Key Quotes for 2007

Key Quotes for 2007

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Last update: Monday 22nd July
 
The Government was accused of failing to tackle binge-drinking today after a study found the number of A&E visits related to alcohol trebled after the introduction of 24-hour drinking laws. Researchers from a London hospital found that alcohol-related visits to A&E during the night increased after the laws were introduced in 2005. The authors said their findings were likely to represent the picture at other inner city hospitals across the UK and warned of the possibility of “very substantial” numbers of additional patients. The Tories described the findings as “worrying” but the Department of Health said more comprehensive research had found no rise in A&E attendances.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - July 19th 2007.
 
Scientists in Korea believe they have found a link between AM radio transmitters and leukaemia in young children. The research found that children who lived within two kilometres of an AM radio transmitter were twice as likely to develop the disease than children living further away. The study was based on a sample of almost 2,000 children with leukaemia, 1,000 with brain cancer and 3,000 healthy children. But although exposure to the electromagnetic fields emitted by the transmitters appeared to increase the risk of leukaemia. No link with cancer was found. Dr Minha H of Dankook University College of Medicine in South Korea said that although the research suggests “a possible carcinogenic effect” from AM transmitters more research was needed to confirm the findings.
HealthThe Weekly Radio Magazine - 8-14 August 2007
 
A pair of kitchen accessories which together cost more than the average house are set to go on sale. Selfridges is catering for a demand for luxury items by launching a diamond-encrusted cutlery set priced at £200,000. Meanwhile Harrods is tapping into the same market with a gold and diamond cooking pan priced at £100,000.
ShoppingThe Sentinel - July 23 2007
 
North Staffordshire arthritis sufferers are to be involved in new research. People with the condition are to play a part in the work at Keele University which could have a significant impact on the way patients are treated. They will be involved in three studies to be funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign to the tune of £500,000 which will be carried out by physiotherapy researchers.
HealthThe Sentinel - June 29 2007
 
A fifth of all claims for accidental damage to the home happen during the school summer holiday, an insurer said today. Halifax Home Insurance said it saw a 23% surge in claims for accidents around the home during July and August. It urged parents to check their policy covered accidental damage, as claims could run into hundreds of pounds.
FamilyThe Sentinel - July 23 2007
 
Gordon Brown will begin his mission to restore trust in politics today with a special meeting of the Cabinet to draw up plans for a major overhaul of the way that government operates.
PoliticsThe Sentinel - June 29 2007
 
A study of children with mental and physical disability has shown they are happy as children without the condition. Research quoted in the medical journal The Lancet suggests the children’s physical impairment has no negative effect on their relationships, moods or welfare. The researchers believe the study of 500 children aged 8-12 years with Cerebral Palsy emphasises the importance of supporting disabled children to lead full lives. Cerebral Palsy affects around 1 in 400 children in the UK.
Young PeopleEvangelical Times August - 2007
 
Visitors to a Stoke-on-Trent Museum can learn about the skill of making flowers from bone-china. Flower-making is one of the demonstrations which visitors can see at Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton. All the museum staff have all previously worked as flower makers in the pottery industry. The workshops give people a chance to have a go at flower-making themselves.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - June 27 2007
 
Europe is facing ‘a demographic time-bomb’ of ageing citizens and too few young people, according to experts at the recent Munich Economic Summit. European governments were urged to consider far-reaching action to address the problem. By mid-century there will be 40 million Europeans aged 65 or over. At the same time there will be fewer people of working age to support the elderly, thanks to falling birth rates. The average European woman now has fewer than 1.5 children.
World IssuesEvangelical Times August - 2007
 
Thousands of teenage pupils binge drink at least once a week and more than half admit they’ve been violent when drunk according to a poll. Children are knocking back five or more units at a time, the Trading Standards Institute warned, following the survey of 12,000 youngsters. Just over half (51%) of the regular “binge drinkers” said they’d been violent when drinking. Nearly half (44%) of the 14 to 17 year old pupils surveyed drank alcohol at least once a week, the Trading Standards survey found.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - June 27 2007
 
According to a Mori Poll, over half of 15 year-olds think there won’t be a monarchy by 2050 and even more think the Royal Family get too much money from the public purse. The Queen is perceived as living a life of luxury at our expense, even though she manages to attend nearly 400 engagements every year.
Young PeopleYouthwork - August 2007
 
A Council which has spent more than £75,000 replacing wheelie bins in the past year said one has turned up in Bulgaria. Peterborough City Council says more than 2,000 bins – worth £30 each have disappeared. “One 240 litre green recycling bin stamped with the city council’s name was even spotted in Bulgaria” said a spokesman.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel - June 27th 2007
 
41% of teens said they relied on email, while 50% of 25 to 34 year olds told ICM researchers they would not be able to carry on without e-mail. Nasstar CEO, Charles Black said “The first wave was the mobile phone – this poll shows that the next phase is the growth of mobile e-mail”
Young PeopleYouthwork - August 2007
 
GALIFORM, the former owner of furniture retailer MFI today announced plans for about 560 job losses as part of a restructuring of its supply arm. The group which sold MFI last October to private equity for £1 said the cuts were expected under plans to “streamline” its furniture supply operations. But it added it would create 550 jobs at its Howden Joinery business.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel - June 27 2007
 
Poor white boys are not only the majority of persistent low achievers in schools, but do worse than children of similar income levels from other ethnic groups, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation study. If white children do less well at primary school, they are more likely than any other ethnic group to remain low achievers throughout their education. In 2006 nearly 5% of all pupils in state schools (28,000) received no GCSE passes and almost 25% (146,000) scored no passes above the ‘D’grade. Findings show that the chief characteristic of low achievers is that they come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
EducationYouthwork - August 2007
 
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