Day: June 14, 2018

Ugandan wins Africa prize for bloodless malaria test

A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. 24 year old Brian Gitta, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger. The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute. He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease said Shafik Sekitto who is part of the Matibabu team. Matibabu, which means “treatment” in Swahili, clips onto a patient’s finger and does not require a specialist to operate. Its red beam can detect changes in the colour, shape and concentration of red blood cells – all of which are affected by malaria. The majority of global deaths caused by malaria – usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito – occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Gitta’s team hopes the device can one day be used as a way to better detect malaria across the continent.  ...

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New York sues Trump Foundation 

New York’s attorney general announced today that she was suing the Trump Foundation, as well as Donald Trump and his children, alleging “extensive and persistent” lawbreaking. Barbara Underwood said the charitable foundation had engaged in “unlawful political co-ordination” designed to influence the 2016 election. The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the foundation, Ms Underwood said. The foundation denied the charges, calling them politically motivated. In a statement, Ms Underwood said Mr Trump had illegally instructed the foundation to provide support to his presidential campaign by using the foundation’s name and funds it raised to promote the campaign. The petition also claims...

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Govt seeks to utilise land secured from Zimplats

Government will utilise the 26 000 hectares of land released by Zimplats to facilitate the Karo Resources mega billion deal with revelations that a firm linked to the Cypriot billionaire has forwarded $4.5 million to the government to secure their stake to take part in the tier one resource located on the Great Dyke. Latest indications on the growing interest towards the country’s platinum industry reveal that Tharisa Mining has paid $4.5 million for a stake to take part in the tier one resource located in the Great Dyke. The Tharisa Group is confident that their investment portfolio their...

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3 Zim players progress to ITF semi’s

Zimbabwean players continued to show dominance at the International Tennis Federation Futures Tournament at Harare Sports Club with Benjamin Lock, Mehluli Sibanda and Takanyi Garanganga progressing to the semi-finals slated for this Friday (tomorrow). Zimbabwean players at the ITF third leg being held at Harare Sports Club maintained their impressive form with the country providing three of the four players that will compete in the last four tomorrow. Lock who was first up at centre court shrugged off the challenge of India’s Chandrasekar. Lock needed 1 hour 256 minutes to register a 6-4, 6-4 straight sets win. Also in...

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ZRP on restructuring exercise

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says the ongoing restructuring of the police force which will see the abolishment of some senior positions is not a witch-hunt but a deliberate exercise aimed at improving service delivery, operational effectiveness and promoting policing excellence. The ZRP has confirmed the ongoing restructuring of the organisation which will result in notable changes in the structure including abolishment of certain posts and the merging as well as thinning of some sections. According to the police the restructuring which is not a new phenomenon will see more officers being available for operational duties. Addressing senior police...

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All set for National Women’s Prayer Day

A National Women’s Prayer Day will be held at the Glamis Arena this Saturday in the capital. The event which has been organised by a group of church denominations will be graced by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa. The national prayer day is expected to attract Zimbabweans from different church denominations. One of the organisers of the event Pastor Abigail Magwenzi said the day has been organised to pray for peace in Zimbabwe as the country gears up for the harmonised elections. Churches play a critical role in nation building and the coming together of the different church denominations shows commitment of the citizenry to preserve...

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Masvingo ready to host President

Zanu PF Masvingo Province says all is set for the presidential rally to be held this Friday (tomorrow). As the Zanu PF party intensifies campaigns ahead of the elections billed for the 30th of July, the party’s First Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa will be in Masvingo at Mucheke Stadium where he will meet thousands. The party’s provincial chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira told the ZBC News that all is going according to plan in terms of preparations. “Tirikutarisira about 60 000 people. Vanhu varikufarira mukuru wavo, kuuya kwake for the first time to address them as President,” he said. The...

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Zanu PF to win elections resoundingly: VP Mohadi

The ruling Zanu PF party says it is heading for a landslide victory in the coming harmonised polls with Vice President and Second Secretary of Zanu PF Cde Kembo Mohadi predicting that his party  will win over 60 percent  of the votes. As preparations for the 2018 harmonised elections gather momentum, the Zanu PF leadership which has been addressing bumper crowds has expressed confidence that the revolutionary party will cause a major upset to its opponents. Cde Mohadi said given the massive support that the party is enjoying in both the rural and urban areas and the confidence that...

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Transmission boosters enhance development in Binga

The Binga community says the switching on of radio transmission boosters at Kamativi transmission site is enriching their community’s development agenda adding they are now looking forward for the distribution of set top boxes for them to receive television transmission signals. The completion of the Kamativi radio transmitters saw the area and Binga getting radio services from all the local national stations for the first time in one of the milestone achievements of the country’s on ongoing digitalisation project. Binga Agritex officer Mr Sam Mwende said the community cannot wait to receive television services following the recent completion of...

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ADMA Mechanisation Expo officially opened

His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially opened the 2018 Agricultural Dealers and Manufacturers Association’s (ADMA) Mechanisation Expo in the capital today. Speaking after touring several stands of exhibitors, President Mnangagwa said he is extremely happy with what he saw in terms of modernising agriculture which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy which had suffered for several years due to economic challenges. He also said embracing technology will increase the quality and productivity in the farms that will have upstream and downstream linkages that will see Zimbabwe reclaim its bread basket status. The importance of agricultural mechanisation is to...

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