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Housing sector pressures govt to start new visa for foreign tradies

first_imgThe housing sector wants a new visa created to suit the independent contracting model used by the industry. Picture: Jack Tran/The Courier Mail.The Australian government is facing mounting pressure to create a new type of visa for foreign tradies in a bid to boost housing affordability.With the Federal Election set for May 18, political parties are facing pressure from the multi-trillion housing sector to develop a new visa category to meet a shortfall in trades people for the residential sector.Housing Industry Association managing director Graham Wolfe said “recent proposals to make changes to the ‘457’ skilled working visa will not address the bigger problem of how to fill the shortage of skilled trades people available to build new homes and apartments”.Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced two years ago his intention to abolish the 457 temporary skilled work visa. It has since been closed to any new applicants. Labor this week supported a crackdown on work visas with a statement by Bill Shorten stating “around four out of five temporary skilled worker visas are granted for occupations where there is no shortage of skilled workers in Australia — this needs to change”. He said the current visa models did not suit the housing industry which relied on independent contracting.“HIA’s Federal Election Imperatives call on all parties to remove the caps and limits that currently exist on skilled and business migration categories and to introduce a new skilled migration category for independent contractors in the residential building industry,” he said in a statement.“A well thought out migration policy coupled with a strong sector to train future trades people in Australia will go a long way to helping supply the homes we need over the next decade.” Is this Brisbane’s flashiest property? High-end overhaul of Brisbane beauty FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoHIA warned the industry was “more vulnerable to skill shortages than many other industry sectors”. Picture: Jack Tran/The Courier Mail.But Mr Wolfe said “the focus of any reforms should be on creating a new visa category for skilled worker that is not bound to an employer but can operate as a trade contractor independent of a single employer”.He warned that the housing industry was “more vulnerable to skill shortages than many other industry sectors due to an ageing labour force, the physical nature of work, the ongoing demand for new housing and the often cyclical nature of activity”.“The housing industry is vital to the wellbeing of Australian society. Australia will need to build over 2.3 million houses by 2030 to keep up with demand. In the last year alone there was $108b worth of residential construction carried out in Australia.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Pilkington proves his commitment

first_imgAnthony Pilkington has re-affirmed his commitment to Ireland after finally joining up with the squad at the sixth time of asking. The 25-year-old Norwich midfielder had previously been called up five times by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, but on each occasion, had been forced to withdraw through injury. Trapattoni has at times during his reign hit out at players who have cried off after being selected, and doubts had been expressed in some quarters over Pilkington. However, having trained for the first time with his international colleagues ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden, the former Huddersfield man insisted no-one was more frustrated than him at the catalogue of misfortune which kept him back in England. He said: “It was five times in the end that I couldn’t come over, so it was frustrating, very frustrating. “The first time, I was ready to come over that night, so it was obviously very frustrating. But that’s behind me now and hopefully I can crack on and do well. “Obviously I can see why people started talking, but I would have been no good to anybody coming here and playing with a dodgy knee or playing with a torn hamstring. “I wouldn’t be helping anybody, I wouldn’t be helping myself or the country, so people need to realise that I had the injuries. “I was always committed. The first time I had to pull out, my bags were packed ready to come over. “We had a morning game and we were due to fly out, me and Wes [Hoolahan], after the game and I got injured during the game. “Like I say, I would be no good to anybody coming over here with a bad hamstring and saying I was fit if I wasn’t. Press Association “But I am here now and I am excited for the game. I’ll hopefully get in a good week’s training and hopefully we can pick up the points we need on Friday.” Trapattoni was clearly satisfied with the explanations offered by Pilkington for his non-attendance and has kept him in his sights, and that is something for which the player is immensely grateful. He said: “The medical teams both spoke to each other constantly and the boss was always talking to me by text, so there was always communication between both parties at all times. “Luckily, he has kept calling me up and it’s the right time to come over now. My knee feels all right at the moment, so hopefully I’ll get a good week’s training and I’m looking forward to the game.” Ireland face a fight to lever themselves into second place in Group C with they, Sweden and next Tuesday’s opponents Austria locked together on 11 points. But Pilkington and his team-mates know only too well the prize which awaits them, and that is motivation enough. He said: “Everyone knows the World Cup is the biggest tournament in the sport, probably in any sport. It’s massive, it’s huge and it’s huge for the country to get there. “It will be a massive occasion if we do get there, so hopefully we can put in a good performance against Sweden on Friday, pick up the points and then start the ball rolling towards hopefully getting there.” last_img read more

