Thursday, January 29, 2015
Dippy the famous Diplodocus skeleton at the Natural History Museum in London is to be replaced by a blue whale. Is this right?
I should be in a lather.
Dippy the famous Diplodocus at the Natural History Museum in London is to be retired. This is something I had not anticipated.
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• Comes in wake of Wawrinka row with Mirka Federer at O2 Arena
• Andy Murray storms into Australian Open final by beating Tomas Berdych
• Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach final – as it happened
No one could deny that the Australian Open semi-final against Tomas Berdych was tense but it wasn’t just Andy Murray who was putting his heart into the affair.
The Scot is no stranger to outbursts on court but on this occasion his fiancee Kim Sears got in on the act at Melbourne Park with what appeared to be a lot of effing and jeffing in the direction of Murray’s Czech opponent.
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The Daily Mirror reports that ITV’s hit period drama will end after its sixth series later this year, and the web is awash with obituaries. But does the story stack up?
According to the Daily Mirror, some of the show’s younger stars are said to be in talks to follow in the footsteps of Dan Stevens to Hollywood.
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Fancy hitting the slopes a short drive from Leeds or Manchester? Grab your board and head for Another World, a few miles from Halifax, with (basic) lifts and, this week, plenty of fresh show
In the past couple of years my snowboarding has very much become a “get it where you can” affair. With time and funds in short supply, week-long holidays have given way to a few days here and there. So whenever snow hits England I’m motivated to try to get involved here.
In recent years, snow even at sea level has made it possible for me to enjoy riding rails on the mean streets of Leeds. So far this year, however, snow has been limited to the highest places. Last Wednesday (21 January), it was looking good in the hills so my friends and I planned a jaunt up to Yad Moss, a small ski area with a button lift on the very top, 90 miles away on the border between County Durham and Cumbria. As that plan was being hatched on social media, a friend sent a message saying that we should check out West Yorkshire’s very own ski resort, Ogden, a few miles north of Halifax. On its Another World website, I could see rope tows, jumps, a tree run and even a boardercross course. Within two minutes we changed our plan. Out with the four-hour round trip and in with a 40-minute one for a Yorkshire shred!
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Portugal is following Spain by granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago.
The government approved on Thursday a change to its nationality law that provides dual citizenship rights for Sephardic Jews, the term commonly used for those Jews who once lived in the Iberian peninsula. Spain adopted a similar law last year.
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Did an analogy with the Third Reich ever win an argument? Unlikely, but that doesn’t stop people trying. Take note of these cautionary tales
Analogies can be great if you want to explain how something works. The heart is like a pump. No problem there. Analogies can be very bad, however, when you use them to trash someone or something you disagree with. Tax rises are like Hitler’s invasion of Poland? Not totally convinced that works.
You’d be surprised how often public figures feel the need to use Hitler, the Nazis or the Holocaust to drive home a point, however. And they don’t stop there, as you’ll find out in the following list of cautionary tales. I apologise in advance for any forehead injuries sustained as a result of repeated facepalming.
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As well as a final run at the Old Vic theatre, the actor is going to be spending 2015 on something a little less highbrow – a comedy in which he plays a businessman trapped in the body of a cat
Kevin Spacey is set to take part in a rich and enduring Hollywood tradition: the body-swap comedy.
In Nine Lives, directed by Men In Black’s Barry Sonnenfeld, he’ll play a businessman who, after being involved in a non-specific accident, ends up trapped in the body of a cat. Other details are scarce, but Sonnenfeld is calling it a “funny, emotional, commercial comedy”. No word yet on whether the cat ends up walking around in Spacey’s body, but given the actor’s masterful aloofness, it could be an ideal role.
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There can be little doubt that 2014 was a watershed year for feminism. The niggling sense that women had been short-changed became a conversation, which grew into a roar. As Rebecca Solnit put it on this very site, feminism in 2014 was “loud, discordant, and maybe transformative, because important things were said – not necessarily new, but said more emphatically, by more of us, and heard as never before”.
