Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Monday 22nd July
 
More than eight million Britons are in serious debt, research showed today. Around 18 percent of adults have amassed more than £10,000 in unsecured debt, such as on credit cards and loans, according to debt consultancy Thomas Charles. The figure was up from 14% of people who owed more than £10,000 in April. The research found that one in ten Britons owes between £10,000 and £20,000 while three percent owe between £20,000 and £30,000.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 2nd August 2007
 
Orangutans behave as if they are playing charades to express what they want, according to research published today. Scientists at the University of St.Andrews found the animals use gestures to get their point across. If they are not understood, the animals change their movements to try to make their audiences understand what they want.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - 2nd August 2007
 
Members of the Armed Forces undergoing prolonged periods of deployment are more likely to drink too much, suffer stress and have problems at home, researchers said today. A study found evidence of mental health problems and greater strain on families if military personnel were deployed for more than 13 months in total over a three year period. A team from King’s College London sampled 5,547 regular military personnel.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 3rd August 2007
 
The devastating floods that have hit the UK in recent months have prompted some of Britain’s leading insurers to raise the cost of their household premiums by an average of 10%, according to reports. Norwich Union, the UK’s biggest home insurer and Lloyds TSB are said to be introducing double digit increases after the natural disasters in June and July left the industry with claims totalling around £4 billion. Insurers, Direct Line and Churchill are expected to follow suit, although thir increases are not known, the Times reported today. Norwich Union said recent floods would cost it £165 million. This is in addition to the £175 million it will pay out for the floods in June.
MoneyThe Sentinel - 3rd August 2007
 
Women are set to become the main earners in one in four households by 2030, a report predicted today. They will also be the key financial decision-makers in the majority of homes in just over 10 years time according to research carried for National Savings and Investments by the Future Foundation. Women could soon earn more than men on average.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 3rd August 2007
 
Business fraud has gone up by 42% compared with the same period last year. The increase has been attributed to an explosion in so-called carousel fraud where criminals charge retailers VAT on imported items but do not hand the tax to the Government. Reported business fraud amounted to £538 million for the first half of 2007.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 13th August 2007
 
About 97% of Pakistan’s 164 million people are Muslims. Christians number more than 3 million and Hindus, adherents of other religions and non-believers account for the rest of the population.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - September 2007
 
Around 170,000 people a year, most of them teenagers and young adults, seek hospital treatment after deliberately hurting themselves.
HealthNow - August 2007
 
Labour has failed to close the north-south divide in its 10 years in power, according to a report published today. Official figures indicate that, far from narrowing over the past decade, the gap in prosperity between Labour’s traditional heartlands in the North of England and the wealthy South-east – including London – has actually grown.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - 6th August 2007
 
Pupils from poor families who struggle in class should be forced to go to school at weekends and during holidays as part of a drive to raise standards, a report said today. A voucher style “pupil premium” should be introduced giving extra government funding to educating children from the poorest homes, the study by the Centre Forum think-tank proposed.
EducationThe Sentinel - July 17 2007
 
Workers yearn for a return of the tea trolley believing it would help offices become more sociable and relaxed. A survey of 1,000 office workers showed that an afternoon break to buy tea and cakes from a trolley would make staff feel more motivated. The research also revealed that workers wanted to bring back being able to take a full hour for lunch.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - 15th August 2007
 
Many people are unaware of the threat posed by – and symptoms of – a stroke, a study has found. Only 33% of those surveyed by the Stroke Association believed an attack causes immediate brain damage. On suffering the symptoms of a stroke, 34% of people would wait 24 hours or more before seeking medical assistance.
HealthThe Sentinel - July 18th 2007
 
An International development charity today warned students it may be better to travel the world rather than take part in overseas gap-year aid projects which do little to help developing countries. Voluntary Service Overseas said the gap-year industry was increasingly catering to the needs of students rather than those of the target communities.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - 14th August 2007
 
Teenage mothers and young fathers will be given more access to contraception in an attempt to stop girls becoming pregnant again under plans announced today. Young mothers will be encouraged to stay with their parents in their family homes, and teenage fathers will be made to feel more welcome. The proposals came in a new strategy to help teenage parents cope with the demands of bringing up children.
FamilyThe Sentinel - July 19th 2007
 
Over 40% of southern Sudan’s people lack basic health care. 94% of births are unattended by medical personnel. 25% of children die before their 5th birthday. 48% of under-5’s suffer serious malnutrition. 75% of children receive no vaccination for measles or similar conditions. One third of adults have TB. Life expectancy is 42.
HealthWindow - issue 3, 2007
 
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