Press Roundup Thursday 8 October 2009

By Press Office
October 8, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Ecology & Environment

Green activists jubilant as Kingsnorth shelved
Kingsnorth Power Station, which has for three years been the battleground between environmental pressure groups and the British energy industry, will not get its controversial new coal power plant.

Wind power centre will keep Scotland in vanguard of renewable energy
Glasgow secured a major jobs boost yesterday with the announcement by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) that 300 jobs are to be created over the next three years in a new research and management centre for wind farm projects.

Climate change believer takes firm to tribunal
A man who claims he was unfairly dismissed from his job because he believes in climate change is attempting to have his environmental views recognised under religious law.

Comment: My solo lesson on how to save the planet
Round-the-world sailing taught me how to manage resources. Now I want to spread the word.

Community & Family

Survey shows 3.4 million children live with binge drinking parents
More than three million children live in households where at least one of the parents is a binge drinker, a shock survey showed last night.

Millions of pensioners will go cold as energy prices soar
Five million people will avoid switching on their heating to keep warm this winter as they struggle to afford higher fuel bills, according to new research.

Comment: You could celebrate your 100th birthday - make the most of life
Imagine being born the day that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and living long enough to use the internet.

Crime & Justice

Goldsmith critical of Guantanamo policy
Tony Blair's former law chief has attacked the British Government for undermining Barack Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay.

PM Silvio Berlusconi loses his trial immunity
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi was dealt a crushing blow last night after a law helping to secure his immunity from prosecution was overturned.

Saudi sex 'braggart' is sentenced to 1,000 lashes and five years in prison
A Saudi man who bragged on television about his sexual exploits was jailed for five years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes yesterday.

Peace & War

Barack Obama may send just 10,000 troops to Afghanistan
Speculation is growing that Barack Obama will send only 10,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan, well short of the number requested by his military commander.

Tories promise Homeland Military Command to combat terror threat
A new Homeland Military Command would be created by a Tory government to fight the serious threat that a British city will be the target of an atrocity such as the Mumbai massacre.

Dropping UN resolution on Gaza war a mistake, says Palestinian official
A senior Palestinian official admitted today it was a "mistake" to drop support for a UN human rights council resolution that called for investigations into Israel's conduct in the Gaza war.

Religion & Society

Muslim world population 'at 1.57bn'
The global Muslim population stands at 1.57 billion, meaning that nearly one in four people in the world practice Islam, according to a report billed as the most comprehensive of its kind.

Couple who prayed over dying daughter, 11, rather than seek medical help are jailed for six months
A couple convicted of killing their sick 11-year-old daughter by praying to God for a cure rather than calling a doctor have been jailed for just six months.

Comment: Catholics cannot be pacifists
Just wars are possible – under strict conditions. But when those conditions apply, the church cannot stand aside.

Race & Identity

Fury as Israeli mayor plans to twin his town with Dachau
An Israeli mayor has caused uproar after revealing plans to twin his town with the Munich suburb that housed the Dachau death camp.

Comment: Robert Fisk: Genocide forgotten: Armenians horrified by treaty with Turkey
A new trade deal is set to gloss over the murder of 1.5 million people.

Education & Culture

Gove wants to release schools from state grip
The Conservatives will speed through plans to wrestle control of schools away from local authorities in an attempt to shake up Britain's "dumbed down" education system, they pledged yesterday.

Globalisation & Development

Pakistan 'insulted' by US aid bill
The Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, is desperately trying to fight off critics – many of them inside the country's armed forces – who claim that conditions attached to a multi-billion dollar aid package from the US undermines the country's sovereignty.

People & Power

Diplomats in appeal over Honduras
Diplomats have told Honduras' interim government to restore democracy to the impoverished nation and reinstate president Manuel Zelaya.

Sex & Gender

Stephen Fry and Eddie Izzard round on Tories in homophobia row over party's new right-wing allies in Europe
Comedians Stephen Fry and Eddie Izzard have stepped up the pressure on David Cameron over the Tories’ new right-wing allies in Europe.

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