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Byo writers launch 2 motivational books – NewsDay

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By IRENE MOYO
BULAWAYO-BASED poet Zwelithini Dlamini (21), in collaboration with Portia Tshuma (37), recently launched two books which encourage the youths not to give up on their dreams.

The books titled Ithendele elihle likhala ligijima and Survival of the fittest were launched last Saturday.

Dlamini told NewsDay Life & Style that the two books were both about everyday life and Zimbabwe’s current economic instability.

“Because we are seeing instability of the economy that does not mean we should stay at home and fold our hands and relax, rather we should get up, dust ourselves, swallow our pride and find something to do that will benefit us financially for the betterment of our lives and the nation at large because time has never been on our side, thus the proverb Ithendelwelihle ngelikhala ligijima,” Dlamini said.

“The life we live nowadays is survival of the fittest. We face a lot at a tender age. We talk of losing loved ones, failing to meet our targets; the list is endless. This is why I came up with the book. I wish l could convince the youths to value our culture and our language as well. I wish to see many poets rising up for the right cause and encouraging other youths,” he added.

Tshuma said unemployment and COVID-19 exposed the talent in her which she never knew she had.

“Inspiration is the lack of employment in our country and all the hardships that people are facing to make a decent living, hence the books are motivational to youths and everyone at large,” Tshuma said.

“The COVID-19 era exposed many people to challenges and most people worked from home during that era. I also started writing the poems according to different situations, but mostly to foster working hard for a better tomorrow and it eventually became a success which enabled me to collaborate with Zwelithini. I aim to cultivate the spirit of reading among youths because there is power in the written word. The books I have written are motivational and can surely be of help to the youths who may be going astray in life,” Tshuma added.

The duo started writing the books last year in May and it expects more collaborations in the future.

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Americans' support for Russian sanctions falters as the economy takes the battering – The Zimbabwe Mail




WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are becoming less supportive of punishing Russia for launching its invasion of Ukraine if it comes at the expense of the U.S. economy, a sign of rising anxiety over inflation and other challenges, according to a new poll.

While broad support for U.S. sanctions has not faltered, the balance of opinion on prioritizing sanctions over the economy has shifted, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Now 45% of U.S. adults say the nation’s bigger priority should be sanctioning Russia as effectively as possible, while slightly more — 51% — say it should be limiting damage to the U.S. economy.

In April, those figures were exactly reversed. In March, shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine, a clear majority — 55% — said the bigger priority should be sanctioning Russia as effectively as possible.

The shifts in opinion reflect how rising prices are biting into American households — surging costs for gas, groceries, and other commodities have strained budgets for millions of people — and perhaps limiting their willingness to support Ukraine financially. That may be a troubling sign for President Joe Biden, who on Saturday approved an additional $40 billion in funding to help Ukraine including both weapons and financial assistance. The poll shows low faith in him to handle the situation, and an overall approval rating that hit the lowest point of his presidency.

“We’re killing ourselves,” said Jeanette Ellis-Carter, a retired accountant who lives with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio. “We can help other people, but in helping other people, we have to know how to help ourselves. And we’re not doing that.”

Ellis-Carter, 70, noted that annual inflation topping 8% would erase any cost-of-living adjustment for retirees, especially with the rising costs of health care and food. She continues to do accounting work but has lost small-business clients who no longer can afford to hire her.

The poll shows wide majorities of U.S. adults continue to favor imposing sanctions on Russia, banning oil imported from Russia and providing weapons to Ukraine. And most U.S. adults continue to say the U.S. should have a role in the war between Russia and Ukraine: 32% say the U.S. should have a major role in the conflict, while 49% say it should have a minor role.

But there’s muted support for sending funds directly to Ukraine. Forty-four percent of Americans say they favor sending funds, while 32% are opposed and 23% are neither in favor nor opposed.

The new poll shows just 21% of Americans say they have “a great deal of confidence” in Biden’s ability to handle the situation in Ukraine; 39% say they have some confidence and 39% say they have hardly any.


“Sometimes we get involved in things that we really shouldn’t, and it’s going to make things worse,” said Angelica Christensen, a 33-year-old from Ithaca, New York. “We need to focus right now on building up our economy.”

The U.S. and European allies have imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia, cutting off major banks from global transactions and going directly after Russian President Vladimir Putin, top leaders, and their families. The U.S. also banned the importation of Russian oil.

While Russian oil makes up a small part of America’s total energy imports, the ban comes as gas prices have surged in recent months, hitting $4.71 per gallon, or $1.61 higher than a year ago. Supply chain problems and increased economic demand as COVID-19 restrictions ease have contributed to rising prices. Biden and many Democrats have accused gas companies of price gouging, while Republicans say the White House should support increased domestic oil and natural gas drilling.

Overall, 45% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the U.S. relationship with Russia, while 54% disapprove. That’s held steady each month since the conflict began. Seventy-three percent of Democrats and 15% of Republicans approve.

