31st May 2007
Hollywood actor confirms Presidential bid 1
4:00 PM — The veteran film and TV actor Fred Thompson has said he intends to seek the Republican party's nomination for President of the United States in 2008."I can't remember exactly the point that I said, 'I'm going to do this,'" Thompson told USA Today."But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: 'I'm going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.'"
New Hampshire legalises civil unions
3:32 PM — The Governor of New Hampshire signed a civil unions bill into law today. It will come into force on January 1st 2008.The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.In April the state Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10."We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead and opposing discrimination," Governor John Lynch said according to AP.
New guidance on bullying in schools to be unveiled 2
2:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Education Secretary Alan Johnson has revealed that the government is working on new guidelines for schools to protect children from bullying.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk he said he hoped to be able to make an announcement at the Stonewall Education for All conference in July.Mr Johnson is one of six candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.
Homophobic Paisley is his father’s problem says Sinn Fein 27
1:45 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has assured gay and lesbian people that their rights will be upheld despite the hostile comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness said that Ian Paisley Jnr was not speaking on behalf of the devolved administration when he said that he found homosexuals repulsive.The Sinn Fein politician told listeners to The Nolan Show: "Gay rights are enshrined in legislation and we as first and deputy first minister have a duty to uphold that."
University lecturers question faith school teaching
1:13 PM — Members of a major education union have attacked the Sexual Orientation Regulations for not banning faith schools from teaching that homosexuality is a sin.Delegates at the annual conference of the University and College Union called on tougher guidelines on how children are taught.The union does not represent primary or secondary school teachers but lecturers in further or higher education.
NHS provides best route to kicking the tobacco habit
12:31 PM — Today is World No Tobacco Day, is another excellent opportunity for smokers to get support to help them give up smoking.For those who are giving up for the first time or need more support since quitting on No Smoking Day, there are lots of health professionals waiting to give you a helping hand.One in five smokers say they want to give up before the smokefree legislation comes into force in England in July and the best way to quit is by using an NHS stop smoking service.
Analysis: The dirt will not stick to the Teflon Taoiseach
10:16 AM — Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has worked his magic for a third time.The Irish elections held on 24th May 2007 saw Fianna Fail returning as the largest party. They will be lead yet again by Bertie Ahern - his third consecutive five year term.The electorate focused on the two traditional parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, with Bertie winning the trust of the masses, who appeared to be unwilling to stray too far from what they have enjoyed so far under his leadership.