Category Archives: Economic innovation

Sebastian Errazuriz’s ’12 Shoes for 12 Lovers’ is Simply Fantastic – The Fox Is Black

One of my favourite showcases of this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach was that of NYC based artist, Sebastian Errazuriz, titled 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers. Utilizing 3D printing, Errazuriz went about fashioning a series of wildly imaginative shoes, inspired by the failed romantic relationships of his past. The passions of the heart have given way to timeless creativity, and Errazuriz has managed to hone his heartbreak to follow suit. There’s something for everyone in this offering—whether it be the fashion, the design, the tech, the writing, or the photography. If none of that, Errazuriz manages to at least captivate with something we can all relate to: love and heartbreak.

via Sebastian Errazuriz’s ’12 Shoes for 12 Lovers’ is Simply Fantastic – The Fox Is Black.

Bachelet pledges radical constitutional reforms after winning Chilean election | World news | The Guardian

After winning the biggest landslide since Chile\’s return to democracy, the president-elect, Michelle Bachelet, vowed on Monday to push ahead with an ambitious programme of tax, educational and constitutional reforms to address inequality.

The centre-left politician – who secured 62% of Sunday\’s vote – was also expected to propose legislation on reproductive rights and same-sex marriage in this predominantly Catholic nation.

In a switch of power, Bachelet trounced her conservative opponent, Evelyn Matthei from the Alianza coalition, which has run the country for the past four years.

Despite a low turnout of 42%, the win puts the Chilean Socialist party leader back in the La Moneda presidential palace, where she had been the incumbent from 2006 to 2010. Her first administration was popular, but made only modest inroads into reducing inequality. In her second term, the president-elect has promised more radical changes.

\”Chile has looked at itself, has looked at its path, its recent history, its wounds, its feats, its unfinished business and this Chile has decided it is the time to start deep transformations,\” Bachelet told supporters in a jubilant victory speech.

via Bachelet pledges radical constitutional reforms after winning Chilean election | World news | The Guardian.

Poultry market to shut over bird flu fears | Shanghai Daily

This will do more to cut flu cycle than any other step! After five years, it will revolutionize their poultry market and the fight against annual and novel flus!

Shanghai will suspend live poultry trading from January 31, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, until April 30 to prevent a recurrence of the bird flu.

The suspension will be an annual feature for the next five years, dependent on the evaluation and warning of the bird flu and the seasonal onset, according to a joint statement issued by the Shanghai Agricultural Commission and the Shanghai Commerce Commission.

All the designated wholesale and retail markets will be banned from trading in poultry and violators face hefty fines between 10,000 yuan (US$1,641) and 30,000 yuan under a new rule that took effect in June.

via Poultry market to shut over bird flu fears | Shanghai Daily.

Company profile – PHC plant health care

Plant Health Care is the worldwide market leader in the field of mycorrhiza technology and soil biology. We supply useful soil fungi and soil bacteria as well as other products that make plants resistant and allow them to function better. This makes it possible to save drastically on pesticides as well as on fertiliser. The user achieves at least the same production at lower cost and the plant is healthier. Plant Health Care products thus offer a significant contribution to making the green sectors more sustainable. We were selected to the top 20 of the world’s most sustainable companies for a very good reason.

via Company profile – PHC.

Portugal rolls out red carpet to foreign pensioners – FRANCE 24

Nice idea but the dawning of a bidding “war” for retirees across Europe and the globe? Wonder what Rio, Thailand, Cambodia, or Ghana will have to offer?

Portugal has a plan to get its battered economy back on the straight and narrow: encouraging pensioners from across Europe to move in. Those who have worked in the private sector prior to taking retirement can buy a home in Portugal and take advantage of a rule exempting them from income tax for ten years. It\’s certainly an attractive option – the only catch is that new arrivals must spend at least six months a year in the sun-drenched country.

via Portugal rolls out red carpet to foreign pensioners – FRANCE 24.

From Tunisia to Occupy and Beyond: The New Wave of Social Change, Past, Present and Future (pp. 1-68)

Open Systems expert Merrelyn Emery

The final section of the paper looks at the necessary and sufficient conditions

for the current wave to succeed; that is for it to enable a return to active adaptive

organizations and communities in which people may fulfil their destinies as the

purposeful systems they are and, thereby, tame the social field into one that supports and

fosters a new global culture of cooperation, wisdom and joy.

via From Tunisia to Occupy and Beyond: The New Wave of Social Change, Past, Present and Future (pp. 1-68).

Rlg Ghana – Background Ghana IT MFG

A subsidiary of the Agams Holdings, Rlg Communications is a Ghanaian-owned Limited Liability Company engaged in the production of communications equipment such as mobile handsets, electronic notebooks, tablets, laptops, LCD TV monitors and other accessories. Besides the product range, Rlg is also engaged in capacity building and training programmes in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministries of Education; Women, Children & Social Protection as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports as part of the erstwhile National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) now known as the Ghana Youth Employment & Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

via Rlg Ghana – Background.

‘Could the next Google come from Africa?’ | World news | The Observer

Ghana is a country of technological contradictions. In many schools, IT is taught in classrooms with no electricity yet mobile penetration exceeds 100%. Tech start-ups are using the challenges and opportunities as a spring board and achieving way beyond expectation

via ‘Could the next Google come from Africa?’ | World news | The Observer.

Ghana: west Africa’s haven of stability has its own challenges | World news | theguardian.com

Nothing is as simple as the press often depicts…

“Of 55 countries in Africa, Ghana is one of only 13 democracies,\” said George Ayittey, founder of the Free African Foundation. \”And if you apply a strict definition of democracy, Ghana might not make it at all.\”

He said: \”Free and fair elections are not enough to count as a democracy. In Ghana we need to reform the electoral system, our government is bloated – there are more than 80 ministers. Our wage bill for the civil service consumes 70% of government income. And the government is so hungry for money that it slaps tariffs on anything that moves.

\”Ghanaians are overtaxed, and the government is spending like a drunken sailor.\”

It\’s easy to see why Ghana attracts donors, investors and tourists alike – with its political stability and relatively accessible markets. As the regional director for DHL Express Charles Brewer said, he waited one hour to get through immigration at Ghana\’s airport upon arrival for the Economist gathering, which was unacceptable – but if it had been Nigeria, it would have been three hours.

But Ghana still has problems, serious ones, and nobody benefits from papering over the cracks.

via Ghana: west Africa’s haven of stability has its own challenges | World news | theguardian.com.