Aug 30 2014

Congestion of electric cars in Norway

Tag: features, money, opinions, people, top newsadmin @ 8:32 pm

 

At peak, bus lanes in Oslo are stormed by cars. Legally. To foster the development of the electric car, the Norwegian government has indeed allowed their drivers to use lanes reserved for transit. This is beginning to cause serious problems, because of their more and more important.

So, at certain times, 85% of vehicles in bus lanes are electric cars. Success is indeed impressive. Since the beginning of the year, nearly 13% of registrations in Norway relate to electric vehicles. In France, it's less … 0.6%. No

sales taxes

To achieve this level, the Norwegian authorities have increased the benefits. Besides the ability to travel in bus lanes, a Renault or Nissan Zoe1 leaf2 can use free public parking, there is also free or charge flow freely congestion charges paydayloans. Above all, the owner does not have to pay sales taxes imposed upon other vehicles. These benefits

starting to cringe. Bus drivers and passengers of course. But the Ministry of Finance, which evaluates to 4 billion kronor (500 million euros) the cost of tax exemptions. Prime Minister Erna Solberg3 recently indicated that it was possible to consider "the downward adjustments in the future." Worrying owners of electric cars: 48% of them explain making such a purchase just to save money.


Aug 25 2014

Malaysia Airlines is considering removing more than 3,000 jobs

Tag: business, international, opinions, special, technologyadmin @ 9:44 pm

 The

Malaysia Airlines proposes, the Economic Information Bloomberg1 site, to cut jobs after disasters flight MH 370 disappeared in the Indian Ocean on March 8, and MH17, presumably killed by a missile over Ukraine on July 17. To believe

Bloomberg citing an anonymous source, the airline might separate from 3,000 to 4,000 people. At the end of last year, Malaysia Airlines employed 19,577 people. The public investment fund Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70% stake in the company, shall hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the subject.

The Malaysia Airlines lost 4.1 billion ringgit in total (EUR 962 million) between 2011 and 2013. And 443 million additional ringgit (103 million euros) in the first quarter of 2014 because, according to her, "the vertiginieuse fall" reservations after the case of MH 370 despite its good reputation for security.


Aug 21 2014

The price of fruit and vegetables fell sharply this summer

Tag: business, economy, events, features, opinionsadmin @ 5:28 pm

 While

Modef, agricultural union organizing today directe1 selling fruit and vegetables in Paris to denounce the margins of supermarkets, a study reveals that prices fruits2 and vegetables3 fell this summer. According to the observatory Families rurales4, fruit prices fell 12% and vegetables by 3% in the summer compared to last year. "This is good news for consumers, but it remains in perspective relative to 2013 that was very bad because of the weather. It's more of a catch-up compared to 2012, "says Dominique Marmier, president of the Consumers' Association.

In 2013, the price of fruit had flambé5 effect of 14% , while that of vegetables increased by 17% from 2012! Now the average price of a kilo of fruit to 3.34 euros, and a kilo of vegetables costs on average 2.14 euros. Even the bio grimacing: organic vegetables saw their prices decline by 11%, according to the observatory.

In addition, the observatory noted a greater presence of French products in supermarkets. In fact, of 16 fruits and vegetables on the stalls studied, nine are imported from abroad, while they were 10 last year. The difference between foreign and French products would even be reduced to 7 euro cents, according to the observatory.

"We risk losing our productive tools and employment"

If apples, eggplant and French melons6 were able to place on the shelves, c is due to the good harvest of domestic producers. Lower prices also reflects this early printemps7. In fact, the normal harvest dates were postponed, foreign products arrived earlier in the store, forcing the French distributors to align the foreign price.  

But, conversely, bad weather in August should revise this good news. As such, Luc Barbier, president of the National Federation of Fruit Producers, says that "the fall in prices is a reality, but it would have to actually see the end of the period récolte8 instant payday loan lenders." The gloomy weather

August further generates a lower consumption of fruits and vegetables in France. Luc Barbier also denounces comparators prix9 and promotions great distribution10 being "nourished the idea that fruits and vegetables are national overpriced so the French consume less. Supermarkets then responds by slashing prices. We risk losing our productive tools and employment in the sector. " Dominique Marmier Rural Families, 11estime him that "économique12 crisis also cause consumers to rethink their spending. The French have less power to achat13 so they consume less. "

