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Monday 15 April 2024

MiniBoss Startup Forum: Entrepreneurs Support Student Projects with Grants




The 24th Startup Forum, organised by MiniBoss Business School International and BigBoss Business School International, took place in Odesa.

Children and teenagers aged 6-18 presented their startup ideas and received grants twice as much as they had requested.

The mission of the Startup Forum is to form a new business elite capable of developing national economies, creating new goods and services, and improving people's living standards.

In the first semester, students learn theory in a game format. In the second semester, they move on to practice. They form teams, develop a startup business idea and implement projects in practice.

It is the idea stage of educational process: students present at the Startup Forum ideas of business projects, in which business angels invest their capital.

Later on, the students of the Business School present their completed startups at the Startup National Cup Championship and Startup World Cup Championship, where the best works will receive support, recognition and awards from adult entrepreneurs.





Photos: MiniBoss Business School

Friday 12 April 2024

Impact of war duration on Ukraine's economy: World Bank forecast




The economic prospects of Ukraine depend on the timing and volume of external assistance inflows and the anticipated duration of the Russian invasion, according to the World Bank forecast for Europe and Central Asia countries.

According to an indicative scenario that assumes active combat will continue throughout 2024, GDP growth in 2024 is expected to be 3.2%. Starting in 2025, Ukraine's economic growth is projected to accelerate to 6.5%, which aligns with the base assumption as export growth and investment in recovery pick up.

Private consumption growth is expected to remain modest due to a restrained monetary policy necessary to curb post-war inflation.

Inflation is expected to rise in 2024 due to one-off factors but is forecasted to decline from 2025 onwards.

"This scenario is subject to significant downside risks due to the vulnerability of Ukraine's economic trajectory to external financing shortfalls and the possible prolongation of the active hostilities beyond 2024. Should downside risks materialize, a more stringent macroeconomic adjustment could become necessary. That adjustment could affect social spending and transfers to households that most of the poor have come to depend on, which could push many of them deeper into poverty," the overview states.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

US tightens restrictions on export of AI chips to China




The administration of Joe Biden reviewed restrictions on the supply of American artificial intelligence (AI) microchips and chip production tools to China, reports Reuters.

As explained by the news provider, the restrictions were introduced for reasons of national security. The rules were first implemented in October 2023 and aimed to halt shipments of advanced AI microchips developed by Nvidia and other companies to China. States fear that the progressive technological sector will contribute to the strengthening of the Chinese military.

The new restrictions will come into effect on Thursday, April 4. Among them, restrictions will also apply to laptops containing these chips.

"The Commerce Department, which oversees export controls, has said it plans to continue updating its restrictions on technology shipments to China as it seeks to bolster and fine-tune the measures," Reuters adds.

Chip supply restrictions to China

Monday 8 April 2024

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.

Punctuality


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.

Sunday 7 April 2024

From now MINIBOSS BUSINESS SCHOOL in Melbourne, Australia

Congratulations to Elena Chirich on acquiring another franchise of the MINIBOSS BUSINESS SCHOOL for the city of Melbourne, 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 Melbourne. 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 Melbourne 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.

Elena Chirich, the entrepreneur who acquired the franchise for MiniBoss Business School in Melbourne, embodies the essence of female leadership, responsible entrepreneurship, and mindfulness in shaping the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs. Her dedication to empowering young minds and instilling in them the values of ethical business practices and social awareness serves as a shining example for other entrepreneurs.

Through the MiniBoss Business School, Elena Chirich not only cultivates future business leaders but also champions diversity, inclusivity, and sustainable business practices. Her leadership exemplifies the transformative power of entrepreneurial education in shaping not only economic prosperity but also social cohesion and familial values.

In conclusion, the inauguration of MiniBoss Business School in Melbourne 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.

Sunday 31 March 2024

France to send hundreds of armored vehicles and missiles to Ukraine - Ministry of Defense




France is preparing a new package of military aid for Ukraine. It will include hundreds of armored vehicles and Aster anti-aircraft missiles, according to the French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu.

He noted that the focus is on armored vehicles currently in France's inventory, but they are planning to replace them with newer ones.

"To hold such as extensive front line, the Ukrainian army needs for example our VAB vehicles: it's absolutely essential for troop mobility. This old equipment, still operational, will be able to directly benefit Ukraine in significant quantities. We can talk about hundreds of them for 2024 and early 2025," the minister said.

According to Lecornu, France also aims to assist in strengthening Ukraine's air defense, thus preparing a new batch of Aster 30 anti-aircraft missiles for the SAMP/T air defense system. These SAM systems are counterparts to the Patriot system.

The minister added that France is developing remotely controlled munitions. It is likely that they could be delivered to Ukraine as early as this summer.

France's assistance


It is worth noting that France is one of the leading countries in providing assistance to Ukraine. Paris has provided military and financial aid and supported EU sanctions against Russia.

In winter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited France and signed a security guarantee agreement with President Emmanuel Macron.

Later, Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine would receive a new package of military assistance from France, including artillery shells, self-propelled artillery systems Caesar, and additional air defense reinforcement.

