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first_imgCareer trackOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Over the past few months, Personnel Today has been tracking the careers oftwo HR professionals. This week we catch up with Duncan McIntosh (right), HRservices manager at insurance company Standard Life – In the past couple of months I have been working in the following areas: Developing key supplier relationships Ongoing work has seen us identify the many (around 250) suppliers who have helpedus source new employees for the company over the past few years. Following abusiness focused process we have now identified just under 20 suppliers ofrecruitment services that we have invited to tender to provide recruitmentsolutions. At the end of the process we hope to have 12 to 14 contracts in place, whichwill leave us well placed to develop these relationships for mutual advantage. Process improvements We have been working for some time to improve the letters and contracts thatwe use in HR. Not only are there issues in respect of legal matters andterminology used, but it is important that for each individual offer made wecan be sure that we are using appropriate terms and conditions without startingfrom scratch each time. It is an interesting HR conundrum in that we need toretain control over the content of the contracts while encouraging linemanagers to be more actively involved in the overall process. We believe ourproposed solution should strike this balance. Personal development Trying to get closer to all the work that goes on in the different areas ofmy responsibilities, I recently spent a few hours on the HR helpdesk answeringcalls from our customers. Despite having worked on a helpdesk back in the late1980s, I found it a challenging experience responding to the many and varieddemands of the customers. It is clear from the calls received that we couldbetter use our HR intranet site ‘Lifeline’ to support some of the queriesreceived. I attended the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland ‘Young Banker ofthe Year’ competition and dinner. The topic this year was ‘loyalty’ and each ofthe four finalists approached their presentation from a different angle. It hasmade me consider the extent to which we build loyalty with our (mainlyinternal) customers in HR and the extent to which HR should ‘brand’ its manyofferings. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Camp Hill hot suburb for Brisbane Lions fans

first_imgThe season started well for the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday and for residents on Watson St, Camp Hill, it always finishes well, with Brisbane Lions members often being treated to drop-in calls from players like Darcy Gardiner (pictured) and Lewis Taylor. AAP Image/Darren EnglandIn Brisbane there’s one street in particular that’s become a haven for star Aussie Rules football players — and it’s not in Woolloongabba.If you’re a Brisbane Lions fan, there’s no better place to call home than Camp Hill.That’s because many of Brisbane’s star players live there. Don’t miss your chance to buy into one of the most popular Brisbane Lions streets in Brisbane when this three-bedroom house at 123 Watson St, Camp Hill goes to auction on Saturday at 5pm. One street in particular has had a lot of love from the Brisbane Lions.Local resident and Brisbane Lions fan Alayne Campbell said Lions players visit Watson Street after the season to meet fans and pose for photos.“There are apparently more Lions members on Watson St than anywhere in Brisbane,” Mrs Campbell said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“And at the end of every season, we get little surprise visits and they come with jerseys that they sign for the boys and ice-creams sometimes, to say thanks.” There had even been interest in the house from members of Brisbane’s AFL team.“A lot of Lions live around our area, and there’s certainly been some interest from that sector,” Mr Hicks said.Saturday’s onsite auction is expected to attract first home buyers and developers, with the house on a large 567sq m block ready to be renovated or knocked down. Brisbane Lions players Lewis Taylor (left) and Darcy Gardiner (right) with one of their number one Watson St fans, Frazer Campbell. Picture: suppliedThe Brisbane Lions have visited the Campbell family three times already, with sons Frazer and Rupert, joining their dad Scott as diehard Brisbane Lions fans and members.However the time has come to move and the family home is being auctioned this Saturday.“There’s a coffee shop just across from Watson Street, and the players often pop in there. It’s just a little hub of Brisbane Lions players and fans,” Mrs Campbell said.A spokeswoman for the Brisbane Lions said Camp Hill and Coorparoo were popular suburbs for Brisbane Lions players to live and it followed that fans would also call these neighbourhoods home.“It used to be Bulimba, but now Camp Hill is the main suburb,” she said.Place Bulimba agent Shane Hicks is taking the Campbell family’s three-bedroom house at 123 Watson St, Camp Hill to auction this Saturday at 5pm and said Brisbane Lions fans and first time property owners should not miss the opportunity to buy into the sporting community. SEE WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN CAMP HILLlast_img read more

