Key Quotes for 2011

Key Quotes for 2011

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Last update: Monday 11th December
 
In a 396-9 vote on November 1, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the US. The resolution, proposed by Republican Randy Forbes (Virginia), not only affirms the motto but also encourages its display in public and government buildings.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - December 2011
 
Premier footballer Anton Ferdinand is planning to start a prayer group at his new club Queens Park Rangers, it was reported in October. He said: ‘I’m a Christian, I have faith in the Lord… At Sunderland we had a group who prayed. There was me, Kieran Richardson, Stephane Sessegnon, Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, Nedum Onuoha. Hopefully I will start building that here’. He also described his faith as ‘one of the best things that has ever happened to me’.
ChurchEvangelicals Now - December 2011
 
Same-sex couples could be able to register civil partnerships in churches in England and Wales as early as January 2012. In November, the Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone MP announced the controversial new plans from the government. She said: ‘The government is advancing equality for LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) people and ensuring freedom of religion for people of all faiths. No religious group will be forced to host a civil partnership registration, but for those who wish to do so this is an important step forward’.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now - December 2011
 
According to Operation World, in a population of 177 million people, 96% of whom are Muslims, there are just over one million evangelical Christians in Pakistan and that figure is increasing with an annual growth of some 3.3%.
ChurchEvangelicals Now - December 2011
 
The Government has insisted it remains committed to cutting net migration to Britain to the “tens of thousands”, despite it hitting a record high last year. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed long-term new migration in 2010 was 252,000; the highest calendar year total on record. The figures represent a big increase on the 2009 total of 198,000. Downing Street said Prime Minister David Cameron still believed he could meet his target to get net migration down below the 100,000-a-year mark.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - November 25 2011
 
Some health trusts are banning medicines approved for use on the NHS because they are too expensive. Drugs to treat conditions including cancer, heart disease, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy have been blacklisted, with GPs told not to prescribe them despite the medicines being approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) for NHS use. A freedom of information investigation by GP newspaper found one in four primary care trusts surveyed had blacklisted Nice drugs.
HealthThe Sentinel - November 24 2011
 
Britain has already entered a period of recession which will last until the spring and will be followed by months of stunted growth, a respected global economic think-tank has forecast. The bleak prediction, for the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2012, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) came on the eve of Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.
MoneyThe Sentinel - November 29 2011
 
NHS hospitals are to be banned from cutting costs by setting minimum waiting times and rationing certain treatments following a damning expose of ‘scandalous’ practices, the Government announced. An investigation earlier this year found waiting times were being deliberately extended in some areas so patients would go private or die before they were seen to slash costs. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said the cost-cutting methods would be banned from the end of March.
HealthThe Sentinel - November 14 2011
 
The Chief of the Defence Staff has denied sending the Duke of Cambridge to the Falkland Islands was designed to provoke Argentina. Prince William, a Flight Lieutenant with the RAF, will deploy to the remote outcrop for six weeks next year to fly search-and-rescue helicopter missions. Argentine official Sebastian Brugo Marco said the country could not ignore the ‘political’ implications of his move, which comes shortly before the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s defeat in the Falklands, to which it lays claim.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - November 14 2011
 
Stoke-on-Trent has six jobseekers for every position available, according to new research. The latest Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Economic Bulletin has revealed the city’s Jobcentres were notified of 1,310 vacancies in September, down 8.8 per cent from the month before. There are currently 7,887 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the county, which equates to six claimants per vacancy. The bulletin was put together by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - November 4 2011
 
Border officials have lost track of a population of asylum seekers and migrants the size of Cambridge, a critical report by MPs has said. UK Border Agency figures showed the number of “lost” cases had tripled in six months from 40,500 in March to 124,000 in September. The so-called controlled archive had become a “dumping ground for cases where the UK Border Agency has lost track of the applicant”, MPs said.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - November 4 2011
 
The number of possible victims of phone hacking by the News of the World stands at close to 5,800, police have said. This is just under 2,000 more than the previous figure of 3,870 given at July’s Home Affairs Committee meeting. Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Operation Weeting continues to analyse relevant material. “It is not possible to give a precise figure about the number of people whose phones have been ‘hacked’, but we can confirm that as of November 3 the current number of potentially-identifiable persons is 5,795.”
MediaThe Sentinel - November 4 2011
 
Medical students from low-income backgrounds are graduating more than £13,000 more in debt than their better-off peers, a new report has said. The British Medical Association (BMA) survey also shows the number of students from the lowest income brackets in medical school has declined in the past 12 months. The findings are revealed in the BMA’s Medical Student Finance Survey 2010/11, which quizzed more than 2,800 students. The BMA said the results raise concerns about the Government’s plans to widen access to careers in medicine for low-income groups.
MoneyThe Sentinel - November 2 2011
 
The row over the anti-capitalist protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral has claimed another victim. The Dean, the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, resigned saying his position was “untenable” following criticism. His departure follows those of Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Giles Fraser and part-time chaplain Fraser Dyer. The dean made the initial announcement that the London cathedral had closed its doors for the first time since the Second World War because of fears over health and safety.
ChurchThe Sentinel - November 1 2011
 
It was reported in late September that the government will hold a consultation on redefining marriage in England and Wales to allow homosexuals to wed, following similar moves in Scotland. The announcement was made by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone. Opponents say there will be far-reaching consequences if a key social institution is so radically rewritten. The consultation will begin in the spring. The government says it will ask how, not if, same-sex marriage should be legalised.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now - November 2011
 
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