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Partisan battle over US coronavirus aid for small businesses

The United States Senate on Thursday failed to push through an additional $250bn of aid intended to help small businesses cope with the economic toll of the new coronavirus pandemic as Democrats and Republicans blocked each other’s proposals. Democrats objected to a Republican measure for $250bn to beef up emergency loans to small businesses, saying they would back the bill only if it had strings attached and was coupled with a similar amount for hospitals, local governments and food assistance. Republicans objected to the Democratic initiative, saying only the money in a small business loan programme was at risk of running out now and needed to be replenished. More: “To my Democratic colleagues, please – please – do not block emergency aid you do not even oppose ju...

Uganda faces food shortage as coronavirus disrupts locust fight

Kampala, Uganda – Farmers in Uganda are bracing for a fresh onslaught of desert locusts after two swarms entered the country from neighbouring Kenya last week, threatening to destroy crops and intensify hunger amid the struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Countries across East Africa are battling the worst locust outbreak in decades, with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warning on Wednesday that the situation remained “extremely alarming” as hopper bands and an increasing number of new swarms form in parts of the region. “This represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods because it coincides with the beginning of the long rains and the planting season,” it said on Wednesday. More: In Uganda, the ...

WATCH:DRAMA As Masvingo Businessman Is Caught Pants Down With Man’s Fiancee At Gweru Lodge

Masvingo Businessman Caught Pants Down With Man’s Fiancee From left to right, popular businessman Taurai ‘Bucho’ Madzwiti, Anele Makhiwa and Tatenda Gwatidzo Fists flew after a prominent Masvingo businessman, Taurai Mudzwiti popularly known as ‘ Bucho ‘ was caught having a romp inside his love nest with another man’s fiancee, at a Gweru lodge. The woman in question was identified as one Anele, who learns at Great Zimbabwe University. The jilted man, identified as Tatenda Gwatidzo outed Bucho by putting him on blast on social media. I also wanted to be married like you but I caught you f***ing my ex fiancee in Gweru at village lodge, Anele Daisy Makhiwa, a student GZU WHO I WAS SENDING TO SCHOOL I WITHOUT PROTECTION, WHAT’S SAD IS U HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WIFE U RUINED IT FOR ME In a series of vi...

PICS: DJ Black Coffee Like You Have Never Seen Him Before

Black Coffee Like You Have Never Seen Him Before DJ Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, took his fans back to the past when he shared an endearing photograph of himself when in his youth to allow his fans to steal a glimpse that they had never seen before. Black Coffee Like You Have Never Seen Him Before (Image Credit: DJ Black Coffee/Twitter) The world-renowned producer and DJ who turned 44-year just last month shared a photograph from when he was just getting into his teens. In the picture, two older children are standing next to each with their arms around one another while, a third younger boy is squatting at their feet. All three children who barefoot appear to be cheerful. Black Coffee revealed that he was with his cousin and brother on the photograph. Black Coffee...

Athletes shaping the future of Zimbabwe

Things may be starting to change, however, as sports are now growing faster than ever, and by accessing this website, you can get instant access to some of the top betting markets available right now. In 2020, Zimbabwe really is starting to pick up the pace in terms of improving the quality of life and giving athletes the chances they deserve, as seen through the information given here. It’s an exciting time right now for the country, and there are a couple of major athletes who are helping Zimbabwe to develop in these areas. Let’s find out exactly who is helping to make such radical changes in the country right now. Image source: https://news.pindula.co.zw/2019/04/03/roger-federer-andy-murray-offer-support-to-cyclone-idai-survivors/ Zimbabwe heroes Serena Williams Serena Williams isn’t al...

Zimplats gets exception to Zimbabwe order

Mining Magazine is making some of its most important coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic freely available to readers. For more coverage, please see our COVID-19 hub. To subscribe to Mining Magazine, click here. The miner, which was originally part of the 21-day lockdown order by government officials supported by Mines and Mining Development minister Winston Chitando, applied for and was granted a permit for the continuation of mining and processing operations. Officials said it has allowed the company to “continue relatively uninterrupted” during the lockdown. “Zimplats supports the decision taken by the government of Zimbabwe to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection rate and is committed to contributing where it can to the country’s socio-economic stability,” the compan...