Klopp calls for Liverpool focus after Euro spree

first_imgBut having seen his team crash 4-1 at Tottenham Hotspur after thrashing Maribor 7-0 earlier in the group phase, Klopp is desperate for his men not to ease up ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Everton.“We showed tonight that we learnt from the mistake we made in Seville,” Klopp said, referring to Liverpool’s 3-3 draw against Sevilla on their previous Group E outing, when they had squandered a 3-0 lead.“Now we have to show that we learnt from the mistake we made after Maribor when we faced Tottenham. We will be ready again on Sunday and if the crowd are ready to help us, it would be nice again.”A brace from Coutinho, the first a penalty, and an opportunistic Firmino strike put Liverpool 3-0 up inside 18 minutes and they turned the screw after half-time.Mane and Coutinho struck in quick succession, the latter completing his first Liverpool hat-trick, before further neatly worked goals from Mane and Salah took the team’s goal tally to 32 in nine matches.Klopp could not disguise the extent to which he had enjoyed watching his team, saying they had scored “fantastic goals, unbelievably nice goals”, but there was an accompanying note of caution. – ‘Learn a lesson’ –As group winners, Liverpool should theoretically receive a kinder draw in the last 16, but with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid among their potential opponents, Klopp does not expect any favours.“I think it’s really strange this year in the group phase,” said the German after Liverpool ended a nine-year wait to reach the knockout phase.“In the last 16 of the Champions League, they’re always strong sides, but this year it’s quite special.“I don’t think you can often face Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and Juventus in the last 16 if you win the group. And all the others. That’s quite interesting.“(Chelsea manager) Antonio Conte said it yesterday: there are no easy opponents.“I don’t think anybody will be happy when they get us in the draw, so we will not be happy when we see who we will face in the next round. But we will be ready, that’s for sure.”Spartak coach Massimo Carrera, whose team dropped into the Europa League, issued a scathing verdict on his side’s performance, saying his players had “almost played like they were afraid”.But he said playing in the Champions League had been a broadly positive experience.“If we forget today’s result, our campaign went pretty well,” said the Italian, whose team face city rivals CSKA Moscow this weekend.“We knew it would be a good result to go through to the Europa League and we achieved it.“We’ll try to forget this game for now, but we’ll try to learn a lesson from it.”Share on: WhatsApp “We should not think it will be like this from now on until the end of our entire lives,” he said.Emre Can received a booking that rules him out of the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 tie and Klopp admitted an injury that forced left-back Alberto Moreno to limp off in tears had further dampened the mood.“We come to the little shadow tonight that Alberto Moreno needed to get substituted,” said Klopp.“It was a strange situation. He’s a tough guy and if he cannot continue the game, then we should consider it could be something serious.“In the treatment room he was a little bit more positive, so maybe we are lucky and it’s not too serious.”center_img Liverpool players celebrate . They crashed Spartak Moscow 7-0 to reach the last 16Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp urged his Liverpool players not to succumb to the hype generated by their own scintillating performances after they crushed Spartak Moscow to reach the Champions League knockout rounds.Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ shone in a 7-0 trouncing of Spartak on Wednesday, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick, Sadio Mane claiming a double and both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah finding the net.last_img read more

