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Shipping industry collapses following glut
Dateline: 18 July 2015
The news for retailers and manufacturers has all been good. Shipping time between China and Europe cut by 10 days. Transshipping insurance costs plunge as goods are diverted away from pirate-infested waters off the horn of Africa. But, with faster turn-around times, the world’s shipping companies are suddenly left with dramatic over-capacity. “We cut the...

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Consumers take ownership and topple service providers' marketing strategies
Dateline: 14 December 2006
Mobile phones have become the de facto standard contact point for many people – especially with the explosion of small and networked business structures. Until recently mobile service providers held customers to ransom as they were seen to own the telephone number, making it very difficult for customers to switch even if they were not...
New tax to exploit rampant growth in universal communications
Dateline: 21 March 2010
In a surprising move, Evelyne Huytebroeck, Belgium’s Minister of Finance announced in her webcast this afternoon that CamPhone Tax would be extended to include all W4G (fourth generation wireless inter-net) transmissions, while fuel tax would be done away with. A snap survey of the audience during the last minute of the broadcast indicated 64% in...
Anglo's Mondi Ventures launches new BioPharming strategy to turn forests & fields into biological factories
Dateline: 2 August 2008
Anglo American, the tenth largest company on the FTSE100, announced a major medical breakthrough and a new strategy at its investors’ briefing in London yesterday. A new cure for malaria was first on the agenda, as the Anglo Research Division confirmed its organic plant derivative had proved successful in clinical trials. The Anglo subsidiary Mondi...
With Intel's new ChippIE food warnings have just become very personal
Dateline: 11 December 2009
Litigation against the food industry has left massive controversy in its wake and it’s the consumer who has been the real winner. But in-body computing looks set to change all that. Intel’s new, personal ‘under-skin’ chip, appropriately named, ChippIE, knows what food you like and what’s good for you personally, before you eat it. This...
Controversy rages at Oscars as Sean Connery and his youthful electronic avatar double share the Best Actor Award
Dateline: Sunday 28th March, 2010
So who was the real winner? Sean Connery, the imposing, but ageing, figure on the podium, or Sean Connery, the electronic avatar, with the characteristic gravelly voice and a youthful spring in his step? It seems nobody in the Academy could decide, as the judges voted on a joint award last night at the 2010...
New technology and the demands of an ageing population make cosmetic surgery one of the fastest growing industries in the world
Dateline: 14th October 2008
Ten years ago cosmetic surgery was the province of the young and the early middle-aged, but platelet technology has changed that. The use of platelet gel accelerates the healing pro-cess and has overcome previous complications in post-surgical recovery, making cosmetic sur-gery a viable process for the elderly. Today, one in six people in the West...
Home users embrace cheap bacterial fuel cells, leaving the utilities dependent on business customers. Is it too little, too late?
Dateline: 29 February 2016
After reporting a massive loss in sales to the domestic sector, Electricité de France, the world’s largest utility, announced today that its survival would depend on selling power to business customers. The global energy industry has been through a decade marked by consolidation and technological development. While solar and wind power held promise as potential...
‘One China’ is the response as Taiwan formally declares independence
Dateline: 10 July 2008
The world held its breath today as a superpower conflict erupted in East Asia. In response to Taiwan’s formal declaration of independence, China is mar-shalling its invasion forces. The USA and Japan have countered by announcing they are ready to intercede immediately. Amidst rising tension and furious global diplomatic activity, armed forces are on full...
Instant genetic profiles and personal prescriptions short-circuit clinical trials
Dateline: 1 October 2009
Life Sciences company Millennium Pharmaceuticals and its joint venture partner, DNAture Group, announced today that up to five years can be cut off new drug delivery by short circuiting clinical trials. Recent ground-breaking developments in pharmaceutical genomics now enable individuals to access unique treatments based on their own genetic blueprints. The increasingly effective design of...
THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL PLUMMETS AS THE USA SHUTS THE DOOR
Dateline: 3 February 2009
Global markets reeled today as America announced a total embargo on oil imports from the Middle East. The move effectively smashes the stranglehold of OPEC. At the beginning of her second term in office, President Hillary Rodham Clinton said the decision was in the interests of national security. America’s fervent nationalism is the result of...

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