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About Richard
I'm a journalist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I regularly produce a 30 minute radio programme for the BBC World Service called CrowdScience ******. 
I also write long form articles on a wide range of subjects such as ****** 
For much of my career I have worked on news desks, presented live news radio programmes, and reported from around the world on political issues.
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Post‐Earthquake Fold Growth Imaged in the Qaidam Basin, China, With Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar

09 Jul 2024  |  hal.science
The study investigates the development of folds and their interactions with seismic faults in the North Qaidam thrust system in NE Tibet using 16 years of interferometric synthetic aperture radar data. It reveals long-term spatio-temporal changes in post-earthquake surface displacement rates and patterns, indicating transient uplift and shortening consistent with kinematic models of folding. The findings suggest anelastic fold buckling during the post-earthquake phase and highlight the role of distributed aseismic deformation in topography growth.

EU and Ukraine: 'No definition of what victory looks like'

17 Feb 2024  |  www.dw.com
At the Munich Security Conference, analyst Dmitri Alperovitch discussed with DW's Richard Walker the long-term contest between Russia and the West, focusing on military production and resources. He emphasized that the ultimate determinant in the conflict will be the strength of political will.

The Kernel of Truth in Trump's Statements

14 Feb 2024  |  www.dw.com
Christoph Heusgen, director of the Munich Security Conference, discusses global issues including the Middle East conflict, Russia's aggression in Ukraine, and NATO's relationship with Trump. Heusgen emphasizes the importance of European NATO members meeting their defense spending commitments and expresses hope for a ceasefire in Gaza. He also highlights the need for Europe to take more responsibility for its security, given the potential shift in US focus towards internal challenges and Asia. Heusgen suggests that any agreement to end the Ukraine conflict must include security guarantees to prevent future violations by Russia.

Sonification for Personalised Gait Intervention

22 Dec 2023  |  MDPI
Mobility challenges, particularly in older adults and individuals with conditions like Parkinson's disease, can significantly impact quality of life. Gait rehabilitation using personalized auditory cues, specifically sonification, shows promise in improving mobility and engagement. Sonification, which uses non-speech audio to convey information, has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing freezing-of-gait and improving gait consistency. Advanced audio processing techniques like time-stretching and pitch shifting can further enhance these interventions. Continued clinical research is needed to optimize these methods and ensure their long-term effectiveness and user engagement.

Britain's shoplifting epidemic makes it feel like Iceland staff are on the frontline of a war - we've lost £20m this year to thefts but we're not allowed to share CCTV of prolific offenders

10 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
Britain's retail sector is facing a severe shoplifting crisis, with Iceland Foods reporting £20 million in losses this year. Richard Walker, executive chairman of Iceland Foods, highlights the increasing violence against staff and the inadequacy of current security measures. He criticizes the government's lack of action, the Information Commissioner's Office for privacy regulations that hinder crime prevention, and the Crown Prosecution Service for not prosecuting enough cases. Walker calls for more police resources, stronger legal powers for security personnel, and harsher sentences for offenders to protect retail workers and curb the crime wave.

As a business leader, I can no longer support the Tory party

01 Oct 2023  |  the Guardian
Richard Walker, executive chairman of Iceland, announces his resignation from the Conservative Party, criticizing its current direction and policies. He highlights the party's failure to support business, the economy, and environmental goals. Walker emphasizes his commitment to social mobility, environmental democracy, and free enterprise, and outlines Iceland's initiatives to support communities and the environment. He expresses disappointment in the government's instability and lack of long-term vision, particularly in green policies. Walker remains undecided on future political support, hoping for a party committed to sustainable green growth.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping: The empires strike back

09 Sep 2023  |  www.dw.com
Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow in March 2023 underscored the deepening alliance between China and Russia, as both nations seek to reshape global power dynamics. Historically adversarial during the Cold War, their relationship has evolved significantly, with China benefiting from Russian military technology and Russia from China's economic growth. Key moments, such as Putin's 2007 Munich speech against US dominance and NATO expansion, and Xi's vision for China's global ascendancy, highlight their shared opposition to Western influence. The Ukraine war further cements their bond, with China poised to play a crucial role in any resolution, despite not forming a formal military alliance with Russia.

Stroboscopic visual training: The potential for clinical application in neurological populations

23 Aug 2023  |  journals.plos.org
Visual problems are prevalent in individuals with neurological conditions, affecting balance and gait. Vision therapy, particularly stroboscopic visual training (SVT), shows promise in improving visuomotor and cognitive performance. This structured review examined the use of strobe glasses in training interventions, highlighting improvements in short-term memory, attention, and visual response times. However, the lack of standardization in SVT protocols and limited evidence in clinical populations necessitates further research to determine optimal strobe dosage and delivery. The review underscores the potential benefits and research gaps in using SVT in clinical practice, offering recommendations for future studies.

Kenyan President Downplays Protests

29 Mar 2023  |  www.dw.com
Kenyan President William Ruto, during his visit to Berlin, emphasized the need for investment in renewable energy and collaboration between Kenyan and German technical schools. He downplayed the ongoing protests in Kenya, attributing them to electoral disputes rather than the rising cost of living. Ruto condemned the Western disregard for the impact of the Ukraine war and urged China to leverage its influence to end the conflict. He also expressed concern over Russia's nuclear threats and called for international efforts to mitigate the war's impact on essential goods distribution and inflation.

Kenyan President William Ruto visits Berlin

28 Mar 2023  |  www.dw.com
Kenyan President William Ruto is visiting Berlin amidst political tensions in Kenya, where opposition leader Raila Odinga continues to contest last year's election results and calls for protests against rising prices. Violence has erupted during demonstrations, with one fatality in Kisumu and looting in Nairobi. Ruto, in an interview with Deutsche Welle, expressed his willingness to engage in dialogue within the confines of the law, criticizing the opposition's demands as unconstitutional. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized Kenya's role as a stable democracy and a key player in addressing crises in East Africa. Discussions between Ruto and Scholz also focused on climate change, energy transition, and economic cooperation, particularly in renewable energies. Ruto expressed concern over the intensifying conflict in Ukraine and the potential global risks it poses.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, the empires against

01 Mar 2023  |  www.dw.com
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are working together to challenge the current international power dynamics, with a focus on reducing Western, particularly American, influence. Their relationship has evolved from historical conflicts to a strategic partnership, bolstered by military and economic cooperation. The article highlights key moments such as China's accession to the WTO, Russia's stance on NATO expansion, and the ongoing war in Ukraine. Both leaders aim to redefine global order, with China playing a crucial role in the potential resolution of the Ukraine conflict.

China and the US: On collision course for war over Taiwan

12 Dec 2022  |  www.dw.com
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen stresses the need for military preparedness amid increasing threats from China, which has conducted large-scale military exercises near Taiwan. The US has shown strong bipartisan support for Taiwan, with President Biden signing a defense spending bill and making clear statements about US intervention in case of an unprovoked attack by China. Experts warn that the situation could escalate into a major conflict involving multiple countries, with significant global economic repercussions. The article highlights the delicate balance of deterrence and the potential for a disastrous war over Taiwan's future.

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