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Houston’s Second Tim Hortons® Restaurant Set to Open on Richey Road

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons ®, – the beloved coffee and bakery shop, founded in Canada and popular in the northern US – is expanding its presence in Texas with the opening of its second Houston-area restaurant. On December 16 th, Tim Hortons will celebrate the grand opening of its location at 5312 W Richey Rd Houston, TX 77066. The popular chain famous for its iced and hot coffee, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches, opened its first Texas restaurant in Katy in September of this year. Tims is excited to bring back the fan-favorite, grand opening giveaway – the first 50 guests to arrive win free coffee for a year!* Beginning at 5 a.m. on December 16 th the event will feature fun prizes, food samples, and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guests can also enjoy Timbits or breakfast sandwiches and get refreshed with iced beverages like Cold Brew or TimsBoost energy infusions. “We’ve received such a warm welcome from the Houston community since our grand opening in Katy earlier this year,” said Ekrem Ozer, President of Tim Hortons, U.S. “We’re excited to continue to grow our presence in this community and get to know more Houstonians with the opening of our Richey Road restaurant.” World-renowned for its Original Blend coffee, that is always brewed fresh every 20-minutes, Tim Hortons also serves a variety of beverage options, including Cold Brew with cold foam, hot and iced lattes, its famous Iced Capp® beverages, TimsBoost energy infusions, Tim Hortons Refreshers and more. Guests can also enjoy quality food options like made-to-order breakfast sandwiches made with freshly cracked eggs, hand-dipped and glazed donuts, and a variety of donut holes affectionately known as “Timbits”. Tim Hortons new Richey Road coffee shop will be open every day from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and serve guests through its double drive-thru and dine-in seating. Tim Hortons also provides an integrated digital experience with mobile order and pay, delivery, and the Tims Rewards loyalty program, which allows guests to earn points and redeem on Tims favorites. Supporting the communities it serves is a key part of the Tim Hortons brand. Every year on Tim Hortons Camp Day, 100 percent of purchases from every coffee sold are donated to Tim Hortons Foundation Camps, which supports youth from disadvantaged circumstances. And its annual week-long Smile Cookie campaign donates 100 percent of the purchase price from Smile Cookies to local charities in every Tim Hortons community. To date, more than $235 million has been raised through Camp Day and Smile Cookie across North America. Tim Hortons was established in 1964 by its namesake founder and legendary hockey player, Tim Horton, a member of the official list of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Since then, Tim Hortons has grown to over 5,000 locations across the globe and is already one of the largest coffee chains in the U.S., with over 600 locations primarily concentrated in Ohio, Michigan and western New York. From Tim Horton’s humble beginnings in Canada, he worked hard to become a world-class athlete and sought to have a big impact in his community by opening coffee shops to create “a place where anyone can go at any time and feel at home.” * No purchase necessary to enter or win a prize. Must be a Texas resident 18+ to participate. For “First 50 –Free Coffee for a Year” prizes, promotion ends sooner of December 16 th, 2022, at 11:59pm CT, or when first 50 participants visit the Tim Hortons at 5312 W Richey Rd Houston, TX 77066. “Free Coffee for a Year” fulfilled as equivalent of one, small hot or cold brewed coffee per day for a year. Prize redemption valid at Richey Rd location only. About Tim Hortons® Tim Hortons® is one of North America's largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of guest tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, teas and our famous Iced Capp® Beverages), baked goods, hot breakfast sandwiches, breakfast snacking items, and other food products. Tim Hortons has more than 4,800 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and around the world. More information about the company is available at timhortons.com. For more information, visit timhortons.com/texas and follow Tim Hortons on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Alison Brod Marketing + Communications Adrianna Lauricella +1 212-230-1800 tims@abmc-us.com Company Website https://www.timhortons.com/

December 07, 2022 11:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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'Tis the Season-ally Inspired Holiday Menus at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

