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Brazil deaths may surpass 125,000 by August: Coronavirus updates

As Brazil’s daily COVID-19 death rate climbs, a new study warns its total death toll could climb to 125,000 by early August, adding to fears it has become a new hot spot in the pandemic. President Donald Trump continues his pressure on reopening the economy, as the country approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths. The WHO warned of the risks of an “immediate second peak” as countries ease up on lockdowns, urging governments in Europe and the US to step up surveillance, testing and tracking measures. More than 5.5 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 346,000 people have died, while more than 2.2 million have recovered. Here are the latest updates: Tuesday, May 26 This is Elizabeth Melimo...

Populist paradox: Brexit ‘led to better perception of immigrants’

London, United Kingdom – There is a dominant narrative at play in the UK, certainly in liberal media circles and on the losing side of the 2016 European Union withdrawal referendum, that small-minded xenophobia was a major driving force behind Brexit. Certainly anti-immigration themes were prevalent during the campaign, and parts of the discourse and rhetoric turned shamefully ugly. The win for the Leave movement was widely seen as a victory for right-wing populists. More: And the divisions that were entrenched and deepened during the referendum continue to split the United Kingdom, with more people identifying as either a “Leaver” or a “Remainer” than they do with any party political affiliation.  But new research from a group of four universities sugges...

Venezuela health system ‘grossly unprepared’ for COVID-19 crisis

The Venezuelan healthcare system is “grossly unprepared” to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, further “jeopardising the health of Venezuelans and threatening to contribute to spread of the disease”, human rights groups and healthcare experts said on Tuesday.  Human Rights Watch and the Johns Hopkins University’s Centers for Public Health and Human Rights said in a new report that ensuring that sufficient humanitarian aid reaches the Venezuelan people is urgently needed. More: Venezuela so far has 1,177 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths, but the real numbers are believed to be much higher, given the limited testing and access to reliable information. “The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the breakdown of the health system have created d...

Ammara Brown Comes Under Fire For Snubbing Fan Due To Molestation Fears

Ammara Brown Comes Under Fire  Songbird Ammara Brown has come under fire on social media for her perceived rudeness and haughty attitude. This comes after the talented musician replied to a fan who claimed that Ammara had hurt her by snubbing her plea for a selfie. The social media user who goes by the name Mukunda further alleged that a few minutes after snubbing her, Ammara was only too happy to take selfies with slay queens. Writing on social media platform Twitter on a thread about meeting  celebrities, Mukunda claimed that she still holds a grudge because Ammara had ‘treated me like shit’. Mukunda narrated her experiences with the local celebrities she had met saying, @jahprayzah 2 occasions and both allowed me to get selfies. @TukuOfficial very nice asked me what I was goin...

Sjava Finally Breaks Silence After Weeks-Long Speculations

Sjava Drops The Controversial Label, Ambitouz Entertainment  Jabulani Hadebe, professionally known as Sjava live on Colours Jabulani Hadebe, professionally known as Sjava has finally broken silence after weeks of speculations and unfounded rumours from fans and netizens on his relationship with Ambitiouz Entertainment. Sjava has parted ways with the record label under which he released three albums and won several awards, he announced in a statement on Tuesday afternoon. Reports had earlier been flaunted by The Sowetan and staunch followers of Mama hitmaker alleging his relationship with Ambitouz was at a breakpoint and he was “extremely unhappy” with reasons not specified – but rumoured may be concerning monies – iHarare has heard. But the controversial label managenent quickly dismi...

Vusi “Jack Mabaso” Kunene Dumps Generations For Gomora

Things do not appear to be going well for Generations: The Legacy as another top actor has been confirmed to be leaving the show for a rival soapie. Vusi Mabaso, popularly known as Jack Mabaso is the latest actor to jump ship, signaling a worrying state of affairs at the SABC 1 stable.  Vusi Kunene is the second actor to leave in recent times. iHarare reported last week that seasoned actor Rapulana “Tau” Seiphemo also left Generations The Legacy to join The Queen. Vusi, on the other hand will be joining a new hit show, Gomora. Gomora has been ticking the right boxes in the soapie world and recently overtook The Queen to become the most-watched daily show on Mzansi Magic. Vusi Kunene joins the Gomora cast to portray confident, successful, well-read, and rich Rodney “Uncle Rod” Sibeko. ...

