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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Is there an ideal age to write a masterpiece? - infographic

Douglas Adams found instant celebrity aged 28, Tolkien didn’t publish until he was 46 and Philip Pullman had written 11 books before his triumph with Northern Lights. In an infographic compiled from the BBC Big Read and the top-selling authors from 2001- 2014, BlinkBox Books investigates when authors wrote their most famous works

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Let’s go to … Rye, East Sussex

Next month’s scallop festival is just one reason to visit the pretty seaside town. Exploring the old town’s streets and a trip to the sandy beaches nearby make for an idyllic weekend break, too

Tell me about it

It was probably the jumble of fine Georgian and medieval houses, cobbled streets and views of Romney Marsh that drew writers EF Benson and Henry James to Rye. Both lived in Lamb House, the setting for fictional town Tilling in Benson’s Mapp and Lucia books (as seen in the recent BBC adaptation). Seafood is the other draw: the town is two miles from the sea and perched above the river Rother. Next month the annual Rye Bay Scallop Week (21 Feb-1 March) is on, which encourages local restaurants to dish up this toothsome mollusc in ever-more inventive ways.

I’ll need a drink to wash them down.

On the town’s outskirts, The Globe Inn Marsh is an eccentrically furnished clapboard building with log fires to hunker beside while nursing a well-kept pint. The George in Rye is a smart hotel with a bar perfect for sipping a chilled glass of white.

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Cornish party demands election broadcast

Mebyon Kernow leader says parties standing candidates in most seats in a region or nation should qualify for airtime

The Cornish nationalist party Mebyon Kernow has claimed it would be “absurd and undemocratic” for it to be denied a party political broadcast during the election campaign.

MK is arguing that because it is fielding candidates in all six seats in the “historic nation of Cornwall”, it ought to qualify for airtime.

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Cameron wants to ban encryption – he can say goodbye to digital Britain

Online shopping, banking and messaging all use encryption. Cameron either knows his anti-terror talk is unworkable and is looking for headlines, or he hasn’t got a clue

On Monday David Cameron managed a rare political treble: he proposed a policy that is draconian, stupid and economically destructive.

The prime minister made comments widely interpreted as proposing a ban on end-to-end encryption in messages – the technology that protects online communications, shopping, banking, personal data and more.

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Labour trio sue Ukip MEP over Rotherham child sex claims

Labour MPs Sarah Champion, John Healey and Kevin Barron take legal action against Jane Collins over accusations

Rotherham’s three Labour MPs are taking legal action against the UK Independence party MEP Jane Collins for saying that they knew about widespread child sex abuse in the city.

Sarah Champion, John Healey and Kevin Barron are suing Collins – who represents Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the European parliament – for libel and slander for accusations she made in her speech at last year’s Ukip party conference.

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I thought having a baby when I was 'ready' would be easy. I was wrong

I’ve tried yoga, meditation and pills to grapple with infertility. The biggest challenge is feeling betrayed by my own body

After spending most of my younger life, particularly my 20s, drunkenly barhopping and blissfully kissing my way through Manhattan, I thought I would easily be able to conceive a child when I was ready. Like a lot of women, I spent many of those years being terrified that it would be too easy to conceive one when I wasn’t ready.

I stopped taking birth control pills about a year or so before Billy and I got married because a friend convinced me that they were terrible for my body, and I finally felt like it wouldn’t be more terrible to be pregnant. We’ll be celebrating our second anniversary in April, he’ll turns 36 in a few weeks and I’ll be right behind him in September. I am ready, waiting and practically dying to be pregnant.

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Robert Walters posted a job you might be interested in

Robert Walters


Madrid Area, Spain, ES - Banking

Buscamos un/a Analista de BI para el Dpto. de Datawarehouse y BI de una entidad financiera (contratación directa por el cliente final).


- Control y gestión del proyecto.

- Análisis y control del desarrollo de las nuevas funcionalidades.

- Identificación de carencias y posibles mejoras en los procesos.

- Intermediación entre negocio y el equipo técnico.

No salary provided

Posted January 13, 2015 at 01:00PM from LinkedIn


Thomson Reuters posted a job you might be interested in

Thomson Reuters

Senior Java Developer

London, United Kingdom, GB - Information Technology and Services

An experienced Java Developer is required to join a global organisation, currently the leading source of intelligent information for a number of the world’s businesses and professionals, and a leading supplier of software solutions to the Financial Services. This is an excellent opportunity to play a key role within a market-leading organisation, and the role will focus on the provision of design and development expertise with regards a new application framework crucial to many of the organisation’s software services.

The Java Developer will be responsible for working across the entire development lifecycle to develop applications within pre-defined methodologies and standards. This is predominantly focussed on single page web applications created in Java, Spring and Hibernate using concise and efficient code.

