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Eurovision 2022: fans celebrate a momentous victory

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Torino was filled with fire, flare, and fans who packed the Pala Alpitour Arena for Eurovision 2022

WARNING: This story contains spoilers about the winner.

In a spectacular finish, Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

The winning entry, ‘Stefania’, was performed by the Kalush Orchestra. The song is an ode to a mother and takes a nostalgic look at the hardships and challenges, and touches on positive memories.

After the rap group performed their song, they addressed millions of viewers watching the final. “Save Mariupol, save Ukraine and help Azovstal,” they said, as they rallied support for their war-torn nation.

The victory is the nation’s second in eight years, after Jamala’s ‘1944’ controversially beat Russia. The song was about Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of an ethnic group in Crimea.

‘Stefania’ is also the second Eurovision entry to be performed entirely in Ukrainian.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says he believed in the group to win.

“Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra. Let’s support our fellow countrymen! Let’s support Ukraine.”

UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY

While the U.K. won the jury vote, it was not enough to topple Ukraine’s 439 points from public voters. They finished with 631 points—the second highest in Eurovision history.

Around 200 million are believed to have seen this year’s contest.

Martin Österdahl is the European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor. He says “the Eurovision Song Contest is the only cultural event that truly unites Europe.”

“This year it’s been more important than ever to bring millions together through our common values and love of music.”

MARTIN ÖSTERDAHL, EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION

The U.K., Spain, Sweden and Serbia rounded out the top five. It is the U.K.‘s best result since 1998, and follows a dismal performance last year in which they finished last with zero points.

“On a fantastic stage in front of hundreds of millions watching across the world, every artist and songwriter has brought something unique to the Contest and embodied what this competition is about—diversity, universality and uniting Europe on one stage,” Österdahl says.

The Kalush Orchestra celebrate Ukraine’s second Eurovision win in eight years.

The Kalush Orchestra was formed in 2019. One of the group’s members travelled to Rotterdam last year to compete with his other band, ‘Go_A’, which finished in fifth place.

Eurovision is the world’s largest live music event and one of the most ambitious live TV moments each year.

This year’s theme, ‘The Sound of Beauty’, featured 24 cameras, 78 microphones and over 2,800 lighting fixtures. There were also 727 square metres of LED screens and 440 speakers.

Russia was banned from this year’s event as the war in Ukraine continues.

Around 500 journalists were also in the host city of Turin, Italy to cover the event. It’s believed over 1,000 journalists covered the event from their own countries.

Forty European countries took part in the event, as organisers cast their eyes towards 2023, where the Eurovision Song Contest will head to Ukraine.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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What will Trevor Noah do now he’s exiting The Daily Show?

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Trevor Noah is leaving The Daily Show

Noah announced the news to the show’s audience after a recent taping.

He’s been at the helm for seven years after the high-profile departure of Jon Stewart.

He says it’s been a challenge but also a joy to make people laugh during the Trump presidency and the pandemic.

Of course, his departure comes as the late-night landscape continues to shift.

Noah is planning to keep up his comedy, as he travels around the world to keep making people laugh.

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How Disney beat Netflix at its own game

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When it comes to streaming, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Disney+ has quickly become a major force in the streaming wars, adding over 14 million new subscribers in its latest quarter. That’s a big jump from the 3 million it had just three months prior.

In comparison, Netflix lost nearly 1 million subscribers in the same period.

So what happened? How did Disney+ overtake Netflix so quickly?

There are a few factors at play.

For one, Disney+ has a lot of content that people want to watch. As well as its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the service  has access to popular franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Simpsons. That’s a big draw for people who are looking for something to watch.

In addition, Disney+ is much cheaper than Netflix. A subscription to Disney+ costs $6.99 per month, while a Netflix subscription starts at $8.99 per month. For people who are trying to save money, Disney+ is the more appealing option. Though Disney and Netflix have signalled they’re going to push up their prices.

Disney+ has been aggressive in marketing itself as the superior streaming service. The company has run a number of ads that compare its service favorably to Netflix. This has helped convince people to switch to Disney+.

The Disney effect

The Walt Disney Company launched Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The streaming service is available in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

As of the second quarter of 2020, Netflix had nearly 221 million subscribers across 190 countries.

Netflix facts

What is the market share of Netflix? In the United States, Netflix has a market share of 37%. That means it is the most popular streaming service in the country.

When was Netflix founded? Netflix was founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California.

What type of company is Netflix? Netflix is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NFLX.

What is the headquarters of Netflix? The headquarters of Netflix is located in Los Gatos, California.

Disney+ facts

Disney is spending $1 billion per year on its streaming service.

What is the market share of Disney+? In the United States, Disney+ has a market share of 24%.

When was Disney+ launched? Disney+ was launched on November 12, 2019.

What type of company is Disney? Disney is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DIS.

How much does Disney stock cost? As of August 2020, the price of one share of Disney stock is $115.76.

What is the headquarters of Disney? The headquarters of Disney is located in Burbank, California.

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Scientists discover dogs can sniff if you’re stressed

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Russia has begun vaccinating animals against COVID-19

Dog’s truely are our best friends and it turns out they really are in tune to our feelings by experiencing their world through smell

Scientists have discovered that dogs can detect stress, by sniffing our breath and sweat

Four dogs volunteered by their owners – were trained to “choose” one of three scent canisters.

And in more than 650 out of 700 trials, they sniffed a sample of sweat or breath that had been taken from a stressed person.

Dog highly sensitive scent-detection abilities are already used to detect drugs, explosives, and illnesses – so they really are paw-some animals

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