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Zimbabwe Chess Federation takes Easter Open Tournament to Masvingo

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By Sport Reporter

ZIMBABWE Chess Federation Secretary General Todd Mapingire says all is set for the annual Easter Open Chess tournament scheduled to kick off on Friday in Masvingo.

For the first time in three decades, the Easter Open will be held outside Harare as Zimbabwe the federation tries to decentralize the game.

“We have taken the tournament to Masvingo because we want to spread these competitions across the country.

“So this is part of our primary goal this year to make sure such big tournaments are spread across the country,” said Mapingire.

Scheduled to run for four days, the tournament will see players competing in three categories, namely, Open Section, Ladies Section and Development Section.

The secretary general added that more than two hundred athletes so far have registered for the event, and amongst those are a few foreigners.

“We are having a good turn out, our target is to have more than two hundred competitors and we are within the range because so far more than 100 have registered.

“We also have foreigners that are coming for the event so it is promising to be entertaining,” he said.

All eyes in Masvingo will be on the defending champion Emerald Mushore who won the tournament last year although he is likely going to face tough competition from the highly-rated foreigners who are coming for the event.

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine

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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape

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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup

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NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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