Ogier edges first day

first_img Press Association The dominant Volkswagen duo split the eight forest-based stages spread over 145kms, winning four apiece, but with Frenchman Ogier just 6.6secs clear of Finn Latvala. Such has been their form this season, winning 11 of the 12 rallies to date, at present it is a straight fight between them to the finishing line on Sunday, barring any incidents. Newly-crowned double World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier has the edge over bitter rival and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala going into day two of Wales Rally GB. center_img In his final rally, Mikko Hirvonen in his M-Sport Ford is one minute and 13 seconds adrift, leading what would appear to be a four-way battle for the final place on the podium. Just 20 seconds separate Hirvonen to sixth-placed Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai, with the pair split by Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg. After a slow start, compounded by a 10-second jump-start penalty ahead of stage one, Meeke was third quickest behind Ogier and Latvala in four of the final five stages. Stage six, though, proved particularly costly for Meeke as he was only eighth on the timesheet, dropping 17 seconds overall to the leaders. But going into day two the Northern Irishman is 7.7secs adrift of Hirvonen in his Citroen, with team-mate Ostberg a further 0.7secs down. Behind Neuville, local hero Elfyn Evans is alone in seventh in his M-Sport Ford, one minute and 50 seconds down on Ogier. last_img read more

Soesdyke Falcons suffer mixed fortunes as GFF/NAMILCO Nat. Under-17 League continues

first_imgSOESDYKE Falcons suffered mixed fortunes last Saturday when the Guyana Football Federation/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power national Under-17 League continued at the Grove Playfield, East Bank Demerara.In their first match on Saturday, the Soesdyke side went down by a 1-3 margin to Circuit Ville Jaguars, but bounced back in game two and edged Kuru Kururu Warriors 2-1.When Soesdyke and Circuit Ville met in a first-round fixture of the two-round league, the former won by a huge 10-1 margin, but the organisers subsequently awarded the game to the latter as Soesdyke was found guilty of fielding a player – Kelsey Benjamin – who is a registered player of the Georgetown Football Club.In that game, Benjamin had scored a hat-trick in Soesdyke Falcons’ victory.However, on Saturday last, Circuit Ville made their intentions known from as early as the 19th minute as Prince Forde opened the score line.The score was doubled 20 minutes later by Issiah Dodson.With a comfortable 2-0 lead going into the second period, the jaguars came out clawing at their opposition and tightened their stranglehold two minutes into the second period as Desmond Chester found the back of Falcons’ net.The Falcons,however,pulled one back as Dannet McLennon was on target in the 74th minute.Playing in the opening game of the double-header card and cognizant of the fact that they had to give up their win to Circuit Ville, Soesdyke was placed under tremendous pressure by Kuru Kururu warriors who took the lead in the 25th minute of play through a Ricardo Grant goal.Behind by one goal going into the second session, Soesdyke’s captain Tyrone Khan levelled the score in the 73rd minute.Three minutes later, Junior Williams gave Falcons the lead for the first time in the match.The two-round league will continue on Saturday with another double-header at the same venue.last_img read more

Blues assess Torres ahead of Bolton game

first_imgChelsea were this morning assessing the condition of striker Fernando Torres, who missed training yesterday because of illness.The Spaniard is expected to be passed fit to join the Blues squad for Saturday’s match against Bolton.Torres is likely to be among the substitutes at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea will be looking for their first win in six games.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

