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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing - Fifty Thousand Tourists Flock to Boat-Burning Festival in Riau


Jakarta. The Tourism Ministry, Riau provincial administration and Rokan Hilir district administration held the Bakar Tongkang — literally, "boat-burning(http://pertkurt21.blogspot.com/2017/06/galveston-capital-tourism-and-marketing.html)" — Festival in Bagansiapiapi on June 10-11. The festival managed to attract more than fifty thousand visitors, beyond the organizers' expectation.

Local residents and tourists flocked to the city's Ing Hok Kiong temple in the weekend for the boat-burning ceremony, which was first held in the 19th century.

The religious ritual commemorates the arrival of Chinese traders and immigrants in Bagansiapiapi in 1820.

"A total of 52,000 tourists attended the festival, 30,000 locals and 22,000 international visitors… beyond our expectation of 43,000 attendees," Riau tourism agency head Fahmizal Usman said in a statement on Monday (12/06).

"Hotels were fully booked. Many visitors rented homes of local residents for Rp 4 million ($300) for a week’s stay. Many of them had to stay in Dumai or Riau and traveled here for the festival," Fahmizal said.

The festival's peak was a street parade delivering the replica of a Chinese barge, accompanied by beatings of drums, from the city’s oldest shrine to its downtown area.

Before the barge was taken out of the temple, motorized rickshaws carrying House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto, Riau Governor Arsyad Juliandi Rachman, Tourism Ministry’s deputy of tourism development Esthy Reko Astuty and other officials made their way downtown.

The replica barge was burned in the middle of a road called Jalan Perniagaan in the center of town. According to local beliefs, the direction where the barge’s mast falls will determine the fate of the city.

This year the mast fell in the direction of the sea, which symbolized safety, luck and prosperity.

Fahmizal said despite the success of the festival he had asked the central government to improve road conditions to Bagansiapiapi.

"We need better access to the city, especially since the 'Bakar Tongkang Festival' is now a hit with tourists," he said.

Tourism Ministry deputy head Esthy said there are many potential tourist destinations to be developed in the region.

"There are many historical landmarks, local residencies that can be developed [into homestays] and both natural and man-made tourist attractions," she said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the city needs to develop more attractions to draw tourists.

"Everyone should get involved, the government, business players, the media and communities," he said.


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Tokyo MK Taxi: Ansette en Limo for ditt neste arrangement

Limousiner leve til navnet som et symbol på stil, klasse og eleganse. Det har vært lenge regnet som den luksuriøse kjøretøyet rike og berømte mennesker og vanligvis drevet av sjåfører. Noen er eid av rike mennesker, mens mange er eid av regjeringen å transport utenlandske gjest politiker og store selskaper transport CEO og ledere. En limousin har vanligvis en partisjon mellom den kupeen og driveren i sitt eget rom slik at samtaler mellom passasjerer i rommet vil bli holdt privat fra sjåføren.

Men er borte dagene at bare kraftig og velstående har privilegiet av og glede av riding denne førsteklasses kjøretøy. I dag, spredning av limo tjeneste har gjort bilene rimelig og dermed ble det tilgjengelig for et bredere spekter av folk som begynner å oppdage spenningen av utgiftene var overdådige ved å ansette en limousin for en stasjon på byen. Som ikke ville elske ideen om sitter komfortabelt i en limo med privatsjåfør service, rett?

I dag, leide limousiner er multipurpose og kan brukes av vanlige folk til spesielle anledninger som bryllup, reunion, prom, bursdagsselskap, jubileum og bedriftsreiser eller for en tur på natten i byen. Hvis du er i ferd med planlegger en spesiell hendelse og finne deg selv sittende fast på transport aspekt av det, hvorfor ikke leie en limo? Limousiner forbindes med luksus, klasse og stil. Ridning i en limo er en unik opplevelse av luksus og komfort i livet som du ikke bør frata deg av. Det kan være en perfekt formelle kjøretøy for bryllupet så velge en suveren limousin for den beste dagen i ditt liv! Noen limousiner er utformet til å bære store antall mennesker, som er perfekte for skytling din brudepiker og gjester å komme til spillested med stil og stress-fri måte.

