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Industrialization is an imperative. As a latecomer Africa can learn from others’ experiences while defining and designing its own pathway - based on its own realities and learning from history and the experiences of other regions - to leapfrog traditional, carbon-intensive methods of growth and champion a low-carbon development trajectory. Africa can take advantage of new innovations, technologies and business models on a pathway that uses our natural resources optimally and efficiently as inputs to an industrialization process powered by our endowments of clean sources of energy.
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See what the world is saying about the EU referendum on http://unfiltered.news

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"The EU treaties are binding agreements between EU member countries. They set out EU objectives, rules for EU institutions, how decisions are made and the relationship between the EU and its member countries. Every action taken by the EU is founded on treaties.   
Treaties are amended to make the EU more efficient and transparent, prepare for new member countries and introduce new areas of cooperation."
(Source: EUR-Lex)

For More See:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/collection/eu-law/treaties.html
TREATY OF LISBON. AMENDING THE TREATY ON EUROPEAN UNION AND THE TREATY ESTABLISHING THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY. (2007/C 306/01). PREAMBLE. HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF THE BELGIANS,. THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA,. THE PRESIDENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC,. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF DENMARK, ...
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If You Live in the UK, Your Personal Finances Face Changes http://ow.ly/br0b301BXyA
British people have woken up to the news that their country has voted to leave the European Union. Along with this, there has been turmoil in financial markets – the pound has hit a 30-year low and the FTSE dropped more than 8%.
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 "Russia wants to see European, rather than Euro-Atlantic Europe
"Of course, Russia wants to see the European, rather than the Euro-Atlantic Europe that would obey its partner across the ocean, even though the requirements from overseas may very often contradict to Europe's interests," the expert added. 
Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov believes that the results of the Brexit referendum may send oil prices down and thus weaken the Russian ruble and increase volatility in financial markets.
"These is quite unpleasant news indeed. This volatility is much less than the one that we have been through, so the influence of this news on the Russian economic dynamics will be limited," said Siluanov.
According to the minister, the vote in the UK has shown that hopes for markets and the world economy to recover were overly optimistic. As a result, there will be two key consequences - a sharp increase in market volatility and uncertainty about the future development of global economy, Siluanov said."
(Source: Pravda.Ru 24.06.2016)    

For more see:  http://www.pravdareport.com/world/europe/24-06-2016/134816-brexit-0/                  
UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation after the Britons voted to exit the European Union on June 23.
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England 2014 to 2020 European Social Fund partner information. Display type: Detailed guide; From: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and 3 others; Updated: 25 May 2016. DWP: European Social Fund 2014 to 2020. Display type: Guidance; From: Department for Work and Pensions ...
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 "Monday is set to be a lively day in Parliament as MPs meet for the first time, with a David Cameron statement on the referendum expected to take place in the afternoon.
The process of extricating the UK from the EU will ultimately involve rescinding the 1972 European Communities Act, the brief piece of legislation that brought the country into the European Economic Community, as it was then known, and which gives primacy to EU law in the UK.
It will also mean sifting through an estimated 80,000 pages of EU agreements, which have been enacted over the past five decades, to decide which will be repealed, amended or retained - a process which Parliament will want to oversee.
Parliament will ultimately have to ratify the treaty authorising UK withdrawal. "
(Source: BBC 24 June 2016)
The UK has voted to leave the EU. Here is what is likely to happen next.
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How do you get giraffes on a plane? Why is being a vet more about people than animals? Uganda’s chief veterinary officer, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka talks about the highs and lows of being a wildlife vet with Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekere, a small animal vet from Sri Lanka in this week’s episode of The Conversation with Kim Chakanetsa http://bbc.in/28Tmf5w
Leading vets in Uganda and Sri Lanka talk about their love for the profession
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Is the UK the First Domino? http://ow.ly/12H8301C2IH
The British decision to leave the EU has been a long time in the making, but it does not lessen the shock that many politicians in the UK and across the EU are feeling.
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"Britain has voted to leave the European Union. In the wake of the result Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation. A new leader of the Conservative party will be elected in October. What are the potential implications for social work and social care?"
(Source: communitycare.co.uk)
A majority has voted for Britain to leave the EU and the prime minister will stand down. We look at some of the implications for social care
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 "MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. Russia’s air defense system manufacturer Almaz-Antey has conducted successful testing of the newest Buk-M3 air defense missile system. The tests took place at the Kapustin Yar range near Astrakhan, Southern Russia, the company reported Friday.
"In June 2016, experts of the JSC Concern Almaz-Antey test fired a missile from the Buk-M 3 new advanced medium-range air defense missile system on a ballistic target at the Kapustin Yar range," the company press service said, adding that the Pensne (Pince-nez) target missile was used during the testing."
(Source: TASS June 24, 13:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW)

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http://tass.ru/en/defense/884398

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The Russian Armed Forces should receive the first brigade set of the new missile system in 2016
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بین تھامس  

 

Бен Томас  

 

بن توماس   

 

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بین تھامس

 

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Бен Томас

 

 

 
 Key interests:
 
Community Interests, including Comunity development. By Managing the Message !.My Vehicle for this is called The Broadarms Alliance.

 

 My general Interests:

 
I am also Interested in: Heritage, Culture, and History.  As well as Public Health and Safety issues.

Especially that in and around Cardiff UK. 

 

 I find the Environment and Energy issues an interesting challenge !. Along with Public Safety !.

I am also interested in the developing, "International Global Village".

I am interested in "quality of life issues".

The ability to "create wealth", and to maintain a "disposable income" !.

The problems associated with a "change of scale".

I would like to understand more about "leadership" ?.

