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Monday, January 26, 2015

Grief and anger in Congo follow violent protests against Joseph Kabila

‘I’ve lost all desire to live in my own country’ says a mother whose son was killed in a police crackdown on protests against proposed changes to DRC constitution

Arms crossed and hands on shoulders, Hortense Basila let out a moan that rose from deep inside and filled her eyes with tears. “My child!” she cried. “When will I see him again? Oh my God. May they give me my child back. My son, my Christian. We are poor people. What have we done?”

Christian, 24, was shot in the head and killed during four days of violent anti-government protests that rocked the Democratic Republic of the Congo last week. He had not been involved in the demonstration but had gone out to buy medicine when he was caught in the crossfire.

Anger. It’s a general condition. Extreme poverty, no job creation. This is the failure of the regime

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Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission becomes instant No 1 in Germany

The novel, in which a near-future France elects a Muslim fundamentalist government, tops German book charts in first week on sale

Still at the top of the charts in France, Michel Houellebecq’s divisive new novel Soumission has now conquered Germany, shooting to the top of the charts in its first week in shops, with more than a quarter of a million copies now in print in German.

Translated as Unterwerfung (Submission) in German, Soumission tells of a near-future France which votes in the “Muslim Fraternity” party, rather than the far-right Front National, headed by Marine Le Pen. Once the change is effected, women begin to wear veils in public.

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Novak Djokovic eases to win over Gilles Müller at Australian Open

• Djokovic beats Müller in straight sets, 6-4 7-5 7-5

• Wawrinka defeats Guillermo García-López in Australian Open

• Talented and colourful, Nick Kyrgios is on a steep learning curve

Novak Djokovic will contest his 23rd consecutive grand slam quarter-final after easing past Luxembourg’s Gilles Müller 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was pushed by the 42nd-ranked Müller, a big-serving left-hander who had the shots to rally with the top seed, but the four-times champion was almost bullet-proof on serve and cut the 31-year-old down repeatedly when he rushed to the net.

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Chinese court hears first lawsuit on gay workplace discrimination

Action heard in Shenzhen after ‘Mu Yi’ fired from job as designer when video of him arguing with another gay man posted online

A Chinese court has heard what is believed to be the country’s first lawsuit over gay workplace discrimination.

The plaintiff was fired after he was revealed as gay in a viral online video, and his action was heard last week in the southern city of Shenzhen.

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The Greek Backlash Against Austerity

Over the weekend, Greek anti-austerity party Syriza, lead by firebrand Alexis Tsipras, claimed a resounding victory. Matt Schiavenza contemplates the sizable implications: Tsipras’ victory presents the troika—a consortium consisting of the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund—with a series of unappetizing options. If the troika gives in and writes down […]

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Hays Specialist Recruitment posted a job you might be interested in

Hays Specialist Recruitment

Literacy Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Canterbury, United Kingdom, GB - Education Management, E-Learning, Professional Training & Coaching

Hays Education is currently recruiting for a strong Teaching Assistant for a secondary school in the Ramsgate area. The current TA in this position is leaving after 5 years service and as such has created a great opportunity to join a supportive team. This is a long-term position to start immediately for the remainder of the academic year.

The school I am working with require an experienced teaching assistant to support year 11 students in English. This will be on a small group and 1:1 basis for pupils requiring additional support. You will also be working with some pupils with challenging behaviour, so strong behaviour management is a must and previous experience working with similar children would be a distinct advantage.

To be considered for this position you will:

Have previous experience supporting Literacy in secondary education

Ideally qualified to NVQ Level 3 (though people with the right skills will be considered)

Be able to show evidence of strong behaviour management

Be available for the full duration of the assignment.

All offers of employment are dependant on sufficient background and police checks as well as satisfactory DBS and references.

If you feel you have the right skills for this role then please call John Avery at Hays Education Maidstone on 01622 235680. Alternatively you can submit a copy of your updated CV using the apply button.

