Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Saturday 16th December
 
The Leuven Consultation, staged in Belgium in early June, heard that 215 million Christians are experiencing high, very high or extreme persecution in more than 50 countries, with women suffering disproportionately.
Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now - August 2017
 
At present in the UK, around 6,500 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Three die a day due to a shortage of those willing to donate.
HealthThe Sentinel - July 12th 2017
 
THE Lake District has been named as a World Heritage Site, UNESCO has announced. The region joins sites including the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the prestigious list.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - July 10th 2017
 
France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. Hybrid cars make up about 3.5 per cent of the French market, with pure electric vehicles accounting for 1.2 per cent.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel - July 7th 2017
 
Home Office statistics show that there were 141,892 front-line police officers across England and Wales in 2007. In 2016, there were 106,411, a 24.9 per cent reduction in nine years.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - June 27th 2017
 
Patients are being ‘belittled’ as access to NHS care worsens, leading doctors have warned. The British Medical Association said the NHS is at ‘breaking point’ and concerns are being ‘wilfully ignored’.
HealthThe Sentinel - June 26th 2017
 
The population of the UK has increased by more than half a million - the biggest rise for 70 years. There were 65,648,000 people in the UK in June 2016, a rise of 538,000 on June 2015.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - June 23rd 2017
 
Almost a third of adults and children around the world are overweight, a study has found. Many are at risk of potentially fatal diseases despite not being classified as obese, say researchers.
HealthThe Sentinel - June 13th 2017
 
Wage growth is lagging behind inflation for the first time since mid-2014. Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1 per cent in the three months to March, while inflation rose by 2.3 percent.
MoneyThe Sentinel - May 18th 2017
 
In the past year 28 per cent of drivers aged 25 to 34 admit to sending or reading a text or instant message while driving several times a week. Those aged 18 to 24 aren’t much better - 12 per cent of that age group can’t leave their phones alone at the wheel either. Yet latest figures show that, far from putting an end to drivers’ bad habits, more than 200 drivers a day are still being caught with phones in their hands. In the four weeks after the new punishments were introduced, police captured some 6,000 drivers still using their mobiles.
CrimeThe Sentinel - May 30th 2017
 
Scientists have raised the spectre of designer babies once again, after researchers successfully removed DNA which causes a heart defect from human embryos for the first time. Using a technique known as Crispr-Cas9, scientists from the US and South Korea removed DNA which causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy from 58 embryos and allowed them to develop for a further five days. At the end of the controversial experiment, one in four embryos had re-developed the problem DNA. All of the embryos were destroyed afterwards.
ScienceThe Christian Institute - 4th August 2017
 
More than four in ten British adults believe primary-aged kids should not be taught about homosexual relationships, according to a new study. A YouGov survey commissioned by homosexual news website PinkNews found that 41 per cent of Brits would not expose kids aged 5-11 to such teaching, while 14 per cent said they were unsure. Interestingly, 12 per cent of LGBT respondents also said kids should not learn about gay relationships.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 4th August 2017
 
The Advertising Standards Authority released its ruling that the Both Lives Matter claim that 100,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland today because the province rejected the 1967 Abortion Act is ‘reasonable.’
Social IssuesCARE - 2nd August 2017
 
The majority of councils in Wales say Christian prayers before meeting, according to the BBC. The Corporation reports that 13 councils hold Christian prayers before the beginning of a meeting, meaning it is not classified as an agenda item. Denbighshire council holds formal prayers at the start of full council meetings.
PoliticsThe Christian Institute - 28th July 2017
 
The interpretation of sacred texts should be challenged, ‘queer theology’ should be promoted in seminaries and Sunday schools should talk about abortion, according to a report from a taxpayer-funded group. The extraordinary remarks came in a document from Wilton Park, a foreign affairs discussion organisation, tied to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Christian Institute - 28th July 2017
 
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