Det er mange anerkjente limo service tilbydere tilgjengelig for å imøtekomme alle krav, smak og preferanser. Tokyo MK Taxi har lenge vært servering folk i Japan, Korea og USA tilbyr ikke bare en tur i stil, men en enkel og stress-fri måte å reise og komme frem til bestemmelsesstedet valgt. Videre er det mange ulike fabrikater og modeller av limousiner som kan bli valgt av de leter ritt som ingen andre, eller ultimate taxi rides i luksus, stil og komfort. Med over 212 typer taxi og 58 forskjellige modeller av limousiner, kan vi gi høyre limo service alles behov. Tokyo MK Taxi har Lexus gruppe entusiaster og biler i sine kjøretøy flåte er Lexus 600 hl, Lexus 460, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Hiace og Nissan Fuga Hybrid og mange flere.

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Grab Your Camera. Spring Migration is Happening Now!

Spring is in the air! That means hundreds of migrating birds are heading north across the Gulf from Central and South America and Galveston is one of their first stops.

If you're a bird-watcher or nature photographer, you may already know that the Galveston FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photo Festival is coming up April 6-9. Leading up to the festival, photographers are invited to submit images of wild birds taken in Galveston and surrounding counties. Contest details are here.

The winners each week will be announced on Wednesdays and posted here.

For a little inspiration, the nice folks at Galveston Nature Tourism Council allowed us to assemble this slide show of winners from the 2016 contest.

Be sure to mark your calendar for April 6-9 for the Galveston Birding and Nature Photo Festival and head down to the island. You are sure to learn something and see some really cool birds!

If you want to participate in any of the trips or workshops, be sure to register early. Many of the events sell out well in advance.


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Galveston Financial Capital: Starting Your Business

Questions?

1. What basic skills do I need to run a business?
2. What business should I choose?
3. What do I need to start my business?
4. How long will it take to start a small business?
5. How can I get my business certified as minority or women owned?
6. What insurance should I have?
7. Do I need to obtain a Federal Identification Number?

What basic skills do I need to run a business?

Starting a business can be challenging and previous business experience can be an important success factor. First hand knowledge of business and its four functional areas – management, operations, marketing, finance – and an understanding of the role of technology, contribute to a solid foundation and provide a basis for making informed business decisions.

What business should I choose?

Business experience is a plus, and the right kind of experience gives you an edge. Having worked in the industry you choose for your new business gives you insight and know-how that can be invaluable. Combine your background in the industry with strong management skills and you are on your way to success.

What do I need to start my business?

The Texas Road Map to Starting a Business contains directions to get your business off the ground and help strengthen our state economy along the way. This booklet covers eight essential steps to starting a new business.

How can I get my business certified as minority or women owned?

Federal, state and local government agencies as well as large private sector corporations have different eligibility requirements and application processes for certifying your business. The common denominator is that the business MUST be at lease 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are eligible for certification. Consult your target customer to determine which certification(s) they accept. Then, learn the requirements and rules to determine if you are eligible to apply.

What insurance should I have?

An important aspect of your business is a well-planned insurance program. Types of insurance you should consider are:

• Property Insurance
• Liability Insurance
• Product Liability Insurance
• Automobile Insurance
• Workers' Compensation
• Disability Insurance
• Business Interruption Insurance
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance

Do I need to obtain a Federal Identification Number?

Sole proprietorships without employees can use the proprietor's social security number as a business identification number, providing the proprietor uses his or her own name for the business. Using a different name and/or hiring employees requires obtaining a federal identification number from the Internal Revenue Service (Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number).