Well I’d like to offer a hopeful prediction: if 2014 was the year women made their voices heard, 2015 will be the year women take to the streets. It’s the next natural step for this new wave of feminism and it can’t come soon enough. In fact, over the last few weeks, I’ve seen the green shoots of feminism’s next phase emerging, because I’ve taken up invitations to attend the meetings of a new feminist direct action group called Sisters Uncut.
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Software Engineer for GUI in Java/Eclipse (f/m)
Ulm Area, Germany, DE - Computer Hardware, Computer Software
The Intel Software and Services Group (SSG) connects Intel to the worldwide software community. SSG strives to bring competitive advantage to Intel platforms by helping independent software vendors, operating system developers, OEMs, channel members and systems integrators deliver exceptional customer value and achieve differentiation on Intel® processor technologies. SSG provides global leadership to the software community through its technical expertise, industry enabling activities, and developer products and programs.
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Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Transport & Fleet Strategy Manager (Interim)
Rochester, United Kingdom, GB - Nonprofit Organization Management
Our client is a non for profit organisation who have an interim position they are looking for fill for a Transport and Fleet Strategy Manager.
Based in Maidstone, the role will report directly to the Head of Procurement, Fleet & Facilities and the suitable candidate will be required to work independently. You will be responsible for managing external relationships with supplier organisations. This may involve visiting suppliers and that could include overnight stays. This will include the day to day management of contracts and ensuring that the suppliers are meeting their contractual requirements.
The successful candidate will work extensively with a number of internal clients across different operational teams and departments which will require excellent communication skills. You will be expected to maintain a customer focused service that meets organisation needs and business objectives in a timely and financial sound manner.
The post holder will develop contacts with neighbouring organisations both in the same and in "like" sectors considering collaborative working where possible and will be responsible for a number of projects and will also be part of a number of working groups for other organisational projects. This will necessitate you managing your own diary and in some instances there may be a requirement for you to work outside of normal core hours.
£30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
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Strategic Sales Director - Life Sciences - Global Solutions Division
Greater Detroit Area, US - Human Resources, Staffing and Recruiting, Medical Devices
Kelly Services, Inc, is seeking an individual with significant experience acquiring new strategic clients. This individual will leverage Kelly’s global ability to deliver Managed Service Provider(MSP), Recruitment Process Outsourcing(RPO), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Staffing Solutions to Global Life Science organizations. These transformative solutions differentiate Kelly to prospects in the marketplace. This is an outstanding solutions selling opportunity, for a results driven business development professional with a proven track record. This position is within the Life Science Vertical in our Global Solutions group.
The successful individual has a proven track record of consulting with prospective customers to drive them towards our solutions (MSP, RPO, BPO and Staffing), can succeed in a matrix environment and thrives on the 'hunt'. The ideal candidate can identify and qualify opportunities, develop effective sales strategies, translate client knowledge into well organized and tailored proposals, present to large audiences and negotiate complex contracts. They know how to operate in a matrix role where they have significant impact but limited 'authority'. They have demonstrated thought leadership, global perspective (live/travel abroad) and understand the unique differences our business demands within each country we operate.
This is a field based corporate sales position targeting large prospects.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and execute sales strategies to target and close new business by leveraging local market knowledge, corporate resources, competitive insights and past sales experience
- Leads sales cycle from contact approach (all levels), needs assessment, and opportunity development. Engaging subject matter experts to successfully win the opportunity.
- Establish and maintain an ongoing sales funnel of targeted and qualified clients and expand business opportunity by involving field and corporate subject matter experts; making presentations to client organizations to introduce Kelly products and services
- Ongoing self development by learning: consultative sales skills (Richardson); Kelly's models, pricing strategies and operating plans; staying current with all aspects of business including industry and competitive data; learning and keeping others informed of competitive market information, conducting joint sales calls, discussing client and legislative issues, building key internal Kelly relationships
Negotiable base salary, plus incentive
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- Officials tried to use license-plate readers to track travel patterns of Americans
- ‘This could be a really amazing level of surveillance we’ve not seen before’
Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents showing the technology was proposed for use to monitor public meetings.
The American Civil Liberties Union released more documents this week revealing for the first time the potential scale of a massive database containing the data of millions of drivers, logged from automatic license plate readers around the US.
