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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Innocent man freed after 40 years

A MAN, who spent half his life in jail for a double murder, has been freed after a judging panel heard none of the DNA evidence ever belonged to him.

















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The View From Your Window Contest

You have until noon on Tuesday to guess it. City and/or state first, then country. Please put the location in the subject heading, along with any description within the email. If no one guesses the exact location, proximity counts. Be sure to email entries to contest@andrewsullivan.com. Winner gets a free The View From Your Window […]



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Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers: FA Cup – live!

World’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, sparks Nazi outrage on arrival in Rotterdam

Jewish groups ‘fought for 10 years’ to stop owner naming Allseas vessel after his father, an SS officer

Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS.


The vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Arkush, said: “Naming such a ship after an SS officer who was convicted of war crimes is an insult to the millions who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis. We urge the ship’s owners to reconsider and rename the ship after someone more appropriate.”


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Japan Seeks to Verify ISIS Video of Hostage Death

An image in a video released on Saturday appeared to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by militants, but the government had not confirmed its authenticity.

















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Follow up: Here’s a 3D printed Tardigrade (Water Bear) by EricHo on @Shapeways @BreathingMemes

Tardigrade (Water Bear) by EricHo on Shapeways. The Tardigrade (also known as the Water Bear) can survive in extreme environments. For example, they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at […]



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At Least 16 Killed in Mariupol as Conflict Reignites in Ukraine

At Least 16 Killed in Mariupol as Conflict Reignites in Ukraine


An open-air market in the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol came under rocket fire on Saturday, the Associated Press reports. According to city officials, at least 16 people were killed.


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Spanish police arrest four suspected Islamic militants in Ceuta - video

The Spanish authorities have released footage of a series of raids in Spain's north African enclave Ceuta that led to the arrests of four men. The video shows highly-armed policemen breaking down doors to enter properties. The interior ministry said the four men belonged to a militant Islamic network and could have been planning to attack Spain Continue reading...





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England warned Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is raring to go

• Darren Lehmann confirms Johnson ready for Tri-Series final

• ‘I’m excited to see how Johnson’s bowling,’ says Australia coach

Darren Lehmann has warned England’s batsmen to expect a rough ride from Mitchell Johnson if they reach next weekend’s Tri-Series final in Perth.


England can qualify with a win against India at the Waca on Friday and Lehmann, Australia’s coach, has indicated that his leading fast bowler is ready to return for Monday’s Australia Day match against India here at the SCG, having missed his team’s first three matches of the Tri-Series.


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Japan attempts to verify Isis hostage ‘beheading video’

Audio played over still image on internet video appears to announce killing of Haruna Yukawa, one of two kidnapped men

​The Japanese government is seeking to verify a video that suggests one of the Japanese hostages kidnapped by Islamic State has been killed.


The video plays an audio recording of a man speaking in English, who said he was hostage Kenji Goto, over the top of a still image apparently showing him holding a photo of the body of fellow hostage Haruna Yukawa. Previously Isis has posted rolling video of a hostage being killed to announce a death.


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Cubs icon Ernie Banks: an eternal optimist with skills ahead of his time


  • Ernie Banks, who died Friday at 83, was first true power-hitting shortstop

  • The Cubs’ first black player won consecutive MVP awards in 1958 and 1959

  • ‘Mr. Cub’ still holds Chicago’s franchise records in several major categories


In the first century of baseball’s history as an organized sport, a shortstop hit 25 or more home runs eleven times. Ernie Banks, who died Friday evening at the age of 83, did it seven times — and all seven times, he hit 40 or more home runs.


The sport of baseball knew him best for his all-encompassing joy — a love for the sport that Banks frequently punctuated with the expression, “Let’s play two!”, as in two games in one day. That smile, that happiness often obscured the simple fact that, by any measure used, Ernest Banks was a fantastically good player. He was so much more than a smile, a nickname, and a tagline.


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I vs AI

A new year, a new annual Edge question: “What do you think about machines that think?” James J. O’Donnell, a classical scholar, contends that “nobody would ever ask a machine what it thinks about machines that think”. He breaks down the question: 1. “Thinking” is a word we apply with no discipline whatsoever to a […]



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Wasps on brink in Europe after Andy Goode’s missed kick lifts Leinster

Wasps 20-20 Leinster

Leinster survived a late Wasps fight back to book their place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals despite a 20-20 draw in Coventry. The three-times Heineken Cup champions let a 14-point lead slip in the final quarter, but still topped Pool 2 to sneak into Europe’s last eight.


