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Sky on the hunt for women to join technology team

Sky has launched a technology hub to open in Leeds later in 2015, with 400 job openings and a push for women to join.

Based at Allied London’s Leeds Dock, the hub will focus on designing and developing Sky websites and apps to enable customers to watch content on multiple devices.

The additional 400 jobs will take the total number of Sky employees in Leeds to over 1,000 in its technology and customer services.

Natasha Sayce-Zelem, head of technology at Sky, told Computer Weekly the braodcaster is on the hunt for more women to join its team: “We are working on attracting and retaining female talent because gender-balanced teams bring better outcomes. Tech teams need to better reflect society. It’s about supercharging top female talent, supporting a women’s network and empowering people to take more control of when and where they work.

“This is an exciting time for people to be joining Sky. Businesses have to invest in skills, so the next graduates coming up through the pipeline are well prepared.”

Sayce-Zelem studied for a degree in film, specialising in producing before finding her way into the technology industry through websites and delivery. She said Sky is open to talent outside traditional computer science backgrounds, due to the shortage of candidates.

“After I was given a chance in this exciting and fast-paced industry, I never looked back. We recognise there are talented individuals out there who might not hold computer science degrees – so we’re open to those that show an aptitude for technology,” said Sayce-Zelem.

“There is a misconception that technology is just a lot of hardware and that you can’t do it without a computer science degree, which isn’t the case. There is no greater pleasure than seeing someone on the train using your app or reeling off to friends how many times people visit your website daily.”

Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive at Sky, said: “Digital skills and innovation are at the heart of what we do at Sky, helping us give customers the best possible TV experience, whether at home or on the move. With our investment in Leeds, we’re creating one of the largest digital communities in the UK.

“We are looking forward to bringing hundreds of new jobs to the city and giving young people the opportunity to build their skills and help shape the digital services of the future.”

Sajid Javid, secretary of state for business, skills and innovation, said: “I’m delighted that Sky is furthering its investment in Leeds with the creation of 400 new jobs and a new technology hub. The announcement is a boost to the digital economy of the entire Northern Powerhouse, and will undoubtedly help to cement Leeds as a leading technology cluster.”

Sky has also announced a Software Engineering Academy in Leeds, in addition to increasing the number of places on offer at its London academy.

Sky’s Software Engineering Academies aim to provide graduates with practical on the job training to develop and support software teams across Sky including the Sky Sports team.

The Software Engineering Academy in London has increased its available places from 24 to 36 and it will be recruiting a further 24 graduates and eight apprentices to its Leeds academy each year.

Sayce-Zelem said: “The academies are a seven-month programme designed to prepare young people for roles in the London and Leeds offices.

“Overtime we also hope to increase the amount of young people we take on.”

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Caption: Ellie Powers, product manager of Google Play for Google Inc., speaks during the Google I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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20 Things Women Wish Men Knew About Sex

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You Can Win Without It

“It’s not what wins a woman over.” – Carmen.

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Listen Up!

“That I actually know what I want, so don’t be scared to listen to me.” – Victoria

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We’re Not All the Same

“Every woman is different. What pleases one woman might not necessarily please another. The key is being in tune with your woman and her particular needs and desires.” – Lela

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We’re Ovens Not Microwaves

“We are not always ready when they are ready. We just have sex because they want us to have sex.” – Melissa

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We Get So Emotional

“Sex is an emotional act for women and is not just meant to fill a physical need.” – Precious

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It Can Make Us Feel Safe

“Intimacy with the one you love provides you a safe place to be vulnerable.” – Tina

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Don’t Want It Too Much

“Their obsession with it is a turn-off.” – Trei

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Sex and Love Aren’t the Same

“Having sex with a woman is not the way to her heart but making love to her will go a long way. There is a difference you know!” – Toya

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There Has to Be More to It

“It’s a part of the relationship, NOT the relationship.” – Chevelle

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Foreplay Matters

“How to be passionate and to learn that foreplay takes place all day long; a phone call to say something sexy, a sexually charged email. Start setting the mood early in the day.” – Therea

No Condom, No Complaining

“Not using protection forfeits your right to complain about the consequences.” – Ayana

Stimulate My Mind Too

“That you got to mentally satisfy before you get between the thighs!” – Janet

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Taking Off All My Clothes Is A Big Deal

“That ripping my clothes off as soon as we’re alone is not always as sexy as men think. Being naked makes a woman feel vulnerable and if he’s too pushy, it doesn’t make her feel comfortable at all.” – Candace

Our Heads Are In the Game

“It’s more mental than physical for women.” – Krystal

The Clitoris Is the Queen

“How to find the clitoris! Learn what it is, where it is and give it some attention.” – Phylicia

Be A Friend First

“Companionship is so much better.” – Dawn

Make Every Moment Count

“Truly cherishing the before, the act and after of love making.” – Matasha

We Like Orgasms Too

“We want [to have] an orgasm every time just like they want one every time!” – Amber

Can’t We Just Cuddle?

