Astra Print Profit of Rp 4.3 trillion, Thinning 7%

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PT Astra International Tbk (ASII) recorded a profit of Rp 4.3 trillion at the end of March 2013. Thinning profit 7% of the acquisition of the same period of the previous year of Rp 4.6 trillion.

The fall in profit was in line with the Astra stagnanya Astra turnover alias net income in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to Rp 46.7 trillion, edged up 1% compared to the same period in 2012 of Rp 46.4 trillion.

“Indonesia’s economic outlook remains positive, although in the short term gains Astra will be affected by rising labor costs, weakening commodity prices, competition in the automotive industry and the impact of regulations on the minimum down payment auto financing sharia,” said President Director of Astra International Prijono Sugiarto in press release, Wednesday (24/04/2013).

Astra Group activities focus on six core business lines, namely Automotive Division, Financial Services, Heavy Equipment and Mining, Agribusiness, Infrastructure and Logistics, and Information Technology with the following details.

Automotive Division’s net profit fell by 10% to Rp 2.2 trillion, consisting of Rp 1 trillion from the Company and its subsidiaries, as well as the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities in the automotive field of Rp 1.2 trillion.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, demand for motor vehicles remains high, mainly supported by rising incomes and borrowing rates are affordable. However, increased competition due to increased domestic production capacity and rising labor costs have led to a reduction of the net profit contribution of automotive segments. This condition is expected to continue in the second quarter.

Regulatory minimum down payment on auto financing imposed sharia financing for companies since January 1, 2013 and applies in the bank on 1 April 2013, had little impact on the performance of the first quarter. The new regulation is expected to have an impact on the motorbike sales in the first half.

Total national car sales increased 18% to 296,000 units. Astra’s car sales (Toyota, Daihatsu, Isuzu, UD Trucks and Peugeot) increased 7% to 155,000 units, with a market share of 52%. In the first quarter Astra launched three new models and five facelift models.

Astra Daihatsu Motor has completed construction of a new factory in Karawang with a total production capacity of 120,000 units per year, so overall production capacity to reach 460,000 units per year.

While the national motorcycle sales rose 2% to 2 million units. Honda motorcycle sales output of PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) rose 14% to 1.2 million units, with an increase in market share from 55% to 62%.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, PT Astra Honda Motor launched two new models and four models facelift. PT Astra Honda Motor has increased the production capacity for sport type motorcycle from 900 units to 1,300 units per day.

PT Astra Otoparts Tbk (AOP), component manufacturing company in which 95.7% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 267 billion, an increase of 2%, where 71% is the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities. 11% increase in revenues eroded by rising labor costs.

Division of Financial Services net profit rose 23% to Rp 1 trillion. Total financing through Astra automotive finance business consisting of Federal International Finance (FIF), Astra Credit Companies (ACC), and Toyota Astra Financial Services (TAFS) grew 6% to Rp 13.2 trillion, including joint financing through bank financing without recourse .

Total weight of equipment financing through PT Surya Artha Nusantara Finance and PT Komatsu Astra Finance fell 40% to Rp 1.3 trillion. PT Bank Permata Tbk is 44.6% owned by the Company, posted a net profit of Rp 356 billion, an increase of 7%. Net interest income increased driven by higher loan growth by 36%, despite the increase in operating costs.

PT Asuransi Astra Buana (AAB) subsidiaries engaged in insurance business had a net profit due to higher growth in gross premium income in excess payment of reinsurance and claims costs are high.

Net income and Mining Equipment division fell 26% to Rp 0.7 trillion. PT United Tractors Tbk (UT), which is 59.5% owned by the Company, reported a 26% drop in net income to Rp 1.1 trillion, while net income decreased by 17%.

Business segment net revenue of construction machinery fell 42%, due to lower sales of Komatsu heavy equipment by 42% to 1,272 units. This happens due to decreased demand from the mining sector, especially for large units. Although when compared with the final quarter of 2012, unit sales increased by 70%.

Pamapersada PT Nusantara (PAMA), a subsidiary of UT in the field of coal mining contractor posted a net income increase of 19%, in line with the increase in coal production by 12% to 24 million tons and increase soil removal work (overburden removal) by 3% to 199 million bcm. Good performance was driven by increased mining capacity and good weather conditions.

