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Anytime Fitness Expanding Into Asia — Again

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— First Club Now Open in Singapore; Hong Kong is Next

HASTINGS, Minn., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Anytime Fitness, the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, continues its worldwide expansion – this time into Singapore. Nearly 2,300 Anytime Fitness clubs are now open in 16 countries on five continents worldwide. The first Anytime Fitness club in Asia opened in Japan in 2010. There are now nearly 30 Anytime Fitness clubs in Japan and more than 400 Anytime Fitness clubs outside of the United States.

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“We believe that the Anytime Fitness concept is a perfect fit for consumers in Asia who are looking for a convenient, non-intimidating and value-oriented place to exercise,” said John Kersh, vice president of international development at Anytime Fitness. “Anytime Fitness also offers a unique and low-cost alternative for Asian entrepreneurs looking to enter this fast-growing industry.”

Anytime Fitness opened in Singapore October 6, with 200 members who joined during a “pre-sale” period. Several additional locations in Singapore are now in development, while the first location in Hong Kong is expected to open by the end of this year.

“I am so proud and grateful to be part of the continued growth of Anytime Fitness within Asia and to hear the roar of the Lion City in Singapore as it hosted the opening of its first Anytime Fitness,” said Maurice Levine, master franchisee for Singapore and Hong Kong. “It was a great honor to hold the scissors for the ribbon cutting ceremony. We vowed to our members that we will out-care our competition, create memorable membership experiences and live up to the Anytime Fitness vision of improving the self-esteem of the world, one member at a time.”

“Our members are real people looking for help to overcome barriers to a healthier lifestyle,” said Chuck Runyon, Anytime Fitness CEO and co-founder. “We know our business model will work in virtually any market, because our clubs provide personable service that helps our members achieve the results they’re seeking.”

Mr. Levine will lead the Anytime Fitness expansion team into other Asian markets in the coming years. The plan is to open about 100 gyms in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

Specific club locations include communities where the market for an Anytime Fitness club exists but where no health clubs are currently located. Similar to Anytime Fitness gyms in the U.S., the gyms in Singapore and Hong Kong will be approximately 4,000 square feet, feature a wide variety of cardio equipment and strength training machines, and accessible to members 24 hours a day.

About Anytime Fitness

Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with more than 2,200 clubs serving nearly 2 million members on five continents. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment. Clubs are now open in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, India, Chile, Japan and Singapore. Join one club and use them all.
Source: Anytime Fitness

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October 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

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DocDoc Selects ‘Tell Your Story’ 2nd Place Prize Winner

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S$500 2nd place prize goes to Sarah Lyana, a Singapore resident afflicted with hyperhidrosis

SINGAPORE, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — DocDoc Pte. Ltd. (http://docdoc.sg), Asia’s leading healthcare appointment portal, announces the second place prize winner of its international ‘Tell Your Story’ marketing campaign and contest. The winner is Sarah Lyana of Singapore who suffers from hyperhidrosis, a serious and embarrassing medical condition which causes her palms, underarms and feet to perspire excessively, almost all the time.

“Hyperhidrosis has impacted my work, my dating life and my self-confidence,” said Sarah. “I am very glad and grateful to have won S$500. I’ll use the money for my first consultation with a hospital to find out more on the course of treatment. I think everyone should know that all problems can be solved and all conditions can be cured or controlled if you take the steps towards it.”

“Sarah deserved to win the second place prize,” said Vino Subramanian, marketing manager at DocDoc. “We were inspired by her compelling and emotional story. We sincerely hope that others suffering from hyperhidrosis will be inspired to seek out quality medical care.”

Sarah’s 2nd place award follows last month’s grand prize award to Joyce S., a 29 year old woman living in Singapore who submitted an emotional story about her 15-year battle with bulimia and the degenerative effect it had on her health.

