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Secret vaccinations help Zimbabwe mothers protect children – Midland Daily News

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Dozens of women holding babies rushed to take their places on wooden benches at a clinic in Zimbabwe while a nurse took a separate group of anxious mothers and their children through a back door and into another room. The nurse quickly closed the door behind them.

The women were all at the Mbare Polyclinic in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, to get their children vaccinated against measles amid a deadly outbreak in the southern African country. But those who were taken to the back room were getting their children vaccinated in secret, and in defiance of religious doctrine that forbids them from using modern medicines.

“The advent of the measles outbreak saw children dying so they are now coming secretly and we are helping them,” said Lewis Foya, a nurse at the clinic.

More than 700 children have died from measles in Zimbabwe in an outbreak first reported in April. Many were unvaccinated because of religious reasons, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said.

The government has announced a vaccination drive but, as with COVID-19, some religious groups are stubbornly opposed to vaccines and have hindered the campaign.

Apostolic groups that infuse traditional beliefs into a Pentecostal doctrine are among the most skeptical of modern medicine in Zimbabwe. Followers instead put their faith in prayer, holy water and other measures to ward off disease or cure illnesses.

“They have a belief that if they get vaccinated, they become unholy so that’s the doctrine that they pass down to the women,” said Foya. He said the patriarchy in the church means women have “no power to openly say no” to instructions. Children are then in danger.

There has been little detailed research on Apostolic churches in Zimbabwe but studies by the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, estimate it is the largest denomination with around 2.5 million followers in a country of 15 million. Some allow members to seek health care. Many are still resistant.

So to save their children, some mothers visit clinics in secret, sometimes under the cover of night and without their husbands knowing. A group of Apostolic church members who are open to modern medicine have been trying to change church attitudes, but also advise women to go against church rules if it means helping their children.

“We encourage women to get their children vaccinated, maybe at night,” said Debra Mpofu, a member of the Apostolic Women Empowerment Trust. “It’s really necessary for the women to protect their children so it’s important for them to just sneak out.”

The secrecy is necessary because members found to have visited health care centers are shamed and forbidden from taking part in church activities.

The World Health Organization warned in April of an increase in measles in vulnerable countries due to COVID-19 disruptions, with more than 40 countries postponing or suspending their regular immunization campaigns. In July, UNICEF said about 25 million children worldwide had missed out on routine immunizations against common childhood diseases, calling it a “red alert” for child health.

Globally, WHO and UNICEF reported a 79% spike in measles in the first two months of 2022 alone and warned of the potential for large outbreaks. Children and pregnant women are most at risk of severe disease from measles, which is among the most infectious diseases and easily preventable with a vaccine. More than 95% of measles deaths occur in developing countries.

Zimbabwe’s outbreak was first reported in the eastern Manicaland province following church gatherings and has spread across the country. The government, with support from UNICEF, the WHO and other non-governmental organizations, has embarked on a vaccination campaign targeting millions of children.

At the Mbare clinic, one mother said people had learned from the vaccine hesitancy prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A lot of people were misinformed during that COVID-19 period because they were told that when you get vaccinated there will be after-effects,” said the mother, Winnet Musiyarira. “So due to that a lot of people lost their lives and it was important for everybody to take that serious. So when I heard about measles I just said I have to take my kids to hospital and get them vaccinated.”

Musiyarira said she wasn’t a member of a religious group. Some women wearing matching white headscarves to indicate they are part of an Apostolic church and who were at the Mbare clinic to get their children vaccinated secretly declined to speak to The Associated Press for fear of reprisal from church leaders.

Apostolic groups are notoriously wary of outsiders.

In a bushy area in the impoverished Epworth region outside Harare, Apostolic congregants wearing white robes gathered outdoors recently, as is their tradition, to worship. Some knelt before self-proclaimed prophets as a man scooped ashes from a fireplace and put them in plastic bag to take home to be used to heal illness.

