Hosting checker – Destination Caribbean http://destinationcaribbean.net/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 20:26:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://destinationcaribbean.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Hosting checker – Destination Caribbean http://destinationcaribbean.net/ 32 32 Comelec uses DICT to host a constituency locator and voter status checker https://destinationcaribbean.net/comelec-uses-dict-to-host-a-constituency-locator-and-voter-status-checker/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 10:03:19 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/comelec-uses-dict-to-host-a-constituency-locator-and-voter-status-checker/ THE Electoral Commission (Comelec) contracted the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to host the voter registration status verification and constituency search systems for the May 9 elections. Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) between the two agencies, Comelec Chairman Saiamen Pangarungan said they had partnered with DICT for hosting […]]]>

THE Electoral Commission (Comelec) contracted the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to host the voter registration status verification and constituency search systems for the May 9 elections.

Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) between the two agencies, Comelec Chairman Saiamen Pangarungan said they had partnered with DICT for hosting many online systems essential for the next elections.

“Thanks to DICT’s expertise and facilities, we can expect the hosting of Comelec’s various online applications to be seamless and secure,” Pangarungan said.

“We are fully confident that DICT will provide safe and secure web hosting services for Comelec’s online applications,” he added.

Pangarungan said the voter registration status checker will respond to inquiries regarding the status of voter registration on voter rolls.

On the other hand, the Precinct Finder and Post Finder will inform local and foreign voters if their registration records are active and if they can vote on election day.

The online voter certification application will also be hosted by the DICT, which will allow registered voters to apply for voter certification issuance and pay the fee online.

Pangarungan said the DICT will also host the election results website which will keep the public informed about the election results.

Under the agreement, encrypted data containing the personal information of registered voters will remain under the management, custody and security of Comelec.

The DICT, for its part, will ensure the security of the cloud infrastructure used to host the online services.

In 2016, Comelec’s website was defaced and hacked, which subsequently resulted in a breach of sensitive voter information.

Among the features that have been affected are the website’s Precinct Finder, video demos, and search function. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)

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“Alexa, check my symptoms” – Alexa just added a new symptom checker https://destinationcaribbean.net/alexa-check-my-symptoms-alexa-just-added-a-new-symptom-checker/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/alexa-check-my-symptoms-alexa-just-added-a-new-symptom-checker/ Alexa just got another update which, again, is perhaps as scary as it is helpful. The voice assistant can now offer basic health advice based on your symptoms, much like what you would get from WedMD. And like the always daunting WebMD search, this new feature seems like a broader extension for all sorts of […]]]>

Alexa just got another update which, again, is perhaps as scary as it is helpful. The voice assistant can now offer basic health advice based on your symptoms, much like what you would get from WedMD.

And like the always daunting WebMD search, this new feature seems like a broader extension for all sorts of basic health conditions. If you want to know what your fever, rash, upset stomach, runny nose, or headache means, Alexa might be able to give you some information.

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Central Texas Obsolete and Deficient Bridge Checker. Do you ride on it? https://destinationcaribbean.net/central-texas-obsolete-and-deficient-bridge-checker-do-you-ride-on-it/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/central-texas-obsolete-and-deficient-bridge-checker-do-you-ride-on-it/ AUSTIN (KXAN) – Central Texas is home to more than 4,300 state-inspected bridges, and 780 of them have been classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation. Bridges inspected by TxDOT range from iconic postcard-worthy spans like the Pennybacker Arch Bridge across Lake Austin (which isn’t deficient) […]]]>

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Central Texas is home to more than 4,300 state-inspected bridges, and 780 of them have been classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Bridges inspected by TxDOT range from iconic postcard-worthy spans like the Pennybacker Arch Bridge across Lake Austin (which isn’t deficient) to dry creek culverts that drivers might not even notice. TxDOT assigns a sufficiency rating from 0 to 100—a rating below 50 is poor—for each bridge it inspects. These assessments help guide local decisions about spending on improvements and repairs.

Bridge collapses, such as in Pittsburgh in January, highlight the need to inspect and improve those in poor condition. President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill allocated $27 billion for bridge repairs across the country through the Bridge Formula program.

Austin has no major bridges in poor condition, but the city has identified five major bridges in need of major rehabilitation or replacement, according to a city report released in late February. Of the 452 Austin bridges mentioned in the report, 29% have exceeded their design life of 50 years.

