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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Harry Redknapp resigns as manager of QPR

• Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey put in temporary charge

• Redknapp says knee surgery will hinder him doing job

19 January: Fernandes says Redknapp will stay as manager

Harry Redknapp has resigned as manager of Queens Park Rangers.

The coaches Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have been placed in temporary charge of the west London team until further notice.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water first look review – superhero slugfest drags a good sequel down

Puns and a space dolphin fly in every direction of this hyperactive animated hunt for Krabby Patties that falls at the final hurdle

It’s been a while since I checked in with SpongeBob SquarePants. My nephew doesn’t need babysitting and rarely I stumble home from a concert with the munchies. But the bright yellow oceanic Candide still lives in a pineapple under the sea, undergoing madcap adventures that ride currents of absurdity, all while maintaining his purity and optimism. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is 90 minutes of sugar shock that requires little exposure to the nearly 15-year-old franchise. Sure, there’s a semblance of a story (and some winks for longtime fans) but this is primarily an exercise in hyperactivity meant to spark glee in kids and draw chuckles from adults. The effect is admittedly ephemeral, yet while the film is running it is altogether effective.

A framing device introduces live-action Antonio Banderas as a pirate snatching a book about SpongeBob’s home village of Bikini Bottom. Exaggerating his Iberian accent, our bearded narrator commences to spin a yarn about our lovable animated pals. SpongeBob, you may recall, works for Mr Krabs at Krusty Krab making Krabby Patties. Mr Krabs may be a bit of a skinflint, but he’s all right. Plankton, a tiny bad guy, has long wanted the secret formula for the Krabby Patties, and he’s finally cooked up a way to snatch it from the Krusty Krab vault. An unforeseen development causes the recipe to disappear, and now SpongeBob and Plankton must join forces to find it, because the lack of Krabby Patties has sent Bikini Bottom into chaos. (With a blink this joyous community of aquatic creatures transforms into the post-apocalyptic mayhem of The Road Warrior, leather garments and all.)

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Beyoncé, Gwyneth or Blake Lively: who's the right lifestyle guru for you? Quiz

Beyoncé has launched a vegan meal delivery system, making one of the most profound questions of our age yet more complicated: which A-list guru should you follow? Take our quiz to find out Continue reading...

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EU relaxes Mugabe travel ban

Restrictions on 90-year-old Zimbabwean leader lifted while he travels as chairman of African Union

The European Union is easing its travel ban on Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, while he serves as chairman of the African Union for the next year.

EU spokeswoman Catherine Ray said on Tuesday the ban would be lifted when he is travelling “under his African Union chairmanship capacity”.

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Madonna to perform at Brit Awards 2015

Following months of controversy, the Queen of Pop will take to the stage on 25 February at the annual award ceremony

Madonna will perform at 2015’s Brits, twenty years since she last took to the stage at the award ceremony. Taking place on 25 February, the pop star will stoke anticipation for her forthcoming thirteenth studio album Rebel Heart, released on 9 March.

Announcing the news via her Instagram page, the singer posted an image of Tracey Emin’s Brit statuette with black wire across its face; continuing the motif for her album campaign, which previously caused controversy when she applied the same doctoring to the faces of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

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Car makers face 'real world' emissions tests in EU pollution clampdown

Europe to become first place in world to force car makers to undergo more realistic tests in bid to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions

Europe is to become the first place in the world to force ‘real world’ emissions tests on car makers, opening up a new front in the fight to tackle air pollution.

New regulations will introduce the tests to reveal what cars’ emissions are like when driving on roads and in traffic rather than in ideal laboratory-like conditions as is currently the case, the Guardian has learned.

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Eight arrested in France suspected of involvement in jihadi network

Arrests in Paris and Lyon believed to be linked to network that allegedly sent people to Syria to wage jihad

French police have arrested eight people suspected of involvement in a network that allegedly sent people to Syria to wage jihad, the interior minister said.

Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters the suspects were arrested around Paris and Lyon.

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Prince review – ‘What we’re going to do right now is play 14 hits in a row!’

