Aug 27, 5:16 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By AFP News 08/27/19 AT 4:52 PM PreviousNextA US trade group representing major technology firms on Tuesday denounced an agreement on France's digital tax announced by Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron that leaves the levy in place until a new international taxation plan takes effect.The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) reacted a day after Trump and Macron agreed on a plan that would see France scrap its digital tax once a new international levy being discussed is in place."France's unilateral digital tax action aimed at leading American companies is unjustified, and if tolerated, will encourage other countries to follow their example," said Ed Black, the president of CCIA, which counts Google, Amazon and Facebook among the companies it represents."We should not support a compromise that would green-light discriminatory taxes against … [Read more...] about US tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax
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A topic that arises in virtually every retail lease, and yet is barely addressed in the letter of intent (LOI), is the heating and cooling of the demised premises. The LOI is typically cursory: “Landlord shall deliver the demised premises to tenant with a 15 TON HVAC system in good working order.” Who is responsible to maintain and repair the system? Whose obligation is it to replace the system if it can no longer be repaired? While these are all business issues, they are most often left for the lawyers to determine during the lease negotiation. A standard landlord clause would provide:The property which tenant is required to maintain is the demised premises and every part thereof, including, but without limitation, all walls, floors and ceilings, the heating system, the air conditioning system, including rooftop heating and air conditioning units if the same are used …. Tenant agrees that it will obtain and maintain in full … [Read more...] about Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Solar and Other “Green” Heating Alternatives in Retail Leasing
On 19 August 2016, France adopted Decree No 2016-1137 introducing mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for dairy and meat in processed foods. The national measures strengthen the regulatory framework that exists at the EU level, which already imposes COOL requirements on specific foodstuffs, such as unprocessed and pre-packed swine, poultry, sheep and goat meat (Art. 26(2) of EU Regulation 1169/2011 of 25 October 2011), unprocessed beef and beef products (EU Regulation No 1760/2000 of 17 July 2000), fruit and vegetables, honey, etc. After receiving the green light from the French State Council (“Conseil d’Etat”) and the European Commission, the trial period will now run for a period of two years, starting on 1 January 2017 until the end of 2018.In the wake of recent food fraud cases, which shook the confidence of consumers in the food chain, France has been pushing the EU Commission to expand the scope of COOL requirements. … [Read more...] about French Pilot on Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) for Dairy and Meat in Processed Foods
DITCH the ice-cream, as experts have revealed you should be eating foods such as SOUP and chilli to cool down in the heat. As Britain experiences one of the hottest summers on record, nutritionist Daniel O’Shaughnessy has compiled a list of the best foods to eat – and avoid - in order to feel cooler. Despite traditionally being considered a winter dish, having a bowl of soup in the evening can actually help regulate your body temperature. The food expert, who has been working with takeaway firm Just Eat, said: “It will make you perspire more, but as the sweat evaporates, the energy is absorbed into the air, therefore cooling the body.” And tucking into watermelon, turmeric and reducing the carbohydrates and protein in your diet are all sure-fire ways to beat the heat. He also believes a spicy chilli is an excellent choice, as the capsaicin found in the food sends a signal to your brain that your body is overheated and you will then sweat more to cool your … [Read more...] about Stay cool in the heatwave with these foods – including soup and curry
Green, green and more green. The color of sustainability, a color of nature and, of course, the color of money. Green frenzy has permeated most every sector of business, including real estate. The greening of buildings has been occurring since the 1970s, when building owners began to realize that more efficient building systems and upgrades translated into lower costs and higher revenues.Buildings in the United States are responsible for the production of millions of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Carbon dioxide (CO²), a greenhouse gas, is the primary global warming gas. Energy consumption in a building represents more than 25 percent of its operating expenses. A building implementing environmentally sound practices can substantially reduce its emissions and cut operating costs. These lower operating costs can make a project more competitive for leasing and sale and also increase an owner’s return on its investment.Green retrofitting of existing buildings … [Read more...] about Green retrofitting existing bldgs.