13-Year-Old CEO Successfully Runs 5-Employee, $200,000 in Sales Business

Moziah "Mo" Bridges, CEO of Mo's Bows

He is only 13, but he has accomplished more in his short years than most have by 30. His bow ties have produced $200,000 in sales, and he has five employees on payroll which include his mother and grandmother. Not to mention, he has been celebrated by Oprah’s O Magazine, Steve Harvey and mentor/FUBU founder Daymond John.

His name is Moziah Bridges and he is the CEO of Mo’s Bows. The teenage fashion designer started his company in 2011 at the tender age of nine when he asked his grandmother to teach him how to sew. He took her scraps of fabric and began making unique bow ties. Not long after, Mo’s Bows began selling to local stores and online.

On his website Bridges explains his passion for making bow ties saying, “I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place.”

And as his vision is becoming actualized, the Memphis native went a step further into philanthropy.

“I made this bow tie called the Go Mo! Scholarship Bow Tie and 100 percent of the proceeds go to help kids go to summer camp because I feel like it’s good to help the community and that’s what I’m doing,” Bridges said.

Bridges appeared on Shark Tank in 2014 to pitch Mo’s Bows to potential investors. He had to choose between accepting $50,000 for his innovative idea while sharing royalties with Kevin O’Leary, or have John as a mentor. The young businessman chose John’s influence over money, and so far the decision has proven to be a wise one.

With John, he attended Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York and impressed big names in fashion with his sophisticated demeanor and dapper style. What more could they expect from a kid carrying a briefcase? Bridges’s experience at Fashion Week garnered a phone call from Karen Katz CEO of Neiman Marcus. Mo’s Bows are now sold online at Neiman Marcus and Cole Hahn. His neckwear retails at around $50 and are available in 15 states, Toronto and the Bahamas.

The fashionist-sir is very hands-on with the creation of Mo’s Bows. He chooses the design of each tie and his style is a myriad of polka-dots, bold stripes, funky paisleys, and sports themed ties. His sports ties opened a seat for Bridges at 2015 NBA Draft where he served as a fashion analyst for the draftees.

Moziah Bridges’ success is certainly engineered by his mother’s support. “You don’t have to wait until you’re older,” his mother Tramica Morris said. “If you have a dream and you have a passion, we say go for it.”

When is he older, his future with Mo’s Bows will be expansive. “I see Mo’s Bows adding neck ties, pocket squares and other accessories for men,” he wrote to FORBES. “I also want to get enough money to start a cool kids clothing company that has nice blazers and pants for kids who like to look good like me.”

On the website, Mo’s Bows now sells squares and t-shirts.

Today he is still managing school and making bow ties, but Bridges has plans to attend college and launch a full fashion line by 20.

Source: Atlanta Blackstar

FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

“Arsenic added to chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat” and other truths the FDA has been hiding from us. This is one to share with EVERYONE

After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed on purpose!

Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been swallowing arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical. (http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlin…)

Until this new study, both the poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to chickens ended up in their meat. The fairytale excuse story we’ve all been fed for sixty years is that “the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces.” There’s no scientific basis for making such a claim… it’s just what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.

But now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves (http://www.grist.org/food-safety/2011-06-08-…). And what’s the name of this manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years?Pfizer, of course — the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

Technically, the company making the Roxarsone chicken feed is a subsidiary of Pfizer, called Alpharma LLC. Even though Alpharma now has agreed to pull this toxic feed chemical off the shelves in the United States, it says it won’t necessarily remove it from feed products in other countries unless it is forced by regulators to do so. As reported by AP:

Scott Brown of Pfizer Animal Health’s Veterinary Medicine Research and Development division said the company also sells the ingredient in about a dozen other countries. He said Pfizer is reaching out to regulatory authorities in those countries and will decide whether to sell it on an individual basis.” (http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/foo…)

Arsenic? Eat more!

But even as its arsenic-containing product is pulled off the shelves, the FDA continues its campaign of denial, claiming arsenic in chickens is at such a low level that it’s still safe to eat. This is even as the FDA says arsenic is a carcinogen, meaning it increases the risk of cancer.

The National Chicken Council agrees with the FDA. In a statement issued in response to the news that Roxarsone would be pulled from feed store shelves, it stated, “Chicken is safe to eat” even while admitting arsenic was used in many flocks grown and sold as chicken meat in the United States.

