Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Monday 22nd July
 
As Candidates for conversions go, they don’t come much more improbable than Richard Dawkins. But the best-selling author of The God Delusion has been seen attending Mass in Oxford...An unnamed source says: “Most recently he was seen at the Oratory Church , St. Aloysius. No one is sure why, it could simply be research or perhaps the seedling of a Damascene conversion”.
Religion/SpiritualitySalvationist - October 20th, 2007
 
Students will no longer be awarded traditional university degrees, under plans published today. Instead, universities will issue graduates with a detailed transcript, breaking down marks for each unit. The new Higher Education Achievement Report could show overall percentage scores and is intended to become the main method for grading all UK students by 2010.
EducationThe Sentinel - October 16th, 2007
 
International action is urgently needed to protect Antarctica and conserve species such as whales, albatrosses and penguins, environmentalists warned today. The WWF said the world’s last great wilderness was under threat from climate change, unsustainable fishing and the spread of non-native species. The environmental charity is demanding marine protected areas to cover millions of square kilometres of the Southern Ocean by 2012.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - October 17th, 2007
 
A community became the first in the UK to lose one of its analogue television channels today. Around 25,000 households in Whitehaven and Copeland in Cumbria had analogue BBC Two switched off shortly after 2am. The remaining analogue channels will be switched off in four weeks, to be replaced by digital television.
MediaThe Sentinel - October 17th, 2007
 
Banks are playing a “con trick” on judges around the country in a bid to avoid refunding consumers thousands of pounds in credit card charges, a financial campaigner warned today. Founder of MoneySavingsExpert.com Martin Lewis accused banks of “outrageously” trying to apply the current delay on court cases to reclaim banks charges to ones to reclaim credit card charges.
MoneyThe Sentinel - October 17th, 2007
 
Cocaine and heroin addicts on a Government treatment programme are being given extra drugs as a reward for good behaviour, it was reported today. A survey of almost 200 clinics in England by the National Treatment Agency (NTA), which runs the £500 million-a-year scheme, found users were being offered extra heroin substitute methadone or anti-depressants for clean urine samples. The NTA admitted the practice was unethical and said it wanted to see certain practices “squeezed out of the system”.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - October 18th, 2007
 
A Majority of the population support the idea of an “opt-out” system of organ donation, it was claimed today. The Government is considering bringing in the change; with everyone giving “presumed consent” for organs to be used after death.
HealthThe Sentinel - October 19th, 2007
 
Motorists who break the law will face stiffer penalties as new road laws come into effect today. The number of penalty points for failing to provide information on the identity of a driver, applying mainly to offences detected by speed cameras, has now been increased from three to six. The maximum fine for careless driving has gone up from £2,500 to £5000.
CrimeThe Sentinel - September 24th, 2007
 
Half the police forces in England and Wales are poor at compiling figures on anti-social behaviour in their areas, official watchdogs said today. A report by the Audit commission and the Wales Audit Office rated only 12 police authorities and forces as good or excellent at recording anti-social behaviour. In all, 21 were rated as poor and 10 as fair, although individual forces were not identified. Shadow home affairs minister James Brokenshire said: “This report shows that we don’t have reliable data on the scale of the problem. “This weakness is compounded by the Government’s failure to assess it’s numerous eye-catching initiatives.”
CrimeThe Sentinel - September 20th, 2007
 
Chinese television and radio are to be cleaned up, China’s broadcasting watchdog has announced. There will be a ban on ‘sexually suggestive’ advertising and ‘vulgar’ adverts considered ‘socially corrupting’ and ‘detrimental to society’. The government is preparing for the Chinese Communist Party’s five-yearly congress and the 2008 Olympic Games.
MediaEvangelical Times - November 2007
 
A quarter of a million people in Britain have a problem with gambling, according to a recent government study. CARE, the Evangelical Alliance and the Methodist Church have all expressed concern about the high number, with the EA in particular calling on the government to provide help for addicts. However, the British Gambling Prevalence Study suggests that this number has not increased since 1999.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsChristianity - November 2007
 
Almost three quarters of British parents are neglecting their children’s eyesight, according to a survey released today. Research found that 71 per cent of parents of children under the age of nine have never taking their children to an optician. The independent survey for opticians Specsavers showed that fear of cost appeared to be a major reason for this.
HealthThe Sentinel - October 22nd, 2007
 
Up to 40 per cent of packaging used by leading supermarkets cannot be recycled, a report says. Britain will fail to hit recycling targets unless big food chains cut back on excessive packaging, the Local Government Association warned. Marks & Spencer was the retailer which used the lowest percentage of packaging which could be recycled, the survey found.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - October 23rd, 2007
 
Two of England’s prisons are wholly occupied by foreigners, it was revealed today. Men convicted of crimes in the UK are being held there with a view to some of them being deported. Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers said specialist services – such as those aimed at language needs family contact and immigration, were available in the prisons. The first is Bullwood Hall, in Hockley, Essex, which holds 154 prisoners, while the second is Canterbury Prison, which holds 284 foreign nationals serving less than four years. Ms. Owers said it was easier to provide specialist services in one place than have people spread around.
CrimeThe Sentinel - October 24th, 2007
 
More than seven websites touting sickening images of child abuse are reported to police ever 24 hours, a leading online charity said today. Four out of five of these sites are commercial operations aiming to cash in on the shocking trade among paedophiles, the Internet Watch Foundation said. The charity has passed the details of 2,092 sites to Interpol, national police forces and other authorities so far this year.
CrimeThe Sentinel - October 24th, 2007
 
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