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first_img 6 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. One lucky person will receive this turntable, these speakers and a bonus Bluetooth speaker. CNET It’s giveaway time! And once again the fabulous Fluance folks are offering Cheapskate readers a shot at some fantastic audio gear. Welcome to the Fluance Sound Sweeps! Here’s what the grand prize winner will bring home: A limited-edition RT81 record player (white)A pair of limited-edition Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers (white)An Fi20 Bluetooth speaker (bamboo)Total value of that package: a cool $500. And two runners-up will each receive a Fluance Fi20 speaker (one in walnut, one in black ash) worth $150. The turntable and speakers, by the way, are indeed limited-edition items, announced just yesterday to help celebrate Fluance’s 20th anniversary. Only a small quantity will be produced, so this is your chance to own a little bit of Fluance history. What’s more, with promo code CNET10FLU, anyone can get $10 off any order of $100 or more between now and Aug. 27.Ready to enter? You’ve got until Sept. 6 to get it done. Hit up the form below for all the details, including the rules and requirements.If you have trouble seeing the form please check this link.Good luck!Update, 11:46 a.m. PT: Corrected promo code discount to $10 off. (It incorrectly said 10% earlier. We apologize for the mistake.)CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice CNET Giveaway The Cheapskatecenter_img Comments Tags Audiolast_img read more

Major road reopens more than six hours after lorry spills load

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window A South Cheshire road has reopened after a lorry tipped onto its side and spilled its load this afternoon. Groby Road in Crewe was shut between the junctions with Stoneley Road and Warmingham Road due to the ongoing incident. Cheshire Police first confirmed they were at the scene shortly before 3pm today (Saturday June 8) – with the road currently closed in both directions. A police spokesman said:  “Please be advised that Groby Road is closed in both directions from the top of Stoneley Road to Warmingham Road due to a police incident.” Read MoreFour motorcyclists stabbed in disturbance at M6 service station   Several eyewitness say a lorry had overturned and is blocking the road. Inrix, the travel data company, reports, as of 9.30pm, that the road has reopened – with traffic affected between Coppenhall Moss and Maw Green. Elsewhere on the road network in Cheshire this afternoon the M6 northbound was closed due to a separate police incident between J18 and J20.t Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

