CHINA is "colonising" smaller countries by lending them massive amounts of money they can never repay, it's been claimed. The country is accused of leveraging massive loans it holds over small states worldwide to snatch assets and increase its military footprint. Developing countries from Pakistan to Djibouti, the Maldives to Fiji, all owe huge amounts to China. Already there are examples of defaulters being pressured into surrendering control of assets or allowing military bases on their land. Some are calling it "debt-trap diplomacy" or "debt colonialism" - offering enticing loans to countries unable to repay, and then demanding concessions when they default. Sri Lanka provided a prime example last year. Owing more than $1billion (£786million) in debts to China, Sri Lanka handed over a port to companies owned by the Chinese government on a 99-year lease. And Djibouti, home to the US military’s main base in Africa, also looks likely to cede control of a port … [Read more...] about China ‘colonising smaller countries by lending them massive amounts of money they can never repay in bid for world domination’
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Picture:Thom Law/National Centre for Writing Thom Law/National Centre for Writing It could very soon be the place where bestselling novels, short stories and poems are inspired and crafted. Artistic impression of the new South Wing at the National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, by Derek Jackson. Picture: National Centre for Writing And now Norwich is set to embark on the next chapter of literary greatness – as the UK’s first National Centre for Writing (NCW) is unveiled in the fine city. Although most national headquarters are in London or a major city, a £2m extension and restoration of the historic Dragon Hall means the focus of the nation’s wordsmiths will be in the heart of East Anglia. Backed by patrons including Margaret Atwood, Sarah Perry, Ali Smith and Rose Tremain, the centre aims to inspire 20,000 young people to pick up their pens or enjoy literature in its first year. A topping out ceremony today (Monday, June 18) will mark the completion of … [Read more...] about Norwich to be home to new National Centre for Writing
Putting collaboration at the heart of applied research and delivery for global health Author : Bertie SquireBertie Squire is Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine and Director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Centre for Applied Health Research & Delivery The Collaboration for Applied Health Research & Delivery (CAHRD) is a new initiative from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) that aims to take a fresh approach to a range of research and delivery work which is still in search of an agreed definition. What does this mean for the way in which health systems can be transformed to improve the health of low-income and middle-income populations?At LSTM we do not claim to have all the answers, by any means, but we are serious about taking a truly collaborative approach to what World Bank Director for Health, Nutrition and Population Tim Evans called “the science of delivery” in his Leverhulme Lecture in Liverpool Town … [Read more...] about Putting collaboration at the heart of applied research and delivery for global health
OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2018/2019 during the dates below. OFID scholarships will be awarded to candidates for master’s degree studies. Applicants must be from a developing country (except OFID Member Countries), and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, from any recognized university/college in the world. Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies. The winners of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a scholarship spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its … [Read more...] about The OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship 2018/2019
Time to consider police brutality as a global health problem? Author : Adrienne Milner & Giuliano RussoAdrienne Milner is lecturer in social determinants of health and Giuliano Russo is lecturer in global health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Police brutality has been framed in the past as a civil and human rights issue, and explained in terms of its sociological roots and legal implications. However, similarly to other human rights (eg, reproductive rights), substantial health repercussions arise from its perpetration for individuals as well as for the general public, and recent research in the USA has firmly established police brutality as a public health concern. In addition to the obvious link between police violence with fatality and injury (see panel), empirical evidence has shown harmful mental health consequences that are not limited to victims, but also shared by witnesses to negative police … [Read more...] about Time to consider police brutality as a global health problem?