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Monday, February 16, 2015

Sex offenders 'marked men' in California prison as many are killed at higher rate

California prisoners are killed at a rate that is double the national average – sex offenders account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to report

Shortly after 2 am on 6 April 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager’s cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck.

The convicted child molester died 10 days later without regaining consciousness, his death earning his cellmate a second life sentence.

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David Cameron wants you to believe he’s the workers’ friend. Don’t fall for it

Average wages have decreased in real terms under the present government. Expect more of the same – and worse – if the Tories are re-elected

Which party is most trusted to be on the side of working people? This is set to be a defining question of the general election campaign. Even the Conservatives want to pose as the worker’s new best friend. David Cameron’s recent appeal to business leaders to play nicely and give their staff a pre-election wage boost is their latest bid to shake off a reputation as the party of the rich.

But Cameron’s imitation of the TUC’s slogan “Britain needs a pay rise” was more theft than flattery. After all, the prime minister has presided over the longest squeeze on real earnings since the 1850s. And as nurses, firefighters and other public workers suffering real pay cuts can testify, this government has failed to practise what the prime minister preached.

Related: Yes, David Cameron, Britain needs a pay rise – so cough up | Simon Jenkins

Related: Low-pay Britain, where working families have to rent a fridge

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Channel 4 News chided by Ofcom over coverage of Ellison review

Communications watchdog rules 20-minute item about review of possible police corruption around the Stephen Lawrence case breached broadcasting rules

Channel 4 News breached broadcasting rules over its coverage of the Ellison review into possible police corruption around the Stephen Lawrence case, according to the communications watchdog Ofcom.

The Metropolitan police complained about a section of the programme which featured a reporter interviewing members of the public about the issue.

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Jackie Robinson West: a tale of race, big money and a culture of 'win at all costs'

Critics of Little League’s decision to vacate the team’s World Series wins argue that youth baseball’s high-stakes culture has invalidated any moral arguments

The politics of race and corruption associated with Chicago over decades flared up last week, but in an unexpected place: Little League baseball.

Related: Little League's Jackie Robinson West stripped of US World Series title

Related: Jackie Robinson West: as usual, the powerful escape the blame

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Why fashion loves a supermarket shopping bag

Fashion loves supermarkets – just ask Chanel. This month, one Danish brand is launching a line of Ikea-inspired totes. What’s wrong with fashion having a sense of humour?

The catwalk’s enduring love of supermarkets has bedded in once again, like knotweed in the garden of fashion. Every year, without fail, someone designs something deluxe (a bag, usually) inspired by something found at a supermarket or corner shop, parodying the very consumerism that allows fashion to exist while commenting on the fine line between haute and mass consumer culture.

Take the latest offering from Herman Cph, a Copenhagen-based design studio: it’s set to launch the Limited bag, a sort of polite homage to Ikea’s polypropylene, 19-gallon, 40p Frakta bag. The bags, which comes in blue and black or light blue and dark blue and were created using scraps of fabric from European textile manufacturer Kvadrat, go on sale later this month for about £80.

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Zane Lowe: why we will miss Radio 1's most ridiculous rock expert

The Radio 1 presenter is leaving his week-night slot for a new role at Apple. From his unflappable enthusiasm to his belligerent loyalty to rock’n’roll, here’s why the radio station will be a little less exuberant without the DJ

Lowe’s Fresh Meat segment cleared space for the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, The Killers and Bloc Party at the start of their careers and has been pivotal in shaping Radio 1’s focus back on to rock: his Hottest Record slot has more recently catapulted artists such as Mallory Knox, Gallows, Twin Atlantic, Enter Shikari, Lower Than Atlantis to the forefront of the less niche Radio 1 playlists. While Dan P Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show is the ultimate go-to-place for fledgling rock bands – Lowe’s show is a crossover between daytime listeners and an audience who tune in solely to seek out new music.

