first_imgThe indicators paint a sad and disturbing picture of Zimbabwe. The once thriving “bread basket” of Africa has become politically and economically paralyzed, with a falling GDP, life expectancy of just 44 years, and a per capita income of only US$274 per year. Yet there is also reason for hope, with a new coalition government in place and promises of reform. For Violet Gonda, 2011 M.C./M.P.A. candidate, a Zimbabwean banished from her homeland for almost a decade, this union of failed policy and dreams for a better tomorrow drive her ambition as a citizen, journalist and Harvard Kennedy School student.“When I left Zimbabwe it was a beautiful country,” Gonda says, “but the reports that I hear from back home are really depressing. Zimbabwe has changed greatly; much of the country’s infrastructure has collapsed and sadly there are some things that cannot be repaired because the damage has been too much. But I still feel that I can play a positive role in rebuilding and fighting for a better Zimbabwe, when I leave the Kennedy School.”It was while working for a radio station in London in 2002 when Gonda learned that she was banned from returning to Zimbabwe. SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe’s first independent radio station, had apparently upset the government with its coverage of the nation’s economic and political troubles. Media restrictions in Zimbabwe forced the journalists to broadcast daily news and current affairs programs on shortwave from London. Gonda was among a group of six journalists banned from returning to Zimbabwe by the government led by President Robert Mugabe.“At the time we thought that it was just ridiculous. We are citizens of Zimbabwe and no one had a right to stop us from entering our country. In any case, we didn’t think the ban would really last long because Zimbabwe was about to have elections in 2002. The mood in the country around that time was – people were fed up. We thought people were ready for change,” she said. “So we were upset, but not that upset because we thought it was going to be short-lived. Reality is, nine years later 87-year-old Mugabe is still in power and I’m still in exile.”Gonda harbors ambitions of returning home, but continued political violence and repression of anti-government activists cause her great concern.last_img read more


first_imgEstonia reported its first coronavirus case on Thursday, a day after the man returned to the Baltic nation of just 1.3 million people from his homeland Iran. “The person, a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen, arrived in Estonia on Wednesday evening,” Social Affairs Minister Tanel Kiik told public broadcaster ERR.He said the Iranian citizen is currently hospitalized. Local media said the man arrived in Tallinn by bus from the Latvian capital Riga.”For now, there are no plans of putting cities in quarantine following this one case,” Kiik said. “The patient is isolated, there is no risk of the disease spreading, now we have to identify all the people the patient was in contact with.”Iran has announced a total of 19 deaths and more than 130 infections, including the country’s deputy health minister.Iran’s coronavirus death toll is the highest after that of China, where more than 2,700 people have died from the disease.   Topics :last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement De Gea is entering the final year of his deal (Picture: Reuters)The protracted negotiations have coincided with an untimely dip in form from De Gea, who was at fault for goals in defeats to Everton and Manchester City in the last five days.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Solskjaer fears De Gea’s dip in form is because he’s had his head turned by PSG and the Norwegian fears his star man now intends to join the Ligue 1 giants, according to the Sun.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited will fight tooth and nail to keep the Spaniard but if he intimates that he has no intention of signing a new deal then they may be forced into cashing in.De Gea was said to be ‘close to tears’ after United’s defeat to City on Wednesday as he blamed himself for both goals.The Red Devils face a potentially crucial clash against top four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.Three wins from their final three games may not be enough for United to secure a top four finish as they need Arsenal to slip up elsewhere.MORE: Barcelona prepare £100m Marcus Rashford bid while Manchester United are in chaos Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Apr 2019 7:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link452Shares Advertisement David De Gea is considering his future at Manchester United (Picture: Rex)Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears he’s set to lose David De Gea this summer with Paris Saint-Germain set to ramp up their interest in the Spaniard.The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at the Theatre of Dreams and United have made little progress in talks over an extension.De Gea, winner of four of the last five Player of the Year awards at the club, feels he deserves parity with top earner Alexis Sanchez.However, United, though willing to make De Gea the highest paid goalkeeper in the world, are unwilling to break the bank again.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears David De Gea’s head has been turned by Paris Saint-Germainlast_img read more


first_img“But it’s a dream match for our players, they were born to play in a match like this. Naturally we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference.”Martinez saw his side rally from the brink of elimination to snatch a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan in the Round of 16 on Monday, booking a meeting with the five-time World Cup winners.At times in Rostov-on-Don, Belgium looked hamstrung by Japan’s pressing tactics and needed more than an hour to unshackle themselves and set about a dramatic come-from-behind victory after falling 2-0 down.For Friday’s match, the tactics might be simpler.“Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players. We are not talking about a system but understanding what we must do when we have possession,” the coach added.“I don’t think it will be a game with many secrets. We have to defend as well as we can and then cause them pain when we have the ball. It can be that simple and this squad is ready for that.”Martinez now faces a tricky decision concerning his line-up with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around in the last half an hour.“As a coach I have a lot of options with this team but I know in my head what I want to do. We will need power,” he said in a hint that the physical presence of Fellaini might be deployed from the beginning.“If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance.”Belgium play in a second successive World Cup quarterfinal, looking to reach the semifinals for the second time after they advanced to the last four in Mexico 32 years ago.“We have worked hard over two years for this and we are as ready as we ever can be. We’ve won all our games, everyone has played and we’ve scored 12 times.“The game against Japan gave us a big boost,” he said.“There is something special about this squad. If we play well, we can create a lot of chances. But there is no margin for error. If we give Brazil a chance, they will take it. I think it will be the match of the tournament.”The winner of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil are the favourites in what Belgium coach Roberto Martinez described as a “dream match” for his players when the two countries meet in a World Cup quarterfinal in Kazan Thursday.“These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches. Against Brazil, it will not be about ball possession, but what you do with it. That’s what this World Cup is all about,” the Spaniard told Belgian media on Wednesday.“We know what we are capable of but Brazil are the favourites, putting us into a different role,” he added.last_img read more