Aug 18 2014

A whiskey to 23,400 euros stolen in broad daylight

Tag: events, people, publications, top news, traveladmin @ 12:36 am

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behind a locked glass case, the bottle shop Julhès shone in the tenth arrondissement of Paris for about a year. On July 30, the Balvenie 50, whisky1 rare, disappeared from his shelf, stolen by an individual. "A professional," according to Nicolas Julhès, co-founder of the grocery Julhès. By mid-afternoon, the man enters the store, look, pretended to be interested in the dozen bottles surrounding the precious behind the window. Suddenly, in 10 seconds, he pick the lock, took the Balvenie 50 and hides in an extremely clever then goes away. Acquired

last year for 23,400 euros -Investment result for the family business carried by the two brothers Julhès- the bottle was ironically the # 13 88 Balvenie 50 specimens scattered around the world. This valuable vintage comes from the work of David Stewart, Grand Master of Scotch whiskey. "We wanted her to stay a while for the prestige of the store, we had already rejected two bids," says Nicolas Julhès. "On this kind of bottle, the store would not have made big financial gain, he added, it mainly allows us to expand the influence of the store."

"The mobilization of collectors, enthusiasts, brief community whiskey worldwide hit us"

Nicolas Juhlès , co-founder of the grocery Julhès

The acquisition of this bottle had already talked about. No one expected her to land in this small shop in Paris. This type of luxurious and rare elixir is associated with the image of palaces 2or every sip of alcohol costs 600 euros, rather than a showcase of the Faubourg Saint-Denis fast payday loan no faxing. Yet the family épicerie3 possessed indeed, and "everyone knew she was home."  

Theft and burglary in the world of wine and spirits are numerous, and almost surprising. The forger of Burgundy ruled week.4 this is the perfect embodiment. But the flight of Balvenie 50 conducted in daylight seems a sacrilege. If its period of maturation in oak sherry -50 years-partly explains its enormous value, especially what it is that makes it unique and important to the lovers of whiskey. David Stewart made sure this was the moment she entered the distillery, he took care of him and waited year after year that whiskey takes age, as reported by Nicolas Julhès. Only 50 years later, last year, the famous cellar master has decided to distribute the precious liquid in 88 vials. "It's rarity makes it a valuable object we are here in a logic of luxe5, collectors' illuminates Nicolas Julhès. The value of the bottle could rise to 30,000 euros he said.

Unfortunately for the thief – or if we rely on suspicions Julhès, Sponsor – this bottle is impossible to spare. She's too recognizable by his No. 13, the "cursed whiskey" as it is now called. His story quickly made the rounds of the world community of connoisseurs and enthusiasts amber brew. Many have to have sent messages of support to the grocery store Julhès and have passed new around them. Maybe she will reappear …


Aug 15 2014

A Korean bakery chain moves to Paris

Tag: business, life, news, people, top newsadmin @ 7:16 am

 

This is the story of the biter bit. While boulangeries1-French-inspired pastries multiplied abroad, particularly in Asia, now arrived in Paris a sign from Korea. Owned by the Korean group SPC, the chain Paris Baguette is an Asian heavyweight with more than 3,000 outlets mainly in its home country but also in the United States, China and Vietnam. And twenty-six years after its creation, Paris Baguette has planted its flag in late July in France, in the heart of the capital.

Just blocks from the Place du Chatelet, the address of 200 sqm with about 50 seats could serve as a bridgehead from the determination of company to expand in Europe. For

blend discreetly into his Parisian clothes, the channel has blurred the Eiffel Tower and its logo removed from the card specialties popular in Korea, sweetpotato or red bean paste. At the risk of losing a little soul. Because if the customer is split between European visitors arrived there by chance and Asian tourists spotting a known brand, some are disappointed to find croissants, sandwiches and other very classic salads without any exotic touch. Message received, it seems, by management since the house has begun offering an innovation to the French concocted since Korea. Called "saucer Châtelet," this dessert is almond tuile swollen custard. A culinary UFO halfway between giant flying saucer and madeleine to distinguish the face of stiff competition in Paris.