No salary provided

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HP posted a job you might be interested in


Presales Solution Architect

Madrid Area, Spain, ES - Computer Hardware

Inside Sales Presales Solution Architect

The Presales Solution Architect will be responsible for a providing Pre Sales technical advice and support for a defined team of Inside Sales representatives in Barcelona. Through a combination of attending customer calls, coaching and providing Product training they will support and drive delivery of revenue goals both across the team and at an individual ISR level with respect to specialist products and solutions.

Performance Measures:

-Team coverage (valid level of opportunities across team) -CRM data quality

-Quota attainment of team/individual relating to specific solutions or products

-Coaching activity (valid level of coached calls)

-Program execution

-ISR Product knowledge development

-Team attach rates (TS and add-ons)

Key Relationships:

-Inside Sales reps

-HP Presales (field- and office-based)

-Field Sales

-Channel Partners


Key Responsibilities:

-Drive team revenue achievement on product lines through customer engagement, call coaching and product knowledge up-skilling across ISRs.

- Drive revenue goal based on individual ISR revenues on product specialism (penetration/attach rate)

- Achieve agreed volumes of customer calls either jointly with ISR or independently to add Presales input to opportunities – aim to maximise solution uptake including associated services.

-Maintains a level of technical depth in one or more product / solution areas.

-Proactive self-development – HP Products, HP communications, Industry trends, competitor activity

-Call coaching ISRs to maximum product / solution penetration and enhance ISR’s product knowledge --Provide regular product/solution Training via 1:1 sessions, workshops & team meeting rollouts to ensure ISRs are maintaining the latest knowledge of HP’s Portfolio.

-Present products/solutions either remotely or face to face to customers in support of opportunity/ISR

-Support manager in continual development of ISRs with respect product/solution knowledge

-Support L&D when required with respect product/solution training.

-Form key relationships with HP presales to achieve alignment with wider HP presales goals and working methods.

-Gathers and assesses customer technical needs;Identifies related needs (lead generation, opportunity expansion) ---Identifies site-specific parameters and constraints that impact the solution

-Identifies probable competition

-Solicits inputs from other experts as required

-Investigates and optimizes a solution's fit to the requirements of an opportunity

-Adapts solution design to new requirements

-Establishes the validity of a solution and its components

-Generates an implementation plan with timelines for the solution

-Creates the appropriate test plan as required

-Anticipates some of the potential challenges for the proposed project plan

-Assists peers in area of expertise as needed

-Maintains excellent communications with customers

-Advances opportunities through the use of effective consultative selling techniques

-Builds customer loyalty through being a trusted advisor -Partners effectively with others in the account to ensure problem resolution and customer satisfaction

-Actively supports the account team with solution advice, proposals, presentations, and other customer communications

-Engages appropriate additional technical resources as needed

-Provides support to deals in the pipeline where needed

-Contributions have some impact in assigned territory or Regional BU


Education and Experience Required:

Technical University or Bachelor's degree preferred Typically 3-5 years experience in technical selling

Technical and/or solution experience in industry

Knowledge and Skills Required:

HP Portfolio knowledge

Demonstrates a basic knowledge of HP solutions, including HP Services

Demonstrates strong technical capabilities in assigned area of specialization

Understands data business center components and how IT is used to address business needs

Demonstrated ability to work as a contributing team member for large complex projects

Has a high level understanding of the HP product roadmaps for BU's within area of specialization

Has demonstrated hands-on level skills with some of the technology

Understands basic financial and accounting concepts

Understands customer value chain concepts

Understands basic business structures and processes in assigned area of responsibility

Demonstrates good questioning techniques and related communications skills

Strong technical selling skills

No salary provided

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Police urge Google to tweak 'stalking app' and campaign to turn off feature

Authorities claim popular mobile app Waze poses a threat to cops by warning drivers when officers are nearby

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry’s most popular mobile apps could put officers’ lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked.

Waze, which Google purchased for $966m in 2013, is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free service for real-time traffic guidance and warnings about nearby congestion, car accidents, speed traps or traffic cameras, construction zones, potholes, stalled vehicles or unsafe weather conditions.

