Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Tuesday 20th August
 
The 2001 census recorded that more than 70 per cent of the population describes itself as Christian, with 2.7 per cent describing themselves as Muslim.
A poll in The Guardian in 2006 found that 41 per cent would attend a religious service at least a few times a year.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Universe May 27, 2007
 
The pace of life in cities around the world is literally getting faster. Psychologists have measured the speed at which people walk and discovered a 10 per cent increase in the past decade. British psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, who led the research, said: 'the pace of life in our major cities is now much quicker than before.'
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - May 2nd 2007
 
Deaths from severe heart attacks after hospital admission have nearly halved in six years. An international team which studied 44,372 patients in 14 countries, found death rates fell from 8.4 per cent to 4.5 per cent between 1999 and 2006. Treatments such as angioplasty to unblock arteries were the key, said the Journal of the American Medical Association.
HealthThe Sentinel - May 2nd 2007
 
Millions of homeowners could be pushed into re-mortgaging their property if interest rates go up as expected, it was claimed today. Research found that 14 per cent of households felt they would be forced to refinance their loan if rate rises led to a mortgage repayment increase of up to £50 a month-representing around 2.6 million homeowners across the UK.
MoneyThe Sentinel - May 4th 2007
 
More than half of older people do not go out as often as they would like because of a shortage of public toilets, according to a survey. Help the Aged warned that social taboos about incontinence and the closure of public toilets were 'compromising the dignity' of older people. The charity said 80 per cent of older people found it difficult to locate a toilet.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel - May 16th 2007
 
Government anti-smoking adverts which sparked hundreds of complaints broke industry rules because they frightened children, a watchdog ruled today. They showed people with fishhooks through their mouths to illustrate being 'hooked' on cigarettes. The Department of Health’s TV commercials, posters and press adverts prompted 774 objections from the public. The Advertising Standards Authority said the adverts 'were likely to frighten and distress children'.
MediaThe Sentinel - May 16th 2007
 
Up to 1.6 million pensioners are missing out on Chancellor Gordon Brown’s pension credits, even though they are entitled to the money, MPs said today. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to meet its target to pay the credit to three million households by 2006.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel - May 17th 2007
 
TV soaps have come under fire from media watchdog Ofcom for showing too much violence on screen. The watchdog said it was concerned about a growing trend of viewer complaints about the issue. It has taken the unusual decision to 'remind' broadcasters to limit such content after receiving a number of complaints about popular ITV soap Emmerdale.
MediaThe Sentinel - April 24th 2007
 
A study compiled by the Economic Institute of Cambodia, estimated that in 2005 businesses in Cambodia paid some $330 million (£170 million) to government agencies seeking bribes in exchange for delivering services. Only about 25% of potential tax revenues were collected in 2005, the study reported, adding that the potential loss in government revenue due to corruption could even reach $400 million.
World IssuesCambodian Herald - Issue 10
 
A Catholic bishop in Baghdad claims he was forced to remove all images of crosses from a church or told it would be burned down.
Bishop Shelemmon Waduni told AsiaNews that the Catholic Church of St Peter and Paul in Baghdad received the recent warning.
He said that in the two months, many others have been forced to remove crosses from their domes, while in one case Islamic militants climbed the roof to destroy the cross themselves.
Religious PersecutionThe Universe – April 29th 2007
 
A rise in the number of murders in Scotland can be linked to a spiritual and moral vacuum the Catholic Church has said.
Figures obtained by The Scotchman newspaper showed there were 120 murders in Scotland in 2006-7, an increase of 29 percent on the previous period and the equivalent of one murder every three days.
Of the 120 murders, 47 people had been stabbed to death – a disturbing figure for the Scottish Executive which has tried to tackle Scotland’s growing knife-carrying culture.
However, a spokesman for the Catholic Church said the number of knife killings had not been caused by a lack of knife control but by a spiritual and moral vacuum.
CrimeThe Universe – April 29th 2007
 
A Bible you can read in one hour and forty minutes is the No.1 Best-seller in Iceland.
The nation, which has a population of just 300,000 people have been snapping up the fastest Bible read ever.
A spokesman said “Although we are only 300,000 or so we are delighted to have The 100-Minute Bible here”.
“We are great readers and, as in the rest of Europe, there is a great interest in Christianity even though few people regularly go to church or read the original version of the Bible”.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Son – Spring 2007
 
The reduction in the basic rate of tax to 20% from 2008 is bad news for charities.
Tax reclaimed on Gift Aid donations will be reduced, costing the sector millions of pounds. There was, however, a glimmer of hope for churches and heritage buildings facing huge maintenance and restoration costs. The Chancellor said that he would examine the help that can be given to churches that are at the heart of many communities.
MoneyEvangelicals Now – May 2007
 
In April, a Study entitled ‘The Cost of Exclusion’ said that a million young people in Britain are facing the probability of a lifetime on benefits and that the rising tide of youth crime is costing £1 billion a year.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – May 2007
 
A police officer is assaulted every 20 minutes, according to new research.
Some 126,860 officers – five out of six – have been subjected to an assault in the past five years, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show.
They revealed there were 25,368 assaults on police officers in 2006, up from 24,559 in 2002.
CrimeThe Sentinel – April 26th 2007
 
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