Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Tuesday 16th July
 
Developing countries’ debt payments increased by 85 per cent between 2010 and 2018, new data from the Jubilee Debt Campaign, published last week, shows. The average government external-debt payments across the 124 developing countries for which data was available had increased as a percentage of government revenue from 6.6 in 2010 to 12.2 in 2018, the campaign said.
MoneyChurch Times
 
The NHS is paying private firms an “eye-watering” £181m a year to look after people with serious mental health problems in units often hundreds of miles from their homes. A shortage of NHS mental health beds in England means it is being forced to hand companies such as the Priory and Cygnet Health Care larger sums each year, official figures show.
HealthThe Guardian
 
The number of criminals caught with knives or dangerous weapons has hit its highest level in nearly a decade, official figures have revealed. Last year more than 21,000 offences of possessing or making threats with blades or offensive weapons resulted in a conviction or caution in England and Wales.
CrimeThe Sentinel
 
A new campaign calling for same-sex marriage to be allowed in the C of E has been set up. Equal, the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England, was launched today, the fifth anniversary of the marriage of Canon Jeremy Pemberton and Laurence Cunnington (News, 12 September 2014). In a press release, the campaign said that its aims were: same-sex marriage in the C of E; no discrimination against lay or ordained people in the C of E in same-sex marriages; and that the ‘consciences of everyone should be protected’.
ChurchChurch Times
 
The NSPCC has called on the government to prioritise young people’s online safety after figures revealed police forces in the UK record an average of 22 cyber-related sex crimes against children every day. The number of sexual offences against under-18s logged by police as having an online element doubled in four years to more than 8,000 in 2018-19, according to figures gathered by the children’s charity from 40 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
CrimeThe Guardian
 
The United Kingdom is one of the happiest countries in the world and is getting more cheerful, the annual United Nations investigation into contentedness has suggested.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 21st March 2019
 
The NHS is unable to train enough GPs and nurses to meet demand and the situation is at crisis point, leading health experts have warned.
HealthThe Sentinel, 21st March 2019
 
Tougher penalties are not an effective deterrent against handheld mobile use by drivers as many are “returning to their old ways”, research suggests.
CrimeThe Sentinel, 21st March 2019
 
A major consultation is set to be ordered into NHS-funded IVF treatments offered to couples desperate for a child – to end one of the health service’s most controversial postcode lotteries.
HealthThe Sentinel, 20th March 2019
 
County lines drug gangs are fuelling a rise in the number of British children being used as slaves – with cases more than doubling in a year. Figures released by the National Crime Agency showed the number of modern slavery cases involving UK minors went from 676 in 2017 to 1,421 in 2018.
CrimeThe Sentinel, 20th March 2019
 
Smoking potent forms of cannabis greatly increases the risk of serious mental illness, a major study has found. Taking any version of the drug daily was found to triple the chances of developing psychosis. Scientists carried out the study at 11 sites in five countries across Europe, as well as one in Brazil.
HealthThe Sentinel, 20th March 2019
 
A study by University College London, reported in February, confirms that children who experience family break-up are more likely to develop emotional and behavioural problems than those living with both parents. Children aged 7 to 14 when their parents' divorce, are (alongside younger children) likely to experience psychological and behavioural disorders.
FamilyEvangelicals Now, March 2019
 
Britain’s biggest companies have been ordered to cap sky-high salaries for top bosses and align them more closely with ordinary workers, or face the wrath of a new regulator. A hard-hitting report claims that soaring pay packages for fat cat executives at FTSE 100 firms are a symbol of “corporate greed” and are tarnishing Britain’s reputation.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, 26th March 2019
 
The UK Deed Poll Service reported a sharp rise in the number of parents paying £35 to alter their child’s title from ‘Miss to Master’ or ‘Master to Miss’ in the past 5 years, with about one under-16-year-old making the change every day.
Odd FactsEvangelicals Now, March 2019
 
Adults turn to older teenagers for help online more than their work colleagues or partners, a survey has shown, revealing how families are increasingly reliant on children’s knowledge of technology. Teenagers over the age of 16 were the preferred choice for advice on how to be secure online by 15%, compared to 10% who said they would ask work colleagues, according to research carried out for GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel, 25th March 2019
 
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