Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Wednesday 17th July
 
Prime Minister Gordon Brown will set out measures today designed to find jobs for 500,000 British Workers, bringing the UK closer to full employment. He will also set out details of a scheme to make more migrants from outside the European Union pass English language tests.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 10th September 2007
 
Over-anxious parents, video games and a “test driven” education system are conspiring to rob children of the “vital” opportunity to play outside, leading experts warned today. A group of almost 300 teachers, psychologists and children’s authors fear the erosion of “unstructured, loosely supervised” play is dangerously affecting young people’s health. They have used a letter to a newspaper to highlight their concerns, a year after a similar missive spelt out fears that childhood was being “poisoned” by the modern world. Among those who have signed are novelist Philip Pullman and child care expert Dr Penelope Leach.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel - 10th September 2007
 
Lydia Playfoot the 16 year old who was banned from wearing a ‘purity ring’ in school was not discriminated against, the High Court has ruled. Her school, Millais School in Horsham, West Sussex had requested Miss Playfoot to remove her ring which symbolises chastity, or face expulsion. They denied breaching her Human Rights, insisting the ring was not an essential part of the Christian faith.
Religion/SpiritualityYouthwork - October 2007
 
Aslan, the Pevensie children and the magical land of Narnia are to hit the silver screen again, as now all seven of the Narnia books are to be made into feature films. Following the success of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005 Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures have announced their intention to make films of the rest of the books. Prince Caspian will be the next to roll out, with a release date currently set for May 2008. It will be directed by Andrew Adamson and once more star the voice of Liam Neeson as Aslan.
MediaYouthwork - October 2007
 
Leicester is to become Britain’s first city where no ethnic group will form a majority, in about 12 years’ time, according to a new study. University of Manchester academics behind the research also expect Birmingham to reach plurality in 2024.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 11th September 2007
 
A record number of people went to Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for help with unmanageable debts during the past year, the charity said today. The group saw a 20% increase in people contacting it because they were struggling with their borrowings, handling a total of 1.7million cases during 2006/7. It said the level of people who needed help with debt had doubled during the past 10 years, with debt now the most common problem its bureau dealt with.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 11th September 2007
 
The Government is to look into whether children should be vaccinated against chickenpox. Advisers appointed by the Department of Health will consider if a universal rollout of chickenpox vaccines is necessary. A vaccine against the disease could ultimately be given to children in a four-in-one jab, which would see it combined with the controversial MMR inoculation, according to reports. A group of scientists is tasked with examining the case for the vaccine on the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCV). A Department of Health spokesman said last night “The work is at a very early stage”.
HealthThe Sentinel - 12th September 2007
 
Britons claim to have spotted treasures at car boot sales worth hundreds of millions of pounds. In a survey by Halifax Home Insurance, 12% of people claimed they had bought an object at a bargain price which had turned out to be far more valuable.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 12th September 2007
 
Almost half of older people in the UK are risking their sight by falling to have regular eye tests. The Royal National Institute of Blind People found 47% of over 60 year olds are not having an annual test, which can detect conditions such as glaucoma, wet AMD and diabetic retinopathy.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel - 12th September 2007
 
Oxfam today launched an online charity shop with some 50,000 items for sale. Goods on offer include donated clothes, books, and household items along with Fairtrade products. They will be sold at fixed prices in the same way as second-hand items and Oxfam’s high street stores. An estimated 120,000 donated items will be listed on the website by next spring.
ShoppingThe Sentinel - 14th September 2007
 
Newcastle has been branded a cultural desert in a new survey of the best and worst student towns in Britain. The league has been drawn up for an online guide called locallife, which rates places according to the number of facilities they have per 10,000 residents. Newcastle, a popular nightspot and place to live for Keele University undergraduates – has come second from bottom for its cultural life. This is despite being home to the borough’s Museum and art gallery, and having the New Vic Theatre on its doorstep. Only Hull fares worse in the table. Stoke-on-Trent does little better, with the sixth-lowest ranking for culture. The guide is also bad news for Staffordshire University students looking for a bite to eat in Stafford. The country town has a third-worst rating for the number of takeaways and off-licences.
EntertainmentThe Sentinel - 7th September 2007
 
More than eight in ten people believe Britain is in moral decline. A poll for a new television programme exploring religious and ethical issues found 83% agreed that moral standards were falling. Only nine percent disagreed, while the majority of people, 62% said religion had an important role in guiding the nation’s morals. According to the survey, younger people aged 16 to 24, 68% were more likely than older generations to agree that religion had a key role to play.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Sentinel - 7th September 2007
 
Teenagers who have achieved five good GCSEs can expect to earn an extra £2,260 per year when they start work, according to research which has been published. But one in five employers would not recruit an applicant who lacks five GCSEs with a grade of C or better, the Learning and Skills Council said.
EducationThe Sentinel - August 24th 2007
 
“I do not think that politicians should get into the position of trying to moralise. I, as the son of a Church of Scotland minister, am not going to moralise about people’s circumstances I don’t known about”- Gordon Brown
What famous people sayThirdway - September 2007
 
Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has told for the first time how members of her family were massacred in the Holocaust. The 34-year old broke down in tears as she discovered the terrible truth about her ancestry while filming BBC1 series “Who Do You Think You Are?” Kaplinsky is descended from Polish Jews on her father’s side.
What famous people sayThe Sentinel - August 28th 2007
 
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