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Senlis: The Home of Anna of Kyiv, Queen of France

Senlis - The Town of Anna Yaroslavna

Located 50 kilometers north of Paris, the town of Senlis is known to tourists as one of the oldest towns in France and to locals as the town of Anna of Kyiv, daughter of Yaroslav the Wise.
 


This town is unlike any other in France. It features low-rise sand-brown buildings, narrow streets, and a quiet that is occasionally broken by the chime of bells.

It has preserved architecture from the Gallo-Roman period and the Middle Ages. The remnants of the town walls from those times, the Notre-Dame de Senlis Cathedral built in the 12th century - one of the first Gothic cathedrals in France, and several monuments to Anna of Kyiv.

There are no new buildings in the town. The Senlis City Hall does not grant permits for the construction of modern buildings.

The Notre-Dame de Senlis Cathedral is a prime example of French Gothic.

Anna of Kyiv moved to Senlis with her son in 1060 after the death of her husband, Henry I of France, of the Capetian dynasty. She lived in the town for the rest of her life and was also buried there.

Anna of Kyiv, as she was known in Europe, is not well documented. She was reputed to be an unusually beautiful woman with "golden" hair and blue eyes.


The queen was very educated: she knew Greek and Latin and signed herself "Anna-regina" (Queen Anna) at a time when King Henry I would simply mark a cross for his signature.

According to some sources, Anna of Kyiv brought the so-called Reims Gospel, written in Cyrillic and Glagolitic, to France. For several centuries, all subsequent French kings took their coronation oaths on it.

In the 1060s, Anna founded the Abbey of Saint Vincent in Senlis and also opened a small church.

During the French Revolution, the abbey was destroyed but was later restored.

At the entrance to the monastery, a statue of the queen holding a model of the church she founded was erected. The inscription on the pedestal reads: Anne de Kiev - reine de France (Anna of Kyiv - Queen of France)

Today, the abbey's territory hosts a lyceum, and the nearby church was purchased in 2013 by the Ukrainian Eparchy of Saint Volodymyr in Paris.

The church serves as a temple of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. A cultural center dedicated to Anna of Kyiv, representing Ukrainian culture, has been opened there.

Another monument to Queen Anna was gifted to Senlis by Ukraine in 2005. President Viktor Yushchenko participated in its unveiling. At that time, Senlis and the Pechersk district of Kyiv officially became twin towns.


Today, French and Ukrainians together honor the memory of Anna of Kyiv. Every May, celebrations of Queen Anna's days take place in Senlis, France.
 

 Ukrainian


Monday 18 March 2024

Alibaba Group plans to deliver parcels using rockets




The Taobao online store, which is part of the Alibaba Group, intends to deliver packages to its customers worldwide in the future using reusable rockets from the Space Epoch startup, according to Reuters.

For the past few years, Space Epoch has been developing reusable rockets capable of delivering cargo to low Earth orbit. The company's rockets will be 64 meters long and can deliver up to 6.5 tons of payload to a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 1100 km. The company estimates that one rocket can be used up to 20 times. Currently, tests and trials of individual rocket elements are underway.

According to Taobao's plan, the online platform will be able to use these rockets for express delivery of goods worldwide. It is envisaged that tons of cargo will be delivered on one rocket in special containers.

However, Taobao representatives note that despite plans to start test launches in the coming years, implementing this delivery method in the short term is unlikely.

Sunday 17 March 2024

Google engineer steals AI technology, works for China - US Department of Justice



Working for a Chinese company, a Google engineer has been secretly stealing artificial intelligence technology since 2022, according to Business Insider.

According to the agency, 38-year-old Google engineer Linwei Ding has been charged by the US Department of Justice for stealing artificial intelligence technology. This involves more than 500 files containing information about the application of AI by Google's artificial intelligence data processing center.

According to prosecutors, around June 2022, the specialist, who had been working at Google since 2019, began cooperating with a Chinese company, which, according to the agreement, could offer him a salary of over $14,000 monthly.

As part of his job responsibilities, the man had access to confidential information about AI models and their hardware structure, such as how neural networks work or are applied.

Saturday 16 March 2024

GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK 2024 will be in Paris, France



GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK 2024 & EUROWOMAN Global Forum will be held on March 27 - April 3 in Paris, France.

Together, we embark on a remarkable journey of forging a community of business leaders and individuals who shape the present and construct the future for their nations - GBW 2024 Paris

ABOUT THE GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK 2024

GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK: CONNECTING GLOBAL LEADERS

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE & INNOVATION
Participants of Global Business Week have a unique opportunity to establish valuable business connections, explore new opportunities for international expansion, and enhance their knowledge of global business.

This event offers a stimulating environment for idea exchange, strategic partnerships, and discussions on key challenges and trends impacting the global market.

GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK: BUSINESS NETWORKING


BUSINESS CONNECTIONS & STRATEGIC DISCUSSIONS
Whether you are an entrepreneur, a top executive, or a student, Global Business Week provides a rich programme that will help you broaden your understanding of modern international business practices and inspire you with new possibilities and innovations.

Join Global Business Week and immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of global business, where the brightest minds come together to create a future.

GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK: UNLEASH BUSINESS POTENTIAL

INSPIRING INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION
Global Business Week is an international business event that brings together leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world to exchange knowledge, experience, and perspectives in the field of international business.

