Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Thursday 18th April
 
Research by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation shows that from 2014 to 2016 the annual number of honour-based violent offenses against girls and women reported to the police in Britain rose by 53 per cent to 5,105, yet only 5 per cent were referred to the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS).
CrimeSword – September/October 2018
 
The number of babies dying from unexplained causes has increased for the first time in three years, new figures show. There were 219 deaths caused by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or without a known cause in England and Wales in 2016. This is up from 195 the previous year and the highest number since 2013 when there were 252. SIDS is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an otherwise seemingly healthy baby.
HealthThe Sentinel – 21st August 2018
 
One per cent of Christians in the UK believe that God is female, a new survey by YouGov suggests. The most common perception of the 1219 Christian respondents to the survey was that god had no human gender: 41 per cent held this view. More than one third (36 per cent) said that they believed God to be male; three per cent said that God had a human gender identity that was neither male nor female; and 19 per cent said that they did not know. Christian women were more likely to believe that God was male than Christian men: 41 per cent compared with 30 per cent. A total of 3228 adults took part in the YouGov survey last month.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 7th September 2018
 
While 69 per cent of all Muslims referred by the UN were accepted for resettlement in the UK, only 44 per cent of Christians were accepted and less than 21% of Yazidis. The end result was that of the 4,850 Syrian refugees the Home Office accepted for resettlement, a mere eleven were Christians, representing just 0.2 per cent of all Syrian refugees accepted by the UK.
World IssuesSword – September/October 2018]
 
Just over one in 10 adults over 55 have set aside money to cover the costs of any future care needs, the consumer rights group Which? has warned. A survey commissioned by the organisation found only 12% were saving in case they needed to pay for care in later years. Which? said the findings suggested any proposals in the Government’s forthcoming social care green paper which placed the burden on people to plan themselves for their future needs may be doomed to failure.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 20th August 2018
 
The Prayer Book Society has reported a 40-per-cent increase in its membership. More than 260 people joined the society last year, bringing the total membership to more than 3000.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 14th September 2018
 
Every year 2.5 billion disposable cups are purchased and thrown away in the UK. Most of these are not recycled. The majority of them are made of paper on the outside, but waterproof plastic on the inside. The two materials are so tightly welded together that they need separating before recycling can begin – and currently only a few of the UK’s recycling sites are equipped to do this.
EnvironmentThe Plain Truth – Autumn 2018
 
Diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat should be avoided due to a possible association with shortened life spans, scientists in the United States have warned. Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and living a long life, the research published in the Lancet Public Health Journal found. The primary findings were confirmed in a meta-analysis of studies on carbohydrate intake including over 432,000 people from more than 20 countries.
HealthThe Sentinel – 17th August 2018
 
The College of Bishops voted this week to adopt formally the definition of anti-Semitism produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 14th September 2018
 
Snapchat is set to become more popular than Facebook among 18 to 24-year-olds by 2019, having added an estimated 350,000 users in 2018. This would bring its total up to five million, eclipsing Facebook for the first time. Facebook is set to lose 500,000 users this year, making over-55s the second largest demographic on the site.
MediaYouth and Children’s Work – October 2018
 
One million children belong to families in England who are getting into debt to pay for school uniforms, a study by the Children’s Society has found. The charity’s report the wrong blazer 2018, published last week, says that 13 per cent of parents surveyed were getting into debt over paying for school uniforms, up from seven per cent in its 2015 report.
MoneyChurch Times – 31st August 2018
 
Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church have renewed efforts to encourage young people to consider ordination. The Church of England announced that a third more under-32s have been recommended for training since statistics were released two years ago. Under-30s now make up 23 per cent of those entering ministry training, a 20-year high.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work – October 2018
 
Smart home devices such as artificial intelligence-powered speakers are becoming increasingly common in the UK, according to research by YouGov. The firm’s Smart Homes 2018 Report reveals that almost a quarter of Britons (23 per cent) now own at least one smart device for the home, with just under one in 10 (8 per cent) owning two or more.
MediaThe Sentinel - 10th August 2018
 
In its seventh annual Good Childhood Report, which was released on Wednesday, the charity analysed the latest results of the millennium-cohort survey of more than 11,000 children aged ten to 17. This included the question whether the respondents had hurt themselves on purchase when they were 14 years old, or in any way in that past year. More than 1700 children (15.5 per cent) said that, when they were 14, they had self-harmed in the past year. Most (1237) were girls, that is, almost one in four of all girls surveyed; this was compared with the 9.2 per cent of boys.
Young PeopleChurch Times – 31st August 2018
 
Couples raising two children while working full time on minimum wage fall £49 short of a no-frills lifestyle, according to Child Poverty Action Group’s Cost of a Child report.
MoneyYouth and Children’s Work – October 2018
 
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