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Britons warned to take care as more wintry weather is forecast

Met Office issues yellow warning for north of England and calls for public to be aware of possible disruption to travel

Britons have been warned to take extra care as cold weather, strong winds and snow sweep across the country this week.

The Met Office on Monday issued a yellow warning for the north of England – which means be aware – and called for the public to be aware of possible disruption to travel.

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Legal highs and prescription drugs face ban in English and Welsh prisons

Justice secretary gets new powers in bid to crackdown on substance misuse linked to rising violence and self-harm in jails

The justice secretary will be able to ban any legal drug inside prisons, including prescription drugs and “legal highs”, under a crackdown to start this week.

Chris Grayling linked the rising use of “legal highs” behind bars to more cases of assault and self-harm in jails in England and Wales. In a speech at the Centre for Social Justice thinktank on Monday, he said: “We will take a zero-tolerance approach to stamping out their use.”

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Nutella not a girl’s name, French court rules

Child renamed Ella after court decides parents’ original choice would cause ‘mockery or disobliging remarks’

A French court has barred a couple from naming their daughter Nutella after the popular hazelnut chocolate spread.

The unusual choice of name by the couple from Valenciennes, in northern France, was noticed by the registrar who recorded the baby’s birth last September. He alerted the local prosecutor who referred the case to a family court judge.

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Gary Glitter fan’s mother tells court of alleged sexual assault

Singer asked child to sit on his lap, forced her to kiss him and put his hand up her skirt, jury at Southwark crown court told

A mother of a 13-year-old schoolgirl fan of Gary Glitter wept as she told a court she had taken her daughter to meet the star backstage as a “surprise” after a concert.

Her idol asked her to sit on his lap, forced her to kiss him and put his hand up her skirt when they were alone in his dressing room, the jury was told.

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Care workers: the other side of the story

My wife’s care workers were a delight despite being let down by an unfair system. Why won’t politicians talk about that as the election approaches?

There have been a lot of bad news stories about care homes and care workers. Our experience has been very different. The care workers were wonderful. But the system that arranges care does not treat them fairly. Reform is urgent. Yet it hardly figures among the issues our politicians will be talking about in the buildup to the election.

My wife, Hilary, was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. She died in the first week of January this year. I looked after her at home for as long as I could.

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Alabama same-sex marriages on hold despite judge's ruling overturning ban

Federal judge puts temporary hold on her decision to allow gay marriages in the state, but says she won’t wait for US supreme court to decide

A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?

US district judge Callie V S Granade on Sunday refused the Alabama attorney general’s request to put her ruling on hold until the US supreme court takes up the issue of gay marriage later this year. However, Granade did issue a 14-day stay to give the state time to ask the 11th US circuit court of appeals for a lengthier delay.

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Hays Specialist Recruitment posted a job you might be interested in

Hays Specialist Recruitment

FP&A Controller

Coventry, United Kingdom, GB - Automotive

Hays are working in partnership with a large listed PLC who are seeking to appoint a Financial Planning & Analysis controller to join their finance team,

Reporting into the head of the department you will be responsible for financial analysis, trending and forecasting. This role provides profound information ensuring a solid analysis to forecast future developments and controls to the business to drive and inherent key performance indicators.

The ideal chosen candidate will be a qualified accountant being ICAEW, ACCA or CIMA with a commercial background and excellent communication and analytical skills.

Apply online or contact Gino Lombardi on 0121 212 3301

No salary provided

Posted January 26, 2015 at 03:37PM from LinkedIn


Apple, Inc posted a job you might be interested in

Apple, Inc

Service Specialist - Retail Customer Service (US)

Portland, Oregon Area, US - Retail

Job Summary

As an Apple Service Specialist, after customers purchase our products, you're the one who helps them get more out of their new Apple technology. Your day in the Apple Store is filled with a range of focused support and retail customer service tasks. Whether you're helping customers get started with the Mac or finding answers to their questions about other Apple devices, you're ready to share knowledge and provide exceptional assistance. You gain satisfaction from bringing resolution and insight to each customer, elevating his or her relationship with Apple to the next level.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to assess customers' support needs when they arrive, then provide solutions or refer them to other team members

