Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Monday 19th August
 
A Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables and nuts can help protect against asthmatic wheezing and other allergic symptoms, researchers said today. A study of almost 700 children on the Greek island of Crete found that those who enjoyed foodstuffs like olive oil and whole grains suffered fewer symptoms.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 5th April 2007
 
The country’s favourite word is love, with other popular ones including smile, happy and chocolate. A poll sponsored by BT’s Openreach division showed that the word love was five times more popular with women than men, who put antidisestablishmentarianism in top place. Other words in the top 10 included serendipity, family and holiday.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 3rd April 2007
 
Religious extremists could be given Anti-social behaviour orders under a new crackdown on those suspected of radicalizing others, it was revealed today. Police and prosecutors could use Asbos against suspects they cannot charge with criminal offences under new guidance to tackle "radicalisers" announced by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith. Police are also calling on members of the public to use a hotline to tip them off about anyone they suspect of preaching hatred. Lord Goldsmith said that he had been concerned for some time that not enough was being done to tackle the threat from extremists and said it was time for a strategy to deal with the problem.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Sentinel – 5th April 2007
 
A quarter of internet users are at serious risk from "suburban hackers" who can get hold of passwords to commit fraud, according to a study. Internet company moneysupermarket.com conducted an undercover operation to expose security lapses in residential wireless routers, and managed to tap into a quarter of the householders’ PCs using just a laptop.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 4th April 2007
 
IVF clinics could see their multiple birth rates capped under plans being considered by the fertility watchdog. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is considering sanctions for clinics that produce too many multiple births in a bid to cut the number of twin pregnancies. A 10 per cent cap on the rate of twins, from the total number of live births each year, could be introduced.
FamilyThe Sentinel – 4th April 2007
 
The cost to patients of making phone calls from their hospital bed will rise by 160 per cent today. Patientline, which charges people to make phone calls and watch television in hospital, is to increase its call charge from 10p a minute to 26p. It said it was necessary because it had never made a profit despite investing £160 million in the system. Many patients and NHS staff feel the charges are unfair.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 4th April 2007
 
The government is likely to miss its target of halving child poverty by 2010. Figures are expected to confirm the goal of cutting the number of children living in relative poverty to 1.5million by the end of the decade will not be met. It is likely to prompt concern that the target of eradicating child poverty in the UK by 2020 will remain unattainable unless spending goes up drastically.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 7th March 2007
 
Annual House price inflation dipped below 10 per cent in March amid tentative signs of a cooling market. Nationwide Building Society said the value of a typical home in the UK increased by 0.4 per cent during the month, down from the 0.6 per cent recorded in the previous month. The average cost of a house in the UK now stands at £177,083.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 28th March 2007
 
Same-sex couples have spent more than £60 million getting "married" in civil partnership ceremonies, according to a survey. More than 15,000 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot since the law changed in 2005 allowing them to be legally joined. A survey has found they have spent on average more than £4,000 on the ceremony and received £4,400 in presents.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 26th March 2007
 
British workers received £24 billion in performance related bonuses over the past 12 months. A report from financial services provider Birmingham Midshires found that in the last year, 29 per cent of employees received a financial "pat on the back".
MoneyThe Sentinel – 23rd March 2007
 
Alcohol is ranked almost as harmful as heroin in a controversial new drug classification system proposed by a team of leading scientists.

The class-A drug Ecstasy is placed near the bottom of the league table which lists "harm scores" for different substances.

Cannabis, recently downgraded to class C, occupies a middle position. It is rated more dangerous than Ecstasy, LSD and GHB, but less harmful than tobacco. The table, published today in The Lancet medical journal, was drawn up by a team of highly respected scientists.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 23rd March 2007
 
According to a report by Buckinghamshire County Council, misbehaviour on school buses is on the rise. Bus companies were more reluctant to take on contracts and were putting up their charges. It said that some drivers’ lack of fluency in English made it difficult for them to control children. The most severe potential sanction would be a possible ban from school transport.
Young PeopleYouthwork May 2007
 
Drug use in the UK has stabilised since the late 1990s, but around 8 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds have tried a Class A drug in the last year, according to the British Crime Survey. That means that they are experimenting more with hard drugs than any other age group. The UK has the second highest number of cocaine users in Europe, with more than 4 per cent of 15 to 34 year olds taking the drug.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsIdea May/June 2007
 
With rampant inflation, two fifths of the population suffering from malnutrition, children dying of hunger and a life expectancy that has fallen from 60 to 40, Zimbabwe is heading for meltdown.
Disasters/WarChristianity May 2007
 
In March, government statistics showed that hundreds more girls aged 15 or younger are getting pregnant despite a multi-million pound campaign to prevent early pregnancies. The figure showed that nearly 7,500 girls under 16, the age of consent, fell pregnant in England in 2005, a rise of 283 on the previous year. And among the under-18s, pregnancy figures rose in 2005 to 39,683 from 39,593 the year before.
The number of teenage girls having second abortions now exceeds 100 a month. More than 18,000 girls under 18 had abortions in 2005, including at least one who’d had six terminations.
Young PeopleIdea May/June 2007
 
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