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;

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Jul 06 2014

Companies forced to reduce their quota of trainees

Tag: Uncategorized, finance, news, resources, specialadmin @ 8:53 am

 

While many young people "still struggling" already to find internships, often required to validate their years of study, the new law on the supervision of stages1, finally adopted on 26 June will complicate their task a little more. Starting again laudable intentions – they protect young people against abuse and other "courses copiers" – this text is likely to miss its target. For

by increasing constraints, it may discourage foremost business leaders to open their doors to students. However, demand is high: the number of stages2 in France has almost tripled in less than ten years to 1.6 million per year, in part due to their generalization in the curricula of secondary and higher education. But also because the course has often become a point of passage for a first job.

Result, since July 1, employers are forced to comply with new Obligations3. First, they must not exceed a maximum ceiling of trainees based on number of employees of the company. This number, which will be fixed by decree, could be three trainees in enterprises with more than 30 employees, and 10% of trainees in larger companies. Cherpion Act

2011

"Violation of this provision shall be punished by a fine not exceeding € 2,000 per trainee concerned and 4,000 euros if recurrence, "said the law firm DaemPartners, recalling that the limitation period of the administrative action is two years. The maximum duration of internships remains at 6 months, but in two years, there will be no derogations possible for example to make a gap year in his studies to go abroad.

Then entrepreneurs will have to increase by September 2015, the remuneration for internships over two months, which will increase from 436 523 euros monthly. Finally, they must extend to all students access to the restaurant business, earnings restaurants securities or reimbursement of transport costs where they exist for their employees.

"This rigid and dangerous law will scarce supply Internship"

Patrick Hetzel, UMP ….. ….. In addition, the law reinforces the means to identify and punish any abuse, introduces leave of absence, leave, time aligns the presence of trainees on the employees, exempts from tax income gratification. "The names of the students in the institution should now be listed in order of finish in a specific part of the single registry staff to facilitate the monitoring of labor inspectors" still regrets the cabinet DaemPartners .

The left supported the text "going in the right direction" and reflecting a campaign promise François Hollande4 despite flats Left Front, while the UMP and the UDI voted against. The objective is not to "leave to think that companies are fraudeuses, but some like to play with the rules," observed Denys Robiliard (PS). Whereas

"existing law already protects students' thanks to Cherpion Act of 2011, Patrick Hetzel UMP denounced a bill" rigid "and" dangerous scarce will offer internships. " As the UMP, UDI also criticized the maximum duration of six months for internships, "which will challenge the gap year" in studies from abroad.


Jun 26 2014

After the e-cigarette, electronic seal up

Tag: economy, life, resources, technology, traveladmin @ 2:25 am

 The business of

vapotage continues its diversification. After the e-cigarette – allows opening a specialty store every three days1 in France – here's the e-seal, which arrives at the European tobacconists. This invention of a Dutch company called E-njoint already exists in three versions: the first model as safe according to law, without THC, tobacco-free and without nicotine.Totalement legal and harmless, the main advantage of this model is its original form and its operation: you pull the e-seal, and a hemp leaf lights at the end.

In contrast, the other two models which are also sold are much less harmless. And for once are real electronic seals, with effects that go with it: one of the two versions is charged with e-liquid that contains cannabis! And like a true joint, it is the user who decides he wants to dose inside. The last model allows smoking all kinds of dry grass, obviously including marijuana. If the Dutch company mentioned this last model in a statement, it currently left a blur on the Functioning of the latter variation. A

use in the health sector?

The company – which produces no less than 10,000 e-joints per day to be sold in Europe – also announced in discussions with Tikun Olam, the main Israeli company culture marijuana for medical purposes, to develop products to be used in medicine. This is not the first attempt: the website 01net notes that the company Cannabee offers electronic cigarettes and bottles of cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic cannabinoid which would be a medical benefactor.

Another finding, published in a report made in 2013 by the French Office for the Prevention of smoking and other addictions (OFTA): multiple sites or blogs offer Tips to change the composition of e-liquid to change its electronic cigarette e-joint. In fact, so it was already possible to make your own electronic seal. The report also cites several companies – including Cannabee – located in California that are active since 2012, and selling e-liquid for electronic cigarette transform its e-joint.


