More than google sniper review companies have signed on to a penny stock egghead review brief
calling for the Supreme Court to overturn part of the Defense of Marriage Act. TiÃ«sto and other superstar D.J.â€™s earn millions of dollars
a year for what some critics say
is essentially playing prerecorded music live.Wisconsin opened spring practices this month with Montee Ball watching nearby â€” an odd experience for someone who
had been a fixture in the
Badgers’ backfield since 2009.
With peace talks with Israel frozen, the Palestinian Authority is now focusing on
using the momentum from South America, where eight countries recognized Palestinian statehood in December and January,
recognition in Europe.
Palestinian diplomats contend that would provide a critical mass of s MIT hosted a full day of activities on Feb.
14 for 232 American Junior Academy of Science delegates â€” high school students, parents and teachers from across the nation â€” who were in Boston to attend the academyâ€™s annual conference.The
day started with a well-received lecture on brain plasticity by Mriganka Sur, the
Paul E. Newton Professor of Neuroscience at
MIT. â€œIt was absolutely fantastic to be given the opportunity to listen to a prominent professor talk about his work,â€ said Kanithra Sekaran, a high school student from Ohio who is now contemplating a career in neuroscience.After
the talk, the students visited research labs and met with MIT scientists, had lunch with graduate students at the Faculty Club, toured the campus and ended the day with a free visit to the MIT Museum. In total, 17 labs and more than 30 MIT scientists took part in the event. Mandana Sassanfar, director of science outreach for the Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences departments, organized the day for the delegates.
“Seeing such excitement and interest from these talented high schoolers is a wonderful reminder of how important it is for scientists to inspire and encourage young students to pursue a career in science and technology,â€ said Sassanfar, who is president of the National Association of Academies of Science, an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). MIT Institute Professor Phillip Sharp, who is the new president of AAAS, praised the AJAS delegates
during their visit.
“The American Junior
Academy of Science recognizes the remarkable achievements of young scientists in independent research,” he said. â€œTheir projects have been selected from across the nation as
outstanding and we congratulate them.â€ The high school students had positive things to say about MIT, as well. â€œThe best part about our tour day at MIT was seeing real scientists working in their labs on cutting edge
research,â€ said Hale Miller of Ohio. â€œThey [the scientists] were so excited
about their work, and so wiling to share everything they knew,â€ added Michelle Nemetchek, one of two students from Montana.Some
students reveled in the behind-the-scenes lab visits. â€œIâ€™ve seen some images of fiber construction on
TV shows, but being able to see first hand the
process behind designing and developing these fibers was a very cool experience,â€ Jonathan Flynn, a senior from Braintree High School, said after visiting the Fink lab in the Research Laboratory of Electronics.
In that lab, postdoc Xiaoting Jia explained the making of microfibers for superconductors
and demonstrated how
preformed fibers were extended in the drawing tower located in the basement of Building 13.
â€œIt was very exciting for me to see so much curiosity from these high school students,â€ Jia said. â€œI really enjoyed the experience.â€MITâ€™s Media Lab was a favorite stop for Californiaâ€™s LÃ©a Tran Le, who uses Scratch, childrenâ€™s programming software designed in the lab.
â€œI really enjoyed learning about CT scanning machines in the animal imaging facilities and seeing Eric Rosenbaum’s research in helping kindergartners learn better through Scratch,â€ she said.In
fact, the Media Lab was a popular destination for a few others in the tour group, as
â€œThe Media Lab was amazing,â€ said Grace Griggs, a sophomore from Vermont. â€œIt was like a scientistâ€™s
of crazy, creative inventions.â€â€œMeeting
the creators of objects used in our everyday lives was quite inspirational,â€ added Hayden Allen, a senior from Oklahoma.MIT students and staffers who exhibited their work for the tour said the students were certainly
inquisitive bunch. â€œThey
were very engaged and
very interested to hear what kind of problems we were working on,â€ said Michael Funk, a fourth-year chemistry graduate student who works in the Drennan Research and Education Laboratory. â€œA couple asked very insightful questions,â€ added Bob Grant,
showed students around the Structural
Biology Core Facility, which he directs.The event was co-sponsored by the schools of Science, Engineering, and Architecture and Planning, as well as the Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences departments.
McLEAN, Va. — USA Today, a newspaper created nearly 30 years ago to appeal
to people who grew up watching television, is revising its formula to try to counter the Internet’s threat to its survival. â€¢ Barry Geraghty rides favourite to memorable victoryâ€¢ Winning handler now well clear in trainers’
title raceIt was an old-fashioned Gold Cup, won in the mud by a horse who was bred for the job and overwhelmed his opponents with brutal stamina in the final climb up the hill. As Barry Geraghty pulled up on Bobs Worth, though, his thoughts went no further than 24 hours into the past, when JT McNamara was a weighing-room colleague preparing for a ride in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase.A
first-fence fall inflicted a grievous injury on McNamara, who fractured
the C3 and C4 vertebrae in his neck, and his road from here will be long and hard. “It’s one of the biggest days of my career,” Geraghty said, “and all I can think of is a good friend of ours who is in hospital and we hope and pray that he’s okay.”[The weighing room] is a much quieter place than normal, and as soon as I
pulled up, that’s all
I could think about, because John Thomas is a great friend of ours.