Aug 08 2014

Google wants to inflate its messaging to compete with Apple

Tag: economic, finance, international, special, top newsadmin @ 8:16 pm

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acquisition for Google. The latter racheté1 application of intelligent messaging Emu. Born there two years, she inserts information during conversations of its users. For example, if a caller provides a message in a restaurant on a Friday night, Emu automatically suggest a nearby restaurant and present the review on a site like Yelp. Emu can also use the GPS smartphone, search for the Cinema2 or view your calendar, all without leaving the application.

Following its acquisition, the application will close on August 25. It is likely that Google integrates term Emu features to Hangouts, the email application. He will replace gradually the traditional SMS on Android. Apple

Compete on messaging

For the trade magazine Wired, Google's acquisition is intended to open up new markets publicitaires3. Mail Hangout could display advertisements based on user conversations. Moreover, after research and emails, messages would complement the loop of personal data processed by the digital giant.

With this acquisition, Google will be able to compete with Apple and its advanced messaging and voice guidance. At its last developer conference, the company announced several new for his courier, iMessage. Moreover, Emu lot like Siri, Apple's personal voice assistant. Before founding the company Emu Messenger and become the CEO, Gummi Hafsteinsson worked to develop Siri at Apple. Google has also developed his personal assistant, Google Now, and it is likely that the Emu features are integrated into the outil.SERVICE following: "The practice technology and flawless preferential price Apple4 ….. …


Aug 06 2014

Sanctions against Russia block 50,000 Russians abroad

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

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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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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.


Jun 28 2014

Banks undertake for small businesses

Tag: economic, economy, resources, technology, traveladmin @ 2:41 am

 

In 2013, some 100,000 credit applications from all small enterprises (VSE) were rejected. But banks promise to do better now. The French Banking Federation (FBF) took five commitments Friday, when submitted to the ministers, and Arnaud Michel Sapin Montebourg1 the report of the national credit mediator Jeanne-Marie Prost 2out financing TPE. The latter concludes that if access to credit TPE investment is pretty good, access to cash loans is difficult.

While TPE accuse them of time still too long, banks promise to give within fifteen working days in response to any request for credit. In case of refusal, they agree to receive the entrepreneur for him to explain why. All their letters, they also indicate the existing remedies, particularly the mediation of credit still unknown. In a pedagogical concern, they will publish further guidance on the short-term financing because TPE3 use too often discovered as a tool for cash, so it is not always the most appropriate or the most economical. Banks

finally endeavor to promote greater stability of their CROs, while patterns TPE complain constantly change of interlocutors. In this important "turnover", the same mediator recommends "a term of office of at least four years." However, banks do not advance over a period, stressing that they can not interfere with the career of their agents.

These five measures, which will also apply to SMEs4, occur while the FBF has already announced last week the appointment in each banking network, 'privileged interlocutors for SMEs.

"First step"

The issue is important because it affects 2.7 million businesses ranging from local shopkeepers to professionals through the artisans. "Small employers, on the ground, when they talk about banks, often scathing, conceded Arnaud Montebourg. This is a fundamental first step to appease the relationship. "

The Minister also urged the leaders of TPE to enter more often mediation crédit5 via local branch of the Bank of France6. A free service to help get out of tight situations. "The TPE is very small but it is very important because it is an essential tool in the fight for jobs," concluded Michel Sapin7, Minister of Finance.


