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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Obama should show black lives matter by hosting relatives of those killed by cops at his State of the Union

The president should use the political theatre of this address to focus American’s attention squarely on the loss of human life when police kill black civilians


Tuesday at President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address, when Obama points for effect at someone sitting with the First Lady as her guest, every single guest around her should be a family member of someone killed by a police officer.


I want to see Michelle Obama sandwiched between Erica Garner – whose father, Eric Garner, was killed by an NYPD officer using an illegal chokehold – and Tamir Rice’s 14-year-old sister, who was tackled and shackled by police when trying to help her dying 12-year-old brother. I want to see Leslie McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother there tonight, and a relative of Tasha Thomas, John Crawford’s now-deceased girlfriend, who was interrogated by the same police department who’d just killed the father of her children for shopping at Wal Mart. Let America look upon the elder Michael Brown, Kadiatou Diallo (Amadou Diallo’s mother), Constance Malcolm (Ramarley Graham’s mother), Sylvia Palmer (Akai Gurley’s mother) or any of the thousands of relatives of the 1,100 or so Americans killed by police in 2014.


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Worker dies at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

Death at site of nuclear accident comes as another worker is killed at nearby Fukushima Daini plant

A worker at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has died after falling into an empty water storage tank, in the latest of a series of accidents at the site of the worst nuclear disaster for a quarter of a century.


The death was the second at Fukushima Daiichi in less than a year, but the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), insisted that it was doing everything possible to prevent accidents.


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Will the awful power of the word 'slut' defeat feminists' efforts to reclaim it?

Perhaps the speed of the internet is too fast for us to control a word with so much potential to damage


It’s been over twenty years since then-Bikini Kill frontwoman and Riot Grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna scrawled the word SLUT across her stomach. In the years since, there’s been a book called Slut!, countless feminist debates over the reclamation of the word “slut” and, in 2011, thousands of women took to streets across the globe in anti-rape marches called SlutWalks – a reference to how victims of sexual assault are often blamed for the violence done to them.


Lik “cunt” and “bitch”, many feminists have long tried to wrest away from its original users the power and harm of the word “slut” and to give it new meaning. Increasingly, though, it’s seeming like we might not succeed any time soon.


For them it was an amazing feminist experience, but it didn’t last. Every single person I spoke to who intentionally embraced a “slut” persona ended up being treated terribly by people outside of her circle, because the culture we live in is so dominated by the sexual double standard.


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Last Tango in Halifax: the latest victim of the dead lesbian cliche

The decision of Sally Wainwright to bump off half of the programme’s only gay couple is yet more evidence that lesbians in TV exist to be sacrificed for the plot


It is not just Broadchurch that has been disappointing fans with its new series: the third season of Last Tango in Halifax has also been drawing criticism for its storylines. The gentle, quietly subversive Sunday-night drama praised for its depiction of late-in-life lesbian romance appeared to have given Caroline and Kate a happy ending, only for a heavily pregnant Kate to be killed in a car accident straight after their wedding.


There’s a disturbing trend for killing off queer characters in mainstream television that includes Under the Dome, American Horror Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ER. The “dead lesbian cliche” deprives lesbian viewers of the opportunity of seeing characters like them on screen, privileging heterosexual narratives and contributing to misogyny in popular culture by using a woman’s death as a means of manipulating audience emotions.


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Harriet Harman dismisses Barack Obama's praise of David Cameron's handling of UK economy – video

Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, criticises Barack Obama's knowledge of the UK after he backed the way the prime minister, David Cameron, is running the economy. Speaking on LBC Harman says: 'Most people will feel that Obama doesn't really know what is going on' Continue reading...





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EU to launch diplomatic offensive ahead of Paris climate talks

Celebrities to front ambitious climate campaign, as army of diplomats is mobilised for an emissions-cutting push ahead of a crunch UN summit in Paris in December


Europe is launching a major diplomatic push for an ambitious deal on global warming, mobilising A-list celebrities and tens of thousands of diplomats to exert “maximum pressure” on key countries in international climate negotiations.


The EU plan, endorsed by ministers on Monday in Brussels, will see 90,000 diplomats in over 3,000 missions lobbying to win new pledges on carbon cuts from countries ahead of a crunch UN climate summit in Paris this December.