DocDoc’s ‘Tell Your Story’ campaign utilized popular Singapore lifestyle blogger, QiuQiu, as its spokesmodel to help publicize DocDoc’s medical tourism service in Korea. QiuQiu recently utilized the DocDoc healthcare platform and Appointment-By-Phone concierge service to set up a rhinoplasty and fat grafting surgery with a leading plastic surgeon in Seoul, South Korea. DocDoc sponsored QiuQiu’s travel and accommodations.

The integrated contest was designed as an inspirational way to reward deserving patients with prize money to be used for any type of medical procedure needed. To enter the contest, participants were asked to submit a short form on DocDoc’s ‘Tell Your Story’ contest page (https://www.docdoc.sg/contest), including a brief description about how the prize might change the winner’s life.

DocDoc’s ‘Tell Your Story’ marketing campaign has been a huge success:

  • 356,000+ total views of QiuQiu’s YouTube videos
  • 58,000+ website visits (DocDoc.sg + QiuQiu’s blog)
  • Nearly 2,000 contest entries were received from 12 countries
  • 30+ patients who traveled to Korea for medical procedures

QiuQiu’s medical tourism videos can be viewed at:

Jon Samsel, Chief Marketing Officer
+65 3157 8905
jon.samsel@docdoc.com

Source: DocDoc Pte. Ltd.

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October 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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DHL Expands Myanmar Presence

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  • Establishes fully-owned country office
  • Appoints Christoph Beier as country manager

SINGAPORE, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has strengthened its Southeast Asian operations with the establishment of a 100 per cent fully-owned country office in Myanmar as part of DHL Global Forwarding South Asia. The move is a culmination of almost twenty years of operations through agency representation and includes the official opening of a DHL Global Forwarding office in Yangon and the appointment of Christoph Beier as Country Manager.

Kelvin Leung, CEO for Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “As a fast-developing country with a population of 60 million growing at around 6.5 per cent in 2012/13[Note 1], Myanmar has the potential of becoming one of the largest markets in Southeast Asia. A favorable production environment is also attracting investments from major international corporations across various industries. DHL Global Forwarding logistics experts based in Yangon will help bridge businesses in Myanmar with a network of international business partners both within and beyond the region.”

The set up of DHL Global Forwarding’s Myanmar operations is part of the company’s accelerated expansion plans to firmly establish itself as market leader with international service standards delivered locally, regionally and globally.

Myanmar’s growth in 2012-13 has been primarily driven by gas production, construction and services[Note 2] and DHL Global Forwarding Myanmar is fully equipped to support the continued growth of these sectors in addition to boosting the development of the consumer and technology sectors. Its operations will cover the company’s full range of services including international freight forwarding, air and ocean consolidation, liner/NVOCC agency representation and customs brokerage as well as local transportation and warehousing. The business will operate according to DHL’s global operational standards as well as standard IT systems which will be completely implemented by the end of the year.

Reporting to Thomas Tieber, CEO for South Asia, new Country Manager, Christoph Beier, moves over from the company’s Bangladesh office to manage day-to-day operations and business development. In addition, he is responsible for driving growth in international freight forwarding, transportation, warehousing and logistics value-added services across the country, leveraging its heightened growth and FDI.

No stranger to the logistics business, Christoph joined DHL Global Forwarding in Germany in 2003 and worked with Air Freight Export Customer Service. He moved to Beijing to be the Operational Support Manager for the Europe Desk in 2010 and upon successful completion of his assignment in China, transferred to Bangladesh in early 2012. As Operations Manager in Bangladesh, Christoph’s experience contributed significantly to improve the country’s performance both in the market and within the DHL organization.

Said Tieber: “I welcome Christoph as the leader of our team in Yangon. He is very highly regarded in the industry, not only for his operations acumen and customer service experience, but his people-oriented leadership style as well. I am confident that his abilities spell an exciting future for DHL Global Forwarding Myanmar.”

“Myanmar’s geographical advantage and developing transportation infrastructure coupled with DHL’s existing fleets and strong long-term strategic partnerships with leading local providers will enable DHL to maximize its potential to deliver maximum benefits to customers. All while ensuring complete compliance with the country’s rules and regulations for shipping procedures and documentation,” added Beier.

