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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

UGA and Vietnam

first_imgThe University of Georgia is more than 9,000 miles away from where most Vietmanese college students pursued their undergraduate degrees, but representatives from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences want it to be on the top of their list of possible graduate schools.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently signed an agreement with the Vietnam International Education Development (VIED) program to bring graduate students to complete their masters and doctoral degrees at CAES.“Vietnam is increasingly becoming a stronger global player because of their rapid and sustained economic growth,”said Amrit Bart, director of the CAES Office of Global Programs. “With this program they hope to strengthen their capacity for research and education, and as they progress and develop their programs, this partnership will strengthen our relationship with their scientific and academic community.”Under the agreement signed in January 23rd., the VIED program, administered by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, will screen, select and submit potential applicants to apply into CAES graduate programs. VIED will pay the full cost of attending graduate school, Bart said. The college would benefit from an increased international perspective in its classrooms and labs and would also have ready pool of excellent graduate assistants to help teach classes and perform research.While Vietnam has more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation, the country has a limited number of doctoral programs and consequently, few doctroral degree holders. Vietnam’s Ministry of Education is investing in the VIED 911 scholarship program because the country, which has one the fastest growing economies in Asia, needs well-trained professors and research scientists to bolster their scholarship and research. The hope is that by sending students abroad to attain their doctoral degrees, the country will develop the professors and researchers needed to launch graduate programs at its universities and colleges. Since it began 2010, the program has already funded a number of scholarships but well below their target.The CAES Office of Global Programs plans to send CAES faculty members to five well regarded universities with strong agricultural programs to Vietnam this year. They will meet with potential doctoral students as well as university administrators to highlight the strengths of the college and value of their UGA degreeUniversity of Georgia students and faculty should start seeing the first VIED graduate students on campus in fall of 2016. While there is a great deal of student interest in fields of study outside of the CAES, this agreement will only bring students to study in departments in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.In addition to signing the VIED, Bart and Dean Scott Angle worked with the Vietnam Education Foundation to support further scholarship for Vietmanese students under their scholar program to study at the UGA CAES.“Vietnam has one of the most aggressive and forward looking education improvement program in Southeast Asia with significant portion of their GDP being spent in higher education. The students who would apply to UGA would be highly screened and selected from top universities.“last_img read more

Badgers’ inconsistent performance yields skid

first_imgWith senior forward Anya Covington missing two games due to illness, the Badgers offense struggled to find a groove. The other Wisconsin posts only combined to score 16 points during her two-game absence. In her first game back, Covington put up 20 points against Penn State on Feb. 9.[/media-credit]If basketball is a game of peaks and valleys, then there is no better group to exemplify it than the Wisconsin women’s basketball team.In a season marked by streaks in both the win and loss columns, the Badgers (8-16, 4-8 Big Ten) are currently in the midst of three straight defeats, two of those coming to top 25 teams. While the Badgers are no strangers to rough stretches – having endured two streaks of four or more losses earlier this season – they are looking to stamp out any inconsistencies en route to playing their last four remaining games of the regular season.The largest inconsistency that currently plagues Wisconsin is its offense. While the Badgers averaged 47 percent from the floor during the three-game win streak that preceded their past three games, the team is shooting an average of 39 percent from the floor in their recent three game slide. Although shooting nearly 40 percent from the floor is still a positive for the Badgers, the team is struggling to match the point production that has led them to victories all season.Currently, the Badgers are averaging 59.7 points per game, with only 56 points in their last two contests. Although the offense has recently hiccupped, Wisconsin is fully capable of outshooting opponents. In games where the Badgers score more than 60 points, the team is 7-4, and the team is also 4-1 in games when they score 70 or more – point totals that are extremely necessary for a team that gives up on average 43 percent from the field to their opponents.Although the team is reluctant to admit it, the Badgers’ offensive chemistry may have been affected by the two-game absence of senior forward Anya Covington to illness. In the team’s two games without Covington – both resulting in losses – Badger post players only managed to score a combined sixteen points while the team was outrebounded in both games.Covington’s presence is something that Wisconsin sophomore guard Morgan Paige believed could have helped the Badgers’ seal up a win against No.9/10 Ohio State last week. In a game where the Badgers made a school record 12 three-pointers, the team was severely lacking from within the arc, going a measly 11-of-34 from anywhere inside the three point line.“It hurt against Ohio State to not have Anya in the paint even though we had one of our better shooting nights there,” Paige said. “I wouldn’t say the three pointers we took at Penn State were bad shots, we just couldn’t buy a basket. I feel like in our next few games, having Anya back, our consistency should come back, but it’s just one of those things where you never expect to come out and shoot as poorly as we did against Penn State.”Shooting poorly might be an understatement. Although the Badgers boast the fourth highest team three-point percentage in the Big Ten, that stat was all for naught against the No. 12/17 Nittany Lions last Thursday. Penn State held Wisconsin to 1-for-12 shooting from three, a season low for the Badgers, wasting a 20 point performance from the returning Covington.For Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey, chemistry has no role in the team’s recent struggles.“I mean you obviously miss [Covington’s] scoring but other people have to step up,” Kelsey said. “Chemistry had nothing to do with our offense struggling. When people are missing other players have to step up. Some of the silly plays, not matching up, giving people straight line drives to the basket – you can’t win doing that. Even though we haven’t been playing our best we’re still in these games; we just have to close these games out.”When it comes to closing out games, Kelsey’s words echo the exact truth. The Badgers have held leads in several of the games they’ve dropped this season, including a 10-point lead in a recent overtime loss at home against Iowa. Turnovers have also killed the Badgers, as mistakes in key moments of recent games have cost the Badgers wins.In the overtime loss against Iowa, the Badgers had an opportunity for a final shot to win the game in the waning seconds of regulation. But Wisconsin could not hold onto the rock, turning the ball over and allowing the Hawkeyes the two final shots of the second half, as both attempts luckily did not find their target. On the road against Ohio State the team brought the game within six points in the second half but unraveled with a string of turnovers and missed box-outs, as the Buckeyes capitalized on second chance points.In the last three games, the Badgers have 61 combined turnovers, for an average of 20 a game. Those 20 turnovers equate directly to offense, as the Badgers have on average lost 20 chances from the floor during their recent three game skid.For Kelsey, fixing the team’s inconsistencies of late are a matter of finding the players that step up in big moments.“Our players need to have a closer mentality,” Kelsey said. “Some of our players want me to give it to them, but I’m like, you’re sadly mistaken. I can only bring out what you already have; I can calm you down a little bit but you need to have that attitude when you play. I mean, we have some passive players; you just need to have confidence in yourself. A coach can’t give you that.”last_img read more