De Gea ‘howler’ gifts Chelsea FA cup spot

first_img(BBC) – Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, endured a Wembley nightmare as Chelsea strolled to victory and set up an FA Cup final date with Arsenal.United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ditched his usual FA Cup keeper, Sergio Romero, to keep faith with De Gea, but the experienced Spain international produced two horrendous errors either side of half-time to gift Chelsea two goals.De Gea made a flimsy attempt to deal with Olivier Giroud’s flick in first-half stoppage time, then weakly fumbled Mason Mount’s tame 20-yard shot into the net moments after the restart.Chelsea’s excellent performance fully merited this victory and United’s abject misery after a dreadful performance was complete when captain Harry Maguire diverted Marcos Alonso’s cross into his own net at the near post with 16 minutes left.Frank Lampard’s side were in complete control from first to last as they comprehensively ended Manchester United’s 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Bruno Fernandes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot late on after Callum Hudson-Odoi fouled Anthony Martial but it could not even be described as a consolation as Chelsea closed out the win.Lampard eyes first-season silverwareLampard is now in position to make his first season in charge a highly satisfactory one as they contemplate a place in the FA Cup final and lie third in the Premier League, in position to reach next season’s Champions League.And no-one can question their right to this win as they dominated from start to finish, particularly in midfield, where they were able to subdue the influence of the talented Fernandes.Once again 33-year-old Giroud demonstrated his influence, leading the line selflessly and being rewarded with that crucial first goal, even though it received a large helping hand from De Gea.Chelsea were more energetic, dangerous and aggressive and while they were thankful to those mistakes from De Gea, the margin of victory was no more than they deserved.Lampard’s side cut off any supply line to United’s forwards and it will be an intriguing final on 1 August back here at Wembley, when he pits his wits against another rookie manager in Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta.Manchester United’s day of miseryUnited went into this semi-final high on optimism on that long unbeaten run and with the sense that Solskjaer was starting to get to grips with the big rebuilding job.That continues and United are still in decent shape to reach next season’s Champions League, either via the Premier League or Europa League, but this was a savage setback.And the main culprit was De Gea, who gives the impression of a goalkeeper either in permanent decline or going through a very long slump.De Gea changed the face of this FA Cup semi-final with those mistakes, allowing Chelsea to transform their dominance into a two-goal lead.Fernandes was overpowered in midfield and United had no punch in attack, where Solskjaer decided to leave the potency of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood on the bench, along with Paul Pogba.It was perhaps a sign that Solskjaer knew all was not well when he introduced Martial for defender Eric Bailly when he sustained a first-half head injury while Greenwood and Pogba were only introduced in desperation when the game was gone.In defence they were also vulnerable, Victor Lindelof losing Giroud too easily for Chelsea’s opener and captain Maguire ending any hopes with that own goal.United complained they should have had a penalty when Martial went down under Kurt Zouma’s first-half challenge but this was a miserable experience for Solskjaer and his players.Solskjaer’s side have had many good days in recent months. This was a very bad one.last_img read more

MBB : Another big performance from Southerland; Wildcats’ McGruder gets injured, struggles

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 17, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img PITTSBURGH -Syracuse’s punctuation mark came fittingly from the Orange’s leading scorer through its two NCAA Tournament games.With the game already in hand, James Southerland trailed Dion Waiters as Waiters led a fast break. Waiters dished a pass to the junior forward, who then slammed it through the hoop.Southerland finished SU’s 75-59 win over Kansas State with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. He and Waiters lead the Orange with 30 points in the tournament, and Southerland is second on the team with 14 rebounds in two games. He also added three blocks against the Wildcats on Saturday.‘Best kept secret,’ Waiters said of Southerland. ‘He did a great job coming off the bench hitting shots, hitting big-time 3s when we need them, rebounding, just doing all the dirty work.’Southerland has exploded out of a midseason slump in recent weeks and has been a key contributor for the Orange off the bench.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second-round contest with UNC Asheville on Thursday, he led the team with 15 points and went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. One of those long-range bombs was a late dagger from straightaway that put the Orange up eight with 2:36 left.Against Kansas State, he again came up big in the second half after scoring just two points in the first 20 minutes. He hit a 3 to put Syracuse up 13 from almost the same spot on the floor as his clutch shot against the Bulldogs, and he added another triple two minutes later to give SU a 58-44 edge.‘My team knows what I can do,’ Southerland said. ‘They’re going a good job of getting me involved the past two games, and I know they’re going to keep looking for me.’The junior’s resurgence has been even more critical with the struggles of sophomore forward C.J. Fair. Southerland provides a different skill set than Fair, though they play the same position on the floor.Southerland is one of the best pure shooters on the team. Fair is more of a physical, midrange type forward.But with Southerland’s hot streak and Fair’s mini-slump, the junior has allowed Syracuse to maintain its depth off the bench with his and Waiters’ strong performances.‘We’ve said all year we think we’ve got seven guys that can start,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘Certainly the way James is playing now, and Dion is playing, they’re arguably as good as most starters on most teams.’Southerland has only missed three of his 14 shots in the two tournament games, but he’s also stepped it up on the glass. Boeheim criticized him last year for not putting enough effort into rebounding, but he has used his size and athleticism to be a factor on the boards lately.And although he struggled to find his 3-point shot in the middle of the season, he seems to be hitting on all cylinders in the most important time of the year.‘James did an incredible job,’ junior Brandon Triche said. ‘He was doing this throughout the beginning of the season. He kind of faded off when C.J. started playing well. We’re a team that picks each other up.’McGruder slowed by injuryKansas State learned it would be playing without second-leading scorer Jamar Samuels due to an eligibility issue shortly before its contest with Syracuse started. About midway through the first half, the Wildcats almost lost their leading scorer, too.Rodney McGruder pulled up for a corner jumper, and Triche came at him to contest the shot. The Wildcats guard missed the shot, but his left foot landed on Triche’s, causing him to twist his ankle. He stayed on the floor for a couple of seconds in pain before trying to walk it off. When a stoppage in play came shortly after, though, he limped off to the locker room to get checked out.‘It was tough to play on,’ McGruder said. ‘But I just wanted the victory, so I just tried to fight through it.’The junior finished with a team-high 15 points but only shot 5-of-13 from the field in the loss to SU. He returned to the game later in the first half, but the ankle appeared to slow him down.Almost immediately after his return, he had a chance for a run-out dunk. He leapt off the injured ankle but shorted the jump, forcing him to try to lay it in instead. The ball rolled around the rim and out.Though the ankle hindered him throughout the game, McGruder still felt he and his teammates missed out on an opportunity to pull the upset.‘We just didn’t hit the shots we normally hit,’ he said. ‘We had open looks. We just didn’t take advantage of the open looks we had.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