It is one of many congregations that Mpofu’s Apostolic Women Empowerment Trust has approached. On this occasion, and after intense negotiations, Mpofu and her team were allowed to address the congregants and distribute vaccination fliers. The church leader, James Katsande, also agreed to allow his followers to take their children to clinics.

But there was a condition: They should approach the church’s prophets to be blessed before going to a clinic.

“First we need to protect them with the Holy Spirit to cast out any demons and bad luck,” said Katsande, a tall man wearing white robes and a white headscarf with a cross on it. “We remain the first port of call,” he added.

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Pop singer Shakira to face trial over tax fraud in Spain – New Zimbabwe.com


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BARCELONA: A Spanish judge on Tuesday approved a trial for Colombian pop singer Shakira on charges of tax fraud.

Spanish prosecutors accused the entertainer in 2018 of failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($13.9 million) in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence and a hefty fine if she is found guilty of tax evasion.

Shakira, 45, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and rejected a deal with authorities to avoid going to trial. Her public relations firm has said that she has already paid all that she owed and an additional 3 million euros ($2.8 million) in interest.

The court based in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat near Barcelona said that Shakira will face six counts of tax fraud. The date for the trial has yet to be set.

The case hinges on where Shakira lived during 2012-14. Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent more than half of that period in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.

Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain since she started dating soccer player Gerard Pique. The couple, who have two children, used to live together in Barcelona but recently ended their 11-year relationship.

Spain has cracked down on soccer stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the past decade for not paying their full due in taxes. They were found guilty of evasion but both avoided prison time thanks to a provision that allows a judge to waive sentences under two years in length for first-time offenders.

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Portugal vs Spain: TV Channel, how and where to watch or live stream online free 2022/2023 UEFA Nations Lea… – Bolavip

For the Matchday 6 game of the 2022/2023 UEFA Nations League group A2, Portugal will receive Spain today at the Municipal Stadium of Braga. The hosts need a draw to finish as group leaders, while the visitors must win to overtake the lead and advance to the next round of the tournament. Here you will find all the information you need to know about this game, including how to watch it on TV or live stream in your country. In the United States, you can enjoy this game on FuboTV (free trial).

It will undoubtedly be the most interesting duel in this Group 2 of League A. The two strongest teams face each other looking to define who will stay with the first place. Portugal have the advantage since after their 4-0 victory against the Czech Republic they reached 10 points, 2 more than the Spanish, so the tie is enough for them to obtain 1st place.

Spain has it a little more complicated. Until Matchday 5 they were the leaders of group 2, but the surprise defeat against Switzerland (the first of the Swiss on Spanish soil) by 2-1, allowed the Portuguese to surpass them. Now they need to win against a difficult team, which is having very good performances and as visitors.

Portugal vs Spain: Kick-Off Time 

Portugal will play against Spain for the Matchday 6 of the 2022/2023 UEFA Nations League group A2 this Tuesday, September 27 at the Municipal Stadium of Braga in Braga, Portugal.

Australia: 3:45 AM (September 28)
Barbados: 2:45 PM
Belize: 12:45 PM
Botswana: 8:45 PM
Brazil: 3:45 PM
Burundi: 8:45 PM
Cameroon: 9:45 PM
Canada: 2:45 PM
Eswatini: 8:45 PM
Ethiopia: 9:45 PM
France: 8:45 PM
Gambia: 6:45 PM
Germany: 8:45 PM
Ghana: 6:45 PM
Guyana: 2:45 PM
India: 12:15 AM (September 28)
Ireland: 7:45 PM
Italy: 8:45 PM
Jamaica: 1:45 PM
Kenya: 9:45 PM
Lesotho: 8:45 PM
Liberia: 6:45 PM
Malawi: 8:45 PM
Malta: 8:45 PM
Mauritius: 8:45 PM
Mexico: 1:45 PM
Namibia: 8:45 PM
Netherlands: 8:45 PM
Nigeria: 7:45 PM
Pakistan: 11:45 PM
Philippines: 2:45 AM (September 28)
Portugal: 7:45 PM
Rwanda: 8:45 PM
Sierra Leone: 6:45 PM
Singapore: 2:45 AM (September 28)
Solomon Islands: 5:45 AM (September 28)
South Africa: 8:45 PM
South Sudan: 8:45 PM
Spain: 8:45 PM
Sri Lanka: 12:15 AM (September 28)
Sudan: 8:45 PM
Tanzania: 9:45 PM
Trinidad and Tobago: 2:45 PM
Uganda: 9:45 PM
UK: 7:45 PM
United States: 2:45 PM (ET)
Zambia: 7:45 PM
Zimbabwe: 7:45 PM

