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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
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George Floyd's Death Trial Case
Critical Moments with Witnesses


Convenience store surveillance footage of George Floyd inside Cup Foods before his death played as a store employee testified on the third day of witness testimony in the Derek Chauvin's murder trial on Wednesday.

Christopher Martin, 19, is the first witness to testify who spoke to Floyd on May 25. Surveillance footage from inside the store of Floyd casually walking into Cup Foods was shown to the public for the first time.

Police were called to the convenience store last May after an employee alleged that Floyd had tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.

Martin took the stand after Genevieve Hansen. The firefighter, who was off-duty when she came across Floyd and police, testified that she was not allowed to give him aid. Her responses to questions from Chauvin's attorneys prompted the judge to warn her on Tuesday, "Do not argue with the court, do not argue with counsel."

Zimbabwean journalist's corruption diss song - DemLoot goes viral


Undeterred by being arrested three times in six months for tweets protesting about graft, outspoken Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin'ono has turned to songs to get his message across.

In a video that has now gone viral, Chin'ono released a short free-styled reggae dance-hall track, titled Dem Loot -- "They Loot" -- in which he chastises rampant state corruption in the southern African country.

The song has sparked a #DemLootChallenge on Twitter and prompted versions in other genres including Jazz and Acapella.

Chin'ono is seen looking poker-faced in his study as he sings in a mix of pidgin English and vernacular Shona, one of Zimbabwe's official languages.

"Lord have mercy, mercy, mercy; hospitals no medication, dem loot; ghetto youths no jobs, dem loot; no water to drink in townships, dem loot," go the lyrics.

Chin'ono said he recorded the "spur-of-the-moment" track just three days after exiting the gates of a maximum security prison, where he had been held for nearly three weeks in pre-trial custody on charges relating to a tweet.

"I was in my study (and) was just playing music and then I started singing about this because it was on my mind," he said, referring to shortages of protective gear in Zimbabwe's hospitals.

"And I just sort of compressed what I was thinking about during the day into a song and then posted it on Twitter and it went viral," he told journalists.

He was surprised by the response to what he thought "was a Sunday joke -- the message is something I say everyday on Twitter and Facebook."

Chin'ono was arrested last July for tweeting that an opposition political party was planning nationwide demonstrations against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.

In November, he was picked up for pre-empting a judicial decision before it was handed down.

And on January 8, he was arrested for a third time for sharing a video he claimed showed a police officer beating a baby to death.

Last week he was freed on bail, but banned from using his Twitter account to post anything that might incite the public to revolt against the government.

Council Destroys Market Stalls In Mbare
Harare City Council (HCC)


Harare City Council (HCC) has been demolishing market stalls erected by informal traders without permission in Mbare, one of the capital’s oldest suburbs.

This follows an ultimatum issued by the Provincial Development Coordinator for Harare, Tafadzwa Muguti on the 3rd of June.

Pictures of the wreckage left in Mbare on Saturday following the demolitions have gone viral on social media platforms.

No more room for illegal operations in Harare. We are going to remove every illegal settlement and every illegal operation.

It is not only on the roadsides but everywhere with illegal operations. We will be controlling them and removing them.

Filipino comedian Carmelito Reyes, also known as Shalala, dies aged 61
Carmelito Reyes, also known as Shalala, has died aged 61 in the Philippines.


Filipino TV and radio personality Carmelito Reyes, who was also known as Lito "Shalala", has died aged 61.

The news was confirmed by the comedian's brother, Anthony Reyes, who told actor and TV host John Joseph Nite.

"Anthony, the brother of Carmelito Reyes (aka Shalala) confirmed to me that my good friend died at 7.30am in a hospital due to cardiac arrest," Nite wrote on Facebook.

"Sad day. Sorry for the great loss."

UK seeks explanation on arrest of Nnamdi Kanu
Details on the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu are still not clear


Britain says it is seeking an explanation from the Nigerian government on the circumstances of the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, who leads a banned group seeking a breakaway state in south-eastern Nigeria.

Mr Kanu,53, holds British and Nigerian citizenship. He faces treason-related charges in Nigeria, but fled the country in 2017 while on bail.

He was re-arrested on Sunday, according to the Nigerian government, but no details were given of where and how he was captured.

The British High Commission in Nigeria told the BBC that it was seeking clarification on the ‘’possible legality’’ of Mr Kanu’s arrest.

It said it was ready to give him "consular assistance".

A spokesperson, Dean Hurlock, said Mr Kanu was neither arrested in the UK nor extradited from there.

He said the UK expects his trial to follow due process.

Mr Kanu is currently in the custody of Nigeria’s secret police after a Federal High Court ordered for his detention on Tuesday.

His trial is expected to resume on 26 July.

iOS 15 supported devices: The iPhone models that support Apple’s new update and when it’s released
By Alex Finnis


The new operating system boasts plenty of interesting features, including big updates to FaceTime, revamped Maps and a new look for notifications

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Apple has announced it will release its new iPhone operating system, iOS 15, on 20 September.

The tech giant confirmed the news during Tuesday’s online event, at which it also unveiled the next generation of iPhones, two new iPads and a new Apple Watch.

The new operating system boasts plenty of interesting features, including big updates to FaceTime, revamped Maps and a new look for notifications.

Which phones will be compatible with iOS 15?

The following devices will be able to support iOS 15:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (original model)
  • iPod Touch (seventh-generation)
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

All the new iPhone 13 models will come with iOS 15 pre-installed.

What are the new features?

FaceTime is getting a big upgrade. It will now offer spatial audio to make people’s voices appear to come from their position on the screen, so your video chats will feel more natural. 

It will also start to look more like Zoom, enabling you to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls, and share links to calls that can be accessed via browser on Android and Microsoft Windows devices.

Later this year it will add a SharePlay feature, which lets you watch videos or listen to music with a friend, while speaking to them in a small overlay window.

The links, images, and other content shared with you in Messages will be featured in a new “Shared with You” section in the corresponding app.

Notifications have a new look, making it more clear which apps they come from.

The new operating system will also give Safari a complete visual overhaul, and make it more user-friendly by moving the search bar to the bottom of the screen.

There is also a new home screen that can show any tabs you have open on other Apple devices, so you can browse on your computer and then pick up where you left off on your phone.

Focus moments will allow you to tailor the notifications you receive based on where you are and what you are doing. For example, you can set your phone to a business meeting-style setting, which will stop you from receiving notifications that are not relevant to what you are doing until you are finished.

A LiveText feature will enable you to copy and even translate text from an image.

The weather app is being overhauled, giving you notifications for rain, thunderstorms and snow, and there are a host of new privacy features.

Apple Maps will be upgraded, with more elevation data, road colours, driving directions, rich labels, 3D landmarks and improved night mode.

You can also pin nearby public transport stops and station information to your iPhone and Apple Watch devices, and receive automatic updates and notifications as you ride and approach your stop.

When travelling via foot, a new augmented reality feature enables you to scan nearby buildings in the area, with the iPhone’s camera, to understand the precise positions for more exact walking directions.

More customisation options are coming to Memoji, and Interactive Memories have been given a fresh new look.

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