Day: April 11, 2017

Dortmund, Monaco match postponed after blast

Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final with Monaco at Signal Iduna Park In Dortmund, German has been postponed after the Dortmund team bus was damaged by an explosion. According to reports, former Barcelona centre-back Marc Bartra was sent to hospital for treatment, with Dortmund police saying that windows were broken on the bus. The German team confirmed that defender Bartra was injured in an incident near their hotel but said there was no danger inside the stadium and the other players were reported safe. The match will now be played at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion tomorrow. Dortmund are currently fourth in the German Bundesliga table. Police confirmed there had been three explosions in the area of the team...

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USA engages Zim over hunting trophies import ban

The United States of America (USA) has renewed talks with Zimbabwe over a possible removal of a hunting trophy import ban on the country in a move likely to restore viability for the industry. The ban on hunting trophies in Zimbabwe four years ago has seen revenues from the industry dropping significantly as the USA used to account for a huge proportion of earnings on a yearly basis. With the 2017 hunting season having started earlier this month, source markets such as Japan, Spain, Italy, Germany and France, among others, are taking part with concern being raised over whether...

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Guinea special envoy meets Pres Mugabe

A special envoy of Guinea President, Mr Alpha Conde has expressed his country’s desire to forge strong bilateral ties with Zimbabwe. The sentiments emerged after the visiting envoy, Mr Djigui Camara delivered a special message to President Robert Mugabe at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare today. After the meeting, Mr Camara told journalists that his country is interested in working closely with Zimbabwe in different areas including agriculture, tourism, and mining. He said Mr Conde, who is the current African Union (AU) Chairman, said Guinea would like to draw some lessons from Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s experience and his...

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ZSE in mixed trading

Trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange ended on a mixed note despite huge losses by several listed counters. The industrial index lost a marginal 0.01 points to settle at 140.06 points, while the mining index was flat at 59.33 points. PPC and NMB both lost 0.25 cents to close at 63.00 cents and 3.40 cents. Star Africa Corporation also went down by 0.05 cents to 1.00 cents. Losses were partially offset by Old Mutual which added 1.75 cents to 360.00 cents and First Mutual gained 0.06 cents to trade at 7.10 cents. OK Zimbabwe also gained a marginal 0.02 cents to close at 6.22 cents. Bindura, Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained unchanged by close of trading this...

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Gwanda businesses fold

The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) says the current liquidity challenges and the low use of plastic money in Gwanda has seen businesses hitting an all time low with others subsequently closing down. Most businesses in Gwanda town rely mainly on customers from the rural areas who come to the urban centre to buy goods and access various services. However, the current cash shortages that have seen the banking public from remote areas continue to spend days outside banks as they have not embraced the use of plastic money, has dealt a major blow to the SMEs sector. ZNCC national executive member, Mr Nqobizitha Sibanda said with low sales and the burden of monthly financial obligations, some business people have been left with no choice but to close shop while others are in serious debt as they cannot service bank loans they acquired to recapitalise their business ventures. The Gwanda business community has called for an increase in point of sale machines (POS) distribution so as to boost the revenue inflows of business...

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Palestine pledges improved ties with Zim youths

Ambassador of the State of Palestine, Mrs Taghrid Senouar has emphasised her country’s continued efforts to increase bilateral ties between the youth of Palestine and Zimbabwe. This came out after Mrs Senouar paid a courtesy call on Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanai Chipanga at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare today. Speaking after a closed door meeting, Mrs Senouar said the two discussed on how they can strengthen ties between the youths of the two nations. Cde Chipanga said the two countries share common challenges as there is too much interference in the two nations by the western imperialists. Zimbabwe and Palestine enjoy cordial relations dating back to the liberation struggle. Palestine also spoke heavily against the imposing of illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe by the USA and its western...

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China commits US$60bn to Africa

Comprehensive plans for China – Africa relations which were laid out in December 2015 at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has seen the Asian country committing US$60 billion to Africa for the next three years. Presenting a paper on China’s foreign policy and security concept to students attending the Joint Command and Staff Course number 30 at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare this Tuesday morning, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Huang Ping said his country is keen on practical cooperation in 10 key plans that include industrialisation, agricultural modernisation, infrastructure and trade and...

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17 schools set for construction under OPEC project

17 new schools will be constructed this year under a US$20 million facility following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and OPEC Fund for International Development Agreement. Minister Lazarus Dokora said the construction of 17 schools is expected to be completed by December this year, while enrolment is expected by next January. Dr Dokora said his ministry with the help of the Department of Public Works has developed designs for the project that will also see the purchase and installation of school equipment and furniture. A representative of a consultancy company for the project, Mr Norman Zunzanyika said construction of schools will prioritise resettlement areas to reduce students’ walking distances to nearest schools. The construction of schools is in line with government’s objective to improve the quality of and access to education to all citizens as outlined in the country’s ZIMASSET economic blue...

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Govt expresses commitment to meeting ZIM ASSET targets

The government says it is committed to the implementation and fulfillment of set targets under ZIMASSET, among them to ensure food security and nutrition for all. Addressing various government departments and development partners who converged in Mutare for a progress review and planning meeting on the multi-sectoral community based model to food security and nutrition for stunting reduction, the Senior Principal Director in the Office of President and Cabinet, Mr Ozias Hove said the government is committed to the implementation of food and nutrition policies as defined in ZIMASSET. He said the government has scaled up the initiative with 15 more districts now included after revelations of high prevalence of chronically malnourished children under five in these districts. UNICEF Nutrition Manager, Mr Ismael Ngnie Teta said most of the districts in the country require support and pledged to mobilise more resources. The Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture and Heritage committed to work in collaboration with rural district councils to ensure effective implementation of the nutrition programme. Childhood stunting is a condition that is defined as height for age below a required percentage lower than the curve caused due to lack of adequate nutritional status. UNICEF estimates that 39% of children in the developing world are stunted, 40% of which are in Sub-Saharan...

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ZRP commended for excelling in peace keeping operations

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers returning from peacekeeping missions in Liberia and South Sudan have been commended for representing the country through diligent performance of duty and exceptional discipline during their tour of duty. The ZRP continues to raise the country’s flag high by excelling during peacekeeping operations as evidenced by accolades received by some of the 13 officers who were deployed in Liberia and South Sudan for an average period of a year. The officers were received at Morris Depot today where they commended the country’s leadership for ensuring a peaceful environment prevails in our country after their exposure in post war torn Liberia and South Sudan. 40 officers are proceeding to South Sudan to continue from where their colleagues left off and the expectation is that they will display a high standard of discipline and professionalism, says Deputy Commissioner General Levi Sibanda. The ZRP has earned a reputation for professional conduct and outstanding achievements in peacekeeping operations in countries such as East Timor, Liberia, Kosovo and South Sudan among other...

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