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StarKist® Celebrates 100th Anniversary By Pledging $100,000 In Financial Contributions To Feed The Children

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Faist, 412-323-7457, Michelle.Faist@StarKist.com

StarKist to Donate an Additional $50,000-Worth of Product To Support Anti-Hunger Efforts in the U.S.

Partnership and Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off with Community Event in StarKist's Hometown of Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, June 22, 2017 - StarKist®, a food company that provides trusted, healthy and shelf-stable seafood products in the United States, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary by pledging a $100,000 financial donation to Feed the Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending child hunger. In addition to the financial support, StarKist will also support Feed the Children by supplying those in need with $50,000-worth of nutritious and protein-packed StarKist products, giving children and families an easy and convenient way to enjoy premium tuna or salmon.


"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Feed the Children, as we value the organization's endless commitment to breaking the poverty cycle by not only providing food, but also through finding long term solutions like education and backpack programs for children," said Andrew Choe, StarKist President and CEO. "Over the past 100 years, StarKist has evolved into a socially responsible company that provides trusted, healthy food for more people. One in six children goes to bed hungry in the U.S., and we are eager to do our part by providing nutritious and convenient seafood to those who need it."

The first partnership event will take place in StarKist's hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, June 22. In collaboration with FOCUS + Pittsburgh charity, a community fair-style event will be held, where pre-registered attendees will enjoy truck-loads of food, reading materials for children and StarKist products. In addition to the Pittsburgh event, Feed the Children and StarKist are planning additional events in major U.S. cities including Los Angeles in July.

"We believe that no child should go to bed hungry in a land where there is plenty of food," said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. "But the reality is, millions of boys and girls, right here in our own backyard, face this hardship every day. By combining efforts with our generous partner StarKist, we will have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most."


Celebrate 100 Years With StarKist - In addition to the kick-off celebration with Feed the Children, the 100th anniversary celebration will continue with highlights including:

Later this summer, StarKist will be asking consumers to take a photo of their meal or StarKist product and share it using #ShareStarKistSweeps and #StarKist100. In return, the brand will donate to Feed the Children to support the organization's anti-hunger efforts nationwide. More details will be announced this summer.

This fall, the StarKist story will be on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum located in Pittsburgh, with a special "StarKist Celebrates 100 Years" pop-up exhibition. The exhibit will explore the 100-year history of the StarKist company and will feature the brand's beloved spokesfish, Charlie the Tuna.

To learn about these 100th Anniversary celebration events, be sure to become a StarKist fan at https://www.facebook.com/starkist/, and follow us on Instagram StarKistCharlie, Twitter @StarKistCharlie and https://www.pinterest.com/starkist/

Standing Ovation for Oscar López Rivera


By Matt Meyer

June 20, 2017 - Oscar López Rivera receives standing ovation after his United Nations speech this morning. As the lead speaker, Oscar outlined his concerns and hopes; the crowd chanted "Independence for Puerto Rico" applauding and cheering Oscar.

Video from Wilma Esther Reveron Collazo: https://www.facebook.com/WilmaReveron/videos/1370413636359474/

Is Your Doctor Prescribing the Wrong Treatment for Pink Eye?

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Media Relations, 415.561.8534, media@aao.org

Ophthalmologists urge practitioners to stop overprescribing antibiotics for a common eye infection that typically clears up without medication

San Francisco, June 19, 2017 - A new study suggests that most people with acute conjunctivitis, or pink eye, are getting the wrong treatment. About 60 percent of patients are prescribed antibiotic eyedrops, even though antibiotics are rarely necessary to treat this common eye infection. About 20 percent receive an antibiotic-steroid eyedrop that can prolong or worsen the infection. The study is now online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology https://www.aao.org/.  This is the first study to assess antibiotic use for pink eye in a large, diverse segment of the United States. The findings are consistent with a nationwide trend of antibiotic misuse for common viral or mild bacterial conditions. It's a trend that increases costs to patients and the health care system and may promote antibiotic resistance.


Researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center looked at data from a large managed care network in the United States. They identified the number of patients who filled antibiotic eyedrop prescriptions for acute conjunctivitis. Then they evaluated the characteristics of patients who filled a prescription compared with those who did not.

Of approximately 300,000 patients diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis over a 14-year period, 58 percent filled a prescription for antibiotic eye drops. Among them, 20 percent filled a prescription for an antibiotic-steroid combination. Antibiotic-steroid drops are inappropriate for most patients with acute conjunctivitis because it may prolong or exacerbate certain types of viral infection.

Even more troubling, the authors found that the odds of filling a prescription depended more on a patient's socioeconomic status than the patient's risk for developing a more serious eye infection. For example, patients who wear contact lenses and those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Pink eye affects 6 million people in the United States each year. There are three types: viral, bacterial, and allergic conjunctivitis. Antibiotics are rarely necessary to treat acute conjunctivitis. Most cases are caused by viral infections or allergies and do not respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics are often unnecessary for bacterial conjunctivitis because most cases are mild and would resolve on their own within 7 to 14 days without treatment.

The study also found:

*Primary care providers (family physicians, pediatricians, internal medicine physicians, and urgent care providers) diagnose a majority (83%) of patients. Only a minority were diagnosed by eye care providers such as ophthalmologists or optometrists.
*Patients diagnosed by a primary care or urgent care provider were two to three times more likely to fill prescriptions for antibiotic eye drops than patients diagnosed by an ophthalmologist.
*Patients who filled antibiotic prescriptions were significantly more likely to be white, younger, better educated, and more affluent than patients who did not fill prescriptions.


"This study opens the lid on overprescribing of antibiotics for a common eye infection," said lead author Nakul S. Shekhawat, M.D., M.P.H. "It shows that current treatment decisions for pink eye are not based on evidence, but are often driven more by the type of health care practitioner making the diagnosis and the patient's socioeconomic status than by medical reasons. The potential negative consequences are difficult to justify as we move toward focusing on value in health care."

The authors say there are several reasons why antibiotics are over prescribed. It is a challenge to differentiate bacterial conjunctivitis from the viral and allergic forms. All three types may have overlapping features, such as a red eye, thin discharge, irritation, and sensitivity to light. Health care providers may tend to "err on the side of caution" and prescribe antibiotics "just in case." Patients are often unaware of the harmful effects of antibiotics and may falsely believe that antibiotics are necessary for the infection to resolve.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has issued guidance to the medical community on treatment for pink eye. The Academy tells health care providers to avoid prescribing antibiotics for viral conditions and to delay immediate treatment when the cause of conjunctivitis is unknown.

Yankees Baseball Legend Bernie Williams Raises Awareness of Devastating Lung Disease - IPF - in Honor of his Dad

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Paul Wynn, 203-798-4887,  paul.wynn@boehringer-ingelheim.com

- This Father's Day is special for Bernie Williams as he honors his dad by joining the Sin Aliento™ campaign to encourage those who may have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a disease that took his father's life, to seek early diagnosis and treatment

- About 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with the lesser known lung disease – enough to fill a baseball stadium

- Williams urges public to get involved by sharing videos and educational content available at www.SinAliento.com


Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 14, 2017 - New York Yankees all-time great Bernie Williams is teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim to raise awareness of a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) that his father suffered from for years before he passed away in 2001. Back in Puerto Rico, Williams' father Bernabé inspired him to play baseball and make it to the Major Leagues. He also taught him to play guitar, which has become Williams' second career since retiring from baseball.

In honor of his father's battle with IPF, Williams has joined the Sin Aliento™ campaign to turn his family's devastating experience with this rare lung disease into a chance to help other families. Williams hopes to educate and empower others who think they may have IPF to seek early diagnosis and treatment and is encouraging people to visit the campaign website www.SinAliento.com http://www.sinaliento.com/ – and share the videos and educational Spanish content through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter using #SinAliento. In addition, they can sign up to the Sin Aliento™ program and receive monthly information in Spanish via e-mail or text messages.

Bernie Williams father.   Photo by Tristateupdate

"Whether I was in centerfield or at bat, my dad was always my biggest fan. He seemed invincible. So when he was finally diagnosed with IPF after battling symptoms like breathlessness and a debilitating cough that persisted for many months, it was devastating to me and my family," said Williams. "Sharing my dad's story is so important because it will help others get the answers they need sooner and easier."

IPF is a rare and serious lung disease that causes permanent scarring of the lungs, and makes it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of IPF include breathlessness during activity, a dry and persistent cough, chest discomfort, fatigue and weakness. Although considered "rare," IPF affects up to 132,000 Americans, and according to the The Lancet, Hispanics are more likely to suffer from the disease with a 15% higher incidence than the general population.* Also, about 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with IPF – enough to fill a baseball stadium.

"Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to partner with baseball legend Bernie Williams who can speak personally about how IPF affected his dad and his family," said Al Masucci, vice president, IPF Business Unit, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "Through the Sin Aliento™ campaign, we hope to educate people to recognize the signs of the disease and take action to see a doctor as early as possible. It is important that a correct medical diagnosis is determined as IPF is often misdiagnosed."

Father's Day Focus On High Risk For Heart Disease Amongst Hispanic Men And How Fresh Avocados Can Help

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Por Vickie Fite for Hass Avocado Board, vickie.fite@mslgroup.com, (310) 613-0937

New Avocado Recipes Certified by American Heart Association (AHA) as Heart-Healthy Debut this Month


Mission Viejo, California, June 13, 2017 - This Father's Day (and always), Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® encourages families to take a closer look at the heart health of the men in their care and ways nutrition promotes healthier living. The Center for Disease Control reports that Hispanic men have a higher risk for high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, which puts them at a greater risk for heart disease, compared to non-Hispanic men. And, in fact, 1 out of 4 Hispanic men dies of stroke or heart disease.1 The good news is that most of the risk factors can be prevented or controlled with education and changes in lifestyle like better nutrition. New Heart-Check certified fresh avocado recipes are now available at LoveOneToday.com to help families fit more fruits and vegetables into a healthy lifestyle as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Family members responsible for planning meals, traditionally women in Hispanic households, are urged to take the opportunity to show their love by proactively reducing the risk factors for heart disease each time they shop for groceries. The AHA and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans agree that replacing bad fats (saturated fats) for good fats (unsaturated fats) like those found in fresh avocados is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Further, healthy avocados are a good source of fiber and eating foods rich in fiber has also been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.


"Hispanic women should feel confident and empowered knowing the fresh avocados in their shopping baskets are doing more for their families beyond delivering great taste," said Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, registered dietitian and HAB spokesperson. "Fresh avocados are truly a versatile fruit. Not just in the way they can be served, but also in the many health benefits for men and the whole family."

As radical diet overhauls can be hard to follow, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes making small dietary shifts to work towards an overall healthy eating pattern. Simple changes like cooking recipes especially designed to be heart-healthy as well as delicious such as Grilled Chicken Breasts with Fresh Avocado Chimichurri Sauce can help make a difference.


Love One Today® is a science-based food and wellness education program developed to encourage Americans to include fresh avocados in everyday healthy eating plan to help increase fruit and vegetable intake and as a delicious, cholesterol-free, whole food source of naturally good fats. To find more easy-to-prepare AHA Heart-Check certified recipes featuring healthy avocados, please visit LoveOneToday.com   https://www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-recipes/heart-check-certified and in Spanish at SaboreaUnoHoy.com   https://www.saboreaunohoy.com/aguacate-recetas/recetas-con-la-certificacion-heart-check

View PDF https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/522567/2017_MensHeartHealth_Infographic.pdf

7 Tips for Buying Sport Shoes

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Executive Office, 847-698-4654, aofasinfo@aofas.org

Choose the right shoes before starting a new workout routine

Rosemont, Illinois, June 7, 2017 - If you're thinking of starting a new workout routine this summer, remember that proper-fitting sport shoes can enhance performance as much as they prevent injuries. When you purchase athletic shoes from a specialty store, the staff should be able to help you find the best fit for your sport.

Follow these seven tips when buying a new pair of shoes:

*Try on athletic shoes at the end of the day. Your feet swell during the day, so trying on at the end of the day will mean your feet are at their largest. You'll get the best fit this way.
*Wear the same type of sock that you will wear for that sport.
*When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
*Your shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. There is no break-in period.


*Walk or run a few steps in your shoes. Make sure they allow you to comfortably do what you do when you exercise.
*Always re-lace the shoes you are trying on. You should begin at the farthest eyelets and apply even pressure as you create a crisscross lacing pattern to the top of the shoe.
*There should be a firm grip of the shoe to your heel. Your heel should not slip as you walk or run.

For detailed tips on buying athletic shoes for specific sports, visit the page How to Select the Right Athletic Shoes, http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/footwear/Pages/Selecting-Athletic-Shoes.aspx at FootCareMD.org,     http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/Pages/footcaremd.aspx the patient education site of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS).

"Nature's Amazing Machines" Shows The Marvels Of Natural Engineering

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Maura O'Neal, 303.370.6407, maura.oneal@dmns.org

New exhibition opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on June 16

Denver, June 6, 2017 - Imagine if you could swim 60 miles an hour, your punch could break through aquarium glass or your ears could act as air conditioners. From the inside out, every living thing is a machine built to move and survive. In the new exhibition "Nature's Amazing Machines," opening at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on June 16, the whole family will discover the marvels of natural engineering.

Ever wondered how a giraffe's heart pumps blood up its long neck or how a cheetah is so fast? How a toucan stays cool in the jungle or how insects breathe without lungs? The biomechanics of how animals and plants stay in one piece despite what appear to be insurmountable challenges are fascinating. Using their biological pumps, pipes, insulation, motors and springs, these creatures endure extreme temperatures, find food against fierce competition, circulate their own life-sustaining fluids and defend against the forces of wind and water and the pull of gravity.


The exhibition, presented in English and Spanish and free with Museum admission, explains these phenomena with real objects, scientific models and engaging activities.

*Try pumping "blood" from the heart of a life-size giraffe model all the way up to its brain.
*Learn to "fly" using two different types of wings.
*Explore the mechanics of cheetahs and what makes them the world's fastest land mammal.
*Try activities to feel the intense grip of a chimpanzee and the strength of a harpy eagle.


*Discover the stories behind breakthroughs inspired by nature's ingenuity, such as Velcro, wind turbines and chainsaws.
*Stand in front of a thermal camera to learn how much heat your body loses compared to animals covered in fur, blubber or feathery down.
*Find out how toucan beaks and fox ears act as radiators to regulate temperature.
*Consider the complexities of the human gait as you watch a two-legged robot try to walk.


*Collect animal trading cards, a new one each month during the exhibition's run, while supplies last.

This exhibition was developed by The Field Museum in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with generous support provided by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and ITW.

For more information, visit  http://www.dmns.org/natures-amazing-machines

A letter from Oscar López Rivera to the Members of the Board of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Oscar López Rivera

AAFP Survey: Too Many Men Ignore Doctors' Orders

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Stephanie Wilken, American Academy of Family Physicians, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5221, swilken@aafp.org Oscar López Rivera

Leawood, Kan., June 1, 2017  - American men are not listening to their doctors. Despite an increase in chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, up to half of men seeking a doctor's care don't follow their physicians' recommendations, according to a physician survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians.


The survey asked family physicians what percentage of their male patients followed through on specific recommendations: filling a prescription, taking a prescription as directed or keeping their follow-up appointments. Results showed that more than nine out of 10 physician respondents reported up to half of their male patients failed to follow those recommendations.

"This is a distressing finding, since the incidence of chronic conditions in men has increased," said John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the AAFP, comparing the most recent data from the 2012 and 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Surveys. "We saw concerning increases in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes in just one year. These conditions respond well to chronic care management, and your family physician can provide the treatment you need."

The National Ambulatory Medical Survey showed that, in one year:

*The incidence of high blood pressure among men grew from three in 10 (32.7 percent) to closer to four in 10 (36 percent).
*The percentage of men who were diagnosed with high cholesterol jumped from slightly more than two in 10 (23.6 percent) to nearly three in 10 (28.5 percent).
*Diabetes rose by two percentage points -- from 14.1 percent to 16.6 percent.

Despite those increases, many men don't follow up with filling or taking their prescriptions as directed, according to the AAFP survey of members:


*Two out of 10 (22 percent) of doctors said up to half of their male patients did not fill a prescription.
*Nearly a third (32 percent) of doctors said up to half their male patients did not take a prescription as directed.
*More than four out of 10 doctors (42 percent) said up to half of their male patients failed to follow up with a regular or routine test when ordered for their condition.
*Nearly one in four doctors said up to half of their male patients failed to show up for a follow-up visit.

"People may not take these conditions seriously because they don't have any noticeable symptoms, and that's a big mistake," said Meigs. "High blood pressure and high cholesterol have been called 'silent killers' for a reason. If they aren't controlled, they can lead to heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. In addition to these complications, uncontrolled diabetes also can cause blindness, nerve damage, and loss of limbs.

"So it's vital that men see their doctors, get preventive care and follow instructions for any chronic diseases they may have."

Meigs pointed to the AAFP's consumer web site, https://familydoctor.org/, as a good source of information about chronic illness. The site includes a men's guide to preventive health care and information about healthy diets and weight control.

"Knowing more about your health will help you understand the importance of maintaining your relationship with a family physician," said Meigs. "By actively participating with their health care team, men will feel good and have better overall health over time."

Takuma Sato, Honda Win the Indianapolis 500

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By T.E. McHale, (310) 783-3169; Dan Layton, (314) 614-9763

- Veteran driver bests Helio Castroneves in closing-lap duel to claim victory

- Honda's 12th Indianapolis 500 triumph in 17 events

- Ed Jones paces rookie field, finishes third

Speedway, Indiana, May 29, 2017 - Honda opened second century of competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today the same way it closed out the previous 100 years of racing at the famous Brickyard: with a thrilling victory.


Veteran Takuma Sato led the way, besting three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves in a fierce duel over the final 11 laps to take the checkers as the first Japanese driver to win in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

As the last of several late-race cautions bunched the field after a multi-car crash on Lap 179, Sato was running second to fellow Honda driver Max Chilton, with Castroneves third and outstanding rookie Ed Jones, fourth. When the green flag waved for the final time to start Lap 189, Sato quickly worked his way to the front in his Andretti Autosport Honda. The battle for the victory became a two-driver duel with six laps to go, with first Castroneves taking the lead, then Sato making an outside pass for the lead going into Turn 1 with just five laps remaining, holding on for the win by just two-tenths of a second at the checkers.

Finishing in third, 2016 Indy Lights champion Jones made the most of his Indianapolis 500 debut. Despite twice sustaining damage to his Dale Coyne Racing Honda due to debris from two of the four crashes in today's race, Jones worked his way into the lead group in the final 20 laps, and closed on Castroneves on the final lap. His third-place finish was best among the four rookies in this year's race.

The third Honda contender for the win today – Chip Ganassi Racing's Max Chilton – led a race-high 50 laps after going a lap down to the leaders with handling issues early in the race. Adjustments made during early pit stops put Chilton back on a pace with the overall leaders, as he demonstrated by leading on four separate occasions in the 200-lap contest.

Mechanical issues eliminated two other Andretti Hondas, with Ryan Hunter-Reay dropping out on Lap 136 after leading 28 laps, second only to Chilton in a race with a record 15 different leaders. Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso continued his impressive rookie performance at the "Brickyard", leading for 27 laps – third highest today –before dropping out on Lap 180.

Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday as Honda drivers claimed four of the top five finishing positions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the first and most spectacular of the day's crashes, pole-starter Scott Dixon struck the car of Jay Howard after the latter had made impact with the Turn 1 wall. Dixon's car vaulted high into the air and landed upright on top of the infield retaining wall, but he escaped injury in the Lap 53 collision, as did Howard.

Video recaps from this month's Honda racing activities at Indianapolis, including today's Indianapolis 500, are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

IndyCar Series teams and drivers now prepare for a hectic schedule of three races over the next two weeks, starting with next weekend's June 3-4 double header weekend with races both Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.

Takuma Sato (#26 Andretti Autosport Honda) 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner: "I won! I won the best race in the world! Unbelievable feeling. I cannot thank this whole team [enough]. Look at these guys. Fantastic. It was obviously a tough, tough race. But Helio [Castroneves] really drives fair. I can trust him. I can really [trust him] coming from the outside. It was fantastic race. What a race. Hopefully, the crowd enjoyed it. It's beautiful. I dreamed of something like this since I was 12. I can't thank everyone enough for their support. Until three laps to go, you really didn't know [who would win]. Me and Helio went side by side with three laps to go. You've got to go for it, run it flat. And we did it, and we pulled away. Fantastic."

Campaign Launched to Prevent Deaths During Aquatic Activities

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mercy Padilla, 202-360-4112, mercy.padilla@hcnmedia.com
Photo by Poolaria

Washington, May 24, 2017 - As a result of the growing popularity of water sports and recreational water activities, the Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) and the Water Sports Foundation (WSF) today launched a national multimedia campaign to raise awareness among the Latino community About the importance of using the lifejacket.


The "Prevenir Es Vivir" (Prevention is Life?) campaign includes public service announcements on Spanish radio stations, on social networking platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as on the website of La Red Hispana.org, with the aim of reaching To Latins and Latinos of all ages.

"Every death is regrettable, but the tragic death of the young promise Jose Fernandez reminds us of the importance of following common sense rules when we are in the water, especially the use of lifejackets, so we believe that this campaign cannot be more timely "Said HCN CEO Alison Rodden.

About 84 percent of all aquatic deaths have the common denominator that the victims did not wear a life jacket when they fell into the water due to unforeseen circumstances, according to USCG statistics.

Surveys show that many people are reluctant to wear a lifejacket because they find it uncomfortable or costly, but modern inflatable versions are less restrictive, affordable and allow more precise adjustments for all types of body profiles.

"The message of the campaign is simple but powerful: The vests save lives, use them. The idea is that the next time someone climbs a boat, boat, canoe or kayak, the vest comes first in your mind. There's no point in a vest if you do not wear it, "said WSF public outreach coordinator Jim Emmons.

The campaign therefore makes available to the public all relevant information to prevent a recreational day in the water from becoming a calamity and recommends following the basic safety rules, including no alcohol consumption in the water and periodic inspections of their equipment.

For more information, please visit LaRedHispana.org.

BillMo Highlights the Stories of US-Based Latinos Who Have Overcome Adversity To Make Dreams a Reality

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By BillMo, LLC, 678-860-8426, merrick.theobald@billmo.com

BillMo creates the online campaign, Latinos Que Inspiran (Latinos that inspire), to help celebrate Latino achievement


Middlebury, Connecticut, May 24, 2017 - BillMo, LLC, a US-based company that provides a low cost money transfer and mobile wallet application, today announced a new campaign that highlights the stories of Latinos who exemplify success through Latinos Que Inspiran, or Latinos That Inspire.

Latinos Que Inspiran is a campaign developed and launched by BillMo to shine a light on entrepreneurs, professionals, families, students and young people who not only strive to achieve success daily, but thrive and prosper. Latinos Que Inspiran is a compilation of personal stories that exemplify how constancy and commitment have driven their success in the United States.

These testimonies, found at https://www.billmo.com/latinos-que-inspiran/?lang=es, highlights Latinos who are an example in their communities and stand out for the development of their capacities, both in the professional field and in their private lives. They are an inspiration for others who are looking for guidance and hope that a brighter future is not only possible, but absolutely achievable.

"At BillMo, we want to support and honor all Latinos who in every challenge see an opportunity for learning, who don't stop fighting, and who do exactly what they're passionate about," said Roger Lopez, BillMo's Chief Marketing Officer. "Latinos Que Inspiran serves as a vehicle to spotlight success of those who have seen their dreams come to fruition while inspiring those who have dreams they want seen turned into realities."

The Latinos Que Inspiran campaign seeks to demonstrate that Latinos are worthy examples of struggle and humility and have overcome social, economic and political barriers that don't weaken them, but strengthens them in their desire to have the life that they want and deserve.


About BillMo - BillMo (short for Billetera Móvil) is a US based company that offers a low cost money transfer and mobile wallet application. The BillMo application allows US senders to send money to individuals in Mexico using just their smartphone and debit card, while turning the smartphones of Mexican beneficiaries into mobile wallets that can be used to receive funds, top up mobile phones, pay for retail purchases and common bills, and withdraw cash at thousands of locations across Mexico, including all BBVA Bancomer, BanCoppel, Elektra, Pagos Intermex and Telecomm locations. The cost for US smartphone senders to send money to Mexico is $0.99. For more information, visit http://www.billmo.com/.

Dove Real Beauty Productions and Shonda Rhimes Release First Film to Change How Women & Girls See Themselves Represented in Media and Culture

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Sherria Cotton / Edelman, 917.344.4761, Sherria.Cotton@Edelman.com

Powerful First Film Features Cathleen Meredith, Who Realized Her #RealBeauty Through the Power of Dance

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, May 22, 2017 - With Shonda Rhimes as its Creative Director, Dove Real Beauty Productions has released its first film titled "Meet Cathleen." Launched in March, Dove Real Beauty Productions is a new collaborative content studio that shifts the power of storytelling from Hollywood into the hands of real women. The premiere three-minute film follows Cathleen Meredith on her journey to realizing her own beauty through her love of dance. With 69% of women saying they don't see themselves reflected in media, Dove is proud to give a platform to Cathleen's story with the hope of encouraging women to be fearless in taking on challenges so that they can find self-love and through the celebration of their passions.


Dove research shows 71% of women and 67% of girls wish media did a better job of portraying women of diverse physical appearance - age, race, shape and size. With Real Beauty Productions, Dove is setting out to change that.

"Dove and I have a shared passion in emphasizing what's real. The characters that I write about come from the fact that I wanted to see real women on TV - the real and messy stuff that makes us human," said Shonda Rhimes. "In working with Dove and Real Beauty Productions, we get to talk to real women and hear their own beauty stories. The idea that Cathleen defines beauty as self-love is a very mind blowing concept. I don't think a lot of us, me included, define beauty in terms of self-love. And, to me, that is so empowering."

Cathleen and her dance group Fat Girls Dance became a body-positive modern dance movement when they began challenging themselves to learn, perform and record one dance a week for a year. It was through watching herself dance in videos that Cathleen start loving and embracing her body – a feeling she never knew she was missing. Watching herself perform fearlessly helped Cathleen find a renewed confidence, falling in love with her body and beauty with every move. Through the process, she unknowingly encouraged others watching her dance to embrace their bodies as well.

"I don't think we know how much we are told that there is something wrong with our bodies. I think beauty should be fearlessness. I think beauty should be resilience. I think beauty should be creativity," said Cathleen. "I feel so lucky to have worked with a powerful role model like Shonda Rhimes on such an important project – one I hope will inspire every other woman out there to define beauty for themselves."

For 60 years, Dove has championed #RealBeauty and, true to our pledge, the brand remains committed to only feature real women, to never digitally alter their appearance, and to help the next generation develop a positive relationship with their beauty. In fact, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has reached more than 20 million girls with self-esteem education to date, and we are committed to reach 20 million more by 2020. We launched Real Beauty Productions to show the world that beauty is not defined by shape, size or color – it's feeling like the best version of yourself. Together, with real women and girls, we will change the way women and girls are seen for the next 60 years.

Tune-in to see the full film "Meet Cathleen" at Youtube.com/DoveUS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-owM4crSd4Q&feature=youtu.be

Women can learn more about the campaign and share their story at Dove.com/RealBeauty: https://www.dove.com/us/en/stories/campaigns/real-beauty-productions.html

Head Lice Enjoy Summer Camp as Much as Kids Do

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Tackle lice head-on with Vamousse

Morrisville, N.C., May 17, 2017 - As you plan to send your kids to summer camp, being prepared for head lice is as important as packing sunblock, goggles and stationery. Vamousse Lice Treatment products can defend against lice before, during and after kids return home from camp.

Don't let lice ruin summer camp. Use Vamousse Lice Treatment products to defend kids against lice.

Across the country, lice, especially "super lice," which are resistant to traditional treatments, are a growing concern for parents and camp staff, and many camps have started conducting head checks on registration day. Campers with an infestation may be delayed from starting camp while being treated for lice, or possibly sent home.

"We do head checks when the girls arrive, and we are able to treat lice immediately and prevent lice from spreading," said Page Lemel, the director of Keystone Camp for Girls in North Carolina. "We are thankful we can treat lice, and do not need to send girls home."

The good news is there are simple steps parents can take to defend against lice before and after camp.

Conduct a Pre-Camp Head Check. Here's how:

Part your child's hair to examine the scalp under a bright light. Watch for movement. Lice will move quickly away from the light.

Lice eggs ("nits") may look like dandruff but cannot be flicked off with a fingernail. Eggs will be attached to the hair shaft within ½" of the scalp.


Use a lice comb to work through small sections of hair looking for lice or nits. Pay extra attention to the nape of the neck, behind the ears, under bangs, and the crown of the head.

Treat Any Infestation. If you find an infestation, get your child camp-ready quickly with a product that allows you to end an infestation in a single treatment rather than needing to reapply seven to 10 days later. Pesticide-free Vamousse Lice Treatment kills both lice and eggs in one 15-minute application - even pesticide-resistant super lice.

Keep Lice from Returning Home from Camp. It typically takes four to six weeks for telltale itching to start with a lice infestation. This means a child returning from camp with lice may not be diagnosed until family and friends have already been exposed. Some strategies for reducing the risk of lice coming home:

While kids are away at camp, have them use a daily defense shampoo such as Vamousse Lice Defense, which has been shown in lab studies to kill lice during routine hair washing.
Encourage your child to keep belongings separate – especially hair bands and hats. Encourage your child to pull hair into a ponytail or keep hair up when playing to minimize contact.


Keep the Lice Problem in Perspective.  Remember that while lice are an annoyance, they do not carry disease or pose serious health risks. In fact, they are as prevalent among children as the common cold. By using Vamousse products and being prepared for lice at summer camp, you can improve the chances that your children will have great camp memories of fun, friends and fireside songs – not an itchy head and an irritating case of lice.

About Vamousse.  Vamousse represents a new generation of head lice solutions available over-the-counter. The unique products give parents an accessible, affordable and effective way to tackle super lice to ensure their child is lice and worry free at summer camp. To learn more visit: http://vamousselice.com/.

Volaero UAV & Drones Corp. Joins Miami-Dade Beacon Council's Drone Initiatives

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Charles Zwebner, CEO, charles.zwebner@volaerodrones.com, Cell (786) 564-5602, www.volaerodrones.com

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) working group established to conduct awareness and help develop economic development strategy for new segment of the aviation industry

Miami, May 10, 2017 - Volaero Drones (www.volaerodrones.com) an investor member of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Aviation Committee, and a sponsor exhibitor of drones at the recent Wings-of-Change Miami event, will be further presenting at the upcoming mini seminar for local business leaders hosted by the Council to be held on June 15th from 10 am to 12 noon at the Council's offices.

Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez discussing drone technologies with Jeff Fidelin, Chief Drone Pilot and Charles J. Zwebner, CEO of Volaero Drones Corporation

"Miami and Commercial Drones" will feature a current summary of "how unmanned aerial vehicles are reshaping our target industries" such as Agriculture, Real Estate, Construction, and Public Safety.

Volaero Drones is a professional Drone Services company that provides clients with an integrated end-to-end drone technology solution including consulting; engineering; piloting; imaging; data analytics; reporting and support.

Volaero integrates cutting edge drone, imagery, and data processing technologies saving their clients time, money and resource and empowers them to better manage their affairs. The core markets that Volaero serves is:

Real Estate Imagery, Construction Monitoring, 2D Terrain Surveying and Mapping, Environmental surveying, Thermal Imaging, 3D Modeling, Building Inspections, Volumetrics, and Infrastructure Inspections.

"We look forward to the opportunity of working with the Miami Dade Beacon Council, to further promote job creation and economic growth for the Miami Dade County," said Charles Zwebner, President and CEO of Volaero.

Local businesses and drone operators interested in learning more about the Miami Dade Beacon Council's new UAS working group are encouraged to contact James Kohnstamm at jkohnstamm@beaconcouncil.com. Registration is free and to register please visit http://www.beaconcouncil.com/news-events/events

Big Data Shines Light on Rare Disease

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Largest U.S. study of its kind determines best treatment for a vision-threatening complication of extreme nearsightedness

Ophthalmologist examining patient's eyes.

San Francisco, May 10, 2017 - For most people, being nearsighted is a nuisance, easily treated with a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. But some experience a complication that can cause permanent blindness.

It's called myopic choroidal neovascularization, and it affects about 41,000 people in the United States. It occurs when new, damaging blood vessels grow beneath the retina at the back of the eye. Patients experience a severe loss of vision in the central part of their sight. If not treated early, patients can suffer permanent vision loss.

Because it's a rare condition, there are few studies offering ophthalmologists guidance on how best to treat it. Which treatments do ophthalmologists offer? When do they treat? How well does treatment work?

To find answers, researchers turned to the American Academy of Ophthalmology's eye disease clinical registry, the IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight). The IRIS Registry is the largest source of real-time data on ophthalmic care nationwide. It currently holds clinical information from 134 million office visits to more than 16,000 ophthalmologists and eye care professionals in the U.S.


"Simply put, data drives good medicine. Physicians need the latest, most accurate information to deliver the best care to our patients," said David W. Parke II, MD, the executive vice president and CEO of the Academy. "This can be a real challenge when you're dealing with a rare condition. That's why the IRIS Registry is becoming a powerful tool to help guide decisions by ophthalmologists and their patients."

The result is the largest study ever conducted on this devastating condition. Published online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the study shows that patients treated early with an anti-VEGF drug experienced significant improvement in their vision. Patients who received no treatment lost vision. Anti-VEGF drugs target a chemical in the body that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow under the retina. Blocking VEGF reduces blood vessel growth and slows their leakage, helps to slow vision loss, and in some cases improves vision.

This study also showed that the patients did not need more than three anti-VEGF injections over the course of a year to achieve significant improvement in their vision.

As important, this study has proven once again that the IRIS Registry is an effective tool to gain insight into real-world diagnostic, preventive, and treatment patterns of ophthalmic conditions in the United States.

Gentle Barn Launches Campaign for The St Louis Six

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Kevin Oaks, Phone: 310-526-1511, Email: TGBoutreach@gmail.com

Fans, Celebrities, and Supporters Rally Together To Help Open A Forever Home For Chico and His Brothers


Santa Clarita, California, May 10, 2017 - The Gentle Barn Foundation, who saved the six cows who had escaped from a slaughterhouse in North St. Louis on March 30th, are announcing a fundraising campaign #StLouisSix (www.gentlebarn.org) to donate towards the naming of each cow in order to fund a new Gentle Barn location in Missouri, near St. Louis. One of The Gentle Barn's major donors has added a $100,000 matching contribution to jumpstart the campaign.

Chico led the amazing escape that took over local news and reached national attention. Since being rescued by The Gentle Barn, Chico and his brothers (pictured) have been given close medical attention and are enjoying their freedom at a foster-property, where they are recovering. But they need a forever home.

"It's our goal to start a Gentle Barn in every state so that we can give sanctuary to more animals, and hope to more children," says Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn. "Chico and his brothers clearly want to live. Now that they have been saved, they need a home. St Louis is the perfect place for the next Gentle Barn. With the public's help we can open the third Gentle Barn and give sanctuary to these special cows. Please help us, help them!"


Fans of Chico and his brothers and supporters of The Gentle Barn should visit the website to participate at: http://www.gentlebarn.org/.  Please join the online campaign #StLouisSix and share it with your friends.

ABOUT THE GENTLE BARN: http://www.gentlebarn.org/
The Gentle Barn is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals. The Gentle Barn offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the personal experiences of inner city, at-risk and special needs children who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with The Gentle Barn's approximate one hundred and fifty animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, those who participate in the programs at The Gentle Barn learn empathy, trust and forgiveness. The Gentle Barn is supported by Celebrities such as Portia & Ellen Degeneres, Kelly & David Backes, Daisy Fuentes & Richard Marx, Jenna & Channing Tatum, Steve-O, Rikki Rockett of Poison, Pamela Anderson, Alicia Silverstone, and Hilary Swank.

Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive Set for May 13 throughout Nation

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Por Pam Donato, Community Services Coordinator, 202-662-2489, donato@nalc.org

25th Food Drive Will Help Feed Needy Families in All 50 States

Washington, May 5, 2017 - The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 25nd annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13.

National Association of Letter Carriers.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies. Visit stampouthungerfooddrive.us to learn more.

The Letter Carriers' food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and believe it's important to do what they can to help.


"It's an honor to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "All of our food drives have been special. The fact that this year marks the 25th anniversary makes this one a bit more special."

The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter-holidays and with summer looming, when most school meal programs are suspended.

Last year, letter carriers collected a record 80.1 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes. That brought the total since the NALC's food drive began in 1993 to 1.5 billion pounds.

On May 13, as they deliver mail, the nation's 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents leave near their mail boxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters. Several national partners are assisting the NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, United Way Worldwide, the AARP Foundation, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.

America's top 10 youth volunteers of 2017 named at 22nd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Harold Banks, Prudential: (w) 973-802-8974; (c) 973-216-4833; harold.banks@prudential.com, & Robert Farrace, NASSP: 703-860-7252

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps pays tribute to outstanding middle level and high school volunteers


Washington, May 8, 2017 - For community service initiatives that range from supporting veterans to providing school supplies to kids in need, 10 students were named America's top youth volunteers of 2017 today by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

These National Honorees, named during the program's 22nd annual national award ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, range in age from 11 to 18. They were selected first from a field of more than 31,000 middle level and high school youth volunteers nationwide, and then from 102 State Honorees, based on their initiative, effort, impact, and the personal growth demonstrated in the course of their volunteer service. The National Honorees each received $5,000 personal awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for charities of their choice.

Today's ceremony was part of a four-day celebration that brought each state's top two youth volunteers of 2017 to Washington, D.C., for sightseeing and special recognition events. These State Honorees – one middle level and one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia – were personally congratulated by Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps last night at a gala dinner reception at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Each State Honoree received a $1,000 award.


These are the 10 National Honorees named today:  Amal Bhatnagar, 18, of Duluth, Ga., Riley Callen, 14, of Pawlet, Vt., Ariana DeMattei, 16, of Center Moriches, N.Y., Sarah (Katie) Eder, 17, of Shorewood, Wis., Bradley Ferguson, 16, of Northfield, N.J., Harmonie Frederick, 11, of Columbia, S.C., Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, 11, of Duncannon, Pa., Kelsey Norris, 13, of Bonaire, Ga., Kenan Pala, 13, of San Diego, Calif. & Meghana Reddy, 18, of La Mesa, Calif.

"These honorees have done exemplary work to contribute to the health and vitality of their communities, and we look forward to seeing the great things they achieve in the future," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. "Congratulations to each of these extraordinary young volunteers."

For more information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year's honorees, visit:       https://spirit.prudential.com/ or https://www.nassp.org/recognition/student-awards/prudential-spirit-of-community-awards?SSO=true

THE 2017 NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE WILL CELEBRATE 60 YEARS OF CULTURAL LEGACY WITH LEGENDARY HONOREES AND LEGENDS-IN-THE-MAKING 

By Calendario Prensa P,R.

THE ICONIC NEW YORK INSTITUTION PAYS SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO PROMINENT FIGURES AND RECOGNIZES 100 YEARS OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP FOR PUERTO RICANS DURING THIS MILESTONE YEAR

New York, May 2, 2017 - In a press conference held today at the One World Observatory at the top of One World Trade Center (the Freedom Tower), Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Chairperson of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP), alongside members of the Parade's Board of Directors, announced plans for the 2017 Parade, its 60th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 11. Under the theme, "Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces" (One Nation, Many Voices), the 2017 Parade and associated events will advance the Parade's mission of promoting culture, art and education in the Puerto Rican community, both on the Island and the mainland U.S.

