KDS and TBR Global Chauffeuring offer worldwide booking of executive chauffeur service via KDS Neo

Addition of TBR to Neo platform Extends Door-to-Door Booking Capability for Global Corporate Travellers

London, UK – November 30, 2016: KDS, a global provider of corporate travel and expense (T&E) management software solutions, today announced that it has partnered with TBR Global Chauffeuring to give clients access to more than 15,000 executive chauffeured vehicles across 3,000 cities through Neo. With access to live journey tracking anywhere in the world TBR has a range of exclusive vehicles available from luxury saloons to MPVs and coaches. The company also offers tailored security transport solutions to support clients’ corporate responsibility and duty of care obligations.

Neo is used by over two million corporate travellers in more than 60 countries for the smart planning and booking of their itinerary as well as their on- and post-trip expense management. Users can now view and book TBR’s services as part of their itinerary, tightly integrated with other trip elements such as flights, hotels and public transport. Booking the TBR service as part of the trip means that travellers will be met at the right time and place by their chauffer for onward transit. Neo presents the traveller with pertinent details for all segments of their trip via a graphical, interactive timeline within the application as well as on their smartphone

Craig Chambers, Group CEO of TBR, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at TBR so to integrate with KDS on such a pioneering system is an ideal fit for us. The overall passenger experience can be made or broken by their ground transportation, which is often their first and last touch point of their journey, so we are committed to providing excellence with thorough quality control checks on every booking. We are delighted about this new partnership with KDS and providing their users with a premium chauffeuring service.”

Neo displays and books TBR’s services in accordance with the user’s company travel policy and personal preferences. These ground transportation costs are added to the full itinerary giving the traveller and approver full visibility of the total trip cost before booking. The user’s finance department will have access in advance to planned travel expenses as well as to historical cost data for planning and budgeting purposes.

TBR is the latest partner to join the Neo Content Hub; a plug and play content platform for suppliers to easily distribute their travel inventory directly within Neo. Based on an open API framework, connection to the Neo Content Hub is easy. Suppliers follow a simple, step-by-step process to make services available to Neo users globally.

Annicka Lofstrand, Senior Director Global Suppliers & Partners at KDS, said: “Ground transportation integration in traditional online booking tools has been fairly limited, so we’re really excited to add yet another new partnership to our growing content. TBR is a great fit for KDS because it is so well served on a global basis. Adding it to the portfolio means we now offer the business travellers using Neo a wider breadth of content and global reach in line with our vision of integrating the last mile of the booking process into the corporate journey.”

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About KDS
KDS (kds.com) is a global provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and industry leader in complete door-to-door trip booking. The company’s cloud-based technology addresses T&E requirements such as T&E policy enforcement and adoption, online travel booking and automated expense processing and invoice reconciliation. KDS offers extensive connectivity to travel content (air, car, rail, hotel) and financial services providers, ensuring optimized availability and pricing.

KDS creates software that users love and believes that user experience is key to delivering cost savings, productivity gains and control over T&E spend.

About TBR Global Chauffeuring
TBR Global Chauffeuring is a ground transportation company with an obsession for quality control and service.

Established in 1999 and headquartered in Glasgow, TBR has developed and expanded into a truly global organisation, operating in 3000 cities with offices across the world, including London, Boston, Manchester, Hong Kong, Dubai and Shanghai.

The leading provider of ground transportation for international financial roadshows, specialist event organisers and the global corporate travel market, TBR has a strong client focus and highly trained chauffeurs, serving high profile events, blue chip organisations and major investment banks.

For more information, visit www.tbrglobal.com

For further information please contact:

KDS media enquiries in the UK
Ascendant Communications, for KDS
Charlotte Hanson, +44 (0) 208 334 8041
chanson@ascendcomms.net

KDS media enquiries in the U.S.
Ascendant Communications, for KDS
Jessica Mularczyk, +1-508-498-9300
jmularczyk@ascendcomms.net

For TBR media enquiries
Kirsten Blackie, Head of Communications
+44 141 280 4855
kirsten.blackie@tbrglobal.com

Yeast Component Properties

All yeasts are eukaryotic microorganisms, which are most commonly defined as unicellular fungi. In nature, yeast species are found mainly in association with plants or animals, but are also present in soil and aquatic environments. They colonize an extremely wide range of ecosystems, both natural and in connection with human activities, mainly for their ability to grow and survive in different and stressful environments.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a species of yeast that has been used for centuries for a variety of processes including brewing and bread-making. More recently, yeast and yeast cell wall components have been utilized as a supplement. Live yeast products and their derivatives, such as yeast cell wall products, are currently utilized in food animal production.