Koko, London
Prince doesn’t just please the crowd; he lovebombs it. And without the midnight curfew, you suspect he’d just keep on going

If you had the power to put words into Prince’s mouth, you could hardly improve on the ones he speaks at the outset of this intimate fundraiser for the charity Autism Rocks. “What we’re going to do right now is play 14 hits in a row.” He raises his eyebrows, as if amazed by his own generosity. “Fourteen!”

Opening with Purple Rain, he winds up exceeding that number by some distance. Crowd-pleasing is too mild a word for this show. Prince doesn’t just please the crowd; he lovebombs it.

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Dying Light review – a scarily immersive experience

A convincing open-world zombie thriller that adds an intriguing day/night cycle and parkour elements to the familiar gore-splattered recipe

Warner Bros; PC/PS4/Xbox One; £45; Pegi rating: 18

The zombie myth has provided plenty of schlock-horror thrills over the past five decades, but there’s always been more to it than jump shocks and gore. Zombie fiction is also about finding ourselves isolated in a world that is both physically recognisable and utterly alien. In recent years, films and TV programmes like 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead have taken the undead apocalypse and used it to explore themes of contagion, paranoia and mass panic – things we see regurgitated every second of the day on 24 hour news channels.

Related: Would you play a zombie dating sim?

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Skip the fairy tales, and tell your daughter science bedtime stories #makereducation

From PBS NewsHour: When our daughter, Maxine, was about seven, my husband, Charlie, began a new bedtime routine with her. Every night, he would tell her one science story. It could have been a story he’d read about in the morning’s paper or heard on the radio. Sometimes the stories centered on the stars and […]

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

Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd

PHP Developer

Norwich, United Kingdom, GB - Information Technology and Services

This is a great opportunity to work in a collaborative and creative environment with a company boasting an impressive and varied client base. The role offers a competitive salary of around £35,000 though potentially more dependant on experience.

Roles & Responsibilities:

* Interpreting requirement briefs and specifications

* Designing and developing data exchange services, websites and underlying databases using HTML PHP, MySQL, CSS and JavaScript.

* Provide guidance to account managers and development staff on the best way to implement client requirements and take advantage of existing modules and/or built-in functionality

* Server / DB Admin

Required Experience & Skills:

* Commercial experience with other open source applications e.g. WordPress, Umbraco.

* Strong PHP & MySQL skills.

* Strong JavaScript/AJAX knowledge

* Good CSS, HTML and other front-end development skills.

* Comprehensive understanding of the PHP frameworks such as Magento & CodeIgniter with the ability to build sites based on a bespoke design.

The company offer a relaxed and modern working environment promoting a productive but casual atmosphere with plenty of opportunity for development and progression. For more information regarding this new opportunity, or for an informal discussion regarding you job search, please contact me on the details provided.

Hays EA is a trading division of Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited and 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 - £35000.00 per annum

Posted February 03, 2015 at 04:03PM from LinkedIn


GE posted a job you might be interested in


Senior Commercial Leader Ecuador - GE Global Growth Organization

Ecuador, EC - Oil & Energy

Responsible for lead growth across all GE’s product lines in key segments in the region - Develop longer term business strategies to define new growth opportunities, while understanding the markets, industries and customers.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Lead growth in the country - Develop longer term business strategies to define new growth opportunities, while understanding the markets, industries and customers.

. Highlight significant business opportunities for new product introduction & business development, identify industry trends and anticipate response through mobilization of internal resources.

• Interpret and match the needs of the country/region with the capabilities of GE toward Connected Scalable.

• Critical contact point for GE businesses in the country;

• Drive GE growth strategy across businesses;

• Be a customer advocate for GE;

• Evaluate alliances, partnerships, customer programs & diverse channels to promote GE in the Region;

• Expert at initiating negotiations and establishing alliances;

No salary provided

Posted February 03, 2015 at 04:02PM from LinkedIn


Apple, Inc posted a job you might be interested in

Apple, Inc

Business Manager - Retail B2B Leader (US)

Tulsa, Oklahoma Area, US - Retail

Job Summary

Being a Business Manager at an Apple Store means you're the catalyst for businesses to discover and leverage the power, ease, and flexibility of Apple solutions. You meet with customers on the sales floor, surrounded by Apple technology. You lead and manage a team that's passionate about delivering smart solutions and services to business customers. As a leader, you're enriched by motivating your staff and developing strategies to build business for Apple and for our customers.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience in leading, developing, and coaching teams, preferably within a business or sales setting.