A bridge’s adequacy rating considers several criteria, including deck width, guardrails, approach design, etc. Bridges that don’t “fully conform to today’s more rigorous standards are technically classified as ‘obsolete,'” according to Kyle Carvell, public information officer at the Austin Department of Public Works.

“A fair amount of obsolescence in structures built 40 years or more ago is to be expected and may be acceptable for some time. Alternatively, a bridge with serious structural issues would technically be classified as ‘deficient’,” Carvell wrote in an email.

KXAN used data from TxDOT to map every bridge in Travis and 11 surrounding counties. You can click or tap on a dot to find a bridge’s adequacy rating, age, and whether it has been classified as deficient or obsolete. Points with a lighter color have a lower rating, which means that they are in worse condition than the others.

The bridge report released in February by the Austin Department of Public Works indicates that none of the 452 major bridges inspected by TxDOT had a sufficiency rating below 50 and that none were deficient, but this report does not provide a complete picture of local bridges.

KXAN analyzed data from TxDOT, which includes many more bridges in Austin than the 452 described in the public works report. The latest records from TxDOT show there are 10 bridges in Austin with a sufficiency rating below 50, or classified as deficient or both.

Carvell said the city did not include bridges deemed poor and deficient in its report because they “are not the responsibility of Public Works” and “are not among the 452 TXDOTs inspected for us.”

Carvel said most of those poor or deficient bridges are the responsibility of TxDOT, a few are owned by the railroad, and one — the Dean Keaton Pedestrian Bridge — is the University of Texas at Austin.

KXAN also found that some of the sufficiency ratings used by the Department of Public Works in its report are higher than the current ratings available from TxDOT. For example, the city’s rating for the Lamar Boulevard Bridge over Lady Bird Lake is 73, but the current TxDOT rating for the same bridge is 50.7, which is 22 points lower and barely on par. above a bad rating.

Carvell said the city based its reporting data on inspection records provided by TxDOT in 2020, and data available online from TxDOT was updated more recently.

Austin’s bridges are over 100 years old

There are 40 bridges in central Texas that were built over 100 years ago, including 12 in or near Austin. Although these are the oldest spans in the area, none in Austin have a sufficiency rating in the “poor” range — below 50 — according to TxDOT data.

In Lee County, 27% of its 138 bridges are functionally obsolete, which is the highest percentage of the 12 central Texas counties we analyzed, according to data from TxDOT. Travis County has the most bridges in the region with 1,514 monitored by TxDOT, followed by Williamson County with 1,100.

Overall, Texas has over 55,000 bridges, the most of any state. The percentage of bridges in poor condition has declined over the past 20 years, and the state is “well below” the national average for the percentage of bridges in poor condition, according to a 2020 TxDOT report.

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Victoria Manning, Virginia Beach School Board ‘Wokeness Checker,’ Thinks Terrible Comment on ESL Students https://destinationcaribbean.net/victoria-manning-virginia-beach-school-board-wokeness-checker-thinks-terrible-comment-on-esl-students/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 23:19:11 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/victoria-manning-virginia-beach-school-board-wokeness-checker-thinks-terrible-comment-on-esl-students/ Virginia school board member who caused a stir last year when she called for a Toni Morrison classic to be banned, has been kicked out of a new education models task force and “lab schools” after suggesting it was not “sustainable” to educate English language learners in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach School Board member Victoria […]]]>

Virginia school board member who caused a stir last year when she called for a Toni Morrison classic to be banned, has been kicked out of a new education models task force and “lab schools” after suggesting it was not “sustainable” to educate English language learners in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach School Board member Victoria Manning wrote on Facebook last week that the district had added 300 ESL students since last fall. “Most are from South America,” she wrote. “Our ESL budget has grown by more than $1 million in two years. Continuing to educate South Americans is not sustainable.

The vile comment came hours after Manning announced at a school board meeting last week that Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and Education Secretary Aimee Guidera had selected her to join. a new working group on innovative educational models and laboratory schools that would explore partnerships. colleges and universities with K-12 schools.

“It’s a really interesting group that’s brainstorming about what we can do in terms of innovation as partnerships with these universities,” she said at the time.

On Monday, Guidera told The Daily Beast through a spokeswoman that Manning would no longer be part of the group.

“We totally condemn Ms. Manning’s comments,” Guidera said. “They are completely unacceptable and are in absolute opposition to the Youngkin Administration’s commitment to educate and prepare every child in the Commonwealth to succeed in life. Victoria Manning will no longer participate in our working group.

