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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-07-12 16:21

Influencers aren’t welcome at Nicchi’s ice-cream truck. [Photo/Instagram]

>Anti-influencer influencer

Customers at Joe Nicchi's ice-cream truck have increasingly had the same demand: give us your ice-cream for free.

CVT Soft Serve, a popular truck in Los Angeles, has started to receive weekly requests from self-proclaimed Instagram "influencers" who promise to post a photo of Nicchi's ice-cream – if they don't have to pay.

Nicchi has always said no, but this week he found an unusual way to profit off of the influencers: he publicly told them to go away.

Nicchi went viral after posting a sign that said "influencers pay double", writing on Instagram that he would "never give you a free ice-cream in exchange for a post".

The image, tagged #InfluencersAreGross, spread around the globe, and now Nicchi says his business is booming, attracting fans across southern California who share his disdain of influencers.

"We're the anti-influencer influencers," he told the Guardian.


A combination of file photos of US President Donald Trump (left) and British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch. [Photo/IC]

>UK ambassador resigns

Kim Darroch has resigned as the United Kingdom ambassador to the US following a dispute over leaked emails that criticized US President Donald Trump.

In a statement released by the UK Foreign Office on Wednesday, Darroch said he wanted to put an end to speculation over his position, after the leaked cables sparked a diplomatic spat between the UK and the US.

"The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like," Darroch said. "

Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador."

In leaked emails published by British media on Sunday, Darroch labeled the Trump administration "dysfunctional", "unpredictable", and "diplomatically clumsy and inept".

Trump rounded on Darroch on Twitter, calling him "a stupid guy" and saying the US would "no longer deal with him".


US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on "The President's 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement" on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 18, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>US to probe French tech tax

The US has launched a Section 301 investigation into the digital services tax of the government of France, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Wednesday.

"The US is very concerned that the digital services tax which is expected to pass the French Senate tomorrow unfairly targets American companies," USTR Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

"The President has directed that we investigate the effects of this legislation and determine whether it is discriminatory or unreasonable and burdens or restricts US commerce," Lighthizer said.

According to the USTR's Office, France's proposed 3% tax would hit tech companies with total annual revenues from the covered digital services of at least 750 million euros globally and 25 million euros in France.

US companies such as Apple, Facebook and Amazon would likely be subject to the tax.


A main road leading to Hengdong county, Central China's Hunan province, was submerged by floodwaters on July 11, 2019. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

>1.63M affected by rains

About 1.63 million residents have been affected by heavy downpours and floods in South China, with about 77,000 resettled after the latest rainfalls, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

Heavy rainfalls have swollen rivers in Chongqing municipality, Guizhou, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Sichuan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, the ministry said.

The office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Tuesday sent four working groups to Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, and Guizhou to assist local governments in disaster relief work.

According to the China Meteorological Administration, heavy rainfall will decline in the northwestern region and the south parts of the Yangtze River from July 11 to 12.

However, the southeastern parts of the Tibet autonomous region, northwestern parts of Sichuan and northwestern areas of Yunnan will still see heavy rainfall of 50 to 90 millimeters.


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