But good news for consumers, lower prices could rise following the embargo russe14. France exported 31.5 million tonnes of fruits, citrus and vegetables to Russia in 2013. By importing products the Baltic countries or Poland, Russia likely to hinder the French market. It would end then flooded with Polish apples, more competitive. A hypothesis that puts Dominique Marmier: "In theory, there should be no concern to the extent that Europe supports the producers." The European Commission has indeed released on Monday a budget of 125 million euros to rescue fisheries and nectarines15. Citizens seem also mobilized by the embargo: a wave of "selfruits" (a selfie with fruit) took social networks for some time. Initiatives that aim to support the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

& Quot; @ AJEnglish16: happy to eat a pear to supporting Belgian farmers Against Russian ban: http://t.co/KIgq9KLk6617 pic.twitter.com / tRkyvZtWac18 # ShareAPear19 & quot;

& Mdash; stefania campogianni (scampogianni) August 9, 201420


Aug 06 2014

Sanctions against Russia block 50,000 Russians abroad

Tag: Uncategorized, opinions, publications, top news, traveladmin @ 1:40 am

 Rater avion1

its back can ruin the late vacances2. Especially if the tour operator has not paid the bill. In total, 50,000 Russes3 saw their darkened room. Labirint is the fifth Russian opérateur4 turn to go bankrupt in three weeks! Yesterday, 27,000 Russian tourists found themselves without a return ticket, stuck on the benches of foreign airports. 40 flights were put in place to allow the return of travelers, thus reducing their number to 12 000 at the end of the day, told AFP the spokesman Rostourism, Russian Union of Tourism Industry Irina Tyurina .

This applies not only to travelers on departure. The tour operator Labirint ceased operations since last Saturday, and thus stopped paying foreign hotels5. Thousands of tourists have been evicted from their rooms, resulting in several fights with hoteliers. Including Turkey6, where every year nearly 3.5 million Russians traveling to Istanbul to watch the Blue Mosque and the chimneys of Cappadocia, precise 7Irina Tyurina.

Ukrainian crisis weighs on bookings

"All these agencies Travel8 operate on the model of the pyramid. They sell tickets and then they say, oh, sorry, we do not have enough customers, "said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev9 during a speech. In other words, the tour sold stays abroad without being sure that they can be profitable. Thus, without a minimum number of travelers, companies were taking the risk of selling trips loss and eventually go bankrupt.

But the context does not encourage the Russians to leave. "The political and economic situation has had a negative impact on the number of bookings and the decline in the value of the ruble has degraded the purchasing power of Russians," says Labirint tour operator. In fact, the Ukrainian crisis and Western sanctions weigh heavily on the Russian economy. European measures block access financial markets to Russian companies, which plays on their incomes and those of households. Western sanctions also have an impact on the rouble10, which declined 11% from its peak value in September 2013, degrading the purchasing power of Russians. Not to mention the travel restrictions imposed by its nationals Moscou11 occupants of strategic positions in the administration.  

"We fear that this is only the beginning of a domino effect," said the spokeswoman antenna radio Echo of Moscow Federal Tourism Agency Russia12 Irina Shchegolkova. The number of Russian tourists traveling abroad has dropped by 30-50% compared to last year. An event that could weigh heavily on the world tourism. The last year 40 million Russians traveled beyond their borders. They are even among the biggest spenders with 32 billion euros in 2012

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Aug 03 2014

With the PlayStation 4, Sony returns to profit

Tag: business, online, opinions, special, top newsadmin @ 6:00 pm

 Sony

can thank the PlayStation 4. Having completed its fiscal year 2013 ended March 31, a loss of 128 billion yen (930 million euros), the Japanese group has to announce a windfall for the months of April to June Buoyed by a turnover up 6%, Sony1 multiplied by eight net profit with a profit of 26.8 billion yen, or 194 million euros. The performance of its second largest video games division, currently the group behind the phone, are not foreign to the good start of the year. Long

deficit, the video games industry has doubled its revenues in the first quarter net profit of 4.3 billion yen (31 million euros). Last year at the same period, the division lost 16 billion yen (116 million euros). Sony has revised upward its forecast blow for fiscal year 2014 in the video game, with an expected profit of 25 billion yen, against 19 billion loss last year. Services

paid online

This reversal is due to the incredible success of the PlayStation 42, the new console group. Launched in November, she surpassed forecasts Sony with 7 million sales 31 March3.

