Zimbabwe: High Court Orders Mai TT to Pay $500k Defamation Damages to Decor Expert

Socialite and comedienne Felistas Murata, better known as Mai TT in the entertainment industry, has been ordered to pay $500 000 defamation damages to a local home decor expert, Memory Muyaka.

Muyaka also better known as Mai Maketeni, dragged Murata to court early this year accusing her of tarnishing her image in an internet row which dragged for months.

Murata labelled Muyaka a prostitute, a witch, and a cultist in the posts.

High Court judge Justice Erica Ndewere in her ruling said: “Whereupon after reading documents filed on record and hearing counsel, it is ordered that the defendant pays the plaintiff in the sum of $500 000 and the prescribed interest rate starting from the date of judgment up to the date of payment in full.”

However, Ndewere ordered Muyaka to pay the costs of the suit.

Muyaka told the court the postings made by Murata degraded her social standing as a married woman, a business person, and as a Christian.

The decor expert said the Murata has a huge following hence the publications had a big negative impact on her dignity.

“She is a businesswoman who is a director and shareholder of Khloe’s Home and Decor (Private) Limited, a business which is into home decor and design,” the court papers read.

“On several dates between the 17th of November 2019 and 3 April 2020, Murata who has over 170 000 followers on Facebook published several broadcasts on Facebook and WhatsApp platforms about the plaintiff whom she also calls Mai Khloe, Mai Maketeni.

“The said broadcasts stated that the plaintiff was a prostitute, a witch, a gossiper, and someone who blackmails her clients.”

Muyaka’s lawyers said the statements were both wrongful and defamatory of the plaintiff who is a business person and a legally married woman who is highly regarded in her community.

They also accused the entertainer of publishing that Muyaka and three other unnamed people were part of the Illuminati secret society that is believed to be involved in Satanism and that they wanted to kill Murata.

“This was false and intended by the defendant to impute that plaintiff is an evil person. This statement is wrongful and defamatory of the plaintiff who is a Christian,” they wrote in the summons.

Murata further published that Muyaka had given charms to her husband so that he does not complain or question her when she commits adultery.

The two are former and during the live-streams, they accused each other of being jealous the other’s business.

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Gardening expert reveals his top tips on growing veg at home

Gardening is an easy and enjoyable pastime that you can do alone or with members of your household, and growing your own fruits and vegetables also lets you avoid those busy supermarkets at the same time. 

Instead of sitting in front of the TV, why not get out in the fresh air, learn a new skill and improve your mental and physical health, all while growing food for your friends or family!

YouTuber Tony Smith recently shared some of his green fingered wisdom with Yahoo UK, telling us everything we need to know on how to get started in the garden.  

Tony Smith’s YouTube channel teaches you all the gardening hacks you need to get growing.

Tony covered a range of topics including how to plant potatoes in a no-dig garden, grow black tomatoes, and why something as simple as a piece of copper can keep those pesky slugs from devouring your cabbages. 

Tony says: “We are living in really strange times, this pandemic has affected us all in so many different ways and gardening has seen a resurgence.”

“There are a lot of people who can’t go to work but can get in their gardens, they can put food on the table when it’s scarce because of COVID.” 

“Planting food from seeds to put on your plate, there’s nothing better than that.”

Tony shows us around his breathtaking allotment in the North East of England by the coast, and explains how following a few simple steps can help you get the garden of your dreams. 

He explains how five years ago he started making videos to show his mother how things were getting along in the allotment. 

His mother is too old to work in the garden so he wanted to make sure she was up to date on its progress, and turns out so did his viewers, thus his YouTube channel was born. 

Each episode focuses on a different kind of growing in the allotment, using no-dig raised beds, a polytunnel and protecting your plants from weeds and insects. 

Tony says: “It makes you feel a lot better than when you came. You leave feeling like you’ve achieved something. All the pressures, the worries of the day are just lifted.”

As if Tony wasn’t giving us enough garden envy, he gives us a guided tour of his three bee hives.

