Population shift and tackling migration

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The East to West, South to North migrant movement is out of control.
Reasons for that migration are varied from escaping a War Zone, Humanitarian to Economic.

We as a responsible and caring society must take our place by either providing resources to support(AID) and protect individuals or the acceptance of those who are in need into the UK who accept that
1.The UK rule of Law is paramount with Democracy and Christianity as its cornerstone.
2.The English language is the UK’s primary language for communicating with UK authorities.
3.People with a history of illegal activities or use illegal activities to enter the UK will not be accepted.

We are told there are 4 million people who have been driven out of Syria. If the EU were to accept all of those on an equal basis then each country should take about 143000 people.
In itself this does not seen an unacceptable number for a country the size and wealth of the UK. It would only add about 0.25% to the UK population.
Within the UK there are significant differences to where immigrants reside with the South East of England having the greater share and higher density with Scotland having relatively few based on density.

A future issue could be, I believe, once in the EU there is no controlling were they migrate to in the longer term.
We must have and maintain the ability to have some control over movement of people within the UK.

Major population movement around the world, like we are seeing today, has the potential for major unrest, disappointment of migrants when expectations are not met, clash of cultures, changes to the host community population as new cultures become apparent and shortage of services are experienced through over population.

Emergency action must be taken today to protect todays migrants, but that does not mean an open the door to uncontrolled population shift. It does mean save lives and provide adequate food and accommodation and Medical/Health services for those people as soon as possible.

Careful non emotional decision making is required by the leaders of EU countries to agree the long term solution.

The website Migration Observatory, http://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/, has all the data you might need to look at the numbers of immigrants in the EU, where they are located and the challenges faced by different countries.

Armed Force Day Flag ceremony in Guildford

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Guildford is hosting the National Armed Forces Day this year on the 27th June 2015.
The Armed Forces Day military parade will begin at 11.30am from the bottom of the High Street to Stoke Park, with hundreds of Armed Forces personnel, veterans and cadets taking part.
Schedule of the event

Video of the Chinook landing in Stoke Park Guildford bringing the Armed Forces Day Flag to Guildford.

VEDay70 Memories

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Southampton 1945 Manor Farm Road.
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4 Days to change the UK

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Ok , have you made your mind up yet?
Are you confused with the statements and counter statements from the party leaders? I know I am.

What are the real influencers and risks to the UK’s future government?
Is it leaving or staying in the EU?
Is it the “Global Economy” recovering or falling?
Is it Scotland breaking up the UK or not?
Is it “The Market traders” gambling with the UK currency following an hung Parliament vote.
Is it the risk of “Global Big Business” flexing its muscles and moving business outside of the UK?
Is it the NHS consuming money at an ever increasing rate?
Will the parties make deals of some sort with each other and will they be able to negotiate their respective “Red Lines” without dropping them?
Will people vote on the basis of fear of the “other party” getting in or vote on the basis of Media predictions rather than believing in the party manifesto?
Will everybody vote and therefore get a result which will not be accepted and cause unrest?
Will the outcome of the Election change the UK forever?

I hope these summaries below help you in making your decision
The BBC has provided a useful Manifesto comparison chart here.
An alternative presentation of the Party Pledges can be found on The Kings Fund website.

None of the above risks are able to be predicted before the Election, therefore on May 7th I will vote on the basis of the parties manifesto intentions which in my opinion will provide a UK of which I will be proud to be a citizen of.

We must encourage everybody in the UK who has a vote to use it.

Significant upgrade of the Horse Hill discovery, UK Weald Basin

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9 April 2015

UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC
(“UKOG” or the “Company”)

London quoted UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC (LSE AIM: UKOG) is pleased to announce that US-based Nutech Ltd (“Nutech”), one of the world’s leading companies in petrophysical analysis and reservoir intelligence, estimate that the Horse Hill-1 (“HH-1”) well in the Weald Basin has a total oil in place (“OIP”) of 158 million barrels (“MMBO”) per square mile, excluding the previously reported Upper Portland Sandstone oil discovery.

The Horse Hill licences cover 55 square miles of the Weald Basin in southern England in which the Company has a 20.36% interest.

Nutech’s report to the Company states this OIP lies within a 653 feet aggregate net pay section, primarily within three argillaceous limestones and interbedded mudstones of the Kimmeridge, and the mudstones of the Oxford and Lias sections. Approximately 72% of OIP, or 114 MMBO, lies within the Upper Jurassic Kimmeridge interbedded limestone and mudstone sequence. The Executive Summary of the Nutech Report is appended in full at the end of this release and the full executive report with figures will be available on the Company’s website at www.ukogplc.com.

In order to establish estimates of total OIP within the licence area, the semi-regional resource potential of the Weald Basin’s eastern footprint is the subject of ongoing analysis under the contracted alliance between Nutech, UKOG and Solo Oil Plc. The results of the estimated OIP within the licence will be reported when completed.

