Key Quotes for 2006

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Last update: Wednesday 25th March
Allowing 500 refugee doctors to retrain and work in Britain could save the NHS £120 million.

HealthThe Sentinel – 21st June 2006
House prices showed their strongest increase for two years during May as speculation over higher interest rates failed to dampen buyers’ confidence. Inquiries from potential buyers rose for a record 12th successive month.

HousingThe Sentinel – 15th June 2006
Self Employed people are more likely to insure their pets than they are their own incomes. Only one in five self employed people have accident insurance, while just 8% have income replacement cover in case they are unable to work, but nearly a quarter have taken out pet insurance. Meanwhile only 18% of all workers have accident cover.

MoneyThe Sentinel – 16th June 2006
Church leaders have called for the government to do more to stop schools routinely breaking the law by failing to hold daily acts of collective worship. Schools inspectors have found that many secondary schools fail to organize whole school assemblies or substitute them with smaller acts of collective worship which by law should be wholly or mainly broadly Christian by character.

EducationThe Church of England Newspaper – 16th June 2006
There is a long history between the Church and football and many English Football League clubs have historic links with different denominations. Liverpool, Fulham, Southampton, Aston Villa, Everton, Bolton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers are just some of the teams which can boast Church connections especially in their early years. In Scotland during 2005, Celtic erected a statue outside their Celtic Park Stadium in memory of the priest whop founded the club in 1888.

ChurchThe Universe – 18th June 2006
Over 450,000 people in the UK have now planned and paid for their funeral in advance.

Odd FactsThe Universe – 18th June 2006
An Italian priest has decided to ban women from showing off their midriffs in church. Fr Felice, parish priest in Cinisello Balsamo, has placed a sign at the entrance to the church, which reads “God knew what your navel looked like even before you were born, so there is no need to expose it in church.”

ChurchThe Universe – 18th June 2006
Anti-Christian violence in Nigeria which killed 50 people was planned and highly organized according to a new report from Christian rights group Release International. Rioters torched 56 churches and killed at least 50 Christians, burning 18 to death following publication of cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

Religious PersecutionThe Universe – 18th June 2006
Catholic adoption agencies in Scotland are to be allowed to veto handing over children to homosexual couples.

FamilyThe Universe – 18th June 2006
Daughters get more parental cash than sons in their attempts to get on the property ladder. Research by the Co-operative Bank shows that female offspring can bank on 72% more financial help when buying their first home. In addition, up to four times more females than males have received as much as £20,000 from mum and dad to help them take their first step on the ladder.

MoneyThe War Cry – 24th June 2006
A beer described as the coldest available on tap is to be launched in the UK. Called Sub Zero, it uses space age technology to achieve the minus 2 degree Celsius serving temperature. It took eight years and more than £10 million to develop the technology.

Food and DrinkThe Sentinel – 22nd June 2006
The cost of crime against businesses is increasing new research has shown. Insurance firm Axa said the average insurance claim for a crime related incident in the first three months of the year was more than £4,000, 6% higher than a year ago.

CrimeThe Sentinel – 22nd June 2006
Consumers are so keen to snap up a bargain that many end up spending more than they intend to. The Alliance and Leicester found that nearly two thirds of people cannot resist buying something if they thing it’s a bargain.

MoneyThe Sentinel – 23rd June 2006
Recent research into what makes people happy reveals that multicultural communities tend to be less trusting and consequently less happy. Home Office research suggests that the more ethically diverse an area is, the less likely people are to trust each other.

Social IssuesEvangelical Times – July 2006
Less than one in eight people questioned in a recent Ramblers’ Association survey said they had been advised by a doctor to exercise more – even though more than half the British population are overweight or obese.

HealthThe Sentinel – 26th June 2006
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