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first_imgPersonal profileOn 21 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Jon Porter has been appointed personnel manager at the charity the Parkhaven Trust, which provides help for adults with epilepsy and behavioural problems. He has 10 years’ experience in personnel management, having previously worked for Cheshire Probation Service and the Home Farm Trust in Bristol, a charity for adults with learning difficulties. What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career? That you should first try to understand rather than be understood. What is the funniest situation you have had to deal with at work?At a dinner to meet the trustees, one referred to another as “our sole lawyer”. In a crowded restaurant, you could imagine how this sounded. If your house was on fire and you could save one object, what would it be?Presuming our cat has had the good sense to get out, our photographs. If you could change one aspect about the industry you work in, what would it be?The perceptions about charities is that they are not an easy option. They have to be commercially-driven to survive and they are professional organisations. What is the best thing about working in HR?The intellectual and emotional challenges that come from trying to make sense of people as individuals and when in groups. What is the worst?Jargon. If you found a time machine hidden in the vaults of your company building, what period in time would you visit and why?Britain during the Industrial Revolution, which was an immensely exciting time with discoveries and changes in society, politics and economics. Also a chance to see the Liverpool Docks bustling with activity and full of ships of all sizes from across the world. If you could adopt the management style of a historical character, who would you choose?Nelson – a daring, charismatic leader with vision and a clear gameplan. What would you do if you had more spare time?Read more books, cook more meals and worry less. If you wrote a book, which subject would you choose to write about?The 2001 Lions Tour – well it would have to be thoroughly researched, with attendance at each game. What’s your greatest strength?Thick skin and a sense of humour. What is your least appealing characteristic?Sarcasm.What’s the greatest risk you ever took?After being hit by a fireball during basic training in the Royal Naval Reserve, everything else seems to pale in comparison. 2000 Personnel manager, Parkhaven Trust2000 HR officer, Cheshire Probation Service1996 Personnel officer, Home Farm Trust1991 Personnel and training administrator, The Mead Corporation Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Rampant Lancers secure first ever victory

first_imgMarshalled by veteran quarterback Will Szymanski, the offense began to run riot. Szyman- ski passed for three touchdowns, two of those to powerful running back Scott Tan; the quarterback even got in on the action himself with a dramatic running touchdown. Any attempts at a reply from the Rhinos were quashed ruth- lessly. The defense shut down the Rhinos’ assaults time and time again, conceding very little yardage and forcing multiple turnovers, including an impressive interception — or “pick six” — from Adam Wong. With two more rushing touchdowns before half-time, the Lancers were well in control at the break, cruising along with a comfortable 38-0 lead. This was uncharted territory indeed. The second half only offered further misery for the Rhinos and further jubilation for the Lancers — with an almost unassailable points cushion, Oxford’s American footballers dared to believe that they might just be about to break the habit of a lifetime and secure a win. The performance of the special team units deserves special mention here, with impressive execution throughout the match; worthy of particular note was the successful kick return performed by rookie Andrew Hartland. By the time receiver Jonny ‘Priest’ Brooks put in the final points late in the game, the time for prayer had long gone for the Rhinos. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%10522%%[/mm-hide-text]Note to poachers: if you’re after rhinos, the Anglia Ruskin variety tend to go down without much of a fight. Last Saturday, Oxford’s very own American football team, the Lancers, took down the Rhinos in a 62-0 demolition — a victory that will go down in Oxford sporting history as the team’s first ever win. Due to a league restructuring, this was the first time the Lancers had ever faced the Rhinos — the men from Anglia Ruskin will be hoping it was also the last. The Lancers won the toss, giving them a rare if tenuous taste of victory, but decided to defer, putting their ‘defense’ on the field to start the game (American football, American spellings, champ). The Rhinos’ charge, however, was a limp one; the ball was quickly turned over on downs, allowing the Lancers’ offense to get to work. What next, then, for the boys in bulky sports gear? Sunday 16th November sees the Lancers take on the Kent Falcons, who will no doubt offer a sterner test than the Rhinos; having tasted victory for the first time, however, the Lancers will be looking to claim their next aggressive-fast-scary-animal-themed victim. The Lancers are always looking for new recruits – for more info, email [email protected]last_img read more

