Monday, 28 Sep 2020

Colombia violence: Killings continue during lockdown

Sony Unveils PlayStation 5 Design

Sony unveiled the first look of its next-gen flagship gaming device, PlayStation 5, which sports a futuristic design. The Japanese electronics giant also revealed an impressive lineup of games coming to the console.

PlayStation 5, which will launch alongside Microsoft’s rival Xbox Series X before the end of the year, will be available in two models: a regular one with a 4K Blu-Ray drive, and a “Digital Edition” that does not include the disk drive.

Sony said that 24 games will be coming on PS5, which include exclusive games like Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Horizon: Forbidden West, Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Deathloop, and Ghostwire: Tokyo.

The PlayStation 5 boasts of a 8-core AMD Zen 2 at 3.5GHz CPU along with AMD RDNA 2 graphics processing unit. The console has 16 GB memory and storage capacity of 825GB, which can be expanded with memory card. The console can broadcast video at 4K and 8K resolutions and also supports Ray Tracing and HDR.

The PlayStation 5 is set to go on sale later this year, seven years after the PS4.

Louisville Mayor Says an Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting Will Be Fired


Louisville, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s mayor says one of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor will be fired.

Stock Alert: Chegg Touches New High

Shares of education technology company Chegg, Inc. (CHGG) are climbing more than 8% Friday morning and touched a new high at $68.45. The stock is currently trading at $68.24.

During the coronavirus pandemic as most of the schools and colleges are shut, the online tutoring company is clearly winning. The stock more than doubled in the past couple of months.

Tuesday, Chegg announced share buy-back program of $500 million in stock and convertible notes, extending for a period 18 months, ending on December 31, 2021.

Louisville Officer to Be Fired After Breonna Taylor Shooting: CJ

Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer said Friday that the Louisville Metro Police was initiating the termination of Officer Brett Hankison, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. Hankison was one of the three officers who fired weapons in Breonna Taylor’s apartment, the Courier Journal said. Taylor was killed.

  • “Unfortunately, due to a provision in state law that I would very much like to see changed, both the chief and I are precluded from talking about what brought us to this moment or even the timing of this decision,” Fischer said, according to the Courier Journal.

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COVID-19 survivors in DR Congo speak of stigma

Some Congolese are scared of coronavirus survivors, believing they can still spread the virus.

Survivors of coronavirus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo say they are being ostracised.

There are more than 5,000 confirmed cases in the DRC.

Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis reports.

Neptune Energy to cut 21% of workforce amid volatile oil prices

(Reuters) – Neptune Energy plans to cut nearly 21% of its workforce, or 400 roles across nine countries, as the gas and oil producer looks to weather low commodity prices.

Energy companies across the globe have slashed their spending to save cash after oil prices collapsed due to weak fuel demand due to the coronavirus crisis.

Neptune is owned by Carlyle Group (CG.O) and CVC Capital Partners, and is a potential stock exchange listing candidate.

The company employs 1,900 personnel globally.

Stock Alert: Jabil Adds 3% On Upbeat Results

Shares of electronic manufacturing services and solutions provider Jabil Inc. (JBL) are trading up more than 3% Friday morning after reporting better-than-expected preliminary third-quarter results.

Earnings of $0.37, excluding items, beat the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters at $0.32.

Revenue for the quarter increased to $6.335 billion from $6.136 billion in the same quarter a year ago, beating the consensus estimate at $5.57 billion.

For the fourth quarter, the company expects revenue to be in the range of $5.8 billion to $6.6 billion and adjusted EPS to be in the range of $0.46 to $0.86. Analysts see earnings of $0.59 on revenue of $6.09 billion for the period.

JBL is currently trading at $33.84. Its 52-week range is $17.63- $44.20.

UK reviews social distancing rules as COVID-19 cases fall

The review follows warnings from the hospitality sector that businesses and jobs could be severely affected when they reopen if the current restrictions remain in place.

The British government is reviewing its two-metre social distancing guidelines as the number of coronavirus cases fall.

The review follows warnings from the hospitality sector that businesses and jobs could be severely affected when they reopen if the current restrictions remain in place.

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports from London, UK.

Colombia violence: Killings continue during lockdown

Civil society organisations say that since the start of the quarantine a local leader has been killed every other day.

The UN mission in Colombia says violence remains an issue in some areas of the country despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Dozens of former FARC rebels and community leaders have been killed since measures began, and the government is being criticised for not doing enough to stop the violence.

Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota, Colombia.

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