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Libya’s descent into violence – the Guardian briefing

Four years since the uprising that led to Gaddafi’s downfall, Libya is racked by fighting, factionalism and political polarisation

Four years since the 17 February 2011 Benghazi uprising that led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is wracked by violence, factionalism and political polarisation – and by the growing menace of jihadi extremism. Two rival governments, parliaments, prime ministers and military forces claim legitimacy. One side is the Islamist-dominated Libya Dawn coalition in Tripoli, the capital. The other camp, Dignity, which is recognised internationally, is based in Tobruk and Bayda. Hundreds of rival militias exist across the country. In recent months the homegrown fighters of Ansar al-Sharia have been challenged by Islamic State (Isis), who released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.

Related: UK envoy: if Libya fails it could be Somalia on the Mediterranean

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Hays London City Projects posted a job you might be interested in

Hays London City Projects

Business Analyst - Solvency 2

Bromley, United Kingdom, GB - Insurance

An opportunity has arisen to join a leading Insurance organisation to work as part of a large Solvency II programme. They require a Business Analyst to identify the current "As is" operating model and define the "To be" in order to satisfy the new regulatory requirements.

You will be a strong Business Analyst with very good process mapping and analysis skills; you will preferably be Lean Six Sigma certified or alternatively have used Lean Six Sigma process improvement techniques although this is not a pre-requisite. You must also have strong Target operating model experience.

Ideally you will have knowledge of Solvency 2 alongside a good background within Insurance. Alternatively, a strong background within FS and knowledge of similar regulations (Basel 2) will be considered.

£400.00 - £450.00 per annum

Posted February 16, 2015 at 06:41PM from LinkedIn


Oh Shit Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna Spent Valentine's Day Together 

Mere days after Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and founding member of the Pussy Posse, was allegedly caught making out with a model in Los Angeles, the environmental activist was spotted hanging out, once again, with VIVA GLAM Rihanna™ model Rihanna—and on Valentine's Day, no less.


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Hays Specialist Recruitment posted a job you might be interested in

Hays Specialist Recruitment

Test Automation Engineer - Java WebDriver, CI, BDD

London, United Kingdom, GB - Information Technology and Services

Test Automation Engineer - Tester, Java, Cucumber, WebDriver, CI, BDD
London, City
£55,000 to £70,000 plus bens

Test Automation Engineer with experience in Java programming, Selenium WebDriver, Cucumber, Continuous Integration (CI), Agile and BDD experience is required for a superb financial consutlancy in Central London.

My client is a market leader in financial IT consultancy (London) and offer clients a range of bespoke software solutions ranging from FX & Commodity Trading Platforms, Mobile Banking systems through to backend trading processing and data capture analysis tools. As a Test Automation Engineer you will have the benefit of working with a vast number of FTSE 100 financial companies on a number of exciting and challenging projects.

The successful Test Automation does NOT have to have experience of financial products or trading. We are looking for technically strong tester with a passion for learning and developing.

The successful Test Automation Engineer will have the following skills:

  • A strong command of Java for building unit and automation tests

  • Strong Selenium WebDriver experience

  • Experience in Continuous Integration environments ideally using Jenkins / Hudson

  • Well versed in Agile and BDD sprints

  • BDD tools such as Cucumber

  • SQL, Unix, Bash and/or Perl scripting is desirable

  • API / Restful services is highly desirable

The successful Test Automation Engineer receive the following package:

  • £55-70k basic salary

  • 7% Contributory Pension

  • Great bonus

  • Bike to work scheme

  • Life and Health Care schemes

  • Child care vouchers

  • 25 days holiday

  • Others

Please contact Nick Mayo at HAYS at - THIS ROLE IS URGENT

Tester, QA, Test, Java, Selenium, WebDriver, CI, Jenkins, Hudson, Automation, Agile, TDD, BDD, API, Restful, Services

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

£55000.00 - £70000.00 per annum + bens

Posted February 16, 2015 at 06:20PM from LinkedIn


NetApp posted a job you might be interested in


Named Account Manager or Account Executive - Large Internet Companies - Named Accounts

San Francisco Bay Area, US - Information Technology and Services

The essential responsibilities of the Named Account Manager are to build relationships that cultivate sales opportunities and generate revenue in a given large account that meets weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual revenue goals. Specifically, you will:

Own Business Development and Sales: Drive large, strategic sales campaigns to customer business objectives and frame NetApp value proposition at a business level.

