Key Quotes for 2013

Key Quotes for 2013

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Last update: Saturday 17th August
 
Unicef is calling for more investment in young people in the UK. The call follows the organisation’s report which places the country below Slovenia, Czech Republic and Portugal, in the league table of child well-being in the world’s richest countries. Despite rising from bottom (21st) place in 2007 to 16th place in 2013, there are still areas where the UK ranks significantly low, and these tend to affect 15-19 year-olds. They include a continuing high rate of teenage pregnancy and high numbers of young people under 19 not in education, employment or training. The UK also has one of the highest alcohol abuse rates by 11 to 15 year-olds.
Young PeopleYouthwork, July 2013
 
Recent NHS figures reveal that hospital admissions for self-poisoning have significantly increased in the last decade. Compared to 79,000 admissions in 2001, figures show there were more than 114,000 cases in the UK in 2011. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, self-poisoning is the most common type of hospital treated self-harm.
Social IssuesYouthwork, July 2013
 
The Church of Scotland is to allow gay and lesbian people in civil partnerships to become ministers. The General Assembly of the country’s largest Protestant Church narrowly voted in favour of a compromise motion aimed at ending four years of division. The new deal now has to be written into a new Church law and authorised by next year’s General Assembly. It will reaffirm the traditional teaching of the Church as favouring heterosexual ministers, but allows congregations to ‘opt in’ to select gay ministers if they wish.
Social IssuesChristianity, July 2013
 
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for what could be ‘the biggest bilateral trade deal in history’ between the EU and the US. He announced the start of formal negotiations on a trade deal worth hundreds of billions of pounds, aimed at boosting exports and driving growth. Mr Cameron said a successful agreement would have a greater impact than all other world trade deals put together.
MoneyThe Sentinel, June 18, 2013
 
David Cameron has vowed to “put the heat on” internet companies over the online posting of pornographic images of children. The Prime Minister said internet firms were still not doing enough to take down such pictures even though they are illegal.
He called on firms to work with police to help prosecute those people responsible for putting them on the web.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel, June 17, 2013
 
At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to latest United Nations figures. This represents a rise of more than 30,000 since the UN last issued figures covering the period to November 2012. At least 5,000 people have been dying in Syria every month since last July, the UN’s human rights body says. But it says these statistics are an underestimate as it believes many deaths have not been reported.
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel, June 14, 2013
 
Outstanding schools could be downgraded by Ofsted if they fail to help their most deprived pupils. Such a move would see over¬subscribed schools that are otherwise deemed highly successful by inspectors re-categorised as 'good' or even 'requiring improvement' - the second-lowest rating. Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw accused schools in 'relatively affluent' areas of 'complacency' for focusing on more able students while cultivating 'low expectations' in others. Ofsted will 'visit and revisit' until there is an improvement, he warned.
EducationDaily Mail June 21 2013
 
David Cameron is facing a fresh backbench revolt as his MPs attempt to force him to introduce tax breaks for married couples. Former children's minister Tim Loughton yesterday introduced plans to enshrine in law Conservative pledges to recognise mar¬riage in the tax system. He said it was 'long overdue' and urged the Prime Minister to 'put our money where his mouth is', adding that the measure will support stay-at-home mothers penalised by other Coalition tax moves such as child benefit cuts. The Prime Minister has pledged that a tax break for married couples will be introduced by 2015, but Tory MPs are worried George Osborne has been dragging his feet. They want the measure put into law now to convince voters it is 'not just an afterthought'.
PoliticsDaily Mail June 21 2013
 
Fruits and vegetables should not be stored in the fridge or a dark cupboard because they need a natural cycle of day and night to produce the right levels of nutrients and flavour, scientists say. Because they remain alive after being picked, the biological clocks of fruits and vegetables continue to tick, meaning their cells remain active and they are sensitive to the time of day. Allowing them to continue on a day-night cycle keeps them in a more natural and healthy state, while permanent darkness or light may affect their nutrient content for the worse, researchers found.
Food and DrinkDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
A Christian B&B owner ordered to pay a homosexual couple compensation after refusing them a room has appealed against her sentence, claiming that she would have refused a double bed to an unmarried heterosexual couple, too. Susanne Wilkinson refused to let Michael Black, 62, and John Morgan, 56, who are not joined in a civil partnership, share a double bed in her Swiss B&B, in Cookham, Berks, in March 2010. Mrs Wilkinson, a married mother of four, believes that sex before marriage is a sin and "against God's law" and says that she refuses to let unmarried couples — whether straight or gay — share a bed under her roof. A judge at Reading county court ruled last year that she had unlawfully discriminated against the couple on grounds of their sexual orientation and awarded Mr Black and Mr Morgan, of Brampton, Cambs, damages of £1,800 each. Mrs Wilkinson is now challenging the ruling at the Court of Appeal, insisting that while her beliefs are "old-fashioned" she is in no way anti-gay.
Religious PersecutionDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
A senior Tory peer has been accused of undermining marriage after remarking that it is not necessarily "important" for couples to be faithful. Baroness Stowell, who speaks for the Conservatives in the Lords on equalities issues, said it was "open to each couple" to decide whether it was necessary to be faithful to each other. Her comments came as she defended the Government's decision to omit provisions for divorce on grounds of adultery from same-sex marriage legislation. She insisted that it was not up to the law to enforce marital fidelity and that people should decide "within their own relationship" whether cheating matters.
FamilyDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
Primary school teachers know so little about religion that more than two-thirds now rely on the internet to plan their RE lessons, a study has found. Research by the National Association of Teachers of RE (Natre) found that most teachers questioned felt their own training did not equip them to teach the subject, leading to fears that they could unwittingly turn to misleading, inaccurate or even offensive material.
EducationDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
Children should be tested in basic language and literacy skills before they even start formal education, the head of Ofsted has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that the assessment of pupils' grasp of the nursery-age curriculum is "too broad" and comes "too late". He called for a change in the way young children are tested, with more external moderation and the publication of results showing their progress. Sir Michael, Ofsted's chief inspector, also raised the question of a return to externally marked Sats for all seven-year-olds to restore rigour to primary education. He acknowledged that this was unlikely to win political support from ministers. His blueprint for a new testing system in primary schools is aimed at closing the gulf in achievement between the poorest children and their more affluent classmates. Evidence suggests that children growing up in deprived homes start to fall behind their peers by the age of five and the gap widens in later years.
EducationDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
Hundreds of schools and colleges are failing to send any sixth-formers to Britain's most highly regarded universities, figures have disclosed. For the first time, the Government published results showing the success rate of schools at securing places for pupils at leading institutions such as Oxford or Cambridge. The data showed that state-educated sixth-formers in some parts of the country were more than twice as likely to go to university as their peers living in other areas. A total of 359 state-funded schools and colleges failed to send a single student to one of the 24 leading
EducationDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
Facebook has laid down a challenge to Twitter, by introducing video on its Instagram photo-sharing service. The new feature marks the first main change to Instagram since Facebook paid $lbn for the company just over a year ago, and will allow users to post video clips of up to 15 seconds at a time, much like the Vine feature that Twitter added earlier this year. Unlike Twitter's service, however, Instagram will allow users to edit clips and add its hallmark frames and filters to give videos a retro feel.
MediaDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
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