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Tessy Britton

Liphook, Hampshire, United Kingdom

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Member since June 14, 2007


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    Uganda on Monday 8th October opened a 38-million-dollar (27-million-euro) plant that will manufacture generic versions of AIDS drugs for domestic and export markets.

    The Kampala-based Quality Chemicals Limited, which was launched by President Yoweri Museveni, will start producing antiretrovirals (ARVs) in January with help and ingredients from Indian giant drugmaker Cipla. The firm will also manufacture artemisinin combination (ACTs), a therapy that treats malaria, the largest killer in the east African nation of 27 million.

    "The government commits itself to its promise of purchasing the ARVs for AIDS patients and ACTs for malaria from the factory for hospitals," Museveni said at the launch ceremony.

    Of the country's 250,000 patients in need of the life-prolonging drugs, only 80,000 have had access, according to official figures.

    "The project offers Uganda a regular and cheap supply of medication," said Emmanuel Katongole, the company chief.

    Starting January, the pharma will be making two million tablets per day -- 600 million tablets a year -- with an ambition of increasing to 1.2 billion tablets a year. Extra ARVs will be exported to Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. AIDS has killed at least one million Ugandans since it was first diagnosed some 24 years ago, while a similar number carry the virus that causes the disease.

    The country has managed to scale down its infection rates from as high as 30 percent in early 1990s to a...

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    Indonesia, which has destroyed vast tracts of forest, will plant 79 million trees in a single day ahead of the U.N. climate change summit in Bali in December, an official said on Thursday.

    The event, scheduled for November 28, is part of a global campaign to plant one billion trees launched at U.N. climate change talks in Nairobi last year, said Ahmad Fauzi Masud, spokesman for the forestry ministry.

    "Everybody, residents and officials from the lowest unit of the government to the president, will take part in this movement," he said. "It will be a national record and, possibly, a world record."

  • Agro-Housing . . . . WOW!

    Community, Environmental Design

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    According to a UN report, in 2010 about 50% of the Chinese population will reside in cities. This huge migration from rural regions to new urban megalopolises will create a dramatic cultural and social crisis, a loss of existing traditions and considerable unemployment. Massive urbanization will form random communities, severely deplete natural resources, exhaust urban infrastructures and transportation systems, and will increase air and soil pollution. The concept of Agro-Housing is a new urban and social vision that will address problems of chaotic urbanization by creating a new order in the city and more specifically, in the housing environment.

    Agro-Housing is a program that combines a high-rise apartment complex with a vertical greenhouse within the same building.

    The Agro-Housing website has more detals

  • Identity, Influence and Power

    Community, Communication Design

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    Stephen Reicher, Alexander Haslam, John Turner and Michael Platow have collaborated on investigations into leadership and social identity culminating in their forthcoming book The New Psychology of Leadership.

    They describe: 'When a shared social identity exits, individuals who can best represent that identity will have the most influence over the group's members and be the most effective leaders. That is, the best leaders are prototypical of the group - they not only seem to belong to but also exemplify what makes the group distinct from and superior to rival groups.

    The most desirable traits and actions have to fit with the culture of the group being led and thus vary from group to group. Even some of the most oft-touted leadership traits, such as intelligence, can be called into question in some settings. Some people consider being down-to-earth or trust-worthy as more important than being brilliant, for instance. Where this is the case, being too clever may actually undermine one's credibility as a leader, as Bush's tactics suggest"

    Full article in Scientific American Mind

  • Mirror neurons get a visual arts experience

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran shook the scientific community when he announced, “The discovery of mirror neurons is the most important unpublicized story of the decade.” He predicts that the recently discovered system of neurons “will do for psychology what DNA did for biology,” because it provides a biological basis for certain aspects of the human mind, such as social intelligence and empathy, that have eluded scientists thus far.

    Inspired by this daring claim, independent artist Amy Caron is collaborating with Ramachandran and leading mirror neuron researchers Lindsay Oberman and Vittorio Gallese to create the performance installation Waves of Mu. Named after the electromagnetic oscillations that reflect mirror neuron activity in the brain, Waves of Mu is a mix of visual and performance art, designed to stimulate public interest in modern neuroscience. Specifically, Waves of Mu will engage and inform the audience about the brain while simultaneously triggering their own mirror neuron systems. During the evening-length work, the audience will be exposed to a performative sculpture and a film/live theatre experience – each occupies a separate room. Throughout the experience, the artist guides the audience along a constant traverse between the brain and behavior interface - a journey that reveals new knowledge about the composition of our brains and their effect on our socal interconnectivity.

    Amy Caron's website is so interesting!!

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    Sesame Workshop is about to launch a digital media project for kids about global citizenry. It is called Panwapa. It is in five languages (English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin and Japanese). It is targeted to 4 - 8 year olds around the world.

    It is about awareness of the wider world, appreciating similarities and differences, and about understanding that there are economic disparities in the world.

    And it is all free--there is no commercial side to this venture.

    Panwapa goes live very soon....Panwapa

  • Words of Gordon Brown

    Peace, Communication Design

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    Gordon Brown at the United Nations July 31 2007

    "If not now, when? If not us, who? If not together, how? And I believe the scale of the challenge is such that we cannot now leave it to some other time and some other people but must act now, working together. And so my argument is simple: the greatest of evils that touches the deepest places of conscience demands the greatest of endeavour. The greatest of challenges now demands the boldest of initiatives. To address the worst of poverty we urgently need to summon up the best efforts of humanity. I want to summon into existence the greatest coalition of conscience in pursuit of the greatest of causes. And I firmly believe that if we can discover common purpose there is no failing in today’s world that cannot be addressed by mobilising our strengths, no individual struggle that drags people down that cannot benefit from a renewed public purpose that can lift people up. For you also know what I know: that the world has the technology to cure, the science to heal, the medicine to save lives."

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. Henry David Thoreau

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  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design