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Chris Hipkins replaces Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

 - International - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Chris Hipkins replaces Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

As Jacinda Ardern left her position as Prime Minister of New Zealand to a massive applause, Chris Hipkins was sworn in as her replacement. 

Sworn in by Governor-General Cindy Kiro during a capital in the capital Wellington, Hipkins stated that he was energised and excited by the challenges ahead.

The 44-year-old described his new post as the biggest privilege and responsibility of his life as he is now tasked with gaining the public’s trust in the government following massive economic setbacks brought on mainly by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hipkins had built a reputation as the minister who led New Zealand’s COVID-19 strategy, receiving unanimous support to be promoted as leader of the country. 

With the upcoming general elections in October, Hipkins has a massive task of revitalising the popularity of his party as recent polls indicate that they trail behind the conservative National Party.

Hipkins also recently held the ministerial portfolios of education, police as well as public service. Nicknamed ‘Chippy’, he will be holding his first cabinet meeting on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Ardern, who said she no longer has ‘enough in the tank’ after leading the country through some of the toughest challenges, made her last public appearance as Prime Minister on Wednesday. 

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Adult Swim cut ties with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland

 - Celebrities - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Adult Swim cut ties with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland

A statement released by Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang communications revealed that ties have been cut from popular show Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland.

Roland has recently appeared in court over domestic violence charges which stemmed from allegations made back in 2020. 

Roiland will no longer be a part of Rick and Morty, despite the show continuing to work on the future of the show beloved by many. NBC revealed the charges on January 13th, with criminal complaints having been filed in May 2020. 

Roiland has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury as well as one felony count of false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit. 

Reports indicate that there have been more than a dozen pre-trial hearings since the charges were filed. However, Roiland’s lawyer said that the charges against the show’s co-creator were inaccurate. 

The 42-year-old was released on a $50,000 bond back in August 2020, with the alleged victim being a woman Roiland was dating at the time. 

Deadline states that Roiland could face up to 7 years behind bars and heavy fines if found guilty. Roiland voiced various characters on the show, including titular characters Rick and Morty, alternating between the voices during filming. 

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Moment Pelin Kaya receives birthday cake revealed

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Moment Pelin Kaya receives birthday cake revealed

Turkish media have shared the moment Pelin Kaya received her FRIENDS themed birthday cake as she enjoyed her birthday celebrations with her friends.

The heart-breaking footage shows Kaya enjoying the celebrations along with friends, some of whom are face-timing with her. 

The birthday cake featured a scene from the iconic sitcom FRIENDS with the quote asking ‘Why God Why’ as one of the characters, like Kaya, turned 30 years old.

 

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Kaya was unfortunately and horribly killed on her 30th birthday in Gzira after a cocaine-intoxicated Jeremie Camilleri drove his car over her and into a KFC establishment in the vicinity.

He then reportedly proceeded to throw stones at her from the debris, assaulting anyone who tried to help Pelin. Jeremie is currently pleading not guilty to the murder charges.   

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Two teens identified and arrested after Valletta assault

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Two teens identified and arrested after Valletta assault

Police have revealed that intensive investigations have resulted in the arrest of two 16-year-old teens believed to be behind the vicious assault upon other youth in Valletta last Saturday. 

The assault left a 15-year-old boy with a broken leg and in need of surgery after a gang of thugs targeted a group of 14 to 17 year old minors in Merchant’s Street. 

Further investigations are still underway as the two boys identified are expected to be charged in court tomorrow. 

The story enraged many and terrified parents whose young teenage children often meet up in the capital city as they fear for their safety. This incident also prompted Prime Minister Robert Abela to admit that he does not feel fully secure trusting his daughter going out out of fear of a similar incident. 

This is a developing story. 

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