Fairhurst Brace Leads Oly Town Artesians To 3-2 Win Over Alliance

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansJason Fairhurst scored twice including what proved to be the game winner in the 51st minute and the Oly Town Artesians knocked off the Tri-Cities Alliance 3-2 on Saturday night at Black Hills High School. Christian Segovia also scored for the Artesians and Sawyer Price picked up his second win of the season in goal.After being shutout by the Artesians 3-0 in Pasco earlier this season, Tri-Cities jumped out to an early lead when Daniel Sinchuk got behind the Oly defense and scored on a one versus one opportunity giving the Alliance a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.But Oly responded with two goals in less than three minutes. The first was Fairhurst’s first of the game in the 34th minute, getting a second chance on his own shot that Alliance goalkeeper Andres Mendoza couldn’t handle. Then just a couple minutes later, Segovia gave the Artesians a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish when Manny Nicasio’s shot hit the post and landed right at his feet and he punched it home.After halftime, Fairhust scored his second goal of the game when Nate Boatright lifted a pass over the top and he got a step behind the defense. Mendoza came out to meet him, but he got to the ball first and popped it over the top and in to give Oly a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute. Tri-Cities got back in the game with a goal by Israel Gonzalez in the 74th and kept the pressure up over the final 15 minutes, but Price made three good saves to keep TCA off the board and secure the 3-2 win.With the win, the Artesians improved to 3-6-0 with one regular season Evergreen Premier League game left to play. They will face PacNW SC next Saturday in the home and season finale at 6:00 PM at Black Hills High School.The Artesians will play for a cup on Friday night when they face Nido Aguila Club America Seattle at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup in the final of the Washington State Super Cup.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

10 Demo Reel Inspiration Channels on Vimeo

first_imgVideo editors and motion designers – follow these demo reel channels to stay inspired.An incredible demo reel has the ability to inspire and really get your creative juices following. Unfortunately, for every amazing reel there’s a handful of ‘not-so-good’ ones. We’ve rounded up 10 channels on Vimeo dedicated to bring you the cream of the crop in motion design, cinematography and visual effects showreels. We’ve included examples of demo reels from each group and channel below. If you know of any other great sites to find showreel inspiration let us know in the comments below!1. The Best Showreels and Demo ReelsWe might be a little biased, but one of the best places you can go to get demo reel inspiration is our curated Best Showreels and Demo Reels page on Vimeo. Moderated by us (PremiumBeat), the Best Showreels and Demo Reels channel features motion graphics, filmmaking, cinematography, color correction, editing, and much more. 5. 3D MakersIf you’re into 3D animation, modeling, or compositing than you will love the 3D makers group. The group features work from some of the best 3D artists in the world. 3. The Demo Reels ChannelThe Demo Reels Channel is a great place to find showreels from a wide range of video specialities. From motion graphics to documentary filmmaking, they cover it all. They include reels from independent creators, all the way up to epic reels from major production companies and studios. 6. Must See Demo ReelsMust See Demo Reels is a group moderated by Versa. Here you’ll find VFX and motion graphic work from all around the world. The reels featured here are incredibly artistic in nature and display a great blend of both personal and client work. This is also a great place to find some of the best personal branding around. 7. Cinematography ReelFor all the DP’s out there the Cinematography Reel group showcases reels with a focus on video production. Here you’ll find amazing examples of cinematography from commercial to avant-garde. They don’t only include demo reels that use ARRI or RED cameras. Instead, you’ll find an intelligently moderated group that focuses more on composition than camera. 8. Game Animation Demo ReelsWhile it may seem silly to look to video games to get inspiration for your next big project, the Game Animation Demo Reels group features work that should inspire game designers and filmmakers alike. This is a great place to study animation techniques, texturing, and VFX work.center_img 4. VFX RiderAs the name implies, VFX Rider focuses on demo reels with great VFX and animation work. We love that they include demo reels featuring various aspects of the VFX pipeline, not just the finished product. 10. Director of PhotographyIf you’re a DP by trade, or simply appreciate great cinematography, then consider joining the Director of Photography group. This Vimeo group features work from some of the best DPs in the world, as well as amazing color grading and color correction examples.If you’re thinking about putting together your own demo reel check out our post on the “Top 20 Tips for Creating A Successful Demo Reel”. There you’ll find some great tips for the next time you are looking to stand out. Once you’ve created your demo reel be sure to share it and submit it to your favorite demo reel groups and channels to increase your visibility!Know of any other great places to find demo reel inspiration? Share in the comments below. 9. Awesome Animation Demo ReelsThe demo reels in this group are in fact all awesome, and all animation. Only the best of the best work samples here from the world’s best motion designers and animators. 2. Shit Showreels SayThis relatively new demo reel channel was started by Peter Quinn, the author behind the Shit Showreels Say video that went viral this year. The channel mainly focuses on motion graphics and VFX showreels. Peter also puts up new showreels on Facebook daily on the Shit Showreels Say Facebook page.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua US debut in doubt because of opponent’s failed test