While many signs that the console continues to tear, Sony has disclosed in its quarterly report that the accumulated PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 distributed worldwide. Between April and June, 3.5 million of the consoles found in shops, against 1.1 million Xbox and Xbox One side Microsoft5 3604, and 600,000 Wii and Wii U in Nintendo6. Finance

Japanese group benefiting from the ecosystem of the PlayStation 4, facing the game and online entertainment small personal loans. To play with friends on the Internet, the owner of the console must pay an annual subscription of 50 euros. PlayStation 4 also allows you to rent movies and listen to music online, either as paid services. Above all, the console became profitable in less than six months, against three years for the PlayStation 3. Accounts Sony have long been sealed by the design costs of the latter, designed entirely in-house. By choosing for the PlayStation 4, components and tools existing development, the Japanese group has instead been quickly become profitable. The telephony mast

Another source of satisfaction for Sony, the good results of its television business, whose sales rose 3.8% this quarter. A Cup effect world7 that Sony does not, however, expected to be sustained. The group has revised down its forecast for TV sales throughout the year with 15.5 million copies, against 16 million expected in May. But Sony intends to reap a profit of 10 billion yen in the sector, against 25.5 million loss in 2013

. The outlook is much more subdued in telephony. Cornered between Apple8 for upscale and its Chinese competitors for low and mid-range, Sony plans to sell only 43 million units of its Xperia this year, against 50 million announced in May. The Japanese company even expects no longer generate any profit on this activity in 2014

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Aug 01 2014

A booklet, SNCF rates … all that changes (or not) to 1 August

Tag: business, life, news, opinions, peopleadmin @ 9:32 pm

 This holiday start

some coincides with a rate freeze and the SNCF1 EDF2 but bad news, the rate of A booklet will decrease. The booklet

● A password from 1.25% to 1%

The previously preferred placement of French goes from 1.25% to 1% on Friday 1 August3 . This rate was reduced from 1.75% to 1.25% on August 1, 2013, and tumbled to the lowest level in its history. But the decline would have been even greater if the government had followed the recommendations of the Bank of France, which proposed to reduce it to 0.75%.

So, from today, a booklet A ceiling (22,950 euros) will earn 229.50 euros per year, against 286.90 euros when the rate was 1.25%. And the holder of a booklet on Sustainable Development (LDD) ceiling (€ 12,000) will win 120 euros against 150 euros a year earlier.  But

"paradoxically, in the context of current very low interest rates, the passbook remains attractive for its precautionary savings, because his salary is hard to beat" , says Cyril Blesson associated with Pair Council. In addition, the booklet A is not taxed, which is not the case for most other investments. ● Bank transfers

changing standards

This August 1 marks the entry into force of the new European payment standards Sepa (for Single Euro Payments Area). This unique new standard is created to shorten and simplify bank transfers debits. It mainly aims to harmonize the payment within the EU using unified bank account numbers (IBAN and BIC). Planned initially

1 February, the implementation of this new system has been shifted, the European Commission has decided to grant a period of tolerance the delay in some countries européens high risk personal loans.Sans this period, many companies are exposed to operational risks majeurs4 as daily operations, such as the payment of wages or payment of suppliers, might be blocked if they were not passed to SEPA format. ●

No price increases SNCF

The Department of Transportation announced that there would be no increase in rates of SNCF 5AU August 2014 peak times due to school holidays. "On 1 January 2014, only the VAT increase was reflected in the price of tickets," said Frédéric Cuvillier. Earlier this week, the president of the SNCF, Guillaume Pepy6 had reaffirmed the company's efforts to make tariff TGV, with "a million tickets at low prices and more" this year and in the longer term, "a post on three" of the same type by 2017

. ● Gel EDF prices

As expected, the usual increase, originally scheduled this year to 5% of regulated electricity tariffs will not take place. A government decree, published on Thursday in the Official Journal, confirms this decision. Last June, the Minister for Ecology and Energy, Segolene Royal, announced its intention to suspend the traditional 5% increase in electricity tariffs. But after the fall of EDF share price, Matignon was then returned to the words of the minister indicating that less than 5% increase would occur this fall. EDF rates, applied to 92% of French households are set annually by the gouvernement.7

● Lower gas prices

Recent changes concerning the method of calculating the cost of gas supply will materialize on August 1 on the regulated gas tariff. It will drop by an average of 1.28%, reflecting the decline in gas supply costs.


