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Ukrainian President vows revenge over missile strike on theatre

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pledged to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable following a devastating missile strike on a theatre in Chernihiv.

The strike resulted in the tragic loss of seven lives, including that of a six-year-old girl named Sofia.

Zelensky, in a somber address to the nation, declared that Ukrainian soldiers would deliver a “notable response” to what he characterized as a “terrorist attack” by Russia. This horrific incident also left at least 148 individuals wounded, including 15 children, with at least 25 civilians requiring hospital treatment as of last night.

United Nations officials have condemned the missile strike as “heinous.”

Seven dead

In his nightly video statement, President Zelensky expressed his condolences, stating, “Unfortunately, seven people lost their lives, including a six-year-old girl named Sofia. My heart goes out to their grieving families. I am confident that our soldiers will respond resolutely to Russia for this terrorist attack, and our response will be substantial.”

Earlier on the fateful Saturday, Zelensky had conveyed the grim news online, saying, “A Russian missile struck right in the heart of our city, Chernihiv. It targeted a square, the polytechnic university, and a theatre. Russia turned an ordinary Saturday into a day of anguish and sorrow.”

Accompanying Zelensky’s message was a brief video that revealed the aftermath of the strike, with debris strewn across a square in front of the theatre, and damaged parked vehicles.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence issued a statement, noting, “Seven people have tragically lost their lives, and medical professionals are working tirelessly to save the wounded. Despite the destruction of the theatre, our determination has only grown stronger, and we remain unwavering in our quest for victory. Evil will be met with justice, and no act of terror can deter our resolve.”

Bomb shelters

The theatre, targeted during the missile attack, had been hosting an assembly of drone manufacturers earlier that morning. Fortunately, everyone inside managed to reach bomb shelters after air raid sirens sounded. Most casualties occurred among individuals crossing the road, commuting in their vehicles, or returning from church services.

Disturbing scenes of bloodied civilians walking across the square were witnessed, with survivors offering support to each other as rescue efforts were initiated. Anna Zahreba, a restaurant manager at the scene, recounted, “Two 12-year-old girls were here, and there was a lot of blood. One of them had a severely wounded leg, and another was in distress. We applied a tourniquet and waited for an ambulance.”

Denise Brown, the UN humanitarian coordinator, decried the attack, stating, “It is heinous to strike the main square of a major city in the morning while people are out walking, some heading to church to celebrate a religious day for many Ukrainians.”

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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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