"The Parade has become one of New York City's iconic institutions, and what better way to kick off our 60th Anniversary celebration than at the top of the historic Freedom Tower, with New York City as our backdrop," said Board Chair, Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez. "In this monumental year, we are showcasing our collective achievement and the legacy we have built by working in solidarity, and we will discuss key challenges that Puerto Rico is facing to help inform and engage our community. We also honor legendary figures and the next generation of stars that are already accomplished in their own right."


JetBlue Airways, the Official Airline of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and sponsor of One World Observatory, hosted today's press conference and treated those in attendance to spectacular views of New York City. "JetBlue congratulates the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on its 60th year of bringing the community together to celebrate Puerto Rican culture," said Giselle Cortes, Director of International cities, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for JetBlue. "It's a point of pride for JetBlue to be the largest airline connecting families and friends between Puerto Rico and the mainland U.S., and our ongoing sponsorship as Official Airline of the parade is one important way in which we honor the community. Just as in years past, we look forward to celebrating with the community both leading up to and on the day of the Parade."

In attendance at the Press Conference was 2016 Summer Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics and Dancing With the Stars champion, Laurie Hernández, who will join the star-studded line-up of honorees, as an Athlete of the year. Born in New Jersey from Puerto Rican parents, Hernández has an impressive resume that goes beyond elite, competitive gymnastics and includes being a New York Times best-selling author, with her book "I got this: To Gold and Beyond", as well as the recognition of being the youngest champion on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

"I am very honored to be chosen as one of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade's Athletes of the Year," said Laurie Hernández. "I am so excited to be part of this special event and to celebrate my Puerto Rican heritage."

Other 2017 honorees will include a host of illustrious figures in music, entertainment, sports, theater and film, led by 6-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, as Grand Marshal. The Parade's Queen title goes to the talented actress from TV and film, Lana Parrilla, who plays the role of the Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time. Parrilla also starred in several hit television series, including Spin City, 24 and Boomtown.

The prolific baseball catcher, Iván Rodríguez, a 14-time MLB All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove winner who was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2017, will be honored as Padrino (Godfather) of the Parade. The internationally renowned singer/actress, Iris Chacón, will be honored as Madrina (Godmother)of the Parade. Best known for her hit TV variety show, El Show de Iris Chacón, which aired for fifteen years in Puerto Rico and major markets across the U.S., Chacón most recently starred in the stage play Malas, at the Santurce Performing Arts Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in early 2017.

Special Tributes and Recognitions:

This year's Parade themes and major tributes will be particularly poignant, as the 60th Anniversary coincides with 100years of U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans. U.S. citizenship for all Puerto Ricans was one provision of the Jones Act of 1917, signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. A source of great and ongoing debate, the Jones Act has had considerable impact on Puerto Rico and its people, and the NPRDP will include this topic in its programming in order to foster a dialogue and help inform the youth of the community of its historical significance. This milestone will have particular significance given the impact the Jones Act has had on the financial situation in Puerto Rico.

The NPRDP will honor political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, with a unique honoree title, Prócer de la Libertad (National Freedom Hero). Born in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, López Rivera was a community activist in Chicago who became a lead figure in the Puerto Rico Independence Movement. Commuted by President Barack Obama in January 2017, López Rivera was incarcerated in 1981 for charges of seditious conspiracy but without having been convicted of injuring or killing anyone. His appearance in the 2017 Parade will mark López Rivera's first visit to New York City after his May 17 release from prison.

The honored Puerto Rican pueblo (town) will be Hormigueros, a rural municipality in Southwest Puerto Rico. Additionally, Lorain and Cleveland, Ohio will be the honored stateside community, in recognition of the robust Puerto Rican population that represents more than half (55%) of the Ohio's Puerto Rican population, the tenth largest among all States.

In recognition of the NPRDP 60th Anniversary, the Parade's Board of Directors announced special tributes to Gilberto Gerena Valentín (1918-2016) and Ramón S. Veléz (1933-2008), individuals who played critical roles in the formation and evolution of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, now one of New York City's iconic institutions. Both were born in Puerto Rico and migrated to New York City, where their life's work was dedicated to helping build a strong legacy of Puerto Rican culture and sense of community in New York City. Of note, Ramón S. Veléz was born in Hormigueros, the 2017 honored pueblo in Puerto Rico.


A Banner Year for the NPRDP Scholarship Program:

This year, the NPRDP fulfills its goal of awarding 100 scholarships, the largest number of scholarships in its history and a 20-fold increase since 2013, when the organization awarded 5 scholarships. Each scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 and will be awarded to exceptional students of Puerto Rican descent who are making a difference in their communities. The number of applications received in 2017 was more than triple the number submitted last year, with students representing 17 states and Puerto Rico. Winners will be announced at the NPRDP Education Leadership Awards on May 25th at Time Warner Center in New York City. In addition to the scholarship monies, winners will have the opportunity to attend the NPRDP Cultural Boot Camp and Professional Enrichment days, which the Board of Directors designed to help increase the students' command of Puerto Rican culture and history and to promote their personal and professional development.

Announcement of 2017 Honorees:

In addition to the announcements of Lana Parilla as Queen, Ivan Rodríguez as Padrino (Godfather), and Laurie Hernández as Athlete of the Year, the NPRDP Board announced additional 2017 honorees:
Nuestro Orgullo: J.W. Cortés - actor in Gotham, U.S. Marine combat veteran
Rising Star: Ozuna (Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado) - singer, songwriter and producer
Rising Star: Rolando Alejandro -classical pianist
Ambassador: Shalím Ortiz - television and stage actor and singer
Ambassador: Ismael Rivera, Jr. - salsa singer and son of the late Ismael Rivera
Ambassador: Ektor Rivera - singer and actor, star of Broadway's "On Your Feet"
Ambassador: Allan Villafaña - co-anchor, Primera Edición on Telemundo 47/WNJU
Ambassador: Ricardo Luis Villarini - reporter for Telemundo 47/WNJU
Boricuas Destacados: BuscaBulla (Raquel Berrios and Luis Afredo del Valle) musical duo highlighted by Rolling Stone Magazine in February 2017 as "10 artists you need to know"
Earlier this year, the Parade's Board of Directors announced its first installment of 2017 honorees:
Grand Marshal: Gilberto Santa Rosa - GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, actor and producer
Madrina (Godmother): Iris Chacón - TV and stage entertainer
Lifetime Achievement in TV and Entertainment: Walter Mercado - iconic TV personality
Lifetime Achievement in Music: Bobby Cruz - salsa singer from Hormigueros and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Lifetime Achievement in Performing Arts: Julio Monge - choreographer, actor and director
Special Recognition: the Puerto Rican National Baseball Team ("Team Rubio") - finalists at the 2017 World Baseball Classic
Trailblazer in Music & Arts: Yandel (LLandel Veguilla Malavé) - GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer

Athlete of the Year: Mónica Puig - tennis champion at 2016 Rio Olympics and first Olympic Gold Medalist for Puerto Rico
Ambassador: Ana Isabelle - singer and actress in theater, television and film
Ambassador: Modesto Lacen - actor in television, film and stage


Posthumous Recognitions to Puerto Rican Luminaries:

Posthumous recognitions 2017 will be held at the Parade's Catholic Mass, Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, on Sunday June 4 at 4:00 pm.  Luminaries to be honored include:
Ramón Luis "Papo" Brenes (1953-2017): Pioneering entertainment journalist and former director of Puerto Rico's "Teve-Guia" magazine
Miriam Colón (1936-2017): Legendary actress, co-founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.
Ismael Fernández Reyes (1960-2016): Founder of the Taller de Fotoperiodismo (The Photojournalist Workshop) of Puerto Rico and the Association of Photojournalists of Puerto Rico
Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017): Actor of television and Hollywood films
Robert Garcia (1933-2017): U.S. Congressman from New York and co-founder of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Gilberto Gerena Valentín (1918-2016): Community activist and co-founder of the Puerto Rican Day Parade of New York
Iris Martínez (1924-2017): Actress and former president of the Puerto Rico Actors' Association (Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico)
Dave Valentín (1952-2017): World-famous flutist, pianist and music director
Rafael Ramos (1974-2014): New York City Police officer killed while on duty in Brooklyn
Elín Ortiz (1934-2016): Actor, comedian, producer and father of 2017 Ambassador, Shalím Ortiz
The NPRDP Board of Directors thanks its 2017 sponsors and media partners for their support of NPRDP to achieve its mission, including JetBlue Airways, Official Airline of the NPRDP; and WABC-TV Channel 7, English-language broadcast television partner. Other esteemed sponsors and media partners include GOYA Foods, the McDonald's Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, Acacia Network, City University of New York, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the United Federation of Teachers, Monster Energy, Univision Communications, NBC, Telemundo, the Spanish Broadcasting System, the New York Daily News, People En Español, El Diario/La Prensa and iHeartMedia.

The 60th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade will be held on New York City's Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street, on Sunday, June 11, starting at 11:00 am (EST). The event will be aired live via WABC-TV, Channel 7 in New York, as well as through its affiliates in Orlando, Florida on WFTV/WRDQ, and in Puerto Rico ABC5 (WORA-TV 5.2), from 12:00 pm to4:00 pm (EST). Live streaming on the Internet will be available at www.abc7ny.com.

Applications for participating in the in the 2017 National Puerto Rican Day Parade are due on May 12. For participant applications, more information about the Parade and a calendar of events, visit

Artificial Intelligence Shows Potential to Fight Blindness

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Researchers use deep learning to create an algorithm to detect a common diabetic eye disease

San Francisco, April 27, 2017 - Researchers from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University have found a way to use artificial intelligence to fight a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. This advance has the potential to reduce the worldwide rate of vision loss due to diabetes.


In a study published online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the researchers describe how they used deep-learning methods to create an automated algorithm to detect diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a condition that damages the blood vessels at the back of the eye, potentially causing blindness.
"What we showed is that an artificial intelligence-based grading algorithm can be used to identify, with high reliability, which patients should be referred to an ophthalmologist for further evaluation and treatment," said Theodore Leng, M.D., lead author. "If properly implemented on a worldwide basis, this algorithm has the potential to reduce the workload on doctors and increase the efficiency of limited healthcare resources. We hope that this technology will have the greatest impact in parts of the world where ophthalmologists are in short supply."

A normal retina

Another advantage is that the algorithm does not require any specialized, inaccessible, or costly computer equipment to grade images. It can be run on a common personal computer or smartphone with average processors.

Deep learning is on the rise in computer science and medicine because it can teach computers to do what our brains do naturally. What Dr. Leng and his colleagues did was to create an algorithm based on more than 75,000 images from a wide range of patients representing several ethnicities, and then used it to teach a computer to identify between healthy patients and those with any stage of disease, from mild to severe.

A retina showing signs of diabetic retinopathy

Dr. Leng's algorithm could identify all disease stages, from mild to severe, with an accuracy rate of 94 percent. It would be these patients that should see an ophthalmologist for further examination. An ophthalmologist is a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions.

Diabetes affects more than 415 million people worldwide or 1 in every 11 adults.1 About 45 percent of diabetic patients are likely to have diabetic retinopathy at some point in their life; however, fewer than half of patients are aware of their condition. Early detection and treatment are integral to combating this worldwide epidemic of preventable vision loss.


Ophthalmologists typically diagnose the presence and severity of diabetic retinopathy by direct examination of the back of the eye and by evaluation of color photographs of the fundus, the interior lining of the eye. Given the large number of diabetes patients globally, this process is expensive and time-consuming. Also, previous studies have shown that detection is somewhat subjective, even among trained specialists. This is why an effective, automated algorithm could potentially reduce the rate of worldwide blindness.

Approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required before the algorithm can be used in patients on a broad basis. Dr. Leng and his team expect to conduct pilot trials in the near future.

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Women Face Higher Risk of Blindness Than Men

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

American Academy of Ophthalmology urges women to make eye health a top priority

San Francisco, April 24, 2017 - Studies show there is a gender gap in eye disease. Women are more likely than men to suffer from sight-threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and glaucoma.1 In support of Healthy Vision Month in May, the American Academy of Ophthalmology https://www.aao.org/ reminds women to make vision a top priority.

Women make up 65 percent of AMD cases; 61 percent of glaucoma and cataract patients are women, and 66 percent of blind patients are women.2 Why the inequity? There are a few theories. On average women live longer and many eye problems are age-related. Some eye conditions, such as dry eye, are more common in women, young and old. Social and economic factors affect women's access to eye care, especially in developing countries.


Whatever the cause, there are a few unique vision problems women need to watch out for more than men. Dry eye occurs at double the rate in postmenopausal women.3 In general, women are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases than men, many of which affect vision, such as lupus, Sjögren's syndrome and hyperthyroiditis. Also, pregnancy can cause vision changes due to the hormones pregnant women experience.

Good news is most vision loss is preventable. The Academy offers five simple steps to take control of your eye health today:

Get a comprehensive medical eye exam at age 40. Early signs of disease or changes in vision may begin at this age. An exam by an ophthalmologist – a physician who specializes in medical and surgical eye care – is an opportunity to carefully examine the eye for diseases and conditions that may have no symptoms in the early stages.


Know your family history. Certain eye diseases can be inherited. If you have a close relative with macular degeneration, you have a 50 percent chance of developing this condition. A family history of glaucoma increases your glaucoma risk by four to nine times. Talk to family members about their eye conditions. It can help you and your ophthalmologist evaluate your risk.

Eat healthy foods. A diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, benefits the entire body, including the eyes. Eye-healthy food choices include citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables and cold water fish.

Stop smoking. Smoking increases the risk for eye diseases such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking also raises the risk for cardiovascular diseases which can indirectly influence your eye health. Tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke, also worsens dry eye.

Wear sunglasses. Exposure to ultraviolet UV light raises the risk of eye diseases, including cataract, fleshy growths on the eye and cancer. Always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection and a hat while enjoying time outdoors.

"Eye exams aren't only about checking a person's visual acuity or sharpness, but also determining the overall health of their eyes," said Rebecca J. Taylor, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "We encourage women as well as men to get regular eye care. By making vision a priority today, we can help protect our sight as we age."

To learn more ways to keep your eyes healthy, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart® website: https://www.aao.org/eye-health

Bleach Like A Boss -- CLORALEN® Launches Brand Campaign For Revolutionary New Splash-Free™ Bleach Gel

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Houston, April 19, 2017 - CLORALEN® today announced the launch of a brand campaign for CLORALEN®'s new Platinum™ Bleach Liquid Gel in partnership with Cavalry Agency based in Chicago. The product was inspired by consumers wanting the cleaning power of bleach without the headaches of splashing. "We conducted extensive research with consumers and learned that homemakers have an out-of-control feeling when using bleach," says Andres Supelano, Brand Manager for CLORALEN®. "We took this challenge seriously and are excited to bring consumers the first new form of liquid bleach in decades—a gel. In fact, we've created an entirely new product category."


Bleach Like A Boss, the campaign's spirited theme, pledges users of Platinum™ Bleach Liquid Gel will now be in control when doing laundry and cleaning. Pointed headlines underscore the benefits of Splash-Free™ gel: hit the spot without a splash; get a grip on laundry day; and no sass, no splash. The ad content highlights the value of a Splash-Free™ formula with a safe pour spout and Easy-Grip™ ergonomic handle.

The CLORALEN® Platinum™ product and the Bleach Like a Boss campaign rolls out just in time for Spring Cleaning season. The campaign will execute a multifaceted media strategy to engage with homemakers in major markets throughout the U.S. Product demonstrations can be seen on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Radio spots will intro songs on Spotify. The public can share their new Platinum™ Gel cleaning experiences on social media.

Consumers can find CLORALEN® Platinum™ Liquid Bleach Gel at select Walmart stores. Visit online Store Locator:  http://www.cloralen.com/store-locator/

The CLORALEN® family of products have faithfully served consumers for decades to better clean household surfaces, bathrooms and laundry. Flagship products include: Triple Action Bleach, Stain Remover & Color Protection, Bathroom Cleaner with Bleach and Multipurpose Cleaner with Bleach. Color safe bleach, chlorine bleach and bleach cleaners makes cleaning go easier and faster. Products come in a variety of scents. Cloralen.com:  http://www.cloralen.com/

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5_dgCviUWI

Colgate-Palmolive And World Champion Swimmer Michael Phelps Team Up To Make Waves In Water Conservation By Inspiring A New Generation To Turn Off The Faucet

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alyssa Matos, Cohn & Wolfe, 212-798-9575, Alyssa.Matos@cohnwolfe.com & Colgate-Palmolive, Media Relations, Media_Inquiry@colpal.com, 212-310-2670
Photos by Joel Peralta for Colgate-Palmolive

As Global Ambassador for the Colgate 'Save Water' Program, Phelps Joins the Oral Care Leader and The Nature Conservancy in 2017 Effort to Reach More Than 100 Million Adults and 10 Million Children with Simple but Powerful Message that #EveryDropCounts

Phelps Family

New York, April 18, 2017 - In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Colgate® is proud to announce that one of the most decorated athletes of all-time, swimmer Michael Phelps, is joining the company's water conservation awareness effort as global ambassador. As Colgate continues its ongoing partnership with The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization to restore waterways in the U.S. and educate people about the importance of water, Michael Phelps will help raise awareness for the 'Save Water' program and inspire the next generation to take action.

Colgate is found in more than two-thirds of households around the world, more than any other brand, according to Kantar research, and nearly all Colgate products require consumer water use2. By leaving the faucet on, the average American can waste up to four gallons of potable drinking water while brushing his or her teeth for two minutes1. Together with Michael Phelps and The Nature Conservancy, Colgate's 2017 mission is to reach 100 million people and inspire 10 million children to turn off the faucet while brushing, because every drop counts. If embraced broadly, this simple habit can be a powerful act of water and energy conservation.


"Water is the earth's most precious resource, but without realizing it we often take it for granted," Phelps said. "I'm committed to joining Colgate's efforts to save water and encouraging the next generation to turn off the faucet. Our son Boomer turns one next month, so he isn't brushing on his own quite yet, but we'll teach him to as soon as he does!"

As someone world-renowned for his connection to water, Phelps is proud to join Colgate as the global ambassador in this water conservation awareness initiative, appropriately kicking off during Earth Month. This summer, Phelps will introduce three short-form documentaries that convey water issues in the U.S., and rally his and his family's followers on social media to spread this important message that every drop counts. Colgate will also share this message with children, teachers and families through its award-winning Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program.

Boomer Phelps joins parents Michael and Nicole to save water

"Colgate is committed to making every drop of water count," said Lori Michelin, vice president of sustainability & EHS at Colgate-Palmolive. "We work consistently to reduce our water-use footprint and have avoided enough water consumption in manufacturing to fill nearly 20,000 competition-sized swimming pools since 2002. That said, 90 percent of Colgate's current water-use footprint comes from consumer use of our products, so we're asking everyone to help."

In addition to turning off the faucet while brushing, individuals can spread awareness using #EveryDropCounts on social media and by learning more at http://everydropcounts.colgate.com/

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Local Community Celebrates Unprecedented $700,000 Financial Support By Nexus Services, A Homegrown Organization

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jen Little, 540-255-9492, jlittle@nexushelps.com

Nexus Services awards $400,000 home to area family & more than $300,000 in college scholarships for local students

Verona, Virginia, April 17, 2017 - Nexus Services donated almost three quarters of a million dollars to deserving families and students in their community last week. The Verona-based organization's foundation is built on the value of respecting the inherent worth and dignity of people of all creeds. Nexus Services exemplifies this shared dignity for all by giving back to their community, and throughout the past four years, has given several million dollars in charitable contributions to families in Augusta, Rockingham, Page, and Shenandoah Counties.

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With more than 250 employees in over 30 offices across the country, Nexus Services is a leading provider of much-needed services to immigrants across the United States, including advocacy, legal counsel, and assistance in the release from immigration detention. In support of its mission of reuniting families and pursuing justice, Nexus Services is grateful to be in a position where it can help families thrive, and provide students with the tools they need to become contributing members of society and achieve their personal and professional goals.

On April 11, Nexus Services gave a brand-new home, valued at $400,000, to a hard-working Augusta County family. The parents embody the story of overcoming hardship and making sacrifices for the well-being of their children and their family's future.

Additionally, on April 14, Nexus Services forever changed the lives of four worthy local students by presenting them with a grand total of more than $300,000 in college scholarships, including a full, four-year scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC.


"Supporting families of all backgrounds in our community is the very reason this company was created," explained Nexus Services CEO Mike Donovan. "We have been so blessed, and believe that giving back to others is not only the right thing to do as a human, it's the mission by which this organization will stand. Society can only move forward if everyone shares this level of commitment towards others."

For the second consecutive year, Nexus Services provided a new home to a local family through their Christmas Miracle Program. The five-bedroom, three-bath Augusta County home was awarded to the Truslow family of four. The eldest son, Austin, submitted an essay about the family's backbone – his mother – and her ability to push everyone to be the best version of themselves, even in the face of the deepest adversity. The Nexus Services committee evaluated nominations based on the potential impact the prize may have on the lives of the recipients and found Austin's submission incredibly compelling, and is pleased to help make this family's dream come true.

"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Nexus Services," said mother Teresa Truslow. "This beautiful home represents a new beginning. As we continue working towards providing the best life possible for our children, we cannot express how much this means to our family. Austin is a very good kid, and the letter he wrote really showed how much he cares."

This is also the fourth year that Nexus Services has offered scholarships to students in Augusta County, where approximately one out of ten residents live below the poverty line. On Friday, April 14, during the AdamFest 2017 celebration featuring Nate Ruess of the band fun., Nexus Services announced the winners of four scholarships worth a total of more than $300,000. Recipients were selected based on a combination of academic achievement and the overall impact of their written essay. Nexus Services was so impressed by this year's pool of applicants and their submissions, which dealt with how community leaders can address the challenge of eroding trust in law enforcement, that the company increased individual scholarship amounts and presented an additional scholarship on top of those originally offered as part of the competition.

The scholarships provided by Nexus Services are flexible, and may be used for food, books, and living expenses. All the scholarship recipients will also become paid interns with Nexus Services in a division that matches the talent and career aspirations of the student.


This year's scholarship winners are:

The Libre Scholarship
*Juleian V. Cappell, Harrisonburg High School, full scholarship to attend Howard University

The Nexus Achiever Scholarships
*Joshua Dennis Calvano, Fort Defiance High School, attending George Mason University
*Brice Estes, Spotswood High School, attending Virginia Commonwealth University
*Anna Gabriel "Gabby" George Patarinski, Stuarts Draft High School, likely attending George Mason University (accepted with honors)

The Nexus Scholarship Program and the Nexus Christmas Miracle Program are part of the company's long-standing commitment to give back to their community. For more information about Nexus Services' community initiatives, visit https://www.nexushelps.com/


About Nexus Services Inc. - Nexus Services, Inc. stands on the front lines of a movement to promote peace and justice, with a constant respect for the inherent worth and dignity of all. Nexus Services, Inc. is the parent company of a unique family of companies, both for-profit and charitable, that deliver cutting-edge products and services to meet the needs of their clients and the community. Nexus is a leading provider of services to immigrants across the United States, including advocacy and services designed to assist immigrants in the release from immigration detention.

Eggs: Handle Them Safely As You Celebrate!

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Silver Spring, Maryland, April 7, 2017 - The egg has been regarded as a symbol of new life and has been associated with springtime celebrations, such as Easter and Passover, for many centuries. But, even during festive occasions, eggs can cause food poisoning (also called foodborne illness). That's why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds consumers to follow safe food handling practices when buying, storing, preparing, and serving eggs or foods that contain them during their springtime celebrations and throughout the year.


Salmonella can be found on both the outside and inside of eggs that look perfectly normal. These bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and fever. Symptoms usually last 4 to 7 days and most people get better without treatment. However, certain people, such as children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems (such as transplant patients and individuals with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and diabetes), are at greater risk for severe illness. In these individuals, a Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other parts of the body, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Protect yourself and your family by following these food safety tips to prevent food poisoning:

Clean - Wash hands, utensils, dishes, and work surfaces (counter tops and cutting boards) with soap and hot water after contact with raw eggs and raw egg-containing foods.
Discard cracked or dirty eggs.

Separate - Never let raw eggs come into contact with food that will be eaten raw (or with utensils that could cross-contaminate other foods).

Cook - Cook eggs thoroughly until both the yolk and white are firm. Lightly cooked egg whites and yolks have both caused outbreaks of Salmonella infections.
Casseroles and other dishes containing eggs should be cooked to 160° F. Use a food thermometer to be sure.
Eat eggs promptly after cooking. Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature (between 40° to 140° F) for more than 2 hours.
For recipes that call for raw or undercooked eggs (like Caesar salad dressing and homemade ice cream), consider using pasteurized shell eggs or pasteurized egg products.

Chill - Buy eggs only if sold from a refrigerator or refrigerated case. Keeping eggs adequately refrigerated prevents any Salmonella bacteria in or on the eggs from growing to higher numbers (which makes them more likely to cause illness).
At home, keep eggs refrigerated at 40° F or below until they are needed. Use a refrigerator thermometer to check.
Refrigerate unused eggs or leftovers that contain eggs promptly.
For school or work, pack cooked eggs with a small frozen gel pack or a frozen juice box.


Eating Out - Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized eggs.
When in a restaurant, ask if they use pasteurized eggs before ordering anything that might result in consumption of raw or undercooked eggs (such as Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing).
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Zika Virus Reported in Pregnant Women in 44 States

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd Dezen, (914) 997-4608, tdezen@marchofdimes.org
Photos by CBS News & The Times of Israel

March of Dimes urges: Take steps to prevent infection

White Plains, N.Y., April 4, 2017 - A new government report shows that nearly 1,300 pregnancies from 44 states with possible recent Zika virus infection were reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry in 2016. Most of the women acquired the virus during travel to Zika-affected areas, the report says.


Among the pregnant women with confirmed Zika infection, 1 in 10 had a fetus or baby with birth defects. The highest risk was from confirmed infection in the first trimester -- birth defects were reported in 15 percent of these fetuses or infants.

The report, published today in the journal Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), includes data on completed pregnancies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with laboratory evidence of possible recent Zika virus infection reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry from January 15 to December 27, 2016.

"Zika virus is causing a lot of anxiety among my patients and their partners, who are accustomed to traveling for work or to visit family," says Siobhan Dolan, MD, MPH, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and medical advisor to the March of Dimes. "I advise them that preventing infection is the most important thing for themselves and their babies. Protect yourself from Zika before and during pregnancy, and that includes avoiding travel to affected areas. But remember -- it's not forever. Yes, you may miss a family event now, while you're pregnant. But after the baby is born, in a few months, you'll be able to travel safely and with peace of mind."


The March of Dimes coordinates with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to provide up-to-the-minute information in English and Spanish for women, men, and families at ZAPzika.org and nacersano.org/zika. The March of Dimes also answers questions about Zika virus in social media and via email in both English and Spanish. Send email to AskUs@marchofdimes.org or Preguntas@nacersano.org.

"We don't yet know the full range of disabilities in babies infected with Zika virus," says Dr. Dolan. "Even babies who don't have obvious signs of birth defects still may be affected. Babies born to women who have evidence of Zika virus during pregnancy need brain imaging and other testing after birth to make a correct diagnosis, and to help us understand how these babies grow and develop."

She noted that the March of Dimes is hosting and promoting "Zika Care Connect," a new website that will launch this month to assist Zika-affected families in finding healthcare professionals around the country who can provide specialized care.


Other March of Dimes activities to protect babies from Zika virus include:

Funding research into a "weak spot" in the structure of a Zika virus protein that may lead to development of the first drug treatment for Zika infection;
Providing continuing education for nurses on "What Every Nurse Should Know" about Zika in both English and Spanish;
Preparing Zika Prevention Kits for newborns in Puerto Rico (including mosquito netting, onesies and prevention tips).

Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause damage to the brain, microcephaly (smaller than expected head) and congenital Zika syndrome, a pattern of conditions in the baby that includes brain abnormalities, eye defects, hearing loss, and limb defects. Zika infection during pregnancy also has been linked to miscarriage and stillbirth.

Podiatrists: First Responders For Vascular Disease

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Nora Younes, nryounes@apma.org, (301) 581-9221

Your feet can be an early detection system for serious health conditions

Bethesda, Maryland, April 3, 2017 - The American Podiatric Medical Association announced its new campaign Podiatrists: First Responders for Vascular Disease, which will educate the public about the many risk factors of vascular disease and a podiatrist's role in identifying serious health concerns.


Many Americans are unaware of vascular disease and the many factors that may put them at risk. Even more Americans are unaware that podiatrists are often the first health care providers to spot this disease.

The risk factors for vascular disease include smoking, use of oral contraceptives, a family history of vascular disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Podiatrists are physicians who are the experts in the foot and ankle, and are the most qualified to diagnose conditions affecting the lower extremities.

"If you have one or more of the risk factors for vascular disease, you need to be vigilant about changes to your feet," said APMA President Ira Kraus, DPM. "If you notice changes in appearance or a wound on your foot or ankle, you need to make an appointment with a podiatrist right away."


The Podiatrists: First Responders for Vascular Disease campaign, occurring during April's Foot Health Awareness month, will share important information about the specific risks associated with the disease, symptoms, when to see a podiatrist, and more. To learn more about the campaign, and to find a podiatrist in your area, visit www.apma.org/vascular.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading professional organization for today's podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of more than 12,500 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit www.apma.org.

PNC Foundation, DonorsChoose.org Team Up To Fund Hundreds Of Pre-K Requests For Resources, Experiences

By Cynthia Montgomery, (704) 968-4716, cynthia.montgomery@pnc.com, @cindym_pnc

DonorsChoose.org will expand to include requests from Head Start teachers

More than 200,000 students to benefit from the grant, enhanced classroom resources

Photo by Facebook

Pittsburgh and New York, April 4, 2017 - The PNC Foundation: https://www.pnc.com/en/about-pnc/corporate-responsibility/philanthropy/pnc-foundation.html today funded hundreds of pre-K classroom requests as part of a new $5 million grant to DonorsChoose.org: https://www.donorschoose.org/ to provide teachers with enhanced classroom resources and experiences to inspire their students' love of learning.

Today's donation of $504,000 flash funded 849 projects in public and charter pre-K classrooms in 22 states and Washington, D.C. where The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ("PNC") conducts business. The PNC Foundation entered the grant-funded alliance to further the mission of PNC Grow Up Great®, a $350 million, multi-year bilingual initiative in early childhood education.


The PNC Foundation's gift to support pre-K classrooms also enables DonorsChoose.org to expand its education funding platform to include project requests from Head Start teachers for the first time. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects individual donors with classrooms in need, and this is the first expansion to reach a new audience of teachers in DonorsChoose.org's 17-year history.

"We're thrilled to be a part of PNC's longstanding commitment to early childhood learning," said Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org founder. "Their generosity will help us expand the DonorsChoose.org platform to serve Head Start classrooms nationwide, ensuring that many more pre-K teachers have resources they need to give their students a solid educational foundation."

Teacher requests for educational resources range from books to art supplies, science equipment, field trips and more, according to DonorsChoose.org. Frequent requests include technology and visits from specialized educators.

A recent study conducted by the National Head Start Association showed that 94 percent of teachers say they need more resources to enrich the classroom, but 84 percent say they are unable to fund experiences they want to provide.


The study also noted that 93 percent of those queried either considered buying or bought classroom supplies out of their own pockets; 88 percent reported spending up to $500.

"Head Start supports our nation's most vulnerable children by offering a comprehensive, high quality early-learning experience that prepares them for kindergarten and strengthens family participation in their children's learning," said Yasmina S. Vinci, executive director, National Head Start Association. "Our research shows almost all Head Start teachers are spending their own dollars on basic resources for students. This is a great opportunity to empower Head Start teachers to secure the resources needed to maximize the Head Start advantage."

The PNC Foundation Will Match Donations to Pre-K Requests.  Teachers and donors should visit https://www.donorschoose.org/ for more information.

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Trending Now: April is National Car Care Month

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rich White, 301-654-6664, rich.white@autocare.org
By Lynn Konsbruck, 312-768-7362, lkonsbruck@maxmarketing.com


Bethesda, Maryland, March 30, 2017 - Each spring, vehicle maintenance is a trending topic across the country because April is National Car Care Month. This year will be no exception as the non-profit Car Care Council shares the benefits of routine vehicle maintenance via its website and social media platforms.

"With more and more motorists turning to cell phones, mobile devices and the internet for auto care information, we've made it easier than ever to learn about vehicle service and repair by simply following the Car Care Council online," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "During National Car Care Month and throughout the year, we are constantly sharing information to help motorists keep their vehicles operating safely, dependably and efficiently, so be sure to check our website and social media platforms often."


By following the Car Care Council on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, motorists will receive quick car care tips and reminders. For more in-depth vehicle service information and videos, the Car Care Council website (www.carcare.org) is filled with useful information to help motorists navigate common maintenance procedures and better understand auto repair needs. Visitors can find learn about specific vehicle systems, sign up for the free custom service schedule, and order a copy of the popular 80-page Car Care Guide at no charge.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council's online media room at http://media.carcare.org/. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council's consumer education website at http://www.carcare.org/.

Patient Guide: How to Prepare for Surgery


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Photos by North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society & NZOA Foot & Ankle Society

Tips to ensure a successful orthopaedic foot or ankle surgery

Rosemont, Illinois, March 28, 2017 - Your doctor has recommended surgery for your foot or ankle problem, and you're looking for the best possible outcome. Your orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist is looking for the best outcome too, and now there's a three-part online series to help you get there. Following steps recommended by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) http://www.aofas.org/Pages/Home.aspx      both before and after surgery can help you avoid complications and heal as quickly as possible.


For example, much of the preparation for a successful procedure starts before the day of surgery, say orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists. Medical testing should be done prior to surgery, including blood tests and a chest X-ray, to confirm your health is good enough for surgery.

For some patients, medications must be stopped. Drugs such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can increase bleeding during surgery. Some over-the-counter medicine and herbal supplements may also have to be stopped.


In addition, patients who smoke should stop before any foot or ankle surgery. Smoking before or after surgery can increase the risk of complications and slow healing time, so your orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist will encourage you to stop smoking well before surgery. Your surgeon or your primary doctor can offer advice and resources for how to quit.

Other tips in the series include a guide to what to bring to the hospital the day of your surgery, discussion of who you will meet from the surgical team, and what to expect when you are home and recovering. To learn more about how to prepare before surgery and how to manage the day of and immediately after, consult the new three-part series on How to Prepare for Orthopaedic Foot or Ankle Surgery at FootCareMD.org. FootCareMD.org, http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/Pages/How-to-Prepare-for-Orthopaedic-Foot-or-Ankle-Surgery.aspx the patient education site of the AOFAS, offers comprehensive articles on foot and ankle conditions and their treatments.

American Academy of Ophthalmology Statement on Stem Cell Therapy for Treating Eye Disease


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Photos by Tech Times & Beyond the Dish

San Francisco, March 17, 2017 - Statement attributable to:  David W. Parke, II, M.D. CEO, American Academy of Ophthalmology

"The American Academy of Ophthalmology today reiterates its support of the Food and Drug Administration's regulations of stem cell therapy in the use of ophthalmic care.

"The blinding of three patients following stem cell injections from a clinic in Florida, as documented in a recent New England Journal of Medicine study, is tragic. While tantalizing for individuals desperately looking for a cure, research has yet to support the adoption of stem cell therapy treatment outside of clinical trials.

"These cases in Florida reaffirm our belief that emerging treatments, such as stem cell therapy, has not yielded sufficient proof. There must be a pause before proceeding, and care should be led by fully trained physicians.


"There is no substitute for scientific validation when patient safety is at risk."

The Academy has previously issued clinical guidance that covers the appropriate use of stem cell therapy in eye care. These recent cases confirm the Academy's belief that the FDA should thoroughly investigate and level regulatory action against unlicensed clinics who offer stem cell therapy treatments outside of clinical trials.

Public and patients can learn more about stem cells and eye care by visiting the Academy's EyeSmart® public education website. EyeSmart is the leading online source for ophthalmic information. The content is written and approved by Academy member eye physicians and surgeons.

For more information, visit https://www.aao.org/

Colgate Total® Shakes Up Its "Simplemente Saludable" Initiative And Unveils Its New Advanced Health Mouthwash

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Citlalic Peralta, Cohn & Wolfe, (212) 798-9526, Citlalic.Peralta@cohnwolfe.com

TV host Karla Martinez, Chef Lala, Celebrity Yoga Instructor Yudy Arias and Karent Sierra, D.D.S., Unite to Empower Latinas Nationwide to Brush Up On Healthy Lifestyle Practices

New York, March 13, 2017 - Colgate Total® is shaking things up this spring with the second year of its Simplemente Saludable (Simply Healthy) program and unveiling of its new Advanced Health™ Mouthwash. This year, the brand is partnering with TV host Karla Martinez, nutritionist and entrepreneur Chef Lala, yoga instructor and entrepreneur Yudy Arias, and dentist Karent Sierra, to educate and empower Latinas to invest in healthy lifestyles, beginning with proper oral health.


(From left to right) The panel of experts: dentist Karent Sierra, Chef Lala, host Karla Martinez and yoga instructor Yudy Arias at the Simplemente Saludable event from Colgate Total that empowers Latinas to renew their lifestyle with a focus on well-being, physical and oral health. Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Miami. (Jesus Aranguren/AP Images for Colgate Total)

Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash builds on the multi-use trend seen in many health and beauty products. This mouthwash contains two-layer technology; combining freshening power with germ killing ingredients. To activate the formula, simply shake the bottle, gargle the mouthwash, and rinse to remove 24x more bacteria* for a healthier mouth.

To support the launch of Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash, the Simplemente Saludable program will emphasize to Latinas how "It's All About That Shake," highlighting simple ways to shake up your health and wellness routine for better overall health.

Karla will speak on women's empowerment and self-help. Karent will open up about the best oral health routine and tips for a healthier smile. Chef Lala will provide nutritious ways to enjoy traditional Latin cuisine. Finally, Yoga instructor Yudy will share new at-home exercise routines. All of this can be found on the expert's social media channels and Colgate's bilingual Twitter account @SonrisaColgate.

"We're incredibly excited to introduce the new Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash alongside the relaunch of our Simplemente Saludable initiative," said Carla Kelly, General Manager Multi-Cultural Marketing at Colgate-Palmolive. "By leveraging our panel of successful Latina influencers, we will be able to shake up the health and wellness routines of Latinas nationwide in an effort to engage, educate and reinvigorate their commitment to proper oral health as well as physical and mental wellness."

For more information on Colgate Total® products visit ColgateTotal.com and search using #SimplementeSaludable across social media channels.

Smartphone App Helps Undocumented Immigrants With ICE Raids

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Virgil Vaduva, 1-937-768-6100, virgil.vaduva@cell411inc.com

Columbus, Ohio, March 13, 2017 - A new smartphone app is now available in Spanish and to a whole new audience: undocumented immigrants who may need help before, during and after a raid from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).