Yeast products are often fed to livestock as either a live yeast (direct fed microbial), as yeast cell wall, or as a combination of the two. One of the major components of yeast and yeast cell wall products are polysaccharides such as α-d-glucan and β-d-glucan. These polysaccharides not only interact directly with immune cells, but are also able to bind bacteria to prevent attachment and colonization of pathogens in the gastrointestinal tract. In addition to pathogen fighting, yeast cell wall components may possess antioxidant and antitumor properties. From an animal health and immunity perspective, yeast cell wall components from Saccharomyces cerevisiae have been reported to promote immune cells in many species. This occurs because the glucan particles are recognized as a fungal cell wall pathogen-associated molecular particles and glucanss serve as an effective simulants for IgG antibody production.

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Yeast is frequently used as a probiotic in aquaculture with the potential to substitute for antibiotics. Secretory metabolites improve gut function, relieves stress status, and reduces intestinal inflammation of Nile tilapia fed diets supplemented with baker’s yeast.



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Yeasts have been extensively studied because they possess many features that make them suitable as biocontrol agents. Killer toxin production has been demonstrated among many yeast genera, including Saccharomyces, Candida, Cryptococcus, Debaryomyces, Kluyveromyces, Pichia, Torulopsis, Williopsis and Zygosaccharomyces. The well-known mechanisms of the killer toxin against other fungi are the inhibition of β-glucan synthesis or hydrolysis of β-glucan in the cell wall and the interruption of cell division by blocking the DNA synthesis. The killer yeast phenomenon is raising interest due to the broad spectrum of activity against human and animal fungal and bacterial infections of yeast killer toxins and due to the recent identification of genes involved in antibiotic resistance and the lack of new antifungal agents.

References

  1. Live Yeast and Yeast Cell Wall Supplements Enhance Immune Function and Performance in Food-Producing Livestock: A Review †,‡
    Paul R. Broadway, Jeffery A. Carroll,* and Nicole C. Burdick Sanchez Microorganismsv.3(3); 2015 Sep
  2. A Comparison of the Beneficial Effects of Live and Heat-Inactivated Baker’s Yeast on Nile Tilapia: Suggestions on the Role and Function of the Secretory Metabolites Released from the Yeast Chao Ran et al. PLoS One. 2015; 10(12): e0145448.
  3. Bioprotective Role of Yeasts Serena Muccilli1 and Cristina Restuccia2 Microorganisms. 2015 Dec; 3(4): 588–611.

The Good, the Bad and the Deadly

While scientists used to consider adipose tissue little more than a storage organ, in recent years researchers have learned that adipose tissue has a number of very interesting physical, metabolic, endocrine, and maybe even toxicological functions. Thus, the consequences can be serious if the functioning of adipose tissue is altered or interrupted by environmental chemicals.

Adipose tissue plays a number of roles in toxicology. One of them is a protective function, as some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have an affinity for adipose tissue, which holds them and protects other organs from their toxic effects. This would be helpful mostly for acute exposure. The evidence for this role of adipose tissue comes from various studies in which aquatic or terrestrial animals were exposed to dioxins or other POPs. Those animals with the largest amount of fat mass had the highest levels of protection from the exposures.

Recent evidence indicates that the same effect may be seen in humans. In particular, epidemiological studies have found that if you examine death rates among people with very high levels of POPs in their blood, people who are obese have a significantly lower risk of death than thin people. Of course, among those with low levels of POPs in their blood, the obese are at a high risk of dying, but having large amounts of fat tissue does seem to have a protective effect against the toxicity of POPs.



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But what happens in the long run to obese people whose adipose tissue has stored toxic chemicals? They may be protected from acute exposures, but what happens if the chemicals stored in the fat tissue are later released? It was found that obese people had significantly lower concentrations than the normal ones. In short, the POPs were distributed more diffusely in their fat tissue. However, when the total amount of POPs that an individual was carrying was calculated, the obese individuals had a significantly higher burden because they had so much more fat tissue.

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Moreover, it was also established that the amount of POPs in the blood increased steadily over time in the year after the surgery. These people lose 30 or 40 kilograms of weight during the few weeks and few months after surger, but there is an increase in POPs in serum, which suggests that when you lose weight, you probably release these pollutants in your blood.

