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Thursday, 23 November 2017

UK Predicts Worse Growth and Earmarks Cash for Hard Brexit

UK Predicts Worse Growth and Earmarks Cash for Hard Brexit
- May's government has been rocked by resignations, rebellions and sluggish progress in Brexit negotiations, and Hammond sought to strike an optimistic tone while limiting spending to fit the new economic reality. His ability to offer giveaways to win back support lost in June's catastrophic election is ...

Everything you need to know about the investigations into the Brexit campaign

Everything you need to know about the investigations into the Brexit campaign
- leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum. They include questions over Russian “dark money,” data services provided by a firm whose billionaire owner is a major Donald Trump backer, and £625,000 ($826,950) in donations to a 23-year-old fashion student. Here's everything you need to know.

Why Brexit, politics – and everything else – can't just be about economics

Why Brexit, politics – and everything else – can't just be about economics
- I don't buy the explanation that Brexit – and Trump, and everything else you can think of – was simply the result of a “left-behind” rebellion. But our politicians have a deep moral and political need to regain trust from a divided electorate, many of whom feel that the aggregate gains of the past decades ...

Journalism's Russian propaganda problem could be a blessing in disguise

Journalism's Russian propaganda problem could be a blessing in disguise
- Russian intelligence weaponized Twitter in its successful attempt to catapult Trump directly into the oval office. And now, it's believed it did the same with the Brexit vote. Interestingly, according to research from The Guardian, these accounts were so convincing, they were even quoted in at least ...

Trumping Democracy': The Overlooked Story of Trump's Biggest Backer

Trumping Democracy': The Overlooked Story of Trump's Biggest Backer
- Billionaire Robert Mercer is a member of a conservative faction bringing itself to power not only in the U.S. via the Trump campaign, but in the U.K. with Brexit's 'leave' campaign. In 2013, Britain's Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) – which some believe to have influenced Brexit – arrived to the ...

Trump Is Still Not a Fan of AT&T-Time Warner

Trump Is Still Not a Fan of AT&T-Time Warner
- Goldman Sachs employees in Europe may have to brush up on their French and German, as the firm prepares to open two new European hubs post-Brexit: Paris and Frankfurt. Employees would choose where they wanted to live, though Lloyd Blankfein has a sense of where the Americans will gravitate.

Johnny Marr reveals how Brexit and Donald Trump will influence his new album

Johnny Marr reveals how Brexit and Trump will influence his new album
- Johnny Marr has revealed how the effects of Brexit and Trump's presidency will affect the sound of his next album, despite initially hoping that both events wouldn't filter into his music. The former Smiths guitarist is currently recording his third solo album at his purpose-built studio in Manchester, ...

Trump, Brexit and the far right

Trump, Brexit and the far right
Trump is US president because just under 80,000 people in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin flipped those states his way. Many of his extra voters were working-class white men who had voted for Obama in 2012 and switched because of Trump's pledge to bring jobs back to the rust belt.

Mental health at work: an employer's duties

Mental health at work: an employer's duties
- They also found that the prevalence of mental health issues within the workplace is extremely high, with 15 per cent of UK workers suffering from symptoms of a mental health problem. Poor mental health in the UK was calculated to have a knock-on effect on the economy of an estimated £74 billion to ...

Sweet freedom': remarkable recoveries in a mental health project in Croatia

Sweet freedom': remarkable recoveries in a mental health project in Croatia
- Getto could have left at any time, but there was never a realistic option where he could live outside but still have the mental health support he needed. In 2014 he was given a flat in Osijek, eastern Croatia, where he lives with Jelica Getto, a woman he met in the mental health centre and married in 2016.

Analysis reveals barriers to routine HIV testing in high-income countries

Analysis reveals barriers to routine HIV testing in high-income countries
A new HIV Medicine study identified several barriers to routine HIV testing in emergency departments and acute medical units in the UK and US. For the study, investigators searched electronic databases for US and UK studies published between 2006 and 2015 that described the offer of HIV testing to ...

Quick, easy and frequent testing: the key to HIV prevention

Quick, easy and frequent testing: the key to HIV prevention
- In 2016, 5,164 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK, representing an 18 per cent decline from the 6,286 diagnoses reported in 2015. The UK is one of the first countries in Europe to witness a substantive decline in HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men, where the decrease has been most ...

Children attempting suicide in order to access mental health care

Children attempting suicide in order to access mental health care
Desperate pupils are attempting suicide to get mental health treatment, the children's commissioner has warned. Anne Longfield told the Commons health select committee that children as young as 13 felt they could only access support in the most extreme circumstances. “Visiting a school quite recently ...

Abandoning Mental Health Plan Would Represent 'Catastrophic Betrayal'

Abandoning Mental Health Plan Would Represent 'Catastrophic Betrayal'
- There is little to suggest that mental health will get its fair share of the ... a Green Paper on Child and Adolescent Mental Health in December and to ...

Women hit hardest by welfare reforms, say Scottish Greens

Women hit hardest by welfare reforms, say Scottish Greens
- Thousands of families are being plunged into poverty and child poverty is ... A UK Government spokesman said the Scottish Government can use its ...

What are the 2017 child tax credit changes, what benefits can I claim and who is eligible?

What are the 2017 child tax credit changes, what benefits can I claim and who is eligible?
- HUNDREDS of thousands of parents across the UK have been affected by a shake-up of how you can claim Child Tax Credit. Since Thursday, April 6, some ... Yet limiting child tax credit payments to the first two children in a family will push 200,000 kids into poverty, a study claims. Child Poverty Action ...