This week is filled with diverse seminars, conferences, panel discussions, and business meetings covering a wide range of topics related to global entrepreneurship, international investments, digital technologies, marketing, sustainable development, and more.

The special event will be the EUROWOMAN Global Forum on March 28.

The Forum has 2 parts: Women in Global Diplomacy & Women in Business.



The threat of the Third World War prompted millions of people around the world to come out in defence of Ukraine and not allow the spread of terror and evil emanating from Russia. Today, when Russia kills peaceful Ukrainians every day, economic, climate and business issues have become secondary, because everyone felt how precarious life on Earth is when the presence of nuclear weapons caused the emergence of terror in the hands of russia. All of this forced us to reconsider the basic laws and institutions on which the world stands in order to make the world a safer and more responsible place.

The forum speakers will form their proposals and formulas for global security because every life matters and global leaders are united in an effort to change the world for the better.

The event will mark the importance of women coming together to make a difference by using their voices to champion change. By supporting one another to challenge global law-breaking, and inequalities and educate others on how positive change is achieved. The forum will mark the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. 

Charity will be an obligatory part of the forum. Forum delegates will raise money for support for Ukrainian children affected by the war.


Organizers of the event: Olga Azarova, Tatyana Markova, Svetlana Gerey, Lyudmila Stanislavenko - World Woman Club and Cultural Diplomacy NGO.

Your registration here - Official website: https://gbw.forum-expo.org

Friday 15 March 2024

Russian missile attack on Odesa kills at least 20 people

More than 75 injured in Odessa city during deadliest attack on Ukrainian civilian area in weeks

A Russian ballistic missile attack has killed at least 20 people and injured more than 75 in the Black Sea city of Odesa, Ukrainian officials have said.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia would receive a “fair response” from Ukrainian forces for what he said was a “vile” strike on a city that has been attacked by Russian drones or missiles almost every day this month.

The attack on civilian infrastructure was Russia’s deadliest in weeks after moscow recently increased its strikes on the port city.

Two Russian Iskander-M missiles fired from the Moscow-occupied peninsula of Crimea struck a residential area in Odesa on Friday, the regional governor, Oleh Kiper, said on national television. Some residents were facing gas and electricity supply cuts as a result of strikes, he added.

“The explosion was very strong, especially the second one … This is a very powerful missile that flies from the occupied Crimea in a few minutes,” Kiper said.

A second missile killed a medic and a rescuer after they rushed to the scene to treat people hurt in the initial strike. Ten people received serious injuries, Kiper said.

Zelenskiy said on Telegram: “Our defence forces will certainly do everything to ensure that the Russian killers feel our fair response.”


Residents were rushing to donate blood, creating queues at medical centres. Saturday was declared a local day of mourning.

A three-storey recreational facility was destroyed in the attack, as well as at least 10 private houses, the southern military command said. Bodies were laid out in foil protective blankets, while dozens of rescuers battled to put out fires and cleared the rubble.

Odesa, one of Ukraine’s biggest ports, has long been a target of Russian attacks, especially after Moscow quit a UN-brokered deal that had allowed safe passage for Ukrainian grain shipments via the Black Sea.

“The Russian terror in Odesa is a sign of the weakness of the enemy, which is fighting against Ukrainian civilians at a time when it cannot guarantee the safety of people on its own territory,” the Ukrainian presidential chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, wrote on Telegram.

Moscow denies targeting civilians in the full-scale invasion of Ukraine it launched in February 2022, although many have been killed in frequent Russian airstrikes across the country.

Ukraine has developed and used long-range drones to try to strike back at Russia, stepping up attacks on a string of oil refineries this week in the run-up to Russia’s 15-17 March presidential election.

Ukraine attacked a small refinery in Russia’s Kaluga region with drones on Friday in an operation conducted by the GUR military spy agency, a Ukrainian intelligence source told Reuters.

Friday 8 March 2024

Olga Azarova: 12 stages of the evolution of women rights

Women's rights are rights considered inherent and inalienable to every woman (girl, young woman) regardless of her citizenship, age, race, ethnicity or religion.
But it was sometimes different from this.


The 100% News interviewed and discussed the evolution of women's rights in the world from a famous woman, entrepreneur, and innovator - Olga Azarova, founder and President of the International Club of Successful Women WORLD WOMAN CLUB, Honorary UN Ambassador for Women's Entrepreneurship, Laureate of the Rating of the 500 Most Powerful Women in the world according to FORTUNE magazine.




The article is based on a story by Olga Azarova.

"Let's start with the fact that 100 years ago WOMEN DID NOT have basic property rights, to work, study, vote, or even to live.

Stage 1. Suffragettes.

Maybe you haven't even heard of it. In post-Soviet countries, they did not talk about this. But the first women's rights were demanded in Great Britain.

Suffragettes (from the French suffrage - suffrage) are participants in the movement to give women voting rights. Suffragettes also opposed discrimination against women in general in political and economic life. They considered it possible to fight using radical actions.
The first was the British Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), a women-only movement founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst that engaged in direct action and civil disobedience. A good film, Surazhist, was created, led by Meryl Streep and other outstanding actresses.

