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Australia withdraws bid, Saudi Arabia poised for 2034 World Cup

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Australia has officially announced its decision not to bid for the hosting rights of the 2034 FIFA World Cup.

This decision comes as a shock to many, as Australia had been considered a strong contender in the race to host the prestigious tournament. Instead, it appears that Saudi Arabia is now in pole position to secure the coveted hosting rights.

The Australian Football Federation cited a variety of factors for its withdrawal from the bidding process. Among these reasons were concerns about the financial implications of hosting such a massive event, as well as the logistical challenges posed by the vast distances between Australian cities.

Additionally, there were reportedly concerns about the competition from other potential host nations.

With Australia out of the running, Saudi Arabia has emerged as the frontrunner to host the 2034 World Cup.

The Saudi bid has garnered significant support from FIFA officials and has been praised for its ambitious plans to develop state-of-the-art stadiums and infrastructure.

This would mark the first time that Saudi Arabia hosts the World Cup, representing a historic moment for the nation’s football community.

The decision by Australia not to bid for the 2034 World Cup has raised many questions about the future of the tournament. Will Saudi Arabia’s bid be successful, and how will they handle the challenges of hosting such a major sporting event?

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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