He’s 37, I’m 33, and I’m looking at him since I started and he’s always the same, lovely fellow.”The
sadness came afterwards, but in the race, as ever, Geraghty was supremely focused.
He allowed Bobs Worth to find his own way into contention â€“ “he’s a horse that you wouldn’t know he’s there” as Nicky Henderson, his trainer, put it â€“ and seemed to be
treading water at one stage on the final circuit.
the 2011 Gold Cup winner, had led from the start, with Sir Des Champs, ridden by Tony McCoy in place of the injured Davy Russell, and Silviniaco Conti close
behind and still going well.But
when Silviniaco Conti, who was running at Cheltenham for the first
time, fell three out, it was suddenly clear that Bobs Worth was motoring into contention. A winner at the Festival in the last two seasons,
first in a novice hurdle and
then 12 months ago in a novice chase, he has never been headed after hitting the front
“That was in my head between the
last two,” Geraghty said, “and I was
praying that it
wasn’t going to be today.”It
Bobs Worth arrived at Cheltenham with just one run to his name this season, in the Hennessy Gold Cup on 1 December, but he had thrived at home in recent weeks and he has a rare willingness
and determination when he feels the rising ground.”It’s
like seeing a child,” his jockey said. “If you only see them every few weeks you can see them
change and grow, and in the last three or four weeks, I couldn’t believe how this fellow turned inside out.
He grew a neck, and a back end. Nicky’s done a brilliant job with him.”I’d have said between five and six out that I was in trouble, but I knew jumping three out, they had gone six or seven clear but they weren’t getting any
further and I could feel my fellow was filling up.
I nursed him on in fourth gear and I saved fifth gear
for the second last.”Geraghty is
a supreme big-race rider, who established himself as one of the finest jockeys around Cheltenham on the great two-miler Moscow Flyer more than a decade ago. This
was only his second Gold Cup victory, however, after Kicking King in 2005, and the second too for Henderson following Long Run’s memorable success two years ago.Henderson
also saddled Sprinter Sacre, the brilliant winner of Wednesday’s Queen Mother Champion Chase, and with Long
Run coming home in third â€“ Sir Des Champs was second â€“ he now seems
poised to win the National Hunt trainers’ championship, 26 years after his last title.This was also Henderson’s 50th winner at the Festival,
28 years after the first.
“It’s tougher now than it ever was,” Henderson said, “but the fun has never gone out of it and that’s where we’re lucky.”As individuals, they [Bobs Worth and Sprinter Sacre] couldn’t be more different,” Henderson said.
“One [Sprinter Sacre] is the biggest show-off in the world, the other hides his light.
He’s not a stunning looking horse, but
he hasn’t got the size or the scope of Sprinter Sacre either.”It’s because he hasn’t got that scope that he does have the ability
to work his
fences out a very long way away. He can’t do what Sprinter Sacre does.”Victory for Paul Nicholls, Henderson’s
only rival for the title,
in next month’s Grand National might snatch the championship away from Henderson, as it did when Neptune Collonges won at Aintree last season. Nicholls
has had a disappointing Festival, however, with a sole win in one of the few relatively minor events, and for now at least, the balance
of power seems to have shifted towards Henderson.For
Nicholls there was only what might have been as Silviniaco Conti’s fall was too far out to be certain that he might have troubled the winner. The
consolation for his trainer, however, is that the gelding is still just seven years old and
had settled into an impressive rhythm after a mistake in the middle of the race and should be much more the finished article in 12 months time after his first experience of these unforgiving fences at the track.Bobs Worth, meanwhile, is a horse that could have been designed with Cheltenham’s uphill finish in
mind. He is already quoted at around 3-1 to win next year’s Gold Cup too, and may well now be finished for the season with just two races in the form book.
He is unlikely to have more than a couple of races between now and next March, with
a return to
defend his crown
the over-riding priority.Geraghty is now the first person
ever to buy, sell and then ride the same horse to victory in the Gold Cup, as he bought the winner cheaply as a yearling and then sold him on, almost as cheaply,
three years later.But he
has no regrets about the decision or the price, and now more than ever, with McNamara in his thoughts, he is delighted to count.
“If you’d told me what I’d get for him when I bought him,
I wouldn’t have been happy,” he said.
