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  1. Hi, My partner and I have just received visa approval today (yay!) and are headed to the /Singleton / Maitland area in the next 6 weeks. The OH will be working in the mines and i'll be doing a bit of work from home and as we don't have any children I don't want to be rattling around the house all day! We are both looking to meet new people when we arrive so it would be great to hear from anyone who is on their way or already settled in this region of NSW. We're both from Staffordshire, almost 27 and frightened to death at the thought of being all alone in such a huge place so any help, advice or the chance to meet up for a glass of wine would be wonderful. Thanks, Sarah
  2. The Pom Queen

    Australian Shares Lower at Midday

    AUSTRALIAN shares fell lower at noon following negative leads from US and European markets overnight. The local bourse opened about half a per cent down today. By 12.15pm (AEDT) both major local indices had pulled down further, with the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index shed 40.4 points, or 0.95 per cent, at 4204.1 and the broader All Ordinaries index lost 40.9 points, or 0.95 per cent, to 4265.1. Commsec market analyst Steven Daghlian said the market had followed weak leads from European and US share markets overnight. He said that JP Morgan's earnings, which were released before Wall Street opened, had helped cause financials in almost every major economy to fall heavily. "The commentary that accompanied (the results) was negative in terms of investment bankers keeping cash on sidelines because of the economy in Europe," Mr Daghlian said. In local trade, the financial sector saw more moderate falls, down 0.7 per cent, with Westpac the worst performing major retail bank, down 16 cents, or 0.74 per cent, at $21.59. He said the market was looking towards China's inflation reading - which investors expected to fall - at 12.30pm (AEDT) for further direction. Losses were broad-based across all sectors after copper, oil and gold prices all fell in offshore trade yesterday. The materials sector led the downward trend, falling 1.95 per cent. The spot price of gold in Sydney was $US1664.75 per fine ounce, down $US6.55 an ounce from yesterday's close at $US1671.30. Energy stocks were also hit hard, trading 1.45 per cent lower after world oil prices fell yesterday as traders fretted about slowing demand in China after its trade surplus narrowed for a second straight month. The weakest stock of the top 100 companies on the ASX was Aquarius Platinum, which lost 5.75 per cent, or 18 cents, to $2.95. The best performing stock on the same index was Cochlear, which gained 4.9 per cent, or $2.50, to $53.70. Making headlines in local trade, Leighton Holdings shares fell 1.1 per cent, or 23 cents to $20.41 after its offshore division was awarded an $US518 million contract by Iraq's South Oil Company (SOC) to develop two offshore platforms. Leighton also won a $80 million mooring contract. Qantas said its plight was "getting worse, not better", as engineers prepared to walk off the job today, with about 7000 passengers expected to have their travel plans disrupted. Its shares fell half a cent to $1.56, after Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned the Government had powers under the Fair Work Act to intervene in the dispute if it began to impact the national economy or health and safety, a move the Federal Opposition said it would support. Mr Daghlian said Qantas shares had shed about 40 per cent in 2011, worse than the broader market, with the All Ords index down almost 12 per cent for the year. Market turnover was 717 million shares worth $1.45 billion, with almost nine shares falling for every one that gained on the ASX 100. The December share price index futures contract was down 28 points at 4208, with 18,647 contracts traded.
  3. Finally, now perhaps we can have something else in the news to read about and perhaps things can settle down. I believe we have to do something to help our world for future generations and hope this is a step in the right direction. A stitch in time saves nine
  4. Hi, I completed my MCA in Aug. 2008. But before that I was awarded Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (after 1 Yr. study after Graduation, in 2003) and Advanced Diploma in Computer Application (after 2 Yrs. study after Graduation, in 2004). I am working as Software Engineer since August 2005 (permanent, full-time, paid). I got skill assessment from ACS in Feb, 2010. It stated: Dates: 08/05 to 10/09 (aug/05 to oct 09) 4 yrs 2 months Position: senior software engineer Later it states "Your skills have been assessed to be suitable for migration under 2231-79 (.Net Technologies Specialist) of the ASCO Code, being skilled occupation indicated that you intend to nominate in a General Skilled Migration application." Next: "Based on the provided certified documentation it is the opinion of the ACS that the application has 12 months experience in .NET Technoloiges." As I will get same points for Graduation/Diploma or Masters Degree, I am considering getting my professional experience re-assessed based on my ADCA or PGDCA. Please guide me if it is legal and does not breach any rules to get assessed lower qualification, as I am holding higher qualification. Thanks.
  5. Hi, I’m moving over to Sydney next month and am looking for a room in a nice place. I’m looking for something in the Lower North Shore areas of Neutral Bay or Cremorne. I’m 27, from the UK. I enjoy my sports, travelling, music and keeping active. When I’m not at work I like to catch up with friends over a few drinks. Hoping to find a place with either a mix of girls and guys or just girls who are friendly, easy going, and a similar age to myself. I am very reliable, respectful and easy going. If you think you have something or know something that may be of interest to me, please email with details and if possible pictures. Cheers, Lauren
  6. To me, the term "sponsorship" seems to indicate that WA will contribute towards your visa costs, yet I've not seen anything to verify this on the forums. Does a state sponsored visa cost the same as a non-state-sposored visa?
  7. Hi, I’m moving over to Sydney next month and am looking for a room in a nice place. I’m looking for something in the Lower North Shore areas of Neutral Bay or Cremorne. I’m 27, from the UK. I enjoy my sports, travelling, music and keeping active. When I’m not at work I like to catch up with friends over a few drinks. Hoping to find a place with either a mix of girls and guys or just girls who are friendly, easy going, and a similar age to myself. I am very reliable, respectful and easy going. If you think you have something or know something that may be of interest to me, please email with details and if possible pictures. Cheers, Lauren
  8. Just moving to Melbourne on a 457 visa and want to continue our NI contributions for the state pension. The rate is £12 odd per week but there is a lower £2 odd per week rate. I have seen people saying it is possible to pay the lower rate. Does anyone know how or what the chriteria are? Also a pointer to any required forms would be helpful. Many thanks, Mike
  9. I have been wondering this and keep meaning to ask..... Last week when all the planes couldn't fly, they said it was because of ash high in the atmosphere, where the planes fly. So my question is, why couldn't they just fly a bit lower, underneath the dust cloud? I assume it would take more fuel to do this, and it might require an extra stop for a long haul flight, but surely taking a bit of a hit with the fuel would have been better than the millions they lost anyway. If anyone can answer why this couldn't happen, I would be very grateful!! :cute: Love Rudi x
  10. Hi everyone! Could do with a little help please . . . Mine and Chris's plans have recently changed and so I will now be staying in the UK for a year or so, whether or not the visa is granted (we will just go for a holiday if it does!) My problem is tht now I may bve doing my PGCE here and I'm worried it's geting a bit late. Many courses are filled and I some of them have lower primary places left which I would be happy to do as a career anyway. I can't find anywhere that says whether this will be an accepted qual over in oz, along with my 3 year bacheloe degree? please help!! Thanks, Lucy x
  11. Minister flags lower migrant intake | The Australian THE global financial crisis looks set to result in a cut to Australia's migrant intake, with the Rudd Government hinting strongly it will reduce next year's quota amid fears the economy will slow.
  12. hi. We are looking to go out in 2010. My wife is a student nurse and qualifies at the end of the year. She will not have a problem getting a job I don't think! I am a Fire fighter and although I will try and get a job over there, I may not in the Fire service and may have to settle for something else. Has anyone on here immigrated and had to take a job with lower prospects and pay? More importantly was it worth it in their opinion. John
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