Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 14th December
 
Bank and building society branches are closing at an “alarming” rate of nearly 60 per month, according to Which?. The consumer group said analysis showed that between the start of 2015 and the end of 2018, 2,868 branches have closed or are scheduled to do so – averaging just under 60 per month. Which? collected bank branch closure data by tracking closure announcements.
MoneyThe Sentinel – 15th June 2018
 
The Home Secretary has rejected calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics saying they "would not be a proportionate response" to pro-life activity, which is mostly prayer, displaying banners and handing out leaflets.
HealthChristian Concern - 17th August 2018
 
This week the Minister of State for Education, Sam Gyimah MP, confirmed that he is working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to come up with new guidance on free speech on university campuses, which will be published this Autumn.
EducationCARE - 14th September 2018
 
New moths are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of climate change and the horticultural trade, wildlife experts have said. Almost 30 new species of pyralid moths have been recorded in the UK in the last 30 years, including eight which have become established residents, wildlife publisher Atropos and charity Butterfly Conservation said. The pyralid group includes some of the largest of 1,600 micro-moths found in the UK.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 14th June 2018
 
According to National Student Survey results for 2017, students at Christian colleges are more satisfied than those at other universities. Around 96 per cent of students at Christian colleges said they were content with their learning, compared with 83 per cent across all UK colleges and universities.
EducationYouth and Children's Work - September 2018
 
An estimated 45.8 million people are trapped in forms of modern slavery worldwide. These include an estimated 11,700 in the UK.
CrimeChurch Times - 1 June 2018
 
More than 40 children a day are being expelled and more than 2,000 suspended from England’s state schools, figures suggest. Government statistics reveal a hike in permanent and fixed-period exclusions in 12 months. While persistent disruptive behaviour remains the most common reason for exclusion, there has also been a rise for other reasons including sexual misconduct, racial abuse and physical and verbal assault, the figures reveal.
EducationThe Sentinel – 20th July 2018
 
Age UK has produced advice on transgender issues for elderly people, saying that "retirement or the death of a partner may provide the first real opportunity to think about and act" on feelings of gender dysphoria.
The ElderlyChristian Weekly News - 24th August 2018
 
There has been a sharp rise in the number of prosecutions for modern slavery, according to the latest figures, but conviction rates have stalled. In total, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) received 355 referrals from the police and other agencies in the financial year 2017/18 – the highest figure ever recorded.
CrimeCARE - 10th August 2018
 
An investigation has revealed that more than 400,000 British teenagers have engaged in underaged casino-style gambling through video games. MRI scans have confirmed that these games can have a similar effect on the brain as drug abuse.
Young PeopleYouth and Children's Work - September 2018
 
Sleeping longer than the recommended seven or eight hours a night has been linked with a higher risk of premature death, according to new research. Researchers looked at data from 74 studies involving more than three million people and found those who slept for 10 hours were 30% more likely to die prematurely than those who slept for eight.
HealthThe Sentinel - 8th August 2018
 
Middle-aged adults are more comfortable talking about their weight than striking up a conversation about death with their parents, a new poll suggests. A survey of 1,000 Britons aged 40 to 64 found that 44% do not feel comfortable talking to their parents about death. The poll, conducted by the charity Independent Age, found that 31% would rather talk about their weight, 26% would rather talk about personal finances and 9% would even prefer discussing sex over death.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel – 19th June 2018
 
Hormone therapy for people attempting to ‘transition’ from male to female carries major health risks, a new study published in July suggests. Published by the American College of Physicians, it indicated that men who took female hormones for two years were over five times more likely to develop a potentially dangerous clot than men who didn’t.
HealthEvangelicals Now – September 2018
 
A higher proportion of women are training to become incumbents. Of the ordinands training for incumbency (76 per cent, up from 69 per cent in 2013), 35 per cent were women (up from 29 per cent). Nearly one quarter (23 per cent) of clergy in senior posts- bishop, dean or archdeacon- were women in 2017, compared with 12 per cent in 2012.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times - 24th August 2018
 
The vast majority of MPs do not think it is right that the Digital Economy Act makes non-photographic child sex abuse images available online, after age verification. ComRes polling conduced on behalf of CARE shows 71 per cent of MPs are not happy with this accommodation of animated child sex abuse images and that number jumps to 76 per cent of female MPs. Only five per cent of MPs disagreed.
SexCARE - 10th August 2018
 
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