Shantha Bunyan, a 43-year-old from Loveland, Colorado, said she still supports Biden and believes he’s performed better than former President Donald Trump. She’s heard jokes that the most expensive place to visit in town is the local gas station. But Bunyan, who spent years traveling abroad before the pandemic began and lived for a month in Moscow, said she believes the U.S. has to continue to sacrifice to support Ukraine’s resistance.

“We seem to think that everything that goes on in the world isn’t going to affect us and that we live in some sort of a bubble,” she said. “It seems to me that anything that happens in the rest of the world is going to affect us. Unless we do something proactive, our economy is going to be affected anyway.”

But Jackie Perry, a 62-year-old from Centre, Alabama, said while she sympathized with Ukrainians and believes Russia was unjustified in launching its invasion, the White House needed to focus more on the economy. She has had to cut back on driving because gas is too expensive.

“They don’t have to worry about the price of gas,” she said about the Biden administration. “If they were more interested in the people that they’re supposed to be serving, our gas wouldn’t be that high.”

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The AP-NORC poll of 1,172 adults was conducted May 12-16 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.


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Zimbabwe's Acardia Lithium Project to promote employment – Construction Review

The Arcardia Lithium Project in Zimabawe will undergo major construction works that will generate over 1000 new jobs. This is after Huayou, a Chinese corporationmade the $372 million acquisition.

Huayou, a worldwide firm headquartered in Tongxiang, China, announced recently the acquisition of the Arcadia lithium project from Prospect Resources Plc and minority shareholders. Following the acquisition, the business stated that it would invest $300 million over the following year to develop the mine and build a processing plant.

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The Arcadia Lithium Project is located 38 kilometers from Harare and is an open put mine. It is considered to have the largest hard rock lithium resource in the world.

According to the firm, the mine would have a capacity of 4.5 million tonnes of ore per year, which translates to around 400 000 tonnes of lithium concentrate per year. Huayou’s large investment has the ability to drastically impact the local community and promote Zimbabwe’s economic growth. President Mnangagwa presided at the project’s groundbreaking event in April 2018, which fits in with his “Zimbabwe open for business” credo. Lithium is strategically important to Zimbabwe’s economy, and it is a critical component of the Second Republic’s goal of developing a US$12 billion mining industry by 2023.

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The mineral, whose popularity has skyrocketed in recent years due to rising demand in the manufacture of electric vehicles, is estimated to contribute $500 million by that time. Notably, mining, in general, is an important aspect of Zimbabwe’s economy, accounting for more than 75% of the country’s foreign exchange profits and at least 12% of GDP. Huayou’s Arcadia project is Africa’s most advanced lithium project, and it will significantly boost Zimbabwe’s standing as a major worldwide supplier of rechargeable lithium minerals, which is presently the world’s fifth-largest producer with a single working mine (Bikita Minerals).

Huayou stated that the Arcadia project would be executed with great attention to the essential environmental care to restrict harmful emissions to a bare minimum. The corporation has also vowed considerable expenditures on cutting-edge technology to generate lithium concentrate and has committed to ensuring that information is passed on to its staff. The Chinese battery minerals company stated that individuals from the local community and the surrounding area would be given preference for employment at the mining site in Goromonzi, 38 kilometres east of Harare.

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Teachers Blast Mthuli Ncube – ZimEye – ZimEye – Zimbabwe News

Teachers Blast Mthuli Ncube

24 May 2022

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Teachers’ unions on Sunday expressed anger over Finance and Economic Minister Mthuli Ncube’s claims that the Government has done a lot to improve teachers’ conditions of service.

Last week Ncube told Parliament that teachers were never paid US$540 before October 2018 when the Government effectively brought to an end the policy that had placed bond notes at par with US dollars.

Teachers and other civil servants are demanding the restoration of their pre-October 2018 salaries.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Raymond Majongwe accused Ncube of creating falsehoods. Said Majongwe:

He can’t create falsehoods. If he isn’t aware that we earned US$540, he can go back to government files and see that.

Soon, we’ll be told that we are not Zimbabweans. The so-called middle-income economy can’t be achieved without teachers.

Our families are here and we want the country’s wealth to be shared equally.

Educators Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Tapedza Zhou told NewsDay that it was Ncube who was misleading the nation. He said:

Mthuli Ncube should not misinform the nation and himself as well by some cheap semantics.

To then claim that they have done a lot to improve salaries for civil servants when he presided over the loss of value for the local currency makes us want to know if the minister is good at addition and subtraction.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure accused Ncube of arrogance. He said:

The statement is reckless and hinges on arrogance. It is a fact that the cost of living is rising both in US$ and local currency terms.

Zimbabwe Union of School Heads secretary-general Munyaradzi Majoni said:

The statements are not only untrue but unfortunate. We don’t know the technical explanations he will use to justify his false assertion on pre-October 2018 salaries. – NewsDay

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