Category Archives: Cultural Adaptability & Support

Climate Change Impacting the World but Australia’s PM said “Not an Economic Issue”

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The G20 Leaders were successful in putting “Climate Change” as among the Agenda at G20 Summit, that was held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Brisbane is the capital of Australian state of Queensland; the most populous city in the state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia.

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“Here in the Asia Pacific nobody has more at stake when it comes to thinking about and then acting on climate change,” Obama said. “Here in Australia it means longer droughts, more wildfires.”

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“Tony Abbott told G20 leaders’ discussion on energy he was “standing up for coal” as the Queensland government prepares to unveil new infrastructure spending to help the development of Australia’s largest coal mine.” – source: theguardian.com

The Green Climate Fund aims to assist poor nations combat climate change and relies primarily on funding from governments and private firms in industrialized countries. US president Barack Obama announced the US would devote $US3 billion to the fund, before he made a rallying call on Saturday for global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Japan pledged it would contribute $US1.5 billion to the climate fund on Sunday, taking the total commitment of nations so far to about $US8 billion. The fund wants to raise $US10-15 billion by the end of the month. – source: Sydney Morning Herald

The communique stressed the importance of improving energy efficiency, re-affirmed the group’s commitment to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, and said that gas was an increasingly important energy source. (source: bloomberg.com

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Remembering Their Sacrifices and In Our Hearts Will Live Forever

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Today, November 11, 2014 – the two North American neighbors celebrate and remember the sacrifices of many men and women who served their country unselfishly (Canada, the Remembrance Day and United States of America, the Veterans Day).

“Celebrating the services of our military service veterans, many bear the wounds of the battlefield that stay with them forever in their lifetime. Your services will never be forgotten.”

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“We Honor your unselfish sacrifices and in our hearts live those remembrance”

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 Nuggets of History:

Veterans Day is a public holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It marks the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 to honor our soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorates the end of World War 1 which took place on November 11, 1918 at 11:00am or the 11th  hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Perth, Australia, Here We Come … “Somebody pinch me, it’s actually happening…”

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

This is the reality when relocating internationally. Regardless of goals whether personal or business, the anxiety and the to do list that keeps coming are the temporary facets of  living through the “relocating family”.

ReloNavigator wishes you and your family (http://mummovingtoperth.wordpress.com/) with best of successes in your new home location in Perth, Australia. It will be a different environment but with open mind and heart to re-start in Perth, will be the driver of your family’s success.

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September turned out to be a pretty emotional and busy month for us all.   We have said a lot of goodbyes so far, enjoyed a lot of days out and probably, most likely, if I’m completely honest with myself….drank a little bit too much wine and champagne.  Celebrating our move with our friends has been great fun but not so much for my waistline….I have thrown myself into detox mode thinking ahead to the glorious Perth summer and beach weather.  So yes, Perth will be our new home in 6 days’ time….Wow 6 DAYS (no longer are we counting months or weeks, we’ve hit the days mark)…..  This time next week we will have arrived into Perth and will hopefully be getting some sleep after a long 24 hour journey. Well maybe….our daughters may have other plans as they adjust to the 7 hour time change and dreaded jet lag.

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In the Last Few Moments … Then Tomorrow will Rise

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

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“Your dedication and hard works in overcoming your challenges has evolved; today it manifested a closer distance to your defined objectives.” – Juntee Terrenal, GMS

 

Oh Dear! Just interviewed a foreign national for my opened position, he needs an employment visa!

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach

You just interviewed someone whom you thought qualify to your opened position. Only to find out the candidate is a foreign national needing employment visa.

Employment-based Visas

When employers that are growing faster than they have anticipated, where the pool of Americans that can perform the job are limited,  these organizations cannot ignore of considering highly talented and skilled technologist from other countries.

Internationally educated individuals can be hired through available employment-based visas. This is however, dependent on the types, technical responsibilities of the position and employer’s competency to comply with emloyment-based visa requirements in alignment with various laws in  immigration, labor, employment, tax, trade, export and other regulations that may affect the employment.

ReloNavigator assists in determining the right employment visa for your prospective new hire, or assists any employer that may need to expand and advancing their organization by employing qualified foreign nationals. Please call 1 (360) 312-4300 for inquiries.

 

About Juntee Terrenal, GMS:

Mr. Terrenal is your partner in becoming the “High Performing Organization” of 2014 and beyond; strategic international business Leader, adviser & coach, competent, human capital and resources management. Creates initiatives combined with business acumen and ROI integrating complex human capital and resources that clients seek, globally. With 20+ years of experience he brings many time and money-saving solutions to your complex business issues and problems particularly when operating internationally. Negotiator, communicator, proven track record in accelerating productivity, organizational effectiveness, talent management, service quality. Quoted to numerous international media outlets.

