National / International News

Boy 'murdered by jealous love rival'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:15
A 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death by his girlfriend's former partner, a court hears.

Bevel: Beyond the 'ethnic' aisle

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:15

Walker and Company CEO Tristan Walker had a hard time shaving. When he was 15, he tried a multi-blade razor and woke up with bumps and rashes on his face the next morning.

So, in 2013, Walker founded a company to solve problems in the health and beauty space for the African American community. Their first product is called Bevel, a shaving system designed specifically for men with coarse and curly hair.

“It’s razor bumps and razor burn. It’s a problem that 80 percent of black men and black women have, and it’s a problem that 30 percent of other races have.”

Bevel works through a multi-step process. You start by applying oil and then shaving cream with a brush, using a single blade razor, and finishing with a moisturizer. The starter kit costs $59.95, and 90-day replenishment kits cost $30 each. That’s a total of $150 for the products.

Tristan Walker knows this is a high price for a shaving kit:

“I reflect back on my experience of going to a retail shop, having to go to the ethnic aisle that’s not really an aisle, that’s really a shelf. Then I have to reach to the bottom of that shelf for a package that’s dirty. Like, that entire second-class citizen experience… it’s not great. Considering how much money we spend on these things, how much need we have for products that work, I think having a respect for the customer is incredibly important.”

Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.

GSK faces bribery claims in Syria

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:04
The international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline faces new claims that it bribed Syrian distributors to increase sales in the country,

Mackenzie Crook unearths metal detector sitcom

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:37
Will Gompertz on Mackenzie Crook's new direction

Brazilians bid $611m for Chiquita

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:31
Two Brazilian companies make a $611m (£363m) bid for US banana group Chiquita, which had planned to merge with Irish fruit firm Fyffes.

Boy has ears created from ribs

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:14
A nine-year-old boy who was born without ears has had a pair created from his ribs.

VIDEO: CCTV witness appeal after car crash

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:05
Police release CCTV of a car crashing into a building in Greater Manchester, badly injuring the driver and narrowly missing two pedestrians.

My money story: Why Chuck Eggert bought the farm

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 09:02

Twenty years ago, there were just under 2,000 farmers markets in the U.S. Now, according to the USDA, there are more than 8,000. 

That’s been great news for many farmers, including Chuck Eggert. He’s the Founder and President of Pacific Foods of Oregon. The operation is one of the most successful operations in the Northwest. Ebbert talked to us about some of the keys to that success, including the need for good soil.

“When you look at conventional soils, there’s very little organic matter, so when you go to pick it up, it’s almost like a dirt clod,” Eggert says.

The key to finding good soil, he adds, is to look for animals scavenging.

“Because they know there’s seeds and bugs there that they can live off of.”

Click the play button above to hear about Chuck Eggert and life on the farm.

Inquest opens on Crete walker death

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:33
An inquest into the death of Denbigh pensioner Arthur Jones is opened and adjourned.

Ten injured as storm hits dinghies

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:26
Ten people are injured after a squall hit an international boating event on Strangford Lough in County Down.

Child in buggy blown on to Tube line

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:18
A child is rescued after a gust of winds blows a buggy on to Tube tracks at a London Underground station, narrowly avoiding an oncoming train.

Ivory Coast travel ban over Ebola

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:17
Ivory Coast bans all passenger flights from three countries hit by Ebola in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Complaint site aids angry customers

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:58
People angry with companies and governments can share their pain via a crowd-sourced complaints site that will seek to right the wrong done to them.

Calm in Missouri city after riot

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:54
Police in Missouri say they have arrested 32 people, as calm returns after a night of rioting over the police shooting of an unarmed black man.

The two faces of Michael Brown

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:37
The black people fighting media stereotypes

Island plane crash death man named

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:01
A man who died after a light aircraft crashed on the Isle of Bute is named as Thomas McGowan from Stonehouse in Lanarkshire.

Wine regional 'fingerprints' found

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 07:00
Regional varieties of wine have distinct chemical “fingerprints” which can authenticate their origin and quality, scientists report.

VIDEO: Queue for Putin T-shirts in Moscow

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 06:26
Hundreds of people gathered in one of Moscow's stores to buy T-shirts with Vladimir Putin's image on them.

Teenage fire victim, 17, named

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 06:17
A teenager who died following a house fire in Cwm, Blaenau Gwent, on Sunday is named as Alex Lewis.

'Tractor beam' created in water

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 06:10
Australian physicists have discovered how to control the movement of a floating object using wave patterns.

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