Discussing SAP Past present and future with Rehan Zaidi senior SAP ABAP

first_imgSAP, the market-leading enterprise software, recently became the first European technology company to create an AI ethics advisory panel where they announced seven guiding principles for AI development. These guidelines revolve around recognizing AI’s significant impact on people and society. Also, last week, at the Microsoft Ignite conference, SAP, in collaboration with Microsoft and Adobe announced the Open Data Initiative. This initiative aims to help companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives. For SAP, this initiative will further bring advancements to its SAP C/4HANA and S/4HANA platforms. All of these actions emphasize SAP’s focus on transforming itself into a responsible data use company. We recently interviewed Rehan Zaidi, a senior SAP ABAP consultant. Rehan became one of the youngest authors on SAP worldwide when he was published in the prestigious SAP Professional Journal in the year 2001. He has written a number of books, and over 20 articles and professional papers for the SAP Professional Journal USA and HR Expert USA, part of the prestigious sapexperts.com library. Following are some of his views on the SAP community and products and how the SAP suite can benefit people including budding professionals, developers, and business professionals. Key takeaways SAP HANA was introduced to accelerate jobs 200 times faster while maintaining the efficiency. The introduction of SAP Leonardo brought in the next wave of AI, machine learning, and blockchain services via the SAP cloud platform and other standalone projects. Experienced ABAP developers should look forward to getting certified in one of the newest technologies such as HANA, and Fiori. SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) is the on-premises version of SAP, and it is usually implemented in medium and large-sized companies. For smaller companies, SAP offers its Business One ERP platform. SAP Fiori is a line of SAP apps meant to address criticisms of SAP’s user experience and UI complexity. Q.1. SAP is one of the most widely used ERP tools. How has it evolved over the past few years from the traditional on-premise model to keep up with the cloud-based trends? Yes. Let me cover the main points. SAP started in 1973 as a company and the first product SAP R/98 was launched. In 1979, SAP launched the R/2 design. It had most of the typical processes such as accounting, manufacturing processes, supply chain logistics, and human resources. Then came R/3  that brought the more efficient three-tier (Application server –  Database and the presentation (GUI)) architecture, with more new modules and functionalities added. It was a smart system fully configurable by functional consultants. This was further enhanced with Netweaver capability that brought the integration of the internet and SOA capability.  SAP introduced the ECC 5 and subsequently the ECC 6 Release. Mobility was later added that lets mobile applications running on devices to access the business processes in SAP and execute them. Both display and updation of SAP data was possible. HANA system was then introduced. It is very fast and efficient – allows you to do 200 times faster jobs than before Cloud systems then became available that let customers connect to SAP Cloud Platform via their on-premise systems and then get access to services such as Mobile Service for app protection, Mobile Service for SAP Fiori, among others. SAP Leonardo was finally introduced, as a way of bringing in next-gen AI, machine learning and blockchain services via standalone projects and the SAP cloud platform. Q.2. Being a Senior ABAP Programming Analyst, how does your typical day look like? Ahh. Well, a typical day! No two days are the same for us. Each morning we find ourselves confronting a problem whose solution is to be devised. A different problem every day- followed by a unique solution. We spend hours and hours finding issues in custom developed programs. We learn about making custom programs run faster. We get requirements of a wide variety of users. They may be in the Human Resource, Materials Management, Sales and Distribution or Finance, and so on. This requirement may be pertaining to an entirely new report or a dialog program having a set of screens. We even do Fiori ( using Javascript based library) applications that may be accessible from the PC or a mobile device. I even get requirements of teaching junior or trainee SAP developers on a wide variety of technologies. Q.3. Can you tell us about the learning curve for SAP? There are different job profiles related to SAP which range from executives to consultants and managers. How do each of them learn or update themselves on SAP? Yes, this is a very important question. A simple answer to this question is that “there is no end to learning and at any stage, learning is never enough,” no matter to which field within SAP you belong to. Things are constantly changing. The more you read and the more you work, you feel that there is a lot to be done. You need to constantly update yourself and learn about new technologies. There is plenty of material available on the internet. I usually refer to the Official SAP website for newer courses available. They even tell you for which background (managers, developers) the courses are relevant to. I also go to open.sap.com for new courses. Whether they are consultants (functional and technical), or managers, all of them need to keep themselves up-to-date. They must take new courses and learn about innovation in their technology. For example, HR must now study and try to learn about Successfactors. Even integration of SAP HANA with other software might be an interesting topic of today. There are Fiori and HANA related courses for Basis consultants and the corresponding tracks for developers. Some knowhow of newer technologies is also important for managers and executives, since your decisions may need to be adapted based on the underlying technologies running in your systems. You should know the pros and cons of all technologies in order to make the correct move for your business. Q.4. Many believe an SAP certification improves their chances of getting jobs at competitive salaries. How important are certifications? Which SAP certifications should a buddying developer look forward to obtain? When I did my Certification in October 2000, I used to think that Certifications are not important. But now I have realized, yes, it makes a difference.  Well, certifications are definitely a plus point. They enhance your CV and allow you to have an edge over those who are not certified.  I found some jobs adverts that specifically mention that certification will be required or will be advantageous. However, they are only useful when you have at least 4 years of experience. For a fresh graduate, a certification might not be very useful. A useful SAP consultant/developer is a combination of solid base/foundation of knowledge along with a touch of experience. I suggest all my juniors to go for Certifications in order to strengthen concepts, which include: C_C4C30_1711 – SAP Certified Development Associate – SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer C_CP_11 – SAP Certified Development Associate – SAP Cloud Platform C_FIORDEV_20 – SAP Certified Development Associate – SAP Fiori Application Developer C_HANADEV_13 – SAP Certified Development Associate – SAP HANA C_SMPNHB_30 – SAP Certified Development Associate – SAP Mobile Platform Application Development (SMP 3.0) C_TAW12_750 – SAP Certified Development Associate – ABAP with SAP NetWeaver 7.50 E_HANAAW_12 – SAP Certified Development Specialist – ABAP for SAP HANA For experienced ABAP developers, I suggest getting certified on the newest technologies such as HANA, and Fiori. They may help you get a project quicker and/or at a better rate than others. Q.5. The present buzz is around AI, machine learning, IoT, Big data, and many other emerging technologies. SAP Leonardo works on making it easy to create frameworks for harnessing the latest tech. What are your thoughts on SAP Leonardo? Leonardo is SAP’s response to an AI platform. It should be an important part of SAP’s offerings, mostly built on the SAP cloud platform. SAP has relaunched Leonardo as a digital innovation system. As I understand it, Leonardo allows customers to take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, advanced analytics and blockchain on their company’s data. SAP gives customers an efficient way of using these technologies to solve business issues. It allows you to build a system which, in conjunction with machine learning, searches for results that can be combined with SAP transactions. The benefit with SAP Leonardo is that all the company’s data is available right in the SAP system. Using Leonardo, you have access to all human resources data and any other module data residing in the ERP system. Any company from any industry can make use of Leonardo; it works equally well for retailers, food and beverage companies and medical industries, for organizations working in retail, manufacturing and automotive. An approach that works for one company in a given industry can be applied to other companies in that industry. Suppose a company operates sensors. They can link the sensor data with the data in their SAP systems and even link that with other data, and they can then use the Leonardo capabilities to solve problems or optimize performance. When a problem for one company in an industry is solved, a similar solution may be applied to the entire industry. Yes, in my opinion, Leonardo has a bright future and should be successful. For more information about Leonardo success stories, I encourage readers to check out SAP Leonardo Internet of Things Portfolio & Success Stories. Q. 6. You are currently writing a book on ABAP Objects and Design Patterns expected to be published by the end of 2018. What was your motivation behind writing it? Can you tell us more about ABAP objects? What should readers expect from this book? ABAP and ABAP Objects has gone tremendous changes since some time both on the features (and capability) as well as the syntax. It is the most unsung topic of today. It has been there for quite long but most developers are not aware of it or are not comfortable enough to use them in their day to day work. ABAP is a vast community with developers working in a variety of functional areas. The concepts covered in the book will be generic, allowing the learner to apply them to his or her particular area. This book will cover ABAP objects (the object-oriented extension of the SAP language ABAP) in the latest release of SAP NetWeaver 7.5 and explain the newest advancements. It will start with the programming of objects in general and the basics of ABAP language the developer needs to know to get started. The book will cover the most important topics needed on everyday support jobs and for succeeding in projects. The book will be goal-directed, not a collection of theoretical topics. It won’t just touch on the surface of ABAP objects, but will go in depth from building the basic foundation (e.g., classes and objects created locally and globally) to the intermediary areas (e.g., ALV programming, method chaining, polymorphism, simple and nested interfaces), and then finally into the advanced topics (e.g., shared memory, persistent Objects). The best practices for making better programs via ABAP objects will be shown at the end. No long stories, no boring theory, only pure technical concepts followed by simple examples using coding pertaining to football players. Everything will be presented in a clear, interesting manner, and readers will learn tips and tricks they can apply immediately. Learners, students, new SAP programmers and SAP developers with some experience can use this as an alternative to expensive training books. The book will also save reader’s time searching the internet for help writing new programs. Knowing ABAP objects is key for ABAP developers these days to move forward. Starting from simple ALV reporting requirements, or defining and catching exceptional situations that may occur in a program or even the enhancement technology of BAdIs that lets you enhance standard SAP applications require sound ABAP Objects understanding. In addition, Web Dynpro application development, the Business Object Processing Framework, and even OData service creation to expose data that can be used by Fiori apps all demand solid knowledge of ABAP objects. Read Next How to perform predictive forecasting in SAP Analytics Cloud Popular Data sources and models in SAP Analytics Cloud Understanding Text Search and Hierarchies in SAP HANAlast_img read more

