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Aug 30, 2013

TOKYO In a shabby back-alley office in Shibuya, a Tokyo district known for youth culture and tech ventures, defectors from corporate Japan are hard at work for a little known company they fervently believe will be the country’s next big manufacturing success. Like a startup anywhere in the world, its bare bone setup crackles with an optimistic energy and urgent sense of purpose. What’s different, for Japan, is that this startup’s talent is drawn from the ranks of famous companies such as Mitsubishi, Michelin and Nissan.


Kohshi Kuwahara, 26, worked for more than two years at electronics giant Panasonic Corp. before hopping to Terra Motors Corp., a little know venture that pays far less but is out to conquer the world with its stylish electric scooters. As with his colleagues at Terra, he resiled from the hidebound culture of big Japanese companies and felt a deep sense of frustration at their eclipse by rivals such as South Korea’s Samsung and America’s Apple.


“If you’re stuck in a system that promotes just by seniority, it’s living a slow death like animals on a farm,” said Kuwahara. “I wanted to be in a tough competitive place.”


Despite having some of the developed world’s least hospitable conditions for starting a new business, Japan’s “salaryman” culture of guaranteed lifetime employment at a household name corporation is no longer the unquestioned ideal.

Source:   The Avanti Group

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Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:34pm
Aug 14, 2013

Children praised for dream home designs

Pupils at St Mary’s School in Fairford Leys were asked by Connells to draw their dream home.

All the entries have been put in the estate agent’s window where homes would normally be displayed and three winners were picked.
Prizes of colouring books, pencils, art sets and sticker books were given to Luke Mullens, eight, Arwen Cox, 10 and five year old Darcie Pearce (pictured left to right with branch manager Daniel Crawley).
The winning entries will be made into postcards and used in a marketing campaign Connells is running to raise money for the school library.
The estate agent will donate money to the school for every property that successfully sells through its Fairford Leys office
Source:  The Avanti Group News

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Posted: Aug 14, 2013 4:57pm
Jul 30, 2013

The Avanti group, Just four households signed up to Green Deal

However it has suffered from teething problems as the Government struggles to organise finance, IT and issues around moving house and even clearing people’s attics. Frustrated building companies expressed disappointment that the legal contracts around the loans were not sorted out sooner so they could start installing measures. Paul Hicks, Sustainability & Design Manager at VELUX, said it was disappointing so many people who have had an assessment have failed to carry through to a deal.

“The disappointing Green Deal results, showing conversions of assessments to be less than 1%, is a major blow to the Government’s commitment to being ‘the greenest ever’. Thus far the initiative has failed to deliver a viable framework for home improvements and consequently has simply not addressed the key issues surrounding energy efficiency in existing housing stock.” Nigel Banks, of Keepmoat, a specialist in installing efficiency measures, said builders have been unable to offer contracts because the financial packages are not yet in place. 

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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 10:19pm
Jul 27, 2013

The Avanti Group, Anti-money Laundering tool to protect your organization

"This new methods of  money laundering  (using digital currency) include open accounts with low cost and less known betalninginkörsportar, purchase digital currencies, buying stolen  data , set up online stores with betalninginkörsportar, using bank accounts of couriers to transfer such money to different countries, "says the report by Pune-based Indiaforensic".

The company, which performs fraud examination and forensic accounting in particular has contributed to the country's investigating agencies like CBI in several high profile cases involving multi-crore Satyam fraud. Digital currency is an alternative to the traditional currency, used in online transactions. It is very similar to the loyalty points.

The report - "Washing of the Cyber ​​World - Digital Currency way" - mentioned a case in the U.S. where "Liberty Reserve" - ​​a digital currency site that was used to wash at least U.S. $ 6 billion by data thieves, drug dealers, child pornography, identity thieves, hackers and other criminals.

