Manoir Hovey Ranks Among Best Hotels in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2017 World’s Best Awards


Manoir Hovey Ranks Among Best Hotels in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2017 World’s Best Awards

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NORTH HATLEY, Quebec, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Manoir Hovey, a five-star luxury resort in the Quebec countryside, has been ranked among the best hotels in the world by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

The romantic Relais & Châteaux resort on the shores of Lake Massawippi appears as one of only three Canadian hotels on the list of Top Hotels in the World. The year-round destination also was named the #2 resort in Canada. The winners were recently announced as part of Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards.

“I’m very proud of our entire team and thankful to our guests and the readers of Travel + Leisure for their support,” said Jason Stafford, Manoir Hovey’s managing director.

This year has seen a string of honors and new experiences at the picturesque resort. Travelers can enjoy an immersive activity that includes an overnight stay at a local farm and breeder. They can also feast on new flavors in the renovated Tap Room Pub, which introduced a new bistro menu, as well as a seasonal Sugar Shack concept featuring flavors of maple, as well as birch syrup made from tapping Manoir Hovey trees.

Chef Francis Wolf’s innovative cuisine continues to earn him accolades. He was named Young Talent of the Year 2017 by Gault & Millau in the organization’s first gastronomic guide focusing on Quebec. A part of the Manoir Hovey team since 2002, his bold, terroir-driven cuisine features flavors of the season, from wild mushrooms and other foraged edibles in the summer to free-range poultry and fowl in the fall.

In other news, Manoir Hovey will join the prestigious American Express Fine Resorts & Hotels collection beginning in 2018, which is exclusively for American Express Platinum card holders.

The Manoir Hovey experience includes “snowga” (yoga in the snow) and other unique ways to unwind and make memories in a timeless lakeside setting. An on-site teepee provides a touch of elegant whimsy and is an ideal spot for relaxing with a drink and reliving the adventures of the day. Also offered at Manoir Hovey are kayaking, ice fishing, foraging, tennis and more.

About Manoir Hovey

Located just 90 minutes from Montreal, Manoir Hovey is a five-star Relais & Châteaux property on the shores of Lake Massawippi. One of Canada’s most charming and romantic inns, Manoir Hovey has 37 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, year-round activities, and hosts weddings, conferences and special events. Its award winning restaurant, Le Hatley, showcases ambitious terroir-driven Quebec cuisine and an extensive wine list. Overlooking the lake and surrounded by English gardens, the dining room has a tranquil setting with breathtaking views.

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ServiceBench® Selected by Leading Home Services and Warranty Company

ServiceBench® Selected by Leading Home Services and Warranty Company

The ServiceBench cloud-based service management system will help Cross Country Home Services reduce service partner response time, improve customer experience

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COLUMBIA, Md., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – ServiceBench, the leading provider of integrated service management solutions, announced a partnership with Cross Country Home Services (CCHS), a leader in home repair, maintenance and warranty services, to help CCHS improve resolution times for its customers.

ServiceBench will help CCHS’ expert service partners achieve more efficient job management and business operations by deploying a fully customized version of ServiceBench’s cloud-based software platform modules including job management, dispatch, field service mobile, parts supplier integrations, claims and analytics for managing all service activities. The solution will provide CCHS with a full 360° view of each job dispatched to a third-party service professional.

“Our solution will provide CCHS with a fully integrated 360° view of all jobs dispatched to third-party service pros,” said Louis Rose, vice president and general manager, ServiceBench. “This aligns with our vision to seamlessly connect all trading partners in the service supply chain to maximize the customer service experience.”

The partnership comes as CCHS continues to seek new avenues to digitize and improve the customer experience, strengthen its value proposition with service partners, and boost its productivity and efficiency as the company continues its rapid growth.

“We’re committed to solving our customers’ problems and supporting our service partners to improve their efficiency and effectiveness,” said Steve Upshaw, CCHS chief executive officer. “That’s why we partnered with ServiceBench to help create a seamless service experience as the new platform simplifies the claims process through in-home approvals. This is the first of many announcements to come as we continue to invest in new technologies to accelerate our digital transformation.”

About Cross Country Home Services

Cross Country Home Services, Inc. (CCHS) is dedicated to making home repairs easier and more affordable with its warranty products and maintenance plans. Since 1978, the company has built a reputation for excellence, and today, is one of the nation’s leading providers of these products and services. Consumers can buy home warranties and home maintenance plans directly from CCHS or through select affinity groups, financial institutions, insurance, real estate and utility partners. The products include some of the industry’s best-known brands, including TotalProtect Home Warranty and HMS Home Warranty. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., CCHS is a member of the Cross Country Group, one of the largest privately-held providers of customer service programs in the United States. To learn more about CCHS, please visit

About ServiceBench
ServiceBench, an Asurion company, is a cloud-based software platform that provides a 360-degree view of a Service Event, connecting the people who manufacture, sell, service and warrant products to their consumers and the networks of companies that provide parts, service and install the product. Our tools focus on connecting trade partners, automating cumbersome business logic providing clients with a real time picture of the Service Event, and valuable analytics to better service their consumers. For more information visit



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Insitome Partners with Helix to Illuminate The Story of You

Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 24, 2017

Insitome, your gateway to self-discovery, today announced a partnership with Helix, a personal genomics company that has launched the first online marketplace of DNA-powered products. Insitome will leverage Helix’s innovative Next Generation Sequencing technology to tell genomically-driven stories, or Insights, personalized to an individual’s unique DNA profile. Each Insight will reveal details about traits passed down through hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution.

