Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

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Last update: Saturday 22nd September
 
A warning was given to the EU Parliament on 5 June that religious freedom is one generation away from being lost.
Discrimination and intolerance of Christianity in Europe was debated for the first time in the European Parliament.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
The number of people in work has reached a new record, while earnings have grown in line with inflation, new figures show. Employment increased by 197,000 in the quarter to March 32.3 million, the highest figure since records began in 1971, giving a record rate of 75.6%, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 16 May 2018
 
People in the battle-scarred Southern Philippines city of Marawi are trying to rebuild their homes and lives one year after the place was stormed by Islamist militants. In May 2017, militants belonging to the Maute group, an affiliate of Islamic State, took over Marawi. In the following five months of fighting between the militants and government forces, 40% of the city was destroyed and 98% of the population displaced.
Disasters/WarEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
The parts of England worst affected by suicide are to be given a funding boost to enhance prevention services, officials have announced. Money is to be provided for new targeted awareness campaigns, special psychological support and improved self-harm services in a number of regions across England.
HealthThe Sentinel, 17 May 2018
 
The Anti Defamation League (ADL) has released a report stating that over four million tweets were made in 2017 containing anti-Jewish messages, ranging from Holocaust denial to more general racial and religious abuse.
Religious PersecutionThe Plain Truth - Spring-Summer 2018
 
A consultation carried out following the Internet Safety Green Paper in October found users felt powerless to deal with online safety concerns, with four in 10 experiencing abuse online and 60% witnessing inappropriate content.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 21 May 2018
 
Corneas have been grown in a British laboratory by scientists using adult cells, 3D printers and a carbohydrate found in seaweed, it was reported on 30 May. The breakthrough is the latest to show the promise of adult stem cells, which do not involve the destruction of human embryos.
ScienceEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
Ministers have been accused by MPs of risking national security by “turning a blind eye” to the Russian “dirty money” flowing through the City of London. The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said despite the outcry over the Salisbury nerve agent attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies were continuing to use the City as a base for their “corrupt assets”.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - 21 May 2018
 
From opening church doors to providing food and shelter, Kenyan churches are offering an initial response to the nation’s growing flood crisis. At least 260,000 people have been displaced, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society and at least 112 people have died in 12 out of the country’s 47 counties.
Disasters/WarLife and Work - July 2018.
 
National Lottery millionaires are shunning expensive material items to share their money and spend on experiences instead – but Range Rovers and hot tubs remain favourite splurges for winners.
Racehorses, designer sunglasses, conservatories, koi carp and ride-on mowers have fallen off the shopping lists of winners in favour of camper vans, woodland or forest space, a bar or games room, coffee machines and university fees, according to Camelot’s National Lottery Millionaire Report.
ShoppingThe Sentinel - 30 May 2018
 
75 per cent of all UK suicides are male, and suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Youth and Children’s Work - July 2018
 
A new village has opened to provide stable accommodation to homeless people as part of a campaign to eradicate the issue in Scotland. Social Bite Village launched yesterday in Granton, Edinburgh to provide a place to live and support for up to 20 people. The project, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, is made up of 10 two-bed hurts with central hub where residents can socialise and admire views over the Firth of Forth.
HousingThe Sentinel - 18 May 2018
 
The number of children expressing confusion over their ‘gender identity’ has reached a record high in Scotland. There were 222 children who were referred to specialist services in 2017, a 21 per cent increase on the previous year.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
 
A recently identified pig virus could pose a potentially lethal threat to human populations, research suggests. Lab tests show porcine deltacoronavirus, first detected in China in 2012, readily jumps between the cells of different species including humans. The pathogen shows similarities to the deadly responsible for Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Mers (Middle East respiratory syndrome).
HealthThe Sentinel, 15 May 2018
 
A smoking ban has been identified as a factor behind a sharp rise in violence at one of Britain’s oldest jails, according to an inspection report. Senior staff at HMP Leicester also attributed a spike in assaults to an influx of younger inmates and the availability of drugs.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 31 May 2018
 
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