Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Thursday 18th July
 
People suffering from Parkinson’s disease can sing themselves better, research suggests. A pilot study found that singing therapy led to fewer involuntary movements, improvements in mood, and less stress. Researchers from Iowa Stats University in the US warned that the early findings should be treated with caution, but said the benefits matched those from taking medication. Each year, around 145,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
HealthThe Sentinel – 8th November 2018
 
More than 90,000 Britons will die due to bugs resistant to treatment with antibiotics over the next three decades, estimates suggest. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned that superbug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050. But simple measures such as hand washing and more prudent prescriptions of antibiotics could avert some of the deaths, the authors said.
HealthThe Sentinel – 8th November 2018
 
The number of people on the organ donor register in Scotland is higher than it has ever been, new figures show. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) figures revealed that between April and October 2018, there were over 285,000 new registrations, making the total figure almost 2.8 million.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 4th January 2019
 
Public confidence in the police has been “severely dented” as forces struggle to deliver an effective service, a Commons committee has warned. It is taking longer to charge suspects, fewer arrests are being made and neighbourhood presences have been stripped back, MPs said. Falls in funding and staffing levels have left constabularies under “increasing strain”, according to the worrying report from the Public Accounts Committee.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 8th November 2018
 
A third of parents believe children should be taught how to scoot safely in PE lessons at school, a new study suggests...Half of those polled said learning to ride a scooter was just as important as learning to ride a bike. One in four parents said their children’s balance had improved by riding a scooter.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel – 13th November 2018
 
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged the ‘dramatic rise in violence’ against Christians globally, and launched an independent review to investigate. An estimated 215 million Christians faced discrimination and violence last year, and an average of 250 were killed for their faith each month.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 4th January 2019
 
Almost half of the UK’s National Cycle Network is in a poor or very poor condition, according to new research. High-speed vehicles, too many barriers and unstable surfaces were among the faults found on the 16,500-mile network of paths and on-road cycling and walking routes. Independent analysis commissioned by transport charity Sustrans classified the condition of 42% of it as “very poor” and 4% as “poor”.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel – 12th November 2018
 
Unemployment has increased by 21,000 even though record numbers of people are in work, new figures reveal. The jobless total rose to 1.38 million in the three months to September after a big increase in the number of men out of work. Employment continued to increase, up by 23,000 to a record high of 32.4 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 14th November 2018
 
Acts of violence against members of the clergy are on the rise, a new Government-funded survey has revealed. In the last two years, one in ten members of the Church of England clergy have been the victim of violent behaviour, with the same proportion saying they are experiencing more problems than two years ago.
CrimeThe Christian Institute - 4th January 2019
 
One in seven people are not getting the most out of apps due to lack of confidence and knowledge about how they work, a survey suggests. Some 13% of people feel they are missing out on the full benefits of apps for these reasons – including 12% of those aged 25 to 34 who said this – NatWest found. One in six (16%) over 55s also said they did not feel they were getting the full benefits of using apps.
MediaThe Sentinel – 14th November 2018
 
Switching to a low-carb diet could help people lose up to 10kg (1.57 stone) over the course of three years, a new study suggests. Long-term benefits could be even greater, the researchers said, after analysing the number of calories burned in various diets.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 15th November 2018
 
The Iraqi government has officially declared 25th December a public holiday. In a country that is now 95% Muslim, this comes as encouraging news for the 300,000 Christians who live in Iraq. All citizens of the nation will now mark Christmas Day as a national holiday, as opposed to just Christians.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 4th January 2019
 
The average property now takes nearly a week longer to sell than it did a year ago, according to an analysis of cities and major towns. Sellers typically face a 102-day wait to see their property snapped up, the report from Post Office Money found. This is six days longer than in 2017, when the average time period between a property going on the market and being sold or under offer was 96 days.
HousingThe Sentinel – 16th November 2018
 
Nearly two thirds of the UK’s bank branch network has been lost over the past 30 years, analysis from Which? suggests…19% of people now live more than two miles from their nearest branch as the crow flies, while 8% have to travel more than three miles.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 16th November 2018
 
According to new statistics, some 41.9 million babies were killed, worldwide, before birth in 2018. In other words, for every 33 live births, ten children were aborted. This comes as news that Down's syndrome abortions in England and Wales are up by 50%. Latest figures reveal around 92% of Down's pregnancies result in abortion.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 4th January 2019
 
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