The free app, called Cell 411 is a smartphone app available for Android and iOS; it allows users to organize themselves in regional "cells" or groups which are decentralized and managed by the users themselves. This allows users who are in distress to alert other members of their cells of the nature of their problem and the exact location where they need help. When sending out an alert, the user's GPS coordinates are broadcast to their trusted friends with turn by turn direction to their location. This allows in essence for the crowd-sourcing of emergencies without the involvement of police, which are often not trusted by communities of immigrants and minorities.

The startup, Cell 411 Inc. was founded by Virgil Vaduva, who is an immigrant himself, after being arrested during an anti-police brutality protest after which he had no means to alert his family and friends of what happened and his whereabouts. The app was built as a decentralized means of helping communities and neighborhoods organize themselves to offer each other mutual aid in case of emergencies without asking for assistance from government, police and other state agencies.


The app allows users to send emergency alerts about medical problems, police abuse, vehicle problems, crime, and other issues; the alerts are tagged with exact GPS coordinates and friends can get turn-by-turn directions to users' location, should they decide to come and offer help. Users can stream live video to their cells, and the video cannot be erased by a malicious user who may gain access to their smart phone. The video can also be streamed to YouTube and Facebook and is distributed instantly to all friends, making it virtually impossible to be destroyed or erased through censorship.

Last year the company introduced a bluetooth panic button, which can be worn on a wrist, key-chain or a belt clip and allows users to send our an emergency alert much faster, without having to unlock or touch their smart phone.

The free Cell 411 app can be downloaded from https://getcell411.com/download/ or from the Google or Apple app stores.

New Short Film Documents Efforts to Save Sea Turtle Habitat in South Carolina; Latest in Award-Winning Honda Environmental Film Series

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.  Photo by Environment 360
By Marcos Frommer, marcos_frommer@hna.honda.com & Jaymie Robinson, jaymie_robinson@hna.honda.com

- Chronicles Edisto Beach State Park's mission to save threatened loggerhead sea turtles

- Honda of South Carolina supports initiative to protect habitat


Torrance, California, March 10, 2017 - As part of its ongoing efforts to support environmental initiatives in the communities where its associates work and live, Honda is highlighting a program to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles in its new short film, "Generations: Sea Turtle Patrol of Edisto Beach State Park, SC." The film – part of the award-winning Honda Environmental Short Film Series – explores the threats facing loggerhead sea turtles and the efforts of a passionate group of state rangers, marine biologists, and volunteers to protect critical sea turtle nesting habitat at Edisto Beach State Park. Watch now: https://youtu.be/1G6uP2LDSwU

The film introduces Sea Turtle Specialist, Leah Schwartzentruber, and Park Ranger, John Greider – members of the team leading Edisto Beach State Park's sea turtle conservation program. Sea turtles are one of Earth's oldest creatures and among the most threatened due to a number of factors, including loss of habitat. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources began monitoring nesting activities in the 1970s after seeing a precipitous decline in the number of nesting loggerhead turtles. Research shows that only about one out of 1,000 hatchlings have a chance of surviving to adulthood – making conservation efforts vital for the longevity of loggerheads.

The film documents the efforts of Edisto's Sea Turtle Patrol, following Schwartzentruber and Greider as they educate visitors, mark and protect nesting habitats, and record inventories of the hundreds of nests dotting the shoreline. Featuring footage of a 250-pound female turtle laying her eggs, and 55 days later, hundreds of baby turtles embarking on their journey to adulthood, viewers learn about the loggerhead's life cycle and what they can do to help protect this species.


"While previous films in the Honda Environmental Series have highlighted remarkable initiatives dreamed up by Honda associates, we wanted to expand the series beyond Honda's sustainability efforts," said film series producer, Marcos Frommer of Honda North America, Inc. "Honda is proud to share the story behind Edisto's Sea Turtle Patrol and support its efforts to increase sea turtle populations."

To support the conservation efforts, Honda donated its Honda Pioneer 700 and Pioneer 1000 side-by-side vehicles to Edisto Beach State Park, which enable state rangers to patrol long stretches of beach that serve as nesting habitat for loggerheads. The Pioneer 700 and 1000 are manufactured* at Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc. (HSC) in Timmonsville, SC.

The Honda Environmental Short Film Series has been nationally recognized for its inspiring stories of Honda associates who have dreamt up and implemented innovative ways to reduce the company's environmental impact.

Video:  https://youtu.be/1G6uP2LDSwU

Mazda Raises More Than $5.4 Million for Charity Through Annual Mazda Drive for Good Event

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Carley Hummel, Mazda North American Operations, 949-727-6913
By Eric Booth, Mazda North American Operations, 949-727-6144

- Employees and dealers pledge over 67,500 charitable service hours for 2017 -


Irvine, Calif., March 7, 2017 - Wrapping up the fourth year of the Mazda Drive for Good program, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced it will donate more than $5.4 million to select charities across the United States in 2017, as a result of money raised during the 2016 Mazda Drive for Good® event. In addition to the monetary donation, Mazda employees, dealers and partners across the nation have pledged over 67,500 hours of charitable service in 2017, as a result of vehicle test drives.

"Being an active member in the community is an important aspect of who we are as a company and what the Mazda Drive for Good program stands for," said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of MNAO. "Because of this, we are proud to not only support our national and local charity partners through donations, but to also provide extra hands to the local organizations that make a difference in their community each and every day."


Since its inception in 2012, Mazda Drive for Good has donated more than $18.4 million, and seen Mazda employees, dealers and partners deliver nearly 263,000 hours of charitable service.

The 2016 Mazda Drive for Good charitable event took place November 21, 2016 through January 3, 2017. For every new Mazda vehicle purchased or leased during that time, Mazda donated $150 to one of four national, or 42 local, charities—ultimately allowing the customer to choose where the money was directed. In addition to the monetary donation, Mazda pledged one hour of charitable service for every test drive of a new Mazda vehicle.

Over the last four years, Mazda has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Red Cross, American Heart Association and Mazda Foundation on a national level, allowing Mazda Dealer Marketing Groups across the country to partner with additional nonprofits that make an impact in their local community.


Through the Mazda Drive for Good program, Mazda employees and dealers remain committed to being an active members in their local communities throughout the year. Follow the conversation at #MazdaDrive4Good or MazdaUSA.com/Drive4Good.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 600 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/newsroom/

March Of Dimes Observes World Birth Defects Day

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.  Photo by La Prensa Libre
By Michele Kling, (914) 997-4613, mkling@marchofdimes.org

Calls for More Prevention, Research and Casre for Babies

White Plains, New York, March 6, 2017 - The March of Dimes today joins more than 75 organizations worldwide in observing the third annual World Birth Defects Day. The March of Dimes was one of founding organizations that launched this day in 2015 to raise awareness of this serious global problem of birth defects and urge more research, prevention, and care to give every baby a healthy start in life.


An estimated 8 million babies around the world are born with a serious birth each year. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may be physically or mentally disabled, taking a costly toll on their families, communities and nations.
Last year, the March of Dimes funded about $5 million in research related to birth defects. March of Dimes grantees have discovered genes that cause or contribute to a number of common birth defects, including Fragile X syndrome, cleft lip and palate, and heart defects. Most recently, a new genetic variant of muscular dystrophy was identified by a team funded in part by the March of Dimes. These discoveries have paved the way for new treatments and preventions for these conditions.

The March of Dimes also supports programs for prevention of birth defects and premature birth in Lebanon, Malawi and the Philippines.

The bi-annual International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (ICBD) is organized by the March of Dimes in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 8th ICBD will be held in Bogota, Colombia in November, 2017.

The March of Dimes also provides educational resources to help women be as healthy as possible during pregnancy and reduce the risk of birth defects. Top tips for a healthy baby:


1. Start taking a daily multivitamin containing the B vitamin folic acid, even if you're not trying to get pregnant, to prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine.
2. Be up-to-date with your vaccinations (shots). Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccinations you should receive before or during pregnancy, including the flu shot and Tdap booster.
3. Don't eat raw or undercooked meat, raw or runny eggs, unpasteurized (raw) juice or dairy products, raw sprouts -- or products made with them, and handle foods safely.
4. Maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before preparing or eating foods; after being around or touching pets and other animals; and after changing diapers or wiping runny noses.
5. Protect yourself from animals and insects known to carry diseases such as Zika virus, including mosquitos. This includes avoiding travel to areas where the virus is circulating. Find out more at http://www.marchofdimes.org/zapzika.aspx
6. Stay away from wild or pet rodents, live poultry, lizards and turtles during pregnancy.
7. Let someone else clean the cat litter boxes!

The March of Dimes is a member of the PUSH! Gobal Alliance and works with the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research. For more information about World Birth Defects Day, go to http://www.icbdsr.org./

Honda Boosts Support of All-New 2017 CR-V with Latest Hispanic Marketing Effort Aimed at Pet Lovers

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By James Jenkins, Torrance (310) 783-3163
By Alyssa Dominguez, AWA PR (For Honda) (562) 533-1494

- "The Power of Dreams" spirit continues with campaign creative and new social effort driving CR-V awareness and pet rescue efforts

- 'CR-V Pet Adoption Drive' launches today @HondaLatino


Torrance, Calif., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Honda continues its launch activities for the all-new 2017 CR-V SUV with today's debut of an inspirational social campaign that runs from March 2-31 on Honda's social channels: @HondaLatino Twitter and Instagram as well as Facebook to drive awareness of the 2017 CR-V. The campaign incorporates the brand's belief in "The Power of Dreams," which has been a key theme throughout the CR-V's marketing launch.

The new CR-V Hispanic social campaign is brought to life through Honda's partnership with spcaLA: https://spcala.com/ and employs the CR-V to bring awareness to pet adoption. Through the 'CR-V Pet Adoption Drive,' Honda is helping dogs find a new family and forever home.

The campaign features dog lover Carlos PenaVega, who will reach out to the pet-loving community through Honda's social channels on behalf of dogs in search of a new home. The first of the three-part video series launches today (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o5iSxr7oM8&feature=youtu.be) with the series highlighting the CR-V's new exterior styling, capability and roominess. This video features PenaVega and friends from spcaLA as they share helpful tips to best care for the animals.


"The CR-V has been powered by Honda's dreams for its customers, helping make it America's Best-Selling SUV over the past two decades," said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President, Honda Auto Marketing. "Highlighting these inspirational stories will enable viewers to become familiar with the CR-V and spotlight the dogs available for adoption, helping find homes for these deserving animals."

Honda's 'CR-V Pet Adoption Drive' follows the CR-V's "Best Friends" Spanish-language TV spot
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHC_u4X_pfU&feature=youtu.be) which debuted on Fox Deportes during football's big game in February, marking a first for Honda. The spot focuses on the notion that sometimes a dream means helping others realize theirs. It tells the emotional story of a young boy and his mom adopting a puppy together. Over time the boy and his dog develop a fun and loving relationship and the whole family comes together to train the dog. One day, they receive a call they've been expecting. In the final moments of the spot, it is revealed that the months-long training activities have been done so that they could gift the dog to another family as a service dog to help a child with special needs.

WSKQ-FM Mega 97.9FM Hispanic Station Ranks No. 1 In New York, Across All Formats And Languages


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Vladimir Gomez, vgomez@sbscorporate.com, (786) 470-1644
By Brad Edwards, edwards@braincomm.com, (212) 986-6667

Unparalleled Ratings Achievement is Historic Milestone

New York, Feb. 28, 2017 - Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (SBS) (OTCQX: SBSAA) today announced that its flagship New York City station, WSKQ-FM ("Mega 97.9") has achieved a historic milestone in claiming the #1 ranking for two major demos, A 18-34, A 18-49, among ALL radio stations serving the Tri-State area, regardless of language or format.

This historic achievement highlights the sustained dominance that broadcast radio continues to have in the daily lives of today's Hispanic consumers.

These recent ratings rank WSKQ-FM as not only the most-listened-to station in the Metropolitan New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area, but also set Mega 97.9 as the #1 ranked Latino station in the nation.

SBS sister station WPAT-FM ("93.1 Amor") also achieved significant ratings gains and strengthened its market position in Nielsen's recently released Audio Report.

WSKQ-FM was ranked #1 in major demos for 18-34, 18-49 ages among ALL radio stations major demos and dayparts, an unprecedented feat.

Eric Garcia (photo at right), SBS Radio Revenue Chief and General Manager of SBS-New York commented, "WSKQ-FM has served as the epicenter for Latino culture in New York City for over thirty years. These most recent Nielsen results solidify our leadership position in the market place as we continue our service and responsibility to the New York Metro Latino community and overall client base. Mega 97.9 today is stronger than ever, with offerings expanding from over the air radio, digital, mobile, and experiential programs. These record-setting achievements are backed by the most compelling on-air personalities in the nation, programming the best in music and syncing with our concert events. Congratulations to the entire SBS family for their incredible efforts, and making history once more in the Big Apple."

Now, listeners all over the globe are also able to live stream WSKQ-FM, WPAT-FM, and all other SBS radio stations via the LaMusica mobile app, available as a free download at the Apple app store and at Google's Play Store. For more information about LaMusica please visit http://app.lamusica.com

Recognizing the Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rich White, 301-654-6664, rich.white@autocare.org
By Lynn Konsbruck, 312-768-7362, lkonsbruck@maxmarketing.com

Bethesda, Md., Feb. 27, 2017 - It's not always easy to recognize when your vehicle is suffering from engine damage as symptoms can be overlooked and seen as "normal." While not all sounds and smells may threaten the life of your engine, there are some obvious warning signs that require a vehicle inspection right away, according to the Car Care Council.

"Early diagnosis of engine damage can most likely be treated, but it is important to be aware of potentially damaging symptoms and have the vehicle inspected if something doesn't seem right," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "By acting quickly and making necessary repairs as soon as possible, you could be saving yourself from the cost and hassle of breaking down along the road."

One of the signs of engine trouble is an illuminated check engine light. This light indicates that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. Ignoring the check engine light can negatively impact your fuel economy or cause damage resulting in more costly repairs.


Many motorists are familiar with the noises their vehicles make on a daily basis. However, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem, including a high-pitched squeal, grinding or thumping. Sounds under the hood, such as hissing, can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of attention.

Although all cars burn fossil fuels that create undesired emissions, these odors should remain outside of the car. Unusual smells that could signal engine damage include: burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, sweet smell of syrup, burning carpet and rotten eggs. When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it.

Another symptom of engine damage is excessive amounts of smoke or steam. Although some smoke is normal, excessive amounts of dark smoke in particular indicates that oil is leaking into the combustion chamber and is being burned along with the gasoline.

To help you stay on track with essential auto care intervals, sign up for the Car Care Council free custom service schedule.  Visit the council's consumer education website at http://www.carcare.org/

New Survey Reveals Improvement in the State of Men's Health, But Really?

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, lchampli@aafp.org
Photos by www.metroimmediatecare.com &  FamilyDoctor.org

Leawood, Kan., Feb. 24, 2017 - New data indicate men are taking better care of themselves these days, but are they really?

Yes and no, according to an online survey recently completed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, conducted by Harris Poll. The survey shows that nearly half of men (49 percent) rate their health as excellent or very good -- up from 2007 (42 percent). However, more men have been diagnosed with a chronic condition since then (48 percent vs. 42 percent), and many still spend a considerable amount of time in front of a screen.


"The survey results are a mixed bag. We have some good and some bad," said Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "Essentially, the survey shows that not feeling sick is not necessarily the same as being healthy."

The AAFP recently surveyed 916 men across the country about their health behaviors. The results were compared to the same survey conducted in 2007 among 1,157 men.

For example, the survey results show:

The percent of men who have been diagnosed with at least one listed chronic condition (high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease) rose from four in 10 (42 percent) to nearly half (48 percent).

Men spend slightly more than 20 hours a week working at a computer (down from 26 hours a week in 2007) and 19 hours a week in front of a television (no change compared to 2007).

Men appear to be paying more attention to exercise. In 2016, more than half (52 percent) say they exercise or work out regularly, considered a huge leap from 2007, when fewer than four in 10 (38 percent) regularly exercised.


Men are more likely to get their health care from a doctor whom they see regularly for medical advice or treatment. Nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) have a regular doctor or health care professional they see when they are sick or want medical advice, up from seven in 10 (74 percent) in 2007.

Almost six in 10 men (59 percent in 2016 and 58 percent in 2007) say barriers prevent them from going to the doctor, but lack of insurance doesn't appear to be a big one of them (5 percent in 2016, down from 11 percent in 2007). The two most common barriers were feeling they should be extremely sick to seek health care (31 percent, down from 36 percent in 2007) and feeling they had no reason to go to a doctor because they were healthy (21 percent, down from 23 percent in 2007).

"Men have begun paying more attention to their health and acting to maintain good health," Filer said of the results. "They are getting physical exams, increasing their exercise activity, and getting their health care from their regular doctor. All of these are good. Research consistently shows that preventive care helps avoid serious illness, exercise is the best way to maintain healthy hearts and weight, and having a regular doctor prevents fragmented or duplicated care."

She pointed to https://familydoctor.org/ as an information source for men to learn about nutrition, exercise and maintaining good health.

7 Charming Sisters Announces Actress & Model Jamie Brewer as Brand Ambassador

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Andrew Matthews, (877) 841-7244, amatthews@beautifulplanning.com

Online Jewelry Boutique Teams Up with American Horror Story Star & Disability Advocate

Dumfries, Virginia, Feb. 23, 2017 - 7 Charming Sisters, the online boutique retailing fashionable necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and more through seven distinctive collections is excited to announce Jamie Brewer (see photos), as its newest celebrity Brand Ambassador. As a model, actress and disability advocate, Jamie Brewer, will share her favorite 7 Charming pieces, collections and style inspirations with her hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world. She is currently rep'd by Gail Williamson at KMR Talent and Jennifer Salinas at Mosaic Public Relations.

"I was introduced to 7 Charming Sisters at an Emmy Award Show event," says Jamie Brewer. "When they approached me to become a brand ambassador, I was over the moon about working with the brand. What impressed me even more as a disability advocate is the fact that the company is dedicated to employing people with disabilities. I'm looking forward to this partnership and to sharing some of my favorite pieces from their collection."


Jamie Brewer is best known for her breakthrough dimensional role as Adelaide 'Addie' Langdon in the award-winning FX anthology series American Horror Story. Jamie plans to work in this exciting industry for a very long time, while continuing to be an advocate and role model for people with disabilities in all aspects of her life.

"We are absolutely thrilled and proud to announce Jamie as our newest celebrity brand ambassador," states Paula Welsh, President and CEO of 7 Charming Sisters. "She knows how to make an impact – she was the first actress & model with Down Syndrome to ever walk to a New York Fashion Week show – and we're excited to have her join the sisterhood."

Jamie Brewer

As Brand Ambassador, 7 Charming Sisters looks forward to Jaime helping the brand continue its mission to provide style to people in all walks of life. With all of her accomplishments and devotion in the Hollywood and disability advocate industries, Jamie Brewer could not be more of an ideal candidate for the online jewelry brand to take on board. In her Brand Ambassador role, Jamie will be curating her own signature 7 Charming Sister's capsule collection, guest bloggings participating in social media takeovers and other 7 Charming Sisters' marketing initatives.

For more information on 7 Charming Sisters' and/or to view the brand's collections, please visit http://www.7charmingsisters.com/.  For media inquiries and information on the brand ambassador program, email amatthews@beautifulplanning.com or call 1.877.841.7244.

H20 Government Track to Kickoff Inaugural World Happiness Summit in Miami

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

By Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu
By Hessy Fernandez, 305-237-3949, hfernan5@mdc.edu
By Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu
By Allison Horton, 305-237-3359, ahorton2@mdc.edu.

Roundtable event at Miami Dade College to explore the science and economic impact of happiness on civic well-being


Miami, Feb. 16, 2017 - World Happiness Summit (WOHASU) today announced that Miami will be the site of the first global gathering of governmental leaders, economists, academics, and researchers for the Happy 20 Government Track of the World Happiness Summit (WOHASU) on Thursday, March 16.

"The science, economics and practices of happiness have the potential to unite individuals and countries in the pursuit of well-being," said Manuel Pietra, Chairman of the WOHASU Advisory Board. WOHASU and the H20 provide a unique opportunity to anchor the practice of happiness with this first global gathering to improve our communities, our cities and our world.

The Happy 20 or H20 Government Track is symbolic of the best practices and metrics as outlined in the World Happiness Report, http://worldhappiness.report/ and the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ According to the World Happiness Report, "sustainable development is a normative concept calling for all societies to balance economic, social and environmental objectives in a holistic manner. When countries pursue GDP in a lopsided manner, forgetting about social and environmental objectives, the results can be adverse for human well-being."

The H20 will take place on Thursday, March 16, at Miami Dade College (MDC) and is being hosted by the City of Miami with opening remarks by Mayor Tomas Regalado and Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President of MDC and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award conferred by President Obama. The intimate roundtable event facilitates inclusivity and open commentary by all invited participants.

"The City of Miami is glad to host the first World Happiness Summit and we welcome experts and leaders from around the world to this timely conversation," said Mayor Regalado.

"It is an honor to partner with such a forward-thinking and compassionate organization that aims to improve the well-being of our community," added Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. "This is very much in line with our mission."

Valentine's Day TLC for the One You Love: Your Car

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rich White, 301-654-6664, rich.white@autocare.org |
By Lynn Konsbruck, 312-768-7362, lkonsbruck@maxmarketing.com

Bethesda, Maryland, Feb. 13, 2017 - Your car doesn't ask for much. It's always there for you, getting you where you need to go. A little extra care this Valentine's Day in the form of an oil change, tune-up and basic service is the perfect gift for the one who keeps you going.

"Don't let your car break your heart by neglecting to take care of it," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Being car care aware can add years of useful life to your relationship with your vehicle and keep you from being stranded because of an unexpected breakdown."

The non-profit Car Care Council recommends a little tender loving auto care this Valentine's Day and beyond.


1) Schedule a tune-up annually to optimize your car's performance. A well-tuned engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy and produces the lowest level of emissions.
2) Change the oil and filter per the owner's manual. Periodic oil and filter changes keep your engine clean on the inside.
3) Check the tire pressure monthly, including the spare. Your car's tires affect its ride, handling, traction and safety.
4) Have the alignment checked annually. Potholes and other road conditions, as well as normal wear, can take their toll on your car's steering and suspension. A wheel alignment reduces tire wear, improves fuel economy and handling, and increases driving enjoyment and safety
5) Inspect the windshield wipers and lights on the car. Lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, and they are normal wear items that need periodic replacement.


The Car Care Council has a free custom service schedule to help make vehicle ownership more enjoyable, economical and convenient so you can keep your relationship with your car on track.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council's popular Car Care Guide: http://www.carcare.org/car-care-resource/car-care-guide/ or for more information, visit: http://www.carcare.org/.

Parents Share Emotional Love Letters To Their Tiny Valentines In Newborn Intensive Care

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

March of Dimes and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City Provide Parents Holiday Keepsake Photos


Kansas City, Missouri, Feb. 13, 2017 - Parents of babies in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit) at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City are sharing heartfelt messages to their sick or premature babies this Valentine's Day, and getting adorable keepsake photos of them dressed for the holiday.

The March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program® at Saint Luke's Hospital is giving parents with critically ill newborns a moment to make special Valentine's Day memories with their little sweethearts. These staff and volunteers have prepared tiny knit hats decorated with hearts for each baby's photo shoot. Professional photographers whose own babies were once in the NICU are volunteering their services to capture images of today's NICU babies as keepsakes. For this special celebration of love, babies and their families are also exchanging valentines. March of Dimes and Saint Luke's are making "baby footprint valentines" for the parents, while the parents are putting their feelings in writing in love letters to their babies.

"Every day a child is in the NICU can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the normal joys of celebrations at home," says Rebecca Keunen, March of Dimes NICU Family Support Coordinator.


Babies in the NICU may have been born too small, too soon, or with a medical condition that requires intensive care. The March of Dimes developed the NICU Family Support program to help support families during their baby's time in the NICU. The program also educates NICU staff about the best ways to support babies, families, and each other.

Babies born premature (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), even born just a few weeks too soon, can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays. In the United States, about 380,000 babies are born too soon each year – that's 1 in 10. The premature birth rate in our country is higher than that in most other high-resource nations.

Link to photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rg28f6ncs5p4hm0/AAByZO3LF_9pKd-mGfIDITQha?dl=0

Americans at Risk for Heart Disease Due to High Blood Pressure

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Janelle Davis, American Academy of Family Physicians, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5222, jdavis@aafp.org

Family physicians observe American Heart Month, raise awareness, help patients achieve optimal heart health


Leawood, Kansas, Feb. 12, 2017 - The number of Americans diagnosed with high blood pressure -- a strong risk factor for heart attacks -- is cause for concern as America observes National Heart Month, according to the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The concern stems from a 2016 survey, completed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and conducted by Harris Poll, which found that nearly three in 10 men and women (29 percent) reported they had been diagnosed with high blood pressure. That result mirrors data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports that 29 percent of Americans have high blood pressure. The CDC's numbers translate into 75 million Americans with the condition -- and show that only slightly more than half (54 percent) have it under control.

"This finding is concerning because we know that high blood pressure and heart attacks or chronic heart failure are so closely related," said John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the AAFP. "According to the CDC, seven out of 10 people who have a first heart attack have high blood pressure. Seven out of 10 people who develop chronic heart failure have high blood pressure. So it's important that people know what their blood pressure is and work with their family physician to treat it."

On a more positive note, the CDC notes that more people -- especially those over the age of 60 -- are aware and being treated for the condition. Still, CDC data show that one in five don't know they have the condition. Meigs recommended observing American Heart Month by taking steps to prevent heart disease.

"Get your blood pressure checked. If you have high blood pressure, work with your doctor to treat it and lower your risk factors," he said. "That same advice applies to knowing what your blood cholesterol levels are. You can work with your family physician to prevent or reduce the risk factors that lead to heart disease. Learn about heart health and what you can do in your everyday life to stay healthy."

Familydoctor.org, https://familydoctor.org/ a comprehensive health and wellness website, offers multiple, evidence-based resources for learning more about heart health, according to Meigs. Patients can find articles about specific heart-related topics as well as about preventive actions they can take. He pointed to articles on topics such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diet and exercise for a healthy heart. In addition, the AAFP and the American College of Physicians recently published a new joint guideline for treating patients 60 and older who have high blood pressure.

American Heart Association Recipe Contest Spotlights Love And Heart-Healthiness Of Fresh Avocados

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Vickie Fite, vickie.fite@mslgroup.com, (310) 613-0937

Hispanic Personalities Offer Authentic Insights on Ways to Take Avocado to Heart


Mission Viejo, California, Feb. 9, 2017 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) celebrate American Heart Month with the Take Avocado to Heart recipe contest highlighting the many ways to enjoy heart-healthy avocados. Hispanic personalities including celebrity chef Hamlet Garcia and registered dietitian Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger are set to demonstrate Heart-Check certified Hass avocado recipes and share nutrition facts to encourage participation. Already consuming avocados at a higher rate than the general market, Hispanics are the natural ambassadors for inspiring all communities to improve their heart-health by incorporating more healthy avocados in to their daily diet.

The Take Avocado to Heart recipe contest is in support of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good movement, helping to motivate, inspire and educate consumers to live healthier lives. To enter the recipe contest and vie for up to $1,000, avocado lovers can now visit www.heart.org/avocadorecipecontest to share their original entrée, appetizer or dessert recipes before the February 27 deadline. Avocado recipes need to be original, easy to prepare and align with AHA nutrition guidelines. Complete contest rules, including helpful tips for planning heart-healthy recipes, are available here.

"I love to be creative in the kitchen with authentic Hispanic flavors and ingredients," said Venezuelan-born Chef Hamlet Garcia, AHA volunteer spokesper ontest, American Heart Association and the Hass Avocado Board are pulling together lots of delicious inspiration on how to add avocados to everyday eating plans, making it easier for everyone to eat healthier."


Heart disease is the number one killer for all Americans and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death. Hispanics and Latinos, however, face even higher risks of cardiovascular disease because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. There is good news in the fact that education and a few simple lifestyle changes can reduce the chances of getting these diseases, and one of those changes can be as simple as cooking heart healthy recipes. In addition, eating vegetables and fruits, like fresh healthy avocados, is associated with a reduced risk of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that eating one avocado a day as part of a heart healthy diet can help lower bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese individuals. While more research is needed to see if the study results could be replicated in groups other than healthy, obese adults or with a single serving of avocado rather than a whole avocado each day, this scientific evidence adds to a growing body of research linking cholesterol levels with diet.

To help make daily menu planning more heart-healthy, there is now a growing gallery of Heart-Check certified recipes featuring fresh avocados available at https://www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-recipes/heart-check-certified and in Spanish at https://www.saboreaunohoy.com/aguacate-recetas/recetas-con-la-certificacion-heart-check

Digium Introduces First Affordable HD Touchscreen IP Phone for Business

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Digium D80 IP Phone for Asterisk and Switchvox offers Advanced Features, Unparalleled Value

Huntsville, Alabama, Feb. 8, 2017 - Digium®, Inc., The Asterisk® Company, today introduced the industry's first affordable high definition touchscreen IP phone. The Digium D80 is poised to disrupt the status quo of high-cost, low-quality, touchscreen desk phones. With today's modern workforce demanding ease of use, intuitive interfaces, high levels of customization and simplified workflows, Digium recognizes the challenge of successfully meeting these needs while also creating a premium product that is affordable for any user. Designed to complement any environment, the D80 provides the advanced features required by even the most sophisticated, evolving businesses. Digium will be demonstrating the Digium D80 in Booth 421 at ITEXPO, Feb. 8-10, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


Unlike other touchscreen desk phones, the Digium D80 is completely touch-driven, utilizing a large, 7-inch color HD screen. It provides a fully-integrated experience, giving users an unparalleled level of functionality with simple, flexible and robust call handling. The D80 supports up to 100 Rapid Dial Keys / Busy Lamp Fields / Status Indicators and provides touchscreen access to advanced phone applications like visual voicemail, user presence, intelligent contacts and visual call parking.

"In the past, touchscreen phones were too expensive, putting them out of reach for most businesses. They simply replicated traditional multi-button phones and failed to introduce any new, innovative or intelligent features to take advantage of the touchscreen technology," said David Deaton, VP of Products, Digium. "The Digium D80 IP phone challenges that reality by making full use of the touchscreen interface. Rethinking the user interface by foregoing traditional physical buttons delivers a more intuitive experience and presents information in a more meaningful way. Most importantly, the D80 is priced within reach for every user, setting new expectations for today's modern business desk phone."


The flagship of Digium's IP phone family, the D80 offers simple setup and full integration with Asterisk, the world's most widely-adopted open source communication software, as well as Switchvox® and Switchvox Cloud, Digium's award-winning fully-featured Unified Communications (UC) solutions. The D80's impressive capabilities are rounded out with support for wideband (HD) audio, electronic hook switch (EHS) headsets, and gigabit ethernet, making it the perfect complement to Digium's premium color-screen IP phones.

The D80 is compatible with Switchvox version 6.3.5 and Asterisk with DPMA version 3.4, and will be available in March 2017, at a market-leading price of $329 USD, far less than most competitive touchscreen IP phones. For Switchvox Cloud, Digium's hosted UC solution, the D80 is available starting at $16* USD per month.

For more information about Digium phones, visit https://www.digium.com/products/ip-phones

*3-year contract required*

Premature Birth Is Linked To Mom's Heart Disease Later In Life

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd Dezen, (914) 997-4608, tdezen@marchofdimes.org

March of Dimes Believes More Research Urgently Needed

White Plains, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2017 - Having a premature baby raises a woman's risk for heart attack or stroke later in life, according to a study published February 2 in Circulation at the start of American Heart Month.

Lauren J. Tanz, MSPH, and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed data from more than 70,000 participants in the ongoing Nurses' Health Study II at Harvard to examine the association between premature delivery and future cardiovascular disease (CVD). They found that women who delivered a baby before 37 weeks gestation in their first birth had a 40 percent greater risk of heart disease later in life, even after accounting for pre-pregnancy sociodemographic, lifestyle, and CVD risk factors, compared to women with term deliveries.


Women who delivered before 32 weeks gestation had double the risk of CVD compared to women with term deliveries.

The researchers say premature delivery may be an early warning sign of future heart problems, rather than the cause of them. More research is needed to determine the pathways through which premature delivery and CVD are linked.

"This study linking preterm birth and later CVD adds further urgency to groundbreaking research supported by the March of Dimes to prevent and treat prematurity," says Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA, senior vice president for Maternal Child Health Impact and deputy medical officer. "It suggests that one day we may be able to screen young women at risk for both conditions to improve the health of mothers and babies throughout their lifetimes."

The American Heart Association already considers pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes to be risk factors for future CVD. "Our results suggest preterm delivery should be added to this list," the study authors said.


"Preterm Delivery and Maternal Cardiovascular Disease in Young and Middle-Aged Adult Women" by L. Tanz and colleagues appears in a special women's issue of the journal Circulation from the American Heart Association.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites http://www.marchofdimes.org/ and http://nacersano.marchofdimes.org/. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/peristats/Peristats.aspx.  You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

WomenHeart & Burlington Stores Team up with Kelly Rowland to #KnockOutHeartDisease in Women

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Tom Murphy, (202) 464-8781, tmurphy@womenheart.org
By Lauren Flanagan, M Booth, (212) 539-3248, laurenf@mbooth.com

Burlington Hosts Free Heart Health Screenings Nationwide and Raises Funds to Support Education and Resources for Women Living with Heart Disease


Burlington, New Jersey, Feb. 1, 2017 - For the sixth consecutive year, Burlington Stores, the national off price retailer, and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, have teamed up to educate women nationwide about the importance of their heart health, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Throughout the month of February, American Heart Month, and March, Burlington Stores and WomenHeart are joined by Kelly Rowland, Grammy Award-winning artist and heart health advocate, to serve as the voice and supporter of their #KnockOutHeartDisease Campaign.

This year's campaign kicked off yesterday at Burlington's flagship location in New York City, featuring Kelly Rowland, along with WomenHeart Champions, who are women heart disease survivors and community educators, spokespersons and heart health advocates. Today, Burlington's in-store campaign launched in all 593 Burlington stores across the country, giving customers the opportunity to donate $1 or more to support WomenHeart at check out through March 31, 2017.


Throughout the campaign, 46 Burlington store locations nationwide (a store in each State/Territory where Burlington has locations) will host Night Out to #KnockOutHeartDisease events, offering free heart health screenings in partnership with WomenHeart. Customers will have the opportunity to get their blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol and BMI checked by a certified health professional, and receive bi-lingual (English/Spanish) women's heart health information and tips for living heart healthy. To find a screening near you, visit http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/hearthealth.

Knowing one's health numbers is the start to knocking out heart disease in women. Getting their heart screened at a Burlington or elsewhere is an opportunity to learn about their heart health. Everyone is encouraged to spread the word by tagging two friends to do the same with #KnockOutHeartDisease. Burlington Stores will donate $5, up to $25,000, to WomenHeart for each use of the hashtag.


"I'm excited to join Burlington and WomenHeart's #KnockOutHeartDisease campaign and admire their continued commitment to educate women about the importance of their heart health in effort to save lives," says Kelly Rowland. "I encourage women to get their heart health screened and when they do, be sure they tag two friends to do the same with #KnockOutHeartDisease."

"At Burlington Stores we are committed to supporting causes that are important to our associates and customers and we are proud to educate women about the importance of heart health," says Tom Kingsbury, President, CEO and Chairman, Burlington Stores.

During the past five years, Burlington and its generous customers have raised more than $6 million to support WomenHeart and its free education and support services for women living with heart disease in communities throughout the country. These funds have also enabled the organization to continue to support and educate Hispanic women – a high risk population for heart disease – through its Para la Mujer Hispana initiative.

As New Car Prices Rise, Maintaining Current Vehicle Makes Financial Sense

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rich White, (301) 654-6664, rich.white@aftermarket.org
By Lynn Konsbruck, (312) 768-7362, lkonsbruck@maxmarketing.com

Bethesda, Maryland, Jan. 31, 2017 - With the cost of a new vehicle on the rise, the non-profit Car Care Council reminds drivers that maintaining their current vehicle makes more economic sense than purchasing a new one.

The average price of a new passenger vehicle is nearly $34,000, according to Kelley Blue Book, while IHS Markit reports that average vehicle age has risen to 11.5 years.


"In the early 1970s, the average new vehicle cost only about $3,900," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "While the price of a new vehicle has skyrocketed over the years, the good news is that today's cars are lasting longer than ever before. Keeping your current vehicle, and maintaining it at recommended intervals, protects its trade-in value and postpones the sting of new-car prices."

Regular Maintenance is Key. The best way to ensure a vehicle's longevity is to observe a regular service schedule. Keep up with fluid and filter changes, tire checks and other routine maintenance. Over time, some car parts and components wear out or become damaged, so the smart investment is to replace these typical wear items before long-term damage ensues. In addition to the maintenance schedule outlined in the owner's manual, the Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule to help remind motorists of essential auto care intervals.

Heed the Warning Signs. Vehicles have ways of communicating that trouble may be on the horizon. Illuminated dashboard warning lights, such as the check engine light, indicate that key vehicle systems need inspection as soon as possible. Pay attention to any new or unusual vehicle sounds, such as squealing, thumping, hissing or grinding as they can indicate a problem. Unusual smells, such as burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, rotten eggs, burning carpet or the sweet smell of syrup can also indicate a serious problem.


Keep It Clean. Washing and waxing a vehicle on a regular basis protects its value. A thorough cleaning inside and out prevents the buildup of dirt and damaging chemicals that can harm the finish, reduces the potential for rust from road salt, and ensures proper visibility needed for safe driving.

"If you see, hear or smell anything unusual, be sure to have your vehicle inspected so you can address minor repairs before they become more complicated, expensive repairs," concluded White.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council's online media room at http://media.carcare.org/. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council's consumer education website at http://www.carcare.org/.

Visionworks Expands Reach To 15,000 Children In Need In Its Second Year Of Let's Go See

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rachel Deems, (214) 252-1768, rdeems@moroch.com

Growing Need for Children's Eye Health Assistance Leads to Increased Donation

San Antonio, Jan. 31, 2017 - Visionworks and Davis Vision kicked off 2017 continuing their work to raise awareness about the importance of annual eye exams for school-aged children by increasing the number of vouchers and glasses they will donate this school year from 10,000 to 15,000. Through their joint initiative, Let's Go See has already donated more than 8,300 vouchers since the 2016-17 school year started.


"The Let's Go See program has been instrumental in our efforts to spread awareness of the need for annual eye exams for school-aged children. We feel honored to help families provide eye exams and glasses to their kids, and look forward to continuing our mission," said Jim Eisen, president and CEO of HVHC Inc., and president of Visionworks.

Between dental checkups, doctor's exams, and everything else parents do to keep kids healthy, children's vision often gets overlooked. Many parents wait until their child has expressed an issue with their vision before taking them for an eye exam, but according to Prevent Blindness America, 1 in 4 school-aged children in the United States has a vision problem, which if left untreated can affect learning ability, personality, and adjustments in school.

"The Let's Go See program was really a blessing," said Michelle Kessler, mother of a voucher recipient. "Moms should take advantage of this opportunity and get their children's eyes checked." Recently the program helped Kessler's daughter, Rachel, who stated, "Playing the piano makes me happy, but the notes were a little blurry. When I got my glasses, I could read the sheet music better and it's made me a better piano player."