  • Extensive knowledge of how businesses use technology.

  • Proven success in sales - lead generation, acquisitions, and relationship management.


As an Apple Business Manager, you work with business professionals and entrepreneurs to discover and create innovative solutions that can help their companies succeed. As a member of the leadership team, you hire, coach, and develop the Business Team as well as educate other personnel about our unique business services. You generate new leads and build relationships, connecting over the phone or through in-store workshops and events. As an Apple Business Manager you discover customer needs through consultations, and use your sharp communication skills to prepare and present proposals. And you leverage relationships with internal Apple groups and other partners to develop business and generate additional revenue, while tracking your success with various metrics. By engaging customers to think about the possibilities of Apple technology in their businesses, you help build success - not only for Apple, but for our customers as well.

Additional Requirements

  • You have demonstrated leadership ability with at least five years of experience in a business setting and at least three years of experience in customer-facing sales in a business solutions environment.

  • You have strong people and presentation skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • 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 February 03, 2015 at 03:56PM from LinkedIn


Collabera posted a job you might be interested in


IT Project Manager

Charlotte, North Carolina Area, US - Information Technology and Services

Directs and monitors all activities for large, high risk, major technologybased projects from initiation to delivery. Projects cross platforms, applications, and/or business lines. Works with business partners to develop technology concepts, requirements, design alternatives, project schedules, and costs for new systems initiatives. Plans and directs complex program schedules and budget, monitoring project status in comparison to cost/time projections. Provides consistent and comprehensive status reports, project updates, and ongoing cost analyses, significant issue management and resolution, communication with business lines and technology management, often at senior management levels. May act as an internal consultant within technology and business groups to reengineer technical processes for greater efficiency. May serve as a lead by providing direction to less experienced technical project management staff while serving in a project leadership role.

No salary provided

Posted February 03, 2015 at 03:46PM from LinkedIn


Intel posted a job you might be interested in


Intel recruitment for Change and Release Process Analyst in Bangalore

Bengaluru Area, India, IN - Semiconductors

Skills: ASP.NET / C#

Intel - Job Details

Change and Release Process Analyst - 751514

Qualifications : Fresh graduate (preferably already doing internship with Intel)

1) Basic programming knowledge with DotNet, Linux

2) Attention to details, Process adherence

3) Good performance during internship with Intel

Job Category : Information Technology

Primary Location : India-India, Bangalore

No salary provided

Posted February 03, 2015 at 03:39PM from LinkedIn


A curate's egg

President Obama's spending priorities in his latest budget make sense, but not all his tax proposals

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Hypothermia Race Looks Fun

This past weekend was the running of the annual Tough Guy race in the English countryside, which touts itself as the "toughest race in the world." It looks pleasant.


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Our Taste for Alcohol Goes Back Millions of Years

Genetics research sheds light on a long human relationship

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Colorado Warns About Marijuana Danger for Pregnant Women, Drivers and Youth

A state panel finishes a comprehensive review of the published science on pot

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New York Times Co. Profit Falls as Company Makes Strides in Digital Ads

Digital ad revenue rose almost 12 percent in 2014 as the paid digital subscriber base rose to 910,000, on track to surpass 1 million this year.

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MPs to debate change to genetics law to allow mitochondrial transfer: Politics Live blog

Arvid Schenk at Dundee – three months, one game, six goals conceded

German goalkeeper’s only game for Dundee – a 6-2 derby defeat against United – was dubbed the worst debut ever, but he remains upbeat and on the lookout for a new club

Whatever it was, it wasn’t a case of veni, vidi, vici. Rather the contrary. Arvid Schenk came, he played one game … and conceded six goals. And then he left.

The German goalkeeper’s brief tenure at Dundee last month is, in many ways, a very modern football tale. A free agent, having been released from St Pauli, the German was on the outlook of a new club during the January transfer window when the chance to join Dundee arose.