UT subsidiaries in mining reported net income decreased by 36%, which is caused by the decrease in coal sales by 23% to 1.2 million tons. Decline in coal prices and rising fuel prices have a negative impact on gross profit margin.
Agribusiness Division’s net profit decreased by 6% to Rp 0.3 trillion. PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk (AALI), which is 79.7% owned by the Company, reported net income of Rp 356 billion.

Palm oil production increased 22% to 352,000 tonnes, which resulted in increased revenue by 6% to Rp 2.7 trillion, although compared to the first quarter of 2012 the average CPO price decreased 16% to Rp 6.464/kg. Overall net income decreased, due to the high cost of production and operational costs.

Net income Infrastructure and Logistics Division declined by 19% to Rp 124 billion. PT Marga Mandala Sakti (MMS), which operates the toll road operator pathway Tangerang – Merak along 72.5 km, which is 79.3% owned by the Company, noted an increase in the volume of vehicle traffic by 10% to 10 million vehicles.

PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (PALYJA), a leading provider of clean water in the area west of Jakarta, reported a decline in water sales volume by 3% to 37 million m3. PT Serasi Autoraya (SERA), recorded an increase in revenue, mainly supported by the increasing number of vehicles on lease contracts TRAC vehicle rental business by 6% by the number of vehicles of more than 31,000 units. The high cost of depreciation and operating costs lead to lower net income compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Net income and Information Technology Division of Rp 20 billion, down 22% compared to the first quarter of 2012. PT Astra Graphia Tbk (AG), a company engaged in the field of information technology and the sole agent of Fuji Xerox in Indonesia, which is 76.9% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 26 billion.

Animation and digital media

The applications of animation are growing by leaps and bounds. Animation has steadily conquered the digital media as well; many websites and advertisements are made in animation. Flash is a popular tool, which is used for creation of animation in digital media.

The online industry is growing at a breakneck speed and the requirement for web developers and animation artists is increasing. The best places to find new web developers and animation artists are the growing animation colleges in India. Digital media is on an expansion spree and the new animation artists find ready takers as soon as they pass out of the animation colleges.

Animation creation in digital media is referred as rich media advertisements. Digital media animation creations are eye popping and initiate enhanced user interface. Rich media advertisements or animation based websites have done a whole deal of good to the economy. It has given a boost to internet marketing. Google the industry leader in search engine and internet marketing has made optimum utilization of rich media advertisements in redefining internet marketing.

Internet marketing knowledge holders are aware about AdSense in Google AdWords. Publisher websites and content network websites are part of AdSense. Publisher websites are privately owned and managed popular websites that offer space for display of banner advertisements. The banner advertisements can be static as well as dynamic. Animation has redefined the concept of banner advertisements. Today they are much more than a static graphic with text. Motion is infused into animation and they are highly appealing.

Websites created on flash are equally appealing. The icing on the cake about becoming an animation artist specializing in digital media is that, he or she gets to learn about programming, coding and different types of languages like HTML, Java script and PHP.

Animation colleges in India are giving priority on teaching their students about different web development languages. Animation artists with knowledge of coding and programming will get more job opportunities compared to a general animation artist. He or she can work in design studios, production houses, web development and internet marketing companies.

All big corporate houses are taking a note of the wonders of rich media advertisements and are investing time, effort and resources in incorporating it as part of their marketing initiatives. Recent examples to elucidate the aforementioned statement are The Godredj Jiyo marketing initiative and the Indian Premier League promotional campaigns. Indian Premier League had signed with Youtube during the 2010 edition of the cricket competition, for telecasting it in internet. Many rich media advertisements were created in order to draw viewers to Youtube and the entire initiative was a big hit.

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Hyde Park Estate is located at Mullanpur in Chandigarh, and offers a wide range of residential plots, where a select few shall own their dream homes. If you wish to book a residential plot at Hyde Park Estate Mullanpur, Chandigarh we at Unicon Property can help you with our exclusive zero brokerage services. Just give us a call at 09999561111.

DLF Hyde Park Estate is conveniently located at Mullanpur, a rapidly developing destination for residential properties in Chandigarh. The site is situated at one of the most preferential locations for Residential Property in Chandigarh, and offers easy connectivity to all points of interest in and around Chandigarh. The project also offers some of the most pampering comforts and conveniences that real estate properties in Chandigarh have ever seen. Some of the main highlights of Hyde Park Estate include club house, security personnel, park / play area, recreational facilities, visitor parking, vaastu compliant, reserved parking and water storage. All these amazing amenities shall be exclusively availed by those who book a flat at DLF Hyde Park Estate, Mullanpur, Chandigarh.

