Picture: 123RF/ALPHA SPIRIT
Picture: 123RF/ALPHA SPIRIT

1. Denial on Zim gold

The name of Zimbabwe’s first lady has come up in court papers about an alleged attempt to smuggle gold out of the country, but she has denied claims of her involvement. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife Auxillia and their son Collins were mentioned last week as potential owners of 6kg of gold found in the possession of mining boss Henrietta Rushwaya as she tried to leave the country. The leader of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation was caught as she was about to board a flight to Dubai.

2. Climate-change crunch

A man successfully sued one of Australia’s biggest pension funds over its handling of climate change, forcing it to commit to zero emissions for its investments by 2050. In 2018, Mark McVeigh sued Rest, his fund, after it failed to provide him with details of how it was managing the risks of climate change. He said Rest breached legislation by failing to manage those risks — which could include fuel firms plummeting in value or infrastructure being damaged by extreme weather. In a settlement, Rest agreed its trustees have a duty to manage the financial risks of climate change. But the case was settled out of court, so the outcome doesn’t carry the same weight as a legal precedent decided in court.

3. ‘Shark’ hit rolls on

Baby Shark, the infuriatingly catchy children’s song recorded by South Korean firm Pinkfong, has become the most-watched YouTube video in history, the BBC reports. The song has been played more than 7-billion times, overtaking the previous record holder Despacito, a song by singer Luis Fonsi. Played back-to-back, this means it has been streamed continuously for 30,187 years.

It took four years for the song to top YouTube, but it is older than that. There are also international versions — including the French Bébé Requin and the German Kleiner Hai, which was a minor hit in Europe in 2007.

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