Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Thursday 18th July
 
Record numbers of people are in work and job vacancies are at their joint highest level since 2001, new figures have revealed. Average earnings increased by 3.4% in the year to November 2018 outpacing inflation
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, January 23rd 2019
 
The number of animals injured by plastic debris hit a record last year, a new study finds. The RSPCA said the number of incidents it dealt with involving animals such as seals and geese becoming tangled up in plastic has risen 22 percent in England and Wales in the past four years.
EnvironmentThe i Paper, 4th February 2019
 
Sir David Attenborough has warned it is difficult to overstate the environmental crisis facing the planet, as he was interviewed live on stage by the Duke of Cambridge. The broadcaster urged leaders to care for the natural world as he spoke with William at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
What famous people sayThe Sentinel January 23rd 2019
 
School minister Nick Gibb has called for a ban on smartphones in the classroom. He said the government would introduce lessons that would help young people learn to limit their screen time.
EducationYouth and Children’s Work, March 2019
 
Hundreds of pupils across England will take part in daily breathing techniques and mindfulness exercises as part of a major government trial to boost youth mental health. Up to 370 schools will join what is expected to be the world’s largest trial in mental health and wellbeing among pupils to see what works best to support them.
HealthThe i Paper, 4th February 2019
 
There are now more people living in the UK who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) than ever before, new figures show. Data published by the Office for National Statistics shows that an estimated 1.1 million people, aged 16 or over, identified as LGB in 2017, with the proportion of the population up from 1.5 percent in 2012, to 2 percent.
SexThe Sentinel, January 23rd 2019
 
The UK’s first diploma course for church-based student workers was launched as joint initiative of Westminster Theological College (WTC) and student mission organisation Fusion. The diploma will be accredited by the University of Chester and will begin in September 2019.
EducationYouth and Children’s Work, March 2019
 
Record numbers of trainee GPs have joined surgeries in hard-to-recruit areas after the NHS offered a £20,000 “golden hello” incentive. Some 520 doctors have filled vacancies described by the health service as “hardest to fill” under NHS England’s Targeted Enhancement Recruitment Scheme.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, January 21st 2019
 
Victims will for the first time be able to challenge decisions to release the most serious criminals without costly and complex court battles.
CrimeThe i Paper, 4th February 2019
 
Shrinking chocolate bars, cereal boxes and loaves of bread have contributed to a rise in so-called ‘shrinkflation’ in Britain, official figures show. New data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that 206 products shrank in size between September 2015 and June 2017. They included breads and cereals, meat, sugar, jam, syrups, chocolate and other confectionery. Prices tend to stay the same when products change size, the ONS said, in this ‘shrinkflation’.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel, January 22nd 2019
 
Nearly half of trainee primary teachers have zero to three hours of RE training, according to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education.
EducationYouth and Children’s Work, March 2019
 
The obesity epidemic is driving a surge in numbers of young people diagnosed with cancers that threatens to reverse decades of progress in lowering such deaths.
HealthThe i Paper, 4th February 2019
 
Another 175,000 jobs are set to be lost from the high street this year, while the value of retail property will tumble amid sector challenges, new research shows. Over 23,000 shops are expected to close in 2019, according to research by real estate adviser Altus Group.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - January 21st 2019
 
The Church of England has voted in favour of establishing ministries in every housing estate in Britain after a motion was passed at their national assembly acknowledging the ‘historic marginalisation of social housing’.
ChurchChristianity - April 2019
 
Recent headlines claim that half of all knife crime in London is being carried out by children and young people. According to data from the Metropolitan Police, 49 percent of knife crime is perpetrated by those aged 19 or below.
CrimeYouth and Children’s Work - March 2019
 
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