Key Quotes for 2018

Key Quotes for 2018

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Thursday 13th December
 
Ministers have been accused by MPs of risking national security by “turning a blind eye” to the Russian “dirty money” flowing through the City of London. The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said despite the outcry over the Salisbury nerve agent attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies were continuing to use the City as a base for their “corrupt assets”.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - 21 May 2018
 
From opening church doors to providing food and shelter, Kenyan churches are offering an initial response to the nation’s growing flood crisis. At least 260,000 people have been displaced, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society and at least 112 people have died in 12 out of the country’s 47 counties.
Disasters/WarLife and Work - July 2018.
 
National Lottery millionaires are shunning expensive material items to share their money and spend on experiences instead – but Range Rovers and hot tubs remain favourite splurges for winners.
Racehorses, designer sunglasses, conservatories, koi carp and ride-on mowers have fallen off the shopping lists of winners in favour of camper vans, woodland or forest space, a bar or games room, coffee machines and university fees, according to Camelot’s National Lottery Millionaire Report.
ShoppingThe Sentinel - 30 May 2018
 
75 per cent of all UK suicides are male, and suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Youth and Children’s Work - July 2018
 
A new village has opened to provide stable accommodation to homeless people as part of a campaign to eradicate the issue in Scotland. Social Bite Village launched yesterday in Granton, Edinburgh to provide a place to live and support for up to 20 people. The project, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, is made up of 10 two-bed hurts with central hub where residents can socialise and admire views over the Firth of Forth.
HousingThe Sentinel - 18 May 2018
 
The number of children expressing confusion over their ‘gender identity’ has reached a record high in Scotland. There were 222 children who were referred to specialist services in 2017, a 21 per cent increase on the previous year.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
 
A recently identified pig virus could pose a potentially lethal threat to human populations, research suggests. Lab tests show porcine deltacoronavirus, first detected in China in 2012, readily jumps between the cells of different species including humans. The pathogen shows similarities to the deadly responsible for Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Mers (Middle East respiratory syndrome).
HealthThe Sentinel, 15 May 2018
 
A smoking ban has been identified as a factor behind a sharp rise in violence at one of Britain’s oldest jails, according to an inspection report. Senior staff at HMP Leicester also attributed a spike in assaults to an influx of younger inmates and the availability of drugs.
CrimeThe Sentinel - 31 May 2018
 
Drug-related deaths reached another record high in Scotland last year, according to new figures. There were 934 drug-related deaths in 2017, an eight per cent rise on 2016.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 13th July 2018
 
According to the NHS, hundreds of thousands of elderly people across the UK feel isolated and cut off from society. There is a stigma around loneliness, and many people, especially older people and especially men, are too proud to ask for help; but chronic loneliness can lead to serious decline in both mental and physical health.
HealthLife and Work - July 2018
 
Romanian has become the second most common non-British nationality in the UK, figures show. The number of Romanian nationals living in the UK in 2017 was estimated to be 411,000 – a jump of 25% on the previous years, and the largest increase for any country.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel - 25 May 2018
 
Primary school teachers lose more than a million hours of lesson time each year toilet-training children and teaching them basic hygiene.
A report by health and hygiene company Essity found a fifth of early years teachers spend up to 30 minutes a week cleaning up youngsters after they have been to the toilet. It equates to more than a million hours of lost time over an academic year.
EducationThe Sentinel - 30 May 2018
 
Nearly 200,000 unborn babies were aborted in England and Wales in 2017, latest official figures show – that’s one approximately every three minutes.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute - 6th July 2018
 
Ethnical-certification companies are failing to combat an epidemic of forced labour at the base of the tea and cocoa industries world-wide, researchers at the University of Sheffield have found. In a study published last week, academics reported that agricultural workers in the cocoa industry in Ghana, and the tea industry in India, were paid very low wages and were routinely subjected to multiple forms of exploitation.
Work/EmploymentChurch Times - 8th June 2018
 
The Ministry of Defence has fallen “woefully short” with its plan to meet the housing needs of troops, a new report has claimed. The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has told the Government it runs the risk of driving people away from the armed forces unless a “coherent and detailed” housing strategy is developed.
HousingThe Sentinel, 31 May 2018
 
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