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Zim Community News Awards gathers momentum – Newsday Zimbabwe

Zim Community News Awards

ORGANISERS of the Zim Community News Awards (ZCN) have promised to deliver a flawless and glamorous awards ceremony this Friday at Harare International Conference Centre.

Information deputy minister Kindness Paradza will be the guest of honour at the third edition of the awards to be held under the theme Celebrating Zimbabwe’s Success Through our Diversity.

At the prestigious black tie ceremony, veteran editors and journalists across media houses are set to be honoured for their contribution in the information industry alongside leading celebrities, church leaders, media houses, decision-makers across local and diaspora communities.

Alpha Media Holdings (AMH), the largest privately-owned media house in Zimbabwe which publishes NewsDay, The Standard, Zimbabwe Independent, Southern Eye and also operates Heart & Soul Broadcasting Services (HStv), will have both its editors and reporters honoured.

AMH acting editor-in-chief Kholwani Nyathi, who is also The Standard editor, and Zimbabwe Independent editor Faith Zaba will be honoured alongside The Standard chief sub-editor Moses Mugugunyeki, senior reporters Winstone Antonio and Tafadzwa Kachiko as well as Chengeto Chidi from HStv.

In a statement, Zim Community News publishing editor, Albert Masaka said the broad objective of hosting the awards was to connect and align with the community in a way that creates meaningful and long-lasting changes in their behaviours and perceptions.

“This year’s will be a unique and exciting awards ceremony. We are glad to inform the public that we are going to present the Zim Community Awards Stakeholders’ choice for individuals or organisations in five categories,” Masaka noted.

“Several individuals will be honoured under special categories such as philanthropy, education, health, sports, music, journalism and the arts. The winners’ prizes include a special trophy and certificate and a front-page cover slot in our newspaper.”

Masaka said also to be honoured at the awards is celebrated Zimbabwean football legend Peter Ndlovu, who is now South Africa’s Premier Soccer League team Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club’s manager.

Ndlovu, the former Warriors captain, will be honoured together with his elder brother Madinda, who is now a coach in Botswana for their trailblazing role in local and international football.

“Peter is in constant touch with us and felt humbled after he received the news that he will be honoured at the awards. He loves his country so much,” Masaka noted, adding that they were making efforts to also bring Mamelodi Sundowns officials to grace the event.

“The country’s leading sports journalists Charles Mabika and Robson Sharuko (H-Metro editor) will also be honoured at the event alongside female boxer  Kudakwashe ‘Take Money’ Kudakwashe Chiwandire under the sports section.”

Zimdancehall president Winky D, gospel couple Charles and Olivia Charamba, Janet Manyowa, Michael and Amos Mahendere, Leo Magozz, Jays Marabini, Romeo Gasa, Daisy Mukariri, comedienne Tarisai “Madam Boss” Tarisai Cleopatra Chikocho, Nutty O (born Carrington Simbarashe Chiwadzwa), Hosiah Chipanga, Dorcas Moyo and Ebenezer Gospel Choir are among the artistes set to receive the honours at the awards.

Among the church leaders to be honoured at the awards are pastors Bonnie Deuschle, Ruth Musarurwa, Bishop Isiah Musabayana and wife Tsitsi as well as Kwekwe prophet Effort Vakai Maphosa.

Veteran media personalities Zandile “Zaza” Ndlovu, Yvonne Tivatye and journalist and gospel singer Best Masinire will be the master of ceremonies at the awards ceremony.

Masaka noted that the awards ceremony would open with an exhibition from 2pm to 4pm. The exhibition, which is open to the public, will also be livestreamed.

The awards ceremony will start at 5pm and end at 10pm, with the icing on the cake being a live performance music segment by the country’s biggest musicians from 10pm to 12 midnight.

Tickets are pegged at US$10 for ordinary one, US$60 for VIP (including dinner and drinks) and US$200 for VVIP (includes dinner, drinks, photos/selfies with award winners).

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Music at the Farm presents Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 12 – Valley Breeze

BURRILLVILLE – Music at the Farm will present a Valentine’s Day concert on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., at Grace Note Farm, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Pascoag.

The concert “Ah, The Birds” will feature flutist Virginia Sindelar and pianist Elias Dagher. They will perform “Martinu’s First Sonata,” “Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat,” “Joueurs de Flute” by Albert Roussel, “Vivaldi Concerto in C Major” (Goldfinch), Massiaen’s “The Black Bird” and Jules Mouquet’s “Pan and the Birds.”

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Ukraine war – latest: Russia hints it will do something to ‘gain world’s … – Sky News

Positive signs are emerging that the West is willing to provide more, and better, weapons to Ukraine. But with the first anniversary of the conflict fast approaching, there are fears that Ukraine and Russia could remain locked in stalemate over the next year. 

Professor Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, has warned in an essay for Foreign Politics that “incrementally expanding military and economic assistance” – as the West is doing currently – “is likely to only prolong the war indefinitely”. 

He wrote that Ukraine’s allies should start rapidly expanding their weapons deliveries and sanctions on Russia to support a “breakthrough” in the conflict. 

“Even though Putin must understand by now that Ukrainians are willing to fight for as long as it takes to liberate their country, he still believes that time is on his side. That is because Putin expects Western governments and societies to lose their will and interest to keep helping Ukraine,” he said. 

Professor McFaul said the support should be provided “swiftly” – and could even be part of a “Big Bang” to mark the anniversary.

“Rather than providing ATACMs in March, Reapers in June, and jets in September, NATO should go for a Big Bang,” he said. 

“Plans to provide all these systems should be announced on February 24, 2023, the first anniversary of Putin’s invasion. 

“An announcement of this size will produce an important psychological effect inside the Kremlin and Russian society, signaling that the West is committed to Ukraine’s ambition to liberate all occupied territories.”

He acknowledged there were risks to providing more support, but said there were also risks to taking no action.

For example, he said fears that Vladimir Putin could escalate the war have so far not come to fruition. 

“The reason is simple: Putin has no good way of doing so,” Mr McFaul said. 

“He is already using very expensive cruise missiles to attack apartment buildings. He cannot attack NATO, lest he risk a broader war that Russia would lose quickly. That leaves him with only the nuclear option, but even that would not serve him well.”

He added that if the war drags on for years, many more people will die – and this would be “the cost of incrementalism”.

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Beyoncé announces much anticipated ‘Renaissance’ world tour … – The Zimbabwe Mail


Beyoncé is taking her “Renaissance” global — the superstar will start a world tour in Sweden in May with stops throughout Europe and the United States.

The highly anticipated tour announcement she made on Instagram and her website Wednesday comes days before the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where the global superstar is the most nominated artist and could make Recording Academy history.

Beyoncé, the most decorated woman in Grammy history with 28 wins, could break the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti’s record for most awards won if she wins four awards.

Her 2022 album “Renaissance” is a celebration of dance music and is nominated for album of the year. Her tour will make stops in London, Paris, Barcelona and Toronto before ending Sept. 27 in New Orleans.

There were hints that she might tour again after she performed an invite-only show in January in Dubai at the Atlantis The Royal Resort, her first show in four years. Her last solo tour was in 2016, but she went on tour with her husband Jay Z in 2018.

Ticketmaster said in a release that sales will begin Feb. 6 and fans will need to register through their Verified Fan system. Sale times will vary based on city.

Source: AP

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