Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Wednesday 11th December
 
Amazon’s Alexa is set to answer people’s health queries by searching the official NHS website. A new partnership with the NHS means Alexa will now give answers based on information from the health service website, which has been verified by health professionals.
HealthThe Sentinel, 10 July 2019
 
A failure to tackle climate change will bring great “social unrest” and increased pressure from immigration, Sir David Attenborough has warned a Parliament committee as part of its inquiry into international climate change targets.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, 10 July 2019
 
Thousands of prisoners are being released without proper checks on what danger they pose to the public, a watchdog has suggested. Chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke hit out at the “poor response” to the problem in his annual report.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel, 11 July 2019
 
Drinking less than one can of sugary drink or 100% fruit juice per day has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, research in France suggests. Experts reported that people consuming just under 200ml on average of a sugar-sweetened drink or fruit juice each day had an 18% increased risk of all types of cancer.
HealthThe Sentinel, 11 July 2019
 
A daily pill could offer an alternative life-extending treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, new research suggests. Enzalutamide, which works by blocking the effect of testosterone on prostate cancer cells, is already available on the NHS for those no longer responding to hormone injections.
HealthThe Sentinel, 3 June 2019
 
Fewer people in the UK are donating money to charity, but people who do donate are giving larger amounts – the largest to religious causes, the latest UK Giving study has found. The annual report from the Charities Aid Foundation, published this week, is based on more than 12,000 responses to an online survey, and interviews conducted monthly over a year.
MoneyChurch Times, May 2019
 
Supervised tests of a potential autonomous car service built by a UK-based artificial intelligence firm have begun in two London boroughs. FiveAI has started testing five self-driving cars in Bromley and Croydon in its latest effort to roll out an autonomous, car-sharing service in London.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 2 April 2019
 
Last year was the worst year since records began for the number of children killed or injured in armed conflict, the United Nations has revealed: 12,000 children were maimed or killed in 20 different conflicts around the world.
Disasters/WarChurch Times, 16 August 2019
 
One person is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every three minutes in England and Wales, new figures suggest. A total of 202,665 people received a diagnosis in the two countries in 2017, which is equivalent to 23 people every hour.
HealthThe Sentinel, 2 April 2019
 
The charity NSPCC have reported a one fifth increase in reports of racially motivated abuse by children and young people since 2015. In 2015 young people across the UK voted for racism and religious discrimination as one of the top five issues facing young people in the annual Make Your Mark ballot.
Young PeopleYouth and Children’s Work, July 2019
 
Work-Life balance is one of the most important aspects of a job for candidates, ahead of career opportunities and perks, a study has suggested. Jobs site Glassdoor said a survey of 2,000 adults showed the importance of firms offering staff a decent balance between work and home lives.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, 31 May 2019
 
One person in Britain generates as much carbon dioxide annually as 212 citizens of Burundi, Central Africa, a report published on Tuesday by Christian Aid says. Burundi, with a population of about 12 million, has the lowest annual per capita emissions of carbon dioxide in the world.
EnvironmentChurch Times, 9 August 2019
 
Sales of sparkling wine in the UK have fallen for the first time in five years, figures show. Three million fewer bottles were sold last year, with sales dropping from 217 million bottles in 2017 to 214 million in 2018, according to UHY Hacker Young.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, 1 April 2019
 
The Church of England has been given over £150,000 to invest in training for those ministering at churches on estates across the country. The grant from Allchurches Trust has been given to focus on work with children and young people.
ChurchYouth and Children’s Work, July 2019
 
A non-surgical nose job could soon be a reality thanks to a technique that uses tiny needles, electric current and 3D-printed moulds to reshape living tissue. The process promises to revolutionise cosmetic surgery, which often involves long recovery times.
HealthThe Sentinel. 3 April 2019
 
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