The ideal candidate must have proven experience in a dedicated Java Development role and will have a strong technical acumen with a good understanding of algorithms, data structure and design patterns. They will have proven experience of both Spring and Hibernate, and preference will be given to candidates who possess the ability to write good clean efficient code (eg. in line with Joshua Bloch standards or similar) and any experience of Test Driven Development (TDD) would be desirable, although not essential, for the role.

This is an excellent opportunity to play a key role in a globally renowned FTSE 100 organisation, and no prior experience of the Finance Sector is required.

For more information please forward your CV now or call Bryony Kelly on 0161 924 3692.

£60,000 + excellent benefits

Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:58PM from LinkedIn


NetApp posted a job you might be interested in


Senior Corporate Recruiter (m/f)

Munich Area, Germany, DE - Staffing and Recruiting, Human Resources, Information Technology and Services

The Role

As a Senior Corporate Recruiter, you will develop recruitment strategies by proactively identifying candidates utilizing online databases, job boards, contact lists, and employee referrals, as well as through networking and cold calling using various sourcing techniques. You will qualify and interview candidates and refer to hiring managers to interview and confer job offers.

You will utilize great networking skills to develop a network of people and processes to support a strong pipeline of qualified candidates. To be successful you must be a strong 'people person' with a clear understanding of NetApp's functions, and the ability to promote NetApp to candidates and external service providers.

Essential Functions:

- Develop a large and diverse qualified applicant pool by direct sourcing, competitive information, cold-calling, web sites and referrals from sources in the marketplace.

- Pre-screen resumes and evaluates effectiveness of electronic candidate evaluation tools.

- Interview and screen applicants and conducts reference checks.

- Document candidate evaluation and interview processes.

- Present long- and shortlist to the Hiring Managers.

- Manage stakeholders.

- Negotiate and/or support hiring manager in developing new hire compensation package/offers.

- Conduct employment advertising campaigns and programs.

- Conduct research and analyzes data on assigned projects, including agency performance.

No salary provided

Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:57PM from LinkedIn


Dark-Money Group in Pennsylvania Could Face Fine

Union-backed group failed to file mandatory tax return

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Open Source Hardware advances science,technology @eetimes #oshw 3makerbusiness

Open Source Hardware Advances Science,Technology | EE Times. On June 12, 2014 Elon Musk caused a stir by announcing Tesla’s decision to open its patents. To many, Tesla’s bold move signaled the beginning of an era and an open call for open source. In that same blog entry Musk writes, “Technology leadership is not defined […]

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Hays posted a job you might be interested in


Account Executive (Health Insurance)

Singapore, SG - Insurance

A globally renowned health and medical insurance company is looking for an Account Management Executive to be part of their successful client management team based here in Singapore.

Reporting to the Client Manager, you will be a primary contact between brokers and clients, providing support to the sales team and ensuring all new business cases are implemented accurately and professionally. You will also pro-actively manage and negotiate renewals with current clientèle and cross sell other services.

Ideally, you are tertiary qualified from a well know University, excellent communication and interpersonal skills.You should have at least 2 years of brokerage experience or sales experience, and good understanding of the health insurance market here in Singapore. As you will be dealing heavily with the Chinese counterparts, fluent understanding of mandarin is required. You will also possess the necessary certification from CMFAS, such HI, PGI & CGI.

Interested candidates please apply direct to sherry with updated CV including current and expected salary,notice period.

Registration ID No: R1442728

EA Licence number: 07C3924

Company Registration No: 200609504D

No salary provided

Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:45PM from LinkedIn


Dell posted a job you might be interested in


Networking Portfolio Business Manager

Singapore, SG - Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Information Technology and Services

Networking Portfolio Business Manager Asia-Pacific & Japan

As an Enterprise Networking Portfolio Business Manager, you would be responsible for overseeing the analysis and evaluation of key market information and customer requirements to define Dell's Networking Solutions strategies and identify product opportunities to expand market share.

The position requires indepth technical understanding of the Enterprise Networking products, market and competition. It is also necessary to have good command skills, problem solving, organization agility, customer focus, outstanding verbal and oral presentation skills, ability to work within team and strong process orientation. Proven functional / technical ability and project management skills required. A good understanding of the APJ demography and business dynamics would be essential.

