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About Rory
Journalist with special interest in social, scientific and cultural issues. 

Graduated in Biomedical science at Queen's University Belfast and master's journalism at Columbia Journalism School/University of Barcelona.
Languages
Catalan English Spanish
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries Fact Checking
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Slovenia is showing Europe how to tackle child poverty

14 Dec 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Slovenia, with a 10% child poverty rate and a 31% reduction since 2014, leads UNICEF's EU/OECD report on child poverty. The report highlights the importance of cash benefits, labor market reforms, and social protection in reducing child poverty. Slovenia's high minimum wage and free kindergarten are noted as contributing factors to its success. The report also discusses the negative impacts of prolonged poverty on children's emotional and behavioral health, education, and employment prospects. In the EU, children of migrants and those from vulnerable groups face higher poverty rates. Despite a 6 million reduction in child poverty from 2014 to 2021 in the EU and OECD countries, experts believe more can be done to address the issue.

Slovenia is showing Europe how to tackle child poverty

14 Dec 2023  |  www.euronews.com
Slovenia leads Europe in reducing child poverty, with only 10% of children living in poverty, a significant drop since 2014. Key factors include high minimum wages, free kindergarten, and effective social protection policies. UNICEF's report highlights the importance of family-friendly policies and cash benefits. The UK, in contrast, has seen a significant increase in child poverty. Persistent poverty has severe long-term effects on children, including emotional and behavioral difficulties. Vulnerable groups include Roma children and migrant families. Despite overall progress in the EU and OECD, significant disparities remain between urban and rural areas and different household types.

Europe's wealthiest countries have high child poverty rates, says UNICEF report

07 Dec 2023  |  www.euronews.com
A UNICEF report reveals that some of the wealthiest countries in Europe, including the UK, Spain, and Luxembourg, have seen significant increases in child poverty rates between 2014 and 2021. In contrast, poorer countries like Poland and Slovenia have made substantial progress in reducing child poverty. The report highlights the persistent and damaging impacts of poverty on children, including poor health and lower educational attainment. It calls for expanded social protection, access to quality basic services, and employment opportunities with family-friendly policies to address the issue. The report underscores the importance of learning from successful countries to improve children's well-being globally.

More than one in five children live in poverty in rich countries, according to UNICEF

07 Dec 2023  |  fr.euronews.com
New data from UNICEF reveals a significant increase in child poverty in some of the world's richest countries between 2014 and 2021. The report highlights that countries like the UK, Spain, and Luxembourg are struggling with high child poverty rates, while less wealthy nations like Poland and Slovenia are performing better. Despite an overall reduction in poverty, over 69 million children still live in households earning less than 60% of the national median income. The study underscores the persistent and harmful effects of poverty on children and calls for enhanced social protection, access to quality basic services, and employment opportunities with adequate wages to address the issue.

Israel Hamas war: Civilians loot aid trucks at Rafah crossing as Europe calls for ceasefire

04 Dec 2023  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
Civilians in Gaza looted aid trucks at the Rafah crossing amid a severe humanitarian crisis exacerbated by prolonged Israeli bombardment. The United Nations has warned of desperate conditions, with widespread displacement and communication blackouts complicating rescue efforts. European lawmakers from the 'Renew Europe' group called for a ceasefire to aid civilians and address the hostage situation. The US defense secretary plans to visit Israel to discuss a transition to targeted strikes against Hamas leaders. Hamas has stated no more hostages will be released until the war ends, demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange.

A Catholic crisis: Why priests in Ireland are fading into history and not being replaced

27 Nov 2023  |  www.euronews.com
Ireland faces a significant decline in the number of Catholic priests, with many clergy members working past retirement age due to a lack of new recruits. Factors contributing to this crisis include the sexual abuse scandal and the church's failure to align with modern societal values. Father Tony Flannery, a retired priest, highlights the need for reforms and the loneliness experienced by aging priests. Efforts to address the shortage include recruiting foreign priests and involving the laity in parish roles. The article underscores the church's struggle to communicate effectively with contemporary society.

Spain restricts mobile phone use in schools

14 Nov 2023  |  es.euronews.com
Spain is implementing stricter regulations on mobile phone use in schools, with varying approaches across its autonomous communities. Catalonia, among other regions, is moving towards stricter rules, while some areas have partial bans. The debate, fueled by parents and educators, centers on the impact of mobile phones on students' academic performance and behavior. UNESCO's report highlights the global trend of restricting mobile phones in classrooms, emphasizing the need for equitable access to educational resources. Other European countries, including France, Italy, and the UK, are also adopting similar measures.

Israel Hamas war: Civilians loot aid trucks at Rafah crossing as Europe calls for ceasefire

30 Oct 2023  |  nz.news.yahoo.com
Civilians in Gaza looted aid trucks at the Rafah crossing amid a severe humanitarian crisis exacerbated by prolonged Israeli bombardment. The United Nations has warned of desperate conditions, with widespread displacement and communication blackouts complicating rescue efforts. European lawmakers from the 'Renew Europe' group called for a ceasefire to aid civilians and address the hostage situation. The US defense secretary plans to visit Israel to discuss a transition to targeted strikes against Hamas leaders. Hamas has stated that no more hostages will be released until the war ends, demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange.

Slovakian government postpones suspension of special anti-corruption prosecutor's office

09 Oct 2023  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
The Slovakian government, led by populist Robert Fico, has postponed the controversial reform to eliminate the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office until January due to parliamentary opposition. The reform, criticized by the European Commission, has sparked massive protests and concerns about Slovakia's political direction. The Special Prosecutor's Office is handling significant corruption cases involving high-profile politicians and oligarchs. Critics fear Fico's return to power could lead Slovakia to follow Hungary's political path under Viktor Orbán, undermining anti-corruption efforts and shifting away from pro-Western policies.

Slovenia is showing Europe how to tackle child poverty

05 Oct 2023  |  nz.news.yahoo.com
Slovenia leads in reducing child poverty among EU/OECD countries, with only 10% of children living in poverty, a significant drop since 2014. Key factors include high minimum wages, free kindergarten, and effective social protection policies. UNICEF's report highlights the importance of cash benefits, labor market reforms, and family-friendly policies. The UK, despite its wealth, has seen a significant increase in child poverty. Persistent poverty has severe long-term effects on children, including emotional and behavioral difficulties. Inequalities persist, particularly among migrant children and those in rural areas. More efforts are needed to further reduce child poverty across Europe.

Chechen leader praises son for beating up prisoner

26 Sep 2023  |  www.euronews.com
Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia's Chechnya region, publicly praised his son Adam for beating a prisoner accused of burning the Quran, sharing a video of the incident. Kadyrov justified the violence as a defense of religious honor. The prisoner, Nikita Zhuravel, has reported the assault to Russian officials. The article also touches on Kadyrov's rule in Chechnya, his relationship with Vladimir Putin, and the involvement of Chechen forces in Ukraine. Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Tatiana Moskalkova, expressed disapproval of Kadyrov's actions, emphasizing legal accountability over vigilante justice.

More Germans would travel by train but it's too expensive, some residents say

30 Aug 2023  |  euronews
Germany's national railway company Deutsche Bahn reported record sales for long-distance transport, leading to the addition of new routes across Europe. The European Union aims to double high-speed rail travel by 2030. However, a Greenpeace study found that flying is often cheaper than train travel, which contradicts the goal of promoting more sustainable modes of transportation. Railway engineer Erik Stiegemann and analyst Bernhard Knierim highlighted the comfort and energy efficiency of train travel, but acknowledged the cost barrier that still leads many to choose flying.

Cost model: Universities need to answer tough questions about their priorities

25 Apr 2023  |  Building
The UK’s tertiary education sector experienced significant growth in funding and capital investment before the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by an increase in student numbers and higher fees from international students. However, the pandemic led to a reassessment of priorities and a halt in many infrastructure projects. Universities are now facing the challenge of redefining their post-pandemic estates and funding strategies.

Spain's Manga Market Booms with Record-Breaking Festival Attendance and Publications

05 Apr 2023  |  euronews
Rory Armstrong explores the rising popularity of manga in Spain, highlighting the record-breaking attendance at the Barcelona Manga Festival and the increase in manga publications since the pandemic. The article discusses the economic impact of manga in Japan and the growth of the Spanish market, noting the lack of sales figures but using the number of new releases as an indicator. The 'Big 3' publishers, Planeta, Norma, and Ivrea, dominate the market, but there's a rise in medium and small publishers. The article also touches on the cultural resonance of manga, with insights from Spanish manga artist Kenny Ruiz, who attributes the genre's appeal to its focus on universal emotions.

Barcelona ante el futuro: Urbanismo táctico y el nuevo modelo de ciudad

13 Jan 2023  |  Universitat de Barcelona
The article discusses the concept of 'tactical urbanism' and its implications for the future city model of Barcelona. Tactical urbanism refers to small-scale, temporary changes to the urban environment, typically aimed at improving local neighborhoods and city spaces. The article explores how this approach can lead to more sustainable and people-friendly cities. It considers the potential benefits and challenges of implementing such a model in Barcelona, and how it could transform the urban landscape by prioritizing the needs of residents and the environment over traditional, car-centric city planning.

Report price of petrol in Barcelona due to Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Report Ukrainian's protesting in Barcelona

Documentary on the journeys and lives of Ukrainian refugees in Catalonia.

Adapting UK universities to address energy efficiency and decarbonisation

01 Jan 2023  |  Without Limits
UK universities are grappling with rising energy costs and the need for decarbonisation. Energy bills have surged, prompting a reevaluation of infrastructure spending. Many universities aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2030, but face challenges with older buildings. Smart technology and inclusive design are becoming integral to new projects. Financially, universities are seeing increased income, but face pressure on how to allocate funds, with trade unions advocating for higher teaching wages over capital spending.

‘Escapism in dime novels’: a unique Catalan radio play arrives in Ireland

17 Aug 2022  |  www.ara.cat
A Catalan radio play titled 'Escapism and dime novels' has found success in Ireland, resonating with the country's history of censorship and imprisonment. The creator, Freixes, who has a diverse background in film, illustration, and writing, wrote the play in English and initially faced rejection from local producers. However, RTÉ in Ireland showed interest and recorded the drama in Dublin, hiring actors with Hispanic origins to maintain a foreign accent. Freixes, who also wrote 'El inconsciente de María Gil' for RNE and serves as the official illustrator for the Sitges Film Festival, emphasizes the imaginative power of radio and the differences in quality between Spanish and English-speaking radio productions. RTÉ will promote the play with a special program 'In the wings: Escapism and dime novels' and will broadcast it online, making it accessible in Catalonia.
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