Key Quotes for 2016

Key Quotes for 2016

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Sunday 21st July
 
At present, total net migration to the UK sits at more than 300,000 a year, against a Government target of below 100,000. The majority of those, however, are from non-EU countries.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – June 21st 2016
 
The ‘What about YOUth’ Survey, published in December 2015, surveyed over 120,000 British 15-year-olds about their health and wellbeing. 53% of 11-16-year-olds surveyed have seen pornography online. 28% of 11-year-olds have seen online pornography. By 15 65% had seen online pornography. 28% of children were more likely to stumble across pornography. 19% deliberately searched for it. 59% of boys chose to view online pornography, but only 25% of girls did. 44% of boys wanted to emulate pornography, but only 29% of girls.
Young PeopleYouthwork – August 2016
 
The ‘What about YOUth’ Survey, published in December 2015, surveyed over 120,000 British 15-year-olds about their health and wellbeing. About 25% of young people have self-harmed on one occasion. The UK has one of the highest rates of self-harm in Europe at 400 per 100,000 population.
Young PeopleYouthwork – August 2016
 
The ‘What about YOUth’ Survey, published in December 2015, surveyed over 120,000 British 15-year-olds about their health and wellbeing. 46% of young people say sexting is part of everyday life for teenagers nowadays. 44% of girls & 32% of boys in England have engaged with sexting. 27% of girls sent explicit images because they felt pressurised to do so.
Young PeopleYouthwork – August 2016
 
The ‘What about YOUth’ Survey, published in December 2015, surveyed over 120,000 British 15-year-olds about their health and wellbeing. Over half of young people (over 55 per cent) in England said that they had been bullied in some form in the past couple of months. 15 per cent had experienced cyber-bullying within the past couple of months. 26 per cent of participants had bullied another person or people at some point in the past.
Young PeopleYouthwork – August 2016
 
Figures have shown around one-in-10 people fall victim to financial scams, losing hundreds, sometimes thousands and even hundreds of thousands of pounds. It is estimated the total annual loss by UK consumers through phone and post scams is £5 billion, but in addition to the financial cost, these scams also cause victims emotional trauma and loss of confidence.
CrimeThe Sentinel – July 11th 2016
 
In the UK, one in six couples will experience fertility issues – that’s 3.5 million people.
FamilyThe Sentinel – July 12th 2016
 
A survey by travel site Travelzoo found that 30 per cent of UK travellers now rate the general safety and security of a destination as the most important factor when deciding where to holiday.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel – July 19th 2016
 
“It’s okay to suffer, so long as you talk about it.” So says Prince Harry, a man who, somewhere in that highly assured and self-confident exterior, carries the trauma of the loss of his mother when he was just 12...“It’s not a weakness,” he says...”Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem”...“The key message here today is that everyone can suffer from mental health,” stated Harry. “Whether you’re a member of the Royal family, whether you’re a soldier, whether you’re a sports star, whether you’re a white van driver, whether you’re a mother, father, a child, it doesn’t really matter.”
What famous people sayThe Sentinel – July 26th 2016
 
A study published in May found that older women who go to church more than once a week live, on average, five months longer than those who don’t. They discovered that fewer depressive symptoms, greater optimism, stronger social networks and lower rates of smoking were all contributing factors. Researchers examined the health records of nearly 75,000 women who were mostly Christians and had an average age of 60. Looking at all the causes of death, academics from the public health graduate school at Harvard University concluded that they were 33% less likely to die over a 16 year period.
HealthEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
Nigeria’s National Assembly is considering a change to the country’s Constitution that would expand the scope of jurisdiction of the country’s Islamic Shari’a Courts of Appeal, it was reported in early June. Currently, the Constitution limits those appellate courts to matters concerning family law. If approved, the change would permit Shari’a appellate courts to take up criminal cases, some of which carry the death penalty, arising from lower Shari’a courts. Christian churches in Nigeria say the proposal is a step toward Islamising Nigeria.
The LawEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
On the last day of Malaysia’s latest session of Parliament in late May, a member of the ruling coalition, UMNO (United Malays National Organisation), had a Bill amendment approved which aims to tighten the implementation of Shari’a law. Critics claim that it intends to bring in hudud punishments, such as lashes for adultery and hand amputations for theft.
The LawEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
There has been a sevenfold rise in the persecution of Christians in China since May since 2008, according to a report published in May by China Aid, a partner of UK-based Release International. The report claims that China is seeking ‘complete control over the nation’s churches’ with the aim of replacing ‘Christ as the head of the church with submission to the Communist Party’.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
The latest global slavery index was published at the end of May and estimated that nearly 46 million people are trapped in modern slavery around the globe. The research looked at modern slavery in 167 countries. It increased the global estimate to 45.8 million, up from 35.8 million in the last survey. India has the greatest number of people living in some form of slavery, with an estimated 18.3 million. 58% of those living in slavery across the globe are in five countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. An estimated 11,700 are trapped in slavery in the UK (0.02% of the population).
World IssuesEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
Women with young children are nearly a third less likely to be in work than men with children of the same age, according to new TUC analysis published today.
Work/EmploymentEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 5th September 2016
 
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