Key Quotes for 2013

Key Quotes for 2013

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 19th July
 
Some call it the “beautiful game”. There must be something special about it because it is a global phenomenon! The latest survey says that over 265 million people, around 4% of the world’s population play this beautiful game, and during the last world cup finals in South Africa, nearly half of the worlds population watched at least 5minutes of a game. In Mongolia, when the majority of significant games are broadcast in the middle of the night, people are up watching the games on TV! Even in the depths of the Mongolian countryside where there is not even a mobile phone signal, two of my friends found a ger with a satellite dish to watch this year’s champions league final, and at 3 in the morning!
EntertainmentGo, Third Quarter 2013
 
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten, said he hoped senior staff who received hefty pay-offs they were not entitled to would “make a gesture” and pay some money back. But he said there would be no legal effort to force them as more evidence emerged of how the corporation doled out money to its top executives. Director-general Tony Hall admitted the corporation had “lost the plot” over pay and remuneration as BBC bosses faced a parliamentary committee to discuss a National Audit Office(NAO) report that showed some departing staff had been paid hundreds of thousands of pounds more than they were contractually owed.
 
Girl guides will no longer pledge to ‘love my God’ after the organisation updated its Promise. The move marks the first time in the group’s 103-year history that the reference to God has been dropped, and the 540,000 members will instead promise to be ‘true to myself and develop my beliefs’. Chief guide Gill Slocombe said, ‘we knew that some people found our promise confusing on [the God vow] point and that it discouraged some girls and volunteers from joining us’. Former conservative MP Ann Widdecombe criticised what she called an ‘appalling’ decision when speaking to Premier Christian Radio. ‘The crucial thing is this: removing God and saying I’ll be true to myself. If you want an example of the ‘me society’, you can look to the Girl Guides.’
Young PeopleYouth Work, August 2013.
 
No one – except perhaps the occasional, elite revival-watcher – expected there to be a dramatic move of the Holy Spirit somewhere in Wales this year. But Victory Church, Cwmbran has reported numerous healings, having had ‘outpouring meetings’ every night of the week since April. Now there are reports of meetings springing up around the country – in Runcorn, Leeds and Portsmouth – with local churches eager to see God move in a similar way. If God is on the move in the UK, perhaps it’s time we thought about what we mean when we talk about this more elusive dimension of his character: his presence.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity, August 2012
 
Discussing religion and spirituality is often a ‘no-go’ area for professionals and agencies that support homeless people, a new report has found. Over 70% of homeless people questioned described themselves as religious or as having been religious at some stage of their lives. Only five homeless people had ever been asked by a support organisation about their religion, faith or spirituality
HousingChristianity, August 2012
 
For the second time in three years, the press had its headline: ‘Kirk accepts gay ministers’. For the second time it is not that simple, and not yet. The upshot of a long and complicated General Assembly Monday is that the Church of Scotland still officially states that sexual activity should only take place within marriage between one man and one woman. However, those congregations that wish to call a minister in a civil partnership will now be allowed to do so.
ChurchLife and Work, July 2013
 
Teachers across England are struggling to deliver quality RE lessons, despite the fact the public still want the subject on the curriculum. Mr Dorricott said: ‘What RE teachers need are better resources. It’s no use saying that RE lessons are incoherent or stereotypical if you don’t give teachers the tools to teach them well’. He added: ‘This is all the more important if you expect Geography and History teachers to teach RE. They need simple, easy-to-use lessons with great visual aids to do justice to this important area of education’.
EducationFamilies First March/April 2013
 
Glasses and contact lenses that correct the vision of people suffering a common form of age-related sight loss are being developed by scientists. A Nobel Prize-winning chemist has discovered a way to compensate for the distort¬ed vision experienced by people suffering from age-related macular degeneration. Damage to the retina causes their sight to become blurry and distorted. Over time they can become completely blind. The condition affects more than 460,000 British people.
HealthSunday Telegraph 21.07.2013
 
