Do I say "hymns are my favourite music genre" or what?
Do you use the singular or plural, and does the "be" form follow that or the singular "genre"?
I don't think it is necessary at all to modify the sentence structure to singular = singular. You could easily say: My favourite genre is ghost stories. Now you have singular = plural (where = means linking verb). The complement needn't agree in number with the subject. One could say: Ants are a nuisance. There's nothing wrong with equating (linking verb) the plural 'ants' with the singular 'a nuisance'. Anyway, your question relates to the agreement between the subject 'hymns' and the linking verb 'are'. Turn your sentence around and you have: My favourite genre is hymns. You have to agree the subject and the verb, not the complement (what follows the linking verb) and the verb.
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from legislators. REVOLUTION The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War By Deb Olin Unferth Henry Holt.
Deb Olin Unferth met George at
an anti-CIA protest. She quickly fell in love. When George, a passionately devout Christian and communist sympathizer, asked if she wanted to go to Nicaragua and ...In April 2010, a blowout caused an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) offshore oil rig
in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a three-month spill of about four million barrels of oil.
In the Lagrangian world, disaster is opportunity. In the years that followed, the enormous amount of satellite data from the unprecedented disaster became the single best way to hone LCS methods. To validate the LCS results, researchers confirm their transport barrier predictions with a blob of tracer in water, capturing its motions, speed and trajectory with high-resolution digital cameras.
"Normally, you don't have such a huge tracer blob in the ocean that's so visible from the surface," says George Haller, professor of nonlinear dynamics at ETH Zurich, who forged this dynamical systems theory approach to questions about ocean surface transport. "So, the Gulf Oil Spill was almost the ideal tracer experiment."
In 2012, Haller and MarÃa J. Olascoaga of the University of Miami identified a single, key LCS that had pushed the oil spill toward the northeast coast of Florida for about two weeks in June â€” information that would have been key for hard decisions during the spill.
CJ Beegle-Krause has seen 250 oil spills. She is an oceanographer currently at the
independent research organization SINTEF and serves as an oil spill trajectory forecaster for NOAA â€” which is why she got calls from high school friends asking if the Gulf Oil spill would reach their vacation homes. From her experience, she predicts that core-structure analysis will have huge social value.
For example, during the oil spill, the city of Tampa, Fla., repeatedly requested resources from the Unified Command Center. "That was a very difficult situation," Beegle-Krause says, "because the oil was
close enough to make residents and responders worried, but all the three-day forecasts
did not show the oil reaching that coast."
People didn't believe the government, and mass cancellations devastated the tourism industry. She thinks that LCS analysis could buffer a spill's psychological impact. "My hope," she says, "is that having transport barrier predictions as an independent source of information will reassure people and help them understand why they aren't getting resources."
Just as with the weather report, maps, animations and pictures bring the message home more than tables of numbers and probabilities. The big environmental potential for the LCS approach is optimized
deployment of oil spill equipment, such as skimmers, dispersants and absorbent booms.
"We can also develop a monitoring program based on transport barriers," Beegle-Krause says, "so we can monitor less in areas that are outside of transport barriers that contain the spill." Plus, she suggests, if responders had a heads up as to where the spill would break up into sheens, or very thin layers of oil, they could quickly decide not send skimmers out to those areas of unrecoverable oil.
Looking ahead to a time when the melting Arctic is home to increased oil exploration, Beegle-Krause can't help but think of the insurmountable obstacles an oil spill in the region would pose without the next generation of response tools.
"For example, in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the entire spill was surveyed with data from satellites and helicopters within 24 to 48 hours," she says. "But if there is a well blowout in the Arctic and oil gets under ice, it's much harder to locate the spill and send appropriate resources.
You can't just fly over and see oil under pack ice."
Getting a handle on the spill would involve sending instruments through the ice in remote, frigid
locations. Deep Water Horizon would look easy.
Why do you think some parents might be concerned about making birth-control or morning-after pills available over the counter? 'a slice of brilliance!'Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior is a brilliant book if you are a person of adventure. It is about a boy called Jack whose mother is dead and whose
sister is in England.
So Jack is with his father, on a ship but they get shipwrecked off the coast of Japan and get attacked by ninja pirates and his father gets killed in the fight. Then a sword master called Masamoto saves Jack and takes him to the Dojo to start his training to become a samurai warrior. Jack also has to be careful because the leader of the ninjas is trying to get his father's rutter which is a book full of the secrets of the oceans. But at school things aren't getting any better because he is singled out by bullies and with his friend Akiko by his side he is still getting treated as an outcast.Find out about their great adventure.
