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  • shaunynews 10:13 on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Cameron running scared, , , G7, , , , Obama asked to back Union, Obama on Scotland, Obama USA, , POTUS, , , , , Tory Panic, Tory Tactics, USA President   

    David Cameron asked Obama to back Union 

     June 6, 2014: Obama Says UK Is Stronger With Scotland

    June 6, 2014: Obama Says UK Is Stronger With Scotland

    Are we all aware of this story? I was looking at old stories and polls and stumbled across this article from Sky news from Monday 9th June. Obama visited the UK and gave a statement at the G7 Summit while talking to the media with David Cameron. From what I can tell, the Tory’s are that DESPERATE they asked Obama to say “A word or two” And this was 3 months ago! I think Cameron could feel and see the Scottish people rising up and he was right to feel this way as the polls, the official ones have it as the No Campaign at 6% ahead as of today! As I said in previous blogs/articles on I believe the Tory’s know the Scottish people have seen through the lies and the Yes Campaign are way ahead of the No Camp.


    TODAY! The official poll has it as a 6% swing to no, we are coming on the outside lane FAST! !

    Obama when he was in the UK, was he asked there also?

    A US government source claims the president’s remarks on Scottish independence followed a direct request from the UK government.

    The Poll when we had 100 days to go!

    The Poll when we had 100 days to go!

    US President Barack Obama was asked to weigh into the Scottish independence debate by the UK government, according to Sky sources. The President was asked about the issue during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron after the G7 summit in Brussels last Friday. He told reporters: “There is a referendum process in place and it is up to the people of Scotland. “The United Kingdom has been an extraordinary partner to us. From the outside at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well. “And we obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies we will ever have remains a strong, robust, united and effective partner. “But ultimately these are decisions that are to be made by the folks there.” ‘No’ campaigners seized on the US president’s comments as evidence that the UK is better off staying together. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond also responded to Mr Obama’s remarks last week by insisting independence would in fact give the US “two great friends” and make Scotland a land of opportunity. Sky’s Niall Paterson, in Edinburgh, said: “I have been speaking with a very senior source in the Scottish government who tells me he recently had a conversation with a similarly senior source within the US administration – very close to President Obama himself – who confirmed that President Obama’s remarks on Scottish independence followed a direct request from the UK government.

    “More than that, the senior source within the US government claimed that President Obama’s remarks represented the minimum that they could say. “I think, essentially, there are three ways you can look at all of this. First, that my source within the Scottish government is perhaps telling porkies, 100 days out from the referendum, to make political hay. “The second way of looking at this is of course international leaders do speak to each other all the time, officials speak to each other all the time, and frankly, President Obama at a press conference such as that should have expected to receive a question on Scottish independence. “He was never going to say, ‘I think an independent Scotland would be a great thing’. “The third way to look at it, if this is all true, is that perhaps figures within the Scottish government such as the First Minister Alex Salmond would make the point that if David Cameron is having to request the assistance of the US president to weigh into the Scottish independence referendum debate then perhaps it is not the ‘Yes’ campaign that is on the back foot, it is the ‘Better Together’ campaign.”

  • shaunynews 06:02 on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBC 5 Live, , Dundee independence debate, , independence referendum debate, live BBC independence referendum, Producers, , struggled, to find enough No voters, Victoria Derbyshire, voters   

    BBC 5 Live struggled to find enough No voters for Dundee independence debate 

    Victoria Derbyshire will host the debate from Dundee

    Victoria Derbyshire will host the debate from Dundee

    Producers of a live BBC independence referendum debate in Dundee struggled to find enough No voters to fill the audience.

    A number of people have contacted the Courier saying they have been invited to BBC 5 Live’s debate at the Caird Hall on Tuesday as programme makers admitted to them they were struggling to get a balanced Yes/No split. The corporation is adamant it has now managed to secure a balanced audience ahead of the show going out live at 10am. One attendee told The Courier: “I got a call from BBC 5 Live trying to drum up people for the Caird Hall debate next week. Said they were struggling to get No-voting crowd members. “They said they were trying to get a 50/50 audience split but finding it hard.”

    A Yes voter who will be taking part in the debate even took to the internet to try to persuade his opponents to join him in the audience. He said: “I am going along to a Radio 5 independence debate on Tuesday. Having spoken to the researchers they informed me that they need more No voters to balance up the debate. “If you are a No voter and you fancy getting involved then PM (private message) please.”

