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Monday 20 May 2024

Iran's Ebrahim Raisi: The hardline cleric who became president

Ebrahim Raisi is a hard-line cleric close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose election as president in 2021 consolidated the control of conservatives over every part of the Islamic Republic.

The 63-year-old former judiciary chief succeeded Hassan Rouhani after a landslide victory in a poll which saw many prominent moderate and reformist candidates barred and the majority of voters stay away.

He took power as Iran faced multiple challenges, including acute economic problems, escalating regional tensions, and stalled talks on the revival of a nuclear deal with world powers.

However, his time in office has been dominated by the anti-government protests that swept across Iran in 2022, as well as the current war in Gaza between Israel and the Iran-backed Palestinian group Hamas, during which Iran's shadow war with Israel burst into the open.

He has also faced continuing calls from many Iranians and human rights activists for an investigation into his alleged role in the mass executions of political prisoners in the 1980s.

Ebrahim Raisi was born in 1960 in Mashhad, Iran's second biggest city and home to the country's holiest Shia Muslim shrine. His father, who was a cleric, died when he was five years old.

Mr Raisi, who wears a black turban identifying him in Shia tradition as a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, followed his father's footsteps and started attending a seminary in the holy city of Qom at the age of 15. 

While a student he took part in protests against the Western-backed Shah, who was eventually toppled in 1979 in an Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

After the revolution he joined the judiciary and served as a prosecutor in several cities while being trained by Ayatollah Khamenei, who became Iran's president in 1981.

Mr Raisi became the deputy prosecutor in Tehran when he was only 25.

While in that position he served as one of four judges who sat on secret tribunals set up in 1988 that came to be known as the "Death Committee".

The tribunals "re-tried" thousands of prisoners already serving jail sentences for their political activities. Most were members of the leftist opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), also known as the People's Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI).

Usyk became the Undisputed Winner

Tyson Fury suffered a split-decision points defeat on a dramatic night in Saudi Arabia as Oleksandr Usyk became boxing's first four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion.

On a grand stage and on a legacy-defining night, Briton Fury began well but was given a standing count and saved by the bell after an Usyk onslaught in the ninth round.

In a tense wait for the scorecards to be read out, Fury appeared convinced of victory before a stony-faced Usyk broke down in tears when he was confirmed as the winner. 

The scorecards read 115-112 and 114-113 for the Ukrainian, with a third judge scoring it 114-113 to Fury.

It meant Fury, 35, lost for the first time in a 16-year professional career. He will get an immediate opportunity for revenge with a rematch planned for later this year.

"I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority," a defiant Fury said in the ring.

"His country is at war, so people are siding with the country at war. Make no mistake, I won that fight in my opinion."

He added: "It was one of the daftest decisions in boxing. I'll be back."

Usyk takes the WBC belt from Fury, to add to his WBA, WBO and IBF collection.

The 37-year-old remains unbeaten and is the first boxer in almost 25 years to stand tall as the sport's sole heavyweight world champion.

"Thank you so much to my team. It's a big opportunity for my family, for me, for my country. It's a great time, it's a great day," Usyk said.

"I am ready for a rematch."

Tuesday 23 April 2024

MINIBOSS opened a third branch in Australia - now in Sydney!

Good news for today! The MINIBOSS BUSINESS SCHOOL in Australia branch # 3 is now in Sydney!

Australia and Sydney in particular are famous for their famous actors such as Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts... and famous entrepreneurs and their brands originating from Sydney:

Atlassian - Founded by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, Atlassian is a leading software company known for products like Jira, Confluence, and Trello.

Canva - Founded by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, and Cameron Adams, Canva is a popular graphic design platform used for creating presentations, social media graphics, and other visual content.

WiseTech Global - Founded by Richard White, WiseTech Global provides software solutions for the logistics industry, including CargoWise, a comprehensive logistics execution platform.

Cochlear Limited - Cochlear Limited, established by Dr. Graeme Clark, is a medical device company known for its cochlear implants, transforming the lives of people with hearing loss.

Airtasker - Founded by Tim Fung and Jonathan Lui, Airtasker is an online marketplace that connects people needing tasks done with skilled individuals offering their services.