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Charlotte, NC ( 500NewsWire ) -- Firebirds Wood Fired Grill introduces new holiday lunch and dinner menus just in time to make any celebration a memorable one this holiday season. From hand-cut wood-fire grilled NY Strip, and certified Duroc pork chop with cognac cream sauce, to Bananas Foster Bread Pudding for dessert, Firebirds’ limited time scratch-made menus are available now through January 3. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is known for its signature hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood hand-fileted in-house and seared over locally sourced hickory, oak, or pecan wood on Firebirds’ exposed wood-fired grill. Firebirds’ seasonal Lunch Menu includes suggested wine pairings, and features: NY Strip (10oz.) BLT butter / choice of side Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon Parmesan Crusted Mahi Coal-roasted tomato-basil sauce / “loaded “ember-grilled corn / fresh asparagus Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Chardonnay Lump Crab Cakes Bold remoulade / wonton slaw / seasoned steak fries Suggested wine pairing: Firebirds Private Label Chardonnay Guests can enhance their entrées by adding: Lump Crab Cake Lobster Mac & Cheese Dessert Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Vanilla bean ice cream / spiced pecans / crispy cinnamon-sugar tortilla Firebirds’ seasonal Dinner Menu includes suggested wine pairings, and features: NY Strip (14oz.) BLT butter / choice of side Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon Tomahawk Prime Pork Chop Wood-grilled, certified Duroc pork chop / cognac cream sauce / red wine-poached apples / green chile mac & cheese Suggested wine pairing: Acrobat Pinot Noir Parmesan Crusted Mahi Coal-roasted tomato-basil sauce / “loaded “ember-grilled corn / fresh asparagus Suggested wine pairing: Decoy Chardonnay Lump Crab Cakes Bold remoulade / wonton slaw / seasoned steak fries Suggested wine pairing: Firebirds Private Label Chardonnay Guests can enhance their entrees by adding: Lump Crab Cake Lobster Mac & Cheese Dessert Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Vanilla bean ice cream / spiced pecans / crispy cinnamon-sugar tortilla Many of the restaurant’s dishes are created using fresh seasonal ingredients. Gluten-sensitive menu items, such as Grilled Tenderloin Salad, Wood Grilled Salmon, and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, are also available. Firebirds offers catering, online ordering for ToGo and delivery options. In addition, Firebirds is offering a holiday gift card promotion. For every $100 in gift cards purchased in-store or online, guests will receive $20 in “bonus cards.” This special offer is available now through December 31st and “bonus cards” are valid for redemption from January 1 through February 9, 2023. For more information visit firebirdsrestaurants.com/gift-cards/. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill’s FIREBAR® offers an impressive array of seasonal cocktails, craft beer, bourbon, after-dinner drinks, Firebirds’ private label wine, hand crafted mocktails and more. Popular specialties include Wine Down Mondays, and happy hour in the FIREBAR® and on the Patio every Monday through Friday from 4PM – 7PM. Happy Hour times vary. Visit FirebirdsRestaurants.com to make a reservation, order ToGo online, or register to become a member of Firebirds’ Inner Circle and be the first to hear about upcoming events, promotions, new menu items and exclusive offers. Members receive a gift for joining and a gift for their birthday. About Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, a polished casual American restaurant, is an energetic twist on the traditional grill featuring a boldly flavored menu in a stylish, fire-centric atmosphere. Signature menu items include hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood hand-fileted in-house and seared over locally sourced hickory, oak, or pecan wood on Firebirds’ exposed wood-fired grill. Complementing its inviting dining room, a patio with seasonal comforts and the award-winning FIREBAR® are additional gathering spaces inside the restaurant. Firebirds has been named one of ten ‘Breakout Brands’ by Nation’s Restaurant News, and the 2022 Diners’ Choice Winner awarded by OpenTable. Firebirds supports sustainability efforts and partners with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, having surpassed $3 million raised for childhood cancer research through the sale of fresh-squeezed lemonade. To become a member of Firebirds Inner Circle, order ToGo online or to make a reservation visit firebirdsrestaurants.com. Contact Details Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Lesley Gamwell +1 404-309-6915 lgamwell@rountreegroup.com Company Website https://firebirdsrestaurants.com/

December 07, 2022 08:59 AM Eastern Standard Time

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This Project Might Give Web3 The Radical Refresh It Desperately Needs

Radix

Radix DLT is the world’s first full-stack for DeFi, with the team behind it set on building the foundations for Web3 to truly scale and obsolete traditional finance for good - a feat still to be conquered by those building in the space. While the project isn’t to be fully launched on the public network until next year, after 9 years of building, on December 8, the dedicated and focused minds behind Radix will be unveiling how they plan to radically change the face of finance at the free virtual event, RadFi 2022. Find out more here. Despite the impressive growth registered by DeFi throughout 2021 and beyond, Ethereum and other smart contract platforms have been beset with problems of security and scalability, which has made it difficult for platforms to develop production-quality DApps. The Ethereum network, which first launched smart contracts several years ago, uses its native programming language Solidity, which is fairly easy to learn for simple smart contracts but gets incredibly complex and difficult to make secure. Many who’ve tried it suggest it would take years of programming experience with Solidity before it can be used to create secure and stable code. As a result, it’s prone to hacks, exploits, and failures even when built by experienced developers. If DeFi is to go mainstream, it needs to be able to radically improve in order to support a global shift for the $400 trillion banking and financial system that currently hosts billions of users worldwide. Why Have Web 3.0 And DeFi Development Suffered? At the core of what it takes to enable a digital ecosystem to thrive is its developers - a demographic who, ironically, has had one of the toughest onboarding journeys into Web 3.0 so far. Despite the growth of developers in Web 3.0 continuing to somewhat increase, only a small percentage of the world’s software engineers currently work in Web 3.0. The number of developers working specifically on DeFi projects is even smaller, and there are nowhere near enough programmers to achieve the scale of DeFi envisioned by its proponents. Of the almost 30 million developers globally, those trying to break into Web 3.0 are just a fraction. Here are some stats from the Electric Capital Developer Report (2021) on Web3 developers: 18,000+ monthly active developers commit code in open-source crypto and Web3 projects. 34,000+ new developers committed code in 2021 alone, which is the highest so far. 2,500+ developers are working on DeFi projects. Less than 1,000 full-time developers are responsible for over $100 billion in total value locked in smart contracts. The team building Radix believes there are four major barriers DeFi developers face that are hindering the growth of DeFi. Its goal is to solve these problems through four crucial technologies that build the backbone of the Radix network: Achieve scalability without breaking DeFi composability, for which Radix developed Cerberus consensus protocol Avoid smart contract app hacks, exploits, and failures through its Radix engine Build interoperable DeFi dApps faster through the creation of a DeFi blueprint catalog of reusable code Incentivize the decentralized development community through its developer royalties program, which is directly managed by the platform After nine years of innovative development leading to an impressive roadmap, those behind the project are about to finally unveil exactly how Radix’s radically different infrastructure will finally take Web3 mainstream. Radix is building “the future of DeFi” on an asset-oriented approach, which is fundamentally different from Ethereum and almost anything else currently existing within the ecosystem. With Ethereum smart contracts, users don't actually hold or directly control their tokens, and instead rely completely on the smart contract and its ability to maintain a list of balances that defines the “ownership” of each token. Unlike most smart contract platforms where your tokens aren’t actually stored in your wallet, with asset-oriented DeFi built on the Radix Engine, users will actually hold their tokens within their own smart contract account on ledger and would not need the approval of other smart contracts to spend their own tokens. They can also define exactly how many tokens they intend to pass to or receive back from smart contracts - vastly improving security and enabling the concept of a “trustless” ecosystem to thrive. To make the advantages of an asset-oriented paradigm real and usable for developers, Radix has built its own custom programming language, Scrypto, which enables the Radix Engine’s unique features while maintaining a much-improved development experience with expressive logic. Scrypto’s asset-oriented features, and the lifecycle of a “component” (a Scrypto smart contract), would naturally allow developers to focus on their own business logic and lean on the Radix Engine for intuitive, safe handling of assets. Once the final deployment of Radix is complete, developers who build on the network will be able to build efficient, secure, and usable products much easier than ever before, and in a way that resembles the fast-adopted simplicity of traditional fintech. The team behind Radix doesn’t seem to do anything by halves. Ahead of the release of ‘Babylon’ next year – the DeFi ecosystem that will enable Scrypto “component” smart contracts to run on network – Scrypto was made available in a private environment earlier this year for developers to experiment with early builds & tests. Within mere months, excitement was buzzing among the developers who took up the opportunity, with many pointing out the considerably cleaner experience in comparison to other smart contract languages. Scrypto has been gaining more and more traction since, with more than 130 projects now having been built onto the platform before it’s even public. Here are some excerpts from those building on the project so far: “Using Scrypto is kind of like bowling with the bumper walls up so you can't hit the gutter (hacks, bugs, composability issues) and it's faster/easier to get a strike.” “Scrypto is a game-changer. Once folks from the other ecosystems figure it out, they will come to Radix to build. We'll see an explosion of DApps being built for the network.” One analogy is a visual comparison of a poor man's toolbox with a hammer, wrench, and ruler (solidity tools) vs a fully sponsored workshop with power tools, a lathe, a table saw (scrypto tools) Recurring events like that of FTX’s demise prove the crypto industry needs to migrate from trusting centralized institutions often held to little accountability, to public decentralized ledgers – where all holdings and transactions are transparent, and where users actually control their own funds. If the Radix technology roadmap is delivered, the project might just be the first to truly build what’s needed to enable a new, improved, financial ecosystem powered by Web3. On Dec 8, Radix is hosting a free virtual event — RadFi 2022 — with over 10,000 people pre-registered, where the minds behind the project will unveil how they plan to take DeFi mainstream. Find out more here. Read Radix’s whitepaper on DeFi here to educate yourself on the company’s ambitious and transformative project before heading to RadFi 2022. To read the most recent Benzinga articles on Radix click here and here. If you would like to know about Radix’s journey and its products, visit the company website. DeFi needs to be better - and it’s about to get radically better with Radix. Get your free ticket to join RadFi2022 on December 8 and learn what the future holds for decentralized finance. Find out how. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Amy Wilkinson amy.wilkinson@rdx.works

