Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Thursday 23rd February
 
Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with 67 per cent killed in the reef’s worst-hit northern section.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 29th November 2016
 
British workers are facing the toughest squeeze on earnings in up to a century, a leading financial think tank has warned, after official forecasts for growth were sharply downgraded in the wake of the Brexit vote. The institute for Fiscal studies (IFS) said figures unveiled in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday indicated real wages will still not have returned to pre-crash levels by 2021.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 25th November 2016
 
It is estimated around 21 watering holes across the UK are closing for the final time every single week.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - 23rd December 2016
 
The UK is still lagging behind leading countries at education, and has made little progress since results three years ago. The UK is behind Vietnam, Poland and Estonia.
EducationThe Sentinel - 7th December 2016
 
A recent study showed children use an average of four social networks and apps, 18 per cent aged between seven and 17 have given out personal information online, and six per cent have met up in real life people they have met online.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel - 7th December 2016
 
A survey commissioned by NHS England state that obesity is the most reported health problem among NHS staff, with up to 700,000 workers currently either overweight or obese. This is more than half the work force of the NHS...Experts say weight issues can put extra pressures on staff who are already under a lot of strain.
HealthThe Sentinel - 5th December 2016
 
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are far more common than most people realise. They are reported by men, women and children regardless of nationality, religion or education level. One Gallup poll showed 8 million adult Americans have experienced one. Other estimates suggest between four and nine per cent of the general population have experienced a NDE.
Odd FactsPremier Christianity - December 2016
 
In June this year, the NSPCC and the Children’s Commission published an extensive report titled I wasn’t sure if it was normal to watch it… The research undertaken by Middlesex University included a survey of children aged 11-16 and showed that by the age of 12, 28 per cent had viewed pornography and by the age of 15 that had risen to 65 per cent. In terms of inadvertent viewing or deliberately seeking porn, the split was about 50/50.
Young PeoplePremier Christianity - December 2016
 
New research from the Christian thinktank Theos has shown some Christian parents are not doing enough to help their children to know Jesus. According to the survey, only 36 per cent of Christian parents are keen that their offspring share their faith. When only those who attend church at least once a month were considered, the findings revealed 69 per cent of Christian parents were keen their children came to faith.
FamilyPremier Christianity - December 2016
 
The 2016 Ofcom report on media use and attitudes suggests that parents might be holding off buying of a phone for children by giving into requests for gaming platforms or tablets, which they can feel more control over. But whatever platform children are using, they are definitely spending more time online, with average usage for 3-to-4-year-olds now being over eight hours a week, and 5-15-year-olds 15 hours a week.
Young PeoplePremier YCW - January 2017
 
The NSPCC has reported a huge jump in the number of people being bullied online. It has gone up 88 per cent in four years, with more than 4,500 children calling NSPCC’s Childline in 2015/16 compared to more than 2,400 in 2011/12. Nearly one-third of those contacting NSPCC said they’d experienced bullying on a gaming or social networking site. The extent of bullying via social media profile pages ranged from insults about looks, to death threats.
Young PeoplePremier YCW - January 2017
 
A new study has found that many churches, especially those with smaller congregations, are failing to offer any youth work provision, and those that do are concerned about the effectiveness of what they offer. Youthscape Centre for Research surveyed 2,054 churches across the UK. The findings are detailed in the Loosing Heart report which was launched at Lambeth Palace in December.
ChurchPremier Christianity - January 2017
 
Four months after assisted suicide became legal in California, insurers are apparently no longer paying for life-saving or life-extending treatments, but will pay for assisted suicide drugs, it was reported in early December.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - January 2017
 
According to a five year-year academic study reported on in mid-November, churches that are theologically conservative with beliefs based on a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster than those with a liberal orientation. The growing churches featured contemporary worship, while declining churches favoured traditional styles of worship with organ and choir.
ChurchEvangelicals Now - January 2017
 
TV historian Tom Holland says he had the completely wrong idea about Christianity. Though he has not become a Christian, Holland now recognises the faith as a revolutionary idea which has changed the world for good.
What famous people sayThe Christian Institute newsletter - Autumn 2016
 
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