Daily Archives: September 28, 2014

France to adopt plain tobacco packaging and restrict ecigarettes


France said on Thursday that it planned to introduce some of the world’s toughest antismoking legislation, forcing tobacco companies to adopt neutral packaging and restricting the use of electronic cigarettes. The country that gave the world Gauloises – as well as glamorous celebrity smokers such as Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – …

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Germany expresses concerns about US and Canada trade deals


Germany has put new barriers in the way of the EU’s proposed trade deals with Canada and the US by declaring outright opposition to controversial investor protection rules. Sigmar Gabriel, the economy minister, told the Bundestag on Thursday that he would block the planned investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses which …

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Richard Branson tells staff: take as much holiday as you like


Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, has told 170 staff working for its head office that they can take as much annual leave as they like, providing it will not damage the business. “Flexible working has revolutionised how, where and when we all do our jobs,” Sir …

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China CO2 emissions outpace EU and US, 45% above global average


China has passed the EU for the first time in terms of per capita emissions in 2013, according to a new scientific report. Globally, the limit for atmospheric carbon will be reached in 30 years if pollution continues at the current pace, the report warns. The world’s second largest economy …

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The Vera Area with old encouraging and new beautiful environment enables to feel the capital city from its very heart. One part of visitors is admired by Old Tbilisi sights and others get acquainted themselves with crazy rhythms of the modernity. The Vera Area is located on hills in the …

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This year, the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) admitted nine Armenian students and one from Azerbaijan. They came to Tbilisi for a preparation course in August and all of them applied for residency permits before the first of September. All applications were exactly identical. Out of …

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Kazakh banks issue record amount of loans


Banks operating in Kazakhstan anted 896.3 billion tenges ($1 – 182 tenges as of Sept. 23) as of July 2014, which is a record amount in the past six years, ranking.kz analytical service reported. “The absolute record for monthly loan tranche – 1.1 trillion tenges – was recorded in July …

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Caspian Sea security problem related to its legal status


The uncertainty of the legal status of the Caspian Sea doesn’t allow to effectively fight drug trafficking and crime there, the head of the Department of International Law and International Relations of the Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, Doctor of Laws Miras Daulenov said. “The issue of security rests in the …

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Brazil begins dairy exports to Russia


Three so-far-unnamed Brazilian dairy companies have received the proper paperwork to start deliveries to Russia, a representative of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture said. The new imports will help fill a gaping hole left by EU suppliers. One of the companies has already started deliveries, Marcelo Junqueira, secretary for international …

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