“But the market had fallen when we came to sell him and the truth is we were happy to get out with what
we got. And where he went, it couldn’t have worked out much better.”Cheltenham
Gold CupCheltenham Festival 2013Cheltenham FestivalNicky HendersonBarry GeraghtyHorse racingGreg Woodguardian.co.uk
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| Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds SNP claims oil revenues would have made Scotland better off than rest of UK last year but opponents disagree with analysisThe Scottish independence movement has seized on new figures showing that Scotland’s public finances were stronger than the UK’s after a bumper year for North Sea oil income.John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, said the annual Scottish public spending report showed that with a full geographic share
of North Sea revenues in 2011-12, the overall balance of payments was relatively better than the UK’s as a whole by some Â£845 a person in that year.The Scottish National party and the Yes Scotland independence campaign said the new figures, released on Wednesday,
again showed that leaving the UK would make Scotland a
comparatively wealthier country.But
that claim was vigorously contested by their opponents.The pro-UK parties said an internal Scottish government economy paper, leaked to the pro-UK Better Together campaign, had proved that ministers had admitted in private oil revenues were a volatile and unreliable source
independent Scotland could put its oil income into a reserve fund, but it
would require further public spending cuts
and greater spending on quangos and government bureaucracy, while it needed to spend more money in future to support Scotland’s more rapidly ageing population.The
paper admitted that the UK Treasury and Department for Work and Pensions helped absorb sharp swings in tax incomes: “This will imply more
volatility in overall spending than at present. [This] also implies
a degree of uncertainty in revenue and therefore in public finances, requiring a higher degree of resilience and innovative planning.”The document, written for the Scottish cabinet, said
its finances under independence would
more volatile, would be worse off than the UK in 2016-17, when its share of UK
tax revenues would fall to 8.8%, and have a significant debt burden â€“ inherited from the UK â€“ which it would need to manage.The official government expenditure and revenue Scotland (Gers) statistics showed that in 2011-12, if a full
geographical share of North Sea oil and gas revenues was included, Scotland generated 9.9% of total UK revenues while taking 9.3% of total UK spending.In
four of the last five years, with a full geographical share of
oil and gas revenues, Scotland was less in debt than the
UK as a whole.
That was a relative difference for Scotland of Â£12.6bn. Opinion polls have shown support for independence increases if voters
think they will be Â£500 a year better off.But
the figures also
confirmed that since 2007-08 Scotland’s net fiscal balance varied considerably: even with a full
share of oil and gas revenues, its deficit varied from a low of -2.6% to a high of -10.7%,
or Â£14.5bn.The Gers report confirmed that per capita, Scotland receives more per head on public spending than the UK average. While it had 8.4%
of the UK’s population, it received 9.3% of public
at Â£64.5bn.Disregarding North Sea oil and gas income, which flows directly to the UK Treasury,
Scotland’s actual tax revenues were Â£46.3bn,
of the total raised in the UK.The
pro-UK Better Together campaign said that taking
the 13 years since devolution, that variation was even more extreme: in 1999, oil revenues fell to Â£2.5bn.Swinney said this was clear evidence that independence was in Scotland’s interests: “If Scotland had full control of our finances we could have invested in jobs and infrastructure, reduced Scotland’s share of the deficit, invested in a stability fund or directly support households.”[With] responsibility for our own finances and our own vast natural resources, we will be able to make choices in
our own best
interests. With independence, we would control the fiscal levers we need to suit our own economic circumstances, and maximise Scotland’s potential to secure new investment and jobs.”Asked about the leaked economics paper, Swinney conceded that the volatility of oil income year on
year meant financial uncertainties. “There would be economic challenges as there would be in any constitutional situation,” he told the BBC.”We are wrestling with economic and financial challenges
today as part of the UK and most other countries are wrestling with these factors and of course an independent Scotland would have to operate sustainable public finances and invest in the economy.”Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of the pro-independence umbrella group Yes Scotland, said: “What these figures show is that Scotland has one of the best sets of national accounts of any country in the developed world. They also clearly underline
that Scotland has got what it takes to be a
strong, independent nation and that our future will be built on robust financial foundations.”Michael Moore, the Scottish secretary, said the success of the oil industry was heavily due to
the UK government’s support and investment, but it was still too unstable to provide long-term economic security.”While the sector is valuable to our country the past decade has shown that the price of oil can be extremely volatile from year to year. This underlying volatility can be much better managed inside the larger UK, where oil and gas revenues represent a smaller percentage of overall tax revenues. Being part of a broader UK provides the stability and support that
allows the industry to flourish,” he said.Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said: “Even in the good years
we’re running a deficit of Â£7.6bn,
what would it be when the oil revenues drop?”In a paper leaked this morning the Scottish National party’s own finance secretary admitted that an independent Scotland would face a growing deficit, threats to public spending and downplayed the prospect of an oil fund.”These latest figures prove the folly of relying on such a volatile source of income. As part of the UK, Scotland shares the risks and rewards.”Ken Macintosh, a senior Scottish Labour MSP, said: “Once again these figures show the benefit to all Scots
of remaining part of the UK. We do not simply have a shared economy but also shared services, a shared pensions system and our largest trading partner is the rest of the UK.
Our future is all the more secure because we share so much.”The
Gers figures reveal the folly of giving up on that shared stability for an uncertain economic future based on the unpredictable and
declining resource of oil and gas.”Scottish
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