December 07, 2022 08:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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What Are Functional Beverages And Why Are They All The Rage?

Real McCoy Tea Company (DBA KombuchaTown)

Interested in investing in Kombucha Town’s campaign? Click here to get started. Functional beverages encompass a range of familiar drinks you can find in your local supermarket that includes dairy-based beverages, probiotic drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, meal replacers, caffeinated beverages and vegetable or fruit juices. Functional beverages are different from drinks like soda because they include desirable nutrients and bioactive compounds like antioxidants and vitamins. Functional beverages are designed to address different body concerns and improve overall health. Take kombucha as an example. Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that, when done right, can have great health benefits. The tea is made by adding a symbiotic colony of good bacteria and yeast to sweetened tea. The culture feeds on the sugars during fermentation, which produces alcohol and amino acids. This process helps with gut health and digestion, among other health benefits. Functional beverages have been known to improve overall physical health and even decrease the risk of disease progression. Kombucha has been known to help with some of the neurological effects of Alzheimer's disease. COCID-19 accelerated an already-growing interest in the wellness industry, including functional beverages. According to Precedence Research, in 2021 the global functional beverage market was valued at $129.21 billion. The industry is projected to be worth $279.4 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate of 8.94% from 2022 to 2030. Digestive health products like kombucha are among the fastest-growing categories in the functional beverage industry. However, despite the interest in the functional beverage space, many of the products on the market may not be as healthy as they seem. Nutritionists warn consumers to be wary of brands offering healthy drinks and to always read the labels. The beverage industry is fraught with sugary drinks and artificial ingredients. Kombucha Town is a functional beverage company determined to back its health claims. It debuted its first kombucha product in 2011 and since then has expanded its product line to include kombucha, balanced energy drinks, seltzer and a sports drink line. Each product is designed to maximize health benefits and provide customers with functional beverages that actually work. What sets Kombucha Town apart is its isolated, highest-quality kombucha culture. The team chooses the healthiest cultures from each batch and between 170,000,000 and 240,000,000 live active cultures to thrive in each serving the company offers. Kombucha Town is also dedicated to helping the environment. Standing out from its competitors, Kombucha Town was the first kombucha brewery to package products in a 16-ounce aluminum can. This packaging is recyclable, lightweight and space efficient which helps cut down on distribution waste. The cans are also made in the U.S. The facility is 100% offset by renewable energy through Puget Sound Energy. Kombucha Town also has a partnership with One Tree Planted. When Kombucha Town has held investment raises, One Tree Planted has planted trees corresponding with different raise amounts. Could Kombucha Town Be Well-Positioned To Become A Leader In The Functional Beverage Industry? Kombucha Town reports flourishing and becoming a pioneering company in the kombucha space with its canned kombucha. Kombucha Town is sold in over 1,200 stores nationally, including Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Safeway/Albertsons and Sprouts. In 2019, the company brought in $1.2 million in revenue. In 2021, the company had over $555,000 in sales. In 2022 Kombucha Town has sold over $850,000 they are on track to surpass their pre covid numbers in 2023 and do it profitably. Kombucha Town is holding a crowdfunding raise on Republic to help with its growth. Founder Chris McCoy is hopeful that Kombucha Town will continue to grow into even more of a leader in the functional beverage space. Having forecasted a return to pre-COVID sales in 2022, the company expects to keep growing from there. Click here to read more about Kombucha Town’s raise and how to invest! Founder & CEO Chris McCoy brewed his first kombucha in 2007 while studying Environmental Science and Economics in college. He founded Kombucha Town in 2011 to support his mother with early onset Alzheimer’s. Now he is on a mission to disrupt the toxic food system and repair environmental damage done by large manufacturers. Kombucha Town’s mission is to enable healthy and active lifestyles. We believe in being good for and good for the planet by being fair trade and organic certified. Kombucha Town is based out of Bellingham Washington where we do all our manufacturing with the natural ingredients to bring you healthy and delicious beverages. Kombucha Town is focused on doing business a better way by better good for consumers and good for the planet. We embody environmentalism in our partnership and certification such as 1% for the planet and 1 tree planted. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Chris McCoy Chris@KombuchaTown.com

