Key Quotes for 2011

Key Quotes for 2011

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Almost 70% of Britons identify themselves as Christian, according to the latest official figures published in September. The same report also confirmed figures from 2010, which revealed that only 1.5% of people say they are homosexual or bisexual. Researchers have previously claimed that between 6-10% of the population have had homosexual experiences.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now - November 2011
 
Two animal protection organizations paid about 83,000 yuan ($13,000, 9,400 euros) to a dog trader in Southwest China’s Sichuan province to rescue nearly 800 dogs that were due to be delivered to restaurants in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. The deal was clinched in the city of Zigong, Sichuan province, on Oct 14 after two-days of negotiations. Qiao Wei, 26, who works for an animal welfare organization in Chengdu, said the money was paid for humanitarian reasons and not used to buy the dogs. The dog trader, Tang Daguo, would not have been paid a cent had it not been for his economic plight, Qiao said.
World IssuesChina Daily European Weekly - October 21-27 2011
 
Almost 3,000 people in England and Wales die each year as a result of fuel poverty, an inquiry has found. Social policy expert Professor John Hills, who is leading an independent review into the problem, said more people die each year from fuel poverty than are killed in traffic accidents. The report said in total about a fifth of 27,000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales were attributable to living in cold homes.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - October 20 2011
 
Two major Christian youth festivals once again reported high numbers of young people making first-time commitments to the faith in August. Soul Survivor, held for a week in Staffordshire and two weeks in Somerset, reported that 1,624 teenagers made a ‘decision’ over the course of the Summer, with well over 25,000 young people attending in total. The Norfolk-based Newday event, which originates out of the Newfrontiers church movement, saw 365 young people make the same commitment during their week-long event, with 7,000 attending.
Young PeopleYouthwork - October 2011
 
America has called for the release of a pastor sentenced to death in Iran for switching faiths. And his lawyer said yesterday he is hopeful an appeals court will acquit his client. White House spokesman Jay Carney said 32-year-old Yusuf Naderkhani, who converted to Christianity when he was 19, has done nothing more than stay devoted to his faith. He said Iran’s attempt to force him to renounce the faith ‘crosses all bounds of decency’ and breaches Iran’s international obligations.
Religious PersecutionThe Sentinel - September 30 2011
 
The United Reformed Baptist and Methodist Churches have called on the House of Lords to oppose the government’s plans to cap benefit payments at £500 per week. The Charity claims that some 27,000 adults and 82,000 children will be made homeless as a consequence of the proposed cap.
MoneyReform – November 2011
 
In the winter of 1999/2000 48,000 pensioners have lost their lives over the winter period through cold related problems and poverty.
In 2009/10 there were 10,600 excess winter deaths in males while there were 14,800 excess winter deaths in females.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel 17th November 2011
 
Britain’s press is “in the dock” for abuses ranging from phone hacking to hounding celebrities and crime victims, the Leveson Enquiry heard yesterday. David Sherbourne representing 51 alleged victims of press intrusion, described the scale of “phone hacking” at the News of the World as an “Industrial Revolution” that was a cultural shift away from old-fashioned journalism.
He said the charges also included getting private information through deception, intruding into the grief of crime victims and hounding celebrities.
MediaThe Sentinel - 17th November 2011
 
Wangari Maathai who died two weeks ago founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, which organises women in poor communities to plant trees. This stops forest loss, restores their source of fuel for cooking and prevents soil erosion. The movement, which has spread to other African countries, has planted over 40 million trees. Professor Maathai inspired an extraordinary United Nations Environment Programme campaign, the Billion Tree Campaign launched in 2006. It got thousands of people across the world to plant trees for their communities and their planet. To date, an astonishing 11 billion trees have been planted. That’s getting on for two each for every person on earth.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 12th October 2011
 
A new service is being launched to cut stress and red tape when reporting the death of a loved one. Under the new Tell Us Once service, residents will only have to inform the registrar. They, with permission, will then pass the right information to the relevant council departments and other public sector service providers, such as the Dept for Work and Pensions.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 11th October 2011
 
Libya has an “historic opportunity” to build a state where human rights and freedoms are protected. William Hague said as the UN voted to lift a no-fly zone. The Foreign Secretary described the resolution as “another significant milestone towards a peaceful democratic future for Libya”. He said “Ending the no-fly zone and the civilian protection provisions demonstrates that Libya has entered a new era”.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 28th October 2011
 
A high Court Judge’s ruling that a brain-damaged, minimally conscious woman should not be allowed to die was hailed as a landmark decision. Mr Justice Baker concluded that life-supporting treatment should not be withdrawn from the 52-year-old former hairdresser and said there was dignity in the life of a disabled person who was “well cared for and kept comfortable”. Yogi Amin, a partner with law firm Irwin Mitchell, said the ruling was a “landmark” and the law on caring for the disabled had been “clarified”.
The LawThe Sentinel September 29 2011
 
The latest Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Economic Bulletin has revealed the city’s Jobcentres were notified of 1,436 vacancies in August, down 14.3 per cent compared with the same month last year. With 7,879 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), that equates to 5.5 claimants per vacancy. The bulletin, which is put together by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, also showed that Newcastle’s Jobcentres were notified of 864 vacancies in August, up 20.3 per cent from the previous year.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel October 5 2011
 
Higher food bills kept the rate of shop price inflation unchanged last month, despite falls for clothing and footwear as retailers stepped up clearance sales to entice shoppers. Food prices rose 5 per cent in September, unchanged from August and up 0.1 per cent over the month, even though the price of some commodities eased back, according to the British Retail Consortium. Overall, the rate of shop price inflation was 2.7 per cent in September, unchanged from August, but mounting pressures on the high street meant non-food prices rose 1.3 per cent.
MoneyThe Sentinel 5th October 2011
 
Grocers, banks and other high street retailers will all now be able to offer legal services to customers.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 6th October 2011
 
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