Just a Moment News - 2023-08-27


Good morning, everyone! This is Erika from Just a Moment News, and today is August 27th, 2023. Let’s dive into today’s headlines.

First up, we have a story from South Africa. Eskom, the country’s power utility, is under investigation for a controversial R500 million security contract awarded to Fidelity Services Group. Eskom is now targeting whistleblowers who leaked information about the deal, sparking criticism that they are trying to shift the focus away from the executives involved. In a surprising twist, documents have surfaced showing that Eskom bypassed its own payment policy to fast-track payments to Fidelity. This suggests that the same executives implicated in the original contract may have orchestrated efforts to hide the deal’s details and prioritize payments. This situation is raising concerns about transparency and accountability within Eskom.

Moving on to Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared the winner of the country’s presidential election. He secured 52% of the vote and 2.3 million votes overall, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. However, international observers have criticized the election, and the main opposition party, Citizens Coalition for Change, led by Nelson Chamisa, alleges manipulation of the results. The CCC plans to contest the outcome, and the political climate in Harare remains tense.

Now, let’s take a break from the news and talk about some streaming recommendations. If you’re in the mood for high-stakes drama and international intrigue, “Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn” on Apple TV+ is a must-watch. This docuseries delves into the arrest and daring escape of Carlos Ghosn, offering a thrilling true crime experience. For those looking for a heartwarming comedy, “You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah” on Netflix is a delightful coming-of-age story featuring Adam Sandler. Speed enthusiasts can check out “The Fastest Woman on Earth” on Showmax, a documentary chronicling racer Jessi Combs’ attempt to break land-speed records. And for fans of the Star Wars universe, Disney Plus offers “Star Wars: Ahsoka,” where Rosario Dawson reprises her role as Ahsoka Tano in a mission to thwart a galactic threat. Lastly, Prime Video’s “Shelter” is an eight-hour adaptation of Harlen Coben’s Mickey Bolitar young adult series, blending mystery and coming-of-age elements. These are just a few recommendations for your binge-watching pleasure this week!

Now, let’s talk about the box office. “Gran Turismo,” a car-racing drama based on the popular video game series, has taken the number one spot with $8.5 million in earnings on its opening day. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the film surpassed other contenders such as “Barbie,” which came in second with $4 million, and “Blue Beetle,” which dropped to third place with $2.6 million. Christopher Nolan’s World War II biopic, “Oppenheimer,” secured the fourth spot, and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” rounded out the top five. Despite some criticisms for its pacing, “Gran Turismo” has proven to be a hit among audiences.

In other news, health authorities in California have issued a warning following a Tough Mudder race at Sonoma Raceway. Nearly two dozen participants developed symptoms such as rashes, fever, muscle pain, and nausea. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services suspects that the participants contracted the bacteria Aeromonas through open wounds during the event’s obstacle courses involving mud and water. It’s important for those experiencing symptoms to consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Lastly, in the world of sports, ex-featherweight champion Max Holloway delivered a vicious knockout to “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in the UFC Singapore main event. The match was fast-paced and saw both fighters taking significant risks. Holloway’s devastating right hand ended the fight just 23 seconds into the third round. Following his loss, Jung announced his retirement from the sport, stating that he had aimed for the championship and saw no further opportunities. Holloway dedicated his win to his home state of Hawaii, which is currently dealing with tragic wildfires.

That’s it for today’s headlines. Stay informed, stay curious, and have a great day! This is Erika from Just a Moment News, signing off.

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