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Houghton explains Chevrons' poor show

09 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Dave Houghton, head coach of Zimbabwe Cricket, addressed the national team's failure to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, attributing the defeats to players' inability to handle pressure. He emphasized the need for a stronger development program and franchise cricket that simulates high-pressure situations to better prepare players. Houghton plans to discuss these issues and potential solutions with Zimbabwe Cricket in the coming weeks.

Activists turn to art to raise climate change awareness

08 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
African climate change activists are leveraging art forms like poetry, music, theatre, and graffiti to advocate for climate action at COP28 in Dubai. Phelister Amondi Awuor and Jesse David from Kenya are among those using their artistic talents to communicate the urgency of climate change to both grassroots communities and world leaders. Their demands include ending fossil fuel use, increasing renewable energy, and securing adaptation funding. The article underscores the power of art as a tool for environmental advocacy and cultural expression.

Daramombe Conquers in School Quiz Competition, Gets US$45K Scholarships to India

07 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Daramombe High School from Zimbabwe triumphed over competitors from Botswana and Swaziland in the National School Quiz Championships held in Botswana, securing a US$45,000 scholarship to India. The event marked the return of the NSQC after a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school's quiz team, led by patron Ndaizivei Shasha and headmaster Amos Takatya, credited their junior policy approach and emphasis on moral values for their success. The NSQC founder, Ian Venganai, announced that the tournament will be televised and promised more academic events in 2024.

Warriors risk losing Brito

06 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Baltemar Brito's contract as coach of Zimbabwe's national soccer team, the Warriors, is set to expire at the end of December, coinciding with the end of his contract with the Highlanders. Zifa, Zimbabwe's football governing body, must decide whether to extend Brito and fitness coach Antonio Torres's contracts and reapply for their work permits. Brito has expressed interest in continuing with the team, but there is a risk he could be persuaded elsewhere if Zifa delays. Brito's tenure included a friendly match against Botswana and World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda and Nigeria. His association with Highlanders was marked by an unbeaten streak and interest from Zifa due to the team's performance.

FBC Holdings scoops corporate governance awards

06 Dec 2023  |  www.thestandard.co.zw
FBC Holdings and its subsidiary FBC Bank won multiple awards at the Chartered Governance and Accountancy Institute in Zimbabwe's annual Excellence in Corporate Governance Awards. FBC Holdings was recognized for the Overall Best Corporate Governance Practices and Stakeholder Practices and Sustainability Reporting, while FBC Bank received awards for Best Risk Management and Overall Banking Institution. Other notable winners included CBZ Holdings, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Old Mutual, and the Deposit Protection Corporation. The awards, which have been held since 2013, aim to promote good corporate governance practices in Zimbabwe.

ZC selectors axe Chevrons quartet

06 Dec 2023  |  The Standard
Following Zimbabwe's poor performance at the ICC T-20 World Cup qualifier in Namibia, four players have been dropped from the national team. Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Innocent Kaia, and Nick Welch were excluded from the squad for the upcoming home series against Ireland. Two uncapped players, Brian Bennett and Trevor Gwandu, have been named in the 15-man squad. Sikandar Raza will lead the team, which includes several players from the Namibian campaign. The team is currently practicing at Harare Sports Club under head coach Dave Houghton.

Gems target flourishing finish

05 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
The Zimbabwe national netball team, known as the Gems, will compete against Botswana for third place in the Africa Netball Championships after missing the finals despite a victory over Eswatini. The Gems required a win with a margin of at least 20 goals but started slowly, which cost them a spot in the semis. Zambia and Namibia will play in the final, while Eswatini and Kenya vie for fifth place. The Gems made several positional changes during their match against Eswatini, with Kelly Myambo making her debut and contributing to the team's performance.

Netherlands reaffirms its support for adolescent girls

05 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi, Margret Verwijk, announced the continuation of funding for the READY programme, aimed at ending Aids, during a side meeting at the ICASA conference in Harare. Verwijk emphasized the importance of bodily autonomy and informed sexual and reproductive decision-making for community wellbeing. She highlighted the progress made in reducing HIV infections and Aids-related deaths in Southern Africa since 2010, while acknowledging new public health challenges such as climate change, migration, and inequality. The READY Summit united diverse groups to share experiences and work towards ending Aids, addressing inequalities that fuel the epidemic. The Netherlands supports the fight against HIV through the Dutch Regional HIV/Aids and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights programme, contributing around EUR10 million annually, active in 10 countries.

Fans’ Choice Benza wants more

05 Dec 2023  |  The Standard
Tino Benza, a 22-year-old forward for Herentals, has won the Fans Choice Player of the Year award for the second time and aims to be among the top three finalists for the Soccer Star of the Year award next season. He has been a key player for Herentals, contributing six goals and 11 assists, and was called into the Warriors squad by coach Baltemar Brito. Benza credits training, self-motivation, and hard work for his success.

Dynamos End Nine-Year Trophy Drought with Chibuku Super Cup Victory

04 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Dynamos won the Chibuku Super Cup, defeating Ngezi Platinum Stars 2-0, marking their first major domestic trophy since 2014 and their first Chibuku Super Cup since its return that same year. The victory coincided with Dynamos' 60th anniversary. Teenage star Elton Chikona and Nigerian striker Emmanuel Paga scored the goals. Ngezi Platinum's coach Takesure Chiragwi acknowledged defensive mistakes and congratulated Dynamos. The match was held at Baobab Stadium with a near-full capacity crowd.

