Thursday, March 11, 2021

181 Places to Start Online by Sophia Conti to Support Black-Owned Businesses

Racial and wealth disparities in the United States have been thrown into sharp relief by the COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest throughout 2020. We see more clearly than ever just how often Black business owners and creatives have been thought of as less than their Caucasian counterparts – and Black businesses are paying the price.

Black businesses are impacted more deeply than Caucasian businesses by COVID-related closures, due to the long history of racial inequality that’s now exacerbated by the ongoing state of emergency.

It feels like an overwhelming problem – and it is – but there’s one simple thing you can do right now to help: Shop at Black-owned businesses whenever you can.

Supporting Black-owned businesses helps provide much-needed stability to business owners that have been hard hit by the pandemic. And you’re laying a foundation to continue to support Black businesses long after the crisis is over.

Once you start paying attention to who owns the businesses you shop at and where your money is going, you’ll be surprised at how your mindset starts to shift. It’s an easy, practical step to start changing the way you think while providing tangible support to Black business owners who need your help right now.

Where to start? We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of 181 Black-owned businesses across the United States in many different categories. Check out the list below.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Experiment satellite: china launches 'world's first 6G.

China has sent into space “the world’s first 6G experiment satellite,” local media reported on Friday.

The experimental 6G satellite will “verify the terahertz (THz) communication technology in space, a breakthrough in space communication,” according to state-affiliated daily Global Times.

The 6G satellite was among three Chinese satellites successfully launched into orbit, along with 10 commercial remote sensing satellites developed by Argentinian company Satellogic, the report said.

All of them were launched using a single Long March 6 rocket that took off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi province.

This was the 351st rocket of China’s indigenously developed Long March series.

In September, China launched its third maritime satellite into space, and has also sent an observation satellite, Gaofen 11-02, into orbit to help in mapping efforts for its Belt and Road Initiative.

Meanwhile, China’s National Astronomical Observatory said on Friday it will open its 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, to global scientists next year for research work, state broadcaster CGTN reported.

The observatory will begin full operation in January 2021 after passing a “series of technical and performance assessments."

Thursday, October 8, 2020

President Trump, Saudi king, and Crown prince sentences to death.

A Yemeni court has issued death sentences against ten defendants including President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud for alleged war crimes. 

The case against the defendants was held in their absence at Houthi-run Specialised Criminal Court in the Yemeni governorate of Saada over the Saudi-led coalition’s attack on a bus full of young boys in Dahyan in the Majz district

The Houthi-owned Yemen News Agency (SABA) confirmed that the court issued death sentences to Donald Trump, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Norton Schwartz for their alleged roles in the attack. 

Commander of the Saudi Air Force, Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, Yemen's Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh Al-Ahmar, Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher, Defence Minister Muhammad Al-Maqdishi, and former US Defence Secretary James Norman Mattis were also sentenced to death.

The news agency indicated that the defendants are also required to pay a $10 billion fine to families of those killed in the 2019 airstrike.

The charges related to an airstrike which reportedly hit a school bus, killing 51 people including 40 children

The news agency reported that: “The prosecution has registered its partial appeal to the fifth paragraph of the verdict, regarding the right of those included in the indictment. Thus, the court has not decided on it yet. Private prosecution attorney, Hamdan Shani, joined his appeal to the prosecution’s appeal, while the defence attorney, Abdel Wahab Al-Fadhli, reserved the right to appeal on behalf of the defendants.”

Extremism Charges: Russia Convicts 6 Jehovah’s Witnesses


A court in central Russia has handed suspended sentences to six Jehovah’s Witnesses on Thursday, its latest crackdown on the religious organization that it banned three years ago.

A district court in the city of Ulyanovsk 800 kilometers southeast of Moscow found four men and a married couple guilty of organizing or participating in “extremist activity,” the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization told The Moscow Times.

The court gave them suspended sentences ranging from two to four years. The court database has classified the details of the case.

