Thursday, 31 May 2012

Calling someone 'fatty' a hate crime, say UK MPs via @independent_ie

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/calling-someone-fatty-a-hate-crime-say-uk-mps-3123645.html

British MPs have suggested that calling someone "fatty" or "obese" should be considered a hate crime on a par with racism or homophobia.
Generations of children have traded banter about body weight in the schoolyard and Enid Blyton even named one of her characters "Fatty" in her 'Five Find-Outers' series.
Under the Equalities Act 2010, it is illegal to harass, victimise or discriminate against anyone on the basis of a number of "protected" characteristics, such as race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.

DCU included in ranking of world's top 50 new universities

DCU included in ranking of world's top 50 new universities

IN A boost to the stature of higher education in Ireland, Dublin City University has been ranked among the world’s top 50 new universities.
DCU is the only Irish university featured in the prestigious QS World University Rankings of colleges less than 50 years old. Established as a university in 1989, DCU, formerly the National Institute of Higher Education, is ranked 46th.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

"Africa - a Place Where You Will Make Money, Not Lose Money" - IPS ipsnews.net

"Africa - a Place Where You Will Make Money, Not Lose Money" - IPS ipsnews.net

If African countries continued to rely on external funding, they would be turned into "choice-less democracies", he warned, because dependency on foreign aid means that political and economic agendas are partially set overseas....

Recovery is fragile and this is not the time to take risks

Recovery is fragile and this is not the time to take risks

THE IRISH people have been through a lot. And the reality is the country still has a long way to go on the road to recovery.
But now is a time when we need to be sure of the next steps we take as a nation. After weeks of arguments and counter-arguments, and the delivery of more information than ever before, the decision on the stability treaty is now in your hands. This is your choice and no one else’s and I am urging everybody to participate in making this decision.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Islamist and ex-PM vie for mantle of Egypt’s revolt

Islamist and ex-PM vie for mantle of Egypt’s revolt

The Muslim Brotherhood and a military man close to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak courted defeated first-round candidates in Egypt’s presidential election on Saturday, each trying to claim the mantle of the uprising before a run-off next month.

State television said the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi led this week’s vote with 26.4 percent against 23 percent forex-air force chief Ahmed Shafiq, according to preliminary results...

Friday, 25 May 2012

We won’t get back on our feet without debt writedowns | Irish Examiner

We won’t get back on our feet without debt writedowns | Irish Examiner

For Ireland to recover from ‘horrendous’ debt problems, a significant proportion must be written down, writes Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews. 

A YES vote on May 31 will guarantee Ireland access to European bailout funding. It will also reassure multinational companies that the country is not on the verge of a funding crisis.

Catholic Church goes to war with Obama over birth control via @independent_ie

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/catholic-church-goes-to-war-with-obama-over-birth-control-3116959.html

THE Roman Catholic Church in the US has mounted a huge legal assault against President Barack Obama and his health reforms which require most American employers to buy contraception for their staff.
Dozens of the church's largest archdioceses, universities and other affiliated groups sued the Obama administration this week, in one of the largest religious lawsuits in US history. They argue that the government is violating the religious freedom of bosses whose faith forbids them from using or approving of birth control...

Thursday, 24 May 2012

New chief prosecutor defends international criminal court


The new chief prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) has launched a combative defence of the institution, rejecting the view that it is "a pro-western, anti-African court".
Fatou Bensouda, from Gambia, will next month replace the charismatic but controversial Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has been accused of applying "selective justice" to Africa.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Charities Act deferred over cost

Charities Act deferred over cost

LEGISLATION THAT would require charities to make their financial information public has been deferred for cost reasons, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed.
The Charities Act, providing for the regulation and supervision of the charitable sector, was passed in 2009 but has not been enacted in full. Mr Shatter said the prospect of full implementation was examined in the context of last year’s comprehensive review of expenditure.

Friday, 18 May 2012

'Eating for two' when pregnant a myth, new study shows via @independent_ie

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/eating-for-two-when-pregnant-a-myth-new-study-shows-3111597.html

THE common belief that pregnant women can eat for two has been scotched by research suggesting dieting during pregnancy can be beneficial.  Experts found that weight management was not only safe, but could also reduce complications for pregnant women...

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Chronic diseases of First World spreading to Africa | Irish Examiner

Chronic diseases of First World spreading to Africa | Irish Examiner

Health data released yesterday provided the clearest evidence to date of the spread of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease from developed nations to poorer regions such as Africa, as lifestyles and diets there change.
The UN data showed one in three adults worldwide has raised blood pressure — the cause of around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease — and the condition affects almost half the adult population in some countries in Africa.

Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/chronic-diseases-of-first-world-spreading-to-africa-194161.html#ixzz1v8h6wGAb

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

New law will force single mothers to name father on birth cert via @independent_ie

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/new-law-will-force-single-mothers-to-name-father-on-birth-cert-3109989.html

SINGLE mothers will be forced to name the fathers of their children on birth certificates under planned new legislation.  Around 4,000 children do not have their father named on their birth cert every year. And it has been estimated that overall, one in five of all children born to unmarried parents do not have the name of their father registered on their birth certificates...

Kenyan bishop to sue RTE over 'Mission to Prey' via @independent_ie

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/kenyan-bishop-to-sue-rte-over-mission-to-prey-3109974.html

A THIRD cleric is taking legal action against RTE claiming serious defamation as the fallout from the 'Mission to Prey' programme continues.
The Irish Independent has learned that papers were lodged earlier this week at the High Court by Kenyan Bishop Philip Sulumeti.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Romney adamantly rejects same-sex marriage | Irish Examiner

Romney adamantly rejects same-sex marriage | Irish Examiner

Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney, wooing social conservatives, has adamantly rejected same-sex marriage and trumpeted his belief in Christian values and the family.
Days after Barack Obama became the first US president to back gay and lesbian marriage, Mr Romney told university graduates the "pre-eminence of the family" remains at the heart of the principles that underpin the nation

Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/romney-adamantly-rejects-same-sex-marriage-193752.html#ixzz1uus0sW8E

Friday, 11 May 2012

Africa’s Two Female Presidents Join Forces for Women

Africa’s Two Female Presidents Join Forces for Women

MONROVIA, May 9 (IPS) – The only two female heads of state in Africa, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Malawian President Joyce Banda, have just committed to using their positions to improve the lives of women across the continent.

Both Sirleaf and Banda have long championed women’s rights. And on Apr. 29 in Monrovia, two years into what the African Union (AU) has declared the "Women’s Decade", they pledged to work together to accelerate those efforts.