As an experienced global mobility management specialist, human capital management executive and management consultant, he and his team create solutions, converting client’s needs into actions, resolving their challenges. Mr. Terrenal and his global team have successfully assisted, implemented and accelerated businesses and personal successes of their corporate and individual clients by using their ROI-driven techniques in over 40 countries.

Eat Responsibly: Healthy Foods for Healthy Body & Mind

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

We were passing by a grocer in a nearby mall, picked up one of their free leaflets. While browsing it, there was quite an interesting collection of healthy foods that contained nutrients that our body needs and protect us from the epidemic cancers during the 21st Century.

Sharing them to you will be the least inspiration with some insights on what are healthier vegetables and fruits around you. In the work environment, we advocate healthy living because we value people in the workforce.

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We love to hear your views and comments. Feel free to share to your friends, family and colleagues.

ReloNavigator is here to help and answer your questions, its easy to call 1 (360) 312-4300.

CAN+ Opens Permanent Residence to Indian Nationals in Technology & Venture Capital

By: World Migration Group “No Borders. No Boundaries”

Note: This content first appeared at the Blog section of World Migration Group; subsequently Dr. Alex Titov, President & Senior Partner of World Migration Group  authorized the re-publication of the article here at ReloNavigator’s WordPress. World Migration Group is ReloNavigator’s Established Professionals & Trusted NetworkSM (EPTN)” which is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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CAN+ is now open to Indian nationals who have traveled to Canada or the USA within the last 10 years. They will benefit from expedited processing, which will free up visa officers to work on other cases, improving overall processing times for all Indian travellers.

Benefits of CAN+ for Indian nationals

A CAN+ pilot program in India delivered impressive results with visas issued within five days and an approval rate over 95 per cent. Individuals eligible for CAN+ visa processing do not need to provide as many supporting documents when submitting their applications.

Supporting statistics:

  • Indian nationals rank in the top 10 source countries of international visitors to Canada. In 2013, more than 130,000 visitor visas were issued to Indian citizens, and nearly 14,000 Indian citizens were issued student permits.
  • Between January and June 2014, almost 95 per cent of visitor visas issued to Indian nationals were multiple-entry visas, allowing travellers to visit Canada as many times as they want for up to 10 years.

Express visa programs

Three visa “Express” programs that help Indian businesspeople, tourists and students come to Canada faster include:

  1. Business Express expedites business travel from India with visas issued within three days with a near-perfect approval rate for those registered in the program.
  2. Tourist Partner Program offers a fast, simplified visa application process for tourists who use travel agencies registered with the Canadian Embassy.
  3. Student Partners Program fast-tracks the processing of study permits with visas issued within 13 days or less for those who study at participating Canadian educational institutions.

The immigration minister Chris Alexander said: “We are telling all brilliant young technology minds, ‘if you can get Canadian venture capital, or an angel investor to back you with funds or just with their time, we offer you permanent residence.’ No one else in the world does that. It’s a pilot project and we already have a couple of hundred applications in process.

ReloNavigator will be pleased to assist you with strategic options and guidance in planning your immigration to Canada.

For inquiries and guidance about the CAN+, please call 1 (360) 312-4300 and identify this code: RLN2014WMG. Our Canadian Immigration Practice Leader will be glad to speak with you.  You can also reach us via email by sending your inquiries to: info@relonavigator.com

 

 

 

Just a thought I would ask!

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

In our recent field trip, this building struck me with those things above it. Any idea what they are for? Your insights will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Grand Panorama in Artist Point, near Bellingham

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The beauty of nature can only be appreciated to the fullest when you are out and relating with it, walk on it, feel and smell the breeze around you, admire their landscapes of beauty as natural as they were made. ReloNavigator’s field trips are always great experiences. Here is another example.

Sharing you the magnificent views that we have captured when we were at five thousand feet above sea level, the location where Artist Point displays grand panorama.

Anyone who recently moved nearby Mt Baker; touring around the areas of Washington, particularly in Whatcom County / Bellingham;  one who can appreciate the beauty of nature immensely; do not miss to experience these views. Bring your camera with long range, short range, or wide-angle lens to capture the moments. (Photo credits due to: Juntee Terrenal, Matt Talbot and Jalenn Turre), please note that photo pixels were modified for better browsing in various media tools.

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Here You Go, “Jay’s WSM Quencher” – the Summer Cocktail

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS

When I meet my business colleagues and friends, who knew that I love and make my own cocktails. They asked me about the latest or they tell friends that I make cocktails, particularly on Friday evenings.  Yes, I love my cocktails to unwind and relax.

In the past couple of weeks, Summer started to be enduring with heat. My inquisitive mind began examining what summer fruits that can be used for excellent cocktails. Was at my local farmer’s market in James Street, saw a reasonably priced big watermelon at $3.00, and yes it is red!