References: Ref #116

Scenic Drives Across the Country

The Road: Red Rock Scenic Byway, Sedona

The Scene: The drive may be a short 7.5 miles, but getting smacked in the face (figuratively, of course) with colossal, otherworldly red rock formations will definitely leave a mark on your memory. Sunrise or sunset over the crimson rocks intensifies the wow factor. Hiking, biking, and golfing are all options. But be warned: Summer can get very steamy.

The Discovery: Sky-scraping Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock are both beautiful to eyeball and believed to be energy vortexes, nodding to Sedona’s spiritual side.

New to the Swiss Alps: “From Verbier With Love”

Licence to ski and secret agent lifestyle experiences launch in Verbier

Verbier, Switzerland. November 23, 2016: New to Verbier this year are the exciting spy and licence to ski experiences from Above & Beyond titled “From Verbier With Love”.

Thrill-seeking individuals and spy movie fans can now make their dreams a reality by living a secret agent lifestyle on their ski holiday in Verbier.

Individual experiences are available for those wishing to dip their toes into the secret agent lifestyle, but the more bold and brave can undertake total immersion in an all-encompassing ultimate “From Verbier With Love” ski trip.

From Verbier With Love experiences are divided up into four categories; Licence To Ski; Goldflying, Spy Who X Me and A View To A Thrill.

The ‘Goldflying’ experiences include paragliding; learning to fly a helicopter and skydiving. “Licence to Ski” experiences cover avalanche rescue training; heli-skiing on a glacier, freeride skiing or snowboarding and freestyle/stunt ski lessons. ‘Spy Who X Me’ experiences include ski training while learning how to protect a client on the mountain; self-defence training and special weapon shooting activities.

Clients can also choose to experience a number of individual “A View To A Thrill” lifestyle activities, such as learning how to make the perfect martini; torchlight tobogganing, a breathtaking dog sled trip, drinking Bollinger; eating caviar; test driving an Aston Martin; flying in a private jet and participating in a spy themed acrobatic pole dance show.

All experiences can be tailored for different ability, age and fitness levels; equally suitable for individuals and private parties, as well as corporate groups for entertainment and team building trips.

Make your favourite spy movie a reality and book the “From Verbier With Love” experience to make this year’s ski trip unforgettable. You only live … once.

About From Verbier With Love:
‘From Verbier With Love’ is a division of Above & Beyond SARL, a luxury experiences business based in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier.

Email fromverbierwithlove@abverbier.com

Website: https://aboveandbeyondverbier.com/verbier-experiences/from-verbier-with-love

Above & Beyond Verbier
Above & Beyond also organises tailor-made events, hotel and chalet bookings, luxury travel itineraries, corporate trips and concierge requirements.

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New Purple survey reveals how majority of people are online when out in bars and restaurants

November 21, 2016: Intelligent spaces company Purple surveyed over 1,000 people about how they use WiFi in bars and restaurants. The results show that, for the majority, using WiFi is an essential part of their social experiences. If it’s available, over half (55%) say they sometimes use it, while 4 in 10 always log in.

So why are we going online when we’re out for drinks and food? Purple’s survey reveals all:

Top 7 Reasons for Going Online at a Bar or Restaurant

  1. Fear of being out of the loop
    Purple’s survey indicates a need by many to keep tabs on what’s happening online, even when out socialising. Eight in ten (84%) use WiFi in bars and restaurants to browse the Internet, over half (58%) use it to keep in touch with friends, and 44% use it to stay in contact with family.
  2. Checking reviews & deals
    Just under a quarter of people login to WiFi while they are out so that they can check online reviews, and three out of ten search for food and drink promotions. Bars and restaurants that have an outstanding online reputation and enticing deals for the connected customer stand to benefit.
  3. Doing out-of-hours work
    Purple’s survey shows that WiFi is enabling bad work habits, with over a quarter (28%) using the WiFi in bars and restaurants to do work. Men age 18-34 are the worst offenders – with four out of ten logging on for work purposes while they are out. Step away from the smartphone guys!
  4. Checking in on social media
    Nearly two thirds (65%) ‘check in’ on social media when they arrive at a bar – this figure is highest among the millennials age group, rising to almost three quarters (72%).
  5. Instagramming food
    For many, #instafood comes before actual food – 57% admit they sometimes post a photo of an amazing meal at a restaurant on social media before they eat it, and 13% always succumb to that habit. Women aged 18-34 are the worst culprits – 7 out of 10 of them sometimes do this.
  6. Posting selfies
    Selfie posting at bars and restaurants is par for the course for six out of ten (61%) people! It’s especially popular among millennial girls, with three quarters of them (76%) posting selfies. The ‘bathroom selfie’ phenomenon is catching on – over a third (36%) say that they take them. Among millennial women, it’s even more popular – half of them snap pics of themselves in the loos! (Don’t expect a selfie to be truthful though, the camera CAN lie! Four out of ten people only post a selfie if they look good in it, and half (50%) say the pictures they share are staged to some degree).
  7. Capturing the moment
    Two thirds (65%) say that they share photos on social media while on a night out so that they can tag the people they are out with and enjoy the pictures together. For a quarter of respondents, the motive is less warm and fuzzy – they post pictures ‘to show off’!

