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Cameron apologises over Coulson

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 08:16
Prime Minister David Cameron apologises for employing Andy Coulson as his director of communications.

Stimulant khat in illegal drug ban

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 08:12
Possessing, selling and importing khat, a plant used as a stimulant by Somali communities like those in Cardiff, is made illegal in the UK.

New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 08:04

Teen courts and restorative justice are focused on cutting off the "school-to-prison pipeline."

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Iraqis use 'off grid' messaging app

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 08:02
Iraqis are using an app which allows messages to be sent between phones, without the need for an internet connection, to get round an internet ban.

Money affecting England - Gerrard

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 07:58
Captain Steven Gerrard believes the money in the game is affecting young players' hunger and desire to play for England.

What is an unfair mark-up on a bottle of wine?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 07:39
How much of a margin is it reasonable for restaurateurs to have on wine?

New US homes sales hit six-year high

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 07:35
Sales of new US homes surged to a six-year high in May suggesting the housing market is recovering from its recent slowdown.

World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 07:30

Sunday's U.S.-Portugal match drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen, ratings that put the game above the decisive Game 5 of the recent NBA finals.

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Student visa fraud 'truly shocking'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 07:27
An estimated 48,000 immigrants may have fraudulently obtained English language certificates despite being unable to speak English, the government says.

Does LinkedIn work for job seekers?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 07:13

Looking for a job hunting can feel like dropping resumes into a black hole.  And what about your LinkedIn profile? Is anyone actually reading it? Or your updates? Turns out – yes. Someone, many someones, like Dwight Scott,  a recruiter with ExecuSearch in New York, are searching LinkedIn, potentially for you.

Scott says he doesn't spend a lot of time reviewing resumes of applicants. Instead he’s searching LinkedIn for potential hires. He says 65 percent of his placements this year are a direct result of reaching out to prospects on LinkedIn.

A version of LinkedIn just for recruiters offers powerful search options, Scott says. "Degrees, field of study, industry -- you can add custom filters if you like: status, what industry are they in, what groups have they joined? Are you interested in interviewing people that have joined Deadheads with Ties? Well, it’s right there -- that's a group."

"Everybody" Scott says, "uses LinkedIn."

 So what does this mean for people who belong to LinkedIn because they’re looking for a job? Or because they have a vague understanding that belonging to the site might somehow help them? I heard from a lot of workers who said they found jobs through the site – both by making new contacts and being contacted by recruiters. Claudine Halpern, who worked in management consulting for 35 years, says she’s used LinkedIn to get a lot of projects but is still reserved about the site.

“It’s a tool," she says. "It’s not A+. Nothing is A+ without the work you do around it.”

Halpern says anyone looking for a job needs to have a strategy, like updating their LinkedIn profile on a regular basis so it gets in front of lots of eyes – like Dwight Scott’s.

“You can’t put out a profile out and ignore it," she says. "You've got to keep it rolling. It’s like a snowball. You've got to keep it rolling and rolling and rolling and you've got to keep it growing, otherwise it doesn’t work for you."

LinkedIn says it’s used for a lot more than jobs – like marketing and education. And it says it’s impossible to track how many jobs are filled through its site. But Halpern says you’ll have a better chance of getting noticed if you’re a joiner, and an updater. Providing ever more information. Which is what LinkedIn promises its paying customers – recruiters.

Peter Cappelli, a professor of human resources at Wharton, says that employers and recruiters have to be careful to see through all that white noise on the site. They have a tendency to look at workers' current titles to see if they match jobs that need to be filled, which Cappelli says can mean ignoring creative hires and potential. At the same time, he says, LinkedIn makes it easy to game the system. And no one is going to post a bad recommendation on the site.

“Everybody gets good references," Cappelli says,  "and everything is glowing, so at some point it’s kind of useless.”

Like this reporter's mother, who endorsed her skills on LinkedIn

“I hope," said Cappelli, "she gave you a good reference.” 

Bank like 'unreliable boyfriend'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 07:02
The Bank of England has acted like an 'unreliable boyfriend' over its hints about interest rate rises, according to a member of the Treasury select committee.

'National scandal' of working poor

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:59
The chairman of the Living Wage Commission says it is a 'national scandal' that people in work are living in poverty.

In Mafia Arrests, Clues To Slaying Of An NYPD Officer A Century Ago

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:58

The murder of Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino, the only New York police officer to be killed in the line of duty outside the U.S., is unsolved. But Italian recordings unearthed a claim of responsibility.

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VIDEO: Celebrations as Mexico reach last 16

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:50
Street parties as Mexico book a last-16 tie against the Netherlands after knocking Croatia out of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

River rescue boy dies in hospital

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:49
A teenager who got into difficulty while out swimming in the River Nith near Dumfries dies in hospital.

Kidnapped US baby found by jogger

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:38
A baby caught up in a car-jacking has been reunited with its mother after being found by the side of road by a woman out jogging.

VIDEO: PM's 'very rare apology' over Coulson

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:31
The BBC's Norman Smith said David Cameron's apology for employing Andy Coulson as his director of communications was "very rare".

LeBron James Will Reportedly Become Free Agent, Ending Miami Contract

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:30

The move comes one week after the Miami Heat were trounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The chance remains that James could return to Miami.

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VIDEO: 'Cameron must explain not apologise'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:29
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls on David Cameron to explain his appointment of Andy Coulson to a top Downing St job

Iraq's Most Influential Man Gets Pulled Back Into Politics

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 06:25

Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani usually stays out of the limelight, but emerged recently to address the crisis facing Iraq with the Sunni extremist surge threatening the country.

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