    Victoria Derbyshire will host the live Scottish Referendum debate. She will be joined by 300 members of the public who will grill a panel of politicians and business figures representing both sides of the referendum debate. MSP Shona Robison, Denis Canavan and Business for Scotland director Ivan McKee will state the case for independence. Scottish Conservatives’ leader Ruth Davidson, Jo Swinson MP and businesswoman Ruth McKay will represent Better Together.

    A BBC spokeswoman said: “We have a confirmed audience of around 300 people — which is balanced with an equal number of yes to no voters. “Finding and balancing an audience of this size takes time. We did reach our quota of yes voters first which meant we spent a period of time specifically targeting no voters in order to balance numbers. “This is normal in a programme of this type where political balance is required.”

  • shaunynews 05:33 on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Free from corrupt union, Leave the haters, No hate, , Reasons to vote Yes, Scotland Independence Referendum, ,   

    Podcast – Scotland Independence Referendum 



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  • shaunynews 03:48 on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Free from the British Union, , Lets own our Country, , , undecided voters, Yes for Scotland   

    Scotland is saying #Aye! We Invented the World, lets now invent our own! 

    Scottish Referendum: No Vote's Lead Narrows

    Scottish Referendum: No Vote’s Lead Narrows

    downloadWith the 18% or close undecided voters not included in this poll, a poll that had #Aye way behind on 30% months ago, there is now only 6% in it. I still say on the ground, OUR POLLS we do on Social Media ALL point to a 70% Aye. I think we have done it, as the years, months and weeks have passed the #Aye vote has got bigger and bigger. With Tory party members joining UKIP I think all these No/Unsure voters with a brain NOW MUST VOTE YES. I believe it is a done deal, Yes it will be. The 19th will be emotional in a good way, lets keep it going Scotland we are doing it!!! But we must all first vote, do not take #Aye for granted just yet, find time, vote yes, for my kids, for their kids, and your own, grandkids also. We must not kick our future in the backside, we must be brave. #HopeOverFear We are doing it, but we must make sure Scotland. Many might not know this but Scotland INVENTED the modern World! SO LET US GO AND OWN OUR NEW MODERN WORLD!

    The poll found that 53% of those questioned planned to vote No

    The poll found that 53% of those questioned planned to vote No

    The No vote’s lead ahead of the Scottish Referendum has narrowed to just six points, according to a new poll. The YouGov poll suggests support for Scottish independence has risen eight points over the past month. The six-point lead for the No camp is down from 14 points in mid-August, and 22 points from early last month, excluding undecided voters. The poll found that 53% of those questioned planned to vote No, while 47% would back Yes.  Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, said the poll showed the Yes campaign has gained momentum. “This breakthrough poll shows that Yes has the big momentum – it’s an all-time high for Yes support in a YouGov survey so far, and an eight-point swing from No to Yes in just three weeks. “We only need another three-point swing to achieve a Yes for Scotland on September 18.” The latest poll for The Sun and The Times questioned 1,063 respondents between August 28 and September 1. Better Together Campaign Director Blair McDougall said: “We need the silent majority who back a No vote to do their bit.

    “Whether it’s voting on the day, knocking on doors, making phone calls or speaking to friends and family, the silent majority should feel confident in speaking up. “We will not be complacent for one second and will do everything we can to secure the brightest future for Scotland within the UK. “The nationalists talk as if they are winning, but the truth is this is yet another poll showing the campaign for Scotland to stay in the UK in the lead. “We speak for the majority of Scots, but this poll confirms that if people want Scotland to stay in the UK then they need to vote for it.”

    Scottish voters are due to go to the polls on September 18

    Scottish voters are due to go to the polls on September 18

  • shaunynews 22:47 on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ALIGNING WITH EARTH, AR 2151, C-class, Could last for weeks, DANGEROUS SUNSPOT, EMP, European Space Agency, M-class flares, , powerful bursts of radiation, SOHO, Solar Helospheric Observatory, Solar-storm minimum, Sun Spots, sunspot, X-class flare   



    Earth Facing

    The connection between Sun Spots and Earthquakes has been proven to a point by many scientists Many say it has no baring, but as I hear and see sun spots then an Earthquake happens it does add up, but this is not proven. This latest Sun-Spot AT 2151 is mainly due to the Sun’s 11 year flip cycle where North goes to South and Vice Versa. This has happened since the Sun was born, this Sun-Spot is 100 times bigger than Earth, a direct hit could be lethal! Seen the movie Knowing? This is the scale of this thing and it will last for weeks or months. As always do your own research and links at the bottom of the page. The USA’s Electrical grid is 100 years and older in places.

