Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Sunday 21st July
 
Celebrity chef Anthony Worrall Thompson pledged that smokers’ rights campaigners would “fight on” after the smoking ban came into force.

What famous people sayThe Sentinel - June 26 2007
 
City council workers in Stoke-on-Trent took on average more than 12 days off sick in the past year. A total of 112,000 days were lost in the 12 months to March because of ill health – equivalent to more than 400 working years.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, - July 24 2007
 
Pregnant women are being bullied at work, facing discrimination and passed over for promotion, according to a "shocking" report. A survey of 600 human resources employees by baby charity Tommy’s and People Management magazine found one in seven felt managers in their organisation did not respect pregnant employees rights.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - June 26 2007
 
A US senate committee has passed a harsh new bill which could see radio stations hit with a zero-tolerance fine for every time they broadcast an “indecent” word. The bill would give the Federal Communications Commission, the US equivalent of broadcast regulator Ofcom, the ability to impose penalties on stations found violating the agency’s regulations on indecency.
MediaThe Weekly Radio Magazine, - 25 July 2007
 
The cost of reforms to the Child Support Agency will total more than £850 million by the time it is phased out, according to a new report. But the money has so far failed to deliver the necessary improvements to efficiency and service, with lone parents and their children missing out on £3.5billion in unpaid maintenance, said the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.
MoneyThe Sentinel - July 5 2007
 
More than two million Britons are related to convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. An online social history service estimated there were a huge number of people living in Britain today who were descended from the deportees. Ancestry.co.uk said it was launching an online collection of convict records, covering most of the 163,000 sent to Australia.
FamilyThe Sentinel, - 25 July 2007
 
Road pricing will not work if people perceive it as an extra tax, council leaders said today. Charging motorists for using roads had to benefit everyone in the local area, a Local Government Association report added. Road pricing must not just raise extra revenue, with money collected being invested in transport improvements, the report said.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - July 5 2007
 
Childless couples were given new hope under measures to tackle the postcode lottery for IVF treatment on the NHS. The Department of health said it would be developing a country-wide approach for deciding which patients were eligible for fertility treatment. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommended in 2004 that all couples should receive up to three rounds of IVF for free.
FamilyThe Sentinel - 25 July 2007
 
Every neighbourhood is to have its own kitty to spend on transport and infrastructure. Communities Secretary, Rachel Blears will use her first major speech in the job to signal an extension of the Government’s attempts to give residents a bigger say in their area. The initiative will see larger swathes of Council’s spending determined by communities themselves.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - July 5 2007
 
Personal debt has topped £1.3 trillion and British consumers are now on average twice as indebted as their European counterparts. Up to nine million people have ‘serious’ debt problems. The report says that children should receive more education in personal finance. It also calls for more support to expand credit unions, which offer people in deprived areas a ‘safe source of credit’ and an alternative to the loan shark. The age limit for gambling should be raised from 16 to 18, with the industry required to give £10 million a year to fund research into addiction.
MoneySalvationist (The Daily Express) - 21 July 2007
 
The Bishop of New Hampshire has given his clergy permission to bless same-sex unions. Speaking to the press on May 31st following the signing of a state law in New Hampshire establishing gay civil unions, Bishop Gene Robinson stated he would not compel his clergy to conduct gay blessings, but would leave it up to each priest’s conscience.
ChurchThe Church of England Newspaper - June 15 2007
 
The American diocese of Newark will not abide by the Primates’ call for a moratorium on same-sex blessings and will introduce proposed public rites for them at its January 2008 synod. The introduction of formal rites for same-sex blessings by Newark along with New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson’s announcement that his clergy were free to bless gay unions will stoke the anger of the local South coalition of primates, observers note, increasing pressure on Archbishop Rowan Williams to take decisive action against the American church.
ChurchChurch of England - June 22 2007
 
Over the past decade Britain has spent more on its ‘war on drugs’ than the combined budget for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. There re about 327,000 drug addicts and two million alcoholics- with about 1.5 million children in households where parents are abusing drugs or alcohol. Almost half the 80,000 prisoners are problem drug users. The report proposes a new tax on alcohol which could add 7p to a pint of beer – in response to a 15 per cent increase in alcohol consumption over the past five years. Among children there has been a 50 per cent increase in the same period…Treatment would focus on ‘abstinence’ with heroin addicts going ‘cold turkey’ rather than being prescribed a substitute drug such as methadone.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsSalvationist (The Daily Express) - 21 July 2007
 
Britons are increasingly unhappy, despite being more prosperous than ever before while parish churches are valued as hubs for the local community, new research by the Church of England revealed this week.
ChurchThe Church of England Newspaper - June 15 2007
 
North Korea was accused of gross crimes against humanity in a report released today by Christian Solidarity Worldwide. It even examines the possibility of genocide and concludes that there are strong indicators of genocide against religious groups, specifically Christians – implemented mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. Written by international lawyers over seven years the report focuses primarily on North Korea’s political prison camp system where 200,000 are currently believed to be held. Elizabeth Batha who headed up the team writing the report, said: “It is vital that the international community recognises the scale of what is taking place in North Korea.”
World IssuesChurch of England - June 22 2007
 
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