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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 March 2017
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM New law repeals anonymity of sperm and egg donors But donors choose how − and if − they’ll be contacted by their offspring No 457 visa for fast food chains ‘Australian workers, particularly young Australians, must be given priority,’ says Immigration Minister About 500 fast food workers, currently granted stay in Australia through the 457 visa scheme, will have to leave the country, as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection introduced changes to the scheme, banning fast food chains from bringing foreign workers to the country. The change was announced by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, who expressed his in- tention to terminate the fast food industry labour agreement entered into by the Gillard government in 2012. Under that agreement, outlets such as McDonald's, KFC, Hungry Jack's and other establishments have been acting as sponsors for foreign workers who arrive in Australia, along with their families. Designed to address a shortage of workers qualified to do particular jobs and thus fill vacancies that could not be filled by Australian workers, the four-year business visa has been one of the key factors affecting both migration and employment. Currently 95,758 people are in Australia on a 457 visa, of which 500 are working in the fast food sector, which, according to some researchers, is abusing the 457 visa scheme. "The Turnbull government is committed to ensuring that career pathways are available for young Australians," said Mr Dutton, explaining his decision to ban fast food chains from using the 457 visa scheme, as a way for young Australian workers to "be given priority". Under the new regulation, those fast food workers on the 457 visa should either leave Australia once their visa expires, or transition to another type of visa. House of Riz rice pudding awarded best dairy dessert in Australia Made from a family recipe with real milk, owner John Konstas couldn’t be happier about the win Jim Konstas was all smiles last week, when his business House of Riz won the title of best dairy dessert in Australia for its Greek rice pudding. Awarded at the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards, the pudding is manufactured locally on site at a factory in Wantirna South and sold at various IGA stores and select supermarkets around Victoria. "We had a fish and chip shop and we were selling (the pudding) there and it was walking out the door, so that's where I got the idea of producing it on a large scale for supermarkets," Mr Konstas told The Leader. He also revealed the award was a particularly sweet victory, given that he had made the bold decision to sell the family home three years ago to ensure the business would survive. "(Starting the business) took a lot out of us, it was hard, it's a family business, my wife and kids are involved − it is a success now but in the first few years it was hard. "We had to sell the family home to fund the business so that was the hardest thing we've ever done, making that call ... but it paid off in the end," he said. The delicious rice pudding is made from a family recipe, PHOTO: INSTAGRAM (@HOUSE_OF_RIZ) using real milk to achieve its smooth texture. To meet demand for his product, House of Riz will soon be relocating from Wantirna South to a new premises in Heidelberg from which it will commence supplying IGA stores throughout the country. A new law came into effect on Wednesday in Victoria, significantly altering the way the identity of sperm and egg donors is handled. In what has been described as 'a world first', people conceived with donor sperm or eggs will now have the right to access the donor's name, date of birth and donor code, if available, even if the donation was made anonymously or the donor didn't give consent to being identified. The newly-implemented donor conception legislation came as an answer to a movement raising awareness that people have a fundamental interest in knowing their biological origins, for both psychological reasons but also to have access to their genetic and medical history. The new law affects people born before 1988, when sperm and egg donations in Victoria were made anonymously, and those born from egg, sperm or embryos donated between 1988 and 1998, when a donor's consent was needed before their offspring could access information about them. Although the law grants people access to the donor's identity, it also offers provisions, especially for people who donated before 1998 (and who may have concerns about how the changes will affect them and their families, as in some cases their family may not even know they donated). Under the new law, donors can choose how they and any of their own children under 18 years of age are contacted (i.e. by email, phone, letter, or by a donor linking service), if they wish to be contacted at all. PHOTO: CRYOS INTERNATIONAL SPERM BANK. Christopher Orfanidis, 33, facing charges of manslaughter Greek Australian admits to bashing man to death over car park dispute Melbourne man Christopher Orfanidis has admitted to killing Phi Long Ung over a parking spot. On Wednesday the Victoria Supreme Court heard that the 33-yearold chased Mr Ung's car in Ardeer along the Western Ring Road on July 5, 2015. Police allege that Orfanidis pursued the father of two to the point of driving him off the road, before he hit him over the head with a firearm and continued to assault him after he fell to the ground. It was alleged that he was furious after Mr Ung continued to park near his home in Sunshine West, despite being told not to do so. The victim passed away in hospital two weeks after the attack. Orfanidis has since pleaded guilty to killing Mr Ung and injuring his friend, who was also present on the day. He was kept in custody on Wednesday by Justice Lex Lasry, and is due to face a plea hearing on June 26, after which he will be sentenced for manslaughter.
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