Jul 21 2014

Nearly a third of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published

Tag: international, life, money, opinions, technologyadmin @ 10:08 pm

 

The debate on the future of publishing is not likely to subside. The self-published science fiction blockbuster author Hugh Howey has released a report on the sector ebooks. He argues that the indie works (ie self-published), represent 31% of sales of ebooks on Amazon. Hugh Howey goes further and says that according to his Statistics1 freelance writers are moving beyond the Big Five, ie the five largest éditeurs2 (Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster) in the United States in terms of royalties on paperless books.

Amazon offers the Kindle Direct Publishing3 service that allows independent authors to publish for free and immediately his ebook and sell it since 2007. "I tested the bestsellers of tomorrow on KDP before offering great paper publishers," explained Didier Imbot in 2013, littéraire4 agent at the head of Global Literary Management, Le Figaro. Amazon likes to highlight its "success stories" 5, the freelance writers who make a name and able to earn a living through self-publication. Amazon

against publishers

Hugh Howey is an example of successful freelance writer. It is especially known for his saga Wool Omnibus. It takes a specialized site to advise authors and publishes regular reports on the state of the sector. "I think it's more a kind of public relations for Amazon from an objective view of the digital market," retorted Philip Jones, editor of the trade magazine The Bookseller Guardian6. For statistical kitchen Howey in puzzles many. Among other things, the author works with an anonymous statistician, simply named "Data Guy" in the articles. Nevertheless, the role of independent sector is undeniable. In December 2013, according to figures trimestriels7, freelance writers accounted for a quarter of the top 100 Amazon. Com. The famous Netflix

Book launched by Amazon will also relate essentially independent authors and small publishers. Indeed, the Big Five are not part of the offer of unlimited access to 600,000 ebooks for 9.99 dollars per month. For some of these publishers, it is also a way to protect competitors 8In services which they have invested, as Oyster. The rise of self-publishing also coincides with the war between the major publishers and Amazon.


Jul 16 2014

Camps: the slow disaffection

Tag: economic, finance, life, opinions, resourcesadmin @ 10:16 am

 

Courses, cultural or sports camps, training … Under the name "camps" mingle public bodies, associations, works councils but also commercial companies and even individuals. Behind

enticing platelets and websites presenting any assurance of a well supported living? The death last week of a child of 8 years in the Ariege began again the confidence of parents in these camps which show a steady decline in attendance for twenty years. In 2013, a parliamentary report has warned the government on this disaffection. Mistrust and high cost of stay (from 400 to 600 euros on average for a given week by an association), the "colossal" no longer welcome on this day that 7.5% of children, against 15% in 1995. They are now 1.3 million to participate in the 50,000 annual trips organized by the "youth facilities" (ACM). Subcontractors

crooked, scams, companies in liquidation: parents may not know the bottom of the offer. "We must focus on the content of the project and the trip organizer," insists Anne Carayon, general secretary of the associative network in full air1 Youth. She encourages parents to check the profile providers behind the offer proposed by the mayors and councils, buyers of these stays catalog. "There are many players, it is true, but abuse remains marginal," says Cédric Javault founder Telligo, private market player summer camp for twenty years low fee payday loans. As for controls, "the state's job," he says. A stay in five controlled, according to the ministry. "In 400 trips organized by Telligo, twenty inspection reports we receive. This is more than in the restaurant or hotel, "says Cédric Javault. A

'quality label' to burnish their image

However, the Ministry of Youth and Sports 2a initiated discussions to improve their image. At the start, one, accompanied by a charter "quality label", should attest to the quality of their educational project. A label which is by no means a license. "The state does not issue any and empowers collective reception organizers of minors," said the ministry. The legal regime is the declaration to the prefectural authorities.

However, the organizers should be consistent with the health rules, safety and staff qualifications framing. Private or voluntary, organizations struggle in parallel to provide more guarantees seriously. "We own our shelters – one hundred – a guarantee of security," said Julien Coue, head of education and recreation project in the General Federation of PEP3, which is involved in the industry since 1915 and brings together 128 associations.


