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Water cannons used to disperse protesters in Georgia over ‘authoritarian law’

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Pro-European protesters outside Georgia’s parliament have called for a proposed law to be quashed

Police used water cannons and teargas to disperse thousands of protesters in Tbilisi.

People began rallying on Tuesday after the country’s parliament approved a draft law on foreign agents.

Protesters have criticised the Bill as a shift towards authoritarianism.

The former Soviet state is seeking to make organisations, who receive more than 20 per cent of their funding from overseas, to register as a foreign agent.

If they do not, they could face a string of heavy fines.

The law would be similar to a 2012 ruling in Russia, which has since been the key to cracking down on dissent.

Addressing her country from New York, Georgia’s President Salome Zourabichvili said she will veto the law if it lands on her desk, though parliament can still override her decision.

“You represent a free Georgia, a Georgia which sees its future in the west, and won’t let anyone to take this future away,” she said.

Ms Zourabichvili said lawmakers who had voted for the law were violating the nation’s constitution.

“Nobody needs this law… everyone who has voted for this law has violated the constitution,” she said.

However, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has sided with protesters. He described the proposed law as meeting “European and global standards”.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Survival of the fittest: the future of hospitality demands adaptability

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Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark is joined by Nick Russian, Managing Director of Russian Entertainment. #wyld money #trending

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Ultra-processed diets could be the hidden path to weight gain

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Understanding calories and their role in dieting on the human body.

Calories, units of energy from food, are vital for bodily functions, and calorie counting helps manage weight by tracking energy intake. However, recent insights reveal that not all calories are equal, and nutritional quality is crucial.

Processed foods, rich in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium, lack essential nutrients, contributing to obesity and diseases.

Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to discuss.

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Online shopping and the pivotal issue of returns continues

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Big businesses are continuing to balance customer expectations and logistics.

While many love the convenience, there are still significant challenges with delivery and returns. From delayed packages to cumbersome return processes, its clear that there’s room for improvement.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss.

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