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‘Huge misunderstanding’ – Peng Shuai denies sexual assault accusation

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has held private talks with the President of the International Olympic Committee, in Beijing

Shuai disappeared from public life after making sexual abuse accusations against a political official in November.

The 36-year-old met with Thomas Bark, and he was joined by the former Chair of the Athletes’ Commission and IOC member Kirsty Coventry.

Bark previously held a private phone conversation with Shuai in November.

The meeting took place on Saturday over dinner at the Olympic Club in Beijing.

He says it’s up to the tennis player on whether she wanted an inquiry into the alleged assault.

The IOC has since released a statement

“During the dinner, the three spoke about their common experience as athletes at the Olympic Games, and Peng Shuai spoke of her disappointment at not being able to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. In this context, she also shared her intention to travel to Europe when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, and the IOC President invited her to Lausanne to visit the IOC and The Olympic Museum, to continue the conversation on their Olympic experiences. Peng Shuai accepted this invitation,” the statement read.

“Kirsty Coventry and Peng Shuai also agreed that they would remain in contact.  And all three agreed that any further communication about the content of the meeting would be left to her discretion.”

Tennis star Peng Shuai says there has been a “huge misunderstanding”

Peng Shuai spoke to non-Chinese media for the first time since November last year.

That’s when she appeared to post and later delete allegations of sexual assault against a Chinese official on Weibo.

The sporting star has now come out to an old French newspaper, saying that the allegations were an “enormous misunderstanding.”

However, here’s the catch – the interview was done in highly controlled circumstances.

The paper had to submit questions in advance.

Her interview was conducted at the Winter Olympics and a representative from China’s Olympic Committee was beside her, translating her comments

Peng told the outlet she was living a normal life – and would like to know, “why such concern?” saying “I never said anyone sexually assaulted me”

The 36-year-old also hinted she could retire from professional tennis, commenting on her age, surgeries and the pandemic as factors.

This whole stunt has left more questions unanswered, with some critics saying the highly controlled comments are a propaganda exercise

The IOC continues to be slammed by some rights groups for failing to address China’s human rights record as the Winter Games take place In Beijing.

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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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