A New England solar installer with operations in three states faced a challenging shortage of licensed electricians in the region’s labor pool. So the solar contractor is opening its own training centers for electricians. ReVision Energy, with 225 employees and more than 7,000 solar installations to its credit, is now training 34 students in Maine and another 20 in Massachusetts, Mainebiz reported. The company has opened the Revision Energy Technical Center in Brentwood, New Hampshire, and will operate similar centers at its other New England locations. ReVision, a certified B Corporation, became employee-owned last year. It currently has offices in Portland and Liberty, Maine; Concord and Brentwood, New Hampshire; and North Andover, Massachusetts.RELATED ARTICLESTackling the Skilled Labor ShortageFine Homebuilding Will Award ScholarshipsConstruction Training Gets a Boost from Home DepotYoung Adults and the Construction Trades “What we’re trying to do is take control over the fact that licensed electricians are one of the biggest challenges in the renewable energy sector today,” ReVision co-founder Phil Coupe told Mainebiz. Nathan Poland, the company’s electrical coordinator (and the person who developed the training program), said the shortage of licensed electricians has become “critical.” No amount of advertising could attract the number of electricians the company needs, because they simply aren’t there. In the past, Poland said, helpers could become licensed through more traditional avenues, such as course work at a community college. But that might have required going to school at night, or taking time off from work to attend classes, and schools weren’t necessarily within easy commuting distance. Students enrolled in the ReVision Energy program are taught by licensed electricians who already work for the company. They get a mix of classroom and practical training on the way toward certification and are paid as apprentices while they are being trained. During times of the year when work slows, ReVision goes to a four-day work week, freeing Friday for hands-on instruction. Students can fulfill other course requirements on weekends or online. Ultimately, Revision plans to hire as many as 15 licensed electricians to beef up its staff, between two and five for each of its locations. A shortage of skilled workers is a national problem A lack of skilled labor is a problem affecting the construction industry in general, not just solar installers. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders earlier this year found that many specialties are in short supply. Shortages were listed for virtually every type of sub who works on a house — finish carpenters, concrete workers, painters, roofers, HVAC installers, and plumbers. A total of 83% of builders responding to the survey, for example, said there is “some shortage” or a “serious shortage” of rough carpenters. Electricians ranked near the middle of the pack — not in as critically short supply as, say, framing crews, but scarcer than flooring installers, HVAC workers, or excavators. Seventeen percent of the builders said there is a serious shortage of electricians; another 43% said there was some shortage. The consequence of a lack of skilled workers, NAHB said, are higher bids from subcontractors and higher wages paid to employees, higher home prices, and trouble completing projects on time. The shortfall is typically attributed to a mass exodus from the trades following the recession that began in 2008 and a lack of interest among many high school graduates to pursue that kind of career. Vocational training has been eliminated at some high schools. But, as The Washington Post points out, skilled tradesmen often earn above average wages. The median wage for electricians is $52,720, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the highest paid 10% of workers in that field earn more than $90,420. Skilled labor shortages were the impetus for the launch of Fine Homebuilding‘s #KeepCraftAlive program.
Search operations continued on Thursday at an opencast coal mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) in Odisha’s Talcher where three workers are feared trapped.A 30-member National Disaster Response Force team is trying to trace the workers under massive heaps of coal and debris. Rescue operations have been affected due to intermittent rain.Mound collapseThe accident had taken place around 11 p.m. on Tuesday when a portion of an earthen mound caved in and trapped several workers. While nine persons were rescued, one body was recovered. The public sector firm had said that labourers working on the night shift at Bharatpur opencast mine in Talcher Coalfields had come under a dump slide due to a strata failure. MCL (Technical/Operations) director O.P. Singh said sincere efforts were being made to trace the trapped workers.The incident was also raised in the State Assembly with Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra saying that the MCL authorities should be taken to task for their laxity, apart from giving adequate compensation to the kin of the victims.
