Just a Moment News - 2024-06-18


Hello everyone, welcome to Just a Moment News. I’m Erika, and today is June 18, 2024. Let’s dive into some of the interesting news stories making headlines today.

First up, we have a major sports event coming up. The UFC 305 is set to feature a title grudge match between Dricus Du Plessis and Israel Adesanya in Perth. This fight, scheduled for August 17 at RAC Arena, is particularly noteworthy as it marks the UFC’s first show in Australia this year. Both fighters have impressive records, with Du Plessis defending his middleweight title for the first time against Adesanya, a two-time divisional champion. The match, which will be available on pay-per-view via ESPN and ESPN+, was confirmed by UFC CEO Dana White on “The Jim Rome Show” after much anticipation and social media hints from the fighters.

Moving on to a pressing societal issue, the Daily Maverick has been tracking the affordability of basic foods for those living on the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant since 2022. Despite a slight cooling in food inflation, the rising costs in transport, electricity, and rents are causing supermarkets to hike their prices. The May report of the Household Affordability Index shows a year-on-year increase of 5.1 percent in the cost of the PMBEJD food basket. The documentary “Mind the People” by Duduetsang Mokoele further explores the challenges faced by many South Africans in accessing social security benefits, highlighting the inadequacy of the SRD grant and low wages in ensuring nutritional needs are met.

In sports news, France’s national football team, led by Kylian Mbappé, secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Austria in their Euro 2024 opener. Despite facing fitness challenges, Mbappé was instrumental in the match, leading to a victory that was as much about resilience as skill. However, his performance was not without its challenges, including a suspected broken nose. The team’s disciplined approach was evident, with a focus on building a solid foundation for future matches in the tournament.

In the world of golf, Bryson DeChambeau, known for his scientific approach to the sport, credited his unique practice of testing golf balls in saltwater for his recent U.S. Open victory. This method, grounded in scientific principles, helps identify imbalances that could affect the ball’s flight. DeChambeau’s commitment to precision and innovation continues to make him a standout figure in golf.

Tech news brings us an update from DeepMind, Google’s AI research lab, which is developing a new AI technology called V2A to generate soundtracks for videos. This technology aims to sync sounds automatically to video pixels and could significantly enhance the way we experience videos. However, due to potential misuse and quality concerns, DeepMind is cautious about releasing this technology publicly without thorough safety assessments.

Lastly, Adobe has announced an upgrade to its AI Assistant in Acrobat, now capable of analyzing multiple documents simultaneously and generating images. This enhancement is designed to provide a more integrated and cost-effective solution for document management, with a focus on user privacy and data protection.

That’s all for today’s news roundup here at Just a Moment News. I’m Erika, and we hope you found these discussions insightful. Tune in next time for more updates and discussions on the latest news. Thank you for listening!

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