Key Quotes for 2011

Key Quotes for 2011

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Last update: Sunday 21st July
 
Fears of a double-dip recession were fuelled yesterday as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) slashed the UK’s growth forecast and warned the global economy is in a “dangerous new phase”. The UK will see gross domestic product (GDP) grow 1.1 per cent in 2011, compared with the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook report in April of 1.7 per cent, and by 1.6 per cent in 2012, compared with 2.3 per cent. The forecasts for the UK in 2011 fall behind projections for Germany, France, the Eurozone, U.S. and Canada.
MoneyThe Sentinel, Wednesday September 21, 2011
 
In 2010/11, there were 444 reported cases involving verbal or physical abuse towards school staff. This was significantly down on the previous year; when 700 incidents were flagged up by schools. But only 141 of Staffordshire’s 391 schools submitted responses. Of the known incidents, 330 involved verbal abuse, 78 included threatening behaviour, and 141 led to physical injury. In one case, a pupil used a water bottle as a weapon and hurled it at staff.
EducationThe Sentinel, Tuesday September 20, 2011
 
Householders under the influence of alcohol or drugs account for 40 per cent of those rescued from accidental fires, latest statistics show. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service figures from April 2009 to July 2011 show 131 incidents happened when people were drunk or had taken drugs. And alcohol was also a factor in 30 per cent of deaths. The statistics come as the service is running a campaign targeted at men who start cooking late at night after drinking alcohol. The service say most common incidents occur when drinkers start preparing a late-night snack and then forget about their cooking, or when they light a cigarette and fall asleep.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, Monday September 19, 2011
 
Danniella Westbrook spoke about her new Christian faith on ITV1’s Lorraine. Live from LA, the former EastEnders actress appeared alongside Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary, the church which she attends. She explained: ‘I’d always believed in God, but nobody had ever told me about Jesus. I thought I was past saving, but I was completely wrong.’ She said that, through their becoming Christians, her family’s way of life and thinking had completely changed. Pastor Jay commented: ‘It’s amazing just to watch the transformation that has happened with her and her family. It’s just the beginning.’
MediaThe War Cry, 17 September 2011
 
Research by the BBC has shown that a vast majority of schools are disregarding the law by failing to stage a daily Christian assembly, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Almost two thirds of parents who responded to the survey said their children did not take part in collective worship at school every day. Last year some teachers and religious leaders wrote to Education Secretary Michael Gove, insisting that children should not be ‘coerced’ into religion in schools. But under the 1944 Education Act schools must provide ‘broadly Christian worship’ every day.
EducationThe War Cry, 17 September 2011
 
Evangelical Christians are far more likely to be active in their communities than the average person according to new research. Findings showed that a quarter of respondents are trustees of a registered charity, compared to 2.2 per cent nationally.
Nine per cent are serving as school governors, compared to 0.7 per cent nationally, and 4 out of every 100 are members of a political party in contrast to the national average of 1.3 per cent. Steve Clifford of the Evangelical Alliance said ‘Christians are not bystanders.’
Social IssuesSalvationist, 17 September 2011
 
British troops serving in Afghanistan are in danger of missing out on mail from their loved ones because of the “huge and unmanageable” amount of donations sent by members of the public, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. Army chiefs have revealed they are being “overwhelmed” by the volume of parcels and shoeboxes sent to unnamed British service personnel overseas, which makes it more difficult for frontline supplies and post from families to get through to their loved ones.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, Friday September 16, 2011
 
Unions were set to move closer to a winter of strikes today despite a warning from the Government that walkouts would be greeted with “little enthusiasm” by workers. More than a million public sector workers could be involved in a one day walkout in November in protest at planned changes to their pensions. Labour leader Ed Miliband was heckled when he told the TUC strikes over public pensions were a mistake.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, Wednesday September 14, 2011
 
Soaring energy bills and record increases in clothing prices helped push the rate of inflation to near a three-year high last month. The consumer prices index (CPI) rate of inflation rose to 4.5 per cent in August, up from 4.4 per cent in July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. This was equal to the CPI rate in May and was last higher in September 2008. Housing, water, electricity and gas prices increased by 5.1 per cent year-on-year, the ONS said; the highest annual increase since July 2009.
MoneyThe Sentinel, Wednesday September 14, 2011
 
The state equality watchdog has set out a plan for a two-tier law for Christians. It said that they should be free to display their faith by wearing crosses or pinning up religious symbols at work. But Christians should not be allowed to follow religious principles if they clash with gay rights, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said. The decision means the quango will back British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida, who was banned from wearing a cross at work. Though BA eventually caved in, Miss Eweida is taking her case to the European human rights court to try to establish a right for Christians to wear symbols of their faith.
Religious PersecutionSalvationist August 27 2011
 
Brazil’s religious orders have pledged to tackle human trafficking in the lead-up to the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, both to be hosted by Brazil. A conference organised by Brazil’s Conference of Religious network, A Cry For Life, agreed a programme ‘to address the scourge of human trafficking and sexual slavery’.
World IssuesSalvationist August 27 2011
 
On the morning that A level results were released, Premier Radio reported that the number of pupils passing A level Religious Studies has risen. More than 18,000 took the exam with 80 per cent of them getting grade C or above. The news came against the background of the Government’s plan not to include RS as a core subject of the English Baccalaureate.
EducationThe War Cry August 27 2011
 
‘Bishops sue Alabama over “unbiblical” immigration laws’ was the headline in The Times, after four bishops claimed that new anti-immigration laws will make it ‘a crime to follow God’s command to be good Samaritans’. The legislation, which comes into force in September, will make it illegal to provide shelter or transport to immigrants who enter Alabama illegally. It will also be illegal for priests to preach to them or conduct their baptisms. ‘The law prohibits almost everything which would assist an undocumented immigrant,’ said the Most Rev Thomas J. Rodi, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mobile. ‘It attacks what it means to be a Christian.’
World IssuesThe War Cry August 27 2011
 
Almost 900 more people are admitted to hospital every day for drinking compared to five years ago. A round-up of existing data shows there were 1.1 million admissions in England relating to alcohol in 2009/10, 879 more per day than in 2004/05.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel August 25 2011
 
Comedy legend Ken Dodd has criticised modern humour for being “aggressive” and cynical. He said: “When I started, the humour was that of Arthur Askey and Will Hay. Now it’s very different… and a lot of it is below the belt.
MediaThe Sentinel August 10 2011
 
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