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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Employer confidence slumps to a five-year low, research reveals

Employer confidence slumps to a five-year low, research reveals
- Employer confidence has slumped to a five-year low, prompting fears that the UK jobs market is “cooling off”, according to a new report. A survey of 2,100 employers by recruiter Manpower found that pessimism was “acute” in London because of fears over the capital's prospects after the UK leaves the ...

Brexit is allowing Europe to get serious about defending itself

Brexit is allowing Europe to get serious about defending itself
- Tapping into the political momentum generated by Russia's assault against Ukraine, the prospect of Brexit and the unpredictability injected into US foreign policy under Donald Trump, this time last year, European leaders instructed EU institutions to prepare the ground for strengthening the Union's ...

Who can we trust to predict our post-Brexit future?

Who can we trust to predict our post-Brexit future?
Trump the “America First” President has stirred the hornet's nest with his bombshell announcement that the Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and he will be moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This has caused utter surprise worldwide and raised the ire of the all Arab and ...

Europe might step in, if Trump's Mideast initiative fails

Europe might step in, if Trump's Mideast initiative fails
- In fact, Trump is not hiding his disrespect for the EU and most of its leaders. He minced no words when talking of British Prime Minister Theresa May, despite his support of Brexit. The same — and more — is true regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel, over her immigration ..

Donald Trump and Brexit become running jokes at pantomimes this year

Donald Trump and Brexit become running jokes at pantomimes this year
- The controversial US President is the baddie in some of the top festive shows this year. In London, the yellow-wigged world leader is banned from the ball in the Hackney Empire's production of Cinderella – and exits to a chorus of boos. The show also has Italian rogue Dandini being threatened with ...

Trump's Twitter obsession could spell his self-destruction

Trump's Twitter obsession could spell his self-destruction
- And the way things are shaping, it's a fair bet that he might well have tweeted his way out of the White House by the time Brexit happens (if it happens) and a weakened, isolated UK sits down to negotiate a tricky post-Brexit trade arrangement with a post-Trump, pro-EU America. By the same token, the .

Brexit UK and Trump's America drop in ranking of countries doing good for humanity

Brexit UK and Trump's America drop in ranking of countries doing good for humanity
- The UK has made a lesser contribution to world progress for the second year in a row. The Good Country Index measures how much countries have contributed to the "common good of humanity, " ranks them and update itself accordingly. 

Trump's tax plans will benefit BRITAIN as moneymen rush to London

Trump's tax plans will benefit BRITAIN as moneymen rush to London
- While many commentators have indicated that Trump's tax plans could be seen as a huge giveaway to America's richest one per cent and leave eight million of its poorest families worse off, Mr Elliot indicated in reality the country's wealthiest would also be hit with their marginal tax rates soaring ...

How your office job is ruining your health: From your eyes to your heart to your butt - experts ...

How your office job is ruining your health: From your eyes to your heart to your butt - experts ...
- But experts warn that, while 86 percent of Americans work at a desk, few of us know how to offset the damage. If you spend at least six hours a day at a desk, your heart attack risk is double what it should be. Computers also increase your risk of vision loss by 40 percent, increase insulin resistance, and ...

Charity aiming to influence policy on mental health education

Charity aiming to influence policy on mental health education
- The Shaw Mind Foundation was the first British mental health charity to gain more than 100,000 signatures on a Government petition. ... “Your child might go to one school and another child might go to another school and they might have a different education in mental health and that's not right,” she ...

The reality of Britain's food poverty crisis

The reality of Britain's food poverty crisis
- An estimated four million children live below the official poverty line in the UK even though a majority live in households where at least one adult is in employment. It has been widely reported how some teachers have been providing food and dinner money for those children who have no food. The issue ...

Unemployment, homelessness and poverty still MAJOR issues for Liverpool

Unemployment, homelessness and poverty still MAJOR issues for Liverpool
- But while employment prospects across the UK have drastically improved since then, Liverpool hasn't been as lucky as other places. Official estimates show that the national rate of unemployment for 16-64 year olds today is five per cent. In Liverpool this stands at seven per cent - one of the highest rates ...

Bill Gates credits this book with giving him a better understanding of American poverty

Bill Gates credits this book with giving him a better understanding of American poverty
- He has vowed to give away more than half of his $90 billion fortune and is constantly working to learn more about the issues of poverty and global health. He also reads — a lot. The Microsoft co-founder reads every night and has reviewed hundreds of books on his blog. One book that opened his eyes ...

Britain is doing less than other countries to end pensioner poverty for women

Britain is doing less than other countries to end pensioner poverty for women
- Their research shows that the UK still has much to do to moderate economic inequalities in older age between men and women. Women are typically overrepresented in pensioner poverty. On average, in the EU the percentage of men aged 65+ at risk of poverty is less than 15%, compared with over .

How To Support A Family Member With A Mental Illness

How To Support A Family Member With A Mental Illness
- However, we often forget the pain, frustration and disappointment that families go through when supporting loved ones in accessing services and helping them on their road to recovery. Supporting a family member with a mental illness, whether that be a child, parent or partner, comes with its own set of ...

How To Support A Family Member With A Mental Illness

How To Support A Family Member With A Mental Illness
- However, we often forget the pain, frustration and disappointment that families go through when supporting loved ones in accessing services and helping them on their road to recovery. Supporting a family member with a mental illness, whether that be a child, parent or partner, comes with its own set of ...