    KNOWING -Nicolas Cage 

    WASHINGTON – NASA is warning a new sunspot spewing powerful X-class flares is beginning to rotate to a position directly in line with Earth.

    A direct hit on Earth from an X-class flare could cause major disruptions – or even destruction – to the U.S. electrical grid, which already is very vulnerable, as well as to life-sustaining critical infrastructures dependent on the grid to function. NASA said the warning regarding the sunspot, AR 2151, could last for weeks. Eruptions that drew the attention of space experts began last Sunday with an M5.6 solar eruption, which is one tenth the strength of an X-class flare. X-class flares are the most power solar flare. The least intense flare is a C-class. M-class flares ranked as mid-range.

    “Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation,” explained NASA spokeswoman Karen Fox. “Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground. However, when intense enough, they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.”

    Some of the flares spewing from the sun’s surface can be at least 14 times the size of Earth. NASA and the National Science Foundation has estimated that if the U.S. sustained a direct hit from an X-class flare, it would cost the nation upward of $2 trillion in the first year and kill up to 90 percent of the U.S. population due to the lack of services, starvation and disease. The Defense Department is preparing to harden its systems to defend against an EMP event, whether from a solar flare or nuclear attack. But EMP experts point out DOD relies on the civilian electrical grid, which will remain vulnerable unless action is taken.

    The flares from AR 2151 were first detected Sunday by NASA’s powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory and Solar Helospheric Observatory, or SOHO, a joint NASA and European Space Agency activity. The sun is going through an 11-year cycle, which at its peak is called a solar storm maximum. The current cycle is known as Solar Cycle 24. Even as the intensity of flares from the sun begins to diminish, they could hit Earth well into subsequent years, until the cycle reaches a so-called solar-storm minimum. Then, a new cycle will begin some five-and-a-half years out.

    AR 2151, could last for weeks.

    AR 2151, could last for weeks.

    Not ready for prime time?

    In response to defense-system vulnerabilities to an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, strike, the Defense Department has decided to harden all its “ground-, air-, maritime, and space-based platforms, electronic and electrical systems, subsystems and equipment.” Rather than after-the-fact remedial measures, the DOD directive said such measures will take place at the time of acquisition of military systems and equipment that incorporate electronics. The directive states DOD will “interface with federal agencies and other organizations as required to promote cooperation and information exchange.” That means DOD will need to work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which deals directly with national emergencies and has a say on protecting the national grid.

    However, DHS presently does not include an EMP event as one of 15 emergency National Planning Scenarios, which include responses to floods, hurricanes and terrorist attacks. Until now, DOD has left it to DHS to deal with protection of the electrical grid from an EMP event. Yet, DOD facilities rely 99 percent on the vulnerable civilian electrical grid to function. While it own platforms and equipment may be hardened against an EMP event up to an E3 level, characterized by a very slow pulse, the bases could become defenseless, depending on backup generators.

    EMP experts point out to WND that President Obama can sign an executive order requiring DHS to include EMP as one of its national planning scenarios. Because DOD facilities rely on the civilian electrical grid to function, unless it similarly is hardened, U.S. defense systems could be seriously affected. EMP experts add that while DOD’s initial undertaking is a good start, such hardening won’t protect defense platforms and equipment from a high-altitude nuclear detonation.

  • shaunynews 14:58 on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1 Point from 6, , , , , Dundee 1-1 Celtic, Dundee FC, , ICT, , Ronny Deila Lost, , , TCN Article, Toothless Celtic,   

    Spineless Celtic Lucky to get a draw in Dundee 

    50 second in we were 1-0 down

    50 second in we were 1-0 down

     By Shaun Gibson

    By Shaun Gibson

    Celtic have won 1 point from 6 from an away game to ICT and today against Dundee, Celtic should and deserved to lose today, make no mistake Celtic were amateurish today, we had no leaders, we didn’t press the ball, we didn’t get the ball wide and when we did it was Ambrose, we don’t have a true striker, the best striker we have scored our goal and it was a heavy deflection at that, this is the worst Celtic team in many years. Ronny I am sorry, I hate to criticise ANY Celtic manager or player but we are just awful

    The defence, midfield and attack are just way out of sync, there is none of the easy on the eye football we seen in the last several years, it is flat and we have no ideas when we have the ball. Credit to Dundee for today’s game as they deserved to win this game 4-1 at least in the last 20 minutes Dundee had 5 chances 2 saved and 3 just wide, Celtic I can’t remember any shots apart from Griffiths goal.