  • Flexibility to regularly rotate through different technical specialties and skill sets

  • Ability to thrive on change as products evolve


As an Apple Service Specialist, you help new owners get started and current ones get quick, efficient support - developing strong, positive relationships with Apple. When a customer needs assistance, you quickly assess their situation. Sometimes you take care of customers with advice or a solution on the spot, using your knowledge of current Apple technology to help with iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices. At other times, you refer customers to support team members who get them up and running again. You even provide personal training for new customers, helping them acquire the basic skills they need to get started on photo, video, and music projects. The entire store team benefits from your commitment to providing the best care for customers. By helping Apple maintain strong relationships with customers, the Apple Service Specialist is instrumental to our success.

Additional Information

  • You have excellent time management skills and can make decisions quickly.

  • You maintain composure and customer focus while troubleshooting and solving issues.

  • You reassure customers when delivering product diagnoses and potential solutions.

  • You'll need to be flexible with your schedule. Your work hours will be based on business needs.

Apple is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Posted January 26, 2015 at 03:25PM from LinkedIn


EMC posted a job you might be interested in


Associate Area Finance Rep

Greater Atlanta Area, US - Information Technology and Services

Drives account growth to targeted credit-worthy lease customers to achieve revenue goals in assigned geography, segment and/or product area. Structures and prices complex transactions with in depth knowledge of lease vs. buy and types of leases. Accountable for managing a portfolio of leases and initiating new leases or renewals. Works with sales account teams and educates them on the benefits of leasing. Asset management duties include the sales, lease or license of software compliance products (software licenses) and related software maintenance. In addition to sales background incumbents must have solid understanding of financial concepts.

  • Responsible for implementation of demand creation programs and initiatives established by the Global Financial Services Organization in a specific assigned geography

  • Works with the local direct and indirect sales organization to identify opportunities to implement direct EMC leases with customers, as well as opportunities to swap out non-EMC storage as well as existing EMC storage

  • Responsible for the identification of opportunities with end users to drive revenue for EMC through partnering with local third party Lessors and Resellers in order to get business from their imbedded client base

  • Will work closely with the entire local sales organization in order to proactively participate in structuring transactions in order to maximize EMC's revenues and margins

No salary provided

Posted January 26, 2015 at 03:25PM from LinkedIn


Cognizant Technology Solutions posted a job you might be interested in

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Enterprise Architect - IT Infrastructure Services - Any US Major Metro

Greater Boston Area, US - Information Technology and Services, Management Consulting

Enterprise Architect – IT Infrastructure Services

About Cognizant

Headquartered in Teaneck, NJ and ranked among the world’s fastest growing & most admired companies, Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology (IT), consulting, and business process outsourcing services dedicated to helping the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, S&P 500, Fortune 500 and ranks 12th on Forbes 2013 list of America's 25 fastest growing technology companies. Over the last decade, Cognizant has posted a compound annual revenue growth rate (CAGR) of more than 40% and currently employs more than 162,700 associates at locations in 21 different countries.

For more about Cognizant please visit our web site:

About Cognizant’s IT Infrastructure Services Business

With over 14,000 associates, 12 delivery centers, 15 supported service desk languages, 4 data centers, an active customer base of over 400 clients (including all major industries serviced by Cognizant) and double-digit Year/Year growth, Cognizant’s IT Infrastructure Services (ITIS) business delivers significant value to its clients by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of their IT operations. Current ITIS Solutions include:

· Consulting & Professional Services - With tested methodologies and frameworks for assessing, designing and building a modern, more dynamic infrastructure that aligns with industry best practices, clients benefit from our unique combination of onsite expertise and project management, offshore cost advantage, and high-quality virtual delivery.

· Managed Services - Our flexibility, operations maturity and modular solutions can reduce administrative overhead by delivering consistent and measurable infrastructure improvements, freeing our client’s talent to focus on strategic opportunities. Our next-generation Remote Infrastructure Management 2.0 service features our automated OnTarget™ platform which makes every aspect of global infrastructure transparent.