Christian teacher claims his faith requires him to call transgender boy 'a girl'

Christian teacher claims his faith requires him to call transgender boy 'a girl'
- But media outlets including the BBC, The Sun and the Daily Mail once again failed to mention the group's fringe anti-LGBT beliefs while republishing a Christian Concern press release about its latest legal action. Mr Sutcliffe claimed that the School has “systematically and maliciously” breached his .

Stop creating fake problems': LGBT groups react to court decision halting Trump transgender ban

Stop creating fake problems': LGBT groups react to court decision halting Trump transgender ban
- The organisations the National Centre for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) as well as Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAAD) had brought lawsuits against Trump's attempts to stop transgender people from serving. It followed the US president's tweet in July that "after consultation with my generals ...

Gay romance 'God's Own Country' sweeps top prizes at British Independent Film Awards

Gay romance 'God's Own Country' sweeps top prizes at British Independent Film Awards
- last week in the Best First Screenplay category at the 2018 edition of the Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Awards. It opened the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival at the end of June, where it won Best British Feature, and also won Best Feature at the Frameline41 International LGBT Film Festival.

Sarah Sanders says Trump believes shops should be able to display anti-gay signs

Sarah Sanders says Trump believes shops should be able to display anti-gay signs
- Trump would have no problem with businesses displaying anti-gay signs, according to his press secretary. At today's White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about whether shops should be able to display the signs, in relation to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. 

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments
- A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents was rebuked Monday for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who've recently resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Kirk Humphreys made the comments ...

Porn star Jaxton Wheeler accused of pushing August Ames to suicide says he made a 'horrible ...

Porn star Jaxton Wheeler accused of pushing August Ames to suicide says he made a 'horrible ...
- His post was in response to a twitter comment from 23-year-old Ames, in which she had said she would not work with a "guy who has shot gay porn". Ames had argued that she took the decision keeping in mind the safety of her body and that she had control over it. However, the back and forth of heated ...

Lifting The Veil On Religious Marriage Of Same-Sex Couples

Lifting The Veil On Religious Marriage Of Same-Sex Couples
- These include strengthening the solidarity of existing members, supporting existing LGBT members, and attracting new members. One important finding from our research is that the legal “protections” for individuals who don't want to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony are not relevant to the ...

The Supreme Court has rejected a lesbian who says she was forced out of her job for being gay

The Supreme Court has rejected a lesbian who says she was forced out of her job for being gay
- “The vast majority of Americans believe that LGBT people should be treated equally in the workplace. “The public is on the right side of history; it's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has refused to join us today, but we will continue to invite them to do the right thing and end this hurtful balkanisation of ...

Pregnant woman fires photographer because she is gay: 'Sorry that you think that lifestyle is OK'

Pregnant woman fires photographer because she is gay: 'Sorry that you think that lifestyle is OK'
- Pregnant woman fires photographer because she is gay: 'Sorry that you think that lifestyle is OK' ... Explaining why she was not interested in hiring her for the photoshoot, McKenna said it was because Grace was gay. ... IBTimes UK has reached out to Grace for a comment and is awaiting a response.

Supreme Court declines gay rights work discrimination case

Supreme Court declines gay rights work discrimination case
- The case the Supreme Court declined to take involved Jameka Evans, a gay woman who worked as a hospital security officer in Georgia. Lower courts said she couldn't use Title VII to sue for discrimination. The Supreme Court didn't explain why it was declining to hear the case. But the hospital where ...

Gay former student leader criticises NUS Black Campaign name change

Gay former student leader criticises NUS Black Campaign name change
Gay former student leader criticises NUS Black Campaign name change. The UK National Union of Student's Black ... Former presidents of the UK's National Union of Students Black Students' Campaign are criticising a proposed name change in an open letter. The campaign is holding a consultation ...

Franklin Graham isn't preaching in England for another nine months, but already he's getting trashed

Franklin Graham isn't preaching in England for another nine months, but already he's getting trashed
- Which is why I wonder if all the ruckus in the U.K. is simply grandstanding. Here's how the piece by Harriet Sherwood began: Opposition is mounting to a planned visit to the UK by a leading American conservative evangelical Christian who has made Islamophobic and anti-gay statements, with critics ...

If we accept homosexuality, it's OK for men to sleep with little boys

 If we accept homosexuality, it's OK for men to sleep with little boys
- “I was prepared to talk about Jerusalem, sexual harassment, and the state budget, so when Mr. Humphreys attacked the LGBT community, it took me a second to switch gears and make sure I really heard what I thought I did. “I wish that my comments had been stronger and more forceful, but I can assure ...

A diversified workforce is good for the bottom line

A diversified workforce is good for the bottom line
- I quote: “Bridging the UK gender gap in work has the potential to create an extra £150 billion on top of business-as-usual GDP forecasts in 2005, and ... A recent report from Out Now demonstrated that there is a greater than 25% productivity gain achieved when LGBT workers feel able to be open with all ...

Bermuda becomes first country in the world to abolish same-sex marriage

Bermuda becomes first country in the world to abolish same-sex marriage
- MP Lawrence Scott argued that the new law would hand LGBT people more rights. "As it stands now, they [LGBT couples] can have the name "marriage" but without the benefits," he told the Bermuda Assembly. "But after this bill passes, they have the benefits and just not the name marriage. The benefits ...

Police raid shuts down Uganda's only gay film festival

Police raid shuts down Uganda's only gay film festival
- Uganda's only gay and lesbian film festival was forced to shut down at the weekend after police stormed the venue and film-goers fled, fearing arrest, its organisers said. On Saturday afternoon, the second day of the festival, three policemen, including ..