In 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing country to grant the right to vote to all women over 21 years of age. When women in Britain failed to gain suffrage in 1903, Pankhurst decided that women should “get to work themselves.” The motto of the WSPU became “deeds, not words.” Suffragettes harassed politicians, attempted to storm Parliament, were attacked and sexually harassed during clashes with police, chained themselves to railings, broke windows, set fire to mailboxes and empty buildings, planted bombs to damage churches and property, and faced wrath and ridicule in the media controlled by politicians.

2nd stage. Acts.

The suffragette campaign was suspended with the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. After the war, Britain's Representation of the People Act 1918 gave women over 30 the right to vote in recognition of their contributions to the war effort. Ten years later in 1928, women gained the right to vote on an equal basis with men when the act granted the right to vote to all women over the age of 21.

3rd stage. First UN Act

It was only after the Second World War that gender equality became part of international human rights law, adopted in the Declaration by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948 - 45 years after the start of the suffragette struggle.

4th stage. Feminism

A social global movement in favour of the actualization and expansion of women's rights, civil and political (the right to personal security and autonomy; the right to vote (suffrage); the right to hold public office; to work; to fair wages and equal remuneration, the right to own property; to education, to serve in the army or the right to be called up; to enter into contracts and have family, parental and religious rights) - until they are completely equal in everything with men, it is called feminism.

Expansion of women's rights in Western Europe and the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries

For a Western European woman, a special incapacity has developed, which begins with her entry into marriage and ends with the termination of the marriage. The extreme manifestation of this incapacity was provided by English law. By virtue of her marriage, a woman completely lost her legal personality. Husband and wife were one person, and that person was the husband. He could not give anything to his wife or enter into an agreement with her because one cannot negotiate with oneself; her debts before marriage became her husband’s debts; her will was destroyed when she got married; all her movable property became the property of her husband; Only though he used her immovable (or more precisely, material) property, he needed her consent to dispose of it. She was unable to conclude an agreement; if she concluded it with the consent of her husband, then he was considered responsible; he was obliged to cover her household debts, on the assumption that she was acting as his representative. All these principles of English common law have been weakened in practice by courts of "equity" and individual statutes; for example, the wife’s separate property was secured for her by the fiction that its owner was another faithful person (trustee), and the wife only used it. It was not until 1882 that women in Great Britain gained the right to own property without a trustee and the right to make a will.

In the US, Mississippi was the first state to pass a married woman's right to property law in 1839, followed by other states.
In Sweden, a similar law was passed in 1874.
Only in Germany in 1957 was a law on equality adopted, according to which the husband could no longer dispose of his wife’s property received before marriage, and property acquired during marriage became a common value subject to fair division upon divorce; the husband was deprived of the right to spend his wife’s salary according to at his own discretion (women could now open bank accounts themselves) and could no longer demand that the employer fire her.
In the United States, only in 1963 did the law on equal pay come into force, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in the field of wages, in 1968 the law on gender equality in housing construction was adopted, in 1974 - on equality of women in education, in 1975 - on equal opportunities in lending.

Abortion without medical reasons was only legal in the UK in 1967, in the US in 1973 nationwide, in France in 1979 and has now been included in the Constitution since 2024. 

5th stage. The first UN Congress of Women was only in 1975 - only 49 years ago.

As the international feminist movement began to gain momentum in the 1970s, the UN General Assembly declared 1975 International Women's Year and organized the first World Conference on Women in Mexico City. On the urgent recommendation of the Conference, the period 1976–1985 was declared the UN Decade for Women and a Voluntary Fund was established to implement the objectives of the Decade.

6th stage. Only in 1979 were Women's rights approved at the UN!

The General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1979, often referred to as the International Bill of Rights for Women. The Convention recognizes culture and tradition as influential forces in shaping gender roles and family relationships and is the first human rights treaty to affirm women's reproductive rights.

7th stage. The Birth of Global Feminism

In 1985, a World Conference was held in Nairobi to review and evaluate the achievements of the UN Women's Decade: Equality, Development and Peace. It was convened at a time when the movement for gender equality had finally gained truly global proportions. In addition, 15,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) representatives participated in the parallel NGO Forum.

This event has been described as "the birth of global feminism". Recognizing that the goals of the Mexico City Conference had not been fully achieved, representatives of the 157 participating countries adopted the Nairobi Forward Strategies for the Advancement of Women to the Year 2000. This document took the gender perspective to a new level, declaring that it should be taken into account in all considerations.


8th stage. Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women is established as the premier global intergovernmental body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and empowerment.

9th stage. Women's organization in the UN

It was only in 2010 that delegates to the UN General Assembly voted unanimously to create a single United Nations entity responsible for accelerating progress towards achieving the Organization's goals related to gender equality and women's empowerment. The new UN entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, called UN Women, brings together four divisions of the world organization: the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women.

10th stage. Eliminating violence against women

 The UN system continues to pay special attention to the issue of violence against women. The 1993 General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defines violence against women and clearly sets out the rights to ensure the elimination of violence against women in all its forms. The Declaration reflected the determination of States to fulfil their obligations and the commitment of the international community as a whole to efforts to eradicate violence against women.