R.M. Williams - Originally founded by Reginald Murray Williams, R.M. Williams is an Australian footwear and clothing company known for its iconic leather boots and outback-inspired apparel.

MiniBoss Australia is an Australian education company with British roots in the form of Saturday Business Schools, revolutionizing children's education, known for its unique programs, business games as a way of learning, business incubators and international business events.

In conclusion, the inauguration of MiniBoss Business School in Sydney heralds a new era of entrepreneurial education, poised to shape the future of both the economy and society. By nurturing young minds and fostering a culture of innovation and responsibility, the school paves the way for a brighter, more prosperous future for generations to come.

Congratulations to Elena Chirich on acquiring another franchise of MINIBOSS BUSINESS SCHOOL for the city of Sydney, Australia!

For three years of work in the city of Brisbane, Elena has already achieved significant success in business, and the students of the MiniBoss Bristene branch have already visited the Startup World Cup Championship in Glasgow, UK and won gold and silver WINNER MEDALS!
In a move aimed at nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, MiniBoss Business School, catering to children and teenagers aged 6 to 18, has opened its newest branch in Sydney. This endeavour marks a significant step towards not only fostering a culture of entrepreneurship but also strengthening familial and business values within the country.

The establishment of MiniBoss Business School in Sydney holds immense importance in shaping both the family and business cultures of the nation. By instilling foundational business knowledge and skills in the younger generation, the school aims to cultivate a mindset of innovation, resilience, and creativity from an early age. This, in turn, has far-reaching implications for the future trajectory of the economy and the quality of life for its citizens.

The impact of MiniBoss graduates on the economy is profound. As these young individuals transition into adulthood, armed with entrepreneurial acumen and a proactive mindset, they are poised to become drivers of economic growth and innovation. The entrepreneurial ventures they embark upon contribute to job creation, investment, and the overall expansion of the economy, thereby directly influencing GDP growth.

Moreover, the influence of MiniBoss extends beyond economic metrics. By nurturing young minds in the principles of responsible entrepreneurship and leadership, the school plays a pivotal role in fostering a sense of responsibility and integrity within future business leaders. This, in turn, fosters a stronger sense of community and familial values, as individuals learn the importance of collaboration, ethical conduct, and social responsibility in their pursuits.

Great Results! Great Ambitious! Great Environment for the Young Minds of Australia! #minibossbusinessschool #MiniBossglobal #minibossfranchise #minibossaustralia

Global Business Week 2024 will be held in Istanbul on June 28 - July 2

Join now! The #GlobalBusinessWeek2024Turkey will be held in Istanbul on June 28 - July 2!

We will meet there with hundreds of global business leaders from 35+ countries. But let's know more about Turkish Business Etiquette in advance.

Business Etiquette

Corporate social responsibility has become a vital and popular issue in Turkey. It has become apparent to businesses that developing the sustainability of resources is as important as financial sustainability.

Business interest in corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility is growing in Turkey. According to a recent survey of leading Turkish automotive distribution companies, there is a rising awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility in Turkey.

The findings of the survey highlighted the need for the Turkish parliament to pass relevant legislation and introduce tax incentives in order to promote corporate social responsibility and provide programs for community involvement, especially in education.


Turkish people are very traditional and formal when doing business. Therefore, scheduling appointments in advance is important. Furthermore, Turkish people value punctuality and expect international professionals engaging in business with them to do the same. If for some reason you are going to be late, it is essential to call ahead as soon as possible with a reasonable explanation.

Gift giving

In business relationships, gift-giving is not generally practised. If you decide to give a gift, avoid expensive gifts and choose something small, such as a souvenir from your home country. For social occasions like birthdays, weddings, and religious ceremonies, gift-giving is normal.

Business dress code

Styles of business attire in Turkey, particularly in the larger cities, are pretty much the same as in other developed countries. Men wear a conservative suit and tie, while women normally wear business suits with either a skirt or pants. During the summer, lighter clothes are acceptable; men can wear a shirt and trousers without a jacket and perhaps even a tie, depending on the formality of the business. Women can wear lighter clothes, without a jacket but make sure not to wear anything too tight or revealing.