Financial misconduct Japan Supreme Court rejects Carlos Ghosns appeal

first_imgTokyo: Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by lawyers for Carlos Ghosn against his detention, local media said on Saturday, dashing the former Nissan boss’s hopes for an early release. The 65-year-old former auto tycoon had appealed to Japan’s highest court after lower court judges ruled he could be questioned for a 10-day period until Sunday over allegations of financial misconduct. But the court dismissed the appeal without explaining the ruling, Jiji Press and Kyodo News reported. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn Friday, the Tokyo District Court had already further extended his detention until April 22 as prosecutors continue grilling him. Authorities must then either press formal charges, release him or re-arrest him if they believe he has additional allegations to answer. Prosecutors are looking into allegations that Ghosn siphoned off some 5 million from funds transferred from Nissan to a dealership in Oman, and spent the money on a luxury superyacht. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostGhosn has not been formally charged over these allegations. But the tycoon does already face three separate charges. Two of these relate to millions of dollars in salary believed to have been concealed from shareholders. The third charge is that he sought to shift personal investment losses to company books. Ghosn denies all allegations and lashed out in a video message — shown on April 9 — at what he termed a “plot” by “backstabbing” Nissan executives scared of closer integration with French partner firm Renault. The case has bewitched Japan and the business world since the tycoon was arrested out of the blue at a Tokyo airport on November 19 and whisked off to the detention centre. He spent 108 days in an initial period of custody, in conditions he said he would not wish on his “worst enemy”, forced to sleep with the light on and forbidden from contact with his loved ones. He then won bail, stumping up 9 million for his freedom and submitting to strict bail conditions including not using the internet or contacting anyone connected to the case. But in another twist, he was then re-arrested in a dawn raid on April 4 for more questioning.last_img read more

The Latest Banker in Malaysian case ordered free on US bail

NEW YORK — The Latest on the extradition of a former Goldman Sachs banker in 1MDB investment fund scandal (all times local):3:25 p.m.A former Goldman Sachs executive accused in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of a Malaysian state investment fund has made an initial court appearance in the U.S.Roger Ng was ordered released on $1 million cash bail after appearing at a federal court in New York City.The terms of his release call for home detention and electronic monitoring.Ng was arrested in Malaysia in November.Malaysian and U.S. prosecutors allege that bond sales organized by Goldman Sachs for the 1MDB fund provided a way for associates of Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years.Ng has been charged in both countries.Malaysia’s attorney general said the country had agreed to surrender Ng to the U.S. for 10 months so that the U.S. prosecution can proceed first.___8:50 a.m.Malaysia’s attorney general says former Goldman Sachs executive Roger Ng has been temporarily extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges linked to the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB.Ng, who was arrested in Malaysia in November, has been charged both in the U.S. and Malaysia.Attorney General Tommy Thomas says Malaysia agreed to surrender Ng to the U.S. on May 3 for 10 months so that the U.S. prosecution can proceed first. Thomas said in a statement Monday that Ng will be returned to Malaysia to face charges as soon as the U.S. proceedings are over.Malaysian and U.S. prosecutors allege that bond sales organized by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided a way for associates of Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years.The Associated Press read more

GKN Wheels and Rimtec partnership to manufacture large steel wheels in China

first_imgGKN Wheels, part of GKN – a supplier of wheels for off-highway vehicles, has signed a product development and manufacturing agreement with Rimtec, a provider of replacement wheels and tyre accessories, as part of a move to break into the global mining wheels market. Working in partnership with Rimtec, GKN Wheels will manufacture large steel wheels with diameters ranging from 49 inches to 63 in at its plant in Liuzhou, China. David Eastham, Sales and Marketing Director at GKN Wheels, commented: “This is a very significant move for GKN Wheels as it is our first partnership agreement in the mining sector and specifically in the after-sales market. We will of course, continue to supply wheels to the earthmoving and mining industries, where we have been working successfully for many years with OEM customers including CAT, Komatsu and Volvo.“With the support of Rimtec’s excellent sales and service network, which has links with mining customers throughout the southern hemisphere, GKN Wheels is delighted to be producing steel wheels for a marketplace that demands the highest possible standards of quality and durability.”Ethan Winterborn, Manager of Rimtec, commented: “To be aligned with such a professional and progressive organisation such as GKN is a huge step forward for Rimtec. The synergies that exist between our two companies are significant. GKN has been working with major OEMs for many years including the big players in the large steel wheel markets and we look forward to our involvement in making GKN a recognised and trusted name in the large earthmover wheel market.”GKN Wheels, part of the GKN OffHighway division, has seven global manufacturing plants in the UK, USA, Denmark, Italy and China. It designs, manufactures and distributes wheels to end users and OEMs. In addition to its manufacturing capability, GKN Wheels owns and operates some advanced testing facilities used in off-highway wheel design.last_img read more