In addition to featuring voucher recipients' testimonials like Rachel's, the Visionworks Let's Go See website was recently redesigned to include a variety of enhancements. Visitors can expect to see sleek navigation, an updated eye health FAQs and a video from Think About Your Eyes, which showcases the struggles of living with poor vision.

In 2017, Visionworks will be promoting Let's Go See through an upcoming partnership with Viacom, to educate the younger audience. Visionworks also announced teaming up with Little League® Baseball and Softball. With two million kids playing in the League, the partnership will reach families across the country.

Visionworks and Davis Vision are also requesting the public's help in nominating children and organizations in need. Those interested in nominating can visit letsgosee.net to complete the nomination process. Vouchers are redeemable for a comprehensive eye exam as well as a pair of $69.95 children's frames with polycarbonate lenses.

Most Americans Unaware of One of the Leading Causes of Blindness Among Seniors

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Media Relations, (415) 561-8534, media@aao.org

American Academy of Ophthalmology urges the public that a simple eye exam is key to saving sight against Age-related Macular Degeneration


San Francisco, Jan. 30, 2017 - Age-related Macular Degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness among seniors, affecting approximately 2.1 million people nationwide[1]. By 2050, it is expected that the number will more than double to 5.4 million[2]. People may be putting themselves at unnecessary risk of vision loss by neglecting to have sight-saving eye exams. Throughout February, the American Academy of Ophthalmology ( https://www.aao.org/ ) is emphasizing AMD awareness and encouraging those who are most at risk to ensure the health of their eyes by getting an eye exam from an ophthalmologist – a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions.

AMD is a degenerative disease that damages the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that focuses images and relays information to the brain. Over time, retinal damage can lead to permanent loss of central vision, limiting the ability to drive, read and recognize faces.

There are two forms AMD – wet and dry. While the dry form of AMD leads to gradual vision loss, the wet form progresses at a faster rate and is responsible for 90 percent of all AMD-related blindness. Recent advancements in treatment options have significantly decreased the incidence of blindness. However, it is critical to get diagnosed and begin treatment as soon as possible to protect vision.

The Academy recommends the following steps to help potentially avoid AMD and other eye diseases:


A) Get regular comprehensive medical eye exams. AMD often has no early warning signs, so getting regular comprehensive eye exams from an ophthalmologist is critical to diagnosing and treating the eye disease in its early stages. The Academy recommends that people over age 65 get an exam every one to two years, even if they have no symptoms of eye problems.
B) Quit smoking. Numerous studies have shown smoking to increase the risk of developing AMD and the speed at which it progresses. If you smoke, you are twice as likely to develop macular degeneration compared with a nonsmoker[3].
C) Know your family's eye health history. If you have a close relative with AMD, you have a 50 percent greater chance of developing the condition. Before you go in for your next eye exam, speak with your family about their eye health history. Sharing this information with your ophthalmologist may prompt him or her to recommend more frequent eye exams. The earlier AMD is caught, the better chances you may have of saving your vision.
D) Eat a diet rich in omega-3s and low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Several studies have shown that people who had a reduced risk of AMD had diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish. In one study of patients who were at moderate risk for AMD progression, those who reported the highest omega-3 intake (not in the form of a supplement) were 30 percent less likely to develop advanced AMD after 12 years. In another study, an increased risk of AMD was found in individuals who had a higher intake of saturated fats and cholesterol and in those with a higher body mass index[4].
E) Exercise regularly. Many studies have shown that getting regular exercise can benefit your eyes. One study found that exercising three times a week reduced the risk of developing wet AMD over 15 years by 70 percent[5]
.

"Most people understand the importance of annual medical examinations," said Rahul N. Khurana, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "However, we often forget that our eyes also need regular evaluation by a medical doctor. Degenerative diseases, such AMD, can now be successfully treated, but early detection is imperative to avoid lasting consequences."

Video:   https://youtu.be/uUXKNwr0qqU

¡Good Luck Brenda Jiménez, Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2016!

By Wikipedia.   Photos by Facebook


January 27, 2017 - Brenda Azaria Jiménez Hernández (born December 10, 1994) is a Puerto Rican model and beauty pageant titleholder who was appointed as Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2016 on March 17, 2016 after the original titleholder, Kristhielee Caride, was dethroned of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico crown.

Jiménez competed in Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016 on 12 November 2015, representing the municipality of Aguadilla, where she finished as 1st Runner-Up to Kristhielee Caride of Isabela. Four months later, on 17 March 2016, the Miss Universe Puerto Rico organization announced that Caride had been stripped of her title after failing to fulfill her obligations and, as 1st Runner-Up, Jiménez would take over the responsibilities as the new Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016.


Jiménez will now represent Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2016 where she will compete to succeed the current titleholder, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, this Sunday January 29. 2017 at 8:00 PM (Puerto Rico hour), by WAPA TV.

Video:  https://youtu.be/C2oS6TQVh8I

ScamAwareness.org Launches Public Awareness Campaign Warning Consumers of IRS Imposter Scam

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Buckalew, media@moneygram.com, 214-979-1418

Dallas, Jan. 25, 2017 - Just in time for the 2017 tax season, ScamAwareness.org has launched a new public service campaign warning consumers about an IRS imposter scam that's already cost Americans more $36 million* in losses.


"ScamAwareness.org is committed to educating consumers about common scams and protecting them from becoming victims," says Juan Agualimpia executive director, ScamAwareness.org. "One of the ways we do this is through a series of public service announcements. These ads appear on television stations across the country to help consumers recognize the red flags. We hope consumers will watch and share this compelling public service announcement with others and that it will help put IRS imposters out of business for good."

The IRS scam begins with phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for money for an unpaid tax bill. The fraudster cons the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Sometimes they bully their victims into paying by threatening them with jail time.

In an effort to make the scheme seem more credible, the scammer may provide a fake badge name and number and may even know a consumer's full or partial social security number.


ScamAwareness.org reminds all consumers that the IRS will not call and ask for a tax bill payment nor will it ask for a specific payment method such as a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Consumers who receive a call from a suspected fraudster should report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) (https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml).

For more information about the IRS imposter scam and others visit ScamAwareness.org. (http://scamawareness.org/).

About ScamAwareness.org

ScamAwareness.org was founded by MoneyGram (NASDAQ:MGI) (http://global.moneygram.com/)  to raise awareness of common scams that target consumers. It provides tips and information that teach people to recognize the "red flags" that may indicate potential scams, and arm them with information that they can use to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Video:  https://youtu.be/cbBJykYk6S8

National Campaign Connects Prospective Hispanic Nursing Students with Mentors

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mercy Padilla, (202) 360-4112, mercy.padilla@hcnmedia.com


Washington, Jan. 23, 2017 -- In a continued effort to help alleviate the nationwide shortage of Hispanic nurses, The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and Hispanic Communications Network-La Red Hispana announced the launch of the third year of a national bilingual campaign to inform Hispanic men and women of all ages about careers in nursing.

The campaign highlights the profiles of nursing students and provides access to Mentor Connection, a database of Latino nurses who can provide career guidance, advice, and cultural perspective to prospective nurses.

"Hispanic students looking for role models to encourage and guide their efforts often come up empty in their attempts to find mentors and a network of support," says Alison Rodden, Chief Executive Officer of Hispanic Communications Network. "The Hispanics in Nursing campaign is committed to bridging those gaps and the Mentor Connection is a vital tool for the recruitment and retention of our Hispanic nursing workforce."

The interviews will not only be available at http://www.hispanicsinnursing.org/ but also in Spanish at http://www.carrerasenenfermeria.org/.


"Many jobs in nursing will be available in the coming years, one of them can open the doors for the professional advancement and personal success of many young men and women. This could be one of the best opportunities for our youth and this is our way to tell them: You are not alone," said Angie Millan, former president of NAHN.

The campaign will run from January 12 to February 3 on La Red Hispana's national radio affiliate network and online.

About The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is a national non-profit association dedicated to promoting public health and the nursing profession for Hispanics in the United States. To learn more visit: http://www.nahnnet.org/

Latin American youth will study Communication in the United States with scholarships from Ismael Cala Foundation and Urbe University


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Cala Enterprises, 305 833 3085

The applicants will defend their candidacies and a committee will select the beneficiaries.

Miami, Jan. 21, 2017 - Ismael Cala Foundation (ICF) and Urbe University announced in Miami the grant of two scholarships to two young Latin Americans to study Social Communication in the United States.

The spots will be channeled through four organizations that work in five countries: Mentores Solidarios (Nicaragua), Fundación Carvajal (Colombia), Glasswing Internacional (El Salvador and Honduras) and Passion (Guatemala).

The beneficiaries can get a university diploma through online studies from their respective countries.

"It is a privilege to work with higher education institutions and offer opportunities to Latin American youth who don't have resources. I have always believed that the success factor for becoming leaders is education," said Ismael Cala when the partnership documents were signed.

Ismael Cala

Oscar Belloso, dean of Urbe University, pointed out the fact that his institution "is the first to grant scholarships to Ismael Cala Foundation," and he urged other educational institutions to do the same.

The delivery will be formalized in February, through a competition. The applicants will defend their candidacies and a committee will select the beneficiaries with the most suitable profiles.

Dilcia Ruan, executive director of ICF, said that the objective of the Scholarship Direction Program is to promote youth education and training through courses and/or careers in personal and professional improvement.

About The Ismael Cala Foundation

A non-profit organization presided over by Ismael Cala that seeks to impact communities in Latin America and the Caribbean through training adolescents in leadership and entrepreneurship; to strengthen social development organizations that serve children and adolescents with cognitive disabilities, and to connect young people with our partners to promote their education and training, through granting scholarships.

milk life Lo Que Nos Hace Fuertes Starts 2017 With Classically Trained Chef And Certified Nutritionist, Chef Lala And Her Protein-Rich Recipes With Milk

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Janessi Trillas, 786-441-5113, Janessi.Trillas@sociedad.com

milk life shares its latest recipe series by its newest milk advocate to help educate Latinos on the importance of morning protein with nutrient-rich milk

Los Angeles, Jan. 19, 2017 - milk life Lo Que Nos Hace Fuertes campaign helps add meaning to the phrase "New year, New You" with their latest milk advocate, a classically trained chef, certified nutritionist and sought-after spokeswoman who runs her own high-end catering business, Chef LaLa. Together they are educating families on milk's nutritional benefits and the importance of ramping up breakfast with morning protein by simply adding milk for high-quality protein to help start your day right!


Families across America want to make sure that they're starting the day [and year] strong, and getting enough high-quality protein in the morning is a simple way to do so. A breakfast rich in protein is a great way to energize the morning, and adding it to your family's routine doesn't have to be complicated. Simply add an 8-ounce glass of milk with 8 grams of natural protein plus other essential nutrients to your favorite protein breakfast foods for an easy, delicious way to add protein in the morning.

Kids already love milk and it's a naturally nutrient-rich, wholesome food that moms can feel good about pairing with breakfast. All dairy milks, fat free, low-fat, flavored, or organic pack the same nutrient-rich punch including essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and so much more.

In honor of this, milk life Lo Que Nos Hace Fuertes will be sharing a few exclusive step-by-step recipe videos with some delicious, fun, and simple ways to include milk in both moms' and kids' diets prepared by Chef LaLa on https://fuertesconleche.com/. The recipes include some traditional breakfast foods high in protein, while also incorporating a delicious chicken with a Latin twist, and an old time favorite soup she prepares with her son. All the recipes include LaLa's personal flair and nutritional insights her fans admire so much. LaLa also opens up about her personal story and shares touching moments with her family and son, Maddox.

"Milk has always been a part of my life, and my sons, so you can imagine the excitement I felt when I was asked to be a part of the milk life Lo Que Nos Hace Fuertes campaign for 2017. I have beautiful childhood memories of the milk man delivering fresh milk to our home on a daily basis. As a nutritionist, I think it's important to educate my son on the importance of nourishing himself with the right things. I know if Maddox and I start our day with a protein-rich breakfast with milk, it helps us stay focused and have the energy we need to perform our daily tasks," says Chef LaLa. "Consuming protein is essential in a balanced diet, it helps with muscles, bones, teeth and even your hair. Milk is a super food which is why it has been a part of families and generations after generations."


Chef LaLa, is an accomplished chef, cookbook author, food stylist, food consultant, certified nutritionist, and motivational speaker. With her creative talents and training, the first generation Latina dynamo is making waves in food, nutrition, health, and lifestyle in both English and Spanish. Inspired by her family of restaurateurs, LaLa is a creative entrepreneur, operating a first class catering company, launching a line of Chef Lala Homemade (https://chef lala.squarespace.com/cheflalahomemade/)
sauces and marinades, designing Chef Lala house wares, and developing concepts for a bilingual lifestyle television show. Her family and her son Maddox are her first priority. But when she is working, she is devoted to mastering and refining the art of cooking, and to educating communities about how to enjoy traditional cultural cuisine in a healthy way. It is a lifestyle, not a diet, LaLa says. LaLa developed her love of food in her family's Mexican restaurants. She then attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu and studied the intricacies of global cuisine.

Stay tuned for a live chat and Twitter party with Chef LaLa where Latinos across the country will be able to ask questions and interact with our chef and certified nutritionist. For more information, please visit https://fuertesconleche.com/. There, you'll also find more videos from our other milk advocates, recipes, nutritional tips, and much more on the importance of starting each and every day with a high protein breakfast that includes milk for a good source of natural high-quality protein with no added sugar.

Discovery Education And 3M Search For America's 2017 Top Young Scientist; Chance For $25,000 And One-Of-A-Kind Summer Mentorship With 3M Scientists

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Katie Alper, for 3M, 646-935-4325, Katie.Alper@ketchum.com
By Dara Klatt, Discovery Education, 240-662-3043, Dara_Klatt@discovery.com

-- PLUS, New Young Scientist Lab Interactive Portal Brings Science to Life in the Classroom –

"Any curious middle schooler can enter! The key is just believing in yourself … you may never know whether an idea may change a person's life." – Maanasa Mendu, 2016 Young Scientist Challenge Winner

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 12, 2017 - Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the opening of the 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. This program, offers young inventors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by a 3M Scientist Mentor, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."


The Challenge rewards curious students who use their science acumen and creativity to solve a problem in their local, national or global community. Fourteen-year-old Maanasa Mendu won last year for her creation of HARVEST, a bio-inspired energy device that captures energy in the form of wind, rain and sun – and converts it to power. Mendu was inspired to enter the contest through her "pretty awesome" eighth grade science teacher.

"The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge was really meaningful," said Mendu. "I encourage any curious middle schooler to enter, because you will not only get a chance to win amazing prizes like $25,000, but you will have a number of opportunities to enhance your scientific knowledge, creativity, and collaboration skills! The great thing about the Young Scientist Challenge is that you have an amazing 3M mentor at your side. Overall, the Challenge allows you to broaden your horizons."

Students in grades 5-8 can enter the challenge by creating a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind their big idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Video entries will be evaluated based on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and delivery. Ten finalists will then be chosen to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program, where they will work closely with and learn from a 3M scientist.

The program challenges, finalists' thinking to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. The students will meet virtually with their mentors and will receive additional resources and support from 3M and Discovery Education. Each finalist will also receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center at the company's headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., to compete at the final event in October 2017.

All video entries must be submitted online at https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge no later than April 19, 2017. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.


Timed to the Challenge opening is the launch of Young Scientist Lab, an interactive portal for scientific exploration, and new home to the award-winning Young Scientist Challenge. The Lab is a one-stop STEM destination for teachers, students and parents. It offers engaging K-8 activities and standards-aligned lesson plans and interactive teaching tools to foster the next generation of scientists. There is also inspiration on how innovation can solve problems across industries: manufacturing, energy, safety, healthcare, transportation, electronics, automotive, construction and design, personal safety and more. Additionally, users of the Lab will get up-to-the-minute science news, learn about live events, participate in upcoming field trips, and read new blogs about the Young Scientist Challenge.

Over the years, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. In 2016, entries were submitted by nearly all 50 states, from urban, suburban and rural districts. Six girls and four boys were named as the top 10 finalists.

"As an educator, whether or not you have a student selected as a finalist, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is about cultivating important skills to help students succeed in college, career and life," said Francie Snyder, teacher at Manatee County Public Schools' Oneco and Prine Elementary Schools in Manatee County, Fla. "Encouraging participation in the challenge is about inspiring young minds of all kinds, from all places, about the wonders of science and working to create a solution that could improve lives."

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules, please visit: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

The Big Easy Gets A Big Boost From Mary Kay

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By marykay.com/newsroom, 972.687.5332, media@mkcorp.com

Global Cosmetics Company Brings Nearly 11,000 Attendees, More Than $12 Million in Economic Impact and an Opportunity to Give Back

Dallas, Jan. 11, 2017 - In a city known for jazz, Mary Kay's annual U.S. Leadership Conference in New Orleans is music to the city's ears as the event brings nearly 11,000 attendees, $12.9 million in direct visitor spending and an opportunity to give back to its host city. The top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world kicks off its annual Leadership Conference on Jan. 11 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.


"With its historic architecture, rich culture, live music scene, incredible restaurants and hotels, we're thrilled to be back in New Orleans with Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors from across the nation," said Nathan Moore, President of Mary Kay Inc.'s North America Region. "While we paint the town pink for a week, we're excited for the opportunity to give back in a tangible way. By assembling and distributing much-needed care kits to domestic violence shelters throughout the New Orleans area, we continue our longstanding commitment to help prevent and end an epidemic that touches one in four women in their lifetime."

Along with those iconic, traffic-stopping Mary Kay pink Cadillacs, the weeklong conference brings the Mary Kay independent sales force an opportunity to provide support to those in need. To support Mary Kay's commitment to preventing and ending domestic violence with its Don't Look Away program, https://www.marykay.com/es-US/about-mary-kay/social-responsibility/dont-look-away, attendees will assemble 2,000 care kits during the conference to distribute to six local domestic violence shelters: Iris Domestic Violence Center, Connections for Life, St. Bernard Battered Women's Program, Crescent House, Safe Harbor and Metropolitan Center for Women & Children. The care kits are filled with Mary Kay® basic hygiene products, and offer a source of comfort to women at emergency shelters who often flee abusive situations with nothing but the clothes on their backs.


"With an overwhelming demand for services and limited funding, we are always in need of basic necessities and the Mary Kay care kits fill that gap at a critical and emotional time for our clients," Mary Claire Landry, Executive Director of Crescent House. "Our organization along with the five other New Orleans area domestic violence shelters receiving care kits have also received shelter grants from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ over the years. Support from generous companies like Mary Kay allow us to focus our attention on what matters most – maintaining a safe place for our clients and providing programs to help prevent abuse before it begins."

To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ http://www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/Home_US.es-MX.aspx  have donated $53 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

Goya Foods Offers Four $20,000 Culinary Arts & Food Science Scholarships To Students Nationwide

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Natalie J. Maniscalco, 845.659.6506 / natalie@retromedianyc.com

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

Jersey City, N.J., Jan. 11, 2017 - Goya Foods, America's largest Hispanic-owned food company, will offer a $20,000 nationwide Culinary Arts Scholarship granted annually to four students entering their freshman year of college to obtain their first undergraduate degree in culinary arts and/or a food sciences area of study.


Goya's Culinary Arts Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 awarded per academic year starting in Fall 2017 and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains eligible to receive funding.

"We strongly believe in the importance of a college education and through Goya's Culinary Arts Scholarship program, we can provide monetary support to those who wish to learn the culinary traditions of our Latin culture," says Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President of Goya Foods. "Every year, it's an honor to grant hard working students the opportunity to pursue their culinary passions and help families with the expense of a college education."

Applicants of the Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship will be selected based on the standard requirements established by Goya and administered by Scholarship America® including academic achievement, leadership and financial need, as well as an evaluation of an essay explaining how Goya has enriched their family traditions. Among the criteria for consideration, students (1) Must plan to be enrolled in college full time starting in Fall 2017 in a degree seeking program within the U.S. as a Freshman at a two or four-year U.S. accredited institution to obtain their first undergraduate degree; (2) Must be majoring in Culinary Arts and/or Food Sciences; (3) Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; (4) Must be willing to complete 10 hours per month of community service while receiving funding; (5) Must be a U.S. Citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

For more information and to apply, please log onto http://www.goya.com/scholarship/ .  Applications are due no later than February 15, 2017.

About Scholarship America: Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $3.1 billion in scholarship assistance to 2 million students, funding both entry-level and multi-year scholarships and emergency financial grants. More information is available at https://scholarshipamerica.org/

Ask Six Simple Questions to Select the Right Auto Repair Shop

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rich White, (301) 654-6664, rich.white@aftermarket.org
By Lynn Konsbruck, (312) 768-7362, lkonsbruck@maxmarketing.com

Bethesda, Md., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The non-profit Car Care Council recommends asking six simple questions to help identify the right auto repair shop to properly care for one of your most valuable assets, your car.

1. Does the business employ ASE-certified technicians? Credentials and affiliations are indicators of professionalism and the management's commitment to training and education.
2. Is the shop and customer waiting area clean and organized? Cleanliness and organization are signs of a well-run business.
3. Are customers greeted and treated in a friendly and respectful manner? Many auto repair businesses excel in the area of customer service and satisfaction. A simple phone call to the shop to inquire about their services can give you a glimpse of how they treat customers.
4. Does the business provide a written estimate? The business should complete a written estimate and request your signature prior to starting any repairs on your car.
5. Does the business offer a warranty? Most auto repair businesses offer a warranty on parts and labor and the warranty is usually in writing or posted in the waiting area.
6. Does the business have a list of satisfied customers or references that it is willing to give you? Satisfied customers and recommendations from family, friends and neighbors are helpful in finding a good shop. Many auto repair facilities also have company websites that are worth checking out as they often include testimonials and additional information about the business.

"A vehicle is a major purchase for most people, so it makes sense to take the time to select an auto repair facility that will take the best care of that investment," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Being an informed auto care consumer means not only learning about your vehicle and its service needs, but also the facility that will make the repairs."

The Car Care Council video http://www.carcare.org/auto-repair-shop-video/ entitled "Auto Service and Repair: What to Expect" provides valuable information on such topics as what to expect at the shop and covers the real truth about consumer rights and the manufacturer's warranty.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council's online media room at http://media.carcare.org/. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council's consumer education website at http://www.carcare.org/

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Proposed Class Action Settlement for Persons and Entities Who Purchased and/or Paid for Multi-Vitamin with Fluoride Chewable Tablets is announced by Buckner + Miles and McCabe Rabin PA

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By David Buckner, 305-964-8003

Miami, Jan. 9, 2017 - If You Purchased and/or Paid for Multi-Vitamin with Fluoride Chewable Tablets You Could Get Money from a Proposed Class Action Settlement

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit involving Multi-Vitamin with Fluoride Chewable Tablets made by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its subsidiaries (the "Chewable Tablets"). The lawsuit claims that the labels and packaging for the Chewable Tablets misrepresented the amount of fluoride contained in them on and after October 31, 2007. Defendants deny these allegations.

WHO IS INCLUDED? - All persons and entities who paid for Multi-Vitamin with Fluoride Tablets between October 31, 2007, and December 31, 2015, excluding (a) government entities who were parties to the settlement in United States v. Vintage Pharmaceuticals, LLC, et al., Case No. 13 civ. 1506 (DLC), (b) Defendants and their officers, directors, agents and employees, and (c) all persons and entities that acquired Multi-Vitamin with Fluoride Tablets for sale to others (the "Class").


WHAT ARE THE SETTLEMENT TERMS? - The Defendants agree to establish a Settlement Fund of $15.5 million. Payments to eligible Class members will be based on the amount each paid for the Chewable Tablets and the total dollar amount of valid claims submitted. Each Class member will receive their pro rata share of the Settlement Fund not to exceed 100% of their individual expenditures. More details are available at www.fluoridetabletssettlement.com or by calling 1-800-983-6133.

HOW TO GET A PAYMENT? - You should submit a Claim Form to ensure that the Claims Administrator is aware of your purchases. The Claim Form is available at www.fluoridetabletssettlement.com or by calling 1-800-983-6133. The deadline to submit a Claim Form is April 17, 2017. Nonetheless, if the Claims Administrator is able to obtain proof of your purchases of the Chewable Tablets by other means and you are a natural person, you will receive a payment even if you do not submit a Claim Form.

WHO REPRESENTS THE SETTLEMENT CLASS? - Class counsel are the law firms of Buckner + Miles, 3350 Mary Street, Miami, Florida 33133 and McCabe Rabin PA, Centurion Tower, 1601 Forum Pl. #505, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. These attorneys will represent you as part of the Class unless you choose to hire your own attorney. You have the right to hire your own attorney at your own expense. Class counsel represent the Class on a contingency basis and will only receive attorneys' fees and reimbursement of their expenses if the Settlement is approved by the Court, at which time the Court may approve Settlement Class counsel's request for reimbursement of costs and expenses and an attorneys' fee award of up to 30%.

YOUR OTHER RIGHTS? - Members of the Class may request exclusion from the Class no later than April 17, 2017. You may also object to the Settlement by April 17, 2017. If you request exclusion, you may not object. Please refer to www.fluoridetabletssettlement.com. The Court will hold a hearing on June 9, 2017, to consider whether to approve the Settlement and a request for attorneys' fees up to 30% of the Settlement Fund, reimbursement of costs, and a service award for the Class Representative of up to $10,000. You can appear at the hearing, but you do not have to. You can hire your own attorney, at your own expense, to appear or speak for you at the hearing. Please check www.fluoridetabletssettlement.com to confirm the hearing date as it approaches as that date may change.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A CLAIM FORM
Visit:  www.fluoridetabletssettlement.com or Call 1-800-983-6133

Candace Cameron Bure Announced As StarKist® Spokesperson

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Faist, 412-323-7457, Michelle.Faist@StarKist.com

Celebrity-Spokesperson Partnership Showcases the Benefits of StarKist® Tuna and Salmon Creations® Pouches as Part of a Convenient Healthy Lifestyle


Pittsburgh, Jan. 5, 2017 - StarKist® announced that Candace Cameron Bure, star of "Full House" and "Fuller House," is the brand's newest spokesperson. Bure, alongside StarKist's iconic mascot Charlie® the Tuna, will share the spotlight as they feature StarKist® Tuna and Salmon Creations® line of single-serve pouches as part of a healthy, on-the-go lifestyle.

"I grew up eating StarKist products, and it's a brand that I continue to trust and enjoy today," said Candace Cameron Bure, actress and producer. "When I was younger, the individual cans were my go-to staple when I packed my own lunch. Today, as a working mom of three growing kids, StarKist pouches are a great, convenient source of protein that is packed with nutrients to keep my whole family fueled and focused. I am honored to team up with a brand that has continued their commitment to bringing healthy foods to families everywhere, including mine."

To kick off the partnership, Bure will be featured prominently in StarKist's multimedia campaigns, including two 15-second on-the-go television commercials showcasing how she eats, snacks and keeps healthy with her busy schedule. Each television spot will focus on how StarKist Creations can be enjoyed straight from the pouch to fuel Bure's day of being an actress, producer, and most importantly, a mom. Click here and here to view the commercials: https://youtu.be/J1fUVkILuEo
&  https://youtu.be/hNo_EWqE4LA


"We are big supporters of Candace and know that she has an incredible fan-base that ranges from millennials to baby boomers," said Andy Mecs, Director of Marketing & Innovation, StarKist Co. "These fans not only grew up with Candace, but also with Charlie the Tuna. It's an incredible opportunity to partner the two icons together. Both Candace and our brand are focused on a healthy lifestyle, so we're thrilled to have her on board to help represent the way people enjoy seafood with our innovative, convenient pouch products available in various flavors."

As the newest brand spokesperson for StarKist, Bure will represent StarKist Creations products, including Salmon Creations in Lemon Dill and Mango Chipotle, as well as Tuna Creations flavors: Lemon Pepper, Sweet & Spicy, Ranch, Hickory Smoked and, her personal favorite, Hot Buffalo Style.

Eat More Seafood   The benefits of a diet rich in seafood are impressive. Research has also shown that people who eat at least two servings of seafood a week have lower rates of heart disease than those who eat less. In fact the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating at least 8 oz. of a variety of fish each week – such as light meat tuna, salmon or shellfish.

Natalie Arranaga Joins Western Dental as Vice President of Dental Implants

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jeffrey Weidel, Office: 916-781-0616, Cell: 916-402-7132, jeff@halldinpr.com

Orange, California, Jan. 3, 2017 - Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation's leaders in accessible, affordable, high-quality oral health care, today announced the appointment of Natalie Arranaga as Vice President of Dental Implants.


Arranaga joins Western Dental with more than 13 years in healthcare organizations, including eight years of leadership in the dental profession. She was previously Regional Director of Specialty Operations for Pacific Dental Services, where she helped build a significant specialty dental services business. Prior to that role, she served as Director of Operations for Smile Brands, Inc.

"Natalie brings a lot of talent, experience, and energy to this new position," said Daniel D. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Western Dental and its affiliate, Brident Dental & Orthodontics. "Our champions for hygiene and orthodontics have built successful programs for those services, now we see a great opportunity to offer dental implants. Natalie will develop and expand the new program across our organization, helping patients get convenient access to high quality, affordable dental implants to improve their oral health and appearance. It's a great career opportunity, and we welcome her to our leadership team."


"I'm looking forward to joining Western Dental and Brident and building a successful dental implant program," Arranaga said. "I'm excited to be working with this talented group of people who share a vision of building an integrated dental company that provides convenient and affordable access to the best dental care possible."

Arranaga is a graduate of the University of Denver.

Redesigned familydoctor.org Offers Physician-Reviewed and Approved Health and Wellness Resources to Help Patients Get and Stay Healthy

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Por Stephanie A. Wilken, Public Relations Strategist, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5221, swilken@aafp.org

Leawood, Kan., Jan. 3, 2017 - Being healthy means staying informed and up to date on the latest, evidence-based health resources. The newly redesigned familydoctor.org aims to help patients do just that. From comparing cold and flu symptoms to tips on how to begin exercising, the site that 4 million people trust each month has been revamped and restructured with the patient in mind.


Familydoctor.org provides new health and wellness information, in both English and Spanish. Hundreds of new patient-facing articles have been carefully reviewed by family physicians and patients. And it's that extra level of thoroughness that means patients can trust familydoctor.org.

"The familydoctor.org experience is all about the patient," said American Academy of Family Physicians president, John Meigs, Jr., MD. "All content undergoes a rigorous review by a panel of board certified family physicians, so you can rest assured the content is top quality, up to date, and accurate."

Meigs adds, "Family physicians rely on familydoctor.org to provide patients with information to take home after the office visit. The information the patient gets in the comfort of their own home is the same information we trust to give patients in the exam room."


Developed by the AAFP, familydoctor.org offers articles that are written in conversational, easy-to-understand language. The evidence-based content concentrates on conditions most commonly treated by family physicians, as well as those with the greatest impact on population health.

"Whether you're looking for information on the latest health headlines or tips for getting and staying healthy, familydoctor.org has you covered," Meigs said.

The familydoctor.org redesign includes resources such as patient handouts, basic diagnosis and treatment information with an updated Symptom Checker, and all of the content is fully-functional on mobile devices. For more information, please visit https://familydoctor.org/

Early Detection Critical to Treating Glaucoma

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Media Relations, (415) 561-8534, media@aao.org

American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds public of importance of eye exams


San Francisco, Dec. 21, 2016 - Glaucoma is a major cause of vision loss worldwide. It affects more than 3 million people in the United States—nearly half of whom are unaware they have the disease. During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding the public that early detection and treatment can help protect your sight.

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the retina to the brain. Typically, the disease initially has no signs or symptoms. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause irreversible blindness.

The Academy recommends that everyone have a comprehensive eye exam at age 40. This exam provides ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – an opportunity to carefully examine the eye including the optic nerve for signs of damage and other possible problems that may affect vision. Individuals at greater risk for developing glaucoma include people:

*over age 40;
*of African, Asian or Hispanic heritage;
*who have high eye pressure detected during an eye exam;
*who are farsighted or nearsighted;
*who have experienced eye trauma or eye injury;
*whose corneas are thin in the center;
*or who have health problems such as diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure or poor blood circulation.


Appropriate treatment for glaucoma depends on the specific type and severity of the disease. Medicated eye drops or laser treatments are the most common initial approach. These techniques work by lowering eye pressure to reduce the amount of fluid in the eye, and by increasing fluid outflow from the eye.

"Glaucoma is typically symptomless to patients; however, permanent, irreversible vision loss can already be taking place," said Andrew G. Iwach, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Early detection is paramount to avoiding blindness and managing this disease.

For more information on glaucoma or other eye conditions and diseases, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart® website.

Catholic Relief Services Supports Pope Francis' Appeal to End Violence in Aleppo; Syria

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Nikki Gamer, Catholic Relief Services, 410-95955-7125, nikki.gamer@crs.org
Photo by Hispanismo.org


Baltimore, Dec. 14, 2016 - With a ceasefire collapsing in Aleppo Wednesday, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) supports the efforts of Pope Francis, who appealed for "an end to the violence and the peaceful resolution of hostilities" in Syria. Pope Francis also called for full respect of international law in a letter sent yesterday to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, through Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria.

As a humanitarian organization that has come to the aid of more than 1.25 million war-affected Syrians across the Middle East and Europe, CRS calls on all sides of this conflict to safeguard lives and ensure humanitarian access.

"Peace is the only viable option," said Sean Callahan, CRS' chief operating officer, who returned from a visit to the region this week. "Far too many lives have been lost in this conflict, and we join Pope Francis' call to protect human rights, grant safe passage for all those trying to flee the violence, and for urgent humanitarian aid to reach those who desperately need it."

Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron in Brooklyn, NY, and CRS board chairman, added: "In my many travels to the region, I've witnessed the harrowing circumstances that millions of Syrians have lived through since the war began nearly six years ago. Let us heed the call of the Holy Father and end the violence and pray for a peaceful resolution to the hostilities."


The United States must renew the serious international, diplomatic effort to end the fighting in Syria and find solutions to the conflict. CRS urges the U.S. Administration and the international community to work together to provide immediate and impartial humanitarian assistance, and to encourage steps towards an inclusive society in Syria that protects the rights of all its citizens. This is the only way the displaced will be able to return home.

"The path ahead will be arduous, but the time is long past for the international community to pursue diplomacy and peace in Syria and the region," added Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, NM, who chairs the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) International Justice and Peace Committee. "In the final analysis only peace will end the refugee crisis, preserve the Christian presence, and allow inclusive societies to be built that respect the human rights of all."

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HarperCollins Español to publish, "Her Name Was Dolores," a revealing book about Jenni Rivera

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jorge Cota, Publicity Manager, Jorge.Cota@HarperCollins.com


Nashville, Tennessee, Dec. 12, 2016 - HarperCollins Español announces it has acquired rights to publish the book "Her Name Was Dolores" by entertainment mogul Pete Salgado and Gabriel Vázquez. This book was the inspiration for the upcoming Univision's TV series under the same title. It covers Salgado's experiences while working alongside with the successful Mexican-American star, Jenni Rivera, revealing shocking events on the months prior to the fateful air crash that took her life in the northern sierras of Mexico.

As an expert in the Entertainment industry, Rivera's former manager possesses unique insights on «La Diva de la Banda» which he acquired working by her side for almost ten years, helping her to settle many of her successful contracts. This strong relationship turned Pete into the singer's confidant, who shared with him personal issues, which she never told anyone else. In "Her Name Was Dolores, The Jenn I Knew" – Salgado and Vázquez deal with the details and events until now, unknown to the public: betrayals and sorrows that Jenni Rivera faced by close and dear people for the very first time are exposed in the pages of this book.

"Her Name Was Dolores" is a window into the life and death of one of the most recognized and successful Banda and Ranchero artists in history. The authors discuss personal issues that affected Jenni's life, as well as Chiquis' (her daughter) and Esteban's (her husband). They help their readers understand some of Jenni's postings on social media, and disclose some of the characters in her life, whose identities were unknown until now. Likewise, they reveal the true, beautiful but complex and nontraditional mother-to-daughter relationship with Chiquis. Salgado and Vázquez unveil for their readers the true Dolores Janney Rivera, allowing the heart of the woman, mother and philanthropist to be seen, so distant from the persona on stage.

Operation Smile Mexico Receives Country's 2016 National Volunteer And Solidarity Award


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Brianne Chai-Onn, 212-715-1526, brianne@finnpartners.com

The organization was recognized by President Enrique Peña Nieto for its humanitarian efforts

Mexico City, Dec. 8, 2016 - Operation Smile Mexico was honored by President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto with the 2016 National Volunteer and Solidarity Award, Mexico's highest honor awarded to non-profit volunteer organizations accomplishing exceptional humanitarian efforts. Operation Smile, which provides free, safe and effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries around the world, has been active within Mexico for ten years and has impacted the lives of 2,200 patients and their families. The organization was selected from a pool of 575 non-profit candidates for this prestigious honor recognizing those organizations that have enriched the lives of local communities.

Operation Smile Mexico Executive Director Benjamin Mijangos (Left) receives 2016 National Volunteer and Solidarity Award from Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (Right) for its humanitarian efforts (PRNewsFoto/Operation Smile)

President Enrique Peña Nieto presented the award in the Official Residency of "Los Pinos" with key members of the Operation Smile organization in attendance. They included Benjamin Mijangos, Executive Director of Operation Smile Mexico; Dr. Jose Guerrerosantos, Founder of Operation Smile Mexico; Dr. William Magee, CEO and Co-Founder, Operation Smile; Beth Marshall, Senior Advisor for Latin America, and Daniela Garcia, a volunteer patient recruiter in the Chiapas region of Mexico. To learn more about Operation Smile and its global healthcare efforts, visit http://www.operationsmile.org/

Comcast Feels Empowered To Bully THE WORD NETWORK, The Largest Voice In The Black Church

Pastor Jamal Bryant and Rev. Jesse Jackson

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mort Meisner, Mort Meisner Associates, 248-545-2222

Detroit, Dec. 1, 2016 - THE WORD NETWORK, the largest African American religious network in the world reaching 3 billion people worldwide, was notified by Comcast that they will be dropping The Word Network in certain key markets.

The Word Network responded immediately when it received the notification from the Comcast Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition. When she was asked what the reason for removing The Word Network was, she responded by saying "because we are Comcast, and we can."

The Word Network notified Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH, and he immediately made calls to Comcast executives. From these calls The Word Network got a meeting with Comcast.


We explained that The Word Network has been on Comcast for the past 17 years and that removing The Word Network programming deprives the African American community of quality, spiritual religious programming. The Word Network represents the major religious organization such as, COGIC, Full Gospel Baptist, PAW, Global United Fellowship and African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). The Word Network has reached out to Congressman John Conyers, the Congressional Black Caucus and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence.

"The black church community takes high offense to the dismissive actions of Comcast cable to off the most reputable vehicle of the black church without cause. This would never be done to a white Christian network without provocation. We will not go away quietly," states Pastor Jamal Bryant.

"Comcast is joining the consortium of entities that deny opportunity to African Americans," adds Bishop Charles Ellis III, presiding Bishop of Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW).

Arbitrary and egregious behavior such as this are the hallmarks of a MONOPOLY!!!

Food Safety Precautions during Power Outages


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Silver Spring, Md., Dec. 1, 2016 - The winter of 2016-2017 is in its early stages, and yet many parts of the country are already experiencing extreme weather conditions and power outages. In fact, a power outage can happen at any time, and it can affect the safety of your food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds you that the best way to ensure that food stays safe is to have a plan in place, and to know what food safety precautions to take if a power outage does occur.