Bees are a massively important part of a garden’s ecosystem, they naturally pollinate your flowers and vegetable plants, and best of all they produce delicious honey – another reason not to go to crowded supermarkets. 

Tony explains how to grow potatoes in a no-dig garden using plastic tubs of compost topped with a bit of straw to prevent weeds getting in. 

He says: “There’s nothing better than coming up to a greenhouse or polytunnel or a garden and cutting vegetables that you can take home and say you grew that. It’s just a fantastic feeling.”

Tony built raised beds in his allotment himself.

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How to Organize the Kitchen, According to an Expert

Earlier this year our homes went from being the places where we’d catch a few winks and spend nights bingeing ‘Queer Eye’ to our gym, office, school, restaurant, etc. Here, a collection of stories that celebrate our homes and the integration of wellness under one roof. See More

No one likes it when a houseguest, whether it’s an aunt or mother-in-law, comes into your kitchen and starts rearranging all the cabinets. You go and reach for a mug for your morning coffee only to find yourself staring at a stack of bowls. Or you open the junk drawer to grab some scissors and find that your silverware lives there now. Kitchen surprises should only come in the form of fluffy pancakes or matcha rice krispies treats.

That said, Carly Waters, an interior designer and expert organizer, believes there is absolutely a “right” way to set up and organize the kitchen and it all comes down to one word: efficiency. While, yes, Waters definitely works with clients to make their kitchens chic, she also helps them set it up in a way that makes everyday cooking and living easier.

Here, Waters details the best way to set up the kitchen—no matter how big or small. The days of hunting around for your avocado slicer are over. And with any luck, you’ll also see the end of well-intentioned houseguests giving your space an unwelcome makeover.

How to set up and organize your kitchen, according to an expert

Cooking utensils and spices

When setting up a kitchen, Waters likes to start by the stove, where a lot of time is spent. “If you’re right handed, your cooking utensils—like your spatula, slotted spoons, and tongs—should go in the drawer to the right of the stove,” she says. “That way, you don’t have to walk across the kitchen to grab something you need right away when you’re cooking.” If you don’t have a drawer next to the stove, Waters says you can place your utensils in a utensil holder on either side of the stove, depending on whether you’re right- or left-handed.

On the other side of the stove (so to the left, if you’re right-handed and to the right, if you’re left-handed), Waters says you should place the kitchen tools that you still use, but not as regularly as, say, your spatula. “This includes things like your can opener, garlic press, [and] avocado slicer,” Waters says.

Your cooking utensils may all have a home, but don’t step away from the stove just yet. Waters also recommends putting your spices next to the stove. (Yep, she doesn’t keep them in the pantry.) “I always put my spices right by the stove because you use them so much when you’re prepping and cooking,” she says. “You don’t want to have to walk over to the pantry in the middle of cooking.” To keep it looking organized, you may want to invest in a countertop spice rack. If you’re the kind of person who has a lot

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DeJoy Never Should Have Been Approved as Postmaster General, Expert Witnesses Tell House Oversight Committee

United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy should not have been chosen for his post due to apparent conflicts of interest that made him ineligible, expert witnesses told Congress on Monday.



a man looking at the camera: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on August 24.


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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on August 24.

That is what Richard Painter, a former top ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, and David Fineman, former chairman of the U.S.P.S. Board of Governors under the Bill Clinton and Bush administrations, said before the House Overisight Committee.

DeJoy’s $30 million stake in his former logistics company, XPO Logistics, which is a major contractor for the Postal Service and has received $14 million from the agency since DeJoy was appointed in June, should have posed far too great a risk for a criminal financial conflict of interest, the men testified to the House Oversight Committee.

In addition, the witnesses said that if DeJoy had been properly vetted before being appointed by the board of governors, they could have uncovered allegations of potential campaign violations reported by The Washington Post earlier this month.

