Facebook takes on LinkedIn with new job opening features

Facebook takes on LinkedIn with new job opening features

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Monday, it was testing a feature that would let page administrators create job postings and receive applications from candidates, a move that could pressure LinkedIn Corp’s (LNKD.N) recruiting business.

“Based on behavior we’ve seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we’re running a test for Page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates,” a company spokesman told Reuters.

LinkedIn makes most of its revenue from job hunters and recruiters who pay a monthly fee to post resumes and connect with people on what’s often known as the social network for business.

Technology news website TechCrunch first reported the news on Monday.

With Facebook’s jobs features, companies could drive more traffic to their Facebook pages while allowing them to pay the social network to get their job openings in front of more candidates, TechCrunch said.

In October, Facebook launched Marketplace to allow people to buy and sell items locally as the social media network tries new ways to keep its users engaged.

No decision or consultation yet about appointment of next army chief, says Khawaja Asif

No decision or consultation yet about appointment of next army chief, says Khawaja Asif

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday revealed that no decision has been taken yet and currently no consultations have been initiated regarding the matter of appointment of next army chief.

“No decision or consultation for the appointment of new army chief has been done yet,” Asif said while giving an interview to DawnNews.

The defence minister lauded efforts of the army for facilitating the continuation of democratic setup in the country.

“I give credit to Pakistan Army over completion of eight years of democratic system. Army supported the democratic system for eight years,” he said.

When asked about the resignation of former information minister Pervez Rasheed, Asif declined to comment on the issue.

“I will not comment on issue of former information minister’s resignation as investigation committee is conducting the inquiry.”

Responding to a question about the allegation levelled by political parties about the relationship between Sharif family and Justice (retd) Amir Raza — the head of committee formed to probe the ‘national security leak’ — Asif maintained: “I don’t have knowledge of any relations between Sharif family and Amir Raza.”

“Shahbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Ishaq Dar are looking after matters of national security news leak,” he maintained.

While commenting on the issue of Panama Papers and role of opposition, Asif said: “Opposition does not have concrete evidence and they [opposition] are trying to prolong the Panama Papers scandal.”

“I respect the courts of Pakistan, hence, I will not comment on remarks made by judges regarding the Panama issue,” he asserted.

The senior PML-N leader said that, “Government was not hesitating from accountability of the prime minister, we will accept Panama bill if it get acceptance from the majority.”

Asif, however, declined to comment when asked about the possibility of a judicial coup.

Three civilians killed by Indian shelling in Azad Kashmir: police

Three civilians killed by Indian shelling in Azad Kashmir: police

Three people were killed and three others injured in Azad Jammu and Kashmir by Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday, a senior official said.

Shelling began in the Battal sector at about 1:35pm, with Indian troops using both small and big arms and targeting civilian populations of the area, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mir Abid in district Poonch.

“A mortar shell landed on the house of one Zakir Hussain Shah in Mandhol village, killing his 45-year-old wife Kulsoom Fatima and 6-year-old daughter Aamina, on the spot,” SSP Abid said, adding that Shah’s brother Nazakat, 30, was critically injured.

He said that another man, Ashfaq, was killed near a place known as Mehndri Bridge.

Elsewhere in the same sector, the SSP said, a 62-year old man, Rafique Awan, and a housewife Rabia were also injured.

“The shelling is continuing,” he said.

Malick Zulfiqar, a local journalist, said exact details of casualties could be ascertained only the shelling stopped.

Battal, Madarpur and Dara Sher Khan sectors were hit after a day-long lull.

The shelling continues even as Pakistan on Tuesday lodged a protest with India over ‘unprovoked’ Indian fire across the Line of Control which resulted in the deaths of three people a day earlier.

On Sunday, six people, including two women, were injured and at least 25 houses and three vehicles were completely or partially damaged in shelling in the Battal, Madarpur and Darra Sher Khan sectors.

On Monday, these sectors remained calm, but Nakyal sector in the neighbouring Kotli district was badly hit, leaving three persons dead and another five wounded.