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Marina Litvinenko recounts last words of dying husband

Widow says Alexander Litvinenko was in pain and mostly speechless in his last days but told her that he loved her

Marina Litvinenko has described her final conversation with her dying husband, Alexander, telling a public inquiry that his last words to her from his radioactive hospital bed were: “I love you very much.”

Mrs Litvinenko said her husband’s condition worsened dramatically in the last couple of days before his death on 23 November 2006. He was suffering “pain all over his body”, his hair had fallen out and he was “speechless for most of the time”, she said.

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WFP alarmed by pictures of Isis logos on its Syria food parcels

Images show food distributed from boxes with ‘Islamic State in Syria’ labels pasted over UN World Food Programme logo

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said it is extremely concerned by photographs showing its food parcels being handed out in Syria with Islamic State logos on them.

Images circulating on social media show food being distributed from cardboard boxes with “Islamic State in Syria” labels pasted over the WFP logo.

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So now Britain’s a state union buster like Bahrain

Francis Maude’s attack on ‘check-off’ is not bureaucratic tinkering, but an assault on organised labour that threatens democracy

So farewell then, Francis Maude, Cabinet Office minister and “architect of the Whitehall cost-cutting exercise”, who announced his intention to step down over the weekend.

Maude will remember his own frugality in government with pride, which he says has saved the taxpayer £14bn over the years. It’s fair to say the 90,000 people who have lost their civil service jobs under his watch might see things a little differently. What many others will remember is his parting gesture: sticking it to the unions and thereby discreetly undermining Britain’s ability to call itself a free and democratic country.

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Children talking about dementia on TV is a milestone in awareness raising

A new CBBC programme, Mr Alzheimers and Me, helps children understand how their grandparents’ dementia can affect personality and behaviour

The TV programme My Life: Mr Alzheimers and Me explores dementia through the eyes of three children. Sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting, the half-hour programme never ducks the truth, but it is surprisingly positive, largely because of the youngsters’ enthusiasm for life and obvious love of their grandparents.

“He’s in his own world,” Ella, 11, says of her grandpa. “I wish I could have a normal chat with him but I know I can’t. I can’t make the illness go: it won’t”. But she also tells the viewers that we can put money into research, medicines and care homes – to this end she sets out on a sponsored walk.

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Conservationists v chainsaws: the RSPB's battle to save an Indonesian rainforest

In 2007 an RSPB-led group bought up a series of logged-out Indonesian forests to bring them back from the brink. But in a country that’s losing trees faster than any other and where farmers are desperate for land, it’s an uphill effort

Brad Sanders, an American forestry manager in Jambi province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, stood with members of his Harapan rainforest team, sharpening bamboo poles in anticipation of an attack.

A stout, elderly ex-military officer who worked as a camp security guard asked Sanders’ advice on that morning in October 2012. “What should we do if they come into the camp and try to hurt us? Try to swing their machetes or shoot us, pak [sir]?”

Related: Sumatra's rainforest

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Time to rethink these dysfunctional benefit sanctions

We want a welfare system that supports rather than punishes and is built on trust, not fear

The House of Commons work and pensions select committee has not merely shed light on the grotesque brutalities of the current benefit sanctions regime in the past few weeks, but established an unlikely consensus among rightwing thinktanks, the welfare-to-work industry and leftwing trade union leaders that the system is hugely flawed.

So far 19 expert witnesses – academics, charity workers and welfare advisers – have come before the inquiry. All agreed that some form of conditionality – rules by which claimants agree to actively seek work in exchange for social security support – is necessary in return for the payment of unemployment benefits. But all have also concurred, to varying degrees, that the current conditions (the tightest ever imposed in the UK) are both disproportionately punitive and, in terms of helping jobless people back to work, counterproductive.

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Chibok girls who escaped Boko Haram defy militants by returning to school

Left to fend for themselves by the government, one Nigerian woman has fought to give the traumatised schoolgirls a second chance at education

The jihadis had warned they would shoot anyone trying to escape. But as the truck full of frightened schoolgirls sped deeper into Boko Haram territory, two sisters clasped hands and jumped off together into the night. Now, they held hands once again as they faced another terrifying prospect: returning to school.

