Saturday, March 28, 2015

Scottish Referendum: A majority of voters born in Scotland said yes to independence

But nearly three-quarters of people from elsewhere in Britain voted no. The biggest study yet of how Scotland made its historic decision on September 18, 2014 has found that the votes of people born outside Scotland were crucial to the result. While 52.7% of native-born Scots voted yes, a massive 72.1% of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed the Union. There were more than 420,000 Britons from elsewhere in Britain living in Scotland when the last census was taken. And if they cast their ballots in line with the findings of the Edinburgh University study, more than 300,000 of them would have voted no. That’s a significant number in a contest that ended with 2,001,926 votes for no and 1,617,989 for yes. Voters born outside Britain also rejected independence, with 57.1% voting no. Political scientist Professor Ailsa Henderson, who wrote the study, said that it showed the importance of “Britishness” among voters born elsewhere in Britain in deciding the result. She said: “Scottish-born people were more likely to vote yes and those born outside Scotland were more likely to vote no." Ailsa said that the trend she found was similar to those seen in other independence votes in places such as Quebec in Canada. The study, which recorded the attitudes of several thousand voters in a series of surveys, also confirmed that women and older people were more likely to vote no while men and the young were more in favor of yes. Researchers found that 56.6% of women voted no while 53.2% of men voted yes. The divide was even wider when it came to age. More than 62% of voters aged 16 to 19 backed independence. The yes side also had a majority among voters aged 20 to 24, 25 to 29 and 30-39, while voters aged 40 to 49 were split almost exactly down the middle. But 50 to 59-year-olds, 60 to 69-year-olds and voters aged 70 or older were all in the no camp, with the pro-Union majority getting bigger the older they were. Nearly two thirds of 70-something Scots voted no.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The UK National Union of Students has passed a policy which means that white gay men must stop appropriating black female culture

It is being reported that delegates at the Women's Conference have passed a motion making it against policy for white male gay students to snap, click or sashay away, or generally act in anyway that can be attributed to black women. In a second motion they passed the banning of cross-dressing or drag due the offense it could cause trans women.

Kidney transplantation outcomes from deceased African-American donors may improve through rapid testing for apolipoprotein L1 gene (APOL1) renal risk variants at the time of organ recovery, according to a new study led by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Variation in the APOL1 gene is associated with up to 40% of all kidney diseases in African-Americans who undergo dialysis or kidney transplantation, and APOL1 kidney disease risk variants are only present on the chromosomes of individuals who possess recent African ancestry, such as African-Americans, according to the researchers. The study found that renal risk variants in the APOL1 gene in deceased African-American kidney donors were linked with shorter survival of transplanted kidneys.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A black man is facing a charge of attempted manslaughter after he confessed to shooting his 18-year-old son during an argument over orange juice

Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, say that 58-year-old Eldridge Dukes is facing a charge of attempted manslaughter after he confessed to shooting his 18-year-old son during the argument. Investigators say that the squabble escalated when the victim broke a vase, and Dukes grabbed his handgun. They say that Dukes chased the victim out of the house and down the street, firing at least three times. Police say that the son was hit in the buttocks and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Dukes was booked into the parish prison on counts of attempted manslaughter and illegal use of a dangerous weapon. Dukes is being held on $60,000 bail.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

As thousands gathered to bury a woman who was beaten and burned by an angry mob, Afghan officials said that they had found no proof that she had burned pages of the Koran as her assailants had claimed

“We have reviewed all the evidence and have been unable to find any single iota of evidence to support claims that she had burned a Koran,” Gen. Mohammad Zahir, head of the Interior Ministry’s criminal investigation directorate, said at the woman’s funeral. “She is completely innocent.” Zahir’s comments followed the results of an investigation by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs that said that charred papers found at the shrine where she was attacked Thursday were from a Persian-language prayer book - not the Koran, the Muslim scripture, which is written in Arabic. The murdered woman was just 28-years-old and has been identified only by her first name, Farkhunda. Police had been criticized for not doing enough to control the mob of several hundred men who surrounded Farkhunda at the Shah-Do Shamshira shrine in Kabul and killed her. Hundreds more people gathered along the banks of the Kabul River to take pictures and videos of Farkhunda’s burning body, which was left in a dirt patch of the shallow river. When Farkhunda’s body was taken from her family’s house to the funeral, young men cried out, “Allahu Akbar!” - God is great - the same words her attackers used before beating her and running her body over with a car before setting it on fire. Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said that 13 police officials had been suspended. Thirteen suspects in the crime have been arrested, officials said. The mullah of the shrine, whom Farkhunda’s family has accused of burning the pages, has also been taken into custody, officials said. Mourners at the funeral also demanded that another religious leader, who praised the attackers during a sermon, be removed from his post at a mosque. Farkhunda’s relatives, who said that she suffered from mental illness, described their daughter as a devout Muslim who graduated from a local religious school and was preparing to begin classes in the Islamic Studies department of Kabul University.