Violence against women is an epidemic that affects all countries, even those that have made some progress in other areas. Globally, 30 % of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner. In the war in Ukraine and the Middle East, women are killed and raped. This malicious terror of Russia and its hangers-on must be punished both at the UN level and at the level of the Tribunal in The Hague.

The Spotlight Initiative, jointly with the European Union, allocates resources to work to end violence against women and girls as a prerequisite for equality and empowerment.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated on November 25th.
In 2023, our Club of successful women allocated significant amounts of money for the rehabilitation of women after captivity in the russian federation.


11th stage. International Women's Day 

International Women's Day on March 8 emerged as a day of women's solidarity in the struggle for women's rights and emancipation.

International Women's Day was preceded by National Women's Day, which was celebrated in the United States on February 28, 1909, in memory of the events of the previous year, 1908 - a strike by textile workers in New York who demanded improved working conditions.

The annual celebration of International Women's Day began with the Second International Conference of Socialist Women, held in Copenhagen in 1910. Clara Zetkin suggested celebrating this day. One of the goals was the fight for universal suffrage for women as a continuation of the cause of the British suffragettes.

Although the idea of International Women's Day first arose at the beginning of the twentieth century, when the industrialized world was experiencing a period of turmoil, a demographic boom and the emergence of radical ideologies, it was only in March 1975, under a UN directive, that International Women's Day began to be celebrated by UN member states.

In addition to International Women's Day, the official UN days related to women are the following: International Day of Zero Tolerance towards Female Genital Mutilation (6 February), International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February), International Day against Sexual Violence in conflict (June 19), International Widows Day (June 23), International Day of the Girl Child (October 11), International Rural Women's Day (October 15). 

12th stage. Global Partnership

Currently, women's suffrage has been introduced in most countries of the world. Among the first to introduce women's suffrage were New Zealand (1893), Australia (1902), in Europe - the Grand Duchy of Finland (1906), in the Islamic world - the Crimean People's Republic (1917). Some of the latest are Kuwait (2005), the United Arab Emirates (2006) and Saudi Arabia (2011).

Strong gender traditions, where girls and women had equal (or almost equal rights) with men since ancient times, were observed in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kievan Rus (Ukraine). Famous female rulers of antiquity: Queens Kubaba, Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and Grand Duchess Olga.

Today, together we are building a new attitude towards a woman as completely equal in rights with men, revered and respected in society as a MOTHER, DAUGHTER, WIFE, PARTNER.

This is why we are creating the next 100 years of struggle for women's rights and the next level of intellectual feminism by holding Global Women's Forums.
EUROWOMAN - March 28 Paris
BOSSWOMAN - June 29, Istanbul.

Join us!

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Deeper Trends in Educational Franchises: Where Learning Meets Business Acumen

The franchise model has proven remarkably adaptable across various industries, and the education sector is no exception. Educational franchises are tapping into the growing demand for specialized skills, supplemental learning, and innovative approaches to prepare students for future success. Within this landscape, let's examine some deeper trends and a pioneering leader in children's business education:

Trends Shaping Educational Franchises

  • Beyond Traditional Subjects: Educational franchises are no longer solely focused on core subjects like math and reading. We're seeing a rise in franchises specializing in STEM, coding, robotics, financial literacy, and even soft skills development.
  • The Skills Gap: There's an urgent need to equip students with the skills they'll need in an increasingly complex and competitive workforce. Educational franchises are addressing this gap with a focus on entrepreneurship, problem-solving, critical thinking, and adaptability.
  • Technology-Driven Learning: From interactive online platforms to engaging educational apps, technology is reshaping learning environments. Educational franchises are embracing these tools to create dynamic and personalized experiences.
  • Holistic Development: Parents are looking for well-rounded educational programs. Franchises that incorporate aspects of social-emotional learning, creativity, and leadership development alongside core subjects will stand out.

The MINIBOSS & BIGBOSS Model: Pioneering Business Education for Young Minds

Tuesday 5 March 2024

World News Digest: March 5th, 2024



Business & Tech

Apple's Latest Innovation - The New iPhone Model: Apple has once again set the bar high in the smartphone industry with the unveiling of its latest iPhone model. This new iteration promises enhanced performance, a cutting-edge camera system, and a sleeker design, catering to the high expectations of iPhone enthusiasts worldwide. With improvements in battery life and processing power, this model is not just an upgrade but a leap forward. For more information on specifications and release dates, visit Apple's official website.

Meta's Virtual Reality Breakthrough - Project Cambria: Meta has officially entered the virtual reality (VR) arena with its latest offering, Project Cambria. This headset is not just an advancement in VR technology; it's a revolution. With unparalleled immersive experiences, high-resolution graphics, and intuitive controls, Project Cambria is set to redefine how we interact with digital content. Details about its features and availability can be found on Meta's website.

Amazon Prime Air Redefines Rapid Delivery: Amazon has transformed the delivery landscape with the launch of Amazon Prime Air, its drone delivery service. Promising deliveries within 30 minutes, Prime Air aims to provide unparalleled convenience and speed. This service is a testament to Amazon's commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. Learn more about how Amazon is changing the game at Amazon.com.

Politics

Analyzing the US Midterms - A Shift in Power?: The aftermath of the US midterm elections has left the nation in anticipation as the balance of power in Congress appears to be at a tipping point. With close races and unexpected outcomes, political analysts are dissecting every detail to predict the future landscape of American politics. Continuous coverage and updates are available on CNN.