Turkey and TIFF How destinations promote themselves behind the scenes

first_img Monday, September 12, 2016 Share To buy tickets, go to tiff.net. Posted by Michael Smith TORONTO — Agents and industry representatives were partying last night on the TIFF Bell Lightbox rooftop in celebration of Turkish cinema.Turkey has two movies showing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year – ‘Kor’ and ‘Tereddüt.’ The Turkish Consulate General Culture and Information Office hopes the films will showcase the beauty and culture of the destination, and in-turn, inspire more tourists to visit.Taking into account how much the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy impacted tourism in New Zealand, it’s easy to see why destinations are keen to have movies promoting their landscapes and culture.Turkey is one of 40+ destinations that are being promoted at TIFF this year, almost double from the previous year. As part of the Industry Centre at TIFF, destinations will promote themselves to producers, directors, and media with exhibition style booths. Country representatives are in Toronto to not only sell their movies to distributors, but also scout for possible filming locations.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyPart of film promotion also includes VIP parties like the one last night. These soirees bring producers and distributors together to try and make a sale and to help promote the movies to media. Parties are also a chance to thank industry partners, as was the case last night with representatives from the Turkish Consulate General, Turkish Airlines, WestJet, The Travel Corporation, New Wave Travel, Able Travel, and Travel Savers. Over 300 guests were in attendance last night, all of which were treated to a special performance by Turkish psychedelic rock band BaBaZula.The travel industry was out enjoying the nights festivities. Credit: Darlene Paolucci.‘Kor’ will be showing at TIFF on Sept. 17 while ‘Tereddüt’ will be showing on Sept. 13, 15 and 16. Turkey and TIFF: How destinations promote themselves behind the scenes Tags: Toronto, Turkey << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tropical Storm Pilar skirts Mexicos western shore

