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Thursday, 14 December 2017

UK's May heads to EU summit after Brexit vote defeat

UK's May heads to EU summit after Brexit vote defeat
- The narrow defeat -- by 309 to 305 votes -- was May's first as Prime Minister and leaves her in a weakened position at home as she travels to an EU Council meeting in the Belgian capital, during which the bloc's other 27 leaders are expected to confirm that Brexit negotiations can move on to to the next ...

Can Europe Sustain the Macron Moment?

Can Europe Sustain the Macron Moment?
- The European Union's political and economic outlook improved dramatically in 2017, following a year in which the bloc reeled from the United Kingdom's Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election in the United States. But European leaders must not become complacent in 2018, or the EU could be ...

David Cameron to Trump: Your 'fake news' act is 'dangerous'

David Cameron to Trump: Your 'fake news' act is 'dangerous'
- He then turned his attention to the U.S. president, saying: “When Trump uses the term 'fake news' to describe CNN and the BBC, that is not just a questionable political tactic. It's actually dangerous.” The former Conservative Party prime minister, who resigned in the wake of his failed Brexit ...

Facebook and Twitter: Nine Russian Brexit ads found by inquiries

Facebook and Twitter: Nine Russian Brexit ads found by inquiries
- Facebook says its investigation into Russian attempts to influence the Brexit vote has determined the activity amounted to just three adverts. Twitter says its own inquiry has linked six ads promoting referendum-related content on its platform to Russian sources. The Electoral Commission had asked the ...

Theresa May defeated over Brexit plan, after own party members rebel

Theresa May defeated over Brexit plan, after own party members rebel
- Up until the last minute of an often bitter debate in parliament, May's team tried to convince lawmakers in her party to give up their demands and side with a government fearful that the move will weaken its hand in tough Brexit negotiations. Members of Parliament (MPs) are debating the EU withdrawal ...

No evidence Russia interfered in Brexit vote, ex-head of MI6 says

No evidence Russia interfered in Brexit vote, ex-head of MI6 says
- He said: “I've not seen anything that convinces me at all that the Russians intervened significantly in the Brexit referendum… I don't think there's any question that they got involved in the US election.” Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

'Lord Trump' rules US, but 'Darth Moore' can't defeat rebels

'Lord Trump' rules US, but 'Darth Moore' can't defeat rebels
- The British press focused on the 11 conservative MPs who on Wednesday backed an amendment to give themselves a decisive vote on the final Brexit deal, which they portrayed as a defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Daily Telegraph called it a “mutiny” that “blows up storm for May's 

Brexit, Trump and a generation of incompetents

Brexit, Trump and a generation of incompetents
- I didn't want Brexit, but I assumed the Brexiters had a plan. I didn't think Donald Trump had a plan, but I assumed the Republicans did. They didn't. Whether you like these people or not, the question is: why are they incompetent? It seems that the Brexiters really thought the EU would just bow to their ...

Loneliness triggers undiagnosed mental health issues in older people, charities warn

Loneliness triggers undiagnosed mental health issues in older people, charities warn
- It found that new technology could be contributing to loneliness, with 80% saying that spending time face to face with others improves their mental health. The charities are calling for more action to reduce mental health problems among older people and want to see a Welcome Home Box introduced for ...

Don't tell us we'll meet someone else: Women are more likely to be widowed when young than ...

Don't tell us we'll meet someone else: Women are more likely to be widowed when young than ...
- Indeed, Holly reveals that she has already been approached by men asking if she wants to date again — something she says feels strange at this early stage. She has also felt pressure to support Ross's family, including her in-laws, something older widows typically don't face. 'You are not just managing ..

Women are more miserable than men until their mid-80s when they are widowed and begin ...

Women are more miserable than men until their mid-80s when they are widowed and begin ...
- Women are more miserable than men for almost their entire lives and are happier only in their mid-80s, according to a new NHS survey. The study found that women's happiness grows after retirement before they overtake men at age 85. This may be because many older people are widowed by then, ..

How housing associations can help tackle loneliness

How housing associations can help tackle loneliness
- More than a quarter of people surveyed said there were times when they lacked companionship, felt left out or felt isolated from others. A sizeable number (7%) said they often felt isolated – a figure that translates into more than half a million Londoners in total. And we are not just talking about older ...

No savings for a care home future? That's your problem

No savings for a care home future? That's your problem
- Data from more than 125 English local authorities shows a huge variation, not only in the amount councils are willing to pay towards care home costs, but the extent to which people have to haggle with their local authority to get a good deal. Where elderly people enter care in a 'crisis' situation and do ...

Millions of Britons suffer 'mid-life savings crisis' in run-up to retirement, with many having no clue ...

Millions of Britons suffer 'mid-life savings crisis' in run-up to retirement, with many having no clue ...
- While some can't save anything at all for their older years, 64 per cent of people in their 50s are not seeing their pension savings rise during these ... Lindsey Rix, managing director for savings and retirement at Aviva, said: 'It is worrying to see so many of the UK's older workers in the dark over how much ...

Social media fuels elderly isolation

Social media fuels elderly isolation
- The Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland have warned that loneliness is creating mental health problems among older Scots, with around 120,000 people suffering mental health issues as a result of isolation. This has prompted calls for more to be done for elderly people to prevent isolation ...

Number of over 65s caring for others up 16% in five years finds Age UK

Number of over 65s caring for others up 16% in five years finds Age UK
- Millions of older people are being forced to provide more care for their frail spouses or other relatives due to widening gaps in social care caused by underfunding, a leading charity said today. The number of older people acting as informal carers has increased by 16 per cent over a five-year period, ...