Spokeswoman Macaulay Porter said the task force was “unofficial” and that Youngkin found Manning’s remarks “unacceptable.”

Youngkin proposed that $150 million be allocated to support the lab school program, according to WAVY. He also notably seized on teaching the heavy history of race and racism during his campaign last year and made the banning of critical race theory and “divisive concepts classrooms the first executive order of his administration.

The Democratic-controlled state Senate pushed back on efforts to push the issue forward, but Youngkin continued nonetheless, releasing a report last week aimed at identifying ‘discriminatory’ and ‘inherently divisive’ concepts in public education. , including “critical race theory.” and his descendants. »

In an interview with The Daily Beast on Monday, Beatriz Amberman, president of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, called the comments “divisive” and suggested Manning was “bullying” the children of taxpayer parents.

“Just because someone speaks another language doesn’t mean they don’t belong in this country,” Amberman said. “Our children who take ESL classes will be bilingual citizens of this country. They will use these skills to serve our nation.

In a statement to The Daily Beast on Monday, Manning insisted her comments had been twisted by her political enemies and pointed to a staffing shortage which she said was making teachers “overworked”.

“I posted a message on social media and my political opponents twisted my words into something that I absolutely did not intend. I love all people no matter where they are from,” he said. she said, “The leftist media narrative and cancel culture that paints everyone they disagree with as racist needs to stop.”

“I believe it is our duty to provide proper education to ALL students who reside in our city and I fully support our ESL program and our wonderful ESL teachers. There is a shortage of teachers and without teachers and without adequate funding, the current path is unsustainable,” she added.

When asked whether or not she believed Manning should apologize for the remarks, Amberman said the damage was done.

“Our concern – this is not an apology from someone who is obviously unclear about how to serve the public. We already know what she’s thinking by the statement she made,” Amberman said. “It’s basically a knife thrown at children.”

Manning’s comments quickly drew criticism from school board leaders.

“We personally do not condone or support comments from coworkers about our ESL program,” Virginia Beach School Board President Carolyn Rye and Vice President Kim Melnyk said in a statement. a joint statement. “Individual Council members have no authority to act or speak on behalf of the Council. Our community needs to be assured that we will continue to teach and embrace every child that comes through our doors.

On Monday, Manning accused school board leaders of attacking her for opposing their programs on a number of issues, including discipline issues, poorly prepared graduates and library books she deemed biased or “pornographic” — all talking points she details on a personal website that once featured an “arousal checker” to monitor CRT in Virginia Beach schools.

According to the school district, 2,084 students are eligible for ESL services, an increase of about 300 students since last fall. The most commonly spoken first languages ​​among ESL students are Spanish, followed by Tagalog, Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese, said district director of K-12 and gifted programs Dr. Nicole DeVries.

DeVries shared the figure — which represents about 3% of the district’s student enrollment — during a briefing on the district’s ESL programs at last week’s meeting. In response, Manning had asked if the students were “mainly from South America.”

“Various countries, but I can tell you we have a large population coming from our Central American countries,” DeVries replied.

The district employs 43 ESL teachers, and Superintendent Aaron Spence has requested a budget increase for eight additional full-time positions for the upcoming school year.

School district spokeswoman Natalie Allen told The Daily Beast in an email Monday that while the district’s ESL population has increased in recent years, “it should be noted that we are not seeing a large increase in the number of ‘students from South America’.

“We serve and welcome families from all over the world, including NATO families and refugees, among others,” she wrote, adding that the district had no budgeting issues for its ESL program. .

Manning’s comments on Facebook were not the first time she has sparked outrage.

In October, she rebelled against Toni Morrison The bluest eye after learning first-hand about the “pornographic” content of the books. She later insisted that five more books be purged from school library shelves for similar reasons after she ‘skimmed’ them and demanded teachers be punished.

Manning’s controversial comments debacle on ESL programs comes nearly a year after she accused others of dividing children based on race during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.”

“Our students and teachers are learning that our country is inherently racist, and students and teachers are pitted against each other based on their skin color,” she said at the time.

