The Archives

Archive for November, 2010

Pomsinoz upgrade

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 05/11/2010

Before the end of the year, we will be upgrading pomsinoz to the latest version of vbulletin (4.08). This a a major upgrade from it’s current version (3.8). The upgrade will bring several new features to the site including wiki style articles, an improved blog system, enhanced user profiles and better facebook integration. We’ll also be installing a choice of templates (colour schemes) so that users can select a favourite design. It is anticipated the upgrade will take place the last week in December.

Forums now on new server

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on

ServerAt the beginning of October, we migrated the forums from a rather aging server which was struggling to cope with the number of visitors that the forums now receive. The move was carried out over the weekend of 02/03 October and touch wood, all seems to be running smoothly. The old server was located in Sydney which was great for Australian visitors, but resulted in a slightly laggy feel for the UK members. To this effect, the new server is now based in the US, where access time from the UK & Australia should be broadly similar. The new server specs are below:

<strong>Hardware</strong>
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (2.66GHZ 8MB - HT - Triple Channel)
6GB DDR3 RAM
Primary Disk:Hardware Raid-10
4x73GB 15k RPM SAS 16MB Cache
Backup Drive: 500GB 7.2k RPM SATAII 16MB Cache
Public Port Speed : 1000Mbs Public
Public Bandwidth : 10TB Premium Transfer
Battery Back Up : Battery Backup Unit (BBU)
Chassis : Hot-Swappable SuperMicro Rackmount
Hardware RAID Controller : Adaptec 5405 PCIe - 1.2GHZ Dual Core - 256MB Cache

Victoria State Migration Plan

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 03/11/2010

Tthe Victorian Government has announced that it now has a formal agreement with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), concerning the state sponsorship of skilled migrants to Victoria under the Skilled – Sponsored (176 and 886) and Skilled – Regional Sponsored (475 and 487) visas. This agreement is called the State Migration Plan (SMP).

As of the 03rd November, Applications for Victorian Government state sponsorship are now open under the State Migration Plan.

Under the agreement, the number of skilled migrants that the Victorian Government can sponsor against each occupation listed on the State Sponsorship Eligibility Lists is limited by a quota, and by an overall cap on the total number of applications that can be sponsored each year.

For 2010-11 Victoria’s cap is 4,500 visa grants, which includes primary and secondary applicants.

To inform you when the limit has been reached for an occupation, advice will be placed against the relevant occupation/s on the State Sponsorship Eligibility Lists stating that applications are not currently being accepted for that occupation.

Eligibility Lists –

  • State Sponsorship Eligibility List (498.2 kb)Last updated: 03 Nov 2010
    The Victorian Government State Sponsorship Eligibility list provides information on occupations eligible for consideration for state sponsorship under the Skilled-Sponsored (176) visa and the Skilled-Regional Sponsored (475 and 487) visa, including specialisations and requirements.
  • State Sponsorship Eligibility List for Graduates (264.8 kb)Last updated: 03 Nov 2010
    The Victorian Government State Sponsorship Eligibility List for Graduates provides information on occupations eligible for consideration for state sponsorship under the Skilled-Sponsored (886) visa, including specialisations and requirements.
 
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Flickr