670k sign petition against rape survivor receiving 100 lashes in Maldives

first_imgOVER 670,000 PEOPLE have signed an online petition against a 15-year-old girl, who was raped repeatedly by her stepfather, receive 100 lashes for having pre-marital sex with another man.The girl was sentenced to the public whipping after it was revealed she was having consensual sex with another man while police were investigating rape allegations by her stepfather. The child’s stepfather is also accused of murdering a baby born to her as a result of the rape. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.The petition was set up by Avaaz.org a website that describes themselves as one that ”empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues”.Avaaz.org is asking people to hit the “Maldives government where it hurts – the tourism industry. Let’s build a million-strong petition… then threaten the islands’ reputation through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and online until he steps in to save her and abolish this outrageous law.”President Mohammed Waheed Hassan had expressed shock and asked the state attorney general to appeal the conviction amid an international outcry and condemnation from rights groups such as Amnesty International.Premarital sex is illegal in the popular honeymoon destination.Read: Indian parliament to debate bill allowing death penalty for rapists >last_img read more

Spriiing Smile Android 21 Qwerty phone hits Thailand

first_imgThe first Android based device that I can think of with a front facing Qwerty keyboard was the Acer beTouch E130. Whilst it was never the fastest of devices (and only recently it was adorned with an Android 2.1 update) the keyboard was great and it made for a useful social networking platform.An unknown Thai based company are likely to follow a similar venture with the launch of its own – social networking eccentric – Spriing Smile model. The phone features a unique tri-corder looking design, with a front facing Qwerty keyboard (lots of additional functions per key), Android 2.1 as standard, a 3MP camera (no news on a flash), 512MB of ROM, 256MB of RAM, microSD card slot (expandable to 16GB), 3G HSDPA, a 2.6-inch QVGA display, and a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor.AdChoices广告The spec as you can tell is pretty low, but it is faster than the aforementioned Acer, which had a ST Ericsson PNX6715, 416 MHz processor. According to Engadget the handset was designed in Sweden and manufactured by Huawei (the same company who brought us the S7) and will initially be on sale in Thailand and Australia (via its Boost Mobile).Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Grippe saisonnière la campagne de vaccination redémarre

first_imgGrippe saisonnière : la campagne de vaccination redémarreFrance – Les personnes souffrant d’affections de longue durée ou âgées de plus de 65 ans peuvent bénéficier gratuitement d’une vaccination contre la grippe saisonnière. Mais après la polémique de l’an dernier, quelle confiance accorder à ce nouveau vaccin ?La campagne annuelle de vaccination contre la grippe saisonnière se déroulera cette année du 20 septembre 2010 au 31 janvier 2011. L’Assurance maladie invite les personnes âgées de plus de 65 ans à se faire vacciner. Les femmes enceintes, les enfants de plus de 6 mois et les personnes atteintes d’affections de longue durée comme l’asthme ou le diabète peuvent bénéficier d’une vaccination gratuite grâce au bon de prise en charge qu’elles ont dû recevoir courant septembre. Le 10 août, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) déclarait officiellement la fin de la pandémie de grippe A(H1N1) avec, comme c’était prévisible, un bilan beaucoup moins lourd que celui de la grippe saisonnière (18.500 morts dans le monde). Comme chaque année, l’OMS a participé à l’élaboration du fameux vaccin, censé, protéger, cette année, contre trois souches de virus grippaux : les virus de la grippe pandémique A(H1N1) et de la grippe saisonnière A(H3N2) et B.À lire aussi3 idées reçues totalement fausses sur les vaccinsCependant, les Français se posent un certain nombre de questions, notamment en ce qui concerne l’efficacité du vaccin. Il faut savoir que pour mettre un vaccin antigrippal au point, les laboratoires utilisent des souches préexistantes, en l’occurrence celles de l’année précédente. Or les virus mutent chaque année. Quid, dans ce cas de l’utilité d’un vaccin antigrippal ? Quant aux risques encourus si on décide de se faire vacciner, le Dr Dupagne répond : “Nous n’avons aucun argument solide actuellement pour affirmer que le vaccin antigrippal saisonnier expose à des risques importants. Nous n’avons pas non plus d’argument solide pour affirmer qu’il n’existe aucun accident grave lié au vaccin”. Bref, pas de quoi rassurer les patients, puisque, comme on le voit, rien n’est sûr. Et le docteur Dupagne d’ajouter : “La probabilité d’un accident étant très faible quel que soit le choix, rien ne justifie de s’inquiéter excessivement pour un risque finalement très modeste”. Pour conclure, le vaccin présente peu d’avantage, si ce n’est celui de courir un risque inutile. Et, comme l’affirment certains médecins, “une grippe soignée dure une semaine, une grippe non soignée 7 jours…”  Le 23 septembre 2010 à 12:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Missing Vancouver man found at hospital

first_imgA missing Vancouver man, Lewis Hess, was located at a local hospital and was positively identified Wednesday. Hess had been transported to the hospital after he was found disoriented at a Cascade Park store.Hess, 59, was missing from a care facility in the 2200 block of Southeast Talton Avenue, off McGillivray Boulevard in Cascade Park. He had been missing since sometime after 2 p.m. Sunday.Hess has medical problems and police and his caregivers were concerned because he did not have his medicine with him.last_img read more

