Archive for April, 2017

Macedonia Opposition Plans to Form Govt After Violence

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Macedonia’s opposition Social Democrats said Sunday they would push ahead in forming a government with ethnic Albanian partners, following an eruption of violence when protesters who oppose them stormed parliament, AFP reported.

Nationalist demonstrators forced their way into the building on Thursday evening and the ensuing riots left scores injured, including Social Democrat (SDSM) leader Zoran Zaev and other MPs.

The protesters oppose a proposed coalition between the SDSM and minority ethnic Albanian parties, which they allege is a threat to national unity.

Thursday’s violence – which met with international condemnation – was sparked by what the protesters said was an illegal vote for a new parliamentary speaker, ethnic Albanian Talat Xhaferi.

The SDSM and their allies accuse the rival conservative VMRO-DPMNE party of inciting the violence and using the ethnic card in a bid to cling to power, in the face of grave corruption allegations during the party’s decade-long rule.

An SDSM statement said the new speaker had been lawfully elected and a new government would be voted on by MPs “in the forthcoming period”.

The European Union and Washington have also supported Xhaferi’s election to the post, and US deputy assistant secretary of state Hoyt Brian Yee flew into Skopje on Sunday for talks to help end the deadlock.

The violence was the latest episode in a two-year political crisis in the unstable Balkan country of roughly two million people.

An early election in December was supposed to end the turmoil but has only deepened it, with nationalist protesters taking to the streets every night.

The VMRO-DPMNE party, led by former premier Nikola Gruevski, narrowly won the most seats in the December vote but failed to strike a deal with king making Albanian groups.

Ethnic Albanians make up around a quarter of Macedonia’s population.

Although Zaev then struck a deal to rule in coalition with Albanian parties, President Gjorge Ivanov – an ally of Gruevski – has denied them a mandate to rule.

He, and the protesters, allege sovereignty would be undermined by the Albanians’ demands, particularly that Albanian be made an official language nationwide.

But his refusal to grant Zaev a mandate has met with EU and US disapproval.

The crisis erupted in 2015 when Zaev released tapes that appeared to show mass surveillance by the government under Gruevski, as well as top-level corruption.

Gruevski has denied the allegations but stepped down last year for the election.

The situation in Skopje was calm on Sunday, with many residents out of town for the holiday weekend.

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Galab Donev: ‘Forming A Parliamentary Commission on Outstanding Salaries Is a Step In the Right Derection’

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

In an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, Caretaker Minister of Labour and Social Policy Galab Donev described the formation of a parliamentary commission for analyzing the problems connected with unpaid salaries by different companies as a positive step.

‘’We have legislation that guarantees that workers and employees shall be paid their due salaries, but is this legislation being applied effectively – and I am not talking only about labour law here’’, Minister Donev said and went on to cite commercial law, where any delay in outstanding payments to other suppliers should signal that something is wrong at the enterprise in question.

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UK PM May Braces for Difficult Brexit Talks After EU Adopts Tough Stance

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday divorce talks with the European Union would be difficult, responding to the tough stance taken by EU leaders over the upcoming Brexit negotiations, Reuters reported.

EU leaders endorsed stiff divorce terms for Britain on Saturday and warned Britons to have “no illusions” about swiftly securing a new relationship to keep their access to EU markets.

“What this shows, and what some of the other comments we’ve seen coming from European leaders shows, is that there are going to times when these negotiations are going to be tough,” May told the BBC.

May also reaffirmed her position that she would be prepared to walk away from the talks on leaving the EU without a deal if she did not like what was on offer from Brussels.

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About 40,000 Are The Visitors Of The Tourist Route "In the Steps of Vazov and his Heroes" After It’s Start

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The number of visitors to the Ivan Vazov House Museum in Sopot has reached 40 000 people after the creation of the tourist route “In the Steps of Vazov and his Heroes”. This was said by Stefan Filchev, director of the museum, for FOCUS Radio – Plovdiv.

The route has been in place for three years, with about 28,000 previously registered visitors. “We are very actively promoting this route. All of the tour operators who visit us are very fond of this idea and therefore the numbers of visitors are constantly increasing, “Filchev said.

Walking along the entire tourist route takes about 3 hours. “We are trying to create attractions and static museum exhibits. The tourists have the opportunity to touch a particular craft, to work with the master, to drink coffee in a completely different atmosphere – the past”.

He stressed that the visitors of Sopot and the Ivan Vazov Museum House can both experience the history, the atmosphere and the culture, given the large number of people who gave this city of Bulgaria, especially during the Renaissance.

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Glimmer of light in Pakistan’s blackout crisis

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Chinese-funded power stations using local coal should ease crippling energy shortfall

Join This Twitter Chat During National #SmallBusinessWeek

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

How to Start Advertising on Twitter for Only $50

National Small Business Week is just around the corner. That means there are plenty of different events and opportunities for small businesses to network and grow.

One such opportunity is an upcoming Twitter chat hosted by SCORE. The #SmallBusinessWeek Twitter chat takes place on May 2 and will feature a small business-focused discussion encompassing a variety of relevant topics.

And that’s not the only upcoming event that might be of interest to your small business. You can check out the Featured Events section for more information on the National #SmallBusinessWeek Twitter chat and more.

Then check out the list below for even more upcoming small business events.

To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.



Featured Events, Contests and Awards

National #SmallBusinessWeek Twitter Chat, Hosted by SCORENational #SmallBusinessWeek Twitter Chat, Hosted by SCORE
May 02, 2017, Online, Twitter

Join SCORE as they host a National Small Business Week Twitter Chat on Tuesday, May 2 from 12:30-1:30 pm EST. Please follow SCORE’s Twitter @SCOREMentors ?and use the chat hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek to participate in the discussion. See you there!