December 07, 2022 08:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CleverTap Unveils RenderMax

CleverTap

CleverTap, the World's #1 Retention Cloud today unveiled RenderMax – a proprietary technology that can increase mobile push notification render rates up to 90% on low-end Android devices. Push notifications have the power to increase customer retention rates anywhere from 3 - 10 times. Most marketers just focus on their push notification delivery rates, but a “delivered" notification that doesn't render on the user’s device is a wasted effort. For those who equate delivery and rendering as equal, render rate is the percentage of the number of push notifications the end user received (and were rendered) on the user’s device compared to the total number of push notifications that were sent. All Chinese OEM devices use a custom variant of the stock Android OS. To optimize battery consumption, these OS variants are configured to bypass the Google/Firebase push delivery service, resulting in low delivery rates and even lower render rates. RenderMax gives CleverTap customers a significant competitive advantage as they can now engage users they could not before and elevate the ROI from their push campaigns. This is especially true for devices that are in battery saver mode or cannot be reached due to inactivity. “RenderMax is a testament to our continued commitment towards product development and innovation. Low render rates stifle the true potential of mobile push notifications. We are confident that with RenderMax, brands will be able to harness the full power of push notifications. What’s interesting is that we are offering RenderMax to all customers at no additional cost to any brand that wants to try it out.” said Anand Jain, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, CleverTap. Betterhalf, India's first and only marriage super app was provided an early access to RenderMax and their push notification render rates more than doubled! Shankar Krishnamurthy, Group Product Manager, Betterhalf said, “At Betterhalf, mobile push notifications are critical for our business. With CleverTap’s innovative RenderMax solution our push notification render rates have skyrocketed to 85%.” RenderMax powers up the render rates of customers’ push notifications, amplifies the push notification reach, and maximizes user engagement. Enhancing the reach of push notifications can help CleverTap customers lower costs, increase engagement and conversion rates, and reduce churn. “The CleverTap platform has a great breadth of capabilities, and this innovative mobile push solution will certainly help them stay much ahead of the competition,” Shankar added. CleverTap RenderMax works with Android OEMs such as Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, One Plus, POCO, Realme, and Samsung. About CleverTap CleverTap is the World's #1 Retention Cloud that helps app-first brands personalize and optimize all consumer touch points to improve user engagement, retention, and lifetime value. It's the only solution built to address the needs of retention and growth teams, with audience analytics, deep-segmentation, multi-channel engagement, product recommendations, and automation in one unified product. The platform is powered by TesseractDB™ - the world’s first purpose-built database for customer engagement, offering both speed and economies of scale. CleverTap is trusted by 1500 customers, including Gojek, ShopX, Electronic Arts, TED, English Premier League, TD Bank, Carousell, AirAsia, Papa John’s, and Tesco. Backed by leading investors such as Sequoia India, Tiger Global, Accel, and CDPQ the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with presence in San Francisco, New York, São Paulo, Bogota, London, Amsterdam, Sofia, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, and Jakarta. For more information, visit clevertap.com or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter. Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release may represent CleverTap's belief in connection with future events and may be forward-looking statements, or statements of future expectations based on currently available information. CleverTap cautions that such statements are naturally subject to risks and uncertainties that could result in the actual outcome being absolutely different from the results anticipated by the statements mentioned in the press release. Factors such as the development of general economic conditions affecting our business, future market conditions, our ability to maintain cost advantages, uncertainty with respect to earnings, corporate actions, client concentration, reduced demand, liability or damages in our service contracts, unusual catastrophic loss events, war, political instability, changes in government policies or laws, legal restrictions impacting our business, impact of pandemic, epidemic, any natural calamity and other factors that are naturally beyond our control, changes in the capital markets and other circumstances may cause the actual events or results to be materially different, from those anticipated by such statements. CleverTap does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or updated or revised status of such statements. Therefore, in no case whatsoever will CleverTap and its affiliate companies be liable to anyone for any decision made or action taken in conjunction with the information and/or statements in this press release or any related damages. Contact Details Sony Shetty sony@clevertap.com Company Website https://clevertap.com/

December 07, 2022 05:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Travelers Institute and Cambridge Mobile Telematics Release Educational Guide to Help Curb Distracted Driving

