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"Browse Online Libraries Worldwide"
LibWeb www.lib-web.org. Library Servers via WWW. Over 8000 pages from libraries in 146 countries. Keyword Search for location, library type, name or other information. Browse Online Libraries Worldwide. United States United States Libraries. Academic Libraries · National Libraries ...
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 "Chatham House research on Africa explores key political, economic and social developments in sub-Saharan Africa, with areas of focus on Angola, Central Africa and the Great Lakes, East Africa, the Horn of Africa, Nigeria, southern Africa and West Africa. Projects on this region include work on EU-Africa relations, economic growth and investment, extractive resources and society, and African maritime security."
Chatham House research on Africa explores key political, economic and social developments in sub-Saharan Africa, with areas of focus on Angola, Central Africa and the Great Lakes, East Africa, the Horn of Africa, Nigeria, southern Africa and West Africa. Projects on this region include work on EU-Africa relations, economic growth and investment, extractive resources and society, and African maritime security.
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"Hospitals in war zones vital in providing care for heavily injured or traumatised people have also been targeted. The lives of thousands of health workers in Syria, Yemen and Iraq are at risk amid conflict. In the last ten years, 1,072 aid workers have been killed carrying out their duties."
"Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it was evacuating its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen on Thursday after a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a health facility operated by the medical aid group, killing 19 people."
The Britain-based Syrian Network for Human Rights says the last hospital in the Syrian city of Daraya was rendered inoperable following Syrian regime attacks on World Humanitarian Day.
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"This setback in no way undermines the tremendous job done by the Nigerian Government in getting down to zero case.
"You will get there again. We will get the job done' Chan said, adding that WHO will offer the necessary support to Nigeria in putting an end to polio," Chan assured.
(Source: Allafrica 21 August 2016)
     
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"Iran plans negotiations with Russia on purchase of Sukhoi fighters"
(Source: Tass August 22, 12:37 UTC+3)

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http://tass.com/defense/895279
Iran's Ministry of Defense the country needs to strengthen its air force
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For Africa to achieve the aspirations of Agenda 2063, it must place greater emphasis on preventing and mitigating conflicts efficiently and effectively. Africa’s youth bulge and rapid urbanisation, coupled with massive investments in education and infrastructure, present a unique opportunity for long-term transformation. If we do not take advantage of this, Africa’s chances at inclusive and sustainable development may be lost. The clock is ticking. http://www.accord.org.za/publication/conflict-trends-20162/
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Quenching the thirst of concentrated solar power

In CSP plants, an array of large mirrors is used to concentrate sunlight, focusing it enough to turn water into steam and drive power turbines. The turbines generate electricity much as those of fossil fuel plants, only without the fuel expenditure or the greenhouse gas emissions


Concentrated solar power (CSP) could have the potential to energise remote areas of the world, but it faces one major obstacle – the amount of water it uses. Now, thrifty water sprinklers, tailor-made rotors and hybrid sunlight-biomass boilers could cut the water bill of concentrated solar power and even help generate electricity when the sun doesn't shine.
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Yeah, but turning water into steam may not be the optimal use of CSP. Relying on steam means a plant needs ample water supply, ruling out a lot of areas in the world, and adds the cost of turbines and cooling towers which makes the plant less economical.

It's not bad design, but not exactly thinking out if the box either. CSP without relying on water is much more versatile. 
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The leaders of #Germany , #France and #Italy vowed Monday (22 August) that the European Union would survive the UK's exit. #EU #Merkel #Hollande #Renzi #Brexit  
Merkel, Hollande and Renzi urge better security and intelligence cooperation between EU nations at a meeting designed to relaunch the union after Brexit.
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"Cooperation with Turkey strengthens"
(Source: Official site of Russia mufties Council   Monday, 22 August 2016)
14th and 15th of Sha'ban (May 21 and 22) 20 мая - 21 мая Night of the forgivance of sins (Laylat al-Bara'at). 1st of Ramadan (June 6) 6 июня Beginning of the Muslim fast of Ramadan. 26th to 27th of Ramadan 1 июля The night of Power and Predestination (Laylat al-Qadr).
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Introduction

بین تھامس  

 

Бен Томас  

 

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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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