“You do not get that job if you keep stock in a contractor with your agency,” Painter said. “That is a deal breaker because you could go into public office and commit a felony. It would have been a deal breaker in the Bush administration. We would not have nominated, appointed or approved—in any way—a senior Executive Branch official having that conflict of interest.”

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Painter said the same rule holds true with government agencies.

“You don’t go to the Department of Defense and own stock with defense contractors,” he told the congressional panel.

DeJoy was chosen by the board of governors only after an outside executive search firm vetted and helped narrow down hundreds of potential candidates to just a dozen. But DeJoy was not one of those candidates. Instead, he was approved by the board after he was recommended by Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan, a President Donald Trump appointee, and was not vetted by the outside firm.

“If you’re asking me whether I would have chosen [DeJoy], the answer would be no,” Fineman said, responding to a question from Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). “It’s apparent that there was a conflict of interest to begin with, that he still had an interest in one of the largest contractors with the United States Postal Service.”

The hearing was meant to examine DeJoy’s conflicts of interest as Democrats investigate problems at the Postal Service that arose after DeJoy assumed his role this summer. In recent months under his leadership, the agency has been inundated with mail delivery delays.

Democrats allege that DeJoy has purposely made changes that hinder its operations ahead of an election that will feature a record influx of

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Wall Decals: An Expert Overview of Home Decor Stickers

Of a truth, having an exclusive home decoration for your room is a sure way to boost your morale and be happier than ever. Amongst all other possibilities, the use of wall decals is a fast-growing trend in most homes today. Here, you would find a general overview of what the product is all about and the reasons why you should adopt it for your home.

Wall Decal Defined

In simple terms, a wall decal, otherwise referred to as a wall sticker, is a piece of peel-and-stick vinyl or matte paper-like material that comes with a specific design, pattern, or graphic; and it is typically used to decorate the wall of a room for a beautiful outlook or an aesthetic appeal.

Available Categories

Wall decals come in a wide variety of sizes, designs and patterns. Typically, each type is named after its design, pattern or the graphic element on the product. Therefore, some of the categories that can be found on the market include flowers, kids, Star Wars, Spiderman, monogram, Disney, autos, heroes, cosmos, and buildings. Also, patterns that can be found include motifs, coloured dots, and silhouettes.

Making a Choice

While shopping for wall decals, you need to consider the theme you would like to give to your room. Remember that your immediate environment affects your mood. Therefore, try to opt for a type that would not only complement the wall painting, but also reflect your interest and personality.

As a result, you would feel relaxed and excited about your room whenever your attention is drawn towards the decorating elements. So, the type of product category you would like to use should suit your preferences. For instance, if you are fond of flowers, you can use ‘flower wall decals’ to accent your room.

Applications

There are several ways in which individuals can make use of wall stickers, and these include the following:

* Home: you can accent your wall to make your room aesthetically appealing.

* School/college: as a student, you can use the product to personalise your bed space.

* Office: a wall graphic that reflects the nature of job in a workplace would add more liveliness to the environment.

* Play rooms: in this case, the decorative elements can serve as play/instructional materials for children. You can use removable decals that have alphabets, birds, animals, and other familiar objects to make the kids active and happy.

Benefits

The use of wall graphics has several advantages, and these include the following:

* Unlike wallpapers, they can be removed without damaging the wall and its painting. It is easy to remove and reposition a wall graphic if you would like to install it in another part of your wall.

* They add a personal and unique touch to the interior decor as everything would reflect your true lifestyle. They offer a creative expression for you and your personal world.

* They offer an aesthetic appeal that can take care of boredom. In most cases, wall decals communicate an …

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Ask An Expert: Interior Design

Over many years as an Interior Designer, what would be 3 major shifts in consumer preferences during that time?

