Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Monday 15th July
 
Mayonnaise is firmly ahead of salad cream as the nation’s top choice of dressing. Sales have risen 10 per cent since 2004 to hit £97 million this year, according to analysts Mintel. By contrast, sales of salad cream have remained static at £49 million annually for the past three years.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - October 5th, 2007
 
Students in England are among the least hard-working in Europe, putting the reputation of the country’s universities at risk. The Higher Education Policy Institute, which conducted the study, said studies courses averaged only about 20 hours of work each week, although medics did 35 hours.
EducationThe Sentinel - September 25th, 2007
 
Three-quarters of Britons admit they hide cash around their homes, with the average person having more than £100 stashed away, a survey showed today. Most people have around £127 hidden in their house, but eight per cent said they had between £300 and £1,000 in their home, according to insurer Cornhill Direct.
MoneyThe Sentinel - September 28th, 2007
 
Children who watch television excessively at a young age are at greater risk of developing behavioural problems and poor social skills. American researchers found that a sustained, high level of viewing in children under five-and-a-half years old increased the chances of them having behaviour problems in the future. Children of five-and-a-half who were watching two or more hours a day were more likely to have fewer social skills, although the study also showed children this young who had a TV in their rooms are more at risk of having behavioural problems. Parents could still avoid their children being at a higher risk if they reduced their viewing by the age of around five, it said.
MediaThe Sentinel - October 1st, 2007
 
A new campaign against criminals force trafficked women into the sex trade will be launched today. All 55 police forces in the UK and the Republic of Ireland will take part in the project, named Pentameter 2 after a successful operation last year. Pentameter’s initial four-month campaign led to more than 200 arrests and rescued children who had been forced into sex slavery. Officers executed warrants in 515 brothels, massage parlours, homes and other premises during the project. More than 80 women and girls were rescued – about half from a range of eastern European countries and the rest from the Far East, Africa and South America.
CrimeThe Sentinel - October 3rd, 2007
 
Cigarette sales slumped by 11.6 in July compared to the previous year, figures have shown. The decrease followed the smoking ban which came into force in England on July 1st. It reflects cigarette sales across Britain from shops, bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants, according to market analysts Nielsen, who collected the data.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - October 3rd, 2007
 
British people are buckling under the strain of modern life with one in 10 people constantly at boiling point and a fifth feeling stressed before breakfast. The poll for the Relaxation for Living Institute found British people spend five and a half years of their adult life feeling tense.
HealthThe Sentinel - October 4th, 2007
 
Scientists today cast doubt on the effectiveness of individually-tailored herbal medicines. The treatments which are used in Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western herbal medicine, have becomes popular over the past 20 years. But a study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal said there is no convincing evidence that the treatments work.
HealthThe Sentinel - October 4th, 2007
 
Special care baby units across the UK are “near breaking point”, a report said today. A lack of funding has left units struggling more than ever to reach minimum staffing levels in the last year, according to the baby charity Bliss. Only a handful of units were able to meet the minimum recommended staffing levels, with many forced to refuse new admissions for considerable periods of time. Mothers and babies may be forced to travel long distances in search of a unit with appropriate facilities, the charity said. Bliss’s new study was based on surveys of 195 neonatal units across the UK.
HealthThe Sentinel - October 11th, 2007
 
House prices are falling at their fastest rate for two years. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said the cost of UK property fell for the 2nd month in a row during September. The number of people looking to buy a house fell for the 10th consecutive month and at its fastest rate for four-and-a-half years.
HousingThe Sentinel - October 11th, 2007
 
The number of older drivers is growing but senior citizens are as safe behind the wheel as younger motorists, figures from the AA showed today. Three-quarters of men in their 70s now hold a driving license – a 50 per cent increase on 20 years ago. The number of women in their 70s with licenses has soared from just 11 per cent in 1986 to 31 per cent now. Drivers over 70 are as safe as drivers aged 25. Drivers over 80 still have a better record than teens.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel - October 10th, 2007
 
A priest in Co. Limerick has criticised a pub in his parish for employing a topless barmaid. Fr Brendan Kyne criticised Browne’s Pub in Montpellier for employing topless barmaid Yasmin, saying that it was exploitation of a person which could never be condoned. This behaviour is wrong and you have to ask the question ‘where does the development of the business go from here?’ he said. He said concerned parishioners did not want a local business to develop in this way. “People are trying to raise families and children in the area and give them a good example,” he said.
Work/EmploymentThe Universe - October 21st, 2007
 
Nearly half of all British young people think that missing out on school trips or not having the correct uniform are the most telling indicator of being poor. The research, commissioned by Dare to Care is designed to underline how individuals can help to combat child poverty in the UK. www.daretocare.org.uk
Young PeopleYouthwork - November 2007
 
The world will end in the year 2060...at least that’s what 17th century genius Sir Isaac Newton reckoned! Famed for discovering gravity, the man who regularly features among Britain’s Greatest Men was also deeply religious. And in a paper, written in 1704, he claimed that 2060 was a key date on the calendar declaring “It may end later but I see no reason for it ending sooner.” He believed everything would end 1,260 years after the start of the Holy Roman Empire in 800 AD. The document has been in a Jerusalem library since 1969 and is now included in an exhibition there. The curator, Yemima Ben-Menahem said: “It sees a scientist guided by a desire to see God’s actions in the world.”
What famous people sayThe Son - Autumn 2007
 
Singer and ex-Mis-Teeq star Alesha Dixon felt her world fall apart when last November, her husband Harvey (of So Solid Crew fame) was caught in bed with singer Javine – his co-star in the West End Musical, Daddy Cool. She told The Son, “I like to take positives out of any negative situation – I’m very logical and practical, and I believe whatever happens in life is meant to be. “God has a plan for me and he doesn’t give me anything I can’t handle.” She continues, “You have to live in the moment. If I dwell on the past or worry too much about the future, I’ll miss my life, and I love life too much to let anything like that make me unhappy.” The beginning of 2005 saw the end of Mis-Teeq and Alesha Dixon is now aiming for solo success. What the future holds now is yet to be known. “I just want to grab everything while I can. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
What famous people sayThe Son - Autumn 2007
 
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