Despite the Republicans spending millions of tax dollars trying to repeal Obamacare no less than 50 TIMES, the healthcare law seems to be surging in terms of popularity, along with the President himself. An impressive 64% of Americans now either support the Affordable Care Act outright or making minor changes to it. 48% of Americans now support the President as well and the direction he’s taking our country in. That’s up from 42% in November.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh. son of Irish immigrants, was conspicuously absent, after saying he would not participate because of gays’ exclusion.
The parade, which has been held since 1901, winds through 3.7 miles of the neighborhood, a long-time Irish-American enclave that is seeing an influx of newcomers.
After weeks of discussions with the organizers of the parade, Walsh announced this morning that he would not take part in the event.
“I’m disappointed that this year, I will be unable to participate in the parade,” he said in a statement. “As mayor of the city of Boston, I have to do my best to ensure that all Bostonians are free to participate fully in the civic life of our city. Unfortunately, this year, the parties were not able to come to an understanding that would have made that possible.”
For two decades, gay men and lesbians have been excluded from openly marching in the parade. Walsh worked until the last minute to bring the statewide gay rights organization MassEquality and parade organizers from the Allied War Veterans Council to an agreement that would have changed that but to no avail.
MOSCOW, March 17 (Reuters) - As Russian forces took control of Crimea in the last few weeks, Russian media started referring to a broad belt of land in southern Ukraine as Novorossiya, or New Russia.
The revival of the Tsarist-era name plays well with Russian voters and harks back to a remark in 2008 when President Vladimir Putin told NATO leaders the area contained “only Russians”. Six years on, Ukrainians are worried that comment is starting to look prophetic.
Maine’s first virtual public school will get its curriculum, online learning platform, human resources services and, in some instances, teachers, from a multinational publishing and education services giant headquartered in London.
While Maine Connections Academy may be a first in Maine education, nearly half of the schools in the United States use at least one educational product created by Pearson PLC, the largest education company in the world, with a publishing arm that includes the Financial Times, The Economist magazine and a sizable share of Penguin Random House. Its education services include student curriculum, instructional management and financial software packages.
Pearson’s reach into Maine is now moving to a new level.
Maine’s public school teachers, administrators and school districts widely oppose the new virtual school. Much of the opposition is focused on how the school will be funded. Maine law requires school districts to finance the education of students in the district who choose charter schools, with the charter school getting both state and locally raised money from the school district on a per-pupil basis, usually totaling between $8,000 and $10,000 a student annually
Ochs said his company will charge fees for its services, such as its software platform, courses and support services, and those fees will amount to 55 percent of the total school expenses. In addition, the company will pay for other school expenses, such as teacher salaries, rent and state tests, and will then be reimbursed by Maine Connections Academy. Each student in the program gets a box that contains textbooks, science and art kits, physical education materials and a desktop computer.
School districts are angry that tax dollars will be going to an out-of-state company when the state has failed to adequately fund public schools in Maine, said Connie Brown, executive director of the Maine School Management Association, a nonprofit organization supported by school boards and superintendents. “These companies are going to take public dollars and make a profit on that. And they are going to give children a poor education. It seems like a lousy trade.”
I agree with Jason Shankel, creationists should watch the second episode of Cosmos, only in the hopes that it will get them to see how wrong they are. Everyone else should also watch it through as well. There really isn’t enough genuine eductional television anymore in my opinion and the Cosmos reboot with Neil Degrasse Tyson, is not only very informative, so far its extremely entertaining a visually stunning.
In the second episode of Cosmos, Neil DeGrasse Tyson tackles the greatest story science has ever told: the story of life.
Tyson begins with the evolution of dogs from wolves via artificial selection, or if you prefer, the domestication of humans by dogs. Wolves that were friendlier, tamer and more loyal to humans were selectively bred to be our companions. As we settled into agricultural communities in the break between ice ages, dogs became the partners of our labors, consuming and burying our trash, defending our territory and helping us hunt.
“Artificial selection turned the wolf into the shepherd,” Tyson tells us before asking the question that has inspired battles in courtrooms and classrooms since Darwin first posed it in 1859: “If artificial selection can accomplish that much in just a few thousand years, what can natural selection accomplish given billions of years?”