Hyde Park Estate has been developed by the DLF Group, which has over 6 decades of experience in the development of real estate property in India. With well over 60 years of experience in developing real estate property in India, covering infrastructure, commercial, retail as well as residential property, DLF is undoubtedly one of the most successful real estate developers in India. Prior to DLF Hyde Park Estate, DLF has also launched several successful residential properties for sale in Delhi (NCR), and Hyde Park Estate is yet another feather in the cap of DLF India.

The LG KM900 Arena Pink is the ultimate fashion accessory

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The LG KM900 Arena Pink is a phone which exudes class. Its distinctive looks and stylish demeanour have endeared this phone to many people. It’s packed full of functionality and is winning favour with many for its simple and unassuming means of use. The phone provides the whole gamut of features and ensures that whoever owns this phone will not feel left out.

The display screen is an impressive TFT capacitive touch screen which accurately displays 16 million colours to provide vivid and life like images when viewed on this screen. The screen also provides the means, by utilising the incorporated S-class touch user interface, to access a multitude of the phones functions. The multi touch input method employed by this phone enables multiple access and speeds up the whole process of accessing features. Several sensors are available including an accelerometer for auto rotating images to their correct aspect as well as a proximity sensor to ensure longevity of the battery by switching the unit off when not in use for long periods.

The 5 mega pixel camera which has a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels is an innovative addition. Taking into account the camera makes use of Scnieder-Kreuznach optics, this camera takes images of outstanding quality and clarity. The phone also provides auto focus and an LED Flash, as well as Geo tagging and image stabilisation, which are all the tools required to ensure a quality picture is taken and a means of referencing the image to its location. Video is also available and offers impressive VGA quality at 30 frames per second with QVGA time lapse and slo-mo recording as standard.

The LG KM900 Arena Pink provides ample means of listening to music by providing an MP3 player and FM stereo radio as well an internal memory of 8 GB, which ensures hours of media capabilities. The MP3 player plays all major audio formats including MP3, AAC and WMA. The radio provides local and national stations for news and weather updates or an alternative musical source. GPS with A-GPS support provides navigational support and includes the popular Google maps.

The LG Arena Pink provides a plethora of functionality encased in a distinctive pink casing. Its aim is to provide a phone which encompasses all required features but with a dash of style. It achieves this and more and its popularity is sure to increase as word gets around.

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Everyday Is a Health and Fitness Resolution

Keeping physically fit requires resolve! Nothing is more important than deciding to follow a fitness plan. Around the holidays so many of us make a New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy, but I’m here to tell you that everyday is the time for a health and fitness resolution! Though we often blame outward circumstances for our poor health (e.g. office treats, fast food, “the holidays,”) in reality, the true barrier to preventing us from reaching our fitness goals is our own procrastination.

How often have we told ourselves, “Someday I’ll fit into that dress,” or “I’ll get back to my college weight eventually”? Time and time again we delay our health a fitness resolutions until a future date. It is time to stop this incessant procrastination because all we end up doing is having a perpetual desire… endless wanting. Make the resolution to turn these dreams into a reality. The time for delay has come to an end. As Shakespeare says, “Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.”

The secret to living a healthy life is rooted in the realization that tomorrow never comes! Our tomorrow is nothing but the consequences of decisions that we make today. When we think about it, it becomes obvious that today is all that we have. The past no longer exists. The future has yet to come. The present is all that exists! The person you want to be in the future, therefore, will only come into existence when the person that you actually are resolves to do something… NOW. Again, everyday is a health and fitness resolution!

To reach your long-term fitness goals requires a commitment. There are no short cuts! What this will entail is different for each person. The best way to maximize your time and efforts is to work with a personal trainer. He or she will help determine which exercises and diet is best for your physical make up and life situation. It is much easier to reach your fitness goals when you have an everyday plan directing you how to get there.