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Here’s What John Boehner Said About Joe Biden’s Suit at Last Year’s State of the Union

"He was stepping out a little bit and I wanted him to know"



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Robert Walters posted a job you might be interested in



Robert Walters



Business Analyst

Ireland, IE - Financial Services

A leading Financial Services company is looking to recruit a Business Analyst on an initial 6 month contract to work within their Transfer Agency and lead a project for the transition of new clients.


The successful applicant’s primary objective is to migrate clients from a legacy platform and its ancillary systems to the company’s strategic platform Multifonds 3.9. This Business Analyst will also be involved and expected to lead meetings both within the company and key clients.


Key Responsibilities:



  • Work as part of the Transfer Agency Migration Project team whose primary objective is to migrate clients from the company’s legacy platform and its ancillary systems to their strategic platform Multifonds 3.9

  • Analyse operational procedures, processes and problems relating to client specific migrations. Work with the project team, technology and operations to resolve all GAPs

  • Interact with Operations staff and SMEs in analysing existing operational procedures and interpreting how these can be mapped to the future state

  • Re-engineer processes to ensure that both business and client needs are met and efficient processes are in place

  • Interact with staff in both IT and operations to formulate and implement solutions

  • Help management prioritise workload to meet urgent business &/or client needs and tactical solutions with a view to enhancing/implementing longer term strategic solutions

  • Create and write procedures or BRD’s as required for manual workflow or system changes for Transfer Agency

  • User acceptance testing of new systems, system modifications, static data loads, client take on balances and reporting where required

  • Coordinates work station set up, selecting appropriate technology

  • Instructs staff on new system procedures

  • Provides technical support for system exception processing post client migration

  • Assist data transformation of all static data in the legacy platform to facilitate a smooth transition of data where required

  • Assist in rebate static data analysis in both the legacy and strategic platforms






€300 per day



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Mondelēz International posted a job you might be interested in



Mondelēz International



Gerente de Recursos Humanos - BP

São Paulo Area, Brazil, BR - Food Production


  • Atuação multidisciplinar, interagindo com o cliente e áreas especialistas, capturando necessidades do negócio e transformando em ações de RH;

  • Planejar as demandas vindas das áreas de atendimento em todos os subsistemas de RH e prover soluções;

  • Suporte e coaching à coordenação, gerência e diretoria das áreas clientes no gerenciamento dos recursos e pessoas para o alcance de suas metas;

  • Suporte na implementação de processos de transformação com habilidade de gestão de mudanças;

  • Promover a construção, integração e fortalecimento de times virtuais.

  • Planejamento e implementação das ações de RH, tais como: Plano de Sucessão; Gerenciamento de Talentos envolvendo Performance, Potencial, Desenvolvimento e Retenção; Cultura; Remuneração; etc






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Built To Thrill

On a trip to Japan’s Hanegi Playpark, or “Savage Park,” Amy Fusselman found herself surrounded by “structures that looked like what remained when my sons decided to build an airport out of Legos and then abandoned the project halfway through.” She reflects on the history of such free-wheeling “adventure parks”: A very good resource for […]



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DealBook: Morgan Stanley’s Quarterly Profit Rises, but Disappoints

Legal expenses declined in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the Wall Street bank struggled with difficult trading conditions.

















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Bill De Blasio Pays His Respects in Paris After Terror Attacks

After a meeting with Jewish leaders in the French capital, the New York mayor said that his city and Paris both “understand what it is to fight back” against terror.





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4 Thought to Be Linked to Paris Gunman Will Appear Before Judge

The four men, ages 22 to 28, are expected to be put under formal investigation in response to allegations that they provided logistical support for Amedy Coulibaly.





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Land of opportunity – and fear – along route of Nicaragua’s giant new canal

In an era of breathtaking engineering feats, there is unease about what this mega project will mean for people and their homes, wildlife and ecosystems. Will it bring wealth and growth or confusion and destruction?


Just north of Punta Gorda, the view of Nicaragua’s Miskito coast is much as Christopher Columbus would have seen it when he first sailed these waters more than five centuries ago. On the land, there is little sign of habitation among the forested cliff tops and pellucid bays. At sea, the only traffic is a small boat and a pod of half a dozen dolphins.