first_img MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Pilar is moving northward in the Pacific just off Mexico’s western shore, raking coastal areas with rain and high winds after passing close to the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.Pilar had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) Monday morning and its centre was about 70 miles (115 kilometres) south of Mazatlan. It was moving north-northwest at about 9 mph (15 kph).The storm was projected to stay close to land over the next few days while dropping rain on Nayarit and Sinaloa states while beginning to weaken. Tropical storm force winds extended out as far as 60 miles (95 kilometres).The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Pilar could to drop 3 to 7 inches (7.5 to 17.5 centimetres) of rain on coastal areas.In the Atlantic, two hurricanes were far off the U.S. East Coast and didn’t pose any major threat to land, though Hurricane Maria was expected to whip up heavy surf and swells for the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckMaria, which battered Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane last week, was down to a Category 1 storm early Monday and its maximum sustained winds had weakened to 80 mph (130 kph). It was moving north near 7 mph (11 kph).Its centre was about 350 miles (560 kilometres) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.Farther out at sea, Hurricane Lee had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph). It was about 910 miles (1,460 kilometres) east of Bermuda and was stationary. It was projected to move in a rough circle over the coming days. Share Monday, September 25, 2017 Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Mexico, Travel Alert Tropical Storm Pilar skirts Mexico’s western shorelast_img read more

Canadian agents crowd the winners circle at Karismas 2018 GIVC gala

first_imgCanadian agents crowd the winners’ circle at Karisma’s 2018 GIVC gala Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Awards, GIVC, Karisma Hotels & Resorts CANCUN — With pomp, circumstance and a blast from the glitter cannon, Karisma Hotels feted their top selling travel agents in style at the 11th annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) Awards at the El Dorado Royale Resort in Cancun.Hosted by Sabrina Filatow, National Sales Director of Karisma Hotels & Resorts, the GIVC Awards began with highlighting the successful year for the company, with awards from AAA, Green Globe Certification and having the resort’s own Le Chique Restaurant named to Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018.Canadian agents did their country proud, recognized as top producers of Karisma Hotel brands including El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Resorts and Nickleodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana as well as being named in every level of the GIVC Diamond Awards. And it was the ladies who stole the spotlight in the top growth by region and top selling agents categories.Elicia Jump of Uniglobe LGI Travel Alberta was awarded Top Growth by Region for Western Canada, Mandy Delve of Beyond Travel Designers was awarded Top Growth by Region for Central Canada and Martine Phaneuf of Vacances Le Faubourg was awarded Top Growth by Region for Eastern Canada.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTKim Crosby of Sun Lovers Travel was honoured with the Top Selling home-based agent for Canada and Carolyn Menard of Flight Centre was awarded with Top Selling Storefront Agent for Canada. Pamela Walker of Escapes.ca and Sandra Lombardi of RedTag.ca were recognized as Diamond Elite award winners.Kim Crosby of Sunlovers Travel – Mayan WeddingsMultiple award winners of the night were Kim Crosby, Pamela Walker, Martine Phaneuf, Mandy Delve, Brittney Struck of Flight Centre and Cindy Almond of Romance and Foodie Travel, recognized for their top selling status, especially in destination weddings.Since 2014 Senor Jose Luiz Martinez and Senora Delores Lopez Lira, owners of El Dorado Spa Resorts, Generations Resorts and Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma have given away US$250,000 in cash to agents as an incentive for increasing their sales, as well as giving away diamonds through a lottery at the annual GIVC Awards.It was especially poignant this year for attendees to have the owners present, as Senor Martinez had suffered a stroke earlier this year. Despite his health challenges, he had vowed to attend this year’s GIVC Awards and was on hand to give out the cheques, which included Crosby, Phaneuf and Menard, lucky recipients of the cash awards this year. Monday, December 17, 2018 Waheeda Harris About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018last_img read more