What’s astonishing about all this is that the FDA tells consumers it’s safe to eat cancer-causing arsenic but it’s dangerous to drink elderberry juice! The FDA recently conducted an armed raid in an elderberry juice manufacturer, accusing it of the “crime” of selling “unapproved drugs.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/032631_elderberry…) Which drugs would those be? The elderberry juice, explains the FDA. You see, the elderberry juice magically becomes a “drug” if you tell people how it can help support good health.

The FDA has also gone after dozens of other companies for selling natural herbal products or nutritional products that enhance and support health. Plus, it’s waging a war on raw milk which it says is dangerous. So now in America, we have a food and drug regulatory agency that says it’s okay to eat arsenic, but dangerous to drink elderberry juice or raw milk.

Eat more poison, in other words, but don’t consume any healing foods. That’s the FDA, killing off Americans one meal at a time while protecting the profits of the very companies that are poisoning us with their deadly ingredients.

Oh, by the way, here’s another sweet little disturbing fact you probably didn’t know about hamburgers and conventional beef: Chicken litter containing arsenic is fed to cows in factory beef operations. So the arsenic that’s pooped out by the chickens gets consumed and concentrated in the tissues of cows, which is then ground into hamburger to be consumed by the clueless masses who don’t even know they’re eating second-hand chicken sh*t. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027414_chicken_di…)

Source: Viral Alternative News

Life Is Not About Instant Success – Apostle Safo Advises


“Life is not about praying and expecting instant success. But, rather, prayers accompanied with hard work and diligence. This, I can assure you, is the key to success.”

These were the words of the Chairman of the Kantanka Group of Companies, Apostle Ing. Dr Kwadwo Safo, on Monday, January 4, 2016, as the company celebrated 10 years since the relocation of the core of its business operations from the Greater Accra Region to the Central Region.

At a get-together held at Gomoa Mpota, the headquarters and site of its vehicle manufacturing plant, Dr Kwadwo Safo, who shared with the gathering, comprising staff and well-wishers, some of his experiences, stated that his “technological journey” began some 32 years ago.

“I started my work in 1984 at Lartebiokoshie, a suburb of Accra, with a few people. We later relocated to Darkuman when my son, Safo Jnr was 2 years old. When we started, there was no money and less food to eat. We had to struggle, even with how to design and build a circuit board”, he said.

He continued, “At the time, we did not know much about electronics. We had to learn from people, most of whom deceived us and squandered the little money that we had”.

According to him, his products were not called “Kantanka” from the beginning, but “Verec”, after “a very special person in my life.”

Whilst acknowledging that he, together with his workers, encountered a lot of obstacles and hardships, they persevered because of the great vision he had, which is to change Africa and make it a continent to reckon with.

Dr. Safo commended all members of his staff for their strong dedication and staunch belief in his vision, and encouraged them to continue working hard towards the ultimate realization of this vision.

To this end, he also advised the general public to adopt the virtue of patience in whatever they seek to do in life.

On demonstration at the event were the items first manufactured by the company. Some of these items were five string guitars; engine bocks; computer and television set monitors (made from wood); power extension boards; power stabilisers; the first circuit board designed by Dr. Kwadwo Safo; sound mixers; amongst others.

Kantanka Group of Companies has recently commissioned and launched the locally manufactured Kantanka vehicles. There is the Kantanka Onantefo (SUV 4×4 Drive), Kantanka Omama (4×4 Pickup) and the Kantanka K71 (Mini SUV). The vehicles are ready for sale to both the Ghanaian and African market.

TV SET (MADE OF WOOD)                                              ELECTRICAL POWER EXTENSION BOARD

ENGINE BLOCK 1                                                              ENGINE BLOCK 2 (ENGRAVED DETAIL)

ENGINE BLOCK 2 SIDE                                                     SOME ITEMS ON DISPLAY

Source: Life Is Not About Instant Success – Apostle Safo Advises

Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline

Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline

Researchers at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics. The researchers reported their findings in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.

Cellulose is the main substance in plant matter and is present in all non-edible plant parts of wood, straw, grass, cotton and old paper. “At the molecular level, cellulose contains strong carbon chains. We sought to conserve these chains, but drop the oxygen bonded to them, which is undesirable in high-grade gasoline. Our researcher Beau Op de Beeck developed a new method to derive these hydrocarbon chains from cellulose,” explains Professor Bert Sels.

