Nine Queensland women win awards for excellence in building

first_imgROCKCOTE co-owner and director Christine Cameron won the 2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in the Industry award.IN WHAT is still a male dominated industry, nine women were recently honoured for their leadership skills.The Housing Industry Australia (HIA) “Recognition of Women in Building & Construction Awards” were recently held in Brisbane. HIA acting executive director Michael Roberts said HIA was keen to demonstrate that women were operating in leadership roles in what was still a very male dominated industry.“The industry must do everything it can to encourage women into the industry at all levels, to ensure that there is an adequate supply of skills to meet the future demand for housing in the State,” Mr Roberts said.“Queensland simply cannot afford to ignore the contribution that half of the population can make to the ongoing health of the industry and its contribution to the community.”ROCKCOTE co-owner and director Christine Cameron took out the coveted 2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in the Industry award for her contribution to the company’s success.Ms Cameron received the award from Minister for Public Works and Housing Minister for Sport the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP.Ms Cameron helped propel who husband Bob’s company from a two-man backyard operation to an international business success story. Plantation Homes residential construction supervisor Emily Smith took out the 2017 HIA Professional Tradeswoman award, just getting in ahead of fellow finalists Helen Yost and Claire Green. Emily Smith won the 2017 HIA Professional Tradeswoman award.At the age of 15 Ms Smith was told by her school guidance counsellor that she couldn’t be a carpenter because she was female.Not to be deterred, she achieved a school based apprenticeship and completed her apprenticeship with Plantation Homes.Two years ago Ms Smith became the company’s first female Construction Supervisor.A third year cabinet-maker apprentice also took out a HIA award, Teehana Maloney is the winner of the 2017 Stylemaster Homes Bursary.Following a personal loss when she was 17 years old, Ms Maloney made the brave decision to move from Innisfail to Brisbane, to follow her dream to be a cabinet-maker. Teehana Maloney won the 2017 Stylemaster Homes Bursary.She quickly found an apprenticeship and is now in her third year, displaying maturity and ability beyond her years.The Awards are in their third year, with the HIA saying the response and calibre of nominations received from across the industry had been remarkable.Award winners:2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in the IndustryWinner: Christine Cameron, co-owner and director of ROCKCOTEMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago2017 HIA Professional Woman of the YearAward partner: HIA Insurance ServicesWinner: Leesa Gill — CFO, TFH Group & Director, Illuminated Industries PL2017 HIA Professional TradeswomanAwards partner: Construction Skills QueenslandWinner: Emily Smith — Residential Construction Supervisor for Plantation Homes Qld2017 Stylemaster Homes BursaryBursary recipient: Teehana Maloney — 3rd year cabinet-maker Apprentice of East Coast Apprenticeships2017 HIA Exceptional Young Woman in IndustryAwards partner: Queensland Building Construction CommissionWinner: Helen Yost — licenced plumber, nominee supervisor and General Manager for Tradettes Plumbing2017 HIA Professional Business WomanAwards partner: Stoddart GroupWinner: Leesa Gill — Chief Financial Officer TFH Group of Companies & Director of Illuminated Industries2017 HIA Professional ServicesAward partner: BlueScopeWinner: Elizabeth Anderson — Director and architect for Hayes, Anderson, Lynch Architects2017 HIA Business Development ProfessionalAward partner: BUSSQWinner: Heather Russell — Program manager for East Coast Apprenticeships2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in Manufacturing and SupplyAward partner: HIA Insurance ServicesWinner: Sonja Pressler-McHugh, business owner of McHugh Steel.last_img read more

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UK regulator sets out climate change investment guidance for DC schemes