COP29 Climate Summit Initiates in Egypt: As the world grapples with escalating climate challenges, the COP29 Climate Summit in Egypt marks a critical juncture for global climate action. World leaders, environmental experts, and activists convene to negotiate and implement effective solutions to combat climate change. Follow the summit's progress and outcomes at ukcop26.org.

A New Era in Global Leadership: The global political stage is witnessing significant shifts as new leaders take charge in several countries. These changes signal potential alterations in international policies, alliances, and strategies. The implications of these leadership transitions are being closely monitored and analyzed by experts. For in-depth analysis and biographies of the new leaders, visit Aljazeera.

Science

Discovery of a Potentially Habitable Exoplanet: In a groundbreaking achievement, astronomers have identified a potentially habitable Earth-sized planet in a distant solar system. This discovery not only advances our understanding of the cosmos but also reignites hope for the possibility of life beyond Earth. With conditions that could support water and a viable atmosphere, this exoplanet could be a key target for future exploratory missions. Dive deeper into this exciting discovery at NASA's official website.

Each of these news items opens a window into the evolving landscape of our world across technology, politics, and science, showcasing the relentless pace of innovation and the constant flux of global dynamics.

The Global Pause: Inside the Facebook and Instagram Outage of March 5, 2024




In an era where the digital realm serves as the backbone of our social fabric, a sudden silence reverberated across the globe on March 5, 2024. For several hours, the world experienced what could only be described as a modern anomaly—Facebook and Instagram, two of the most pivotal platforms in Meta's empire, went dark. This outage was not just a technical hiccup but a moment of reckoning for our hyper-connected world, shedding light on our collective dependency on social media for communication, business, and personal expression.

The blackout affected users worldwide, with the most significant disruptions reported in the United States, Europe, and etc. As millions attempted to log in, refresh their feeds, or post new content, they were met with error messages and loading screens that seemed to mock the era of instant gratification. For businesses, influencers, and ordinary users alike, the outage was a stark reminder of the fragile thread that connects us all in the digital age.

Meta, the parent company of both platforms, remained tight-lipped about the cause of the outage, leaving room for speculation and concern. By 16:21 GMT, services were restored, but the silence from Meta's headquarters did little to quell the unease that had settled over its vast user base. Outages, though rare, are not unheard of in the history of Facebook and Instagram. The platforms have seen similar interruptions in the past, including a notable shutdown on October 4, 2023, and another in January of the same year.

The consequences of such outages extend far beyond the inability to scroll through a news feed or post a story. For many, these platforms serve as a lifeline to the outside world, a means of sustaining personal relationships, and a crucial tool for professional endeavors. The temporary collapse of these digital giants underscores the need for a broader conversation about our reliance on social media and the infrastructure that supports it.

What's Up With FACEBOOK?



Facebook and Instagram "down" again on March 5, 2024

Facebook and Instagram experienced a major outage on March 5, 2024, affecting users worldwide. Users were unable to log in to their accounts, refresh pages, or use Stories and Reels.

Outage Geography:

The outage affected users globally, with the most complaints coming from the US, Europe, and Russia.

Reasons:

Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, has not yet released any information about the cause of the outage.

More: The Global Pause: Inside the Facebook and Instagram Outage of March 5, 2024

Current Status:

As of 16:21 GMT on March 5, 2024, Facebook and Instagram are back up and running.

Facebook and Instagram outages are rare but do happen.

In 2023:

  • On October 4, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were unavailable for several hours.
  • On January 25, Facebook and Instagram also went down for several hours.

In 2022:

  • On October 4, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were down for over 6 hours.

Outages of major social networks like Facebook and Instagram can have serious consequences:

  • For users: People are unable to communicate with friends and family, share news and photos, and use these platforms for work and business.
  • For businesses: Companies that use Facebook and Instagram for advertising and promoting their products and services may experience financial losses.
  • For Meta: Outages can negatively impact the company's image and lead to user churn.

Meta has not yet commented on the cause of the March 5, 2024 outage.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as soon as more information becomes available.

Monday 4 March 2024

US may impose restrictions on oil exports to China



Leaders in the US Congress have announced a new measure in financial legislation that prohibits China from buying oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to Reuters.

In Congress, this idea is supported by both Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills aimed at countering competition from China.

The issue of SPR sales to China heated up after President Joe Biden, a Democrat, announced in 2022 a sale of 180 million barrels of SPR oil to tame gasoline prices that spiked after Russia invaded Ukraine.

That year the SPR sold 1 million barrels to UNIPEC America, a Houston-based arm of China's Sinopec. In 2017, under former President Donald Trump, some SPR oil was sold to PetroChina International, a subsidiary of Chinese state oil company PetroChina Co Ltd.

The SPR currently holds more than 360 million barrels of oil but is close to 40-year lows due to the sales in 2022.

Saturday 2 March 2024

Canadian scientists accused of transferring data to China



In 2021, Canada dismissed two scientists who worked in an infectious disease laboratory for transferring confidential information to China. The transferred data could have posed a threat to the country's national security, according to Reuters.

