Bali’s new Starbucks flagship store has its own coffee farm and valet parking

Bali’s new Starbucks flagship store has its own coffee farm and valet parking

The Starbucks Reserve Dewata in the Indonesian island of Bali is the only branch in the world to have its own coffee farm inside Starbucks. The store pays homage to Indonesia’s coffee heritage and farmers in the region. The location will eventually be home to an additional restaurant and conference center. From valet parking to a concierge desk — where customers are escorted to the main door — this new Starbucks Reserve on the island of Bali, Indonesia feels more like a luxury hotel rather than a coffee shop. Officially known as the Starbucks Dewata Coffee Sanctuary, it is the largest Starbucks in Southeast Asia and brings the Starbucks Reserve experience to a new level. A Starbucks Reserve is a higher-end version of its traditional coffee stores. Interactive coffee journeys Newly opened in January, the store aims to immerse its guests in a journey of discovering coffee while paying homage to one of the company's biggest growing coffee regions, Sumatra. "We wanted to make sure...
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Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak Lawat Projek Pembangunan Di Limbang

Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak Lawat Projek Pembangunan Di Limbang

LIMBANG: Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak (Transformasi Sosio-Ekonomi) YBhg Datu Hj Mohamad Abu Bakar bin Marzuki telah mengadakan lawatan ke Bahagian Limbang bagi mendengar pembangunan dan melihat sendiri projek-projek pembangunan yang sedang dilaksanakan di sini, pagi tadi. Lawatan dimulakan dengan Mesyuarat Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan Projek Rakyat Ketua Menteri Sarawak di Bahagian Limbang. Pada mesyuarat itu, setiap agensi pelaksana telah membentangkan perkembangan terkini Projek-Projek Rakyat Ketua Menteri Sarawak di Bahagian Limbang dan isu-isu pelaksanaan projek di lapangan serta cadangan penyelesaian isu-isu tersebut. Antara kementerian, jabatan dan agensi Kerajaan Sarawak yang membentangkan laporan projek ialah Kementerian Permodenan Pertanian, Tanah Adat dan Pembangunan Wilayah Sarawak diwakili oleh Jabatan Pertanian Bahagian Limbang, Kementerian Pembangunan Infrastruktur dan Pengangkutan Sarawak, Perbadanan Pembangunan Perumahan Sarawak (HDC), Jabatan Kerja Raya Bahagian Limbang, Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Bahagian Limbang, Jabatan Tanah & Survei Bahagian Limbang dan Jabatan Bekalan Air Luar Bandar (JBALB) Bahagian Limbang.Turut membentang Majlis Daerah Limbang, Majlis Daerah Lawas, Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA).Selepas itu, Datu Hj Mohamad Abu Bakar telah...
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MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

MAHB’s retail revolution more than just business

SEPANG: The word “lifestyle” may seem out of place at an airport, but it is exactly what Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) aims to inject into its five international airports in five years. The country’s main airport operator is looking to revamp the commercial space at international airports in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. In an interview with FMT, Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, who is spearheading the commercial reset, said the exercise is about raising the standards of airport retail and realising the full potential of commercial space. “Look at other airports in the region like Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. Their average sales per pax (SPP) is at least two to three times more than KLIA’s,” he said. Nazli, who is also MAHB’s senior general manager, cited South Korea’s Incheon Airport as a good example of commercial services. While commercial space at Incheon is only 43,500 square metres against KLIA’s 51,000, its SPP is US$33.83 versus KLIA’s US$9.50. Nazli attributed this...
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MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs

MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs

KUALA NERUS, Feb 17 (Bernama) – The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) aims to produce 50,000 small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in order to increase their contribution significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, says its minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof. He said SMEs currently contributed 37 per cent to the GDP and the target was increase that to 47 per cent by 2020. He said in order to achieve the target, the ministry has implemented various initiatives including the “Reach Out & Adopt Programme with MED”, pocket talk sessions with SMEs, Cluster Based Enhancement Programme and Bumiputera Youth Entrepreneurship Programme to foster interest and guide those who are really keen. [Source: "MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs" published by BERNAMA] Photo Credits: BERANAMA...
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Ekonomi Sarawak diunjur berkembang 5% tahun ini

Ekonomi Sarawak diunjur berkembang 5% tahun ini

RAI BERSAMA: Awang Tengah (lima kiri) dan tetamu lain pada makan malam Tahun Baharu Cina pada malam Sabtu. LIMBANG: Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan berkata, ekonomi Sarawak diunjur akan berkembang kukuh pada kadar lima peratus pada tahun ini berbanding pertumbuhan ekonomi negara keseluruhannya. Beliau menambah, prestasi tersebut disokong pertumbuhan pelaburan swasta selari dengan kerancakan aktiviti ekonomi domestik dan global. Katanya Sarawak juga mengumumkan lebih RM11 bilion bagi belanjawan negeri tahun ini iaitu yang tertinggi dalam sejarahnya. "Dengan prestasi ini kita menjangkakan Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) Sarawak lebih tinggi berbanding kadar 4.7 peratus pertumbuhan ekonomi keseluruhan negara," katanya. Awang Tengah berkata demikian pada Majlis Makan Malam Tahun Baharu Cina anjuran Persatuan Hockien Limbang di Dewan Suarah Limbang malam Sabtu lalu. Turut hadir isterinya Datuk Dayang Morliah Datuk Awang Daud, Menteri Muda Pertanian Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Ahli Parlimen Limbang Hasbi Habibollah dan ADUN Batu Danau Paulus Palu Gumbang. Hadir sama Residen Bahagian Limbang Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi, Pegawai Daerah Limbang Superi Awang Said,...
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How Funding Societies survived when it only had cash good for 1 month