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Fact Checker: Do low-income tax states grow more than high-tax states? https://destinationcaribbean.net/fact-checker-do-low-income-tax-states-grow-more-than-high-tax-states/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/fact-checker-do-low-income-tax-states-grow-more-than-high-tax-states/ The cupola of the Iowa Statehouse is shown in Des Moines. (The Gazette) As Iowa Republicans scramble to negotiate a bill that would cut state income tax rates, some lawmakers are touting tax reform as a way to compete with other states for workers and to make Iowa attractive to a growing workforce. Senator Mike […]]]>

The cupola of the Iowa Statehouse is shown in Des Moines. (The Gazette)

As Iowa Republicans scramble to negotiate a bill that would cut state income tax rates, some lawmakers are touting tax reform as a way to compete with other states for workers and to make Iowa attractive to a growing workforce.

Senator Mike Klimesh, R-Spillville

Iowa Sen. Mike Klimesh, R-Spillville, wrote in a Jan. 14 legislative bulletin about legislative proposals to ensure Iowans “keep more of their hard-earned money.” Democrats have criticized those plans as disproportionately benefiting top earners.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has proposed a flat tax rate of 4%, which would be less than half of Iowa’s current top tax rate if approved. The House and Senate have both unveiled different packages that staff estimate would provide $1.7 billion and nearly $2 billion in tax relief, respectively. These both carry higher prices than Reynolds’ $1.6 billion proposal.

The governor’s proposal also calls for a gradual reduction in the corporate tax rate each year revenues exceed $700 million, until the top rate is 5.5%. The Senate has proposed a five-year phased reduction of the top rate from 9.8% to 7.8%, while the House plan makes no changes.

“Data has long shown that states with low or no income taxes grow faster than states with high and punitive tax rates,” Klimesh wrote.

To analyse

Klimesh pointed to articles highlighting population shifts from high-income states to low-income or no-income states to back up his claim.

The Wall Street Journal reported that this migration, particularly among Sun Belt states, “has been going on for more than a decade.”

According to the Journal, “Illinois’ population declined a further 141,039 between spring 2020 and last summer, with 151,512 netizens leaving the state for other states. California lost 300,387 people amid a net emigration of 429,283 residents. The biggest loser – as you already know – was New York, whose population fell by 365,336 due to an exodus of 406,257 inhabitants.

The article continues: “Texas added 382,436 new residents, including 211,289 from other states. Florida gained 242,941 residents as 263,958 people from other states poured in. …Same for Arizona whose population grew by 124,814.” Texas and Florida have no income tax, while Arizona has tax rates below 5% (the highest high is 4.5%).

Klimesh also pointed to data from right-wing organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Tax Foundation think tank and the National Review showing that Americans are moving toward low-tax states.

Besides tax rates, which can be a “major consideration,” there are a number of other reasons Americans were on the move in 2021, according to a report by North American Moving Services. Using data from neighbor.com’s survey of movers, people said they wanted a lower cost of living, closer to family, and increased work flexibility as key factors in their move. Other key factors were new job opportunities, better schools, and greater COVID-19 safety in less dense communities.

The report noted that “states with the highest number of inbound Americans are among the most tax-friendly states in the United States, including Arizona with a rate of 1.8% (rate of taxation) and Tennessee without income tax, while South Carolina has progressive income. tax” from 0 to 7%.

Of the states mentioned by the Journal, it should be noted that although Arizona has seen a population increase, Illinois, a state that has seen a population loss, does not have a tax rate on much higher income – its flat rate is 4.95%.

To assess similar claims used to justify state income tax cuts, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in 2017 analyzed 18 states with opposing tax policies: the nine without personal income tax and the nine with the highest rate. marginal personal income tax rates over the past decade.

Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the institute found that overall and per capita GDP, as well as average incomes, grew faster in states with the highest income taxes. (These findings were also retained in an analysis with data through 2019.)

The institute noted that its study did not take into account factors such as “industry mixes, natural resource endowments, tourism advantages, federal spending patterns, geography and climate.” He cautioned against concluding that a state’s tax policy was the primary cause of its economic growth, but suggested that his findings cast doubt on claims that tax cuts equate to economic growth.

On the contrary, a 2018 study published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics found that “marginal rate cuts lead to higher real GDP and lower unemployment. There is also evidence that the answers are at marginal tax rates rather than average tax rates.

Some experts acknowledge that there is little academic consensus.

A 2015 Brookings Institution study on the relationship between state taxes and growth notes that there are studies available to support each finding: that tax cuts accelerate growth, have no effect, or it is difficult to determine their effect.