Complying with European Union regulations is costing Britain billions of pounds a year, the first official audit of the cost of membership is to disclose. The burden on British businesses will be laid bare in a series of reports, which will be published tomorrow by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary. The audit is made up of six reports - called "Balance of Com¬petences" - which civil servants have spent months preparing…Evidence published alongside the reports will show: More than 400 new laws have been passed by the European Parliament since the Coalition was formed three years ago with legislation costing British business £676 million a year.
PoliticsSunday Telegraph 21.07.2013
 
Manufacturers of smartphones are being asked to incorporate "kill switch" technology in their mobiles to tackle a rise in thefts. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has told firms that it should be possible to make stolen handsets "inoperable" to prevent them being used or sold once taken. In a letter to eight companies, including Apple, Samsung and Google, he said manufacturers had a "corporate responsibility" to help tackle thefts.
MediaSunday Telegraph 21.07.2013
 
Only one in five casualty wards in England has enough consultants on duty, MPs are to warn this week. The report, from the health select committee, will say that patient safety is being put at risk by the shortages, leaving people in need of critical care in the hands of junior doctors. The result is that "A&E departments are in crisis", it says, and the NHS's new 111 help line has failed to improve the situation. A separate report by the General Medical Council also names 14 NHS trusts that have problems finding enough staff to run accident and emergency wards safely, highlighting an unprecedented staffing crisis in A&E.
HealthSunday Telegraph 21.07.2013
 
The full damage the controversial HS2 rail project will do to the countryside is disclosed today. More than 100 of Britain's most important wildlife habitats and dozens of ancient woodlands will be directly affected by the proposed high speed rail link between London and the North. Official documents also disclose that hundreds of acres of green-belt land will be lost and more than 1,000 buildings are to be demolished.
Travel/TourismSunday Telegraph 21.07.2013
 
A survey last week found that the public's trust of charities - already very high - was increasing. We may be growing more cynical about political and commercial organisations, but charities still command our support. A poll of 1,000 found two-thirds trusted charities "quite a lot" or "a great deal". Only the armed forces, the Scouts and the Guides are more trusted institutions.
MoneySunday Telegraph 21.07.2013
 
Out-of-hours GP firms that routinely put patients at risk face being shut down, the health watchdog has warned. All organisations responsible for running services at evenings and weekends will undergo rigorous inspections from next year. The Care Quality Commission will rate them on safety, management and care. Those falling short will be ordered to improve. If they fail, they will be closed and other organisations or groups of GPs recruited in their place. There has been growing concern over the state of out-of-hours care since 2004, when doctors were allowed to opt out of the shifts under a contract negotiated by Labour. Most surgeries now subcontract this work to private firms, some of whom appear to be running services on the cheap.
HealthDaily Mail 19.07.13
 
The widow of a church organist bludgeoned to death on his way to Midnight Mass said yesterday that she had no feelings of 'hate and unforgiveness for his killers. In an extraordinary act of compassion, Maureen Greaves refused to condemn Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster for their brutal and motiveless attack on her husband Alan, whom she described as her 'soul mate'. Instead, committed Christian Mrs Greaves, 63, insisted she would be praying for the thugs and hoped that 'God's great mercy will inspire them to true repentance'. Her inspirational words came as a jury found Foster guilty of the 68-year-old's man¬slaughter, after his stepbrother Bowling had admitted murder….Mrs Greaves, who works for the Church Army charity, added that her compassion for the killers had done nothing to stop the constant pain she felt. 'I used to be a happy and fulfilled person who lived with my soul mate. Suddenly I am lonely and I have no one to talk to, as we did constantly. 'I put my energy into getting through the tears and the crying each day. I don't want people to think that because I can forgive, this has been an easy journey for me. The switch from being happily married to single has been horrific.'
Religion/SpiritualityDaily Mail 19.07.13
 
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