Be Prepared:  Plan ahead to keep food safe if the power goes out. Stock up on supplies or know where to obtain them if needed.

Use a refrigerator and freezer thermometer, and check before an outage to ensure that the refrigerator temperature is at or below 40°F and the freezer is at or below 0°F.

Plan for ice. Know where you can get dry or block ice. Make ice cubes and freeze containers of water or gel packs to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers.

Keep coolers on hand to store refrigerated food if the power will be out for more than 4 hours.
Freeze refrigerated items that you may not need immediately and group food together in the freezer.
Stock your pantry with a few days worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or refrigeration.

If the Power Goes Out:  Cold temperatures slow the growth of harmful bacteria, so keeping food at safe temperatures is critical to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.


Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours, and a full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if unopened.

Use ice (dry or block, ice cubes, and frozen containers of water/gel packs) to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible.

When Power is Restored:  Before consuming any food after a power outage, check the temperatures inside your refrigerator and freezer.

If the power was out for no more than 4 hours, refrigerated food should be safe as long as the doors were kept closed. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, eggs, or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for 2 hours or more.

If the freezer thermometer reads 40°F or below, food is safe and may be refrozen. If you did not have a thermometer in the freezer, check each package to determine its safety; you can't rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.

Be aware that perishable foods that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause foodborne illness if consumed, even after they are thoroughly cooked.

Contact: Media: 1-301-796-4540 Consumers: 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free)

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Youth In Five Cities Cite Fear As Major Barrier To Wellness

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Daria L. Hall, 1-202-657-0621, dariah@americaspromise.org

Center for Promise researchers at Boston University release first-of-its-kind youth-led assessment of obstacles to wellness

Boston and Washington, Nov. 16, 2016 - Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. youth population and make up the majority of young people in about half of the country's 100 largest U.S. cities. According to new research by the Center for Promise, the research institute of America's Promise Alliance, fear, along with inequitable access to social supports, opportunities and experiences essential for healthy development, place this group at increased risk for poor health outcomes.


Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities is a first-of-its-kind, youth-led assessment that provides new insight into the obstacles to wellness young people of color face in five cities across the nation.

The study, funded by Target, represents an important contribution to the emerging practice of youth participation in community research partnerships, which promises new insights when young people are both partners and leaders in research designed to influence program development and policy solutions.

With guidance from university-based researchers, teams of young people, age 13 and older, in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and St. Paul designed their own assessments of health and wellness challenges facing peers in their communities. Despite differences in approach and geography, the young researchers found meaningfully similar results. Across all five cities, youth of color cited stressors like racial profiling, lack of access to community resources, unsafe neighborhoods, and fear of police – alongside traditional health challenges like drug use – as major obstacles to wellness.

"Inequitable health outcomes for youth of color are an old problem in need of new thinking," said Dr. Jonathan Zaff, executive director of the Center for Promise. "Many young people of color in the study cite feeling over-policed, undervalued and unsafe in their own communities as barriers to wellness. These feelings often stem from pervasive stress and trauma associated with a lack of access to high-quality nutritious foods and medical care and concerns of racial discrimination that can lead to risky behaviors and a distrust of institutions. The result is entire generations growing up in constant fear, which affects their lives and can limit their potential in so many ways."

"The insights our researchers found substantiate a long-held intuition among social work professionals: Young people are experts in their own lives," said Dr. Linda Sprague Martinez, assistant professor of social work at Boston University and lead author of the study. "As service providers, policymakers, and advocates explore programs to meet the next generation's needs, we must encourage and support young people, amplifying their voices and respecting the ability of young people of color to contribute insight and solutions to their lived experiences."

"Before I joined this project I just thought wellness was about being in shape and eating right," said 18-year old Dy'Mon Pendleton, one of the Philadelphia group's youth researchers. "I never thought about how all of these outside contributors had anything to do with wellness. But now my definition of wellness has changed because I realize that it's way more than that. I feel as though everything that happens around us makes us a product of our environment."

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ZplfDX8Tc&feature=youtu.be

Empire State Building Goes Purple For World Prematurity Day


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd Dezen, (914) 997-4608, tdezen@marchofdimes.org

New York, Nov. 15, 2016 - The Empire State Building towers will light purple today in honor of the 6th annual World Prematurity Day (WPD) tomorrow. Parent groups and organizations worldwide join together on WPD to raise awareness of the serious problem of premature birth.

Premature birth -- before 37 weeks of pregnancy -- is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays. About 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely each year, and one million of them die before their first birthdays.

The March of Dimes leads the World Prematurity Network, (WPN), a global coalition of consumer and parent groups working together to raise awareness and prevent premature birth in their countries. Through World Prematurity Day and other joint efforts, members call for action to prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born too soon. Nearly 100 countries participated in World Prematurity Day last year with building and landmark lightings, outdoor events, petitions, and other demonstrations of support.

Learn more about what you can do to help, and show you care about premature babies at facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay. Special thanks to the Empire State Building for supporting 2016 World Prematurity Day.

The Empire State Building image ® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.

First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Program Empowers Students To Build Positive Relationships

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Mary Kay Inc., Loveisrespect and EverFi Partner to Launch "Healthy Foundations" Program

Dallas, Nov. 18, 2016 - To educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships, Mary Kay Inc., loveisrespect and Everfi partnered to launch a Healthy Foundations program. The first-of-its-kind digital program was introduced to students and educators at Martin Middle School in Austin, Texas on Nov. 16.


During a school-wide assembly, the digital course utilized evidence-based strategies to educate students on healthy relationships, how to communicate and how to resolve conflict. Students participated in a panel discussion featuring domestic violence experts and advocates. Panel members included representatives from Mary Kay Inc., The National Domestic Violence Hotline, loveisrespect and the Austin Independent School District.

"As educators, we are always thinking of creative and effective ways to prepare our youth for the future," said Monica De La Garza-Conness, Principal at Martin Middle School. "Leveraging innovative technology, like the Healthy Foundations program, allows our students to explore situations that they may encounter, but in a way that is safe, self-guided, and interactive. Martin Middle School was truly honored to be the school chosen as the location for the launch."

The Healthy Foundations program is part of Mary Kay's Don't Look Away campaign which works to educate the public on recognizing the signs of an abusive relationship and how to take action. In addition to the digital course and panel discussion, the event also featured the unveiling of a "Don't Look Away" mural developed by middle school students depicting the theme of healthy relationships. The mural will remain on display at Martin Middle School.

"Through this innovative program, we are able to raise awareness and give middle school age students the tools for building healthy relationships and therefore, helping to prevent dating abuse before it begins," said Kirsten Gappelberg, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Mary Kay Inc. "By teaching effective communication, conflict resolution and how to step in when a friend is being hurt, we can empower youth with the foundations for healthy relationships now and into the future."

To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation have given $53 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse. Mary Kay is also the lead sponsor of the nation's first-ever text-based dating abuse hotline operated by loveisrespect. For more information about Mary Kay's commitment to end domestic violence, click here: https://www.marykay.com/en-us/about-mary-kay/social-responsiblity/local-market-initiatives

Dedicating Lives to God

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alice Black, +1-614-416-1020, ablack@oppeace.org

Dominican Sisters of Peace offer their prayers and blessings to the newest members of the congregation. (PRNewsFoto/Dominican Sisters of Peace)

Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2016 - Catholic Sisters today look very different from women who became sisters 40 years ago. And it has nothing to do with whether or not they wear a habit.

As we celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, the Dominican Sisters of Peace are a good example of what is different about sisters today.

Before becoming a Dominican, Sister Ana Gonzalez, 36, spent 10 years as a public relations representative for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in El Paso, Texas, the world's largest multicultural border community. She came to the US from Mexico City when she was ten years old.

Sister Margaret Uche, 51, grew up in a Catholic family in Nigeria and attended a convent school there for a short time. She came to the United States 34 years ago to go to college in Minnesota and transferred to California State University-Dominguez Hills, where she received a degree in biology.

Both women represent a new cultural diversity in religious life.

Sister Ana and Sister Margaret both said their decision to enter the congregation came after a long period of self-examination. Both left busy secular careers because they felt something missing in their lives, which they believe they have found in the Dominican way of life.

The newest members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sisters Margaret Uche (far left) and Ana Gonzalez (far right) with Sister Patricia Twohill, Prioress. (PRNewsFoto/Dominican Sisters of Peace)

"I had my master's degree, was turning 30 and had been working for 10 years and was a workaholic, but felt empty inside," Sister Ana said. "I felt defined by what I was doing, not who I was. I began questioning my spirituality. As I searched, the question of entering the religious life began to surface. I hadn't considered it before, but recalled my interaction with talented, educated, dynamic Dominican Sisters of Peace. I could feel something in me being stirred that was blossoming and life-giving."

Ana said one of the biggest difficulties she had to overcome in connection with her lifestyle change was the opposition of her father. "My mother always wanted me to get an education first and become a professional, but my father felt a woman's role should be that of a wife and mother," she said. "He has come to respect my choice, though he may not understand it. He says he just wants me to be happy. My mother was concerned at first that I would be lonely, but now that she has seen how I interact with the other sisters, she knows that won't be a problem. I found a lot of joy and laughter with the sisters," Sister Ana said. "They encouraged me to grow."

Sr. Margaret is a native of Nigeria who studied nursing at the University of Houston. "Nigerian culture believes a woman should not live alone at home, but I didn't think marriage was the right thing for me," Sister Margaret said. "My relatives in Nigeria were very concerned, and one of them told me she said she spoke to a wise man who said I should consider praying about my vocation. I followed that advice, and my mind and heart began to open. As I met the Dominican Sisters of Peace, I became touched by their love and compassion and felt, 'This is it."


"Both my parents are deceased, but I think they would be very happy and supportive of my decision if they were alive today. I have a brother in Texas and one in Nigeria, plus four sisters in Nigeria, and they're also pleased about it.

Women entering religious life today reflect a more complex story and a growing cultural diversity among US Catholics, Sr. Ana and Sr. Margaret and good examples of the trend.

National Vocations Awareness Week, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: "To what vocation in life is God calling me?

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodríguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 
By Kristin Cole, 972.267.1111, Kristin@alarryross.com
By Julie Shutley, 214.457.1398, Julie@alarryross.com

Regarding the announcement that Republican candidate Donald J. Trump received enough Electoral College votes to become the 45th President of the United States


From left to right, Rev. Billy Graham, Rev. Samuel Rodríguez and Dr. Martin Luther King

Sacramento, California, Nov. 9, 2016 - "Now that the presidential election is finally behind us, our nation must put partisan politics and divisive rhetoric behind us as well. Instead of the agenda of the donkey or the elephant, Christians must be about the Lamb's agenda. We can and we must continue the fight to reconcile Billy Graham's message of righteousness with Dr. Martin Luther King's march for justice. The moment we, as Christian voters, are co-opted by any given political party or ideology, we lose our legitimacy to speak truth to power. Looking ahead, now is the time to rise up as people of faith and as an independent voice that holds political leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to policies that don't aim left or right, but toward righteousness and justice, for all.

"Chief of which remains our concern for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, immigration reform and racial unity. I look forward to working with the new administration. We pray for the safe keeping of our democracy as we transition to the new Donald Trump administration and we pray that God will continue to bless and prosper our nation in the coming months and years ahead."

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit https://nhclc.org/

The Children's Rehabilitation Institute Teleton-USA (CRIT-USA) Celebrates Second Anniversary with Inaugural "Believe in Little Hearts" Soirée

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Ruth M. Medellin, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Tel: 210-326-0048 / eMail: Medellin@critusa.org

Close to 300 supporters and friends attended the two-year anniversary that was hosted by John Quiñones, one of San Antonio's favorite sons, Emmy Award winning ABC television news journalist, and host of the network's "What Would You Do?" newsmagazine.

CRIT-USA held its BELIEVE in Little Hearts Philanthropic Soiree to celebrate the second anniversary of its first facility in the USA. Over 300 guests attended the event held at the state-of-the-art, 45,000 sq. ft. modern children's rehabilitation and treatment facility in San Antonio, Texas. The event was Co-Chaired by developer Gordon Hartman of Morgan's Wonderland (left), San Antonio City Councilman Mike Gallagher (right), and Master of Ceremonies John Quinones, ABC News Commentator and host of "What Would You Do?". The Chairs are pictured with CRIT-USA's Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Guzman and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ellen Leonard. (PRNewsFoto/CRIT-USA)

San Antonio, Nov. 7, 2016 - The Children's Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton-USA (CRIT) celebrated the second anniversary of its San Antonio, Texas facility with an inaugural "Believe in Little Hearts" Philanthropic Soirée. The celebration/fundraiser featured patients and families who receive treatment at the facility, along with medical staff, and honored guests who have lent their support to the state-of-the-art facility that annually treats 600 patients from more than 30 states across the nation since opening its doors in 2014. It now has a list of 1,200 children and families wishing to be admitted to the treatment center.

"Our facility is the first of its kind in the USA and is modeled after the largest, private, pediatric rehabilitation system in the world," said CRIT's Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Guzmán.


"We provide a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind model of culturally relevant care and counseling that uses innovative pediatric research and rehabilitation practices that are changing the way disability treatment facilities perceive, treat and integrate culturally diverse children with muscular, neurological and skeletal disabilities and prepare them and their families for a more inclusionary role in society," added Guzmán.

The evening event was an opportunity for CRIT to showcase its 45,000 square foot, architecturally unique design, child-friendly decor, and technologically advanced rehabilitative treatment equipment and professionals to a growing number of supporters from throughout the state. Several young patients and their families took part in the celebration by sharing their respective CRIT experiences with attendees, providing firsthand patient experience of the unique treatment provided to them. Several of the children also performed the National Anthem prior to the formal program.

More information about CRIT's unique rehabilitation services and programs is available at: http://www.critusa.org/

Mary Kay Inc. Hosts Inaugural Men Don't Look Away Summit To Engage More Men In Efforts To End Domestic Violence

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Advocates from Across the Country Convene to Address Findings of Annual Truth About Abuse Survey

Dallas, Nov. 4, 2016 - To inspire a national dialogue about the importance of engaging more men in the effort to prevent and end domestic violence, Mary Kay Inc. convened the inaugural Men Don't Look Away Summit. Attendees, including domestic violence advocates from across the country, received a framework to engage men as advocates, volunteers and ambassadors at a grassroots level, learning to activate this powerful group of change-makers within their local organizations.

The Mary Kay Men Don't Look Away Summit brought together leaders and domestic violence advocates from across the country to start a national dialogue about the importance of engaging more men in the effort to prevent and end domestic violence. According to the Mary Kay 2016 Truth About Abuse Survey, 92 percent of the 850 domestic violence organizations surveyed believe it's important to engage men in this public health epidemic. Participants left the summit with a framework to engage men as advocates, volunteers and ambassadors at a grassroots level, activating this powerful group of change-makers within their local organizations. (PRNewsFoto/Mary Kay Inc.)

The Men Don't Look Away Summit was held Nov. 2 at global headquarters for Mary Kay Inc. Alongside Mary Kay executives, representatives from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and directors from domestic violence shelters across the country convened for the first-of-its-kind summit. Dale Hansen, sports anchor for WFAA-TV and Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer for Genesis Women's Shelter & Support attended to provide both inspiration and action for the attendees.

"Supporting a national dialogue to involve more men in this public health epidemic is critical in our continued efforts to prevent and end domestic violence," said Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer for Genesis Women's Shelter & Support. "Mary Kay's Men Don't Look Away Summit has provided a much-needed platform for women's shelters, national domestic violence organizations and community leaders to share best practices and ultimately foster a movement of change including a social norm that does not tolerate violence against women."


Domestic violence is not just a women's issue. That's the key message that resonated among more than 850 domestic violence organizations nationwide in Mary Kay's 2016 Truth About Abuse Survey, which reveals that 9 out of 10 participating agencies have made concerted efforts to involve men in domestic violence prevention. In partnership with Break the Cycle, Mary Kay's seventh annual Truth About Abuse Survey found that an overwhelming 92 percent of domestic violence organizations believe it's important to engage men in prevention and education efforts.

"The data revealed in this year's Truth About Abuse Survey underscores the importance of Mary Kay's first-ever Men Don't Look Away Summit," said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. "Ending domestic violence is a key tenet of our Mary Kay corporate culture and through hosting this inaugural national summit, we know we are addressing the overwhelming need to encourage more men to become change-makers within their communities while taking a stand against domestic abuse."

The Men Don't Look Away Summit and Truth About Abuse Survey are part of Mary Kay's Don't Look Away campaign which works to educate the public on recognizing the signs of an abusive relationship, taking action and raising awareness for support services. To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ have given $53 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

José Feliciano Honored By Miami Children's Health Foundation At 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball On Oct. 29

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Lisbet Fernandez-Vina, 786.268.1845 / lisbet.fernandez-vina@mchf.org
By Erika Mayor, 305.632.7323 / erika.mayor@mchf.org

Miami,  Nov. 1, 2016 - Miami Children's Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) celebrated its 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball on Oct. 29, raising nearly $1.6 million, benefiting the children and families at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. More than 800 guests took part in the glamourous affair, which combined couture fashion and costumes inspired by the theme "Into the Woods."

(At the left, Diamond Ball Honoree José Feliciano, recipient of the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame.)

This year, world-renowned guitarist, singer, and composer José Feliciano was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame. After receiving his award, Mr. Feliciano also entertained the crowd with a live performance. Mr. Feliciano was recognized for his commitment to helping children through the Jose M. and Susan L. Feliciano Charitable Foundation for Children and the Arts and for his achievements in the world of music as the first Latin artist to cross over into the English music market.

"It was a wonderful experience to be a part of the 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball and be inducted into the Ambassador David Walters Pediatric Hall of Fame alongside so many notable people who also believe in providing our children the best healthcare possible, not just here in South Florida, but around the world," said Mr. Feliciano, nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist.

The event's Master of Ceremonies was Louis Aguirre, co-host of "The Insider" on CBS. Some of the celebrities in attendance were Shane Battier, Ismael Cala, Ximena Duque, Ana Maria Canseco, Mariela Encarnacion, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ana Quincoces, Lieter Ledesma and Erick Cuesta, among others.

Louis Aguirre, Master of Ceremonies, Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez, Board Chair of Miami Children's Health Foundation, José Feliciano, Pediatric Hall of Fame inductee and Lucy Morillo

The 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball co-chairs were Eilah & Ben Beavers, Ravneet & Anand Chowdhury, Heide & Jose Dans, Ana & Tony Figueroa Cisneros, Marile & Jorge Luis López, Vivian & Juan Carlos Mas, and Andria & Andres Miyares.

"This year's Diamond Ball was a celebration of the incredible work that our doctors and nurses provide our children, and how our community is dedicated to continuing to support such an important mission," said Marile Lopez, Board Chair, Miami Children's Health Foundation.

This year's sponsors included Breakthru Beverage, Codina Partners, JW Marriott Marquis, City National Bank, Duty Free Americas, Inc., AB&A Advertising, Mario Murgado Presented by Brickell Motors, Robins & Morton, Stearns Weaver Miller, West Coast University, CC Homes, Cristina and David Martin, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Greenberg Traurig, Polen Capital, Stericycle and CNN Alla Vamos, Ocean Drive Magazine and Selecta Magazine.

Preterm Birth Increases In The U.S. For The First Time In Eight Years

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd P. Dezen, (914) 997-4608, TDezen@marchofdimes.org
By Michele Kling, (914) 997-4613, mkling@marchofdimes.org

2016 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card Reveals Underlying Geographic, Racial/Ethnic Disparities

White Plains, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2016 - The health of babies in the United States has taken a step backward as the nation's preterm birth rate worsened for the first time in eight years, the March of Dimes said today. The U.S. earned a "C" grade on the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card amidst widening differences in prematurity rates across different races and ethnicities.


"The 2016 March of Dimes Report Card demonstrates that there is an unfair burden of premature birth among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas," says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "The March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, yet we see this is not the reality for many mothers and babies. Babies in this country have different chances of surviving and thriving simply based on the circumstances of their birth."

The U.S. preterm birth rate went up from 9.57 to 9.63 in 2015, according to final data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Across the country, preterm birth rates were nearly 48 percent higher among black women and more than 15 percent higher among American Indian/Alaska Native women compared to white women.

Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays. In addition to the human toll, preterm birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in avoidable medical and societal costs, according to the National Academy of Medicine.

"Americans lead the world in medical research and care, yet the U.S. preterm birth rate still ranks near the bottom of high-resource nations," Dr. Edward R.B. McCabe, March of Dimes Chief Medical Officer said. "We can do better by mobilizing resources and driving best practices and policies to ensure that no mother or baby falls through the cracks."


Dr. McCabe urged broader use of proven interventions in the most-challenged communities: for example, an initiative by the March of Dimes in Mississippi to eliminate early elective (non-medically indicated) deliveries, which prompted Mississippi Medicaid to implement policy changes that have helped more babies there have full-term births.

The 2016 Premature Birth Report Card provides rates and grades for states and counties in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, based on NCHS data. March of Dimes also features a disparity index score that ranks and tracks state progress towards the elimination of racial/ethnic disparities in preterm birth. Maine ranked first on the disparity index score, while Hawaii ranked 50th.

Seven states -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin – received worse grades this year than last year on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. Four states – New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington -- earned an "A" on the 2016 Premature Birth Report Card; 16 states received a "B"; 21 states and the District of Columbia got a "C"; six states and Puerto Rico got a "D"; and three states – Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi -- received an "F."

Individuals are encouraged to visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/ to learn more about prematurity and disparity in their own state; sign up to raise awareness on World Prematurity Day; and support programs and groundbreaking research addressing the causes of prematurity.

Oxitec Opens Large Scale Mosquito Production Facility in Brazil

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Marie Rossi, Ph.D., Tel: +1 (301) 556-9850, publicrelations@intrexon.com
By Christopher Basta, Tel: +1 (561) 410-7052, investors@intrexon.com
By Matthew Warren, Tel: +44 (0) 1235 832 393, info@oxitec.com

Capacity to Produce 60 Million Friendly™ Aedes per Week can Help Protect Up to 3 Million Brazilians from Primary Vector for Zika, Dengue and other Viruses


Oxford, England, Oct. 26, 2016 - Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON) http://www.dna.com/, a leader in the engineering and industrialization of biology to improve the quality of life and health of the planet, today announced its wholly owned subsidiary Oxitec http://www.oxitec.com/ has opened its new Friendly™ Aedes mosquito production facility in Piracicaba, Brazil. The new 5,000 m² facility has the capacity to produce 60 million Friendly™ Aedes per week which can help protect up to 3 million people by significantly reducing local populations of the dangerous Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Thomas P. Bostick, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Vice President and Head of Intrexon's Environment Sector stated, "The scalability of our biological solution has taken a meaningful step forward with the inauguration of this new world-class facility in Brazil. With the rising global incidence of harmful viral infections including Zika, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and now Mayaro, driven primarily by the bite of the dangerous Aedes aegypti, it is essential we make Oxitec's proven, unparalleled Friendly™ Aedes vector control solution more available to the many countries this disease-spreading mosquito has invaded. We continue to engage and work with numerous government agencies and non-governmental organizations to achieve this mission."

Oxitec's pioneering biological method involves the release of engineered, non-biting male mosquitoes that mate with wild females. The resulting offspring inherit a self-limiting gene preventing them from reaching adulthood and the males themselves die within days providing an eco-friendly solution that solely targets Aedes aegypti and does not persist in the environment. Oxitec will utilize a portion of the new facility's significant production capability to support its ongoing deployment program in Piracicaba's downtown area and CECAP/Eldorado district to suppress Aedes aegypti.


In conjunction with independent collaborators, Oxitec has conducted five open field trials of its self-limiting mosquitoes in Brazil, Panama and the Cayman Islands. Each trial led to a greater than 90% reduction of the wild Aedes aegypti population, achieving these unparalleled suppression results within six months on average. More recently, Piracicaba's Epidemiologic Surveillance service released data showing the incidence of dengue had decreased by 91% to just 12 cases in the CECAP/Eldorado district where Friendly™ Aedes mosquitoes were released, compared to a 52% reduction in the rest of the city during the same 12-month period.

Notably the public support for the Friendly™ Aedes project has been strong. A survey conducted by the CW7 Market Research Institute in mid-2016 showed that 98% of Piracicaba's citizens support the use of innovative tools to fight dengue, Zika and chikungunya, and 88% support the use of Friendly™ Aedes.

"This Friendly™ Aedes facility increases our current production capacity 30-fold in Brazil", says Glen Slade, Oxitec's VP and Director of Oxitec do Brasil. "This reaffirms our ability to produce Friendly™ Aedes at scale, and we are ready to expand our production even further to help protect the people of Brazil and beyond."

Diego Luna and Jarritos Partner to Share the Journey of Immigrants in the United States


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Ingrid Quiroz, 512-644-8988, ingrid@apccollective.com

The new campaign will feature a video directed by Diego Luna

El Paso, Texas, Oct. 19, 2016 - Director, Diego Luna and Jarritos, the popular Mexican soft drink brand, joined forces to produce Jarritos' most recent spot, "The Journey". The short film showcases the struggles, and triumphs of immigrants living in the United States, while establishing Jarritos as a brand that celebrates the very diversity that makes its consumers and this country so great.

Luna proactively pushes the boundaries of a traditional spot, seeking to share the stories of the often unseen and uncelebrated story of immigrants. From casting to the music, all the elements are meant to tie back to the inspiring journey of immigrants and encompass the overall message: we are truly better together.

"With these untold stories, our team aspired to bring real people and real moments together," said Luna. "We wanted to create a compelling cinematic experience that celebrates the authenticity, warmth, and hope of our collective journey."


Luna collaborated with Jarritos, along with agency of record, WALO Inc. because of his belief in the importance of sharing the challenges, triumphs, and unity of the immigrant journey during this season when negative rhetoric seems to be running rampant. Jarritos, Luna and WALO Inc. hope this story does not just live on in a newsfeed but makes an impact on people's hearts, while raising awareness of an important issue that has influenced our country greatly, and will continue to influence future generations to come.

"As a brand with firm roots in Mexico and completely embraced by the United States, we too are immigrants and we know the journey all too well," said Luis Fernandez, CEO of Novamex, Jarritos Brand Owner. "Our intention was to thank our consumers and celebrate the beauty of that journey, the sacrifices of previous generations, and the inherent diversity of the United States."

To be a part of this journey, please be sure to visit www.jarritosthejourney.com to watch and share.

Colgate Total® Teams Up with the American Diabetes Association® and Actress Yvette Nicole Brown to Bring "Laugh Out Loud" Moments to the Diabetes Community

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alyssa Matos, Cohn & Wolfe, Alyssa.Matos@CohnWolfe.com, 212-798-9575;

Spreading Awareness of the Potential Link between Oral Health and Diabetes through Laughter

New York, Oct. 18, 2016 - For the eighth consecutive year, Colgate Total® is teaming up with the American Diabetes Association® to help raise awareness of the potential link between oral health and diabetes by using the power of laughter. This year, the multi-talented comedic actress Yvette Nicole Brown is leading the "Laugh Out Loud" campaign (#OralHealthDiabetes), which will bring LOL-worthy moments to Americans living with diabetes, all while building awareness of the importance of maintaining the health of the teeth and gums behind those smiles.

Yvette Nicole Brown

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease1. Colgate Total® toothpaste is clinically proven to help prevent or reverse gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease. It is the only FDA-approved2 and American Dental Association-accepted3 toothpaste to help prevent gingivitis. With regular, twice daily brushing, gum health can improve in as little as four weeks4 with Colgate Total®.

In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month in October and American Diabetes Month® in November, the "Laugh Out Loud" campaign aims to remind people that sometimes laughter can be the best medicine. "When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013, one way I worked through the challenges and lifestyle changes was with humor," says Yvette Nicole Brown. "I'm excited to partner with Colgate Total to give the diabetes community a reason to come together, laugh and learn how to better manage our oral health and diabetes."

Colgate Total® encourages the diabetes community to find and share funny tips, stories, images and more by searching and using #OralHealthDiabetes across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, visit OralHealthandDiabetes.com or SaludOralyDiabetes.com in Spanish.

About the American Diabetes Association


The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

1 Centers for Disease Control:
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf

2 Colgate Total® toothpaste is approved through the New Drug Application process to help prevent gingivitis. Not approved for the prevention or treatment of serious gum disease or other diseases. As shown in 6 month clinical studies of the general population.

3 Colgate Total® toothpaste is approved through the New Drug Application process to help prevent gingivitis. Not approved for the prevention or treatment of serious gum disease or other diseases. As shown in 6 month clinical studies of the general population.

4 Results improve with continued twice daily use, as shown in 6 month clinical studies of the general population.

MoneyGram and Farm Fresh Unite to Deliver Educational Technology to Virginia Students

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Buckalew, 214-979-1418, mbuckalew@moneygram.com

SUPERVALU Foundation and MoneyGram Foundation collaborate to improve education for at-risk students attending the Achievable Dream Academies in Newport News, VA


Newport News, Virginia, Oct. 13, 2016 - MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), a global provider of innovative money transfer services, and Farm Fresh Food and Pharmacy today awarded a collective grant of $40,000 to Virginia-based non-profit An Achievable Dream. The collaboration between MoneyGram and Farm Fresh Food and Pharmacy, a SUPERVALU retail chain, provides educational technology used to promote and foster interactive STEM learning among all grade levels at An Achievable Dream Academies.

"This joint gift of innovative technology will truly have a meaningful impact on children in the Newport News community by bringing excitement and creativity to learning," said Pamela H. Patsley, MoneyGram's executive chairman. "We sincerely thank Farm Fresh and the SUPERVALU Foundation for sharing our passion for education and for helping to equip children with the resources they need to succeed."

Over 900 students at An Achievable Dream Academies will benefit from the joint gift which will be used to replace outdated desktop computers and other equipment. Additionally, the grant will be used to provide classroom instructors with interactive software and lesson plans that aim to challenge students in new and engaging ways.

"The innovative educational model created by An Achievable Dream offers extraordinary opportunities for children and continues to inspire meaningful change. This transformative quality is what attracted us to support the tremendous work An Achievable Dream provides to its students and our community," said Micky Nye, president of Farm Fresh Food and Pharmacy.

HITN and Imagina US Partner to Establish a Full TV Production Service Hub

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Angel Audiffred, (646) 731-3627, aaudiffred@hitn.org

Partnership will deliver full-service production resources to NYC Market along with new jobs and economic growth to Downtown Brooklyn


Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 12, 2016 - HITN, the first non-commercial, Spanish-language media company that delivers educational programming to more than 42 million homes nationwide on satellite and cable, has entered into a new partnership agreement with Imagina US, a leading production and broadcast company for the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets.

The partnership will leverage HITN's 20,000 plus sq. ft. studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Downtown Brooklyn with spectacular views of the Manhattan Freedom Tower and the Williamsburg Bridge, with Imagina US's 20-year track record in technical, production and audiovisual expertise, to provide a one-stop shop for production, post-production and network origination services to serve broadcast and production clients in the New York City area.

"This has been an incredible year for HITN and this new partnership with Imagina US represents another milestone in HITN's evolution. In addition to the educational and cultural programing HITN has provided for years, it will soon also offer high-quality, full-service production resources to the truly diverse market that is New York City," said Mike Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. "This partnership also aligns with HITN's commitment to our local community by delivering yet another important project to the ever growing Downtown Brooklyn area and by presenting career opportunities to our young neighbors who are interested in working in the media industry."

"By entering into this strategic partnership with HITN, Imagina US continues to expand its presence in an important market and it will open new doors to clients and communities," said Irantzu Diez-Gamboa, President of Imagina US. "We are proud of the exceptional group of professionals we have to manage HITN's broadcast and production needs as well as those of third party clients in the New York area."

Nexus Saves Immigrant Mother and Her Children From Deportation

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Giancarlo Sopo, rmoore@nexushelps.com

Verona, Va., Oct. 5, 2016 - A recent Hoy Los Angeles (Today Los Angeles) article highlighted how attorneys from Nexus Caridades, one of America's leading pro-bono immigration legal services, helped prevent the deportation of an immigrant mother and her children. As the article states, Tomasa Cristina Centeno and her children made a difficult journey to the United States from their native El Salvador where they feared for their lives as victims of gang-related violence and extortion.


Shortly upon crossing the border, Ms. Centeno and her children were placed in deportation proceedings. However, thanks to the pro-bono legal representation by Nexus Caridades attorneys, Ms. Centeno and her children were afforded prosecutorial discretion, allowing them to live in the United States.

Mike Donovan, CEO of Nexus Services, Inc., the parent company of Libre by Nexus and sponsor of Nexus Caridades, issued the following statement:

"We are proud of the fine work by our team of attorneys who worked tirelessly to keep Ms. Centeno and her family in the United States. Ms. Centeno is an incredibly hard-working, law-abiding citizen who, like so many immigrants, came to our country seeking opportunities and a safe environment to raise her children. Everyday, our attorneys work on a pro-bono basis to deliver excellent legal representation to thousands of immigrants and their families.

"Whether we are fighting discrimination against immigrants or reuniting families through our Libre by Nexus program, the Nexus family of companies is always committed to advancing and protecting the rights of immigrants in the United States.

"Ms. Centeno's story is also a reminder of our country's need for comprehensive immigration reform. That is why Nexus is proud to employ a team of policy advocates that dedicate over 7,000 hours a year toward fixing our country's broken immigration system."

The following excerpt of the article was translated by Nexus Services.

From a Nightmare to a Miracle, A Mother and Her Children are Saved from Deportation
by Selene Rivera, Hoy Los Angeles

Two years after being intercepted at the border by immigration authorities, a mother and her four minor children are saved from deportation.

Tomasa Cristina Centeno heaved a sigh of relief and proudly displayed the card that allows one to work and be in the US legally.

"One does everything possible as a mother so that your children are well," said the 39 year-old lady after recalling a life full of fear and uncertainty in El Salvador

Click http://www.hoylosangeles.com/noticias/local/hoyla-loc-de-la-pesadilla-al-milagro-madre-e-hijos-se-salvan-de-la-deportacion-20160930-story.html for the original story.

Letter Carriers to Be Recognized as Heroes of the Year

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Geneva Kubal, 202-756-7403
By Jenessa Kildall Wagner, 202-662-2851

Washington, Sept. 19, 2016 - Letter carriers who rescued residents from burning homes, saved a young boy who had darted onto a busy highway and stopped an assault and robbery targeting several women will be honored Wednesday in Washington DC.

Other carriers being recognized on Sept. 21 brightened the lives of children with disabilities, rescued a girl from a vicious dog attack or provided help to families struggling with substance abuse.


The eight honorees represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 155 million households and businesses across the country six or even seven days a week, but often assist in situations involving car crashes, fires, crimes or health crises or otherwise improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Mark Pizzo of Snellville, GA, who saved a girl by fighting with a pit bull that had her head in its jaws, is the National Hero of the Year. Bradley Gentz of Osage, IA, an Army veteran who noticed a boy sitting in a wheelchair on his mail route and transformed the young man's life by racing with him in marathons around the country, is Humanitarian of the Year. Michael Murphy of Florissant, MO, a Marine Corps veteran and Navy reservist who tackled a cinderblock-wielding man attacking women in two cars, is Central Region Hero of the Year

David Crestik of El Cajon, CA, Western Region Hero of the Year, spotted smoke coming from a home and carried an injured resident to safety. Evangeline Johnson, of Southfield, MI, who is receiving the Carrier Alert Award, helped a woman and her daughter escape from a house engulfed in flames. Patrick Byrne of Lynn, MA, an Army veteran who helps others break through the stigma of substance abuse after losing his own son, will receive the Education Award.

Lars Edleblute of York, PA, who saved a boy who had run from his mother and jumped a fence onto a highway, is Eastern Hero of the Year. Letter carriers from Syracuse, NY, who delighted a seriously ill child by organizing a parade of postal trucks and other community service vehicles to welcome him home after months in the hospital, will get the Branch Service Award.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Heroes of the Year will be honored by NALC President Fredric Rolando at a special luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Go to http://nalc.org/heroes for further information on the Heroes, including video, audio and text.

Macy's "Shop For A Cause" Raises More Than $3 Million For The March Of Dimes

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd P. Dezen, (914) 997-4608, tdezen@marchofdimes.or

Macy's annual charity event helps fund critical March of Dimes® programs

White Plains, New York, Sept. 13, 2016 - Macy's "Shop For A Cause" event has shown that superheroes come in all shapes, sizes and ages. This year's three-day shopping event, held August 26-28, raised more than $3 million to benefit March of Dimes programs to give more babies a fighting chance.

At Macy's Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Ga., three superhero children came out to support Macy's Shop for A Cause, a three-day shopping event, held August 26-28 across the country. Superheroes came in all shapes, sizes and ages and helped raise more than $3 million dollars for the March of Dimes mission to give every baby a fighting chance. (John Amis/AP Images for Macy's) (PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes)

"Once again, we are humbled by Macy's associates and their customers' super heroic fundraising efforts," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "Thanks to this incredible support, Macy's is making a real difference in the lives of moms and babies across the country. This year's amazing success will allow us to help improve the health of even more babies in local communities."

The March of Dimes was the exclusive national beneficiary of the in-store and online savings pass for this year's "Shop For A Cause". When giving $5, customers were supporting life-saving breakthroughs for babies, while receiving a savings pass to enjoy special discounts at Macy's.


Now in its 11th year, "Shop For A Cause" has grown from a one-day to a three-day shopping event created to support local and national charities' fundraising efforts. Since the start of Macy's partnership with the March of Dimes, the retailer has raised more than $25 million for the cause, including $18 million from Shop For A Cause.

"Thanks to the generosity of our associates and customers, Macy's Shop For A Cause program has supported the fundraising efforts of thousands of national and local charities again this year," said Holly Thomas, Macy's group vice president of cause marketing. "We are delighted to continue connecting with our communities and giving back to causes that are truly making a difference."

For more information about the program, visit http://shopforacause.macysinc.com/

A Solution to Police Violence Against Hispanics. MUST READ!

By Victor Holman, (202) 415-5363

I am a big fan of your work and respect the large following you have been able to accumulate over the years. I am writing this letter b/c I have a solution to end the police violence against innocent unarmed African Americans, which has impacted our communities and become a key topic of discussion within the media.  I am done talking. IT’S TIME FOR ACTION!

The Solution
In one week, I will be launching a new mobile application and website called CopCritic. CopCritic is the first live streaming mobile application and website focused specifically on ensuring safe interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Check out the 2 minute video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKMERVEkIU

CopCritic allows the public to view, monitor, rate, comment on and escalate situations where officers are over aggressive or someone’s life is in danger.


The CopCritic application and 3 Ls process is designed to de-escalate potential life threatening situations during routine stops. Here's how it works: •User pushes the Live Stream button when confronted by police
•CopCritic notifies app user’s emergency contacts and sends them link to live stream
•CopCritic app broadcasts the live interaction with police
•Stream is archived to a channel based on the police station and location
•Public can view live and archived streams
•Viewers can rate, comment on and escalate live streams
•Data gathered from ratings, comments and forum posts are used to help improve knowledge and training for law enforcement
CopCritic Mission and Goals

The mission of CopCritic is to end the avoidable violence, which law abiding citizens sometimes encounter when interacting with police. To balance the systemic injustices and unfair treatment that ultimately lead to excessive force and shootings.

To disarm the tensions police have when approaching minorities, and to ensure both party’s safety.

