NAMII U.S. Initiative To Prevent Jobs Going To India
The Obama administration has announced setting up of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), an institute for manufacturing innovations, which will help prevent jobs going to India and China.
The Obama administration has announced setting up of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), an institute for manufacturing innovations, which will help prevent jobs going to India and China. The NAMII, which will be based in Ohio, will be a public-private partnership initiative and has received $70 million as initial financial assistance.
On March 9, Obama had announced plans to invest $1 billion to catalyze a network of up to 15 manufacturing innovation institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of manufacturing excellence and help to make manufacturers competitive and encourage investment in the U.S.
Obama also announced immediate steps to launch a pilot institute to serve as a proof-of concept for the NNMI. Five federal agencies — the departments of defense, energy and commerce, the National Science Foundation, and NASA — jointly committed to invest $45 million in a pilot institute on additive manufacturing.
Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, is a new way of making products and compo nents from a digital model, and will have implications in a wide range of industries, including defence, aerospace, automotive, and metals manufacturing.
The Department of Energy anticipates that additive processes would be able to save than 50 per cent energy use compared to today’s ‘subtractive’ manufacturing processes.
According to the White House, the NAMII will provide the innovation infrastructure needed to support new additive manufacturing technology and products to become a global centre of excellence in this field.
Britain- Ecuador Standoff over Assange
WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy since seeking refuge there in June to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault. Assange fears that if extradited to Sweden he could be handed to the American government which wants to prosecute him for publishing secret official documents.
Ecuador recently announced to grant asylum to Assange. This has led to a tense standoff between the,British government and the Ecuadorean Embassy. It has also brought into question international diplomatic laws.
U.K. authorities say his asylum Is a violation of his probation and he would be arrested if he tried to leave the embassy. The British government has also reminded the Ecuadorian gov eminent that under the ‘Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987’ which allows the Government to revoke the diplomatic status of an embassy under certain circumstances may be revoked, which would enable officials to enter the building and apprehend Assange.
Ecuador emphasizes that the decision to grant asylum to Assange was prompted by a concern for As‑
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a WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be granted Ecuadorean citizenship and made a member of staff at Ecuador’s Embassy in London. But diplomatic status must be recognised by host country- something UK is unlikely to do.