MCS brings out new tunnel oven

first_imgItalian oven specialist MCS has launched an impingement tunnel oven, which will be available in the UK through Benier UK.Impingement oven technology is used for baking pastry and confectionery products, as it has a high flow rate of hot air from both above and below the product. The air flow is directed onto the products, which pass through the oven on a conveyor belt, meaning the oven can achieve a much higher heat transfer than a conventional oven, according to the firm.The oven will initially be launched in chamber widths of up to 1.8 metres and lengths of more than 38 metres long.The firm said the concept is modular, both in terms of mechanical construction and independently controlled baking zones. It offers the options of fully automated damper controls (exhaust and heat balance) as well as steam injection, available on all baking zones.MCS is part of the Kaak Group.last_img read more

Lotus Releases Jaw-Dropping New Album ‘Eat The Light’ [Full Stream/Review]

first_imgAs the summer months reach fevered temperatures, with festival culture in full swing, Philadelphia electro-rockers Lotus return with a new studio album Eat the Light, blessing fans with new material in the rapid fashion to which they have become accustomed. Featuring vocals on every track, the brand new jams are coursing with infectious beats and a focus on big, bright choruses. Mixing up styles and criss-crossing genres, the singing can be R&B and indie-rock, female or male, songs rock n’roll and electronic alike. With the release of Eat the Light, Lotus has clearly expanded their horizons and harnessed a new vision; sunglasses just may be in order.   Lotus saw the ‘Magic Hour’ as it’s muse; the time just after sunrise – and just before sunset.  Focusing on simple themes of the summer sunlight and the promise of possibility, set against a subtle paranoia brought on from society’s growing technological oversaturation, the new record is made from a cinematographers perch. Within the art, a listener will find heightened energetic vibrations and surrealism abound; Eat the Light lives in the Magic Hour. “I wanted Eat the Light to be a celebratory album that people could sing along to while driving down the California coast,” says Luke Miller. “This is the sound of summer that makes you want to dance and raise your hands to the sky.”Listen to the full album below, and read on for the full review.Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Mutlu Onaral is most known for collaborating with another local hero, Amos Lee. Onaral contributes vocals on two tracks, including the album opener, “Fearless.” A song about “the indestructible feeling that propels you to try something new and scary,” Lotus channels a disco  vibe, and rocks out with an orchestral arrangement atop interesting percussion. Later in the record, Mutlu rides over “When Our Nerves No Longer Twitch,” which incorporates yet another of Lotus’ many styles, awash in glitch electronics and Wurlitzer wonder, yet as advertised, brings an undeniable hook and catchy chorus. Billboard unveiled “Eats the Light”, the album’s first single, in January. The opening salvo hinted toward the stripped down, minimalist arrangements, and a clear homage to Remain In Light-era Talking Heads. Vocals were handled by Gabe Otto of Pan Astral, who had logged time singing Heads material with Lotus during their Deconstructed shows. The single and the new direction only hinted at the future.  Bubbly analog synths and driving grooves inspired by early-80s Byrne and post-disco dance culture, “Eats the Light” is more than just a dreamland, it’s a canvas of minimalist surrealism in pop art. Technologic-fueled paranoia, in a world oversaturated by bright screens that obscure art, is at the core of this document.“The main focus was to go towards things that were definitely dancey and really hooky, and as far as the arrangement kind of simplify things and go towards pretty classic song structures but definitely keeping that Lotus groove that kind of goes through all our music, no matter what styles the songs are in,” said bassist Jessie Miller.With a pulsating beat and syncopated bassline, “Move Too Fast” is a fun frolic, with Johnny Fissinger of Philly fam Damn Right taking the vocals; while “Anti Gravity” features Los Angeles’ singer Oriel Poole as a sultry songstress atop an aura of summertime romance. Equal parts rock n’roll and EDM, “I’ve Been a Fool (Toy Guns)” pile up layers of sonics in a steady dthat resolves itself mightily. Embracing a raw and unpolished touch, Jesse Miller really emotes on lead vocals, ably assisted by Otto. The duo also inform “Sleep When We Are Dead,” a tune with garage-band origins, that swells into an anthemic stadium swagger fit for rock royalty.It’s not all new faces and newer voices for Lotus on Eat the Light; “White Light Fadeaway” features Steve Yutzy-Burke, welcoming back the old friend. A veteran of seminal material like “Disappear in a Blood Red Sky” and “The Surf”, Burke’s vocals take center stage as the crew channels the Carribean with a bit of psychedelic energy, atypically big synths and bulbous percussion hover about. The more things change, the more they stay the same, and Lotus can always be counted on to reach for the sky, push the envelope, and take big chances in the name and spirit of the art. Eat the Light, despite its somewhat dramatic departures, does nothing to dispel these notions, instead the music and intention found inside the album only should embolden fans to expect such artistic leaps from this band.  B. Getzlast_img read more