A school where LGBT is part of everyday life

A school where LGBT is part of everyday life
- Everything we do around LGBT is set within a broader framework of equality and justice. It is very much part of school life and not just something that is achieved in a single initiative." While all Educate Together schools are based on the same principles, the approach to LGBT issues at Balbriggan was ...

It's just the start': LGBT community in Turkey fears government crackdown

It's just the start': LGBT community in Turkey fears government crackdown
- Turkey's LGBT community says the government's banning of LGBT events is not only an illegal curtailing of personal freedoms but further proof of the government's anti-secular agenda, with some saying they are increasingly worried for their safety. Respondents to a Guardian callout said they thought ...

We don't need to censor it, but let's not pretend Fairytale of New York is entitled to use the word ...

We don't need to censor it, but let's not pretend Fairytale of New York is entitled to use the word ...
- What I do want, however, is for us to take a moment to think about why everyone allowed it to happen, and why everyone has railed so hard against it being changed. I do not want the song censored and I don't expect people to sit and have a seminar on LGBT rights every time they sing those words.

More LGBT couples and fewer heterosexual couples are applying to adopt children in the UK

More LGBT couples and fewer heterosexual couples are applying to adopt children in the UK
- More gay couples and fewer heterosexual couples are applying to adopt children in Britain, new figures show. Last year, one in seven adoption orders was made by a gay couple. Wilsons, a private law firm that analysed the figures, noted that the number of gay couples applying for adoption increased ...

Without LGBTQ People, Modern Music Wouldn't Exist

Without LGBTQ People, Modern Music Wouldn't Exist
- Among them was UK-based writer Darryl W. Bullock, author of David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music, out today. Bullock, of course ...

EastEnders star June Brown stars in Christmas LGBT charity single

EastEnders star June Brown stars in Christmas LGBT charity single
- The 90-year-old actress, who plays Dot Cotton in the BBC soap, introduces the song's official video, featuring a range of singers and images from key LGBT milestones through history. Most notable is the celebration of 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual acts ...

Why is Oscar-buzzed romance Call Me by Your Name so coy about gay sex?

Why is Oscar-buzzed romance Call Me by Your Name so coy about gay sex?
- In a banner year for LGBT cinema, with such festival hits as Beach Rats, BPM (Beats Per Minute), God's Own Country and A Fantastic Woman all .... To add insult to injury, the film's UK distributor, Sony Pictures, promoted the film with a blatantly misleading tweet featuring an image of Chalamet and ...

Sri Lanka to decriminalise homosexuality and protect LGBTQ citizens

Sri Lanka to decriminalise homosexuality and protect LGBTQ citizens
- The announcement comes after the United Nations (UN) criticised the Sri Lankan penal system for criminalising homosexuality. Nerin Pulle, Sri Lanka's Deputy Solicitor General, has pledged to change the penal code in Sri Lanka after the country's Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a ...

China has published its first study of transgender people and it's exactly as worrying as you'd expect

China has published its first study of transgender people and it's exactly as worrying as you'd expect
- which requires sex assignment surgery before citizens can change their gender on official documents. 2,060 people took part in the survey, which was conducted by the Beijing LGBT Centre, Peking University and the United Nations Development Programme, with support from China's Dutch embassy ...

Marriage equality no vote reflects religion not ethnicity, says Tim Soutphommasane

Marriage equality no vote reflects religion not ethnicity, says Tim Soutphommasane
- Soutphommasane said a narrative has sprung up since the postal survey which centres on ethnic minorities or multicultural communities being intrinsically hostile towards same-sex marriage, and to the LGBTI community at large. He said while some ethnic communities hold to the view that marriage is ...

Trump must speak up for global LGBT rights

Trump must speak up for global LGBT rights
- Much has been made of the lack of attention to human rights by Trump on his recent visit to Asia. By and of itself, this represents the United States giving up the mantel on a subject we first gained prominence on during the Jimmy Carter presidency in the 1970s. We were the international leader ...

Cardinal welcomes previously banned pro-LGBT group back to archdiocese

Cardinal welcomes previously banned pro-LGBT group back to archdiocese
- A U.K. Cardinal appointed by Pope Francis has given his blessing for a pro-homosexual organization to once again work in his archdiocese after his predecessor banned it because of its overt promotion of homosexual behavior contrary to Catholic ...

Harry Arter: 'Rainbow Laces an important initiative'

Harry Arter: 'Rainbow Laces an important initiative'
- Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has praised Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign and urged fans across the country to support the initiative. Rainbow Laces runs from November 24 to December 3 as Premier League clubs support LGBT inclusion in football. Arter has said that he believes that the ...

'It could lead to unintended consequences': Leading gay marriage campaigner admits same-sex ...

'It could lead to unintended consequences': Leading gay marriage campaigner admits same-sex ...
- A gay senator championing a same-sex marriage bill is concerned about ... The leading champion of gay marriage has sounded the warning, a day ...

Why you should care about Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign

Why you should care about Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign
- It's not, as so many people repeat, because football has no openly gay male players. It's not political correctness. It's because being gay and going to a ...

Stormzy apologises for 'foul and disgusting' homophobic tweets

Stormzy apologises for 'foul and disgusting' homophobic tweets
- Stormzy has issued a grovelling apology for a string of “foul and offensive” homophobic comments he tweeted years ago. The grime star admitted he had held “hurtful and discriminative views” as a younger man but has since “unlearned” his homophobia. Gay and lesbian website PinkNews revealed on ...

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