Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

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Last update: Tuesday 15th October
 
The recession has left people relying on the support of their families more than ever. Far from the family unit falling apart, people are coming together and choosing to spend time in groups of family and close friends. According to research by Merlin Entertainments Group Fun Day, more than half of us spend leisure time with our extended family. When asked who we would like to spend more time with, the family comes out on top again – suggesting that precious time with loved ones is what people want more than anything else.
FamilyThe War Cry - 23 October, 2010
 
Easter eggs which mention Jesus on the packaging have been ‘snubbed’ by supermarkets, reports the Daily Mail. The chocolate eggs, which are to be produced by the Church of England next Easter will carry a panel explaining how Christians believe that Jesus died on Good Friday and rose to life on Easter Sunday. But, the paper says, the church has found that not all supermarkets are planning to stock the eggs.
ShoppingThe War Cry - 23 October, 2010
 
Children are happier now than in the early 1990s, according to the Children’s Society…but the charity warned that the looming cuts could cause children’s levels of happiness to fall once again. The findings were revealed at the launch of the charity’s new index, which is designed to monitor children’s subjective wellbeing.
EnvironmentSalvationist - 23 October, 2010
 
By 2050, almost 70% of the world’s estimated ten million people will live in cities as the world’s population continues flocking to urban centres, it was reported in August. That percentage has more than doubled since 1950 when fewer than 30% of the world population lived in cities. Churches and mission organizations are increasingly following that trend.
EnvironmentEvangelicals Now October 2010
 
Despite intense persecution for Muslim apostates, Muslims in the Middle East are converting to Christianity at record rates and in supernatural ways, it was reported in August. ‘Probably in the last ten years, more Muslims have come to faith in Christ than in the 15 centuries of Islam’ said Tom Doyle, Middle East-Central Asia director for E3 partners, a Texas-based missions agency. More than 200 former Muslims were baptized in July in Europe, led by Iran-born evangelist Lazarus Yeghnazar. Christian radio, television and internet-based programming now reach millions in Muslim nations. But Doyle says many Muslims come to faith after having dreams and visions of Jesus. They say: ‘I was content. I was a Muslim, and all of a sudden I get this dream about Jesus and he loved me’.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now October 2010
 
Public bodies like the police and schools will not be forced to meet centralized targets for homosexual, transsexual and religious equality, the government said in August. Instead, public sector organizations will be allowed to decide how best to implement the new equality duty rushed into law by the previous government. The Government Equalities Office said that the move marks an end to top down targets and box ticking bureaucracy, making public bodies accountable to the taxpayer rather than faceless Government officials.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now October 2010
 
Anger over City workers’ pay is likely to be fuelled by new figures showing cash bonuses hitting £7 billion this year. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said pre-tax City bonuses are continuing to recover to pre-credit crunch levels. Bankers and other City workers, such as fund managers, have largely been blamed for the financial crisis. But the CEBR said the taxman will take home more of this year’s £7 billion bonus pot, which excludes share wind-falls, after the new tax rate of 50 per cent on incomes over £150,000 came into force.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel October 5, 2010
 
Banks are on the cusp of a second credit crunch that threatens another tax-payer bail-out, a think-tank claims. The new Economics Foundation says banks are facing a £25 billion-a-month funding gap next year. It estimated that at least £1.2 trillion of government cash had already been pumped into the banking system but that there had been little sign of any benefit to taxpayers.
MoneyThe Sentinel October 4, 2010
 
The father of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan said he was told it was too costly to issue his son with a handgun. Jimmy Major was one of five soldiers shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman in Helmand Province last November. Jimmy’s father Adrian said: “Out of 16, only three had small arms. And we were told they couldn’t afford to give them all a side arm.” A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “There are enough side arms in theatre should require them.”
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel October 4, 2010
 
Turning your back on God could damage your health, a study suggests… Christopher Scheitle, of Penn State University found about 40 par cent of members of strict religious groups reported being in excellent health but only 25 per cent of members in those groups who switched to another religion said the same.

HealthSalvationist October,9 2010
 
The UK economy is on the mend and “recovery under way”, a report by the international Monetary Fund (IMF) says. In its annual health check on the British economy, the IMF backed the coalition Government’s deficit-busting austerity measures, calling Chancellor George Osborne’s plans “essential”. The body also predicted economic growth of two per cent in 2011, although this was lower than its previous estimate of 2.1 per cent.
MoneyThe Sentinel September 28, 2010
 
The UK is facing a dramatic rise in pensioners as a record number of people turn 65 in 2012, the Government said yesterday. More than 800,000 people will celebrate their 65th birthday during the year, 150,000 more in 2011, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. The massive increase, which stems back to the post-war spike in births in 1946 and 1947, will lead to a significant rise in Government spending on the state pension.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel September 22, 2010
 
Government guidance on dealing with overseas torture of detainees may breach international law and leave personnel exposed to legal challenge. The Equality and Human Rights commission has written to David Cameron and security chiefs threatening legal action unless the wording is amended. It also called for an inquiry into allegations of British complicity in torture of terror suspects to be held in public.
World IssuesThe Sentinel September 27, 2010
 
A ‘Landslide’ of legal claims could be taken against employers who do not assess the effect on women workers of public sector job cuts, a leading trade union warned today. Unison said women made up most of public sector employees. The union said it will use an equality duty on employers to take legal action against any not carrying out equality impact assessments before cutting jobs and public services.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel September 27, 2010
 
The global cost of dementia this year will be £388 billon more than one per cent of GDP, according to a report out today. This includes the cost of social care, unpaid care by relatives and the medical bills for treating dementia. The figure is expected to rise rapidly in the coming years, but governments are woefully unprepared to meet the challenge, said the world Alzheimer Report 2010. Experts at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and King’s College London examined the cost of dementia care and found that, if it was a country, it would be the world’s 18th biggest economy.
HealthThe Sentinel September 21, 2010
 
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