first_imgCeltics, Rockets and Bucks eye 2-0 1st-round series leads Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hearn says “we are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon.”Salita Promotions, which represents Miller, said Wednesday it was obtaining more information about VADA’s finding and “will have more to say soon on this developing situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, is scheduled to fight Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.During the promotional tour for the fight, Miller said both fighters had agreed to between 10 and 12 weeks of drug testing in the buildup to the bout.center_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess FILE – British boxer Anthony Joshua (L) speaks during a press conference in London on February 25, 2019, ahead of his forthcoming IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight title boxing match against US boxer Jarrell Miller. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)LONDON — Anthony Joshua’s debut fight in the United States could be in doubt after his promoter said the world heavyweight champion’s opponent has failed a doping test.Eddie Hearn says in a Twitter post that Joshua’s camp has been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that there was an adverse finding in a sample collected from American boxer Jarrell Miller on March 20.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

2008 X-BLADES NTL PRELIMINARY DRAW INFORMATION

first_imgTFA have released preliminary draw information for the 2008 X-Blades NTL. Please read the attached memorandum for more information. For more information see the 2008 X-Blades NTL website at: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0last_img

Trelawny Community Hails School Upgrading

first_imgResidents of Sawyers in Trelawny are hailing the upgrading work done on the community’s primary school by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The project, undertaken at a cost of $21 million, included construction of a new sanitation block and reading room, erection of perimeter fencing, provision of water tanks, and an industrial stove and freezer for the canteen. Clevy Armstrong, who was one of the first students to attend the school when it opened in 1948, expressed gratitude to JSIF. He said the improvements will enhance learning at the institution. “The community boasts a splendid refurbished building to accommodate our children in a clean, hospitable, sanitary and healthy learning environment. It is also a conducive environment for our teachers, who are now more energised to work with our children so that they can learn better,” Mr. Armstrong said at the recent handing over ceremony. He noted that the community has been given a lasting legacy. “JSIF, you have made our dream come true; you have left us a legacy. We will stand by the teachers to see to it that no vandalism takes place, and that everything is maintained and kept to the best,” he stated. “We want you to know of the great significance this is to us in Sawyers and surrounding communities. This is a very valuable gift which will be highly cherished at all levels, and we are grateful to all who contributed,” Mr. Armstrong added. Principal of the institution, Shelly-Ann Griffiths, said the school is a “beacon” in the community and has vowed to protect it for the lasting development of the area. Longtime teacher at the school, Patricka Clarke, stated that the improved and secure environment will provide a boost for the 106 students and six teachers. “I am truly happy. Children will be coming to a very safe environment, bathroom facilities are here, and a kitchen, where they will get warm meals every day,” she noted. Meanwhile, Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, Linda Miller, urged the school community to take responsibility for the “wonderful, new learning environment” which they have been provided. “We are going to protect Sawyers Primary School and we are not going to destroy it. This new school belongs to the community, and we have to take the very best care of it,” she stated. By Garfield Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Irish border dispute looms large over the UKEU Brexit talks