But according to his study, “the overall impression generated by these results is that state-level economic growth is not closely related to state-level fiscal policy. The results are not consistent with the view that reductions in top state income tax rates will automatically or necessarily generate significant impacts, or any impact, on growth. The effects of different taxes – on income, on corporations, on property and on sales – vary considerably within and between studies.

Opponents of this trickle-down economics theory, which suggests that lowering taxes for high earners will promote job creation and investment so that the benefits are felt by all, point to Kansas’ failure to tax cuts.

In 2012 and 2013, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback implemented tax cuts in an effort to stimulate the state’s economy. Lawmakers reduced the top rate of state income tax from 6.45 and 6.25 percent to 4.9 percent, allowing these taxpayers to pay the same marginal rate as middle-income earners, and the lower rate went from 3.5 to 3%.

The Republican-controlled legislature later reversed the cuts as a failure after it led to sluggish growth and declining revenues, fueling cuts in public spending on priorities such as education and infrastructure.

Conclusion

While population shifts, in many cases, attract residents of higher-tax states to lower-tax states, experts suggest that correlation does not necessarily equate to causation, as people move to various reasons. Some findings support Klimesh’s statement, but others refute it.

Overall, there is little consensus among economic experts on the relationship between a state’s fiscal policy and its economic growth, so it’s an overstatement to say that “the data has long shown” that tax cuts taxes stimulate the economy. Additionally, the Kansas case study shows that tax cuts can put a state’s economy on a precarious path if not done right.

The research is not as conclusive as Klimesh’s definitive statement – “Data has long shown that states with low or no income taxes grow faster than states with high and punitive tax rates”, he wrote – and the example of Kansas indicates that economic growth is not a given. when tax cuts are introduced.

He may or may not be right that tax cuts accelerate growth. But we welcome him because it is a hotly debated issue among experts and there is little certainty that tax cuts are a magic bullet for growth, as he claimed. Because he omitted much of the debate, we give the claim a D.

Criteria

The Fact Checker team verifies statements made by an Iowa political candidate/leader or national candidate/leader about Iowa, or in advertisements that appear in our marketplace.

Claims must be independently verifiable. We assign statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.

If you spot a claim that you think needs checking, email us at factchecker@thegazette.com.

The members of the Fact Checker team are Elijah Decious, Erin Jordan, Michaela Ramm and Marissa Payne. This fact checker was researched and written by Marissa Payne.

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Checker Cab drivers protest costly insurance hike https://destinationcaribbean.net/checker-cab-drivers-protest-costly-insurance-hike/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/checker-cab-drivers-protest-costly-insurance-hike/ About 150 Checker Yellow Cab drivers protested in their employer’s parking lot on Thursday, unhappy with their sharply rising costs. The increase is the result of changes to Alberta’s third-party insurance regulations, which business owners say expose them to claims of up to $1.8 million each year. The company says Alberta’s move to DCPD — […]]]>

About 150 Checker Yellow Cab drivers protested in their employer’s parking lot on Thursday, unhappy with their sharply rising costs.

The increase is the result of changes to Alberta’s third-party insurance regulations, which business owners say expose them to claims of up to $1.8 million each year.

The company says Alberta’s move to DCPD — or a direct compensation for property damage model — didn’t take into account the impacts for some commercial insurance.

“We have a very high no-fault accident rate. This has increased our insurance costs significantly, which I have had to pass on to my drivers,” Checker Yellow Cabs president Kurt Enders said Thursday. “My drivers are extremely upset with the downturn in the economy and COVID-19, it’s an extra expense they can’t afford and we can’t afford it either.”

Taxi drivers are organized as contractors to the taxi company, paying fees that cover licensing and administration fees that amount to around $1,800 per month, according to the drivers. There is no pension, no sick days or paid vacation. Fee does not include gas and a 2% transaction feed.

“These drivers are family people, they have children to feed,” driver Mohammed Ali said. With the drop in business, many drivers expected their fees to drop. Instead, he says, there was an increase of $40 a week.

Already, most drivers work 12-hour days six or seven days a week. By the time they cover their expenses, their earnings don’t start until around their fifth day of work.

“Business is not the same as before,” Ali said.

The insurance changes have been passed on to drivers, who say they will now be charged $2,500 by the taxi company for any accident where they are not at fault. The company says the money is intended to cover the high deductible.

“If someone hits you and runs away, you have to pay $2,500 and you have to take the car to a body shop and they charge you,” Ali says.