Canadian officials concluded during the investigation that the family was a realistic and credible threat to Canada's economic security. Canadian Health Minister Mark Holland called the security breaches at the lab unacceptable.

Canadian police said in 2019 they were launching a probe into the matter but Wednesday's revelation was the first time that details of the sackings were revealed.

The documents show the Canadian Security Intelligence Service concluded Qiu had intentionally transferred scientific knowledge and materials to China.

The news is likely to worsen already chilly ties with Beijing, especially since Ottawa has set up an investigation into alleged Chinese interference in domestic Canadian affairs.

Cases of espionage in favor of China


Earlier, it was reported that a US Navy serviceman was sentenced to 27 months in prison for accepting a bribe of nearly $15,000 from a Chinese intelligence officer in exchange for photographs of US military information.

Friday 1 March 2024

European Commission allocates €1.4 billion to Polish farmers




In the European Union, legal acts have been adopted allowing the transfer of 1.4 billion euros to Poland to support its farmers, according to the European Commission.

"Today, the European Commission has adopted two legal acts that will pave the way for Poland to access up to €137 billion in EU funding," the announcement said.

It is noted that these actions are related to the rule of law reforms adopted by Poland, as well as recent and immediate steps taken to address the main tasks of strengthening the independence of the judicial system.

Support for Polish farmers

The European Commission clarified that Poland's payment request also covers important steps in implementing 25 ambitious reforms and five key investments.

"These measures aim at improving the resilience and competitiveness of its economy, advancing the green energy and digital transitions, as well as supporting health and clean mobility," the EC said.

Additionally, the European Commission will provide Poland with 1.4 billion euros for investments in the agricultural sector. This will involve supporting thousands of farmers and fishermen, as well as the sector itself, to help expand and modernize their production and enter new markets.

Ukrainian border blockade

In February, protests at the Polish-Ukrainian border resumed. Checkpoints are being blocked by farmers, and recently, they started dumping Ukrainian grain.

Thursday 29 February 2024

India seeking alternative to Russian oil amid US sanctions



Due to the sanctions imposed by the United States and pressure from the Russian Federation to pay in yuan, India is gradually refraining from buying Russian oil, writes Bloomberg.

Although Russia is still the dominant supplier to India, there is currently a tendency in the country to increase imports from elsewhere.

In particular, deliveries from Saudi Arabia this month increased by 22% compared to January. So, the largest private Indian refinery Reliance Industries Ltd. bought the largest amount of Saudi oil since May 2020, according to Kpler.

Difficulties in purchasing Russian oil


It is noted that Indian refiners would not mind taking more Russian oil, but to increase the purchase again, US approval for the purchase is needed.

Currently, the price of Russian oil is only cheaper by $2-4 per barrel. Previously, discounts on Russian oil exceeded $30, but such significant discounts are unlikely to return due to competition from China.

India's import of Russian oil surged after the full-scale invasion, as refineries took advantage of cheaper barrels that other buyers were avoiding.

Last year, at the peak of oil production, OPEC+ accounted for nearly half of the country's purchases, but new US sanctions recently halted some shipments.

Wednesday 28 February 2024

EU intends to increase defense production


The European Union will aim to have half of its defense systems purchased within the bloc by 2035, reversing a trend where most military equipment is purchased from third countries, according to Bloomberg.

This goal is part of the European Defense Industrial Strategy developed by the EU executive, which also describes joint investments, measures to ensure the security of critical supplies and changes in the European Investment Bank's lending policy, according to a draft document seen by Bloomberg.

The European Commission is expected to present the strategy, which is still subject to change, in the coming weeks.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has exposed the limitations of EU industry and its dependence on other countries for key supplies and defense capabilities, leaving the bloc struggling to increase production capacity and spending after decades of underinvestment.

"The geopolitical developments point to a compelling need for Europe to take increased responsibility for its own security and to get ready to effectively address the full spectrum of the threats it faces," the draft says.

The proposals in the defense strategy include:

  • A minimum floor for joint procurement of defense equipment and reversal of the trend toward purchasing military systems from non-EU suppliers, so that one-third to one-half of the value of the EU defense market is accounted for by intra-EU trade
  • Mechanisms to ensure that critical supplies can be immediately ramped up in the event of a shortage or crisis and that critical dependence on third countries can be quickly identified
  • Expanding the industry's access to EU funding and programs and creating new partnerships in defense and security
  • Identifying flagship projects on which to focus efforts and resources.

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Russia imported $1 billion in American and European chips in 2023 despite sanctions



Russia imported over $1 billion worth of high-tech American and European chips in 2023, despite sanctions, according to a Bloomberg report citing classified data from the Russian customs service.

The imported chips were from American manufacturers such as Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices, and Analog Devices Inc., as well as European companies like Infineon Technologies AG, STMicroelectronics NV, and NXP Semiconductors NV.

The documents did not indicate any violation of sanctions laws by the companies, nor did they specify who exported the chips to Russia, where they were shipped from, or when they were manufactured.

All companies contacted by Bloomberg stated they fully comply with sanctions requirements, have ceased operations in Russia, and have implemented processes and policies to ensure compliance with sanctions.

