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Volodymyr Zelensky visits Italy, Germany and France

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Zelensky was able to secure a defence aid package worth over €2.7 billion from Germany to help with the months ahead

 
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has been on a whirlwind European tour, visiting Italy, Germany and France.

In Germany, after meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Zelensky was able to secure a defence aid package worth over €2.7 billion to help with the months ahead.

This includes advanced German Leopard tanks and more anti-aircraft systems to defend Ukraine from daily Russian missile and drone attacks.

Zelensky described the new tranche as “the largest since the beginning of the full-scale aggression” by Russia in February 2022.

Russia accused Ukraine of repeatedly hitting targets inside Russia, including a reported drone attack on Moscow’s Kremlin earlier this month.

“We are not attacking Russian territory,” he said after talks in Berlin with Chancellor Scholz.

“We are preparing a counterattack to de-occupy the illegitimately conquered territories,” he added.

Scholz also signed off his speech using the famous war cry made famous by his counterpart.

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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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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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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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