Despite the numerous gimmicks, fad diets and fancy exercise plans, reaching your optimal health and fitness goals is really quite simple. It requires two ingredients; 1) an exercise plan that fits your body type and goals, 2) your determination and resolution to follow this plan, each and everyday! I’m not saying you have to train every day, it’s the mentality that you want to be on top of. Armed with this two-pronged attack, physical fitness will lose its mysterious and elusive quality. Exercise and diet plans are out there. Finding a program that works for you is very possible. The real question that you must ask yourself is this; “Do I have the resolution and determination to work towards my goals each and every day?” Do I sincerely desire everyday to be a health and fitness resolution?

The great secret to happiness in life is the realization that today is all that we have. The seeds of the future you are present in the little decisions that you make today. Each and everyday is an opportunity and invitation for you to become the new and improved you. You want to be healthier? You want to increase your level of fitness? Then make the resolution today, and everyday, to do what is required! Make everyday a health and fitness resolution.

The Top 10 Model Train Shops In Alabama, Florida, And Georgia

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For the past year I have been compiling a list of model train stores for my model railroading website. These shops all look like a lot of fun to visit, but what are the most popular? Here is a list for the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

The most popular model railroading shops (based on online chatter) in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia are:

10. Trains by Johnson in Pensacola, Florida

9. Warrick Custom Hobbies in Plantation, Florida

8. Blairsville Hobby Shop in Blairsville, Georgia

7. Southerland Station in Huntsville, Alabama

6. Electric Train Outlet in Saint Louis, Alabama

5. Trains and Treasures in Clearwater, Florida

4. H and R Trains in Pinellas Park, Florida

3. Bull Street Station in Savannah, Georgia

2. Legacy Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia

…and the most popular shop for model trains in Alabama, Florida, or Georgia is…

1. Kennesaw Trains in Kennesaw, Georgia

Hobby shops not quite making my top 10 were Model City Models in Jacksonville, Alabama; Pyramid Hobbies in Cullman, Alabama; KB Hobbies Model Trains in Stuart, Florida; Hollash’s Trains in Riverview, Florida; B&B Sales Hobby Shop in Snellville, Georgia; and Young Again Trains and Hobbies in Stockbridge, Georgia.

So, there are clearly many great model railroading shops all over Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, with both Georgia and Florida having four in the top ten and Alabama having two. Georgia did especially well to have all three of the top three.

When in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia be sure to visit some of the excellent railroading museums including Foley Railroad Museum in Foley, Alabama; Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, Alabama; North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville, Alabama; Central Florida Railroad Museum in Winter Garden, Florida; Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida; Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida; North Florida Railway Museum in Green Cove Springs, Florida; South Florida Railroad Museum in Deerfield Beach, Florida; West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton, Florida; Charlemagne’s Kingdom in Helen, Georgia; Roundhouse Railroad Museum in Savannah, Georgia; and Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia.

I compiled this list by searching for the hobby shops listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online. I further screened this list to include only pages that mentioned model railroading.

Physical Fitness Training Career

Today, the awareness about physical fitness is quite common and widespread among common public. Generally, people are genuinely concerned about their fitness levels. Previously gymnasiums were mainly intended for athletic people who wanted to develop a masculine physique. Most of these gymnasiums have metamorphosed into health clubs where one can find people from all walks of life: from students to retired professionals. This heightened interest in fitness has opened up one more avenue in the ever-increasing job market. Fitness trainers are in great demand now.

At present, fitness trainers are required in health clubs, star hotels, tourist resorts, and in luxury cruise lines. Rich and famous people like sports persons and film stars hire personal fitness trainers. But that is usually reserved for well-known and experienced trainers. Most people tend to start their own health club or fitness center after getting some experience in any of the above-mentioned institutions. Another attractive proposition is running a fitness consultancy. A fitness consultant provides training to individuals for maintaining a certain level of fitness. The services of fitness consultants are hired by large private companies and charity organizations working in the field of public health.

Getting an entry into a physical fitness-training job is now not that easy as it once was. Previously what one needed to have was a good physique and a good knowledge of gymnasium procedures. At that time, people who were interested and proficient in bodybuilding naturally graduated to the level of physical trainers. But today, as people became more aware about health and fitness, they began to demand more from a trainer. Ideally, a fitness trainer should have a certificate from a well-known institution, he or she should have good inter-personal communication skills, and above all he or she should have excellent knowledge about fitness regime and medical aspects.