If the driver is at fault, they now pay a fee totaling $4,500, which includes a $1,500 “at-risk driver” fee.

Following a meeting with management, the drivers say they have been promised a response from the company within a week, but pledge to take union action if they are unhappy with the results.

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Presto deploys the voice assistant in Checker’s restaurants https://destinationcaribbean.net/presto-deploys-the-voice-assistant-in-checkers-restaurants/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 05:13:29 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/presto-deploys-the-voice-assistant-in-checkers-restaurants/ THE TOWN OF REDWOOD – Presto, a technology provider for the restaurant industry, has been selected by Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the operator of Checkers & Rally’s iconic drive-thru, as the exclusive provider of automated voice commands for all its company-owned restaurants. drive-thru restaurants. This announcement marks the largest and first-of-its-kind deployment of an AI-powered […]]]>

THE TOWN OF REDWOOD – Presto, a technology provider for the restaurant industry, has been selected by Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the operator of Checkers & Rally’s iconic drive-thru, as the exclusive provider of automated voice commands for all its company-owned restaurants. drive-thru restaurants. This announcement marks the largest and first-of-its-kind deployment of an AI-powered voice assistant solution in the hospitality industry.

Based in Tampa, Florida, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants operates and franchises Checkers and Rally’s restaurants. The company has 836 owned and franchised locations in 28 states and DC known for their burgers, fries, shakes and hot dogs.

Designed to help restaurants maximize workforce efficiency, Presto’s next-generation solutions help improve order accuracy, increase upsells, and deliver a superior customer experience. Presto systems are expected to be rolled out to all company-owned Checkers & Rally’s restaurants in the United States in 2022.

According to a Franchise Times article, over 80% of quick service restaurant sales are generated through drive-thru, clearly indicating that there is a growing opportunity for a frictionless drive-thru model such as Checkers & Rally’s. Faster, more efficient drive-thru can provide significant competitive advantages and reduce lineups that can discourage customers from ordering.

In 2021, Checkers & Rally’s conducted a detailed pilot program of Presto’s automated voice command technology at multiple locations over a four month period. During this time, Presto’s solution has delivered a high level of automation and accuracy with over 98% of drive-thru orders completed with minimal intervention from restaurant employees. The Presto solution also worked well with unique or infrequently ordered menu items and easily handled varying guest accents.

“Checkers & Rally’s pioneered the dual service drive-thru restaurant model, so our decision to once again lead the industry with the largest deployment of an AI-powered voice assistant solution shouldn’t be a surprise,” said Frances Allen, President and CEO. Officer at Checkers & Rally’s. “We are excited about this new era in partnership with Presto, a leader in hotel restaurant technology. As a company, we embrace technology that will help our team members maximize time and efficiency while making their jobs easier and more enjoyable, creating a better experience for them and our guests.

This new partnership should enable Checkers & Rally’s to streamline the customer experience while increasing the customer to staff ratio in the drive-thru. By deploying Presto, Checkers & Rally’s believe they can free up staff for more people-dependent areas of business and improve overall customer interaction.

“We are delighted to have been selected by Checkers & Rally’s as their exclusive automated speech recognition partner for all of their company-owned sites,” said Rajat Suri, Founder and CEO of Presto. “Checkers & Rally’s desire to drive the industry forward through disruptive innovation is inspiring, and Presto is fully committed to supporting this bold vision.”

On November 10, 2021, Presto announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Ventoux CCM Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: VTAQ), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition (“Ventoux”) company, which will make Presto a publicly traded company. business. Upon closing, the combined company (the “Company”) will be renamed Presto Technologies, Inc. and is expected to trade on Nasdaq.

Presto offers a powerful next-generation drive-thru voice solution that uses AI to automate voice recognition for restaurant drive-thrus. This solution was developed in partnership with Hi Auto, a conversational AI technology company focused on creating a human solution to automate and optimize the sales experience in drive-thru restaurants.

Additionally, Presto offers other voice products that can be deployed in a variety of restaurant environments, including queue buses, kiosks, pay-at-table systems, and portable servers to streamline customer experience while increasing the customer-to-staff ratio. Presto’s solutions take orders using automated AI that frees up staff by automatically routing orders to the restaurant’s POS system.