Flyover vigils mark oil spill anniversary

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Relatives flew over Gulf of Mexico waters Wednesday where 11 oil rig workers died a year ago, residents gathered in prayer vigils onshore and President Barack Obama vowed to hold BP and others accountable for “the painful losses that they’ve caused.” Even as somber remembrances marked the first anniversary of the worst offshore oil spill in American history, there were reminders that lengthy legal battles lay ahead. BP filed a lawsuit alleging negligence by the maker of the device that failed to stop the spill, while the manufacturer of the blowout preventer and rig owner filed their own claims. The disaster began on the night of April 20, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon rig burst into flames and killed the 11 men. The rest of the crew evacuated, but two days later the rig toppled into the Gulf and sank to the sea floor. Over the next 85 days, 206 million gallons of oil — 19 times more than the Exxon Valdez spilled — spewed from the well. Parents, siblings and wives of the workers — whose bodies were never recovered — boarded a helicopter Wednesday to see the waters where their loved ones perished. The helicopter took them from New Orleans out to the well site, circled around so that people on both sides of the aircraft could see and then returned to shore, said Arleen Weise, whose son, Adam, was killed on the rig. The only indication they were at the site was an announcement from the pilot, she said. “It was just a little emotional, seeing where they were,” Weise said by phone from Houston, where rig owner Transocean planned an evening memorial service.last_img read more

Meat Packing Plant on the Chopping Block

first_imgThe Mt. McKinley meat packing plant in Palmer is under the funding gun. According to the state division of agriculture, the slaughterhouse loses about $100 thousand dollars a year. At a meeting last week, the state’s Board of Agriculture and Conservation approved a move to bring in an outside company to evaluate the financial health of the slaughterhouse. The BAC gave the nod to bringing in Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, an Oregon company, to determine if the meat packing plant should be placed into private ownership.Niche will work with the Alaska Farm Bureau on the evaluation, according to Farm Bureau executive director, Amy Seitz.“So the Farm Bureau came up with the idea of bringing in an outside consultant, who is not tied to the industry here in Alaska, or the plant. The hope was that if a third party came in an looked at the plant and could give us a recommendation, there would be a starting point to move forward.” The Farm Bureau first had to get approval from the BAC, she says. Seitz says the process is in it’s early stages, but the way is open now to move forward.Mt. McKinley is subsidized by the state, and state funding cuts are driving the decision to evaluate. The legislature has approved money for the plant for one more year. But the slaughterhouse is the only US Department of Agriculture certified facility of it’s kind in Alaska’s southcentral region, and meat for commercial sale must have a USDA stamp. Seitz says closing the plant will hurt state livestock producers, which raise a variety of animals, ranging from buffalo, and reindeer to yaks.Supporters of the move to privatize the facility say it will save the state money, but Seitz says general fund dollars do not support Mt. McKinley.“The state is losing money, but it’s not coming out of the state’s budget. It’s interest that the farmers are paying.”Seitz says that Mt. McKinley is funded through the interest on state revolving agricultural loans. The last fiscal year, the plant did turn a profit of over 40 thousand dollars.Mt.McKinley employs three full- time state workers, and is staffed with thirteen inmates from Goose Creek Correctional Facility.last_img read more

Nearly 1M spent on Anchorage bathroom bill ahead of vote

first_imgA vote counting machine unloaded at Anchorage’s election central to handle the city’s first Vote By Mail (photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)Tuesday is the last day to submit ballots in Anchorage’s first-ever Vote By Mail election. Amid a packed slate of propositions and candidates, one particularly controversial measure has drawn the lion’s share of campaign money.Listen nowVoters this year are deciding on a lot. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is seeking a second term against his main challenger Rebecca Logan, whose campaign donations totaled less than half that of the incumbent’s. According to disclosures with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Logan has brought in around $89,000 to Berkowitz’s $231,000.There are also three school board seats up for election, and seven bond measures on the ballot. Residents are also asked whether the city should sell off utility Municipal Light and Power to Chugach Electric Association. And the ballot includes proposals to expand property tax exemptions for homeowners, give Whittier police authority to write parking tickets in Girdwood and bring a tract of homes in Eagle River under the Anchorage Fire Department’s protection.Then there is Proposition 1, the so-called “bathroom bill”, a contentious proposal that has attracted a flood of campaign money — outpacing all other measures combined.Prop 1 started as an initiative led by the conservative group Alaska Family Action and drew thousands of signatures to make it onto the ballot. The measure aims to undo part of a 2015 law that bans discrimination against residents on the basis of gender or sexuality, and would regulate public restrooms and changing facilities by a person’s biological sex at birth, rather than their self-identified gender. In campaign materials, backers say the measure is necessary to protect privacy.The campaign in favor of Prop 1 has raised about $128,000, the majority of which is from Alaska Family Action. In the last month alone, AFA spent $75,000 on the campaign, with several thousand more coming from individual donations, and $1,100 from the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club. Much of the money raised has been spent on TV ads.The proposition’s supporters have been outspent by its opponents more than six to one.A coalition of groups called Fair Anchorage has raised about $824,000 to oppose the rule-change, arguing that it discriminates against transgender residents, will damage the local economy and is impractical to enforce. Many of the donations are non-monetary contributions from outside national groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom for All Americans and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii, most of which were for compensation for staff time, services and consultations. Additionally, the group’s financial disclosures are filled with smaller individual donations. Much of the money has been spent on media ads, mailers and voter outreach.April 3rd is the last day to submit ballots. As of Monday, the number of votes cast is on pace to surpass turnout in 2015, the last time there was a mayoral election.last_img read more