Apr 12 2014

Three years for any change to the Hotel Lutetia

Tag: business, features, international, resources, specialadmin @ 2:32 pm

 

It's Monday between noon and 15 hours staff Lutetia1 take the last check-out customers. The next guest should not cross the threshold of 45, boulevard Raspail, Paris (VI) before 2017.'s Last chance to enjoy the current setting will be selling the furniture auction, art and wines will be held in the lounges and bars of the hotel 19 to 25 May This historic hotel was one of the few boutique hotels in the capital not to have been entitled to his makeover. And he really needs. While the Plaza

Athénée2 to reopen this summer, followed next year by the Crillon3 and Ritz4, the Lutetia is given three years for a total renewal . Bought 145 million euros in 2010, its centenary year, the Israeli real estate company Alrov, it no longer met the current standards of international clients especially as the new Asian-inspired institutions (Mandarin Oriental, Shangri -La, Peninsula) set the bar very high in Paris.

According to the owner, this work will be "an intermission dedicated to sublimate this mythical establishment of French heritage while keeping his soul so appreciated." The décor, the architectural firm of Jean-Michel Wilmotte5 that orchestrate the transformation, the same one that currently redesigning the Crillon. "The architectural features Art Deco and Art Nouveau past will be married in a contemporary design," said the latter. The investment would be around € 80 million. 40 rooms in less

Beyond the decor, the whole structure of the building will be reviewed guaranteed high risk personal loans. Like its predecessors, the Lutetia benefit work to equip a spa and larger rooms. The hotel currently has 231 rooms expected to lose 40, especially to offer large suites. As for the 700 m2 open to outside guests spa, they will be earned on an unclassified area and a portion of the first basement.

The new version of Lutetia will also develop a new central patio, a jazz club and a library designed to accommodate literary appointments and art. A clever way to play the cultural map where the right bank of palaces are more showy. The gourmet restaurant takes meanwhile finally bowing to help increase the capacity of the brewery will be expanded to 240 seats. After this transformation, the institution remained under the management of Concorde Hotels (Groupe du Louvre) join the small collection of luxury hotels The Set. Created by CEO Alrov and his son, Alfred and Georgi Akirov this chain currently includes an address in London and one in Amsterdam.

He who was previously a 4-star hotel can he then measure the palaces? "In any case, it enjoys a palace, because this part of the left bank has evolved and really like, especially European and American clientele, says Georges Panayotis, President of MKG consulting firm. ., And providing the means to do such heavy work, it could create a surprise "Another positive, according to the specialist, the Lutetia displays nothing in his will to win the title of palace 'C' is the client to decide, we are not born palace, one becomes. "


Apr 11 2014

The stickers, a little-known business on smartphones

Tag: business, economic, finance, international, opinionsadmin @ 3:24 am

 We call

smileys, emoticons, emoji or stickers. They dress our emails, chat conversations and SMS our patterns of all colors. From smiling to moving images via the cute cat face, they embody in their own way a certain culture of the image on the Web. Thanks to smartphones, these small images are now fertile ground for a booming economy.

A new means of communication

The smileys have evolved since the early messengers. Combinations of punctuation (eg, colon followed by a parenthesis – :) – a smiling face) have been replaced by icons specially designed by the mobile manufacturers. The first to have seen the phenomenon is NTT DoCoMo. In the late 90s, the Japanese operator has launched the "emoji", a font only consists of standard icons. NTT DoCoMo wanted to facilitate the exchange of its customers by integrating images directly into their mobile phone. "When someone sends 'I understand', the speaker may not know if this is something nice, or if it is something negative," explained Shigetaka Kurita, creator of emojis in an interview with the magazine The Verge 1, to justify his invention. "You never know what happens in the mind of the person who sends us a message."

With emoji, users have SMS easily add to their hearts or little faces expressing emotions of the moment. First acclaimed by Japanese teenagers, emojis became widespread in 2011, thanks to their integration in iOS 5, Apple's mobile operating system. They were then adopted by other services, including the latest version of Android (mobile operating system from Google), Windows Phone or Hangout, instant messaging, Google, and recently social networks like Twitter. Example

stickers used on Line. Already

20% of turnover Line

The arrival of emojis gave ideas to companies specializing in services for mobile. The instant messaging applications such as KakaoTalk, Line or WeChat, sought to monetize the interest of their users for these cute pictures or funny. Thus were born the "stickers", a larger version – especially pay – emoticons.  

This new generation smileys owes much to Japanese Application Line.2 Since its launch in 2011, the courier was a large catalog of Pay images, updated through collaborations with artists or celebrities. On Line, you can buy stickers bearing the image of Paul McCartney or the latest manga fashion free credit score. Users to collect them because of a few tens of cents per unit. In 2013, Line has managed to generate 50 million euros from the sale of stickers, or 20% of its turnover.

