Heritage goes modern

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Japantown’s centennial could become swan song

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – As organizers prepared for the centennial of the nation’s oldest Japanese-American community, some worried that Japantown’s birthday bash could become its memorial service. The excitement surrounding the festivities was quickly overshadowed by news that three-quarters of the real estate in the historic San Francisco neighborhood, which grew from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake, had been sold amid weak revenue and lagging tourism. Beverly Hills-based 3D Investments, which agreed earlier this year to buy two hotels and two malls from Osaka, Japan-based Kintetsu Enterprises of America, has not publicly disclosed its plans. A representative did not return calls for comment. The fear in the Japanese-American community is that 3D could push out family-run businesses in favor of big-box retailers and write the final chapter in the neighborhood’s slow decline. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Absolutely it could have a devastating effect on the community,” said Paul Osaki, executive director of Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Others say 3D’s ownership presents an opportunity to revitalize the area’s dated architecture. “It needs a lot of work,” said Richard Hashimoto, president of the Japantown Merchants Association. “And that’s one of the things 3D is willing to do – buy the property and invest $10 million, $20 million renovating it.” With its modernist pagoda and pedestrian thoroughfare lined with noodle and sushi restaurants, Japantown was once a big tourist destination. But it has nearly fallen off the map since major traffic routes into the area were closed and aging buildings made it less appealing in a city brimming with must-see attractions. “They don’t come by the busloads anymore,” said Rosalyn Tonai, executive director of the National Japanese American Historical Society. “They’re individual tourists, and even then, they’d rather go to other attractions, like Alcatraz.” Hashimoto notes a 60 percent decline in business over the past three years alone. So it came as no real surprise that when Kintetsu announced in December it would sell off the hotels and malls that anchor the neighborhood. “What makes this really emotional for the community is, it’s not the first time large parcels of land were taken out of our control,” Osaki said. Longtime residents recall the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and the city’s 1960s urban renewal sweep, which led to the eviction of hundreds from their Japantown homes and businesses through eminent domain. The enclave managed to survive both those events, although its ethnic Japanese population has fallen from a prewar high of more than 5,000 to 1,063 in the 2000 census. They now account for just 9 percent of the neighborhood’s residents. “People are in this time warp, and they’re getting flashbacks to World War II and redevelopment,” Tonai said. “It hits deep, and those emotions have really emerged.” Japantowns, or Nihonmachis, once flourished in West Coast cities prior to World War II. Today, only three remain – in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles. Japanese-Americans themselves are also dwindling, as immigration from Japan declines and existing residents have low birth rates. Among those who remain, younger generations are choosing professional careers over family businesses, community leaders and historians say. Robert Sakai, owner of Uoki Sakai market – one of Japantown’s oldest businesses – says his three children probably won’t take over the store his grandfather founded shortly after the 1906 earthquake. “I think they would find it difficult to sacrifice so much of their lives for this business,” Sakai said. “This is my life.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hong Kong Airport forced to close for a second day

first_imgHong Kong Airport has been forced to close for a second-day reports NBC.NBC said that “all check-in services at Hong Kong airport’s main terminal shut down for a second day on Tuesday after protesters blocked the entrance of the building.”Arriving flights are not impacted.“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today,” the airport announced in a statement sent to reporters it says.All check-in service for departure flights were suspended at 4:30 p.m. the airport authority added. Other departure and arrival flights for the rest of the day would continue, it said.It told members of the public not to come to the airport.The shut down will cause massive knock-on disruptions for days particularly for Cathay Pacific Airways which will have many aircraft and crews out of position.The disruptions will also have a significant impact on forward bookings with intending or booked passengers changing plans to avoid Hong Kong.Hubs such as Singapore and Seoul and their airlines will be major beneficiaries.last_img read more