Andy Goode failed with a last-gasp drop-goal attempt that would have sent Wasps through to the knockout phase, allowing Ian Madigan to wipe his brow. The Leinster centre was relieved that his four missed penalties did not cost the Dubliners safe passage at the Ricoh Arena. Fergus McFadden and Isaac Boss claimed Leinster’s tries, with Matt Mullan and Nathan Hughes responding in a frenzied last quarter for Wasps.


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Beard Of The Week: Faux Pas Edition

This week brought distressing news for one 3000-year-old beard: The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of pharaoh Tutankhamun has been hastily glued back on after it was damaged, [Egyptian Museum in Cairo] employees say. … It is not clear whether the mask was damaged during cleaning or if the beard was […]



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Report: Teen Girl Pulled off $4 Million Hong Kong Diamond Heist

Report: Teen Girl Pulled off $4 Million Hong Kong Diamond Heist


Police say they are searching for four diamond thieves after the theft of a diamond necklace worth more than $4.6 million in Hong Kong, Agence France-Presse reports. One of the thieves is reportedly a girl between 12 and 14 years old.


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Brrracing competition at cold water swimming championships - in pictures

The sixth UK cold water swimming championships take place at Tooting Bec lido in south London. The event attracts hardy swimmers from across the world who plunge into the icy waters in aid of charity


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US-led task force launches 26 air strikes in 24-hour period against Isis


  • According to coalition statement, 13 targets hit in Syria as well as 13 hit in Iraq

  • Secretary of state John Kerry says prolonged campaign is working


The US and its coalition partners have launched another round of air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq and Syria, conducting 26 strikes since early on Friday.


In a statement released on Saturday from the Combined Joint Task Force leading the military operation, officials said 13 strikes hit in Syria and also 13 hit in Iraq.


Related: John Kerry: tide beginning to turn against Islamic State


Related: Mother of Japanese Isis hostage Kenji Goto makes tearful appeal


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Two dead and six wounded in shooting in Omaha, Nebraska


  • Two women killed at home early on Saturday morning

  • One person in critical condition, two in serious condition


Authorities said two women were shot and killed and six other people were wounded in an early-morning attack on Saturday at a home in Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha.


Police say officers responded to a report of gunfire at a home at the intersection of North 34th and Parker streets shortly before 2am.


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Blackburn Rovers’ Rudy Gestede punishes Swansea after Bartley’s red

If this was Rudy Gestede’s parting act as a Blackburn Rovers player, it was a fitting way to bid farewell. The giant forward’s aerial menace and uncompromisingly direct approach form part of his appeal to Premier League clubs and he illustrated as much by scoring the decisive goal to eliminate another from the FA Cup. Swansea City, 21 places above Blackburn in the league ladder, saw their problems increase at Ewood Park.


Last Saturday brought their heaviest defeat for 20 years, a 5-0 thrashing by Chelsea. This brought a different kind of defensive disaster when the centre-back Kyle Bartley was dismissed, leaving them to play 83 minutes with 10 men. After a quick-fire exchange of first-half goals, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Chris Taylor trading fine strikes, the game seemed to be meandering to a conclusion.


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Eastern European dance revolution conquers west

A wave of electronic music artists from former communist states are poised to become hits in the UK

After the plumbers, builders and baristas, here come the musicians. A new wave of eastern European performers are colonising the British dance scene, as artists combine post-communist edginess with influences gained from time spent in cities such as Berlin.


Many of the names will be unfamiliar to mainstream music followers, but among the cognoscenti there is growing respect for the likes of Romanian techno producer Cosmin TRG, Bulgarian DJ KiNK, Ukrainian artist Stanislav Tolkachev, Polish duo Catz ’N Dogz and Russian producer Nina Kraviz. Even more high-profile is Ukraine’s Vakula, whose 2014 single, Walking With Elephants, reached number six in the UK singles chart.


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Every new restaurant serves the same 'unique' dishes as every other place

I never need to eat another kale Caesar salad again. Or romanesco. Or expensive ramen. Or truffle fries


Eater editor Greg Morabito published “Every Trendy Restaurant Menu” way back in 2014 and I still can’t stop thinking about it. The menu was divided into five sections that began with “tiny stuff you’re supposed to share” and just got better from there: “high-roller bivalves,” “Amish chicken in the big city”, “what a weird uni dish”, “an unconventional riff on Brussels sprouts”. Every single item made me laugh out loud and wince in recognition – and so did the prices, from $9 for “eight olives in a ramekin” to $19 for “burger that’s crazier than it needs to be”.


I’m reminded of it every time I eat out at a restaurant and every time I read a cookbook or food blog because, right now, almost all of them evoke an identical ideal: a bistro, basically, but seasonal, and very sensitive to the provenance of its ingredients. It’s a fine ideal – but sometimes it seems like the only one going, and that’s a bummer.


