Making The Most Of Music Festivals Hiring a marquee sounds like an expensive proposition in general, but those of us who have never done it before will not have any idea how much it costs. The fact is prices range widely, depending on a number of variable factors, so it is impossible to generalise. Besides becoming golf"s largest amateur golf tournament, the Golf.Com World Amateur Handicap Championship is one of the world"s greatest annual reunions. Golfers from every U.S. state and two dozen countries gather every year during the last week in August to not only compete in a professional tour-event wristbands, but also to renew friendships from years past, and make new ones for years to come. AB: I don"t think we belong to any genre. People just have sport wristbands to label everything-you know we"ve gotten goth"-what is goth"? I"m not really sure "goth" is even a musical genre. I think it might just be a certain style. Anyway, I think our sound has changed a lot over time, but if I had to describe it, I like to call it "dark and dancy"-derived from a lot of late seventies dance stuff. Wolff calls Ubu "blindingly original, completely outside the mainstream, and you could tell they were mad, because a lot of their music was angry." He shares similar kudos for The Dead Boys, Pagans and Electric Eels, which "stand the test of time more than contemporaries like Styx, REO Speedwagon or Kansas," he laughs. Support Mont Lyons, hailing from Austin, TX, has been playing heavily locally ever since festival wristbands, but I"m not complaining. The groovy, emotional and upbeat sound of this band makes me dance every time. Lead singer Bryan Oliver plays keyboard and sings at his mightiest, while band mates Trevor Smith and Brandon Crews on guitar and bass groove to their music, keeping the crowd hanging on for that next song. Banquet Halls - sure, their main business are weddings and reunions but they offer ample space plus most have their own kitchens or catering services so Hosting a "Dinner Theater" would be perfect. Job Fairs are a great way to find new recruits since most of the people there are looking for an opportunity to earn money. Set up a table and put together brochures, flyer"s and samples in What"s New bags. Have hundreds ready for the big day! Also, great surveys or a drawing in order to get their info and follow up. This will also be a great way to get prospects for those who didn"t seem interested at the moment. You may also want to have plenty of kits or mini kits in case they chose to sign up immediately!
A South Korean citizen has become the first foreigner in Shanghai to be punished by a court for failing to pay his employees.
The Qingpu District People"s Court said on Wednesday that it had sentenced Hong Ki, 65, to five months in prison and fined him 40,000 yuan ($6,000).
Hong operates Mingxin Clothing (Shanghai) Co, which produces women"s apparel for the South Korean market, the court said.
On Feb 7, Chinese New Year"s Eve, Mingxin"s 158 employees lost contact with Hong, who had returned to South Korea. He owed the employees a total of 608,000 yuan in salaries for the previous month.
Chinese New Year is usually a time when people bring home their earnings from the past year and reunite with family members.
On Aug 18, police intercepted Hong when he returned to China in Dalian, Liaoning province. He was "looking for new orders", the court said.
Hong told the court he regretted his actions and paid the wages owed plus additional compensation, which amounted to 3.58 million yuan, but in September authorities decided to prosecute anyway.
Hong said during the court hearing that business was ideal at the company until June last year when the number of orders plummeted and the capital chain broke down.
"I didn"t want the employees to lose contact with me but I lost my passport and mobile phone so I could not get in touch with them," Hong said during the hearing, according to a statement from the court.
The prosecutors did not buy his explanation.
"His intention to avoid paying the employees was quite obvious. He was away from China for six months while clearly knowing that he owed money to the workers," prosecutor Zhang Changming said.
Zhang said the case also served to deter any employer-Chinese or foreign-from defaulting on wages as the Chinese Spring Festival approaches.
"Expats who do business in China must strictly obey the laws and regulations of the country and can never dodge legal sanctions by claiming that they do not have a full understanding of the local laws," he said.
Yin Weimin, minister of human resources and social security, said this month that governments at all levels should "thoroughly check" any wages that may be in arrears as the Chinese Spring Festival approaches, and set a deadline for employers to clear up the situation.
"Those who disregard the deadline for paying wages for no reason should be severely punished and put on a national blacklist," he said.
Blacklisted employers could face punishments from up to 30 government departments, with sanctions including limited purchasing and bidding ability, loss of government financial support and exclusion from favorable tax policies.