AMCBacked VR Startup Dreamscape Immersive Opens Los Angeles Location

first_img Popular on Variety Dreamscape’s Los Angeles location will open on December 14. Next year, the company is aiming to open at least four additional locations in partnership with AMC Theatres, with locations including Dallas/Ft. Worth, Columbus Ohio, and the New York/New Jersey metro area. Some of these will be standalone properties, while others will be integrated into existing AMC theaters.In addition to AMC, Dreamscape is also backed by 21st Century Fox, WarnerMedia, Viacom, MGM, Westfield, IMAX, Steven Spielberg and Hans Zimmer, among others. AMC-backed virtual reality startup Dreamscape Immersive is getting ready to open its first permanent location in Los Angeles. The company’s first VR center will open its doors at the Westfield Century City mall next month, and will follow with 4 additional locations in markets outside of L.A. soon after.The new Westfield location will house 3 experiences at launch, including the company’s own “Alien Zoo” experience, a new original production called “Lavan’s Magic Projector: The Lost Pearl,” and a new experience co-produced with Venice, Calif.-based VR startup WEVR called “The Blu: Deep Rescue.”Dreamscape is one of a number of startups looking to take VR out of the home and into malls and movie theaters, where consumers can experience more believable immersion, thanks to physical cues and the ability to explore virtual spaces without being wired to a PC.“Dreamscape is pioneering a new breed of entertainment experiences that are social at their core and, through clever uses of immersion, put the audience at the center of the narrative” Dreamscape Immersive CEO Bruce Vaughn told Variety.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Everybody can benefit from adopting Odoo whether youre a small startup or