Our launch, however, is a 21st-century beast that leaps and crashes through the swells with bone-jarring, teeth-rattling thuds as we speed past this nature reserve and indigenous territory that is set to become the stage for a great many more noisy, polluting intrusions by the modern world.


It’s like when the Spanish came here, they brought a new culture. The same is coming with the canal


This place is safe. We all know each other here. Who knows where they are going to move us


This is a high-stakes gamble. Nicaragua is sacrificing vast swaths of land and many of its sovereign rights


There’s been no consultation, but they are going ahead regardless. This is discrimination against Indians


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How many giant pandas are there?

China is about to announce the findings of its latest giant panda “National Survey”, a once-a-decade census that aims to put a figure on the number of giant pandas left in the wild. Will the figure be accurate?


I once heard a story about a young student who landed a doctorate to study giant pandas in the wild. After two years in the field, he still hadn’t seen one. Even if it’s only apocryphal, this tale captures an undeniable truth: giant pandas are incredibly elusive, which makes them incredibly hard to count. Yet this week, China’s State Council is expected to update its estimate of the number of pandas left in the wild.


Every decade or so since the 1970s, China has had a go at counting pandas. The first census, conducted between 1974 and 1977, alighted on a figure of 1050 to 1100 pandas. The second survey, carried out between 1985 and 1988 with input from WWF, came up with 1,120 plus or minus 240. The third, between 1998 and 2002, gave us 1596 pandas.


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Disabled people lose jobs after Access to Work changes

If you tamper with the support disabled people rely on to work, being in the office with a personal assistant soon becomes being trapped at home, staring at the kitchen walls

You’d be forgiven for having missed the current mess of Access to Work – the fund delivered through Jobcentre Plus that pays for practical support, from computer software to support workers, for disabled people at work. Last year, it seems that the government started quietly cutting the amount of support available, resulting in payment delays and fewer hours of help. But as the changes were never publicly announced, even the people using the scheme are in the dark. The Department for Work and Pensions only just agreed to publish the guidance that shows who is eligible for support – and that was after campaigners threatened legal action.


Access to Work (AtW) is the shiny coin in the coalition’s bigger disability and employment parcel. According to latest DWP figures more than a quarter of a million more people with disabilities were in mainstream work in 2014 compared with the year before.


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Coca-Colanisation is coming to Britain

Coca-Cola may not enjoy the cult status it has in Mexico but modern marketing tactics such as turning the London Eye Coke-red ring alarm bells

In the heart of a Mexican traditional covered market, where chilli peppers sell in every conceivable size and colour amid a fabulous variety of fruits and vegetables, I was stunned to come across avenues of tables and chairs that all looked exactly the same. These were dozens of small restaurants but, like the painted roses in Alice in Wonderland, they were uniformly decorated and equipped. Everything was bright red. The colour of Coca-Cola.


Coke’s sponsorship paid for the menus offering meal deals including everybody’s favourite fizzy pop, the fridges sporting logos and the T-shirts and red Coca-Cola aprons of every waiter behind every counter. But to say the soft drinks brand had a marketing monopoly would be to understate what was going on here. Few people object to this Coca-Colanisation. The soft drink has cult status in Mexico. There is even a church that was said to use it instead of wine for communion.


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Hamilton charge 10p entry as tribute to Alex Neil and Frankie McAvoy

• ’We have designated Saturday’s game as a tribute to these significant 10s’

Mike Phelan leaves post as Norwich first-team coach by mutual consent

Fans will be charged just 10p to watch Saturday’s game between Hamilton and Inverness as a tribute to the former Hamilton manager, Alex Neil, and his departing assistant manager, Frankie McAvoy.


Both Neil and McAvoy worked for Hamilton for over 10 years but Neil’s spell with the club came to an end earlier this month when he took over at Norwich City and McAvoy is set to join up with him at Carrow Road this week.


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Working With PWM On A #BeagleBoneBlack @TXInstruments @BeagleBoardOrg

Enable PWM on BeagleBone Black. via brian code.wordpress I recently figured out how to enable and set PWM pins on a BlackBone Black rev. C running debian with a test image dated 2014/12/19. I got the image from here. The debain version is 3.8.13-bone68. All instruction are from the command line of a ssh session. […]



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WEYLAND-YUTANI CADBURY CREME EGG #Cadbury @cadburyuk

Ghoulia Childs on Twitter: “I like the New WEYLAND-YUTANI CADBURY CREME EGG Recipe #Cadbury” via jwz.



