Day: September 4, 2018

Knowing your heart age is key to heart attack risk

Public Health England is urging people over 30 to take an online test to find out their heart age, which indicates if they are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. They predict about 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes in people under 75 could be prevented if heart health was improved. Unhealthy lifestyles put four in five adults at risk of early death, they estimate. People should quit smoking, eat a healthy diet and get enough exercise. The test is not diagnostic – it will not tell you whether you are going to have a...

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Trump raps prosecutions of Republicans

US President Donald Trump has accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the justice department of damaging the re-election chances of two Republican representatives by prosecuting them. The move to file charges against the men jeopardises “easy wins” in the mid-term elections, Mr Trump tweeted. One is accused of insider trading and the other of campaign violations. The tweet has sparked fresh criticism that Mr Trump is illegally seeking to interfere with the justice system. It is highly unusual for sitting presidents to lash out against attorneys general and to try to bring political considerations to bear on prosecution decisions....

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New Zealand PM defends $50,000 flight

Reports say New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended a decision to have a plane make an extra flight so she can spend less time away from her baby. Ms Ardern, who still breastfeeds her baby, is headed to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru for a day on Wednesday. The air force plane that dropped her deputy Winston Peters there on Monday is being sent back to New Zealand to pick her up. The round trip will cost taxpayers an estimated NZ$80,000 ($52,873; £41,173). “I weighed this up. I even went to the extent of checking whether...

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Sugar beans farmers shift to contract farming

Sugar beans farmers in Middle Sabi have partnered local seed houses to mitigate against inputs and marketing challenges while in the process increase their profit margins. Contract farming can offer many benefits to farmers including guaranteed markets and enhanced productivity. Faced with challenges of inputs and markets, Middle Sabi sugar beans farmers have shifted to contract farming and are growing sugar cane seed that is more lucrative. “Previously we had challenges in accessing inputs as well as a ready market. Due to improved supply of inputs we are looking forward for a bumper harvest. Contract farming for seed beans...

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Child beggars: Stop bad parenting

By Patson Gumbo As one drives along Samora Machel Avenue from Eastlea right up to the Showgrounds in the capital, it has become a daily trend that at traffic lights he/she will be greeted by young children asking for help. As if it’s not enough, driving towards the Western suburbs as you reach Marimba robots in Belvedere again the situation is synonymous with that of the central business district, young boys, street children perhaps, asking for as little as 10 cents, one wonders if it is to buy food. Over the past few months Zimbabwe has seen a rise...

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Zim requires US$2bn to ease liquidity challenges: Mangudya

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says Zimbabwe requires about US$2 billion to kick start the economy and ease the current foreign currency challenges. The RBZ governor Dr John Mangudya and Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa have met with a number of financial institutions on the sidelines of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting in Beijing, China to seek lines of credit and foreign currency. The RBZ governor said the country requires about US$1 to US$2 billion to immediately jump start the economy which has suffered for many years and also increase the capacity utilisation...

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First Lady championing efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS

The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says she will continue championing programmes aimed at reducing HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe. In an interview after meeting with First Ladies attending the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, Amai Mnangagwa said she will continue with her advocacy to ensure people get access to HIV and AIDS treatment and to curb new infections among adults and newborn babies. Zimbabwe has an estimated 1.3 million people living with HIV and about 5.5 percent are reported to be children under the age of 15 years while women constitute 59 percent. Significant progress has...

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