Notes:
1. Liberalization Boosts Growth in Open Myanmar, IMF Survey. 2 August 2013.
2. ibid

– End –

Media Contact:
DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA
Corporate Communications and Responsibility
Anita Gupta 
Tel: +65 6771 3333
Fax: +65 6771 3322
Email: apeemeamediarelations@dhl.com

http://www.dhl.com/en/press.html

DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics Company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion Euros in 2012.

Source: DHL

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October 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Raspberry Pi Infrared Camera Module Available from RS Components Shoots for New Applications

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IR capability of Pi NoIR opens door to diversity of projects for Raspberry Pi enthusiasts

SINGAPORE, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is now selling the latest innovative product to emerge from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.  Priced at GBP16.80, the Pi NoIR infrared camera module is a variant of the existing visible light Raspberry Pi camera module stocked by RS since the end of last year, and features the same 5 megapixel image sensor as its predecessor with the optical light filter removed to enable IR light frequencies.

Pi NoIR Infrared Camera Module
Pi NoIR Infrared Camera Module

Developed for diverse applications including those requiring night vision (e.g. security and monitoring nocturnal animal behaviour), hyperspectral imaging, astronomy, and paranormal investigation, Pi NoIR is capable of taking still photos with a resolution of 2592 x 1944. The tiny module, which measures just 20mm x 25mm x 9mm, can also record up to 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second, allowing users of Raspberry Pi models A and B to build video applications. The board will plug into the currently unused CSI pins on the Raspberry Pi, using the I²C interface for control.

To get started with Pi NoIR, users will need a Raspberry Pi board, an SD card with OS installed, and a battery pack or power supply. Optional extras include an infrared lamp, a Raspberry Pi camera stand, and various cables for HDMI, VGA and Ethernet connectivity. All components are available to purchase direct from RS stock.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-components.com

DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com

RS Components 
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Source: RS Components

Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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October 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

JMJ Associates Announces Equity Investment Agreement with 3i

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AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — JMJ Associates, a leading global management consultancy, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to an equity investment from 3i Group plc, a London-headquartered, international private equity investor.

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Following JMJ’s recent strong growth, the current shareholders of JMJ decided to seek an investor to support the continuing expansion of its international footprint. JMJ is committed to bettering the lives of its clients while transforming intractable problems into possibilities. 3i will support JMJ’s next stage of development by providing operational and strategic expertise, as well as using its international network to identify and support further growth opportunities.

3i is a leading international investor focused on mid-market private equity, infrastructure and debt management. The combination of 3i’s international network, extensive experience, on-the-ground knowledge and capital enables 3i to identify attractive investment opportunities, like JMJ. Once invested, 3i will work in partnership with JMJ’s management team to accelerate the company’s growth plans. 3i operates from 12 offices across 11 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Stephen Portner, Chief Executive, JMJ Associates, said: “We are pleased that 3i shares our vision for the company including our future growth as we enter an exciting next stage of our development. With the strong commitment from our employees, whom I believe to be the best in the field, and 3i as a financial partner, we look forward to building on our performance and expanding our impact around the world.”

Alan Giddins, Managing Partner, 3i Private Equity, commented: “JMJ is a truly exceptional business with a strong management team who we have known for some time. We have significant experience of the end markets in which JMJ operates and have a strong track record of working with consultancy businesses, so are well placed to work in partnership with management to take advantage of the sector’s exciting growth opportunities.”

About JMJ Associates

JMJ is a global management consultancy with over 25 years of experience serving the energy, mining and construction industries. JMJ helps top-tier industrial companies see new possibilities, reach new goals, and operate at new, higher levels of performance. It is the world leader in Incident and Injury-Free® workplace safety consulting and in the creation of High Performance Teams™ on capital projects. JMJ consultants provide Performance Coaching™ and leadership development to some of the largest companies in the world.
Source: JMJ Associates

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October 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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Australia Invites the Youth Traveller to ‘Be Changed’

