Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Friday 23rd August
 
An investigation has uncovered evidence that some Eastern European migrants working in Britain are being exploited and underpaid.
Posting as a migrant worker, Lithuanian journalist Audrius Lelkaitis was paid below the minimum wage and forced to share a room with 11 other people, the BBC Ten O’clock News reported yesterday.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – April 26th 2007
 
New guidance on school uniforms issued by government minsters will enable schools to ban pupils from wearing full-face veils on security, safety or learning grounds. The guidelines follow a series of legal cases where schools were sued for excluding pupils who wore religious dress.
EducationEvangelical Times – May 2007
 
The amount of TV children watch should be rationed according to a 'recommended daily allowance', an expert will tell MPs today.
Dr Aric Sigman said the Government must take action to cut TV-watching among children, as too much increases the risk of health and learning problems.
MediaThe Sentinel – April 23rd 2007
 
More and more patients are going private to top-up NHS services, according to a report today.
The idea that healthcare remains free at the point of delivery is no longer the case across the UK, it said.
HealthThe Sentinel – April 23rd 2007
 
Experts called for more research into stillbirths today after a report showed the death rate had not fallen since the early 1990s. The number of stillbirths in the UK could rise as mums become older, it said. Wide variations in the number of stillborn babies exist in the NHS but this is not necessarily down to quality of care as levels of deprivation are also a factor. Slightly more than one in 200 pregnancies ends in stillbirth.
HealthThe Sentinel - 25th April 2007
 
An Earth like planet that could be covered in oceans and may support life has been discovered outside the Solar System. The new world, which is 20.5 light years away, orbits a region with the right temperature to allow liquid water on its surface. Scientists believe it is only 1.5 times larger and five times more massive than Earth making it the smallest extra-solar planet known.
ScienceThe Sentinel - 25th April 2007
 
For hundreds of village post offices threatened with closure, it could be an answer to their prayers. The Church of England is to issue guidelines to parishes recommending that churches across the country be used as post offices. Officials will meet with the Post Office’s rural division to discuss plans.
ChurchJoy - April 2007
 
The traditional British family is disappearing, after marriage rates in England and Wales have fallen to the lowest level since records began, according to provisional figures for 2005 released by the Office of National Statistics.
The stats show that out of every 1,000 single men aged 16 and over, just 24 were married in 2005. Out of every 1,000 women, a mere 21 were married.
FamilyJoy - April 2007
 
A senior bishop in the Church of England has warned that Britain could return to a ‘kind of barbarism’ if the decline in Christianity continues, reports ASSIST news.
In a newspaper interview, the bishop of Rochester, the Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, described Islam as the biggest threat facing the West since communism and called on British Prime Minister Tony Blair to stop being embarrassed to identify with the country’s Christian roots.
Religion/SpiritualityJoy - April 2007
 
Many women who wait for up to 24 weeks before having an abortion do so because they do not realise they are pregnant, according to new research. The survey was carried out following public debate about the length of time into a pregnancy that an abortion is allowed, according to co-author of the research report, Dr. Ellie Lee.
FamilyThe Sentinel - 19th April 2007
 
The honesty of British people was criticised today when an experiment which involved leaving mobile phones, keys and wallets in cities showed most items were not returned. Just 38 per cent of items deliberately left in the street found their way back to the rightful owner. Items in Birmingham were least likely to be returned, while Bristol was the most honest city.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 17th April 2007
 
A new drink created to tackle the symptoms of a hangover is set to go on sale. Called Head Start, its ingredients include water, glucose syrup and several added vitamins. Publicity material for the drink says it tackles all the symptoms of too much alcohol to leave the consumer feeling "bright and breezy and full of energy".
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 17th April 2007
 
The number of internet sites showing the most severe forms of child sex abuse has quadrupled in three years. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said 29 per cent of the web pages reported to it last year showed children being raped or youngsters forced to suffer sadism or bestiality. It compared with just seven per cent in 2003.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 17th April 2007
 
A survey of all British forces, including transport police and those in Scotland and Northern Ireland, was carried out by the journal Police Review. In figures requested under the Freedom of Information Act, Police Review discovered that more than 2,700 officers had left in 2006 alone. The figure went above 6,000 when statistics for the previous two years were taken into account. Last year, the force which saw most departures was Scotland Yard, which lost 363 officers, while the Police Service of Northern Ireland saw 330 resign and Greater Manchester 209.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 10th April 2007
 
Frustration with "greedy" estate agents is at an all-time high, according to a report today. A survey of 2,200 adults showed that two out of five resented handing over a percentage of the value of their home. Two-thirds of those who had recently sold their house described their estate agent as a "wide boy", while others described them as "smarmy".
HousingThe Sentinel – 5th April 2007
 
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