Police were called to Regents Park Road, NW1, at 12.55pm on Wednesday 12th March, following reports of an assault. Officers from Camden Borough attended and a man in his mid-40s was arrested on suspicion of common assault.
He was taken into custody and subsequently cautioned for common assault. The victim, a man, did not require medical assistance at the scene.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
The National Organization for Women announced Monday it is pushing for State Attorney Angela Corey’s resignation over the case of Marissa Alexander.
Corey has arguably been right in the middle of some controversial court cases. The cases range from the George Zimmerman trial, to the Michael Dunn trial and now to the case of Alexander.
Alexander is facing up to 60 years in prison for shooting toward her estranged husband, which supporters of Alexander said was in self-defense.
Rod Sullivan teaches law at the Florida Coastal School of Law and doesn’t think the publicity will make Corey stand down.
“I don’t think it will have any impact at all,” said Sullivan. “Angela Corey has been in her position for years and I think she’s immune from that sort of public pressure.”
The Universe is incredibly regular. The variation of the cosmos’ temperature across the entire sky is tiny: a few millionths of a degree, no matter which direction you look. Yet the same light from the very early cosmos that reveals the Universe’s evenness also tells astronomers a great deal about the conditions that gave rise to irregularities like stars, galaxies, and (incidentally) us.
That light is the cosmic microwave background, and it provides some of the best knowledge we have about the structure, content, and history of the Universe. But it also contains a few mysteries: on very large scales, the cosmos seems to have a certain lopsidedness. That slight asymmetry is reflected in temperature fluctuations much larger than any galaxy, aligned on the sky in a pattern facetiously dubbed “the axis of evil.”
The lopsidedness is real, but cosmologists are divided over whether it reveals anything meaningful about the fundamental laws of physics. The fluctuations are sufficiently small that they could arise from random chance. We have just one observable Universe, but nobody sensible believes we can see all of it. With a sufficiently large cosmos beyond the reach of our telescopes, the rest of the Universe may balance the oddity that we can see, making it a minor, local variation.
To measure the physical size of these anisotropies, researchers turn the whole-sky map of temperature fluctuations into something called a power spectrum. That’s akin to the process of taking light from a galaxy and finding the component wavelengths (colors) that make it up. The power spectrum encompasses fluctuations over the whole sky down to very small variations in temperature. (For those with some higher mathematics knowledge, this process involves decomposing the temperature fluctuations in spherical harmonics.)
The draft Radio Equipment Directive outlines a range of harmonized rules for bringing “radio equipment,” which includes mobile phones and modems, on the market. The rules aim to make sure that the increasing range of devices don’t interfere with each other and respect health and safety requirements. Part of the directive focused on reducing waste.
MEPs called for a renewed effort to develop a common charger for certain categories of radio equipment—particularly mobile phones. They amended the draft law to stipulate that the ability to work with common chargers will be an essential requirement for radio equipment. It will be up to the European Commission to decide which specific types of radio equipment will have to meet the requirement.
Rapporteur Barbara Weiler said that the directive is “an efficient tool to prevent interference between different ratio equipment devices.”
“I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger. This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment. It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually,” she said.
The proposed design for a universal charger uses a Micro USB connector—already used by many mobile manufacturers, including Samsung and Nokia.
LONDON: A tequila shot or two can bring alive even a dying party. And it now seems that it can also do wonders for your blood sugar.
A sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila has been found to be highly effective in lowering blood glucose levels in those who have type 2 diabetes and also help them and the obese lose weight.
The secret is in what is called agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant which are non-digestible and can act as a dietary fibre, so they would not raise blood glucose.
Scientists fed a group of mice a standard diet and added agavins to their daily water.
They weighed the mice daily and checked their glucose blood levels weekly.
Most mice that drank agavins ate less, lost weight and their blood glucose levels decreased when compared to other sweeteners such glucose, fructose, sucrose, agave syrup and aspartame.
“We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said researcher Mercedes G Lopez.