Elsewhere, three persons were injured in sporadic shelling in Neelum valley, towards northeast of Muzaffarabad on Monday.

Ronaldo caps ‘dream year’ after Real contract extension

Ronaldo caps ‘dream year’ after Real contract extension

The Portugal forward signed a five-year contract extension with Real Madrid on Monday, capping an exceptional year after triumphs with his club in the Champions League and with his national team in the European Championship.

“This is the best moment in my life,” Ronaldo said. “After winning the Champions League with Real, the Euro 2016 with Portugal and now having my contract extended, it’s a dream year. This is too special. Life is good, I’m telling you.”

The deal, expected to protect Ronaldo’s status as the world’s highest paid footballer, will keep him tied to the European champions until he is 36 but will not be his last, the Portugal captain said on Monday.

The 31-year-old forward joined Real in 2009 and is the European champions’ all-time leading scorer with 371 goals in 360 games. He has led Real to two Champions League titles and to a La Liga title, among other trophies.

“The numbers are impressive. I certainly never expected to make history at the best club in the world,” he said. “This new contract is a dream come true. But this is my penultimate contract.

“I want to end my career at Real. This is the club that is in my heart and I will always be linked to it. I want to continue making history for the best club in the world.”

Yet, despite his incredible achievements in a Real shirt, the length of the contract has been questioned with Ronaldo struggling to match his form of old so far this season.

Having failed to even register a shot on target in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leganes, Ronaldo has now gone five games without a goal at the Bernabeu for the first time in his career and he thanked Real president Florentino Perez for his unwavering support.

“Football has no memory, but you (Perez) have a memory and so does Real Madrid and that makes me happy,” he said.

“This day is too special to talk about scoring or not scoring,” continued Ronaldo. “It is a little bit of a blip, but that is part of life. I know that in two, three weeks or a month Cristiano will be there as always.”

Ronaldo is the latest Real player to have his contract extended past 2020. The club recently reached new deals with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez.

Published in Dawn November 8th, 2016

Misbah’s replacement still undecided: Shaharyar Khan

Misbah’s replacement still undecided: Shaharyar Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the replacement for Test Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has not been decided yet.

While talking about who will replace Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who is expected to step down from the helm after the New Zealand and Australia tours, Shaharyar said that a successor hasn’t been decided yet.

“We haven’t decided who will lead the Test side once Misbah steps down,” he said.

“If the upcoming tours in Australia and New Zealand go well then we can even ask Misbah to continue leading the side for a while,” Shaharyar said in an exclusive interview with a local newspaper.

He further added, “Misbah and Younus Khan have been performing well for Pakistan and are in contention to remain in the side. However, they are nearing their retirements and for the future of the team we must make preparations from now.”

Speaking about Muhammad Hafeez, Shaharyar said Hafeez’s illegal bowling action led him to be stripped off the status of an all-rounder and he will play as a batsman if he ever got picked for the national side.

“Hafeez has requested to be tested in Loughborough, Cardiff and we obliged because he is a senior player of the team. However, if he fails to clear his test once again, it will be extremely difficult for the selection committee to include him in the national side,” Shaharyar said.

Commenting on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) enters its second edition in 2017 and PSL Chairman Najam Sethi had announced earlier that the T20 league would become an independent entity, separate from the PCB, Shaharyar said that the board itself gave permission for this to happen.

“The league authorities feel that they will enjoy more freedom as an independent company as they will be able to take administrative decisions on their own. They can certainly do that as long as there are no violations of PCB rules. This decision was made by the Board of Governors,” he said.

Messi reaches 500-goal mark, inspires Barca comeback

Messi reaches 500-goal mark, inspires Barca comeback

SEVILLE: A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored his 500th goal for Barcelona and helped the Catalan club to come from behind and beat

Sevilla 2-1 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday as the champions kept the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Barca were put under immense pressure from kick-off and fell behind to Vitolo’s 15th minute strike.