Prosecutors last week requested real prison sentences of up to seven years for the worshippers aged between 35 and 63, the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia group said on its website. 

We are pleased that they were not imprisoned, yet it remains a gross injustice for them to be convicted simply for their peaceful Christian worship,” Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesman Jarrod Lopes said in an email.

He contrasted the Ulyanovsk case with the “courageous” acquittal of a believer in the North Caucasus, the first such ruling since Russia outlawed Jehovah’s Witnesses as “extremists.”

Yesterday, in Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Judge Kudryavtseva courageously issued the first ‘not guilty’ verdict on one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since the 2017 Supreme Court ruling,” Lopes said. 

“Today’s judge, Galina Soshkina, instead aligned herself with those who have facilitated the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, flouting the censure of the international human rights community.

Russia has outlawed an estimated 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses branches across the country since the Supreme Court’s decision to ban the organization. Russian courts have since issued a series of lengthy sentences against believers, including several European Union nationals.



Burning of Nigerian in Libya NIDCOM Condemns.


The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has condemned in strong terms the killing of a Nigerian in Libya.

Its Chairman, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement issued Thursday, noted that the said Nigerian was allegedly set ablaze by three Libyan nationals who stormed a factory.

The identity of the Nigerian man set on fire with petrol has not been revealed as investigations and interrogations of the suspected attackers who are in custody are on going.

Dabiri-Erewa however described the act as dastardly, bestial and unacceptable, while calling on the Libyan authorities to apply the full weight of the law on the suspected killers.

Meanwhile, a statement by the Libyan Interior Ministry has condemned the act, insisting that it was a new wave of violence on migrants in the North Africa country.

The United Nations has also described the killing of the Nigerian “another senseless crime against migrants in the country”.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Hand sanitiser sold as gin content

An Australian liquor distiller has issued an urgent recall on bottles of gin after finding they had been filled with hand sanitiser, which left at least one customer feeling sick.

The company, Apollo Bay Distillery, says it has sold a number of the bottles with no seal, which have been labelled as gin but actually contain the sanitiser. Hand sanitiser is not safe to drink and should not be consumed.

The company said at least nine bottles of the sanitiser, labelled as “SS Casino Gin” were sold between June 5 and June 7.

A customer said she felt ill after drinking a glass from one of the incorrectly labelled bottles.


The bottles filled with hand sanitiser have been labelled as gin. Source: Supplied

“Had one glass of this at lunchtime and had a really bad headache and felt nauseas (sic) about 1 hour after and had to take nausea tablets and nurofen,” the customer said on the Apollo Bay Distillery Facebook page.

“Thought I was getting unwell I had no idea until now! If it doesn’t taste right don’t drink it!!! Be careful!”

The company apologised to the customer and assured her the product she mistakenly drank was “not toxic”.

“Should you have purchased a bottle of SS Casino Gin between Friday 5 June to Sunday 7 June please return it to where you purchased it from for a full refund or replacement,” the company said in a statement.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Menthol cigarettes sales banned.

Menthol cigarettes will be banned in the UK from Wednesday as new anti-smoking laws come into force.

Smokers will be unable to purchase flavoured cigarettes and skinny cigarettes from May 20.

The move, which was announced by the Government last month, is the latest effort to deter young people from taking up smoking.

The law change, which comes as part of new EU Tobacco Product Directive laws, does not ban menthol filters, although it will be illegal to sell them packaged with cigarettes or tobacco.

Selling or manufacturing menthol cigarettes will be illegal as a result of the change, but the ban will not apply to heated tobacco or e-cigarette products.

In the US, lawmakers introduced a countrywide ban on flavoured vaping products in January amid concerns about their use by teenagers.

In the UK, it was already illegal to sell menthol cigarettes in packs of more than 20.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said: “Menthol cigarettes are a child-friendly starter product because menthol makes it easier to smoke and to inhale the smoke deep into the lungs.

