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Trump ‘terminates’ US contract with WHO: Coronavirus live updates

US President Donald Trump has said the US is ‘terminating’ its relationship with the WHO, saying group hasn’t made coronavirus reforms. The WHO and 37 countries have launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an alliance aimed at making coronavirus vaccines, tests, treatments and other technologies available to all countries.  Russia has announced that 232 more people have died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours in a record one-day increase in the country. India’s coronavirus death and case tolls have passed China’s, after the country recorded 175 new deaths and 7,466 new cases. The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A are set to resume in June after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears. China again reported...

Stunner Intervenes In DJ Towers & Mr Styllz Fight.. This Is What He Said

DJ Towers & Mr Styllz Fight… Here’s What Stunner Said  Stunner has taken a more mature and peaceful approach, by telling DJ Towers and promoter Mr Styllz to bury the hatchet. Stunner, who is an acquaintance to both gentlemen, said they should stop airing their dirty laundry on social media and make peace. This come after a rumored falling out between DJ Towers and Mr Styllz, resulting in the latter dropping a video on Zim Celebs dissing the former. Mr Styllz After DJ Towers once boasted that Mr Styllz bought him a car, while they were still in good books, he has backtracked on his statement saying Teemak, Mr Styllz’s business partner is the one who bought the car for him. DJ Towers DJ Towers ranted in the video which has since gone viral, however Stunner has called for ceasefire S...

US embassy demands arrests as bail reduced for abducted MDC trio

HARARE – The United States embassy on Friday called on Zimbabwe to arrest and prosecute the people behind the abduction and torture of three female MDC youth activists. The three women were charged for breaching coronavirus lockdown regulations on Wednesday, and had the money component of their bail reduced by a court on Thursday. Harare West MP Joana Mamombe and youth assembly activists Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova are still hospitalised at Parktown Hospital in Waterfalls. They were first arrested on May 13 after staging a demonstration against the government’s failure to provide food for impoverished families affected by coronavirus-induced restrictions, before they were abducted from a police station by men believed to be state security agents. Bail had originally been set at Z$3,...

How Menzi Ngubane’s Illness Affects His New Role At The Queen : Fergusons Respond

Accomplished Mzansi actor Menzi Ngubane has been in the making news over the past few days for two things. The first being his move from Isibaya to The Queen. Shortly after the news was made public, Menzi again featured in the news after falling ill with a recurring kidney problem which saw him being hospitalized for a few days. Menzi Ngubane’s new bosses at The Queen, the Fergusons had been quiet on his health and how it might affect production at his new job and storyline. Menzi Ngubane is scheduled to start shooting for his character at The Queen in July. His new character at The Queen will see him playing the father-daughter role with Jessica Nkosi. The Fergusons Respond to Menzi Ngubane’s illness and his future at The Queen When contacted for comment, Ferguson Films’ showrunner, Laure...

English, Italian football back in June: Live coronavirus updates

The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A are set to resume next month after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears. US President Donald Trump has once again attacked Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic, calling the virus “a very bad gift from China”.  Cases of community transmission of the coronavirus are growing in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia, and a new strategy for testing is needed to prevent this, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said. European governments have moved to halt the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, and a second global trial was suspended, further blows to hopes for a treatment promoted by US President Donald Trump. More than 5.7 million cases of co...

‘All-out combat’ feared as India, China engage in border standoff

On May 5, a scuffle broke out between Indian and Chinese troops at the Pangong Tso lake, located 14,000 feet (4,270 metres) above the sea level in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. A video shot by an Indian soldier and shared on social media showed soldiers from both nations engaged in fistfights and stone-pelting at the de facto border, known as Line of Actual Control (LAC). The incident, which continued until the next day, resulted in 11 soldiers being injured on both sides. More: Three days later and nearly 1,200km (745 miles) away to the east along the LAC, another fight erupted at Nathu La Pass in the Indian state of Sikkim after Indian soldiers stopped a patrol party from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Both countries downplayed the incidents and the issues were resolved ...