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The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV ), recently released “ Every Second Matters®: Reducing Distracted Driving, One Voice at a Time,” an educational guide published in partnership with Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), the world’s largest telematics company. “The guide highlights new statistics that show how risky driving behaviors, such as speeding and texting behind the wheel, accelerated during the pandemic,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “Throughout the report, we provide an eye-opening account of the dangers of distraction and arm drivers with important resources for staying safe on the road.” The Every Second Matters guide outlines steps motorists can take to improve their driving habits, including: · Adopt a professional driver’s mindset: Hands on wheel, eyes on road, mind on driving. · Don’t be a distraction: According to the 2022 Travelers Risk Index, nearly 80% of drivers make or take calls while driving, so avoid becoming the distraction – don’t call or text employees, family members and friends while they are on the road. · Activate “Do Not Disturb”: Use this setting while driving to silence notifications and avoid distractions. · Speak up: Let risky drivers know of their dangerous behavior and encourage others to do the same when they are passengers in a car. · Get feedback: Consider enrolling in a telematics program that provides feedback as well as incentives for driving safely. The report also highlights the benefits of telematics programs. Data from CMT shows that drivers who open their telematics app more than three times a week are 65% safer and 57% less distracted than those who don’t. “Telematics programs are changing behaviors and reducing distractions on the road,” said Ryan McMahon, Senior Vice President of Strategy at CMT. “By joining a telematics program, drivers are learning about their habits and improving roadway safety for all. Consumers are seeing these benefits, and telematics programs are more popular than ever as a result.” Other key findings from CMT include: · More than 35% of car trips involve some type of phone distraction. · More than 35% of distracted driving happens over 50 mph. · The most distracted drivers are 2.2 times more likely to crash than the least distracted drivers. Through the Every Second Matters distracted driving education initiative, the Travelers Institute publishes materials and hosts events that encourage drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians to play an active role in changing roadway behaviors. To learn more about the Travelers Institute and read the Every Second Matters educational guide, visit travelersinstitute.org. About Cambridge Mobile Telematics Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) is the world’s largest telematics service provider. Its mission is to make the world’s roads and drivers safer. The company’s AI-driven platform, DriveWell®, gathers sensor data from millions of IoT devices — including smartphones, proprietary Tags, connected vehicles, dashcams, and third-party devices — and fuses them with contextual data to create a unified view of vehicle and driver behavior. Companies from personal and commercial auto insurance, automotive, rideshare, smart cities, wireless, financial services, and family safety industries use insights from CMT’s platform to power their risk assessment, safety, claims, and driver improvement programs. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with offices in Budapest, Chennai, Seattle and Tokyo, CMT serves millions of people through 80 programs in 18 countries, including 21 of the top 25 US auto insurers. For more information, visit cmtelematics.com. About the Travelers Institute The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the insurance marketplace and to the financial services industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers’ senior management as well as the technical expertise of many of Travelers’ underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. For more information, visit Travelers.com. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 06, 2022 04:33 PM Eastern Standard Time

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AREAS USA Awarded 15-year Contract to Operate West Virginia Travel Plazas

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Areas USA is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 15-year contract to operate three West Virginia Parkway travel plazas and one snack bar on one of the busiest highways in the United States. The contract is estimated to generate approximately $272 million in revenue over the term of the contract while employing hundreds of local residents. The contract represents a partnership between Areas and the West Virginia Parkways Authority. The WVA Parkways Authority’s mission is to operate and maintain the West Virginia Turnpike safely and efficiently. It provides for the construction, development, and maintenance of 88 miles of interstate roads that constitute the West Virginia Turnpike. The three travel plazas and snack bar are located on Route 77 where nearly 37 million vehicles cruise each year. The route treks along West Virginia’s scenic 88-mile-long parkway, running parallel to the spectacular New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Areas will invest over $15 million into the project and beginning in early 2023, each location will be completely redesigned featuring state-of-the-art amenities encompassing the surrounding natural beauty. Travelers will be greeted by celebrated brands such as Starbucks, Wendy’s, Popeye’s, and Firehouse Subs. In addition, each location features Areas’ own Mountain State Market travel convenience stores offering an authentic sense of place with natural design elements, local artwork, and artisanal offerings from the surrounding community. During the warmer months, Areas will host farmers’ markets featuring local entrepreneurs and musicians to showcase the eclectic bounty from the West Virginia Mountains. Areas strives to become part of the fabric of each community it serves by partnering with local community organizations. This includes cultivating employment opportunities through the “Second Chance Act” program, as well as developing a training and recruitment program with the New River Community and Technical College and the ProStart Restaurant Management program for high school students. Other decisive factors in Areas’ successful bid include innovation in sales formats, a focus on new technological solutions, and a robust customer service platform exuding authentic southern hospitality. Areas will also collaborate with the West Virginia Tourism Commission and the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association to cross-promote the state’s tourism marketing plans. This partnership will ensure Areas remains connected and engaged with the local community throughout the life of the 15-year term. “Areas USA is a world-renowned leader in travel plaza operations, and we could not be happier that they will partner with the WV Turnpike in the operations of our upcoming world-class facilities,” says Jeff Miller, executive director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority. “Through a competitive bid process Areas submitted a proposal that absolutely fit our vision for what we want to offer motorists and patrons who travel our road and visit our facilities. From outstanding food concepts to outdoor dining ideas and their concept of establishing a Mountain State Market, we are very pleased that they have joined us in developing what we feel will be a first-class service experience while embracing and showcasing all that WV has to offer.” “We are thrilled to be a part of the West Virginia community and look forward to showcasing the magnificence of the Mountain State,” says Carlos Bernal, CEO of Areas USA. “Guests will encounter an exceptional experience rich in local heritage at all three travel plazas. From outdoor spaces featuring farmers’ markets, craft shows, and pop-up local attractions to celebrated national brands and local concepts. These plazas are destinations for refueling but also for recharging, relaxing, and preparing for the journey ahead.” About Areas Areas USA is a subsidiary company of Areas. Established in 1968 in Barcelona, Spain the company has become a global leader in the travel hospitality industry generating over $2 billion in annual revenue. The global company has operations in 87 airports, 236 motorway plazas, and 80 train stations in 10 countries. Each year, Areas welcomes 350 million customers in 1,900 restaurants and stores located in major transportation hubs, exhibition centers, and leisure parks. In 2006, Areas entered the US market with its first hospitality contract at Miami International Airport. The US company continued to secure long-term contracts to operate all travel plazas on the Florida Turnpike in 2009 and the Maryland Turnpike in 2012, in addition to winning long-term contracts in several additional major airports. Today, Areas USA operates in 9 airports and 10 travel plazas across 11 US states and currently manages a total of 136 outlets. Areas USA is poised for rapid growth and remains a core focus of the company’s international expansion plans. Contact Details Areas USA Pauline Armbrust +1 305-798-3081 pauline.armbrust@areas.com