“Menthol smokers are also more likely to become heavily addicted and find it harder to quit.

“That’s why the Government concluded a ban on menthol was justified, it’s just a shame it’s taken so long.”

Simon Clark, director of smokers’ rights group Forest, said: “The ban on menthol cigarettes is a gross restriction on consumer choice that will do nothing to stop children smoking.

“Many adults have smoked menthol-flavoured cigarettes for decades.

“This week that small pleasure will be taken away from them and the only people who will benefit are the criminals who supply the black market with illegal and counterfeit goods.”

Saturday, April 18, 2020

COVID-19 tears and agony this flames.

Covid-19 this picture doesn't need my epistle but for the sake of those, who might not understand the tears and agony this flames.

Covid-19 indeed my heart shrink for the dead and I sympathize with the bereave.  But my eye blind For the hungry soul locked up for this cause. Covid-19

In much tears I write, if I'm not right , I'm sure. I'm in severe pain and depressed for this part of the world. Africa and some less privilege continent and countries of your calibre. Covid-19

An average of us live daily from street to mouth, meaning if we don't step out we won't eat. Not that alone an average of us live and stay predominantly on the street. Covid-19

We were send packing on the street that happens be our homes and our means of survival which have been closed. Covid-19 we are rendered homeless 

Our government that ought to shut the door against you refuse to lockup her air space. Covid-19 till you reach our soil  

We were told you're an agent sent to fight our cause, but amicably what we seen so far, you friend nobody. The rich fear Covid-19 while the poor fear Hunger-19.

They sent us packing from where we make our habit, military men on our highways to ensure we stay indoor. Covid-19 on our soil you have killed a few but report reaching us state our our killers are hunger, military and hoodlum who descend on us in numbers. Covid-19

We can no longer roam on the street neither can we stay indoor to quarantine. Because military men on highways at noon while robbers and hoodlum in our abode at night. Where is our hope? 

Covid-19 we fear you not but you have helped to review the weakness and uselessness of our leaders. Much lesson have been learnt but currently hunger is on the throne in major homes....

Our fun days have  become our no days, our religious centers have been closed but our heart have become our new centers. Our nurses and doctors that have been forsaken have become our front liners. Covid-19

On African soil you have become an avenue for exploitation and reviewer  of our dilapidated health centers. Covid-19 you shall pass but when you leave make sure you don't come back! 

Please if God bless you a little bit kindly reach out to your neighbors a lot are dying in silent.....

 *Written by
Jesutobi Alabi Olakunle.

 Credit Picture: Chika Onuu

Friday, April 17, 2020

COVID-19: Mixed reactions, controversy as Ooni of Ife discovers herbal solutions for dreaded virus

COVID-19: Mixed reactions, controversy as Ooni of Ife discovers herbal solutions for dreaded virus

Nigerians have expressed mixed reactions to the claims made by Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusithe Ooni of Ife, who has come up with a list of local herbs purportedly potent enough to stop COVID-19.
Indeed, the claims made by the highly respected traditional ruler has divided opinions on social media.
In fact, the Ooni claimed that a prophecy on the rampaging COVID-19 had earlier been issued nearly a year ago.
‘‘A divine proclamation came out to the world last year June 6th 2019, during the World Ifa Festival – Otura Meji. We foretold about the impending rage of this invisible pandemic war, but few heard us. Please note that Efod/ Urim and Thurim are in the holy Books.”
Subsequently, he had urged Nigerians to focus more on herbal medicine as a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, he had made the claim in a couple of videos posted on his Twitter andInstagram pages; where he detailed how several natural herbs like dogoyaroonionsbitter leafAfrican pepper and neem tree, among others; can be used to treat COVID-19.
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Further, the monarch had claimed that the herbs can achieve a potent result against COVID-19; if used individually or mixed together to produce an incense.

As a matter of fact, the monarch has also disclosed his determination to work with willing partners in packaging and distributing the herbal remedies globally.