US and allies condemn China over Hong Kong national security law

China’s plan to impose a new security law on Hong Kong puts it in direct violation of its international commitments, the United States and its allies – the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia – have said. “China’s decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration,” a joint statement released by the four countries said on Thursday. More: The proposed Chinese law would undermine the “one country, two systems” framework, the four allies said in the statement, referring to the arrangement under which Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed back to China in 1997. ...

Zimbabwe grants full farm ownership to cannabis investors

In 2018, Zimbabwe approved the production of marijuana for solely medicinal and scientific purposes after plenty of deliberation, thus becoming the second African country to legalize its use after Lesotho. Last year, the government announced that 37 local and private investors had shown interest in cannabis farming, in addition to more than 150 foreign and local investors who had indicated interest. “Following Cabinet’s decision and high-level meeting, a policy change enabling investors to hold 100 percent ownership of Medical Cannabis licenses were made in order to improve the competitiveness of the sector both regionally and globally,” Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said. Part of the agreement at the meeting was that investors had the option to utilize private land for cannabis project. “I...

Digital Agriculture Benefits Zimbabwe’s Farmers but Mobile Money is Costly

A communal farmer harvesting her maize crop in Seke communal lands, Zimbabwe. In recent years, Zimbabwe has witnessed a rapid growth in digital agriculture. Credit: Tonderayi Mukeredzi/IPS HARARE (IPS) – Shurugwi communal farmer, Elizabeth Siyapi (57) can no longer be scammed by unscrupulous middlemen to sell her crops cheaply. Nowadays, before she takes her produce to market she scours her mobile phone, which has become an essential digital agriculture data bank, for the best prices on the market. “When my livestock are sick, instead of waiting for an extension officer to physically visit me for help, which may take days, I just consult my phone to look for information on what to do,” she told IPS. Siyaphi is one of approximately 34,000 small holder farmers across the country collectively...

Insights into Mangudya’s era of fibs, fiddling

RESERVE Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya (pictured) says he has been praying for Zimbabweans to understand economics. Zimbabweans, in turn, have been making the same prayers — for him. Testifying on Wednesday before Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee, a frustrated Mangudya said: “I pray for Zimbabwe each morning, saying, ‘Oh God, help Zimbabweans understand economics’.” Why does he think we all need prayer? In his view, all this economic instability comes down to mysterious demonic powers that, he says, cause Zimbabweans not to trust their own currency. “There’s a demon in this country causing economic instability,” Mangudya said. “The rate changes in the minds of people, there is no country that does not have a parallel rate, but the parallel rate in Zimbabwe changes frequen...

Edgars in $70m rights offer

LISTED Edgars Zimbabwe is seeking for the shareholders’ nod to raise $70 million through a rights offer geared towards capitalising business, the clothing company has announced. BY FIDELITY MHLANGA Already, an extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM) to deliberate the issue has been slated for June 16, 2020. “The board of directors of Edgars has resolved that, subject to the approval of shareholders, the company be authorised to raise $70 000 000,” Edgars said in a circular. “The board is proposing a renounceable rights offer to recapitalise Edgars by way of a rights offer of 274 745 630 ordinary shares of a nominal value of $0,01 each, at a rights offer price of $0,2548 per share, on the basis of five new ordinary shares for every six ordinary shares in issue as at the record date. The Rights...

Banks face US$ refund Bill: Veritas

LOCAL legal think-tank Veritas says if the Supreme Court upholds the High Court of Zimbabwe decision dismissing the central bank regulation that separated Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and nostro accounts, banks will have to refund their clients in United States dollars. BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA On May 14, High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou ruled that central bank regulation Exchange Control Directive RT120 of October 2018, which separated foreign currency accounts into locally and foreign currency-denominated ones, was unconstitutional. What this means is that banks owe their depositors the US dollars they had in their foreign currency accounts (FCAs) as at October 3, 2018, a day before the central bank regulation was issued. However, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and the Reserve Bank of...