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Trans-Tasman travel bubble restarts with limitations



The travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia is set to resume – but only to some states

Quarantine-free travel between the two nations will reopen to parts of Australia, as states lockdown around the country in an effort to contain a wave of new COVID-19 outbreaks.

Travel through the trans-Tasman will again be available for residents of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, and the ACT from 11.59 pm on July 4. However, passengers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 result before their departure.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and the Kiwi Government agreed in principle to lift the pause partially, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed.

Another review next week

The government plans to review the travel pause with Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory next week.

All four jurisdictions are undergoing regional lockdowns following a spread of new infections.

New Zealand has reported no new community cases of COVID-19.

The city of Wellington has now dropped to an alert level one.

A Sydney traveler to the city sparked a scare earlier this month after testing positive for the virus. There are currently 30 active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, with the four new cases recorded in hotel quarantine.

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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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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea



Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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