Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 25th May
 
The UK games market grew 12.4% to record £5.11 billion last year despite the squeeze on consumer spending and household incomes, figures show.
EntertainmentThe Sentinel – 2 March 2018
 
In France, sex with children under 15 is to be classed as rape, irrespective of ‘consent’. The move came following public outrage at the acquittal of a man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl. It will give more protection to 13 and 14-year-olds than UK law.
CrimeThe Christian Institute – Spring 2018
 
The number of motorists caught using a mobile phone illegally has almost halved since penalties for offenders were doubled, figures show. Around 39,000 fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers between March and December last year compared with 74,000 during the same period in 2016, according to police data.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 1 March 2018
 
The Pakistan government unveiled an historic fatwa (religious meaning) in mid-January condemning Islamic extremism and vigilante ‘blasphemy’ attacks, in a potentially positive development for the country’s minority Christian community. By issuing the fatwa with the support of 1,829 religious leaders the Pakistani Government is addressing extremism from a religious perspective.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
Public satisfaction with GP services has dropped to the lowest level since the 1980s, a survey has found. The British Social Attitudes survey found satisfaction with family doctor services - usually seen as the “jewel in the crown” of the NHS – fell to its lowest level in 35 years.
HealthThe Sentinel – 28 February 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to poll results revealed in February.
Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found that 70% of people believe the law should be defined so that sex-selective abortion is not possible, and 81% of people think all pregnant women should be assessed by a doctor before abortion to ensure that there is no coercion.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – April 2018
 
Unemployment has increased by the biggest amount in almost five years, new figures reveal. There was 1.47 million people out of work in the quarter to December 2017, an increase of 46,000 giving a jobless rate of 4.4%. The quarterly rise was the biggest since early 2013, although unemployment is 123,000 lower than a year ago, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 22 February 2018
 
Pakistan is the riskiest country for newborns, the UN children’s agency said. Of every 1,000 infants born, 46 dies at birth.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 21 February 2018
 
Gambling physically alters the structure of the brain and makes people more prone to depression and anxiety, new research has shown. Scientists examining problem gamblers found they had more grey matter in and connections between regions linked to the mental conditions.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Telegraph)
 
For the first year ever, more than 1,500 people in the UK have donated their organs after they died and this means that more people than ever have had a transplant to transform their life. Latest figures for the end of the financial year show there were 1,575 deceased donors during 2017/18, an 11% increase on the previous financial year. It is the highest ever number of donors in the UK. There were 162 more deceased donors than the previous year, the highest year on year increase in 28 years.
HealthCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (NHS Blood and Transplant)
 
Millennials still value marriage with almost three quarters of those who are unmarried (72%) intending to tie the knot, according to new research by the Church of England. While official figures recently showed a decline in the marriage rate, a study commissioned by the Church of England’s Life Events team suggests that 18-to-35-year-olds still dream of having their big day.
FamilyCARE Impact Direct - 13th April 2018 (The Church of England)
 
China has prohibited buying the Bible from major online stores, whilst claiming the country promotes religious freedom. According to widespread media reports, Amazon China and two other large online outlets have dropped the Bible from sale.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
Cannabis is four times stronger today than in the 1960s and countries legalising it are experimenting with the minds of their youth, two experienced psychiatrists have warned. Professor Robin Murray and Marco Colizzi issued the stark caution as they said it was “now incontrovertible that heavy cannabis use increases the risk of psychosis”.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 6th April 2018
 
A clear majority of people on the Isle of Man support the right to life before birth and oppose sex-selective abortion, according to a new poll. Research by ComRes, on behalf of Concerned Manx Healthcare Professionals, found 86 per cent of adults believe a child should have a right to life at some point before birth.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 16th February 2018
 
According to the latest report from Oregon State in the US, 143 had an assisted suicide death last year. As in previous years, a significant proportion (55%) of those opting for assisted suicide cited concerns about being a burden on family, friends or caregivers as one of the reasons for their decision.
World IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 16th February 2018
 
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