December 06, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Mozzeria, a Deaf Owned-and-Operated Pizzeria, Names Richard Horrell New CEO

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Mozzeria, an award-winning and internationally recognized pizzeria, welcomes Richard Horrell as its newest CEO after successfully leading as interim CEO since June 2022. Horrell succeeds Ryan Maliszewski, whose impact and accomplishments on the Mozzeria community will be long-lasting and unforgettable. Horrell plans to build upon Mozzeria’s trailblazing foundation, overseeing its strategic growth by creating more equitable spaces and more opportunities for positive representation of the Deaf community. Richard Horrell is a hard-of-hearing member of the Deaf community with more than 20 years of experience spanning law, business, and education. Before accepting the role of Mozzeria CEO, he was a Senior Program Operations Manager for CSD Social Venture Fund (SVF), a venture capital firm dedicated to funding Deaf-owned businesses. There, Horrell worked closely with Deaf business owners to ensure stability in their operations and prepare them to expand their businesses. “As I humbly and gratefully step into this role, I recognize that Mozzeria is not solely about pizza or profit,” Richard explained. “I believe the real work we are doing is about raising up the community. It's about equity. I believe that Mozzeria, more than anything else, can be a place where Deaf and hard of hearing people can look and see their peers modeling excellence.” “Richard has already had such a positive impact on Mozzeria as interim CEO and through his work with CSD SVF,” said Chris Soukup, Board president of Mozzeria. “We are certain that his diverse professional background uniquely positions him to continue to lead the growth of the Mozzeria brand. We are excited for what the future holds.” Mozzeria was founded in 2011 in San Francisco, making history as the city’s first-ever Deaf-owned restaurant, and it has continued making history ever since. The pizzeria quickly received global acclaim for its authentic, delicious cuisine by the International Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Six years later, Mozzeria partnered with CSD Social Venture Fund in hopes of expanding nationwide. Thanks to this partnership, in 2020 Mozzeria was able to open a second, flourishing location in Washington D.C., despite the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic. Nearly three years later, Mozzeria is poised to continue making an impact under Horrell’s leadership. “As Mozzeria grows, we are gifted with more opportunities to create equitable spaces and model Deaf excellence, showing that Deaf people are capable of anything we set our minds to,” said Horrell. About Mozzeria Mozzeria was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing customers with a welcoming, memorable, and visual environment to experience Deaf culture while working to increase career placement opportunities for Deaf people. Since then, people across the globe have flocked to Mozzeria to get a taste of our famous authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. Mozzeria is proud to be a place where employees can show their talent and feel a shared sense of belonging, all while serving delicious pizza and cuisine inspired from the Campania region in Italy to our customers! Visit http://www.mozzeria.com and follow @EatMozzeria on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. About CSD Social Venture Fund CSD Social Venture Fund (CSD SVF) is one of the only venture capitals in the world supporting Deaf entrepreneurs and Deaf-owned and operated businesses. CSD SVF provides equity investments to Deaf-led businesses that exemplify CSD's values: enhancing Deaf economic power, employing Deaf people, and creating social change. CSD SVF is committed to the success of each business, providing not only financial investment, but also access to tools and resources, enabling each Deaf-led business to thrive. Existing portfolio members include Mozzeria, National Deaf Therapy, DeafTax, Bus Door Films, and Hands on Travel. For more information, please visit https://csdsvf.com/ and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. About Communication Service for the Deaf Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) is the largest Deaf-led social impact organization in the world. For more than four decades, CSD has been a leader in creating and providing accessible and innovative solutions for the Deaf community. Today, CSD continues its work to create opportunities for personal and economic growth within the Deaf community, specifically addressing leadership and employment. For more information, please visit CSD and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Contact Details CSD Katie Murch media@csd.org Company Website https://www.csd.org/

December 06, 2022 09:37 AM Central Standard Time

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Best Non UK Casino Updated - Spicy Jackpots