I always experiment in terms of mixes of various liqueurs and spirits to achieve a decadent flavor and oomph! It’s not a great cocktail without a kick!  The result came out excellent after i have it tested by my cocktail friends. It is now a 2014 Summer Favorite!

Here you go  my friends, and cheers to: , @PattiRowlson, @Jakeswg, @soundslikepuget, @blghamexplorer@Bellinghomes and all. Enjoy! Let me know what you think.

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Summer is Fun-filled with Vibrant Living the Lifestyle to Enjoy

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

This Summer, we are featuring our new friend, Debbie Miller who is an advocate of healthy living. She is a Registered Nurse, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Personal Trainer in fitness and nutrition and an Exercise Referral Professional specializing in Obesity and Diabetes.  Thank you Debbie for your unselfish support. Debbie enjoys vibrant living,  blessed with the beauty and amenities of Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.

To read more about Debbie’s advocacy and how she can be of help to a healthier journey in your lifestyle, please click on the link to her website below.  More Power to Debbie.

Credits: debbiemillerhealthcoaching.com/

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2014 Bellingham Pride Celebrates Equality and Inclusion

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The weekend of July 12 and 13, 2014, Bellingham 2014 Pride Celebration will take place, this is the 6th year of the festival.

“The entire team of ReloNavigator wish everyone with fun-filled celebrations among friends, colleagues and family members. Be Safe Always!. ReloNavigator supports equal opportunity to all”

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The schedule of many events and festivities during the weekend can be found at the Bellingham Pride 2014 Website.

According to ‘drinks business’ the Top 10 Gay Favorite drinks! However, these observations were based from certain American city where any of these drinks were ordered, which means neither of this may not be true in your own community.

10. Margarita 9. Pomegranate Martini 8. Mojito 7. Égalité 6. Dirty Martini 5.  Appletini  4.  Purple Hand Beer 3.  Rose Wine 2. Manhattan 1. the Cosmopolitan

On another thought!  Just wonder if what are the top 10 LGBT Favorites in Bellingham.

On Sunday, July 13 will be the Pride Parade which will commence at the intersection of Cornwall and Ohio streets; and it will end at the Depot Market square. We will be cheering all the parade participants. It will be fun like last year.

More power and successes to the LGBTQQI2A  community of Bellingham. ReloNavigator will be glad to assist any member of the Pride community where our competency can be a resource.

Let’s Celebrate Canada Day – the 2014 Summer Celebration of All Canadians

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

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The 2014 celebration of Canada Day, the national day of Canada, will be celebrated internationally where Canadians are living, conducting business or enjoying a tourism experience.

This is a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867(today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.[1][2][3] Originally called Dominion Day (FrenchLe Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year theCanada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally. (source: wikipedia.org)

Canadians across the globe celebrate with different styles. In Toronto, Ontario, this year is the second year of celebration where they will provide exploding fireworks as a celebratory event among citizens.

Wherever our Canadian friends are, we wish you all with fun and enjoyable holiday.

The Fourth of July is arriving – American Independence Day!

When you are finished with your Canada Day celebrations, Drive toward south of the border from British Columbia, for the 4th of July celebration in the United States.  There will be a lot of amenities to enjoy; discounted items, food promotions, spa and many others that everyone will enjoy.

While in town, you can call 1 (360) 312-4300 and learn about the strategic advisory and services management of ReloNavigator. You can explore how you can work or live in the United States legally.

Enjoy and be safe always.

Spring Blooms in the Garden

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The colors of Spring flowers adorn our surroundings in various levels of depth and magnificence of nature.

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Loving One Another is a Message During this 2014 Lenten Season

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Many Christians around the world, pause from heavy workloads during the Lenten Season which began from Ash Wednesday and ends with celebrations on Easter Sunday!

During the Lent, Christians observe a period of fasting, moderation and spiritual discipline; being reflective on Jesus Christ’s passion of the cross through resurrection.

Photo Credit by EPA/Angelo Carconi

Photo Credit by EPA/Angelo Carconi

 “Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” said Pope Francis

The pope’s message to the crowd on Palm Sunday in the Vatican;

“called on people, including himself, to examine their own lives to see how they’re living and ask themselves “Where is my heart?”

“Has my life fallen asleep?” Francis asked in reference to Jesus’s disciples who fell asleep right before Judas betrayed him. “Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?”

The spectator’s view of “Semana Santa” in Granada, Spain! (courtesy of http://bohemianonabudget.wordpress.com/)

Lenten Message to Everyone Across the Globe:

“SHARE REAL LOVE and AFFECTION to your neighbors is the essence of the message to humanity. Begin from our own heart, and radiate that love to others among us; that will replicate across the world with Peace.”

