And in other news… 20/01/2017

Editor’s note
As most of us drive to work or to drop the children off at school in the morning in the rain, we need to keep reminding ourselves how lucky we are to have it. Just a couple of months ago, the outlook for this rainy season didn’t look promising. Even with reports from the MET office saying we would have floods. Many people (including myself) were doubtfull. But here it is, floods and all!
While we should all pray for those in the areas that are flooding, whose crops have been destroyed and homes flooded, we should also be incredibly thankfull that our once diminishing water supplies are filling up slowly. Kariba’s water level is rising, as well as reports of other dams around Zimbabwe filling up. The rain is here to stay for a while longer, so put on your gumboots and go dance in the rain! – Sarah
Events
Corporate Team Triathlon Relay Challenge (22nd January)
Take your team to take part in a Triathlon Relay. Great fun and team building event! Click here to read more… http://bambazonke.co.zw/event/corporate-team-triathlon-relay-challenge/
Ignite Your Business Entrepreneurship and Business Development Program (26th January)
For all the ambitious business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs out there, join us for this powerful 6 week program that is designed to teach how to build and grow a successful business through the development of core Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Mind-set Evolving & Action Generation skills as well as Ignite the New Year with passion, focus and energy. Click here to read more… http://bambazonke.co.zw/event/ignite-business-entrepreneurship-business-development-program/
News
HIFA
Organisers of the forthcoming edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) have adjusted the dates of the fête, which had earlier been scheduled to run from April 25 to 30, setting May 2 to 7 as the new official dates. Click here to read more… https://www.newsday.co.zw/2017/01/14/new-hifa-dates-set/

Flood alert
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s weather department is issuing a flood alert and says heavy rains are expected to continue. The Meteorological Service says downpours of more than 3 inches (nearly 8 centimeters) are forecast in northern and eastern regions through Jan, accompanied by gusty winds. Click here to read the full story… http://www.cfuzim.org/index.php/agriculture/2206-flood-alert-as-heavy-rains-continue-in-zimbabwe

Places to visit
Kuimba Shiri Bird Park
Kuimba Shiri Bird Park is situated on the shores of Lake Chivero, in a National Park boasting over 460 species of indigenous birds in the wild. Established over 20 years ago Kuimba Shiri Bird Park is the only bird park in Zimbabwe and is home to orphaned, injured and abandoned birds. The bird park was founded by owner and falconer, Gary Stafford, whilst he was training eagles for a number of BBC WILDLIFE documentaries including “Eagles “ and “The Life of Birds”. Kuimba Shiri boasts the first free flying bird display in Africa. Click here to visit their website… http://www.kuimbashiri.co.zw/

Organisations
CAZ (Cancer Association of Zimbabwe)
Many of us have dealt with cancer in some way or another, whether you had/have it or a close friend or family member has had to deal with this debilitating disease. CAZ does some amazing work for cancer patients. Click here to read their newsletter… http://bambazonke.co.zw/caz-year-2016-retrospective/

Articles
How the Stress in Your Head Affects the Health of Your Heart
The mind-body connection is more than just a catchphrase: A new study finds that increased levels of stress are indeed linked to greater risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Researchers found that the people in the study who had more activity in an area of the brain that regulates the body’s response to stress and fear, called the amygdala, were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those with less activity in the amygdala, according to the study. Click here to read more… http://www.livescience.com/57473-stress-brain-heart-disease-stroke.html

Up to 50% of Food is Wasted Globally!
A new report released demonstrates almost half of the world’s food is thrown away – whilst 1 billion people go hungry. Our response includes three important suggestions for policy makers to get to grips with in 2013.
The new report: Global Food: Waste not Want by the Institute for Mechanical Engineers estimates that between 30 and 50% of food produced across the world ends up being thrown away. This news is not new, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has long tracked these measurements reaching a similar conclusion. Click here to read more… http://www.thinkinggreen.gov.gi/index.php/resources/interesting-articles/97-up-to-50-of-food-is-wasted-globally

Education
Many of us would like to further our education, but due to either finances (or lack thereof) or limited resources it can be quite difficult. Not many people know of studying online. Better yet, studying online for free. There are numerous websites that allow you to study in a relatively easy time frame and for no cost. The one that stands out above the rest is Coursera. You can click on the link to browse their website. There are literally thousands of courses! https://www.coursera.org/

Lost and found
Found dogs: Labrador-cross and German Shepherd-cross running together in busy traffic on Princes Road near Monavale Road. Picked up, very frightened. They have been taken to Friends Foundation: 0772-225-845. Proof of ownership required in order to claim them.

Health tip
To control portion sizes, eat off a smaller plate. Eating off a smaller plate tricks your mind into thinking you have eaten enough. In reality, you have.
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