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Spicy Jackpots is the best non-UK casino, it offers free spins for every deposit, accepts UK players signed on Gamstop, and has more than 4,000 slot games. Spicy Jackpots non UK Casino UK customers looking for the best gaming experience will be delighted to know that there are more options available than ever before and that there is a new name at the top of the tree. When it comes to seeking out the best Non UK casino, slots fans and table game aficionados will be cheered to hear of the elevation of Spicy Jackpots, a standout online casino that has been welcomed with open arms by players both on mobile devices and home computers. The minds behind Spicy Jackpots have reacted to the realisation that they’re in a crowded marketplace and need to stand out. To do this, they have focused on the things that make people become regular casino customers. Realising that this means picking the best games and offering the best promotional bonuses, these have been the twin focal points of Spicy Jackpots’ efforts to join the crowded marketplace that exists in online casinos today. If you want to be the best Non UK casino, then you need to compete with the best on those issues - and that’s what Spicy Jackpots is aiming for. This hasn’t happened overnight: Spicy Jackpots has been the result of a lot of work designed to ensure it could be considered the best Non UK casino when the charts came out ahead of the end of year. To ensure that it has the best games, close relationships have been fostered with the top developers, with names like Yggdrasil and Konami essential to Spicy Jackpots’ provision of games. Equally, a lot of effort has been involved in ensuring that independent developers haven’t been ignored. So often the drivers of innovation in casino gaming, the indies are well represented in Spicy Jackpots’ game lobby. Spicy Jackpots is also keen to ensure that potential gamers don’t miss out on the bonus offering that they have carefully curated. With surveys showing that promotional offers are a major attraction for casino players, they didn’t want to miss out on this element of their offer. From the start, new customers at the casino will be able to benefit from a 400% first deposit bonus - almost unheard of for a new casino - which can bulk a player’s gaming funds by as much as £2000. They also recognise the importance of rewarding customers who come back, which is why there is a string of reload offers that keep the ball rolling when it comes to bonus funds. Why is Spicy Jackpots considered by so many people to be the best Non UK casino? In no small part, it is because the casino has taken the time to figure out what casino customers want, and has gone to great lengths to ensure that this is delivered. Traditional casino players and new customers alike will be attracted by this combination of pull factors, and they’ll stick around to keep playing at Spicy Jackpots because the casino undoubtedly delivers on its promises. It will want to continue to be the best Non UK casino throughout 2023 and beyond. Customers are sure to conclude that that’s worth sticking around for. Spicy Jackpots Non UK Casino Spicy Jackpots offers a range of top of the range casino games, with slots, table games, and live dealer games all available to UK gamers who are signed up to Gamstop. It offers fast, effective live chat for customer support, and exceptional customer offers. Spicy Jackpots Signup Offer New customers to Spicy Jackpots will be immediately impressed by the offer that’s ready for them when they make their first deposit. The initial deposit in this casino is augmented by a 400% matched deposit bonus which can offer as high a lump sum as £2000. This offer is even better than it first appears, though, because the deposit bonus is topped up with 100 Free Spins. That’s just about the most generous opening offer we’ve seen. Spicy Jackpots Reload On top of the initial 400% matched deposit, Spicy Jackpots goes all out to prove it is the best Non UK casino by keeping the bonuses coming for the next five deposits. The second deposit is subject to a 200% match bonus which can be good for up to £1000 (plus 100 free spins). Following on from that, the next four deposits are all matched 100% by the casino, up to £500 apiece with an additional 50 free spins each time. The full total there is £5000 bonus betting funds and a stunning 400 free spins. That’s what they mean by “Spicy”. Spicy Jackpots Banking Spicy Jackpots, in keeping with Non UK casinos, offers a wide range of methods for withdrawal and deposit. You can deposit to your account using credit and debit cards, bank transfers, cryptocurrencies, and EcoPayz. All of these methods are fee-free, and you can withdraw from the casino using bank transfers which are also fee-free. All withdrawals will be processed in a minimum of 48 hours but may take longer to reach your bank account. What is a Non UK casino? The simplest answer to this question is that a Non UK casino is a casino that isn’t from the UK. These casinos are particularly noted for their relative lack of restrictions when compared with standard UK casinos, and they are a popular subsection of casinos that allow UK players to play games. You will generally find that a Non UK casino will have higher limits than casinos that are signed up with the UKGC. They will allow higher deposits, higher maximum bets and higher withdrawals than standard UK casinos. They also tend to offer better deposit bonuses and have excellent customer support structures. Of course, this all might seem to be burying the main point, which is what all of this has to do with Gamstop. If you know of Gamstop, you probably know that it restricts people who have expressed concerns over problem gambling from playing at UK casino sites. So why would you want to play at casinos that went against that? We’ll come to that in a moment. First, though… Why do people play at a Non UK casino? The popularity of Non UK casinos has only got a certain amount to do with the service Gamstop provides in and of itself. UK casinos are heavily restricted, which means that any UK player who wants to play without those restrictions needs to find a Non UK casino to play at. The kicker there is that every UK casino is signed up to the UKGC. At least, every legal casino, and you don’t want to play at illegal casinos. The reasons why go way beyond the obvious. Non UK slot sites have greater freedom to decide what they want to offer their customers, and this generally means that they will offer a much larger range of games. It’s not uncommon to see a Non UK casino with several thousand games, of which the majority will be slot games. However, there will also be plenty of table games, and in the case of Spicy Jackpots, there is also an excellent live casino. When we talk about Non UK casinos, we are referring specifically to casinos that are not licensed in the UK, but do hold gambling licences. These casinos are reliable and reputable, and they will look after your funds, make prompt payouts, and offer excellent customer service, including allowing you to self-exclude if you feel that you are experiencing a gambling problem. While a Non UK casino will offer someone who is self-excluded through Gamstop another way of betting, they are more popular with people who have not signed up to Gamstop, but want the greater level of freedom that comes with playing at Non UK casinos. What is the United Kingdom Gambling Commission? If you’ve come this far and this is the first you’ve ever heard of the UKGC, it may be the case that you are quite confused by now. From context it’s easy enough to put together the basics, but what do the UKGC and gamstop actually do? Gamstop is a service by the UKGC that UK bettors can sign up to when they feel they