Just a Moment News - 2024-07-06


Hello everyone, this is Erika from ‘Just a Moment News’, bringing you today’s headlines on July 6, 2024. Let’s dive into the stories that are shaping our world today.

First up, a significant update from the broadcasting sector in South Africa. The South African Broadcasting Corporation, known as SABC, has announced that it will no longer air the Springbok Inbound Test matches against Ireland on SABC 2. This decision comes after urgent litigation at the Competition Appeal Court concerning broadcast rights, leading to a review of its sub-license agreement with Multichoice. However, SABC will still broadcast all six Inbound Springbok matches across its African Language Stations and Radio 2000. The match tomorrow will kick off at 17h00, and despite these changes, the SABC is committed to fulfilling its sports broadcast mandate while balancing commercial objectives.

Moving to U.S. politics, President Joe Biden’s latest televised interview post-presidential debate has stirred quite a bit of discussion. During the interview, President Biden confidently asserted his qualifications and dismissed concerns over his campaign’s performance and his cognitive health. This stance has reportedly deepened divisions within the Democratic Party, with some members suggesting he reconsider his participation in the race. As Congress reconvenes, these tensions might escalate, potentially impacting the party’s unity and strategy.

In sports, France has secured a spot in the Euros semifinal against Spain after defeating Portugal in a penalty shootout, 5-3, following a goalless 120 minutes. This match was likely Cristiano Ronaldo’s last in the tournament. France’s success in the shootout marks a significant moment, especially after their past disappointments in similar high-stakes situations. Looking ahead, the upcoming quarterfinal between Spain and Germany is expected to be a thrilling encounter, given both teams’ impressive performances so far.

From the business world, Rodney Sacks and Hilton Schlosberg, both hailing from South Africa, have remarkably transformed Monster Beverage Corporation into a global powerhouse, outperforming giants like Apple and Microsoft. Their strategic leadership since acquiring Hansen Natural Corporation in 1990 has led to exponential growth, particularly after the launch of Monster Energy in 2002. The company’s rebranding in 2012 marked a new era of financial success, with both Sacks and Schlosberg becoming billionaires.

In the realm of eSports, Bravado Gaming, a South African-founded team, is relocating its Counter-Strike 2 team to Belgrade, Serbia. This move is part of ‘Project Destiny 2.0’, aiming to provide the team with better practice conditions and exposure to top-tier competitors. The initiative reflects the team’s ambitious strategy to compete in major leagues and tournaments, building on their previous success in North America.

Lastly, a new development in AI technology from France. A French AI research lab backed by billionaire Xavier Niel has introduced Moshi, a new voice assistant capable of expressing seventy different emotions and speaking styles. This launch is seen as a direct challenge to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Moshi’s capabilities were showcased in Paris, highlighting its potential in revolutionizing human-machine communication. The lab plans to open-source Moshi’s models and research, promoting transparency and collaboration in AI development.

That wraps up our news for today. Thank you for tuning into ‘Just a Moment News’. I’m Erika, and I’ll be back with more updates soon. Stay informed and have a wonderful day!

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