first_imgOdoo is one of the fastest growing open source, business application development software products available. It comes with: Powerful GUI, Performance optimization, Integrated in-app purchase features Fast-growing community to transform and modernize businesses We recently interviewed Yenthe Van Ginneken, an Odoo developer, highly active in the Odoo community and recipient of Odoo best contributor of the year 2016 and Odoo community hero 2017. He spoke to us about his journey with Odoo, his thoughts on Odoo’s past, present and future, and the Odoo community. Expert’s Bio Yenthe Van Ginneken, currently the technical team leader at Odoo Experts, has been an Odoo developer for over four years. He has won two awards, “Best contributor of the year 2016” and the “Odoo community hero” award in 2017. He loves improving software and teaching other people the best practices for Odoo development on his blog. You can read his Odoo blog, follow him on Twitter or reach out to him on LinkedIn. Key Takeaways Odoo is scalable and flexible to the extent that everyone, from a small startup to a giant tech company can benefit from it. It is ahead of quite a lot of ERP systems with its clean UI, advanced modules integration and the flexibility of its technical framework. Python is the preferred language of choice among most developers that want to use the Odoo framework, especially for automating and scaling tasks. The Odoo community is diverse and vast. By contributing and regularly interacting with other members, you will gain deeper insights into many different aspects of Odoo development. A great way to learn to develop in Odoo and quickly grow is actually by helping in the community. Odoo 12 will reportedly improve data processing, better report insights, and support for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for handling documents among other exciting updates. Full Interview On who should use Odoo Odoo is more than an ERP tool. According to you, What is Odoo? Who will benefit from adopting Odoo? What made you choose Odoo? For me, Odoo is more than an ERP. Odoo literally allows me to make any module or functionality that I can think of. Since Odoo is so flexible and scalable I believe that almost everybody can benefit from adopting Odoo. Whether you’re a small start-up or a giant tech company. The most important part to be able to benefit from adopting Odoo is adjusting the processes and mindset to use Odoo, not adjusting Odoo for the company. The projects that work the best and have the best benefit are those that don’t over-engineer and try to focus on the main company processes. I personally chose Odoo after I got an opportunity to become an Odoo developer at a company in Belgium. After the job offer I visited Odoo.com and saw the massive amount of functionalities in Odoo (while being free!) and I was genuinely amazed. After looking at the technical framework and all the default options provided by the framework I was sure that I would love to develop and implement in Odoo. Since that day I never stopped working with Odoo. On journey from OpenERP to Odoo Odoo started off as OpenERP and then in 2014, it moved beyond just ERP and was renamed Odoo. How has Odoo’s journey been so far since then? What do you think are the key milestones achieved by Odoo till date? Since the renaming from OpenERP to Odoo the company has seen a rapid growth. A bit after changing the name Odoo also introduced the enterprise version which was, in my opinion, the turning point for Odoo S.A. It allowed Odoo to keep its open source strength and market share while also gathering funds to fund the ongoing growth of the product. The big investments that are being made in the Research and Development team allow them to keep improving year after year. The main strengths and key milestones from Odoo are absolutely its flexibility, a great framework and the fact that most of the possibilities are already in Odoo by default. On the drive behind contributing to the Odoo community You are highly active in the Odoo community. How did you get into contributing for Odoo? How has this experience improved you as a developer? According to you, what are the key challenges the Odoo community is facing currently? My very first contribution started in the second half of 2014 and weren’t very significant at first. I noticed that Odoo 8, at that point the newest version, was not very well translated and had a lot of inconsistency so I started translating it in Dutch. From there on I noticed that it could have had quite a big impact and in fact could improve the ERP. It didn’t take long before I started contributing in other ways. Reporting issues, fixing bugs, maintaining bug reports and helping other people on the official help forums. By contributing to all these different subjects I got introduced to more domains and gained more insights. Thanks to my involvement with the community, I’ve learned that there is more than one side to developing and implementing projects. I believe it made me a better programmer and made me think a lot more about ways to code custom development for projects. Without being active in a community and contributing you’ll be blindsided by your own perspective. It is a great way to get challenged and you’ll see more cases by being active in the community than you could ever see on your own. The Odoo community faces a few challenges at this point. It is difficult to maintain the right balance between the enterprise version and community (free) version. There are not a lot of very active contributors to the official Odoo code and Odoo is behind on handling fixes/bug reports made by community members. This results in some community members not feeling appreciated or heard. Hiring a second community manager might be a good way to resolve these issues though. The most difficult challenge for both Odoo and the Odoo community is to make everybody feel heard and give every person the ability to contribute in the way he or she can. When there is enough help from Odoo and the community feels supported there is a possibility for a great and thriving community. On how to learn Odoo effectively As a person who has a strong hold over Odoo development, what is the typical learning curve for someone getting into Odoo, as a consultant? What is the best way to start developing in Odoo? What should one watch out for while learning? The learning curve can be quite long and can have its challenges. Usually, if you don’t have any experience with Odoo and only know basic Python it’ll take about six months before you really get to know the ins and outs of Odoo. The best way to learn to develop Odoo is probably the same as with most things in technology: dive in! Make sure you get the basics right and understand how the main functionalities work before going deeper. A great way to learn to develop in Odoo and to quickly grow is actually by helping in the community. You can get insight and help from experienced developers while also contributing to the community, it’s a win-win. Start small and build your way up to the details. It is important to find good documentation and tutorials though. At the moment there are still quite some blog posts and tutorials that are from quite a low quality. Because of this I actually started writing my own tutorials, which explain concepts step by step with samples. You can find it at https://odoo.yenthevg.com Editor’s note: Check out our collection of Odoo Books and Videos to master Odoo development. On the upcoming Odoo 12 release Odoo 12 is expected to be released later this year. What’s got you excited about this new release? Quite a lot! Every release has loads of new features that are announced and it’s an exciting time, every time. The introduction of a report designer for functional people is one of the best (known) new features. The improved reporting tools for data insight will become a great improvement too. The biggest announcements are made at Odoo Experience in October and are not publicly available yet so we’ll have to wait for that. On the future of ERP There is a lot happening in the area of ERP and BI: self-service analytics, real-time analytics, agile BI development etc. Where do you foresee the ERP market headed? We’ve seen ERP/CRM systems getting powerful inbuilt analytics systems, what do you think is next for the industry? What is Odoo’s role here? As with any sector in IT, a lot is becoming very data-driven. In the future integration and usage of data will only grow. I expect the combination of BI and AI to become a powerful way to process and handle data on unseen scales. Odoo itself has already hinted at improved data processing, better report insights and support for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for handling documents. Odoo has been ahead of quite a lot of ERP systems with its clean UI, advanced modules integration and the flexibility of its technical framework for years. I expect Odoo will also be leading the way for handling all this data and getting important statistics out of it. I’m quite sure it is only a matter of time before Odoo starts working on even better BI reporting and tools. On Python and automation Automation is everywhere today and becoming an integral part of organizations and processes. Python and automation have gone hand in hand since Python’s early days. Today Python is one of the top programming languages. How do you see Python’s evolution over the years in the area of automation? What are the top ways you use Python for automation, today? It is for a reason that Python is so popular. It is flexible, quite quick to program with and the options are virtually endless. In the next years, Python will only become more popular and this will also be the case for automation projects made with Python. I personally use the Odoo framework with Python as a backbone for nearly everything that I automate (and in fact also for non-automated tasks). The projects vary from automatically handling stock moves to automatically updating remote instances to automatically getting full diagnostic reports. The combination of the programming language and the framework from Odoo allows me to automate tasks and deploy them on a big scale. Read Next: ERP tool in focus: Odoo 11How to Scaffold a New module in Odoo 11A step by step guide to creating Odoo Addon Moduleslast_img read more

I used to have to create my own web page Now its

first_img Wednesday, August 17, 2016 “I used to have to create my own web page. Now it’s done for me.” Travelweek Group Tags: The Travel Agent Next Door Posted bycenter_img The Travel Agent Next Door asked some of its 300+ travel agents why they decided to become a home-based agent and go into business for themselves.Agents were also asked why they chose The Travel Agent Next Door and what they would recommend most about The Travel Agent Next Door to other agents.This column features Nikki Chatur, Owner, Karibu Travel, Hinton, AB.The top 3 benefits of joining The Travel Agent Next Door:As a manager of another agency, I had to do month end in Matrix to balance the books. Now I don’t have to worry about that.I used to have to create my own web page. Now it’s done for me.I have full training available to me in all areas, so I no longer have to figure everything out for myself.The top 3 recommends to other agents who are considering joining:The ease of start-up, and continued support for all issues.A much higher commission bracket, not just minimal split.Having a stress-free working environment, as it is essential for growth. And they accommodate my needs, which many groups will not. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

