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Affordable Palm Oil At What Cost?

Singapore and Malaysia have been affected by severe smoke haze due to forest fires in the region periodically. There are already many reports on the adverse impacts of oil palm plantation on the environment, however Adam Harrison's on-site account of the current situation may convince our readers to take extra measures when purchasing items made with palm oil. This article is taken from Adam Harrison's blog on the WWF website. "Right now I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, having just attended a series of meetings with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). All week we’ve been hearing about the record levels of air pollution in Singapore to the south. But now it’s reached Kuala Lumpur itself. This photo shows the ‘view’ of the iconic...

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Little Dresses for Africa

Little Dresses for Africa (LDFA) was founded by Rachel O’Neill in 2008. This Christian organization's mission is to provide relief to children throughout the Continent of Africa and beyond. The network of volunteers has grown from all 50 US States, in across the world in countries such as Australia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and even Singapore. Volunteers collaborate together to make dresses out of pillow cases for children living in Africa. According to the charity organization, widespread AIDS pandemic in Africa often leave little girls to be the primary care givers of their young siblings. LDFA hopes that in delivering dresses to these young girls, part of their burden as care givers may be lifted off the children. An unique aspect of the organization...

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Issue 09 Volume 7 Sep 2015

There is an old Vaudeville saying: ‘‘If you’re not appearing, you’re disappearing.’’ Our radio silence for the past 4 months might have led a handful of readers to believe that we are finally scrapping ViTRINE off our do-list at 72 Smalldive. The hiatus of ViTRINE was due to an expected flow of work from our online partnership with Amazon UK, and as well as a lack of a probable answer as to how ViTRINE should grow as a monthly newsletter in coherence with our social media content. In that meantime, I decided to spend my summer break visiting galleries and museums in Venice, Paris, and Rome. One not-to-missed event is Martial Raysse Retrospective at Palazzo Grassi. The artist who 'disappeared' briefly as a result of his change to...

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Martial Raysse Palazzo Grassi

Whilst in Paris for my summer vacation, I visited La Flûte Gana, a bakery run by the three daughters of the famous baker Bernard Ganachaud. I bought my bauguette and  with some time to spare, I decided to take a stroll through the peaceful garden at Père Lachaise cemetry. My unplanned stroll led me to the tomb of Arman, a French-born American artist best known for his "accumulations" and destruction/recomposition of objects. The chance 'encounter' incidentally brought to mind of an exhibition which I visited barely a months ago: Martial Raysse's retrospective at the Palazzo Grassi. Martial Raysse, Arman, and a few other renowned French artists founded the group founded the group Nouveaux Réalistes in the 1960s. Unlike Arman, Martial Raysse's career in the United States was brief....

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Makr Shakr Make Me Drink

The ViTRINE team was treated to a cocktail prepared by a rather special barista during their visit to Expo Milano: a robot. Makr Shakr is, as claimed by the design company Carlo Ratti Associati, the first robotic bar – capable of mixing, shaking and serving more than 100 cocktail recipes, as well as the variants suggested by consumers via a custom-designed app. Makr Shakr is up and running in Piazza Italia at the Expo venue, where all visitors over 18 years of age can order a cocktail by downloading the app and scrolling through the list of cocktails, or entering their own recipe, and moving their smartphone near the optical reader. “The system is composed of two of the industrial robots traditionally...

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