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Swimming’s historic ban on transgender athletes



Swimming’s world Governing body, Fina, will ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s elite races

The new policy passed with 71% of the vote from 152 Fina members and was announced at the Extraordinary Congress 2022 in Budapest.

The new ban applies to athletes who have gone through any stage of male puberty.

This means if transgender athletes want to compete then they must have transitioned by the age of 12.

The sporting body will now work on creating an ‘open’ category for transgender athletes, with a team working on this immediately.

Fina’s President Husain Al-Musallam says they’re working to “protect the rights of athletes to compete” but also “protect competitive fairness”.

“Fina will always welcome every athlete. The creation of an open category will mean that everybody has the opportunity to compete at an elite level. This has not been done before, so Fina will need to lead the way. I want all athletes to feel included in being able to develop ideas during this process.”

Fina’s President Husain Al-Musallam
Fina’s President Husain Al-Musallam

Fina’s Executive Director Brent Nowicki says the policy is “comprehensive, science-based, and inclusive, and, importantly, Fina’s approach emphasised competitive fairness.”

Transgender participation has been a contentious topic in all sports around the world. Most recently, American swimmer Lia Thomas’ participation divided communities.

Thomas has consistently expressed a desire to compete but this new policy will block Thomas from participating in the female category.

Lia Thomas

While some say Transgender participation is unfair for competing athletes, others argue it’s discrimination to not let transgender athletes compete in women’s events.

For now, this new policy stands as the most historic rule and regulation on transgender participation.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally



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



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



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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