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Fact Checker: Hinson omits migrant payment details https://destinationcaribbean.net/fact-checker-hinson-omits-migrant-payment-details/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 12:04:39 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/fact-checker-hinson-omits-migrant-payment-details/ U.S. Representative for the First District Ashley Hinson speaks September 8, 2021 during a town hall at Kirkwood Community College in Southwest Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette) The end of the year brought several Iowa politicians touting their accomplishments in 2021. U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson tweeted Dec. 28, “This year I helped lead the charge […]]]>

U.S. Representative for the First District Ashley Hinson speaks September 8, 2021 during a town hall at Kirkwood Community College in Southwest Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The end of the year brought several Iowa politicians touting their accomplishments in 2021. U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson tweeted Dec. 28, “This year I helped lead the charge against the administration’s proposal to pay $450,000 to certain illegal immigrants after they broke our laws.

The Republican Rep. 1st District’s tweet linked to a Nov. 3 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Times. In it, Hinson said she was “disturbed, but frankly not surprised” to learn that the Biden administration “has a plan underway to pay people who tried to illegally enter our country $450,000. – each”. The payments could cost nearly $1 billion, Hinson said.

Hinson does not mention in his op-ed what the payments would be used for, and the only hyperlinks in the online story go to The Times’ collection of other stories about the Biden administration.

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Hinson’s staff told the fact checker that she was referring to ongoing discussions in late October and reported October 28 by the Wall Street Journal, for the US Department of Justice to propose settlements of up to $450,000 to those who sued children separated from their families at the US border with Mexico during the administration of President Donald Trump.

More than 2,700 children were taken from their families at the border in 2018, CNN reported, with some children as young as 8 months old kept in shelters for days or weeks without knowing why they weren’t allowed to see their parents or without knowing when they would be reunited. The “zero tolerance policy” was implemented because the children could not be incarcerated with their parents, so they were instead sent to detention centers in the southern United States.

A 2019 report by the Inspector General of Health and Social Services said staff at detention centers reported that some children were crying inconsolably.

“According to program directors and mental health clinicians, separated children exhibited more fear, feelings of abandonment and post-traumatic stress than children who were not separated,” the report said. In another report, HHS found that the Trump administration lacked the technology to track separated families.

The Trump administration reversed the policy in June 2018 after a backlash from lawmakers and citizens.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in 2019 on behalf of the separated families. It was this class action and other lawsuits brought by migrant families that the Justice Department was trying to settle with the payments, which would have varied in size, with many people receiving far less than the maximum, CNN reported.

When the Wall Street Journal story broke, White House officials said the reported $450,000 figure was “higher than the settlement could land,” The Washington Post reported.

Hinson joined more than 180 other House Republicans who have co-sponsored legislation banning settlement payments to immigrants.

Payment talks were scuttled in December after criticism from lawmakers and citizens. On Dec. 16, a federal judge lifted a freeze order that was in place while settlement talks were underway, signaling that negotiations are now complete, according to court records.

“The admin backed down, but I will continue to hold them accountable for policies that put Americans and Iowans last,” Hinson tweeted.

Conclusion

Hinson was not the only congressman to speak out against the proposed settlements. Republican Rep. Bryan Steil of Wisconsin tweeted that “Our border is wide open and now (President Joe) Biden is in talks to pay illegal immigrants $450,000. It’s incredible.”

PolitiFact gave this claim a “half true” on October 28.

The Fact Checker leans in that direction. Although Hinson was right that the administration was considering onerous settlements for separated families, his opinion piece and tweet left out why the payments were being considered.

The payments were intended to settle lawsuits brought over trauma suffered by migrant children when separated from their parents. The Justice Department cannot ignore lawsuits and, as with any legal proceeding, the government may be forced to pay more if the cases go to trial.

She gets a C.

Criteria

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Claims must be independently verifiable. We assign statements grades from A to F based on accuracy and context.

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Checker-Print Nail-Art Trend Ideas and Photos for 2022 https://destinationcaribbean.net/checker-print-nail-art-trend-ideas-and-photos-for-2022/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/checker-print-nail-art-trend-ideas-and-photos-for-2022/ As POPSUGAR editors, we independently curate and write things we love and think you’ll love too. If you purchase a product that we have recommended, we may receive an affiliate commission, which in turn supports our work. According to Pinterest, plaid nail art is going to be a huge trend for 2022. Checkerboard nails are […]]]>

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  • According to Pinterest, plaid nail art is going to be a huge trend for 2022.
  • Checkerboard nails are available in many different styles.
  • Get inspired for your own manicure design in advance.