Top Indonesian court rejects attempt to criminalise gay sex

Top Indonesian court rejects attempt to criminalise gay sex
- Rights advocates had feared the court would outlaw gay sex and sex outside marriage and set back human rights in the world's most populous Muslim nation. The ruling said it is not the Constitutional Court's role to criminalise private behaviour or to usurp parliament by imposing laws on it.

Bermuda AXES gay marriage laws just six months after legalising same-sex weddings

Bermuda AXES gay marriage laws just six months after legalising same-sex weddings
- Bermuda's senate has voted to tear up a ruling that legalised gay marriage just six months ago. The British island territory is on course to now allow only domestic partnerships. Senators approved the Domestic Partnership Act by an 8-3 vote yesterday after the House of Assembly had approved it 24-10 ...

Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay

Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay
- We're living a sad time of religious fundamentalism, intolerance and hate that places this country as the most homophobic one of the region," Somos Gay, a Paraguayan gay rights group, said in a statement. It added that "this situation has an impact on human lives. Hate crimes, bullying and violence are ...

Scientists may have discovered why boys with older brothers are more likely to be gay

Scientists may have discovered why boys with older brothers are more likely to be gay
- Scientists may have discovered why the more older brothers a boy has, the likelier he is to be gay as an adult. Known as the “fraternal birth order effect”, numerous studies have found a correlation between the birth order of boys and male sexual orientation. Now researchers say increasing levels of ...

Spirit of Harlem nights brought to today's UK

Spirit of Harlem nights brought to today's UK
- When I went back to them with all this research they asked me if I wanted to do a show and I agreed but didn't want it to be about America but to be set in austerity Britain,” continues Pritchard. “I wanted to show what's it like to be gay, black and poor in today's climate.” With writer Cheryl Martin he created ...

The UK government will ask if you're gay or trans in 2021 census

The UK government will ask if you're gay or trans in 2021 census
- The next census in England and Wales will ask people if they're gay or trans for the first time. In 2021, the Office of National Statistics will add new questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on their census, helping to provide a better idea of how many people in the UK identify as LGBTQ.

Indonesia court rejects bid to outlaw extramarital sex

Indonesia court rejects bid to outlaw extramarital sex
The unsuccessful petition would have affected unmarried heterosexuals and gay people, who cannot marry in Indonesia -- several months after the arrests of a group of men accused of holding a "gay party". The court heard a judicial review filed by Islamic activist group the Family Love Alliance that ...

Gay people are more likely to experience trouble sleeping, new research reveals.

Gay people are more likely to experience trouble sleeping, new research reveals.
Homosexual men are significantly more likely to have trouble falling asleep, require medication to overcome insomnia or wake feeling unrested compared to straight or bisexual males, a US study found. Lesbians are more at risk of struggling to fall or stay asleep, needing anti-insomnia drugs to help ...

Gay and bisexual people have more trouble sleeping, study reveals

Gay and bisexual people have more trouble sleeping, study reveals
- The study concludes that it has discovered “evidence that gay men, lesbians and bisexual women report poorer sleep quality than their straight counterparts. “Seeking to better understand these differences may help identify why certain sexual orientation groups are at risk for poorer sleep quality,” the ...

India draws flak for banning "indecent" condom ads on daytime TV

India draws flak for banning "indecent" condom ads on daytime TV
- “The ban is regressive,” said Koninika Roy from the Humsafar Trust, a charity that works on HIV/AIDS and with the LGBT community. “People are having sex at a much younger age and these ads could be telling them about safe sex. Condom ads are not about titillation, they are not about sex but about ...

Would Glaswegians welcome Donald Trump to the city?

Would Glaswegians welcome Donald Trump to the city?
- A trip north to see his two golf courses would seem likely for the US president while he is across the pond – but the SNP insist he "wouldn't be welcomed." SNP's defence spokesman at Westminster, Stewart McDonald, said: "Trump is taking us backwards. Only 17 years ago LGBT people were permitted ..

Roy Moore spokesman says gay sex should be illegal in election night interview

Roy Moore spokesman says gay sex should be illegal in election night interview
- A spokesperson for failed Senate candidate Roy Moore said that gay sex should be illegal in an interview on election night. Moore, a hardline ... Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore in a surprise upset last night – but not before the Moore campaign made one last parting shot at the LGBT community.

If it's OK then, quite frankly, it's OK for men to sleep with little boys': Outrage as former Oklahoma ...

If it's OK then, quite frankly, it's OK for men to sleep with little boys': Outrage as former Oklahoma ...
- A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has sparked outrage by comparing comparing gay people to pedophiles. Kirk Humphreys made the comments during a local public affairs TV show that aired over the weekend in Oklahoma, during a discussion ...

Do We Even Need To Know If We're "Born This Way?"

Do We Even Need To Know If We're "Born This Way?"
- In 1993, a study from U.K. researchers found a connection between men having genetic variations in a region on their X chromosome, and being gay. The study ... Exploring theories about our supposed innate differences will only fuel homophobia and inequality — which we should be fighting to end.

Religion is to blame for the homophobia LGBT+ people face in Northern Ireland

Religion is to blame for the homophobia LGBT+ people face in Northern Ireland
- There is no ticketing for the main Pride Day and Belfast Pride unlike other Prides across Europe and the UK. Belfast Pride makes a conscious effort to stay very linked to the tight-knit LGBT+ community in Belfast. One of the main things that struck me from my research was the cohesiveness of this ...

Salvation Army says it's 'evolved' on LGBT rights but we're not too sure about that

Salvation Army says it's 'evolved' on LGBT rights but we're not too sure about that
- Although the enforcment of this policy is often debated, the head of the Salvation Army in the UK admitting last year that gay people were still ... The Salvation Army has also previously insisted that allegations of homophobia are a “myth” and that it “abides by all applicable anti-discrimination laws in its ...