Just a Moment News - 2024-07-02


Hello, and welcome to ‘Just a Moment News’ with your host, Erika. Today’s date is July 2, 2024, and we have a lineup of intriguing news stories to discuss.

First up, we delve into a significant development in a corruption case involving former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. The Asset Forfeiture Unit has seized a luxury Jaguar SUV and two homes in Zimbali, valued at twenty-five point five million Rand. These assets are connected to a larger case where Gumede and twenty-one others are accused of various charges including fraud and money laundering, related to a R320 million waste collection tender. This case is currently being heard in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

Moving to sports, Portugal has made it to the Euro 2024 quarterfinals after a nail-biting penalty shootout against Slovenia. Goalkeeper Diogo Costa emerged as a hero, saving three penalties, while Cristiano Ronaldo, after missing a penalty in extra time, scored during the shootout. This victory sets up an exciting quarterfinal clash with France.

In tech news, Apple is reportedly developing a new version of AirPods that will include infrared cameras to enhance spatial audio and integrate with the Vision Pro headset. These AirPods are expected to start mass production in 2026 and are seen as a step forward in Apple’s spatial computing strategy.

In a more concerning development, Alzheimer’s researcher Hoau-Yan Wang has been indicted for allegedly falsifying data to secure sixteen million dollars in federal research funding. This case raises serious questions about the integrity of scientific research and its implications for drug development.

From the world of innovative payment solutions, Visa Pay, a South African startup, has introduced a smart ring that uses NFC technology for secure transactions. This ring, which took two and a half years to develop, is aimed at providing a convenient payment option, especially for those engaged in water activities.

Netflix has decided to scrap filming plans in the US for its show “Ancient Apocalypse” after significant outcry from Native American groups. The show’s portrayal of history has been criticized by Indigenous leaders and archaeologists, leading to the cancellation of planned filming at significant sites like the Grand Canyon and Chaco Canyon.

Lastly, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube. This iconic puzzle, created by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik, has sold over five hundred million units globally and continues to be a popular tool for teaching and entertainment.

That wraps up our news for today on ‘Just a Moment News’. Thank you for tuning in. I’m Erika, and I’ll be back with more news and insights. Stay informed and see you next time!

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