Today also marks the launch of the first Insitome Insight, Neanderthal: The Very Beginning. The Neanderthal Insight looks at an individual’s DNA for signatures of ancient encounters with Neanderthal ancestors, highlighting specific traits you may have inherited from these human cousins and how they impact life today. Neanderthal: The Very Beginning is available on the Helix marketplace at

To get started, customers order the Neanderthal Insight and a Helix DNA collection kit, which includes everything needed to sequence their DNA. After providing a saliva sample and mailing the sample to Helix’s CLIA- and CAP-accredited lab, Helix sequences the customer’s Exome+. Helix uses Next-Generation Sequencing to read all 22,000 protein-coding genes , unlocking 100X more data than other personal genomics companies offering products in the consumer marketplace today. Helix securely stores and protects customer’s genetic information so they can access and use it with any Helix platform partner of their choosing–all without having to provide another saliva sample.

When the results are complete, Insitome delivers an individualized story via an engaging web or mobile app experience that leads each customer through their unique results and how they fit into the grand narrative of human history.

“Each one of us is a unique product of thousands of generations of striving and success, of hardship and adaptation, of migration and mysterious ancient trysts. The greatest story ever written is the one you carry in your DNA,” said Spencer Wells, founder and CEO of Insitome. “Insitome illuminates your story and reveals your place in human history. That’s incredibly powerful.”

Insitome Insights are built on rigorously peer-reviewed research and technology. As geneticists discover more details about the human genome over the coming months and years, Insitome will continue to add new Insights to reveal the the story of these new discoveries and how they impact you.

The individual traits covered in Insitome’s Neanderthal Insight include:

  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Sun Damage Repair
  • Torso Shape
  • Learning
  • Fat Storage
  • High Altitude Adaptation
  • Interpreting Immune Signals
  • Pathogen Recognition
  • Viral Immune Response
  • Muscle Growth and Development

“Insitome is at the forefront of utilizing genomics to look deeply into our ancient past. We’re excited to team up with them to bring their innovative product to the Helix marketplace,” said Justin Kao, co-founder and SVP at Helix. “We are excited that entrepreneurial teams like Insitome are able to harness the power of our Next Generation Sequencing and proprietary Exome+ technology to layer on insights from DNA into a wide variety of new products, and to launch through the Helix marketplace. Insitome’s focus on storytelling empowers people to unlock some of the mysteries of their past in an educational and entertaining way.”

Insitome’s Neanderthal Insight will be available on the Helix marketplace for $29.99. Individuals just getting started will also purchase an $80 Helix DNA kit to sequence their DNA.

The Insitome team will be featuring Neanderthal at Helix’s platform launch event on August 1, 2017 in San Francisco. For more information, please contact press(at)helix(dot)com.

To learn more about Insitome or to unlock the first chapter of your genomic story, please visit

About Insitome:

The greatest story ever written is the one you carry in your DNA. Insitome is your gateway to self discovery. We chronicle a human saga that spans thousands of generations.

We combine the most advanced sequencing technologies with expert storytelling to help you uncover your personal genomic story, chapter by chapter, trait by trait.

To craft your narrative, we start with your whole exome. We gather millions of data points that are unique to you. From your regional ancestry to your appearance to adaptations to modern life, our series of Insights help you understand the mystery encoded in your DNA.

The science of the genome is evolving quickly. As breakthroughs occur, Insitome delivers new peer-reviewed data to your favorite device. You always have the latest volume.

This story belongs to all of us. Get started for just $30 and the cost of easy, at-home DNA sequencing.

Join us to find your place in human history at

Insitome. Based on a true story.

About Helix:

Helix is a personal genomics company with a simple but powerful mission: to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. We’ve created the first marketplace for DNA-powered products where people can explore diverse and uniquely personalized products developed by high-quality partners. Helix handles sample collection, DNA sequencing, and secure data storage so that our partners can integrate DNA insights into products across a range of categories, including health, fitness, nutrition, entertainment, family, ancestry, and more. From profound insights to just-for-fun discoveries, Helix is here to help people live a fuller life.

Helix is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has a CLIA- and CAP-accredited Next-Generation Sequencing lab in San Diego. Learn more at

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