Messi levelled just before halftime following a slew of missed chances from the hosts.

Reaching that landmark prompted Barca to tweet: “Counting official matches and friendlies, Messi reaches the figure of 500 goals for FC Barcelona. Well done Leo!”

After the break, Barca took control and Luis Suarez fired in the winner in the 61st minute to save them from a second defeat in six days.

Barca stay two points behind Real, who lead the standings with 27 points. Villarreal beat Real Betis 2-0 to move up to third, three points behind Barca. Fifth-placed Sevilla, on 21 points, trail Atletico Madrid on goal difference.

Sunday’s meeting between Jorge Sampaoli’s relentless Sevilla and a Barcelona side smarting from 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday promised a lot and lived up to the hype as a breathtaking end-to-end encounter ensued.

The hosts had two shots on goal inside 50 seconds, but from a Sevilla corner Barca broke forward at lightning speed and Suarez’s effort from Neymar’s layoff was brilliantly saved by Sergio Rico.

Sevilla remained on the front foot for most of the first-half and opened the scoring as Luciano Vietto’s through ball caught Sergi Roberto unawares and Vitolo swooped in to slot past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Sevilla grew in confidence and looked to grab another, Vietto firing wide from a tight angle and Vitolo crashing over the bar.

But Barca drew level following a wonderful break by Messi which drew in Denis Suarez and Neymar before the Argentine finished off.

Messi is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 469 goals in official matches and 31 in friendlies.

“There is no one like him and our objective as a team is to look for Leo as much as possible,” Barca boss Luis Enrique told Spanish TV station Movistar. “The capacity Messi has to play in any position and interpret what is happening on the field is laudable.”

Not content with that milestone, Messi set up Suarez’s winner with a precise pass to end Sevilla’s 100 percent record at home in the league and Europe.

“Comebacks like this always make a team stronger, especially when you remember no-one else has won at this ground,” said Enrique.

“It was a wonderful game for

India must compensate Pakistan if doesn’t want to play, says Najam Sethi

India must compensate Pakistan if doesn’t want to play, says Najam Sethi

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi on Tuesday revealed that Pakistan had demanded monetary compensation from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC) for damages after India’s refusal to play the scheduled series.

“We have mentioned it clearly to BCCI and ICC in recent meeting that either India should play cricket with Pakistan or compensate us for damages,” said Najam Sethi while talking to media after meeting of PCB Governing Board.

Sethi further revealed that PCB Governing Board gave approval to make Pakistan Super League (PSL) a private limited company.

“PSL will be a part of PCB and will be a partner in profit,” said Najam Sethi.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur had already requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to not place India and Pakistan in the same group during upcoming international events.

“Keeping in mind that the [Indian] government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments,” the BCCI president had said.

Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are currently stalled, given the political tensions between the neighbours.

The men’s teams have not played a bilateral series against each other since December-January 2012-13, when Pakistan visited India, but have met in various multi-team tournaments since then, including the World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.

Pakistan Women are set to tour New Zealand for three ODIs in Nelson from November 13 to 17, counting towards the championship. It is understood the PCB wanted to play the India series ahead of this tour.

India and Pakistan’s women’s teams are also scheduled to play the Asia Cup in Thailand between November 25 and December 5.

The Dawn News source

Syrian president laughs when asked about all the children killed in Syria

Syrian president laughs when asked about all the children killed in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad laughed and said he sleeps fine when he was asked during an interview about all the children killed every day in Syria.


In an interview with The Sunday Times, Assad was asked if he sleeps at night with all the children being killed in Aleppo and other parts of Syria. He reportedly laughed and replied, “I know the meaning of that question. I sleep regular, I sleep and work and eat normal and do sports.”

He also shrugged when asked how he felt about all the killings. “It’s the fault of terrorists and we are talking about war, not charity,” he said. “In war you always have innocents hurt or killed. What do you do? You do your best. Terrorists are still in Aleppo and use civilians as human shields.” He added, “We can’t just stand still and say, ‘Don’t destroy the city’. More important than the city are the people, so we have to do the best for them.”