To help law enforcement understand what is considered good and poor behavior from the public's perception.

And to provide law enforcement with data and analytics to help the better understand the communities they serve and improve training.


Why We Need Change
•Police have killed at least 1,624 people in 2015 & 2016.
•198 of them were unarmed.
•Only 10 cases have resulted in an officer being charged with a crime.
•According to a recent nation wide survey, 61% of officers do not always report serious abuse by fellow officers. And 52% turn a blind eye to excessive force committed by fellow officers.
•With CopCritic, we will be able to identify officers that have a history of aggressive behavior, and get them the proper training they need before another tragic accident occurs.
It’s time for transparency in these incidents!

According to statistics 11 million Blacks and Hispanics will get pulled over.
716,000 will get searched and 386,000 will experience excessive force.

This means that we, and our cell phones, may be the only line of defense when it comes to incidents with aggressive and abusive law enforcement officers

I Need Your Help!
In order for us to make a REAL difference, I need you to share my mission with your followers and friends. THIS IS OUR CHANCE. You and I must encourage people to take a stance and make real change. This application WILL SAVE LIVES. Because BLACK LIVES MATTER!

I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, September 13th. Funds raised will help me cover the hardware, bandwidth, data analytics and law enforcement training expert costs. The Kickstarter campaign can be found at the following link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339738421/255422909?token=4faf1030

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you’d like to discuss further.  Thanks!

Lessons I Learned Working with Mother Teresa

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Susan Walters, Catholic Relief Services, (410) 925-8268 (cell), susan.walters@crs.org

CRS' Sean Callahan knew the woman who is about to become a Saint

Baltimore, Maryland, Aug. 30, 2016 - Sean Callahan remembers what it was like to work with Mother Teresa. "In those days my vocabulary consisted of two words, 'Yes Mother, Yes Mother, Yes Mother,'" says the Chief Operations Officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Vice President of Caritas Internationalis.
Lessons I Learned Working with Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa during her visit to Catholic Relief Services in May 1996, Baltimore, MD. Photo from CRS Archives. (PRNewsFoto/Catholic Relief Services)

On September 4, 2016, Blessed Mother Teresa will become Saint Teresa of Kolkata. Callahan knew her when he was CRS' East India Zonal Director in Kolkata (then called Calcutta) beginning in 1994. He continued a longstanding relationship between CRS and Mother Teresa that dated to a few years after she and her Missionaries of Charity began to bring care and love to people who were infirmed, poor, and dying in the early 1950s.

"She was very petite and spoke in a soft voice so I was always leaning into hear what she was saying," says Callahan who has a photo of Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on his desk at CRS headquarters in Baltimore. "Often, she would wrap her hands around your hands and hold you there while she spoke."

When Callahan arrived in Kolkata there were 3 million people living on the streets, 1 million of them were children.

"The need for help in Kolkata was immense at that time," says Callahan. "With so many people living on the streets, the desperation and sickness was everywhere. Mother started the Center for Dying because she couldn't let the last moments of these peoples' lives be lived alone."

CRS' began working in India in 1946 to help the local Church in Bombay provide food to people recovering from World War II. A decade later, Msgr. Alfred Schneider, then CRS' director in India, heard of a nun serving the poor in Kolkata. He soon met Mother Teresa at an informal school CRS supported and visited her Home for the Dying set up in warehouses. Schneider then raised the money for Mother Teresa's first ambulance and arranged for her to speak to a group of Catholic women in the United States, her first international publicity.

CRS was soon working with the Missionaries of Charity on child feeding programs and assistance to families in Calcutta. The relationship grew as the Missionaries of Charity became CRS' largest partner in East India. Sisters were assigned to work with CRS.

Illness forced Callahan to leave India in 1995. As he was arranging his departure, he told Mother Teresa and she said she wanted to visit him on an upcoming trip to the United States. Rearranging a carefully-planned itinerary, she came to CRS headquarters in May, 1996, the year before she died.

"We felt we were in the presence of a saint," says Callahan. "She gave her life to helping people in their most difficult conditions and created a mission for religions and lay persons to follow in her footsteps."

Henry Cardenas, 30 year Associate of Juan Gabriel and President & CEO Cardenas Marketing Network Makes Statement

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Diana Baron, diana@dbaronmedia.com, 310.315.5444, http://dbaronmedia.com/

See this for Ticket Refund Information for Juan Gabriel's MéXXIco Es Todo Tour 2016

Santa Monica, California, Aug. 29, 2016 - "It is with great sadness that we learned early yesterday of the passing of our friend, colleague and creative partner, the great Juan Gabriel. For more than three decades it has been our privilege to produce the onstage creative vision of one of the most extraordinary talents the world has ever seen. Everything Juan Gabriel did, he did from his heart. He was a man of compassion and generosity in his music, in his charitable works and also in his live performances, where he felt compelled to give back to his audiences for the love they had shown him. He was also a loving father and grandfather and we hope fans and media will grant his family time to grieve in private," Henry Cardenas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cardenas Marketing Network, Inc. (Photo at left)


Late last night, Juan Gabriel's son Ivan Aguilera released this statement: "My father's untimely passing is a tragic loss for all of us, his family, colleagues, and fans alike. We give heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of condolences we have received from around the world including from President Enrique Pena Nieto. We know that our father will miss entertaining his countless fans, who brought him tremendous joy in life."

It was just a week ago that Juan Gabriel kicked off a twenty-two-city tour, "MéXXIco Es Todo 2016". More popular than ever, he was selling out in city after city. Fans who have purchased tickets for upcoming shows may request refunds at Ticketmaster.com or their point of purchase.

MoneyGram Announces Zero-Fee Transactions for Red Cross Donations Following Italy Earthquake


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Buckalew, media@moneygram.com, 214-979-1418

Company providing additional support for Save the Children with earthquake relief efforts throughout affected regions

Dallas, Aug. 24, 2016 - MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) today announced a waiver for all transaction fees for donations to the Red Cross in an effort to support the earthquake disaster recovery currently underway in Italy in response to the devastating 6.2-magnitude quake that occurred Wednesday, August 24. The fee waiver applies to all donations submitted from now through September 30, 2016.

"Our thoughts are with those directly impacted by the devastating earthquake that struck Italy. To aide in the relief efforts underway, MoneyGram will again pledge our support to help those heroically saving lives," said Pete Ohser, executive vice president, Europe and Americas. "Whether it's providing our financial services and global network to connect families around the world on a daily basis or helping communities recover during a crisis, MoneyGram is committed to serving our customers and the communities in which they live."


In addition to the fee waiver for Red Cross donations, the MoneyGram Foundation is also providing support through donations made to disaster relief and emergency response efforts initiated by Save the Children for disasters like the earthquake that struck Italy.

Save the Children, a global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, is focusing current relief efforts on providing child-friendly safe places in which children can interact with trained staff as they process the disaster.

Donations can be made at www.MoneyGram.com or any of the MoneyGram agent locations in the U.S. All donations should be submitted to "Red Cross Disaster Relief " under receive code 2540. Any dollar amount will be accepted up to a maximum of $249.99 per transaction.

One Year Later, Heroic Firefighter Who Underwent Most Extensive Face Transplant Is Thriving

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Surgical Team from NYU Langone Medical Center Continues to Report Milestones – Including No Episode of Organ Rejection

New York, Aug. 24, 2016 - The severely burned Mississippi firefighter, who captivated the world when he successfully underwent the most extensive face transplant ever performed, is thriving one year after his historic surgery, according to his medical team at NYU Langone Medical Center. Among his many milestones, he has never had an incident in which his body has attempted to reject his new face – an unprecedented achievement among those who have had the procedure.


Patrick Hardison, 42, who was injured in the line of duty in 2001, has had several follow-up procedures since his transplant, principally to adjust his new eyelids and lips, and to remove the feeding tube from his abdomen and the breathing tube from his trachea. As a result, he has been able to return to activities he loves but had been unable to partake in since his accident, including driving a car and swimming.

"The surgery has truly given me back my life," says Hardison. "I go about my day just like everyone else. It's allowed me to do things with my family that I had not been able to do. I can't tell you what a sense of freedom it is to even drive my kids to school. We recently went on a family vacation to Disney World, and I swam in the pool with them – something I hadn't done in 15 years."

Hardison also adds: "There are no more stares, no more frightened children running away from me. I'm pretty much just a normal guy. Now, I want to help others to pursue this type of surgery, especially fellow firefighters and members of the armed services. There definitely is hope."

Detailing Medical Milestones


Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, the chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone and the surgeon who led the team of over 100 medical professionals that performed Hardison's transplant, points to three significant milestones in his recovery: The absence of a rejection episode; the normal function of Hardison's new eyelids; and the execution and achievement of the most extensive soft tissue clinical face transplant to date.

"We are amazed at Pat's recovery, which has surpassed all of our expectations," Rodriguez says. "Most significant is the lack of a rejection episode. We believe this has much to do with the methodical approach we took in the matching process to ensure that Patrick's donor provided the most favorable match. Doing so also has allowed us to reduce the levels of certain medications that Pat takes to prevent rejection."

Rodriguez also concludes that including selective facial bone structure in addition to the chin of the donor provided natural bone marrow stem cells to help the transplanted face thrive following the surgery, and provided the necessary positional support for the facial soft tissues.

The successful transplant of the donor's eyelids and blinking mechanisms also has been particularly important, as Hardison was in danger of losing his sight and had been unable to perform independent daily tasks. Blinking enables the body to appropriately hydrate and clean the eyes to prevent infection and preserve vision.

HITN Explores the Wild Side of Nature with Special Programming to Celebrate National Wildlife Day

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Angel Audiffred, (646) 731-3627, aaudiffred@hitn.org


Brooklyn, New York, Aug. 22, 2016 - HITN-TV, the network that provides entertaining programing that aims to educate the U.S. Hispanic audience, will celebrate National Wildlife Day on September 4th with special episodes, and documentaries featuring our nation's wildlife.

HITN's National Wildlife Day line-up will air Sunday, September 4th from 12:00 PM - ET (9:00 am - PT) through 12:00 AM - ET (9:00 pm - PT).


The line-up of programs includes a one-hour special that introduces viewers to Dr. Andrea Marshall, the first person in the world to complete a PhD on manta rays, and her journey to preserve the management of the enigmatic and overfished manta ray population of Mozambique. The line up also includes a documentary that follows the story of zoologist, Martin Hughes-Games and his team dedicated individuals who's lifework is to save the young of endangered animals - who are the key to preserving some of our planet's most critically species. And much, much more.

"By presenting this programming on the National Wildlife Day, our viewers will learn the stories of the men and women working worldwide to make a difference by helping to save and preserve some of our planet's most vulnerable species," said Florentina Almonte, HITN-TV's Director of Programming.

For more information, visit  www.hitn.org

MoneyGram Waives Transaction Fees for Donations to American Red Cross After Devastating Louisiana Flooding

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Buckalew, media@moneygram.com, 214-979-1418

Company also supports AmeriCares and Save the Children USA with flooding relief efforts in affected areas


Dallas, Aug. 19, 2016 - MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) today announced the company is waiving transaction fees for donations to the American Red Cross in an effort to support disaster recovery and relief efforts in Louisiana in response to the recent devastating floods. Fees will be waived on all donations up to $249.99, submitted from today through September 30, 2016.

"In the wake of the catastrophic floods in Louisiana, it is our mission to support those on the front lines of emergency response," said Pete Ohser, MoneyGram's executive vice president, Americas and Europe. "Together with the American Red Cross, we are focused on providing financial assistance to impacted communities in such a crucial time."

In addition to the fee waiver for Red Cross donations, the MoneyGram Foundation is also providing support through donations made to emergency response efforts initiated by AmeriCares and Save the Children USA for disasters such as the flooding across Louisiana.


AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization, has deployed emergency response experts to Baton Rouge in order to provide affected families critical access to medicine and relief supplies.

Save the Children, a global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, is focusing current relief efforts on delivering aid while also supporting children currently living in evacuation centers. The organization estimates that 10,000 children have been affected thus far.

Donations to the Red Cross can be made at https://secure.moneygram.com/ or any MoneyGram agent location in the U.S. The MoneyGram fee for all donations submitted to "American Red Cross Disaster Relief" under receive code 2540 will be waived up to a maximum of $249.99 per transaction.

Colgate Fields Largest Multicultural Oral Care Survey In The U.S. Revealing That Diverse Communities Have Strong Sense Of Responsibility Around Improving And Maintaining Optimal Oral Health

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Citlalic Peralta, 212-798- 9526, Citlalic.Peralta@CohnWolfe.com

Oral care leader provides tools and resources to empower multicultural Americans to close the oral care information gap


New York , Aug. 17, 2016 - Colgate today revealed the results from a national oral health care survey1 of more than 3,000 multicultural Americans, specifically Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. The survey sourced questions from leading dental associations including the American Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, and the National Dental Association, which promotes oral health equity among people of color. Results revealed that diverse communities have a stronger sense of responsibility when addressing oral health issues, reporting more frequent brushing, flossing and mouthwash use than the overall U.S population. In spite of reportedly excellent at-home oral health care, however, multicultural Americans still experience higher rates of overall oral health issues such as cavities, plaque build-up or bleeding gums.

While these groups lead in conscientiousness around oral health and self-reported having "good" and "excellent" oral health, disparities remain in these multicultural communities, which may be due to access to care issues such as language barriers or lack of dental insurance and a lack of information around best practices and habits.

Below are some of the key findings from the Colgate multicultural oral care survey:

1. On average, 80% of the multicultural Americans report brushing their teeth 2-3 times per day, compared to 75% of the general U.S. population
2. Nearly two-thirds of all multicultural Americans don't visit an oral health professional regularly, as recommended, even if they are aware of the recommendation
3. Most multicultural groups surveyed have experienced at least one oral health problem in the past six months including cavities, yellow or stained teeth, plaque buildup or bleeding gums

According to the survey, most multicultural Americans report that they are taking their oral health more seriously today to avoid problems, all with a common goal to invest more time into the health of their teeth and gums.


"We know that a little information can go quite a long way, particularly in this fast-paced world we all live in," said Dr. Marsha Butler, Vice President of Global Oral Health and Professional Relations. "Colgate is committed to providing accurate, relevant information to all Americans so that current and future generations can enjoy excellent oral health."

In an ongoing effort to close the information gap and promote better oral health among all Americans, Colgate not only partners with leading dental organizations, but also shares this message through partnerships with community events, relevant spokespersons and media partners.

One key effort is the Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures® program, which brings education and smiles to under-served children in the U.S. and worldwide with nine state-of-the art, mobile dental vans equipped to screen children for common oral health conditions. The dental vans are based in hub-cities and travel to under-served rural and urban communities in the U.S. to help raise awareness about the importance of children's dental health. With this program, Colgate has reached more than 100 million children in the United States.

To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com

Rémy Martin® Partners with Actress Jackie Cruz for Circle of Centaurs Mentorship Program

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Akbar Hamid, 646.334.5489, akbar@the5thcolumnpr.com
By Christina Clum Remy, 646.731.1601, christina.clum@remyusa.com

Celebrating one's many talents, brand offers mentorship opportunity to aspiring singer

New York, Aug. 17, 2016 - Rémy Martin Cognac is launching its 2016 Circle of Centaurs mentorship program with multi-talented actor, singer and photographer Jackie Cruz. The program is an extension of the brand's One Life/Live Them campaign that recognizes and celebrates individuals' many talents. The mentorship initiative with Jackie Cruz is one in a series of Rémy Martin Circle of Centaurs programs this year. Each initiative will give one individual the opportunity to be mentored by someone who has demonstrated an ability to explore his or her many inner talents.

While Cruz is best known for her role as an actress on the Netflix hit series Orange Is The New Black, she is also an exceptional singer, talented musician, and aspiring photographer. Recognizing that today's consumer is not defined by one discipline, the Circle of Centaurs program seeks to inspire others who want to explore their own many talents. Cruz will serve as a mentor for Circle of Centaurs in the category of singing. Through an online competition, consumers will be asked to submit a 30 to 60 second video of an original song showcasing their vocal skills. One lucky winner will have the opportunity to be mentored by Cruz one-on-one, as well as receive a cash prize to help further his or her singing interests.

"Today's consumers are not defined by one skill and should be recognized for their many talents," said Emma Medina, Vice President of Rémy Martin the Americas. "Jackie's myriad of talents make her an ideal partner for Rémy Martin's Circle of Centaurs program. We are excited to see her bring to life the One Life/Live Them concept."

The One Life/Live Them campaign was launched in 2015 and was inspired by Rémy Martin's core principles that its founders used to establish the company more than 290 years ago. Supporting the community, highlighting skills and revealing the talents of people and nature, honoring craftsmanship and embracing the luxury of time enables Rémy Martin to cultivate the most premium products. It is this depth of history and skillful mastery that goes into every bottle of Rémy Martin Cognac.

"I don't have one dream, I have many, and I believe everyone should cultivate their many talents to live a rich and fulfilling life," said Cruz. "That's why the One Life/Live Them campaign and Circle of Centaurs program really resonate with me. I am honored and delighted to work with Rémy Martin and have the opportunity to mentor an aspiring musician and help them fulfill his or her dream."

Competition rules and regulations can be found on www.RemyMartin.com, along with a series of videos relaying Cruz's aspirations, inspirations, and advice to an audience looking to pursue their many passions.  http://www.remymartin.com/us/circle-of-centaurs/

New Era Signs Deal With Chivas

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Dana Marciniak, 716-604-9039, dana.marciniak@neweracap.com

New Era Mexico launches the biggest collection to date for a Mexican team

New Era, the world's leading sports and lifestyle headwear brand, announces a partnership with Club Deportivo Guadalajara, the soccer club with the biggest Mexican fan base in the world on August 17, 2016. (Photo Credit: New Era Cap) (PRNewsFoto/New Era)

Buffalo, New York, Aug. 17, 2016 - New Era, the world's leading sports and lifestyle headwear brand, is proud to announce a partnership with Club Deportivo Guadalajara, the soccer club with the biggest Mexican fan base in the world.

The debut collection, launching in Mexico in August and in the US later this year, celebrates 110 years of Chivas history. The collection is made up of 69 different styles and features six different club logos from the clubs history. The brand's iconic 59FIFTY fitted cap will be featured alongside the 9FIFTY Snapback, 39THIRTY stretch fit and specific styles for kids and women.

"We are excited to partner with Club Deportivo Guadalajara to continue providing soccer fans in Mexico and around the world with premium headwear," said David Perez, Country Manager of New Era in Mexico. "New Era's is committed to expand its international reach, partnering with Mexico's biggest club was a natural progression."

With 96 years of traditional sports heritage and as the official cap supplier for MLB, and the NFL, New Era is dedicated to bring consumers a mix of fan and lifestyle-inspired products through innovative designs and global partnerships.


About New Era
Since 1920, New Era has been hand-crafting the finest headwear in the world. Today, with apparel and accessories lines, the brand is a market leader rooted in sports and an influencer of street and lifestyle culture around the globe. With over 500 licenses in its portfolio, New Era is the brand of choice in the worlds of sport, fashion, music and entertainment. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., and its products are sold in more than 80 countries. For more information on New Era's global offices and partnerships, visit https://www.neweracap.com/ and social channels @neweracap.

Florida Pastor Begins Never Trump, Never Hillary Campaign


By National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, (916) 919-7476, info@nhclc.org
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Urges Hispanics to Not Vote for Flawed Candidates

West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 8, 2016 - Believing both the Republican and Democrat presidential candidates hold beliefs and policy positions that are at odds with Evangelical Hispanics, Florida pastor Eddie Rodriguez has begun a campaign to urge like-minded Hispanic voters to not pander to either side. Instead he is challenging fellow Latinos to stick by their core beliefs, even if it means not supporting either candidate for President in 2016, unless they demonstrate significant changes in their representations or rhetoric.

"With more Hispanics self-identifying as Evangelical, Latinos are becoming an important voting block; we need to show the candidates and the parties that our vote is not a given, but rather must be earned," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, founder of A Place Called Hope Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization representing 40,000 churches in America and another 500,000 worldwide. He previously served as the superintendent of the Florida Multicultural District of the Assemblies of God, and also founded Love Tabernacle In West Palm Beach and a church in Asuncion, Paraguay.

In urging his fellow Latinos to abstain from supporting either 2016 presidential candidate, Rodriguez stresses the main points in which Hispanic Evangelical's differ from them. In addition to Republican candidate Donald Trump's lack of a social or financial plan for the country, Rodriguez noted that his rhetoric shows a lack of compassion for the disenfranchised, including immigrants, Muslims and other minority groups. Another important concern for Rodriguez is a heart issue, as he believes it is disconcerting for Trump to say that he has never nor will ever apologize to anyone, not even God.


On the other side, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's position on abortion is a hindrance Rodriguez believes keeps Hispanic Evangelicals from offering her their support. He also cautioned that conservative values would be threatened by her administration's appointment of liberal judges that will do violence to the Constitution and a biblical worldview.

"Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump have substantively articulated the road to legitimacy for millions of illegals with American-born children who live productive lives, which is a huge human issue in our reality," Rodriguez said.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (no relation), NHCLC president, emphasized that Pastor Eddie Rodriguez reflects the angst of the Hispanic Evangelical community, and his challenge demonstrates that many Latino voters remain undecided, reflecting an opportunity for both candidates to address matters of importance and concern to the Hispanic community.

"The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference represents people and groups with a wide variety of viewpoints," said Samuel Rodriguez. "We are a big tent that allows for meaningful dialogue on important cultural issues. As an organization, we have never and will never endorse a candidate or a political party. Our commitment to the Lamb's Agenda – not to the Donkey or the Elephant – remains stronger than ever. And, this election cycle demonstrates an unprecedented need for an independent Christian movement to emerge."

Girl Scouts of the USA and Disney Channel Team Up to Inspire Girls to Lead

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Girl Scouts of the USA Press R., media@girlscouts.org, 212-852-8525,
By Disney Channel Media R., 818-955-7446, Dana.Green@disney.com,
By Erica McCearley, 818-569-5015, Erica.McCearley@disney.com

Girl Scouts of the USA encourages girls and their families to practice leadership skills the Girl Scout way with inspiration from Disney Channel's new animated series Elena of Avalor

New York and Burbank., Calif., Aug. 2, 2016 - Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership. The collaboration brings GSUSA's focus on leading like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel's recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Available in English and Spanish beginning today, the Guide showcases leadership activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage their preschool through fifth-grade girls in to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.


"Since 1912, Girl Scouts has proudly fostered a tradition of excellence that prepares girls, with the support of their families, to boldly take the lead in their lives in the 'Girl' Scout way," said Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "Recognizing that leadership development for youth begins early-on, we are particularly excited to work with Disney Channel on this collaboration tied to Elena of Avalor, a wonderfully innovative program that emphasizes the importance of embracing the mantle of leadership to a new generation. Because, as we say at Girl Scouts, 'If the world needs more leaders, then we need more Girl Scouts!'"

Studies show early experiences in life impact leadership potential, and the family setting is the first place a child learns about how to be a strong leader.1 As uncovered by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), the disconnect between the command-and-control definition of leadership and the more aspirational types of leadership points to potential pitfalls in communicating with girls about the benefits of leadership development programs.2 Additionally, girls are not confident about having the essential skills and competencies they think of as most important for a leader.3 GSUSA, with its established legacy in preparing girls to be leaders, believes in a holistic approach to leadership, which is a key component of the new leadership guide.


"As we launch Elena of Avalor on Disney Channel, nothing is more important to us than using the impact that we know television has on our audience to showcase strong, ambitious role models for young girls. Our work with GSUSA will give us the chance to amplify that message and be a part of the largest community of young female leaders, by providing materials and inspiration that demonstrate every girl has the power to lead," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

Also debuting is the inaugural "Elena of Avalor—Scepter of Light Award," which will be presented to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. The Gold Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout can earn, with recipients demonstrating extraordinary leadership through "Take Action projects" and exemplifying compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage—the very leadership qualities that Elena of Avalor models. Award recipients will participate in events including Elena's Royal Debut at Walt Disney World in Orlando this August and a GSUSA event in Chicago in the fall.

ACEP Takes Issue With Media Reports That Blame Emergency Patients For Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mike Baldyga, 202-370-9288, mbaldyga@acep.org, www.emergencycareforyou.org

Washington, Aug. 1, 2016 - The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its Puerto Rico Chapter today jointly took issue with recent media reports blaming emergency patients for seeking care and for contributing to an ongoing fiscal crisis in the U.S. Territory ⎯ saying the statements put patients at risk.

"We need to provide alternatives for patients before blaming them for seeking emergency care," said Fernando Soto, MD, FACEP, president of Puerto Rico ACEP. "Many people in Puerto Rico are not able to get timely appointments with primary care physicians, let alone medical specialists. Some people also are seeking emergency care because they have the symptoms of an emergency, but it turns out they do not have medical emergencies. These people still should seek emergency care, because how are they supposed to know? Patients should not be put in the position of having to diagnose themselves. If you think you're having the symptoms of a medical emergency, seek emergency care."

Dr. Soto also took issue with using hospital admission statistics as a gauge for whether emergency visits were appropriate.

"There are many medical conditions, such as broken bones and some breathing issues, which require emergency care, but in many cases do not require hospitalization," said Dr. Soto. "In fact, it can save money if an emergency physician can treat and safely discharge patients from the emergency department without admitting them to the hospital. Emergency patients, when asked about whether they've attempted to contact their primary care physician answer that they did but could not resolve their issues or get follow up care. Many patients also are sent by the primary care physicians themselves."

In addition, Dr. Soto said that urgent care centers could be good options for minor medical conditions, but are not substitutes for emergency care. Nearly three-quarters of emergency physicians responding to an ACEP poll ⎯ including ones in Puerto Rico ⎯ said they treat patients every day that ended up in the ER after first seeking help in urgent care centers that were not equipped to care for them. Many people may feel they are saving time or money by going first to urgent care, but in instances of serious illness, that loss of time can be dangerous.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 96 percent of emergency patients need medical treatment within 24 hours.

"This is the News We've Been Dreading": March of Dimes Reacts to Reports of Local Transmission of Zika Virus in Continental U.S.


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd Dezen, 914-997-4608, tdezen@marchofdimes.org

White Plains, N.Y., July 29, 2016 - The March of Dimes today released the following statement from Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, PhD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, regarding the first locally-transmitted case of Zika virus by mosquitoes in the continental United States:

"This is the news we've been dreading. The March of Dimes is deeply concerned about reports of Zika virus transmitted locally by mosquitoes in Florida and the risks to pregnant women and their babies. It's only a matter of time before babies are born with microcephaly, a severe brain defect, due to local transmission of Zika in the continental U.S. Our nation must accelerate education and prevention efforts to save babies from this terrible virus. Federal, state and local authorities are doing the best they can with the limited resources available to them, but much more is needed.

"It is especially unfortunate that Congress adjourned for the summer recess last week without passing legislation to provide more federal resources to combat Zika. Congressional leaders should do everything in their power to ensure that they will be ready to send bipartisan legislation to the President's desk immediately upon their return in September."

The March of Dimes #ZAPzika campaign provides essential information on Zika protection in both English and Spanish:

1. Use spray, keep mosquitoes away: make sure it's EPA registered.
2. Say you will, embrace the chill: use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
3. If it's wet, it's a threat: remove still water.
4. Get protected, not infected: wear clothes to prevent bites. Use a condom to prevent sexual transmission.
5. If you suspect, then connect: call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.

Continuously updated information is available from the March of Dimes in English at www.marchofdimes.org/zika and in Spanish at www.nacersano.org/zika. Members of the public can ask questions in both languages at http://www.marchofdimes.org/ask-us.aspx#. The March of Dimes is circulating an online petition to demand action from Congress at marchofdimes.org/zikapetition."

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Logan University Creates First Formal U.S. – Cuba Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Partnership

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Denise Bentele, dbentele@commongroundpr.com

Agreement between Logan and Cuba's Institute of Sports Medicine creates opportunities for improved patient care, research and educational collaboration

St. Louis and Havana, July 26, 2016 - On the heels of a trip formalizing the arrangement, Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald has announced an extensive agreement between Cuba's Institute of Sports Medicine and Logan University to foster collaboration across many aspects of education, research and patient care. The agreement calls for faculty exchange and development, collaborative educational programs and chiropractic care for the Institute's athletes, staff and ultimately private Cuban citizens.

The initial actions include: the translation of Logan's online Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program into Spanish and incorporating a number of the Institute's acclaimed clinicians as instructors; Logan's active participation in the Sports Medicine section of Congress of Sports to be held in Cuba in November of 2017; and exchange opportunities for each organization's faculty, staff and students beginning in the spring of 2017.

Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald has announced an extensive agreement between Cuba's Institute of Sports Medicine and Logan University to foster collaboration across many aspects of education, research and patient care. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Clay McDonald, President of Logan University, Eduardo Antonio Becali Garrido, President of the National Institute of Sports Medicine and Recreation (INDER), Dr. David Parish, Program Director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation at Logan University, Dr. Jorge Pavel Pino Rivero, Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Lic. Roberto Leon Richard, First Vice President of INDER, Marta Licid (a)Ruiz Perez, Cuba's Director of International Relations (PRNewsFoto/Logan University)

Arrangements are currently being made to host the Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Dr. Jorge Pavel Pino Rivera, and other key officials from Cuba on Logan's campus this fall to explore additional opportunities.

"The prospect of working closely with one of the world's most highly regarded sports institutes and bringing chiropractic care to Cuba's elite athletes and ultimately to their public is an incredible opportunity for both of our students and faculty," said Dr. McDonald.

The Institute of Sports Medicine is the health care provider for elite athletes in Cuba and a subset of The National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER). INDER was created in 1961 after the Revolution when Fidel Castro announced an end to professional sports leagues and created a national amateur sports program, which governs all sport and recreation in Cuba. Sport is a core subject of the educational curriculum at all levels and is given equal weight with other educational subjects. Further, while the Institute, like much of Cuba's health care program, is significantly underfunded and lacking technology, it maintains a strong international reputation for quality of care.

Logan University began conversations with the Institute of Sports Medicine in late 2015, shortly after David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, Program Director of Logan's Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, and Leonard Ershow, DC, CASBSP, ART, NKT, CKTP, a chiropractor from Princeton, N.J. were invited to speak at Congreso Internacional de Medicina Deportiva in conjunction with the Federation of International Chiropractic Sports.

Statement from Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Pastor and President of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Regarding Donald J. Trump's Republican National Convention Speech

Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Kristin Cole, 972.267.1111, kristin@alarryross.com

Sacramento, Califorina, July 22, 2016 - "It's not enough to simply say you want to keep America safe, while marginalizing entire communities in the same breath. To keep America safe first requires that we bring America together. Mr. Trump can pursue building a wall, but he must also build bridges of hope to minority communities."

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the author of "Be Light" and the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which represents millions assembled in over 40,000 U.S. Churches and another 500,000 congregations worldwide and spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.

Latino Conservation Action Week, July 16 - 24, 2016

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire


Latinos across the country are celebrating #LatinoConservationWeek with over 100 events nationwide. (PRNewsFoto/Hispanic Access Foundation).

A full list of confirmed events is available at http://www.latinoconservationweek.com/index.php/events

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), Regarding the Attack in Nice, France



By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by tvn-2.com
By Kristin U. Cole, 615-289-6701, kristin@alarryross.com

Sacramento, California, July 15, 2016 - Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, representing millions of Evangelicals worldwide, today made the following statement regarding The Bastille Day attack in Nice, France:

"Today's terrible attack in the southern coast of France reminds us of the dark days in which we live. While yet grieving for the victims of the tragedies in our home country, we now turn our attention to Nice, where we join in mourning the heartbreaking loss of innocent lives.

"We are reminded in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, that in the beginning 'darkness covered the earth.' But God spoke and said 'let there be light' and immediately it was so.

"In that same spirit, individuals of faith must speak and act accordingly, being a light of support to those grieving and a light of hope to a world who is fearful of the next attack. Darkness has tried to cover the face of the earth once again, but we have the opportunity to shine the light by standing for love not hatred."

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Calls for Churches to Lead the Way to Peace Following a Week of Horrific Violence

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By A. Larry Ross Communications, Kristin Cole, 972.267.1111, kristin@alarryross.com


President Samuel Rodriguez Encourages Christian Leaders Nationwide to Be Light

Sacramento, California, July 11, 2016 - Following an unprecedented week of racial violence across America, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) is today calling churches nationwide to become agents of peace and to rise up and become a light to the world, standing as "a bright city on a hill," as commanded by Jesus in Scripture.

"We live in dark times. The events that led to the deaths last week of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five law enforcement officers in Dallas showcase the evil and chaos that is prevalent in our world," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC. "As we begin a new week, now is the time to turn away from the darkness of hatred, bigotry, violence and intolerance and turn toward the light of love, truth and justice."

As a part of that challenge, NHCLC is calling for churches to "be light," by working with African-American pastors and churches in their corresponding communities to address issues and concerns while simultaneously constructing a preventive multi-ethnic firewall against disparities in law-enforcement practices and emphasizing the image of God, or Imago Dei, inherent within all individuals – regardless of race.


"We can either spend days, months and years condemning the darkness or with convicted deliberation we can turn on the light of love and forgiveness," said Rodriguez. "For when light stands next to darkness, light always wins."

Additionally, beginning this fall, NHCLC will launch the National Christian Leadership Conference, a multi-ethnic, Christ-centered, Bible-based coalition committed to a Christian civil rights movement focused on life, religious liberty, racial unity and educational equality.

NHCLC/CONEL is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

New Slate Of Grants For Innovative Cancer Research Brings Total Investment To $25 Million And Counting

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mary Kay Inc., 972.687.5332, corpcom@mkcorp.com

The Mary Kay Foundation Selects 13 Top Cancer Research Facilities for Grant Funding

Dallas, July 6, 2016 - As The Mary Kay Foundation℠ celebrates 20 years of pursuing its goals of eliminating cancers affecting women and ending the epidemic of domestic violence, the Foundation continues its steadfast mission by announcing a proposed slate of annual cancer research grants totaling $1.3 million to top medical schools and research facilities nationwide. This year's highly competitive grant slate brings the total investment for the fight against cancer by the Foundation to $25.2 million since its inception in 1996.


The Mary Kay Foundation selects 13 top medical schools and cancer research facilities to receive grant funding as part of the Foundation's annual Cancer Research Grant Program. This year's highly competitive proposed grant slate brings the total investment for the fight against cancer by the Foundation to $25.2 million since its inception in 1996

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 850,000 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2016. As the second leading cause of death in women, the Foundation continues its commitment to the cause by proposing 13 grants in the amount of $100,000 each. The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Scientific Review Committee, composed of prominent medical scientists and doctors, meticulously reviewed 58 applicants before recommending the proposed grants for some of the most-respected institutions in the country.

"As chair of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Scientific Review Committee for the past 20 years, it has been an honor to help the Foundation support innovative and promising research to ultimately make an impact on the lives of thousands, if not millions, of cancer patients worldwide," said Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Chair of The Mary Kay FoundationSM Scientific Review Committee. "It's imperative in science to push the boundaries of cancer research in a pursuit to develop early diagnostic tools and new treatments. With continued support through grants like these from The Mary Kay Foundation℠, scientists are afforded the critical opportunity for discovery."


In honor of Dr. Shay's commitment to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Scientific Review Committee, the Foundation also awarded a $250,000 endowment to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The Mary Kay Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Women's Cancer Research, in Honor of Jerry Shay, Ph.D., will be used to support continued efforts in women's cancer research.

From enhancing immune recognition of breast cancer using small molecules to precision imaging diagnostics to detect and target metastatic progression in breast and ovarian cancer as well as researching new therapies for triple-negative breast cancer, the Foundation's 2016 proposed grant slate includes a wide range of critical research.

"The Mary Kay FoundationSM is proud to support these promising researchers who are working on critical discoveries that will impact lives for the better," said Michael Lunceford, Mary Kay Inc. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chairman of the Board for The Mary Kay Foundation℠. "While the Foundation's research grant program is focused exclusively on cancers affecting women, we know these highly coveted grants continue to fuel new research benefitting all types of cancer."

Click here for more information about The Mary Kay Foundation℠ cancer grants at work: http://www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/CancerGrantsAtWork.aspx

Nuevo Hospital de Bocagrande from Cartagena, Colombia, has 99% of success in minimally invasive procedures in foreign patients

Doctor Nayib Zurita

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Lina Maria Monguí, lmongui@axoncomunicacion.biz, +57 1 6244244

Cartagena, Colombia, June 30, 2016 - El Nuevo Hospital de Bocagrande de Cartagena (NHBG) reported that the institution has become a reference for minimally invasive procedures or laparoscopic surgeries, which are carried out through small incisions, with the assistance of a video camera and allows the surgeon to see the surgical field within the patient.

Doctor Nayib Zurita, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons that accredits him as a specialist of high level standards in the United States, said the institution has had 99% of successful cases of minimally invasive procedures to foreigners and 97% in Colombian patients. He emphasized the quality of care is essential for national and foreign patients.

The specialist, coordinator for general and laparoscopic surgery of the Nuevo Hospital de Bocagrande, also said the benefits that receive the patients who were operated through this technique are related to lower costs of hospitalization. "For example, a bariatric surgery by laparoscopy practiced in overweight people, cost about 6.000 to 7.000 dollars, including hospital expenses, transfers and stay during the recovery time in a tourist town such as Cartagena (12 days). At hospital, patients will also have a recovery environment beneficial for them and their families thanks to the privileged view to the sea and the warm assistance".

The most common procedures by laparoscopy are those related to gastrointestinal issues: gall bladder, hernia, gastroesophageal reflux, adrenal, pancreas, liberation of adhesions, cecal appendix, benign and malignant pathology of colon and bariatric surgery.

2017 Acura NSX Supercar Claims Class Victory in North American Racing Debut at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Allie Coulter (Torrance) 310.614.2939]
By Eric Mauk (Ohio) 937.935.8092

- Acura NSX wins its North American racing debut by more than 11 seconds

- American-built NSX wins Time Attack 2 class at 100th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

- NSX-inspired Acura 4-Motor EV Concept finishes second in the Electric Modified Class

Pikes Peak, Colo., June 27, 2016 - The recently-launched 2017 Acura NSX claimed victory Sunday in its North American racing competition debut, climbing the 14,115-foot pinnacle of Pikes Peak and clinching first place in the Time Attack 2 class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the 100th anniversary of the running of America's second oldest race.

2017 Acura NSX Supercar Claims Class Victory in North American Racing Debut at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The production-based Acura NSX is powered by Acura's revolutionary three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ powertrain (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®), the first electrified torque vectoring powertrain in the world of exotic sports cars. With added required safety equipment for competition, the NSX negotiated the 12.42-mile course in a time of 10:28.820 to win the Time Attack 2 class of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Nick Robinson, North American R&D team member and engineer in charge of the next-generation supercar's dynamic performance, drove the production-based Acura NSX to victory. Nick is also the reigning PP250 winner from the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

"I'm incredibly happy to have won the Production Class with the new NSX!" Robinson reported. "The hard work the entire development team has put into the NSX over the past few years really paid off."


Two additional Acura vehicles - the NSX-inspired 4-Motor Acura EV Concept, driven by Tetsuya Yamano, and a modified 2017 Acura NSX, driven by Nick's brother, James Robinson – also campaigned in the race. Yamano finished second in the Electric Modified class in the NSX-inspired EV, posting a time of 9:06.015 (79.119 mph), which made him the third fastest on the overall charts. The Acura EV Concept's all-electric SH-AWD® powertrain boasts peak output three times the total system output of the CR-Z prototype that ran last year, featuring a world's first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation.