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Tourism Australia has released a short film entitled ‘Be Changed’ via YouTube aiming to inspire young international travellers and encourage them to embark on their own journey of discovery in Australia.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/63919-tourism-australia-invites-the-youth-traveller-to-be-changed
‘Be Changed’ was created by Infinity Squared and features a poem that was written and voiced by Bravo Child after viewing a short film inspired by Tourism Australia’s recent ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said its latest ‘Be Changed’ film aimed to amplify its ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign by demonstrating the transformational benefits of a young person’s working holiday in Australia.
“For the finalists, and certainly the winners, I think the ‘Best Jobs’ experience and the journey they’ve enjoyed along the way have been life changing. The spectacular imagery and Bravo Child’s beautiful words capture perfectly Australia’s power to change and will, I’m sure, inspire more young people around the world to follow in their wake and embark on their own unique journey of self-discovery,” Mr McEvoy.
The film director Rob Stanton-Cook said he wanted to create something authentic and unique with a human voice that was far removed from traditional tourism advertising.
“We aimed to replicate that unique sense of wonderment that one feels when travelling and exploring a new country. It’s that overwhelming sense of optimism and excitement (like anything could happen!) from the moment you step off a plane and are surrounded by new people, new culture, new sites and sounds,” Stanton-Cook said.
Poet Bravo Child was transported whilst watching the vision realising “destinations aren’t just inert postcards vistas; but vivacious playgrounds to engage with. Australia is a fertile bed of culture and adventure and once you get here, if you dare to really take it in, something shifts within you”.
Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition is part of a major international marketing push to promote tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program.
Mr McEvoy said that the campaign was already delivering results, including a significant spike in international interest in and uptake of an Australian working holiday.
For further information contact:
Leo Seaton, Tourism Australia,
+61-0-447-463-197
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TourismAus
Source: Tourism Australia

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October 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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World’s Leading IT Conference and Expo Gearing up for its Mumbai Edition

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MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ — Every year the IT industry and consumers of enterprise technology converge at the INTEROP Conference and Expo held in different regions around the world. The fifth edition of INTEROP Mumbai will be held from 20-22 November, 2013 at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131028/648509 )
With several changes and introductions to the conference program, the 5th edition of INTEROP Mumbai promises to be radically different from its previous editions.
Few of the Speakers for the event, when quizzed on why they think people should come to INTEROP Mumbai had interesting insights to share!
“INTEROP is an effective platform to get better insights of the latest IT Trends, with the Key Technology partners and also the Niche Players that can help with the right solutions across all Industry sectors. This is one of the major factors that inspires to attend INTEROP. The Vendor agnostic approach has always been the differentiator as compared to other events” – Keyur Desai, AVP – Network, Telecommunications & Information Security Domain, Essar Group
“INTEROP, especially this event in India, will inform you about the current state of IT innovation and how it is being applied for business success in this dynamic market” – Vijay Dheap, Big Data Security Intelligence and Mobile Security, IBM
“INTEROP is India’s best event for thought leadership in Information Technology and Business and also showcases the latest and best technologies in the exhibition”- L S Subramanian, Cloud Evangelist and CEO, NISE
This year, INTEROP Mumbai will have eight keynotes, multiple business sessions, industry-specific panel discussions, and technical workshop. The conference program includes 40 general sessions presented by renowned industry speakers with diverse topics ranging from cloud, security, big data, mobility, connectivity, BCP/DR, data center, social & collaboration, telemedicine, technology inclusion, and Business Strategy. There will be certain mini-tracks and sessions exclusively for CIOs.
KEYNOTES
The line-up of keynote speakers includes Sean Narayanan, EVP and Chief Delivery Officer, iGate who will share how iGate is re-engineering its offshore business to adopt a business outcomes based model. Another session by Jay Bavisi, Co-Founder and President of EC-Council titled, ‘The Advent of Cyber Plaque : Finding the Vaccine’ will educate the audience on the situation on cyber plague, relating it to the current cyber security scenario, and will provide the steps and issues that need to be addressed to control/ eradicate this situation.
BUSINESS SESSIONS
The introduction of new sessions like the ‘Down to Business’ and CIO Specialist Master class will draw the technology leaders and decision makers to INTEROP.
The Down to Business sessions are one-hour capsules featuring speakers from both the business side (business heads) and heads of the IT organization. The business heads will talk about the business challenges, strategies, and plans along with the expectation from IT to fulfill business objectives. Specific details about these unique sessions will be posted on the INTEROP website at http://www.interop.in/pr
TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
OpenStack has been taking the world of Open Source software by storm. The Cloud Computing project for Infrastructure as a Service has caught the attention (and investments) of technology majors like IBM, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Amazon, Rackspace, Red Hat, eBay, Sony, NASA, Yahoo! and many others.
INTEROP India also has a line-up of strong industry partnerships with industry leading organizations such as NASSCOM, DSCI, ISACA, BICSI and others. The conference program will soon include thought leaders from these institutions.
Find out more about INTEROP Mumbai http://www.interop.in/pr or call +91-(022)6172-7001
ABOUT INTEROP
The Indian edition of INTEROP is attended by CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and other technology leaders — all buyers of technology. The other parts of the audience are the solutions providers, consultants, System Integrators/VARs and other entities in the ecosystem. INTEROP Mumbai is produced by UBM India, which is a live media company in the business of building communities. With a presence in 30 countries, the UBM Group brings together buyers and sellers of products and services, through its platforms of print, online, digital and live events.
Notes to Editors:
For further information please contact
Ms Rakhi Singh
Marketing Manager
UBM India
T: +91-(022)6172-7077
E-mail: rakhi.singh@ubm.com
Suvidha Shetty
conferences-india@ubm.com
+91-(0)22-61727001
Find out more about INTEROP Mumbai http://www.interop.in/pr