Asabe and Ruth evaded the fate of 219 of their classmates in the north-eastern Nigerian village of Chibok who are still in captivity. The mass abduction last April propelled the sect into global infamy, as the missing students became an international symbol of Boko Haram’s escalating war against lay education. But, far from the limelight, 57 young women who escaped were left grasping to make sense of their new reality.

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Pope approves martyrdom decree for slain Salvadoran archbishop

Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was gunned down by right-wing death squads in 1980 while celebrating mass

Pope Francis has decreed that slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero was killed out of hatred for the faith, approving a martyrdom declaration that sets the stage for his beatification.

Francis, the first Latin American pope, approved the decree honoring one of the heroes of Latin American Catholics at a meeting with the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office.

Related: Romero, a beacon of hope for the poor | Christine Allen

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India 'walking the talk' on climate change, says environment minister

Prakash Javadekar says India will not limit itself to ‘business as usual’ on global warming, following pressure from Barack Obama for climate action

India’s government on Tuesday defended its efforts to combat climate change after US President Barack Obama urged the country to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government was already turning words into action on clean energy with efforts that include increasing solar power across the country.

Related: Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?

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Coping with Toxic Trolls

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Earthly Extremophiles Prompt Speculation about Alien Life

Discovery of fish under Antarctic ice may provide clues about ecosystems on Jupiter’s moon Europa and other extraterrestrial environments

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Hays Specialist Recruitment posted a job you might be interested in

Hays Specialist Recruitment

Special Education SEND Teaching Assistant

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

Hays are currently recruiting SEN Teaching Assistants to fill our high demand of temporary and permanent job opportunities.

Ideal candidates will have experience in special educational needs and be able to travel to local schools within West Cheshire and Chester.

Becoming an SEN Teaching Assistant is a great way of gaining experience working in different schools with different classes and the perfect option for someone looking to control their work/ life balance and income.

The candidate should have 40 days experience in the last 2 years working in a school environment.

Popular demand requires the applicant to have Behavioural or Complex special education experience which can be demonstrated at work. Experience with SEBD, SEMH and supporting children with ADHD or ASD is highly needed. Any experience with children with physical disabilities would also be a competitive advantage.

We are currently looking for candidates who have:

- A clear knowledge and understanding of KS1 and/or KS2

- Minimum level 2 or level 3 teaching assistant or equivalent qualification.

- Friendly and Approachable

- Ability to forward plan and organise

- Supporting efficient classroom management

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Flexible schedule

- Any additional training such as Team Teach, Makaton, PECS and safeguarding would be an advantage but is not compulsory.

In return the successful Teaching Assistant will receive:

- An expert consultant to deal with all your needs

- Holiday Pay (PAYE)

- Competitive rates of pay

- Professional Hays CV written for you

- Access to exclusive Hays schools

- Guaranteed work

- Recommend a friend scheme that can earn you £250 in high street vouchers

As a trusted organisation, Hays need to make all necessary checks, therefore a full DBS will be needed before any job is finalised and suitable working references will be obtained. These will reflect your experience, reliability and professionalism to working within our team.

If you feel you meet the criteria above please contact Catherine Mckeown at Hays with your CV or call 0151 242 5100 for more information.

No salary provided

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Novartis posted a job you might be interested in


Financial Analyst

Hyderabad Area, India, IN - Pharmaceuticals

Job ID


Position Title

Financial Analyst



Business Unit

Global Finance&Admin



Work Location


Company/Legal Entity

Nov Hltcr Shared Services Ind

Functional Area

Audit & Finance

Job Type

Full Time

Employment Type


Job Description

Responsible for the production & distribution of reports defined for the entities covered in the scope, ensuring compliance with agreed SLAs, output quality & defined conventions / standards. Responsible to initiate & execute process improvements and automation of reports, to eliminate manual effort and waste. Responsible for analyzing reports and highlighting or flagging off unusual numbers or trends, which are likely to have significant impact on management decisions. Ensure that Standard Operating Procedures for report production & distribution is documented and updated, clearly explaining exception handling and troubleshooting.

Minimum requirements

Master Degree English Relavant Experience in Slotted Mktg

No salary provided

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CoreLogic: House Prices up 5.0% Year-over-year in December

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World Has Not Woken Up to Water Crisis Caused by Climate Change

Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the U.N....

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