Portugal vs Spain: TV Channel and Live Streaming

Australia: Optus Sport
Bahamas: csport.tv
Barbados: csport.tv
Belize: ESPN North
Botswana: DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Brazil: Star+
Brunei: Astro Go
Burundi: DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA
Cameroon: SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, Supersport Grandstand ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Canada: DAZN, Fubo Sports Network
Ethiopia: DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football
France: L’Equipe Web
Gambia: DStv Now, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football
Germany: DAZN, DAZN1
Ghana: SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
International: UEFA.tv
Ireland: Virgin Media Two, Virgin TV Go
Italy: Italia 1, SKY Go Italia, Mediaset Infinity, Sky Sport Action, NOW TV, Sky Sport Uno
Jamaica: csport.tv
Kenya: SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, Supersport Grandstand ROA
Lesotho: SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, Supersport Grandstand ROA
Liberia: SuperSport MaXimo 2, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, DStv Now
Malawi: DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Malaysia: Astro Go, Astro SuperSport 3
Mauritius: SuperSport Premier League ROA, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Mexico: Sky HD, Blue to Go Video Everywhere
Namibia: Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2
Netherlands: Ziggo Sports Football
New Zealand: beIN Sports Connect New Zealand, Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports
Nigeria: SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League Nigeria, DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv Football
Portugal: RTP Play, Sport TV Multiscreen, Match Player, RTP 1, Sport TV1
Rwanda: Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football
Sierra Leone: SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, Supersport Grandstand ROA, DStv Now
Solomon Islands: Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports
South Africa: DStv App, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League, Supersport Grandstand
South Sudan: DStv Now
Spain: RTVE.es, fuboTV Spain, TVE La 1
Sudan: SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv Football, DStv Now, Supersport Grandstand ROA
Eswatini: Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, DStv Now
Tanzania: DStv Now, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football
Trinidad and Tobago: csport.tv
Uganda: DStv Now, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football
United Kingdom: BoxNation
USA: FuboTV (free trial), ViX, VIX+
Zambia: Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football
Zimbabwe: DStv Now, Supersport Grandstand ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport Premier League ROA, SuperSport GOtv Football

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Chipangano On The Verge Of PSL Return – ZimEye – Zimbabwe News

Chipangano On The Verge Of PSL Return

27 September 2022

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Hwange FC are just a game away from sealing their Premier Soccer League promotion after a 3-0 walkover score line over Ajax Hotspurs, who failed to travel to the Colliery Stadium on Saturday.

Chipangano need at least a point in their next game to mark their return to the top-flight.

The coal miners will play Indlovu Iyanyathela at the Colliery this weekend.

The club is sitting on the top of the ZIFA Southern Division One table with 82 points, five ahead of the second placed ZPC Hwange, with two games to play.

Hwange FC, who are coached by former Bulawayo City boss Try Ncube , have lost only two games so far and won 26 in the 32 matches played.

They were relegated three years ago in the previous campaign before the coronavirus pandemic affected the domestic league.

Meanwhile, Simba Bhora booked their place in the top flight after winning the ZIFA Northern Region Division One.

Sheasham and Green Fuel FC were promoted following their title triumphs in the Central and Eastern Region league, respectively.- Soccer24 Zimbabwe

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