Giants broadcasters Krukow, Kuiper reflect on death of mentor

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Hank Greenwald stopped broadcasting for the Giants in 1996, but his voice echoes still.You heard him over the course of three World Series victories since 2010. You heard him over the course of these past two dismal seasons.You heard him whether you knew it or not. Because Hank Greenwald, who died Monday at age 83, lives on in the two smart aleck ex-ballplayers he mentored into becoming top-notch broadcasters.“Every time we saw him, we always thanked him for being the guy who …last_img

Negative for corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The report was negative with soybean and corn production in Brazil higher than last month. Soybean production was above the average trade estimate. Corn production was right at the high end of trade estimates.U.S. corn ending stocks were 2.32 billion bushels, unchanged from last month. U.S. soybean ending stocks were 435 million bushels, up 15 million bushels. U.S. corn exports were unchanged, corn used for ethanol was up 50 million bushels. US soybean exports were down 25 million bushels, crush was up 10 million bushels.Brazil soybean production was estimated at 108 million tons, up 4 million tons. Argentina soybean production was pegged at 55.5 million tons, unchanged from last month. Brazil corn production was estimated at 91.5 million tons, up 5 million tons from last month. Argentina corn production was 37.5 million tons, up 1 million ton.Just before the report corn was down 1 cent, soybeans were down 2 cents, and wheat was down 1 cent. Shortly after the report corn was down 3 cents, soybeans down 10 cents,  and wheat was up 1 cent.The bear camp has been clearly in control this week for corn and soybeans. Earlier today May CBOT corn was unchanged at $3.72, the high for the week was $3.83. The 50 moving average for May CBOT corn is $3.71 ½ while the 200 day moving average is $3.71 ¾. May CBOT soybeans this morning were at $10.16, down 6 cents for the day. They were high earlier this week at $10.36.Demand numbers, especially U.S. exports for corn and soybeans will be closely watched. While many  expected ending stocks for 2016-17 corn and soybeans to be reduced, others were already looking at South America exports of corn and soybeans to increase with record production. That in turn could reduce our exports and allow ending stocks to increase. Short story, there are always two sides of the equation.Traders were looking for small declines in US ending stocks of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Last month USDA had the 2016-17 US corn ending stocks at 2.32 billion bushels, soybean ending stocks were 420 million bushels, and wheat ending stocks were 1.139 billion bushels.World ending stocks for corn and soybeans were expected to increase slightly. World ending stocks for wheat were expected to be unchanged. A jump in Brazil soybean and corn production was expected. Last month USDA estimated Brazil’s soybean production at 104 million tons. Earlier this week, CONFAB in Brazil estimated soybean production at 107.6 million tons. They also estimated corn production in Brazil at 88.9 million tons. Both seem destined to increase based on great soybean harvest yields to date along with higher corn acres this year.Producers have been active the past two weeks looking at their crop insurance coverages to finalize any changes they want to put in place for 2017. So far, few changes are taking place, at least in our office. The deadline for changes on 2017 corn and soybeans is March 15, 2017.Later this month USDA will release their U.S. planting intentions report for U.S. grains on Friday, March 30. Many label that report as one of the most important reports that USDA will publish this year.  On that date traders will focus lots of attention to U.S. soybean acres. Some analysts are already suggesting U.S. soybean acres could climb above 90 million acres. Bear in mind that while we will see planting intentions on March 30, there will be a lag in seeing those acres numbers contained in the supply and demand tables for 2017-18. Those are not published until the May report on May 10 when USDA releases the first supply and demand reports for 2017-18 crops.last_img read more

Box.net Unites with Fuze Meeting

first_imgsteven walling Box.net has partnered with Fuze Meeting to add real-time online meetings and screen sharing. Now the SaaS file-sharing and collaboration suite, which is going after SharePoint head on, has the added component of Web conferencing. For those unfamiliar with it, Fuze Meeting is a fairly slick alternative to popular options like GoToMeeting, Dimdim and WebEx. The company — formerly a public one listed as Callwave — was recently revitalized and now revolves around its online software service. Both software as a service offerings are on a freemium basis, so there’s a complete spectrum of payment options. The limited personal versions are free, while real enterprise use will require an annual fee. Using Fuze as part of your Box account will allow you to conduct meetings, share your desktop (which requires a download), and upload your Box files to a Fuze collaboration space.Box has added the Fuze Meeting support as part of its OpenBox system, which allows users to share their files with a plethora of services. Everything from Gmail to Zoho and beyond can be connected to a Box account, so this is really just another addition to the ecosystem for Box. But Fuze is competing against some extremely entrenched services, namely WebEx and GoToMeeting. To draw in Box account holders, an enterprise user base that is naturally more open to new SaaS tools, might be a big boost in its quest to gain market share. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more