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Biofuels and bioenergy take up finite land resources at the cost of food production and carbon storage and doesn’t guarantee carbon emissions cuts
Powering cars with corn and burning wood to make electricity might seem like a way to lessen dependence on fossil fuels and help solve the climate crisis. But although some forms of bioenergy can play a helpful role, dedicating land specifically for generating bioenergy is unwise. It uses land needed for food production and carbon storage, it requires large areas to generate just a small amount of fuel, and it won’t typically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
First, dedicating areas to bioenergy production increases competition for land.
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Netflix fasts, coffee vouchers, plaid-wearing worshippers is what it takes for ‘church transplants’ to make their home in the affluent Bay Area
Like many San Franciscans, overpriced coffee is a considerable portion of my weekly budget. One day in Soma, the industrial district home to many start-ups, I came across a flier advertising a free gift card to Philz, a nearby coffee shop. All that was required was to show up for service at a local church called Epic. I hadn’t been to church in months, and decided to give it a try.
The Bay Area has never been perceived as religious: a 2012 Gallup poll found that fewer than a quarter of residents identify as “very religious” (defined as going to church weekly), as opposed to 40% of the nation as a whole. High salaries have drawn droves of well-educated millennials to the booming tech sector, which correlates with lower religious sentiment. So far afield from the Bible belt, the region is in fact seen as hospitable to all forms of old testament abominations: fornication, paganism – even sodomy.
When Ben and his original team came out here for the first time, it was during Obama’s inauguration. The first thing we did was to go down to Civic Center. People were throwing shoes at what I think was a picture of George Bush. Rick Warren came on screen, and people would boo him. It was just so insanely San Francisco. I wanted to watch how Ben and his team related to it, and I hadn’t even told them about Soma ... But I asked afterwards, ‘How was it?’ And they really liked being there. They loved it.
Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss …
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A man who smashed the skulls of three sisters with a claw hammer as they slept in a London hotel room has had his minimum term increased from 18 years to 27.
Philip Spence, 33, attacked Ohoud al-Najjar and her sisters Khulood and Fatima, who were visiting from their home in the United Arab Emirates, during a burglary at the Cumberland hotel in Marble Arch in April 2014.
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Ed Miliband has stressed that the new Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, has his full backing to make his own decisions for his party north of the border, as polls suggest a potentially devastating swing from Labour to the SNP.
Acknowledging the important impact that Scottish voters will have on the general election, Miliband denied that his own unpopularity with the electorate was a cause for concern, insisting that Jim Murphy had “a plan to show that Labour is back on the side of the people of Scotland”.
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While there are precedents in the world of celebrity and sport, Swift is the first musician to make a pre-emptive strike against opportunistic third parties
Taylor Swift is valiantly protective of her copyrights, as last year’s withdrawal from Spotify proved. As arguably the most successful solo performer in the world, she has just moved to trademark certain lyrical phrases, notably “this sick beat” from Shake it Off as well as “nice to meet you, where you been?” and “party like it’s 1989”. This is arguably less about her wanting to boil every single thing she does down to a “revenue stream” and more about a pre-emptive strike against callously opportunistic third parties who might want to make money off her without either her involvement or her say so.
“What she is trying to do is to protect individual phrases within her lyrics where those lyrics have become catchphrases,” explains Alexander Ross, a partner at law firm Wiggin who specialises in music. “Once you have a trademarked phrase you have the right to stop someone else using it on things like merchandising.”
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When I was younger, and broke-er, and making a depressing inventory of my paltry assets, I’d always include my Boots advantage card points. “Ha! I might be 30 quid over my overdraft limit – and counting, because the bank keeps charging me money for having no money – but look! Seven pounds and 76p to spend on shower gel and Shapers sarnies! I am totally beating the system!” Now that I’m in a slightly stronger fiscal position, and can afford to occasionally leave the country, I have a new obsession: airmiles.
In The Pursuit of Love, Radlett sister Jassy is obsessed with building her running away fund. Similarly I work out whether a flight is good value by the number of airmiles it will give me and thus subsequent escapes it can facilitate. A return to New York will get me to Milan, but not home again. Is it worth going all the way to Delhi if I can also go to Amsterdam? If I have nearly enough miles to get to Mexico, how much more money do I have to pay to stop myself being dropped in the ocean en route?
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