    We need this lad on the park, end off!

    We need this lad on the park, end off!

    Peter Lawwell can dress this situation up all day but we the fans can see through his bluff, he has a manager who has got no idea how to set a team up. When a manager comes to a team that was working well he lets it stay that way and introduce change slowly over a season, but no Ronny is forcing a tactical shape to the team we don’t have the players for, it may have worked for Ronny at his last team, but getting beat by ICT and 1-1 away to Dundee is a disgrace. Add to that getting put out of the Champions league, reinstated and put out again, we have NOTHING. The goals Commons got last season were from wide areas. We miss Samaras badly and I don’t care what anyone says, we are missing Scott Brown also. We are downgrading badly. We can only hope Wakaso, Tonev and the incoming Stefan Scepovic can help. For Scepovic to work we MUST get the ball wide more, we are 30 yards out and clueless. The ONLY positive today is, I hope, we see more Griffiths and less Berget. Griffiths will get 20 goals a season and create, people wonder why we get loan players in, thank GOD we never paid for Berget

    I have nothing else to write, we are rubbish just now, Dundee and ICT seem better than us. I fear this could be a long  hard season, I hope the 3 players I mention and Brown and Forrest coming back help but with a manager like Ronny who played Berget and dropped Commons in Europe we can’t be sure

    Dreadful, no excuses, just very very poor from a very average Celtic side, we can’t get worse so we hope we can pick it up, sadly I think Ronny talks a good game



  • shaunynews 12:04 on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dens Park, Dundee Football Club, Glasgow Celtic Football, , , , Stefan Scepovic, , , Virgil van Dijk,   

    Dundee Vs Celtic – Live Text Commentary 

    Has to get it right today

    Live up to the second text commentary and tactics, formation and analysis from now till the final whistle. Team news coming up

    Join me live or @TCNLiveblog


    Hearing Virgil van Dijk has been left out of the side today and Stefan Scepovic has called off his Celtic move..


    Team today – Gordon; Matthews, Ambrose, Denayer, Izaguirre; McGregor, Kayal, Johansen, Berget; Commons, Stokes


    Subs : Zaluska, OConnell, Henderson, Pukki, Wakaso, Bitton, Griffiths


  • shaunynews 10:54 on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Awa Marie Coll Seck, Dakar, , , Ebola epidemic, , , Senegal, Senegal confirms first case, Senegal’s health minister, , ZMapp Drug   

    Ebola: Senegal confirms first case of virus 

    The affected countries have been running public information campaigns to warn about Ebola

    The affected countries have been running public information campaigns to warn about Ebola

    The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people in west Africa has spread to a fifth country with the first confirmed case of the virus in Senegal. Senegal’s health minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck, said on Friday the patient was a man from Guinea. He had visited a hospital in Dakar on Tuesday but concealed that he had had close contact with Ebola victims in his home country. The case marks the first in time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July, and comes a day after the World Health Organisation warned the number of infections was increasing rapidly. Scientists meanwhile said the first human trials of a potential vaccine would start next week using a product made by pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline and the US government. he experimental drug, ZMapp, had proven 100 percent effective in tests on primates, according to an article published in the journal Nature on Friday.

    ZMapp is a mix of three antibodies that help the immune system destroy the Ebola virus. In the study, scientists led by Gary Kobinger of the Public Health Agency of Canada tested a group of infected monkeys and left a control group untreated. All three untreated monkeys died of Ebola by day eight of the trial. For those on ZMapp, even advanced symptoms such as rashes, liver dysfunction and haemorrhaging disappeared, a result Kobinger called “beyond my own expectations”. Two US aid workers treated with ZMapp have recovered from Ebola. However, doctors do not know if it aided their recovery, and a Liberian doctor and a Spanish missionary died despite treatment with the drug.