"For our new NSX to win one of the most historic and challenging races on the planet in its North American racing debut is a great achievement for everyone involved in creating the American-built supercar," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. "The performance of NSX in this year's race is a testament to Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA and will serve as a launching pad for future racing endeavors."

Consumer information is available at www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at http://acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles


About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.

The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance. The NSX is built in Marysville, Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Salsa in Toronto 2016 Now Presented by TD Bank


Por Bruna Aloe, Communications Manager, 416.744.5745, bruna@salsaintoronto.com

Multi-Year Commitment to Canada's Biggest Latino themed dance, music and culture festival includes the "Salsa on St. Clair" free weekend event

Toronto, June 16, 2016 - Toronto will be HOT-HOT-HOT this summer with a bigger and better Salsa in Toronto Festival running from June 30 to July 17. Long-time supporter TD Bank Group (TD) has made a multi-year commitment to the event, which culminates in the popular Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival, now in its 12th year.

The largest Latino-themed cultural celebration in Canada, the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival occurs over a three week period with a series of city wide events that kick off with Triple Latin Grammy winning Cuban Duo "Gente de Zona" concert on June 30th at 8pm and culminate in the 12th Annual Salsa on St. Clair free street festival on July 9th and 10th.

The Salsa on St. Clair festival was conceived and initiated by Telelatino Network in collaboration with the Hillcrest Village BIA in 2005 as a local event centred around the emerging St. Clair West streetscape of small Latino restaurants and businesses. The event has grown into a nationally recognized festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from across the region and beyond who love salsa and Latino culture. The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival brings an international calibre of Latin music and non-stop dancing in the streets of St. Clair, garnering attention from international major media such as CNN en Español, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Univision Network's biggest national shows, Despierta America and El Gordo y la Flaca.

"We are thrilled to expand our participation in Salsa in Toronto as title sponsor for the next several years," said Scott Mullin, Vice President Community Relations, TD Bank Group. "TD celebrates the vibrancy of Latin culture in Toronto with so many things to experience and enjoy! The Salsa in Toronto Festival captures them all."

"We are extremely proud of how our small Latino celebration has become one of the most important cultural festivals in the country and we are thrilled to continue working with TD Bank Group to grow the influence of Hispanic Canada in the years to come," added Aldo DiFelice, Canadian Salsa Festivals Project and Telelatino Network Inc. President.

The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival is also generously supported by the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario and the Hillcrest Village BIA and is produced by the Canadian Salsa Festivals Project, a federally incorporated Not-for-Profit organization.

For a full calendar of TD Salsa in Toronto Festival events go to
SalsainToronto.com

Joint Statement From NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez And William Jessup University President Dr. John Jackson On The Detestable Comments About The Orlando Terrorist Attack By Sacramento Pastor


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, (916) 919-7476, info@nhclc.org

Sacramento, California, June 15, 2016 - Today, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and senior pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, California, and Dr. John Jackson, president of William Jessup University, released the following joint statement condemning bigoted comments in regards to the June 12 terrorist attack on the LGBT community in Orlando made by Pastor Roger Jimenez:

"We stand resolved in our condemnation of the heinous attack that occurred in Orlando. We also condemn the detestable statements made by a pastor in Sacramento.

"The pastor's statements do not reflect genuine Christian faith, and as followers of Christ we disavow his bigotry.

"Also, as followers of Jesus Christ we stand in unity with our nation in offering love, prayer and a helping hand to the gay community. Everyone in America deserves to live their lives free from fear.

"It is the heart of Jesus to save, heal and deliver. Christian leaders lead people to the love, grace, truth and healing hope of Jesus, not to insensitive judgment.

"We pray for the gay community to experience the love and grace of Jesus and His people, both in Orlando and across the United States. We pray for safety for their community and for all Americans during this violent and unsettled time.

"As leaders in ministry, we are united in our grief and in prayer for those who have lost loved ones and those—even now—fighting for their lives.

"May God's truth, love and effective grace reach into our collective pain and suffering to bring beauty from the ashes of man's depravity, for the glory of God's name alone."

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL Regarding Terrorism Attack in Orlando June 12, 2016


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, (916) 919-7476, info@nhclc.org

Sacramento, California, June 12, 2016 - "Today's deplorable act of terrorism goes against everything we stand for as Americans and as Christians. Every life, deserves to be loved, cherished and respected. We mourn with the families of the victims and pray for those injured in Orlando. In addition, we call upon all Americans to come together for the purpose of building a firewall of love, grace, truth and respect against intolerance, hatred, bigotry and violence."


NHCLC/CONEL is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

Heritage Health Solutions Supports Southwest Military Wheelchair Basketball Conference

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Patti McCoy, 469.293.4109, pmccoy@heritagehealthsolutions.com

Flower Mound, Texas, June 8, 2016 - Heritage Health Solutions, Inc. (Heritage) is proud to team up with Texas Woman's University Project INVEST in support of the annual Southwest Military Wheelchair Basketball Conference (SMWBC).


"This is an exciting new endeavor for us," said James L. Rosengren, MHA, FACHE, Chairman and Executive Chairman of Heritage. "Because adaptive sports are another venue of superior veteran care, the choice to participate was a natural one."

The conference will be held June 17-19 at Flower Mound's Cross Timbers YMCA and kicks off Friday with a free basketball clinic for boys and girls. The clinic will introduce them to the rules and fundamentals of wheelchair basketball. Additionally, as a new feature this year, the Flower Mound First Responders will compete against Wounded Warriors that evening.

On Saturday, tournaments will begin at TWU's Pioneer Hall in Denton and run 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This event will feature co-ed wounded warrior basketball teams and showcase Southwest Texas' finest military wheelchair basketball teams. Winners of the Saturday games will compete for the championship on Sunday morning with an award ceremony at noon.


Now in its third year, the SMWBC builds teamwork, competition, fitness, and fun among military veterans from all branches of the service. The SMWBC also provides the opportunity for veterans to have fun and build camaraderie.

"This conference is a highly anticipated event each year," said Kent Robinson, SFC, US Army (Ret) founder of the SMWBC. "It shows veterans that, just because you have a disability, you don't have to be disabled; it doesn't mean you have to sit around on the couch. An active lifestyle is still out there, and it's waiting for you."

Heritage Health Solutions, a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), provides health care delivery and management, pharmacy services, medical cost containment, and telemedicine to federal, state, county, and municipal agencies.

The event is sponsored by Texas Woman's University Project INVEST and will highlight more than 35 veterans representing all military branches from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

"We are incredibly proud to be involved," said Ronald Davis, PhD, CAPE, founder of Project INVEST. "As our organization's goal is to return injured veterans to their lives through sports, we're seeing that events like these have huge benefits for them. Their perspectives are becoming far more positive."

For more information, visit www.heritagehealthsolutions.com

Mosquitoes And Diseases They Carry: Experts Say Control With Insect Screening

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Antwanette Rice, 205-345-2120, antwanette.rice@phifer.com

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, June 7, 2016 - As news of the Zika virus continues to dominate headlines, health experts recommend taking precautionary measures, including installing insect screening, to help prevent further spread of the mosquito-borne disease.


Warnings of the recent Zika outbreak gained traction earlier this year after the disease spread to almost every country in the Americas. On Feb. 1, the Zika virus was declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization. On April 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report confirming that the Zika virus can cause a rare birth defect called microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally-small heads and developmental issues.

While efforts to find a vaccine are underway, in the meantime, education and prevention are key. Installing or repairing damaged insect screens is a simple, low-cost home improvement that can be completed as a DIY project or by a local contractor. Phifer Incorporated, the world's largest and only Made in the U.S.A. manufacturer of insect screening, is actively participating in forums and on-site visits to brainstorm ideas for installing insect screening in various types of windows, doors and openings, including areas outside of the U.S. Other CDC-recommended precautions include wearing long sleeves and pants, applying insect repellent and placing netting over infant carriers when outside.

Mosquito-borne diseases account for millions of deaths annually. Other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include West Nile, yellow fever and encephalitis.

For more information on the complete line of Phifer insect screening products, visit the company website at www.phifer.com

ABOUT PHIFER
Founded in 1952 by J. Reese Phifer and located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Phifer is a family-owned, diversified manufacturer of woven wire, cutting-edge, fiberglass and polyester screen products for windows and doors, interior and exterior solar screening, sling and cushion furniture fabrics, drawn metal wire and engineered products used in a variety of industrial applications.

Statement by NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Regarding the Passing of TBN Co-founder Jan Crouch


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By NHCLC, Phone: (916) 919-7476, Email: info@nhclc.org

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and author of "Be Light" regarding the Passing of TBN Co-founder Jan Crouch.

Sacramento, Calif., June 3, 2016 - "All of Heaven must have stood when Jan Crouch walked through those gates. Jan didn't just live in history, she created it. Her work, with her dear husband Paul, literally made Christian television ubiquitous around the globe. The network they created spread the name of Jesus Christ further, faster than - perhaps - at any time in church history. The list of those whose lives were changed numbers at least in tens-of-millions, maybe hundreds-of-millions. I join with the TBN and Crouch family in mourning the loss of an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother, and I celebrate the life of a courageous pioneer in Christian media."

NHCLC/CONEL is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

NBA All-Star And Puerto Rico FC Owner Carmelo Anthony Announces 'Clasico De Futbol' Featuring Puerto Rico Futbol Club Vs Puerto Rico National Team On June 11th In New York City

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Sarah Cirkiel Gladstone (sarah@the-offense.com)
By Theresa Tran (ttt@the-offense.com) at The Offense

- Match Takes Place As Part Of The 59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend -

New York, May 31, 2016 - Today, Puerto Rico Futbol Club (PRFC) announces their first team visit to New York City to play in a pre-season match on June 11th. The Clasico De Futbol will see PRFC face off against the Puerto Rican National Team at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. Johns University, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30pm. The match is in preparation for the club's inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Brooklyn-born Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks' NBA All-Star and PRFC's owner, will host the players in NYC over the National Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend.


Anthony became owner of PRFC in June 2015 and has been working closely with the NASL to introduce the team and bring energy to the growing league and global market. With New York's strong ties to Puerto Rico and the immense popularity of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, where Anthony has been crowned this year's Parade King, he felt this was the perfect opportunity to introduce the island's newest sports franchise.

"Puerto Rico is part of my heritage, and in dedication of my father's birthplace, it's an honor to restore professional soccer with PRFC and support youth soccer projects with the Puerto Rico Football Federation," states Carmelo Anthony. "With the Puerto Rican Day Parade being an iconic institution and America's largest cultural celebration, we are excited for the team to participate and show our community appreciation."

To purchase tickets to the Clasico De Futbol match, please visit here or call 1-888-GO-STORM. Ticket prices for Center Sideline seats is $30 (groups of ten or more - $27), Sideline is $25 (groups of ten or more - $22), and General Admission is $20 (groups of ten or more - $17).


PRFC's inaugural season will kick off on July 2nd against the Indy Eleven at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Puerto Rico. To learn more about PRFC and to view the upcoming schedule, please visit http://www.puertoricofc.com/.

ABOUT PRFC - Puerto Rico FC is a football team based in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Founded in 2015, they are members of the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier in the American soccer pyramid. They are scheduled to debut in the 2016 fall season. They will play their home games at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.

ABOUT NASL - The North American Soccer League (NASL) is a professional men's soccer league with 12 teams: 9 in the United States, 2 in Canada and 1 in Puerto Rico. It is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) as the Division II league in the American league system, under Major League Soccer (MLS) and above the United Soccer League (formerly, USL Pro). It is headquartered in New York City.

Palm Beach Driving Club Joins Oriol Servia for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Shayna Keller, 1-561-5785638, skeller@irgse.com

Premier private members-only driving club partners with Oriol for the biggest day in motorsports history

Jupiter, Florida and New York, May 24, 2016 - IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a TPG portfolio company, and Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC) announced a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Oriol Servia during this week's Indianapolis 500. The veteran driver is piloting the No. 77 Honda of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 100th running of the prestigious open-wheel race.

PBDC is a premier members-only club located at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida and hosts a variety of track programs year-round. The exclusive club is prominently displayed on Mr. Servia's helmet designed by Troy Lee for the historic event on Sunday, May 29. His previous performances at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has produced two top-10 finishes with his career best of fourth in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 and a third-place qualifying effort in 2011. Mr. Servia qualified for this year's race in the 10th position while his teammate, James Hinchcliffe collected the pole position for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Driver Oriol Servia

"Congratulations to Oriol Servia and Schmidt Peterson Racing on their top-10 qualifying run for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500," stated IRGSE vice chairman and CEO Chris Lencheski. "The partnership with Oriol Servia is just one of many future initiatives IRGSE is working on for our expansion back into mainstream major league motorsports. Mr. Servia is a great ambassador for our exclusive driving club, PBDC, the Palm Beaches and the motorsports industry as a whole."

"In my career I have always tried to align myself with companies and groups of people I found interesting," stated Oriol Servia. "Partnering with Palm Beach Driving Club couldn't fit any better with that criteria and, as a race car driver an alliance with a private driving club couldn't be more fitting. I am really excited to represent PBDC and work on future projects with them."

PBDC offers weekly, year-round track programs to automotive enthusiasts exclusively at Palm Beach International Raceway. The elite club allows drivers to tailor the program to fit their lifestyle. The club's membership is made up of drivers of all levels of experience with a desire for practice sessions and races under the guidance of professional drivers. PBDC is undergoing an expansive multi-year capital improvement projects that will see new state-of-the-art client hospitality and higher-level lighting developed for nighttime televised racing and new club activities as just a few new additions. This year the road course has hosted large scale corporate programs with Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley and Cadillac to name only a few impressive automotive brands now using PBDC and PBIR to host their dealership groups and customers.


"The Palm Beach Driving Club and its members are proud to have a stake in the 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," remarked Aaron Weiss, president of Palm Beach International Raceway. "Oriol Servia's impressive qualify performance places him at the sharp end of the fight and we look forward to him translating it into a strong result."

The legendary 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for May 29, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information about PBDC, please go to www.RacePBDC.com

Burlington Stores Donate a Record Breaking $1.8 Million to WomenHeart as a Result of its 5th Annual Women's Heart Health Campaign

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Eva Maciejewski, WomenHeart, (202) 464-8737, emaciejewski@womenheart.org;
By Lauren Flanagan, M Booth, (212) 539-3248, LaurenF@mbooth.com

Burlington Stores and WomenHeart's 2016 partnership has helped to expand education, awareness and support for women living with and at risk for heart disease

Washington, May 24, 2016 - WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease announced today the donation of $1.8 million from the national off-price retailer Burlington Stores. This is the most significant donation since the partnership commenced in 2012. Funds raised will advance the organization's mission of providing education and support services to women living with or at risk for heart disease – the nation's leading cause of death in women

Since 2012, Burlington Stores and its customers have donated more than $6 million to WomenHeart, the nation's first and still only patient centered organization solely devoted to advancing women's heart health. The five year partnership has resulted in the expansion of education, awareness and free patient support services nationwide for women to empower them to take charge of their heart health.

Thanks to funds raised by Burlington Stores, WomenHeart has been able to enhance its National Hospital Alliance capacity-building program to reach women heart patients in underserved communities across the country, and establish and develop its Hispanic outreach and education initiative, Para la Mujer Hispana.

To kick off this year's campaign, Burlington Stores & WomenHeart were joined by Wendy Williams, Talk Show Host and heart health advocate, to serve as the voice and supporter of a #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge. Each day throughout February, people were encouraged to check the hashtag for fun and easy heart health tips from Wendy Williams, Burlington Stores and WomenHeart. They were then encouraged to snap a photo of how they are using that tip or simply show what heart health means to them using the hashtag. For every photo posted with #HealthyHeartSelfie, Burlington donated $1, up to $25,000, to benefit WomenHeart.


The campaign also included a heart health panel discussion in New York City, featuring Wendy Williams, along with Mayo Clinic's Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases and Founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and four WomenHeart Champions -- women heart disease survivors trained by WomenHeart as community educators, spokespersons and advocates -- as well as an in-store campaign that launched in all 526 Burlington stores across the country. Customers had the opportunity to donate $1 or more at check out at any Burlington store location through March 31, 2016 to further the organization's mission.

Additionally, on February 5th, National Wear Red Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 46 Burlington stores across the country (a store in each state/US Territory/District where Burlington has locations) hosted free women's heart health screenings in partnership with WomenHeart. Customers had the opportunity to get their blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol and BMI checked by a certified health professional, talk with WomenHeart Champions, and receive bi-lingual (English/Spanish) women's heart health information and tips for living heart healthy.


"We are truly grateful for the commitment of Burlington and their customers to women's heart health, and for continuing to make this important partnership a growing success year after year," said Mary McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of WomenHeart. "Through education and support, we can empower women to take charge of their heart health and prevent heart disease -- the leading cause of death in women. The Burlington Stores collaboration with WomenHeart helps us extend our reach to more women, especially African American and Hispanic women, who are at greater risk of heart disease."

"I am proud of the commitment and generosity demonstrated by our associates and customers nationwide. This year's women's heart health initiative was highly successful, raising the most funds ever in one year. The donation will help to save lives and further education women about the importance of their heart health," said Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO of Burlington Stores.

An Exclusive Interview with 'Popeye' A Criminal Mind on The Luis Network


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alma Jimenez, Alma@LuisNetwork.Com

New York, May 22, 2016 - (Alma Entertainment) - John Jairo Velasquez, known in Colombia as the "narcoterrorism era" and "Popeye," the top hit man for notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar in the '80s, will be sharing his most remnant details of a criminal mind in an exclusive interview with Luis Jimenez on the Luis Network this Monday, May 23rd 2016.

His previous admissions to the killings of close to 300 people, involving police officers, rival cartel members and civilians will just be a few of the gruesome stories "Popeye" will be sharing with the Luis Jimenez Show. He will also elaborate on the mastermind or killings more than 3,000 additional people through his decades of decapitating families by the thousands. Car bombings, explosions and kidnappings with the end result of a lengthened prison sentence and a heartfelt apology with a willful remorse.

"He was sentenced for my father's murder," said Juan Manuel Galan, the victim's son and a liberal senator. "He gave us the truth and asked for forgiveness. In my case, I forgive him."

Would you be so forgiving?

For exclusive details stay tuned to The Luis Network. Not registered yet?? Log onto https://www.luisnetwork.com/  You must register to get the demented details.

2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival hailed as a success

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Noelle Nicolls,l, (242) 376-9794, noelle@qtechcaribbean.com
By Kendea Smith,  (242) 397-2786, ksmith@bahamas.com

Nassau, Bahamas, May 17, 2016 - The second annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival presented by BTC was an extraordinary success, said Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Chairman Paul Major.

Highlights of the 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, clockwise from top left: Grammy award-winning artist Wyclef Jean, members of one of the participating Road Fever companies, arts and crafts in Da Cultural Village, and Fanshawn Taylor, the big winner of the Music Masters Song Competition. Along with a $20,000 cash prize, Fanshawn will have her hit recorded and produced by a renowned producer courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. (PRNewsFoto/Sony Music)

"We invested heavily to ensure there was a perfect dose of music, culture and vibes. That investment paid off in a big way. Inside Da Cultural Village during the day we had Rake n' Scrape, interactive cultural demonstrations and the first ever Junkanoo Carnival Regatta. Every night we had Bahamian and international entertainers electrify the thousands of patrons. And on Saturday, the Road Fever Parade and Aftermath concert provided a fantastic end to the three-day event," said Major.

"I think Saturday night was the most extraordinary. We probably had 20,000 people. People arrived at 1 am. trying to buy tickets," he said, referring to the closing concert, which featured Bunji Garlin, Willis and the Illest Band, Puzzle and Taurus Riley, to name a few.

Junkanoo Carnival started Thursday, May 5 with the opening of the Road to Carnival, a path from Festival Place in Downtown Nassau to Da Cultural Village, lined with sculptures by Beadle Works as directional signs. Tourists wound up at Da Cultural Village to take part in cultural contests; watch the regatta, taste uniquely Bahamian food, and participate in the hourly Junkanoo rush outs, among other things.

The nightly concerts were also spectacular with a major highlight of Friday's Mega Concert being the crowd-pleasing performance of Fanshawn Taylor, who won the Music Masters Song Competition with "Dig Up Da Road". Along with a $20,000 cash prize, Fanshawn will have her hit recorded and produced by a renowned producer courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. The promotional deal with Sony includes the design of cover artwork for the single; the coordination of a digital promotional tour in the US and Latin markets and the creation of a comprehensive social media branding strategy for one year, inclusive of a VEVO/YouTube artist channel for online promotion.

Wyclef Jean's exhilarating performance was another highlight along with the presentation of the Junkanoo Carnival theme song by Bahamian hit-maker D-Mac.

Wyclef expressed his love for the Bahamas to the thousands of people in Clifford Park; paying homage by incorporating a Junkanoo performance into his set.

Roscoe Dames, CEO of the BNFC said Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is having a phenomenal impact. "Everyone put their best foot forward for these events and can be proud of the roles they are playing in boosting the cultural industries. This is unique stuff we are doing here and it is clear that many Bahamians are embracing it."

"The Bahamas National Festival Commission is blessed to have an amazing title sponsor in BTC. They provided support for every aspect of the festival and through their BTC TV broadcasted the event in 12 Caribbean countries and across the world through their online streaming," said Dames.

Coachella Valley School District Reinvents Education

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Dr. Darryl Adams, Phone: 909.532.9072, darryl.adams@cvusd.us

Thermal, California, May 13, 2016 - Students from the Desert Mirage High School Aviation Academy accepted the keys to a donated fully operable Gulfstream GII on behalf of the new Jacqueline Cochran Discovery of Flight and Education Center.


In partnership with the airport, the Coachella Valley Unified School District launched the Aviation Academy in 2015 as part of the school district's Wall-to-Wall Academies and Full STEAM Ahead initiative: career-based programs around disciplines in Science, Technology, Engineering/Education, Arts/Athletics, and Math.

According to aerospace giant Boeing, the aviation industry is experiencing a shortage of skilled employees. Peni Nelson, Thermal Airport manager for Landmark Aviation, sees collaborating with the Coachella Valley Unified School District as an opportunity to trigger interest in young people.

"The airport is literally in our students' backyard. The jobs are out there. What an opportunity to introduce them to aviation right here at home through the aviation academy at the school district and now our new Jacqueline Cochran Discovery of Flight and Education Center," she said.

Two female students from Coachella Valley High School, who aspire to become pilots, also got to take their inaugural flight lessons during the event.

"I'm very grateful that I get this opportunity...there's [only] a handful of these academies in the United States, I'm grateful to have one in our community; [access to] this airport and new education center is going to open up doors and...motivate other young women and men to pursue their dream and do something in aviation," said junior Maria Barragan.

Like Coachella Valley Unified, more and more school systems are investing in academy models, as students enrolled in such programs have nearly a 100% graduation rate.

"The board was very adamant about having career academies that students will be able to graduate from with certifications," said Coachella Valley Unified Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams. "It helps their education go to another level. So, we're all very proud to see this come to fruition. If we help students find their passion in life, they never have to work a day in their life."

CVUSD is one of the poorest districts in California. 100% of its students are on free/reduced lunch. For more information about how CVUSD is reinventing education Click Here. Video:

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Court of Appeal Strikes Down Law That Barred Worker Access to the Courts


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By David Schwarz, (310) 277-1010 and DSchwarz@irell.com

Fresno, California, May 10, 2016 - The California Court of Appeal yesterday turned back efforts by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) to bar farm workers from exercising their constitutional right to challenge that agency's decisions in court. In a unanimous decision, the Fifth District Court of Appeal struck down as unconstitutional a 2002 law that stripped workers of their right to seek invalidation of unlawful ALRB decisions in Superior Court.

This case arose after a Gerawan farmworker Lupe Garcia filed a lawsuit in Fresno Superior Court in which he claimed that the First Amendment was violated when the ALRB refused to permit him to silently observe the ALRB's "on the record" proceedings concerning the terms of a contract to be imposed on him and all other Gerawan farm employees. Gerawan Farming supported Mr. Garcia in the Court of Appeal and in the Superior Court, and filed its own action seeking the same relief.


The 39-page decision in Garcia and Gerawan Farming, Inc. v. ALRB, Case No. F069896, held that the California Constitution barred the California Legislature from stripping workers of the right to bring claims in Superior Court. In reversing the dismissal of Mr. Garcia's lawsuit, the Court of Appeal directed the Superior Court to hear the employee's case.

In that lawsuit, Mr. Garcia argued that he, other farmworkers, and the public had a right "to attend and silently observe" ALRB on-the-record proceedings whereby this state agency imposed a forced collective bargaining "agreement," at the request of the UFW, on Gerawan Farming and its employees. Mr. Garcia argued that the UFW's longstanding abandonment of Gerawan's workers forfeited its status to represent him in this compelled contracting process. The UFW and the ALRB demanded secret proceedings and successfully barred Mr. Garcia and other Gerawan employees from attending. The Board gave no reason for why he was excluded. Mr. Garcia's suit and a companion suit by Gerawan will now return to the Superior Court for further proceedings.


The open hearing position advanced by Mr. Garcia and Gerawan was supported in the Court of Appeal by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, The First Amendment Coalition, and The California Newspaper Publishers' Association. These groups were represented by nationally recognized First Amendment expert UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh.

Gerawan co-owner Dan Gerawan stated, "While we are happy to return to the Superior Court and win again there, we wonder why the ALRB persists in its blatantly unconstitutional policy of barring workers from proceedings where their working conditions and wages are being addressed."

"We call on the ALRB to rethink its position and agree to open proceedings even if the UFW wants them closed. The ALRB must protect workers first and foremost. The secret hearing policy is obviously unconstitutional and the ALRB should stop wasting taxpayer dollars defending it."


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raises $4 million for children battling cancer, other life-threatening diseases during annual Univision Local Media event

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alex Flores, ALSAC, Office (901) 572-6905; Cell (901) 229-7757, Alex.flores@stjude.org
By Yvette Pacheco, Univision, 646-560-4879, ypacheco@univision.net, @UCIPRTeam

Memphis, Tennessee,  May 10, 2016 - Working with Univision Local Media, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raised $4 million during this year's Promesa y Esperanza® (Promise and Hope) radio event held in 17 media markets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on April 7-8.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7758752-st-jude-univision-promesa-y-esperanza/


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

By collaborating with Univision, coverage of the St. Jude mission extended across several of their platforms to reach Hispanic consumers from coast to coast who stay connected via its radio network, television affiliates, network programs, websites and social media. St. Jude content included more than 30 hours of radio programming and featured several patient family stories.

"I am proud of our steadfast commitment to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and our community through this annual radio event," said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. "St. Jude's mission and dedication to such an important cause aligns with our vision as a mission-driven Company and we are pleased to partner and create awareness and support among our radio listeners."

Univision radio listeners still have the opportunity to become Angeles de Esperanza (Angels of Hope) by pledging to make a monthly donation of $20 or more by calling 1-800-998-8432 or visiting promesayesperanza.org.

Since the partnership's inception in 2006, the St. Jude/Univision national radio event has raised more than $56 million dollars.


"The dedication and passion from everyone at Univision this year was truly remarkable," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "From radio talent who also shared their broadcasts on social media, to national TV personalities that told St. Jude patient families stories while proudly wearing a St. Jude lapel pin; their efforts will help St. Jude doctors and researchers find cures for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

Several Univision popular on-air personalities supported the event including: Javier Romero of Desayuno Musical, Raúl Brindis of El Show de Raúl Brindis, Alberto Sardiñas of Intimo, Enrique Santos of El Show de Enrique Santos, Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano of El show de Omar y Argelia, Fernanda Kelly of Lanzate, Raúl Molinar, Sylvia del Valle and Andrés Maldonado of El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo, Pancho Mercado and Rene Pineda of Uforia Nation, María Esther Mendéz, and Verónica Rivera of Más Variedad, Donaji and Ysaac Alvarez of K-LOVE, Pamela Silva Conde of Primer Impacto, Carlos Calderón of Sal y Pimienta, Lili Estefan of El Gordo y La Flaca, Maity Interiano, William Valdés, Karla Martínez and Alejandro Chabán of Despierta América, among others.

Participating Hispanic artists included: Chino y Nacho, Grupo Intocable, Banda El Recodo, Gerardo Ortiz, Maná, Alexis y Fido, Roberto Tapia, Los Huracanes del Norte, Banda Los Recoditos, Bárbara Padilla, Noel Torres, Jay Ruiz, Frankie J., Duelo, Kevin Ortiz, Régulo Caro, Fey, Mario Bautista, Villa 5, Jorge Celedón, Jesús Mendoza, La Maquinaria Norteña, La Energía Norteña, La Reunión Norteña, Alto Mando, La Alianza Norteña, Los Pescadores del Río Conchos, Costumbre, Los Gallitos, Arsenal, La Fiera De Ojinaga, Grupo Control, among others.

The Bayat Foundation Partners With The Starkey Hearing Foundation To Bring Hope, Healing And Hearing To The Dominican Republic

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Kabul, Afghanistan, May 5, 2016  - Fulfilling its mission to serve people in need—wherever they may live—The Bayat Foundation, Afghanistan's leading health and social development organization, completed a three-day hearing care mission April 18-20 in the Dominican Republic in support and sponsor of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

A young girl in the Dominican Republic celebrates hearing for the first time with Bayat Foundation Chairman Ehsan Bayat (PRNewsFoto/Bayat Foundation)

The senior leadership of the Bayat Foundation volunteered to give the gift of hearing to people in need. Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman, and Ms. Leah Bayat of the Bayat Foundation joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation's hearing health specialists and mission team to provide hearing health care to more than 1,200 people living in the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros.

Joining the Bayat and Starkey Hearing Foundation service teams was world champion boxer Evander Holyfield who inspired the patients to achieve their potential.

Following the Santo Domingo hearing mission, the mission team traveled to Santiago de los Caballeros, the capital of Santiago Province. There, from April 19-20, the mission team established a Hearing Health Care Center at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, and provided hearing devices for more than 350 people living in Santiago de los Caballeros and the surrounding area.

The ages of the patients ranged from one year of age to 115 years old. A survey of the patients in Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros, indicated that 35 percent didn't know the cause of their hearing loss and about 24 percent of the patients had experienced hearing loss at birth.

In each location, the hearing mission team—supported by scores of local volunteers, utilized a meticulous intake process, which prepared each patient to receive the most appropriate and effective type of hearing care. The intake process included recording the name, residence and vital statistics of each patient, conducting an examination cleaning of the ears and auditory system. Then each patient was fit with a set of ear molds—clear, wear-resistant plastic discs used to house the hearing aids provided without cost to each patient.

After completing intake, volunteers escorted each patient into the treatment area, where the Bayat and Starkey hearing care teams, together with specially trained volunteers fit each patient with the hearing devices that empowered each patient—many for the first time in their lives—to use the precious, powerful gift of hearing, sound and their voices to connect with their families, their communities and the world.

In the Dominican Republic, Starkey Hearing Foundation, working with its strategic partners, has held eight hearing missions, distributing more than 37,000 hearing devices so that individuals of every age can receive the gift of hearing and the power of caring.

"Our service in the Dominican Republic—helping people escape a life of silence and hear again—was amazing and transformative for recipients and volunteers alike" said Leah Bayat, a mission volunteer. "In three days, we were able to help nearly 1,300 hear—many for the first time in their lives. This work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation is a powerful example of how we, as individuals, can be the change we want to see, and hear, in the world."

"More than 360 million throughout the world are affected by deafness or some sort of hearing loss," said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Bayat Foundation. "In Afghanistan, our two organizations work side by side to provide hearing to thousands of Afghans, so we are honored to help the Starkey Hearing Foundation continue this vital work, in the Dominican Republic, in Afghanistan, and all over the world."

Toyota, NCFL expand national learning program to five new cities

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Lisa Avetisian, lavetisian@familieslearning.org, 502-718-2725
By Ashley Brauer, ashley@guthriemayes.com, 502-649-3205

Grants boost literacy and work skills, strengthen families, improve communities

Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2016 - A national two-generation family learning program that aims to provide a solution to the educational challenges facing low-income and ethnically diverse families has expanded from 10 to 15 communities. The following organizations were each awarded a $175,000 grant from Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to launch Toyota Family Learning:

National Center for Families Learning President and CEO Sharon Darling works with Jasmine He and her grandfather Yun Tong at a recent unveiling of Toyota Family Learning in Louisville, Ky. (PRNewsFoto/Toyota)

Village of Promise, Huntsville, Ala.
Broward County Public Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Public Education Foundation, Las Vegas
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Louisville, Ky.
Plano Independent School District, Plano, Texas

These cities join programs in Bronx, N.Y.; Cincinnati; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Lincoln, Neb.; Milwaukee; Providence, R.I.; San Mateo, Calif.; and San Pedro, Calif. An end goal to the initiative is to strengthen communities by providing opportunities for participants to both learn together and serve their communities.

Toyota Family Learning is a forward-thinking, four-part approach to two-generation learning. Key areas include: Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® that focuses on parents and children learning together; parents learning together; family to family mentoring; and, Family Service Learning projects in the community.

Sara Aguirre joined Toyota Family Learning in Louisville with the hope that it will start her on a path to find a better job and improve her family's quality of life by helping her get her GED® certificate and apply to college. She is learning more English and is relying less on her children to translate.

"My three children and I love PACT Time®," Aguirre said. "Spending that time together is priceless. I know I am learning how to better help them with their homework. We have fun with it and are a stronger family because of it."

An independent evaluation found that among families graduating from Toyota Family Learning programs:

90% of parents increased their engagement in their children's education
96% of parents became better teachers to their children
75% of parents increased their English language skills
34% of parents got a better job

More information on the exponential impact of Toyota Family Learning and NCFL's two-generation efforts is available here: http://familieslearning.org/pdf/NCFL_Theory-to-Outcomes-brief-2016.pdf


"Toyota Family Learning is elevating families and communities nationwide," said Sharon Darling, president and founder of NCFL. "As parents are empowered through our two-generation approach to education, service learning, and technology training, they are able to engage with their children and form a stronger bond."

This year, NCFL and Toyota celebrate 25 years of partnership. Since 1991, more than 2 million families across the country have been impacted by programs developed by NCFL – a pioneer in the concept of families learning and serving together to raise literacy levels and improve communities. Toyota has invested more than $46 million to fund two-generation family literacy programs at more than 280 sites in 55 communities and 31 states.

"Toyota is proud to stand with NCFL through the past quarter century," said Mike Goss, general manager, Toyota Social Innovation for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. "These NCFL programs help get people where they need to be by bridging the gap between classroom and lifelong learning."

The Toyota Family Learning initiative also includes two online learning communities: Toyota Family Trails, a website that inspires families nationwide to learn through family exploration and adventure, and Family Time Machine, which encourages grantee site families to learn and thrive together.

HITN introduces renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich to the US Hispanic market

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Blanca Vasquez / (212)-966-5660 / bvasquez@hitn.org,
By Maricel Del Sol / (786)-226-7211 / Maricel@devcommco.com

Brooklyn, N.Y., May 2, 2016 - The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN), the leading media company in offering educational content relevant to the Spanish-speaking audience of the United States, brings to its network screens celebrated chef and entrepreneur Lidia Bastianich with an entertaining cooking show.

La Italia de Lidia en América ('Lidia's Italy in America') is the Spanish-language version of a program designed to educate and entertain food-loving audiences. Acclaimed chef Lidia Bastianich takes viewers by the hand on an exciting culinary journey through different American cities.

"I am so pleased to be joining the HITN family, offering viewers my series, Lidia's Italy and Lidia's Italy in America. I know how important family and cooking is to me, and I know it will resonate with this wonderful Spanish speaking community in America. It's an honor to be sharing my tradition of food, wine, culture and my cuisine with the Hispanic community," said Lidia Bastianich Chef and Entrepreneur.

In each episode of La Italia de Lidia en América the chef offers up the ingredients of the cultural fusion between Italy and the United States. In her way, every place she visits is a window on to interesting facts that show viewers how the influence of the rich Italian culture is reflected in various aspects of the culture of the American people, in cuisine, music and artistic expression.

"La Italia de Lidia en América is a stellar show hosted by acclaimed chef Lidia Bastianich, who is given to the task of showing our viewers, in a lively and lighthearted way, various facets of Italian culture, while highlighting the great influence that Italian cuisine has had on American cuisine over the years," said, HITN General Manager Eric Turpin.

Lidia Bastianich has managed to combine the two greatest passions of her life, her love for her family and her passion for cooking, to develop a successful career in business. The prominent chef is the author of several internationally best-selling cookbooks and, as a successful businesswoman, is the owner of several restaurants in the United States and of a thriving gastronomic enterprise, which she manages with the support of her children.

La Italia de Lidia en América premieres on Saturday, May 7, at 4:00 pm ET / 1: 00 pm Pacific.

For more information about The Hispanic Information and Telecommunication Network (HITN, Inc.) visit: http://www.hitn.org/en/about-us

Safety Ties Together Construction Industry

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Carrie Phillippi, 513-703-9626, carrie.phillippi@intrinzicbrands.com
By Rob Pasquinucci, 513-604-3556, rob.pasquinucci@intrinzicbrands.com

Annual Commemorative Event to be Held May 2 – 6

Worcester, Pa., April 26, 2016 - More than 50 national and global construction firms have joined forces for the annual Safety Week, a construction industry-wide education and awareness event. Safety Week 2016 will be held May 2-6 to align with what the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and other federal agencies have set as the National Safety Stand-Down focusing on fall prevention on the job.

Safety first! Construction workers at Skanska stretch and prepare for their day. Photo Credit: Diana Rothery (PRNewsFoto/Construction Safety Week)

Safety Week is an opportunity for people and companies – even competitors – to work together and rally around a common cause. During Safety Week, construction companies will take the opportunity to thank their employees for the commitment to safety and work to educate, inspire and share best practices. Many companies will conduct on-site safety awareness activities.

"Ask anyone in construction and they will tell you that safety is the number one priority – it crosses competitive boundaries and ties us all together," said Ross Myers, CEO, Allan Myers and Safety Week co-chair.

"That is the reason we've chosen Safety Ties as our theme this year, because the commitment to safety is strongest when it's woven into the culture of our work and is a visible part of our everyday routines and processes. For workers on a job site, this starts with the individual. Every day, each person needs to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them."

To symbolize Safety Ties, participating companies will launch social media campaigns around photos of bootlaces as a visible homage to Safety Week.

Three major U.S. construction sites will host ceremonial events during which the laces and a "ribbon tying" will be used as powerful emblems of safety.

Job sites include:

1. The New NY Bridge (replacing the Tappan Zee), Tarrytown, NY – featuring eight general traffic lanes, cashless tolling, and a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists.
2. The Crenshaw/LAX Transit project, Los Angeles – an 8.5-mile light-rail line, with eight stations, serving the Crenshaw District, Inglewood, Westchester and surrounding area.
3. The 35Express Project, Dallas, Texas – a $1.4 billion expansion of Interstate 35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-­635 in Dallas County extending approximately 30 miles, through nine cities and two counties to relieve traffic congestion. AGL Constructors, a joint venture between Archer Western Contractors L.L.C., Granite Construction Incorporated and the Lane Construction Corporation, in partnership with the design team of Parsons and HDR Inc., manages construction of the 35Express Project for the Texas Department of Transportation. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

At these events, guest speakers and project executives will speak about the status of their projects and the importance of and unifying nature of safety.