Mumbai’s Lasith Malinga claimed five as Mumbai beat Delhi by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League match at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday. Score | PhotosLike Delhi, Mumbai too lost their opener early in the second over with Davy Jacobs falling to Morne Morkel on 1. Mumbai were 1/1 at the stage. Post that Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu decided to forge a partnership. The two had put 30 runs for the second wicket when Rayudu (14) got run out on the first ball of the seventh over. Mumbai were 31/2 at the stage.Rayudu was the last wicket to fall for the visitors as Sachin Tendulkar (46 not out) and Rohit Sharma (27 not out) went on to score the home run for the team in the 17th over and Mumbai won the match by eight wickets.Delhi inningsMumbai’s Lasith Malinga claimed five as Delhi were all out for 95 in 17.4.Delhi captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bat in his home ground. But, it wasn’t the kind of start he would have liked as Delhi lost early wickets with Mumbai’s Sri Lankan import Lasith Malinga claiming two wickets in the space of one ball in the second over.First a fine yorker from Malinga saw David Warner walk back on 1 in the second over and then new man Unmukt Chand came and went with – bowled Malinga 0 written against his initials in the scoreboard.There was more to come as captain Virender Sehwag in a bid to hike the run rate after a maiden over got run out on 19 in the fifth over when Delhi were batting on 27.advertisementWith three wickets down, Mumbai went for the kill right away and the next man to fall was Australian Aaron Finch. The last ball of the seventh over had him top-edging a Harbhjan Singh ball to keeper Ambati Rayudu on 8.Post those early setbacks Naman Ojha and Venugopal Rao forged a 42-run partnership before Ojha fell to opposition spinner Ali Murtaza on 29 in the 15th over and Delhi lost their fifth wicket on 82/5. And a few minutes after Ojha had reached the dug out that new man Irfan Pathan too followed. He was short of his crease when keeper Rayudu removed his stumps and he was run out on a duck. Delhi were 82/6 at the stage.Then Malinga, who had done early damage, came around to do some more damage by claiming Venugopal Rao (26) in the 16th over. And Delhi were down to 88/7. But Malinga being Malinga, was hungry for more and after two ball he bowled Morne Morkel.Finally, he claimed Ashok Dinda to end Delhi’s innings on 95 in the 18th over. Surprisingly, of the five scalps he took on the day four were clean bowled.
Rio Olympics: India edges out Ireland in five-goal thriller,Rio Olympics: India edges out Ireland in five-goal thriller
2016 Rio Olympics – Hockey – Preliminary – Men’s Pool B India v Ireland – Olympic Hockey Centre – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 06/08/2016. India celebrates a goal against Ireland. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. – REUTERS SHARE × Rupinder Pal Singh struck twice as drag-flickers ruled the roost to help India register a fighting 3-2 win over Ireland in their opening match of the men’s hockey competition at the Olympics, here today.Drag-flickers VR Raghunath (15th minute) and Rupinder (27th, 49th) converted three out of seven penalty corners India earned in the match to secure their first win in an opening clash at the Olympics since Sydney Games 2000.Ireland gave India a run for their money, especially in the second half, finding the net twice through Jermyn John (45th) and Conor Harte (56th) at the Olympic Hockey Centre.Going by world rankings, India (5th) were the favourites in the Pool B encounter against Ireland (12th) and the eight-time gold medallist started on expected note by dominating the first two quarters.From the word go, the Indians started on an attacking note and put pressure on the Ireland citadel with relentless raids.The Irish, on the other hand, were happy to fall back and defend in numbers, depending mainly on counter attacks to stun their opponents.India’s domination can be gauged from the fact that they earned as many as six penalty corners in the first two quarters as against Ireland’s two.India’s first real scoring chance came in the last minute of the first quarter when they earned their first penalty corner but their variation didn’t work and from the resultant build-up Ramandeep Singh’s effort was saved an alert by David Harte in front of Irish goal.Then just a second from the end of the first quarter India earned three more back-to-back penalty corners, the last of which was ably converted by VR Raghunath with a powerful low flick to the right of the Irish goalkeeper.Seven minutes into the second quarter Ireland had their first scoring chance when they secured a penalty corner and John Jermyn scored from the opportunity but the goal was disallowed as the push was not stopped properly.Ireland earned another short corner three minutes later, but the try went wide.India then secured their fifth penalty corner which was beautifully converted by Rupinder Pal Singh in the 27th minute.The Indians managed to get another penalty corner in the final minute of the second quarter but wasted the opportunity as they went into the breather with a two-goal cushion.After the change of ends, Ireland looked a completely different side as they took the initiate and pressed the Indian defence hard in search of goals.The Irish, featuring in hockey at the Olympics after a hiatus of 108 years, in the process secured two penalty corners in a span of two minutes and John scored his first international goal from the second opportunity to reduce the margin to 2-1.India then earned another set piece in the final quarter which was powerfully struck by Rupinder to register his second and country’s third goal of the day.But Ireland did not sit back and put continuous pressure thereafter, managing to break the resolute India defence in the final 10 minutes of the match.Under pressure the Indian defence looked out of sorts and in the process conceded four penalty corners, the third of which resulted in a goal for the Irish.Conor Harte scored from Ireland’s seventh penalty corner after the initial effort was saved by Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.Three minutes from the final hooter, Ireland earned another penalty corner to send jitters in the Indian camp but luckily for India the resultant effort went wide.The Indians, thereafter, played defensive hockey and concentrated on holding possession of the ball to secure full points from the match.India will next play reigning Olympic champions Germany on August 8.Earlier in the first match of Pool B, Argentina held London Olympics silver medallist Netherlands to a 3-3 draw. COMMENT hockey Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 06, 2016 COMMENTS 2016 Rio Olympics – Hockey – Preliminary – Men’s Pool B India v Ireland – Olympic Hockey Centre – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 06/08/2016. India celebrates a goal against Ireland. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. – REUTERS Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger