It was announced that Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have agreed a joint tourist visa, opening up all three countries to visitors, much like the Schengen visa system in Europe. Sadly the visa does not yet include Tanzania, which means visitors will now have to pay extra for the Tanzanian leg of their East African safari, but hopefully this will change in the due course.
If you are poor, living at the margins of society and excluded from financial institutions, can you really save? Do you have any 'spare' money? And if you do, can you save enough to make a difference? We often assume the answer is 'No', but I speak from personal experience when I say that the answer to these questions is emphatically 'Yes'.
When we think of 'women and sport' - in the empowerment sense - many of us think of participation: how can we get more girls and women playing sport, utilising sport, using it as an opportunity to succeed? Gender equality in sport is important - that's a fact - and valiant efforts are going towards getting women's sport more coverage, more attention, and securing more resources towards providing opportunities for girls and young women to get access to sport.
Friday 4th October 2013 will be an historic day. I know this because it cannot not be. In some ways it's just simple predictive history, in others it's a stirring, a surge or the tremors that result in a tsunami. Either way, it will be an historic day. For on this day that thing will happen that pushes a wedge of change, whether it be in the corridors or power or in the thoughts of the individual.
Syria's brutal conflict has killed over 100,000 people, driven seven million from their homes and created the worst refugee crisis for a generation. I intend to welcome the Prime Minister's recent vow to lead the world in aid for the Syrian people, and to ask the Secretary of State to ensure that no stone is left unturned in diplomatic efforts to improve humanitarian access and bring about peace talks.
As an actor who has impersonated a consultant surgeon for over a decade, I have encountered a range of more or less dramatic medical conditions. But nothing can prepare you for the sight of sick and dying children. Seeing them struggle with common and preventable diseases shames you into a humble and helpless silence.