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued updated guidance for defined contribution (DC) investments that includes an obligation on trustees to consider climate change when producing their investment strategy.The new DC investment guidance incorporates regulations that are due to come into effect in October 2019 and October 2020, and has been published in response to industry requests for further guidance in certain areas.According to David Fairs, executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice at TPR, climate change is a “core financial risk which trustees will need to consider when setting out their investment strategy”.“They will be obliged to show how they are taking this and other financially material considerations into account over the lifespan of investments,” he added. TPR’s guidance stated: “Consideration of ESG factors allows you to evaluate the short and long-term financial risks and opportunities of your investments by looking at the current practices of the firms in which you invest.”It added that it was important for trustees to understand “the implications of the systemic risk of climate change on investment decisions in the context of your scheme when developing your SIP [statement of investment principles]”.Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said pension schemes had a significant part to play in tackling the climate emergency.Vassos Vassou, a professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees, added: “With climate issues becoming front of mind, we need to be conscious of what our members want from their investments and act responsibly on their behalf.”From October this year, trustees must make their SIP available free of charge on a website.Then from October 2020, trustees will have to produce an implementation report that explains how they have followed and acted on the investment policies outlined in the SIP, such as environmental, social and governance factors, and stewardship of investments.Daily dealing and liquidityTPR’s new guidance also addressed asset liquidity and dealing frequency, stating that it “may not be beneficial for dealing to be carried out daily”.In the updated guidance, TPR said trustees should think about the level of liquidity that members need, and take into consideration “the liquidity constraints on certain fund structures”.Earlier this month, financial services regulator the Financial Conduct Authority revealed it was reviewing its rules about open-ended funds holding illiquid assets after Woodford Investment Management had to halt redemptions from its LF Woodford Equity Income fund, which had a significant allocation to illiquid companies.last_img read more

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Pig Shack/Sumner Newscow bracket contest update: 28 brackets have 3 of 4 Final Four teams

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We’ve been doing the Pig Shack/Sumner Newscow bracket contest for three years now and the The Dore/College Bowl Football contest for four years. And we can safely say, there has never been a time this late in a Newscow contest where so many people can still win it.Let’s just say if you have “Kentucky, Wisconsin and Duke” in your Final Four of your bracket, then you are still in the running.We didn’t get any brackets with all four Final Four teams. There were only two brackets with Michigan State in the Final Four with Kentucky. And if you are Gene Huck, who has Kentucky and Michigan State in the championship game, then you cheer like heck for the Spartans because you are the only one with that combination in this contest.We haven’t tallied everything individually. There were 28 brackets that had three of the four Final Four finalists. Of those 28, 17 of them have Kentucky over Duke in the championship game. Five have Duke over Kentucky. And four had someone vs. Kentucky with Kentucky winning. Kathy Bryant has Wisconsin over Duke in the Championship game. And Huck has Kentucky over Michigan State. With these number of entrees there is a chance for a tiebreaker. Tiebreakers will be the number of games right after the round of 64 (second round). Then the round of 32 (third round), etc.Good luck to the participants. We will soon know who the national championship is and who will be the winner of the $200 cash price and the second and third place gift certificate winners. (See full rules here).Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Haryana govt to set up natural therapy institute at Panchkula

first_imgPanchkula, Jun 12 (PTI) An international-level Natural Therapy Institute would be constructed on 18 acres of land in Panchkula, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij today said.Besides, the state government has asked the Central Government to set up a 50-bed AYUSH hospital in the state, said Vij. Disclosing this at a state level yoga training camp here, he said the AYUSH hospital would provide world-class Ayurvedic medical facilities.The state government was making all possible efforts to revive the countrys ancient medicinal disciplines, Vij, who is also the states Sports Minister said.”A panchkarma centre would also be constructed in every district of the state. So far, such centres have been opened in four districts where patients are being treated through Ayurveda,” the minister said. Ayurvedic doctors are being posted in the primary health centres in the rural areas to provide people proper medical care, Vij said. Expressing his gratitude to Ramdev for imparting yoga training at the camp, Vij said yogic practices not only bring positivity in thoughts and behaviour but also keeps one physically and mentally fit. PTI VJ RCJ SK RCJlast_img read more

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