Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Faith-based prisons are effective tools in improving moral and cutting he numbers of re-offenders, a report by the Washington-based think tank, the Urban Institute reports. The Oct 19 paper found that “Florida’s Faith and Character Based Institution Program”(FCBI) resulted in lower rates of inmate recidivism and better adjustment to civilian life. Six months after leaving North Florida’s Lawtey prison, none of the 189 inmates who took part in the FCBI program were back behind bars, whereas 2.1 percent of a comparison group had re-offended.
CrimeThe Church of England Newspaper - 26th October 2007
 
London is moving a step closer to continental Europe today as Channel Tunnel train company Eurostar starts its fastest services in Paris and Brussels from a new international terminal. After 13 years based at Waterloo station in south London, Eurostar is moving to St. Pancras station which has undergone an £800 million facelift. At just after 11am, he first Eurostar train was due to leave St Pancras for Paris. The journey will take just two hours 15 minutes.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - 14th September 2007
 
The Prince of Wales celebrated his 59th birthday by visiting a Pentecostal church to recognise the contribution black churches have made to UK society. The birthday was marked with a service at Jesus House Church in north-west London.
ChurchThe Sentinel - 14th November 2007
 
A British student described today how he discovered a previously unknown dinosaur species during a trip to the museum. Mike Taylor spotted and unusual looking bone while researching for his PhD in the National History Museum collections. It turned out to be part of he backbone from a dinosaur 140 million years ago.
ScienceThe Sentinel - 15th November 2007
 
The number of people attending Church of England Services on a Sunday has dropped below one million for the first time. The Sunday average fell by 2% to 988,000
Only around half what was being recorded as recently as the 1960’s. The figure, published by CofE follows years of attempts by the Church to put a gloss on falling numbers. In the late 1990’s, it stopped publishing figures for two years. Then it changed its method of counting, pointing out that weekday attendances was rising. Anglicans say that is still true, with the weekday attendance pushing the weekly average up to 1,169,000.
ChurchDaily Mail - 13th November 2007
 
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has announced a review of 24-hour drinking legislation after a dramatic increase in violent incidents in pubs and people being treated in casualty departments.
PoliticsDaily Mail - 13th November 2007
 
A Diet rich in fish, omega 3 oils, fruit and vegetables can lower the chances of dementia by up to 60%, research suggests. But ‘overdosing’ on omega 6 fats found in sunflower oil – could double the risk, say researchers.
In research published in the journal Neurology, French Scientists examined the diets of 8,000 men and women over 65. Those who regularly consumed omega 3-rich oils such as flax-seed and Walnut oil, reduced their risk of dementia by 60%. Those who ate fruit and vegetables daily cut their dementia risk by 30%. Eating fish at least once a week reduced the risk of dementia by up to 40%.
HealthDaily Mail - 13th November 2007
 
Home-grown films accounted for more than a quarter of the UK box office this year, according to figures published by the UK Film Council. Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, the latest offering from Mr. Bean and the Keira Knightley film Atonement were among the successes. The market share for British films so far this year is 27%
EntertainmentThe Sentinel - 13th November 2007
 
Record-breaking numbers of British tourists are heading to New York to pick up a bargain and to explore its world-famous shops, the city’s tourism firm says. The UK is th city’s number one international travel market with more than 1.1million people visiting in 2006. The typical visitor spends 235 dollars (£112) per day.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - 13th November 2007
 
More than 80% of the UK plan to stick to tradition and post their Christmas cards, a survey said today. The poll results come despite the recent postal strikes and our European counterparts tending to send their festive greetings by Email. Digital marketing company eCircle said that 80% of the UK will still pop a card in the post.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 9th November 2007
 
A major Government survey today revealed widespread under-age drinking and drug abuse among school children.
At least one in seven secondary school pupils has tried illegal drugs, according to the Ofsted study – most often cannabis but also heroin, cocaine, LSD and ectasty. It also found a fifth of 10 to 15 year olds regularly get drunk. One in six 14 and 15 year olds admit to getting drunk at least three times in the previous four weeks. Researchers questioned more than 100,000 pupils across England and found the biggest worry for most children was their exams.
Ipsos MORI questioned 111,000 children Year 6 8 and 10 at school for the “TellUs2” survey.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 16th November 2007
 
More new mothers than ever are opting to breastfeed their babies, research out today suggests. Mums who have given birth within the past year are 30% more likely to breastfeed or expect to breastfeed for longer, between seven and twelve months, compared with women who gave birth in the past five years.
HealthThe Sentinel - 19th November 2007
 
Children should be routinely vaccinated against chickenpox to prevent deaths. A research report suggests
a vaccine for varicella – the medical name for the illness-
could be added to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab.
HealthThe Sentinel - 8th November 2007
 
A Texan man has broken his own world record for sitting in a bath filled with rattlesnakes. Jack Bibby spent 45 minutes in the transparent bath with 87 rattlesnakes, shattering his own record by 12 snakes. He escaped unbitten. “They can go wherever they want as long as they don’t start biting” Bibby said. “The key to not biting is for me to stay still”
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 7th November 2007
 
1 in 5 adults believes ‘prayer changes the world’. Prayer is a vital part of life for nearly half of UK adults, with 20 million saying they pray and one in three adults believing that God is watching over them, according to a report published today (November 11th) by Christian relief & development agency Tearfund. The new findings on prayer follow a survey earlier this year by Tearfund which revealed that 7.6 million adults attend church at least once a month. And staggeringly, London is confirmed as one of the least secular parts of the UK with 73% of adults praying and one in five attending church at least once a month. Of the 42% (20 million) of UK adults who pray, 13 million pray at least once a month and 12 million at least once a week. Nine million adults pray every day. One in three believes God will answer their prayers.
Religion/SpiritualityTearfund Survey - November 2007
 
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