PostIrma updates from the Florida Keys whats open and still closed

first_imgPost-Irma updates from the Florida Keys, what’s open and still closed Friday, December 1, 2017 Tags: Florida << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — The resilience of the Florida Keys post-Hurricane Irma can be summed up in one sign, recently spotted on the side of the road: “After every storm comes a rainbow. We are the rainbow.”Ashley Serrate of NewmanPR, which represents The Florida Keys & Key West in North America, recalled spotting the sign while on a recent visit to her “favourite place in the world”. She told media at an industry briefing in Toronto this morning that this sign perfectly embodies the spirit of the Keys, and how despite suffering a major blow, the destination is nearly fully recovered and open to tourists.“We don’t want to sugarcoat it – when Irma made landfall, it was a category 4. Nearly everything on the Atlantic side suffered damage, but most places are already recovered,” she said.Often referred to as ‘America’s Caribbean’, the Florida Keys spans 112 miles and comprises Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, the Lower Keys, and Key West. According to Serrate, 99% of facilities and activities in Key West and Key Largo (the bookends of the Keys) are operating normally, since they were the least affected by the storm. All hotels are open with the exception of two: Parrot Key Resort, and The Inn at Key West, which is temporarily closed for a complete renovation.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upMuch of Islamorada, which Serrates referred to as the “second cool kid” after Key West, is operational as well, though only 60% of accommodations are open. Most notably, Amara Cay Resort is set to reopen on Dec. 15, while its sister property, Pelican Cove, is set to open on Jan. 12.In Marathon, best known for being a family-friendly destination and home to the Turtle Hospital and the Dolphin Research Centre, is also still in recovery mode. Its biggest hotel – Hawks Cay Resort – is closed for restoration and plans to reopen in summer 2018. According to its website, the resort is waiving all cancellation policies and is processing any deposit refunds.Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys, on the other hand, need more time to get back on their feet as they suffered a direct hit from Irma. Serrate could not confirm when the Lower Keys is expected to be fully operational again, only saying that “everyday it gets better”.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaDespite ongoing recovery efforts, Serrate was steadfast in her message to travellers: “The Keys is open and up and running.” She credits the locals for staying positive and finding alternative ways to accommodate visitors.“The owner of Pines and Palms Resort was so anxious to reopen after the storm that he bought his own backhoe, which he operated himself,” she said, also noting how Snappers Restaurant in Key Largo operated out of a food truck while renovating its main dining room. “All throughout the Keys, you’ll hear stories like these.”Moving forward into 2018, the destination is putting much of its focus on “only-in-the-Keys” experiences, which include the annual Humphrey Bogart Festival, Fantasy Fest, stand up paddleboard yoga, and nighttime kayaking to view Florida lobsters.Canadians, which rank #2 behind Germany among top international markets for the Keys, are encouraged to check out loveflorida.ca for discounts and incentives on flights, car rentals and hotels throughout the state.For more information on travel to the Florida Keys, go to fla-keys.com. Posted by Sharelast_img read more

AmaWaterways christens the new AmaMagna

first_imgAmaWaterways christens the new AmaMagna Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: AmaWaterways Friday, July 12, 2019 center_img Posted by Travelweek Group GREIN, AUSTRIA — AmaWaterways has officially welcomed its 23rd ship into its fleet with the recent christening of AmaMagna in Austria.The ceremony, which took place in the city of Grein, was attended by AmaWaterways co-founders, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, along with Godmother Samantha Brown, an Emmy Award-winning television host and travel expert. After an official blessing of the ship and crew by a priest, Brown broke a champagne bottle against the ship’s hull to signify good luck on the journeys ahead.Special guests and partners join co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst as Godmother Samantha Brown (fourth from left) christens AmaMagnaOn selecting Brown as AmaMagna’s godmother, Karst said: “Samantha shares many values with our company, most notable through her PBS series ‘Places to Love’, where she discovers the emotional heart of travel through the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination. She is a perfect fit as Godmother for this very special ship that is also challenging ideas of what river cruising can offer people in search of personalized travel experiences.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAmaMagna is twice the width of traditional river cruise ships yet welcomes only 20% more guests, allowing for more personal space. All staterooms and suites are appointed with stylish décor and natural wood accents. Suites feature full outside balconies, open seating areas and luxurious bathrooms, complete with double sinks and walk-in showers. There are six Grand Suites measuring 474 square feet, and an Owner’s Suite spanning 710 square feet that boat separate seating areas and bathrooms with spa-like bathtubs.Guests will also find four restaurants onboard, as well as a cinema, Zen Wellness Studio, a juice bar, two massage rooms, a sun deck with heated pool, and a whirlpool and sky bar. Plus, exclusive to AmaMagna, guests can take advantage of the Concierge Golf Program that provided the chance to experience four top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany.“With AmaMagna’s double width design allowing for more personal space, amenities and dining venues, I have had this unique ship on my mind for years and today we are thrilled to officially welcome her to the AmaWaterways family,” said Schreiner. “We are grateful to have so many of our friends and travel partners here with us as we celebrate this exciting time for our company.”last_img read more