On Sunday, the Syrian regime was accused of shelling a nursery in a rebel-held suburb in the capital of Damascus, killing at least six children and injuring more than 25.

Last month, in an another interview with Swiss media, the Syrian president claimed the viral photo of a Syrian boy, Omran Daqneesh, harmed in an airstrike was ‘manipulated’. “I have something to say to you first of all, go to the internet to see the same picture with the same child with his sister,” said Assad.


He said that both children were rescued by the “White Helmets,” Syrian volunteers who work to search for survivors following airstrikes.  But Assad said these volunteers are “a facelift of al Nusra.” Assad claims that the White Helmets rescued the children twice as part of a publicity campaign. ”

This article originally appeared on Independent.

‘Rawalpindi Express is a proud papa’: Shoaib Akhtar announces birth of son

‘Rawalpindi Express is a proud papa’: Shoaib Akhtar announces birth of son

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar on Tuesday announced the birth of a baby boy on Twitter.

The 40-year-old fast bowler expressed his happiness in a tweet as he announced that he and his wife had been ‘blessed with a healthy baby boy.’

“The most prized catch my hands have ever, ever held on to… what a feeling!” Akhtar exclaimed.

The Dawn News source

UK: School reports Muslim boy, 7, to police over piece of brass they assumed was “bullet”

UK: School reports Muslim boy, 7, to police over piece of brass they assumed was “bullet”

Pupil’s mother says St Edward’s Catholic school in Birmingham would not have called police if the child were not a Muslim.

A Catholic primary school in the Midlands reported a seven-year-old Muslim pupil to police after mistaking a piece of brass the boy had for a bullet.

The boy was “very distressed and intimidated” when two officers were sent to his home to try to interview him, his mother told Tell Mama, a charity that monitors Islamophobia.

St Edward’s school in Birmingham contacted police after the boy claimed a brass cylinder was a bullet for a rifle and told teachers his teenage brother, who had been on an army cadet course, had held a weapon.

The boy’s mother, who has not been named but is an academic at a West Midlands university, said her child would not have been reported to police if he were not a Muslim.

Angry that the school failed to tell her it had contacted police, she refused to let officers question her son when they visited her home last month.

Speaking to Tell Mama, the mother said: “It immediately became apparent that neither the school nor the police thought it was a real bullet, yet nobody thought to use some common sense. Instead it was unduly escalated and left my seven-year-old very distressed and intimidated that police officers were insisting to question him directly.

“It is ridiculous that no one used any common sense and that it was ever taken any further by both the school and the police.

“I am also very angry about the way the matter was escalated. They – the school and the police – were heavy-handed and placed undue suspicion on a seven-year-old. They caused him a lot of distress that could have been avoided. They left him mistrusting his teachers after they told him it would be a matter to discuss only with parents and they dealt with us as parents in a way they would not deal with non-Muslim parents.”

She told the Sunday Times: “I don’t think the school would have escalated it if we were not Muslim. It was almost as though we needed to prove our innocence rather than they would need to prove that they had a reasonable basis for questioning us or proving our guilt.”

She added: “I don’t want to sue the police or the school but I do want my issue highlighted for them and other schools to know that they just can’t do that. They can’t deal with Muslim children in a different way from anybody else and they can’t bypass the parents.”

But Joanne Kennett, the headteacher at St Edward’s, insisted the school would have taken the same action for a child of another religion.

She told the Sunday Times: “As a Catholic school, all our children are treated equally and we pride ourselves on the diversity of our pupil intake and community. There have been disclosures made of a similar nature from children who were not from Muslim families and the same course of action has been taken.”

West Midlands police said officers were called to the school and then the boy’s home after it reported “a pupil had brought a bullet into class”.

A spokesman said: “The item was examined and found not to be a bullet and no further action was taken.”

DCI Nick Dale said: “Officers will always thoroughly investigate any reports of unlawful guns and ammunition that are reported in the community.”

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