Other Findings
Hooking up – we’re just not that into it
Despite the publicity around apps like Tinder, Purple’s survey reveals a surprising lack of interest in using WiFi to hook up with others for a date. Over three quarters (76%) of respondents say they don’t use dating apps and, among those who do, only 9% would like to make their relationship status known.

Smartphone etiquette is a work in progress
Nearly a third of respondents (29%) say their smartphone use while out at a restaurant or bar has been criticised. Among respondents aged 18-34 this figure is even higher – at 44%.

Some are taking steps to get the balance right by having a smartphone ban at the table at restaurants. Four out of ten (43%) say they sometimes enforce this rule – and 14% always do. One in ten (11%) think that the rule is a good idea and plan to give it a try.

We’re not saying ‘no’ to sharing location
The Purple survey revealed a willingness by bar and restaurant goers to share some information about themselves in return for rewards. For instance, six out of ten (58%) people would be willing to share their precise location with a venue if it meant they could receive personalised offers. People aged 35-44 are most open to this, with 63% in this age group willing to share location data.

Eat, drink and be online
As ‘staying connected’ becomes more ingrained in our social lives, expectations are maturing. Purple’s CEO Gavin Wheeldon says, “Our survey shows we are getting wise to the perks – searching for reviews and deals to maximise the enjoyment of our free time; being able to control our self-image by only posting nice selfies; and staying in touch with friends and family while we’re out. We’re also clued up on the pitfalls – and proactive about finding ways to stop smartphones spoiling our real life fun.

“It’s clear that being able to use guest WiFi in bars and restaurants is in demand and, in the case of the millennial generation, a vital part going out. For the most part, the effects are positive, creating a rich social experience that includes friends and family at home.”

For further information on the data, please contact Liberate Media:
Purple Press contacts:
Lloyd Gofton – lloyd@liberatemedia.com – +44 (0) 7919 353 484
Justine Holman – justine@liberatemedia.com – +44 (0) 7808 608416
Catherine Goddard – catherine@liberatemedia.com – +44 (0) 7720 635048

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About Purple http://www.purple.AI
Purple is an intelligent spaces company. It evolved from Purple WiFi, the cloud-based marketing and analytics WiFi software company, to take the lead in real-time analytics and marketing for venues and businesses that want to engage with visitors and understand the use of physical spaces. Purple refers to this process as ‘Intelligent Spaces’ and can help brands to learn more about their location, customer base and help them to take action.

With 18 million users across 73 countries, Purple works with a range of brands and venues, including Indiana Pacers, Merlin Entertainment, Bloomin Brands, CenturyLink, Molson Coors, Legoland, Jaguar, United Wireless Arena, City of York and TUI.

It has a global agreement in place with Westcon Comstor, in addition to an active reseller base of over 960 in 60 countries. Purple employs over 90 full time staff and currently has offices in the UK, US, Chile, Madrid, Singapore and Melbourne with more offices planned.

Huge growth is being seen in all sectors, including hospitality, where people have time to spend online, retail, where footfall tracking is essential, healthcare, offering transparency around service and communication and entire cities moving towards the Internet of Things.

Purple divides its offering into two specific segments: small businesses and enterprise customers. Small businesses can continue to take advantage of Purple’s free guest WiFi product and purchase a cloud software license, which allows open access to marketing and analytics tools. Enterprise customers have the option of four product lines: WiFi, Location, and two new offerings: Fusion and Provision.

