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Ukraine’s World Cup chance is over

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Ukraine’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are over, after losing to Wales 1-0

Ukraine’s men’s soccer team lost their World Cup qualifying match against Wales, 1-0.

Despite losing their chance to compete at the World Cup in Qatar, the team spirit during the qualifying tournament has not gone unnoticed.

The men’s soccer team faced off against Wales, with hopes of a victory to send them through to their first World Cup in 64 years.

However, Wales stole the title, with a 1-0 win.

Ukraine predominately dominated the match, also scoring a goal from a free-kick, which was later disqualified for the player taking the strike before the referee’s whistle had blown.

Wales scored in the back half, sealing their path to the Qatar World Cup, kicking off in November.

Despite the score, Ukraine’s participation throughout the tournament has been remarkable.

As the war wages on in their home country, players and fans sang the National Anthem with such pride.

The footballers have been the brightest of lights in the darkest of times, with the nation’s yellow and blue flags flooding the stadiums.

The referee comforts Ukrainian players after the loss.
Credit: ESPN FC

In a show of solidarity, the Welsh Football Association also handed out tickets to Ukrainian refugees living nearby.

“Every Ukrainian wants one thing – to stop this war,

I have spoken with people from all around the world, from different countries. I have also spoken to some Ukrainian kids who just don’t understand what’s happening back in Ukraine. They only want the war to stop. They have one dream, to stop the war.

When it comes to football, the Ukrainian team have their own dream. We want to go to the World Cup, we want to give this incredible emotion to the Ukrainians because Ukrainians deserve it so very much at this moment.”

Ukrainian defender, Oleksandr Zinchenko

Because to Ukraine, this was far more than just a game.

Credit: Teller Report

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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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