Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
Moves towards equal pay for men and women appear to be grinding to a halt” because of long-standing inequalities in Britain, a report said today. A “landmark” study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found some equality gaps had closed over the past generation, but other problems remained. One of the main findings was that the gender pay gap had fallen for the past 30 years, but progress seemed to have halted with full-time woman workers earning 16.4 per cent less than men.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel October 11, 2010
 
The first phase of the Government’s “radical” welfare reform programme starts today with benefit claimants reassessed for their ability to work. The move comes as new figures showed almost £135 billion had been spent over the past 10 years keeping two million people “on the sick”. Long-term incapacity benefit claimants in Burnley and Aberdeen will be the first to undergo the new test. Ministers said the reassessment was designed to end the one-size-fits all approach to those with disabilities.
PoliticsThe Sentinel October 11, 2010
 
Absent fathers and the breakdown of the family are the greatest threats to society in the West Indies and the root causes of crime, the leaders of the government of St Kitts and Nevis were told at an Independence Day ceremony last week. The family was under attack in St Kitts and Nevis, and across the Caribbean, Fr Archibald told the assembled worthies on September 30. “We are experiencing serious threats to our family and family life and unity by both internal and external forces.” He singled out North American culture with its emphasis on individualism and materialism, which had led to an increase in gang-related activities, sexual promiscuity, dug abuse, crime, violence, truancy, delinquency and indiscipline.
World IssuesChurch of England newspaper October 8, 2010
 
Hundreds of overseas doctors registered to work in the NHS have not been checked for their language skills or competency, new figures suggest. Fewer than one in four doctors are properly verified despite the furore surrounding the case of a German doctor who killed a pensioner in his care. The investigation by Pulse newspaper also suggests many NHS trusts in England have no accurate record of whether a doctor has been checked. In all 108 PCTs responded to questions under the Freedom of information Act.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel October 13 2010
 
Pope Benedict XVI, has formally crated a new Vatican office to revive Christianity in Europe, his latest attempt to counter secular trends in traditionally Christian countries. In yesterday’s decree he said the new Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation would promote church doctrine, use the media to get the church’s message out and mobilise missionary activities. But so far it has only been issued in Latin and Italian.
ChurchThe Sentinel October 13, 2010
 
Postal unions warned of job losses last night after the Government unveiled its controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail. Overseas firms will be among those allowed to buy 90 per cent of the Royal Mail, with 10 per cent going in shares to postal workers. Business secretary Vince Cable also revealed pans to convert the post Office arm of the business into a mutual structure similar to the John Lewis Partnership, or Co-operative group.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel October 14, 2010
 
The Government hailed a “new era of accountability” yesterday at it announced the scrapping or merger of more than 300 public bodies in its long- awaited bonfire of quangos”. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said that the changes would cut costs while ensuring ministers could be held properly answerable for decisions taken by officials. However Labour warned the speed of the cull could actually increase costs while trade unions accused ministers of wanting to get rid of independent bodies able stand up to government.
PoliticsThe Sentinel October 15, 2010
 
The German Bishops’ Conference has published a new martyrology, detailing the cases of Catholic clergy and laity who died for their faith under Nazi and communist rule. “I myself was shocked at how many Christians remained faithful to the Gospel when the atheist Nazi and communist orders held sway here,” said Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, chairman of the German Church’s Liturgy Commission, who headed the martyrdom commission. “Today’s generation should preserve the memory of our witnesses to faith, since it’s through honouring these great exemplars that we highlight our Church’s spiritual priorities.”
Religion/SpiritualityThe Universe October 10, 2010
 
Polish Church leaders have defended the right of their country’s Catholic schools to refuse employment to homosexual teachers, after human rights groups called for the resignation of a government minister who spoke out on the issue. “We must defend someone’s right to declare their views and convictions publicly,” Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily. Under both state and Church law, Catholic schools must clearly state the norms under which they take on teachers. It’s a long time since I encountered such an attack on a state official because of what they’ve said.” The archbishop was reacting to criticism of Elzbieta Radziszewska, government plenipotentiary for equal rights, after she confirmed that Catholic schools were entitled to dismiss gay or lesbian staff.
Social IssuesThe Universe October 10, 2010
 
Office workers start to feel stressed by 11.30 on a Monday morning, a study has revealed. Catching up with emails and work-loads after the weekend leaves the average British clerical worker feeling stressed just two hours and 18 minutes after arriving in the office. Seventy per cent of those who responded to the Medicash survey admitted that they often feel stressed at some point during the working day. Almost a third have called in sick because they have reached the end of their tether – and 12 per cent have quit their job altogether.
Work/EmploymentThe War Cry - October 16, 2010
 
Young people are not hostile towards the Church but they feel religion is irrelevant to daily living says the Church of England. A five-year study of more than 300 young people aged eight to 23 revealed that 43 per cent do not know what to think about God. Only 22 per cent believe in a God whom they can know personally, while 12 per cent do not believe in the existence of God at all.
Young PeopleThe War Cry - October 16, 2010
 
Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has told Pope Benedict XVI that he would like to work more closely with the Vatican in an effort to stop religious intolerance and the breakup of families. The president also appealed to world religions to co-operate in the fight against secularism and materialism, Iranian news agencies reported.
World IssuesThe Universe - October 17, 2010
 
More than half of Britons believe helping others in the UK and abroad is important to achieving happiness, a new poll commissioned by CAFOD has revealed. On the eve of a new report into human well-being, the survey found that 75 per cent of those asked believe helping people in the UK is key to happiness, with 54 per cent citing helping those abroad as of importance. Nearly 90 per cent of people said that living in a world where the environment is protected and where poverty does not exist is important to them.
Social IssuesThe Universe - October 17, 2010
 
Unemployed people should be encouraged to volunteer as well as looking for work, the Bishop of Hereford has suggested. Bishop Anthony Priddis said that his proposal was one way to help charities which face problems with funding and a lack of volunteers. In the House of Lords, he said that unemployment was likely to rise but that would not widen the pool of people available for volunteering. “The Jobcentre Pus network rightly concentrates on getting people back into paid work and ensures that unemployed people use their time accordingly, which militates very strongly volunteering,” he said. “I wonder whether there might be a new dynamic that would encourage unemployed people to combine the search for work, which is fundamental, with at least some voluntary, or even paid, charitable work.
Work/EmploymentChurch of England - October 15, 2010
 
The Vatican City state is the world’s first carbon neutral state through offsetting its emissions by planting trees and installing solar panels on the Vatican’s rooftops. It also plans to build Europe’s largest solar farm on 740 hectares to the north of Rome. This solar farm will produce enough energy to power over 40,000 home and will exceed the EU‘s renewable energy targets of 20 percent of demand by 2020.
EnvironmentCatholic South West October 2010
 
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