are experiencing gambling difficulties. If they find themselves unable to stop betting, and they are losing money to the point where it is a problem in their everyday lives, Gamstop exists to provide them with a simple and fully effective way to stay away from UK casinos. In short, Gamstop and the UKGC prevent people from playing at any casino that is under the jurisdiction of the UK government. This means that people can’t play at any UK-based casino, because all such casinos are covered by the UK Gambling Commission. There may be some unlicensed casinos operating in the UK, but they are doing so completely illegally, and to play there is hugely unsafe. How does the UK Gambling Commission work? For the UKGC to be effective, it must be applied to all casinos in the UK, so by law it is impossible for a casino to be operating in the UK, licensed by the UKGC, and not signed up to Gamstop. It is compulsory for UK betting sites. Gamstop works by essentially inserting a layer of security between you and the casino or betting site that you are trying to access. If you are signed up to Gamstop, and try to play at a UK licensed casino, you will see a message telling you that you are banned from the casino and unable to play there. You won’t get as far as the Welcome screen, less still be able to place any bets. Gamstop is not in the business of letting people know that there are alternatives to UK betting sites. People who sign up for Gamstop are, for the most part, ignorant of the existence of casinos outside the UK that accept UK customers. So when they are prevented from playing at UK casinos, as mandated by Gamstop, they are for all intents and purposes barred from playing anywhere. So why do Non UK casinos exist, and what is their purpose? Well, casinos generally exist in other countries. The UK Gambling Commission is not in a position to stop them offering services to UK customers. And as long as they are licensed, it is not impermissible for UK customers to play there. What does Gamstop do? When you sign up to Gamstop, you need to give a certain amount of information to the service, identifying you by name, address, and Date of Birth. This is the information that a UK online casino will hold on you and the information by which Gamstop will identify you when it contacts casinos on your behalf. You don’t need to contact the casinos or betting sites individually - that would take forever and would open you up to temptation; Gamstop will do it all automatically. After you have entered the information Gamstop needs from you, you will then be asked how long you want to remain excluded. There are three possible answers here. You can remain excluded for six months, one year, or five years. You will then be presented with an agreement to conclude online with Gamstop. On clicking to fulfill the agreement, your period of self-exclusion begins. Gamstop will contact every casino automatically, and the casinos will then begin implementing the exclusion on their sites. Generally, it takes a couple of hours to become final, so Gamstop advises you not to try to bet during this time. Now, here is the key point: When you click that you agree to the period of self-exclusion, Gamstop takes that very seriously. You have agreed to exclude yourself from online casinos, and you will be excluded. Even if you want to end this agreement, you can’t. Gamstop will not allow you to break the agreement. If you are trying to think of ways around the agreement, requests you can make, or anything you can do to end the self-exclusion, stop. It’s iron-clad. And it needs to be. Because if you were Gamstop, offering people a way out of problem gambling, and you then allowed them to end their agreement because they asked, you wouldn’t be doing your job. People in the grip of gambling addiction will look for any justification to allow them to bet just once more. If you’re excluded, by choice, for five years, and by the time four months of that has elapsed you feel like your problems have cleared and you’re ready to bet again, safely, you’ll still be excluded for the rest of that five-year period. Even if you’re completely justified in thinking that the causes of your problem have been dealt with and you can bet with a level head, you will be blocked for the next 56 months. And you can’t complain about that, because what if you were just saying that everything was fine so they’d let you bet again? Gamstop only has your word for it, and they’re going to listen to the first thing you told them: “I have a problem, and I need help”. This is how that help works. Advantages of Non UK casinos Taking all of the above into account, then, it is reasonable to ask what the benefits of casinos that aren’t from the UK are. The primary benefits are as follows… Better bonuses. These offshore casinos don’t have to pay the larger licensing fees involved with being a signatory of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, nor do they have to pay UK taxes. They are usually in lower-tax jurisdictions, and they pass this saving on to customers. They’re still regulated. Yes, you might wonder what the risks are in betting at casinos that aren’t licensed in the UK, but they’re really not that major. Casinos located in Malta, Gibraltar and other such jurisdictions still have to work within the law - it’s not like they’re based in some lawless Wild West. Fewer KYC checks. These casinos will need you to make some effort to identify yourself but the tariff of proof is much lower than it is with UK casinos. Once you’re verified, you don’t need to jump through as many hoops. Disadvantages of Non UK casinos It’s not beneficial to generalise, because every casino makes its own plans and interprets laws in its own way. However, there are some disadvantages that are more common with non-UK casinos. Self-exclusion is long and difficult. There can be no denying that Gamstop is a hugely effective and convenient tool. With one click, you can put your problem gambling out of reach. When you’re betting at offshore casinos, there is no single organisation that can stop you from accessing those. You can usually self-exclude at each casino by request, but if you’re a member of lots of them, that can be a drawn-out process. Slower responses to complaints. If a casino is on Gamstop, it means it’s a member of the UKGC. That means if you have a complaint, you can apply pressure to resolve it by invoking the UKGC. If you’re not present in the country where the casino is located, though, you have less leverage to get them to do what you want. Best non UK Casino Games All in all, there is definitely a place for Non UK casinos. We would not recommend them to people experiencing current gambling problems, but as a way of escaping the often excessively strict regulations of the UKGC, they offer an excellent solution for non-problem bettors. onlinecasinos.site is a platform created by casino players for everyone. We strive to offer fellow players a platform that addresses every aspect of online gambling. The information on this site is for entertainment purposes only. Gambling comes with its fair share of risks and it's important to recognize that when using online gambling sites. The Casino sites listed hold a Curacao gambling license and players from around the world can legally play. Wins are taxed. If you have a gambling addiction problem or anyone you know does, call the National Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700. In addition, the following free gambling addiction resources can be of help: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ http://www.ncpgambling.org/ http://www.gamblingtherapy.org/ Contact Details OC Dean +44 7828 798354 onlinecasinosppc@gmail.com Company Website https://onlinecasinos.site/

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