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Just a Moment News - 2024-07-18


Hello and welcome to ‘Just a Moment News.’ I’m your host, Erika, and today’s date is July 18, 2024. Let’s delve into some of today’s intriguing headlines and stories.

First up, we have an inspiring initiative marking Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Various organizations are commemorating his legacy of service by engaging in community activities. Chefs with Compassion are set to prepare sixty-seven thousand liters of soup for vulnerable communities, a significant increase from last year’s one hundred four thousand three hundred sixty liters. SA Harvest is tackling hunger with their #BucketsofNutrition challenge in major South African cities. Additionally, the UN branch in South Africa will host seventeen TED talks focusing on sustainability and economic development. Over in Sandton, Ashraful Aid is organizing a large-scale food packing event, while Cape Town courts provide soup and support for maintenance and domestic violence issues. The Eastern Cape is seeing the donation of a library and a house handover to a one hundred ten-year-old man, and the eThekwini Municipality in KZN is hosting a conference centered on community service.

Moving on to entertainment, the 76th Emmy Awards are set to take place on September 15 at the Peacock Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. This event, produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, will celebrate a year of television from June 1, 2023, to May 31, 2024. “The Bear” has achieved a record twenty-three nominations in the comedy category. FX leads with ninety-three nominations, closely followed by Netflix with one hundred seven. However, “Hot Ones” finds itself unexpectedly left out this year. There were also some notable snubs and surprises, including nominations for “The Idol” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Unfrosted,” while acclaimed works like “The Curse” and performances from stars such as Emma Stone and Nicole Kidman were overlooked.

In business news, Zak Calisto, CEO of Karooooo, has seen his personal wealth soar to around fourteen billion Rand, driven by the success of Cartrack. Starting in 1994 in the telematics industry, Calisto founded Cartrack in 2001, which later evolved from a vehicle recovery company to a global player in tracking and business intelligence. The company, now listed on Nasdaq, reported a revenue increase of 19.92% and a net profit increase of 24% for the 2023/24 financial year.

In real estate news, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s twenty-seven million dollar mansion in San Francisco is reportedly facing significant issues, according to a lawsuit. The 9,500-square-foot property has problems ranging from a leaky infinity pool to faulty piping and construction defects. The lawsuit accuses the developer, Troon Pacific, of misrepresentation and poor workmanship, with repair costs for the pool alone estimated at over four million dollars.

In technology, Montana Technologies has developed a new dehumidifier called AirJoule, which can reduce dehumidification energy by up to ninety percent, potentially revolutionizing energy consumption for air conditioning. This could significantly cut overall AC energy use, especially in hot, humid conditions.

In sports, Cavan Sullivan has made U.S. sports history by becoming the youngest player to enter an MLS match at fourteen years and 293 days old, breaking Freddy Adu’s twenty-year record. Sullivan debuted for the Philadelphia Union and is set to join Manchester City when he turns eighteen.

Lastly, a mystery surrounds two four thousand-year-old axe-heads sent anonymously to the National Museum of Ireland. The museum is trying to trace the sender to learn more about these significant archaeological finds, which were discovered in County Westmeath using a metal detector.

Thank you for tuning into ‘Just a Moment News.’ I’m Erika, and we hope to have you back for our next discussion of the day’s top stories. Have a great day!

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