I definitely recommend this book because it is a slice of brilliance!Want to tell the world about a book you've read? Join the site and send us your review!Children and teenagersChildren's books: 8-12 yearsAdventure (children and teens)guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Some hope that the enormous price of the Iraq war was not paid entirely in vain. Rescuers continue to find survivors of one of the countryâ€™s deadliest disasters.
New research released today by MIT Sloan Management Review and SAS reports that 67 percent of companies surveyed are gaining a competitive advantage by using analytics â€” marking a 15 percent increase from last year and 80 percent increase from two years ago. The report, "From Value to Vision: Reimagining the Possible with Data Analytics," derived from a global survey of more than 2,500 business executives, identifies a group of companies leading the way in the analytics revolution, dubbed "Analytical Innovators."
Companies in this category report both strong competitive advantage and improved innovation from using analytics, which are means of interpreting certain data to gain insight and drive business planning.
Analytical Innovators are significantly more likely to exhibit three characteristics: a widely shared belief that data is a core asset; more effective use of more of their data for faster results; and support for analytics by executives. Another important characteristic of Analytical Innovators is their report of power shifts in their organizations: Analytical Innovators are four times more likely than less analytically inclined companies to say that analytics have shifted the power structure within their organizations. "This is a
significant finding, in that power shifts can be disruptive. They often call into question experience and intuition that managers and employees have built up over years," says David Kiron, executive editor for MIT Sloan Management Review. "Now, those who know how to marshal the data and put analytics behind their decision making are in a position of advantage." The study also identified two types of companies less analytically sophisticated than Analytical Innovators: Analytics Practitioners (representing 60 percent of respondents), which have made significant progress, but have not achieved the top level of competitive advantage and innovation from using analytics; and the Analytically Challenged (28 percent of respondents), which are less mature in their use of analytics and have not derived as much value from them as the other groups.
"As we studied all three groups, we were able to clearly see the specific differentiators among the groups," says Pamela Prentice, chief research officer for SAS. "This enabled us to develop a framework for companies to evaluate their own standing, and to provide recommendations based on a company's current status."
The study's recommendations for the Analytically Challenged include: How to improve on
the classic? Give it a holiday twist! There are three kinds of chocolate in these fudgy morsels, plus toasted pecans and sweet dried cherries.
The New York Times is discontinuing the Green blog but plans to press on with aggressive energy and environment coverage.
Government asks Twitter to set up 'representative office' inside Turkey in move that could presage censorship of serviceThe Turkish government is heading towards a showdown with Twitter after asking it to set up a "representative office" inside the country.
The move mike geary truth about abs censorship of the microblogging service it has accused of helping stir weeks of anti-administration protests.The
government hinted that it might even ban communications using the service if it did not comply â€” as happened when it blocked Google's YouTube video site for two years until the search giant opened an office there last October.While mainstream Turkish media largely ignored the protests during the early days of the unrest, social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook emerged as the main outlets for Turks opposed to the government.But the Turkish transport and communications minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday that without a corporate presence in the country, the Turkish government could not quickly reach Twitter officials with orders to take down content or with requests for user data."When information is requested, we want to see someone in Turkey who can provide this ...
there needs to be an interlocutor we can put our grievance to and who can correct an error if there is one," Yildirim said. "We have told all social
media that ... if you operate in Turkey you must
comply with Turkish law."Twitter
declined to respond
to the government request on Wednesday, but a person familiar with the company's thinking said it had no current plans to open an office in that country.While
Ankara had no problems with Facebook, which had been working with Turkish authorities for a while and had representatives inside Turkey, Yildirim said it had not seen a "positive approach" from Twitter after Turkey issued the "necessary warnings" to the site."Twitter will probably comply, too.
Otherwise this is a situation that cannot be sustained," he said, without elaborating, although he stressed the aim was not to limit social media.An
official at the ministry, who asked not to be named, said the government had asked Twitter to reveal the identities of users who posted messages deemed insulting to the government or prime minister, or that flouted people's personal rights.It
was not immediately clear whether Twitter had responded.
The company's general policy is to protect users' identities unless it receives binding decisions from
a court; in the US it has fought against orders to reveal user details.Facebook said in a statement that it had not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests over the protests and said it was concerned about proposals indicating that internet companies
may have to provide data more frequently.Scourge â€” or saviour?In the midst of some of the
country's worst political upheaval in years, the Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan,
has described sites like Twitter as a "scourge," although senior
members of his party are regular users.