"Traditional money laundering is often a secondary process - preceded by an illegal activity, such as drug smuggling but liberty reserve case shows that data theft, hacking attacks and scams on the Internet is changing the traditional law and digital currency is now at the center of money-laundering operations, "said Mayur Joshi, head of Indiaforensic.


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Posted: Jul 27, 2013 6:52pm
Jun 18, 2013

The Dingle’s much-loved Florence Institute received a Royal Institute of British Architects architectural award for its outstanding restoration this year.

It was among four outstanding Merseyside buildings to be celebrated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) fordesign excellence.

Affectionately dubbed “The Florrie”, the community centre was reopened by the Prince of Wales last January. An astonishing £6.2m restoration of the 1890-built structure by architects Purcell returned the fire-ravaged property to its original magnificence.


In direct contrast, the RIBA awards’ national category winner is Marks & Spencer’s sustainable store at Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, by architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.

It is also the company’s biggest store outside London.

Besides the Florrie – and also in extreme contrast to it – are two other North West regional RIBA winners.


“These projects represent architectural excellence on a national level, projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectations.

“Investing in good design for our towns and communities is vital; even in hard times we must continue to create vibrant and inspiring buildings and places for future generations to use and enjoy.

“Best of luck to the national winners for architecture’s ‘Oscars’ –  the RIBA Stirling Prize.”

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Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:50pm
Jun 5, 2013

The Avanti group news article review, Designer Show Houses

Dozens of designers, landscape architects and contractors transformed the 11,000-square-foot Tudor home's rooms into showpieces, all at little cost to the seller. The 1980s kitchen—likely to turn off potential buyers—was gutted and rebuilt with the sleek cabinets, intricate tiling and Sub-Zero refrigerator that shoppers were likely to look for. A modern limestone soaking tub replaced a dated, wood-paneled Jacuzzi tub, and tired landscaping was refreshed, said Ms. Pomphrey, an agent with Coldwell Banker Previews International in Rumson, N.J.

"Now, you could just move right in," she said.

Decorator show homes are a beloved tradition in many U.S. cities. The show-home season typically kicks off when the warm weather sets in, and the homes stay open to the public for three or four weeks. Visitors pay an admission fee of between $25 and $60 to tour the homes; the money is usually earmarked for a charity. After paying for things like insurance and electricity, most show homes raise between $100,000 and $200,000, organizers say.

But charities aren't the only beneficiaries. Show homes thrive on sponsors and donations: Few involved are paid for their work, though almost everyone aims to benefit. Designers put their best work forward to attract new clients. Furniture and equipment suppliers receive free publicity. And the homeowner is often looking for help improving—and ultimately selling—the home.

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Posted: Jun 5, 2013 12:38am
May 29, 2013

Kina International Handelmesse for Hygiene, Opvarming, Ventilation og Luftkonditionering Ny Kina International Udstillingsmidte 
Beijing, Kina, 8 – 10 april 2013 


ISH Kina & CIHE opnår et andet vellykket år med høj udstiller og besøgendedeltagelse 
Leverandører og afgørelse-lavende køber roser udstillingens professionalisme 
Kantbegivenheder forsynede mere anledninger for netværke og forretningsudvikling 
Berømt som Asiens største begivenhed for HVAC & Hygieneindustri, ISH Kina & CIHE – Kina International Handelmesse for Hygiene, Opvarming, sluttede Ventilation & Luftkonditionering dets 2013 udgave med protokol-sættende besøgendebesøg og udstillerdeltagelse. Den 2013 udstillingen blev holdt fra 8 – 10 april på Beijings Nye Kina International Udstillingsmidte. Organiseret af Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd og B & D Tigerudstilling Co Ltd, taltrak messen 881 udstillere (2012: 816) fra 21 lande og regioner. En sum af seks haller blev udnyttet, dække 80.000 sqm af plads. 
36.897 besøgende (2012: 33.156) fra 59 lande og regioner kunne til kildepunkter samt kogekar og mur-hængt kogekar, varmepumper, solarenergiindretninger, radiatorer og anfald, opvarmer vekslere, luftkonditioneringsenheder, gulv-opvarmingsindretninger så godt som varmemålere, faucets, doucher systemer, badekar, plombere tilbehør og hygienevarer. Om de blev involveret i distribution eller sourcing for forestående projekter, blev købere tilbudt en imponerende opstilling af teknologier og løsninger at møde deres behov.