There are universities that provide certificate courses in physical fitness training. Some universities even conduct distance education courses. An ideal platform for launching a career into this field is a certificate from a good institution. One can find several institution that offer courses on fitness training through a simple search on the internet. Normally, these courses will cover fitness and health concepts, importance of nutrition, specific exercises such as yoga or meditation for relieving stress, specific fitness programs to prevent or heal common diseases, exercises for weight control, and procedures for gymnasium workout.

But the most important factor for succeeding as a physical fitness trainer is the aptitude for the job. The job aspirant should be genuinely interested in fitness activities and must be comfortable in handling both people and gymnasium equipment. One must also have an abundance of patience, as some people, especially senior citizens, take time to learn exercises and certain workouts properly.

Bass Fishing Strategies For Sport And Fun

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To just let go and relax while you dream away the hours fishing is the absolute best time. I love the idea. Bass fishing reigns supreme in my book and I just can’t get enough of the most fabulous sport in the world, fishing.

There’s not much you can do to dispute the fact that bass fishing can be a stress buster as well as a lot of fun. There is a certain routine involved in bass fishing; stay alert and stay relaxed while waiting for the fish to make up their minds.

What a sport is bass fishing; there are a lot of ins and outs connected to it when people first start fishing, they either think it’s the neatest thing since sliced bread, or they just can’t tolerate it at all. You just love it or you hate it.

Bass fishing is very involved with lots of different sides to it which may not be evident in the beginning. When you battle wits with a largemouth bass fighting like a demon on your line, you cannot describe the fantastic feeling that wells up inside you.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way; you will want to put some thought into what segment of bass fishing that you would like to be involved with: fishing for largemouth, smallmouth, or striped bass. No one is forcing you to decide on which kind of bass you do like, but most folks have a species of bass that they like to catch.

After you learn the different species of bass that are out there to be fished for, then you find out just how many different ways there are to fish for the bass; like surf fishing, fly fishing, or fishing from a boat.

If you take bass fishing seriously, you will probably want to be fishing from a boat rather than any other way, because most anglers do. Joining a bass fishing party group of people would be a good way to get your feet wet with bass fishing from a boat, and this way you can try out the preferred method of bass fishing for most folks and see how you fit in.

Lose your inhibitions about bass fishing when you are a newbie at it, but getting in with a bass fishing party crowd and let them teach you the ins and outs of the sport. Joining a bass fishing party is a smart move to learn about the sport.

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New Regulatory Body Set To Transform Britains Wine Investment Industry

NFIB and WIA to Provide Better Protection for Wine Investors

Millions of Britons enjoy drinking it and many now see it as a long-term investment. Unfortunately, fine wine has also become a focus for fraudsters who trick investors into buying wines or vineyards that bear little resemblance to what they see in the prospectus, or may not even exist. The increasing number of such rorts in Britain has led to calls for action to be taken to protect investors and to increase consumer confidence in fine wines. In the upshot, the UKs National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is joining forces with the newly-formed Wine Investment Association (WIA) to tackle the problem.

On 14 February 2013, the NFIB and the WIA jointly announced the launch of the new self-regulatory body which will aim to transform the growing wine investment industry by providing better protection for investors in the UK. The WIA has been formed by leading figures from the fine wine investment industry and seeks to support the sector’s growth through voluntary regulation, establishing best practices and setting up processes to identify fraudulent activity.

Director of the NFIB, Det. Supt. Dave Clark, said: “Fraudsters will always follow the money, wine investment is just the latest in a long line of investment opportunities that are being exploited and corrupted to the detriment of the industry as a whole. He added that the NFIB sees the creation of an auditable framework of self-regulation as a step towards maintaining and increasing consumer confidence, while also identifying investment companies which do not operate in accordance with the required high standards.

New Code to Tackle Wine Investment Frauds

Following an extensive consultation period, the WIA has set out the standards and procedures with which its members must comply to remain in good standing. Under the new code of conduct to be drawn up, wine investment firms will undergo stringent audits by accountancy firm Mazars. These will include checks on systems such as stock rotation and to make sure that purchase orders and invoices tally. The director of the WIA, Peter Shakeshaft, revealed that companies which successfully complete the independent audit process commissioned by the newly-formed regulatory body will bear a WIA logo offering consumers a trustworthy safety kitemark. Shakeshaft added: Our industry has been held back far too long by unscrupulous practitioners and issues around fraud. The WIA will really hold the industry to account.