Aligning Theft Prevention with Changes in Criminal Behavior and Business Needs

first_imgToday’s shoplifters are becoming more brazen than in the past, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation. This disturbing trend is putting enormous pressure on retailers that want to both prevent loss and keep associates safe. Additionally, some of the industry’s most enduring loss prevention strategies have now been rendered less effective.“Shoplifters are bolder and not afraid of setting off alarms at the door,” explained Robb Northrup at siffron, which manufactures retail merchandising fixtures and displays. “They know that if they can get to the exit, they are as good as gone.”Because trying to stop theft at the store’s door places employees at substantial risk of harm, retailers have largely resigned themselves to watching thieves—and their merchandise—run off. This feeling of powerlessness is reflected in the results of the 2019 National Retail Security Survey, which found that the average retailer made six times fewer shoplifting stops last year than in 2015. There has not been the same decline in losses from shoplifting, of course.- Sponsor – This problem has left stores searching for answers. “We’ve seen several retailers moving back to locking product away in high-theft stores to stop the flow of merchandise being stolen from those locations,” said Northrup. “But that isn’t progress.”According to Northrup, while locking away product may cut certain types of shrink, it also cuts into profit—up to 80 percent for some product categories. Limiting access to high-theft products discourages legitimate customers from accessing merchandise, driving lost sales, and frustrating customers.Understanding customers’ pain points and knowing current trends in store theft, siffron has been moving loss prevention away from the exit door and back into the store. siffron’s LM Tag™ combines a light sensor and a motion detector and alerts store personnel when the product is both in motion and concealed in a bag, under a coat, or in a pocket. Store personnel are directed to the point of concern inside the store, rather than after merchandise has been carried into the parking lot.siffron’s SONR loss prevention line alerts store staff of shoplifting at the point of theft. SONR includes a battery-operated hook with an anti-sweep design and an echo box that emits an “activity beep” each time the integrated label is lifted to remove items, one by one. Instead of notification at the door, the solution creates awareness of activity while there is still time—time for staff to address a potential offender safely with standard service practices and time for a potential shoplifter to feel pressure to change his or her mind.Don’t lock up your merchandise. Reduce shrink while increasing sales with intelligent loss prevention solutions from siffron!“The idea is to simplify the process and initiate notifications at the display level,” explained Northrup. “While offenders are more prone to dash once they reach the doors with existing solutions, they still are generally risk-averse. When attention is drawn to them at the display level inside the store, even with something as simple as a beep upon product removal like we have with the SONR system, offenders are more likely to leave that merchandise alone as attention is drawn to them and their activity.”But does it work? Northrup acknowledged that some LP practitioners are not immediately convinced that using audible cues can be an effective theft deterrent. However, the idea that environmental cues can be used to influence behavior is well documented.Research studies illustrate how subtle cues can push people toward honest behavior. In a ten-week study by the Evolution and Behavior Research Group (University of Newcastle), employees paid for cafeteria drinks on the honor system while a poster of a person’s eyes hung on a nearby wall; for an additional ten weeks, they paid for drinks under a poster of flowers. Astonishingly, people paid 2.8 times as much money for similar products when the poster of a person’s eyes watched over them, showing how subtle cues of authoritative observation can prevent adverse behavior. Studies of music and other auditory cues have similarly demonstrated a significant ability to influence moral decision-making and deter people from unethical and counterproductive behaviors.Many LP retailers are drawn to the simplicity of siffron’s effective approach. Northrup noted that some solutions in the market have gotten highly complicated, cumbersome, and difficult to use – such as requiring external power sources, specialized installation hardware, and complex wiring and electrical cables running through fixtures. Wireless and easy to install, siffron’s loss prevention solutions not only deter criminals, but they also adhere to today’s demanding business needs.“Retailers need solutions that are as plug-and-play as possible,” he explained. “With the ever-changing retail environment, retailers need to be nimble in their display approach and able to adjust their planograms on the fly as much as possible.” LP teams also need to target problem areas or SKUs, while some high-cost security solutions and equipment cannot differentiate between low- and high-value SKUs.Ultimately, LP professionals are convinced when they see concrete results from this new approach to security, said Northrup. “It’s when they see their shrink numbers decrease, sales increase and the ROI proves itself out in months, not years.”   Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Georgia Grants Hurricane Michael Tax Amnesty

