A month after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, leaving close to 47,000 people dead and 214,000 buildings destroyed or damaged, tens of thousands of displaced people are still in need of adequate shelter and sanitation.
An appeal for $1bn in aid to help survivors has only been 10% funded, according to the United Nations (UN), hampering efforts to tackle what it has called a humanitarian crisis.
While two million survivors have been housed in temporary accommodation, around 1.5 million are in tents, 46,000 have been moved to container houses and others are in dormitories and guesthouses, according to government data.
The UN has made a flash appeal for $397.6m to help Syrian quake victims, but less than half that amount has been raised.
Aleppo’s water infrastructure has also been damaged by the quake, putting them at greater risk from cholera outbreaks.
Survivors of the earthquake that hit southern Turkey in early February are still facing difficulties a month later.
The quake, which had a magnitude of 7.8, impacted 11 provinces with a total population of nearly 13 million and caused the deaths of over 45,000 people.
Since the disaster, officials have examined 1.7 million buildings in the earthquake areas and found that over 227,000 of them need immediate demolition.
The Interior Minister has reported that 370,482 tents have been set up in 332 "tent cities" and that 1.5 million earthquake survivors have been housed there.
In addition to that, 329,960 people have been provided accommodation in other provinces.
The Education Minister has said that over 202,817 students have been relocated to other cities to continue their studies.
However, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party has released a video on the first month anniversary of the quake, criticising the government's response and accusing it of not mobilising enough people to coordinate search and rescue efforts.
There have also been complaints on social media about the lack of basic necessities, such as water, blankets and tents, and medical supplies.
The Jewish holiday Purim is approaching, commemorating the triumph of the Jewish people over the attempt to annihilate them in the fourth century B.C.E by Haman, the prime minister of the Persian Empire.
Celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month “Adar,” which falls between late winter and early spring each year, events and activities are being prepared by members of the University of Florida Hillel and Chabad despite the rise of antisemitic displays nationwide, including the recent proposal of a “National Day of Hate”.
For UF Hillel Rabbi Jonah Zinn, Purim holds a poignant meaning, especially as the holiday tells the story of the Jewish people’s attempted destruction.
The event’s significance and celebration of the Jewish people and their triumphs continue to inspire members of the faith, such as Jason Scheuer, former president of Gators for Israel, who believes that Purim will mean a celebration of overcoming hate.
Rabbi Zinn likewise believes that Purim can serve as a “powerful reminder” of how the Jewish people once overcame persecution and vilification and a hopeful idea that they will continue to do so.
Despite this, the ongoing trend of hate cannot be ignored.
UF Hillel launched the “Chomp Hate” campaign following a recent incident during the Florida-Georgia football game, aiming to educate different student organizations emphasizing discrimination against the Jewish community.
Student organizations such as the Florida Cicerones have also partnered with Hillel and Chabad to promote diversity, equity and inclusion through their training courses.
JSU President Sam Hendler reinforced the importance of Jewish unity during these times of hate, culminating in Sunday’s carnival filled with games, food and community.
Students also anticipate various traditional Purim activities such as gift giving, dressing up in costumes, and indulging in hamantaschen pastries at Hillel and Chabad throughout the week.
Despite the ongoing hate, Rabbi Zinn encourages students to celebrate the holiday with pride and safety, highlighting that rather than fear, a sense of duty to be engaged in Jewish life on campus has strengthened.
The New Orleans Saints have signed free agent quarterback Derek Carr to a four-year contract, announced by the team's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mickey Loomis.
Saints Head Coach Dennis Allen expressed excitement over working with Carr again, as he previously worked with Carr at the beginning of his professional football career.
Carr spent his first nine seasons with the Oakland Raiders, starting all 142 of his regular-season games and setting numerous team passing records.
He was also selected to four Pro Bowl Games and ranks fourth in the NFL in passing yards since his debut in 2014.
In his final season with the Raiders, Carr threw for 3,522 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Prior to the NFL, Carr played for Fresno State, where he established 27 school records and 21 Mountain West Conference records.
Police find three dead and two injured after missing group's car discovered} Police have found three people dead and two injured after searching for a group of five who went missing following a night out.