· Integrated Solutions - Our Integrated Solutions group solves business challenges with end-to-end managed solutions that encompass entire IT infrastructure from hardware and software, to operating systems and applications, to processes and people.

Position Description: Enterprise Architect:

Primary Responsibility:

The Enterprise Architect is a leader in strategy and innovation in the evaluation of existing systems and technologies and development of strategic solutions and blueprints to solve stated business challenges facing a n Enterprise Architecture infrastructure. The incumbent will focus on a service oriented architecture style to lead enterprise wide design, research, testing and evaluation of new technologies that improve and enhance Enterprise Systems reliability, availability and serviceability. The architect will collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure that technology decisions and blueprints align with the overall Enterprise Architecture Framework.

Knowledge/Skills/Ability Summary:

The Enterprise Architect has:

· Excellent knowledge of database solutions, application services, messaging backbone, application integration and architecture patterns and can provide architecture, installation, maintenance, and operation planning of the server and storage infrastructure for Cognizant’s global managed service customers.

· Deep expertise around industry best practices in the various aspects of IT, technology trends, enterprise operations knowledge and the ability to develop solutions to implement key business strategies and develop complete architectures according to customer requirements and provide migratory solutions for transformation into data center managed services

· Strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills with technical organizations and management teams and write operational policy and procedures

· Ability to:

o Oversee vendor communications and quote requests

o Establish rapport and drive consensus and change at all levels of the organization.

o Communicate technical info and ideas so others will understand.

o Make appropriate decisions considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions.

o Apply varying leadership skills and traits that create solutions and results to unexpected situations.

o Successfully work and promote inclusiveness in small groups and provide continuous support.

Job Complexity:

· Directs the overall strategy, architecture and process improvements for the Enterprise Service Platform.

· Implements best practices; assessment of new technologies; implementation of POCs; capacity planning; performance tuning.

· Maintains an organization-wide view current and future business and application architecture in support of goals and objectives.

· Identifies business requirements that affect the enterprise architecture and provide solutions that integrate into the overall architectural vision and strategy.

Provides leadership and expertise in the development of standards, architectural governance, design patterns and IT practices.

Cognizant is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. If you require accessibility assistance applying for open positions in the US please send an email with your request to


Job Requirements

Top Priority Skills:

- Excellent written and spoken communication skills

- Ability to clearly explain and justify ideas when faced with competing alternatives

- Ability to concisely illustrate concepts in words and diagrams

- Ability to learn quickly and apply new knowledge in a fast-paced, ever-changing technical environment

- Strong understanding enterprise and service design patterns and best practices

- Enterprise application integration (EAI) experience

- Prior experience designing fault tolerant (ideally self-healing) systems

- Prior experience designing highly scalable systems

Desired Skills:

- Prior cloud experience strongly desired, particularly in an enterprise setting

- Prior experience with payment processing is a plus

- Prior experience with PCI-DSS is a plus

- Prior experience designing multi-tenant systems strongly desired

- Understanding of basic algorithms and data structures (e.g., capable of simple trade-off analyses)

- Basic business analyst skills ­ should be able to create technical specifications from imprecise business requirements

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Requirements

- Strong working knowledge of SOA design patterns and best practices

- Prior experience working in a contract-driven software environment a strong plus

Technology Requirements

- Experience selecting and using Message Queues

- Knowledge of Linux (e.g. RHEL, Ubuntu, CentOS)

Administration and Development Environment Skills

- Good troubleshooting skills

- Basic server administration skills

- Experience with version control systems

- Experience with Continuous Integration tools

- Experience with Continuous Delivery is a plus

SDLC Skills

- Experience with Agile Development Methodologies and Practices

- Worked in an Onsite-Off Shore model


High school diploma or equivalent required. BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field preferred. 3+ years of progressively responsible Enterprise Architecture experience.

If interested in the position, contact:

Cognizant is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Cognizant is committed to ensuring that all current and prospective associates are afforded equal opportunities and treatment and a work environment free of harassment.