“This is a new type of bio-refining, and we currently have a patent pending for it. We have also built a chemical reactor in our lab: we feed sawdust collected from a sawmill into the reactor and add a catalyst – a substance that sets off and speeds the chemical reaction. With the right temperature and pressure, it takes about half a day to convert the cellulose in the wood shavings into saturated hydrocarbon chains, or alkanes,” says Dr. Bert Lagrain.
“Essentially, the method allows us to make a ‘petrochemical’ product using biomass – thus bridging the worlds of bio-economics and petro chemistry,” he adds.
The result is an intermediary product that requires one last simple step to become fully-distilled gasoline, explains Sels. “Our product offers an intermediate solution for as long as our automobiles run on liquid gasoline. It can be used as a green additive – a replacement for a portion of traditionally-refined gasoline.”

But the possible applications go beyond gasoline: “The green hydrocarbon can also be used in the production of ethylene, propylene and benzene – the building blocks for plastic, rubber, insulation foam, nylon, coatings and so forth.”

“From an economic standpoint, cellulose has much potential,” says Sels. “Cellulose is available everywhere; it is essentially plant waste, meaning it does not compete with food crops in the way that first generation energy crops – crops grown for bioethanol, for example – do. It also produces chains of 5 to 6 hydrocarbon atoms – ‘light nafta’ in the technical jargon. We are currently facing shortages in this because it is becoming quite difficult and more expensive to distil these specific hydrocarbon chains from crude oil or shale gas. In time, hydrocarbon derived from cellulose may provide an alternative,” says Sels.

“Our method could be especially useful in Europe, where we have little crude oil and cannot easily produce shale gas,” concluded Sels.

Source: Phys.org


Sustainable Development Goals Kick Off

 Sustainable Development Goals kick off with start of new yearPhoto: The Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform Our World

As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations officially will usher in – on 1 January 2016 – an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030.

“The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September.

“They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success,” he added of the 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve the 17 SDGs over the next 15 years. The goals address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, emphasizing that no one should be left behind. Broad and ambitious in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions.

The mobilization of means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships, are also acknowledged as critical.

The 17 SDGs build on the eight MDGs, which specifically sought by 2015: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.

Not all the MDGs were met globally, depending on regions and the state of a country’s development, but significant progress was made in several areas:

  • In November, global leaders, diplomats and health experts gathered at UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate progress against one of the world’s leading killers with the announcement that the target to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence had been met. Progress since 2000 averted over 6.2 million malaria deaths, 97 per cent of which have been among young children.
  • Globally, the number of those living in extreme poverty declined by more than half, falling from 1.9 billion in 1990 to 836 million in 2015, with most progress occurring since 2000. Net primary school enrolment in developing regions has reached 91 per cent, up from 83 per cent in 2000.
  • Many more girls are now in school compared to 2000, with developing regions as a whole achieving the target to eliminate gender disparity in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Global under-five mortality has declined by more than half, dropping from 90 to 43 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1990 and 2015, from 12.7 million in 1990 to almost six million despite population growth in developing regions.
  • Maternal mortality has declined by 45 per cent worldwide since 1990, with most of the reduction occurring since 2000. In Southern Asia, it declined by 64 per cent between 1990 and 2013, and in sub-Saharan Africa by 49 per cent.
  • New HIV infections fell by approximately 40 per cent between 2000 and 2013 from an estimated 3.5 million cases to 2.1 million, and by June 2014, 13.6 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally, an immense increase from just 800,000 in 2003. ART averted 7.6 million deaths from AIDS between 1995 and 2013.
  • Official development aid from developed countries grew by 66 per cent in real terms between 2000 and 2014 to billion.

But progress has been uneven across regions and countries, leaving millions of people behind, especially the poorest and those disadvantaged due to sex, age, disability, ethnicity or geographic location. Targeted efforts will be needed to reach the most vulnerable people.

This is where the SDGs are expected to play a part. They stress everything from zero poverty, zero hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and affordable clean energy, to decent work and economic growth, innovation, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities, responsible consumption, climate action, unpolluted oceans and land, and partnerships to achieve the goals.

