Startup of the Week: Philly Fashion Platform for Women’s Economic Empowerment

It’s true Philadelphia is becoming a fashion town: Philly Fashion Week returned for its 11th year in September and the Philly Fashion Incubator continues to churn out a handful of successful designers each year. And now, we’ve got some fashion startups that want to sustain the momentum. One of these startups is LaBré, a fashion line started by 2015 UPenn graduate Breanna Moore. On LaBré’s e-commerce site, customers can buy chic West African-inspired women’s apparel. What sets LaBré apart is the fact that each and every piece commissioned by the company…

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Russia bases economic forecast on $40 oil

The Russian Central Bank said Friday it was lowering its key rate because of the potential for slow economic growth and oil priced around $40 per barrel. For the first time since June, the bank said it lowered its key rate by a half percent to 10 percent, saying it was forecasting “unstable economic activity.” It’s possible for the Russian economy to expand this year, but the bank said gross domestic product likely won’t increase by more than 1 percent next year. “This forecast is based on the conservative assumptions…

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Literacy vital for democratic, social, and economic development

To mark the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, governments and organisations around the world are mobilising to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities, and societies.   In light of this year’s theme, “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”, UNESCO has reiterated that literacy is an essential element ofSustainable Development Goal 4. This aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. The vision of literacy is aligned with lifelong learning opportunities with special focus on youth and adults. EI: Importance…

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India Launches Sweeping Economic Reforms: Foreign Media On GST

NEW DELHI: The term “united states” has always been most apt for describing India, a nation of unparalleled variety of peoples and climes, 23 official languages and thousands of dialects. Some villages have been home to particular lineages for so long that residents claim their own dialect is discernible from what’s spoken in a town two miles down the road. Over centuries – millennia even – ruling classes carved out principalities across the Indian subcontinent through war and alliances, fusing early forms of union out of linguistic and geographical affinities. And…

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