Rohr’s Plaudits for NFF over World Cup Qualification

first_img“Apart from putting together excellent arrangements for our games at home, they ensured we travelled in comfort to all our away games and the fact that our away travels were always direct on chartered flights made sure we had very good recovery period between games. This also helped to manage the few days we usually have because of the congested and very small number of the FIFA international days,” Rohr said.Nigeria won four games and drew two to finish top of the eminent pile with 14 points, six ahead of second-placed Zambia. In both drawn games away from home, they were pegged back by late penalties to the hosts in dying minutes, underlying the Super Eagles’ praiseworthy performance through out the campaign.This, the Franco-German tactician believes, was down to paying attention to little details.“From the time the draw was made for the group series of the qualifiers, we know that in a difficult group like the one we were in, the difference between success and failure could be down to little things that most people would take for granted, but I am happy that the NFF were very professional, passionate and committed to the cause. Their great planning and arrangements made the players to focus on the football only, so we got the best out of them.“Now we cannot rest on our oars because there is a bigger challenge ahead of us. We have to prepare better and focus even more as we get set for the World Cup next year,” Rohr concludedMeanwhile Russia-based Bryan Idowu on Saturday night joined up with the rest of the squad after they arrived in Krasnodar, Russia.He told “It’s a big privilege for him to be part of this great squad. I will definitely give my best in order to remain a part of this team.“It’s a big honour for me to be called into the Super Eagles. I will give this opportunity my very best shot so I can stay here for a long time. I believe this team will put smiles on the faces of Nigerians at the World Cup next year,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, is full of encomiums for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the “professional and committed manner” it handled the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.Not only were the three-time African champions unbeaten in what was styled ‘Group of Death’, the Eagles picked the ultimate prize in that group with a game to spare, becoming Africa’s first candidate for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in the process.The man that led the team to achieving this feat believes the professional approach to the team’s preparations by the NFF for all the six qualifiers played a pivotal role in the team’s success.“For sure, we must commend the NFF for the role they played right from that game in Ndola against Zambia to last Friday’s game in Constantine, Algeria.last_img read more

LiveLotto launches affiliate programme with Income Access

first_img UK based iLottery operator LiveLotto has launched a new affiliate programme with Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider.Following LiveLotto’s integration, Income Access’ affiliate management team will run the programme, with its network allowing the brand to be connected to over 25,000 affiliates.Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Income Access and Digital Wallets at Paysafe, said: “We’re excited to launch our technology and marketing services partnership with a unique and innovative iLottery brand. “LiveLotto already enjoys high brand awareness in the UK market, and we look forward to continuing to grow its player base through a combination of our marketing platform, affiliate management and our affiliate network.”Launched in 2015 and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, Livelotto offers a low stake quick win via the brands main online lottery game, which runs draws 24 hours a day, seven days a week.In addition, a raft of instant win games are also offered on the site, and together with the main LiveLotto game are optimised for use on desktop, iOS and Android devices.Benn Timbury, co-founder and CEO of LiveLotto, added: “When looking to launch our affiliate programme, we listened to the affiliate community and many recommended Income Access. “It’s a platform that they had already incorporated, and trust. “We’ve had success offering LiveLotto on national television and across digital media, and now wish to offer our unique product to affiliates.”To accompany the programme launch, all new affiliates will receive 50% revenue share for their first three months of promotion, and between 25% and 35% thereafter. Submit Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

CAF Super Cup set for February 22

first_imgThe CAF Super Cup will be played in February in Cairo Egypt. The match between Al-Ahly (Egypt) the winner of the Orange Champions’ League and Club Sportif Sfaxien (Tunisia) – winner of the Orange Confederation Cup – shall be held Saturday, February 22nd 2014 in the Cairo International Stadium, in Egypt. CAF CAF confirmed the dates at the General meeting held Friday 24 January 2013. Ahly will be favourites for the crown considering they will have home advantage on their side as well as a rupturous home crowd on their side.last_img