Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Sunday 17th November
 
There has been a 43% drop in the number of district nurses in England in the last 10 years, leading to sometimes unsafe staffing levels, according to a new report.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 21 May 2019
 
Universities have said they are committed to tackling the issue of grade inflation, in a bid to address perceptions that some degree courses are “dumbing down”. The move comes after the higher education sector across the UK agreed that strong and decisive action was needed to protect the value of university qualifications and maintain confidence from students, employers and the wider public, Universities UK said.
EducationThe Sentinel - 20 May 2019
 
A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall vehicle flow by at least 35%, a study has suggested. A team of researchers at Cambridge University programmed 16 miniature robotic cars to drive around a two-lane track and observed how the traffic flow changed when one of the cars stopped.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 20 May 2019
 
Drinkers in the UK get drunk more often than anywhere else in the world, findings from a global survey suggests. Britons reported getting drunk an average of 51.1 times in a 12-month period – almost once a week, the 2019 report featuring 36 countries found.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 16 May 2019
 
The world’s first drugs aimed at stopping cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment could be available within the next decade, say scientists. Such medicines could help patients live longer and better quality lives by making the condition manageable and “more often curable”.
HealthThe Sentinel - 16 May 2019
 
Free bus passes are linked to increased happiness for older people, according to a new study. People who get concessionary travel are more likely to enjoy a better quality of life, have greater life satisfaction and fewer symptoms of depression than those who do not, research has found.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 2 May 2019
 
Medicinal cannabis should be welcomed by UK doctors, like penicillin was decades ago, to unlock its potential, an expert has suggested. Professor David Nutt, from Imperial College London, warned many patients are suffering seizures as they struggle to get the treatment, despite a change in the law.
HealthThe Sentinel - 2 May 2019
 
The UK should cut greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 to end its contribution to global warming within 30 years, say Government climate advisers. The Committee on Climate Change called for ministers to set a new legal target for a 100% cut in all greenhouse gases by mid-century as soon as possible, and to ramp up efforts to cut emissions.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - 2 May 2019
 
Addiction to social media should potentially be classed as a disease, MPs said as they called for tough new regulation to protect children from firms operating in an ‘online Wild West’.
The Sentinel
 
Record numbers of vulnerable children are going missing after being “farmed-out” to children’s homes many miles from the areas in which they live, MPs have warned. The All-Party Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults said a “sent away” generation of young people was in danger of falling prey to paedophiles and drugs gangs.
CrimeThe Sentinel
 
Britain’s biggest companies have been ordered to cap sky-high salaries for top bosses and align them more closely with ordinary workers, or face the wrath of a new regulator. A hard-hitting report claims that soaring pay packages for fat cat executives at FTSE 100 firms are a symbol of “corporate greed” and are tarnishing Britain’s reputation.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel
 
The number of parents fined for their children’s poor attendance at school has rocketed by 74.7%, figures show. There has been an increase in the number of penalty notices issued from 149,300 in 2016/17 to 260,877 in 2017/18, according to data from the Department for Education. The most common reason for a penalty notice being issued was unauthorised family holiday absence.
EducationThe Sentinel
 
The United Kingdom is one of the happiest countries in the world and is getting more cheerful, the annual United Nations investigation into contentedness has suggested.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel
 
Tougher penalties are not an effective deterrent against handheld mobile use by drivers as many are “returning to their old ways”, research suggests.
CrimeThe Sentinel
 
The NHS is unable to train enough GPs and nurses to meet demand and the situation is at crisis point, leading health experts have warned.
HealthThe Sentinel
 
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