first_imgFor Hurricane Michael victims, the Georgia DOR grants amnesty for taxes not administered by the IRS, like sales and use tax.Georgia Counties AffectedThe amnesty applies to taxpayers affected by the hurricane in the following Georgia counties declared part of the disaster area: Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth.Taxpayers in counties added to the disaster area later automatically receive the amnesty. Information on what Georgia counties are included in the disaster area can be found at irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-michael.Qualifying TaxpayersThe amnesty is offered to the following Georgia taxpayers:– people living in the specified counties, if affected by the disaster;– businesses whose principal place of business is in a specified county, if affected by the disaster;– taxpayers not in the disaster area but whose records are in the disaster area;– relief workers affiliated with recognized government or philanthropic organizations helping in relief activities in the disaster area; and– people visiting the disaster area who were injured or killed by the disaster.Deadlines AffectedThe amnesty applies to return filing, tax payment, and other time-sensitive acts specified by the IRS. It applies to:– original or extended due dates occurring on or after October 9, 2018, and before Feb. 28, 2019;– monthly sales tax returns originally due in the months of October 2018 through February 2019;– quarterly sales tax returns due in October 2018 and January 2019; and– annual sales tax returns due in January 2019.Taxpayers who had an extension to file their 2017 return that was set to expire on October 15, 2018, now have until February 28, 2019, to file. However, the payments associated with these extensions are not eligible for the amnesty.Excluded ReliefThe amnesty does not apply to:– International Fuel Tax Agreement interest,– scheduled payments resulting from a taxpayer entering an Installment Payment Agreement, or– payments under a 2017 return extension due to expire on October 15, 2018.Paper Return FilersIf an affected taxpayer files paper returns, they should write “2018 Hurricane Michael” across the top of any forms submitted to the DOR.QuestionsTaxpayers should call the DOR at (877) 423-6711 if they:– need assistance,– have questions, or– are assessed a penalty and believe they are entitled to the amnesty.Department of Revenue Extends Relief to Victims of Hurricane Michael, Georgia Department of Revenue, October 12, 2018, ¶201-222Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

iAMT Scan – Custom Inventory helps with Enterprise Activations

first_imgAMTSetupStatus – Provisioning State of the Management EngineAMTVersion – AMT VersionBIOSVersion – System Bios VersionDate – Date the scan was performedDHCPServer – IP Address of the DHCP Server that lease was obtained fromDNSServerOrder – DNS Search OrderFQDN – Fully Qualified name of the host based on NT/AD DomainDNS_FQDN – Fully Qualified DNS Name for the Host AdapterGateway – Gateway (router) IP AddressHECIVersion – HECI Driver VersionMAC – AMT Capable HOST MAC AddressIPAddress – Current IP Address of Host at time of scanLMSVersion – LMS Driver VersionMake – ManufacturerModel – Manufacturer’s ModelSerialNumber – Machine’s Serial NumberSMSSiteCode – SMS Site the local machine is managed by (if available)SubnetMask – Current IP Subnet MaskSystemName – Host machine nameUNSVersion – UNS Driver VersionUUID – The Systems UUIDProvisionServerPing – Ping status for ‘provisionserver’ DNS entry The identification and activation of vPro systems that are not remote configuration capable and that have not completed the provisioning/activation process prior to being placed in the field can be a daunting task in a large enterprise environment. Especially in the common situation where vPro systems have been deployed before backend infrastructure is in place.To help address this, we created a small utility that leverages MEInfo to capture MEBx details related to activation, and store this data in the Windows registry. This allows for automated inventory methods to collect and report the information enterprise wide, allowing detailed planning of remote activation strategy.The utility requires the same set of prerequistes as MEInfo to produce full detail, such as the HECI drivers to be in place, and Administrator priviledges on the local machine, but is small, silent, and Software Deployment friendly.All of the data that iAMT Scan generates is stored in the local system registry:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\INTEL\iAMT SCAN DATAConsisting of the Following String Value Entries: iAMT Scan v.0.3.0 Use Guide: iAMT Scan v.0.3.0 Executable:last_img read more