Jul 09 2014

An American harvest tens of thousands of dollars for his potato salad

Tag: Uncategorized, online, opinions, people, specialadmin @ 11:16 am

 

Some jokes can be expensive, others report more than expected. Danger that Zack Brown has allowed him to harvest date, 57,000 dollars (41,800 euros) and gather more than 4000 contributors around … a salad potato. And it's not over as there is still 24 days before the end of the quest.

When the young American publishes its project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, it sets its target to $ 10. "I'm just a salad potato. I have not yet decided which, "says Zack in the project description. For those who are willing to finance the salad up to a dollar, it promises a "thank you posted on the site" and recite their names aloud while cook. For $ 3, visitors must get some of the finished product. Sole risk of this unusual investment: "This may be not good, this is my first salad of potatoes," warns Zack in the "Risks and Challenges" section of the page Kickstarter1.

…… The improbable project met and exceeded the original target. Zack takes the game and promises new counterparties. At $ 35, it will be "four times more potato salad." At $ 75, it will hold a "pizza party". Ultimate grail, 100 dollars for which gratify contributors two different salad recipes potatoes. Against all odds, mayonnaise takes. Boosted by social networks, the project has been an unexpected success and donations accumulate. In just three days, it reached 4000 dollars. In a video posted Sunday Zack thank users "without whom it would never have been possible guaranteed pay day loans."

…… "When I started this campaign [crowdfunding], my secret goal was to reach $ 60, "reveals Zack. He is now the head of a virtual capital of tens of thousands of dollars. Wednesday morning, the project brought together 57,000 dollars and more than 4,000 contributors. "I never thought it would take on such a scale, responded the young man on the U.S. site Reddit2. Ten dollars seemed a reasonable goal. I think people have found an opportunity to gather around something as absurd as banal. "

He invites" all internet "to a baby salad potato … ……. In exchange, American offers a hat bearing the image of a potato salad or a cookbook, send it in December. This leaves a few months to organize Zack, who plans to "rent a large room to invite all Internet a feast of potato salad." While some question, however, the project should be approved by Kickstarter.

The site has softened effect there one month operating rules and the draft Zack, although delusional, meets the three conditions imposed in that the project must "propose creating something to share with others," "to be honest and clearly presented" but that the funds raised are for a "charity" and that the proposed compensatory measures are financial. Asked about the moderation of such fanciful projects, crowdfunding platform has répondu3, not without humor, that "there is no single recipe for inspiration."


Jul 07 2014

"Good funds" Michel Sapin

Tag: events, money, opinions, publications, traveladmin @ 1:37 pm

 

Once again, Michel Sapin1 won the award for humor. "Our friend is finance, good finance2" Sunday launched our Minister of Finance Economic Forum Aix-en-Provence 20143, which this year had the theme "Investing invent tomorrow." Intoxicated by the brightness of Provence, our bagman asked himself the question: "Will it finance a happy, happy in the service of investment, to make people happy?" "Good finance" is one that contributes to real investments. But the needs are enormous. This is even with unemployment, the only true sequel to the global crisis of 2008-2009, as recalled Christine Lagarde4. "At the end of 2013, the GDP of the G205 was 8% lower than their underlying trend (if there was no crisis) and investment down 20% over what should be, "said the director of FMI6.

The diagnosis applies equally to private investment firms for public infrastructure projects. The World Economic Forum Davos7 has calculated that the global economy devoted to these 3700 billion a year in the 1980s. Today is just 2,700 billion, is a lack of 1,000 billion. Citing these figures, Christine Lagarde revealed that the IMF would present a study on this topic in early October on the 40 major economies.

"In the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, budgets are now 10% lower than they should be," said said the boss of the IMF, while noting that, for France, it was not the case. The French deficit investment is doing well, in her view, on private investment. Collapse

investments

Michel Sapin, for its part ready to subscribe to this diagnosis, if not it also recognizes that danger looming on the side of local authorities. The new municipalities are now "very careful, a too cautious," said he acknowledged at his press conference. Already smarting from the collapse of the housing investment, which "cost 0.4 percentage point of GDP growth" we, according to his figures, it should not be depressed after the building now gaining public works. Featuring

himself an outstanding hearty temperament, Michel Sapin is satisfied that the conditions of the trust is there, "now that companies perceive new opportunities and the CICE arrives in their accounts. " As for the discontent of social partners, Medef8 among others, and the left wing PS9, he summarized by this formula: "The complainers, the rechigneux as they say in Berry, feed the slingers, and the slingers feed moaners. "


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