Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Wednesday 21st August
 
Drivers suffering the January blues are putting other motorists at risk, a survey has shown. Two in five drivers admit that feeling down in the dumps at this time of year affects their driving. Their symptoms transform into anger or irritation with other road users, slower reaction times, recklessness on the road, loss of concentration and speeding.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 8th January 2007
 
Friendships with colleagues makes workers happier than having more money. Research among 1,000 adults found three out of four said good relationships with workmates was the main reason they enjoyed their job. A good boss, and varied work also helped keep people happy.

Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel – 8th January 2007
 
This year is likely to be the warmest year on record globally. Climate change experts said the global temperature is expected to be 0.54C above the long term average of 14C. There is also a 60% chance that 2007 will be as warm or warmer than the current warmest year.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 4th January 2007
 
Chinese scientists claim to have successfully bred partially green fluorescent pigs which they hope will boost stem cell research. Boffins at Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin claim to have bred three transgenic pigs by injecting fluorescent green protein into embryonic pigs.

ScienceThe Sentinel – 2nd January 2007
 
House prices are at their most overvalued for 15 years, according to a new study which reveals costs are moving beyond the means of many families. The affordability barometer, in which 100 points represents the average expense of house prices since the 1960’s, is now at 94.3 points.

HousingThe Sentinel – 2nd January 2006
 
The number of car thefts in Britain fell 16% between 2004 and 2005, the Home Office has revealed. The dip of 38,394 thefts last year is being attributed to the increased security of cars. In its car theft index the Vauxhall Belmont was the most stolen model last year.

CrimeThe Sentinel – 22nd December 2006
 
Some mammals are able to smell objects underwater, a feat previously thought to be impossible, scientists have found. Normally, scent odours are carried by air, so following your nose when submerged is not an option. But nature gets round this problem by blowing bubbles.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 21st December 2006
 
Theft of gadgets from cars is growing, with satellite navigation systems a particularly popular target, it has been revealed. A typical break in costs drivers an average of £646 up 13% on the figure for 2005, a survey has found. More than 260,000 sat navs were stolen in 2005.

CrimeThe Sentinel – 28th December 2006
 
Twelve lions, 14 tigers and 50 leopards are being kept by licensed private owners, researchers studying big cats in Britain say. The 154 assorted non domestic cats are owned privately, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 27th December 2006
 
A study of spending habits appears to bear out the belief that Britain’s little princesses cost parents more than boys. It found that mothers and fathers fork out an average of 6% more on their daughters than on sons, with spending averaging 3578.04 a year on girls and £543.60 on boys.

ShoppingThe Sentinel – 18th December 2006
 
The number of people living on their own is set to rise by 53% over the next 20 years. Research found that living loners will total 9.9 million by 2026 as more and more people opt for a solitary home life. The figure is up from about 6.6 million one person households in 2003.

Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 15th December 2006
 
Workers who struggle into the office with a hangover waste two hours of the day as they try to recover from the previous evenings drinking. A poll of 2,000 workers showed that almost half had fallen asleep at their desk as the result of feeling hung-over.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel – 15th December 2006
 
Almost three quarters of children have given their email address a photograph of themselves or phone number to a stranger online. A survey of 1,000 children showed 73% handed over the information.

Young PeopleThe Sentinel – 11th December 2006
 
More than four million UK citizens claim to have been the victim of identity fraud. Research states that since 1999 incidents of identity fraud had increased by 500%. The crime has hit an estimated 4.1 million consumers across the UK.

CrimeThe Sentinel – 11th December 2006
 
The increasing number of gadgets in cars is driving motorists to distraction. Drivers are now allowed to use iTrips to play their iPods through their car radios, but insurance companies say that 45% of drivers have lost concentration thanks to accessories.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 11th December 2006
 
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