Day: July 1, 2017

Xi warns Hong Kong over sovereignty red line

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “impermissible” challenges to Beijing’s authority over Hong Kong. Mr Xi was speaking at the swearing-in of the territory’s new leader Carrie Lam, as Hong Kong marked 20 years since its handover to China from Britain. After Mr Xi had left Hong Kong, thousands of people took part in an annual march calling for greater democracy. During Mr Xi’s visit there was little opportunity for protest. An earlier protest had led to clashes with pro-Beijing demonstrators. Mr Xi’s visit to the city, his first since becoming Chinese leader in 2013, came amid tight police security. Several people were detained in the morning, when a small group of pro-democracy activists clashed with pro-Beijing demonstrators close to the site where the lavish ceremony took place. Organisers said 60 000 people took part in the later pro-democracy march, though police said the figure was much lower. The Chinese leader oversaw the swearing in of Ms Lam, the newly-elected chief executive of the territory, along with the rest of her cabinet. She is Hong Kong’s first female leader....

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National FM road show attracts thousands in Domboshava

It was a hive of activity in Domboshava as hundreds of people from all walks of life swarmed Domboshava showground shopping centre for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) National FM road show today The road show gave people an opportunity to meet with their favourite radio presenters and artists as well as individuals walking away with prizes. People expressed their appreciation at meeting some of their favourite radio personalities saying they look forward to having another road show of this kind. National FM senior executive producer, Clifford Baloyi said their main aim is to meet with their audience and satisfy them. National FM radio is one of ZBC’s four radio stations and broadcast in all the country’s 16 national...

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Calls for Chinhoyi battle zone as heritage site

Children of veterans of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle are calling on authorities to declare the 1966 Chinhoyi battle zone a heritage site. Scores of some war veterans children visited the site of the 1966 Chinhoyi battle where the first shots of the second Chimurenga were fired on 28 April. The battle pitied seven gallant sons of the soil against Rhodesian forces. Children of veterans of Zimbabwe liberation struggle said they are disheartened that the site has to date nothing to show for all the fame and hype associated with the battle. Living hero of the armed struggle, Cde Cornilius Muwoni said quite a lot needs to be done at the Chinhoyi battle site in order to give the famous Chinhoyi seven heroes the honour they deserve while young brother to one of the seven heroes Mr Johannes Chingozha is of the opinion that families of the freedom fighters need some form of recognition bestowed. The seven heroes associated with the Chinhoyi battle are Chubby Savanhu, Chris Chatambudza, Godfrey Dube, Godwin Manyerenyere, Simon Chin’ozha, David Guzuzu and Arthur...

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Pres Mugabe arrives in Ethiopia

President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the mid-term review African Union summit. He was warmly welcomed at the Bole International Airport by Zimbabwe’s permanent representative to the AU, Ambassador Albert Ranganai Chimbindi, Foreign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi who travelled ahead of the President’s delegation and Zimbabwe embassy staff members. Cde Mugabe who is accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba and some senior government officials inspected a guard of honour before proceeding to the VVIP Lounge. Several heads of state from the continent...

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Goats commercialisation project launched in Mhondoro Ngezi

A livestock commercialisation project in Mhondoro Ngezi which started with cattle has now diversified into goats breeding . The goats breeding project is being funded by Zimplats, while a technical partner, Linkages for the Economic Advancement of the Disadvantaged (LEAD) is implementing the community scheme. A total of 16 bucks of the Kalahari red and Boer cross breed have since been handed over to the Wanganui community in Mhondoro Ngezi district. Zimplats corporate affairs head, Mrs Busi Chindove said the projects are meant to improve  the health, productivity and breed  of cattle and goats, and in doing so help...

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2017 could witness catastrophic veld fires: Environmentalists

Fears abound that if no preventive measures are taken, the  impact of veld fires this year could be more catastrophic than in previous years. This is being attributed  to the high levels of biomass resulting from the heavy rains during the 2016/2017 summer season. Environmentalists fear the thick and tall grasses characterising the forests’ vegetation have the potential to fuel the spread of veld fires on a higher scale than in previous seasons, when the density of grass was low. Environmentalists are therefore urging communities, especially in farming areas to come up with fire prevention measures and to have...

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Mufakose man invents multi-platform vending machine

A 27 year old Mufakose man has invented a multi-platform vending machine which provides efficient services in this plastic money era. Necessity is the mother of invention and this goes without saying for a young entrepreneur from Mufakose, George Chingove who has shown exceptional talent in the field of technology. After witnessing his father struggling to read the numbers on a tiny scratch card Chingove developed a device that enhances the tiny numbers on all plastic money services through a gadget that may probably be the first of its kind in the country. For this innovation Chingove received special recognition at the International Telecoms Union platform (ITU telecom world awards) in Thailand in...

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Richwood hosts ‘Wheelchair Revival’ basketball tourney

Richwood Sports Club this weekend hosted a four team tournament dubbed “Wheelchair Revival” basketball tournament aimed at reviving and uplifting the fortunes of the game. The sport which has had waning fortunes in past few years due to shortage of players, equipment and spares for wheelchairs has seen a reduction in the number of active clubs in Harare and Zimbabwe as a nation. A handful of clubs including hosts Richwood, Danhiko, Jairos Jiri, Wolves and newcomers Mutare Mountain Lions are currently playing on a regular basis, although the sport has been featuring prominently during the national paralympic and youth games. The four teams were engaged in thrilling and exciting tournament, played on a round robin basis. The teams were a mix of youth and experienced players and generated some exciting matches. Richwood Sports Club hopes to re-ignite the passion for the game of wheelchair basketball, develop and expose more young and upcoming players. Zimbabwe Wheelchair Basketball Association hopes to have a team representing the country at  regional competitions and next year’s youth Olympics and 2020 Tokyo games in...

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Gunman kills one in Bronx Borough, New York

A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle inside a hospital in the Bronx Borough New York, killing one doctor and injuring six other people, five of them seriously. The gunman, a former doctor at the hospital, killed himself in the attack. Local mayor, Bill De Blasio said the shooting was isolated and appeared to be workplace-related. He also said several of the injured are fighting for their lives. The gunman has not been officially named but police sources told US media he was Henry Bello, a former family-medicine doctor at the hospital. Sources quoted by NBC said he had resigned in 2015 in lieu of termination. Mr O’Neill said the gunman had tried to set himself on fire and died of a self-inflicted wound....

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ZICOSU, UZ SRC condemn Mawarire

The Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (ZICOSU) and the University of Zimbabwe students representative body SRC have condemned activist Pastor Evan Mawarire for hijacking their peaceful protest against a fees hike for medical students to further his political aspirations. UZ SRC president Steven Tsikirayi expressed grave concern at Mawirire’s conduct of hijacking a genuine peaceful protest by students from the department of medicine over fees hikes to perpetuate his political interests and instructed Mawarire not to interfere in his arena by poisoning students whose only intention is to get valuable education at a fair cost. ZICOSU spokesperson, Mark Chipakatira...

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