Final assessments of the Upper Portland Sandstone and the Oxford and Lias sections are in progress, with further results expected shortly.

Stephen Sanderson, UKOG’s CEO, commented:
“Drilling the deepest well in the basin in 30 years, together with the ability to use concepts, techniques and technology unavailable in the 1980s, has provided new cutting-edge data and interpretations to comprehensively change the understanding of the area’s potential oil resources.”

“As a result, we believe that, in addition to the Portland Sandstone oil discovery, the Horse Hill well has discovered a possible world class potential resource in what is interpreted to be a new Upper Jurassic “hybrid play”.

“With the help of Nutech’s considerable global knowledge base and play library, we have identified that the Horse Hill Upper Jurassic rock sequence is analogous to known oil productive hybrid reservoir sections of the Bakken of the US Williston Basin, the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, Clearfork, Spraberry, and Dean Formations in the US Permian Basin and the Bazhenov Formation of West Siberia.”

“The US analogues have estimated recovery factors of between 3% and 15% of Oil in Place.”

“The Company considers that the high pay thickness, combined with interpreted naturally fractured limestone reservoir with measurable matrix permeability, gives strong encouragement that these reservoirs can be successfully produced using conventional horizontal drilling and completion techniques.”

“Nutech’s results combined with our extensive geochemical analyses strongly indicates that the Company’s Horse Hill licences lie within the likely sweet spot of the identified “Weald hybrid play”.”

“Appraisal drilling and well testing will be required to prove its commerciality, but this “Weald hybrid play” has the potential for significant daily oil production.”

“The operator, Horse Hill Developments Ltd, with the assistance of Nutech, is now focussed on flow testing the Portland Sandstone and Kimmeridge Limestone sections of the well, to establish producibility and thereby seeking to quantify an overall net discovered resource”.

UKOG’s interest in Horse Hill:
The Horse Hill-1 well is located within onshore exploration License PEDL 137, on the northern side of the Weald Basin near Gatwick Airport. UKOG owns a 30% direct interest in Horse Hill Developments Ltd (“HHDL”) and a 1.32% interest in HHDL via its 6% interest in Angus Energy Limited. HHDL is a special purpose company that owns a 65% participating interest and operatorship of Licence PEDL 137 and the adjacent Licence PEDL 246 in the UK Weald Basin.
Qualified Person’s Statement: Stephen Sanderson, UKOG’s CEO, who has over 30 years of relevant experience in the oil industry, has approved the information contained in this announcement. Mr Sanderson is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

The oil in place hydrocarbon volumes estimated should not be considered as either contingent or prospective resources or reserves.

For further information please contact:

UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC
David Lenigas / Donald Strang Tel: 020 7440 0640

WH Ireland (Nominated Adviser and Broker)
James Joyce / Mark Leonard Tel: 020 7220 1666

Square 1 Consulting (Public Relations)
David Bick / Mark Longson Tel: 020 7929 5599

RNS Number : 6742J
UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC
09 April 2015

AFC Receives First Partial Building Permit to Commence Construction at Stade, Germany

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AFC Receives First Partial Building Permit to Commence Construction at Stade, Germany
26 March 2015

AFC Energy plc (AFC.L), the industrial fuel cell power company, is pleased to announce that it has received its first Partial Building Permit from the Stade permitting authorities in Germany to commence construction of what will be the world’s largest industrial alkaline fuel cell facility.

Over the past few months, the permitting review and approval process has consisted of a rigorous examination of the technical specifications of the plant’s design and is the first time a regulatory authority has been asked to objectively review and consider AFC’s plant design for industrial application.

The first partial building permit has afforded approvals to AFC’s:

Civil engineering drawings
Plant specifications and process description of operations
Building structural load calculations and geotechnical survey results
Landowner approvals
Approvals of other relevant state of Saxony departments on submitted documents, in addition to the Stade building planning authorities

This permit allows AFC to proceed with:

Foundation works
Piled foundation works
Reinforced steel concrete base plate
Support work for the above
AFC will also be proceeding at this stage with the plant cable and hardware connections to the medium voltage power grid, as well as connecting to local water and telephone networks.

The consenting process for the AFC fuel cell plant in Stade occurs across several phases with multiple phase permits issued for construction, operating and dispatch of power into the German grid. AFC is continuing work on progressing each of these permits over the coming weeks.

The commencement of construction works at Stade is expected to commence next week which will affirm delivery of the fifth key milestone in the 2015 POWER-UP programme (as articulated in AFC’s RNS of 8 December 2014) and therefore, reaffirms AFC’s ongoing confidence in the deliverability of the fast track execution timetable for the 240kW KORE fuel cell system scheduled for the second half of 2015.