He has said such websites were used to spread lies about the government with the aim of
terrorising society.Police detained several dozen people suspected of inciting unrest on social media during the protests, according to local reports.
Apparently in response to the crackdown, apps offering secure connections from Turkey through encrypted systems saw rapid growth in use during the protests.Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Twitter's chief executive Dick Costolo said on Wednesday that he had been observing the developments in Turkey, but emphasised that Twitter had played a hands-off role in the political debate."We don't say, 'Well, if you believe this, you can't use our platform for that,'" Costolo said. "You can use our platform to say what you believe, and that's what the people of Turkey ... are using the platform for. The platform itself doesn't have any perspective on these things."Turkey's interior minister had previously said the government was working on new regulations that would target so-called "provocateurs" on social media, but
there have been few details on what the laws would entail.One
source with knowledge of the matter said the justice ministry had proposed a regulation whereby any Turk wishing to open a Twitter account would have to enter their national identification number, but
this had been rejected by the transport ministry as being technically unfeasible.Last year, Twitter introduced a feature called "Country Withheld Content" that allows it to block tweets considered illegal in a specific country from appearing in that country; it caused some concern among users, though the company emphasises that people trying to view the tweet would be told that it had been blocked, rather than it silently vanishing from its feed.Twitter implemented the feature for the first time in October in response to a request by German authorities, blocking messages in Germany by a right-wing group banned by police.Turkey said last year that it had won a long-running battle to persuade Google-owned YouTube to operate under a Turkish internet domain, giving Ankara more control over the video-sharing website and requiring the company to pay Turkish taxes.
In October, Google opened an office in Istanbul.Turkey banned the popular website for more
than two years in 2008 after users posted videos the government deemed insulting to the republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.Rights
groups have long pressed Turkey to reform strict internet laws, while analysts have criticised the ease with which citizens
and politicians can apply to have a website banned.Turkey
cites offences including child pornography and insulting Ataturk to justify blocking websites.TwitterInternetBloggingTurkeyCensorshipguardian.co.uk
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| Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds It's great for Clegg that his son got in to the London Oratory.
But most parents have no real choice of secondary schoolNick Clegg couldn't have picked a better school for his child if he wanted to remind everyone how unfair state schooling can be.
By choosing the London Oratory in Fulham over the nearest school for his eldest son, this avowed atheist and his Catholic wife have chosen the school that Tony Blair picked for his two sons and Harriet
Harman picked for one of hers. A choice that infuriated Labour voters then and may well irritate some Lib Dem voters now.This
is no bog-standard comprehensive, to coin Alastair Campbell. It has nearly double the English national percentage of students getting five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths â€“ a staggering 92% â€“ and it takes Catholic boys from all over London plus the ones from the local area where houses can fetch more than Â£2m.This year it is celebrating 150 years of existence with a black tie ball at the Hurlingham Club.
Tickets cost Â£125 per head.It
sits in a city
where even though state schools have improved hand over fist, parents can easily not get any of their secondary school choices and end up having to send small 11-year-olds, who've never travelled on the Tube alone before to troubled
parts of the city to a school where there is space because it's in special measures.The truth is most people have little choice over where to send their children to school.
Schools known to be outstanding fill up quickly from an ever-smaller catchment area as people who can afford to move in fill them up.
Faith schools like the London Oratory, which are quickly oversubscribed, can use faith-based criteria for admission to decide who gets the places.Elsewhere, many parents in towns and rural areas often have the choice of the local school
or no school. State schools in England end up reflective of their neighbourhood but London is one place where you could have very socially mixed schools because poverty and affluence butt up against one another, sometimes even in the same street.Yet
it rarely happens. London has more than double the national percentage of kids in independent schools and it is the brave middle-class parent who will opt for a school
in special measures or one with vast numbers of children on free school meals, or not speaking English as their first language.Clegg and his wife are bringing their children up as Catholics. Their son goes to a Catholic primary which feeds the London Oratory and they live close by.
There are closer schools but at the end
of the day a parent should be able to choose the best school for their child.
It's just a pity more parents can't.Nick
CleggSecondary schoolsSchoolsWendy Berlinerguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds In a statement on a proposed United Nations declaration to condemn violence against women, the Brotherhood issued a list of objections, which formally laid out its views on women. John Freeman, the American-born editor of the British literary quarterly, is leaving after five
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