As smileys and emojis the stickers used to communicate with contacts quickly and efficiently. A significant interest in Asia, including ideographic languages ​​complicate writing on a keyboard. European and American public as it converts, more for the fun side of these images. Line spotted this hearing and adapts its catalog to local tastes in countries where it grows. Spain, users can buy the official stickers Real Madrid or FC Barcelona.

Inspired by the success of Line, Western Web companies also put the stickers. Facebook has launched a store in its messaging service, Facebook Messenger, currently only stocked lots of free stickers. BlackBerry has done well his BBM application. The stickers have appeared in smaller services, such as the Path application that has made his sole source of income. From

advertising in the middle of conversations

As usage increases, the stickers are becoming increasingly an advertising channel. Again, applications Asian IM showed the way. They put Passier partnerships with brands such as Coca-Cola, to produce Sponsored stickers. On Facebook, and you can use stickers bearing the image of LEGO or Muppets (owned by Walt Disney Studio). Thus, users are left to themselves transmit advertising messages to their friends.

"Rather than calling around the content with banners, the advertisement is brought to heart conversations," says Jonathan Levy-Bencheton, co-founder of Feeligo. The French start-up that offers a tool stickers for websites, has teamed up with the production company Century Fox. Through this partnership, members of the site aufeminin.com, Feeligo client can use stickers bearing the image of drawing anime Rio-2, produced by Century Fox. Encouraged by his first campaign, Feeligo now seeks to support other brands in this new form of communication.

All brands do not bother with such an agent. In March, the famous designer Karl Lagerfeld launched his own line stickers in his likeness, available by downloading an application for smartphones. A strategy to attract young users and ensure a new source of revenue, all at a lower cost. To attract consumers, Web companies and brands now feature their best smile.


Apr 04 2014

Mozilla boss loses his job after his remarks against gay marriage

Tag: international, life, money, resources, top newsadmin @ 2:20 pm

American Foundation Mozilla1, which develops the Firefox browser, announced today the departure of his boss just came into functions2 the heart of a controversy for his support for an initiative against the homosexuel.3 marriage "Brendan Eich chosen resign as CEO, "said Mozilla's official blog. The announcement of his appointment dated back only 24 mars.Brendan Eich was one of the co-founders of Mozilla, where he held several positions before becoming boss. But after his recent promotion, he found himself at the center of controversy because of a donation he had made to support a campaign against gay marriage in California conducted in 2008. Among his detractors included in particular the dating site OkCupid, which had begun to display the following message when users arrive on its internet page with a Firefox browser: "The new boss of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of the equal rights for gay couples. We would prefer that our customers do not use the software to access Mozilla OkCupid poor credit personal loans. "" Mozilla prides itself on having a different standard, and this last week, we did not . been up We know why people are hurt and angry, and they're right: it is because we have not been faithful to ourselves, "admitted Thursday on the blog of Mozilla Mitchell Baker, the Executive Chairman of the Board of the Foundation. "We did not react quickly enough (…) when the controversy started. Sorry, "adds elle.Mozilla indicates that discussions are still ongoing about its future direction, promising more information about" next week "." Mozilla believes in equality and freedom of expression, "but recalls Mitchell Baker." We accept contributions from anyone, regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, race, orientation Sexual, its geographical position and its religious views "and" we have employees with a wide variety of opinions, "she argues.


Mar 14 2014

Eurotunnel finally sees its future in pink

Tag: business, economic, events, news, resourcesadmin @ 5:56 am

 Jacques

Gounon1 is a happy boss. Eurotunnel2, the group he leads, will pay taxes in 2015! This is a sign Eurotunnel, created twenty years ago, finally sees its future in pink. So far, the group was not profitable enough to pay taxes. This is why, this year, the deferral of taxes, recorded as assets, driving up the net profit for the year 2013.

"We have accumulated 6 billion of tax losses. The prospects lead us to recognize deferred taxes in our accounts as assets, "said Jacques Gounon. Eurotunnel has recognized in its accounts 127 million of deferred tax, of which € 83 million are reflected in the income statement for 2013.

The 2013 was a year of records for the concessionaire of the Channel Tunnel. Its turnover has surpassed the billion euros (1.092 billion) thanks to higher revenue associated with the operation of the tunnel, but also to the improvement of Europorte revenue, the operator rail freight, and those of MyFerryLink3, the ferry company that rents Eurotunnel Ferries SeaFrance redeemed. Operating income increased slightly to € 285 million, and net income amounted to € 101 million.