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October 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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Exclusive Residences At Landmarked 22 Central Park South Unveiled

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— Sales Launch at Boutique Condo Overlooking Central Park
NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ — Situated along one of Manhattan’s most iconic corridors, neighboring the famed Plaza Hotel and offering full views of Central Park, 22 Central Park South has launched condominium sales. The landmarked, pre-war building has been expertly renovated and re-envisioned by Elad Group, one of the nation’s leading real estate companies, to exceed the expectations of today’s most discerning buyers. The building offers six luxurious full-floor apartments topped by a stunning duplex penthouse with three private outdoor terraces.
“22 Central Park South is exquisite with lavishly designed residences that offer comfort, privacy and security,” said Samantha Sax, Director of Sales and Marketing for Elad Group. “Located in the very epicenter of Manhattan with the city’s most exciting offerings quickly within reach, this intimate building affords incredible luxury and impeccable services, all set against the stunning backdrop of Central Park.”
As evidenced by their success with prestigious properties such as 250 West Street and The Plaza Hotel, Elad Group has incomparable expertise in successfully restoring and renovating landmark properties into ultra-luxury residential buildings that offer premier design elements and modern amenities.
The six full-floor residences are elegantly laid out two-bedroom, two and-a-half bathroom homes spanning 2,021 square feet with walnut herringbone wood flooring throughout the foyer, living room and dining room. The building’s top two floors house an expansive 2,943-square-foot duplex penthouse, offering three private outdoor terraces.
Each magnificent living room touts views of Central Park and a wall length, custom-built walnut bookcase that surrounds a decorative fireplace. Kitchens offer stainless steel appliances and wine storage by Miele, Carrara marble backsplashes and countertops, and Siematic PUR-matte lacquer cabinets. Master bathrooms boast stunning Sicis Italian mosaic tile flooring, Carre French ceramic tile walls, Carrara marble countertops and Lefroy Brooks fixtures throughout. They also offer custom six-foot Signature Catalina soaking tubs and separate glass enclosed showers. Each residence is equipped with Miele washers and dryers.
Residents of 22 Central Park South are able to access the luxurious health and beauty amenities next door at The Plaza Hotel including La Palestra, a contemporary fitness facility, Caudalie Spa, and Warren Tricomi Salon. 22 Central Park South will also have its own private doorman and concierge service.
Just across the street from Central Park, 22 Central Park South is close to some of the city’s finest restaurants, hotels, shopping and cultural institutions, including The Shops at Columbus Circle, the Time Warner Center, Lincoln Center, The Plaza Food Hall, Barney’s, The Shops at The Plaza, and Fifth Avenue’s illustrious retail district which features the acclaimed Bergdorf Goodman.
Residences are priced from $6,700,000 through $26,500,000 for the penthouse. For more information log on to http://www.22centralparksouth.com or call +1-212-588-5606.
Source: Elad Group