Apr 08 2014

Attractive World cultivates its difference on the Internet

Tag: Uncategorized, economics, people, resources, specialadmin @ 1:36 am

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get a place on the web, create, to perpetuate a brand and customer loyalty? Ludovic Huraux, co-founder in 2007 of the dating site Attractive World1, has steered its way in the highly competitive field of internet dating. 24 years old at the time, he invented a strong concept by introducing a selective admission. "The difference is really having positioned on the premium segment of the meeting, since it is the members who are on the site that identifies new candidates with the idea to create an environment of trust in which people can easily share and meet. "

Today is World Attractive beneficiary and just passed the million and a half of applications even if ultimately only a little more than 500 000 people will be accepted. A concept that allowed Attractive World to develop a strong brand on the Web. "To have a strong brand, you must have a strong position, and our bias was to be placed on a high-end segment. From the moment you have a true differentiation must know, and for us the best way was to invest in marketing and in particular television cheap business cards. When engaging hundreds of thousands of dollars and sometimes millions of euros in television campaigns, you must know what the most profitable programs, what time it is better to invest and on what channels. "…. …. "Skip the real"

Beyond TV and site Attractive World continuously works on display algorithms that aim to better connect people seeking a soulmate. "Depending on the interests and activity on the site, we will put you in touch with people that match these interests, which is a lot of research and development carried out throughout year. We feel that users have very high demands, they are no longer satisfied only virtual Internet use and online dating sites, but they really need to go into the real, meet people, and for that we bring a real service by organizing events that are very good excuses to make this bridge then. " Each week, marriages and births are celebrated by members who have used this dating site.


Apr 01 2014

Property: all that changes this year in tax

Tag: business, economic, money, news, resourcesadmin @ 7:33 am

Source Le Figaro Magazine

Under the sign of rigor, the 2014 budget has not spared immobilier1. Thus, the VAT applicable to maintenance work in the house from 7 to 10%, except for energy renovation work. In the aftermath, the conditions of access to sustainable development tax credit has been tightened. Finally, buy a property will cost more this year. At the higher rate of VAT on notary fees 2vient added that registration fees: many councils have increased, on 1 March, the county tax on property sales.

The only measure favorable to owners concerning real estate capital gains realized on the sale of housing: exemption has now gained after 22 years in prison and not more than 30 years. And until the end of August, a reduction of 25% is possible on capital gains.

The real estate gains partly exempt after 22 years

Gains on disposals of housing other than principal residences are now exempt from tax income after 22 years, against 30 years ago. The period to be exempt from social security contributions (15.5%) remains, meanwhile, set at 30 years. If you sell a property before this time, so you should pay tax on the gain at the flat rate of 19%, possibly increased by a surcharge of 2 to 6% when the taxable capital gain exceeds € 50,000. The amount of the capital gain is taxable, however, subject to a deduction for holding period (after 10 years, the seller has for example a 30% reduction on tax and 8.25% on social security contributions).

If you plan to sell a property before 1 September 2014, you will benefit more from an exceptional discount of 25%, calculated after deduction period of ownership. Attention, this reduction does not apply to sales of shares in real estate companies (SCI for example) or to transfers in favor of a family member (spouse, partner pacs, partner, ascending or descending). Disposals

Land remain exempt after 30 years

The ax has not gone away! The provision of the Finance Act 2014 to remove allowances for holding period for sales of building land was censored in extremis by the Constitutional Council. A rescript (No. 2014/01 of 9 January 2014) is then came clear that the exemption is granted after 30 years. Example: after 10 years, the reduction is only 10% for land (against 30% for residential). Registration fees

increased in many departments

As the Finance Act 2014 so authorizes, 66 departments (their list is available at www. tax. govt. fr) found 3.8 to 4.5% the amount of the county tax on property sales. In these departments, registration fees (also called "notary fees") are thus passed from March 1 to 5.80665% (5.10665% before). This increase is intended to apply until 29 February 2016. After this date, the tax would – theoretically – be reduced to 3.8%.

If some departments, like Paris, Isère, Yvelines or have already decided not to increase registration fees, others have not yet voted, probably waiting for the maturity of the municipal elections. If those notify the tax authorities no later than April 15, 2014, their decision to the county tax of 4.50%, the increase will apply to sales made on or after 1 June 2014. However, if this notification occurs between April 16 and November 30, 2014, the rate of registration fees will be raised only for sales entered into after 1 January 2015. Which would be a welcome time for buyers concerned business card.  

