Key Quotes for 2006

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Last update: Wednesday 25th March
The dire quality of many school leavers threatens to undermine Britain’s future success in manufacturing and science leading business figures have warned. Bosses warned that science and technology firms could abandon British graduates in future and look abroad to economic rivals like India and China for new staff.

EducationThe Sentinel – 14th August 2006
Workers in the Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent) are among the poorest paid in the UK.

Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 14th August 2006
More than half a million women and girls are held in prisons globally. England and Wales’ female prisoner population of 4,392 constitutes 5.7% of the total in the two countries. About a third of the worldwide total are in the U.S. (183,000) and a further third in China (71,280), the Russian Federation (55,400) and Thailand (28,450).

CrimeThe Sentinel – 7th August 2006
The recent rise in temperature is fuelling a rise in women’s tempers, according to new research. A summer time stress epidemic has hit British females, with 70% admitting to losing it more easily with friends, family and partners during the hot and humid months.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 7th August 2006
More Britons than ever before want to turn their dreams of a new life abroad into a reality, according to a poll.
Travel/TourismThe Sentinel – 3rd August 2006
In the UK as a whole there are 13 million grandparents, a quarter of the adult population, with an average of 4.4 grandchildren.

FamilyChristian Marketplace – July 2006
The number of churchgoing people in England aged 60 or over has moved from 1.20 million in 1985 to 1.5 million in 1995 to 1.10 million in 2005.

ChurchChristian Marketplace – July 2006
Under 18s could be banned from buying cigarettes under proposals being put to the public today in a bid to cut cancer deaths.

HealthThe Sentinel – 3rd July 2006
More than 8,000 pupils were suspended from schools throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire last year after they were caught behaving badly or breaking rules.

EducationThe Sentinel – 5th July 2006
Women suffering from rheumatoid arthritis need access to better treatments and care according to a charity and MPs. Women are three times more likely to suffer from the condition than men and there are around 450,000 women with it in the UK.

HealthThe Sentinel – 6th July 2006
Marine Creatures are under threat from chemical changes in the sea caused by carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 6th July 2006
World Cup fans fell foul of pranksters in Berlin who filled footballs with concrete. They chained them to lampposts and fences with a sign saying “Can you kick it?” Two fans have required treatment after doing so.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 6th July 2006
Whooping cough is endemic among UK schoolchildren despite the fact most have been immunized.

HealthThe Sentinel – 7th July 2006
Children from poorer families are 13 times more likely to die from injury than those who are well off. They are at far greater risk of being killed in accidents than those whose parents are in professional or managerial roles.

HealthThe Sentinel – 7th July 2006
A group of bishops have warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that the possession of Trident nuclear weapons is evil and profoundly anti God.

PoliticsThe Sentinel - 10th July 2006
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