Key Quotes for 2011

Key Quotes for 2011

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Tuesday 16th July
 
A Christian bookshop caught up in the riots near Clapham Junction in August has reported a ‘blessing’ following the horrific events which took place there. Ulrika Warner director of the Cornerstone Christian bookshop in Lavender Hill said she has seen business grow after the riots. She said: “The Lord protected us – not one single book or Bible has been touched. “Someone started a fire here but he was convicted of having done wrong and came back to put it out.” She added, “Business has increased as people have bought more Bibles than usual.”
EnvironmentChristian Marketplace – October 2011
 
The BBC has made further cuts to its specialist religion team at the World Service by closing the post of religion correspondent in its news team… This move is the latest stage in a radical reduction in coverage of religion by the network… Television and radio critic, the Rev David Bridge, said: `… At a time when the importance of religion in the world affairs is being widely recognised, it is extraordinary that the BBC should choose this moment to reduce the resources available to cover the topic.’
MediaSalvationist - 1st October 2011
 
A record high of 3,740 transplants were carried out in the UK last year. Organ Donor Register increased by four per cent last year to 17,751,795, demand still far outstrips supply. More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of those, 1,000 each year will die waiting as there are not enough organs available.
HealthThe Sentinel - 4th October 2011
 
As many as 2,739 people in Stoke-on-Trent are now living with dementia, a new report has revealed.
HealthThe Sentinel - 4th October 2011
 
A Government minister has called on councils to stop employing full-time union officials at taxpayers` expense. The national bill is estimated to stand at more than £30 million. Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are both among the top 10 biggest-spending authorities in the county for employing dedicated union staff, as revealed by The Sentinel in July.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 4th October 2011
 
A survey has revealed that mothers value personal hygiene more than religion in their child’s upbringing, reported the Daily Mail. According to the survey, 77 per cent of women said that keeping their child clean was the most important part of raising them, whereas only 16.6 per cent of parents believe that faith is of utmost importance.
FamilyThe War Cry – 1st October 2011
 
The United Kingdom has been bracketed with Russia, China and Nigeria as countries with rising levels of religious intolerance, in a new study from the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. In Rising Restrictions On Religion, almost a third of the world’s 6.9 billion people are shown to live in countries where religious intolerance or hostility has grown.
Religious PersecutionSalvationist, 3 September 2011
 
Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted Britain must make Europe “work for us” as he again ruled out holding an “in or out” referendum. During Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, he was urged to listen to the calls of Conservative eurosceptics who want a vote on the UK’s relationship with the EU, but Mr Cameron, who also met European Council president Herman Van Rompuy yesterday insisted there was “no case” for a vote.
PoliticsThe Sentinel, September 8, 2011
 
The violence and looting in high streets across England was “a wake-up call for the criminal justice system”, the head of Scotland Yard has said. Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin said the fact four-fifths of those arrested had previously had contact with the police and three-quarters had a criminal record raised serious questions for the police. His comments came as Justice Secretary Ken Clarke and London Mayor Boris Johnson said the riots were a result of a “broken penal system”.
CrimeThe Sentinel, August 17, 2011
 
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will overturn an 85-year-old ban on filming in courts – but warned theatrical displays will not be allowed. Broadcasters will be allowed to screen footage of judgments in England and Wales for the first time as part of “unprecedented plans to improve transparency”, Mr Clarke said, but critics warned the move risked turning justice into a reality show, providing a platform for “eccentric” legal professionals.
MediaThe Sentinel, September 7, 2011
 
Jonathan Ross has claimed he was worth the near-£6 million he earned each year from the BBC – and said he had turned down millions more from rivals. The controversial presenter whose on-air antics led to the “Sachsgate” scandal, said he could have earned far more elsewhere for less work and felt that BBC bosses could have defended him when his salary was criticised in the media.
MediaThe Sentinel, September 1, 2011
 
North Staffordshire has the third worst postal service in mainland Britain. Latest Royal Mail figures show just 85.9 per cent of first-class mail was delivered the next day across the ST postcode area between April and June. That is below the 91.5 per cent area target and the national average of 93.1 per cent.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, August 30, 2011
 
Last year the World Health Organisation forecast that “the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era”. In July this year a strain of gonorrhoea completely resistant to antibiotics was identified in Japan, with the warning that the infection could become a global threat.
HealthThe Sentinel, August 17, 2011
 
It was reported in late August that more schoolchildren are both sitting and passing Religious Studies (RS), as the government prepares to exclude it from the new Baccalaureate. Nearly a third more pupils took the subject in 2011 than in 2005. The pass rate is up by 2.2% compared to 2010.
EducationEvangelicals Now, October 2011
 
The Government has made either moderate or no progress on 22 of its 29 low-carbon commitments, according to an analysis published by the Green Alliance think-tank in conjunction with Christian Aid and other groups. The groups’ Climate Check report concludes that the coalition Government has fulfilled or is making progress on seven commitments, but is failing on six and has made little progress on the remaining sixteen.
EnvironmentThe War Cry, 24 September 2011
 
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