TECHSPO Toronto 2017TECHSPO Toronto 2017
May 18, 2017, Toronto, Ontario

TECHSPO Toronto 2017 is a 2-day technology expo which takes place at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. TECHSPO Toronto brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology. TECHSPO Toronto 2017 promises to be better than ever and we’re excited to see all the amazing tech companies and talent that will be joining.


Secret KnockSecret Knock
May 22, 2017, Los Angeles, Calif.

Secret Knock is going to be the single greatest event for the top entrepreneurs and action-takers in the world to connect, share ideas, and help take each other to the next level. Each of the attendees have believed in themselves enough to get to where they are, and they are not stopping now. Secure your application for one of the few spots left at the Secret Knock.


Sales World 2017Sales World 2017
November 08, 2017, Online

Sales World 2017 takes place November 8th to 9th, 2017, Online; Live and On Demand. It is the largest Sales Industry Event in the World and will be attended by over 10,000 Sales Professionals. It’s the one sales event you can’t afford to miss!


DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 - Digital Marketing ConferenceDIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 – Digital Marketing Conference
November 14, 2017, Online

DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 Digital Marketing Conference takes place November 14th to 16th, 2017. Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.


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This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.

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All-Around Bronze For Gymnast Neviana Vladinova in Baku World Cup

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Neviana Vladinova of Bulgaria won the bronze in the all-around at the rhythmic gymnastics World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. With a total score of 68.400 she is third. Vladinova received the highest score for her clubs routine – 17.700, BNR reported.

The gold went to Arina Averina, Russia, and the silver – to another Russian, Aleksandra Soldatova.

The other Bulgarian Boryana Kaleyn finished ninth in the all-around scoring 62.300 in total.

Tomorrow Neviana Vladinova will join all four finals in different apparatuses. Kaleyn will complete in the ribbon event.

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President Radev Demands EU Role As Mediator Between Macedonia Political Parties

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The political crisis in Macedonia has been discussed by Bulagrian President Rumen Radev, European Council President Donald Tusk and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, BNR reported.

During his visit to Brussels to attend the EU summit for Brexit, Rumen Radev has demanded the interference of the EU as mediator in the dialogue between the political parties in the Republic of Macedonia, the Bulgarian National Radio correspondent to Brussels Nikola Miladinov reports.

”I have been provided with guarantees that the issue of Macedonia will be discussed very seriously and I expect that our view that the European Union should help in restoring dialogue between political parties in Macedonia and between institutions will be supported. This will be vital for safeguarding security in the region”, Radev said.

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10 Steps to Becoming the Best Entrepreneur You Can Be

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Whether you run a local business or one that’s completely online, your success probably hinges less on the products or services you sell than about the entrepreneur you are. So how do you upgrade your skills, creativity and instincts — for the benefit of your business, of course. Members of our small business community have experience in many of those areas. Check out some of their top tips in the list below.

Learn Local SEO Strategies

If you run a local business, you might think that you don’t need to worry about online marketing. But SEO can be a major factor for helping potential customers find you. Here, you can see some local SEO strategies shared by Bill Hartzer of Search Engine Journal.

Find Creative Ways to Hire Summer Employees

Summer is a popular time for businesses to boost productivity by hiring some extra employees. But hiring temporary employees sometimes requires a little creativity. Check out some strategies in this When I Work post by William Harris.

Learn How to Find Your Gross Profit

Understanding your profits is essential for tracking your business’s goals and progress. To learn a simple way of finding your business’s gross profit, check out this Fundera Ledger post by Billie Anne Grigg. Then see what BizSugar members are saying about the post.

Know the Importance of Supervisor Training and Development

If you want your employees to be successful, then you need good leaders and supervisors. In this SMB CEO post, Ivan Widjaya details why it’s so important for small businesses to understand the importance of supervisor training and development.

Make Your Brand Stand Out on Social Media

Whether you run an online business or a local business, social media can be an extremely helpful tool. But you need to be able to make your business stand out on social media if you want to have any success. Mary Blackiston shares some tips for doing so in this SUCCESS Agency blog post.

Understand The Facts About Snapchat and Instagram

Snapchat and Instagram specifically are growing in popularity with consumers and marketers alike. But since these platforms are constantly changing, it’s important that you understand the basics, as outlined in this Resonance Content Marketing post by Rachel Parker. BizSugar members also share thoughts on the post.

Create Effective Standard Operating Procedures

To get the most out of your team and your business, you need to have some clearly outlined processes and procedures. For more on how to actually create those procedures, take a look at the Process Street post by Adam Henshall.

Check Out The Latest Domain Extensions

When creating your small business website, you no longer have to settle for a simple .com extension. In this Smallbiztechnology.com post by Helen Cartwright, you can check out some of the new domain extensions that are available for businesses to use.

Listen to a Few Great Entrepreneurial Podcasts

If you want to expand your entrepreneurial knowledge, podcasts can be a great resource. This crowdSPRING post by Amanda Bowman features nine podcasts that all entrepreneurs should listen to. And the BizSugar community also comments on the post here.

Consider Your Audience’s “Where” and “When”

When thinking about your audience, you might stop with simply considering who they are. But thinking about where and when your audience might come across your message is also an important consideration. Kevin Lee elaborates further in this Marketing Land post.

If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.

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EU Says United Ireland Would Be Automatic Full Member

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

European Union leaders promised on Saturday to embrace the British province of Northern Ireland into the EU if a referendum unites it with the Republic of Ireland, Reuters reports.

At a summit called to agree the EU’s plan for negotiating with Britain at it leaves the bloc, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny asked fellow members to acknowledge that Northern Ireland would, like East Germany in 1990, automatically enter the EU in the event of unification with existing member state.

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