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 1,552 people out of 3,069 confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation said. The agency said the disease could eventually infect up to 20,000 people

  • shaunynews 10:27 on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Broad Institute, , , Genomic sequencing, Harvard, Harvard University, insights, mutations, ,   

    Genomic sequencing reveals mutations, insights into 2014 Ebola outbreak 


    In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Harvard University, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and researchers across institutions and continents, has rapidly sequenced and analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes. Their findings could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests. The team reports its results online in the journal Science.

    For the current study, researchers sequenced 99 Ebola virus genomes collected from 78 patients diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone during the first 24 days of the outbreak (a portion of the patients contributed samples more than once, allowing researchers a clearer view into how the virus can change in a single individual over the course of infection). The team found more than 300 genetic changes that make the 2014 Ebola virus genomes distinct from the viral genomes tied to previous Ebola outbreaks. They also found sequence variations indicating that, from the samples sequenced, the EVD outbreak started from a single introduction into humans, subsequently spreading from person to person over many months.

    The variations they identified were frequently in regions of the genome encoding proteins. Some of the genetic variation detected in these studies may affect the primers (starting points for DNA synthesis) used in PCR-based diagnostic tests, emphasizing the importance of genomic surveillance and the need for vigilance.
    To accelerate response efforts, the research team released the full-length sequences on National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI’s) DNA sequence database in advance of publication, making these data available to the global scientific community.

    “By making the data immediately available to the community, we hope to accelerate response efforts,” said co-senior author Pardis Sabeti, a senior associate member at the Broad Institute and an associate professor at Harvard University. “Upon releasing our first batch of Ebola sequences in June, some of the world’s leading epidemic specialists contacted us, and many of them are now also actively working on the data. We were honored and encouraged. A spirit of international and multidisciplinary collaboration is needed to quickly shed light on the ongoing outbreak.”

    The 2014 Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) outbreak is unprecedented both in its size and in its emergence in multiple populated areas. Previous outbreaks had been localized mostly to sparsely populated regions of Middle Africa, with the largest outbreak in 1976 reporting 318 cases. The 2014 outbreak has manifested in the more densely-populated West Africa, and since it was first reported in Guinea in March 2014, 2,240 cases have been reported with 1,229 deaths (as of August 19).

    Augustine Goba, Director of the Lassa Laboratory at the Kenema Government Hospital and a co-first author of the paper, identified the first Ebola virus disease case in Sierra Leone using PCR-based diagnostics. “We established surveillance for Ebola well ahead of the disease’s spread into Sierra Leone and began retrospective screening for the disease on samples as far back as January of this year,” said Goba. “This was possible because of our long-standing work to diagnose and study another deadly disease, Lassa fever. We could thus identify cases and trace the Ebola virus spread as soon as it entered our country.”

    The research team increased the amount of genomic data available on the Ebola virus by four fold and used the technique of “deep sequencing” on all available samples. Deep sequencing is sequencing done enough times to generate high confidence in the results. In this study, researchers sequenced at a depth of 2,000 times on average for each Ebola genome to get an extremely close-up view of the virus genomes from 78 patients. This high-resolution view allowed the team to detect multiple mutations that alter protein sequences — potential targets for future diagnostics, vaccines, and therapies.

    The Ebola strains responsible for the current outbreak likely have a common ancestor, dating back to the very first recorded outbreak in 1976. The researchers also traced the transmission path and evolutionary relationships of the samples, revealing that the lineage responsible for the current outbreak diverged from the Middle African version of the virus within the last ten years and spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone by 12 people who had attended the same funeral.

    The team’s catalog of 395 mutations (over 340 that distinguish the current outbreak from previous ones, and over 50 within the West African outbreak) may serve as a starting point for other research groups. “We’ve uncovered more than 300 genetic clues about what sets this outbreak apart from previous outbreaks,” said Stephen Gire, a research scientist in the Sabeti lab at the Broad Institute and Harvard. “Although we don’t know whether these differences are related to the severity of the current outbreak, by sharing these data with the research community, we hope to speed up our understanding of this epidemic and support global efforts to contain it.”

    “There is an extraordinary battle still ahead, and we have lost many friends and colleagues already like our good friend and colleague Dr. Humarr Khan, a co-senior author here,” said Sabeti. “By providing this data to the research community immediately and demonstrating that transparency and partnership is one way we hope to honor Humarr’s legacy. We are all in this fight together.”

    This work was supported by Common Fund and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, as well as by the National Science Foundation, the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, the World Bank, and the Natural Environment Research Council.