"A culture of safety starts at the CEO's office and I applaud all the corporate executives who focus on safety as their essential product," said LA Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. "The end users of these great transportation projects understand that by caring for the safety of workers, we also care about the quality and safety of the entire system."

Additionally, Safety Week activations will be held at many other job sites across the country.

Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center Site Dedication Ceremony held in the US to Commemorate the First Anniversary of Dr. Rongxiang Xu's Passing

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Lake Elsinore, California, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- On April 15, 2016, family members Dr. Li Li, wife of Rongxiang Xu, and Kevin Xu, son of Rongxiang Xu and current President of National Rongxiang Xu Foundation, colleagues and friends of world-renowned Chinese Regenerative Life Scientist Dr. Rongxiang Xu, gathered at Lake Elsinore, California to commemorate the first anniversary of Rongxiang Xu's passing and attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center, a major program of the National Rongxiang Xu Foundation.

On April 15, 2016, family members Dr. Li Li, wife of Rongxiang Xu, and Kevin Xu, son of Rongxaing Xu and current President of National Rongxiang Xu Foundation, colleagues and friends of world-renowned Chinese Regenerative Life Scientist Dr. Rongxiang Xu, gathered at Lake Elsinore, California to commemorate the first anniversary of Rongxiang Xu's passing and attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center, a major program of the National Rongxiang Xu Foundation. (PRNewsFoto/Rongxiang Xu Foundation)

Dr. Xu was the foremost scientific researcher and proponent of Human Body Regenerative Restoration Science. Among those paying their respects to the memory of Dr. Xu were California state and local government dignitaries and representatives of the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology and California State University at Los Angeles. In addition, U.S. President Barack Obama sent a commemorative painting to acknowledge Dr. Xu's scientific and humanitarian contributions.

Last year, upon being advised of Dr. Xu's passing, US President Barack Obama sent a handwritten condolence letter, by express mail, to the burial ceremony. Moreover, letters of condolence were sent by former President Bill Clinton, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chairman of Democratic Party, California Governor Jerry Brown, County of Los Angeles and City of Lake Elsinore officials. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adjourned their meeting to pay tribute and reverence.


One year later, April 14, 2016, the site dedication ceremony of the Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center was held in the city of Lake Elsinore. U.S. Congressional representative Ted W. Lieu, on behalf of the U.S. Congress, awarded the Certificate of Congressional Recognition to the National Rongxiang Xu Foundation. It recognized their continuing contributions and humanitarian efforts in providing care, healing and the application of Human Body Regenerative Restoration Science to people around the world.

For carrying forward Dr. Xu's legacy recognized by both the US and China, in September of 2015, Kevin Xu attended the Third Governors Forum held during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the US in Seattle, WA; Kevin Xu attended the 10th annual conference of CGI and launched the first Chinese medical technology commitment to train doctors on Moist Exposed Burn Therapy (MEBT); The Rongxiang Xu Center for Regenerative Life Science at USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Los Angeles County Department of Health signed the Memorandum of Understanding on MEBT training in the US; In February of 2016, Kevin Xu met with Xiaolin Li, President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and reached an agreement to partner with the China Partnership Network of UN program "Every Woman, Every Child" led by CPAFFC, contributing to improving the health conditions of Chinese and international woman and children.  www.rxxf.org

HITN-TV: Latino Vote Will Influence 2016 Election!

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Eric Turpin (212)-966-5660 / eturpin@hitn.org

New HITN-TV programming designed to educate Hispanics on the electoral process

Brooklyn, New York, April 22, 2016 - In a year where a record breaking 27.3 Million Hispanics will be able to vote, The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) announced today the launch of Tu Momento 2016 (Your Moment 2016), an education and information initiative designed to help the Hispanic community understand how the complex United States electoral system works and to keep the Hispanic community informed.

Tu Momento 2016 will be hosted by acclaimed political commentator Gerson Borrero (PRNewsFoto/HITN-TV)

Tu Momento 2016 will include an extensive campaign to encourage Hispanics to vote as they under-index in participation. It is estimated that less than 50% of eligible Hispanics will actually vote in 2016. HITN is making the program and its short-versions available to educational institutions and organizations that can benefit from its use in the United States. Each of the capsules are available to be viewed today at this dedicated website: www.tumomento2016.org .

"The 2016 election is going to be an opportunity for Hispanics to demonstrate its strength as a community by influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential contest," said Mike Nieves, President and CEO, HITN. "Spanish-language media has a responsibility to deliver content to its audience so more Hispanics can participate in this important election. HITN understands this responsibility and is committed to helping Hispanics better understand on how the electoral process works."

Tu Momento 2016 will be hosted by acclaimed political commentator Gerson Borrero and will include a number of short and long form content that will commence in April all the way through Election Day in November. As part of this initiative, HITN will produce a one-hour special which focuses in providing detailed, yet simple to understand, explanations of how the complete electoral process works in the United States. Covering every step of the way from the moment every contender announces their intention to run for President to inauguration day.

The program will not mention any of the current candidates as it strives to become an evergreen piece that can be used as a reference for many years to come. This is the first program of its kind ever produced in Spanish-language. It has been shot in Ultra High Definition 4K technology and includes a sophisticated use of graphic elements that will make it very attractive and easy to understand.

In addition to the educational content, HITN will provide information and analysis coverage from the Primaries and will continue to do so for the Parties Conventions, the Debates, the General Election campaign and Election Day. Additional shows will cover the Republican Convention, Democrat Convention, Presidential Debates, and live Election Day coverage.

Taking Simple Steps Can Help Protect Your Sight

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

American Academy of Ophthalmology provides tips to help keep eyes at their best during Healthy Vision Month in May

San Francisco, April 21, 2016 - Approximately 37 million adults in America have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, all of which can cause visual impairment or blindness, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI).[1] However, recent studies show that making healthy choices and getting regular eye exams can help reduce a person's risk of vision loss. In support of NEI's Healthy Vision Month in May, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is encouraging everyone to take charge of their eye health and preserve their sight by following some simple tips.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is supporting Healthy Vision Month in May. (PRNewsFoto/American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can lower your risk of eye disease. Foods that boost eye health include dark green leafy greens, cold water fish and citrus fruits. A study recently published in the journal Ophthalmology showed that a diet rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of cataract progression by nearly a third.[2] Other research shows that smoking doubles the risk of the eye disease age-related macular degeneration, is linked to cataracts, and worsens dry eye.

Know your family history. Certain eye diseases can be inherited. If you have a close relative with macular degeneration, you have a 50 percent chance of developing the condition. In addition, a family history of glaucoma increases your chances of developing the condition by four to nine times. So talk to your family members about what eye conditions they have. It can help you and your eye care professionals evaluate whether you may be at higher risk.

Get a dilated eye exam. Many eye diseases may have no symptoms in their early stages. A dilated eye exam is the best way to detect eye diseases so they can be treated as soon as possible to help prevent vision loss. The Academy recommends that adults have a baseline comprehensive eye exam with an ophthalmologist – a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye care – by the time they turn 40. This is when age-related eye changes often begin to occur. People who are 65 and older should get an eye exam every one to two years. Those with chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure or known eye diseases may need to go earlier and more often.


Wear sunglasses. Over time, exposure to UV rays from the sun can increase your risk of cataracts, certain cancers and growths in or around the eyes. When choosing sunglasses, pick ones that block out at least 99 percent of UV rays. A wide-brimmed hat offers great additional protection as well.

Use protective eyewear to prevent injuries. Roughly a third of all emergency room visits for eye-related issues stem from traumatic eye injuries, according to a recent study in the journal Ophthalmology.[3] To help prevent these injuries, wear the right protective eyewear when doing activities that could cause eye injuries, such as home repair, garden work and sports.

"People don't often realize that simple, everyday actions can help them preserve their vision well through their golden years," said Rebecca J. Taylor, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "We encourage everyone to take these steps in order to keep their eyes healthy."

To learn more ways to keep your eyes healthy, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's public information website at www.aao.org/eye-health.

"Say It.. The Sixto Ramos Show" Causes Scandals on the 'Luis Network'


By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alma Jimenez, Alma@LuisNetwork.com

New York, April 17, 2016 - (Alma Entertainment) In an exclusive interview with Harlem Pastor, James David Manning, the one and only 'King of Radio', Luis Jimenez got the low down on his unique variety of inappropriate additives various companies are adding to their beverages.

Whether it's protein boosts, vitamins or something they may consider to be organic or natural supplements, Harlem Pastor, James David Manning Jr. caused mayhem when it came to talking about his not so favorite flavor of the month.

In addition to finding out the funny faux pas of interesting flavor combinations of the #1 coffee houses, the 'Luis Network' team holds no bars when it comes to getting the juiciest content and bringing on board the best cast to represent the 'Luis Network'. An eccentric online radio station operated and produced by The King of Radio, Luis Jimenez and executive producer, Maria Alma Jimenez.


Their newest team member consists of the legendary actor and iconic comedian Sixto Ramos. Known best for his roles in Shaft, Do the Right Thing and The Devil's Own, the Luis Network boldly made the wise decision to induct him as part of the Luis Network Posse. "Say It.. The Sixto Ramos Show", a show hosted by Sixto Ramos, is the only segment where you can truly expect the unexpected on online radio. A segment full of comedy, celebrity interviews, and sarcasm based on daily life experiences.

You can catch Sixto Ramos "Say It.. The Sixto Ramos Show" on the Luis Network every Friday on "SAY IT.. THE SIXTO RAMOS SHOW".

Subscribe to 'Luis Network' Listen to exclusive high profile interviews, current events and much, much more. https://www.luisnetwork.com

Can Your Fitness Tracker (Fitbit®) Save Your Life in the ER?

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Julie Lloyd, 202-370-9292, jlloyd@acep.org, www.annemergmed.com; Twitter: @emergencydocs

Washington, April 14, 2016 - Emergency physicians used a patient's personal activity tracker and smartphone to identify the time his heart arrhythmia started, which allowed them to treat his new-onset atrial fibrillation with electrical cardioversion and discharge him home. The first case report using information in an activity tracker/smartphone system to assist in medical decision-making was reported online Friday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Interrogation of Patient Activity Tracker to Assist Arrhythmia Management").


"Using the patient's activity tracker – in this case, a Fitbit® – we were able to pinpoint exactly when the patient's normal heart rate of 70 jumped up to 190," said corresponding study author Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J. "The device told us that the patient's atrial fibrillation was present for only a few hours. That was well within the 48-hour window needed to consider him for rhythm conversion, so we cardioverted him and sent him home."

A 42-year-old patient with a history of seizures but no history of cardiac disease or prior episodes of atrial fibrillation came to the emergency department following a seizure. He had an irregular heart rate ranging between 130 and 190 beats per minute. He was medicated with oxcarbazepine and diltiazem. His heart rate returned to normal (between 80 and 100 beats per minute) but the atrial fibrillation remained.

The treatment of recent onset atrial fibrillation is electrical cardioversion in any patient who can reliably relate an arrhythmia onset time of within the previous 48 hours. Because the patient was asymptomatic during his current episode of atrial fibrillation, it was not possible to assign an onset time for his arrhythmia.

Emergency department staff accessed the smartphone application connected with his activity tracker and discovered the onset time for his atrial fibrillation was 3 hours prior to coming to the emergency department. After cardioverting the sedated patient, emergency department staff interrogated the smartphone app again, which accurately recorded the change in heart rate consistent with a rhythm change from atrial fibrillation to normal rhythm. The patient was discharged home with instructions to follow up with outpatient cardiology.


"Not all activity trackers measure heart rates, but this is the function of most value to medical providers," said Dr. Sacchetti. "Dizziness with a heart rate of 180 would be approached very differently from the same complaint with a heart rate of 30. At present, activity trackers are not considered approved medical devices and use of their information to make medical decisions is at the clinician's own discretion. However, the increased use of these devices has the potential to provide emergency physicians with objective clinical information prior to the patient's arrival at the emergency department."

For video showing how an activity tracker and smartphone work together to track a patient's heart rate, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ickOnY_zTs

For a video demonstration of electrical cardioversion on a patient with atrial fibrillation, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt9kBier_eg

Annals of Emergency Medicine is the peer-reviewed scientific journal for the American College of Emergency Physicians, the national medical society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research, and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. For more information, visit www.acep.org.

Advocates Hail FDA Decision To Improve Infant Health, Prevent Birth Defects

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd Dezen, tdezen@marchofdimes.org, 917-994-4608;

Fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid will prevent serious birth defects like Spina Bifida

Washington, April 14, 2016 - Advocates enthusiastically praised today's announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the agency will permit fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid to prevent birth defects, effective immediately. The announcement reflected a decision to accept a Citizens' Petition filed in 2012 by the March of Dimes, American Academy of Pediatrics, Spina Bifida Association, National Council of La Raza, Royal DSM and Gruma Corporation.

The FDA approved a "Citizen's Petition" filed by the March of Dimes and partners asking for voluntary fortification of corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid. When women consume folic acid prior to pregnancy, the B vitamin plays an important role in preventing serious birth defects of the brain and spine, known as neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs are more prevalent in the Hispanic population than other racial or ethnic groups. The March of Dimes expects this action will lower the rate of NTDs among Hispanics and give more babies a healthy start in life. (PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes)

In 1996, the FDA directed all manufacturers of wheat and many other types of flour to fortify them with folic acid in order to increase folic acid levels across the general U.S. population. In the years following mandatory fortification, neural tube defects dropped by 27% -- a major public health victory, which prevents about 1,300 births per year from being affected by neural tube defects. However, neural tube defects remained higher in the Hispanic population. One theory for this disparity was that corn masa flour, a dietary staple for many Hispanic families, was not required to be fortified with folic acid. Today's decision will allow corn masa flour to be fortified as well.

"Today's announcement represents a major victory for maternal and child health, especially in our Hispanic communities," said March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse. "The FDA's decision will prevent numerous cases of devastating birth defects like Spina Bifida. The March of Dimes and our partners applaud the FDA for moving forward with this vital public health effort."

"Fortifying grains with folic acid has been a tremendously successful intervention in promoting healthier pregnancies and preventing birth defects, leading to a one-third decline in neural tube defects," said AAP President Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP. "The American Academy of Pediatrics welcomes FDA's action to permit folic acid fortification of corn masa flour; mothers and young children will be healthier and safer as a result."

When leading Hispanic non-profit organization NCLR (National Council of La Raza) reached out Gruma Corporation to support folic acid fortification aimed to reduce risks of neural tube defects within Mexican and Hispanic populations living in the USA, the company immediately responded favorably to this request. Gruma Corporation is the world´s largest producer of corn masa flours and tortillas; for most U.S. residents of Mexican and Hispanic descent, corn tortillas are a staple food.

Being a social responsible company and caring for the nutrition of our customers is not only Gruma's Corporation vision but also a directive from CEO and President Juan Gonzalez Moreno. "We will continue to honor and contribute to these initiatives and will put our best efforts to deliver the higher quality and improved nutrition that folic acid will bring to our Hispanic customers in the USA," said the company.

Sara Struwe, MPA, CEO of the Spina Bifida Association, commented, "We're thrilled that the FDA has prioritized the extension of folic acid fortification to corn masa flour which will help a great deal to prevent birth defects such as Spina Bifida in Hispanic populations. Women need 400 mcg of folic acid daily, thus, this is a giant step forward in contributing to the prevention of neural tube defects and a decision to be celebrated. I want to thank all our elected officials, partners, and those at the FDA that have worked so hard to bring about this important policy change."


"Latinos are disproportionately affected by Spina Bifida and other neural tube defects. The scientific evidence that the major cause of this disparity is the absence of fortification of corn flour products is convincing," stated Charles Kamasaki, Senior Cabinet Advisor at NCLR. "That's why NCLR is proud to join the March of Dimes, Spina Bifida Association of America, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Gruma to petition the FDA to permit such fortification."

The FDA's announcement that corn masa flour may be fortified with folic acid at a level not to exceed 0.7 milligrams per pound is effective immediately. The announcement was accompanied by language making this change in the applicable federal regulations.

Folic acid has long been known to prevent many cases of serious birth defects known as neural tube defects, such as Spina Bifida. These birth defects occur early in pregnancy when the neural tube, which becomes the spine and brain, fails to form properly. Ideally, a woman should have adequate folic acid levels before becoming pregnant to help prevent neural tube defects. Rates of neural tube defects vary by racial and ethnic background. For example, Spina Bifida affects 2.73 per 10,000 live births among non-Hispanic blacks or African-Americans and 3.09 per 10,000 live births among whites, but 3.80 per 10,000 live births among Hispanics. In many other nations where corn masa flour is a major part of the diet, governments have encouraged and endorsed fortification with folic acid to reduce neural tube defects.

The organizations listed above filed the Citizens' Petition regarding fortification of corn masa flour with FDA in April 2012. In 2013, the FDA requested additional scientific data to support the petition, which required the petitioners to design and execute a new research study. Funded by the March of Dimes, this study was completed and the data submitted to the FDA in late 2015.

Letter Carriers' 24th Annual Food Drive with a Fresh Twist

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Pam Donato, Community Services Coordinator, 202-662-2489, donato@nalc.org


Washington, April 11, 2016 - The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 24th annual food drive on Saturday, May 14. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community. Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday May 14, to be collected and distributed to local food agencies by letter carriers. Visit www.nalc.org/food to learn more.

In a new addition to this year's food drive, letter carriers are teaming up in a few targeted areas with Amp Your Good, a company that provides an efficient way to get healthy fresh fruits and vegetables to local food banks. Postal patrons living in San Francisco, parts of New York City and Greenwich, CT will receive the usual reminder postcard this year asking that non-perishable food donations be left next to their mailbox on the second Saturday in May, but they'll also get an additional message about the opportunity – by going to www.StampYourGood.com – to donate fresh produce. That can be done throughout the month of May.

In its 23 years, the Letter Carrier food drive has collected more than 1.4 billion pounds of food, and in each of the last 12 years has collected more than 70 million pounds. Given the continuing problem of hunger in the United States, the hope is that this year's effort will continue that success.

The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country's oldest labor unions.

States and Test Developers Need to Improve How They Identify and Serve English Language Learners

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By Tom Ewing, +1-609-683-2803, mediacontacts@ets.org

Princeton, New Jersey, April 7, 2016 - Effective practices for identifying students who are English learners (ELs) are crucial to serving this large and growing population of students. However, states, districts and even individual schools differ in the methods they use to identify EL students. This calls into question the reliability and validity of identification practices and creates a risk that ELs may not receive the instructional services they need to help them succeed academically, according to a new research report from Educational Testing Service (ETS).

"Key Issues and Opportunities in the Initial Identification and Classification of English Learners," was written by Alexis A. Lopez and Emilie Pooler of ETS, and Robert Linquanti of WestEd. It is the fourth in a series of K-12 EL research reports discussing next-generation English language proficiency systems to support the education of K-12 ELs in the United States.


"We have highlighted several issues with current policies, processes, and tools to identify and classify English learners," says Lopez. "We have also offered a number of recommendations to address these issues and improve the initial identification and classification of English learners. We hope that, by considering these recommendations, it will be possible to help ensure that the emerging generation of initial English language proficiency assessments will better serve the needs of English learners and their educators."

"Without appropriate initial English language proficiency assessments, educators are less likely to make valid classification decisions, and that can lead to under identification or over identification of students as English learners," adds Pooler. "In order to help prevent misclassification of students, it is important to aim to ensure that initial English language proficiency assessments are developed specifically for initial classification purposes."

"Ensuring EL students receive specialized instructional support services to which they are legally entitled is predicated on appropriately identifying and classifying such students," says Linquanti. "Incorrectly classified students are less likely to be provided with instructional services that match their strengths and needs. So the stakes associated with initial ELP assessments are significant."

In the new report, the authors review assessments and approaches used to initially identify and classify English learners, and offer recommendations to help state and local educators, policymakers and test developers strengthen and improve the process.


About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series ® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

About WestEd
WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. www.wested.org

Oscar De La Hoya To Keynote At Launch of NAB Show Multicultural TV & Video Conference

ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" To Be Featured In Session About Cultural Inclusion & Diversity in Programming

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rafael Eli, Schramm Marketing Group, 212-983-0219, reli@schrammnyc.com

New York, April 6, 2016 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is introducing the new Multicultural TV & Video Conference, Wednesday, April 20 in Las Vegas during 2016 NAB Show, the world's largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms. The conference produced by the Schramm Marketing Group, will focus on how media companies can best capitalize on the diverse audiences of television and video content viewing.

Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman & CEO, Golden Boy Promotions

"We are pleased to create and produce this event on behalf of our clients at the NAB. The conference theme is Unleashing Tactics for Monetizing Diverse Audiences. I applaud the NAB for introducing a new conference focused on this important conversation, and I am grateful to our sponsors, Google, Olympusat and Vemox, for their support of this initiative," said Joe Schramm, President of Schramm Marketing Group.

Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya will present the opening keynote of the conference. Since retiring from the ring in 2009, he has focused his attention on building the company he founded, Golden Boy Promotions, into one of the most successful boxing promotion companies in the world. De La Hoya has also earned recognition as a Grammy-nominated singer and for his philanthropic contributions to the Mexican American community.

Another special session of the conference features Constance Wu, a leading star of ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," along with Melvin Mar, the show's executive producer, and Samie Kim Falvey, executive vice-president for Comedy Development and International Scripted Development, at ABC Entertainment. The popular weekly sitcom, about an Asian family and their efforts to assimilate with the American culture, has recently been renewed for its third season and continues to attract a growing cross-cultural audience.

Another session addresses the topic of maintaining diversity in talent and management. The session entitled, "How Do Diverse Voices Matter?", features Axel Caballero, executive director, The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP); Kelly Edwards, vice-president of talent development for programming at HBO; Donna Michelle Anderson, president of Planet DMA; DuJuan McCoy, owner, president & CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting; Rick Marroquin, executive, at Creative Artists Agency and Raul Mateu, president, of the Fluent Media Group.

A session entitled, "What's Everyone Watching?" includes leading programming executives including Antonio Briceño, deputy managing director, beIN SPORTS US & Canada; James Brown, executive vice-president, content distribution, talent & marketing, REVOLT MEDIA & TV; Austin Powers, president, Olympusat Telecom; Lynnette Ramirez, senior vice-president, original content, Fuse Media; Miguel Santos, general manager, Myx TV and Sandra Smester, executive vice-president of programming, Univision Network.

A research session titled "Getting to Know you", includes Carol M. Hinnant, senior vice-president, National Television Sales, comScore; Eliana Murillo, Head of Multicultural Marketing, Google; Dritan Nesho. Head of Microsoft Pulse; and Adriana Waterston, senior vice-president of Insights and Strategy, Horowitz Research.

The final special session of the conference puts the spotlights on a select number of leading multicultural advertising executives in a conversation about generating revenues, entitled "Brought to you buy…." The featured executives of this special session are Gonzalo Del Fa, President, GroupM Multicultural; and Jay Kim, Managing Director, AAAZA, Inc.

Admittance to this conference on Wednesday, April 20 in Room N249 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during 2016 NAB Show requires either an NAB Show "Conference Flex Pass" or "Smart Pass". One-day registration packages are also available. For more information visit http://www.nabshow.com/attend/registration-packages

Today's Podiatrist Keep Americans Walking

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Nora Younes, nryounes@apma.org (301)-581-9221

No matter your fitness level, your podiatrist can help keep you active

Washington, April 4, 2016 - Beautiful spring weather means many Americans are dusting off their sneakers and getting active, but for some, foot pain gets in the way of their exercise plans.

Many Americans cannot wait to start walking, jogging, running, or hitting the gym when the warm weather returns. With this excitement, many adults find themselves pushing their limits and suffering from foot and ankle overuse injuries, which can prevent them from keeping active. That is why it is so important to see a podiatrist as soon as you get injured. (PRNewsFoto/APMA)

According to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 39 percent of American adults said they would exercise more if their feet didn't hurt. With this in mind, APMA has announced a new campaign for Foot Health Awareness Month called "Today's Podiatrist Keeps America Walking," which will reach all adults who are active or wish to be active to educate them about the importance of foot and ankle health to a healthy lifestyle, and a podiatrist's critical role in helping treat and prevent foot and ankle injuries.

"Many Americans cannot wait to start walking, jogging, running, or hitting the gym when the warm weather returns," said APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM. "With this excitement, many adults find themselves pushing their limits and suffering from foot and ankle overuse injuries, which can prevent them from keeping active. That is why it is so important to see a podiatrist as soon as you get injured."

If you have a pre-existing foot or ankle condition, it does not mean you cannot be active. If you have been diagnosed with a condition such as bunions or hammertoes, make an appointment with an APMA member podiatrist. They can help advise you about different ways of staying active without making your condition worse.

The "Today's Podiatrist Keeps America Walking" campaign, occurring during April's Foot Health Awareness Month, will share important information about ways to prevent common foot and ankle overuse injuries, choosing proper footwear, and more. To learn more about the campaign, and to find a podiatrist in your area, visit www.apma.org/walking

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading professional organization for today's podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of more than 12,000 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit www.apma.org.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Releases 'Be Light' for Dark Political, Cultural Times

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Julie Shutley, 972.267.1111, julie@alarryross.com

Book calls Church to return to a 'bright city on a hill'

Sacramento, California, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- In "Be Light: Shining God's Beauty, Truth, and Hope into a Darkened World" (WaterBrook, ISBN: 987-1-60142-816-5), Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, lead pastor of New Season and President/CEO of one of the world's largest evangelical organizations, acknowledges that today's world is troubled and in many ways dark. Yet, in these times when religious liberties are being attacked and there is great pressure for political correctness instead of biblical truths, the Church needs to rise up in all of life's arenas and become "the bright city on a hill."

"We cannot deny we live in dark times…sin, immorality, moral relativism, infanticide, racism, false prophets, watered-down preaching, religious extremism, terror, violence intolerance and disbelief," said Rodriguez. "But, when light stands next to darkness, light always wins."

In "Be Light," readers will be inspired and given the blueprint to confront and overcome spiritual, emotional, relational, family and financial darkness and live as light. The book can be read as a 30-day journey, with each chapter portraying a spiritual analogy to light with real-life examples and testimonies, scripture and a reflection to lead the reader to action. The foreword to the book was written by Roma Downey, producer, celebrated actress and president and chief content officer at LightWorkers Media (a division of MGM Studios).

"Be Light" is a biblical mandate. The word "light" is mentioned more than 200 times in the Bible. Light is an important part of the Christian narrative beginning in Genesis, when God said, "Let there be light." In this new book, Rodriguez offers clarity to this important Christian metaphor and how it relates to individuals of faith living in current times.

Rodriguez uses the laws of light – including reflection, refraction and the bending of light; destructive light and lightening; and celestial light – to challenge followers of Jesus to take up its responsibility to stand up and be something inherently different from society.

"Like a prism when light passes through it, we reveal the full color spectrum," writes Rodriguez. "We are called to be the light of the world, but that does not mean that we, people of faith, are uniform, monochromatic or one dimensional. The light of God may appear to be single beam of white light, but when it passes through the prisms of His people, its full complexity and beauty are revealed."

"Be Light" will release May 3, 2016 from WaterBrook, an imprint of Crown at Penguin Random House, LLC. The book has been endorsed by a number of leaders including: Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president, Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Cross Church, Robert Morrison, founding senior pastor at Gateway Church, and James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International.

"Sammy Rodriguez is a dynamic leader," said Dr. Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God USA, "His influence impacts other leaders, both spiritually and politically. Yet his compassion touches the hurting, the marginalized, and the underrepresented. His message is compelling. He does not just articulate problems; he also gives solutions. His book, 'Be Light,' is a must-read if you are tired of the darkness. Share it with your friends and help turn on the light."

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as "the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement" and Newsmax included him in the "Top 100 Christian Leaders in America." For more information, visit http://pastorsam.com/.

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Colon Cancer Awareness "Thunderclap" on March 29th Brings Together Social Media Power of Over 100 Groups

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Ashley Engelman, American Cancer Society, 312-502-7443, Ashley.Engelman@cancer.org
By Paul Baker, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, 202-374-2127, pbaker@healthyamericas.org

New Partnership Forged to Address Screening Barriers in Hispanic Communities

Washington, March 29, 2016 - "We know that in order to save more lives we need to drastically increase colon cancer screening rates among Hispanics. The question is, how do we help make that happen?", says Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society.

"We are bringing together over 100 partners through social media to get the message out about the importance of screening for early detection and prevention of colon cancer. It's a life saving message for the one in two Hispanics who don't get this recommended screening," said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the the Alliance, the nation's leading Hispanic health advocacy group.


The Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network, an initiative led by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance), and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), a coalition led by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are teaming up for a social media "Thunderclap" to address colon cancer in Hispanic communities. Despite national progress on screening, statistics indicate that Hispanics are one of the groups least likely to be screened for colon cancer, even though it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among Hispanics.

The Thunderclap will take place on March 29, 2016 at 12:00PM EDT and will include messages in English and Spanish urging adults 50 and older to be screened for colon cancer. The messages will provide a link to information on screening from NCCRT and the Alliance's bilingual Su Familia Helpline that provides tailored information and referrals to screening and health services in the caller's community.

The Alliance and NCCRT are encouraging social media users to participate in the Thunderclap campaigns by posting the colon cancer awareness messages to social media on March 29TH:

March is #coloncancer awareness month. Call 1-866-783-2645 today for life-saving screening info and referrals. http://thndr.me/RK3ZM7

So far, over 100 partners have signed up to send out the messages with a combined social media reach of over a million followers.

Large-scale efforts to increase colon cancer awareness are critical. Hispanics are one of the groups least likely to be screened for colon cancer, even though the disease is often preventable or detected early through screening. Nationwide, one in three adults between 50 and 75 years old are not screened as recommended, but among Hispanics, this number is closer to one in two. The NCCRT and the Alliance's Nuestras Voces Network, supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have partnered to develop a series of efforts, including this month's Thunderclap, to reduce this disparity.


To understand and address unique barriers to colon cancer screening facing Hispanics, ACS and NCCRT conducted discussions with unscreened Spanish-speaking Hispanics 50 years of age or older in 2015. Focus group participants identified a number of unique barriers to screening, including low awareness of colon cancer and screening tests, limited knowledge that screening can prevent this disease, and low prioritization of one's health. The full findings of this research have been summarized in a 2016 guide available online: Hispanics/Latinos and Colorectal Cancer. NCCRT and the Alliance are using this information to shape future public health campaigns that will encourage Hispanics to be screened for colon cancer.

"The American Cancer Society is currently leading one of the most ambitious public health efforts of our time: to reach an 80% colon cancer screening rate by 2018. We know Hispanics are less likely to get screened, often facing language or cultural barriers. This is why it's so important that we continue to develop unique messages that speak to those barriers. Lives depend on it, and we won't leave any group behind," says Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society.

In 2016, over 134,000 cases of colorectal cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. and over 49,000 people are expected to die from this disease. However, colon cancer remains one of the only cancers that can be prevented through regular screening by the detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps. Screening tests can also detect cancer early, when it is at its most treatable stage. Tests include colonoscopy or take-home kits that check for blood in the stool. ACS encourages adults at average risk for the disease to get the test that is right for them stating at age 50.

For more information on the Thunderclap on March 29TH, visit:
www.thunderclap.it/projects/39124-prevent-coloncancer?locale=en (English)

Eating Foods High in Vitamin C Cuts Risk of Cataract Progression by a Third

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Research on UK twins is first to show that diet, lifestyle may outweigh genetics when it comes to common eye condition

San Francisco, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- A diet rich in vitamin C could cut risk of cataract progression by a third, suggests a study being published online today in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The research is also the first to show that diet and lifestyle may play a greater role than genetics in cataract development and severity.

Foods rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of cataract progression by a third, a new study says. (PRNewsFoto/American Academy of Ophthalmolo)

Cataracts occur naturally with age and cloud the eye's lens, turning it opaque. Despite the advent of modern cataract removal surgery, cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness globally.[1] Researchers at King's College London looked at whether certain nutrients from food or supplements could help prevent cataract progression. They also tried to find out how much environmental factors such as diet mattered versus genetics.

The team examined data from more than 1,000 pairs of female twins from the United Kingdom. Participants answered a food questionnaire to track the intake of vitamin C and other nutrients, including vitamins A, B, D, E, copper, manganese and zinc. To measure the progression of cataracts, digital imaging was used to check the opacity of their lenses at around age 60. They performed a follow-up measurement on 324 pairs of the twins about 10 years later.

During the baseline measurement, diets rich in vitamin C were associated with a 20 percent risk reduction for cataract. After 10 years, researchers found that women who reported consuming more vitamin C-rich foods had a 33 percent risk reduction of cataract progression.

Genetic factors accounted for 35 percent of the difference in cataract progression. Environmental factors, such as diet, accounted for 65 percent. These results make the study the first to suggest that genetic factors may be less important in progression of cataract than previously thought.

How vitamin C inhibits cataract progression may have to do with its strength as an antioxidant. The fluid inside the eye is normally high in vitamin C, which helps prevents oxidation that clouds the lens. More vitamin C in the diet may increase the amount present in the fluid around the lens, providing extra protection. Researchers noted that the findings only pertain to consuming the nutrient through food and not vitamin supplements.

"The most important finding was that vitamin C intake from food seemed to protect against cataract progression," said study author Christopher Hammond, M.D., FRCOphth, professor of ophthalmology at King's College London. "While we cannot totally avoid developing cataracts, we may be able to delay their onset and keep them from worsening significantly by eating a diet rich in vitamin C."

"Genetic and Dietary Factors Influencing the Progression of Nuclear Cataract," Yonova-Doing, et al. Ophthalmology, article in press, March 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.01.036. For a full copy of the study, please contact the Public Relations Department at media@aao.org.

For more information on cataracts, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart® public information website, www.aao.org/eye-health

Know the Score: Wearing Eye Protection Helps Prevent Athletes from Getting Benched Due to Ocular Injury

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

American Academy of Ophthalmology offers guidance on how to protect sight during Sports Eye Safety Month in April

San Francisco, March 17, 2016 - Sports-related eye injuries cause an estimated 100,000 doctor visits each year.1 Yet, most of these injuries can be prevented by wearing eye protection. In fact, a recent study of high school field hockey players shows that traumatic eye injuries fell 67 percent after eye protection became mandatory.2 In support of Sports Eye Safety Month in April, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is offering athletes of all ages guidance on how to best protect their eyes.

West Virginia college basketball player Devin Williams is known for his goggles. Protective eyewear like his can cut the risk of sports eye injury significantly. (PRNewsFoto/AAO)

Common sports eye injuries include corneal abrasions, lacerations and bleeding in the eye. Basketball players tend to get poked in the eye with fingers. Tennis and softball players more often get hit with fast moving balls. In contact sports like football and martial arts, more severe ocular injuries such as retinal detachment and orbital fracture occur. One-third of sports related eye injuries happen to kids.3

The good news is that 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented with the use of protective eyewear. Save your vision while playing sports by following these tips:

Wear the right eye protection: For basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey, wear protection with shatterproof polycarbonate lenses.

Put your helmet on: For baseball, ice hockey and lacrosse, wear a helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield.

Know the standards: Choose eye protection that meets American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. See the Academy's protective eyewear webpage for more details.

Throw out old gear: Eye protection should be replaced when damaged or yellowed with age. Wear and tear may cause them to become weak and lose effectiveness.

Glasses won't cut it: Regular prescription glasses may shatter when hit by flying objects. If you wear glasses, try sports goggles on top to protect your eyes and your frames.


"Virtually all sports eye injuries could be prevented by wearing proper eye protection," said ophthalmologist Philip R. Rizzuto, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the Academy. "That's why I always strongly encourage athletes to protect their eyes when participating in competitive sports."

Anyone who experiences a sports eye injury should immediately visit an ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye care.

For more information on sports eye safety, see the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart® website at www.aao.org/eye-health.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit www.aao.org.

Ally Brooke and Friend at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd Dezen, (914) 996-4608, tdezen@marchofdimes.org
PRNewsFoto by March of Dimes

Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke (left), celebrates winning Favorite Music Group at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards with fellow preemie, 14-year-old Ismael Torres-Castrodad, the March of Dimes 2016 National Ambassador. The two former preemies had a celebratory dinner after the awards and have joined forces to urge others to support the March of Dimes and its research to prevent premature birth, the #1 killer of babies in the U.S. You can get involved by visiting marchofdimes.org.

Los Angeles, March 13, 2016 - Fifth Harmony singer and March of Dimes Celebrity Ambassador, Ally Brooke (left), born prematurely, celebrates winning an award at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards with her new friend and fellow preemie, 14-year-old Ismael Torres-Castrodad, the March of Dimes 2016 National Ambassador. Ally invited Ismael as her guest to the event, where her group Fifth Harmony won the award as Favorite Music Group. More importantly, these two powerful former preemies have joined forces to raise awareness that premature birth is the #1 killer of babies in the U.S. They're urging others to support the March of Dimes and its research and other programs to prevent premature birth.


The 2016 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

PenFed Execs and San Juan Leaders Officially Open New Branch

PenFed San Patricio Branch, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

By T.V. Johnson, 703-838-1350, TV.Johnson@PenFed.org

Public joined in celebrating opening of $19 billion firm's new branch in Guaynabo

Alexandria, Va., March 3, 2016—Influential community, business and military leaders from the Greater San Juan area joined board members and executives from PenFed Credit Union in celebrating the opening of the $19 billion firm's new location in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

PenFed board members, executives, and local dignitaries at the San Patricio Branch ribbon-cutting ceremony in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

The festive event began with distinguished San Juan leaders and PenFed representatives from its board and executive team participating in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting in the San Patricio Branch. PenFed Credit Union's delegation, led by Chairman of the Board Ed Cody, President and CEO James Schenck, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevyn Myers were on hand to greet members and make a special presentation during the opening ceremonies. The celebration was open to the public and featured live music from the local Latin Jazz band, Pedregal.

More than 100,000 of its members reside in Puerto Rico, and the island has long been a key market for PenFed. The credit union serves a diverse population, and no military service is required to join. PenFed offers an easy application process and provides many paths to membership including numerous employee groups and association affiliations.

(Left to right: PenFed Fort Buchanan Branch Manager Gilbert Arocho, Adjunct General of Puerto Rico Marta Carcana, and PenFed President and CEO James Schenck.)

Cody and Schenck expressed their appreciation for Puerto Rico's robust membership. "Our brand has done particularly well here and it's wonderful to have the opportunity to come down and meet some of our members in Puerto Rico. They are the people responsible for much of the success PenFed has enjoyed here," said Cody.

Schenck's comments honored the long tradition of Puerto Rican men and women answering the nation's call to duty and the many ways in which they have distinguished themselves over the past decades. He stated, "PenFed's sole mission is to help our nation's defenders and those who support them Do Better in their financial lives."

PenFed's Vice Chairman, retired Army Lt. Col. Bill Vinson, Treasurer, retired Army Col. Lonnie Stith, and Chairman Edward Cody.

About PenFed Credit Union

Established in 1935, PenFed Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in the country, serving 1.4 million members worldwide; with $19 billion in assets. Its long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost effective manner, while being responsive to members’ needs. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, checking, and a wide range of other financial services with its members’ interests always in mind. We invite you to come see why you belong at PenFed Credit Union. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit PenFed.org, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on Linkedin. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/V/D.

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