British rapper Stormzy commits to spending $12.5m on black causes

Ghanaian-British rapper Stormzy will spend £10 million or $12.5 million over the next years on issues that matter to Britain’s black population with specific regards to “racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment”. Announcing his intentions, the BET-award winner said his commitment was motivated by contributing his quota against “a racist system stacked against us and designed for us to fail”. Stormzy added that this was the “beginning of a lifetime commitment”. His statement noted: More about this “The uncomfortable truth that our country continuously fails to recognise and admit…

Read More

After Backlash and Calls to Boycott, Starbucks Will Now Allow Employees to Wear “Black Lives Matter” Apparel

Earlier this week, and first reported by BuzzFeed, the company turned down a request from baristas and other employees who wanted to show their support for the BLM movement. In a memo to its 250,000-member workforce, Diversity Officer Zing Shaw said “there are agitators who misconstrue the fundamental principles of the Black Lives Matter movement — and in certain circumstances, intentionally repurpose them to amplifying divisiveness.” The news sparked backlash on social media, including calls to boycott the company, just days after Starbucks had issued a “Black Lives Matter” statement…

Read More

Top Ten News Items on Health, 12th June 2020

Anxiety over more deaths, rising cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Covid-19: PTF rules out another total lockdown. AfDB approves $288.5m for Nigeria COVID-19 Response Support Programme. NNPC deploys funds for medical infrastructure across Nigeria – Official. Health workers to get hazard allowance this week, says Fed Govt. Governors declare state of emergency on sexual, gender-based violence. Governors, labour, NMA, others tackle Reps over health bill. UN mobilises $182m COVID-19 lifeline for Nigeria. Infectious Diseases: CSOs Task Bauchi Environmental Agency On Improved Waste Management. PTF commences integration of mental health into…

Read More

2020 World Food Prize goes to soil health expert

A global expert on soil health who began his research career in Nigeria has been named the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize. Dr. Rattan Lal, who grew up as a refugee on a smallholder farm in India, received the US$250,000 prize for his work in protecting and improving soils across the world. He also promotes understanding of soil’s key role in carbon sequestration, as well as biodiversity and ecosystem protection, all critical in the fight against climate change. Lal started his work at the International Institute of Tropical…

Read More

Why younger generation is winning war against racism. By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfrica magazine [Houston] • USAfricaonline.com By CHIDO NWANGWU Before 9am on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the magnificent worship center of The Fountain of Praise in Houston, Texas,  has long lines of people. The lines extend outside the premises of the venue for the celebration of the life of George Floyd. He was killed with the knee of a Minneapolis police officer choking  his neck for more than 8 minutes.   Inside, the church led by pastors Remus Wright and Mia Wright,   is awash with praise and worship songs. …

Read More

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?

New cases of the novel coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December are being reported daily around the world. More than 421,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while more than 7.5 million infections have been confirmed in at least 188 countries and territories. More than 3.5 million people have recovered to date. More: Here are the countries that have so far confirmed coronavirus cases: United States – 2,023,347 cases, 113,820 deaths   Brazil – 802,828 cases, 40,919 deaths Russia – 510,761 cases,…

Read More

Tanzania: How Sea Cucumbers Are Boosting the Bioeconomy in Zanzibar

Offering alternative livelihoods, sea cucumbers provide new hope Seaweed is a precious product for the 25 000 Zanzibari farmers that depend on it, 80 percent of whom are women. But climate change is causing a rise in temperatures, taking a toll on our oceans. Warmer waters represent a real threat to seaweed production, inhibiting its growth and making it susceptible to bacteria. The seaweed these female farmers collect mostly for export is no longer flourishing. The only option is to venture into the cooler, much deeper waters, but here the…

Read More

A Global Vision for Black Lives

This week we’re revisiting selections from our 2016 series ‘With Love and Respect: #ScholarsRespond to A Vision for Black Lives,’ edited by Keisha N. Blain and Ibram X. Kendi. Today we’re featuring an essay by Gerald Horne.  Black Lives Matter demonstration in London on July 8, 2016 (Photo: Alisdare Hickson, Flickr). As I was reading the illuminating document inspired by Black Lives Matter, I was in the process of reviewing a new book by Orde F. Kittrie. What strikes me about this enlightening document is how decisively it breaks with the rhetoric and platform…

Read More

ANALYSIS: What we know about Covid-19 and smoking so far

SUMMARY South Africa’s ban on the sale of tobacco products as part of Covid-19 lockdown regulations is the subject of a court battle, with current medical research coming under the spotlight. The available data settles little, with several surprising twists and turns. What is clear though, is that more research is needed. South Africa went into lockdown on 26 March 2020, a drastic measure intended to slow the spread of Covid-19 and give the country time to prepare itself to fight the disease. Among the more controversial regulations during lockdown…

Read More