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Volodymyr Zelensky: the unlikely wartime hero

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From a comedian turned wartime leader, Volodymyr Zelensky has become a beacon of resilience

Volodymyr Zelensky once played a president in the political satire ‘Servant of the People’.

Since then, Mr Zelensky has become an unlikely hero, as he steers his nation through war.

When Russian troops stormed into Ukrainian territory on 24 February, Mr Zelensky said he was “enemy number one”.

After the U.S. offered an evacuation mission for the leader, the 44-year-old said he “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

It signalled a shift from traditional wartime leaders and a new dawn of heroes. Mr Zelensky risked his own safety as he donned the camouflage attire and toured parts of his war-torn country.

In December, he was named TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2022.

Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said the decision was the most “clear-cut in memory”.

“Whether the battle for Ukraine fills one with hope or with fear, Volodymyr Zelenskyy galvanised the world in a way we haven’t seen in decades,” he said.

The title meant Zelensky joined previous winners including Greta Thunberg, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama.

“For proving that courage can be as contagious as fear, for stirring people and nations to come together in defence of freedom, for reminding the world of the fragility of democracy—and of peace—Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine are Time’s 2022 Person of the Year,” Mr Felsenthal said.

Mr Zelensky has addressed allies around the world. From U.S. Congress, to Australian Parliament, he has pushed for more weaponry and assistance for his nation.

“Russia has attacked not just us, not just our land, not just our cities; it went on a brutal offensive against our values, basic human values,” he told a joint sitting of U.S. Congress in March.

“It threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our own country choosing our own future,” he explained.

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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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