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October 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

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Singapore’s New Business Formation Data Shows Resilience, Reports Janus Corporate Solutions

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Janus Corporate Solutions released its third quarter report for 2013 providing statistical data and analysis of business formation trends in Singapore.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The latest quarterly Singapore Business Formation Statistics Report released by Janus Corporate Solutions shows a total of 15,457 new business formations in Singapore during the third quarter of 2013. The figure represents an 8.45% increase from the prior year. This reconfirms the overall trend of continued growth from the past year even though the figures show a slight decline from the previous exceptionally robust quarter.

The report is available on Janus’s website at http://www.guidemesingapore.com/docs/singapore-business-formation-trends-2013-q3.pd.

The statistics published in the report show a largely stable breakdown with private limited companies continuing to take up majority of the business entity types at 8,809 formations, of which 84.48% were exempt private limited companies (EPC). The continued dominance of this entity type may be attributed to the tax incentives that are available to eligible EPCs.

For the first time, this quarterly report includes figures on the number of branch offices registered in Q3, which registered at a total of 55 formations. The addition of this entity type to the analysis reflects the rising number of foreign companies looking to expand their businesses to the region. With a strong reputation as the leading trade and investment hub in the region, Singapore continues to enjoy a high volume of new businesses engaged in wholesale trade and financial services. Similarly, the city-state’s strategic location, stable government, transparent economy and efficient infrastructures have instilled confidence in foreign investors and in turn saw an encouraging number of MNCs favouring Singapore as a base to set up regional presence.

Further analysis by Janus Corporate Solutions reveal that 66% of new businesses had only Singapore-based shareholders, proving the effectiveness of the Singapore government’s persistent efforts to promote local entrepreneurship through attractive schemes and grants.

“The steady growth in number of business formations despite the continued struggles of the global economy is a testament to Singapore’s economic strength,” said Ms. Jacqueline Low, Chief Operating Officer of Janus Corporate Solutions. She added that, “Looking at the recent statistics released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the high year-on-year growth of 5.1% in the third quarter is indicative of the country’s positive economic outlook in spite of volatility in global markets.”

Political stability, pro-business policies, low tax rates, and efficient infrastructures are some of the key attributes highlighted by Ms. Low that have set Singapore apart from and ahead of other business hubs. In addition, she observed that, “The concerted efforts by the Singapore government to increase productivity and innovation amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have cultivated a vibrant entrepreneurial environment.”

About Janus Corporate Solutions Pte Ltd
Janus Corporate Solutions is a leading Singapore-based corporate services firm that provides quick and cost-effective Singapore company formation, immigration, accounting and tax filing services to businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide. For more information, please visit our website: www.GuideMeSingapore.com.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Jacqueline Low
Janus Corporate Solutions, Singapore
Tel: +65-6222-7445
Email: media@guidemesingapore.com

Related Links:
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Source: Janus Corporate Solutions

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October 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