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Posted January 26, 2015 at 03:16PM from LinkedIn


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The Limits Of New Scientism

Steven Shapin explores the question of whether or not science can make us good. He notes that while modern iterations have shorn religion of its claims to authority, “the ambitions of the new scientism may be self-limiting”: Different scientists draw different moral inferences from science. Some have concluded that it is natural and good to […]

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How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys #makerbusiness

Earlier this month, Fast Company published an article about Lego’s recent transition back into the spotlight and what the company will do next. Every September, largely unbeknownst to the rest of the company, a group of around 50 Lego employees descends upon Spain’s Mediterranean coast, armed with sunblock, huge bins of Lego bricks, and a […]

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EVA Foam Vs. Sintra for Cosplay Armor

Sabine Wren is one of the leads in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The Mandalorian’s costume is a cool mix of fabric and armor, and that armor is decorated with flair to match Sabine’s artistic skills. Cosplayer Kate Suilon decided to make a Sabine costume, and since it was her first time making armor, […]

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The Face Is An Entryway to The Self

What happens in the brain when you see—really “see”—a friend's smile or scowl

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Journalist in Argentina, Fearing for His Safety, Flees to Israel

Damian Pachter, who broke the story of the death of a prosecutor investigating the bombing of a Jewish center, said he was being followed.

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Syriza forms government with rightwing Independent Greeks party

Radical leftists form government with populist rightwing party after only an hour of coalition negotiations

• Greece election aftermath – live updates

• Greek election: submit questions for our experts

A new chapter in Greece’s uphill struggle to remain solvent – and in the eurozone – has begun in earnest as anti-austerity politicians assumed the helm of government following the radical left Syriza party’s spectacular electoral victory on Sunday night.

Ushering in the new era, Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister-designate, announced that he would not be sworn in, as tradition dictates, in the presence of Archbishop Iernonymos but would instead take the oath of office in a civil ceremony. At 40, he becomes the country’s youngest premier in modern times.

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'Extreme' blizzard bears down on US east coast with record snowfall possible

New York, Boston and Philadelphia could be buried under more than two feet of snow by Wednesday with winds up to 70 mph forecast

Light snow flurries began to swirl early Monday morning ahead of what New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has warned could be a “potentially historic” snowstorm.

The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings along the US east coast from central New Jersey to the Canadian border, effective through Tuesday. The storm is expected to strike just before the evening commute on Monday and intensify overnight. New Yorkers are being told to brace for powerful winds that could topple power lines and tree limbs, and extremely low visibility. The blizzard could dump two to three feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Connecticut

29 Million people under #Blizzard Warning: |

Update from Western Mass: This is how Northampton prepares for a snowstorm. #blizzardof2015

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including Paris fashion, the end of all male leadership in the UK Church, Republic Day in India with Obama, and some happy cars in Kiev

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Huge asteroid set to fly past Earth – get that telescope ready for Monday

  • Nasa says asteroids pass Earth often, but size of 2004 BL86 is unusual

  • Another object of comparable scale isn’t scheduled to pass for another 12 years

The closest pass to Earth by a large asteroid until 2027 is due to happen on Monday, according to Nasa, which said the half-kilometre wide object posed no danger to the planet.

The asteroid, which is called 2004 BL86, will pass within 745,000 miles of Earth – around three times the distance to the Moon – meaning it will be visible from the surface with telescopes or even binoculars.

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Inside Transnistria, the breakaway nation loyal to Russia – in pictures

Transnistrian-born photographer Anton Polyakov captures daily life in the pro-Russian territory that declared independence from Moldova in 1990, but remains unrecognised by most of the world

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Hi, prime minister, Robert at GCHQ here. It’s these terror stories – they terrify me …

A hoax caller claiming to be security head Robert Hannigan has got through to David Cameron. Is this how their chat went?

With the terror threat high and the security services on full alert, you’d have thought it would be quite tricky for a member of the public to have a private chat with the prime minister on the phone. Apparently not. First things first – you can warm up gently by phoning GCHQ and asking for the phone number of its chief, Robert Hannigan. Once you’ve built up your confidence, why not call the Downing Street switchboard and pretend to be Hannigan? Here’s how the conversation went.

