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“Harry Potter”  movie star Emma Watson has given up her schoolbooks and gone back to practising witchcraft.

Watson, who portrays the boy wizard’s sidekick Hermione Granger in the wildly popular movies, posted a message to fans on her website on Monday saying that she is taking some time out of Brown University to finish off the “Potter” films.

The final chapter, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will be released worldwide this upcoming July.

The number of staff appointments grew in February, according to a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (Rec).

It reported the fastest rise in permanent staff placements in ten months.

The group’s report also showed the sharpest increase in temporary positions since May 2007.

In its latest report, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said unemployment in the UK had increased by 44,000 to almost 2.5m in the three months to the end of December.

There had been 40,000 more job vacancies than in the previous three months.

However, the ONS said that most of these new vacancies were temporary jobs, working on the 2011 Census. Excluding this, there were just 8,000 more vacancies.

Provider of interim managers Interim Partners has appointed Jo Sands as head of food and drink.

Sands previously spent more than four years at Odgers Berndtson where she built a successful interim consumer practice specialising in FMCG, consumer durables and food and drink.

Mobile marketing solutions provider Upstream has appointed Robyn Collins as global director of human resources and administration.

Collins will be responsible for attracting talent to Upstream, while also developing the existing team. She will also support HR policy, systems and tools across all of the firm’s international offices in London, Athens, Rome, Dubai, Bucharest, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro.

Local business search company thomsonlocal.com has appointed Liz Jervis to HR & training director.

Reporting directly to chief executive Elio Schiavo, Jervis joins from zinc mining, recycling and refining producer ZincOx Resources, and will be responsible for talent management, learning and development for the firm’s 750 employees based across the UK.

Royal Bank of Scotland is to dismiss a further 3,500 employees, bringing its total redundancies to 26,600 since the its near-collapse in 2008.

Shareholders are dismayed Xstrata failed to consult them over the appointment of the former Vodafone and HSBC boss despite months of tension over the future of the position.

Xstrata announced Sir John, chief executive and then chairman of HSBC from 1993 to 2006, will join as consultant immediately and replace Willy Strothotte at the annual meeting in May.

John Galliano was sacked as Christian Dior’s lead designer for professional misconduct. This came after a video surfaced of Mr Galliano apparently making anti-Semitic remarks to customers in a Paris restaurant and declaring “I love Hitler”. Mr Galliano was admitted to the French Legion of Honour in 2009.

 A third of all board appointments over the next four years would have to be women to meet Lord Davies’ target to have females make up a quarter of UK FTSE 100 boards. The former trade minister said that one-in-three of all UK board appointments must be female to achieve the voluntary target set for 2015. That equates to 135 females being hired. The proposal came amid a raft of recommendations to the Government to increase the number of females on boards – women hold just 12.5pc of positions currently.

Adam Crozier, the chief executive of ITV, earned £1.7m for his first eight months at the helm of ITV as a bumper rise in ad revenues helped him claim 95% of his incentivised bonus.

Gruner + Jahr has named Rob Walker as the new managing director of international media sales, succeeding Sibel Üner.

David Jones has been named the new chief executive of French advertising group Havas, as Fernando Rodés steps aside after five years.

Jones had been global chief executive of Havas Worldwide, in addition to global chief executive of Euro RSCG Worldwide, since 2006.

JEFFERIES

The investment banking company has appointed Naomi Fink as Japan equity strategist. Fink joins from Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.

KPMG

The audit firm named Jon Pain as a partner at its financial services regulatory centre of excellence. He was formerly managing director of supervision at the Financial Services Authority.

CORDEA SAVILLS LLP

The property fund manager has appointed Alexandra McGhee as head of fund finance, U.K. McGhee has previously worked at Protego Real Estate Investors and Henderson Global Investors.

GRAMERCY

The investment management firm said William Shia joined the firm as managing director, head of Asian investments, effective Feb. 22.

SANDLER O’NEILL + PARTNERS LP

The investment banking firm said Kathleen Smythe has joined the firm as managing director in its Investment Banking Group. Previously, Smythe served as managing director, co-head of West Coast Investment Banking at Keefe Bruyette & Woods Inc.

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