Addison Lee Acquires Flyte Tyme To Boost International Growth

Addison Lee has recently acquired Flyte Tyme, a US executive car firm for $25 million (£20.5 million) to boost its London-based cabbie into one of the largest global chauffeur companies in the world. New Jersey-based Flyte Tyme is the 4th largest executive car operator in the United States with its 375 drivers. The company generated at least $65 million in annual sales last year. With the acquisition of Flyte Tyme, Addison Lee will add airport transfers, event transport services, shuttle services and black car operations to its portfolio.

The deal with Flyte Tyme marks Addison Lee’s 10th acquisition within the last 6 years. The acquisition is part of a strategy intended to boost international growth and to be able to leverage on mobile app in cities outside London. Addison Lee hopes that with the acquisition of Flyte Tyme, it can compete with Uber ride-sharing services, a very stiff competitor in the transport industry.

Last July, Addison Lee acquired Middlesex-based up-market taxi company Tristar that has operations in 80 countries. A year earlier, Addison Lee acquired Cyclone VIP Cars and Couriers that is based in London. In order to strengthen Addison Lee’s existing business in North America, it acquired Flyte Tyme to boost its annual global sales to $400 million.

Addison Lee’s latest acquisition is an important moment for US private equity firm Carlyle Group because of the strong combination Flyte Tyme’s presence in North America with Tristar’s global operations. With Addison Lee’s digital booking platform, Carlyle Group can now be called the leader in ground transportation industry. For the very first time, ground transportation services will be globally managed from a single platform.

To think that Addison Lee started only from one car owned by ex-cabbie John Griffin in 1975 to grow into a fleet of more than 4,800 in Central London. 10 million passengers enjoy the services provided by the firm as they travel across the capital.

Travel from your hotel in Port Douglas to the Cairns airport can be daunting particularly if you are not familiar with the city. However, you have the option of Port Douglas shuttle bus to Cairns airport to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable journey.

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Huge Stained Glass Installation Revealed At Utah Valley University

After over a decade of being under construction, a new work of art has been revealed at the Utah Valley University last month. The installation was huge and t has a length of 200 feet. It is the creation of Tom Holdman, a stained glass artist based in Lehi in partnership with Matthew Holland, the president of Utah Valley University.

The stained glass artwork is called Roots of Knowledge and it is composed of 80 panels. It tells of a story about the human knowledge. The story started with a drawing of a bristlecone pine called Methuselah and it is considered as one of the earliest living organisms on earth.

The 80 panels are made up of around 60,000 pieces of stained glass. The art work’s tale also covered the Roman Empire, the time when Iran got to see how the Jameh Mosque was built, the rise of the rule of Kublai Khan, the age the telephone was invented, the time of the Harlem Renaissance, among many others.

Holland said on an interview during the reveal that he hopes that the art work will still be standing and preserved even after seventy five years have passed. The unveiling was also the perfect opportunity because the University was then celebrating its 75 years anniversary. He also hopes that the stained glass art will inspire more people to seek knowledge, to educate them, to push for what they want and be able to see that they can create a big impact in their community and all over the globe with the help of their principles that is deeply connected with education.

According to the university, the project was made possible by the funding they received amounting to $3 million. The panels that were used for the Roots of Knowledge have been to different parts of the world reaching London, New York and Oxford. The panel was sent to London because it has been presented to the organization that is working in preserving stained glass arts, Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

Your house might not have this majestic work of art but that does not mean you cannot have a new installation such as frameless shower screen.

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Challenges To Expect This Coming Winter Season

Accu Weather forecasts an extended cold and winter season for those living the northern plains to the eastern parts of the United States. The southern half of the US can expect drier and milder winter weather. Winter brings a lot of challenges for HVAC contractors from locating, hiring and retaining qualified workers and staying competitive.

Volatile utility prices are a major concern among homeowners during the winter season. Households that are using natural gas for heating can expect to spend $116 (22%) more this winter because consumption is also expected to increase compared to last winter. The increase in consumption is actually based on the return to temperatures that are closer to normal. Last winter the El Nino phenomenon has resulted to winter temperatures that were 15% warmer than previous winters. Natural gas market is flexible enough to respond to consumer demand because of the colder weather.