“We don’t always want sex just because we want to cuddle.” – Ethel

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Touch Me, Tease Me

“Take time to caress and love each part as if it was the last time you’ll experience love making.” – Lynn

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Miss Universe Pageant Allows Transgender Women to Compete

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Now here’s a true flash of beauty.

Transgender women have notched a key victory in a bid for equality, as the Miss Universe Organization announced today that they will be allowed to compete in its pageants.

The move follows a bitter controversy that erupted after transgender Miss Universe Canada hopeful Jenna Talackova was disqualified from competing in her country’s pageant for not being a natural-born female.

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In a joint statement, GLAAD and the Miss Universe Organization, which is owned by Donald Trump, said that they are “pleased to announce that after more than two weeks of discussions, the Miss Universe Organization is close to finalizing an official policy change that will allow women who are transgender to participate in its beauty competitions.”

GLAAD has aggressively engaged in a dialogue with the organization following the uproar over Talackova’s disqualification, and spokesperson Herndon Graddick explained, “For more than two weeks, the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include women who are transgender…We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately.”

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The Miss Universe Organization claims that its decision to open the pageant to transgender contestants is in line with its push to support “equality for all women.”

“We want to give credit where credit is due,” Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, said in the statement. “And the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD and not Jenna’s legal representation, which if anything delayed the process. We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”

Per the announcement, the policy change will kick in just in time for the fall 2013 pageant season, when most of the regional competitions start being staged around the world.

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Michigan prosecutor brings charges against 5 men in abduction, slayings of Hamtramck women

Five men have been charged in the abduction and slayings of two Michigan women who were kidnapped and stuffed in a car trunk at gunpoint, a prosecutor said Saturday.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges during a morning news conference.

The men are being charged in the deaths of friends and roommates Abreeya Brown, 18, and Ashley Conaway, 22, who were abducted on Feb. 28. Their bodies were discovered March 25 in shallow graves in a wooded area on Detroit’s west side, not far from their home in Hamtramck. The women had been bound and shot in the head.

Brandon Cain, 26, Miguel Rodriguez, 24, Reginald Brown, 24, Jeremy Brown, 19, and Brian Lee, 25, all of Detroit, are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of torture and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.

Authorities said Conaway may have been targeted for telling police Lee and Cain shot at her nearly three weeks before the abduction.

The two men face attempted murder charges in that case in Wayne County Circuit Court, where they are accused of shooting at Abreeya Brown and Conaway’s car on Feb. 8. Witnesses have said Cain had been pursuing Conaway romantically.

Worthy said the women’s abduction and killing stemmed from the non-fatal shooting and serves as a reminder for the need to have more effective witness protection.

“This case represents many of our fears when it comes to vital witnesses in a case,” she said. “These women were heroic. They refused to relent and let these defendants deter them from continuing on with their previous case, and they paid with their lives.”

Cain and Reginald Brown also are charged with felony firearm, and Cain is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in the slayings case.

If convicted as charged, the five men face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Messages seeking comment were left Saturday by The Associated Press for attorney Wright Blake, who represents Cain, and Arnold Reed, who is Lee’s lawyer.

Worthy’s office didn’t immediately respond to a message asking whether Rodriguez, Reginald Brown and Jeremy Brown have attorneys.

Reginald Brown and Jeremy Brown are cousins unrelated to Abreeya Brown, the prosecutor’s office said. They are to be arraigned Saturday in Romulus District Court.

Cain, Rodriguez and Lee will be arraigned in Hamtramck District Court on Monday. Cain and Lee face arraignment on the attempted murder charges Thursday. Their lawyers have said authorities lack credible evidence against their clients.

Abreeya Brown’s stepfather, Major Chapman, testified during a court hearing last month that Brown called him from the trunk of a car after she was kidnapped. Chapman said he was showering in the Hamtramck home he shared with the women when he heard someone “ring the bell frantically.”

The 56-year-old said he rushed downstairs and opened the door to see Cain in the street with a gun, and another man dragging his stepdaughter.

Chapman said he traded gunshots with the men before they drove off.

Five minutes later, Brown called saying she and Conaway were in the car’s trunk, Chapman said. She didn’t say where they were going or who had taken them.

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Exclusive: Tichina Arnold On Her Past Love Mistakes and Preparing to Remarry

By Charli Penn

Actress Tichina Arnold’s resume is beyond impressive. After winning us over in the 90s as Pam on the hit sitcom Martin, she went on to land one memorable TV role after another.

These days, she calls the set of TV Land’s Happily Divorced home. On the show, she plays star Fran Drescher’s best friend Judi Mann, and their both 40-something woman still single and looking for love. In her real life, Arnold’s found true love. Once a divorced single mom, she tells us, she used to think she couldn’t love again. Then she met her fiancé Rico Hines, an assistant NCAA basketball coach and everything changed. They fell in love, he popped the question, and now they’re planning a dreamy Hawaiian wedding.

We caught up with the Queens native and asked her to open about her romantic past and how it has shaped her present day relationship. She even revealed some juicy wedding details. (You’ll never guess which R&B diva will serenade the happy couple.) Here’s what she had to say.

ESSENCE.COM: Has anything that you’ve gone through in your personal life helped to inspire your work with your character Judi?