Mexican Army Kills Kingpin In Drug War Coup

first_img Mexican soldiers killed drug boss Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel on Thursday, the first major triumph this year for President Felipe Calderon’s war against drug cartels but one that is unlikely to end spiraling violence. The Mexican army shot dead Coronel, a senior member of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, as he exchanged fire with soldiers during a raid of a wealthy residential area in Guadalajara in western Mexico, officials said. “Nacho Coronel tried to escape, wounding military personnel … dying as fire was returned,” Edgar Villegas, a senior army official, told a news conference in Mexico City. One of the country’s most-wanted traffickers, Coronel was known as the “King of Ice” for his multimillion-dollar methamphetamine business and was a top lieutenant of Sinaloa leader Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, Mexico’s top drug lord. Coronel, 56, was indicted in a Texas court for allegedly smuggling tonnes of narcotics into the United States and Europe since the early 1990s. The United States had offered up to $5 million for information leading to his capture. Troops backed by military helicopters swarmed normally quiet streets in the upscale residential area of Zapopan in search of Coronel, who the army said led a low-profile life moving between two luxury houses in the area. The killing may provide a boost for Calderon, who has staked his presidency on winning the military campaign he launched against drug gangs in late 2006, sending thousands of soldiers, marines and federal police to fight the drug gangs. By Dialogo July 30, 2010last_img read more

Brisbane homes going to auction

first_img9 Rowland St, CoorparooMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoSeller Danielle Bowie is an architect who spent the past five years renovating the workers cottage at 9 Rowland St.The 9am auction is expected to draw a large crowd with a majority of young professionals interested. 3/32 Kirkland Ave, CoorparooWhile at 10.30am, a castle-like property at 3/32 Kirkland Ave will go under the hammer.The three-level Castle Romano, also at Coorparoo, was designed by renowned architect Tom McKerrell.Built in 1973, the complex is made up of the penthouse and two, two bedroom apartments. AUCTIONEERS are dusting off their hammers as the volume of Brisbane properties going under the hammer triples this week.Ninety-three Brisbane homes are scheduled to go to auction over the next seven days, according to researcher CoreLogic.Last week 30 auctions in Brisbane were booked, and 27 results were recorded with a final clearance rate of 63 per cent.Despite the rise in volume across the combined capital cities, auction activity appears to be increasing at a slower rate than this time in previous years.There are 802 auctions scheduled this week overall compared with 916 reported for the same week last year.Properties going under the hammer in Brisbane tomorrow include this entry-level Coorparoo home. last_img read more