I am ready to work with them and provide huge access to the herbs. It is real and it works. I have a lot gathered together for the use of mankind.
I'm also currently working with Yem Kem International (Alternative Medicine Expert) pharmaceutical company for the packaging and distribution of these globally.
It is about time to save the world now. Tomorrow may be too late.

Let's all keep safe.

‘‘PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED (The world did with the warning Last Year June). I also challenge researchers both in Nigeria and the world to make these natural herbs into clinical medicine and extract the vaccines from it. I am ready to work with them and provide huge access to the herbs. It is real and it works. I have a lot gathered together for the use of mankind,’’ he wrote on Twitter.
Indeed, the claims by the revered Nigerian monarch had created a mini-controversy on social media. Shortly after the posts were made, Nigerians had began weighing in with their opinions.
In fact, while some hailed the Ooni for his suggestions which they claimed was efficacious and worth trying out; another school of thought has lampooned the monarch’s recommendations. Also, the contentious nature of the claims may have played a part in the controversy.
Meanwhile, 1st News has put together some of the comments on the raging controversy.

I hope the Ooni is arrested for pushing unconfirmed alternative health care that can lead to loss of lives.

Nigerians can drag anyone especially political and religious leaders but very cautious when it comes to traditional leaders - nobody wan turn to dog 🐕
Ooni of Ife would’ve been trending but people are defending him. 🙃

I saw the video where the Ooni clearly explained how selected herbs can be used to cure . There was no magic in that, it was pure science. If you put this and this together, you will get this result. What is science again? These Westerners brainwashed us too much.

I'm not surprised that Ooni of Ife said he has alternative cure for . This is not his first time of spitting gibberish. This same man once said he discovered a waterfall with seven colours in Ife. This is a wrong time for him to join league of liars

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Why is Ooni of Ife not trending?? He said he has the cure to covid19 and he's not trending. Kabiesi even said he has tested it.
Is it that we love chasing clouts so much that we forgot to trend things that will impart the world??

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Now we're talking! I have been waiting for someone, the herbalists especially to come up with some herbs that could cure the ...and voila! Ooni beat them to it .... !!

I'm not surprised that Ooni of Ife said he has alternative cure for . This is not his first time of spitting gibberish. This same man once said he discovered a waterfall with seven colours in Ife. This is a wrong time for him to join league of liars

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This app na bastard, it really gives people a whole lot of audacity to talk to anyone one o, see this Egbere talking to Ooni like mad person 🙄🙄🙄🙄 Osiun

Herbs is also form of medicine, many modern medicine are derive from herbs but we should be careful following any medicine or herbs without trial.

The Ooni claim for cure should be on trial and approved first before people start taking what might damage their system more.

So do you all really think the Ooni will want to ridicule his seat just to announce a fake cure for corona virus? Let's give him some benefits of the doubt.

I swear!! I somewhat dreamt that sulfur could be a cure for Corona virus, if you could access my browsing history the past week you will see, I’ve been reading up on sulfur. I believe the Ooni.

Equally important, the call by a certain Twitter user for the Ooni to be arrested had added to the controversy. In fact, a number of other users had taken umbrage at the suggestion.

I hope the Ooni is arrested for pushing unconfirmed alternative health care that can lead to loss of lives.

I hope the Ooni is arrested for pushing unconfirmed alternative health care that can lead to loss of lives.
Ooni arrested?, Do you want to be unfortunate... Be careful Bro, we don't Joke with our tradition here, you as a yoruba man ought to understand this. The man made a suggestion which i think should be verified. We wl definitely find the cure and humanity wl win

Apparently, Ooni Has The Cure For What's Currently Killing Thousands Across The World And They're Not Even Giving Him Benefit Of The Doubt?

What If This Is The Way God Wants To Lift Nigeria's Economy High Above Major Ones In The World? 🤔

I'm Somewhat Optimistic About This...

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