Zimbabwe says abduction of MDC activists ‘stage-managed theatre’

HARARE – Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo on Monday freshly denied that state security agents were behind the recent abduction, torture and sexual abuse of three MDC female activists. The three, including Harare West MP Joana Mamombe, were likely victims of a “third force” or willing participants in a “stage-managed theatre”, Moyo claimed in an astonishing statement, even as he chided western diplomats for “jumping to conclusions.” Moyo said authorities were “investigating all aspects of the allegations”, adding: “The government will await the outcome of the investigation before drawing any conclusions. Investigations will be conducted with the prime objective of exposing and prosecuting the perpetrators, if any, or exposing the involvement of a possible third force.” The regime has ...

Padenga eyes growth

CROCODILE skin and meat supplier, Padenga Holdings Limited (PHL) expects growth for the year on the back of Chinese and European economies re-opening following the COVID-19-induced lockdowns. BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA In its annual report for the year ended 2019, released last week, PHL recorded a near 8,3% drop in profit after tax to US$6,74 million from a 2018 comparative of US$7,35 million. The group’s 2019 performance was affected by “evolving market conditions impacting on skin prices and increased costs inherent in meeting social licence expectations and the implementation of measures to address enhanced skin quality expectations. “Although closed for much of March/April, French tanneries were anticipating to re-open mid-April and product supply has thus far not been interrupted. Chinese ma...

Prospect completes rights issue

AFRICAN lithium company, Prospect Resources (Prospect) has successfully completed its rights issue, raising approximately A$2 million (US$1,304 million), managing director Sam Hosack has revealed. BY MTHANDAZO NYONI Prospect last month announced a non-renounceable rights issue to shareholders on a one-for-four basis at A$0,05 per fully paid ordinary share to raise approximately A$3,1 million, with a minimum A$1,2 million. “I am pleased to announce that Prospect Resources has successfully completed our rights issue, raising approximately A$2m. The past two months have been a turbulent time for most facets of the global economy as well as Prospect, our shareholders and our staff. As shareholders are aware, we have significantly reduced our workforce and overall cost base,” Hosack said in a s...

WHO praises China for ‘openness’ on coronavirus: Live updates

WHO has praised China for its eagerness towards the prospect of scientific inquiries into determining the origins of COVID-19. The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has climbed to 353,427, with 8,946 new infections in the past 24 hours. The United States has barred arrivals from Brazil, the country with the second-highest number of cases in the world after the US. More than 5.4 million people around the world have been infected with the coronavirus to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 344,000 people have died, while more than two million have recovered. Here are the latest updates: Monday, May 25 20:55 GMT – No new virus deaths in Ireland for first time in nine weeks Ireland recorded no new deaths from the coronavirus for the first time since March ...

Hundreds more Russian mercenaries flee western Libya: GNA forces

Hundreds of Russian military contractors in Libya were evacuated on Monday after retreating from fighting on the capital’s front lines, forces backing the unity government said. The claim comes after a series of setbacks for eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar’s year-long offensive to seize Tripoli from the UN-supported Government of National Accord (GNA). “An Antonov 32 military cargo plane landed at Bani Walid airport to resume the evacuation of Wagner [Group] mercenaries who had fled southern Tripoli to an as-yet unconfirmed destination,” pro-GNA forces wrote on Twitter. More: Pro-GNA forces said Monday some “1,500 to 1,600 mercenaries” had fled from the front lines to Bani Walid, a city 150km (93 miles) southeast of Tripoli. They sai...

Suriname: Desi Bouterse, a convicted murderer, seeks another term

Few leaders have the sort of shadows that hang over Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse: a former coup leader and strongman, convicted of murder and drug smuggling, overseeing a dire economy. Yet the charismatic 74-year-old president stands a fair chance of holding onto power as the small South American nation elects a new National Assembly on Monday – a body that will choose the next president in August. More: Bouterse’s National Democratic Party has built deep support among the country’s poor, many of them Black or of mixed race, who feel Bouterse is the first politician ever to pay attention to them. Their economic pain is eased somewhat by food parcels distributed to party supporters, and many credit Bouterse for recent oil discoveries off the Surinamese coast, w...