U.S. Is No Longer the World's
Most Competitive Economy
Switzerland, Finland and Sweden are the world’s most competitive
economies according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007,
released by the World Economic Forum on 26 September 2006. Denmark,
Singapore, the United States, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and
the United Kingdom complete the top ten list, but the United States
shows the most pronounced drop, falling from first to sixth. The
United States, previously in first place, continues to enjoy an
excellent business environment, efficient markets and is a global
centre for technology development.
a Mercury Mariner
Hybrid to Former President Clinton
Ford Motor Company delivered a Mercury Mariner Hybrid
"Presidential Edition" to former President Bill Clinton.
This marks the first hybrid vehicle to be outfitted for presidential
service. The car was formally accepted by the former President himself
at a Global Initiative conference on Sept. 20-22nd in New York City.
Financially strapped domestic automakers could turn their losses
to profits at the expense of foreign car companies by improving
fuel-economy performance across their model lineups—with Ford
Motor Co. reaping the greatest profits, according to a new study
by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute
(UMTRI). (See also a .rm video).
Water with Siemens
We've all heard of recycling cans, newspapers, even plastics...
But how about recycling water? The practice is becoming more prevalent
- and for good reason. The average American household uses about
350 gallons of water a day and even more in the summertime - and
that doesn't even include all the water needed to maintain parks,
golf courses, schools, etc. (See also a .rm video)
Prices, Fuel Efficiency
Drive Changes in Automobile Industry
The high price of gasoline is changing the way we drive. And there
are more concerns about the environment. Car manufacturers say those
factors have led to increased competition. VOA's Mil Arcega reports
the race to develop the “greenest,” most fuel-efficient
cars is driving an evolution in automobile design.
Firm Develops Hybrid Car to Run on Hydrogen
Gasoline prices in the United States are hovering at around three
dollars a gallon. There is rising concern over the global environment
and political uncertainty across many oil-producing regions. So
alternatives to petroleum-based fuels have attracted increased interest
from investors and entrepreneurs. One California firm has developed
an alternative fuel technology based on hydrogen fuel cells.
Consolidation, Good or Evil?
Thousands are caught in the debt trap each year. Many approach debt
consolidation companies, but such companies should be handled with
care. Nobody is ever alone.