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China Communist Party approves amendments to constitution

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The Chinese Communist Party on Saturday approved amendments to its constitution, including the so-called “Two Establishes” and “Two Safeguards” aimed at cementing the core status of Xi Jinping.

The amendments were passed by a unanimous vote at the end of the party’s National Congress, which takes place once every five years.

The “Two Establishes” refers to establishing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as an official guide to action for the party, and establishing the people’s congresses system as the country’s fundamental political system.

The “Two Safeguards” refers to ensuring that power is exercised within the framework of the constitution and laws, and ensuring that the party leads all work in China.

The amendments came after months of speculation that Xi would seek to have his name enshrined in the constitution, alongside Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

That would mean he would enjoy special status among party leaders after he steps down as president in 2023.

However, there was no mention of Xi’s name in Saturday’s vote, with party officials instead referring to his “immortal contributions.”

Xi is currently serving his second five-year term as president, and is also General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He has amassed more power than any leader since Mao Zedong, and has used that power to crackdown on dissent and centralize decision-making within the party.

The Chinese Communist Party’s approval of amendments to its constitution aimed at cementing Xi Jinping’s status shows that he is well on his way to becoming one of the most powerful leaders in China’s history.

With these amendments, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era will now be an official guide to action for the party, and his name will likely go down in history alongside other great Chinese leaders.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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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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