Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Friday 19th July
 
Shoppers are being misled about the salt content of some processed foods, a report out today suggests. Manufacturers may be reducing the serving sizes stated on labels to make salt content seem as low as possible, a study by 60 local councils has found. One pack of chicken nuggets gave the serving size as 15g – the equivalent of just one nugget. Slices of bread – described as one serving on the pack – range from 20g to 50g across different products. Unclear labelling risks misleading shoppers about salt content, according to the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (Lacors) which coordinated the study.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - 23rd August 2007
 
There is a clear north-south divide when it comes to the cost of car servicing. Mechanics charge as much as £89.78 an hour in Greater London and the 10 most expensive vehicle servicing areas are all in southern England, a survey from Warranty Direct has found. The least expensive service figure was found in Fife, Scotland, at £55.40 an hour.
MoneyThe Sentinel 23rd August 2007
 
A record one in four A-level exams resulted in an A grade this year, as the pass rate rose for the 25th year in a row. For the first time ever more than a quarter of exams were given A grades. Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat education spokesman, responded to the record results with a renewed call for a review of A-level standards, amid fears of dumbing down. But Jim Knight, the schools minister, said it was ‘a real shame’ that once again critics were undermining the hard work of students. A review of A-level standards was carried out three years ago.
EducationSalvationist - 25th August 2007
 
High blood pressure is out of control with the number of sufferers worldwide set to soar past the billion mark in the next 20 years. In developed countries, the lifetime risk of developing high blood pressure is now more than 90%. An editorial in The Lancet medical journal said the estimated number of adults living with high blood pressure around the world in 2000 was 972 million. A high blood pressure reading is one that exceeds 140/90 millimetres of mercury.
HealthThe Sentinel - 17th August 2007
 
A Chinese couple have named their baby @. The Father said: “The whole world uses it to write e-mails and translated into Chinese it means ‘love him’.” The symbol @ is pronounced in English as ‘at’ and sounds like the Chinese phrase “love him”.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 20th August 2007
 
An Archaeology student has discovered a 5000 year old piece of chewing gum. Sarah Pickin, aged 23, found the lump of birch bark tar – complete with Neolithic tooth prints – while on a dig in Finland. Neolithic people used the material as an antiseptic to treat gum infections as well as a kind of glue for repairing broken pots.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 20th August 2007
 
Teachers beat Doctors and Air Traffic Controllers to the title of Britain’s most stressful job a survey found today. About 40% of people questioned for the research said they thought teachers were under the most stress at work. Pressure to get good exam results, dealing with unruly pupils and working long hours increase the stress which staff endure.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 22nd August 2007
 
Community leaders are calling on the Government to pick up a £90,000 tab for cleaning up extra cigarette buts dropped in the street since the public smoking ban came into force. Crewe and Nantwich Borough Councils street cleaning budget for this year has been hiked to £1,060,530 due to the extra litter expected to be discarded since the ban came into force last month.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - 22nd August 2007
 
Britain is going through a self-improvement boom according to a survey carried out by Yahoo! Answers. The survey to find out peoples burning ambitions discovered… 92% would like to learn and develop new expertise, 40% are inspired to become better cooks, and nearly 50% want to improve their foreign language skills. Also 20% wish they were better dancers; almost 25% want to develop new creative talents such as painting. But 78% of all those surveyed felt insufficient time was holding them back from their search for another skill and 53% said a lack of finance was likely to stop them from chasing new experiences.
Odd FactsInspire - September 2007
 
Smoking cannabis on a regular basis can more than double the chances of psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia, new research has shown. Any use of cannabis which means even taking the drug just once, was associated with a 41% greater risk. The findings emerge from the most comprehensive analysis yet carried out of the evidence linking cannabis use and psychosis. Scientists in the UK pooled data from 35 different studies which together showed a clear dose-response effect. People who smoked the most cannabis were the most likely to suffer a psychotic breakdown. For frequent users, the risk rose to between 50% and 200%.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 27th July 2007
 
A Fast food chain is encouraging pester power by giving kids free toys with kids’ meals, a consumer group said today. Burger King’s promotion applies to children aged three and over, although the Transformers film has a 12A classification. The National Consumer Council (NCC) wants advertising rules for promotion tightened.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel - 27th July 2007
 
Unmarried couples who split up should have the right to claim financial support from their former partners, according to a report today. The Law Commission has concluded that cohabiting couples with children or those who have lived together for a minimum period should have more protection if the relationship ends. The report says the financial value of each partner’s contribution to the relationship, should be taken into account.
FamilyThe Sentinel - 31st July 2007
 
A single cannabis joint damages the lungs as much as smoking up to five cigarettes in one go, experts claimed today. The drug forces the lungs to work harder by obstructing air flow and causes chest tightness. The news comes after research last week showed cannabis could more than double the risk of psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - 31st July 2007
 
One in ten teenagers would drop out of school to appear on reality TV because they are desperate to be famous, according to a survey. Similar numbers also believe they will win the lottery, the Learning and Skills Council poll of 550 young people aged 16 to 19 found. Education chiefs were alarmed at the findings which were blamed on the rise of programmes such as Big Brother. The Study found many thought it easy to become famous.
Young PeopleThe Sentinel - 1st August 2007
 
The Government is considering plans for cells in supermarkets and at major sporting stadiums to deal with shoplifters and football hooligans. Mobile jails could also be used to deal with protesters at major defence sites. The cells would allow suspects to be processed quickly and allow police back on the streets
The LawThe Sentinel - 1st August 2007.
 
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