Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Tuesday 23rd October
 
Over half of Scotland’s population say they want to donate their organs after death – under the current opt-in system. Scotland beats the national average for organ pledges, with 50.4 per cent on the voluntary register, compared to 38 per cent in the rest of the UK.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 3rd August 2018
 
A Barnabas Fund freedom of information request has revealed that no Christians were allowed to resettle in the UK in the first three months of 2018 (from 1,358 Syrian refugee applications). Four Christians - recommended for resettlement by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - were rejected, with only Muslims granted permission. The Home Office only made the admission after the Information Commissioner's Office threatened court proceedings.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 3rd August 2018
 
Amnesty International has declared abortion to be “a human right”. It voted to adopt a policy to support ‘safe’ access to abortion at a conference held in Poland earlier this month.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
 
Baldness could be beaten by an experimental drug originally designed to treat brittle bone disease, research suggests. In lab experiments the osteoporosis drug had a dramatic effect on donated follicles, stimulating them to sprout growing hairs.
HealthThe Sentinel - 9 May 2018
 
If all preaching was like the royal-wedding address given by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Most Revd Michael Curry, 16 per cent of those who took part in an online survey would be more likely to go to church. But the survey, for the Christian think tank Theos, suggests that 38 per cent would not be more likely to attend.
ChurchChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
Sex education which is ‘fully inclusive of all genders and sexualities’, and covers school-children from the age of five, was announced by the Welsh Government in May. Re-branded as Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), the subject will be embedded within the curriculum.
EducationEvangelical now – July 2018
 
An attempt to legalise euthanasia was resoundingly defeated in Finland in May. The Finnish Parliament voted 128-60 against an initiative on the issue. Lawmakers have agreed to carry out a comprehensive investigation into end-of-life care.
PoliticsEvangelicals now - July 2018
 
The NSPCC has issued a warning to parents about exam stress. Its telephone helpline Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2017/18. Main concerns included an overwhelming workload, pressure from their parents and worries about whether they would get the grades they want.
EducationYouth and Children’s Work - July 2018
 
It was reported in January 2015 that there were 66 million recorded complaints in the UK - of which around 10% were taken to the Ombudsman Services alone.
Social IssuesThe Plain Truth - Spring-Summer 2018
 
YouTube has deleted just over half of the music videos Scotland Yard has asked to be taken down because they incite violence, according to police figures.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed social media for fuelling a surge in murders in London, singling out the ‘drill genre’ of rap music for glamourising violent crime.
Drill videos easily able to view online feature hooded and masked gangs threatening each other with violent lyrics, gestures and hand signals, with some attracting millions of views.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 29 May 2018
 
There is a growing view that even the term ‘condition’ is inaccurate, and that autism is a form of neurodiversity – a normal and natural variation in the human genome that creates an alternative but equally valid way of understanding and experiencing the world to that of neurotypical people.
Around one in 80 children are believed to be autistic, although some suggest it may be nearer to one in 60.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work - July 2018
 
More than 70% of all plastic ever produced has become litter and less than a tenth of that has been recycled (or down-cycled as it is sometimes called) because it still exists as plastic somewhere.
EnvironmentThe Plain Truth - Spring-Summer 2018
 
Most people have suffered from stress at work, but managers do not know how to deal with mental stress issues, research shows. A survey of more than 500 managers found that one in three believed employees should not discuss mental health, while many said they were not equipped to deal with the issue. Half of managers in larger firms admitted more should be done and most wanted training on how to deal with mental health.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 14 May 2018
 
What’s the news about the state of the church in Japan? The churches that do exist are usually small, 82% have under 50 regular attendees, 62% under the 30 and 31% less than 15 people in regular attendance.
ChurchEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
Millions of pounds in support for deaf children is being lost, leaving services at “breaking point”, a charity has warned. Around a third of councils are making cuts, according to the National Deaf Children’s Society, which accused the Government of “woeful complacency”.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 14 May 2018
 
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