Key Quotes for 2006

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Over 4 million are predicted to use VolP in the next year.

Odd FactsContinental research – Autumn 2006
Defence scientists secretly tested E coli bacteria as a possible biological weapon in and around two British towns, recent documents have revealed. Between 1965 and 1967, a series of Government trials released microthreads covered in the bacteria, which were carried out near Swindon and Southampton.

HealthThe Sentinel – 27th October 2006
39% of 16-24 year olds listen to MP3s on their mobile phones.
MediaContinental research – Autumn 2006
Hollywood film giant 20th Century Fox has launched a religious division to reach the Christian audiences who made The Passion of the Christ and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe box office phenomena.

MediaEvangelicals Now – November 2006
1 in 3 people are likely to use video on demand.

MediaContinental research – Autumn 2006
Statistics smuggled out of Eritrea indicate that at least 1,918 Eritrea citizens are imprisoned and being subjected to torture and forced labour because of their religious beliefs.

Religious PersecutionEvangelicals Now – November 2006
Over 250 million people are now being affected by disasters annually. Three times more than during the 1970s. It is predicted that by 2050 there could be as many as 150 million environmental refugees.

Disasters/WarThe Church of England Newspaper – 17th November 2006
Two new surveys blame religion for rising violence in the world, and highlights concerns about faith schools.

EducationEvangelicals Now – November 2006
A survey of belief in God revealed that 11% do not believe in God; 15% do not know if God exists or cannot find evidence for Gods existence; 12% believe in a higher power; 23% doubt and believe; 21% believe with no doubts.

Religion/SpiritualitySword – November / December 2006
Young drivers are involved in almost 40% of collisions in Staffordshire, despite accounting for just 10% of motorists. A sad fact is that a driver is most at risk of being involved in a car crash within their first two years of passing their test.

Odd FactsThe Sentinel – 14th November 2006
One person in 20 in the UK, is alcoholic, 33,000 deaths each year are alcoholic related. 28,000 hospital admissions are due to alcoholic dependence or poisoning.

Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsSword – November / December 2006
An RM School Gate Survey has found that 74% of 11 to 14 year olds are concerned about global warming, while just 41% said their main concern was having a boyfriend or girlfriend.

EnvironmentThe Sentinel – 14th November 2006
A third of all crimes are committed by teenagers.

CrimeSword – November / December 2006
Final year medical students owe an average of more than £21,000 each according to a new survey.

MoneyThe Sentinel – 9th November 2006
10,000 Children call ChildLine every day.

Social IssuesSword – November / December 2006
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