  • Purple WiFi is the well-established guest WiFi, analytics and marketing product.
  • Purple Location is a location based services product that works to actually pinpoint devices, enable heat mapping, provide zone flow information and enable journey management.
  • Purple Fusion is the latest offering, enabling connection to any type of data source, which can then be analysed and actioned. A variety of different data sources will be utilised to harvest information about any physical space.
  • Purple Provision is a commercial product more suitable for businesses, enabling a completely secure guest and staff WiFi environment. This uses automatic certificate provisioning instead of WPA or other encrypted WiFi SSID’s, which are intrinsically insecure for a BYOD environment.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum Spills on 3-Year-Old Daughter Everly’s Style

Jenna Dewan Tatum was honored with the Dyson Style Renegade Award Thursday night, but it’s her daughter, Everly Tatum, who is becoming a fashionista in her own right.

E! News caught up with Jenna at the StyleMaker Awards where she opened up to us about her daughter’s ever-growing taste in clothes. Although she and husband Channing Tatum used to be able to dress their 3-year-old daughter in adorable outfits, Everly since has decided she will dress herself.

“The only thing she wants to wear is purple leggings and a purple shirt and a princess dress,” Jenna dished. “I love that she has her own style, and she’s very specific and she’s very true about it. ‘I wear purple leggings. That’s it.'”

Jenna also talked to E! News about what Channing has to say about her style, and unsurprisingly, her husband typically has nothing but compliments for his wife. “He’s always making a joke that U can pull off things that he didn’t think I could pull off, or that anyone can pull off,” she told E! News.

“There’s only been a few times that he’s said, ‘Eh that’s a little weird.'”

But there was absolutely nothing weird about her gorgeous ensemble Thursday! Jenna stunned in a gorgeous short-sleeved red dress with leaves that featured a thigh-high split. She paired her look with a bold red lip and let her wavy tresses hang down past her shoulders.

Peppermint’s partnership with Zylpha eliminates repetitive manual legal processing tasks

A partnership between next generation legal software provider, Peppermint Technology, and innovative legal process provider, Zylpha, is providing Peppermint clients easy access to the benefits of automated document bundling.

Integrated into Peppermint’s cloud legal software, Peppermint CX, Zylpha’s electronic document bundling software allows law firms to assemble and deliver Court Bundles, Deal Bibles and Contracts at a fraction of the cost and effort of a manual process. The Peppermint & Zylpha product teams are now collaborating to build deeper integration to ensure a one-product experience for end-users, and aim to release this in Spring 2017.

“Improved speed, accuracy and cost effectiveness are the key benefits of Zylpha’s electronic document bundling service,” says Peppermint CTO, Mike Walker.

“Zylpha is a great addition to the Peppermint partner community. Its document bundling software is well organised and a perfect fit for our innovative customers who are looking to leverage technology in order to hone their processes, drive costs down and deliver a better service to clients.”

Switching to Zylpha’s electronic process will save Peppermint’s customers time taken to manage creation of these bundled documents, materials and courier costs. Simple to use, it can cope with large and highly complex document bundles and is extremely secure with password and electronic signature functionality.

Tim Long, CEO of Zylpha added, “Peppermint has a great team and we continue to work together to deliver an even better electronic document bundling experience to their customers.”

About Peppermint
Peppermint CX enables law firms to focus their business and service processes around their clients – and achieve a quantum leap forward in client service responsiveness, transparency and flexibility.

Peppermint’s specialist enterprise applications for relationship management, business development, workflow, financials & business intelligence are built on Microsoft’s legal industry platform, underpinned by Microsoft Dynamics CRM + Microsoft SharePoint.

Based in the UK, Peppermint is now supporting over 40 mid-sized & large law firms, with over two-thirds of these operating on the Peppermint Cloud platform.

Peppermint’s industry awards include Best Small Tech Company, Best Cloud Application World Series Award, and Microsoft Dynamics ISV UK Partner of the Year.

About Zylpha www.zylpha.com
Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:

  • Secure electronic document production and delivery.
  • Court Bundling.
  • Integration with the MOJ Portal.
  • Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.

The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles.

For more information please contact:
Tim Long
Zylpha Ltd.
T: 01962 658881
t.long@zylpha.com
www.zylpha.com

Or

Leigh Richards
The Right Image
T: 0844 / 561 7586
M: 07758 372527
leigh.richards@therightimage.co.uk
www.therightimage.co.uk

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