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Get Prepared: How to Safeguard your Small Business against Cyberattacks

Every business that uses a computer, email, software and the internet on a daily basis should establish computer security to protect their business on threats from cybercriminals. In most cases, small business are an appealing target for cybercriminals due to their lack of resources in establishing a strong security for their website, accounts and networks systems, thus, making cyberattacks a relatively easy job. Remember, a single successful cyberattack(http://pertkurt21.blogspot.com/2017/02/get-prepared-how-to-safeguard-your.html) can seriously damage your business. Here are some and simple practices you should implement to strengthen the internet security of your small business:

• Create and implement basic security practices and policies for all your employees to abide and educate them on cyberattacks and the impact it may bring to the business. This will ensure that your staff has appropriate awareness training, so that everyone understands their role in keeping the business secure.
• Frequently back up important data. For added security, encrypt it. Store your backup copies either offsite or in the cloud. Computers and electronic devices must be physically locked and secured to prevent unauthorized access.
• You must require a strong unique password on all your computers to make sure that only authorized individuals have access to the data. Consider creating a password expiration policy or implement a multi-factor authentication that requires additional details aside from a password to gain entry from the system.
• Make yourself updated on latest schemes that cybercriminals do to victimize a business. Learning the newest threats on your business will help you in establishing a plan to protect your business even more.
• Make it a habit of shredding documents and receipts that contain sensitive information such as personal and financial details if it is no longer needed.
• One of the basic precautions to protect your company’s data is to make sure that all computers have antivirus and antispyware software installed and up-to-date. Make use of firewalls and spam filters too for added security.
• Consider the services of a trustworthy company that works with small business to do difficult or time-consuming task. Such as utilizing the payroll service of Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP).


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Online Security: Cyber crime How companies are hit by email scams

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Bricon Associates Pte Ltd - Health Insurance


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AXA Health Insurance

Raffles Health Insurance

Health insurance (http://www.bricon.com.sg/individual-health-insurance/) is a true necessity in today’s modern world. If you’re worried about the cost of health insurance then there are a number of schemes designed to help you pay. It’s a lot cheaper than the costs you can accrue when you don’t have health insurance. Our health insurers are Raffles Health Insurance and AXA. With these we offer a broad range of healthcare policies.

Health insurance (http://www.bricon.com.sg/) covers medical costs, dental bills, and covers you in case of accidents and things of that nature. How much your health insurance costs depends on things like pre-existing conditions but, if you have pre-existing conditions, it becomes all the more important for you to pick up health insurance today.

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Pro Axia Consultants Business Consulting Group in Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Japan: The Role of Management Accounting in Decision-making

The role of management accounting in decision-making is crucial. As a business owner, you are expected to face a lot of decisions every day, thus you need to improve your decision-making. You can do this by understanding the great importance of managerial accounting information, which provides data-driven input to those decisions. Businesses could be more successful if small business managers use this powerful tool and learn how management accounting can benefit common business decision contexts.

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Management accounting can pave the way to relevant cost analysis. It entails the managerial accounting information used by the company management to determine what should be sold and how to sell them. One example is when an owner is uncertain on where to put his/her marketing efforts. Relevant cost analysis is a process that involves evaluating this decision through the accounting manager's assessment of the costs which differ between advertising alternatives for each product. This technique is taught in basic managerial accounting courses. Through the same process, adding product lines or discontinuing operations can also be determined.

Management accounting can also conclude activity-based costing techniques. The next step after finding what products to sell is deciding to whom to sell the products by determining which customer are more or less profitable. Such techniques can also help small business management to assess the required activities in producing and servicing a product line.
Make or buy analysis is achievable with management accounting. It allows you as the owner to decide whether to make or buy a component needed to manufacture your products. This analysis should only be considered as a factor in making your decision because there are possible non-financial metrics that were not part of the analysis that could be considered significant.

Management accounting can also bring forth data utilization. Managerial accounting information can help you acquire a data-driven look at how to develop a small business. Information on budgeting, financial statement projections and balance scorecards can help management guide the future of the business. Depending on the smart analysis of the company data, managers can aim for constant improvement.