Summary of Key Responsibilities

• Evaluates in-depth market analysis and leads business case for optimization of existing products/solutions

• Develops business plans, marketing strategy, and forecasts for solutions

• Maintains current status of customer requirements for existing and future products

• Partners with product management, supply chain and pricing teams to ensure accurate forecasting, lead-time estimating, and pricing for products under management

• Manages product launches to ensure sales force readiness and optimize P&L impact of product transitions

• Conducts competitive analysis to determine appropriate positioning and product messaging

• Oversees and drives products and solutions through the release process including business case and resource requirements

• Identifies, evaluates and recommends marketing opportunities consistent with product line and solution objectives

Business Management

• Define quarterly business plans for the segment/vertical, which deliver results to forecast

• Provide accurate input into planning process to ensure growth and success

• Communicate key metrics to sales teams and marketing organizations

• Collaborate with Server, Storage and Networking counterparts, driving greater integration in planning and execution for Enterprise solutions

• Drive insights focused on expanding the base of customers buying servers

• Analyze customer purchasing behavior to support the establishment of growth plans

• Support pipeline growth and closure with the Sales organization

• Integrate with marketing team to identify growth programs and execute against them

Product Planning

• Provide direct input into planning discussions around future server products

• Provide periodic overviews and summaries to the segment/verticals and marketing leaders, with guidance on strategic go-forward direction

• Collect and submit ‘voice of customer’ feedback

• Cascade new product information & updates to segments in a timely manner

Sales Support

• Provide the most effective and efficient support to the Sales & Marketing organization

• Provide customers the best experience through visits, executive briefings and other engagements

• Develop & deliver robust training thorough mandatory webcasts, lunch & learns, product call, and other forums

• Deliver concise, high quality, relevant communications – written and verbal - to the sales organization to improve selling effectiveness

Qualifications Qualifications

• 8+ years of Enterprise product management/marketing experience with a track record of delivering measurable results.

• Good understanding of server/storage/networking technologies & solutions.

• Excellent spoken and written skills, outstanding presentation skills. Exposure to present in a senior management environment.

• Strong project management skills to manage a wide range of programs and thrive in a fast-paced and demanding environment, proactively setting the business direction + managing daily deliverables.

• Proven track record of working within a geographically dispersed, multi-functional team.

• Good organizational agility, command skills and interpersonal skills to work effectively across functions and lines of business in a global virtual organization.

• Other success attributes include being analytical, mature, results-oriented, meticulous and customer focused.

No salary provided

Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:41PM from LinkedIn


City Room: New York Today: Flash Your ID

Tuesday: The no-questions-asked city identification card debuts, temperatures will fall, and the police slowdown is ending.

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Latest News: Charlie Hebdo, Ohio State, Obama and Congress

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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How zoology has been transformed by mobile technology

Consumer hunger for small, smart gadgets has had a helpful side effect for zoology - it’s created the ultimate means of studying wild animals at a distance

Wild zoology, a name I have just invented, is the study of animals in the wild. It will have started when it was in our interests to observe what things we might eat and what might eat us. In some senses, all animals do that. But today, wild zoology is an important science. We need to know what animals do and where they do it to understand how the diverse elements of ecosystems interact to make the system work. Robust, functioning ecosystems have robust, healthy animals within them, and everybody should want that.

Perhaps the crux of the problem to getting information about wild animals is that they often do not want to be seen. Few animals do not react to man and the lifestyles and attitudes of many mean that we do not see them for much of the time because they guard appreciable distance between us and them, or operate at times and in places where they cannot be seen – the ‘dense forest’ or at ‘dead of night’ phenomenon. As a consequence, an array of technologies are being developed for the study of wild animals at distance - for example, telescopes and binoculars have been adapted to allow observation in the dark, with image intensifiers and infra-red cameras. Filming them means that we could inspect recorded behaviour time and again, replaying to pick out the minutiae.

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Sainsbury’s snatches No 2 spot from Asda

Shoppers declared festive winners as major supermarkets lose out to discount chains Aldi and Lidl

Asda has lost its spot as the UK’s second-largest supermarket after a disappointing Christmas.

Sainsbury’s reclaimed the number two position as sales at Asda slid 1.7% in the 12 weeks to 4 January – the same pace as struggling Morrisons. Though sales at Sainsbury’s also fell – by 0.7% over the period – its performance was stronger than its three biggest rivals including Tesco, where sales slumped by 1.2%, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

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Gamekeeper jailed in Scotland's first custodial sentence for killing bird of prey

George Mutch imprisoned for fourth months after being convicted of killing a goshawk by hitting it with a stick

A gamekeeper who trapped and killed birds of prey has been jailed for four months.

George Mutch, 48, was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court after being convicted of laying illegal traps and killing a goshawk by hitting it with a stick.

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Blair finally faces Commons quiz over his On-the-run scheme for IRA suspects

After pressure from committee investigating controversial scheme that gave secret amnesties, former PM to give evidence

Tony Blair will face questions at Westminster on Tuesday about his government’s IRA “on the runs” scheme that gave secret amnesties to some of the Provisionals’ most wanted suspects.

The former prime minister is to give evidence to the parliamentary committee investigating how it operated from 1999. Wanted IRA suspects were given letters stating that they were no longer going to be arrested for crimes committed during the Northern Ireland Troubles.

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