Indeed, the increase in registration fee is in addition to the slight increase in fees of notaries following the VAT hike passed, 1st January, from 19.6 to 20%. For a home purchased € 200,000, it is estimated that in the departments have increased their tax expenses amounted to € 16,000 or € 2,000 more than in 2013. Increases cascade that may well ultimately erase the slight decline in property prices seen last year. The tax

Sustainability simplified but hardened

Every year credit finance law gave birth to a new version of the tax credit Sustainable Development (ICSD). Approval are now subject to the achievement, in the principal residence of at least two eligible projects (eg, loft insulation and installing a heat pump). Households with modest incomes (the ceilings are defined in Article II of the 1417 tax code, CGI) may, however, continue to benefit from ICSD to achieve a single category of work. Household making a bunch of work can, whatever their income, expenditure spread over two consecutive years rather than one. In this case, the tax benefit will be granted under the income tax of the second year.

Another new 10 rate tax credit give way to two rates applicable regardless of the equipment installed: 15% for the achievement of one catégoriede work (be-tested) .20% for making a bunch of work (regardless of household income).

However, the expenditure ceiling taken into account has not budged. It remains to € 8,000 for a single person and € 16,000 for a couple. This amount is increased to 400 € per dependent. This ceiling is multiannual and restores every 5 years.

Example: A couple with two children is make insulation work for 15.000 € and changes its boiler to a condensing furnace (4500 €).

Expenses taken into account: € 19,500, capped at € 16,800.

Amount of tax credit: € 16,800 x 25% = € 4,200.

This year, the list of eligible equipment has been reduced (see Appendix 4, Art. 18a of CGI). Since January 1, photovoltaic panels and equipment for the recovery and treatment of stormwater open longer eligible for the tax credit. Finally, after being eligible for several years, donors are excluded from the IFSD. This is now restricted to the owners, tenants or occupants for free. Accumulated tax

and eco-PTZ credit: new resource limits

Sub-tested, it is possible to combine the IFSD and eco- zero-interest loans (PTZ). 2014, the income limits have changed. The income tax reference (n-2) is € 25,000 for a single person (€ 35,000 for a couple + € 7,500 per dependent). VAT

: rising to all floors!

January 1, 2014 all VAT rates have increased. Rate called "intermediate" from 7 to 10% and the "normal" rate of 19.6 to 20%. In practice, the 10% rate applies to improvements, processing, development and maintenance of dwellings completed over 2 years.

Rate of 20% applies, meanwhile, when the important work contributes to the production of a new building (as defined in Article 257 CGI) or when work resulted in an increase of more than 10% of the existing floor surface. Good news, the eligible work at ISDC are being applied since 1 January, a 5.5% VAT.

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Feb 22 2014

A 51st Agricultural Show energized

Tag: economics, economy, news, online, opinionsadmin @ 10:20 am

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it left for nine days during which more than 1% of the French population will clump in 200 hectares at their disposal, Porte de Versailles, Paris. Salon 2014 agriculture indeed opens its doors this morning and will close on March 2 evening. For its 51st edition

this great agricultural show that goes beyond the Hexagon will accommodate over 4,000 farm animals, including hundreds of cows. This year is a Tarentaise, Bella, who is honored. An impressive logistics were deployed to feed all these people: 100 tons of hay, 230 tons of straw and 280 tons of manure. Not to mention their breeders it will stay close to their animals in the "reserves", kitchens and dormitories constructed for the occasion. This particular

logistics makes this show, yet less profitable per linear meter, one of the most popular in France after that of the automobile. "The Agricultural Fair, is the unity of time and place where found farmers, industrial, retail, citizens and policy," says the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll1 . Except François Mitterrand2 all presidents in office came to inaugurate the event, whose influence extends far beyond the circle of insiders. François Hollande3 account well, at seven o'clock in the morning, meet the republican tradition Jacques Chirac4, also elected Corrèze, still remains the star of salon5 to applause.