Build and Develop Key Relationships: Utilize proven relationship skills to be able to hunt and farm a large account and maintain relationships across all levels.

Partner and collaborate: Leverage NetApp strategic partners to drive business and ensure the successful collaboration and marketing of NetApp solutions to effectively manage a large account.

Prospect & plan: Spend 25% of your time prospecting inside the account. Consistently educate partners and customers with the use of internal and external resources.

Qualify & analyze: Lead and develop account strategies using customers’ growth plans, budget, and project timelines.

Propose & close: Always be leading the customer to a decision. Be able to navigate the complexity of multi-million dollar deals, submit and present the customer with a finalized proposal with solutions, justifications, and expected results to overcome objections and win the business with maximum revenue/margin at closure.

Manage a pipeline: Leverage on a weekly and sometimes daily cadence to update NetApp management on progress against revenue goals.

No salary provided

Posted February 16, 2015 at 06:13PM from LinkedIn


Virtuix posted a job you might be interested in


Social Media and Community Manager

Austin, Texas Area, US - Consumer Electronics

The position of Community Manager supports the Virtuix marketing team with the execution of our social media and community management strategy. Our Community Manager is an essential member of our team as we launch our first product, the Virtuix Omni virtual reality treadmill. Responsibilities include:

  • Help manage Virtuix’ presence on social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Kickstarter, Virtuix Forum, and YouTube

  • Assist the Virtuix community by answering questions via social media platforms and email

  • Develop compelling and engaging content for all social media channels

  • Build and foster the Virtuix community

  • Manage relationships with brand advocates and partners online

  • Monitor activity across various social media platforms and online publications

  • Support our customer service and customer experience initiatives

  • Attend tradeshows and exhibitions

  • Identify and experiment with new virtual reality games and other VR content

  • General office administrative tasks

No salary provided

Posted February 16, 2015 at 06:05PM from LinkedIn


Ineos tries to reassure Grangemouth employees on site's future

Grangemouth chief tells staff plant has at least 15 years’ supply of US ethane

Ineos has sought to reassure 1,300 staff at its Grangemouth petrochemical plant that the site, one of Scotland’s biggest industrial employers, has a long-term future after one of the company’s executives warned that a fracking moratorium had cast doubts over the business.

Gary Haywood, the Ineos executive leading the company’s fracking plans, told a conference last week that Scotland’s biggest manufacturing plant could only rely on cheap supplies of US-sourced ethane gas for up to 15 years. After that, gas from local fracking projects would be needed, Haywood indicated.

Unless we can develop an indigenous source, it is unlikely that the cracker at Grangemouth has a long-term future

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Black, British and proud: 50 years of struggle and triumph

From Miss Black & Beautiful pageants to the British Black Panthers, the V&A’s thought-provoking new photography exhibition is long overdue

The first picture you see as you enter Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s is Self-portrait in Mirror by Armet Francis. It shows him standing in a small, cluttered room staring down into a camera that’s mounted on a lens. In the background, a young woman gazes up at him in either deep concentration or admiration.

This portrait within a portrait is interesting in all kinds of ways. Francis is black, and the young woman is white. The photograph was taken in 1964, when interracial relationships were still shocking to some. Francis was just 19 when he made it, working as an assistant in a photographic studio in London’s West End. It is a photograph, then, that betokens a degree of self-confidence and belonging, both personal and professional.

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Michael Mason obituary

My friend and colleague Michael Mason, who has died aged 67 of lung cancer, was a leading figure in the gay press for more than two decades, breaking many stories and highlighting injustices.

