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Three-quarters of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school, says new report
Three-quarters of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school, according to new research from advocacy group BeLong To. The 2022 School Climate Survey found that 76% of LGBTQ+ school students said they did not feel safe in school, and 69% said they have heard homophobic remarks from other students. Some 58% said they have heard homophobic remarks from school staff. One-third of the 1,208 respondents said they had skipped school to avoid negative treatment associated with being LGBTQ+.
Russia faces G20 calls to end Ukraine war
Russia is facing mounting diplomatic pressure to end its war in Ukraine as G20 leaders meeting in Indonesia rued the high cost of the eight-month-old conflict. In a draft communique, countries including Russia deplored the impact of “the war in Ukraine” — a conflict that “most members strongly condemned”. The group is also expected to declare that “the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons” is “inadmissible”, a veiled rebuke of President Vladimir Putin who has repeatedly raised the spectre of nuclear conflagration. Mr Putin was forced to skip the summit as he reckons with a string of embarrassing battlefield defeats and a grinding war that threatens the future of his regime.
Fears grow of turkey shortage in run-up to Christmas as flock of 3,000 culled due to bird flu outbreak
Fears are growing within Government of a possible turkey shortage in the lead-up to Christmas following an outbreak of bird flu. A flock of 3,000 turkeys in Monaghan had to be culled this week after the birds contracted highly contagious avian flu. Fears are now growing within the Government and industry that there will be a shortage of turkeys in the run-up to the festive season, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue will tell the Cabinet today. Exclusion zones around farms and enhanced biosecurity measures are being put in place to reduce the spread of the disease.
New gambling regulator to focus on wellbeing on apps and websites
Plans to bring in a gambling regulator are going before cabinet ministers today. One of the main roles of the new body will be to look at how technology has impacted the gambling industry. The Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland will do this by regulating advertising, gambling websites and apps. A major focus will also be put on public well-being, for both online and face-to-face gambling.
London loses position as most valuable European stock market
Britain’s stock market has lost its position as Europe’s most-valued, with France taking the top spot, data shows. A weak pound, fears of recession in the UK and surging sales at French luxury goods makers are thought to be behind the shift, according to data from Bloomberg. It’s the first time Paris has overtaken London since records began in 2003. It comes as the UK is expected to fall into recession this year, although the French economy is also under pressure.
Aviva Stadium and Croke Park will host seven Euro 2028 games if bid approved
The Aviva Stadium and Croke Park will host seven games between them at the Euro 2028 championships should a bid to be approved by Cabinet on Tuesday prove successful. As many as 120,000 fans are expected to travel to Ireland for the tournament, which could be worth up to €250m to the economy, estimates indicate.
The Irish Examiner
Today will be bright with sunny spells. There will be scattered showers in Munster and Connacht at first and these will spread into Leinster and Ulster later in the day. Some of the showers will be heavy. Highest temperatures of 9°C to 13°C in a light to moderate south to southeast wind. Scattered showers will continue early tonight and will be heavy at times, but will clear from most areas overnight. It will be cold with a touch of frost in places as temperatures fall to between 0°C and 4°C . Areas of mist and fog will form in light southerly or variable winds.