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When is a crime of hatred not a hate crime?

The United States brands itself ‘post-racial’ but has never overcome its long history of racism, as the murder of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn shows


I saw the story of America in three and a half minutes. They took place on Black Friday, 2012, in a gas station parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida. There, a white middle-aged software engineer named Michael Dunn argued with a black teenager, Jordan Davis, about the volume of the music playing in Davis’s car. Once those three and a half minutes elapsed, Dunn fired ten gunshots at the car, fatally wounding Davis.


Dunn perceived himself as the victim. He has insisted that he is not racist. Nonetheless, no one disputes that he killed an unarmed 17-year-old in an argument that began over the playing of what he called “thug music.”


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What will this crackdown on activists do to China’s nascent civil society?

Even the renowned rights lawyer Pu Zhiquiang has been caught up in the arrests since 2012. But the democratic push won’t stop

China’s civil society has little cause for optimism in 2015. The country is now seeing the worst crackdown on lawyers, activists and scholars in decades.


Since Xi Jinping became China’s leader in 2012, at least 500 human rights activists and dissidents have been arrested and sentenced to prison. Rights defenders, minorities, NGOs, the internet, underground churches, universities, journalists and writers have all suffered severe controls and persecution. The authorities have taken their policy of “stability maintenance” a step further – to eliminate China’s nascent civil society altogether. Xi is seeking to destroy the people’s ability to resist by stopping the rise of activist leaders and uprooting all the nodes of civil society, which has been quietly growing for the past 10 years.


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A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: Etheridge Knight was born in Mississippi in 1931. He began writing poetry as an inmate in the Indiana State Prison during the 1960s and published his first collection, Poems from Prison, in 1968. The capsule biography available on the Poetry Foundation’s website describes Knight as an accomplished reciter of […]



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FA Cup and Africa Cup of Nations clockwatch – live!

Students who survived Mexico’s night of bloody horror accuse army and police

Two who escaped death in the attack on students in Guerrero last September testify to the murderous role of state forces

Uriel Alonso Solís is an affable 19-year-old, the oldest of five children from a poor campesino family. But his grittiness shows through as he recounts the terrible night his college friends – four of whom he grew up with – were seized and hauled off to face a brutal fate that still reverberates across Mexican society.


Alonso survived the horrific attack on unarmed students by state and criminal forces last September in the southern state of Guerrero, which left six people dead, 25 injured and 43 trainee teachers forcibly disappeared.


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Thousands march against Houthi faction in Yemen

Protesters march from Sana’a university towards home of former president Hadi to express rejection of his resignation.

The political turmoil in Yemen escalated on Saturday as thousands took to the streets to protest against the Houthi faction that dominates the country, two days after the president’s resignation created a power vacuum.


About 10,000 people marched from Sana’a university towards the home of Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who quit along with his entire cabinet on Thursday, to express their rejection of his resignation.


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Mosquito Nets for Malaria Spawn New Epidemic: Overfishing

The nets, with holes smaller than mosquitoes, trap much more than traditional fishing nets do and could wipe out stressed fish populations in Africa.

















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Morning Must Reads: January 24

Fuel’s Paradise A majority of Americans are paying less than $2 per gallon for gas for the first time since 2009, and the ever-cheapening fuel is helping put more money in consumers’ pockets and bolster the economy NASA Finds ‘Super Earths’ NASA’s Kepler Mission has found many planets in the “Goldilocks zone,” where it isn’t…



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Hays Specialist Recruitment posted a job you might be interested in



Hays Specialist Recruitment



Senior Audit Manager - Insurance

London, United Kingdom, GB - Financial Services, Insurance



A multinational general insurance company that operates in over 120 countries is now looking to recruit a Senior Audit Manager to join their London based audit function. With a large internal audit team you will develop a substantial amount of experience of hands on management.



You will guide and develop the auditors under you while reviewing their work. You will be the contact point between the Head of Audit and the rest of the audit team. This role would also come with the responsibility for assisting in the development and delivery of the Audit Plan while maintaining and building up key relationships with senior managers across the business. This is an excellent opportunity for a current Audit Manager who is seeking the next step and a new and challenging role and a Head of Audit position down the line.



Responsibilities include:



-Ensuring that key recommendations made in the course of individual audits are followed up and implemented by the wider business.

-Managing the audit resources and producing the audit plans and implementation timetables.



Ideal candidate:



-You will currently be internal auditing companies within the insurance sector

-Strong communication and influencing skills

-A clear understanding of internal audit methodology

-You must be eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship




Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C's, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at hays.co.uk






£70000.00 - £85000.00 per annum



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Readers Respond to "A Beacon from the Big Bang"

Letters to the editor from the October 2014 issue of Scientific American



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