One On One Interview With Wadiwa Wepa Moyo Leading Man Everson Chieza

Interview With Wadiwa Wepa Moyo Leading Man Everson K Chieza Wadiwa Wepa Moyo Actor Everson Chieza Local online drama series, Wadiwa Wepa Moyo, has no doubt been the breakout hit series for 2020 so far. The series which only started airing online in February has built up a large following with thousands of fans eagerly waiting for each new episode. Episode 8 of Wadiwa Wepa Moyo is trending on social media and has a massive 95 000 view barely 24 hours after the episode premiered on Youtube. Naturally, fans of Wadiwa Wepa Moyo want to know more about the actors who play the characters who make the show so enjoyable. iHarare has learned that Everson Kuda Chieza, who plays the lead role of Tawanda, popularly known as Man Tawa on the show, duly obliged and had an interview with Prowl Women’s Ma...

VAYA provides critical transport relief during the lockdown

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many countries, including Zimbabwe, to impose 21 to 30-day restrictive lockdown periods – some even longer, where the epidemic has been more widespread. The lockdowns are designed to protect citizens from the spread of the deadly and infectious disease by restricting contact among people. In Zimbabwe, the restriction on movements, which has been extended to the transport services sector, has, however, meant even those whose services are considered essential will also find it difficult to move around as conveniently as they would, prior to the lockdown. Some of the services that have been recognised as essential include provision of services such as healthcare, food, medicines, power, water, telecoms, rescue services and others. But if these services are ...

COVID-19: RTG expects 6% fall in revenue

THE Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) says closure of its hotels this month to contain the spread of coronavirus will reduce its annual revenue generation by at least 6%. BY FIDELITY MHLANGA In its financial statement for the full year ended December 2019, the company said the board would, however, quantify the total impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its wholesome operations. During the year under review, the group realised inflation-adjusted revenues of $45,6 million after it grew by 62% from $279,8 million in 2018. Historical growth was 539% from $34,3 million to $219,4 million. “The group in response temporarily closed down all of its hotels during the lockdown period. The closure will have a significant impact on the group’s month of April 2020 revenues, wh...

‘Lockdown to hit livelihoods hard’

Zimbabwe’s nationwide lockdown will likely hit hard livelihoods and markets for both rural and urban households, a leading provider of information and analysis on food insecurity has said. BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA The 21-day nationwide lockdown, which started last Monday, came as a measure to arrest the spread of the virulent coronavirus, with the country so far having recorded 11 confirmed positive cases and two deaths. “This lockdown restricts the normal movement of people, goods, and services, including a ban on some public transportation and closure of borders to non-essential travel. However, the restrictions exempt critical producers and services, including humanitarian assistance distributions,” the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) said in its latest update. “These measures,...

WHO defends coronavirus handling; UK toll rises: Live updates

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has defended its handling of the coronavirus pandemic after US President Donald Trump accused the agency of being “China-centric” and threatened to cut funding. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom on Wednesday recorded its highest daily death toll, at 938, bringing the number of total coronavirus-linked fatalities to 7,097. More: While Spain reported another 757 deaths over the past 24 hours, Wuhan began allowing people to leave for the first time since the central Chinese city was sealed off 76 days ago to contain the coronavirus that first emerged there late last year. Here are the latest updates. Wednesday, April 8 18:00 GMT – Gazans fear covonavirus outbreak will be their breaking point People in Gaza voice concern t...

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

The outbreak of the coronavirus, which as of April 8 has killed more than 83,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has infected more than 1.4 million people worldwide. More: Major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. The most significant one that was due to take place in Japan this summer was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However,the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have postponed the event to next year, where it will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Football The CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Nations League Finals, which were scheduled for June 4–7, have been suspended.Th...