The official ushering in of the 15-year cycle will take place over a 24-hour period, coming into effect in each region of the planet as the clocks strike their midnight peal on 31 December.

The Paris Conference on climate change in December is seen by many as the first test of political will to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“The Paris Agreement is a triumph for people, the planet, and for multilateralism. For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. By addressing climate change we are advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Ban said.

Turning this vision into reality is primarily the responsibility of countries, but it will also require new partnerships and international solidarity. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make. Reviews of progress will need to be undertaken regularly in each country, involving civil society, business and representatives of various interest groups.

At the regional level, countries will share experiences and tackle common issues, while on an annual basis at the UN, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), will take stock of progress at the global level, identifying gaps and emerging issues, and recommending corrective action. The SDGs will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators. These will be compiled into an Annual SDG Progress Report.

Source: Sustainable Development Goals kick off with start of new year

UN declares 2016 as International Year of Pulses

Pulses have captured the attention of the United Nations. The General Assembly of the UN has voted to declare 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses.”

“This is an extraordinary day for the global pulse industry” said Pravin Dongre, chairman, India Pulses and Grains Association, the national apex body for pulses and grains industry and trade. “A variety of pulses including beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas have been the cornerstone of global nutrition for centuries. Having a UN dedicated year will raise the level of awareness of pulses globally and the important role pulses can play in advancing health and nutrition, food security and environmental sustainability,” said Dongre.

Beyond traditional markets, pulses have steadily increased in popularity as people around the world recognize their appeal as nutritious, versatile foods that can play an essential part in healthy diets. The idea of a year dedicated to recognizing the role of pulses in sustainable agriculture and healthy diets was conceived by Hakan Bahceci President of CICILS, the International Pulse Trade and Industries Confederation. Through the determined support of the several countries, in particular Turkey and Pakistan, and the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Year of Pulses was passed by the UN General Assembly.

“This is the greatest opportunity in a century to give pulses the attention they deserve. Pulses can help to increase food security and nutrition security for those with shortages and to tackle the increase of diseases linked to lifestyles such as obesity and diabetes. Plus, they improve cropping systems and are good for farmers,” said Hakan Bahceci,president, CICILS. “The International Year of Pulses will give pulses additional research attention and nutritional programming, which will lead to dietary uptake. Increased pulse consumption will grow both healthy people and a healthy planet. We deeply appreciate the United Nation’s dedication to the task.”


Source: UN declares 2016 as International Year of Pulses

4 Amazing Health Benefits Of Neem

Neem has been known for hundreds of years to be a healing plant. Some even call it sacred for its myriad of health benefits. Every part of the plant can be used in medicine, and while it does taste pretty bitter, it can treat and heal various conditions. This is what neem can do for your health.

Neem can help you lose weight.

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If your new year resolution is to lose some weight, neem can help you along.

Drinking neem flower juice every day boosts your metabolism and helps you reach your weight loss goal.

You can make it yourself by crushing a handful of neem flowers, adding a dollop of honey, a squirt of lemon juice, and a bit of water.

Neem may help with cancer treatments.shutterstock_255475828

Generally speaking, we don’t ever encourage you to alter any kind of medicinal or treatment schedule based on anything we say. When it comes to cancer though, we don’t think an all-of-the-above treatment plan can hurt.

Talk to your doctor before you begin doing any kind of alternative treatment in conjunction with your western medical treatment to be sure nothing will interact negatively.

Neem Leaf Glycoprotein is a protein found in neem leaves and has been shown to inhibit growth of cancer cells. It doesn’t target them directly, but it modulates immune cells present in the tumor’s environment. This restricts growth and can help with treating cancer.

Neem treats head lice.

Neem-based shampoos and soaps can treat head lice effectively. Many people aren’t aware, opting to use it primarily for its anti-fungal purposes. Which brings me to my next bullet.

Neem relieves fungal infections.

shutterstock_177991268Years ago I got ringworm and, instead of using any store-bought treatments, I used neem oil to treat it. Neem contains nimbidol and gedunin, which are both antifungal constituents.

Neem has tons of different uses. Have you ever used neem for anything? What did you think?

Source: 4 Amazing Health Benefits Of Neem

Neem Tree – One Of The Most Beneficial Plants For The Human Health

People in India are so happy they have so many miraculous plants literally at hand, that they do not even need modern medicine.

