Key Quotes for 2013

Key Quotes for 2013

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Last update: Monday 22nd July
 
Genetically modified (GM) foods are probably safer than those produced using conventional farming methods, according to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Mr Paterson attacked critics who described GM produce as “Frankenfoods”, insisting the crops could have important environmental benefits and help save lives in poorer countries.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – June 21, 2013
 
The number of stop-and-search incidents that lead to arrest are “far too low for comfort”, the Home Secretary said, as she launched a fresh public consultation into the controversial powers. Theresa May told the House of Commons that more that one million stop-and-searches are recorded every year but on average only about nine per cent of the incidents result in an arrest. In addition, Mrs May said statistics show that people from black or ethnic minority backgrounds are up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than if they are white.
CrimeThe Sentinel – July 3, 2013
 
The cost paid by the West for not getting involved in the conflict in Syria could be higher than that of intervening in the civil war, Tony Blair has warned. The former PM said the ‘predominant emotion’ in the West was to stay out of Syria, where rebels are battling to oust Bashar Assad and his regime. But he warned that the cost of staying out ‘may be paid in a higher price later’.
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel – June 20, 2013
 
Diseased cattle, slaughtered after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTB), are being sold for human consumption, the food and farming ministry has said. The raw meat, from around 28,000 diseased animals a year, is banned by most supermarkets and burger chains. But it is being sold to some caterers and food processors, and finding its way into schools and hospitals, or being processed into pies and pasties, according to reports in a national newspaper.
Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – July 1, 2013
 
The danger of power shortages in the UK by the middle of the decade has increased, regulator Ofgem has warned. Electricity margins could tighten in 2015-16 to between two to five percent depending on demand, according to the latest report. Ofgem said the findings “illustrates the need for the timely implementation of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s capacity market”.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – June 28, 2013
 
Talking cash machines are now being installed across North Staffordshire to help blind or partially sighted customers. The Co-operative Bank yesterday unveiled the machines at its Britannia branch in Biddulph and food store in Milton. Bucknall, Bentilee, Baddeley Green and Uttoxeter will benefit from the equipment next month. The bank is the first to launch talking ATMs coupled with high contrast screens for blind and partially-sighted customers. There are now 53 in Stoke-on-Trent, with more than 1,000 planned nationally by the end of 2013, and a further 1,000 planned for 2014.
The ElderlyThe Sentinel – June 28, 2013
 
The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 (released in May) shows persecution against Christians and Jews is on the rise, especially in Muslim countries. Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia are among the many countries where non-Muslims are suffering persecution. Saudi Arabia prohibits any religion except Islam and enforces state restrictions on religious freedom. The report also devotes a section to the ongoing global increase in anti-Semitism, citing Venezuela, Egypt and Iran as countries with political and religious leaders who openly espouse Holocaust denial and anti-Israel rhetoric.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
Compelling new evidence, that couples who don’t marry rarely offer a secure and stable home for children, emerged in major new research reported in late May. 45% of 13-15-year-olds, are no longer living with both parents. Among parents of young teenagers who stay together, 93% are married. In sharp contrast, of the 47% of children born to unmarried parents today, the report predicts that just 11% will reach the age of 16 with unmarried parents still together. The remainder will either marry or split up. Those who remain unmarried intact are a small minority. The study is based on the results of a large longitudinal survey of 40,000 households between 2010 and 2011.
FamilyEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
A Senior GP has branded some fellow doctors ‘lazy’ for sending too many patients to further clog up an A&E unit. The trend has caused it to continually miss targets for 95 per cent of patients to be seen in four hours and resulted in the trust plunging into financial crisis by re-opening 100 beds to carter for the extra demand. Health experts estimate that between 10 and 30 per cent of the 120,000 cases there a year are so minor they could easily have been seen at walk-in centres, chemists, surgeries or even by people treating themselves.
HealthThe Sentinel - July 10, 2013
 
A further £1 million of investment is being rolled out by Staffordshire County Council this year to help ensure roads are fit for purpose and safer for years to come.
MoneyThe Sentinel - July 10, 2013
 
Following the Boy Scouts’ May 23 vote to lift a ban on openly homosexual members, a number of churches across America have announced that they will be cutting ties with the organisation. The majority of entities that charter with the Boy Scouts are either faith-based organisations or churches. Some churches have decided not to allow the Scouts to use their facilities any more as the organisation no longer represents their moral values.
Young PeopleEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
Two members of a Protestant community in a village in the eastern Lebap region of Turkmenistan were fined more than two months’ average local wages after police were informed that a church member was reading Christian literature at work, it was reported in May. State religious officials and police raided several local Christians’ homes, confiscating Bibles and other literature.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
New South Wales (NSW) will once again be subjected to an attempt to legalise euthanasia, it was reported in May. Catherine Faehrman MP (Green NSW Party) in late April announced her intension to submit legislation titled Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2013 for NSW’s Upper House to discuss. Previous such attempts in NSW have been defeated by a wide range of cross-party opposition.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
An extensive survey of Muslims, conducted in 39 countries throughout the world and published on April 30, revealed a broad desire for the implementation of shari’a law. Those questioned also expressed a high level of support for the freedom of non-Muslims to practise their faith, which is granted by shari’a to Christians and Jews on condition that they submit to demeaning and discriminatory dhimmi regulations.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
According to a report released in May, almost one third (30.7%) of the 12,447 women in Scotland who had a termination in 2012 had had a previous termination. These had been predominantly carried out the grounds that continuing pregnancy would risk ‘injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman’. The report also found a clear link between terminations and the level of social deprivation.
HealthEvangelicals Now - July 2013
 
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