first_imgLUXEMBOURG – The moods in Britain and the European Union swung between hope and gloom on Monday over an intractable dispute about the Irish border — shifts that came only two days ahead of a summit once seen as the last moment to reach a deal on Britain’s divorce from the bloc.After a flurry of weekend meetings had raised expectations for a Brexit agreement only to dash them again, EU and British leaders sought to keep alive the possibility that Wednesday’s summit could see a Brexit breakthrough, despite their conflicting stances.After a year and a half of talks aimed at a smooth breakup, both sides were still dogged by the same issue — how to ensure that no hard border is created between the EU’s Ireland and Britain’s Northern Ireland once Brexit happens on March 29.EU Council president and summit host Donald Tusk searched for a positive outlook.He used a quote saying “It always seems impossible until it’s done” before adding himself “let us not give up.” At the same time, he acknowledged that a breakup with no rules in place “is more likely than ever before.”Despite a failed meeting Sunday between the two sides’ Brexit negotiators, British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons in London on Monday that “I do not believe the EU and the UK are far apart.”Yet a chasm remains over a solution for the Irish border.The EU wants Northern Ireland to stay in its customs union to avoid a hard, policed land border between it and Ireland. But May says that would create “a border in the Irish Sea” between two parts of the United Kingdom — a scenario that she and Britain will not accept.Britain is proposing instead to keep all of the U.K. in a customs union with the bloc — but only temporarily. Tying Britain to the EU on customs would limit the U.K.’s power to strike new trade deals around the world — a key goal of those who voted to leave the EU.“I need to be able to look the British people in the eye and say this ‘backstop’ is a temporary solution,” May told the lawmakers.Insisting that a Brexit divorce deal was “achievable,” May said the border dispute should not “derail the prospects of a good deal and leave us with the no-deal outcome that no one wants.”May is under intense pressure from her Conservative Party and its parliamentary allies not to give any more ground in Brexit negotiations.May’s political allies in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party, stand ready to scuttle a Brexit deal over the Irish border issue. DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said “it is probably inevitable that we will end up with a no-deal scenario” over Brexit.Many fear that any return to customs checks and other controls on the Ireland-Northern Ireland border could revive tensions between Northern Ireland’s Irish Catholic community and its British Protestant one. More than 3,700 people were killed in Northern Ireland amid 30 years of violence between the two groups and Britain before a 1998 peace deal.Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, speaking at a meeting Monday of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, said the delays in solving the border issue were frustrating. He suggested that May was reneging on part of Britain’s commitment, made in December, to ensure that there is no hard border on the island of Ireland.He said a backstop “cannot be time-limited.”“Nobody wants to ever trigger the backstop, but it needs to be there as an insurance mechanism, to calm nerves that we’re not going to see physical border infrastructure re-emerging,” Coveney said.The border impasse makes it is almost impossible that EU leaders will reach a Brexit deal at their summit this week. The British and EU parliaments need to approve any deal, a process that could take months.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, perhaps the strongest voice in the EU, insisted Monday that May should not count on the EU to blink first for fear of losing valuable business. Merkel said Germany wants an orderly departure of Britain from the bloc “but not at any price.”EU negotiators and leaders have said that Britain should not seek to cherry-pick the best parts of staying in the EU without the costs and responsibilities.“We must not allow our single market, which is really our competitive advantage, to be destroyed by such a withdrawal,” Merkel said told Germany’s main exporters’ association. “And if it doesn’t work out this week, we must continue negotiating, that is clear — but time is pressing.”If Britain leaves the EU without an agreement on future relations, there could be chaos — tariffs would go up on trade, airlines could no longer have permits to fly between the two regions, and freight could be lined up for miles at border crossings as customs checks are restored overnight.The EU has said it is willing to call an extra meeting in November if needed to seal a Brexit deal, but only if there was decisive progress this week.“I figure November or December is the best opportunity for a deal,” said Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. “This is a dynamic situation.”As the chances of Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal rise, so do calls from pro-EU campaigners in Britain for a new referendum — dubbed a “People’s Vote” — on whether to accept a divorce deal or stay in the bloc.Several opposition lawmakers, and even a few Conservatives, stood in Parliament on Monday to call for a new Brexit referendum.“We had a people’s vote,” May replied. “It was called the referendum and the people voted to leave.”___Lawless reported from London. Geir Moulson in Berlin and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed.last_img read more

China promises prompt action on US trade pact

first_imgBEIJING — A Chinese government spokesman says Beijing will “immediately implement” terms of a tariff cease-fire with Washington and is “full of confidence” a trade agreement can be reached within 90 days.The Commerce Ministry spokesman, Gao Feng, said Thursday that talks will start by focusing on trade in farm goods, energy and automobiles.Asked to confirm President Donald Trump’s statement that Beijing promised to immediately buy American goods, Gao said China will “immediately implement the consensus reached by the two sides on farm products, cars and energy” but said nothing about purchases.Trump agreed Saturday to postpone U.S. tariff hikes in a fight over technology by 90 days while the two sides negotiate.China has promised to act quickly on the agreement but failed to release details, rattling financial markets.The Associated Presslast_img read more