One of these impressive plants is the Neem Tree. Indians call it the Miracle Tree and it is considered to be one of the most beneficial plants for the human health.

It doesn’t have a single side-effect as many modern drugs do, so it is practically a vital part of any natural treatment.

Its most common use of this tree in India is for making virgin oil, which has high medicinal properties.

Neem Tree Health Benefits

Almost the entire tree can be used for medicine, its roots, flowers, leaves, branches, seeds, bark.

12 common uses of the Neem Tree:

  • The Neem tree is able to deter 500 types of insects that destroy crops and furniture, or insects such as ticks and similar. It is used as a natural germicide and pesticide. It has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, so it can even protect our body from microbes.
  • Drink Neem tea if you are feeling stressed and nervous. It calms your mind and gives you an instant relief and invigoration.
  • It helps to prevent gum and tooth decay, fortifies them and naturally bleaches the teeth, so it is also used as an ingredient in natural toothpastes.
  • The oil extracted from the Neem Tree can help in treating skin conditions such as rashes or acne. It can also help you reduce wrinkles. It creates collagen in the skin, thus maintains its elasticity and prevents it from aging. You’ll get a youthful look and a healthy skin.
  • Neem twigs are used in the rural parts of India instead of a toothbrush. However, people don’t actually brush their teeth with the twigs, but instead every morning they chew on them.
  • By consuming or applying the oil to the skin you can treat all sorts of infections, scratches, abrasions and sores too. By activating the collagen fibers in the skin, the Neem can assist in faster wound healing and the healing of damaged skin tissues.
  • Another benefit from the Neem oil is relieving joint pains and strengthening the bones. You can even use some Neem oil into your bath to relax your muscles after a busy day
  • The paste of Neem leaves san be applied to your scalp if you want to prevent dandruff, premature graying or hair loss. It even helps if you have lice.
  • The tea should be consumed in cases of low blood circulation, because it promotes the creation of healthy blood cells.
  • If you make a Neem paste, you can also use it to treat psoriasis and eczema.
  • The tea is highly recommended to people with diabetes because it lowers the blood sugar levels.

Blend the seeds with warm water and drink it every morning on an empty stomach. This is a remarkable prevention for hemorrhoids and bleeding.

 To conclude, the Neem Tree is a suitable treatment for all sorts of ailments, so its use will boost your health and prevent many disorders.

Salt and oil: medicinal mixture … you will not feel pains for several years – Health and Natural Medicine

With this amazing remedy you will end pain caused by osteoporosis or back pain, and you will lower the level of experiencing pain in the next years.

Here is a natural remedy that has always been in there in your kitchen that can give you relief from the pain. It will also prevent the pain from returning for the long term.

You will need just salt and vegetable oil to prepare this message remedy. Make sure the oil is unrefined and sea salt is a good option for the salt.

This preparation of the medicinal remedy is for the entire duration of the course.

The ingredients required are as following:

– Olive / sunflower oil – 20 tbsp

– Salt – 10 tbsp

Mix these ingredients for Osteochondrosis treatment. Mix them in a glass bottle and close it for several days. After some days you will notice that it has turned into a light-colored mixture.

How to Apply?

Rub the mixture vigorously on the paining area every day when you wake up. It should especially be massaged on the cervical vertebrae. Start the message with 2 to 3 minutes of application. Give a gap before massaging for another 2 to 3 minutes. Increase the massage time gradually to 20 minutes. Then wipe off the mixture from the area using a warm and wet towel.

You may feel some irritation on the skin when massaging. If this happens, use a dry cloth to wipe the skin and then dust over some baby powder.

When you use this treatment for 10 days, it will help boost your blood flow and improve the regeneration of muscle, bone and cartilage. It will take at least 8 treatments before you start seeing some positive changes.

It will reinstate your blood circulation within the cervical spine. Further, your vision will improve and the headache will vanish. This happens because it will release toxins from your body, causing normalization of metabolism.

Because of this natural treatment, you may feel a little drowsy at times. It is all part of the cleansing procedure and happens just a few times. Treating your osteochondrosis using this natural method will not involve any side effects. And it gives you amazing results!
But we must mention that some people may feel a little dizziness during this activity.

Source: Salt and oil: medicinal mixture … you will not feel pains for several years – Health and Natural Medicine