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Verizon posted a job you might be interested in



Verizon



C/C++ Technical lead

Greater Boston Area, US - Information Technology and Services, Telecommunications

This position requires an experienced C/C++ professional with extensive experience in leading a small team technically in the telecom domain. He/she should have hands-on experience in successfully building and deploying products in the market. A thorough understanding of High Availability and Scalability is mandatory. Apart from leading a team, the responsibilities will also include interacting with other functional team like Quality Assurance, Systems Engineering and deployment team.


Responsibilities-




  • As a lead, he/she will have end-to-end ownership of the development and maintenance of Verizon platform.





  • This role requires the candidate to collaborate with the systems engineering to ensure completeness of all requirements.





  • Technically lead the team in understanding the product requirements and implementing the same.





  • Liaise with the product deployment team for all field and support queries.





  • Design and develop new features into the product.





  • Ensure that the product is compliant to all required security and quality standards.





  • Constantly come up with innovative ideas to improve the product.





  • Vendor Management



Required Skills-




  • BS in Computer Science/Engineering, or relevant engineering discipline/experience preferred





  • 12-15 years of product development experience.





  • Extensive experience in High Availability Solutions and Scalable Network Designs.





  • Solid hands on experience in C/C++, Linux or other UNIX systems, IPC, Multi-Threaded and Distributed Systems, TCP/IP protocols, building platform frameworks, building tool-chains.





  • Experience on ATCA, C-7000, or Blade Server Chassis.





  • Experience in Cloud platform – PAAS/SAAS and Web Architecture is Desirable.





  • Experience in Kernel programming and debugging is Desirable.





  • Scripting knowledge in python, perl is desirable.





  • Experience in RDBMS and NoSQL databases like MySql, couchbase and REDIS a plus.





  • Excellent verbal & communication skills.





  • Excellent design skills.





  • Experience in leading a team technically.





  • Self-motivated and driven about latest technology trends.





  • Awareness of configuration tools like GIT will be helpful.







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Westhouse Group posted a job you might be interested in



Westhouse Group



SAP BO Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert

Milan Area, Italy, IT - Information Technology and Services

Stiamo ricercando un SENIOR CONSULTANT / Subject Matter Expert SAP BO - BusinessObjects Business Intelligence.


Società prestigiosa, dinamica, che offre concrete opportunità di carriera e un ambiente stimolante.






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How Many People Will Watch the State of the Union?

Millions, but probably less than have in years past



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What containers can do for you

If you read any IT news these days it’s hard to miss a headline about “the container revolution.” Docker’s year-and-a-half-old engine had a monopoly on the buzz until CoreOS launched its own project, Rocket, in December. The technology behind containers …



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Computer Snoopers Read Electromagnetic Emissions

Researchers were able to track the keystrokes of a nearby computer via fluctuations in its electromagnetic radiation output. Christopher Intagliata reports.



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TV weatherman Fred Talbot sexually abused five schoolboys, court told

Talbot, 65, is said to have indecently assaulted victims between late 1960s and early 1980s when he worked as a teacher

Television weatherman Fred Talbot used his “boundless energy” and “extrovert personality” to help gain the affection and trust of five schoolboys he sexually abused, a jury has heard.


Talbot, 65, is said to have indecently assaulted his victims between the late 1960s and the early 1980s during his former career as a teacher.


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BBC3 'not for sale' says corporation in response to planned bid for channel

Independent producers who propose to keep youth-focused channel on airwaves as private entity told that BBC3 is ‘not closing’ amid consultation about online-only move



The BBC has said BBC3 is “not for sale because it’s not closing”, in response to an audacious bid to buy the channel.


MediaGuardian revealed on Tuesday morning that leading independent producers Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville planned to submit a proposal to the BBC to buy the youth-focused TV channel, saving it from a move to online-only distribution.


BBC Three not for sale because it’s not closing – proposal to move it online is part of bold move to reinvent BBC’s offer for young people.