Prank caller: Is that you, Dave?

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Cognizant Technology Solutions posted a job you might be interested in

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Lead MDM Business Analyst

Dallas/Fort Worth Area, US - Information Technology and Services, Management Consulting

Cognizant Technology Solutions is looking for a Lead MDM Business Analyst for an immediate need. The candidate should have good experience in developing specifications for data cleansing. Should have experience in Pre-sales and Project Delivery.

Location: Irving, TX

Required skills:

1. Strong experience as Business Analyst

2. Experience in Requirement gathering and analysis

3. Experience in Master Data Management competency building

4. Experience in Design and solution architecture

5. Good experience in MDM Hub

6. Knowledge in Metadata Management will be an advantage

Preferred Skills

1. Experience in all phases of project from requirement gathering to project delivery

2. Demonstrated experience in reviewing design approach and solution architecture

3. Strong Verbal and written communication skills

4. Experience in CRM domain will be advantage

Cognizant is a leading provider of Information Technology, Consulting, IT Infrastructure, and Business Process Outsourcing services. Cognizant’s single-minded mission is to dedicate our business process and technology innovation know-how, deep industry expertise, and worldwide resources to working together with customers to make their businesses stronger. As a customer-centric, relationship-driven partner, we are redefining the way companies experience and benefit from global services. Our unique delivery model is infused with a distinct culture of high customer satisfaction. Cognizant delivers a trusted partnership, cost reductions and business results.

Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500. Cognizant is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.

Cognizant Technology Solutions is an EEO M/F/V/H.


Cognizant is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. If you require accessibility assistance applying for open positions in the US please send an email with your request to


Graduates/Post Graduates with 4-7 years of experience

No salary provided

Posted January 26, 2015 at 03:14PM from LinkedIn


Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd posted a job you might be interested in

Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd

Nuclear Safety Case Specialist (Senior/Principal)

Manchester, United Kingdom, GB - Oil & Energy, Renewables & Environment

An exciting opportunity exists for a Safety Case Specialist to join an expanding Safety, Environmental and Risk Management Consultancy. With clients in the defence, nuclear, transport and chemical industry, the Company has offices UK wide.

The Company has developed an excellent reputation of being one of the leaders in its sector delivering cost effective solutions by liaising closely with clients, to fully understand their requirements. Services range from full project management as part of an integrated project team through to detailed assessment and consultancy advice.

The Company has now reached the position where it is looking to expand the breadth and depth of services provided and seeks professional and dynamic individuals to join the Company and support its continued growth and reputation. In return the Company offers a unique environment to develop both professionally and personally.

Role and Responsibilities:

As a Specialist you will be responsible for the following:

* Producing safety reports and associated assessments at our offices, and at the offices of clients;

* The successful delivery of proposals and projects;

* Supporting business development to assist in the growth of the company.


The preferred candidate will ideally have experience of supporting the production of safety cases in accordance with the requirements of client's safety case methodologies and processes such as HAZOP, HAZAN, PSA, ALARP, Reliability Assessments.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

Candidates must possess a degree (or equivalent qualification) in mathematics, engineering or a science based subject.

Candidates must also possess associate or full membership of a relevant professional institution, and a demonstrable commitment to continued professional development.


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

£30000.00 - £60000.00 per annum

Posted January 26, 2015 at 03:09PM from LinkedIn


Verizon posted a job you might be interested in


Software Design Engineer

Dallas/Fort Worth Area, US - Computer Software

Verizon is looking for a Software Design Engineer to join a dynamic team building a next generation framework. Developing complex distributed systems and designing innovative solutions. Working on performance, scaling and resiliency of distributed systems. Deliver high quality products in a fast paced environment.

No salary provided

Posted January 26, 2015 at 02:57PM from LinkedIn


Weird X-Rays Spur Speculation about Dark Matter Detection

Scientists must now decide whether the anomalous signal is truly exotic or has a more mundane provenance

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