one another, but a platform to build connections between the ethnic business community and mainstream, Māori and Pacific businesses.
China has revealed that New Zealand citizenBill Liuis ranked number five on its Top 100 extradition list.
Prime Minister John Key said that the extradition list - which has been held under wraps - came up in his talks with President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
Key confirmed to the Herald that China has a list of nationals in New Zealand that it wants to extradite.
“I haven’t seen the list, but there is a list,” Key said.
“They’ve also put out a list worldwide of the Top 100,” he said. “Bill Liu is number five on it.”
New Zealand Police, as part of a money-laundering inquiry, have seized millions of dollars of assets they believe belong to Liu.
No criminal charges have been laid against Liu and he strongly denies any wrongdoing.
Senior detectives are working closely with Chinese authorities who claim Liu stole $129 million when he was the chairman of a pharmaceutical company in 2000.
The following year, Liu - also known as William Yan, Yang Liu and Yong Ming Yan - moved to New Zealand and was later controversially granted citizenship, despite having multiple identities and an Interpol alert against his name.
Treasury and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) warned the Government in December that a growing influx of students and holiday-makers on temporary work visas could be dragging on productivity and wages because most were working in low productivity and low growth occupations.
They also warned that some employers were using the temporary work visas as an easy way to find cheap workers, rather than finding or paying more for local workers who were also suitably qualified. Their point was reinforced by attempts by the dairy industry to keep dairy farm worker categories on MBIE’s Immediate Skill Shortage List.
A woman on her honeymoon has been forbidden to drive in New Zealand after police received a complaint about her driving.
Timaru police acting sergeant Darren Galbraith said a member of the public contacted police about the woman who was reported to be driving erratically on State Highway 1, from Ashburton to Temuka on Saturday.
According to Galbraith, the woman, who is from China, did a U-turn in front of traffic on Highway 1, travelled in the wrong direction and crossed the centre line.
Police stopped her driving at 12.50pm near Pleasant Point on State Highway 8. She was travelling at a speed of 60kmh instead of the 100kmh speed limit.
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