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Eurovision 2022 – when music meets politics

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Here to break all the war tension comes the world’s largest music competition Eurovision with its comical bangers and political performances

Taking place in Italy’s northwestern city of Turin, millions of viewers usually tune in to watch 40 countries battle for the winning trophy of Eurovision.

The usually non-political song contest is politically charged this year with Russia and Belarus banished from the show and a Ukrainian band passing through to the finals.

Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra stands as an audience favourite with an energetic performance of their song Stefania.

Folk-rap band, Kalush Orchestra’s perfomance made the audience cry and applause. Picture: Eurovision

Written by the group’s lead singer, the song has become a powerful anthem in the wake of war with lyrics like ‘I will always walk to you by broken roads’ touching the hearts of many.

The band received a standing ovation midway and a long applause afterwards as the founding member thanked everyone for supporting Ukraine towards the end of the performance.

The Kyiv government gave the band special permission to leave the war-ravaged Ukraine and perform at the competition.

If Kalush Orchestra were to win on Saturday, it would be Ukraine’s third victory after it won in 2004 and 2016.

Ukraine is among the top 10 to reach the final with other countries like Switzerland, Portugal and Norway also making the cut.

Norway’s Subwoolfer keep their identity hidden behind their masks. Picture: Eurovision

Norway’s Subwoolfer brought the right amount of absurdness to the competition with their giant yellow wolf masks and banana based song, Give That Wolf A Banana.

In contrast to the comical Subwoolfer was Portugal’s Maro who sang Saudade, Saudade, a ballad full of grief dedicated to her late grandfather.

Rijul Baath contributed to this report

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New York man sues McDonalds for burgers not looking like photos on ads

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Those late night McDonalds ads with the crispy lettuce and soft bun, makes the mouth water…. but one New York man has beef to pick

The man says McDonalds and Wendy’s have misleading adverts that are unfair and deceptive.

He says make their burgers look much bigger than they actually are.

In a proposed class-action lawsuit, he is seeking $50 million in damages for himself and other similarly duped customers.

The chains did not comment immediately on the suit.

Rival Burger King was hit with a similar lawsuit in Florida in March, by the same law firms representing New Yorker Justin Chimienti.

While Burger King has yet to respond in court, an amended complaint shows that more unhappy customers have signed onto the suit.

According to complaints quoted in the BBC, the companies’ adverts are “unfair and financially damaging consumers as they are receiving food that is much lower in value than what is being promised.”

The “actions are especially concerning now that inflation, food, and meat prices are very high and many consumers, especially lower income consumers, are struggling financially,” they add.

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Netflix axes over 100 jobs as streamer deals with performance crisis

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The World’s largest streaming service is taking refuge in new cost cutting measures

Netflix is sacking 150 employees across the company with most of the cuts happening in the United States.

“These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues,”

the company said in a statement.

It comes after the company recorded a large fall in subscribers, for the first time in a decade.   

The news sparked an investor sell-off, with the firm’s stock plunging 35% in one day.

The layoffs represent only 2 per cent of the company’s total staff.

Netflix also plans on introducing ads as a way of building revenue.

It also wants to tackle password sharing privileges to compensate for lower revenues.

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Snapchat co-creator and supermodel pay student loans for graduating class

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Student loans still get the better of most of us, a pesky debt that hurts the hip pocket

But one graduating class got the ultimate graduation gift

Otis College of Art and Design in Downtown LA got their student loans paid by off by Snapchat co-creator Evan Spiegel and his wife and supermodel Miranda Kerr.

The president of the art college announced the gift as the single largest donation in the history of Otis College.

The previous largest gift to the school was for $10 million and the screams from the students show how much it means to them.

The president says student debt weights heavily on talented graduates and the couple’s donation will be life-changing for the Class of 2022.

Spiegel created the popular instant messaging app with two former Stanford University classmates.

The snapchat co-creator took summer classes at Otis during high school and wanted to give back to the arts college.

Spiegel and wife Miranda were given honorary degrees at the college.

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