Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Friday 14th December
 
The top ten most googled queries in 2017 included questions around modern tech, Trump jargon and current affairs. The top ‘how to’ questions included how to tie a tie, how to kiss and how to make money. Google’s data editor Simon Rogers pointed out that ‘how to’ searches have increased by more than 140 per cent since 2004.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
After much criticism, Bolivian president Evo Morales announced on 21 January that his government would repeal a law that seemed set to make evangelism a crime. The new penal code, placed the ‘recruitment of persons for their participation in religious organisations or cults’ alongside recruitment for armed conflicts or sexual exploitation. The punishment would have been 7-12 years in prison. Catholic and Protestant church leaders protested, fearing it could lead eventually to evangelism being made a crime.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
All religious establishments in China will be bound by the new Regulations for Religious Affairs that came into force on 1 February amid reports that Christians are being sent to ‘re-education’ camps to re-orientate people to be loyal to the communist ideology. More than 100 Christians have been sent to ‘re-education’ camps in China’s north-western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the past few months.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
A report presented to Parliament in January by MP Frank Field showed that as many as 1 million older people are starving in their homes because of loneliness and isolation. The report quotes a woman in her 80s whose husband went into a care home with dementia. The district nurse, who had been visiting her husband to help with food, stopped coming and, with no one else visiting, the woman did not eat a proper meal for nine weeks. This went unnoticed until a neighbour called two months later. A man in his 90s was reported as banned from his local supermarket – because he fell twice and was an insurance risk – so he was unable to buy food.
The ElderlyEvangelicals Now – March 2018
 
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) – who remain in their countries after being forced to flee their homes – are being overlooked 20 years after a landmark UN agreement on the issue, Christian Aid has said. Although there were twice as many IDPs as refugees, and their numbers had risen by ten million in four years, new UN discussions on the refugee crisis had side-lined IDPs, Christian Aid’s political adviser, Tom Viita, said; and UN guidelines agreed 20 years ago were vital, but political interest in implementation had waned just as the problem had spiralled out of control.
World IssuesChurch Times – 16 February 2018
 
Marriage rates have fallen to their lowest ever, prompting calls for the media, Government and schools to support the institution. Official figures for England and Wales show 239,020 weddings between opposite sex couples took place in 2015 – and that the marriage rate was at its lowest since 1862.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 2nd March 2018
 
Almost all cannabis seized by police is now high-potency ‘skunk’, a new study shows, prompting concern about the “significant hazard” to mental health. The research revealed that 94 per cent of cannabis confiscated by police in five areas of England was skunk – compared to just over half in 2005.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 2nd March 2018
 
Rubber or plastic bullets should no longer be used for crowd control as they have the “potential to cause severe injuries and death”, health experts have warned. A study, which analysed published evidence on injury, disability and death associated with the use of the bullets in a number of countries including the UK, found 3% died of their injuries, while out of all the injuries reported, nearly three out of four (71%) were severe.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
Poor teenagers are being put at a disadvantage by the current university application system, which relies heavily on predicted grades and personal statements, it has been suggested. Bright teenagers from poor backgrounds are more likely to be predicted A-level grades lower than they actually achieve, according to a UCL study. This means that they can end up applying for degree courses with lower entry requirements than they are capable of getting.
EducationThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
The NHS has more than 100,000 vacant posts, Labour has estimated. The full-time equivalent vacancy rate across England’s acute, community and mental health trusts is 9%, Labour’s shadow health secretary said. This is a rise from 8.4% last year, Jonathan Ashworth MP found. Information obtained by the party from 82 NHS trusts found that the average nurse vacancy rate was 12.2%.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
Primary schools should put their best teachers in reception class as children taught well in their first year achieve better GCSEs more than a decade later, educational experts have found. A study of 40,000 children in England has shown that an effective start in school boosts development through compulsory education to the age of 16. Researchers measured children’s reading and maths development at four, then at the end of the reception year, at seven, 11 and 16.
EducationThe Sentinel – 15th December 2017
 
The number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal. They show 5,324 knife possession offences resulted in a caution or sentence in England and Wales in the three months from July. The tally is the highest quarterly figure since the equivalent three-month period of 2011, and includes 3,359 offences of possession of an article with a blade or point, 1,708 of possession of an offensive weapon and 257 of threatening with a knife or offensive weapon.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 15th December 2017
 
A school leaver’s chances of going to university depend heavily on where they live, new figures suggest. London teenagers are around 25% more likely to go into higher education than their peers across England, according to the Ucas data, while the region with the lowest proportion was the South West at 28.9%. On average, a third (33.3%) of 18-year-olds in England went on to study for a degree this autumn.
EducationThe Sentinel – 11th December 2017
 
More motorists are charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas, an investigation suggests. Figures obtained by the Press Association indicate Lincolnshire prosecutes the most per population, followed by North Wales, Warwickshire, Dyfed-Powys and North Yorkshire. The results, based on Freedom of Information requests, prompted calls for better public transport in rural areas and warnings to anyone tempted to drink and drive over the festive period.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 11th December 2017
 
Austria’s Constitutional Court has decided that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, bringing the country in line with more than a dozen other western European nations.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 6th December 2017
 
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