Archives June 2019

What to Consider When Opening a Bakery

Opening your own bakery is exciting. It’s a chance to start something new and do something you love. The job isn’t easy, and it takes a great deal of preparation and thought. Take the time to research and gather information. Because, while you may be a master at cupcakes, the business end is just as important. Consider the following points as you start your own place.

A Business Plan

Before your dream can become a reality, you’ll need to lay it out for others. Make sure you develop a clear concept. What desserts will you serve? Can people dine in or just take out? Is the bakery a quiet sanctuary, or is it a hip coffee bar as well? Sit down. Sketch out your ideas. Then, meet with a business planner. Design a menu, select a name and decide atmosphere. This is important in ensuring you know the financial (and not just delectable side) of the menu.

Funding

Using your research, seek out loans. It takes a lot of money to start a business. You may wish to find investors as well. Just be aware that partners might want to help make decisions. The perk is they give you money. The downside is you are not autonomous. Along with funding, secure insurance. You’ll want insurance for property damage as well as unexpected events with customers or employees. Liability insurance Glendale az offers protection. Should someone get hurt on the premises (something you just can’t predict or always avoid), this policy might prevent a major financial catastrophe.

Find a Location

Take time before you pick the right spot. Make sure it’s a good area for foot or car traffic, especially during eating times. A slice of chocolate cake might sound pretty good on the way home from work. A cup of coffee is easy to grab in the morning. Convenience is key. More people may stop if it’s easy to run in and out.

The best jobs are the ones you love. Nibble on a cookie, and crunch those numbers. Enjoy the beginning of something special.…


First Chinese Aircraft Carrier Makes Waves

Is It The First Step On Another Long March?

The People’s Republic of China’s new carrier was bought from the Ukraine for $20m in an auction. She started life as a Soviet ‘aircraft carrying heavy cruiser’, with building starting in the mid 1980s. As the USSR collapsed, and by the time she was auctioned off, she had been eviscerated, and carried the name ‘Varyag’. Over the subsequent ten or so years, China refitted her in the Dalian Shipyard.

August 2011 saw her first open-sea trials, carrying the name ‘Shi Lang’ (East Wind).

A few commentators doubted that China would finish the project, but those who can begin to understand the Chinese mentality know that they seek to surpass the US economically and militarily, and have been driving hard to build their strengths in all these arenas.

The strategy of the PLA Navy has altered from that of an insignificant coastal defence force to that of a superpower with global oceanic reach. Projection of power with a worldwide reach mandates aircraft carriers. Carriers are very visible, and offer a strong image of naval and airborne strength.

Fast jet carriers need a quantum leap in sophistication and systems integration than do Harrier carriers. Hence the doubts over China’s plans.

The Chinese commitment to joining the fast-jet carrier nations requires massive commitment – the US has been building carriers for eighty years, and the industrial capability to build large platforms takes a long time to establish. The Chinese are leap-frogging – with a basic carrier shell they can learn the fitting-out stage and improve it, just as they have done with so many industries – trucks, trains, planes, consumer electronics. Ships hulls are not difficult to build (if not nuclear powered), and they did buy a set of plans with the Varyag.

Military China-watchers have known for some time that China was serious about this investment. There have been plenty of jokes about the Concrete Carrier they constructed in the Oriental Park in Shanghai, but the fact is that building a carrier is one thing, operating one efficiently 24 x 7 in all weathers when under attack is quite another. The pilots, aircrew and flight operations controllers have to be trained. Schools and lecturers are needed. But first you have to build the schools. A whole logistics infrastructure has to be created. It really is a huge task, and China is not flinching.

China is clearly in the game, though it will be several years before an effective carrier group can be operational and a credible threat. China plays a long game, with strategic planning which may look a century into the future.

The Taiwan Connection

Shi-Lang was Commander-in-Chief of the Manchu fleet in the 17th century during the Ming-Qing dynasty and conquered Taiwan. Will the first aircraft carrier’s name prove to be prophetic?

It is clear that naval tensions in the Far East are intensifying, and with the ongoing dispute with Taiwan over the Spratley Islands,, further announcements are expected. 747 aircraft