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Djokovic’s Australian visa hearing is underway

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The world is watching as tennis ace Novak Djokovic takes on the Australian government over his visa ban, ahead of the Australian Open.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa hearing is taking place in Melbourne and the decision will determine whether he can remain in Australia and compete in the Australian Open.

His visa was canceled last week for entering Australia without a valid medical exemption from the country’s Covid vaccination requirement for all arrivals.

If the court upholds the cancellation, Djokovic will be deported as soon as possible.

Monday’s court hearing was delayed by technical issues. A live feed set up for the public to watch appeared overwhelmed and failed to load.

The hearing is under way and Djokovic’s lawyers, led by Nicholas Wood, SC, are addressing the tennis player’s entry into Australia under the Biosecurity Act.

Mr Wood tells Judge Anthony Kelly the Act does not require entrants to provide evidence of a medical contraindication, but Djokovic did.

Supporters gather

Fans and protesters alike have been gathering outside the Park Hotel in Melbourne since Novak Djokovic was moved to the temporary detention facility.

Djokovic case has prompted anger from people who feel the rich and powerful are getting an easy ride when it comes to Australia’s tough Covid-19 rules.

Djokovic remains in the Park Hotel in Melbourne, despite his repeated requests to be moved to a “more suitable place of detention,” according to court documents published Saturday.

The tennis star had wanted to train in the event he’s released from immigration detention to contest the Australian Open after Monday’s hearing.

Serbian officials have managed to negotiate extra concessions, the country’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told Serbian national TV station RTV Pink on Saturday.

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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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