Araya and Villalta trade blows at presidential debate focused on government corruption

first_imgCandidates pose before the Monday debate at the TSE in downtown San José. From left to right, Oscar Andres López, José María Villalta, José Manuel Echandi, Johnny Francisco Araya, Justo Orozco, Rodolfo Emilio Piza and Sergio Mena. Corruption took center stage Monday night at the latest of several presidential debates, with seven candidates turning questions on the economy, transportation and national unity to a focus on the shortcomings of the current and recent administrations.Monday’s debate included the top two candidates in polls, the ruling National Liberation Party’s (PLN) Johnny Araya and his progressive rival, the Broad Front Party’s José María Villalta, who took multiple moments to attack each other.After several candidates had taken swipes at the corruption of the current administration run by President Laura Chinchilla of the PLN, a debate moderator asked the candidates for their proposals to fight corruption, a question submitted from viewers via social media networks. Araya said he would reform the executive office.“You don’t combat corruption with more laws,” Araya said. “It’s necessary to bring the people closer to the administration, doing more open public management, (being) more transparent. For this reason we support a digital government, which permits citizens to access all types of information on any state institution.”Araya went on to suggest “citizen observatories” should oversee big-spending projects.Villalta, fielding the same question, attacked Araya’s reply, starting off with a call to investigate current members of government.“It’s not citizen observatories, Don Johnny,” Villalta said. “It’s really necessary to have truthful authorities. … The most important thing (is that) we cannot continue to vote for the same people who are responsible for (current) corruption.”The debate marked a second straight day of hearing candidates on the same stage in downtown San José. With 13 total candidates, the debate hosts, the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE), split the candidates into two groups. The first day, Sunday, saw candidates such as Libertarian Movement’s Otto Guevara and Citizen Action Party’s (PAC) Luis Guillermo Solís. Joining Villalta and Araya on Monday was Social Christian Unity’s (PUSC) nominee, Rodolfo Piza.In addition to Piza, the debate included conservative candidates Justo Orozco of the evangelical Costa Rican Renovation Party and José Echandi of the National Advancement Party. Orozco, who read all of his pre-written answers from a sheet of paper, drew jeers when he claimed to be the best candidate because he is “good at problem-solving,” an attribute he claimed to pick up “as a math teacher.”Araya also generated quick criticism on social media networks when he linked himself to Liberation founders, saying he’s the same candidate as the ones “who abolished the army.”Dressed in his traditional white suit, Oscar López, of the Accessibility Without Exclusion Party, which is focused on improving the lives of the disabled, answered in line with his right-of-center views, especially on social issues, drawing little reaction from the TSE crowd or on social media.Rounding out the stage was Sergio Mena of the New Generation Party, recently formed in 2010, who generated a surprisingly positive response among followers of the debate on Twitter.“I don’t need to ask for forgiveness for the past. I offer hope for the future,” Mena said. Because of the two-hour debate’s crowded field, debate moderators limited candidates to one-minute responses. Candidates took advantage of this format to make platitudes or poke humorous jabs at their opponents. The audience at TSE’s auditorium consisted mainly of groups of party adherents who punctuated their candidates’ responses with applause.Araya appeared to distance himself from solely being the candidate of PLN during the debate, repeatedly arguing that the next president of Costa Rica needs to unify the country, and that his support extends beyond party lines.“Right now National Liberation has 24 members of the Legislative Assembly,” Araya said. “There are 30 (lawmakers) who support my candidacy. There are more than 60 mayors supporting my candidacy, because they know that the country needs to be in agreement.”Villalta took an aggressive approach, reminding the audience of the widespread political disillusionment in the country.“Many people say that I don’t have experience,” said Villalta, who at 36 is the youngest of the candidates. “But what I don’t have experience in is government corruption.”Villalta broached the issue of tourism in his rebuttals, saying the current government has impoverished the touristy coastal and border regions by catering only to high-scale tourism and not smaller rural tourism companies.Piza, who spoke brusquely throughout the night, piled on the characterizations of the current government saying his administration would be different.But none of the candidates disagreed that more consensus and less political bickering were crucial in the next administration.Said Piza: “Costa Rica needs to find consensus and a government of national unity.” Facebook Comments Alberto Font No related posts.last_img read more