The majority of banned technologies enter Russia through re-export from third countries, particularly China, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. and EU are working to block these routes, focusing especially on a list of high-priority dual-use and advanced goods identified in Russian weaponry in Ukraine or crucial for its production.

Microsoft updated artificial intelligence Copilot



Microsoft has updated its artificial intelligence Copilot. Now, it can engage in conversations with users on personal topics, according to the Microsoft website.

Microsoft has announced the use of the Copilot GPT feature. It allows users to customize the behavior of Microsoft Copilot based on topics that are of particular interest to them.

According to a statement, multiple Copilot GPTs will be able to engage in conversations on topics such as fitness, travel, cooking, and much more.

Users of the extended version, Copilot Pro, will also have the ability to create their own algorithms using the Copilot GPT Builder.

The company has also revealed the launch of a mobile application with the same features as the desktop version.

Monday 26 February 2024

NATO maritime exercises Dynamic Manta commence in Mediterranean Sea



In the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Sicily, maritime exercises called Dynamic Manta, involving NATO countries, are set to commence this morning, February 26, according to NATO Maritime Command's Twitter.

Military personnel and ships from Turkey, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States will participate in the annual NATO maritime exercises. Seven submarines, several surface ships, and the aviation of NATO member countries are involved in the exercise.

According to the statement, the goal of the exercise will be to enhance the ability to perform naval tasks including sea control and sea denial, strengthening NATO's collective defense and crisis response capabilities.

It is noted that the Mediterranean Sea, with its complex underwater topography, provides an ideal backdrop for the exercises.

Dynamic Manta training also serves as a platform for testing and strengthening the Alliance's crisis response capabilities. Under the tactical leadership of Rear Admiral Pasquale Esposito, the training aims to demonstrate NATO's readiness to protect its members from any threat.

Saturday 24 February 2024

Britain imposes new sanctions against Russia on second anniversary of invasion of Ukraine



Britain has announced the imposition of over 50 new sanctions against individuals and entities supporting the illegal war of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in Ukraine, according to British Foreign Minister David Cameron.

The sanctions are aimed at those supplying his depleted arsenal with ammunition such as missile launch systems, missiles, and explosives.

The new sanctions also target key sources of Russia's income, restricting trade in metals, diamonds, and energy resources, and cutting off funding for Putin's illegal war from all sides.

"Today’s measures will disrupt Putin’s ability to equip his now struggling military with high tech equipment and much needed weaponry, as well as blocking him from refilling his war coffers- while Ukraine defends itself. This round of designations serves as a clear signal that two years on, the UK stands united with our allies in unwavering support for Ukraine," the minister said.

Today’s package forms part of wider UK action to restrict Putin’s war revenue streams and clamp down on his repeated attempts to evade western sanctions.

The following companies are now under sanctions:

Friday 23 February 2024

Russia condemned for aggression against Ukraine at G20 summit



Western foreign ministers condemned Russia for its invasion of Ukraine at the G20 meeting in Brazil, citing Reuters.

"Russia must be made to pay for its aggression," British Foreign Minister David Cameron told the closed session, according to his office.

Norwegian Minister Espen Barth Eide told reporters that Lavrov calmly responded to Cameron's remarks with "a set of alternative facts" regarding events in Ukraine.

"We have to support Ukraine until it emerges as a free and independent sovereign country without another army on its soil," said the Norwegian foreign minister, speaking at the meeting.

High-ranking diplomats from the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, and France made similar remarks on the first day of the two-day meeting.

The meeting was aimed at preparing the agenda for the G20 summit in November.

Brazil, which chairs the G20 this year, opened the meeting of foreign ministers, blaming the UN and other multinational structures for their inability to stop conflicts that result in the deaths of innocent people.

Thursday 22 February 2024

Grand opening MINIBOSS BUSINESS SCHOOL in London



A month has passed since the opening of the MiniBoss Business School International and BigBoss Business School International branches in the heart of the UK.

The Grand Opening of the MiniBoss London Business School for children at the prestigious London Business Club was magnificent.

"It was an event filled with excitement, anticipation, and a sense of great significance," - Olga Azarova, founder of the brand MINIBOSS, says.

Only one month has passed since the opening, and two groups of students have already been assembled who have begun studying and who will receive the first portion of business theory and practice in February, and master classes will begin in March, and the Business Incubator and Startup Forum will begin in April . The first students are already getting serious.

"The MiniBoss Business School Internationalwould play a pivotal role in shaping the minds and aspirations of young learners. It was a momentous occasion that heralded a new era in education, one that would empower children to become confident, creative, and entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow," - Andrew Azarov, founder of the IBA, says.

Why Business Education for Kids is so important?

Preparation for the Future

Business education equips children with essential skills and knowledge that are increasingly valuable in today's rapidly changing world. By understanding the basics of business principles, children are better prepared to navigate the complexities of the modern workforce and entrepreneurship.

Encourages Entrepreneurial Thinking


Business education encourages children to think critically, analyze problems, and develop innovative solutions. These critical thinking skills are not only beneficial for business success but also for tackling challenges in various aspects of life.

Promotes Financial & Business Literacy

Teaching children about business introduces them to financial concepts such as budgeting, saving, investing, and managing resources. Developing financial literacy from a young age empowers children to make informed decisions about money and prepares them for financial independence in adulthood.