Livewire: Paris tackles rudeness to tourists with new manual

One of the world’s most visited cities but also famous for its rudeness,Paris has embarked

Written by Associated Press | Published: June 23, 2013 3:49:06 am

Paris tackles rudeness to tourists with new manual

One of the world’s most visited cities but also famous for its rudeness,Paris has embarked on a campaign to improve its reputation. A six-page booklet entitled Do you speak Touriste? has greetings in eight languages and advice on spending habits of different nationalities. “The British like to be called by their first names,” the guide explains,while Italians should be shaken by the hand and Americans reassured on prices. Some 30,000 copies of the handbook have been distributed. France is the world’s top destination for foreign tourists,with Paris visited by 29 million people last year.

Kimberly-Clark to ease toilet paper shortage in Venezuela

Kimberly-Clark Corp is planning a $234 million investment to expand operations in Venezuela,to ease an embarrassing national shortage of toilet paper. Scarcity of some food items and basic bathroom products has marred the start of President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Kimberly-Clark,which has two plants in Venezuela,has a 15 per cent market share of toilet paper,and also makes sanitary towels and diapers. The general manager of its local subsidiary,David Cohen,said the $234 million investment would be made over 6 to 24 months,and would increase the company’s local capacity by 30 to 40 per cent.

Miss Utah latest beauty queen to botch answer

Miss Utah is the latest beauty queen to trip on American television,not over her gown,but during the interview segment. Asked about income inequality at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas,21-year-old Marissa Powell started off strong: “I think we can relate this back to education,and how we are continuing to try to strive … to…,” she said,before appearing to lose her way. She picked up after a long pause: “… figure out how to create jobs right now. And I think,especially the men are … seen as the leaders of this,and so we need to see how to…create education better.” Despite the stammering answer,she came in third runner-up.

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