The group was believed to have been involved in a car crash, and were last seen in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday.
One of the dead has been named as Eve Smith, while the other two have not yet been identified.
Sophie Russon, one of the two injured, is in a critical condition in hospital.
The car was found on St Mellons on Monday, and police have established a cordon around the site.
Family and friends had made multiple appeals to find the group over the weekend, with one parent complaining that the police were not taking the case seriously.
Tributes paid to three people found dead in crashed car}
Three young adults, Eve Smith, Darcy Ross, and Rafel Jeanne, were found dead in a car that had veered off the A48 and into trees; they had been missing for days after a night out in Newport.
Two others who had been in the car, Sophie Russon and Shane Loughlin, were hospitalized and remain in critical condition.
Relatives and friends had made repeated appeals over the weekend to find the missing group before they were found.
The families are now being supported by family liaison officers, while specialist officers try to piece together the accident.
Snapchat images suggest that the group had traveled to Trecco Bay after leaving the club.
The IOPC has been informed, and an assessment will be carried out to determine what further action may be required.
Marta Kostyuk secured her first senior tournament win at the ATX Open with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Russian opponent Varvara Gracheva.
Kostyuk has been an outspoken critic of Russian and Belarusian players being allowed to continue to play on the WTA Tour and has previously condemned players who refuse to condemn the invasion of her country by Moscow.
After winning the tournament, Kostyuk twice walked past Gracheva for a handshake as the Russian headed directly to her chair, instead shaking the hand of the umpire.
Kostyuk dedicated her victory to “all the people who are fighting and dying” in the conflict, and reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
Russia escalated its ongoing conflict with Ukraine on 24 February 2020 by launching a large-scale invasion into the east of the country.
Under WTA rules, players from Russia and Belarus are allowed to compete on tour, but their flags do not appear alongside competing individuals.
Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players last year, and the Lawn Tennis Association and the All England Club are currently weighing whether to allow players from the two countries to play at this year’s grass events in the UK.
Marta Kostyuk, a Ukrainian tennis player, dedicated her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour title to the people fighting and dying in Ukraine after winning against Russia's Varvara Gracheva in the ATX Open. Kostyuk, ranked 40, secured a 6-3 7-5 victory over Gracheva in Austin, Texas, in her first-ever WTA final.
During the presentation ceremony, Kostyuk mentioned that winning this title was incredibly special, given her circumstances.
She further stated that she would like to dedicate the title to Ukraine and all the people fighting and dying there.
Kostyuk has been the most vocal player about allowing Russian and Belarusian players to keep playing on tour following the invasion of Ukraine, frequently criticizing tennis players from these countries for not condemning the war.
She did not shake hands with Gracheva after the match.
In another match at the WTA tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, Croatian Donna Vekic won her fourth title by defeating top seed Caroline Garcia with a score of 6-4 3-6 7-5.
Vekic was ranked outside the top 100 a year ago due to knee surgery, but she has had an outstanding past six months, including reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, lifting her ranking up to 23 in the standings.
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March Full Moon 2023: Can you see the Worm Moon in the UK?
The Worm Moon, also known as the March full moon, will be visible in the UK this week.
According to the Royal Greenwich Observatory website, the name “worm moon” comes from Native Americans observing the worm trails in newly thawed ground during the last full moon of winter.
The Worm Moon will occur on Tuesday, March 7 at 12:40 pm, but will be most visible early in the morning and later that night.
The next two full moons will be the Pink Moon on April 6 and the Flower Moon on May 5, which will also be a total lunar eclipse.
The full moon of March, which will reach its peak at 12.40pm in the UK on Tuesday 7 March, has been named the “worm moon”, a label attributed to Indigenous American tribes, according to the American Farmer’s Almanac.
The moon has also been dubbed the “wolf moon” in some quarters, while other names for full moons are also derived from Indigenous American tribes, such as the “strawberry moon” and “harvest moon”.
However, Laura Redish, director and co-founder of Native Languages of the Americas said there was no standard Indigenous American calendar, and that different tribes referred to full moons by different names.