  A developing interest of mine is "Energy and Power Generation", in Particular Electric Power !. Since March 2011, this has become associated, with disaster avoidance, and disaster recovery !. I take the view that we should look to make Nuclear Safe, so that in reality means safer, as nothing in this life is totally safe  !. I take the view that a good way of approaching this is to look at what happens when Nuclear Power, escapes in the form of contamination, beyond the boundaries of its site !. I see this as a question of Public Protection !. The basis of this protection being knowledge in the public domain of prevailing radiation levels !.

 

Since 2011

 I have been interested in understanding the Events at Fukushima Japan

  I am interested in understanding the developing Arab Spring, and the Events in Syria. In particular; understanding the striving for Freedom, and the resistance against it !.

 I regard Physical Conflict as being often a failure of Diplomacy !. I regard Diplomacy, as being a product of Education, Understanding and Experience !. Often Disadvantage  and even Poverty, may be at the root of these issues !.

 

Syria, and the Arab Spring

 I take an interest in this region, from the point of view of its Social-Economic implications, and the rights of Syrians to self-determination, in a fair and just way.

Africa

 Presents a number of interesting challenges, especially in regards to communications and organisation! The ability to realise Africa’s Natural wealth and to see that wealth distributed in a fair way!



My Political position
 
 I am not political, in the Party-Political sense !. But will engage with Politicians and Political organisations who are willing to benefit the community !. In this sense I am interested in Good and Just governance !.
 
 

My religious Beliefs

 I believe that: In the being, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God !.

  I  think: The Word was at first heard, then spoke, and later written. Today (2013) the word can be captured.  Soon after the Word was first heard, it became remembered, and being remembered became spoken more. With increased speaking the Word evolved into more words, which became words to make things cleared, and better understood. As the use of Words grew, then understanding grew. At the same time the presence of God, became less apparent to human kind. As over familiarity tends to bread contempt ?..  As has been both said and written “God Defieth all understanding” !.

 

I believe
 

 An understanding History, our own, or others, can lead us to learn, by other peoples experiences (and by implication, by other peoples mistakes.). Though the past is like a foreign land, of which we may know very little !. The past is often obscured, by the mists of time, and by evolving cultures.

I believe that freedom of movement and access, is important !.

 

Conflict

 Winning a Battle can in some cases lead to loosening a War !.  Winning a War may not lead to winning the Peace !. Battles and Wars, that do not secure the Peace, are Hollow victories !.

 Hollow victories are likely to lead to renewed conflict ?.

 

My local language variant

Wenglish.    a Wenglander.

 

Personal Observations !.

 The mode of production, is to a large extent dependent on the mode of transport !. Sustainable places of personal residence, can be dependent on both of these !.

 Increasing technology,produces increased complexity for understanding, and can lead to new divisions of labour, or rather intelligent knowledge !. New technologies, appear to be greatly dependent on access to specific natural resources !. This appears to be fueling Globalisation, and, an increasing interdependency, across cultures, and states !.

 Emerging Electronic Technology appears to be changing peoples perception of Political Decision Making. ?. A demand for more direct involvement in the political process, appears to be emerging World wide, and is especially apparent in what the West calls, underdeveloped Countries !.



 Modern economy appears highly dependent on high volume of production and low mark-up per unit of product volume !


 

 In the UK, we pass on the left, except when at Sea, when we pass on the right !. So perhaps we tend to regard others then ourselves, as being at Sea ?.

 

The UK Army by tradition, when on Parade, Dresses to the right, hence the saying “I’m all right Jack”

 

An organisation may be seen when the sum of the whole exceeds the sum of the parts.

 Should the key effect of government not be the application of the Multiplier Factor? That is to say the organising of human effort so that the sum of the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts !.

 

 
It may all come down to:

A Matter of time !.
The expectation of competition, appears to put pressure on time, and as such things tend to become “a factor of time “!. This appears to lead to a speeding up, of things !. With the effect of certain things coming into view !. While other things disappear from view !. These things which disappear from view, may suddenly disappear, or gradually fade out of view !. The gap between the extremes of what is seen and what is not, can become confusion !. This confusion can be compounded, with the stresses caused, by the demands to adjust !.

Due to uncertainty, about what is being observed!.. The culture of communications, and the cultures participating in this, will play a part, and the outcome of this will be, that cultures will fragment, and or combine !. So adding to the degree of uncertainty.

The effect on preconceived organisation, appears to be a possible cause of the downfall of some organisations, as their sense of identity as an organisation, appears to constrain their ability to adjust, making them slower, to both respond, and to comprehend !.

Clearly then the speed and effectiveness of response, along with the ability to comprehend, could be a key factor in navigating, for future progress, and a decent life !.

Hence the old expression of, “the  quick and the dead”, becomes a reality !.
 
  
  

European Union

 Since Cyprus and the European move, to break the Savings Guarantee, I “no-longer” support Britain being in Europe !.

 
I like

  I like drawing other people’s attention, to the existence of things. By distributing links, to online pages on which that sort of information appears !.

 These days (March 26th 2013) one finds oneself, submersed with information to digest, from a wide variety of sources !. The information originates from who knows where, for who known’s what reason ?  Working out the possible relevance of this information, can prove a particular challenge !. Working out how to make productive and constructive use, of the information, can become another challenge !.




My current preoccupation


The current (2015)Free Market Economy, which appears to becoming increasingly dominant in many parts of the world, appears likely to be challenged by emerging technologies  As it is that people consume and without an income people cannot be a part of the free market?. So how will people be able to gain an income when most the work is done by technology?



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 From time to time, I appear to experience, what may be, a manifestation of suppressed precognitive capacity, within myself !.


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