One thing that comes to mind right away is the shift from stain grade cabinets to paint grade cabinets. White kitchens are back! Clients are trending more towards lighter and brighter over the red / orangey tones of the last decade. Flooring has changed quite a bit with more clients opting for LVP (luxury vinyl plank) throughout their house. LVP has come so far, and is now super durable, easy to maintain and looks crazy real. Thirdly, quartz countertops are now becoming the standard. I rarely spec granite anymore. Quartz is so easy to maintain vs granite and the colors and patterns that are available now mimic everything from natural marble to exotic granites.

What are some future ideas and predictions going forward? Any new trends that may be taking place in 2018/19 and beyond?

Natural woods are very popular right now: hand scraped, wide plank barn board flooring as well as overtly distressed furniture pieces. What is also starting to come forward in design is more of a traditional style again. Details on everything and the use of rich jewel tones are hot right now along with warm metal tones (yes brass is back but in an updated way!).

What are some of the challenges to face in helping customers realize their dream renovation?

A lot of clients are afraid to trust their style intuition. They often fight between their heart and their brain over what they want. Often, they are trying to force themselves to change color palettes or styles from their last house and sometimes its way out of their comfort zone. I always tell clients to listen to their gut. Their home is their sanctuary and they need to feel comfortable, relaxed and love being home.

Are there certain types of renovations that tend to bring the greatest value to the selling price of a home?

Kitchens, Ensuites and basement developments are always the spaces people use the most, therefore increase the value of your home. Those rooms are the ones potential home buyers are looking at predominately because they know those are the areas they will spend the most time in.

How does one get ideas or inspiration to help guide them when considering renovation options?

I will often suggest that clients send me photos of homes, rooms, styles, products that they find on home décor sites. Often clients don't know what their style is, so if they can show me pictures of things they like, then I can usually understand them better. Visiting showhomes is also an excellent way to find inspiration and new ideas.

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Expert Advice: Choosing Paint Colors for Interior Walls

There's something magic about painting your home. First, it's incredibly inexpensive. You can almost completely transforms the way guests feel when they step through your front door for a less-than- $ 100 investment in paint and needed materials.

And, second, paint is powerful. When you choose the right color, it makes everything in your home sing. But that's the hard part. Choosing paint colors for interior walls is difficult, and you often feel like you're flying blind standing in front of a slew of swatches at the hardware store.

To help you make the best decision for your home, here's a guide to choosing paint colors for interior walls in different rooms.

Oh, one final note: Different homes open into different rooms. Keep that in mind as you're choosing paint colors for interior walls. Whatever room your visitors first step into, you want it to be bold and beautiful without going over the top. That room is typically the living room, so that's where we'll start – but pay the most attention to the first-impression room in your home.

Living Room
What matters when choosing a paint color for your living room? Start with these three things:

  1. Natural Light
  2. Furniture Color
  3. Spacing

If your room is full of natural light, you can get away with earthier tones that add a dark complement to the rays of sun pouring through the windows during the day. If you have next to no natural light, go for something lighter.

Also, use your living room paint to balance with your furniture. You want your living room to include a primary color and two accent colors. For example, you may have a large, bold area rug that creates the primary color. Then, use your furniture and walls as accents. Or, you may have a beautiful painting over your mantel that creates a nice accent. Then you can use furniture as another accent and wall paint as your primary color. No matter how you divvy things up, balance is key.

Also, consider spacing. A lighter paint color can make a small, tight living room feel larger. You definitely don't want a cramped living room with little natural light to also feature dark, earthy paint colors.

Kitchen
You have lots of opportunities to provide pops of color in your kitchen: wall hangings, curtains, dish towels, granite, even a fun mixer. That's why I typically prefer a nice, neutral gray for my kitchen. (I've always been in love with Dorian Gray , but that's just just me.) Find the right gray, and you'll have a nice palette on which to add fun pops of color.

Not into neutral? OK, that's totally understandable. Bolder options for the kitchen might include yellow, green or blue. Green is pretty versatile when pairing brighter accent colors, and yellow is like bringing the sun into your home. Blue is good if your kitchen is full of neutral dish towels, granite, curtains, etc.

Looking to go really bold in the kitchen? Pass on the …

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