"Without meeting these visitors the many and varied profiles, we could never achieve an attendance of nearly 700,000 visitors over ten days, as the last year, "says Jean-Luc Poulain, president of the SIA (International Exhibition of Agriculture). What balance the accounts of this event which approximates a budget of 20 million euros. At the international level, the lounge this year more than twenty countries, including China who would like to import the concept "Made in France".

For their part, the food manufacturers, like those of supermarkets, also want to be visible. History to be better seen not only from farmers who often accuse them bring prices down but also very sensitive to food security consumers, especially after repeated crises such as horsemeat year last. Support citizen

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This lounge opens in a national context where the relationship between government and farmers are strained. Hollande could pay the price, being booed by disgruntled farmers (our editions of February 21). The divisive issues abound. The FNSEA6, main French farmers' union, has recalled in the Estates General of Agriculture she organized this Friday (see box). Among them: the simplification of administrative procedures. François Hollande was quick to reply, just to calm the Porte de Versailles. "The Minister of Agriculture has decided, with his colleague, the environment, introduce a simpler system to speed up decisions to modernize some farms. He started with the most difficult: the pig (…). This represents a gain of four to six months, "he opportunely announced Friday in an interview with the weekly Crop France. Citizen, he has chosen his camp. According to the latest Tilder-LCI-Opinion Way poll, 77% of French people have a good opinion of farmers.


Feb 19 2014

Brewers commit to hiring in exchange for a tax moratorium

Tag: economy, international, news, opinions, specialadmin @ 6:56 am

 

Faced with a collapse in consumption bière1 the French brewers challenge the government. "We ask a tax moratorium, Philippe Vasseur, President of Brewers France, which represents the brewing profession. We hope that the beer is not discriminated as it is "In exchange for fiscal stability, the French brewers -. Who fear being subjected to new taxes – offer the state a" pact of responsibility. " A response to the one presented last month by François Hollande2 at businesses.

"Mr. President of the Republic, we Brewers France 3, the strength of our role as facilitators of a rich stream of 65,000 jobs, have chosen to take this opportunity to participate more actively in productive recovery of France," write they. It is urgent, according to them, for the sector.  

The increase of 160% a year in taxes on beer in the framework of the law on the financing of Social Security boosting the value price of 14% and weighed on sales. Consumption decreased by 3%, with double-digit decline in cafes, hotels and restaurants. In supermarkets, while volumes declined slightly (-0.4%), sales rose by 16.2% to € 2.3 billion, according to IRI data reported by LSA. It was boosted by both the price and the upscale market that has benefited specialty beers (Leffe, Affligem, Grimbergen) and special lagers (Heineken, 1664).

Create a label

Faced with this situation, brewers are willing to make three commitments, provided that the state does not decide new levies cash advance to savings account. Brewers agree first to invest 250 million euros by 2017 and employ 800 people a year, half of net job creation. "There can be no investment if there is visibility on the future of the business, says Philippe Vasseur. Given the uncertainty created by the tax increases, companies have stopped investing last year. "

They also undertake to become more involved in prevention policies. "If we took 1% excise duty on beer, this would increase the budget by INPE (National Institute for Prevention and Health Education) dedicated to the prevention of € 8,000,000" said Philippe Vasseur, who regrets that the Evin law prevents brewers "to pedagogy" on the beer consumption. Brewers France urges the authorities the opportunity to "jointly develop public health policies."

Finally, brewers are committed to creating a label, a guarantee of quality for their drinks, to be awarded by an independent body. If the blur remains around how to create this label, they want it to be associated with a degree program for brewers. Which would more credible profession, like eg diplomas oenology. "We really want to change the image of the profession, adds Philippe Vasseur, who will undertake, as every year, from next week, an operation seduction at the Salon de l'agriculture. This involves teaching and the fight against excessive BAC. This also corresponds to a upmarket image of beer. "


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