TICHINA ARNOLD: Yes, and I think they’re writing it more and more into the script. It’s really me being up there in age, you know? Fran kind of jokes more about it on the show. She’ll go, “Ah Judi, you know we’re not gonna get any action!” So, it’s that sort of thing. We’re those two women in our 40s who are still dating, and we’re not with men. Which, you know, is half the population. We’re still looking for love. I’m finding that I’m incorporating that experience. I’m not single anymore, but I find that things do change with age, and I’m starting to see all of that in the script.

ESSENCE: What have you learned from past relationships that has prepared you for the one you have today?

ARNOLD: To not be so bossy. You know, when you’re single, you’re very independent. Very independent women raised me. We didn’t have a lot of male figures as the head of our household, so I got, and took on, a lot of that strong spirit from the matriarchs in my family. It allows you to get on through life a lot easier, but the downside is that you don’t have that experience of watching a male figure interact with women in the home. When you come from an all-female household, when you’re in a relationship, you get into situations you don’t really know how to handle, which I didn’t. A long time ago, when I was married, in the beginning it was bliss. I eloped after one month, and I married for security. I thought, I finally met a man who loves God and comes from a great family. I’m working, I love God, and I’m out here in California by myself, and I’ve met this great man. So, I said yes. And we eloped. The first three months were great, but then after the third month: Whoa. It got physical and it was just not a good situation.

ESSENCE: What went wrong?

ARNOLD: I’m a go-getter, and I move like lightning. I’m used to operating in my own space on my own time. But when you’re married, that dynamic completely changes. So there I was sharing a house, sharing a car, and sharing the money. Sharing everything. That was an adjustment. So one day I made plans for us to travel, because I love to travel. He came home and I told him, “Hey babe, we’re going to go to Mexico!” He’s staring at me, and I go, “What’s wrong? What’s the problem?” He says to me, “Babe, you never even asked me if I wanted to go.” That was wow. That type of sharing is important. I call myself taking control of a situation, but sometimes you really have to learn to humble yourself, and to submit yourself. I’m not really good with submission, so that’s the part of marriage and relationships that I’ve found very hard to deal with.

Most times, when you marry, you don’t know who you are, and there’s no way you can have a successful relationship that way. If you don’t know who you are, how the hell are you going to give to somebody else? I think every person deserves two marriages, because you may not get the first one right. You really never knew. That’s why divorce is so big. We all want it to last, but that’ not always the reality of it. But when I met Rico, I knew what to say to him, and I knew what I wanted out of the relationship. And, when he said he was able to fulfill that, I trusted him. With relationships, it’s all a matter of building trust. Before him, I didn’t trust relationships anymore. I wasn’t willing to put my trust in another person.

ESSENCE.COM: How did you get through those types of experiences?

ARNOLD: My worst experience with relationships was actually dealing with my daughter’s father. I dated him for two years and my attraction to him was just so strong. I didn’t get pregnant with her until after we broke up. But while we were together, it was at the worst point in my life. Financially I was messed up. I wasn’t settled at home. My life was in chaos. Complete chaos. Anything that could go wrong went wrong. He called me one day and was like, “I don’t want this relationship anymore.” That was it for me.

It took me two years to really get through that, because that was kind of the nail in the coffin. I was really depressed – and I’m never depressed – but that was truly a rough moment in time. So I thought to myself, how am I going to get out of this? How do I get through this? But, I got through it. You know, you get through it. You get passed it. You just gotta learn from it. I’m the type of person who doesn’t want to make the same mistakes twice. Now, when it comes to relationships, I know what to look for. Having a daughter, I have no room to see a man that’s not going to provide something beneficial to my daughter and me. I know what it feels like to hit that rock bottom where you have nothing else to give anybody. I had nothing back then. I couldn’t help myself. But getting through that really taught me so much about relationships. You need different things at different points in your life. What I needed back in the 90s is not the same thing I need in 2012.

ESSENCE: Congrats on your engagement! Tell us about the wedding plans.

ARNOLD: Most of his friends are in the basketball world. All of the people who he loves and who are close to him are in the basketball world, so they’re not off-season until August. So initially I said, let’s do a nice private small destination wedding in Hawaii or something. But then I thought to myself, Tichina, there you go again, taking control. So I asked him, but he really was serious about Hawii. So I planned this big island thing. Then the wedding started turned into something really huge. I started to want a concert theme and I thought about having people like Fantasia perform. Then I started getting the numbers, and I said, oh no. So we’re back to an intimate affair in Hawaii with about 30 people, and we’ll call it a day. I blew through a lot of money, and I don’t want to do that again.

Anita Baker is one of Rico’s favorite singers, and I walked into the Four Seasons one day and she was standing there. She came up to me and said, “Girl, I love you. My sons love you. Can I please take a picture with you?” I couldn’t believe it. It made me feel like a star. We became friends and talked on the phone. I told her, “My fiancé loves you and he has listened to Anita Baker music all his life.” She sang happy birthday to him once, and when I told her we got engaged, she said, “I’m singing at your wedding!” So, I just have to call her. I would love to fly her to Hawaii and just have her sing. We’ll see.

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