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Flatback turtle hatchlings studied prior to release in Australia – video

A group of flatback turtle hatchlings are studied at the Aquarium of Western Australia before their release into the ocean off northern Australia. The animals, listed as vulnerable, are only known to breed on Australian beaches. Once they are bigger, the group of 31 turtles will be tagged and set free Continue reading...

















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Meet Nipsey Hussle, the rapper who wants you to pay $1,000 for his album

After leaving Epic Records, the LA rapper had to find a new way to sell his music, and hit on a brainwave – give it away free, but charge a few people a lot. Judging by new release Mailbox Money, it’s working for him


Would you pay $1,000 for an album?


That’s the question Nipsey Hussle is asking. The Los Angeles rapper has put his new album, Mailbox Money, online for free. But if you want a physical copy, of which only 100 have been made, you’ll need to pony up that thousand bucks.


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So This Is Really a Place





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Apple posted a job you might be interested in



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AppleCare Service Trainer (Mandarin/English)

Shanghai City, China, CN - Consumer Electronics

Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish.



Key Qualifications




  • Fluency in English and Mandarin is required.

  • Not required, but preferred, is also fluency in Cantonese.

  • 3-5 years relevant work experience.

  • Minimum 3 years technical hardware repair training for a consumer technology company.

  • In depth technical experience with OS X, iOS and Apple Hardware.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill




Description



Description:

Instruct Technicians on effective skills in Apple hardware repair, upgrades, installations, software product knowledge, cross platform and Airport networking, customer care, procedure adherence, and tools usage.

Maintain training rooms, ensuring rooms are equipped and set up with the necessary equipment to conduct classes, including computers, software, networking, peripherals, and audio/visual aids.

Assist with the development of training materials, particularly in the areas of on-line service training, hands-on hardware repair labs, interactive role-plays, and virtual instructor-led training (VILT).

Customize training materials as needed to ensure training meets the needs of specified on the job tasks.

Maintain extensive knowledge of course materials and deliver courses in a professional manner.

Meet instructional learning objectives through delivery of courses.



Service Trainer Specifics:

Responsible for instructing Service Technicians using a variety of techniques, including presentations, on camera delivery of virtual instructor-led training (VILT), role-plays, hands-on labs, and self-paced study.

Will work with internal and external business partners to assess technicians and develop performance improvement plans for technicians that are struggling to meet their full set of job requirements.

Responsible for translating and verifying completed translations of training content.

Ability to travel, both domestic and international, is required for this role



Education



Bachelor's degree (Education, Instructional Design, or Engineering)

Apple Certified Macintosh Technician preferred.



No salary provided



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Microsoft posted a job you might be interested in



Microsoft



EMEA Incubation Sales – Azure Technology Solutions Professional (902654)

Spain, ES - Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Information Technology and Services

EMEA Incubation Sales – Azure Technology Solutions Professional



Who we are?

Being part of the EMEA Incubation Sales Team, you’ll be at the forefront of new technologies and services landing in Microsoft Azure platform. You’ll drive technology adoption in a sales environment, leading the technical relationship in sales opportunities with Microsoft key customers and partners. You’ll have full responsibility in driving those discussions forward, leveraging great tool like Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC), Microsoft Services Teams etc. to help your Team be successful in a very competitive landscape. In Incubation Sales, our mission is also to provide Insights to Product Teams and Business Groups to help them improve and adapt our solutions so that they match our Customers’ needs in the best timing.



The successful candidate will be a leader building and explaining value proposition for Azure services and supporting sales teams in closing opportunities related to Microsoft cloud offerings.



Goals and responsibilities:



• Become Big Data technologies Subject Matter Expert, supporting sales engagements by providing all-up technical guidance throughout whole sales cycle

• Quickly become a Big compute technologies Subject Matter Expert on Azure batch, supporting sales engagements by providing all-up technical guidance throughout whole sales cycle

• Successfully drive the win rate within assigned Microsoft Azure opportunities through the technical sales engagements (MTC Engagements, Technical Briefings, Trials, POCs, Architectural Design Sessions, etc.)

