Friday, June 18, 2010

Under the Tories there is no such thing as a good Government program, unless it benefits the City

BBC News - Free swims for children and over-60s in England axed: "Consultants Pricewaterhouse Coopers were asked to examine the swimming scheme to see if it had increased the number of swimmers and the 'health and consequent economic benefits'.

Their report said in the first year of the scheme 261 local authorities applied for the programme most of which had offered free swims to children and the over-60s but 64 of which concentrated on the over-60s.

The analysis showed that more youngsters took up the offer than over-60s. It also shows that the scheme encouraged more paying swimmers to take part - for example adults accompanying children.

About 138,000 extra paying customers went swimming in the first year of the scheme.

It also said that over-60s who took part increased their swimming sessions so the number reaching the government-recommended average of 30 minutes exercise a day went up from 66.2% of those surveyed to 78.4%."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bloody Sunday, U2 was right

BBC News - Key findings: "The Saville Report into the events of Bloody Sunday in Londonderry on 30 January 1972 has been published. The inquiry set out to answer a number of key questions:

Were those killed and injured all unarmed and innocent civilians?
'None of the casualties shot by soldiers of Support Company was armed with a firearm or (with the probable exception of Gerald Donaghey) a bomb of any description. None was posing any threat of causing death or serious injury. In no case was any warning given before soldiers opened fire.

'None of the casualties was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury, or indeed was doing anything else that could on any view justify their shooting.'"

BBC News - US experiment hints at 'multiple God particles'

BBC News - US experiment hints at 'multiple God particles': "There may be multiple versions of the elusive 'God particle' - or Higgs boson - according to a new study.

Finding the Higgs is the primary aim of the �6bn ($10bn) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment near Geneva.

But recent results from the LHC's US rival suggest physicists could be hunting five particles, not one.

The data may point to new laws of physics beyond the current accepted theory - known as the Standard Model.

The Higgs boson's nickname comes from its importance to the Standard Model; it is the sub-atomic particle which explains why all other particles have mass.

However, despite decades trying, no-one, so far, has detected it.

The idea of multiple Higgs bosons is supported by results gathered by the DZero experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator, operated by Fermilab in Illinois, US."