Whats in emergency bill to fund Veterans Affairs Department

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A three-month highway spending bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the House includes nearly $3.4 billion to fill a budget hole that the Department of Veterans Affairs claims would force it to close hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lawmakers from both parties said the spending was needed even as they complained about the VA’s failure to anticipate the problem.An amendment sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, would allow VA to use $3.35 billion from the new Veterans Choice program to pay for private health care for veterans from May 1 to Oct. 1. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Under the amendment, the VA could use up to $500 million from the Choice program to cover costs of treating the deadly hepatitis C virus.The VA has told Congress that it may shutter hospitals unless it receives flexibility to close a $2.5 billion shortfall caused by a sharp increase in demand by veterans for health care, including expensive treatments for hepatitis C. A single pill used for the liver-wasting infection can cost $1,000.The Choice program, the centerpiece of a VA overhaul approved by Congress last year, makes it easier for veterans to receive federally paid medical care from local doctors. Congress approved $10 billion over three years for the Choice program, one of several programs used by the VA to provide medical care for an estimated 9 million veterans enrolled in the VA health care system.Miller blasted VA leaders even as he sponsored the amendment plugging the agency’s budget gap.“It never ceases to amaze me how poorly managed VA’s budget process is,” Miller told reporters Tuesday.“The VA’s been saying they needed flexibility, but they never talked about closing hospitals if they didn’t get the flexibility” until a few weeks ago, Miller said. “We are being forced by VA to reach into another pot of money to rescue one of their core missions.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility VA Secretary Robert McDonald has denied that he or anyone else at VA had hidden or downplayed its budget problems. He said the VA is facing a crisis because of a sharp increase in demand for health care. The law approved last year increased veterans’ access to health care, both within the VA and with local doctors who treat veterans at government expense, McDonald said.The House bill would require VA to report to the House and Senate veterans committees every 14 days on how the newly authorized funds are being used.___Associated Press writer Erica Werner contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Refinance Surge Adds to Chases Strong Q2 Finish

first_imgRefinance Surge Adds to Chase’s Strong Q2 Finish July 13, 2012 420 Views Rallying investors by end of day Friday, “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm posted strong earnings from the second-quarter, with Home Affordable Refinance Program modifications helping boost income for the laggardly mortgage servicing unit year-over-year.[IMAGE]For mortgage production and servicing, the financial institution fielded $604 million in net income over the second quarter, a figure that trumps a net loss of $649 million from the past year.Mortgage production rose to $931 million in pretax income for the lender, signaling a nearly 62 percent increase from the last year.Mortgage loan originations rose to $43.9 billion, climbing by 29 percent year-over-year and 14 percent on a quarterly basis. Retail channel originations jumped by 26 percent from the year before and 12 percent quarter-over-quarter, reaching $26.1 billion for the lender.Mortgage loan applications rose to $66.9 billion over the second quarter, ticking up by 37 percent from the past year and 12 percent from the past quarter. [COLUMN_BREAK]Third-party vendors serviced $860 billion in mortgage loans, reflecting declines of 9 percent from the past year and 3 percent from the past quarter.The mortgage servicing unit for Chase saw $65 million in income before taxes, eclipsing losses of $1.1 billion from the year before.Excluding repurchase losses, Chase saw mortgage production revenue increase from $595 million to $1.6 billion, an increase by 62 percent, as a result of the favorable refinancing climate created by HARP modifications.Chase said the past quarter offered up $216 million in reductions for repurchase liabilities, helping to realize repurchase losses when compared to figures for the same from the last quarter.The financial institution revealed that it boosted net income overall by $5 billion, or $1.21 per share, with $22.9 billion in revenue.A strong second-quarter finish for Chase, still smarting from nearly $6 billion in trading losses from June, inspired the Dow Jones Industrial Average to rally and close at 12,777 by end of day Friday.Investors rewarded Chase with a bullish 6 percent pickup in shares.Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, who recently appeared before lawmakers to address the stunning trading loss, said that the bank had overhauled management and some of the governance practices that first led to the fiasco.In turn, he nodded at reductions in “”loan loss reserves by $2.1 billion, mostly for the mortgage and credit card portfolios. These reductions in reserves are based on the same methodologies we have used in the past – the good news is that these reductions reflected meaningful improvements in delinquencies and estimated losses in these portfolios. “”We continue to maintain strong reserves,”” Dimon said. Sharecenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Confidence Fixed-Rate Mortgage HARP Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Servicing Rights Processing Profits Proprietary Trading Quarterly Earnings Refinance Service Providers Shares Stocks Underwriting Standards 2012-07-13 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Good news for aspiring Cinderellas the RitzCarlt

first_imgGood news for aspiring Cinderellas: the Ritz-Carlton New York has coaches that will not turn into pumpkins at the stroke of midnight. The prestigious hotel is introducing a new package that features an iconic New York City experience—an elegant horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park. This enduring tradition dates back to the 1800’s and is still at the top of any true romantic’s list of must-dos in the city. It’s a journey back in time that delights all the senses: From the sounds of sleigh bells and the smell of roasted chestnuts, to the glimpse of a full moon hovering over trees and skyscrapers. In addition to offering the most magical way to see the world’s most famous park, New York’s hansom cab drivers are truly colorful characters and make for knowledgeable local guides.The “Central Park Fairy-Tale” horse-drawn carriage package The Horse-Drawn Carriage Package includes overnight luxury accommodations in a deluxe guestroom, a 30-minute horse-drawn carriage ride that departs across the street from the hotel, American breakfast for two at the hotel’s award-winning BLT Market restaurant, and even a special themed gift from The Ritz-Carlton to commemorate the experience. Rates start from $945.Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/centralpark for more information, or to make your next fairy-tale vacation a reality.last_img read more

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