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Posted: May 29, 2013 8:44pm
May 27, 2013


The plan encompasses an area of 28 square kilometers, including Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Yangshan Free Trade Port Area and Pudong Airport Comprehensive Free Trade Zone. The area is almost the same size as Macao, and its trade volume topped USD 100 billion last year, the highest on the mainland.

In this area, a new economic order will be established with its own set of rules for commerce and finance.

Indeed, the Shanghai free trade zone, as it is temporarily called, is set to have even more of an impact than other such entities in Shenzhen or Tianjin, the report said.

The project, mapped out at the beginning of this year and approved this week, is the first of its kind in China.

Ready for submission to the State Council later this month for the official seal of approval, the project is expected to start operation in phases in the second half of this year at the earliest.

“It is a new national strategy that everything should be secured before the plan really gets started,” said Wan Zengwei, director of the Pudong Academy of Reform and Development in Shanghai.

Pudong’s attractiveness also include Disneyland project, which is set to be completed by 2015.

Much concern has been expressed that the establishment of the Shanghai free trade zone will pose a threat to Hong Kong.

Wan said Shanghai will not challenge Hong Kong’s status as a major global free port, as the latter promises and provides more open policies.


Hong Kong Trade Development Council has been closely monitoring the development of the free trade zone plan.

But Jacky Chung, the council’s regional director for eastern and central China, said it is probably not yet time to predict the impact of the plan.

Zheng Weimin, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Shanghai and Hong Kong play different roles in the Chinese economy and their functions are complementary.

Hong Kong’s advantages lie in its sound legal system and market openness. Their relationship is more cooperative than competitive.

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Posted: May 27, 2013 7:57pm
May 16, 2013

At the their latest meeting, members of the Coventry School Building Committee met with Torrado Architects Owner Luis Torrado and Vice President Brian O'Connell to discuss the progress that has been made on the planning and engineering of five school improvement projects that the company was contracted for in March.

"We're doing very well and staying with our schedule," said Torrado.

During the meeting, O'Connell presented to the Committee design development and schematic designs for each of the schools where work will be performed. Among them was an asbestos abatement plan correlating with state health department requirements which illustrated asbestos-ridden areas of the schools, including various roof and floor tile locations at Western Coventry, floor tiles and area surrounding the air-conditioning chiller at Coventry High School, as well as outdated tiles and boiler room fittings at Hopkins Hill, among several other locations.

Improvements to parking lots and HVAC/air quality systems were also shown in the plans and supplemented with current photographs of the layout and mechanics of each workspace to illustrate the scope of labor that is required.

"You can seen the exhaustive effort we've gone through to document and understand the existing conditions so we can some up with the best solutions," said O'Connell.

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Posted: May 16, 2013 6:22pm
May 8, 2013


There’s word of a new tax-related scam and officials want to make sure you don’t get duped.

If you get a call claiming to be from the IRS saying you owe more tax money which you need to send immediately or face arrest — don’t fall for it. IRS spokesman David Stewart says ask the caller his name and badge number and hang up.

“Then you what you do is call your local office and you say ‘hey got this person Sam Smith badge number 12-2 and he wants to know information about X. Is there something wrong with my return?’”

He says if there is a problem and the person calling you is legitimate, the local office will know and be able to help, and remember the IRS will never ask you for personal information or bank information over the phone or in an e-mail. Any information they might need would already be on your tax return

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Posted: May 8, 2013 8:21pm


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