How Funding Societies survived when it only had cash good for 1 month

This is 14 Questions, where we ask founders in the Asian tech scene to share their memorable moments, lessons learned, and advice for other founders. Name: Kelvin Teo Current position: Co-founder and CEO of Funding Societies/Modalku Describe what you do: As co-founder and CEO, I do whatever it takes – legally and ethically right – to make the company successful. According to feedback, I’m “well-loved and well-laughed” by the team. Kelvin Teo, co-founder and CEO of Funding Societies What was the most memorable moment you had while building your company? Building a startup while studying abroad was unheard of. But I was inspired by an ex-colleague who we thought did just that. Later on, we found out that he actually had a co-founder on ground. Thankfully, we didn’t know earlier so it kept us from disbelief. We won’t forget meeting the early team for the first time after four months of searching. I also fondly remember the leadership team playing basketball at 1:00 am. After hours of...
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Tokopedia raises $1.1b from SoftBank, Alibaba to evolve into infrastructure-as-a-service

Tokopedia raises $1.1b from SoftBank, Alibaba to evolve into infrastructure-as-a-service

Tokopedia has secured US$1.1 billion in its latest funding round, the company announced today. The deal turns the Indonesian ecommerce unicorn into the most valuable startup in the country, valued at about US$7 billion. The funding is led by SoftBank Vision Fund and existing investor Alibaba Group, with participation from SoftBank Ventures Korea and others. Tokopedia also raised the same amount of funding last year in an Alibaba-led round. According to co-founder and CEO William Tanuwijaya, Tokopedia is evolving its ecosystem to infrastructure-as-a-service, providing logistics, fulfillment, payments, and financial services technologies to empower online and offline commerce. “This will broaden Tokopedia’s scale and reach while improving operational efficiencies for the millions of businesses and partners in our ecosystem and further our mission to democratize commerce through technology in Indonesia,” he said. Regional expansion, however, is not part of the plan. “We will go deeper and serve Indonesians better – from the moment they wake up in the morning until they fall asleep at night; from...
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Malaysia and Indonesia rush to slice up $3tn global halal market

Malaysia and Indonesia rush to slice up $3tn global halal market

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA -- Japan may have a minuscule Muslim population, but the country still represents the way forward for Malaysia's Faisal Ahmad Fadzil and his line of halal-certified bath products and massage oils. "If you're successful in Japan," Faisal said, "you can go anywhere." Malaysian exporters of Shariah-compliant products aim to go anywhere and everywhere, capitalizing on a global Islamic economy projected to be worth over $3 trillion by 2023. But with such an enormous opportunity comes formidable competition. Indonesia, home of the world's largest Muslim population, is looking to mount a serious challenge. The Arabic term "halal," which means "permissible," covers everything that conforms to Islamic law as written in the Quran. The best-known rules prohibit pork and alcohol, but the scripture can be applied to all sorts of products and services. Despite efforts to create a universal standard, for now various countries use their own certification methods. As things stand, Malaysia has the edge over its Southeast Asian neighbor in the halal business....
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Tax on natural resources reflects true value of what Sarawak owns, economist points out

Tax on natural resources reflects true value of what Sarawak owns, economist points out

Associate Professor Dr Fatimah Karii KUCHING: The Sarawak government has been praised for introducing its own sales tax for petroleum products. Stressing that economic growth is about strategy and bold decision, Associate Professor Dr Fatimah Kari of Universiti Malaya (UM) said Sarawak is actually deprived of the profits of the true value of its resources despite being at the top of the country’s social prosperity indicator by virtue of its position as an oil and gas producer. Despite having resources such as oil and gas, “the sharing of wealth that benefits the producer state was minimal,” she pointed out. She was asked to comment on the impact of Sarawak-produced oil and gas on the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), pointing out it is taken away by Putrajaya which creates an “outwardly rich but inwardly poor impression of the state.” “The Sarawak government has announced an expansionary 2019 budget of about RM9.07 billion and this is a good move. “Introducing the sales tax on items such as O&G...
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Drone Opior Asal Indonesia Juarai Startup Borneo 2018 di Malaysia

Drone Opior Asal Indonesia Juarai Startup Borneo 2018 di Malaysia

Inionline.Id – Drone Opior berhasil menjadi yang terbaik pada ajang Startup Borneo 2018 yang diselenggarakan di Malaysia. Drone tersebut merupakan drone besutan dari tim Borneo Skycam. Tim Borneo Skycam berhasil mengalahkan kontestan lain dar berbagai negara asia tenggara. Borneo Skycam merupakan satu diantara tiga peserta yang mewakili Indonesia di ajang tersebut. “Borneo Skycam merupakan satu di antara perwakilan dari tiga wakil yang mengikuti startup pitch di Malaysia. Alhamdulillah dan bangga kita berhasil mendapat juara pertama,” ujar Ketua Tim Proyek Opior , Borneo Skycam , Hanjon Mahmudi. “Opior merupakan pesawat tanpa awak bertenaga surya hasil riset Borneo Skycam yang mampu terbang selama 10 sampai 16 jam non-stop. Pesawat ini nantinya dapat digunakan untuk pemetaan, survei medan yang sulit, satelit lokal, bahkan mata-mata” tambahnya. Drone Opior pertama kali dirilis pada Maret 2018 lalu dan menjadi pesawat tanpa awak pertama di Indonesia yang menggunakan tenaga surya. Perlombaan pada Startup Borneo 2018 ini dimulai pada awal Maret lalu dan final pitchdiselenggarakan pada Oktober 2018 dengan peserta adalah startup yang...
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