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manufacturingIt strikes me that the old term of ‘economies of scale’ in terms of production is yesterdays expression.  As we all know, digital printing has been around for years and has, to an extent, revolutionised the printing industry.  But printing small quantities is not the sole role of digital printing.  You have read on this site many articles in the past on 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing because it involves building up material layer by layer. It can be used to make such things as prototypes, hearing aids, toys, machine parts, medical implants, to just start the list.  It has been around for 10 years or longer, but is it going to hit the high street in a similar way as digital printing?

 

 

UK

 

Britain was threatened with a triple dip recession by the Bank og England who put 50/50 odds on it and youth unemployment nearly hit 1 million on the morning that George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, was delivering his new budget.  Their budget deficit is £120 (€150) billion, has not changed for two years and is likely to stay there for another one. That means Britain’s debt-to-GDP ratio is set to peak at 86% in 2016-17. 

 

The rich get richer - the poor get poorer

Billionaires of the World

Carlos SlimForbes list of billionaires is an annual ranking of the world's wealthiest people, compiled and published by Forbes. The total net worth of each individual on the list is estimated, in United States dollars, based on their assets and accounting for debt. The list only represents each person's valuation on a single day, due to daily fluctuations among exchange rates and stock valuations.

 2006 Billionaires

Bill GatesBill Gates returns as the world’s richest person for the 12th year in a row.

Ireland has four people in the list, John Dorrance III (292), Sean Quinn (292), Anthony O’Reilly (562) and Dermot Desmond (746).

Canadian playboy Calvin Ayre went down to Costa Rica a decade ago and began taking illegal bets over the Internet.

Mr Haruka Nishimatsu is the

President and CEO of Japan Airlines (JAL).

Interview by: Japan Airlines

Haruka NishimatsuHe was born in 1948 in Hamamatsu Shizuoka Prefecture. He joined Japan Airlines in 1972 where he served in the corporate planning department. After a spell overseas in JAL’s city and airport offices in Frankfurt, he returned to Japan to work in the finance department.

In 2003, Mr. Nishimatsu was appointed as an executive officer in charge of finance and investor relations. In 2005 he was appointed to the airline’s board of directors. A year later he was promoted to the position of President and CEO of the JAL Group.

Possibly one of the most motivating speeches

Martin Luthur KingIn 1950's America, the equality of man envisioned by the Declaration of Independence was far from a reality. People of colour — blacks, Hispanics, Orientals — were discriminated against in many ways, both overt and covert. The 1950's were a turbulent time in America, when racial barriers began to come down due to Supreme Court decisions, like Brown v. Board of Education; and due to an increase in the activism of blacks, fighting for equal rights.

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