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College students create bath and skin care products from local ingredients to support farmers and minimize waste from plastic packaging

There’s an implication that the younger generation aren’t as enthusiastic about agriculture as their parents and elders are. Due to the rise of technology and modernization, they tend to have different interests that mostly revolve around what’s trending. 

Still, this sweeping generalization didn’t hold sway for a group of first-year college students who started a bath and skin care line known as Bituin which aims to help the country’s farmers. 

Bituin is composed of three people, Jade the founder, and its co-founders Andal and Marquez, who wish to remain anonymous at this point in time since they envisioned that their venture would be primarily associated with the local farmers. 

“Our intention is to create and produce cheap but quality zero-waste hygiene products accessible to the masses,” the trio said. 

Established in July 2020, Bituin aims to sell zero-waste bath and skincare products using locally sourced natural products to ultimately help

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White House, Democrats Both Support Coronavirus Stimulus Checks, Kudlow Expects Republicans To Fall In Line


  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said stimulus talks appear to be at a standstill
  • Larry Kudlow says talks are not dead 
  • Kudlow insisted the U.S. is in a V-shaped recovery but certain sectors still need help

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says he expects Republicans to fall in line if the White House reaches agreement with Democrats on the next round of coronavirus stimulus relief.

Negotiations appeared at a standstill after President Donald Trump agreed to boost the size of the package to $1.8 trillion – a move rejected by Democrats who called it inadequate and Republicans who said it was too expensive.

Kudlow told CNN’s “State of the Union” he talked with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Saturday night and is convinced stimulus talks are not dead, noting Senate Republicans unanimously passed their own version of coronavirus relief – albeit a modest $500 billion measure – and “they

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Chicopee City Council votes to support Holyoke Soldiers’ Home renovations

CHICOPEE – The City Council has become the latest to throw support behind a proposal to expand and renovate the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home after 76 residents died in a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Council voted unanimously last week to endorse a proclamation calling for the rebuilding of the home, so each resident has a private room and bathroom and space is added for an adult daycare.

“I think the veterans’ (home) is a good cause,” City Councilor James Tillotson said. “They certainly ought to take care of Western Massachusetts.”

Tillotson said the state spent nearly $200 million to upgrade and rebuild the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea in 2017 and it is time to now focus on making improvements to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Mayor John L. Vieau said he would also sign the resolution, Council President Shane D. Brooks said.

The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs agreed to provide 65% of

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Vegan Kitchen: Support Black-owned food businesses

Shanna-Kay Wright uses simple ingredients to make the vegan dishes at Yardie Ting in Portland. The owner of the Jamaican restaurant in the Public Market House, Wright says the menu’s many vegan choices reflect the influence of Ital food on the island.

Ital food, eaten by members of the Rastafari religion and movement, is usually vegetarian and always minimally processed. However, Wright points out that Yardie Ting’s vegan dishes don’t qualify as Ital, since to suit local tastes she uses non-Ital ingredients such as salt and garlic powder.

“All my years growing up in Jamaica, you would not use any all-purpose seasoning,” explained Wright, who has run a catering business in Portland since 2013. “Ital means food that is from the earth. No powder seasonings. No salt. All organic. All natural.”

The jerk tofu at Yardie Ting in the Portland Public Market House comes with black beans and a kick

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