Airbus Calls on Aviation Industry to Set a New Standard for Long Haul Comfort

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LONDON/PRNewswire/ —
Airbus proposes 18 inch (45.72cm) seat width as the standard for future long haul economy air travel
Today Airbus reveals new research into the impact seat width makes to levels of passenger comfort on board long haul economy flights; calling on the aviation industry to set a minimum standard of 18 inches (45.72cm) in order to improve the future comfort of long haul air travel.
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The groundbreaking research conducted by Harley Street medical practice The London Sleep Centre, using polysomnography* to record every standard physiological sleep measurement – including monitoring brainwaves, eye, abdominal, chest and hip leg movement – on a selection of passengers, revealed that a minimum seat width of 18 inches improved passenger sleep quality by 53% when compared to the 1950s 17 inch standard.
Dr Irshaad Ebrahim MBChB MRCPsych of The London Sleep Centre commented: “The difference was significant. All passengers experienced a deeper, less disturbed and longer night’s sleep in the 18 inch seat. They went from one sleep stage to the next as you would expect them to do under normal circumstances. Whilst in the narrower 17 inch seat the passengers were affected by numerous disturbances during sleep – which meant they rarely experienced deep restorative sleep. When it comes to flying long haul in economy, an inch makes a huge difference on passenger comfort.”
Air transport has changed significantly over the last 50 years. There are more passengers, flying further for longer distances. In the last five years alone the number of flights over 6,000 nautical miles (13+ hours flight time) has increased by 70% from 24 to 41 daily flights. In 1998 no flight over 7,000 nautical miles had ever taken place. In the next 15 years passenger traffic will double and by 2032, the world’s airlines will take delivery of more than 29,220 new passenger and freighter aircraft.
Kevin Keniston, Airbus’ Head of Passenger Comfort, comments: “If the aviation industry doesn’t take a stand right now then we risk jeopardising passenger comfort into 2045 and beyond – especially if you take into account aircraft delivery timetables combined with expected years in service. Which means another generation of passengers will be consigned to seats which are based on outdated standards.”
Airbus has always maintained a standard of 18 inch (45.72cm) minimum in its long haul economy cabins. However, other manufacturers are eroding passenger comfort standards by going back to narrower seat widths from the 1950s in order to remain competitive. Changing Body Mass Index (BMI) and perspectives on personal space have encouraged other industries, such as leisure and automotive, to re-think seat width. And recent research conducted into long haul economy passengers across international airports revealed that seat comfort is now the most important criteria when booking a long distance flight in economy, even over the schedule of the flight.
Kevin Keniston adds: “Our research reveals that not only does seat width make a dramatic impact on passenger comfort but there is now a growing cohort of discerning economy passengers who are not prepared to accept long haul 17 inch crusher seats and instead will choose airlines that offer better seat comfort, often turning to social media or specialist websites to determine true seat value. Thankfully passengers these days have a choice and they are choosing to put comfort first. We are encouraging them to be aware of the difference an inch makes in long haul economy.”
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More on the research
*The full polysomnography recorded every standard physiological sleep measurement on a selection of passengers, including brainwaves, eye, abdominal, chest and hip leg movement. The study design followed established principles of clinical study – this was a cross-over study to assess the impact on sleep variables by two different seat sizes – 17 and 18 inches in a small sample of six healthy adults who had been previously screened for the presence of medical and sleep disorders. The cabin environment was structured to simulate as close as possible the true flight environment from the start including lighting to replicate sunset and sunrise, aircraft take-off and background sounds, in-flight entertainment and catering. (October 2013)
All participants in the study were of average BMI with no record of health or sleep issues and were kept blind to the purpose of the study. Each completed a series of nights sleep in flight simulations re-creating long haul economy passenger experience, all variables were kept constant apart from the width of the seat which changed between 17 and 18 inches.
Objective (Scientific Data) – Improvement in Sleep Quality variables by up to 53%
The time it took to fall asleep (also called Sleep Onset Latency) showed an improvement of 14.7% (6 minutes) on the 18 inch seat;
The number of awakenings after falling asleep (Wake After Sleep Onset – WASO) showed an average reduction of 28 minutes on the 18 inch seat
Arousal Index – the most sensitive measure of SQ – measures number and frequency of disturbances to the brain waves during the course of the night – showed an average 53% improvement on the 18″ seat
Limb Twitches were reduced by 11% on the 18″ seat
Subjective (participant data)
67% of study participants reported better Sleep Quality and 86% of participants reported improved Sleep Quantity on the 18 inch seat
Source: Airbus

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October 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

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