The 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?00:58
Matchday 12 of the Nigeria Women Premier League was on Wednesday marred by distasteful reports from two match centers; Nembe City Stadium – where Bayelsa Queens defeated Sunshine Queens by a lone goal – and the Atiku Abubakar Stadium in Fofure – where the match between Adamawa Queens and Osun Babes was inconclusive at 2-1 in favour of the hosts.Sunshine Queens FC player, Elizabeth Johnson was a victim of assault in Nembe, and a photo of her shared across social media revealed a bleeding cut on her face.In Fofure, Osun Babes claimed they were protesting a controversial call by the referee when Adamawa Queens fans started throwing objects at them hence they could not continue the game.Below is a press release from the NWFL board stating its decision on both cases.Following the emergency meeting of the Ad-hoc Committee formed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League in a sitting on the 20 – 21st July, 2017 at the Nigeria Women Football League Secretariat Abuja, the following decisions were arrived. Adamawa Queens FC vs. Osun Babes FCFrom the available match reports received from Match Commissioner and Referee of the match, it was established that the match was abandoned because Osun Babes FC refused to continue play of the game at the 13th minute.The above act of Osun Babes FC is an infraction of article 15.9 of rules book which emphasize on the duration of each game.Consequently, in exercise of article 15.10.2 of the rules book, the match shall count as a complete fixture and award a fine of N500,000.00 to Osun Babes FC as enshrine in article 16.2 for discontinuation.RelatedNWPL Matchday 12 Review: Charity Reuben Back Atop Goalscorers’ ChartJuly 20, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup Roundup: Big Guns Rain Goals On AmateursSeptember 14, 2017In “Nigeria”NWPL Matchday 11 Review: Three Away Wins Recorded As Super Four Takes ShapeJuly 13, 2017In “Nigeria” Bayelsa Queens FC vs. Sunshine Queens FC– The result of the match which started and ended with one goal in favour of Bayelsa Queens FC stands.– From our findings, security provision was ineffective at the match, thereby resulting in assault at the end of the match. Therefore, State Football Association is hereby called to live up to expectation in their responsibility in providing adequate and effective security in their subsequent matches as provided in article 1.7.1 of the rules book.– Because clubs shall be held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters before, during or after any match as enshrine in article 22.9 of the rules book. The Bayelsa State Football Association in conjunction with Bayelsa Queens FC are to identify and produce the assailant(s) on or before 28th of July, 2017 to the Nigeria Women Football League Secretariat. Failure of which the league will have no option other take drastic measures on Bayelsa Queens FC.– The assault on the Sunshine Queens FC player, Elizabeth Johnson was established as a result of fans encroachment into the field immediately after the final whistle of the game. This act attracts a fine of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Naira) only to be paid by Bayelsa Queens FC before their next home game. The Nigeria Women Football League invokes article 27.1.3 of the rules book for this fine.– That Bayelsa Queens FC should make a payment of N200,000.00 for continuous medical treatment of the injured player via Nigeria Women Football League.– That Bayelsa Queens FC should pay the sum of N50,000.00 for the damaged video camera repair via the Nigeria Women Football League.– The Match Commissioner failed in his responsibility in ensuring the security and safety of the away team as the team suffered total neglect after the match. Therefore, the Match Commissioner is being recommended to appropriate committee for appropriate sanction.
30 January 2014 Innovative technology that uses algae to convert waste coal dust into a clean, high-quality coal which can readily be processed into biofuel was publicly demonstrated at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The pioneering technology has been developed by the university over the past three years with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, and plans are afoot for its products to be commercialised, the university said in a statement ahead of Monday’s showcasing event. One of the main areas of research at university’s institute of chemical technology, InnoVenton, has been the conversion of waste coal into a usable, high-quality clean coal using algal biomass. The institute’s researchers have found that the microalgae can be combined with coal and charcoal and acts as an excellent binder for fine coal. “If you mix coal dust and algae biomass, the algae adsorps [collects] onto the surface of the coal and binds the dust together,” InnoVenton’s Professor Ben Zeelie said. The result is a coal-algae composite [briquette or pellet], for which they’ve coined – and trademarked – the name “Coalgae”. “The Coalgae composites may be used as a substitute in applications that require coal, or may be further processed through a variety of additional technologies, such as pyrolysis (heating in the absence of oxygen),” the institute said. “The result of the additional processing is a bio-fossil crude oil blend that may be processed into a variety of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel, and heavy fuel oil. “Carbon sequestration, the upgrading of low grade coal and the production of clean water (a spin-off of the process) are among the advantages of the production of Coalgae, which, along with the production of the bio-crude oil, have presented commercial opportunities.” According to the institute, consulting engineering firm Hatch-Goba recently completed a pre-feasibility engineering study on the microalgae technologies, resulting in a “robust and cost-effective” design for Coalgae production on a semi- and full commercial scale. A full feasibility study will be conducted in the first half of this year. The institute demonstrated various aspects of Coalgae technology on Monday, include the cultivation of microalgae in a closed photo-bioreactor system developed by the university, the use of coal-generated flue gas to meet the microalgae’s need for carbon dioxide and fixed nitrogen, the harvesting of the microalgae, the production of the coal-microalgae composites, and their conversion into raw bio-crude oil. Speaking at the event, the Department of Science and Technology’s deputy director-general for research, development and innovation, Mmboneni Muofhe, said the technology would help to separate South Africa’s biofuels sector from its food-producing sector, and bring the realisation of a full-fledged biofuels industry in the country one step closer. South African fuel producers will begin mandatory blending of petrol and diesel with biofuels from 1 October 2015 as the country moves to encourage investment in its biofuels sector and reduce its reliance on imported fuel. “By 2015, the government intends all transport fuels to be a blend, with biofuels making up at least two percent of the blend. Coalgae exceeds this target,” the department said in a statement last week. And there’s certainly no shortage of raw material at hand. Millions of tons of coal dust go to waste every year in South Africa and elsewhere. According the department, the country currently has over 1-billion tonnes of discarded coal or coal “fines” (fine coal particles), which constitute a serious environmental nuisance. In addition, Coalgae can be delivered using existing petroleum or petrochemical infrastructure. “The ability to combine the two feedstocks (coal fines and algae) means that only one process is necessary, instead of two,” the department said. “Another advantage is that the technology will reduce the logistical challenges of accessing blended biofuels, as well as the capital investments required for the blending and distribution infrastructure.” SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Benjamin Logan FFA has announced a near record setting amount of State FFA Degrees to be awarded to their members this year.The State Degree is the second highest honor a member can receive, only below the American FFA Degree, and the highest honor a state organization can bestow.The following Ben Logan FFA members will receive their State Degree at the Ohio FFA State Convention on Friday, May 1st: Grace Barger, Noah Nicholl, Dillion Park, Erica Wilson, Cassondra Coil, Chance Coil, Jessie Griffin, Robert Brown, and Taylor Miller.