Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Thursday 17th October
 
A new UN Aids study has lent credibility to faith leaders who have long argued that behavioural change was a key to combating the spread of the illness, according to a Catholic Expert on the disease. “Within the UN, there is more and more attention [given] to focusing on abstinence and the reduction of the number of sexual partners as well as the strategy of promoting condoms,” said Mgr Robert Vitillo, special advisor to Caritas Internationalis on HIV and Aids.
‘The Universe, Catholic Weekly’ – July 25, 2010
 
Every speed camera in the county looks set to disappear following central government funding cuts. Oxfordshire County Council is cutting its funding to the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership by £600,000 in a bid to meet £11 million savings. It has resulted in the partnership taking steps to end enforcement in the county and switch off its 72 fixed cameras.
Environment‘The Sentinel’ – July 26, 2010
 
The taxman could owe millions of British workers as much as £3 billion in overpaid taxes dating back to 2007-08 and earlier, according to the report. And a backlog of underpaid taxes from four or more years ago could lead to HM Revenue and Customs demands for an extra £1.4 billion from taxpayers, said spending watchdog the National Audit Office. The NAO said the backlog was caused by the introduction of a system to combine National Insurance and PAYE income tax payments into one record.
Money‘The Sentinel’ – July 21, 2010
 
A study of breast cancer drug Avastin failed to show meaningful benefits for patients, U.S health advisers said unanimously last night. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel of experts voted 13-0 that the risks and side-effects of Avastin outweighed its benefits when used alongside chemotherapy drug docetaxel. Patients taking Avastin did not show significant improvement in lifespan. Additionally, patients taking Avastin reported significant side-effects, including high blood pressure and fatigue.
Health‘The Sentinel’ – July 21, 2010
 
David Cameron launched the next phase of his ‘Big Society’ agenda yesterday, denying the idea is a fig leaf for swindling cuts in public services. The Prime Minister kick-started the initiative and insisted the scheme was about engaging people rather than off-loading the state’s responsibilities to the voluntary sector to save money. But charities, unions and Labour politicians raised doubts about how the plans would be funded while budgets were being slashed.
Politics‘The Sentinel’ – July 20, 2010
 
ITV will broadcast just one hour of religious programming this year and Five will not show any. The shock news came with the announcement that Channel 4 has scrapped the post of commissioning editor for religion. The channels say that audiences are no longer interested in programmes solely about religion, so they cannot afford to continue making them.
Media‘Salvationist’ (The Baptist Times) – July 10, 2010
 
According to the Metro, crosses have been banned at a council-run cemetery on health and safety grounds. The commuter tabloid reported claims that North Somerset Council did not inform relatives when staff removed a temporary 60-centimetre cross from a grave because it did not meet council regulations.
Odd Facts‘The War Cry’ – July 10, 2010
 
Scottish and European Catholic representatives have warned the European Union that any protection given to animals should also be extended to humans before birth. The moves follow the EU Council of Ministers’ expected adoption of a draft directive with the aim of protecting animals against scientific experimentation.
Health‘The Universe, Catholic Weekly’ – July 4, 2010
 
A pro-life charity has said it believes the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) has abandoned one of the fundamental principles of medicine – ‘first do no harm’ – after its recent study stated that a 24-week-old unborn foetus does not feel any pain during abortion. Anne Scanlan, education officer for LIFE in London, told The Universe that the issue of whether or not the foetus felt pain was peripheral to the debate regarding the ethics of abortion. The RCOG report into foetal awareness, released on June 25, concluded that "the foetus cannot feel pain before 24 weeks" and that "more research is needed into the short and long-term effects of the use of foetal analgesia post-24 weeks". Ms Scanlan said that administering analgesia to an unborn child did not "in any way" diminish the injustice of taking the life of the child.
Health‘The Universe, Catholic Weekly’ – July 4, 2010
 
Parents are feeling the strain of putting their child through university as the effects of the recession continue to be felt. More than eight in 10 parents (82 per cent) agree that the economic downturn is already or is set to make it harder for them to support their child through their studies. And many are severely underestimating the debt their child will leave university with.
Education‘The Sentinel’ – July 15, 2010
 
The government has introduced legislation aimed at reforming redundancy payments for 500,000 civil servants. Ministers say that they want to cap the value of severance deals to a year of salary for compulsory job losses and to 15 months for voluntary exits. The current scheme, paying out more than six years’ salary in compensation to some, is unsustainable, they argue. Ministers believe the current civil service redundancy terms are prohibitively expensive and mean to change them.
Work/Employment‘The Sentinel’ – July 16, 2010
 
Tens of thousands of would-be students are likely to be denied a place at university this autumn, after another record year of applications. Figures published by the university admissions service, Ucas, reveal applications have risen by 11.6 per cent on last year. In total, 660,953 people from the UK and abroad applied by the June 30 deadline to start full-time undergraduate courses at UK institutions this autumn compared to 592,312 last year. In September 2009, 373,793 UK and EU students were accepted onto courses at English universities.
Education‘The Sentinel’ – July 16, 2010
 
Legislation to see women bishops in the Church of England yesterday passed a key hurdle in spite of fears of a walkout by traditionalists. Members of the Church’s national assembly, the General Synod, rejected calls for further delay in the progress of a draft law, paving the way for women to be made bishops without safeguards demanded by objectors. The legislation, if given approval by a majority of diocesan synods, would return to the General Synod in 2012 for further drafting and final approval.
Church‘The Sentinel’ – July 13, 2010
 
Plans to put locally-elected police and crime commissioners in charge of multi-million pound force budgets will hand power back to the public, Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday. She said new police and camera panels will also be introduced in a “robust overview role”. The Home Secretary also raised the prospect of the public taking part in joint patrols with the police, while wanting an increase in the number of special constables back to their peak of 67,000 in the 1950’s, from around 15,000 now.
The Law‘The Sentinel’ – July 27, 2010
 
Oxfam has warned of an impending “catastrophe” after floods left more than 1,000 people dead in Pakistan. Oxfam has launched an emergency-aid effort as more monsoon rains were predicted in the area. The UN estimated that some one million people were affected by the disaster, with 27,000 still trapped by the water. Jane Cocking of Oxfam said: “There is a desperate need for temporary shelter; clean drinking water and toilets to avert a public health catastrophe. People also need medical care and basic food items”.
Disasters/War‘The Sentinel’ – August 2, 2010
 
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