Adam Bond, AFC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the close collaboration AFC has had with the consenting agencies in Stade and hope this constructive and professional relationship continues as we both look to deliver a world class fuel cell facility into the region.”

Bond added: “Demonstrating the importance AFC places on local community and stakeholder relations, we have welcomed the opportunity to participate in a public awareness consultation with local residents, through a community advisory panel, where the response has been very positive with no objections logged to AFC’s proposed investment into the region”.

For further information, please contact:

AFC Energy plc

Adam Bond (Chief Executive Officer)

£32 million boost for UK biomedical projects

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38 universities and companies from Aberdeen to Somerset will receive funding awards through the seventh round of the Biomedical Catalyst, a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK.

Life changing ideas
Among the projects supported in this round are:

the first human trial of a drug that targets one of the defects in the brain linked to schizophrenia
a home testing kit for bladder cancer, sparing patients the discomfort of a cystoscopy
trials of a new drug to minimise the inflammation caused by colds and which can lead to asthma attacks
development and trials of a gel to minimise post-operation scarring
development of a drug to combat retinopathy – damage to blood vessels at the back of the eye – a serious and common complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness
using movement sensors from a games console could improve brain imaging to diagnose and monitor people with dementia
Funding for this round will be boosted by over £8 million leveraged from industry – bringing the total investment to £40 million.

A total of £350 million in funding has been invested in the Biomedical Catalyst since it was set up in 2011. This latest round of funding brings the total number of awards to 293.

Support to turn ideas into reality
Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities said:

Getting an idea to market is one of the hardest challenges any entrepreneur or small businesses will face when trying to turn their innovative ideas into a reality. The Biomedical Catalyst is giving a real lifeline to research and projects that will help improve or save countless lives.

Zahid Latif, Head of Health and Care at Innovate UK said:

The UK’s life sciences industry is behind some of the most exciting discoveries and new healthcare products of the moment and the Biomedical Catalyst programme will help that continue.

The Catalyst provides crucial support for small firms without which they would not have been able to take the next step on the long road to bring their potentially life changing drugs to the market.
From:Innovate UK
First published:26 March 2015
Part of:Using Industrial Strategy to help the UK economy and business compete and grow, Investing in research, development and innovation, Achieving strong and sustainable economic growth, + others


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Europe will be hard to beat for holiday value in the year ahead according to the ninth Post Office Travel Money Holiday Money Report. With the euro and other European currencies looking increasingly fragile against sterling, the annual report suggests that exchange rates are likely to prove game-changers when it comes to holiday choice in the year ahead.

Not only will UK tourists have more cash to spend everywhere in Europe (except Turkey) compared with a year ago¹, but lower prices in European cities and resorts have helped them fill eight of the top 10 best value places in the report’s Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer². The cost of eight tourist staples including meals and drinks has fallen in two-thirds of the European countries surveyed – most dramatically by over 19 per cent in Crete (£41.74), which is seventh placed of 46 destinations.

Last year’s best value destination Bali has lost its title to the Czech capital Prague (£35.29), which registered the survey’s lowest price for a three-course evening meal for two with wine (£21). Although Bali remains the best value long haul resort, a 21 per cent increase in its barometer basket and the increasing power of the pound against European currencies explains why the Indonesian island (£38.09), has been overtaken and fallen to fifth position.

In a close run race, Portugal’s Algarve (£36.04) has retained its runner up place for the second consecutive year and therefore remains Europe’s best value beach resort. Prices are now over a third lower than five years ago. However, barometer falls of over five per cent in both Sunny Beach, Bulgaria (£36.14) and Spain’s Costa del Sol (£36.80) mean these UK favourites cost only a few pence more.

The biggest barometer increase in Europe has been in Turkey, where a 13 per cent rise in costs in Marmaris has largely reversed the price falls reported a year ago. As a result Turkey has dropped to 10th in the table and been overtaken by Eastern Med rival Cyprus, making its first ever top 10 appearance on the back of a six per cent fall in barometer costs in Paphos.

By Post Office Media http://corporate.postoffice.co.uk/media#/pressreleases/sterling-s-strength-makes-european-resorts-and-cities-2015-s-best-value-holiday-hotspots-1105552

ONS Economic Review, January 2015

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The Quarterly National Accounts indicated that the pace of economic growth eased slightly from 0.8% in Q2 to 0.7% in Q3, the seventh successive quarter of output growth in the UK. Annual growth of 2.6% is on a par with trend growth rates prior to the downturn. As a result, the UK economy is now estimated to be 2.9% larger than its pre-downturn level. This edition of the Economic Review briefly analyses contributions to growth by expenditure components.