Reliance on heating oil is highest in the Northeastern states where at least 22% of the households are using the fuel for space heating. Expect heating oil prices to be higher this year because crude oil prices are predicted to cost 24% more than last winter. Brent crude oil price which is the barometer in determining the prices of US petroleum products is predicted to reach an average of $48/b this year.
In addition to rising prices, many contractors have to ensure that their workforce is busy all round year. HVAC systems require routine maintenance to prevent system failures. More importantly, pre-winter season maintenance allows contractors the opportunity to check on their client’s systems and determine problems before the start of the peak season. Winter will add stress to the HVAC systems and this will cause failures. Clients will also be educated on the importance of energy efficient solutions like dual-fuel systems and geothermal.

Nights are getting colder and days are getting shorter. If the boiler has not been inspected or maintained, it is important to call now for boiler repairs Doncaster while engineers still have the time to respond immediately. As winter draws near, boiler engineers will be up to their necks with calls. Don’t wait until you lose your heat and hot water, act now before it is too late.

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Park Hyatt Bangkok Opening In 2017

The Park Hyatt Bangkok, which was originally set for a 2014 launching, is finally opening its doors by early 2017 in March.

The Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel details

The hotel occupies the level 9 to level 36 in the Central Embassy’s complex located in Bangkok’s central business district. The hotel is linked to a shopping mall and an entertainment centre, featuring 45 restaurants and a cinema.

The exterior was designed by the Amanda Levete Architects, which is based in London. Shingles cover it – an inspiration from tiles in local pagodas. This will be illuminated from behind to give a shimmering effect during the evening.

The hotel has 222 elegant suites and rooms, including 57 various configurations for adjustments catering to guest preferences.

Their décor achieves a home-from-home feel which is fresh and minimalist.

According to the general manager of the hotel, Michael Golden, there will be numerous technology in every room, but not making a guest need any manual. The lights switches will be simple enough. There will be universal sockets and USB ports for charging devices.

The hotel dining as well as entertainment options include a Penthouse Bar & Grill, their entertainment complex comprising three and a half floors with different areas like the VIP area, a speak-easy and restaurant having an open kitchen.

The Embassy Room is going to be the primary dining area at the hotel. They will offer Asian and Western cuisine with focus on seafood.

They will also have a Living Room lounge that offers afternoon tea and light meals. There is also The Bar that specialises in Champagne, creative cocktails and vintage wines.

Their event facilities are laid out over 2,000 square metres, and this includes a bathroom having car park access. Their smaller meeting rooms in Bangkok will open to that of a show kitchen.

According to Golden, Thailand is already becoming a luxury destination – the Tourism Authority of Thailand just recently launched the “amazing Thailand” campaign that focuses on the luxury and high-end accommodation or experiences which one can enjoy, and they will be able to do that with their Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel.

 

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No More Free Soda Refills In France

The French, on the average, are not as overweight as Americans and Europeans but the government is relentless in its drive against obesity. In 2004, France has banned vending machines in schools. In 2011, France required that French fries could only be served once a week in school cafeterias. Last Friday, restaurants were prohibited from offering free refills of soda and other sugary drinks.

Fast food restaurants particularly the foreign chains will feel the pressure of the new law that takes effect immediately to reduce the risks of obesity and diabetes especially among the young. The law is in line with the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that has urged countries to impose a soda tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity.

France has always been at the forefront when tackling issues regarding obesity. Japan is also serious about reducing obesity by requiring companies and local government to measure the waistlines of their employees who are between the ages of 40 and 74. The national law also encourages people to exercise regularly.

In Mexico, sugary drinks were imposed with a 10% surcharge in 2014 to reduce diabetes rates. After a year, the sales of sugary beverages fell by at least 12% while sales of bottled water increased 4%. Similar efforts are underway in Philadelphia, the first major city in the United States to introduce a tax on soda and sugary drinks; however, the tax provoked public outrage.

In 2012, New York planned to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues but the courts turned down the proposal in 2013.  In France, the new law has divided the people although they actually consume fewer soft drinks per capita than residents from other countries.

The overall rate of obesity in France is relatively low but it is only right for the government to discourage the consumption of too much sugary drinks. If you want to lose weight fast and easy, your best option is HCG weight loss drops which when combined with a healthy low calorie diet will allow you to lose an average of at least 1 pound a day.

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