Key Quotes for 2008

Key Quotes for 2008

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Last update: Monday 18th December
 
Interest rates could fall to an all time low to drag the UK out of a deep recession, the Bank of England’s latest forecasts are set to show today. Its latest quarterly estimates for growth and inflation are likely to paint a bleak picture of the UK’s economic prospects.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 12th November 2008
 
The European Parliament’s employment committee is due to vote today on whether Britain should keep its opt out from EU rules which limit the working week elsewhere in Europe to 48 hours. Labour members on the committee back the scrapping of the opt out from the Working Time Directive, despite Gordon Brown’s opposition.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - November 5th
 
Hundreds of English Primary schools are to be rebuilt after the Government approved plans worth £1.75 billion. More than 1,500 projects will begin in 133 local authorities over the next two years. The remaining 15 local councils in England will be offered advice on how to bring their plans up to speed.
EducationThe Sentinel - 12th November 2008
 
Energy prices in Britain have risen twice as fast as the European Union average, according to new figures. Gas and Electricity rose by 29.7 per cent in the past year, compared with a 15 per cent increase for the EU. The figures, released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation And Developmenr show bills are up just 14 percent in France and 12.2 percent in Germany. Ed Mayo, chief Executive of Government watchdog consumer Focus, said:”Other countries may be doing more to keep their prices down and we should learn from them”.
The Sentinel - November 5th
 
University students today are more focused on gaining qualifications and getting a good job than going into higher education for the experience. A study commissioned by the National Union of Students reveals that most undergraduates see university as a means to an end. Less then a third say their main reason for going to university was for the experience itself.
EducationThe Sentinel - 25th November 2008
 
The government was announcing plans today to allow patients to top up their NHS care with private treatments. Professor Mike Richards was unveiling his long awaited review of top ups, which have sparked controversy after several patients died fighting for the right to add on to their NHS care. The report set out the circumstances in which people can pay privately for drugs while still receiving care on the NHS.
HealthThe Sentinel – November 4th
 
Inflation figures for October are today set to show the first month on month fall in the cost of living for more than a year thanks largely to cheaper petrol prices. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) – the official measure of the cost of living – reached a record high of 5.2 per cent in September after the latest round of rising energy costs during the summer. But most economists expect it to fall back to around 4.8 per cent.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 18th November 2008
 
Healthy mice have been cloned for the first time from frozen bodies kept in deep freeze for 16 years. The breakthrough increases the posibility of resurrecting extinct animals such as mammoths from their frozen remains. Until now dolly the sheep style cloning has only been achieved using live donor celss.
ScienceThe Sentinel – November 4th
 
Around six thousand homeowners have reduced the asking price of their property during the past week, knocking off an average of nearly £17,000 each, figures have shown. The price of 5,803 UK homes listed on property search engine Globrix were cut during the week beginning November 10, with people reducing them by an average of £16,871 or 6.3 per cent each.
HousingThe Sentinel - 19th November 2008
 
Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to do menial tasks and less likely to get placements in professional jobs when they do work experience. By contrast, students at a selective school found it comparatively easy to get placed in law firms, banks and alongside managerial staff. They were also more likely to be trusted with tasks, treated as a colleague and coached by employees, the Birmingham City University study found.
EducationThe Sentinel – September 4th
 
A woman has become the first person in the world to be given an entirely laboratory-engineered organ in a landmark operation that could change the face of transplant surgery. Claudia Castillo’s own stem cells were used to create an artificial airway which replaced the bronchus to her left lung, which had collapsed after she suffered a serious tuberculosis infection. Without the operation in June, Ms Castillo’s lung would have been removed.
HealthThe Sentinel - 19th November 2008
 
A top police officer has launched a scathing attack on the early release of criminals. Chief Constable of Kent Mike Fuller said dangerous offenders are being released because of a lack of prison places. He said: “Sentencing policy would appear to be determined more by the number of prison places rather than the seriousness of the crimes people have committed. “People committing serious and violent crimes are not receiving as long sentences as they should be, making the job of the police more difficult.” He said lack of available prison places could have easily been foreseen following a Government directive five years ago to increase the number of offenders brought to justice.
CrimeThe Sentinel – September 4th
 
Britain faced more jobs misery today over plans by Royal Bank of Scotland to axe around 3,000 staff. The bank, which is in line for a £20 billion taxpayer handout to help shore up its finances, is understood to be cutting the posts from its global banking and markets workforce over the coming weeks. The bank’s workforce is spread over 50 countries with a major base in London, and has been the area of the group hardest hit by the credit crunch.
The Sentinel - 14th November 2008
 
Petrol prices are too high and the drop in the price of oil is not being passed on to motorists, the head of a leading motoring organisation said today. AA president Edmund King said prices were 2p higher than they should be and that oil companies had been “too slow” in passing the drop in the oil prince on to customers.
MoneyThe Sentinel – September 4th
 
You wouldn’t think that teenagers and bishops would have much to talk about, let alone make pacts together but this stereotype has been turned around due to The Lambeth Talk, a four day consultation in July. The voices of young people were heard on key issues such as poverty, wealth and the environment at the Lambeth Conference due to an initiative organised by the Diocese of Leicester. Thirty bishops and 100 young people from 17 different nations discussed the themes of faith, life and power. The topics discussed were later covered during the Lambeth Conference, where the bishops were able to amplify the voices of the young people within the programme. As a result, bishops made promises to pay more attention to the needs of young people in their diocese.
World IssuesYouthwork – September
 
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