    Other researchers who contributed to this work include Augustine Goba, Kristian G. Andersen, Rachel S. G. Sealfon, Daniel J. Park, Lansana Kanneh, Simbirie Jalloh, Mambu Momoh, Mohamed Fullah, Gytis Dudas, Shirlee Wohl, Lina M. Moses, Nathan L. Yozwiak, Sarah Winnicki, Christian B. Matranga, Christine M. Malboeuf, James Qu, Adrianne D. Gladden, Stephen F. Schaffner, Xiao Yang, Pan-Pan Jiang, Mahan Nekoui, Andres Colubri, Moinya Ruth Coomber, Mbalu Fonnie, Alex Moigboi, Michael Gbakie, Fatima K. Kamara, Veronica Tucker, Edwin Konuwa, Sidiki Saffa, Josephine Sellu, Abdul Azziz Jalloh, Alice Kovoma, James Koninga, Ibrahim Mustapha, Kandeh Kargbo, Momoh Foday, Mohamed Yillah, Franklyn Kanneh, Willie Robert, James L. B. Massally, Sinéad B. Chapman, James Bochicchio, Cheryl Murphy, Chad Nusbaum, Sarah Young, Bruce W. Birren, Donald S.Grant, John S. Scheiffelin, Eric S. Lander, Christian Happi, Sahr M. Gevao, Andreas Gnirke, Andrew Rambaut, Robert F. Garry, and S. Humarr Khan.

    About the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was launched in 2004 to empower this generation of creative scientists to transform medicine. The Broad Institute seeks to describe all the molecular components of life and their connections; discover the molecular basis of major human diseases; develop effective new approaches to diagnostics and therapeutics; and disseminate discoveries, tools, methods, and data openly to the entire scientific community.

    Founded by MIT, Harvard, and its affiliated hospitals, and the visionary Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe L. Broad, the Broad Institute includes faculty, professional staff, and students from throughout the MIT and Harvard biomedical research communities and beyond, with collaborations spanning over a hundred private and public institutions in more than 40 countries worldwide. For further information about the Broad Institute, go to

  • shaunynews 10:16 on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cameron ‘nervous’, , Labour MP Jim Murphy, , Referendum vote, , silent majority   

    Scottish independence: Cameron ‘nervous’ over vote 

    David Cameron said he was 'nervous' about the referendum vote.

    David Cameron said he was ‘nervous’ about the referendum vote.

    DAVID Cameron has admitted he is “nervous” about the referendum on Scottish independence as campaigning enters its final few weeks.

    The Prime Minister’s comments come after the results of the first poll since a second televised debate showed the No campaign’s lead was cut in half, to just six points. He told the Scottish Daily Mail: “I’m emotional and nervous because it matters so much.” But he hinted there were a “silent majority” of people who were afraid to speak out, citing academics in particular. “Recently I was talking to university vice chancellors who are very much part of the silent majority. They don’t want to speak out … because they worry about retribution from the Scottish government,” the PM told the paper.

    Mr Cameron, who visited a marine engineering firm yesterday, also condemned an attack on Labour MP Jim Murphy, who was egged by a Yes supporter while on a visit to Kirkcaldy, in Fife. Mr Murphy suspended his 100-day Scotland-wide referendum tour for Better Together, claiming that Yes Scotland is employing intimidation tactics by co-ordinating mobs of protesters to disrupt the meetings. Mr Cameron described the incident as undemocratic. He said: “There’s nothing wrong with a bit of heckling but throwing things isn’t necessarily part of the democratic process.” Yesterday, a Survation poll for the Daily Mail revealed Better Together’s 13-point lead in a previous poll earlier this month had dropped to just six, with the ballot in three weeks’ time.

    Of the 1,001 Scottish residents over 16 who were surveyed, 47.6 per cent said they were planning to vote No on September 18 – down from 50.3 per cent three weeks ago, while support for independence rose from 37.2 per cent to 41.6 per cent.

    The number of Scots still undecided fell from 12.5 per cent to 10.8 per cent. When those who are undecided are excluded from the research, support for No is at 53 per cent, with Yes on 47 per cent. Interpreting the results, Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said: “The poll underlines that the result is on a knife edge and that support for Yes continues to build, while the relentless negativity of the No campaign means it continues to lose ground.” But Better Together chief executive Blair McDougall said: “This is yet another poll showing that the majority of Scots want to keep the UK family together.”

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