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Sydney storm emergency – thousands evacuated, flooding risk high



The extreme weather crisis impacting Australia’s east coast has left thousands of Sydney residents displaced, with rivers rising to dangerous levels.

Disaster recovery payments of $1,000 have been made available by the federal government for every impacted adult resident.

Warnings have been issued for the Hunter Valley and mid-north coast as the rain moves slowly north.

Major flooding is still occurring in greater Sydney, with further downpour expected over the day.

50,000 people have been told to leave their homes so far as state premier Dominic Perrottet warns the treacherous conditions are far from over.

The premier is pleading with all residents to remain vigilant, particularly while driving.

Even as the stormy weather subdues, the risk of flash flooding remains, with most river catchments near capacity even before this latest downpour.

Some regions have been hammered by 800mm of rain since Saturday, far surpassing the nation’s annual average rainfall of around 500mil.

But it’s not just rain, wind gusts of up to 90 km per hour are also forecast in several flood-hit regions, authorities concerned by the risk of falling trees and power lines.

State Emergency Management Minister Steph Cooke is urging people across Sydney today to stay at home unless they really need to leave.

Just off the shore, emergency crews are continuing their operation to rescue a cargo ship after a tug boat sent to retrieve the vessel had its tow lines brake in the severe weather.

The MV Portland Bay lost power on Monday, drifting further and further towards dangerous rocks off the Royal National Park.  

While the ship has now moved further north, she is anchored once again in a relatively safe position.

This latest storm is Sydney’s third and most severe flood this year, with distressing footage posted online showing submerged roads and bridges, as rescue crews work around the clock to respond to calls for help.

Australia’s Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers warns the economic impact from the floods “will be substantial”.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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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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