Just a Moment News - 2024-03-30


Hello everyone, this is Erika from ‘Just a Moment News’. It’s March 30, 2024, and here are the headlines for today.

The Hollywood community is mourning the loss of a trailblazer. Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, has passed away at the age of 87. His family announced his passing, which occurred in a rehabilitation center in Santa Monica, California. Gossett’s illustrious career spanned decades, with roles in iconic productions like “Roots,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and “Sadat.” He was a beacon for Black actors in Hollywood and used his platform to fight racism through his Eracism Foundation. His legacy will live on through his influential roles and his social activism.

In other news, a hazmat team has been dispatched to address a mysterious blue container that washed up on the shores near Kleinjongensfontein along the Garden Route. The National Sea Rescue Institute has issued a warning to the public to avoid contact with the container, which is suspected to contain dangerous chemicals. While the origin of the container remains a mystery, the focus is on ensuring public safety and managing any potential chemical hazards.

On the sports front, Jake White’s Bulls team faced a tough defeat in their recent United Rugby Championship clash against Leinster. Despite holding a promising lead at halftime, the Bulls could not sustain their momentum, resulting in a 47-14 loss. White, however, sees the match as a learning opportunity for his team. He praised Leinster’s bench strength and acknowledged the need for the Bulls to learn from this experience and improve for future matches.

In the podcasting world, despite a significant drop in downloads due to changes in Apple iOS 17’s automatic download settings, the number of podcast listeners is on the rise. The Edison Research’s annual Infinite Dial report shows an increase in podcast listenership among Americans aged 12 and up. This suggests that while downloads may be decreasing, actual engagement with podcasts is growing. The podcast community continues to thrive, with events, marketing strategies, and mainstream media attention highlighting the evolving landscape of podcasting.

In a tech update, OpenAI has previewed its new voice cloning technology, the Voice Engine. The technology can generate a synthetic voice from a 15-second audio sample. While the release date has not been announced, OpenAI is focusing on ensuring responsible deployment and addressing misuse risks.

A new feature on Snapchat+ is causing concern among some teenagers. The feature allows paying users to view their position in friends’ digital “orbits”, which has led to anxiety and affected friendships and relationships. The feature has sparked discussions on the impact of digital friendships versus real-life connections, and the implications of such social media functionalities on youth mental health.

And finally, in the world of soccer, 14-year-old Cavan Sullivan from Philadelphia Union is making waves. His performances have attracted attention from scouts and agents, including Premier League powerhouse, Manchester City. The club is negotiating a transfer for the young midfielder, which could be a significant step in his burgeoning career.

And that wraps up our news for today. This is Erika from ‘Just a Moment News’, signing off. Stay informed and have a great day!

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