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Various Turkish building contractors arrested as death toll rises

Various Turkish building contractors arrested as death toll rises
Feb 13 2023 Share

The death toll from the earthquake that struck parts of Turkey and Syria could double from the current tally of 33,000, as the situation in the north-west of Syria, already ravaged by civil war, is increasingly desperate. 

Turkish authorities have issued over 100 arrest warrants for contractors, architects and engineers connected to some of the tens of thousands of buildings destroyed or damaged in Monday’s earthquake, and 12 people are currently in custody. 

Turkey’s vice-president, Fuat Oktay, said that detention orders had been issued for 113 of the 131 people suspected of being responsible for the collapse of the buildings. 

Opposition leaders have accused the government of not enforcing building regulations and failing to account for the proceeds of a levy imposed after the 1999 earthquake to ensure earthquake-resistant buildings. 

The environment minister, Murat Kurum, said that 24,921 out of 170,000 buildings assessed in the south of the country had either collapsed or were heavily damaged. 

The UN has said that at least 870,000 people urgently need hot meals across Turkey and Syria, while the WHO estimates up to 26 million people have been affected in both countries.

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Kelce brothers share hug after playing against each other

Kelce brothers share hug after playing against each other
Feb 13 2023 Share

After the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVII on Sunday at State Farm Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, a touching moment was shared between Travis Kelce, the 33-year-old tight end for the winning team, and his brother, Jason Kelce, a 35-year-old center for the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Despite the defeat, Jason remained in good spirits as he and Travis hugged, making history as the first time two brothers have ever faced each other in the Super Bowl on opposing teams. 

Jason was also seen embracing the Chiefs’ quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

During the game, Ed and Donna Kelce, the parents of the two players, chose to sit apart. Donna was in the luxury box with Commissioner Roger Goodell, while Ed chose to sit in the stadium seats, referring to himself as a “blue-collar grunt.”

 

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Before the big game, Travis and Jason’s mother, Donna, spoke with ET’s Kevin Frazier and expressed her excitement about the unprecedented event. She said it was like a dream come true for her sons to both play in the Pro Bowl and then face each other in the Super Bowl. 

Although she couldn’t choose a winner, Donna revealed that she currently favors Jason more, due to his grandchildren, but added that as a mother, she could never pick one son over the other.

On Monday’s episode of the Kelce brothers’ podcast, “New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce,” they interviewed their mother and she spoke about the pure joy she will experience watching her sons on the biggest stage in the NFL. 

She mentioned that the first two Super Bowls, which Travis played in, were tense, but this one will be pure joy and the best day ever, with both of her sons on the field.

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ASL interpreter in Rihanna’s Super Bowl show goes viral

ASL interpreter in Rihanna's Super Bowl show goes viral
Feb 13 2023 Share

As Rihanna returned for a legendary Super Bowl performance, which also revealed that the singer was pregnant, the American Sign Language interpreter handling the performance went absolutely viral.

The ASL interpreter was revealed to be Justina Miles, who was absolutely ‘vibing’ to the song on the TV screens. 

The 20-year-old American performer hails from Philadelphia and has made history as the first female deaf performer to be invited to a Super Bowl halftime show. 

 

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Currently studying for a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, she comes from a mixed family with deaf members on each side. 

She had also become a TikTok sensation in 2020 after a video of her performing Lil Kim’s song ‘Crush on You’ went viral. It went so viral that it ignited a #crushonyouchallenge. 

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Cardi B and Offset join McDonald’s US to launch Valentine’s meal for 2

Cardi B and Offset join McDonald's US to launch Valentine's meal for 2
Feb 13 2023 Share

Rappers Cardi B and Offset have joined forces with fast food giant McDonald’s through a Super Bowl advert to build up hype for their Valentine’s Day meal for two. 

The timing of the launch reportedly commemorates back to the onset of their relationship, which began to bud at around 2017’s Super Bowl.

The advert features the two rappers along with eight other couples as they share details about their partner’s preferred order and how knowing it is akin to knowing an intimate part of them. 

 

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It was also revealed that Cardi typically goes for a classic McDonald’s cheeseburger, paired with BBQ sauce and a large Coca Cola. As for Offset, he prefers a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and a large Hi-C Orange Lavaburst. The duo also shares a large order of fries and a hot apple pie. 

And to further advertise the meal, Cardi herself took to social media to give her own, rather vulgar, spin to the famous McDonald’s tune. 

Six years into their marriage, the two have become parents to two kids under five years of age. 

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