This edition also explores five key features of the recent recovery that could determine the likely future path for the economy. These include the UK’s relatively weak productivity performance and its relationship with wages, the extent of spare capacity for firms and the labour market and the likely strength of the UK’s trade performance. In addition, questions surrounding the relationship between GDP growth and tax receipts are considered, as well as the extent to which the reduction in oil prices could benefit UK businesses.

Finally, this edition builds on previous analysis that looked into the variation in the inflation experience of UK households. The inflation experience of retired and non-retired households are compared, and changes in the price of household energy are shown to have had a varying impact on inflation among these different groups.

Key Points
The Quarterly National Accounts confirmed that the UK economy grew at an unrevised rate of 0.7% in Q3 2014, contributing to annual growth of 2.6%. This is the seventh successive quarter of output growth and the longest sustained run of quarterly growth since the onset of the economic downturn in 2008.

UK labour productivity rose by 0.6% in Q3 2014, the strongest rise seen since Q2 2011 (when productivity rose by 1.3%). This coincides with an increase in real wage growth.

A broad range of indicators which can be used to judge the degree of slack, both within firms and within the labour market, are showing signs of a reduction in spare capacity compared to a year earlier.

Latest figures show the current account deficit widening to 6.0% of nominal GDP, representing the joint largest deficit since ONS records began in 1955.

This edition of the Economic Review finds that above inflation changes in the level of personal allowances and changes in the distribution of real wages are both likely to have contributed to income tax receipts growing less strongly compared to nominal GDP.

Copied from the ONS Review


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1,300 new jobs created with further development of lightweight vehicle technologies.
Breakthrough Jaguar performance crossover to be built at world-leading Solihull plant.
UK’s leading manufacturing investor set to extend expertise in aluminium as second Jaguar model comes to ‘factory within a factory’.

Detroit, USA: Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to create 1,300 new jobs as it continues to accelerate its industry-leading expertise in aluminium and lightweight technologies. The news comes following confirmation that the UK’s largest manufacturing investor will add a further new Jaguar model to its product portfolio. The Jaguar performance crossover, set to go on sale in 2016, follows the Jaguar XE into the new facilities within the world-renowned Solihull plant.

This latest announcement from the Detroit auto show will see Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull manufacturing plant continue to develop its world-class capability in aluminium vehicle construction for which the company is synonymous. It also marks the start of an incredible year for the British manufacturer who will deliver 12 significant product actions in the next 12 months alone.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth said: “Today’s announcements once again demonstrate our commitment to the UK and the advancement of a high-tech, high skilled, manufacturing-led economy.

“Jaguar Land Rover is committed to delivering more great products. It is that innovation and relentless quest for new technologies that sets our products apart. We want to offer customers greater choice, with even more exciting vehicles, crafted with that special British flair. We want to improve the quality of life for our customers and for our own employees, creating opportunities for more people to be part of the Jaguar Land Rover experience.”

To support the introduction of its new aluminium and lightweight technologies Jaguar Land Rover has already invested £1.5bn. The new facilities represent the largest single investment in the Solihull plant in its 70 year history and created an impressive ‘factory within a factory’. Incorporating Europe’s largest aluminum body shop and final assembly hall – collectively the size of 22 football pitches, the new state-of-the-art facilities bring the Jaguar brand to Solihull for the first time, and continues to showcase the company’s pioneering leadership in aluminum vehicle construction which dates back to 2003 with the introduction of the seventh generation Jaguar XJ.

As a result of the continued developments at Solihull, Jaguar Land Rover is creating an additional 1,300 new jobs at the site. Applications for the new roles are now being accepted and following its commitment to enhancing employment opportunities for former service personnel in the wake of the Invictus Games, Jaguar Land Rover is welcoming applications from military personnel who are leaving or have left the services.

The expansion of the Solihull site is the outward expression of the continued drive to reinvigorate every aspect of the company. Today, the plant builds world-renowned vehicles such as the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery and is home to the iconic Defender. Most recently, the site has welcomed the first Jaguar in its history, with the introduction of the new Jaguar XE, which begins production in the Spring.

Jaguar Land Rover continues on its path of measured and sustainable growth with record full year retail sales in 2014 of 462,678, double that of 2008. A 2014/15 fiscal year investment of £3.75bn in product creation has seen the introduction of a host of new and exciting products and business expansion. The company’s headcount has increased to 32,000, 10,000 more than were employed just four years ago.

Jaguar Land Rover Corporate Affairs

Ken Mc Conomy – M: +44 7714 725236 / kmcconom@jaguarlandrover.com

Lisa Palmer – M: +44 7557 540611 / lpalmer1@jaguarlandrover.com

Nicola Rzeznik – M +44 7736912266 / nrzeznik@jaguarlandrover.com

Joan Chesney – M: + 44 7467 448 229 / jchesney@jaguarlandrover.com

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