Michael’s campaigning journalism was designed to balance the untruths and prejudice prevalent in the mainstream media of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. He reported on legal and social discrimination, and on the developing liberation politics of the era.

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Canada’s Stephen Harper left shaken by scandals, defections and cheap oil

Conservative prime minister could call a snap election in the spring as Canada’s economic fears grow and support builds for Liberal leader Justin Trudeau

In the dead of winter, the last thing on most Canadians’ minds is the prospect of another federal election. The official deadline for this year’s vote – 19 October – is still a long way off, and there are more immediate worries in this G7 nation of 35 million people: the struggling economy, the drop in value of Alberta oil, the fast-sinking Canadian dollar, security scares over home-grown Islamist radicals, the war in Iraq and Canada’s military role there.

But it’s precisely those and other everyday worries – and the fact that the country’s Conservative government could use them to distract from its own stumbles and scandals as it seeks a fifth mandate into a new decade in power – that suggest an election could happen sooner than later. There could be a snap vote as early as April, after the budget. And when the writ is dropped, expect a hard-fought, three-way race.

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Valencia enjoy late Valentine’s after half-time betrothal lifts spirits

Defeat of Getafe, thanks to Álvaro Negredo’s penalty, puts Valencia only three points behind Atlético Madrid and in the form to seal Champions League spot

Atletico fall behind in title race after defeat at Celta

Messi equals La Liga hat-trick record in defeat of Levante

She looked down at him, tears in her eyes, and he looked up at her, heart racing. He was holding a Valencia shirt in his hands with “Will you marry me?” printed on the back where a player’s name and number should be. They both wore Valencia scarves; orange for him, pink for her. Esther smiled, Jesús got up off his knees and they embraced while 55,000 fans broke into applause. So did the mascot standing next to them, master of this particular ceremony – a 6ft cuddly bat with big ears, bigger wings, great big googly eyes and a Valencia kit. A chant began: “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” And a message appeared on the scoreboard. “Congratulations,” it said.

It was the first time the scoreboard had flashed up anything; they’d not had much to cheer until then but they cheered this. For the first time since 1997 the market held alongside Mestalla was moved to Saturday so that Valencia could play on Sunday at noon and the place was packed, as it has been for most of the season. But things weren’t been going well and the first hint of frustration was creeping in.

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BBC in talks with FA after criticism over Bradford City TV absence

• Broadcaster wants more flexibility to ensure it selects best FA Cup ties

• ‘We hope to have as much chance as possible of capturing Cup classics’

Bradford look forward to television game after win over Sunderland

The BBC is in discussions with the Football Association about how to make it easier to choose the most exciting FA Cup fixtures to show live.

The broadcaster received criticism for not showing Bradford’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland in the fifth round on Sunday, electing instead to show Aston Villa’s tie against Leicester.

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Presidential facts for President’s Day

From‘s Li Zhou: Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to name a woman to his cabinet. FDR named Frances Perkins as secretary of labor in 1933. The Mount Holyoke College graduate was a trained social worker who had worked in settlement houses in Chicago and Philadelphia. Her efforts on behalf of labor reform […]

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What we know about the earliest history and manufacturing of chocolate

From‘s Josie Garthwaite: The Olmecs of southern Mexico were probably the first to ferment, roast, and grind cacao beans for drinks and gruels, possibly as early as 1500 B.C., said Hayes Lavis, a cultural arts curator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. “There is no written history for the Olmecs,” he […]

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Local Teen Would Choose Gun With Night Vision Laser Scope If He Joined Army

ALLENTOWN, PA—Explaining how it would allow him to hunt terrorists from long distances in a variety of combat environments, local teen Alex Gibson informed reporters Monday that he would likely choose a gun with a night vision laser scope if he enli...

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Hays London City Projects posted a job you might be interested in

Hays London City Projects

Junior Business Analyst

London, United Kingdom, GB - Banking

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Junior Business Analyst to join a global bank based in London, working on a large scale change programme focused on Transaction Monitoring.