A Field Trip: Visiting the Northwest Washington – Seeing the Tulip Festival is an Experience with the Beauty of Nature

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Every mid-Spring time in the Pacific Northwest, the Skagit Valley is adorned with the beautiful Tulips in various colors that one can enjoy. It is an experience that immerse you within the nature of colorful flowers.

ReloNavigator encourages anyone who has not seen it and who can appreciate the beauty of nature; highly recommended to our new friends, clients and colleagues who are visiting the Pacific Northwest during the month of April.

Make time to experience the force of nature and its exulting colors at  “Skagit Tulip Festival in 2014”  Check the The Calendar of Events to enjoy a specific theme and extravaganza.

Reminder: Please dress up appropriately for a field trip scenery with comfortable walking shoes; anticipate environmental conditions such as mud, wet, slick fields, and unexpected rain. Ideally plan ahead to which location you are going to visit, please check the link to the downloadable festival map so that you can plan accordingly, Skagit Festival Map.

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival celebrates this annual burst of spring color. Mother Nature decides exactly when the display of color begins, with special events scheduled throughout the month of April.

These events include:

  • Tulip Festival Street Fair in Downtown Mount Vernon- April 25-27, 2014
  • Kiwanas Club Salmon BBQ – April 5-27, 2014
  • Art shows at several different venues
  • Tastings at local wineries and breweries
  • Anacortes Quilt Walk – throughout April
  • Tulip Run – April 5, 2014
  • Tulip Pedal – April 19, 2014

By the way, we like to see you photos. Share with us and may be selected as a Feature of the Month and your name will be acknowledged. Looking forward to see your unique photos of the places you have been.  Have fun!

 We enjoyed our field trip to the Tulip Festival last Saturday, April 12, 2014~ Few Photos we are sharing!

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2014 Results Cannot Be Ignored: Gain Success Regardless of Organizational Size and Location

In the weeks to come, many multinational organizations are scrambling in finalizing  the implementation of their strategic initiatives. The year of 2014 has begun and we are in a full swing in accelerating business activities and the goal is to obtain the highest level of return on investments at the end of the first quarter and throughout the year.

ReloNavigator has put in placed its team ahead of time. We are ready to provide our expertise that will  bolster  your professional, personal or business goals be achieved with quality notwithstanding an ROI.  2014 is the year for continued growth and advancement. Please watch for announcements in the months to come about opportunities of business, professional and personal development. Subscribe or follow up in order not to miss them.

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Hawaii and Illinois will join 14 US States in Welcoming Same-sex Marriage

This will be another recognition of equal rights among all couples in both the states of Hawaii and Illinois. More Power to all same sex couples.

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Both the states of Illinois and Hawaii signaled Same-sex Marriage as illustrated by an overwhelming support among each states legislature last Tuesday and Friday respectively. Either of the states will get the 15th or 16th place among US States that legalized Same-sex Marriages. Hawaii is a favorite destination of couples for vacations and special celebrations. Many LGBT community members enjoy the amenities of the Hawaiian island as well.  Advanced Congratulations and Best Wishes to the future Same-sex couples who will marry once their state will sign the initiative into law.  

In October 2013, the State of New Jersey got the 14th State that recognized Same-sex Marriage.

The States of Maine, Maryland and Washington were the first states that ratified same-sex marriage rights through citizens voting in November 2012.

Reference source: http://www.reuters.com

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Discriminating Racial-based Hiring Practices of Bank of America Ordered with Penalty

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Recently, the Department of Labor published a Judge Order for Bank of America’s racial discriminatory hiring practices.  Back Wages and interests were ordered to be paid to those candidates who were rejected.

“Wherever doors of opportunity are unfairly closed to workers, we will be there to open them — no matter how long it takes,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Judge Chapman’s decision upholds the legal principle of making victims of discrimination whole, and these workers deserve to get the full measure of what is owed to them.”

On Nov. 24, 1993, OFCCP initiated a routine compliance review that revealed indications of systemic hiring discrimination affecting African American job seekers at the Charlotte facility. After conciliation efforts failed, the Solicitor of Labor in 1997 filed an administrative complaint against the company for violating Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment practices on the basis of race.

“Our investigators and attorneys prevailed despite decades of stalling tactics,” said Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith. “This case demonstrates that the department will not be deterred in our pursuit of justice for job seekers.”

Please click the link to read the full News Release.

Perspectives:

Yet another bad practice that Bank of America has been doing.  As a big bank, what were the responsibilities of their employment executives? Why do they allow discriminatory practices when hiring workforce.  Companies like Bank of America that demonstrates these types of hiring practices should not be allowed to be touting ‘good business practices’ at conferences regardless of locations.