• Onboard and leverage local and global Partners and animate part of the V-TSP program around Azure

• Develop and execute local strategies for helping other Microsoft TSPs to build Azure technical expertise. This can include delivering local training classes or mentoring TSPs

• Provide valuable feedback and Insights to Product Group, Engineering, and Business Group

• Build a strong foundation for long term Azure Revenue and Usage/Consumption growth, while improving customer satisfaction with enterprise Customers and owning key Customer Executive-level relationships in assigned territories

• Drive a positive and constructive Impact working with its direct colleagues from Incubation Sales as well as the whole Azure TSP and Technical Communities.

When successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate that you have helped compete against Amazon/Google and other competing technologies and you have helped Microsoft grow its strategic product offerings and market share.

Desired knowledge, skills and experience:

• Great communication and relationship-building skills - will be customer focused, action oriented, thrive in ambiguity, think strategically and be self-starter.

• Solid, practical knowledge of the following technologies:

• Hadoop ecosystem (HDFS, Hive, Pig, Sqoop, Oozie and others)

• SQL (including enterprise data warehouses)

• Java (including distributed programming)

• Linux

• Networking

• Some hands-on experience with Microsoft Azure platform highly appreciated

• Learning fast in a vast and highly technical environment

• Demonstrated persistence in finding ways to work around or eliminate technical blockers to adoption

• Fluent English is a necessity; the ideal candidate will also master French, German, Dutch or any major European language.

• Delivering persuasive presentations to both technical and business decision makers

• A bachelor's degree is required.



Position Location: The position is preferably based in UK, GE, FR, NL, DK, IT or SP, but any location in Europe, close to a major airport, will be considered.

Expect 30-40% Travel



Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.



Microsoft’s privacy statement can be viewed on the following web page: http://ift.tt/1danR6l



Staffing Consultant: Samantha Bruckshaw



No salary provided



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Verizon posted a job you might be interested in



Verizon



Software Engineering Manager- Telecom Industry Background

Greater Boston Area, US - Information Technology and Services, Telecommunications

VZLabs is looking to hire an experienced Software Engineering Manager with Telecom Industry Background.


Responsibilities include-




  • Project Management





  • Vendor Management





  • Manage a team





  • As a lead, he/she will have end-to-end ownership of the development and maintenance of billing platform.





  • This role requires the candidate to collaborate with the systems engineering to ensure completeness of all requirements.





  • Technically lead the team in understanding the product requirements and implementing the same.





  • Liaise with the product deployment team for all field and support queries.





  • Design and develop new features into the product.





  • Ensure that the product is compliant to all required security and quality standards.





  • Constantly come up with innovative ideas to improve the product.





  • BS in Computer Science/Engineering, or relevant engineering discipline/experience preferred





  • 5+ years of managing R&D teams with 5+ people.



Required Skills-




  • 12-15 years of product development experience in a diverse set of areas including Carrier Class Networking Product Development.





  • Ability to hire, motivate, retain and develop talent





  • Experience in managing a project independently.





  • Experience in managing third party vendors.





  • Effective communication, organization, and decision making skills





  • Solid hands on experience in JAVA/C++.





  • Extensive experience in billing protocols like DIAMETER, RADIUS.





  • Experience in credit control and charging applications.





  • Excellent debugging skills.





  • Working experience with Linux or other UNIX systems.





  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of TCP/IP protocols.







No salary provided



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Morning Must Reads: January 20

ISIS Threatens Japanese Hostages A video released on Tuesday purports to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless a $200 million ransom is paid. The militant in it also directly addresses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, now on a six-day visit to the Middle East The Ultimate Thirst Quencher Still…



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Watch 5 Years of Obama’s State of the Union Addresses in 90 Seconds

How things have changed



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Was Selma Really Snubbed? Ctd

An insider joins the debate, quoting a reader: A qualified film not receiving “enough” nominations is no reflection of the quality of the film. Instead, it’s simply a failure of the film’s PR hacks’ effectiveness at marketing directly to the Academy voters. It’s not the film’s fault, nor is it the Academy’s fault; it’s the […]



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Obama Hits 50% Approval





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First Draft: Today in Politics

President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address to a Republican-controlled Congress on Tuesday night.





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Lens Blog: Third Annual New York Portfolio Review

Once again, photographers are invited to apply for a weekend of critiques and community, where they will meet with gallerists, editors and publishers. It’s free (and fun).





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