Working within the Business, System Controls and Analytics and Risk Software Delivery, you will be responsible for the management of requirements, plans, resourcing, identifying Risks and Issues, and managing project deliverables. You will take ownership for early change planning and audience analysis through to design; tracking and taking actions on change readiness, adoption, and feedback.

The successful candidate must have previous experience of working as a Business Analyst within a global bank. A strong working knowledge of Transaction Monitoring is essential for this role. We are looking for individuals who are business focused, with excellent communication skills and an ability to think outside the box.

£300.00 - £350.00 per day

Posted February 16, 2015 at 06:00PM from LinkedIn


Verizon posted a job you might be interested in


Senior Client Executive Public Sector Sales (Army Accounts)

Washington D.C. Metro Area, US - Information Technology and Services, Telecommunications

The role of the Sr. Client Executive is responsible for strategic solution-based selling to an assigned account base to meet/exceed all business/sales targets. The selected candidate will be responsible for building C-Level relationships in an effort to execute on customer strategic plans with a team of sales, service, and solution engineers to ensure account growth, optimum customer satisfaction, develop existing business aligning with IT and Business Groups to uncover new opportunities, develop solutions and sell strategic services, to include Network, IP Telephony, Data Center solutions including Cloud Computing, Managed Services, Security Services, Call Center Solutions, and CPE offerings.

This position will:

  • Develop and manage executive relationships, and provide leadership to the other team members in relation to the Enterprise Business Segment.

  • Develop strategic plans based on industry trending and customer analysis, which includes preparing executive profiles, and continuous study of assigned accounts' industry, business and trends.

  • Develop a version of the Strategic Plan to share with customers to solicit their input and have them gain a sense of joint ownership of the Plan.

  • Prepare sales forecasts, account status reports, and recommendations to enhance account growth and revenue potential.

  • Participate in contract negotiations.

  • Develop creative and customized package of new applications and services.

  • Maintain a current understanding of Verizon Business services/products and network.

No salary provided

Posted February 16, 2015 at 05:55PM from LinkedIn


Westhouse Group posted a job you might be interested in

Westhouse Group

SAP CO-PS Consultant

Milan Area, Italy, IT - Information Technology and Services

Non verranno prese in considerazione candidature che non soddisfano i requisiti richiesti (tutti fondamentali)

Concrete opportunità di carriera in ambiente solido, strutturato e stimolante

No salary provided

Posted February 16, 2015 at 05:53PM from LinkedIn


Core Security Technologies, Inc. posted a job you might be interested in

Core Security Technologies, Inc.

Systems Engineer, Southeast

Greater Atlanta Area, US - Computer & Network Security


  • Participate in sales calls and on-site visits to explore customer requirements and to explain and articulate the value proposition of CORE's Insight Enterprise solution and CORE Impact Professional which includes features, technical architecture and integration with existing customer infrastructure

  • Build and deliver custom presentations and sales demonstrations to customers/prospects

  • Respond to RFPs and RFIs

  • Own and manage technical relationship with the customer/prospect to ensure that CORE wins every technical evaluation or proof-of-concept (POCs)

  • Conduct and lead customer/prospect remote or onsite solution evaluation/POCs

  • Lead and coordinate requirements gathering and solution architecture at customer/prospect sites

  • Provide first level technical support for solution evaluations or POCs

  • Prepare functional requirements, functional specifications, architecture options and project statement-of-work/POC agreement documents in support of system quotations to customers/prospects

  • Work within sales engineering team to develop value propositions, sales strategies, solution use cases, sales demo scripts and other collateral to ensure CORE wins high percentage of opportunities

  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise (SME) around CORE's solutions during sales cycles

No salary provided

Posted February 16, 2015 at 05:49PM from LinkedIn


Hot Flashes Can Linger as Long as 14 Years, Study Finds

The median length of time women endured symptoms was 7.4 years, according to researchers in the largest examination to date of the menopausal symptom.

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