MyFerryLink still threatened by the French competition authority

Jacques Gounon takes some pride this good performance: cross-Channel ferry, rail freight? "It works," exclaims CEO of Eurotunnel payday advance online. "We know succeed where others struggle to succeed," he summarizes, as an allusion to the loss of activity SNCF freight and shipping companies difficulties Strait Channel. However

MyFerryLink recorded an operating loss of € 22 million in 2013, twice as much as the previous year. "This is consistent with our expectations, and if MyferryLink continues its activity, it reaches to the end of 2015 early 2016 balance," says Jacques Gounon. However, the ferry company could be fixed if the Commission decides to British competition prohibit access to the port of Dover. After an initial favorable to French opinion in December, the case was in fact referred to the UK Competition Commission. A new notice must be made in May but its findings will be reported next week. "If MyFerryLink stops, we will be winners too," says Jacques Gounon that evokes positive impact on Eurotunnel's operating margin.

As for rail freight, it continues to grow. Europorte record sales and operating income increased (+16 million euros). For twenty years of Eurotunnel, the operator provides a promising future: 449 million euros in operating margin in 2013, the group plans to spend € 500 million in 2015. "This will create jealousies," says Jacques Gounon.


Mar 04 2014

Former Clinton adviser appointed Chief Strategy of Microsoft

Tag: events, international, opinions, people, top newsadmin @ 8:00 pm

 

The game of musical chairs continues at Microsoft. A month after his appointment as CEO of company1, Satya Nadella announced a series of changes in its management team. "We need more clarity, consistency and intensity in our work," he said in a statement published on the official site Microsoft2. Satya Nadella

was particularly interested in the field of marketing, a crucial position for his company. Microsoft spent $ 2.6 billion on advertising between 2012 and 20133, double Apple spending. So far, this area was co-led by vice-chairperson of Microsoft.

"I have decided that we only needed one leader to manage the marketing," said Satya Nadella. This is Chris Capossela, who has worked at Microsoft since 2011, which now occupy the unique position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the American group.  An addicted

polls in control strategy

This appointment involves changing the position of another vice president of Microsoft, Mark Penn, far support both advertising and strategy. It abandons the field of marketing to focus only on the strategy of Microsoft. "I am delighted to see the talents of Mark work for broader challenges, as to imagine new products and decide where to invest for the future," Satya Nadella welcomed.

Mark Penn Photo Credits: Brian Smale / REUTERS

Mark Penn is far be a stranger to the inside and outside of Microsoft. Joined the group in 2012, it is in particular responsible for a large communication campaign against Google4. Called "Scroogled" (literally "the victim of a skinflint"), the latter denounced the policy of collection of personal data of the famous search engine, through commercials and products. However, the aggressive tone of this campaign has been widely criticized, including in-house.

It takes more to worry about Mark Penn, who has already made his debut in the middle of the little tender policy. The new head of Microsoft's strategy was indeed strategic adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton for their respective presidential campaign. In business as in politics, Mark Penn weighs all decisions in relation to the polls. "Mark brings a mixture of data analysis and creativity that has allowed us to work differently, with real results," said Satya Nadella.  The reorganization plan

Satya Nadella is also accompanied by two departures: that Tony Bates, former CEO of Skype and Tami Reller, which include worked on communication about Surface tablets and was one of the few women at the head of Microsoft. "As a team, we need to find our stride," says Satya Nadella.


Feb 13 2014

Gel promotion of civil servants: the great political danger

Tag: Uncategorized, finance, resources, special, top newsadmin @ 4:52 am

 

Promising, Jan. 14, to achieve "at least € 50 billion" savings between 2015 and 2017 to keep its European commitments to reduce deficits and finance pact of responsibility for companies, Francois Hollande has placed bar above. But he had little choice: the head of state was obliged to give pledges of serious budgetary rating agencies, which have all placed under negative watch the rating of France. Launch such a savings plan is needed to prevent further deterioration of the hexagon that would undermine the credibility of "the policy provides" that the executive is trying to implement and would increase the interest rate today 'hui historically low, which the government finances its debt at low cost.

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Feb 08 2014

Peugeot track reconciliation

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And if … And if ultimately it was still possible to find a compromise on the future of PSA, a solution that would share all the members of the Peugeot family and the French government? While in China, is about to close the New Year festivities in Paris, negotiations are intense and confabulations. According to several sources, several "messengers" are working to find common ground between Peugeot, and especially between the executive and Thierry Peugeot, so as to bring it to – finally – fully support an operation payday loans guaranteed no fax.

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