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Things to do in Singapore in 3 Days - Bacall Associates

Known as the Lion city, the Garden city and the Red dot, Singapore is one of the most popular tourist destinations of South-East Asia. So if you’re thinking of a short holiday not too far from India? Look no further than Singapore – the dynamic city-state, a short flight away from all major cities in India. A heady combination of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western influences, Singapore is truly a cultural melting pot. Delicious food, high street shopping, contemporary arts – find all this and more. Here’s a three day itinerary to experience the best of Singapore.

Day 1

Book a direct flight to Singapore and try and get there early to make the most of your short vacation. Begin your holiday in Singapore’s cultural heart – Chinatown. Dotted with pagodas, mosques and shops, it is a bustling ethnic neighbourhood. You can take a walking tour of Chinatown or if your visit coincides with either the Singapore Heritage Festival or Mid Autumn Festival, you’ll have plenty to do. Shop for some ethnic products and artifacts here. Then, head to Kreta Ayer’s Food Street or to one of the trendy restaurants in Telok Ayer for lunch. Visit Orchard Road, Singapore’s shopping district, for high-end shopping in world-class malls housing multi-national brands. Orchard road gets it’s name from the all the surrounding orchards that existed during the 20th century. After rehabilitation, The Orchard Road is flanked by pedestrian shopping centres, upmarket cafes, coffee chains, nightclubs and hotels. It is also the official site of residence and office of the President of Singapore, The Istana.

Day 2

Head out to explore the city’s Civic District with its imposing buildings housing the City Hall, the Parliament House and Supreme Court. The Padang Cricket Club is also worth a visit. Then, head to see one of Singapore’s most important landmarks – the Merlion statue in Merlion Park. The park was initially designed to act as an emblem of The Singapore Tourism Board. Take your picture with this mythical part lion, part fish creature. The picturesque Marina Bay with its long promenade, the Marina Bay City Gallery and the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay are other must-dos.

Day 3

Visit Asia’s only Hollywood theme park Universal Studios, and lose yourself in the magical world of movies. The state-of-the-art rides take you on a journey through Hollywood favourites including Shrek, Madagascar, Jurassic Park, Revenge of the Mummy, Transformers, Battlestar Galactica and many others. Stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and its Walk of Fame. With loads of restaurants and food courts to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.

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Axia Consultants RFI RFP Accounting-Software Efficiency

Important software efficiency criterion

Below is a list of the top 20 essential criterion for reliability, efficiency and ease of use for business software. If you are about to select new business software such as Accounting, BI, CRM, Payroll o

System reliability - good software should:

1. Be totally reliable and consistently perform the required software functions

2. Provide internal system controls to ensure accuracy, integrity and completeness eg data input and accuracy checks, validation, authorization

3. Maintain full records eg to:

• trace any transaction item
• provide a full audit trail
• provide a full record of all balances and transactions

4. Support manual control procedures eg control reports

5. Provide system security via multiple, configurable passwords / levels of security

6. Provide backup and restore facilities for programs and data

7. Support your organization, by running over your (chosen) network, database and hardware platform(s)

Operational efficiency - good software should:

8. Provide configurable automation of system and business workflow processes

9. Require data to be entered only once, with no re-keying

10. Have configurable parameter / table facilities

11. Provide easily configurable data import programs

12. Operate quickly and efficiently, with acceptable system performance

13. Enable real time and / or batch processing

14. Support the number of concurrent system users you require, at peak processing / enquiry times, with no degradation of system performance

15. Support your chosen operational set up eg whether using SaaS, running a Shared Service Centre, single or multiple sites

16. Have a vendor warranty as to the software specification and performance

17. Run on industry standard hardware

18. Run with hardware independent operating system

Ease of use - good software should be:

19. Easy to learn, with:

• standard system commands
• colour coding
• on-screen help facilities
• clearly written user / system documentation

20. Easy to use, with:

• full access to all system functions, subject to individual user security profile(s)
• straight forward system navigation
• short cut keys, pull down menus, scroll backwards and forwards
• tailorable menus, screens, reports
• multi-tasking ie multiple applications / windows open at a time
• on-screen prompts and messages that are clear and helpful eg requesting input, identifying input validation errors or processing errors

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