As young people navigate adolescence, they ask questions about their sexual attractions and how they understand gender. If they are fortunate, they have access to sex and relationship educators or mentors and support networks. But my research with young people who identify as LGBT+ and disabled shows that they are often treated as though their gender or sexuality is just a phase.In my research looking at the experiences of young people aged between 16 and 25, we’ve seen how harmful this approach can be. Not recognising that young disabled people can be LGBT+ can reduce their ability to have fulfilling sexual lives. It also reduces the chance that they will receive appropriate help and support in relation to their sexuality or gender throughout their lives.Seeing sexuality or gender as a phase is not new. But for the young people we work with, it comes as a result of misconceptions about their disability, sexuality and their age. As one young person put it, with regards to their … [Read more...] about Disabled LGBT+ young people face a battle just to be taken seriously
The first step in conducting online propaganda efforts and misinformation campaigns is almost always a fake social media profile, writes Arun Vishwanath.Phony profiles for nonexistent people worm their way into the social networks of real people, where they can spread their falsehoods. But neither social media companies nor technological innovations offer reliable ways to identify and remove social media profiles that don’t represent actual authentic people.It might sound positive that over six months in late 2017 and early 2018, Facebook detected and suspended some 1.3 billion fake accounts.But an estimated 3 to 4 percent of accounts that remain, or approximately 66 million to 88 million profiles, are also fake but haven’t yet been detected. Likewise, estimates are that 9 to 15 percent of Twitter’s 336 million accounts are fake.Fake profiles aren’t just on Facebook and Twitter, and they’re not only targeting people in the U.S.In December 2017, German … [Read more...] about Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?
Ali, the boxer, said he “floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.” The storm named Ali punched harder and caused more havoc as it tore across the country yesterday, writes Ray RyanIt even caused the cancellation of the second day of the National Ploughing Championships, the largest outdoor event in Europe.Met Éireann issued an Orange Status weather warning the previous evening for 17 counties, including Offaly, where the ploughing festival is taking place at Screggan, outside Tullamore.The National Ploughing Association (NPA) had delayed the start of yesterday’s events, but it was eventually advised to cancel day two of the event in the interest of public safety.Exhibitors and people who were on their way to Tullamore or there already were irate that the cancellation decision had not been announced the previous night.Those who travelled to Tullamore had waited for up to three hours in holding car parks as Met Éireann forecasts and health and safety … [Read more...] about Ali lands body blow to championships as late decision to cancel angers many
The Future of Policing in Ireland report has thrown up a range of ‘issues’ that could see proposals get stuck or even sink in the resultant quagmire, says Cormac O’Keeffe.As people get to read the Policing Commission’s report and start to digest its contents, obvious ‘issues’ are going to jump out. And issues in the world of policing reform can mutate into a quagmire, where proposals may get stuck or sink.Four immediate issues pop out.The Future of Policing in Ireland report places a new focus on community policing or what it calls district policing. This includes a broader definition beyond policing to ‘community safety’.Part of this will be the imperative of ‘harm prevention’, including providing services to people with mental health and addiction conditions, homeless people, children, the elderly, and others at risk.The report says vulnerable people are too often the victims of crime — sexual and physical abuse, … [Read more...] about Report calls for suite of changes in policing
Greek officials have given the Ministry of Migration 30 days to improve conditions in the camp on Moria island or close it down, writes Gordon Brown.It has long been known that the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is plagued by overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and rampant violence, including riots that have left many injured.But when aid workers reported in April that children as young as ten were attempting suicide, another tragic facet of the refugee crisis was highlighted: 30 million children around the world are currently displaced, many in appalling conditions. The crisis is not just putting them in danger today; it is threatening to destroy their futures.In the Moria camp, children live in fear. Recent riots have displaced hundreds of camp residents and badly injured several. This is traumatising for children who are with their families, but even more so for the many who are unaccompanied. Making matters worse, many children lack even basic shelter, with … [Read more...] about Inadequate supports for refugees not just a Greek tragedy