On your mark, get set, go: Checkered nail art is ready to take its place at the top of the charts for the coolest nail art trends for 2022. According to Pinterest’s latest trend report, the manicure design has seen a 165% increase in searches over the past few months, and the big inspiration from social media has had us turning heads for our own nail looks.

The plaid print might not be the first design that comes to mind when you think of nail art, but once you see how many different types of manicures it lends itself to, it has a lot of sense. Checkered French tips and mismatched designs give the nails a unique look. You can go the classic route with black and white stripes or play around with multiple colorways for a twist (we especially love the orange, red and brown hues for winter). And if you want to tone it down a bit, you can even pair the design with a negative space manicure for something that’s a little less in your face. No matter how you wear the look, you’ll totally win the mani game.

While a nail professional should be able to easily create this design, we understand that it’s not the easiest to DIY. Luckily for you (and us), Chillhouse has a set of press-ons called Checked Out ($16) that’ll have you copying the look in minutes. To prepare for your next salon appointment, take a look at the upcoming plaid nail designs.

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Welsh Tories slam Welsh government for removing broadband postcode checker https://destinationcaribbean.net/welsh-tories-slam-welsh-government-for-removing-broadband-postcode-checker/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 09:00:38 +0000 https://destinationcaribbean.net/welsh-tories-slam-welsh-government-for-removing-broadband-postcode-checker/ // = do_shortcode (‘[in-content-square]’)?> Broadband router. Photo by MediaDS The Welsh Tories have accused the Welsh government of keeping the people in the dark about their handling of broadband broadband. The Welsh government is currently undertaking a Wales-wide rollout of its all-fiber broadband program and had hosted a postcode checker on its website to allow […]]]>
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The Welsh Tories have accused the Welsh government of keeping the people in the dark about their handling of broadband broadband.

The Welsh government is currently undertaking a Wales-wide rollout of its all-fiber broadband program and had hosted a postcode checker on its website to allow individuals to check if their premises will be included.

But according to Peter Fox, MS for Monmouth, the Welsh government has now removed the postcode checker, causing enormous concern and concern to residents of his constituency.

Speaking to the Welsh Parliament, he said: ‘More and more work – and even other day-to-day activities – are moving online, which means having fast broadband speech is absolutely crucial. .

“But the actions of the Welsh government mean that many people are unsure whether their premises will be included in the government deployment. Some people have attempted to use the Openreach Checker instead, but it fails to distinguish between premises connected through the Welsh Government-funded Deployment Program and Openreach’s Commercial Deployment.

“I have urged the Prime Minister to act quickly to address people’s concerns and ensure that the deployment of fiber optic broadband reaches the length and breadth of Monmouth constituency.”

Cllr Sara Jones, Deputy Head of Monmouthshire County Council and Cabinet Member for the Economy, said: ‘Leaving Monmouthshire voters completely in awe of whether their properties will be included in the full fiber rollout is not acceptable.

“Over the past few weeks, I have been contacted by anxious voters who have expressed real concerns about this lack of transparency.

“We call on ministers to act quickly to address people’s concerns, giving them clarification on what is currently an opaque situation.”

Infrastructure

In June, Openreach outlined plans to work with the Welsh government to deliver superfast Full Fiber broadband across Wales to some of the hardest-to-serve communities in the country.

A total of 140 exchanges across the country are being modernized, the majority of homes and businesses in places such as Abersoch, Bethesda, Borth, Cardigan, Nefyn, Nelson, Narberth, Llantwit Major and Kidwelly are expected to benefit from the program five years. .

Over 20,000 households and businesses in Ynys Môn are expected to benefit along with over 30,000 in Pembrokeshire, around 30,000 in Powys, over 20,000 in Gwynedd and around 20,000 in Monmouthshire.

Lee Waters, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Climate Change, said: “Fast and reliable broadband is more important than ever, so seeing more homes and businesses connect is definitely welcome.

“Through our Superfast Cymru program, we have stepped in with a public sector investment of £ 200million to bring superfast broadband coverage across Wales to 95%, although broadband is not not vested.

“With the rollout of even faster gigabit broadband already gaining momentum, we continue to work with Openreach to use public funds to support properties in some of Wales’ most difficult to access areas.

“Broadband is a key public service and we will continue to support all efforts to strengthen connections across the breadth of Wales. “

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