Mark Anthony retires from bodybuilding

03 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Mark Anthony Vassilatos, a renowned bodybuilder from Harare Fitness Gym, has retired after winning the Mr. Zim title for the second consecutive time at the Zim Nationals event in Harare. He joins other Zimbabwean bodybuilders with two Mr. Zim titles, such as Vaughan Carl and Walter Munyikwa. Vassilatos won the Senior Men Bodybuilding over 85kg category and the overall senior men bodybuilding lineup. He expressed gratitude to his main sponsor, Mukuba Holdings, and other supporters like Ross Tyres and Spray Tech. The article also mentions other competitors like Noah Dzvokora, Irvine Dekeya, Alex Mangwiro, Nigel Maphosa, and James Tashera.

Noble Stylz launches National Rap League 'battles'

03 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Noble Stylz, an award-winning rapper and promoter, has launched the Bars to Bars National Rap League, a continuation of the For The Culture initiative. The league aims to promote new artists and brands, with Masofa Panze, the parent brand, having won the best hip hop promoter at the Zim Hip Hop awards. The inaugural rap battle edition was held at Moto Republik in the Dodger Dome, named in honor of the late hip hop enthusiast Donald Dodger Marinde. The league celebrates communities that produce hip hop talent and will feature different divisions, from local neighborhoods to intercity battles.

Ncube’s budget an attack on the poor

03 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube's 2024 budget for Zimbabwe is criticized for being fundamentally flawed and an attack on the poor. The budget, which significantly increases spending, introduces new taxes and raises existing ones, disproportionately affecting ordinary Zimbabweans and those in informal businesses. Critics argue that the budget is not pro-poor and will exacerbate economic inequality. Legislators are urged to reject the budget's unrealistic measures to protect the rights of the impoverished population.

School of sport: IT’S A DISGRACE

03 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
The article criticizes the behavior of sports figures like Mikel Arteta, Scott McTominay, and Tyson Fury for their public outbursts and derogatory comments towards officials and opponents, labeling such actions as a disgrace. It questions the impact of these actions on children and society, contrasting the aggressive behavior with the charitable message of the song 'We are the World'. The author suggests that sportsmen have a duty to set a better example and calls for a more respectful and constructive approach in sports.

IIFF 2023 to spotlight women's stories of resilience

03 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
The International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) 2023, themed 'Women of Hope', will take place in Harare from November 28 to December 2 and in Bulawayo from December 8 to December 10. The festival will showcase films from around the world, focusing on women's stories of resilience and societal impact. The opening film is 'NOME', directed by Sana Na N’Hada. IIFF will also offer masterclasses led by industry professionals such as Zanele Mthembu and Carla Sospedra. The festival is organized by the ICAPA Trust and supported financially by the Culture Fund and the European Union in Zimbabwe, with free screenings at various venues.

I wanted to quit football: Soccer star Amini reveals

03 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
Qadr Amini, the Ngezi Platinum Stars captain, was named Soccer Star of the Year in Harare, overcoming a past heart complication and the prospect of early retirement. Amini, who scored seven goals this season, led his team to a maiden league title and is now considering extending his career due to the opportunity to play in the CAF Champions League. Other awardees included Walter Musona, Donald Mudadi, Obriel Chirinda, Tino Benza, Ariel Sibanda, and Elton Chikona for various achievements in Zimbabwean soccer.

Hebrew Scriptures: False Messiahs in Jewish history

03 Dec 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
The article discusses the concept of the Messiah in Judaism, its origins, and the expectations of the Messiah's role according to Jewish tradition. It explains the historical context of anointing in the Bible and how it has influenced the concept of divine right in European monarchies. The article also describes the heightened messianic expectations during times of Jewish suffering and lists several historical instances where false messiahs emerged.

Village Rhapsody: Zimbabwe has a waste management crisis

03 Dec 2023  |  The Standard
Zimbabwe faces a significant waste management crisis, with over 300,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated annually, much of which is improperly disposed of. The article discusses the roles of the government, corporations, and citizens in addressing this issue, emphasizing the importance of corporate social responsibility. Delta Beverages is highlighted for its recycling efforts, while the United Nations' sustainable development goals are cited as a framework for improvement. The article calls for a collaborative approach involving policymakers, producers, and other stakeholders to assign economic value to waste and enhance environmental sustainability.

Boost for SMEs as NMB secures US$15m facility

30 Nov 2023  |  thestandard.co.zw
NMB Bank Limited in Zimbabwe has obtained a US$15 million trade finance facility from the African Development Bank to support SMEs and corporates in the agribusiness and trade distribution sectors. This marks AfDB's first collaboration with NMB, which has raised US$130 million in foreign credit since 2010. The facility is expected to facilitate over US$100 million in trade by 2026, enhancing intra-Africa trade and reducing the trade finance gap. Additional funds have been accessed from the European Investment Bank and are anticipated from the Trade and Development Bank, with more than US$55 million in the pipeline from two international institutions.

Chipinge Orphanage Receives Festive Goodies From Diaspora Insurance

10 Feb 2021  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Hope for Kids handed over Z$55,000.00 worth of groceries to Daisy Dube Children’s Home in Chipinge, donated by Diaspora Insurance as part of its corporate social responsibility. The donation included various food items and was praised by the organization's director, Misheck Mlambo. The home's matron, Juliet Chifamba, and an inmate, Tatenda Mashava, expressed gratitude, noting the timely nature of the donation amidst food shortages. Diaspora Insurance CEO Jeff Madzingo stated the intention was to support vulnerable groups during the festive season and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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