Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Thursday 18th April
 
The average lifespan in the UK is expected to rise slightly from 80.8 years to 83.3 by 2040, research shows. In the world league table of longevity, Britons are expected to move up from 26th to 23rd place. But they are easily outranked by the Spanish, whose predicted average lifespan of 85.8 years puts them first in the list, compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
HealthThe Sentinel – 17th October 2018
 
A majority of people oppose children being allowed to ‘self-define’ their gender, a poll in October found, but some respondents say they back choosing your own species. Among the 2,000 people asked, 19% backed people choosing their own age and 10% said self-declaration of species was acceptable. For people aged between 18 and 24, the figures were even more marked with nearly one in five backing self-definition of species.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now – December 2018
 
The impact of terrorist attacks on mental well-being may be less significant than thought, researchers say. A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reviewed more than 400 research articles studying the association between acts of terrorism and mental health. It concluded terrorism does not increase post-traumatic stress disorder more than any other distressing events.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 18th October 2018
 
Medicine risks “going back to the dark ages”. Health officials warned as it emerged that cases of some drug-resistant infections are on the rise. Public Health England (PHE) launched a new campaign warning that people could be putting themselves and their families at risk by taking the drugs when they don’t need them. PHE has calculated that if antibiotics become ineffective then three million operations and cancer treatments would become life-threatening.
HealthThe Sentinel – 23rd October 2018
 
Children in private schools will no longer have to be explicitly taught about gay marriage, cohabiting couples or same-sex families, according to guidance issued in early October that critics have described as a government U-turn. The change is contained in guidance on the standards by which independent schools are inspected, which was put out for consultation in March by the education secretary, Damian Hinds.
EducationEvangelicals Now – December 2018
 
Many processed meat-free alternatives, seen by some as a “healthier” option, are exceeding maximum recommended salt levels, a campaign group has warned. Action on Salt said that meat-free burgers contain on average more salt than real meat burgers. Beef burgers tested by the expert group had an average salt content per serving of 0.75g, lower than that of meat free burgers at 0.89g.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 23rd October 2018
 
People in the UK throw away around 295 billion pieces of plastic every year, much of which is single-use and cannot be recycled, a report suggests. Campaigner Daniel Webb has revealed how little of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled after storing all the plastic waste he threw in the bin over a year, collecting a total of 4,490 pieces of plastic. Some 70% was not recyclable, the report estimates.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 29th October 2018
 
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has spoken out against those who “seek to divide” Muslims and Christians and “politicise religion”. President Buhari, who is campaigning for re-election in February, writes in today’s Church Times: “As People of the Book, I believe that there is far more that unites Muslims and Christians than divides them…We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities, because if we do, we can only look inwards. It is only when we mix that we can reach new and greater possibilities.”
What famous people sayChurch Times – 30th November 2018
 
Dogs could be trained to sniff out malaria in people after trials showed the animals were able to smell the deadly disease on socks worn by infected children. Researchers from Durham University said their findings could potentially lead to the first rapid and non-invasive test for malaria. Although the research is in its early stages, scientists hope trained sniffer dogs could help to stop malaria spreading between countries and lead to infected people being identified earlier.
HealthThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
The number of teachers leaving the profession has been increasing since 2010, highlighting a “chronic” problem with teacher retention, a report suggests. The report published by the National Foundation for Educational Research, calls for the Government to place a greater emphasis on improving teacher retention in order to ease supply pressures. Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the rate of working-age teachers leaving the profession has increased from 8.9% to 10.3% in primary schools.
EducationThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Younger children in the care system are often confused about why they are unable to live with their parents, the latest survey of children in care suggests…It found that more than half the youngest children in care did not understand why they were not able to live at home; and one third of teenagers also did not fully understand the reasons for being in care…But the survey also found that much of children’s experience in care was positive: 82 per cent of children and young people felt that their life was getting better.
Young PeopleChurch Times – 23rd November 2018
 
Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources and pollute the planet, a report has warned. WWF has called for an ambitious “global deal” for nature and people, similar to the international Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. The percentage of the world’s seabirds with plastic in their stomach is estimated to have increased from 5% in 1960 to 90% today, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Britain’s home-owners typically stay put for 19 years before moving, a report has found. And with stamp duty and other moving costs to consider, more than half (54%) of home-owners say they would rather improve their current property than move to a new one. Fitting new carpets, installing a new kitchen and landscaping the garden were the most common improvements for people to have made, Barclays Mortgages found.
HousingThe Sentinel – 31st October 2018
 
Top-band taxpayers in Westminster have contributed almost £400,000 to a voluntary scheme that invites them to pay extra council tax to fund help for rough sleepers.
HousingChurch Times – 9th November 2018
 
Taking antibiotics in infancy has been linked to a higher risk of obesity, a study suggests. US researchers said the drugs may alter gut bacteria, making a child more susceptible to weight gain. The study, published in the journal Gut, found the effect was more pronounced among youngsters who used the drugs for a prolonged period. Data on more than 333,000 infants was examined.
HealthThe Sentinel – 31st October 2018
 
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